Apr 14

Book of Praying the Round – Easter/Pentecost

BOOK OF PRAYING THE ROUND

EASTER/PENTECOST

LUISA-READING-HOLY-SCRIPTUECLICK IMAGE FOR PRAYING EASTER/PENTECOST ROUND BOOK

According to the Tridentine Rite it is still considered Pentecost until the Feast of Christ the King in October.

Therefore the Easter/Pentecost Book of the Round may still be prayed until that time and then the Ordinary Time Book of the Round can begin after the Feast of Christ the King in October.

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Apr 30

Month of May: Mary’s Month – The Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will

Mary - Month of May

The month of May is traditionally dedicated to Mary in many cultures. May is considered the season of the beginning of new life. Already in Greek culture, May was dedicated to Artemis, the goddess of fecundity. In Roman culture, May was dedicated to Flora, the goddess of bloom, of blossoms. The Romans celebrated ludi florales (literally: floral games) at the end of April, asking the intercession of Flora for all that blooms. This is also related to the medieval practice of expelling winter. May 1 was considered the beginning of growth.

At one time, the custom of having a Mary-month was independent from the month of May as such:

  • A very old tradition known as Tricesimum (or: Thirty-Day Devotion to Mary; also called Lady Month) was originally held from August 15 – September 14. The exact dates or origin of this devotion are unknown, but the custom is still practiced here and there.

  • Mary Month, as yet unrelated to a specific period, has been known since baroque times (Sources: Johannes Nadasi; Theophilus Marianus, 1664; J. X. Jacolet, Mensis Marianus, 1724). This devotion was comprised of about thirty spiritual exercises in honor of Mary.

Since medieval times, we have had the combination between Mary and the month of May. Among the earliest witnesses are: Alphonsus X, “el sabio,” King of Castille, Spain (1221-1284) with his “Cantigas de Santa Maria” (“Ben venna Mayo”). Here and elsewhere, both Mary and the month of May are greeted, welcomed and celebrated on specific days in May. Later, the whole month of May became the month of Mary. On each day of this month, special devotions to Mary were organized. This custom originated in Italy (for example: Ferrara, 1784). It was spread widely during the nineteenth century, a century well-known for its monthly devotions (Heart of Jesus in June; Rosary in October).

 

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May 27

St. Thomas Aquinas

St. Thomas AquinasIn June 1272, St. Thomas Aquinas agreed to go to Naples and start a theological studies program for the Dominican house neighboring the university. While he was still writing prolifically, his works began to suffer in quality.

During the Feast of St. Nicolas in 1273, St. Thomas Aquinas had a mystical vision that made writing seem unimportant to him. At mass, he reportedly heard a voice coming from a crucifix that said, “Thou hast written well of me, Thomas; what reward wilt thou have?” to which St. Thomas Aquinas replied, “None other than thyself, Lord.”

When St. Thomas Aquinas’s confessor, Father Reginald of Piperno, urged him to keep writing, he replied, “I can do no more. Such secrets have been revealed to me that all I have written now appears to be of little value.” St. Thomas Aquinas never wrote again.

 FROM THE BOOK OF HEAVEN

V19 – July 1, 1926
My Will was to be a book for each step, for each act, a book for each created thing; the whole earth was to be filled with volumes of knowledges regarding the Kingdom of my Will, such as to surpass the number of created things.  Now, where are these books?  There is no book – only a few sayings are known about It, while It should be at the origin of each knowledge – of anything.  Being the life of each thing, It should be on everything, like the image of the king impressed on the currency that circulates in a kingdom; like the light of the sun that shines over each plant to give it life; like water that quenches the thirst of burning lips; like food that satiates the hungry man after a long fast.  Everything should be filled with the knowledges regarding my Will; and if it is not so, it is a sign that the Kingdom of my Will is not known, and therefore not possessed.

V17 – September 17, 1924

Afterwards, my sweet Jesus gathered all the books written by me on His Divine Will; he united them together, then He pressed them to His Heart, and with unspeakable tenderness, added: “I bless these writings from the heart. I bless every word; I bless the effects and the value they contain. These writings are part of Myself.”

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May 26

BOOK OF PRAYING THE ROUND – ORDINARY TIME

 BOOK OF PRAYING THE ROUND – ORDINARY TIME

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May 26

St. Philip Neri and the Divine Will

FROM THE BOOK OF HEAVEN

V10 – 1.17.11

SAINT PHILIP NERI“Daughter, what you wrote about the reunions of priests is nothing but a process that I AM making with them. If they listen to Me – fine. But if they don’t, since the leaders of the ecclesiastics will not listen to Me because they too are bound by the laces of interest, and are slaves of human miseries, almost lapping them up – instead of dominating over those miseries, of interest, of high positions and the like, the miseries dominate them; therefore, since they are deafened by what is human, I will be neither understood nor listened to – I will turn to the civilian leaders, who will listen to Me more easily. Because of their desire to see the priest humiliated, and also because maybe these are a little more stripped than the ecclesiastics themselves, my voice will be more listened to; and what they do not want to do out of love, I will make them do by necessity and by force, and I will make the government take away what is left to them.”

And I: ‘My highest and only good, what will be the name to be given to these houses, and what the rules?’

And He: “The name will be: The Houses of the Resurrection of the Faith. As for the rules, they can use the same rules as the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri.”

The Congregation of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri

From Wikipedia

The Congregation of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri is a pontifical society of apostolic life of Catholic priests and lay-brothers who live together in a community bound together by no formal vows but only with the bond of charity. They are commonly referred to as Oratorians (Oratorian Fathers). This “Congregation of the Oratory” should not be confused with the French Oratory, a distinct congregation, the Society of the Oratory of Jesus (Société de l’Oratoire de Jésus), founded by Pierre de Bérulle in 1611 in Paris.

Founded in Rome in 1575 by St. Philip Neri, today it has spread around the world, with over 70 Oratories and some 500 priests. The post-nominal initials commonly used to identify members of the society are “C.O.” (Congregatio Oratorii). The abbreviation “Cong. Orat.” is also used.

Unlike a religious institute (the members of which take vows and are answerable to a central authority) or a monastery (the monks of which are likewise bound by vows in a community that may itself be autonomous and answerable directly to the Pope), the Oratorians are made up of members who commit themselves to membership in a particular, independent, self-governing local community (an Oratory, usually named for the place in which it is located: e.g., Birmingham Oratory, Oxford Oratory, Brooklyn Oratory) without actually taking vows, an unusual and innovative arrangement created by St. Philip. Normally an Oratory must have a minimum of 4 members, 2 being ordained, in order to be founded. If a group of men seeks to establish an Oratory, they may apply to do so, going through the proper diocesan channels; during the process of formation a member (or members) of a well-established Oratory resides in the community to facilitate every aspect of the proposed foundation.

History

The Congregation of the Oratory was founded by St. Philip Neri (1515–1595) in the city of Rome. The first Oratory received papal recognition in 1575.[1] The new community was to be a congregation of secular priests living under obedience but bound by no vows.[2] Speaking of Neri, whom he called, “the saint of joy”, Pope John Paul II said, “As is well known, the saint used to put his teaching into short and wise maxims: ‘Be good, if you can’… .He did not choose the life of solitude; but, in exercising his ministry among the common people, he also wished to be “salt” for all those who met him. Like Jesus, he was equally able to enter into the human misery present in the noble palaces and in the alleys of Renaissance Rome.”[3]

The core of St. Philip’s spirituality focused on an unpretentious return to the lifestyle of the first Disciples of Christ.[4] The object of the institute is threefold: prayer, preaching, and the sacraments.[2]

Up to 1800 the Oratory continued to spread through Italy, Sicily, Spain, Portugal, Poland, and other European countries; in South America, Brazil, India, and Ceylon. Under Napoleon I the Oratory was in various places despoiled and suppressed, but the congregation recovered and, after a second suppression in 1869, again revived.[2] A few houses were founded in Munich and Vienna.

Governance

There are eighty six Congregations of the Oratory throughout the world. Each Community is autonomous, but there is a Confederation which facilitates contact with the Holy See.[1] As such, the Congregation of the Oratory functions more like a monastic federation than like a religious institute.

Three documents govern the Oratory. The first is the “General Statutes” of the Congregation, which are guidelines to be followed throughout the world; these may be changed or modified when representatives from each Oratory gather every six years in a meeting called a “Congresso Generale”. The second is the “Particular Statutes”, which outline how an individual Oratory is to be conducted; these must be approved by Rome. The third document is the “Constitutions”, which establish general norms, and outline the relationship between the Congregation and the Holy See. As the Oratory is a confederation, there is no central authority such as is found within the Dominicans, Franciscans, or Jesuits. The definitive foundation of an Oratorian Congregation is actually done by the Roman Pontiff directly, which makes a Congregation what is called a “Pontifical Right” foundation.[5]

The Confederation elects one of its own to represent the interests of the Congregations to the Holy See; this is done through the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. This person, known as Procurator General, resides in Rome at the Procura General.

Daily life

An Oratorian resides in an Oratory community of his choosing and is permanently stable, i.e., he is not subject to transfer to other Oratories or communities.[5] Oratorians have what is called ‘stability,’ which means they are committed as members of the community of a particular Oratory, though a member may move if there is a serious enough reason. Unlike the members of a religious institute, Oratorians are not bound by a rule to pray in common, though this is something that Oratorians consider important, and they commit themselves to praying together at least twice each day, and having one communal meal which is usually dinner. Oratorians normally have a set time each day for praying together in silent meditation; this ends classically with the recitation of a litany; they may also celebrate the Eucharist in common. Although some oratories may have a dominant mission (e.g. the London Oratory, which maintains a school), in general the members of the Oratory spend the day involved in various ministries: teaching, parish work, spiritual direction, campus ministry, hospital chaplaincies, administration or maintaining the fabric of the community house. Some oratories are specifically connected with parishes and thus its members serve as clergy of the parish.[5]

The Habit

As Oratorians are secular clergy, they wear roughly the same dress as parish priests. However, the black cassock is fastened with a set of buttons curved from the top to the righthand side. In addition there is a distinctive Oratorian clerical collar which may be worn: white cloth that folds over the collar all around the neck, with a number of folds in, indicating from which particular Oratory a priest originates. The cassock is bound by a sash, called a fascia. The habit is given at formal reception into the community which comes after a few months of living together to see if the candidate fits in well. Members often, but do not necessarily, wear the cassock whilst engaged in their respective ministries, as this may be deemed unsuitable. On such occasions, members of the Oratory would wear the normal street clothes of a cleric, i.e., dark suit, but with the Oratorian collar. In some countries (such as Spain) the distinctive Oratorian cassock and collar was never adopted and there is no way to tell Oratorians from other secular priests.

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May 25

FEAST OF PENTECOST

FEAST OF PENTECOST

Seven-Gifts-Holy-Spirit-squared1FROM THE BOOK OF HEAVEN

V17 – 5.17.25

“My daughter, Luisa, to all you have said on Fusing yourself in My Divine Will, another Application Must be Added – that of Fusing yourself in the Order of Grace, in all that the Sanctifier – the Holy Spirit – has Done and Shall Do to those who are to be Sanctified. Furthermore, while We – the Three Divine Persons – remain Always United in Working, if Creation is Related to the Father, and Redemption to the Son – the “Fiat Voluntas Tua” was Attributed to the Holy Spirit. And it is Exactly in the “Fiat Voluntas Tua” that the Divine Spirit will Display His Work. You do it when, in Coming before the Supreme Majesty, you say: ‘I Come to Give Love in Return for Everything which the Sanctifier Does to those who are to be Sanctified. I Come to Enter into the Order of Grace, to Give You Glory and Return of Love, as if all had become Saints, and to Repair You for all the oppositions and lack of correspondence to Grace…”; and as much as you can, in Our Will you search for the Acts of Grace of the Spirit Sanctifier, in order to Make your own – His Sorrow, His Secret Moans, His Anguishing Sighs in the depth of the hearts, on seeing Himself unwelcome. And since the First Act He Does is to Bring Our Will as the Complete Act of their Sanctification, on seeing Himself rejected, He Moans with Inexpressible Moans. And in your Childlike Simplicity, you say to Him: ‘Spirit Sanctifier, hurry, I Implore You, I Beg You, Let Everyone Know Your Will, so that, in Knowing It, they May Love It and Welcome Your Prime Act of their Complete Sanctification – which is Your Holy Will!’ My daughter, We – the Three Divine Persons – are Inseparable and Distinct, and In This Way Do We Want to Manifest to the human generations Our Works for them: while Remaining United within Ourselves, each One of Us Wants to Manifest Individually His Love and His Work for the creatures.”

V18 – 11.5.25

I was fusing myself in the Holy Divine Volition according to my usual way; and while I was trying, as much as I could, to requite my Jesus with my little love for all that He has done in Redemption, my lovable and sweet Love, Jesus, moving in my interior, told me:  “My daughter, with your flight in My Divine Will, reach all the Sacraments instituted by Me; descend into the depths of them, to give Me your little requital of Love.  Oh! how many of My secret tears you will find, how many bitter sighs, how many suffocated Moans of the Holy Spirit.  His Moaning is continuous, before the many disillusions of Our Love.  The Sacraments were instituted in order to continue My Life on earth in the midst of My children.  But, alas!, how many sorrows.  This is why I feel the necessity of your little love.  It may be small, but My Will shall make it great.  My Love does not tolerate for one who must Live in My Divine Will not to associate herself with My sorrows, and not to give Me her little requital of love for all that I have done and that I suffer.  Therefore, My daughter, see how My Love Moans in the Sacraments.

If I see a newborn being baptized, I cry with sorrow, because, while through Baptism I restore his innocence, I find my child again, I give back to him the rights over Creation which he had lost, I Smile at him with Love and Satisfaction, I make the enemy flee from him, that he may no longer have any right over him, I entrust him to the Angels, and all of Heaven makes feast for him – soon My Smile turns into sorrow, the feast into mourning.  I see that the one who is baptized will be an enemy of mine, a new Adam, and maybe even a lost soul.  Oh! how My Love Moans in each Baptism; especially, then, if one adds that the minister who is baptizing does not do it with that respect, dignity and decorum which befit a Sacrament that contains the new regeneration.  Ah! many times they pay more attention to a bagatelle, to whatever show, than to administering a Sacrament.  So, My Love feels itself being pricked by the baptizer and by the one who is baptized, and it Moans with unutterable Moans.  Would you not want, then, to give Me a requital of Love, a Loving Moan, for each Baptism, so as to keep company with My sorrowful Moans?

GiftsoftheHolySpiritMove on to the Sacrament of Confirmation.  Ah! how many bitter sighs.  While, through Confirmation, I restore his courage, I give back to him the lost strengths, rendering him invincible to all enemies and to his passions, and he is admitted to the ranks of the militia of his Creator, that he may fight for the acquisition of the Celestial Fatherland, and the Holy Spirit Gives him His Loving Kiss again, lavishes a thousand caresses on him, and offers Himself as the companion of his career – yet, many times He feels Himself being requited with the kiss of a traitor, His Caresses being despised, His company shunned.  How many Moans, how many sighs for his return, how many secret voices to the heart, for the one who shuns Him – to the point of tiring Himself from speaking.  But – no, it is in vain.  Therefore, do you not want to give your requital of love, your loving kiss, your company to the Holy Spirit, who Moans because of so much neglection?

But, do not stop, keep flying, and you will hear the anguishing Moans of the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Penance.  How much ingratitude, how many abuses and profanations, on the part of those who administer it and on the part of those who receive it.  In this Sacrament, My Blood places Itself in act over the contrite sinner, in order to descend upon his soul, to wash him, embellish him, heal him and strengthen him, to give back to him the lost Grace, to place in his hands the Keys of Heaven, which sin had snatched away from him; to impress on his forehead the Peacemaking Kiss of Forgiveness.  But, ah! how many harrowing Moans, in seeing souls approaching this Sacrament of Penance without sorrow, out of habit, almost as a vent of the human heart.  Others – horrible to be said – instead of going to find the Life of their souls, of Grace, go to find death, to pour out their passions.  So, the Sacrament is reduced to a mockery, to a nice chat; and My Blood, instead of Descending as a Bath, Descends as Fire, which withers them even more.  And so, in each Confession, Our Love cries inconsolably and, sobbing, repeats:  ‘Human ingratitude, how great you are.  Everywhere you try to offend Me; and while I offer you Life, you turn the very Life I offer you into death.’  See, then, how Our Moans await your requital of Love in the Sacrament of Penance.

Do not let your love stop; go through all the Tabernacles, through each Sacramental Host, and in each Host you will hear the Holy Spirit Moan with unutterable sorrow.  The Sacrament of the Eucharist is not only their own life that souls receive, but is my very Life that gives Itself to them.  So, the Fruit of this Sacrament is to form My Life in them, and each Communion serves to make My Life Grow, to Develop It, in such a way that one may be able to say:  ‘I am another Christ’.  But, alas!, how few take advantage of it.  Even more, how many times I Descend into hearts and they make Me find the weapons to wound Me, and repeat for Me the tragedy of My Passion.  And as the Sacramental Species are consumed, instead of pressing Me to stay with them, I AM forced to leave bathed with tears, Crying over My Sacramental lot; and I find no one who calms My Crying and My Sorrowful Moans.  If you could break those veils of the Host, which cover Me, you would find Me bathed with crying, knowing the lot that awaits Me in descending into hearts.  Therefore, let your requital of love for each Host be continuous, in order to calm My Crying, and to render less sorrowful the Moans of the Holy Spirit.

Do not stop, otherwise We will not find you always together with Us in Our Moans and in Our secret tears; We will feel the void of your requital of Love.  Descend into the Sacrament of Ordination.  Here, yes, you will find Our most intimate hidden sorrows, the most bitter tears, the most harrowing Moans.  The Ordination constitutes man to a supreme height, to a Divine Character – the repeater of My Life, the administer of the Sacraments, the revealer of My Secrets, of My Gospel, of the Most Sacred Science; the peacemaker between Heaven and earth, the bearer of Jesus to souls.  But, alas!, how many times We see, in the ordained one, how he will be a Judas for Us, a usurper of the character which is being impressed in him.  Oh! how the Holy Spirit Moans in seeing, in the ordained one, the most sacred things, the greatest Character which exists between Heaven and earth, being snatched away from Him.  How many profanations!  Each act of this ordained one, not done according to the character impressed, will be a cry of sorrow, a bitter crying, a harrowing Moan.  The Ordination is the Sacrament which encloses all other Sacraments together.  Therefore, if the ordained one is able to preserve whole within himself the character he has received, he will almost place all other Sacraments in safety, he will be the defender and the savior of Jesus Himself.  But, not seeing this in the ordained one, Our Sorrows are sharpened more, Our Moans become more continuous and sorrowful.  Therefore, let your requital of Love flow in each priestly act, to keep company with the Moaning Love of the Holy Spirit.

Lend Us the ear of your heart and listen to Our Profound Moans in the Sacrament of Marriage.  How many disorders in it!  pentecost-feastMarriage was elevated by Me to a Sacrament, in order to place in it a Sacred Bond, the Symbol of the Sacrosanct Trinity, the Divine Love which It encloses.  So, the Love which was to Reign in the father, mother and children, the Concord, the Peace, was to Symbolize the Celestial Family.  I was to have on earth as many other families similar to the Family of the Creator, destined to populate the earth like as many terrestrial angels, to then bring them back to populate the celestial regions.  But, ah! how many Moans in seeing families of sin being formed in the Marriage, which symbolize hell, with discord, with lack of Love, with hatred, and which populate the earth like many rebellious angels, who will serve to populate hell.  The Holy Spirit Moans with harrowing Moans in each Marriage, in seeing so many infernal dens being formed on earth.  Therefore, place your requital of Love in each Marriage, in each creature which comes to the light; in this way, your Loving Moan will render less sorrowful Our continuous Moans.

Our Moans are not yet finished; therefore, let your requital of Love reach the bed of the dying one when the Sacrament of the Extreme Unction is administered.  But, ah! how many Moans, how many of Our secret tears!  This Sacrament has the virtue of placing the dying sinner in safety at any cost; it is the confirmation of Sanctity for the good and the holy; it is the last bond which it establishes, through its Unction, between the creature and God; it is the Seal of Heaven which it impresses in the redeemed soul; it is the infusion of the merits of the Redeemer, in order to enrich her, purify her and embellish her; it is the final brush stroke which the Holy Spirit Gives her in order to dispose her to depart from the earth, so as to make her appear before her Creator.  In sum, the Extreme Unction is the final display of Our Love, and the final Clothing of the soul; it is the rearranging of all the good works; therefore, it acts in a surprising way in those who are alive to Grace.  With the Extreme Unction, the soul is as though covered by a Celestial Dew, which extinguishes, as though in one breath, her passions, her attachment to the earth and to all that does not belong to Heaven.  But, alas!, how many Moans, how many bitter tears, how many indispositions, how many negligences.  How many losses of souls; how few the Sanctities it finds to be confirmed; how scarce the Good Works to be reordered and rearranged.  Oh! if all could hear Our Moans, Our crying, over the bed of the dying one, in the act of administering the Sacrament of the Extreme Unction – all would cry with sorrow.  Do you not want, then, to give Us your requital of Love for each time this Sacrament is administered, which is the final display of Our Love toward the creature?  Our Will awaits you everywhere, to have your requital of Love and your company with Our Moans and Sighs.”

From the Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will – Day 30:

“O please! O holy Mama, never leave me alone again, and let the Holy Spirit descend into me, that He may burn away all that does not belong to the Divine Will.”

Pentecost-w-Theotokos-620x350“…Then the time came for the Descent of the Holy Spirit, Promised by My Son, in the cenacle. What a Transformation, My child! As they (the Apostles) were Invested, they Acquired New Science, Invincible Strength, Ardent Love. A New Life Flowed within them, which rendered them Intrepid and Courageous, in Such a Way that they scattered throughout the whole world to Make Redemption Known, and to lay down their lives for their Master. I remained with beloved John, and was forced to leave Jerusalem, as the storm of persecution began.

My dearest child, You Must Know that I still continue My Magisterium in the Church – there is nothing which does not descend from Me. I can say that I Pour All Myself out for Love of My children, and I Nourish them with My Maternal Milk. Now, during these times, I Want to display an even More Special Love by Making Known how My Whole Life was Formed in the Kingdom of the Divine Will. Therefore I Call you onto My Knees, into My Maternal Arms, so that, Forming a Boat for you, you may be Sure to Live in the Sea of the Divine Will. Greater Grace I could not Give you. O please! I beg you, Make your Mama Content! Come to Live in this Kingdom so Holy! And when you see that your will would want to have some act of life, Come and Take Refuge in the Safe Boat of My Arms, saying to Me: “My Mama, my will wants to betray me, and I deliver it to You, that You May Put the Divine Will in its place.”

Oh, how Happy I will be if I am able to say: “My child is all Mine, because she Lives of Divine Will.” And I Will Make the Holy Spirit Descend into your soul, that He may Burn Away from you all that is human; and by His Refreshing Breath, He May Rule Over you and Confirm you in the Divine Will.”

 

 

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May 20

Part 1 and Part 2- Padre Bucci Speaks about the Spirituality of Luisa Piccarreta in Trinitapoli, Italy April 25th, 2015.

Working-The-Tomboloclick image for Padre Bucci’s talk on Spirituality of Luisa Piccarreta

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May 13

THE ASCENSION OF OUR LORD INTO HEAVEN – MAY 14, 2015

ASCENSION THURSDAY

Resurrection-Pictures-05Pope Benedict XVI: The Ascension is the last act of liberation from sin

Vatican City, 20 May 2012 (VIS) – Benedict XVI dedicated his remarks before praying the Regina Coeli this morning to the Ascension of the Lord, which in many countries is celebrated today, the Sunday following the feast.

“The Ascension of the Lord”, the Pope explained to faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square, “marks the fulfilment of the salvation which began with the Incarnation. Having instructed His disciples for the last time, Jesus ascended into heaven. Nevertheless, He ‘did not separate Himself from our condition’ because, in His humanity, he drew mankind into intimacy with the Father and thus revealed the final destination of our earthly pilgrimage. Just as, for us, He descended from heaven and suffered death on the cross, so too, for us, He arose and returned to God, Who is thus no longer distant, but is ‘our God’, ‘our Father’. The Ascension is the last act of our liberation from the yoke of sin”.

From the Book of Heaven:

V26 – 5.12.29 – “My daughter, My Humanity redid within Itself, and over Itself, all the evils of decayed humanity, to the point of dying, in order to give to it the virtue of rising again from the death to which it was subject. This is the reason why I did not leave the Kingdom of My Divine Will upon earth—because the humanity of innocent Adam was missing, glorious and immortal, in order to be able to impetrate It and to receive the great Gift of My Fiat. Therefore, it was necessary that My Humanity first redo decayed humanity and give to it all the remedies in order to raise it again, and then die and rise again with the qualities of innocent Adam, so as to be able to give to man what he lost. Not only this, but I wanted to ascend into Heaven with My Humanity as beautiful, clothed with light, just as it came out of Our creative hands, so as to say to the Celestial Father: ‘My Father, look at Me, how My Humanity is redone, how the Kingdom of Our Will is safe in It. I am the Head of all, and the One who prays You has all the rights to ask and to give what I possess.’

“My daughter, an innocent humanity, with all the qualities with which it came out of Our creative hands, was needed in order to impetrate again the Kingdom of Our Will into the midst of creatures. Up to that time it was missing, and I purchased it with My Death, and I ascended into Heaven in order to fulfill, with My first task, My second task of impetrating and giving the Kingdom of My Divine Will upon earth. It is about two thousand years that this Humanity of Mine has been praying, and Our Divine Majesty, feeling the love of Creation that We had in creating man overflow from Itself again—or rather, with greater intensity—and feeling Itself being enraptured and charmed by the beauties of My Humanity, has poured Itself out again; and opening the Heavens, It has made the rain of light of the many knowledges about My Fiat rain down in torrents, so that, like rain, It may descend upon souls, and with Its light It may vivify and heal the human will, and transforming it, It may cast the root of My Will into the hearts, and may lay Its Kingdom upon earth. In order for My Kingdom to come upon earth, first I had to make It known, I had to make known that It wants to come to reign. And I, as an elder brother of the human family, in order to give to it a purchase so great, am making all the arrangements in Heaven before the Divinity. Therefore, it was necessary that I ascend into Heaven with My Humanity glorified, in order to be able to purchase again the Kingdom of My Fiat for My brothers and children of Mine.”

Pope Benedict XVI:

The Holy Father recalled St. Leo the Great’s explanation that “this mystery proclaims not only the immortality of the soul, but also that of the flesh. …:

From the Book of Heaven:

V19 – 4.4.26 – “My daughter, My Resurrection completed, sealed and returned to Me all honors; It called to life all of My Works, which I did in the course of My Life on earth, and Formed the Seed of the Resurrection of the souls, and even of the bodies, on the Universal Judgment.

Pope Benedict XVI:

“For this reason, when the disciples saw the Master arise from the earth and ascend towards heaven, they were not discouraged but experienced great joy and felt impelled to proclaim Christ’s victory over death”.:

From the Book of Heaven:

V16 – 5.29.24 – But when thascension11ey (the Apostles) saw Me ascend into Heaven, the pain of losing Me tore the veil, and they recognized Me with so much certainty as the true Son of God, that the intense sorrow of no longer seeing Me in their midst delivered Firmness in Good and Strength to suffer anything for Love of the One whom they had lost. It Delivered the Light of Divine Science; it removed the swaddling clothes of their childhood, and Formed them as intrepid men – no longer fearful, but Courageous… The pain Transformed them and Formed in them the True Character of Apostles. What I could not obtain with My Presence, I obtained with the pain of My privation.

Pope Benedict XVI:

“The Ascension”, the Holy Father concluded, “tells us that in Christ our humanity is raised to the heights of God and so, each time we pray, earth Unites with Heaven”.

From the Book of Heaven:

V12 – 11.3.19 – “Now, my Justice wants the renewal of these pains of My Humanity. And who could ever feel them, if not one who is identified with Me – honored to the point of being called to live in the height of My Volition, where, from the center of It, she takes all parts of all generations, unites them together, and repairs Me, loves Me, substitutes for all creatures;…”

 V12 – 1.25.19 – “I dwell in you as though within My Humanity; and just as I enclosed the entire world in My Humanity, I enclose it in you. “…It is from within you that I decide the destiny of the world. It is your humanity that shelters Me, just as Mine sheltered My Divinity. If my Divinity did not have my Humanity as shelter, the poor creatures would have had no escape, either in time or in Eternity, and Divine Justice would no longer look at the creature as Its own, deserving preservation, but as an enemy, deserving destruction.

Now My Humanity is glorious, and I need a humanity that may grieve, suffer, share the pains with Me, love souls together with Me, and place its life in order to save them. I chose you; aren’t you happy? Therefore I want to tell you everything – my pains, the chastisements that creatures deserve, so that you may take part in everything and be one with Me. This is also why I want you in the Height of My Divine Will, because wherever you cannot arrive with your own will, you will do it with Mine, reaching all that befits the office of My Humanity.

V21 – 2.23.27 – “I act just like a father who has many children, and each of them occupies an office of honor-one is prince, another is judge, one is deputy, another senator, another governor. The father feels happier in recognizing, in the birth that came out of his inmost self, each office and height of honor of his children. And since all created things were made so they would serve to make the children of the Supreme Fiat happy, in seeing you bringing Our works back to Us, We recognize in you Our purpose, and-oh! how We enjoy in seeing you go around to reunite all Our works together, in order to bring back to Us Our own Happiness spread in the whole Creation. Therefore, let your flight in My Will be continuous.”

 

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May 01

Feast Day of St. Joseph the Worker

St. Joseph the WorkerThis beautiful prayer was composed by Pope Saint John XXIII (1958-63). It places all workers under the patronage of Saint Joseph the Worker, and asks for his intercession so that we may regard our work as a means of growing in holiness.

A Prayer to St. Joseph for Workers

O glorious Joseph! Who concealed your incomparable and regal dignity of custodian of Jesus and of the Virgin Mary under the humble appearance of a craftsman and provided for them with your work, protect with loving power your sons, especially entrusted to you.

You know their anxieties and sufferings, because you yourself experienced them at the side of Jesus and of His Mother. Do not allow them, oppressed by so many worries, to forget the purpose for which they were created by God. Do not allow the seeds of distrust to take hold of their immortal souls. Remind all the workers that in the fields, in factories, in mines, and in scientific laboratories, they are not working, rejoicing, or suffering alone, but at their side is Jesus, with Mary, His Mother and ours, to sustain them, to dry the sweat of their brow, giving value to their toil. Teach them to turn work into a very high instrument of sanctification as you did. Amen.

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Apr 28

“An Act of Perfect Conformity to the Will of God…” – St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori

 

‘An Act of Perfect Conformity to the Will of God Unites us More to Him than a Hundred other Acts of Virtue.’

– St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori

FROM THE BOOK OF HEAVEN

LUISA14V3 – 11.6.99 – Everything that is done for the sole purpose of pleasing Me shines before Me in such a way as to draw My Divine Gazes, and I like it so much, that to those actions, be they even a batting of eyelashes, I give the value as if they were done by Me. On the other hand, those other actions, good in themselves and even great, but which are not done for Me not so much as look at them.? And I: Ah, Lord, how easy it is for our actions to be dirtied with dust! And He: One should not care about dust, because it can be shaken off, but what one must care about is the intention.

V4 – 7.23.01 – “Daughter, do not fear, what I recommend to you is that you remain always Conformed to My Will, because when the Divine Will is in the soul, neither the diabolical nor the human will have the strength to enter the soul to make fun of her.”

V4 – 11.20.01 – “My beloved (Luisa), since you must Live from My Heart, it is appropriate for you to undertake a more Perfect Way of Living. Therefore, from you I want:(1.} Perfect Conformity to My Will, because you will only be able to Love Me Perfectly if you Love Me with My Own Will. Even more, I tell you that by Loving Me with My Own Will, you will arrive at Loving Me, and your neighbor, with My same Way of Loving.

V6 – 1.6.06 – “My daughter, prayer is music to my hearing, especially when a soul is all Conformed to My Will, in such a way that nothing can be seen in her interior but a continuous Attitude of Life of Divine Will. With this soul it is as if another God would come out and play this Music for Me. Oh, how delightful it is! – to find one who matches Me and can render Me Divine Honors. Only one who Lives in My Will can reach such a point, because all other souls, even if they did and prayed much, would always give Me things and prayers that are human – not Divine; therefore they do not have that Power and that Attraction over My Hearing.”

V7 – 2.12.06 – “My daughter, all other virtues in the creatures build a wall of a certain height, but the Wall of the soul who Lives in the Will of God is a Wall so High and Deep, that neither its depth nor its height can be found. Also, it is all of Pure and Solid Gold, not subject to any misfortune, because since this Wall is in the Divine Volition – that is, in God – God Himself keeps it, and there is no power that can defy God. And the soul, while Living in this Divine Volition, is Clothed with a Light all similar to the One in whom she Lives, so much so, that also in Heaven she will Shine more than all the others, in Such a Way as to be an occasion of greater Glory for the very Saints.

V11 – 2.8.15 – “Now, in creating man, We Infused Our Image and Likeness in him so as to overwhelm him with Our happiness and be reflected and delighted in him. But man broke the first link of connection – the will – between himself and the Creator, therefore losing the true happiness; even more, all evils swooped down upon him. So, We can neither reflect Ourselves nor delight in him. Only in the soul who does Our Will in everything can We do it, and in her We enjoy the complete fruit of Creation. In fact, even with those who have some virtues, who pray, who attend the Sacraments, if they are not Conformed to Our Will, We cannot reflect Ourselves in them, because since their will is broken from Ours, all things are in disorder and upside down. Ah, My daughter, only Our Will is welcome, because It reorders, It makes one happy, and brings all goods with Itself. Therefore, do my Will always and in everything – do not care about anything else.”

V16 – 11.15.23 – “My Will is Queen which dominates everything and crowns everyone, in such a way that before the Sanctity of My Will all other Virtues shrink and tremble.”

V16 – 12.6.23 – “Do you see what great difference exists between the Sanctity in My Will and that of the other Virtues? The first one is for the creature to receive currents of grace, of light, of love in every instant, and to remain in order with her Creator in each of her acts. Therefore, it is the Sanctity closest to her Creator. The second, that of the other Virtues, exists at time and circumstance, whenever the occasion arises to exercise now patience, now obedience, now charity and the like. And if the occasions do not arise, the virtues remain interrupted and without growth, and cannot receive the good which the virtue in act contains. On the other hand, in the Sanctity of My Will there are no stops or interruptions. My Will is always fixed on darting through the creature; she can receive It in every instant. Whether she breathes, thinks, speaks, palpitates, takes food or sleeps – everything enters into My Volition, and in every instant she can be filled with My Will, together with all the goods It contains.”

V17 – 6.11.25 – “My daughter, there is nothing which can equal the great evil of not doing My Will. There is no good which can equal It; there is no virtue which can stand before It. So, the good that one loses by not doing My Will is irreparable; and only by returning again into It can one find the remedy, and be given back the goods which Our Will had established to give to the creature. In vain do creatures flatter themselves that they can do more works, virtues, sacrifices; if these are not a birth from my Will and are not done in order to fulfill It, they are not recognized by Me. More so, since it is established that grace, aids, light, goods and the just reward, be given to one who operates in order to fulfill My Will. Moreover, My Will is Eternal – It has no beginning nor will It have an end; and who can calculate one act done in My Will, without beginning and without end? That act is surrounded and filled with goods without end; that which My Will is, so It renders the act. On the other hand, the other Virtues, the works and sacrifices without My Will, have a beginning, as well as an end. What great reward can things subject to perishing ever receive?”

V19 – 4.9.26 – ‘My sweet Jesus says many great, admirable, highest and wonderful things about the Will of God, yet it seems to me that creatures do not have that concept which It deserves, nor that great impression of the wonders which are in It.  On the contrary, it seems that they place It on the same level as the virtues, and maybe they care more about those, than about the Most Holy Will of God.’  And my always lovable Jesus, moving in my interior, told me:  “My daughter, do you want to know why?  Because their palates are not purged, and they are accustomed to the ordinary foods of this low world, which are the virtues, and not to the Celestial and Divine Food, which is My Will.  This Celestial Food is appreciated only by those who consider earth, things, and even people, as nothing, or as fully ordered in God.  The virtues which can be practiced on earth are rarely exempt from human purposes, from self-esteem, from self-glory, love of appearing and of pleasing people.  All these aims are like many tastes for the ordinary palate of the soul; and many times one operates more for these tastes than for the good that the virtue contains.  This is why virtues breach more easily – because the human will always gains something.  On the other hand, the first thing that My Will knocks down is the human will, and It tolerates no purpose which gives of human.  My Will is from Heaven, and wants to place in the soul that which is divine and which belongs to Heaven; therefore one’s own self remains on an empty stomach and feels itself dying.  So, in feeling her own self dying and in losing the hope of having any other food left, the soul makes up her mind to take the Food of My Will; and as she takes it, her palate being purged, she feels the taste of the Food of My Will, which is such that she would not exchange it at the cost of her life.”

My Will does not know how to compromise, as virtues do, with the low and little things that can be done on earth; rather, It wants to keep everything and everyone as a footstool at Its feet, and change the whole interior of the soul and the very virtues into Divine Will.  In a word, It wants Its own heaven in the depth of the soul, otherwise It would remain hindered, and would not be able to carry out Its Divine Life.  So, here is the great difference which exists between the virtues and My Will – between the Sanctity of one and of the other:  the virtues can be of creatures and can form a human sanctity at the most; my Will is of God and can form a Sanctity which is fully Divine.  What a difference!  However, since the creatures are used to looking down below, they are more impressed by the little lamps of the virtues, than by the great Sun of My Will.”

V19 – 7.2.26 – “…come into Our Dominions, for everyone longs for you, and at the same time I will make you comprehend more things about the great distance that exists between the Sanctity of one who possesses the Unity of the Light of the Kingdom of My Will and the sanctity of submission, of resignation and of virtues.”

Now, while He was saying this, I found myself outside of myself, and I tried to make my ‘I love You’, my adoration, resound over all created things.  And Jesus, all goodness, added:  “My daughter, look at the heavens, the stars, the sun, the moon, the plants, the flowers, the sea… look at everything.  Each created thing has its distinct nature, its own color, its littleness and its height; each of them has its distinct office, and one cannot do what the other does, nor produce the same effects.  So, each created thing is a symbol of the sanctity of virtues, of submission and resignation to my Will.  According to the virtues they have practiced, souls have drawn a distinct color within themselves; therefore it can be said that one is red flower, another, purple, another, white; one is plant, one is tree, another is star; and according to how they have submitted to the reflections of the Supreme Will, so have they developed in fecundity, in height, in beauty.  But one is their shade, because My Will, like solar ray, gave them the color of the seed which they themselves had placed in their souls.  On the other hand, the Sanctity of one who Lives in the Unity of the Light of My Will is a Birth from that Single Act of her Creator, which is one in the Creative Hands, and yet, the Rays of His Will, coming out of God, invade everything and produce works and effects so innumerable that man cannot arrive at counting them all.  So, since this Sanctity is a Birth from that Single Act, it will be the Supreme Will’s Care and Jealousy for it to enclose all Colors, all the different Beauties and all possible imaginable Goods within itself.  And so, more than blazing sun, it will enclose and eclipse within itself all of Creation with its different beauties; one will see all the Goods of Redemption enclosed in it, as well as all Sanctities; and I, showing off My Love more than ever, will place the Seal of My very Sanctity within one who has Possessed the Kingdom of My Will.”

V21 – 4.18.27 – I was Fusing myself in the Holy Divine Volition, calling all the acts of creatures, so that all might rise again in It; and my sweet Jesus told me: “My daughter, what great difference passes between one Act done in My Will, and one act, even good, done outside of It. Within the first one flows a Divine Life, and this Life fills Heaven and earth, and the act receives the value of a Divine Life. Within the second flows an act of human life, that is limited, restricted, and many times its value ends with the end of the act; and if there is any value in it, it is human value, that is subject to perishing.”

V23 – 12.14.27 – “My daughter, I have you, who are worth more than anything; and putting everything aside, I will look at your value-that is, the value of My Divine Will in you-and I will dispose My Kingdom in the midst of creatures. A person is worth according to the value that is entrusted to him. If My Will contains an infinite value, that surpasses the whole value of all creatures together, one who possesses It, before the Divine Majesty, has the value that surpasses everything. So, for now I have you, and this is enough for Me in order to dispose the Kingdom of My Will. Therefore, all the evils of this time-and they are too many-do not equal the great value of My Divine Will operating in one creature alone; and My Will will use these evils to make a heap out of them and, with Its power, to banish them from the face of the earth.

V24 – 4.29.28 – “My daughter, when the soul practices a virtue, the first act she practices forms the seed, and as she practices the second, the third act and so forth, she cultivates the seed, she waters it, and it grows into a plant and produces its fruits. If then she practices it only once, or a few times, the seed is neither watered nor cultivated—it dies, and the soul remains without plant and without fruit, because it is never one act alone that forms a virtue, but repeated acts.”

“It happens as to the earth: it is not enough to sow the seed in its womb, but one must cultivate it often, water it, if one wants the plant and the fruits of that seed; otherwise the earth becomes hard over that seed and buries it without giving it life. Now, one who wants the virtue of patience, of obedience and the like, must sow the first seed, and then water it and cultivate it with other acts. In this way, she will form many beautiful and varied plants within her soul.

“On the other hand, My Will is not seed like the virtues—but life; and as the soul begins to be resigned, to look at My Will in everything and to live in It, the little Divine Life is formed in her. And as she advances in the practice of living in My Will, this Divine Life grows and keeps expanding, to the point of filling the soul with all of this life, in such a way that nothing is left of her but a veil that covers it and hides it within itself. And just as with virtues, so with My Will: if the creature does not give the continuous nourishment of her acts to the little Divine Life within herself, this life does not grow, and does not fill her entirely.

“It happens as to a newborn baby who dies at birth if he is not nourished. In fact, since My Will is life, more than the virtues, that are images of the plants, It needs continuous nourishment in order to grow and to become a whole life, as much as a creature is capable of. Here is, then, the necessity for you to always live in It: that you may take Its delicious food from My Will Itself, so as to nourish Its Divine Life in you.

“See, then, what great difference exists between the virtues and My Will: the first are plants, flowers and fruits that embellish the earth and delight the creatures, while My Fiat is heaven, sun, air, heat, heartbeat—all things that form life, and Divine Life, in the creature. Therefore, love this life, and give it continuous nourishment, that it may fill you completely and nothing may be left of you.”

V29 – 9.29.31 – Then I continued to think about the Divine Will and my beloved Jesus added:  “My daughter, the Living in My Will is a Gift that We give to the creature great Gift that surpasses in value in Sanctity, in Beauty, and in Happiness all other Gifts in an Infinite and Unreachable Way.”

V35 – 11.12.37 – I was Fusing myself in the Holy Divine Volition, calling all the acts of creatures, so that all might rise again in It; and my sweet Jesus told me: “My daughter, what great difference passes between one Act done in My Will, and one act, even good, done outside of It. Within the first one flows a Divine Life, and this Life fills Heaven and earth, and the act receives the value of a Divine Life. Within the second flows an act of human life, that is limited, restricted, and many times its value ends with the end of the act; and if there is any value in it, it is human value, that is subject to perishing.”

V36 – 12.28.38 – “You have to know that no Act done in Our Will ever ends; rather, it is continuously repeated, since My Will is everywhere. That Act is repeated in Heaven, in created things and in all else. Therefore, one Act in My Will surpasses everything, filling Heaven and earth, and giving us so much Love and Glory that all other works remain like many little drops before the ocean. We glorify Ourselves through the creature who, covered by her Creator, Operates together with Him. Therefore, no matter how many beautiful things may be done outside of Our Will, they will never please us, because they are not Ours. They cannot be diffused everywhere-such love is so small that it barely covers the act it made, if it covers it at all.”

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Apr 15

IV International Conference Celebrating the 150th Birthday of the Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta

Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta

Born:  April 23, 1865 – Transition into Heaven:  March 4, 1947

April 22-26, 2015

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