“Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
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!
DAILY BIBLE VERSE - Jude 1:24-25
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.
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.
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!
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.