“Dear children! Also today, I call you to renew prayer in your families. By prayer and the reading of Sacred Scripture, may the Holy Spirit who will renew you enter into your families. In this way, you will become teachers of the faith in your family. By prayer and your love, the world will set out on a better way and love will begin to rule in the world. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (4/25/05)
What a beautiful message from Our Lady for the family. Our Lady desires that families come together and pray and build a new foundation in prayer and sacred scripture. Not only pray, but read the sacred scriptures. Talk about them, reflect on them and discuss how the scriptures can come to life in your daily life.
The family is called the domestic church. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches “…The home is the first school of Christian life and a school for human enrichment. Here one learns endurance and the joy of work, fraternal love, generous-even repeated forgiveness and above all divine worship in prayer and the offering of one’s life…” (CCC 1657)
Parents, you are called to give good example to your children as their first teachers. (CCC 1656)
The family environment should be a place where faith is born. In the message today, Our Lady is specific. She said to renew prayer in the family, and read the scriptures, and by this the Holy Spirit will renew the family.
Wow! Let’s look at this a little bit more closer, as we go back to the day of Pentecost, the birth of the universal Church. After the suffering death and resurrection of Jesus, the Holy Spirit came to the world. The Holy Spirit came and began His work when the the Mother of God was with the apostles, disciples, friends of Jesus, awaiting the promise of the Spirit of God to come forth to empower them to go forth and preach the gospels, heal the sick, cast out demons, give recovery of sight to the blind, set captives free, etc. (Acts 1:8) .
The Holy Spirit is the life of the Church. Jesus spoke in great deal about the Holy Spirit, especially in John’s gospel. He said the Holy Spirit would convict the world in truth. The Holy Spirit would come and renew lives. Jesus would do all His work on earth through His Holy Spirit. He instituted His sacraments with the power of this Holy Spirit.
Our Lady is the spouse of the Holy Spirit, she is one with the Holy Spirit in an espousal union. The Holy Spirit overshadowed our Lady and impregnated her with the living God in the flesh, and she birthed Jesus into the world through the power of the Holy Spirit. And the Holy Spirit came to his bride on the day of Pentecost to continue the mission of Jesus.
When the apostles were hidden in the upper room afraid to go out after the death of Jesus, the Lord entered through the door, and breathed on them with the breath of His Holy Spirit. He gave them the spirit of peace, and the power to forgive sins. They received the love power of God! Families need the Love power of God to fight the dark forces of evil and evil influences that come into the homes!
My friends, Blessed Mother is giving the remedy of how to bring back God’s spirit into the family. She said the Holy Spirit wants to be present in the family. The Holy Spirit wants to renew the family, purify the family, convert the family. When you have the Holy Spirit, you have life! And this life will only come through prayer and sacred scriptures.
How is the family like the church? The family that prays together, reading sacred scripture and sharing the meals together is the living mass. It is where communion and union are born.
Children can dialog with their parents, and speak about what is on their hearts, and the battles they face in their day at school or with friends. The home is the perfect opportunity for parents to educate and counsel their children to strengthen their spirits and encourage them to fight the battles of the world and the temptations that follow.
Parents often shrink from the role that has been entrusted to them by God, relying on institutions to educate their children. Well my friends, these institutions we are relying on are removing the holy name of God and striking out the commandments in the secular view. Your children are not learning about God in schools, in their sports or other activities. If you are not living your faith in your home openly, and in truth, your children are headed for destruction, and damnation.
Parents you bear the responsibility for the souls of your children while they are in your care. You are the voice of conscience for your children. You must guard them in their purity, encourage them in modesty and keep them chaste as they enter into their adult lives. Do not be fooled that you do not have control. Parents you are the authority over your children, and the Almighty God has mandated that you exercise your authority.
Your children should NOT be sexual active, nor indulging in drinking binges or drug activity, and all the other abuses that are occurring in the schools at epidemic proportions. It is a grave and deadly offense against God. The Lord is clear. Those who do such things will NOT inherit the Kingdom. These actions must stop and it has to begin in the family through the firm love of Mother and Father.
The commandments of God are firm in heaven. They have not changed. Living the commandments is the most repeated theme in the bible. There is no doubt that the world is spiraling into an abyss of sin and disorder. The world has lost sight of its Creator.
The Lord makes it very clear that parents are to teach the commandments to their children, and drill them into their minds and hearts, that the commandments becomes who they are. Jesus said, he did not come to abolish the Law but to fulfill every letter of it. (Mt. 5:17-18)
Woe to the one who leads the little ones astray, the Lord said. Yes my friends, it is a hard fact. It is time to rope in the youth, and take hold of the reigns.
Our Lady concludes her message by saying, “by prayer and your love the world will set out on a better way and love will begin to rule in the world…”
This seems so easy if we hear these words. Your love dear parents. Your love and prayer will stir the sacramental graces of your marriage, and the blessing will spill over into your homes, and flow through the world if you follow the instructions of the Mother. A better way she says, the way to heaven. Love is her Son. Love of Jesus will rule in the world. Not death and sin! The Love of God must rule the world. This love must be made present in the home and set as a visible sign to the world.
Now is the time to begin to change. Now is the time of decision as it has been said in many of these postings. Now today you must begin anew and pray with those whom you love. If you fail today, start again. Do not delay much longer. I urge you to seek conversion and the mercy of God, while it is still time for granting mercy.
Pray for the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit on your families. You shall not regret it. God will give you the gifts so that you will glorify him until eternity. Let there be a new Pentecost in the family, so that the family may be a light to the nations and throughout the world!
Christians be visible and be no longer silent! Ave Maria!
“For this reason, I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that he may grant you in accord with the riches of his glory to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you rooted and grounded in love may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth and length and height and dept and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Eph. 3:14-21)
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