| 1 Do not anticipate the problems of this life with apprehension, but with a perfect hope that God, to whom you belong, will free (you)…accordingly.
|| 2 Hold onto the hand of divine providence and he will help you in all events
|| 3 Live tranquilly…remove from your imagination what upsets you…and say: O God, You are my God and I will trust in You…I will fear nothing.
|| 4 May Jesus continue to possess your soul totally, rendering you more and more worthy…
|| 5 With repeated blows of the chisel and diligent smoothing, the divine artist wants to prepare (us, the living) stones (of His Church).
|| 6 Let (God) be thanked for treating you as a soul chosen to follow Jesus closely up the hill of Calvary.
|| 7 Jesus … render you strong against all the internal and external enemies of your soul.
|| 8 Jesus continue to possess your heart, rendering it holy to the degree established in eternity.
|| 9 God is working out in you his admirable purpose, which is to complete your transfiguration in him.
|| 10 Stick firmly to the truth
|| 11 Get rid of all doubt and anxiety, which are, however, allowed by infinite love…
|| 12 Open wide your soul to the eternal Sun, without fearing its blazing rays.
|| 13 Be patient … in bearing your imperfections, if you desire perfection.
|| 14 Lovingly humble yourself before God and men, because God speaks to those who are humble.
|| 15 God will fill your vessel with his balm when he sees it emptied of the perfumes of the world, and the more you humble your -self, the more he will exalt you.
|| 16 There are some physical infirmities whose cure depends on a good way of life.
|| 17 Self-love, self-esteem, false freedom of spirit are all roots which can- not be easily extirpated from the human heart only their fruits, sins, can be impeded
|| 18 Be patient when getting rid of bad habits, dominating aversions and overcoming our own inclinations and humors when necessary.
|| 19 On earth, we must always fight amidst hope and fear, on condition, however, that hope is always stronger; always keeping in mind the omnipotence of Him who comes to our aid.
|| 20 Charity is made up of three things: Love for God, affection for ourselves and love for our neighbor.
|| 21 Throughout the day, often place your heart, thoughts and soul in God with great confidence, and say to Him… I am Yours, save me.
|| 22 Keep your eyes well open for bad inclinations, without tiring yourself excessively, in order to uproot them.
|| 23 Treat your neighbor well and don't get angry. (Say)
I love my neighbors, Eternal Father, because you love them, and you gave them to be as brothers (and sisters).
|| 24 In a particular way love children … keep them in your very own heart … as I keep you in Mine.
|| 25 In moments of greater spiritual oppression, place yourself in the presence of God and pronounce your Fiat!
|| 26 It is sufficient to know that Jesus is pleased with you and that you are on the true path (this you know through holy obedience).
|| 27 True peace does not consist in fighting, but in winning.
|| 28 (Jesus) did not come to rest or in order to have his comfort, either spiritual or temporal, but to fight, humble himself and die
|| 29 When will it be that we, totally dead before God, … will leave everything to the will of God.
|| 30 s long as your soul has the firm desire to live and die serving and loving God, don't upset yourself either because of your powerlessness or any other impediment.
|| 31 Suffice it to know that God is our God, and let our hearts be his temple. Therefore, I repeat, be tranquil.
The words of Padre Pio for this month are taken from letters written in 1918 to his spiritual daughter,
Erminia Gargani: April 23; May 17; June 2, 11, 17, 18; July 11, 27; August 18
Prayers to Padre Pio
Monday: Stay with me, Lord, because I am weak and I need Your strength that I may not fall so often. Stay with me, Lord, for You are my life, and without You, I am without meaning and hope. Stay with me, Lord, for You are my light, and without You, I am in darkness. Stay with me, Lord, to show me Your will.
Tuesday: Stay with me, Lord, so that I can hear Your voice and follow you. Stay with me, Lord, for I desire to love You ever more, and to be always in Your company. Stay with me, Lord, if You wish me to be always faithful to You. Stay with me, Lord, for as poor as my soul is, I wish it to be a place of consolation for You, a dwelling of Your love.
Wednesday: Stay with me, Jesus, for it is getting late; the days are coming to a close and life is passing. Death, judgment and eternity are drawing near. It is necessary to renew my strength, so that I will not stop along the way, for that I need You. It is getting late and death approaches. I fear the darkness, the temptations, the dryness, the cross, and the sorrows. O how I need you, my Jesus, in this night of exile!
Thursday: Stay with me, Jesus, because in the darkness of life, with all its dangers, I need You. Help me to recognize You as Your disciples did at the Breaking of the Bread, so that the Eucharistic Communion is the light which disperses darkness, the power which sustains me, the unique joy of my heart.
Friday: Stay with me, Lord, because at the hour of my death I want to be one with You, and if not by Communion, at least by Your grace and love. Stay with me, Jesus, I do not ask for divine consolations because I do not deserve them, but I only ask for the gift of Your Presence. Oh yes! I ask this of You.
Stay with me, Lord, for I seek You alone, Your Love, Your Grace, Your Will, Your Heart, Your Spirit, because I love You and I ask for no other reward but to love You more and more, with a strong active love. Grant that I may love You with all my heart while on earth, so that I can continue to love you perfectly throughout all eternity, dear Jesus.
O my God, I firmly believe that You are one God in three Divine Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, pray for me. Pray that my faith not falter. Pray that I believe with the strength of faith that supported you when others would not believe in the working of the Spirit in your life. Pray that I may always believe, especially in those moments when I would question. Help me to say always, with Mary Our Mother, YES to all God asks.
O my God, I hope in all Your promises and, with your grace to come to everlasting Life.
Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, pray for me. Pray that I never lose hope. In the trials and tribulations of life, pray that I trust in providence and await the Lord's saving help. Pray for me that I have the strength to bear my crosses as you bore yours, with my heart set on the crown awarded those who persevere trusting in the Lord's never-failing assistance.
O my God, I love You above all things, with my whole heart and soul, and my neighbor as myself for love of You.
Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, pray for me. Pray that I learn to see in my sisters and brothers the face of Jesus, and that I may look at them with the eyes of my heart. Pray that God's love for me may be the measure I use in responding to those with whom I share life's journey. Help me to love others, as you loved all people, even those who persecuted you.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray
God of mercy and love, you called St. Pio of Pietrelcina to extend the mystery of the cross visibly into the lives of sinners and sufferers, that they might be converted to believe in the Gospel. Through his intercession, strengthen all believers in the willingness to take up the cross daily and follow Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.