Gethsemane…

Dear friends, fair warning: you may find this blog post challenging. Ponder and pray as you read. May God’s Will alone be done.

For the first 13 years of our marriage, my husband and I, with our growing family, moved every year or two to a new small town, every move marking an advancement in his career. Whenever a move was announced, I checked the phone book (no internet back then) to see if there was a Catholic church in our new location. If there wasn’t, I checked neighboring towns to see how far I would have to drive on Sundays. I came to appreciate the blessing that a Catholic church is to a town—it certainly was to me!

I counted that church a blessing even if it was a small, humble, mission church, if the hymns were led by someone who was trying their best with no musician, if there was little opportunity to talk to the priest, if confession was not offered on site because the priest had to rush in and rush out to get to his other missions, if there was never adoration.

No matter what it was like—or unlike—it was still a blessing because it was still God’s House. Jesus was there in the Eucharist just at truly as he was in the humble home of Nazareth.

I live in a city now, churches galore! I know how tempting it is to seek for a parish that has a holy priest with stirring homilies, that has vibrant liturgies, that represents my vision of parish life. Driving a few blocks further is no trouble at all, I’ve noticed. But given my past experience and my current studies on the writings of Luisa, I have had to ask myself, is where I worship my choice, or is it God’s?

Who doesn’t love the story of little Zaccheus the rich but despised tax collector who climbed a tree to get a better look at Jesus as he passed by. To his amazement, Jesus stopped under the tree and looked up at him. Did he say, “Zaccheus, meet me at the Temple at 5:00 and we’ll talk about your sinful life”? On the contrary! Scripture tells us: “When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.’” (Luke 19:5)

Jesus never avoided sinners, including us. Jesus wants us to come down so he can stay in our house, the lowly manger of our soul. And what about us, do we want to stay in his House? Or when it fails to measure up do we go seeking a finer one?

Whatever is lacking in some parishes, priests, homilies, parishioners, Communions, music, etc., every Catholic Church is God’s House and Jesus is truly present there in the Eucharist. Whatever may be painfully wrong there, Jesus endures it without rest, and it undeniably pains him more than it does us.

It pains him because it is His House and he is often treated as an unwelcome interloper. He scours the pews for anyone who might be able to offer reparation—particularly in the Divine Will. He laments because he has arranged for a little child linked to Luisa to live nearby, but in seeing that they have gone elsewhere, his pain is redoubled.

This is something each of us must ponder and pray about. Every parish has a territory assigned to it by God and the Church. If you are in that territory, God has placed you in it for a reason and, I daresay, a responsibility, especially in the Divine Will.

Generally speaking, there is nothing wrong with shopping for a parish that is the “right fit”. But by abandoning the nearest parish in search of the “right” parish, might we who are called to live in the Divine Will be leaving Jesus to suffer in Gethsemane alone?

In the Hours of the Passion, we begin to appreciate how much our Blessed Mother did to comfort Jesus in Gethsemane. It is stunning to read. And the Apostles? Even faithful St. John slept in the Garden and fled when things got out of hand.

What about us? Will we flee like the Apostles, or will we imitate Mary, offering Jesus comfort and relief in the Divine Will by participating in his agony in the Gethsemane of his churches, counting, with Our Mother, every bloody drop and tear, returning all to him with our I love you, I thank you, and I bless you. No one can comfort Jesus like a faithful soul who lives in the Divine Will.

While we may have good reasons to abandon a parish for one further afield, it seems to me that in the Divine Will we are being called to something infinitely more radical. What has been unfolding for me recently is that if someone living in the Divine Will were to regularly attend Mass at one such parish for love of God, no matter how distasteful it might be for them, the parish would be transformed.

You may have read a post I wrote a few months back called In the Trenches, where this actually happened to someone I know, in a very dramatic way. There was a glow so bright behind the priest that she had to look away. I invite you to read the whole glorious story.

When we accept the Gift of Living in the Divine Will, we become conduits of the Lord’s transforming rays of Divine Light wherever we go, without being aware of it. Jesus wants to go to that parish, to that Mass, nestled in the lowly manger of our little l souls. Think of the joy it will give him to hear us say in that place in the name of all, “Jesus, fused into you, I desire with your own Divine desire to receive you with your own Divine receiving, united to your Humanity, your Divinity, and your Will. I love you and I thank you, Blessed Jesus, for me and for all. I offer this Communion in reparation for all that scourges you in your Church and in this parish.” (Just an example. See also prayers below.)

In the Divine Will we are called in a radical, complete way to let go of our own desires in favor of God’s, for the salvation of souls in the Church and in the world. One person living in the Divine Will in a Parish really is enough to transform it. If we desire it, he will do it. Let us give him our nothingness and let him do!


One of the online adoration chapels I visit often is the one pictured here, located at the Basilica of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Niepokalanow, Poland. Once, as I was meditating and praying to Jesus with Mary in this monstrance, it occurred to me what a beautiful artistic depiction it is of someone living in the Divine Will. Read here what came to me.


From The Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will, Day 23

[Mary speaks:] With My Sorrows, I acquired the little coin to pay the debts of My children … even those of the ungrateful children … In your sufferings, in the painful encounters … never lose heart … let the Divine Will assume Its Royal Place in your pains, so that It may convert them into little coins … with which you will be able to pay the debts of your brothers –  to ransom them from the slavery of the human will, and make them enter … into the Kingdom of the Divine Will.” 

Rounds in the Divine Will, One with Luisa
foreword by Sr. Assunta

Nineteenth Hour

The soul follows Jesus, step by step, in Gethsemane, and is present during the three hours of agony in the Garden.

My Jesus, I want to relieve You by making my “I love You, I adore You, I bless You” flow in each drop of your Blood. My afflicted Jesus, You are entering into the sea of your Passion. Your steps are directed to the Garden of Gethsemane. I see that You prostrate Yourself to the ground, and You pray; but as You pray, pant, sigh, agonize and sweat Blood, everything comes before You – all pains and all sins, each of them carrying the mark of the deadly weapon of the human will that wages war against a God. Ah! yes, it is the human will that, with its weapons, puts the Divine Will into agony; it has kept It so for many centuries, and it still does. My agonizing Jesus, my poor heart cannot bear seeing You cast to the ground and wet with your own Blood; and because of this Blood, I ask You for the Kingdom of your Divine Will upon earth. Therefore, before You leave this Garden, give me your word – content this little child of Yours, and tell me that the triumph of your Divine Will will come.

“This agony of my Will is so painful, that my Humanity, which wanted to suffer it in the garden of Gethsemane, reached the point of seeking the help of my very apostles – but not even that I obtained; and the spasm was such that I sweat living blood. Feeling like succumbing under the enormous weight of the agony of my Divine Will, so long and terrible, I invoked the help of my Celestial Father, saying to Him: ‘Father, if it is possible, let this chalice pass from Me’. In all the other pains of my Passion, as atrocious as they were, I never said: ‘If it is possible, let this pain pass’. On the contrary, on the cross I cried out: ‘I thirst’ – I thirst for pains…” (L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 20, November 19, 1926)

The Twenty-Four Hours of The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ

First Hour

[Luisa prays:] Jesus, Mama, keep me close to You; give me your love, your Will. Dart through my poor heart, hold me tightly in your arms; and together with You, O sweet Mother, I want to follow, step by step, adored Jesus, with the intention of giving Him comfort, relief, love and reparation for all.

Reflection by St. Anibale di Francia:

…If we do all this in the Will of God which contains all sweetnesses and all contentments in immense proportion, we will give to Jesus large sweet sips, so as to mitigate the poisoning which other creatures cause Him, and to console His Divine Heart.

Second Hour

[Luisa:] And now, O my Jesus, let my poor heart draw life from your Heart, that I may live only with your Heart; and in each offense You will receive, let me be ever ready to offer You a relief, a comfort, a reparation, an act of love, never interrupted.

Reflection by St. Anibale di Francia:

In our moments of darkness, do we place the intention of making the light of truth shine in others? And when we pray with fervor, do we place the intention of melting the ice of many hearts hardened in sin?

My Jesus, in order to compassionate You and relieve You from the total exhaustion in which You find Yourself, I rise up to Heaven and make your own Divinity my own; and placing It around You, I want to move all the offenses of creatures away from You. I want to offer You your Beauty to move the ugliness of sin away from You; your Sanctity to move away the horror of all those souls who make You feel repugnance, because they are dead to grace; your Peace to move the discords, the rebellions and the disturbances of all creatures away from You; your harmonies to relieve your hearing from the waves of many evil voices. My Jesus, I intend to offer You as many divine acts of reparation for as many offenses as assault You, almost wanting to give You death. I intend to give You life with your own acts. Then, O Jesus, I want to throw a wave of your Divinity upon all creatures, so that, at your divine contact, they may no longer dare to offend You.

Only in this way, O Jesus, will I be able to offer You compassion for all the offenses which You receive from creatures.

O Jesus, sweet Life of mine, may my prayers and my pains rise always toward Heaven, so as to let the light of grace rain upon all, and absorb your own Life in me.

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Requital…

We don’t hear the word “requital” very often—except in the Volumes, where it refers to the “return of love” we owe to our Creator for absolutely everything.

In the following passage, Jesus tells us through Luisa with what love God gave us the sacraments. He also describes, to our shame, how we often take the sacraments for granted, abuse them, and in some cases even despise them.

We receive in this passage a clear call from Jesus to give God a “requital of love” in particular for the gift of the seven sacraments.

Volume 18, November 5, 1925
The moans of the Holy Spirit in the Sacraments.  The requital of love of the soul.

I was fusing myself in the Holy Divine Volition according to my usual way; and while I was trying, as much as I could, to requite my Jesus with my little love for all that He has done in Redemption, my lovable and sweet Love, Jesus, moving in my interior, told me:  “My daughter, with your flight in my Will, reach all the Sacraments instituted by Me; descend into the depths of them, to give Me your little requital of love.  Oh! how many of my secret tears you will find, how many bitter sighs, how many suffocated moans of the Holy Spirit.  His moaning is continuous, before the many disillusions of Our love.  The Sacraments were instituted in order to continue my Life on earth in the midst of my children.  But, alas!, how many sorrows.  This is why I feel the necessity of your little love.  It may be small, but my Will will make it great.  My love does not tolerate for one who must live in my Will not to associate herself with my sorrows, and not to give Me her little requital of love for all that I have done and that I suffer.  Therefore, my daughter, see how my love moans in the Sacraments.

“If I see a newborn being baptized, I cry with sorrow, because, while through Baptism I restore his innocence, I find my child again, I give back to him the rights over Creation which he had lost, I smile at him with love and satisfaction, I make the enemy flee from him, that he may no longer have any right over him, I entrust him to the Angels, and all of Heaven makes feast for him – soon my smile turns into sorrow, the feast into mourning.  I see that the one who is baptized will be an enemy of mine, a new Adam, and maybe even a lost soul.  Oh! how my love moans in each Baptism; especially, then, if one adds that the minister who is baptizing does not do it with that respect, dignity and decorum which befit a Sacrament that contains the new regeneration.  Ah! many times they pay more attention to a bagatelle, to whatever show, than to administering a Sacrament.  So, my love feels itself being pricked by the baptizer and by the one who is baptized, and it moans with unutterable moans.  Would you not want, then, to give Me a requital of love, a loving moan, for each Baptism, so as to keep company with my sorrowful moans?

“Move on to the Sacrament of Confirmation.  Ah! how many bitter sighs.  While, through Confirmation, I restore his courage, I give back to him the lost strengths, rendering him invincible to all enemies and to his passions, and he is admitted to the ranks of the militia of his Creator, that he may fight for the acquisition of the Celestial Fatherland, and the Holy Spirit gives him His loving kiss again, lavishes a thousand caresses on him, and offers Himself as the companion of his career – yet, many times He feels Himself being requited with the kiss of a traitor, His caresses being despised, His company shunned.  How many moans, how many sighs for his return, how many secret voices to the heart, for the one who shuns Him – to the point of tiring Himself from speaking.  But – no, it is in vain.  Therefore, do you not want to give your requital of love, your loving kiss, your company to the Holy Spirit, who moans because of so much neglection?

“But, do not stop, keep flying, and you will hear the anguishing moans of the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Penance.  How much ingratitude, how many abuses and profanations, on the part of those who administer it and on the part of those who receive it.  In this Sacrament, my Blood places Itself in act over the contrite sinner, in order to descend upon his soul, to wash him, embellish him, heal him and strengthen him, to give back to him the lost grace, to place in his hands the keys of Heaven, which sin had snatched away from him; to impress on his forehead the peacemaking kiss of forgiveness.  But, ah! how many harrowing moans, in seeing souls approaching this Sacrament of Penance without sorrow, out of habit, almost as a vent of the human heart.  Others – horrible to be said – instead of going to find the life of their souls, of grace, go to find death, to pour out their passions.  So, the Sacrament is reduced to a mockery, to a nice chat; and my Blood, instead of descending as a bath, descends as fire, which withers them even more.  And so, in each Confession, Our love cries inconsolably and, sobbing, repeats:  ‘Human ingratitude, how great you are.  Everywhere you try to offend Me; and while I offer you life, you turn the very life I offer you into death.’  See, then, how Our moans await your requital of love in the Sacrament of Penance.

“Do not let your love stop; go through all the Tabernacles, through each Sacramental Host, and in each Host you will hear the Holy Spirit moan with unutterable sorrow.  The Sacrament of the Eucharist is not only their own life that souls receive, but is my very Life that gives Itself to them.  So, the fruit of this Sacrament is to form my Life in them, and each Communion serves to make my Life grow, to develop It, in such a way that one may be able to say:  ‘I am another Christ’.  But, alas!, how few take advantage of it.  Even more, how many times I descend into hearts and they make Me find the weapons to wound Me, and repeat for Me the tragedy of my Passion.  And as the sacramental species are consumed, instead of pressing Me to stay with them, I am forced to leave bathed with tears, crying over my sacramental lot; and I find no one who calms my crying and my sorrowful moans.  If you could break those veils of the Host, which cover Me, you would find Me bathed with crying, knowing the lot that awaits Me in descending into hearts.  Therefore, let your requital of love for each Host be continuous, in order to calm my crying, and to render less sorrowful the moans of the Holy Spirit.

“Do not stop, otherwise We will not find you always together with Us in Our moans and in Our secret tears; We will feel the void of your requital of love.  Descend into the Sacrament of Ordination.  Here, yes, you will find Our most intimate hidden sorrows, the most bitter tears, the most harrowing moans.  The Ordination constitutes man to a supreme height, to a divine character – the repeater of my Life, the administer of the Sacraments, the revealer of my secrets, of my Gospel, of the most sacred science; the peacemaker between Heaven and earth, the bearer of Jesus to souls.  But, alas!, how many times We see, in the ordained one, how he will be a Judas for Us, a usurper of the character which is being impressed in him.  Oh! how the Holy Spirit moans in seeing, in the ordained one, the most sacred things, the greatest character which exists between Heaven and earth, being snatched away from Him.  How many profanations!  Each act of this ordained one, not done according to the character impressed, will be a cry of sorrow, a bitter crying, a harrowing moan.  The Ordination is the Sacrament which encloses all other Sacraments together.  Therefore, if the ordained one is able to preserve whole within himself the character he has received, he will almost place all other Sacraments in safety, he will be the defender and the savior of Jesus Himself.  But, not seeing this in the ordained one, Our sorrows are sharpened more, Our moans become more continuous and sorrowful.  Therefore, let your requital of love flow in each priestly act, to keep company with the moaning love of the Holy Spirit.

“Lend Us the ear of your heart and listen to Our profound moans in the Sacrament of Marriage.  How many disorders in it!  Marriage was elevated by Me to a Sacrament, in order to place in it a sacred bond, the symbol of the Sacrosanct Trinity, the divine love which It encloses.  So, the love which was to reign in the father, mother and children, the concord, the peace, was to symbolize the Celestial Family.  I was to have on earth as many other families similar to the Family of the Creator, destined to populate the earth like as many terrestrial angels, to then bring them back to populate the celestial regions.  But, ah! how many moans in seeing families of sin being formed in the Marriage, which symbolize hell, with discord, with lack of love, with hatred, and which populate the earth like many rebellious angels, who will serve to populate hell.  The Holy Spirit moans with harrowing moans in each Marriage, in seeing so many infernal dens being formed on earth.  Therefore, place your requital of love in each Marriage, in each creature which comes to the light; in this way, your loving moan will render less sorrowful Our continuous moans.

“Our moans are not yet finished; therefore, let your requital of love reach the bed of the dying one when the Sacrament of the Extreme Unction is administered.  But, ah! how many moans, how many of Our secret tears!  This Sacrament has the virtue of placing the dying sinner in safety at any cost; it is the confirmation of sanctity for the good and the holy; it is the last bond which it establishes, through its Unction, between the creature and God; it is the seal of Heaven which it impresses in the redeemed soul; it is the infusion of the merits of the Redeemer, in order to enrich her, purify her and embellish her; it is the final brush stroke which the Holy Spirit gives her in order to dispose her to depart from the earth, so as to make her appear before her Creator.  In sum, the Extreme Unction is the final display of Our love, and the final clothing of the soul; it is the rearranging of all the good works; therefore, it acts in a surprising way in those who are alive to grace.  With the Extreme Unction, the soul is as though covered by a celestial dew, which extinguishes, as though in one breath, her passions, her attachment to the earth and to all that does not belong to Heaven.  But, alas!, how many moans, how many bitter tears, how many indispositions, how many negligences.  How many losses of souls; how few the sanctities it finds to be confirmed; how scarce the good works to be reordered and rearranged.  Oh! if all could hear Our moans, Our crying, over the bed of the dying one, in the act of administering the Sacrament of the Extreme Unction – all would cry with sorrow.  Do you not want, then, to give Us your requital of love for each time this Sacrament is administered, which is the final display of Our love toward the creature?  Our Will awaits you everywhere, to have your requital of love and your company with Our moans and sighs.” (L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 18, November 5, 1925)

As we hear repeated above, requital means offering to God a return of love for the unimaginable gift of the sacraments. Not just our own love, which is inadequate even on our best day, but fused into Him we give him a return of His own Love, the Love of the Trinity, the Love with which he gave the sacraments to us, the Divine Love Itself, which he makes available to us through the Gift of Living in the Divine Will. We form the intention in the Divine Will and he makes it happen. We feel nothing, but God takes our intention and does this unimaginable, incalculable thing through us. 

We can use this prayer based on Volume 16, October 16, 1923 in which Jesus tells Luisa that this is our task:

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. 

That is requital in the Divine Will dear friends—and from Jesus himself.

O Jesus, fused in you, with Mary and Luisa, I take this prayer and make it my own, repeating it an infinite number of times in the name of all souls of all time, that you may be properly glorified by all your scattered children in each reception or administration of each sacrament. Come Divine Will, come to reign upon the earth! Fiat!

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 (DW in Practice) on Frances Hogan’s Divine Will Family website, with some insightful, very practical writings on the Divine Will. 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:

St Pio spoke of Luisa Piccarreta: “That Angel in Corato”- she would, in the future be the greatest saint of all time, because she lived in the Divine Will with Jesus.  

The Hours of The Passion Clock  

Praying the Hours of The Passion is an important aspect of living in the Divine Will and very much desired by Jesus.  

Jesus said to Luisa Piccarreta: “These Hours are the most precious of all, because they are nothing other than the re-enactment of what I did in the course of my mortal life, and what I continue to do in the Blessed Sacrament. When I hear these Hours of my Passion, I hear my own voice, my own prayers. In that soul I see my Will – that is, wanting the good of all and making reparation for all – and I feel drawn to dwell in her, to be able to do what she herself does within her interior. Oh’ how I would love that even one single soul for each town did these Hours of my Passion! I would hear myself in each town, and my Justice, greatly indignant during these times, would be placated in part.” Vol 11. Oct 1914  

What are the benefits of meditating on the Passion?  

Meditation on the Passion of Christ is one of the most rewarding means of furthering a more intimate union with Jesus and is a sure path towards holiness.  

In the history of the Church there are countless examples of this in the lives of the saints, the Magisterium of the Church and also now through Luisa’s writings. This little Daughter of the Divine Will has written of the superior importance of meditating on His Passion, and not only meditating on it, but also living out continuously within our hearts all that Jesus suffered for us.   

In a letter to St. Hannibal her spiritual director, Luisa says the following: “I believe that if one who meditates on them is a sinner, he will convert; if he is imperfect, he will become perfect; if he is holy, he will become holier; if he is tempted, he will find victory; if he is suffering, in these Hours he will find the strength, the medicine, the comfort.”  

By fusing in Divine Will and in praying the Hours as given by Jesus to Luisa, Our Lord invites us to keep Him company throughout His Passion, and the more we pray and meditate on these Hours the deeper He gently brings us into each sorrowful scene whilst giving us the grace to comprehend just how great His love is for us. And also, how to give Him true consolation and comfort, reparation and glory.  

Entering deeply into these extremes of love and sorrow the soul begins to be transformed into Jesus, receiving the complete fruit which He wants to give us through His sufferings, to live in the Will of God, to bring us back to the original state, place and purpose. The only reason we were created from all eternity, for the glory of God.  

Jesus also promises us who pray the Hours whilst fused with Him, that He will give a soul for every word we recite, and for the sake of one soul praying the Hours, that He will spare a city of chastisement.  

The Hours of The Passion Clocks  

Hi readers, my name is John Caulfield and I am a Co-Ordinator for the Hours of The Passion Clocks on a Divine Will website which commenced in Ireland 2 years ago. These have spread really quickly to enveloping the whole world in prayer and reparation. There are presently approx. 200 members throughout 18 countries praying the Hours on these clocks.  

The 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 Clock, please send me an email for further information. 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!

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)

One who lives in the Divine Will…

We are unimaginably blessed that so many adoration chapels from around the world provide live-stream adoration, free for all who want it. Who can calculate the value of it during the lockdowns? One of the adoration chapels I visit often is the one pictured here, located at a shrine in Poland. I recently found a short video of the Polish artist whose glorious monstrances, including this one, may be found all over the world. May God be praised in all those who glorify God’s beauty through art.

Lately I was meditating and praying with Jesus and Mary in this monstrance, and realized what a beautiful artistic depiction it is of someone living in the Divine Will. This is what came to me.

Queen of the Divine Will: As one who never left the Divine Will even for an instant Our Lady, like Adam before the fall, possesses a power, a dominion, an attractiveness which is all divine (L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 18, January 28, 1926). Filled with Jesus, with Divine Light, her earthly body is a mere container which veils the truth of who she is in Jesus. As we learn what it means to live in the Divine Will, she is our model, our teacher, and our helper.

The Divine Will in us is God’s work: Our Mama in this image is seemingly still, yet eternally active. By focusing on Jesus, her Center, all her acts affect in a real but hidden way the natural world in all times and places. Fiat mihi. Secundum verbum tuum.

Rounds: Concentric circles, originating in the Divine Center, ripple outward, ever expanding. These are the Rounds Our Lady prayed continuously in the Divine Will, which allowed the Redeemer to descend into her womb. Now it is our turn to call the Kingdom of the Divine Will to earth. Jesus said to Luisa: “Everything I have you do, the continuous rounds in the Supreme Volition, your incessant prayers for my Will to come to reign, your sacrificed life of so many years [Luisa], knowing neither heaven nor earth, directed to the sole purpose of the coming of my Kingdom – are many props that I place before my Justice, that It may surrender Its rights, and balancing Itself with all Our attributes, It may find it just for the Kingdom of the Supreme Fiat to be given back to the human generations.” (L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 19, September 13, 1926)

Fusing: Our Lady seems dissolved in the light—in this image, her legs are not visible. As we fuse with Jesus in the Divine Will, this image can help us see how real is our merging when we pray in the Divine Will: Jesus, walk in my walking. The same for all the other ways we fuse with Jesus: talk in my talking, dance in my dancing, beat in my heartbeat, etc. In every moment, He must increase and we must decrease, until there is nothing left but light.

The Sun: In the image, rays burst outward as from the Sun, a symbol used by both Jesus and Luisa use to describe God and the Divine Will, as we see in this passage:

Volume 2, February 28,1899

How Luisa sees the Divinity of Jesus.

After the confessor told me to explain to him how I sometimes see the Divinity of Our Lord, I answered that it was impossible for me to be able to tell him anything. But, at night, blessed Jesus appeared to me and almost reproached me because of this refusal of mine, and then He flashed through me with two most luminous rays. With the first one I understood in my intellect, that Faith is God and God is Faith. I tried to say a few things about Faith; now I will try to say how I see God – and this was the second ray.

While I am outside of myself, and I find myself in the height of the heavens, I seem to see God within a light. He Himself seems to be light, and within this light there is beauty, strength, wisdom, immensity, height, depth – endless and boundless. Even in the air we breathe is God present, and we breathe Him; so, each one can make Him his own life, as indeed He is. Nothing escapes Him, and nothing can escape Him. This light seems to be all voice, though it does not speak; and all operating, though it always rests. It is present everywhere, though it occupies no space; and while it is present everywhere, it also has its own center. Oh, God, how incomprehensible You are! I see You, I feel You, You are my life, You restrict Yourself within me, but You remain always immense and lose nothing of Yourself. Yet, I feel I am stammering, and it seems I can say nothing.

In order to explain myself better, according to our human language, I will say that I see a shadow of God in the whole creation, because in the whole creation – someplace He has cast the shadow of His beauty, someplace His fragrances, someplace His light, as in the SUN, in which I see a special shadow of God. I see Him as though concealed within this sphere, as the king of all other spheres. What is the SUN? It nothing but a globe of fire. One is the globe, but its rays are many; from this we can easily understand how the globe is God, and the rays are the immense attributes of God.

Second. The SUN is fire, but it is also light and heat. Here is the Most Holy Trinity veiled in the SUN: the fire is the Father, the light is the Son, the heat is the Holy Spirit. However, the SUN is one, and just as one cannot separate fire from light and heat, so one is the power of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who in reality cannot be separated from one another. And just as fire produces light and heat at the same time, in such a way that fire cannot be conceived without light and heat; in the same way, the Father cannot be conceived before the Son and the Holy Spirit, and vice versa, but all Three of the Them have the same eternal beginning.

I add that the light of the SUN diffuses everywhere; in the same way, God penetrates everywhere with His immensity. However, let us remember that this is but a shadow, because the SUN cannot reach where it cannot penetrate with Its light, while God penetrates everywhere. God is most pure Spirit, and we can represent Him with the SUN, which makes its rays penetrate everywhere, and no one can grab them with their hands. Moreover, God looks at everything – the iniquities and the evils of men – but He remains always as He is, pure, holy and immaculate. A shadow of God is the SUN, which sends its light over rubbish, but remains immaculate; it spreads its light in the fire, but is not burned; in the sea and in the rivers, but is not drowned. It gives light to all, it fecundates everything, it gives life to all with its heat, but does not become poor in light, nor does it lose any of its heat. Even more, while it does so much good to all, it needs no one, and remains always as it is – majestic, shining, ever immutable. Oh, how well one can see the divine qualities in the SUN! With His immensity, God is present in the fire, but is not burned; in the sea, but is not drowned; under our steps, but is not trampled. He gives to all, but does not become poor, and needs no one; He looks at everything – even more, He is all eyes, and there is nothing He does not hear. He is aware of each fiber of our hearts, of each thought of our minds, but, being most pure Spirit, He has neither ears nor eyes, and no matter what happens, He never changes. The SUN invests the world with its light, and it does not tire; in the same way, God gives life to all, helps and rules the world, and He does not tire.

A man can hide or place shelters so as not to enjoy the light of the SUN and its beneficial effects, but he does nothing to the SUN – the SUN remains as it is, while all the evil will fall upon man. In the same way, by sin, the sinner can move away from God and no longer enjoy His beneficial effects, but he does nothing to God – the evil is all his own.

The roundness of the SUN also symbolizes the eternity of God, which has no beginning and no end. The penetrating light of the SUN itself is such that no one can restrict it in his eye; and if one wanted to stare at it in its midday fullness, he would remain dazzled; and if the SUN wanted to draw near man, man would be reduced to ashes. The same for the Divine SUN: no created mind can restrict It in its little mind so as to comprehend It in all that It is; and if it wanted to try, it would remain dazzled and confused; and if this Divine SUN wanted to display all Its love, allowing man to feel It while he is in his mortal flesh, he would be reduced to ashes.

So, God has cast a shadow of Himself and of His perfections over the whole creation; it seems that we see Him and touch Him, and we are touched by Him continuously. (L.Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 2 – February 28,1899)

Loaves and Fishes…

When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming towards him, Jesus said to Philip, ‘Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?’ He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, ‘Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.’ One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, ‘There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?’ Jesus said, ‘Make the people sit down.’ Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, ‘Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.’ So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, ‘This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.’ (John 6:5-14)

I love watching episodes of The Chosen, “the first-ever multi-season series about the life of Christ.” Dallas Jenkins, the director, often acknowledges what a miracle the series is, and what a privilege it is to tell the story of Jesus in this way. Catholics will notice that it is not always true to the Catholic interpretation of Scripture (although there is a Catholic priest on the team, as well as a Jewish Rabbi), and the writers admittedly fill in the blanks for the sake of the story. Still, it is a beautiful, compelling evangelisation tool and I see the hand of God in it. As a bonus, the man who plays Jesus is a Catholic. Fiat!

I also see the hand of God in that the first episodes of The Chosen were released just before the pandemic lockdowns. Many people who wouldn’t have given the series a second look in “normal” times, found themselves binge-watching a well-told story about Jesus. Lives were changed. Fiat!

Additional videos feature the director and actors giving their own testimony and backstory, which certainly adds to the interest. One thing that caught my attention came from Jenkins. His last project before embarking on The Chosen turned out to be a commercial flop. He admitted that he had been driven by ambition. Afterwards, humbled, he told a crowd of filmmakers and enthusiasts that with this new project he was no longer aiming to feed the five thousand, only to do his best to present his loaves and fishes. It became a catch-phrase for the production team and has gotten them over many rough spots.

Reflecting on his comment about the loves and fishes, I realized that this Scripture passage could easily be applied to the soul living in the Divine Will. The “boy” who supplied the loaves and fishes was not even important enough to be mentioned by name. He was a nobody and he had very little to offer. But he was willing and humble enough to come forward with his pitiful contribution.

We too are nobodies with nothing to offer but the spiritual equivalent of dry bread and day-old fish. And Jesus smiles and says, “Do you want to see what I can do with your little gift? Do you see how many people in all times and places are starving for Divine Love? Child give me your offering, let me do, and you will be eternally amazed!”

We reply: “Dear Jesus, here I am with a few billion of your closest friends, past, present, and future, climbing up the ladder of love and mercy into your beautiful heart. We are hungry for You, Lord. Please, take our meager offerings and multiply them in the Divine Will for the good of all, for your eternal glory. Fiat!”


As an aside, when I watch The Chosen and notice the parts that don’t align with Catholic interpretation, I marvel at the Lord’s respect for those he has “chosen” to put it together. Truthfully, we’re all just trying our best and none of us has it all figured out. Still, when I see their love for Jesus in every scene, I can’t help but be overjoyed when I think that all God’s faithful—and then some—will one day *soon* be brothers and sisters in the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. Fiat!

This next aside may not seem to be related at first but I am adding it because in this YouTube video Fr. Chris Alar gives us great hope for the conversion of the Muslims, and the role we play in that—most especially the little children of the Divine Will linked to Luisa. So keep offering your loaves and fishes, friends, and just see what Jesus can do! Fiat!

Ancient mosaic depicting the miracle of the loaves and fishes.

In Retrospect…

“(Job) said, ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there; the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.’” (Job 1:21)

In studying the writings of Luisa we learn to appreciate, in a much deeper way, what Mary lived and what the Church teaches: that everything that happens is either God’s ordained will or his permissive will. In the words of Fr. Celso, “In the Divine Will, everything is Fiat!”

But taking away the Eucharist? Surely not! Let’s think about that.

I’m sure I speak for all when I say I was shocked at how quickly it happened. I kind of took it for granted that our churches would always remain open and that the Holy Eucharist would always be available. Like most people I saw it as a right rather than a privilege. But to paraphrase Frances Hogan, Jesus alone has rights, we have only privileges. Then, seemingly overnight, there were no public Masses being celebrated anywhere in the world! Fr. Celso said it was the first time that happened since Peter and Paul came to Rome. Without a doubt this was the Sign of Signs.

So, why would God allow the Eucharist to be taken away? One only has only to read Scripture and the Volumes to see why. He only ever withdraws grace because of our unfaithfulness, which in the past century has reached unimaginable depths. At the time when Luisa was recording the volumes, Jesus often wept over the sin and evil he had to endure in coming into the host through sinful priests, to be received by sinful Catholics. He did not spare our feelings when he related his repugnance at it, as in this excerpt from Volume 2, October 1, 1899:

[Jesus to Luisa:] “My Justice can take no more. I feel wounded by everyone – by priests, by devout people, by the secular, especially because of the abuse of the Sacraments… Ah, yes, no one spares Me! There are some who offend Me directly, and some who, though they could prevent so much evil, do not bother doing it; so, I do not know to whom to turn. But I will chastise them in such a way as to render them incapable, and some I will destroy completely. They will reach such a point that churches will remain deserted, with no one to administer the Sacraments.”

Interrupting His speaking, all frightened I [Luisa] said: ‘Lord, what are You saying?! If there are some who abuse the Sacraments, there are also many good daughters who receive them with the due dispositions, and who would suffer very much if they could not attend them.’ And He: “Too scarce is their number; and then, their pain for not being able to receive them will work as reparation for Me, and to make them victims for those who abuse them.” Who can say how tormented I was left by these words of blessed Jesus? But I hope that He will placate Himself out of His infinite Mercy. (L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 2, October 1, 1899)

If Our Lord was this offended in 1899, then how much more repairing and re-doing must be done for the sins of our time!

Of course, what God has given, God has every right to take away. Blessed be the name of the Lord in all things, even the incomprehensible ones.

Look at Job. He lost wife, family, and all his possessions. His response? “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

Look at Mary. After the Ascension she endured 25 or so years of life in a true “Martyrdom of Solitude” without the physical presence of Jesus. Her response, as ever, was, “Fiat!”

Look at Luisa. Of all the sufferings she endured as a victim soul, the one she bemoaned the most was the “privation” of her “sweet Jesus”. Yet, Jesus required it of her. It took her a long time to realize that of all the crosses she was asked to bear, this was indeed the biggest one, and therefore the most powerful. 

I recently listened to Fr. Celso talk about Repairing and Redoing in the Divine Will, Part 1, Talk 2. In this passage he cites Luisa is once again bemoaning the “privation” of Jesus:

After going through most bitter days of privation, I was feeling tired and exhausted in my strengths, though I kept offering those very pains, saying: ‘Lord, You know how much being deprived of You costs Me; but I resign myself to your Most Holy Will, offering this most bitter pain as a means to prove my love and to placate You. These bothers, annoyances, wearinesses, coldnesses that I feel, I intend to send You as messengers of praises and of reparations for myself and for all creatures. This I have, and this I offer You. Surely You accept the sacrifice of the good will, when one offers You what he can with no reserve – but come, for I can take no more.’

Jesus: ‘Content yourself and calm yourself, and while I occupy Myself with chastising the people, you – accompany Me with your sighs and with your sufferings, praying that the very chastisements may turn out for the conversion of the peoples.’ (L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 2, October 21, 1899)

As I reflected on this, it occurred to me that this was exactly what we have been going through—and how we should be praying. Once I began to look at it that way, the picture looked much different. For those of us who love receiving Jesus in the Eucharist, being deprived of it through no fault of our own is the biggest cross he can give us, therefore the most efficacious sacrifice. Examine Luisa’s prayer. She certainly let the Lord know how much she suffered from his absence, but was “resigned” to her pain and bitterness, offering her sufferings as “messengers of praises and of reparations for myself and for all creatures”.  As is always the case, what the enemy means for our destruction we can use in a powerful way against him, most especially, and most immensely, in the Divine Will.

Through our ordeal, God did not leave us orphaned. It is no small thing that we had the great consolation of Spiritual Communions. Then there is the astounding grace he has given to souls who live in the Divine Will, that of becoming Living Hosts (Volume 11, March 15, 1912). Like the best of Fathers, God foresaw this evil age and provided for us ahead of time. But more than a rescue, God desires to raise us up as high as we will let him take us. We miss the point if we focus on what Jesus calls “creature stuff, of the low world”. Our battle is on very high ground. Persecution and the cross are what transform us to the image and likeness of God. In the Divine Will everything is Fiat, and we are always triumphant.

So let us pray the above prayer of Luisa and Jesus, repairing and redoing for the sins of this age and all ages. The sacrifice of our missed Communions can be offered in the Divine Will in all times and places, an infinitude of times, even now–after the fact. Then it becomes an elevated “Communion fast” whose spiritual effects only God can comprehend. Our God is beyond merciful!

The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord in ALL things! Fiat!


Lastly, I wanted to include this passage where Jesus puts the “low world” in its place.

The nations will continue to fight against one another—some by war, some by revolution, among themselves and against My Church.  They have a fire in their midst that devours them, that gives them no Peace, and they can give no Peace.  It is the fire of sin, and the fire of acting without God that gives them no Peace; and they will never make Peace if they do not call God into their midst, as regime and bond of Union and of Peace.  And I let them do, and I will make them touch with their own hands what it means to act without God.

“But this does not prevent the Kingdom of My Supreme Fiat from coming; this is all creature’s stuff, of the low world, that My Power knocks down and disperses whenever it wants, and it makes the most serene Sky and the most refulgent Sun arise from the storm.  On the other hand, the Kingdom of My Divine Will is from on high, from the Heavens, formed and decreed in the midst of the Divine Persons—no one can touch It or disperse It.  First We will deal about It with one creature alone, forming the First Kingdom in her; then with few; and then, making use of Our Omnipotence, We will divulge It everywhere.  Be certain, do not worry because evils get worse; Our Power, Our Winning Love that has the virtue of always Winning, Our Will that can do everything and, with Invincible Patience, knows how to wait even for centuries—but what It wants and has to do is worth more than all the evils of creatures—in the face of Its Invincible Power and Its Infinite Value, their evils will be like little drops of water, like many trifles that will serve for the Triumph of Our Love and for the greater Glory of Our Fulfilled Will. 

“And then, when We have the great Glory of forming this Kingdom inside one creature alone, she will be like Sun, such that all have the right to enjoy and possess its Light.  More than sun, she will give to all creatures the Right to possess a Kingdom so Holy; and We, with Infinite Wisdom, will abound with Graces, with Light, with Helps, with surprising Means, so that they may let the Kingdom of My Will Reign in their midst.  Therefore, let Me do; when it is your Jesus that has told you this, that’s enough—it is as though already done.  All evils and all creatures together have no power and no right over Our Will, nor can they prevent a single Act of Our Will, wanted by Decrees of Our Wisdom.” (L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 30, January 3, 1932)

A Contemplation in the Divine Will…

While they were eating, he took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and said, ‘Take; this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it. He said to them, ‘This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. (Mark 14:22-24)

I think it is safe to say that most of us are regular adorers of the Lord Jesus in the Eucharist. Adoration is our strength and our joy. Even if we can’t get to a church regularly, I’m sure we have all found ways to adore the Lord through a printed image, holy card, statue, or on one of the many websites that provides livestream adoration. God be praised in those who are working to provide those precious links to the Lord of Life!

Recently, in the writings of Luisa Piccarreta, I came across a beautiful meditation that lends itself perfectly to contemplation. I have found that by repeating it slowly, each phrase is a launching point into the heart of God. I have also found it to be a gentle draw back into the Presence when my mind wanders. Sometimes I don’t get past the first line.

As we are celebrating the feast of Corpus Christi this week, I felt led to share first of all the little passage in its entirety, and then a sample of where contemplation has led me.  

In Your Beautiful Heart
one says more by keeping silent than by speaking;
and by loving, one learns how to love.
Love, Love – speak,
You alone, because being Love,
You know how to speak of Love.

(L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 10, February 8, 1911)

In your Beautiful Heart

O sweet Jesus…

The soldier’s lance gives eternal access to Your Beautiful Heart…

One says more by keeping silent than by speaking

…waves of light, love, mercy, and sheer beauty…

And by loving, one learns how to love

…two beating hearts, a litany of I love you’s, the call and the echo, the chant and the refrain…

Love, Love – speak,

…listening…

You alone, because being Love, You know how to speak of Love

…listening…

Luisa’s passage continues with our Lord’s response:

Do you want to hear Love?
All Creation tells you Love.
If the stars twinkle, they tell you Love;
if the sun rises, it gilds you with Love.
If it shines with all of its light in its full day,
it sends arrows of Love to your heart;
if the sun sets, it tells you: ‘It is Jesus that dies of Love for you.’
In the thunders and lightnings, I send you Love,
and smacking kisses I give to your heart.
It is Love that runs upon the wings of the winds;
if the waters murmur, I extend my arms to you;
if the leaves move, I clasp you to my Heart;
if the flower gives out its fragrance, I cheer you with Love.
All Creation, in mute language, tells you, in chorus:
‘From you alone do I want life of Love’.
Love do I want, Love I desire, for Love I beg from within your heart.
I am only content if you give Me love.

[Ibid.]

Summer is a wonderful time to hear creation speak the words of God’s love. Let our contemplation lead us to always echo the refrain, “Thank you, Lord! I love you too!”

Laws and Kings…

But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, ‘Know the Lord’, for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more. (Jeremiah 31:33-34)

Laws and kings were not part of God’s original plan for humanity. The intense longing of God’s heart as expressed in the above scripture passage (and echoed in Isaiah 42:6, Isaiah 54:10, Jeremiah 32:40, Ezekiel 37:26, Hebrews 8:8-12, and Hebrews 10:16-17) was that his law would be written on our hearts, then we would be his people and he would be our God. He created us for intimacy with him, the same intimacy that he and Adam shared before the Fall. Scripture says that they walked together in the garden in the cool of the evening in perfect unity and harmony. Paradise.

In the Book of Heaven (found by four independent Vatican-appointed theologians to contain no errors in faith or morals), Jesus tells Luisa Piccarreta that when Adam fell it was from such a great height that it was a miracle he survived. We have been striving to get back up there ever since. If climbing Everest takes two months on average, how high the climb must be that has taken humanity 6,000 years—and counting! Adam fell from a GREAT height indeed and the story of salvation history has been about the long trek back to the summit, a summit so far above us we can barely imagine it. How easy it is to get side-tracked, stop on the way, and forget all about the goal on such a long trek. It takes a Divine Mind to stay focused for millennia. Thanks be to our loving Father, who did not abandon or forsake us.

Adam may have survived the Fall, but he was badly broken. His disobedience brought disorder, disunity, disharmony, hard labor, sickness, sin, and death. His great Fall warranted a very harsh sentence. Fortunately, Divine Justice is not only perfectly just, it is also perfectly merciful. God was not willing to give up on fallen humanity. Nevertheless, the trek back up to Paradise would be unimaginably treacherous, the journey doomed outside of grace. For man it was impossible, but for God all things are not only possible, but once he decides for it, it is as good as done. So, God himself would need to accomplish our return to Paradise, but it would take a few thousand years of patience, require a couple of Base Camps, and a continuous line of Sherpas—the priests and prophets. Kings too, but not in the way man imagined.

After the Fall, the supernatural law and the natural law became shrouded by sin; man tended toward rebellion and lawlessness. God knew that if we were to survive the long journey back to Paradise we would need laws. He chose a lowly man, Moses, to receive the Tablets of the Law, the first Base Camp from which to re-plenish our spiritual supplies. He chose a lowly nation, Israel, to carry the treasure through to the Promised Land. From that lowly nation would come priests and prophets, the first Sherpas. He himself planned to be the Architect of the trek, the Leader of his chosen people. But this fallen race often lost sight of their goal and, at one point, seeing that all the pagan nations had earthly kings, they begged for one too.

“Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, and said to him, ‘You are old and your sons do not follow in your ways; appoint for us, then, a king to govern us, like other nations.’ But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, ‘Give us a king to govern us.’ Samuel prayed to the Lord, and the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Listen to the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them. Just as they have done to me, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so also they are doing to you. Now then, listen to their voice; only—you shall solemnly warn them, and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them.’

“So Samuel reported all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king. He said, ‘These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen, and to run before his chariots; and he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and some to plough his ground and to reap his harvest, and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to his courtiers. He will take one-tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and his courtiers. He will take your male and female slaves, and the best of your cattle and donkeys, and put them to his work. He will take one-tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves. And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves; but the Lord will not answer you in that day.’

“But the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel; they said, ‘No! but we are determined to have a king over us, so that we also may be like other nations, and that our king may govern us and go out before us and fight our battles.’ When Samuel had heard all the words of the people, he repeated them in the ears of the Lord. The Lord said to Samuel, ‘Listen to their voice and set a king over them.’ Samuel then said to the people of Israel, ‘Each of you return home.’” (1 Samuel 8: 4-22)

You can hear the deep sigh in the Lord’s final words. Our God will never override the human will, even knowing what sorrow and woe it will bring. Still, despite man’s infidelity and persistent rebelliousness, God’s mercy and grace increased. He never lost sight of the goal, in fact, the closer we got to the goal, the more mercy and grace abounded. God’s glorious plan of salvation advanced, an unimaginable plan to send his own Beloved Son to pay, in a Divine way, the ultimate price for our sins.

Thus, the trek back to Paradise passed through the Womb of a lowly Maiden, Mary. This new Eve would give birth to the new Adam, Jesus Christ, whose perfect obedience, even to death, death on a cross, would redeem fallen man and lead to the establishment of the Church, the second Base Camp, higher up. The spiritual supplies from this Base Camp were extraordinary. God gave us the King we did not expect nor deserve and went far beyond that, giving his wayward children the unimaginable Gift of the Holy Spirit, and anointing all the baptized as priests, prophets–and kings!

Grace and mercy increased still more the nearer we got to the summit. We would need every holy Breath of it, as the higher we climbed the thinner the air became, and the icier the wind. Over the next 2,000 years, the teachings of the Church and the merits of the saints continued to fill our tanks with rich, purified air, as long as we remained faithful. The food of the sacraments, especially the Eucharist, gave us new-found strength for this most demanding last leg of the journey.

And here we are, still climbing, but increasingly more exhausted, sometimes even disheartened. Are we there yet?

It cannot be denied that we are on the cusp of events of cosmic importance. Our merciful Father has sent our Blessed Mother to soil her feet on the earth once more, to warn us repeatedly through approved apparitions to repent of our sins and pray the rosary. She is the ultimate Sherpa, our refuge of safety until in the end her Immaculate Heart triumphs as she promised at Fatima. God always saves the best for last.

I was recently struck by the following reading from the Book of Heaven by Luisa Piccarreta, Volume 30. Though it was written before the Second World War, it seems to speak even more clearly to our time—and our place on the trek. Jesus speaks to Luisa:

“Poor peoples, poor children of Mine—under the regime of men without pity, without heart, and without the grace to be able to act as guides for their subjects. Indeed, the epoch of the Jewish People is being repeated, as they remained without a king when I was near to coming upon earth, and were under the dominion of an alien empire, of barbarous and idolatrous men who did not even know their Creator. Yet, this was the sign of My nearing Coming into their midst. That epoch and this one hold hands in many things, and the disappearance of thrones and empires is the announcement that the Kingdom of My Divine Will is not far. It having to be a Universal, Pacific Kingdom, there will be no need of kings to dominate It—each one will be king to himself. My Will will be for them Law, Guide, Support, Life and Absolute King of all and of each one; and all the arbitrary and rightless leaders will be shattered like dust in the wind. The nations will continue to fight against one another—some by war, some by revolution, among themselves and against My Church. They have a fire in their midst that devours them, that gives them no Peace, and they can give no Peace. It is the fire of sin, and the fire of acting without God that gives them no Peace; and they will never make Peace if they do not call God into their midst, as regime and bond of Union and of Peace. And I let them do, and I will make them touch with their own hands what it means to act without God.

“But this does not prevent the Kingdom of My Supreme Fiat from coming; this is all creature’s stuff, of the low world, that My Power knocks down and disperses whenever it wants, and it makes the most serene Sky and the most refulgent Sun arise from the storm. On the other hand, the Kingdom of My Divine Will is from on high, from the Heavens, formed and decreed in the midst of the Divine Persons—no one can touch It or disperse It.…Be certain, do not worry because evils get worse; Our Power, Our Winning Love that has the virtue of always Winning, Our Will that can do everything and, with Invincible Patience, knows how to wait even for centuries—but what It wants and has to do is worth more than all the evils of creatures—in the face of Its Invincible Power and Its Infinite Value, their evils will be like little drops of water, like many trifles that will serve for the Triumph of Our Love and for the greater Glory of Our Fulfilled Will.” (Luisa Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 30, January 3, 1932)

God is doing a new thing. We may not be able to see it but take heart! The summit is just above that last high cloud. After the Triumph of the Immaculate, we will really understand what St. Augustine meant when he said, “Love and do what you will.” For then—finally—we will be his people and he will be our God. Fiat!

Arise, O Jerusalem, stand upon the height;
 look towards the east,
and see your children gathered from west and east
 at the word of the Holy One,
 rejoicing that God has remembered them.
For they went out from you on foot,
 led away by their enemies;
but God will bring them back to you,
 carried in glory, as on a royal throne.

(Baruch 5:5-6)

Matthew 4:4…

In 2008 I had the following dream:

A wise priest was pointing out to me a very important Scripture passage. He called it 4:4. I thought he meant Ephesians, because Ephesians 4 is about unity and I have felt called to reflect on it often, but he said, no, that was not the passage he was referring to although unity is a very important theme. He wanted me to look up this other passage.

Unfortunately, I woke up not knowing which passage he was referring to. One night several weeks later, during adoration, I was given Matthew 4:4 (Jesus) said in reply, “It is written: ‘One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.’”

I wrote this in my journal: As I meditated on this before the Blessed Sacrament, it came to me why this passage was the “very important passage” referred to by the “wise priest” in my dream. I believe that in the not-too-distant future we too will be tempted as Jesus was tempted in the desert. When we are at our most vulnerable point, “bread” will be tantalizingly put before us; perhaps we will be made to accept the “mark of the beast” if we want to purchase necessities. My dear friends, it is crucial that we remember and reflect on how Jesus handled this kind of temptation.  We will be given great graces if we imitate him. As you recall, when Jesus had resisted temptation the angels came and ministered to him. If we trust in him and persevere to the end he will not deny us great consolation, strength, and help.

That was more than 10 years ago and seems more relevant today than ever. It has been coming to me more and more how much we need to rely on the Word of God to get us through the days of trial that are here and coming. I recently read about a woman who was infected with COVID-19 and soon became gravely ill. She had a strong prayer team on her side—including herself. She related how through her many hours alone, awake, and suffering, she repeated all the Scripture verses she could remember that had to do with healing. Against all odds she pulled through and she credits her healing to her trust in the Word of God.

Familiarity with the term, “Word of God”, can tempt us to gloss over it, but it is a mistake to do so. The Word of God itself tells us that the Word of God, IS GOD (John 1:1). Also, the Word of God tells us that “all Scripture is inspired by God…” (2 Tim 3:16) God has given us his real presence, in a unique way, in the Word, so we know we can trust in it.

I have been watching more videos of Fr. James Blount, charismatic priest with a healing ministry. He is also an exorcist and a passionate priest on fire for the Lord. God be praised! I have learned from him a deeper appreciation for the living Word of God, and how dependable it is.

It is critical to understand this if we are to live well what is here and coming. Already we have had the Bread of Life taken away from us temporarily. May God grant that this not happen again. However, if God allows it, let us remember that our daily bread can also come to us through the Word. Jesus himself quoted the Word when he told the devil, “It is written: One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Mt 4:4)

Dear friends, now is the time to become more familiar with Jesus in the Word, and to memorize some key passages, so that as we continue to be tried, we will continue to be sustained. The book of Psalms has so many words of encouragement for us. Not only that, but many of our most familiar hymns are based on the Psalms. If you find memorizing Scripture difficult, then find out which hymns are based on Scripture and memorize those. For example, “Taste and See” is from Psalm 34, and “On Eagles’ Wings” is from Psalm 91. I think we all have more passages memorized than we think, and the Holy Spirit is more than willing to bring some to mind if we call on him. Let the Word be always in our hearts and on our lips.

Our God is a God of wonders and his Word is full of them. Our rationalistic society is out of the habit of turning to God for miracles. Perhaps the reason we do not see miracles more often is because we do not ask, or as Scripture says, we “ask wrongly” (James 4:3). I suppose on a certain level, we have stopped expecting daily miracles, but Fr. James Blount says he sees them every day.

It would be good to go back and read the book of Acts. The very same Spirit who filled the Apostles with holy zeal and gifts of healing, lives in us. Believe it!

So, let us remind ourselves often that the Word of God IS GOD. I found a website that allows one to search for passages on a specific topic, such as healing or trust. It might be good to collect a few to print off and memorize. Some time ago I put together this Prayer of Trust in Hard Times using a compilation Scripture passages. Feel free to print it out or pass it on as you wish.

There are also many hymns that can helps us through tough times. Praise God! Try singing this hymn with all your heart: “O God, Our Help in Ages Past”. Sing it till you mean it!

We have learned over the past few months of deepening crisis that we should take nothing for granted. We are used to a time of plenty, but it is now time to get used to “making do” like so many of our ancestors did—even in spiritual matters. If they take away the Eucharist, we still have the Word. If they burn our bibles, we can still be sustained by what we memorize, and what songs are in our hearts. Let us not forget what Jesus told his disciples, “‘My food is to do the will of him who sent me.” (Jn 4:34)

Remember, the Word of God IS GOD, and he is true to his Word. What he says, IS. He is just waiting to be asked. Here are a few verses to get your list started. Feel free to add your favorites in the comments section for the good of all.

“There was a leper who came to him and knelt before him, saying, ‘Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.’ He stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, ‘I do choose. Be made clean!’ Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.” (Mt 8:2-3)

“Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, ‘For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are  accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (Rom 8:35-37)

“For God all things are possible.” (Mt 19:26)

“Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Neh 8:10)