Always, what I allow is for the greater good of my children…

Isaiah 11:11, 12:1 On that day the Lord will extend his hand yet a second time to recover the remnant that is left of his people [. . .] You will say on that day: I will give thanks to you, O Lord, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, and you comforted me.

“Beloved child I am about to do what has been foretold since the days of antiquity. Be not afraid. Always, what I allow is for the greater good of my children. For your part, remain steadfast. Do not waver to the left or to the right but cling to the Truth with all your might. Let your will be firm and do not be swayed. The enemy knows your weakness and will use it against you. Remain steadfast. Lock arms with those who also wish to remain steadfast. Together your resolve is strengthened and is indeed greater than the sum of its parts. The time is upon you when you will be tested and tried in ways unimagined. Be firm. Pray for strength. Remain humble and let our Mother lead you. There is a strength in humility that cannot be gained in any other way. Imitate me as I stood trial. Everything I did had purpose and meaning—even my silent submission to the cruelty of others. Live in my will and you will not be put to shame. I am near to all who suffer on my account. Trust in me and you will see my glory.”

Jesus we trust in you and wait with joyful hope the coming of the Era of Peace, that your kingdom may come and your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us today the strength and humility we need to carry us through our time of testing. Let us not be put to shame but let us always trust in your love and mercy, even when we fail you. Jesus, Beloved, may your name be praised in all the world, and may our lives give you glory! Amen.

 

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75 thoughts on “Always, what I allow is for the greater good of my children…

  1. It gives me great comfort and joy as I read your latest journal inspirational message, Pelianito. It gives me also great joy to lock arms,as you say, with you and all the participants and bloggers on this site and plead the Most Precious Blood of Jesus over all of us, over our families and over all our brothers and sisters scattered all over the world. Let us ask the Sacred Heart of Jesus for solace, for strength and for protection during these present and future trials and difficulties facing us. And may our Blessed Mother, Virgin and Mother of the Church, pray and intercede for all of us to the Father in Heaven. And yes, let us not forget St. Joseph’s powerful intercession as well. Amen. Giovanni.

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    1. Giovanni, it is a great blessing to be able to lock arms with all you steadfast readers of this blog. I have a wonderful image in my mind of us marching forward like a living wall, with Jesus, Mary, and Joseph at the centre, as we sing a song of triumph.

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  2. I like the sound of that “locking arms”. Like a spiritual wall.

    May we remain together in the Immaculate Heart of Mary with the Flame of Love-keeping us firmly steadfast in the Divine Will.

    Jesus we Trust in You!

    Fiat

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  3. Peli I am so happy and blessed to be able to lock arms with you on one side and one on the other to help me stand firm and steadfast . The testing is stronger than we can imagine , when we are weak then we a Are strong in the Lord if we imitate his humity and stillness and acceptance of what is his will and not ours . I couldn’t believe the words this morning I read it over and over all day His WORD is always so timely Glory be to the Father to the Son and to the Holy Spirit

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  4. “Lock arms with those who also wish to remain steadfast” . . . you will know them by the look in their eyes, the calm joy in their hearts and the reassuring smile on their faces. You find them most often at the 6:30 AM (or whatever time at your parish) daily Mass, or every other week in line at confession, or praying the Rosary in the Adoration Chapel.

    We are fellow sailors on the Barque of Saint Peter.

    Just today I ran into one sailor who recently fell overboard right into the ocean of the protestant heresy over a misunderstanding of the role our Blessed Mother plays in salvation history. The Holy Spirit, in spite of all of my flaws and shortcomings, used me to speak directly and truthfully to her and told her that she needs to go talk to a priest right away to get this straightened out and to get back on board “the Barque”.

    God bless all of y’all!

    FD57

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  5. Hallo there, I’ve been hearing about the end times for a long time now, but we are still there and nothing has happened.
    The evil is increasing around us and the human can do whatever they want.
    Of course we keep Faith but you should admit that we started hearing these stories 2 centuries ago when The Blessed Mother started appearing in many place all over Europe.
    He’s near? When? 2017 for Fatima’s celebration?
    Whatever happens stay close my brothers and sisters.

    Have a nice day

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    1. Germana, it is near and already here. Our Lady has been preparing us for 200 years. If you want a better picture of where we are in salvation history, you can do no better than to read Charlie Johnston’s blog. Here is a compilation of the posts that will help you make sense of the times we are in. http://blessedhope.yuku.com/forums/101/OF-SPECIAL-INTEREST-FOR-READERS-OF-CHARLIE-JOHNSTON/OF-SPECIAL-INTEREST-FOR-READERS-OF-CHARLIE-JOHNSTON#.VbjfVl7bK5g

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  6. Yes, locking arms! Like the old Roman phalanx. We need it so much. Here in my neck of the woods we are being tested in so many ways, subtle and not so subtle. Curious thing, I started in earnest praying Luisa Picaretta’s prevenient prayer a few weeks ago and I’ve been trying to think in terms of the Divine Will. Well–all H*** broke loose and I failed miserably this past week. Angry, irritated, hurt….family members all wound up and intense–and I had to almost literally wrestle my human nature to the ground. Sooo hard! The Lord showed me just how weak I am. It took me way too long to forgive and to regain my peace. A real mini storm. Then at lunch with a friend yesterday who ordinarily makes a lot of Hours of Reparation in front of the Blessed Sacrament tells me she’s just so angry–about everything! Nothing’s going right. She’s mad at God. And not surprisingly not too many Holy Hours lately. Sigh.

    Last night, ignoring my discernment of how to proceed with my husband, I launched into a tirade about Planned Parenthood and the horror of what they’re doing only to be given that secular “oh come on be sensible what are you going to do put doctors and women in jail what about a 12 yr old rape victim” etc etc I stormed out of the room, stood at the sink and prayed and realized (or the Holy Spirit gently nudged me)this is not how it’s done. They don’t hear us. They don’t hear us because their intellects are darkened. Only prayer. Only sacrifice. Oh boy. So it’s been a learning curve up here in New England. Very grateful for this message because oh how I needed to hear it. God bless all of you. Shoulder to shoulder friends. 😉

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  7. #Ann,

    With reference to your sharing about anger derailing your prayers, best intentions….. I think that is the great Battle for you. When I hear of end times warnings etc, the great War and all, I tend to imagine an actual war.

    But it might be very different. It might be a spiritual war, a huge one, different for each person. It could be severe depression. It could be anger that clouds and mars prayer time and dulls prayer spirit.

    Peli is spot-on: We are already in it, but it’s going to get tougher – which is why we need the love, prayer and support of other like-minded souls.

    I’m a cradle Catholic but only now, after decades, am I doing the Holy Hour. It’s not much of an hour but I’m trying to wake up 30 mins earlier to quiet myself before God and to pray for others. It’s only been a week that I’ve embarked on this, and already, the exhaustion is pretty bad. So, my friends on this blog, keep me in your prayers too.

    And yes, I too think something is coming.

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  8. I just wanted to say that I smiled when I read the part about locking arms- you see for a while now- I have been praying my protection prayers daily for my family and family tree and all those I feel called to pray for – listing them by name- it gets long but I feel its important- this makes up my “family”- even though some I don’t personally know- well- one day – as a child of the 60’s when kids still entertained themselves with backyard games- I found myself praying- which I continue to this day- that the Guardian angels of all those I pray for to link arms in a Holy Red-Rover- bouncing off evil easily- but stepping aside to let in good- a fortress against evil. etc. You see I remembered how we used to link arms in this game and when we wanted someone on our team- we let them break through easily- but when we wanted them NOT to break through- we usually held on tight and bounced them back!! The Lord uses all our memories to show us what He means- just a smile for today and a confirmation that the Lord speaks to all of us in unity!! God Bless you all!

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  9. Thank you peli for sharing these lovely encouraging words.

    I have been thinking that the little Rosary said after Mass is an additional coming together to pray in unity with others.

    Locking arms is a wonderful expression for unity in spirit.
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    Oh, Don’t forget Sunday 2nd August is the Portiuncular. Go to Confession, receive Holy Eucharist and say a prayer for Holy Father. St. Francis got this gift from Our Lord.

    This gets us a clean slate, or we can ask for the benefits to be applied to a departed soul. Or so I have read.

    Merciful Jesus, I trust in Thee.

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  10. Ann and others,
    Listen to the heroic men and woman who are running for the presidency of the USA. some of them are incredibly powerful in their defense of the unborn. Ben Carson, Rand Paul. Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorini are some of the most dynamic in their respect for life- very much outspoken along with some others. The first debate with the top 10 presidential candidates will be Thursday August 6 at 9 pm eastern standard time on Fox News. Let’s all pray that Our Lady is able to broadcast her holy messages loudly and clearly, starting to effect change in the hearts of Americans.

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  11. I am so happy to lock arms with all in this ‘Family’. JB mentioned calling on the Guardian Angels of those being prayed for, when I am offering Mass for groups of people that I’m praying for that day, whether it be family or young people or neighbours, I ask that their Guardian Angels can come at the end of Mass and scoop up the graces and take them back to their charges. Also thank you Julia for the information for Sunday 2nd August.

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  12. Locked in spirit. Could have used some real arms for support on Sunday when I tumbled into a ravine and landed flat on my back on a boulder. Well, all I could do was laugh and lay there for a bit while looking up at the sky. Guess I was too engrossed in prayer and not paying attention to my next right step which can be tricky in the desert. When I crawled back up to the rim I came face to face with a single deer that apparently came to see if I was o.k. What a wonderful journey this has been! A bit bruised, but renewed in purpose by this post. Hanging on tight, but really the hand that holds on to us will not fail. Jesus, we trust in You!

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  13. I am new to this blog. The messages herein (at least the last few I’ve read) I feel are authentic…..and beautiful, and true! I feel I was lead here there is no doubt. Very happy to have found it!

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  14. I do believe that Our Lord through Our Blessed Mother is ‘gathering their children’ so to speak into groups if even only online. We are definitely being ‘grouped’ together to support, love and pray for one another. For a long time I have been catching bits and pieces of ‘forming communities’ on different sites and have been wondering how this was going to be accomplished, but no need to worry as Our Lord through His Mother will do the ‘gathering’.

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  15. MP glad you’re OK. A week and a half ago I took a tumble down my stairs (all 13) and landed in a heap expecting to have broken something. No deer to offer comfort but miraculously only bruised, no broken bones. Deo Gratias. Kept thanking Him all day long and right up to now. So grateful to be up and mobile.

    J B and Julia I love the idea of asking the Guardian Angels to join us. I have a friend who does this every time she makes a Holy Hour. She asks her Angel to go invite all the souls in heaven and Purgatory related to her in any way, back to the beginning, and all t heir Guardian Angels too. to join in her prayers at the Holy Hour. Pretty powerful!!!

    Welcome, TLM. This is a kind of cyber prayer cenacle. Such a blessing for these times.

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  16. #TLM, A warm welcome to you. I used to feel pretty lonely in my faith, but since I found this blog, I get the sense that “I have found a place for my soul to feed”. Do continue to read the posts. There is so much gentle strength here, a lot of support, no one rough-shodding over others.

    #Ann, thanks for a great Holy Hour idea involving angels. I will do the same immediately.

    Take care of yourselves, God bless all my brothers and sisters on this blog.

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  17. Peli,

    Are your experiences of receiving these words at prayer changing as times become more intense? Does the ‘voice’ (figuratively) become more earnest when speaking of the coming time upon us?

    I have experienced anxiety attacks coming from out of nowhere this summer, lasting days. I would think you would be a particular target of such attacks, surrounding your messages. (Please excuse me if this is too intrusive a question.)

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    1. Mary-Louise the messages have always sounded like my own thoughts, but more profound and usually surprising to me. The “sound” is less of an issue than the messages themselves, which as you see are increasing in intensity. I have been feeling more anxiety lately, but keep trying to pray: Jesus I trust in you. Anxiety is I believe an invitation to pray and grow in trust–an exercise, so to speak. That just came to me right now, so I think the Lord wished to speak it.

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  18. I will be heading to my Holy Hour tomorrow and will remember inviting all the angels and relations to the beginning when I go. Great and powerful idea! Will bring all of you here and your petitions with me.

    Things are getting pretty dynamic in the ole’ USA. Please consider the following that just came through tonight:
    http://www.ourladyofamerica.org/2015_07_30.html

    If the bishops do as Our Lady requested over 50 years ago, the USA will have hearts changing radically and rapidly. It will lead to the changing of the world and the quickening of the Era of Peace internationally…

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  19. Funny you mentioned anxiety Mary-Louise. I felt a lot of it last night and this morning. I haven’t felt that way in a while. Not sure if it’s physical or spiritual but it did help me to reflect and raise my mind up to God. I was not concerned about the anxiety interestingly enough, I just “felt” it. I think prayer helped me not to be concerned. Whatever is going to happen…I should say whatever more will happen, we are asked to pray without ceasing. I think we are a bit jaded here in the north western hemisphere. Things are already falling apart in other places throughout the world. Christians are already being martyred. Recalling this may help us to “lock arms” spiritually with those who are all ready experiencing tremendous trials.
    Perhaps we can all pray and fast for them. Tomorrow, Friday, would be a good day that we could start…at least, that I could start. Perhaps many of you are already doing that? At any rate, let us begin, for we have done little until now.

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    1. That’s one of my favorite quotes from St. Francis, David, which he said on his deathbed at the end of his remarkable life: “Let us begin, brothers, to serve the Lord God, for up until now we have done little or nothing.” Yes, let us lock arms with those who are now bearing the brunt of the storm, placing them in the Flame of Love for safety and protection. I pray especially for the children.

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  20. Hallo folks, please say a little prayer for me because I’ sick and I’m not recovering despite the medicine. Nothing serious but it’s affecting mt life, thanks

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    1. Germana, I place you in the Flame of Love. May our Lady minister to your needs and help you to be well. In the meantime, link your sufferings to the cross for the conversion of sinners and all shall be well.

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  21. David and Peli, I’ll pray along with you. I’m lousy at fasting (blood sugar gets too low), but I’ll try to think of something fun that I can fast from–like spending so much time on the computer.

    Germana, I will pray for your recovery.

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  22. Blessings to all. I, too, have been very anxious and distressed and I agree, it must be an invitation to prayer for there is absolutely nothing else I can seem to do as I watch things continue to implode around us. The lawless one is definitely working overtime right now and attempting to tear down religious beliefs grounded in truth and it seems we have to just sit here and take it. So, I take it to The Blessed Sacrament and place it at the Tabernacle. I can’t even go on facebook right now for I see people I care about forcing agendas down upon us that are contrary to church teachings yet they all continue to call themselves Catholic. Very disturbing. I cannot imagine not feeling a bit anxious in today’s world. Most stories on the news are very disturbing. Definitely need to take the time to “Be Still and Know”. I love the visual of all believers locking arms in a wall of prayer while holding and supporting each other up.

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    1. Let’s also remember to lock arms with those in physical proximity who are trying to remain steadfast. One day we may not have the consolation of meeting here for mutual edification. Now is the time to find out who is around you that you may be able to link arms with for your temporal and spiritual needs and theirs.

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  23. What a beautiful thought Peli. I was just reading back through the posts and saw where you wrote; “Anxiety is a call to prayer.”

    I have read anxiety is a temptation from the satan, and bearing in mind that Our dear Lord sanctified every type of suffering in His own suffering. What a perfect transformation to know anxiety is transformed into ‘a call to prayer.’ How perfect. We can view it as a call to link arms with our suffering Saviour, if anxiety calls to temp us.

    Merciful Jesus, I trust in Thee.

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    1. Julia, yesterday I came across this in the writings of Luisa Piccarreta:

      July 27, 1906

      “This morning, while seeing my adorable Jesus nailed to the Cross, I interiorly questioned myself: ‘What were Jesus’ thoughts in receiving the Cross?’

      “Jesus then said, ‘My daughter, I embraced the Cross as if it were my most dear treasure. This is because in the Cross I gave a dowry to souls; I espoused them to Me. Then, in looking at the Cross–observing its length and width–I took pleasure in it, because I saw in it the sufficient dowries for all my spouses. Moreover, none of them could fear to marry Me, because in my own hands I had the Cross and the price of their dowry.

      “‘For this reason I wed the soul with only one condition: That if she accepts the small gifts that I send to her, meaning the crosses, it is a sign that she accepts Me as her Spouse. The wedding is executed, and I make the donation of a dowry to the soul.

      “‘If on the other hand, the soul does not accept these small gifts, which means she does not resign herself to my Will, it all becomes annulled; and though I want to give her a dowry, I cannot. This is because in order to perform the wedding it is necessary that both parties, the soul and I, be in agreement. So if the soul does not accept my gifts, it means that she does not want to accept my betrothal.'”

      This spoke very strongly to me and made me ever more determined to embrace my crosses for the sake of souls!

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  24. I too have experienced the heavy “anxiety” off and on. It comes especially at night and it feels to me like the very atmosphere is just “off”. I begin to think it is all just too much to bear and yet there is so much more ahead. Despair tries to take hold and then it hits me that this is not of God. Each time my “next right step” is to turn to my framed picture of Jesus in the Divine Mercy and repeat over and over-Jesus I Trust in You. By the time I do that and we have prayed our evening Rosary it is gone.

    I do get the feeling it is an exercise God has allowed us to go through-so that no matter how it looks-how the enemy tempts us-we will know from experience that truly we CAN Trust..we will not be abandoned-we will be strengthened.

    No doubt the more we pray and fast and work to save souls-the more the attacks will come-but perhaps pretty soon-we won’t even notice them:-)

    I also have a prayer I am doing my best to say every day-usually in the morning-it is called Binding Yourself to Jesus Prayer. It is from the Unbound Book and Series. I notice a big difference in “peace” and joy in my heart when I have said it. Some of you may already know it but I will post here just in case.

    BIND YOURSELF TO JESUS – PRAYER
    Heavenly Father, I praise you for all you are and thank you for all that you have given me. You are my Creator and have redeemed me through the Blood of Jesus Christ, your Son, and you have sealed me with the Holy Spirit for the Day of Redemption.

    …Bind yourself to Jesus…
    In Jesus’ Name, I bind my whole person – heart and desires, soul and spirit, body and emotions to the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ; I bind my mind to the Mind that is in Christ Jesus and I bind myself to your highest and best purpose for my life. Father, anoint me and anoint my prayers as I seek your guidance.

    …Repent of your sins and forgive…
    I acknowledge my sins before you, Father, repent and ask forgiveness for my sins and failings. I open my heart, Lord, and receive your forgiveness. I also choose this day to forgive all who have ever offended me, and I choose to forgive myself. In the Name of Jesus, I loose from myself any strongholds of un-forgiveness.
    …Bind and cast out evil spirits…
    In the Name of Jesus Christ, I bind in His Precious Blood and break the power of all evil spirits of the air, earth, fire, water and under the earth. I bind all ministering, generational, and occult spirits and spirits of capital sins in the Precious Blood of Jesus. I command these spirits and any spirits operating through my weaknesses in the Name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit to leave peacefully and quietly and go immediately and directly to the Eucharistic Presence of Jesus Christ in the closest Catholic Church tabernacle to be disposed of by Jesus and never again return to harm me.

    …Come against and reverse curses…
    In the Name of Jesus I come against, cancel, loose from me and reverse all hexes, curses, spells and incantations, programs, or assignments ever perpetrated against me, my family, loved ones, finances, property, possessions and ministry.
    …Cut unclean and unholy bonds…

    Father, heal my negative emotions and the wounds of my heart and spirit. In Jesus’ Name I destroy and loose from me every stronghold against the knowledge of God and obedience to Christ. I take the sword of your Spirit, the Word of God, and in Jesus’ Name, cut and sever all unholy and unclean bonds between me and any other person.

    …Ask for the Holy Spirit…
    Father, fill me completely with your Holy Spirit that I may overflow with your abundant love. Seal me with the same Spirit and anoint me so that guided with His power, I may walk in that which you have purposed for me [ask for specific charisms]. All this I ask in the Name of Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.

    Amen.

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  25. Hi Peli & fellow readers….
    I was struck with this message as well, but what really stood out for me was Jesus’s emphasis on the importance of all of us to remain in humility. “There is strength in humility that cannot be gained in any other way.”
    I have been meaning to recommend this book on humility for a while now, but after reading this latest message I feel compelled to mention the book. It’s called “Humility of Heart” by Fr. Cajetan Mary da Bergamo.
    The book has helped me a great deal in coming to understand myself a little more & realize just how lacking in humility we can be at times.
    I understand you have a special section dedicated to this subject.
    Jesus said: “Learn of Me because I am meek & humble of Heart”.
    God Bless….

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  26. I haven’t been sharing much recently, but for the last week and a half I have been in an unusual place spiritually. A heaviness is hanging over me; it feels like oppression. I pray for an hour before the Eucharist daily, before daily Mass, pray the daily rosary. Like most of you, the anxiety tries to move in. All of this tells me one thing: REMAIN FAITHFUL TO PRAYER. No matter how dry, how conflicted you may feel. I have never had this oppressive experience before. My response has been to meditate deeply on faith and to cling doggedly to prayer. We need to stand shoulder to shoulder, supporting one another in faith and trust. I appreciate so much all of you here, and those who follow Mark Mallet and Charlie Johnston. How richly these blogs have taught us what we need to know to face the times that are upon us. We are a powerful army of little ones, a ragtag remnant so poor that we are filled with His power. Hold on! Above all, cling to the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary–our only refuges.

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  27. Let me share something that will help with the anxiety. Rediscover the Sign of the Cross [see https://soulfoodministries.wordpress.com/?s=sign+of+the+cross%5D
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    As you sign yourself, cross your whole body, throwing yourself into the crucified arms of Love Crucified, your spouse (who has indeed paid your dowry with the little crosses!). Ask Jesus to hold you tightly to his Sacred Heart. Any time you feel begin to feel anxious or afraid, give yourself this mighty hug from the Sacred Heart, wrapping yourself in His loving arms–through a sign of pure faith and trust. Teach your loved ones, especially your children, this practice. Don’t forget that the Sign of the Cross is one of our earliest, most powerful sacramentals.

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    1. Thanks Kathy! God is good to give us the consolation of these blogs to strengthen us. There may come a time when we no longer have them, but let us remember to keep one another in our spiritual territories, and let us all remember that we are never alone, that in Christ, in the Divine Will, we are all present to each other.

      As for the sign of the cross, I remember reading that Our Lady chastised the Fatima children for making small signs of the cross. She told them to make big ones and I have ever since. Thanks for this confirmation!

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  28. Thank you all for your lovely posts. And thank you peli. You hit the nail on the head with your post from Luisa Piccarreta.

    Did you notice Our Lord told Luisa, “‘For this reason I wed the soul with only one condition: That if she ACCEPTS the small gifts that I send to her, meaning the crosses.”

    Now, I am not in the high spiritual league of the WED part of what Our Lord speaks about; but believe we can all embrace the task (cross) planned by God in our lives as long as we resist the temptation to ask in trials and difficulties “why me ?”

    At least this is what I have come to rejoice in. I was never able to grasp the “Offer it up” advice we received in childhood. For in difficulties I found myself wanting to “Chuck it back at the Lord.”

    Now, I find it easy to say when difficulties come, “OK Lord, we will walk this path, until You are ready to change course again.”

    Luisa’s writings are pure gold. Praise be Jesus and Mary.

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    1. Julia and all Fr. Robert Young on Radio Maria has some wonderful podcasts on the Divine Will. Here is an Introduction to the Divine Will: http://radiomaria.us/an-introduction-to-the-divine/ And here are some further programs by him: http://radiomaria.us/willofgod/. His style makes it much easier to understand. I just listened to the July 25, 2015 podcast which gave a wonderful explanation of the Rounds of Creation, Redemption, and Sanctification. I can’t get enough and yet Our Lord told Luisa that he was teaching her in smallish doses so that she could assimilate one teaching before he gave her the next one. We need to be patient. It is a lot to learn and assimilate!

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  29. Dear Peli

    This is a little off-topic, but please bear with me 🙂

    Several years ago I wrote to you about feeling as though I live in a spiritual desert, since the vast majority of the population here (I live in Denmark) either do not believe in God, or have some kind of vague, fuzzy notion of some sort of ‘force’ being out there, but which doesn’t have anything to do with our everyday lives.

    You very kindly sent me an article you had written about those of us who have been placed by God in the outposts in order to be a light in the darkness which surrounds us.

    I’m afraid I can’t remember the exact details, but it was most comforting! Sadly, it got lost along with most of my files when my computer had a meltdown several months ago.

    I wonder if you wouldn’t mind posting the link here so that I can find it again? Perhaps others here would also like to read it.

    Thank you again and again for this wonderful blog. It is truly an oasis!

    God bless you and your family
    marie

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    1. Marie, the topic of souls is never off-topic! I am glad the article was able to offer you hope. Praised be Jesus! Here is the link again: http://pelianito.stblogs.com/files/2011/10/The-gift-of-your-faith.pdf

      I also want to leave you with this excerpt from Catholics Awake by Marino Restrepo. Chapter: Strength through Obedience.

      “Our whole life as Catholics is precisely to do with souls. Not only our own, but the souls of millions and millions of human beings who could be nourished by the short time we expend on this earthly pilgrimage.

      “It is awesome to think that we are able to leave a legacy of spirituality inspired by the Holy Spirit in this short life, a legacy that could help future generations and that could serve as a compass and a map for years to come. This can be a testimony of life whereby anyone can see that an ordinary human being was capable of becoming a great saint simply by obeying the divine Master’s humble lessons and the teachings of the gospel.

      “We can all make a difference, a real one, because we are truly instruments of a perfect plan of God.

      “If we humble ourselves enough, we will fulfill our given mission and something great will be accomplished by our Maker through our simple and insignificant fragile human existence. God uses us, very simple and miserable human creatures, to perform gigantic works.

      “If we would only realize that, we would be perfectly happy already. We would want nothing other than to become an unconditional instrument of God. Such would be the greatest joy.”

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  30. Julia–I remember hearing from the nuns when I was in elementary school about an old friar who used to worry when he didn’t have crosses or sufferings because they were truly a gift from God and not to have them meant that God wasn’t showing you His love. As a child I didn’t really relate but now that I’m old…i get it.

    So often to the saints and mystics Our Lord makes clear that crosses are an invitation to draw very close to Him. I loved the info on making the Sign of the Cross. From now on I’m going to give it a real size not just a puny little gesture!

    Fr. Young is wonderful. I listened last time you mentioned him, Peli and he fired me up to really embrace the Divine Will devotion. And speaking of, because I think it’s related, I’m struck by how many people are suffering temptations to anxiety. That seems to be the dominant spirit prowling around seeking whom he may devour these days. So many friends here who are real prayer warriors are being stopped in the their tracks by so many things that make them anxious. Me too. I do think Kathy AE is right. The answer is getting in front of the Blessed Sacrament in adoration. And constantly renewing one’s union with the Divine Will.

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    1. Ann I recently read also that Our Lord told Luisa that by giving us the Sign of the Cross, the Trinity wanted to impetrate his likeness upon us each time we make it. Wow!

      As for anxiety, here are some messages I received that may help us to fight the temptation to live in its clutches. With an act of the will we must repel it. And there is no more efficacious way than to say, Jesus I trust in you! Pray it till you mean it!

      “Let not anxious thoughts trouble your soul for anxiety is the companion of those with little faith. Do you wish to become one of these once again?”

      “Embrace peace my child. Let no anxiety or turmoil gain a foothold in you, but exude peace. My peace the world neither knows nor understands, but to those who accept this gracious gift from their loving Father, peace becomes a treasure they cling to, a treasure which can only be discarded, never stolen.”

      “Anxiety dwells in the future because I dwell in the present. Live here with me and your anxiety will dissipate like morning fog.”

      “My sweet self-abandoned souls should have nothing like anxiety in them. For my peace is upon them, the peace that comes from believing in my goodness and my power.”

      Anxieties will come my friends, but we don’t have to let them control us. Jesus I trust in you! Save souls!

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  31. Thank you, Peli, I am so glad to have this article again – this time I have saved it AND printed off a hard copy 🙂

    It is simply filled with golden nuggets of wisdom and consolation. So many beautiful images: “we are behind the velvet-lined shield (of our Mother) that no enemy can penetrate” being just one of many.

    Thanks also for those words from Marino Restrepo. What a responsibility we have! Daunting, to say the least, as I am certainly a “pitiful little warrior”, simple and miserable. Dear God, help me to become an unconditional instrument in Your plan.

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  32. “Jesus, take the wheel…”
    *
    I was so touched today when Father Cleo Milano began his homily with this song title, “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” a song recorded by American country music artist Carrie Underwood. Released in October 2005, the ballad tells of a woman, who while driving to Cincinnati on Christmas Eve, hits a patch of black ice. As she is careening out of control, she cries “Jesus, take the wheel.” Seeking help from Jesus in an emergency, she ultimately lets Jesus take control of her life.
    *
    I found the line so powerful, especially in this time of the Storm, when we don’t know when we will strike that patch of black ice and everything will go out of control. What a wonderful prayer: “Jesus, take the wheel.” Abandonment, trust, confidence that He will care for us when we have no idea where to turn, where to go, or what to do.
    *
    Jesus can’t take the wheel unless He is riding with us.

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    1. Yes Kathy, and if we practise letting Jesus take the wheel every day by living in the Divine Will, we will find we are much better prepared when the trials come. Practice makes perfect! 🙂

      Yesterday’s Gospel reading was about Peter losing his faith while walking on the water. It happened the moment he took his eyes off Jesus and began to focus on the storm. If we practise looking at Jesus in every moment of our lives, then when the storm is upon us in full force, we will be less likely to let it distract us. We will be better able to focus on Christ and the “next right step” he wants us to take. We’ll be walking on the water!!! 🙂

      Strollin’ on the Water by Bryan Duncan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8rWwDZH4f8

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  33. I was wondering about the phrase ” do not waver to the right or to the left …” Is this explicitly meant? For example the liberal (left) and traditional ( right ) of the Church … Or politics in general. Or perhaps its just a turn of phrase ..

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    1. Jo I take it to mean that we hold fast to the Truth as found in the teachings of the Church. There are many voices on the right (ultra-conservative) and on the left (ultra-liberal) that are fomenting division. But Christ told us that the gates of hell would not prevail against the Church. So our safety is to stay in the Church. These times were foreseen by God. That is why he gave us a ship to carry us. That ship is being attacked from without and within. Cling to the Truth. Stay the course. Hold steady.

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  34. Thanks for the link to “Strollin’ on the Water”…just great. Kathy AE great analogy about black ice. Many years ago my husband and I were leaving a party and snow had fallen during our visit, leaving the roads very greasy and slippery. We went into this terrible skid–so fast there was no time to think–we were heading for another car and from nowhere (no time to think) I cried out God have mercy, Jesus save us! And our car stopped inches short of the other car. A miracle. Had to be the Holy Spirit praying in me or my Guardian Angel. Jesus was in the car for sure. So even though we don’t even have time to react, we have to know He is still taking the wheel.

    I always think “do not look to the left or look to the right” means just keep your eyes on Jesus. Don’t get distracted. In fact I actually “heard” that once in front of the Blessed Sacrament; “Keep your eyes on Me. Don’t look to the left, don’t look to the right, keep your eyes on Me.” I think there are so many voices out there wanting to pull us one way or the other that it’s easy to get confused. Just got to keep it simple. Keep our eyes on Jesus. (I’m preaching to myself here because I can get distracted and start looking somewhere else if I’m not careful!) BTW just listened to some homilies from Fr. John Hollowell on Youtube. Really lovely direct powerful talks on the FAith.

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  35. Pelianito I meant to say also thank you for the re-quote of the message abut anxiety. It really has no place in a surrendered and consecrated heart does it. “Sufficient unto the day is the trouble thereof”–I was struck by the part that said anxiety is from the future but Jesus is in the Now, this moment. And this present moment is really all we have. It is in the present moment in the Divine Will that Jesus dwells with us. That’s something to meditate on for sure.

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  36. I’ve been blessed by this word. The image that comes to mind is from Exodus 17:

    10 So Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought with Am’alek; and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed; and whenever he lowered his hand, Am’alek prevailed. 12 But Moses’ hands grew weary; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat upon it, and Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; so his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.

    May we thus support one another until Our Lady’s Triumph is accomplished!

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  37. Pel…. Good song …. Gorgeous pics…. But the bike rider is not listening…… Riding on the wrong side of the road!!!! Ha ha …. Down under is the other side

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  38. Dear Everyone,

    I stumbled upon this old hymn recently, and I’m keeping it remind me of where my safe harbor really is:

    Til the Storm Passes By
    by Mosie Lister, 1958

    In the dark of the midnight have I oft hid my face,
    While the storm howls above me and there’s no hiding place,
    ‘Mid the crash of the thunder, Precious LORD, hear my cry;
    Keep me safe ’til the storm passes by.

    Chorus:
    ‘Til the storm passes over,
    ‘Til the thunder sounds no more,
    ‘Til the clouds roll forever from the sky;
    Hold me fast, let me stand in the hollow of Thy hand;
    Keep me safe ’til the storm passes by.

    Many times Satan whispered, ‘There is no need to try;
    For there’s no end of sorrow, there’s no hope by and by;’
    But I know Thou are with me and tomorrow I’ll rise
    Where the storms never darken the skies.

    Chorus:
    ‘Til the storm passes over,
    ‘Til the thunder sounds no more,
    ‘Til the clouds roll forever from the sky;
    Hold me fast, let me stand in the hollow of Thy hand;
    Keep me safe ’til the storm passes by.

    When the long night has ended and the storms come no more,
    Let me stand in Thy presence on that bright, peaceful shore;
    In that land where the tempests never comes, LORD, may I
    Dwell with Thee ’til the storm passes by.

    Chorus:
    ‘Til the storm passes over,
    ‘Til the thunder sounds no more,
    ‘Til the clouds roll forever from the sky;
    Hold me fast, let me stand in the hollow of Thy hand;
    Keep me safe ’til the storm passes by.

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    1. I had an email from Dionna to please pray for Sebastian, 19 months old, who was in a car accident today. He is in critical condition and the doctors are not hopeful. Please pray for a miracle for this little guy, that he not only live bit that he have a complete recovery. Dionna is asking for the intercession of Luisa Piccarreta. Let us also beg her intercession.

      While we are praying, please pray for my friend Paul who has had a bad reaction to chemo and has been near death due to complications. Luisa Piccarreta please beg miracles for these two dear souls. If they both have a miracle we will know it was you who obtained them from our merciful Father. May God’s will be done.

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  39. Dear Peli,
    I’ve been on a prayer-discipline since July, praying for the sick and dying to Our Lady of Lourdes. One of our brethren on this blog recommended that we call upon all the angels and Holy Souls in Purgatory to pray with us. Am doing that. I will pray for healing for both Paul and Sebastian until they are safe.

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  40. Hi Family, just touching base to say howdy do dee 🙂 and to say I’m still here and praying for us to be strengthened during this time before the storm. Let us continue to hold each other’s hands in Prayer and Trust in the Mercy of JESUS The CHRIST.

    Blessings and Love…

    PS: Go before The DIVINE MERCY image daily if not more, look into the eyes of YESHUA (JESUS) and say to Him…”JESUS, I Trust in YOU!”

    aj

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  41. Praying for Sebastian and Paul–through Luisa P’s intercession. Oh Lord hear our prayer, all in union here with your Sacred Heart locking arms…

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  42. Thank you SO Peli-and everyone for praying for Sebastian. Here is an update from his family. PLEASE keep invoking Luisa for a miracle of FULL recovery!

    Praying also for Luisa to do the same for PAUL!
    >
    > Fiat.
    >
    > My friends,
    >
    > We named Sebastian after St. Sebastian, on whose feast day he was due (though he was born a couple weeks before then). St. Sebastian lived during a time of persecution, and he was executed for his faith. But when his friends collected his body for burial, he was alive. They nursed him back to health for a long time. As soon as he was better, he spoke out against the emperor again, and was martyred.
    >
    > We believe we have already experienced a miracle. Sebastian had no signs of life. We had no hope. Then, somehow, he was alive. He IS alive. This is such a gift to us.
    >
    > We cannot know how long he will be with us, and how. But we are praying for a miracle of full recovery, so he can rise from his suffering and grow up and go out in the world to speak the truth to everyone as a strong warrior for Christ.
    >
    > Even so, if he just comes home to us, to live as a saint in our home, that would be a great honor and privilege, too. That is a fine way to celebrate the gift of life as a witness to the love and mercy of God.
    >
    > No matter what, we rejoice in the great gift of his life, moment to moment. This weekend remains moment to moment. His status is fluctuating constantly now.
    >
    > When the attending physician examined him this morning, he was still unresponsive to pain, but his pupils were responsive and he is breathing above the ventilator. She said words that were so good to hear: compared to when he arrived, when we were given no hope of survival, to yesterday, when we were told it was unlikely, she now is able to say that she thinks survival is likely.
    >
    > We rejoiced greatly in that, but she quickly cautioned that he is still extremely critical, things can change in a moment, and most of all, she cannot say what kind of survival it will be, if he does make it.
    >
    > The neurologist was a bit of a downer after that. He said that of the patients he has seen with this degree of oxygen deprivation and cardiac arrest, and then with the kind of activity (or lack thereof) that Sebastian has presented so far, about half do not survive and the other half have catastrophic consequences, with no “meaningful” brain activity or abilities. But he conceded that simple survival is more likely than not at this point, and that his prognosis is a mystery until we can get an MRI.
    >
    > We have told everyone here that we hope and pray and aspire to a full recovery, but that our first priority is survival. If we can have our son home with us, we have a great blessing, treasure, gift from God.
    >
    > We have agreed to some medications and treatments to try to assist his healing process. There have been some uncertain moments, but he is staying pretty stable through everything.
    >
    > I could never thank you all enough for the love you have shown to us. We are so undeserving, so you truly are giving us Christ-like love. This whole situation is so unbearable, but for the grace of God and His love through all of you. Thank you.
    >
    > Please don’t give up. Please pray.
    >
    > Love,
    > Tabitha and family

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    1. Thank you for this update Dionna! Thank you Luisa! Most of all, THANK YOU JESUS! May Luisa continue to intercede for this little soul, for complete and miraculous healing.

      Paul is now on dialysis. We pray also for complete healing for him as well.

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  43. To Dionne and Tabitha and family,
    I will stay at Heaven’s door for you for this pain is all too familiar. And yet, I must say this: How great is your faith.

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