Blessings in the Divine Will dear friends. Recently a reader asked a question about praying for a relative who was not Christian and had no intention of ever being one. She wondered if she should increase her prayers for this soul. Don’t we all wonder that? The answer is, sort of. In the Divine Will, we don’t increase the quantity of our prayers, but the quality by praying the in a Divine way as Jesus teaches us through Luisa.
Along with her question, this friend also sent me the answer in the following passage from Volume 11, October 20, 1916:
[Luisa:] I was fusing myself in the Divine Will and the thought came to me of commending to It various people in a special way; and blessed Jesus told me: “My daughter, specificity goes by itself [follows] even if you should not place any intention. In the order of Grace it happens as in the natural order: the sun gives light to all, yet not everyone enjoys the same effects; however, this is not because of the sun, but because of creatures. […]
Then He added: “My daughter, I love the creature so much, that I Myself have placed Myself as sentry of each heart to watch them, to defend them and to work their sanctification with my own hands. But to how many bitternesses do they not subject Me? Some reject Me, some do not care about Me and despise Me, some lament about my surveillance, some slam the door in my face, rendering my work useless. And I not only placed Myself to act as sentry, but on purpose do I choose the souls who live of my Will. In fact, since they are present in all of Me, I place them with Me as a second sentry of each heart. These second sentries console Me, repay Me for them [the souls who do not care about God], and keep Me company in the loneliness into which many hearts force Me; and they force Me not to leave them [the souls who do not care about God]. Greater grace I could not give to creatures [the souls who do not care about God], by giving them these souls who live of my Will, who are the portent of portents.”
The Lord is making ten points in this passage:
If we 1) live in His Will, we 2) are present in all of Him in all times and places with access to all souls of all time. He 3) places us as second sentries with Him in order to 4) console Him for the souls who do not care about Him, 5) repay or make reparation to Him for them, and 6) keep Him company in the loneliness into which many hearts that do not care about Him force Him. 7) In doing this we “force” Him not to leave those souls. 8) Greater grace God could not give the souls who do not care about Him, than to give them these souls who 9) live of His Will, which is the only thing he has ever asked us to do. 10) If we do so He does all the rest and we become the portent of portents, which is as great a prodigy as any!
But this passage is not primarily about us. Neither is it about that broken soul. The subject of this passage is God Himself. To be clear, it is not wrong to pray for a single soul, but by living in the Divine Will and doing our acts and rounds in It, with the sole intention to love God, console Him, make reparation to Him for all souls of all time, and keep Him company in his loneliness, He makes us true and necessary participants in the salvation of these souls, conduits of His extreme, merciful love and grace. And we feel nothing at all, because it is ALL HIM!
So, when we are worried about a relative or friend, let it serve as a reminder to offer consolation to Our Lord for all those who do not care about Him. He will take our prayers and multiply them to the infinite, doing unimaginable good to all souls of all time.
As I was mulling over this blog post, the Holy Spirit reminded me of something I learned about years ago, the ancient Japanese art called Kintsugi, where broken pottery is pieced back together and repaired with gold. It really is a beautiful representation of what God is doing for all the broken souls of all time through the unimaginable Gift of Living in the Divine Will. Our acts, rounds, and reparations in the Divine Will are the gold God uses to put the soul back together, to fill in the voids in the soul. It is stunning to contemplate! Just Google the word Kintsugi and see what souls can become when we cooperate with God in the Divine Will. Glorious! Fiat!
I have been listening to a few of Fr. Iannuzzi’s archived podcasts from 2018 (the earliest ones listed in the Radio Maria Archive). For a wonderful teaching on the “voids”, please listen to the podcast by Fr. Iannuzzi dated June 9, 2018. Then, in the June 16, 2018 podcast, he gives an important teaching on reparation, especially through meditation on the Hours of the Passion. Both are powerful. Here is a passage from the Volumes that mentions both voids and reparation.
Volume 6, December 22, 1903
He disappeared, but after a little while He came back in the act of His Passion when He was covered with opprobriums, with ignominies, with spit – and I said to Him: ‘Lord, teach me what I could do to move these opprobriums away from You, and give You back honors, praises and adorations.’ And He said to me: “My daughter, around my throne there is a void, and this void must be filled with the glory that Creation owes Me. So, one who sees Me despised by the other creatures, and honors Me, not only for herself, but for others, makes honors for Me arise again in this void. When she sees Me unloved, and loves Me, she makes love for Me arise again. When she sees that I fill creatures with benefits, while they are not grateful to Me and do not even thank Me, and she is grateful to Me as if those benefits were given to her, and she thanks Me, she makes the flower of gratitude and of thanksgiving arise again for Me in this void; and so with all the rest that Creation owes Me, but denies to Me with awful ingratitude. Now, since all this is an overflow of the charity of the soul, who gives Me not only what she herself owes Me and what overflows from herself, but she does it for others – since this glory and these flowers that she sends to Me into this void around my throne are the fruit of charity, they receive a more beautiful shade, which is pleasing to Me.” (L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 6, December 22, 1903)
Here is a selection of prayers of reparation that I came across recently. But if you’re short of time, just pray from the heart, e.g., “Father, I’m so sorry this is happening to You! I love you and repair you for all in the name of all. Save souls!”
Twenty-Four Hours of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ
From the Sixth Hour:
Luisa: And now, O my Jesus, let my poor heart draw life from your Heart, that I may live only with your Heart; and in each offense You will receive, let me be ever ready to offer You a relief, a comfort, a reparation, an act of love, never interrupted.
Reflection by St. Anibale di Francia:
My Jesus, in order to compassionate You and relieve You from the total exhaustion in which You find Yourself, I rise up to Heaven and make your own Divinity my own; and placing It around You, I want to move all the offenses of creatures away from You. I want to offer You your Beauty to move the ugliness of sin away from You; your Sanctity to move away the horror of all those souls who make You feel repugnance, because they are dead to grace; your Peace to move the discords, the rebellions and the disturbances of all creatures away from You; your harmonies to relieve your hearing from the waves of many evil voices. My Jesus, I intend to offer You as many divine acts of reparation for as many offenses as assault You, almost wanting to give You death. I intend to give You life with your own acts. Then, O Jesus, I want to throw a wave of your Divinity upon all creatures, so that, at your divine contact, they may no longer dare to offend You. Only in this way, O Jesus, will I be able to offer You compassion for all the offenses which You receive from creatures.
O Jesus, sweet Life of mine, may my prayers and my pains rise always toward Heaven, so as to let the light of grace rain upon all, and absorb your own Life in me.