I have further hardened their hearts, withdrawing grace which they neither wanted nor appreciated…

Isaiah 6:9-10 And he replied: Go and say to this people:Listen carefully, but you shall not understand! Look intently, but you shall know nothing! You are to make the heart of this people sluggish, to dull their ears and close their eyes; else their eyes will see, their ears hear, their heart understand, and they will turn and be healed.

“Beloved, the heart of this generation is far from me. Therefore, I have further hardened their hearts, withdrawing grace which they neither wanted nor appreciated. Then I will leave them in their hardness of heart until the day of justice dawns. I do not wish sinners to die, but to return to me. Therefore, I allow them to reap the fruits of what they have sown and the fruits are the bitterest kind—wars, unrest, violence, hatred. The days are darkening very quickly. Even so, even though the darkness becomes thick around you—do NOT be afraid! Your Deliverer is at hand and when he comes his brightness will completely shatter the darkness. Oh my children! Trust in me and pray! Your prayers are a lighthouse in the stormy darkness. Light the way for the lost by prayer and penance. Children I am near.”

O my Jesus, keep us faithful! Keep us pure so that all you desire may be accomplished in us, around us, and through us. Here I am, Lord, I come to live in your will. Amen.

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