Week 3-Forty Days in the Desert-An Oasis of Peace

Through prayer become friends with Jesus

It’s been a little harder this week to get this post out. Seems there have been some technical difficulties taking place with the host company. There must be some good fruit coming. I hope the Lord is touching your hearts as He is with us and our family.

The beauty of this is to see my children dialoging with the Lord and the scriptures. Not only do we encourage relationships and build unity in the family, but we encourage them to have a heart to heart relationship with their eternal family.

Remember the Holy Spirit is the author of the Word. Never begin your prayer without the help of the Holy Spirit.

Also be sure to make a conscious effor to get to the sacrament of reconciliation during this time to fortify your strength for the continued journey and refresh your soul in the ocean of mercy. Remember our Lady just said, it is through the priests that she will triumph. Really ponder these words for her purpose for coming into the world.

Catechism of the Catholic Church References: 737-741, 797-98, 1472-74, 1502

Daily Reflection:

“Dear children, tonight your Mother is happy, joyful together with you. I would like to extend happiness to you. I would like to give you love, so you can bring this love and spread it to others. I would like to give you peace, so you can give this peace to others, so you can give this peace especially to families where hatred exists. I would like you, dear children to renew the family prayer, all of you. I would like you to encourage others to renew this prayer. Your Mother will help you.” (10/17/88)

Day 1

“Dear children, with motherly perseverance and love I am brining you the light of life to destroy the darkness of death in you. Do not reject me, my children. Stop and look within yourselves and see how sinful you are. Be aware of your sins and pray for forgiveness…” (11/2/10)

“…It should be of no concern to you how anyone else acts; you are to be My living reflection through love and mercy.” (St. Faustina replied, ‘Lord but they often take advantage of my goodness.’) “That makes no difference, My daughter. That is no concern of yours. As for you, be always merciful toward other people, and especially toward sinners.” (Diary 1446)

Jn. 11:1-4, Mt. 10:8, Mk. 14:12-15, Jn. 20:20-23

Day 2

“…My children you do not desire to accept that you are weak and little, but you can be strong and great by doing God’s will. Give me your cleansed hearts that I may illuminate them with the light of life, my Son. Thank you.” (11/2/10)

“…Oh how painful it is to me that souls so seldom unite themselves to Me in holy Communion. I wait for souls and they are indifferent toward Me. I love them tenderly and sincerely, and they distrust Me. I want to lavish my graces on them, and they do not want to accept them. They treat me as a dead object, whereas my Heart is full of love and mercy. In order that you may know at least some of my pain, imagine the most tender of mothers who has great love for her children, while those children spurn her love. Consider her pain. No one is in a position to console her. This is but a feeble image and likeness of my love.” (Diary 1447)

2 Cor. 10:3-6, Rev. 21:2-4, Acts 3:16-23, 4:10-12

Day 3

“Dear children! Today I call you to come closer to my Immaculate Heart…” (10/25/98)

“…Tell souls where they are to look for solace; that is in the Tribunal of Mercy. (Sacrament of Reconciliation). There the greatest miracles take place and are incessantly repeated. To avail oneself of this miracle, it is not necessary to go on a great pilgrimage or to carry out some external ceremony; it suffices to come with faith to the feet of My representative and to reveal to him one’s misery, and the miracle of Divine Mercy will be fully demonstrated. Were a soul like a decaying corpse so that from a human standpoint, there would be no restoration and everything would have already be lost. It is not so with God. The miracle of Divine Mercy restores that souls in full. Oh how miserable are those who do not take advantage of the miracle of God’s mercy. You will call out in vain, but it will be too late…” (Diary 1448)

Lk. 8:43-47, Prov. 3:1-12, Ez. 36:26, Act 4:16-20

Day 4

“….I call you to renew in your families the fervor of the first days when I called you to fasting, prayer and conversion. Little children, you accepted my messages with open hearts, although you did not know what prayer was. Today, I call you to open yourselves completely to me so that I may transform you and lead you to the heart of my Son Jesus, so that He can fill you with His love. Only in this way, little children, will you find true peace – the peace that only God gives you. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (10/25/98)

“…First, do not fight against a temptation by yourself, but disclose it to the confessor at once, and then the temptation will lose all its force. Second, during these ordeals do not lose you peace; live in My presence; ask My Mother and the Saints for help. Third, have the certitude that I am looking at you and supporting you. Fourth do not fear either struggles of the soul or any temptation because I am supporting you; if only you are willing to fight, know that the victory is always on your side. Fifth, know that by fighting bravely you give Me great glory and amass merits for yourself. Temptation gives you a change to show Me your fidelity.” (Diary 1560)

Mt. 26:35, Lk. 22:33-34, Gal 2:20, Ps. 46, Jn 11:39-40

Day 5

“Dear children! Also today I am with you in a special way contemplating and living the passion of Jesus in my heart. Little children, open your hearts and give me everything that is in them; joys, sorrows, and even the smallest pain that I may offer them to Jesus; so that with His immeasurable love, He may burn and transform your sorrows into the joy of His resurrection…” (2/25/99)

“…I remind you my daughter, that as often as you heart the clock strike the third hour, immerse yourself completely in My mercy, adoring and glorifying it; invoke its omnipotence for the whole world, and particularly for poor sinners; for at that moment mercy was opened wide for every soul. In this hour you can obtain everything for yourself and for others for the asking. It was the hour of grace for the whole world – mercy triumphed over justice. (Diary 1572)

Jn. 11:44, Is. 55:8-9, Jn. 2:5, Lk. 23:43

Day 6

“…I now call you in a special way, little children for your hearts to open to prayer, so that through prayer you may become friends of Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (2/25/99)

“…My daughter, try your best to make the Stations of the Cross in this hour, provided that your duties permit it; and if you are not able to make the Stations of the Cross, then at least step into the chapel for a moment and adore in the Blessed Sacrament, My heart, which is full of mercy; and should you be unable to step into the chapel, immerse yourself in prayer there where you happen to be, if only for a very brief instant, I claim veneration for my mercy from every creature, but above all from you, since it is to you that I have given the most profound understanding of this mystery.” (Diary 1572)

Jn. 15:11-17, Heb. 11:8-11, Jn. 10:27-29, Rev. 7:14-17

Day 7 Review

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So What is an Unbeliever? Am I?

"If I do not wash you, then you will have no inheritance with me..."

“Dear children, I am coming to you, because with my own example, I wish to show you the importance of prayer for those who have not come to know the love of God. You ask yourself if you are following me? My children, do you not recognize the sign of the times? Do you not speak of them? Come follow me. As a mother I call you. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (4/2/2006)

What is an unbeliever?

According to one of the visionaries of Medjugorje, an unbeliever is someone who does not experience the love of God.

If we look at it in this term we can say that almost every human being is an unbeliever right? Because in truth how many are daily experiencing the love of God, or encountering God in their every day prayer, or prayer life?

In the scriptures, St. James addresses an unbeliever. The apostle said,

“What good is it my brothers if someone says he has faith, but does not have works? Can that faith save him?” (Jas. 2:14)

By this we can say that an unbeliever is one who may read the gospels, knows and believe in the gospels, but does NOT have works, nor does he live according to the gospels and does not do what is good. Well now we are getting somewhere.

We cannot limit the term unbeliever to one who is godless or does not believe in God. We would be wrong in saying this. In truth, everyone is an unbeliever because our faith is very weak, especially in times of temptation, or times of suffering and trials. And in all truth, not every one is living the gospel to perfection. If we were then we would never see one abortion, nor would there be war, emnity or strife….

For someone who says they have faith (which is a gift from God) is worthless if there is no love behind the faith. If you question this, then just check yourself in the examination of conscience from 1 Corinthians chapter 13, defining what love is.

Love of a believer is one who believes all things for the good, hopes all things, endures all things. Someone who is in love exercises great patience, kindness and great charity nor matter what may come his way good or evil. If we have none of these gifts, then your faith is nothing and empty without works, and you are only a loud sounding gong, in other words you are just filled with chatter and making a lot of noise.

Every Christian, and I repeat EVERY CHRISTIAN (no one is excluded) who says he knows God and has experienced the love of God, is called to pray for unbelievers, to live the Commandments of God and of Jesus to love of neighbor and knows what needs to be done for the greater good.

To know what needs to be done does not mean someone always has the strength to do the good. Only love for God can we find the strength to do good, because divine love in us will act through us according to the knowledge given us.

When a heart experiences the love of God, then at every moment and in every situation, a response is not only possible, but will be carried out with joy.

Mirjana (visionary who is called to pray for unbelievers) has said repeatedly, “If you can only see the tears in our Lady’s eyes when she speaks about her children, the unbelievers, you would immediately pray for them…” Mirjana emphasizes that when we pray for unbelievers we are actually praying for ourselves and OUR FUTURE, because bad things come from unbelievers. The one who prays for the grace to love is praying for happiness and well being for themselves and for others.

Let’s just give this some thought for a moment. Let’s look at a situation that may occur in a family of someone who may be acting as an unbeliever in the home environment. Someone may be discouraged or angry for something that happened to them. They will bring this negative behavior into the home and carry it forward to other family members. They may stir up arguments, fights or bring it about in other ways of emotions, such as mockery, temper tantrums and so on.

If we do not have the tools or the grace to exercise virtue in these moments, and the strength to turn to God for our situations through prayer, then it is not just one person who is the unbeliever, but all who are affected by the one persons actions. Then what good comes from that?

Therefore a day should not go by without praying for those who do not know the love of God.

For this we will post meditations and reflections of prayer for unbelievers to be prayed with your daily rosary. Keep watch for further postings….

“Faith of itself without works is dead…” (Jas. 2:17)

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Pope: Parishes Help Families

God wants to convert the world through my coming...

Wow, the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI addresses the family and the need for parishes to help families grow in their faith.

My friends, see where we are today. There is no mistake. This message from the Holy Father is just days after Our Lady spoke to the world stating that she is praying that we comprehend that we are God’s family. Above all, the universal Church, the parish families, and the domestic church are all united in the same Jesus Christ.
Below are the words of the Holy Father posted on 1/9/2011….

“The collaboration between the Christian community and the family is much needed in the current social context in which the institution of the family is threatened from many sides and finds itself faced with many difficulties in its mission to teach the faith,” he said. “The disappearance of stable cultural references and the rapid transformation that society continually undergoes, make the educational task truly difficult.

“Therefore, it is necessary that parishes increasingly strive to support families, the little domestic Churches, in their work of passing on the faith.” (Zenit News Source-1/9/2011)

Families must be formed anew in their faith. It is like a generation lost in the faith because there has been little or no formation in the homes. And yet I have already said, that Our Lady has spoken several times of the severity and the seriousness of the responsibility of parents to raise their children under the precepts of God.

Parishes should seek new ways to awaken the faith for their families. To find ways to draw couples and their children, deeper into heart to heart union with God.

Families must pray together, especially the rosary, to begin stirring up those sacramental graces that was gifted to husband and wife on their wedding day. The graces are there my friends. But they are dormant, because husbands and wives do not know their own faith, to hand it down to their children.

This is where the parish needs to step in and provide those opportunities. It is not enough to just to have topical speakers come in; more is needed. Parents need solid food, hard core solid Catholic formation. It is an urgency!

And I know most of you agree with me, because I talk with parents all the time about it. The kids are not getting the formation needed in the Catholic Schools and certainly not in public schools, because it is against the law so to say to mention the name of God. Many children in the Catholic Schools do not even believe there is a God.

Jesus is like Santa Claus to children, and of course as they get older, it is not cool to believe in Santa, so why would they believe in Jesus? There is no relationship!

We’ve developed a program called Holy Family Workshop to help awaken the hearts of couples, first to understand their own marriage sacrament, and then the importance of bringing the grace of their marital love in the home to their children. This formation teaches couples to pray together as husband and wife with listening ears, surrendering to the other, to help build the foundation of faith in Jesus Christ.

So many couples are just going through the motions, of attending mass, praying in church, thinking they are meeting their obligation with God, and then leave the holy Mass only to return to their same old routines. They have no concept of why they must go to mass on Sunday, nor do they see the value of holy Mass. It is routine to most, and the life of the spirit is all but lost in most parishes. Couples have no idea that the modern lifestyle in the world is opposed to God’s plan for the human family.

The Mother of God said very clearly to the world, “parents are teaching their children the wrong way…the youth are in a very difficult situation.”

Folks, this is heaven saying “we have it all wrong.”

We need to return back to the basics, the original foundation as I have said. God must be in the first place at the center of the family once more. Career cannot come first, sports cannot come first, vacations cannot come first. God must be priority! Your vocation is of second importance, then your children, then the rest to follow. We are a disordered culture.

The Holy Family is the first model to study as the perfect human family, as was given in the former articles related to the call of Fatima. Their simple, silent and hidden life speaks volumes to the world and the call to the human family.

And now we have the Vicar of Christ Himself, the official voice of God speaking to the world, calling parishes to help the families! Yes dear friends, the time is now, to start forming families with the proper tools needed to live out the vocation that about 90% of the church’s population consists of.

As I have said, Blessed Mother is rolling up her sleeves, and about to do some serious house cleaning and rearranging the Palace of God. First the interior temple must be set right, and stripped of sin. Then it must be lived out in every day life, especially in the homes where you live.

May I also echo the words of the great encyclical of our modern time, Humanae Vitae, and its call to “Christian Husband and Wives. Pp 25” The document says….

“Christian married couples then docile to her voice [that is the voice of the Church] must remember that their Christian vocation, which began at baptism, is further specified and reinforced by the sacrament of matrimony. By it husband and wife are strengthened and as it were consecrated for the faithful accomplishment of their proper duties, for the carrying out of their proper vocation even to perfection and the Christian witness which is proper to them before the whole world. To them the Lord entrusts the task of making visible to men the holiness and sweetness of the law which unites the mutual love of husband and wife with their cooperation with the love of God, the author of human life.

We do not intend to hide at all the sometimes serious difficulties inherent in the life of Christian married persons, for them as for everyone else, ‘the gate is narrow and they way is hard, that leads to life. But the hope of that life must illuminate their way as with courage they strove to live with wisdom, justice and piety in this present time, knowing that the figure of this world passes away.

Let married couples then face up to the efforts needed supported by the faith and hope which ‘do not disappoint … because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Let them implore divine assistance by persevering prayer, above all let them draw from the source of grace and charity in the Eucharist. And if sin should still keep its hold over them, let the not be discouraged, but rather have recourse with humble perseverance to the mercy of God, which is poured the fullness of conjugal life described by the Apostle; ‘husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the Church … husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no man ever hates his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it as Christ does the Church, this is a great mystery, and I mean in reference to Christ and the Church. However let each on of you love his wife as himself and let the wife see that she respects her husband.”

Let us look at this a little closer. The encyclical states here paragraph 25 the power of the sacrament of holy matrimony, husbands and wives receive a special grace that strengthens not only the marriage union, but also strengthens them to live out their proper vocation as witnesses in the world.

God entrusts husbands and wives; a man and a woman who live under the law of obedience to the covenant they joined and professed by a vow in the presence of God to make visible the sign of His divine love in their cooperation with grace. That is couples must bring to life that which had been given to them as gift and use the gift for the greater glory of God. Most couples are not fulfilling their vow to this order. I warn couples though, God does not forget the vow. It is sealed in the blood covenant of Jesus Christ that was offered during your mass at your marriage.

If a marriage; or a man and a woman who are joined in marriage as one, do not have Jesus Christ as the golden thread between them, who is the true foundation of faith, then the once tied knot of love will become unraveled, and the rope of love will become frayed and fall apart; hence the division and the sins of marriage creep in, and the weakening of nature of man’s humanity will succumb to great temptations which will jeopardize the marriage union.

It is not easy for anyone to vow their lives to another for life, and many couples enter into this union blind without knowledge of the great responsibility set before them in the eyes of God. It’s not even a matter of dishonoring the vows to each other, but the adulterous act is committed against God Himself.

Today we are witness of the faltering state of marriage and family live, reaping the sour fruit of the broken covenantal laws of God.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains in great detail what happens to marriage when sin is manifested in the covenantal union between a man and a woman, in paragraphs 1606-08. The union is always threatened by discord, a spirit of domination, infidelity, jealousy, conflicts which ultimately will escalate into hatreds, separation and disorder. These threats are the result of the couples “break with God” and the covenant which was vowed to God.

Dear friends I do not preach what I do not live. I am speaking from experience as one who has lived to tell it all, and the effects of sin against the sacrament of marriage. We have suffered for 19 years as we looked back to see where it all went wrong. And the Lord in His mercy gave us a birds eye view of all that we have done and the sins committed in our marriage covenant, leaving us with no other option but to tear down what we had once built on sand, to laying a new foundation in Jesus Christ.

I can honestly say as all has come to light, our own sacrament of marriage was made a mockery from the day we said I do at the altar by our act of the will and the decisions we made compromising in sin.

We never gave consideration to what was ahead of us, or did we ever really care that we were offending God, and lived for the party alone. Our marriage was built on selfishness wants and goals. To the depth of my soul, if I knew then what I know now, who knows how things would have been through these past 19 years of marriage. None the less, our experience is a witness of what not to do for married couples.

We had committed every sin against the sacrament itself. However, not only have we suffered the consequences of our sins, but our children have bared the same consequences and have suffered greatly.

The Lord in His mercy, which my friends, is the greatest treasure and mystery known to man, and in it I cling to His merciful heart, for if he were not a merciful God, I should surely be dead and steeped into the pit of hell. It was the Lord who willed the life of our souls, and to this day is using us to be a sign and a witness to the world, one not only to say that God exists, but how He can resurrect to new life what was once thought lost!

The document above said of couples, “Let them implore divine assistance by persevering in prayer, and above all, let them draw from the source of grace and charity in the Eucharist…”

Hours upon hours I spent with the Lord in the most Blessed Sacrament, attending daily mass for over 15 + years and clinging to life as my soul was being refined and purified in the fire. I only had the Lord to look to, for I found no consolation in human love. I was left to myself before my God, in the misery of my sins, knowing that what I had endured through my married life could have been avoided had I been obedient to God and His commandments and sought after holiness in virtue.

Yet all the more, I also witnessed the state of my husband’s soul, who as head of the home was leading his family to the path of hell. I was given a choice by God, to offer my life for the salvation of souls in reparation for sins, not only my sins, but the sins of my husband, and sins against our marriage, and the future of my children. A great act of mercy by the Lord for one who was swimming in misery.

I gave my yes, Our Lady took charge of me, and from there all hell was leashed against me, and the battle began. I will not speak of gory details, as most have been brought to the sacrament of reconciliation, but to witness life after death alone. I spent the greater portion of my marriage suffering from spousal physical abuse, and in its final hour I experienced the crucifixion the day I was put in the hospital with a neck injury, only to find my husband at the foot of the bed in prayer. I heard the words in my soul, “it is finished.” Now his conversion was about to begin.

Therefore I speak clearly from experience, living the Word of God which was fully flesh of my flesh. I lived on a promise by God that we would be restored and as new creatures, built now on Rock. (Mt. 7, Luke 6:48-49) I never knew when this day would come, but the Lord continued to encourage me and hold me up and make up for the love I was not receiving in human terms.

I learned through this journey that not only was I suffering for my own marriage, but for the sacrament of marriage itself, as I know that our marriage is not the only one who has suffered in this way. Ours is on the recovery.

Yes my friends, I could have easily chosen to divorce my spouse and have my children live the effects of divorced parents. I had every ground to do so. But I was living the effects of divorce already as my husband was a product of an abusive divorce situation. It is what he knew about marriage and the only example he was given in his childhood.

The Lord gave me compassion for him. I knew he was not able to love me, as he was in his condition, I had to be the example for him, because he did not know how to love me, but Jesus did. I had to allow Jesus in me to love him through me. In His mercy the Lord begged me to stay on the cross with my husband, and persevere for the sake of his soul. I had to trust that Jesus was doing something in him, even though I was not seeing it visibly.

I believed in the power of sacramental grace. I had parents who were witnesses for me, who have been married for 50 years now. I witnessed how they had overcome countless trials and tribulations in their lives and still all is imperfect and always will be, because we are human and to error is human-to forgive is divine. Their witness, my faith, and the power of God kept me on the cross, as one with Jesus.

And from this, I am witnessing the power of the resurrection, and the countless miracles of God’s mercy and love for us, who now is leading us into the promise land, and rebuilding our souls, and souls of our children.

I never thought I could love this man again. But Jesus continues to teach me about divine love, the love that only comes from God. I had to learn this love by experience, not in word, but in deed.

The love that drove him to the cross knowing what would happen to him. It is Christ from whom I draw my strength, and His love moved me to the cross with him. I did not run, I did not flee but allowed the crucifixion to occur in my soul, dying to self for the sake of the other.

It is not easy to lay this out for the world to see. Maybe you are one who may say, this is too intense. Well maybe so for you, because you are not perfect in love yet nor have you had the grace to experience as such. I have confidence in the Lord enough to know however that He will make up for what I am lacking, and the hope to say I hope He is touching hearts by this witness.

I know who I am, and I know I still have a long journey to walk, but the journey I walk is in the embraced of the eternal lover, Jesus Christ.

I make this point to say clearly this is the state of marriage today. It is also the state of the marriage union with Jesus Christ and his bride, who continues to inflict wound upon wound on His mystical body.

Parishes need to help support marriages said the holy Father. Marriages are threatened by so many facets in the world as he stated. I speak from experience having been to countless parishes in this country. There is a great need for martial spiritual direction, a need for healing and deliverance ministry, and renewal of love in the marriage sacrament.

I am living witness to the power of sacramental grace and divine mercy. We have also been given the grace to counsel many couples who suffer in multiple ways in shared experiences. The only answer is ‘press into the cross’ as Jesus did my friends.

I must note, that there are some situations where there is the threat of life of a spouse. Seek help and bring the situation to light. Be silent no more oh brave soul. No one soul needs to hide in shame any longer. There is mercy, and there is new life.

As I further go on to say in short to continue with the voice of the Church through the encyclical of Humane Vitae, pp 26, the document encourages couples to work with couples and to communicate their experiences to others. Holy Father Pope Paul VI said as such:

“Among the fruits which ripen forth from a generous effort of fidelity to the divine law, one of the most precious is that married couples themselves not infrequently feel the desire to communicate their experiences to others. Thurs there comes to be included in the vast pattern of the vocation of the laity a new and most noteworthy form of the apostolic of like to like; it is married couples themselves who become apostles and guides to other married couples. This is assuredly among so many forms of apostolate, one of those which seem most opportune today.”

Parishes must be open to allow the laity especially couples to work together to help build up once more the marriage sacrament in the plan of God. Couples who can share their experiences of the trials, sufferings and truths of married and family life, especially with young couples who encounter the sacrament with stars in their eyes.

Since the laity make up the greater portion of the Church, great emphasis must be placed in helping marriage and the family life and to help once more give birth to the Holy Spirit who wants to be present in the family.

I will conclude on the words of the Mother of God… who said:

“Dear children, tonight also your Mother is warning that satan is at work. I would like you to pay special attention to the fact that satan is at work in a special way with the young. Dear children, during this period I would like you to pray in your families with your children. I would like you to talk with your children. I would like you to exchange your experiences and help them to solve all their problems. I will pray, dear children, for the young, for all of you. Pray, dear children. Prayer is medicine that heals.” (9/9/88)

Begin today my friends. Pray in your families especially with your children. Begin to strengthen their spirits to fight against satan who is seeking to devour their souls. And be honest and open with them, sharing your experiences and how you have learned from your past mistakes. Help form their conscience, and teach them that God is fully alive!

Ave Maria!

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Fatima? Medjugorje? Connected?

I want to realize through the secrets I began in Fatima may be fulfilled.

“Dear children, today also I invite you to prayer, now as never before when my plan has begun to be realized. satan is strong and wants to sweep away my plans of peace and joy and make you think that my Son is not strong in His decisions. Therefore, I call all of you dear children, to pray and fast still more firmly. I invite you to renunciation for nine days so that with your help everything I wanted to realize through the secrets I began in Fatima may be fulfilled. I call you dear children to understand now the importance of my coming and the seriousness of the situation. I desire to save all souls and to present them to God. Therefore, we pray that all I have started may be completely realized in its fullness. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (8/25/1991)

FATIMA’S CONNECTION TO MEDJUGORJE?

God gave the world the model of the perfect man; he is Jesus Christ and the way to salvation. He gave us a model of the perfect woman; the Blessed Virgin Mary. He gave us another model of a righteous man in human dignity one who toiled and labored as sacrifice in atonement for sin; St. Joseph.

We have come to the close of this holy season of Christmas, which is centered on the birth of Christ who has been born a new into the world for human souls, but Christmas is also centered on the human family.

Blessed Mother speaks frequently about the family and the call to the family in her apparitions in Medjugorje. Our Lady began the call of conversion throughout her history of apparitions.

In one message she spoke of the significance for parents to carry and live the Word of God in the heart and in thoughts. She said in 1996 to place sacred scripture in a visible place in your family, read it and live it. The key word is to “live it.”

Then she said, “teach your children, because if you are not an example to them, children will depart into godlessness.” And so we have it, a godless society in our modern culture, simply because the faith was not being taught in the home.

The most recent apparitions of our age and for our generation which has had great significance and importance for this history in time is Fatima, Portugal. I will speak briefly about Fatima and its connection to Medjugorje-most specifically for the family.

Those who have followed Fatima and have experienced Medjugorje, have experienced the connection. There are many similarities connecting Fatima with Medjugorje, especially from the early years of the apparitions such as the miracle of the sun, which is a frequent occurrence to some who have experienced this event in Medjugorje and the call to conversion.

Why signs and wonders? Our Lady’s response is, “it is necessary to increase the faith.” Most people will believe things when they experience it with their own eyes. But not everyone experiences the same thing. The Lord uses signs in the way He knows the soul is going to respond to Him. Some don’t need to see a miracle of a sun because they have a stronger faith than another, and so on.

In Medjugorje, Our Lady said to Marija Luenetti (visionary) in one of her monthly messages as posted above, that she wants her plans that she began in Fatima to be fulfilled….but satan does not want it.” She said this connecting Fatima to Medjugorje. Fatima is the only Marian apparition sight mentioned by Our Lady in Medjugorje. And through this, we have to pray to understand what she is saying, and would understand its universal call to humanity.

Pope John Paul II proclaimed at one time that Medjugorje is the fulfillment of Fatima as though echoing the words of the dear Mother. For the discerning heart, who believes without seeing, it is clear to the human soul.

However, Medjugorje is still different than Fatima, as in Medjugorje our Lady is giving detailed instruction on how to live the Fatima call. We didn’t get it right the first time.

If anyone has studied and prayed the messages of Fatima, then Medjugorje would make sense for one to understand why it was necessary for Our Lady to return to earth, and call her children again one last time to conversion and prayer.

The world did not heed the message of Fatima, and with great sadness as Our Lady said, Russia would spread her errors of communism, and World War II occurred as she prophesized.

Today the world lives as if there is no God what so ever. It is as if the world has globally gone communist or atheistic. We depend more on technology, careers and statue for our survival, and forget that one day we are all going to die from this earth.

If we look back to Fatima apparitions the call of Our Lady was a call of conversion to the whole world, and pleading to the world to stop offending God. She called the three visionaries to prayer, penance and fasting, especially prayer of the rosary in the family. This is the same core message and call to the world in Medjugorje, prayer, penance, conversion, fasting, reading the bible and holy Mass.

Children were called to modest behavior and dress and to obey their parents. Parents were called to guard and protect the innocence of their children and raise them in the commandment and law of God, and above all to fear the Lord and the loss of soul.

Our Lady gave a vision of hell to the children of Fatima, and showed them how easily souls fell into hell as she said, “Like snow falling to the ground.”

During the last apparition of Fatima on 10/13/1917 there was the great sign of the spinning sun falling to the earth in front of thousands of witnesses. However, the visionaries witness three apparitions during this event of the miracle of the sun.

The first apparition was of St. Joseph holding the child Jesus with Our Lady at their side blessing the world.

The second apparition was Jesus as “perfect man” said the visionaries, who also blessed the world.

The third was Our Lady in the Carmelite habit. Lucia’s words were, “it was the most beautiful of all.”

The first of the apparitions is the call to the human family, and one of order of importance. Especially the call to Fatherhood and the role of fathers with their children, so that they reflect the image of God the Father and His mercy. The role of fathers in the home is significant, and fathers will have to answer to God Himself for how they were stewards over the gifts God has given to them, instructing them in the Law.

The child Jesus in the arms of Joseph is the call to children to surrender to the authority of their parents in the Lord.

Lets take note here. In Medjugorje our Lady addressed the state of the family today. She called the visionaries to pray on 10/24/88 in a profound way, as if speaking about the crisis in the home. Here is the message she gave on this day:
“Dear children, your Mother wants to call you to pray for the young of the whole world, for the parents of the whole world so they know how to educate their children and how to lead them in life with good advice. Pray dear children, the situation of the young is difficult. Help them! Help parents who don’t know, who give bad advice!.”

And just prior to this she said;
“…I would like to give you peace so you can give this peace to others, so you can give this peace especially to families where hatred exists. I would like you dear children to renew the family prayer, all of you…”

Our Lady does not exclude anyone in these messages, it is clear she said “all of you.”
On 4/25/88 she gave her intention for coming to the world. She said, “God wants to make you holy…let holy mass be your life….”

Does our Lady say go work on your careers, earn lots of money and feed yourself to you are fat happy and rich? No! She is very clear about what is most important, that is your soul, and to purify it before meeting your God. She calls us to coomplete dependency on God in everything.

The other two calls from Fatima are calls to religious vocations. The priesthood “Jesus as perfect man” or spiritual fatherhood and the call to religious life; Our Lady in the Carmelite habit. (the Carmelite order is where Lucia spent the rest of her life)

Most especially is the emphasis of religious wearing their habits as one who stand out in the world. Lucia the visionary in her memories document is very direct in saying to those consecrated religious about staying in their habits, and admonishes those who have left their habit, and the penalty of God’s justice for abandonment of the vows. The scripture is clear, “God does not forget a vow.”

However in the first place, the family is where vocations are born. Holy families give birth to holy vocations. Is it no wonder that evil attacks life and the family then?

Many have forgotten Fatima as generations have passed. The call was ignored and because it was, the second world war as prophesized came to be, communism idealism spread and the third secret still was left hanging in the balance, leaving many to wonder the fate of the world.

The world was making a loud statement to heaven however, that it did not need a God.

On May 13, 1981 (anniversary of the Fatima apparitions) Pope John Paul II was shot in the chest. This pope knew the third secret of Fatima, and knew he was the pope of the prophecy. On his way to the hospital he prayed to Our Lady which was dictated by his aide in the ambulance. Through his prayer he pleading to the Mother of God, to spare the world from destruction, and to save it.

It was only days later that Our Lady made her first appearance in Medjugorje, holding the baby Jesus in her arms, on 6/24/1981, the Feast of St. John the Baptist….”prepare the way of the Lord! Make straight His path…” as the great prophet herald in biblical times.

Our Lady came again to the world in the spirit of Elijah the prophet, as though in answer to the prayer of the vicar of Christ who in his great suffering interceded for the world.

My friends, this is no secret and is public record for the discerning heart. The dates do not lie. Let those who speculate research themselves.

Our Lady proclaimed boldly saying, “I am going to give messages to the world as never before since the beginning of time…and at another date said she is calling the world to conversion FOR THE LAST TIME.” She said on 5/2/1982 “I will not appear any more on this earth.”

Since the beginning of creation, no event has ever occurred in such a way as it has until now. It was also recorded and confirmed thru Lucia the last survivor of Fatima that she would live to see the fulfillment. Thus it was so, Our Lady coming to the world to triumph in human hearts to see her Son made king once more, and devotion established to her Immaculate Heart on earth.

Thus also, Pope John Paul II, in gratitude to the Mother of God, not only consecrated Russia to her Immaculate Heart, but the whole world.

The world now is hers, and she has impregnated the world about to give birth to her Son in profound ways in human hearts.

Her plan from the beginning started with hand picked little children as her prophets and apostles, and grew from there as was spoken by many mystics and saints, but one known especially by St. Louis deMonfort. These hand picked children who she called are being formed and purified for her work. This great Marian saint speaks so eloquently of true devotion to Our Lady. Those who live this way become stripped of self love and clothe themselves with her virtues, with disinterested love, surrendering it all to the Blessed Virgin. Her intercession is so powerful to appease the just anger of God and draw down his mercy.

Many know that Our Lady is described as wearing the grey gown. There is no mistake here my friends. She has come as the handmaid of the Lord. She has work to do. She came to do some serious house cleaning, cleaning up the filthy mess in the house of God made by her children, cleaning up false prophets, false teaching, re-establishing devotion to the rosary, and the original traditions of the Church which have been almost lost in this past century.

These hand picked apostles are the ones who have been called from the beginning of the apparitions who have prepared the way of the Lord with the help and guidance of the dear Mother. Their yes, their sacrificing their lives, have birthed the universal plan which is set in course.

Almost a generation has passed, and those laborers in the vineyard worked hard to get the message and their experience known in the world. Many books, media, conferences etc. have laid the foundation. Many have had profound conversions and changes of lifestyles, and have raised their children for the age of Our Lady.

Today in the present time we have now the apostles of the apostles. They are those who heard the world of God (through the voice of the Mother) acted on it, and put them to life. Their witness, their heroic suffering, also now feed the heart of the dear Mother, and the clutter in the house of God is starting to be cleaned up. These are the ones who are witnessing and proclaiming the Word and for some at a great cost.

God’s palace that is His Church must be remodeled and restored. And here we are today in the rebuilding phase of the universal plan. We are about to enter into a new era of the plan of God for the reconstruction project of His Church and reconstruction of human souls. This plan now is going to begin with the domestic church, or that which is called the human family.

The individual conversions now need to move to the families. As go God’s people, so goes the world. The family is the original cell of society, the future of society passes through the family.

Thus a radical change will have to come for the modern society’s family. Our Lady is determined to accomplish the task.

Families will be formed, stripped and purified of all attachment to sins of the world. God’s proper order of creation must now be re-established on earth. My friends, the Lord is determined and it is set in course. Do not think if you are of God’s house that you will be spared from the task.

Husbands and wives must come to know their identity and their roles in the order of creation by God’s design. Husband is head over his wife, and wife is under her husband. The two must be one again, as a head and body working in unity for the sake of the Kingdom. Not head with head, but head and body as Christ is with the Church.

Husbands you are the Christ of the home, as Jesus Christ is the head of the Church. Husbands you are to die for your bride as Christ died for his bride. (Ephesians 5) Men must become who they are as “soldiers for Christ.” They must model their King who was meek and humble of heart.

Women will find their true identity in her true feminine nature as one who births life, and lives modestly, chaste, clothed in the virtues of the perfect woman, the Blessed Virgin Mary. She should never dishonor her husband, as the bride of Christ should never dishonor her spouse Jesus Christ.

Man’s identity comes in his true masculinity as one who sacrifices, dies to himself and his own self seeking pleasures to serve His bride and the gifts she births to him from her body, that is his offspring; his children.

Husbands must be Christlike carrying the living word in their hearts, leading his family with honor, dignity, respect and obedience to the will of God. He is in no way to abuse or dominate or lord himself over her, but to show honor, understanding and love towards his wife as the weaker female sex. (1 Peter 3:7). This scripture utter by St. Peter even said husbands if you do not treat your wives as you should in the Lord, then your prayers may be hindered.

All things must reflect charity in the home towards one another. If a husband leads his wife and family after the model of the perfect man in Jesus Christ, his wife will without doubt will naturally follow his lead knowing she is loved with an ardent love of her spouse, and bring honor to him, and the children will witness the love between the spouses.

That which I have described is the perfect family under the Law, and rooted on solid Rock, through Jesus Christ.

Realistically however, we live in an imperfect world.

I assure you my friends, it has taken me as one who was on the opposite end of the scope over 20 years to discover that in my marriage that if I wanted change in the marriage I had to be the one to change the most.

I must conclude this section here, and I am sure you will agree, there is much to consider here. There is no room for error. Our Lady said, “Dear children, this is a time of decision.” I understand these words to the very depth of my being. There is no choice as far as I am concerned. I choose life, and for this comes a price, I must decrease so that He may increase in me.

Honestly, you dear reader may choose between good or evil or God or no God. You may agree or disagree with what I have written. But as one who has lived it to the full, and has paid the price for the reality of sin almost to death, there is no other option for me. In the end when it counts all will come to know truth in the fullest of the sense of the word.

Yet for the Mother of God to be permitted to come to the world for 29 years, and for the world to continue to ignore her coming and ignore the voice of heaven, the only place I want to be is tucked under her mantle of protection when God’s justice comes. Woe to those who do not recognize the time of visitation said Jesus to St. Faustina in the message of Divine Mercy. However, blessed are those who do! Join the winning team!
Ave Maria!

St. Louis deMonfort – True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary #205-206
“What does this good mother do when we have presented and consecrated to her our soul and body and all that pertains to them without expecting anything? Just what Rebecca of old did to the little goats Jacob brought to her. (a ) She kills them, that is makes them die to the life of the old Adam, (b) she strips them of their skin, that is of their natural inclinations, their self love and self will and their every attachment to creatures, (c ) she cleans them from all stain of impurity and sin. (d) She prepares them to God’s taste and to his greater glory. As she alone knows perfectly what the divine taste is and where the greatest glory of God is to be found, she alone without any fear of mistake can prepare and garnish our body and soul to satisfy that infinitely refined taste and promote that infinitely hidden glory. Once this good Mother has received our complete offering with our merits and satisfactions through this devotion, and stripped us of our own garments, she cleans us and makes us worthy to appear without shame before our heavenly Father. She clothes us in the clean, new, precious and fragrant garments of Esau, the first born, namely her Son Jesus Christ. She keeps these garments in her house, that is to say, she has them at her disposal. For she is treasurer and universal dispenser of the merits and virtues of Jesus her Son. She gives and distributes them to whom she pleases, when she pleases, as she pleases and as much as she pleases….”

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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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