THE CHURCH IS REJUVENATED BY MOTHERHOOD

THE CHURCH IS REJUVENATED BY MOTHERHOOD

Holy Mother ChurchVatican City, 17 June 2014 (VIS) – At 7 p.m. yesterday in the Paul VI Hall the Holy Father met with the representatives of the diocese of Rome, gathered to participate in the Diocesan Pastoral Congress on the theme “A people who raise children. Community and family in the major stages of Christian initiation”. During his address, Pope Francis spoke on the issue of the “society of orphans”: of parents who do not spend enough time playing with their children because of their long working hours, and because of their fatigue when they arrive home that leads the young to be deprived of time spent freely with their parents. He emphasised that nowadays we need this sense of gratuity within the family, in parishes, in society as a whole, and that the Lord is revealed to us in gratuity, or rather as Grace: “But if we do not have a sense of gratuity within the family, at school, in the parish, it will be very difficult to understand what the grace of God is: that grace that cannot be bought or sold, that is a gift from God, and is indeed God Himself”. He also commented on other social aspects that contribute to the “orphanhood” of the young: “a technological society that multiplies to infinity the opportunities for pleasure, distraction and curiosity, but is not able to lead man to true joy”, and added that only by encountering Jesus can be encounter true joy and understand that we do not lead our lives in vain, as a task has been conferred to each one of us”.

The Holy Father went on to describe the Church as a mother who knows how to raise her children. “The great challenge faced by the Church is that of being a mother”, he said, “not a well-organised NGO full of pastoral plans. … The Church needs to rediscover her maternity. She must be a mother; maternity is the grace that we must now ask of the Holy Spirit in order to go ahead in our pastoral and missionary conversion. However, the Church grows not by proselytism but by maternal attraction, through tenderness, through the testimony of her many children”. The Pope remarked that the Mother Church has aged somewhat, to the risk of becoming “Grandmother Church”, and that she must therefore be rejuvenated, “but not by taking her to a cosmetic surgeon, no! The Church becomes younger when she is able to generate more sons; the more children she has, the younger she becomes”.

The Pontiff added that this means recovering the memory of the Church. In a world in which there exists little sense of history and fear of time, a world in which the present reigns supreme, in which language is increasingly abbreviated and everything becomes rapid, making us slaves to our situation, we must recover the memory of God’s patience. “God is not hasty during our history of salvation, and has accompanied us throughout history”. The Pope therefore urged the priests and clergy present not to close the doors of their churches, but rather to welcome all with an open heart, as a family, asking the Lord to make them able to participate in their difficulties and in the problems that children and the young frequently encounter in their lives.

“People hope to find Jesus’ gaze in us, often without realising it; they seek a serene and joyful gaze that enters the heart. But the whole parish must transform into a welcoming place, not only the priests and catechists”. The Pope encouraged those present to ask themselves whether their parishes were truly welcoming, whether their celebrations were scheduled to favour the participation of the young, if they spoke the language of youth and if their communities kept their doors open.

Before concluding, the Pope acknowledged that the work carried out by priests is not easy. “It is easier to be a bishop”, he affirmed, “because we can always maintain a distance and hide ourselves behind the title of ‘Your excellency’, and defend ourselves in this way. But being a priest, when the parishioners knock on the door, when they talk to you about their problems … it is not easy”. He commented that the Church in Italy is strong because of her priests, and urged them not to forget the memory of evangelisation and always to stay close to the faithful. “We want a Church of faith, who believes that the Lord is able to make her a mother, to give her many children; our Holy Mother Church”.

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PROCLAIM THE MESSAGE THAT ‘GOD IS LOVE’

POPE FRANCIS:  PROCLAIM THE MESSAGE THAT ‘GOD IS LOVE’

holy-ghost12dVatican City, 15 June 2014 (VIS) – At midday sharp today, as on every Sunday, the Pope appeared at the window of his study in the Vatican Apostolic Palace to pray the Angelus with the thousands of faithful and pilgrims who awaited him in St. Peter’s Square. Before the prayer, Francis spoke briefly about the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, “profound communion and perfect love”, the origin and objective of all creation. He said, “in the Trinity we also recognise the model of the Church, in which we are called upon to love each other as Jesus loved us. Love is the concrete sign that manifests faith in God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Love is the distinctive feature of the Christian, as Jesus told us: ‘By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another’. It is a contradiction to think of Christians who hate each other. It is a contradiction! And the devil seeks precisely this: to make us hate each other, because he sows the discord of hate: he does not know love, the love that is God’s!”.

He continued, “We are all called upon to bear witness to and to proclaim the message that ‘God is love’, that God is not distant from us or insensible to our human affairs. He is close to us, He is always by our side, He walks with us to share our joys and our pains, our hope and our strife. He loves us so much, to the point of making Himself man; He came into the world not to guide us but so that the world might be saved through Jesus. And this is God’s love in Jesus, this love that is so difficult to understand but which we feel when we draw close to Jesus. And He always forgives us, He always awaits us, He loves us very much. And the love of Jesus that we feel is God’s love”.

He added, “the Holy Spirit communicates the divine life to us and therefore allows us to enter into the dynamism of the Trinity, which is a dynamism of love, of communion, of mutual service, of sharing. A person who loves others for the very joy of loving is a reflection of the Trinity. A family in which the members love and help each other is a reflection of the Trinity. A parish in which the members care for each other and share their spiritual and material assets is a reflection of the Trinity. True love is without limits but knows how to limit itself, in order to move towards the other, to respect the freedom of the other. Every Sunday we go to Mass, we celebrate the Eucharist together and the Eucharist is like the ‘burning bush’ in which the Trinity humbly resides and communicates”. He explained that it is for this reason that the Church has placed the Feast of Corpus Domini after the Feast of the Trinity. Next Thursday, in accordance with a Roman tradition, Holy Mass will be celebrated at the Basilica of St. John Lateran, followed by a procession with the Holy Sacrament. The Pope invited Romans and pilgrims to participate to “express our wish to be a people united in the unity of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. I will see you all on Thursday, at 7 p.m., for the procession of Corpus Domini”.

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TRINITY SUNDAY – ATHANASIAN CREED – BOOK OF HEAVEN

TRINITY SUNDAY

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ATHANASIAN CREED

Trinity Sunday falls one week after Pentecost Sunday, and it is the day that the Catholic Church has set aside to

honor the most fundamental of Christian beliefs—the Holy Trinity.

Traditionally, the Athanasian Creed was recited in Masses on Trinity Sunday

 

We have thus far lived out the drama of Christ’s earthly life — His Nativity at Christmas, His revealing Himself as God at

the Epiphany, His time in the desert at Lent, His Passion and Resurrection at Good Friday and Easter. We recalled His

glorious Ascension, and at last week’s Pentecost, the Holy Ghost has descended upon the Church, sent by the Father and

the Son.

God’s Triune Nature has been fully revealed, and now we celebrate the Most Holy Trinity on this day, hearing in today’s

Gospel, “All power is given to Me in heaven and on earth. Going therefore, teach ye all nations, baptizing them in the

Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all the things whatsoever I have

commanded you; and behold I am with you all days even to the consummation of the world” (this is known as the “Great

Commission”). And with this Mass, the Time After Pentecost, the season that represents the Church Age, begins.

Vestments today will be white.

Symbols for the day are the natural symbols of the Trinity — the shamrock used by St. Patrick to explain the Trinity to the

ancient Irish, the pansy — viola tricolor — called the “Trinity Flower,” a candle with 3 flames, the triangle, the trefoil, 3

interlocking circles, etc.

The Athanasian Creed

This is the Athanasian Creed, as used in the Roman Catholic Church. It’s used in the liturgy only rarely (sometimes on

Trinity Sunday), but like all of the Church’s creeds, it is still valid and respected. Although no longer officially attributed

to St. Athanasius (died in 373 A.D.), it still bears his name. This beautiful creed contains a detailed meditation on the

nature of the Trinity. The Athanasian Creed is also called the Quicumque vult, after its first words in Latin. This creed can

also be found in the Handbook of Prayers, edited by James Socias.

Whoever wishes to be saved must, above all, keep the Catholic faith.

For unless a person keeps this faith whole and entire, he will undoubtedly be lost forever.

This is what the Catholic faith teaches: we worship one God in the Trinity and the Trinity in unity.

Neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the substance.

For there is one person of the Father, another of the Son, another of the Holy Spirit.

But the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit have one divinity, equal glory, and coeternal majesty.

What the Father is, the Son is, and the Holy Spirit is.

The Father is uncreated, the Son is uncreated, and the Holy Spirit is uncreated.

The Father is boundless, the Son is boundless, and the Holy Spirit is boundless.

The Father is eternal, the Son is eternal, and the Holy Spirit is eternal.

Nevertheless, there are not three eternal beings, but one eternal being.

So there are not three uncreated beings, nor three boundless beings, but one uncreated being and one boundless being.

Likewise, the Father is omnipotent, the Son is omnipotent, the Holy Spirit is omnipotent.

Yet there are not three omnipotent beings, but one omnipotent being.

Thus the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God.

However, there are not three gods, but one God.

The Father is Lord, the Son is Lord, and the Holy Spirit is Lord.

However, there are not three lords, but one Lord.

For as we are obliged by Christian truth to acknowledge every Person singly to be God and Lord, so too are we forbidden by

the Catholic religion to say that there are three Gods or Lords.

The Father was not made, nor created, nor generated by anyone.

The Son is not made, nor created, but begotten by the Father alone.

The Holy Spirit is not made, nor created, nor generated, but proceeds from the Father and the Son.

There is, then, one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three sons; one Holy Spirit, not three holy spirits.

In this Trinity, there is nothing before or after, nothing greater or less. The entire three Persons are coeternal and coequal

with one another.

So that in all things, as is has been said above, the Unity is to be worshipped in Trinity and the Trinity in Unity.

He, therefore, who wishes to be saved, must believe thus about the Trinity.

It is also necessary for eternal salvation that he believes steadfastly in the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Thus the right faith is that we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is both God and man.

As God, He was begotten of the substance of the Father before time; as man, He was born in time of the substance of His

He is perfect God; and He is perfect man, with a rational soul and human flesh.

He is equal to the Father in His Divinity, but inferior to the Father in His humanity.

Although He is God and man, He is not two, but one Christ.

And He is one, not because His Divinity was changed into flesh, but because His humanity was assumed unto God.

He is one, not by a mingling of substances, but by unity of person.

As a rational soul and flesh are one man: so God and man are one Christ.

He died for our salvation, descended into hell, and rose from the dead on the third day.

He ascended into heaven, sits at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there He shall come to judge the living and

the dead.

At His coming, all men are to arise with their own bodies; and they are to give an account of their own deeds.

Those who have done good deeds will go into eternal life; those who have done evil will go into the everlasting fire.

This is the Catholic faith. Everyone must believe it, firmly and steadfastly; otherwise He cannot be saved.

Amen.

 

The Athanasian Creed is one of the treasures from the early Catholic Church. (Note that the Catechism refers to

the Athanasian Creed in item #192, among other sections.) Be sure to see the Apostles Creed and the Catholic Nicene

Creed, too. They’re the most common creeds used in the daily life of the Roman Catholic Church. But the Athanasian

Creed stands alone in its detailed and beautiful description of the Holy Trinity

Book of HeavenLUISA14

Volume 1 – Other times, in this hiding of Jesus and my going around in search for Him, when He would make Himself felt inside of me and then come out from within me, I would find not Jesus alone, but all Three Divine Persons – now in the form of three children, gracious and immensely beautiful, now with one single body and three distinct heads, but resembling each other, all three of them attractive. Who can tell my contentment?  Especially when I would see the three children, whom I would hold, all three of them, in my arms.  I would kiss now one, now another, and receive their kisses; now one would lean on my shoulder, another on the other shoulder, and another would remain in front of me.  And while delighting in them, I would go about looking at them and, to my amazement, from three I would find one.  Another amazement for me when I would be with these three children, was that each one would weigh as much as the three of them together.  I would feel as much love for one of these children, as for all three of them together; each one of them attracted me in the same way.

February 28 A.D. 1899 – How she sees the Divinity of Jesus –   The sun is fire, but it is also light and heat.  Here is the Most Holy Trinity veiled in the sun:  the fire is the Father, the light is the Son, the heat is the Holy Spirit.  However, the sun is one, and just as one cannot separate fire from light and heat, so one is the power of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who in reality cannot be separated from one another.  And just as fire produces light and heat at the same time, in such a way that fire cannot be conceived without light and heat; in the same way, the Father cannot be conceived before the Son and the Holy Spirit, and vice versa, but all Three of the Them have the same eternal beginning.

 

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THE MISSION JESUS GAVE TO LUISA

 THE MISSION OF THE SERVANT OF GOD, LUISA PICCARRETA

L_Luisa_Reading-a2FROM THE BOOK OF HEAVEN

I (Luisa) was thinking about the many things that my beloved Jesus told me on His Most Holy Divine Will, and some doubts came back to me – that, who knows, it might really not be necessary to say everything, or, that some things were not necessary.  But Jesus, wanting to lovingly resolve my doubts and make me know the Mission He (Jesus) entrusts to (Luisa) the one who is to make His Divine Will Known – having chosen for this the misery that I am, to my great stupefaction and confusion – continuing His Holy Instructions on this matter, told me: “My daughter (Luisa), every Mission is to be connected to the Office of executing it, and therefore it must be carried out omitting nothing of that which belongs to It.  In fact, every Mission which is destined for the Good of others, has its own particular Gifts, Graces, riches and Qualities, which are useful for its execution.

Now, your Mission (Luisa) of making Known the Eternal Will is braided with Mine and with that of My dear Mother (Mary). And since it has to serve for the good of all, it was necessary to centralize the Eternal Sun of My Divine Will into one creature (Luisa); so that, as a unique Mission, this Sun might let its Rays Blaze from her (Luisa), and all might take the good of Its Light.  This implies that, for the Decorum and Honor of My Divine Will, I (Jesus) had to pour into you (Luisa), as bearers and preparations, such Graces, Light, Love and Knowledge of It, as to befit the residence of the Sun of My Divine Will.  Even more, you (Luisa) must know that, just as My Humanity, in Its Office of Redeemer, conceived all souls, the same was to happen in you (Luisa), in your Mission (Luisa) and Office to make My Divine Will Known and Reign: as you (Luisa) continue to do your acts (Luisa) in My Divine Will for all (past, present and future), all creatures remain conceived in your will (Luisa); and as you keep repeating your acts in Mine, you (Luisa) form many sips of Life of Divine Will, in order to be able to nourish all the creatures (past, present and future) which are as though conceived in yours (Luisa), by virtue of My Divine Will.  Do you not feel how, in My Divine Will, you (Luisa) embrace all (past present and future), from the first to the last creature which is to exist upon earth; and for all, you (Luisa) would want to satisfy, love, please this Supreme Will, binding It to all, removing all obstacles that prevent Its Dominion in the creatures – making It Known to all; and even with sufferings, you (Luisa) expose yourself to satisfy for all, this Supreme Will, which so much loves to be Known and to Reign in the midst of creatures?

To you (Luisa), Firstborn Daughter of My Divine Will, it is given to make Known the Qualities, the Value, the Good It contains, and Its eternal sorrow of Living unknown – hidden, in the midst of the human generations; even more, despised and offended by the evil ones, and placed by the good ones at the level of the other virtues, as if It were a little light which is lit by men – as virtues are in comparison with my Divine Will – and not the Eternal Sun that My Divine Will is.

The Mission of My Will is the Greatest that can exist: there is no Good which does not descend from It; there is no Glory which does not come from It.  Everything is Centered in It: Our Interior Works and those which We (Triune God) have delivered; the Creation of the Angels, of the world, of men; all Virtues, all Merits, all Predestinations, all Goods, all the Glory of the chosen ones, all the Mysteries of the Infinite Love, which are still unknown to man; and the past, the present, the future – all in one Act and in act, and in one single point.

Therefore, be attentive, and do not want to waste time with doubts or uncertainties (Jesus is talking to us as well). Everything I (Jesus) told you (Luisa) for this Mission was Necessary – not for you (Luisa), but for the Honor, the Glory, the Knowledge and the Sanctity of My Divine Will and of Its Dominion in the creatures.  And since My Divine Will is one, one was to be the creature (Luisa) to whom I (Jesus) had to Entrust It, and through whom It would Make Its Rays Blaze, to do good to all.”

How one (Mary and Luisa) who is chosen for a Mission encloses all the Goods that others must receive.  How all Redeemed ones turn around the Celestial Mama (Mary). 

There is no Good that will not descend through you (Luisa Piccarreta), by virtue of the sphere of My Divine Will placed in you (Luisa), nor Glory that will not ascend again along the same way. 

“When I (Jesus) Choose a creature for a Mission that must bring Universal Good into the midst of the human family, first I (Jesus) fix and enclose all the Goods in the Chosen One (Mary and Luisa), who must contain all the superabundant good that others must receive, who, perhaps, will not even take everything that the Chosen Creature encloses.  This happened in the Immaculate Queen (Mary), who was Chosen to be the Mother of the Eternal Word, and therefore the Mother of all Redeemed ones.  Everything that they (souls) were to do, and all the Good they (souls) were to Receive, was enclosed and fixed inside the Sovereign Queen of Heaven, as though inside a sun’s sphere, in such a way that all the Redeemed ones move around the Sun of the Celestial Mama; in such a way that She (Mary), more than most tender Mother, does nothing but feed Her (Mary’s) Rays to Her children, to Nourish them with Her (Mary’s) Light, with Her (Mary’s) Sanctity, with Her (Mary’s) Maternal Love.  But how many of the Rays that She (Mary) spreads have not been taken by creatures, because, ungrateful, they do not all draw around this Celestial Mother?

“So, one who is Chosen must Possess more than what all others together should Possess.  Just as all find light in the sun, in such a way that all creatures do not take the whole expanse of its light and the intensity of its heat, so it happened with My Mama (Mary):  the Goods that She (Mary) contains are such and so many that, more than sun, She (Mary) spreads the Beneficial Effects of Her (Mary’s) Vital and Vivifying Rays.  And so it will be for the one (Luisa) who has been Chosen for the Kingdom of My Divine Will.  See then, how the sacrifice of writing will be repaid to you (Luisa):  first, the Good of the Ray of that Knowledge is fixed in you (Luisa); and then, you (Luisa) will see that Good (the Ray of Knowledge about the Kingdom of the Divine Will) descend through you (Luisa) into the midst of creatures, and, in return, the Glory of the Good that they will do, ascend again within that same Light.  How happy you (Luisa) will be in Heaven, and will thank Me for the sacrifices I (Jesus) had you (Luisa) make!

“My daughter (Luisa), when a Work is Great, Universal, and encloses many Goods that all can enjoy, greater sacrifices are needed, and the one who is Chosen to be the First must be disposed to give and sacrifice her life as many times for as many Goods as she encloses, in order to Give, together with those Goods, her very life for the Good of her other brothers.  Did I (Jesus) not do the same in Redemption?  Don’t you (Luisa) perhaps want to imitate Me (Jesus)?”(and don’t we as well?)

Exchange between Jerusalem and Rome. 

My (Luisa’s) poor mind was thinking about many things regarding the Divine Will—especially about how Its Kingdom could come, how It (the Divine Will) could spread, and many other things that it is not necessary to write on paper.

And my Beloved Jesus, moving in my (Luisa’s) interior, told me (Luisa):  “My daughter (Luisa), if Rome has the primacy of My Church, she (Rome) owes it to Jerusalem, because the beginning of Redemption was precisely in Jerusalem.  Within that homeland, from the little town of Nazareth I (Jesus) chose My Virgin Mother (Mary); I Myself (Jesus) was born in the little town of Bethlehem, and all of My Apostles were from that homeland.  And even though, ungrateful, she (Jerusalem) did not want to recognize Me (Jesus) and rejected the Goods of My Redemption, it cannot be denied that the origin, the beginning, the first people who received the Good of It (the Redemption), were from this city (Jerusalem).  The first criers of the Gospel, those who established Catholicism in Rome, were My Apostles, all from Jerusalem—that is, from this homeland.

“Now there will be an exchange:  if Jerusalem gave to Rome the life of religion and therefore of Redemption, Rome will give to Jerusalem the Kingdom of the Divine Will.  And this is so true, that just as I (Jesus) chose a Virgin (Mary) from the little town of Nazareth for the Redemption, so I (Jesus) have chosen another virgin (Luisa) in a little town of Italy (Corato) belonging to Rome, to whom the mission of the Kingdom of the Divine FIAT has been entrusted.  And since It (the Kingdom of the Divine Will) must be known in Rome, just as My coming upon earth was known in Jerusalem, Rome will have the great honor of requiting Jerusalem for the great Gift received from her (Jerusalem), which is Redemption, by making known to her (Jerusalem) the Kingdom of My Divine Will. 

“Then will Jerusalem repent of her ingratitude, and will embrace the life of the religion (the Catholic Church) that she (Jerusalem) gave to Rome; and, grateful, she (Jerusalem) will receive from Rome the life and the great Gift of the Kingdom of My Divine Will.  And not only Jerusalem, but all the other nations will receive from Rome the great Gift of the Kingdom of My FIAT, the first criers of It, Its Gospel—all Full of Peace, of Happiness and of Restoration of the creation of man.”

 

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50th Anniversary of Friar Giuseppe Bernardino Bucci’s Ordination to the Priesthood

Immagine ricordo

Volontà amabile e potentissima,

Volontà immensa da cui tutto esce

E niente sfugge, vengo a portare

Ai tuoi piedi Santissimi l’amore di tutti”.

Luisa Piccarreta

Fra Giuseppe Bernardino Bucci

Frate Minore Cappuccino

Nel 50° Anniversario

Dell’Ordinazione sacerdotale

1964 – 14 marzo – 2014-06-12

Convento Frati Minori Cappuccini

76015 Trinitapoli (BT) – Via Barletta, 2

“Gesù fu il somministratore della Santissima Trinità:

elargì alle genti la potenza, la sapienza, la carità delle Divine Persone. Il sacerdozio ministeriale, essendo la continuazione del sacerdozio di Cristo nel tempo, perpetua la stessa Sua opera presso le anime”.

Serva di Dio Luisa Piccarreta

Loving and Powerful Will,

Immense Will from which everything comes out of

And nothing escapes, I come to bring

To your Most Holy feet the love of all.”

Luisa Piccarreta

Friar Giuseppe Bernardino Bucci

Friar Minor Capuchin

On the 50th Anniversary

Of his Priestly Ordination

1964 –March 14 – 06/12/2014

Monastery of Friars Minor Capuchin

76015 Trinitapoli (BT) – Via Barletta, 2

“Jesus was the administrator of the Most Holy Trinity:

He bestowed on people the power, the wisdom, the love of the Divine Persons.

The sacerdotal priesthood, being the continuation of Christ’s priesthood through time, perpetuates His work in souls. “

Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta

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TIMOR DOMINI – GIFT OF HOLY FEAR

TIMOR DOMINI – GIFT OF HOLY FEAR

Gifts-7-Fear-of-the-LordThe gift of Fear fills us with sovereign respect for God, and makes us dread nothing so much as to offend Him by sin. It is a fear that arises, not from the thought of hell, but from sentiments of reverence and filial submission to our Heavenly Father. It is the fear that is the beginning of wisdom, detaching us from worldly pleasures that could in any way separate us from God. “They that fear the Lord will prepare their hearts, and in His sight will sanctify their souls.”

            Come, O Blessed Spirit of Holy Fear, penetrate my inmost heart, that I may set Thee, my Lord and God, before my face forever; help me to shun all things that can offend Thee, and make me worthy to appear before the pure eyes of Thy Divine Majesty in Heaven, where Thou livest and reignest in the Unity of the ever Blessed Trinity, God world without end. Amen.

FROM THE BOOK OF HEAVEN

L_Luisa_Reading-a2I was feeling all concerned about the many Truths that blessed Jesus has told me on His Divine Will; and while I felt in me the Sacred Deposit of His Truths, I also felt a holy fear of how I kept them in my poor soul, and many times badly exposed, without that attention that befits Truths that contain Infinite Value. And O! how I would like to imitate the Blessed, who, while they know so much about the Divine Will, don’t say anything to any of the pilgrim souls—they keep them all with themselves; they are Beatified, they are delighted, but from up there they send not even one word to make known a single Truth of the many they know.

But while I was delirious because of His privation, I thought to myself about the Divine Will, and I feared that Its Dominion, Its Life, might not be in me, and therefore my Eternal Love Jesus leaves me, hiding Himself, and does not take care of me. And from the heart I asked Him pardon.

My God, I feel such pain, You know how much pain and how much it costs me. Only the fear of displeasing You and not doing Your Will holds me on. Otherwise, who knows what I would do not to be submitted to this.

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PIETAS – GIFT OF PIETY

PIETAS – GIFT OF PIETY

Gift of Piety Let My Prayer Arise... TurgisThe gift of Piety begets in our hearts a filial affection for God as our most loving Father. It inspires us to love and respect for His sake persons and things consecrated to Him, as well as those who are vested with His authority, His Blessed Mother and the Saints, the Church and its visible Head, our parents and superiors, our country and its rulers. He who is filled with the gift of Piety finds the practice of his religion, not a burdensome duty, but a delightful service. Where there is love, there is no labor.

            Come, O Blessed Spirit of Piety, possess my heart. Enkindle therein such a love for God, that I may find satisfaction only in His service, and for His sake lovingly submit to all legitimate authority. Amen.

FROM THE BOOK OF HEAVEN

Luisa_Piccarreta_5“My good daughter, Our Fiat displayed Our Operating, Powerful and Wise Love in the Creation, in such a way that all created things are Filled with Our Love, Power, Wisdom and Unspeakable Beauty. We can call them ‘the Administrators of Our Supreme Being.’ But We did even more in the Creation of the Sovereign Queen. Our Love was not satisfied by the mere display, rather, It wanted to assume the attitude of Piety, Tenderness and Compassion, so profound and intimate, as to be turned into tears for Love of the creatures. This is why, as We pronounced Our Fiat to Create Her and called Her to life, We Created Forgiveness, Mercy and Reconciliation between Us and humankind, and We deposited it in this Celestial Creature, as the Administrator between Our children and Hers. Therefore, the Sovereign Lady possesses Seas of Forgiveness, Mercy and Piety, as well as seas of tears of Our Love, in which She can cover all human generations, Regenerated in these seas Created by Us within Her—Seas of Forgiveness, of Mercy, and of a Piety so tender as to soften the hardest hearts.

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SCIENTIA – GIFT OF KNOWLEDGE

SCIENTIA – GIFT OF KNOWLEDGE

O_Come_Holy_Spirit_by_LordShadowblade1The gift of Knowledge enables the soul to evaluate created things at their true worth – in relation to God. Knowledge unmasks the pretense of creatures, reveals their emptiness, and points out their only true purpose as instruments in the service of God. It shows us the loving care of God even in adversity, and directs us to glorify Him in every circumstance of life. Guided by its light, we put first things first, and prize the friendship of God beyond all else. “Knowledge is a fountain of life to him that possesseth it.”

Come, O Blessed Spirit of Knowledge, and grant that I may perceive the Will of the Father; show me the nothingness of earthly things, that I may realize their vanity and use them only for Thy glory and my own salvation, looking ever beyond them to Thee, and Thy eternal rewards. Amen.

 

FROM THE BOOK OF HEAVEN

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“Ah, my daughter, do not go out of my Will, because by going out of my Will, you come to lose the knowledge of Me, and not knowing Me, you come to lose the knowledge of yourself. In fact, only in the reflections of the light can one distinguish with clarity whether there is gold or mud; if everything is darkness objects can easily be confused. Now, the light is my Will, which gives you the knowledge of Me, and in the reflections of this light you come to know who you are; and in seeing your weakness, your pure nothingness, you cling to my arms and, united with my Will, you live with Me in Heaven. But if you want to go out of my Will, first you would come to lose true humility, and then you would come to live on the earth and would be forced to feel the earthly weight, to moan and sigh like all the other unfortunate who live outside of my Will.”

One who is not completely empty of his own will cannot have a sure knowledge of Mine, because the human will forms the cloud between Mine and his, and hinders the knowledge of the value and the effects which Mine contains.

Knowledge brings with itself the value, the effects, the life of that good.

An object provides as much utility for as much as it is known; and many times it happens with two objects having the same value that someone who knows more about the value, in selling it, earns more, while someone else who does not have that knowledge, gives it up for less. How much does knowledge accomplish! Many become rich because they take the care of knowing things; others find themselves in the same circumstances, but are poor because they do not know things well.

Now, since I want you together with Me also in the interior acts which my Humanity did in this Supreme Volition, it is right that I make you know the qualities, the value, the effects, the power and the ways of this Will of Mine; and as I keep manifesting them to you, I open between us the participation in that which I make you know. Otherwise, why would I say it to you? Perhaps to give you simple news? No, no; when I make something known it is because I want to give. Therefore, as many values and effects as you know, so many have I given to you. See, then, the great good I want to do – not only for you, but also for others. In fact, as the knowledge of living in the Divine Will makes its way, It will be loved more, and love will absorb into them all the good which the knowledge, as prolific mother, will have delivered for them.

I am not the isolated God – no. I want the creature together with Me; my echo must resound in hers, and hers in Mine, so as to make them one. And if I have waited for so many centuries to make known my Will operating in the creature, and hers operating in Mine – almost raising it to my own level – it is because I had to prepare and dispose the creatures to move from minor to greater knowledges.

Every saying, every effect, every additional knowledge of It (Divine Will), will be one more flavor that they will find in this Food, in such a way that they will eat it with avidity. Everything I tell you about my Volition will serve to whet their appetite, and so that they may take no other food – at the cost of any sacrifice. If a food were said to be good, to restore strength, to heal the sick, to contain all flavors, and even more, to give life, beauty and happiness – who would not make any sacrifice in order to take this food? So it will be for my Will. In order to make It loved and desired, the knowledge of It is necessary. Therefore, be attentive, and receive within you this deposit of my Will, so that, as a second Mother, you may prepare the food for our children. In doing so, you will imitate my Mama. It will cost you much as well, but in the face my Will any sacrifice will seem nothing to you. Be little, do not come down from my arms, and I will continue to narrate to you the story of my Will.”

“Knowledge is the bearer of the life of Our Act and of the possession of Our goods for creatures. So, the knowledges about My Will have the virtue of forming Its Kingdom in their midst, because such has been Our purpose in manifesting them. And if in Redemption I wanted to descend from Heaven to take on human flesh, it was because I wanted to descend into all human acts to reorder them. More so, since Adam had withdrawn from Our Divine Will to content his humanity, and with this he disordered himself completely, he lost his state of origin; and I had to follow the same path: descend into a Humanity so as to reorder him anew; and everything I did in It was to serve as remedy, medicine, example, mirror, light, to be able to put decayed humanity in order.

“Now, having done all that was necessary, and still more, so much so that I had nothing else to do—I did everything, and I did it as God, with surprising means and with invincible love in order to reorder this decayed humanity; and man cannot say: ‘Jesus has not done this to cure us, reorder us and place us in safety’—everything I did in My Humanity was nothing but the preparation and the cures I prescribed so that the human family might recover, to return once again into the order of my Divine Will.

“So, after about two thousand years of cure, it is just and decorous for Us and for man that he no longer be sick, but that he be healthy again so as to enter into the Kingdom of Our Will. And this is why the knowledges about It were needed—so that Our Creative Word, that speaks and creates, speaks and communicates, speaks and transforms, speaks and wins, might speak and make new horizons, new suns rise for as many knowledges as It manifests, in such a way as to form so many sweet enchantments that, amazed, the creature will be conquered and invested by the light of My Eternal Will. In fact, nothing else is needed for Its Kingdom to come but the two wills kissing each other, one dissolving within the other—My Will, to give, and the human will, to receive.

“Therefore, just as My Word was enough to create the universe, so will it be enough to form the Kingdom of My Fiat. But it is necessary that the words I have spoken, the knowledges I have manifested, be known, to be able to communicate the good that My Creative Word contains. This is why I insist so much that the knowledges about My Will, the purpose for which I manifested them, be known—to be able to realize the Kingdom that I so yearn to give to creatures. And I will overwhelm Heaven and earth to obtain the intent.”

“My daughter, how Beautiful it is to Live in My Will! We cannot be without this creature. We keep thinking about New Surprises to make for her, something New to give her, New Things to tell her, so that she may get to know more about Our Fiat. According to her knowledge, we can widen the Sea of Our Love within her. Knowledge is the little bell that, as it rings, calls Our Power, Sanctity, Goodness and Love with sweetest sound, to be enclosed within the creature who Lives in My Will—to make Us Operate Our Unheard-of Prodigies.

“Now, you must know that every Knowledge I Manifest and every act done in my Will, thanks to this Knowledge, is like a Divine Seed acquired by the soul. This Seed will produce New Divine Science. O! how she will be able to speak the language of her Creator. Every Truth will be a New Celestial Language with the virtue of being understandable to those who listen and want to receive this Divine Seed. This Seed will produce New Life of Sanctity, New Love, New Goodness, New Joy and Happiness. These Seeds of Truth will be as many Divine Properties acquired by the soul.

“The Joy We receive when the soul operates in Our Will is such that We communicate It to all the Blessed. You must know that as many are the Divine Seeds that the soul acquires by Knowledge of My Fiat, so many more Degrees of Our Knowledge and Glory will We extend to her when, having finished her life down here, she will come to Our Heavenly Fatherland. To each Knowledge acquired on earth will correspond a Double Knowledge of Our Supreme Entity in Our Celestial Residence. To each Divine Seed a degree of Glory, Joy and Happiness. Therefore, the Happiness, Joy and Glory of the Blessed will be in proportion to how much they will have known Us. Consider, for example, a man who did not study different languages. In hearing them being spoken, he will not understand a thing. Moreover, he certainly could not be employed as a teacher of these languages to let him earn a higher salary. He will only be able to teach the little he knows and earn little money.

“In the same way, if men do not know Us on earth, they won’t make enough room in their souls to be able to receive all Our Joy and Happiness. Even if We desire to give it to them, it would just not fit, and they would not understand anything. Therefore, the Glory of the Blessed will correspond to how many acts in Our Will they have done: Glory and Joy will be higher the more Knowledge they acquired. This can make the Blessed reach such a height that all the Celestial Court will be amazed, because each additional Knowledge is a New Divine Life that the soul acquires, a Life with Infinite Goods and Joys.

“Do you think it’s nothing for the souls to possess many of Our New Divine Lives as her own property? What we will not give of Joy, Happiness and Love, in return for these New Divine Lives that she possesses! We long for Our children who will Live in Our Will, to make Ourselves known on earth, since It will be their Teacher of the New Sciences of their Creator and will make them Beautiful, Wise, Holy and Noble, according to the Knowledge acquired.

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FORTITVDO – GIFT OF FORTITUDE

FORTITVDO –  GIFT OF FORTITUDE

Holy SpiritBy the gift of Fortitude, the soul is strengthened against natural fear, and supported to the end in the performance of duty. Fortitude imparts to the will an impulse and energy which move it to undertake without hesitancy the most arduous tasks, to face dangers, to trample under foot human respect, and to endure without complaint the slow martyrdom of even lifelong tribulation. “He that shall persevere unto the end, he shall be saved.”

            Come, O Blessed Spirit of Fortitude, uphold my soul in times of trouble and adversity, sustain my efforts after holiness, strengthen my weakness, give me courage against all the assaults of my enemies, that I may never be overcome and separated from Thee, my God and greatest Good. Amen.

FROM THE BOOK OF HEAVEN

LUISA PRAYING“My daughter (Luisa), you have disarmed divine Justice many times, contenting yourself with receiving Its blows upon yourself. Now that you see It at the summit of Its fury, do not lose heart, but be courageous; with heart full of holy fortitude, enter into this Justice and disarm It. Do not be afraid of the swords, of the fire, or of anything you may encounter; in order to obtain the intent, if you see yourself wounded, beaten, burned, rejected, do not draw back, but rather, let this be a spur for you to move on. See, so that you may do this, I Myself have come to your help by bringing you a garment; as your soul wears it, you will acquire courage and fortitude so as to fear nothing.”

“My virtues and the merits I acquired for man in my Passion, are as many towers of fortitude on which everyone can lean along the journey on the way to Eternity. But man, ungrateful, running away from these towers of fortitude, leans on mud and conducts himself along the way of perdition.” Then Jesus disappeared, and I found myself inside myself.

“…Even more, it can be said that patience is custody of purity; not only this, but it is staircase to ascend to the mountain of fortitude, in such a way that if one went up without the staircase of patience, he would immediately fall from the highest point to the lowest. In addition to this, patience is seed of perseverance, and this seed produces branches called firmness.

“…Therefore, remain strong in Faith, for if you are strong in it, in all states and circumstances, Faith will administer Fortitude to you, and will make you be always united with God.”

“…My Divine Will will Form the Consecration of the Divine Life, of Fortitude, of Firmness, and of all that I am.

“…confidence in Me dispels fear, and nourishes the soul with pure Love; it dissolves doubts, and gives her Certainty; it takes away weakness, and gives her Fortitude.

“…My Will is Life, and the soul is already disposed to receive Life; It is Holy, and she receives Sanctity; It is Strong, and she receives Fortitude; and so with all the rest.

I (Luisa) continue my flight in the Divine Volition. Upon entering It, one can feel Its Balsamic Air and Its Pacific Waves. All is Peace…. Its Strength is such that the soul feels Invested by such a Fortitude as to be able to do everything, reaching any extent, and even doing what God Himself does. Divine Will, how capable You are of changing the human will! Your Power is such as to Renew the poor creature, making her be Born to New Life.

 

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INVITATION TO THE FOURTH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON THE SERVANT OF GOD, LUISA PICCARRETA

INVITATION TO THE

FOURTH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON THE SERVANT OF GOD, LUISA PICCARRETA

ON THE OCCASION OF THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF HER BIRTH

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