The Augustinian Way of Life
Love of God and Neighbor (Matthew 22:36-40)
Augustine’s synthesis of the Gospel and how it can be lived is found in Augustine’s Rule. In this brief document (written around the year 400), Saint Augustine presents his vision of the values that underlie the life of a vibrant and holy religious community. The Rule contains several enduring principles that are essential for life in a religious community, which Augustine derives largely from the lives of the early Christian community described in Acts 4:32-37.
While the Rule references certain time-bound customs of fifth-century culture (e.g., public baths of Roman Africa), the principles behind these references are timeless and can be applied to help shape healthy Christian community in a number of contexts outside of religious life today, including family life, work life, etc.
We therefore encourage all Christians to live these same principles. We encourage you to explore the principles below and consider how they may help shape community life where you find yourself.