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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