PERSONAL RULES OF OUR COMMUNITY
Recognizing our on-line community is diverse with individual skills and challenges, we encourage members to consider creating a personal rule (way) of life they choose to follow. The rules may be as diverse as our members, yet we all share an intimate love for our Savior Jesus Christ and are committed to growing in His love and grace through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Sister Ita Dorothy is the first person in our community to give permission to publish her Rule, and we are most grateful to her.
The following is the Personal Rule of Life our Sister Ita Dorothy composed as her spiritual compass:
1.With the Blessed Mother as my model and guide, I will live my life in quiet simplicity, pondering in the Life of Christ continually in my heart. I will be kind to all others, gentle to myself and to all of Gods creation and Creatures. Never misusing or abusing any of Gods creation. I will embrace our loving Lord Jesus, having every confidence God the Father will provide for me and my family, and look forward to the Holy Spirit, my Comforter so filling my life that I may reflect the glory of the Trinity, through my consideration of others.
2. prayer, meditation on Holy Scripture and periods of solitary and private devotion (Rosary, mediation, Jesus Prayer etc.) to the Lord Jesus Christ, is integrated into my life.
3. the fruits of the Spirit: joy, love, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance I gently interweave into my personality.
4. in keeping with hospitality, I welcome all who the Lord puts into my path, both friend and stranger, helping to provide for the needs of the less fortunate, through prayer, and giving anyway i am able through Gods help.
5. I will find times of both work, play, rest, recreation, being joyful each day and helping others to find the joy in life and God's creation, spending time in nature, praising and enjoying God's creation and all His creatures.
6. I will use "Book of Hours" as my prayer-book for my daily offices, using the Catholic daily scripture readings and psalms, will have worship service, when able with permission, in my cell.
7. I will keep in contact and give a report on my ministry, at least every week and updates monthly to you.
8. I will live in tranquility and silence, allowing my spirit to listen to the gentle whispering of the Trinity, directing my life, when I speak I will speak encouragement not discouragement, I will speak the Gospel, kindness and love to all.
9. Intercessory prayers for others, my community will be a part of my prayer life , and my ministry will be caregiving, both physical and spiritual, as the Lord directs and guides me.
10. I will review my rule periodically, and make any updates or changes as needed.
Much love and blessings,
Sr. Ita Dorothy