A Pure and Holy Sanctuary

Pregnant Blessed Mother

By: Ashley Blackburn

I was at mass this Sunday and the children’s choir was singing the song, Lord Prepare Me To Be a Sanctuary.  As the priest and Eucharistic ministers were preparing for communion, I bowed my head and prayed. Looking down at my pregnant belly, I began to reflect on this new life within my womb.  My womb has been a sanctuary for this child in order for the new life to develop and grow. With every Eucharist that I received during this pregnancy, the child within my womb has also received Jesus. How much more I yearned to feed this child as many times with the Eucharist in these last few weeks before my due date!

 

And then Jesus flooded me with an even deeper insight, which was so beautiful that I knew I needed to share it.  We often hear of Mary being compared to the tabernacle in that she bore in her womb Jesus, just as the tabernacle does today in every Catholic church across the world. With this, we see Joseph taking on the role of being the protector of that tabernacle (Mary’s womb) and the life within it (Jesus).  Joseph took Mary into his home, protected her from danger of being stoned to death, and traveled with her to Bethlehem. He was there for her in her in what the world would have considered a “crisis” and took on the responsibility of protecting her and the baby within her womb from harm.

 

By looking at the Holy Family in this way, we can also then turn to the human family as a reflection of this same image.  Every pregnant woman is a tabernacle. She is carrying within her womb new life, both a physical life and an eternal life of a soul.  This new life is both given and sustained by God. By carrying this eternal soul within the womb, the mother is in essence carrying another portion of the Body of Christ… a portion outside of her own participation in it.  With this, the father takes on the role of protector of this tabernacle. He is to look to Joseph as a model of what this protective role truly means. I dare to say that this role is one where the father must LISTEN to God, then TRUST in His call, and finally FOLLOW the will of God. Both the mother and father of every child conceived have a responsibility to model the Holy Family.

 

But this image is not only true and reflective for expectant mothers and fathers.  It also is true and reflected through the priest. The priest, as a model of St. Joseph, has also taken on the role of protector of the tabernacle and of Jesus present in it.  At the consecration when the priest participates with the Holy Spirit in turning ordinary bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus, he is reflecting what a man does when conceiving a child with his bride. The woman’s egg is made up of ordinary cells, which can do nothing on their own accord.  But through the union with the sperm of the man, along with the life-giving action of God, a new life and an eternal soul are created. Similarly,  the bread and wine are ordinary and can do nothing of their own accord.  It is through the cooperation of the Priest, ordained and bound to the church that his spoken word brings forth the Holy Spirit, and the bread and wine become a the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ.  After this action, both priest and father are called to take on the role of protector.  Protector of this new life that they have participated in creating.  Protector of the tabernacle or womb in which this life is housed.  One “Father” brings the life giving bread for all of us.  One Father participates in bringing forth a new member of the Mystical Body of Christ. 

 

And so with this, what voice do our fathers and priests have in the world today?  Many priests are being asked to be more “tolerant” and give communion to non-catholic spouses who have no inclination to become one with the church or those who are knowingly living in grave sin with no indication of repentance, and without calling them to conversion.  Likewise, fathers have been for years asked to be more “tolerant” by giving up their role as father and protector of the new life within the mother’s womb.  Men are often a forgotten victim of the impact of abortion and feel they are not allowed to speak about it.  While our culture tells us it’s the woman’s body, the reality is that the woman did not create the new life within her womb alone. Both the father of the child AND God were involved in this creative act.  Similarly, the bread and wine cannot create the Eucharist alone, Jesus becomes present through the cooperation of the priest AND the Holy Spirit.

 

In light of this reflection, it is our men, our fathers, and our priests whom God is calling upon at this time.  God is calling you to RISE UP. God is calling you to take on your role as protectors of the tabernacle. He is calling you to imitate St. Joseph by LISTENING, TRUSTING, and FOLLOWING His will.  Be not afraid… Take Courage… By stepping into this role, you are not being “intolerant”, but instead you are bravely and boldly accepting your God given responsibility as protector.

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Mondays are for Priests

Corpus Christi Father Dan

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.  1 Peter 2:9

Today in Adoration I felt the Lord calling me to pray for Priests even more.  He impressed upon me how they preach to us, especially on Sundays at Mass, and that on Mondays we, the laity, should be doing things for them.  This is the prayer that came out of the time I had in Adoration with the Lord;

Lord Jesus I offer up the sufferings of my day in order for you to form more Holy Priests.  Grant them an outpouring of the Holy Spirit each and every Monday to renew their strength.  
For those who have hearts of stone, soften them and proclaim the truth of your love.
For those whose hearts are already aflame for you give them perseverance to give great Witness and to perform miracles in your name.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and Most Immaculate Heart of Mary, draw these Priests in Union with your hearts.  Protect them and guide them so they will fulfill the Holy Will of God the Father.
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

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The Command of True Love and Innocence

Madonna on Crescent moon

The LORD God gave the man this order: You are free to eat from any of the trees of the garden except the tree of knowledge of good and evil. From that tree you shall not eat; when you eat from it you shall die.  Genesis 2:17

I have spent a lot of time reflecting over the past year on the Fall of Man and the chaos it brought into God’s ordered world.

As written about before, there were four commands God gave in the garden;

  1. Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.  Genesis 1:28
  2. Have dominion over the earth. Genesis 1:28
  3. Don’t eat the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Genesis 2:16-17 (Eve received this command through Adam)
  4. Cleave to one another. Genesis 2:24

In looking at the 4 command’s it seems only one of them is a “don’t,” a negative command.  The other three are positive and Adam and Eve are receiving great gifts from them.  They receive Dominion or Authority over the earth, they receive each other, and they receive children.  The only command where they seemingly didn’t receive something is the one where they were told don’t eat from the tree.  What was death?  They knew nothing of it.  Little did they know that if they eat from this tree, the death God spoke of, what they would receive, was evil.

Why?  Why did God give this command in the first place?  This is the command where we see God trying to teach us what True Love is.  This command required their total free will’s consent, and required what would be considered a sacrifice for a reason unknown to them.  They could not foresee what would come from obeying or not obeying this command in a way that they could see the fruit of the other commands.  By God allowing them to choose, He was teaching them true love.  Because love isn’t really love if it isn’t made with total consent of the will.

And they chose to sin.  They did not make the small sacrifice for love of God, the bearer of true love.  They ushered the evil they could not foresee into the world by disobeying.  But God did not leave us bereft.  He sent us His Son to restore all of the things God had given us, most especially to show us the restoration of true love, by giving us the ultimate sacrifice.

And I started to wonder, why did God send Christ as a child?  He could have just sent Christ the way he sent Adam, as an adult, and formed Him any way He wanted.  Why send a babe?  And it was as if in that moment God whispered to me, “because I wanted to restore innocence and I wanted your cooperation.  Free will’s cooperation with true love.”

And then the Lord showed me just some of the verses that speak of children;

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate. Psalm 127:3-5

And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3

If anyone causes one of these little ones–those who believe in me–to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.  Matthew 18:6

God sent His own son as an innocent child.  God shows us here what a gift children are by sending his only son as a vulnerable child.  And in this case, this innocent child who grows to a man that sacrifices his life brings the Salvific Grace to save His own earthly parents, one even before she was conceived.  And from the free cooperation of her will and the pure womb of Mary our Salvation came.

Pope Benedict XVI wrote;

“The mystery of God’s maternal love is expressed with particular power in the Hebrew word, rahamim.  Etymologically, this word means “womb” but was later used to mean divine compassion for man, God’s mercy.” – Jesus of Nazareth: Part I Pope Benedict XVI

The womb is mercy.  Mary’s womb brought forth the Innocent Child Jesus, who is MERCY. Could it be that children teach us true love and mercy?  What a shame that as a culture we have made it legal to murder what the true love of God brings forth.  It is we who corrupt and even murder our children, when all God wants to call us to is purity and true love.

And in this reflection on the Innocent Child Jesus we can also reflect on the Eucharist. The child Jesus reminds us of the Eucharist.  The humility of God becoming man in the Incarnation and the vulnerability of the child Jesus.  He had to rely on his earthly parents to protect Him in this world.  The same is true for the Eucharist.  The humility of God to present himself to us in the form of bread and wine.  He places Himself in the protection of the Priest, and in our hands as well as granted through the authority of the church.  This always makes Him vulnerable.   What a responsibility we have, particularly the Priests, to protect Him, to not abuse Him.  Do we know who it is we are receiving?

God continues to be vulnerable to us by promising to be truly present in the Eucharist until the end of time, even though he knows abuses will happen.  When we present ourselves to God at Mass, we must rid ourselves of all pride, humbly standing before Him, open and ready to receive this great gift. This exchange deserves our utmost respect and gratitude as the King of the Universe humbles himself, giving us his flesh and blood, in order to heal and save us from our sins. It is when we humbly bow before him and receive him with a pure and contrite heart, like a child, that we are blessed beyond measure.

So we must become humble like little children, innocent and pure, and through our Savior in the Eucharist we are to become living sanctuaries of God bringing his light into the darkness of this world.  Though we cannot see God except in the accidents of bread and wine, we can foresee the fruits of His goodness when we receive in humility; we have seen it in the Saints. Conversely, when we receive in a state of grave sin we also have seen the fruits, for it was after he received that Judas had a demon enter him.  But for the contrite heart, the humble heart that seeks purity and seeks love, God in his omniscience places Himself in our hands ensuring that His heavenly hand has a presence in this world; guiding and protecting where we are lacking in a way that is unseen by the human eye. We must remember there is great hope and trust in the Lord.

 

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Prayer of the Beloved to the Holy Family

Four Hearts Sacred and Complete

But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.  –Matthew 6:20-21

 

I felt the Lord ask for a prayer yesterday on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart.  Today on the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart, it was written.

Prayer of the Beloved to the Holy Family

O Immaculate Heart of Mary!

How could I ever thank you enough for all you have done for me, a wretched sinner?

Your obedient Yes ushered in My Savior.

You have rescued me with your prayers and supplications.

Your interceding heart, most pure, beating in unison with your Sons, draws me ever closer to him.

 

O Guardian Heart of Saint Joseph!

Faithful in your devotion to the Most Holy Family,

You took Mary Immaculate into your home.

You carried the Child Jesus in your arms.

You submitted to the Will of the Father.

Your interceding heart beating in unison with the Savior, draws me ever closer to Him.

 

O Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, my Savior, my Lord!

You call me Beloved.

You take away my sins.

You destroy the works of the devil.

You have shown me the Father.

You have given me a family.

May my will conform with yours.

May my heart beat in unison with yours.

 

A communion of hearts filled with the Spirit, made in the Image and Likeness of God.

May the Holy Family watch over me and my family and may we ever remain in your love.

Sacred.  Immaculate. Guardian. Beloved.

 

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

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God Alone

 

Saint Edward

 

Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. Mark 10: 18

By: Ashley Blackburn and Susan Skinner

It is not by our own merit that we are “good” or are we even able to do truly good deeds. It is only with God acting through us – since He is the source of all goodness.  We can consider what we think to be good, based upon our own limited understanding, but how are we to actually know what is truly good?

More often than not, we form our own individual opinion of what we believe to be good and then we act based upon that opinion. But how are we forming this opinion and what is our intent for doing good deeds? Almost every one of us wants to be a good person and the best way to prove our goodness, to both others and ourselves, is to do good deeds. But in this passage from the Gospel of Mark, we hear Jesus tell his apostles that God alone is the source of all goodness.  Therefore we do not actually create or earn goodness, nor are we even good of our own accord. Instead we are to give credit to God alone because He alone is the source of all goodness. Thus, we should be continually drawing from this limitless source and not try to create or determine goodness on our own accord.

So how do we draw from the source of all goodness? Through prayer and through our participation in the Sacramental Life of the Church.  The combination of living both of these to the fullest are how we bring God’s authentic goodness to the world. And it is up to us… God’s goodness enters the world through each one of us who are each members of the Body of Christ.

Through prayer, we tap into the source of goodness who is God himself and we allow ourselves to be nourished with the Living Water. Without prayer, our hearts can easily become dried up and even turn into hearts of stone.  It is prayer and a personal relationship with Jesus that cultivates in us the Truth of God’s goodness. It creates a place within us where the fount of Living Water, which is a wellspring of never ending nourishment for the soul, may dwell and flourish.  Through prayer we allow ourselves access to this fount and are able to draw from this source.

A prayer-filled spirit is one who is continually quenched in the Living Water of God’s Truth and goodness. It is one who truly listens to the Holy Spirit, is open to the response that God is calling them to and is obedient to the Will of God. The Virgin Mary is a great example of this for us. Her FIAT is evidence that she was a prayer-filled person and had a deeply rooted relationship with God the Father.

“He [God] is the Fount of grace, and all her [Mary’s] gifts are from His goodness.” –Meditations for the Month of May, by Blessed John Henry Newman

Mary most fully understood and believed that the source of all goodness is from God. This is what allowed her to trust fully in the Lord and praise and honor Him above all things. Her openness to receiving God’s grace transformed all doubt and fear into loving service of the Father. Although she was not granted immunity to suffering in this world, she was given the tremendous grace to endure all the world’s suffering with peace and perseverance. These are the gifts she received through prayer. These are the graces she tapped into through the prayerful relationship she had with the Father.

A life without prayer can quickly become dry and arid because we cease to draw from the source of all goodness. By not uniting ourselves with God in prayer, we can quickly dry out.  This can be likened to pouring water into a dry well. The water is quickly absorbed by the dry land or runs out because there is no source of water coming from within the well. God’s grace is the wellspring that we are all called to draw from through prayer. It is ready and available to all of mankind. But many of us are simply too busy, too prideful, too self sufficient, too hurt, or too distracted in order to drink from the well. So we continue on our way in life doing the best we can and relying on ourselves and others in order to live a good life.

In all actuality, in order to truly be a “good” person, we can do nothing without God. Jesus most assuredly tells us that only God Alone is good. When we try to do good on our own accord, we end up only mimicking what is authentically good. This is because we are only doing what we consider good, which has the tendency to be flawed, distorted and even evil;

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20

It is only through God’s grace, poured out upon us, accepted and received into our hearts, and then freely given away, are we actually doing true good in the world. Those who participate in a prayerful relationship with God, uniting their soul to their creator and allowing Him to transform their heart, are in essence tapping into this source of goodness and are enabled to go out into the world and be God’s presence to the world. These souls allow the life-giving water to flow freely through them and the good they do is not actually of themselves, but is from God. It is only through great humility that we are able to recognize this and to participate in God’s goodness in this way.

Alongside cultivating a prayer life, is the importance of our regular participation in the Sacraments. The Sacraments are strength for the storm. They empower us with the Pentecostal  courage to go out and share the good news. Jesus spent three years building a relationship with the apostles, teaching them and revealing to them his mission for the Church. But even then it took the power of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost to give them the courage to go out and be and do and share the goodness they had received.

The Sacraments are an extension of Pentecost for us today, especially those that we are able to daily participate in; the Holy Eucharist and Reconciliation. Jesus gave us this tremendous gift to be able to be strengthened and fed in the Eucharist and then also healed and forgiven in Confession each and every day. In his dying and rising, Jesus made himself available to us in a real way each and every day. What a tremendous treasure we have access to through the Church.

Both prayer and the Sacraments are each important in their own ways. But one without the other is only a partial living of God’s goodness. This is why we see so much degradation in today’s society.  People have either abandoned the practice of prayer, or they have abandoned the Sacraments all together, or both. The result, disunity and rage.

When we replace what God gave us with our own version of what we want or what we think is good we get a religionless spirituality or abandonment of the spirituality all together.  Pride and selfishness permeate the air because it is a mere mimicry of the real thing, a twisted truth. And a twisted truth is actually a lie. What do you get in these circumstances, people who speak of unity, but who are actually destroying it.  

“The person who loves their dream of community will destroy community, but the person who loves those around them will create community.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The devil wants nothing more than to separate you from God.  Separation from God separates you from people. We cry unity in the name of tolerance as we label people and put them in boxes where we can hate them.  We get a church that lets go of doctrine and embraces evil.  In short, we get what has happened in Ireland (and America). The battle cry uniting women as equal includes the killing of her child.  Marriage gets twisted to mean only sexual desire in the name of unity. And if you disagree, well, you aren’t for unity, equality and tolerance, therefore we can hate you.  And we reject God’s love and mercy creating our own abyss.

“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised.” Romans 1:21-25

So what are we to do?  First, run away from authors and speakers who speak of love and unity but criticize church Doctrine.  Go back to the example of Our Blessed Mother and the Saints. Immerse yourself in prayer, mental prayer, which is a conversion with the King of Kings.  Go back to the Sacraments, and receive with a humble contrite heart, not a prideful or scrupulous heart. Examine your conscience daily. Love the person right in front of you.  Be a light in the darkness. Go back to God alone as the source of goodness and do what he asked us to do, and draw your source of goodness from the Truth.

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:1-2

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When Mary Visits

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Feast of the Visitation

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever. 

Luke 1:46-55

I was at Mass today on the Feast of the Visitation and the Priest spoke about the significance of the Old Testament prefigurement of the Visitation.  In 2 Samuel because Uzzah is struck dead for touching the ark of the covenant David feels unworthy to bring the ark to Jerusalem.  So David took the ark to the house of Obed-edom.  And the ark remained there for 3 months.  While the ark was there the Lord blessed Obed-edom and all his household.  David recognizes that Obed-edom is blessed because of the ark and knows he can now bring the ark to Jerusalem.

“…The Lord has blessed the household of Obed-edom and all that belongs to him because of the ark of God…” – 2 Samuel 12

This story parallels Mary’s visit to Elizabeth.  Just as the ark stayed with Obed-edom for 3 months, so Mary stays with Elizabeth for 3 months.

We know that Mary is the new Ark of the Covenant, carrying God within her womb.  But what else can we learn from this?

We can learn that when Mary visits, you will be blessed.  Tradition teaches us that John the Baptist was cleansed from original sin when he leap in the womb upon Mary and Jesus’ arrival.  This is why Jesus proclaimed of John the Baptist;

“I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” Luke 7:28

In other words, the closer to Jesus through Mary that we get the more pure we become.  Pure of heart, mind, body and soul.  The Saints knew this.

It got me thinking too about Marian apparitions.  She still comes to us.  She still wants to purify us through her Son.  In pondering just a few apparitions, from Guadalupe, to Fatima, to Akita, Mary has come to visit us.  She always brings a message beckoning us to her Son.

“Know, know for sure, my dearest, littlest, and youngest son, that I am the perfect and ever Virgin Holy Mary, Mother of the God of truth through Whom everything lives, the Lord of all things near us, the Lord of heaven and earth. I want very much to have a little house built here for me, in which I will show Him, I will exalt Him and make Him manifest. I will give Him to the people in all my personal love, in my compassion, in my help, in my protection: because I am truly your merciful Mother, yours and all the people who live united in this land and of all the other people of different ancestries, my lovers, who love me, those who seek me, those who trust in me…” – Our Lady of Guadalupe to Juan Diego

…My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God….” – Our Lady of Fatima to the children June 13, 1917

“Most holy Mother of God, never let me be separated from Your Divine Son. Please defend and protect me as Your Special Child. Amen.” – Prayer Our Lady of Akita taught Sister Agnes on July 6, 1973

She beckons us to pray.  She is in union with her son.

“My son and I redeemed the world as with one heart.” – The Blessed Virgin to Saint Brigid of Sweden.

She also brings with her warnings.

“As I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never have seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead.” – Our Lady of Akita

And within those warnings she implores us to pray the Rosary.

“… Each day, recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the Pope, the bishops and the priests.” – Our Lady of Akita

“Say the Rosary every day, to bring peace to the world and the end of the war.” – Our Lady of Fatima

What we see when Mary visits is a Mother united to her Son, imploring us to KNOW HIM, to pray, and to repent and turn back to God.  We should all bring Mary into our homes like Elizabeth did, like John did;

When Jesus saw His mother and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, “Woman, here is your son.” The He said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” So from that hour, this disciple took her into his home. – John 19:26-27 

Listen to her command;

“Do whatever he tells you.” John 2:5

Uzzah did not obey the command of the Lord.  It brought death.  Mary, as the ark, always implores us to obey her Son because it is in obedience because we love Him that we flourish.  He brings life and brings it abundantly.  Through her His grace pours blessings over us.  As we see the degradation of man happening all around us, we can look to Mary as the guidepost, the map, of how to live a life of holiness.  Her Magnificat tells us of the God who is merciful.  Let your heart beat with the Sacred and Immaculate Heart.  Let Mary visit, and may you leap for joy and may you and your household be blessed as she brings you ever closer to her Son.

 

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What Matters

kneeling in Adoration

So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth. Revelation 3:16

I was speaking today to Our Lord in Adoration about all the bad news I see in the world today. All of the fighting, even among Christians. I see people from all sides disparaging one another. I see disunity and hatred. The following journal entry is what I felt the Lord saying back to me. The essence of which is; KEEP YOUR EYES ON CHRIST.

May 29, 2018

Beloved,

Don’t you see?
I AM trying to set you all free.
But you consent to bondage.
Why do you call me good?
No one is good but God alone.
Why did I say this?
Because your human pursuit of good isn’t focused on the Father.
God is the source of all goodness. That is how you know goodness. If you KNOW ME, YOU KNOW THE FATHER. YOU KNOW GOODNESS.
You must draw from God to bring goodness into the world.
The incessant bickering and complaint, that is not drawn from God. It’s no wonder no one sees me. Even in my house the division and bickering over things that matter not.
FIGHT FOR WHAT MATTERS.
LIFE MATTERS.
The things around you can be used for good or for evil. They are just tools. It’s what’s in your heart that matters.
You have become rich Christians. Comfortable Christians. Comfortable Christians don’t fight for what matters. They are luke warm.
I WILL SPIT YOU OUT OF MY MOUTH.
In the early days of my church they fought not about music, or stained glass, or TV’s. They fought for their freedom to exist on earth as MY CHILDREN. They are assured it in heaven.
They cherished my presence in the Eucharist and they cherished one another.
They asked for protection from evil and were granted it until such a time that my glory could be revealed through them, many as martyrs. Martyrs of LOVE.
THEY PRAYED FOR EACH OTHER AND THEY PRAYED TO ME.
I KNOW MY OWN AND MY OWN KNOW ME.
They were a church of miracles. Are the miracles gone? NO. What changed?
I AM.
ALPHA AND OMEGA.
UNCHANGING.
In your comfort you consent to evil.
You have distracted yourself into a DEATH KNELL.
WAKE UP!
You no longer know what matters.
You kill your own children to satisfy your sexual desire.
You yell and scream at one another and don’t see the serpent speaking into your ear.
He tells you that you are right, he tells you that you are god.
And you degrade your fellow man in my name.
I WILL NOT HAVE IT.
I AM LOVE.
I AM MERCY.
I AM JUSTICE.
Be sober and alert.
Become a Living Sanctuary.

Stop fighting the way the world fights and fight with ME. ON YOUR KNEES.

Pray for the Pope.
Pray for the Vatican.
Pray for the Conversion of Sinners.
Pray for the Conversion of Russia and China.

Psalm 33:18

– Your Divine Spouse

Authors Note: I write what pops in my head as letters from God. I wrote this as a reflection of what I thought God was saying to me. I was taught to journal this way by my Spiritual Director. He said as long as it doesn’t stray from Scripture and the Magisterium of the Church, I can write what pops in my head while I am praying. These letters come from a very personal discussion I have with Our Lord, and what I write back is filtered through me, a very fallible individual.

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