Friday, September 29, 2006

Spiritual principles

  • Like the original disciples of old, we will live together, sharing everything, our physical, temporal possessions, as well as our time and our very lives, for and with each other. We will give all we have from the past, in the present, and that we might have in the future: we hold nothing that we will call our own, willingly forsaking all to the Lord and to his family for the use of the Kingdom (Luke 14:33; Acts 2:44-45; 4:34).

  • We recognize that stewardship is an important element of discipleship and so we will be careful with those things that are entrusted to us for our daily use.

  • We know that we are destined to work while we are alive and so we will constantly work with our hands the thing that is good to further the overall work and life of the community.

  • We will counsel together as much as possible and always on decisions that affect other brothers and sisters knowing that godly counsel is the surest way to know God's will (Proverbs 11:14; 24:6).

  • We will respect all those who are elder than us and let ourselves be guided by their wishes. It is our desire, in fact, to submit to each other in all things that the body of Christ may be edified (Acts 14:23; 15:6; 1 Peter 5:5; Ephesians 5:21).

  • We will submit to every law of the land in which we live excepting where this law would cause us to contravene the higher commandments of God (Hebrews 13:17; Acts 5:29).

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Community sins

A quote worthy of note. We printed it out and posted it in the living room.

One of the greatest sins of a community is perhaps a sort of sadness and moroseness. It is easy to spend our time with a few friends, criticizing others, saying that we are fed up and that nothing is like it was in the good old days. This state of spirit, which you read on people's faces, is a real cancer which can spread right through the body. Sadness, like love or joy, comes in waves which immediately spread. We are all responsible for the atmosphere of the community. We can nourish people with trust and love or we can poison them with sadness and all sorts of criticism – Jean Vanier