One of St Philip Neri’s great texts is the Maxims and Sayings for Every Day of the Year. In this book, St Philip provides a short saying about the Christian life for every day of the calendar year. This week’s maxims can be found below.
It is a most useful thing, when we see another doing any spiritual good to his neighbour, to seek by prayer to have a part in that same good which the Lord is working by the hand of another.
At communion we ought to ask for the remedy of the vice to which we feel ourselves most inclined.
To him who truly loves God, nothing more displeasing can happen than the lack of occasion to suffer for Him.
We ought to hate no one, for God never comes where there is no love of our neighbours.
We must accept our own death and that of our relations when God shall send it to us, and not desire it at any other time; for it is sometimes necessary that it should happen at that particular moment for the good of our own and their souls.
The perfection of a Christian consists in knowing how to mortify himself for the love of Christ.
He who desires ecstasies and visions does not know what he is desiring.