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Term:   Rule of Life
Definition: Both the description (the fundamental charter) of the evangelical inspiration for a way of life lived in community and the norms for living this life in practical terms, i.e. following the Lord through a particular spiritual discipline and apostolic method.


POS (part of speech). Can be more than one:
     POS 1: N/phrase     
     POS 2: ---

 

Term type ('EntryTerm' if no other applies):
     Type 1: EntryTerm     
     Type 2: ---

 

Term status:
     for POS 1: General     
     for POS 2: ---
(General=also found outside Salesian usage; Salesian=possibly not well understood beyond Salesian circles; Neologism, Archaic, Deprecated refer to the term's status in Salesian discourse)

 

Recommended equivalent (it): Regola di vita

 

(In most cases the Italian term will be the official source term. In other cases below, if the term has its source in another language, this will be indicated by an [S] following the term.)

 

Recommended equivalent (es):

 

Recommended equivalent (fr): Règle de Vie

 

Recommended equivalent (pt):

 

Suggested equivalent (other):

 

Other language:
Language code chosen from IANA registry]

 

Synonyms:
Constitutions, Constitutions and Regulations, Project of Apostolic Life

 

Geographical/Regional usage:

 

Description:
The Foreword (called 'Presentation' in the English edition) to the 1984 Salesian Constitutions uses the term in its first sentence. This sentence is then followed by a second which includes the terms manual and identity card. There are more than the Constitutions and Regulations involved in this instance; the 22nd General Chapter also included key texts from Don Bosco's hand, or at least signed by him (the Letter from Rome!).
The Groups which make up the Salesian Family have their specific Rules of Life, and there are also three overarching texts which might be called, at least broadly, a common Rule of Life for the Salesian Family, the Salesian Identity Card, the Common Mission Statement, and the Charter of Identity for the Salesian Family.
Rule of Life, then is a term which includes Constitutions, Regulations, Directories and other texts considered normative.

 

Context (examples of use):
"Here at last, dear confreres, is our renewed and approved Rule of life" (Presentation of the Constitutions of the Society of St Francis of Sales).

 

Other notes:
The term may be capitalised, partly capitalised, or lower case, according to whim.

 

 

  

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POS (part of speech). A term may be more than one POS
(1) (2)

 

   


Term type ('EntryTerm' if no other applies)
(1) (2)   
[Initialisms like AGC are regarded as acronyms; a term like 'Bro.' is an abbreviation; an example of short form instead would be the main part of a very long book title (most of DB's book titles! 'Giovane Provveduto' is a short form). A loan term is not translated whereas a calque is. A blend is where two (or more) morphemes or 'word' parts have been combined to form a single term, as in the case of 'austraLasia'. Choose variant when there exists at least one other common form of the term. ]

 


Term status (General=also found outside Salesian usage; Salesian=possibly not well understood beyond Salesian circles; Neologism, Archaic, Deprecated refer to the term's status in Salesian discourse)
(1) (2)   
[Archaic refers to terms that have fallen out of regular use. Deprecated indicates official disapproval or if not disapproval, official abandonment at least. A neologism is a term that has come into play relatively recently - say, since Vatican II, but the time frame can be flexible.]

 

Recommended equivalent (it). In most cases the Italian term will be the official source term

   

 

 

Recommended equivalent (es)

   

 

 

Recommended equivalent (fr)

   

 

 

Recommended equivalent (pt)

   

 

 

Suggested equivalent (other) (Where it is the source term indicated with [S] and appropriate language code [chosen from IANA registry])

   

 


   

 

 


Definition
  
[The definition should not be imagined! It is assumed that it exists either in a reputable dictionary (or at least in similar words) or in some authoritative Salesian reference (e.g. the Constitutions, AGC or similar public document, Lenti's 7 volume series, and so on]

 


Synonyms
  

 


Geographical/Regional usage
  
[Certain terms are common in restricted parts of the Congregation. We have one 'prior' but only in INB; in some parts of Asia the Salesian community is called a 'convent', but not elsewhere]

 


Description

[Etymological information, mostly]

 


Context (examples of use)

[English usage, obviously]  

 


Other notes
  
[Room here for more personal observations, private opinion if felt to be useful]

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