Be constant in the way of life and virtue you have chosen, changing nothing about it except to improve it.
Do not consider unfortunate events as obstacles but as aids and cherish them, whatever they may be, as effects of the gentle and loving Providence of God your Father.
James 1:2-4, 12
Strive to be kind always to everyone and unkind to no one.
Ephesians 4:2-4, 29-32
Galatians 6:2, 9-10
Romans 12:9-10, 14, 17
1 Peter 3:9
Be exact and diligent to do what you are advised or what is required by your duties, especially when these are useful or necessary for the neighbor. And beware of the fact that we are often apt to postpone them to accomplish others which are not so much our duty but are more in accordance with our natural inclination and our own petty interest.
2 Timothy 4:7
Be courageous to undertake what God wants of you and constant to persevere in what you undertake, never giving up, whatever difficulties occur and whatever obstacles may be placed in your path unless you become totally powerless against them.
Philippians 1:20-24; 2:12-13; 3:12-13
2 Corinthians 11:25-29
Accordingly, pursue to the very end and with gentleness and vigor what you have once and for all resolved and what you prudently believe corresponds to the greater glory of God.
Galatians 5:22-23; 6:9
2 Timothy 2:3-5
Consider as suspect any desire that is overeager and capable of distracting you from more necessary and obligatory occupations.
1 John 4:1-2
Never think of tomorrow unless it has some necessary link with today, but entrust it entirely to Providence.
Never be curious regarding the decisions superiors have in mind for you, but await them all from God's hand, and desire this knowledge only at his appointed time without overeagerness to be informed sooner.
Matthew 1:18-21; 5:3
Matthew 6:9-13, 33-34
Live content with the work obedience gives you, applying yourself to do it carefully, unwilling to tolerate the slightest thought of change, until obedience orders it.
Luke 2:51; 9:23-24
1 John 4:1-2
Be always ready to obey peacefully, indifferent to all that is not against God's will: to live or to die, to be healthy or ill, happy or unhappy, loved or persecuted, finding always your complete contentment solely in fulfilling God's will.
2 Corinthians 12-10
Live out your life with one desire only: to be always what God wants you to be, in nature, grace, and glory, for time and eternity.
2 Corinthians 12:5
Obey promptly, joyfully, and simply, without allowing, if you are able, a single thought of reluctance or refusal or without interjecting a single word between the order and the execution, unless it would obviously be a sin.
1 John 3:24
John 2:5, 7-8
Desire that people have a modest opinion of you and a good one of others; be uneasy when you are considered important and very much at ease when others are.
1 Corinthians 3:18; 4:3-5
1 Peter 5:5-6
Matthew 18:4; 22:38-39
Hide, as well as is possible to you, the ever so little grace God bestows on you; reveal, should an opportunity offer, what allows you to be less esteemed, but do this with discretion.
1 Corinthians 15:10
2 Corinthians 12:5, 9
Fulfill all the duties of the great and true love of God, and you will fulfill the rest.
"Glory" in contempt, and accept embarrassment not only patiently but also joyfully and gratefully. It is, as a matter of fact, in embarrassment and in contempt that great souls find an endless source of grace, merit, and heavenly blessings.
2 Corinthians 12:9
Be undisturbed if others have more intelligence and ability than you, more grace and even more virtue when God has willed it, finding your contentment only in the accomplishment of God's contentment.
1 Corinthians 12:4-27
Consider as certain that, when you commit fewer faults and practice virtue more easily, you are not more holy but only more indebted to God and to his grace; such grace often makes beginners more devoted in good works and less prone to faults than those who have already made much progress. Be aware that holiness consists in something utterly hidden and known to God alone.
Whatever the virtue you recognize in yourself, never turn away from the true fear of God, conscious that his judgements are unfathomable and that his appraisals are quite different from ours.
1 Corinthians 4:7
Consider as certain that in the practice of zeal there is nothing so good as peaceful and disinterested desires for God's glory. God mercifully grants these desires to completely unworthy creatures.
However pure your intentions and your views seems, convince yourself that, in some hidden recess of these intentions, you are still seeking self.
1 John 4:1-2
Romans 12:3, 9-11
Never go ahead of grace by an imprudent eagerness, but quietly await its movements.
Lord, my God, do not let me act hastily, but rather, when, through prayer and counsel I have discerned your most holy will for me, grant me the grace to follow it with great humility, sweetness, faithfulness and courage.
Advance good works until they are almost finished; and then, whenever possible, let them be completed by someone else who will receive the honor.
1 Corinthians 3:6-8
Be above everything that is not God, not allowing yourself to be dominated by any earthly creature but keep all subject to reason.
2 Chronicles 15:1-7
Put no more value on any apparent virtues you may notice in youself than on deceptive images, reminding yourself always that what is in you and from you is only illusion and sin, and that, even when you have done all, you are an "unprofitable servant."
Be careful about the good use of time which is so precious, not losing a minute of it, devoting and offering it to God unreservedly with very pure and noble intentions.
2 Thessalonians 3:10-13
Profit from the opportunities that arise to practice the general virtues in their highest degree.
Accomplish with great diligence and perfection everyday actions and unexpected ones, and never become careless in this respect.
2 Peter 1:3, 5-8
Be a person of such greatness that what is not God will be nothing, and embrace gently and eagerly great apostolic undertakings when the Holy Spirit urges you to this; but according to this same maxim, whatever you do or suffer, let your heart find it a trifle, as indeed it is, in comparison with the grandeur of God and the worth of God's sovereign perfection.
Matthew 5:6; 6:33
Do not imagine that you have arrived at the true love of God before that holy love has entirely emptied you of every kind of vanity, cowardice, heedlessness, sensuality, earthly attachment and affection; in a word, all natural inclination, in order to bring you to live by the movements of grace and by the maxims of the Church and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
For the three faculties of your soul desire this perfection: for the memory, to forget things and self in order to remember little else but God; for the intellect, to see God in all things: his glory, his will, his contentment solely; for the will, the one freedom to go to God, to love God, to embrace all the dictates of his providence with all the love of your heart.
Be watchful and take care not to be deceived; in living out your life, by the devil masquerading as an angel of light; he often incites us to take the movements of nature for the movements of grace and inner, somewhat deceptive instincts, for true inspirations or revelations of God.
2 Corinthians 11:13-15
1 John 4:1-2
Develop fully in yourself indifference and resignation to the will of God; abandonment of self once and for all to the comforting bosom of Providence; a loving acquiescence to all the orders of his good pleasure, whatever may be the circumstances of your life; a tender affection for the very pure will of God; and ardent desire to be entirely according to his heart. All these expressions describe for you, in a variety of ways, the perfect conformity of your will to God's which constitutes your entire perfection.
Mark 1:1-8; 10:13-16
When you are fortunate enough to possess the presence of grace and the desirable effects of God's love, remember that this great good is something lent rather belonging to you, it belongs to the Savior Jesus, from whose merits this good comes, more than it belongs to you, this Savior may take it away from you when he pleases without doing you wrong, and if he ever withdrew his graces, the good in you would vanish like smoke.
Mark 6:30-33, 45-46
When you meet contradictions, strengthen yourself against human fears, continuing to hope when everything seems to throw you into hopelessness regarding the success of your undertakings.
Isaiah 40:31; 12:2
Furthermore, when burdened with great crosses, do not let your heart yearn for death. Let it be enough for you to be crucified with Jesus Christ, as much as and in the way that it is pleasing to God; and regarding every circumstance of your life and death, let him decide.
For the understanding and the practice of the Maxims of the Great Virtue, union with God is absolutely necessary because all virtue, ours and everyone else's is nothing other than a continual influence of graces accompanied on our part by a faithful correspondence; and because these graces God communicates more or less abundantly according as one is more or less in union with him. Therefore, work tirelessly towards the total union of your soul with God.
1 John 2:12-17
The virtues which
will help you acquire and maintain this union and which will be a summary of your little institute are: a great and, I dare say, boundless purity of heart and intention; a very profound and genuine
humility in all things and in every situation; a perfect mortification of self-love, of judgement, of will, and even (with discretion) of the senses, which should go as far as emptying self of the
slightest traces of natural inclination; a very faithful obedience to all the movements of grace; a sincere simplicity, accompanied nevertheless by a great prudence; a contempt of and total
detachment from all creatures and a complete stripping of self; the peace and gentleness that endures and acts without
anxiety and without overeagerness; the total self-abandonment into the hands of Providence with a dependence that is absolute; the love of solitude and of prayer,apart from the time set aside for works of zeal; the very perfect love of neighbor, which loves every kind of person purely, constantly, and equally in God and for God; finally, the pure love of God which leads souls to dwell in thought of God and makes difficult for them to live remote from his presence.
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