Sunday, April 15, 2018

Padre Pio on Modesty, the Forgotten Virtue

     Nothing reflects the good or bad qualities of the soul more than modesty. Compare Padre Pio's teaching shown below, to St. Paul's description of the behavior of persons in the last days, and discern where we are in salvation history.

     The Apostle Paul warns: “Know also this, that, in the last days, shall come dangerous times. Men shall be lovers of themselves, covetous, haughty, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, wicked, without affection, without peace, slanderers, incontinent, unmerciful, without kindness, traitors, stubborn, puffed up, and lovers of pleasures more than of God: having an appearance indeed of godliness, but denying the power thereof. Now these avoid.” [2 Tim. 3:1-5.]

     Did someone say “selfie?” 

     From a letter of Padre Pio to one of his spiritual daughters: 

     Once you leave church, be as every follower of the Nazarene should be.  Above all, be extremely modest in everything, as this is the virtue which, more than any other, reveals the affections of the heart.  Nothing represents an object more faithfully or clearly than a mirror.  In the same way, nothing more widely represents the good or bad qualities of a soul than the greater or lesser regulation of the exterior, as when one appears more or less modest.  You must be modest in speech, modest in laughter, modest in your bearing, modest in walking.   All this must be practiced, not out of vanity in order to display one's self, nor out of hypocrisy in order to appear to be good to the eyes of others, but rather, for the internal virtue of modesty, which regulates the external workings of the body.


     Therefore, be humble of heart, circumspect in words, prudent in your resolutions.  Always be sparing in your speech, assiduous in good reading, attentive in your work, modest in your conversation.  Don't be disgusting to anybody but be benevolent towards all and respectful towards your elders.   May any sinister glance be far from you, may no daring word escape your lips, may you never carry out any immodest or somewhat free action; never a rather free action or a petulant tone of voice.

     In short let your whole exterior be a vivid image of the composure of your soul.

     Always keep the modesty of the divine Master before your eyes, as an example; this Master who, according to the words of the Apostle to the Corinthians, placing the modesty of Jesus Christ on an equal footing with meekness, which was his one particular virtue and almost his characteristic:  "Now I Paul myself beseech you, by the mildness and modesty of Christ" [2 Cor. 10:1], and according to such a perfect model reform all your external operations, which should be faithful reflections revealing the affections of your interior.

     Never forget this divine model. Try to see a certain lovable majesty in his presence, a certain pleasant authority in his manner of speaking, a certain pleasant dignity in walking, in contemplating, speaking, conversing; a certain sweet serenity of face.  Imagine that extremely composed and sweet expression with which he drew the crowds, making them leave cities and castles, leading them to the mountains, the forests, to the solitude and deserted beaches of the sea, totally forgetting food, drink and their domestic duties.

     Thus let us try to imitate, as far as we possibly can, such modest and dignified actions.  And let us do our utmost to be, as far as possible, similar to him on this earth, in order that we might be more perfect and more similar to him for the whole of eternity in the heavenly Jerusalem.

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Pietrelcina, July 25, 1915, from a letter to Annita Rodote, in Volume III of his Letters – used with permission. To read the entire letter, click Here.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Real Life of Jesus in the Divine Will and the Eucharist

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Learn how the Real Life of Jesus in the Eucharist also exists in souls who live in the Divine Will. In fact, the souls who live in the Divine Will are living Hosts, since the Divine Volition is a continuous Communion. Learn why Jesus is not bound by His own Sacraments, and how He entrusted His Sacramental Life to the Heart of His Mother. Find out why Jesus gave Communion to Himself at the Last Supper, and how His sacrificial life continues in the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Learn why living in the Divine Will has Primacy, and surpasses all the other Sacraments. This book is a detailed report and compendium of almost 150 separate teachings on the Lord's Real Life as it exists in the Divine Will and the Eucharist, taken from Luisa Piccarreta's 36-volume opus on the Divine Will revelations.

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