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Testaments of St. Marie-Madeleine de Pazzi

 

Feast on May 25th

Incomplete Series – no. 15 is cited by Therese.

 

No. 1
My Sister, I leave you the simplicity with which I allowed myself to be led by my Superiors. Oh! amiable virtue that frees the soul that is in the depth of trouble and worry. The simple soul does not look for a way out in what she says to her Superiors. She maintains familiarity with God like a child with its brother telling him its sorrows and joys. Be faithful to this virtue if you want to enjoy interior peace.

No. 2
My Sister, I leave you my humility that makes me search for the most lowly and humbling employments within the Community. Be persuaded that, without humility, your perfection will be nothing but an illusion. Humility is the bases and the foundation of all virtues, and truly you cannot call yourself a spouse of J.C. if you are not attached to the practice of a virtue that He-Himself recommended by saying, “Learn from me for I am gentle and humble of heart.”

No. 3
My Sister, I leave you the love that I have for obedience that makes me fly at the least sign from my Superiors; be persuaded that you will never make any progress in virtue so long as your will is not entirely subject to the will of God and that you will never be ready to fulfill your own will rather than that of others. An act of renouncement in following his will is more agreeable to God than an hour of prayer.

No. 5
My Sister, I leave you my spirit of faith that directs all my actions; a soul with faith is capable of withstanding the greatest trials. Whether they come from God or from creatures, she knows that the pains and the afflictions of this life are always for us the means of sanctification, if we know how to put them to good use.

No. 6
My Sister, I leave you my tender devotion for the Holy Eucharist that makes me sigh without ceasing after the day I would receive it. Oh! what graces are received from a well-made Communion. Take good care to prepare well on the eve and the day that you receive Communion. Be particularly on guard of your senses so that you will be united with your Beloved.

No.7
My Sister, I leave you to imitate the purity of intention that inspired me in all my actions, do not look to creatures in doing what you do, but solely and only to the unique glory of God. It is not the multiplicity of actions that God asks, but the purity of intention with which one does them.

No. 9
My Sister, I leave you the strength and the courage with which I withstood the great temptations during so many years, do not ever become discouraged by the number of temptations that assail you, they will not make you culpable before God, if we resist them with generosity. To the contrary, they will serve us much in making us humbler. Be but faithful and avoid those occasions that could lead to temptation.

No. 10
My sister, I leave you my fidelity in maintaining silence. It is in silence that the religious soul learns to converse with God, it is a mute language that instructs us in all our duties; silence is the father of holy tears; the nourishment of prayer; the guardian of charity. Be faithful in never uttering useless words, but recall that exterior silence is nothing unless it is accompanied by interior silence.

No. 11
My sister, I leave you my love for the purity that has made me flee with horror all that can tarnish the luster. Consider often the beauty of this virtue that allows us on earth to resemble the angels. Watch that you do not allow to enter your heart any excessive attachment for a creature; be modest in all exterior things; restrain any projections of your imagination, this is what makes up this virtue in a religious.

No. 14
My sister, I leave you my love for poverty that makes me throw down at the feet the riches that the world would offer for having embraced a poor and crucified life. Apply this virtue to yourself in order to conform to your spouse who, as He said Himself, did not have a place to lay down his head.

No. 15
My sister, I leave you my love for suffering. It is love of suffering that makes me repeat without ceasing: “to suffer always and never to die”. It is in suffering and not in joy that real love is proved; a day without the cross is [a day] lost for heaven.

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