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It’s been a long time…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on November 29, 2017

Where have you been?

For those on the email list: sorry the WHOLE post showed up. I’m having some issues with feedburner. Hopefully I’ll have that fixed before the next post. 🙂

IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME

It’s been a super long time since I last visited my site to write anything. As I indicated at the beginning of my last repost of the Spiritual Desert, God ask of me to rid myself of all my distractions. Well, as it turned out, it was a bit more than that.

SO, WHAT’S NEW WITH YOU?

In a nutshell, I’ve been almost called back into voluntary poverty by entering a sort of Hermitage of prayer and fasting that requires great diligence, LOVE of God and LOVE of neighbor, and true discipline as I radically answer the call of heaven given to mankind through Our Lady, AND confirmed to me in Sacred Scripture.

But unlike the first time, I’m not leaving my sparse dwelling excepting on two days of the week, Sundays and Wednesdays and of course any Holy Days of Obligation. This call to prayer is in answer, as well, to Our Lady’s call over the last several months. She began to reach out to me in February, when I was looking for full-time work:

Dear Children! Today I am calling you to PROFOUNDLY live your faith and to IMPLORE the Most High to STRENGTHEN it, so that winds and storms cannot break it.  May the roots of your FAITH be PRAYER and HOPE in eternal life.

Mom then reminded me, and those paying attention that we’re certainly in a “time of grace” so it’s super important to:

…work on yourselves through renunciation (renounce your distractionsand the call to CONVERSION – to be people of CLEAR and PERSEVERING FAITH and HOPE … Feb 25, 2017 Message, emphasis added by me.

Umm..yeah…sure…

Did I do this? In part. I started to pay more attention to the Mass, began focusing better, making confession more regularly, but I still struggled. I needed more work. I didn’t TRUST enough that GOD would provide. I became distracted… and I stayed away from mom’s gentle nudges…

Readers, those who continue to come back time after time even though I had nothing new written (THANK YOU!), remember what I wrote above, I was a lover of distractions. Whether is was because I was stressed or because I was depressed, I loved to distract myself from reality.

I enjoyed my comfort foods MORE than I enjoyed time in prayer (gluttony). I enjoyed vegging out with a good flick RATHER THAN studying the Word of GOD (laziness).

Though I surrounded myself with the classroom of silence in between these things, my mouth and brain would often go over past events/hurts that would work me up to anger and/or discontentment with either myself or the situation…THAT I COULDN’T CHANGE (acedia). And so I continued in my distractions, even when GOD provided me with full-time work in March.

Anne? Are you listening?

Then mom tried again and reached out to me in May while I was at work with a sudden inspiration to see what was coming out of Medjugorje and I read this:

Dear Children! The Most High has permitted me to call you anew to conversion. Little children, open your hearts to GRACE to which YOU are CALLED.   Be Witnesses of Peace in this peaceless world…

Here is the kicker of the message which should resound with all of us and the importance of seeking after Heaven and not the passing riches of this world:

Your life on earth is PASSING. PRAY, that through prayer, you may YEARN FOR HEAVEN and the things of Heaven…

Because when we do, and I promise you this will happen:

...your hearts will see everything differently. YOU ARE NOT ALONE; I am with you and interceeding before my Son, Jesus, for you… May 25, 2017, emphasis added by me.

Okay, no doubting this call. But did I answer it? Nope. Hey, I had a valid excuse in place: I work, when I come home, I’m tired. I need my distractions.

No, what I needed was GOD. I needed to spend significant time with Him. I needed to learn how to really pray, but at this time (May 2017), I was too caught up in my job to really focus in on what Heaven was asking me. I finally had full-time work, money coming in to pay off the bills, and it was GOD who brought me to the job. So give me a break!

Anyone else see a pattern here? Before I was too stressed and depressed about NOT have full-time work, so I needed my distractions. Then when I received full-time work, what did I say?! Sure, mom, I’ll let go of my distractions and pray more… No, not even close.

“Mom, I’ll work on praying better and seeking conversion later, when I have more time.”

But if anything can be said about Heaven and its inhabitants, PERSISTENCE and PATIENCE are common virtues. So in June, and several sessions of Adoration conversations later, Mom again gave me (and others I’m certain) an even MORE URGENT call to prayer:

Dear Children, as in other places where I have come to you, also here I am calling  you to prayer

But this time she added some specifics as to what this praying was to involve:

Pray for those who do not know Jesus; who do not know the love of GOD; against sin; for the consecrated – for those whom my Son called to have love and the spirit of strength for you, for the Church

 Is there ever a more needed time to pray for those who are in authority in our church?! For those consecrated who are supposed to be examples to us in Prayer and Love of the church? Are you praying for them, Bishops, priests, deacons, and religious? Are you? … But Mom continues in her plea with a promise:

Pray to my Son, and the love which you experience from His nearness will give you the strength to make you ready for the works of love which you will do in His name.

This next part is what really hit me hard because of other things I had received in Adoration concerning our times:

My children, be ready. This time is a turning point. That is why I am CALLING YOU ANEW to FAITH and HOPE. I am showing you the way by which you need to go, and those are the words of the Gospel.

The Gospel states:

For I have given you and example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his Master; not is He who is sent greater that He who sent Him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

As the Father has love Me, so have I love you; abide in My Love. If you keep My commandments, [Love God with all your heart, mind and soul…Love your neighbor as yourself. ~Mt 22:37, 39], you will abide in His Love. These things I have spoken to you, that My JOY may be in you, and that your JOY may be full.

~Jn 13:15-16; 15: 9-11, emphasis added by me

So mom continues with again renewed urgency:

Apostles of my love, the world is in such need of your arms raised towards Heaven, towards my Son, towards the Heavenly Father.

And what else is required?

Much humility and purity of heart are needed.

Have TRUST in my Son AND know that YOU CAN ALWAYS BE BETTER.

Because it all comes down to one thing:

For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual-hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. ~Eph 6:12

Thus heaven calls us through the Queen of Heaven:

My motherly heart desires for you, apostles of my love, to be little lights of the world, to illuminate there where darkness wants to begin to reign, to SHOW the TRUE WAY by your PRAYER and LOVE,..

BECAUSE the main point of it all is:

…TO SAVE SOULS. I am with you. Thank you. ~June 2, 2017, emphasis added by me.

Judgment

July’s message on the 2nd, revealed that:

…sins are multiplying, they are too numerous.

And again, Mom asked those who would respond:

I am imploring you to pray for the whole world. My heart is suffering…

I am teaching you how to be worthy of [Jesus’] LOVE, to direct your thoughts to Him, to live my Son.

JUST A SIDE NOTE: on July 13, 1917, the three shepherd children witnessed the following:

After the two parts which I have already explained, at the left of Our Lady and a little above, we saw an Angel with a flaming sword in his left hand; flashing, it gave out flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire; but they died out in contact with the splendour that Our Lady radiated towards him from her right hand: pointing to the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a loud voice: ‘Penance, Penance, Penance!’.

Sins were pretty bad at that time too, but Our Lady was able to stay off judgment for a time. Divine Mercy followed with Sr Faustina just before the WWII broke out, and she too had witnessed this staying of judgment for a little longer:

I saw a resplendence beyond compare and, in front of this brilliance, a white cloud in the shape of scale. Then Jesus approached and put the sword on one side of it and it fell heavily towards the ground until it was about to touch it. Just then, the sisters finished renewing their vows. Then I saw Angels who took something from each of the sisters and placed it in a golden vessel somewhat in the shape of a thurible. When they had collected it from all the sisters and placed the vessel on the other side of the scale, it immediately outweighed and raised up the side on which the sword had been laid…Then I heard a voice coming from the brilliance: Put the sword back in its place; the sacrifice is greater. —Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 394

I saw the Lord Jesus, like a king in great majesty, looking down upon our earth with great severity; but because of His Mother’s intercession He prolonged the time of His mercy…the Lord answered me, “I am prolonging the time of mercy for the sake of [sinners]. But woe to them if they do not recognize this time of My visitation.” —Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 126I, 1160

Thus the NEED to respond to Mom’s calling on behalf of Heaven’s plans is REAL and URGENT. Many have been called, that I am certain, but how many have responded? Don’t know. I have, and really that’s all I can say.

THERE ARE THE NUTS AND BOLTS:

But the final words that made the call complete, not to mention it was quite clear that my full-time job was coming to an end (with ridiculous happenings that was so far fetched you wouldn’t believe me if I told you), are in the last part of the message of July 2nd:

But with the help of those of you who are HUMBLE, MODEST, filled with love, HIDDEN and holy, MY HEART WILL TRIUMPH..

PLEASE don’t get caught up in the circulating lie that the consecration of Russia hasn’t happened. Go HERE for correct information on that!.. Mom continues:

Love my Son above all and the whole world through Him. Never forget that each of your brothers, within himself, carries something precious – the soul.

Therefore, my children, love all those who do not know my Son, so that through prayer and the love which comes through prayer, they may become better; that the goodness in them could win; that souls could be saved and have eternal life.

GP & Me with younger sister, 2014

ON A PERSONAL NOTE TO THIS:

love all those who do not know my Son, so that through prayer and the love which comes through prayer, they may become better; that the goodness in them could win; that souls could be saved and have eternal life…

My grandfather passed away this past June, and had lived a life very much apart from belief in God. He had a lot of anger in him and would often explode if I mentioned even the word PRAYER. But I knew in my very soul that I was called to bring him to Christ. So from a distance of many states and two time zones, I prayed, I called regularly every every Sunday, and had even my prayer warriors praying.

The week before his “accident” that ended his life after some prolonged suffering, I received an urgency in my soul to do a week of intense prayer and fasting and immediately employed two of my most dedicated Prayer Warriors to assist me

When the week came, and his hip needed to be replaced, I KNEW this was it. He was 95yrs of age, routine replacements are no longer routine at this age. Sure enough, infection set in, went to his kidneys, and he passed away PEACEFULLY in hospice care. Yet God gave me and my other siblings a GREAT GIFT. A chance to say goodbye before his final breath. He called each of us, and when I spoke with him, I said, “I’ll be talking with you later in my prayers.”

And this man, hardened after years of hard living, was now humble, meek and mild. He responded to my statement with a gentle, “Yes, you will.”  He died in a state of grace BECAUSE of our prayers and fasting and Our Lady was able to get into his heart and work the miraculous! I have more to say on that, but it’s for another post.

Mom’s final words in this message:

My apostles, my children, my Son told you to love one another. May this be inscribed in your hearts and with PRAYER, try to live that love. Thank you!  ~July 2, 2017, emphasis added by me

Thus, at the end of August of this year, I made real steps to answer this call. A true act of FAITH, to be sure. One that required some serious study on prayer, which I’ll also be sharing down the road; and some tough decisions plus in-depth discernment on the particulars of this call. More on that later. But I bet I can guess what’s going on in many of reader’s minds:

WILL IT WORK?

To borrow from the words of a humble evangelist, “If God’s in it, IT WILL WORK.” ~Wells Gobble, Woodlawn, 2016, special features.

I will write more about other specifics with regards to my discerning this as God’s Will for me, but this post is already long enough! 😉 Until the next post!

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Sacred Heart of Jesus…Pray for us!

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on June 23, 2017

Sacred Heart of Jesus, Immaculate Heart of Mary, please pray for us.

First Published: July 3rd, 2011

In republishing this for today’s Solemnity, I also discovered a second writing of mine that has the consecration to the Sacred Heart.  You can go to it HERE...

The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, morning prayer, can be found on page: 667 in the c.1976 edition of the Christian Prayer.

In the days leading up to the great solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the readings from the Christian Prayer, Week II, are – I thought – mighty timely!

READING: Tuesday, Week II, Evening Prayer: Romans 3: 21-26 (emphasis and extra text added)

The Justice of God has been manifested apart from the law, even though both law AND prophets bear witness to it – that Justice of God which works through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. 

[ Both /And = Good Theology… the Law AND the Prophets bear witness to the Justice of God. ]

All men have sinned and are deprived of the glory of God.  All mean are now undeservedly justified by the GIFT of God, through the redemption wrought in Christ Jesus.

[ The Gift = REDEMPTION = by Jesus laying down His life for His Friends ~ Jn 15:13 ]

Through His blood, God made Him the means of expiation for all who believe.  He did so to manifest His own Justice, for the sake of remitting sins committed in the past – to manifest His Justice in the present, by way of forbearance, so that He might be Just and might justify those who believe in Jesus. 

[The Blood of Jesus = expiation = all who believe in Him; Blood of Jesus = Justice = Forgiveness of sins, past AND present.   Forbearance – sound familiar? Related to Patience = Gift of the Holy Spirit.]

READING: Wednesday, Morning Prayer, Week II: Romans 8: 35-39 (emphasis and extra text added)

Who will separate us from the love of Christ?  Trial, or distress, or persecution, or hunger, or nakedness, or danger, or the sword?

As Scripture says: “For your sake we are being slain all the day long: we are looked upon as sheep to be slaughtered.” [cf. Ps 44:22]

Yet in all this we are more than conquerors because of Him who has loved us

For I am certain that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities, neither the present nor the future, nor powers, neither height nor depth nor any other creature, will be able to separate us from the love of God that comes to us in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

The Word of the Lord! … Thanks be to God…

Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers.  The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the “mystery of iniquity” in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of His Messiah come in the flesh. ~CCC§675

The Church will enter the glory of the Kingdom ONLY THROUGH this final Passover, when she will follow her Lord in His death and Resurrection (cf. Rev 19: 1-9).  The Kingdom will be fulfilled, then, NOT by A HISTORIC TRIUMPH of the Church…BUT ONLY by GOD’s VICTORY over the final unleashing of evil, which will cause His Bride to come down from heaven (cf. Rev 13:8; 20: 7-10; 21: 2-4).  God’s triumph over the revolt of evil will take the form of the LAST JUDGMENT after the final cosmic upheaval of this passing world (cf. Rev 20:12; 2Peter 3: 12-13). ~CCC§677

Are we alone in this?  Certainly NOT!  Our Blessed Mother will be with her children EVERY STEP OF THE WAY, just as she was every step of Jesus’ Passion and Death.  And where our Blessed Mother is so is her Spouse – the Holy Spirit, giving us direction and comfort.

She Will Hold Your Hand! ~ Mark Mallett

Are you sitting with Me [Jesus] quietly? Are you asking Me to help you become holier? Are you offering Me your will? Or are you serving in the way you desire without willingness to change and adapt when I need you to adapt?

My friends, your life will always be changing. This should not alarm you because I do not change and My love for you does not change. Be at peace. Accept that if you are not open to change then you are not open to becoming holier. All is well and I am holding you very close to Me. ~Monthly Message, June 1, 2012, excerpt – Lay Apostles

—————————————————————————————————————–June 27th

Today we celebrated the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and tomorrow the Feast the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

For an more in-depth reflection on these two occasions, may I recommend  Mark Mallett ‘s writing.

Please take a moment and ready what he writes concerning our Lord’s Sacred Heart and the Solemnity that we have come to know and celebrate.

It IS God’s last attempt to reach us before He is forced to bring upon us purification and judgment for our sins.

Precious Blood of Jesus, Save us!

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Please Pray for us!

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy, have mercy, have mercy upon us!

If that weren’t all, a friend of mine has contributed the following…


Thank you Carol and Company…!

July Follows with a full month dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus!

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