Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Spirituality: Guidelines for Students and Teachers

Within the church, we always have more to learn about our tradition and practices. We are always students and we are sometimes teachers. These are a few suggestion for our life of discipleship.

1. Find a place you trust and then try trusting it for a while.

2. General duties of a student:
        a.) pull everything out of your teacher.
        b.) pull everything out of your fellow students.

3. General duties of a teacher:
        a.) pull everything out of your students.

4. Consider everything an experiment.

5. Be self-disciplined. This means finding someone who is wise and then choosing to follow this model. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self disciplined is to follow in a better way.

6. Follow the leader. Nothing is a mistake. There is no win and no fail. There is only the striving.

7. The only rule is work. If you work, it will lead to something. It is the people who do all the work all of the time who eventually catch onto things. You can fool the fans, but not the players.

8. Do not try to create and analyze at the same time. They are different processes.

9. Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. it is lighter than you think.

10. We are breaking all the rules, even our own rules. How do we do this? By leaving plenty of room for (mysterious and unidentified) qualities.

Hint: Always be around. Come or go to everything. Always go to mass (or classes). Read anything that comes across your desk. Look at movies carefully and often. Save everything as it may come in handy later.