October 18, 2016

Words of Blessed Bartolo Longo

"My soul was anxiously seeking God; for He alone, as the one and only centre, could captivate and give satisfaction to my intellect, floating in a fluctuating sea of errors. God alone could satiate the restless desires of a heart torn by numberless and very burning passions."

"Invoke Mary! May her name never get out of your lips, never leave your heart. Following Mary, you will not lose yourself. If you think of Mary, you will not fail. If you hold close to Mary, you will not fall. If Mary protects you, you could not be afraid. If Mary guides you, you will not get tired. If Mary helps you, certainly you will reach heaven."

"Mary says, 'Come to my School, to my Rosary School and I will teach you the holy love and the short and safe way to gain heaven.'"

"My only desire is to see Mary, who has saved me and who will save me from the clutches of Satan." (Last words of Bartolo Longo on his death bed - October 5 1926)

The Rosary
"O Blessed Rosary of Mary, sweet chain which unites us to God, bond of love which unites us to the Angels, tower of salvation against the assaults of Hell, safe port in our universal shipwreck, we will never abandon you. You will be our comfort in the hour of death, yours, our final kiss, as life ebbs away. And the last word from our lips will be your sweet name, O Queen of the Rosary of Pompeii, O dearest Mother, O Refuge of Sinners, O Sovereign Consoler of the Afflicted. May you be everywhere blessed, today and always, on earth and in heaven."

The Agony in the Garden 
"In his very self He wanted to show you two opposing wills: one, human weakness, which flees suffering and seeks pleasure; the other, compliance with God's will. This He wanted so that the Christian may not believe himself to be God's enemy, though the flesh rebels gains the spirit and yearns after its delights; and may be persuaded that nature is not at all harmful to the inner man, as long as he remains faithful to God's law with all his will."

"Every time it happens to me to meet a man who has been far from God for long years and who spends all his life in activities which are out of the true Church, I remember that I, too, I found myself in such miserable condition. And it is sufficient this memory to cause my heart to be filled with compassion so much so it would burst and flow in the heart of that debauched brother of mine and to pull him away from sin. I say myself: 'I was like this one. Now, what merit had I earned more than him? Did not that man's soul cause Jesus Christ to bleed as my soul?'"

"One of the greatest illusions of sinners is to believe they can free themselves of temptation by satisfying it. Committing a sin has only the effect of increasing in us the inclination that draws us towards sin. In fact, according to the observation of St. Gregory (XXX Moral. 12), sin which has not been destroyed by penance draws us by its very weight to another sin. The soul, which loses God's grace by sinning, also loses the strength to resist the occasions of sinning; and the body is less capable of restraining its passions, once it has tasted the pleasure of following after them."

"God, in his temple of Pompeii, has chosen people, has chosen sinners, to convert and save them by means of his Mother. Moreover, through them a great number of other sinners are to be converted, into new servants faithful to the Queen of Heaven, and into new preachers of her unprecedented compassion."

Comparison between Pompeii and Lourdes
"To reawaken faith: - here it is the mission of Lourdes. To reawaken prayer: - here it is the mission of Valley of Pompeii. At Lourdes the Virgin works miracles so that faith be reawakened and have in this reawakening its Triumph; at Pompeii the Virgin works miracles so that prayer be reawakened. They are two missions but not separated and converging in an unique plan of Providence, a plan of salvation that I could not say wisest or most loving: at Lourdes to reawaken faith, at Pompeii to give faith the most beautiful and the most powerful of its voices, prayer. And among all prayer, the easiest, the most suitable, the most popular, that which is at the same time recitation and meditation, that which is at the same time rhythmic repetition of the most beautiful voices of the soul and rapid contemplation of the whole Christian epic, that gives at the same time flowers to the sky and dew to the earth, incense to God and lights to souls: the Rosary."