Blessed Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima!

Blessings on this glorious feast day dear friends! May our Lady, Queen of Peace and Queen of the Divine Will intercede for us all.

The Benedictine Daughters of the Divine Will put out a newsletter which is always uplifting. The October 2022 newsletter has a wonderful teaching on How to pray the most perfect Rosary in the Divine Will. And if that is not enough, the sisters are also announcing some REALLY BIG NEWS!

Here is a link to their newsletter. May you be blessed and overjoyed, as I was. Fiat!

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Blessed Feast Day of the Divine Will!

Blessed Feast Day of the Divine Will, dear friends. Here is a glorious passage from Volume 36 in which Jesus tells us something of the debt of gratitude we owe to Our Beautiful Mother for her continuous and unending Fiat!

O Jesus, King of Mercy, thank you for the gift of your Mama to us, and for the Gift of Living in the Divine Will that you are offering to us. May your Kingdom come and your adorable holy Will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Fiat!

Volume 36, August 15, 1938

The Feast of Assumption is the Most Beautiful, the Most Sublime Feast.  It is the Feast of the Divine Will Operating in the Heavenly Queen.

While my mind was swimming in the Sea of the Divine Will, I stopped at the Act in which my Mother and Queen was Assumed into Heaven.   How many Wonders, how many Enrapturing Surprises of Love.  And my sweet Jesus, as if He felt the need to speak about His Celestial Mother, all festive told me: “My blessed daughter, today is the Feast of Assumption.  This is the Most Beautiful, the Most Sublime, the Greatest Feast, in which We remain Glorified, Loved and Honored the most!  Heaven and earth are Invested with an Unusual Joy, never before felt.  The Angels and the Saints feel as if Invested with New Joys and New Happiness, and they all praise with New Songs the Sovereign Queen who, in her Empire, Rules over all, giving Joy to all!

“Today is the Feast of feasts—the Unique One, the New One, which was never repeated again. Today, the Day of the Assumption, celebrated for the first time the Divine Will Operating in the Sovereign Queen and Lady; the Marvels are Enchanting in each of Her smallest Acts, even in Her breathing, in Her motion.  Many of Our Divine Lives can be seen flowing in Her Act as many Kings that, more than bright suns, inundate—surround and embellish Her—making Her so Beautiful as to form the Enchantment of the Celestial Regions.  Do you think it’s nothing that each one of Her breaths, motions, works and Pains were filled with many of Our Divine Lives?  This is exactly the Great Prodigy of My Will Operating in the creature:  to form a Divine Life for each time It could enter the motion and the acts of the creature.  Then, since My Fiat possesses the Virtue of Bilocation and Repetition—doing again and again without ceasing everything She does—so the Great Lady feels these Divine Lives multiplied within herself, that do nothing other than further extend Her Seas of Love, Beauty, Power and Infinite Wisdom!  You must know that the Divine Lives She possesses are so Great and so many that, upon entering Heaven, they crowded the whole Celestial Region and, being impossible to contain them, they filled the whole Creation as well.  Therefore, there is no place where Her Seas of Love and Power do not flow, along with the many of Our Lives of which She is Possessor and Queen.

“We can say that She Dominates Us and that We Dominate Her.  By clothing Herself with Our Immensity, Power and Love, she populated all Our Attributes with Her Acts and with the many of Our Divine Lives that She had Conquered!  Therefore, from every place and everywhere, We feel Ourselves being Loved and Glorified—inside and outside of Ourselves, from within all created things, in the most remote hiding places—by this Celestial Creature and by those same Divine Lives that Our Fiat formed in Her.  O! Power of Our Will, only You can do such Prodigies to make Us Loved and Glorified as We deserve and want—to the extent of Creating many of Our Lives in the one who lets You Dominate.  This is why She can give Her God to all, because She possesses Him.  Even more, when She sees a creature disposed to receive Our Will, without losing one of Our Divine Lives, She has the Virtue of Reproducing, from within these Divine Lives that She possesses, yet another of Our Divine Lives to give to whomever she wants. 

“This Virgin Queen is a continuous Prodigy.  What She did on earth, She continues in Heaven; because, when the Divine Will Operates, both in the creature and in Ourselves, her acts never end, and, while remaining in It, they can be given to all.  Does the sun, perhaps, cease to give its light to the human generation because it has given too much of it?  Not at all.  Even if it has given much, it is always rich in its light, and does not lose a single drop of it.  Therefore, the Glory of this Queen is Insuperable because She possesses Our Operating Will, that has the Virtue of forming in the creature Eternal and Infinite Acts.  She Loves Us always and Unceasingly with Our Lives that She possesses. She Loves Us with Our own Love.  She Loves us everywhere.  Her Love fills Heaven and earth and runs to pour Itself inside Our Divine Womb.  And We Love Her so much that We cannot Live without Loving Her.  While, in Loving Us, She Loves all, making everyone Love Us.  How could We resist and not give her anything She wants?  It is Our own Will that asks for what She wants, tying Us with Its Eternal Bonds so that We can refuse her nothing.  This is why the Feast of the Assumption is the Most Beautiful one:  it is the Feast of My Will Operating in this Great Lady, making Her so rich and Beautiful that the Heavens cannot contain Her.  Even the Angels remain speechless, and don’t know how to describe what My Will does in the creature.”

After this, while my mind remained stupefied in thinking about the Great Prodigies that the Divine Fiat Worked and continues to Work in the Celestial Queen, my beloved Jesus added: “My daughter, Her Beauty is Unreachable.  It enchants, it charms, it Conquers.  Her Love is such that She offers Herself to all, Loving all—leaving behind her Seas of Love.  She can be called Queen of Love, Winner of Love, because She Loved much, and through Love She won her God.  You must know that, by doing his will, man broke the bonds with his Creator and with all created things.  By the Power of Our Fiat, that She possessed, this Heavenly Queen tied her Creator to the creatures; tied all beings together—United them—put them back in Order and with Her Love, gave New Life to the human generations.  Her Love was so Great as to cover and hide, inside Its Seas, weaknesses, evils, sins—the creatures themselves.  O! If this Holy Virgin did not possess so much Love, it would be difficult for Us to look at the earth.  Only Her Love makes Us look at It, but We want to give Our Will to Reign in the middle of the creatures because She wants it so.  She wants to give to her children what She possesses, and by Love She will Win Us and Her children.” (L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 36, August 15, 1938)

In the Trenches…

A friend related a story about her parish priest, that happened very recently. When she first moved to the parish, she struggled with feelings of disappointment in his lackluster homilies and his seeming lack of spiritual fire. She tried mentioning Luisa’s writings to him but he didn’t appear to be interested. She wondered if she should attend a neighboring parish instead. In the end, she decided to stay, and continued to pray for him.

Then something happened. She began to have a mystical experience during his (still dry) homilies. At every Mass, during the homily, she saw a glow behind him that was so bright she had to look away. It was utterly mystifying. She kept studying Divine Will doing her acts and praying. Then things started to really change. His his priestly faith appeared to ignite and his homilies improved dramatically! She was overjoyed!

That is the power of the Divine Will for priests, dear friends. We can gently introduce it, without pushing (see resources at the end of this post). But most importantly we are called to be a constant Divine Will presence in the parish, praying for not just our priests but all priests of all time (as well as the parishioners). God wants to shower them with the Fire of the Divine Will and we are his little matches, doing almost nothing, but with powerful, even astonishing, results.

Friends we are in the trenches. Our priests are on the front line and under attack. They need us to volley Divine Will acts and prayers over their heads, to keep the enemy at bay. Jesus showed us through Luisa just how important priests are in the Divine Will. Our Lady of Medjugorje has said that priests are the bridge to the Era of Peace. One of the things we see in war is the importance of bridges and how blowing up a bridge can change the war. Our call in the Divine Will: Fortify our priests in the Divine Will so they can be the bridge to the New Era!

Think about this if you have a priest who seems to have lost his fire or lost his way. Think about this if you are tempted to move to another parish. Think about this if you are openly, or even silently, critical of your priest. Your continuous Fiat! in his church could make all the difference. He could even become a Divine Will priest! The more there are, the sooner the Era will come, and as with all of us—Peter, Paul, Luisa, me, you—God uses the least likely candidates to do His greatest work. So, don’t let the enemy convince you to give up on anyone, least of all a priest! 

When I asked for permission to share her story, my friend replied, “Absolutely you can, it is all God’s work! After reading what Our Lord put in your heart to write down, it couldn’t be more clear why he allowed that to happen.  Our priests and our church do need our prayers in the Divine Will. I heard a priest give a talk yesterday and he said, ‘Mary is walking up the body of the snake and she is getting closer to his head to crush it and that’s why things are getting so much worse.‘ I believe all living in the Divine Will are helping Mary crush the head of Satan to bring in the New Era of Peace! God be Praised in all things!”

A lot of faithful Catholics today are angry at the Church, a priest, a bishop, even the Pope. Let’s apply the above lesson to help discern where in the Divine Will we are called to be, where we can do the most good—in the parish or outside of the parish, in the Church or outside of the Church. Don’t let anger be the decider. God is heard in the gentle breeze, in the soft, continuous fiat.

In this Divine Will Era YouTube video, Dr. James and Fr. Joseph Iannuzzi discuss Anger Towards the Church. As always, Fr. Iannuzzi provides solid references from Church Doctors, Fathers, and Magisterial teaching. There are a lot of golden take-aways from this video.

Introductory resources to pass on:

First is Ken Johnston’s In His Sign Network podcast of May 25, 2022 with Reverend Father Joseph Leo Iannuzzi and Peter de Palma of Queen of the Divine Will. I found this to be a really good introductory apologetics teaching on the Divine Will. It would be a good podcast to share with a priest I think, and anyone else who may not have heard of Luisa. Give it a listen and see.

Fr. Iannuzzi’s Radio Maria podcast of June 11, 2022 is another excellent resource to give to priests or beginners. Among other salutary things, he explains the significance of the gift of the Divine Indwelling of the Trinity and how it differs from the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit we receive at Baptism, and the Indwelling of Christ we receive in the Eucharist.

As well, here are two introductory documents linked on the Queen of the Divine Will website:

This Divine Will Booklet, is simple, basic, and printable. It also has the Ecclesial Approval (1997) of His Excellency, the Most Reverend Carmelo Cassati, Archbishop of Trani (d. 2017).

And this booklet, An Introduction to the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, is more in-depth—an excellent e-resource to read or pass on.

The Lord is near, dear friends! Remain at your post, faithful and attentive. Remember what Luisa said, “Your Will is always Holy and whatever way I will be in It, I shall be fine.” (Volume 8, June 25, 1907)

Fiat!

Words…time…food…

What do words, time, and food have in common? We are sadly prone to waste them all.

Pondering the uncommon value of these three common things may spur us to give proper thanks to God for them and pray for the grace to use them in a way that benefits all and properly glorifies the Giver.

Words

I remember reading once that whenever Francis of Assisi saw a paper on the ground with words written on it, he would pick it up and preserve it because the letters on it could be re-arranged to spell God’s name. Oh my! Words today have become a cheap commodity. The term, “paperless society” has become a mockery, and the electronic word has increasingly become a travesty. STOP THE PRESSES!

If you have never seen Greg Dunn’s testimony video I encourage you to do so. I had seen it a few years ago and watching it again has given me more to ponder. More recently Greg said that years ago the Lord told him that our Lord elevates all words, that He fulfills all words because He is the fulfillment…The world uses words shallowly, but wisdom is higher than education.

Reading that gave me pause to examine how I use the written and spoken word, to give more thought to the quality and quantity of the words themselves, to let every word bear its own weight and depth, and to pray for wisdom. After all, our Savior, Jesus, is THE WORD, and He must be in all the words we think, speak, or write, for His glory. For us this is impossible but not for God—Lord, think in my thinking, speak in my speaking, write in my writing…

Sometimes we want to be the ones to “elevate” our own words, thinking if we just say something often enough, or loudly enough, they will have the effect we desire on the poor souls we want to change. There are many words I regret speaking, and many more I regret in the way that I spoke them. But, as Lin Wilder states eloquently in her blog post: People Don’t Change Their Minds, the only thing that can change hearts and souls is Divine Love.

Contrast that to the vitriol that spews onto our devices every day. Friends, in the Divine Will, we are privileged to be called to repair for the misuse or overuse of all words of all time, to redo them in the Divine Will, and to restore them to the Order of Grace. In the Divine Will we can offer Our Lord in reparation his own Words, those of Our Mama, every reading or proclaiming of the words of Scripture and the Volumes, every kind and loving word ever spoken, etc. It is our calling and our duty to do this.

Let us also examine our own use of words and try to use them sparingly and prayerfully, in the aroma of Divine Love. Fiat!

For an excellent teaching on sins of speech by St. Padre Pio see Article 9 of his series of articles on Spiritual Formation, available on EWTN. In this series he is counselling someone who suffers from scrupulosity, but we can all learn from what is taught.

Time

We are out of time, friends, which is 1) good news and, 2) the very best news. First the good news: this era of death is out of time, having written the script of its own demise. It’s going down. The very best news is that those of us in the Divine Will are also out of time, meaning outside of time. We have been given a stunning assignment, dear family, to live outside of time, in the Eternal Now, doing our Acts and Rounds in time for the salvation of the greatest number of souls, past, present, and future, all for the love and glory of God. From Volume 11:

“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)

It is so humbling to think of this. In the Divine Will, our Merciful Father allows us to participate in his every act and have him participate in ours and to repair, redo, and restore our days, our lives, and even others’ days and lives in the Divine Will. He knows what we are made of—dust. Yet he calls us to this glorious participation in His Will. (To clarify, when we repair, redo, and restore, we do not take away the free choices that we or others have made or will make, but they do receive extra graces, extra lights for their ultimate good in God’s Holy Will.) As well, through our Acts and Rounds, we are given the unimaginable privilege of giving God the gratitude and glory he has deserved in every nanosecond of time from the beginning of creation to the end of time—even before humans existed as we are the voice of all creation. Fiat! Glory!

So let’s keep that in mind and try to be as prudent with our time as we can be. We all need leisure but we don’t need to spend copious amounts of time poring over news and opinions that only serve to disturb our peace. In his video Greg Dunne has a charming way of saying that we have nothing to fear, that God is completely in control. Do watch his video linked above.

In the Divine Will, our Acts and Rounds have effects in the world we can’t comprehend. When I get sucked into the “low world” as Jesus calls it, I often come back to this passage:

Volume 13, January 11, 1922
The souls who live in the Divine Will will be for the Body of the Church like skin to the body, and will bring to all of Its members the circulation of Life.

Finding myself in my usual state, I was thinking about the Holy Divine Will, and I said to myself: ‘All the children of the Church are members of the Mystical Body, of which Jesus is the Head. What place will the souls who do the Will of God occupy in this Mystical Body?’ And Jesus, always benign, on coming, told me: “My daughter, the Church is my Mystical Body, of which I glory in being the Head. But in order to enter this Mystical Body, the members must grow to a proper stature, otherwise they would deform my Body. But, alas! – how many not only do not have the due proportion, but are rotten, wounded, so much as to be disgusting to my Head and to the other healthy members. Now, the souls who live, or will live in my Will will be for the Body of my Church like skin to the body. The body has internal skin and external skin, and because in the skin there is the blood circulation which gives life to the whole body, it is by virtue of this circulation that the members reach the proper stature. If it wasn’t for the skin and for the blood circulation, the human body would be horrible to the sight, and its members would not grow to the due proportion.

Now, see how these souls who live in my Will are necessary to Me. Since I have destined them to be like skin to the body of my Church, and like circulation of life for all the members, they will be the ones who will give the proper growth to the members which have not grown; who will heal the wounded members, and who will restore the freshness, the beauty, the splendor of the whole Mystical Body by their continuous living in my Will, rendering it fully similar to my Head, which will sit in full majesty upon all those members. This is why the end of days cannot come if I do not have these souls who live as though dissolved in my Will – they interest Me more than anything. What impression would this Mystical Body make in the Celestial Jerusalem without them? And if this is what interests Me more than anything, it must interest you also more than anything, if you love Me. From now on, I will give to your acts done in my Will the virtue of circulation of Life for the whole Mystical Body of the Church. Just like the blood circulation in the human body, your acts, extended within the immensity of my Will, will extend over all and will cover these members like skin, giving them proper growth. Therefore, be attentive and faithful.”

Then, afterwards, I was praying, all abandoned in the Will of Jesus, and almost without thinking, I said: ‘My Love – everything in your Will: my little pains, my prayers, my heartbeat, my breathing – all I am and all I can, united to all that You are, so as to give proper growth to the members of the Mystical Body.” In hearing me, Jesus made Himself seen again, and smiling with satisfaction, added: “How beautiful it is to see my truths in your heart as fount of Life immediately having the development and the effect for which they have communicated themselves! Therefore, correspond with Me, and as soon as I see one truth developed, I will make it an honor for Myself to make another fount of truth arise.” (L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 13, January 11, 1922)

Yes, let’s bring this to mind often. Our calling to live in the Divine will is far beyond what we can ask or imagine.

Food

For most of my life food was the guest of honor at every emotional banquet I hosted. It was my idol—thoughts of breakfast are what got me out of bed in the morning. It has taken years of prayer and the sacraments to smash that idol. The Lord has been very patient and resourceful!

Once, in prayer as an adult, I asked for the gift of temperance. Immediately I heard these words in my head, “I gave you that gift at your Confirmation.” Then he added wryly, “You haven’t opened it yet.” Mea maxima culpa!

The Lord chides with an embrace—he did not leave me orphaned. For my part I was hoping to become miraculously temperate in eating, but no, he called me to be a penitent, which gave me a rule of life, including structured prayer and regular fasting and abstinence. Seriously? I would have voted myself “least likely to succeed”, but I gave the Lord my fiat and entered formation in the Brothers and Sisters of Penance of St. Francis in 2002.

It was a bumpy road but by God’s grace, I persisted and professed to live the Rule for life in 2007. God is SO patient! And inventive! A few years later he brought out the big guns—food intolerances and digestive issues. All my favorite foods went out the window. To paraphrase scripture: If peanut butter causes you to sin…throw it out! What really surprised me was how I reached a point where the more he took away, the less I minded, and the freer I felt.

God be praised, that idol is now dust in the landfill!

Greg Dunne shared in one of his talks that the Lord has told him to eat only for sustenance and nutrition. This might seem a very severe penance, but think of how much reparation we owe to Our Lord for the ways we in western society have idolized food, and the ways we have wasted it while most of the world has gone hungry.

I’m not saying everyone should eat that way, but we should certainly ask God what he wants us to do. We owe him that much. We may have a bigger problem that needs abundant grace, or he may be only asking something small of us. Remember that intention is everything. St. Louis Marie de Montfort said, “If but a pin is given in homage, and given with a good heart, it will be enough for Jesus, who loves only the good will.”

That is especially true in the Divine Will. We can even give him “his own things” as Luisa said, for “the poor must receive from the rich”. Something small can be elevated to the infinite by fusing it with Our Lord’s own fasting in the desert, with Our Mama’s fastings, with Luisa’s long and continuous fasting. So we give Jesus our few loaves with a couple of fish and he will feed an infinitude of souls.  

Through our Acts done in the Divine Will, the common gifts of words, time, and food are elevated beyond imagining, to reach their intended uncommon value, for the good of all and the Glory of God.

I have saved the best for last dear friends. Please do yourself the favor of listening to the cenacle recording featuring Mother Gabrielle Marie and The Benedictine Daughters of the Divine Will on The Feast of Pentecost 2022. The sisters give us some very beautiful teachings on our Acts in the Divine Will, among other inspiring teachings. I love these ladies! (Note: This is a two-part video, and be aware that there are audio difficulties in the middle of Part 2, but they only last a few minutes. Don’t disconnect!)

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!

Enlightenment, Edification, and Encouragement…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Gold Leaf…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                “When in doubt, be generous.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The gold leaf I found (coin added for scale)

A Mixed Bag…

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

Recommended podcasts…

Downloadable documents…

Passages from the Volumes…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 9, 1901
Effectiveness of the intentions
. Pride.

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

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

Prayers, etc…

Luisa’s Act of Contrition

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

Redoing our own life in the Divine Will

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

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

The Little Rosary of the Divine Will

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

Elevating Friday’s Prayer of Consecration…

Dear friends, the Consecration! Was it accomplished in 1984 or wasn’t it? God only knows, but what I do know is that it was not likely accomplished IN THE DIVINE WILL because there were very few little children linked to Liusa in 1984. We have a job to do my friends—to elevate this Friday’s prayer of consecration in the Divine Will.

We know already that the request for it came from the Divine Will through Mary. But only through the those Living in the Divine Will can it be multiplied to the infinite in all times and places. There is a reason (many reasons) the little children linked to Luisa are in greater number at this time. Come Divine Will! Pray in our praying! The Consecration is about the peace that only comes through conversion of heart.

Here is a prayer I wrote, but naturally feel free to use your own words. Just pray “with the heart” as Our Lady says. (Please share this post with others in the Divine Will family as the Lord leads. Printable version here.)

Divine Majesty, I come to you as a little child in the Divine Will linked to Luisa. In, with, through, and for you, in, with, and for all, I want to unite with Pope Francis, the Bishops and all those praying the Prayer of Consecration of Russia and Ukraine on March 25. I take as my own and offer to you all the sufferings of Jesus, Mary, Luisa, the Russian and Ukrainian people, and all souls of all time, for conversions through the Immaculate Heart of Mary and for the coming of the Kingdom of the Divine Will. I want what You want, Father, so multiply my prayer to the infinite so that You may be glorified!

I also take as my own the prayers of the bishops who are participating and offer them in the name of all bishops and every bishop, to give You the glory as if every Pope and bishop of all time was united in prayer with Pope Francis, as if the Church had never left the Order, the Purpose or the Place for which She was created, as if Your Bride was, like the Trinity, a pure and spotless Unity, a sure Foundation on which to build a society of love.

Beloved Jesus, I echo your own prayer of July 7, 1928, that the human will be healed by receiving again the life of your Divine Will, that all the evils of the human nature will have life no more, as if by magic. 

Merciful Lord, take this prayer and make it your command. I love you and I thank you with your own Divine Will. Fiat!

Volume 24, July 7, 1928

Now, as Adam sinned, his human will remained alone, and he no longer had the one who would diffuse in his will the light, the varieties of so many fragrances which, being transfused outside, preserved the soul and the body as it had been created by God.  Instead, thick clouds, putrid air, perfumes of weakness and of miseries began to emanate from within his human will, in such a way that the body also lost its freshness, its beauty.  It became debilitated and remained subject to all evils, sharing in all the evils of the human will, just as it had shared in the good.  So, if the human will is healed by receiving again the life of my Divine Will, all the evils of the human nature will have life no more, as if by magic. 

Please pray also the Nineteenth Hour of the Passion this week if you can. From a letter of Luisa, October 7, 1915:

“The purpose of this (Nineteenth) Hour is to disarm the Divine Justice.  If in the other hours one makes reparations, blesses and asks forgiveness, etc., with this hour one disarms and placates the Divine Justice.  And being elevated itself, between Heaven and earth in the Divine Will, just as Jesus Christ did, the soul looks at the creature and tries to lead it back to God’s Bosom by putting into act exactly what Jesus did.  And the Divine Pleasure is such that Jesus anxiously awaits and feels reinvigorated by the soul that takes the greatest interest in saving its own brothers. And, as His Justice is inflamed, He seeks a refuge and a protection in the soul that wants to make His pains and souls themselves its own and that invites and constrains Him to not destroy poor humanity.”

“In the hour of the Crucifixion, almost at the end, where it is said that while Jesus was on the Cross, His soul was in the Heavens with His Divine Father, I follow Him with my thoughts into Heaven; and together with Him, I try to disarm the Divine Justice so irritated in these times…It seems to me that my Lord Jesus moves me to write this customary prayer of mine…”

“In this Hour Jesus on the Cross recapitulates His whole life from the first instance of His Conception to his last breath.  He gives fulfillment to everything and thanks the Divine Father for all the good that He has done for all creatures and also for His very sufferings.  He glorifies Him, implores Him, and makes reparation to Him; in a word, He does all together what He had done throughout His life.

“Now, the soul, as well, repeats all that Jesus does beginning from the first instance in which Jesus was conceived to the last instant of His life, and thanks Him for all what He has done.  And, since the ingratitude of the creature is so great, and it more than ever shows itself ungrateful for the benefits received, and it never thanks the Lord, the soul as well, seeks to make a complete ‘whole’ with Jesus, as Jesus did with His Father.  This is why the whole life of Jesus Christ is repeated in this Hour, and one tries to gather up all the classes of reparations. “Out of so many souls, are there not some who will show this heroism of love toward Jesus?”

Finally, here is a prayer I read today, which Pope Francis prayed at the end of Friday’s General Audience. It was written by the Bishop of Naples.

Forgive us for war, O Lord.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us sinners!
Lord Jesus, born in the shadows of bombs falling on Kyiv, have mercy on us!
Lord Jesus, who died in a mother’s arms in a bunker in Kharkiv, have mercy on us!
Lord Jesus, a 20-year-old sent to the frontlines, have mercy on us!
Lord Jesus, who still behold armed hands in the shadow of your Cross, have mercy on us!

Forgive us, O Lord.

Forgive us, if we are not satisfied with the nails with which we crucified Your hands, as we continue to [slake] our thirst with the blood of those mauled by weapons.
Forgive us, if these hands which You created to tend have been transformed into instruments of death.
Forgive us, O Lord, if we continue to kill our brother;

Forgive us, if we continue like Cain to pick up the stones of our fields to kill Abel.
Forgive us, if we continue to justify our cruelty with our labors, if we legitimize the brutality of our actions with our pain.
Forgive us for war, O Lord. Forgive us for war, O Lord.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, we implore You! Hold fast the hand of Cain!
Illumine our consciences;
May our will not be done;
Abandon us not to our own actions!

Stop us, O Lord, stop us!
And when you have held back the hand of Cain, care also for him. He is our brother.
O Lord, put a halt to the violence!
Stop us, O Lord!
Amen.

The Resistant Ones—Those Hardened Souls…

When I first had a profound experience of the Lord in the Eucharist in 1997, it rocked me, and it rocked those around me as the fun-loving person they knew and loved suddenly became a “Jesus freak”. I wanted everyone to know Jesus like I knew him. To say that I was indelicate in my enthusiasm would be an understatement. It would be more accurate to use the words “annoying” and “pushy”. I now see that I was presenting a pretty poor image of Jesus! In the process, I damaged relationships, and eventually had to admit that what I was doing had the opposite effect than I had expected—it pushed them away from God not to him. Mea maxima culpa!

God tried to warn me. About the same time I had a dream where I had a shopping cart full of eggs in those open, flat cartons of three dozen. The cartons were stacked in the cart. In the dream I was trying to move the individual eggs but every time I tried, I put my thumb through them. I understood that the eggs represented souls, and that they are just that delicate and need to be treated gently. Touché!

I can’t say the change in me was immediate, but through confession, apologies, time, and above all prayer I came to the point of substituting overt evangelization of the resistant ones, with peaceful, trusting prayer for souls, which is infinitely more effective, especially in the Divine Will!

I know that every one of us has family members and friends who are away from the Church. As we anticipate events such as the Illumination of Conscience, chastisement, or even natural (or unnatural) death, we can panic and, like me, try to force conversion on others by bombarding them with writings, forcing prayers on them, even telling them they’re going to hell. We need to remember that God invites, he doesn’t compel. And he is patient.

To everything there is a season, a time to be silent, and a time to talk, but only when these resistent souls become open to it by grace, which only comes through prayer. Before that time, we risk pushing them farther away. We have to wait for the fruit to ripen; if we try to rush it we just end up with a sour taste in our mouths. Prayer alone is what ripens the fruit. Once the fruit is ripe, then we can have a deliciously meaningful conversation that won’t descend into an argument. Rarely are resistant souls “talked” into faith. Faith is a gift. Conversion is a gift. But that gift has a price.

What did Jesus do? During his three-year mission, he gained thousands of followers with his words and miracles. Yet, many of them later rejected him cruelly. Did he chase after them? No. He let them go because he respected their freedom—even to reject him. We must do the same. 

That does NOT mean we give up. It just means we change tactics. Jesus later saved those souls by being obedient unto death, death on the Cross. We followers of Jesus participate in his mission most effectively through the cross, offering our prayers and sacrifices in the Divine will, in, with, through, and for him. Through the Gift of Living in the Divine Will we have the full, Divine power of the Cross at our disposal, a power we cannot begin to comprehend in this life.

If we want our people saved, we have to be willing to leave the low road of argument and enter into the Gift of Living in the Divine Will that God is offering us so we can pray “up high” for them and for ALL souls past, present and future. Do we only want to save a few souls or ALL souls? All? Then we must learn to pray from Luisa.

Jesus promised Luisa that he would give anyone who meditated on the Twenty-Four Hours of the Passion a soul for every WORD of the Passion they prayed! That is an astounding promise, but we can trust it completely. As we meditate on the Hours we begin to appreciate the infinite value of Our Lord’s sufferings. We realize that there is nothing we can do or say that will come close to their power. We realize the greatness of this Gift, and the privilege we have been given through no merit of our own, to save souls in a real way WITH Jesus.

Remember it is important to pray the Hours fused into Jesus or it becomes just another human devotion. Fusing makes it a Divine prayer—in God’s power not ours. We enter into our nothingness and “let him do” in us. Luisa’s prayers for “before” and “after” are the best way to do this.

But there’s more! In the Divine Will we can offer Jesus his own sufferings—as our own—along with the sufferings of Mary and Luisa who, in the Divine Will, suffered everything he suffered. We offer them to Jesus to repair for all the sins of those souls we are praying for, and for all souls of all time, to re-do all lives in the Divine Will, and to restore all acts in the Order of Grace, as Adam was before the Fall.

We need to learn to pray like Luisa. In the Seventh Hour of the Passion Luisa prays: “My Mama, I come to You (in the Divine Will in the name of all), because Jesus wants souls – He wants comfort. Therefore, give me your maternal hand, and let us go around together, throughout the whole world (in all times and places), searching for souls. Let us enclose in His Blood the affections, the desires, the thoughts, the works, the steps of all creatures, and let us throw the flames of His Heart into their souls, that they may surrender, and so, enclosed in His Blood and transformed within His flames, we will bring them around Jesus, to soothe the pains of His most bitter agony.

My blog post titled, Apostles of the Scourging includes a link to an excerpted prayer from the Seventh Hour of the Passion. I have spread the prayer over seven days so it is not that long; on each day we pray with the Blood of Christ for a different category of soul. This prayer covers everyone. Fiat!

Remember, God loves our people more than we do. He has already paid the price for their souls and has given us the means to pour infinite graces upon them so that they will accept that grace. It is through the Gift of Living in the Divine Will that we enter into God’s work for souls. But it is God’s work, so we have to be detached from the results, which we may not see in our lifetime. We need to be patient, trusting completely that God will complete the good work he has begun in those souls. We pray, enter into our nothingness, and “let God do” in us—and in all souls through us. Fiat!

Here is another thing to consider. If we did not have specific souls to pray for, how motivated would we be to pray for all souls? God knows us very well. Let us not get bogged down with such problems that serve only to keep us in the “low world”, as Jesus calls earthly things. Instead, let us use them as a launching pad into the Divine Will for the good of all souls, past, present, and future.

A word of caution, beware of self-righteousness; it is a form of pride the devil reserves for good people. We need to ditch it! Until we learn to live in our nothingness, any successes we have could very well lead to pride. Every time we are tempted to try one more thing with someone we know is hardened against the Lord, we have to stop ourselves, do what Luisa did and pray, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” The tempter will flee at the words. Then we pray and offer sacrifice for that soul until the Lord gives us the all-clear to come in and evangelize with love and gentleness. Let us remain in our nothingness, which is our place of safety, trust in him, and be patient.

Here are two passages on pride from the Volumes. The parts in bold, I pray every day. 

Volume 4, September 5, 1901

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

Volume 3, Nov. 19, 1899

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

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

Once God has shown us our nothingness, he will lead us where we need to be in order to save souls with Him. We can trust that whatever God takes away (as long as it is good in itself) he means to give back to us in right relationship. And that’s worth waiting, working, and suffering for! Anything he takes away that is not good—good riddance!

The following passage can give us great comfort. Our Mother, Queen of the Divine Will is on our side. We can invoke her aid with confidence. To echo St. Padre Pio: “Pray, trust, and don’t worry.”

Volume 35, August 9, 1937

“If you knew how much this Celestial Queen Loves the souls.  She, faithful copy of Her Creator, looks inside Herself and finds Her Seas of Love, Grace, Sanctity, Beauty and Light; then She looks at the creatures and wants to give all of Herself with all Her Seas, so that creatures may have their Mama with all Her Riches.  Having to see Her children poor, while their Mother is so rich—and only because they do not Live in the Inheritance of their Mother… it is such a Pain… She would like to see them inside Her Seas of Love, Loving their Creator as She does, hidden inside Her Sanctity, embellished by Her Beauty, filled with Her Grace.  But not seeing them there—if She wasn’t in the state of Glory, in which pains cannot have place—She would die of pure Pain for each creature who does not Live in the Divine Will.  Therefore, She prays unceasingly.  She places all Her Seas in Prayer, to beseech that the Divine Will be done on earth as It is in Heaven.

“Our Love is such that, by the virtue of Our Will, She Bilocates Herself within each creature, to prepare the interior of her soul, synchronizing her with Her Maternal Heart, squeezing her in Her Arms, to dispose her to receive the Life of the Divine Fiat.  O, how much She prays, in every single heart, to Our Adorable Majesty, saying:  ‘Hurry up.  My Love can no longer be contained.  I want to see My children Living together with Me in that same Divine Will that forms all of My Glory, My Richness, My Great Inheritance.  Trust me, and I will know how to defend My children and Your own Will, which is also Mine.’

“The Love of this Celestial Queen and Mother is Insuperable.  Only in Heaven will creatures know how much She Loves them and how much She has done for them.  Her most exuberant, magnanimous and Greatest Act is in wanting them to possess the Kingdom of My Will as She possesses It.  O, what wouldn’t the Celestial Lady do to obtain this Purpose!  You too, Unite with Her, and pray for a Purpose so Holy.” (L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 35, August 9, 1937)

Finally, these words of hope came in an email from Queen of the Divine Will, quoting Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi’s Book, Antichrist and the End Times.

Lumen gentium points out that “in the most holy Virgin the Church has already reached that perfection.” For that reason “the followers of Christ … turn their eyes to Mary who shines forth to the whole community of the elect as the model of virtues … For Mary … unites in herself and re-echoes the greatest teachings of the faith (LG 60).”

At Fatima our Lady revealed that her heart will triumph and the world will be given an Era of Peace:

“In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she will be converted, and an era of peace shall be granted to the world [129].”

Mary’s privileged role in the end times is reinforced in the writings of Venerable Mary of Agreda (1602-1665 A.D.) and Saint Louis de Montfort:

“It was revealed to me that through the intercession of the Mother of God all heresies will disappear. The victory over heresies has been reserved by Christ for his Blessed Mother… The power of Mary in the latter days will be very conspicuous. Mary will extend the reign of Christ over the heathens and the Muslims, and it will be a time of great joy when Mary is enthroned as Mistress and Queen of hearts [130].”

“The power of Mary over all the evil spirits will especially shine forth in the latter times, when Satan will lie in wait of her heel, that is, her humble servants and her poor children whom she will rouse to fight against him… they will be great and exalted before God in holiness. They will be superior to all creatures by their great zeal and so strongly will they be supported by divine assistance that, in union with Mary, they will crush the head of Satan with their heel, that is, their humility, and bring about victory to Jesus Christ [131].”

St. Maximilian Kolbe (1894-1941 A.D.) affirms:

“The image of the Immaculate will one day replace the large red star over the Kremlin, but only after a great and bloody trial [132].”

The 17th century Venerable Bartholomew Holzhauser writes on the Era of Peace:

“When everything has been ruined by war, when Catholics are hard pressed by traitorous co-religionists and heretics, when the Church and her servants are denied their rights, the monarchies have been abolished and their rulers murdered… then the Hand of Almighty God will work a marvelous change, something apparently impossible according to human understanding [135].”

In the Church-recognized messages of La Salette, our Lady predicted that after the reign of Antichrist, religion will flourish everywhere:

“Rome will lose the faith and become the seat of Antichrist. The demons of the air together with the Antichrist will perform great wonders on earth and in the atmosphere, and men will become more and more perverted. God will take care of his faithful servants and men of good will. The gospel will be preached everywhere, and all peoples of all nations will get to know the truth [137].” (Rev. J.L. Iannuzzi, Antichrist and the End Times, p. 75 ff)

Let us pray with Luisa from the Rounds of the Soul in the Divine Will, Sixth Hour:

“Why don’t you make haste, my Love? You never leave things half-finished. Nor do You give your riches only in part. Therefore, come quickly! If through your Redemption you gave us half of your goods, finish now your work: Make your Will rule and prevail in the midst of creatures!

Fiat!