Intention to Please God
1 Thessalonians 4:1: ‘Finally, brothers and sisters, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus that, as you learned from us how you ought to live and to please God (as, in fact, you are doing), you should do so more and more.’
But how can I please God? Even when I pray, many things interrupt and distract me.
Padre Pio’s assurance: ‘Don’t worry if you feel cold when you meditate and pray. If you see yourself still surrounded by weakness, because given that this takes place against your every will, there is no fault, and is nothing but a source of merit for you. These are the trails of chosen soul whom God wants to put to the test when He sees they have the necessary strength to sustain the battle.’
‘Continue to practice meditation and all the other devout practices, always renewing your upright intentions, and do not be at all upset if you’re are unable to do all this with that perfection you would desire.’
‘Be certain of God’s love for you and of His complete and total pardon for your errors. Believe this firmly and do not wrong divine goodness by doubting this.’
Lord, thank You for your patience, love, and mercy. Give me patience with myself, and don’t ever let me give up the battle. Amen.
-Padre Pio's Words of Hope