You are Far From my Heart

You are still far from me.  Work on your conversion all the more

You are still far from me. Work on your conversion all the more

April 25, 2013 Medjugorje Monthly Message

Dear children, Pray, pray, keep praying until your heart opens in faith as a flower opens to the warm rays of the sun. This is a time of grace which God gives you through my presence but you are far from my heart, therefore, I call you to personal conversion and to family prayer. May Sacred Scripture always be an incentive for you. I bless you all with my motherly blessing. Thank you for having responded to my call.

How sad it is to hear that after 32 + years Our Lady is still saying that we as Church are still far from her. Conversion is most important in this time, especially in the family.

Pray, pray, pray, and pray unceasingly. This is non-stop prayer. This is what is most important in this time. There is nothing more important. We do not know how long the Lord will permit this time of grace. Therefore, pray and console the sorrowful heart of your Mother.

Ave Maria!

Divine Mercy Novena Begins April 22

Tell the Whole World about my unfathomable Mercy...

Divine Mercy Sunday, May 1, 2011. Novena begins on Good Friday

Divine Mercy Novena. Jesus to St. Faustina: “On each day [start on Good Friday] of the novena, you will bring to My Heart a different group of souls and you will immerse them in this ocean of My mercy. On each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My Passion, for the graces for these souls. By this novena, I will grant every possible grace to souls.” ( #1209 & 796)

Day One: “Today bring to Me All Mankind, especially all sinners and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. In this way you will console Me in the bitter grief into which the loss of souls plunges Me.”

Most Merciful Jesus, whose very nature it is to have compassion on us and to forgive us, do not look upon our sins, but upon our trust which we place in Your infinite goodness. Receive us all into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart, and never let us escape from it. We beg this of You by Your love which unites You to the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon all mankind and especially upon poor sinners, all enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion show us Your mercy, that we may praise the omnipotence of Your mercy forever and ever. Amen.

Day Two: “Today bring to Me Souls of Priests and Religious and immerse them in My unfathomable mercy. It was they who gave Me strength to endure My bitter Passion. Through them as through channels My mercy flows out upon mankind.”

Most Merciful Jesus, from whom comes all that is good, increase Your grace in men and women consecrated to Your service, that they may perform worthy works of mercy, and that all who see them may glorify the Father of Mercy who is in heaven.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the company of chosen ones in Your vineyard, upon the souls of priests and religious; and endow them with the strength of Your blessing. For the love of the Heart of Your Son in which they are enfolded, impart to them Your power and light, that they may be able to guide others in the way of salvation, and with one voice sing praise to Your boundless mercy for ages without end. Amen.

Day Three: “Today bring to Me All Devout and Faithful Souls and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. These souls brought Me consolation on the Way of the Cross. They were that drop of consolation in the midst of an ocean of bitterness.”

Most Merciful Jesus, from the treasury of Your mercy, You impart Your graces in the great abundance to each and all. Receive us into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart and never let us escape from it. We beg this of You by that most wondrous love for the Heavenly Father with which Your Heart burns so fiercely.

Eternal Father, turn Your Merciful gaze upon faithful souls, as upon the inheritance of Your Son. For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion, grant them Your blessing and surround them with Your constant protection. Thus may they never fail in love of lose the treasure of the holy faith, but rather, with all the hosts of Angels and Saints, may they glorify Your boundless mercy for endless ages. Amen.

Day Four: “Today bring to Me Those who do not believe in God and Those Who do not yet know Me. I was thinking also of them during My bitter Passion, and their future zeal comforted My heart. Immerse them in the ocean of My mercy.”

Most Compassionate Jesus, You are the Light of the whole world. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who do not believe in God and of those who as yet do not know You. Let the rays of Your grace enlighten them that they, too, together with us, may extol Your wonderful mercy; and do not let them escape from the abode which is Your Most Compassionate Heart.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who do not believe in You, and of those who as yet do not know You, but who are enclosed in the most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Draw them to the light of the Gospel. These souls do not know what great happiness it is to love You. Grant that they, too, may extol the generosity of Your mercy for endless ages. Amen.

Day Five: “Today bring to Me the Souls of those who have separated themselves form my Church and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. During My bitter Passion they tore at My Body and Heart, that is My Church. As they return to unity with the Church, My wounds heal and in this way they alleviate My Passion.”

Most Merciful Jesus, Goodness Itself, You do not refuse light to those who seek it of You. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Church. Draw them by Your light into the unity of the Church, and do not let them escape from the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart; but bring it about that they, too, come to glorify the generosity of Your mercy.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Son’s Church, who have squandered Your blessings and misused Your graces obstinately persisting in their errors. Do not look upon their errors, but upon the love of Your Own Son and upon His bitter Passion, which He underwent for their sake, since they, too, are enclosed in His Most Compassionate Heart. Bring it about that they also may glorify Your great mercy for endless ages. Amen.

Day Six: “Today bring to Me The Meek and Humble Souls and the Souls of Little Children and immerse them in My mercy. These souls most closely resemble My Heart. They strengthened Me during My bitter agony. I saw them as earthly angels who will keep vigil at My altars. I pour out upon them whole torrents of grace. Only the humble souls is capable of receiving My grace. I favor humble souls with My confidence.”

Most Merciful Jesus, You Yourself have said, “Learn from Me for I am meek and humble of heart.” Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart all meek and humble souls and the souls of little children. These souls send all heaven into ecstasy, and they are the Heavenly Father’s favorites. They are a sweet-smelling bouquet before the throne of God; God Himself takes delight in their fragrance. These souls have a permanent abode in Your Most Compassionate Heart. O Jesus, and they unceasingly sing out a hymn of love and mercy.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon meek souls, upon humble souls and upon little children, who are enfolded in the abode of the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls bear the closest resemblance to Your Son. Their fragrance rises from the earth and reaches Your very throne. Father of mercy and of all goodness, I beg You by the love You bear these souls and by the delight You take in them: Bless the whole world, that all souls together may sing out the praises of Your mercy for endless ages. Amen.

Day Seven: “Today bring to Me The Souls who especially Venerate and Glorify My mercy and immerse them in My mercy. These souls sorrowed most over my Passion and entered most deeply into My spirit. They are living images of My Compassionate Heart. These souls will sine with a special brightness in the next life. Not one of them will go into the fire of hell. I shall particularly defend each one of them at the hour of death.”

Most Merciful Jesus, whose Heart is Love Itself, receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who particularly extol and venerate the greatness of Your Mercy. These souls are mighty with the very power of God Himself. In the midst of all afflictions and adversities they go forward, confident in Your Mercy; and united to You, O Jesus, they carry all mankind on their shoulders. These souls will not be judged severely, but Your Mercy will embrace them as they depart from this life.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls who glorify and venerate Your greatest attribute, that of Your fathomless mercy, and who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls are a living Gospel; their hands are full of deeds of mercy and their hearts, overflowing with joy, sing a canticle of mercy to You, O Most High! I beg You O God: Show them Your mercy according to the hope and trust they have placed in You. Let there be accomplished in them the promise of Jesus, who said to them that during their life, but especially at the hour of death, the souls who will venerate this fathomless mercy of His, He Himself, will defend as His glory. Amen.

Day Eight: “Today bring to Me The Souls who are Detained in Purgatory and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. Let the torrents of My Blood cool down their scorching flames. All these souls are greatly loved by Me. They are making retribution to My justice. It is in your power to bring them relief. Draw all the indulgences from the treasury of My Church and offer them on their behalf. Oh, if you only know the torments they suffer, you would continually offer for them the alms of the spirit and pay off their debt to My justice.”

Most Merciful Jesus, You Yourself have said that You desire mercy; so I bring into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls in Purgatory, souls who are very dear to You, and yet who must make retribution to Your justice. May the streams of Blood and Water which gushed forth from Your Heart put out the flames of Purgatory, that there, too, the power of Your mercy may be celebrated.

Eternal Father, turn Your most merciful gaze upon the souls suffering in Purgatory, who are enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. I beg You, by the sorrowful Passion of Jesus Your Son, and by all the bitterness with which His most sacred Soul was flooded, manifest Your mercy to the souls who are under Your just scrutiny. Look upon them in no other way but only through the Wounds of Jesus, Your dearly beloved Son; for we firmly believe that there is no limit to Your goodness and compassion. Amen.

Day Nine: “Today bring to Me The Souls who have become Lukewarm and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. These souls wound My Heart most painfully. My soul suffered the most dreadful loathing in the Garden of Olives because of lukewarm souls. They were the reason I cried out: ‘Father, take this cup away from Me, if it be Your will’. For them the last hope of salvation is to run to My mercy.”

Most Compassionate Jesus, You are Compassion Itself. I bring lukewarm souls into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart. In this fire of Your pure love let these tepid souls, who, like corpses, filled You with such deep loathing, be once again set aflame. O Most Compassionate Jesus, exercise the omnipotence of Your mercy and draw them into the very ardor of Your love; and bestow upon them the gift of holy love, for nothing is beyond Your power.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon lukewarm souls who are nonetheless enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Father of Mercy, I beg You by the bitter Passion of Your Son and by His three-hour agony on the Cross: let them, too, glorify the abyss of Your mercy. Amen.

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Medj. Message of 3/2/11-They are walking to eternal perdition…

Do not walk the path to perdition...

Latest Special Medjugorje Message, March 2, 2011 – Our Lady’s apparitions to Mirjana

“Dear children; My motherly heart suffers tremendously as I look at my children who persistently put what is human before what is of God; at my children who, despite everything that surrounds them and despite all the signs that are sent to them, think that they can walk without my Son. They cannot! They are walking to eternal perdition. That is why I am gathering you, who are ready to open your heart to me, you who are ready to be apostles of my love, to help me; so that by living God’s love you may be an example to those who do not know it. May fasting and prayer give you strength in that and I bless you with motherly blessing in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Thank you. ”

Our Lady was very sad.

The Cleansing of the Interior Temple part I

Dear children, listen to me...

“Dear children! Also today I call you to conversion. You are concerned too much about material things and little about spiritual ones. Open your hearts and start again to work more on your personal conversion. Decide everyday to dedicate time to God and to prayer until prayer becomes a joyful meeting with God for you. Only in this way will your life have meaning and with joy you will contemplate eternal life. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (4/25/2000)

Dear friends, it appears the Lord isn’t finished with us, and I get the feeling He’s only just begun. I felt very strong in my heart that the Lord wants to begin to move in hearts as He has not done before. And this message from Our Lady confirms it all the more. Our hearts are in the wrong place, and we are distracted by many things.

The Lord has shown however that because of this there are still many of His people who still resist the mercy He is permitting in this time of grace, and are consumed with fear of detaching themselves from their sin and misdeeds and cling to things that do not matter; that is material things.

I am perplexed by this, as I know many good Catholic Christians who try to work hard at practicing their faith and desire to do God’s will. But I see it is not as easy as it seems.

As I entered the church yesterday, before I even sat down I heard the Lord speak in the depth of my heart. He said, “Time to remove false gods!” I thought, hmm I thought we’d been doing this all along, is there more dear Jesus that is displeasing to you in my heart? I just received the sacrament of reconciliation, so I was a little unclear about His Word.

So I humbled myself in the presence of God and I said in prayer, “have mercy on me oh God for I am a weak and pitiful creature. Illumine my soul, and bring to light that which displeases you.” And the Lord was silent.

As the holy mass began, the readings were fitting the word I heard in my heart, from Ephesians 6 as putting on the armor of God, and then Matthew’s gospel 19:16-30, the parable of the Rich Young Man. My heart was stirring, and I knew the Lord was going to speak through His priest. So I listened with attentiveness and pulled out my journal and took notes.

And as I suspected, the homily was right on to exactly what the Lord said as I entered the church. The priest spoke about the inheritance of the kingdom of God, and the rich young man who wanted to know more about how to receive eternal life.

As I listened more, I again felt, this was not only for me to hear but the Lord wanted the Word again brought to light, and sent out into the world. Praise God! For His mercy and His desire to set captives free!

He began to say, we are too focused on ourselves, and too focused on our treasures, our material things, and seeking wealth, which of course is contrary to God’s plan for man’s salvation. Jesus taught us that we cannot serve two masters, that is God and money. We will love one and hate the other. If we have a love for money we have no room for God in our hearts, because we are consumed with how to make more money.

The priest reminded us that the devil said in the beginning, “I will not serve!” And convinced the man and the woman that they can be just like god having everything.

Aren’t we just like this? When God moves into our comfort zone, what happens, we say, “Oh no, not there, I don’t want to go there.” Then we close up our hearts, say that is too hard, and go back to our former comfortable way.

Let’s look at the scripture now about the “Rich Young Man”. Come Holy Spirit, spirit of truth enlighten our minds and our hearts to help us understand the word spoken by the Lord. Jesus you said you would send us the Paraclete who will come to convict the world in truth and remind us of all that you said. May your spoken word be enfleshed in me.

The Lord took me to the verse where the rich young man said, that he has observed the law as was spoken by the Lord. It appears that this man had everything, and everything was perfect in his life, thinking God was blessing him. If he was listening to the elders of the temple, he was following the law of God as prescribed for that time. So he asks more, what is he lacking still?

Many Catholics today think this. They think they are Catholic, they have the fullness of truth, and that is enough for them. The Lord is saying however to the contrary, it is not enough to just “be Catholic.”

After this Jesus gave an astonishing teaching and threw a curve ball to this young man who thought he had everything in check. Jesus said, “IF YOU WANT TO BE PERFECT, go and sell everything you have and give it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. THEN come follow me.” (Mt. 19:21)

The anointed word is “if you want to be perfect…” because later on in the gospels and in the new testament, Jesus and the apostles speak about perfection as being holy. “Be perfect for just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Mt. 5:48, Jas. 1:4)

Jesus is telling the rich young man he is not giving enough of himself, perhaps knowing that he is attached to his wealth, and knew he was not able to give up the comforts of his lifestyle. But Jesus was also clear that he could not follow Him until he gave away everything to the poor. He was too attached to his things.

The Lord had me reflect on this young man. He taught that this man thought of himself as one who was already perfect having everything and practicing his faith as well. And in the eyes of his peers he was of good stature and held in high esteem.

But here he is before His God in truth. The young man realizes he is lacking something when he hears the Lord speak and he wants what Jesus has. Possibly thinking he could by his way to the kingdom of God, he asked the Lord what must he do to inherit these riches of the heavenly treasure, or “how much will it cost?”

Isn’t this how many think today? Isn’t it how the Pharisees taught the people of that time?

However, we already know the price that it cost Jesus to establish the kingdom of God. It cost his life. He came into the world poor and left poor.

Jesus asked the rich young man to give more of himself. The Lord knew he had many attachments to his wealth and his property. He was clinging on to it and most likely was very selfish with his goods and his riches, so we can see greed rearing its ugly face here, because in verse 19:22, the scripture said, “he went away sad because he had many possessions.” He had to choose between God and money. It is obvious what His choice was.

Remember Jesus said He came into the world to fulfill the law of God, and He lived the law to explain the meaning of the heart of the law which the people did not comprehend. Give with all your heart, when you give, do not let anyone see or boast in your offering, but give with the heart where only the Lord knows where it come from. Give with love of neighbor, not obligation, but out of love!

The example of Jesus in this story says that there is NOTHING “NO THING” ON THIS EARTH MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

As we continue on with the story of the rich young man, the apostles are astonished by Jesus’ response to the young man. They too most likely had many possessions asked the Lord, then who can enter the Kingdom because they gave up everything of their life to follow Jesus. In fact when the Lord called them, they dropped everything in the instant the Lord spoke and followed Him.

I found it very interesting the Word of God who said in reply to the apostles, when they asked about themselves and giving up everything for the Lord.

Jesus said in reply, “Amen I say to you that you who have followed me, in the ‘NEW AGE, when the Son of Man is seated on His throne in glory, you will yourselves sit on twelve thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. Everyone who has given up houses, brothers or sisters, or father or mother or children or lands for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times more, and WILL INHERIT ETERNAL LIFE…”

There it is! The blessing for what happens when we listen to the Word of God and act on it.

We live today in a so called modern society that calls itself a “New Age” or a progressive society, as if it were a new era. Honestly however we are the same human race, the same people so really nothing new as we would like to think of ourselves. Yet in this so called new age of time, people who think of themselves as progressive and the church being ancient who have no need of God, turn to many other forms of god and godlessness.

Their first god in this case is wealth and riches and many things of the material. From there they will believe anything thinking they are open minded. They will use false forms of worship, occult practices, today it is a multitude of spiritualisms such as all focus on the body and flesh in idol worshipping of the body, overt exercise, yoga, and such. Not needing God they think themselves as their own gods, taking their destiny into their hands as if they have control over their own future. Some will turn to occult, witchcraft, mediums, psychics, horoscopes, free masonry, or other forms of satanic worship, what we call “new age” era.

These people often feel they have to be on the cutting edge of new technology, or new inventions, new this or that, trying to be the first to receive the best in the literal term of the world, that is “the rat race.” Yes! A rodent race, that is one who hoards and gluttons himself on drunkenness food, pleasures or material wealth. They boast in their pride with their wealth of money, power and stature, those who live in this manner. But woe to you, because you have made yourself a puppet of satan as formerly described.

The Lord concluded his teaching on this gospel of the rich young man with Matthew 19:30 saying, “but many who are first will be the last, and the last will be first…”

Who are the ones looked down upon most in the world? It is the poor, the elderly, infants in the womb, youth, the sick and the lame. These are the least in the worlds esteem and the most destitute to the one who has riches.

My dear friends here is what you are missing, it is these that are least in the world as I have said above the ones who will inherit the eternal life, for they do not have attachments to material things.

I repeat, Jesus said, “if you want to be perfect sell everything, give it to the poor.”

If you have been blessed with wealth it is not meant for you alone! You are chosen by God to help build up His kingdom, and provide for those who are in need. Those who have more, more will be expected of them.

Look around you where you are in the present moment my friends. How many families are around you that are hard working families, who in the world esteem would be called and classified as “middle class or low income” families not as fortunate to have high paying jobs, but work by the sweat of their brow to feed their families.

Is the dignity of these people any less than yours; you who seek to be rich? No! they are human beings, God’s creatures as you are; God’s family as you are. They are brothers and sisters belonging to the same family of God.

Why then is it difficult for you then to let go of your possessions or your wealth to help those in need?

What are you afraid of? Who should you fear the most?

Do you not fear the loss of God and your soul and sell it for a moments pleasure on earth?

Your life is passing before your eyes, and you do not know the day nor the hour when the Lord will have you give an account of your life.

Here is a good prayer question.

Ask yourself as this rich young man did; ‘what am I lacking Lord? How am I like the rich young man? What is keeping me from inheriting your kingdom? What am I clinging to that I am unable to let go?

Why am I feeling so empty inside that I need to fill my heart with things?
What satisfaction do I have in things?
Why do things, money wealth and power control my life?
Or do I lack unity and love with those whom God has blessed in my life? What is my focus; God or money?

Am I clinging to my career and sacrificing my family life to have more things, or wealth or stature in my career or in the world?

What sin am I clinging to?
-Am I angry with God or His Church, or a priest?
-Am I angry all the time with my spouse?
-Am I angry with a family member?
-Am I angry with a co-worker?
Am I willing to forgive and reconcile for love of neighbor?

What bad habits, sinful behavior, or sins against the flesh, or vices to I have that I am clinging to, and not willing to give up. Keep in mind my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit of which belongs to the Lord.

Am I an excessive eater, drinker, addicted to drugs or use any other form of intoxication to abuse my body?
Do I smoke or chew tobacco?
Am I addicted to pornography, masturbation or engaged in sexual pleasures outside of the conjugal union with my spouse?

(If not married, am I engaging in pre-marital sexual activity, homosexuality or any other form of sinful behavior in my flesh?)

Do I place more importance on wealth, money, and power, stature over God and my vocation? (this is a sin against the 1st commandment of God and of grave matter).

Have I willfully aborted my own child?
Have I counseled another to have an abortion, or use a form of birth control?
Have I encouraged another to pre-marital sexual behavior or condoned the sin of adultery?

Am I guarding the dignity and purity of my children in modest dress and behavior?

Please my friends if your conscience is stirring within you, and you find yourself saying yes to any of these questions of examination of conscience, and in haste I encourage you to seek the sacrament of mercy and get to confession promptly, and resolve to amend your life in radical conversion of heart. Do not delay any longer or put off what must be done to save your soul.

I will conclude this section as part one again for the sake of time, space and reflection. But know the Lord is not finished.

“No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one or love the other or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon….” (Mt. 6:24)

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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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa has 296 steps to reach the top. This blog was viewed about 1,200 times in 2010. If those were steps, it would have climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa 4 times

In 2010, there were 26 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 50 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 9mb. That’s about 4 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was November 6th with 62 views. The most popular post that day was Do not Reject Me….

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were mail.yahoo.com, mail.live.com, mail.aol.com, stumbleupon.com, and facebook.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for intercessor relief, medjugorje, true devotion to the blessed virgin mary, by rejecting the virgin mary we reject her son, and reflection on the death of the blessed virgin mary.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Do not Reject Me… November 2010

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Blessed Virgin Mary and Theology of the Body Reflection September 2010
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Do Not Reject the One Who Speaks August 2010

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Yes Lord, Yes Lord! October 2010

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St. Nick or Jesus? Whose coming to your Home?

A review of Advent preparation –

“Dear Children!  Today I call you to prepare yourselves for the coming of Jesus.  In a special way prepare your hearts.  May holy confession be the first act of conversion for you and then, dear children, decide for holiness.  May your conversion and decision for holiness begin today and not tomorrow.  Little children, I call you all to the way of salvation and I desire to show you the way to Heaven.  That is why dear children, be mine and decide with me for holiness.  Little children, accept prayer with seriousness and pray, pray, pray.  Thank you for having responded to my call.”  (11/25/98)

As I continue to reflect on the recent message of Our Lady today in my prayer, I asked in my heart, what could this message mean, especially for me.Our Lady put it very strong in my heart that she was asking me to pray for the conversion of sinners, and that men would reconcile their hearts with God, and put trust in His mercy.

And then this message was given as I posted above, which Our Lady gave to the world about the same time of year in 1998.  Our Mother desires that we prepare for the coming of Jesus in our hearts. 

Advent is a time of expectation, and a time of penance.  It is a time to put away the old and ring in the new.Blessed Mother used very strong words this year in her message at the beginning of this Advent season.  She sees death in the hearts of her children when she is looking at us.  Death is serious my friends.  We are dying in our sins, and have lost hope.  Our souls are hungering and thirsting for the love of God whether we are aware of it or not. 

If we are wondering why we cannot be happy, it is because we are lacking God in our hearts.  If we wonder why everything is always going wrong in our lives, we are lacking peace and security and do not have Jesus as the foundation of our faith.  We are putting our faith in worldly things, or material needs.  We find security in money, or in our jobs.  We are a very disordered race.

Today our Mother is calling us to go to confession with great trust in the mercy of God.  I just posted in the previous article the voice of Jesus in Divine Mercy, and the great power and gift He has given to the world.  There is no sin that is so great that the Lord cannot forgive or heal you from. 

The only sin that is un-forgiven is the one who has lost hope in the mercy of God, and has fallen to despair or the one who is presumptious of the mercy of God without repenting. These souls are already living hell on earth and steeped in their own grief and self pity, most likely filled with all kinds of fears.

Decide for conversion!  Decide for the path of holiness and begin today!  Blessed Mother said, “Do not wait for tomorrow…”  For some it may be too late, as your life can be taken from you at any time.  Live today as though you were going to die tomorrow. 

If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, who is the one you need to reconcile with before you face God?

If you knew your were going to die tomorrow, what would you do different in your behavior before facing God?

Why my friends do we put off tomorrow what must be done today? Decide now for holiness.

Every human being is called to holiness. There are no exceptions. The Lord said, “be perfect, for I am perfect.” (Jas. 1:4-5, Mt. 5:48, 19:21, Lev. 22:31-33) 

Holiness does not necessarily mean an austere lifestyle.  No!  This is the wrong way of thinking.  Holiness is a way of life by living the commandments of God, obedience to His Church, and building a foundation in prayer in whatever state in life you are in. 

Holiness requires rejecting sin, and sinful lifestyles…”those who do such things will not inherit the Kingdom” as St. Paul teaches. (Eph. 5:1-20) It is because of these evil things the justice of God comes. The mercy of God is for the repentant sinner. The gospels and the prophets make it very clear do not waste your time on earth, but seek the Kingdom of God before all things.

In the scriptures the Lord has said on multiple occasions to “Keep my Commandments…you are my friends if you keep my commandments.”  To stay in God’s friendship we must live the commandments.  Examine your hearts with the 10 commandments if you are unsure if you have offended the Lord.  I assure you in some way most have violated all of the commandments.  No one on this earth is without sin.  This is one way to begin anew. 

Blessed Mother said to the children of Fatima for the world, “Stop offending the Lord your God, for He is already much offended.” 

Let us come back to friendship with God and change our lives. Begin today and make the first step.  Jesus wants to be born in you, and conquer your heart with Divine Mercy, with His Divine Love.

Let’s keep this Holy Season in perspective.  It is the celebration of the birth of our savior.  It is not Santa Claus’ Feast day.  His day; (St. Nicholas is on December 6th). 

Live the words…. O HOLY NIGHT.  Enter into the grotto with the Holy Family in deep contemplation, and unite your heart with the infant child in awe and wonder.  How can it be that the God that the whole universe cannot contain come in such utter poverty and humility, and not one person knew He was coming except for those who were told in Spirit.  Do we every give any thought to this my friends?  It is the same God who is hidden now, and still today so few seek to find Him. 

Even St. Nicholas today is adoring the face of God in eternal joy.  Shouldn’t we be doing the same?

“If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.  “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete. This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.  No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.” (John 15:10-14)

Give the gift of the Holy Family this Season, and see the plan of God for His family in the universal Church.  Holy Family Workshop, Tools for Family Holiness…..