Sept. 23, 2016: Padre Pio
1 Peter 2:2: “Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation. . . .”
Hebrews 11:16: “But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one.”
But too many times worldly desires overpower my desire to love God.
Padre Pio’s assurance:
“We sometimes desire to be good angels, and we neglect to be good people. Our imperfection must accompany us to the coffin, and we cannot reach this without the earth. We shouldn’t sleep there nor turn around, given that we are like little chickens, without the wings, however. Little by little we die to physical life, and this is an ordinary law held by providence.”
“Let us be content with walking with our feet on the ground, as being in the wide open sea makes us dizzy and causes convulsions. Let us stay at the feet of the divine Master with Mary Magdalene.”
“Oh how burdensome this mortal life is to the children of God. But the next life, which the mercy of the Lord will be pleased to grant us, will be more than we could desire.”
Lord, make my desire to love you always overpower my worldly desires, and use me to serve you by serving those around me. Amen.