Life Update: I Have Some Exciting News! :)

“Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.” -St. Therese of Lisieux

Greetings to my dear friends and family! I have some exciting news for you all that’s ready for releasee…
After much prayer and discernment, I have decided to join the Salesians of St. Don Bosco as a 2020 Candidate for Seminary!!!
Praise be Our Sweet Lord Jesus and Beautiful Mother Mary!
I’m so excited to serve God’s people, especially through the main charism of the Salesians: youth ministry! Salesians are known for helping run high schools, churches, and youth centers in the United States and in 132 countries around the world!

After all, the desire for the priesthood was something that had been on my heart for quite a while. As a young kid, I remeber acting out a “pretend Mass” with my parents as the congregation and my little brother as the altar server! I even asked for a podium one Christmas to be able to give speeches/homilies from! Yet after a difficult middle school experience of bullying and exlusion, I fell away from my childlike faith in and love for God.

In high school, I tried so hard to seek acceptance and validation through all the wrong medications and masks. I tried dressing, talking, and acting like in a conceited, deraogary, impure and selfish way (since that’s what website and magazines told me “alpha males” were like), giving into lustful and impure desires, and amassing as many social media “likes” as possible…\all of which just lead to more sin and emptiness.

Then one night in my Junior year, upon experiencing tears of joy and gratitude for all the incredible and true freinds made, who loved me for me, despite being so undeserving, I remembered God (yes, the God of the whole universe!) and felt the warmth of His Loving Hand, literally holding me. I also experienced His Divine Mercy in the Sacrament of Confession, where, through the priest’s words of absoluation, Jesus forgave me of my whole lifetime of sins and made my soul “good as new”…though it was going to be a long journey of falling, failing, and and going back to Confession to keep myself in a state of grace, purity, and holiness…

It wasn’t until my college life at Notre Dame that I began to “fall in love” with Christ in the Eucharist, by adopting a much more consistent prayer life of spending “Tabernacle Time”  with the Lord in my dorm’s chapel, recieving Holy Communion nearly every day in the Masses on campus, and praying the daily rosary. At this point, the “call” inside me began to feel more and more apparent, and even urgent, and I began discerning with different religious communities, including the Franciscans, the Benedictines, and the Marian Fathers of the Imaculate Conception (the official Divine Mercy promoters!).

Though I had heard briefly about the Salesian order before, I first become aware of Don Bosco’s presence and intercession in my life through a fellow missionary with NET ministries. He had a powerful spiritual gift of being able to tell if a certain saint was praying on someone’s behalf and informed me that  St. John Bosco was praying for me! Various signs began to confirm this, such as seeing an image of the saint (who I think kinda looks like Robin Williams!) as I was exiting a room that was “randomly” chosen to be my room for facilitating a small group faith sharing session with young men on a certain retreat. (Apparently, he’s been known to “wink” at those who the Lord is calling to become a Salesian!)

Eventually, I ended up reaching out to the vocations office via email and that was how I was put in contact with the vocation director of the Western Province of Salesians, Fr. John Roche. We had a good and friendly conversation and then a few months later, seemingly out of nowhere, he called me again to see if we could meet in person for a night since it had just so happened that he was visiting my area in Clearwater, FL for a funeral mass of one of his priest friends. I gladly agreed and we ended up going out to dinner (for Greek food at the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks!), and afterward he even came over to have a mass said for me and my parents at my house (having Jesus sacramentally present in your living room is SO COOL!). Father John was such a kind and encouraing presence for me, and my parents still recall some of his final words before parting ways with us: “I’ll see Greg again when he becomes a Salesian…”

After being invited on a “Come and See” weekend retreat with the Salesians in one of their Parishes in Laredo, TX and greatly enjoying the company of the beautiful Hispanic poeple there, I decided to apply. In March of this year, just before the coronavirus started shutting everything down, I was able to spend a week in Los Angeles, CA, for a series of interviews with various Salesians preists. Then, on Friday, May 15th, on the first day of the novena to Mary, Help of Christians, I found out that I had been accepted into the order as a first year Candidate!

Of course, it’s going to be a long road to the priesthood (around 3 years of prayer/discernment before potentially professing temporary vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience and then 7-8 more years of education/formation until Ordination), and I am certainly not worthy of such a high calling, but I also am confident Our Lord will provide all the grace and strength I need, every step of the way!
I know there are so many prayer warriors out there who lovingly remember me in their rosaries and Masses, even every day! Truly, THANK YOU so, so much and KEEP IT UP, because every prayer, sacrifice, and act of kindness, even the smallest, surrendered in love and trust touches lives, heals hearts, enlightens minds, saves souls, and changes the future of world forever. Indeed…
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May God bless you all in His Infinite Love and Goodness! And may you have the abiding JOY of discovering God’s plan for you in His Kingdom and place for you in His Heart.
Peace be with you (John 20:19)! -Greg! 🙂
“Frequently kiss your medal and crucifix; bless yourself with lively faith and say: ‘Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, help me to save my soul!’ More than anything else, these three names terrify and vanquish the devil.” -St. John Bosco, founder of the Salesians
To read more about the Salesians of St. Don Bosco, click here:
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And for a video of my Conversion Story to watch and share, click here:

Why I’m Voting For Life: An Honest, Open Letter to My Liberal-Leaning Catholic Friends…

 “In public life, Catholics need to act in support of the teachings of the Catholic Church on human life and dignity.

The Bishops speak out in a common frustration and deep disappointment at some Catholic political leaders who ignore or contradict Catholic moral and social teaching in their campaigns or votes. We do not accept the too common refrain, “I’m personally opposed, but…” or “my votes are public and my faith is private”, or, “I vote my constituency, not just my own conscience.”

The life and dignity of the human person is fundamental. Without the right to life, no other rights are possible…We believe every human person has a fundamental right to life. All issues are clearly not of equal worth—life comes first.”United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), “Catholics in Political Life” (1).


For a PDF of the following letter, click here: An Open Letter to My Liberal-Leaning Catholic Family and Friends


To my dear friends and family, brothers and sisters in Christ, I write to you today in the hopes that you understand, despite the world’s attempts to divide us, that we belong to the same side. It is the side of goodness and kindness, the side of every soul in heaven, and indeed the side of every heart of good will on earth. We belong to the side of Jesus Christ.


Yet there is unmistakably a spiritual battle taking place today and oftentimes we, I myself included, fail to realize it. There is a side of darkness. A side of destruction and death, yes, yet perhaps most cunningly of all, a side of deception. And for the past several decades this deception has slowly crept into our Church walls through our hearts, from the constant influx of the worldly ideas, norms, and opinions that seem to permeate every facet of life. It is a both subtle and overt depiction of good as evil and evil as good, and sad to say, its influence has reached even our leaders, our beloved priests.


But I ask, indeed beg you today to take up your arms in this spiritual and moral turned political warfare, through our first and greatest defense: prayer. We can no longer afford to accept and embrace whatever our current culture, entertainment, and media outlets are both implying and insisting on what is true. We need enlightenment from the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth. And so I ask you in all sincerity: please, even if you think all of your beliefs are fully in line with what a modern Catholic should believe…discern again. Pray the Holy Rosary, fervently and from the heart, so that Our Beautiful Blessed Mother Mary can closely guard and tenderly guide you so as to leave nothing to chance. And in addition to the “weapon” of the Rosary, pull out the Catechism, so as to be 100% sure of the teachings of the Magisterium of our humanly imperfect yet divinely one, holy, Catholic and apostolic Church. For there is simply far too much at stake, in terms of both lives and souls.


I don’t mean for this to be a solely political commentary (we have plenty of those already), but I would like to honestly and openly address the social and moral issues that the Church speaks up about, even if her voice has been muted and muffled recently. Specifically, I would like to address the “hot button” issue that is really affecting our communities, our nation, and our world more than any other, and sadly grieving God’s own Heart like never before.


I want to address the issue of abortion.


And I want to start out by saying that if you, your family member, your friend, your coworker or anyone you know has ever had an abortion, that they are loved…infinitely, entirely, and unconditionally loved. Yes, it is true. I love you. God loves you. Jesus and your Mother Mary love you. And even if the Church on earth has loved you inadequately or imperfectly, all of heaven loves you overwhelmingly and never, ever judges but always rushes to in to protect you and minister to you in all humility and gentleness.


I also want to say that there is healing- so, so much healing grace- available for anyone and everyone who has been physically, emotionally, or spiritually injured by this tragedy which has become so tragically commonplace in our society.


If you’ve had an abortion, please, allow Jesus to heal you, to hold you, to forgive you, and most of all to love you exactly where you’re at for exactly who you are.


Maybe you don’t believe me. Maybe you agree with me and with the Church that abortion really is the taking of an innocent life. But you do not believe that you can be forgiven, or even loved for who you are based on what you have let happen to you and your child. Please, allow me to quote Saint Mary Magdalene here, who was no stranger to guilt and shame during her life on earth:


“Dear woman, if you think you have committed a graver sin than I, you are wrong. Jesus loves me tenderly and I am a close friend to the Savior. And yet, I would repel you if you knew how I had lived a part of my life. We are all the same in that we are all sinners. Nobody in heaven looks at anyone else with anything but love and understanding. This is because we all understand that given the right set of earthly
circumstances, we could make grave mistakes such as you did. Your circumstances contributed to your decision. I know this. Jesus knows this. All of heaven knows this. You must accept this, too. If you were in different circumstances, it is likely you would have made a different decision. But it is over and Jesus makes all things new. Let Him make your soul new and you will give Him far greater joy than you gave Him sorrow. I would not tell you something if it were not true. If you return to Jesus with your heart and ask Him for forgiveness, you will have forgiveness and He will forget your sins. He has certainly forgotten mine.”


(For more heartfelt and compassionate words of St. Magdalene to women who have had abortions, as given through “Anne” a Lay Apostle on August 1st, 2005, feel free to watch the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TPMsLgZxu8&t=3s)

That is why one of the unrivaled beauties and graces of the Catholic Church that Christ Himself instituted as His Body on this earth is the Sacrament of Reconciliation. He knew we would sin, we would fail, we would make mistakes and fall short of His standard of holiness of life and perfection in love. And out of our weakness comes His Mercy, freely dispensed in the confessional, through His very action and full absolution in the person of the priest.


Indeed, the fullness of freedom is only possible through the fullness of healing. And healing requires both the acceptance of the truth about the consequences of our sin and the acceptance of the superabundance of God’s forgiveness. We must apologize to, ask for forgiveness from, and ultimately become reconciled with God, our fellow human beings, and not at all any less importantly, ourselves, all of whom have been hurt by our sins. It is when we honestly and humbly confess our sins and admit our mistakes in this freeing sacrament that Jesus can incinerate them with the burning flames of Divine Love bursting forth from His Sacred Heart.


Perhaps you have never had or even participated in an abortion, and would never consider aborting your unborn child, but you agree with the idea that women should be allowed to chose to do what they want to do with “their bodies” based on their “reproductive health care rights.”


In this case, I have something to share with you, lovingly yet solemnly.


God does not create life in the womb only to have that life destroyed and done away with. That is simply never His Will. Never. Every life that He nestles inside a mother, regardless of the circumstances of the pregnancy, is a unique human being with a specific divine plan. This is simply an irrefutable truth.


There is now no longer any room for doubt. For modern science has shown us, time and time again, that the creation of a unique human organism, entirely distinct from both of its parents, and already containing all of the DNA determining its specific biological phenotypes, (like race, gender, eye color, etc.) begins at the very moment of fertilization, when sperm meets egg (1). Indeed, 95% of all biologists agree that a fertilized egg is a human being, and thousands of biology and embryology textbooks, medical dictionaries, science professors and medical researchers, that confirm to us that truly, human life begins at conception:

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Drawing from the 3,000 year Judeo-Christian Tradition, the Catholic Church has regarded human life from its very beginning as blessed and sacred: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you” (Jeremiah 1:5). Additionally, Catholics universally affirm the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. And yet, how could Mary be conceived free from original sin without the presence of a soul at the very moment of Conception? Regardless, the Catechism itself teaches that all unborn children from their conception are human beings entitled to all the inviolable rights of the human person and thus declares that, “Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law (see CCC #2270, under the interpretation of the 5th Commandment).


Given what scientific research, divine revelation, and indeed the voice of our own reason and conscience tells us, is it any wonder why Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta once said, “I am sure that all people know deep down inside that the little child in the mother’s womb is a human being from the moment of conception, created in the image of God to love and be loved. Let us pray that nobody will be afraid to protect that little child, to help that little child to be born. Jesus said: ‘If you receive a little child in my name, you receive me.’


Therefore, if you are a Catholic Christian who believes both the scientific evidence and Church teaching that life begins at conception, yet you cast your vote in favor of a pro-abortion politician, to you my friends, for the sake of the lives of the littlest and least among us, for the sake of the souls of so, so many, including all those involved in the violent act of abortion, as well your own soul and those you have any influence over…I ask you to please, please, please prayerfully and profoundly reconsider. For as the Archbishop of St. Louis, Raymond Burk, warns: “There is no element of the common good that could justify voting for a candidate who also endorses, without restriction or limitation, the deliberate killing of the innocent, abortion, embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia or human cloning…These elements are so fundamental to the common good that they cannot be subordinated to any other cause, no matter how good…procured abortion is intrinsically evil, and as such, can never be justified in any circumstance(1).


Albert Einstein once said that, “The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on it and do nothing.” In the same way, the womb has become a dangerous place, not only because of those who perform abortions directly, but because of all those who support it through their tolerance, their indifference, and yes, their vote. As Our Blessed Mother said on November 5th, 2016: “You do not have to participate in abortion to support it. It is enough to vote for a candidate who supports abortion to lend support to this sin” (2).


Now, I know many modern-day good and practicing Catholics will point out that life at all stages, from conception to natural death, is immeasurably cherished by God and deserves the utmost protection under the Law. And truly, this “consistent life ethic” or “seamless garment” as it is sometimes called, insists that we do everything possible to fight not only against abortion, but euthanasia, the death penalty, human trafficking, poverty, terrorism, war and any form violence as well. To quote the historic words from the first ever Presidential Address at the 2020 March for Life on January 22nd, the newly declared National Day of the Sanctity of Human Life: “Every person — the born and unborn, the poor, the downcast, the disabled, the infirm, and the elderly — has inherent value.  Although each journey is different, no life is without worth or is inconsequential; the rights of all people must be defended.


Yet at the expense of sounding overly political or partisan, abortion not just another “life issue” on the spectrum of life issues. Without the very right to life, the first and foremost of all basic human rights, there cannot be any life at all, let alone “life issues.” The enemy of all that is good, through the secular mass media, press, and entertainment, misrepresent the fullness of the Truth by redirecting our attention to the events, issues, and opinions of often hidden, biased agendas and by barraging us with worldly, fear-inducing, or even overtly sinful images and ideas. Yet if we are honest and courageous enough to uncover his cunning distractions and distortions, we will come why, as Bernard Nathanson, M.D., the abortionist doctor turned pro-life advocate who presided over more than 60,000 abortions himself once said, “Abortion is the worst holocaust in the history of the US.”

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Note: The number of reported abortions in the following graph, which come from the CDC, is likely a much more conservative estimate of the actual number of abortions which took place in the US in 2015, given that the Guttmacher Institute, the Research Arm for Planned Parenthood, estimated that there were 926,190 in 2014, just one year before.


Indeed, worldwide there are 55,000,000 killed by abortion every year, which amounts to 105 abortions every minute (3). In the US alone, there are over 3,000 abortions per day (3). This means that 3,000 mothers are being seriously emotionally and even physically wounded (a study in the British Medical Journal found that women who chose abortion were six times more likely to commit suicide than those who gave birth) and 3,000 fathers silently deprived of their children every single day….all while the massive abortion lobby and industry continue to make millions of dollars in profit, much of which becomes funds for promoting and politicizing abortion, and thus perpetuating the cycle of death and destruction.


And even though these troubling statistics adversely affect everyone, minorities are hit the hardest. A research analysis published by the American Public Health Association in 2017 concluded that nearly 1 in 4 American women will have an abortion by the age of 45 (4). Yet, according to the CDC, African Americans have abortions at three times the rate of white women and twice the rate of all other races combined (5). Sadly, this widespread unjust discrimination isn’t limited to just race. “Of the babies diagnosed with down syndrome, 67% are aborted in the United States. Our world is truly being stripped of love, joy, and beauty” (6)! Retired OB-GYN and former abortionist, Dr. Kathi Aultman described the chilling paradox of the culture we live in: “If it’s wanted, it’s a baby. If it’s not, it’s a fetus.”


Yet should this really come as a surprise to us when the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, was a proponent of the Eugenics movement? Indeed, Sanger wanted to purify humanity of those who she describes as “biological and racial mistakes” through birth control, sterilization, and abortion. In her 1920 book, “Women and the New Race,” she even wrote “The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infants is to kill it” (7). Nearly 60 years later, at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta proclaimed that, “The greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?” Are you beginning to see the clash of worldviews between the culture of death and the culture of life?


As Catholic Christians, we simply cannot sit back idly as innocent life after innocent life continues to be snuffed out, while the news headlines, the sporting events, the reality TV shows, and indeed the rest of the world simply go on, without seeming to care or even notice. It is time to act. That is why, in the upcoming 2020 election, we must take an uncompromising and unapologetic stand against legalized abortion and vote for life. 


Sadly, the Democratic Presidential candidate, Joe Biden, fully supports unrestricted abortion throughout all 9 months for any reason, and would use our taxpayer dollars to fund it, both within the United States and abroad. Additionally, his party platform and proposed policies are at odds with multiple other non-negotiable teachings of the Catholic Church: euthanasia or “physician-assisted suicide” (which is now legal in 10 states), fetal stem cell research, human cloning, same-sex “marriage,” contraception and artificial birth control, third-party reproduction (via sperm or ovum donation and a surrogate uterus), in vitro fertilization or “test tube babies” (Note: IVF intentionally ends the life of hundreds of thousands of embryonic human beings annually, by “discarding” embryonic children due to detection of diseases or disabilities. In fact, it is estimated that less than 8% of embryonic children conceived in the IVF lab will survive until birth (8)), and most recently and tragically: infanticide.


Yes, it is the startling truth. Not only has the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would have prohibited most abortions starting at 20 weeks (or five months) into pregnancy been rejected by nearly all of the democrats of the US Senate multiple times. But in February of this year, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would have required abortionists to transfer infants who survive abortions to hospitals, to be given the same degree of care as any wanted newborn, was voted against by 41 of the 45 democrats in the US Senate.


Every year, an estimated 11,500 premature babies are killed in the United States in third trimester abortions, and there are thousands of living “abortion survivors” who were born alive, even after the abortionist’s failed attempt to dismember, burn, or poison them (one of whom I have met and personally befriended) (9). Thankfully, the Marinist Poll from last year found that 80% of Americans want to limit abortions no later than three months, or 12 weeks, into pregnancy (10). Yet despite all of this, Joe Biden recently publicly stated that if elected he would instruct the Justice Department to block all restrictions on abortion.


Meanwhile, since his election in 2016, President Trump has deprived the abortion industry of billions of dollars. For example, he has signed legislation that has effectively:

  • cut taxpayer funding for any facility that performs abortions or refers clients to them
  • protected taxpayer money (upwards of $8.8 billion) from funding the abortion industry overseas
  • required insurers specify to their customers whether the plan they are buying covers abortion
  • permitted states to defund Planned Parenthood of Title X family planning.

In addition, President Trump also created a new office in the federal government for Conscience and Religious Freedom to protect medical professionals like doctors and nurses from being forced to participate in abortions in any way. (As it stands, All OB-GYN residents are required to do abortions unless they opt-out because of conscience, but that is discouraged). Perhaps this is why Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life, told the Daily Signal, “[Trump] has done more for the pro-life movement than any president when it comes to enacting policy.” (To read more of President Trump’s many Pro-Life accomplishments, visit https://www.priestsforlife.org/elections/trump-prolife-accomplishments.aspx, which is being constantly updated by Priests for Life.)


In addition, President Trump also created new office in the federal government for Conscience and Religious Freedom to protect medical professionals like doctors and nurses from being forced to participate in abortions in any way. (As it stands, All OB-GYN residents are required to do abortions unless they opt-out because of conscience, but that is discouraged). Perhaps this is why Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life, told the Daily Signal, “Trump] has done more for the pro-life movement than any president when it comes to enacting policy.” (To read more of President Trump’s many Pro-Life accomplishments, visit https://www.priestsforlife.org/elections/trump-prolife-accomplishments.aspx, which is being constantly updated by Priests for Life.)


Now, President Trump is not perfect, by any means. He is bold. Very bold. And outspoken. Very outspoken. I will personally admit that I sometimes have to cringe a little when I hear him make some of his humorously “off the cuff” comments. But he is also bold, outspoken, and very direct about the corruption in Washington, the biases in the media, and yes, the issue of abortion itself, not just in the legislation he passes but in the way he calls out the abortion industry, the pro-abortion politicians, and the gruesome abortion procedure. (No wonder he is infuriating many of the wealthy and influential elites such as former democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg and one-world globalist George Soros, who are both multi-million dollar donors to Planned Parenthood).


Clearly, Trump is not the most agreeable, charming, politically correct, or even “presidential” candidate. And yet, I reject the constant, cynical, and sometimes downright dirty narratives that portray Donald Trump as a (insert divisive label here). This is because, as evidenced by Sacred Scripture and human history, God can and often does use even the most broken and imperfect vessels, like the pagan King Cyrus the Great, the Jewish Psalmist David, and even the Christian-convert Emperor Constantine, to lead His people and carry out His designs. For God, no person is irredeemable, no past is irreconcilable, no sin is unforgivable. And Indeed, there are many reputable Protestant and Catholic prophesies regarding President Trump, including the Hermit of Loreto (author of the Pieta Prayer Book), who predicted, in the 1980’s, that …“Donald J. Trump will lead America back to God”  (11).


One of the series of heavenly messages that I have personally discerned and been faithfully following since 2017 is Holy Ministries in Elyria, Ohio. The Messages of Holy and Divine Love, which have been given by Jesus, the Blessed Mother, various angels and saints, and most recently, God the Father, through visionary Maureen-Sweeney Kyle began in 1985. (I have written a Defense of Holy Love Ministries and Messages, which have been carefully discerned and openly endorsed by multiple bishops and priests around the world, on my website here: https://liveandliveon.com/the-messages-of-holy-and-divine-love-qa/). Consider, for example, the following message, which Our Lady gave to Maureen on November 9th, 2016, the day after President Trump was first elected into office:


 “I have come to congratulate you and your country on your choice for the next President. Many innocent lives in the womb will be spared now. Religious freedoms will be restored and preserved. Your Supreme Court will maintain loyalty to the Constitution. Progress will be made in becoming independent of foreign oil. Your country will regain its dignity, power and respect amongst friend and foe alike. I am very pleased. I could not tell you who to vote for. I could only make your choices more clear.” “Continue to pray for your president-elect” (2).


If you are anything like me, and it took you a little while and a lot of research to unite with Americans of all faiths behind Donald Trump’s strong leadership and legislative efforts, I really recommend watching the following video. It is an interview with Catholic apologist Jesse Romero about his new book: “A Catholic Vote for Trump: The Only Choice for Republicans, Democrats, and Independents Alike.” In it, Romero addresses common objections to Trump, such as questions like, “Why do you support Donald Trump as  Mexican-American?” (5:19) “What about Trump’s former immoral lifestyle or his sometimes belittling or rash manner of speaking?” (9:06), “Don’t you think Trump is just using the Republican party and Christian vote to gain power?” (14:40), “What do you have to say about Trump’s insistence on ‘building a Wall’ and even Pope Francis’ comments regarding building walls instead of bridges?” (19:12):

Even if you disagree with our President’s personality, past decisions, or public comments, remember that it is his policies, principles, and platform which are ultimately making a difference in your life and the lives of us millions of citizens, born and unborn alike. Indeed, our president kept his promise to only appoint pro-life Justices to the Supreme Court in appointing Justice Neil Gorsuch and Justice Brett Kavanaugh. He has also placed another 191 conservative judges on the circuit and district courts around the country. And as Dr. George Delgado, the medical director of Abortion Pill Reversal (APR) and Culture of Life Family Health Care stated on May 13th of this year: “There’s a very real possibility that if Roe vs. Wade gets brought to the Court for examination that it will be overturned, either with the current Court or if one other justice is appointed.”


Truly, there is a very high likelihood that, if Trump is re-elected in 2020, Roe vs. Wade will finally be overturned! Indeed, several states have already been passing new laws to regulate abortion for when this does happen, such as the “heartbeat bills” proposed in Ohio, Georgia, Louisiana, and Missouri. According to Planned Parenthood’s own website, a total of 20 states have new or existing abortion bans that would be able to go into effect if the Supreme Court overturns the 1973 decision: “FACT: If Roe vs. Wade is further overturned or further eroded, one-third of all women of reproductive age in America [25 million women] could lose the ability to access abortion in their state.” Truly, in all its 47 years of hard-fought battles through courageous public advocacy, compassionate social outreach, and heartfelt communal prayer, this is the most exciting time for the pro-life movement in the United States of America!


Perhaps you think that overturning Roe vs. Wade would cause women to procure dangerous, “back-alley” abortions. In the following video, former abortionist and Planned Parenthood owner dispels that notion with the facts. (For example, according to the CDC, more women died from legal abortions than illegal abortions in 1973, the year abortion was nationally legalized):

In his book, “Persuasive Pro-Life: How to Talk About Our Cultures Toughest Issue,” Catholic Apologist Trent Horn, states that “every year thousands of women in the United States are unable to get an abortion because it is too expensive. Sometimes abortion providers simply refuse to perform abortions for women who are too far along in their pregnancies (12). But the vast majority of these women do not break the law in order to pay for their abortions, nor do they try to perform an abortion on themselves (13). Instead, they give birth to their child. If most women do not break the law to obtain expensive or hard-to-get abortions, then shouldn’t we expect that, in general, women would not break the law in order to obtain illegal abortions?”


Here, I’d like to add that I’ve actually met a woman who, even though she considered herself pro-life most of her life, was at one point seriously considering abortion. However, she didn’t have enough money to buy the abortion at the time (the average cost of an abortion through Planned Parenthood is $500). So she decided to “Google” it, and when she saw what an unborn child looked like in the womb at her number of weeks in the pregnancy, she changed her mind. Thus, she decided to keep and raise her beautiful and joyful little daughter, who she herself described as the “light of her life.”


Now, I certainly don’t doubt that there will be women who decide to travel even great distances to have abortions. But I also propose this question: If our President is re-elected and Roe vs. Wade is overturned, how many women will decide to obey the law and allow their unborn children to have a chance to live? In other words, how little baby girls and boys of unique and unrepeatable personalities, passions, and potentials- the future doctors and engineers, politicians and priests, mothers and fathers of our country- will be spared from death by abortion? Thus, how many otherwise slaughtered human beings will be able to pursue, like you and I, the path to happiness, holiness, and ultimately the Good Lord’s perfect and personal plan for their lives? For in the Eyes of God, the Creator, Redeemer, and Lover of all life, one is not too many. Indeed, the great theologian and doctor of the Church, St. Thomas Aquinas tells that a single soul is worth more than the entire universe.


This is also why, in addition to bravely speaking up and kindly reaching out, we need to constantly and deeply immerse ourselves in prayer. After all, single ‘Hail Mary’ said with a loving heart carries with it the power to flood other hearts with grace…those in purgatory who need relief, those on their deathbed who need conversion, and those who are contemplating abortion, who need the strength, light, and courage to say “YES” to the life of their unborn child. In particular, the Rosary of the Unborn, is the “weapon of weapons” in these times, for Our Lady has promised that every single Hail Mary prayed from a loving heart rescues an unborn child from death by abortion. He has even revealed, on October 7th, 2004, that, “If you knew the power of the rosary which you hold in your hands, if you knew the power of the rosary that you hold in your hands and that you pray with your hearts, you would never put it down. It would always be with you and the prayers would always be on your lips” (2).

As the little children of a God who is utterly enamored with every part of us, none of our decisions are insignificant and all deeply affect Our Father’s Heart and all His many children, even through the centuries. Truly, our vote, like our every action and word, prayer and sacrifice, once cast, is irrevocable…irretrievable…irreversible. On November 5th, 2016, Our Blessed Mother Mary, Refuge of Holy Love explained: “This life in this world is passing like a leaf in the wind. It is what you hold in your heart at the moment of your death which determines your eternity. Do not let it be the support of abortion” (2).


Indeed, when future generations look back, they will mourn the depth of darkness, disobedience, and death of our modern times. Yet they will also marvel at those who, despite all of the confusion, compromise, and controversy, chose to stand against evil, for the sake of all those that had no vote, no voice, no chance, and no choice…It may cost us our comfort and convenience, our popularity and praise, and indeed even our very lives! Yet, I truly believe that there is no more urgent task, no more important cause, no more necessary step for our country and our world than abolishing abortion, “the sin of the century which is and will be responsible for the greatest loss of life and souls” (2).


Thank you so much for taking the time to read this letter. Please, take these words, these statistics, and these heavenly messages to prayer and consider sharing them with others. In all quietness, allow the Lord to whisper the Truth to your heart… For in the intimate silence of heartfelt prayer, “you shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall set you free” (John 8:32).


I love you, my brothers and sisters, no matter what you decide. But I sincerely hope and pray that we can fight today’s battle for life, and celebrate tomorrow’s victory over abortion, together.


Yours in the Infinite Love and Mercy of the Eucharistic Hearts of Jesus Christ, the Immaculate Heart of Mother Mary, and the Chaste Heart of Saint Joseph,


Greg (aka “Little Gregory”)                                                                        https://liveandliveon.com/


“. . . we are facing an enormous and dramatic clash between good and evil, death and life, the “culture of death” and the “culture of life”. We find ourselves not only faced with but necessarily in the midst of this conflict: we are all involved and we all share in it, with the inescapable responsibility of choosing to be unconditionally pro-life.” Pope Saint John Paul II the Great in his Papal Encyclical, Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life).


The following PDF is a Nonpartisan Comparison of Current Party Platforms: https://mfv.sfo2.digitaloceanspaces.com/PDF/2019-Party-Platforms.pdf

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Crusade Prayer (74) For Gift of Discernment

O Mother of God, help me to prepare my soul for the Gift of the Holy Spirit.

Take me as a child, by the hand, and lead me on the road towards the gift of discernment through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Open my heart and teach me to surrender in body, mind and soul. Rid me of the sin of pride and pray that I will be forgiven for all past sins so that my soul is purified and that I am made whole so that I can receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit.

I thank you, Mother of Salvation, for your intercession, and I await with love in my heart for this Gift for which I yearn with joy. Amen.

Our Lady has asked us to pray the Crusade Prayers for 15 minutes a day to plead for Divine Mercy. Learn more about the Crusade Prayers in the battle for saving as many souls as possible here!

Sources:

(1)  https://www.stfrancisofassisi.net/bishops-statements

(2)  http://www.holylove.org/search_messages.php (Note: For an explanation and defense of the Messages of Holy and Divine Love, visit: https://liveandliveon.com/the-messages-of-holy-and-divine-love-qa/)

(3)   https://www.worldometers.info/abortions/

(4)  https://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/10.2105/AJPH.2017.304042

(5)  https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/pro-life-ad-campaign-urges-black-women-to-choose-adoption-over-abortion

(6)  https://www.healthline.com/health-news/the-debate-over-terminating-down-syndrome-pregnancies#1 and https://twitter.com/LilaGraceRose/status/1108748967683080192

(7)  https://www.iowartl.org/margaret-sanger/

(8)  https://thembeforeus.com/letter-to-colorado-mandating-ivf-coverage-harms-children/

(9)  https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/abortion-survivor-time-to-demand-dem-candidates-be-asked-about-late-term-abortion-infanticide

(10)                      https://www.axios.com/abortion-rights-marist-poll-pro-life-pro-choice-7170b431-eb2f-4292-b801-8ed56cf2d056.htm

(11)                      https://www.romancatholicman.com/hermit-loretos-1980s-premonition-president-trump/?fbclid=IwAR1MkNqD-mFc5rqBKn1Xgo_rjHgJgnlkRLRXZgUIxwO5Y71pKH1mV6WJvtE

(12)                      For example, see Ushma D. Upadhyay, et al., “Denial of Abortion Because of Provider Gestational Age Limits in the United States,” American Journal of Public Health, August 15, 2013. The study concluded, “Adolescents and women who did not recognize their pregnancies early were most likely to delay seeking care. The most common reason for D.G. Kilpatrick, and C.L. Best, K. Sundberg, A. Tabor, Danish Fetal Medicine Research Group,delay was having to raise money for travel and procedure costs. We estimated that each year more than 4,000 U.S. women are denied an abortion because of facility gestational limits and must carry unwanted pregnancies to term.”

(13)                      Those who do break the law usually try to buy medication that causes abortions without having a prescription for that medication. See, for example, Susan Donaldson James, “Nursing Home Worker Charged with Illegal Abortion of Teen; Ordered Drugs Online,” ABC News, March 7, 2014, abcnews.go.com/Health/pa-woman-charged-illegal-abortion-teen/story?id=22802782.

It’s All About Trust

 

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Happy Divine Mercy Sunday (and Greek Easter! Christos Anesti!) everyone!!! 🙂
On this special day of beautiful grace, I would like to remind us of God Our Father’s beautiful promise to all His beloved children, no matter who we are or what we’ve done:
“I see all. I will judge every action. I will reward every decision made by one soul for the benefit of another. In the same way, I will challenge every decision made by one soul to the detriment of another. Children, all is being recorded. You will account for your life. I am merciful. I am merciful to a degree that will astound you. But you must allow Me to be merciful. You must accept My mercy. You cannot scorn My mercy, child. Allow Me to exercise My mercy in your life. “How must we do that, Father?” you ask. I will tell you. You must say this to Me:
“God, my Father in heaven, You are all mercy. You love me and see my every sin. God, I call on You now as the merciful Father. Forgive my every sin. Wash away the stains on my soul so that I may once again rest in complete innocence. I trust You, Father in heaven. I rely on You. I thank you. Amen.”
I am acting as the merciful Father in these days, children. Pray this prayer to Me and I will respond in mercy. Your soul will be washed clean.” (Volume 3)
Indeed, if we accept God’s tender love and forgiveness in our final moments of this life, we will live forever with Him and the entire family of Christ in the “indescribable and glorious joy” of the heavenly Kingdom (1 Peter 1:8). So let us accept Him now, and let go of all pride and bitterness, searching our hearts for even the smallest residue of resentment or hint of a grudge. For if we allow ourselves to step into the constant, steady stream of God’s pure goodness and infinite grace, we will be spiritually strengthened and sanctified, humbled and healed. Only then, will we be able to pursue the path of holiness and perfection, patiently and peacefully accepting our own faults and failings, as well as those of others. As C.S. Lewis once said:
“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.”
On this day in particular, there is an incredible opportunity for obtaining a clean slate, a “fresh start” -so to speak- for our souls. Listen to the way Jesus Himself described it to Saint Faustina, in her Diary, “Divine Mercy in My Soul”:
My daughter, tell the whole world about My inconceivable mercy. I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy (699).
I want to grant a complete pardon to the souls that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion on the Feast of My mercy (1109).
Under normal circumstances, all that it would take on our part to receive this full forgiveness for an entire lifetime of sins and full remission for all the justice due them, would be to simply have a good confession with a priest and then receive Our Lord in Holy Communion in a state of grace. However, given the constraints that have arisen from the Coronavirus for receiving the sacraments, all you need to do to obtain this plenary indulgence is make a heartfelt act of contrition and spiritual communion.
The following photo explains how to do just that:
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Maybe you think it would be impossible that God could love you at your darkest (Romans 5:8) and forgive you of everything, yes…everything! That is a very legitimate hesitation… After all, we have all been hurt and wounded in many ways, knowingly or unknowingly, by the human beings around us. Yet we are made in God’s image, not the other way around! The eternal, all-powerful, Triune God is not bound by our fickle human weakness, narrow-mindedness, and sin. Yes, God, far more than even Mary Poppins, is perfect in every possible way! As Jesus revealed to Blessed Gabrielle Bossis in “He and I”:
“Aren’t you attracted by intelligence, warmth, kindness? Multiply by infinitely all the gifts that you look for in those you love; God is more. For there are depths of tenderness in Me that you have never known. And this very God wants to possess you! …You, little nothing, loved by the all!”
Amazingly though, despite all God’s wonderful and glorious divine attributes, such as STRENGTH, JUSTICE, WISDOM, PASSION, and CREATIVITY, St. Faustina in her Diary tell us that “we resemble God most when we forgive our neighbors. God is Love, Goodness, and Mercy…” (1148). Why is this the case? Just think of radical love of Jesus Christ on the Cross, willingly accepting all of the whips, shouts, rods, scorns, nails, spit, and hellish hatred of the soldiers crucifying Him. Instead of lashing back in any way, He was like a lamb lead to the slaughter, silently and submissively (Isaiah 53:7), and He was even actively loving all those who were killing Him, crying out to God, begging and pleading for their ignorance, for their salvation…for our ignorance, for our salvation: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).
Perhaps you’re still not fully convinced of Christ’s merciful message to St. Faustina, put so plainly in the following words He gave to the modern visionary Maureen Sweeney Kyle: “Do not be discouraged by the numbers or types of sins you have committed. The greatest sinner deserves most My Mercy.” (holylove.org). Here, I would like to remind you that some of the greatest of all sinners really did become the greatest of saints! Take for example, murderer turned Martyr and Missionary St. Paul, playboy turned Bishop and Church Doctor St. Augustine, satanic priest turned knight for Our Lady, Blessed Barolo Longo or imprisoned drug addict turned Catholic priest and worldwide evangelist, Father Don Calloway, the “Poster Child of Divine Mercy,” who’s beautiful conversion story video has brought tears to my eyes:
And then, of course, much less dramatic and acclaimed, but certainly no less raunchy and rebellious, is my own conversion story…of how God saved me by showering me in the warmth of His tender, burning Love…even and especially when I definitely didn’t deserve it. Truly, the only limit on the power of His Graces and amount we can receive are the limits we place on them, by our own lack of faith. For as Saint Faustina herself put it:
“Let no soul, even the most miserable, fall prey to doubt; for, as long as one is alive, each one can become a great saint, so great is the power of God’s grace. It remains only for us not to oppose God’s action” (283).
Once, I heard a talk by Father Mike Schmitz about a certain saint who lived a disobedient and wild life and had a child out of wedlock. At age 28, she had a conversion experience after seeing her lover dead on the ground (and perhaps contemplated the shortness of the life of the body compared with the length of the eternity of a soul!). Scorned by her own townspeople, she was taken in by some Franciscan Friars and ended up becoming a very devout and holy penitent woman, consecrated to Christ! Later on, I discovered who this amazing princess, bride, virgin of our Lord was! Her name is Saint Margaret of Cortona and her body is incorruptible, and Our Lord revealed to her that not only had He entirely restored her purity and innocence, but that she would be praising God in Heaven one day with even the highest choirs of Seraphim, among the holiest of Virgins! The following is an excerpt of one of their conversations, from the book, “A Tuscan Penitent: The Life and Legend of St. Margaret of Cortona”:
Thus, one festival of the royal virgin, St. Catherine, Margaret was at the altar receiving Holy Communion when she heard Christ say to her: “My child, thy place shall be amongst the Seraphim, with the virgins aflame with divine love.” At these words Margaret was astounded and replied: “Lord, how can this be with one so stained with sin?” But He Who has promised by the prophet: “return to Me and I will receive thee, made answer: “Thy manifold sufferings shall cleanse thy soul from all attraction to sin, and in thy suffering and contrition thou shalt be restored to virginal purity.”
Hearing these words, Margaret feared the more: “Christ, my Master!” she exclaimed, “and is Magdalene amongst the virgins in the glory of heaven?” Christ, the only Truth, replied: “Except Mary the Virgin and Catherine the Martyr there is none amongst the virgins greater than Magdalene.”
 Saint Mary Magdalene? The highest in glory of the female saints in Paradise, only short of Saint Catherine of Siena and the Blessed Mother, the Queen of Heaven?! She who was known as an adulterer possessed by seven demons? Talk about the power of God’s Mercy, which truly “makes all things new” (Revelation 21:5)
Indeed, Not only has He revealed to us that all sin is forgivable, but Saint Mary Magdalene herself revealed the following in “Heaven Speaks on Abortion“:

“Also, if you have fallen victim to the modern deception that sinful physical intimacy is acceptable, you are not alone. Many holy souls have also made these mistakes. But here is God’s promise to you. Confess your sins. Pour them all out where they cannot hurt you and He, Jesus, will take them away. They will be cast into the fires of His Sacred Heart and they will be incinerated and gone forever. Jesus will grant you complete healing. Be patient and let Him do this for you. Your purity will be returned to you and your beautiful sexuality will be restored to its original state. Remember that I told you that heaven speaks with great authority? Well, you can be assured that this promise comes from the throne of God. Walk in joy, dear sister of mine, because Jesus loves you.”

Another time, I remember coming across a description I once read of St. Augustine in particular which astounded me. It came from the Revelations of Saint Gertrude the Great:
“As she reflected thus, he [Saint Augustine] appeared to her in glory, bearing a globe on his head, enriched with an infinite variety of rare colors, and covered with brilliant stars, which indicated the reward that God had bestowed on him for his holy thoughts during life: such as the application of his mind to the things of God; the contempt which he had for the pleasures of life, from his desire of finding pleasure only in God; the care which he had taken to make his heart pleasing to God, who, as the Wise Man says, finds His delight in conversing with the children of men; and all the occupations to which he had devoted himself with his whole soul, either by speaking, writing, or by promoting the love and glory of God by his example; and the pleasures which he enjoyed were so great and so admirable, that he could pour them forth on all. 
Then our Lord said to Gertrude: “Consider how perfect My beloved is in purity, humility, and fervent charity.” 
She replied, in great admiration: “Lord, how can he be so pure, when he must have contracted so many stains in his wanderings from the faith before his conversion?”
He replied: “I permitted these wanderings, awaiting his return with patience and mercy, and then overwhelming him with My gratuitous favors.” 
After these words, as she examined the ornaments of 
this prelate very attentively, he appeared vested in a garment of crystalline purity, beneath which she saw three colors, which indicated his purity, humility, and charity; and these shone forth as gold shines through crystal.”
If “where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more” (Romans 5:20), imagine how much . Not only does St. Mary Magdalene tell us that “There is enough for every bit of spiritual and emotional healing that is necessary for every soul who has ever been injured in any way.” Our Lord actually goes as far as to say the following, from Volume 2:
“Come back to Me now, My little lost soul, and I will lift all punishment due you. Repent and throw yourself into My arms. I will forgive you immediately. I have already done so. But in order to heal and to be comfortable in heaven, you must repent and seek My forgiveness. You must come to Me to seek My forgiveness. You must come and get it from Me. I am here, in the tabernacle. Come to Me here and I will forgive all sin. I will make you as pure as if you had never sinned. My children, all in heaven are awed at the scope of this promise. I want you to consider that this is an opportunity you should take advantage of.”
Of course, we will not have forever to take advantage of this incredible opportunity Our Lord offers us, so let us seize the day and receive His Merciful, Healing Grace…today! And the more we trust, the more we shall receive!
If for any reason, you are tempted to doubt the beautiful and powerful promise of Jesus these words of His to us, this is precisely where an exercise in true TRUST must comes in…and hence, that simple yet powerful prayer that Jesus told St. Faustina He wanted inscribed at the bottom of the Image: “Jesus, I Trust in You!” After all, as St. Monica tells us in “Heaven Speaks to Parents Who Worry About Their Children’s Salvation”:
“It is good to tell God that you trust Him. It is good for God to hear this because it consoles Him. It is also good for you to hear yourself telling God that you trust Him as you will begin to believe.”
Therefore, keep praying this prayer, even all day long if you have to, and I promise you, you will soon you yourself will experience a peace beyond all understanding, a peace that evades the enemy’s snares of distraction, worry, or regret, a peace that only Christ can give (Philippians 4:7). Believe that truly everything? (yes…everything!) is being taken care of by your all-knowing, all-loving, all-forgiving, good, good Father, and then leave everything in His Hands! If you want, you can even pray the following refrain of the Surrender Novena which Jesus revealed to Servant of God Don Dolindo as the most efficacious novena of all! “Jesus I surrender myself to You! Take care of everything!”
Remember! No mater what you have ever said, thought, or done and no matter what anyone else may think, say or do, YOU are a CHILD of GOD! Indeed, you are perfectly KNOWN, infinitely LOVED, tenderly CHERISHED, and, as long as you have the humility to simply say, “Sorry”… fully FORGIVEN by the God of highest heavens, who dwells in the deepest depths of your heart. Tell Him that you trust Him often- even when you don’t believe it. Tell Him that you love Him often- even when you don’t feel it. And most of all, serve Him- even when you don’t desire it. Let Jesus Christ lead your life, your work, your heart, even in the most monotonous moments and down to the most minute details and soon, all the faith, hope, and love you could ever ask for or even imagine will follow.
Thank you so, so much for (hopefully) taking some time to read through another rather lengthy email message of mine! May God bless you and your families in this time, and especially all those affected by the virus. And may you always trust in His His Unconditional, Unfathomable, Unlimited, and Unending Love and Mercy.
Peace be with you (John 20:19).
Greg! 🙂
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PS- Please enjoy the following excerpts from St. Thomas the Apostle in Volume 5 about having FAITH in Our Lord, even when it’s not easy:
“I had the greatest of faith on earth, truly, but when you live on earth, and you are following Jesus, there are times when you are asked to believe what is inconceivable to the limitations of human thinking. It is at that time that you must turn joyfully to heaven and say, “Jesus, I trust in you, I believe in you, and I will follow you.” Those simple words should be said all the day long. There will come times when you will feel your faith wavering. This is perfectly normal, dear followers. You may expect to confront doubts at some time during your service. This should not affect your service in any way. Say those words and cry out to me, Thomas, and I will console you and comfort you while I simultaneously turn to the Throne and pray, interceding for you until the time of challenge has passed.”
I am the saint who will help you with your doubts. You must call on me often, as often as you have doubts, and I will rush to you because I understand the pain and anguish of wanting to serve but struggling to believe. You must understand how much I love you. Believe, dear soul, that your times are changing. This is a mercy and you should thank heaven for it. You are being well prepared and this opportunity for enhanced unity between earth and heaven is part of that mercy. We are with you at every moment. You have many friends in heaven. Use them.
I, Thomas, pledge to walk with you in times of doubt so that your service to the Kingdom is unaffected. In that situation, you gain the most powerful of graces and rewards because it is far more difficult to serve when you are struggling. What you must concentrate on always is service. I will serve! That is your refrain. God can do great things with a soul who speaks that way all day.”

A Glimpse of Heaven…And 3 Practical Ways to Navigate These Times

“When you live for Christ, earth is a joyful place to be. When you serve Christ on earth and come to heaven? There are no words. I cannot convey it to you except to say that every one of your greatest, most beyond belief hopes for heaven will be satisfied and your experience here will so far exceed that expectation that you will not believe you ever harbored hopes so low.” -St. Daniel Comboni via “Anne: a Lay Apostle in Volume 7: “Greetings from Heaven”

Greetings dear family and friends!
I wanted to start by commending all of you for conducting yourselves with courage and calmness during this current crises. Clearly, this has been a very tough and trying time for many of us in many ways, physically, emotionally, financially, and even spiritually. We know that it is vital to take precautions to protect ourselves and others, and for some of us that means staying home from school, work, and recreation, or even quarantining ourselves from loved ones, at least for the time being.
Yet even as we find ourselves in the midst of difficult times, if we attempt to view things from a heavenly perspective, I am certain we will find all the more opportunities for solidarity and hope… A quiet walk through the neighborhood. A shared meal among family. A FaceTime call with an old friend that makes us smile. A morning of relaxing praise music or simply silent prayer.
A chance to slow down and reorganize our priorities, to once again put our faith and family first. Pope Francis understands this. Here, I would like to quote a few of the beautiful and inspirational words that the Pope delivered yesterday, in his papal address to the world. Commenting on the Gospel Passage where Jesus falls asleep amidst the storm and his disciples anxiously awaken him, in Mark 4:35-41, he stated the following in an empty St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican:
“Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” Lord, you are calling to us, calling us to faith. Which is not so much believing that you exist, but coming to you and trusting in you. This Lent your call reverberates urgently: “Be converted!”, “Return to me with all your heart” (Joel 2:12). You are calling on us to seize this time of trial as a time of choosing. It is not the time of your judgement, but of our judgement: a time to choose what matters and what passes away, a time to separate what is necessary from what is not. It is a time to get our lives back on track with regard to you, Lord, and to others.”
It is evident that our Holy Father desires us to place God and His Commandments at the forefront of our hearts and lives and thus experience and share in the uplifting and freeing HOPE that only He can provide. Indeed, God Himself, Who is with and within us through every present moment and smallest detail of our human experience, has great hopes for us. Hopes that we will not give way to panic, fear, or stagnation during these trying times, but instead have recourse to prayer, faith, and service…

Prayer over Panic

“Brothers and sisters, Christ’s love must shine from your eyes. Now, you do not have Christ’s love unless He puts it there for you. He cannot put it there for you unless you give Him the time in silence and prayer. So our next task is really two-fold. You must always love like Christ and in order to do that you must have scheduled prayer time that includes time in silence. You know that when you spend time in Adoration and contemplation of the living Christ, you walk in calm, trusting peace. You find it easier to complete mundane tasks and love flows easily from you because He has had ample opportunity to fill your soul with divine love.”  -St. Therese of Lisieux via “Anne” a Lay Apostle in Volume 7: “Greetings from Heaven”
We know that this crisis, this pandemic, this troubling time is temporary- that it will ultimately pass. But unlike this crisis, the effects of our prayers, our sacrifices, our love will never end. Our love for God and others creates an endless chain reaction of goodness of grace, and on the last day, we will find all of the seeds of love blossomed in the hearts of those we touched. God, after all, is eternal, and only His Truth, His Plans, and His Love remain forever. And so, prayer is simply the practice of “tuning out” of the temporal realities of earth and tuning into our relationship with Jesus, Who is the very fullness and essence of Love Itself.
Given the current “Stay-At-Home” and even “Lock Down” orders, new and greater opportunities for genuine heartfelt prayer and personal reflection are emerging. Wow! What a golden opportunity for tending to the nourishment of our hearts, minds, and souls, through the sacred gift of pure silence! For it is only in the solitude and silence that Heaven can place its promptings in our hearts, inspirations in our minds, and consolations in our souls, allowing us to be more effective vessels, instruments, representatives of Our Loving Lord for others!
Perhaps we can honestly consider the following questions: Am I comfortable in silence? When I experience emptiness or restlessness, anger or impatience, do I take refuge in silence and prayer? Am I making it a point to block out a good portion of my day to turning off the TV, silencing the radio, and putting away my phone and all other distractions, to simply stop and listen to what God is trying to tell me deep inside?
Whether you are a person who has made prayer a priority and indeed routine in your daily schedule, or if you are still seeking to grow in this area, I invite you to try the following experiment:
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Faith over Fear

“Please, brothers and sisters, you cannot trust too much in Jesus. Such a thing would be impossible. The problem is always that you do not trust him enough. I would love for people to confident in Jesus because if they were, they would have no fear. I want you to trust Jesus more and more, beginning today. I, Joan, will help you to do so.”
“When you trust Jesus, you have no fear. When you trust Jesus, you have the greatest of confidence in your heavenly direction. When you trust Jesus, you can look at those who speak deceitfully and immediately detect and identify the falsehoods. Your comfort with Him is so great that you are able to represent Him in an effortless fashion. Then, when it comes time to die, you do not fear, but trust. You look around at the earth and all you managed to do for Him and you say, ‘Finally, it is over. I am ready.’”
-St. Joan of Arc, via “Anne” a Lay Apostle in Volume 5: “Jesus the Redeemer”
Perhaps you’re wondering why I decided to send out the above video depicting a glimpse of the glorious eternity that awaits us: Heaven. In a fast-paced, information-laced, and technology-based age, have we become too reliant upon human action, progress, and opinion, instead of seeking out the Divine Will, the Divine Knowledge, and the Divine Life of Jesus Christ, which is eager of overflow into every facet of our lives, and through us, into every person we meet?
Yes, God is still here with us; He is still in control. And He only moves with and out of the greatest of love for us, His beloved children. Yet if we still distrust His motives for allowing hardship and even upheaval, perhaps we are still only seeing with our own mortal and materialistic minds. If we consider His eternal and omniscient perspective for a moment, we begin to see why a God of infinite goodness allows momentary suffering and sickness. Truly, God works all things for our good, that is, our everlasting salvation (Romans 8:28). For the more we detach from the things of this world, either by choice or by necessity, the more we are free, yes, free to embrace the love, peace, and joy Our tender and gracious Father has been preparing for us in the new world to come, where “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, for the old order has passed away” (Revelation 21:4).
If we know our eternity is secure, then we won’t be afraid of any temporary trial or tribulation that comes our way…even death itself. After all, even the most debilitating illness can only take our lives. Nothing, and no one, except God alone can touch our souls. Therefore the real danger we should be alert in detecting and diligent in combating is the spiritual sicknesses of selfishness, greed, lust, unforgiveness- in a word, sin. We simply cannot become complacent in putting forth the necessary effort to overcome ourselves, and grow in love, in patience, in generosity, in self-denial, in cheerfulness, in trust- in a word, in holiness. As vigilant as we are about our body’s sanitation, we should be even more so for our soul’s sanctification!
Even now, when it may not be possible to receive the nourishing sacrament of Holy Communion and the healing sacrament of Confession, Jesus is still reaching out His hand to us to begin, or deepen, our walk of unity with Him. Will we take it? Will we trust in Him, no matter what? Let us listen to the following words that God the Father delivered on March 27th, 2020 to visionary Maureen Sweeny-Kyle at Marantha Spring and Shrine (holylove.org)…
“These days are most challenging to those who rely on their own resources instead of My Provision. Human agendas, calendars and plans have, of necessity, been set aside. It is unpredictable when normalcy will return. If you are using this time of trial to draw closer to Me, fear will take flight. Some have been given heavier crosses than others through all of this, such as, preexisting health conditions, medical tests which have been delayed, separation from loved ones – all of these are different aspects of the same cross. I see all and invite you to understand My Omnipotence. Every life – every soul is My faithful concern. Crosses are permitted by Me to bring humanity deeper into My Paternal Heart. When human efforts fail you, turn to Me. I am your strength.”
“This cross – this pandemic is transforming the heart of the world by showing mankind his weakness and his dependence upon Me. Sadly, it has taken such a crisis for some to turn to Me.”

Service over Stagnation

“I wish to give My children both notice and direction. If you are following Me, continue to follow Me, but in a more dedicated fashion. Ask yourself on this day, “What can I do for My Father in heaven?” I will put the answer in your heart, little souls, and you will have My request. Then you must step out in faith and complete the task I have asked of you. Through this first step, you will discover how I am going to work through you. Ask Me for direction, and in an enhanced way, you will be directed.”
-God the Father, on December 18th, 2003, via “Anne” a Lay Apostle in Volume 3: “God the Father Speaks to His Children”
All of us, no matter what age, vocation, or state in life, have a particular set of daily duties and responsibilities. These are the tasks that the Lord has entrusted to us, depending on our identities as mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, students, professionals, etc. Of course, the temporary shut-down of many of our schools and businesses may have us feeling a little “out of rhythm” as it were. Still, this doesn’t mean that our duties have disappeared, but might just look different for a while. Imagine, all the new and creative possibilities for service at our disposal with all this rare and newfound free time available to us! Therefore, I feel as though it is important to recognize and resist any temptations or deviations that might pull us from our duties. We simply cannot fall victim to wasting time by getting lost in excess “entertainment” such as Netflix, YouTube, or gaming apps on our phones, or other unhealthy tendencies and habits, because every present moment matters!
Christianity is not a part-time job. We have to be all in, realizing that God always has something in mind for us in every present moment. When it comes to using our gifts and talents to further the Kingdom and bringing more grace to the earth and thus more souls to the Father, there is simply not a moment to waste! Yet most of the time, it is simply doing little things with great love! Whether it be setting the table for dinner, taking out the trash, finishing a homework assignment, sending an important email, or just spending time with family by watching a movie or playing a board game, we have to be willing and ready, in every moment, to surrender our ways and our wants and yield to God’s perfect Will for us!
As St. Julie tells us, in Volume 7: “Greetings from Heaven”: “Give [Jesus] your day, then live with the awareness that He is using you to do His work. Perhaps He is using you to clean your house in a spirit of unity to Him. In this way He extracts great graces from your cooperation, which He then uses to save souls.” “Those of you who suffer illness should be especially aware of your ability to console the Savior. He will never leave you. He will use each pain, each limitation, each frustration as a balm to His wounds if you allow Him. Imagine being able to apply a beautiful healing balm to the wounds of the Savior. Truly, you can, by uniting hardship and illness to Jesus. If you think of it in that way, you will think less of being released from hardships and more of utilizing your hardships for heaven.”
In his homily on March 25th, 2020 for the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (exactly 9 months before Christmas day!), Father Kyle, the amazing, kindhearted priest of my local parish, asked us the following:
“How are we going to live out our call courageously during this time? How are going to say our ‘yes’ as Mary said her ‘yes’? And if we say ‘yes,’ the Lord can use us just as He used Mary. He used Mary’s ‘yes’ to bring our Savior into the world. How will He use our “yes” as His sons and daughters, this day?”
Of course, we cannot forget here that our first and foremost duty is spiritual, since the first commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength, as well as your neighbor as yourself. Perhaps you feel discouraged in performing your spiritual duties given the lack of access to daily mass, Eucharistic Adoration, or even a Church Tabernacle. If that is the case, then truly, I feel for you. The Eucharist is everything… It has been the source of my joy and strength, consolation and comfort, and light and love for many years now. For indeed, the Eucharist is the very living, breathing, loving, and beating Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ Himself, Who gives Life to all things and makes them holy!
And yet, let me simply remind you of Heaven’s promise to us:
“My brothers and sisters, you understand that we come to advise you, but also to prepare you, and indeed to advise you on how to prepare. There will come a time when you may be deprived of the Sacrament of the Eucharist altogether. This will occur in some areas of the world. This will be a grave and heavy cross but I assure you that heaven will compensate. You will make constant spiritual communions and remain united to Christ. You will have angels and saints all around you, willing to console and direct you. You will be very brave and very fixated on your Jesus and on your mission to serve Him. So even in removing the Eucharist, the enemy can do you no real harm. Do you understand?” -St. Thomas Aquinas, via “Anne” a Lay Apostle in Volume 7: “Greetings from Heaven
Act of Spiritual Communion
Do you see how, with God, we cannot lose? And as can be seen from the above video, “Glimpse of Heaven,” there is only unimaginable reward to be gained from being a servant of Christ. Thus, when we feel something or someone might be pulling us from the Lord’s Will, especially any emotion of fear or worry, we must “flee to our duty and wrap ourselves in prayer” as St. Gertrude the Great recommends in Volume 7: “Greetings from Heaven.” And if we ever still find ourselves confused about His Will for us in any given moment, let us simply call out to Our Lord Jesus, to Our Mother Mary, and to all of our eternal friends, the angels and the saints, who stand by ready to help us at all hours of the day and night! We can start by getting into the habit of saying the following prayer, giving to us by Jesus Himself in Volume 9: “Angels”:
Angels of Heaven Direct My Path
Thank you so, so much for taking the time to read through this (rather lengthy) message! May God bless you and your families in this time, and especially all those affected by the virus. And may He give you the courage, calm, and confidence you need to choose prayer over panic, faith over fear, and service over stagnation, now, and always.
Yours in His Infinite Mercy and Intimate Love, and in the Three Hearts of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,
Greg! 🙂
St Thomas Aquinas Quote

Calling All Souls! Please Help “Build a Wall” of Loving Prayers and Little Sacrifices to Save Souls!

“My heart is soft and forgiving. Like any good mother, I forget the mistakes of my children almost immediately. I can help poor sinners to forgive themselves and seek the forgiveness of my Son, a forgiveness that heals and strengthens. Sinners must not be afraid. They must simply close their eyes and say, ‘God, I have made mistakes. I’m sorry. I am Your child, though, and seek to be united to You.’ My child, all of heaven weeps for joy when even one soul makes this act of humility and love. How we rush in to assist this soul, and protect him from the attacks of the evil one. We nurture and guide this soul until he is back walking the path to Christ with confidence. Don’t be afraid, dear souls. You will find no recriminations. Only love. Be reconciled to the loving heart of my Son, who will lead you to the Father. What joy will be mine, to see you safely with Jesus.” -Our Blessed Mother Mary via “Anne” a Lay Apostle. Read more here: https://liveandliveon.files.wordpress.com/2019/06/handout-autorecovered-1.pdf

“I love you. I have forgiven you everything you have ever done against Me or against yourself. You are welcome in My arms and there is a place in My Heart for you. If you make the smallest movement toward Me, you will see Me act with great speed to pull you back into the safety of your Christian family. My child, will you answer your Jesus? It is My voice you hear calling out your name. Come to Me now. You will look back on your life someday and you will see this moment as very important for your eternity. Do not hesitate. Your time is over and Mine has begun. Fear nothing. Accept My joy and accept My light. In all quietness, turn your eyes to Mine.” -Jesus via “Anne” a Lay Apostle. Read more here: https://liveandliveon.files.wordpress.com/2019/06/handout-autorecovered-1.pdf

Truly, Jesus is All Mercy, All Kindness, and All Love, and His grace can heal and unlock even the most hurt and hardened hearts. A single act of humble yet courageous admittance of our faults and failures-“God, I’ve made mistakes, and I’m sorry. I am your child though, and I long to be united to you”– melts and moves His compassionate Heart to forgive and forget even a whole lifetime of sins in a single split second, just like He did for the repentant criminal on the Cross!

Yet our smallest prayers might might be the deciding factor as to whether a specific soul chooses everlasting life over eternal separation from God, and thus, from all Goodness, Beauty, Truth, Peace, Joy, and Love… That is because, like the adorable cooing and babbling of little babies in the arms of their parent, our heartfelt efforts in prayer and sacrifice utterly enamor, pierce, and ravish the Heart of our Father and Creator, causing Him to disarm His justice, open the floodgates of His Mercy, and unleash upon the whole world the torrents of grace necessarily for closed, callous hearts to sincerely turn to Him, even in their final moments! Truly, an unlimited supply of these conversion graces and the help of countless angels and saints is ever-abundantly available from the Throne of God, but in order to activate these graces and access this help, we here on earth must first ask, ask, ask, and thus pray, pray, pray! Jesus needs our help now more than ever before to pray for, indeed plead for His beloved souls, which are sadly choosing to willingly reject Him and His Commandments, and thus their place eternally prepared for them in the breathtakingly beautiful Kingdom of Divine Light.

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Of course, this is just one of the many benefits of developing a deeper interior life of silence and prayer. After all, the more we pray, the more closely we will be united to Christ and the more clearly we will know His Will for us by the promptings He places in our hearts at every moment. The more we pray, the more of God’s love, joy, and peace will fill and flow through us to others, even and especially those hardest to love (who need it the most). The more we pray, the greater degree of brightness and beauty our soul will radiate throughout eternity, as Jesus raises our place in Heaven forever every time we merely look at Him in the Tabernacle/Eucharist with love! No wonder St. Padre Pio, the mystic and stigmatic, who was often able to see his guardian angel and even physically battled with the devil, is quoted as saying, “Prayer is oxygen for the soul.”

Yet what is the most perfect and pleasing prayer to the ears of Our Lord? Besides simply talking to Him as an intimate friend and offering Him all our little deeds of the day (like working, driving, eating, even sleeping!), the most beautiful of all prayers, and indeed greatest of all Commandments, is loving Him from the depth of our hearts! And that is exactly where the “Act of Love*” prayer comes in…

Act of Love Prayer

*Note: Although this was the original formula given to Sister Consolata Betrone of Italy in the early 1900’s, the prayer “Jesus, Mary, Joseph, I love You! Save souls!” as was revealed on July 16th, 2001, to visionary Edson Glauber in the Church-approved apparitions of the Holy Family in the Amazon. Through these as well as the approved messages of Our Lady of America and others, like https://www.mensajerosdivinos.org/en?p=1, St. Joseph has been revealing his Chaste Heart and its strong intercessory power in these latter times. Indeed, not only is he the highest in glory after Mary in Paradise (Immediately after the moment of his conception, God rendered him sinless by the future merits of Jesus’ Passion and inflamed his soul with a degree of love of God that surpassed even the highest seraphim), but he is “Terror of Demons” and the eternal representative of God the Father in the Three Hearts of the Holy Family-  the microcosm of the Holy Trinity- and indeed the spiritual father of all humanity whose Name alone also showers many blessings and graces down on those who implore it with devotion and trust! Therefore, I recommend adding him in the “Act of Love” prayer, whenever possible! Additionally, Jesus revealed an updated “New Act of Love” to the German mystic Justine Klotz (1888-1984) which recently received the Church imprimatur in 2011. Learn more here: https://liveandliveon.com/2019/05/31/to-save-1000-souls-the-power-of-a-single-act-of-love/

In Our Lord’s own words to Sister Maria Consolata Betrone, to who, He revealed this “Act of Love” prayer: “…tell souls that I prefer an act of love and a Communion of love over any other gift they could give Me.” “Tell Me, what prayer can anyone say that is more beautiful? ‘Jesus, Mary, I love You! Save souls!’ Love and souls, what would anyone want that would be more beautiful?” “This ‘Act of Love’ includes all souls; the souls in purgatory, the innocent, the suffering, the sinful, the dying, and even your own poor soul.” “Remember that an act of love on your part can decide the salvation of a soul, its eternal salvation. So see you don’t waste a single ‘Jesus, Mary, I love You! Save souls'” “If a creature of good will loves Me and wants to make his life an act of love (from the heart, as understood) from awakening to the moment of sleep, I will do enormous things with this soul.” “I will think of everything, even to the smallest details. You, think only of loving Me.”

Think about it… Every time the name of Jesus is pronounced from our lips and hearts, God receives infinite glory and showers untold grace, demons are forced to fearfully flee, and all of Heaven comes to our attention as we are covered in His protective Precious Blood! And of course, the devil absolutely HATES, abhors, and writhes not only at the mention of the Name of the King of the Universe, but also the powerful Name of the Queen of Heaven, the humble yet beautiful Woman clothed with the sun, the moon on her feet, and crowned with twelve stars (Revelation 12:1), Who crushes the head of the serpent (Genesis 3:15), is Full of Grace (Luke 1:28) and thus free from sin, and and is indeed the Mother of God (Luke 1:43) and our own personal Mother, as Jesus gave Her to us all in His final words on the Cross (John 19:26). Though God could have brought about our salvation through any other vessel or means, He chose to take on human flesh and come into this world in and through the Virgin Mary and to redeem our souls by His Passion and Death alongside and even in the arms of His Beloved Mother, Who gave Him the necessary consolation and strength to carry His Cross every step of the way. This explains where the titles Mary has rightly received in the Catholic faith of Advocate, Co-Redemtrix, and Mediatrix of All Graces come from. St. Bernadine of Sienna explains that, “Every grace that is communicated to this world has a threefold course… it is dispensed from God to Christ, from Christ to the Virgin, from the Virgin to us.” Imagine a light bulb. If Christ is the Light of the world, Mary is the pure and spotless glass encasing Him, the Tabernacle of His living Presence in the Eucharist, and the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, Who entirely and intimately overshadowed Her in the conception and incarnation of the living Son of God within Her Womb (Luke 1:35). Therefore, the closer we get to Mary, the closer we come to Jesus, and thus to the entire Trinity. And as our tender, kind, gentle, and loving Mother, that is all She really wants for us, for Her last words in Scripture really say it all: “Do whatever He tells you” (John 2:5). This is precisely why the late Father Edward Carter, SJ affirms that “the Heart of Jesus wishes to be venerated together with the Immaculate Heart of Mary.” For in Her own words to the three children of Fatima: “You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace.” If you’re still not convinced of Mother Mary’s role in our daily life and eternal salvation, I exhort you to watch the first 7 minutes of this video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSfPRP4fyzo&t=314s and read the following words spoken by a St. Dominic, to whom Our Lady first revealed the extremely efficacious prayer of the most Holy Rosary for the conversion of the world:

“’Mary.’ Say her name throughout your day and she will nourish you as a
mother nourishes an infant. I speak now as your brother, who wants only what is best for you. If you do not have a devotion to this woman, I am beseeching you to seek one. Only holiness and peace come from the relationship with Mary. Only blessings and purity come from her. Joy and peace flow out from her to all she encounters. Families and vocations are restored. If you are in any way struggling today, seek Mary’s help. You will not be disappointed. If you are not struggling, be grateful to Mary because it is a given that she has helped you in the past. Jesus only blesses those who love His mother.” -St. Dominic via “Anne” a Lay Apostle, in “Heaven Speaks to Consecrated Souls” DirectionForOurTimes.com

As is plain to see from the above words concerning the “Act of Love,” the fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful (James 5:16). Yet, there is another weapon readily available to each one of us at nearly every moment of the day that can bring even more souls to salvation: sacrifice. In the words of Sister Lucia, the visionary of Our Lady of Fatima, “Putting up with any sacrifices that are asked of us in our day-to-day lives becomes a slow martyrdom which purifies us and raises us up to the level of the supernatural, through the encounter of our soul with God, in the atmosphere of the presence of the Most Holy Trinity within us. We have here an incomparable spiritual richness!” Indeed, the more we suffer here during this very short on earth, the greater will be our glory and the closer will be our resemblance to the Christ for all of eternity in Heaven! Jesus Himself, Who suffered everything imaginable, physically, emotionally, and spiritually for our salvation, tells us that “…suffering saves souls.” “You must begin to equate even your smallest crosses to so many souls rescued from darkness.” Wow! Just think about how many little pains, annoyances, inconveniences, disappointments, and misunderstandings we may experience on any given day. Talk about an opportunity to grow in holiness and help others get to Heaven! And yet, do we carry our cross in this life, which will our Crown in the next, as Jesus did, with resignation, humility, acceptance, love, and even joy?  Can we truly say, along we Saint Paul, “…for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties, for when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:10)? If you are like me and struggle to embrace the crosses in your life, listen to these words and consider taking up the following prayer, given to us by Our Divine Lord Himself:

“See how willingly I accept this cross? If My children, even just My chosen ones, would accept their small crosses and say, ‘I accept this cross in the name of Jesus Christ for the salvation of sinners,’ I could save countless souls. Countless. The value of even a small thing offered to God is inestimable. You must understand that suffering will occur in every life. Use it for your holiness and for the good of your brothers and sisters.”       Jesus via “Anne” a Lay Apostle in Volume 1: Thoughts On Spirituality, DirectionForOurTimes.com

Perhaps this is why the angels “envy” us human beings for two things: being able to suffer, as well as being able to receive Jesus’ Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity daily Holy Communion. As St. Therese of Lisieux put it, “When I think that, for a sorrow borne with joy, I shall be able to love You more for all eternity, I understand clearly that if You gave me the entire universe, with all its treasures, it would be nothing in comparison to the slightest suffering.” Truly, when it comes to the inevitable life experiences of pain, frustration and heartbreak, we have two options: we can either shove it all down or offer all it up. The former leads to bitterness and despair, the latter leads to holiness and freedom. Let us, therefore, endeavor not to waste a single once of our life’s sufferings, but generously and joyfully give them all to the God Who so lovingly measures and entrusts each and every one of them to us, knowing what can handle and what we really need, all for the greater benefit of our own souls and those we may never meet until eternity (Romans 8:28)! And let us begin by praying the following prayer, entitled, “The Offering of Past Crosses” which Jesus desires us to propagate as far and wide as possible (feel free to copy/paste, and text/email to family/friends!)…

Offering of Past Crosses

Beyond involuntary sufferings, making voluntary sacrifices can win us more grace and strength for our souls to overcome the immediate urges and selfish impulses of our bodies. As Our Lady revealed through the modern-day visionary Maureen Sweeny-Kyle of Holy Love Ministries, on June 8th, 1998, “When sacrifice is added to prayers, it is twice as strong.” The following are some ideas for little sacrifices to give to Jesus throughout the day to help bring souls to Him:

First and foremost, waking up (without hitting snooze!) and right away giving your whole day to the Lord and accepting with love all the crosses He sends your way that day in advance by uniting every moment to Jesus’ Sacrifice on the Cross, made present in all the Masses said throughout the world, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary…

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(Our Blessed Mother has revealed to her beloved children that if they simply give Jesus our day in the morning, He can use every moment of their day, even their recreation, to save souls! For a list of more morning prayers recommended from Our Lord, click here: https://liveandliveon.com/daily-prayers/).

Other ideas for little sacrifices include committing oneself to a more structured, scheduled prayer life, attending daily Mass (and staying after for at least 20 minutes to allow the Eucharistic Presence of Our Lord time to overflow His lasting Love into our souls: https://www.sofc.org/BLUEBKII/bb2_74.htm), forgoing desserts or sugary drinks (or choosing healthier options instead), intermittent fasting (such as the Medjugorje bread and water fast on Wednesday’s and Friday’s. Read more about the power of and urgent need for fasting from Jesus’ own words in God’s Blue Book 3 here: https://www.sofc.org/BLUEBK3/bb3_80.htm ), talking less and listening more intentionally to those God places on your path, smiling at strangers, taking a cold or cool shower (even for the duration of a few seconds or “Acts of Love”), choosing silence instead of the radio, exercising instead of watching TV/Netflix, reaching out to old friend, visiting a grandparent in a nursing home and recording their life advice/experiences, picking up a piece of trash (“To pick of a pen for love can convert a soul” -St. Therese), answering a text or email RIGHT AWAY, obeying a parent, boss, or authority figure quickly and joyfully without complaining, holding your tongue from a derogatory or unnecessary comment or joke, waiting a moment and prayerfully recollecting one’s self before having a conversation, detaching from the outcome of a game or another person’s opinion, taking a few minutes at the end of your day to examine your conscience to see the ways you could have loved God and neighbor more selflessly, forgiving an unkindness and even returning it for a kindness, sealing your lips and smiling at/praying for someone being unkind to you (this one is definitely NOT easy, but you being Christlike to them and loving the unloving could actually be their salvation! https://www.sofc.org/BLUEBKI/bb1_45.h… ) And the best possible sacrifice of all? Our Lord tells us on it is actually an internal sacrifice of heartfelt LOVE: “…the greatest and most perfect of all sacrifices is to live in Holy Love in every present moment. To do so dictates a total dying to self. This is the sum total of all I ask.” 

Remember, to never, ever, ever let yourself become discouraged if you find yourself struggling with making these little sacrifices or even in persisting in constant, loving prayer. We, as imperfect human beings, are subject to inconstancy and distraction, yet it is precisely our weakness and littleness that humbles us and draws Our compassionate Savior to help us all the more readily and tenderly. Over time, however, with God’s grace and our perseverance, building the selfless habits of prayer and sacrifice will become an easier and easier, even second nature to us! Therefore, there is no need to get frustrated or dismayed, for in the end, it is not in the success but the effort where true virtue lies, it is not in the great and heroic deeds but the hidden and humble tasks where saints are made, and it is not the cost of the sacrifice to the soul that God looks at, but the love in our hearts when we freely offer it to Him. Indeed, it is love alone that sanctifies us and makes even the smallest of our actions precious. In the 24 Hours of the Passion (the amazing book where Jesus promised He will give you a soul for every word you read!), Servant of God Luisa Picarreta goes as far as to say that, “Every little act, suffering and thought that we do united to Jesus can be used to grab souls, so that they may not fall into hell. United with Jesus, we will have His own power in our hands. But if we do not do our acts united with Jesus, they will not serve to prevent even one soul from going to hell.” Truly, the more we love Jesus in everything we say, think, and do, the more souls He will be able to rescue in and through us! No wonder Our Lord revealed to St. Gertrude the Great that every time one soul recieves Him in Holy Communion (in a state of grace, of course), something good happens to every soul in His Mystical Body, the Church, in Heaven, Purgatory, and Earth! And so the best thing we can do for all others is to truly love God more and more! In Jesus’ own words via God’s Blue Book 2:

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To learn more about the Church’s teaching on and understanding of penance, visit: http://www.religious-vocation.com/penance_and_mortification.html#.XhaOU0dKjIU

And for more quotes from Our Lord and Our Lady about the power of prayer and sacrifice for atoning and consoling their United Hearts through the mystical “Church of Atonement,” which are overwhelmed by so much sin and evil in these urgent times, visit: http://www.holylove.org/files/med_1568741966.pdf

Finally, the following are a compilation of quotes from various sources to give you even more motivation to commit yourself to more prayer and sacrifice from the heart. Please prayerful consider one or two persons with whom you could share this post, so as to teach them this powerful prayer to incorporate throughout the little moments of their day and indeed life! I truly believe the souls saved because of it will thank you profusely and praise God eternally in Paradise! Thank you so much and may God bless you with all the Blessings of the United Hearts, the Anointing of St. Michael, and the Baptism of Truth! Mary, Refuge of Holy Love and Protectress of the Faith, pray for us and come to our aid!  Yours in the Infinite, Infinite Love of the Three Hearts of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,

“Little Gregory”


“My brothers and sisters, tonight realize that your prayers offered with humility and heartfelt love ransom many souls from the path of perdition and onto the path of righteousness. Persevere, then, in heartfelt prayer, for many souls depend on your efforts. Do not be discouraged in any way, for this is Satan trying to dissuade you from the path of righteousness.” -Jesus on June 1st, 2007 via holylove.org

“In this hour of decision, the smallest prayer or sacrifice can mean the difference between life or death for a soul.” -Jesus on 4/5/1993, via holylove.org

“Dear children, do not be disheartened. No prayer is wasted but is meritorious at the moment it is said, and for all eternity.” -Blessed Mother on 11/7/2012, via holylove.org

No prayer, no sacrifice is too small or is ever ineffective.” “Take for instance one Hail Mary. If it is recited with a loving heart it brings with it the power to convert a soul, to stop a war, to deliver a soul from purgatory, even to change the future of the world. See then that the love in your heart when you pray determines the power of the prayer.” -Jesus via holylove.org

A Single Hail Mary...

The inner working of hearts and, indeed, the movement of the Cosmos itself, depends on a few just prayers offered daily in Holy Love. Often, you do not see the dramatic effects of your prayers; but I tell you, no prayer offered with love goes unheard. You have the power of your rosary in your hands to stop wars and thwart man made or natural disaster. The rosary is more powerful than any nuclear weapon when it is prayed with love. In trust, believe in Me.” -Jesus on 4/30/2013

When lovers are together, they spend hours and hours repeating the same thing: ‘I love you!’  What is missing in the people who think the rosary monotonous is Love; and everything that is not done for love is worthless.” -Sister Lucia, visionary Our Lady of Fatima

“I have come to tell each one of you that anything you do without love in your heart is wasted. Priests in particular must pray for love of prayer, sacrifice and penance, for this is the way of conversion for their flock that they have been entrusted with. Do not hesitate to ask me to intercede for you, whether you are a priest or lay person. This is a special grace to love penance, prayer and sacrifice. I will help you with it.”-St. Jean Vianney on July 14th, 2006, via holylove.org

“Satan knows that the Rosary is the weapon which will bring about his defeat. This is why he is desperate to discourage its use. Every time you recite a Hail Mary from the heart, the devil is weakened forever in some area and in some soul.” “You must never be discouraged, then, in praying the Rosary. When your heart is most filled with distraction, understand the adversary is frightened of your prayers.” -Jesus on 9/18/1999 via holylove.org

“My child, you must understand that when you come to Me in prayer, if only for a moment, I am consoled. My heart is comforted, which allows Me to give you untold graces, of course, but also, your prayer allows Me to soften My justice toward others who never seek Me. When you meet Me face to face, you will see clearly every happiness you have caused Me. I need you and so appreciate any fidelity offered to Me. If only for the sake of repayment you should come to Me often, as I reward each prayer, each glance, each petition even, beyond anything you might imagine.” -Jesus in Volume 2, Read more here: https://directionforourtimes.com/wp-c…

“Dear little children, Jesus has sent Me to ask of you extra prayers, as many prayers as you can offer, for such is the need of our Hearts. Every prayer you offer is already used up by My Son, whose Heart is greatly offended. Therefore, My little children, pray, pray, pray.” -Blessed Mother on 9/9/1993, via holylove.org

“Do not think that the merit of your prayer is based on how you feel when you are praying. You may feel nothing on some days, but you must persevere and believe me when I tell you that on those days, when you feel nothing, you are saving as many souls through your smallest prayers as on the days when all of heaven seems open to you. Smile now, and let everyone you meet see the smile of Jesus. You are a soul who is being held close to my heart. My child, my little one, how precious you are to me.” -Blessed Mother on 7/7/2003 via Anne a Lay Apostle

“…please understand that your prayer life is the mortar that holds the bricks of virtue in place. Without mortar, bricks crumble and fall. Without prayers, virtues are replaced with weaknesses and sin.” -St. Thomas Aquinas via holylove.org

From the moment you wake up, intercede for others. Claim sinners from Me. You cannot know the joy you would give Me. I died for them. It wasn’t illness that made Me die. I was struck down in the fullness of life. If you don’t help Me today, I won’t be able to save this soul or that one, and you know I love them. Then save them as though you were saving Me.” -Jesus to Blessed Gabrielle Bossis, “He and I”

“You don’t feel feel yesterday’s cold any more and you can’t yet feel the cold of tomorrow. So it’s only a question of this present moment. And what is a moment of discomfort in exchange for the salvation of a soul who will praise Me eternally?

“What you do for yourself will perish miserably. What you do for others, for the love of Me, will go on re-echoing throughout all eternity.” -Jesus to Blessed Gabrielle Bossis, “He and I”

“This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him. If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask and God will for him give life to those who commit sin not leading to death.” -1 John 5:14

Tribute to a Life Well Lived

On December 18th, 2019, my Grandmother, Elizabeth Perenich Weaver, took her last breath and, peacefully, painlessly, and surrounded by family, entered into the tender and loving embrace of Our Lord Jesus Christ forever. I had the incredible honor of delivering one of the eulogies at her funeral mass a few days later, and would like to share it with you now…

Grandma, you were a character. From “Somewheeeere over the Rainbow” to “Flyyyy me to the moon” to “The Hilllls are aliiiiive with the sound of muuusic,” you LOVED to sing…and dance! Oh, what a great joy and honor it was to hold your hands and spin you around at many a family birthday party, rosary gathering, or holiday celebration! You never ceased to put a smile on my face just by being yourself, like the time a few years back when we took you with us to see the movie “The Greatest Showman” starring the theatrical Hugh Jackman and afterward when we asked you how you liked it, you simply smiled and said, “I think I want a husband!

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Grandma, you were an artist. Who could even begin to count all the many breathtaking scenes of nature or realistic portraits of your grandchildren that you captured on your canvases, each of which give us glimpses of what this world looked like through your beautiful bright blue eyes? Thank you for painting a watercolor Image of Christ holding out Himself hidden in the Eucharistic bread and wine for my First Holy Communion, for sculpting a moment of me and my little brother laughing on a rocking chair, and for all the other colorful creations you so thoughtfully brought to life and lovingly gave away throughout the masterpiece of your life.

Art By GrandmaGrandma's Painting of An Eagle

Grandma, you were a mother. I will never know just how you raised 9 kids, tirelessly cooking, cleaning, and caring for each and every one of them, and even warmly welcoming many a stranger from the streets, since for you, everyone really was always welcome and the more really was always the merrier! And though you were a human being with your flaws and failings just like the rest of us, somehow, you never seemed to complain, nor did your patience ever seem to run out. Indeed, who could forget your reaction the day when all the little grandchildren were running around the downstairs bedroom of your house covered in baby powder everywhere… “Oh, honey, that’s no big deal. Just vacuum it up. It’ll be fine…”
Even in your older years you would go through the list and pray for each and every one of your grandchildren by name. Your love for your children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and indeed all children, born and unborn alike, was why, even in your last years, you would still talk about putting an ad in the paper for mothers considering abortion, pleading, “Please, don’t get rid of your baby. Give him or her me. I will take care of it and it will grow up one day to thank you.” I don’t think it’s any coincidence that in your final hours on earth, you were moved to a room the pediatric unit in the hospital, considering your special love for the littlest ones among us.

Perenich Family Christmas

Grandma, you were, are, and always will be a lover of God, a friend of Jesus, and a child of Mary. You knew firsthand the intimate love, limitless forgiveness, and tender kindness of Our Lord and that is how you were able to radiate that same love, forgiveness, and kindness to others, even and especially to the unloving, unforgiving, and unkind. And with a rosary almost always in your hand, you were to us all a living reflection of the goodness, gentleness, and sweetness that can only come from a woman as holy and beautiful as Our Blessed Mother Mary.
Though you were a woman of faith throughout your whole life, it must have become increasingly clear to you that in the end of this life, in the face of death, in the light of eternity, nothing- not social recognition nor physical appearance nor worldly pleasures, riches, or achievements- nothing satisfies, lasts, or matters except loving God and saving souls, even in the littlest tasks and humblest duties of the day. Truly, I believe that right now, you are seeing from God’s eyes the fruits of all your selfless sacrifices, persistent prayers, kind words, and sweet smiles on the hearts and souls of so, so many. And because each one of your Hail Mary’s is saved and sealed into your eternal reward, I can only imagine your glowing crown of everlasting glory promised to and preserved in highest heaven for those who are faithful to their faith, their family, their duties, and of course, their daily rosary.
Mothers Day with GrandmaGrandma!
Grandma, you were a character, artist, mother, and -some might even say- living saint. I can’t wait for the day when you and I can sing, dance, laugh, and pray together again in Heaven someday. Yet in the meantime, I know you would want nothing more than for me, for all of us, to live lives like yours, lives of authentic holiness, of placing God above all else, putting aside our differences, picking up our crosses, and paying close attention to the promptings of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. But because this process of personal holiness in the present moment is only possible through heartfelt prayer, and because a even single ‘Hail Mary’ prayed with a loving heart has the power to convert a soul, deliver a soul from purgatory, and change the future forever, I now turn to the Heart of the God of the Universe, which beats, burns, and bleeds for love of us in this and every Tabernacle around the world, and with all the angels and saints, and all of you who were touched by the one and only Elizabeth Perenich Weaver, I pray:
“Hail Mary
Full of Grace
The Lord is with Thee
Blessed art Thou among women
And Blessed is the Fruit of Thy Womb
Jesus
Holy Mary
Mother of God
Pray for us sinners now
And at the hour of our death.
Amen.”
Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and perpetual light shine upon her. May the beautiful, prayerful, sweet, and loving soul of Elizabeth Perenich Weaver and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the Infinite and Unfathomable Mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

To Save 1,000 Souls: The Power of a Single “Act of Love”

The Supernatural Superpower of Love

If you could have any superpower in the world, what would it be? Invisibility? Super-speed? The ability to fly and shoot lasers from your eyes? What if I told you that the greatest superpower of all is within reach of every human being…because even in the humble, hidden, ordinary and everyday circumstances of life, the love of God in the depths of the soul is the most powerful force in the world.

Consider the following quotes from Our Lord and His saintly servants:

“Don’t you know that because of My compassion a single act of perfect love atones for a whole lifetime? That one humble and tender look from you pierces My heart with love?” -Jesus to Bl. Gabrielle Bossis, “He and I”

“I would recreate the whole universe just to hear you say you love Me.”-Jesus to St. Teresa

“A single act of love with absolute abandonment and trust can make a saint even at the moment of death.”-Jesus in “He and I”

One act of love can determine eternal happiness for
a soul, Therefore, be careful never to omit one “Jesus, Mary, I love Thee, Save Souls!’ Do not lose time! Every act of love means a soul!’ -Jesus to Sister Consolata Betrone

“One single act of love on the part of man, one single act of charity, is so great in God’s eyes that He could not repay it even with the immense gift of the entire Creation.” -St. Padre Pio

“One single act of love that remains hidden in the soul gives more glory to Jesus than all the apostolic works in the world.” -St. Peter Julian Eymard

“An act of perfect love for God immediately reconciles the soul with God, even if it’s full of mortal sins, and even before sacramental confession, as long as the will to confess is present.” -Lorenzo Sales in “The Littlest Way of Love”

“Every act of perfect love further develops the state of unity between God and the soul, and consequently also the divine life within the soul.” -Lorenzo Sales in “The Littlest Way of Love”

“Every act of perfect love, like every other supernatural action, earns us an increase in sanctifying grace, which, in its turn, increasingly affects our actions. In addition to that, it earns us a greater glory in heaven.” -Lorenzo Sales in “The Littlest Way of Love”

WOW! If a single act of love is so precious to God powerful for souls, imagine making your whole life a ceaseless act of love! Well, that’s exactly what Sister Maria Consolata Betrone (1903-1946) was called to… And by the grace of Almighty God, that’s exactly what she did! The following video gives a simple explanation of the Act of Love prayer formula given to Sister Consolata…please share with any young children you know, as truly the eternal ripple effects of little children praying this very beautiful powerful prayer from their pure, childlike hearts are beyond our comprehension! 🙂

 

Servant of God Consolata Betrone- A Little Backstory

Sister Consolata was a Franciscan Capuchin from Italy, and though she is still relatively little known within both Church and secular circles, after reading through the remarkable “Jesus Appeals to the World” written by her spiritual director Lorenzo Sales, I believe she will be soon revered and emulated by many for generations to come!

This is because through her, Our Lord has revealed and established a new spiritual way which compliments and completes St. Therese’s beloved “Little Way,” that is, “The Littlest Way of Love.” Interestingly, Sister Consolata often read “The Story of a Soul” as spiritual reading in her earlier years in the cloister, and one day Jesus Himself told her on November 27th, 1935:

“Little Saint Thérèse once wrote: “Why is it not given to me, O Jesus, to relate Your ineffable condescension to all little souls? I have a feeling that if the impossible were to happen and You were able to find a soul still weaker than my own, it would please You to heap upon her still greater favors, if only that soul would abandon herself with complete faith to Your infinite mercy.”

Well, I have found that still weaker soul who had abandoned herself with complete faith to My infinite mercy: it is you, Consolata, and through you I will perform marvels which will far exceed your fondest desires!”

Sales explains that the form of spiritual childhood to which Sister Consolata was called to consisted in not only to performing “all actions with love, not only to gather up and offer up with love the flowers of small sacrifices and small acts of virtue, but to make an effort to enliven every instant of this short earthly journey with love.”

Essentially, this means 3 things:
  1. Praying the Act of Love dictated by Jesus- “Jesus, Mary, I love You! Save souls!”- as often as possible from one Communion to the next. For Sister Consolata, this amounted to making acts of love about 17 hours a day, every day for around 10 years (except, of course when she was writing, meditating, or speaking out of necessity and charity, in which cases Jesus promised to continue the Act of Love Himself)! Though it sounds far-fetched, it certainly was not impossible with the constant grace, endless power, and tender help from God, Who is Love Itself. In fact, Jesus promised her that millions upon millions of souls would one day follow her in endeavoring to make their lives a ceaseless act of love, as a “Littlest One” of Love, or at least a frequent act of love, as a “Little Angelet.”
  2. Having a “smiling yes” for everyone, so as to see and serve Christ in each person He sends our way.
  3. Having a “grateful yes” for everything, accepting with love and trust all He permits in our lives, good and bad alike.
The following quotes from Jesus to Sister Consolata encapsulate this new Spiritual Way, the Littlest Way of Love:
“Consolata, tell the world how good and maternal I am, and how I only ask for love in exchange. Today, like yesterday, like tomorrow, I ask for nothing but love of my poor creatures.”
“Believe Me, I am solely and always kind; I am solely and always like a parent to you.”
“Only divine love can transform apostates into apostles; dirtied lilies into immaculate lilies, sinners covered in vices into trophies of mercy.”
“Transform any disagreeable thing you meet in your daily walk into bouquets of flowers. Gather them with love, and offer them to Me with love. Gifts? This is how I appreciate them: when they are given with all possible love. This is how even your most insignificant actions become precious.”
“Consolata, tell souls that I prefer an act of love and a Communion of love over any other gift they could offer Me.”
“Love is holiness. The more you love Me, the holier you will become.”
“Love Me and you will be happy; and the more you love Me, the happier you will be. Oh, if people loved Me, what joy would reign in this most miserable world!”
“A single ‘Jesus, Mary, I love You. Save souls!’ makes up for a thousand blasphemies. Tell Me, what prayer can anyone say to Me that is more beautiful?”
“If a creature of good will loves Me and wants to make his life an act of love (with the heart, as understood) from awakening until the moment of sleep, I will do enormous things for this soul.”
“I will think of everything, even down to the smallest details. You, think only of loving Me.”
“Forget everything completely, think only of loving Me more and more; concentrate all your thoughts, your heartbeats, the silence on this alone: loving.”
“You live in Me and we are one; you will bear much fruit and become powerful, because you will disappear like a drop of water in the ocean. Within you will pass my silence, my humility, my purity, my charity, my gentleness, my patience, my thirst for suffering, my zeal for souls, to save them at any cost.”
“Don’t omit a single act of love for Me, see Me in everyone and say a resolute “yes” to all, with firm confidence tat My help will never fail you. And smile. Always smile. I Myself will be smiling through you.”

Seize the Day by Sanctifying the Moment

The Messages of Maranatha Spring and Shrine often speak of sanctifying the moment by living the present in Holy Love. Consider the following Prayer for Personal Sanctification in the Present Moment that Jesus revealed on July 20th, 2005, to be prayed every morning:

“Heavenly Father, I desire to live in your Divine Will in every present moment by living in Holy Love in thought, word and deed.” “When I am distracted or tempted, I ask my guardian angel to remind me of the present moment so that I may sanctify each moment through Holy Love. Amen.”

But what exactly does it mean to “sanctify each moment through Holy Love”? Because God is Eternal and God is Love (1 John 4:8), by abiding in Him through loving, we allow His love to flow into all of our thoughts, words, and actions, thus sanctifying and eternalizing all of our present moments, which otherwise might have been wasted and lost. The more we love Christ, the True Vine, especially through prayer and the sacraments, the closer we, the branches, will be infused into Him, and the more good fruit our present moments will bear, not only in time, but perpetually, throughout all of eternity (John 15:16)!  St. Therese explains this concept when she says that “Love makes time eternal by giving divine value to everything.” Indeed, Jesus confirmed this on November 5th, 2006 in a special Message to all peoples and nations: “The only thing you lose forever in the present moment is that which is not loving. The only thing which you save in the Eternal Now is all that you think, say and do in Holy Love. Holy and Divine Love are eternal.”

Perhaps this is why Mother Teresa once said, “Every Holy Hour we make so pleases the Heart of Jesus that it will be recorded in Heaven and retold for all of eternity.” Truly, “love never ends!” (1 Corinthians 13:8) and why Our Lord told Sister Consolata, “When you last ‘Jesus, Mary, I love You!” will have been pronounced, I will gather it up, and through the writings of your life, I will transmit it to thousands of sinful souls who will receive and follow it in the simplicity of this way of confidence and love, and they will thus love Me.” Truly, “love never ends!” (1 Corinthians 13:8).

So how exactly do we love God to the greatest possible extent? For Catholic Christians, loving God, far from being a distant and elusive idea is a concrete and physical reality that can be experienced every day in the reception of the living God-Man, Jesus Christ Himself, hidden in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. And though one must be a practicing Catholic in a state of grace (that is, free from all mortal sin) in order to be able to worthily receive Our Lord’s Precious Body and Blood at Mass, anyone of any faith at any time can adore Him in the exposed Host during Eucharistic Adoration.

Yet, what about all the other precious present moments during the day? Mustn’t we, as St. Padre Pio advised, “rise up and value every instant of time that passes and is in our power. We must not waste a single moment”? After all, if we are striving not merely to get to Heaven, but to reach the highest possible place in Heaven, closest to the very Throne of the Most Holy Trinity and bring as many souls as possible with us, we should consider St. Tomas of Aquinas’s words to Maureen Sweeney-Kyle, regarding the Highest Heavens (the 6th Chamber of the United Hearts of Jesus and Mary, and Immersion into the Divine Will of God the Father):

“There are martyrs and other saints who are in the highest place in the Fifth Chamber–for there are certain priority levels within each Chamber–all according to merit. Yet, these saints, while standing very close to the Sixth Chamber, are not allowed entrance.” “You cannot understand this unless you comprehend that every present moment counts towards your eternal reward.”

I believe that ceaseless Act of Love is the newest, shortest, fastest, and easiest Way, by which we can, as Father Lorenzo Sales explains, by giving “the maximum value to every instant of our short earthly journey for the glory of God, our own sanctification, and the salvation of souls.” Sister Agnes Imaculee of the Children of Mary (a religious in a community committed to returning the infinite Love of Our Eucharistic Savior with a life of continual love!) goes on to elaborate on the ceaseless act of love and address many of the practical questions on loving from one Communion to the next in the following very insightful video:

Note: To love is an act of the will, which may or may not include the feelings. That is why Jesus told Sister Consolata: “Love Me continually. It doesn’t matter if your heart is made of stone or ice!” and why Mother Mary reveals to Anne a Lay Apostle in “Volume 1: Thoughts on Spirituality”: “Do not think that the merit of your prayer is based on how you feel when you are praying. You may feel nothing on some days, but you must persevere and believe me when I tell you that on those days, when you feel nothing, you are saving as many souls through your smallest prayers as on the days when all of heaven seems open to you.”

Love is Sacrifice

Additionally, Jesus revealed on February 9th, 2008: “Do not wonder what type of sacrifice to offer Me; for the greatest and most perfect of all sacrifices is to live in Holy Love in every present moment. To do so dictates a total dying to self. This is the sum total of all I ask.”

This, to me, seems perfectly in line with Sister Consolata’s mission and those of all future “Littlest Ones”, for as she relates in one of her diary entries on July 14th, 1936:

“…During recreation it had been stated that she loves Jesus the most who makes the most sacrifices. While pondering over these words during this evening’s meditation, I became saddened because I do not make any great sacrifices for Jesus, and yet I have so intense a desire to love Him ardently! Am I not, therefore, a poor deluded being?… I raised my eyes to the statue of the Blessed Virgin in front of me, and as I regarded it, a comforting though shot through me: what great thing had Our Lady done during her earthly sojourn at Nazareth? And yet no creature will ever surpass her in her love of God. While I was thinking of her and promising to imitate her, I heard these words: ‘In order to love Jesus deeply, you must do everything possible to make your unceasing act of love as intense as possible.'”

This, of course, doesn’t mean that sacrifices are not required of the Littlest Ones. On the contrary, this spiritual way aims to not miss a single sacrifice or act of mortification, as well as act of charity or kindness, throughout the day. In Jesus’ own words, “Consider St. Peter: alone, he had fished all night and hadn’t caught a thing; with Me, he had barely thrown in the nets before they were full of fish. In the same way, if you remain in Me, with each inspiration to mortification that I send you, you will throw in the nets and I will pull them in, full of souls which you will only know in Paradise.”  If this sounds intense or intimidating to you, fear not! For it is precisely in making the act of love consistently that one acquires the strength necessary for making these little sacrifices with great love by being as closely united to Jesus as possible. In Jesus’ own words, “Consolata, establish within yourself a continuous “Jesus, Mary, I love You. Save souls!” Consider that it’s the only resolution that will allow you to say “YES” to all of my request for sacrifices.” Truly, to quote Sister Consolata herself, “The ceaseless act of love is more powerful than any suffering: so, to place myself above suffering, I must not cease to love.”

Though our daily crosses and sacrifices, small and large, are a part of our lives as human beings, I find that it is focusing all possible attention and efforts on actively loving Love better and more, via the continual Act of Love-what I can control- instead of passively perceiving or, worse, rebelling over the pain- what I usually cannot control. If it is the love in our hearts and not the cost to the soul that God looks at in determining the merit of our sacrifices (see St. Therese’s message, on ), then should we not be focused entirely on the giving of Love, instead of what that gift might take from us? In this way, we resolve to be constantly giving Love, and abandon what we receive, good or bad, to He Who Loves us with the hypervigilance of a mother, the audacity of a madman, and the intensity of a martyr. As Our Blessed Mother Mary has advised us in the Church Approved locutions to “Anne” a lay apostle”: “We are going to take care of everything. You need only to love Jesus and let Him direct your life. Be like a small sparrow, living only in the moment, confident that God will provide everything needed for the next day, the next season, and the next year. Your mother blesses you.” (Volume 1: Thoughts On Spirituality).

Of course, just like souls that have attained the 5th innermost chamber of the United hearts, the Littlest Ones are to love and love again after mistakes in all tranquility, even and especially after inevitable falls, which Sister Consolata states expressly at the end of her letter to all the future Littlest Ones of the Heart of Jesus: To the Littlest Ones.

My Journey to Becoming A “Littlest One”

I personally felt very attracted to the Littlest Way of Love when I read about it. I first encountered a certain form of the Act of Love prayer on the following website, which has great resources on prayer and its effects:

http://happinessisprayer.blogspot.com/2010/07/save-soul-from-hell-in-three-seconds.html?m=1

Later, I discovered the following words in an updated version of the Pietà Book:

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But it wasn’t until reading the following “Catechism” so-to-speak of “The Littlest Way of Love” by Lorenzo Sales that I felt called to become, like Consolata, a “Littlest One” of Love and commit myself to the ceaseless act of love. This “Catechism” of the Littlest Way cleared up a lot of questions I’d had and I would definitely recommend it to anyone seeking to answer potential objections, or just to learn more: http://www.consolatabetrone-monasterosacrocuore.it/page/ENG/libri/Book_The-Littlest-Way-of-Love.pdf

Since committing myself to the unceasing act of love as a Littlest One, I would try for a while (very unsuccessfully I should add) to pray “Jesus, Mary, I love You! Save souls!” at all times during the day, while still maintaining my other devotional practices- as Sr. Consolata recommends in her letter to all the future Littlest Ones- such as the Rosary of the Unborn. (I often intersperse the Act of Love with the Rosary of the Unborn, and even, if I’m feeling particularly arid, some spiritual reading, such as the Volumes, Holy Love Ministry Messages, and of course the God’s Blue Book Love Letters, which Jesus recommends us to read every day for at least 10 minutes, especially before Him in the Tabernacle). Reading “SAVE SOULS” (with Church Imprimatur on catholictradition.org) and “I will think of Everything. You, think of only loving Me: The Ceaseless Act of Love” by that same order of religious sisters, the Children of Mary, which Sister Agnes Immaculee is a part of (which is only $4.50 on Amazon Kindle!) inspired and helped nourish me on this new and exciting prayer journey, and I could quickly feel the liberating and enlivening effects of this simplified spiritual way.

The New Act of Love: A New Littlest Way?

Finally, relatively recently, I stumbled upon yet another mystical revelation, given to German mystic Justine Klotz (1888-1984). It is the following “updated” or “New Act of Love” which received the imprimatur of the Chruch in 2013:

“Jesus, Mary, I love You!

Save priestly souls! Save souls!

I beseech You!

Grant me to repeat this Act of Love 1,000 times with my every breath my every heartbeat.”

Imprimatur N. 26 Vicariatus Romae 29.11.2013

My understanding is that the means of the Littlest Way should all remain the same but the only thing that should substantially change is the formula (Jesus tells us in “God Speaks to the Soul” the compilation of Justine Klotz’s spiritual writings, “Pray assiduously the ACT OF LOVE! It has to be like a clock that never stops”), for the new Act of Love revealed to Justine Klotz is said to partially replace the original Act of Love given to Sr. Consolata. Of course, I was a little hesitant to replace the Act of Love so as not to deviate from the spiritual way outlined, but after praying for and receiving a sign (in the form of a particular reversion of someone close to me), as well as doing more research and even contacting someone in Germany specifically affiliated with Father Hubert, the priest responsible for spreading the writings, I am convinced that this is the way to go, at least for me personally.

Why? You might ask… Well, besides blindly trusting in the direction of the Holy Spirit and His priest here, the promises of this prayer are so sublime. Jesus reveals that the New Act of Love is “a nuclear part without equal” and even that it “is always a consecration to my love, as much as a solemn Holy Mass” (WoW! For Catholics who know, it is evident that a prayer of this magnitude which “intonates the Ave Maria” [“Hail Mary”] could only be obtained for and from the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and with the greatest and most abundant graces of these dark and dire spiritual times). And with the salvation of so many souls on the line, why not pray it at least in the morning or evening, (for as our Lord promised: “If every soul would pray it once in the morning and again only once at the end of the day, the thousand would be completely accepted, as every raindrop that falls into the oceans and none of them could be fished out again”)? Or, if you’re ridiculously aspiring to be a “Littlest One” of Love like me, why not take a risk and incorporate it as your life’s background, or spiritual “breathing”? Yet with whatever frequency and fervor you can pray this Act of Love, remember that it is so powerful that Jesus has said: “It is an eternal offering. Even while you are thinking about it, I can save many souls“, “Oh Child, I don’t see your mistakes. Make an Act of Love and everything will be fine.” “I love this Act of Love. I have attached great graces to it.” “How my Mother cried for the sake of souls! It is for Her that I established the Act of Love, so infinitely great for each soul, and forever.”

Additionally, the New Act included the petition for the salvation of priests, and of course, when we pray for priests, we are really praying for all those they impact and indeed the whole world. As Mirjana the Medjugorje visionary recently declared in rousing Catholics to pray for and love their priests or “shepherds” as Our Lady calls them: So from this moment we are living now until her [Our Immaculate Mother Mary’s] triumph, there is a bridge and that bridge is the priests. And Our Lady decided that we must pray for priests so that this bridge may form.”

Moreover, concerning the utmost importance of praying for priests, Jesus told Catalina Rivas in the mystical messages (with Church approval) to her on the Passion: “You will soon know that I had to tell you this because I love you and because I promise anyone who prays for My priests, the remission of all due temporal punishment. There will be no Purgatory for those who grieve because of lukewarm priests, but rather Paradise immediately after their last breath.”

There are, of course, more everyday practical benefits to using the new formula over the old. For one, it really serves to enhance my fervor when I ponder really what I am saying and try to make every word count! (No wonder Our Lord told Justine Klotz, “Every act of love inflames as never before”)! Also, because it is a little longer and slightly harder to inherently ingrain, it seems (at lebefore becoming very deeply established and engrained in me), more effective in combating distracting thoughts, given the increased focus it requires to successfully and continually execute with love. And finally, while the original act of love might be able to be prayed during the bulk of any and all conversations, praying with the New Act of Love really forces one to stop and be present to the person Our Lord has placed in front of us and attentive to the words He wants to say through us. For He tells us through Anne the Lay Apostle in the beautiful Volume 2: Conversations with the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus“: “Look for opportunities to serve Me in the people I place in your path. If you sense that I need you to assist a soul, let your spirit go quiet while I place the proper inspirations in your heart and mind. Then you may respond o to the need in this soul for Me, and My word, My presence will have been achieved.”

1,000 Souls? How Can It Be?

Now, I understand that saving 1,000 souls every time this prayer is devoutly prayed, and even with breath and every heartbeat, might be hard to believe, especially for skeptics in our modern world. But perhaps this is why Our Lord tells us that “this Act of Love is an act of trust to the greatest extent” and tells us to, “Pray with great trust!” I’m reminded here of the illustrative metaphor Jesus gave us on July 24th, 1999 through the visionary Maureen Sweeney-Kyle: “The degree of faith in the heart when a prayer is offered is like the heat in an oven. The warmer the oven the more quickly and completely the bread is baked. The higher the degree of faith, the more quickly and completely a prayer is answered.”

Let us remember that according to ecology.com, every day, about 360,000 more human beings are born into the world1 (which doesn’t include the approximately 150,000 unborn children who are conceived and then tragically killed in the womb by the crime of abortion2, nor the souls conceived who don’t make it to childbirth due to death by natural causes- which are actually reported to be half of all fertilized eggs3– who are still immortal souls in need of Christ’s Salvation to attain the beatific vision of God for all of eternity!). Indeed, let us also remember that these times are unprecedented in both the scope and severity of sin and yet infinite supply and unimaginable quality of grace, for “where sin increased, grace overflowed all the more” (Romans 5:20).  The Saints have “holy envy” of us from Heaven as Father Michael Gaitley put it and Saint Anthony in Volume 7, Greetings from Heaven confirms: “When I look upon the world today, I am truly jealous of all the opportunities to serve”… There is no limit what I can do with a soul who trusts (from Volume 1?). Finally, consider how there is no limit to what God’s generosity toward and action through a soul who trusts Him unreservedly. Let us then do as Our Lord commands and pray this New Act of Love with great trust, so as to make it more furtile and effective for souls!

Just think of the great saints like St. Faustina, who writes in her Diary: “When I immersed myself in prayer and united myself with all the Masses that were being celebrated all over the world at that time, I implored God, for the sake of all these Holy Masses, to have mercy on the world and especially on poor sinners who were dying at that moment. At the same instant, I received an interior answer from God that a thousand souls had received grace through the prayerful mediation I had offered to God. We do not know the number of souls that is ours to save through our prayers and sacrifices; therefore, let us always pray for sinners (1783).”

Or consider how in “The Soul of the Apostolate,” Father Jean-Baptiste Chautard cites a trustworthy source which reveals that St. Teresa of Avila was so fervent that she converted 10,000 heretics by one of her prayers! Of course, these greatest of the great saints are the fewest of the few, and in our modern day even practicing Catholics praying with great consistency and confidence might be far and in between, but if to His Apostles’ Jesus says, “You must begin to equate even your smallest crosses to so many souls rescued from the darkness,” we must never underestimate how much good God can work through one person, even in just one cross, one prayer, one sacrifice, one moment, one act of love!

Lastly, since God is eternal and omnipotent, and our heartfelt prayers to Him transcends even time and space, it may be that a New “Act of Love” you pray now could be applied to the salvation of souls that lived in Pharos’s day and age, or to souls that are living hundreds of years after us! This perhaps is why I believe mystic and stigmatist St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina is quoted saying, “Maybe you don’t know that I can pray even now for the happy death of my great-grandfather. ”

At the end of the day, even if I’m doing my math and/or logical reasoning wrong, we might simply look with eyes of childlike simplicity and dependence up to our Papa God and simply say what small children often say to their parents, as Jesus Himself encourages us to say, in Volume 2: “You promised!”

To Conclude

If you’re wondering, I find this New Act of Love a great aid in my spiritual and everyday life. I should probably denote this by saying I am not a cloistered religious, but am living in the world and doing active ministry, where there can be, at any time, a lot of potential distractions! I’m reminded though, that Sister Consolata, who kept the strictest of silence, essentially suggested that this Act of Love could keep even souls with many activities in the world recollected, and also of God the Father’s message just a few weeks ago, on March 3rd, 2019, via holylove.org: “Allow the Tabernacle of My Son’s Heart to open and admit you in off-and-on throughout the day. If you are busy in the world, say little ejaculatory prayers off-and-on intermittently as you work – ‘Jesus, I love You.’, ‘Mary, My Heavenly Mother, come to My aid.”

To think that each and every New Act of Love is “so infinitely great for each soul, and forever” helps me stay in the present moment and focus my attention, energy, and efforts on making each New Act of Love with as much love, joy, and peace as possible! This is the goal. For what Our Blessed Mother Mary told Maureen Sweeney-Kyle on February, 13th, 1994, I believe she calls us to everyday: “Today I want you to give Me the whole day, moment to moment in Holy Love; not looking back; not looking ahead. Immerse your heart in Mine in this way, so that our hearts are one and beat as one. For in eternity this is how it will be, My angel. Such joy you give Me in this act of confidence such resplendent joy. Sustain your peace in this way. I am Mary, Queen and Mother. All praise be to Jesus!”

I also find it interesting to think that Sister Consolata herself, the “model” for all future Littlest Ones, would often remind herself that each Act of Love which perpetuate for good for all of eternity, and that the Blessed Mother even told her at the end of her life, she will in vain wish she could make but another act of love. (It also reminds me of Jesus’ mysterious words on August 20th, 2010: “My brothers and sisters, whenever possible turn your hearts lovingly to prayer in the present moment. This will lead you closer to Divine Love. There are many souls in Purgatory today who wish they could say one more Hail Mary in front of the tabernacle, and promptly be delivered into Heaven by so doing.“)

Of course, it is up to the Holy Spirit to inspire souls to this New Spiritual Way and indeed New Act of Love. Still, remember that that Our Lord revealed to Justine Klotz that it is for everyone, and all who pray it at least once, will be treated like the workers in the last hour! Also, recall that in addition to a great number of men and women Jesus is calling to be “Littlest Ones” (which are actually a minority in the grand scheme), He is calling many more souls, including those of the littlest children, to make at least frequent acts of Love, as “Little Angelets.” Yet with whatever frequency and fervor you can pray this Act of Love, whether you’re loftily aspiring to be a “Littlest One” of Love, who is attempting to incorporate this New Act of Love as your life’s steady background prayer, or spiritual “breathing” (or at least in all your free moments of the day, such as driving, waiting in line, doing laundry, falling asleep at night, ect.) or if you’re just thinking of praying it once in the morning and once before bed as Jesus has asked, keep in mind that it is not the quantity of acts of love Our Lord is looking for but the quantity and depth of love in our hearts.

Thus, let us be open to the outpouring of Holy Spirit like the first Apostles were, so as to be filled with most powerful force in the world, the force that brought about the birth of the Christian Church 2,000 years ago: LOVE. Indeed, Love continues to awaken the reign of Kingdom of God in hearts today, for as Jesus told Sister Consolata: “Yes, ask forgiveness for poor guilty humanity, ask for the triumph of my Mercy for them, but especially, ask, oh! ask for an outpouring upon them of the embrace of divine Love which, like a new Pentecost, delivers mankind from its illnesses.”

Let us therefore resolve as St. Bernadette did, to spend every possible second loving, or at least love Jesus a little more with our act of love to Him in the next moment, our “smiling yes” to Him in everyone and our “grateful yes” to Him in everything He so lovingly sends our way! In time, this New Way of Love and New Act of Love will surely spread, many, many souls will find a secure eternity in the family of God, and our own hearts will be a little closer to the Sacred and Immaculate United Hearts of the Holy Trinity, until God is truly all in all, the good fight has been fought, the race has been finished, and the war has been won! For as Jesus told Justine Klotz in “God Speaks to the Soul“: “I want to destroy the power of the devil with the Act of Love. I showed you how little David went to fight with small stones and you have the Act of Love multiplied a thousand fold. I will show you how much it is worth. Souls, Souls! A lamentation of My love! Death must give way to these souls, because love cannot die. The cross had become victorious!”

Indeed, LOVE has conquered, is conquering, and will conquer overwhelmingly…for Love really is most powerful superpower in the world!

Prayer:

“I ask You [Jesus] to raise up, from among the “Littlest Souls” of the entire world, from among the souls who are devoted to working with children: in the orphanages, in the schools, in the churches, in the associations, among the mothers and sisters of good families, I beg You to raise apostle’s hearts from everywhere, which will try to promote the coming of your reign of love, gathering many “Angelets” (of both genders) from those who are born to life, and teaching them the act of love.” -Sister Maria Consolata

Prayer Card:

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New Act of Love Prayer Card PDF (Spanish)

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1. https://www.ecology.com/birth-death-rates/

2. https://www.worldometers.info/abortions/

3. https://www.ucsfhealth.org/education/conception_how_it_works/

More amazing quotes from Jesus about the new Act of Love:

“(…) All will be in the act of Love. Therefore, spread it and let it be spread. For the time being, secretly. It will become a great flame. I promise. You start, with courage! Always add the thousand! You don’t know what you are doing. It is like a down payment for my love, for which I pledge myself without reserve. The angels will sing ‘HOLY’ and will praise my Love as never before.”

“You don’t know how astonished the angels are over such an event. I shall not take anything back. No one can lose me anymore. It is for the benefit of everyone. Do not descend the mountain; a summit is formed. The Holy Spirit is visible in the triumph.”

“Children beware! It is a time of deceit! I have seen to it with the ACT of LOVE. With it, no one can flounder. They (the apostles) were united in prayer, as you are in love. “It is as an act of consecration to my love; as at Holy Mass. The angels are always present. They too desire showing me their love through their presence. They sing a hymn for the souls, to embellish them with their love. Oh, if only you could see how they do it. For them it’s always a celebration when they crown the soul. Your love attracts them. Often, there are angels of the highest orders present. “Therefore, love this act of love! It can join heaven to earth. It has come to be because of the mother’s prayer. The Mother disposes of a host of angels which she sends to help her children in the battle. No one is alone in the act of love; there are many who pray at the same time.”

“(The act of love) is as a clock that does not stop. It is united to my mercy. “He who LOVES is SAVED; he who SAVES is LOVED! They are as hands of the clock, going around my heart. They are my heartbeats. Just as my heartbeats cannot be stopped, so no one can stop this clock. To the contrary, it will resound in St. Peter’s. It will spread to the world. All the world will hear it.”

“Pray the act of love with commitment! It brings light. It benefits all, far beyond death!”

“You cannot understand love. Only accept the act of love the way it is, for the entire world which has turned so cold. It is the sun; it is light against darkness. There where it is prayed, sin cannot spread. I gave it to you through my Mother; it is a gift, for everyone the same. “The act of love must create communion. I want to give you this love. ALL WHO ADOPT IT, AT LEAST ONCE, WILL BE TREATED AS WERE THE WORKERS WHO WERE HIRED AT THE END OF THE DAY (at the eleventh hour). I tell you that Solomon was not robed as well. I will accept all who come to me in this way. I love you so much. “This love will be as breath for the soul. For its sake I will open up many cold and stony hearts. Mankind has sunk so deeply that only my mercy can save it. That’s why I give you this act of love.”

“Each Act of Love flares up (to spread wider). Everyone will receive me till all are one.”

“My Love is a power that forgives. This is an impediment to the devil. Every Act of Love is a blood donation, in the spiritual sense. It allows the soul to breathe. Through my Love, every soul is able to receive Life, which impedes them from dying (the eternal death).”

“Many await you. You must show them the way of the Act of Love; the one I have shown you, with reference to the “one thousand” (times)”

“PRAY THE ACT OF LOVE! IT CAN REACH EVERYTHING. THE ACT OF LOVE IS THE PILLAR THAT STILL HOLDS UP THE CHURCH.”

“I will open my Heart again. With this help, hell will lose every foothold. Find refuge for your souls in the Act of Love.”

“This is how much an act of love is worth to me! It is LOVE FOR EVERYONE, WITHOUT MEASURE! You only need to have faith and it will cause miracles.”

“THE ACT OF LOVE IS AN IMPASSIONED PRAYER FOR THESE TIMES.”

“I want to conquer the world with my heartbeats of love! This way I am united to you through the ACT of LOVE! The devil would want to diminish everything, yet it never was so great. You must never lose TRUST! Receive the sacrament of penance more often!”

(On the ACT of LOVE): “It is granted you all to belong to my Mother! She is the QUEEN OF GRACE! “Come together in the ACT of LOVE! My Heart is ready! It is a time of grace, particularly for sinners. Don’t lock me up in to your narrow heart, for my Love goes beyond, to the ends of the earth.”

“Pray the Act of Love! Put your time to good use. Make time for yourself always. Encourage also others to do the same. (…)”

“The ACT of Love will conquer the world.”

 

“The Greatest Sinner Deserves Most My Mercy”

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Greetings friends and family in Christ and Happy Easter! I hope everyone was able to experience and share in the JOY of the Risen Lord, Who is truly alive in the Eucharist and in our hearts! 🙂

Today, on the Feast of Divine Mercy, don’t forget that if you go to Mass and receive Holy Communion in a state of grace, Our Lord is willing to grant total forgiveness and remission of sin and punishment (aka NO purgatory time!)… God’s Mercy is truly superabundant, especially in these times we are living in of unlimited and unprecedented graces! Just to illustrate the power and scope of this promise, Jesus Himself has told us through “Anne” the Lay Apostle, in Volume 2: Conversations with the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus:

“Come back to Me now, My little lost soul, and I will lift all punishment due you. Repent and throw yourself into My arms. I will forgive you immediately. I have already done so. But in order to heal and to be comfortable in heaven, you must repent and seek My forgiveness. You must come to Me to seek My forgiveness. You must come and get it from Me. I am here, in the tabernacle. Come to Me here and I will forgive all sin. I will make you as pure as if you had never sinned.” 

Wow…God is good! I once heard it explained that all of the sin of humanity throughout all time and space is but a drop compared with the infinite fires of Divine Love and Divine Mercy… No wonder Our Lord, who came specifically and especially for sinners, told St. Faustina, “My mercy is greater than your sins and those of the entire world.” Similar words of His were given to Maureen Sweeney Kyle on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 23rd, of 2006 in the United Hearts Field:

“Every fiber of My Heart desires to pour mercy upon the world. I search for the repentant heart which opens the way to My Mercy, but so few have sorrow for their sins. Many travel the road to perdition, thinking title, position or money merits their salvation. At their judgment, I look into the depths of their hearts. If they, at their last breath, turn to My Mercy, they are saved. Do not be discouraged by the numbers or types of sins you have committed. The greatest sinner deserves most My Mercy.”

Pretty amazing right? And yet, why are we so surprised at this? Could it be because we feel like we personally have simply gone “too far” or done something “too shameful” to turn back, like the prodigal son, to the Love of Our Merciful Father?

When I had my reversion to the faith a few years ago, I often wondered how someone who had been given so much, so many graces and blessings from God, and yet wandered so, so far could ever return to my former, childlike state of goodness and innocence, let alone attain the sanctity of the greatest saints! After all, I was the little boy who used to pretend to be the priest and reenact the Mass for my family at home and wear a rosary chain around my belt loop at school (they even called me Pope Gregory!)…and yet sadly I too had slowly given over to the sinful ways of today’s culture, becoming obsessed and overtaken by the vanity of my appearance and the impulses of my body. I was thus making a habit of mortal sin, damaging the beautiful state of my baptized soul (and those of many others around me) and losing the most precious and priceless of gifts, the Love of God within…and for what? Social reputation? Virtual popularity? Passing pleasures? Empty experiences? And yet, Jesus was always there, loving me even at my darkest, and especially then, for in my junior year of high school I remember vividly feeling so undeservedly showered with all the love and friendship I had so desperately sought after in middle school, which had been a difficult time for me of being bullied and feeling alone.

That night, in the backset of my mom’s Lexus parked at a local Walgreens (of all places), I remember for the first time in my life crying tears of joy, and feeling the actual physical sensation of a tender, warm, overwhelming embrace that could only have come from the God of Infinite Mercy and Unconditional Love. Since that day, it has been a gradual process of falling more and more deeply in love with Jesus in Prayer and the Sacraments, wherein I find the endless oceans of grace to purify myself of “self” and make more and more room in my heart for the One Who is Love Itself. I have fallen many times along the way and am in definitely nowhere near perfect, but I understand now that all God wants and needs from us every day is our utmost desire, willingness, and commitment to love and serve Him as best as we can, and when we fail, to simply rise again with the renewed resolve and unshakeable trust of a little child who knows it can do nothing on its own but depends on his strong yet compassionate Father for everything. The following metaphor from this inspiring work entitled “Saving Souls”, to me, so well embodies Pope Francis’ words that “God never tires of forgiving us; we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy”:

“Look at your hands right now. They are clean not because they never got soiled, but because you wash them every time they get dirty. It is the same with your soul.”

And so, dear reader of these words, my earnest plea to you is this: Please. Do not let your past mistakes torment or define you. Do not allow your current addictions to rob you of your mission as a soldier of Love and your eternity in the Kingdom of Light. You have souls to help save, my friend…starting with your very own! As Jesus reveals in Volume 2:

“Indeed, I have special work for each one of these days remaining to you. If you will say “yes” to Me, I can rest more easily, knowing those tasks will be completed and souls, the certain number attached to your work, will be saved. Additionally, I will have the joy, the happiness of knowing that My immeasurable love for you is returned.”

So delay no further, but on this special day of untold grace, step away from whatever sin is hurting you and holding you back from being the most kind and loving, selfless and sincere version of yourself and step into the Confessional. Open your soul, with all its sins and scars and humbly, silently allow Jesus Christ acting in and through the priest to absolve and obliterate your sins, and restore and renew your soul. Then, you can rest peacefully on the Gentle Heart of Our Eucharistic Savior and even confidently go to receive His Body and Blood in Holy Communion (now in a state of grace!). With His True Presence within you, your heart will be filled to the very brim with the light, the warmth, the fire of His Divine Love. And I assure you: this Love is more powerful and vibrant than any force in the universe… and it will spill out over into every soul you come into contact with. Be not afraid, but listen now to the beautiful and freeing words of Our Lord Himself calling out to you, from “Jesus Speaks to Sinners”:

“I love you. I have forgiven you everything you have ever done against Me or against yourself. You are welcome in My arms and there is a place in My heart for you. If you make the smallest movement toward Me, you will see Me act with great speed to pull you back into the safety of your Christian family. My child, will you answer your Jesus? It is My voice you hear calling out your name. Come to Me now. You will look back on your life someday and you will see this moment as very important for your eternity. Do not hesitate. Your time is over and Mine has begun. Fear nothing. Accept My joy and accept My light. In all quietness, turn your eyes to Mine.”
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Vibrant Pools of My Infinite Love

Looking back at my day before going to bed was thinking: 

”Ugh, God, I wish I worked for you more today.”

“You did and you are working for Me all the day, by praying. Your prayers are beautiful works of love before My Eyes that I can use according to the All-Benevolent Will of My Father. And the more trust you surrender them to Me with, the more facility I have in distributing them to their intended destinations- always directed toward your good and the good of all souls.

“Prayer from the heart is truly the weapon, not only in these precarious times in which you live, but in every moment of your own life. When temptations draw near, draw your sword of fervent prayer, especially the prayer devoted to My Mother- the Most Holy Rosary- and we will be there in an instant to act against whatever the challenging force you feel creeping near you may be. Be it any trace of sudden tiredness, anxiety, curiosity, prideful, unkind, or impure thoughts, or simply a lessening of love in your heart, prayer is the remedy, for I am the Divine Healer. Constantly plunge, bathe, immerse yourself in My Vibrant pools of infinite Love then, little one, for to grow in love is what you are here on earth for, and what is growing in your love but simply experiencing Mine, more and more deeply? You’ve heard it been said that prayer is oxygen for the soul. So breathe, My child, breathe in My Love!

“Truly, I tell you, Heaven and earth will pass away, but your prayers stand firm forever, for your words of intimate love are My Words when you let My Spirit pray through you. Yet often, it is the wordless prayer that most please Me, your Jesus. The payer of simply relishing in My Presence and absorbing My Love into the depths of your soul. For what is prayer but a continual communion with Me? 

“When we are like this- heart to Heart- I begin to fuel you, feed you, and fuse ever closer with you. Let oneness be your goal then! Oneness with the Divine! Just think of it! Then I will live in you and it will no longer be you but Christ living in your world. Yes, yearn for Me with everything you are, long to stay with me, to just be with Me and in Me for as long as possible. There is an untold, ecstatic intimacy that awaits you in eternity with Me, and in My Goodness and Unimaginable Love for you, I desire it to begin now. So quiet your heart and silence your soul, My Beloved, for your God, your Lover, your All comes to you in this very moment. This feeling of blazing love and burning peace can only come from Me. It emits a joy that radiates endlessly outward, inspiring all to join the Dance of all things Divine, inviting all into experience the glorious wonder of Heaven. Be sure to guard it vigilantly from the attacks of the evil one who comes to still, kill, and destroy, by feeding its flames with perpetual prayer, surges of the heart and spiritual communions made with your whole being! Did I not command you to love Me, your God, with all your heart, soul, mind and strength? Settle down now, into My Paternal embrace, so we can pick up where we left off in this moment-to-moment love story that we will write together for all eternity. I love you so, My beloved son. Be still and know that I Am Love.”


For more intimate Love Letters from Jesus, click on any of the following, and feel the 🔥Fire🔥 of His Burning ❤️Love❤️ for you:

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Photo credits to Brian Chucri, a fellow member of my Parish’s LifeTeen youth group and amazing photographer! 🙂

“Love Never Ends” (1 Corinthians 13:8)

Happy New Year everyone!!! I hope you all have had a beautiful, blessed Christmas filled with many moments of joy with family and friends! I know for me, it was wonderful to be united with the fam! Here’s a picture of us at Midnight Mass of my home Parish in Florida!

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Also, THIS is my Church’s amazing, hilarious, massive (with emphasis on the “Mass”😄) LifeTeen youth group…#SaintIggies #GodSquad #BlessUp?

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As we reflect on the memories of the year behind and prepare for the resolutions of the year ahead, let us not forget about the beautiful gift of this very present moment!

Indeed, every precious present moment holds unique graces and unrepeatable opportunities to more deeply, fervently, and wholeheartedly love. And how exactly can one increase his or her capacity to love? The answer is surprisingly simple: prayer. The more your heart humbly surrenders itself to intimate prayer, the closer it grows to Divine Love, the larger it grows in Holy Love, and the stronger it grows in all the virtues. Thus, in addition to the many physical and intellectual resolutions you might be planning, don’t neglect nourishing your spiritual life as much as possible through prayer, or “oxygen for the soul” as Saint Padre Pio defined it!

The prayer I find most calming yet energizing is the Rosary. And not just repeating decades of 10 “Hail Mary’s” and a “Glory Be” over and over, but really putting my heart into it, plunging into my inner self where God’s Vibrant Presence dwells and Christ’s Endless Love burns, a place that craves greater union to Him, especially in His painful, piercing Passion, by which I am saturated with His very Divine Life!

In these times of so much lack of love in hearts, there is so, so much need for heartfelt prayer. I am reminded of the quote by philosopher Peter Kreeft: “I strongly suspect that if we saw all the difference even the tiniest of our prayers make, and all the people those prayers were destined to affect…we would be so paralyzed with awe that we would be unable to get up off our knees for the rest of our lives.” Indeed, I imagine the angels scavenging the earth daily to collect and count even my smallest, weakest, faintest prayers, which are then purified, perfected, and presented before the Throne of God through the unblemished hands and Immaculate Heart of Our Mother Mary, before finally being sent out to their final destinations: human hearts desperately -albeit often unconsciously- hurting and hungering for true love, which is salvation.

In this way, every prayer surrendered up from a loving heart can transcend time and space to reach just the person who needed it most there and then! And the more love in our hearts when we pray, the more powerfully our prayers pierce the very Heart of Our Loving and Merciful Father, such that He cannot help but look upon us, His little children, with tenderhearted compassion and shower the whole world with fresh graces and blessings!

Don’t allow yourself to be saddened, worried, or discouraged, for no matter where you are along your spiritual journey, what you’ve done in the past, or how others perceive you, rest assured that you have a special place reserved for you for all of eternity by the Creator and Bridegroom of your soul, safely nestled so close to His Divine Heart of Infinite Power, Majesty, and Love. He is truly so madly in love with and utterly enamored by you that even your slightest effort toward contemplation, conversation, and communion with Him fills Him with love, joy, and peace and thus affects the whole cosmos.

As the new year ahead is dawning, remember that every breath, every heartbeat, every present moment is another chance to show and grow your love for God and others, and thus attain salvation for your own soul and your brother and sister souls, many of whom you may never meet until eternity. On the stage of heaven and earth, you have a whole multitude of faithful friends- the saints- praying for you and cheering you on, including the Queen of the Universe, your most beautiful Blessed Mother Mary, whose intercessory power is unmatched by any. In all Her gentleness, goodness, and grace, She will help you to transform every thought, word, and deed into an immortal victory of Love, through constant surrender of your heart to God’s Divine Will- which is Love and Mercy itself. Imagine the great soldier of love, warrior of prayer, and hero of holiness you can be in this life and in the next, by handing over everything, especially the distractions of physical appearance, social reputation, emotional bitterness, intellectual pride, sensual pleasure, and material gain, to the only one who loved the Most Holy Trinity perfectly and sinlessly, as the Mother, Daughter, and Spouse of God! “Ad Jesum Per Mariam”

Only along Heaven’s Shores will see the unlimited value and eternal ripple effects of every prayer, every sacrifice, every act of kindness made with a heart full of love… but by then there will be no “time” left for increasing our capacity to hold all the heavenly happiness God desires to infuse our hearts with, the sublime glory of which no eye has seen, ear heard, nor heart imagined… Delay not one moment longer, then, and begin by praying the powerful “weapon of choice”- the Most Holy Rosary. If you don’t have time to pray all 5 decades, pray just one, or even just a few Hail Mary’s. And if you don’t know yet how to pray the “Hail Mary”, simply yet sincerely say, “I love You, God, I love You God, I love You God…” over and over to until you feel the fires of His Love burn brighter and brighter from deep within. You can be sure that God never tires of hearing His name lovingly pronounced by one of His beloved souls, for He once told Saint Teresa of Avila, “I would recreate the whole universe just to hear you say you love Me.” Indeed, just one single act of love- “Jesus, Mary, I love you! Save souls!”– so satisfies His unquenchable thirst for our love that it can convert a soul and repair 1,000 blasphemies*! Every last “I love You” is another step closer to the defeat of evil and the Triumph of Love!

Through perpetual prayer, our lives are destined to become an ongoing love affair with Jesus! Enkindling this intimate union with Him is truly, the greatest possible gift we can give to the world and way to make use of the present moment. The more we spent time praying from deep within, the more peace, joy, and love we will radiate outward to all and the more present moments we will successfully sanctify and thus eternalize, until even the most monotonous of tasks becomes a wonder of love! For in the words of the little St. Therese of Lisieux so beautifully put it, “Love makes time eternal by giving divine value to everything.” And as Our Lord Himself declared on November 5th, 2006 in a special Message to all peoples and nations:

“The only thing you lose forever in the present moment is that which is not loving. The only thing which you save in the Eternal Now is all that you think, say and do in Holy Love. Holy and Divine Love are eternal.”

May the Eternal Now, God of all Love and Mercy, and His and our Mother, Mary, bless, protect, guide and inspire you in every precious moment of 2019, and forevermore!

 

Yours in the loving-kindness of Notre Dame, Our Mother,

Greg O. Perenich, aka “Little Gregory”

PS- The above writing drew significant inspiration from the Messages of Holy and Divine Love. To learn more, and read these Messages from angels, saints, the Blessed Mother, Jesus Christ, and now God the Father for yourself, visit https://liveandliveon.wordpress.com/the-messages-of-holy-and-divine-love-qa/

 


Verse:

“Love is always patient and kind; it is never jealous; love is not boastful or conceited; it is never rude and never seeks its own advantage; it does not take offense or store up grievances.

Love does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but finds its joy in the Truth. It is always ready to make allowances, to trust, to hope and to endure whatever comes. Love never comes to an end.”

-1 Corinthians 13:4-8, NJB

Prayer:

https://www.marian.org/mary/rosary/howto.php

Quote:

”O life so dull and monotonous, how many treasures you contain! When I look at everything with the eyes of faith, no two hours are alike, and the dullness and monotony disappear. The grace which is given me in this hour will not be repeated in the next. It may be given me again, but it will not be the same grace. Time goes on, never to return again. Whatever is enclosed in it will never change; it seals with a seal for eternity.”

-Saint Faustina, in her Diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul, (#62)

Photo:

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Song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3y8JG26PoE

Additionally, inspiration was drawn from these intimate Love Letters from Our Lord, which have deepened my spirituality and prayer life greatly, and allowed me to believe more concretely in the ever-present, on-fire Love of Jesus! I could not recommend them more: http://www.sofc.org/BLUEBKII/bb2_vii.htm


The featured photo on this blog post is a painting by the amazingly joyful, kindhearted, talented Katie Sisk, entitled “Queen of Peace.” Her website featuring more incredible artwork is available here: https://kateasisk.wixsite.com/breathoflife/gallery


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