Blessed Padre Pio, a victim soul, who experienced both the joys and the sorrows of Jesus, offers us spiritual wisdom as to whether we are living a life in the Holy Spirit or deceived by an evil spirit. He writes in his journal: “The Spirit of God is a spirit of PEACE and even in the most serious faults He makes us feel a sorrow that is TRANQUIL, HUMBLE and CONFIDENT and this is precisely because of His mercy. The spirit of evil instead EXCITES, EXASPERATES, and makes us feel, in that very sorrow, ANGER against ourselves, whereas we should on the contrary be charitable with ourselves first and foremost. Therefore, if any thought agitates you, this agitation never comes from God, who gives you peace, being the Spirit of Peace, but from the devil.”

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