1. Prayer is the effusion of our heart
into God's... when it is well done,
it moves the Divine Heart and makes Him always more
inclined to grant our requests. Let us
pour out our whole soul to God in prayer.
He is captivated by our
prayers and comes to our aid.
2. I want
to be only a poor friar who prays.... God sees blemishes
even in the angels, can you imagine
what He sees in me!
3. Pray, hope and don't worry.
Worry is useless. God is merciful
and will hear your prayer.
4. Prayer is the
best weapon we have; it is the key to God's
heart. You must speak to Jesus not
only with your lips but with your heart; in fact
on certain occasions you should speak to Him only with
5. One searches for God in books. One finds Him
6. Be assiduous in your prayers and
meditations. You have already told me that you have started.
Oh, my God, what a great consolation
this is for a father who loves you
as much as his own soul! Continue
to always make progress in the
holy exercise of the love of God. Spin a little each day,
whether it be by the dim light of the lamp and the
dryness and desolation of the spirit, or by day
in the joyful and dazzling light of the soul.
7. If you can speak to the Lord, do so,
praise Him, pray to Him, listen to Him. If you are
unable to speak due to your clumsiness,
don't worry. In the ways of the Lord,
stop in your room, like the courtiers,
and pay Him homage. He, who will see this, will be
pleased with your patience, will favour your silence,
and on another occasion you will be consoled.
manner of staying in the presence of God simply to
protest, with one's will, that we ourselves
are his servants, is most holy and most excellent, most pure
and extremely perfect.
When you find yourself close
to God in prayer, speak to Him if you can, and if you are
unable to do so stay this way. Let
yourself be seen, and do not disturb
10. I never fail to pray for you
because I cannot forget that you caused
me great sacrifice, and that I gave birth to you in God,
with extreme pain of the heart. I trust in your charity, hoping that
you will not forget he who carries
the cross of everybody.
11. The best comfort is that
which comes from prayer.
12. Save souls by continuous
13. Prayer must be insistent since
insistence denotes faith.
14. The prayers of the saints in Heaven
and of just souls on earth are
perfume which will never
15. I will never tire of praying to Jesus.
It is true that my prayers deserve punishment rather than reward,
for I have offended Jesus only too often by my innumerable sins;
but in the end He will be moved to pity.
16. All prayers are
good when they are accompanied by good intentions and good will.
17. Reflect upon
and keep before your mental gaze the
great humility of the Mother of God,
our Mother. The more she was filled
with heavenly gifts, the more deeply
she humbled herself.
18. Just as the bees sometimes
fly great distances without hesitation
to reach fields where
they have a favourite flower bed
and then, tired but satisfied and
laden with pollen, return to the
honeycomb to complete the fertile and silent work of transforming the
nectar of flowers into nectar of life;
so must you after having gathered the word of God,
meditate on it with attention,
examine its elements and search
for the hidden meaning. It will
then appear to you in all its splendour;
it will acquire the power of
doing away with your natural
materialistic inclinations; it will
have the virtue of transforming
them into pure and sublime ascensions
of the spirit, which will bring
together ever more closely your
heart with the Divine Heart of your
19. The Christian soul never lets
a day go by without meditating on the passion of Jesus Christ.
20. In order
to imitate Jesus, we must reflect each day on the
life of the One we intend to take
as our model. From our reflection
is born esteem for his acts and
from esteem springs the desire and
consolation of imitation.
21. Be patient in persevering in
this holy exercise of meditation
and be content with taking
small steps, until you have the legs
to run, or better still, wings to fly. Be content with obedience which
is never a little thing for a soul
which has chosen God as its portion,
and resign yourself for now,
to being a little bee in a hive, that
will soon become a big bee capable
of making honey.
Always humble yourself lovingly
before God and men, because
God speaks to those who truly have
a humble heart before Him, and He enriches them with his gifts.
22. I cannot at all
believe and therefore dispense you from
meditation for the sole reason that
you feel you gain nothing from it.
The holy gift of prayer, my good daughter, is in the right hand of
the Saviour, and to the degree to
which you are emptied of yourself,
that is, emptied of love of body
and your own will, and that you
continually become more well-rooted
in holy humility, the Lord will communicate
this to your heart.
23. But the true reason why you
don't succeed in meditating
well is this, and I am not mistaken:
you approach meditation with
a certain, special alteration, coupled
with the great anxiety to find
some object which can console and
content your spirit. And this is
sufficient to see to it that you never find what you seek, and do not rest
your mind on the truths you meditate
upon, or empty your heart of
affections. When one seeks something
one has lost with great haste
and avidity, one can even touch
this object with one's hand, and
even see it a hundred times without
24. He who does not meditate is
like a person who never
looks in the mirror and therefore
does not bother to be tidy when he
goes out, since he can be dirty
without knowing it.
The person who meditates and
thinks of God, who is the mirror
of his soul, tries to discover his defects, attempts to correct them,
controls himself and straightens
out his conscience.
25. I am absolutely unable to
consider, in an indulgent
manner, your neglecting Holy
Communion, not to mention holy
meditation. Remember that the
only way to gain salvation is
through prayer; you cannot win the
battle without prayer. So the choice
is up to you.
26. As regards what you tell me
you feel when meditating,
you can be sure that the deceit is diabolic. Therefore, be careful and
vigilant. Never fail to meditate as
a result of this, otherwise you can
be sure that you will be beaten
later on in everything.
27. Meanwhile don't
be afflicted to the point of losing your interior peace.
Pray with perseverance,
trust, and a serene and calm mind.
28. Pray for
the wicked, pray for the lukewarm, pray even for
fervent souls, but pray especially for the Supreme Pontiff,
for all the spiritual and temporal needs of holy Church,
our most tender mother. A special prayer for all
those who are working for the
salvation of souls and for God's
29. After love for Our Lord, I recommend
to you that of the Church, his Bride; this dear sweet
dove which alone can lay the eggs,
and give birth to the little doves of
the Spouse. Thank God a hundred
times a day for being a child of
the Church, after the example of
many saints, those brothers and
sisters of ours who preceded us in
this happy journey.
Have great compassion on all
pastors, preachers and directors of
souls, and see how they are spread
out over the face of the earth,
because there is no part of the
earth where they are not numerous.
Pray to God for them so that,
by saving themselves, they might
gain salvation for souls.