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In the heart of the city,in the heart of God
The Jerusalem Community Rule of Life
Saint Paul's, Philippines, 1994
The Livre de Vie, written by Father Pierre-Marie Delfieux as a guide for the brothers and sisters of Jerusalem, is much more than a monastic rule: it's a way of life for anyone interested in the universal Christian vocation in an urban setting, who seeks to live "in the heart of the city, in the heart of God."
Drawing from the earliest sources of the first Christian communities of Jerusalem, its pages shed light on how and why we love, pray, work, welcome others and keep silence; how and why we live out our vows of chastity, poverty and obedience, strive to practice humility and be joyful in the midst of the world and in the Church, at the rhythm of the city. It is a way of life that the name Jerusalem is a constant reminder of; Jerusalem: the city given by God to men and built by men for God.
""I sought to say nothing other than what the Lord himself has already said to us, by drawing from Holy Scripture, the living memorial of Christ, the inner voice of the Spirit, and the practices and teachings of the Church which have guided and illuminated us down the centuries.
. It seemed a good thing to me to be constantly reminded of the fundamental reason, the unavoidable reference from which everything else falls into place: the Blessed Trinity and the Face of Christ, the perfect model of a life of charity, prayer, work, silence, openness to others and the sole model of poverty, chastity, obedience, humility and joy.
It also seemed necessary and wise to draw from what monks, nuns and Fathers of our faith who have gone before us have written and lived out with the same spiritual goal in mind. And I make as much reference to the Virgin Mary as possible, our community being consecrated to her".