1. Through divine grace we are
at the beginning of a new
year. God alone knows whether we
shall reach the end of it, so we
should spend it in reparation for
the past and in preparing for the
future with good resolutions. Good
works go hand in hand with good
2. Let us say to ourselves with
the full conviction of telling
the truth, "My soul, begin today
to do the good works which to this day
you have not done." Let
us be moved by the presence of
God. Let us often say to ourselves, "God sees me,
and as He looks at me He also judges me." Let us act
in such a way that He sees only
good in us.
3. Make hay while the sun shines.
Do not put off till
tomorrow what you can do today.
It's easy enough to be wise after
the event, besides, who can assure
us that we will be alive tomorrow?
Let us listen to the voice of our
conscience, to the voice of the
royal prophet: "Today, if you hear
the voice of the Lord, do not turn
a deaf ear." Let us arise and make
use of the fleeting moment which
alone is ours. Let us not put off
from one moment to another because
the latter is not yet ours.
4. Oh how precious time is!
Blessed are those who know
how to make good use of it, because,
on the day of judgment, all
will have to render a strict account
of it to the supreme Judge. Oh, if
only all could understand how
precious time is, undoubtedly
everyone would do his best to
spend it in a praiseworthy manner!
"Let us begin
today, my brothers,
to do good, because up to now, we have done nothing." These words, which the
Seraphic Father, St. Francis, in his
humility applied to himself, should
be made ours, at the beginning of
this new year. We truly have done
nothing to date, or perhaps, very
little; the years have followed one
another and from beginning to
end, we have never asked ourselves
how we have spent them, whether
there was something to be rectified,
to be added or obliterated
from our conduct. We have lived
thoughtlessly, as if the Eternal
Judge were not going to call us to
Himself one day and ask us to
account for our deeds and for the
way we have spent our time.
And yet, we must give an exact
account of every moment, of every
grace, of every holy inspiration, of
every opportunity to do good. The
slightest transgression of God's
holy laws, will be taken into consideration!
does not tolerate delay and
immediately upon arrival, the Magi did
everything within their power to make
Him known; He who had conquered
their hearts through the
influence of grace, wounding them
with the kind of charity which
must overflow, because it cannot
be contained in the small structure
of the heart and must therefore
7. We must always strictly observe
these two virtues: kindness with our neighbours and
holy humility with God.
8. In all that you do always be
humble, guarding jealously
the purity of your heart and the
purity of your body; these are the
two wings which will raise us to
God and make us almost divine.
9. Once I showed the Padre a
very pretty branch of hawthorn in bloom,
and pointing out to him the beautiful white flowers,
I exclaimed: "How beautiful!" "Yes," said the Padre, "but
the fruits are more beautiful than the flowers." In this way he made me
understand that good works are
more beautiful than good intentions.
10. Don't let
the many snares of
this infernal beast frighten
you. Jesus, who is always with you,
and who will fight with and for
you, will never permit you to be
tricked and overcome.
11. Do not
halt in seeking the truth,
in discovering God.
Be docile to the influence of grace, following
its inspiration and attraction.
Do not be ashamed of Christ and
12. When the soul grieves and is
afraid of offending God, it
does not offend Him and is very
far from committing sin.
13. Temptation is a sure sign the
soul is very pleasing to the Lord.
14. Never fall
back on yourself alone,
but place all your trust in God.
15. I feel
a great desire to abandon myself with greater
trust, to the divine mercy, and to place my hope in God alone.
16. Terrible is the justice of God.
But let us not forget also that his mercy is infinite.
17. Let us
try to serve the Lord with all our heart and will. He
will always give us more than we deserve.
praise to God alone and not to man;
honour the Creator and not the creature. During
your life, learn to endure bitterness,
in order to participate in the sufferings of Christ.
a general knows how and
when to use one of his soldiers.
Wait, your turn will come.
20. Detach yourself from the
world. Listen to me. One person drowns
on the high seas, another
chokes on a glass of water. What
difference is there between these two; are they not
21. Always remember that God sees everything!
the spiritual life, the faster we run,
the less tired we
feel; actually, peace, the prelude to
eternal happiness, will come to us
and will make us happy and strong,
in proportion to how we allow
Jesus to live in us, mortifying ourselves.
23. Let us
never oppose the designs of divine providence,
which, alternating joys with tears
in the life of the individual and
of nations, leads them to the
achievement of our last end. Let
us look beyond the appearances of
the hand of man to discover the
hidden hand of God.
24. If we want a harvest, planting
is not so important as
sowing the seeds in a good field.
When these become plants, great
care must be taken that the tender
little plants are not suffocated by weeds.
to better recognize and adore the divine will in all
the events of life.
26. One must always go forward
and never back in the spiritual life. When a boat stops, instead
of going forward the wind blows it back.
that at first a mother teaches her child how
to walk by supporting him,
but later he has to walk by himself.
You, therefore, must think things
out for yourself.
"As long as you are afraid,
you will not sin." "Maybe, Father, but I suffer a great deal."
"Certainly, one suffers, but
one must have confidence; there is
the fear of God and the fear of Judas. Too much fear makes us
act without love, and too much
confidence causes us not to consider
and fear the danger that we
must overcome. One should help
the other, and go together like two
sisters. Always, when we become
aware of being afraid, of having
too much fear, we should remember
to become confident. If we are
excessively confident, we should
become instead a little fearful.
Love tends to the object loved,
however, in its approach, it is
blind, it does not see. But holy fear
29. We don't reach salvation without
crossing the stormy sea continually threatened with disaster.
Calvary is the hill of the saints,
but from there we pass on to another
mountain which is called Tabor.
30. I have no
desire except to die or to love God; either death
or love, since life without this love
is worse than death and for me it
would be more unbearable than it
is at present.
31. I must not let the first month
of the year pass without
sending your soul greetings from
mine, and to assure you more and more of the
affection my heart nurtures
for yours, never ceasing to
desire for it, all sorts of blessings
and spiritual happiness. But I
warmly recommend that poor
heart of yours, to you. Take care
to render it daily, more and more
pleasing to our most sweet Saviour,
and see to it that the present
year is more fertile in good works
than the last, as, with the same
speed with which the years pass
by and eternity becomes closer, we
must redouble our courage and
raise our spirit to God, serving Him
with greater diligence in everything
that our vocation and Christian
profession require of us.