Daily Spiritual Food

Maxims from Scripture for daily meditation and spiritual growth.

(The text is usually from the Douay Rheims version unless another is identified. Links are to the NIV, at the Bible Gateway. Some links are provided to the NAB.) 

I.

"But one thing is necessary (Luke 10:42).

You can not serve God and Mammon(Matt 6:24)...Lay up to yourselves treasures in heaven; for where thy treasure is there is thy heart also(Matt 6:19-21)... Be not solicitous for your life, what you shall eat, nor for your body, what you shall put on. Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His justice, and all these things shall be added unto you (Matt. 6:25, 33). [Mammon (m^m2ún) n. 1. Bible- Riches, avarice, and worldly gain personified as a false god in the New Testament. 2. Often mammon = Material wealth regarded as having an evil influence. American Heritage Dictionary.]

The fashion of this world passeth away (1 Cor. 7:31).

There is but one step between me and death (1 Sam. 20:3 DR; compare I Sam 20:3NIV).

Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man what things God hath prepared for them that love Him (I Cor. 2:9)."

 

II.

"What shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world and suffer the loss of his soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (Mark 8:36)

For he that shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation: the Son of man also will be ashamed of him, when He shall come in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.(Mark 8:38)

If any man will follow Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me (Mark 8:34)."

 

III.

"Everyone, no matter how firmly he thinks he is standing, must be careful he does not fall." (I Cor.10:12)(New Jerusalem) (Compare NIV.)

But this know ye, that if the householder did know at what hour the thief would come, he would surely watch and would not suffer his house to be broken open. Lk 12:39

Be you then also ready; for at what hour you think not, the Son of man will come. (Lk 12:40)

Unto whomsoever much is given, of him much shall be required (Luke 12:48).

What things a man shall sow, those also shall he reap.( Gal. 6:8 DR, compare NIV)

"Make no mistake: God is not to be mocked, for a person will reap only what he sows, because the one who sows for his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows for the spirit will reap eternal life from the spirit. So then while we have the opportunity let us do good to all..." (Gal. 6:7-10)(NAB)

Those who do not obey the Gospel shall suffer eternal punishment (2 Thess. 1:9 sic, This one seems to be 2 Thess. 1:8-9 DR, NIV).

 

IV.
All things are naked and open to His eyes (Heb. 4:13).

Walk before Me and be perfect (Gen. 17:1DR; NIV).

This is the will of God, your sanctification (I Thess. 4:3).

If you love Me, keep My commandments (John 14:15).

I meditated on Thy commandments, which I have loved (Psalm 118:47 DR; Ps. 119:47).

 

V.

"Through all your days, my son, keep the Lord in mind, and suppress every desire to sin or to break his commandments. Perform good works all the days of your life, and do not tread the paths of wrongdoing. For if you are steadfast in your service, your good works will bring success, not only to you, but also to all those who live uprightly.

Give alms from your possessions. Do not turn your face away from any of the poor, and God's face will not be turned away from you. Son, give alms in proportion to what you own. If you have great wealth, give alms out of your abundance; if you have but little, distribute even some of that. But do not hesitate to give alms; you will be storing up a goodly treasure for yourself against the day of adversity. Almsgiving frees one from death, and keeps one from going into the dark abode...

Be on your guard, son, against every from of immorality... Do not keep with you overnight the wages of any man who works for you, but pay him immediately. If you thus behave as God's servant, you will receive your reward. Keep a close watch on yourself, my son, in everything you do, and discipline yourself in all your conduct. Do to no one what you yourself dislike." (Tob. 4:5-16 NAB) Compare DR Tob. 4:6-16)

 

VI.

"Judge not that you may not be judged; for with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged, and with what measure you[measure], it shall be measured to you again." See DR Lk 6:38; also Matt 7:2 NIV

"Why do you see the speck in your neighbor's eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your neighbor, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' while the log is in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor's eye." Matt. 7:1-5. NRSV. NIV, NAB.

 

VII.

In "[a]ll things, therefore, whatsoever you would that men should do to you, do you also to them." Matt. 7:12. [The NAB translates this passage: "Do to others whatever you would have them do to you". See footnote 6, and NIV]

 

VIII.

"Beware of false prophets: by their fruits you shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit and the evil tree bringeth for evil fruit

Not every one that saith to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that doth the will of my Father Who Is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven. " Matt. 7:15-21 DR; NIV

IX.

"According to Him that heath called you , Who is holy, be you also in all manner of conversation holy, because it is written: You shall be holy, for I am holy; and if you invoke as Father Him Who without respect of persons judgeth according to every one's work, converse in fear during the time of your sojourning here. Purifying your souls in the obedience of charity, with a brotherly love, from a sincere heart love one another earnestly.", from the Douay-Rheins, compare the NIV: 1 Peter 1:15-22.

X.

"Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said to him: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with they whole mind.

This is the greatest and the first commandment. And the second is like to this: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." Matt. 22:36-39.

XI.

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. 1Cor. 13:4-8. (NRSV) Compare the NAB and footnote 4.

XII.

I say to you: Love you enemies; do good to them that hate you; and pray for them that persecute and calumniate you, that you may be the children of your Father Who is in heaven, who maketh His sun to rise upon the good and the bad, and raineth upon the just and unjust. Matt. 5:44-45.

XIII.

If you will forgive men their offenses, your heavenly Father will forgive you also your offenses. But if you will not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive you your offenses. Matt. 6:14-15.

If you love them that love you, what reward shall you have? Do not even the publicans do this? And if you salute your brethren only, what do you do more? Do not also the heathens do this? Be you, therefore, perfect, as also your heavenly Father is perfect. Matt. 5:46-48. (A "publican" was one who collected taxes and tolls in the Roman Empire according to Dictionary.com.)

XIV.

Oh, how I love your law! It is my meditation all day long. Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is always with me. Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Ps. 119:97-98, 104-105 (NRSV). NIV

XV.

"[D]o not become an enemy instead of a friend; Pleasant speech multiplies friends, and a gracious tongue multiplies courtesies. Let those who are friendly with you be many, but let your advisers be one in a thousand. When you gain friends, gain them through testing, and do not trust them hastily. For there are friends who are such when it suits them, but they will not stand by you in time of trouble. And there are friends who change into enemies, and tell of the quarrel to your disgrace. And there are friends who sit at your table, but they will not stand by you in time of trouble. When you are prosperous, they become your second self, and lord it over your servants; but if you are brought low, they turn against you, and hide themselves from you. Keep away from your enemies, and be on guard with your friends. Faithful friends are a sturdy shelter: whoever finds one has found a treasure. Faithful friends are beyond price; no amount can balance their worth. Faithful friends are lifesaving medicine; and those who fear the Lord will find them. Those who fear the Lord direct their friendship aright, for as they are, so are their neighbors also." Sir. 6:1, 5-17 (NRSV). Compare NAB and footnote 1.

XVI.

"My child, perform your tasks with humility; then you will be loved by those whom God accepts. The greater you are, the more you must humble yourself; so you will find favor in the sight of the Lord. For great is the might of the Lord; but by the humble he is glorified. Neither seek what is too difficult for you, nor investigate what is beyond your power. Reflect upon what you have been commanded, for what is hidden is not your concern. Do not meddle in matters that are beyond you, for more than you can understand has been shown you. For their conceit has led many astray, and wrong opinion has impaired their judgment." Sir. 3:17-24 (NRSV). NAB

"Jesus said: 'You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.'" Matt. 20:25-28 (NRSV), NAB.

"Jesus said: 'You call me Teacher and Lord and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.'" John 13:13-15 (NRSV), NAB.

XVII.

"Remember, O man, that thou art dust, 'and unto dust thou shalt return.'" Gen. 3:19.

"We have not here a lasting city; but we seek one that is to come." Heb. 13:14.

"Man when he shall be dead and stripped and consumed, I pray you, where is he?" Job 14:10 DR. [To pray here means: "To ask (someone) imploringly; beseech" according to the American Heritage Dictionary.] Compare the NIV, and the NAB.

"We brought nothing into this world, and certainly we can carry nothing out of it." 1 Tim. 6:7.

"[I]t is appointed for mortals to die once, and after that [comes] the judgment..." Heb. 9:27 (NRSV). [This passage refutes the notion of reincarnation.] NIV; NAB

"Vanity of vanities and all is vanity" Eccl. 1:2, "except to love God, and to serve Him alone." The Imitation of Christ, Book I, Chapter. 1, verse 3. [Here "vanity" means: "Lack of usefulness, worth, or effect; worthlessness. 4. a. Something that is vain, futile, or worthless." American Heritage Dictionary. See the NAB footnote.]

"Happy is he who always considers the hour of his death and daily prepares himself to die." Imitation of Christ, 23:2, at page 81 in the Confraternity of the Precious Blood version.

"Then the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and the land raised his right hand to heaven and swore by him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and what is in it, the earth and what is in it, and the sea and what is in it: 'There will be no more delay...'" Rev. 10:5-6. NRSV, NAB.

"Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day catch you unexpectedly..." Luke 21:34 NRSV, NAB.

"Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise." Prov. 20:1 NRSV, NAB.

"For the kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit." Rom. 14:17 NRSV, NAB.

XVIII.

"O how beautiful is the chaste generation with glory. (Wis. 4:1 DR, see the nab footnote). [ The New American's rendering is somewhat different: "Better is childlessness with virtue; for immortal is its memory: because both by God is it acknowledged, and by men." NAB.]

Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord (Ps. 118:1). Ps 119:1 in the NIV.

Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God (Matt. v.8). NIV

Who shall ascend into the mountain of the Lord; or who shall stand in His holy place? The innocent in hands, and clean of heart (Ps. xxiii. 3-4DR) Ps 24:3-4 NIV

Flee fornication. Know you not that your members are the temple of the Holy Ghost, Who is in you, whom you have from God; and you are not your own. For you are bought with a great price. Glorify and bear God in your body (I Cor. vi. 18-20DR)." Compare NIV and footnote 7 in the NAB.

XIX

"[A] lying mouth slays the soul" (Wis. i. 11 NAB.) The just shall hate a lying word (Prov. 13:5DR). [In the New American it says: "Anything deceitful the just man hates..."Prov. 13:5 NAB.]

Jesus said: You are of your father the devil and the desires of your father you will do. Truth is not in him; for he is a liar and the father thereof (John 8:44DR). NIV

"Let your 'Yes' mean 'Yes' and your 'No' mean 'No'. Anything more is from the evil one." (Matt. 5. 37NAB). NIV

A deceitful balance is an abomination before the Lord, and a just weight is his will (Prov. xi. i DR). NIV

"Remove from me the way of iniquity, have mercy on me.

I have chosen the way of truth; I will not forget Thy words". (Ps. cxviii:29-30DR). NIV Ps 119:29-30.

XX
"A joyful heart is the health of the body; but a depressed spirit dries up the bones." Prov. 17:22 (NAB). Compare the NIV. [Also, along the same line: "Anxiety in a man's heart depresses it, but a kindly word makes it glad." Prov. 12:25; "A glad heart lights up the face, but by mental anguish the spirit is broken." Prov. 15:13 NAB]

"He that is of a perverse heart shall not find good: and he that perverteth his tongue shall fall into evil. Prov 17:20 DR. [Compare Prov. 17 in the NAB.]

He that setteth bounds to his words is wise. Even a fool, if he will hold his peace, shall be counted wise. Prov. 17:27-28 DR. NAB.

It is better to meet a bear robbed of her whelps, than a fool trusting in his own folly. Prov 17:12

Better is a dry morsel with joy, than a house full of victims with strife. Prov 17:1 DR

As silver is tried by fire, and gold in the furnace, so the Lord trieth the hearts. Prov 17:3

The evil man obeyeth an unjust tongue, and the deceitful hearkeneth to lying lips. Prov 17:4

He that concealeth a transgression seeketh friendships; he, that repeateth it again, separateth friends. Prov 17:9

He that maketh his house high seeketh a downfall; and he that refuseth to learn shall fall into evils. Prov 17:16 DR. Modern translations render this much differently. See, for example, various protestant versions. NAB.

He that is a friend loveth at all times, and a brother is proved in distress (Prov. 17:17)."

 

XXI

"O God, who shall dwell in Thy tabernacle? Or who shall rest in thy holy hill?

He that walketh without blemish, and worketh justice. He that speaketh truth in his heart, who hath not used deceit in his tongue; nor hath done evil to his neighbor. He that sweareth to his neighbor and deceiveth not; he that hath not put out his money to usury, nor taken bribes against the innocent." Douay-Rheims version. "He who acts like this will never be shaken." NAB (Psalm 14 in Douay and 15 in NAB).

XXII

O GOD, incline Thy ear unto me and hear my words. Show forth Thy wonderful mercies, Thou who savest them that trust in Thee.

From them that resist Thy right hand keep me, as the apple of Thy eye. Protect me under the shadow of Thy wings; from the face of the wicked who have afflicted me (Ps. 16:6-8DR) [NAB PS 17:6-9].

In Thee, O Lord, have I hoped, let me never be confounded. Be Thou unto me a God, a protector, and a house of refuge, to save me (Ps. 30:2-3 DR). Ps 31:1-2 NIV

The Lord ruleth me (The Lord is my Shepherd) and I shall want nothing. He hath set me in a place of pasture. Though I should walk in the midst of the shadow of death, I will fear no evils, for Thou art with me. And Thy mercy will follow me all the days of my life. (Ps. 22 DR). Ps 23 NIV, NAB.

XXIII

"Ask, and it shall he given unto you; seek, and you shall find: knock, and it shall be opened to you (Matt. 7:7). How much more will your Father, Who is in heaven, give good things to them that ask Him? (Ibid. 7:11). For every one that asketh, receiveth; and he that seeketh, findeth (Ibid. 7:8). If you shall ask me anything in My name, that will I do (John 14:14). You shall ask whatever you will, and it shall be done unto you '(Ibid. 15:7).

Amen, amen, I say to you, if you ask the Father anything in My name, he will give it you (Ibid. 16: 23). I can do all things in Him Who strengtheneth me (Phil. 4:13). The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon Him; to all that call upon Him in truth. He will do the will of them that fear Him, and He will hear their prayer and save them (Ps. cxliv. 18, 19 DR) Ps 145:18-19 NIV. "By prayer," says St. Bonaventure, "is obtained the possession of every good, and deliverance from every evil."

He hath regard to the prayer of the humble (Ps. 101:18DR). God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble (James. iv. 6DR; NIV). The prayer of him that humbleth himself shall pierce the clouds; . . . and he will not depart till the Most High behold (Ecclus. xxxv. 21DR; but in the NAB see Sir. 35:17-18). A contrite and humble heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise (Ps. 50:19 DR; PS 51:17 NIV). Thou Who savest them that trust in Thee (Ibid. 16:7; VARIOUS). Because he hath hoped in Me, . . . I will deliver him and I will glorify him (Ibid. 90:14, 15DR; AST). But they that hope in the Lord, shall renew their strength (Is. 40:31NIV). No one hath hoped in the Lord, and hath been confounded (Ecclus. ii. 11 DR, but see NAB). They that trust in the Lord, shall be as Mount Zion (Ps. 124:1DR, NAB). Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us as we have hoped in Thee (Ps. 32:22,DR, Ps 33:22 NAB )."

XXIV

Matt. 11:29. "[L]earn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." NRSV; various Protestant translations, NAB.

Gal. 6:2 "Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." NRSV; various.

"My son, keep they soul in meekness." Ecclus. 10:31 DR. [Note Sirac 10:27 in the NAB: "My son, with humility have self-esteem; prize yourself as you deserve."]

Luke 21:19 "By your endurance you will gain your souls." NRSV, various.

"For it is a credit to you if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly. If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, what credit is that? But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God's approval. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps." 1 Pet. 2:19-21 NRSV, various

 

XXV

Job 5:7 "[H]uman beings are born to trouble just as sparks fly upward." NRSV, NAB.

Gen. 3:19 "By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread ..." NRSV, NAB.

"For whom do I labor and defraud my soul of good things?" Eccles. 4:8 DR; NAB

1Cor. 10:31 "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God." NRSV

Col. 3:17 "And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." NRSV, NAB.

Mark 7:37 "They were astounded beyond measure, saying, 'He has done everything well...'" NAB.

"Not serving to the eye as it were pleasing to men, but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God. (Eph. 6:6-7)" Lasance, quoting the Douay-Rheims. (Newer protestant versions are somewhat different. See also NAB.)

"He that feareth man shall quickly fall." Lasance, quoting the Douay-Rheims. (The NRSV translates Prov 29:25: "The fear of others lays a snare, but one who trusts in the LORD is secure." See the NAB, and NIV)

"Whatsoever thy hand is able to do, do it earnestly. (Eccle. 9:10)." Lasance, quoting the Douay-Rheims. See NAB, NIV.

XXVI

THE attire of the body, and the laughter of the teeth, and the gait of the man, show what he is (Eccles. 19:27). NAB Sir. 19:26.

The heart of fools is in their mouth, and the mouth of wise men is in their heart (Eccies. 21:29). SIR 21:26 NAB.

He that uses many words shall hurt his own soul (Eccies. 20:8). Sir 20:7 NAB.

Bc not hasty in a feast. Use as a frugal man the things that are set before thee. Reach not thy hand out first of all and be not the first to ask for a drink (Eccles.31:17, 21, NAB.). [Sir. 31:16-17 NRSV "Eat what is set before you like a well brought-up person... Be the first to stop, as befits good manners, and do not be insatiable, or you will give offense."]

Be wise as serpents and simple as doves (Matt.10:16).

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Let your modesty be known to all men (Phil. 4:4-5;NAB; various).

Rejoice with them that rejoice, weep with them that weep (Rom. 12:15).

Let love be without dissimulation, hating that which is evil, cleaving to that which is good (Rom. 12:9).

"Be not wise in your own conceit... If it be possible, as much as is in you, have peace with all men." (Rom. 12:16, 18).

XXVII

GOOD name is better than great riches. Prov 22:1

He that soweth iniquity shall reap evils. He that is inclined to mercy shall be blessed (Prov. 22:8-9).

Honor thy father, and forget not the groanings of thy mother.

Remember that thou hadst not been born but through them: and make a return to them as they have done for thee.

With all thy soul fear the Lord, and reverence His priests.

With all thy strength love Him that made thee: and forsake not His ministers.

Honor God with all thy soul, and give honor to the priests, and purify thyself with thy alms.

And stretch out thy hand to the poor, that thy expiation and thy blessing may be perfected.

Be not wanting in comforting them that weep, and walk with them that mourn.

Be not slow to visit the sick: for by these things thou shalt he confirmed in love.

In all thy works remember thy last end, and thou shalt never sin. Sir 7:27-40.

Strive not with a man that is full of tongue, and heap not wood upon his fire.

Despise not a man that turneth away from sin, nor reproach him therewith: remember that we are all worthy of reproof.

Despise not a man in his old age: for we also shall become old.

Rejoice not at the death of thine enemy: knowing that we all die, and are not willing that others should rejoice at our death. Sir. 8:4-8. NAB

Before thou inquire, blame no man: and when thou hast inquired, reprove justly.

Before thou hear, answer not a word, and interrupt not others in the midst of their discourse.

Strive not in a matter which doth not concern thee, and sit not in judgment with sinners.

Praise not a man for his beauty; neither despise a man for his look.

Praise not a man before he speaketh, for this is the trial of men.

Be not surety above thy power, and if thou he surety, think as if thou wert to pay it.

Open not thy heart to every man: lest he repay thee with an evil turn, and speak reproachfully to thee.

Pride is hateful before God and men: annd all iniquity of nations is execrable.

For when a man shall die, he shall inherit serpents, and beasts, and worms.

The beginning of the pride of man is to fall off from God. Because his heart is departed from Him that made him: for pride is the beginning of all sin; he that holdeth it shall be filled with maledictions, and it shall ruin him in the end.

God hath abolished the memory of the proud, and hath preserved the memory of them that are humble in mind.

Pride was not made for men: nor wrath for the race of women.

The fear of God is the glory of the rich, and of the honorable, and of the poor.

Despise not a just man that is poor, and do not magnify a sinful man that is rich.

The great man, and the judge, and the mighty is in honor: and there is none greater than he that feareth God.

Believe not every word. There is one that slippeth with the tongue, but not from his heart.

For who is there that hath not offended with his tongue?

Wine and women make wise men fall off.

How sufficient is a little wine for a man well taught (Ecclesiasticus.).

XXVIII

BETTER is a poor man who is sound, and strong of constitution, than a rich man who is weak and afflicted with evils.

There is no riches above the riches of the health of the body: and there is no pleasure above the joy of the heart.

Give not up thy soul to sadness, and afflict not thyself in thy own counsel.

The joyfulness of the heart is the life of a man, and a neverfailing treasure of holiness: and the joy of a man is length of life.

Have pity on thy own soul, pleasing God, and contain thyself: gather up thy heart in His holiness: and drive away sadness far from thee.

He that loveth gold, shall not be justified: and he that followeth after corruption shall be filled with it.

Many have been brought to fall for gold, and the beauty thereof hath been their ruin.

Gold is a stumbling-block to them that sacrifice to it: woe to them that eagerly follow after it, and every fool shall perish by it.

Blessed is the rich man that is found without blemish; and that hath not gone after gold, nor put his trust in money nor in treasures.

My son, do thou nothing without counsel, and thou shall not repent when thou hast done.

The hopes of a man that is void of understanding are vain and deceitful: and dreams lift up fools.

Honor the physician for the need thou hastof him: for the Most High hath created him. For all healing is from God, and he shall receive gifts of the king.

The Most High hath created medicines out of the earth, and a wise man will not abhor them.

Was not bitter water made sweet with wood?

The virtue of these things is come to the knowledge of men, and the Most High hath given knowledge to men, that he may be honored in his wonders.

By these he shall cure and shall allay their pains, and of these the apothecary shall make sweet confections, and shall make up ointments of health, and of his works there shall be no end.

For the peace of God is over all the face of the earth.

My son, in thy sickness neglect not thyself, but pray to the Lord, and he shall heal thee.

Turn away from sin, and order thy hands aright, and cleanse thy heart from all offense.

O Death, how bitter is the remembrance of thee to a man that hath peace in his possessions (Ecclesiasticus.).

XXIX

COME to Me ail you that labor and are burdened, and I will refresh you (Matt. 11:28).

The bread that I will give is My flesh, for the life of the world (John 6:52).

Take ye and eat; this is My body, which shall be delivered for you; this do for the commemoration of Me (1 Cor. 11:24).

He that eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, abideth in Me, and I in him (John 6:57DR; NAB).

The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life (John 6:64DR; NAB).

As the Father hath loved Me, I also have loved you. Abide in My love.[ John 14:15, NAB.]

He that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father: and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him. [John 14:21; NAB.]

You are My friends, if you do the things that I command you. [John 15:14, NIV.]

I will not now call you servants: for the servant knoweth not what his lord doth. But I have called you friends, because all things whatsoever I have heard of My Father I have made known to you. Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends. [See John 15:13-15; NIV.]

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give unto you (John 14:27; NIV).

Taste and see that the Lord is sweet (Ps.33:9DR).

The Lord is good to them that hope in Him, to the souL that seeketh Him (Lam. 3:25; NAB).

Seek ye the Lord, while He may be found; call upon. Him while He is near (Is. 55:6; NAB).

The Lord waiteth that He may have mercy on you (Is. 30:18; NAB).

My delights are to be with the children of men (Prov. 8:31DR; NAB).

XXX

CHRIST Himself warns us: Therefore, keep awake - for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, (Mark 13:35 NRSV, NAB). Whilst it is day work well; the night cometh when no man can work (John 9:4); and that night may come sooner than you think.

He that shall persevere to the end, he shall be saved (Matt. 24:13, NAB).

We shall all stand before the judgment-seat of Christ (Rom. 14:10, NAB). It is sure and certain that every man must die; and after death comes judgment (Heb. 9:27DR). [But see NAB which indicates there is no re-incaraton. CCC 1013. Also NIV.]

All things that are done; God will bring to judgment (Eccles. 12:14, NAB); yea, says Christ, every idle word that men shall speak, they shall render an account for it in the day of judgment (Matt. 12:36, NAB).

O Lord, pierce Thou my flesh with Thy fear; for I am afraid of Thy judgments (Ps. cxviii. 120, Ps. 119:120 NAB.).

If we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged (1 Cor. 11:31, NIV, but see NAB).

Show, O Lord, Thy ways to me and teach me Thy paths.

The sins of my youth and my ignorances do not remember.

For Thy name's sake, O Lord, Thou wilt pardon my sin: for it is great (Ps. xxiv, Ps. 25: 4-7, 11 NIV).

In Thee, O Lord, have I hoped, let me never be confounded.

Let me not be confounded, O Lord, for I have called upon Thee.

Make Thy face to shine upon Thy servant: save me in Thy mercy (Ps. xxx, Ps. 31:15-17 NAB).

 

XXXI

 

THE souls of the just are in the hand of God, and the torment of death shall not touch them. In the sight of the unwise they seemed to die: and their departure was taken f~r misery: and their going away from us, for utter destruction: but they are in peace, and though in the sight of men they suffered torments, their hope is full of immortality. Afflicted in few things, in many they shall be well rewarded: because God hath tried them, and found them worthy of Himself. As gold in the furnace He hath proved them, and as a victim of a holocaust He hath received them, and in time there shall be respect had to them. They shall judge nations and rule over people, and their Lord shall reign forever. They that trust in Him shall understand the truth: and they that are faithful in love shall rest in Him; for grace and peace are to His elect. For he that rejecteth wisdom and discipline is unhappy: and their hope is vain, and their labors without fruit, and their works unprofitable. For the fruit of good labors is glorious, and the root of wisdom never faileth. The just man, if he be prevented with death, shall be in rest. For venerable old sge is not that of long time, nor counted by the number ~f years; but the understanding of a man is gray hairs, and a spotless life is old age. He pleased God and was beloved, and living among sinners He was translated. He was taken away lest wickedness should alter his under-standing, or deceit beguile his soul. For the bewitching of vanity obscureth good things, and the wandering of con-cupiscence overturneth the innocent mind. Being made perfect in a short space, he fulfilled a long time. For his soul pleased God; therefore He hastened to bring him out of the midst of iniquities; but the people see this, and understand not, nor lay up such things in their hearts; that the grace of God and His mercy is with His saints, and that He bath respect to Ills chosen. But the just that is dead condemneth the wicked that are living, and youth soon ended, the long life of the unjust. For they shall see the end of the wise man, and shall not understand what God hath designed for him, and why the Lord hath set him in safety. They shall see him, and shall despise him; but the Lord shall laugh them to scorn. Then shall the just stand with great constancy against those that have afflicted them, and taken away their labors. These seeing it shall be troubled with terrible fear, and shall be amazed at the suddenness of their unexpected salvation, saying within themselves repenting, and groaning for anguish of spirit: These are they whom we had some time in derision, arid for a parable of reproach. We fools esteemed their life madness, and their end without honor. Behold how they are numbered among the children of God, and their lot is among the saints (Wisdom starting at 3:1, NAB).

Then shall the King say to them, that shall be on His right hand: Come ye blessed of My Father, possess you the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

For I was hungry, and you gave Me to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me to drink; I was a stranger, and you took Me in; naked, and you covered Me; sick, and you visited Me. I was in prison, and you came to Me.

Then shall the jist answer Him, saying: Lord, when did we see Thee hungry, and fed Thee; thirsty, and gave Thee drink? And when did we see Thee a stranger, and took Thee in? or naked, and covered Thee?

Or when did we see Thee sick or in prison, and came to Thee?

And the King answering shall say to them: Amen, I say to you, as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to Me (Matt. 25:34-40, NAB).

Meditate upon these things (1 Tim. 4:15 Douay-Rheims; various, NAB).

The above material is taken from My Prayer Book by Rev. F. X. Lasance, which was published by Benziger Brothers in 1908. I would recommend that you check any confusing passage with a more modern translation, or compare several. You can do this online with the NIV and other Protestant translations at Bible Gateway, or look at the New American Bible which is a modern Catholic translation.

The scripture quotes are from the Douay-Rheims version, as it appears in My Prayer Book, except some scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyrighted 1989, by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission. All rights reserved. The NRSV is online.

Remember that if the number of a Psalm seems incorrect, the Catholic and Protestant numbers were not the same until recently.

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