A Future Full of Hope

The Holy Spirit is at work in the world

“For I know well the plans I have in mind for you says the Lord, plans for your welfare, not for woe! Plans to give you a future full of hope. When you call me, when you go to pray to me I will listen to you. When you look for me, you will find me. Yes when you seek me with all your heart you will find me with you says the LORD…” (Jer. 29:11-14)

There was no question…when I saw the word that our Lady gave to the world this month on 1/25/2011 this is the scripture that came to my heart. If you didn’t see her message or had the chance to reflect on it yet, here it is. Can’t you just feel the warmth of her love for us?

“Dear children! Also today I am with you and I am looking at you and blessing you, and I am not losing hope that this world will change for the good and that peace will reign in the hearts of men. Joy will begin to reign in the world because you have opened yourselves to my call and to God’s love. The Holy Spirit is changing a multitude of those who have said ‘yes’. Therefore, I desire to say to you, thank you for having responded to my call.”

The Mother is grateful and is looking at you, and giving her motherly blessing! Praise God, she is grateful!

There is a future, and a future full of hope, if only we seek God with all of our hearts.

This week, we have had a series of articles posted about increasing our devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and to avoid being superficial in our prayer life.

On the same day she gave this message to the world, she led me to the following message she gave on 10/31/1988 in my private prayer. Which not only seems to continue with the theme of what I have been writing about this week, but also will tie in all the more her most recent message given above. I will explain further. She said,

“Dear children, (I personalize this word as if she is saying my name) tonight your Mother wants to encourage you to begin prayer with the heart. This prayer is necessary to today’s man for today’s world.

Do not just pray with your lips. Do not pray if you don’t know what to pray. During this period too, dear children, I need your prayers, because I have great plans. I want to collaborate with you. I have repeated that many times in my messages. I need you. Because of that pray, pray with the heart!”

For me personally, I lean toward a contemplative spirituality, because I love the silence of heart and the peace that comes in it. So I was perplexed about this message-and saying in my own heart, dear Blessed Mother, am I not already praying with the heart?

But twice she has repeated in this message in my private prayer to ‘pray with the heart’.

Then I began to understand further that she was not only speaking to me to hear this word, I feel she is speaking to all of us, because of the former reflections the Lord has been leading and teaching us, in this week’s reflection, as if she has more to say to us (again, who knows, I leave this for your discernment).

As a reminder however, I understood fully it that we all need to penetrate more deeply into our prayers, and begin to build a relationship of the heart with God contemplating Jesus.

Therefore this message she has given says as she said before, not to be superficial in your prayer and with her messages, and now not to pray with just your lips. She is calling us to a deeper contemplation, and a deeper level of prayer into a deeper union; not with the lips, but of the heart, and to reflect on the life of Jesus.

Now some of us may be saying, well I already have that….guess what, not enough.

There is always another level of the heart the Lord will take you to. St. Teresa of Avila describes it as the ‘interior castles’ the spiritual journey from room to room in the heart with God.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says when we “enter into contemplative prayer, it is like entering into the Eucharistic liturgy, we gather up the heart, recollect our whole being with the Holy Spirit, where we abide with the Lord…” (CCC 2711)

That is we are entering into God’s time, which is eternal and present. It is where all time stands still and you are alone with God.

There in the heart, there is nobody else present, but you and the Lord. There are no masks, no pretending, you are there with God in truth as you really are as creature with your Creator, and the Lord is able to love you as you are.

The Catechism also says (2712) “contemplative prayer is the prayer of a child of God, of the forgiven sinner who agrees to welcome love by which he is loved and wants to respond by loving even more. But this love is being poured out by the Holy Spirit in his heart because everything is grace from God…it is the poor humble surrender to the loving will of the Father in even deeper union with His beloved Son…Contemplative prayer is silence, the symbol of the world to come, or a silent love (2716)”

It is the love between the bridegroom and his bride in intimate union. Boy I tell you if you are a romantic, this is the greatest romance anyone could receive, and no human being could reach its perfection. Remember, the world cannot offer this love; because the world is full of noise, chatter and busyness. Only God can give you the love that you need, and this silent hidden divine love must be drawn from the divine lover himself.

Yet I hear the words, contemplative prayer is the prayer of a child of God…isn’t our Lady praying for her children that they will comprehend who they are as “God’s family, God’s children?

How many times in the gospels to we hear that Jesus went away to pray to His Father?

So as we move forward and contemplate further our Lady’s message; in her words I find most encouraging in this way. She said the Holy Spirit is changing a multitude of hearts in the world, because of those who have said yes to her. Great news! Hearts are changing toward the good.

Our Lady has hope for the future, that this world as we know of now will change for the good, and once more there will be peace established on this earth and in the hearts of men.

The enemy however wants us to believe otherwise. It wants us to believe that darkness is triumphant by what it feeds the world through media, propaganda and such.

But not so says heaven! God sees the heart, and men appear to be tired of “garbage in, garbage out.”

Blessed Mother is able to see us through the heart. These are the hearts of her own children who are devoted to her, who are the ones sacrificing their lives for her in this time of grace. This message is for you dear children of the Mother of God, who encourages you with a profound motherly love; who has come to the world to say with all her heart, ‘thank you for all the hard work and sacrifices you are making for her, in building up the kingdom of God!”

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I know I need these encouraging words as one who on the front lines of this spiritual battle. It seems like every time we turn around we have more opportunity for grace to glorify God, because there is always a form of suffering to offer up.

But Blessed Mother is not finished yet my friends. Her words of hope are to encourage us, to work all the more harder for God’s kingdom, and to keep constructing that interior temple. This is a time of building up God’s Kingdom and His palace.

Our dear Mother is putting confidence in us, her children, that is the church, and she is saying to her little children, ‘I know you can do this, keep going…I know it’s hard, but I am with you, I have hope-draw from me for this gift of hope…Keep going, persevere, work towards holiness and peace….”

As I was writing this, I had an image of all of the children of Our Lady and we are in the image of Jesus all on the way of the cross. The weight of the cross seems at times all too heavy to carry for us, and as if being overcome by the weight and the burdens we feel we cannot press on any longer, and we fall many times. We are tired, and feel beaten down, and even asking ourselves is it really worth it? But here comes our Lady in haste when we have fallen down, just like she did for Jesus on the way of the cross. And she said with great encouragement and great hope, ‘Yes! It is worth it my child. Look at what the Father has prepared for you. Hearts are changing; the Holy Spirit is moving, and what you are doing for me is not in vain. You will not regret it my children, keep your eyes on the vision that Jesus had. Keep going my little ones, keep going…’

It is like receiving a fresh drink of water in the dry hot desert, and taking that moments rest before pressing on into the time of Lent where we will soon confront the sins of our nature, and wrestle with them and put them to death, so we can be clothed again once more in a new garment of grace and virtue.

Yes, faithful devotees of Blessed Mother; set your eyes on the triumphant victory of Jesus and draw from the waters and take a drink with Jesus at the well spring of hope and life who said, “If you but knew the gift of God!”

O Lord, send down your fires of Hope! Here the cries of our heart. My soul cries out to you O God. Send down your fires of hope!

“Study therefore to withdraw thy heart from the love of visible things, and to turn yourself to things invisible. For they that follow their sensuality defile their conscience, and lose the grace of God…If we would really honor Jesus Christ we must apply ourselves to know Him, to love Him and to follow Him in the practice of every Christian virtue. This is absolutely necessary for salvation as we cannot become true Christians, but by knowing, loving and following Christ. To pretend to please our Blessed Savior by a profound knowledge of His divinity, without endeavoring to follow His example, without living as He lived, would be most dangerously to delude ourselves…” (Imitation of Christ, chpt.1)

Accept the Call with Seriousness

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful...

God is good! Picking up from where we left off yesterday, and reflecting on the series of the messages of Medjugorje from the spring of 1992, I came across a reflection from St. Louis deMonfort from “True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.”

If you recall the message I posted on 1/24/2011 from 3/25/92, the Blessed Mother said that her children were losing interest in her and her messages, and taking the message “superficially” as if this word was carefully used to describe the lukewarmness of the hearts of many so called devotees of Our Lady.

This is what the great Marian saint said about “superficial devotees.”

“Superficial devotees are people whose entire devotion to Our Lady consists in exterior practices. Only the externals of devotion appeal to them because they have no interior spirit. They say many rosaries with great haste and assist at many Masses distractedly. They take part in processions of our Lady without inner fervor. They join her confraternities without reforming their lives or restraining their passions or imitating Mary’s virtues. All that appeals to them is the emotional aspect of this devotion, but the substance of it has no appeal at all. If they do not feel a warmth in their devotions, they think they are doing nothing; they become upset, and give up everything or else do things only when they feel like it. The world is full of these shallow devotees, and there are none more critical of men of prayer who regard the interior devotion as the essential aspect and strive to acquire it, without however neglecting a reasonable external expression which always accompanies true devotion.” (96)

St. Louis deMonfort is describing those literally who just go through the motion; for example let’s say just praying the rosary with the lips, but there is no heart to heart union or contemplative reflection on the life of Jesus in the rosary. The rosary is a prayer of the gospels. They rush through the rosary, and are seen in the church as pious devotees however, there is no relationship with Our Lady or their God.

They have no interest in changing their lives or following the way of the cross as true devotees, in fact are put off by it. They look for spiritual consolations to make themselves feel good, but quickly find dryness in their prayer; kind of a “what’s in it for me attitude.”

St. Louis de Montfort called them ‘shallow devotees’ and are very critical of those seeking the interior life. They will not go deep into their hearts to look at themselves.

There is a danger here in this practice, because of self-righteousness, and false piety.

In her message of 3/25/92, the Blessed Mother admonished these superficial devotees, and said because of their coldness and disinterest in her, the messages or her Son, they leave themselves prey for the enemy. Simply because they are not seeking holiness, nor do they desire holiness, they do not root out the sin inside of them, nor practice their virtues and do not move toward conversion of heart.

So their spirits are left empty and void of God’s grace. If God is not filling the soul or spirit, there is only one thing left that can fill the spirit, and that is the wiles of the enemy.

Again, for your discernment dear reader, contemplate and read this slowly and prayerfully with the heart with the help of the Holy Spirit to help understand a deeper meaning for you.

It is very easy for anyone to fall into complacency; but there comes a point to where we have to pick ourselves up, and seek again that ardent and fervent desire to press on in the journey.

The following message came the next month. Keep in mind of the war that was occurring in the region at the time of this message.

Again I also remind the reader that Our Lady was sent by God to call the world to conversion, which she began at Fatima. The world rejected her call and World War II began as she said it would, and the spread of communism and godlessness throughout the world.

So here we are on the verge of a heated war ensuing in the Baltic region in 1990’s which was waged against Christian Catholics, (a sign perhaps foreshadowing the attack on the Church, Christians of the world…who knows-that is for your discernment); but keeing in mind that Our Lady just said to the world the month prior that we were not taking her messages with seriousness, and because of this, she is not able to help us.

I am sure those who lived in the region seeing the effects of the war, and their loved ones whose lives are threatened, were most likely listening very intently to what she was saying, and increased their prayer to God for help. Here is her message:

“Dear children, today also I invite you to prayer. Only by prayer and fasting can war be stopped. Therefore, my dear little children, pray and by your life give witness that you are mine and that you belong to me, because satan wishes in these turbulent days to seduce as many souls as possible. Therefore, I invite you to decide for God and He will protect you and show you what you should do and which paths to take. I invite all those who have said ‘yes’ to me to renew their consecration to my Son, Jesus and to His heart and to me so we can take you more intensely as instruments of peace in this unpeaceful world. Medjugorje is a sign to all of you and a call to pray and live the days of grace that God is giving you. Therefore, dear children, accept the call to prayer with seriousness. I am with you and your suffering is also mine. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (4/25/92)

“…but woe to you earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in a great fury for he knows he has but a short time…” (Rev. 12:12)

Here it is the remedy to defeat the enemy and sin…”prayer and fasting” Prayer and fasting can stop wars! Now look throughout biblical history how many times God wanted to chastise the people because of their sin. But when the people repented of their sin, they prayed and fasted, and put on sack cloth as a sign to God of their repentance.

Here in lies the majority of the call of Medjugorje, “prayer, penance and fasting…”

Through this form of penance there is a dying to ourselves in the flesh, which brings greater strength in our spirits.

Many are familiar with this message from Our Lady, which is common on many of her prayer cards. For this purpose though it bears repeating. She said:

“Dear children, I invite you for your individual conversion. This time is for you! Without you God’s plan cannot be realized. Dear children, grow day by day closer to God through prayer. I give you the weapon AGAINST YOUR GOLIATH, here are your little stones: (1) Prayer WITH THE HEART: ROSARY, (2) Eucharist; (3) Holy Bible, (4) Fasting, (5) Monthly confession.” (emphasis added)

Your Goliath, that is your giant sin that you just cannot defeat in you. The big sin in you where the enemy has the stronghold over you, where he agitates you, salts the wound, triggers you to react and fall into further sin. The weapons she is leading you to are the core themes of her messages.

So if we go back to her invitation to prayer and fasting to stop wars, the first step is to stop the war that is going on inside of the heart. Because war begins in the heart, with anger, hatreds, revenge, retaliation and so on. Your weapons to defeat this battle is the use of unceasing prayer, the sacraments and practice of penances, frequenting the sacrament of reconciliation.

The second part of this message of 4/25/92 she said;

…”Therefore, my dear little children, pray and by your life give witness that you are mine and that you belong to me, because satan wishes in these turbulent days to seduce as many souls as possible…”

Give witness that you are hers, she wants to protect us from the attacks of satan as in the way I said above. These are turbulent days she said.

Keep in mind of the words our Lady carefully uses here “turbulent”. The meaning of this word from the dictionary is, confusing, unstable, disordered, disorderly, chaotic, tumultuous, in turmoil, violent, rowdy, unruly, riotous, quarrelsome, restless…does this describe our world today? I should say so. And who is behind it? She named it, satan.

How many can honestly say that our surrounding enviornment most often is filled with as we described above “turbulence?”

These people of that region had to choose God or satan. It was a matter of life or death for them. They were facing possible death by the effects of war, a war that resulted in deep seeded hatreds of culture, religion, politics and race. Our Lady was asking them to be a witness of good against evil, as a sign that she was really appearing there. She gave a promise and said,

“Therefore, I invite you to decide for God and He will protect you and show you what you should do and which paths to take. I invite all those who have said ‘yes’ to me to renew their consecration to my Son, Jesus and to His heart and to me so we can take you more intensely as instruments of peace in this unpeaceful world…”

“Decide for God”…to decide for God is an act of the will and a conscious choice, one that we make with firm decision in our hearts first, and then we bring this witness to life. If you decide for God, you will show others that the Cross is worth living, and you can live it without fear. You decide by living His Commandments, obeying His Word and His authority.

Our Lady promised protection for those who “decided for God.” And by this firm decision, God protected the children of Our Lady and showed them how to avert the war and bring peace to the region. It began with reconciling among themselves, and lowering their egos to be humble enough to take the first step of reconciliation with their enemies and neighbors.

Now realistically this did not occur over night. The war went on for a few years, because to convert a region there has to be the cooperation of many hearts. Now we are lookiing at a conversion of the whole world. It is no wonder she remains with us for this long.

Fr. Jozo gave an incredible witness and testimony to this type of reconciliation, by stopping in the mass, and everyone that is everyone in the Church needed to go and reconcile before he would continue the mass. It was a powerful witness to the people, but it birthed a grace for the world to becoming still what it is today.

Our Lady didn’t stop there, not only did she say decide for God, but in addition invited all those now who did decide, those who said yes, no matter if it meant life or death, to now make an act of consecration, so that she could see not just in word, but now in deed that they really meant what they say in their choosing.

Therefore, trials would come their way, persecutions and tests of faith, which they would all have to persevere through still in virtue and as a witness to peace.
At the conclusion of this message she made a bold statement to the world about Medjugorje. She said,

… “Medjugorje is a sign to all of you and a call to pray and live the days of grace that God is giving you. Therefore, dear children, accept the call to prayer with seriousness. I am with you and your suffering is also mine. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

“Medjugorje is a sign to all of you and a call to pray and live the days of grace that God is giving you. I hear and feel the firmness and seriousness of these words in the depth on my heart. Accept this call with seriousness.”

Let’s just understand here for a moment, not in human terms, but in eternal, universal Godly terms, the words…”accept the call with seriousness.” God is serious, and means business.

If a father is serious about something with his child, how does a father respond to the child? Now let’s step it up for example in a family environment. If the mother is disciplining the child and the child does not respond to the mother, most often the mother turns to the father to intercede with greater authority. Is it any different for an Eternal Father? Actually most severe, and a great spanking is warranted.

Our Lady is determined to defeat satan in the world. (Rev. 12) Our Lady is fighting this battle along side of us, those who are devoted to her, she is there on the front lines with us, and with Jesus who is the General, the King leading the battle.

Our weapon is her weapon, the weapon of the King of Peace, who carries to two edge flaming sword into battle. Ephesians 6 describes this part of the armor as the “sword of the spirit” or the living Word of God, powered by the Holy Spirit. The breath of God will defeat the enemy, and Our Lady is carrying the full armor and clothing her children in it.

We need to be clothed with the power of the Most High God to win. We need the Holy Spirit fully alive in our hearts to defeat evil and sin in the heart, first in our own hearts, and then around us.

Folks the battle is “not out there,” the battle is in the heart. If every human being lived this call of conversion, frequently lived the sacraments given by the Church, how much more of the Spirit of Jesus will be in the world?

Instead because of sin and the infestation of sin, the spirit of evil is triumphant in many, many hearts.

The mother said that the world is spiraling into sin and it cannot help itself. She came to help pull it out of the pit of darkness. She comes with a great plan of God who is the master builder to reconstruct the human temple, and build a kingdom for her Son, to reign triumphant in us.

So the question comes again…”what are you devoted to?” Is it important enough for you to act and begin a new?

“For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. But the one who restrains is to do so only for the present, until he is removed from the scene. And then the lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and render powerless by the manifestation of his coming…” (2 Thes. 2:7-8)

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You Started to Live the Message, but…

Dear children, hasten your conversion

Medjugorje? Fact or Fiction?
As we continue the teaching of the Holy Spirit and with the wisdom behind the messages of the Mother of God through Medjugorje, I ask that you reflect on this word from the holy gospel of Luke, chapter 14.

“Who ever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. Which of you wishing to construct a tower does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if there is enough for its completion? Otherwise after laying the foundation and finding himself unable to finish the work, the onlookers should laugh at him and say, ‘this one began to build but did not have the resources to finish. Or what king marching in battle would not first sit down and decide whether with ten thousand troops he can successfully oppose another king advancing upon him twenty thousand troops?… In the same way, anyone who does not renounce his possessions cannot be my disciple.” (Lk. 14:27-33)

My friends if I can give any witness to faith, it is just this. I have never been one to be able to complete what I have started on my own account. However, for over 20+ years, the Lord has had me on a journey to this day as though I had been prepared for this day, pressing on, begrudging at most and joyful in other times in the trenches of this spiritual battle, to hopefully one day finish the race, with the hopes of ending in heavenly beatitude with God.

Here is it, and to be very frank, it’s all about love and devotion. Yes I am using the word again, “devotion.” That word that means loyalty, fidelity, dedication, commitment, loving and affectionate word, with an ardent and fervent desire to make Our Lady known, so that Jesus will triumph in human hearts.

Heaven has a plan. This is a master plan for the whole universe to accomplish one thing and that is to convert the entire world. It is a calculated plan, and the Lord will see it through its completion. This plan is set in course and the plan of reconstruction is almost completed.

At the bottom of this posting I concluded with the message of Our Lady, which was an urgent call to conversion. Multiple times in the messages she said to “be converted.” I cannot stress enough how important this is.

Can one calculate the time it will take for God to “re-create His creatures” to be the living temples of the Holy Spirit? And knowing He needs the act of the will to do so.

Yes my friends it is almost a whole generation that is passed, 29 years almost 30 that Our Lady has been with us, but we her children still are far from completing the task that she is asking of us.

How long will God permit Our Lady to be with us, is unknown. But gratitude is the word I would say that comes to my heart, great gratitude to God for the gift of Our Lady with us. I say this because I am grateful that I was able to grow up with her, and enter my adulthood with her, and to teach me how to be a good wife and mother, and so that she could Mother me in a way that is impossible for human beings.

We have to pick up from where we left off in the previous teaching titled, “the Path less followed” that is. To continue, we are going to focus on four distinct messages that the Mother of God gave to the world on 3/25/92, 4/25/92, 5/25/92, and 6/25/92 over the next few postings.

Our Lady is determined to make her point to those who began to walk with her, and then stopped, and what the end result was to them for not listening to her and living her messages. Some of you reading this may already be convicted by her words.

She said that in the beginning of her coming, many were excited and received her messages with joy, but then time went on and the excitement went away. The visionaries speak of this, that there would come a time when many would not believe in Medjugorje, even the faithful who have come there. I know this to be true, because this is the attitude of the majority of the Church today.

Many who were called to go to Medjugorje at one time in years past were there, experienced the grace, then left and returned to their usual way of life, as if nothing happened. Some were on fire, but that fire was quickly put out because of road blocks along the way.

On 3/25/92 this is the message from the Mother to the world…

“Dear children! Today as never before I invite you to live my messages and put them to practice in your life. I have come to help you and therefore I invite you to change your life, because you have taken a path of misery, a path of ruin. When I told you to convert, pray, fast, be reconciled you took these messages superficially…”

Let’s begin with these words, “you took these messages superficially…” Are we really taking the Mother of God, the Queen of Heaven superficially? Oh this saddens my heart! But its true. She is “a matter of fact…’ to many. Many are so used to her being here, it is just normal every day stuff, and just like normal every day stuff, she has become routine. Danger!

I cannot count how many times I have brought up the subject of Medjugorje just in my own personal experiences, and immediately people throw up the guard saying, ‘the church has not approved it…or she is saying the same thing over and over, there is nothing different being said, or God would not send our Lady to the world like that, and so on etc.” St. Louis deMonfort describes these false devotees in great detail.

Or there are those who will address the Mother of God as just Mary this, Mary that, forgetting that she is the Queen of heaven and earth and the Mother of God, as if she is just a friend or even say, ‘our sister.’ Yikes!

Several priests run from the word Medjugorje who have never been there, and in secret tell the people, don’t go there, don’t believe it, its not approved, and so on.

(This is no disrespect to the priesthood at all, but to say there is a great fear and unknown for many, and priests do not know how to address the issue).

Many priests have not been to Medjugorje to even give an account or witness, and many do not believe in praying the rosary or even believe in private revelations, which have been occurring since the beginning of creation, as if this is impossible for God to communicate and have a relationship with His people.

For certain, the church must go with caution, to test and discern the spirit, and the fruits of such events. It bears repeating then, to make known, the Catholic Church has NEVER CONDEMNED Medjugorje, and is open, and is testing the spirit as the events continue to occur. In the mean time one is free to go to Medjugorje, to pilgrim and retreat there.

Those priests however who have experienced Medjugorje, there is no question by their experience that the Mother of God is appearing, and hopefully are living out the call in their priesthood. Their parishes are thriving, and the Holy Spirit is alive in them!

If these people of doubt researches their Catholic faith, they will find that the Church has always been open to private revelation. But all private revelation must lead one to divine revelation that is to Jesus Christ.

After the Fatima apparitions, the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith issued a document addressing its position with private revelation, which cited first the Catechism of the Catholic church paragraph 67. I will not quote it here, but it can be looked up by anyone who has a desire to know, but simply to say the Church is open.

This document from the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith does state however that “private revelations” have occurred to help one understand further the faith… they must be taken with prudence and piety. There are three criteria in how to address private revelations; (1) that the said revelation is not contrary to faith and morals; (2) it is lawful to make it public; (3) the faithful are authorized to accept it with prudence. Such a message can be a genuine help to understanding the Gospel and living it better at a particular moment in time; therefore it should NOT BE DISREGARDED. It is a help which is offered, but not obliged to use.”

The document continues, “if this private revelation leads us in another direction different from the one direction, that is Jesus Christ, or it becomes independent of Him or even presents itself of a better plan of salvation more important than the Gospel then it does not come from the Holy Spirit who guides us more deeply into the Gospel and not away from it. This does not mean that a private revelation will not offer a new emphasis or give rise to other forms of devotional forms, or deepen and spread older forms, but to deepen faith, hope and love….”

Many devotions in the church have come from private revelations. One very well known is the devotion to the Divine Mercy, or to the Sacred Heart, etc. These were all private revelations to mystics, some who even became doctors of the church.

Therefore, why is there so much warfare surrounding Medjugoje? Often by the intensity of the warfare is a good indication of the authenticity of a private revelation. Because satan would not waste his time trying to destroy it, and would leave it alone if it were not authentic. But prudence is important to test the spirit, but do not quench the spirit as is said 1 Thes. 5:19-21, test and retain what is good!

Even the dogmatic constitution of the Catholic Church, Lumen Gentium says it is good to believe, and you will be blessed as if you did believe it to be true even if it were not. Because you are open to the Holy Spirit, and believe. There be of open mind!

So to address those who say, she is saying nothing new, or I do not believe, how sad it will be for you if you did not act, or take what is good, and put it to life.

Think about this for a moment. What mother does not repeat to a child over and over when a child is not correcting a behavior that she knows is wrong? Yes Blessed Mother repeats many things in her messages, because she is not teaching anything new! And we are not doing what she is asking. She repeats herself with love and great patience I may add as a perfect mother would.

I know I don’t have this kind of patience with my own children. When I ask for something I want it done now! If not there are consequences. Right?

So let’s go back to this message continuing on, (here I am speaking to those who have been to Medjugorje, who say they are her children, but do not live the message with fervor)…she said, “you started to live the message, then you stopped because it was too difficult for you…” Ouch!

Well isn’t this just who we are today, weak, lazy, sinful creatures when it comes to practicing our faith?

We want our salvation, we want heaven, but we want it to come with the icing and dessert, the easy way, and handed to us. We don’t want to work for it. We are like the rich young man who wanted to buy his way in.

We go to Medjugorje out of curiosity, received many spiritual consolations as if though we were special, bragging about what happened in our experiences, but we don’t want to put forth the effort to begin a new life or do as she is saying.

Isn’t this just like the way we handle pain in the world, we medicate it to take it away quickly. “Oh, I can’t fast, or what do you mean three hours of prayer? I don’t have time for this or that…its too hard….”

How difficult it will be for you dear friends who have experienced such a great grace, and you have failed to live the call to be her witness. Do not delay further, be converted!

The Mother of God in her wisdom continues in the same message, “No dear children! When something is good, you have to persevere in the good, and not think God does not see me, He is not listening, He is not helping. And so you have gone away from God and from me…I wanted to create of you an oasis of peace, love and goodness. God wanted you with your love and with His help to do miracles and thus give a good example…”

My friends, you who think of yourself as the children of the Mother of God, you are being called to the cross. Blessed Mother is leading you to the cross. This is the path which leads to the good that she speaks of-to die to yourself! Remember, Calvary is the day of “Good Friday.” The way of the cross, and it is not easy.

God sees everything an knows everything that you do, everything that you say, but is waiting on you to begin and commit to Him.

You who went to Medjugorje, do you remember the climb up the mountains, especially in the early days? It is easier now after so many years and millions of pilgrims who have gone since. It is a rocky, rough and difficult climb that takes careful calculation of your steps. It all means something! The way of the cross is not easy, nor is it meant to be easy.

On the path to holiness, you are going to suffer, and its going to be hard, but we still must persevere to the top! And just like the road to Calvary with Jesus, Blessed Mother will be with us every step of the way, encouraging us, strengthening us, and loving us through it.

At the conclusion of this message, keeping in mind Our Lady said that many have “left the path she has begun” because of giving up on living her messages and/or did not live them with seriousness and ignored her voice. Remember she used the word “superficial”. Some will pick or choose what they most like to feel good, just like the gospels and ignore the rest as a cafeteria way of practicing the faith.

Dear church! You are choosing by your own free will to separate yourself, that is divorce yourself from your spouse Jesus Christ, your Father and Mother, your heavenly family, and have become a spiritual orphan left to wander astray. You choose to ignore the “invitation” or the call of the Mother, who is looking for her children to come home.

What happens to a wandering child who is a run-a-way? They are left to prey for the wolves in the world on the streets…and will fall into licentiousness and sin.

The Mother concludes by saying, “Therefore, here is what I say to you, satan is playing with you and with your souls and I cannot help you, because you are far from my heart. Therefore, pray, live my messages and then you will see the miracles of God’s love in your everyday life…” (3/25/92)

I repeat her words, dear church, dear children of the Mother of God, “you are far from her heart!” What a heart ache for her! Imagine how intently she is praying for you, that you comprehend who you are and find the strength to welcome her embrace, and walk with her on the path to Jesus so He can lead you to the Father.

It is just like Jesus said to the rich young man as previously reported, ‘give up all you have and give it to the poor, AND THEN COME FOLLOW ME.” (Mt. 19)

There is no more time to waste! Now is the time of decision. Now is the time for conversion! After Medjugorje is concluded on earth, there will be no more time for those who chose to ignore!

I will conclude on this message given in 1983…Note the number of times she has asked for your conversion….therefore I repeat…Be converted.

“Hasten your conversion. Do not await the great sign which has been announced for those who do not believe; it will be too late. You who believe, be converted and deepen your faith…

The sign will come, you must not worry about it. The only thing that I would want to tell you is to be converted. Make that known to all my children as quickly as possible. No pain, no suffering is too great for me in order to save you. I will pray to my Son not to punish the world; but I plead with you, be converted.

You cannot imagine what is going to happen nor what the Eternal Father will send to earth. That is why you must be converted! Renounce everything. Do penance. Express my thanks to all my children who have prayed and fasted. I carry all this to my Divine Son in order to obtain an alleviation of His justice against the sins of mankind. I thank the people who have prayed and fasted. Persevere and help me to convert the world.”

The Path Less Followed

Come to know the God of love with fullness of heart

A few days ago at the end of the holy hour I had just made with the Lord, Our Lady led me to the following message, which seemed to be so random at the time.

The message was, “Dear children! God sent me among you out of love that I may lead you toward the way of salvation. Many of you opened your hearts and accepted my messages but many have become lost on this way and have never come to know the God of love with the fullness of heart.

Therefore I call you to be love and light where there is darkness and sin. I am with you and bless you all. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

Now many would look and read this message and say, oh that’s nice, and then put it aside.

But this message did not go away for me. I kept hearing it in my heart over and over through the whole weekend, and the heart of Our Lady saying to me, “my motherly heart is sad for those who began this path and then abandoned it…”

I knew she was calling me deeper into this message for a greater understanding. I prayed through it again and asked her to teach me what she wanted to say.

Therefore again, with the help of the Holy Spirit, I convey to you dear reader the understanding I received through this message.

The Holy Spirit began to teach through the voice of the Church and her apostle, that is the priest. He preached about one of the saints of our church, St. Francis deSales and his teaching about devotions, and serving in your vocation. Knowing our vocation is our path to holiness, I continued to listen more intently.

The word ‘devotion’ was repeating in my heart along with this message now…and then I heard these questions come;

“Who are you devoted to? Remember where your heart is there is your treasure.”

This is where we’ll begin the teaching this week on the message of Our Lady. I assure this teaching will stir up an uneasiness in many hearts when they read it.

Remember, the Word of God is a sharp two edge sword. A sword is meant to cut through the heart and break open a wound. We are going to cut through the weeds, to get to the roots.

I repeat the scripture as quoted, “For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be…” (Mt. 6:21)

-Now logic would say, if you are devoted to your family, this is where you will spend your time. If you are devoted to sports or activities, or hobbies, this is where your time is spent. If you are devoted to your spouse, then you want to be with your spouse. Correct?

Ah ha, but if you are devoted to God then your mind and your heart is raised to heaven.

So the question is; what is your devotion? Who or what are you devoted to?

Jesus said in the gospel, “Do not store up treasure on earth where moth, decay or someone will steal it, (because things are passing and it does not last or it will be taken away from you), but store up treasures in heaven where no one can take it from you…” (Mt. 6:19-20)

This treasure in heaven is an eternal reserve banking system that stores up all your good deeds and works of charity, your suffering in grace, your penance, sacrifices and your prayers. You can call it your eternal retirement plan.

What is your devotion? Again I heard echoing in my heart?

Many have devotion to the saints, and the Mother of God. I was reminded then about what Our Lady said at Fatima, “God wants to establish devotion to my Immaculate heart on earth…”

The key word here is “God Wants this!” The Creator of the universe, the Almighty One in heaven; wants a devotion established on earth, that is in the heart of every human creature to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Mother of God and your mother.

God wants you to be devoted to your heavenly Mother!

What does this mean?

God wants you to give time to your Mother, to spend time with her, to love her, to bring her gifts, to talk to her as one who is devoted to something.

So I looked up the word devotion in the definitions; in many terms here they are: attachment, loyalty, fidelity, dedication, commitment, affection, fondness, care for, attentiveness, support, dedication, piety, devoutness, religious zeal, religious fervor, religious observance, consecration, enthusiasm, zeal, keenness, fervor.

God wants this kind of devotion for His mother. God wants you attached to her, loyal to her, in fidelity with her, dedicated and committed to her, with love, affection, fondness, with piety, devoutness, supporting her in her efforts to bring souls to Jesus, to help her accomplish her plan. God wants you to have great zeal for her, with a religious fervor, and observance of her Motherly love for you, and full awareness of the gift she is for you, and to consecrate as much to her Immaculate Heart yourself, your family, your homes, your parishes and everything entrusted to her.

Now the question is again, what are you devoted to?

Are we satisfying the desire of God in this way? I am sure very minimal to say the least.

Then the Lord helped me to understand why we are not able to accomplish this.

Stop for a moment and think right off hand. What is your relationship with your maternal mother? Or father? How many in the world today do not have a very good relationship with their mortal parents? Some are very distant from their parents? Some don’t respect their parents and forget they are the ones who gave them life. Some are still bitter, angry, or even hate their parents, resenting them.

Do you know that if this is the case and the kind of relationship you have with your earthly parents living or deceased, then satan has succeeded in damaging your relationship with God and the family of God, and you will not be able to come to know the fullness of God’s love in your heart.

Our Lady wants this gift for you. She wants you to know God’s love in its fullness, and for you to experience it in full in your heart. Can you comprehend the magnitude of this gift?

If your relationship is broken with your own parents, then you will never trust God as your father, and you will never surrender yourself completely to Him. You will find another thing to fill that void, that empty space in your heart where that wound is, and God cannot get near you, because you will not let Him.

However, Our Lady said in this reflection today, that “God sent her to us out of His great love for you.” Your dear Father in heaven, and I emphasize FATHER in heaven sent your Mother to you because He loves you, and because He loves her! Your Mother knows you better than you know yourself. She sees every wound in your mortal heart.

Your Mother knows that you do not know the love of your Father or your Mother, because you did not experience this love first in your own home.

Your Blessed Mother wants to come into that area of your heart and to love you where you suffer the most pain, where you lack love and she wants to fill that gap in your heart with the divine love of her Son – that you can experience the ardent love she has for you, and that love she carries from the Father. She even said, “If you knew how much I love you, your heart would cry…” Imagine this type of love….

You see you are God’s family as she said to the world on 1/2/2011 just weeks ago. God’s family receives God’s perfect love.

Dear parents of children, now I address you in the Spirit.

Are you parenting your children in the same patterns you grew up with in your home life? Where do you draw your love from, human or divine?

Some of you may be praying the novena we posted for youth and families. The meditation for the eighth day is specific for parents.

Our Lady said, “Dear children, tonight especially I would like to invite all the parents in the world to find time for their children and family. May they offer love to their children. May this love that they offer be parental and motherly love. Once again dear children, I call you to family prayer. During one of the previous encounters your Mother asked you to renew the family prayer. I ask that again tonight. During THIS PERIOD let us pray together for all the young people of the world.” (7/31/89)

Now of course upon reading this message, during our family prayer, we had a family argument, during our family prayer. I thought, ‘gosh, we are hardly bringing harmony into the home, nor are we living this message.’ It was so in our face. One was accusing the other, and it just bounced back and forth. We were so caught up in the fighting, we didn’t see clearly how the enemy tried to pervade our family time, and take our focus from what Blessed Mother was telling us in this message.

Once we gathered our senses, it all came to light, and we prayed against the attacks, and offered a second rosary with greater devotion and contemplation, and held one another tightly and apologizing for our actions.

Our Lady really brought it to life for us in this moment. Parental love. Motherly love. Parental love is firm for the sake of the soul of the child to form conscience. It is the love that God the Father has for His people. And chastises when it is needed.

Parents, do you see the hearts of your children growing cold, indifferent or filled with anger, maybe resenting you?

Fathers, did you know that your daughters learn love through you loving them and the pattern of your love for them? This is what they will carry into their vocations.

Mother’s did you know your sons will model their future relationships through what they learned in your home? They are called to be spiritual fathers and heads of their homes. Are you forming them mothers for this task in the Lord?

Fathers and mothers, did you know your children learn the love of God through father and mother loving each other? How is your marital relationship?

No excuses any more!

Fathers and mothers do you discipline your children “in the Lord?” Are you forming their conscience against sin?

When sin is committed is there corrective action taken? This should begin in the formative years; beginning with the commandments of God and living them in the home.

Parents, are you living the commandments yourselves as a witness to your children? Do you practice what you preach?

Parents, do you know that you will have to give an account for your deeds by how you raised your children; and that the salvation of their souls is on your conscience, because they have been entrusted to you by God! When ever I bring this to light in the classes I have taught, mouths drop on the faces of parents. I know you do not know this, but this is the truth!

Vicka, one of the visionaries in Medjugorje, gives a witness of her experience when Our Lady took her and Jacov to heaven, hell and purgatory. Just like the visionaries of Fatima taking the children of Fatima to heaven hell and purgatory, two visionaries of Medjugorje experienced the same event.

Vicka described a young girl entering the flames of hell who was very beautiful in the world, and went through the flames of hell, cursing her parents because they did not teach her about God. She came out of the flames as a grotesque beast. Yes, children go to hell! And parents are leading the way.

Parents are you called to be the faithful steward over the lives of your children with the love of God that He has given you for them? Do you love them the way God loves them? That is for their own sake and for their own good?

God wills that all be saved. This is why He sent His Son into the world. There is no salvation of the soul, except through Jesus Christ. He is the only name given by God that one could be saved.

Where is your devotion?

Today Our Lady says that her own children are rejecting her. The Church that is the body of Christ is rejecting her and her messages. I am not saying the Church (Vatican is rejecting her-they are open to Our Lady and Medjugorje events).

But we as the members of the body of Christ, we are not listening to her, we are not living the messages she is giving collectively as a Church, in fact many don’t even want to bother with the messages of Medjugorje; satanic of course, because many false apparitions have occurred surrounding Medjugorje, through false prophets, false or misrepresentations of faith, where many have suspected the authenticity of Medjugorje too and give it a bad name. Some even blame their divorces or bad occurences on Medjugorje, forgetting human error and their own sin which may have led up to their demise….

We forget, this same thing occurred around Fatima and even Lourdes. The enemy wants to create confusion and disbelief.

But what they won’t see, and I emphasize the word “won’t see” is that after 29 years, the Church, that is the Vicar of Christ has never condemned Medjugorje.

The Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith has made public statements time and again that the faithful are encouraged to go to Medjugorje, and Medjugorje is overseen by the Vatican itself and through now the NEW local bishop.

Again, I will continue through this week, as Our Lady explains why we are not listening to her, but at the same time admonishes her children to take her with seriousness, because my friends, “when Medjugorje is fully realized, the world will come to know the seriousness of why she has been sent and the magnitude of importance of why we should have listened to her and followed her messages, and put them to life. Ave Maria!

Family Honor-God’s Family Part 3

Grace and Mercy

Family Honor! This is what comes to my heart. It is all about Family Honor, and loving the members of our family, and guarding and protecting the dignity of brother and sister.

If we are family, we cannot say, “it is none of my business what they do…” Wrong! It is your business, because if one family member is hurting another family member, the whole family is affected.

It is the same with sin. If one person sins against another, then the sin perpetuates itself, and goes on and on and on. Sin is never personal my friends. And what happens in the family when someone is sinning or hurting someone else? Fights occur, anger, retaliation, name calling, divisions, divorces and so on. Some body is always getting hurt, and being torn down in spirit.

Does it stop there? No! It continues on as a ripple effect and goes to the next, because usually we cannot keep it quiet. We need to be justified when we are hurt, and we tell and tell the story over and over again, and from there it goes out into the world. Scandal, gossiping and then others continue to tell the story and so on. If it is new worthy then it reaches the news, then the world will experience it.
Do we see what is going on here?

I hope the point is made. It needs to stop somewhere. Somebody has to be the bigger person.

We are God’s family. Heaven is in our midst. We can live heaven on earth if we choose to live heaven on earth, by being brother’s keepers. By the mercy we show to another in fault and yes even if it hurts. By removing the wooden beams from our eyes and not focusing on another’s sin, but on the heart of the one who is most likely hurting more than you. Divine love my friends can flow. Divine love does not see the sin, but sees the heart, and loves beyond the sin. The Lord says, pray for those who persecute you, pray the divine blessing on them. Let the Lord decide the just punishment. But for your case, do the right thing, always.

As the Holy Spirit continues to teach He shows the model of God’s family and this is of course the Holy Family, as I have already conveyed in the previous articles. Divine love was fully present in the Holy Family because Jesus was at the center of that home. We know the images, we’ve seen the pictures. Jesus is always at the center. There is no mistake in these family photos.

However, in the gospels, the most important and most unspoken word about God’s Family is the Nazareth years with the Holy Family. The scripture is silent, and not much is known, but left to wonder for the contemplative heart.

Luke’s gospel gives the most detail about the childhood of Jesus. However before he begins to tell about the public mission of Jesus as an adult, the childhood years end with (chapter 2:51-52) “He went down with them and came to Nazareth and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart. The child advanced in wisdom and age and favor before God and man.”

Hmm, let’s think about this for a moment. Luke was an apostle of John. John is the beloved disciple who took the Blessed Mother into his home after the death of Jesus. Luke heard the story about the early life of Jesus directly through Blessed Mother. Blessed Mother ends her story that she is telling St. Luke here with the words, “kept all these things in her heart.”

All the fond memories of the most intimate time with Jesus and Joseph, growing together as a family. She didn’t tell anyone. There is almost a 20 year gap. Did we ever think about that? Why wouldn’t Our Lady tell the apostles more about the childhood of Jesus?

There is much to wonder here, but the Holy Spirit left it this way for hundreds of generations to come. Could it be for now, as we are being mothered by her today, as her little children, in the same way she raised Jesus that we are getting to know how she taught Jesus? Who knows? But again, there is much to reflect about and left to wonder about the Holy Family.

We can only draw our coonclusion from facts that we already know about them, by the characteristics of who they are as given in the biblical sense, historical and traditional, with knowledge of the race and culture of the people for the time.

Jesus is known as priest, prophet and king. He is the fulfillment of the Old Testament, as He said, “I have come not to abolish the Law but to fulfill the law.” (Mt. 5:17-18) The commandments never went away, but Jesus lived the commandments and its meaning to the letter.

Jesus is made known throughout the scriptures from the beginning of the bible, through His life on earth, and after His death and resurrection. This is clear for everyone.

Blessed Mother is known by her virtues, especially in faith, hope and love, by her obedience and purity (virginity). What is spoken of her in the Old Testament is through lady wisdom and the perfection of the women who found favor with God. She is all encompassing of every virtue made known to man through biblical history, and was conceived in the mind and heart of God from the very beginning of creation. (Genesis 3)

Joseph is known by the Old Testament as the son of Jacob, as one favored most by his father, and especially loved by his mother. He was subject to persecution and great suffering, but had a great and profound love for his family, his people and profound love for God. He was righteous and obedient to his faith and God. He was entrusted with the greatest treasure of the king. He was a good steward over all that was in his care and in his possessions, not keeping anything for himself, and worked a hard laborious job, for virtually nothing, considering it an honor to be employed with his skills.

The scripture unveils God’s relationship with man. B.I.B.L.E. (Basic Instructions before leaving earth).

The wars, the battles, the evils are all a reality of all that occurs not only in the world, but also with the human soul, that is man’s struggle in the flesh, battles with world powers, and the effects of these battles and provoking sin. Ultimately the battles all represent hells war waged on human life and everything good from God.
Today, the greatest evils are at work and are attacking the human family; that is God’s family. It is the battle for human life from conception through natural death, and the attack on marriage union between a man and a woman.

Sin is at epidemic proportions. Beginning with sins of the world, manifesting into sins of the flesh, while the dark forces of evil spirits play with the human conscience like puppets on strings. The Lord gave an image here as such; a puppet has no control, but hangs themselves while dangling and someone else is controlling the puppet. This puppet even gets tangled in its own string. Yet in this case satan is the one controlling the puppet human being in a dance of death. He in the end cuts the strings of the wooden puppet and they fall in the flames of hell to burn, as it finds great delight in its little game.

This is the state of today’s human soul and those who choose death over life. You are not in control of your actions as much as you like to think so.

Our family was in Medjugorje in 2007 for the 26th anniversary. Our Lady gave a profound message that night to the world. She said that God wanted to convert the whole world through her coming to Medjugorje. And that we as her children are all important in this plan.

This is a massive universal plan of reconstruction of the whole human race. To understand this, I am going to lay a basic foundation for one who still may be skeptical of the events of Medjugorje (which is written under a separate article for time and space).

However, for now hear the words loud and clear. GOD WANTS TO CONVERT THE WHOLE WORLD. God wants your conversion. There is no ifs and or buts about it. If you outwardly and in full conscience choose to ignore this call, in this time of mercy, then you will be subject to God’s Justice. It is that simple.

It is a time of decision. You must decide for God or against him. There is no more in between, lukewarm, slothfulness permitted. If you choose God, you must choose the path to conversion and work at it now while there is still time for granting mercy.The time is now, there will be no other time after this time of grace has come to its end. The whole world will experience the love of God. The whole world will see itself as God sees you. Great and terrible is this day say the saints of past. The angels tremble before it. Read and pray your scriptures and see the sign of the times in which you live.

Our Lady says, “Do not wait to convert. For the unbelievers it will be too late.” GOD WANTS YOUR CONVERSION. THERE IS NOTHING MORE IMPORTANT ON THIS EARTH. YOUR LIFE IS PASSING.

I write this as not to alarm but to plead with the spirit of Our Lady who calls all her children, and wants all to be in heaven with her. This is the good news for those who are awaiting the promise of the Lord. Not so good however for those who do not care. We do not know what God is going to do or how long He will permit her to be with us. But when she leaves, she said we will lament for her and the messages. We are not conscience of this significance of this grace we are being given. God the Father is most generous with the time he has given to humanity once more, as He did over 2000 years ago sending His Son into the world.

This time God sends his Mother. We rejected Jesus when He came. Will we reject his Mother too? Pray in an ardent way for the conversion of sinners, especially for those who have not come to know the love of God YET. Ave Maria!

“But understand this that there will be terrifying times in the last days. People will be self centered and lovers of money, proud, haughty, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, irreligious, callous, implacable, slanderous, licentious, brutal, hating what is good, traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure, rather than lovers of God, as they make pretence of religion, but deny its power. Reject them! For some of them slip into homes and make captives of women weighted down by sins, led by various desires, always trying to learn, but never reaching the knowledge of truth…” (2 Timothy 3:1-6)

MEDJUGORJE PILGRIMAGE MARCH 3/15 – 3/24/2011

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What did they See? God’s Family part 2

And the Word became flesh...

A Quote from St. Louis de Monfort (True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, #217):

“The soul of Mary will be communicated to you to glorify the Lord. Her spirit will take the place of yours to rejoice in God her Savior, but only if you are faithful to the practices of this devotion. As St. Ambrose says, May the soul of Mary be in each one of us to glorify the Lord! May the spirit of Mary be in each one of us to rejoice in God!” When will that happy day come asks a saintly man of our own day whose life was completely wrapped up in Mary, ‘when God’s Mother is enthroned in men’s hearts as Queen, subjecting them to the dominion of her great and princely Son. When will souls breathe Mary as the body breathes air?” When that time comes wonderful things will happen on earth. The Holy Spirit finding his dear Spouse present again in souls, will come down into them with great power. He will fill them with His gift, especially wisdom, by which they will produce wonders of grace. My dear friend, when will that happy time come, that age of Mary, when many souls, chosen by Mary and given her by the most High God, will hide themselves completely in the depths of her soul, becoming living copies of her, loving and glorifying Jesus. That day will dawn only when the devotion I teach is understood and put into practice…”

This reflection continued from the Message of the Mother of God to the world on 1/2/2011

I will begin where I left off from the previous article as the Holy Spirit continued to teach about divine love. It bears repeating that Jesus chose to come into the world in utter poverty. Even the bed he laid in was borrowed from animals. There was no comfortable hospital bed for him to lay his head as we have today in elaborate maternity wards. God chose it this way.

God chose to be born of a woman. He chose to be born into a family with a mother and a father. This man and woman, Joseph and Mary were poor, humble and obedient to God.

He chose to be born to a couple who each sanctified their lives by serving the Lord, not only in deed and action, but in their bodies as well. This holy couple rejected wealth, honor and stature. This is where divine love chose to begin to exist and be born. That is to a man and a woman who emptied themselves from all self love, no attachment to material needs, not puffed up with knowledge and pride. They gave everything they had to stay in poverty; they had no need of outside human love but existed in complete charity with other human beings. Their only focus was to serve God and nothing else.

Therefore the way was made clear for divine love to be born in this home. There was plenty of room for God to enter and fill the space with His love. Joseph and Mary prepared their lives making ready themselves as empty vessels, awaiting this moment with great expectation and joy, for this very moment, to receive not only divine love, but to receive it in His wholeness in the flesh.

All shame that Joseph may have had not finding a suitable place for his bride was removed when His eyes fell upon His God in the flesh, being held in His Mother’s arms. Nothing else existed in that cave except for the light that came to the world through the infant child, and the three of them huddled close together in their own human warmth, in holy adoration and amazement of the gift they have just beheld. Their eyes, nor their hearts could not see anything else, but wonder and amazement.

The shepherds came after hearing the news from the angels of heaven who proclaimed the glory of God and the birth of the Son.

What did they see when they arrived at that cave? Was it only a father and mother with a new born child? No, it couldn’t have been just that, as this would happen every day in normal life.

The presence of God and divine love was in their midst. All of Heaven was opened on this holy night, and the earth was filled with God’s glory and His grace. The announcement came, announcing the birth of the Savior to obscure shepherds who ran in haste without hesitation to see if it was true. Why didn’t the whole town of Bethlehem come? The grotto was near the city wasn’t it? Why didn’t those people know about God’s arrival?

So, what did they hear? What did they see to make them run in haste and to see a man and a woman with a babe in the cave? It was the experience and being in the presence itself. They left praising God for all they heard and saw that night.

How much to wonder is left open for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear. Children are born every day. Is there such an event that takes place for a human child as their was for the divine child? No, I think not.

So we have to ask, what kind of child has been given to us this Christmas?

Matthew’s gospel tells about the arrival of the three kings, where we celebrate the Epiphany. These kings came from foreign lands following a star, a sign from heaven. Three kings who represent the gentiles in the Jewish term. Where were the people of God? Why didn’t God’s own people recognize their king in their midst, or even knew that He came? So much left for the human heart to contemplate…

But the magi were overwhelmed with joy at what they saw. What did they see? There was no reception or party taking place. What was it that this holy gift of God gave to them that they in turn opened their treasures and offered it to the Holy Family for the divine child?

So what did they all receive? There was nothing but a family in an empty cave who have just received new life. There was only the poor holy couple embracing and adoring their gift. Could the love of God be so great that it just poured out of all of them? We should know such love.

Another thought the Holy Spirit led me to, was that Mary knew how the child was conceived. She made it clear she had no relations with a man. Who can comprehend what she might have been thinking; not just by her gift of faith was God conceived, but she was impregnated with divine love in her human body. And through her human body, divine love was born into the world, flesh of her flesh.
She allowed herself to be an empty vessel in her feminine body in her lowliness and her poverty; having no attachment to sin what so ever. She was ready to be filled with divine power. Divine power consumed her and filled her so much so to full term to give birth to Him in the world.

So what did she see? What did she hear when her child cried out? Imagine her joy to see the fruit of her prayer before her eyes, in this holy moment, knowing her redemption was at hand. Did anything else matter or exist in this hour for her? No! She was consumed with the love of God.

Joseph knew how the child was conceived. He had no relations with his bride, and vowed chastity. She is the holy of holies, the ark of the new covenant, whose body carried God. Joseph knew that no one could touch the holy of holies and live. By his free will, he chose to offer his body for the sake of his bride in virginity. (Remember, he was going to divorce her quietly and not expose her to shame [Mt. 1:19] possibly thinking she had committed adultery-and great anxiety overcame him at the thought of such an action). Mary didn’t tell Joseph she was pregnant with God’s child, and she began to show in her body her maternal state. She submitted to the Holy Will of God and waited for God to tell Joseph Himself. What trust and faith she had at such a great risk, to face death, humiliation and shame?

Joseph knew however about the profound faith of his bride by her witness to faith, her prayer life, and her virtues. He knew she was consecrated to God from her birth, and offered in the temple. He knew she was a virgin. He experienced her holiness and her purity, as the temple maiden and as a gift to him. He knew God was with her, and by reason and love kept him from exposing her. The holy couple was in complete union with God’s will in spirit before even meeting in person.

What kind of love is this we have to ask our self? This kind of love cannot be comprehended, but speaks to the human soul, and draws the heart to wonder.
Joseph and Mary experienced the love of God. They knew in the depth of their hearts that He was their Creator, and they were mere creatures. They were gifted with a profound faith. The faith of Mary and Joseph received from their ancestors and the Word of God was so infused in them they had no fear to offer themselves for the salvation of souls.

Blessed Mother trusted in the love of God knowing that God would guard her and protect her, even from the law that said she was to be stoned for her condition if it were committed in sin. She trusted the Father for providing for her a husband who would guard her dignity and preserve her virginity, even though she was offered up as a temple maiden for marriage.

Blessed Mother had to trust that her husband would accept her condition with child and not divorce her or even worse, put her to death, and still hold on waiting for God to reveal the truth to her husband. She always was in complete surrender and submission to the divine will and to her holy spouse.

If I am repetitive as I write, it is for a reason, to drive this thought home. There is no doubt for the one who prays.

Joseph’s faith speaks of the same of his character. He was a righteous man, said the scriptures. He suffered with great anxiety, but he also had to trust in the divine will to fortify him in faith. He had to live out in full what the forefathers proclaimed before him, under obedience to the Law of God, and with profound love for his bride, knowing she is gift to him. Joseph was responsible and entrusted with much, the Son of God as his own son, and the woman who gave birth to him. He could not but turn to God for answers in prayer and wait for the Lord to respond to him, who most likely kept in him suspense and anticipation.

The fruit of their faith, with the love of God and their obedience to Him is what gave birth to divine love into the world.

Therefore, from all these experiences they lived combined and all they suffered in heart and in flesh and by the faith they lived, now they see the fruit before their very eyes, the uncreated gift, begotten by God.

This story only begins, because in full knowledge both Joseph and Mary knew that they do not solely possess their child, but that He is a gift from God. They knew He came to bring salvation to cold human hearts, and would be offered up to God for the salvation of souls, by His own will.

The holy couple will hand their child over into the hands of those who will torture their Son, accuse Him, mock Him, beat Him and put Him to death.

Imagine the anxiety of a parent having full knowledge of the future destiny of their child and what was going to happen to their child who would face a cruel and torturous death. Some parents today can relate to this, as children who suffer from disease and lose their life at the hands of others. Yet gut wrenching to say the least, especially to one that you love, and is born of your flesh.

Yes, Joseph and Mary knew full well by their scriptures and the voice of the prophets the future of this child, who would redeem mankind.

Now, here we are today, over 2000+ years later. God again sent His Mother to the world to prepare the world for the new Advent of her Son, to call the world back to salvation by conversion of heart. She said he will not be born into the world as He was 2000 years ago, but would be born in our hearts instead.

Today Our Lady comes to an obscure little village much like that of where she lived 2000 years ago, which was at that time very primitive, about 30 years behind modern society, where she said was the most faith in the world. She came with her infant Son in her arms on June 24, 1981, veiling and unveiling him before the eyes of the children who beheld her presence.

Some may say this is impossible for God? But those of faith can say with certainty “Nothing is impossible for God.” And for a great plan to convert the whole world, it has to take a whole generation to change the hearts of men, to know God once more. I think He knows what He is doing. So who are we to say this cannot be done.

However all the more, has been foretold by countless saints, the apostles, and mystics from centuries past.

Our Lady wants to give her Son again to the world, this same world, the same human creatures who rejected Him from the beginning, who tortured and murdered her Son. Yes, we are the same people, the same creatures by nature. Unfathomable to human mind, but not to divine love, Who offered Himself to death to show the world that God exists, and to bridge the way to the heart of the Father.

Our Lady said in very loving words with little baby Jesus in her arms, “I and my Son want to give you love, joy and peace…”

She again with the Father in Heaven are freely giving their Son Jesus to the world, knowing the state of our weakened sinful human hearts, and what we will do with Him again.

Can we receive this gift, freely?

Can we accept the responsibility that comes with receiving this gift?

Do we possess it as our own or do we give Him freely as He was given to us freely; knowing that we may be laughed at, scoffed at, mocked, humiliated, accused, ridiculed, beaten, tortured or even put to death because of Him and for His name?

Can you receive this love of God, or are our hearts so filled with distractions, puffed up pride, hatred, envy or with evil thoughts and deeds?

Are we consumed with wealth, money and power and greed?

Then sadly if so, you are the inn keeper who said, “There is no room Joseph for your family to enter, and will slam the door in his face, who desires to have his son loved by you.

Can we receive freely divine love offered to us daily in the holy sacrifice of the mass in the mystical body of Christ, with our whole heart in holy adoration, paying him homage to the God who freely gives Himself at all cost to you?

How is the world going to receive the love of God, if it is the very world who rejects His love, from the original source of love itself? There is no room to freely receive love, too much clutter.

Behold the Mother with child who comes once more for the last time, with her Son. These are her words, “for the last time”.

In the world we can see already the fruit of the loss of God in a Godless society. If we do not have God the Father in the first place, then we will believe in anything-and so, here we are today, making all kinds of idols to worship in our gluttonous society. And I repeat again, still the mother comes tirelessly and freely gives her Son again, and again to the same human people who will repeatedly reject Him and Her Motherly love.

What kind of love is this that is freely given to us?

Therefore, I ask again, if we cannot accept the divine gift, what makes us think we can accept one another as gift, as God’s people, as God’s family?

And if we cannot accept Him in fullness of truth in our human nature in this world, what makes us think we will be able to stand before Him in fullness of truth in the next world?

Yes my dear friends Our Lady is praying for the world today. She is praying for you and me, that we become cognizant, fully aware that we are God’s family, and that we will choose good over evil, and life over death. That we will choose the path that leads to her Son, and her Son will lead us to the Father.

From the depth of my soul I feel the words of our holy Mother in this message. My heart is heavy, knowing I still have a long journey to walk, yet consolation is mine, for I do not walk it alone, but hand in hand with my Mother.
Ave Maria!

Again this concludes another section from the counsel of the Holy Spirit about Our Lady’s message to the world given on 1/2/2011. And still yet more is still to come, which will be unveiled as part III, Fatima? Medjugorje? Connected?

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him…” (John 3:16-17)

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My Motherly Heart Prays, part I

I and my Son want to give you love....

January 2, 2011 message to Mirjana Soldo

Dear children,

Today I call you to unity (communion) in Jesus, my Son. My motherly heart prays that you may comprehend that you are God’s family. Through the spiritual freedom of will, which the Heavenly Father has given you, you are called to become cognizant (to come to the knowledge) of the truth, the good or the evil.

May prayer and fasting open your hearts and help you to discover the Heavenly Father through my Son. In discovering the Father, your life will be directed to carrying out of God’s will and the realization of God’s family, in the way that my Son desires (wishes). I will not leave you alone on this path. Thank you.

Mirjana felt that she could say to Our Lady: ‘ We have all come to you with our sufferings and crosses. Help us, we implore you.’ Our Lady extended her hands towards us and said: Open your hearts to me. Give your sufferings to me. The Mother will help.

How many of us take these words to heart? How many of us hear the word and act on it? The Mother is praying that we comprehend these words.

Thank you dear Mother for praying for me, and opening the Word that I may understand its meaning. With the Holy Spirit, help me to convey the word, and to put it to life in me.

Jesus was clear in the gospels; you are a friend of Jesus and will remain in His love if you live his commandments and blessed is the one who hears the word of God and acts on it. (John 15:10-14)

The holy Mother always lives the words, “do whatever He tells you.” (John 2:5)

So, to be God’s family…this is a great call in the words themselves comes with a great responsibility. It is about family honor now. How do we live as a family member of God?

Very simply put, we have been given a model to follow. God’s family began with the Holy Family, through Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Today I have received a tremendous teaching of this recent message from Our Lady.

There has been so much to the teaching, the task for me is to articulate it where one could easily reflect, take into their heart, and then put it to life. I pray to the Holy Spirit to convey His words all the further to make up for what I lack in my human fallibility.

I will begin with how the Lord began with me at the break of day this morning.
I woke up to a homily on the local Catholic radio station and the priest began to preach about “receiving love.” Of course this homily spoke to me right where I was at. He gave the analogy of an empty bank account. You can write all the checks you want he said, but if you do not have the money in the checking account your checks are no good, and they are going to bounce. You cannot give what you do not have.

Well, I thought, this is us clearly, meaning my family life-and like most. We are always perplexed at how we are always broke, and cannot seem to find a way to get ahead. (I must clarify my friends, my life is an open book, and is always used as to help others on the path to their conversion – nothing more. I share by example and how the Lord has taught us).

But hearing these words from this priest triggered my attention. God knew how to reach me, as I am praying to understand why it’s so, as the Lord also keeps repeating, “you lost the love you once had…” Yes, this is true, I am not the same, nor do I have the same zeal and fervor of faith as I did at the beginning of my conversion when I was on fire for God.

I am war torn and battle fatigued, and seeking to be renewed. But God is calling me out. I am not loving as I should. And then my soul was flooded with questions as if examining my conscience, as I felt the Lord convicting me in so many ways. I was in my car driving from one parish to another to reach an adoration chapel, just to sit and chew on these words, and I spent over 4.5 hours in dialog with the Holy Spirit before the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar.

Therefore, what I am about to share, is from the heart, for me and to share with you dear readers, as I also must put this message to life myself.

The questions that came were very stern as I kept hearing the song, “What’s love got to do with it?”

The Lord said, “Where do you draw your love from?

What source does love come from? Well, I thought, I am with Jesus almost every day in holy adoration. Now I have to give my attention to how am I spending this time with Him, the eternal spouse of my soul….

Do we live for human or divine love? (in what order)

Are we looking for love in all the wrong places?

He reminded me of His words months ago, saying Love has no value unless it is poured out…and the image of the crucified came to my heart.

Then the homily I heard this morning came back, as the priest spoke about appreciating the gift from God. With love comes appreciation and gratitude. Whew, I wanted to shrink in my seat before God.

Again I heard the voice of the Lord say to my heart, you cannot say you love God if you cannot appreciate the gift of those whom He puts into your life, or are thankful for the blessing you already have.

Then He took me back to the bank account. Our account is always empty…there is nothing there. We struggle to make ends meet to just cover from check to check our monthly expenses and to feed the family. Sometimes scraping change to buy milk or eggs. Yes, this is the level of poverty we have come to.

The Lord is telling me what I am giving of myself is not giving with the heart, it is the writing of bad checks or has become routine for me-as though going through the motions. There is no love in my efforts. Of course my heart began to sink as again I see myself in truth once more.

Jesus repeated to my heart, “You must draw your love from my strength, divine love.” In His love, He allowed Himself to be crucified. Well, I shutter at this, because I’ve walked this path many times, in fact I am still nailed to the cross. But I am disgruntled, complaining, and expecting something in return. Now I am convicted in truth…I am not loving with divine love but of my own weakened human love that carries no weight.

The Lord freely gives His love. He is always there to give His love. The problem the Lord said with the human heart is that “we do not freely receive” this love. The word I repeat is “freely receive.”

We have lost love for God, the passion that comes from divine love for the salvation of souls, which is true authentic heartfelt love for God. The Love of Jesus drove Him to the cross. We expect God to give and give when we need Him, but do we give our self in return, without complaint I may add?

We have forgotten, God is the Father. He is the Creator of life. We would not exist on this earth if He did not will it so. Our pride blinds us to this truth.

Every human being has a conscience, said Our Lady. Every human being is made in the image and likeness of God. (Genesis chpt.1) Why? Because we are made up of body, soul and spirit. We have a God given will to discern good or evil. But most often we do not exercise our conscience or our will to choose good. Our natural inclination is to sin. We are not naturally good in nature my friends-we have a weakened and fallen nature in the flesh. If there is any good in us, that credit is to due to God whose spirit is within the human person, and willed it so.

If we do not receive love from the originator of love itself our source for existence, and if we do not have God our Father in His proper order in our lives, then I assure you, everything in your personal life will be disordered.

As a human race we are choosing in full conscience to ignore that God exists, and that He sent His own Son into the world as a gift to the world. He did not send Jesus into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world from itself. (John 3:16)

Why does the world need a savior? I ask this question as well; can a human being save himself from damnation without God? Absolutely NOT!

What do we need to be saved from? Sin and death! Eternal death that is. Jesus made it clear when He returns at the end of our life on this earth or at the end of the world, which ever comes first, we will need to give an account for our deeds. And He made it more clear of that those who do not live His way, and practice evil deeds, will not enter into heaven. (Revelation 22:14-21) Heaven is for the one who repents of sin, and perseveres to the end.

If we choose not to accept this gift of God in His only begotten Son who is our salvation, and we choose to ignore what He tells us by His Word and His established authority on earth-the Church, we choose death and hell over life.

So dear friends, how can you say in good conscience I have life with God? Or Jesus Christ is my personal Lord and savior (as some would say). Is He?

How can you say I am a good Christian and I love God above everything, if you only pick and choose what you want to live and follow from the example of Jesus, and not the whole message?

How can you say you love God if you cannot live with the very gift God has given you in your life for your sanctification, such as your spouse, your children, your family members, or your neighbors/co-workers etc?

Dear friends, if you rely only on your own strength, that is “weakened human love” you will fail and those around you will convince you of your failure by words and actions. They will express the lack of love they received from you, by their anger, rebellion, hatred, or mockery and more. Division will creep in and the door will be wide open for a whole mess of darkness. Because the love of God is not in us, and we are not living as God’s family members.

Jesus Christ is the summit and source of divine love, who in unconditional and in an incomprehensible way gives Himself in fullness, every day in the holy offering of the mass.

From the beginning of the existence of Jesus Christ in the flesh the love of God willed it so that He should come into the world in utter poverty; naked, cold, and in darkness.

He still comes to the world every day, exposed in His flesh as He is in the mystical way, into the cold and darkness of our hearts and souls.

So what has changed from that holy night? Nothing! It is the same God who was born in the cave with Joseph and Mary, who is the one who is present in the most holy Eucharist that comes into the dark cave of our souls, to bring His light desiring to be born anew in me and in you.

I pray that divine love, not human love, but divine love will grow in His fullness in my heart and in the heart of poor aching mankind.

For this section I will stop here, and will continue on as I have said in further parts for greater contemplation and reflection. The Lord is gracious in His Word and counsel.
Ave Maria!

“If you knew the gift of God and who is saying to you, “Give me a drink.” you would have asked him and he would have given you living water…” (John 5:10)

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