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Reverend father,

(…) for me the time to follow the Lord and leave everything else has arrived.

For a long time I haven’t  been  attracted to this incomprehensible, unreasonable, and atheistic world.

I’m really sorry for the holy people of God in this historical period tossed around without a captain and guides.

I just have to pray for them and for me in order to keep the right path and remain faithful  to my vocation.

I must confess, however, that at times I am  worried that in the future I might not be  able  to stem the waves moved by these winds, especially if I have to take care of souls: I entrust myself to the good offices of the Virgin, whom I fervently venerate with the term of sedes sapientiae, and to St. Thomas, the friend of all us and an  undisputed d teacher of doctrine.

I will also continue to pray that others like me may be well guided, encouraged and solicited to follow Christ integrally and that more and more   prepared, faithful, righteous, merciful workers for the vineyard  arise: the people of God need them


Dearest,

1. In reference to your fears of being tossed around here and there by various currents, even within the Church, I am increasingly convinced that the guiding compass to remain faithful to our vocation in proclaiming  and bearing witness to the Gospel is the life of grace, cultivated more and more and  always better.

The currents I am referring to are not those that can exist between the thought of St. Thomas or Duns Scotus, between the Dominican and the Franciscan schools. Because this is that legitimate and dutiful pluralism that enriches and makes the whole Church more splendid, even in her doctrine.

I am referring instead to those currents that lead us astray, which make some say that a particular behaviour  is according to God and therefore sanctifying  while instead it is  sinful in itself and therefore distances us from God and from the ways of sanctification.

And it is well in reference to this that you express some fear for your future.

2. Well, what can you  do to  remain in the truth and be among those for whom Jesus prayed at the Last Supper, saying: “Consecrate them in the truth. “(Jn 17:17)? I believe that the answer can be found clearly in that issue of the Catechism of the Catholic Church where it speaks of the beatitude of the pure in heart to whom Jesus promised the vision of God: “Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.”

3. The Catechism of the Catholic Church writes thus: “The sixth beatitude proclaims, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” “Pure in heart” refers to those who have attuned their intellects and wills to the demands of God’s holiness, chiefly in three areas: charity;308 chastity or sexual rectitude; love of truth and orthodoxy of faith.310 There is a connection between purity of heart, of body, and of faith” (CCC 2518)

4. Therefore there are three characteristic virtues of the pure in heart which are intimately linked to each other: charity, purity (chastity) and love for truth, purity of faith, which is intimately linked to humility.

5. Charity is above all.

In fact, charity brings the personal presence of God in us and brings us into God, according to what Saint John says: “We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.” God remains as a particularly shining light in the soul in grace and prevents those who have true charity from deviating  or remaining in the darkness of error.

St. Dominic replied to a man who was struck by his sermon and asked him where he had learned all those beautiful things that he had learned them in the book of charity.

6. To maintain the purity of the faith, in the second place, purity in thoughts, feelings, looks, words and actions is necessary.

St. Albert the Great, a Dominican, says that the soul who has never obeyed to  carnal desires posses a purer intellect and it is better inclined to celestial truths

Which is to say: it is better prepared to find the Truth and to stay there.

In this regard, what our Savior said must never be forgotten: “And this is the verdict, that the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed”. (Jh  3 19,20

7.     Thirdly, the Catechism of the Catholic Church says that there must be love for the truth and  orthodoxy of faith.

Love for the  truth is sincere when it is accompanied by meekness and humility.

St. Thomas says about  meekness: “it directs man to happiness that consists in the knowledge of God” (Summa theologiae II-II 157,4, ad 1)

It makes man his own  masterf, it leads him not to contradict the word of truth: “It is impossible for clemency or meekness not to be absolutely the greatest virtues, since they owe their praise to the fact that they withdraw a man from evil, by mitigating anger or punishment”. (ibid.)

Humility, on the other hand, makes him submissive and open to receive divine grace (Ib., II-II, 161, 5 ad 2)

8.     This is what you need not to stray from the truth despite the headwinds.

His anointing, which takes concrete form in charity, purity and sincere love for the truth, will keep you in the truth.

In a word, you need a strong and intense inner life.

What Our Lord said always remains true, namely that everyone speaks according to the abundance of his heart (Mt 12:34) and of his life.

Also in this regard it can be said that you will recognize them by their fruits (in this case the fruits are the teachings).

I assure you of my prayers for your perseverance, usque ad mortem in the way the Lord has called you.

I embrace you fraternally and bless you.

Father Angelo