1st Rule -- Get rid of everything you don't need.

Example: St. Teresa of Avila

This great Spanish saint summarizes what's really important in this brief prayer:

“Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.”

2nd Rule -- Don't become attached to material things.

Example: St. Francis of Assisi

Francis got rid of all his possessions, even his clothes, in front of a crowd that included the bishop and his father. He felt that only by renouncing all material goods he had received from his earthly father could he put all his treasure and hope in his Heavenly Father.

3rd Rule -- Keep order and simplicity at home.

Example: St. Benedict

The father of Western monasticism summarized his rule of religious life in the brief phrase: “Ora et labora” (pray and work). Benedict organized his religious order so that the necessary material possessions are shared by all members of the community. This favors harmony and simplicity for the common good.

4th Rule -- Appreciate the value of your time, and be selective with your commitments.

Example: St. Alphonsus Maria of Liguori

“There is nothing shorter than time, but there is nothing more valuable ... the past is no more, the future is uncertain, and the present is but a moment… But the time of this life is as precious as it is short; for, in every moment, if we spend it well, we can acquire treasures of merits for heaven.”

5th Rule -- Keep your mind calm.

Example: St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus

The saint of the “Little Way” teaches us how to remain calm. One day in the laundry, another nun kept splashing her in the face with dirty water. At first, she wanted to reprimand her, but then she realized that putting up with it was a great exercise for practicing patience.

6th Rule -- Less is more.

Example: St. Paul

What is truly essential? For Christians, it’s love. St. Paul says: “If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal … If I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.” (1 Cor. 13:1-3)