Never do anything which contradicts the pursuit of holiness.
1 Peter 2:21-25
2 Corinthians 4:7-15
1 Corinthians 1:4-9
Always be serious when you are with others, but let it be a joyful seriousness, courteous and full of a gentle and reserved simplicity.
Live with the Lord on the cross. Die to pleasures and to vanity. Live only for God and die completely to self.
Galatians 2:20; 6:14
When there is question of many things to be done at the same time in the community and the choice is given to you, choose what is more lowly and difficult, and leave to others what is easier and brings more honor.
1 Peter 5:5-7
Pursue above all the pure glory of God, your salvation and perfection, the salvation and perfection of the neighbor, and not the satisfaction and consolation often found in these pursuits.
Whenever there is no danger that God will be offended or less honored, manifest all the compliance possible towards the neighbor. Whatever difficulty you may experience in that, do not let it appear, showing a joyful countenance full of gentleness, as if you found great happiness in what is painful to you. Whatever you do for the dear neighbor, do it with the same feeling of devotion and of charity as if you were doing it for the very person of Jesus Christ.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, it is pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. (Prayer of Saint Francis)
Prefer always the will and contentment of others to your own will and contentment and do so even with a happy and joyful heart, provided, of course, as has been said, that God is not offended by it nor less honored.
Give all the happiness you can to those who give you a great deal of unhappiness, and give it willingly.
Ephesians 4:2-4, 31-32
1 Peter 3:8-9
Interpret all things from the best possible point of view.
Keep an ever free heart which clings to nothing terrestrial, whatever might be the appearances of good.
2 Corinthians 4:18; 8:8-9
Empty yourself of all human respect and of the least blameworthy concession, and declare, with a generous heart, never to yield in anything that would be against God's will.
When you work for the neighbor do it with a very unselfish love which expects no reward for its services, and aim at nothing other than helping her and being at the same time pleasing to God.
Be troubled instead of being complacent if it happens that what you do satisfies people since, according to St. Paul, it seems that those who are pleasing to men are not the servants of Jesus Christ (Galatians 1:10).
At the end of your good works, give all the glory to our dear Saviour, who by his death has truly become the inspiration of your life and of your good works.
Isaiah 41:10b, 13, 14
Acts 3:11-16; 4:7-12
Convince yourself of this truth, that you scarcely do anything in this world but place drawbacks in the path of God's grace.
Believe, after success in your good works, that the sins you have committed while doing them will have caused much less progress than God had reason to expect from your cooperation.
Love and strive after, especially, the interior gentleness of your soul, living in peace and in the tranquility of all your passions, and outwardly doing all things without overeagerness and bearing what you must bear without any complaint or murmuring or anxiety whatsoever.
Am I able to retain my peace of mind when my faith in God, and in other people, is put to the test?
Strive also wholeheartedly after the peaceful and intimate union with God, very cordial charity and forbearance towards the neighbor, really innocent purity of heart, very perfect fidelity to grace joined to a peaceful death to all natural inclinations, very true humility, simplicity and sincere candor, the obedience of a child who looks for no reason, poverty completely stripped, continual joy of spirit appropriate to your institute, in a word, attain the pure and perfect love of God which explains all things.
1 Peter 5:5-7
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