Lent - March 2008 - Easter
|| 1 Live tranquilly as regards your spirit.
|| 2 Jesus is with you and he is yours.
|| 3 I share in your suffering and spiritual bitterness
|| 4 May the vigilant grace of the heavenly Father assist you always, rendering you always more victorious.
|| 5 Do everything with an upright intention.
|| 6 Uprightness must always be present in your actions and whenever you … fight the evil tricks of the evil spirit.
|| 7 Temptations of jealousy, desperation, discouragement, lack f faith, impurity, infidelity, etc. are … offered by the enemy.
|| 8 God speaks and is present to the soul who listens, understands, loves and trembles.
|| 9 Jesus is with you; he suffers with you.
|| 10 Believe, confide and suffer with resignation and do not be afraid.
|| 11 Let the trial be great; greater and more provident is he who sends (trials) to you.
|| 12 Always conform to the divine will, and do not fear as you will not be overcome.
|| 13 Jesus, who loves your soul, will continue to grant you the necessary help in exercising yourself in … battle.
|| 14 Don’t let temptations frighten you.
|| 15 God puts to the test… (those) strong enough to sustain the battle, weaving with their own hands, the crown of glory.
|| 16 Up to now your life has been that of an infant; now the Lord wants to treat you like an adult.
|| 17 Don’t tire yourself trying to find outside yourself that which is within you.
|| 18 Take heart and do not fear being submerged by the storm.
|| 19 Defend yourself as best you can and when you don’t succeed, be resigned to see night falling without becoming frightened.
|| 20 Be steadfast; don’t let anything disturb you … (the) day will not delay in coming.
|| 21 Put into practice the saying of David: Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the Lord
|| 22 Let us bless the Lord with all our hearts, and let us bless him always, and pray that he may be our guide, our ship and our port.
|| 23 Protest before God that you seek nothing except him and what leads you to him.
|| 24 There is no need to fear when we can say with resolution, even if without feeling, long live Jesus
|| 25 Temptations come from the evil of the devil. But the displeasure and suffering we experience come from the mercy of God.
|| 26 Don’t be anxious … it is the Lord who is working.
|| 27 Nobody, however, authorizes us to slander and innocent neighbor, to the advantage of those who are truly guilty.
|| 28 God is accomplishing his admirable purpose in you, which is your total transfiguration in him.
|| 29 Adhere to the truth.
|| 30 Jesus is at the center of your heart and sustains you always with his vigilant.
|| 31 Always live totally in Jesus.
The passages are from the correspondence of Padre Pio to his spiritual daughters:|
Vittorina Ventrella: 1918 - November / December
1919 - January 24
1922 - February 12
4 undated letters
Elena Ventrella: 1 undated letter
(From March 1st until March 22nd (Holy Saturday) included, continue to use the Prayers and Stations of the Cross suggested for the month of February. … From March 23rd (Easter) until the end of the month, recite the Prayers and Litany of the Stations of Joy suggested for the Easter Season. Please, remember that these devotional prayers and practices are only suggestions. How and when you recite them, if you choose to do so, are not requisites of being associates in the Padre Pio Prayer Groups.)A
The 15 "Stations of Joy”
(The "Stations of Joy" each commemorate one of the passages in Scripture when the Resurrected Jesus tried tenderly to convince us of His Resurrection, to change our sorrows into joys. A sad Christian is not a convincing Christian… let us try to pray and live these "Stations of Joy" during the glorious Paschal time, from Easter Sunday to Pentecost. The 40 days of Lent are the most devoted ones for a Christian, but the next 40 days of Paschal time, from the Resurrection to the Ascension, should be the most joyful, ending 10 days later with the glory of Pentecost…the Scriptural citations after each Station of Joy are offered for anyone who might desire to use a Station a day as a personal point of meditation)
||LORD JESUS, help me to walk with You each day of my life. The sorrow and joy, the pain and healing, the failures and triumphs of my life are small personal deaths and resurrections that lead me closer to You. Give me the faith and trust I need to walk with You in the new life Your Resurrection brings. May I journey with You to Calvary and beyond, that I may share in the fruits of Your Glorious Resurrection. With Padre Pio to accompany me, I patiently and joyfully confide and trust in You, my Lord and Risen Savior, in Whose Name I find salvation and eternal Life. You live forever. Amen.||
MARY, MOTHER OF OUR REDEEMER and our most Blessed Mother, be with me always. You comforted Jesus on the road to Calvary by your silent and loving presence; 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 on me as you looked at Jesus. Hold me close to your mother’s heart in my moments of temptation and sin, that His marred image in my frail nature, may not succumb to temptation and sin. Pray for me that I may be a LIVING IMAGE OF JESUS alive and well in the heart of one who believes and loves Him…Dear Mother, You were a constant support and strength to our Father, Padre Pio throughout his lifelong Calvary, until he came to the promised reward offered all God’s faithful children. Accompany me, that I also may share in the graces and joys of the Resurrection.
PADRE PIO OF PIETRELCINA, 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 with Christ in His Passion so as to joyfully attain with you to the glory of the Resurrection. Intercede for me with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who is God for ever. Amen.