Forward in Joy – 366 days with Angela Merici
1st June: Pray to him, humble yourselves under his great power.
2nd June: I assure you that every grace you ask from god will infallibly be granted to you.
3rd June: Pray always with spirit and mind, on account of the constant need for God’s help.
4th June: My Lord, keep my affections and my senses safe.
5th June: In these pestilential times, you will find no other recourse than at the feet of Jesus Christ.
6th June: I am continually among them with Jesus Christ, the Lover of us all.
7th June: Blessed are those into whose hearts God has infused the light of Truth.
8th June: Through prayer one beseeches from God the grace of the spiritual life.
9th June: If they want to pray longer, let them go into their rooms, and enclosed there, pray in the way and as much as the Spirit and conscience will dictate.
10th June: My Lord, I beg you to receive this heart of mine and to transform its every affection and passion through your divine love.
11th June: My Lord, light up the darkness of my heart.
12th June: I beg you to accept my free will, all of my own will, which of itself does not even know how to discern good from evil.
13th June: Receive my every thought, word and deed, everything of mine, interior as well as exterior.
14th June: By saying the Office one talks with God.
15th June: Pray, and get others to pray, that God may reform his Church.
16th June: Act, move, believe, strive, hope, cry out to him with all your heart.
17th June: I shall always be in your midst, helping your prayers.
18th June: Let God work.
19th June: If Jesus Christ directs and teaches you, you will be well aught.
20th June: God will be in your midst.
21st June: God alone knows what you need, and can and wants to provide for you.
22nd June: Be bound to one another by the bond of charity.
23rd June: The more you are united, the more Jesus Christ will be in your midst as a father and good shepherd.
24th June: And always let your principal recourse be at the feet of Jesus Christ.
25th June: Always be thankful.
26th June: There will be no other sign that you are in the grace of the Lord than that you love one another and are united together.
27th June: Be consoled, and have a lively faith and hope.
28th June: Blessed are they who preserve within themselves this noble yearning.
29th June: I beg God to bless you. In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti.
30th June: Charity directs everything to the honour of God
1st July: May the strength and true consolation of the Holy Spirit be in you all.
2nd July: God will give you the necessary strength, provided you do what you can.
3rd July: I am continually among them provided they believe and do not lose heart.
4th July: God will never fail to provide for their needs so long as nothing is lacking on your part.
5th July: Put all your zeal and strength into carrying out your duty.
6th July: Do not be afraid of not knowing and not being able to do what is required in such a unique responsibility.
7th July: Be happy, and always full of charity and faith and hope in God.
8th July: Charity directs everything to the honour of God and the good of souls.
9th July: the suffering of this world is nothing in comparison with the blessings which are in Paradise.
10th July: Live a new life.
11th July: Be attentive, with great and longing heart.
12th July: Act, move, believe, strive, hope, cry out to him with all your heart.
13th July: Consider that we live in the midst of snares and dangers.
14th July: If you see one timid and inclined to despondency, comfort her.
15th July: Encourage them to them go forward willingly.
16th July: God has given free will to everyone, and wants to force no one, but only proposes, invites and counsels.
17th July: We will hear God’s voice all the more clearly the more purified and clean our conscience.
18th July: Armed with God’s sacred precepts, let us conduct ourselves courageously.
19th July: L beg you with all my heart, be like watchful and most vigilant shepherdesses.
20th July: Provide for everything as the Holy Spirit inspires you.
21st July: Consider each one as good, but be prudent for your own good.
22nd July: First of all, strive, with the help of God.
23rd July: They should want to be united.
24th July: Go forward willingly. See, a great reward will be prepared for you.
25th July: Keep to the ancient way. And live a new life.
26th July: May the eternal benediction be on you all.
27th July: We are called to a life of glory.
28th July: Although at times they will have troubles or anxieties, nevertheless this will soon pass away.
29th July: They should place their hope and love in God alone, and not in any living person.
30th July: Obey God and each creature for love of God, as long as nothing is commanded against the honor of God and of one’s own integrity.
31st July: Above all, obey the counsels and inspirations which the Holy Spirit continually sends into the heart.