Often it is drudgery that wins great graces for the world…

Hebrews 11:39-40 Yet all these (holy men and women of faith), though they were commended for their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better so that they would not, without us, be made perfect.

“My beloved, all people of faith have a role to play in salvation history and all who are faithful to their role will be sharers in the collective glory when Christ’s glory is revealed. Be not afraid of what is asked of you and do not fear the terrors that surround you. Know and believe that you were made for these times, and that all I ask of you is to fulfill your daily duty. Some are asked to suffer more than others, but those blessed souls are showered with the graces needed, if they will only receive them.* The more souls co-operate with grace, the nearer draws the kingdom. Discern your role and do not discount the lowly, mundane, or humble role. Often it is drudgery that wins great graces for the world. Only take care to offer everything to me, in the Divine Will through the Flame of Love, and more will be accomplished than you can imagine. Children, be not afraid, but give me all. I am near and I love you.”

(*I had an image of turning my umbrella upside down to catch the graces!)

O merciful Father, beloved of my heart, in the Divine Will, through the Flame of Love, I offer you my every moment, waking or sleeping, in recreation or drudgery, comfort or suffering, joy or sorrow, for the conversion of souls and for your kingdom to come. I accept every gift and grace it pleases you to give me, most especially the gift of living in the Divine Will. May your glory be known and may your love be praised and glorified by all your children. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we thank you for your fiats of creation, redemption and sanctification. May your kingdom come and come quickly. Amen.

Dream…

Dream: Last night I had a dream about a young woman who was walking at the top of a big hydro dam and somehow slipped and was falling down the wet concrete to the thundering waters below. A young strong man also fell but manage to save himself. After a second, he made the decision to plunge down after her in order to try to save her. Miraculously he reached her and they both ended up being caught on a branch or ledge. The strong young man pulled the young woman up behind him struggling to get them both to safety. Instead of being helpful and grateful, the young woman was berating him the whole time saying things like, “I would have been fine. I didn’t need you to rescue me. Why didn’t you mind your own business?” Once the young man saw that they had made it to a place of relative safety, and seeing that his presence was a thorn in her side, he parted ways with her, making sure she was in a place where she could make it the rest of the way on her own. He placed her in a little stream that was emptying into the dam and told her to go upstream with her mother who was there and make her own way to safety. Then he left. Even though the stream was not deep or fast, they had trouble going upstream. They came to a bend in the stream and another young man appeared. It was the young woman’s “new boyfriend”. Even though she not in serious jeopardy, he was not able to help her out of the stream and offered to go for help. The young woman screamed, “NO! Stay! You can never leave me!” She reached for his hand. He was very happy to be so needed. Neither one seemed aware that this situation was not getting them anywhere. Neither one really even acknowledged the mother who was there the whole time.

I have been pondering this dream today. I feel the young woman represents so many people who place their souls in grave danger and when Our Lord offers his miraculous help through the sacraments, the church, the singular graces of the age such as Divine Mercy, Divine Will, and Flame of Love, they are roundly rejected. “I don’t need your help! I can save myself!” It is the height of pride and ingratitude. So, the good and gentle God who has risked all to save the poor soul, leaves sadly, out of respect for that one’s free will, appointing his Mother to be her faithful companion. No matter how much the soul struggles, however, she will not go to her Mother for help. Ah, but this “new boyfriend”, this shiny idol in her life, this new age religion, these occult practices, these thoughts, ideas, and notions, these she clings to with all her might, even though these idols have no power to save.

The ingratitude of the young woman was very stark in the dream. As divine providence would have it, Anthony Mullen’s blog post on March 26 was on the topic of gratitude, and its necessity in the devout life. Anthony’s blog is called The Divine Antidote, https://divineantidote.wordpress.com and I would encourage you to subscribe to if you haven’t already. I have found his messages to be a tremendous aid in the spiritual life. I asked Anthony if I could re-post that message here and he has given permission.

May God grant us all the grace of a grateful, humble heart, open to his loving care and his saving help. Jesus, Mary, Joseph, we love you. Save souls!

Praise and Thanksgiving Increase the Gifts and Discernment of Inspirations of the Holy Spirit

Posted on March 26, 2017      by Anthony Mullen      

(I felt a strong inspiration to remind us as we hit the halfway point of Lent that what follows below is the main reason why we don’t make the spiritual progress we so desire. Take note especially of what St. Therese has to say on thanksgiving). 

We know from our Faith that God will grant us the Grace to respond to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit for our sanctification, but only if we truly love God and correspond with the effort of our free will to His Grace. St. Frances de Sales, Doctor of the Church, states: “…if we do not resist God’s Grace, He gives each of us the inspirations we need in order to live, act and maintain ourselves in the spiritual life.” It is the Gifts of the Holy Spirit placed in our soul at Baptism and strengthened at our Confirmation and further strengthened with each worthy Holy Communion, which allow us to hear and respond consistently to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit.  St. Thomas Aquinas, the great Doctor of the Church, states that the Gifts of the Holy Spirit “prepare the soul to follow promptly the impulse of Divine inspiration.”  So, since the Gifts and Virtues of the Holy Spirit are essential to our growth in holiness, it is a matter of the greatest importance that we learn and practice all we can about the Gifts and how they open our faculties to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit. But how do we activate and grow the Gifts of the Holy Spirit? 

Our guide in this matter, Fr. Jacques Philippe, from “In the School of the Holy Spirit”, explains that the main reason that we do not receive the necessary Grace is: WE FAIL TO THANK GOD FOR THE GRACES HE HAS ALREADY GIVEN TO US (emphasis added). He quotes St. Therese of Lisieux, another Doctor of the Church: “What most draws down graces from our dear Lord is gratitude, for if we thank Him for a gift, He hastens to give us ten more, and if we thank Him again with the same sincerity, what an incalculable multiplication of graces!  I have experienced this; try it and see.” 

Fr. Jacques asks us to see and understand that our subtle ingratitude, our failure to recognize our nothingness and that everything…every single thing we have is Grace…pure Gift…is indeed what stifles Grace, especially since we do not consistently thank God for all the blessings and benefits of each moment of each day and simply take them for granted (our Faith, Hope, Love, talents, skills, parents, country, occupation, house, food). Why is it that we are one of every three people in the world who believes in Christ?  Why are we not in the two of every three people who do not know or believe in Christ?  Why is it that we are a Catholic and not a Protestant?  How is it that we know and believe in the Most Blessed Sacrament? How is it that we are in the 1% of all people who actually can and do take advantage of this Gift of all Gifts on a daily basis?  How is it that we were chosen to know and receive the Extraordinary Flame of Love Grace?  All is Pure Gift of an All-Loving, Infinite God!  All we have is a gratuitous Gift!  Yet, we take these incredible Gifts of God for granted…or certainly we do not thank God often and profusely for these incredible Gifts of His Love. 

So, what must we do? We must change by begging for more Grace to be truly thankful each day and seek to practice praise and thanksgiving each day throughout the day, especially with formal prayers of praise and thanksgiving added to our daily prayer time; and with short bursts of praise and thanksgiving throughout the day….”Lord, I praise and thank you for everything You have given me!”  Next, we must give more time and effort devoted to praising and thanking God from our free time.  Worthily attending daily Mass with Holy Communion is the greatest way to thank and praise God!  If we are already doing that…then making a Holy Hour each week would be the next gift of praise and thanksgiving!  We must continue to give God more of our free time, which is now wasted on foolish things like TV, Internet and too much talking and entertainment.  Instead, we must use this wasted time to especially praise Him and thank Him for the Graces we have received.

Once we become consistent at this praise and thanksgiving, we will begin to see and feel new Graces bestowed and we will begin to be more patient and docile in listening for the inspirations of the Holy Spirit at each moment of the day. We will then find we are growing closer to God and beginning to act more like His Mother and He would act in each situation of the day.  We will see our bad habits and laziness begin to change!  Come Holy Spirit, come into my daily life in a new and more powerful way with Your Gifts, and let me hear and act on all Your inspirations, so I may be Holy as You are Holy for Your Glory and the salvation of souls!  I praise and thank You for all the Graces I have ever received and will ever receive! Please, I beg You to do this through the power of the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary!  By trusting in our Mother and taking and living the Flame of Love Grace, this process of gratitude for Grace is accelerated and made much more secure!  She is the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, Mediatrix of all Grace and Mother of perfect thanksgiving!  Fiat!

Do you see how so many of my children no longer speak the language of their Creator?

Nehemiah 13:23-24 In those days also I saw Jews who had married women of Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab; and half of their children spoke the language of Ashdod, and they could not speak the language of Judah, but spoke the language of various peoples.

“My child, do you see how so many of my children no longer speak the language of their Creator? They have mingled with the enemy and have fallen for his lies. They do not even know enough to grieve over what they have lost. But I grieve. Each one is as dear to me as an only child. I mean to call each one back, to teach them once again the language of eternal love, to tune their ears to my voice, to have them yearn for me as I yearn for them. My people—pray! Without prayer to soften the soil of their hearts, they will not return to me. Do not let anyone be lost for lack of prayer. In the Divine Will expand your territory. Wherever you are, ask me to include those around you in your territory of souls. Place them in the Flame of Love. So many great graces are available to you. You have no idea how much you can accomplish by co-operating with grace. Delay no longer! Find ways to pray better. Find ways to offer your every moment to me for the sake of souls. If you understood the importance of this, you would stop at nothing. Sanctify your daily duty by offering it to me. O my children, the time is very short indeed! Give me souls!”

Beloved Father of my heart, I offer you anew, in the Divine Will, my every thought, word, and deed, my every breath, heartbeat, and movement. Any which are unworthy to be offered, I re-do in the Divine Will to make them perfect. I offer all to you through the Flame of Love in the name of everyone from Adam to the last man, for the salvation of a great many souls, especially all those in my spiritual territory, so that your kingdom my come and come quickly! Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus! Save souls! Amen.

(A reader shared this confirmation, a YouTube video by Fr. Mark Goring: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GZELXLxAdU)

If they do not recognize their own sinfulness, how can they repent?

Matthew 3:5 Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

“Oh my beloved, how I long for the day when my children will enter into the ocean of my mercy with humble, contrite hearts. Pray unceasingly for this. There are many who do not acknowledge the existence of sin. If they do not recognize their own sinfulness, how can they repent? How can they understand their abject need for mercy? If they will not come to the waters of forgiveness, how can they be saved? My child, this is a grave situation. Many, many souls are in grave danger. During this Year of Mercy and especially during this holy season of Lent, let your fasting and prayer be for sinners. Be an agent of mercy. With your prayers, immerse these poor souls in the fountain of mercy that gushed from my side. Do not let my mercy go un-accessed. Be the one to pray unceasingly for souls. Children, the days of mercy will one day draw to a close. Use all the tools I have given you to immerse poor sinners in my mercy. Children, there is so little time.”

O my Jesus, merciful Savior, in the Divine Will I immerse all sinners through the Flame of Love in the ocean of your mercy. I ask that through this Lent you will use my poor offerings to best advantage. So I offer them to you in the Divine Will through the Flame of Love of our Immaculate Mother. Save souls, O Merciful one! Save souls! Amen.

An image of the unfathomable Divine Mercy…

At contemplative prayer before the Blessed Sacrament I was given the following image. I was with the Lord on a boat which floated in the middle of the Ocean of Divine Mercy. I felt he wanted me to throw overboard each sinner on the boat and that a weight was tied to each of them corresponding to the weight of their sins. As I threw the first person over, I could see that the farther he sank in the Ocean, the more the weight of his sin was dissolved. Not only that, but the soul was literally drowned by the mercy of God, so that it infused every pore of his being and the soul became mercy! At one point the weight was completely dissolved and soul began to rise again. Having been transformed into mercy, he shot to the surface like a beach ball that has been held underwater and sailed into the air. It seemed to me that the deeper the soul had gone due to the weight of its sin, the higher it flew once freed.

This image has given me great hope. Like a mother bird tossing the fledglings from the nest, let us immerse all those in our spiritual territory in the Ocean of Mercy.

Lord Jesus, how great and unfathomable is your mercy! In the Divine Will, give us souls to toss into the bottomless depths of your mercy, that all souls will be able and willing to glorify your holy Name. Praise you Jesus! Thank you Jesus! Jesus we trust in you! Save souls!

Once the idols are shattered, my Spirit will once again go out over the formless void and renew the face of the earth…

Jeremiah 19:11 Thus says the Lord of hosts: So will I break this people and this city, as one breaks a potter’s vessel, so that it can never be mended. In Topheth they shall bury until there is no more room to bury.

“My children, do you think I take delight in sorrow and woe? Do you think I am edified by my people’s suffering? No, my delight would be in their conversion, my edification in their contrition. But this people has rejected my messengers. Once again, my Son is crucified and vilified. Yes, I mean to shatter them, but only so that what they cling to—all their idols—will be seen for what they are—shams, counterfeits, vapor. Once the idols are shattered, my Spirit will once again go out over the formless void and renew the face of the earth. My children, do you see how this must be? Fly to me, my little ones! Show me your humble, contrite hearts. Console me and help me in my work of renewal. I am looking for willing workers. There is much to be done in the glorious work of salvation. It is an honor to be asked to participate in this great work. Do you see that? Are you willing? Children come to me!”

Abba, Father, we are your children, contrite, penitent. We come to you in humble service. If you can use our poor efforts in the work of salvation, then do not delay, but use the little we offer magnified in the Flame of Love. In the Divine Will accomplish in us what we ourselves are incapable of accomplishing. In you all things are possible. Here I am Lord, I come to live in your holy will—save souls! Amen.

Pray for those who have been deceived, that they will not become obstinate, but will repent and turn to the God of truth and mercy…

2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 …they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion, leading them to believe what is false, so that all who have not believed the truth but took pleasure in unrighteousness will be condemned.

“My beloved children do you see how this Scripture is fulfilled in your day? They have sought falsehood and despised truth. Then the idol they worship will be their judge and executioner if they do not repent. Those especially who take pleasure in unrighteousness, who call evil good and who celebrate it, persecuting the ones who love truth, those wicked souls who do not repent will write their own end. Their condemnation will issue from their own lips. My children, the Spirit of Truth must be sought by you above all else. Find it in the Holy Will of God in each moment, and learn about it through the teachings of the Church. Immerse yourself in Scripture. Be a holy sign of the beauty of God’s holy truth. Children, pray for those who have been deceived, that they will not become obstinate, but will repent and turn to the God of truth and mercy.”

Heavenly Father, I pray for all those who have been deceived, especially those who take pleasure in unrighteousness. Shine your holy light of truth into their hearts and let them fall into the ocean of your mercy. Do not let them become obstinate but let them turn to you with contrite hearts. We ask these prayers in the Divine Will through the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Jesus we trust in you—save souls!

Your sacrifices mean so much right now that I will multiply their effect on the souls you are praying for…

Ezekiel 2:9-10 I looked, and a hand was stretched out to me, and a written scroll was in it. He spread it before me; it had writing on the front and on the back, and written on it were words of lamentation and mourning and woe.

“My children, do not fear what is to come and what is already here. I have been warning you, calling all to repentance. Now the time is at hand when all will know the awesome power of God. Their idols will be smashed one by one. There will be a loneliness on earth that has never before been felt on such a grand scale. This will be the loneliness of a soul bereft of its idols. But it is in that loneliness that I will act to show each soul the futility of life apart from me. When they have nothing left, it will be their final opportunity to turn to me. Many will do so, but there are also many who will be lost. Do not let up on your prayers. Your sacrifices mean so much right now that I will multiply their effect on the souls you are praying for. Do not take this gift lightly my children. Offer your prayers and sacrifices with great confidence for I mean to use you in new ways to conquer the immense territory of souls in need of conversion. Children pray!”

Beloved Father of my heart, your unimaginable mercy is such a gift to us. In the Divine Will accept all my prayers and sacrifices, especially my Flame of Love prayers, to advance the cause you have mentioned—the salvation of souls. I offer all to you in the Holy Name of Jesus, the Beloved, through the Flame of Love. Holy Mary, Mother of God, spread the effect of grace of thy Flame of Love over all of humanity now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Spend more effort on changing yourself and you will see how your growth in goodness and virtue has an effect on others…

1 Corinthians 7:14 For the unbelieving husband is made holy through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy through her husband.

“My children do not be afraid, but concentrate on your own growth in holiness. The more you grow in holiness, the more souls you will participate in saving. This is especially true with spouses. Where one is holy, the other reaps the benefit as well. For are they not one body? Do not despair but place your hope in me. Spend more effort on changing yourself and you will see how your growth in goodness and virtue has an effect on others.”

Beloved Jesus, I thank you for these words of encouragement and hope. Help me to strive always to grow in holiness, that I might become leaven for those around me. May your light shine through me unimpeded by my sin. Jesus I trust in you! Amen.

(Note from Pelianito: I just want to clarify that our Lord does NOT want us to remain in an abusive situation. It is better to help save one’s spouse from a safe distance if there is abuse involved. My heart goes out to all who are in such a situation and I urge you to get help. You are all in my prayers.)

Your prayers can make all the difference for the lost…

Acts 3:19-21 Repent, therefore and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out, so that the times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; and that he may send the Messiah appointed for you, that is, Jesus, who must remain in heaven until the time of universal restoration, that God announced long ago through his holy prophets.

“Beloved, how I long to restore what is mine! To take back what the enemy, the thief and the liar, has taken by subterfuge, unlawfully, with stealth, cunning, and pure malice. So many souls have been seduced, tricked, stolen. Others, many others, have gone willingly, rejecting the Lord of Love, though they knew of his works of mercy and compassion. My children, pray for these souls most of all. Your prayers can make all the difference for the lost. For your sake, I will continue to shower graces upon them, breaking down their stony hearts one grain at a time. Believe in my mercy. Believe that I can use you. I do this through no merit of your own, but through your willingness to be an instrument of mercy, through the Blood of Christ. Souls, my children! Give me souls!”

O my Jesus, I praise your infinite mercy and ask you to use me as you wish to win souls for the kingdom through your most Precious Blood. Jesus, beloved, I trust in you and not in myself. I enter into the holy wound at your side and bring with me all those you have given me to pray for, most especially the most hardened sinners. Amen.