Padre Pio was also lead to our Lord Jesus Christ by Saint Francis ….Saint Francis ’s way is a way on which all of us can travel !! Today we would like to learn from him the love of the created world. !
How could Lucifer turn against , break with the perfect , endlessly loving God Whom he saw ? The Holy Scripture is very reticent about this . These nice spiritual beings were asked by the Heavenly Father to help people to come to, grow up in the love of the Holy Trinity .
There were angels , who did not want to help people , turned their backs on God for this reason , saying : “ We are not serving !”
Freedom is God’s incredible gift . God is calling us to respond to His immeasurable trust wit love .
Unfortunately many people and fallen angels did not give a worthy answer to God’s magnanimity , but He still does not tie the hands of the "dissenters “, does not repel, thrust them into servitude - the fallen angels chose the slavery of sin of their own free will.
There are some great father-confessors , who received this talent as a charisma , they can almost see into the souls, can pinpoint the weaknesses and kind heartedly , mercifully , if need be firmly guide the people . A good physician does not heal the seriously ill with lollies, but if necessary with bitter medication or perhaps painful surgical procedures .
It maybe that we know very well how our body is built, how it works ,but if someone is sick they go to a specialist , a doctor to talk over their complaints . It is also very good to talk over our spiritual problems sincerely and with a pure heart with someone whom we trust . Only God forgives the sins , not the priest -he only passes on God’s forgiveness , like a tap the water . God Himself is the One who gives absolution .
People are not disposable hankies , if they get soiled , then we throw them into the bin. How good would it be if we washed them , starched them , ironed them in repentance , in forgiveness so that they could become whole again, they could pull themselves together . How many times did Jesus Christ bend down to a person or more to lift them up.
He paid a greater price for us than I. Ever since then I realise that He is the good shepherd , and I am the sheepdog.
If He paid the “bill “ here on earth , than He is the boss. Jesus cold not really have done more than dying for us on the cross , without turning His back for ever on us .
Ther is no morning , that God would not to urge us to do something good, beautiful, when we get up , there is no such bad does after which we would not have pangs of conscience : go, make peace , ask for forgiveness , start again !
Our conscience is God’s word within us , and God is never asleep in us .
There is no such little village in the back of beyond , that down and our man in whose heart God would not be present . The same way as on the dawn of Easter He did not give up , the same way there is no such an unfortunate man , in whose heart He would not look for a way out to move on, solutions for the miseries in which that person finds himself .
This not only works in the heart of certain people , but in the life of mankind as well.
I believe that He always has an “ace” up His sleeve , that He uses if the problems are great . I am convinced , that He will take care of the world further on .
When I was ordained as a priest , I was sent to a God-forsaken little village . I was over the moon that I can go . When one one is stamping one’s feet for six years in a seminary , like the horses ready to bolt , if they could they would gallop at full speed ….I wrote a great inaugural speech for this occasion , and I could hardly wait to arrive there .
Sunday the holy mass was attended by six elderly women and one elderly man . In the nice warmth of the church they just laid back comfortably . When I started my sermon , the man started to snore . A whole world collapsed within me . I tried to tell them my own great wise words , as much as I could, but that were no takers . Just like when milk curdles in one’s mouth I felt so miserable , I could hardly wait for mass to be over .
I returned to the sacristy , collapsed in a chair feeling sorry for myself :” You see my Lord I studied for six years , I accepted celibacy and renouncing many other things for You , and this is what I got in exchange for it .” It felt as though Jesus sat down next to me and as though He would have answered me : “You see I died for these people on the cross . “ I am ashamed to say , but somehow then my spontaneous thought was : “ My Lord then You also got Your fingers burnt !” I was sitting quietly, alone in the empty church, feeling ashamed . I understood something very important : the fact is that I studied for six years for these people , but Christ died for them on the cross.
You should also try to discard from your backpack the superfluous , unnecessary junk, the desires from your heart that lead you onto futile paths , be free , simple , modest in the way you talk , in the way you dress , in your home , in your whole life . This endeavour to freedom should lead you in your decisions . If you are sincere you will soon discover that many things that were so essential for you , for which you spared no time, energy in one word your life till now are idols, the golden calf , that is best to be rid of as early as possible , to discard it as they will never give you true happiness ! Real happiness is love , that can fill your life, your family, your work place , by the light of which everything will become more beautiful and more useable ! If you get going on this road , you will understand , that this infinite Love is alive, became incarnate 2000 years ago in Jesus Christ and opened His arms towards you as well.
The time has come when it is much more difficult to hide people’s dirty laundry , the in previous times, but this does not mean that we are worse now , but we have arrived to a newer stage of purification .
God is not asleep. With toilsome work He is guiding us step by step on the way out of the hopeless, difficult situation. . Of course because of our free will we have the opportunity either individually or as a community by choosing hatred, anger. It would be good , if we would stop and paying attention to God we would decide by choosing love . God is at work : in each and everyone of us and the big family of mankind as well . Let Him guide us .
If just then you do not feel like having a bath, but still stand under the shower , you will become just as clean then when you feel like it.
Neither is it important what you feel whilst praying , because your feelings are not under your control, they tend to fluctuate , the evil spirit can also influence them . What is important is what you want . We will never be judged based upon our feelings . A professor cannot say : because you did not learn the anatomy joyfully , I won’t let you pass your exam. There is no such thing . Have you learnt it or not? It does not count what your mood was like , what sort of desires tried to jostle you about . This is also what is important in your prayer as well, that despite your flagging mood you still want to be close to God .
If your heart prompts you, let go of the trapeze , and fall into the yawning chasm ! Have faith to throw yourself into the arms of the living God ! It is not easy , I know, but the Lord of life , in whose name you said yes to your yearnings , will not take His eyes off you, won't let you fall down passively to break yourself , He will hold you up and with secure hands will lead you on. And this perpetual moving forth -this is life .