Feast Day of the Dedication of St. John Lateran Basilica

NOVEMBER 9

FEAST DAY OF THE DEDICATION OF ST. JOHN LATERAN BASILICA

Today the Church celebrates the feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome. The Basilica of St. John Lateran is the cathedral of Rome. This is not St. Peter’s, but it is the Pope’s cathedral. Also called the Church of Holy Savior or the Church of St. John Baptist, it was the baptism church of ancient Rome. It was built in the time of Constantine and was consecrated by Pope Sylvester in 324. This feast became a universal celebration in honor of the basilica called “the mother and mistress of all churches of Rome and the world” (omnium urbis et orbis ecclesiarum mater et caput) as a sign of love for and union with the See of Peter.

 Benedict XVI, Angelus Address, November 9, 2008:

Dear friends, today’s feast celebrates a mystery that is always relevant: God’s desire to build a spiritual temple in the world, a community that worships him in spirit and truth (cf. John 4:23-24). But this observance also reminds us of the importance of the material buildings in which the community gathers to celebrate the praises of God. Every community therefore has the duty to take special care of its own sacred buildings, which are a precious religious and historical patrimony. For this we call upon the intercession of Mary Most Holy, that she help us to become, like her, the “house of God,” living temple of his love.

 


The Temple of Stones is a Symbol of the Living Church

Today the liturgy celebrates the dedication of the Lateran Basilica, called “mother and head of all the churches of the city and the world.” In fact, this basilica was the first to be built after Emperor Constantine’s edict, in 313, granted Christians freedom to practice their religion.

The emperor himself gave Pope Miltiades the ancient palace of the Laterani family, and the basilica, the baptistery, and the patriarchate, that is, the Bishop of Rome’s residence — where the Popes lived until the Avignon period — were all built there. The basilica’s dedication was celebrated by Pope Sylvester around 324 and was named Most Holy Savior; only after the 6th century were the names of St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist added, and now is typically denominated by these latter.

Initially the observance of this feast was confined to the city of Rome; then, beginning in 1565, it was extended to all the Churches of the Roman rite. The honoring of this sacred edifice was a way of expressing love and veneration for the Roman Church, which, as St. Ignatius of Antioch says, “presides in charity” over the whole Catholic communion (Letter to the Romans, 1:1).

On this solemnity the Word of God recalls an essential truth: the temple of stones is a symbol of the living Church, the Christian community, which in their letters the Apostles Peter and Paul already understood as a “spiritual edifice,” built by God with “living stones,” namely, Christians themselves, upon the one foundation of Jesus Christ, who is called the “cornerstone” (cf. 1 Corinthians 3:9-11, 16-17; 1 Peter 2:4-8; Ephesians 2:20-22). “Brothers, you are God’s building,” St. Paul wrote, and added: “holy is God’s temple, which you are” (1 Corinthians 3:9c, 17).

The beauty and harmony of the churches, destined to give praise to God, also draws us human beings, limited and sinful, to convert to form a “cosmos,” a well-ordered structure, in intimate communion with Jesus, who is the true Saint of saints. This happens in a culminating way in the Eucharistic liturgy, in which the “ecclesia,” that is, the community of the baptized, come together in a unified way to listen to the Word of God and nourish themselves with the Body and Blood of Christ. From these two tables the Church of living stones is built up in truth and charity and is internally formed by the Holy Spirit transforming herself into what she receives, conforming herself more and more to the Lord Jesus Christ. She herself, if she lives in sincere and fraternal unity, in this way becomes the spiritual sacrifice pleasing to God.

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New and Continuous Way to Meditate the “Hours of the Passion”

FROM THE BOOK OF HEAVEN

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11/4/14 – Vol. 11

The new and continuous way to meditate the Hours of the Passion.

I was doing the Hours of the Passion and Jesus, all pleased, told me: “My daughter (Luisa), if you knew what great satisfaction I (Jesus) feel in seeing you repeating these Hours of My Passion – always repeating them, over and over again – you would be happy. It is true that My Saints have meditated My Passion and understood how much I suffered, melting in tears of compassion, to the extent of feeling consumed for love of My Pains; however, not in this continuous manner, always repeated and in this order. Therefore, I (Jesus) can say that you (Luisa) are the first one to give Me this taste, so great and special, as you keep fragmenting within you – hour by hour – My Life and all that I suffered. I feel so attracted that, hour after hour, I (Jesus) give you (Luisa) this Food and I eat the same Food with you, doing what you do together with you. Know that I will Reward you (Luisa) abundantly with New Light and New Graces even after your death. Each time the souls on earth will do these Hours of My Passion, in Heaven I will clothe you (Luisa) with ever New Light and Glory.”

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November 2 Message from Our Lady of Medjugorje to Mirjana

November 02, 2013 Message to Mirjana

 

Our Lady of Medjugorje“Dear children; anew, in a motherly way, I am calling you to love, to continually pray for the gift of love, to love the Heavenly Father above everything.

When you love Him you will love yourself and your neighbor. This cannot be separated. The Heavenly Father is in each person.

He loves each person and calls each person by name. Therefore, my children, through prayer hearken to the will of the Heavenly Father.

Converse with Him. Have a personal relationship with the Father, which will deepen even more your relationship as a community of my children – my apostles.

As a mother I desire that through the love for the Heavenly Father, you may be raised above earthly vanities, and may help others to gradually come to know,

and come closer to the Heavenly Father. My children, pray, pray, pray for the gift of love because ‘love’ is my Son.

Pray for your shepherds that they may always have love for you as my Son had, and showed by giving His life for your salvation.

Thank you.”

 

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Feast of All Souls Day – November 2

FEAST DAY OF ALL SOULS

Feast of All Souls 

NOVEMBER 2

All Souls — The need and duty of prayer for the departed souls has been acknowledged by the Church at all times. It is recommended in the Scriptures of the Old Testament (2 Macch. 12, 46), and found expression not only in public and private prayers but especially in the offering of the Holy Sacrifice for the repose of souls. The customary dates for public services of this kind were, and still are, the day of death and burial, the seventh and thirtieth day after death (Month”s Mind Mass), and the anniversary. Except for the funeral Mass, the actual observance of these dates is not made obligatory by the Church but left to the piety of relatives and friends of the deceased.

The memorial feast of all departed ones in a common celebration was inaugurated by Abbot Saint Odilo of Cluny (1048). He issued a decree that all monasteries of the congregation of Cluny were annually to keep November 2 as a “day of all the departed ones” (Omnium Defunctorum). On November 1, after vespers, the bell should be tolled and afterward the Office of the Dead be recited; on the next day all priests had to say Mass for the repose of the souls in purgatory.62

This observance of the Benedictines of Cluny was soon adopted by other Benedictines, and by the Carthusians. Pope Sylvester II (1003) approved and recommended it. It was some time, though, before the secular clergy introduced it in the various dioceses. From the eleventh to the fourteenth centuries it gradually spread in France, Germany, England, and Spain, until finally, in the fourteenth century, Rome placed the day of the commemoration of all the faithful departed in the official books of the Western Church for November 2 (or November 3 if the second falls on a Sunday).

November 2 was chosen in order that the memory of all the “holy spirits” both of the saints in Heaven and of the souls in purgatory should be celebrated on two successive days, and in this way to express the Christian belief in the “Communion of Saints.” Since the Feast of All Saints had already been celebrated on November 1 for centuries, the memory of the departed souls in purgatory was placed on the following day.

In the Greek Rite the commemoration of all the faithful departed is held on the Saturday before Sexagesima Sunday, and is called the “Saturday of the Souls” (Psychosabbaton). The Armenians celebrate it on Easter Monday, with the solemn Office of the Dead. The Mass, however, is that of the Resurrection. An interesting and moving observance is held in the Syrian-Antiochene Rite where they celebrate on three separate days: on Friday before Septuagesima they commemorate all departed priests; on Friday before Sexagesima, all the faithful departed; and on Friday before Quinquagesima, “all those who died in strange places, away from their parents and friends.”

Pope Benedict XV in 1915 allowed all priests to say three Masses on All Souls” Day in order to give increased help to the suffering souls in purgatory. The Church has also granted to all faithful special privileges of gaining indulgences for the holy souls on November 1 and 2. The Office of the Dead is recited by priests and religious communities. In many places the graves in the cemeteries are blessed on the eve or in the morning of All Souls” Day, and a solemn service is usually held in parish churches.

The liturgical color at all services on November 2 is black. The Masses are part of the group called “Requiem” Masses because they start with the words Requiem aeternam dona eis (Eternal rest grant unto them).

The sequence sung at the solemn Mass on All Souls” Day (and on other occasions) is the famous poem Dies Irae (Day of Wrath) written by a thirteenth-century Franciscan. It has been often ascribed to Thomas of Celano (1260), the friend and biographer of Saint Francis of Assisi, though the authorship is not certain.

CHAPTER FROM THE BOOK OF HEAVEN

 LUISA AND SOULS

 

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Volume 30 – December 25, 1931 “My daughter (Luisa), come into this Light—I (Jesus) want you (Luisa) here.  The virtue of My Light, Its Motion as Fount of Life, does nothing other than unleash souls—that is, Life of creatures—from within Its Womb of Light.  Its Power is so Great that, as it moves, it emits souls; and I want My beloved (Luisa) together with Me, in the Womb of My Light—that is, of My Divine Will.  As souls are formed and emitted outside, I do not want to be alone, but I (Jesus) want your company (Luisa), that you may recognize the Great Portent of the Creation of souls—Our Excessive Love.  And since I want you in My Divine Will, I (Jesus) want to deposit them in you (Luisa), entrust them (souls) to you (Luisa), not leaving them alone while they journey as pilgrims through the earth, but having someone together with Me who would protect them and defend them for Me.

“O! how sweet is the company of one (Luisa) who takes care of the Lives that come out of Me.  This is so pleasing to Me, that I (Jesus) make one (Luisa) who Lives in My Divine Will the Depository of the Creation of souls, the Channel by which I let them come out to the Light, and the Channel to let them reenter into the Celestial Fatherland.  Everything do I (Jesus) want to give to one (Luisa) who wants to Live in My Fiat.  Their company is necessary to My Love, to My Outpourings, and to My Works, for they want to be recognized.  To act and not to be recognized—they are like works that cannot Boast Triumph, nor Sing Victory and Glory.  Therefore, do not deny Me your company; you would deny your Jesus an Outpouring of Love, and My Works would lack the Cortege and the appreciation of the creature, and would remain like isolated Works; and My Love, constrained, would turn into Justice.”

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Feast Day of All Saints – November 1

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Prodigies of the Creature Operating in the Divine Will

BOOK OF HEAVEN

10/30/22 – Vol. 14

The Prodigies of the creature Operating in the Divine Will.

Continuing in my usual state, my always adorable Jesus came, and plunging me into the Immense Light of His Most Holy Will, told me: “My daughter (Luisa), look at the Prodigies of the creature Operating in My Divine Will. As she Enters into My Divine Will and thinks, prays, works…, she rises with Me. And since I AM Voice without word, My Voice is Formed and Reaches each heart according to its own needs, and in many different ways and languages which are in the creatures, in such a way that all can understand Me. I AM Work without hands, and therefore I AM work of each one; I AM Step without feet, in such a way that wherever I (Jesus) go I find Myself in Act. In the same way, the soul (Luisa), by Operating in My Divine Will, becomes Voice without word, Work without hands, Step without feet, and I (Jesus) feel her Flowing in My Voice, in My Works and in My Steps – I feel her (Luisa) everywhere. And as I feel her always together with Me, I (Jesus) no longer feel lonely; and since I Love the company of the creature (Luisa) very much, taken by Love for her, I Divinize her (Luisa), I Enrich her (Luisa), and I Give her (Luisa) such Graces as to astonish Heaven and earth.”

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The Vicar of Christ the King: True Devotion to the Pope

The Vicar of Christ the King: True Devotion to the Pope


 

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Stages of Sin from St. Bernard of Clairvaux

Stages of Sin from St. Bernard of Clairvaux

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Saint_Bernard_of_ClairvauxThere are just times when a saint speaks and one is stunned by the insight, the piercing analysis, like a surgeon’s scalpel dividing diseased from healthy tissue. Such is the case with a quote I read recently from St. Bernard that Ralph Martin references in his Book “The Fulfillment of all desires.”

In this quote Bernard analyzes the descent into the increasing darkness of sin experienced by those who do not turn back, who refuse to hear the call to repent. And not individuals only, but, I would argue, cultures too.

St. Bernard’s quote is long enough that I can only make brief comments. But consider it first in toto, and then in stages. Here is the full quote:

If this cold once penetrates the soul when (as so often happens) the soul is neglectful and the spirit asleep and if no one (God forbid) is there to curb it, then it reaches into the soul’s interior, descends to the depths of the heart and the recesses of the mind, paralyzes the affections, obstructs the paths of counsel, unsteadies the light of judgment, fetters the liberty of the spirit, and soon – as appears to bodies sick with fever – a rigor of the mind takes over: vigor slackens, energies grow languid, repugnance for austerity increases, fear of poverty disquiets, the soul shrivels, grace is withdrawn, time means boredom, reason is lulled to sleep, the spirit is quenched, the fresh fervor wanes away, a fastidious lukewarmness weighs down, brotherly love grows cold, pleasure attracts, security is a trap, old habits return. Can I say more? The law is cheated, justice is rejected, what is right is outlawed, the fear of the Lord is abandoned. Shamelessness finally gets free rein. There comes that rash leap, so dishonorable, so disgraceful, so full of ignominy and confusion; a leap from the heights into the abyss, from the court-yard to the dung-heap, from the throne to the sewer, from heaven to the mud, from the cloister to the world, from paradise to hell. (sermon 63.6b on the Song of Songs, The Fox in the Vineyard).

And now consider the stages, with brief comments by me to  them along the way. Fasten your Seat belts, turbulence ahead.

1. If this cold once penetrates the soul when (as so often happens) the soul is neglectful and the spirit asleep – For it too easily happens that we are morally or spiritually asleep. And this provides doorways for the evil one, for the world, the flesh, and the devil. Jesus warns, Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak (Matt 26:41). And yet we love to sleep. We also love to anesthetize ourselves with alcohol, drugs, and other diversions. Jesus says in one of the parables that he sowed good seed in his field, But while everyone was sleeping, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away (Matt 13:25). We love to sleep. Bad stuff happens when we are spiritually and morally asleep.

2. and if no one (God forbid) is there to curb it, then it reaches into the soul’s interior, descends to the depths of the heart and the recesses of the mind – If we are smart, we walk in spiritual company with the Church, and with close spiritual friends and spiritual leaders in the Church. Even if, at times we get sleepy, they rouse us and warn us. But too many do not do this and if they pray at all they are lone rangers and many drift from or discount the voice of the Church and family members. Thus, in our weakness there is no one, by our own fault, to warn us, or if some one does, we ignore or ridicule them. Thus the darkness of sin reaches deeper into our interior.

3. paralyzes the affections, – our desires being to go awry first. Our desire for spiritual things is shutting down.

4. obstructs the paths of counsel, The darkness of sin makes good counsel seem difficult at first, obnoxious later. For example, one may begin to wonder, “Why does it matter if I go to Mass or not? What’s the big deal….Why is looking at a little porn so bad….why is the Church so “uptight” about stuff?”

5. unsteadies the light of judgment – Severed from good counsel our judgments become poor and self serving.

6. fetters the liberty of the spirit – The (human) spirit is that part of us that opens us to God, that delights in the truth and in goodness. But as the flesh begins to dominate, the spirit’s influence is diminished and its “liberty” to move within us to draw us to the good, true and beautiful, is hindered.

7. and soon – as appears to bodies sick with fever – a rigor of the mind takes over: – Our thoughts become distorted, stinking thinking begins to masquerade as sensible. As St. Paul says of the Gentiles of his time that, having suppressed the truth, they became futile in their thinking, and their senseless minds were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools (Rom 1:21-22)

8. vigor slackens – What was once virtuous, i.e. a good habit and easy to do, now seems hard and one lacks strength or vigor to do good.

9. energies grow languid – Without the enthusiasm of an alive spirit infused with grace we begin to lack the energy to do what is good and right. It all seems so much harder, so much effort!

10. repugnance for austerity increases – As the spirit goes more into a coma and the flesh becomes more demanding, any limits to pleasure make us wince and get angry. It is almost like a gluttony wherein  the stomach is stretched and must have a bigger meal each time to satisfy. Never, satisfied, the flesh demands more and more, and any notion of limits causes anger and avoidance.

11. fear of poverty disquiets – The more we get, the more we have to lose and the less secure we feel. The world and the flesh now have in their grip through fear. Poverty is freeing, but wealth enslaves. You can’t steal from a man who has nothing to lose, you can’t intimidate him. But a rich person, a person rooted in the world has too much to lose and is thus disquieted by even the most benign of threats. The laborer’s sleep is sweet, whether he has eaten little or much; but the rich man’s wealth will not let him sleep at all. (Eccles  4:11)

12. the soul shrivels – Just as any part of the body which is underused begins to atrophy (weaken and shrink) so too the soul and its faculties, increasingly unused, recede, grow weak and go dormant.

13. grace is withdrawn – as sin grows serious, now mortal sin robs the soul of graces.

14. time means boredom – without spiritual insight, boredom is sure to follow. Nothing has real meaning. Even the delights of the flesh, now so demanded, fail to satisfy. Scripture says regarding a soul in this state: All things are wearisome; Man is not able to tell it. The eye is not satisfied with seeing, Nor is the ear filled with hearing. That which has been is that which will be, And that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun (Eccles 1:8-9)

15. reason is lulled to sleep – foolish thinking is not seen for what it is. One cannot follow the path of simple logic or reason because the flesh feel threatened by it. Sins of the flesh are not the most serious of sins (sins of the spirit are) but they are the most disgraceful because of their capacity to cloud the mind.

16. the spirit is quenched – The human spirit becomes increasingly dead.

17. the fresh fervor wanes away – Even good days, spiritually speaking are fewer and fewer.

18. a fastidious lukewarmness weighs down – one actually begins to cultivate mediocrity, compromise and to celebrate it as open-minded, tolerant and avoiding “extremes.”

19. brotherly love grows cold – Was it Camus or Sartre who said, “Hell is other people.” Yes, sin is growing very deep now, the world is closing in on an increasingly petty object: “Me.”

20. pleasure attracts – It always has, but now inordinately and with greater and greater power.

21. security is a trap – In other words it is a lie. This world is a thief. It takes back everything, no matter what the John Hancock Insurance Co. says. But increasingly the sinful soul prefers lies to truth, even knowing deep down that they are lies.

22. old habits return – If one had made progress in virtue, now it erodes.

23. Can I say more? The law is cheated – In other words, legalism and minimalism becomes a tactic. One seeks the “least expensive” interpretation of everything, parses words, and uses every trick to see how the clearly manifest will of God is either not clear, does not apply or how it can be observed in the most perfunctory of ways. One will often collect experts to tickle their ears. Whatever it takes to cheat the law, skirt the edges and reinterpret clear norms.

24. justice is rejected – After cheating the law the next step down is just to reject it outright. The person does not care what God says. They now begin to exult the imperial autonomous self saying in effect that they will do what they want and they will decide if it is right or wrong.

25. what is right is outlawed, – next comes trying to outlaw others from proclaiming the truth. Call what they say “hate speech” fine them, arrest them make them answer in court. Banish the truth from schools and the public square. Demonize and criminalize all possible ways of proclaiming the truth.

26. the fear of the Lord is abandoned – The delusion that one will never face consequences of judgement for what they do is embraced. They will answer to God, but they deny it and are permitted a very deep delusion that they will never have to answer for what they do.

27. Shamelessness finally gets free rein Things that ought to cause shame, and used to do so are now celebrated. Scripture laments them saying, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them (Rom 1:32). The celebration of sin, even the exultation of it as virtue shows that the darkness is now complete, the fall reaches as cracking and crushing thud. St Bernard describes it this way:

There [has come] that rash leap, so dishonorable, so disgraceful, so full of ignominy and confusion; a leap from the heights into the abyss, from the court-yard to the dung-heap, from the throne to the sewer, from heaven to the mud, from the cloister to the world, from paradise to hell.

Pay attention to what the Saints say. There are some who will no doubt dismiss this post as negative etc. I am more concerned if it is true, rather than negative (or positive). My own experience as Pastor, teacher, disciple, sinner and denizen of the world, is that St. Bernard is right on target and has given us a kind of diagnostic manual of the progression of the disease know as sin. Read this, ponder it, consider your own life, and consider too the lives of people you love.

Disease unattended has a way of moving deeper in stages to become grave if we do not soberly assess its presence and power and use the medicines of the Prayer, Scripture, Sacraments, and Fellowship with the Church (cf Acts 2:42).

Are you praying with me?? Listen to St. Bernard of Clairvaux

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One (Luisa) Who Lives in the Divine Will Forms the Support for her Creator

FROM THE BOOK OF HEAVEN

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10/26/38 – Vol. 36

The effects of disturbance.  The little ill one in the Divine Will.  One (Luisa) who Lives in the Divine Will forms the support for her Creator, so the Holy Trinity secures Its interests.

My poor being feels the extreme need to Live in the Divine Will.  The bitterness and the pains that invade me are such that I feel as if they wanted to tear out the Divine Fiat from inside of me.  I feel, more than ever, the Desire to Live in It.  But with all the efforts I make to Live abandoned in Its Arms, I still can’t do without feeling embittered, stunned, disturbed by the many troubles and hard pains that surround me, so much that I can’t take it anymore.  My Jesus, Celestial Mother, help me.  Can’t you see that I am about to succumb?  If You don’t hold me in Your Arms, if You don’t continue to inundate me with the Waves of Your Divine Volition, I tremble and fear.  What will happen to me?  Please, don’t leave me!  Don’t abandon me to myself in such a hard state. 

But as I was thinking this, my always Adorable Jesus ran to sustain me in His arms, and all Goodness told me: “My good daughter (Luisa), do not fear, Courage; I (Jesus) won’t leave you (Luisa).  I (Jesus) cannot leave you (Luisa).  The chains of My Love tie Me to you (Luisa) and make us inseparable; but then, why do you fear to be leaving My Will?  Just as to enter It, it took a Firm Resolute Act of wanting to Live in It, in the same way, to get out of It, it would take another firm and resolute act; and you (Luisa) didn’t do this, neither will My daughter (Luisa) ever do it, will you?

“All I (Jesus) want is that you (Luisa) do not let yourself be surprised by any disturbance.  It pales you, it makes you lose freshness, it debilitates your Strength, it makes you lose the Liveliness of the Light of the Fiat; so My Love remains repressed, Attention loses its Pace, and although you (Luisa) are in My Divine Will, you stay there as if inside a house in which you don’t bother doing your duties—to Decorate it, put it in Order and give it all the Sumptuousness that befits it.  So, being troubled like this in My (Divine) Will, you don’t pay Attention to Receiving My Creative and Operating Act; you are as if idle.  But, Courage then; since your pains are because of Me, We keep you (Luisa) in Our Will as the little ill one.  I AM the First who Suffers with you (Luisa), since your pains are Mine and I (Jesus) Suffer more than you; I AM like your Nurse; I (Jesus) Assist you (Luisa), I (Jesus) make your bed out of My Arms, and I (Jesus) Place My Pains around you (Luisa) to Strengthen you.  Our Mother and Queen (Mary) runs to put you on Her Lap, to protect her little ill daughter (Luisa).  Since one (Luisa) who operated in My Divine Will brought Glory and Joy to all Heaven, all the Angels and Saints run around Our little infirm one (Luisa) to Assist her and Serve her needs, in Our Divine Will.  But they cannot enter into strange things that do not belong to Us.  Even the pains must be Our Pains, otherwise they can’t find the way to enter them.  Therefore, Courage, all that I (Jesus) want is that you (Luisa) be at Peace.  How many times I (Jesus) too, under the press of hard Pains, became infirm, and the Angels ran to sustain me.  Even My Heavenly Father, in seeing Me in Excruciating Pains, ran to Me and took Me in His Arms to Strengthen My groaning Humanity.  And how many times My Mother fell ill in My Divine Will, in seeing the sufferings of Her Son—to the Point of feeling as though dying—and I (Jesus) ran to sustain her, holding her to My Heart, not letting Her succumb.   All I (Jesus) want is Courage and Peace.  Don’t trouble yourself too much, and I’ll take care of everything.”

Then He added: “My daughter (Luisa), you don’t know yet all the Good the creature receives by Living in My Divine Will, and the Great Glory she gives to her Creator.  Every act she (Luisa) does in It is a Leaning of God on the creature, Leaning His Power of Love and of Sanctity.  The more acts she (Luisa) Repeats the more We Trust her and the more We can Lean on what is Ours, since Our Divine Will is there, giving Capacity and Strength to the creature (Luisa) to Receive what We want to Give.  But if We don’t find Our Divine Will and her acts Repeated in It, We don’t know where to lean; she doesn’t have Strength, Capacity, or the Space in which to Receive Our Gifts and Graces, so that I (Jesus) can Trust her.  Poor creature, without Our Divine Will.  She, the True Citadel, without Doors and without Sentries to Defend it—exposed to all the dangers. If We want to Give, it would be like exposing Our Gifts and Our very Life to uselessness and to the danger of receiving offenses and ingratitude, so that they make Us turn Gifts and Graces into chastisements. 

“Therefore, you must know that when the creature does Our Divine Will, We settle Our Interests.  We never Operate to Our disadvantage:  First We secure the interests—Our Glory—and then We Operate; otherwise it would be as if We didn’t have Heart for Our Sanctity, or as if We did not appreciate Our Gifts or what We do, or as if We didn’t know Ourselves—Our Power and Our Ability.  Who would ever start an enterprise without first securing his interests? Nobody.  It may happen that, by disgrace, his enterprise suffers some losses, but by having thought of securing his interests first, he won’t have to leave his situation—he can maintain his status.  But if he hadn’t put his interests in a safe place, he could reduce himself to starvation.  This is why We want the creature (Luisa) in Our Will:  because We want to secure Our Concerns—what We Give of Love, Sanctity, Goodness, and all the Rest.  Our Divine Will takes charge of having them returned to Us in as many Divine Acts—We gave Divine Love, she (Luisa) gives Us Divine Love back.  Our Divine Will Transforms the creature (Luisa) into Our Sanctity and Goodness, and makes her (Luisa) give Us back Holy and Good Acts.  Therefore, even her (Luisa’s) breath, her (Luisa’s) motion and her (Luisa’s) steps are Pure and Holy.  We feel in her (Luisa’s) acts their similarity with Ours, because they are Rendered so by Our Divine Will.  So when We Receive from the creature (Luisa) what is Ours, made Divine by Our Fiat, Our Interest is settled; Our Love celebrates, Our Glory Triumphs, and We Prepare New Surprises of Love, Gifts, Graces.  When Our Interest is Returned, We don’t mind about anything.  We Abound, so much that the Heavens Overflow.”

 

 

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Investing Self with Jesus to Receive Him in the Sacrament

BOOK OF HEAVEN

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10/24/18 – Vol. 12

The soul must invest herself with Jesus to be able to receive Him in the Sacrament.

I was preparing myself to receive my sweet Jesus in the Sacrament, and I prayed that He Himself would cover my great misery. And Jesus told me: “My daughter (Luisa), in order to allow the creature to have all the necessary means to receive Me, I (Jesus) wanted to Institute this Sacrament on the last day of My Life, so as to line up My whole Life around each Host, as preparation for each creature who would receive Me. The creature could never have received Me, if she had not had a preparing God, Who was taken only by Excess of Love for wanting to Give Himself to the creature. And since the creature was unable to receive Me, that same Excess of Love led Me to Give My whole Life in order to prepare her, so It placed My Steps, My Works, My Love before her own. And since within Me there was also My Passion, It placed also My Pains in order to prepare her. So, invest yourself with Me; cover yourself with each one of My Acts, and come.”

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