BY REGULARITY I MEAN FIDELITY IN SHAPING ONE’S LIFE ACCORDING TO THE SPIRIT AND THE LETTER OF THE RULE

Eugene continued to be full of the joys of the time he had spent in Switzerland with the community of Oblate students and their youthful enthusasm for religious life and community.

I would not have left Billens. It is a real heaven on earth.

He compared their idealism with that od some of the older Oblates in France who should have been even more exemplary to the young ones:

The virtues and innocence manifested in the life of all who live there would have been the joy of my life and have made up for the lower standards and lack of regularity of so many others who ought to be the ones giving them a good example.

Then Eugene gave an important definition of a concept he constantly used when he described the Oblate lifestyle: regularity:

By regularity I mean fidelity in shaping one’s life according to the spirit and the letter of the Rule. The Rule obliges us to work very seriously at becoming more perfect men of the Church – much more so than others.

Letter to Hippolyte Courtes, 10 January 1831, EO VIII n 378

The Rule is our way of living the Gospel and regularity (from the Latin word for Rule, which is “regula”) means living every aspect of our lives according to these Gospel values. “Regularity” – a good virtue for all of us to work towards.

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One Response to BY REGULARITY I MEAN FIDELITY IN SHAPING ONE’S LIFE ACCORDING TO THE SPIRIT AND THE LETTER OF THE RULE

  1. Eleanor Rabnett, Oblate Associate says:

    As I sit this morning looking at my own life, I find myself wanting to make small excuses for some of my behaviour and attitudes – when they have been less than ‘stellar’. I ask myself what image do I portray as I live my day-to-day, is it one of joy and love, of gratitude?

    I learned in AA that if I was to stay sober (so much more than just not having alcohol or drugs) that I would have to remain faithful to my program as laid out in the 12 Steps, faithful to the spirit of AA.

    Sometimes I allow myself to slip and excuse myself as I allow myself to be faithful to keeping those 12 Steps, or the 10 Commandments, being in relationship with others, a part of families and communities. It had, it has to be so much more than just keeping the ‘letter of the law’.

    “…shaping one’s life according to the spirit and the letter of the Rule.” There it is, the ‘how’ I live the rule(s) of life, written or unwritten. Being faithful to the spirit as well as to the letter of the rule will allow it to become a living part of me or perhaps somehow, me a part of it. Regularity, fidelity to how I choose over and over again to live the Gospel so that hopefully it will touch every aspect of my life.

    This place here, is where I can come to be reminded of that.

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