Sept. 23, 2015 Wednesday: St. Pio of Pietricina (Padre Pio)
Words of wisdom from Padre Pio
Jesus likes to communicate with simple souls. Let us try to acquire this good virtue, and let us hold it in great esteem. Jesus said, “Unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” [Matthew 18:3]. Before teaching us this through his words, however, he practiced it by his actions. He made himself a baby and gave us an example of the simplicity that he later taught through his words. Let us keep our hearts on the alert to stay far away from all worldly wisdom. Let us strive at all times to have pure thoughts, righteous ideas, and holy intentions in our minds. Let us always keep our wills seeking nothing but God and his glory. If we attempt to advance in this lovely virtue, the one who taught it to us will always enrich us with new insights and greater heavenly favors.
Let us not stop moving forward in this lovely virtue of simplicity. However, we will not move one step forward in this virtue if we do not make every effort to live in holy and immutable peace.
Peace is simplicity of spirit, serenity of mind, quietness of soul, and the bond of love. Peace is the order, the harmony within us. It is the continuous contentment that comes from the testimony of a clear conscience. It is the holy joy of a heart in which God reigns. Peace is the road to perfection—or rather, perfection is found in peace. The devil, who knows all of this quite well, applies all his efforts to make us lose our peace. Let us be on high alert against the least sign of turmoil, and as soon as we notice we have fallen into discouragement, let us have recourse to God with filial confidence and complete abandonment of ourselves to him. Every instance of turmoil in us is very displeasing to Jesus, because it is always connected to some imperfection in us that has its origin in egotism or self-love.
PADRE PIO’S SPIRITUAL DIRECTION FOR EVERY DAY
Edited by Gianluigi Pasquale
Translated by Marsha Daigle-Williamson