April 20, 2016 Wednesday: 4th Week of Easter
Jesus cried out and said,
“Whoever believes in me believes not only in me but also in the one who sent me, and whoever sees me sees the one who sent me. I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness." (John 12:44-50)
Padre Pio on Light from God
You say that you cannot tell if the rays of light that are coming into the depths of your spirit at times are coming from God or not…. Well, here are three signs by which to discern if these rays of light are from the Father of lights. The first is that such light gives us even more wonderful knowledge of God. To the degree that this knowledge is disclosed to us, it gives us a much deeper understanding of his incomprehensible greatness. That light leads us to love God the Father even more and to sacrifice ourselves even more for his honor and glory. The second sign is an increased knowledge of ourselves, a deeper sense of humility when we realize that such wretched creatures as ourselves have had the impudence to offend him…. The third is that these heavenly rays always produce increasing disdain for the things of this world, except for those things that can be useful for God’s service.
If the rays of light produce these three effects, consider them as coming from God. These results cannot be produced by the enemy and even less so by your fantasy and imagination.
-St. Pio of Pietrecina