I feel I owe my readers an explanation of why I have embraced the Flame of Love devotion and why I am promoting it—perhaps above other solid devotions that have come to my attention. I must admit that I first heard about this devotion in 2010 and that it took a not-so-gentle nudge from Our Lady four years later to get me to take it seriously!
Why are you promoting the Flame of Love devotion as given to Elizabeth Kindelmann?
Recently I asked our Mother for a certain favor. Then, at morning Mass I asked her what she would like in return. Immediately I felt these words in my heart: “Spread devotion to my Immaculate Heart to the whole world,” and then, “Elizabeth Kindelmann”.
As I said, I had heard of Elizabeth Kindelmann before, but after this experience, I felt compelled to find out all I could. Elizabeth was a Hungarian mother of six who received locutions from Jesus and Mary from 1961-1982. She died in 1985. Before her death she recorded her Spiritual Diary which received the Imprimatur of Cardinal Peter Erdö in 2009, authorizing the publication and propagation of the messages. It has also received Imprimaturs from Bishops in Mexico, Costa Rica, Peru, and the United States.Through Elizabeth Kindelmann, the Virgin Mary placed into our hands a new means to BLIND Satan: the Flame of Love of Her Immaculate Heart. She told Elizabeth:
“You must strive to participate in the blinding of Satan! I need you, individually as well as collectively. Any delay must be ruled out, for Satan will be blinded to the extent of your participation…
“This is a grave responsibility. But your effort will not be in vain. If the whole world is united to Me, the soft light of My Flame of Love will then burn and set the globe aflame. Satan will be humiliated and made incapable of using his power any longer, provided this time of preparation is not indefinitely prolonged! No, do not prolong it! Do not procrastinate in response to My holy requests!”
“My daughter, I am providing you with so powerful a grace: the burning Flame of Love from My Heart, that has never before been offered as it is now. Ever since the Word became Flesh, I have not undertaken a greater movement than the Flame of Love from My Heart who rushes to you. Till now, nothing could blind Satan as much. And it is up to you not to reject it, for this rejection would simply spell disaster.”
The method for blinding Satan is quite simple. Any time we pray the Rosary, we are to add a special supplication to each Hail Mary as follows:
“Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee, blessed are Thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of Thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, spread the effect of grace of Thy Flame of Love over all of humanity, now and at the hour of our death. Amen. “With this prayer, you will blind Satan.”
The Diary also tells of the importance of the Mass, of fasting, and of offering our daily works in this mission of the Flame of Love.
The more I read the Diary, the more the Flame grew in my heart, and the more it confirmed for me a great many of the messages I had been given through my own prayer journal.
I feel that one of the points in Elizabeth Kindelmann’s favour is all that she suffered for the sake of the Flame of Love. Her life before receiving the locutions was unbelievably hard, and then at a time in her life when she could have been taking some ease, the Lord and His Mother began to speak to her the Flame of Love and asked her to suffer and sacrifice for it. She accepted and to her death lived a life of patient penance and suffering. Her martyrdom was invisible but very real.
Isn’t this a private revelation? Why should I follow it above other private revelations?
This devotion is based on private revelation and to be sure the Church does not oblige us to believe in even approved private revelation, such as those at Lourdes or Fatima. Regarding private revelation, the Catechism states (my emphasis in bold):
66 The Christian economy, therefore, since it is the new and definitive Covenant, will never pass away; and no new public revelation is to be expected before the glorious manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ.”28 Yet even if Revelation is already complete, it has not been made completely explicit; it remains for Christian faith gradually to grasp its full significance over the course of the centuries.
67 Throughout the ages, there have been so-called “private” revelations, some of which have been recognized by the authority of the Church. They do not belong, however, to the deposit of faith. It is not their role to improve or complete Christ’s definitive Revelation, but to help live more fully by it in a certain period of history. Guided by the Magisterium of the Church, the sensus fidelium knows how to discern and welcome in these revelations whatever constitutes an authentic call of Christ or his saints to the Church.
In all ages it is important to read the signs of the times, to watch and pray. So even though the Church does not oblige us to believe in private revelations, there are times when it seems absolutely prudent. Anyone who does follow the Church-approved apparitions of Our Lady beginning with those to Catherine Labouré in 1830 through to the present day, may see Our Lady as the new John the Baptist calling the world to repentance, warning us of the consequences of our sins and exhorting us to do penance for the salvation of souls.
Father Gabriel Róna, S.J. (International Spiritual Advisor of The Flame of Love Movement from August 2008 to August 2012) explains the progression: “For the revelations of the Marian era started in Paris in 1830 with the apparition of the Virgin Mary to Saint Catherine Labouré and continued with La Salette, Lourdes, Fatima, and we believe humbly that by the Flame of Love, they constitute a progressive revelation and each time deeper of the mission of the Mother of God and of the mystery of her Immaculate Heart.”
Jesus told St. Faustina that we are living in the days of mercy that precede the Day of Judgment. Something is definitely afoot in the spiritual realm in our day. Heaven is visiting earth in unprecedented ways. That Our Lady is soiling her pure feet to visit the earth once again is a very great sacrifice of love on her part, and a very great mercy for us. She continues to offer us ways to mitigate the dire consequences that sin has purchased for the world, ways which greatly have to do with atonement to the much-wounded Heart of Jesus. In the words of Our Lady of Lourdes, reiterated by the angel at Fatima: “Penance! Penance! Penance!”
Adding words to the Rosary is a BIG DEAL. So, is this the end of the rosary? The Hail Mary as we all learned it?
Elizabeth Kindelmann’s own Bishop asked the question: Why? Here is an excerpt from www.theflameoflove.org:
The bishop asked Elizabeth: “Why should we recite the very old Ave Maria differently?”On February 2, 1982, the Lord answered: “It is exclusively thanks to the effective petitions of the Blessed Virgin that the Most Holy Trinity granted the overflowing of the Flame of Love. By it, ask in the prayer with which you greet My Most Holy Mother: “spread the effect of grace of Thy Flame of Love over all of humanity, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.” So that, by its action, humanity is converted.”
The Most Blessed Virgin added: “I do not want to change the prayer by which you honour me; by this petition, I want rather to shake humanity. This is not a new prayer formula; it must be a constant petition.” (Spiritual Diary, October 1962)
The Rosary itself falls under the category of private revelation since it was given by Our Lady to St. Dominic. Can Mary not now, with the extraordinary rise of evil in our day, give us a new and more powerful way to defeat it—a way to BLIND Satan? For St. Paul tells us, “Where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more.” (Rom 5:20) The Rosary was given to St. Dominic in a time when Satan was restrained. Now the restrainer has been lifted, but we are not left orphaned. We are given a new, more powerful spiritual weapon with which to defeat him.
What exactly is the Flame of Love?
Elizabeth once asked Jesus and Mary what exactly is the “Flame of Love”. Jesus responded: “My Mother’s Flame of Love is for you what the Noah’s Ark was for Noah.” And the Blessed Virgin Mary added: “The Flame of Love of My Immaculate Heart is Jesus Christ Himself!”
I believe the importance of this devotion in our day cannot be overstated. Our Lady spoke of a coming tribulation (which undoubtedly has already begun) and an illumination:
The Virgin Mary: “This Flame of Graces coming from My Immaculate Heart must go from heart to heart. It will be the Great Miracle whose Light will blind Satan. It is the Fire of Love and of the Union. We shall fight fire with fire: the fire of hate with the Fire of Love! I obtained this Grace from the Eternal Father on your behalf by virtue of the Five Blessed Wounds of My Divine Son.”
“In the tribulation that is about to begin, I will remain with you. I am your Mother. I can and will help you. Soon, you will see My Flame of Love gushing forth everywhere, illuminating the heavens, the earth, and even darkened and slumbering souls. But what sorrow it is for Me to have to watch so many of My children throw themselves into Hell!”
“He spoke to me at length about the time of grace and the Spirit of Love quite comparable to the first Pentecost, flooding the earth with its power. That will be the great miracle drawing the attention of all humanity. All that is the effusion of the effect of grace of the Blessed Virgin’s Flame of Love.
“The earth has been covered in darkness because of the lack of faith in the soul of humanity and therefore will experience a great jolt. Following that, people will believe. This jolt, by the power of faith, will create a new world. Through the Flame of Love of the Blessed Virgin, faith will take root in souls, and the face of the earth will be renewed, because ‘nothing like it has happened ever since the Word become Flesh.’ The Renewal of the earth, although flooded with sufferings, will come about by the power of intercession of the Blessed Virgin.”
What does it mean that Satan is “blinded”?
In this excerpt, Our Lady allowed Elizabeth to see what were the effects of her prayers and sacrifices in the spiritual realm.
“(Mary) permitted me to feel in a wonderful way the effects of grace of her Flame of Love which, at that moment, were felt not just by me, but by all the souls in the country. Then she began to speak.
“Mary: ‘Now, Satan has been blinded for some hours and has ceased dominating souls. Lust is the sin making so many victims. Because Satan is now powerless and blind, the evil spirits are set and inert, as if they have fallen into lethargy. They do not understand what is happening. Satan has stopped giving them orders. Consequently, souls are freed from the domination of the Evil One and are making sound resolutions. Once those millions of souls emerge from this event, they will be much stronger in their resolve to stay firm.’”
Why are Jesus and Mary asking this of us?
The Lord is honouring us by allowing us to participate in His work of redemption. Our Beloved Mother does not want to lose children to eternal suffering. She is asking for help in the time of mercy that precedes the time of judgment. She is giving us an unprecedented weapon in the battle for souls. By uniting our will to the Divine Will through the Flame of Love, we are able to help Jesus and Mary keep souls from falling into hell.
Several years back I read something from St. Bernard of Clairvaux that has stayed with me:
“(The saints and angels) each have their special care for you: the saints because they will not themselves be made perfect without you; the angels because without you their full number cannot be restored, for, as you all know, when Satan and his myrmidons fell from heaven, the number of the heavenly host was greatly diminished. Thus all things await their consummation from you, some the completion of their numbers, others the fulfillment of their desires.” (Sermon 77, #4)
So, there is a matter of filling in the spaces made empty in heaven when the angels fell. Is it any wonder the evil one has promoted contraception and abortion? Is it any wonder he hates us so much? Once the ranks have been filled, the end will come for him and his minions. As I said, this concept of “filling in the ranks” has stayed with me for many years. I was surprised to find it echoed in Elizabeth’s Diary in this beautiful message to mothers:
Jesus: “What I am saying now is for you and all mothers who work according to My Heart. Your work is not of less value than that of persons raised to the highest priestly dignity. Mothers of families, you must understand your sublime vocation to populate My Kingdom and to fill the places left vacant by the fallen angels. Each step of My Holy Mother the Church starts from your heart and your lap. My Kingdom grows inasmuch as you, mothers, nurture the created souls. You have the greatest work requiring a heightened sense of responsibility. Be fully aware that I have placed in your hands the task of leading a multitude of souls to eternal salvation.”
Through her Flame of Love, Our Lady wants also to protect families and heal those that are scattered: “With my Flame of Love, I want to make the home come alive again with love. I want to unite families that are scattered.” As a powerful means to blind the evil one, there is also the prayer taught by the Lord to Elizabeth http://www.theflameoflove.org/jesus_prayer.html.
This seems to be yet another new devotion surfacing. Isn’t the Rosary sufficient? The Divine Mercy Chaplet? The “Divine Will” of Luisa Piccarretta? “Mary, Undoer of Knots”? The “Marian Movement of Priests”? The way suggested by Our Lady of Medjugorie? Old-fashioned devotion to the Sacred Heart and the promises attached to the First Fridays and First Saturdays?
This is not a new devotion. The Flame of Love was first ignited in 1962 in Hungary. I has spread to Europe, South America, Mexico, and has relatively recently been ignited in North America. In 1973, Pope Paul VI personally approved the Prayer for the propagation of the Flame of Love. It has taken some 30 years for the Flame to ignite in North America.
As I read the Spiritual Diary, I see the Flame of Love devotion connecting a lot of dots. Its golden thread loops around and between other Marian devotions, the Divine Mercy, Luisa Piccarreta and the Divine Will, the Era of Peace, the Illumination, the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart. They are all parts of the same holy tapestry. As with so many things Catholic, it’s not one or the other, it is the Holy Spirit uniting all. Not competition, but complementarity.
I believe the Flame of Love is a critical message unique and specific to our times. I further believe it is the vehicle whereby the promise of Our Lady of Fatima will be fulfilled: “In the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph!” In the Diary there is the promise of a worldwide conversion leading to an Era of Peace.
“The Lord Jesus: ‘I could compare this torrential flood to the first Pentecost. It will submerge the earth by the power of the Holy Spirit. All mankind will take heed at the time of this great miracle. Here comes the torrential flow of the Flame of Love of My Most Holy Mother. The world, darkened already by the lack of faith, will undergo formidable tremors and then people will believe!
‘These jolts will give rise to a new world by the power of faith. Trust, confirmed by faith, will take root in souls and the face of the earth will thus be renewed. For never has such a flow of grace ever been given since the Word became Flesh.’
This devotion has ecclesial approval, and there is nothing I have read that has sounded alarms for me. To be honest, my initial reluctance—the reason it took me four years for me to embrace the devotion—had to do with adding an extra few minutes to the recitation of the rosary. How easy it is for the evil one to discourage us—he knows our weaknesses so well. What are a few minutes of my time when the promises are so unimaginably beautiful and powerful?
What about the Pelianito messages? How do they fit in?
I find many of the themes in the Diary echoed in the pages of my journal, themes such as the importance of unity, the critical importance of prayer and sacrifice for souls, devotion to the Immaculate Heart. In a very startling similarity, when I first started hearing the Lord speaking to my heart, I felt him tell me in reference to his Precious Blood, “I am the Universal Donor.” I was quite shocked to read in the spiritual diary (January 16, 1964) this entry: “During Holy Mass and after Holy Communion, the Lord Jesus spoke of the power of His Precious Blood. Jesus: ‘I am the great Donor of blood….’”
The Lord is using any and all means possible to try to reach as many souls as he can, so that the work of salvation may be accomplished in us and through us. I see now that the messages in my journal prepared my heart to receive the Flame of Love, and it is my fervent prayer that it has also done so for others who have read them.
Judges 6:11 – 7:25 The Battle of Gideon
As I pondered the words of Elizabeth’s Diary, the story of Gideon kept coming to mind. I encourage you to read the whole amazing story (referenced above). In short, the enemy of God’s people, the Midianites, Amalekites, and Kedemites, had amassed in the valley. They were “as numerous as locusts”. Meanwhile, God had chosen an unlikely general—Gideon, whose “army” he proceeded to whittle down from 10,000 to a mere 300 men. The enemy had swords and spears. God armed Gideon’s little band with horns, jars and torches! God’s strategy was for the 300 men in Gideon’s army to encircle the camp, break their jars and blow their horns shouting, “For the Lord and for Gideon!” Imagine the courage and faith it took for those 300 men to fall in with such an outlandish plan! God rewarded their faith with an unimaginable victory. The enemy soldiers were thrown into confusion; they turned their swords on one another and fled. There was no doubt who had won the battle. It was God’s victory.
I see the same process at work in the Flame of Love. It is another of the Lord’s outlandish plans. The humble Mother of God, the “Woman,” chooses the humblest of women on earth to lead the charge. A rag-tag band of souls who accept the mission are given a secret weapon, a torch, the Flame of Love with which to throw the enemy camp into confusion. Against all odds, a few pitiful soldiers put to flight an army as numerous as locusts. “For the Lord and for Mary!” It is a crushing humiliation for the enemy whose pride has been his undoing since the beginning.
This is how I see the Flame of Love acting in us and through us. This is why I am promoting it. God be praised!
At Holy Thursday Adoration I received the following message which I did not post to my blog as I felt it was personal to me (but perhaps I was mistaken about that!):
Leviticus 26:8 Five of you shall give chase to a hundred, and a hundred of you shall give chase to ten thousand; your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.
“Beloved little one I hold you in the palm of my hand. Let me use you in new ways. Let my power, the power of my love, course through your veins. Let it fill you with joy, strength, and purpose. I mean to use you, my little one, in new ways. You will be amazed. Do not limit me by your doubt, but let my Holy Spirit fill you with confidence. Remember that I am faithful. Do not dwell on your own weakness but live in my strength. I have great need of souls who will surrender their lives to me. Are you such a one?”
Jesus, remove from me anything that does not belong completely to you. Blessed Mother I take your “fiat” to be my own. Jesus I long to live in your strength. Give me the power of your love. Jesus I trust in you. Amen. Thank you Jesus.
The Flame of Love spreads from heart to heart. That is how Jesus and His Mother want it to spread. It is quite clear in the Diary. Having said that, I read somewhere on the Flame of Love website that the prayer should not be prayed publicly without the permission of the pastor of that parish. The Lord will show us those with whom he wishes us to share the Flame. It spreads from heart to heart but hearts must be receptive.
From my heart to yours, may Our Mother’s Flame of Love ignite in you and spread to all those God has placed in your path. Jesus we trust in you. Save souls!
See also Anthony Mullen’s website: http://www.flameoflove.us/.
All bold text is my emphasis.
Excerpts are from Elizabeth Kindelmann’s Spiritual Diary, some of which may be found on www.flameoflove.org.
Complete article here.