Mark Mallett

 

THE SINGLE WILL

 

THE horse is one of the most mysterious of all creatures. It falls perfectly upon the dividing line between tame and wild, between docile and feral. It is also said to be a “mirror of the soul” as it reflects back to us our own fears and insecurities (see Belle, and Training for Courage).

One of the most beautiful things to watch among a herd of horses is how they move in sync. They can dart and weave, dash and juke in complete unison without running into the other or taking over another’s space. It’s as if they have a single will.

I have been addressing the “Gift of living in the Divine Will” for the past couple of weeks and I’m sure many of you are asking what exactly this is. Don’t worry, I’ll do my best to explain this in the weeks ahead, including today through the following analogy…

 

FOLLOW THE LEADER

There is a mystique surrounding those whom popular culture calls “horse whisperers,” as if they have a secret way to communicate with horses. But really it’s what is called “natural horsemanship,” what my wife and I apply to our herd all the time. It’s simply learning the language of horses as they are among each other, and then applying this language in our training.

Horses have a natural “fight or flight” instinct, so they constantly seek leadership within the herd. The idea, then, is for a trainer to become a leader whom the horse will trust and follow. In the beginning, a horse will yield to a trainer out of fear lending the appearance that it’s in sync with its rider… but that’s not necessarily the case. Often, a horse can be a ticking time bomb that suddenly bucks or bolts because it really doesn’t find leadership in its rider.

Natural horsemanship, then, is about building a relationship so that the horse finds its leadership and comfort in the trainer rather than submitting out of fear.

 

LEADING TO LIBERTY

Something beautiful happens when a horseman “connects” with a horse in this way. It will begin to follow its leader out of trust rather than tension; it begins to rest in its trainer. If the leader moves forward, the horse follows; if he stops, so does the horse; if he turns, changes pace, or reverses, it’s is right there with him. Now, a horse can learn to conform to its leader’s will, even perfectly. But most often, this is only when the horse has a lead rope or halter around it. As soon as that rope comes off, the instinct to return to the herd is often stronger than the desire to stay with its human leader.

However, when the connection between a horse and its leader is total and complete, the horse will begin to move at liberty with the trainer, that is, without a lead rope and halter. It’s really an emotional moment and lovely thing to see. In fact, really good horsemen, like our Canadian mentor Jonathan Field, will tell you that a horse can begin to move when you even think about what you want. It’s as if the horse and rider now have a single will.

I don’t know a better way to learn horsemanship than to pursue a relationship with a horse that is free without ropes attached. —Jonathan Field, Canadian natural horseman

To illustrate this, watch Jonathan at work with his horse Hal who, at one time, was an unpredictable and sour gelding:

 

TAMING THE HUMAN WILL

Since the fall of Adam and Eve, God has been taming the human will. In fact, when they covered themselves in leaves and hid from their Creator, the human race has been in “fight or flight” mode ever since! But slowly, over the course of millennia, God the Father has whispered to the soul of man, calling him back to Himself. Through the prophets and patriarchs, He revealed that He is a loving God, “slow to anger and rich in mercy,” a tender Father whom we can trust. And that, if we remain in Him, we will find true peace and rest. King David learned that God’s will was the source of life and joy for him, leading him to pen the beautiful canticle to the Divine Will in Psalm 119, and this tender verse:

I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a child quieted at its mother’s breast; like a child that is quieted is my soul. (Psalm 131:1-2)

David learned that the soul’s rest was found by a faith expressed in obedience. As the Lord said of the Israelites:

“They shall never enter my rest”… because of disobedience. (Heb 4:5-6)

When the Word became flesh, Jesus revealed that He is our rest; that through His power and grace, we can overcome our human will so inclined to fight or flee from Him.

I do not do what I want, but I do what I hate… For I know that good does not dwell in me, that is, in my flesh. The willing is ready at hand, but doing the good is not. Miserable one that I am! Who will deliver me from this mortal body? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord. (cf. Romans 7:15-25)

In other words, Jesus was to be…

…the leader and perfecter of faith. (Heb 12:2)

But now, in these last times, Our Lord wants to do more than simply lead His saints like a horse with the rope of His commandments around our will. Rather, He desires to restore in us what Adam and Eve lost, which was not merely a “doing” of God’s will, but of living in the Divine Will in total liberty such that there becomes a single will. 

My descent upon earth, taking on human flesh, was precisely this—to lift up humanity again and give to my Divine Will the rights to reign in this humanity, because by reigning in my Humanity, the rights of both sides, human and divine, were placed in force again. —Jesus to Luisa, Feb. 24th, 1933; The Crown of Sanctity: On the Revelations of Jesus to Luisa Piccarreta (p. 182). Kindle Edition, Daniel. O’Connor

 

THE SINGLE WILL

Under Moses, the People of God learned obedience, but often out of fear. In the New Covenant, the saints learned to obey God perfectly, and out of love at that. But Jesus came to do more than ask for our flawless allegiance (in the way that a slave may perfectly fulfill the will of his master but remains but a slave). Rather, the Father wants His Will to reign in us “on earth as it is in heaven.” In revelations to Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, which have been approved by the Archbishop of her diocese and cleared by Vatican theologians, Jesus reveals that this Gift of living and resting in the Divine Will is precisely what we have been praying for as a Church for over 2000 years:

My very prayer to the heavenly Father, ‘May it come, may your kingdom come and your Will be done on earth as it is in heaven,’ meant that with My coming to earth the Kingdom of My Will was not established among creatures, otherwise I would have said, ‘My Father, may Our kingdom that I have already established on earth be confirmed, and let Our Will dominate and reign.’ Instead I said, ‘May it come.’ This means that it must come and souls must await it with the same certainty with which they awaited the future Redeemer. For My Divine Will is bound and committed to the words of the ‘Our Father.’ —Jesus to Luisa, The Gift of Living in the Divine Will in the Writings of Luisa Piccarreta (Kindle Location 1551), Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi

This reign of the Kingdom of the Divine Will is approaching, though it has begun in some souls since Luisa first received it, and is being opened to the Church at this hour, including my readers through these current writings. [1]

The Church of the Millennium must have an increased consciousness of being the Kingdom of God in its initial stage. —POPE JOHN PAUL II, L’Osservatore Romano, English Edition, April 25th, 1988

In our analogy, then, this coming reign is like that last and more rare stage when a horse and rider merge into a single will. The horse is at liberty—totally free—and yet, its will is now its leader’s. This is the kind of freedom Adam once had, Our Lady was given, and Jesus wants to restore to the Church in the last stage of salvation history.

For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1)

In other words, the yoke of Christ, that is the Gift of living in the Divine Will, is actually the total liberation of the human will which dissolves, as it were, into the Divine Will. By this, I do not mean that the human will is merely conformed to God’s will, but that the Divine Will fully operates and dwells in the human soul and becomes, in fact, the soul’s possession. Jesus explains to Luisa what the difference is between those perfectly conformed to His Will and those who will receive this final Gift of living in the Divine Will reserved for our times:

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; to do My Will is to regard the Will of God as My Will, and not [also] as one’s own property that they are able to administer as they intend. To live in My Will is to live with one single Will […] And since My Will is all holy, all pure and all peaceful, and because it is one single Will that reigns [in the soul], no contrasts exist [between us]… On the other hand, to do My Will is to live with two wills in such a way that, when I give orders to follow My Will, the soul feels the weight of its own will which causes contrasts. And even though the soul faithfully carries out My Will’s orders, it feels the weight of its rebellious human nature, of its passions and inclinations. How many saints, although they may have reached the heights of perfection, felt their own will waging war on them, keeping them oppressed? Whence many were forced to cry out: “Who will free me from this body of death?”, that is, “from this will of mine, that wants to give death to the good I want to do?” (cf. Rom 7:24) —Jesus to Luisa, The Gift of Living in the Divine Will in the Writings of Luisa Piccarreta, 4.1.2.1.4, (Kindle Locations 1722-1738), Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi

When a horse and rider have reached that precious stage of a single will, even though the horse may be galloping—it is at complete rest in his leader whom it trusts. Indeed, St. Paul and the Early Church Fathers foretold how the Kingdom of the Divine Will is synonymous with a coming universal “rest” for the Church…

 

 

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THE TEST

 

YOU may not realize it, but what God has been doing in your heart and mine of late through all the trials, temptations, and now His personal request to smash your idols once and for all—is a test. The Test is the means by which God not only measures our sincerity but prepares us for the Gift of living in the Divine Will.

 

TIME IS SHORT

Before I explain this, I want to assure you again of God’s mercy—that even if you have failed the test thus far, it is not too late. As Jesus said to St. Faustina:

If you do not succeed in taking advantage of an opportunity, do not lose your peace, but humble yourself profoundly before Me and, with great trust, immerse yourself completely in My mercy. In this way, you gain more than you have lost, because more favor is granted to a humble soul than the soul itself asks for…  —Jesus to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 1361

By humbling yourself in the truth of who you are, and who you aren’t, you have the opportunity to gain even more than what was lost up until the present moment. Believe me, even the angels are astounded by the generosity of the Father, who renews His mercies each and every day.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness. (Lam 3:22-23)

All that said, I want to tell you in all seriousness: time is of the essence. Events are beginning over the whole earth that will precipitate The Great Shaking of consciences. Now, you can either be on the side of those stumbling in the darkness or on the side of those helping others through it—the latter constituting Our Lady’s Little Rabble. If you wish to be a member of the New Gideon’s little army, then what is needed right now is a sincere and resolute break with your past sins, including those inordinate attachments to even naturally good things that are creating Voids of Love.

But joining Our Lady’s Little Rabble is only a secondary mission. The primary reason for emptying yourself entirely of every fragment of your human will is so that you can receive the Gift of Living in the Divine Will. This is no small thing; it is not another devotion; it’s not another movement among movements in the Catholic Church. It is the Grace of graces to clothe the surviving Church on earth in the Wedding Garment of Purity so as to make her a suitable Bride for the Return of Jesus in Glory at the end of time.

It was this awareness of the “signs of the times” that led St. John XXIII to declare a coming “era of peace” that would, in fact, facilitate this coming “new and divine holiness”:

The task of humble Pope John is to “prepare for the Lord a perfect people,” which is exactly like the task of the Baptist, who is his patron and from whom he takes his name. And it is not possible to imagine a higher and more precious perfection than that of the triumph of Christian peace, which is peace at heart, peace in the social order, in life, in wellbeing, in mutual respect, and in the brotherhood of nations. —POPE ST. JOHN XXIII, True Christian Peace, December 23rd, 1959; www.catholicculture.org

God himself had provided to bring about that “new and divine” holiness with which the Holy Spirit wishes to enrich Christians at the dawn of the third millennium, in order to “make Christ the heart of the world.” —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Address to the Rogationist Fathers, n. 6, www.vatican.va

 

SOARING TOWARD PERFECTION

I have written and recorded a Forty Day Lenten Retreat on breaking free from attachments. I want to remind you again of the image I used of a hot air balloon.

Even if a balloon is filled with hot air and has begun its descent into the heavens, it cannot leave the earth if even one tether is attached to it. So it is with you and I: if we cling to even one act of our human will that is contrary to God’s will, we are prevented from soaring toward the perfection for which we are made. Yes, for which we are made! We think that freedom is doing what we please on earth. But true freedom consists in loving God with one’s whole heart, mind, soul and strength, and thus, our neighbour as ourself. It’s only in this total sacrifice of one’s own will that we actually find ourselves. Ah, indeed, the cross is foolishness to the world, but for us who believe, it is “the power of God and the wisdom of God.” [1]

Now, it can be frightening to abandon those rope tethers and soar above the clouds, helpless before the will of the wind as the earth disappears from sight.

The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know whence it comes or whither it goes; so it is with every one who is born of the Spirit. (John 3:8)

So too, to let go of the tethers of false security to you which you have been clinging (alcohol, pornography, tobacco, wasted time on the internet, selfish assertions of your wants and desires, etc.) can feel frightening as you begin to soar above the Clouds of Unknowing, carried by the Holy Spirit into the stratus of the Divine Will. You may feel a deep sense of grief and loss and question whether you are doing the right thing. You may want to return to “earth,” to those temporal feelings of pleasure and comfort that you knew.

But that, my dear friend, is part of the test.

 

THE TEST

In The Great Forerunnerwe read how St. Faustina cut the tethers of her will in a decisive act. Only then did she begin to receive the Gift of Living in the Divine Will. Now, many of you are thinking, fine, but she’s a saint. I’m sorry, you’re wrong. She didn’t get her halo until she was in Heaven. Just the day before, she was recalling her misery, particularly when one of the older nuns had ruthlessly berated her:

Get it out of your head, Sister, that the Lord Jesus might be communing in such an intimate way with such a miserable bundle of imperfections as you! Bear in mind that it is only with holy souls that the Lord Jesus communes in this way!” I acknowledged that she was right, because I am indeed a wretched person, but still I trust in God’s mercy. When I met the Lord I humbled myself and said, “Jesus, it seems that You do not associate intimately with such wretched people as I.” Be at peace, My daughter, it is precisely through such misery that I want to show the power of My mercy.” —St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 134

After this recollection, Jesus came to St. Faustina to ask of her the total sacrifice of her will. It was The Test. 

O my Jesus, You have tested me so many times in this short life of mine! I have come to understand so many things, and even such that now amaze me. Oh, how good it is to abandon oneself totally to God and to give Him full freedom to act in one’s soul!

Faustina then revealed how freedom is central to The Test. It’s not a matter of forfeiting one’s salvation, but the eternal merits one would otherwise receive.

…the Lord gave me to understand that I should offer myself to Him so that He could do with me as He pleased. I was to remain standing before Him as a victim offering. At first, I was quite frightened, as I felt myself to be so utterly miserable and knew very well that this was the case. I answered the Lord once again, “I am misery itself…” Jesus made it known to me that, even if I did not give my consent to this, I could still be saved; and He would not lessen His graces, but would still continue to have the same intimate relationship with me, so that even if I did not consent to make this sacrifice, God’s generosity would not lessen thereby. And the Lord gave me to know that the whole mystery depended on me, on my free consent to the sacrifice given with full use of my faculties. In this free and conscious act lies the whole power and value before His Majesty. Even if none of these things for which I offered myself would ever happen to me, before the Lord everything was as though it had already been consummated. At that moment, I realized I was entering into communion with the incomprehensible Majesty. I felt that God was waiting for my word, for my consent.Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 134-136

What many of you may not realize is that even the Blessed Mother, who is our prototype, was tested in this way, even though she was without sin. The Trinity rejoiced in her innocence and perfection, and yet, she had more to receive and more to give. The Test, then, came when the Angel Gabriel proposed that she would bear God-Incarnate in her womb (if she consented with her fiat). Our Lady explains the reason for this test:

While there was complete rejoicing and festivity between us, I saw that [the Trinity] could not trust me if they hadn’t proof of my fidelity [through a test.] My child, the test is a flag of victory; the test [disposes for the soul] all the blessings that God wants to give us [and holds for us] in safekeeping; the test matures and disposes the soul to obtain the greatest conquests. I too saw the necessity of a test—in exchange for the many seas of grace God had given me, I wanted to offer proof [of my love] to my Creator with an act of loyalty that would cost me the sacrifice of my entire life. How beautiful it is to be able to say: “You have loved me, and I have loved You!” But without a test, this can never be said. —Our Lady to Luisa Piccarreta, The Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will, Third Edition (with translation by Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi); Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur, Msgr. Francis M. della Cueva S. M., delegate of the Archbishop of Trani, Italy; from Divine Will Prayer Book, p. 100

Have you noticed the common word above? Sacrifice. Yes, the cross is not a mattress but rough-hewn wood. This renunciation of the will costs us. But here is the secret: the Cross is also a marital bed. When we surrender ourselves to the Divine Will through the sacrifice of our own, we, in turn, receive the seed of the Word within our hearts, which begets eternal life.

The Test, then, is not a dark and gloomy path; it is the very emptying that prepares us to be filled with light and joy. It is the cutting of ties with the flesh so that the spirit can soar into the heavens. It is the renunciation of the human will so as to receive the Divine Will in which lies “every spiritual blessing in the heavens.” [2]

 

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THE GREAT FORERUNNER

 

Speak to the world about My mercy;
let all mankind recognize My unfathomable mercy.
It is a sign for the end times;
after it will come the day of justice.
—Jesus to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 848

 

IF the Father is going to restore to the Church the Gift of living in the Divine Will that Adam once possessed, Our Lady received, Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta reclaimed and that we are now being given (O Wonder of wonders) in these last times… then it begins by recovering what we first lost: trust.

 

THE BREEZE OF MERCY

I am deeply moved by the letters many of you sent over the weekend sharing with me your own recognition of the idols in your life. It is clear that the Holy Spirit is moving like a beautiful breeze over the garden of my readers.

When they heard the sound of the Lord God walking about in the garden at the breezy time of the day, the man and his wife hid themselves from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. (Genesis 3:8)

The Good News is that you don’t need to hide from Jesus! While you may feel a surge of shame at the deeper awareness of these idols, you have not taken the Lord by surprise. He not only knows of these idols but sees into the very depths of your soul where sin reigns in ways you may not fully comprehend even now—and yet, He still searches you out with a burning love. How can you be afraid of someone who loves you so much, in spite of your misery? This is the meaning of the words:

I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom 8:38-39)

Do not fear what you will lose by smashing your idols, rather, fear what may lose if you don’t! Remember how St. Paul said that “For the sake of the joy that lay before him, [Jesus] endured the cross.” [1] The joy, reserved for the Bride of Christ in these last times, is the Gift of Living in the Divine Will, which is a full participation in the life of the Holy Trinity. In brief,

…the Divine Will was intended by God to be the strength, the prime motion, the support, the nourishment and the life of the human will. Therefore, if we fail to allow the Divine Will to take up its life in our human will, we reject the blessings we received from God at the time of man’s creation… —Our Lady to Luisa Piccarreta, The Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will, Third Edition (with translation by Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi); Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur, Msgr. Francis M. della Cueva S. M., delegate of the Archbishop of Trani, Italy (Feast of Christ the King); from Divine Will Prayer Book, p. 105

In order to reclaim these “blessings” as the final stage of mankind’s redemption, the first step is trusting that God has our total wellbeing at heart…

 

THE GREAT FORERUNNER

Just as John the Baptist was the immediate precursor to both the Incarnation and public ministry of Jesus, so too, the message of Divine Mercy given to us through St. Faustina is the immediate precursor to the coming of the Kingdom of the Divine Will.

Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand! (John the Baptist, Matthew 3:2)

Jesus said as much to Faustina:

You will prepare the world for My final coming. —Jesus to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 429

We need only turn to St. John Paul II in order to understand the significance of these revelations that he considered his “special task”:

Providence has assigned it to me in the present situation of man, the Church and the world. It could be said that precisely this situation assigned that message to me as my task before God.  —November 22, 1981 at the Shrine of Merciful Love in Collevalenza, Italy

While realizing the eschatological significance of the message of Divine Mercy, John Paul II did not interpret this as an immediate precursor to the end of the world, but the end of an era and the dawn of a new:

The hour has come when the message of Divine Mercy is able to fill hearts with hope and to become the spark of a new civilization: the civilization of love. —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Homily, August 18th, 2002

This, he said, would be revealed in the new millennium.

…the light of divine mercy, which the Lord in a way wished to return to the world through Sr. Faustina’s charism, will illumine the way for the men and women of the third millennium. —ST. JOHN PAUL II, HomilyApril 30th, 2000

 

THE MORNING STAR

Before the sun rises, it is preceded by Venus, what is called the “morning star.” Think of this morning star as the “light of divine mercy” that precedes the light of divine justice when Jesus will come by way of His glorified Spirit to execute justice upon the nations in order that the Kingdom of His Divine Will may reign on earth as it is in Heaven. 

At the end of the Book of Revelation, Jesus takes this mysterious title upon Himself:

Behold, I am coming soon. I bring with me the recompense I will give to each according to his deeds… I am the root and offspring of David, the bright morning star. (Revelation 22:12, 16)

In his discourse on the “end times,” St. Peter writes:

…we possess the prophetic message that is altogether reliable. You will do well to be attentive to it, as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. (2 Peter 1:19)

This is all to say that the coming of Christ’s Kingdom on earth is an interior coming within the hearts of His faithful that begins with receiving Jesus as the King of Mercy (the Morning Star) and culminates in recognizing Him as the King of Justice (the Sun of Justice)—which for the faithful will be a cause of joy and gladness—but for the wicked, a day of gloom and condemnation (see The Day of Justice).

The Church, which comprises the elect, is fittingly styled daybreak or dawn… It will be fully day for her when she shines with the perfect brilliance of interior light. —St. Gregory the Great, Pope; Liturgy of the Hours, Vol III, p. 308

 

PREPARATION FOR THE DIVINE WILL

St. Faustina’s diary reveals a woman who felt the utter weight of her misery and sin, that is, her own idols. This was precisely why she was chosen, not only to be the secretary of His Mercy, but to prophetically reveal within her person how the path of Mercy prepares the way for the Gift of living in the Divine Will. Faustina became for all of us a living sign of hope that nothing is impossible for God—except, that is, our refusal to trust in Him.

My child, all your sins have not wounded My Heart as painfully as your present lack of trust does that after so many efforts of My love and mercy, you should still doubt My goodness… I have inscribed your name upon My hand; you are engraved as a deep wound in My Heart. —Jesus to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 1486, 1485

Oh, how such words melted Faustina’s heart—and have melted my own. How often we Christians think that, because of our sin, Jesus rejects us. On the contrary says Matthew the Poor, “Whoever is poor, hungry, sinful, fallen or ignorant is the guest of Christ.” [2]

The flames of mercy are burning Me—clamoring to be spent; I want to keep pouring them out upon souls; souls just don’t want to believe in My goodness.  —Jesus to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 177

All Jesus asks is that we trust in His goodness and let go of our sin once and for all. The way is “narrow” and “difficult” precisely because of that primordial wound in our hearts, which was to lose trust in the Divine Will and believe the lie that it leads to some kind of religious slavery as opposed to authentic freedom. Therefore, trust (ie. faith) is the path not only to salvation but sanctification, and in these last times, the path to reacquire the “Sanctity of sanctities” of living in the Divine Will.

The graces of My mercy are drawn by means of one vessel only, and that is—trust. The more a soul trusts, the more it will receive.  —Jesus to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 1578

In other words, to receive the greatest Gift possible for the Church, we need to have the greatest trust possible—which is to empty ourselves completely of our own will. We see in St. Faustina that this culminates in her receiving the Gift of living in the Divine Will, what she calls a “transconsecration” of her being once she totally abandoned herself to Jesus:

“Do with me as You please. I subject myself to Your will. As of today, Your holy will shall be my nourishment” …Suddenly, when I had consented to the sacrifice with all my heart and all my will, God’s presence pervaded me. My soul became immersed in God and was inundated with such happiness that I cannot put in writing even the smallest part of it. I felt that His Majesty was enveloping me. I was extraordinarily fused with God …And the Lord said to me, You are the delight of My Heart; from today on, every one of your acts, even the very smallest, will be a delight to My eyes, whatever you do. At that moment I felt transconsecrated. My earthly body was the same, but my soul was different; God was now living in it with the totality of His delight. This is not a feeling, but a conscious reality that nothing can obscure. —Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 136-137

And this is what God wishes to do in the soul’s of Our Lady’s Little Rabble, indeed, the whole Church….

Now, child of my Heart, listen closely to what I, your tender mother, am about to say. Never let your human will act on its own. Be content to die rather than concede one act of life to your own will. Oh, if you will keep your will sacrificed in honour of your Creator, the Divine Will shall take its first step in your soul, and you will feel molded with a heavenly aura, purified and warmed in wuch a way that you will feel the seeds of your passions disappear, and you will feel yourself placed [by God] within the first steps of the Kingdom of the Divine Will. —Our Lady to Luisa Piccarreta, The Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will, Third Edition (with translation by Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi); Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur, Msgr. Francis M. della Cueva S. M., delegate of the Archbishop of Trani, Italy (Feast of Christ the King); from Divine Will Prayer Book, p. 88

 

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THE VOIDS OF LOVE

 

ON THE FEAST OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE

 

Exactly nineteen years ago to the day, I consecrated my entire life and ministry to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Since then, she has enclosed me in the secret garden of her heart, and like a good Mother, has tended to my wounds, kissed my bruises, and taught me about her Son. She has loved me as her own—as she loves all her children. Today’s writing is, in a sense, a milestone. It is the work of a “Woman clothed in the sun laboring to give birth” to a little son… and now you, her Little Rabble.

 

IN the early summer of 2018, like a thief in the night, a huge windstorm made a direct hit on our farm. This stormas I would soon find out, had a purpose: to bring to nothing the idols that I had clung to in my heart for decades…

 

CREATING VOIDS

After my sister’s death when I was only nineteen, almost overnight, I subconsciously began to look for comfort in other ways than in God. Although I continued to go regularly to Mass and Confession, I found myself seeking solace in the touch and affection of the girls I was dating. But that inevitably led to trouble. Alcohol increasingly became a “reward,” a way to “unwind” at the end of a week. Or I would turn to sports, to wasting time in front of the TV, or to food and coffee. I would occasionally have a cigar or puff a pipe. Later, when I married Lea, I sought comfort through our marital union, sometimes crying in her arms, wishing the moment would not pass. Even nature became an attachment for me; it became my place of comfort, the lap on which I would rest instead of the Father’s.

You see, when I was seven years old, I invited Jesus to be my “personal Lord and Savior,” which He has remained to this day. I loved God too much to “turn on” Him; I knew that He probably had a plan in all this sorrow; I knew that, to renounce my faith, would be a disaster in itself… So, I still believed and followed Him. But I no longer trusted Him. I could trust these comforts. They were tangible, in my control; they couldn’t betray me; they couldn’t turn my world upside down, so I thought.

Remarkably, in the midst of this “minor rebellion,” God called me into ministry in the mid-90’s. He began to do much to heal my trust in Him. I was committed to daily prayer, frequent confession, spiritual reading, spiritual direction and so on. These would often bring great spiritual consolations and the presence of God. I was learning to trust in His Divine Mercy. But still, I hung on to these other comforts. They were reliable, predictable. They were there when I was stressed or lonely. I thought I could love both “God and mammon.” [1] I was wrong.

 

THE STORM

The storm was literally over in about 15 seconds. Dozens of beautiful trees surrounding our yard on the bald prairies were toppled. It turned out that nature could turn my world upside down. I was angry and bitter for days. It soon became clear that I didn’t just appreciate creation; it was indeed a little idol.

In the months ahead, the strain of dealing with the storm, and the renovations to our house that was falling apart, strained my relationship with my wife. Just days before Christmas, we took a break from one another. I lived in a hotel and then a friend’s place. It was the most painful two weeks of my life (how could this be happening to us?). But in the midst of it, Jesus revealed another idol: co-dependency with my wife. The Lord did much after that Christmas to reveal the brokenness and dysfunction in my heart. He began to heal the root issues in my life and bring about a new freedom in my soul. I thought the worst of it was over.

But this past summer was a different storm altogether. Within a span of two months, the breakdown of machinery, vehicles and whatever else, plunged us tens of thousands of dollars into debt thus shaking me to the core. As I always did, I would give God the perfunctory nod—then turn to those other comforts, the idols I had not yet dealt with…

 

SMASHING IDOLS

In early November this year, my wife walked into my office and tenderly said, “I think you need to rethink your approach to wine and your pipe. You like your comforts whether it’s these or food or coffee or… me. I know you’re not a drunk and that you’re pretty responsible, but still, you’re reaching for these things in stress. I think you might be sending a wrong message to our boys, and honestly, I’m struggling with your approach too.”

I sat alone for a few minutes. What she was telling me, I already knew deep within. The Holy Spirit had already been preparing me earlier in the year by moving me to reread The Dark Night by St. John of the Cross, a classical treatise on the need to detach in order to progress toward divine union. As St John said of inordinate attachments in his other work:

A bird can be held by a chain or by a thread, still it cannot fly. —St. John of the Cross, op. cit ., cap. xi.  (cf. Ascent of Mount Carmel, Book I, n. 4)

Oh, I wanted to fly to God! Ever since the storm, I was in a veritable tug-o-war in my soul. Jesus wanted all of me—and I wanted all of Him… but I wasn’t ready to completely let go. I would make excuses that, after all, I was suffering enough, that these comforts weren’t that unreasonable. The idea of letting them go seemed like a sad thing to do.

Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, “You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to [the] poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” At that statement his face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions. (Mark 10:21-22)

What happened next, I have no words for. Suddenly, a grace of repentance came over me. I called Lea back into my office. I looked at her and said, “How can I write about these idols in the Church, and yet, cling to my own? You’re right darling. I’ve given away my love to these things. But Jesus asks us to love Him with all our heart, all our soul and all our strength. It’s time, darling. It’s time for me, once and for all, to smash these idols and abandon myself totally to Him.” Tears of joy and anticipation fell like rain. The window of opportunity was open. The grace was there.

I went to the fridge and grabbed a can of beer and what wine we had left. Then I went to the shop and collected my pipes and tobacco (that I had bought seven years ago when my mother-in-law was dying from cancer, again, to assuage my suffering with an idol of comfort). However, as I walked toward the incinerator to burn these things, something inside recoiled. Suddenly, a deep sadness came over me and I began to cry, then sob, then heave. I was shocked. I couldn’t understand what was happening to me, perhaps even a small deliverance of some sort. So, I gathered my courage and tossed the pipes into the fire. Then I poured the wine on the ground, still sobbing.

Then… like water beginning to seep into an empty well… peace began to fill the voids of love.

 

FINDING REST

The next day, I wondered if I’d gone too far. I wondered if this was too radical. And then, the Lord in His goodness, explained to me why I had to do this:

These idols took the place of Me. These comforts took a place in your heart reserved only for Me—I who created you for Me alone. My child, the Scriptures say, “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” But you have turned elsewhere for your rest, and this is why you have always been restless.

To turn to Jesus for this rest implies turning away from or casting off our burdens. But why don’t we do this? The answer is what St. Thomas Aquinas calls effeminacy or “softness”—a soul  who doesn’t want to suffer.

Those who are inclined toward these delights have also another serious imperfection, which is that they are weak and remiss in treading the rough way of the cross. A soul given up to pleasure naturally feels aversion toward the bitterness of self-denial. —The Dark Night, Book One, Ch. 6, n. 7

But this softness is a lie. It actually deprives us of greater goods that would bring immeasurably greater fulfillment.

The attainment of our goal demands that we never stop on this road, which means we must continually get rid of our wants rather than indulging them. For if we do not get rid of them all completely, we will not wholly reach our goal. A log of wood cannot be transformed into the fire if even a single degree of heat is lacking to its preparation for this. The soul, similarly, will not be transformed in God even if it has only one imperfection…  —St. John of the Cross, The Ascent of Mount Carmel, Book I, Ch. 11, n. 6

Since the day that I “smashed” those idols, I have been experiencing wave after wave of grace, new effusions of understanding and peace amidst tears of joy. St. John of the Cross once said that we can actually progress quickly toward divine union if we but reject all sin and inordinate attachments. In other words, we are not doomed to a life of restlessness, misery and anxiety while on earth. Jesus said:

I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly… unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. (John 10:10, 12:24)

 

NOT MY WILL

Ponder this: all that stands between you and the Gift is your will! It is doing the “hard thing” (at least it feels that way at first) in order to receive the best thing. Our Lady said to Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta that she wants all her children to know the same interior life that she has by living in the Divine Will, not our own.

Do you know what renders us dissimilar? It is your will that robs you of the freshness of grace, of the beauty that enraptures your Creator, of the strength that conquers and endures everything and of the love that impacts everything. —Our Lady to Luisa Piccarreta, The Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will, Third Edition (with translation by Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi); Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur, Msgr. Francis M. della Cueva S. M., delegate of the Archbishop of Trani, Italy (Feast of Christ the King); from Divine Will Prayer Book, p. 87

I am experiencing that truth at this very moment. With those idols smashed to pieces, there is now room in my heart for the Divine Will; there is “good soil” for the seeds of the Kingdom to germinate in; [2] there is a heart more emptied of self so that it can be filled with the Divine. [3] And I find myself crying out in the words of Augustine, “Late have I loved Thee, O Lord! Late have I loved thee!”

Oh, how late have my desires been enkindled and how early, Lord, were you seeking and calling that I might be totally taken up with you! —St. Teresa of Avila, from The Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila, Vol. 1

Jesus Christ, my Lord, even though my sins from the time of my childhood, and those which I have committed up to this present hour, are very great… your mercy is greater than the malice of my sins. —St. Francis Xavier, from The Letters and Instructions of Francis Xavier; cited in Magnificat, Dec. 2019, p. 53

 

COURAGE

What is the lesson then today? It is that you need to exercise courage. I am convinced that, because you’re reading this, you also have the grace to do what is necessary. But you need to exercise courage—to “be not afraid.” For years, I cried out like the blind man Bartimaeus, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!” But what I was lacking was the courage to let go of what I was clinging to.

Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage; get up, he is calling you.” He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus. (Mark 10:46-52)

He threw aside his cloak. And with that, he was healed. What are you clinging to today? Or rather, what is clinging to you. Because in truth, hidden within the pain of letting those things go (the cross) is the seed of new life and light (the resurrection). Therefore…

…let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith. For the sake of the joy that lay before him he endured the cross… (Heb 12:1-2)

This said, entreat your Blessed Mother to help you, just as the servants at the wedding at Cana approached her when they ran out of wine.

Will you place your heart, your will and your entire self in my maternal hands so that I may prepare you, dispose you, strengthen you and empty you of everything? If you do so, I will completely fill you with the light of the Divine Will, and form in you its divine life. —Our Lady to Luisa, Ibid. Divine Will Prayer Book, p. 86

The jars of your own wine, that is, your own will must be emptied first before they can be filled with the Divine Will. Our Lady will help you. She, in turn, then appeals to her Son to change the water of your weakness into the wine of His strength; to transform your will into the Divine Will. Our Lady, as mediatrix of grace, “will completely fill you” with this New Wine pouring forth like an ocean from the luminous Heart of Christ’s Divine Mercy. She’s going to do it! For your part, it is the courage to say no, once and for all, to those things to which you are inordinately attached.

Jesus once said to Luisa, To enter [into the Divine Will] creatures need but remove the pebble of their own will… A soul has but to desire it and all is done, my Will assumes all the work.”  If you have a spiritual director, reveal to him those idols that you feel must be smashed before you do anything radical. If you don’t have a director, ask Our Lady and the Holy Spirit to temper your zeal so that you do only that which is pleasing to God. Do not fall into the error of thinking that good things like nature, chocolate, marital sex, or even a glass of wine are evil. No! What is sinful and damaging is when these become idols that in turn create “voids of love” where God’s Will ought to reign. Ask Our Lady Seat of Wisdom to give you the knowledge and wisdom needed to become the person the Father created you to be, which ultimately, is found in the Gift and grace of living in the Divine Will.

It is the grace of incarnating Me, of living and growing in your soul, never to leave it, to possess you and to be possessed by you as in one and the same substance. It is I who communicate it to your soul in a compenetration which cannot be comprehended: it is the grace of graces… It is a union of the same nature as that of the union of heaven, except that in paradise the veil which conceals the Divinity disappears… —Blessed Conchita (María Concepción Cabrera Arias de Armida), cited in The Crown and Completion of All Sanctitiesby Daniel O’Connor, p. 11-12; nb. Ronda Chervin, Walk with Me, Jesus

Two days before I smashed those idols, I was moved to post this video on Facebook. I didn’t know how prophetic it was going to be…

It is time, my friend, to burn the ships and fill the voids with love.

 

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PREPARING THE WAY

 

A voice cries out:
In the desert prepare the way of the LORD!
Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!
(Yesterday’s First Reading)

 

YOU have given your fiat to God. You have given your “yes” to Our Lady. But many of you are no doubt asking, “Now what?” And that’s okay. It’s the same question Matthew asked when he left his collection tables; it is the same question Andrew and Simon wondered as they left their fishing nets; it’s the same question Saul (Paul) pondered as he sat there stunned and blinded by the sudden revelation that Jesus was calling him, a murderer, to be His witness to the Gospel.[1] Jesus eventually answered those questions, as He will yours.

 

GOD’S GENEROSITY

If you are only giving your “yes” to God right now, then you are akin to those in Christ’s parable of the workers who entered the vineyard at the last hour of the day, but were paid the same wage as those who had laboured all day. That is, Jesus will give you the same Gift as those who have been preparing for it for decades, which of course, may not seem fair. But, says the vineyard Owner:

Am I not free to do as I wish with my own money? Are you envious because I am generous? (Matthew 20:15)

God’s ways are not our ways—and He has His reasons. Even though St. Paul was not among the Twelve who gave up everything and followed Jesus for three years, he became one of the greatest Apostles. Why? Because the one who is shown the greatest mercy is often the one who “has shown great love” in return.[2]

“Which of them will love him more?” Simon said in reply, “The one, I suppose, whose larger debt was forgiven.” [Jesus] said to him, “You have judged rightly.” (Luke 7:41-43)

Isn’t this a cause for immense joy and hope? At the same time, it is also a call to responsibility. Even though those labourers entered the vineyard at the last hour, they still had the same work to do as the others; so did St. Paul—and so do you and I.

 

THE UPPER ROOM

Think of this time we’re in right now as that period when Jesus sent the disciples out two by two. It seems strange that the Lord did this before they had received the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Nonetheless, these were His instructions:

He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick — no food, no sack, no money in their belts. They were, however, to wear sandals but not a second tunic… So they went off and preached repentance. They drove out many demons, and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them. (Mark 6:8, 12-13)

Jesus was sending them “ahead of him in pairs” so that they would prepare the other villages for His coming[3] And even though they had received Christ’s anointing and authority and actually accomplished many of the same works that they would post-Pentecost, this was still a school for them. They didn’t quite “get it”; they were dazzled by their own accomplishments; they argued who was greater; they didn’t fully grasp yet that the Cross is the only way to the graces of the Resurrection.

The way of perfection passes by way of the Cross. There is no holiness without renunciation and spiritual battle. —Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 2015

Like the seventy-two, we are in that pre-New Pentecost period where God is indeed granting the Gift to a Little Rabble who, in turn, are to be among the first to help prepare the way for the Kingdom of the Divine Will. The conditions for us are the same: detachment from inordinate desires and even those comforts and securities that often seem entirely reasonable—a “walking stick, money, and a second tunic.” But Jesus is asking us to trust Him in a spirit of simplicity, to take only a mere “pair of sandals.” Why sandals?

How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news! (Rom 10:15)

How beautiful will be the feet of you who have said “yes” to Our Lady, those who be among the first to help usher in the Kingdom of Christ when His Divine Will will be done on earth as it is in Heaven!

The time in which these writings will be made known is relative to and dependent on the disposition of souls who wish to receive so great a good, as well as on the effort of those who must apply themselves in being its trumpet-bearers by offering up the sacrifice of heralding in the new era of peace… —Jesus to Luisa, The Gift of Living in the Divine Will in the Writings of Luisa Piccarreta, n. 1.11.6, Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi

There are still questions, doubts, misconceptions, bickering, competitiveness, and all the presumptions that the disciples had. Yes, I see this today, even among those who have been preparing for years. So it is also the time of the Upper Room, the time of waiting, repenting, humbling, emptying by sitting at the feet of the Mother. Yet, God will use these weaknesses like kindling to further purify and ignite us in love for the full outpouring and operation of the Gift of Living in the Divine Will in the “era of peace” that the popes have been praying for. So…

…let us implore from God the grace of a new Pentecost… May tongues of fire, combining burning love of God and neighbor with zeal for the spread of Christ’s Kingdom, descend on all present! —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Homily, New York City, April 19th, 2008

Lay aside all doubts and wrestling; reject all anxiety and second-guessing. You said yes precisely because you heard Christ’s invitation to, “Come, follow me.” God, therefore, has a plan to deal with your insufficiencies, sins, and bad habits; He has a good teacher lined up for you—Our Lady! And there is no time to waste. So, I am going to write you more frequently meaning, you in turn, have to commit to 5-10 minutes a day to sit at Our Lady’s feet in order to better hear the voice of the Good Shepherd in this chaotic times. I have also created a new category in the sidebar for all of these writings called THE DIVINE WILL.

And so with me, enter now into the school of Mary. It is Our Lady, with the Holy Spirit, who are going to prepare our hearts for the great Gift of Living in the Divine Will—the Crown and Sanctity of all sanctities—the Flame of Love who is Jesus Christ—and the actualization of the New Pentecost. And so, we begin…

Place your hand upon your heart and observe how many voids of love there 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 your 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 as I now offer you my lesson…  —Our Lady to Luisa Piccarreta, The Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will, Third Edition (with translation by Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi); Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur, Msgr. Francis M. della Cueva S. M., delegate of the Archbishop of Trani, Italy (Feast of Christ the King); from Divine Will Prayer Book, p. 249

A lesson in the form of a powerful experience I had last month…

 

They that hope in the LORD will renew their strength,
they will soar as with eagles’ wings.
(Today’s First Reading)

 

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OUR LADY’S LITTLE RABBLE

 

ON THE FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

 

UNTIL now (meaning, for the past fourteen years of this apostolate), I have placed these writings “out there” for anyone to read, which will remain the case. But now, I believe what I am writing, and will write in the days ahead, are intended for a small group of souls. What do I mean? I will let Our Lord speak for himself:

All are invited to join my special fighting force. The coming of my Kingdom must be your only purpose in life. My words will reach a multitude of souls. Trust! I will  help all of you in a miraculous way. Do not love comfort. Do not be cowards. Do not wait. Confront the Storm to save souls. Give yourself to the work. If you do nothing, you abandon the earth to Satan and to sin. Open your eyes and see all the dangers that claim victims and threaten your own souls. —Jesus to Elizabeth Kindelmann, The Flame of Love, pg. 34, published by Children of the Father Foundation; Imprimatur Archbishop Charles Chaput

Jesus is Coming! At the head of this special fighting force preparing the way is Our Lady. The group is small because few respond to her call;[1] the band is paltry because few accept the conditions; the force is tiny because few confront the storm in their own souls much less the Storm spreading over the world. They are often those who reject the “signs of the times”…

…those of us who do not want to see the full force of evil and do not want to enter into his Passion. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Catholic News Agency, Vatican City, Apr 20, 2011, General Audience

Small is the number of those who understand and follow me… —Our Lady of Medjugorje, message allegedly to Mirjana, May 2nd, 2014

We are truly living as in the days of Noah when many are those caught up in “buying and selling,” seeking the comforts of the world rather than preparing for the Great Storm (that is so close, one can practically smell the nitrogen in its droplets of justice). Strangely, I feel as though this writing will be, for some, the last invitation to join Our Lady’s Little Rabble—those who will lead the charge against the powers of darkness. Thus, this writing is an appeal from one crying out in the wilderness:

Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths! (Yesterday’s Gospel)

It is a cry that, at its very heart, is an appeal to trust: to finally give one’s personal and total fiat to God and hand the reins of one’s soul over to Our Lady in order to follow her lead. For to her and her offspring are given the task of crushing the serpent’s head in order to make way for the reign of Christ (cf. today’s First Reading).

If Jesus is Coming, did you expect less? Did you think that we are mere spectators of the greatest event since the Resurrection?

 

OUR LADY’S LITTLE RABBLE

In the eyes of the world, this “special fighting force” is nothing. We are aliens in a foreign land. We find ourselves surrounded by a world hostile to God and everything He stands for. We are exactly like the Israelites in the days of Gideon.

Surrounded by the armies of Midian, Gideon addressed his 32,000 soldiers as Our Lady once addressed the entire Church at Fatima, and then throughout the decades until this final call at the present hour:

“If anyone is afraid or fearful, let him leave! Let him depart from Mount Gilead!” Twenty-two thousand of the soldiers left, but ten thousand remained. The Lord said to Gideon: “There are still too many soldiers. Lead them down to the water and I will test them for you there. If I tell you that a certain man is to go with you, he must go with you. But no one is to go if I tell you he must not. When Gideon led the soldiers down to the water, the Lord said to him: Everyone who laps up the water as a dog does with its tongue you shall set aside by himself; and everyone who kneels down to drink raising his hand to his mouth you shall set aside by himself. Those who lapped up the water with their tongues numbered three hundred, but all the rest of the soldiers knelt down to drink the water. The Lord said to Gideon: By means of the three hundred who lapped up the water I will save you and deliver Midian into your power.” (Judges 7:3-7)

The 300 are those who, laying down their fears, setting aside political correctness, and humbling themselves with their faces to the ground, have placed themselves at the edge of Living Waters. They let no comfort come between them and the River of Life, not even their own hands (ie. good things that can nonetheless be sacrificed); they are not afraid to suffer, to let themselves get a little “dirty” for the sake of the call. They are those who have laid down their natural weapons—those attachments in which they have placed their security and even faith (money, intelligence, natural giftedness, property, material things, etc.). Moreover, they are those whose faith has been tested in this current papacy but have not turned against the Pope (which is part of the test, as you will see in a moment).

For the battle at hand is ultimately to drive out the powers of darkness in order to help usher in the Kingdom of God.

For, although we are in the flesh, we do not battle according to the flesh, for the weapons of our battle are not of flesh but are enormously powerful, capable of destroying fortresses. (2 Corinthians 7:3-4)

In other words, the Rabble is being called to act completely contrary to their rational inclinations—to walk by faith, not by sight—following exactly in Our Lady’s footsteps as she whispers her instructions:

Gideon divided the three hundred men into three companies, and provided them all with horns and with empty jars and torches inside the jars. “Watch me and follow my lead,” he told them. “I shall go to the edge of the camp, and as I do, you must do also.” (Judges 7:16-17)

These three little groups (composed of a remnant of the clergy, religious and laity) are going to lead a charge that will begin to blind Satan. Within their hearts, they will carry the Flame of Love, which is the Gift of Living in the Divine Will (which I will explain and help you to receive in the days ahead)…

…my Flame of Love… is Jesus Himself—Our Lady to Elizabeth Kindelmann, August 31, 1962

The purpose of the times we are now living in is to enable certain souls to receive this Gift as individuals in preparation for the time when the entire world will receive it. —Daniel O’Connor, The Crown of Sanctity: On the Revelations of Jesus to Luisa Piccarreta, p. 113 (Kindle Edition)

The horn is the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word and power of God; the jar symbolizes the quiet, hidden life of humility we are to lead in imitation of Our Lady until the moment comes when the “the Woman clothed with the sun” makes her move in the darkest part of the Storm:

So Gideon and the hundred men who were with him came to the edge of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, just after the posting of the guards. They blew the horns and broke the jars they were holding. When the three companies had blown their horns and broken their jars, they took the torches in their left hands, and in their right the horns they had been blowing, and cried out, “A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!” (“for Our Lord and Our Lady!” Judges 7:19-20)

With that, Midian’s armies were thrown into confusion and began attacking one another!

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. Our Lady to Elizabethwww.theflameoflove.org

Here, we turn to the dream of St. John Bosco that seems to describe the scene:

At this point, a great convulsion takes place. All the ships that until then had fought against the Pope’s ship are scattered; they flee away, collide and break to pieces one against another. Some sink and try to sink others. Several small ships that had fought gallantly for the Pope race to be the first to bind themselves to those two columns [of the Eucharist and Mary]. Many other ships, having retreated through fear of the battle, cautiously watch from far away; the wrecks of the broken ships having been scattered in the whirlpools of the sea, they in their turn sail in good earnest to those two columns, and having reached them, they make themselves fast to the hooks hanging down from them and their they remain safe, together with the principal ship, on which is the Pope. Over the sea their reigns a great calm. St. John Bosco, cf. miraclerosarymission.org

Yes, those who have been attacking the Pope—both those inside and outside the Church—are humbled and their vessels of pride utterly shipwrecked. Our Lady’s Little Rabble secure themselves firmly to the pillars of Our Lord and Our Lady. Those others who, while not rejecting the faith, nonetheless, sat on the fence out of fear and apprehension, join the Rabble, though carrying within them a deep sorrow and contrition for having not trusted completely in the Lord. Suddenly, there is a “great calm”—a moment of reprieve in the Eye of the Storm in which souls will be marked with the sign of the Cross on their foreheads:

Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God upon their foreheads. (Rev 7:3)

It is the hour of the return of the Prodigal Sons; it is the Hour of Mercy before the Hour of Justice.

“You must know that I always love my children, my beloved creatures, I would turn Myself inside out so as not to see them struck; so much so, that in the gloomy times that are coming, I have placed them all in the hands of my Celestial Mama—to Her have I entrusted them, that She may keep them for Me under Her safe mantle. I will give Her all those whom She will want; even death will have no power over those who will be in the custody of my Mama.” Now, while He was saying this, my dear Jesus showed me [how]… She marked Her dear children and those who were not to be touched by the scourges. Whomever my Celestial Mama touched, the scourges had no power to touch those creatures. Sweet Jesus gave to His Mama the right to bring to safety whomever She pleased. —Jesus to Luisa Piccarreta, June 6th, 1935; The Crown of Sanctity: On the Revelations of Jesus to Luisa Piccarreta by Daniel O’Connor, p. 269 (Kindle Edition)

CHOSEN

This is all to say that the Our Lady’s Little Rabble is not necessarily special… just chosen.

And she is inviting you.

What must you do? The first thing is to simply, right now, say “yes”—fiat. To pray something like this: 

Lord, I present myself to You right now, as I am. And my “as I am” is more like Matthew as he sat at his table collecting taxes; or like Zacchaeus hiding up in a tree; or like the adulterous caught in sin lying in the dirt; or like the good thief hanging by a thread; or like Peter declaring, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” [2] To each of these, You accepted their “Take me as I am.” And so, with a firm act of my will, I offer You now all that I am, as I am. In this way, I also take Mary as my Mother, she whom You have placed, after You, at the head of Your Celestial army. With that, Lord, I pray: “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” [3]

I will explain some specific “first steps” in my next writing by sharing something powerful that happened to me last month. In the meantime, I leave you with this word from Our Lady that I received eight years ago in the presence of my spiritual director. It is a Now Word for the present hour…

Little ones, do not think that because you, the remnant, are small in number means that you are special. Rather, you are chosen. You are chosen to bring the Good News to the world at the appointed hour. This is the Triumph for which my Heart awaits with great anticipation. All is set now. All is in motion. The hand of my Son is ready to move in the most sovereign way. Pay careful attention to my voice. I am preparing you, my little ones, for this Great Hour of Mercy. Jesus is coming, coming as Light, to awaken souls steeped in darkness. For the darkness is great, but the Light is far greater. When Jesus comes, much will come to light, and the darkness will be scattered. It is then that you will be sent, like the Apostles of old, to gather souls into my Motherly garments. Wait. All is ready. Watch and pray. Never lose hope, for God loves everyone.

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Blessed Mother Mary

 

Lady, full and overflowing with grace, all creation receives new life from your abundance. Virgin, blessed above all creatures, through your blessing all creation is blessed, not only creation from its Creator, but the Creator himself has been blessed by creation.
  To Mary God gave his only-begotten Son, whom he loved as himself. Through Mary God made himself a Son, not different but the same, by nature Son of God and Son of Mary. The whole universe was created by God, and God was born of Mary. God created all things, and Mary gave birth to God. The God who made all things gave himself form through Mary, and thus he made his own creation. He who could create all things from nothing would not remake his ruined creation without Mary.
  God, then, is the Father of the created world and Mary the mother of the re-created world. God is the Father by whom all things were given life, and Mary the mother through whom all things were given new life. For God begot the Son, through whom all things were made, and Mary gave birth to him as the Saviour of the world. Without God’s Son, nothing could exist; without Mary’s Son, nothing could be redeemed.
  Truly the Lord is with you, to whom the Lord granted that all nature should owe as much to you as to himself.

Thought for the day…

 

I too have worn the Scapular of Carmel over my heart for a long time! Out of my love for our common heavenly Mother, whose protection I constantly experience, I hope that this Marian year will help all the men and women religious of Carmel and the devout faithful who venerate her with filial affection to grow in her love and to radiate to the world the presence of this Woman of silence and prayer, invoked as Mother of Mercy, Mother of Hope and Grace.

—St. Pope John Paul II

from Message to the Carmelite Order

Mark Mallett

 

JESUS IS COMING!

 

I want to say it as clear and loud and boldly as I possibly can: Jesus is coming! Did you think that Pope John Paul II was just being poetic when he said:

Dear young people, it is up to you to be the watchmen of the morning who announce the coming of the sun who is the Risen Christ! —ST. JOHN PAUL II, Message of the Holy Father to the Youth of the World, XVII World Youth Day, n. 3; (cf. Is 21:11-12)

Would you say that, if this is true, it constitutes a stupendous task for these watchmen?

I did not hesitate to ask them to make a radical choice of faith and life and present them with a stupendous task: to become “morning watchmen” at the dawn of the new millennium. —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Novo Millennio Inuente, n.9

I have, as best I can, made radical choices of faith and life in order to answer this call, made to me as well, as I stood in the driving rain at that World Youth Day in 2003 in the presence of that great Saint. Was not the rain and stormy clouds that gloomy day symbolic of the cry of the great Marian saint, Louis de Montfort, who would likewise influence the course of John Paul II’s life and pontificate whose motto was Totus Tuus “totally yours” (as in totally Mary’s in order to be totally Christ’s)?

Your divine commandments are broken, your Gospel is thrown aside, torrents of iniquity flood the whole earth carrying away even your servants… Will everything come to the same end as Sodom and Gomorrah? Will you never break your silence? Will you tolerate all this for ever? 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

For nearly fifteen years, I have dedicated myself to these writings here, building upon the foundation of the Scriptures, Early Church Fathers, Popes, mystics and seers, and then the works of theologians like Rev. Fr. Joseph Iannuzzi, the late Fr. George Kosicki, Benedict XVI, John Paul II, and others. The foundation is strong; the message nearly indisputable, especially as it is confirmed by the “signs of the times” that themselves act, daily, as heralds that Jesus Christ is coming.

For years, I trembled in my boots, wondering if I was somehow misleading my readers, afraid of presumption, terrified of tumbling over the treacherous cliffs of prophecy. But as time went on, supported by my spiritual director (who appointed one of the most brilliant and prophetic minds in the Church to oversee my writings for a time, Michael D. O’Brien), I began to realize that there is no need to speculate, to draw rash conclusions. God has been speaking through the centuries steadily and clearly through the Magisterium and Our Lady, preparing the Church for the great hour of her own “passion, death, and resurrection” that would see the return of Jesus. But not in the flesh! No! Jesus already came in the flesh. He is returning, rather, to establish His Kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven. As my dear friend Daniel O’Connor says so beautifully, “Two thousand years later, the greatest prayer will not go unanswered!”

Thy Kingdom Come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. —from the Pater Noster (Matt 6:10)

It’s funny how we pray this every day and yet do not really consider what we are praying! The coming of the Kingdom of Christ is equivalent to His will being done “on earth as it is in heaven.” What does this mean? It means that Jesus has come, not only to save us, but to sanctify us by reestablishing in man what was lost in the Garden of Eden: the union of Adam’s will with the Divine Will. By this, I do not mean a mere perfect conformation of one’s will to God’s. Rather, it is the fusion of God’s will in our own so that there is only a single will remaining. In this way, the Bride of Christ will be divinized fully into Christ’s likeness such that she will truly become Immaculate…

…that He might present to himself the church in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. (Ephesians 5:27)

For the wedding day of the Lamb has come, his bride has made herself ready. She was allowed to wear a bright, clean linen garment. (Rev 19:7-8)

And this grace, brothers and sisters, has never been given to the Church until now. It is a Gift that God has reserved for the last times:

God himself had provided to bring about that “new and divine” holiness with which the Holy Spirit wishes to enrich Christians at the dawn of the third millennium, in order to “make Christ the heart of the world.” —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Address to the Rogationist Fathers, n. 6, www.vatican.va

It will be the reign of Christ with His saints that is spoken of in Revelation 20—a spiritual resurrection of what was lost in Eden.

They came to life and they reigned with Christ for a thousand years. The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were over. This is the first resurrection. (Rev 20:4-5)

This reign is nothing other than the New Pentecost prophesied by the popes, that “new springtime” and “Triumph of the Immaculate Heart” because…

Holy Mary… you became the image of the Church to come… —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Spe Salvi, n.50

At last, Our Lady will see within her own children a perfect and immaculate reflection of herself as they take up her own Fiat in order to live in the Divine Will as she did. This is why it is called the “Triumph of her Immaculate Heart” because the Kingdom of the Divine Will that reigned in her own soul will now reign in the Church as the climax of salvation history. Thus, said Benedict, praying for this Triumph…

…is equivalent in meaning to our praying for the coming of God’s Kingdom. —Light of the World, p. 166, A Conversation With Peter Seewald

And the Kingdom of Christ is found on earth in His Church, which is His mystical Body.

The Church “is the Reign of Christ already present in mystery…” At the end of time, the Kingdom of God will come in its fullness. —Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 763

It is in these “end times” in which we are living that Our Lady and the Popes have announced the coming of the Risen Sun, Jesus Christ, to bring a new dawn in the world—the Day of the Lord, which is the fullness of the Kingdom of the Divine Will. It is a coming in order to restore in the Bride of Christ what the new Adam, Jesus, is in Himself:

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

Thus, the coming we speak of here is not that return of Jesus in glory at the very end of the world, but the Church’s “Easter Sunday” after the “Good Friday” that she is now passing through.

Whereas people had previously spoken only of a twofold coming of Christ—once in Bethlehem and again at the end of time—Saint Bernard of Clairvaux spoke of an adventus medius, an intermediate coming, thanks to which he periodically renews His intervention in history. I believe that Bernard’s distinction strikes just the right note… —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Light of the World, p.182-183, A Conversation With Peter Seewald

It is the fulfillment of the “Our Father” not only within the Church but to the ends of the earth as Our Lord Himself said would happen:

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

The Catholic Church, which is the kingdom of Christ on earth, [is] destined to be spread among all men and all nations… —POPE PIUS XI, Quas Primas, Encyclical, n. 12, Dec. 11th, 1925; cf. Matt 24:14

In my series on The New Paganism and the epilogue The Popes and the New World OrderI detailed how the Kingdom of the Anti-will is now climaxing in our times. It is a kingdom that, at its very core, is a rebellion against God’s will. But now, in the remaining days of Advent, I want to turn toward the coming of the Kingdom of the Divine Will that will overthrow Satan’s long night over mankind. This is the “new dawn” prophesied by Pius XII, Benedict the XVI and John Paul II.

After purification through trial and suffering, the dawn of a new era is about to break. —POPE ST. JOHN PAUL II, General Audience, September 10, 2003

This is the “restoration of all things in Christ” that St. Pius X prophesied:

When it does arrive, it will turn out to be a solemn hour, one big with consequences not only for the restoration of the Kingdom of Christ, but for the pacification of… the world. —POPE PIUS XI, Ubi Arcani dei Consilioi “On the Peace of Christ in his Kingdom”, December 23, 1922

For,

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. —Fr. Walter Ciszek, He Leadeth Me, pg. 116-117

This is the “period of peace”, the Era of Peace, the “Sabbath Rest” foretold by the Early Church Fathers and echoed by Our Lady in which the Bride of Christ will reach the pinnacle of her sanctity, united interiorly in the same kind of union as the saints in heaven, but without the beatific vision.

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)

It is the Kingdom of the Divine Will, which will reign “on earth as it is in heaven” in such a way as to transform the remnant Church into a beautiful Bride and release creation from its agonizing groans as it eagerly awaits the “revelation of the children of God.” [1]

It is the Sanctity not yet know, and which I will make known, which will set in place the last ornament, the most beautiful and brilliant among all the other sanctities, and will be the crown and completion of all the other sanctities. —Jesus to Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta, Manuscripts, Feb 8th, 1921; excerpt from The Splendor of Creation, Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi, p. 118

Jesus is Coming, He is coming! Don’t you think you should prepare? I will try, with Our Lady’s assistance, to help you in the days ahead to understand and prepare for this great Gift…

 

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