Heaven, the Right Port
1 Peter 1:3-4: ‘By His great mercy He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance…kept in Heaven for you.’
But trials threaten to overwhelm and deprive me of that inheritance.
Padre Pio’s assurance: ‘Be at peace always in the arms of the Savior who loves you tenderly. This holy love on which ours is founded, rooted, grown, and nourished will be eternally perfect and permanent.’
‘Do your best to conform always and in everything to the will of God. This is the sure path to Heaven.’
‘This is the path (trials) by which Jesus leads strong souls. Here you will learn the better to recognize your true homeland and to look on this life as a brief pilgrimage.’
‘The desire to be in eternal peace is good and holy, but you must moderate this with complete resignation to divine will.’
‘Let us do good; let us adhere to the will of God. Let this be the star on which we rest our gaze throughout this navigation because in that way we cannot but reach the right port.’
Lord, keep my gaze fixed on You. Hold me in your arms and guide me always in the way I should go. Amen.
-Padre Pio’s Words of Hope