1. 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. We
must be patient with them and gain from them through holy humility.
Without that patience, instead of diminishing, your imperfections
will increase constantly, as there is nothing that nourishes our
defects like restlessness, and the haste to drive them away.
2. Beware of anxiety
and restlessness because there is nothing that more greatly impedes
progress towards perfection. Sweetly place your heart in the
wounds of our Lord, but not with force. Have great confidence in His mercy,
because He will never abandon you. But do not fail, for this reason, to tightly embrace His holy Cross.
3. Don't be upset
when you are unable to meditate, receive Communion or carry out all the
pious practices. In the meantime, try to make up for this in a different manner,
by keeping yourself united to our Lord with a loving will,
with ejaculatory prayers and spiritual Communions.
4. Let us walk always,
even with slow steps, as long as we have good intentions, we cannot
but make progress. No, it is not necessary to be always attentive to
everything for the exercise of the virtues.
5. Drive away, once and for all,
every perplexity and anxiety, and enjoy in peace, the most sweet pains of the Beloved.
6. May your sermon
be continual self-sacrifice; be discreet wherever you go and be like the smile of God.
7. I truly feel my heart
bursting from my breast on hearing of your suffering. What
wouldn't I do to see you relieved of it. But why are you so anxious?
Why are you so restless? Come on, my dear daughter, I have never
seen Jesus grant you so many jewels as He does now. I have never
seen you so dear to Jesus as you are now. So why do you tremble
and fear? Your fear and trembling is similar to that of a child in the
arms of its mother. So your fear is useless and silly.
8. I have nothing to
complain of in particular, except this rather bitter agitation of yours,
which prevents you from tasting all the sweetness of the Cross.
Correct this, and continue to do what you have been doing so well up to now.
9. I beg you not
to worry about what I am suffering at present and will suffer in the future.
No matter how severe this suffering is, when it is placed before
the good that awaits us, it is always a delight for the soul.
10. Be tranquil
as far as your soul is concerned. Confide totally, more and more, in Jesus.
Make an effort to unite yourself always and in everything to the
divine will, both in happy and sad events, and don't worry about the future.
11. Do not fear
as regards your spirit: they are jokes, trials and signs of predilection on the
part of the heavenly Spouse who wants to make you similar to Him.
Jesus sees the disposition and good will of your soul, which is excellent,
and He accepts and rewards this, and not your incapabilities and inabilities,
so be tranquil.
12. Don't tire
yourself with things that cause anxieties, perturbation and worries. Only one thing
is necessary, to lift up your spirit and love God.
13. You are searching feverishly
for the Supreme Good, but in truth, He is within you, keeping
you stretched out on the naked Cross, breathing strength into you
to bear the intolerable torment, and love, that you may
love the Love. Your fear of having lost Him, then, is altogether futile,
for He is quite near and clasps you to Himself. Equally futile is your
anxiety for the future, since the present is a crucifixion of love.
14. Those souls who throw
themselves into the whirlpool of worldly preoccupations are poor
and unfortunate. The more they love the world, the more their passions multiply;
the more their desires are lit, the more they find
themselves incapable of carrying out their projects, and thus they
are uneasy, impatient, terrible shocks break their hearts;
those hearts which do not beat with charity and holy love. Let us
pray for these unfortunate and miserable souls, that Jesus may
forgive them and draw them to Himself in his infinite mercy.
15. You must not behave
violently unless you wish to risk gaining nothing. You must have
great Christian prudence.
16. Remember that I am
the enemy of useless desires, no less than I am of dangerous and
bad desires. Because even though one's desires are good, nevertheless
the desire is always defective in our regard, especially when it is
combined with excessive concern. Because God does not expect this
sort of good, but He wants us to practise another.
17. As regards the spiritual
trials to which the paternal goodness of the heavenly Father is subjecting you,
I beg you to be resigned and if possible tranquil on the assurances of he who takes
the place of God, and who speaks to you in his name; who loves you
in Him and who desires every blessing for you. You are suffering,
it is true, but with resignation. You are suffering, but do not
fear, because God is with you and you don't offend Him, but you love
Him. You are suffering, but believe that Jesus is suffering within you,
with you, and for you.
18. Nor should you become
confused, trying to understand whether you consented or not.
Do everything with an upright intention; this uprightness which must
always be present in your actions, and whenever you valiantly and
generously fight the evil tricks of the evil spirit.
19. Always be happily
at peace with your conscience, reflecting that you are in the service
of an infinitely good Father, who comes down to his creature out of
sheer goodness, to raise and transform him in Him his Creator.
And dispel sadness, because this enters in the hearts of those who
are attached to the things of this world.
20. You should
not be discouraged, because if there is in the soul a continual effort to improve,
the Lord will finally reward you by suddenly making all the virtues
blossom in you as in a garden full of flowers.
21. Do not be saddened by the sad
spectacle of human injustice; even this has its value in
the economy of things. It is over this that you will one day see arise
the inevitable triumph of the justice of God!
22. Proverbs praises the strong
woman: "She puts her hands to the distaff," we are told,
and I willingly say a few words to you on this matter: Your distaff is
the accumulation of your desires. Therefore spin a little every day,
thread by thread weave your design until it is finished and you
will infallibly succeed. But be careful not to hurry, because you will
tangle the thread with knots and confuse the spindle. Therefore,
advance always, and even if you progress at a slow pace, you will still travel far.
23. Anxiety is one
of the greatest traitors that real virtue and
solid devotion can ever have. It pretends to warm us to do good works,
but doesn't and we grow cold; it makes us run only to make us trip.
One must be careful of this on all occasions particularly at prayer.
And to better succeed it would be well to remember that graces and the consolations
of prayer are not waters of this earth, but of Heaven, and that
therefore all our efforts are not sufficient to make them fall, even though
it is necessary to prepare oneself with
great diligence, but always humbly and tranquilly; one must keep one's
heart turned to Heaven and wait from there the heavenly dew.
24. Why should you worry
if Jesus wants to make you reach the heavenly homeland through deserts or fields,
when we get to blessed eternity anyway either by one or the other? Cast aside
all excessive preoccupations that derive from the trials the good God
sends you; and if this is not possible, do not think about it and be resigned in everything to the
25. Let us keep well
in mind what the divine Master said: in our patience we will possess our souls.
26. Don't lose heart
if it is your lot to work a lot and gather little. If you considered what one
soul alone costs Jesus, you would never complain.
27. The Spirit of God is
a spirit of peace and even in the most serious faults He makes us
feel a sorrow that is tranquil, humble, and confident and this is precisely
because of his mercy.
The spirit of the devil, instead,
excites, exasperates and makes us feel, in that very sorrow, anger
against ourselves, whereas we should on the contrary be charitable
with ourselves first and foremost.
Therefore if any thought agitates
you, this agitation never comes from God, who gives you peace,
being the Spirit of Peace, but from the devil.
28. If we are calm
and patient, we will not only find ourselves, but also our souls and, with it, God.
29 The struggle we have
prior to a good work we intend to do is like the antiphon that precedes
the solemn psalm to be sung.
30. The desire to be in
eternal peace is good and holy, but you must moderate this with complete
resignation to the divine will. It is better to do the divine will on
earth, than to enjoy Paradise. To suffer and not to die, was Saint
Teresa's motto. Purgatory is sweet when one suffers for love of God.
31. Patience is more
perfect when it is less mixed up with worries and disturbances.
If the good God wants to prolong the time of trial, do not complain or
try to investigate the reason, but remember the following: That the
children of Israel travelled for forty years in the desert before setting
foot in the Promised Land.