To my dear friends and family, brothers and sisters in Christ,
With the landmark 2020 election right around the corner, I like to focus on a few helpful resources and information I have compiled to help anyone that may not have voted yet or may still be undecided. Now I know what you might be thinking: oh, boy, more politics… Yet I would like to start by reassuring you that I am not interested in long-winded discourses or divisive debates (we have enough of those already, don’t you think?). After all, even Our Lord has even advised us thus: “Do not spend a great deal of time discussing events in the world. Long discussions do not benefit the situation. Spend instead a great deal of time praying for the situation in the world. This will benefit the situation, along with those around you, and your own little priceless soul, which becomes more and more beautiful through prayer and silence” (see Monthly Messages: August 1st, 2006).
In it, I draw reference to first and foremost the infinite love and mercy, untold healing and hope, and endless freedom and forgiveness available to any woman that has ever chosen abortion. Truly, God loves us all passionately and completely, no matter who we are or what we’ve done. There is no sin that He cannot forgive, no mistake that He won’t immediately incinerate in the fires of His Sacred Heart if we simply have the courage and humility to say, “Lord…I’m sorry.”
“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.” -St. Mary Magdalene in Heaven Speaks About Abortion. Video: “Hope and Heaving For Women Who Have Had Abortions” available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TPMsLgZxu8
Of course, while the lives of the least and littlest among us, the unborn, are the most vulnerable and unprotected, abortion is not the only social justice issue. Authentic Christians and good citizens have and must continue to go out of their way to serve the elderly and the infirm, the poor and the marginalized, and the imprisoned and immigrant, just to name a few. Yet as is clear to see from the graph below, among all tragic human injustices, abortion is by far the greatest killer of innocent life in our nation. In the words of St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, it is also “the greatest destroyer of peace today.” The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops affirms this in their statement from their official U.S. Bishops Voter’s guide for 2020: “The threat of abortion remains our preeminent priority because it directly attacks life itself.”
Every heartfelt prayer or act of kindness affects the whole world for good, spreading love, joy, and grace from one soul to the next. “When you pray with love in your hearts,”Our Blessed Mother Mary reassures us, “your prayers are eternal in value and affect souls, world conditions and the propensity of God’s Mercy.” Conversely, however, every sin- even those hidden from others- affects the whole world in a negative chain-reaction. And while all sin damages our relationship with God and one another, there are certain “non-negotiables” that the Catechism of the Catholic Church defines as morally grave matters, and thus should be avoided at all costs. Cardinal Raymond Burke, Archbishop Emeritus of St. Louis alludes to this in his words of warning to voters: “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….” In fact, many reputable Catholic leaders who faithfully uphold the teachings of the 2,000 year-old Magisterium of the Church have publicly made statements concerning this pivotal upcoming 2020 election, which you can read here: https://anticatholicticket.com/clergy-statements
The following are just a few of the many major pro-life accomplishments of Trump-Pence administration, such as the reallocation of millions of our taxpayer dollars from the massive abortion industry to mostly locally funded community health centers, which provide other options for pregnant women in unplanned or crisis pregnancies, including living arrangements, parenting classes, baby food, day care, and adoption agency referrals. Over the last 4 years, our President has also placed over 200 judges who are most likely make pro-life, pro-family, pro-religious freedom decisions, and he has appointed 3 conservative Justices to the Supreme Court (including the amazing Amy Barret of Notre Dame…Go Irish!). With all of these and more, it’s no wonder Jeanne Mancini, President of the March for Life, has stated, “[Trump] has done more for the pro-life moment than any president when it comes to enacting policy.”
On the other hand, if President Trump is reelected, he will continue to faithfully uphold his campaign promise: “I will veto any legislation that weakens current pro-life federal policies and laws, or that encourages the destruction of innocent human life at any stage.” Additionally, the list of our President’s overall accomplishments on other fronts since 2016 are quite commendable, including the creation of 7 million jobs, record low poverty and unemployment rates (before the pandemic), the all-time high in US oil production (and thus decreased dependency on foreign oil), and the passing of the largest conversation bill in a decade, to protect over 375,000 acres of wilderness land, among many others:
Now, I fully understand that Donald Trump is not the agreeable, placating, politically correct politician we are used to (he is, after all, not a politician at all but a businessman). 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.* Yet I also recognize that he has an incredible, intelligent staff surrounding him and many supporters from all different faiths and walks of life praying for him every day, despite all the disrespectful and downright demeaning treatment he’s received. Indeed, there is actually so much misinformation from often liberal-leaning mainstream media outlets about our President, which is why I recommend having a look at the following article by Father Frank Pavone, founder of Priests for Life, entitled, “Blowing Apart A Dozen Myths About President Trump” https://www.priestsforlife.org/elections/trump-myths.aspx
Finally, there are multiple Catholic prophesies regarding President Trump, predicting/confirming that God would use/is using this very far-from-perfect man to lead his people, stand up for the most innocent among us, and protect our religious liberty against progressive ideologies and globalist agendas that deny His Existence and Dominion and stand in direct opposition to His Commandments of Love. I describe a few of them in the following YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rvTQLtmb6c
Thank you for taking the time to read through these words and (hopefully) check out these resources! Please keep up all your loving prayers and hidden sacrifices, which are so precious and pleasing to God, and make such a difference in so many hearts and lives! (Truly their fruits and His gratitude, will only be seen and felt in eternity!) Also, feel 100% free to share this email or blog post with family and friends/pastors and priests before the Election, or to reach out to me with any comments, questions, or prayer requests/ways I can pray for you here from Los Angeles!
*Interestingly, you might be surprised to discover that in the first Presidential debate, which was called, Biden actually insulted Trump 24 times and Trump only insulted Biden 7 times. (See video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mgg4KcubODY)
I am so moved with gratitude, even to tears. For You have done it. You have answered my prayer, and fulfilled the desire of my heart, which has been within me for the last year of my life…it is the desire to enter the religious life, indeed, the life of Paradise. And wow…what a life of true peace it is! Yes, all of the free time for silent reflection, spiritual reading, and heartfelt prayer makes it entirely possible, even easy, to consecrate every present moment to You! And Your physical Presence in the Eucharist of the chapel in our house means that I get to quite literally, live with You under Your roof! Though I am miles far from my family, I feel as though the life of Nazareth has truly only begun…and I will take up my place, my song of love, in the company of and constant contact with Jesus, Mary, and Joseph! For now that I have closed out all the noise and nonsense of this world, I am safely enclosed in the confines of Your Sacred Heart, and together with You, I can finally and freely focus more fully on my mission for the Church, that is, to pump blood to all its members and indeed to all souls of earth through the graces granted by a life of prayer and sacrifice! Yes, there are still possible distractions, diversions, and dissipations, within and around me, but even the struggle comes with so many graces of confidence in, consolation with, and courage from You, Who are uniting Yourself ever closer and closer to my endlessly enraptured heart! And thus, no matter the temptation or trial, it seems as though that the victory seems always assured! Yes, there are still crosses, but it is as though You are carrying them all with cans even for me, in this blessed intimacy, this oneness we share! And so they are all consumed in the enlivening fires of divine love and so light and sweet they all seem! Yes, even despite the current chaotic state of this world, which will soon pass away, and the wounded state of religious life, which will soon be rectified, my life here has become a perpetual Paradise, an inner love affair, indeed an Unceasing Act of Love! Thank You, Good Lord, for the Grace of my vocation! Thank You, Sweet Lord, for having allowed me to find the pearl of great price, and sell all the passing pleasures and temporal treasures on earth for it! Thank you, Lord Jesus, for the unfathomably beautiful and endlessly blissful gift of the consecrated life, by which even here and now, I begin to live the fullness of eternal life, of Paradise, through, with, and in You!
I love You Jesus! I love You Papa God! I love You Mother Mary! I love You Saint Joseph! Love, Your servant, sinner, soldier, and son…
“Little Gregory” Your Beloved One
Verse: Psalm 37:4: “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will grant you your hearts desire.”
Poem:Thank You Lord!
For every special and sacred space, every foreign and familiar and face, for every perfect and plentiful present-moment grace…
I say, “Thank You, Thank You, Thank You Lord!”
For every restful night, every morning delight, for every hour in between, of promising daylight…
For every unutterable goodbye and lighthearted greeting, every long-awaited reunion and unanticipated meeting, for every interaction and encounter, no matter how simple or fleeting…
For every inspiration to prayer, every blessing to share, for every opportunity show forgiveness and forbearance, kindness and care…
For every sacrament and priest, every thorough Confession and cathartic release, for every last bit of inner healing and harmony, forgiveness and freedom, pardon and peace…
I say, “Thank you, thank you, thank You Lord!”
For every heartfelt aspiration, every heavenly inspiration, for every Holy Communion in which our innermost Union brings me to deepest relief and highest elation…
I say, “Thank you, thank you, thank You Lord!”
For every deep wooded forest and soft little flower, every loud thunderstorm and light rain-shower, for every aspect of Creation which manifests Your gentleness and power…
I say, “Thank You, thank You, thank You Lord!”
For every mammal, reptile, insect, and bird, every pack, flock, colony, and herd, for every living creature which comes forth from Your life-giving Word…
I say, “Thank You, thank You, thank You Lord”
For every scenic landscape and luminous star, every nebula, planet, and galaxy, near and far, for every beauty and wonder in the universe that gives a glimpse of all You are…
I say “Thank You, Thank You, Thank You Lord!”
For every passing year, every bittersweet tear, for every memory I’ve ever held dear…
I say, “Thank You, Thank You, Thank You Lord!”
Every valley and hill, every boredom and thrill, for every last detail of your Most Holy Will…
I say, “Thank You, Thank You, Thank You Lord!
Yes…even for every suffering, sickness, struggle and sorrow, every cross you carry before, beside, and within me and Crucifixion we both undergo, in every moment of yesterday, today, and tomorrow…
For every trial, tribulation, temptation, and test, every doubt, disappointment, discomfort or distress, for every passing pain I embrace by which my soul and countless others will be eternally blessed
For every battle I face, whether victory or defeat, every soul I embrace, whether bitter or sweet, for every chance to overcome myself and love You and others with my every breath and heartbeat
I say, “Thank You, Thank You, Thank You Lord!
Because now I see…that experience, from the good and the bad, both celebrations and lamentations, every emotion, from happy and the sad, both consolations and desolations, yes, everything You’ve ever given me was for my sanctification and salvation, my holiness and happiness, my greatest good and Your greater glory!
And even though all eternity will be too short to sing all of your praises, with all those who will glorify You throughout all lands and gases, on this very day, in this humble yet wholehearted way…
Still I say…
“Thank You, Thank You, Thank You Lord!
Quote: from the Diary of St. Faustina, Paragraphs 15-17: “This is how I was accepted. However, for many reasons I still had to remain in the world for more than a year with that pious woman [Aldona Lipszycowa], but I did not go back to my own home. At that time I had to struggle with many difficulties, but God was lavish with His graces. An ever greater longing for God began to take hold of me. The lady, pious as she was, did not understand the happiness of religious life and, in her kindheartedness began to make other plans for my future life. And yet, I sensed that I had a heart so big that nothing would be capable of filling it. And so I turned with all the longing of my soul to God. 16 It was during the octave of Corpus Christi [June 25, 1925]. God filled my soul with the interior light of a deeper knowledge of Him as Supreme Goodness and Supreme Beauty. I came to know how very much God loves me. Eternal is His love for me. It was at vespers — in simple words, which flowed from the heart, I made to God (6) a vow of perpetual chastity. From that moment I felt a greater intimacy with God, my Spouse. From that moment I set up a little cell in my heart where I always kept company with Jesus. 17 At last the time came when the door of the convent was opened for me — it was the first of August , in the evening, the vigil [of the feast] of Our Lady of the Angels. I felt immensely happy; it seemed to me that I had stepped into the life of Paradise. A single prayer was bursting forth from my heart, one of thanksgiving.”
Note: This diary excerpt belongs to the Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the BLV
The following are many of Jesus’ Messages in “Meditations: Learning the Divine Will ” from Trentditional, (W 5111 Robin Court, Necedah, WI 54646, USA)… Enjoy and feel free to share and spread the Love! 🙂
“Put all your Trust in Me. Definition of trust: “To commit or place in one’s care or keeping, to hope or expect confidently assured reliance on the character, ability, strength or truth of someone.”
“I, your Jesus, am in control of everything that happens.”
“Realize that I have each day for the rest of your life, and then for all eternity planned for you.”
“Forget yesterday and don’t think about tomorrow.”
“Every day is planned out for you; every hour, every person you will meet or talk to.”
“Depend on Me, and I will always tell you what to do, moment by moment.”
“If you are troubled, then you are out of My Will, for I am controlling everything in your life: your job, family, financial status, health, everything.”
“I will take care of your room and board and all the details of your life and will go with only one thing on your mind- loving Me and loving souls.”
“I want you to stay on the plateau above the world, doing your daily duties but thinking about Me, loving Me and loving others.”
“Love other by listening to them, by helping them, by speaking positively, by smiling, by praying for them. Let your light, which is My Light, shine.
“Think of it this way. If you had a human friend that took care of all your problems, then you would be carefree and happy and not worrying about anything. Well, I want to be that person in your life. I am taking care of all your problems. Now let go, let go, let go.”
“Nothing matters in this world. It is all passing. I AM in control of every breath you take and every step you make.”
“Be stable, peaceful, calm serene; trust ME for everything.”
When you learn and have the true sense of MY Love, My Peace, My Joy, then you can experience a Divine Union and you can become one with ME and reflect these supernatural qualities that are not like what the world thinks these qualities are.
“Have not a care, except for loving Me and souls.”
Don’t think about the future, don’t think about the past, and don’t think about creatures, what they say or have done to you. Please, only think about Me and then you can be joyful and transparent and I can use you to Love.”
I have people today that I AM placing in your path that need My Love and you can’t give it them if you are all wrapped up in your thoughts and problems and work.”
You must stay in a surrendered and abandoned state all the time as I have been teaching you so I have free reign with all your faculties.
When you are not on missions of love, you will be able to pray with words or by offering up your daily work. This will also save souls, and to cover all the other time in between, you will offer up an ‘Unceasing Act of Love’
Continue striking to pray the “Unceasing Act of Love.” Read the book [Jesus Appeals to the Word] and live it. This will truly keep your soul in a stable and joyful state while you are saving souls and loving Me with this prayer.
My Love is your security. My Love is your salvation. This world is passing and soon all of the present problems are you concerned about will dissolve and mean nothing.”
“Having MY Peace is more important than anything that happens to you, for if you lose your peace then you may fall from Grace and then everything is for naught.”
“You see, it is not about what happens to you, it is how you think about what is happening. If your mind is not under wraps, then you will lose your peace, so you must continue striving to control your thoughts by repeating the “Unceasing Act of Love.” This alone is the solution to maintain a peaceful, joyful life because you will not have time to entertain bad that’s that will overwhelm you and cause you to lose your peace, and once you lose your peace then I cannot have full reign and time is wasted and opportunities are missed to save souls.”
“More rosaries, more sacrifices, more self-denial. The tide must turn, Love must overcome evil. The catalyst of the Triumph of Love in this world will be the “cross of the chastisements.” All will be brought to their knees, but some will not have a chance because of all the disasters, so tell all to pray, pray, pray for souls.”
“This is a very serious time in My Father’s Plan of Salvation. You are living in this time and I need you to participate in spreading a message of prayer for souls that will be caught in My Father’s Wrath. Do all you can. I will guide you, I will direct you.”
“All your problems are Mine. All will be solved to the extend I desire and according to My timing. Forget them. Just go through the day loving others, staying at peace, and offering up your work for souls, and repeating the “Unceasing Act of Love” to save souls.
“I want you totally dependent on Me for everything, then you will stay little like a child and then I can Love you as creatures love their little children who are not old enough to have their own desire to do it their way.”
“It is not how holy you are, it is the effort you make to become holy. Only I can make you holy by My Grace.”
“Holiness is a gift; but I need a heart that is open and striving to want to do what will please Me.”
“How beautiful is a child in a Mother’s or Father’s eyes if that child is always trying to please them with every word and action. The child will do it because of a pure and innocent heart and because he or she loves the parents and does not want to hurt them by doing something against their will.”
“Strive to live your life doing My Will. I promise you that everything I let happen to you is for your best interest and if you ask Me for guidance, then each circumstance of your life will give you great joy, for you will know that I am perfecting you.”
“You must strive to live totally detached from the world as I have been teaching you and you must depend on Me for everything so you remain little, and you must live the Gospel in every way.”
“If you strive to be holy, to do My Will and not your own, and if you live in an abandoned state and are obedient to My Words, then I promise I will pour My Grace into you and you will go higher and higher each day in My Kingdom of Grace.”
“You will be given crosses in your life, but if you accept them as My Will, then you will know that the cross is either one to learn from, or to merit from, or in most cases both.”
“Be full of love and cheerfulness. Be a pleasure to be around and you will see how good a day you will have for I want My children to be happy and joyful. Why shouldn’t they be? If they are living in the state of grace, then they are on their way to Heaven, their home. The only thing that can ruin their day is if they focus on themselves instead of on Me and others.”
“You are in a war. This is another reason that you must stay abandoned to Me so you can be protected from the devil for he is after you in a big way; but don’t be troubled. You have Me and My Mother’s protection and your angels. But you must stay at peace and you must call on Us to defend you.”
“All of the people you are in contact with need you prayers, for their lives are so wrapped up in the world. It is important; their souls are so blinded from the truth and so enslaved by their passions and desires and your prayers will give Me the opportunity I need to touch their hearts.”
“Abandon yourself to Me and let Me use all of you faculties. Keep turning over to Me your words and actions and I will talk and act though you.”
“Can you change the past? No, you can’t. Can you control the future? No. Then, to spend time thinking about them is wasted, so please don’t. Live for today, only today, and live each activity or task of the day intensely so that you can be perfected and focus on others totally, their cares and needs.”
“Time slips by quickly. You must pray for souls. I need your prayers and all those of My other family members. Don’t neglect them, make it a priority, I cannot help souls without prayers.”
“Your country is so pacified by the evil one and many souls will be lost if no prayers are said. All the activities of the day can be a prayer if offered to Me, so do your work well. Do it for Me, do it as a sacrifice to save souls.”
“I have everything under control. I need you to be abandoned and open to My Will in your life so I will not miss an opportunity to love through you.”
“Live each moment intensely. Do the task at hand and have peace. Give others My smile, My encouraging Words, My Hope in the future. Think and talk positively, for the storm in the world will end with a dawn of Love and Peace in a renewed world.”
“I have all your problems in My Hands and I am caring for you as My precious little child.”
“…Live in My Will in an abandoned state and live the present moment intensely. You are starting to realize how precious it is to live in the present moment. Live becomes so simple because you can concentrate on the task at hand, or the circumstances you are in, or loving the people you are with.”
“So you must pray, pray, pray and tell others to pray, pray, pray for it is a requirement to save souls.”
“Live the present moment and trust Me and My Mother to get you from point A to point B.”
“I want you to become My child of the Divine Will. I want you to be purified and grow. These words will accomplish this if you study them and change your ways and life to match My teachings.”
“I will guide you, hour by hour, if you let Me, by your abandonment to My Will.”
“Be fill of joy; please don’t worry about the world’s problems. I have everything under control. All things work out for your good. Live this day in complete abandonment and surrender. Wear My smile and love all those I place you with. I am going to take care of all your problems, at home, at work, in religious life, so go, without a care, in order that I can use you to the fullest.”
“I thank you for your abandonment and letting Me control your faculties. I use you in ways you don’t even realize. This is why it is so important to live the Consecrated Life so I can have full reign and get the most out of the opportunities.”
“You must meditate on how much I love you. It is so important to have a deep understanding of this; for My Love for you is your food, your protection, your security, when you truly grasp the depth of My Love.”
“You will maintain a very stable peace for I love you so much that I AM not going to let anything happen to you that will not be the best for you, and I mean anything: nothing in the physical sense, spiritual sense, or by any other creature’s desire, will happen unless it is My Will; and My Will is that I Love you so much that I am always going to make all things turn out for your best interest, for you are My child in the Divine Will and I am a jealous God and My Love is endless for you.”
“Stay in a state of peace and calm and serenity, for you are in My hands and nothing will harm you.”
“The greatest gift that I can give to My creatures is their children, and their greatest possession is their children. It is the same for Me. My greatest possessions are My children and the apples of My Eyes are My sons and daughters that strive to do My Will and please Me with their heart’s intentions; so I am always a happy God when My children act this way and I am not going to let anything happen to them which would hurt them in any way.”
“My love is limitless and when My children have nothing on their mind but loving Me and doing My Will, how can I not go to the endless boundary of Love and bless them with Graces and gifts from My storehouse?”
“As you would die to save and protect your child if you had to, so I have no hesitation in loving you to that extreme, and it is your knowledge of this Love that I have for you that will give you the reason to trust Me in all the activities and details of your life.”
“’May all men recognize God in His immense ‘I love you’ that is manifested to us in every circumstance of our lives.’ Doesn’t this statement say it all? I love you so much and everything that happens to you is your betterment and it is only happening to you because I love you, for I created you out of love and keep your body alive because I love you. And I am teaching you and guiding you in each circumstance in your life, hour by hour, moment by moment, because I love you.”
“I will infuse so much Love and Grace into you that no one will be able to love Me and desire Me like you; and the condition for obtaining this: If you want to become something great in Me, always consider yourself nothing; then I will pour My Whole Being into you.”
“So many people think that living and doing My Will will cramp their life and not be anything but a bore and an endless life of misery. They don’t understand that is its just the opposite, for all of life is a lesson and a test to become another Jesus, another image and follower of Me in all ways for I only did the Father’s Will and I always lived a joyful life, and I want the same for you and every creature on this planet- especially for all your family members.”
“The ‘human will’ gets in the way, so get rid of it and become a ‘nothing’ and I will reign. My Will will reign and together we will become one and you will have all the gifts and fruits of My Spirit and you will reign with Me in Heaven with all My sons and daughters of My Divine Will.”
“Don’t try to cross the currents or swim upstream by doing your will. Instead, abandon yourself to Me, and float downstream, for I will support you and I will not let you be hurt on your journey, if you trust Me and live in My Will.”
“How I wish that all souls recognized Me in the Blessed Sacrament. The Sacred Host is Me; it is truly Me, God in the flesh. The attack on Me does not end. They want Me out of their sight, and they want Me in the closet. They are so wishy washy in their belief. How I long for the reversence of ages past. Be sure to visit Me today and console Me for I am so upset about this and I need My family members to comfort Me and show Me reverence… The reverence deserved by their God, their Creator, their Redeemer and their Comforter; Three in One, all present in the Bread.”
“Continue to do your work; do it as a prayer. Do it united to the work as I did with St. Joseph in Our workshop and work will save souls.”
“I love you and want you to love Me with all your heart. How can this be done? Well, unite your heart to My Mother’s Heart and love Me with Her Heart. For Her Heart is a Flame of Love that is brightness itself. Her Love for Me is endless. It is a Heart that was created by and infused by Me with a Love that is pure and spotless. A Heart that is Immaculate. A Heart of a Perfect Mother, created for you and for all My family. My Mother loves without hesitation all the souls on the earth that love Her, and all the souls that don’t- everyone.”
“Try to imagine a mother watching her children being carried off by devils to Hell, never to return. This is why My Mother is pleading for prayer, for conversion, for peace. The souls, the souls! She needs your prayers and all those of Her children to stop the devils from taking Her children to Hell. How would you feel if you saw souls carried away screaming and not being able to help them? Well, this is what is happening because not enough prayers are being said.”
““Love Me with the Heart of MY Mother and pray with Her to the Father with all of your heart for the freedom of the souls that will be carried away if you don’t say the prayers for them.”
“Nothing opens hearts like love. It cracks hearts like a hammer to a stone.”
“The harvest is at hand. The clock is ticking. Soon, it will be very hard to convert. No more time will exist for many that will be taken in an instant.╬ And for the others, they will be in such a state of shock, that unless prayers are said for them, they will be lost also. So pray, pray, pray. Please live your consecration to the fullest. Become a true slave of Mine.”
“If you ask your Mother, She will tuck you in tonight; She will make sure you don’t get cold. She will station angels all about your house. The battle will continue while you are asleep.”
“Love will conquer the world. Your part is to love those with whom you live and work with and those I place you with.”
“My Mother loves you and desires you to place your life, your will, and your heart in Her safekeeping. She will watch over and protect you. She will present you to Me, your Lord and Savior.”
“The future will be different. Imagine this world without evil, without all the sin. This will be an earth where the father’s Will is done, not man’s, not the selfishness and stubbornness of human desires. You need to understand this. You need to transition into this type of life or you will be in for hard times. The adjustment period is now for the trials are already upon the world and only My Mother’s children who have made this adjustment are ready to be at peace, will be stable, will trust, and fully abandon themselves to God’s Providence in their life.”
“You need to be aware of the fact that all of your needs will be taken care of if you trust; but if you try to prepare and control everything, as most of you are so used to doing, then you will left in a state of utter confusion and be distraught. The only way to live is by Faith in Me and Trust that all things will work out for the good of those that love Me.”
“So the emphasis is to learn to, and strive to love Me, in all that you say, all that you do and all that you plan to do.”
“Please love Me with all of your heart, all of your mind, all of your soul, for I need you love in these troubled times.”
“Your focus must be to live your Consecration to the fullest and detach yourself from this dying world and begin to live in the Kingdom of the Divine Will by total trust and surrender and abandonment to My Will.”
“Please trust that My Mother will guard and protect you from all evil and lead you by the hand to the dawn of the new era, the ‘Reign of Peace,’ of Love.”
“My Love is consoling, it is kind, it is gentle, it is warm, it is sincere, it is joyful, it is Divine. So only think about what is important today, loving others.”
“Please realize the gift of peace. It will completely change your life. If you can live in peace, your whole life will be joyful. You will always be happy and your being will shine with My Love and Virtues. I know most of you don’t live in a monastery and I know that your life is full of activities, but this must not change or hinder your resolve to live a peaceful existence. Peace is the number one priority in life. It is the foundation of your interior life and without it your foundation will shake like a building in an earthquake. The earth will quake over and over again but you must not lose your stability. You must be calm; be serene.”
“The gift of peace is very, very precious and it takes practice to maintain it but it is My gift and if you depend entirely on Me, you will not lose it.”
“Any time you feel you are losing your peace, scream for help! I live in your heart and help you to stabilize, for I do not want you to be injured.”
“I want My Body to be strong for the upcoming trials ahead. Everyone needs this teaching. I know you have heard this before but I want it ingrained into your mind, your heart, your soul, for My Pure Love is your security blanket.”
“I send you on a mission each day of your life. If you live abandoned to Me, and strive to be guided by Me at all times, then you will benefit each day by the circumstances that I place you in and the souls I place you with will benefit, because I will love and shine through you. So as you walk throughout the day, realize you are both in training and on a Mission of Love.”
“Time is short so don’t get wrapped up in this dying world. Just do your duties. Do them with Love, with Peace, and for Me, and always do your best; but do them and forget them.”
“How do you become a nothing? Well, just think how awesome God is. I created the universe, I created the earth, all the surface features, all the life, all the animals, everything, and I AM in control of everything. Now, what are you in comparison to this? You are nothing and you must remain a nothing for you want to be humble and not fall like the devil did from Grace because he though he was something; for he forgot that everything he was and the glory he was at, was due completely to God, and the same with you.”
“I have blessed you with My Graces. You deserve none of them. You merit none of them. You have them because I love you and want to shower you with My gifts, and I AM God, and can do whatever I please, but I will not give anyone gifts if they are full of pride for they have to realize they are nothing in comparison to their God.”
“The important thing to concentrate on is being a nothing or realize you are a nothing and living surrendered to Me totally, so I can take control and live again on this earth in you, to love, to console, to care, to be a fireball of joy, of peace, of tenderness and I will choose what to say, what to do, what and how to act if you turn yourself over to Me. All day long you will be so surprised at what comes out of your mouth and how much you love others.”
“Do you realize the potential to save souls and the height in Heaven you can be raised to if you just implement My teachings? How can you lose? You can’t; except you will lose your ‘free will,’ your ‘selfishness,’ your ‘attachments,’ your ‘desires’ for power, control, and all the other worldly vices. So make it simple. Love Me with all your heart, mind, soul, and live in an abandoned state and you will see how happy you will be.”
“Don’t talk about anything negative; don’t watch too much news on TV because it is all negative; don’t presume about the future, just live the day with Me, for Me, in Me, in My Heart.”
“Love all those I place you with in a special way with sincere interest in their wellbeing and their life’s activities. I live in you. Let Me take control in every conversation, every activity of the day.”
“As a forest must burn to establish new growth, as a field must be plowed under and tilled for new seeds to be planted and grow, so it will be for the earth and all those living will desire that My Will, shall be done.”
“What a beautiful future for all those that persevere, all those that love, all those that shed their human will, their own wants, their own desires, their own pleasures.”
“Implement My teaching to you. Keep perfecting them, keep studying them. Make them the norm, not the exception, and as more of My children live in My Will then the quicker will be the total transition to the New Kingdom on Earth.”
“Peace. Make that the priority. Love. Let it flow. Nurture it. Surrender into My arms. Rest in My heart. I love you and will be with you everywhere you go. Let Me shine through in your conversation with others and with all your faculties, your smile, your eyes, and your manner.”
“I want you separated from the world. I want you to realize that the world gives no security. Only in My Kingdom of Love is there security for creatures, and the world is full of selfishness and misery, and to be attached to either creatures or the world, in any way, is to invite this selfishness and misery into your life.”
“You can never please creatures, and the world’s unending demands and needs. So you must live apart, detached from both, only connected as is necessary to function in this life. You must live abandoned to My Will. You must not let the demands of creatures lead your feeling and emotions. You must act and do and fulfill your vocational duties, yet still remain apart from a leading a life that is center in the world rather than centered in My Kingdom of Love and Peace and Joy.”
“This is a life of detachment; for if you are not God-centered you will not have the pureness of these virtues. Offer up the demands that are placed on you to save souls and meet these demands for others and to fulfill your vocation with unselfish love. This is your cross and you must carry it with joy, with peace, with love as I carried My Cross.”
“It is a martyrdom of your ‘human will,’ for doing things for others, and working in the world must be done as you are still part of the world. To this degree you must always keep in front of you that all things work out for the good of those who love God and you must offer up the ‘Unceasing Act of Love,’ and you must live one day at a time and, moment by moment, in an abandoned and surrendered state.”
“In My Heart you will find a refuge, a place of rest; for to know that in My Heart is Love, is Peace, is Joy even in the midst of all the craziness of the world. So enter into this haven. Walk enclosed in this protecting shield as you live and function in the world of My Love. My Heart is security, it is contentment, it is warmth in a cold, cold world of selfishness and endless demands and desires.”
“You are a nothing, a bunch of nothing, and being such, you can love others with My Love and you can be one with Me and you can rest in peace, and work in peace, and function in this world; so take advantage of your inheritance in My Kingdom.”
“Live as if only you and I existed, and love others as I place them in your path, but don’t let their wants and desires affect your peace and tranquility. Meditate on My Love for you and My desire to keep you apart from the world. I am jealous of any thoughts that are not necessary for your daily activities. I want your thoughts centered on Me so don’t think about other creatures or other things, or the future or past, only think of My Love for you.”
“My Heart is a spiritual structure, a place of protection, a room of storage of Love. Come and dwell in this place. Live in it. It has all you need to survive in this world and more. It will keep you in a state that will maintain your peace and will make you bright with virtues and wisdom. Oh, come through the door and sit and make it your home.”
“The devil is trying hard to divide you and your loved ones, those in your community. He is trying in every way imaginable but he can’t get anywhere if you stay at peace and turn it over to Me; so continue to do this and realize that I know the thoughts and hearts of your loved ones and am working on them. I love them just as much as I love you and I am caring for them too. Remember, how much I love you and I am not going to hurt you but I am making all things work out for your best interest. Offer up the pain you feel and know that it will be used for their spiritual growth and their protection.”
“My Heart is a symbol of My Love. My Heart is described as a place because it encloses those that rest there in a shield. This shield is My Love, which will protect you from all evil, for satan cannot stand Love. He flees with haste.”
“My Heart is a place of refuge because It is not of the world, but Divine, and knowing this you realize that enclosed in My Heart you will protected from all the worldly allurements.”
“To rest and dwell in My Heart you must maintain peace, calmness, serenity and you must trust Me and live surrendered to My Will for your life. It is only the ‘act of surrender’ that My Love will enclose you; for if you have any pride or ego I will flee and you will be on your own.”
“You have a choice. You can have a beautiful, peaceful day or you can be full of selfishness and anxiety. Your call! It is your choice because you have to check your thoughts; you have to strive to live as I am teaching you. You have to live abandoned to Me, moment by moment. Work on it. Concentrate on it, and ask for My Help all day.”
“Offer up the ‘Unceasing Act,’ try all day to love Me with all your heart, your mind, your soul and love your neighbor- all those I place in your place. This is your part of the triumph of Love in the world. Love will break the hearts of stone. Love will expel evil. With love there is order, with love there is peace, with love there is joy, with Love I AM present for I AM Love and your whole life must be devoted to Love, to Men people and nations because My Sacred Heart, the symbol of My endless Love.”
“I control all, I see all, and I desire only love from My Creatures. All things work out for the good of those that those that love Me. So concentrate on loving Me and I will take care of everything.”
“Love is called ‘Kingdom’ in the Divine Will Prayer Book because of the order it establishes and it is necessary to have Love to obtain all the virtues. Seek first the Kingdom of God and all other things will be given to you.”
“You were created because of Love, you were redeemed because of Love and you are being sanctified because of Love. I, your God, am Love- Love is the goal; Love is the prize, Love is the priority, Love is your life, Love is your security, Love is your peace, Love is the doorway to all the virtues and good habits, it is also order to this life.”
“Love can stop wars and heal wounds between people and nations because where there is Love there is forgiveness, and where there is Love there is caring for each other, and where there is Love selfishness does not exist, nor the desire for power or control, but only with Love is the desire to help and the desire to serve and your love is what I desire above all else.
“Love is My Plan for the new earth after the trial. Love is My Will, and My Will be done and the earth will be delivered from all evil because Love will vanquish it. Love is the key, Love is the focus. Put all the efforts of your life into Love- love Me and love souls.”
“With love all things are possible, for I AM Love. That is why Love is the common denominator; for all members of My Body have Love as the basic strength of their being and when members of My Body love together, then great things can be accomplished. Love makes it happen, for Love is harmony among My brothers and sisters. I need your community to unite under the banner of Love, love for Me and love for souls. All together with My Love, great things are possible. Love is the goal.”
“How many souls could be saved, how many souls could be given to God if your community can unite for Love of God and Love of souls? With this unity a mountain of Love can be formed in your religious community, and in your area with all My family. Why now> Because time is short and souls will be lost’ so unite, My children. You are brothers and sisters of My family. God is your Father, I AM your Brother, Mary is your Mother, My Spirit is your Sanctifier. Do great things for God together as members of this one family united by Love.”
“Get rid of all human wants and desires. Put on the Virtues of Heaven so unity among your brothers and sisters can be of a bond that can weather all the storms of this life now, and those of the tribulation period.”
“My Gift to each of you, is your brother and sisters of My family, those that do My Will; and My Will is to love each other unconditionally, unselfishly with My Love, the Love that knows no bounds, the Love that is not of this world, the Love that is pure without blemish. Do not reject one another. See Me in each of your brothers, in each of your sister, and love Me, and care for Me, and console Me, and you will see unity grow, joy will grow and peace will flourish and let all know My family, My Faithful Remnant, by their love for each other.”
“Live in My Peace or I will not reign. Love Me or today will be wasted. Let tomorrow and thoughts of tomorrow be far from your mind.”
“I live inside; you don’t shade out this brightness with the cares and troubles of the world. Live in union with Me; live in the cloud of My Spirit above the world, separated from the world. I want you to live in a different world, the world of My Love, of My Heart. It keeps you in a cloud of love, a force field of protection from the world. I know you live in the world, but don’t let thoughts of the world occupy your time. Think about Me, how much I love you, how I am taking care of you, how you can please Me. Think about My Life on this earth and My Passion but don’t spend time thinking about the happenings of your life or about what could happen in the future.”
“You are on a mission of Love. You are going to mess it up if you are thinking about the world so abandon yourself to Me and love Me and let Me shine through you. Be a nothing, a clear shell, a body with My Heart, My Spirit, My Will.”
“Bless those souls I place with you; with the heavenly aroma of your virtues. I have placed you in the field of souls to brighten their day and soften their hearts. Please, accept your mission of Love with joy and peace, and forget yourself so that you will reflect the Glory of God in all you say and do.”
“Please, contemplate how much Love I have for you and how much time you spend loving Me. Now, the later must increase, for loving me is the only thing that matters. To love Me is to live in Heaven while still on earth, for in Heaven, Love rules. There is no evil, no distraction, no cares, so live in Heaven while still on earth. My soul is like a parched desert. I have so few souls that love Me and put Me first in their lives.”
“Do you realize how lonely I am? I creature creatures to love Me and for the most part no one does. I am on a raft in a vast oceans of souls. I thirst for Love but there is none to be found. Please, be a fountain of Love that I can drink from.”
“I, your Jesus, am crying. I can’t find souls that love Me. They are all watching TV, shopping, or at the restaurant, or reading magazines, or bowling, or playing cards. Where can I find souls to love Me. I died on the Cross for these same souls and they have all left Me for their more important worldly cares and concerns. Please, don’t follow their lead.”
“Keep Me number one in your life and think only about Me, expect when it is necessary to perform your vocational tasks.”
“Please, cheer Me up. I am Jesus, your Savior. Put your arm around Me by walking with Me and talking to Me all day long. Enjoy My Company, My Presence, and My concern for you.”
“My Heart is broken; My Eyes are sobbing with tears of loneliness. Bring Me joy with your attention, with your focus on Me, and love Me, adore Me, praise Me. I AM your God. Turn your hours into Love for Me with the ‘Unceasing Act of Love.’
“Spread the word without hesitation. Be a living prayer. Put all your heart into it. Focus on it, love and pray for soul for soon the Ark will shut and I and My Mother will return to Heaven and the Father’s Wrath will be exhausted. So pray, pray.”
“Happy are those that live in and do My Will for they will live in My Will for all eternity. They will be brought forth through the trial safely and in peace and love. They will be stable. They will be calm, for they will trust totally and completely in My Love for them. They will walk in Light.”
“Pray for the coming of the Kingdom. Pray for more souls to make it. Pray for enlightenment, for perseverance, for peace through the trial. It will be yours if you totally abandon yourself in trusting surrender to My Love and detach yourself from the spirit to the world. Live the Gospel message. Live one day at a time. Live without worry. Seek the Kingdom of God. Love your neighbor. Sin no more.”
“Simplify your life! All that is necessary is Love and that is all that will be important in the new Era of Peace. Love will rule in all hearts; so begin today to live on the new Earth and in the new Heaven. Live in My Heart, live in a Cloud of pure Love.”
“Your Mother is raising you spiritually. She wants you to grow into a strong, caring, loving son or daughter of the Divine Will. All that is necessary is your heart’s intention to be pure, to be sincere. She has a perfect Motherly Heart. She will teach you, She will guide you, She will correct you, She will love you. Her desire is only to love you with the Father’s Love and raise you to be a son or daughter that She is proud of so She can present you to your Brother and your Dad, to the Holy Spirit, and to Their Family. You are only a little infant now. She will nurture you and feed you with the truths of the Will of My Father.”
“Try your hardest to be a perfect son or daughter by doing what I ask of you; and what I ask is that you love Me and love souls- live the teachings- live the Gospel- live Our Messages- live the examples of the Saints- live in accordance to the true teachings of the Church- those of My Mother’s beloved son, the Pope (Saint John Paul II), and those that still follow him in spirit.”
“The Holy Virgin is your Mother and God the Father has granted Her great power over the evil one and his followers, so run to Her, fly to Her, She will wrap you in Her mantle and there Satan will not dare to touch you. She can’t protect you if you don’t remain close to her at all times. You must stay at peace and calm and in prayer.”
“I have the whole day planned. Live and work in My Peace. Have a joyful day. Please, don’t concern yourself about your business or work cares or concerns of your community or any other future type of problems; I have all under control. Practice peaceful existence. Offer up the ‘Unceasing Act of Love’ and live the moment intensely.”
“I love you. Have this in your heart and in your mind at all times. Trust in My Love for you. I will care for you and provide all your needs- everything. I will always be there, for when you are weak, I AM strong. Be My Apostle of Love. A message of good news, the news of the greatest importance, that of My Love, for My ‘Little Nothings’- for My Children that are striving to live the Gospel and do My Will. Their lives are in My Hands and they will be taken care of each day, each hour, each moment, if they just trust Me and love Me and do My Will.”
“The only thing that is important is saving souls. All the worldly matters and cares are way down on the priority list. When you are with others you must think only of their salvation. Love them and pray for them. Do not judge them or think about how they fit into your worldly life; for you have no worldly life. You are only here in the world to complete your mission, and that mission is to love God, love your neighbor, and do My Will.”
“How important it is to be in the Divine Will program of learning the teaching for the new Era of Peace!”
“Sunday is My Day, a day of rest. A day to become closer to your Lord and God, a day to pray, a day to read. Live, moment by moment, so your thoughts are clear; don’t overeat; protect your mind from worldly thoughts and distractions.”
“I AM Love and My Love will conquer all evil. It will rule, it will be the only important factor in all activities of all men and all women in the New Era. In this Kingdom, Love will be taught, Love will be practiced, Love will be the important consideration in all decisions made.”
“The new Earth, the new Heaven will be a place of joy, a place where families will always be the number one social unit as the cells are to the body. For the family is My design for mankind where Love must reign and Peace must be established and all the members must love and worship God together. Pray for your family, and for it to be protected from all evil.”
“Raise your family by being totally dependent on My Love and trusting Me for all your family’s needs. If you family loves God then all things will work out for its good.”
“Unite your suffering to Me. I always loved My persecutors and forgave them. Learn from My example. Creatures that step on you are for your practice in and of the School of Love, of forgiveness.”
“Decrease so I can increase. I have a plan for you as I do for all My children. The plan can be implement to the 100% stage if you don’t interfere and block it with your will. Live a moment at a time; be in awe of God’s care for you.”
“The Catholic Church is the Rock; the gates of hell will not triumph over Her.”
“Children, when you are concerned about the many misleading powers in your world today, ask this simple question. ‘Does the power for the alleged claim come from God the Father who sent His only Son into the world?’ If the answer is no, then the power is being obtained from the enemy. Does this sound confusing to you? It should not sound confusing, because it is clear. If you are still confused, it is because you do not want to relinquish some habit that has gotten hold of you. Be vigilant here, brothers and sisters. There are impostors everywhere and the impostors do not seek the good of your soul. The enemy, in the form of these powers, seeks the destruction of anything that is holy in you. The enemy seeks your soul. The Holy Spirit within you will object and warn you if you have been nourishing the Holy Spirit. Do not become involved with anything that reminds you of fortune telling or healing. These habits are sinful. You will be held accountable. Speak out against them, warning your brothers and sisters. Christians in the world have become easy targets of the enemy’s followers because they are lukewarm. Not My little apostles, though. You will know the truth and speak it loudly. Warn others, please. We are losing souls in this manner.” -Jesus in Volume 10: Jesus Speaks to His Apostles
“The use of crystals, meditation, reiki, yoga, tarot cards, belief in spirit guides, metaphysics and so-called faith healers are there to entice you to believe in an alternative superiour existence outside of that created by God the Eternal Father….
Most of these practices are presented as being good for your self-esteem, confidence, control over your life, all of which is a lie. Not only do these practices drive you away from the Truth, but they bring untold misery once the evil spirits enter your soul as a direct result of these practices.” -Jesus in “Reject the Work of New Age Spiritualism” (5/11/2011) via the Book of Truth, as revealed to Maria Divine Mercy
There is a growing trend of alternative forms of new age spirituality that have often replaced the traditional practices of Christian prayer and devotion. Though this might seem attractiveat best and harmless at worst, in this post, I aim to strongly advice those caught up in such practices, persons, books, or objects (such as crystals or charms) to put them down and cut ties with them, once and for all. It is true that the power of the devil and his fallen angels, or demons, is minuscule compared to the power of the Holy Trinity, and as such, should NOT be feared. Yet if allowed the reign of our free will, the enemy of our salvation can easily influence, deceive, and ultimately corrupt the soul an otherwise intelligent and well-meaning person, and any others they may associate with/have influence over. These practices are simply spiritual doors you don’t want to risk opening.
With the help of Our Loving Lord, you can find true healing and forgiveness, holiness and peace, that comes not from the evil one and his false and fleeting powers, but from Heaven, our eternal homeland and the vast family of God. Consider, for example, the following is an excerpt from “Freed and Healed Through Fasting” by Sister Emmanuel Maillard of Medjugorje, entitled, “Fake Healers”:
“It is especially popular to go to “healers.” yoga masters, reiki masters or healing touch therapists in order to alleviate symptoms of illness. But from where do these “healers” receive their abilities? Many receive them from an unknown source. When, for example, someone visits a healer because of a bad left knee, it may get better, but then his right one begins to ache. The illness has simply been displaced. It has moved to another area and will become more serious. The person then returns to the healer, who may again recite several incantations or formulas and “heal” the second pain’ then a third illness will erupt, or perhaps something worse. In short, people who visit “healers” are never healed. Their problem only moved from the body to the heart, and then from the heart to the soul. Starting from a physical illness, it suddenly develops into temptations of suicide, incredible hatred, or deep depression. Why are we finding so many of our youth today committing suicide when apparently nothing in his or her life could have motivated such an action? Parents with good intentions take their children to “healers” looking for a miracle, and their children suffer the consequences of bad “medicine.” This bad fruit can manifest itself not only as an illness but as a lack of motivation. Suddenly a spouse becomes unbearable to his wife and every idiosyncrasy is an annoyance: his way of talking, of walking, of eating his doughnut. All at once a devout person is unable to pray. People with a zest for life no longer enjoy life.
The Church and the different religious communities within Her have seen many bizarre cases of these “healings.” She shoulders the burden of caring for the “after-sales service” of the unauthentic cures. The Church has found that the “healer” often recites incantations, pronounces strange words (sometimes mixed with Christian prayers), uses secret formulas, does massages and may mention the name of the traitor, Judas. Once I asked a fake healer, who converted and renounced his job, to tell me his secrets. He said that his “healing power” came from someone who received it from someone else, who received it from someone else.
By tracing the history of these “powers” we see they come from satan and are given to a witch who then spreads them! Do not be mistaken- satan pretends to heal. Actually, he mimics Jesus’ healings. In the Gospel, Jesus tells us that the false prophets of the latter days will perform spectacular signs and wonders, even to the point of seducing the chosen ones. This is reality! satan doesn’t give presents away for free. He only deceives us in displacing the sickness, making it worse.
Several times, through the visionaries, Our Lady said to go and see doctors, but never to see healers. Why? She knows who is behind them! I beg anyone thinking of going to a healer, please don’t go!!! Even if they have a statue of Our Lady of Lourdes in their house, with a rosary in her hand, do not bargain your life for healing at any price. Chances are you will only end up sicker than before, and quite probably penniless!
If you’ve been to see a false “healer” for yourself or for your child, go find a priest and ask Jesus’ forgiveness. Also, ask the priest to pray so that all the bonds from darkness that might bind you (or your child) will be broken by God’s Word and blessing. Very often, a good confession is enough to break the chain of evil because there we renounce evil and all practices of darkness. You can also renew your Baptismal vows. This is an effective means to break all ties with evil, with satan and his works. The healings obtained through prayer and fasting are real, unlike the false cures that satan and his servants offer. The Lord gave us true healing not only for our bodies, but also our hearts, our spirits and our souls. When He doesn’t heal, He has another plan and blessing for the sick.”
If you or anyone you know has willingly participated in any potentially occult practices, in addition to having your confession heard as soon as possible to reconcile your relationship with God and cleanse yourself of any demonic activity or influence, I recommend also calling upon the holy names of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. After all, as St. Don Bosco once said, “More than anything else, these three names terrify and vanquish the devil.”
Frequent visits to the Blessed Sacrament as well as the recitation of the holy rosary, fasting on bread and water, reading scripture, praying with friends and family, and having your house blessed (as well as carrying holy water and blessed objects) are other powerful ways to combat the attacks of evil on you. Finally, the following is a prayer to pray to Our Lord for His gift of discernment and salvation, from the Book of Truth as revealed to Maria Divine Mercy:
“The first seal is the apostasy” Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 @ 15:40
My dearest beloved daughter tell My children that no man has the knowledge or the authority to reveal the truth contained in the Book of Revelation.
No matter how knowledgeable they may consider themselves to be, it is only I, Jesus Christ, Saviour and Redeemer of mankind who has the authority to reveal, to the world, what is contained in the Book of Truth.
Only, I, the Lamb of God has the right to deliver the truth, given to my disciple John the Evangelist, the instrument of the truth, to the world today.
The first seal is the apostasy seen not only among unbelievers but among those who profess to know Me and those who publicly proclaim their love for Me.
This is the time when the truth faith will be twisted, when you My children are presented with a watered down doctrine which is an insult to My teachings.
I tell you children that when you see new false faiths and religious doctrines spring up you will know that this is now the time for the first seal to be revealed.
Look around and what do you see? Religions that pay homage to new gods which you have never heard of. Science fiction based religions which amount to nonsense and which are empty of substance. Spiritual entities that are not of this world but which many believe represent the Heavenly realm of My Father.
Heed now for you are living in fantasy.
None of these metaphysical beliefs represent the truth.
Any doctrine which teaches you the importance of putting yourself before everything else is a doctrine which springs from Satan.
Do not listen. Turn your backs on this cruel deceit.
Those who seek out false gods and devote their lives by idolising false gods are lost to Me.
Unless you stop and pray to Me for guidance I cannot save you.
You and all those who knowingly withdraw now from the king of darkness will be given the gift of discernment if you ask me in this Crusade Prayer (36) Help me to honour the true God:
Jesus help me for I am lost and confused
I do not know the truth of life after death
Forgive me if I offend you by honouring false gods which are not the true God
Save me and help me to see the truth with clarity and save me from the darkness of my soul
Help me to come into the light of your mercy.
There is only one God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in one the Holy Trinity.
Any other god comes from Satan no matter how attractive the guise.
Please do not waste your eternal life by pledging your allegiance to those faiths which honour new age practices including Reiki, Yoga, new age meditation, tarot cards, clairvoyancy, psychic readings and angel worship connected with ascended masters.
Slowly but surely these practices of the occult are being accepted not only by your society but by Catholic and Christian Churches.
These false religious doctrines are spreading so fast they have consumed billions of God’s children who have now found so much false solace within them that they no longer acknowledge the existence of the one true God.
Finding out you’re pregnantcan be some of the most unexpected and overwhelming news you’ve ever received.
There are probably tons of questions rushing through your mind, like, “What about my life, education, career, and goals? Will I have support if I chose to bring this child into the world? What options do I have? Who will I go to to talk about this?”
These are all very real and valid questions and in the above video and brochure, we will address each one, and more. But first, I ask you, in the midst of this crisis, to take a breath. Even though you might feel scared, pressured, or confused, you don’t have to deal with this on your own. There are many caring and compassionate people who can and want to help you.
There are 3 important questions to ask yourself when facing an unplanned pregnancy:
1. “How many weeks into the pregnancy are you?”
The answer to this question might surprise you and could ultimately make this decision for you. If you don’t know, don’t worry, because simple and FREE ultrasound can easily show you this.
If you are like most women, who find out that they are pregnant by 5 or 6 weeks into pregnancy, your baby is 3-4 weeks old and most likely, already has a heartbeat!
“When I saw my baby for the first time, I fell in love. I did not know I could love another human being so much. I could not be more thankful that I did choose life.” -Hannah, TN. Watch Hannah’s story here:
2. “What is abortion and what are it’s health risks and long-term effects?”
In the following videos by Live Action News, Dr Anthony Levatino, a practicing OBGYN who himself performed over 1,200 abortions explains the different kind of abortion procedures:
In first trimester Suction and Aspiration surgical abortions, which occur anywhere from 5-13 weeks of pregnancy, the abortionist inserts a suction catheter through the cervix into the uterus. The suction machine is then turned on, and the baby is rapidly torn apart by the force of the suction and squeezed through this tubing, followed by the placenta.
In second trimester Dilation and Evacuation surgical abortions, which occur anywhere from 13-24 weeks of pregnancy, the abortionist opens the cervix and uses a clamp to grasp and pull an arm or leg of the unborn baby. One by one, the baby’s limbs are removed, along with the intestines, the spine, and the heart and lungs. The abortionist then grasps and crushes the head of the unborn baby and removes the placenta, scraping out any leftover tissue or body parts in the uterus with a curette.
Remember, if you choose abortion, you are putting yourself at risk of major complications such as perforation or piercing of the uterus, hemorrhage, and infection, which can even lead to lifelong sterility and, in rare cases, death. This is why Planned Parenthood will require you to sign a consent form that states, “I understand that my doctor cannot make any promise regarding the end results of the abortion or my care.”
Medical or “toilet bowl” abortion pills also come with a list of harmful side effects such as anywhere from a few hours to several days of pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, cramping, and bleeding. However, if you have already taken the first pill, RU-486, it is not too late to reverse its effects within the first 24 hours and save the baby. Help is available throughthe 24-hour, nurse-staffed hotline by calling 1-877-558-0333or visitingAbortionPillReversal.com
Additionally, you should be aware of the emotional trauma that many women have suffered from abortion:
This is perhaps the biggest life decision you’ve ever had to make and no one should ever pressure you to go against your inner values, morals, or beliefs.
It can be hard to resist the influence of all of the voices around you in order to listen to the voice within your heart.
Spend time in silence, reflection, and prayer and you will begin to understand that this life, this human being inside you was nestled there by God Himself.
Who will your child grow up to become? A scientist? A singer? A world leader? Another parent? Only God knows the special plan He has for him or her.
For these 9 months, this person depends upon your body and your cooperation. It won’t always be easy, but if you say, “Yes” to Him,God will equip you with all the strength and support necessary for bringing this unique and precious little child into the world!
In the words of Abby Johnson, former 8-year director of Planned Parenthood and author of the book become movie, “Unplanned“:
Having a baby is hard. But there is nothing that will bring you more happiness. I will never forget the first time she looked at me and smiled. It was like she knew me…she knew she was part of me…she knew I was her mommy. I remember the first time she called me “Mama.” Her voice was so sweet, so perfect. I WAS her mama. Only me. I gave her life; she gave me joy…joy that I would have never experienced without her.
I remember when she cut her first tooth, when she took her first step, her first Christmas, her first birthday. All of these firsts that I could have taken away because of “choice.” Choice. Choice because we are scared? Choice because we don’t have enough money? Well, big decisions in life are usually scary and if you wait for your savings account to grow big enough to have a baby, you will never have a child. You see, many of life’s greatest blessings are unplanned. Mine was unplanned, and her name is Grace. I can’t imagine my life without her.
Is it always easy? No. But it is ALWAYS worth it. ALWAYS!
Finally, if you feel you cannot support a child at this time in your life due to your current financial, educational, or family situation, please consider the beautiful, life-saving and free option of adoption. Visit https://www.hopespromise.com/pregnancy-faqs/ to learn about the frequently asked questions of adoption.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this information on the science of fetal development, the truth about abortion and its health risks, and all of your options and resources! May you know the reality of God’s real Presence and deep Peace, especially in the midst of your current situation as you ponder and pray about His perfect Will for the beautiful little one within you.
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…
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:
“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.”
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.”
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.
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:
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.”
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,
“. . . 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).
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!
(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.”
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:
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).
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.”
“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:
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.’”
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.”
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
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”:
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,
“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 just 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.
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…
*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 Heartsof 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!)…
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…
(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:
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,
“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
“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