Life of Joy

This is our rule of life. This is not an exhaustive list of disciplines or a legal vow of moral gravity. It is intended to be a framework for staying “connected to the vine” in order that we may “bear great fruit.” These disciplines will serve as benchmarks for self-evaluation and starting points for corporate accountability. None of us are perfect, but we seek to be. We are being discipled and are making disciples ourselves. We believe that the ultimate fruit of abiding in God is joy and joyful witness to the Gospel will be the vehicle of Grace that transforms culture.

Inward Disciplines

  • Give God your first thought.
  • Study.
  • Say the Rosary well.
  • Make good visits to the Blessed Sacrament.
  • Examine yourself daily.
  • Confess your sins and remain reconciled.
  • Fast.

Outward Disciplines

  • Do not lie in your bed after rising.
  • Eat and drink to God’s glory, and in moderation.
  • Love and serve family.
  • Do not bring scandal to the Gospel.
  • Detach from non-essentials.
  • Rest and leisure well.
  • Consider the person within your ten-foot radius more important than yourself.
  • Go to bed in good time.

Communal Disciplines

  • Greet fellow missionaries with a hug or a kiss.
  • Confess your sins. Say “I’m sorry”.
  • Show mercy to those who have hurt you. Say “I forgive you.”
  • Celebrate and mourn with one another.
  • Show empathy for one another, start with a genuine curiosity.
  • Do not speak negatively behind the back of a fellow missionary.
  • Do not be passive or assume anything, but be active in sharing your questions and your feelings.
  • Be submissive to authority.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4: 4-7