Our Faith - Ten Good Rules

Guidelines for Church Workers to Live By

Editor's Note: The following guidelines were contributed by a reader of Diocesan News. They were offered in the hope that they might be applied by clergy as well as by laity actively involved in the administration and ministry of the Church.

  1. Uphold the standards of the Holy Gospel, by living according to the teachings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
  2. Be a person of integrity.
  3. Lead by example: meet the standard you are holding others to.
  4. Strive for excellence without arrogance.
  5. Do your best.
  6. Treat everyone with dignity and respect.
  7. Tolerate honest mistakes from people who are doing their best.
  8. Seek the truth; rumors and unverified anecdotes undermine morale.
  9. Speak well of others; gossip undermines human dignity.
  10. Keep a sense of humor and be able to laugh at yourself.

The Goal: Facilitate the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ by enhancing mutual trust, respect, and good two-way communications among the members of the Parish.

Ten Pretty Good Rules

Editor's Note: The following items of homespun wisdom were contributed by a reader of Diocesan News. Although they are general, they can have significant application in parish life as well.

  1. Never wrestle with a pig; you both get dirty and the pig likes it.
  2. Never argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.
  3. Observe everything and admire nothing.
  4. It is sometimes easier to obtain forgiveness than to request permission.
  5. Don't resist the opportunity to keep your mouth shut.
  6. Don't ask a question if you can't live with the answer.
  7. If you want a new idea read an old book.
  8. If you don't know where you are going any road will take you there.
  9. Never adopt a philosophy that supports a lack of courage.
  10. Never look back unless you intend to go in that direction.