My Rule of Life
I am now producing a considerably revised
version of my Rule.
23rd September 1989
Third Order SSF Rule of Life for John Sturdy
John C. G. Sturdy
- I aim to put God first always.
- I shall read the Bible (sometimes with a commentary) every day;
I shall set aside at least fifteen minutes each day for Bible
reading, prayer, and study.
- I shall receive the Eucharist every Sunday, and attend Evensong
on Sundays when possible.
- When it is readily available I shall receive the Eucharist at
least one weekday each week.
- I shall review my behaviour, and make longer prayer, each
Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning, with Sacramental
Confession as appropriate.
- I shall try hard to stop for thought and prayer before I do
anything---to try to break up old habits that hinder my
remembrance of my Creator.
- I shall take at least an Annual Retreat---typically for a week,
usually in the autumn. This will usually be at a Franciscan or
other Religious House.
- I shall work among the Parish as directed by my Parish Priest.
I shall take an active part in local Church ministry, both in
work that involves people directly (such as my proposed work as
a lay reader) and in work behind the scenes.
- I shall make my time and abilities available to the Church in
general. This includes such work as typing and clerical work,
- I shall try at all times to remember that I work to the Glory
of God in my everyday work--- reinforcing this with a
prayertime at the start of the working day. I shall do this
work to the best of my ability, remembering by whom this
ability is given.
- I aim to tithe when this is possible, and set a basic target of
one part in twenty of my income to be given away.
- I will normally ask the pastor of the parish or fellowship in
which I regularly worship to be my Spiritual Director. I would
hope to discuss my keeping of the Rule and the Way of Life with
him or her at least twice a year.
203 St Neot's Road
Brother Thomas Anthony SSF is my present Spiritual Director.
John C. G. Sturdy
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