May your way of life be totally heavenly, we are bound to this as Christians.... Let us love Jesus in the Passion more than anything else. Let us often meditate on the suffering of the God-man and then it will not be long before the great desire to suffer more for love of Jesus is awakened in us. Love for the cross has always been the distinctive sign of chosen souls. Being burdened with the cross has always been a sign of predilection on the part of the heavenly Father for those souls....
Let us show ourselves to be worthy children of such a great Father. Jesus also invites us to climb to Calvary with him, so let us not refuse. Ascending the painful mount with Jesus will be a joy for us.
In the course of life, mortifications will not be lacking for us, either. Let us love them; let us embrace them with a cheerful soul, and let us always bless the good God in everything.
- Taken from St. Pio of Pietrelcina, Letters: Correspondence with His Spiritual Daughters (1915-1923), Vol. III, Fr. Gerardo Di Flumeri, O.F.M. Cap., Ed. (San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy: Our Lady of Grace Capuchin Friary, 1994).