The good Lord gives even as he takes away…

Thank you all for your prayers, kind words, and good wishes since I my husband passed. The Lord has given me super-abundant consolations, both temporal and spiritual. I feel the strength of your love and prayers. It has been a bit of a wild ride lately. Since the death of my husband barely a month ago, I have moved to a new city to be nearer to family and have helped my sister to move my 92 year old father to an extended care facility. God has been with me and mine every step of the way.

After a great deal of prayer and consultation with others (including my spiritual director and my realtor who both said, “Go!”) I felt I had the green light to move BEFORE my house was sold. I was going to be renting anyway. Finances would be a bit tight but it was doable. I felt the Lord wished me to trust him on this. So I went forward in faith.

The movers were still loading the truck when my realtor called and said he had an offer on my house! It was a decent offer with only one easily surmountable condition. I am confident the deal will go through. That was yesterday. I am still pinching myself. It feels like a dream.

The the good Lord gives, even as he takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord, now and forever!

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Prayers and novenas…

Blessings all. Some of you have requested the prayers and novenas that I had on the other blog so I have added a page under the “Pages” menu. If any of the links don’t work, or if I have missed any that you would like to see added, please contact me.

gold_leaf2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

A Serious Matter…

As some people did not see this on the Pelianito blog, I am re-posting it here as I am inviting those who may have questions to visit this blog. I will be posting some further thoughts on Monday.

A serious matter…

Dear friends,

I apologize once again for the flood of emails you just received. Mea culpa! It is ironic or perhaps providential given the news that I now have to deliver.

Some of you have wondered about the “dry spell” of fewer blog posts in recent months. I too have wondered if God may be pointing me in a new direction. God is usually subtle, except when He isn’t. A serious matter has come up , and after discussing the it with my spiritual director, I have decided to suspend my blog until further notice.

Someone in authority who had concerns about my blog writings evidently submitted at least some of them to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. It was communicated to me that in the estimation of the CDF, the writings on this blog “do not always reflect authentic Catholic teaching.”

At this time I don’t know more than that. I can only guess at what has caused this determination. Perhaps it is because I refer frequently to teachings such as Flame of Love and Divine Will that, while they have approval of the local bishop, have not yet been fully approved by the Church. This is a legitimate concern; the CDF has the overwhelming job of maintaining the integrity of the teachings of the Church. I submit to their authority and apologize to all my readers if I have in any way caused confusion. If there are errors in any of my messages, it is strictly the fault of this unworthy human instrument.

It has always been my desire to fulfill the will of God in my life, my hope to edify the faithful, and my mission to build up the Body of Christ. Whatever I have done well has been the work of God and whatever I have done poorly has been my own fault. I trust God always to fix my mistakes, and it seems I give him plenty of opportunities to practice!

I am providentially at peace with all of this. I know enough to believe that God can do as much or more with my silence as he can with my words.  And truthfully, the only One we need to “follow” is Jesus. 🙂 That said, I am eternally grateful to God for all those He has led to this blog, those who have commented, or who were silently present. I am especially grateful for the ministry of prayer that unfolded over the years. You have been and always will be dear to my heart and I will continue to remember you in my prayers. I have one request, that until things change, I think it would be better for you not to share these writings.

It seems to me that the Lord has made his desires known. If in the future I am able to continue this ministry, I will re-activate the blog and send out a notice to the current subscribers. May our good God bless us all and keep us faithful to His call!

“The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:21)

Fiat!

Post-script:

I have installed a re-direct command so that the Pelianito blog link ends up at Joy of Penance. I hope that is not too confusing. The WordPress message was not working very well and I couldn’t change it.

Goods in common…

Acts 4:32 Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common.

Blessed Easter to all!

Scripture is a rose eternally unfolding. When I was choosing a scripture passage as a launching point for this article, I felt that more than anything, this passage referred to the spiritual goods of the members of the Mystical Body of Christ and how, in Christ, they are held in common for all to use for their good, the good of others, and the glory of God.

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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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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…

“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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