Today we celebrate the Feast of Saint Philip Neri. The following are some of the maxims for the month of May. May it inspire us to living a holier life.
- Men are generally the carpenters of their own crosses.
- We must not give up praying and asking because we do not get what we ask all at once.
- We ought to abhor any kind of affection, whether in talking, dressing or anything else.
- As much love as we give to creatures, just so much we steal from the Creator.
- Avarice is the pest of the soul.
- He who wishes for goods will never have devotion.
- All sins are highly displeasing to God, but above all sensuality and avarice, which are very difficult to cure.
- If we find nothing in the world to please us, we ought to be pleased by this very not finding anything to please us.
- He who wishes to attain to perfection must have no attachment to anything.
- The greatness of our love of God must be tested by the desire we have of suffering for His love.
- Let us strive after purity of heart, for the Holy Spirit dwells in candid and simple minds.
- The Holy Spirit is the master of prayer, and causes us to abide in continual peace and cheerfulness, which is a foretaste of Paradise.
- If we wish the Holy Spirit to teach us how to pray, we must practice humility and obedience.
- A virtuous life consists in mortifying vices, sins, bad thoughts, and evil affections, and in exercising ourselves in the acquisition of holy virtues.
- Let us be humble and keep ourselves down: Obedience! Humility! Detachment!