Love Our Lady. Recite the Rosary. May the Blessed Mother
of God reign sovereign over your heart.
2. Give me and preserve
in me that ardent faith which makes me believe and work for Your love alone.
This is the first gift I present to You and, prostrate
at Your feet, together with the holy Magi, I declare,
with no human respect for the whole world, that You are our true and only God.
3. I bless God
with all my heart who made me meet truly good souls. I also told these souls
that they are God's vineyard. The water-supply is faith; the tower is
hope; the wine-press is holy charity, and the hedge is the law of
God that separates them from the children of the world.
4. A lively
faith, blind belief and complete adherence to the
authorities constituted by God over you; this is the light that illuminated
the steps of the people of God in the desert, and this is the
light that always shines in the tip of those souls who are acceptable
to the Father. This is the light that led the Magi to adore the newly-born Messiah.
most beautiful credo is the one that bursts forth from
your lips in darkness, in sacrifice, in pain, in the supreme effort of an
unbending will for good; this is what dispels, like a flash of lightning, the
gloom of your soul, it is what leads you to God in the fury of the storm.
6. Make a
particular effort to practise sweetness and submission
to the will of God, not only in extraordinary matters, but even in
the little things that occur daily. Make these acts not only in the morning,
but also during the day and in the evening, with a tranquil and joyful
spirit. And if you should fail in this, humble yourself, make a new
get up and continue on your way.
enemy is very strong and all things considered it
seems that victory must smile on him. Alas! Who is to save me from
the hands of so strong and powerful an enemy who allows me not a
moment's freedom day or night? Is it possible that the Lord will
allow my downfall? Unhappily this is what I deserve, but can it be
that the heavenly Father's goodness will be outdone by my wickedness?
This will never, never be, my dear Father.
8. I would prefer to be
stabbed with a steel blade, rather than make someone
9. By all means seek
solitude, but do not lack charity with your neighbour.
when reprimanding one must be courteous and gentle.
11. To lack charity
is to wound the pupil of God's eye. What is more delicate than the pupil of
the eye? To lack charity is like sinning against nature.
12. Charity, wherever
it comes from, is always the daughter of the same mother, that is, Providence.
13. Remember Jesus,
and humble of heart". "Be angry and don't sin" is of the saints. I have
never regretted being gentle, but I have had qualms of conscience and
had to confess when I was a bit severe. But when I say gentleness
I do not mean permissiveness. That no! I mean the gentleness that
makes discipline pleasant which must never be neglected.
14. Where there is no
obedience, there is no virtue, where there is no virtue, there is no goodness,
no love, and where there is no love, God is not there and without
God we do not go to Paradise.
These form a stairway and if one
step is missing from the stairway we fall down.
15. I beseech you, by the
meekness of Jesus, and by the bowels of mercy of the heavenly Father,
never to slacken on the path of virtue. Keep on running
and don't ever make up your mind to stop, for you know that to stand
still on this path is equivalent to retracing one's steps.
16. To see
suffering makes me very unhappy! I would gladly stab myself in the heart to take
away suffering from someone! Yes, this would be easier for me!
17. I was extremely sorry
to hear you have been ill, but was very happy to hear you are recovering,
and I was even happier to see true piety and christian charity
flourish once again in your midst, which you showed during your infirmity.
18. I cannot tolerate
criticism and speaking ill of our neighbour. It is true, sometimes I
enjoy teasing them, but speaking ill of them makes me sick. We have
so many defects in ourselves to criticize, why pick on our neighbour?
And lacking in charity we
damage the roots of the tree of life, with the risk of killing it.
is the queen of virtues. As pearls are held together
by a string, so are the virtues held by charity. And just as
the pearls fall if the string breaks, so are the virtues lost if charity fails.
20. Charity is the yardstick
with which the Lord will judge us all.
21. Remember that the
cornerstone of perfection is charity; he who lives by charity, lives
in God, because God is charity, as the Apostle said.
22. I bless the good God
for the holy sentiments his grace gives you. You do well never to
begin any task without first having implored divine help. This will obtain for you the grace of holy perseverance.
23. I am suffering, and
suffering very much, but thanks to our good Jesus I still feel a little
strength, and when aided by Jesus what is the creature not capable of doing?
24. Fight like a strong soul if
you wish to obtain the reward of strong souls.
25. Don't refuse in any
way or for any reason to act charitably to all without exception. Go
out of your way to do this when you get the chance. The Lord desires
it and you must make an effort to do it.
26. You must always have prudence and
love. Prudence has the eyes, love the legs. Love that
has the legs would like to run to God, but its impulse to rush towards
Him is blind, and might sometimes stumble if it was not guided by prudence
which has the eyes. When prudence sees that love should be
restrained, it lends its eyes.
27. Simplicity is a virtue,
but up to a point, it must never be without prudence; on the other
hand cunning and slyness are diabolical and do a lot of harm.
28. Vainglory is an enemy
that assails those who have consecrated themselves to the Lord
and embraced the spiritual life. Hence it can rightly be called the
consuming moth of souls tending to perfection. The saints refer to it
as the woodworm of holiness.
29. Do not let your soul be
troubled at the sad spectacle of human injustice; even this has its
value in the economy of events. Do not stop in your search for the
truth and in the acquisition of the Most High. Be docile to the inspirations
30. In order to attract
us the Lord gives us many graces and we imagine we are almost in
Heaven. We do not know, however, that to grow we need hard
bread: crosses, humiliations, trials and contradictions.
31. Strong and generous
hearts do not grieve except for strong motives, and even then they
do not allow such motives to penetrate too deeply within them.