Padre Pio's Wisdom
Pietrelcina, Italy - As we celebrate the Feast of Padre Pio let us give thanks to God for his example, prayer and many works of mercy. Following are some quotes which reflect Saint Pio's wisdom and grace. These are shared by Christina Mead.
"Don't be daunted by the cross. The surest test of love consists in suffering for the loved one, and if God suffered so much for love, the pain we suffer for Him becomes as lovable as love itself." 7/14/1914
"True and substantial devotion consists in serving God without experiencing any sensible consolation. This means serving and loving God for His own sake." 7/14/1914
"The greater your sufferings, the greater God's love for you." 9/9/1914
"He wants you entirely for Himself, He wants you to place all your trust and all your affection in Him alone and it is precisely for this reason that He sends you this spiritual aridity, to unite you more closely to Him."
"We have close to us an angelic spirit who never leaves us for an instant from the cradle to the grave, who guides and protects us like a friend or a brother." 4/20/1915
"You must have boundless faith in the divine goodness, for the victory is absolutely certain." 5/25/1914
"You complain because the same trials are constantly returning. But look here, what have you to fear? Are you afraid of the divine craftsman who wants to perfect His masterpiece in this way? Would you like to come from the hands of such a magnificent Artist as a mere sketch and no more?" 1/1/1921
"When we suffer, Jesus is closer to us." 4/2/1912
"You say you are anxious about the future, but don't you know that the Lord is with you always and that our enemy has no power over one who has resolved to belong entirely to Jesus?" 3/29/1914
"I recommend calm and calm all the time." 2/3/1922
"How unbearable is pain when suffered far from the Cross, but how sweet and bearable it becomes when it is offered close to the Cross of Jesus!" 5/20/1915
"If we earnestly endeavor to love Jesus, this alone will drive all fear from our hearts and the soul will find that instead of walking in the Lord's paths, it is flying." 8/17/1913
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