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The Holy Mountain

Posted on May 10, 2017 at 12:05 PM

Ascension Sunday (Year A)

Gospel: Matthew 28:16 - 20

Our Lady’s Message: The Holy Mountain (268 )





Dear brothers and sisters,



 

Ave Maria!


 

We now celebrate the Feast of the Ascension. But, even if the Risen Lord leaves and returns finally to the Father, we hear the assurance of his continued presence: “I am with you always, until the end of the age” (Mt. 28:20). Paradoxically, his physical separation from us actualizes his promise of a spiritual union with us and with the entire world for all time.


 

To help us attain this spiritual union, Our Lady invites us to ascend with her the holy mountain of perfect conformity with Jesus. We will read Message 268, “The Holy Mountain,” from the book “To the Priests Our Lady’s Beloved Sons.”




 

I. GOSPEL READING (Matthew 28:16-20)


 

The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. When they saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted. Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”




 

Points for Reflection



 

1. The Mission and Vision at the Ascension


 

Matthew’s version of the Ascension (Mt. 28:16-20) is not with a visual description of Jesus being taken up to heaven, but with a simple yet profound scene featuring his parting words to the eleven. Despite Judas’ betrayal, the Risen Lord entrusted them with the mission and vision.


 

Claiming full power in heaven and on earth, he gives them the mission “to make disciples of all nations.” Baptism is the means of entry into the community of disciples. The formula in baptism (in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit) not only contains the clearest expression in the New Testament of Trinitarian faith, but also designates the grace and effect of this sacrament - the spiritual union of the baptized with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This is the vision of Jesus for us - a community of disciples living in the fullness of divine life (the life of grace, which was the focus of reflection in the past two Sundays).



 

2. The Emmanuel at the Ascension


 

Jesus’ parting words bring us back to the beginning of the gospel when he is given the name “Emmanuel.” In that name, we find the answer to humanity’s deepest longing for God throughout the ages. When we pronounce the word, we actually plead: “God, be with us!” And when God speaks it, He is telling us: “I am with you” in Jesus. Thus, “Emmanuel” is alluded to in the Risen Lord’s assurance of his continued presence: “I am with you always” (Mt. 28: 20). God did indeed keep his promise in Jesus. This is the consoling image of the Ascension: He never leaves us.


 

Pope Benedict XVI gives insightful explanation on this, citing the episode after the multiplication of the bread when Jesus makes the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the opposite shore, while he goes up by himself on the mountain to pray (Mk 6:45–52; Mt. 14:22-36; John 6:16-24). Alone in the boat, the disciples are threatened by the storm. The Lord seems to be far away in prayer on his mountain. But, because he is with the Father, he sees them. And seeing them, he comes to them across the water, gets into the boat with them and makes it possible for them to continue to their destination.



 

3. Life in the Ascension


 

This applies to us. Because Jesus is on the mountain praying with the Father, he sees us; at any moment, can get into the boat of our life. Therefore, we can always call on him and be always certain that he sees and hears us. In our own day, the boat of the Church travels against the headwind of history through the turbulent ocean of time. It often looks as if it is bound to sink. But, the Lord is there, and he comes at the right moment. “I go away, and I will come to you.” In the paradox of Ascension, we find the essence of trust and hope.


 

Pope Benedict XVI sums up. “Because Jesus is with the Father, he has not gone away but remains close to us. Now, he is no longer in one particular place as he had been before the Ascension. Through his power over space and time, he is present and accessible to all throughout history and in every place” (Jesus of Nazareth).




 

II. OUR LADY’S MESSAGE: "THE HOLY MOUNTAIN” (Message 268 )



 

July 16, 1983

Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel



 

a. Ascend with me, beloved sons, the holy mountain of your perfect conformity to Jesus.


 

b. How many times my Son Jesus lovingly ascended the mountains, impelled by an ardent desire for solitude and silence, to live with greater intensity his union with the Father!


 

c. From the time of his adolescence, He often sought refuge in the hills surrounding Nazareth; it was on a mountain that He promulgated the evangelical Law of the Beatitudes; it was on Mount Tabor that He experienced the ecstasy of his transfiguration; in Jerusalem, a city on a mountain, He gathered his own together for the Last Supper and endured the sorrowful hours of his interior agony; on Mount Calvary He consummated his Sacrifice; on the Mount of Olives his final separation from his disciples took place, in the glorious Ascension into heaven.


 

d. Today ascend with me the holy mountain which is Jesus Christ, so that you can enter into a life of intimacy with Him. In these times of my decisive battle, each of you has been called to combat, armed with the very light of Christ, because you must be his own presence in the world.


 

e. For this reason, ascend the holy mountain of his wisdom, which is revealed to you if you remain little, humble and poor. Your minds will be drawn towards his divine mind, and you will penetrate into the secret of truth revealed in Holy Scripture; you will be captivated by the beauty of his Gospel, and with courage you will pronounce the word of Jesus to the men of today, that word which alone illumines and can lead to the fullness of the truth.


 

f. Ascend the holy mountain of his Heart, so that you may be transformed by the burning bush of his divine charity.


 

g. Then your hearts will be dilated and molded after his, and in the world you will be the very pulsations themselves of the Heart of Jesus, which seeks above all those who are furthest away, and wishes to envelop all in the flames of his infinite mercy.


 

h. You will become meek and humble of heart; you will be truly able to love; you will pour balm on the grievous wounds of the suffering and of those most in need; you will give your priestly help especially to those who have lost themselves along the road of iniquity and sin. In this way with your love, you will bring an immense number of my children to the path of salvation.


 

i. Ascend the holy mountain of his divine humanity, in order to become reflections of his perennial immolation for you: his eyes in your eyes, his hands in your hands, his Heart in your hearts, his sufferings in your sufferings, his wounds in your wounds, his Cross in your cross.


 

j. In this way you will become the potent presence of Jesus who, by means of you, can still today work mightily to bring all to salvation. In this salvation is the triumph of my Immaculate Heart; in it is to be found the conclusion of the battle to which I have summoned you and the realization of my heralded victory.


 

k. Therefore, beloved sons, it now becomes more urgent than ever to follow me, your heavenly Leader. Ascend with me, then, the holy mountain that is Christ, to become perfectly assimilated to Him, so that He may live again in each of you, in order to bring all men to salvation.




 

Points for Reflection



 

1. Ascending the Holy Mountain


 

Our Lady uses the metaphor of “ascending the holy mountain” to point to us the way to our perfect union with Jesus, her way of living the Ascension. Thus, her invitation: “Ascend with me the holy mountain of your perfect conformity to Jesus” (268 a).


 

To initiate us into this perfect union, she tells us how significant the mountain was for Jesus. During his adolescence, he often sought refuge in the hills around Nazareth. When he preached the Beatitudes, it was on a mountain. He went into the ecstasy of his transfiguration at Mount Tabor. He had his Last Supper in Jerusalem, a city on a mountain. He made his supreme sacrifice at Mount Calvary. And, at the Mount of Olives, he finally left and ascended into heaven (268 c).



 


2. Jesus, the Holy Mountain


 

Jesus is the “holy mountain” (268 d). Our Lady urges us to spiritually ascend the mountain of his wisdom in order to be drawn towards his divine mind and be illumined by and led to the fullness of the truth (268 e), to ascend the mountain of his Heart in order to be transformed by the burning bush of his divine charity and be covered with the of his infinite mercy (268 f-g), and to ascend the mountain of his divine humanity in order to become reflections of his presence in this world (268 i-j). Ascending this holy mountain brings us into “a life of intimacy with Him” (268 d).



 

3. Ascend with Me


 

To reach the summit of our perfect conformity to Jesus, we need Our Lady. According to St. Louise de Montfort, she is the “most conformed to Jesus,” and so, the best one to make us most conformed to him. Through our consecration, she transforms us and forms in us the image of her Son. “This act has been taken seriously by me, and it has in itself the capacity of truly changing and transforming your life. With this act, you have put your life in my hands. Now it belongs to me. I have taken possession of it; and now, bit by bit, I am transforming it according to my will. I will lead you gently to that perfection into a very faithful image of my Son Jesus” (22 c-e).



 

 

Our consecration is our ascension. Let us live it daily.


 

Happy Ascension Sunday! God bless you all!




 

Yours in the Immaculate Heart,

Fr. Omer

 

Note:

Our Lady's messages are taken from the book: "To the Priests Our Lady's Beloved Sons", a compilation of 604 messages in the form of locutions given by the Blessed Virgin Mary through Fr. Stefano Gobbi of Italy.

Imprimatur:

Bp Donald W. Montrose, D.D., 1998

Abp Francesco Cuccarese, 2007

Come, Holy Spirit

Posted on May 10, 2017 at 1:10 AM

Solemnity of Pentecost (Year A)

Gospel: John 20:19-23

Our Lady’s Message: Come, Holy Spirit (521)




 

Dear brothers and sisters,




 

Ave Maria!


 

We now celebrate the Solemnity of Pentecost, which concludes the Easter Season. This is the peak moment in salvation history. The awesome Spirit marks the definitive fulfillment of the Father’s redemptive plan, which Jesus wonderfully accomplished. It also ushers in a new order of creation and the birth of the Church to carry on the mission that Jesus had begun.


 

In her message, Our Lady teaches us to invoke the Holy Spirit through her powerful intercession. She explains why. We will read Message No. 521: Come, Holy Spirit from the book “To the Priests Our Lady’s Beloved Sons.”




 

I. GOSPEL READING (John 20:19-23)


 

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”




 

Points for Reflection


 

John narrates the giving of the Spirit right on that evening when Jesus first appeared to his disciples For John, the Resurrection and the Pentecost are tightly intertwined, as both point to the fulfillment of God’s plan. This is also true with Luke. In the First Reading, he begins his account on Pentecost with a special note that “the time was fulfilled” (Acts 2:1). Seeing a parallel in the two narratives, it would help in our reflection to read them side by side with each other.



 

1. A Foreshadowing of the Church


 

The apostles gathered inside the room are significantly mentioned in John’s narrative not only as proof of the Resurrection, but also to foreshadow the soon-to-be-born church. Luke writes with a similar detail at Pentecost: “they were all in one place together” (Acts 2:1). Even before this, after the Ascension, “they are found gathered in the upper room (cenacle), devoting themselves in prayer with Mary” (Acts 1:12-14).


 

These gatherings significantly foreshadow the Church, which culminated at Pentecost. The Preface of the Mass echoes this event: “As the apostles awaited the Spirit you had promised, Mary joined her supplication to the prayers of the disciples gathered and so became the pattern of the Church at prayer” (Preface on the Memorial of Mary, Model and Mother of the Church). This reminds us that we must live as a church, the way it has been foreshadowed and born. Interestingly, ‘gathering’ is the English word for ‘ekklesia’ (Greek), which also means ‘church.’




2. The Breath of the Mighty Spirit


 

Jesus breathing the life-giving Spirit on the apostles - “Receive the Holy Spirit” - is reminiscent of creation when God breathed His Spirit into the man he formed out of dust (Gen. 2:27). The Resurrection brings about new creation, which the Holy Spirit will carry out to bring back divine life to man, made in God’s image and likeness. Similarly, Luke describes the Spirit at Pentecost like “a strong driving wind” and “tongues of fire,” making an allusion to an earlier account of creation when “a mighty wind swept over the waters, and then there was light” (Gen. 1:2-3). What is life-giving Spirit for John is for Luke the mighty empowering Spirit.



 

3. The Commissioning


 

Having received the Spirit, the disciples were commissioned to carry on the work of the Lord in the world. That work is to bear witness to the reality of God’s presence as revealed by Jesus. For John, the mission is forgiveness, very distinctive of him, as he was the only one to witness forgiveness at Calvary. This is carried out through the Sacrament of Confession, the sacrament of Jesus’ forgiving presence. For Luke, it is about proclaiming “the mighty acts of God” in various languages, which indicates the Church’s universal mission and nature - “catholic.”




II. OUR LADY’S MESSAGE: "COME, HOLY SPIRIT” (Message 521)



 

June 7, 1981, Solemnity of Pentecost

Tananarive, Madagascar



 

a. Today you find yourselves gathered together here, in a continuous cenacle of prayer with your heavenly Mother, in the liturgical celebration of the solemnity of Pentecost.


 

b. And you are repeating, with the intensity of love, the prayer which I myself have taught you: 'Come, Holy Spirit, come by means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, your well-beloved Spouse.'


 

c. Come, Holy Spirit.


 

d. A new and universal effusion of the Holy Spirit is necessary to arrive at the new times, so longed for. It is necessary that the second Pentecost come quickly. It can come to pass only in the spiritual cenacle of my Immaculate Heart. For this reason, I renew today the invitation to all the Church to enter into the cenacle, which the heavenly Mother has prepared for you for the final times. You are able to enter through the act of consecration to my Immaculate Heart.



e. I request that this consecration, asked by me with such anxious insistence, be made by the bishops, the priests, the religious and the faithful. And let it be made by all in order to shorten the time of the great trial which has now arrived.


 

f. The Holy Spirit will then bring you to an understanding of the whole and entire truth. The Holy Spirit will cause you to understand the times through which you are living. The Holy Spirit will be light upon your way and will make you courageous witnesses of the Gospel in the dreadful hour of the great apostasy. The Holy Spirit will bring you to grasp that which I will make manifest to you concerning what is contained in the still sealed Book. The Holy Spirit will give his perfect witness to the Son, by preparing hearts and souls to receive Jesus who will return to you in glory.


 

g. Come, Holy Spirit.


 

h. Come by means of the powerful intercession of my Immaculate Heart. My hour is the hour of the Holy Spirit. The triumph of my Immaculate Heart will coincide with the great prodigy of the second Pentecost.


 

i. A new fire will come down from heaven and will purify all humanity. It will be like a judgment in miniature, and each one will see himself in the light of the very truth of God.


 

j. Thus sinners will come back to grace and holiness; the straying, to the road of righteousness; those far away, to the house of the Father; the sick, to complete healing; and the proud, the impure, the wicked collaborators with Satan will be defeated and condemned for ever.


 

k. Then my motherly Heart will have its triumph over all humanity, which will return to a new marriage of love and of life with its Heavenly Father.


 

l. Come Holy Spirit.


 

m. Come at the voice of your well-beloved Spouse who calls You. I am the heavenly Spouse of the Holy Spirit. As, through a singular design of the Father, I have become true Mother of the Son, so also have I become true Spouse of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has given Himself to my soul by an interior and true spousal union, and of this has been born the divine fruit of the virginal conception of the Word in my most pure womb.


 

n. The Spirit cannot resist the voice of the Spouse who calls to Him. And so unite yourselves, each and all, to me, my little children, in invoking today the gift of the Holy Spirit. Let your supplication become the prayer of these last times. Let your prayer be habitual, repeated frequently by you, because it has been taught to you and is being passionately demanded of you by your heavenly Mother: 'Come, Holy Spirit, come by means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, your well-beloved Spouse!


 

o. And open your hearts to hope, because there is about to come upon you the greatest prodigy of the second Pentecost.





Points for Reflection


 

In her message, Our Lady teaches us to invoke the Holy Spirit through her powerful intercession. “Come, Holy Spirit, come by means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, your well-beloved Spouse.” She explains why.



 

1. The Second Pentecost


 

In her new formula of invoking the Holy Spirit, Our Lady foretells the Second Pentecost, in which “a new fire” will come down to purify the world. “It will be like a judgment in miniature, and each one will see himself in the light of the very truth of God” (521 i). This will bring sinners back to grace and holiness; the straying, to the road of righteousness; those far away, to the Father’s house; the sick, to complete healing; and Satan’s collaborators, to their defeat and condemnation (521 j).


 

Likewise, the Holy Spirit will bring us to the whole and entire truth, which helps us understand the times through which we are living as contained in the sealed Book. The Holy Spirit will be light that will make us courageous witnesses of the Gospel, giving perfect witness to Jesus, in the dreadful hour of the great apostasy, which precedes his return in glory (521 f). She urges us to open our hearts to hope, “because there is about to come upon you the greatest prodigy of the second Pentecost” (521 o).



 

2. Through the Cenacle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary


 

Because this new Pentecost involves the whole world, a new and universal outpouring of the Holy Spirit is necessary, which can come to pass only in the cenacle of her Immaculate Heart (521 d). She is the only “Spouse of the Holy Spirit” (226 a, 521 m). How can the Spirit resist her voice that calls to him (521 n)? Only in this cenacle will the prodigy of the Second Pentecost take place (355 b).


 

Besides, the Second Pentecost can happen only after the pattern of the First Pentecost, i.e., in prayer with her in the cenacle. Thus, she reiterates her invitation with such anxious insistence to enter into the cenacle through our act of consecration to her Immaculate Heart (521 d-e).


 

But, above all, what makes this cenacle so urgently needed is the period of the purification and the great tribulation in which we are living (573 j). “Humanity must now enter into the cenacle of my Immaculate Heart: here, as Mother, I will teach it to pray and to repent; I will lead it to penance and conversion, to a change of heart and of life. Within this new and spiritual cenacle, I will prepare it to receive the gift of the Second Pentecost, which will renew the face of the earth (573 h-i).



 

Let us live the Pentecost in the cenacle, united in prayer with Our Lady.




 

Yours in the Immaculate Heart,

Fr. Omer

 

Note:

Our Lady's messages are taken from the book: "To the Priests Our Lady's Beloved Sons", a compilation of 604 messages in the form of locutions given by the Blessed Virgin Mary through Fr. Stefano Gobbi of Italy.

Imprimatur:

Bp Donald W. Montrose, D.D., 1998

Abp Francesco Cuccarese, 2007

Come, Holy Spirit

Posted on May 9, 2017 at 11:45 PM

6th Sunday of  Easter (Year A)

Gospel: John 14: 15-21

Our Lady’s Message: Come, Holy Spirit (226)




 

Dear brothers and sisters,



 

Ave Maria!


 

After explaining our “life of grace” with him and the Father, Jesus tells us of our life with the Holy Spirit - “He remains with you, and will be in you” (Jn. 14:17). This completes the divine indwelling in us, bringing to fullness the “dwelling places in the Father’s house” (Jn. 14:2).


 

In her message, Our Lady talks about the Holy Spirit, of whom she is the “beloved Spouse” and the “golden doorway” through which this divine Spirit passes to reach us. We will read Message 226: “Come, Holy Spirit” from the book “To the Priests Our Lady’s Beloved Sons.”




 

I. GOSPEL READING (John 14: 15-21)


 

Jesus said to his disciples: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows him. But you know him, because he remains with you, and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me, because I live and you will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father and you are in me and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”



 

Points for Reflection



 

1. The Life of Grace in Fullness


 

Introducing the Holy Spirit at this point is not meant to pre-empt our celebration of Pentecost two weeks from now. Rather, Jesus intends to bring the “life of grace” in us to fullness. “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth” (Jn. 14:16-17).


 

This “Advocate” helps us understand our life with Jesus and the Father, the “life of grace” in us; at the same time, the divine Spirit empowers us to actually live it out. “On that day you will realize that I am in My Father and you are in Me and I in you” (Jn. 14:20). Through the Holy Spirit, the very life of Jesus that we see and attracts us is realized in us. As Catholics, we are not merely trying to be good persons; rather, by the grace of our baptism, we have Jesus living his life in us.

 

 



2. The Holy Spirit as Witnessed by the Apostles


 

We see in the other readings how the Holy Spirit manifests himself as the “Advocate.” In the First Reading (Acts 8:5-8, 14-17), the persecution in Jerusalem did not silence the preaching of the Good News. The dispersion of the believers even paved the way for the spread of the faith. One of them was Philip, a companion of Stephen, who escaped to Samaria and “proclaimed Christ” (Acts 8:5). What enabled him to be fearless in doing the very thing that had gotten him run out of town in Jerusalem was the Holy Spirit. The “Advocate” gave him the wisdom and power to do with such courage what Jesus had done: preach the Gospel without counting the cost.


 

We Catholics, should live in such a way that people become curious about “what makes us tick”. The Second Reading (1 Pt. 3:15-18 )  tells us that it is our conviction of faith in Jesus, “put to death in the flesh, but brought to life in the Spirit.” That same Spirit now animates us to live his life, willing “to suffer for doing good, if that be the will of God, than for doing evil.” Thus, Peter exhorts us, too, to live in the fullness of the truth that Jesus lives his life in us: “Be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope” (1 Pt. 3:15).





 

II. OUR LADY’S MESSAGE: "Come, Holy Spirit” (Message 226)

 



June 7, 1981

Solemnity of Pentecost

Tananarive, Madagascar



 

a. I am the Spouse of the Holy Spirit.


 

b. My powerful function as Mediatrix between you and my Son Jesus is exercised above all in obtaining for you in superabundance, from the Father and the Son, the Spirit of Love.


 

c. By this divine fire, the Church must be renewed and transformed. By this fire of love, the whole world will be made new. At his powerful life-giving breath, new heavens and a new earth will at last be opened!


 

d. In the cenacle of my Immaculate Heart, dispose yourselves to receive this divine Spirit.


 

e. The Father gives Him to you to associate you intimately in his very own life and that the image of the Son, in whom He has made to repose all his pleasure, may shine forth in you more perfectly.


 

f. Jesus gives Him to you as the most precious fruit of his redemption, as witness of his Person and of his divine mission.


 

g. Even in this distant land in which you find yourself today to hold cenacles with so many of my children, you see the Gospel already spread, through the precious work of the missionaries.


 

h. Today the whole world must be brought to the fullness of the truth, to the Gospel of Jesus, to the one Church willed and founded by Christ. This is achieved by the Holy Spirit.


 

i. The Church must be opened to his divine fire so that it will be ready to receive the splendor of his new Pentecost, in preparation for the second, glorious coming of my Son Jesus.


 

j. Today I invite you all to enter into the cenacle of my Immaculate Heart in the expectation of receiving in fullness the Spirit of Love, which is given to you as a gift by the Father and the Son.


 

k. My Immaculate Heart is the golden doorway through which this divine Spirit passes to reach you. And so I invite you to repeat often: Come, Holy Spirit, come by means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, your well- beloved Spouse.




 

Points for Reflection



 

1. The Advocate


 

In her message, Our Lady describes the “Advocate” that Jesus asked the Father to send us as the “Spirit of Love from the Father and the Son” (226 b). This Spirit is the “fire of love,” by which the Church must be renewed and transformed and the world be made new. At the Spirit’s powerful life-giving breath, new heavens and a new earth will at last be opened (226 c). This is Our Lady’s propitious outlook about the “Advocate.”



 

 

2. The Second Pentecost


 

With her description of the “Advocate,” the “fire of love,” Our Lady seems to have much more to reveal. This becomes clearer with her invitation to dispose ourselves to receive this divine Spirit, indicating her Immaculate Heart as the new and spiritual cenacle for a new Pentecost (226 d). “The Church must be opened to his divine fire in such a way that, completely purified, it will be ready to receive the splendor of his new Pentecost, in preparation for the second, glorious coming of my Son Jesus” (226 i). Thus, she reiterates her invitation to all to enter into the cenacle of her Immaculate Heart in the expectation of receiving in fullness the Spirit of Love, given to us as a gift by the Father and the Son (226 i-j).



 

3. The Immaculate Heart is the Golden Doorway


 

This is mindboggling: “the Immaculate Heart is the golden doorway, through which the Holy Spirit passes to reach us” (226 k). At the start, however, Our Lady told us that she is the “Spouse of the Holy Spirit” (226 a) and the “Mediatrix” between Jesus and us (226 b). As “Spouse,” the Spirit cannot resist her who calls to him (521 n). As “Mediatrix,” she can obtain for us in superabundance the Spirit of Love (226 b). Thus, she invites us to pray this way: “Come, Holy Spirit, come by means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, your well-beloved Spouse.”




 

Yours in the Immaculate Heart,

Fr. Omer

 

Note:

Our Lady's messages are taken from the book: "To the Priests Our Lady's Beloved Sons", a compilation of 604 messages in the form of locutions given by the Blessed Virgin Mary through Fr. Stefano Gobbi of Italy.

Imprimatur:

Bp Donald W. Montrose, D.D., 1998

Abp Francesco Cuccarese, 2007

Mediatrix of Graces

Posted on May 9, 2017 at 11:35 PM

5th Sunday of Easter (Year A)

Gospel: John 14: 1 - 12

Our Lady’s Message: Mediatrix of Graces (204)




 

Dear brothers and sisters,




Ave Maria!


 

This Sunday, Jesus talks about “dwelling places in the Father’s house” (Jn. 14:2). He means here the kind of life that he brings in the light of his Resurrection: the “life of grace.” It is like residing in the Father’s house, because he and the Father dwell and work in us, enabling us to “do the works that I do, and will do greater than these” (Jn. 14: 12). In her message, Our Lady explains the “life of grace,” of which she is the Mediatrix. We will read Message 204: “Mediatrix of Graces” from the book “To the Priests Our Lady’s Beloved Sons.”



 

I. GOSPEL READING (John 14: 1-12)


 

Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be. Where I am going you know the way.” Thomas said to him, “Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, then you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said to him, “Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own. The Father who dwells in me is doing his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else, believe because of the works themselves. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father.”




 

Points for Reflection



 

1. “In my Father’s house, there are many dwelling places.”


 

Heaven comes easily to mind with this statement. But, this is not what Jesus is referring to. His concern is rather on the here-and-now as we see him comforting his disciples about his impending death: “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” He exhorts them to “have faith” in the Father and in him, because, after his death, both of them will dwell and work in them. It will be a special kind of life, like residing in the Father’s house; amazingly, “ heaven on earth!”


This, of course, is the “life of grace” that the Church Catechism teaches us. Having redeemed us by his death and resurrection, Jesus restores in us the divine life that was suspended after the Fall. With the restoration of the “life of grace,” Jesus even assures us that, whoever believes in him will do the works that he did, and will do greater ones than these (Jn. 14: 12).



 

2. The Life of Grace Among the Believers


 

The phenomenal expansion of the young church in Jerusalem proves this promise to be true. The First Reading (Acts 6:1-7) narrates: “the number of the disciples in Jerusalem increased greatly.” This, in fact, is the wonder of the Church. The Gospel spread throughout the world through the apostles despite human limitations.


 

Peter helps us understand how “greater works” happen. In the Second Reading (1 Pt. 2:4-9), he tells us that Jesus is the “living stone” of God’s New Temple (i.e., a Person, not a building). By virtue of the “life of grace” that we received through baptism, we, too, are “living stones” in this New Temple. All the baptized participate with him in his work of redemption. His saving works are not confined to thirty-three years in Palestine. Even in our very ordinary lives, he continues that work with us and through us throughout the world.




 

II. OUR LADY’S MESSAGE: "Mediatrix of Graces” (Message 204)



 

July 16, 1980

Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel



 

a. Beloved children, I am the Mediatrix of Graces. Grace is the very life of God, which is communicated to you. It springs from the bosom of the Father and is merited for you by the Word who, in my virginal womb, became man to share with you that same divine life, and for this He offered Himself as a ransom for you, becoming thus the one and only Mediator between God and all humanity.


 

b. From the bosom of the Father, grace, in order to reach you, must therefore pass through the divine Heart of the Son, who communicates it to you in his Spirit of Love. Just as a ray of light, which passes through a window, assumes its shape, color and design, so too divine grace, merited by Jesus, can come to you only through Him, and it is for this reason that it reproduces in you his own image, the very same image which shapes you ever more and more to his own person.


 

c. Divine life can reach you only in the form of Jesus, and the more this increases in you, the more you are assimilated to Him, in such a way that you can really grow as his little brothers.


 

d. By means of grace, the Father communicates Himself to you ever more and more, the Son assimilates you, the Holy Spirit transforms you, bringing about a relationship of life with the Most Holy Trinity, which becomes ever increasingly strong and active. Within souls who are in grace, it is the Most Holy Trinity Itself which takes up its dwelling place there.


 

e. This life of grace has also a relationship with your heavenly Mother.



f. As I am truly the Mother of Jesus and your Mother, my mediation is exercised between you and my Son Jesus. This is the natural consequence of my divine motherhood.


 

g. As the Mother of Jesus, I am the means chosen by God by which my Son can reach you. In my virginal womb this first act of mediation of mine is carried out.


 

h. As your Mother, I was the means chosen by Jesus that through me all of you may reach Him.


 

i. I am truly the Mediatrix of Grace between you and my Son Jesus. My task is that of distributing to my little children that grace which flows out from the bosom of the Father, is merited for you by the Son and is given to you by the Holy Spirit.


 

j. My task is that of distributing it to all my children, according to the particular needs of each one, which the Mother is very good at knowing.


 

k. I am ever carrying out this duty of mine. However I can carry it out fully only in the case of those children who entrust themselves to me with perfect abandonment. I am above all able to carry it out in respect to you, my favorite sons who, by your consecration, have entrusted yourselves completely to me.


 

l. I am the way, which leads you to Jesus. I am the safest and shortest way, the necessary way for each one of you. If you refuse to go along this way, you run the danger of being lost in the course of your journey.


 

m. Today many have wished to put me aside, considering me an obstacle in reaching Jesus, because they have not understood my function as Mediatrix between you and my Son.


 

n. And so, never before as in these present times, are so many of my children running the risk of not being able to reach Him. The Jesus whom they meet is often only the result of their human research, and corresponds to their aspirations and desires; he is a Jesus formed according to their measure: he is not Jesus, the Christ, the true Son of God and of your immaculate Mother.


 

o. Entrust yourselves to me with confidence, and you will remain faithful, because I will be able to carry out fully my work as Mediatrix of Graces. I will take you each day along the way of my Son, in such a way that He may increase in you to his fullness.


 

p. This is my great work, which I am still carrying out in silence and in the desert. Under my powerful action as Mediatrix of Graces, you are ever more transformed into Christ, that you may become fit for the task which awaits you. Forward then, with courage, along the way traced out by your heavenly Mother . . .




 

Points for Reflection



 

1. Life of Grace


 

“Life of grace” is basically “the very life of God.” The Father communicates this life to us through Jesus, who became man and died for us precisely to bring back this “life of grace” to us (204 a). This is transmitted through Jesus and “only” in his form. Just as a ray of light, which passes through a window, assumes its shape, color and design, so too divine grace comes to us only through him. For this reason, it reproduces in us his own image, the very same image that forms us into his own person. The more this increases in us, the more we are assimilated to his likeness, in such a way that we can really grow to be like him (204 b-c).


 

Our Lady’s explanation of the “life of grace” makes clearer the “dwelling places,” which Jesus mentioned in the Gospel (Jn. 14:2). By means of grace, the Father communicates Himself to us, the Son assimilates us, and the Holy Spirit transforms us, bringing about a relationship of life with the Most Holy Trinity. “Within souls who are in grace, it is the Most Holy Trinity Itself which takes up its dwelling place there” (204 d).



 

 

2. Mediatrix of Grace



This “life of grace” is related to her role as “mediatrix of grace” (204 e). To be clear, this role is between Jesus and us, and, thus, distinct from Jesus’ role as our one Mediator to the Father. We look at this role in the light of her motherhood, both to Jesus and to us (204 f). Just as God chose her as the means by which Jesus can reach us, so also did Jesus choose her as the means by which we may reach him (204 g-h). With this role, she is tasked to distribute divine grace to us according to our particular needs (204 i-j). She can fully do this, however, “only through our consecration to her Immaculate Heart” and “in perfect abandonment” (204 k).


 

Regrettably, many, even well meaning Christians, still consider her as an obstacle to reaching Jesus. We often hear this remark: “Why pass through her, when we can go direct to him?” Our Lady’s answer is clear-cut: “They do not understand my function as Mediatrix between you and my Son.” Thus, many are running the risk of not being able to reach Jesus. The Jesus whom they meet is Jesus formed according to their measure. He is not Jesus, the Christ, the true Son of God and of Our Lady (204 m-n).



 

3. Her Call for Consecration


 

Our Lady is resolute about her role as our “mediatrix” to Jesus. She is our way to him, the safest and shortest way, and the necessary way. Refusal to go along her way runs the risk of us being lost in the course of our journey (204 l). Thus, she reiterates her call to entrust ourselves to her with confidence. “You will remain faithful, because I will be able to carry out fully my work as Mediatrix of Graces. I will take you each day along the way of my Son, in such a way that He may increase in you to his fullness” (204 o). This is her great work as “Mediatrix of Graces.” She urges us to move forward with courage along the way she traced out for us (204 o-p).




 

Yours in the Immaculate Heart,

Fr. Omer


 

Note:

Our Lady's messages are taken from the book: "To the Priests Our Lady's Beloved Sons", a compilation of 604 messages in the form of locutions given by the Blessed Virgin Mary through Fr. Stefano Gobbi of Italy.

Imprimatur:

Bp Donald W. Montrose, D.D., 1998

Abp Francesco Cuccarese, 2007 

Do Not Let Yourselves be Led Astray

Posted on May 8, 2017 at 8:50 PM

Good Shepherd Sunday (Year A)

Gospel: John 10:1-10

Our Lady’s Message: Do Not Let Yourselves Be Led Astray (125)




 

Dear brothers and sisters,



 

Ave Maria!


 

We now celebrate the Feast of the Good Shepherd, another dimension of the Resurrection that comes fittingly after the Emmaus story. Jesus is no longer a “stranger.” Known through the breaking of the bread, he is the Good Shepherd who was sent by the Father “so that they might have life and have it more abundantly” (Jn. 10:10).


 

In her message, Our Lady urges us to listen and follow Jesus, the Good Shepherd, for he alone is the Way, the Truth and the Life. We will reflect on Message 125: “Do Not Let Yourselves Be Led Astray” from the book “To the Priests Our Lady’s Beloved Sons.”



 

 

I. GOSPEL READING (John 10: 1-10)


 

Jesus said: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever does not enter a sheepfold through the gate but climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber. But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice, as the shepherd calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has driven out all his own, he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him, because they recognize his voice. But they will not follow a stranger; they will run away from him, because they do not recognize the voice of strangers.” Although Jesus used this figure of speech, the Pharisees did not realize what he was trying to tell them.

 

So Jesus said again, “Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”




 

Points for Reflection



 

1. The Good Shepherd


 

Jesus identifies himself as the “good” shepherd to contrast himself with the Pharisees, who were supposedly the spiritual leaders of Israel, but turned out to be hardened, blind guides. Jesus calls them thieves and robbers, who do not enter the sheepfold through the gate but climb over elsewhere, and whose aim is only to steal and slaughter and destroy. People run away from them, because they are strangers; they do not recognize their voice. Unfortunately, they did not realize this. That’s how hardened the Pharisees are!



 

2. The Gate


 

The “gate” provides authorized entry. This is true with Jesus. “The gatekeeper opens it up for him” (Jn. 10:3) because he has the mandate from the Father to shepherd His People. Given full access inside the sheepfold, he lives in the midst of the sheep, “smelling like them.” They hear his voice. Seeing the Father-Shepherd in him, they follow him and gain access to the Father through him. Thus, Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.


 

The gate stands for Jesus, too. As in the ancient practice, he sleeps at the gate to guard and protect the sheep, making himself the real gate for them. He says of himself: “I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved” (Jn. 10:9). Indeed, he is our salvation, more than protection. Peter tells us in the Second Reading that he “bore our sins in his body upon the cross; by his wounds, we were healed” (1 Pt. 2:24). This is his greatest proof of being a shepherd. Laying down his life, he brought us salvation and life in abundance, John tells us in the Gospel (Jn. 10:10).



 

3. Heeding the Shepherd’s Call


 

We have the Good Shepherd in our midst. We hear his voice through the people he sent to speak in his name. Peter is a perfect example. We hear in the First Reading how people took his words as God’s call (Acts 2:14, 36-41). “Cut to the heart,” they seek forgiveness for causing Jesus’ death. Peter spoke through the gate of Jesus, and it worked.


 

We continue to hear the voice of the Good Shepherd through our bishops, the successors of the apostles. We often hear them speak, especially in these times of many disturbing issues and fake news. But, foremost, we hear the Shepherd’s voice from parents. Parents, by the grace of their state of life, are ordained to be the first image of the Good Shepherd. Their voice is the first thing we hear. Do we listen to them? Most probably not! We still follow our own, easily being carried away by public opinion, a stranger’s voice. Thus, we, too, are easily lost.


 

The call for us is interior conversion: “a conversion that frees us of every attachment to ourselves and to easy compromises with the world so that we may be able only to do always the Will of the Father.” Interior conversion makes us attuned to the Voice within us, impelling us to listen to those He sent to be our guides. Easter is a time to attend once again to what we have already become, and to renew our focus on what we are intended to be. This is a time for listening to His Voice and of following His Will.




 

II. OUR LADY’S MESSAGE: "Do Not Let Yourselves Be Led Astray” (Message 125)



 

April 23, 1977



 

a. Do not let yourselves be led astray by the world in which you live.

 


b. It misleads you by word.

 


c. Never before as today has the word become an instrument of truly diabolical seduction. Speech is used to ensnare. Speech is used to spread error. Speech is used to hide the truth.


 

d. Thus things which are real transgressions of the natural law and the Law of God are proposed as values and conquests of the human mind.


 

e. Errors are propagated as new ways of understanding the truth.


 

f. Even in the explanation of the word of God, the most serious errors are propagated. The Pope speaks and is no longer listened to. People continue along the same road and plunge deeper and deeper into the darkness which error spreads everywhere.


 

g. Today my Adversary is seducing you especially through the mind.

 


h. Answer with your humility, your docility and your obedience. Look only to my Son Jesus, who is the Truth.


 

i. It misleads you with images.


 

j. Never have immorality and obscenity been so widespread and so extolled as in your days.


 

k. In the name of this false way of understanding the value of freedom, every moral aberration is justified.


 

l. Indeed they begin with the little ones, betraying the innocence of so many souls. And thus many end by being infected almost without noticing it.


 

m. As for you, answer by looking to me alone. Thus you will see the evil which surrounds you without gazing upon it. And you will go forward keeping your eyes on my Son Jesus who alone is your way.

 


n. It misleads you by works.


 

o. The works of the world have never been so evil as in these times. It has rejected God and walks in the darkness of this refusal. There is no longer the capacity to love, no longer the capacity to walk in the light.


 

p. Where are those who still manage to live as true children of God?


 

q. How it seduces you, above all today, this world in which you live!


 

r. Because of this, I ask you to follow only my Son Jesus, who is your life. He ascended into heaven to help you to live here below while nevertheless keeping your eyes on paradise. He ascended into heaven to help you to be in the world, while not being of the world.


 

s. You will not let yourselves be misled by this world if, led by me by the hand, you follow at every moment Jesus, your Truth, your Way and your Life."




 

Points for Reflection



 

1. The Deception of our Time


 

Our Lady uncovers for us the deception of our time, which brings not only confusion but also the danger of being lost. She cites three situations: by word, by images and by works.


 

     • First, by word. 

Using human reasoning, words are used to ensnare and hide the truth. Thus, transgressions of the natural law and the Law of God are extolled as values and conquests of the human mind. Our Lady urges us to be humble, docile and obedient, looking only to Jesus who is the Truth (125 b-h).


 

     • Second, with images. 

Pictures means a thousand words. Regrettably in our times, immorality and obscenity are so widespread and extolled. In many forms of media, moral aberration is being justified in the name of this false way of understanding the value of freedom. Without noticing it, many innocent lives are being infected. For this, she tells us to look to her alone, so that we may not gaze upon evil even it surrounds us. Instead, she will keep our eyes on Jesus who alone is our way (125 i-m).


 

     • Third, by Works. 

The secular and materialistic world has changed our lifestyle. People are occupied with a lot of things, except God. This lifestyle has affected our capacity to love, to sacrifice and to walk righteously. For this, Our Lady tells us to follow only her Son Jesus, who is our life. While still here below, let us keep our eyes up, aiming at paradise (125 n-r).



 

2. The Sure Means to Take

 


In this difficult situation, Our Lady reminds us of our consecration to her Immaculate Heart as the sure means to take. She said in a separate message: “These are the times of the reign of my adversary. The danger of being lost is much greater for all. And so, I urge you to trust and take refuge in me through your act of consecration to my Immaculate Heart” (373 b-c). This means we have to live our consecration daily. We will not be misled if we pray daily our consecration and live it consistently.


 

Happy Good Shepherd Sunday!




 

Yours in the Immaculate Heart,

Fr. Omer


 

Note:

Our Lady's messages are taken from the book: "To the Priests Our Lady's Beloved Sons", a compilation of 604 messages in the form of locutions given by the Blessed Virgin Mary through Fr. Stefano Gobbi of Italy.

Imprimatur:

Bp Donald W. Montrose, D.D., 1998

Abp Francesco Cuccarese, 2007


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