From the Catechism, in order to fulfill God's Will, one must first and foremost fulfill one's duty-of-state. What is "duty-of-state"? "Duty-of-state" simply means one's duties towards his or her state-of-life, whereby "state-of-life" means one's stature in life, e.g. if you are a priest, a nun, a monk, a brother, a friar, or an ordinary person, if you are a husband/wife, teacher, daughter, son, mother, father, owner of a hotel, etc.
To fulfill one's "Duty-of-state" simply tells us that one must fulfill his or her responsibilities of life, what one has to do depending on what "state-of-life" one is born, one is put, one is chosen into.
One can understand what Padre Pio meant when he said this,
The life of a Christian is nothing but a constant struggle against itself, and its beauty does not become manifest except at the price of suffering.
after reading the Epistle of the (9th Sunday After Pentecost) from the first book of St. Paul to the Corinthians 10: 6-13, particularly this excerpt:
God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that which you are able, but will make also with temptation issue, that you may be able to bear it.
When Padre Pio suggested that the life of a Christian is nothing but a constant struggle against itself, ...
... to be continued ... :)
in manus tuas Domine, commendo spiritum meum
Deus propitius esto mihi peccatori
Jesu mitis et humilis corde, Fac cor nostrum secundum Cor tuum (ter)
Jesus, Mary, I love You; Save Souls!
Labels: Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Ninth Sunday After Pentecost