Proverbs 23:26: ‘My child, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.’
But I’m afraid to give everything to God.
Padre Pio’s assurance: ‘Carry on tranquilly, for the divine mercy will not be lacking, and much less will it be lacking in your case if you show docility beneath the Lord’s divine action. Don’t be stingy with this heavenly physician. Don’t keep Him waiting any longer. To you, too, He is saying, ‘Give me your heart, so that I may pour my oil into it.’ Let the invitation of such a tender Father not be wasted. Open the door of your heart to Him with trustful abandonment. Don’t hold up the precious stream of his oil as it is poured upon you, lest you have to go in search of this oil of His mercy at the hour of death like the foolish virgins of the Gospel, for you will then find nobody willing to give it to you. Yes, during life always remain united with Jesus in the olive grove as He suffers His agony. By sharing thus, in the anointing of His grace and the comfort of His strength, you will find yourself after death among the same olive trees to share in the joy of His ascension and His glory.’
Lord, I give you my heart. Fill it with your oil, even if doing so unites me with your suffering as well as with your glory. Amen.
-Padre Pio’s Words of Hope