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rule of life
October 28, 2013, 3:28 pm
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At Glasshampton on Saturday, the Franciscan Companions Group spent the day reflecting on Rule of Life and came up with this corporate one.

For me, it is something very important about indicating a shape of life and in pointing out the road ahead for the immediate future.


Birmingham Franciscan Companions

Rule of Life

I shall aim regularly to:

1   Pray to God daily.

2   Read some verses of the Bible each day.

3   Attend the Eucharist regularly, especially on Sunday, and on other days when suitable.

4   Live a life of reflection, being aware of what is good and bad in my life.  To be ready to forgive and receive forgiveness.  If necessary to seek counsel and absolution.

5   Devote some portion of my money, on a systematic and thought out plan, for the help of the needy and the work of God’s Church.

6   Be ready to undertake some service for others in the sphere of my life and work.

7  Live a simple life, avoiding waste and extravagance, trying to spend my money in a way that does not harm others.

8   Deepen my knowledge of God and my faith through religious reading retreats and conferences as opportunity allows.

9  Have proper and regular times of rest and recreation.

10  Show Christ to others by the way I live my life and relate to them.

11  Pray for the Franciscan Family, especially for the First and Second Orders, and for my sister and brother Companions.

12  Review my rule of life on or about the feast of St. Francis (October 4th) each year.


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Really glad to have found this. my own prayer has been transformed in recent years by walking out along a canal for an hour with my dog every morning. It has to be at the same time so I walk in darkness in winter, in light in summer & experience the change from dark to light around the equinoxes. Sometimes the walk is easy & sometimes hard. Glasshampton is a place I know well. What riches you found together when you met there. I hope we meet some time.

Comment by stephencwinter

Thank you Stephen – welcome! That pattern of walking and praying sounds wonderful – unfortunately I do not get that regularity and all it brings.

I don’t know if you might like this piece I wrote on walking and praying:


Hope we bump into each other at Glasshampton one day


Comment by pilgrimpace

Wonderfull timing to stumble upon this when I’m reflecting on developing a personal rule of life
Thank you

Comment by portiasc

I’m really glad you found this at the right time,


Comment by pilgrimpace

I am considering to become a companion of the society of St, Francis,so I was delighted to find this site

Comment by Barry Leach

welcome Barry. Let me know if I can help with anything

Comment by pilgrimpace

me too Barry…let me know if i can help you in any way…are you still ‘considering it’…who have you joined us in SSF yet ?

We are at Pegtop Farm in Woodeaton, Oxford. OX3 9RT…..tel: 07599968381….or you can email me: brotheranthony2001@yahoo.co.uk…se my comment below…

rev br Nigel Anthony cSSF

I am known as the ‘Black Friar’ here in Oxford and I do make the Bishop laugh….too much sometimes, they also like to call me Br Shsssssssssh! at the Christchurch ! NA

Comment by Pegtop Farm, Woodeaton, Oxon, OX3 9RT

Andy…can you help me ? Firstly, my tel no. is : 07599968381, my email address is : brotheranthony2001@yahoo.co.uk and our address is: Pegtop Farm, Woodeaton. Oxon. OX3 9RT.
I have been an SSF Companion since 2001 when I took the vows at Glasshampton officiated by our Br Vincent SSF. Brs. Benedict and Thomas Anthony were also there among others. It was and still is wonderful and I believe, along with my wife too, that it is still the best decision I ever made as both a franciscan and as a Christian, (Spirit filled and led since 1990, before that I was a lapsed member of cofe and an atheist!) and I’m a cofe priest…
I’m currently working part-time for the Bishop and cofe in Oxford as an Assist. Priest in a benefice of 4 rural parishes in the shires of Oxford, which crosses into Bucks too…so we have 3 Bishops to report to ! I am 63 this year and so really only work part-time to keep me going …My wife is only 43 and still a probation officer – but I’m really semi-retired from being a Prison Chaplain and also was a Probation, Police and Hospital Chaplain at various times and locations all in London..I have used and followed this, your blog for some years now and inspired by you, have tried on many occasions to get a local Companions group going for prayer, friendship and fellowship but never to any avail. There seems to be so much apathy and ignorance around and about the Companions, franciscani or otherwise ! Even and although that I live and work in the Oxford- shires could I join your Brum Group ? I am tired and fed up with most things in the church nowadays – but not the Franciscans nor their Companions..please say yes ?! I’m a very lonely Companion and I desperately need some companionship and fellowship ! I am in touch with Sr Liz in Metheringham, she is marvellous, but often seems powerless to help much…I really don’t understand what the problem really is..perhaps it’s me? I re-took my vows in 2012 at Hilfield aided by Vincent again and with Raymond Christian…it was for a new ministry then – as a Hospital Chaplain, which went very well and the Chaplaincy even got me to don a third order habit in Black…so I was known as the Black Friar !! I was originally before marriage, a First Order Postulant based at Hilfield back in 1995, then I got married and that was that…So please write or email me or phone me soon as I am getting lonely…which is unlike me…I use your template as my own ‘rule of life under vows’ and I too prayer walk alone, everyday here in Oxford shire as we live on a farm – lucky us…we have two caravans too so we are ‘blessed with riches in Christ’ ! God comes with me on my walks which is nice! Yours, Rev Br Nigel Anthony (Cunningham) c SSF

Comment by Pegtop Farm, Woodeaton, Oxon, OX3 9RT

click on my ‘avatar’ the Black-habited Friar and link thru to my blog, where you can ‘comment’ or leave me a mailed message…Nigel-Anthony cSSF OBJ

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