Sep 10

XXIII Sunday in Ordinary Time

From:   http://www.luisapiccarretaofficial.org/gospels/xxiii-sunday-in-ordinary-time/96

Brothers and sisters, Fiat!

Jesus says, “If two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven” .

Why does Jesus assure that the “unanimous” prayer is heard? Because it is done in charity, in forgiveness, in understanding, in sharing, in the love that is capable of giving one’s life for the loved one.

Jesus shows us a prayer experienced in love, not in individualism, in the illusion of one’s own recollection. We should always join each other. This explain why the Holy Mass is the unity of Christ’s Body which is the Church. And the personal prayer, silent adoration, contemplation? These are necessary to become able to love, join others, recognize that every act of love to the Lord is true if, at the same time, it is an expression of concrete love for our brothers.

But above all, the reason why the “unanimous”  prayer is heard is that Jesus Himself is in our midst, His the Spirit of Love prays with inexpressible groanings.

“Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Where is Jesus, where can we meet Him? where do we experience Him? where do we find His grace of salvation? When we are gathered together in His name, in His love, He is in the midst of us, with us, for us.

Christ, who is in heaven, Christ who is in the Eucharist and in the Word, Christ who is in our neighbor in need… is present and working in our midst. “Gathering together in His name ” in the fraternal communion , in the Christian community.

What a miracle of grace, strength, power is the presence of Christ among us!

The more the soul is identified with God, the more He can give her and she can take from Him.

To better describe this great truth of God’s love for man, Jesus explains that to Luisa through the example of the sea and the little stream. It happens as between the sea and a little stream which is separated from the sea only by a wall; so much so, that if the wall were removed, the sea and the little stream would become one single sea. Now, if the sea overflows, being near it, the little stream receives the water of the sea. If its roaring waves rise, in lowering again they unload themselves into the nearby little stream. The water of the sea pours into it through the cracks of the wall. So, the tiny little stream constantly receives the waters of the sea, and because it is little, it keeps swelling up and it gives back to the sea the water it has received, to then receive it again. However, this happens because the little stream is near the sea; but if it were far away, neither could the sea give, nor could it receive – its distance would put it in the condition of not even knowing the sea.”

The sea is God, the tiny little stream is the soul, the wall that separates them is the human nature, which makes one distinguish God and the creature; the overflowings, the waves which rise continuously to unload themselves into the little stream, are the Divine Will that wants to give so much to the creature, that the little stream, being filled and swelling up, may overflow, may form its waves, swollen by the wind of the Supreme Will, and may pour back into the divine sea, to be filled again, in such a way as to be able to say: ‘I live the life of the sea, and even though I am little, I too do what it does; I overflow, I form my waves, I rise and I try to give to the sea what it gives to me.’

So, the soul who is identified with God and lets herself be dominated by the Divine Will is the repeater of the divine acts. Her love, her adorations, her prayers and everything she does, is the outpouring of God which she receives, so as to be able to say: ‘It is your love that loves You, your adorations that adore You, your prayers that pray You; it is your Will that, investing me, makes me do what You do, to give it back to You as your own things’.”

How great the power of the Divine Will is! It alone unites the greatest and highest Being with the littlest and lowest being, making them one. It alone has the virtue of emptying the creature of all that does not belong to It, to be able to form in her, with Its reflections, that Eternal Sun which, filling Heaven and earth with Its rays, goes to blend with the Sun of the Supreme Majesty. It alone has this virtue of communicating the supreme strength, in such a way that, with Its strength, the creature can rise herself.

Instead, when the creature does not live in the unity of the Divine Will, she loses the one strength and remains as though disunited from that strength that fills Heaven and earth and sustains the whole universe as if it were the littlest feather. Now, when the soul does not let herself be dominated by the Divine Will, she loses the one strength in all of her actions, therefore all her acts, not coming out of the same single strength, remain divided among themselves – love is divided, the action separated, the prayer disjointed. Being divided, all the acts of the creature are poor, meager, without light; and so patience is poor, charity is weak, obedience is crippled, humility is blind, prayer is mute, sacrifice is without life, without vigor, because since the Divine Will is missing, the one strength is missing which, uniting everything, gives the same strength to each act of the creature. Therefore, they are left not only divided among themselves, but adulterated by the human will, and so each one is left with its own defect.

This happened to Adam. By withdrawing from the Supreme Will, he lost the one single strength of His Creator, and since he was left with his limited human strength, he felt hardship in his operating; more so, since the strength that he employed in performing one action would debilitate him, and in having to do another, he would not feel the same strength. So, he touched the poverty of his actions with his own hand: not having the same strength, they were not only divided, but each one had its own defect. The same happens for one who is not completely abandoned in the arms of God’s Will, because with It the strength of good converts into one’s nature, and poverty does not exist.

 “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them”. “Today, when the networks and means of human communication have made unprecedented advances, we sense the challenge of finding and sharing a “mystique” of living together, of mingling and encounter, of embracing and supporting one another, of stepping into this flood tide which, while chaotic, can become a genuine experience of fraternity, a caravan of solidarity, a sacred pilgrimage. Greater possibilities for communication thus turn into greater possibilities for encounter and solidarity for everyone. If we were able to take this route, it would be so good, so soothing, so liberating and hope-filled! To go out of ourselves and to join others is healthy for us. To be self-enclosed is to taste the bitter poison of immanence, and humanity will be worse for every selfish choice we make”.  (Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, n. 87).

 

don Marco

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Sep 09

Gospel Reading for Sept. 9, 2017 with Divine Will Truths – ‘Rest’ in the Divine Will

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Sep 07

The Importance of the Command Prayer

The Command Prayer

Abba Father,

In the name of Jesus,

In the Unity and Power

of the Holy Spirit,

under the Mantle of Mary

with all the Angels and Saints

through the Intercession of

The Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta

take my humble prayer

and make it Your Command.

That all be accomplished and completed

In Your Most Holy Divine Will.

We Believe, We Receive.

FIAT! AMEN!

 

I need to tell you of the Strength and Might of this Command prayer. I sent

the command prayer (in Spanish) to my aunt and cousins in Puerto Rico the

day of this most recent Hurricane Irma. They were already without power

since early afternoon and were bracing for the unbearable to happen, My

cousin (who had built his home of wood on top of my aunts house) moved all

his belongings out off his house thinking that it would not stand and storm.

The last I spoke to them was at 2:00pm.The storm began about 3pm and began

to pick up speed.

This morning 9/7/17 8:30 eastern time I called my aunt in Puerto Rico and

was relieved to hear her voice who was praising and thanking God for

allowing them to live another day. She began to tell me of the miracles that

occurred there during the storm. She told of the huge avocado tree that did

not lose NOT ONE avocado during the storm. They continued to watch intently

as this tree had a branch which held 15 avocados and not one was unattached.

They thought for sure the tree would be a total loss. But all fruit stayed

in tact, even the old ugly tree in front of the house which again they

thought would be lost was not touched. The most astonishing thing was that

my cousin’s house which was located on top of my aunts house, did not even

get wet… The power of the command prayer. Thank you Sweet Jesus and Mama

Luisa for sparing my families and so many others where this storm could have

been more devastating that what it was.

FIAT!

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Sep 07

Gospel Reading for September 7, 2017 with Divine Will Truths – I AM WHO AM

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Sep 06

Gospel Reading for Sept. 6, 2017 with Divine Will Truths – Gospel of the Kingdom of the Divine Will – Preach It throughout the Whole World

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Sep 05

Gospel Reading for Sept. 5, 2017 with Divine Will Truths – Power of the Divine Will – of the Fiat

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Sep 04

The Holy Spirit puts His Flames on the Way Toward One Who Truly Loves

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Sep 03

Gospel Reading for September 3, 2017 with Divine Will Truths – The Cross is Part of One’s Life

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Sep 01

September 3, 2017 – National Day of Prayer for the USA

From the White House:

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims September 3, 2017, as a National Day of Prayer for the Victims of Hurricane Harvey and for our National Response and Recovery Efforts

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE VICTIMS OF HURRICANE HARVEY AND FOR OUR NATIONAL RESPONSE AND RECOVERY EFFORTS

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Hurricane Harvey first made landfall as a Category 4 storm near Rockport, Texas, on the evening of August 25, 2017.  The storm has since devastated communities in both Texas and Louisiana, claiming many lives, inflicting countless injuries, destroying or damaging tens of thousands of homes, and causing billions of dollars in damage.  The entire Nation grieves with Texas and Louisiana.  We are deeply grateful for those performing acts of service, and we pray for healing and comfort for those in need.

Americans have always come to the aid of their fellow countrymen — friend helping friend, neighbor helping neighbor, and stranger helping stranger — and we vow to do so in response to Hurricane Harvey.  From the beginning of our Nation, Americans have joined together in prayer during times of great need, to ask for God’s blessings and guidance.  This tradition dates to June 12, 1775, when the Continental Congress proclaimed a day of prayer following the Battles of Lexington and Concord, and April 30, 1789, when President George Washington, during the Nation’s first Presidential inauguration, asked Americans to pray for God’s protection and favor.

When we look across Texas and Louisiana, we see the American spirit of service embodied by countless men and women.  Brave first responders have rescued those stranded in drowning cars and rising water.  Families have given food and shelter to those in need.  Houses of worship have organized efforts to clean up communities and repair damaged homes.  Individuals of every background are striving for the same goal — to aid and comfort people facing devastating losses.  As Americans, we know that no challenge is too great for us to overcome.

As response and recovery efforts continue, and as Americans provide much needed relief to the people of Texas and Louisiana, we are reminded of Scripture’s promise that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”  Melania and I are grateful to everyone devoting time, effort, and resources to the ongoing response, recovery, and rebuilding efforts.  We invite all Americans to join us as we continue to pray for those who have lost family members or friends, and for those who are suffering in this time of crisis.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 3, 2017, as a National Day of Prayer for the Victims of Hurricane Harvey and for our National Response and Recovery Efforts.  We give thanks for the generosity and goodness of all those who have responded to the needs of their fellow Americans.  I urge Americans of all faiths and religious traditions and backgrounds to offer prayers today for all those harmed by Hurricane Harvey, including people who have lost family members or been injured, those who have lost homes or other property, and our first responders, law enforcement officers, military personnel, and medical professionals leading the response and recovery efforts.  Each of us, in our own way, may call upon our God for strength and comfort during this difficult time.  I call on all Americans and houses of worship throughout the Nation to join in one voice of prayer, as we seek to uplift one another and assist those suffering from the consequences of this terrible storm.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.

DONALD J. TRUMP

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Sep 01

Gospel Reading for Sept. 1, 2017 with Divine Will Truths – Knowledges of the Divine Will Wake Man up

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