Volume 12, April 26, 1921
I continue in my painful state. My sweet Jesus came for just a little, and drawing me strongly to Himself, told me: “My daughter, I repeat it to you – do not look at the earth. Let them do what they want. They want to make war – so be it; when they get tired, I too will make my war. Their tiredness in evil, their disenchantments, the disillusions, the losses suffered, will dispose them to receive my war. My war will be war of love. My Will will descend from Heaven into their midst. All of your acts and those of others done in my Volition will wage war on the creatures – but not a war of blood; they will wage war with weapons of love, giving them gifts, graces and peace. They will give such surprising things as to astonish the ungrateful man. This Will of Mine, militia of Heaven, will confuse man with Divine weapons; it will overwhelm him, and will give him the light in order to see – not evil, but the gifts and the riches with which I want to enrich him. The acts done in my Will, carrying the Creative Power within themselves, will be the new salvation of man; and descending from Heaven, they will bring all goods upon earth. They will bring the New Era, and the triumph over human iniquity. Therefore, multiply your acts in my Will to form the weapons, the gifts, the graces, so as to be able to descend into the midst of creatures and wage the war of love on them.”
Then, with a more afflicted tone, He added: “My daughter, it will happen to Me as to a poor father, whose wicked children not only offend him, but would want to kill him; and if they don’t do it, it is because they cannot. Now, since these children want to kill their father, it is no wonder that they kill one another, that one is against the other, that they impoverish themselves, and they reach the point of being all in the act of dying. And what is worse, is that they don’t even remember that they have a father.
Now, what does this father do? Exiled by his own children, while these fight, wound one another, and are about to die of starvation, the father works hard in order to acquire new riches, gifts and remedies for his children. And when he sees them almost lost, he goes into their midst to make them richer; he offers remedies for their wounds, and brings peace and happiness to all. Now, conquered by so much love, these children will bind themselves to their father with a lasting peace, and will love him. The same will happen to Me. Therefore, I want you in my Will as faithful daughter of my Volition; and I want you at work together with Me to acquire the new riches to be given to the creatures. Be faithful to Me, and occupy yourself with nothing else.” (L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 12, April 26, 1921)
Volume 2, April 3, 1899
Jesus to Luisa: “If you knew how much I like humility… Humility is the littlest plant that can be found, but its branches are so high as to reach Heaven, wind their way around my throne, and penetrate deep into my Heart. This little plant is humility, and the branches which this plant produces, are confidence; so, there cannot be true humility without confidence. Humility without confidence is false virtue.” (L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 2, April 3, 1899)
In other words, in true humility we acknowledge our nothingness and rely only on Jesus; in Him alone is our confidence. So let us embrace our nothingness, trusting that God’s strength is made perfect in weakness.
On a similar theme, Fr. Mark Goring has recently put out two videos in which he highlights two excerpts from Sr. Emmanuel Maillard’s book on St. Maryam of Bethlehem, who was canonized in 2015. These little videos, each less than five minutes long can really help us navigate the rough waters that surround us. Stay the course, dear friends, stay in the safe harbor of the Divine Will. Fiat!
God provides—always! I was listening to Fr. Iannuzzi’s June 26, 2021 podcast on Radio Maria and he explains what it means to “redo” the acts of others in the Divine Will. He continues this teaching in his July 17, 2021 podcast. The teachings are so deep, vast, and wide, it will take centuries to even begin to understand them. I am grateful for the rich teachings we have through those God has called to assist us—the “first children of the Divine Will”.
Getting back to the podcasts, Fr. Iannuzzi says “redoing in the Divine Will” is one area where people are often mistaken. It is not that we literally redo what they have done. We are not controlling their actions or acting in their place. Their free will remains intact with all its consequences for good or ill. However, redoing their acts in the Divine Will can influence them for good, so it is well worth doing, even if we don’t understand it completely.
Fr. Iannuzzi explains that what our redoing in the Divine Will does is (in the words of Luisa below) “to create so much love as to compensate for, and surpass the love of all, and all that all creatures are obliged to give to God Our Creator…’”
What a grand adventure we are on! I can see how we will be learning new things for all eternity. No one will be bored in heaven! The last two paragraphs in the passage below are Words to hang on to. Fiat!
Volume 12, February 2, 1921
Continuing in my usual state, I was fusing all of myself in the Divine Volition, and I said to myself: ‘My Jesus, I want to love You, and I want so much love as to compensate for the love of all generations which have been, and which will be. But who can give me so much love as to be able to love for all? My Love, in your Will there is the Creative Power; therefore in your Will I myself want to create so much love as to compensate for, and surpass the love of all, and all that all creatures are obliged to give to God Our Creator…’
While I was doing this, I said: ‘How much nonsense I am saying.’ And my sweet Jesus, moving in my interior, told me: “My daughter, surely in my Will there is the Creative Power. Billions and billions of stars came out from one single FIAT. Billions and billions of acts of Grace which communicate themselves to souls, come out from the FIAT MIHI of my Mama, from which Redemption took origin. These acts of Grace are more beautiful, more shining, more varied than stars; and while the stars are fixed and do not multiply, the acts of Grace multiply to infinity; they run in every instant, attract the creatures, delight them, strengthen them and give them life. Ah! if creatures could see the supernatural order of Grace, they would hear such harmonies, and see such an enchanting scene as to believe that that’s their Paradise. Now, the third FIAT too must run together with the other two FIATs. It must multiply to infinity, and in every instant It must give as many acts for as many acts of Grace as are unleashed from my womb; for as many stars, for as many drops of water, and for as many created things as were unleashed by the FIAT of Creation. It must merge with them and say: ‘As many acts as you are – so many I do.’
These three FIATs have the same value and power. You disappear – it is the FIAT that acts, and therefore you too can say in my Omnipotent FIAT: ‘I want to create so much love, so many adorations, so many blessings, so much glory to my God as to compensate for everyone and for everything.’ Your acts will fill Heaven and earth; they will multiply themselves with the acts of Creation and of Redemption, and will become one.
All this will seem astonishing and incredible to some; in this case they would have to doubt about my Creative Power. And then, when it is I who want it, and who give this power, every doubt ceases. Am I perhaps not free to do whatever I want, and to give to whomever I want? You – be attentive. I will be with you; I will overshadow you with my Creative Power, and I will accomplish what I want upon you.” (L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 12, February 2, 1921)
On July 17, I recorded this in my prayer journal. It is certainly an echo of what I have read in the writings of Luisa. I don’t often post from my journal, but this message I felt was meant as a prequel to the dream that followed the next night, to help us keep our “eyes front” as they say in the military. We have nothing to fear!
Child, the one who lives in my will has nothing to fear, in this world or in the next. Do what you can to remain in my will through frequent reception of the Eucharist and confession. I am filled with anticipation at what is coming and so should you be. The last preparations are being made. Do not falter at this point! We are almost there. Continue to pray in the Divine Will for those in the Stream of Need. Without the Graces I am making available many will perish. Pray and be at peace. I will do it all and you will be filled with wonder.
The following night I had this dream:
A man I knew was leaving the town I was in. I happened upon him as he was just leaving, almost against his will. He was incredibly sad, lamenting about all the many years he had been there and all he had done for the town. I noticed that not one person had come to say goodbye or to thank him for all he had done. I told him I was very sorry about that, and did my best to offer my gratitude and compassion. He gave a sigh and turned to leave but at the last minute came back to thank me for my care and gave me a kiss with tears in his eyes. We parted.
The meaning of the dream was clarified for me at Sunday Mass.
I believe the man represented Jesus and the situation marked a turning point. Our Lord has done everything for us but is not acknowledged let alone thanked by most people. We have reached a tipping point. The epidemic did not bring people back to him. Instead people are eager to get back to their normal distractions and sinful ways. I got the feeling that this had been our final test and that he was “shaking the dust off his feet”. Now we will feel the full force of what we have sown in rejecting the Creator.
What does this mean for those of us trying to be faithful to the Gift of Living in the Divine Will? First of all, let’s read the July 17 message again, focusing on these words: anticipation, do not falter, almost there, graces, pray and be at peace, wonder. Friends the Lord’s plan is unfolding as it should. Stay the course and pray the course—repair and redo!
The day after the dream I listened to Fr. Celso’s Part 1, Talk 4 on “Repairing & Redoing in the Divine Will through the writings of The Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta”. It had the following excerpt from Volume 11, which I felt explained the “kiss” of Jesus in the dream. The kiss of Jesus can symbolically refer to the Eucharist, or it can refer to the cross. For the soul who lives in the Divine Will, the Cross we are asked to carry is explained very clearly in this passage.
Everything that creatures do to Me reaches Me in the soul who does my Will – in whom I dwell. Therefore, if the coldness of the creatures reaches Me, my Will feels it and since my Will is the life of that soul, consequently, the soul feels it too. So, instead of troubling herself over this coldness, as if it were her own, she should remain around Me to console Me and repair for the coldness that the creatures send to Me. In the same way, if she feels distractions, oppressions and other things, she must remain around Me to relieve Me and repair, as if they were not her own things, but mine. Therefore, the soul who lives from my Will will feel many different pains, according to the offenses that I receive from creatures, but in a sudden way and almost in one leap. On the other hand, she will also feel indescribable joys and contentments. And if she must take care to console Me and repair for the first, she must delight in the joys and contentments. Only then does my Will find my interest; otherwise It would remain saddened and unable to accomplish what my Volition contains.” (L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 11, March 8, 1914)
So if we are annoyed, insulted, dismissed, etc., we view it as an affront to Jesus, and repair in the Divine Will for all the times this has happened to Him redoing the lives of all in the Divine Will, as if we had never left the Order, the Purpose or the Place for which we were created. If something or someone dear is taken from us, we repair for all souls who are taken from Jesus, and we redo their lives in the Divine Will.
These are just examples, but keep in mind that the bigger the cross, the more it can purchase. If you have been attending the Latin Mass, you have been given a huge cross lately, and therefore a huge treasure chest. Don’t waste it. Repair and redo in the Divine Will, in every aspect that comes to mind. Whatever are you feeling, Jesus has also felt it. Repair and redo THROUGH HIS EYES, NOT YOUR OWN. Forget about yourself. If you’re just complaining or criticizing it is worse than doing nothing. Remember that what God takes away, he restores in greater measure.
Dear friends we are the Lord’s boots on the ground. He needs us, and he needs us empty, to give him a field to work in. Let us not falter at this point, but keep our “eyes front”, and let Him do in us. I am speaking to myself here: Don’t overthink things because that is putting the focus on you. Carry the Cross faithfully, repair and redo unceasingly, and be obedient to the Church, no matter what. The Church alone is the Ark of safety and obedience trumps almost everything else. Yes, the Barque of Peter is taking on water at every level but it truly is the only vessel in which we can be safe and help Jesus to save others.
Please, make time to listen to Fr. Celso’s “Repairing and Redoing in the Divine Will” days of recollection, Part 1 and Part 2. It will help you see the world from up high and give you great hope. Come Divine Will, come to reign upon the earth! Fiat!
I will end with the entire passage from which the above excerpt is taken, as it is very edifying.
Volume 11, March 8, 1914
Continuing in my usual state, my always adorable Jesus did not cease to speak to me, very often, about His Most Holy Will. I will say that little which I remember. So, as I was not feeling well, blessed Jesus came and told me: “My daughter, the soul who lives in my Will can say regarding everything I do: ‘All this is mine.’ This, because the will of the soul who gave herself to Me, is so much identified with my Will that everything my Will does, she does as well. As she lives and dies in my Volition, there is no good which she does not bring with herself, since there is no good which is not contained in my Will. My Will is the life of all the good that can be done by creatures. Therefore, dying to this life, the soul in my Will carries with her the Masses which are celebrated, the prayers and the good works which are done, since all of them are fruits of my Will. This is still very little, compared to the work of my Will Itself which the soul carries with her as her own. One instant of the work of my Will is enough to surpass all the work of all creatures, past, present and future.
As the soul dies in my Will, there is no beauty that matches her, nor height, wealth, sanctity, wisdom or love – nothing. Nothing can be compared to her – nothing equals her. As the soul who dies identified with my Will enters into the Heavenly Fatherland, not only will the Heaven’s gates open, but the entire Heaven will bow to welcome her into the celestial residence, to honor the work of my Will which is in her. What can I tell you, then, of the feast and the surprise of all the Blessed in seeing this soul completely marked by the work of the Divine Will; or, in seeing that all which this soul did during her life, having done everything in my Volition – each saying, each thought, work, action, etc. – are many Suns which adorn her – each one different from the other for light and beauty? And in seeing in this soul many Divine rivulets which will inundate all the Blessed and flow also upon earth for the benefit of pilgrim souls, since Heaven cannot contain them?
Ah, my daughter, my Will is the portent of portents. It is the secret to finding light, sanctity and riches; It is the secret of all goods – not yet intimately known, and therefore not appreciated or loved as It deserves! You – appreciate It, Love It, and make It known to those whom you see disposed.“
Another day, being in suffering, I felt like I was unable to do anything; so I felt oppressed. And Jesus, hugging me, told me: “My daughter, do not worry yourself. Try only to be abandoned in my Will, and I will do everything for you. One single instant in my Will is more than all the good you could ever do in your entire life.”
I also remember that another day He told me: “My daughter, one who really does my Will, in everything which occurs within her, both in the soul and in the body, in all that she feels and suffers, can say: ‘Jesus suffers, Jesus is oppressed.’ In fact, everything that creatures do to Me reaches Me in the soul who does my Will – in whom I dwell. Therefore, if the coldness of the creatures reaches Me, my Will feels it and since my Will is the life of that soul, consequently, the soul feels it too. So, instead of troubling herself over this coldness, as if it were her own, she should remain around Me to console Me and repair for the coldness that the creatures send to Me. In the same way, if she feels distractions, oppressions and other things, she must remain around Me to relieve Me and repair, as if they were not her own things, but mine. Therefore, the soul who lives from my Will will feel many different pains, according to the offenses that I receive from creatures, but in a sudden way and almost in one leap. On the other hand, she will also feel indescribable joys and contentments. And if she must take care to console Me and repair for the first, she must delight in the joys and contentments. Only then does my Will find my interest; otherwise It would remain saddened and unable to accomplish what my Volition contains.”
Another day He told me: “My daughter, one who does my Will can by no means go to Purgatory, because my Will purges the soul of everything. After keeping her jealously during her life – in the custody of my Volition – how could I allow the fire of Purgatory to touch her? At the most she may lack some clothing, but my Will, before unveiling the Divinity, will clothe her with all that she may lack. Then, I reveal Myself.” (L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 11, March 8, 1914)
When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming towards him, Jesus said to Philip, ‘Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?’ He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, ‘Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.’ One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, ‘There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?’ Jesus said, ‘Make the people sit down.’ Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, ‘Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.’ So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, ‘This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.’ (John 6:5-14)
I love watching episodes of The Chosen, “the first-ever multi-season series about the life of Christ.” Dallas Jenkins, the director, often acknowledges what a miracle the series is, and what a privilege it is to tell the story of Jesus in this way. Catholics will notice that it is not always true to the Catholic interpretation of Scripture (although there is a Catholic priest on the team, as well as a Jewish Rabbi), and the writers admittedly fill in the blanks for the sake of the story. Still, it is a beautiful, compelling evangelisation tool and I see the hand of God in it. As a bonus, the man who plays Jesus is a Catholic. Fiat!
I also see the hand of God in that the first episodes of The Chosen were released just before the pandemic lockdowns. Many people who wouldn’t have given the series a second look in “normal” times, found themselves binge-watching a well-told story about Jesus. Lives were changed. Fiat!
Additional videos feature the director and actors giving their own testimony and backstory, which certainly adds to the interest. One thing that caught my attention came from Jenkins. His last project before embarking on The Chosen turned out to be a commercial flop. He admitted that he had been driven by ambition. Afterwards, humbled, he told a crowd of filmmakers and enthusiasts that with this new project he was no longer aiming to feed the five thousand, only to do his best to present his loaves and fishes. It became a catch-phrase for the production team and has gotten them over many rough spots.
Reflecting on his comment about the loves and fishes, I realized that this Scripture passage could easily be applied to the soul living in the Divine Will. The “boy” who supplied the loaves and fishes was not even important enough to be mentioned by name. He was a nobody and he had very little to offer. But he was willing and humble enough to come forward with his pitiful contribution.
We too are nobodies with nothing to offer but the spiritual equivalent of dry bread and day-old fish. And Jesus smiles and says, “Do you want to see what I can do with your little gift? Do you see how many people in all times and places are starving for Divine Love? Child give me your offering, let me do, and you will be eternally amazed!”
We reply: “Dear Jesus, here I am with a few billion of your closest friends, past, present, and future, climbing up the ladder of love and mercy into your beautiful heart. We are hungry for You, Lord. Please, take our meager offerings and multiply them in the Divine Will for the good of all, for your eternal glory. Fiat!”
As an aside, when I watch The Chosen and notice the parts that don’t align with Catholic interpretation, I marvel at the Lord’s respect for those he has “chosen” to put it together. Truthfully, we’re all just trying our best and none of us has it all figured out. Still, when I see their love for Jesus in every scene, I can’t help but be overjoyed when I think that all God’s faithful—and then some—will one day *soon* be brothers and sisters in the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. Fiat!
This next aside may not seem to be related at first but I am adding it because in this YouTube video Fr. Chris Alar gives us great hope for the conversion of the Muslims, and the role we play in that—most especially the little children of the Divine Will linked to Luisa. So keep offering your loaves and fishes, friends, and just see what Jesus can do! Fiat!
“(Job) said, ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there; the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.’” (Job 1:21)
In studying the writings of Luisa we learn to appreciate, in a much deeper way, what Mary lived and what the Church teaches: that everything that happens is either God’s ordained will or his permissive will. In the words of Fr. Celso, “In the Divine Will, everything is Fiat!”
But taking away the Eucharist? Surely not! Let’s think about that.
I’m sure I speak for all when I say I was shocked at how quickly it happened. I kind of took it for granted that our churches would always remain open and that the Holy Eucharist would always be available. Like most people I saw it as a right rather than a privilege. But to paraphrase Frances Hogan, Jesus alone has rights, we have only privileges. Then, seemingly overnight, there were no public Masses being celebrated anywhere in the world! Fr. Celso said it was the first time that happened since Peter and Paul came to Rome. Without a doubt this was the Sign of Signs.
So, why would God allow the Eucharist to be taken away? One only has only to read Scripture and the Volumes to see why. He only ever withdraws grace because of our unfaithfulness, which in the past century has reached unimaginable depths. At the time when Luisa was recording the volumes, Jesus often wept over the sin and evil he had to endure in coming into the host through sinful priests, to be received by sinful Catholics. He did not spare our feelings when he related his repugnance at it, as in this excerpt from Volume 2, October 1, 1899:
[Jesus to Luisa:] “My Justice can take no more. I feel wounded by everyone – by priests, by devout people, by the secular, especially because of the abuse of the Sacraments… Ah, yes, no one spares Me! There are some who offend Me directly, and some who, though they could prevent so much evil, do not bother doing it; so, I do not know to whom to turn. But I will chastise them in such a way as to render them incapable, and some I will destroy completely. They will reach such a point that churches will remain deserted, with no one to administer the Sacraments.”
Interrupting His speaking, all frightened I [Luisa] said: ‘Lord, what are You saying?! If there are some who abuse the Sacraments, there are also many good daughters who receive them with the due dispositions, and who would suffer very much if they could not attend them.’ And He: “Too scarce is their number; and then, their pain for not being able to receive them will work as reparation for Me, and to make them victims for those who abuse them.” Who can say how tormented I was left by these words of blessed Jesus? But I hope that He will placate Himself out of His infinite Mercy. (L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 2, October 1, 1899)
If Our Lord was this offended in 1899, then how much more repairing and re-doing must be done for the sins of our time!
Of course, what God has given, God has every right to take away. Blessed be the name of the Lord in all things, even the incomprehensible ones.
Look at Job. He lost wife, family, and all his possessions. His response? “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”
Look at Mary. After the Ascension she endured 25 or so years of life in a true “Martyrdom of Solitude” without the physical presence of Jesus. Her response, as ever, was, “Fiat!”
Look at Luisa. Of all the sufferings she endured as a victim soul, the one she bemoaned the most was the “privation” of her “sweet Jesus”. Yet, Jesus required it of her. It took her a long time to realize that of all the crosses she was asked to bear, this was indeed the biggest one, and therefore the most powerful.
I recently listened to Fr. Celso talk about Repairing and Redoing in the Divine Will, Part 1, Talk 2. In this passage he cites Luisa is once again bemoaning the “privation” of Jesus:
After going through most bitter days of privation, I was feeling tired and exhausted in my strengths, though I kept offering those very pains, saying: ‘Lord, You know how much being deprived of You costs Me; but I resign myself to your Most Holy Will, offering this most bitter pain as a means to prove my love and to placate You. These bothers, annoyances, wearinesses, coldnesses that I feel, I intend to send You as messengers of praises and of reparations for myself and for all creatures. This I have, and this I offer You. Surely You accept the sacrifice of the good will, when one offers You what he can with no reserve – but come, for I can take no more.’
Jesus: ‘Content yourself and calm yourself, and while I occupy Myself with chastising the people, you – accompany Me with your sighs and with your sufferings, praying that the very chastisements may turn out for the conversion of the peoples.’ (L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 2, October 21, 1899)
As I reflected on this, it occurred to me that this was exactly what we have been going through—and how we should be praying. Once I began to look at it that way, the picture looked much different. For those of us who love receiving Jesus in the Eucharist, being deprived of it through no fault of our own is the biggest cross he can give us, therefore the most efficacious sacrifice. Examine Luisa’s prayer. She certainly let the Lord know how much she suffered from his absence, but was “resigned” to her pain and bitterness, offering her sufferings as “messengers of praises and of reparations for myself and for all creatures”. As is always the case, what the enemy means for our destruction we can use in a powerful way against him, most especially, and most immensely, in the Divine Will.
Through our ordeal, God did not leave us orphaned. It is no small thing that we had the great consolation of Spiritual Communions. Then there is the astounding grace he has given to souls who live in the Divine Will, that of becoming Living Hosts (Volume 11, March 15, 1912). Like the best of Fathers, God foresaw this evil age and provided for us ahead of time. But more than a rescue, God desires to raise us up as high as we will let him take us. We miss the point if we focus on what Jesus calls “creature stuff, of the low world”. Our battle is on very high ground. Persecution and the cross are what transform us to the image and likeness of God. In the Divine Will everything is Fiat, and we are always triumphant.
So let us pray the above prayer of Luisa and Jesus, repairing and redoing for the sins of this age and all ages. The sacrifice of our missed Communions can be offered in the Divine Will in all times and places, an infinitude of times, even now–after the fact. Then it becomes an elevated “Communion fast” whose spiritual effects only God can comprehend. Our God is beyond merciful!
The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord in ALL things! Fiat!
Lastly, I wanted to include this passage where Jesus puts the “low world” in its place.
The nations will continue to fight against one another—some by war, some by revolution, among themselves and against My Church. They have a fire in their midst that devours them, that gives them no Peace, and they can give no Peace. It is the fire of sin, and the fire of acting without God that gives them no Peace; and they will never make Peace if they do not call God into their midst, as regime and bond of Union and of Peace. And I let them do, and I will make them touch with their own hands what it means to act without God.
“But this does not prevent the Kingdom of My Supreme Fiat from coming; this is all creature’s stuff, of the low world, that My Power knocks down and disperses whenever it wants, and it makes the most serene Sky and the most refulgent Sun arise from the storm. On the other hand, the Kingdom of My Divine Will is from on high, from the Heavens, formed and decreed in the midst of the Divine Persons—no one can touch It or disperse It. First We will deal about It with one creature alone, forming the First Kingdom in her; then with few; and then, making use of Our Omnipotence, We will divulge It everywhere. Be certain, do not worry because evils get worse; Our Power, Our Winning Love that has the virtue of always Winning, Our Will that can do everything and, with Invincible Patience, knows how to wait even for centuries—but what It wants and has to do is worth more than all the evils of creatures—in the face of Its Invincible Power and Its Infinite Value, their evils will be like little drops of water, like many trifles that will serve for the Triumph of Our Love and for the greater Glory of Our Fulfilled Will.
“And then, when We have the great Glory of forming this Kingdom inside one creature alone, she will be like Sun, such that all have the right to enjoy and possess its Light. More than sun, she will give to all creatures the Right to possess a Kingdom so Holy; and We, with Infinite Wisdom, will abound with Graces, with Light, with Helps, with surprising Means, so that they may let the Kingdom of My Will Reign in their midst. Therefore, let Me do; when it is your Jesus that has told you this, that’s enough—it is as though already done. All evils and all creatures together have no power and no right over Our Will, nor can they prevent a single Act of Our Will, wanted by Decrees of Our Wisdom.” (L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 30, January 3, 1932)
From the second letter of Paul to the Corinthians: “Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, but he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.’ So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12: 8-10)
This scripture verse held new meaning for me today at Mass, particularly with regard to the Church, which is enduring all manner of weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ. This week, a church near where I live, and which was our family parish when I was a child, was destroyed by fire. This is just one of a rash of church burnings and vandalisms in Canada, but this one hit especially close to home. While the cause is still under investigation the context is hard to ignore.
Right now, in my country we are dealing with the fallout from a terrible injustice in the history of our country and of the Catholic Church in Canada. That is, the legacy of the “Indian Residential Schools”, which were government-sponsored schools run by the churches from 1831 to 1996. Their purpose was to educate and convert Indigenous youth and to assimilate them into Canadian society. Indigenous children and youth were taken from their families and sent to the schools where they were often neglected, malnourished, and abused by those supposedly caring for them, many of whom were clergy and religious. Any expression of their language and culture was strictly prohibited.
An estimated 6,000 children died (out of about 150,000 total), although records are incomplete. Many of the Residential School “survivors” had and still have lasting scars of all kinds. If you want further details, I have given links below to the history of the residential school tragedy that led to the forming of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which ran from 2008-2015.
What has once again picked open the largely unhealed wounds of the past is that recently, ground-penetrating radar is being used to discover the graves of children who were buried on the grounds of the schools. It is heart-wrenching to hear the numbers. “Every child matters,” has become the current catch-phrase. The hurt is real.
The role that the Church played in this tragedy has been hard to take. The current bishops, who have been journeying with the Indigenous peoples toward reconciliation for many years, are nonetheless facing a very public media and social media backlash. And then there’s the vandalism of mainly Churches, but also statues of the historical figures who were involved.
Add this to Church abuse scandals, clergy (and laity) in-fighting, social media vitriol, and anti-Catholic sentiment everywhere, and it’s easy to see why the above scripture passage leaped out at me. The Church is beaten, bloodied, and battered, from without and within.
Yet, it is a time of great hope. Yes, hope. What is God saying to the Churches? “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” God’s power. The gates of hell shall not prevail. God will not abandon or forsake us. On the contrary. It is when things look bleakest, and we look weakest that God acts with power. If God’s power is made perfect in weakness, then I think we can start scanning the horizon for the armada!
Oh wait! We, the Little Children of the Divine Will linked to Luisa—we’re the armada. God is counting on us. I recently listened to a series of talks by Frances Hogan, titled “Arise! Shine out, Your Light Has Come”. In it she urges us to “repair and redo” in the Divine Will for the sins of our country and the Church. (See also Frances Hogan’s Volume 1 Talk 4.) This was reinforced as I listened to Fr. Celso’s series of talks (Part 1 and Part 2) on repairing and redoing. He says it is critical that we do this, that what’s happening in the world and in the Church is a preparation for what’s coming—the kingdom! Suffering is always the forerunner of triumph. Repairing and redoing in the Divine Will adds turbo power to hasten the process. What are we waiting for???
Fr. Celso gives very practical ways to do this. Here is a three-sentence prayer we can pray when we see or hear of something bad happening: Jesus, thank you for showing me this. I know this is offensive to YOU. I want to repair for it in the Divine Will.
Also, I have written a much longer prayer, which you may adapt for your own use as you wish. Some shorter prayers follow.
Blessed Mother, Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, Good St. Joseph, St. Hannibal, (saint of the day) all you holy angels and saints, all you holy souls in purgatory, pray with me to the Most Holy Trinity, in the Divine Will in the Order of Grace, in the name of all from Adam to the last,
- For the conversion of a great many sinners through the Immaculate Heart of Mary;
- For peace on earth through the Immaculate Heart of Mary;
- For all the intentions of the sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary;
- For the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the coming of the kingdom of the Divine Will. Fiat! Fiat! Fiat!
In the Divine Will in the name of all, I repair for all sins, errors, abuses, corruption, perversion, scandal, blasphemies, heresies, rebellion, sins against life, marriage, and family, any deviation from the Will of God,
- In the Church, her leaders, in all members of religious orders, in all Church members from the greatest to the least;
- In all leaders and members of any religion from Adam to the last and in all extremist groups;
- In all nations and peoples past, present, and future, their leaders, and citizens from the greatest to the least, especially my own country.
For the love and glory of God, I redo all in the Divine Will as if everyone had lived in the perfection of the Will of God and had never sinned or erred in any way, and that no one had ever been affected by the sins or errors of others. I pray also,
- For all whose souls are in grave danger;
- For all souls past, present, and future who have never known God, all who have lost their faith or whose faith is weak, especially those in my family;
- For my sacramental godchildren, and for all my spiritual godchildren, all those God has given me to pray for, past, present, and future;
- For all addicts and those affected by the problem of addiction;
- For all the unbaptized of all time, especially those in my family;
- For the elders, especially the sick, lonely, and despondent;
- For all in danger of death through abortion, euthanasia, suicide or any other cause;
- For the souls in purgatory;
- For the Divine Will family, especially priests;
- For all missing persons, for lost or abused children past, present, and future, that they will be returned home, and be restored to health and wholeness in the Divine Will;
- For pilgrims and all travelers, for their safety and especially that no one will die unprepared.
I say in the Divine Will in the name of all, on behalf of all souls past, present, and future, that the waters of their past or future baptism, or their baptism of desire as it exists in God’s Eternal Now, will flow back and forth through time, cleansing, renewing, healing, guiding, consoling, converting, protecting, repairing, and restoring all souls to the Order, the Place, and the Purpose for which they were created by God, for his glory and for the coming of the Kingdom of the Divine Will. Amen. Fiat!
For the Holy Father and the Church
Supreme Majesty, through the Flame of Love, in the Order of Grace, I fuse myself into you and offer all sufferings of all times including my own, linked to those of Jesus, Mary, Luisa, and St. Joseph, dipped in the Blood of Christ in the Divine Will in the name of all from Adam to the last, for the Holy Father and for the Church, to bring your Bride to the Order, the Place and the Purpose you originally planned for her, and to give to you, Triune God, the love and glory all creatures owe you from Adam to the last. Amen. Fiat!
The Command Prayer (from https://www.queenofthedivinewill.org)
Abba Father, In the name of Jesus, In the Unity and Power of the Holy Spirit, Under the mantle of Mary, With all the Angels and Saints, Through the intercession of The Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, Take my humble prayer And make it Your Command, That all be accomplished and completed in Your most Holy Divine Will.
I love you and I thank you with your own Divine Will. Fiat!
Here are some websites for anyone who wants to learn more about the history of the Residential School system in Canada, and the eventual establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) which ran from 2008 to 2015.
A plain language summary of “Residential Schools in Canada” from the Canadian Encyclopedia:
A plain language summary of TRC from the Canadian Encyclopedia:
Website of the established National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, which shows what has been done since the completion of the Commission and what remains to be done:
Blessings dear friends. As I may have mentioned before, my car Bluetooth “randomly” selects which podcast I am going to listen to while driving. I have come to believe it’s not so random at all. This week what came up was Frances Hogan’s Talk #5 on Volume 12, which begins with Luisa’s November 2, 1917 diary entry. Wow! I have listened to that talk more than once, but once again it struck me with how many key teachings are explained in that talk. It reminded me of when I first started listening to Fr. Robert Young. He always said that Volume 12 was very important in learning how to live in the Divine Will.
Continuing the Volume 12 theme…each morning I try to read at least one of the sections from Sister Assunta’s “Round Books”. This morning as I read the Rounds for Ordinary Time, Midmorning Prayer, the following excerpt leaped out at me. The excerpt quoted in the booklet I have bolded below, but the whole passage is quite glorious so I include it all.
This is how my blog posts usually come together, through the Holy Spirit teaching in themes. I love it! One of my blog friends recently called it spelunking. That is a great analogy. We stumble around in the dark waiting for our Trusted Guide to dazzle us with new lights and glittering gems as he leads us to ever-more magnificent depths. How glorious our God is, and how near! Fiat!
Volume 12, May 22, 1919
In the Era of the living in the Divine Will, the souls will complete the Glory of God on the part of Creation.
Continuing in my usual state, my little mind was wandering in the Holy Will of God and, I don’t know how, I understood how the creature does not give to God the glory which she is obliged to give; and I felt embittered. And my sweet Jesus, wanting to instruct me and console me, through an intellectual light told me: “My daughter, all of my works are complete; therefore, the glory that the creature must give to Me will be complete. The last day will not come until the whole Creation has given Me the honor and the glory which I Myself wanted and established, and what some do not give Me, I take from others; in these I redouble the graces which others reject from Me, and from these I receive double love and glory. To others, according to their dispositions, I reach the point of giving the graces which I would give to ten; to others, those which I would give to a hundred; to others, those which I would give to a thousand. Sometimes, I give the graces which I would give to cities, to provinces, and even to entire kingdoms. And these love Me and give Me glory for ten, for a hundred, for a thousand, etc. In this way my Glory on the part of Creation is completed. And when I see that the creature cannot make it, in spite of her good will, I draw her into my Will, in which she finds the virtue of multiplying one single act as many times as she wants, giving Me the glory, honor and love which others do not give to Me.
This is why I am preparing the Era of the living in my Will; and for all that creatures have not done in the past generations, and will not do, in this Era of my Will they will complete the love, the glory, the honor of the whole Creation, and I will give them astonishing and unheard-of graces. This is why I am calling you to live in my Will, and I whisper into your ear: ‘Jesus, I lay at your feet the adoration, the subjection of the whole human family; I place in your Heart the “I love You” of all; on your lips I impress my kiss in order to seal the kiss of all generations; I clasp You with my arms in order to clasp You with the arms of all, to bring You the glory of all the works of all creatures…’ And I feel in you the adoration, the ‘I love You’, the kiss, etc. of the whole human family. How could I not give to you the love, the kisses, the graces which I should give to the others?
Now, know my daughter, that what the creature does on earth is the capital that she forms for Heaven. Therefore, if she does little, she will have little; if much, she will have much. If one loved Me and glorified Me for ten, she will receive ten more contentments, corresponding to as much glory, and will be loved by Me ten times as much. If another loved Me and glorified Me for a hundred and for a thousand, she will receive contentments, love and glory for a hundred and for a thousand. In this way I will give to the Creation all that I have decided to give, and the Creation will give Me all that I must receive from them – and my Glory will be completed in everything.” (L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 12, May 22, 1919)
Blessings all on this feast of Sts. Peter and Paul. I just want to draw your attention to Fr. Iannuzzi’s June 19 and June 26 podcasts at Radio Maria, from his weekly show, Learning to Live in God’s Divine Will. They are very edifying.
Also I am newly appreciating Frances Hogan’s talks on Volume 14. God be praised in the rich resources he has blessed us with as he draws us deeper into his Most Holy Divine Will. Fiat!
I just listened to Talk #3 of Fr. Celso’s Divine Will Day of Recollection “Luisa, Image and Likeness in The Divine Will”. If you want to know the power and the importance of our victimhood, this talk is glorious! Fiat!