St. Teresa of Calcutta
Do It Anyway
by St. Mother Teresa
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends
and some genuine enemies.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.
Blessing of the Young Couple Before Marriage, by Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret, 1880-1881
So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.
Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.
Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be embittered against them. Children, be obedient to your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing to the Lord.
Colossians 3:12-20 NAS
Saint Benedict’s Vision of the Globe and the three Angels, by Alonzo Cano, 1658-1660
Prayer of Saint Benedict of Nursia
O Lord, I place myself in your hands and dedicate myself to you.
I pledge myself to do your will in all things:
To love the Lord God with all my heart, all my soul, all my strength.
Not to kill. Not to steal. Not to covet. Not to bear false witness.
To honor all persons. Not to do to another what I would not wish done to myself.
To chastise the body. Not to seek after pleasures. To love fasting.
To relieve the poor. To clothe the naked. To visit the sick. To bury the dead.
To help in trouble. To console the sorrowing. To hold myself aloof from worldly ways.
To prefer nothing to the love of Christ. Not to give way to anger. Not to foster a desire for revenge.
Not to entertain deceit in the heart. Not to make a false peace. Not to forsake charity.
Not to swear, lest I swear falsely. To speak the truth with heart and tongue.
Not to return evil for evil. To do no injury: yea, even to bear patiently any injury done to me.
To love my enemies. Not to curse those who curse me, but rather to bless them.
To bear persecution for justice’ sake. Not to be proud.
Not to be given to intoxicating drink. Not to be an over-eater. Not to be lazy. Not to be slothful.
Not to be a murmured. Not to be a detractor. To put my trust in God.
To refer the good I see in myself to God. To refer any evil in myself to myself.
To fear the Day of Judgment. To be in dread of hell. To desire eternal life with spiritual longing.
To keep death before my eyes daily. To keep constant watch over my actions.
To remember that God sees me everywhere.
To call upon Christ for defense against evil thoughts that arises in my heart.
To guard my tongue against wicked speech. To avoid much speaking. To avoid idle talk.
To read only what is good to read. To look at only what is good to see. To pray often.
To ask forgiveness daily for my sins, and to seek ways to amend my life.
To obey my superiors in all things rightful. Not to desire to be thought holy, but to seek holiness.
To fulfill the commandments of God by good works. To love chastity. To hate no one.
Not to be jealous or envious of anyone. Not to love strife. Not to love pride. To honor the aged.
To pray for my enemies. To make peace after a quarrel, before the setting of the sun.
Never to despair of your mercy, O God of Mercy.