Below is the message given on 10/2/11 for review. I am sharing my personal experience with this message that has been brought to light for me as a Mother….
“Dear children; Also today my motherly heart calls you to prayer, to your personal relationship with God the Father, to the joy of prayer in Him. God the Father is not far away from you and He is not unknown to you. He revealed Himself to you through my Son and gave you Life that is my Son. Therefore, my children, do not give in to temptations that want to separate you from God the Father. Pray! Do not attempt to have families and societies without Him. Pray! Pray that your hearts may be flooded by the goodness which comes only from my Son, Who is sincere goodness. Only hearts filled with goodness can comprehend and accept God the Father. I will continue to lead you. In a special way I implore you not to judge your shepherds. My children, are you forgetting that God the Father called them? Pray! Thank you.”
Our Lady begins her please as a Mother speaking from her heart. Mothers I appeal to you in this right from the get go. Can you identify with the sound of this word? I know I can.
Only recently did I have to address a concern I had with one of my children who was toying with something that I knew was detrimental to compromising her salvation, her purity of heart, and her well being. I was sick to my stomach knowing my child was falling into a trap that many teens fall for, and that which we have worked with so many years to reject.
Now she is on her own away at college, and has to make sounds choices on her own. The peer pressure, the college way of life, all became very overwhelming for her. My friends this is a Catholic College, and one that is supposed to be known as a solid Catholic College.
The teens are having sex, jumping from one partner to the next. Parties non-stop with drinking alcohol and drugs, and the kids saying “our parents can do nothing about it.”
It is a playground for satan to work. Where is the authority and the college officials who were so eager to draw the student to their school for their money, feeding parents what they want to hear, and that they want to keep their Catholic identity, while they turn their backs and ignore the infestation of sin occurring under their own noses.
The Mother is calling us into relationship with not only her Son, but God the Father. She specifically said a personal relationship “in the goodness of her Son Jesus.”
I was taken into this message in a different light now again in my own motherhood and parental role for the sake of my child who is away at college. I have been hearing her say that she and her peers have this opinion that now that they are in college they don’t have to listen to their parents tell them what to do.
This statement was just eating me up inside. I kept asking in prayer “what is this?” I know this is wrong. Then I hear parents casually saying, “Oh, this is just them spreading their wings, or this is the way it is, or this and that is okay, she’ll be okay…bla, bla, bla…” Unacceptable!
Then the Lord lead me to the following scriptures…
Lk. 2:51-52 “He went down with them and came to Nazareth and he was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart. Jesus advanced in wisdom and in age before God and men.”
“Honor Father and Mother that it may go well for you…” (4th Commandment and 38 References in the bible about respect for those in authority – and to the parents who gave life)
“… Though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality to God something to be grasped. Rather he emptied himself taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness, and found in human appearance, He humbled himself, becoming obedient to death even death on a cross. Because of this God greatly exalted him…” (Phil. 2:6-8)
As I reflected further the Holy Spirit brought to light that Jesus by his choice humbled himself to be obedient to Joseph and Mary. But even more, he lived with them for 30 years of his life before He began his public mission. When St. Joseph died, he took on the male role in the home.
He chose this way of life for a purpose, and that is to give example of honor in proper authority, out of reverence to God His Father.
To have this way of thinking; that is “youths do not have to listen to parents any more because they are away from the home is absolute rebellion against the Father’s authority entrusted to them, and it is the sin that was there from the beginning with Adam and Eve who in cooperation with the serpent said ”I will not serve … I will not obey…”
Seeing it all in this light gives a whole new seriousness to the situation. College campuses all over this country perpetuate this environment, and yes this includes the best Catholic Universities. And When teens rebel against their parents, they are also rebelling against God who gave them their parents as gifts.
Arrogance and pride say “you cannot tell me what to do, or I don’t need you, and so on…”
On the contrary Jesus who is God, did not make himself equal to God in human form. He humbled himself, taking the lowest form of the human state in poverty, and allowed himself to be needed for the sake of the other for well over 30+ years of his life.
Teens believe the lie of the enemy who says you can be your own God. He lied to Adam and Eve this way, placing the seed of doubt in their minds to trick them into committing sin.
As parents, God ordained us to follow and live by His Laws, and that we teach them to our children, and children’s children for generation after generation. This is the Divine Order and absolute mandate from God Himself under the Commandments. Not because it is the job of the parent to control the life of the child, but to follow the Divine Order.
Yes, by “CIVIL LAW” as students at the age of 18 and above away from home say you are adults, and you have a certain freedom given to you, which is gift. But Divine Law always supercedes any civil law, and does not give anyone the permission to forget everything they have been taught from the beginning.
There is no one else but the parent or one who is in authority who is following the laws of God going to give sound counsel and be forth right and upfront with their teen, except the ones who know them best, who have lived with them for those 18 + years during their formation years.
It takes great courage and the supernatural gift of humility to humble ones self in this way.
As parents, God holds us accountable to give sound advice, good counsel and right judgment in all things, for what is best for the welfare of the child, and above all for salvation of the soul even at the sake of not being popular with them.
Parents are not trying to oppress their teenagers as some of them think. We are trying to be open to them for better or worst as in the vows of our marriage, but can never condone misconduct or sinful behavior. Its not about making mistakes or bad choices. On the contrary, this is about not putting their soul in jeopardy for their salvation.
Parents will never be perfect, but God is perfect and we are called to uphold perfection with the knowledge and understanding that has been given to us.
Love never condones sin. Love desires heaven for the other at whatever cost for their salvation.
There are two vocations to choose from, married life or celibacy. In which ever is chosen a teen at this age must have the mindset first to prepare for their vocation, then their career.
In vocations, either married life or celibacy, that is in the divine order, there will always be someone in authority over the other, either spouse or superior.
It is the same in the work place, there will be always someone as manager, or owner of companies that will make you accountable. It is for the good of the person and common good of those around you. It is the same with civil authority, and Church authority. When someone rejects authority, then nothing but disorder and unrest will come with it.
So back to the statement about “being in college now, there are no parents to tell me what to do” concept…
God never said, “Ok teenage you are 18 now, go off and be accountable to no one but yourself.” That is the lie and great deception!
Everything has to have an order in the Divine Law first.
With the freedom that is given, God is entrusting them with GREAT RESPONSIBILITY to be a good stewards over what He is entrusting them to. And where He has placed you, He will hold you accountable for how you gave witness to him or not.
Therefore, referring back to the message of 10/2/11 in this light the Mother of God is the one who is calling her children into personal relationship with the Father through Jesus her Son, who was humble and obedient to the Father, and did not make himself equal to the Father in human form, but humbled himself to be led.
This is all about family relationship! Not about friendly relationship, or party time, but family relationship with God! First and foremost as being members of God’s family, then in the natural human family.
If teens could see their friends as brothers and sisters in Christ, then they would all see each other differently, and act towards another differently with great respect and dignity for the person out of reverence for Christ and the dignity of the human person.
Many are seeking miracles and special favors from God. But what about the miracle of the heart? To have the courage to fight for truth and be witness to that God exists. This is one one witness of living this message.
“Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother. This is a first commandment with a promise, “that it may go well with you and that you may have a long life on earth…” (Eph. 6:1-3)