God’s Penances are Better Accept your pains and other unpleasant things that happen. Be content with them and do not look for other penances. These things are more pleasing to God because there is nothing of self in them.
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Think of Your Sins, But Briefly It is good to think of your sins during prayer. It can arouse you to humility and contrition. But don’t dwell too long on your sins. Let your soul fly into the abyss of infinite love which is God
Trusting Even When Anxious I am in great trouble. The Congregation is hanging on only by a slender thread. I expect even more anguish and trials, since that is the way it works. I have trouble eating and sleeping, but I cling to the will of God as tightly as I can
Contemplative Wonder at God Remain in loving attention to God, from which is born that sacred silence of love which speaks loudly in the ears of your divine spouse. Give yourself to the contemplation of the divine perfections: infinite grandeur, immensity, infinite beauty, goodness, etc. Let yourself remain in loving wonder before Him
Temptations Help Us Grow Don’t be afraid of temptations. God permits them to refine your humility and to lay deep foundations for that lofty spiritual edifice which He has planned to build in your soul.
Judging Others Kindly You speak of a girl who said harsh things about me. She is really a good girl, but the things she said have come from the pressures she is under. The poor girl has been through so many afflictions and struggles. So don’t take what she says too much to heart.
Faith Will Not Deceive The certain way is our Holy Faith, praying in a living faith, with the continual remembrance of the Passion of Jesus. When you cannot meditate, rest in God in a holy silence of love, with loving attention to God in living faith. Here there can be no deception.
Resentment Can’t Always be Helped When that Sister does not accept you and does not come into your room anymore, you may feel some resentment. But don’t let this disturb you. It is not a sin. Do your best to have compassion on her, to speak to her with kindness and to look at her […]
Ignore Fears of Displeasing God Treat as you would a disease, those fears which trouble you, especially the fear of being displeasing to God. There is filial fear which is very good. But this brings with it humility of heart, confidence in God, peace, serenity, and great courage in serving the Lord. Any other fear […]
When Prayer Does Not Satisfy In desolations and aridity, we must love the will of God Who wishes it this way. We must be glad to remain on the Cross with Jesus, abandoned to the divine good-pleasure, and be willing to be deprived of satisfaction even in prayer. Eventually the sun will come out and […]