St Padre Pio
1887 - 1968
"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"
"The Spirit of God is a spirit of peace. Even in the most serious faults He makes us feel a sorrow that is tranquil, humble, and confident. This is precisely because of His mercy. The spirit of the devil, instead, excites, exasperates, and makes us feel, in that very sorrow, anger against ourselves. We should, on the contrary, be charitable with ourselves first and foremost. Therefore if any thought agitates you, this agitation never comes from God, who gives you peace, being the spirit of peace, but from the devil."
"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."
"I cannot tolerate criticism and gossip in regard to our brothers."
"Do not let temptations frighten you; they are the trials of the soul whom God wants to test when He knows that he is strong enough to sustain the battle and weave his garland of glory with his own hands."
"Come out of anxiety, because it is one of the greatest deceivers of true virtue and sound devotion."
"Don't spend your energies on things that generate worry, anxiety and anguish. Only one thing is necessary: Lift up your spirit and love God."
"Don't become preoccupied with vain longings for tranquility, pleasure, and merit; but present to the Divine Spouse, a heart completely empty of every affection, except His chaste love."
"I repeat that the temptations of jealousy, desperation, discouragement, distrust, etc. are works of the devil."
"In everything you do, there have to be always more honesty of intention, more precision, more punctuality, more generosity in serving our Lord, then you will be what the Lord wants you to be."
"God, since Your kingdom is not far away, allow us to participate in Your earthly triumph, so that we may participate in Your Heavenly Kingdom."