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Exciting times…no?… Yes, exciting times…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on January 27, 2018

Be not afraid! Jesus we TRUST in you!

I begin today’s offering with a beautiful reminder:

If My people, who are called by My name, HUMBLE THEMSELVES, and PRAY and SEEK My face, and TURN from their WICKED WAYS, then I will hear from Heaven, and I will FORGIVE their sin and HEAL their land. ~2 Chron 7:14, emphasis added by me.

May I recommend that ya’ll write that down multiple times and place this verse throughout your home as it will encourage you during the difficult days ahead. For as the LORD said through His servant, Joshua:

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; be not frightened, neither dismayed, for the LORD, your GOD, is with you wherever you go. ~Joshua 1:9, emphasis added by me.


What the Church teaches…

It’s all about PRAYER, folks. Why? Because it’s THAT IMPORTANT. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:

[Prayer is] the elevation of the mind and heart to God in praise of His GLORY; 

But that’s not all… there’s more!

[Prayer is also] a petition made to God for some desired good, OR in thanksgiving for a good received, OR in intercession for others before GOD.

You see, we not only give praise to God, give thanks to God, make petitions to God, BUT we also INTERCEED for one another before God – that is pray for each other in our needs and times of struggle. The Catechism concludes:

Through prayer the Christian experiences a communion with God through Christ in the Church. ~Glossary of Terms, emphasis added by me.

So it’s an all-inclusive practice that benefits everyone and makes us more aware of the goodness and generosity of our Creator in His GLORY. Did you know that PART FOUR of the catechism is all about PRAYER? Doesn’t that suggest that PRAYER is IMPORTANT???

Wake up! The time has come, the time is NOW.

More so now than ever before!  In my last post I gave more than adequate scripture support to suggest that we are now entering into a time of purification.

To be sure, it won’t be easy or pleasant. Like whenever we work on purifying ourselves – be it a detox regiment or reflection on where our particular life is headed – there are moments of absolute discomfort, agony, and in some cases a need for a 180-turnaround! Right?

So, too, should we expect the same for the purification of mankind. Take a look at Salvation History, replete with purifications!

Even when Moses was told to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt, there had to be some purification of the Egyptians before they could leave Egypt (10 plagues); and even of Israel before she was able to cross into the Promise Land (golden calf; biting serpents; 40 years of wandering when it should have only taken a couple of weeks…etc…etc)… So this ain’t going to be “a piece of cake”, and we need all the help we can get to make the necessary changes within ourselves to “cross over the Jordon into the Promise Land” – aka the Era of Peace.

Our Lady, Queen of Peace, as painted by description from the visionaries…

Now, I’m not ashamed to admit that, just before I remembered that yesterday was the 25th, I was having a “moaning moment” with Jesus about this calling to fulltime Prayer and Fasting. I asked for something so OBVIOUS that I couldn’t argue my way out of it OR make any more excuses for not following through with what He’s asking me to do.

Here’s what He gave to me… and to the World… Medjugorje, Jan 25th, 2018, emphasis added by moi:

Dear Children! May this time be for YOU a time of PRAYER, so that the Holy Spirit, through prayer, may descend upon you and give YOU conversion

Golly, does that sound familiar?!?! Last week’s post is listed below this one. 😉

Hey, guess what’s even coooler???

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place… All these with one accord DEVOTED THEMSELVES to PRAYER… And suddenly a SOUND came from Heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled the house where they were…and there appeared to them tongues of fire… resting on each one of them. And they were filled with the Holy Spirit… ~Acts 1:14a; 2:1-4a

On that day, the Apostles became true Apostles! They spoke boldly and clearly of the TRUTH of Jesus Christ. Do you know that the great Marian Saint, St Louis de Montfort – who gave us the first consecration formula to the Sacred Heart through the Immaculate Heart that all others are based on (St Mother Teresa’s, St Maximilian Kolbe, 33 Days to Morning Glory), wrote in his devotion this very event as given to Marjia:

The Holy Spirit, finding His dear spouse present [Mary, Mother of God], again in souls, will come down INTO THEM with GREAT POWER. He will fill them with His Gifts, ESPECIALLY WISDOM, by which THEY will produce wonders of GRACE… [they] will hide themselves completely in the depths of her soul… those richest in GRACE and VIRTUE will be the most assiduous [consistent with commitment] in praying to the Blessed Virgin Mary…as a powerful helper to assist them…  True Devotion to Mary, #217 and #46

Which is an echo from Jan 2nd’s message to Mirjana:

I, the mother, am coming to help you to come to know TRUE FAITH – living and profound – so as to help you to truly love.

So back to January 25th Message. Mom tells us plainly what we NEED to DO at this time:

Open your hearts AND read the SACRED SCRIPTURES, that through the testimonies you also may be closer to God.

 Anyone doing any bible study? May I highly recommend doing one on Prayer. As noted in my last post, the book Battle Plan for Prayer is an excellent resource! Because Our Lady continues:

Above EVERYTHING, little Children, SEEK GOD and the THINGS OF GOD and leave earthly ones to the earth…

 Like mindless entertainment – video games, TV, wasting vast amounts of time in social media platforms, gambling on the internet, viewing inappropriate sites that lead to infidelity, etc, etc…

because satan IS ATTRACTING YOU to the dust and sin…

This world and all the pleasures it offers IS temporary, meaningless in eternity ’cause it’s passing away…

All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of the field… The grass withers, and the flower fades, but the Word of the LORD abides forever. ~Is 40:6b, 8

For if God did not spare the angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of nether gloom to be kept until the judgment;

If He did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven other persons, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly;

If by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomor’ah to ashes He condemned them to extinction and made them an example to those who were to be ungodly; and He rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the licentiousness of the wicked…

THEN the LORD knows how to rescue the godly from trial (see Rev 3:10-11), and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment, and especially those who indulge in the lust of defiling passion and despise authority~2Peter 2:4-10 

Because Mom reminds us of this TRUTH that can apply to ALL those who REPENT and RETURN to God with their whole hearts – even at the last minute (Read Mt 20: 1-16):

YOU ARE CALLED to HOLINESS and CREATED for HEAVEN; therefore, SEEK HEAVEN and the things of Heaven. Thank you for having responded to my call. ~Monthly Message, Medjugorje, January 25, 2018, to Marjia, emphasis added by me.

Got Prayer? Visit this PAGE for a suggested format that can be adapted to your schedule so that you can put more prayer into your life.

My final offering comes from my favorite fellow blogger:

Medjugorje is becoming the center of attention even more these days as the Vatican has recently permitted “official” pilgrimages to the apparition site. As well, a report of the papal Commission studying Medjugorje was leaked to the press revealing not only that the first apparitions are deemed supernatural, but that there is a fairly positive outlook on the remaining. At the same time as the Vatican seemingly moves toward a positive position, some Catholic apologists are strangely attacking (with tired old arguments) what is arguably the greatest site for conversions since the Acts of the Apostles.

Ladies! Do you want to do a study on Prayer? Click HERE and let me know!

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Kenosis Part II…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on January 31, 2009

Recap: The work Kenosis comes from the Greek, and it means to empty (oneself).  So when applied to the Person Jesus Christ,  “He was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, He emptied Himself, taking the form of a slave…” God BECAME man, and dwelt among us (Phil 2:6-7a NAB; Jn 1:14a).

That wasn’t enough for God!  Not only did He empty Himself of all His Godhead – while remaining God – but He also allowed Himself to SUFFERTo suffer?  To suffer what?  All that we humans suffer on a daily basis.  Anger, pain, sorrow, sadness, hunger, thirst, exhaustion, and even death… He humbled Himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross (Phil 2:8 ).   So God did more than just become human, He took on our human nature!

“Now, why did He take upon Himself our human nature? St. Paul says, ‘He became a slave…’ and a slave does hard things.  The Lord became man in order to transfer to Himself our burdens.  Now, what is transference?”

Have you ever seen the movie Mighty ?  On the front cover is a one boy of good strength and stature carrying another boy of smaller stature and weak appearance on his shoulders.  The phrase, he’s not heavy, he’s my brother, is applied to this picture.  That is transference.

“Now our Blessed Lord transferred three evils to Himself.  All the evils of the world can be reduced to three…[1] Physical evil, like pain.  [2] Mental evil, like being mentally handicapped, [doubting, despairing, disbelieving] and, [3] Moral evil, like guilt or sin.  Now let’s follow the life of Our Lord and see how He transferred these evils to Himself.”

Here Sheen speaks of the times when Jesus’ great sympathy for the plight of mankind gave way to great mercy – which is Love – and many were healed of their infirmities because God, Jesus Christ, took these infirmities onto Himself; though He did not bear them on His body until the moment of His Passion and Crucifixion.

“And Our Blessed Lord, when He came to the blind, the deaf, the paralyzed, and the leper, He so loved them, that that pain was transferred onto Himself. That is why we read when Our Lord cured the blind and the deaf, what did He do?  Our Blessed Lord transferred to Himself all the pains that we could ever suffer so that we would never say ‘God does not know what it is to suffer’… Now let’s go into Mental Ills…

The beginning pains of Our Lord’s Passion is probably the best example of this.  As He and His disciples were in the Garden at Gethsemane, what was Jesus doing?  Praying.  Why?  Because He knew what was next.

He knew that His human nature would loose courage where it not for the GRACE of God contained within His divine nature.  He knew that His closet friends would abandon Him, would deny Him three times, and would betray Him to the religious authorities.

He KNEW what was about to happen and He once again experienced the temptation to despair and disbelieve the plan of God the Father.

“All these people [those who suffer from mental illness] have to be redeemed.  But how could they be saved, except by the Lord taking upon Himself those affects of sin.  And He did that at that moment when the sun was ashamed to shed its light upon the crime of deicide [the killing of God], and hid itself at high noon, and in the darkness Our Blessed Lord uttered that cry, ‘My God, My God, why…?’

“All the whys that have ever been asked in the world, He took upon Himself and uttered that cry, which is one of the verses of that Psalm [Ps 22:1].  But the end of Psalm ends in joy.  Again to remind us that mental ills as well as physical ill can be reborn in the light of the Resurrection.  And then He took upon Himself Moral ills, or guilt. This was the principle reason for His coming…”

Go back and read Romans, chapters 5 and 6, or take a moment to look through the Posting on Sin and Redemption Jesus Christ became for us the payment due to God for our transgression, our sin against Him, which warrants the payment of death

Therefore as sin came into the world through one man and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all men sinned. ~Romans 5:12

But who would die once and for all for us?  As St. Paul tells us, “Why, one would hardly die for a righteous man…” (Roman 5:7), let alone for sinful mankind!

It is Jesus who did this for us, “But God showed His Love for us, that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)!  The penalty of sin – death – was paid for by God.   Satisfaction was made for us BY GOD.

For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by His life.” ~Romans 5:10

“So Our Lord takes death, as a penalty, onto Himself.  He allowed, therefore, in the garden all the sins of the world into His soul…and the agony of that guilt, being innocent, was so great that it brought from out of His body drops of blood falling upon the crimson olive roots of Gethsemane making the first ‘crimson rosary of redemption’.  And then on the Cross, paying the ultimate debt of death…That is why the Cross is very important in our lives.”

Summing up:

Kenosis, the emptying of oneself, as Our Blessed Lord did for us, and as we are asked to do for others…that is we must pray for others, sacrifice for others, in order to assist in the salvation of their soulsThis is what Sheen spoke about in his talk on the Cross.  Remember the story of the woman in the iron lung?  She knew that her suffering wasn’t for herself, but was instead for countless others; for their salvation.

We must empty ourselves of our own vain pleasures and desires so that we can be filled with Christ, that He may increase while we decrease (cf. Jn 3:30), and so that His GRACE may come alive in us bringing us ever closer to Himself! So important, ESPECIALLY in these darkening times!

“I heard confessions…and I asked every penitent to say one Rosary for the conversion of a sinner…I finished confessions about 9 o’clock [pm], went to the communion rail, praying for her [unrepentant sinner]

“12:30 midnight and I heard the church door open, it was this girl.  And I went back into the confessional, and she went to confession.  Here was a transference of someone else’s guilt to another; hence the importance of praying for one another.  Particularly for those who have morally and spiritually lapsed.

“Just as the clouds will pick up moisture from the sea and carry it over a mountain top and drop it on arid land, so to the prayers that we offer are carried by the Spirit and dropped on the souls that need it.  The whole work of redemption is therefore being carried on…

“Familiarize yourself with His Life.  Read the Gospels!  You will never obtain a deep spiritual life without the Scriptures, and particularly the New Testament.  Read them in SILENCE…in silence we best discover God.

“Read them IN THE FAMILY.  And once in your own personal life you begin to see that our Lord is not [just] a teacher…Our Lord is first and foremost a Savior!  He saves us from our sins!… Therefore, when we receive Him at communion WE ARE RECEIVING A SAVIOR!  This is the meaning of Christ…

God Love you!”

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