Some people living carelessly in the world have asked me: ‘We have wives and are beset with social cares, and how can we lead the solitary life?’ I replied to them: ‘Do all the good you can; do not speak evil of anyone; do not steal from anyone; do not lie to anyone; do not be arrogant towards anyone; do not hate anyone; do not be absent from the divine services; be compassionate to the needy; do not offend anyone; do not wreck another man’s domestic happiness, and be content with what your own wives can give you. If you behave in this way, you will not be far from the Kingdom of Heaven.’ (Step 1:21)

There really is not very much to flesh out of this particular step – St. John directly addresses the question of how we practically apply the things he is saying to our lives in the world. If we are living in this way, which is a reflection of the Gospels and the life of Christ, then we are truly living a life that is pleasing to God. Read this step several times today, and consider your own life in the terms St. John presents – how do our lives compare?

Scripture verse for thought today – “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” (John 3:19)

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