Let us look at the poverty of Bethlehem, at the humiliation of the Word of the Father and then confront our own pretensions, our own haughtiness: what a contrast!
sabato 29 novembre 2008
domenica 15 giugno 2008
Let us never become discouraged over troubles, never let ourselves be dominaed by discouragement. Life is brief. What is even a hundred years compared to eternity? We must completely detach ourselves from this earth in which we are exiles.
Let us recommend ourselves to the Blessed Mother that she may keep her holy hand upon our head always. Let us make this pact with Her: that she may come to us when we are on our deathbed and carry us up into Heaven.
giovedì 15 maggio 2008
sabato 10 maggio 2008
lunedì 5 maggio 2008
lunedì 28 aprile 2008
The more we distrust in ourselves and trust in God, the more graces we will have. We must await everything from Him, from His goodness.
Always look upward, to Heaven! That is our real homeland, our very own place, prepared for us by the Divine Master. To it we must aspire, there we must arrive at any cost whatsoever--and not any place whatsoever, but aspire to a high place, our place.
Hence we must never become discouraged. Always distrust ourselves but always trust in God.
giovedì 24 aprile 2008
With regard to thinking evil of others, let us think of what we have heard so often, that is, if we wish to receive favourable sentence at God's judgement, if we want to avoid this judgement completely--we must never judge others, never think evil. Jesus himself, in fact, said it. No matter what we see or hear, we must never judge or think evil, because we do not know how that person whom we wish to judge stands in the eyes of God; we do not know what her intentions are.
St. Francis de Sales says: "If you cannot excuse the action, at least excuse the intention."
Forget past faults.
venerdì 18 aprile 2008
If we are not fervent, what are we doing? It is easy to fall into tepidity.
When our heart is full of love of God, we will of necessity pass this love on to others because it is a fire which must spread. But if we do not possess love of God, how can we communicate it to others?
Let us not dream of doing big things (martyrdom, for example). Let us rather take advantage of the little opportunities we have to offer something to the Lord. Those little sacrifices of the day--let us offer them all to Him. This will be our blood shed drop by drop for God. Let us not scatter the treasures we have, the precious peals of which we can dispose. Let us not lose time, which is so precious. Time is worth as much as God is worth!