Ave Maria Meditations
In all the events of life, you must recognize the Divine will. Adore and bless it, especially in the things which are the hardest for you.
Remember that God is within us when we are in a state of grace and outside of us when we are in a state of sin; but His angel never abandons us. . . He is our most sincere and faithful friend even when we sadden him with our bad behavior.
Prayer is the best weapon we possess. It is the key that opens the heart of God…You must always humble yourself lovingly before God and before men, because God speaks only to those who are truly humble and He enriches them with His gifts. Humility and purity are the wings which carry us to God and make us almost divine.
Let us always keep before our eyes the fact that here on earth we are on a battlefield and that in paradise we shall receive the crown of victory; that this is a testing-ground and the prize will be awarded up above; that we are now in a land of exile while our true homeland is Heaven to which we must continually aspire. Jesus will assist you and give you the grace to live a heavenly life and nothing whatever will be able to separate you from His love.
In my greatest sufferings, it seems to me that I no longer have a mother on this earth, but a very compassionate one in Heaven. Hold on tightly to the Rosary. Be very grateful to the Madonna because it was she who gave us Jesus. Love our Lady and make her loved; always recite the Rosary and recite it as often as possible.
St. Padre Pio: Feast Day is Sept. 23rd