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I need peace, I need your prayers…

September 29, 2011 by  
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I Need Peace, I Need Your Prayers…

Dear Mother Luisita, I am deeply troubled by things that seem so trivial and I can't seem to shake a sense of impending doom. My anxiety is constant. I need peace, I need your prayers.

My beloved child,

Accept my loving greeting and my prayer for you to be what God wants you to be. What about your soul? Is it taking little steps toward heaven or is it flying there?

Be very united with Our Lord so that your prayer may be continual, and at the same time, full of confidence in God. Fix your gaze on heaven, not on earthly things that all pass away like a breath leaving behind nothing but remorse and sadness like smoke that disappears with nothing but reality remaining.

Be entirely at peace. What we have to do, myself included, is to become saints, to perfect the ordinary deeds of daily life and to live only for God.

Let us bless God always and for everything, that we may remain happy and at peace even in the midst of thorns. Let us bless God our Lord in all and for all! Whenever sorrow enters your life, lift up your soul to God, offering it up to Him. Never separate yourself from Our Lord. He is always giving you proofs of His love for you. He loves you very much and, in return, you should love Him with all of your soul. We have to become very detached from everything else, so that He may be the One to fill our hearts. I remind you that He is very jealous, and that inordinate love for any creature will take His place in our souls.

The troubles you are now experiencing are found everywhere. They are the flowers in this valley of tears that perhaps are part of the plan of God and a means of practicing virtues. Try to see the difficulties and contradictions in this life with serenity. God our Lord will help you if you place everything in His hands and pray much. When you place everything in His hands, He will do everything, and very well! Look to God, your soul, and eternity. All the rest is merely a puff of smoke!

Peace, it seems to me, is an indispensable factor if we are to have life in our souls. Lack of peace is harmful to you. Try to allow peace to come back to your soul, praying to Our Lord for that grace. Every day you should be spending half an hour if you can, or even less, with the Blessed Sacrament asking Him for His help and presenting Him all your difficulties. As God, He knows everything; talk to Him as you would talk to a Father. Try not to lose God's peace or His presence. May you receive the consolation that comes from Him alone.

Try to become a little better each day. Make all of your devotions with increasing fervor and have a great purity of intention at the root of all of your actions. May God help you to be happy in your work, doing everything for the love of Him. When Our Lord sends you occasions to practice virtue in any manner whatsoever don't oppose Him or resist Him. Accept with good will all of the difficulties and contradictions of life. I would like very much for you to become a great soul, strong and vigorous, never looking toward your own gain and self-love, but toward God's glory.

Keep well, my child, and be what you are supposed to be – a saint! Take care of yourself. Write me when you can. Pray for me and may God bless you.

– Mother Luisita

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About Dan Burke

Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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  • evarg000

    I think it is so true all the worldly things are just a puff of smoke and leaves you feeling so empty. I love how Mother Luisita’s response written with so much love and kind wishes for her as a mother to her child. If you think about it, if a mother loves her child so much, how much more does our Heavenly Father loves us who is perfect. This is something that I have to remind myself always, that God loves me. I pray for a spiritual advisor such as this one.

  • Sr. Carmen Laudis, OCD

    Mother Luisita underwent religious persecution during the early 1900’s in Mexico. She wrote letters of spiritual direction, in code, and help families keep alive their Catholic Faith within their household at a time when Mexico’s churches were closed, priests were martyred, convents were disbanded, and the “Cristeros” who were simply local Catholics who defended their homeland in order to practice again their Catholic faith publically, shouted “Viva Cristo Rey! Long Live Christ the King.” Blessed Miguel Pro, SJ, is one of the well-known martyrs. As Mother Luiista is now a candidate for sainthood, the Carmelite Sisters, the community she founded during those horrible days, are sharing her spiritual direction, uncoded, which she wrote in hiding. It puts her letters in a different light to understand the stress she was under as she penned these words and had them hand-delivered by “safe hands.” Sr. Carmen Laudis, OCD

  • Richard

    This is like an angel singing in my ear. It went right into me. Thank you for sharing. Sept 29th (day of posting) was my birthday. Thank you for the wonderful birthday present.

    • Happy belated birthday!

      • evarg000

        Hi Dan, I’m sorry to bother you but I just wanted to know what was the website you mentioned previously that has all the Catholic free books online. My income doesn’t allow me to buy all the books I would like to so I would definitely benefit from a website like this. Thank you! God Bless.

  • Genevive

    This letter is like an answer to my tears in prayer last night. Its like as if I could hear her sweet voice in my head. It couldnt have been posted at a better time. God does use His beautiful gems in this world to reach us. Thanks be to God and God bless all of you involved in this beautiful site.

  • Chris

    Wow! I so needed these words this morning. They are like balm to my soul. I am in grievous pain for a family member and their marriage. . .my soul cries out to God for healing for these two people. In the midst of my pain it is comforting to be reminded how much God does love me and that He does hear my pleas and that my eyes should towards heaven and not of this earth and that I should conduct myself accordingly to stay the path. What powerful words, so full of love and truth. I’m so thankful.

  • Guest

    Praise be to God for giving us this soon to be Saint. The Blood of Martyrs makes the “Tree of Faith” blossom when “The Body of Christ” is under attack. And we need their prayers now, more than ever before.

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