If, because of the one man’s trespass, death exercised dominion through that one, much more surely will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness exercise dominion in life through the one man, Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:17)
Some 20 years ago when my son was a teen, one of the things we used to do together was watch the TV show, Star Trek: The Next Generation. One episode in particular keeps coming to me these days. In that episode, the Starship Enterprise had gone through a temporal rift that shifted them into an “alternate reality”, a much darker one. Some who were dead in the previous reality now were not dead. Friends were now enemies and enemies were now friends. No seemed aware of the shift, except for the intuitive bartender, Guinan, who somehow knew and kept repeating, “It’s not supposed to be this way.”
That’s how I feel about the way things are playing out in our day. Reality has shifted, and, like a funhouse floor, continues to shift daily. Fake news abounds, good is called evil, and evil is called good. TV shows and movies “normalize” behaviors that are offensive to the Lord. Demonic seeds of confusion and chaos have sprouted into a dense jungle. It’s like trying to sort out one noodle from another in a giant bowl of spaghetti, when someone keeps filling the bowl with a thousand more noodles every second! How do you tell where one ends and the other begins? Who belongs to what? Where is the grain of truth?
I feel the urgent need this Lent to step back, to disconnect from the barrage of information that assails me, to cling with all my might—with both hands—to Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, so that I might regain my perspective. I need to view things, not from an earthly perspective, but as much as I am able, from a God’s-eye view, the glorious viewpoint that only hope and trust in God can bring.
Even with a pro-life president, discord and division have not gone away, simply because hearts have not been converted. Until they are, events will continue to escalate, divisions will deepen, and the jungle of chaos will flourish.
Where is God in all this? Nearer than ever! He is telling us, through scripture, mystics, and visionaries, those approved, those yet to be approved, even those that may never be approved, that “it’s not supposed to be this way.” He is telling us that he has a plan, that THE IMMACULATE HEART WILL TRIUMPH! Or, as Isaiah foretold: “They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.” (Is. 11:9)
In our day, God is asking us to focus on his glorious plan of redemption, to cooperate with the abundant unheard-of graces he has poured out in our time for the salvation of souls, that we may assist in bringing about that Triumph.
I have often spoken about the writings of Luisa Piccarreta on the coming Kingdom of the Divine Will. If you want to learn more about this unprecedented grace please see the list of resources on my blog: https://pelianitoblog.wordpress.com/divine-will-resources. One of the many teachings in the Divine Will writings is that, because God is eternal and timeless, all things are “in act” in the Divine Will at all times. Therefore, it is possible for those who accept the great gift of living in the Divine will to “re-do” even the acts of others, past, present, and future, in the Divine Will to make them perfect and complete before God. This is not an easy concept to understand and if you are new to it, please check out the resources I have mentioned. Luisa’s writings are approved by the Bishop of Trani and her cause is up for canonization. Fr. Joseph Iannuzzi has been commissioned to translate into English all of Luisa’s writings.
I bring up the Divine Will teaching because I have recently, in my daily BSP prayers, taken to praying them “in the Divine Will, in the name of everyone, from Adam to the last man.” In this way, I imagine billions of voices, past, present, and future, joining me in prayer. This is my pitiful prayer on nuclear steroids! This has been very fruitful to me, as it helps me to concentrate better, and also slows me down and makes me more attentive. I have divided the voices into two “choirs”, male and female, and in the Divine Office I pray alone as if in a very, very large group with the female and male voices alternating as in public recitation of the Office. According to the Divine Will teachings, in this way, God is, in fact, being praised by billions of voices. His joy and theirs is multiplied in the Divine Will through my humble, imperfect offering. That is the unimaginable power of this grace. I pray also the Flame of Love rosary, “in the Divine Will in the name of everyone from Adam to the last man”. Jesus told Elizabeth Kindelmann, that the Flame of Love prayer will “blind satan”. A few pitiful soldiers suddenly become the heel of the Woman crushing the head of the serpent! Gideon’s pitiful army, routing an army “as numerous as locusts!”
In the same way, we can offer our sufferings and penances in the Divine Will in the name of everyone to multiply them to the infinite, for the same cause—souls! Our Lord told St. Faustina: “You are not living for yourself but for souls, and other souls will profit from your sufferings.” In this time of unprecedented evil, grace has abounded all the more, so let us take hold of these graces with both hands! God’s triumph is guaranteed and he desires our participation. Our Lord tells Luisa in the following excerpt from her writings:
“Ah, my daughter, the creature always races more into evil. How many machinations of ruin they are preparing! They will go so far as to exhaust themselves in evil. But while they occupy themselves in going their way, I will occupy Myself with the completion and fulfillment of My Fiat Voluntas Tua (“Thy will be done”) so that My Will reign on earth—but in an all-new manner. Ah yes, I want to confound man in Love! Therefore, be attentive. I want you with Me to prepare this Era of Celestial and divine Love…” (Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta, Manuscripts, Feb 8th, 1921; excerpt from The Splendor of Creation, Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi, p.80.)
I was hesitant to share with you this way of praying. In my mind it seemed too grand a plan for the likes of me, but then I realized, this isn’t about me. I just have to empty myself to be used by God. He has indeed showered us with these graces and who am I to place limits where he has placed none? And so, I pray with confidence in his mighty power, with trust in his infinite goodness and love: Glorious Father, in the Divine Will, in the name of everyone from Adam to the last man, may your kingdom come, and come quickly! Save souls! Amen.