Dear friends and fellow sojourners to the Heavenly Homeland,
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Phil 1:2)
It recently occurred to me that this Advent marks 20 years since I first began hearing the Lord speaking to my heart. It was in the summer of 1997—the year our Holy Father St. John Paul II had dedicated to the Second Person of the Trinity, Our Lord Jesus Christ—that I prayed for a deeper relationship with Jesus. During that Advent I decided to spend time alone with Jesus in the Tabernacle. From the first visit that Advent, Our Lord graced me by pouring His love into my heart and speaking to me His words of love, encouragement, and correction. Those early experiences were overwhelming to say the least. I had many confirmations of my ministry in those early days, most notably my gold leaf (see my blog page titled “The Real Presence”). Over time, the sensible feelings faded and these days I walk in this gift by faith and not by sight, so to speak.
I look back over these 20 years of grace with abject humility at what Our Merciful Lord has been able to accomplish through this unworthy sinner. Like St. Paul I can only boast of my weakness—if I did not have so much to learn, I would not have so much to share! If I had not made so many mistakes and missteps I would not have this collection of loving corrections that have guided me and my readers and set us back on the right path. God is so good! As it has often been said, He writes straight with crooked lines.
So, I want to express my gratitude to God, in the Divine Will, through the Flame of Love, for all He has done for me and for all those who have been helped through this little ministry. In the beautiful words of St. Paul to the Philippians I pray for all my fellow sojourners: “I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.” (Phil 1:3-6)
May his holy Will be adored in our hearts and lived in our lives. May His kingdom come and come quickly! Amen.