You are living in the days of the Book of Joel…

Joel 2:13-14 Return to the Lord, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger,  and abounding in steadfast love, and relents from punishing. Who knows whether he will not turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind him, a grain-offering and a drink-offering for the Lord, your God?

“My children, never doubt my mercy! Trust always in my unimaginably generous pardon to the one who is contrite. Sin has indeed purchased great suffering for the world. The foul stench of sin must be purged. You are living in the days of the Book of Joel*. Great suffering will lead to greater joy. You cannot imagine now what will grow from the ashes of purgation. Accept what comes as what must come. But do not dwell on the sorrow of suffering. Dwell instead on the mercy of God, on the joy that is to come. Remain peaceful. Be industrious. Be creative and I will create with you. My children, look for me in the time of suffering. Look for me and you will find me. Draw near, little ones. Cling to me and do not let go. I carry you in my merciful heart. Then let yourself be carried! Be my child, for I am your Father.”

O beloved Father of my heart, what joy to be carried by you! Help us to dwell on you and not on our own weakness and misery. Help us to look for you in all situations. Help us to be industrious and creative. Father, we are your little ones. We place all our trust in you through Jesus and Mary. Amen.

(*In a dream last night the Book of Joel was highlighted repeatedly. The details of the dream are lost, but the word Joel was emphasised many times.)

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28 thoughts on “You are living in the days of the Book of Joel…

    1. Well, the Father himself is industrious and creative, always active, always creative. But specifically in this message I believe it means that when things get really bad through this storm, that we remember to use those gifts in imitation of him and that he will be with us as we do. It is good to read the book of Joel. It is a short book and while it starts off very dark, it ends with great hope and joy. We need to keep that in mind. Trust-do-love. God is with us through it all!

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    1. May God grant it! It is the Kingdom of the Divine Will as foretold to Luisa Piccarreta, the era of the Holy Spirit, the Triumph of the Flame of Love of the Immaculate! May God grant it! Come Holy Spirit! Come!

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  1. I have been trying for some time to find information on Indulgences, and tonight I found what I have been searching for. For those of you, like me, are in the dark, here is a great little summary. Pay attention particularly to the “three grants”. The paragraphs are numbered because this is a part of the Soul Food talk which I am sharing on Tuesday morning. I think it’s good to see this now, because November is the month when we remember the Holy Souls in Purgatory:
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    61. To receive a partial indulgence, you have to recite the prayer or do the act of charity assigned. You have to be in the state of grace at least by the completion of the prescribed work. The rule says” at the completion” because often part of the prescribed work is going to confession, and you might not be in the state of grace before you do that. The other thing required is having a general intention to gain the indulgence. If you perform the required act but don’t want to gain the indulgence, obviously you won’t gain it.
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    62. The requirements for a plenary indulgence are tougher than for a partial. After all, a plenary indulgence remove all the temporal punishment due for the sins committed up to that time. (If you sin later, of course, the temporal punishment connected with the new sins isn’t covered by the earlier plenary indulgence, but, at least the punishment for the old sins isn’t revived.)”To acquire a plenary indulgence,” says the Enchiridion, “it is necessary to perform the work to which the indulgence is attached and to fulfill the following three conditions: sacramental confession, Eucharistic Communion, and prayer for the intention of the Sovereign Pontiff. It is further required that all attachment to sin, even venial sin, be absent.”
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    THE TOUGHEST REQUIREMENT
    63. The greatest hurdle is the last. Making a good confession is not particularly difficult, and going to Communion and praying for the Pope’s intentions are easier still. It’s being free from all attachment to sin that’s hard and it’s quite possible that even evidently good people, who seek plenary indulgences regularly, never, in their whole lives, obtain one, because they are unwilling to relinquish their favorite little sins.
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    64. There is an account of St. Philip Neri, who died in 1595, preaching a jubilee indulgence in a crowded church. A revelation was given to him that only two people in the church were actually getting it, an old char-woman and the saint himself. Not exactly encouraging, huh? But don’t worry. If you aren’t perfectly disposed and can’t get the plenary indulgence. you’ll at least come away with a partial.
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    65. It should be pointed out that the first three conditions may be fulfilled several days before or after doing the prescribed work, through receiving Communion and praying for the Pope are usually done the same day the work is performed.
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    66. By the way, the standard prayers for the Pope are one Our Father and one Creed, though you’re at liberty to substitute other prayers.
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    VARIOUS GRANTS
    67. The bulk of the Enchiridion is a listing of indulgenced prayers and acts. First come three “general grants.”
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    68. The first says “a partial indulgence is granted to the faithful who, in the performance of their duties and in bearing the trials of life, raise their mind with humble confidence to God, adding — even if only mentally– some pious invocation.” It is noted that this grant “is intended to serve as an incentive to the faithful to practice the commandment of Christ that `they must always pray and not lose heart'” (Luke 18:1) [NOTE: Under this grants ANY invocation (your favorite ejaculation, the Jesus Prayer, or any other prayers such as “The Magnificat,” the Creed, the Hail Mary, etc.) is appropriate for partial indulgences—applicable to yourself or to the souls in purgatory.]
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    69. The second general grant is this: “A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful who, in a spirit of faith and mercy, give of themselves or of their goods to serve their brothers in need.” This grant “is intended to serve as an incentive to the faithful to perform more frequent acts of charity and mercy,” as Christ commanded (John 13:15, Acts 10:38). [When you work in the food pantry or serve Thanksgiving dinner to the needy, you can receive partial indulgences. See # 61 for the requirements.]
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    70. The third general grant provides that “a partial indulgence is granted to the faithful who, in a spirit of penance, voluntarily deprive themselves of what is licit and pleasing to them.” This provision is meant “to move the faithful to bridle their passions and thus to bring to their bodies into subjection and to conform themselves to Christ in his poverty and suffering” (Matt 8:20, Matt 16:24).
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    PROVISIONS
    71. After the discussion of the general grants comes a listing of miscellaneous prayers and acts to which indulgences are attached. This list is much shorter than in former years, the Church having decided to limit indulgences to the most important works.
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    72. There is no room or need to mention all the pious acts which are indulgenced, but it’s worth noting that a plenary indulgence is given for the recitation of the rosary in a church or family group (and not just the recitation, of course, but the fulfilling of the usual conditions for a plenary indulgence). Other works for which you can receive a plenary indulgence: ½ hour Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, ½ hour reading of Sacred Scripture, Stations of the Cross. One guideline still applies: only one plenary indulgence may be gained in a day.

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  2. In November, let’s not forget the Prayer for release of Holy Souls.

    Our Lord promised Saint Gertrude the release of 1,000 souls from Purgatory each time this is prayed, plus lessening of debt for those who are alive.
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    Eternal Father, I offer Thee the most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the Universal Church, those in my own home and within my family and myself. Amen.
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    I don’t know about the indulgences; but do say this prayer especially at Consecration of Precious Blood during Holy Mass. The thought of helping Holy Souls feels so right for they depend on our prayers.

    The other beautiful prayer for Holy Souls from Divine Mercy,
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    Merciful Jesus, please cover the Holy Souls in Purgatory with Your most Precious Blood, that You may cool down their scorching flames.
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  3. I’m not sure which source Kathy used (thank you, Kathy!) but here is a summary of the various prayers and practices that are indulgenced:

    http://www.catholic.org/prayers/indulgw.php

    Also, I looked at the book of Joel last night and will read it more carefully in the coming days. It does sound like a description of the Storm, but it also sounds a note of hope and the Holy Spirit. St Peter quoted it on Pentecost!

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  4. Just feel I need to share this…I’ve never commented here before but have been enriched by what others have written here and all of Pelianito’s posts.

    Last January, 2014, I was praying a Holy Hour for our parishes and was halfway through the Rosary, praying the Joyful Mysteries when the words “joy” and “laughter” came to me. It seemed so important so I wrote it in my journal right away. I finished saying the Rosary and then it popped into my head to end my prayer time with reading a Psalm. (This was unusual for me…I know the Psalms are beautiful but they’re somewhat poetic and I’ve never had patience for poetry.) So I randomly opened to a Psalm and the first one my eyes fell on was Psalm 126: “When The Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy.” (A couple of months later, someone introduced me to the Liturgy of the Hours and I noticed this Psalm is often in the afternoon prayer.)

    Anyway, reading your latest post here and then reading all of Joel reminded me of Psalm 126 when you read the whole Psalm it in its entirety. Much to ponder!

    Blessings to you all.

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  5. I found a good article in a Jewish commentary on Joel. It notes:

    http://jbq.jewishbible.org/assets/Uploads/394/jbq_394_joel.pdf

    “With it Joel sets a high standard for what will constitute an acceptable repentance when returning to the Lord. For Joel only a sincere, full, and wholehearted return to the Lord will lead to survival. This metaphor of rending a heart strikes us as we read the prophecy even though the previous verse (2:12) mentions that people should return to the Lord with all their heart….

    “This article contends that the covenant between the Children of Israel and the Lord that was established at Mount Sinai is the major theme, indeed the basis, of Joel’s prophecy, even though the covenant is unmentioned by the prophet as such.”

    The article states Joel uses a series of commands–43 of them–to stir the people to repentance. It is about Israel becoming a holy people. Though the judgments of God are fearsome, in the end God will renew the people. And it ends of course with the prophecy of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. I think that may be an indication that we can expect the Illumination soon, perhaps toward the end of the great Storm.

    Joel is about re-establishing the covenant of Israel with God. In light of the great falling away from faith by many Catholics, God seems to be saying that we have to do away with apostasy and return to a life of faith.

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  6. The website cited by Sr. Lorraine contains many indulgenced prayers, including the plenary indulgence for 30 min. of Adoration. If you make a Holy Hour, you can gain a plenary indulgence, even if some reason you have to leave before the hour is complete. If you notice, that particular website,
    http://www.catholic.org/prayers/indulgw.php
    contains changes enacted in 1968. I believe the notes which I provided include changes enacted during the Jubilee year of 2000.
    [http://www.catholicliturgy.com/index.cfm/FuseAction/DocumentContents/Index/2/SubIndex/0/DocumentIndex/547]
    I especially love the three general grants! It has been debated by theologians whether or not the grants were intended to be retained after the Jubilee year ended; it seems most theologians interpreted the three grants to remain in place. What a grace for us!

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  7. God bless you Anne. It’s good for us to remember that we are all praying for each other here and especially you Pelianito and Mark Mallett. We are all hungry sheep. It’s beautiful that we are able to feed each other. There will come a time, I am sure, when internet will become unsafe or unavailable but as Fr. Benedict Groshel once said, “We have the best internet connection in the whole of creation…The Holy Spirit”. (Using my own words but it was something like that). How incredible it will be when His Light shines in the darkness through us in ways that we could never have imagined, and all because Our Loving Father has seen fit to immerse The Mother of Our Lord into this marvelous Light. I do so desire to remain consecrated to Her and be immersed into this Light with Her for the glory of Her Son.

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  8. Hello Pelianito.
    Good to hear all is well. This is a little off topic but I found a beautiful image of Eucharistic Adoration on Facebook and added it to my profile. Jesus speaks a very beautiful word about His true presence among us and I thought it would be good to share. If the link comes through, you have to click on “see more” to view the entire word He speaks.
    Here is the link. https://www.facebook.com/ICCRS/photos/a.391492525344.163283.184055465344/10152557566755345/?type=1&pnref=story

    God bless you.

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  9. Michael Joyce, this was lovely. Thank you.

    I have posted this link before, but here it is again for those who would love to say their rosary or Chaplet of Divine Mercy in front of the Blessed Sacrament and are unable to visit Our Lord daily at church. It is a live video of the Adoration Chapel at Saint Mary’s Church in Navan, Ireland.

    http://www.navanparish.ie/chapel-live.html

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  10. Looking at the Office of Readings this morning…and this is the first reading: Joel 2:21-32 .

    More confirmation…

    Happy Resurrection Day to all!

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  11. Patty I frequent that website often since you posted it a while ago and I have emailed friends about it and post it sometimes on Facebook.
    Kathy …it is a powerful word. At first I thought it was a prophetic word but not sure. Anyway, it is powerful and makes us think more about our relationship with Jesus.
    God bless you both.

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    1. Michael I think that certainly qualifies as a prophetic word. Fr. Robert DeGrandis defines prophecy as words of love and encouragement from God to his people. Sometimes we think it has to tell the future, but that only happens if the Lord needs it to. The more usual reason God speaks to his people is for their edification. Check out this article on the gift by Robert Canton.

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  12. over the last few days i have been made aware so clearly of how we are made in God’s Image and what happens when we sin and destroy that image. I realized how we are all sick but Our Lady has been coming to show us the medicine…..sacrements, prayer etc.
    Then when i read Mallett’s latest on welcoming back sinners i rejoiced as it truly was confirmation.
    All the little ones by responding to the Grace of God and remaining faithful and taking their medicine are becoming stronger and spiritually healthier.
    So……..on a whim i put in SICK to Pel’s search box. NEVER dreaming anything would come up……..but two wonderful messages did show. I laughed as it was just a quick whim!
    Divine Intimacy……the answer.Only the other night a friend and i discussed the need for Divine Intimacy!
    The Lord does have a sense of humour as i never expected “Sick” to produce 2 messages!!

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  13. so really the idols that will fall are only secondary to the main idol…..Self.
    we have crowned ourselves just as Napolean did!
    The creature has replaced the Creator and we are our own little gods.
    Apostasy has done well.
    No wonder humanity is so sick.
    I sense also how appropriate the Flame of Love word is now for our times. Our hearts have turned inward, cold, hard. We need re calibration of the heart. Self pity, self justification, self everything!
    I really understand even more fully the Flame of Love to engulf all hearts!
    And if we will not go to the Doctor…..He will come to us!
    in my Divine Will meditations the other day some words jumped out at me. Now i know why.
    Before these words we are told how pride has taken over. It kills LOVE, starts wars. the world must be cleansed, renewed, His Kingdom must be established. So pray as we have to go through the storm.
    THEN……”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 beacuse of the swiftness of the disaster…..so tell all to Pray,pray, pray for souls”
    so much is coming together.

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  14. Thank you Pelianito. I realized in 1997 that I had been granted the gift of prophecy and sensed that the word I posted here a few days ago was prophetic. I became unsure however when I read at the bottom of the page that it came from My Daily Bread. I will read the article by Robert Canton later today. I do appreciate you posting it.
    God bless you.

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