Force yourself to get up early and at a definite time. Do not sleep
too much. Take seven hours maximum as a general rule, unless you are
unusually fatigued. As soon as you wake up direct your thoughts to
God and piously cross yourself, thinking of our crucified Lord Jesus
Christ, who died on the cross for the sake of our salvation. Get up
from your bed at once and get dressed. Do not pamper yourself. While
dressing remember that you are in the presence of the Lord and your
guardian angel. Then start your morning prayers immediately. Make a
firm resolution to do everything for the Lord and to receive
everything from His Fatherly Hand. Meditate in this way: may be this
is the last day of my life, then do everything the way you would-if
you were preparing to come before the justice of God.
After your prayers, start your work. Let your deeds and actions are
for the glory of God. Remember that God sees you everywhere, sees
all your actions, doings, feelings, thoughts and desires, and will
generously reward you for all your good deeds. Do not begin anything
without praying to God, because the things we do or say without
prayer later proved to be either sinful or harmful. Amid your labors
be not down cast, and entrust their success to God's Grace. Fulfill
all that is difficult for you as though it were a penance for your
sin in the spirit of obedience and humbleness. Repeat brief prayers
especially the Jesus prayer, while you are working. If your work is
being accomplished with success, as your hearts desires- thank the
Lord: if without success- then remembers that this, too God allows,
and He works everything for good.
If you wish for a spiritually peaceful life give yourself to God.
You will not find any spiritual peace until you are satisfied with
God alone, loving Him only. Always and in everything think of God
and His holy love for us sinners. In everything try to fulfill God's
will and to please God alone. Do not care to be respected and loved
Keep a vigilant watch over your feelings, thoughts and
motions of your heart and your passions. Give consideration to
nothing trivial where your personal salvation is concerned. In
everything ask yourselves: In this case what would Jesus Christ have
thought, said, or done? Be meek, quite, and humble, be silent and
endure by the example of Jesus. He will not lay a cross upon you,
which you are not able to carry. He Himself will help you carry your
Do not expect to acquire anyone virtue without any sorrow and
pains of the soul. Beg God to give you grace to fulfill in the best
way possible. His holiest commandments- even though they may seem
difficult for you. When you have fulfilled any one of the God's
commandments, await temptation, for love for our conquering the
obstacles tests Christ.
Do not dwell in idleness even for a short
time, but always remain in labor and be occupied. Do everything in
the name of Jesus Christ and in this way all your actions will be
deeds of piety. Flee even the smallest of sins, because one, who
does not commit the smallest, certainly will not fold into great and
deep ones. If you do not want to be bothered by evil thoughts, then
humbly receive all disparagement of soul and bodily suffering. Every
thought which withdraws you further away from God, especially filthy
thoughts of the flesh, banish from your heart, as quickly as
possible, as you would cast from your clothes a spark of fire that
fell burning on them. Amidst temptations do not be troubled. He, who
gives you the circumstance of a battle, will also give you strength
for victory. Let your spirit be at rest, trust in God. Pray to God
that He takes from you everything that feeds your self-love, even
though it may be very bitter for you. Wish to live and die for God
alone, and to belong to Him entirely.
If you have food and clothing,
be content with it by the example of Jesus Who became impoverished
for our sake. Never argue and do not depend or excuse yourselves too
much. Do not say anything against your superiors or your neighbors
without need or obligation.
Be sincere and simple in heart; with
love accept directions, admonitions, and being exposed by others,
even though you may be wise. Do not detest or be envious or
exceedingly stern in word and deeds. What you do not wish for
yourselves do not do unto others and what you wish others to do to
you, do it first unto them. Be gentle, modest, careful, wise, blind
and deaf, according to the situation. Remember that Jesus is present
among those with whom you are and among those with whom you speak.
Say nothing without thought. Bear it firmly in mind, that time is
short and that man must give and account of every idle word that he
Listen more than speak; in verbosity you will not escape sin.
Beg God to give you blessing to be silent and to speak at the right
time. Do not be curious about news, it diverts the spirit. Try to do
good to every one any kind of good and at any time you can, not
thinking whether it will be appreciated, with gratitude or without.
If one does not obey you the first time, do not force him through
debate, make use of the good yourself, which he has lost, because
meekness will bring you great profiting supper remember the last
supper of Jesus Christ, begging Him to honor you with heavenly food.
Before going to sleep, examine conscience, pray to be given light to
recognize your sins: think of them, beg for forgiveness and promise
to reform. Then give yourself up to God, as though to night you will
have to appear before Him. Entrust yourself to the mother of God,
your guardian angel, the saint whose name you bear. Picture your bed
as your coffin and your blanket as your shroud. Cross yourself and
kissing the cross you wear, fall asleep under the protection of
Shepherd of Israel! He will not nod or fall asleep.
During an illness first of all entrust yourself to God in order to
strengthen your spirit in the midst of your misery, often remember
and think of the suffering and the death of Jesus Christ.
Ceaselessly say all the prayers you know and can. Beg God to forgive
you your sins and to give you patience while ill. In all ways
possible abstain from complaining an irritation that are common when
ill. Our Lord Jesus Christ underwent, for the sake of our salvation
the most painful illness and suffering and what have we done or
suffered for the sake of our salvation?
Go to the services in church as often as possible; try especially to
be present often at the liturgy. Go to confession and receive the
holy sacraments as often as possible. Receive holy communion always
with sincere hunger and real thirst of your soul, with a contrite
heart, with reverence, humbleness, faith, trust and love. Think of
the suffering and death of Jesus Christ as often as possible,
begging Him to veil your sins and receive you into His kingdom. May
the name of Jesus always be on your lips, in your soul and your
heart? As often as possible meditate on God's great love to you,
glorified and worshipped in the Trinity so that you yourself may
love Him with all your heart, all your soul and with all your
thoughts. Doing so you will lead a peaceful life on this earth and a
blessed one in Heaven forever.