Wednesday, April 19, 2017

THE FIRST EUCHARIST - LUKE 24:13-35

On the Road to Emmaus


13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 
14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 
15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them;
16 but they were kept from recognizing him. 
17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”They stood still, their faces downcast. 
18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 
19 “What things?” he asked. “About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 
20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 
21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 
22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 
23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 
24Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.” 
25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 
26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 
27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. 
28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 
29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. 
30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 
31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 
32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 
34and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 
35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.

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As Jesus walked with the Disciples, talking with them along the way, they didn't recognize him. What he spoke of and from what the Disciples knew but had forgotten, was like a jigsaw puzzle. Remember doing one of these 1,000-piece puzzles and finally at the end, four or five pieces fell into place and the puzzle was finished, Oh how happy you were at the feeling of success in solving the mystery.

He spake unto them "how slow you are to believe all that the prophets have announced! Did not the Messiah have to undergo all of this so as to enter into his glory?"  Here, the whole of Christianity is hanging in the balance.

The Disciples didn't quite understand at first. They didn't get the secret, the mystery, the key, the pattern. And what was this? It was God's self-emptying love even unto death.  God was taking upon the sins of the world so he could take them away with him. This is the Mystery of Redemption through suffering.

I have spoken many times about suffering and how you might compare your own suffering to that suffered on the cross for your sins. Our suffering will never be as great as the suffering of Jesus on the cross to take away our sins forever.

When the Disciples were stopping for the evening, they invited Jesus whom they still did not recognize, to come in and have the evening meal with them. When Jesus prayed over the bread and broke it and passed it to the Disciples, all became clear and they recognized who he was. That was the last piece of the puzzle to fall into place. The Eucharist made present this love unto death, this love that is more powerful than sin and death. The Eucharist is the key!

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Lovingly in Jesus Christ,
ABBEY

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

WHEN SOMEONE LEAVES ....

Firstly, I had written a post to let everyone know that I was going to be offline during Lent. However, it "failed to launch", and who knows what you all have been thinking. Is she gone for good? NEVER! Not until God calls me to another place. So, I apologize for not double-checking to be sure that this message was conveyed to you.

My Uncle passed away into heaven this past Thursday. He was my mother's last living relative. He lived in Tennessee and it was just too far for her to travel. My husband and I went to attend the funeral. I went for me, to represent our family, and to give support to his children and grandchildren and friends.

I know it is a cliche, but I did not recognize the man in the casket at all. He didn't look like my uncle. I couldn't find one feature that looked like my uncle. He was dressed in his military uniform and the American flag was draped half-way on top of the casket. His military headdress and his medals were prominently displayed. And the newest favorite of families, a video slide show of his life played on a large screen. But he looked hollow when I looked at his closed eyes. I touched his cold, waxy hands and prayed. He had been in such pain for years and I was happy for hm. 89 years of a good life of a man who loved Jesus. And his soul was gone to heaven to be with Jesus. 

The soul is alive! It is who we are. It is our blueprint and holds all of the information about our entire lives, everything we did, everyone whom we knew, and everyone whom we loved. The soul may leave, but it will never die. If you have given yourself fully to Jesus, the horrid and barbaric death he endured secured your place in one of the many rooms that has been built in the Father's house just for you! 

I am sad when someone leaves, but then I think of the fact that they are in paradise with Jesus, with all their loved ones who have gone before them, and are with our God, I find much peace and happiness for them. For they have lived the life that God gave them and now left the worries and pain in this world for a place we cannot fathom. 

And, behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth: 
and ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, 
that not one thing hath failed of all the good things 
which the Lord your God spake concerning you; 
all are come to pass unto you, 
and not one thing hath failed thereof.
Joshua 23:14

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Even Jesus told his Disciples that they should be happy for him because he was going to be with his Father in heaven. Hence the following verse:

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: 
not as the world givethgive I untoyou. 
Let not your heart be troubledneither let it be afraid.
Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go awayand come again unto you. 

If ye loved me, ye would rejoicebecausesaid, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.
And now I have told youbefore it come to pass
that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.
John 14:27-29

Lovingly in Jesus Christ,
ABBEY

Monday, April 17, 2017

THE DIVINE ANTEDOTE

Rejoice! The Lesson of Why Jesus Appeared First to Magdalen

Our beautiful Mother tells Venerable Mary of Agreda: “You will also draw a very useful lesson if you worthily contemplate how quickly the immense Charity of the most High responds to those who are contrite and humble of heart (Ps. 33:19), and how ready God is, immediately to assist those who seek Him in love, who meditate and speak of His Passion and Death (Wis 6:13)…Imitate then the fervor of Magdalen in search of her Master, who did not permit herself to be diverted even by the angels, or leave the grave with the others, or rest until she found Him so full of sweetness and kindness. This she also earned by having accompanied me through all the Passion with an ardent and unfaltering heart. Similar was the conduct of the other Mary’s, who thus merited before so many others the joys of the Resurrection.”

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Mary was standing outside the tomb crying, and as she wept, she stooped and looked in.  She saw two white-robed Noli me tangere by Correggioangels sitting at the head and foot of the place where the body of Jesus had been lying.  "Why are  crying?" the angels asked her.

"Because they have taken away my Lord," she replied, "and I don't know where they have put him."

She glanced over her shoulder and saw someone standing behind her.  It was Jesus, but she didn't recognize him.  

"Why are you crying?" Jesus asked her.  "Who are you looking for?"

She thought he was the gardener.

"Sir," she said, "if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him."

"Mary!" Jesus said.

She turned toward him and exclaimed, "Teacher!"

"Don't cling to me," Jesus said, "for I haven't yet ascended to the Father.  But go find my brothers and tell them that I am ascending to my Father and your Father, my God and your God."

Mary Magdalene found the disciples and told them, "I have seen the Lord!" 

Then she gave them his message."

John 20:11-18


~Dual Ravens


Sunday, February 26, 2017

SPIRITUAL GEMS

A Reminder of our Lady's Critical Role: There is No Other Plan of God

Our Lord to Christiana Agbo: "I have come to talk to you about Mary and the ways she obtains Graces for you. Your trust in Mary should be immense knowing that by the decree of God her power is without limit. She is the special means of Grace by which you can approach God more faithfully. All that I could give to Mary, I have given her; and all that she was capable of receiving, she has received in fullness. If you ask for her help,  you will place yourselves in the very flood of Divine Grace. She is the Spouse of the Holy Spirit and the Channel of All Graces. You receive nothing  which you do not owe to a positive intervention on her part. She obtains everything for you....The purpose of My coming is to explain her position in the Church...She is the woman with whom God shares His mysteries, and she in turn communicates them to her children."

From the Bishop approved Messages from our Lord and our Mother in Aokpe, Nigeria


If you are desiring the acceptance of the Grace by a Pastor, Priest, friend or relative, ask St. Joseph each day to find lodging in that person's soul for the Flame of Love Grace and watch what happens with persistent prayer to him!  Please let us know of your successes!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

1 SAMUEL 6:6

1 Samuel 6:6
Why then do you harden your hearts, as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? When he had worked wonderfully among them, didn't they let the people go, and they departed?

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I am focusing my heart on the first part of the first sentence from 1 Samuel 6:6. I am meditating carefully on my entire life. And I am trying to find what it is that hardened me. I had a friend who had differing political views and I guess my response to her was a bit too hard. She told me afterward, "This is not the girl I used to know; she would never be so hard."

It both shames and hurts me to know that I have made an enemy or hurt anyone.

When I was young, a teen in high school, I was known for being "a funny little girl". I was always joking with my male and female friends alike. I wanted deeply to fit it and be like by them. This longing came from a secret in my past that I would not open my mind to know many years later, but that's another story. 

Sometimes people are so generous of spirit and so good to you, yet you have something inside that makes you hard toward them. That is another God-made human being just like you. So why do we freeze people out, say hurtful things and then laugh like its a private joke?

I began this, and the words coming are not mine. I am focusing on The Holy Spirit and the above scripture for the words that will touch you and change you just a little toward Christ.

I have been on the receiving end of the hardened hearts. I have had many occasions through my adult life where people in a group or singularly have hurt my feelings through coarse and callus words. Life can harden many of us if we allow it. I didn't realize how much I had changed until that friend from a different place and time about 40 years ago said those words, "this is not the words of the girl I used to know."
 
I was younger, more naive, and I was doing foolish things that I never thought twice about, but I was always the funny one that everyone wanted to be around. Now I see myself on the other side of the mountain and going down this side of life seem like it moves a lot quicker that the time moving up to the top. I wish I had paid more attention to a lot of things, but mostly to Jesus, Scripture and our Father God. It's too late to go back, but I can change the future one day at a time.

No, I'm not saying that I am not nice; I'm saying that if provoked, I somehow forget that I am a Christian and tangle with others. I am so very sorry, and I know it is something I need to work on. I know where to start - at the beginning.

When I give up Social Media for Lent, I will be focusing on this part of me that is buried very deep and try to reconcile myself to being a better daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and friend. I pray most sincerely that following Lent, everyone will see Abbey still here, writing to poor souls to give it up to Jesus, to those who have already claimed their salvation, and to myself because the words I write are as much for me as they are for you. 

I am so imperfect, but God still loves me. Jesus and the Blessed Mother, all the Angels and Saints - they love me, but they also know how imperfect I am and what faults I carry with me. They will be with me more than any other time as we approach the time of Christ's Passion and Crucifixion, for us he died, for forgiveness of our sins, for all sins for all time. Break it down like that and think, "It was over 2,000 years ago and He died for MY sin today." Just think  about that one sentence and see if it does not overwhelm you! It overwhelms me, and has ever since I accepted Jesus as my Savior. Jesus doesn't judge whom he loves; he just loves everyone and if people take the wrong path? Well, that was their choice, not Jesus'. Sometimes God allows us to go through with things instead of stopping us so that we can learn from our own actions.

I'm here to find Abbey, the Abbey of not that long ago and how I got where I am now. I have some answers, but certainly not all of them. I'll spend the rest of my life learning them and seeking to stay on the righteous path.

Lovingly in Jesus Christ, Our Savior,
ABBEY

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

THIS 'N THAT

Goodness and blessings to all Brothers and Sisters in Jesus Christ! I cannot believe how far behind I am! Well, I've had a lot of life going on and it has both captured and required my attention. I was in such a state that I didn't get on the computer for days and days. But here I am and that's that! Let's get started because I have a lot of catching up to do!

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DAILY BIBLE VERSE - Jude 1:24-25


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This particular topic from The Divine Antidote is one of which I have continually expressed to people I've met online and in person. I believe in this with all my heart.
A.

Always Focused on the Goal: Souls

I sensed many of us need constant reminders of what God is asking of his little warriors being led by His Mother.  This post from March of 2015 captures the essence of the Flame of Love Movement and the goal of the Divine Mercy message.
The essence of what God is now asking of those who desire to love Him as He desires to be loved, is an overwhelming emphasis on sacrificial Love; to give ourselves completely in love, through sacrifice for other souls, as He has done. He is asking us through Elizabeth Kindelmann, St. Faustina and others to imitate Him completely…and He knows that due to our weakness we can only do this by His Grace…extraordinary Grace.. which He is pouring out through His Mother. Our Lord gives Elizabeth a succinct statement of the ultimate purpose of the Grace of the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary: “Desire to share in the work of Redemption! Let this be the supreme goal of your lives: the most valuable gift you can bring to Me. Take advantage of every opportunity and every means to save souls. Work at it!”
Our Lord gave almost the exact instructions to St. Faustina: “My daughter, if you knew what great merit and reward is earned by one act of pure love for Me, you would die of joy. I am saying this that you may constantly unite yourself with Me through love for this is the goal of the life of your soul.” The Lord then explains very carefully how we are to love Him with pure love. “My child, you please Me most by suffering. In your physical as well as mental sufferings, I want you to detach yourself, not only from creatures, but also from yourself….The more you will come to love suffering, the purer your love for Me will be.”
Our Lord then explains to St. Faustina that : “You are not living for yourself but for souls, and other souls will profit from your sufferings.”
Our dear Lord then gives critically important instruction to St. Faustina for each of us: “You see what you are of yourself. The cause of your falls is that you rely too much on upon yourself and too little upon Me…sensitiveness and discouragement are the fruits of self love. You should not become discouraged, but strive to have My Love reign in place of your self love.”
The Lord gives us the key…desire for Him to do the work of change within us! In one of the Conversations with Souls, He states: “You say that a dense darkness is obscuring your mind. But why at such times, do you not come to Me who can in an instant pour into your soul more understanding about holiness than can be found in any books?”
Let us remember each day especially during morning and evening prayer that God is asking us to help Him save many other souls.  This is our purpose and the greatest Love we can give Him: to desire to knowingly and patiently sacrifice (fasting and other ways that He inspires us) and to suffer with His own pure Love.  He will turn this suffering into joy….the never ending joy of the eternal springtime.
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THE DIVINE ANTIDOTE

Our Lord has told us through Elizabeth Kindelmann, (confirming what has been told to Sister Lucia and her cousins of Fatima and Ida Peerdeman of Amsterdam) that one of the extraordinary effects of the Grace is the Triumph of Mary’s Immaculate Heart. She will be known and venerated by all people of good will as the Mother of God, and she will bring the reign of the Holy Spirit into the world.  In addition, one of the very specific effects of the “Greatest Grace” given to mankind in 2,000 years is that those who correspond and nourish the Grace in their souls with great zeal will experience the Divine Love in a palpable way, which God describes to her as a “holy trembling”.  Ultimately, the Grace is designed to allow us to achieve the level of union with God described by St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila, and further elucidated by God through St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Faustina, St. Hannibal Di Francia, Blessed Dina Belanger, and Venerable Concepcion Cabrera de Armida. St. John Paul II described this Signal Grace as the “New and Divine Holiness”.
This state to which this Grace calls us is to experience “the freedom of the children of God”.  Our pride, ego, selfishness, sinfulness, love of comfort and our own opinion constantly block Grace and prevent us from union with God.  We compound the problem by trying to fix these defects ourselves by relying on our will power to pray more and do more.  This solution is driven by our subtle pride through Satan’s constant influence, which the Flame of Love Grace can disable! Our subtle pride causes us to forget or not realize that we can do absolutely nothing without Him, and so we feel even less free and more discouraged and ineffective, and often fall back to our old ways or even worse.
Fr. Jacques Philippe inspired by the Holy Spirit shares this Gift of Understanding of God’s Wisdom: “If we submit to God’s Will, initially our will seeks to recoil.”  But God in His Wisdom knows what is good for our joy now and for all of eternity, and His Love requires Him to continue to pursue us with Grace in order to give us every possible opportunity to increase our joy and love now and for all eternity. God’s Will is perfect and therefore whatever He prunes in us will never remove the beauty of the person He has chosen to come into existence with all the talents and dreams of goodness for others, which He has placed within us.  Most people are afraid of losing what they most like and desire (especially food and comfort!!), but God wants us to have much more joy than the measly happiness we get from our senses. Our senses must be purged of these human things, which St. John of the Cross calls the dark night, and we do indeed initially recoil and rebel against the necessary pruning of these things which hold us back from Divine union!  But God will do the pruning if we but persist in His Grace and never give up! It is in the getting up in Grace each time we fall that Holiness occurs!
Fr. Jacques describes the freedom in joy which God wants us to understand with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit: “…people who go through life with the Lord and let themselves be led by Him experience a growing feeling of freedom. Their hearts are not constrained or stifled and “breathe” ever more freely….Those who (live) with God feel free; they have nothing to fear. They are not subject to control, but on the contrary that everything works together for their good, whether favorable or unfavorable circumstances, good or bad.  They feel that everything belongs to them, because God belongs to them. They are not subject to conditions but always do what they want, because what they want to do is Love, and that is always within their power. Nothing can separate them from the God they Love….like little children, they don’t (rebel) because they are totally dependent on their parents, but just the reverse, because their dependence is an exchange of Love…Their way of loving consists of the joy of receiving , and turning what they receive into Love.”
Fr. Jacques Philippe concludes with this masterpiece of insight into the Divine life, which the Grace of the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary calls us to experience more quickly and securely than ever before: “All of this means that if we want the apparent contradictions between God’s Will and our freedom to be resolved, we must ask the Holy Spirit for the Grace to love God more”….and the problem will be solved by God for us! So, this is the great insight which God has given to Elizabeth Kindelmann and many other exemplars of the “New and Divine Holiness”… we must ask, we must beg for the Grace to love God as much as possible now and for all eternity by asking to Love Him with His own Love!  We must keep asking and trusting…and He Will do it! He will give us this Grace to love Him with His own Love! Never give up asking for this Grace!  Very gradually and tailored to each unique personality, He will prune away all our defects which hold us back from loving with His own Love. Trust obtains all spiritual things, especially the freedom to be a child of God!
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St. Joseph Seeks to Lead us as He did Mary to Bethlehem

Our Lady told Elizabeth Kindelmann: "Let us set out with St. Joseph.  You must walk along Bethlehem's dark roads.  We must seek lodging for my Flame of Love, which is Jesus Christ Himself."  This is a sublime teaching, which echoes all the teaching of the Church about St. Joseph. If we truly want to spread this Grace to all people possible in God's Plan, we must be close to St. Joseph through our daily prayer and let him lead us by treating him as if he were leading Mary and us to Bethlehem. Most of what we will experience is rejection as he did!  However, by staying close to St. Joseph with Mary, we will reach the manger and bring with us the shepherds and the wise men, who will accept the Grace!

As Fr. Pere Binet writes: "Who can understand how many Graces were given to make Joseph worthy of the title of Father of Jesus? So far as a man is capable of participating in the paternity of God the Father, so far was Joseph adorned with heavenly Graces; and this implies such an amount of greatness that God alone can know the amount and the sublimity of these Graces!


If you are desiring the acceptance of the Grace by a Pastor, Priest, friend or relative, ask St. Joseph each day to find lodging in that person's soul for the Flame of Love Grace and watch what happens with persistent prayer to him!  Please let us know of your successes!
I hope you found the time to read each of the above carefully, examining your own heart and conscience at the same time. I send to you my prayers for all of God's Graces for you and those whom you love.
Lovingly in Jesus,
ABBEY

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

TODAY'S BIBLE VERSE FROM JUDE

Chapter: 1, Verses: 24-25


Jude 1-24

Now to him who is able to keep them from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory in great joy,

Jude 1-25

to God our Savior, who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.