Call to increased reparation…

I have not posted in a while, but the Lord has recently given me a strong call to increased reparation, which is meant for all of us who desire to live in the Divine Will. The following events happened in a just a few of days.

  • In the early hours of May 13, feast of Our Lady of Fatima, I had a dream which I felt was a clear call to increased reparation. In the dream I was asked to undergo extra trials on behalf of the “children”, referring to all God’s children past, present, and future. In the dream, I could clearly see they needed my help and I agreed.  
  • That morning in his homily our priest reminded us of the angel of Fatima’s call to increased reparation. Here is the specific prayer the angel gave to the children:

Most Holy Trinity—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifferences whereby He is offended. And through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners.

  • Two days later I got an email from a brother in the Divine Will named John Caulfield who has a blog on Frances Hogan’s Divine Will Family website, with some insightful, very practical writings on the Divine Will (https://www.divinewillfamily.org/johncaulfield). In his email to me he said:

I happened on your website recently whilst looking for reparation groups around the world.

I have been studying Divine Will under Frances Hogan since 2014 and at Easter 2020 I felt a prompt from the Lord to set up some Hours of The Passion Clocks. I just about got 24 people to begin with at that time. 

Some months later the divinewillfamily.org website was set up and I am now the Co-Ordinator for the HoTP Clocks on it. The Clocks have also spread worldwide to some 17 countries at the moment.

Perhaps you could promote the Clocks on your website? 

Yes, John, I certainly could! The three-fold call to increased reparation is crystal clear, as is the method Our Lord wants us to use! (Instructions on how to join John’s Hours of the Passion Clocks follow at the end of this blog post.)

I had a few other experiences that week that helped identify the specific type of reparation that is most needed right now.

  • I was in a shopping mall and on impulse went into a shoe store. I wasn’t shopping for shoes really, so I left without buying anything. But the name of the shoe store nagged at me, so I googled it when I got home, and found it was the name of a demon who first appeared in Marvel comics. According to their website, he is: “A Hell-lord of temptation. Empowered by the souls of the damned, this demon strikes bargains with the living to collect residents for his hellish realm.” It was distressing to know that some stores are being named for demons. Glad I didn’t buy shoes there! Mercy!
  • The second hint from above was that someone sent me a prayer request for an election in a South American country in which at least two of the candidates are avowed s_tanists.
  • The third was a prayer sent to me that, while it was theologically a little off, was a call to repair to Jesus for the offenses he is enduring in the Eucharistic Hosts that are being stolen and desecrated all over the world.
  • And yesterday, while I was driving, my “Bluetooth angel” brought up a podcast by Frances Hogan (Volume 15, Talk #4) in which she discusses the following entry from the Volumes (it is the second passage discussed in the podcast). Please listen to the podcast to get a proper understanding of this passage and our call in the Divine Will to participate with our Blessed Mother and Luisa in their mission to “crush the head of the infernal serpent”.

Volume 11, April 28, 1923

Luisa must crush the head of the infernal serpent.  The living in the Divine Will is the complete triumph of the Creator over the creature.  The primary purpose of the coming of Jesus upon earth was that the Divine Will might triumph over the human will.

I felt as though immersed in the endless light of the Eternal Will, and my sweet Jesus told me:  “My daughter, my Divinity does not need to operate in order to make Its works come out – It only needs to want them.  So, I want and I do; the greatest works, the most beautiful, come out by my mere wanting them.  On the other hand, even if the creature wanted them, if she does not work, she does not move, she does nothing.  Now, to one who makes my Will her own and lives in It as in her own royal palace, the same power is communicated, as much as is possible to a creature.”

Now, while He was saying this, I felt myself being drawn outside of myself, and I found an ugly monster under my feet, which was biting itself out of rage.  And Jesus, being near me, added:  “Just as my Virgin Mother crushed the head of the infernal serpent, so do I want another virgin, which must be the first possessor of the Supreme Will, to press again that infernal head so as to crush it and debilitate it, in such a way as to confine it into hell, that she may have full dominion over it, and it may not dare to approach those who must live in my Will.  Therefore, place your foot on its head, and crush it.”  Made brave, I did it, and it would bite itself more, and so as not to feel my touch, it shut itself up in the darkest abysses.  Then Jesus resumed His speaking:  “My daughter, do you think that the living in my Will is nothing?  No, no – on the contrary, it is the all, it is the fulfillment of all sanctities, it is the absolute dominion of oneself, of one’s passions, and of one’s capital enemies; it is the complete triumph of the Creator over the creature.  So, if she adheres and I come to letting her live in my Will, without her ever again wanting to know her own, I have nothing left to want from the creature, and she has nothing left to give Me.  All my yearnings are fulfilled, my designs realized – there is nothing left but delighting in each other.  It is true that I came upon earth to redeem man, but my primary purpose was that the Divine Will might triumph over the human will by according these two wills together and making them one, taking the human will into that Will from which it had gone out.  This was the main offense that my Celestial Father received from man, and I was to compensate Him for it, otherwise I would not give Him full satisfaction.  But in order to obtain the first purpose, first I had to issue the second – that is, to save him, to give him my hand since he had fallen, to wash him of the mud in which he was lying.  How could I say:  ‘Come to live in my Will’, if he was horrid to look at, and was under the slavery of the infernal enemy? 

Therefore, after having obtained the second purpose, I want to secure the first one – that my Will be done on earth as It is in Heaven, and that man, who had gone out of my Will, enter into Mine once again.  And in order to obtain this, I give to this first creature all my merits, all my works and steps, my palpitating Heart, my wounds, my Blood – my whole Humanity, to dispose her, to prepare her, to let her enter into my Will.  In fact, first she must take the complete fruit of my Redemption, and then, as though in triumph, enter the possession of the immense sea of my Supreme Will.  I do not want her to enter as a stranger, but as a daughter; not as poor, but as rich; not as ugly, but as beautiful, as if she were another Me.  Therefore, I want to centralize my whole life in you.”  And while He was saying this, it was as though many seas were coming out of Him, which poured upon me, and I remained inside of them, sunken; and at the same time, a Sun, beating down with Its light, receiving the complete fruit of Redemption in order to be able to give the complete fruit of Its Will to the creature.  It was the Sun of the Eternal Volition, which celebrated the entrance of the human will into Its own.  And Jesus:  “This Divine Will of Mine grew within my Humanity like a flower, which I transplanted from Heaven into the true Eden of my terrestrial Humanity.  It germinated in my Blood, it sprouted from my wounds, to make of it the greatest gift to the creature.  Don’t you want to receive it?”

And I:  ‘Yes.’  And He:  “I want to transplant it into you – love it, and know how to keep it.” (L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 11, April 28, 1923)

Lastly, here is another passage from Volume 11 to encourage us.

Volume 11, April 24, 1915

“My daughter, only the souls who live in my Will can give Me true reparations and soothe Me from thorns so sharp. In fact, since they live in my Will, and since my Will is everywhere, they find themselves in Me and in everyone; they descend into the creatures and rise up to Me; they bring Me all the reparations; they soothe Me. And in the sick minds they turn darkness into light.” (L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 11, April 24, 1915)

The Lord has not been subtle with me this week! Indeed the time for subtlety is long past.


And now the message from John Caulfield:

Hi guys, I am a Co-Ordinator for the Hours of The Passion Clocks on a Divine Will website under the guidance of a Divine Will Priest which commenced in Ireland 2 years ago, and have spread really quickly to enveloping the whole world in prayer and reparation. 

The Hours Clocks run weekly from Sunday until the following Saturday with each member praying an allocated hour each day for the week at a time of their own choosing. One then moves forward to the following hour each Sunday. The Hours need not take a whole hour to pray, some of them are quite short. It depends on your own time schedule how much time you want to spend praying them.

Feedback from those already praying the Hours on the clocks is of having a sense of being united with a common purpose under the mantle of Our Lady, bringing deep peace to oneself and into one’s family, gaining a deeper understanding of Divine Will, knowledge of how to turn one’s sufferings to the highest good, a much deeper awareness of Jesus’ great love for mankind. The list goes on…

I keep in contact with everybody from time to time especially newcomers to offer any guidance needed.

Anybody who understands Divine Will and may be already praying the Hours who feels called to join a World-wide Divine Will Family Clock, is welcome to join. Small groups welcome also.

If you want to join the Clocks, please see the Join the Clock link at the bottom of this page: https://www.divinewillfamily.org/copy-of-hours-of-the-passion.

Here I am, Lord, send me! Fiat!

Enlightenment, Edification, and Encouragement…

Friends, I just listened to Fr. Iannuzzi’s April 23 podcast on Radio Maria. Wow! There is so much in there to edify and encourage us! If you haven’t listened to it yet, please make time!

The following two passages from the Volumes are also enlightening and encouraging.

Volume 5, June 6, 1903
Jesus teaches her how she must behave in the state of abandonment and of sufferings
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After going through bitter days of privations and of sufferings, this morning I found myself outside of myself with Baby Jesus in my arms. As soon as I saw Him, I said: ‘Ah, dear Jesus, how could You leave me alone? At least teach me how I must behave in this state of abandonment and of sufferings.’ And He: “My daughter, offer everything you suffer in your arms, in your legs and in your heart together with the sufferings of my members by reciting five Glory Be’s; and offer it to divine Justice to satisfy for the works, the steps and the bad desires of the hearts which creatures commit continuously. Unite it, then, to my sufferings caused by the thorns and to those of my shoulders, with the recitation of three Glory Be’s, and offer it for the satisfaction of the three powers of man, which are so disfigured that I can no longer recognize my image in them; and try to keep your will always united to Me and in continuous attitude of loving Me. Let your memory be the bell that rings continuously within you, and reminds you of what I have done and suffered for you, and of how many graces I have given to your soul, so as to thank Me and be grateful to Me, since gratitude is the key that opens the divine treasures. Let your intellect think of nothing, and occupy itself with nothing but God. If you do this, I will find again my image in you, and I will take the satisfaction which I cannot receive from the other creatures. And you must do this continuously, because if the offense is continuous, continuous must be the satisfaction.” (L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 5, June 6, 1903)

I will go out on a limb and say it is difficult for us to do this continually, but for God all things are possible. As he tells us through Luisa, if we form the intention to do so, HE will do it in us. Never forget that in the Divine Will we can take for our own whatever Luisa did, and give it to the Father in reparation, asking him to multiply it an infinitude of times. For that matter we can take Jesus’ own acts and Blessed Mother’s too and do the same. We do our best and God does the rest. Fiat!

God is sparing no grace at this time, as we see again in this next passage from Volume 19, which Frances Hogan discusses in her Talk #9 on that volume. Again, there is so much in this passage! Volume 19 is amazing (aren’t they all?) and the talks Frances gives on this volume are enlightening as usual.

Volume 19, May 23, 1926
The Divine Will is seed of life, and wherever It enters, It produces life and sanctity. Just as the Virgin had Her time, the one who must impetrate the Supreme FIAT also has her time.

I was accompanying my sweet Jesus in His sorrowful agony in the Garden, especially when all the weight of our sins unloaded itself upon His Most Holy Humanity, to the point of making Him shed living blood. Oh! how I would have wanted to relieve Him from pains so excruciating. And while I compassionated His whole Being, He told me: “My daughter, my Will has the power to give death and to give life; and since my Humanity knew no other life but the Life of my Divine Will, as the sins crowded over Me, my Will made Me feel a distinct death for each sin. My Humanity moaned under the pain of the real death which my Supreme Will gave Me; but over that very death which this Divine Will gave Me, It made the new life of grace rise again for creatures. So, as evil and bad as a creature might be, if she has the fortune of letting one act of my Will enter into herself, even at the point of death, since my Will is life, It sows the seed of life in the soul. And as she possesses this seed of life, there is great hope that the soul may be saved, because the power of my Will will be careful so that this act of life of Its own, which has entered the soul, may not perish and turn into death. In fact, my Will has the power to give death, but my Will Itself and all of Its acts are untouchable and not subject to any death. Now, if one act alone of my Will contains the seed of life, what will not be the fortune of one who embraces within her soul, not one act alone, but continuous acts of my Will? This creature receives, not just the seed, but the fullness of life, and places her sanctity in safety.”

Then, afterwards, my poor mind was wandering in the Holy Divine Will, doing my usual acts in It. It seemed to me that everything was mine, and as I went around through all created things to impress everywhere my ‘I love You’, my adoration, my ‘Glory to my Creator’, I acquired new knowledge of what God has done for the creature, and of how much He has loved us. The Supreme Will seemed to delight in making known the new surprises of Its love, so that I might follow Its acts in order for It to give me the right to possess what has come out of Its creative Will. My littleness wandered amid Its immense goods. In the meantime, my sweet Jesus came out from within my interior, and told me: “My daughter, when my Queen Mama came out to the light of the day, everyone was turned toward Her, and as though having one single gaze, all pupils looked at She who was to dry their tears by bringing to them the Life of the longed for Redeemer. All Creation was centered in Her, feeling honored to obey Her wishes. The Divinity Itself was all for Her and all intent on Her, in order to prepare Her and to form in Her, with surprising graces, the space into which the Eternal Word was to descend to take on human flesh. If the virtue were not present within Us that, while We operate, deal with or speak with one creature, We do not neglect the others, all would have said to Us: ‘Leave all of us aside, think of this Virgin; give – centralize everything in Her, that She may let the One come in whom our hopes, our life, all of our good, are placed.’ Therefore, the time in which the Sovereign Queen came out to the light of the day can be called the time of my Mama.    

This, my daughter [Luisa], can be called your time. All are turned toward you; I hear the voice of all, as if it were one alone, praying Me, pressing Me, that my Will may reacquire Its absolute divine rights over you, so that, acquiring Its total dominion, It may pour into you all the fullness of goods It had established to give if the creature had not withdrawn from my Will. So, the whole of Heaven, the Celestial Mama, the Angels and Saints – all are turned toward you for the triumph of my Will, because their glory in Heaven will not be complete if my Will does not have Its complete triumph on earth. Everything was created for the total fulfillment of the Supreme Will, and until Heaven and earth return into this circle of the Eternal Volition, they feel their works, their glory and beatitude as though halved, because, not having found Its complete fulfillment in the Creation, the Divine Will cannot give what It had established to give – that is, the fullness of Its goods, of Its effects, joys and happinesses which It contains. This is why they are all longing; my Will Itself is all for you [Luisa] and intent on you [Luisa]; It holds nothing back of graces, of light and whatever it takes to form in you the greatest of prodigies, which is Its fulfillment and Its total triumph. Which one do you think is a greater prodigy: that a little light remains enclosed in the sun, or that the sun remains enclosed in the little light?”

And I: ‘It would certainly be more prodigious if the little light enclosed the sun; and indeed, it seems impossible to me that this may happen.’ And Jesus: “What is impossible for the creature is possible for God. The little light is the soul, and my Will is the sun. Now, my Will must give so much to the little light as to be able to make of it a circle and be enclosed in It. And since the nature of light is to spread its rays everywhere, while remaining in triumph within this circle, It will spread Its divine rays to give the Life of my Will to all. This is the prodigy of prodigies, which the whole of Heaven longs for. Therefore, give broad field to my Will – be opposed in nothing, so that what was established by God in the work of Creation may have its fulfillment.” (L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 19, May 23, 1926)

In this passage we can really see God’s fervent, Holy Desire for the fulfillment of the Fiat of Sanctification, and we can begin to appreciate all he has put into place to get us to this point and beyond. The passage immediately before this one, from May 18, 1926 is also very important. However it was a bit long to post here.

I had a few other passages flagged to share with you but I think I will share the source instead. You may have already seen the “Round Booklets” (downloadable from the Queen of the Divine Will Resource Library – scroll down). There is a booklet for each liturgical season with a couple of extras. Each booklet consists of rounds in the Divine Will written in the style of the Liturgy of the Hours (but are not meant to replace the LoH).

The round prayers themselves are very beautiful but it is the excerpts from the volumes that I often feel the need to share here. They seem to have been cherry-picked for inclusion in these booklets to stress essential teachings.

To be honest, I find that to pray the rounds as written in the booklets, is more than I have time for in the day with my other prayers and duties. However, I do try to pray at least a part of them every day. Fr. Iannuzzi, in the podcast I linked to at the top of the page, speaks to this problem we have of fitting everything into our day. God be praised for giving us the practical guidance we need through Fr. Iannuzzi and others, in order not to become overwhelmed or discouraged. Fiat!

God bless you dear friends. He is near. Come Divine Will! Fiat!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LUISA!

Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta was born on April 23, 1865, the first Sunday after Easter, which would later come to be known as Divine Mercy Sunday. In her honor, I encourage you to listen to this wonderful Radio Maria podcast recorded just two days ago, featuring Fr. James Blount SOLT. It is titled The Divine Will and the Flame of Love. Don’t miss it! Fr. James explains how Divine Mercy, Flame of Love and Divine Will are all tied together. Thanks to Christiane from Germany for bringing it to my attention.

Let’s also light a candle, maybe have a piece of cake for Luisa today! God’s timing is amazing! Fiat!

Blessed Divine Mercy Sunday, dear brothers and sisters in Christ!

Easter Vigil, Fourth Reading…

It would have been easy not to pay much attention to the Fourth Reading at the Easter Vigil, nestled as it was between the stunning finale of the Third Reading, horse and rider he has thrown into the sea, and the glorious invitation of the Fifth Reading to buy wine and milk without money and without price. Truthfully, I would have likely not given the Fourth Reading the meditation time it deserved, but by Divine Providence, that very reading was assigned to me to proclaim at the Vigil. What a reading—I was blown away!

The reading speaks so strongly to the promised Era of the Divine Will. The Lord knows me well! He, himself chose that reading for me, because he knew it was the only way I would stop and thoughtfully meditate on it. He wanted me to meditate well on it because not only was it was my duty to proclaim it at the Vigil, but he also wanted me to proclaim it to you, dear readers, to give you hope that the time he has promised is near!

Consider this your second invitation to meditate on this reading, to let it massage your weary heart with the hope that lies in store for us, longing as a deer longs for flowing streams (Ps 42:1) for the coming of the Kingdom of the Divine Will. Give this reading the time it well deserves.

Isaiah 54:5-14

For your Maker is your husband,
   the Lord of hosts is his name;
the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer,
   the God of the whole earth he is called.
For the Lord has called you
   like a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit,
like the wife of a man’s youth when she is cast off,
   says your God.
For a brief moment I abandoned you,
   but with great compassion I will gather you.
In overflowing wrath for a moment
   I hid my face from you,
but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,
   says the Lord, your Redeemer.


This is like the days of Noah to me:
   Just as I swore that the waters of Noah
   would never again go over the earth,
so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you
   and will not rebuke you.
For the mountains may depart
   and the hills be removed,
but my steadfast love shall not depart from you,
   and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,
   says the Lord, who has compassion on you.


O afflicted one, storm-tossed, and not comforted,
   I am about to set your stones in antimony,
   and lay your foundations with sapphires.
I will make your pinnacles of rubies,
   your gates of jewels,
   and all your wall of precious stones.
All your children shall be taught by the Lord,
   and great shall be the prosperity of your children.
In righteousness you shall be established;
   you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear;
   and from terror, for it shall not come near you.

Come Divine Will, for we believe that your steadfast love shall not depart from us, and your covenant of peace shall not be removed, O Lord, Who have compassion on us. All our children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the prosperity of our children. Fiat!

A Glorious Easter message of hope…

What better way to wish all my dear blog friends a Blessed Easter than with the Words of Jesus himself?

Book of Heaven, Volume 33, May 31, 1935

Meanwhile, I [Luisa] was thinking to myself:  ‘It seems impossible to me that this Kingdom of the Divine Will may come.  How can It come if evils abound in a horrifying way?’  And my sweet Jesus, displeased, told me:  “My blessed daughter, if you doubt it, you do not believe and recognize my power that has no limits, such that when I want something, I can do anything.  You must know that in creating man, Our life was placed in him, and he was Our dwelling.  Now, if We do not bring to safety this life of Ours, with Its decorum, with Its dominion, with Our full triumph, making Ourselves known, that We are present in this dwelling, so that the creature would feel honored to be dominated and inhabited by a God – if We do not do this, it would mean that Our power is limited, that its might is not infinite, that it has no power to save itself, and even less can it save others.  While, on the contrary, true good, the power that has no limits, serves and brings to safety itself first, and then it pours into others.  Now, by coming upon earth, suffering and dying, I came to bring man to safety, that is, my dwelling.  Would it not seem strange to you too that while I was saving the dwelling, the Owner, the Inhabitant of it, would be left without His rights, without dominion, and without the power to reach safety Himself?  Ah, no, no, my daughter, it would be absurd and without the order of Our infinite wisdom.  Redemption and the Kingdom of my Will are one single thing, inseparable from each other.  My coming upon earth came to form the Redemption of man, and at the same time it came to form the Kingdom of my Will in order to save Myself, to take back my rights which by justice are due to Me as Creator.  And in Redemption I exposed Myself to so many humiliations, to unheard-of pains, unto dying Crucified; I submitted Myself to everything, to bring my dwelling to safety and restore in it all the sumptuousness, the beauty, the magnificence with which I had formed it, so that it might be worthy of Me once again. 

Now, when it seemed that everything was over and my enemies were satisfied for they had taken my life, my power which has no limits called my Humanity back to life, and by rising again, everything rose together with Me – the creatures, my pains, the goods acquired for their sake.  And as my Humanity triumphed over death, so did my Will rise again and triumph in the creatures, waiting for Its Kingdom.  Had my Humanity not risen again, had It not had this power, Redemption would have failed, and one could doubt that it was truly the work of a God.  It was my Resurrection that made Me known for Who I was, and placed the seal over all the goods that I came to bring upon earth.  In the same way, my Divine Will will be the double seal, the transmission into creatures of Its Kingdom, which my Humanity possessed.  More so, since it was for the creatures that I formed this Kingdom of my Divine Will within my Humanity.  Why not give It then?  At the most, it will be a matter of time, and for Us the times are one single point; Our power will make such prodigies, lavishing upon man new graces, new love, new light, that Our dwellings will recognize Us, and they themselves, of their own spontaneous will, will give Us dominion.  So will Our life be placed in safety, with its full rights in the creature.  With time you will see what my power knows how to do and can do, how it can conquer everything and knock down the most obstinate rebels.  Who can ever resist my power, such that with one single breath, I knock down, I destroy and I redo everything, as I best please?

Therefore, you – pray, and let your cry be continuous:  ‘May the Kingdom of your Fiat come, and your Will be done on earth as It is in Heaven.’” (L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 33, May 31, 1935)

Fiat!!!

He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Ah, Lord, keep it away from me!

Pride is a soul-killing master of disguise. We need to be aware of how it may appear in us and around us and be prepared to do all we can to root it out in ourselves, and to recognize it in others so as not to be drawn in to un-Godly deceptions. To this end, Spirit Daily linked to a very good article from Catholic Exchange titled, The Four Types of Pride and How to Root Them Out.

As we enter the Triduum, it is never to late to scour our souls for any and all variations of this insidious sin. Here are some excerpts from the Volumes I have posted before. The quotes in bold I pray every day.

Ah, Lord, keep it away from me!

Volume 4, September 9, 1901

This morning my adorable Jesus was not coming. Then, while my mind was occupied with considering the mystery of the crowning of thorns, I remembered that, other times, as I was occupied with this mystery, the Lord had pleased to remove the crown of thorns from His head and to drive it onto mine. So I said in my interior: ‘Ah, Lord, I am no longer worthy of suffering your thorns.’ And all of a sudden He came, for just a little, and told me: “My daughter, when you suffer my own thorns, You relieve Me, and in suffering them yourself, I feel completely free of those pains. 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 (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 9, 1901)

Volume 3, November 19, 1899

“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.”

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)

Blessed Triduum and Easter season to all! May His Kingdom come and His Will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Fiat!

Some very relevant podcasts on the Divine Will…

Blessings dear friends. Here are some more podcasts that I found enormously helpful and edifying.

Frances Hogan’s Volume 19 – Talk #17. Don’t miss this this talk. It is full of the beauty, majesty, and power of this Gift and illustrates God’s burning desire to make it known and put into practice. You may have to download the talk to get it to play. Talk #16 is very good too.

Fr. Iannuzzi’s July 18, 2020 podcast on Radio Maria has a very strong message regarding the times we are in, the action of the Divine Will in it, and our role in God’s plan.

Dear friends, God’s power is in no way diminished in our times. His plan is proceeding and his victory is assured. Let us try to increase our acts and rounds in the Divine Will to hasten the coming of the kingdom, and to work with him to increase the number of the souls who will be saved. Fiat!

The Gold Leaf…

In my blog post, The Resistent Ones, I mentioned having had a profound experience of the Lord in the Eucharist in 1997. That experience launched me on a journey to a deeper relationship with the Lord and His Word, which later led to me to start, first a mail-out in 2003, and then a blog. In 2009 I published some of the writings into a little book titled, Cling to Hope with Joy: Messages from Scripture.

Fast forward to 2022…after having recently mentioned my 1997 experience of the Lord in the Eucharist, a reader asked if I would elaborate on that experience. I was going to do that as its own blog post, but then I remembered that there were a number of copies of Cling to Hope with Joy sitting in storage at the Mount Carmel Spirituality Centre. I asked if I could make them available to blog readers for a donation to the Centre, and was given permission.

So, if you would like a copy of the book, please reply to this email or email me directly at gold_leaf2000 (at) yahoo (dot) com, and put “Book” in the subject line. Then we can make individual arrangements for the donation and delivery. (Shipping to Canada is $5, to US $10. Anything over that amount will be donated to the Centre. The book is 130 pages, printed in 2009.)

Meanwhile, here is an excerpt from the book from the chapter titled, “The Gold Leaf”.

It was 1997, the year leading up to the millennium that the Holy Father, John Paul II, had dedicated to Jesus. During that year I was inspired to ask for a closer relationship with Jesus. I could not have imagined how intimately God would answer that prayer.

                That summer I was given a book to read that came highly recommended, He and I, by Gabriel Bossis. As I read the author’s personal conversations with our Lord, my heart was deeply moved. The book captivated me with its intimate tone. I read and re-read that book, eventually giving away dozens of copies.

                Beyond deeply moving me, reading He and I opened my heart to the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit. That summer marked the beginning of a new phase in my life as I entered into a personal relationship with the risen Jesus. As Scripture says: “Whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come” (2 Corinthians 5: 17).

                After having been given a taste of the Lord’s nearness, I craved more. I decided during Advent of that year to spend a few evenings a week alone at the church with Jesus in the Tabernacle—that was when all heaven broke loose! The first time I went, I heard these words interiorly: “I’m so glad you came!”  The words pierced me to the core.

                In addition to words, during those visits the Lord poured his love into my heart, a sliver at a time, for a sliver was all I could take. These encounters were overwhelming and often left me in tears, tears that I later realized served to cleanse and heal me in many ways.

                Here are some of the words I felt him telling me during that time, words that I continue to ponder to this day:

                “My side was pierced to allow easier access to my heart.”

                “If you act with love you will never be wrong.”

                “When in doubt, be generous.”

                “Suffering is the currency of love. Joy is its reward.”

                About his Sacred Blood: “I am the Universal Donor.”

                Once, I was meditating on the Assumption of Mary into Heaven. I felt I could see Jesus taking her hand to lead her into the Light. They were both smiling and radiant. She asked, “What are you going to do about all those who do not believe in you yet?”  He smiled as he replied, “I am going to send them YOU, Mother.” 

                I had another insight into the Blessed Mother. On one occasion, overwhelmed once again with love and gratitude, I had cried quite a bit. As I was leaving the church I joked with our Lord, “You messed up my face again.”  He said tenderly, “It is the face of one who loves.”  This helped me to understand why, in visions of the Blessed Virgin, she is so often seen weeping. “It is the face of one who loves.”

                Early in 1998, I spoke to a spiritually mature friend about these experiences. When I explained that I felt I was hearing the Lord speak to me, she said that she “happened” to be reading a booklet by Fr. Robert DeGrandis on the charismatic gift of prophecy and that what I was experiencing seemed to fit the description he gave of the gift. I read the book (devoured it). It certainly seemed to confirm what she had said.

                Shortly after giving me the first book, the same friend gave me a book entitled Prophecy in the Local Church, by Anglican Bishop David Pytches, which I also devoured. In the book there was a story of a man who had a vision of an angel on the roof of a church. There was a hole in the roof. The angel was shoveling what appeared to be gold leaves onto the congregation, but no one was picking them up. The man asked the angel what this meant. He replied that the leaves were God’s gifts and that no one was bothering to pick them up.

                On the same day that I read that story, we visited the cemetery where our son, Benjamin, is buried. Normally I am very unobservant, but as I walked among the graves I happened to notice something shiny on the ground. I picked it up, and to my utter astonishment, it was a gold leaf!  It had been a woman’s earring; nevertheless, it was a gold leaf (see photo)! A friend explained that this type was made by pouring molten gold onto a real leaf. The process burned away the membrane and left only the delicate gold-covered veins of the leaf. It was breathtakingly beautiful! Real gold and a real leaf!

                To this day I am amazed whenever I pick it up. I treasure this gold leaf as a beautiful symbol of the many gifts my Father has given to this unworthy creature of his. I felt it was a powerful confirmation of my gift; it has carried me through more than one crisis of faith.

                I do not wish to give you the impression that this conversion experience was a smooth transition for me. On the contrary, this encounter with the living God was rather an earthquake in my life. It affected my family in unexpected ways. At one point feeling quite stressed, I was doubting the gift and grieving the loss of a “normal” life. I cried out, “I just want my life back!”  Soon, I started to feel like my old self. I still heard the “voice” albeit more faintly, but I had no special feeling of the Lord’s presence. After a few days I asked him why I no longer felt his presence. He replied without judgment, “You took your life back.”  It was a statement about a choice freely made.

                The following Sunday, the Feast of the Ascension, I asked pardon and gave my life back to Jesus. I felt very keenly his presence at Mass, and later on felt him tell me this:

                “I am still here. As you know I never left you. Even when you turned away, I stayed with you. Believe that I am leading you. Take my hand and follow. One life, two bodies, this is what I desire. I touched your heart today during the Feast of my Ascension. I touched it so you would know that I was near. . . . My child, I love you so much!  Look at my face. I am looking at you, smiling at you, willing you to walk with me in complete trust and abandonment. Ask my Mother, our Mother, to show you how. . . . You have nothing to fear. Unite any struggles with mine and I will put them to good use. Pray always. That is how we communicate. And I want our communication to be eternal and constant. My sweet one, look at me. I love you and I will never abandon you!”

                The next day, while praying the rosary I heard, “A personal encounter with Christ must change your life.”

                From that time on, I felt more peaceful about my call. I remember telling a friend later on how this encounter with God had a similar effect on me as on a person winning the lottery—you go a little crazy at first!

                Shortly thereafter, I found an online Catholic Charismatic group whose members helped me understand the gifts of the Spirit. The wisdom and spiritual maturity I encountered in this group was a tremendous blessing. One of the members sent me this quote by Fr. Pat Collins, C.M. (used with permission):

“In The New International Dictionary of the Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements the gift of prophecy is described in these words: ‘Prophecy has been alternatively identified as (1) an oracle, spontaneously inspired by the Holy Spirit and spoken in specific situations; (2) a form of expositional preaching from a biblical text; or (3) a public pronouncement of a moral or ethical nature that confronts society.’ Over the years I have come to appreciate that prophecy is first and foremost a revelation of God’s perspective on life, one that is intended to edify, exhort, correct and comfort.”

                                My intention here is not to explain the gifts of the Holy Spirit. I leave that to others more qualified to do so. I include it only to help in the discernment of the gift of God to this unworthy servant. If you wish to read what St. Paul says about the gifts of the Holy Spirit, please see 1 Corinthians 12: 7-11 and Ephesians 4: 11-12.

                In his booklet, Fr. Degrandis summarized the gift of prophecy as words of love and encouragement from God to his people; that is how I have come to think of these messages. As St. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 14: 3, “One who prophesies (speaks) to human beings, for their building up, encouragement, and solace.”

                A quote I found on the EWTN website helped me, an unworthy sinner, to be at peace with being the recipient of such a gift: “Since charisms are given to build up the Church, there is no necessary connection with personal sanctity. Saints, sinners and even unbelievers have manifested these gifts.” In fact, as my spiritual director pointed out on more than one occasion, the Lord even spoke through Balaam’s donkey (Numbers 22: 30). Those who know me well may feel better having read that. I am praying for sanctity, but I’m not there yet!

                From the beginning, even though most of the words I was receiving spoke to me personally, I always had the feeling that the greater portion were meant to be shared. I longed to share them, but lacked an outlet—not many people, even those in church, are comfortable with “messages from God.” To resolve this, in 2003 I started a weekly mail-out using the Internet, which then led to a blog. This was a great relief to me as I felt I had done my part in making the messages available. I left it to the Lord to lead his beloved little souls to the messages according to his perfect timing.

                At one point early on, I felt the Lord giving me a new name, Pelianito, which He revealed to me, means “Sent.” At first I thought that I would be literally “sent” as part of my mission, but as the mail-out took shape I realized, it was the messages that would be “sent,” a little play on words for the electronic age.

                Once I felt the Lord tell me to immerse myself in Scripture: “You cannot spread what you do not know.” As I began to do so, I felt the Lord opening Scripture for me as he did for the disciples on the road to Emmaus. This poor sinner had and still has much to learn. Like St. Paul I can only boast of my weakness, for without it I would not have this treasure to share.

                In addition to messages, from time to time, the Lord sends me dreams that have a deeper meaning. In 1998, I had had a series of “disaster” dreams. I asked the Lord what they meant and felt him telling me: “There is a time of economic crisis coming which will dwarf the Great Depression of the 1930’s. Be ready to pick up the pieces of people’s lives. Be ready to help them. They will need help. There will be much despair. This will lead to a new hope in me. Never doubt that I am near when these things happen. It is part of my perfect plan for the salvation of my children. Trust me, pray, and be joyful. Then people will know that I have sent you.” 

                In 1998, who would have believed such a message? In 2009, the time of this publishing, it is a different story. Further, a good number of the messages in my journal were written during a time of personal trial that lasted several years. Many are words of comfort that exhort the beloved child to trust in God who is “as near to you as your own breath.” For this reason they translate very well into this age of uncertainty and global instability. The words have a providential timeliness to them, building hope and trust in God who is with us always to the end of the age.

The gold leaf I found (coin added for scale)

A Mixed Bag…

Blessings in the Divine Will, dear friends. Below is a random collection of passages and podcasts that spoke to me. May you be edified in them, as I was. The Lord will lead you. Fiat!

Recommended podcasts…

Downloadable documents…

Passages from the Volumes…

In the interest of space, for most of these I have only posted the reference, with a subject line, leaving it to the reader to look up the passage in the Volumes as desired.

Volume 7, November 9, 1906
“The thing that pleases me most is meditating continually on my Passion.”

Volume 20, October 26, 1926
Adam feels the honor he had lost being returned to him.

Volume 16, August 1, 1923
By virtue of the Divine Will, the whole Creation brings to us the “I love you” of Jesus, and in His Will we must give Him our own.

Volume 12, December 6, 1919
Repairing for the lost souls. (See also Fr. Iannuzzi’s June 26 ,2021 podcast linked above.)

Volume 20, November 19, 1926
Divine Agony and chastisement.

September 11, 1922
The primary purpose of all that God has done in Creation and Redemption is that the creature would live in the Divine Will. Only in the Divine Will is there true rest.

Volume 35 January 7, 1938
One who Lives in the Divine Volition forms the refuge for the Life of the Divine Will.  The ‘I love you’ as refreshment for the Divine Love.  How God feels obliged toward one who Lives in His Will.

Excerpt: See then, how We find the refuge for Our Life in the one who Lives in Our Will.  We do nothing other than exchange Our Lives continuously:  she gives Us her life, and We give her Ours… Therefore, there is nothing—water, fire, food, and all the rest—that I do not bring you with My own Hands, because I feel obliged; and I want to remain with you to see how you take it—I want to do everything by Myself…’ And if, as she takes, she tells me,  ‘I take everything in Your Will because I love you.  I want to Love You and Glorify You with your own Will,’ …O, who can tell you, then, of the relief she gives Me as she tries to repay Me.  And I let her—but I always come back with My Love Surprises.

September 9, 1901
Effectiveness of the intentions
. Pride.

Excerpt: This morning my adorable Jesus was not coming. Then, while my mind was occupied with considering the mystery of the crowning of thorns, I remembered that, other times, as I was occupied with this mystery, the Lord had pleased to remove the crown of thorns from His head and to drive it onto mine. So I said in my interior: ‘Ah, Lord, I am no longer worthy of suffering your thorns.’ And all of a sudden He came, for just a little, and told me: “My daughter, when you suffer my own thorns, You relieve Me, and in suffering them yourself, I feel completely free of those pains. When you humble yourself and believe yourself unworthy of suffering them, you repair for the sins of pride which are committed in the world.” And I added: ‘Ah, Lord, for as many drops as You shed, for as many thorns as You suffered, for as many wounds, so much glory do I intend to give You for as much glory as all creatures should give You if the sin of pride did not exist; and so many graces do I intend to ask of You for all creatures, so that this sin be destroyed.’

While saying this, I saw that Jesus contained the whole world within Himself, like a machine containing objects in itself. All creatures moved within Him, and Jesus moved toward them, and it seemed that Jesus would receive the glory of my intention and that creatures had returned to Him in order to receive the good impetrated by me for them. I remained stupefied, and He, seeing my stupefaction, said: “All this seems surprising, doesn’t it? What you have done seems a trivial thing, yet, it is not so. How much good could be done by repeating this intention, but is not?” Having said this, He disappeared.

Prayers, etc…

Luisa’s Act of Contrition

O My Jesus, I love You over and above everything else. For the love of You, I am sorry for all my sins. O Merciful Love, I ask pardon for the sins of the whole world. United with the Immaculate Heart of our Heavenly Mother, I ask pardon for all my sins, and for all the sins of my brothers and sisters that have been committed and will be committed until the end of the world. Amen

Redoing our own life in the Divine Will

Prayer adapted from an article posted on the Official Luisa Piccarreta website:

Supreme Majesty, I freely intend, through the Humanity of Jesus, to redo in the Divine Will every moment and act of my existence, from the moment I was (conceived) to the last act I will do, uniting my newly conceived little humanity to the newly conceived little humanity of Jesus. Taking life in the Will of God the Father, as Jesus took His, I bind all my wailings to His wailings, my every breath to His, and my every thought to His. That same life that Jesus lived for me, how He would have wanted me to live it, I make it my own, to repeat it, act by act, without letting even one of those which He lived escape. I repeat this for all souls of all time, all for the praise and glory of God Our Father and the coming of the kingdom of the Divine Will. Amen. Fiat! 

The Little Rosary of the Divine Will

Begin with the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be, then on every “Hail Mary” bead: “Thy Will be done on earth as It is in Heaven.” Pray the “Glory Be” on every “Our Father” bead. At the end pray: “Lord Jesus, we praise You, we love You, we bless You, and we thank You Who are God with the Father and the Holy Spirit in Your Holy and Eternal Divine Will. Amen.”