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St. Raphael Arrow of LoveFROM THE BOOK OF HEAVEN

V1 – “Everything that is of the earth, everything – everything you must remove, not only from your heart, but also from your body. You cannot understand how harmful are the slightest earthly shadows, and how much they hinder Love.” Immediately I said to Him: ‘If I have something else that must be removed, tell me, for I am ready to do it.’ But as I was saying this, I myself realized that I had a gold ring at my finger, portraying the Image of the Crucifix; and immediately I said to Him: ‘Holy Spouse, do you want me to take it off?’ And He told me: “Since I Myself will Give you a More Precious, More Beautiful Ring, which will have My Living Image Impressed on it, and every time you will look at it your heart will receive New Arrows of Love – this one is not necessary.” And I promptly removed it.”

V17 – October 17, 1924 – “…I, Who AM the True Sun of the souls, do not leave them, either at night or at daytime. I Myself form the souls; I give them the water of My Grace so as not to let them wither; I Nourish them with the Light of My Truths; I Strengthen them with My Examples; I give them the Zephyr of My Caresses to Purify them, the dew of My Charisms to Embellish them, the Arrows of My Love to Warm them. In sum, there is nothing I do not do for them: I AM Everything for them, and I place My Whole Life at the creature’s disposal, for her own Good.”

V33 – March 25, 1934 – My tongue Speaks and it Generates Words that give Life, Sublime Teachings; it Generates Prayers; it Speaks and Generates Wounds and Arrows of Love in order to give the Generation of My Ardent Love to everyone, and to make Me Loved by everyone.

V34 – December 20, 1936 –There is no creature in whom She does not take the pledge of Loving Us.’ Our Fiat elevated Her so much, as to give everything to Her. And even from the first instant of Her Life, We constituted Her Queen of Our Fiat, Queen of Our Love. And when She Loved Us, Her Maternity was felt in Her Love, and it harmonized with the Love of all creatures. And O! how Beautiful it was that She formed of everything One Single Love. How She Wounded Us, Felicitated Us, even to feeling Ourselves languish.

“Her Love disarmed Us, it made us see all created things—sky, sun, earth, seas, and creatures—covered and hidden in Her Love. O! how Beautiful it was to see Her, feel Her, that She acted as Mother in every creature, and forming in them Her Sea of Love, She sent Her notes, Her arrows, Her Loving darts to Her Creator. And acting as True Mother She brought them to Us, even to before Our Throne, in the Sea of Her Love, in order to make Us look at them, so as to render Us Favorable. And with the Strength of Our Divine Volition She imposed Herself over Us, She placed them in Our Arms, She made Us caress and kiss them, and She made Us give Surprising Graces. How many Sanctities were formed and impetrated by this Celestial Mother, and in order to be sure, Her Love remained to watch.”

V34 – March 22, 1937 – “…One can say that the Divine Love is so much that It shakes, It moves in an irresistible way, as to makes Itself Loved. The arrows of Love that It sends in order to dart the creatures, serve them in order to wound with those arrows He who had wounded them.

Now, while I found myself under this abyss of Love, my dear Jesus, my sweet Life, surprising me, told me: “Daughter of My Will, you must know that Our Love is so much, that if unhappiness or anxiousness could enter Our Divine Being, that which cannot be, it would render the Divine Being the most unhappy and restless being. Since We Love with Infinite and Unceasing Love, that can drown everything and everyone with Our Love, so We feel the need of being Loved in return. But alas, We wait in vain, and Our Love moans, It goes into delirium, and instead of stopping It runs even more. But do you know where Our Love goes to unload Itself and to pause to rest a little in order to immediately take Its Flight so as to pour out Its continuous Love? In the souls who Live in My Will. Because they are already drowned in My Love, they feel My moans, My need of being Loved in return, and they immediately reciprocate Me in Love. And as We feel the need of being Loved in return, so they feel the necessity, the need of being Loved by He who Loves them so much.

“Now, My daughter, Our Volition circulates like blood in all the hearts of creatures. In the whole Creation, there is no point where It is not found, Its Center is extendable to everything, and with Its Powerful and Creating Love, as within one single breath, It Conserves and gives Life to everything and everyone, and It develops Its Life of Love in everything. In fact, why does It Create? Because It Loves. Why does It Conserve and circulate in everyone? Because It Loves. Now We want to feel that one who Lives in Our Volition Loves Us in all hearts. How beautiful is the note of Love of the creature in every heart, that if these do not love Us, she is who Loves Us. In the past and in the future, We want to feel that she Loves Us. In the sky, in the sun, in the wind, in the sea, in everything, We want her note of Love.

“More so, because Our Will transports her everywhere. Living in It, the First Gift that It makes her is Love. But It gives so much as to be able to receive the reciprocation of Love from everyone and everything. So much is the delirium of Love of Our Divine Fiat, that It transports this note of Love from the creature even into the Empyrean, and It says to all the Blessed: ‘Hear how Beautiful is the note of Love of the one who Lives in My Will on earth.’ And It makes this Loving note resound in the Saints, in the Angels, in the Virgin, in the Most Holy Trinity, in a way that everyone feels Double Glory and they celebrate the Divine Will Operating in the creature, and together they celebrate the creature who has let It Operate such that she is on the earth, and she becomes celebrated in Heaven.

“My Divine Will would not tolerate that one who Lives in It would not give It the exchange of Love for everything and everyone. My Divine Fiat finds everything that It wants in the Love of the creature. It finds her life as Its; It finds the Glory that is due It; It finds the appreciation, the esteem, that is owed to It; It finds the true filial trust in order to be able to give her everything. In fact, Love is Generative, such that It Generates all the Divine Goods. Therefore, My daughter, be attentive. You Love and Love in My Will, and you will find so much Love, that you will be able to Love everyone, and Love for everyone, He who Loves you so much.”

Paragraph 2745 – IV. Persevering in Love

2745    Prayer and Christian life are inseparable, for they concern the same love and the same renunciation, proceeding from love; the same filial and loving conformity with the Father’s plan of love; the same transforming union in the Holy Spirit who conforms us more and more to Christ Jesus; the same love for all men, the love with which Jesus has loved us. “Whatever you ask the Father in my name, he [will] give it to you. This I command you, to love one another.”41 (2660)

Paragraph 52 – I. God Reveals His “Plan of Loving Goodness”

52      God, who “dwells in unapproachable light,” wants to communicate his own divine life to the men he freely created, in order to adopt them as his sons in his only-begotten Son.3 By revealing himself God wishes to make them capable of responding to him, and of knowing him, and of loving him far beyond their own natural capacity.

2 Corinthians 2:11 – For the rest, brethren, rejoice, be perfect, take exhortation, be of one mind, have peace; and the God of peace and of love shall be with you.

Collosians 1:15 – Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of the Son of his love,

Wisdom 6 – [18] For the beginning of her is the most true desire of discipline. [19] And the care of discipline is love: and love is the keeping of her laws: and the keeping of her laws is the firm foundation of incorruption: [20] And incorruption bringeth near to God.

[21] Therefore the desire of wisdom bringeth to the everlasting kingdom. [22] If then your delight be in thrones, and sceptres, O ye kings of the people, love wisdom, that you may reign for ever. [23] Love the light of wisdom, all ye that bear rule over peoples.


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