Fruits of the Cross Take courage and carry your cross with Jesus. Sleep quietly in the shadow of this tree of life. Nourish yourself with the fruits that fall from it. These fruits first appear bitter to the palate of the senses, but afterwards become most sweet to the palate of the spirit.
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Be at Peace When Needy When you need something, take heart and cry out to the Lord. But remain in peace in the will of God without the least anxiety.
Dryness is a Good Sign Dryness of spirit, aridity, the feeling of desolation and other unpleasant feelings are gifts from the Divine Goodness. He gives them to develop fully our capacity to accept His will, and to detach us from any need for felt comfort. He thus enables us to walk in pure faith and […]
Accepting Faulty People It is good as far as you can to observe the advice of St. Bernard, “A superior [leader of the community] should see all things, be quiet about many things, and correct few things.” If you get anyone too tight, he or she will break. This is hardly necessary when he or […]
Be Peaceful in Our Defects Never let yourself be disturbed by your own defects. Gently humble yourself before God, be willing to change your conduct, and go on in peace.
Accepting Misunderstanding I know that your confessor does not always understand you and that this situation disturbs you very much. But take courage. Jesus holds you in His loving arms. Not only will he keep you from falling, but he will enrich you with His graces.
Joy in God’s Service I would love to see you walking in God’s service with great cheerfulness, entirely abandoned to Him, reposing on His Fatherly Bosom. The occasional coldness and misery you feel ought to humble you more. Cast these feelings into the fire of God’s love. They will be consumed and will vanish like […]
October 11 Trusting God in Helplessness We have to open a new religious house and there are not enough religious to staff it. We are praying earnestly for God’s help. You can imagine how many fears keep coming. But I am at peace. The whole matter is beyond my strength and ability. The fears are […]
October 10 Choosing God’s Will It is great perfection to be resigned in everything to the Divine Will. It is greater perfection to live abandoned to the Divine Good Pleasure, being ready for whatever comes. It is the greatest and highest perfection to nourish oneself in a pure spirit of faith and love on the […]
Discerning Your Confessor Be prudent when you go to confession. If you see that the priest is a man of deep prayer and close union with God, then discuss with him your spiritual condition. God will show you if he is such a person by giving you strong and gentle inner attractions to share your […]