1. Father, you love what I fear. Reply: I do not
love suffering itself; I ask God for it, I desire
it for the fruits it gives me: it gives
glory to God, it saves my brethren
in exile, it frees souls from the fires
of purgatory, what more do I want?
what is suffering? Reply: Expiation.
And what is it for you? My daily bread,
2. We do not want to accept the
fact that suffering is necessary
for our souls; that the cross
must be our daily bread.
Just as the body needs nourishment,
so does the soul need the
cross, day after day, to purify it
and detach it from creatures.
We do not want to understand
that God neither wants nor is able
to save or sanctify us without the
cross and the more He draws a soul
to Himself, the more He purifies it
by means of the cross.
3. Everyone on this earth has
a cross; therefore we must be careful not to be like the bad thief,
but rather like the good one.
4. The Lord cannot give
me a Cyrenean. I must do only
his will, and if I am pleasing to
Him the rest does not matter.
5. In this life
Jesus does not ask you to carry the heavy cross
with Him, but a small piece of his
cross, a piece that consists of human
6. Firstly I want to tell you that
Jesus needs those who
groan with Him at human sinfulness
and, for this reason, He is
leading you along paths filled with
suffering, about which you tell me
in your letter. But may his charity
always be blessed; that charity
which knows how to mix the sweet
with the bitter and convert the
transitory sufferings of life to eternal
7. Therefore, don't fear at all,
but consider yourself extremely
fortunate to have been worthy of participating in the
sufferings of the God-Man. So there
is no abandonment, but love, and
great love which God is showing
you. Your state is not one of punishment,
but one of exquisite love.
Therefore bless the Lord for this,
and resign yourself to drinking the
chalice of Gethsemane.
8. I understand very well, that
your Calvary is becoming
more and more painful. But remember
that it was on Calvary that
Jesus redeemed us, and the salvation
of redeemed souls must be accomplished
9. I know you are suffering a
great deal, but isn't this,
perhaps, the jewels of the Spouse.
10. Our Lord
sometimes makes you feel the weight of the
cross. This weight seems unbearable
but you carry it because, in
His love and mercy, the Lord helps
you and gives you strength.
11. Some interior
consolations are for infant souls. They
are not signs of perfection. It is
not consolations that are needed,
but suffering. Aridity, listlessness,
helplessness, these are the signs of
real love. Suffering is pleasant.
Exile is beautiful because by suffering
we have something to give
to God. The gift of our pain, of
our sufferings is a great thing,
which we cannot do in Paradise.
12. I would
prefer a thousand crosses,
or rather, every cross would be sweet and light for me
if I did not have this trial
of always being uncertain if my
works are pleasing to the Lord... it is painful
to live like this... I resign
myself, but my resignation, my fiat seems so cold to me,
so useless!... what a mystery! Jesus alone must
see to it.
13. Love Jesus, love Him a lot, but to do this,
be ready to love sacrifice more.
14. The good-hearted
man is always strong; he suffers, he
sheds tears and he consoles himself
sacrificing himself for God and his neighbour.
15. He who begins to love, must
be ready to suffer.
16. Suffering has been loved
joyfully by great souls. It is the
auxiliary of creation after the unfortunate
fall; it is a most powerful lever
to raise man up again, it
is the helping hand of Infinite Love for
17. Do not fear adversities because
they place the soul at the foot of the cross and the cross
places it at the gates of Heaven, where it will find He who triumphed
over death and will introduce
it to eternal life.
18. If you suffer with resignation
in doing His will, you
do not offend Him but love Him.
And your heart will find great
comfort in remembering that in
your hour of pain Jesus Himself
suffers in you and for you. He did
not abandon you when you fled
from Him; why should He abandon
you now that you are proving
your love for Him by the martyrdom
of your soul?
19. Let us not spare ourselves on
our ascent to Calvary for love of He
who sacrificed Himself for love of us
and let us be patient, certain of our
flight for Tabor.
20. Keep strongly and constantly
united to God, consecrating
all your affections, torments, and
your entire self to Him, patiently
awaiting the return of that beautiful sun,
whenever the Spouse is
pleased to visit you through trials
of aridity, desolation and darkness of spirit.
21. Yes, I love
the Cross, the
Cross alone; I love it because
I see it always behind Jesus.
22. True servants
of God have always preferred adversity as
being more in conformity with the
way taken by our Head, who
worked out our salvation by means
of the cross and humiliations.
23. The lot of chosen
souls is to suffer. God, the author of all grace and of every gift leading to salvation,
has decreed that glory will be ours on condition that
we endure suffering in a Christian spirit.
24. Always love
suffering, which, besides being the work of Divine Wisdom,
reveals the work of his love to us even more.
25. Let nature
resent suffering because
there is nothing more natural than this except sin. With divine
help, your will, will always be superior to it,
and divine love will always be in your soul, if you do not cease
26. Life is a Calvary; but we must
climb it cheerfully. Crosses
are the jewels of the Bridegroom
and I am jealous of them. My sufferings are
pleasing. I suffer only
when I have nothing to suffer.
27. The God of Christians
is the God of metamorphosis; you
throw your sufferings into his
bosom and you draw out peace; you throw in despair and you see
hope coming to the surface.
28. The angels
are jealous of us for one reason only; they
are not able to suffer for God. Only
through suffering can a soul say
with certainty; "My God, You see I
do love You!"
29. Bearing physical and moral ailments
is the worthiest
offering you can make to He who
saved us through suffering.
30. I am extremely pleased to hear
that the Lord is always
generous with his caresses towards
your soul. I know you are suffering,
but isn't this suffering a sure
sign that God loves you?
31. Accept all the suffering and
comes from Above. In this way you
will perfect and sanctify yourself.