1. Doesn't the Holy Spirit tell us that
when the soul approaches God it must prepare itself for
therefore, courage my good daughter.
Fight valiantly and you will receive
the prize of strong souls.
2. It is necessary
to be strong to become great: this is our duty.
Life is a struggle from which we cannot withdraw, but we must
3. Woe to those who are dishonest!
Not only do they lose
all human respect, but they cannot
take up any public office either. So let
us be honest always, casting all bad
thoughts from our minds, and keeping
our hearts always turned to God,
who created us and placed us on earth
in order to know, love and serve Him
in this life, and then enjoy Him eternally
in the next.
4. I know the Lord permits the devil
to make these assaults, because his mercy renders you
dear to Him, and He wants you to
be similar to Him in the anguish
of the desert, the Garden and on
the Cross. But you must defend
yourselves, casting aside and despising his evil
insinuations, in the
name of God and holy obedience.
well that as long as you are displeased by the
temptations you have nothing to
fear. But why are you sorry about
this, if not because you don't want
to experience it? These troublesome
temptations come from the
evil of the devil. But the displeasure
and suffering we experience come from the mercy of God, who,
contrary to our enemy's will, draws
holy tribulations from his malice,
through which He purifies the gold
that wants to be a part of his treasure.
Furthermore, your temptations
come from the devil but your
suffering and afflictions come from
God and Paradise. The mother is
from Babylon, but the children are
from Jerusalem. Despise the temptations
and embrace the tribulation.
No, no, my daughter, let the
wind blow, and do not believe the
noise of leaves is the blast of arms.
an effort to overcome your temptations, because these efforts would
strengthen them. Despise them and
do not dwell on them. Call to your
imagination, Jesus Christ Crucified
in your arms and on your breast.
And say, kissing his side a number
of times: "this is my hope; the living
source of my happiness. I will
hold You tightly, Jesus, and will not let You go until You have
placed me in a safe place."
7. Put an end
to these apprehensions. Remember that it is not the
thought that makes the
sin, but consenting to those
thoughts. Only the free will is capable
of good or evil. But when the will groans under the trial
presented by the tempter and does
not want it, there is not only no
sin, but there is virtue.
8. Don't let temptations
frighten you. They are the trials
of those souls whom God wants to
put to the test when He sees them
strong enough to sustain the battle,
weaving with their own hands,
the crown of glory. Up to now your
life has been that of an infant; now
the Lord wants to treat you as an
adult. And as the trials of adult
life are much greater than those of
an infant, this is why you find
yourself rather disorganized in the beginning.
But the soul will acquire its calm, and the calm will
not delay in coming. Be patient a
while longer and everything will
work out well.
9. Temptations against faith
and purity are the merchandise
offered by the enemy, but do
not fear him, rather, despise him.
As long as he makes an uproar it is
a sign that he has not yet possessed
the will. Don't be upset by what you
experience through the work of this
rebellious angel. Let your will always
be contrary to his suggestions, and live
tranquilly, because you are
not at fault, but rather, you please
God and gain progress for your soul.
10. You must turn to God when
you are assaulted by the
enemy; you must hope in Him and
expect everything that is good from
Him. Don't voluntarily dwell on
what the enemy presents to you.
Remember that, he who flees,
wins, and at the first sign of your
aversion for those people, you must
stop thinking of it and turn to God.
Bend your knee before Him, and
with the greatest humility say this
short prayer: "Have mercy on me
a poor weakling." Then get up and,
with holy indifference, go on about
11. Be firmly convinced that the
more the assaults of the
enemy increase, the closer God is
to the soul. Think of, and ponder well,
this great and comforting truth.
12. Take heart
and don't fear the gloomy wrath of Lucifer.
Always remember this, that it is a
good sign when the enemy makes
an uproar and roars around your
will, as this shows he is not inside it. Courage, my most beloved
daughter, I offer you these words
with great feeling, and in Jesus,
courage I say! There is no need to fear when we can say with determination,
even if without feeling: "Long live Jesus!"
13. Rest assured
that the more a soul is pleasing to God, the
more it must be tried. Therefore, courage,
and go forward always.
14. I understand that temptations
seem to stain rather than purify the soul, but this is
not really the case. Let us see what
the saints have to say about it. For
you it suffices to know what the great St. Francis de Sales says,
namely that temptations are like
the soap, which when spread on
the laundry seems to soil, but in
reality cleanses it.
15. I therefore
exhort you again to be trustful. A soul who
trusts in her Lord and places all her
hope in Him has nothing to
fear. The enemy of our salvation is
always around us to snatch from
our hearts the anchor that is to
lead us to salvation, by which I
mean trust in God our Father. Let
us keep a very firm hold on this
anchor and not relinquish it for a single moment. Otherwise all
would be lost.
16. Oh, what joy there is in spiritual
battles! It suffices to know how to fight in order to be
certain of victory.
17. Be careful never to become
discouraged when you see
yourself surrounded by spiritual infirmities.
If God lets you fall into some
weakness, it is not to abandon you,
but only to establish in you humility
and make you more careful in
18. Walk with simplicity in the
ways of the Lord and do not
torment your spirit. You must hate
your faults, but with a quiet hate,
not troublesome and restless.
which is the purification of the soul should
be made no later than every eight
days; I cannot bear to keep souls
away from confession for more
than eight days.
20. The devil has only one door
through which to enter into
our soul: the will. There are no
secret doors. There is no sin, if it
has not been committed wilfully.
When the will does not consent,
there is no sin but human weakness.
21. The devil
is like a raging dog on a chain; outside the limit
of the chain he can bite no-one.
So keep your distance. If you get
too close, you will be caught.
22. Do not abandon your soul to temptation,
says the Holy Spirit, because the joy of the heart
is the life of the soul, it is an inexhaustible
treasure of sanctity;
while sadness is the slow death of
the soul and it is of no use to anyone.
23. Our enemy
who plots against us plucks up courage when
dealing with the weak, but when
anyone takes up a weapon and
faces him, he becomes a coward.
24. If you succeed in overcoming temptation
it has the effect of soap on dirty linen.
25. I would
undergo death an infinite number of times rather
than deliberately offend the Lord.
26. In our
thoughts and at confession we must not dwell
on sins that have been already
confessed. Because of our contrition
Jesus has forgiven them at the tribunal of penance. There He
faced us and our miseries like a
creditor in front of a debtor. With
a gesture of infinite generosity He
tore up and destroyed the bills we
signed with our sins, which we
could certainly not have paid without
the help of his divine clemency.
To go back to these sins, to
bring them up again just to have
them forgiven again, because of
doubt that they were really and
abundantly remitted, would this
not be considered a lack of trust
in the goodness which He proved
by his tearing up every document
of debt contracted through sin?... Dwell
on them, if it is a source of
comfort for your soul. By all means
think of the offences against justice,
wisdom and the infinite mercy of God,
but only for the purpose
of weeping redemptive tears
of repentance and love.
27. When disturbed by passions
and misfortunes, may the
sweet hope of his inexhaustible
mercy sustain us. Let us hasten
confidently to the tribunal of penance
where He awaits us at every
instant with the anxiety of a father;
and even though we are aware
of our inability to repay Him, let
us have no doubts about the solemn
pardon pronounced over our
errors. Let us place a tombstone
over them, just as the Lord has done!
28. The darkness that sometimes
surrounds the heaven of
your soul is light. Because of this
you think you are in the dark, and
you have the impression of being
in the centre of a burning bush. In
fact when the bush burns, the air
around it is filled with smoke
clouds and the bewildered soul is
afraid of not seeing, of no longer
understanding anything. But it is
then that God speaks and is
present to the soul: who hears, understands,
loves and trembles.
Therefore, do not wait for Tabor
to see God when you already contemplate
Him on Sinai!
29. Walk cheerfully and with a
sincere and open heart as
much as you can, and when you
cannot always maintain this holy
joy, at least do not lose heart or
your trust in God.
30. The trials
to which the Lord subjects you and will subject
you are all signs of divine love
and are jewels for the soul. Winter
will pass and the never-ending
spring will come, all the more rich
in beauty as violent were the storms.