Finding Peace in Storms Your ship is at sea without sails and without oars. Nevertheless, it is guided by the great Pilot who will certainly bring you to a secure port. It is battered by storms and winds so that the Power and Wisdom of the great Pilot will shine forth for you.
Purification Through Trials Do not be disturbed at the passing trials you are going through, since you must know that similar trials will come often. Our Divine Savior visits those servants who are dear to Him and purifies them with trials to develop their fidelity. Be of good heart. You are on the right road.
Overcoming Fear of Deception When prayer produces good effects in the soul, there is no reason to fear being deceived. There must be a total abandonment to the divine good pleasure and a great obedience to the loving attractions of the Holy Spirit.
At Peace with Perfection Even though I preach, give missions, hear confessions and give spiritual direction, I find myself imperfect and without virtue – a miserable rotten tree which bears decayed fruit. Still, I am not afraid. The Passion of Jesus Christ gives me courage to take one day more to serve His Divine Majesty […]
Finding Inner Peace When you notice that your heart is moving away even the tiniest bit from that inner peace that comes from the living faith-experience of the divine presence in the soul, stop and examine what the cause of this anxiety might be. Maybe it is some worry concerning your house or children, or […]
Resignation to Events The greatest perfection of a soul consists in a true abandonment of one’s whole self into the hands of the supreme Good. This abandonment includes a perfect resignation to the Divine Will in all the events which happen. If some desire stirs your heart and arouses an anxiety to do something that […]
Accepting our Faultiness Don’t be frightened if you seem to be imperfect in your practice of virtue. You notice your faults, but for the most part, they are not voluntary. Humble yourself before God, show Him your wounds with gentle reverence and love and ask Him to heal you.
Lift Up Your Heart Never look at trials directly in the face, whether they are household chores or other afflictions. Look, rather, at the face of our dear, dear Crucified Love, Jesus, Who is the King of sorrows and sufferings. When you do that, everything will seem sweet. Lift your heart on high in God.
Work to Please God Do your best to rid yourself of every desire save that of pleasing God. Eat, drink and sleep as your needs require, to give pleasure to God. Abandon yourself entirely to His Most Holy Will, leaving all cares to Him. But do with diligence the work that each day requires.
When You Can’t Meditate When you want to pray, it doesn’t matter if you can’t meditate. Make little acts of love to God, but gently, without forcing yourself. Don’t be upset if it seems you are doing no good. Be happy to be so poor and needy before God, Who is infinitely rich and can […]