Living in the Two Hearts

My Spiritual Insights and Musings

Coming Persecution…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on April 27, 2009

For several months I have spoken, mostly through scripture, of the coming persecution that we – the Church founded by Christ – would all have to go through.  It’s part of His promise that we will share in His Passion:

18 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.

20 Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also.

21 But all this they will do to you on My account, because they do not know Him who sent Me…”

And yet, it is NOT a cause for alarm because Jesus also promised:

19 When they deliver you up, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour; 20 for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you…

26 “So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 27 What I tell you in the dark, utter in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim upon the housetops…”

But it is important to know how and when, so that we may be best prepared.  We must be ever ready and remember that the Father only chastises those whom He loves:

6 For the Lord disciplines him whom He loves, and chastises every son whom He receives.”

7 It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?

8 If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.

9 Besides this, we have had earthly fathers to discipline us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live?

10 For they disciplined us for a short time at their pleasure, but He disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness.

11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant; later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Therefore, the next couple of Posts will focus on that purification and what it means to be purified as we look at it from the perspective of Purgatory.  In the mean time, I end with this small video to help provide the “how and when” so that all may be prepared.

“Do Not Be Afraid… I AM with you until the close of the age.”
~Mt 28: 10, 20b

Click here for the video

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