DAY ELEVEN: Developing a rule of life
So I continue my study of the Benedictine Way.
I really am fascinated by it.
One of the first things they ask you to consider is a commitment to the baptismal covenant.
Having spent some time studying it over the last week, it really is powerful. Full of declaration and commitment! It really is important that we know and understand what we believe in. And it is also important to know what it is we commit to when choosing to follow Jesus.
The Declaration they make, in other words speaking out what they believe:
- God the Father, creator of heaven and earth?
- Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
- He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
- He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
- He descended to the dead.
- On the third day, he rose again.
- He ascended into heaven,
- and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
- He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
- The Holy Spirit.
- The Church.
- The communion of saints (I am not sure what this is, but am looking deeper into this)
- The forgiveness of sins.
- The resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
- Continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship,
- In the breaking of bread,
- In the prayer
- Reliance on God
- Persevere in resisting evil,
- Whenever you fall into sin,
- repent and return to the Lord?
- Proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ
- Seek and serve Christ in all persons
- Loving your neighbour as yourself?
- Strive for justice and peace among all people,
- Respect the dignity of every human being?
I don’t think there are any declarations or commitments there that I disagree with it in any way.
So the next natural question is,
How does this fit and work in my daily life?