On Wall In Chapel at St. Anthony’s Orphanage in Corato, Italy
(“Soul, Help Me”)
Book of Heaven
Volume 6; April 11, 1905
How perseverance is seal of eternal life and development of divine life.
Being very afflicted because of the privation of my adorable Jesus, I was saying to myself: “How cruel He has become with me – I myself cannot understand how His good Heart can reach the point of doing this. And then, if persevering pleases Him so much, yet, my persevering does not move His good Heart.”
While I was saying this and other nonsense, all of a sudden He came and told me: “Indeed, that of the soul which pleases Me (Jesus) the most is perseverance, because perseverance is seal of Eternal Life and development of Divine Life. In fact, just as God is ever old and ever new and immutable, in the same way, through perseverance, by having exercised it always, the soul is old, and by her attitude of exercising it, she is ever new; and each time she exercises it she is renewed in God, remaining immutable, and without realizing it. Since through perseverance she continuously acquires Divine Life within herself, by acquiring God she is sealed with Eternal Life. Can there be a seal safer than God Himself?”