Divine Will…

Then I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the lands where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply. I will raise up shepherds over them who will shepherd them, and they shall not fear any longer, or be dismayed, nor shall any be missing, says the Lord. (Jeremiah 23:3-4)

I find that the Holy Spirit often teaches in themes. Over the past few years, from many sources and directions, I have been led to the writings of Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta which speak of the fulfillment of the Lord’s petition in the Our Father: “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” The writings speak of the coming Kingdom of the Divine Will, which corresponds with the “Triumph of the Immaculate Heart” promised at Fatima, a time in which the Will of God reigns in the hearts of all. It is an era of peace longed for by God since the Fall of Adam, and alluded to in Jeremiah’s passage above. In the writings of Luisa, we are taught to exchange our human will for the Divine Will.

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Rejoice!

Isaiah 12:3 With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

Global tensions are on a seemingly exponential uptick. Yet the utter importance of joy has been coming to me again and again. The above Scripture passage can be read in two ways, a passive way and an active way. The passive way implies that joy is what we are filled with after we are saved. Very true. But the active reading of this passage tells us that joy can also be the “bucket” we can use to draw water from the wells of salvation. Joy therefore becomes an instrument of salvation in the hand of the Christian.

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Gratitude before sacrifice…

Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten (lepers) made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” (Luke 17:17-18)

Here in Canada, since our harvest comes earlier, we celebrate Thanksgiving in October. I once heard a priest say something very challenging in his Thanksgiving homily. Essentially he said that gratitude to God is more important than any other pious act—including prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

Many of us have come to the BSP in response to a felt call to increased prayer and fasting. Sometimes it is easy to feel that if we live the rule to the best of our ability, we have done what we should. But if our practice does not flow from a grateful heart, even if we manage to live the Rule perfectly, our sacrificial gifts will carry the stench of ingratitude. How can God be pleased?

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Solidarity in prayer…

A reader has brought this grassroots initiative to my attention and I wanted to pass it on. Here is the link to their website: http://www.solidarityinprayer.com/ and here is a  FLYER with more information. Although they are initially targeting US parishes, it is certainly not restricted to those. Let us all be united in prayer on October 13, 2016. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!

Added later: At my request, here is a note from one of the group’s founding members: “We are only asking for their parish’s name after they’ve signed up so we know who’s in. No money is being or will be asked for.” They have added this to their contact page: “We are not, and will not, ask for money. We will not fill your inbox with useless emails or give out your contact information. This is an effort that you lead locally with your pastor.”

No one is obliged to participate and everyone who does so, it is at their own risk. May Our Lady of Fatima lead and guide us all. Blessed Mother, pray for us!

(I have now vetted the Solidarity in Prayer group and am satisfied that it is a legitimate and worthy undertaking. The person who contacted me is a parishioner of St. Bernard of Clairvaux parish, Cincinnati. His pastor is Fr. Don Siciliano. To show his support, Fr. Don posted and linked the Solidarity in Prayer website in a Facebook post on July 22, challenging others to join. You’ll need to scroll down for the July 22 post.)

Secret of the Rosary

“But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19)

 It is unlikely that anyone reading this would disagree that the age of Mary is upon us. Long have we been waiting for the privileged time when Christ will once again reveal himself through the “Fiat!” of his most holy Mother. As I was preparing this newsletter I happened upon this quote from one of Fr. Robert Altier’s homliies:

 “Saint Louis de Montfort says that the kingdom of Mary must be established firmly on earth before the kingdom of Christ will come, and that as Our Lady came before Jesus two thousand years ago so it will happen again. The first time, for both Our Lady and Our Lord, it was very much hidden; this time, for neither will it be hidden. Our Lady is going to come to establish justice on the earth and that is going to be followed by a lengthy period of peace.”

Certainly this falls in line with the messages of approved apparitions such as Fatima, Lourdes, and Akita, and indeed with many of the messages from apparitions that have not yet been either approved or condemned by the Church. So we are filled with joyful hope, even though the messages often come with warnings of chastisement if the world does not repent. When we see the depths of sin into which the world has fallen without having given any credence to the Mother of God, there is little else to do but pray that God will soon put an end to the reign evil through the Triumph of her most Immaculate Heart. We look forward to the Sabbath rest that has been foretold to follow the time of correction that is coming to the world. Continue reading

Mission…

(Friends, just after I hit send, I found this article I had written that is a much better presentation of the information in the last blog post. It references the same Marino Restrepo video.)

“But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God and they shall be my people.” (Jeremiah 31:33)

I used to have a Bible on CD-ROM which allowed me to search for words or phrases. Once I looked up the phrase, “and I will be their God.” I was amazed at how many times it occurs in Scripture.[1] This testifies to the deep longing of God’s heart to be in covenant with his people.

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Armed and dangerous…

Friends, do yourselves and the world a favor by taking ten minutes to view this video of a portion of a talk by Marino Restrepo. It is on the critical importance of Catholics receiving the Eucharist as often as possible. (If you have never heard of Marino Restrepo, I encourage you to also view his amazing testimony.)


From my other blog, https://pelianitoblog.wordpress.com/ :

1 John 4:4 You belong to God, children, and you have conquered them, for the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

“Beloved child, it is a great mystery that the Lord of Life makes his home in mere creatures. The angels are in awe of this, yet few of my children even acknowledge it. Your God lives in you my child! Ponder this. You who receive me in the Bread of Life have a greater responsibility not to take my presence within you for granted. The world is desperately in need of my presence. If those in whom I dwell do not carry my love to others, who will do it? If my light does not shine through you, then the darkness will be that much deeper. So I call you, dear children, not to let the presence of Christ within you be muffled or dimmed. Remove everything that obstructs the view so that all who see you will see Christ. I do not tell you this in a cerebral sense or in a superficial sense, but I want you to live this in every moment. Now more than ever before I want you, my children, to live my presence in the world.”

Jesus, Lord of light and love, I repent for all the times I have failed to live your presence in the world. In your mercy remove from me all that muffles or dims your presence. May your light shine in us for all to see and may souls be drawn to the light. Your Body in my body, your Blood in my veins, your love in my heart. May your kingdom come and your will be done. Amen.

Stay Awake…

“Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Beware, keep alert, for you do not know when the time will come.'” (Mark 13:33)

In one of his appearances to St. Catherine of Siena, Jesus told her, “In his ignorance man treats himself very cruelly. My care is constant, but he turns my life-giving gifts into a source of death.” In other words, what our Lord gives us for our good, we misuse to the point of causing ourselves grave harm. Consequently, in our willful disobedience, we are running headlong into destruction.

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