Quid agas

1.  Praise and love God.
  • "Praise ye the Lord from the heavens!  Praise ye him in the high places!" --Psalm 148:1
  • "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole strength." --Deuteronomy 6:5; cf. Luke 10:27.
  • "Rejoice in the Lord always: again, I say, rejoice." --Philippians 4:4.
2.  Cultivate virtue, flee vice.
  • "[Put] off, according to former conversation, the old man, who is corrupted according to the desire of error.  And be renewed in [the] spirit of your mind: and put on the new man, who according to God is created in justice and holiness of truth.  Wherefore, putting away lying, speak ye the truth, every man with his neighbour.  For we are members of one another.  Be angry: [but] sin not.  Let not the sun go down upon your anger.  Give not place to the devil.  He that stole, let him now steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have something to give to him that suffereth need.  Let no evil speech proceed from your mouth: but that which is good, to the edification of faith: that it may administer grace to the hearers.  And grieve not the holy Spirit of God: whereby you are sealed unto the day of redemption.  Let all bitterness and anger and indignation and clamour and blasphemy be put away from you, with all malice.  And be ye kind one to another: merciful, forgiving one another, even as God hath forgiven you in Christ.  Be ye therefore [imitators] of God, as most dear children.  And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us and hath delivered himself for us, an oblation and a sacrifice to God for an odour of sweetness." --Ephesians 4:22-5:2
3.  Pray for yourself and others.
  • "Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and you shall find: knock, and it shall be opened to you." --Matthew 7:7. 
  • "Be nothing solicitous: but in every thing, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God." --Philippians 4:6.
  • "Pray without ceasing.  In all things give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you all." --1 Thessalonians 5:17-18.
4.  Care for the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick, the prisoner.
  • "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." --Matthew 25:34-35.
5.  Keep the commandments.
  • "I am the Lord thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.  Thou shalt not have strange gods before me.  Thou shalt not make to thyself a graven thing, nor the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, nor of those things that are in the waters under the earth.  Thou shalt not adore them, nor serve them: I am the Lord thy God, mighty, jealous, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me: and shewing mercy unto thousands to them that love me, and keep my commandments.  Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain: for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that shall take the name of the Lord his God in vain.  Remember that thou keep holy the sabbath day.  Six days shalt thou labour, and shalt do all thy works.  But on the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: thou shalt do no work on it, thou nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy beast, nor the stranger that is within thy gates.  For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and the sea, and all things that are in them, and rested on the seventh day: therefore the Lord blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it.  Honour thy father and thy mother, that thou mayst be longlived upon the land which the Lord thy God will give thee.  Thou shalt not kill.  Thou shalt not commit adultery.  Thou shalt not steal.  Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.  Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house; neither shalt thou desire his wife, nor his servant, nor his handmaid, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is his." --Exodus 20:2-17; cf. Deuteronomy 5:6-21.
  • "And behold one came and said to him: 'Good master, what good shall I do that I may have life everlasting?'  [He] said to him: 'Why askest thou me concerning good?  One is good, God.  But if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.'  He said to him: 'Which?'  And Jesus said: 'Thou shalt do no murder, thou shalt not commit adultery, thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not bear false witness.  Honour thy father and thy mother: and, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.'" --Matthew 19:16-19.
6.  Be perfect.
  • "The young man saith to him: 'All these I have kept from my youth, what is yet wanting to me?'  Jesus saith to him: 'If thou wilt be perfect, go sell what thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.'" --Matthew 19:20-21.
7.  Seek Wisdom
  •  "Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gets understanding, for the gain from it is better than gain from silver, and its profit better than gold.  She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her.  Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.  Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.  She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called happy."  --Proverbs 3:13-18 (RSV).

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