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St. Pio Daily

Sept 21 – St. Pio Daily – The Path

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Ave Maria!September’s Theme: The Cross

“To arrive at our last end we need to follow the Divine Head, Who does not lead the elect souls by any other path than the one He trod; that is to say, [by way] of abnegations and of the cross: ‘If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me’. And should you not consider yourself fortunate to see yourself treated thus by Jesus? He is stupid who knows not how to penetrate the secret of the cross.”

Sept 20 – St. Pio Daily – A Caution

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

Ave Maria!September’s Theme: The Cross

“Beware of entering into the banquet of the cross, which is a thousand times more delicious than the worldly weddings, without the white, candid and clean garment, which is of a completely different intention than that of giving pleasure to the Divine Lamb.”

Sept 19 – St. Pio Daily – Dwelling on Calvary

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

Ave Maria!September’s Theme: The Cross

“Oh! You must consider yourself happy if you always try to dwell on Calvary, to dwell there faithfully and lovingly so as to adore on this mountain, Jesus Crucified, in this life. In such a way you will be sure of adoring with all certainty the glorified Jesus in the next life!”

Sept 18 – St. Pio Daily – Accept those Habitual Sufferings

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Ave Maria!September’s Theme: The Cross

“You ought to habituate yourself to the sufferings that it pleases Jesus to send you, as if you always had to live together with them. By doing thus, when you least think to be freed from them, Jesus, Who cannot suffer for long to keep you in [your] affliction, will take care [of you]; He will come to relieve you and to console you by instilling new courage into your spirit.”

Sept 17 – St. Pio Daily – Love for the Cross

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Ave Maria!September’s Theme: The Cross

“Love for the cross was always a distinctive sign of the elect souls; to be overburdened by the cross was always a special predilection of the heavenly Father for the aforesaid souls. And our Seraphic Father Saint Francis knew very well that without love for the cross, one cannot profit much in the ways of Christian perfection. Therefore, he continually carried engraved in his soul the Passion and Death, let alone the whole mortal life of the Son of God made man.”

Sept 15,16 – St. Pio Daily – The Ascent

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Ave Maria!September’s Theme: The Cross

15- “Let us not lose sight of the blessed group of the elect souls. Let us always hold onto them tightly, and let not the weight of the cross that you must carry, nor the long journey you must travel nor the rugged mountain you must climb, frighten you.”

16- “Let the consoling thought always cheer us that after the ascent to Calvary, you will rise still higher; you will ascend to the holy mountain of God, to the heavenly Jerusalem. By Divine Goodness, we are already halfway up the ascent of the mountain of suffering because we find ourselves with the firm resolution to serve and love well this Divine Goodness.”

Sept 14 – St. Pio Daily – The Steps to Calvary

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Ave Maria!September’s Theme: The Cross

“Happy are we who, against our every merit, are already (thanks to the Divine Mercy) on the steps to Calvary; we are already made worthy to follow the heavenly Master; we have already been numbered among the blessed group of the elect souls. And it is all because of a very special way the Divine piety of the heavenly Father deals with us.”

Sept 10-13 – St. Pio Daily – The Man of Sufferings

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Ave Maria!September’s Theme: The Cross

10- “Everything passes; Jesus presents a cross to you, yes, but do not be discouraged. Jesus’ cross was heavier; do not fear. He is very near to you and is watching you. He is there to relieve you of your sufferings, and you call to Him both in dangers and in the things that are prosperous.”

11- “Remember that Isaiah calls Jesus the ‘man of sufferings’; He, therefore, loves sufferings and those who have them. Therefore, in the hour of trial, do not get so upset but be prepared to suffer all with love. Jesus will be gracious to you and will give you the grace to lead a life that is all heavenly, and nothing will be able to separate you from His predilection.”

12- “The prototype, the exemplar on which we must mirror and model our lives is Jesus Christ. But Jesus has chosen for His standard the cross, and therefore He wants that all of His followers should walk the path of Calvary, carrying the cross so as to then die upon it. Only by this path one reaches salvation.”

13- “Jesus has need of those who groan with Him for human impiety, and it is for this that He leads you along the paths of sufferings. But may His charity be forever blessed, which knows how to mix sweet with bitter, and convert the transitory pains of life into an eternal reward.”

Sept 5-9 – St. Pio Daily – Making Up for Lost Time (!)

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Ave Maria!September’s Theme: The Cross

5- “My face blushes with shame. I know very well that the cross is a pledge of love, that the cross is a payment of pardon, and that love, which is not fed and nurtured by the cross, is not true love; it is fire in the hay (fuoco di paglia). And yet, with such knowledge, this false disciple of the Nazarene feels the cross weigh enormously on his heart, and many times he goes in search of the merciful Cyrenean who will console and comfort him.”

6- “I have a very great desire to suffer for love of Jesus, but how is it that when there is a trial, I seek comfort against my will? How much strength and violence I must do to myself in these trials to reduce my nature to silence, so to speak, which loudly demands to be consoled! I would not like to fell this battle; many times it makes me cry like a baby because it seems to me to be a lack of love and correspondence.”

7-“ How sweet is the name cross! Here, at the foot of the cross of Jesus, souls are clothed anew with light, they are inflamed with love; here they put on wings to rise to the loftiest flights. May the cross always be for us, as well, the bed of our repose, the school of perfection, our beloved heredity. To that end, let us take care not to separate the cross from the love of Jesus. Otherwise, the one without the other would become an unbearable weight to our weakness.”

8- “If you have neither a sufficient amount of gold nor a sufficient amount of silver to offer to Jesus, you will at least have the myrrh of bitterness. And it consoles me to know that He accepts it willingly, as if with this fruit of life He wanted to be placed in the myrrh of bitterness, both in His and in His death. Jesus glorified is beautiful; but to me He seems to be even more so when He is crucified.”

9- “Love being on the cross more than being at the foot of it; love agonizing with Jesus in the garden more than compassionating Him, because all the more you will resemble the divine Prototype. In what circumstances can you make acts of constant union of your heart and of your soul to the holy Will of God, [acts] of mortification of your ego and [acts] of love of your crucifixion, if not in the bitter and rigorous assaults that the our enemies wage against you?

Sept 4 – St. Pio Daily – The True Remedy

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Ave Maria!September’s Theme: The Cross

“Thanks to the favors that the Lord does not cease to lavish upon me, I find that I have improved very much with trust in God. In the past it sometimes seemed to me that I needed the help of others, but now no more. I know by personal experience that the true remedy to not fall is to lean on the cross of Jesus, with trust only in Him, Who for our salvation wanted to be hung upon it.”

Sept 3 – St. Pio Daily – How Many Times!

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

Ave Maria!September’s Theme: The Cross

“ ‘How many times’ Jesus said to me ‘you would have abandoned me, my son, if I had not crucified you. At the foot of the cross one learns to love, and I do not give it to all but only to those souls who are dearest to me.’”

Sept 2 – St. Pio Daily – Never Breaking His Promises

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Ave Maria!September’s Theme: The Cross

“I know not what will happen to me; I only know one thing for certain, though, and that is that the Lord will never break His promises. ‘Do not fear’ Jesus keeps repeating to me ‘I will make you suffer, but I will also give you the strength for it. I desire that your soul be purified and tried with a daily and hidden martyrdom. Do not be frightened if I permit the devil to torment you, the world to disgust you and those people dearest to you to afflict you because nothing will prevail over those who groan under the cross for love of me and for whom I do everything to protect them.”

Sept 1 – St. Pio Daily – The Cross

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Ave Maria!September’s Theme: The Cross

“In certain moments my soul suffers very much, and if, from time to time, this torment was not interrupted by some moment of respite, who knows what might become of me. Yes, this merciful Lord of ours, when the trial is at its peak, solicitously runs to my aid and, loving Father that He is, it seems He consoles me and encourages me to run along the way of the cross. I suffer, it is true, but I do not complain because thus Jesus wants it.”

Aug 31 – St. Pio Daily – Sustaining Us in Battle

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Ave Maria!August’s Theme: Spiritual Aridity

“The state of the soul placed in interior straits is sad, and truly it seems to us that it is all over for us, and that, in the end, the Lord has withdrawn from us because He is tired of putting up with us. Meanwhile, things are quite different. […] the Lord […] is always close to us, rather, He is within us and He invisibly animates us to sustain the battle.”

Aug 30 – St. Pio Daily – Never Lose Heart

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Ave Maria!August’s Theme: Spiritual Aridity

“Never lose heart; place all of your trust in God alone; await all strength from Him and do not overwhelmingly desire to be freed from the present state of aridity. Let the Holy Spirit work in you. Abandon yourself to all His transports, and do not fear. He is so wise, gentle and discreet as to cause nothing other than good.”