Mark Mallett

 

TRUE SONSHIP

 

WHAT does it mean that Jesus desires to restore to mankind the “Gift of Living in the Divine Will”? Among other things, it is the restoration of true sonship. Let me explain…

 

THE NATURAL SONS

I was blessed to marry into a farm family. I have wonderful memories working alongside my father-in-law, whether it was feeding the cattle or fixing a fenceline. Always eager to help him, I dug right in doing whatever he asked—but often with a lot of help and guidance.

When it came to my brothers-in-law, however, it was a different story. I was amazed how they could practically read their dad’s mind to solve a problem, come up with a fix, or innovate on the spot with often few words spoken between them. Even after being part of the family for years and learning some of the routines, I was never able to acquire the intuition they had as natural sons of their father. They were like extensions of his will who simply took over his thoughts and put them into action… while I was left standing there wondering what this seemingly secret communication was!

Moreover, as natural-born sons, they have rights and privileges with their father that I do not. They are the heirs to his inheritance. They possess a memory of his heritage. As his progeny, they also enjoy a certain filial intimacy (even though I often steal more hugs from my father-in-law than anyone else). I am, more or less, an adopted son…

 

THE ADOPTED SONS

If through marriage I became an “adopted” son, so to speak, it is through Baptism that we become adopted sons and daughters of the Most High.

For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, “Abba, Father!”… [who] has bestowed on us the precious and very great promises, so that through them you may come to share in the divine nature… (Romans 8:15, 2 Peter 1:4)

However, in these last times, what God has begun in Baptism He now wishes to bring to completion on earth as part of the fullness of His plan by giving the Church the “Gift” of full sonship.  As theologian Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi explains:

…despite Christ’s Redemption, the redeemed do not necessarily possess the rights of the Father and reign with him. Though Jesus became man to give all who receive him the power to become sons of God and became the firstborn of many brothers, whereby they may call him God their Father, the redeemed do not by Baptism fully possess the rights of the Father as Jesus and Mary did. Jesus and Mary enjoyed all the rights of a natural sonship, i.e., perfect and uninterrupted cooperation with the Divine Will… —The Gift of Living in the Divine Will in the Writings of Luisa Piccarreta, (Kindle Locations 1458-1463), Kindle Edition.

St. John Eudes affirms this reality:

For the mysteries of Jesus are not yet completely perfected and fulfilled. They are complete, indeed, in the person of Jesus, but not in us, who are his members, nor in the Church, which is his mystical body.—St. John Eudes, treatise “On the Kingdom of Jesus”, Liturgy of the Hours, Vol IV, p 559

What was “completely perfected and fulfilled” in Jesus was the “hypostatic union” of his human will with the Divine Will. In this way, Jesus always and everywhere shared in the interior life of the Father and thus all the rights and blessings this entailed. In fact, prelapsarian Adam also shared in the interior life of the Trinity because he possessed the Divine Will within the void of his human will such that he fully participated in the power, light, and life of his Creator, administering these blessings throughout creation as though he were “king of creation.” [1]

However, after the fall, Adam lost this possession; he was still able to do the will of God but he was no longer capable of possessing it (and thus all the rights that gave him) in his wounded human nature.

After Christ’s act of Redemption, the gates of Heaven were opened; mankind’s sins could be forgiven and the Sacraments would enable believers to become members of the Father’s family. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, souls could conquer their flesh, conform their will to God’s, and abide in Him in such a way as to come to a certain interior perfection and union, even on earth. In our analogy, this would be comparable to me doing my father-in-law’s wishes perfectly and with complete love. However, even this would still not grant the same rights and privileges or blessings and share in his fatherhood like his own natural-born sons.

 

A NEW GRACE FOR THE LAST TIMES

Now, as the mystics of the 20th century such as Blessed Dina Belanger, St. Pio, Venerable Conchita, Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta etc. have revealed, the Father indeed wishes to restore to the Church on earth  this “gift of Living in the Divine Will” as the final stage of her preparation. This Gift would be akin to my father-in-law giving to me by favour (the Greek word charis means favour or “grace”) and infused knowledge what his own sons received by nature. 

If the Old Testament bestowed upon the soul the sonship of “slavery” to the law, and Baptism the sonship of “adoption” in Jesus Christ, with the gift of Living in the Divine Will God bestows upon the soul the sonship of “possession” that admits it to “concur in all that God does”, and to partake in the rights to all of his blessings. To the soul that freely and lovingly desires to live in the Divine Will by faithfully obeying it with a “firm and resolute act”, God bestows upon it the sonship of possession. —The Gift of Living in the Divine Will in the Writings of Luisa Piccarreta, Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi, (Kindle Locations 3077-3088), Kindle Edition

This is to fulfill the words of the “Our Father” in which we have been imploring that His “Kingdom come and will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” It is to enter into God’s “eternal mode” through possession of the Divine Will, and thus enjoy by grace the very rights and privileges, power and life that are Christ’s by nature.

On that day you will ask in my name, and I do not tell you that I will ask the Father for you. (John 16:26)

As St. Faustina testified after receiving the Gift:

I came to understand the inconceivable favors that God has been bestowing on me… I felt that everything the heavenly Father possessed was equally mine…  “My whole being is plunged in You, and I live Your divine life as do the elect in heaven…” —Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 1279, 1395

Indeed, it is also to realize on earth the interior union that the blessed in Heaven now enjoy (ie. all the rights and blessings of true sonship) yet without the beatific vision. As Jesus said to Luisa:

My daughter, living in My Will is the life that most closely resembles the [life of the] blessed in heaven. It is so distant from one who is simply conformed to My Will and does it, faithfully executing its orders. The distance between the two is as far as that of heaven from earth, as far as that of a son from a servant, and a king from his subject. —The Gift of Living in the Divine Will in the Writings of Luisa Piccarreta, Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi, (Kindle Locations 1739-1743), Kindle Edition

Or, perhaps, the difference between a son-in-law and a son:

To live in My Will is to reign in it and with it, while to do My Will is to be submitted to My orders. The first state is to possess; the second is to receive dispositions and execute commands. To live in My Will is to make My Will one’s own, as one’s own property, and for them to administer it as they intend. —Jesus to Luisa, The Gift of Living in the Divine Will in the Writings of Luisa Piccarreta, Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi, 4.1.2.1.4

Of this great dignity that the Father wishes to restore to us, Jesus said to Blessed Dina that He wanted to deify her “in the same way as I united My humanity with My divinity… You will not possess me any more completely in heaven… because I have absorbed you totally.” [2] After receiving the Gift, she wrote:

This morning, I received a special grace that I find difficult to describe. I felt taken up into God, as if in the “eternal mode,” that is in a permanent, unchanging state… I feel I am continually in the presence of the adorable Trinity… my soul can dwell in heaven, live there without any backward glance toward earth, and yet continue to animate my material being.” —The Crown of Sanctity: On the Revelations of Jesus to Luisa Piccarreta (pp. 160-161), Daniel O’Connor, Kindle Edition

 

WHY NOW?

Jesus explains the purpose of this Gift reserved for these “end times”:

The soul must transform itself into Me and become one likeness with Me; it must make My life its own; My prayers, My groans of love, My pains, My fiery heartbeats its own… I desire therefore that My children enter into My humanity and reenact what the soul of My humanity did in the Divine Will… Rising above all creatures, they will restore the rightful claims of creation — My own [rightful claims] as well as those of creatures. They will bring all things to the prime origin of creation and to the purpose for which creation came to be… Thus I shall have the army of souls who will live in My Will, and in them creation shall be reintegrated, as beautiful and fair as when it came forth from My hands. —The Gift of Living in the Divine Will in the Writings of Luisa Piccarreta, Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi, (Kindle Locations 3100-3107), Kindle Edition.

Yes, this is the work of Our Lady’s Little Rabbleto lead the way by first reclaiming our true sonship via the Gift heaven offers us now according to Christ’s own prayer.

I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one… (John 17:22-23)

If creation fell into disorder through Adam’s disobedience, it is by the restoration of the Divine Will in “Adam” that creation will be re-ordered. This bears repeating:

“All creation,” said St. Paul, “groans and labors up till now,” awaiting Christ’s redemptive efforts to restore the proper relationship between God and his creation. But Christ’s redemptive act did not of itself restore all things, it simply made the work of redemption possible, it began our redemption. Just as all men share in the disobedience of Adam, so all men must share in the obedience of Christ to the Father’s will. Redemption will be complete only when all men share his obedience… —Servant of God Fr. Walter Ciszek, He Leadeth Me (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1995), pp. 116-117

Through the reclamation of true sonship, these sons and daughters will help to restore the original harmony of Eden by “assuming our humanity through a union which is the image of the Hypostatic Union.” [3]

Hence it follows that to restore all things in Christ and to lead men back to submission to God is one and the same aim. —POPE ST. PIUS X, E Supremin. 8

As Cardinal Raymond Burke summarized so beautifully:

…in Christ is realized the right order of all things, the union of heaven and earth, as God the Father intended from the beginning. It is the obedience of God the Son Incarnate which reestablishes, restores, the original communion of man with God and, therefore, peace in the world. His obedience unites once again all things, ‘things in heaven and things on earth.’ —Cardinal Raymond Burke, speech in Rome; May 18th, 2018, lifesitnews.com

Thus, it is through sharing in His obedience that we regain true sonship, with cosmological ramifications such as true “peace and justice”:

…is the full action of the original plan of the Creator delineated: a creation in which God and man, man and woman, humanity and nature are in harmony, in dialogue, in communion. This plan, upset by sin, was taken up in a more wondrous way by Christ, Who is carrying it out mysteriously but effectively in the present reality, in the expectation of bringing it to fulfillment…  —POPE JOHN PAUL II, General Audience, February 14, 2001

When? At the end of time in Heaven? No. In the “present reality” within time, but particularly during a coming “era of peace” when the Kingdom of Christ will reign “on earth as it is in heaven” through His latter-day saints

…they reigned with Christ for a thousand years. (Rev 20:4; “thousand” is symbolic language for a period of time)

We do confess that a kingdom is promised to us upon the earth, although before heaven, only in another state of existence… —Tertullian (155–240 A.D.), Nicene Church Father; Adversus Marcion, Ante-Nicene Fathers, Henrickson Publishers, 1995, Vol. 3, pp. 342-343)

Is it not true that your will must be done on earth as it is in heaven? Is it not true that your kingdom must come? Did you not give to some souls, dear to you, a vision of the future renewal of the Church? —St. Louis de Montfort, Prayer for Missionaries, n. 5; www.ewtn.com

A renewal that will come when the Church Militant claims her true sonship.

 

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THE SEA OF DISQUIET

 

WHY does the world remain in pain? Because it is the human, not Divine Will, that continues to govern mankind’s affairs. On a personal level, when we assert our human will over the Divine, the heart loses its equilibrium and plunges it into disorder and unrest—even in the smallest assertion over God’s will (for just one flat note can make an otherwise perfectly tuned symphony sound disagreeable). The Divine Will is the anchor of the human heart, but when untethered to it, the soul is carried away upon the currents of sadness into a sea of disquiet.

 

THE INCREDIBLE NOBILITY

When God created the universe and all it contains, He spoke a single and eternal word: Fiat “let it be done.” This Fiat was the expression of God’s Will, and thus, this “Divine Will” carries within it the very life and power of the Creator himself. For no reason other than a boundless love and supreme generosity, God wanted to share this creative power and love with another “made in his image and likeness.” [1] And so, He created Adam and gave him three gifts by which he could ascend to God, and the Trinity could descend to him: the intellect, memory, and will. Jesus said to Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta that “Our love in creating man was so great that only when We communicated Our likeness to him, only then was Our love content.” [2]

…you have made [man] little less than a god, crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him rule over the works of your hands, put all things at his feet… (Psalm 8:6-8)

With each breath, thought, word and action, Adam administered the very light and life of God throughout the universe such that Adam was rightly called the “king of creation.” By remaining united to the Divine Will, writes theologian Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi, “God’s love resounded and abided in him and, through him, in creation.”[3] Jesus explains to Luisa:

I endowed man with a will, an intellect and a memory. In his will shone My heavenly Father who… vested it with his own power, sanctity, power and nobility, while sustaining the free exchange of all the currents [of love] between the divine and human will, so that it might be enriched with the ever-increasing treasures of My divinity. —The Gift of Living in the Divine Will in the Writings of Luisa Piccarreta, Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi, (Kindle Locations 946-949), Kindle Edition; with Ecclesiastical Approbation

In other words, by remaining united to God through the faculty of his will, God gave all of humanity the potential to “live and move and have our being” [4] within His creative and eternal power.

 

IN THE BEGINNING

But when Adam and Eve were put to a test in order to prove their love and thus expand their souls to receive even more treasures of the Divinity… they rebelled. Suddenly, the dominion Adam enjoyed over all of creation was forfeited; the beautiful “day” of the Divine Will operating in his soul gave way to the “night” of the human will, now left to itself. Into this night entered the phantoms of fear, anxiety, and loneliness which in turn produced lust, anger, greed, and all manner of dysfunction. Adam and Eve were exiled into a Sea of Disquiet—where much of the human race continues adrift to this hour. Yes, today’s headlines are essentially a “parable” of the human will reaching its eschatological pinnacle of rebellion, and therefore, are also the requiem of this age. The Antichrist is essentially the incarnation of the human will reigning completely without God…

…the one doomed to perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god and object of worship, so as to seat himself in the temple of God, claiming that he is a god… (2 Thess 2:3-4)

On the other hand, Jesus was the Incarnation of the Divine Will. Through and in Him, the human and Divine wills were reunited again making him the “new Adam.”[5] And thus, by grace through faith,[6] we can be reconciled again to the Father, and through the power of the Holy Spirit we can conquer our wounded human will that is so inclined to sin. [7]

But now, our amazing God wants to do more; He wants to give back to humanity what Adam first had (and what Jesus has): a single united will such that redeemed man may not just conform to, but operate in the “eternal mode” of the Divine Will. This Gift of living in the Divine Will is what will restore man’s true sonship and thus his rights over all of creation, placing it again under the dominion of the Kingdom of the Divine Will. This coming of the Kingdom “on earth as it is in heaven” is what must take place before the end of time.

For creation awaits with eager expectation the revelation of the children of God… Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. (Romans 8:19; 1 Cor 15:24)

That is the remarkable Gift being offered to you and I, at the same time that the spirit of Antichrist (the “anti-will”) spreads throughout the world. So, before we can receive so great a Gift, we must first recognize within ourselves the great evil it is to do our own will.

 

THE SEA OF DISQUIET

At one point in the sublime teachings of Our Lady to Luisa, she says:

Child most dear to Me, listen to your Mama; place your hand upon your heart and tell Me your secrets: how many times have you been unhappy, tortured, embittered, because you have done your will? Know that you have cast the Divine Will out, and have fallen into the maze of evils. The Divine Will wanted to render you pure and holy, happy and beautiful of an enchanting beauty; and you, by doing your own will, have waged war against It, and, in sorrow, you have cast It out of Its dear dwelling, which is your soul. —The Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will, Day 2, p. 6; benedictinesofthedivinewill.org

Do this with me now, dear reader, as Our Mother speaks to us at this moment:

Place your hand upon your heart, and observe how many voids of love are in it. Now reflect [on what you observe]: That secret self-esteem; disturbance at the slightest adversity; those tiny attachments you feel to things and to people; tardiness in doing good; the restlessness you feel when things do not go your way — all of these are equivalent to many voids of love in you heart. These are voids which, like little fevers, zap you of the strength and [holy ] desire that one must have if they are to be filled with the Divine Will. Oh, if only you were to fill these voids with love, you too would feel the refreshing and conquering virtue in your sacrifices. My child, lend me your hand and follow me… —The Blessed Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will, Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi; Meditation 1, p. 248

Over and over again, Our Lady urges us never to do a single thing in our own will. “The human will is what disturbs the soul,” she says, “and endangers God’s most
beautiful works, even the holiest things.”
 [8] Of course, on this Sea of Disquiet, we are subject to so many storms from both within and without. But that’s why Jesus has given us Mary—or Maria—which means “sea” (from mare).  She, who is full of grace, is a Sea of Grace where the Kingdom of the Divine Will reigns in its fullness. In the school of her heart and the furnace of her blessed womb, there we find refuge by constantly having recourse to her, our Mother.

Therefore, dearest child of mine, if a gust of wind seeks to render you inconstant, immerse yourself in the sea of the Divine Will and come and hide in the womb of your mother so that I may defend you from the winds of the human will. —The Blessed Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will, Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi; Day 9, p. 124

Thus will begin, and quite quickly, the formation of the Kingdom of the Divine Will in your soul—and the inauguration into true sonship and the Union of unions that has been reserved for these, the last times of the Church and the world.

 

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The Lord’s gift remains constant to the devout
  and his goodwill means a good journey for ever.
Persevere at your duty, take pleasure in doing it,
  and grow old at your work.
Do not be astonished at the sinner’s achievements;
  trust the Lord and keep to your duty;
since it is a trifle in the eyes of the Lord,
The devout man receives the Lord’s blessing as his reward,
  in a moment God brings his blessing to flower.
Do not say, ‘What are my needs,
  what will be my profits in future?’
And do not say, ‘I am self-supporting,
  what losses can I suffer in future?’
In a time of profit, losses are forgotten,
  and in a time of loss, no one remembers profits.

Mark Mallett

 

WHY THE WORLD REMAINS IN PAIN

 

…BECAUSE we have not listened. We have not heeded a consistent warning from Heaven that the world is creating a future without God.

To my surprise, I sensed the Lord ask me to set aside writing on the Divine Will this morning because it is necessary to rebuke the cynicism, hard-heartedness and unwarranted skepticism of believers. People have no idea what awaits this world that is like a house of cards on fire; many are simply Sleeping as the House BurnsThe Lord sees into the hearts of my readers better than I. This is His apostolate; He knows what must be said. And so, the words of John the Baptist from today’s Gospel are my own:

…[he] rejoices greatly at the Bridegroom’s voice. So this joy of mine has been made complete. He must increase; I must decrease. (John 3:30)

 

IGNORING HEAVEN

I want to speak to my brothers and sisters in the Church who hold the following position: “I do not have to believe in private revelation because it is not necessary for salvation.” This is only partially true. In the words of Pope Benedict XIV:

One may refuse assent to “private revelation” without direct injury to Catholic Faith, as long as he does so, “modestly, not without reason, and without contempt.” —POPE BENEDICT XIV, Heroic Virtue, Vol. III, p. 397; Private Revelation: Discerning with the Church, page 38

That is to say, that if we have “reason” to believe that God himself is speaking to us, we actually have an obligation to assent to it, particularly when it involves directives according to His Divine Will:

He to whom that private revelation is proposed and announced, ought to believe and obey the command or message of God, if it be proposed to him on sufficient evidence… For God speaks to him, at least by means of another, and therefore requires him to believe; hence it is, that he is bound to believe God, Who requires him to do so. —BENEDICT XIV, Heroic Virtue, Vol III, p. 394

Thus, this commonly stated notion that one can simply dismiss “private revelation” out of hand is inaccurate. Moreover, it is a false notion that God has ceased speaking to the Church since the death of the last Apostle. Rather, what has ceased is the “Public Revelation” of Christ pertaining to all that is necessary for salvation. That’s all. It doesn’t mean that the Lord has nothing more to say about how that salvation unfolds, how the fruits of Redemption are applied, or how they will triumph in the Church and the world.

…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. Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 66

Jesus taught this himself!

I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. (John 16:12)

How can we say, then, that this “more” that God has yet to say is not important? How can we simply ignore him as He speaks through His prophets? Doesn’t this sound absurd? It’s not only absurd, it’s dangerous. Humanity rests on a precipice precisely because we have lost the child-like capacity to hear His voice and obey. The cries of Our Lord in Gethsemane were not because He was afraid to suffer; it was because He saw clearly into the future that, despite His Passion, many souls would reject Him—and be lost forever.

 

A CUP OF TEA WITH MOTHER?

Why is God sending His mother to earth to speak to us if it is not important? Has she come to have a cup of tea with her children or assure little old ladies with rosary beads how nice their devotion is? I have heard this kind of condescension for years.

No, Our Lady has been sent by the Holy Trinity to tell the world that God exists, and that without Him, there is no future. As Our Mother, she comes to prepare us for not only the catastrophes we are blindly walking into and which we have created by our own hands, but the triumphs that await us if we but surrender ourselves into her hands. I will give two examples of why disregarding such “private revelation” is not only foolish, but reckless.

You have heard of Fatima, but listen more carefully again to what Our Lady said:

You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war [World War I] is going to end: but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the Pontificate of Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that he is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father. To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays. If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated. —from the “Third Memoir” of Sr. Lucia, August 31st, 1941, for the Bishop of Leiria-Fatima in a message from Our Lady in 1917; “The Message of Fatima”, vatican.va

Despite the “miracle of the sun” to confirm Our Lady’s words, the Church took thirteen years to approve the apparitions, and then several more decades after that before the “consecration of Russia” was made (and even then, some dispute whether it was done properly since Russia was not explicitly mentioned in John Paul II’s “Act of Entrustment.”[1]) The point is this: our delay or non-response objectively resulted in World War II and the spread of Russia’s “errors”—Communism—that has not only claimed tens of millions of lives all over the world, but is poised to drag us into a third World War as the nations point their weapons at each other (see The Hour of the Sword).

The second example is in Rwanda. In the approved apparitions to the seers of Kibeho, they saw visions in graphic detail of the coming genocide—some 12 years before it occurred. They conveyed Our Lady’s message calling the nations to repentance so as to avert catastrophe… but the message was not heeded. Most ominously, the seers reported that Mary’s appeal…

…is not directed to only one person nor does it concern only the current time; it is directed to everyone in the entire world. —www.kibeho.org

DOOM AND GLOOM?

This is all to say that our refusal to listen to the voice of the Good Shepherd—whether it is through Our Lady, or through His prophets positioned throughout the world—is done at our own peril. You see, many dismiss these men and women as “prophets of doom and gloom.” The truth is this: it is we, not they, who determines what kind of prophets they are. If we listen to them, then they are prophets of hope, peace and justice. But if we ignore them, if we dismiss them out of hand, then they are indeed prophets of doom and gloom.

We decide.

Moreover, I repeat: what do you think is more “doom and gloom”—that Our Lord comes to put an end to this present suffering and bring about peace and justice… or that we continue to live under the beating of war drums? That abortionists continue to tear apart our babies and thus our future? That politicians promote infanticide and assisted suicide? That the scourge of pornography continue to destroy our sons and daughters? That scientists continue to play with our genetics while industrialists poison our earth? That the rich continue to grow richer while the rest grow more in debt just to surivive? That the powerful continue to experiment with the sexuality and minds of our children? That entire nations remain malnutritioned while Westerners grow obese? That Christians continue to be slaughtered, marginalized, and forgotten around the world? That clergy continue to remain silent or betray our trust while souls remain on the path to perdition? What is more gloom and doom—Our Lady’s warnings or the false prophets of this culture of death??

PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD

Over Christmas, we were accustomed to hearing the Gospel proclaimed:

A voice of one crying out in the desert, ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.’ (Matt 3:3)

If you travel through the Rocky Mountains of Canada, there are several ways through. The southern route is very windy, steep and slow. The central route is more straight and level. So it is with the future of this world. It is we—the “free will” response of humanity—who will determine whether we are to pass through the straight and level roads of peace and accord, or through the valley of the shadow of death. Our Lady of Fatima promised, “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she shall be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world.” But she made no guarantees of which road we would take to get there, because that is up to us.

…prophecy in the biblical sense does not mean to predict the future but to explain the will of God for the present, and therefore show the right path to take for the future. —Cardinal Ratzinger (POPE BENEDICT XVI), “Message of Fatima”, Theological Commentary, www.vatican.va

Right now, in various parts of the world, Our Lady continues to speak to the Church with specific instructions on what we are to do at this hour. And right now, it is to prepare ourselves to receive the incredible Gift of Living in the Divine Will. But who is listening? Are we continuing to rationalize away if not ridicule her voice, which is both the “rod” and “staff” by which the Good Shepherd is guiding His sheep? It would seem so, as her messages, while continuing to offer hope, also warn now of great spiritual dangers here and coming. As such, we are preparing to launch (in 2020) a new website where people can find the trusted voice of Our Lady. For she has begun to warn that the world is entering into a phase that, while ultimately, will see the Triumph of her Immaculate Heart, it will come through the arduous, winding, and painful roads that we have refused to straighten.

Everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand. (Matthew 7:26)

Picking a photo for this article was hard. Seeing the tears of fathers, mothers and children all over the world was heartbreaking. The headlines today read like a dirge, a painful lamentation of a world that it is either too stubborn, too proud, or too blind to see how, after thousands of years of civilization, despite our “knowledge” and “advances”, we are less human than ever. Heaven weeps with us, most of all, because the possibility of joy and peace is always within our grasp—but never in our hands.

Oh, how the free will of mankind is at once a marvelous and yet terrifying thing! It has the potential to unite itself to God, through Jesus Christ, and divinize the soul… or to reject the Divine Will and remain wandering in a waterless spiritual desert with only false oases to tempt its thirst.

Children, be on your guard against idols. (Today’s first reading)

In the Related Reading below are further links to challenge those in the Church who falsely and overconfidently believe we can ignore Heaven’s voice—including this one:

Dear children, I am the Immaculate Conception. I come from heaven to encourage you and make you men and women of faith. Open your hearts to the Lord and make of Him the little ark where the truth will be preserved. In this time of great spiritual confusion only those who remain in the truth will be saved from the great threat of the shipwreck of faith. I am your Sorrowful Mother and I suffer for what comes to you. Listen to Jesus and His Gospel. Do not forget the lessons of the past. I ask you everywhere to seek to witness to the love of My Son Jesus. Announce to all without fear the truth announced by My Jesus and the true Magisterium of His Church. Do not retreat. You will yet see horrors everywhere. Many chosen to defend the truth will retreat out of fear. You will be persecuted for your faith, but stand fast in the truth. Your reward will come from the Lord. Bend your knees in prayer and seek strength in the Eucharist. Do not be discouraged by the trials that will come. I will be with you.—Our Lady “Queen of Peace” to Pedro Regis of Brazil; his bishop continues to discern his messages, but has expressed, from a pastoral point of view, his satisfaction of the very positive fruits from the apparitions there. [2]

I sense a bitterness in the Lord’s voice as I write this; an anguish echoing from Gethsemane that after so many appeals of His love and mercy, so many wonders and works throughout the centuries, so many proofs and miracles beyond explanation (that are but a Google search away), we remain closed, unmoved, obstinate.

Lukewarm.

I give You, my Lord Jesus, the last word, since I, too, am an unworthy sinner.

I know your works; I know that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, ‘I am rich and affluent and have no need of anything,’ and yet do not realize that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I advise you to buy from me gold refined by fire so that you may be rich, and white garments to put on so that your shameful nakedness may not be exposed, and buy ointment to smear on your eyes so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and chastise. Be earnest, therefore, and repent. (Rev 3:15-19)

 

Originally published December 11th, 2017; updated today.

 

 

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THE DIVINE FOOTNOTES

Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta & St. Faustina Kowalska

 

IT has been reserved for these days, at the end of our era, for God to add two divine footnotes to the Sacred Scriptures.

 

THE BLESSED BEATS

In a powerful vision, St. Gertrude the Great (d. 1302) was allowed to rest her head near the wound in Jesus’ breast. As she listened to His beating Heart, she asked St. John the Beloved Apostle how it was that he, whose head had reposed on the breast of the Savior at the Last Supper, kept complete silence in his writings about the throbbing of the adorable Heart of his Master. She expressed regret to him that he had said nothing about it for our instruction. But the saint replied:

My mission was to write for the Church, still in its infancy, something about the uncreated Word of God the Father, something which of itself alone would give exercise to every human intellect to the end of time, something that no one would ever succeed in fully understanding. As for the language of these blessed beats of the Heart of Jesus, it is reserved for the last ages when the world, grown old and become cold in the love of God, will need to be warmed again by the revelation of these mysteries. —Legatus divinae pietatis, IV, 305; “Revelationes Gertrudianae”, ed. Poitiers and Paris, 1877

Consider for a moment that the human heart is composed of “two sides.” The one side draws blood into the heart from all the tissues of the body and pushes that blood into the lungs; the other side draws that replenished (oxygenated) blood from the lungs back into the heart, which is then pumped again into the body’s tissues and organs to bring new life, as it were.

Likewise, one could say that there are “two sides” to Divine Revelation, which was incarnated in the Word made flesh. As a fulfilment of the Old Covenant, God draws all of human history into the Heart of Christ, who transforms it through the breath of the Holy Spirit; this new life is then “pushed” into the present moment and future to “restore all things” in the New Covenant. The “drawing in” is Christ’s act of taking our sins upon Himself; the “sending out” is Christ making all things new.

Thus, just as the human heart’s function is to pump blood to the entire body so that it grows into full adulthood, so too, the Heart of Christ functions to bring the entire Body of Christ into full stature, that is, perfection.

And he gave some as apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers, to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of faith and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the extent of the full stature of Christ… (Eph 4:11-13; cf. Col 1:28)

What I’ve explained above is already known to us in the Public Revelation of the Church. By putting our ear to the Heart of Christ, however, we learn the details and minutiae of how all this will be accomplished. That is the role of so-called “private revelation” or prophecy.

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. —Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 67

 

THE DIVINE FOOTNOTES

In the Gospels, we are given two passages in particular that reveal the two sides of Christ’s Heart. The first passage reveals the function of that Blessed Side that draws all things to Himself through Divine Mercy:

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. (John 3:16)

The second passage reveals the goal of that second Side, which is to restore all things in Christ in the Divine Will:

This is how you are to pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as in heaven. (Matt 6:9-10)

Thus, the revelations of Jesus to St. Faustina on the Divine Mercy are simply a footnote to John 3:16. They are the “language of the blessed beats” of the Sacred Heart that take the word “love” from that Scripture passage and, as though passing it through the prism of Faustina, break it into an array of sublime truths about His love.

So too, the revelations to Luisa on the Divine Will merely fractionate the words “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” into the how and why their fulfillment is the ultimate perfection and “full stature” of man that Christ merited for us on the Cross. They are, in a word, the restoration of what Adam lost in the Garden of Eden.

He lost the beautiful day of the Divine Will, and degraded himself so much as to arouse pity… [Jesus] prepared for him the bath to wash him of all his sins, to fortify Him, to embellish him, in such a way as to render him worthy to receive again that Divine Will he had rejected, which formed his sanctity and his happiness. Child, there was not one work or pain that He suffered, which did not seek to reorder again the Divine Will in the creatures. —Our Lady to Luisa, The Virgin in the Kingdom of the Divine Will, Day Twenty-three (a)[5], benedictinesofthedivinewill.com

Hence it follows that to restore all things in Christ and to lead men back to submission to God is one and the same aim. —POPE ST. PIUS X, E Supremin. 8

This “submission” is not mere subservience, but it is to possess and reign in, as Christ did, the Kingdom of the Divine Will.

Just as all men share in the disobedience of Adam, so all men must share in the obedience of Christ to the Father’s will. Redemption will be complete only when all men share his obedience… —Servant of God Fr. Walter Ciszek, He Leadeth Me (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1995), pp. 116-117

The gift of Living in the Divine Will restores to the redeemed the gift that prelapsarian Adam possessed and that generated divine light, life and sanctity in creation… —Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi, The Gift of Living in the Divine Will in the Writings of Luisa Piccarreta (Kindle Locations 3180-3182)

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that “The universe was created ‘in a state of journeying’ (in statu viae) toward an ultimate perfection yet to be attained, to which God has destined it.”[1] That perfection is intrinsically linked to man, who is not only part of creation but its pinnacle. As Jesus revealed to Servant of God Luisa Piccaretta:

I desire, therefore, that My children enter My Humanity and copy what the Soul of My Humanity did in the Divine Will… Rising above every creature, they will restore the rights of Creation— My own as well as those of creatures. They will bring all things to the prime origin of Creation and to the purpose for which Creation came to be… —Rev. Joseph. Iannuzzi, The Splendor of Creation: The Triumph of the Divine Will on Earth and the Era of Peace in the Writings of the Church Fathers, Doctors and Mystics (Kindle Location 240)

This is also to say that the revelations presented to Luisa are nothing new and are contained implicitly in the Public Revelation of Christ. They are, simply, its footnote:

It would not be inconsistent with the truth to understand the words, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” to mean: “in the Church as in our Lord Jesus Christ himself”; or “in the Bride who has been betrothed, just as in the Bridegroom who has accomplished the will of the Father.” —Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 2827

 

THE TRIUMPH OF THE SACRED HEART

The sublime language of the Divine Mercy and Divine Will revelations constitute the prophetic Voice of the “blessed beats” of the Sacred Heart. The Divine Mercy is that pulsation that draws the sins of mankind into the refulgence of God’s love symbolized by the soldier’s lance; the Divine Will is the pulsation of new life that God intends for His Church symbolized by the Blood and Water which gushed forth from His Heart. These revelations are timed precisely “for the last ages when the world, grown old and become cold in the love of God, will need to be warmed again by the revelation of these mysteries.”

Thus, the Sacred Heart of Jesus will Triumph when, through the graces of His Divine Mercy, man has divested himself of his human will and allowed the Divine Will to reign in him.

My kingdom on earth is My life in the human soul. —Jesus to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 1784

…for…

The Church “is the Reign of Christ already present in mystery.” —Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 763

In other words, when the Heart of Jesus reigns uninhibited in His Church, then this fulfilment of the ‘Our Father’ will bring Christ’s other prophecy to fulfilment:

This gospel of the kingdom [of the Divine will] will be preached throughout the world as a witness to all nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:14)

All because of two little footnotes in salvation history.

Mark Mallett

ON LUISA AND HER WRITINGS…

 

BEFORE I continue writing on the “Gift of Living in the Divine Will,” it’s time to address some of the emails and messages questioning the orthodoxy of the writings of Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta. Some of you have said that your priests have gone so far as to declare her a heretic. It’s perhaps necessary, then, to restore your confidence in Luisa’s writings which, I assure you, are approved by the Church.

 

WHO IS LUISA?

Luisa was born on April 23rd, 1865 (a Sunday which St. John Paul II later declared as the Feast Day of Divine Mercy Sunday, according to the Lord’s request in the writings of St. Faustina). She was one of five daughters who lived in the small city of Corato, Italy.[1]

From her earliest years, Luisa was afflicted by the devil who appeared to her in frightful dreams. As a result, she spent long hours praying the Rosary and invoking the protection of the saints. It wasn’t until she became a “Daughter of Mary” that the nightmares finally ceased at the age of eleven. In the following year, Jesus began to speak interiorly to her especially after receiving Holy Communion. When she was thirteen, He appeared to her in a vision that she witnessed from the balcony of her home. There, in the street below, she saw a crowd and armed soldiers leading three prisoners; she recognized Jesus as one of them. When He arrived beneath her balcony, He raised his head and cried out: “Soul, help Me!” Deeply moved, Luisa offered herself from that day on as a victim soul in expiation for the sins of mankind.

Around the age of fourteen, Luisa began to experience visions and apparitions of Jesus and Mary along with physical sufferings. On one occasion, Jesus placed the crown of thorns upon her head causing her to lose consciousness and the ability to eat for two or three days. That developed into the mystical phenomenon whereby Luisa began to live on the Eucharist alone as her “daily bread.” Whenever she was forced under obedience by her confessor to eat, she was never able to digest the food, which came out minutes later, intact and fresh, as if it had never been eaten.

On account of her embarrassment before her family, who did not understand the cause of her sufferings, Luisa asked the Lord to conceal these trials from others. Jesus immediately granted her request by allowing her body to assume an immobile, rigid-like state that appeared almost as if she were dead. It was only when a priest made the sign of the Cross over her body that Luisa regained her faculties. This remarkable mystical state persisted until her death in 1947—followed by a funeral that was no little affair. During that period in her life, she suffered no physical illness (until she succumbed to pneumonia at the end) and she never experienced bedsores, despite being confined to her little bed for sixty-four years.

 

THE WRITINGS

During those times when she was not in ecstasy, Luisa would write down what Jesus or Our Lady dictated to her. Those revelations comprise two smaller works called The Blessed Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will and The Hours of the Passion, as well as 36 volumes on the three Fiats in salvation history.[2] On August 31, 1938, specific editions of the two smaller works and another of Luisa’s volumes were placed on the Church’s Index of Prohibited Books beside those of Faustina Kowalksa and Antonia Rosmini—all of which were eventually rehabilitated by the Church. Today, those works of Luisa now bear the Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur and, in fact, the “condemned” editions are not even available or in print anymore, and haven’t been for a long time. Theologian Stephen Patton notes,

Every book of Luisa’s writings that is currently in print, at least in English and by the Center for the Divine Will, has been translated only from versions fully approved by the Church. —”What the Catholic Church says about Luisa Piccarreta”, luisapiccarreta.co

Thus, in 1994, when Cardinal Ratzinger formally nullified the previous condemnations of Luisa’s writings, any Catholic in the world was free to licitly read, distribute, and quote them.

The former Archbishop of Trani, under whom discernment of the writings of Luisa falls, clearly stated in his 2012 Communication that Luisa’s writings are not heterodox:

I wish to address all those who claim that these writings contain doctrinal errors. This, to date, has never been endorsed by any pronouncement by the Holy See, nor personally by myself… these persons cause scandal to the faithful who are spiritually nourished by said writings, originating also suspicion of those of us who are zealous in the pursuit of the Cause. —Archbishop Giovanni Battista Pichierri, November 12th, 20112; danieloconnor.files.wordpress.com

In fact, Luisa’s writings—short of a declaration by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith—have as solid an approval as one could hope for. The following is a timeline of recent developments in both Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta’s Cause for Beatification as well as the developments on her writings (the following is drawn from Daniel O’Connor’s The Crown of Sanctity — On the Revelations of Jesus to Luisa Piccarreta):

● November 20th, 1994: Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger nullifies the previous condemnations of Luisa’s writings, allowing Archbishop Carmelo Cassati to formally open Luisa’s cause.
● February 2nd, 1996: Pope St. John Paul II permits the copying of Luisa’s original volumes, which up until then had been strictly reserved in the Vatican Archives.
● October 7th, 1997: Pope St. John Paul II beatifies Hannibal Di Francia (Luisa’s spiritual director and devoted promoter and censor of Luisa’s revelations)
● June 2nd & December 18th, 1997: Rev Antonio Resta and Rev. Cosimo Reho—two Church appointed theologians—submit their evaluations of Luisa’s writings to the Diocesan tribunal, affirming nothing contrary to Catholic Faith or Morals is contained therein.
● December 15th, 2001: with the permission of the diocese, a primary school is opened in Corato named after, and dedicated to, Luisa.
● May 16th, 2004: Pope St. John Paul II canonizes Hannibal Di Francia.
● October 29th, 2005, the diocesan tribunal and the Archbishop of Trani, Giovanni Battista Pichierri, render a positive judgment on Luisa after carefully examining all of her writings and testimony on her heroic virtue.
● July 24th, 2010, both Theological Censors (whose identities are secret) appointed by the Holy See give their approval to Luisa’s writings, asserting that nothing contained therein is opposed to Faith or Morals (in addition to the 1997 Diocesan theologians’ approval).
● April 12th, 2011, His Excellency Bishop Luigi Negri officially approves the Benedictine Daughters of the Divine Will.
● November 1st, 2012, the Archbishop of Trani writes a formal notice containing a rebuke of those who ‘claim [Luisa’s] writings contain doctrinal errors,’ stating that such people scandalize the faithful and preempt judgment reserved to the Holy See. This notice, furthermore, encourages the spread of the knowledge of Luisa and her writings.
● November 22nd, 2012, the faculty of the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome who reviewed Fr. Joseph Iannuzzi’s Doctoral Dissertation defending and explaining Luisa’s revelations [in the context of Sacred Tradition] give it unanimous approval, thereby granting its contents ecclesiastical approval authorized by the Holy See.
● 2013, the Imprimatur is granted to Stephen Patton’s book, A Guide to the Book of Heaven, which defends and promotes Luisa’s revelations.
● 2013-14, Fr. Iannuzzi’s dissertation received the accolades of almost fifty Catholic Bishops, including Cardinal Tagle.
● 2014: Fr Edward O’Connor, theologian and long-time professor of theology at Notre Dame University, publishes his book:  Living in the Divine Will: the Grace of Luisa Piccarreta, strongly endorsing her revelations.
● April 2015: Maria Margarita Chavez reveals that she was miraculously healed through the intercession of Luisa eight years earlier. The Bishop of Miami (where the healing took place) responds by approving investigation into its miraculous nature.
● April 27th, 2015, the Archbishop of Trani writes that “the Cause of Beatification is proceeding positively… I have recommended to all that they deepen the life and the teachings of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta…”
● January 2016, Sun of My Will, the official biography of Luisa Piccarreta, is published by the Vatican’s own official publishing house (Libraria Editrice Vaticana). Authored by Maria Rosario Del Genio, it contains a preface by Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, strongly endorsing Luisa and her revelations from Jesus.
● November 2016, the Vatican publishes the Dictionary of Mysticism, a 2,246-page volume edited by Fr. Luiggi Borriello, an Italian Carmelite, professor of theology in Rome, and “consultant to several Vatican congregations.” Luisa was given her own entry in this authoritative document.
● June 2017: The newly appointed Postulator for Luisa’s cause, Monsignor Paolo Rizzi, writes: “I appreciated the work [carried out thus far]… all this constitutes a solid base as a strong guarantee for a positive outcome… the Cause is now at a decisive stage along the path.”
● November 2018: An official Diocesan inquiry is initiated by Bishop Marchiori in Brazil into a miraculous healing of Laudir Floriano Waloski, thanks to Luisa’s intercession.

 

RIGHTS… AND WRONGS

Without question, Luisa has approval from every direction—save for those critics who are either unaware of what the Church says, or ignore it. However, there exists some genuine confusion as to what can and cannot be published at this time. As you’ll see, it has nothing to do with reservations over Luisa’s theology.

In 2012, Archbishop Giovanni Picherri of Trani stated:

…it is my desire, after having heard the opinion of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, to present a typical and critical edition of the writings in order to provide the faithful with a trustworthy text of the writings of Luisa Piccarreta. So I repeat, the said writings are exclusively the property of the Archdiocese. (Letter to Bishops of October 14, 2006)

However, in late 2019, the Publishing House Gamba issued a statement on their website regarding the already published volumes of Luisa’s writings:

We declare that the content of the 36 books is perfectly in line with the original Writings by Luisa Piccarreta, and thanks to the philological method used in its transcription and interpretation, it is to be considered a Typical and Critical Edition.

The Publishing House grants that the editing of the complete Work is faithful to the one made in the year 2000 by Andrea Magnifico – founder of the Association of the Divine Will in Sesto S. Giovanni (Milan) and holder of the right of ownership of all the Writings by Luisa Piccarreta – whose last will, handwritten, was that the Publishing House Gamba should be the House entitled “to publish and more widely diffuse the Writings by Luisa Piccarreta”. Such titles were directly inherited by sisters Taratini from Corato, Luisa’s heirs, on September 30th 1972.

Only the Publishing House Gamba is authorized to publish the Books containing the Original Writings by Luisa Piccarreta, without modifying or interpreting their contents, because only the Church can evaluate them or give explanations. —from Association of the Divine Will

It is not entirely clear, then, how the Archdiocese has asserted property rights over Luisa’s apparent heirs who claim the right (by civil law) to publish her volumes. What the Church has full rights over, of course, is the theological evaluation of the orthodoxy of Luisa’s writings and where they can be quoted (ie. in a formal ecclesial setting or not). In that regard, the need for a trustworthy edition is imperative, and arguably, already exists (according to Publishing House Gamba). Also, in 1926, the first 19 volumes of Luisa’s spiritual diary were published with the Imprimatur of Archbishop Joseph Leo and the Nihil Obstat of St. Hannibal Di Francia, the officially appointed censor of her writings.[3]

Fr. Seraphim Michalenko, vice-postulator for St. Faustina’s canonization, explained to me that, had he not intervened to clarify a bad translation of St. Faustina’s works, they might have remained condemned. So the Archbishop of Trani has been rightly concerned that nothing interfere with the Cause that has been opened for Luisa, such as bad translations or erroneous interpretations. In a letter in 2012, he stated:

I must mention the growing and unchecked flood of transcriptions, translations and publications both through print and the internet. At any rate, “seeing the delicacy of the current phase of the proceedings, any and every publication of the writings is absolutely forbidden at this time. Anyone who acts against this is disobedient and greatly harms the cause of the Servant of God” (Communication of May 30, 2008). All effort must be invested in avoiding all “leaks” of publications of any kind. —Archbishop Giovanni Battista Pichierri, November 12th, 2012; danieloconnor.files.wordpress.com
However, in a subsequent letter of April 26th, 2015, addressed to an international conference on Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, the late Archbishop Pichierri stated that he “received with joy the commitment that the participants declared solemnly they would take upon themselves to be more faithful to the Charism of ‘living in the Divine Will’” and that he “recommended to all that they deepen the life and the teachings of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta in light of Holy Scripture, the Tradition, and of the Magisterium of the Church under the guidance and in obedience to their Bishops and priests” and that Bishops ought to “welcome and support such groups, assisting them to put into practice concretely the spirituality of the Divine Will.”[4]
Clearly, in order to live ‘the Charism’ and ‘deepen’ oneself in ‘the life and the teachings’ of Luisa and ‘practice concretely the spirituality of the Divine Will,’ one must have access to the messages communicated to Luisa. The very conference the Archbishop attended employed existing publications in order to instruct attendees in the Divine Will. The Diocesan sponsored Official Association of Luisa Piccarreta is regularly quoting from the volumes as well as the ecclesiastically approved Benedictine Daughters of the Divine Will who cite English translations of the volumes in their public newsletters. How, then, are the faithful to square away seemingly contradictory statements from the late Archbishop, especially in light of Publishing House Gamba’s legal claims?
The obvious conclusion is that one can acquire, read and share already existing faithful texts while no further “transcriptions, translations and publications” are to be produced until the Archdiocese’s “typical and critical” edition is released. That, and one must pursue these teachings “in light of Holy Scripture, the Tradition and of the Magisterium of the Church,” as Archbishop Pichierri wisely advised.

 

WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING

I had a good chuckle when Daniel O’Connor took to the podium recently at a Divine Will conference where we spoke in Texas. He offered anyone $500 if they could provide evidence of any Church mystic who has been 1) declared a Servant of God, 2) borne such mystical phenomena, and 3) whose writings had such extensive approval, as Luisa Piccarreta does, and yet, 4) was later declared “false” by the Church. The room fell silent—and Daniel kept his $500. That’s because no such example exists. Those who declare this victim soul and her writings to constitute heresy are, I hope, speaking in ignorance. For they are simply wrong and in contradiction with the ecclesiastical authorities in this regard.

Aside from the authors already mentioned above, I would highly recommend that skeptics begin with a work such as The Crown of Sanctity — On the Revelations of Jesus to Luisa Piccarreta by Daniel O’Connor, which can be downloaded for free on Kindle or in PDF form at this link. In his usual accessible but theologically sound reasoning, Daniel provides a broad introduction to Luisa’s writings and the coming Era of Peace, as understood in Sacred Tradition, and reflected in the writings of other 20th century mystics.

I also highly recommend the works of Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi, whose theology has guided and continues to guide my own writings on these subjects. The Splendor of Creation is an acclaimed theological work that beautifully summarizes the Gift of Living in the Divine Will and its future triumph and fulfillment foreshadowed by the Early Church Fathers. Many also enjoy the podcasts of Fr. Robert Young O.F.M. which you can listen to here.

For those who wish to delve into a deeper theological analysis, read The Gift of Living in the Divine Will in the Writings of Luisa Piccarreta—An Inquiry into the Early Ecumenical Councils, and into Patristic, Scholastic and Contemporary TheologyThis doctoral dissertation of Rev. Iannuzzi’s bears the seals of approval of the Pontifical Gregorian University and explicates how Luisa’s writings are nothing less than a deeper unfolding of what has already been revealed in the Public Revelation of Jesus Christ and the “deposit of faith.”

…no new public revelation is to be expected before the glorious manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ. 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. —Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 66

Decades ago, when I first read the works of St. Louis de Montfort on the Blessed Virgin Mary, I used to underline certain passages while murmuring to myself, “That’s a heresy… there’s an error… and that’s got to be a heresy.” However, after forming myself in the Church’s teaching on Our Lady, those passages make perfect theological sense to me today. I now see some well-known Catholic apologists making the same mistake with Luisa’s writings.

In other words, if the Church declares a certain teaching or private revelation to be true that we, in turn, struggle to comprehend at the time, our response should be that of Our Lady and St. Joseph:

And they did not understand the saying which [Jesus] spoke to them… and his mother kept all these things in her heart. (Luke 2:50-51)

In that kind of humility, we create the space for Wisdom and Understanding to bring us to true Knowledge—that truth which sets us free. And Luisa’s writings carry that Word which promises to set all of creation free…[5]

Who could ever destroy the truth—that Father [St.] Di Francia has been the pioneer in making known the Kingdom of My Will—and that only death kept him from bringing the publication to completion? Indeed, when this great work becomes known, his name and his memory will be full of glory and splendor, and he will be recognized as the prime mover in this work, which is so great in Heaven and on earth. Indeed, why is there a battle going on? And why is almost everyone yearning for victory—the victory of holding back the writings on My Divine Fiat? —Jesus to Luisa, “Nine Choirs of the Children of the Divine Will”, from newsletter of the Center for the Divine Will (January 2020)

 

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SPIRALING TOWARD THE EYE

 

SOLEMNITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY,
THE MOTHER OF GOD

 

The following is the “now word” on my heart on this Feast of the Mother of God. It is adapted from the Third Chapter of my book The Final Confrontation about how time is accelerating. Do you feel it? Perhaps this is why…

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But the hour is coming, and is now here…
(John 4:23)

 

IT may seem that to apply the words of the Old Testament prophets as well as the book of Revelation to our day is perhaps presumptuous or even fundamentalist. Yet, the words of the prophets such as Ezekiel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Malachi and St. John, to name but a few, are now burning in my heart in a way they did not in the past. Many people I have met in my travels say the same thing, that the readings of the Mass have taken on a powerful meaning and relevance that they never felt before.

 

THE SPIRAL OF SCRIPTURE

The only way to properly understand how texts written thousands of years ago could apply to our day, is that the Scriptures are living—the living Word of God. They live and breath new life in every generation. That is, they have been fulfilled, are being fulfilled, and will be fulfilled. These Scriptures keep spiraling down through the ages, finding fulfillment on deeper and deeper levels according to God’s infinite wisdom and hidden designs.

The spiral can be seen throughout creation. The pattern of leaves around the stem of a flower, pine cones, pineapples and seashells unfurl in spirals. If you watch water drain into a sinkhole or drain, it flows in the pattern of a spiral. Tornadoes and hurricanes form in a spiral pattern. Many galaxies, including our own, are spirals. And perhaps most fascinating is the spiral or helical shape of human DNA. Yes, the very fabric of the human body is made up of spiraling molecules, which determines the unique physical characteristics of each and every individual.

Perhaps the Word made flesh has also revealed Himself in Scripture in the pattern of a spiral. As we pass through time, His Word is fulfilled on new and different levels as we proceed toward the smallest “ring”, the end of time, into eternity. The historical, allegorical, and moral interpretations of Scripture come to pass in a multitude of ways in a multitude of times. We see this spiral most powerfully in the Book of Revelation when St. John describes the Seven Seals, Seven Bowls, and Seven Trumpets. They seem to unfold as deeper and further fulfillments of each other on various levels. (Even the “miracle of the sun”, as witnessed by some 80,000 people in Fatima and in various places throughout the world in our times, is often a spinning disc, sometimes spiraling towards the earth… see Debunking the Sun Miracle Skeptics).

 

THE SPIRAL OF TIME

If God’s creation moves in the direction of a spiral, perhaps time itself does as well.

If you’ve ever dropped a coin into one of those spiral “donation” displays, even though the coin maintains a circular path, it moves faster and faster as it spirals to the end. Many of us are feeling and experiencing a similar kind of acceleration today. Here, I am speaking on a metaphysical plane, the idea that God can accelerate time while the measure of time itself remains constant.

If the Lord had not shortened those days, no one would be saved; but for the sake of the elect whom he chose, he did shorten the days. (Mark 13:20)

In other words, just as that coin makes a full circle through the spiral, but increasingly in smaller and accelerated circles until it plops into the coin repository, so too is time completing 24-hour cycles, but in a spiritually accelerated manner.

We are heading towards the end of time. Now the more we approach the end of time, the more quickly we proceed—this is what’s extraordinary. There is, as it were, a very significant acceleration in time; there’s an acceleration in time just as there’s an acceleration in speed. And we go faster and faster. We must be very attentive to this to understand what is happening in today’s world. —Fr. Marie-Dominique Philippe, O.P., The Catholic Church at the End of an Age, Ralph Martin, p. 15-16

While a day is still 24 hours and a minute 60 seconds, it’s as though time is somehow speeding up within itself.

As I pondered this some time ago, the Lord seemed to answer my query with a technological analogy: the “MP3.” It is a digital song format for electronic devices and the Internet which uses “compression” in which the size of a song file (the amount of space or computer memory it takes up) can be “shrunk” without noticeably affecting the sound quality. The size of the song file shrinks while the length of the song remains the same. Note, however, that compression can begin to drastically deteriorate the sound quality of a song: ie. the more compression there is, the worse the sound.

So too, as the days seem increasingly “compressed”, the more there is a deterioration in morals, civil order, and nature.

Because of the increase of evildoing, the love of many will grow cold. (Matthew 24:12)

Of old you laid the earth’s foundations…they all wear out like a garment… for creation was made subject to futility, not of its own accord but because of the one who subjected it, in hope that creation itself would be set free from slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God. (Psalm 102:26-27; Rom 8:20-21)

 

 

THE SPIRALING STORM

Most of my readers have heard me share a prophetic word I received several years ago while praying in a farm field as I watched an approaching storm:

A Great Storm, like a hurricane, is coming over the earth.

Years later, I would read that the very same message had been given to several mystics, including this from Our Lady to Elizabeth Kindelmann:

The elect souls will have to fight the Prince of Darkness. It will be a frightening storm — no, not a storm, but a hurricane devastating everything! He even wants to destroy the faith and confidence of the elect. I will always be beside you in the storm that is now brewing. I am your mother. I can help you and I want to! You will see everywhere the light of my Flame of Love sprouting out like a flash of lightning illuminating Heaven and earth, and with which I will inflame even the dark and languid souls! But what sorrow it is for me to have to watch so many of my children throw themselves in hell! —Message from the Blessed Virgin Mary to Elizabeth Kindelmann (1913-1985); approved by Cardinal Péter Erdö, primate of Hungary

The point is this: the closer one gets to the “eye of the storm,” the more those spiraling winds increase in speed, intensity and danger. The most damaging winds are those within the eye-wall of the hurricane before they suddenly give way to the calm, light, and stillness of the eye of the storm. Yes, that is coming too, a Great Day of Light or what some mystics have called an “illumination of conscience” or “Warning.” But before that, the winds of confusion, division, chaos and violence are going to sweep over the world, the Seven Seals of Revolution that, as I write, are beginning to unfurl across many nations.

In 2013, I sensed the Lord say very strongly over a period of about two weeks that:

You are now entering into dangerous and confusing times.

At the time, none of us had heard of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio who would become the next pope—and a flashpoint for much of the Church’s present turmoil, whether real or perceived. Today, the winds of confusion and division in the Church are rapidly intensifying…

 

 

2020 AND THE STORM

On the threshold of 2020, there is not, in a sense, anything new unfolding but rather an exponential increase in what has already begun. That is, humanity is moving faster and faster toward the Eye of the Storm. We have to pay attention to this! For the temptation to fall asleep, to pretend that things will just continue as they are indefinitely, to become preoccupied with all the confusion and problems or, conversely, to indulge in the flesh and thereby lose one’s moral compass… will only increase. Satan is dragging many souls into perdition, especially those who have been sitting on the fence, especially Christians who are lukewarm. If God was tolerant with our compromise and modus vivendi with the flesh in the past, it is not so any longer. I want to tell you with the greatest love and seriousness: cracks in your spiritual life will become footholds for Satan to wreak havoc in your marriages, families, and relationships—if left open. Repent of these; sincerely repent. Bring them to Confession and let your Merciful Jesus seal the cracks with His love and deliver you from the oppressor’s persecution.

The Prince of Darkness is wildly thrashing about as he knows that the time of St. Michael’s intervention and the hour of Our Lady’s Little Rabble is coming—that Great Day of Light when the Flame of Love will burst forth as the first rays of a New Pentecost and the Kingdom of the Divine Will will begin, interiorly, its universal reign within hearts.

This Flame full of blessings springing from my Immaculate Heart, and that I am giving you, must go from heart to heart. It will be the Great Miracle of light blinding Satan… The torrential flood of blessings about to jolt the world must begin with the small number of the most humble souls. Each person getting this message should receive it as an invitation and no one should take offense nor ignore it… —Our Lady to Elizabeth Kindelmann; see www.flameoflove.org

Then the strongholds that Satan and his minions held in many souls will be broken and the devil will lose much of his power in what the Scriptures call “heaven”, which is not Paradise, but the spiritual domain over the earth that Satan has roamed for over 2000 years.

For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. (Ephesians 6:12)

St. John explains:

Then war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon. The dragon and its angels fought back, but they did not prevail and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. The huge dragon, the ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, who deceived the whole world, was thrown down to earth, and its angels were thrown down with it. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have salvation and power come, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Anointed.” (Rev 12:7-10)

This, however, is not the end of the Storm but a divine pause (some mystics, such as Fr. Michel Rodrigue, suggest this pause in the Storm will last mere “weeks” ). It will rather position the Church and the anti-church for its final confrontation. In a message to mystic Barbara Rose, God the Father speaks of this separation of the weeds from the wheat:

To overcome the tremendous effects of generations of sin, I must send the power to break through and transform the world. But this surge of power will be uncomfortable, even painful for some. This will cause the contrast between darkness and light to become even greater. —from the four volumes Seeing With the Eyes of the Soul, November 15th, 1996; as quoted in The Miracle of the Illumination of Conscience by Dr. Thomas W. Petrisko, p. 53

This is confirmed in messages to Australian Matthew Kelly, who was told of a coming illumination of consciences or “mini-judgment.”

Some people will turn even further away from Me, they will be proud and stubborn….  —from The Miracle of the Illumination of Conscience by Dr. Thomas W. Petrisko, p.96-97

Then will come the last half of the Storm when Satan will concentrate what power he has left into a single individual whom Tradition calls the “Son of Perdition.”

Then the dragon became angry with the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring, those who keep God’s commandments and bear witness to Jesus.It took its position on the sand of the sea. Then I saw a beast come out of the sea with ten horns and seven heads; on its horns were ten diadems, and on its heads blasphemous names… (Revelation 12:17-13:1)

…there may be already in the world the “Son of Perdition” of whom the Apostle speaks. —POPE ST. PIUS X, E Supremi, Encyclical On the Restoration of All Things in Christ, n. 3, 5; October 4th, 1903

In a word, Satan and his followers will then exhaust themselves in evil in a short and furious persecution of the Church. So, let them. Our eyes, brothers and sisters, ought to be fixed on most especially what follows the Storm (for just as you’ll be blinded by the debris of a real hurricane, so too, one can be distracted by all the evil in the world). It is the flourishing of the Kingdom of the Divine Will when the words of the Our Father will, at last, be fulfilled: “Thy Kingdom Come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Ah, my daughter, the creature always races more into evil. How many machinations of ruin they are preparing! They will go so far as to exhaust themselves in evil. But while they occupy themselves in going their way, I will occupy Myself with the completion and fulfillment of My Fiat Voluntas Tua  (“Thy will be done”) so that My Will reign on earth—but in an all-new manner. Ah yes, I want to confound man in Love! Therefore, be attentive. I want you with Me to prepare this Era of Celestial and Divine Love… —Jesus to Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta, Manuscripts, Feb 8th, 1921; excerpt from The Splendor of Creation, Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi, p.80

It is this coming Era of Peace and unparalleled sanctity that I wish to continue addressing in the New Year, beginning with the confusion surrounding Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta herself…

 

 

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