Rays of hope…

Well, who doesn’t need messages of hope these days? Here is a passage from the Volumes and a recommended podcast that were a balm to my weary heart.

Whatever passes, God surpasses! Take that! Fiat!

Volume 6, October 24, 1905
The miseries of the human nature serve to reorder in it the order of all virtues.

While considering my misery, the weakness of human nature, I felt I was an object so very abominable to myself, and I imagined how much more abominable I am before God; and I said to myself:  ‘Lord, how ugly the human nature has become.’  Now, coming for just a little, He told me:  “Nothing has come out of my hands which is not good; on the contrary, I created the human nature beautiful and striking, and if the soul sees it as muddy, rotten, weak, abominable, this serves the human nature like manure serves the earth.  One who does not understand what it is all about, would say:  ‘This one is crazy, for he smears the earth with this filth’; while one who understands, knows that that filth serves to fecundate the earth, to make the plants grow, and to render the fruits more beautiful and tasty.  So, I created the human nature with these miseries to reorder in it the order of all virtues; otherwise it would remain without the exercise of true virtues.”  Then I saw in my mind the human nature as though full of holes, and in these holes there was rot, mud; and from within them branches loaded with flowers and fruits were coming out.  So I comprehended that everything is in the use we make, even of miseries themselves. (Luisa Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 6, October 24, 1905)

I am really enjoying Volume 6 and this passage really surprised and delighted me. “We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). Fiat!

If you can, please listen to Fr. Iannuzzi’s podcast from October 6, 2018. Even if you find the theology a bit sticky in places, stay the course and you will be uplifted. God be praised!


Reparation, Voids, and Kintsugi…

Blessings in the Divine Will dear friends. Recently a reader asked a question about praying for a relative who was not Christian and had no intention of ever being one. She wondered if she should increase her prayers for this soul.  Don’t we all wonder that? The answer is, sort of. In the Divine Will, we don’t increase the quantity of our prayers, but the quality by praying the in a Divine way as Jesus teaches us through Luisa.

Along with her question, this friend also sent me the answer in the following passage from Volume 11, October 20, 1916:

[Luisa:] I was fusing myself in the Divine Will and the thought came to me of commending to It various people in a special way; and blessed Jesus told me: “My daughter, specificity goes by itself [follows] even if you should not place any intention. In the order of Grace it happens as in the natural order: the sun gives light to all, yet not everyone enjoys the same effects; however, this is not because of the sun, but because of creatures. […]

Then He added: “My daughter, I love the creature so much, that I Myself have placed Myself as sentry of each heart to watch them, to defend them and to work their sanctification with my own hands. But to how many bitternesses do they not subject Me? Some reject Me, some do not care about Me and despise Me, some lament about my surveillance, some slam the door in my face, rendering my work useless.  And I not only placed Myself to act as sentry, but on purpose do I choose the souls who live of my Will. In fact, since they are present in all of Me, I place them with Me as a second sentry of each heart. These second sentries console Me, repay Me for them [the souls who do not care about God], and keep Me company in the loneliness into which many hearts force Me; and they force Me not to leave them [the souls who do not care about God]. Greater grace I could not give to creatures [the souls who do not care about God], by giving them these souls who live of my Will, who are the portent of portents.”

The Lord is making ten points in this passage: 

If we 1) live in His Will, we 2) are present in all of Him in all times and places with access to all souls of all time. He 3) places us as second sentries with Him in order to 4) console Him for the souls who do not care about Him, 5) repay or make reparation to Him for them, and 6) keep Him company in the loneliness into which many hearts that do not care about Him force Him. 7) In doing this we “force” Him not to leave those souls. 8) Greater grace God could not give the souls who do not care about Him, than to give them these souls who 9) live of His Will, which is the only thing he has ever asked us to do. 10) If we do so He does all the rest and we become the portent of portents, which is as great a prodigy as any!

But this passage is not primarily about us. Neither is it about that broken soul. The subject of this passage is God Himself. To be clear, it is not wrong to pray for a single soul, but by living in the Divine Will and doing our acts and rounds in It, with the sole intention to love God, console Him, make reparation to Him for all souls of all time, and keep Him company in his loneliness, He makes us true and necessary participants in the salvation of these souls, conduits of His extreme, merciful love and grace. And we feel nothing at all, because it is ALL HIM!

So, when we are worried about a relative or friend, let it serve as a reminder to offer consolation to Our Lord for all those who do not care about Him. He will take our prayers and multiply them to the infinite, doing unimaginable good to all souls of all time.

As I was mulling over this blog post, the Holy Spirit reminded me of something I learned about years ago, the ancient Japanese art called Kintsugi, where broken pottery is pieced back together and repaired with gold. It really is a beautiful representation of what God is doing for all the broken souls of all time through the unimaginable Gift of Living in the Divine Will. Our acts, rounds, and reparations in the Divine Will are the gold God uses to put the soul back together, to fill in the voids in the soul. It is stunning to contemplate! Just Google the word Kintsugi and see what souls can become when we cooperate with God in the Divine Will. Glorious! Fiat!

(Photo by Riho Kitagawa on Unsplash)

I have been listening to a few of Fr. Iannuzzi’s archived podcasts from 2018 (the earliest ones listed in the Radio Maria Archive). For a wonderful teaching on the “voids”, please listen to the podcast by Fr. Iannuzzi dated June 9, 2018. Then, in the June 16, 2018 podcast, he gives an important teaching on reparation, especially through meditation on the Hours of the Passion. Both are powerful. Here is a passage from the Volumes that mentions both voids and reparation.

Volume 6, December 22, 1903

He disappeared, but after a little while He came back in the act of His Passion when He was covered with opprobriums, with ignominies, with spit – and I said to Him: ‘Lord, teach me what I could do to move these opprobriums away from You, and give You back honors, praises and adorations.’  And He said to me:  “My daughter, around my throne there is a void, and this void must be filled with the glory that Creation owes Me.  So, one who sees Me despised by the other creatures, and honors Me, not only for herself, but for others, makes honors for Me arise again in this void.  When she sees Me unloved, and loves Me, she makes love for Me arise again.  When she sees that I fill creatures with benefits, while they are not grateful to Me and do not even thank Me, and she is grateful to Me as if those benefits were given to her, and she thanks Me, she makes the flower of gratitude and of thanksgiving arise again for Me in this void; and so with all the rest that Creation owes Me, but denies to Me with awful ingratitude.  Now, since all this is an overflow of the charity of the soul, who gives Me not only what she herself owes Me and what overflows from herself, but she does it for others – since this glory and these flowers that she sends to Me into this void around my throne are the fruit of charity, they receive a more beautiful shade, which is pleasing to Me.” (L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 6, December 22, 1903)

Here is a selection of prayers of reparation that I came across recently. But if you’re short of time, just pray from the heart, e.g., “Father, I’m so sorry this is happening to You! I love you and repair you for all in the name of all. Save souls!”

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

From the Sixth Hour:

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

Reflection by St. Anibale di Francia:

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

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

The Good Left Undone…Redone…

We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Recently in a mea culpa moment, I missed an opportunity to do an act of charity. The person ahead of me in the grocery line was unable to pay for all her groceries and she had to put some back. I could have easily managed it but, I stopped short of offering to pay for the few items she could not afford. St. Paul said it best: I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do (Romans 7:19).

I was still beating myself up over it when I got home. Then I listened to the September 25, 2022 podcast of The Benedictine Daughters of the Divine Will. The topic was—charity! Oh my, it was a dart to my guilty heart. But as the podcast progressed, I could see that the Lord was using my failure to do good, to teach me a higher lesson in the Divine Will.

Mother Gabrielle Marie started her talk by reminding us of what we learn in the writings of Luisa, that our Acts done in the Divine Will, such as breathing, eating, walking, etc., are acts of charity. And they are acts of charity that God uses to reach all souls of all time (including the woman in the checkout line). She also reminded us that if we stop thinking about ourselves and start thinking about God in every situation, charity will come automatically. And then she added this critical piece, that all true charity must be done for love of Jesus. Put another way, if we don’t have the intention to serve Jesus in that person, we may be filling a temporary need for them, but there is no merit in it for us. In the Divine Will, intention is everything. Jesus is everything.

Then later in the talk she added that we can transform the whole world by just sitting in our house doing Acts and Rounds in the Divine Will. Each Act or Round goes around the whole world touching every soul—as much as they are open to it. Jesus does this in us. Our action is to desire. His action is to put that desire in motion. We just need to let Him do!

I did confess my sin at the first opportunity, but mistakes we don’t learn from are tragic mistakes. By pondering my transgression in the Divine Will (rather than dwelling on it in my will) I realized that the root of my mistake was that I was not consciously seeing the Divine Image in that woman – and every other shopper and clerk in the store. As Mother Gabrielle said, if I had done that, true charity would have come automatically, whether I could see its effects or not.

A parallel came to my mind of the scripture story of St. Peter healing the man who had been lame from birth. Peter said to him: I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk (Acts 3:6).

I have no silver or gold, meaning I am nothing and have nothing of value to offer. Any love I have is borrowed from the God who is All. What I can give to that dear child of God in the supermarket (after the fact), and all souls of all time, is what the Lord, Jesus Christ himself wants to give them more than anything—that they stand up and walk in the Order of Grace. And so, fusing myself into Jesus, I offer reparation to the Father for the sins of my life and hers, and all souls of all time, re-doing our lives in the Order of Grace, for His glory, our good, and the coming of the Kingdom of the Divine Will.

And that, dear friends, is all things working together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. Yes, even our (confessed) transgressions. Fiat!

Re-doing our life in the Divine Will

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, the salvation of souls and the coming of the kingdom of the Divine Will. Amen. Fiat

Adapted from https://en.luisapiccarretaofficial.org/news/acts-in-the-divine-will-union-with-jesus/405

 Volume 17, May 17, 1925

I fuse myself in the Order of Grace, in all that the SANCTIFIER has done and will do to those who are to be sanctified…I come to give love in return for everything which the SANCTIFIER does to those who are to be sanctified. I come to enter into the Order of Grace, to give glory and return of love, as if all had become Saints, and to repair You for all the opposition and lack of correspondence to Grace…I make my own (Lord Jesus) Your Sorrow, Your secret Moans, Your anguishing Sighs in the depths of the hearts, on seeing Yourself unwelcome. SPIRIT SANCTIFIER, hurry, I implore You, I beg You, let everyone know Your Will, so that, in knowing IT, they may love IT and welcome Your prime Act of their complete sanctification – which is Your Holy Will! (L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 17, May 17, 1925)

From the Twentieth Hour of the Passion:

O Jesus, I thank You for everything, and in the name of all, I raise to You a hymn of eternal and infinite thanksgiving. O my Jesus, I intend to offer You everything You have suffered in your Most Holy Person, to give You all the glory that the creatures would have given You, had they conformed their lives to Yours. []

O my Jesus, I kiss your most holy left hand; I thank You for all that You have suffered for me, for all the times You have placated the Divine Justice, satisfying for everything! I kiss your right hand, and I thank You for all the good You have done, and You do, for all. In a special way, I thank You for the works of Creation, of Redemption and of Sanctification. I ask your forgiveness in the name of all, for all the times we have been ungrateful at your benefits, for our many works done without upright intention. In reparation for all these offenses, I intend to give You all the perfection and sanctity of your works, to give You all the glory that the creatures would have given You, had they corresponded to all of these benefits.

O my Jesus, I kiss your Most Sacred Heart, and I thank You for all You have suffered, desired and yearned for, for love of all and for each one in particular. I ask your forgiveness for the many evil desires, and for the affections and tendencies which are not good – forgiveness, O Jesus, for many who place your love after the love of creatures. And to give You all the glory that these have denied You, I offer You everything that your most adorable Heart has done and continues to do. (L. Piccarreta, The Twenty-Four Hours of the Passion of Our Lord, Jesus Christ)

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!


A Dream about the Triumph…

When the LORD restored the captives of Zion,
we thought we were dreaming.
Then our mouths were filled with laughter;
our tongues sang for joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
“The LORD had done great things for them.”
The LORD has done great things for us;
Oh, how happy we were!

(Psalm 126: 1-3, NAB)

I had an astonishing dream a few nights ago whose meaning has taken some time to unfold. First I will relate the dream as I saw it and then explain what has come to me by way of interpretation.

We were all in prison and by some miracle, the doors were opened and the guards incapacitated. (See Acts 12:5-11 below.) We seized the opportunity and started running. I saw a woman. Thick chords flowed from the top of her head to past the bottoms of her feet, and were tied at her waist. They were blood red and covered her completely. I told her she’d better trim the ends of the chords so she could run faster as we had to get away quickly. She ran with me and after an indeterminate length of time we stopped, both heaving from the exertion. I noticed her clothing had changed. She was now wearing brown and blue and was standing next to the horse from which she had just dismounted. She slid the mantle off her face, looked at me, and smiled the most stunning smile I have ever seen. She exuded joy, confidence, energy, anticipation, expectation, mirth, and triumph! I knew in an instant it was Our Lady.

That was the end of the dream. Now, my interpretation…

The prison. This dream was not about earthly persecution and refuges. Infinitely more to the point of our times, it was about satan’s 6000-year reign coming to an end. Every soul for the last 6000 years has been imprisoned in a fallen world guarded by demons—and been continuously goaded by them. Their time is up.

The escape. I believe our escape in the dream depicts the time immediately following The Illumination, when we will all have the opportunity to break away from our bondage by a singular act of God who will cause us to touch our nothingness with our own hands. It will be up to us to accept our Loving Father’s unfathomable offer of Mercy or reject it.

The red chords. When I first saw Our Lady in the dream she was clothed in red chords from the top of her head to beyond her feet. I believe this refers to her participation, by grace, in her Son’s salvific sufferings by virtue of her perfect, uninterrupted, perpetual, “Fiat!” There is nothing Jesus did not share with her of his sufferings because there is nothing she ever denied him—they were perfectly united in the Divine Will.

The flight to freedom. There seemed to be a time interval between our escape and the time when I recognized Our Lady. I believe this represents the time of turmoil after the Illumination, a time of evangelization as well as persecution. However, I felt that Our Lady would be palpably near to us through it all, that she would help us, and that it was not something we needed to focus on or worry about.

Our Lady’s smile. (Sigh deeply here.) It was glorious, not like a statue, or the usual depictions in artwork. It was alive! A real, flesh and blood smile born from the depths of her heart and soul. A wide smile that made a beautiful dimple in her olive-skinned cheek. It conveyed to me all this and more: “We have arrived, dear child, at the beginning of the New Day. Our Loving Father has made All Things New. This, now, is the Triumph of My Immaculate Heart. Come let us adore Him—and celebrate!”

The lesson. Dear friends, Our Mama means to encourage us with this dream. What Our Lord has in store for us is beyond our imagining. We need only rely on her sure help in time of trouble, looking forward to the moment when we awake as from a dream on the Dawn of that New Day. Then our mouths will be filled with laughter; and our tongues with songs of joy!


Acts 12:5-11, NRSV

While Peter was kept in prison, the church prayed fervently to God for him.

The very night before Herod was going to bring him out, Peter, bound with two chains, was sleeping between two soldiers, while guards in front of the door were keeping watch over the prison. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He tapped Peter on the side and woke him, saying, ‘Get up quickly.’ And the chains fell off his wrists. The angel said to him, ‘Fasten your belt and put on your sandals.’ He did so. Then he said to him, ‘Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.’ Peter went out and followed him; he did not realize that what was happening with the angel’s help was real; he thought he was seeing a vision. After they had passed the first and the second guard, they came before the iron gate leading into the city. It opened for them of its own accord, and they went outside and walked along a lane, when suddenly the angel left him. Then Peter came to himself and said, ‘Now I am sure that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from the hands of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting.’ (Acts 12:5-11, NRSV)

The Dishonest Steward and the Divine Will…

(Note: In this blog post I have used the words “manager” and “steward” interchangeably.)

Then Jesus said to the disciples, ‘There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. So he summoned him and said to him, “What is this that I hear about you? Give me an account of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.” Then the manager said to himself, “What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.” So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he asked the first, “How much do you owe my master?” He answered, “A hundred jugs of olive oil.” He said to him, “Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.” Then he asked another, “And how much do you owe?” He replied, “A hundred containers of wheat.” He said to him, “Take your bill and make it eighty.” And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes.

‘Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in ‘Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own? No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.’ (Luke 16:1-8)

This parable has puzzled since childhood. I could never figure out why the Master praised the dishonest steward. I may have heard some very good homilies on it, but somehow I never felt that my central question was answered.

However, when this gospel reading was proclaimed by my priest at Mass a few days ago, I felt a little Divine Will illumination. I don’t think I had ever considered it, but in this mini-illumination it became clear to me that I was the dishonest steward, repeatedly squandering God’s graces and gifts to my own detriment and to the detriment of those around me! There was no denying it—I was guilty as charged. Ouch!

Then came the realization that we are all dishonest stewards of God’s gifts, with the glorious exception of our Blessed Mother. We repeatedly squander his graces and gifts, to our own detriment and the detriment of those around us. However, once we admit it, once we plead guilty, even if our repentance is less than perfect, it is then that God begins his work in us.

Let us look at the fellow in the parable, who did not deny his guilt but, under the looming threat of justice, decided he would do what was in his power to mitigate the outcome. Notice that the Master in the parable did not dismiss the steward outright, even though he had categorically proven himself to be untrustworthy. It was almost as if the Master wanted to give him a chance. Ah yes! Our Master is the King of second chances! While we are still sinners, God meets us on the way to perfect repentance, where he continues to assist us with grace upon grace—each dose of medicine building upon the last.

The parable next tells us that summoning his master’s debtors one by one,the dishonest steward proceeded to give them a break on their debts, hoping that they would come to his aid when he was finally dismissed. And who of us has not done this? Once we repent and realize that there is nothing in this world that can save us, we try to make friends in high places, praying countless rosaries and offering novenas to the saints, imploring them to intercede for us. We offer sufferings and prayers for the souls in purgatory, counting on their prayers for us. This, dear friends, is our “dishonest wealth”. We are reaping where we did not sow. Jesus tells his listeners, “And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes.” Oh yes!

The next thing we see in the parable is that, incredibly, the Master commends the dishonest steward for his shrewdness! Jesus, the Author and Narrator of the parable goes further and encourages the Children of Light to do the same, not with earthly wealth, but with spiritual wealth. He does not seem to mind that we have been faithful in very little, gathering where we did not scatter. “Yes,” he says, “Take advantage of the saints, and especially our Mother. Their merits are there for the taking.” He dangles in front of us this “dishonest” wealth, the merits we neither earned nor deserved, with the implication that the only failure is not to take advantage of them.

This is a test of our humility, our willingness to depend on others who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith. It would be a terrible tragedy if we were too proud to accept what He offers us through them. This false humility is a barrier to what God has in mind for us. ‘Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much.’ Dear friends, everything is a test, and the only failure is to let our pride dictate the outcome. Luisa gives us a delightfully pithy lesson in the following passage.

Volume 9, April 10, 1910

Now, the way of Jesus is always immense, and together with Jesus, I too feel immense, and as if I were able to do something. Then Jesus withdraws, and I remain always the stupid one that I am, the little ignorant one, the little cattiva [bad, naughty]. And it is exactly because of this that Jesus loves me – because I am ignorant, and I am no one, and I can do nothing. Knowing that I want to receive Him at any cost, so as not to receive dishonor in coming into me, but rather, highest honor, He Himself prepares my poor soul. He gives me His own things, His merits, His clothing, His works, His desires – in sum, all of Himself. If necessary, also that which the Saints did, because everything is His own; if necessary, also that which the Most Holy Mama did. And I too say to all: ‘Jesus, give honor to Yourself in coming into me. My Queen Mama, Saints, all Angels, I am so very poor; everything that is yours – put it in my heart, not for me, but for the honor of Jesus.’ And I feel that all of Heaven contributes to preparing me. And after Jesus has descended within me, I seem to see Him all pleased, seeing Himself honored by His own things; and sometimes He tells me: “Brava, brava, my daughter, how happy I am – how pleased I am. Everywhere I look within you, I find things worthy of Me. Everything that is Mine, is yours; how many beautiful things you made Me find!”

Knowing that I am so very poor, that I have done nothing, and that nothing is mine, I laugh at the contentment of Jesus, and I say: ‘Thank goodness Jesus thinks like this! It is enough that He came – this is enough for me. It doesn’t matter that I have used His own things – the poor must receive from the rich.’ Now, it is true that a few glimmers here and there remain in me about the way Jesus has at Communion, but I am unable to reunite these glimmers together, and form a preparation and a thanksgiving. I lack the capacity; it seems to me that I prepare Myself in Jesus Himself, and that I thank Him with Jesus Himself. (L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 9, April 10, 1910)

“The poor must receive from the rich.” Our audacious little Luisa is showing us what Jesus wants from us—our total dependence on him. Only then can he receive from us what is worthy of him—his own things. And the more of his own things we return to him, the more he showers us with a superabundance of new grace, the pinnacle of which is his Most Holy Divine Will.

If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own?’ Jesus wants to give us the Divine Will as our own. But he requires that we come to him poor and abject, with nothing in our pockets save what we have implored from others more holy and merciful than ourselves. He wants our nothingness, and that we know our nothingness.

Once we have jettisoned all that we cling to on earth, we are ready to receive, as our own possession, his Most Holy Divine Will. But we must come unencumbered, devoid of ego. ‘No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and [egotistical] wealth.’

What an unimaginable privilege of grace it is to be called into our Master’s service in the Divine Will, to serve Our Lord, who is perfectly just and perfectly merciful, unchangable and unpredictable, rich and poor, slow to anger and quick to shower graces upon us. The poor must receive from the rich. O Lord! How great Thou Art! Fiat!

From the Volumes:

Volume 16, March 19, 1924

“My daughter, what you say is true. I am everywhere, but it is my Power, Immensity and All-seeingness that allows Me to be everywhere; it is not the love and the action of the creature in my Will to make Me be everywhere and to multiply Me. But when the soul enters my Will, it is her love – it is her acts that, being filled with divine virtue, make my Life arise, according to how her acts are more or less extended and done. And this is the reason for my feast in seeing that the creature takes of my own and gives Me my Love, my Glory and even my very Life. My contentment is so great that the creature cannot comprehend it while she lives in exile, but she will comprehend it in the Celestial Fatherland, when she sees herself repaid with as many Divine Lives for as many as she formed upon earth.” (L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 16, March 19, 1924)

Volume 16, December 6, 1923

At other times, it seemed to me that Jesus would take my soul in His hands, and would throw it in flight into the immensity of His Will, telling me: “The Newborn of my Will! You were born in my Will – in It do I want you to live. Fly, fly in the Eternal Volition; fulfill your office. See what needs to be done between the Divinity and the creatures; go around all generations, but always in my Will, otherwise you will not find them all. And loving, working, repairing, adoring for all, you will go before the Supreme Majesty to give It all the love and the homages of all and of each one, as the First Newborn Daughter of Our Will.”

I would start my flight and Jesus would follow my flight with His gaze. But who can say what I did? In His Will I could find all the love which His Will was to give to the creatures, and because they would not take it, it was suspended, waiting to be taken. And so I would make It my own, and investing all created intelligences, I would form for each thought an act of love, of adoration, and of all that every intelligence was supposed to give God. And embracing everything within me, as though placing everyone on my lap, I would reach the vault of the Heavens to place them on the lap of the Celestial Father, saying to Him: ‘Holy Father, I come to your Throne to bring you on my lap all your children, your dear images, created by You, in order to place them on your divine lap, so that You may bind and re-tie once again that Will which they had broken from You. It is the Little Daughter of your Will to ask this of You. I am little, it is true, but I take on the commitment to satisfy You for all. I will not depart from your Throne, if You do not bind the human will with the Divine, so that, bringing It to the earth, the Kingdom of your Will may come upon earth. Nothing is denied to little ones, because what they ask is nothing other than the echo of your own Will and of what You Yourself want.’

Then I would go to Jesus, who was waiting for me in my little room, and He would receive me in His arms, covering me with kisses and caresses, telling me: “My little one, in order for the Will of Heaven to descend upon earth, it is necessary that all human acts be sealed and glazed with acts of Divine Will, so that, in seeing that all the acts of the creatures are covered with Its Will, drawn by the powerful magnet of Its own Volition, the Supreme Will may descend upon earth and reign in it. You, then, have been given this task, as First Newborn of Our Will.

Know that in order to draw the Word and make Him descend from Heaven, my Mama took on this commitment to go around all generations; and making all the acts of human will her own, She placed the Divine Will in them, since She possessed so much of this capital of the Supreme Volition as to surpass all that all creatures together would possess. And for every round She made in It, this capital multiplied. And so, I, Eternal Word, in seeing that one of our most faithful creatures had covered, with so much grace and love, all the human acts with the Divine Will, taking to heart all that was needed in order to do this, and in seeing that Our Will was present in the world – drawn, descended from Heaven.

The second commitment befitted Me in order to form Redemption. How much I had to go around, across all human acts, as though taking them all in my hand and covering them, sealing them, glazing them with my Divine Will, in order to attract my Celestial Father, making Him look at all the human acts covered with that Divine Will which man had rejected into the celestial regions, so that my Divine Father would open the gates of Heaven, which had been closed by the human will. There is no good which does not descend by means of my Will.

The third one is yours. It befits you, Firstborn Daughter of Our Will, to add the third seal of Our Will upon all human acts to the first and the second, in order to obtain the coming of the Kingdom of the Divine Will upon earth. Therefore, go around, my daughter, over all the human acts of creatures. Penetrate into the hearts; bring to each heartbeat the heartbeat of my Will, to each thought the kiss, the knowledge of my Will. Impress the Omnipotent Fiat in every word; invade everything; overwhelm everyone with It, that my Kingdom may come upon earth. Your Jesus will not leave you alone in these rounds; I will assist you and guide you in everything.” (L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 16, December 6, 1923)

Volume 23, December 14, 1927

Then I continued thinking about the Divine Fiat, and I said to myself: “But how can this Kingdom of the Divine Will come into the midst of creatures if sin abounds and no one gives a thought to wanting this Kingdom?  On the contrary, it seems that they think about wars, about revolutions, about putting the world upside down; and it seems that they are consumed with rage because they cannot achieve completely their perverted designs, lying in ambush, waiting for the occasion.  Does all this not drive the grace of a good so great away?’  And my beloved Jesus, moving in my interior, told me: “My daughter, I have you, who are worth more than anything; and putting everything aside, I will look at your value – that is, the value of my Divine Will in you – and I will dispose my Kingdom in the midst of creatures.  A person is worth according to the value which is entrusted to him.  If my Will contains an infinite value, which surpasses the whole value of all creatures together, one who possesses It, before the Divine Majesty, has the value that surpasses everything.  So, for now I have you, and this is enough for Me in order to dispose the Kingdom of my Will.  Therefore, all the evils of this time – and they are too many – do not equal the great value of my Divine Will operating in one creature alone; and my Will will use these evils to make a heap out of them and, with Its power, to banish them from the face of the earth. 

The same happened in Redemption.  Evils had not been banished from the earth – on the contrary, they abounded more than ever; but since the Sovereign Queen came upon earth – the creature who possessed a Divine Will within Herself, who enclosed the whole value of the good of Redemption – looking not at others, nor at their evils, I looked at the value of this celestial creature, which was sufficient to impetrate my descent upon earth; and in view of Her alone, who possessed Our prerogatives and the value of a divine and infinite Will, I gave and formed the Kingdom of Redemption in the midst of creatures.  So, in disposing the good of Redemption, I wanted to find the whole value of It within my Mama; I wanted to place in safety, inside Her maternal Heart, all the goods which my coming upon earth into the midst of creature was to enclose; and then I conceded the good which the Sovereign Queen of Heaven was asking of Me.  I acted like a prince when he must leave for a destination of more conquests:  he chooses the most faithful one, he entrusts his secrets to him, he places in his hands the whole value of the expenditures needed for the conquests wanted; and trusting this one alone, who knows he possesses the whole value of the conquests desired, he takes leave triumphantly, knowing that the victory is certain.  So I do.  When I want to give a good to creatures, first I trust one of them alone, I place in her the whole value of that good; and then, as though assured, I give the good which she asks of Me for the other creatures.  Therefore, think of enclosing within yourself the whole value that the Kingdom of my Will must contain, and I will think of disposing all the rest that is needed for a good so great.” (L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 23, December 14, 1927)

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

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

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

Volume 11, April 10, 1912

Volume 4, November 10, 1900

Volume 6, July 29, 1904

Volume 3, February 4, 1900

Volume 2, April 3, 1899

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

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

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

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


“Afghanistan is important. It always has been.”

A few weeks ago, I felt very strongly that our Divine Will group should pray for Afghanistan, not just for the people trying to leave, and those who can’t even dream of leaving (these are ongoing, urgent prayer needs) but for the country itself. I also felt it was important that we pray the Twenty-Four Hours of the Passion for this intention, which our prayer group did, in the Divine Will in the name of All.

But in the back of my mind I wondered, with all the trouble and trouble spots in the world, why pray for Afghanistan in particular? Then this thought popped into my head: “Afghanistan is important. It always has been.” I thought that was a curious thought to pop suddenly into my head. So, I did a search on the history of Afghanistan. I found this stunning tidbit on the Jewish Virtual Library website:

The Pashtun, the main Afghan ethnic group and Taliban supporters, also believe they are descended from the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel, and later converted to Islam. Dozens of Pashtun names and customs sound Jewish, from the Pashtun tribe names of Asheri and Naftali to the Pashtun custom of a wedding chuppah and the circumcising of the sons on the eighth day after birth. The Pashtuns claim that the city of Kabul stands for “Cain and Abel” and Afghanistan is derived from “Afghana,” the grandson of King Saul of the tribe of Benjamin.

An interesting tie-in to salvation history indeed! In 1 Kings we read about how the Ten Lost Tribes came to be lost.

About that time, when Jeroboam was leaving Jerusalem, the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite found him on the road. Ahijah had clothed himself with a new garment. The two of them were alone in the open country when Ahijah laid hold of the new garment he was wearing and tore it into twelve pieces. He then said to Jeroboam: Take for yourself ten pieces; for thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘See, I am about to tear the kingdom from the hand of Solomon, and will give you ten tribes. One tribe will remain his, for the sake of my servant David and for the sake of Jerusalem, the city that I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel. (1 Kings 11:29-32)

Michael Barber of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology offers this little explanation on the lost tribes in his article, “The Lost Tribes of Israel and the Book of Revelation”:

So what happened to those northern tribes? Today they are spoken of as “the Lost Tribes of Israel.” Although Mormons believe these tribes came to America and settled here, there is no biblical or archeological evidence to support this view. Indeed, the northern tribes were truly lost. Even the rabbis debated whether or not they would ever return.  

The Old Testament, though, seems to be pretty clear on the matter. According to Isaiah, Jeremiah, and the rest of the prophets, God promised to bring them back. He promised a restoration of “all Israel.” This restoration would not include every single Israelite—some would reject Him—but rather a restoration of all the tribes, the northern and the southern kingdoms. The famous prophecy that tells of the “new covenant” explicitly states this: “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah” (Jer 31:31). This idea of a reunited Israel is found throughout the Old Testament. In fact, it’s hard to find a prophet who doesn’t express this hope!  

Yet another fascinating tie-in to salvation history.

One little detail nags at me though. Why was the city of Kabul named for the first fratricide in human history? Strange. We may never know in this life, but given the recent history of the place, it has turned out to be prophetic, with decades of brother killing brother.

Afghanistan is a land in need of conversion and healing, and God wants it more than we do. We read in 2 Chronicles 7:14: “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” This is what we are praying for dear friends to break the stronghold of evil that has oppressed the land for so long. God’s children are behind enemy lines, and I don’t mean the earthly enemy. The enemy of souls is our only enemy; everyone else is fair game for the Kingdom.

And that’s our tie-in to salvation history for that beleaguered country. If you can, please make a commitment to pray for them. And what more powerful prayer than the Twenty-Four Hours of the Passion? I suggest praying one of the Hours* for this intention on Fridays which, in addition to being the day on which our Savior died for our sins, happens to be the Islamic holy day. If you can’t commit to every Friday, perhaps nine, or three, or one. Ask the Lord what he wants you to do. And don’t forget the Command Prayer (see below).

“Afghanistan is important. It always has been.” Friends, we have the only weapon that counts, the Divine Will. May His kingdom come and His Will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Fiat!

On that day a great trumpet will be blown, and those who were lost in the land of Assyria and those who were driven out to the land of Egypt will come and worship the Lord on the holy mountain at Jerusalem. (Isaiah 27:13)

(*An “Hour” of the Passion refers to the hour on the clock posted at the beginning of the text. It does not refer to the length of time you need to pray. I think it is good also to include Luisa’s “Preparation before each hour” and Thanksgiving after each hour” found on page 12 of this downloadable copy of the Hours of the Passion. If not those prayers then prayers to fuse ourselves into Jesus before praying, and to thank him afterwards. Very important.)

The Command Prayer

Abba Father, In the name of Jesus, In the Unity and Power of the Holy Spirit, Under the mantle of Mary, With all the Angels and Saints, Through the intercession of The Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, Take my humble prayer And make it Your Command, That all be accomplished and completed in Your most Holy Divine Will.

I love you and I thank you with your own Divine Will. Fiat!

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)

“Lack of Correspondence to Grace”…

By the tender mercy of our God,
   the dawn from on high will break upon us,
to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
   to guide our feet into the way of peace.’
(Luke 1:78-79)

Recently I was making my evening examination of conscience when I had a little illumination as this phrase popped into my head: lack of correspondence to grace. That definitely gave me pause! As I pondered the phrase, I felt it indicated a habit of negligence in areas I had yet to recognize. I was grateful to have been given this insight, and knew I was in for a good long examination of conscience—from a completely new angle.

It reminded me of something that happened some time ago. We all have things—sometimes even good things—that we are disproportionately attracted to, things like shopping, porn, gambling, people, food, etc. Mine has been food. Several years ago, feeling disgusted with myself, I was praying, yet again, for the gift of temperance. I heard a voice in my interior say, “I gave that gift to you at your Confirmation,” then added wryly, “you just haven’t opened it yet.” Oh my. It was stated without judgment, but I felt the truth of it deep inside. It was a clear case of lack of correspondence to grace.

Then he gave me a further insight that was infinitely comforting. It had to do with the word “correspondence” itself. I had a feeling it was meant to be spelled with a hyphen: “co-respondence”. That word, I felt, was the key to my failings. I needed to recognize that my response to grace was useless without God’s ongoing help. If was depending on my own efforts rather than asking for more grace, I would continue to fail. Reflecting on the temperance incident in this new light, I realize that the words of gentle rebuke also held an offer of assistance, of new graces, those I specifically needed to help me co-respond to that grace.

Now God’s graces come in unexpected wrappings. I have come to appreciate that the wrappings are part of the gift and are chosen with equal care. The interior gift of temperance I had received needed an exterior wrapping of discipline. The first wrapping God used for my gift was food sensitivities to gluten, dairy, and a few other foods. No longer could I enjoy the things I used to crave and binge on. I was given enough understanding to be grateful for this condition and the grace to focus on the abundance of good foods still available to me—most of the time.

That took care of the kinds of food I could eat but did not regulate the amount. Clearly I needed more than one wrapping, so the second layer was that he placed in my heart a desire for fasting. Me? Fast? I was terrible at it, and found even just the two fasting days of Lent almost unbearable. Then one day I read a book about St. Francis, titled, “God’s Fool” by Julien Green. I was very drawn to the simple saint and felt prompted to look up Franciscan third orders. The first that came up was the Brothers and Sisters of Penance of St. Francis. As I read their Rule of Life I burst into tears. It was exactly what I was feeling called to: structured prayer, regular fasting and abstinence, simplicity of life, and accountability. This was not a weight-loss program, but an exercise in discipline for a higher purpose. I was certain I could not manage it on my own, but I trusted that if God had called me to it, he would provide the grace. That he did, through formation, a Rule, and community. I have been a professed member since 2007. God be praised! Fiat!

I still have to eat three times a day and sometimes I still take too much and have to confess it—by God’s grace far less often than before. Soon after my co-respondence illumination, I went to confession, where I received—you guessed it—more grace to overcome my weaknesses. This time the priest gave me a little exercise and here is how it worked in this case: Father said to picture Jesus coming into my heart. I was to meet Him there and ask for a remedy for the lack of correspondence to a certain grace. When I did that with the grace of temperance, the Lord gave me a remedy. It was a Word: “Enough”. When the Lord speaks a Word, it accomplishes what it is sent to do, meaning that as I said that word in my need, I would receive the grace I needed in that moment. It still requires a response from me, but the grace makes it easier and more efficacious.

This illumination was a definite call to go deeper to see where else I had let God’s gifts lie dormant. I think that will be an ongoing deep cleaning. God be praised! Fiat!

Some years back I was given an image of God wanting to play a simple game of catch with me. But every time I got the ball I ran for the touchdown! I ended up at the wrong end of the field, completely exhausted, wondering why no one was cheering. It took me a long time to figure out that was in the wrong playbook. All I needed to do was toss the ball back to God in a friendly, serene, game of catch. In playing catch you have to keep your eyes on your target. In my playbook, I was the target, not God. Mea culpa!

I was listening to a video by Fr. Mike Schmitz and he said something to this effect: all the good I do comes from God, and all my weakness I give to God. That too is co-respondence. God fervently desires to help us with innumerable graces. He knows we cannot go deeper into the Divine Will if we have disordered or disproportionate attachments to people, places, or things. Rightly ordered attachments—great! But if we are clinging to something, someone, or someplace inordinately, we need to ask for more grace to surrender to God’s Most Holy Divine Will. It might help to think of it as turning our umbrellas upside down and instead of repelling the graces we need, catching all we can!

In one place in the Volumes, Jesus tells Luisa that she had been given more graces than Adam! So, let us not be surprised at the myriad of graces we need to progress in the Divine Will! As Luisa says, “The poor must receive from the rich.” Therefore, let us co-respond to grace, asking for grace upon grace so that in us too he can find Acts done in the Divine Will, the raw materials he needs to complete the work he wants to do. Let us acknowledge our nothingness and let him do.

Our magnanimous God wants more than anything that we progress in this Gift so that the Dawn from on High may burn away the darkness that surrounds us and we can return to the Order, the Place and the Purpose for which our loving Abba created us. Fiat!

From The Three Appeals: Luisa’s Appeal

Now I must tell you a secret:
God, in withdrawing to Himself the Kingdom of the Divine Will (after the Fall of Adam), did not say: “I will no longer give It to man;” but He kept It on reserve, awaiting the future generations, to assail them with surprising graces, with dazzling lights such as to eclipse the human volition—which caused us to lose a Kingdom so Holy—and with such attractions of admirable and prodigious knowledge of the Divine Will, as to make us feel the necessity, the desire to put aside our volition which makes us unhappy, and hurl ourselves into the Divine Will, as our permanent Kingdom.

Therefore the Kingdom is ours; take courage!…The Supreme “FIAT” awaits us, calls us, presses us to take possession of it. WHO WOULD BE SO BOLD, WHO WOULD BE SO PERFIDIOUS AS TO NOT LISTEN TO ITS CALL, AND TO NOT ACCEPT SO MUCH HAPPINESS?…Only, we must leave the miserable rags of our will, the mourning garment of our slavery into which this has cast us, to clothe ourselves as queens, and adorn ourselves with divine ornaments.