1.     LOVE OF GOD.  God is love; He created you out of sheer love; you are called to a vocation to love God and neighbor; if done, you will love God for all eternity!

2.    ONE LIFE.   You have one life to live. Life is extremely short. You know neither the day, the hour nor the moment of your death. Live your life to the fullest loving God at all times, places and circumstances!
3.     TEMPTATIONS.  Temptations are many and until you die. However, they will come especially through three sources: the devil, the flesh, and the world.

4.     COMBAT TIME.  Life on earth is a constant battle.  As the Word of God teaches:  “Son if you decide to follow God prepare yourself for battle.” (Sirach 2:1) Fighting time is now; rest will be in heaven forever.

5.    HEAVEN.   Think often about heaven, your ultimate destiny. “Our Father who art in heaven…  The constant thought of our heavenly home can help us to bear the heaviest crosses!
6.     PRAY ALWAYS! Jesus exhorts us: “ It is necessary to pray at all times without giving up hope.” (Lk. 18:1) The principal reason for falling into sin is poor prayer or lack of prayer!

7.     REJOICE!   Rejoice in the Lord; I say it again: rejoice in the Lord.” (Phil. 4:4) The knowledge that Jesus is our best Friend always there for us should fill us with constant joy! Joy as well as sadness is contagious. Hopefully you will be a herald of glad tidings!
8.    SACRIFICE! Jesus paves the way to heaven—it is through the cross. “If anyone wants to be my follower let him renounce himself, take up his cross and follow me.”(Mt. 16:24)  When we say “No” to ourselves, we say “yes” to God!

9.    ANGELS AND SAINTS!  Loneliness weighs down many.  It should not be that way.  The Beatles sang, “Get a little help from your friends.” Our best friends are the angels and saints. Invite them to walk with you always!
10. MARY.  She is the Mother of God, the Mother of the Church, and your Mother. It was through her powerful intercession that Jesus performed His first Public miracle turning water into wine. (Jn. 2:1-12). Mary can turn our water--- our many problems—into wine, the resolution of the problems!

Read and meditate upon these short but substantial ten reminders and you will be travelling on the Highway of holiness and the Highway to Heaven. Mary, star of the Sea, pray for us!