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.

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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!

The Shadow of Peter…

They even carried out the sick into the streets, and laid them on cots and mats, in order that Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he came by. A great number of people would also gather from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all cured. (Acts 5:15-16)

Blessings dear friends. I am posting a quick post today, first of all to ask for prayers for the coming visit of the Holy Father to Canada (my country), Alberta (my province), and Edmonton (my city)! I feel so honored to be part of this journey that the Holy Father is undertaking to bring healing to the indigenous peoples of Canada. I have been volunteering behind the scenes and will volunteer at the Papal Mass. In the Divine Will I will pray for you there as well. We are all in need of healing.

Archbishop Richard Smith has asked for prayers, first for the health and safety of the Holy Father especially during this trip, and also that “the shadow of Peter” may fall on this land and its people to bring healing. In the Divine Will, the specific leads to the universal, so I add that the shadow of Peter would fall on all peoples, past, present, and future, healing all of their brokenness.

I pray also for safety and that all would proceed in the Divine Will for the good of all.


And, unrelated, just a couple of edifying items to bring to your attention:

  1. A podcast of The School of Mary (A Kindergarten of The Divine Will) featuring theBenedictine Daughters of the Divine Will is always worth our time, and always delightful. I just listened to the podcast of 6/16/22 on Fiat Radio. There is so much excellent stuff there!
  2. https://joyofpenance.files.wordpress.com/2022/07/seven-capital-sins-opposite-corresponding-virtues-and-extremes.pdf

Blessings to all in the Divine Will, and good summer in the Lord. Fiat!

Echo His words…

O Beloved Jesus, I enter into union with you by means of prayer and echo your prayer to the Father:

Volume 17, July   1, 1924

How beautiful and touching it was to hear Jesus pray! And since I was accompanying Him in the sorrowful mystery of the Scourging, He made Himself seen pouring out Blood, and I heard Him say: “My Father, I offer You this Blood of Mine. O please, let It cover all the intelligences of creatures, rendering vain all their evil thoughts, dimming the fire of their passions, and making holy intelligences rise again. May this Blood cover their eyes and be a veil to their sight, so that the taste of evil pleasures may not enter them through their eyes, and they may not get dirty with the mud of the earth. May this Blood of Mine cover and fill their mouths, and render their lips dead to blasphemies, to imprecations, to all of their bad words. My Father, may this Blood of Mine cover their hands, and strike terror in man for so many evil actions. May this Blood circulate in Our Eternal Will in order to cover all, to defend all, and to be a defending weapon for the creature before the rights of Our Justice.” (L. Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 17, July 1, 1924)

Come Divine Will, come to reign upon the earth! Queen of Peace, pray for us! St. Joseph, Terror of Demons, pray for us! Fiat!

Fr. Jason Charron…

I invite you to take the time to watch this video from the Pints with Aquinas podcast with Fr. Jason Charron. I found it balanced, factual, informative, and charitable. We could use a lot more of that these days. Fiat!

(FYI the podcast starts at the 8 minute mark.)

Lessons…

Blessings dear friends. Since February 11 is the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes, I thought I would re-blog the post below. St. Bernadette Soubirous and others have a lot to teach us about humility. If you want to watch a Catholic classic, The Song of Bernadette filmed in 1943 is among the best. Free on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgwLJ4ZxnFk

The Joy of Penance

Luke 15:11-32 “…(The prodigal son) would gladly have filled himself with the pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself he said, “How many of my father’s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger! I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands.’ ”

Like the prodigal son in the Gospel reading above, we all have lessons to learn, and they may indeed be just as hard-won for us as they were for the prodigal! Usually there is pride involved on some level. Lately I have felt the Lord revealing to me some of my defects of character, some…

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Sing in my singing, dance in my dancing…

If we pay attention, we may find the Lord surprising us with new ways to express our Acts in the Divine Will. This week I had two lovely and unexpected ones.

I was at Mass Friday morning. They had some instrumental music playing after Mass as I was meditating. A tune came on that was very familiar but I couldn’t remember the words. As I was driving home it came to me—Dona Nobis Pacem (Grant Us Peace). Timely, I thought, given the serious lack of peace in society and the imminent threat to peace in our world. It seemed Our Lord was calling me to chant this often in the Divine Will, and that it was tied to the coming Era of Peace.

It made perfect sense. The hymn is simple, only three words which can be easily memorized and repeated while driving, working, rocking the baby, or even reverberating in your mind in the checkout line. Isn’t it just like the Lord to give us a simple task, a little tiny thing, but one that, when done fused into Him and solely for love of Him, has the potential to resonate in time and eternity? Come Holy Spirit! Come Divine Will!

The same day a video came up on my youtube feed of the SOLI Sisters of Ontario (Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate) taking up the Jerusalema Dance Challenge last Easter. Being largely ignorant of fads on TikTok, I had to look it up and was surprised to find a Divine Will thread woven in this secular dance challenge. The song used in the dance challenge is a newer adaptation (written in Zulu, produced by South African DJ, Master KG) of an old gospel hymn titled Jerusalema Ikhaya Lami (Jerusalem My Home). I found this article that explained the Christian connection of the lyrics. I just want to highlight some of the lyrics which are repeated in the song because, my goodness, whether or not that was the intention of the artist, there is a clear longing in them for the coming of the Kingdom.

Jerusalema ikhaya lami [Jerusalem my home]
Ngilondoloze [Keep me]
Uhambe nami [Walk with me]
Zungangishiyi lana [Don’t leave me here]
Ndawo yami ayikho lana [My place is not here]
Mbuso wami awukho lana [My kingdom is not here]

Now I had been thinking I need to get more exercise, especially as our winter here in western Canada has been challenging. So naturally, after I saw the Sisters dancing I thought it might be nudge from God. So I danced, all in—body, mind, soul, and spirit, in the Divine Will of course, calling forth the Kingdom, the New Jerusalem. Well, the Sisters out-paced me after only a couple of steps, so I did what any grey-haired granny would do, I danced like only God was watching. For love of you, Lord—dance in my dancing. May your Kingdom Come and your Will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Friends, the Lord is doing a new thing. Let us sing and dance, and “let Him do”! Fiat!

More Good News…

Blessed New Year, dear friends!

I want to share with you the wonderful news that Fr. Iannuzzi’s podcasts are now being updated on Radio Maria. For a long time, the most recent podcast in the archive was dated September 18, 2021. I see that they have added four more podcasts dated October 9 – November 13, with hopefully more to follow. Fiat!

God be praised in all things, especially His Most Holy Mother! Fiat!