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.
Psalm 20:5 May we shout for joy over your victory, and in the name of our God set up our banners.
“Beloved, do not be discouraged. Do you not know that your God has the victory in all things? But more than this, all that they enemy has planned will be used against him. His humiliation will be complete. Therefore, endure bravely whatever comes. Know and believe that all things work for good for those who love God and who are called according to his purpose. (cf Rom 8:28) Whatever you endure with faith, hope, and love, is a great victory, no matter how it looks on the outside. This is how the holy martyrs were able to find joy even in the most severe trial. This is how our Mother endured the shame and agony of watching her holy Son die so painful and ignominious a death. Place all your faith, hope, and trust in me. I am the only one who can satisfy the longings of the human heart. It is time. Let the glory of the Lord shine forth!”
Jesus I trust in you. May your glory be revealed to all people and nations. In your mercy, strengthen our faith, hope, and trust, so that we might be instruments for your glory. May your kingdom come, and come quickly! Amen.
Psalm 9:15 The nations have sunk in the pit that they made; in the net that they hid has their own foot been caught.
“Beloved, there is indeed much more to come. For those people and nations that do not repent of their evil ways, sorrow and woe will fall upon them. They will reap a bitter harvest, exactly what they have sown. But do not despair, my little ones, for unless the sinner feels the pain of his own sin, his chance for repentance lessens. A good parent does not shield his child from consequences, but certainly his vigilance and care for that child increases. When the child returns contrite in spirit, the parent is waiting with arms outstretched. So it is with the great and many sinners of this age. Their bitter harvest will sour their own stomachs. But when they return to me contrite in spirit, I will be waiting with outstretched arms. Pray for their conversion, dear children. Be tireless workers in the sweet harvest of souls.”
Merciful Father, in the Divine Will I offer you all the sufferings of all the saints throughout history, linked to the pure suffering of the Cross, for the conversion of all sinners—individuals and nations. In the Divine Will use all these sufferings, as well as my poor offerings, to fill your crown with the jewels of converted sinners. May our Mother intercede on our behalf. Amen
Joel 1:15 Alas for the day! For the day of the Lord is near, and as destruction from the Almighty it comes.
“Beloved, the labor pains are in full blossom, yet the labor is not over. For just as for a woman nearing the time of giving birth the pains intensify, so too you will see much more in the coming days. Just as a woman has to keep in mind what she is laboring for, so you too should keep in your mind the promised Era of Peace. Crucifixion must come before resurrection. Like the woman, keep breathing, keep praying, and concentrate on the work at hand. All shall be well dear children. I am near.”
Beloved Father of my heart, I love you! In your mercy, keep us from despair as we labor to give birth to your gift of peace. What joy that will bring to us. May your kingdom come and come quickly. Amen.
Matthew 5:11-12 “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
“My beloved, do not imagine that the journey of my faithful ones is so different from the journey of their Lord. On the contrary, I AM the way and all paths lead through the cross. Remember, my children, that each cross is tailored to the soul. Each is unique, as unique as the soul that bears it. The only similarity in all crosses is that I am with you all in your passion. You need only turn to me and all the strength I had in my passion will be made available to you. This is especially true when one is being persecuted for my sake. Would I abandon that poor soul? Would not the Father see me when he looks at him? When I say that your reward will be great in heaven, do not imagine that I am being trite. Those who suffer on my behalf will be eternally grateful for what that suffering has purchased for them. Indeed, it will seem a far greater reward than the soul feels he deserved for it. In comparison, the trial will seem a small thing—even a large trial. My children, you cannot possibly imagine with what magnanimity your infinitely generous God can act. Be therefore consoled. All that happens in this life is as a passing shadow, over in the blink of an eye. Endure all with faith, fortitude, and great trust. I am with you through it all. Shalom.”
O my Jesus, help me not to get caught up in my daily trials, big or small, but help me to link all trials to the cross so that I may in some way participate in your redemptive act. O Jesus, in your mercy, give me grace, faith, fortitude and ever-greater trust, that I might endure all trials with great love for your glory. I love you Jesus! Amen.
Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
Blessed Mother: “Dearest children, have I not counted every tear that falls from your eyes? Am I not your Mother? Who would comfort you if not your Mother? My Son has given me the special privilege of comforting those who mourn. He desired that you, my children, would receive from me the same comforts he received in his time on earth. You do not know what transpired between us in our earthly time together. Even our sorrow was an unending exchange of love and joy. My children, in your sorrow, enter into that holy exchange of love and joy. This is a tremendous grace my Son desires for you. Embrace it and have no fear. We are with you, dear children, with our love and joy. Be at peace.”
O beloved Mother, what comfort! What Joy! What grace! Thank you Jesus for this amazing gift. In the Divine Will I enter into the never-ending exchange of love and joy between you and our Mother, so that my joy may be complete, even in times of sorrow. Thank you, Jesus! Thank you Mother! I love you!
(Note: As I finished recording this message, it occurred to me that I did receive this very grace when my son died of a chronic illness in 1985, one week before his 9th birthday. At that time, I remember feeling profound sorrow, but along with it profound, holy joy. The sorrow and grief were still there, but the overriding joy was just as palpable. One year before my son died, I felt called to begin praying the rosary daily. This was undoubtedly what got me through that time of deep sorrow. Our Mother is so near! Let us continue to cling to her, dear friends. We are unimaginably blessed in the gift of our Mother. Thank you Jesus!)