Keep always in mind the aim of your vocation which is sublime; and never do anything which contradicts the commitment to a life full of modesty, gentleness and holiness.
2 Timothy 4:5
Take it as a general rule for your inner being, for your virtues and for your actions, that “you must be made perfect just as your Heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48); that is to say, embrace in all things what will bring about the greater glory of God, be more conformable to God’s holy will, and be more pleasing in God’s sight.
John 4:34; 8:54; 15:14
1 Thessalonians 4:1
Empty yourself continually in
honor of the Incarnate Word who emptied himself with so much love for you (Philippians 2:7).
Make your commitment to live in
the practice of the most sincere, true, and
profound humility possible to you. Do so on all occasions, to everyone but
especially to God, from whom must come all the blessings of your Institute.
Romans 12:3, 16
Live, as much as you can, in such a way that your life, in honor of the Holy Spirit, may be a continual act of the most pure and perfect charity that you are able to practice toward God.
1 Peter 4:8
1 Corinthians 13
John 13:34; 14:16-18
Ephesians 3:16-19; 4:1-41
God took the initiative in loving me. Am I willing to take the initiative in loving others? Am I sensitive to the needs of others? Is love the root and foundation of my life? Am I open to the work of the Spirit in me? What is my contribution to strengthening the bond of love in my community?
Esteem the world and its vanities no more than dung (Philippians 3:8). Let the world be crucified to you and you to it (Galatians 6:14); that is to say, “despise the world which is only illusion” (1Corinthians 7:31) and reject its maxims which are full of deceit and impiety.
1 Corinthians 1:27; 7:31
“Put aside your old self...so that you can put on the new” (Ephesians 4:22-24), and accordingly lead a life dead to the world and to self-love, full of gentleness, humility of heart, true sincerity, modesty, interior and exterior peace, and of charity toward the neighbor; in a word, (a life) completely modeled on the holiness and the pleasing virtues of Jesus which you should develop in yourself. Thus you can by grace draw many people who will profit by your example and your conversations.
In the manifestation of zeal characteristic of your very humble vocation, imitate the fervor of the most zealous and embrace in desire the salvation and perfection of a whole world in a spirit replete with a true humility and a generous courage. This will bring you to wish to do everything, to suffer everything for the advancement of the glory of God and the salvation of the dear neighbor.
Root the strength of your resolutions and the hope of the success of your undertakings in the knowledge of your great weakness and the total mistrust of self, as well as in the firm and assured confidence you ought to have in God, for whom nothing is impossible and who will always assist you in everything you undertake for his glory through the movement of God’s grace and according to the orders of obedience.
1 Corinthians 16:13; 10:13
2 Corinthians 4:7-10
Shun always and with repulsion all vanity, self-complacency, and infidelity to grace as plagues which infect good works and interfere with the action of divine grace on the living out of your life.
Matthew 5:16; 6:1-4; 3:8-10
Speak neither well nor ill of yourself without necessity; have no esteem of yourself nor of what you do, since what you are and can do is nothing before God, and since anyhow you are full of imperfections which would make you despise yourself were they known to you.
1 Corinthians 1:26-31
Romans 12:3; 7:14-25
Always speak favorably of others and value highly the good in them, excusing and covering up, in the way you can, the deficiencies that they might have.
James 1:26; 5:9; 4:11
Ephesians 4:32; 4:15
1 Corinthians 13:6-7
The Scripture References can be found at the United States Conference of Bishops website.
Translation: Federation of the Sisters of St.
Joseph International Research Team, 1975.
Project Designer: Sister Catherine Marie Kreta, CSJ
Gospel Values, References, Application: Sister Marilyn Binder, CSJ