Choose to bear all the evils of time rather than the least of eternity, all the evils of nature rather than the least deprivation of grace, since all kinds of reasons illumined by faith teach you to live according to this truth.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18
1 Timothy 4:5-8
Consequently, accept without hesitation the loss of all good and the suffering of all evil, rather than the failure, however slight, to fulfill the holy will of God.
1 Peter 5:8-11
Be completely humble since whatever you are, whatever you have, and whatever you do for yourself and others depends on a pure mercy and infinite condescension of God. If you are not humble in every way, you make yourself unworthy of these and the assistance of his graces.
1 Corinthians 3:5-9
Likewise, be very faithful to the grace of the Holy Spirit, listening attentively, obeying promptly and entirely, attributing to God, as is indeed just, the honor resulting from the success of your good actions.
In everything and everywhere, have only God, God's will and glory before your eyes, and make no account of anything else.
John 17:1-5; 4:34; 5:30
Desire little in this world, and what you do desire, desire that very little. And better yet, live without desire and set plans. Abandon yourself, surrendering very gently, to the very loving Providence of God.
1 Timothy 6:7-9
Luke 10:40-42; 12:16-21
Make so perfect a sacrifice of self and of will that you are empty of self from this time on, and thus you will no longer be able to choose deliberately anything except that God's will be completely and perfectly accomplished in you, by you, and among all others.
Recognize and cherish tenderly this very loving will in all that happens in your life, whatever this may be, and in all the orders of your superiors, unless something manifestly sinful is commanded.
Hebrews 13:17; 10:5-9
When I find God's will difficult, do I follow Jesus' example--"being in agony, he prayed longer?"Do I say a sincere and loving "may your will be done" at least in my heart if not with the lips, regardless of how I feel emotionally?Do I try to relate all the daily happenings to God's plan for me?Am I obedient?Do I believe in authority?
Apply yourself seriously and totally to perform with perfection the present will of God without diverting yourself from it, to the detriment of your obligations, by considering uselessly what will be intimated and manifested to you in due time and place.
Psalm 26:1; 11, 14
Desire neither praise nor reward for your good works in this life and you will have deeper and fuller life in eternity.
Matthew 6:3-4; 17-18
Philippians 2:6-8; 3:8
On the contrary, behave in such a manner that your good actions are hidden in time and known to God alone, to appear only in eternity and even never to appear, if God so wills.
2 Corinthians 5:10
Love nothing but God and what can be called divine.
Be utterly given to God by a holy self-surrender, utterly for God by a love pure and completely unselfish, utterly in God by a continuing effort to be more conscious of his presence, utterly accordingly to God by a will, a life and everything conformed to him.
Be happy in all things about God's glory solely, regardless of who furthers it, and be happier yet when others seem noticeably to advance that glory more than you do.
Seek in everything God's contentment and not anything else, and the better to practice this, remember in the entire living out of your life, in desolation, in sickness, etc., to desire God's greater contentment without giving a thought to your own interest.
Sirach 2:1-5; 3:18
1 Corinthians 10:31
Seek out the interior and hidden life of Jesus insofar as the activities of zeal allow.
Be sad over the world's notice of you or affection for you and be convinced that such notice and affection are wasted on anyone who so little merits it; and, on the contrary, desire only that the preoccupation and affection of people be, like that of the angels, of God alone and for God alone.
Believe with Saint Teresa the truths of your religion with a firmer faith when they are more difficult to understand. (The Autobiography of Teresa of Avila, Chapter XIX).
1 Corinthians 16:13
1 Timothy 6:11-14
And do the same in the practice of hope. When in your actions and plans there is little likelihood of success or of human aid and more difficulties oppose you, trust in God far more.
Psalm 27, 11, 31, 62, 118
Luke 12:7; 22-31
1 Timothy 4:10
In your greatest troubles and dangers hope with a firm confidence not that God will comfort or deliver you but that he will effect in you and through you his holy and loving will and live perfectly at peace with this hope.
1 Peter 4:12-16, 19
When you happen to be abandoned by creatures,and even by God if he takes away his sensible graces, remember the abandonment of the dear Savior on the cross and tenderly cherish your own consideration of his.
Psalm 22, 38, 50, 86, 102,130
If it glorifies God, desire to be as pleasing to him by each of your actions as the (holiest) persons in this world would be by the practice of the same action.
1 Peter 1:13-16
2 Timothy 1:6-10
In your undertakings, see to it that God alone is their inspiration and their goal; that in their execution you never turn aside from his holy will, and as for the result, remain completely indifferent whether they succeed or not, desiring that in all and by all the will of God would be perfectly fulfilled, a will that you should equally recognize and love when your plans are delayed and even destroyed and when you see their advancement and successful development.
Convince yourself that wherever you are and whatever you do God sees you clearly and distinctly; do not do in his presence what you would not dare to do in the presence of a person you should esteem.
Let your affections and actions be guided by reason and duty and not by caprice and natural inclinations.
1 Corinthians 13:1-13
1 Corinthians 5:6-8
Ask nothing and refuse nothing, unless you judge it absolutely necessary after having prayed to God. Even in that case let it be done as a simple proposal together with a complete resignation whether this proposal is accepted or not.
Job 1:21-22; 2:10
Never complain about anyone but yourself.
James 3:2-12; 2:1-13
1 John 3:21-24
Be nothing to yourself and be utterly given to God and to the neighbor.
Love nothing that is not eternal.
1 Corinthains 10:24
Tend solely and lovingly to resemble the dear Savior perfectly and in all things. Let him live in you and you in him.
2 Corinthians 3:3
Long solely and constantly for the great love of God and of our Savior Jesus, but long for it without overeagerness.
Be, at least in desire, the
poorest people, the most humble and humbled, the most pure and obedient, in order to become like the one who was all that, the divine exemplar according to whom you should
His state was divine, yet he did not cling to his equality with God but emptied himself to assume the condition of a slave, and became as all men are, he was humbler yet, even to accepting death, death on a cross. Philippians 2:6-8
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