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Got Jesus in YOUR boat???

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on July 13, 2018

Only two people responded to my request for help. Having dealt with that disappointment, I’ve seen God  work in a surprising way. As I continue to deal with declining health, I thought this might be a good time to republish a few writings that hold good meaning. 

Yes, we are in the days of “increased wickedness”, so it is obvious that Jesus’ words are coming to pass, “the love of men’s hearts will grow cold.” (Mt 24:12) Yet, those who hold tight to Christ will find themselves in a SAFE Harbor… Though I’ve said many times lately, “Jesus, I don’t understand why. But you’re will be done, not mine.” I’ve also been reminded that Jesus IS FAITHFUL and TRUE (BOTH/AND = good Theology!)
Jesus, I TRUST in YOU!

PREPARE!

First Published: July, 2012
Republished today

Got Jesus in YOUR boat?

Are YOU on the Ark of the New Convenant?

*** 33 Days of Morning Glory!

Time is very short

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God… (1)

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you; fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.  On account of these, the wrath of God is coming(2)

We’ve done this to ourselves, by our own actions, we’ve forced the Hand of God to come upon us…

And YET, for those who BELIEVE, and are willing to intercede for the evils done in this world…

Continue steadfast in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving… Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  (3)

The coming of the lawless one by the activity of Satan will be with all power and with pretended signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are to perish, because they refused to love the TRUTH and so be saved… (4)

Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them… when anything is exposed by the LIGHT it becomes visible… Therefore it is said, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.”(5)

…[Make] the most of [this] time, because the days are EVIL(6)

Therefore, God sends upon them a strong delusion, to make them believe what is false, so that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (7)

For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.  And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.  So it is not strange if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness.  Their end will correspond to their deeds. (8)

Now the works of the flesh are plain: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, selfishness, dissension, party spirit, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like… those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (9)

[Therefore], be watchful, stand firm in your FAITH, be COURAGEOUS, be STRONG.  Let all that you do be done in LOVE. (10)

Let not sin… reign in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions.  Do not yield your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but yield yourselves to God as [people] who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments of righteousness. (11)

Changes are coming that will catch many off guard…

Got Jesus in YOUR boat?

When people say, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as travail comes upon a woman with child, and there will be no escape. (12)

The Last Hour…

Scripture Passages:

1: Col 3:1
2: Col 3: 5-6
3: Col 4:2; Eph 6:11
4: 2Thess 2: 9-10
5: Eph 5: 11, 13, 14
6: cf. Eph 6:16
7: 2Thess 11:-12
8: 2Cor 11: 13-15
9: Gal 5: 19-21
10: 1Cor 16: 13-14
11: Rom 6: 12-13
12: 1Thess 5: 3

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The Final offering of Fulton J Sheen on Asceticism…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on February 17, 2018

God Love You!

There is a greater potential for sacrifice in the hearts and minds of men now, than at any time in the last 400 years:

[When it comes] to the devotees of Totalitarianism of the last 30 years, the fanaticism, the burning zeal and the blazing devotedness of Communism, [would this have happened had] not that these souls… become sick and tired of the milk and water [of] Liberalism that denied there was a TRUTH worth dying for and therefore one worthy of living for?

[Such as] the sacrifice of soldiers during [war], and at a time when we’re supposed to have softened by luxury and ease, [were it] not because a tremendous reserve for sacrifice was in the depths of their hearts?

The world is fed-up with broad-mindedness which is as cold as a miser’s heart and as spineless as a filet of sole; it wants to catch fire, to feel the burning heat of its passions and above all, to love even to the point of death:

“I have come to cast fire upon the earth; and would that it were already kindled! have a baptism to be baptized with; and how I am constrained until it is accomplished!” ~Jesus of Nazareth, (Luke 12:49-50)

“Greater love has no man than this, that he would lay his life down for his friends”. ~John 15:13

We of the Faith are often frightened away by the sight of ashes and the clinkers in the furnace of the faithless, little suspecting that beneath them are flames that like [of] St Paul could enkindle the world, and like [of] St Magdalen set fire to penitential hearts:

“God and His Holy Mother will raise up saints who will surpass in holiness saints of old; they will fight in PRAYER with one hand and build with the other…over throwing and CRUSHING heresies and heretics…they will rebuild the true ‘temple of Solomon’, the ‘City of God’. They will be ministers [lay and ordained] of the Lord who, like a flaming fire, will enkindle everywhere the fires of Divine Love.” ~St. Louis de Montfort, The True Devotion of Mary, #48, 56

Pray! And the LOVE which you will experience from His (Jesus) nearness will give you the strength to make ready for the Works of Love which you will do in His name… Therefore, my children, love all who do not know my Son, so that through prayer, and the LOVE which comes through prayer, that they might become better. That the goodness in them can win.” Message to Mirjana, June 2nd and July 2, 2017, in part.

What greater proof is there of this, than the fact that when these modern pagans receive the gift of Faith, they often surpass us in self-denial and therefore Love of God.

In some instances, what keeps them back is a want of correspondence on our part between light and heat, or the divorce between our knowledge of Divine Truth and the self-renouncing love which that TRUTH should inspire.

Because the joys of union with God cannot be experienced without sacrifice, and because the modern souls without Faith has a capacity for it, we believe that Divine Truth should be presented to them as the Savior did, namely, by a Summons to Sacrifice, by an appeal to sell the field to gain the pearl of great price, and to leave nets and boats to become fishers of men.

Again, the kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it. ~Mt 13:45-46

And Jesus said to them, “Follow Me and I will make you become fishers of men.” And immediately they left their nets and followed Him. ~Mk 1:17-18

Everyone today is in pain, either mental or physical. Where there are no broken bodies, there are agonized minds, restless, fearful, anxious.

Our generation [BOTH his and ours] may well be the most unhappy that has lived in the history of Christianity. All this adds up to the fact that suffering is universal.

But suffering is not far from sacrifice. There is no quantitative difference between the two, for a toothache in a saint is no different from a toothache in a Stalin.

There is no material difference between a Carmelite fasting from meat and bread, and a fat lady dieting from the same.

What makes the difference [We should ask] between suffering and sacrifice, between fasting and dieting…?

[PAY ATTENTION! THIS is IMPORTANT.] 

The difference is the LOVE of GOD. Sacrifice without the LOVE of GOD is suffering; suffering WITH the LOVE of GOD, IS SACRIFICE.

“If I speak in the tongues of men and angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all that I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.” (1Cor 13:1-3)

The Trappist monk who gets out of bed at two o’clock in the morning to pray for sins of the world is undergoing the same discomfort as the milkman, or baker or the victim of insomnia who gets up to take a stiff drink; but what a difference in the attitude of the soul!

“Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the Word of Life…” (Phil 2:14-16a)

It may very well be then that modern souls are suffering enough – probably too much; but it is all wasted, either because they do not turn it into merit by knowing God or because they complain with defiance and rebellious protests:

“Why should God do this to me?”

What we have to do is to drive a wedge between their actual pain and their potential sacrifice, by bringing to them some understanding of the Love on Calvary Who suffered the first and everything, THAT MAN MIGHT NEVER SAY:

“He does not know what it is to suffer.”

Here we are, presumed followers of Our Lord and His Mystical Body, the Church, and those who are looking for it, without knowing it.

We are like crude blocks of marble. Over there is our Exemplar Christ, Who models the Christian life which lives only by dying to evil.

We are our own sculptors. With our eyes often on Him, we take the chisel of our will, and cut off in mortification huge hunks of selfishness, envy, jealousy, hate, until finally the image of Our Lord soon begins to reveal itself.

All is well. I take you into My Soul and you are caught up on the Fires of My Sacred Heart. When I return you to your own soul, you are MORE Me than you. So it will be because I have willed it~Jesus to “Anne”, Lay Apostle, Directions for Our Times, Volume 8, p27.

Can Love be terrible, my Lord? Can gentleness be stern? “Ah, yes! – intense is LOVE’s desire to PURIFY His Beloved – tis FIRE, a HOLY FIRE to burn. For He must fully perfect thee till in thy likeness all may see the beauty of the Lord”…

“I have come to cast fire upon the earth; and would that it were already kindled! I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how I am constrained until it is accomplished!” ~Jesus of Nazareth, (Lk 12:49)

Can Love seem cruel, O my Lord? “Yes, like a sword the cure; He will not spare thee, sin-sick soul, till He hath made thy sickness whole, until thine heart is PURE!” ~ The Shepherd to Grace and Glory, Mountain of Spices, pg 142, emphasis added.

It is not as hard to do this as we think; it is harder to go on living the way we are, unsurrendered, unlovable, unhappy on the inside.

But you say you cannot do this alone – your will is weak; your mind is dark!

How right you are!

We need God’s Grace – God love you!

[And that is the topic of the next chapter of his broadcast and the book I have. However, I only promised this chapter. We will begin the Lenten retreat/reflections starting on Sunday. But Sheen’s words will always be here for you to refer back to when you need encouragement and/or that gentle reminder. But I will leave you with one more tool, a prayer.] 

A Prayer for Abandonment by Charles de Foucauld, (emphasis added)

Father, I abandon myself into Your hands; do with me what You will. Whatever You may do, I thank You: I am ready for all, I accept all. Let only Your Will be done in me, and in all Your creatures. I wish no more than this, O Lord.

Into Your hands I commend my soul; I offer it to You with all the Love of my heart, for I love You, Lord, and so need to give myself to surrender myself into your hands, without reserve, and with boundless confidence, for You ARE my Father.

Need something more? Visit Mark’s page on the 9 Day Novena of Abandonment

It’s powerful! Maybe print out a copy for yourself and for your loved ones?

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