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: ---
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):
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Constitutions, Constitutions and Regulations, Project of Apostolic Life
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).
The term may be capitalised, partly capitalised, or lower case, according to whim.