Two important announcements…

First an important novena for those longing and praying for the coming of the Kingdom of the Divine Will. It begins Oct 22, but if you are getting it late, pray it twice a day until caught up. Or nine times in a row if need be.

Second, Daniel O’connor’s important new book that talks about MISSION.

THY WILL BE DONE: New Book Coming the Feast of Christ the King

Here is an excerpt from his announcement:

Do you want to know what, by far, is the best way to mitigate these Chastisements, hasten the glorious Reign of Peace, and save and sanctify souls in the midst of all this? Living in and Proclaiming the Divine Will. Hands down. Let us not get distracted from that supreme mission. It is not too late for our undertaking of it to bear superabundant fruit here and now. It is my hope and prayer that this book, despite the unworthiness of its author, will aid in that mission.

Reminds me of this passage highlighted on Frances Hogan’s talk on Volume 19, Talk #16:

August 1, 1926
The secret of Jesus.  The power and goodness of His secret.

I was longing for my sweet Good, the Life of my life, and since He was not coming I thought to myself:  ‘How hard is His privation.  Ah! Jesus does not love me any more; and not only have the caresses, the kisses, His great shows of love which He so abundantly gave me before ended, but His lovable and enrapturing presence also keeps me waiting longer and longer.  Oh, God, what pain!  What a continuous martyrdom…!  What a life without life, without air, without breath…!  My Jesus, have pity on me, on your little exiled one.’  But while I was thinking of this and other things, my always lovable Jesus came out from within my interior, and leaning His arms on my breast, told me:  “My daughter, you deceive yourself in saying that I no longer love you as before.  On the contrary, you must know that my kisses, my caresses, the shows of love I gave you, were the outpouring of my love.  Unable to contain it in my interior, I showed it to you with many loving signs; and since between you and Me there wasn’t a great work to do, I amused Myself with you with many signs and stratagems of love.  But this served to prepare you for the great work that was to be carried out between you and Me; and when one works there is no time to amuse oneself.  However, in spite of this, love does not cease, but is increased a hundred times, strengthened and sealed.

Now, my daughter, having shown to you the outpouring of my constrained love, I wanted to move on to give you what I contained within Me; I wanted to communicate to you the great secret of the Kingdom of my Will, giving you the goods It contains.  And when important secrets are communicated – and this is the most important secret of the whole history of Creation – amusements, kisses and caresses are put aside; more so, since the work of the Kingdom of the Supreme Volition is exuberant, and the greatest that can exist in the whole history of the world.  Therefore, manifesting my secret to you surpasses all loves together, because in the secret there is the sharing of one’s life, of one’s goods; in the secret there is trust, there is reliance.  And do you think it is trivial that your Jesus has trust in you, and that you are the object of my hope?  But not just any trust and hope; rather, the trust of entrusting to you the Kingdom of my Will, and the hope that you will place Its rights in safety and that you will make It known for Me.  Now, having entrusted to you the secret of my Will, my Will being the essential part of the Divine Life, I would not know what to give you that is greater than this.  How can you say, then, that I love you less than before?  Rather, you must say that this is the great work required of you and of Me in the Kingdom of my Will.  You must know that I am always occupied and all intent on working in you:  now I expand your capacity, now I instruct you, many times I move on to work together with you, other times I make up for you; in sum, I am always occupied, and this says that I love you more and more – but with stronger and more substantial love.” (L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, August 4, 1926)

It’s go time friends! We need to maintain and increase the focus on our mission to bring about the Kingdom of the Divine Will. He is so near! Fiat!

More on the Rounds…

“With gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.” (Colossians 3:16)

The Rounds in the Divine Will are, like everything else in the Divine Will, simple and complex, little and immense, ordinary and glorious. It is not possible to overstate importance of the Rounds in the Divine Will—in fact Jesus repeatedly tells Luisa they are critical in bringing about the Kingdom of the Divine Will.

“Now, do you want to know what can give relief to the Intensity, Totality and Fullness of Our Love?  The ‘I love you’ of the creature.  And the more she says it, the more refreshments she brings to Us.  This ‘I love you’ enters into Our Flames; it breaks Them, it raises Them, it soothes Them, and as the sweetest refreshment she says:  ‘I love you, I love you.  You Love because You want Love, and I am here to love you…’  This ‘I love you’ finds its way inside Our Intensity, forming its own little place—the little space in which to place its ‘I love you.’  Therefore, the ‘I love you’ of the creature is the support for Ours—Our Refreshment, the quiet for Our Love, that It may rave too much.  My daughter, to Love, not being loved, is like trying to obstruct the course of Our Love, restraining It within Ourselves—making Us feel all the Pain and the hardness of Our unreturned Love.  So We go in search of one who loves Us.  Her ‘I love you’ is so sweet and refreshing for Us that who knows what We would give her to have it. (L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 35, January 7, 1938)

Jesus also tells Luisa what our assigned task is in the Divine Will: 

I seemed to find myself in Heaven, and as though from one single point, I could see all generations; and prostrating myself before the Supreme Majesty, I took the reciprocal Love of the Divine Persons, their perfect adoration, the ever unique Sanctity of their Will, and I offered them in the name of all as the return of love, adoration, submission and union which every creature should give to her Creator. I wanted to unite Heaven and earth – Creator and creature, that they might embrace and exchange the supreme kiss of the union of their wills.

Then my Jesus added: “This is your task – to live in Our midst and to make all that is Ours your own, giving it to Us on behalf of your brothers; so that, drawn by what is Ours, We may be bound to the human generations, and give them the supreme kiss of the union of their wills to Ours, which We gave to man in Creation.” (L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 16, October 16, 1923)

(Scroll down for a prayer based on this passage.)

Providentially as I was working on this blog post on Rounds in the Divine Will, the following Q & A arrived in my inbox via Queen of the Divine Will notifications. Fiat!

Question: Can you explain “rounds”; should the rounds be a part of our daily prayer life? How are they different than doing an act in the Divine Will? Is there a formula in doing rounds? Is the morning Prevenient Act part of the rounds?

Response by Father Joseph Iannuzzi: While all “rounds” in the Divine Will are “divine acts” in the Divine Will, not all “divine acts” are “rounds;” the “rounds” are but one of many different types of divine acts that God, through the human creature, accomplishes in the Divine Will. In addition to the rounds, the human creature, cooperating with God’s operation, may be said to accomplish many divine acts in the Divine Will that include the “prevenient act” (morning offering), the “actual act”, the meditation on the Hours of the Passion, corporal and spiritual works of mercy in the Divine Will, the exercise of the Christian and divine virtues in the Divine Will, and so on. Indeed every act that the human creature who lives in the Divine Will accomplishes, constitutes a divine act in the Divine Will, whose qualitative influence upon all things is determined by its attentiveness.

To better understand what a “divine act” is, consider that when breathing life into Adam, God as the “actor” (“attore”) in man, empowered him to think, to speak and to act. By virtue of his “creative power” and “grace,” God empowered man’s “first acts” (“primi atti”) in the Divine Will. God created man in such a way that all of his acts were to be patterned after that of his Creator who constituted his Divine Will the principle of human activity. Adam, in turn, was to allow God’s “creative power” that engenders his “generating virtue” – that eternally and continuously generates the Son of God – to continuously operate in all of his human actions, and engender within them his eternal operation, thereby transforming them into “divine acts,” which are acts of God within the human creature that impact all things of all time.

In response to the question, “Is there a formula in doing rounds?”, Luisa’s appointed censor librorum and spiritual director St. Hannibal di Francia provides the answer:

“I do however insist on this point, that is, that sanctity does not consist of a formula. In order to form with this new knowledge [of Living in the Divine Will] saints, who may surpass those of the past, the new saints must also have all the virtues, and in heroic degree, of ancient saints — of the confessors, penitents, martyrs, anchorites, virgins, et al.”

In response to the question, “Is the morning Prevenient Act part of the rounds?”, it may indeed be so. For Jesus tells Luisa on May 27, 1922 that the prevenient act, or the morning offering in the Divine Will, is made when the soul, at the first rising of the day, fixes its will in God’s Will. Here the soul decides and confirms that it wants to live and operate only in God’s Will. The soul anticipates all of its acts of the entire day in this morning offering by consecrating them to the Divine Will. In this moment, the soul’s acts begin to flow in God’s one eternal Act that, having neither beginning nor end, elevates its acts to embrace all acts of all creatures of the past, present and future. Here the soul, in embracing all acts of all beings, rational and irrational, may do its rounds in the Divine Will, though its prevenient act is not limited to the rounds. If the rounds are divine acts that the souls perform throughout creation that may be performed at any time throughout the day, the prevenient act is performed at the first rising of the day. (Downloadable pdf here)

We may need to read Fr. Iannuzzi’s response a few times prayerfully, but if we ask God for light, he will give it to us. He wants this more than we do! It seems to me that our Prevenient Act sets the table for the feast, and through our Actual Acts of the day God serves up the delicacies of the Kingdom of the Divine Will, which we will enjoy with him both now and in eternity.

God loves our spontaneous rounds that spring forth when we recognize His hidden Presence in Creation or contemplate what our redemption cost him. A heartfelt “I love you!” in the Divine Will is “more than sun”, but our intention is what matters. We must learn to do all solely for the love of God. If our intention is to love and glorify God, he takes what we give him and carries us higher than we can imagine. So, while fusing ourselves in the Divine Will, opening our hearts to love, praise, and thank God in the name of all, whether it be in a flower petal, grain of sand, in the littlest act of His hidden life at Nazareth, or in the glory of the coming Kingdom of the Divine Will, more will be accomplished in the blink of an eye than we can ask or imagine. Fiat!

Ah, but what if our human weakness fails to call God into each moment. Through our Prevenient Act, through our good intention, God fills in the blanks. Still there are simple things we can do to help us remain faithful and attentive. For those times when we are able to work on autopilot, or if we are resting, we can listen to a podcast or holy music. Something I did was to put together a (somewhat eclectic) YouTube playlist of songs and hymns that give Glory to God in Creation. Playlists are not my forte and I did not put a great deal of effort into this but God is glorified in Creation when I listen to it, and that is the point. Feel free to listen to mine or put together a playlist of your own on your favorite music app.

I also made a list of a few Psalms and Scripture verses that are a beautiful example of rounds. They have been prayed for centuries, long before their true value was unlocked through the Gift of Living in the Divine Will. God alone knows what he can do with such inspired works offered in the Divine Will, and redone in the Divine Will in the name of all. Fiat!

Start with Psalms: 2, 18, 24, 27, 31, 37, 57, 65, 91, 104, 121, 145, 148 and add to the list!

Then there is the song of the three young men in the fiery furnace (Daniel 3: 57-88, 56), which could serve as a simple template for spontaneous Rounds:

Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord,

Praise and exalt him above all forever!

Angels of the Lord, bless the Lord,

You heavens, bless the Lord,

All you waters above the heavens, bless the Lord,

All you powers, bless the Lord;

Sun and moon, bless the Lord;

Stars of heaven, bless the Lord;

Every shower and dew, bless the Lord;

praise and exalt him above all forever…

(https://www.biblegateway.com/ Daniel 3:57-64

Finally, here are just a few of the resources I found on the Queen of the Divine Will website by searching for “rounds”. There are many more resources, including videos by Fr. John Brown.

There’s a lot to learn about the rounds but let’s not be intimidated. Love is simple, and that is what it is all about. Whatever we do, however we do it, let us love God in with and through Him, in with and for all. Fiat!


The following prayer is based on Volume 16, October 16, 1923 (above):

Prostrating myself before the Supreme Majesty, I take the reciprocal Love of the Divine Persons, their perfect adoration, the ever-unique Sanctity of their Will, and I offer them in the name of all as the return of love, adoration, submission and union which every creature should give to her Creator. I want to unite Heaven and earth – Creator and creature, that they might embrace and exchange the supreme kiss of the union of their wills.

And from the midst of the Divine Volition, I intend to make all that belongs to the Supreme Majesty my own, giving it to Them on behalf of all souls so that, drawn by what is Theirs, the Divine Persons may be bound to the human generations, and give them the supreme kiss of the union of wills—human to Divine—which the Supreme Majesty gave to man in Creation. (L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 16, October 16, 1923)

The Rounds of Creation, simple, unimaginable, and immense…

To be honest, I have always struggled with the immensity of praying the rounds of creation. For instance, driving in the car I try to (while still driving safely) place my I love you and I thank you in all that I see, the sky, the sun, the moon, the stars, the asteroids, the air, the water, the air in the water, the water in the air, etc.. But I often wonder if I have covered enough territory. Did I miss a quasar or two? A black hole? Have I gone far enough or deep enough?

Reading Luisa, I notice that the Lord always has ready answers to the questions that pop into her mind, or should I say, the questions that he pops into her mind. He plants the questions because he means to answer them for her and for us. Well, I’m pretty sure that’s what happened to me with my question about the rounds.

I was praying one evening and “dozed off” for a split second, during which time I had a vision of being outside the universe. It was a God’s-eye view; I could see the edge of the universe in front of me but far away. However, I was hurtling towards it at a speed beyond calculation. I, myself must have been unimaginably big, because when I crashed into the thing, it hit me like a karate chop across the eyes! The split-second was over and I woke with a start, quite certain that I had physically felt the impact, albeit on a vastly reduced scale.

The next morning as I prayed this Prevenient Act (Morning Offering), these lines jumped out at me: “I fuse myself in the Divine Will and place my I love You, I adore You, and I bless You God in the Fiats of Creation. With my I love You my soul bilocates in the creations of the heavens and the earth: I love You in the stars, in the sun, in the moon and in the skies; I love you in the earth in the waters and in every living creature my Father created out of love for me, so that I may return love for love.”

There was the answer. While it is good to be specific, and indeed there are a myriad of ways to do the rounds of creation, what is most efficient and effective is to enter into the Divine Will with a suitcase full of God’s own I love you’s and “let God do”. Fiat! The whole universe is covered in an instant! I understood that every time we pray in this way, God is indeed bilocating us through the whole universe, making it possible for us mere nothings to do the impossible, to “return love for love”. To paraphrase Luisa, Who can comprehend such things?

To further cement the lesson, by God’s grace I stumbled upon Fr. Iannuzzi’s podcast from July 4, 2020, which shed further light on what the Lord wished to teach me. Fr. Iannuzzi opens in this way: “Let us begin our day by calling to mind the primary purpose for which man was created and that is to glorify God in and through creation. We therefore begin with the Morning Offering Prayer or the Prevenient Act… This is the very prayer from which the above excerpt is taken!

Later on Fr. Iannuzzi adds, “It is through the repetition of our rounds of God’s Divine Will that we help bring…to the perfect state of freedom and the highest degree of glory, the created world around us.”

Towards the end of his podcast Fr. Iannuzzi cites a few different passages and then says this:

“By the power of the Holy Spirit, remember, the soul assimilates, sublimates, the acts of all creatures, that Jesus’ timeless humanity assumed and divinized. And the soul offers these to the Father for His greater glory. And while we (let’s call ourselves ‘the soul’) form this intention to make our rounds through creation and perform our Divine Acts in our Rounds, Jesus Himself expands and diffuses these Acts throughout creation. He does it. We don’t. Jesus expands and multiplies and diffuses our Acts throughout creation whereby they influence all generations and all times and enliven the elements with new glory, and a greater sharing in the life of their Creator.”

Fiat!

 He quotes this excerpt from Volume 12, December 6, 1917:

The Acts in my will are as noble, Divine, interminable, and infinite as my Will is. They are similar to my Acts and I give them the value, the love and the power of my own acts. I multiply these acts in everyone. I extend them to all generations and to all times. What do I care if they are small externally? They are still my Acts that are being repeated in another soul and that’s enough. As for the soul who performs these Acts, it recognizes the true nature of its own ineptitude [nothingness]. And as inept, it enters into the All and operates, with me, in me, and like me. This soul is completely stripped of itself, caring neither about merits nor self-interest, but is intent solely on making me happy, in giving me absolute Lordship over its Acts, without even wanting to know what I do with these acts. Only one thought occupies this soul, to live in my will, imploring me to grant it this honor. This is why I love this soul so much, as all of my predilections and love are directed toward this soul who lives in my will. And if I love other souls, it is by virtue of the love I have for this soul. (L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 12, December 6, 1917)

Fr. Iannuzzi’s commentary: “So that’s the key to entering within God’s Divine Being, strip ourselves of our ego, our own self opinion which may be inflated, the high opinion we have of ourselves of our intelligence, of our virtue, of our standing in the community, whatever it might be. Strip yourself of all that. Consider yourself no better than dust, because that in essence is where you came from, and all that which you possess is nothing but God’s grace, disposing others to give you what you have, how you obtain what you have, develop what you have, and acknowledge that what you have is nothing without God’s grace.

“With that mentality, called ineptitude, self-awareness, your own nothingness, you enter into the All. Now you have a void for God to fill. You have to go to him empty, like a flute, which, unless it is empty cannot produce a sweet melody, and allow God to produce that melody in you by you remaining like a flute, always empty. And he will.”

And what is this void?

Volume 17, May 10, 1925

In addition, I was saying to my Jesus: ‘Tell me, my Love, what is this void that comes before my mind when I fuse myself in your Most Holy Will? Who is this little child coming out from me, and why does she feel an irresistible force to come to your throne and place her little acts into the divine womb, almost to make Him a feast?’

My sweet Jesus, all goodness, told me: “My daughter, the empty space [void] is my unrequited Will, placed at your disposal, which should be filled with so many acts – as many as the creatures would have done, had they all fulfilled Our Will. This immense void that you see, which represents Our Will, came out from Our Divinity for the benefit of all in Creation, to delight everyone and everything. Therefore, as a consequence, all creatures should have filled this void with the return of their acts, and by giving their wills to their Creator. But since they did not do so, they saddened Us with the most grave offense that can possibly be imagined. This is why We called you with a special mission: so that this void may be returned and filled with all that the others should have given Us. And this is the reason for which We disposed you with a long chain of graces, and then asked you if you wanted to live in Our Will; and you answered with a “yes”, firm and irretractable, binding your will to Our throne. And you did not want to recognize it any more, because human will and Divine Will do not reconcile, and cannot live together. That “yes”, your will, exists, and is tightly bound to Our throne. And this is why your soul, like a little child reborn in Our Divine Volition, is drawn before the Supreme Majesty: because as you rise up toward Us, your will – which is already Ours – precedes you, and you feel Our Will attracting you like a powerful magnet. And instead of looking at your will, you interest yourself only in bringing onto Our lap everything you did in Our Will, as the greatest homage which befits Us, and as the return most pleasing to Us. Your indifference to your will – as you’ve already lost sight of it – and Our Will alone living in you, make Us festive. Your little acts done in Our Will bring Us the joys of the whole Creation. It seems that everything smiles at Us, and that all created things make feast. And in seeing that you descend from Our throne with not even the slightest attention to your will – which is as though lost within Ours – and in seeing you going back to earth taking Our Will, is an infinite joy for Us. This is why I always say to you, ‘Be attentive upon Our Will’: because there is much to do in It. The more you do, the greater the feast you make Us – and Our Volition will pour out in torrents, inside and outside of you.” (L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 17, May 10, 1925)

It is said that those living in the Divine Will appear to be doing nothing, but in fact are doing everything, largely unawares. But once in a while, with a karate chop to the eyes, God gives a tiny glimpse of what this Gift means to Him and to the whole world.

O merciful Father, let it be done as you desire! I give you the void of my nothingness so that by the unimaginable, gratuitous grace of your Most Holy Divine Will, I may enter into the All to operate with You, in You, and like You. I love you and I thank you with your own infinite Love, for your glory. Amen. Fiat!

Fr. Iannuzzi: Trust, the shortcut into the Divine Will…

I just listened to Fr. Iannuzzi’s September 11, 2021 podcast on Radio Maria, a stellar teaching on trust and mercy, with quotes from the writings of Luisa Piccarreta as well as from the Diary of St. Faustina. This is a very important teaching–don’t miss it! Fiat!

Here are some of the passages he cites from the Book of Heaven. in the order in which he mentions them. in this podcast:

Volume 11, April 10, 1912

Volume 4, November 10, 1900

Volume 6, July 29, 1904

Volume 3, February 4, 1900

Volume 2, April 3, 1899

In addition, he cites these passages from the Diary of St. Faustina, again, in the order in which he mentions them:

Section Numbers: 548, 1602, 1228, 1076, 881, 292, 1448, 628, 1447

Jesus I trust in you!” Pray it till you mean it!

“Your Will is always Holy and whatever way I will be in It, I shall be fine.” (L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 8, June 25, 1907)

Fiat!

“Pride, everything infuriates it…”

A couple of years ago I went on a vacation with my four sisters. It was glorious and beautiful, but there’s nothing like sustained close contact with your sisters to strip you of your illusions of yourself. I love them and they love me, no question, but our togetherness exposed my pride, which I should have known is never entirely gone, merely lying in wait for a moment of weakness. It was an illumination of sorts—followed by apology, reconciliation, and confession. Fiat!

In a way this experience mirrors what the big, messy family of God is going through now. We’re in a situation where we can’t get away from each other online. We know that we love each other as brothers and sisters in Christ, but we can’t be in the same chat room for long without getting riled and getting others riled. We must not only be right, but we must be seen to be right. This is dangerous territory. Self-righteousness is a form of pride satan reserves for good people. Watch for it. It’s everywhere, lying in wait for a moment of weakness or provocation. Look first in your own heart.

Recently, a Spirit Daily article mentioned the book, Maryam of Bethlehem, by Sister Emmanuel Maillard, a book Fr. Mark Goring has also recommended. Maryam of Bethlehem was a Carmelite mystic who would spend hours or even days in ecstasy. At one point, the Lord allowed her to battle satan for 40 days. But no matter what the evil one did, she refused to complain and easily defeated him by persistent “charity, humility, and obedience”.

“Maryam used to say, ‘Pride, everything infuriates it, everything annoys it, everything angers it, brings it down. Pride, everything revolts it, everything distresses it. It has anguish in this world and in the next.

“‘Humility has joy in this world and in the next.’”

She also said, “Humility doesn’t get upset about anything; it is content with everything.”

Oh my. Serious. Food. For. Thought. And as good a checklist as you’ll find for diagnosing pride. (Contrast it with 1 Corinthians 13 below.)

Jesus describes the toxicity of pride in the following two passages from the writings of Luisa Piccarreta. I read and pray them every day as a pre-emptive strike against the tempter that lies in wait.

Volume 3, November 19, 1899

Jesus to Luisa: “My daughter, pride corrodes Grace. In the hearts of the proud there is nothing but a void all full of smoke, which produces blindness. Pride does nothing but render oneself an idol, and so the proud soul does not have her God with her. By sin, she has tried to destroy Him in her heart, and raising an altar within her heart, she places herself on it, and she adores herself.”

Luisa: “O, God, what an abominable monster this vice is! It seems to me that if the soul is Attentive not to let it enter into herself, she is free of all other vices; but if, to her misfortune, she lets herself be dominated by it, since it is a monstrous and wicked mother, it will deliver all of its naughty children for her, which are the other sins. Ah, Lord, keep it away from me!” (L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 3, November 19, 1899)

Volume 4, September 5, 1901

Jesus reveals to Luisa, ‘When you humble yourself and consider yourself unworthy of suffering… you repair for the sins of pride that are committed in the world.’ To this I (Luisa) replied, ‘Ah, Lord, for as many drops of Blood You shed, thorns You suffered and wounds You endured, I intend to give You as much glory as all creatures should have given You had the sin of pride not existed, and I beseech You for as many graces as there are souls for this sin [of pride] to be vanquished.’ While saying this, I saw that Jesus contained the whole world within Himself, like a machine containing objects within itself. All creatures moved within Him, and Jesus moved toward them, it seemed as if He were receiving the glory of my intention in such a way that souls were returning to Him in order to receive the good I had implored on their behalf. I remained astonished, and He, seeing my astonishment, said: ‘All this seems surprising, doesn’t it? What you have done seems trivial, and yet, it is not so. How much good would be done by repeating this intention, but is not.’ Having said this, He disappeared. (L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 4, September 5, 1901)

Maryam of Bethlehem’s lesson on humility is very important; humility is the type of holiness we have been after for 2000 years. But now we’re hearing the word “nothingness” and nothingness is different.

Humility requires discipline, and that we continually evaluate our progress. Our greatest saints were humble (if that’s not an oxymoron), St. Francis of Assisi, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Padre Pio. But it is nothingness that is proper to the “New and Divine Holiness”. With it, Jesus does everything in us and we are not even allowed to wonder, “How am I doing so far?” There is no measuring stick that can measure nothingness. You can’t divide by zero.

We who are learning to Live in the Divine Will, persist in reading, studying, and putting in to practice the writings of Luisa. We “let Him do” whatever He wants with us and we say “Fiat!” to everything. Like Mary.

The following message is a powerful teaching on the difference between humility and nothingness, and how important it is that we understand it.

Volume 36 April 25, 1938

Then (Jesus) added with a note of sadness: “My daughter, how the creature sinks to the bottom, when she does not Live in Our Will. Even if she does good, lacking the Light of Our Will—the Strength of Our Sanctity and Its Effects, this good remains covered by smoke, blinding and producing self esteem, pride, and love of self. It remains poisoned—unable to produce any real benefit for anybody. Poor good works without My Will. They are like bells with no sound; coins without the image of the king, that have no value as money—at the most they turn into self-satisfaction. Many times I’m forced, for Love of the creatures, to embitter the good they do, so that they enter themselves and try to operate truly and generously. On the other hand, for the one who Lives in Our Will, there is no danger that the smoke of self-esteem may enter even the greatest works she may do. She is the little flame fed by the Great Light that is God, and the Light knows how to get rid of the darkness of passion—the smoke of self-esteem. Being light, she really knows that all the good she does is done by God Himself, Operating within her nothingness; and if this nothingness has not been completely emptied of all that does not belong to God, God will not descend into it to make Great Works Worthy of Him.

“Therefore, not even humility can enter Our Will; only nothingness—knowing (yourself) to be nothing. All the Good that enters It is only Divine Work—God Who brings God. In My Will, everything changes for the creature. She is nothing other than the little light, that has to absorb, as much as she can, the Great Light of My Fiat, so that she may be fed only by Light, Love, Goodness and Divine Sanctity. What an honor to be fed by God! ” (L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 36 April 25, 1938)

Giving God our nothingness removes the “pebble of the human will”, the barrier to the life of God in the soul and in the world. Our nothingness gives God the space on earth to do all, for all, in all times and places, to put the finishing touches on salvation history.

It follows then, that in my nothingness I don’t have to be right, or to be seen to be right. I only have to be faithful and attentive, praying for the grace to know my nothingness and to remain always in the Heaven of the Divine Will.

But there is more. God will not be outdone in generosity. If we give him our human will, He gives us nothing less than His Divine Will in exchange. In case we think this will turn us into automatons, robots, or “space cadets”, we need only look at Our Blessed Mother to see what exchanging our will for the Divine Will looks like in practice. She who tied her will to the Divine Throne from the first moment of her existence and never once did her own will is now the most glorified being in heaven—not because she was the Mother of Jesus, but because she gave God her “Fiat!” in every nanosecond of her life. She traded the pebble of her will in this life for unending joy in this life and a mansion full of glorious crowns in the next. And she wants to help us do the same.

From “The Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will”, Day 30:

And when you see that your will wants to have an act of life, come and take refuge in the safe boat of my arms, saying to me: “My Mama, my will wants to betray me, and I deliver it to you, that you may put the Divine Will in its place.” Oh, how happy I will be, in being able to say: “My child is all mine, because she lives from Divine Will.” And I will make the Holy Spirit descend into your soul, that He may burn away from you all that is human; and by His refreshing breath, He may rule over you and confirm you in the Divine Will. (“The Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will”, Day 30)

Then we can say with the psalmist: “As a child at rest in its mother’s arms, even so my soul.” (Psalm 131:2) All that and resurrection in this life too!

Volume 36, April 20, 1938

Jesus: “My daughter, in my Resurrection, the right was given to creatures to rise again in me to new life. It was the confirmation, the seal of my whole life, my works and my words. If I came on earth it was to give to each and every one my Resurrection, as their own – to give them life and make them rise again in my own Resurrection.

But do you want to know where is the real resurrection of the creature? Not in the end of her days, but while she is still living on earth. One who lives in my Will rises again to light and says: ‘my night is over.’ She rises again in the love of her Creator, so that there is no more cold or snow for her, but the smile of the Heavenly Spring; she rises again to sanctity, which puts to rushed flight all weaknesses, miseries and passions; she rises again to all that is Heaven, and if she looks at the earth, Heaven and Sun, she does it to find the works of her Creator – to take the opportunity to narrate to Him His glory and His long love story. Therefore, one who lives in my Will can say, as the Angel said to the holy women on the way to the sepulcher, ‘He is risen. He is not here any more.’ One who lives in my Will can also say, ‘my will is not with me any longer – it is risen again in the Fiat.’ And if the circumstances of life, opportunities and sufferings surround the creature, as if they were looking for her will, she can answer: ‘my will is risen again, it is not in my power anymore. I possess, in exchange, the Divine Will, and I want to cover with Its light all things around me – circumstances and sufferings, to make them like many divine conquests.’ The soul who lives in our Will finds life in the acts of her Jesus, and as always, in this Life, she finds our operating, conquering, triumphant Will. She gives Us so much glory that Heaven cannot contain it. Therefore, live always in our Will – never leave It, if you want to be our triumph and our glory.” (L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 36, April 20, 1938)

How unimaginable, how glorious is this Gift of Living in the Divine Will! Let us enter into our nothingness and say with Our Lady, “Fiat! Always Fiat!”


If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends.

(1 Corinthians 13:1-8)

Someone seeking a DW group in Slovakia…

Blessings all. I have been contacted by someone seeking a Divine Will group in Slovakia. If you have any knowledge of a group or individual studying the Divine Will in that country please reply to this message via email or in a comment.

Beloved Jesus, you want this message to spread more than we do. Please lead us to find a group for the sake of those who feel called to live in your Most Holy Divine Will, that you may be glorified, and that your kingdom may come to reign upon the earth. Fiat!

Rosary event…

Blessings dear friends. Just sharing this event in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary.

Dear Friends,We have something very exciting to share with you.Even in this time of worry, confusion, and darkness, there are tremendous signs of hope, including a renewed devotion to Our Lady and the power of the rosary, and a firmer trust in her promise at Fatima that “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.”

In that spirit, we are inviting you to gather to pray the rosary with other believers around the world as Ralph Martin, Lila Rose, Kimberly Hahn, Sr. Miriam James Heidland, Fr. Donald Calloway, Fr. Boniface Hicks, Fr. Josh Johnson, Chris Stefanick, and many other Catholic teachers and influencers lead us through the sacred mysteries.

This will be a live, worldwide, virtual event at 6:30 pm central on October 7, 2021—yes, that’s right, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary!  You will need to register in advance to receive the link to join in.  Here’s where to sign up: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/avilafoundation/568089#.
We are asking you to share this information with all of your praying family and friends.  Imagine what will happen as thousands gather to pray with Our Lady’s weapon in hand!

If you have a prayer group or bible study group, you are encouraged to gather together and watch, pray, and participate as a community.  Make an evening of it!

Will you register, and help us spread the word? 

Thank you in advance and mark your calendars now!! 

Our Lady of Victory, pray for us!

Yours in Christ,Dan and Stephanie Burke

Great calm and patience…

The Divine Mercy Daily meditation (below) was delivered to my inbox this morning from The Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception. Its title and message, great calm and patience, reminded me of a spiritual classic that shaped my formation, Abandonment to Divine Providence by Rev. Jean-Pierre de Caussade, S.J. This happens to be the book that Fr. Mark Goring is featuring in his School of Reading this month, and is available free as a pdf by clicking the title (above). It is a book that will fortify you in calm and patience, two virtues very much in need at this time. Rev. de Caussade’s teachings dovetail beautifully with Divine Will spirituality, which makes sense since the Holy Spirit is the author of both. I highly recommend the book. Fiat!

Meditation:

I asked the Lord today that He might deign to teach me about the interior life, because of myself I can neither understand nor conceive anything perfectly. The Lord answered me, I was your Teacher, I am and I will be; strive to make your heart like unto My humble and gentle Heart. Never claim your rights. Bear with great calm and patience everything that befalls you (Diary, 1701).

Prayer Response:

Lord Jesus, teach me about the interior life. Help me to make my heart like Your humble and gentle Heart. May I be calm and patient with everything that comes my way. (The Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception)

Prayers for Canada and all countries…

Blessings dear friends. I had eye surgery this week so will just post a few items.

The Canadian federal election is Monday, September 20. A friend in Moncton sent this initiative to me which was started by her friend:  

Subject: 24 hr Adoration for Canada and all Countries in the World To all the faithful and Prayer Warriors CALLING ALL PRAYER GROUPS , ALL PRAYER CENACLES -ALL FLAME 🔥OF LOVE CENACLES ALL DIVINE WILL PRAYER GROUPS, ALL PRECIOUS BLOOD PRAYER GROUPS, ALL DIVINE MERCY PRAYER GROUPS AND ALL THE REMNANT OF OUR HOLY CHURCHES CALLING ALL THE FAITHFUL Let us all be united in Prayer and before the BLESSED SACRAMENT for a 24 hour Adoration Beginning at 7AM Monday September 20/2021 And ending at 7 AM Tuesday September 21/2021. Heaven needs all the Faithful to come together and organize in their parishes in all Provinces in Canada and All Countries Adoration for Canada and all Countries. United together in prayer and adoration we will remove the stones and open doors for The BLESSED TRINITY to move Powerfully in the ways and areas needed. Please answer HEAVEN’S Call. Please send the names of Parishes and location of organized adorations that will be uniting together for this 24 hour Adoration to hdgray01@gmail.com Thankyou and GOD BLESS.

And if it is too late to get this started in your parish, God be praised we have access to online adoration, and the Twenty-Four Hours of the Passion. God has provided all we need ahead of time.

Someone else sent me this prayer for Canada. You may of course adapt it for your own country, but we could use your prayers over here dear friends as abortion and euthanasia have been legalized in our country for many years. Jesus I trust in you! Take care of everything. May your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  

O Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Mercy, at this most critcal time, we entrust our country to your loving care. Most Holy Mother, we beg you to reclaim this land for the glory of your Son. Overwhelmed with the burden of the sins of our nation, we cry to you from the depths of our hearts and seek refuge in your motherly protection. Look down with mercy upon us and touch the hearts of our people. Open our minds to the great worth of human life and to the responsibilities that accompany human freedom. Free us from the falsehoods that lead to the evil of abortion and the breakdown of family life. Grant us the wisdom to know and proclaim that this nation was founded on God’s law and that He alone is the True Source of our cherished rights and freedoms. Guide and protect this land from every evil and from the attacks of the powers of darkness. O Merciful Mother, give us the courage to reject the culture of death and the strength to build a new culture of life. We ask this through Christ, Our Lord.  Amen.

Imprimatur:  Bishop Roman Danylak

D.D. Titular Bishop of Nyssa Dec. 17, 2004

Here is a beautiful remedy of grace from the Diary of St. Faustina:

Today I saw the Crucified Lord Jesus. Precious pearls and diamonds were pouring forth from the wound in His Heart. I saw how a multitude of souls was gathering these gifts, but there was one soul who was closest to His Heart and she, knowing the greatness of these gifts, was gathering them with liberality, not only for herself, but for others as well. The Savior said to me, Behold, the treasures of grace that flow down upon souls, but not all souls know how to take advantage of My generosity (Diary, 1687).

Let us gather all gifts and graces in the Divine Will, especially the grace of conversion for all politicians and influencers, all those in need of conversion past, present, and future. The Lord is holding nothing back, and in the Divine Will we have nothing to worry about as Jesus tells Luisa in this passage:

So, in all peace, continue your flight in my Will and be concerned with nothing. Your Jesus will do in such a way that everything which may happen inside and outside of you, will make my Will stand out even more and will expand Its boundaries in you, in your human will. I Myself will maintain the rhythm in your interior, in order to direct everything in you according to my Will. … You must go around It so much as to let yourself be burned by the eternal breath of the fire of my Will, in such a way as to lose any other knowledge, and to know nothing else but my Will – only and always.” (L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 16, January 4, 1924)

The Lord is near! Fiat!