Do not question the Divine plan, but rejoice in it…

Romans 9:22-23 What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience the objects of wrath that are made for destruction; and what if he has done so in order to make known the riches of his glory for the objects of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory.

“Beloved, do not despair, but trust in my mercy. Do not question the Divine plan, but rejoice in it. Depend on it when all seems lost. Take care that you do not unwittingly fight for the wrong side. Be therefore humble, trusting, contrite, willing, abandoned, and joyful. If you could see my glory—even for the briefest instant—your fears would instantly evaporate, never to return. Trust in me. I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

O my Jesus, love, love, glory and love! Help me to love you more, to trust you implicitly, to rejoice in the mysterious Divine plan that is infinitely more glorious than I can imagine. Jesus I trust in you—save souls! Maranatha! May your kingdom come and come quickly! Amen.

This dream from April 2, 2007 came to me today and I think fits in well with this message of hope and trust in God’s plan:

I was looking at a house. It was a big house, but the owner lived only in one room.  The furnishings were very shabby.  I left the room he was living in and was taken on a tour of the house by a mouse.  There were two cats running around – one white, one gray.  At one point, one of the cats came up to the mouse and stroked its back, but almost against its own will.  The house had space for many people, but there was no one to fill it.  It seemed to be waiting.  I asked the Lord what this dream might mean and this is what came to me:  The house is God’s house, the Church.  There is room for a great many people in it but so far only one room is occupied.  The furnishings are shabby because people are giving to God only what they have left-over, almost like the left-overs from a garage sale, the things no one wanted to buy.  About the mouse, I felt the Lord telling me that the house belongs to the humble and lowly who will be served by their enemies, represented by the cats.  There was a sense of expectation – that the house would one day be filled.

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Offer prayers and sacrifices in the Divine Will, and the duration and intensity may yet be lessened…

Hosea 9:2 Threshing-floor and wine vat shall not feed them, and the new wine shall fail them.

“My beloved, see I make all things new. The old ways of sin are passing away. The new ways of righteousness have been conceived and await the hour of birth. The labor will be fierce but do not despair. In due time, joy will make the days of sin a faded memory, a dream that one awakes from and is overjoyed that it is over. Be patient. Pray for strength and KNOW that the labor is finite. Offer prayers and sacrifices in the Divine Will, and the duration and intensity may yet be lessened. Children I am near and I eagerly await our new life together.”

Blessed Trinity of Love, I praise and thank you in the Divine Will in the name of everyone for all you are doing to bring about the kingdom of the Divine Will. In the Divine Will, through the Flame of Love I offer all my prayers and sufferings, as well as every shard of suffering ever endured so that your kingdom may come quickly and that the labor will be of short duration and less intense than we deserve. Jesus, give us strength and hope. We place all our trust in you. Save souls! Amen.

Even if all about you things are falling to ruin, even if hope seems an illusion, be confident in my nearness….

Isaiah 40: 29, 31 He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. […] Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

“My beloved, how weary you are! Do you think that I do not see your weariness? Am I not with you in your weakness? Do not despair, even when I tell you more is coming. But begin today to rely totally on me. I am your strength. My children, even if all about you things are falling to ruin, even if hope seems an illusion, be confident in my nearness. Believe that I am with you—your deliverance is at hand. Just as Pharaoh remained obstinate before Moses, so you see the powers of evil standing firm in their pride. But Pharaoh did not triumph. No, the triumph is reserved for me and for those who remain steadfast in me. Believe, hope, and wait in joyful expectation, for the Triumph is near!”

O my Jesus I thank and praise you for your care of you little servants. You can see our weariness. Help us to drink from the well of your strength and we will be sustained in all things as we wait in joyful hope for the coming triumph. Jesus we trust in you! Amen.

It is at these times of abject dryness that your trust means the most…

Psalm 116:10-11 I kept my faith, even when I said, ‘I am greatly afflicted’; I said in my consternation, ‘Everyone is a liar.’

“My beloved, do not be deceived but cling to me in every trial. Have I not said, ‘A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’ (John 16:16)? Am I gone just because you can no longer see me? Do I cease to exist? Of course not! I AM! Then trust in me. My Church, my Body, is eternal. It can never be separated from me. It may appear to die, but only so that my greater glory may be revealed in it. I have been telling you for many years that there is much to come. I have warned you so that you will not lose faith. Trust in me with an act of the will—whether you feel it or not. It is at these times of abject dryness that your trust means the most. Your prayers of trust at such times shine to all the farthest reaches of heaven, and the Gloriana* rejoices. Ponder this well, my children. You will all be tested. Happy the one whose faith in me remains steadfast. Pray for this grace, my beloved. I will not deny it to anyone who asks.”

O my beloved Jesus! How you care for us! In the Divine Will and as your Eucharistic Agent, I beg for the grace of steadfast faith and enduring trust for myself and all those you have given me to pray for. Help us to always say with the Psalmist: “I kept my faith, even when I said, ‘I am greatly afflicted.’” Jesus I trust in you! Amen.

(*Gloriana: The angels and saints in perfect communion with the Blessed Trinity; the perfect unity of heaven.)

The tongue is an easy tool for the devil and therefore must be guarded with great diligence…

Psalm 69:12 I am the subject of gossip for those who sit in the gate; and the drunkards make songs about me.

“My children, guard your tongues well. Now, more than ever, is it important to measure your words and take every thought captive to Christ. Be deliberate in your speech. Let grace be on your lips. Do not let evil talk or flippant speech issue from your mouth. The tongue is an easy tool for the devil and therefore must be guarded with great diligence. It is far better not to speak than it is to speak rashly or thoughtlessly. Let silence be your prayer and do not rush to fill every silence. Say only what is needed to build others up, taking care not to flatter. Speak with sincerity, honesty, and kindness. If you cannot manage this, it is best to remain silent. There are times when a rebuke is needed, but let it be as gentle as it is honest, measured and weighed to fit the situation. There is much silence in Scripture. Study the silence and you will be given many graces.”

O my Jesus, you were silent before your accusers. Help me to set a guard over my tongue, and to be measured and deliberate in my speech. Hold me in the glorious silence of your embrace—a place of immense majesty where words fail. Jesus I love you! Set a guard over my mouth, that I will speak only and always in the Divine Will. Amen.

 

The trust you build up in smaller trials will serve you well in larger ones…

Jeremiah 12:5 If you have raced with foot-runners and they have wearied you, how will you compete with horses? And if in a safe land you fall down, how will you fare in the thickets of the Jordan?

“My children, if you are being tested now, is it not a great mercy? Is it not to build you up in trust? Why then do you complain so bitterly? Accept with gratitude what the Lord sends, so that when you are more severely tried, you will have a foundation of trust to build on. Persevere, my children. Do not spend time worrying about things that may or may not come. Take the opportunities I give you to build yourself up in trust. For the trust you build up in smaller trials will serve you well in larger ones. Have I not told you that I am with you always—to the end of the age? Believe, hope, trust. Then you will have peace even when things around you are in turmoil.”

O my Jesus, help me to believe, hope and trust in you more! Help me to accept with gratitude the ways you use to build me up in trust. Jesus I trust in you! Amen.

Let neither honey nor venom issue from you, but springs of life-giving water…

Jeremiah 9:8-9 They all speak friendly words to their neighbours, but inwardly are planning to lay an ambush. Shall I not punish them for these things? says the Lord; and shall I not bring retribution on a nation such as this?

“Duplicity, my child! It is a word that describes well this perverse generation. All sweetness on the outside, but all venom on the inside. Woe to those whitewashed tombs! They will be poisoned with their own venom! Can your just God turn a blind eye to their evil intentions and wicked deeds? It is not possible! Justice must have the victory. Children, be patient and trusting. Your Father has not forgotten you. I have carved you on the palm of my hand. Safeguard your integrity, my children. It is a precious treasure and a sure way to imitate me. You are beloved children of the living God, sons and daughters of perfect justice. Let neither honey nor venom issue from you, but springs of life-giving water. Children I am with you and I love you. Shalom.”

Heavenly Father, send forth your Spirit to be our source of life-giving water. Send your holy angels to guard our integrity and show us where we need to plug the holes. Loving savior, grant conversion to those who are filled with venom. Queen of Peace, pray for us! Amen.

The Way of the Cross for Greater Trust

Dear friends, the theme of trust in God has been central in my spiritual walk. Over the years, the Lord has taught me the importance of our absolute trust in Him. The signature at the bottom of the Divine Mercy image is no mere sentiment. It is a prayer given to us that was born of the longing in our Savior’s heart: Jesus I trust in you! Recently I felt called to write a Way of the Cross for Greater Trust, which includes excerpts from my prayer journal. May you be blessed as you journey with Our Lady on the Via Dolorosa, the way of trust.

The Way of the Cross for Greater Trust

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If you do not trust me in small trials, how will your faith survive bigger ones?

Lamentations 3:7-9 He has walled me about so that I cannot escape; he has put heavy chains on me; though I call and cry for help, he shuts out my prayer; he has blocked my ways with hewn stones, he has made my paths crooked.

“Beloved children, be not afraid! There is much more to come, but know and believe that when you feel my presence the least it is then that I am most near. Think of the Crucified One. Think of the darkness of that hour. The disciples were devastated. They could not have perceived the glory that was mere hours away. Remember this, my children. Let it give you hope when you are tempted to despair. Pray always: Jesus I trust in you. It is in the crucible of trial that trust is purified. Trust in me. If you do not trust me in small trials, how will your faith survive bigger ones? I am near to you and I love you. Let your trust in me precede you into heaven. It will pave the road for you and make your path to eternity straight.”

Jesus I trust in you! Help me to trust you always—in small trials and big. You are near. Let us walk as one, united in the Flame of Love. Jesus I trust in you! Amen.

Do not be alarmed when these situations come, but put on the armour of grace and let go a volley of arrows tipped with love and self-sacrifice…

Matthew 5:22 “But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister you will be liable to the council; and if you say, ‘You fool!’ you will be liable to the hell of fire.”

“My children, never has it been more important that you set a guard over your thoughts and words. What you utter has ramifications in the spiritual realm. Remain pure. Do not give the devil a toehold. Words spoken in anger invoke the enemy; words spoken in love, peace, forgiveness, and fellowship drive him away. Always remember who your true enemy is—not the one who has injured you, but the enemy of souls. It is only when you bless your detractors and do good to those who injure you that you truly defeat evil. Then do not be alarmed when these situations come, but put on the armour of grace and let go a volley of arrows tipped with love and self-sacrifice. Yes, these are the weapons most feared by the enemy. Remain steadfast, and pure. Forgive always. Do not focus on what is earthly but focus on defeating the enemy. See all these situations as strategic battles and be glad of the opportunity to defeat the enemy one arrow at a time. Children—love! This is no mere platitude, no sugary sentiment, but a strong weapon in the spiritual battle raging all around. Children—love!”

Jesus, beloved, show us how to love with your own Heart and that of our Mother. We are weak in love, but you are infinitely strong. Therefore we place all our trust in you. Love in us. Tip our arrows with your love. Lord Jesus we surrender to the invincible power of love. Work in us and through us! Save souls! Amen.