I Will Teach You Mighty Lessons
March 28, 1994
Jesus: What comes forth is a sinner or a saint. You are being tested in fire. I am allowing what you are experiencing so that you will grow in your love of Me. As you struggle, you surrender more of those things around you and choose only Me.
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You will be tested to the highest degree. You are suffering, you must stay rooted only in the love of Jesus! I am God. I know all the lessons you need to learn to do My work.
Do not make others wrong and yourself right. Seek only to love God. Pray for those who cause you discomfort. Remain silent and steadfast in My love. I will take care of your needs. Do not act. I am there and I will handle all your problems. I have spoken in these letters.
I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I want every letter to be heeded. This is doing My will. Take care of yourself. Do My will. Play with your children. Do everything I tell you. I accept you as you are, with the faults you have, and I teach you My lessons ever so gently. If you do not respond, I must increase My lessons. I use whatever measure I need to teach you the lesson you need to learn. I want faith in Me. I want your openness to Me. I want your surrender. I want you to do the will of God in all things.
I obeyed My Father’s will to My death. Mary obeyed always the will of The Father. I am kind and gentle in heart, but stern in My ways to move you. How do I move My resistant children? I teach, you learn. If you do not listen to My teachings, I continue to teach the same lesson in proportion to how you will respond. I am forever teaching you just what you need to do My work. If you listen and accept all I send you and learn the lesson, your life is easier. If you do your will, I continue to teach you the lessons you need to learn. I will give you those lessons until you learn them. I am dealing with you directly every minute of every day. My hand is in all you experience. I allow all that happens to you. You are My beloved ones.
I am the teacher. You are My pupil. You go to My school to learn your lessons. I give you the tests you need to learn the lessons. I am Jesus. I love you so sweetly. You do not even comprehend a little of My love.
Trust in Me and Me alone. I am with you at this moment. Come and sit with Me in front of the tabernacle and after Communion.
I am Jesus, Son of the Living God.
ASIA/SRI LANKA –
The pilgrimage will focus on the theme of peace and national reconciliation, which will be the main prayer intentions during these days leading up to the event and during the pilgrimage (which many make on foot), as well as in the celebrations at the Shrine.
Following an accord between the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka and the government, the pilgrimage was no longer postponed or cancelled as had been previously thought, for security reasons. The Shrine has been affected in recent months by the fighting between national forces and the Tamil rebels. The statue of the Virgin Mary had to be moved for safety reasons.
The government authorities are working to restore safety in the Shrine area, clearing it of anti-personnel mines and explosives that have been spread throughout the area. Also, the path leading up to the church will no longer have road blocks and other security measures that have made the path of the pilgrims more difficult.
This year, a great number of pilgrims are expected to come, in comparison to last year when bombing and fighting were still taking place and only 500 faithful were able to make the visit to the Shrine of Madhu. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 30/7/2009)
They are called Servants of Mary, Ministers to the Sick and one of their convents in the United States can be found in the Bronx.
On July 29th, these Sisters received a visit from Archbishop Nikola Eterovic, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops. H2onews accompanied the Archbishop to the Eucharist he celebrated with these religious who welcomed him to their home.
The Servants of Mary were founded in Madrid, Spain in 1851 by St. Maria Soledad Torres Acosta. Today they are 2,000 Sisters with 128 convents spread throughout the world, who minister to the sick physically and spiritually. Their dedication to the sick and suffering is inspired by Jesus’ phrase: "I was sick and you visited me" (Matthew 25:36). Their work, many times carried out throughout the night, is to accompany sick people and their families, seeing this service as a mission of love.
“See, O souls, with what tender devotion our Lord wills that we should honor our Queen, by always having recourse to and relying on her protection; for in Mary He has placed the plenitude of every good, so that henceforward we may know and acknowledge that whatever hope, grace, or other advantage we possess, all comes from the hand of Mary.”
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DURING prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, I was given a strong impression of a necessary and painful purification coming for the Church.
The time is at hand for the separation of the weeds that have grown among the wheat. (This meditation was first published August 15th, 2007.)
THE SOWING OF WEEDS
I saw in my heart the image of a bishop’s staff lying in the mud. The shepherd’s staff, which is used to guide and protect the sheep—yet lying in the mud—is symbolic of the silence of the bishops, particularly over the past 40 years since the false interpretations of Vatican II began, and the rejection of Humanae Vitae—the Church’s teaching on artificial contraception. Because of these and the resulting virulent spread of error and sin, the enemy has been able to enter the pastures of the Church to sow weeds among the wheat (see Trumpets of Warning–Part I).
‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where have the weeds come from?’ He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ His slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ He replied, ‘No, if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until harvest; then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters, "First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning; but gather the wheat into my barn." (Matt 13:27-30)
As any good farmer knows, weeds left unattended will at times overwhelm portions of a crop, leaving but a remnant of wheat. It is not that Christ intends to save only a few—He desires to save everyone! But man is created with free will, and until the end he will remain free to reject Christ’s invitation of love and mercy. The Lord warns us that not all will be saved—indeed they may be few in number.
When the Son of Man returns, will He find any faith left on the earth? (Luke 18:8 )
THE TIME OF THE HARVEST
The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. (Matt 13:39)
Jesus indicates that a harvest comes, not at the end of time, but at the end of the age.
The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all who cause others to sin and all evildoers. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. (Matt 13:41-43)
Evil will be permitted to grow among the good seed who are "the children of the kingdom." But there will come a time when this evil will be sifted out by the angels of the Lord in the form of a series of chastisements (the seals, trumpets, and bowls of Revelation.)
For see, I have given the command to sift the house of Israel among all the nations, as one sifts with a sieve, letting no pebble fall to the ground. By the sword shall all sinners among my people die, those who say, "Evil will not reach or overtake us." (Amos 9:9)
These chastisements will include, as Christ warns in the Gospels, apersecution of His followers.
It will be a Great Purification of the Church.
Strip Yourself of You
March 27, 1994
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R. God is truly here. Jesus is in our midst. He numbers the hairs on our heads and knows whence they came. He wants to catch us in His loving arms. When we fall, He is there. He is truly here with me at this moment. I do not want to let go. I want to hold on to that which gives me pleasure. It is only in surrendering that God is all that is left. Then I can be about my job of loving and living for Him alone.
This is perfectly clear to me, but I feel I cannot express it any better in words. I am so attached to so many things and people, but it is only in total surrender that the things of God are all there is. Tea was a big thing for me and has been for many years. I rewarded myself at different times during the day. I got such gratification from it that when He asked me to give it up, I said, "Oh, God, I love it!" And He said, "That is what keeps you from increased union with Me."
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I see that every time I let go of something very precious to me I jump into His arms. The world becomes less appealing and He is so much more alive and here for me. He is all that our craving soul desires. The more I feed my soul with Him, the more I am in harmony with the purpose of my creation.
All that He says is so simple, yet so hard to do. Who wants to let go of their most precious things? The reward is closer union with God!http://www.sofc.org/
VATICAN – Ave Maria by Mgr. Luciano Alimandi –
Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) – “A Roman oration, connected with the text of the Book of Wisdom, says: ‘In forgiveness and mercy you show your almighty power, o Lord’. The apex of God’s power is mercy, forgiveness. In our present day worldly idea of power, we think of someone who owns properties, in economics has something to say, who has large capital at his disposal with which to influence the world market. We think of someone with military power, someone who can threaten. Stalin’s question: ‘How many divisions does the Pope have?’ still characterises the average idea of power. A powerful person is one who can be dangerous, who can threaten, destroy, who has many worldly things in his hands. However Revelation tells us: ‘This is not true; real power, is the power of grace and mercy. In mercy, God shows real power ” (Benedict XVI, homily Aosta, 25 July 2009).
The Holy Father, Benedict XVI with these words spoken off the cuff, during his recent homily at Vespers in the Cathedral of Aosta, opens a “window” on the wondrous truth of divine mercy, which, he says, is the “real power” of God!
Our times would appear to be in great need of divine mercy in terms of “power”, since every epoch is marked by an uncontrollable race for power, involving both individuals and communities.
Since the moment of original sin, power has always exercised an irresistible influence on the heart of man, on the hearts of those who willingly let themselves be attracted, gripped by a desire not for ‘littleness’ but for greatness. Greatness to be reached with any means and at any cost.
God created man for great things, giving him extraordinary dignity, but at the same time he planned for him a path to glory which passes through humility in order to make room for God. Instead the world “preaches” human greatness to reach by means of “power”, power which “swells” playing on pride which “crushes” the weak.
The Gospel announces, as the Holy Father recalls, a “power” which draws its energy not from below, from the things of this earth, but from above, from God, who sent his Son Jesus to us to teach us and to give us mercy!
If man wishes to encounter God, if he wishes to find out where God lives and how he acts, then there is only one road and this road is Jesus, because Jesus is the mercy of the Father who made himself visible to man: from his birth in Bethlehem to his death and resurrection in Jerusalem!
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The whole life of Jesus is revelation of this infinite love of God, who allowed himself be crucified in order to defeat the greatest of all earthly powers, the power of the Evil One, whom Jesus calls the “prince of this world” (Jn 12, 31).
In this regard we do well to return to the words of the Holy Father in the above mentioned homily: “the event of the Cross: from that moment onwards, against the ocean of evil, there exists a river which is infinite and therefore far greater than the greatest injustices in the world, a river of goodness, truth, love. God forgives by transforming the world and by entering our world so that there can exist a power, a river of goodness greater than all the evil which could ever exist. God call us to be on his side, to abandon the ocean of evil, hatred, violence, selfishness to enter and to identify ourselves with the river of his love ” (Benedict XVI, 25 July 2009).
Mercy is love which accepts to be wounded by man’s sin in order to heal him, it is God’s infinite capacity for forgiving the rebellion of his creatures because he loves them with a Love which is stronger than all evil, all death.
God wishes to give to us this "power of grace and mercy” through authentic communion of life with his Son Jesus. In Him we too become “powerful”, we are “raised” above the power of evil and the accomplices of this evil whom the Lord calls, referring to the darnel present in the world, “ the subjects of the Evil One ” (cfr. Mt 13, 38). With the power of his grace Jesus frees us from the web tirelessly woven by evil and wraps us in his mercy which protects us from our selfishness. Jesus exercises this power, especially though the sacraments, particularly the Eucharist and Reconciliation. We can draw continually from these two inexhaustible sources of grace which lie at the heart of the Church and are always open. The Prophet Isaiah foretold that which has been accomplished in Jesus Christ: “ All you who thirst, come you to the waters, and he who has no money come you, buy, and eat; yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend money for that which is not bread? and your labor for that which doesn’t satisfy? listen diligently to me, and eat you that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. Turn your ear, and come to me; hear, and your soul shall live. ” (Is 55, 1-3)
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The Blessed Virgin Mary reminds us that there exists a power of grace and mercy which is freely given to every believer in Christ. We need only to go to Him with confidence of heart, the same confidence which Our Lady, more than anyone else, can and desires to teach us. She lived this confidence perfectly and God allows her to lavish it on his children. The confidence that Our Mother wishes to give us opens wide the doors of mercy, because it is confidence which is humble, simple, confidence learned at the best school! (Agenzia Fides 29/7/2009)
I Have All You Need
March 26, 1994
Jesus: I see this suffering world. I feel your pain. I suffer with the souls who are hurting. I have all you need. I am God. I have all the power. You were created to know, love and serve Me. I have all you need.
To My death on the cross I showed you how to love. Your brothers are hurting. They are blind. Do not respond to them with hatred and anger. Respond with My love. You are My light to this world. You are My voice. You I call to deliver My message of love. Will you answer My call?
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My mother suffers so for love of you! She is My beautiful mother of love. She loves you as she loves Me. She is always with Me. When you receive Me in the Eucharist she is there. She is by Me when you come to the tabernacle. We are always with you. Do not fret and fume and despair. This is from Satan. He wants you bowed down. I cannot operate if you are giving in to Satan. He hates Me and wants you to hate your brothers, to be divided. I want you, united, to light up My city. You are the lights that shine in this dark world.
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July 30, 2009
(Mat 6:24) No
man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one, and love
the other: or he will sustain the one, and despise the other. You
cannot serve God and mammon.
Vatican Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone said free-market
economics legitimized greed, citing the 1987 Oliver Stone movie "Wall
Street" and its protagonist, the corporate raider Gordon Gekko.
"Greed market has substituted free market," Bertone said today in a
speech to Italian senators in Rome. "Greed is good, greed is right,"
Bertone said, citing one of Gekko’s famous lines from the film, in
outlining the contents of Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclical calling for
new financial order.
The 82-year-old pontiff on July 7 published the 150-page "Caritas in
Veritate," Latin for "Charity in Truth." The pope’s reflections on
capitalism were two years in the making and publication was held up by
the credit crunch. The text also examines ways out of the worst
recession since World War II.
"Once profit becomes the exclusive goal, if it is produced by improper
means and without the common good as its ultimate end, it risks
destroying wealth and creating poverty," Benedict wrote in
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FATHER CORAPI: The Pope’s New Encyclical-Caritas in Veritate
The Holy Father has recently released a much anticipated encyclical
entitled Caritas in Veritate. I have frequently preached and taught on
the indissoluble and absolute integrity of love and truth. Ther
e is no
authentic charity without it being rooted in truth. If love is not in
fact rooted in truth, then it is not authentic love. Charity in truth
is the driving force behind the authentic development of every person,
as the Holy Father points out.
The contemporary disintegration of societies and economies has at its
root a failure or denial of this essential reality. When individuals
fail or refuse to live charity in truth, then this is reflected in
societies and economies. Love and truth are names for God. Jesus, the
Lord (the God that is Love and Truth) is the Vine. We and all of
society are the branches. If we refuse to live in Christ, then there is
no life, either in societies or economies. This follows ultimately as
surely as morning follows night.
The Holy Father points out the indispensable link between life ethics
and social ethics. If a person or nation fails or refuses to respect
the right to life, then it is folly to imagine that they will respect
anyone or anything ultimately. If you don’t respect an individual’s
right to life, how will you ever ultimately respect a worker’s right to
work? You won’t.
We are on a collision course with social and economic chaos unless we
begin to live charity in truth. This happens one person at a
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sure that you are one person that is living charity in truth.
EDITORIAL: Can The Economy Recover? by Paul Craig Roberts
Ladder of Divine
Ascent excerpt: Step 22- "On the many forms of vainglory"
2. With regard to its form, vainglory is a change
of nature, a perversion of character, a note of blame. And with regard to
its quality, it is a dissipation of labours, a waste of sweat, a betrayal
of treasure, a child of unbelief, the precursor of pride, shipwreck in harbour,
an ant on the threshing-floor which, though small, has designs upon all one’s
labour and fruit. The ant waits for the gathering of the wheat, and vainglory
for the gathering of the riches of virtue; for the one loves to steal and
the other to squander.
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