Reblog of Fr. Ripperger on Negativity post…

Friends I’m reblogging this post from March 2020. The spiritual advice I find to be more relevant than ever. I was glad for the refresher. Perhaps you will be too. Fiat!

After Mass this morning someone mentioned they were getting terrific spiritual help from listening to Fr. Chad Ripperger, F.S.S.P., on YouTube. I had seen his name before but never listened to his teachings. Until today. I scrolled through the titles of his videos and the one on Negativity seemed to jump out, so I watched it. Wow! Convicted!

The beginning of the video is a bit clinical, but hang in there. It’s worth it!

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Some excerpts on Love of Neighbor…

Love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. ‘Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.’ (Luke 6:36-5-38)

Excerpts from the Book of Heaven, by Luisa Piccarreta:

Volume 2, July 30, 1899 – Do not judge your neighbor.

It continues almost always in the same way. This morning, as Jesus transported me outside of myself according to His usual way, we passed through the midst of many people, and the majority of them were intent on judging other people’s actions, without looking at their own. My beloved Jesus told me: “The surest means to be upright with one’s neighbor is to not look at all at what they are doing, because looking, thinking and judging is all the same. Besides, by looking at his neighbor, one comes to defraud his own soul; therefore it happens that he is not upright either with himself, or with his neighbor, or with God.”

Volume 2, August 12, 1899 – Jesus teaches Luisa Charity

Luisa: ‘I fear very much, O my beloved Jesus, in knowing myself all full of misery, that instead of doing good, I may make bad use of your graces. But what I fear the most is my tongue that oftentimes makes me slip in charity toward my neighbor.’ And Jesus: “Do not fear, I Myself will teach you the way you must keep in speaking with your neighbor. First: when you are told something about your neighbor, cast a gaze upon yourself and observe whether you are guilty of that same defect, for in that case wanting to correct is wanting to make Me indignant and to scandalize your neighbor. Second: if you see yourself free of that defect, rise then, and try to speak as I would have; in this way you will speak with my own tongue. By doing so, you will never fail in charity with your neighbor; on the contrary, with your words, you will do good to yourself and to your neighbor – and to Me you will give honor and glory.”

Volume 16, December 29, 1923 – One who lives in the Divine Will is bound to Jesus with eternal bonds and must let none of His works and creatures escape her, to be able to give Him return of love for everything and for everyone.

The whole Creation was with me saying “I love You”, but when I wanted to embrace all human generations in the Eternal Volition, to make all prostrate before Jesus, so that all might fulfill their duty of saying “I love You, Jesus” in each one of their acts, words and thoughts, they escaped me, and I got lost and didn’t know how to do it. I said this to Jesus, and He: “Yet, my daughter, the living in my Will is exactly this: to bring the whole of Creation before Me, and in the name of all, give Me the return of their duties. No one must escape you, otherwise my Will would find voids in Creation, and would not be satisfied. But do you know why you do not find all, and many escape you? It is the power of free will. However, I want to teach you a secret – where to find them all: enter into my Humanity and you will find all of their acts as though held in custody; for these I took on the commitment to satisfy before my Celestial Father on their behalf. Go and follow all my acts, which were the acts of all; in this way you will find everything, and you will give Me return of love for everyone and for everything. Everything is in Me; since I did everything for all, in Me is the deposit of all; I render to the Divine Father the duty of love for all, and whoever wants it, can use it as way and means to ascend to Heaven.”

I entered into Jesus, and I easily found everything and everyone. And following the works of Jesus, I said: ‘I love you in every thought of creature; I love You in the flight of every gaze; I love You in the sound of every word; I love You in every heartbeat, breath and affection; I love You in every drop of blood, in every work and step,…’

Volume 24, July 10, 1928 How the Fiat will place Heaven and earth in common.  Unhappiness of the human will.

After this, I was following the Divine Volition with my acts, and the heavens, the stars, the Sun seemed so beautiful to me, that from the depths of my heart I kept repeating:  ‘How beautiful are the works of my Creator, and the order, the harmony that the omnipotent Fiat has in all Creation!  Oh, if this order and harmony were present in the midst of creatures, the face of the earth would change!’  And my beloved Jesus added:  “My daughter, when my Will dominates on earth, then will there be perfect union between Heaven and earth.  One will be the order, one the harmony, one the echo, one the life, because one will be the Will.  Even more, in Heaven many mirrors will be seen, and the creatures, reflecting themselves in them, will look at what the Blessed in Heaven are doing.  They will hear their chants, their celestial melodies, and by them imitating what they do – their chants, their melodies – there will be the life of Heaven in the midst of creatures.  My Fiat will place everything in common, and there will be the true life of the Fiat Voluntas Tua on earth as It is in Heaven.  Then will my Will sing victory, and the creature will sing the hymn of her triumph.”

Then He kept silent, and after a little while He added:  “My daughter, the human will has produced so much evil as to form the unhappy state of the poor creature; it changed her lot, her fortune.  Since I am happy by nature, everything that came out of Our creative hands in Creation, came out with the fullness of happiness; therefore, everywhere, inside and outside of man, perennial joy and happiness flew.  The human will drove this sea of true and perpetual peace out of itself, which, driven out, took refuge in the womb of its Creator, who had delivered it so that all of His works might be happy.  And even though We are happy by Our nature, and no one can shade Our happiness, We are forced to see man unhappy, to whom primacy in Creation had been given; and to see Our children unhappy, to see that the sea of Our happiness is not enjoyed by the one who was the owner of it, even though it causes no harm to Us, is always a sorrow.

Now, one who lives in my Divine Will calls this sea of happiness once again into herself; she removes from Us the sight of the unhappiness in the poor creatures, and she makes Us twice as happy, because We see that Our happiness follows its way toward Our children.  Therefore my Will will put all things in place and will remove the unhappiness produced by the human will which, with its poisonous slobber, knows how to embitter everything and make everything turbid.  How beautiful it is to see everyone happy!  What a consolation for a father to have and see the crown of his children – all happy, rich, healthy, beautiful, always smiling, never crying!  Oh, how he enjoys, and feels himself swimming in his own happiness and that of children!  I am more than a father, and I feel within Me the happiness of my children, because it is my own thing and can enter into Me; while unhappiness is something extraneous to Me, which does not belong to Me and has no way to enter into Me.  I feel the sorrow of seeing it, but not of feeling it, and as Father, I love and want everyone to be happy.”

Friends, Our Lord is so merciful! He loves even the worst sinner as much as he loves the most holy saint. In his mercy, he has given us the means to return souls to him with interest by repairing and redoing for each and for all in the Divine Will as he has taught us through Luisa above: ‘I love you in every thought of creature; I love You in the flight of every gaze; I love You in the sound of every word; I love You in every heartbeat, breath and affection; I love You in every drop of blood, in every work and step…’ In this way we can offer to God the perfect version of each one’s life and all lives, as if no one had ever sinned, to give him the love and glory that all creatures owe him, to fill the void, so that the glorious kingdom of the Divine Will may reign on the earth as in heaven. Fiat!

Bold and powerful witnesses…


I just finished watching Mark Mallett and Daniel O’Connor’s video “On Secular Messianism”. I found it to be bold and powerful, an inspired and courageous exhortation to always remember who our true Savior is, and more than that, who our true enemy is. Our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers. The enemy is very good at diversionary tactics—let’s not fall for them! We need to remain firmly rooted in Christ, who has given us the Church, His Mother, and the sacraments to get us through this unprecedented time and to prepare us for the promised Era of Peace. Eyes ahead!

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that in a series of talks on the Six Steps of Living in the Divine Will, Fr. Celso makes this comment in reference to the Fourth Step, “The Test”: “God loves impossible situations, and he puts us in impossible situations. Then he steps back and says what are you going to do about this? And we (need to) say, ‘Jesus you’re really good at impossible situations…Jesus I trust in YOU.’ If we don’t trust him in little things, we are not going to be able to trust him in the big things.”

For my part, God has been testing me in many small things, to build my spiritual muscle. Some passes, a few fails, but at least I am now recognizing these occurrences, mostly minor inconveniences (sometimes blown out of proportion by yours truly), as opportunities to exercise trust in Him, to preserve our inner peace in all circumstances. We need to build this spiritual muscle so it will be there when we really need it. Fiat!

On top of that, the little children of the Divine Will linked to Luisa are not just carrying our own weakness, we are carrying the weaknesses of all souls—past, present, and future! Can we even do this? Of course not! Jesus often tells Luisa, “Let Me do.” We only need to acknowledge our absolute nothingness to give him the space he needs to do in, through, with, and for us what he wishes to accomplish in souls. If the failed tests help us to acknowledge our nothingness, they are not really fails after all! Fiat!

Big stuff is here and more is coming, but we must not be afraid. If we are asked to carry a cross, we are in the best of company, and the Love of God is working in us.

In February 2019, I wrote a blog post titled, Pray for the Church. Here are some excerpts, beginning with a chilling dream.

I was in a school building, alone in a classroom, having stopped for a drink of water before re-joining the rest of the group. A woman came into the room, smartly dressed in black and white. I knew her as a government official. She was accompanied by a boy, around 10 or 11 years old, and he was carrying a baseball bat. She said to me, in a matter-of-fact tone, “Hold out your hand.” I knew three things, that the child was going to smash my hand with the bat as an example to the others, that the woman’s power was absolute and no one could help me, and that her choosing me for punishment was arbitrary. I was no better or worse than anyone else in the school, I was just available. Just being affiliated with that school was all that was required to warrant arbitrary punishment. The boy seemed ambivalent about it all. He would do what was expected.

I woke with a start and felt that this represented the next phase of the persecution coming upon the Western Church (it is already happening elsewhere). During my morning prayers that same day, two passages from the Liturgy of the Hours seemed to confirm what I felt the dream had meant.

The prayer after one of the psalms read:

“Lord Jesus, you foretold that we would share in the persecutions that brought you to a violent death. The Church formed at the cost of your precious blood is even now conformed to your Passion; may it be transformed, now and eternally, by the power of your resurrection.”

(Thursday Week IV, Office of Readings, prayer after Psalm III)

The second confirmation came on the same day in the Office of Readings:

From the Catechesis by St. Cyril of Jerusalem

Even in time of persecution let the Cross be your joy

The Catholic Church glories in every deed of Christ. Her supreme glory, however, is the cross. Well aware of this, Paul says: God forbid that I glory in anything but the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ!

For us all … the cross is the crown of victory. It has brought light to those blinded by ignorance. It has released those enslaved by sin. Indeed, it has redeemed the whole of mankind!

Do not, then, be ashamed of the cross of Christ; rather, glory in it. Although it is a stumbling block to the Jews and folly to the Gentiles, the message of the cross is our salvation. Of course it is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it was not a mere man who died for us, but the Son of God, God made man.

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He was not killed by violence, he was not forced to give up his life: his was a willing sacrifice. Listen to his own words: I have the power to lay down my life and take it up again. Yes, he willingly submitted to his own passion. He took joy in his achievement; in his crown of victory he was glad and in the salvation of man he rejoiced. He did not blush at the cross, for by it he was to save the world. No, it was not a lowly man who suffered, but God incarnate. He entered the contest for the reward he would win by his patient endurance.

Certainly in times of tranquility the cross should give you joy. But maintain the same faith in times of persecution. Otherwise you will be a friend of Jesus in times of peace and his enemy during war. Now you receive the forgiveness of your sins and the generous gift of grace from your king. When war comes, fight courageously for him.

Jesus never sinned; yet he was crucified for you. Will you refuse to be crucified for him, who for your sake was nailed to the cross? You are not the one who gives the favour; you have received one first. For your sake he was crucified on Golgotha. Now you are returning his favour: you are fulfilling your debt to him.

(Thursday Fourth Week in Ordinary Time, Office of Readings, Second Reading)

The cross is our glory dear friends! Let us not run from it but pray for grace and strength for ourselves, holiness for the clergy, and glory for the Church. God has not left us orphaned. He has given us many powerful graces to defeat the enemy. After I woke from the above dream, I spent half an hour praying the Flame of Love prayer: “Holy Mary, Mother of God spread the effect of grace of Thy Flame of Love over all of humanity now and at the hour of our death. Amen.” Our Lady taught Elizabeth Kindelmann a few simple prayers that would “blind satan”. Adding this simple prayer to the rosary means satan is blinded 50 times per rosary per person. Praying this prayer in the Divine Will in the name of all—incalculable! Well worth the extra 5 minutes it takes to pray the rosary in this way. (Other powerful Flame of Love prayers may be found at the US Flame of Love site or the Canadian site.)

One of the little prayers we pray so often that we may be in danger of taking it for granted, is the Glory Be. Luisa Piccarreta once had a vision of the whole heavenly court as they praised God, continuously intoning the first part of that prayer: “Glory Be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit…” She then felt a strong call to respond: “…as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.” Jesus then explained to her that by participating, in the Divine Will, with the angels and saints in the ongoing praise of God in heaven, she was able to connect heaven to earth and earth to heaven in the eternal act of praise that all creatures owe to their Creator-God.

Knowing this certainly brings new life and an ever-more glorious mission to this little, eternally powerful, often-repeated prayer! This little prayer in the Divine Will, is a bridge of praise connecting the Church Militant to the Church Triumphant for the glory of God and serves to hasten the coming of His kingdom.

Praise of the Lord poisons the air for demons. Let us pray this little but mighty prayer with renewed fervor, in concert with the Church Triumphant, that evil may be defeated in the Church and in our broken world.

May His Holy will be done; may His kingdom come and come quickly; may His holy Name be glorified now and forever!

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“In the face of Our Decrees, all evils cannot prevent what We want to do…”

I just can’t stop reading this passage! There is so much in it to give us hope, to cement our trust in the God of all history—and him alone. Glory to God in the highest! And on earth peace to people of good will!

Book of Heaven by Luisa Piccarreta, Volume 30, January 3, 1932

Certainty of the Coming of the Kingdom of the Divine Will upon earth.  How all difficulties will melt like snow before a burning Sun.  The human will is the dark room of the creature.

My abandonment continues in the Divine Fiat, but I felt worried by the thought:  “How will this Kingdom of the Divine Will ever be able to come?  Sin abounds, evils get worse, it seems to me that the creatures are not disposed to receive such a Great Good; so much so, that there is not a soul, as good as they may be, who truly wants to occupy himself with making known what regards the Divine Will.  If God does not Operate a Prodigy of His Omnipotence, the Kingdom of the Divine Fiat may be in Heaven, but as for the earth, it is useless to think about it.” 

But while I was thinking of this and other things, my beloved Jesus, making His usual visit to my soul, told me:  “My daughter, everything is possible for Us.  The impossibilities, the difficulties, the insurmountable obstacles of creatures melt before Our Supreme Majesty like snow in front of a burning Sun.  Everything is in whether We want it; all the rest is nothing.  Did the same not happen in Redemption?  Sin abounded more than ever; only a small group of people was awaiting the Messiah, and in the midst of this group, how many hypocrisies, how many sins of all kinds—they were often idolatrous.  But it was decreed that I was to come upon earth.  In the face of Our Decrees, all evils cannot prevent what We want to do.  We are glorified more by one Act alone of Our Will than We are offended by all the evils and sins committed by creatures, because Our Act of the Will is Divine and Immense, and in its Immensity it embraces all eternity, all centuries, it extends to all.  Therefore, it is not of Our Infinite Wisdom not to give Life to even just one Act of Our Will because of the evils of creatures. [This sentence is stated with more clarity a few paragraphs down: “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.”] We place Ourselves on Our Divine Side, and We do what We have to do; and the creatures We leave by their human side; and acting as Sovereigns, We Lord it over everything and everyone, even over evil, and We put out Our Decrees.

“Now, just as My Coming upon earth was Our Decree, so is Our Decree the Kingdom of Our Will upon earth; even more, it can be said that one and the other are one single Decree, and having carried out the First Act of this Decree, We are to carry out the Second.  It is true that We pace Ourselves according to the good disposition of the creatures in order to give the great Good that an Act of Our Will can produce, and therefore at most We take time, and We make Our Way in the midst of their evils in order to dispose them.  It is true that the times are sad; the peoples themselves are tired, they see all the ways closed to them, they can find no way out even for the necessary natural means; the oppressions, the demands of the leaders are unbearable—just penalty, since they have elected as leaders godless men, of evil life, without a just right to be leaders, who deserved a prison more than the right of regime.  Many thrones and empires have been overthrown, and those few that are left are all vacillating and about to be overthrown.  So, the earth will remain almost without kings, in the hands of iniquitous men. 

“Poor peoples, poor children of Mine—under the regime of men without pity, without heart, and without the grace to be able to act as guides for their subjects.  Indeed, the epoch of the Jewish People is being repeated, as they remained without a king when I was near to coming upon earth, and were under the dominion of an alien empire, of barbarous and idolatrous men who did not even know their Creator.  Yet, this was the sign of My nearing Coming into their midst.  That epoch and this one hold hands in many things, and the disappearance of thrones and empires is the announcement that the Kingdom of My Divine Will is not far.  It having to be a Universal, Pacific Kingdom, there will be no need of kings to dominate It—each one will be king to himself.  My Will will be for them Law, Guide, Support, Life and Absolute King of all and of each one; and all the arbitrary and rightless leaders will be shattered like dust in the wind.  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 [Luisa], 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 [Luisa], 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.”

Then, I continued to think about the Divine Fiat, and my sweet Jesus added:  “My daughter, My Will is Light, the human will is the dark room in which the poor creature lives.  As My Will enters into this dark room, it remains all invested by this Light that illumines everything, even the most remote and little hiding places of the soul.  It makes Itself Light of the thought, of the word, of the works, of the steps—but with a marvelous variety.  The thought takes on a variety of Colors animated by the Light; the word takes on another variety of Colors; the action, the step, other varieties of Colors.  And as she repeats the thought, the word, the action, the step, animated by the Light of My Will, so are the hues of the Divine Colors formed; and the Beauty of it is that they are all Colors animated by Light. 

“O! how beautiful it is to see the creature animated by the Rainbow of Our Divine Colors—it is one of the most Beautiful Scenes that she presents to Us and makes Us enjoy.  We look at her and We see that those are nothing other that the Reflection of Our Thoughts, of Our Actions, and so forth, that has formed that variety of Our Divine Colors; and Our Will makes display of Light in the acts of the creature who, with her sweet enchantment, enraptures Us and makes Us the Spectators of Our Acts; and—O! how We await with all Love the repetition of these Scenes so Beautiful and Delightful.”

Hope—so much more than a feeling…

I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. (Ephesians 1:17-19)

Dear friends, today I listened to Frances Hogan teach on the excerpted passage below. I can’t say enough about how much value there is in listening to her teachings on these early volumes.

In this passage, Jesus tells Luisa that he is Hope itself, and the glorious benefit that is for us. I hope you get a chance to listen to Frances Hogan’s lesson. If you are short of time, this is the final passage she covers in Talk #7 of Volume 2.)

Book of Heaven by Luisa Piccarreta, Excerpts from Volume 2, September 19, 1899
The fruits of Faith, of Hope and of Charity.

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After this, He showed me His Heart, which contained three distinct globes of light, which then formed a single one. And Jesus, resuming His speech, told me: “The globes of light which you see in my Heart are the Faith, the Hope and the Charity which I brought upon earth to make suffering man happy by offering them to him as gift. Now, to you also I want to give a more special gift.” And while He was saying this, many threads of light came out of those globes of light, which inundated my soul like a sort of net, and I remained inside of it. And Jesus: “Here is how I want you to occupy your soul. First, fly upon the wings of Faith, and in that light, by plunging yourself into it, you will know and acquire ever more news about Me, your God; but by knowing Me more, your nothingness will feel almost dissolved, and you will have no place to lean on. You, however, rise more, and dive into the immense sea of Hope, which is made of all my merits that I acquired in the course of my mortal life, and of all the pains of my Passion, which I also gave to man as gift. Only through these can you hope for the immense goods of Faith, because there is no other way to obtain them. So, as you avail yourself of these merits of mine as if they were your own, your ‘nothing’ will no longer feel dissolved and sinking into the abyss of nothingness, but acquiring new life, it will be embellished and enriched, in such a way as to draw the very divine gazes upon itself. Then the soul will no longer be timid, but Hope will administer to her courage and strength, in such a way as to render her stable like a pillar exposed to all the intemperances of the air, which are the various tribulations of life, and which do not move her a tiny bit. And Hope will cause the soul not only to immerse herself without fear into the immense riches of Faith, but to make herself the owner of them; and through Hope she will reach such a point as to make God Himself her own. Ah, yes! Hope makes the soul reach wherever she wants; Hope is the door of Heaven – only by means of It can it be opened, because one who hopes for everything, obtains everything. Then, after the soul has reached the point of making God Himself her own, immediately, without any obstacle, she will find herself in the immense ocean of Charity, and carrying Faith and Hope with her, she will immerse herself in it and will form one single thing with Me, her God.”

Most loving Jesus continued: “If Faith is the king, Charity is queen, and Hope is like the peacemaking mother who pacifies everything. In fact, with Faith and Charity there may be disturbance, but Hope, being bond of peace, converts everything into peace. Hope is support, Hope is refreshment; and when the soul, rising by means of Faith, sees the beauty, the sanctity and the love with which she is loved by God, and feels drawn to love Him, but in seeing her insufficiency, how little she does for God, and how she should love Him but does not, she feels discomforted, disturbed and almost does not dare to draw near God – immediately this peacemaking mother comes out, and placing herself between Faith and Charity, she begins to perform her office of peacemaker. She makes the soul peaceful again, she pushes her, raises her, gives her new strengths; and carrying her before king Faith and queen Charity, she excuses the soul, she places a new effusion of her merits before the soul, and she prays them to receive her. And Faith and Charity, with their gazes fixed only on this peacemaking mother, so tender and compassionate, receive the soul, and God forms the delight of the soul, and the soul the delight of God.”

[Luisa:] Oh, holy Hope, how admirable you are! I imagine seeing the soul who is possessed by this beautiful Hope, like a noble wayfarer, who walks in order to go and take possession of a land that will make his whole fortune. But since he is unknown and he journeys through lands which are not his, some deride him, some insult him, some strip him of his clothes, and some reach the point of beating him and even of threatening to kill him. And the noble wayfarer – what does he do in all these trials? Will he be disturbed? Ah, no – never! On the contrary, he will deride those who do all this to him, and knowing with certainty that the more he suffers, the more he will be honored and glorified when he comes to take possession of his land, he himself teases the people into tormenting him more. But he is always tranquil, he enjoys the most perfect peace; and what is more, while in the midst of these insults, he remains so calm, that while the others are all alert around him, he keeps sleeping in the bosom of his longed-for God. Who administers so much peace and so much firmness to this wayfarer in continuing the journey he has undertaken? Certainly Hope in the eternal goods that will be his; and since they are his, he will surpass everything in order to take possession of them. Now, by thinking that they are his own, he comes to love them – and here is how Hope gives rise to Charity.

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Now, when the soul carries herself into the most extensive sea of Charity, she experiences ineffable delights, and enjoys joys which are unspeakable to mortal soul. Everything is love; her sighs, her heartbeats, her thoughts, are as many sonorous voices that she makes resound around her most loving God. These voices are all of love, calling Him to themselves, in such a way that blessed God, drawn and wounded by these loving voices, requites them, and it happens that His sighs, His heartbeats, and all of the Divine Being continuously call the soul to God.

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Stunning! Friends, the world is desperately in need of Hope, which is not a feeling, but a Divine Person—Jesus Christ! Let us be signposts of hope in the world so that the world will come to know Him, the Hope to which we are called.

“Let nothing disturb you…”

The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our stronghold. (Psalm 46:7)

Peace, dear friends. I include here a few excerpts from Volume 2 of The Book of Heaven, by Luisa Piccarreta, on the topic of the importance of maintaining our peace of heart in all circumstances, something that is becoming increasingly challenging these days.

July 4, 1899

This morning, Jesus renewed in me the pains of the crucifixion; our Queen Mama was also present, and Jesus, speaking of Her, said: “My Kingdom was in the Heart of my Mother, and this, because Her Heart was never disturbed even slightly; so much so, that in the immense sea of the Passion, She suffered immense pains, and Her Heart was pierced through by the sword of sorrow, but She did not receive the slightest breath of disturbance. Therefore, since my Kingdom is a Kingdom of peace, I was able to lay my Kingdom within Her, and to reign freely without any obstacle.”

August 8, 1899

He continues to make Himself seen for just a little and (is) almost angry with men. As much as I prayed Him to pour His bitternesses into me, it was impossible, and without paying attention to what I was saying to Him, He told me: “Resignation absorbs all that can be painful and disgusting to one’s nature and renders it sweet. And since my Being is peaceful and tranquil, in such a way that, no matter what may happen in Heaven and on earth, It cannot receive the slightest breath of disturbance, resignation has the virtue of grafting these very virtues of Mine into the soul. A resigned soul is always at rest; and not only herself, but she also allows Me to rest peacefully within her.”

August 17, 1899

This morning, after receiving Communion, I was saying to my lovable Jesus: “How is it that this virtue of obedience is so impertinent, and sometimes so strong as to reach the point of being capricious?”

And He: “Do you know why this noble lady obedience is as you say? Because she gives death to all vices and, naturally, one who has to inflict death upon someone else must be strong and courageous; and if he does not succeed with this, he will use impertinences and caprices. If this is necessary in order to kill the body, which is so fragile, much more so in order to give death to vices and to one’s own passions; in fact, it is so hard that sometimes, while they seem to be dead, they begin to live again. And so this diligent lady is always in motion, and spying continuously. If she sees that the soul raises the slightest difficulty at what is commanded of her, fearing that some vice may begin to live again in her heart, she wages such a war against her and gives her no peace, until the soul prostrates herself at her feet and does, in mute silence, whatever she wants. This is why she is so impertinent and almost capricious, as you say.

Ah, yes, there is no true peace without obedience; and if it seems that one may enjoy peace, it is a false peace, because it gets along with one’s own passions, but never with virtues. And one ends up in ruin, because by moving away from obedience, one moves away from Me, who was the King of this noble virtue.

Moreover, obedience kills one’s own will and pours the Divine in torrents; so much so, that one can say that the obedient soul no longer lives of her will, but of the Divine. Can there ever be a life more beautiful, more holy, than to live of the Will of God Himself? With the other virtues, even the most sublime, there can be love of self, but with obedience – never.”

Letters from Luisa Piccarreta

Luisa wrote many letters to souls, tight capsules of spiritual advice on living in the Divine Will. In these letters, Luisa often instructs the reader on the importance of maintaining peace in all circumstances. The following letters on the topic of peace may be accessed by clicking on the link above. May they help us to remain in that peace that surpasses understanding.

Scroll down to the letters numbered: 7, 10, 14, 53, 55, 56, 57, 59, 66, 97, 100, 102


Let nothing disturb you ~ Let nothing frighten you ~ All things are passing away ~ God never changes ~ Patience obtains all things ~ Whoever has God lacks nothing ~ God alone suffices.

–St. Theresa of Avila

Divine Will encouragement…

Dear friends in the Divine Will, I found the video linked below insightful and helpful in navigating our times, especially for those of us striving to live and grow in the Divine Will. In it, Fr. Joseph Iannuzzi answers questions submitted by the members of the Divine Will Cenacle at the School of Mary at Mary’s Hill, questions that may be on your mind too. I personally felt reassured and peaceful after hearing his responses. For that reason I pass on the link.

https://www.queenofthedivinewill.org/father-joseph-leo-iannuzzi/father-iannuzzi-speaks-at-the-school-of-mary-at-marys-hill/ (Scroll down to: December 27, 2020 –Reverend Father Joseph Iannuzzi Live at The School of Mary at Mary’s Hill.)

And from the Book of Heaven, more encouragement to keep reading, studying, and putting into practice the teachings of Jesus to Luisa about the Divine Will. The Volumes are full of astounding promises, but don’t let that intimidate you or stop you. None of us is perfect, but if we are sincere about living the teachings, he will supply what we lack! Sure, God can bring about the kingdom without us but he WANTS to do it with us. Let’s not disappoint him, but give him our perpetual fiat, again, and now, and now, and now, and again…

Book of Heaven, Volume 7, January 5, 1907

Jesus to Luisa regarding the soul on the path of sanctity: “True and solid sanctity consists of receiving anything which may happen to her or which she may be doing, be it even the most indifferent thing, as a specialty of divine love, just as it would be if she found a food enjoyable or disgusting. A specialty of love in the enjoyment, thinking that it is Jesus that produces that enjoyment in the food, and that He loves her to the point of giving her pleasure even in material things. A specialty of love in the disgust, thinking that He loves her so much as to produce that disgust for her in order to make her similar to Himself in mortification, giving her, Himself, a little coin that she can offer to Him. A specialty of divine love if she is humiliated, if she is exalted, if she is healthy, if she is infirm, if she is poor or rich. A specialty of love her breathing, her sight, her speech – everything, everything; and just as she must receive everything – everything as a specialty of divine love, she must give everything back to God as a special love of hers. So, she must receive the wave of the love of God, and must give to God the wave of her love. Oh, what a sanctifying bath is this wave of love! It purifies her, it sanctifies her, it makes her advance without her realizing it; it is a life more of Heaven than of earth. –Luisa Piccarreta, Book of Heaven

Volume 24, July 23, 1928

Jesus to Luisa: “My daughter, the soul who lives in my Will is the luminous point in the world.  Just as a Sun appears under the vault of the heavens, which invests the earth with Its rays, and penetrating everywhere, embellishes, colors, fecundates the whole earth with Its life of light, so another Sun, more beautiful and more refulgent, can be seen in that point of the world – that is, in the soul in whom my Divine Will reigns – and her rays extend and expand so much as to embrace everything and everyone.  How beautiful it is to see from Heaven these luminous points in the depths of the earth!  It no longer seems earth – but Heaven, because the Sun of my Fiat is present.  Its rays embellish, fecundate and scatter such variety of divine colors as to communicate the varieties of beauties of the Creator with Its life of light.  Wherever these luminous points are present, the current of evil is stopped; my Justice Itself feels disarmed by the strength of this light, and changes the scourges into grace.  These points are the smile of the earth; their light is herald and bearer of peace, of beauty, of sanctity, of life that never dies.  They can be called the fortunate points of the earth, because in their midst there is the light that never dims, the life that always rises; while where these luminous points are not present, the earth is obscure, and if any good is done, it is like those little lights that have no rays, because the source of the light is missing in that good, and therefore it has no strength nor virtue either to extend or expand.  And since the source is missing, they are subject to being extinguished, and the earth remains obscured, as though buried in thick darkness, because the human will is herald and bearer of evils, of disturbances, of disorder and the like.

So, the soul in whom my will does not reign puffs out darkness, shadow and restlessness, and if she does any good, it is a good invested with fog.  Her air is always unhealthy, her fruits unripe, her beauty faded.  All the opposite for the soul in whom my Will reigns:  she is the true queen that dominates everything, she gives peace to all, does good to all and is welcomed by all; and while she does good to all, she needs no one, because the source of my Will which she possesses makes all goods arise within her.” –Luisa Piccarreta, Book of Heaven

Posterity…

A thousand may fall at your side,
   ten thousand at your right hand,
   but it will not come near you.
You will only look with your eyes
   and see the punishment of the wicked.
(Psalm 91:7-8)

I used to work on a military base and was occasionally privileged to take in a military parade. I marveled at the precision and unity of the ranks as they followed the orders of the commander, even to where they were to look: “EYES…RIGHT!” to acknowledge the presence of a dignitary; “EYES…AHEAD!” after passing.

“Eyes ahead” came to me today as I was reading this passage. It speaks about how we in the current area who are linked to Luisa and doing all we can to read, study, and follow the teachings of the Book of Heaven, are forging the path for future generations to live in the kingdom of the Divine Will. Stunning!

Friends, Jesus tells Luisa that our disposition matters in how that plays out. God wants to give us more, but only if we want it. Our disposition draws down more grace and knowledge. God was looking at us when he was talking to Luisa, to see if the goods he wanted to bestow on us and future generations would be desired, appreciated, and used. Let us not disappoint him! Yes, Lord, I want what you want to give me! Fiat!

Book of Heaven, Volume 20, October 2, 1926

Jesus to Luisa: “My daughter, I am looking at how much I have to expand the boundaries of the Kingdom of my Will to give possession of It to the creatures.  I know that they cannot grasp the endlessness which the Kingdom of my Will contains, because it is not given to them, as creatures, to cross and embrace a Will that corresponds to a Kingdom which has no boundaries.  In fact, since they are created beings, they are always narrow and limited; but even though they are limited, I dispose more or less goods, and the extension of the boundaries which they must possess, according to their dispositions.  This is why I am looking at posterity – at the disposition which they will have; and I am looking at those in the present, to see their dispositions, because those in the present must pray, impetrate and prepare the Kingdom of the Supreme Fiat for posterity.  And according to the dispositions of posterity, and to the interest of those present, I keep expanding the boundaries of my Kingdom, because the generations are so linked to each other that it always happens like this:  one prays, another prepares, another impetrates, another possesses.

The same happened with my coming upon earth in order to form Redemption.  It was not those who were present that prayed, sighed and cried to obtain Its goods – but those who lived before my coming.  Those present enjoyed them and possessed them; and according to their dispositions and to the prayers and dispositions of those in the past, I expanded the boundaries of the goods of Redemption.  In fact, only then do I give a good, when it can be useful for the creatures; but if it brings them no utility, why give it?  And this utility is received by them, the more disposed they are.  But do you know when I expand its boundaries?  When I manifest to you a new knowledge regarding the Kingdom of my Will.  This is why, before manifesting it to you, I glance at everyone to see their dispositions – whether it will be useful for them, or whether it will be for them as something that was not said.  And since I want to expand my boundaries more, in order to give them more goods, more joys, more happiness to be possessed, but they are not disposed, I feel afflicted and I wait for your prayers, for your rounds in my Will, for your pains, in order to dispose those present, as well as posterity.  And then, I return to the new surprises of my manifestations about my Will.

This is why I am afflicted when I do not speak to you – my word is the greatest gift, it is a new Creation; and being unable to release it from Me, because the creatures are not disposed to receive it, I feel within Me the weight of the gift I want to give.  Unable to give it, I remain afflicted and taciturn; and my affliction grows even more in seeing you afflicted because of Me.  If you knew how I feel your sadness – how all of it pours into my Heart!  My Will brings it deep into the intimate place of my Heart, because I do not have two Wills, but one; and since It reigns in you, as a consequence, It brings your afflictions deep inside of Me.  Therefore, pray and let your flight be continuous in the Supreme Fiat, that you may beseech that the creatures be disposed, and I may return to speak once again.”

Having said this, He kept silent, and I remained more afflicted than before.  I felt all the weight that Jesus felt because of the lack of disposition of the creatures.  I felt as if Jesus would no longer speak to me for now; but Jesus, wanting to cheer me from my affliction, and also cheer Himself, told me:  “My daughter, courage, do you think that everything that passed between Me and you will be known?  No, my daughter; I will make known that which is necessary – that which regards the Kingdom of the Supreme Fiat.  Or rather, I will be even more generous compared to what the creatures will take of this Kingdom of Mine, to give them free field in order to advance more and more, so as to let them expand their possession in the Supreme Fiat, that they may never say:  ‘enough – we have no other place to reach’.  No, no, I will use such abundance that man will always have something to take, and to advance on his journey.  But in spite of such abundance, not everyone will know our secrets, just as not everyone knows what passed between Me and my Mama in order to form the kingdom of Redemption – the surprising graces, the innumerable favors…  They will know them in Heaven where there are no secrets, while on earth they have known only that which I gave in superabundance for their good.

So I will do with you.  If I looked around, it was for those who want to come to live in the Kingdom of my Will; but for you – for the little daughter of my Will, for the one who has formed this Kingdom together with Me with so much sacrifice – will my love ever be able to say ‘enough’?  Or deny my word to you? Or not pour in you the continuous flow of my graces?  No, I cannot, my little daughter; this is not in the nature of my Heart, or of my Will, which contains a continuous act, never interrupted, of giving – and giving always new surprises to one who knows no other life but the life of my Will.  If you see Me taciturn, it is not because of you, because between Me and you there is no need of words in order to understand each other – seeing each other is understanding each other.  I pour all of Myself in you, and you in Me; and in pouring Myself, I pour new graces in you, and you receive them, because what is necessary for you (Luisa), who must be the primary cause in order to form the Kingdom of the Eternal Fiat, will not be necessary for those who only have to live in It.  With you (Luisa), it is not only about living in It, but about forming It, therefore your Jesus must abound very much, so as to give you the raw materials for the formation of a Kingdom so holy.  This happens also in the low world:  one who must form a kingdom has need of many means, of many raw materials, while one who must form only one city needs much less; and one who only moves to live in it can live in this city with very few means.  The sacrifices that one who has to form a kingdom must make are not necessary for those who decide to live in that kingdom.  Therefore, I just want you to work in the formation of the Kingdom of the Supreme Fiat, and your Jesus will take care of all the rest.”

Jesus tells Luisa in the passage above that she, as “primary cause” in forming the kingdom of the Eternal Fiat, has the great responsibility of gathering the materials to build it, and that those of us in the current era striving to live in the Divine Will also have a very important role to play in forming the kingdom for posterity. Think of it as forming the bricks, one act at a time, so that Jesus can build the kingdom of the Eternal Fiat. The more bricks, the bigger and better the kingdom will be.

Lord have mercy, there is much to distract us these days. If we are called to be followers of Luisa, the Divine Will must be our primary focus. Remember, we don’t have to be on our knees every moment, but bring Jesus into every moment and “let Him do” in us. We won’t even be aware most of the time of the grand work HE is doing through us, but in the New Era we will be amazed to see what the Lord accomplished through our little insignificant acts offered to him in the Divine Will.

Stay focused little army. Be disciplined and remain disposed to God’s grace. Eyes ahead to the glorious era He has promised! Fiat!

Penitents in 2021…

(Friends, I wrote this for the January newsletter for the Brothers and Sisters of Penance of St. Francis, of which I am a professed member. It makes reference to our Rule of Life, but I think it may have something to offer others as well.)

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
   nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
   so are my ways higher than your ways
   and my thoughts than your thoughts.
(Isaiah 55:8-9)

Well dear friends, if we have ever wondered why the Lord has called us to the penitential way of life, I think 2020 has given us plenty of rationale, enough to make us grateful for the grace to answer the call. (I, for one, could not have given my fiat outside of abundant grace.) The beginning of a new year steeped with uncertainty might be a good time to examine our response to that call in light of the Scripture passages on which St. Francis based the Rules of Life for his orders.

1. The Conditions of Discipleship

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matt. 16:24,25)

By God’s grace, through the Rule, we have been trained in the discipline of dying to self, in good times and in bad. One way we can know if we are being true to this scripture verse is how often we use the words, I, me, and my. These words can be indications that we are still using our own will as guide, and may have made little progress in dying to self. As an exercise, why not try substituting Thou, Thee, and Thy for a day and see if it makes a difference. Most especially the prayer, Thy Will be done. Could be most enlightening.

In this pandemic uncertainty, dying to self cannot be optional if we expect to be a sign of hope to others in these darkening hours before the New Dawn. I have been listening to Fr. B. Thomas Celso, BDV, in his teachings on the writings of Luisa Piccarreta. Fr Celso says that a sure sign that we are still living in the human will is worry, fear, anxiety, complaining, negativity, sin, and doubt. Conversely, a sure sign we are living in the Divine Will is peace, happiness, and joy. A simple test.

2. The Mission of the Seventy-two

After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. He said to them, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest. Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way.” (Luke 10:1-4)

Lambs among wolves—sounds very familiar. Did Jesus tell the lambs to pack weapons to keep them safe on the way? No! He wouldn’t even let them pack a lunch! He sent them out barefoot, hungry, and defenseless and told them not to speak to anyone on the way—not to engage with the enemy outside the camp. In a series of talks on the Six Steps of Living in the Divine Will, Fr. Celso makes this comment in reference to the Fourth Step, “The Test”: “God loves impossible situations, and he puts us in impossible situations. Then he steps back and says what are you going to do about this? And we (need to) say, ‘Jesus you’re really good at impossible situations…Jesus I trust in YOU.’ If we don’t trust him in little things, we are not going to be able to trust him in the big things.”

Dear friends, are we not faced these days with many impossible situations? Everything is a test. Jesus gave us the Church to safeguard us against error. For 2000 years the Holy Spirit has ensured that the teachings of the Magisterium are protected, in good times and in bad. This has not changed and will never change. No matter how much confusion there is in the Church, the central teachings of the Magisterium will be protected by the Holy Spirit. We can trust that Jesus is speaking through the Church.

On March 20, 1899 Jesus said to Luisa:

“The reason why the world has reduced itself to such a sad state is that it has lost subordination to leaders; and since the first leader is God against whom they have rebelled, it happened as a consequence that they have lost any subjection to and dependence on the Church, the laws and all the others who are said to be leaders. Ah! my daughter, what will happen to so many members infected by this bad example of the very ones who are said to be leaders – that is, superiors, parents, and many others? Ah! They will reach such a point that neither parents, nor brothers, nor kings, nor princes will be recognized any more. These members will be like many vipers that will poison one another. Therefore, see how necessary chastisements are in these times, and how necessary it is for death to almost destroy this sort of people, so that the few who will be left may learn at the expense of others to be humble and obedient. So, let Me do; do not want to oppose my chastising the people.”

On October 21, 1899 he told her:

 “…be happy and calm, and, as I go about chastising the people you are to accompany Me with your sighs and sufferings, praying that these very chastisements may lead to the people’s conversion.”

How many years ago was that? Look at what is drawing down chastisement—rebellion against authority! Rebellion is never the will of God—it carries the stench of sulphur. Again, to quote Fr. Celso, If we live in the Divine Will, nothing should bother us, even if we don’t understand it. In the Divine Will, everything is Fiat.” Like Mary.

God foresaw these days, just as he foresaw the days of Noah. That is why he gave us the Church and Our Lady. They are the Ark of safety for us.

There are many competing voices in the Church and in the world. The Church teaches that everything that happens is either the ordained will of God or the permissive will of God. Our faithfulness is being tested, just as Adam’s was. There is fear and panic on every side. Look for balance. Look for peace.

We need to see ourselves as little barefoot lambs surrounded by wolves. At every sign of danger, we leap into the arms of our Shepherd and say, “Jesus, you’re really good at impossible situations. I trust in YOU and the Church you founded. I don’t have to figure everything out because you know everything, and you have a glorious, victorious plan. Hold me, carry me. I will rest in safety, while you take care of everything. Fiat!”

Jesus told St. Faustina: “My daughter, let three virtues adorn you in a particular way: humility, purity of intention, and love. Do nothing beyond what I demand of you, and accept everything that My hand gives you. Strive for a life of recollection so that you can hear My voice, which is so soft that only recollected souls can hear it …(Diary, 1779).”

The Rule wisely encourages us to silence the voices around us and inside us through contemplation. Let us remain recollected and ever still, trusting in the Lord, the God of history. He is coming to renew the face of the earth, so let us wait in joyful hope, safe in his loving embrace.

3. The Rich Official

An official asked him this question, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life. Jesus answered him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery; you shall not kill; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; honor your father and your mother.’”

And he replied, “All of these I have observed from my youth.” When Jesus heard this he said to him, “There is still one thing left for you if you wish to be perfect: go, sell all that you have and distribute it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” But when he heard this he became quite sad, for he was very rich.

Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” (Luke 19: 18-25)

One thing I believe the Lord is trying to teach us through this pandemic is to keep to essentials—very Franciscan. Even penitents can get caught up in many things. The Lord is calling us to become littler. Are we little enough to fit in a manger? Are we humble enough to be born in a cave? If not, then we’re not there yet and it’s time to dig deeper. What we cling to is what will send us to purgatory, whether possessions, unhealthy relationships, even our own opinions. Until we become nothing, acknowledge our nothingness, and love nothing but Jesus and all people through him alone, we have yet more spiritual work to do. Yes, it’s a marathon, but we only lose if we quit.

Friends, God never patches, but always creates. He is doing a new thing. Fr. Celso often says this: “The reign of the evil one is ending. Evil is going down! This is a great time to be alive! Are you ready?” He says the prayer for our time is this one: Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful. Enkindle in us the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and we shall be RE-created! And you shall renew the face of the earth!

May God bless us all as we look forward to the coming Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Come Holy Spirit! Fiat!

A Brilliant Introduction to the Divine Will by Frances Hogan…

Blessings! I just watched this (not-so-new) Introduction to the Divine Will by Frances Hogan. It is absolutely brilliant and the tie-in to scripture reminds me of Scott Hahn’s book, A Father Who Keeps His Promises. It follows the Golden Thread of salvation history from Adam, right to us and the events of our day. God is indeed doing a new and glorious thing! 

I invite you to watch it and share as you are led. 

You can access all her talks on all the volumes here: https://www.divinewillfamily.org/the-divine-will

Fiat!