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V2 – 5.16.99 – “The Cross Disposes the soul to Patience. The Cross Opens Heaven, and Unites Heaven and earth together – that is, God and the soul. The Virtue of the Cross is Powerful, and when It enters into a soul, It has the Virtue of removing the rust of all earthly things. Not only this, but It causes her boredom, bother and contempt for the things of the earth, giving her, instead, the Flavor, the Enjoyment, of Celestial Things. However, few are those who recognize the Virtue of the Cross; therefore they despise It.”
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V1 – 9.14.99 – “My beloved, the Cross allows one to distinguish the reprobates from the predestined. Just as, on the Day of Judgment, the Good shall rejoice upon seeing the Cross, so even now it can be seen whether one shall be saved or lost. If, as the Cross presents Itself to the soul, she Embraces It, Carries It with Resignation, with Patience, and she Kisses and Thanks that Hand that is sending It – here is the sign that she is saved. If, on the contrary, as the Cross is presented to her, she gets irritated, despises it, and even reaches the point of offending Me – you can say that that’s a sign that the soul is heading on the way to hell. So will the reprobates do on the Day of Judgment: upon seeing the Cross, they shall grieve and curse. The Cross tells everything; the Cross is a Book that, without deception and in clear notes, tells you and allows you to distinguish the Saint from the sinner, the Perfect from the imperfect, the Fervent from the lukewarm. The Cross Communicates Such Light to the soul that, even now, It allows one to distinguish not only the Good from the evil, but also those who are to be more or less Glorious in Heaven – those who are to occupy a Higher or a lower place. All other Virtues remain humble and reverent before the Virtue of the Cross, and Grafting themselves to It, they receive Greater Glory and Splendor.”
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V1 – 9.14.99 -Jesus continued: “Do you want to be Filled with Immense Riches – not for a short time, but for all Eternity? Well then, the Cross shall Administer to you all Kinds of Riches – from the littlest pennies, that are the small Crosses, up to the Greatest Amounts, that are the Heavier Crosses. Yet, men are so greedy to earn a temporal nickel, that they will soon have to leave, but do not give a thought to earning one Eternal penny. And when I, having compassion for them, in seeing their carelessness for all that regards Eternity, kindly offer them the opportunity – instead of Cherishing it, they get angry and offend Me. What human madness – it seems that they understand it upside down. My beloved, in the Cross are all the Triumphs, all the Victories, and the Greatest Gains. As for you, you must have no other aim than the Cross, and this shall be enough for you, in everything. Today I want to make you content; that Cross that until now has not been enough to lay you on and Crucify you completely, is the Cross that you have carried up to now. But since I have to Crucify you completely, you need Me to let Descend New Crosses upon you. So, the Cross you have had until now, I shall bring to Heaven, to show it to the whole Celestial Court as Pledge of your Love, and I shall make another one, larger, Descend from Heaven, to be able to satisfy the Ardent Desires that I have upon you.”
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V1 – 9.14.99 – One morning – it was the day of the Exaltation of the Cross – my Sweet Jesus transported me to the Holy sites; and first, He told me many things about the Virtue of the Cross. I don’t remember everything – just a few things: “My beloved, do you want to be Beautiful? The Cross shall give you the Most Beautiful Features that can possibly be found, both in Heaven and on earth; So Much So, as to Enamor God, Who contains all Beauties within Himself.”
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Proclamation on 850th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Saint Thomas Becket
Today is the 850th anniversary of the martyrdom of Saint Thomas Becket on December 29, 1170. Thomas Becket was a statesman, a scholar, a chancellor, a priest, an archbishop, and a lion of religious liberty.
Before the Magna Carta was drafted, before the right to free exercise of religion was enshrined as America’s first freedom in our glorious Constitution, Thomas gave his life so that, as he said, “the Church will attain liberty and peace.”
The son of a London sheriff and once described as “a low‑born clerk” by the King who had him killed, Thomas Becket rose to become the leader of the church in England. When the crown attempted to encroach upon the affairs of the house of God through the Constitutions of Clarendon, Thomas refused to sign the offending document. When the furious King Henry II threatened to hold him in contempt of royal authority and questioned why this “poor and humble” priest would dare defy him, Archbishop Becket responded “God is the supreme ruler, above Kings” and “we ought to obey God rather than men.”
Because Thomas would not assent to rendering the church subservient to the state, he was forced to forfeit all his property and flee his own country. Years later, after the intervention of the Pope, Becket was allowed to return — and continued to resist the King’s oppressive interferences into the life of the church. Finally, the King had enough of Thomas Becket’s stalwart defense of religious faith and reportedly exclaimed in consternation: “Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?”
The King’s knights responded and rode to Canterbury Cathedral to deliver Thomas Becket an ultimatum: give in to the King’s demands or die. Thomas’s reply echoes around the world and across the ages. His last words on this earth were these: “For the name of Jesus and the protection of the Church, I am ready to embrace death.” Dressed in holy robes, Thomas was cut down where he stood inside the walls of his own church.
Thomas Becket’s martyrdom changed the course of history. It eventually brought about numerous constitutional limitations on the power of the state over the Church across the West. In England, Becket’s murder led to the Magna Carta’s declaration 45 years later that: “[T]he English church shall be free, and shall have its rights undiminished and its liberties unimpaired.”
When the Archbishop refused to allow the King to interfere in the affairs of the Church, Thomas Becket stood at the intersection of church and state. That stand, after centuries of state-sponsored religious oppression and religious wars throughout Europe, eventually led to the establishment of religious liberty in the New World. It is because of great men like Thomas Becket that the first American President George Washington could proclaim more than 600 years later that, in the United States, “All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship” and that “it is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights.”
Thomas Becket’s death serves as a powerful and timeless reminder to every American that our freedom from religious persecution is not a mere luxury or accident of history, but rather an essential element of our liberty. It is our priceless treasure and inheritance. And it was bought with the blood of martyrs.
As Americans, we were first united by our belief that “rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God” and that defending liberty is more important than life itself. If we are to continue to be the land of the free, no government official, no governor, no bureaucrat, no judge, and no legislator must be allowed to decree what is orthodox in matters of religion or to require religious believers to violate their consciences. No right is more fundamental to a peaceful, prosperous, and virtuous society than the right to follow one’s religious convictions. As I declared in Krasiński Square in Warsaw, Poland on July 6, 2017, the people of America and the people of the world still cry out: “We want God.”
On this day, we celebrate and revere Thomas Becket’s courageous stand for religious liberty and we reaffirm our call to end religious persecution worldwide. In my historic address to the United Nations last year, I made clear that America stands with believers in every country who ask only for the freedom to live according to the faith that is within their own hearts. I also stated that global bureaucrats have absolutely no business attacking the sovereignty of nations that wish to protect innocent life, reflecting the belief held by the United States and many other countries that every child — born and unborn — is a sacred gift from God. Earlier this year, I signed an Executive Order to prioritize religious freedom as a core dimension of United States foreign policy. We have directed every Ambassador — and the over 13,000 United States Foreign Service officers and specialists — in more than 195 countries to promote, defend, and support religious freedom as a central pillar of American diplomacy.
We pray for religious believers everywhere who suffer persecution for their faith. We especially pray for their brave and inspiring shepherds — like Cardinal Joseph Zen of Hong Kong and Pastor Wang Yi of Chengdu — who are tireless witnesses to hope.
To honor Thomas Becket’s memory, the crimes against people of faith must stop, prisoners of conscience must be released, laws restricting freedom of religion and belief must be repealed, and the vulnerable, the defenseless, and the oppressed must be protected. The tyranny and murder that shocked the conscience of the Middle Ages must never be allowed to happen again. As long as America stands, we will always defend religious liberty.
A society without religion cannot prosper. A nation without faith cannot endure — because justice, goodness, and peace cannot prevail without the grace of God.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim December 29, 2020, as the 850th anniversary of the martyrdom of Saint Thomas Becket. I invite the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches and customary places of meeting with appropriate ceremonies in commemoration of the life and legacy of Thomas Becket.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.
DONALD J. TRUMP
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Dear brothers and sisters,
Holy Christmas in the light of the Divine Will of the Child Jesus!
We would like to thank so many of you who sent us their greetings and their testimony in this time of trial and suffering. Our families, our children, our work, our formative activities, our projects, everything we live every day has been impacted and often transformed by the global health crisis. Isolation, illness, work difficulties, like a veil before the sun, have often covered the inner light that dwells in the depths of our hearts: a flame that allows us to see and that warms us!
We are heartened to know that in her long life Luisa also experienced moments similar to ours. In her writings she told us how she faced them. That flame, or as Luisa liked to call it, “the spark”, is precisely the Divine Will that dwells in us. Nothing can ever extinguish it, nothing can obscure it because it is divine. In the birth of Jesus we contemplate precisely this “prodigy of prodigies, God and man, man and God! Without leaving the Father and the Holy Spirit, He comes to dwell in our midst, taking on human flesh, because true love never separates”. (Diary, Volume IV, December 25, 1900).
All our strength lies in the hope that God and man are no longer separable. Not only does God live in us but also – and this is decisive – we live in God, we live of God. This life that is both human and divine within us is the gift, the inheritance or, as Luisa called it, the Christmas gift. It is only missing – but many do not know it yet – that we decide to live this life, doing all our acts in the Divine Will of Jesus, even those acts that belong to this time of pandemic trial.
We like to unite our wishes for you to those that Luisa made to St. Annibale Maria Di Francia: “With all my heart I wish you holiness in the Supreme Fiat, that holiness willed by our Creator, that is, not holiness in our will, but in His Will. May the divine Infant come into your heart and bring to you the eternal Sun of His Will, which, placing itself as its center in your soul, may direct your whole being towards this Will” (Letter of December 19, 1926).
Vincenza Arbore, president of the Association
Don Sergio Pellegrini, ecclesiastical assistant and Antonella
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