Writings of St. Peter Julian Eymard


Year Written
Joy and Graciousness.pdf
I would like to see you very happy, the happiest in the world. In religious life, your graces are so great that you certainly must be happy. The rich are happy when they receive news of some new inheritance; you should have the same happiness. What do you lack, what can you not find in the Eucharist? Other religious don’t have what you have. I would say to any sister who is not happy, You are mistaken; go elsewhere; the king does not need alms; he feeds his own. I would like to see you h
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    1860
Joy and Love(Continuation).pdf
In your vocation you should live in joy, not always in a joy of feelings, but in a joy of good will. That joy is love; one who loves lives in joy. The joy of feelings is temporary, sometimes God gives it as a preparation for sacrifice, but there is a joy that should always be in our heart, the joy of a child for its mother. Nothing is hard for this child who wants to please its mother. I’m not saying that you should never feel sorrow and sadness in your heart; that doesn’t depend on you
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    1858
Joy and Love.pdf
Live in joy because joy is the fruit of love and love is the grace of your vocation. In the beginning of the spiritual life, some people go to God out of fear of hell. That fear is not bad in itself, but it’s not sufficient. Sorrow for sin must include the beginning of love in order to be forgiven. Do not remain in fear; for that would be a loss of time, but rather apply yourself to know Jesus Christ, and you will love him. The knowledge of his kindness produces love, as knowledge of beau
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    1858
Joy in the Service of God.pdf
The Holy Spirit says, sadness kills the soul (Prv 17:22). This does not mean that the soul actually dies, but that sadness kills the strength and courage of the soul, placing it in the state of death. It is commonly said that someone who is discouraged feels defeated. Sadness in the service of God is a most dangerous temptation, because under the weight of sadness one tends to look for consolations. If these are not found in the service of God – perceived as looking for chains and a state
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    1860
Joy the Gift of the Spirit.pdf
My dear Daughters, here is the virtue that should distinguish you in the service of God, in the words you pray every morning in the second Psalm of Lauds: Sing joyfully to the Lord, all you lands. And what more? Servite Domino in lætitia – [Serve the Lord with gladness] (Ps 99:2). Sing joyfully to the Lord, all you lands, sing joyfully because the Lord is your God. The character of your life is joy; sing joyfully in his presence. Why? As the prophet David says, because the Lord is your
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    1864
Joy.pdf
My Sisters, last time we talked about the first action of the day, the need to sanctify it and one’s rising. The interval from this point to the second action, which is the Divine Office, is dangerous, especially if the mind is not under control and is left open to all impressions. These first impressions can be bad because they make the soul feverish. After resting all night, the mind is very active, and can upset the whole day. Then it is difficult to return to normal.
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    1862
Let Us Live of the Love and Mercy of Our Lord.pdf
The prophet composed a song, the most beautiful of all the songs inspired by his heart, the song of God’s mercy. More than fifty times in the psalm Benedictus he says: Sing the mercy of God. (cf. Ps 135)2. The prophet repeats God’s titles, his grace, ending every verse with the words: his love is everlasting. My Sisters, the prophet David was right to bless that mercy, that ocean of mercy, and to praise him, because he had sinned against the Good Lord. Yet, in spite of his penance, he w
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    1866
Liturgy. Union with God through Graces of Feeling and Light and through Mystery.pdf
Remember that the value of your personal prayers lies in your fervor; personal prayers have a personal value. When you use the prayers of the Church, they have the value of the Church’s prayer. They were inspired by the Holy Spirit; they are the prayers of the entire Church. These are liturgical prayers. You can see why we are so strict in the choice of our prayers. It is not a question of personal prayer; but in choosing public prayers or those of the community, we accept only liturgical
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    1860
Love of the Cross.pdf
In our last meeting, I spoke to you about Christian mortification; we will continue this topic and complete it. From the pulpit you hear, and from books you read that you must love the cross. It is already admirable to suffer with patience, but the truth is that we must love the cross. Whoever does not yet love the cross is not a true disciple, a follower of Jesus crucified. You ask: How can you love something that makes you suffer? Corporal penance makes us suffer, mortification of the hea
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    1861
Mary Mother of Adorer.pdf
Notice the character of Mary’s adoration. She adored her divine Son as he was, and his state became the character of her adoration. Therefore, she never had the same adoration. She adores him in her womb, then in the poverty of Bethlehem, working in the poverty of Nazareth, preaching, converting sinners, and on Calvary. She followed all the sentiments of her divine Son, because she knew them, and her heart kept her always in touch with him. My Daughters, you are often told to have only on
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    1864
Mary. My Mother.pdf
My vocation is beautiful, the most beautiful of all vocations since it attaches and binds me forever to the service of the adorable person of Jesus Christ in his divine Sacrament. It is a privileged vocation because it gives me the right to go directly to his divine person without mediator or intercessor. It is great and sublime, because I share the function of angels at the service of Jesus and the most Blessed Virgin, if I dare say so. However, such a divine vocation requires special quali
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Mary.pdf
As you need a tutor, let it be the Blessed Virgin. Take this good mother as your model for service. Who served Jesus Christ better than the Blessed Virgin? She was a servant and a perfect adorer. Mary adored perfectly, even surpassing the angels with a purity so great that our Lord found his delight in her. At Bethlehem and during her entire life, Mary was with him, following him. Mary was the first adorer of the Blessed Sacrament, watching over him constantly. Now she is your teacher. J
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    1859
Means to Recollect the Imagination.pdf
How can we recollect ourselves? When we are very distracted and preoccupied, when our senses are scattered, what must we do to recollect ourselves? We will examine this problem, which is an everyday occurrence.
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    1861
Method for Examination and Communion.pdf
You must have method in your service of God. Method is very helpful and often necessary. It is to the Christian soul what military regulations are for an army. Strategic regulations certainly double the strength of soldiers; the weak ones are sustained by the strong; the ignorant guided by the wise. If an army in combat allowed each soldier to fight in his own way, it would become a combat of individuals that would come to nothing. However, when a ruling command gives an order, there is con
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    1866
Method of Adoration.pdf
[…] I promised you, my Sisters, to speak about the way to make adoration. You know that the method of prayer, of adoration, accepted by our Society is the method of the Church, that of the holy sacrifice of the Mass, namely, the four ends of the sacrifice. And since the sacrifice requires these four parts, we divide adoration in the same way. At the same time, we use this method for prayer, as preparation for examen, and also for thanksgiving – it is adaptable to all, because it is na
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    1866
Mistrust of Self_ Confidence and Rest in the God Alone.pdf
Your heart should always be pleased with God, my Sisters, since he has been so good to you by granting you precious graces during this retreat. He has shown you not only the truth about holiness, but also the truth of his love for you. It’s a great thing to know God and his grace, and to know the love of the angels. To know his love for you is wonderful. You know that God loves you and you have said: I will love him greatly; his love will be my life: he will be my law; he will be my norm
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    1866
My Daughters. What Name Shall I Give You.pdf
Shall we call you Ladies of the Blessed Sacrament? No. We don’t want anything that speaks of worldly nobility. Religious of the Blessed Sacrament? Again, no. There are, however, some who are called Sacramentine Religious in Rome, and others Reparatory. There are many houses where our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament is adored; like the Benedictines, etc. But none of them have the adorable Eucharist as unique goal. The name that I have saved for you is great; it expresses your purpose
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    1858
New Years Wishes. To Rejoice in Our Lord.pdf
[...]You no longer have anything to fear from the world. The world belongs to the devil (cf. Jn 12:31). If our Lord is in command of the head, he will also be in command of the members. Our Lord is here to prevent evil. If our Lord should want a storm around you, what do you care, since he is with you. Even if you cannot defend yourselves, you will not need to, and you will need no other protectors; that would be an insult to the master. What must you do? Remain close to the master. It
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    1866
Obedience To the Law.pdf
Our Lord said: I accomplished the will of my Father (cf. Jn 17:4), and not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will be left unaccomplished by me (cf. Mt 5:18). And our Lord fulfilled all these words, and that consisted obedience: the service of his Father through the law. He obeyed all those who would take the place of his Father, authority is the guardian of the law. How did he do this? You already know, he served his Father by a complete and punctual obedience. With th
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    1862
Obedience.That.Is.Internal.External.Extraordinary.and.Joyful.pdf
Jesus Christ humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross. (cf. Phil 2:8). When St. Paul spoke about our Lord, he did not speak about his penances, his miracles, and all his virtues. Instead, he simply said he became obedient; with that he has said everything. In fact, our Lord never spoke one word or did any act of his own volition. He depended entirely on his heavenly Father. Listen also to what our Lord said: The Son cannot do anything on his own, but only what he s
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    1859
On Interior Formation.pdf
Interior formation for adoration consists in learning to think, to speak, and converse with our Lord. All formation consists in this, to teach children to think rightly, and to speak properly. They must choose their words with a certain tact, and then they must learn to converse and be able to follow a conversation. Children finish conversations quickly, because after a few words they say: I don’t know any more. Ah! How delightful! Poor children, they don’t know any more; they’ve sai
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    1866
On Mortification.pdf
We have spoken about two important religious virtues: holy poverty and obedience – virtues that are difficult for human nature. Yet, without the following virtue, a religious could never reach the perfection of her vocation; that virtue, my Sisters, is mortification. To be detached from the things of this world, and to have renounced your will in order to submit to religious obedience will not be worth much if we are not mortified. Mortification is the virtue that makes saints, and you c
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    1858
On Patience.pdf
Our Lord had two states: one state of glory – a divine state by means of his divine nature; and a humble and humiliated state by means of his human nature. In so far as he remained here on earth in a mortal state, he maintained his humiliated state, although he had all the virtues[…]. The same thing happens to us, although in a finite order, with an aspect that is great, beautiful, supernatural and divine, but which is not visible, and should not be so.
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    1866
On Propitiation.pdf
Reparation has two parts: to make reparation for the injury done to our Lord. We already dealt with this. There remains the second part: namely, to ask for the grace that sinners need. This is what we properly call propitiation. To make reparation for the injury of sins committed against our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar, is one of your greatest missions on earth at the feet of the Blessed Sacrament, because it is the mission of pure love. When we love someone, we are more affe
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    1862
On Reparation. Other Motives. Reparation of Justice.pdf
Our Lord Jesus Christ came to satisfy the glory of his Father, and to redeem us. There’s no doubt that his reparation was complete, but one thought remains. Our Lord was our mediator with the Father, but who will be mediator now with him? It is clear that up to his passion and death, in the Garden of Olives and on the cross, he was asking mercy for us from his Father. Our Lord was not seeking for himself. That idea is very simple and natural. After his death, now that he is in the Bles
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    1862
On Reparation.pdf
We spoke of adoration and thanksgiving; that leaves reparation. Let’s talk about it today. […] When we adore we make an act of homage: we adore our Lord on his throne, our Lord to whom all honor is due. When we express gratitude, we should be always doing that, since the angels and the saints2 do nothing else. But reparation is much more: we give. What do we give? We give ourselves to the Lord: we offer ourselves as victim, as holocaust with him on the same altar. This grace of rep
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    1862
On Thanksgiving.pdf
What is thanksgiving? It is the contemplation of the goodness of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, his goodness in itself first of all, then in its expansion towards humanity. It centers on how he gives, what sacrifices he makes in order to come to us with such tenderness, the road he traveled to come to us from heaven in order to visit us. Gratitude responds to the influence of love and goodness. It experiences joy, like a poor beggar who is showered with gifts and who is at a loss for wor
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    1862
Openness of Heart.pdf
This conference will dwell on openness of heart. The principle of perfection for each of us depends on our fidelity to grace. This is all-important. God calls each one to a particular perfection, to follow counsels of perfection. On the other hand, all perfection is based on obedience. […] Obedience is faith in practice, humility in action. Because our Lord based perfection upon abnegation and abnegation is the sacrifice of the whole person, the practice of obedience must be made to a pe
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    1860
Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament.pdf
My Sisters, take note that no one2 has yet honored Mary with the title of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament. She is honored with the name of Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows, of Nazareth, of the Presentation, etc. But, in spite of the fact that the Blessed Virgin spent much of her life3 in the Cenacle, no one has yet thought of honoring her as adorer.
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    1858
Our Lord God Savior and King. To Adore Praise Bless and Love.pdf
Now, to vary the work of adoration, here are three practical thoughts. You adore God as creator; you adore him as all powerful. He created everything, the almighty, perfect, and eternal creator, as the source of your being and of all other beings. You adore this sun of life who communicates life to all creatures. By this homage, you adore our Lord for all his creatures that have no reason and love. You adore our Lord for the millions of beings that cannot adore him, and that don’t prais
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    1862
Our Lord must be happy with us.pdf
I wish that the Good Lord may always be happy with you, and that you may always be happy with the Good Lord. These are the two ideas that we will develop. First, I want our Lord to be pleased with you, so happy that he will remain with you willingly. Our Lord can be forced to stay with people even if he’s not happy. Certainly. In the Blessed Sacrament, our Lord belongs to mankind. He can be forced to stay there, although not happy because he is despised, blasphemed, and crucified. M
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    1866
Our Lord Wants You Completely for Himself.pdf
Our Lord wants you completely for himself. In the Church, there are many vocations, many orders, and many graces. Each one has its work, and its mission. Most Christian vocations are mixed, that is, partly for our Lord and partly for the neighbor. There are very few that are purely contemplative, completely at the service of God. Some few communities, however, are purely contemplative, like the Carthusians, men and women, the Capuchins, the Carmelites. They practice their charity towards t
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    1861
Poverty.pdf
To become a true Servant of the Blessed Sacrament, a sister must love poverty, honor it by the way she dresses, by what she eats, by her room, by her entire life. It must be like the royal virtue of Jesus Christ, her master. The vow of poverty is necessary in the religious life in order to live this life perfectly. Human nature finds poverty difficult, because the heart can easily become attached. We see this in religious, men or women, who have left everything, all the pleasures of the wo
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    1858
Preserving Grace and Making It Bear Fruit. Recollection.pdf
It is good and right to receive graces, but that’s not enough; we must care for them. And there’s still more: we must let them bear fruit. You have received many graces, and you will receive them every day. In his goodness, God wants to honor you among the daughters of Israel. Your gratitude should also be very great, because his goodness is infinite. Sometimes you tell me: I don’t know what to say. You know how to say thank you; say thank you like poor people do. You don’t need m
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    1860
Recollection in Our Lord Through a Spirit of Love.pdf
The month of Mary is moving on, my good Sisters; we must do something [special]. Be careful to keep silence. In your work, if you must speak, speak softly and only when necessary. Silence is the soul of recollection, the soul of the presence of God. It is hard to keep it when we are bearing some suffering and when we are distracted. Take a good resolution.
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    1860
Recollection of Contemplation. Recollection of Union..pdf
Let us continue the subject of our last meeting. I spoke only about going out of self; now I will speak about the rest. To go out of yourself is both difficult and easy. Why? Because we know ourselves, we feel ourselves, and we can grasp ourselves. It is difficult because we must divest ourselves of the self, even though we still hold on to something. There is a satisfaction there, even in suffering, in spiritual death. What is difficult is to go towards our Lord. We see nothing, feel no
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    1862
Recollection of Silence.pdf
Recollection is absolutely necessary. The devil will try to preoccupy us with external things – even good and excellent ones – in order to draw us away when our soul is taken up with God. Satan does not want to lose us. Like a kidnapper who draws a person out of her house, away from the presence of her mother, to the countryside to make her his slave, the devil tries to take us out of ourselves, away from the presence of our Lord, in order to daze us and remove us from our center. Then o
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    1869
Recollection our Life in God.pdf
Today, we will meditate on the life of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. It would be useless, my good Sisters, to prepare a beautiful dinner, if you did not eat anything, if you could not digest it well. It would be useless for you to hear spiritual words, if you don’t digest them. What do we mean by digestion? This is recollection. Digestion takes place when internal heat produces the transformation of food. It follows that recollection, the interior grace of our Lord, produces this tr
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    1862
Recollection. Definition.pdf
You have the mission from God to live from him and for him. For this, you need recollection. This is the principal science that you must learn. It is a grace, and also a virtue. Acquire this science – we will teach you – and, with the help of grace, you will do it on your own. To recollect oneself means to draw from the outside to the inside, to offer oneself to our Lord within us, as in a tabernacle where he receives the homage of heart, mind, will, and senses. This is how to continue
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    1859
Recollection. Different ways of Placing Ourselves in the Presence of God.pdf
We said that recollection is loving attention to God within us. We must be recollected within ourselves. There are several ways of placing ourselves in the presence of God within us, according to these words of our Lord: Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him (Jn 14:23). Our Lord says that the Father and the Holy Spirit come to us. They do not come in order to leave, but to make their dwelling there. That’s h
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    1859
Recollection. Uncommon Today. Virtue and Grace of God in Us.pdf
Let me return to my subject, recollection. Here, there are two things, or rather there are three: science, virtue, and grace. First, science. What is the meaning of recollection? When a teacher wants to emphasize a point, he says: Pay attention, my children. Then they become attentive. This kind of attention is what we call recollection. In the same way, we focus on a subject. Recollection means to go from the outside to the inside, keeping the mind attentive. The more attention ther
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    1859
Recollection. Watching and Resting.pdf
Recollection is the grace that preserves all virtues, nourishing and perfecting them. Recollection makes us always present to God for him to guide us, and present to ourselves so as to belong to him and to be in him. Without recollection you cannot be humble, mortified and obedient, you cannot practice prayer, since you would be outside yourself. Isn’t it recollection that preserves all virtues? Not only that, but a recollected person always at the disposition of God, ready to leave when h
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    1862
Religious Life. A Means not an End.pdf
Our Lord said to a young man, If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and come, follow me – you will have treasure in heaven (cf. Mt 19:21). When this young man heard these words, he became sad, because he held tightly to his goods and his wealth. He was holding on to glory, and he went away sad. He did not do what our Lord had asked of him; he kept his goods. He did not follow our Lord. […]
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    1864
Renouncing the Mind the Heart and the Will.pdf
What is this self-denial? It means to crucify oneself by dying to the old self. To better understand this, let’s go into some details. When my mind wants something that is not according to my vocation, grace will say: You must make a sacrifice; it’s useless. There is a conflict: the interior self who wants to please our Lord renounces what the mind wants. It costs – it always does, but grace will be victorious over self- love. I could propose something – a good action – but the o
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    1859
Reparation. The Words of our Lord on the Crossdocx.pdf
Do not forget the role of reparation, especially on Friday, or whenever you adore on the other days, in the morning or evening. Actually, the evening is the best time for reparation and propitiation, as you recall the crucifixion of our Lord, our priceless redemption. One is better disposed through union with our Lord. One has a special grace that speaks to the soul and senses; there is something easier and more touching, while the topics under consideration become more striking.
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    1859
Second Anniversary of Foundation.pdf
When a grace is first given, at the beginning of a society, things are very simple. As it grows, it takes on importance and the grace becomes more demanding, because it seems that, without decreasing, it becomes a grace of virtue rather than a grace of gift and mercy. Humans want to intervene. The first grace is like a ray of the sun. Human effort is nothing compared to God’s gift. You received that first grace without being aware of its height, its width and its length; only God knows.
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    1861
Self annihilating Love.pdf
In the Eucharistic life there are two distinct elements: the goal and the means. The goal is our Lord Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar, and his good and adorable service. You came here to commit yourselves to this goal, just as we did, to fulfill the first commandment: You shall adore the Lord your God and love him alone. (cf. Mt 4:10) Adoration includes many parts, even all the virtues. Besides adoration there is canonical office in choir as a style of adoration, the pr
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    1863
Self-love.pdf
We will reflect on the principal enemy to the love of our Lord, since this love must be your life, your perfection, and your crown some day. What is this enemy, my dear Sisters? For us it is not mortal sin or venial sin. What is it? It is self-love, two loves fighting each other – the reign of one necessarily destroys the reign of the other. God is love (cf. 1 Jn 4:8), and man is love – God wants to be loved royally [above all]. Man wants to love royally, but the two loves are always i
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    1859
Silence.Direction.pdf
To live an interior life, we must be silent. The Holy Sprit said: The Lord does not dwell in the storm (cf. 1 Kgs 19:11-12). God speaks with a soft voice, in a gentle manner, and we must pay careful attention to hear him. In one of the psalms he also says through the mouth of the prophet: Listen, my daughter, turn your ear to my voice (cf. Ps 44:11). Our Lord does not speak in cities and in public places (cf. Is 42:2), but in deserts (cf. Hos 2:16), on mountain tops (cf. Mt 5:1); he did no
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    1858
Simplicity Goal of Your Relationship.pdf
Simplicity must be the goal of your relationships. True love, real charity makes all our relationships very simple, because it destroys self-love. Where there is love, there is no self-love. Self-seeking will lead to embarrassment or loud behavior. A child is simple, without self-love. God is simple; he comes to us because he loves us.
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    1860
Simplicity.pdf
Follow the common and ordinary way of life. Something that has been approved by an entire group is better than what comes from only a few. A common law, a common rule is better than a personal rule. Therefore, love the simple and common life; the name community says clearly that your life should be such. Do not strive after virtues that are externally unusual. Keep anything extraordinary to yourself. Externals must be simple and common. In our day, people are fond of anything extraordi
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    1858
Sins Against Charity.pdf
We must be very careful and strict in avoiding all sins against charity. These offend our Lord much more than other sins, because our Lord is love and the command of charity is closer to his heart than all others. This precept contains the entire law. Our Lord said: If you are merciful, I will show mercy to you (cf. Mt 5:7). His rule of conduct towards us will be taken from the way we treat others.
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    1860
Spirit of Love and Sacrifice.pdf
Make your first meditation on this subject, examining the sacrifices you should make toward God, your neighbor and yourselves. Sacrifice is love in practice. 1° Toward God. I cannot tell you what these sacrifices are; there are no general rules. Each one should follow her grace; discern the characteristic of God’s love within you. Then you will be sure of the sacrifice God is asking from you. The goal of love is a perfect union with God. You have to be like a drop of water poured in
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    1858
St. Joseph Servant. Adorer. Disciple. and Our Model.pdf
This feast of St. Joseph is so beautiful and consoling for us! I must offer him special honor and give him to you as protector and model. That’s why I will speak to you about St. Joseph: apostle, prophet, servant, adorer, disciple and model of the coenobitic life.
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    1868
Suffering and Joy. Fraternal Charity.pdf
[…] As soon as we give ourselves to God, we give ourselves to the cross, to sacrifice. It will be death in order to have life. God crucifies us and gives us life. He crucifies the old self who is always with us. Crushed at night, it revives in the morning even stronger than the night before. Our life is a constant struggle, says Job.
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    1866
Supernatural Charity of the Heart, of Respect, Affection and Action.pdf
We must build our perfection on charity, for this is the Lord’s commandment. He based all holiness on the love of God, and charity towards our neighbor as its expression. This is the greatest and first commandment: You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, with your whole soul, and with all your mind. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself (for the love of God) (cf. Mt 22:37-39). Our Lord also told his apostles: Keep my precept, my new commandment
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    1858
The Annunciation.pdf
The angel found the Blessed Virgin alone. She had no witnesses, because the house in Nazareth was divided into two parts. It lay against a cliff. There was a part that was more withdrawn, where the Blessed Virgin prayed. Then there was the front part of the house, judging from what has been said. What was she doing? Surely, she was at prayer. When God wants to give any grace, this happens during times of prayer. So also with the Blessed Virgin. We always picture her in silence and praye
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    1861
The Ascension.pdf
the feast of the Ascension. This feast continues for ten days, until Pentecost. Ascension is the end, the last feast of our Lord on earth; it is the triumph, the harvest. Our Lord Jesus Christ certainly deserved this triumph, since his poor body suffered much to enjoy glorification and to be seated at the right hand of the heavenly Father. He had suffered such bodily humiliation, he was crushed as under a press (cf. Is 53:5), as the prophet Isaiah says, his appearance like that of a leper (
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    1860
The Attraction of Eucharist.pdf
I told you that we must serve our Lord according to our internal state,2 because this state is the positive indication of the will of God. Moreover, we must follow the attraction of the grace that then becomes the motivation of all the actions of our life, because that’s why it is offered. The attraction of grace for you can only be a Eucharistic attraction. If you had a different one, it could be a movement of grace, but not an attraction. God cannot contradict himself. He cannot give y
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The Attraction. We Must Serve God by Our Interior State of Grace in our Vocation.pdf
We must serve the Good Lord according to the attraction of grace, because the attraction of grace is the will of God manifested in us. What is an attraction? How shall I say it? I don’t know. This is how it is defined: An extraordinary movement of grace in us that draws us strongly and gently to God or to one of his mysteries; to something that comes from God, that really draws the soul very gently and powerfully.
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