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daily decalogue

When Blessed Pope John XXXIII was elected Pope in 1958, it was thought his Papacy would be uneventful.  Whereupon this humble, much-loved man promptly called the Second Vatican Council knowing that it was quite likely that he would die before he saw its effect on the Church. You can read more about him here.

His daily decalogue is warm, amusing, profound and real food for thought:

Only for today . . .

. . . I will seek to live the livelong day positively without wishing to solve the problems of my life all at once.

. . . I will take the greatest care of my appearance: I will dress modestly; I will not raise my voice; I will be courteous in my behaviour; I will not criticize anyone; I will not claim to improve or to discipline anyone except myself.

. . . I will be happy in the certainty that I was created to be happy, not only in the other world but also in this one.

. . . I will adapt to circumstances, without requiring all circumstances to be adapted to my own wishes.

. . . I will devote ten minutes of my time to some good reading, remembering that just as food is necessary to the life of the body, so good reading is necessary to the life of the soul.

. . . I will do one good deed and not tell anyone about it.

. . . I will do at least one thing I do not like doing; and if my feelings are hurt, I will make sure that no one notices.
. . . I will make a plan for myself: I may not follow it to the letter, but I will make it. And I will be on guard against two evils: hastiness and indecision.

. . . I will firmly believe, despite appearances, that the good Providence of God cares for me as no one else who exists in this world.

. . . I will have no fears. In particular, I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful and to believe in goodness. Indeed, for twelve hours I can certainly do what might cause me consternation were I to believe I had to do it all my life.

- The Daily Decalogue of Pope John XXIII