A Gem for Mothers

Perfection is accomplishing the will of God in a constant and generous fashion. That person, then, is perfect who does at every instant what God wishes. Ask her at any moment what she is doing, and she will always respond: "That which God wishes." 

~ Monsignor P. Lejeun, Counsels of Perfection for CHRISTIAN MOTHERS


I wanted to re-share this gem since I am re-reading it this New Year.  I recommend this book to all mothers.  It is packed with precise direction and meditations that seem to be a personal prescription for all my needs.CPCM

Counsels of Perfection for CHRISTIAN MOTHERS is written by Monsignor P. Lejeun.  It is out of print but can be found online as a PDF.  An audio version is also available.

I am diligently working on refining my Rule of Life

Every woman, whatever her lot in life, and whatever her obligations, ought to have a rule of life. Of course, the rule of a religious will be less open to modification, and will entail greater precision and severity than yours. Nevertheless, you must have a rule, otherwise your life will be squandered in a thousand follies and futilities.

~Counsels of Perfection for CHRISTIAN MOTHERS

Below are my two objectives that I am currently working on, taken from the Counsels of Perfection for Christian Mothers.

~I shall draw up for myself a rule of life, adapted to my state, comprising only a few articles, and capable of being applied to the diverse circumstance of my life. I shall ask myself every evening if I have observed this rule in all its essentials.
~ I shall be faithful to the following rule which, so to speak, multiplies time, and permits even the busiest person to find time for everything. The rule is this: I shall never put off what I can do now.


"My God, what will happen to me today, I do not know; but I do know that nothing will happen to me which Thou hast not foreseen and ordained for my greater good.  I accept, then, Thy thrice holy will; I submit myself to it, and desire to delight in it despite all the revolts of my reason, and the repugnances of my nature." ~ Monsignor P. Lejeun encourages all to recite this morning prayer of Mme. Elizabeth, daughter of a king, and sister of Louis XVI.


Thank you to CeAnne at Sanctus Simplicitus for sharing updated resources for this book.


  1. Ooooh, Lena, I'm reading this book too! FABULOUS and I had no idea there was an MP3 version, so thank you for sharing that.

    I'm not too far into it, mainly due to stopping and praying over so much of it. :)

  2. Thank you, Lena! I put it on my kindle right away. ;)

  3. OK, I'm going top put this on my nook. I'm always looking for books for mothers !! thanks for this inspiration, Lena. Happy New Year to you and your family, and your little love who will be making an entrance soon!! can't wait.

  4. Oh! That's the book I've been reading for the last month on my new tablet! It is SUCH a gem! My writing ability is not as flowing as yours :) I've been wanting to tell my friends about this book - do you mind if put your explanation and quotes on my blog (I only have a handful of readers ;) just some friends and family . And of course I'll give you the credit and post your blog link! Happy New Year! Still looking forward everyday to receiving my 31 bags! Blessings!

  5. Lauren - Absolutely, you are welcome to share - ALL FOR!

    Happy to hear that you are excited about receiving your Thirty-one bags. I hope to finalize my package by Thursday. I will be certain to let you know when it is sent off.



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