How I love your teaching, Lord! I study it all day long.
1 For Don Alberione, asceticism and mysticism are the intrinsic sources of the apostolate inasmuch as they are expressions of authentic Christian and Pauline spirituality: “Our devotion and incorporation to Christ is the beginning and the end and the substance itself of our supernatural life: here lies asceticism and mysticism” (Carissimi in San Paolo, p. 1379; cf. Donec formetur Christus in vobis, no. 95).
2 She is the first mystic and stigmatized woman of the XX century, who, from the paschal mystery of Christ's death and resurrection, drew her unmistakable physiognomy as “victim” and “spouse of a crucified king.” Born near Lucca on 12 March 1878 and died there on 11 April 1903, she was canonized by Pius XII on 2 May 1940. At the publication of LS (1933), she was “blessed.”
3 The Bible is from God; one receives it as a mystical gift.
4* “Imagine any sentiment of perfection: it is found in the Gospel; let the desires of the purest soul go over personal passions, until the highest ideal of moral good; they will not go beyond the region of the Gospel.” (Alessandro Manzoni)
[Poor of exterior incidents, the life of Alessandro Manzoni (Milan 1785-1873) is all collected in an interior story of research, study and profound religiosity. Having grown in an environment of illuministic culture, he went back to the faith in 1810. A brotherly friend of Antonio Rosmini, he shared his spirituality and the same political-social vision. Author of the Promessi sposi (1821-1873) and of Osservazioni sulla Morale Cattolica, he thought of a cycle of “Sacred Hymns,” inspired after the principal festivities of the liturgical year.]
5 LS refers to the Vulgate and shows “Giud. XVI, 16-21,” (Jdt 16:16-21) which in the current translations correspond to 16:13-17.