Daily Spiritual Food

Maxims from Scripture for daily meditation and spiritual growth.



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

You can not serve God and Mammon...Lay up to yourselves treasures in heaven; for where thy treasure is there is thy heart also... 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). [Mam-mon (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 (I Cor. 8:31).

There is but one step between me and death (I Kings 20:3).

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)."



"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?

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.

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



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

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.

Be you then also ready; for at what hour you think not, the Son of man will come.

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

What things a man shall sow, those also shall he reap.

"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).



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

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

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 (Ps. 119:47).



"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. 4:5-15 NAB)



"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." DR

"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.



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".]



"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.


"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." 1 Peter 1:15-22.


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.


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)


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.


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 the American Heritage Dictionary.)


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).


"[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 life-saving 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).


"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).

"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).

"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).


"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. [To pray here means: "To ask (someone) imploringly; beseech" according to the American Heritage Dictionary.]

"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.]

"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, Chptr. 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.]

"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 Confaternity 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

"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

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

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


"O how beautiful is the chaste generation with glory. (Wis. iv. 1).

Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord (Ps. cxviii. 1).

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

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, a).

Fly 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. 20)."


"[A] lying mouth slays the soul" (Wis. i. 11)NAB. The just shall hate a lying word (Prov. xiii 5).

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 viii. 44).

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

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

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)."


"A joyful heart is the health of the body; but a depressed spirit dries up the bones." Prov. 17:22 (NAB).
[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.

He that setteth bounds to his words is wise. Even a fool, if he will hold his peace, shall be counted wise.

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

Better is a dry morsel with joy, than a house full of victims with strife.

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

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

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

He that maketh his house high seeketh a downfall; and he that refuseth to learn shall fall into evils.

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



"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).


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. xvi).

In Thee, 0 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. xxx).

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. xxiii).


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

Amen, amen, I say to you, if you ask the Father anything in My name, he will give it you (Ibid. xvi. 23). I can do all things in Him Who strengtheneth me (Phil. iv. 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). "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. ci. 18). God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble (Jos. iv. 6). The prayer of him that humbleth himself shall pierce the clouds; . . . and he will not depart till the Most High behold (Ecclus. xxxv. 21). A contrite and humble heart, 0 God, Thou wilt not despise (Ps. 1. 19). Thou Who savest them that trust in Thee (Ibid. xvi. 7). Because he hath hoped in Me, . . . I will deliver him and I will glorify him (Ibid. xc. 14, 55). But they that hope in the Lord, shall renew their strength (Is. xl. 31). No one hath hoped in the Lord, and hath been confounded (Ecclus. ii. 11). They that trust in the Lord, shall be as Mount Sion (Ps. cxxiv. i). Let Thy mercy, 0 Lord, be upon us as we have hoped in Thee (Ps. xxxii. 22)." DR


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

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

"My son, keep they soul in meekness." Ecclus. 10:31. DR

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

"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." 1Pet. 2:19-21 NRSV



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

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

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

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

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

"Not serving to the eye as it were pleasing to men, but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God. (Eph. vi, 7)" Lasance, quoting the Douay-Rheims. (Newer versions are much different.)

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

"Whatsoever they hand is able to do, do it earnestly. (Eccle. ix, 10)." Lasance, quoting the Douay-Rheims.

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 at Bible Gateway.

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.

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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