Keep the light of faith burning brightly so that in the darkness the lost will find their way home…

Amos 5:16-17 Therefore, thus says the LORD, the God of hosts, the Lord: In every square there shall be lamentation, and in every street they shall cry, Alas! Alas! They shall summon the farmers to wail and professional mourners to lament, and in every vineyard there shall be lamentation when I pass through your midst, says the LORD.

“My child, watch and pray, then pray some more! Ready your lamps, trim the wicks and do not let apathy extinguish your flame. Instead, keep the light of faith burning brightly so that in the darkness the lost will find their way home. You do not know what is coming. Only grace can help you, but I have poured out grace abundantly; those who ask will receive, shaken down and overflowing. Open your hands and I will fill them. Then, knowing there is no end to what I give, go therefore and do the same. Let grace spill from your abundance to assist those who do not know how to ask. My child, do not tire of praying for the lost. Many are those who have prayed for you. In gratitude for the mercy shown to you, bring to my merciful heart each soul and especially those most in need of my mercy.”

Lord Jesus, this worthless sinner has much to be thankful for. By your grace I offer you all those whose hearts are far from you and all the lukewarm souls that anger you so much. Jesus I trust in you. Save souls! Amen.

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11 thoughts on “Keep the light of faith burning brightly so that in the darkness the lost will find their way home…

  1. Almighty and merciful God, You break the power of evil and make all things new in Your Son Jesus Christ, King of the universe. May heaven and earth acclaim Your glory and never cease to praise You. Amen.

    Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate prayed this so well…

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  2. From today’s Divine Office, this said much to me. Sorry if it’s a little long.
    From a discourse of Origen on prayer
    Thy kingdom come
    The coming of the kingdom of God, says our Lord and Saviour, does not admit of observation, and there will be no-one to say “Look here! Look there!” For the kingdom of God is within us and in our hearts. And so it is beyond doubt that whoever prays for the coming of the kingdom of God within himself is praying rightly, praying for the kingdom to dawn in him, bear fruit and reach perfection. For God reigns in every saint, and every saint obeys God’s spiritual laws — God, who dwells in him just as he dwells in any well-ordered city. The Father is present in him and in his soul Christ reigns alongside the Father, as it is said: We will come to him and make our dwelling with him.
    Therefore, as we continue to move forward without ceasing, the kingdom of God within us will reach its perfection in us at that moment when the saying in the Apostle is fulfilled, that Christ, His enemies all made subject to Him, shall deliver the kingdom to God the Father that God may be All in All.
    For this reason let us pray without ceasing, our souls filled by a desire made divine by the Word Himself. Let us pray to our Father in heaven: hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come.
    There is something important that we need to understand about the kingdom of God: just as righteousness has no partnership with lawlessness, just as light has nothing in common with darkness and Christ has no agreement with Belial, so the kingdom of God and a kingdom of sin cannot co-exist.
    So if we want God to reign within us, on no account may sin rule in our mortal body but let us mortify our earthly bodies and let us be made fruitful by the Spirit. Then we will be a spiritual garden of Eden for God to walk in. God will rule in us with Christ who will be seated in us on the right hand of God — God, the spiritual power that we pray to receive — until he makes his enemies (who are within us) into his footstool and pours out on us all authority, all power, all strength.
    This can happen to any one of us and death, the last enemy may be destroyed, so that in us Christ says Death, where is your sting? Death, where is your victory? So let our corruptibility be clothed today with holiness and incorruption. With Death dead, let our mortality be cloaked in the Father’s immortality. With God ruling in us, let us be immersed in the blessings of regeneration and resurrection.

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    1. It is amazing how pertinent this is to our day, considering Origen died in the year 232–nearly 1800 years ago! Thank you Jesus for this body of work that assists us to this day in becoming more like you. May your kingdom come in each of us and in the whole world!

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  3. God is so good!!! How He encourages us to pray! Pray! Pray!
    Thank you pelianito for sharing these messages!!!
    May I relate a current event?
    One of my sons just graduated from Marine boot camp. He is a leader and his faith has been greatly deepened by boot camp. He shared with us how during ‘the Crucible’, the final test of courage and strength at bootcamp, he would run back and forth, encouraging his fellow Marines to the finish, even though he himself was exhausted.
    In my mind, from your writings pelianito, I see our God, ‘running back and forth’ encouraging us the not cease our prayers, fasting, almsgiving. He knows we are tired and weak, and now in His benevolence he ‘magnifys’ our offerings.
    We cannot refuse such Love!!!
    Peace be with you all.

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    1. That is such a beautiful analogy Jeanne, and so true! With God to encourage us and urge us on, let us fight the good fight to the end! Thanks be to God for his abiding presence! Alleluia!

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  4. Yes Guy. thank you so much. a friend and i were speaking yesterday about this very truth. The Kingdom of GOd and the Kingdom of sin CANNOT co-exist and in the Divine Will the whole of creation is being cleansed and going to be REALLY cleansed to return to the LORD. Each soul is a Kingdom for God and so each soul has to be cleansed. we were saying that is why such intense trials are happening to people. it is a cleansing of the temple and a strengthnening for what is to come. if we are to be witnesses especially in the days to come we too must be really cleansed and purified. AND also that is why the “other one” is doing EVERYTHING to attack and confuse and lead astray so many.
    so when i read what you shared i was overjoyed as it confimed our very conversation. Thank YOU Holy Spirit. may we continue to pray and support each other on this precious little blog which is really like a little garden of joy for all who stop and spend time.

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    1. Praise God for his wonderful confirmations!

      I just want to add one thing. If this blog leads us to deeper union with God, then all thanks and praise to him! May what we read here give us a renewed thirst for Scripture and launch souls deeper into the Two Pierced Hearts, so that we may learn at the hand of Mary all she wishes to teach us through the University of the Word. As the Lord said to me, “Immerse yourself in Scripture. You cannot spread what you do not know.”

      Here is the prayer I pray before I open my journal: “Come Holy Spirit…Lord, in your mercy, grant me the grace to plumb the depths of Scripture, that its great truths may be revealed to my mind and heart. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.’ May you be blessed as you journey with the Word.

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  5. “Many are those who have prayed for you.” What a debt! I can see this parade pass by in my thoughts, starting with my mother (taught me the Faith). Sister Alice (taught me humility), Mrs. Danz (taught me how to listen to God), Bishop Crowley (taught me discipline and perseverance), countless religious, friends, family, strangers… this little blog family (taught me how to share). Lord, Jesus, help me to spread this Mercy. My effort seems so scanty and there seems to be so little time.

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    1. What a debt indeed! May Our Lady offer the gratitude of the Gloriana, wrapped in her own perfect love and merits, to our Lord for all those whose prayers have helped others advance on the path of holiness. How many times would we fall right off without the prayers of others!

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  6. Amen. i too have great debt and thank all for listening to the Holy Spirit and be willing to care enough. We truly see the Body of Christ working.

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  7. this reading reminds me of how people leave the front porch light on when family are out and will come home late. my parents always did this for me.May we all leave our porch lights on so the lost can find their way home.!!!!

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