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Secrets of a Soul: Padre Pio's Letters to His Spiritual Directors

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This rare glimpse into the heart and soul of Padre Pio reveals the profound spirituality and humanity of the beloved Capuchin friar whom Pope John Paul II canonized in 2002. Beyond the extraordinary events that accompanied Padre Pio's life, these intimate letters attest to his personal struggles, worries, temptations, and fears. Padre Pio suffered much, but hoped even more in the One he loved deeply: Christ Crucified. The letters of Padre Pio prove once again that "difficulties and sorrows, if accepted out of ...
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Overview

This rare glimpse into the heart and soul of Padre Pio reveals the profound spirituality and humanity of the beloved Capuchin friar whom Pope John Paul II canonized in 2002. Beyond the extraordinary events that accompanied Padre Pio's life, these intimate letters attest to his personal struggles, worries, temptations, and fears. Padre Pio suffered much, but hoped even more in the One he loved deeply: Christ Crucified. The letters of Padre Pio prove once again that "difficulties and sorrows, if accepted out of love, are transformed into a privileged way of holiness..." (Pope John Paul II).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819859471
  • Publisher: Pauline Books & Media
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Book I My Stigmata
Foreword 3
Preface 5
1 "It was on the morning of the twentieth last month..." 11
2 "The flames that disturb my heart in these moments..." 16
3 "I will not tire of praying to Jesus" 18
4 "Jesus is with me, so what can I possibly fear?" 21
5 "It seems impossible that Jesus wants me to be lost" 23
6 "In the middle of the palms of my hands, there appeared a small red spot" 25
7 "The consolations are so soothing that they cannot be described" 28
8 "The heart of Jesus and my heart were fused" 30
9 "My father, I feel that love will ultimately conquer me" 33
10 "I felt my heart being wounded by an arrow of fire" 36
11 "Jesus allowed my heart to hear His voice" 39
12 "Jesus offered this chalice to me yet again" 42
13 "Nothing can prevail against those who groan under the weight of the cross" 46
14 "I am loyal. No creature will be lost without knowing it" 49
15 "I have great desires to serve God with perfection" 54
16 "God wants to espouse the soul in faith" 60
17 "The true remedy is to lean on the cross of Jesus" 64
18 "No one is spotless before the Lord" 68
19 "I pray incessantly to the divine Infant on everyone's behalf" 72
20 "I am crucified by love! I simply cannot endure this any longer" 75
21 "My crisis is extremely painful" 78
22 "Jesus said to me..." 80
23 "I know very well that the cross is a token of love" 83
24 "I know not what all of this means for me" 85
Book II Victim to Console the Heart of Jesus
Preface 89
1 "My God! Can all you point out to me possibly be true?" 97
2 "Inexpressible sweetness rains from your eyes" 102
3 "I have never trusted in myself" 110
4 "My father, how difficult it is to believe!" 115
5 "When will the sun rise within me?" 120
6 "I will always seek the company of all those who are lovers of Jesus" 123
7 "Obedience is everything for me" 126
8 "Will you show yourself one day on Tabor at the hour of the holy sunset?" 129
9 "It is true that everything I am is consecrated to Jesus" 134
10 "I feel my soul crushed by sorrow" 138
11 "We must always cling to God with perseverance" 141
12 "To love my God is the effect of full knowledge" 144
13 "Tell Jesus not to be tyrannical still" 155
14 "I was filled with extreme terror at the sight of a celestial Being ..." 160
15 "My wound, which was reopened, is bleeding" 166
16 "Holy obedience is the last voice" 172
17 "God does not come to heal old wounds, He opens new ones" 174
18 "I notice something like an iron blade..." 177
19 "I am powerless to hold tight this divine Lover" 180
20 "What a thorn I feel driven into my heart!" 184
21 "Belief in authority is not lacking..." 186
22 "Lady Gentleness seems to be doing a little better" 188
23 "In him I always feel rested" 191
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