This month’s quotes are taken from the letters of Padre Pio to:
Ventrella Sisters: 1918 - April 17, May 1, May 5
Vittorina Ventrella: 1917 - August 24, August 27, September 22,
October 1, November 3
1918 - October 13
|| 1 May Jesus continue to possess your hearts to the point of complete transformation.
|| 2 May he (Jesus) be thanked for treating you as one chosen to follow Jesus closely up the hill of Calvary.
Cast aside those fears, dispel those shadows which the devil thickens
in your soul in order to torment you.
|| 4 I know the Lord ... (in) his mercy renders you dear to him.
My beloved ... changes
must take place both internally and externally
|| 6 Winter (of the spirit) is necessary for the exercise of abnegation and of ... virtues, exercised in time of sterility.
|| 7 Let us walk slowly, even with slow steps, as long as we have good intentions we cannot but make progress.
|| 8 Humility and charity are the main supports of the whole vast building on which all the rest depends.
|| 9 May Jesus comfort you in the trial, and grant you the grace of perseverance.
|| 10 The Lord, who is so indescribably good, will know how to reward you fully.
|| 11 We have greater reason to place all our hope in God alone.
|| 12 Live tranquilly ... and don’t fear the storm.
|| 13 Our Divine Master has no law more lovable than that of gentleness, humility and charity.
|| 14 Retire with great confidence under the cross along with our affections.
|| 15 All will work to the benefit of those who try to love God.
|| 16 Keep your heart well recollected.
|| 17 Be very wary of anxiety
|| 18 Often place your trust in divine Providence.
|| 19 Be sure that heaven and earth will pass away before the Lord fail to protect you.
|| 20 All those who love Jesus must conform more and more to this divine and eternal model.
|| 21 Raise prayers of resignation and hope to him (God) even when you fall due to weakness.
|| 22 Thank him (God) for the many graces with which He enriches you.
|| 23 God is not offended except when you know that what you are
doing is sinful, but do it just the same with a deliberate and full will.
|| 24 May the King of all saints also be the King of your heart!
|| 25 Calm yourself ... and wait, with hearts full of hope.
|| 26 God can reject everything in his creatures ... but he can never reject the sincere desire to love him.
|| 27 How could Jesus possibly permit the destruction of the whole, long, loving, ineffable work of grace in you?
|| 28 (Love Jesus) Even if you were to have committed all the sins in the world, Jesus tells you: Your sins ... are forgiven, for you have loved much.
|| 29 Every soul that wants to be saved must undergo something of that mysterious storm, because every predestined soul must resemble Jesus.
Lord Jesus Christ, you gather your people during this holy season of Lent, and call us to repentance. Remove the barriers that keep us from you so that we might live life more fully, and be Your loving presence to all.
You have given us Padre Pio of Pietrelcina as a modern image of the Suffering Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ. Through his intercession and your divine grace, may we turn to you in our need, thank you in our abundance, and share your love with the world around us. Amen.
Litany of the Stations of the Cross
Concluding PrayersLord Jesus, help me to walk with You each day of my life, even to Calvary. The sorrow and joy, the pain and healing, the failures and triumphs of my life are truly small deaths and resurrections that lead me closer to You. Give me the faith and trust I need to walk with You always.
Mary, Mother of our Redeemer and our most Blessed Mother, be with us through life’s journey. As you comforted Jesus on the road to Calvary by your silent and loving presence, as you held his lifeless body close to your Immaculate Heart, as you offered the sadness and suffering that only a mother can feel when she sees the suffering of her child, look upon me as you looked at Jesus. See His marred image in my frail nature; hold me close to your mother’s heart in my moments of temptation and sin; and pray for me that I may be for God what I was created to be a -LIVING IMAGE OF JESUS. Amen.
Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, loving Father and Spiritual Guide, in this most holy season of Lent, be with me. By a singular grace you were blessed to participate in the mystery of the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Through your ministry, God revealed the marvels of His mercy to numberless souls. Pray for me, that like you, and through your loving intercession I may remain one with Christ in his Passion so as to joyfully come with you to the glory of the Resurrection. Intercede for me with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who is God for ever and ever. Amen.