Saturday, February 17, 2018

The True Life of Jesus.

The Real, True Life of Jesus exists in those who live in the Divine Will, just as It does in the Eucharist.

From the Church-approved Volume 16 of Luisa Piccarreta's writings. Imprimatur and Nihil Obstat from the Bishop of her Diocese and St. Annibale di Francia. Below post is based on her entry dated November 5, 1923. 
    
Luisa was feeling oppressed, in part because her confessor had denied her absolution due to her lack of trust in him, but primarily because of the privation of her beloved Jesus. Having received Holy Communion, she abandoned herself to the Lord, lamenting that creatures, instead of helping her, pile pain upon pain. She asked Jesus, as the High Priest, to give her absolution Himself, forgiving the sins that are in her soul. She wished to hear His sweet voice, that bestows life and forgiveness. 
 
The Lord made Himself seen in her interior, within the Sacramental veils, which formed as though a mirror; Jesus was inside of it, alive and real. He told her that the mirror comprises the accidents of the bread which keep Him imprisoned within them. He forms His Life in the Host, but the Host does not give Him anything, not one affection, heartbeat, or even the littlest “I love You.” It is as though dead for Him, and He remains alone, without a shadow of requital. His love is almost impatient to go out and shatter that glass. He wants to descend into hearts in order to find in them that requital which the Host does not know how to give, nor can it. 

      Does Luisa know where He can find His true requital? It is in the soul who lives in His Divine Will. As he descends into her heart in Communion, He immediately consumes the accidents of the Host, because He knows that more noble accidents, more dear to Him, are ready to imprison Him. They will not let Him go out of that heart, which will give Him, not only life within itself, but life for life. He will not be alone, but will be with His most faithful company. There will be two hearts, palpitating together, united in love and in their desires. He will remain in her, and there He will live a Life, alive and real, just as He does in the Most Holy Sacrament. The accidents which He finds in the soul who does His Will, are her acts done in the Divine Volition, which, more than accidents, lay themselves around Him. They imprison Him, but inside a noble and divine prison, not a dark one, because her acts done In His Will illuminate and warm her, more than sun. How happy He feels to form His real Life in her, because He feels as if He were inside His Celestial Royal Palace. In Luisa's heart He is so happy, He delights and feels the purest joys. 
 

But Luisa objected, asking if what He is telling her is something new and singular – that in one who lives in His Will He forms His real life? She asked if it was rather His mystical Life, which He forms in hearts which possess His grace? But Jesus replied that it is not a mystical Life, as in those who possess His grace. They do not live with their acts identified within His Volition, and do not have sufficient material to form the accidents in order to imprison Him. It would be as if the priest did not have the Host, and wanted to pronounce the words of the consecration. He would say them, but would say them to empty space – His sacramental Life would certainly not have existence. This is how He is in the hearts which, though they may possess His grace, do not live completely in His Will. He is in them by grace, but not in reality. 
 

Luisa, in response, asked the Lord how can it be that He can really live in the soul who lives in His Will? Jesus answered that does He not live in the sacramental Host, alive and real, in Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity? Why does He live in the Host in that way? Because there is not a will that opposes His Will. If He found in the Host a will opposed to His, He would form neither real nor perennial Life in it. This is also the reason why the sacramental accidents are consumed when creatures receive Him – because He does not find a human will united with Him in such a way as to want to lose its own will in order to acquire His Will. Instead He finds a will that wants to act, that wants to do things on its own. So He makes His little visit, then He leaves. 
 

On the other hand, for one who lives in His Divine Will, His Volition and hers are one. What He does in the Host, how much more can He do in her, since He finds a heartbeat, an affection, His return and His interest, which He does not find in the Host. To the soul who lives in His Will, His real Life within her is necessary; otherwise How could she live in His Volition? Luisa does not understand that the sanctity of living in His Will is a sanctity completely different from the other sanctities. Except for the crosses, mortifications, and necessary acts of life which embellish the soul, it is nothing other than the life of the Blessed in Heaven. Since they live in His Will, by virtue of It they have Him within each one of them, as if He were for each one alone, alive and real, and not mystically, but really dwelling within them. If they did not have Him within them as their own life, it could not be called life of Heaven. Their happiness would be neither complete nor perfect if even a tiny particle of His Life were missing in them. Similarly, for one who lives in His Will on earth, if His real Life, which emits His Will, were missing, the Divine Volition would be neither full nor perfect in her. Truly, these are all prodigies of His love, even more: the prodigy of prodigies, that His Will has kept within Itself until now. But now it wants to issue them in order to achieve the primary purpose of the Creation of man. Therefore, He wants to form His first real Life in Luisa. 
 

On hearing this, Luisa felt a breath of disturbance, because she felt so far from this prodigy of having Him form His real Life in her. But Jesus told her not to worry. What He wants is that she obeys as much as she can, without putting anything of her own. All other sanctities, those of obedience and the other virtues, are not exempt from pettiness, disturbance, conflicts, and waste of time. These agitations prevent the forming of a beautiful sun – at most they form a little star. Only the sanctity of the Divine Volition is exempt from these miseries. 


The Divine Will encloses all the Sacraments and their effects. Therefore Luisa should abandon herself completely in It, and make It her own. Then she will receive the effects of the absolution, or anything else which she might be denied. She should not waste time, because by doing so she will come to hamper His real Life, which He is forming in her. (V16; 11/05/1923.)

[Does this mean that the soul living in the Divine Will does not have to receive Communion?  Absolutely not!  When such a soul, in whom Jesus lives with His real Life, receives the Sacrament, Jesus gloriously receives Himself, repeating what He did at the Last Supper, on the night that He instituted the Eucharist, when He gave Communion to Himself. I hope to be able to post something about this, based on Luisa's revelations, in the near future.]


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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Padre Pio read this book four times!


A wonderful source for Lenten readings and meditations is the book, The Twenty Four Hours of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ.  The book has six Imprimaturs from various bishops and countries.

The twenty four hours cover His entire Passion, beginning from the time Jesus took final leave of His Mother Mary until His burial. The first link below includes a preface by St. Annibale di Francia. This book of meditations on the Passion of Christ was composed by Luisa Piccarreta.

Hours of the Passion (Link.)
Hours of the Passion (Link.)

Padre Pio read the Hours of the Passion four times! This is according to Adriana Pallotti, his recently deceased spiritual daughter from San Giovanni Rotondo, who received personal spiritual direction from the Saint. (Link.)

 
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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Sacrament of the Divine Will surpasses all the other Sacraments.

The Lord told Luisa that Sacraments are called such because they are sacred, and possess the power and value to confer grace and sanctity. However, they act according to the dispositions of creatures. Thus, often they remain fruitless, unable to confer the goods they contain. The Divine Will, which is sacred and holy, contains altogether the virtue of all the Sacraments. Furthermore, It does not have to work in order to dispose the soul the receive Its goods. Rather, as soon as the soul has disposed herself to do His Will, the Divine Volition finding everything prepared and disposed, communicates Itself to the soul without delay, even at the cost of any sacrifice. It pours out the goods It contains, and forms the heroes and martyrs of the Divine Will, and portents unheard of. The Sacraments unite the soul with God, and doing the Divine Will unites the will of the creature to her Creator. The soul dissolves herself in the Eternal Volition – the “nothing” ascends to the “All,” and the “All” descends to the “nothing.” This is the noblest, most divine, purest, most beautiful, and holiest act of the creature.
The Lord confirmed to Luisa and repeated it, that His Will is Sacrament, and It surpasses all the Sacraments together. It acts in a more admirable way, without mediation from anyone and without the need for matter. The Sacrament of His Will is formed between His Will and that of the soul. The two wills tie themselves together and form the Sacrament. His Will is life, and the soul is already disposed to receive life. It is holy and she receives sanctity. It is strong and she receives strength, and so on.
On the other hand, the other Sacraments have to labor much to dispose souls, if they manage at all. How often do these channels which He left the Church remain despised, beaten up, and trampled upon! Some use them to sully themselves, and turn against Him to offend Him. If Luisa knew the enormous sacrileges committed in the Sacrament of Confession, and the horrendous abuses of the Sacrament of the Eucharist, Luisa would cry along with Him for the great pain.
Only the Sacrament of the Divine Will can sing glory and victory. It is full in its effects, and cannot be touched by the offenses of the creature. This is because, in order to enter into His Will, the soul must lay down her own will and her passions. Only then does the Divine Volition bend down to her. It invests her, identifies her with Itself, and makes portents of her. This is why Jesus becomes festive with He speaks of His will. His joy is full, and no bitterness enters between Him and the soul. But for the other Sacraments, His heart swims in sorrow. Man has turned them into a fount of bitterness for Him, while he instituted them as many founts of grace.

Based on revelations to the mystic Luisa Piccarreta, Volume 12; 12/26/1919.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

How is your Latin?

Radio and website in Latin Language from Finland?

Yes there is a weekly broadcast of the news in spoken Latin, originating from Finland.  An outcry from listeners worldwide prevented the show from being closed down by Finnish state radio last month.

Here is the LINK to the website, where you can listen to the recorded Latin broadcasts.  Site includes glossaries of contemporary terms.

This is a LINK to an article (in English) about the attempted shutdown and outcry.


Latin words and phrases every man should know:  LINK.


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Monday, January 1, 2018

Michael Savage likens the Roman Catholic Church to Isis!


Sadly Dr. Savage apparently buys into the discredited “Black Legend” of the Spanish Inquisition. In his newest best-selling book, God, Faith, and Reason,
the conservative commentator makes such outrageous statements as “ . . . Either you believed in what Catholics believed in or they killed you . . . They were very similar to Isis.”
 
He writes the following on page 132 of his book:
  
The Maranno Jews lived during the Inquisition, when the Catholics were killing anyone who didn't follow their way. They were very much like the radical Muslims today. Yes, there is a precedent for what the radical Muslims are doing today. Either you believed in what Catholics believed in or they killed you. They'd let you convert, but if you didn't they burned you at the stake or had you drawn and quartered. They were very similar to Isis.”

On the contrary, never has the Catholic religion taught or mandated that people must be forced to convert upon pain of death or torture. Dr. Savage's sensationalist rhetoric is entirely misleading and grossly exaggerated. During the 350 years the Inquisition lasted, of course there were abuses. But comparing them to the excesses of what “radical Muslims are doing today” is absurd. Excerpts from three sources are presented below in order to shed some truth and light on what really happened during that period of history.  Like the Crusades, the Inquisition in its concept was essentially good and not evil.

In his article “Whythe Inquisition was Founded,” Hugh O'Reilly writes:

As the father of Christendom, Pope Gregory IX was anxious to correct the many errors of his time that were poisoning society spiritually and causing people to go astray from the Catholic Faith [Gregory IX reigned from 1227 to 1241.]"
Scene of the Inquisition - Francisco de Goya
Like Moses in the Old Testament, Gregory IX desired to protect the children of God from error. Like Moses, he ordered an Inquiry, or Inquisition, to be made with all diligence, and he demanded the testimony of at least two witnesses. Like Moses, he insisted that crimes against God should not go unpunished. The parallel stops here. Moses, in much earlier times, had no interest in distinguishing between the penitent and the obstinate, the deceiver and the deceived. He simply commanded the guilty to be stoned to death. Gregory IX’s principal desire was to draw the heretic back into the grace of God. Only in the cases where he insisted on remaining an enemy of God - and, therefore, of society - was he to be cut off from the Church and handed over to the discretion of the State.”

However, when abuses came to the attention of Pope Sixtus IV, he put an end of the Papacy's role in the Inquisition.

Thomas F. Madden writes in Crisis Magazine, in his article “TheTruth about the Spanish Inquisition, that the Inquisition then became an “. . . arm of the Spanish monarchy, separate from ecclesiastical authority. It is odd, then, that the Spanish Inquisition is so often today described as one of the Catholic Church’s great sins. The Catholic Church as an institution had almost nothing to do with it."

What about the dark dungeons and torture chambers? The Spanish Inquisition had jails, of course. But they were neither especially dark nor dungeon-like. Indeed, as far as prisons go, they were widely considered to be the best in Europe. There were even instances of criminals in Spain purposely blaspheming so as to be transferred to the Inquisition’s prisons. Like all courts in Europe, the Spanish Inquisition used torture. But it did so much less often than other courts. Modern researchers have discovered that the Spanish Inquisition applied torture in only 2 percent of its cases. Each instance of torture was limited to a maximum of 15 minutes. In only 1 percent of the cases was torture applied twice and never for a third time. The inescapable conclusion is that, by the standards of its time, the Spanish Inquisition was positively enlightened. That was the assessment of most Europeans until 1530. . ."

No major court in Europe executed fewer people than the Spanish Inquisition. This was a time, after all, when damaging shrubs in a public garden in London carried the death penalty. Across Europe, executions were everyday events. But not so with the Spanish Inquisition. In its 350-year lifespan only about 4,000 people were put to the stake [half of those occurred after the Spanish monarchy took control]."

Although the Spanish defeated Protestants on the battlefield, they would lose the propaganda war. These were the years when the famous “Black Legend” of Spain was forged. Innumerable books and pamphlets poured from northern presses accusing the Spanish Empire of inhuman depravity and horrible atrocities in the New World. Opulent Spain was cast as a place of darkness, ignorance, and evil. Although modern scholars have long ago discarded the Black Legend, it still remains very much alive today."

A new, fictional Spanish Inquisition had been constructed, designed by the enemies of Spain and the Catholic Church.”

ISIS Inquisitors

The Traditionin Action website reviewed the BBC film “Timewatch – the Myth of the Spanish Inquisition,” which demonstrated that the anti-Catholic arguments have no basic in historical evidence. The 46-minute film, produced in 1994, outlines the history and facts of the Spanish Inquisition, basing its information on a systematic study of its private official records. View the movie Here

Reviewer Phillip Mericle writes: “Inquisition courts and prisons were the envy of the land, and criminals would actually blaspheme in secular courts in the hope that they would be brought before the Holy Inquisition instead. The sentences of the Spanish Inquisition were much more lenient than those of the courts of France, England, the Holy Roman Empire, and other European countries." 
It is this Black Myth that continues to be spread by partisans of the French Revolution, Freemasons, and Hollywood film makers today. This is why to this day those initial falsities continue to live in the public’s mind.” 


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Friday, December 22, 2017

The Birth of Jesus


Excerpts from Chapter XIX "The Nativity," from the book 



      While Luisa was in her mystical state, she felt that she went outside of herself, and saw the Blessed Mother in a cave in the act of giving birth to the little Baby Jesus. It seemed that both Mother and Son were transmuted into most pure light in a wonderful prodigy. In that light she could clearly discern the human nature of Jesus as containing the Divinity within itself. His Humanity served as a veil to cover the Divinity, in such a way that in tearing the veil of His human nature, He was God, while covered by that veil, He was Man. This is the prodigy of prodigies – God and Man, Man and God! He comes to dwell in our midst to take on human flesh, without leaving the Father and the Holy Spirit, since true love never separates.

      It seemed to Luisa that both Mother and Son, in the happy instant of His birth, remained as though spiritualized. Without the slightest difficulty Jesus came out of the Maternal womb, while they both overflowed with an excess of love. Their most pure bodies were transformed into light, and Light Jesus came out of the Light of the Mother without the slightest impediment. Both remained whole and intact, as they returned to their natural state. Then, the Most Holy Virgin, as though stirred, received her Son in her arms from the hands of an angel. In her ardor of love she squeezed Him so tightly that it seemed as if she wanted to draw Him into her womb again. Wanting to let her ardent love pour out, she placed Him at her breast to suckle.

      Who can tell the beauty of the Little Baby who at the moment of His birth, transmitted the rays of the Divinity? And who can tell the beauty of the Mother who remained all absorbed in those divine rays? As for St. Joseph, it seemed to Luisa that he was not present at the act of the birth, but remained in another corner of the cave, while engrossed in that profound Mystery. He was enraptured in sublime ecstasy, and if he did not see with the eyes of the body, he saw very well with the eyes of the soul. 

      As Luisa continued to look at the Holy Baby, she saw the Queen Mother on one side with St. Joseph on the other, both profoundly adoring the Divine Infant. The were all intent on Him, and it seemed that the continuous presence of the Little Baby kept them engrossed in a constant ecstasy. If they could do some action, it was due to a prodigy that the Lord worked in them; otherwise they would have remained motionless and unable to attend to their external duties. 

      While Luisa was in her usual mystical state, the Blessed Virgin appeared to her carrying her Baby on her lap. He was wrapped in a little cloth and was shivering. Placing Him in Luisa's arms, Mary asked her to warm Him with her affections, because this her Son was born in extreme poverty, with the highest mortification, and abandoned by men. Luisa saw that He was so pretty, with a Celestial beauty. She took Him in her arms, clasping Him to herself to warm Him, since He was almost numb with cold, having only one little cloth to cover Him. When the Queen Mother wanted her Baby back to nourish Him with her sweet milk, Luisa complied. His Mother then uncovered her breast to place it in the mouth of her Divine Baby.

      Luisa looked at this Little baby, of rare and enrapturing beauty. From all of His little Humanity, from His eyes, from His mouth, from His hands and feet, came most refulgent rays of light. These rays not only enwrapped Him, but extended so much as to be able to wound the hearts of all creatures. He gave hearts this first greeting of His coming upon earth – the first knock to invite all hearts, to make them open and to ask for a shelter within them. That sweet but penetrating knock of light made no clamor, yet it made itself be heard strongly, more than any noise. So, on that night, all felt something unusual within their hearts, but very few were those who opened their hearts to give Him a little shelter. And then the tender infant, in feeling His greeting not being returned, and that no one opened at His repeated knocking, began His crying. With His lips livid and shivering with cold, He sobbed, wailed and sighed.

      Thus He received His first rejections as He came forth from His Mother's womb. But while these things were happening with the light which came out from Him, He threw Himself into the loving arms of His Mother, giving her His first hugs and kisses. Although His little arms could not reach to embrace her completely, the light which came out of His hands surrounded her, in such a way that Mother and Son remained invested with the same light. When the Queen Mother requited her Son with her own embrace and kiss, they remained clasped to each other as if they were fused within each other. With her love, she compensated for the first rejection which Jesus received from the hearts of creatures. The little baby Jesus placed His first act of being born, His graces, His first sorrow, into the heart of His Celestial Mother, so that what appeared in the Son could appear in the Mother.  

      While in the Divine Will, Luisa saw the charming little Baby, after He came forth from the Maternal womb, fling Himself into the arms of His Celestial Mother. Feeling the need to make His first outpouring of love, He surrounded the neck of His Mother with His tiny arms, kissing her. His Virgin Mother also felt the need to pour out her love toward the Divine Infant. She returned to Him the Maternal kiss, with such affection as to feel her Heart come out of her chest. As Luisa contemplated this first outpouring of love between Mother and Son, Jesus told her about the great need He had to make this display of love with His Mother. Everything that has been done by the Supreme Being has been nothing other than a wellspring of love. In the Virgin Queen was centralized all the outpouring of love which the Divinity had in Creation. Since the Divine Will was in her, she was capable of receiving, with the kisses of the Baby Jesus, this great outpouring, and of returning it to Him. One who lives in the Divine Will centralizes within herself the continuous act of all Creation, and the attitude of pouring it back to God.  

      As soon as He came out of the womb of His Mother, He could not do without gazing at her, because in her was the enrapturing force of the Divine Will. The sweet enchantment of the beauty and most refulgent light of the Divine Fiat made Him remain fixed on His Mother, who possessed His very life by virtue of the Fiat. Seeing His life bilocated in her enraptured Him, and He could not remove His gaze from her, because the divine force compelled Him to fix it on the Celestial Queen. She often took Him with her most pure hands, covering Him with ardent kisses in order to warm Him and calm His crying. She nourished Him with her most sweet milk. 

      The birth of the Baby Jesus was the most solemn act of the whole Creation. Both heaven and earth plunged into a most profound adoration at the sight of His little Humanity, which kept His Divinity as though enclosed within walls. The time of His birth was a time of silence and of profound adoration and prayer. His Mother prayed while enraptured by the power of the prodigy which was coming out of her. St. Joseph and the angels prayed, and the Creation experienced the strength and love of the creative power being renewed in them. All Created things felt honored with true honor, because the One Who had created them would make use of them for what was needed for His Humanity. The sun recognized the One who had created it, and felt honored in having to give its light and heat to its true Lord. The earth felt honored and exulted with joy and prodigious signs, sensing Him lying in the manger with such tender limbs. Seeing their true King and Lord in their midst and feeling honored, all wanted to perform their office for Him: water wanted to quench His thirst; the warbling and trilling birds wanted to cheer Him; the wind wished to caress Him and the air to kiss Him. All desired to pay Him their innocent tribute.

      Only ungrateful men were reluctant. Experiencing an unusual joy and strength within themselves, they suffocated everything and were unwilling to move, although the Baby called them with tears, moans and sobs. The only exceptions were some few shepherds. Yet it was precisely for man that the Baby Jesus had come on earth! He came to give Himself to him, to save him, and to bring him back to the Celestial Fatherland. He was all eyes to see whether any would come before Him in order to receive the great gift of His Divine and Human life.
 
      He experienced cold in the Cave of Bethlehem, but it was not the cold of the air that chilled Him. No, it was the cold of the human hearts that made Him grow numb, and it was their ingratitude that made Him cry bitterly at His very first coming out to the light. Although the Blessed Mother also cried, she calmed the crying of her Son. Their tears blended together. As they exchanged their first kisses they poured themselves out in love. But their lives were to be sorrow and crying. The Baby had His Mother place Him in the manger, to go back to crying in order to call His children with sobs and tears. He wanted to move all to pity with His moans, so as to be listened to.  

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Grace is the Bilocated Life of God


There are entire books written on the subject of the grace of God. But have you ever wondered exactly what is meant by the grace of God?  Have you made any efforts to look up the definition of grace?  Have you ever found a definition that completely satisfied your curiosity and put to rest your need to understand the concept?

It is termed a favor, a gift, a participation in the life of God, a quality of the soul, a free and undeserved help.  One can search the catechisms to find these and similar terms and concepts.

The great Doctor of the Church, St. Thomas Aquinas, discusses grace in his Summa Theologica in this series of topics : The necessity (109) and essence (110) of grace. The division (111) of grace. Its cause (112) and effects (113). Merit (114).

But the simplest and most concise definition that completely satisfies my need to grasp the concept is this statement:  "Grace is nothing other than the bilocated life of God."  More than a participation in the life of God, it IS the life of God! 

Who could be so bold, daring and innovative as to make such an elegant and simple assertion?  It was spoken by the Lord Himself, who revealed it to a mystic of the Church:

 ". . .  and my sweet Jesus told me: “My daughter, in each act that my Celestial Mama did for Me – and they were continuous – I repaid Her with a degree of graces, because I do not let Myself be beaten nor surpassed by the acts of creatures – I am insuperable. Therefore, if My dear Mama gave Me love, acts, steps, words - I, in each degree of grace, gave Her a divine life, because grace is nothing other than the bilocated life of God which gives itself to creatures. What a great difference between an act which a creature can give and a divine life which God gives at each of their acts. So, the Queen of Heaven was immensely rich, with so many divine lives which She received at each instant; and She used them to form the cortege, to honor, to love, with divine lives, Her Son, Her Jesus, Her All.
  
Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume 22; September 14, 1927.

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