Sep 01 2010

Pray for mercy for those who will perish without having prepared their souls…

Dream: Last night I dreamed about a strange cloud of fire and ash that was coming towards us from the south. We locked the windows and when it hit, there was ash piled to within a foot of the top of the windows on that side of the house. There was a smell of smoke even in the house with the windows closed . This is the second time I have dreamed about large dumps of ash. Lord Jesus have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Habakkuk 3:9 Bared and ready is your bow, filled with arrows is your quiver. Into streams you split the earth; 10 at sight of you the mountains tremble. A torrent of rain descends; the ocean gives forth its roar.

“My child, pray for mercy for those who will perish without having prepared their souls. There is much that will befall the earth and there are many who will be lost for eternity if they do not accept my mercy in their final moments. Do not let any be lost because of your failure to pray. Yes, I know this is a heavy burden, but I would not ask you to pray if it did no good. Enter into my love for souls and it will be no burden to pray; you will desire to suffer anything rather than lose one soul. This is what it means to embrace the cross and it is a great honor and a great mystery that I allow my children to participate in my plan of salvation in this way. Suffice it to say that God’s will desires that his children participate in this way. So pray, fast, and offer sacrifices–do all you can, for the time is very short for very many.”

Jesus I trust in you. In the Divine Will I accept the unimaginable invitation to participate in your work of salvation through the cross. Jesus I am weak, but in you I can do all things. Lead me Lord, I come to do your will. Amen.

60 responses so far

60 Responses to “Pray for mercy for those who will perish without having prepared their souls…”

  1. Kathy Andre-Eameson 01 Sep 2010 at 11:21 pm

    From everywhere, we are hearing dire words, and being the weak people we are, anxiety tends to work on us—no doubt with Satan’s help. He would like nothing more than for us to be undermined by fear and anxiety. Some timid souls may even be tempted to despair. It seems clear to me that during the great tribulations that are coming upon the earth, many will despair and probably kill themselves. But that is not for us. Today, in Psalm 39 in the Liturgy of the Hours, Office of Readings, I read, “And now, Lord, what is there to wait for? In you rests all my hope.”

    The waiting seems interminable, and we can visualize the ashes that symbolize everything destructive that is coming, but the Lord tells us, “What is there to wait for?” YOU HAVE ME ALREADY. I AM YOUR HOPE, YOUR SURE REFUGE, GREATER, MORE POWERFUL THAN ANY SHAKING. MY WRATH IS NOT FOR YOU! FOR YOU MY LOVE, MY TENDERNESS, MY CARE, EVERY PROVIDENCE!

    Even should our lives be asked of us, we should never doubt that He will strengthen us to bear whatever is in His plan for us. We will not die from fear, but we may die victims of Love, giving our all to Him—however things turn out for us, He will be holding us in His arms, our Jesus, our Abba, the Spirit of Love overshadowing us. Trust in God, little flock. It is the Father’s Will to give you the Kingdom!

    We pray with all our hearts for poor sinners who haven’t the least idea what is really going on. Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and on the whole world. We trust in the fountain of Mercy, the precious Blood and Water flowing from your side. Bring souls into the ark before they perish. Save our loved ones who have been deaf to your Word and insensitive to You Holy Spirit. Come, Lord Jesus—come quickly!

  2. Philomenaon 02 Sep 2010 at 4:54 am

    I had a slightly similar dream last week. It was very short but it stayed with me for a few days. In the dream I heard a great noise of something happening outside. Before I even looked out I knew it was something big, something from God. I immediately ran over to the sliding door going out to my backyard to let my dogs into the safety of the house. As I yelled out at them I looked up and saw what the noise was. It’s hard to describe but the entire sky was covered with a smokey whirlwind out of which terrible fire was coming down on everything or about to, it was headed in our direction. The best way to imagine it is almost like a fire funnel but the whole sky was covered in this smokey cloud. I knew “this was it” and I seemed to know that I would be safe inside my house. I was thrown off by the last image I saw right before I woke because as I leaned out further when calling my dogs I saw some firemen trying to put out a tree a few streets down. It clearly was not the cause of the fire and smoke-filled sky though, it couldn’t have been. I figured I shouldn’t give the dream too much thought and let it go.

    However, your dream struck me, Peli. You see, when I opened my sliding door, the smoke and fire was coming from the south as well. The only reason I know it’s the south is because I can see Tijuana Mexico from my backyard.

    I don’t know if my dream means anything or not, I’m often told by a priest friend not to over think my dreams because I’m not a mystic. I think he says it because he doesn’t want me to worry too much about what may or may not happen since it is out of my control. I wish I knew whether or not to listen to my dreams the way you do Peli.
    I will add more divine mercy prayers to my day just to be safe.

  3. pelianitoon 02 Sep 2010 at 7:07 am

    Kathy AE, thank you for this word of holy encouragement. This is the Body at work. Let us remember the main focus of the message is to pray for sinners. Fear has no place in the heart of one who loves God. As Scripture says, “Perfect love (God) casts out fear.” If we have God in our hearts, there is no room for fear. Conversely, if we have fear in our hearts, there is no room for God. Choose wisely.

  4. Amyon 02 Sep 2010 at 7:08 am

    This definitely sounds like a call to arms (Prayer) to me! My prayer Lord is that I will not let you down!

  5. pelianitoon 02 Sep 2010 at 7:09 am

    Philomena, a long time ago it was revealed to me that prophetic dreams are primarily calls to prayer. What is the Lord calling you to pray for in this dream? I think you have your answer now–and it is the answer for so many dreams–souls!

  6. pelianitoon 02 Sep 2010 at 7:19 am

    Philomena, read this article. It speaks very eloquently about mysticism and it is no coincidence that the article appeared on the day you made this comment. Perhaps the Lord wants to give you a gift, but because you were told “you are not a mystic” you do not accept the gift. Do not think of your own unworthiness, but in all humility, receive and accept the gifts of God for his glory. He needs willing workers, today more than any other. Enter into Mary’s Fiat: Fiat mhi, secumdum verbum tuum.

  7. doanlion 02 Sep 2010 at 7:57 am

    I love you Lord and Blessed Mother…whatever little I can give you, is all yours.

    Less of me and more of You.

  8. doanlion 02 Sep 2010 at 10:36 am

    Pelianito,

    Many dreams have involved people I don’t like and have caused me much pain.

    I believe it is a call to pray for them, and I have humbled myself for a little while and I did pray for them.

    I feel good about it now. I don’t carry around as much resentment.

  9. Michael Patrickon 02 Sep 2010 at 12:14 pm

    My humanity always swings me back and forth quickly in two directions when I see this kind of word: 1) Time is short and flying by, so much to do and what have I done for our Lord up to this point, and 2) what is coming down the pike. Of course neither is really useful, so I try to cling to Jesus now. Jesus, what can I do now, this instant. Now this instant, and so forth. This may be easy sometimes and other times it takes more effort. I also sometimes get derailed by the waiting. I don’t know why this is so difficult. Has anyone ever figured out a way to work in the past or the future? Every bit of work we ever do, we do in the now. One step at a time. I don’t know why this is so hard for me to grasp sometimes.

    Jesus, please anchor our every thought, word, effort and beat of our hearts to Yours now. We truly want to help but are in need of so much help ourselves.

    Jesus, we trust in You.

  10. Jeanon 02 Sep 2010 at 12:38 pm

    I just did a quick look-up on Lenten ashes:

    “Ashes are a biblical symbol of mourning and penance. In Bible times the custom was to fast, wear sackcloth, sit in dust and ashes, and put dust and ashes on one’s head” and another, “Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of adherents as a sign of repentance. The ashes used are typically gathered after the Palm Crosses from the previous year’s Palm Sunday are burned. In the liturgical practice of some churches, the ashes are mixed with the Oil of the Catechumens[1] (one of the sacred oils used to anoint those about to be baptized).”

    To me it seems symbolic of the baptizm of fire, death, and ultimately repentence that is to come.

  11. Columbkilleon 02 Sep 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Peli, I’m inclined to think this dream has a literal interpretation. As I write, a dangerous hurricane is headed our way. I don’t know where you live in Alberta, but I see there are volcanoes in your part of the world. Not sure if any are due south or if that even matters, given the winds that might blow ash, but there are realities enough to fulfill the dream. It’s been over 50 years since my area was hit head-on by a hurricane. There are volcanoes that haven’t erupted in four times that long ago, but only God knows what He is planning, and we have been assured it will be ‘sudden’.

    As I read the Breviary today I saw in the hymn the words, ‘O God our help in ages past, our hope for years to come/our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home.’ It has interested me that in the last couple of dreams dread things have happened, but you were safe. That’s really quite remarkable, considering the events (a home invasion, a cataclysm producing a snowfall of ash).

    The Lord is our refuge.

    I liked KA-E’s phrase about dying as victims of Love. That would mean we were following Him all the way to the end! May it be so.

    Jesus, send your Holy Spirit to pierce the hearts of all in danger who do not know you. Open the minds of those who have turned away to consider Your claims. Take away, by Your Sovereign Power, the glamour of the enemy over these minds, that they may perceive their true estates, and may their eyes be opened to see you not as lies have portrayed, but as love makes You in Your mercy and beauty.

    Philomena, you’re in my prayers.

  12. pelianitoon 02 Sep 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Columbkille, I too think this is meant to be taken literally, although with God things are never only literal, but also symbolic. Think of Noah and the flood. The flood actually happened, but it also symbolized the waters of baptism washing away our sins. There are no active volcanoes near where I live, but if Yellowstone goes, the whole planet will be affected for a long time. Whatever comes, there is only one place to hide–in the will of God. And he has said through many messengers that what is coming will not be permanent, that he will restore the world in the Era of Peace. I like what you said about being safe in all the dreams. Let us get in the habit now of remaining in the will of God so that when we are tested, it will be the only place we want to be.

  13. Sr. Lorraineon 02 Sep 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Lately I have been feeling the inspiration to go to confession more often.

  14. Mary Thereseon 02 Sep 2010 at 7:06 pm

    I think I’ve mentioned this before, but we all need to realize and remember that the Lord truly takes care of His Own!

    When we were at the University of Steubenville summer conferences, one time, we should all have been electrocuted and/or suffocated inside of our mammoth tent that blew over the hillside as the last person exited… We should have been struck by lightning a couple of different times, when huddled in the main tent with lightning bolts flashing and thunder booming unceasingly overhead. We had two different bishops take command of the weather for us–it was that bad!

    But we sang and praised Our God and stayed together in Christ. We obeyed holy authority to get to safety. We were not in plush conditions, but we were safe and eventually warm and fed…
    I believe it was a mini display of the end of this era.

    All that matters is that each soul chooses Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in their final moment. As He calls to them, they need to turn to Him to be saved… He has asked us to pray and fast to save all… ALL!!! May Your Divine Will be done, Lord… May we do our part…

  15. Maryon 02 Sep 2010 at 7:21 pm

    (Note: this comment has been moved from where it was originally posted a few days ago. Mary made some great observations here which most people missed since she posted them on an older blog post.)

    First, I am new to this blog. I want to thank you all for such generosities! I have been on blogs before, but got off, because they lacked the aspect of charity for one’s neighbor. About me, I am a single Mom with 4 teenagers whom I support more or less alone. I am quite busy with my own little business, so do not socialize much. I was led 2 years ago to get out of debt, which I did. I was also led to buy a wood stove. Please hear me, wood stoves are nice, but if you have no wood, you are in trouble; and if the stove gets dirty, which it does with wet or unseasoned wood, the house fills with smoke. I am not looking forward to another cold winter, we were snowed in last winter for weeks, and I had to have emergency shipments made to me of wood, as mine had all gotten wet, or couldn’t be found due to the constant falling of new snow. We have a well, and I am thinking of putting a hand pump on it. It is possible to do this, even with an electric pump.
    I have tried to pretend that we are in an emergency many times and ponder “what do we need?”. Lately, I am considering buying inflatable beds, for the unexpected visitor. I told the Lord that they are cold, but I “heard” “they have to sleep when its warm too.” I have tried to understand the bathroom issue, and what we will do. I bought large plastic tubs to hold water and plan on giving everyone a bucket to fill with water from the tub to flush the toilets. I have also bought campfire propane for the campstove, and have a rock pit outside. The wood stove as well can be cooked on or inside of it. I have rope for laundry, tape, glue, scissors, screwdrivers, hammers, candles, matches, lamp oil, extra long johns, sweatshirts. (I wonder about the windows of the house?) I considered bars, or only sheets, as the glass is very thin. I have no gun, and don’t want one, but I have prayed around the perimeter of my property with my bible, blessed salt and holy water many times. I have a crucifix or cross on every window. Our bikes are ready, and we have back packs. Being physically alone in this is very unnerving, but it seems that the Lord, and my guardian angel are covering the bases. I do get frightened, but then I call my kids, and we get on our knees to pray again. They listen, but they are very much connected to “the world” They of course, hope that I am wrong. I don’t know if my children and I will travel away, or we will stay. My thought today is, if we go, someone else will have what I have saved and maybe they will survive. I thank you for this blog, it is truly a comfort to read other people’s experiences. I will lift you all up, kindly lift me and my kids up, (I actually have 6, but 2 do not live with me). I do also think that we should do our best to stay strong physically, and mentally, through regular exercise and nutrition. I read someone mention vitamins. I had that thought yesterday,as it will help to add the nutrition we may not get.

    Bless you all! May the Holy Spirit breath upon us and give all of us His wisdom continually, especially those faint of heart!

  16. pelianitoon 02 Sep 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Mary thank you! Your preparations are thorough indeed! These things are so good to know. I was interested in how you add a hand pump to an electric well. Where would I find info on that?

    As for windows, I live in Canada and winters are harsh. Our last house had poor windows and we used some of that plastic window insulation. It’s very cheap, easy to install and keeps the wind out and the heat in. Available in most hardware stores–in Canada and probably anywhere the snow flies.

    God bless you and your family, dear sister in Christ.

  17. Philomenaon 02 Sep 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Thank you for your prayers, Columbkille . I know I need them and I truly appreciate them. Last night I prayed for everyone on our prayer page by the way.

    Peli, your words brought tears to my eyes this morning. You seemed to know exactly what was going on in my heart, feeling of unworthiness and therefore doubt and resistance. Thank you so much for sharing your words with me and for the link. You are right, there are no coincidences; God always has a plan. How long have I made my Lord wait by doubting? How many souls have I missed praying for by not paying attention to the signs? You are right, these are calls to pray and I must pray. Thank you!!

  18. Michael Patrickon 02 Sep 2010 at 8:11 pm

    I feel much better reading about everyone in various situations making different preparations. The effort might not seem like much, but I always go back to one of our favorite examples of the multiplication of the loaves. More importantly, someone always chimes in with something wonderful about hope in God, so I can recalibrate daily. So much love and trust here.

    I wish I was always at peace, but sometimes over-think everything, fret about preparations, plans, the daily headlines… complete insanity. I should know better by now. Just Jesus. Our Lady reminded me: ‘Love drives out fear’ a couple of times this week already. I feel like I’m gearing up for the last push into the finish line and everything is groaning. [In reality I had to walk today and skip the run for the first time in a long time –– physically sore as well!]

    Jesus, please help us to offer You anything we’re holding back. Please save souls.

  19. pelianitoon 02 Sep 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Mary I also liked your reminder to stay strong physically. I have been feeling called to that as well, but it is a tough sell for me. I am far more comfortable with books and prayers than with running shoes! Penance! Jesus help me! :)

  20. Michael Patrickon 02 Sep 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Peli, it’s books and running for me while struggling with the prayer. Far more important to pray than to run. In the end, I had to sort of combine those outings with prayer to find any peace. If I’m out of whack for the day, or rambling incoherently, it’s a good bet I didn’t get out to run. After a good trek in God’s creation, I’m always more at peace and in a better state to pray. God’s will seems just a little bit clearer.

    In your prayers you’re probably running like the wind. I notice the same kind of things in everyone here and marvel at it. We try hard, but it seems we all struggle with some things. Fragmented here. There, we will be whole with Our Lord.

    God bless everyone. Prophets, spouses, farmers, prayers, workers, readers, musicians, runners, students, teachers, priests, nuns, poets, pioneers… too many to count. So many in the Body of Christ.

  21. Columbkilleon 03 Sep 2010 at 12:34 am

    Peli, you can get an excellent hand pump that goes into your artesian well from Bison Pumps, in Maine, US. They are guaranteed not to freeze and ours didn’t last winter. The pump line goes down into your typical water table(one measures and calculates) but still remains above the equipment that runs your normal pump electrically. It was one of the things I had a professional install, although a handy guy could probably do it. The cost depends on the depth of the well.

    Mary, you made me smile, because we heated for wood for a good 10 years before we got the coal stove. How well I remember the January it never got above the freezing mark! Even with night time loads we were wearing our warmest clothes and closing off rooms we didn’t use – it was one of my first ‘survival’ experiences. No pipes froze, though!

    In those days I coerced just about every guest who was able bodied to help stack wood over the summers because every spring (cheaper off season) a huge pile of wood was delivered and somehow I tried to get it stacked before winter. It certainly stays drier when stacked in cords (you know, a row going each way) and is easier to locate. Only the top has to be covered giving good ventilation through the stack. I covered mine in the direction of the prevailing wind, too, and we found that putting it under the cedar trees lessened the amount of snow we got on top. I hope your teens include some boys who would help – a half an hour a day can make a real dent in the pile and works up those arm muscles. (Makes it hard to fit a woman into new blouses afterwards, though, trust me.) We never regretted having the chimney cleaned once a year because that creosote is flammable as well as messing up your draw.

    I was thrilled to hear you’d gotten out of debt~you won’t regret that bit of obedience. We had a long thread about all our struggles in that area several months ago, with testimonies of how the Lord worked to help us get there, or was helping in the ongoing obedience. A sobering experience for me, certainly.

    A couple of summers ago I anticipated having lots of kids around the Farm, so I got several of the toilet seats that go on top of a 5 gal pail and some quick-up little canvas changing huts. The buckets are a little tippy but not as primitive as they sound. They still hand to be emptied into the house sewer, but a proper privy hole would have done the trick if I’d been planning to use them for a longer term. Check camping catalogs for cheap, clever solutions to the sanitation problem.

    MP, I too have that sense of the ‘run up’ to the event, or events. Right now I’m feeling very inadequate as to evangelism under those circumstances, and spiritually just in general. It’s been very discouraging here – liberalism has a deep hold and people are hostile to Christianity, thanks to all the negative press of the past several years. But then I remembered researching the Great Awakenings in New England. One town was indifferent although others around it had begun to repent, when smallpox broke out. That changed everything. People downed tools in harvest to go to church. I hate the thought of suffering to come, especially for those least able to endure it, but if this hardness of heart is broken through, maybe we will see a great and true harvest. Pray for me, my brothers and sisters!

  22. pelianitoon 03 Sep 2010 at 7:30 am

    God bless you all for your sharing!

    The second reading in today’s Office of Readings for the feast of St. Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor, is so reassuring. Amazing that he had the same struggles we do. For example:

    …I must frequently listen patiently to their aimless chatter. Because I am weak myself I am drawn gradually into idle talk and I find myself saying the kind of thing that I didn’t even care to listen to before. I enjoy lying back where I once was loath to stumble.

    Boy does that pierce to the core! “I enjoy lying back where I was once loath to stumble.”

    Dear friends if you can only do one of the Hours of the Office each day, the Office of Readings should not be missed. It is like dipping one’s hand into the King’s treasure every day.

  23. Kathyon 03 Sep 2010 at 7:49 am

    For a few weeks now I have been praying this verse from Mark 13:
    “Pray that this does not happen in winter.”

    Lord, we trust in YOU that this will not take place in winter and we thank you for this.

  24. Ann G.on 03 Sep 2010 at 11:21 am

    This is a great article from spirit daily. It gives a list to make a spiritual emergency kit and prayers of protection. I encourage all of you to print this out and use it. As a kind of confirmation, when I looked this up to post here I happened to glance at the clock and it read 1:11.

    http://www.spiritdaily.net/prepare2.htm

  25. Mary Thereseon 03 Sep 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Kathy,
    I was also trying to send in this same bible verse to Peli earlier today, “Pray that it does not happen in winter.”
    I have wondered always what “it” was…

    When you consider that at least 95% of those in the northeast USA have no secondary heat source, I can just imagine the rest of the world…

    And so, with you and all here, I pray, “Lord, Jesus Christ, we ask that it doesn’t happen in the winter for anyone anywhere… We place this prayer into the Hands of Your Most Beautiful Mother and ask that she place it into the prayers of the Gloriana. Amen

    http://www.spiritdaily.com/sudden.htm
    “Fear?
    For this we look back at the blessing conferred by the Lord upon His faithful servant Noah. Perhaps that way we too can receive the “Noah blessing”: “‘Enter the ark, you and all your household, for you alone I have seen to be righteous before Me in this time.’ Noah did according to all that the Lord had commanded him” (Genesis 7:1 and 7:5).

    In prayer, he had listened, and with that had come protection.”

    Mark Mallett had mentioned that we go into the Era of Peace as families…

  26. Lucyon 03 Sep 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Oh my. So much on the heart as I read everyone’s comments. Such great yearning to be together , with each and every one of you, in loving Praise and Adoration …one day…one day…and we will greet one another as friends , from “the Blog”…. Blessed be God ! Blessed be His Holy Name !
    Pelli, I could not believe my eyes…or rather , thank you for writing the “word” that caught my eye : Yellowstone. For several months now, at least 4-5, I have carried the word “Yellowstone” on my heart, understanding that what is now several states centered in Yellowstone will simply explode beyond imagination. I have been placing that word in the Heart of Mercy ever since. When you shared your dream, the word returned in full force, almost shouting in my mind. Yellowstone ! I was going to write you sooner to say it , but then you did so …. for the sake of His Sorrowful Passion….
    Mary Therese : Yes, lightening. Last April 11, at 3am on the morning of the Feast of Divine Mercy there came a major storm across France, producing much wind , rain and mainly lightening. I will spare the details of that early morning experience, but suffice it to say that my yard took what appeared a direct hit and we lost electricity. In the prayer, I was not called to do the usual (extraordinary) Prayer Against Storms that is found in the “Pieta” prayer book. Rather, I was called to PRAISE GOD in His sheer Glory and Might and Power beyond our understanding, as expressed in LIGHTENING. I “understood” in the Spirit that the Lord desires His Children to reflect upon this aspect now, to be grateful at the manifestation of His Dominion in the form specifically of lightening…that “last time” He came to us in a small, quiet child but that “this time” He will come in great power and glory and might ! And that IF we are filled with fear of the negative sort concerning storms and the like, we are way off base ! To the contrary, may we Praise His Glorious Name as He desires to show Himself in Awesome physical strength, particularly in the form of lightening ( and volcanoe and earthquake…and hurricane !). I sense we are to praise His Name…just like we see in so many of the Psalms, when He comes in the rolling thunder and peels of lightening, the trembling of the mountains and the crumbling of the hills, the roaring of the waves and the howling of the winds….THESE are signs of HIS GREAT GLORY IN OUR MIDST ! Blessed be God !
    Yes, we are to implore His Mercy in advance, but even more, we are to bless Him for such immense majesty and dominion over all of Creation ….WHEN THEY ACTUALLY HAPPEN! And to give fervent THANKS in advance for the Promise of His Protection and Providence…. we are never to be afraid during any of the extraordinary signs of Glory.
    Just in case I had not fully understood this particular “lesson”, the “lightening” I spoke of in France on April 11 , then “followed” me to America as I travelled there the very next day, in order to experience yet again an identical storm…one that was to cross central Texas on Monday night April 12th. A priest friend there at the Mission of Divine Mercy near New Braunfels (San Antonio) echoed that it was an amazing and powerful storm like he had never seen before. That the most unique aspect he felt was in the lightening! That the lightening that night had a special quality to it. Something he could not define…his words were the exact ones I had in my own mind, unspoken to him, about the lightening I had just experienced in France. We both sensed a certain power , a sign of God’s Glory, instead of the usual “concern” for safety. Does that make sense ?
    Sorry to be so long. I just wanted to share this hope, that we could try together to begin to look at what we perceive as the “violence” of the natural world in another way, as signs of His Great Glory : “Though the mountains leave their place and the hills be shaken, My love shall never leave you nor my covenant of peace be shaken, says the Lord, who has mercy on you. O afflicted one, storm-battered and unconsoled”…. ”
    No, His Ways are not our ways, and His Word never returns to Him void, but shall always do His Will , achieving the end for which He sent it …. All promised words to us from Isaiah. What exactly does His Word sound like ? Scripture tells us that it “sounds like “rolling thunder, or perhaps a ” noise from the sky like a strong driving wind”, or further ” the roaring of horses and chariots”…. In any case, it is big and it is powerful….and for us His Children, it should be perceived as Glory in our midst when we witness it . I think today and tonight all along New England, there is ample opportunity for Praise , in the prayer that these dramatic “natural” signs of God’s Glory could draw many , many , many souls to their trembling knees.
    Jesus , I trust in you! Jesus, j’ai confiance en toi ! Gesu, ufam tobie !

  27. Kathy Andre-Eameson 03 Sep 2010 at 3:13 pm

    BITTERSWEET. This word has been in my consciousness. the last few days, especially. I took my little dachshund on a walk Tuesday evening–the weather had cooled down, the rain has finally halted (in the south we have blazing heat and/or thunderstorms in the afternoons which often make the heat worse afterwards). But this was a singularly cool evening with breezes,with blue sky yielding to sunset. What is bittersweet about such loveliness? I think to myself, this could be my last walk with Hunter, for months, if not years, if ever. A sudden dragonfly hovering over my little fish pond–bittersweet. A favorite ice cream savored after lunch with my husband–bittersweet. Savor these precious little moments that we now enjoy–away from the preparing, though not far from the presence of the Lord. He knows how we humans are made, how we can savor and cherish the little moments of our lives, especially in nature. For nature will enter the tribulation with us and will suffer as well, as she is already doing, in the Gulf, for example. Thank you, Lord, for the sweet little things You do for us daily. They are also part of our precious heritage in Your Will.

  28. Amyon 03 Sep 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Ann G.,
    Can you explain the confirmation you got with the clock? I am not familiar with this. Is it related to a bible verse or something? Thank you!

  29. pelianitoon 03 Sep 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Lucy, your post reminded me of Daniel 3 starting at vs 51. The prayer in the fiery furnace.

    69 Frost and chill, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever.
    70 Ice and snow, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever.
    71 Nights and days, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever.
    72 Light and darkness, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever.
    73 Lightnings and clouds, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever.
    74 Let the earth bless the Lord, praise and exalt him above all forever.

  30. Ann G.on 03 Sep 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Amy,
    For more than a few years now, when I would happen to glance at a clock the time would be 1:11 or 11:11. It happened often enough that it seemed like more than a coincidence. Then I read this article on spiritdaily and realized I wasn’t the only one noticing this:

    http://www.spiritdaily.net/elevenjudgment.htm

    A friend of mine said that this happened to her too. To her, 1:11 stands for God the Father, 2:22 the Holy Spirit, and 3:33 Jesus. That’s just her interpretation.
    Most times when I see this, whether on a clock, license plate, address, it’s usually as I’m pondering something. So, I’ve come to take it as a little nudge from God.

  31. Mary Thereseon 03 Sep 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Yes, Ann G,
    The triple/quadruple numbers are God’s way of saying to me, “I’m in this…” A gentle reassurance when I haven’t been expecting one. It constantly happens to me now. I am always so grateful when it happens.

    Lucy,
    You are right on with the weather and other activity on the earth–praise God in all things and then let Him do the work in the power he is exercising.

    From my experiences at Steubenville, the weather is really a manifestation of His Power that is working in souls. The weather was not really what got the soul changing, but it was a reflection of what God was about–dynamic changes in souls. He was drawn by the praise of His People and hearts were changed. Great battles took place around us–reflected in the weather–angels battling in the heavenlies. One time, the only words the speaker could get out were, “Go to confession”! That was the only thought that could be understood during the raging weather. Great advice, and all that the Lord wanted said at that time.

    The weather calmed after that and confession went on all night with wonderful attendance! Then people ate pizza and had super night’s sleep…

  32. faustinaon 03 Sep 2010 at 10:46 pm

    did anyone else see the wordsfromjesus.com site today? michael brown has often referred to it. most recent messages ask for five days of adoration for one hour starting on Sept 15 in honor of Mary’s intentions. he also speaks of more shaking, and the unfolding economic collapse. i don’t follow visionaries as a rule, but have followed this one occasionally, for your discernment.
    God bless you all!

    (Note from Pelianito: There are a great many messengers in this age. I have decided to allow references to some on an individual basis, but please do not infer that I am endorsing any person or set of messages. I leave it to your discernment until such time as Holy Mother Church makes a pronouncement.)

  33. Kathy Andre-Eameson 04 Sep 2010 at 12:03 am

    Listen to this beautiful hymn: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Eq97a-VxJc&feature=player_embedded

    The words seems so appropriate for our longing for souls to be saved, for our little community here:

    1. Longing for light, we wait in darkness. Longing for truth, we turn to you. Make us your own, your holy people, light for the world to see.
    REFRAIN: Christ, be our light! Shine in our hearts. Shine through the darkness. Christ, be our light! Shine in your church gathered today.
    2. Longing for peace, our world is troubled. Longing for hope, many despair. Your word alone has power to save us. Make us your living voice.
    3. Longing for food, many are hungry. Longing for water, many still thirst. Make us your bread, broken for others, shared until all are fed.
    4. Longing for shelter, many are homeless. Longing for warmth, many are cold. Make us your building, sheltering others, walls made of living stone.
    5. Many the gifts, many the people, many the hearts that yearn to belong. Let us be servants to one another, making your kingdom come.

  34. christmas carol from cantonon 04 Sep 2010 at 6:33 am

    For the past few years I have noted on clocks (watches, microwave ovens, computers, etc.) the time 12:34. It seems that whenever I notice the time this number stands out. I mentioned this to a priest friend of mine and he said that he gets the triple numbers which is mentioned in several of the previous letters. Now whenever he sees 12:34 he says a little prayer for me. I have no idea why I happen to see the time at that moment.

  35. Mary Thereseon 04 Sep 2010 at 7:46 am

    We must pray and sacrifice much for sinners… Our call to great sacrifice in this age is merely to forgive, many times, or ask to be forgiven… It helps with our humility as well!

    Message to Mirjana on Sept. 2, 2010

    On the second of each month, Our Lady appears to the visionary Mirjana to pray for non-believers, or “those who do not know the love of God,” as she calls them.

    This was the message given when she appeared to Mirjana on September 2, 2010, in Medjugorje.

    “Dear children, I am beside you because I desire to help you to overcome trials which this time of purification puts before you. My children, one of those is not to forgive and not to ask for forgiveness. Every sin offends Love and distances you from it – and Love is my Son. Therefore, my children, if you desire to walk with me towards the peace of God’s love, you must learn to forgive and to ask for forgiveness. Thank you.”

    Brought to you Queen of Peace Productions and http://www.MedjugorjeLive.org.

    Thank you and God bless!

  36. Kathyon 04 Sep 2010 at 9:03 am

    Mary Therese et al,

    I can only surmise that the “ït” is connected to the beginning of the great great trials. Some versions refer to this as being the “flight’ that must be taken to find refuge. It is interesting how one can feel the need to pray that “it” does not take place in winter….but with total peace. With that regard, I found Mark Mallet’s new teaching about FINDING PEACE to be VERY timely. God is so good!

    Pelianito…that passage from Daniel is one of my very favorites.

    Lord Jesus, thank you for your continued protection.

  37. pelianitoon 04 Sep 2010 at 9:55 am

    Kathy A-E that is one of my favorite hymns. I had not thought of it, but it does seem very appropriate! I will think of that from now on when I sing it. Thanks be to God!

  38. Mary-Louiseon 04 Sep 2010 at 10:04 am

    Just a thought to add to the comments about preparations. More than a year ago I had the urge to make a general confession. Even though I go to confession fairly frequently, I wanted to make a longer, more comprehensive confession, a sort of life review. I made an appointment to visit a monastery more than an hour away. I was a very rewarding experience. I received wonderful spiritual direction from one of the (cloistered) monks, and the “penance” of reciting Psalm 51, which contains the phrase, “create in me Lord a clean heart.” I ask for a clean heart at communion. This is my way of “preparing” for what is to come, though I still have a lot of spiritual work to do.

  39. Nancyon 04 Sep 2010 at 10:34 am

    September 24 is the feast of Our Lady of Ransom (pre-Vatican II missals) and it was instituted to return thanks to the Blessed Virgin. By a special intervention of Our Lady of Mercy, an order for the redemption and liberation of captives, the Mercedarian Order, was established. In the thirteenth century the members of this order were ransomers of Christian captives. They collected alms as ransom money and even took a fourth vow of voluntary slavery in place of the captive.
    What has their mission to do with us in our sad times? Everything.
    I think that we are being asked to intercede and make reparation for those sinners in captivity to Satan who will perish without having prepared their souls and be lost for eternity. This intercession and reparation that we must do will call down miracles of grace for these captives. The Holy Spirit will do this if we ask (see Faustina’s diary # 1698).

    Ok how? Obviously rosarys, chaplets, Masses, spiritual communions, eucharistic adoration, etc, become ths alms of intercession. We stand in the gap between God and sinners.

    Reparation? This is where we stand with the sinners. We make a continual offering of our actions, even the smallest ones, with the intention of making reparation for the same
    actions performed sinfully. For example, we read scripture in reparation for those who look at pornography. We offer acts of love, sorrow, adoration, etc, to God for those sinners who neglect to offer to God what they owe Him. And there are so many more. (Michael Patrick can offer each step of his running as running to meet Jesus in reparation for the sinners who are running away from Jesus.)
    And then what? As part of our consecration to Mother Mary, we have given all to her. All of our alms and acts of reparation are hers to be used as she knows best. Those captive sinners are her children as well. Through her, with her and in her, miraculous outpourings of mercy are obtained.

    I think it is interesting that there is a nine day novena starting on Sept. 15, the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, for the feast of Our Lady of Ransom (also known as Our Lady of Mercy).

  40. Beckyon 04 Sep 2010 at 10:48 am

    Have you ever felt like God was revealing so much to you that you felt you’d burst with emotion???

    I found myself making breakfast for my children this morning and had to walk out of the room b/c I was brought to tears. The Lord has been showing me so much – much of which I have prayed for. I have asked Him to help me to “understand”. He is answering that prayer, but in a huge way – very fast, very “sudden” and thus all of it at one time is so emotionally overwhelming. I found myself crying asking for His forgiveness and saying “look at what we’ve done, look how we have hurt you” – I’m so tired of the hate in this world.

    It’s like as the Blessed Mother is molding my heart like His, I am being shown things as He sees them and thus my heart just hurts – no wonder they are sad. But even in this sadness, I feel peace – the presence of Him being so close to me. I’m crying just typing.

    I’ve never met any one of you, but I love each of you and pray for God to Bless and keep you safe in His care.

    God Bless!!!

  41. Ann Maryon 04 Sep 2010 at 11:14 am

    Lucy, I could relate to your post very much. I love storms. I have always gone out onto the screened in porch for lightning storms and sometimes even out under the tall oaks whipping around in the wind and raised my arms and praised God’s glorious majesty. Lightening has hit our house and although I am momentarily afraid, I am always in awe at God’s power and protection. One time we were on an island off the coast of South Carolina and were caught in a storm two miles from shelter. We ran along a stone wall crouched down (what a run!); when I looked out over the ocean HUGE bolts of lightning were hitting the ocean and beach. So big I could hardly believe it. Fear at the moment, but tremendous awe at God’s glory.
    Whatever is coming is surely beyond our imagination, but when I feel fear I immediately think of God’s love covering me as an invisible garment, and Jesus within me radiating light. One of the six year old children in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd said to her mother at Mass on seeing a baby baptized, “That baby is so lucky.” “Why?” said her mother. “Because that baby has God poured all over her.”
    Having grown up in an abusive environment, the worst pain I have ever encountered was no love, no acceptance. That was hell. To have Jesus as my brother, Mary as my Mother and God the Father as my “Papa” is heaven on earth. It has taken me a long time to understand and experience LOVE. When I do, it is as Kathy says, the bittersweet moments of the small things become a taste of heaven. I pray that the whole world may experience the glory of God and His love being poured over each one. May each of us bring love to the little moments of encounter with the hungry and thirsty around us. To be starving for love is torment. To experience love in the kindness of a friend or stranger is heaven itself.
    As to time and numbers, Ann G., For about two years now I have experienced the 1:11, 11:11 etc., so much so, that my husband put all of our digital clocks at slightly different times so that I would stop talking about it! Then there was 987,654,321 on my odometer just before the financial collapse. What I felt the Lord saying was, “All is in order. Now things will begin to happen.” I was a bit worried about seeing these numbers until Mark Mallett wrote about it happening to him and many of those who write to him.
    I so much appreciate Peli and all on this blog. May God pour out Himself upon us and the whole world! And may we raise our arms out to Him (as Mark Mallett says in his most recent blog) and cry “Papa!”
    “Abba!”, “Father!” and bring Him delight because of our trust in Him.

  42. pelianitoon 04 Sep 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Mary-Louise, in the BSP we pray Psalm 51 morning and evening. It is a very beautiful prayer. Lately I have been praying it in the Divine Will in the name of everyone who will die suddenly or unprepared. Jesus we trust in you.

  43. pelianitoon 04 Sep 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Nancy this is a wonderful suggestion. Lord Jesus in the Divine Will we ask for your reminders to do this and give you every moment of our lives in reparation for the evil that pierces your heart so deeply. Jesus we love you, we trust you, we surrender ourselves joyfully to your loving, perfect will. Amen.

  44. pelianitoon 04 Sep 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Becky may your tears of love in some way make reparation to our Beloved Lord for the many sins of the age.

  45. pelianitoon 04 Sep 2010 at 12:56 pm

    God bless you Ann Mary, and may he continue to shower you with love and comfort.

  46. pelianitoon 04 Sep 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Dear friends, I knew I had read somewhere of the incredible benefits of praying the rosary with others. I have found it again from the booklet The Admirable Secret of the Rosary by our wonderful St. Louis-Marie de Montfort. Here is the passage I was thinking of under the “Forty-sixth Rose”:

    132 This way of praying is of the greatest benefit to us:
    1 because our minds are usually more alert during public
    prayer than when we pray alone;
    2 when we pray in common, the prayer of each one belongs
    to the whole group and make all together but one prayer,
    so that if one person is not praying well, someone else in the
    same gathering who is praying better makes up for his deficiency.

    In the same way, those who are strong uphold the weak, those who
    are fervent inspire the lukewarm, the rich enrich the poor, the
    bad are merged with the good. How can a measure of cockle be
    sold? This can be done very easily by mixing it with four or five
    bushels of good wheat.
    3 One who says his Rosary alone only gains the merit of
    one Rosary; but if he says it with thirty other people he gains
    the merit of thirty Rosaries.
    This is the law of public prayer.
    How profitable, how advantageous this is!

  47. Mary Thereseon 04 Sep 2010 at 4:47 pm

    A follow-up to Lucy’s impression of Yellowstone and Peli’s posting of words from St. Louis-Marie de Montfort:

    America Needs Fatima

    http://www.americaneedsfatima.org/rosary-rally-central.html

  48. Philomenaon 04 Sep 2010 at 5:55 pm

    This summer I was given one of the most precious gifts I have ever received in my entire life, something I never dreamed of receiving, a first class relic of St. Philomena. I can’t tell you how much this made me cry, but in a good way. You see, I have been wearing her chord for at least two years now and I bless myself with holy oil from her shrine in Italy every morning. I have a great love for this saint. She has truly helped me in times of need (along with my Blessed Mother, Mary). That’s not all though, Philomena did not come alone. I received MANY relics on the day that I received hers. The person who gave them to me wanted me to have them because their current owner had had them put away in a box and on a shelf for years and years. I almost burst from the joy that came into my heart upon seeing these treasures (and they came with official paperwork too).

    Something in my heart tells me that they came to me for a special reason. I’m not sure what at this point but I know that God will show me. In the mean time, trust that I will ask each saint’s intercession for your needs, dear friends. If we get to the point where Mass will not be able to be celebrated, I know I will be able to lean on this spiritual army God has entrusted into my care so that I can pray for the entire world. Please ask God to help me care for them as they deserve.

  49. Laura S.on 04 Sep 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Lucy… Pelianito….

    You are both right about Praising the Lord in all things. The trials have been very intense for the past month or so…changes in our parish, changes in our Catholic School which have greatly impacted me financially between tuition and aftercare expenses with no financial aid given this year…I have been sitting watching my 12 year old son’s football practices and just silently shaking my head and saying “Lord, what is going on here”?

    It truly is a miracle I still have my job…I have seen Jesus move mountains for me, but I know that I will never get any recognition or a job well done…that’s okay…in the end I’d rather have Jesus’s approval. I hate to say I still feel sad sometimes as I see other people being recognized for work that I did….rather than being joyful for them as St. Theresa was.

    I have been been doing the surrender novena as a perpetual novena since it was posted, and have been surrendering myself, my son, his school and our parish to Jesus as part of the novena.

    When I went to confession today, my penance was “to Praise God” for all of these trials and situations I am finding myself in.

    This, for me, was confirmation of Lucy’s posting….sometimes I think we worry about surrendering and obedience to His Holy and Divine Will for us, and also about the physical and spiritual preparations for what may come, that we forget to simply praise God…

    All glory, honor and power belong to you Almighty Father…
    May He teach me how to praise Him so that it is pleasing to His and Jesus’ ears….

    God’s blessings to all…

  50. Michael Patrickon 04 Sep 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Regarding the group Rosary, Peli… sometimes I pray along with EWTN on the radio or tv. Do you suppose this qualifies as public prayer in any sense, or am I still just on my own? I’m never certain what to think when it comes to any media.

  51. Jeanon 04 Sep 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Philomena, please pray for my husband Gary’s converson. My family will always be terribly disfunctional and broken without his spiritual leadership. I have always wanted a relic of St. Philomena for my grandchildren, particularly Alexis who first prayed for purity at a very young age when the children were making intentions before the Rosary. I thank you for your offer and prayers (also for Allison, Jimmy, Jacob, Noah and Sophia and my daughters, Laurie and Angie).

    On another note, I normally pray the “Mystical Prayers of the Devotion to the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ” without reading the words Jesus spoke to the visionary about each prayer (which are in parentheses and precede each prayer). But tonight, for some reason, I read the words from Jesus for the “Prayer to Vanquish Satan and his agents”. Jesus is quoted as saying, “There is no need for you to fear those numerous populations of the enemy. Children, simply offer the Wounds, Pains and Blood of My left hand for their downfall; you will see them disappear like ashes…I assure you, many kingdoms of the enemy will disappear in the twinkle of an eye.. Pray it and teach it to all men. My Precious Blood will save.”

    I immediately thought about Pelianito’s dream about the ashes. I felt in my heart that this was the Lord’s way of calming me down and reminding me that whatever happens, in the end our enemies will be vanquished forever. Since I am often overwhelmed by the onslaught of evil influencing my grandchildren each day, I am constantly calling on the Lord to come and do something about it. He is letting me know He is coming and I have nothing to fear! It’s amazing how Christ always comes in the midst of my daily trials and rescues me from fear, anger, temptation, dispair, or sadness…and always restores within me indescribable peace. Thank you Jesus.

  52. pelianitoon 04 Sep 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Philomena, have you ever read any of Ann Catherine Emmerich’s visions? Apparently she had a great affinity for relics and possessed quite a few of them; she too seemed to be given them “out of the blue”. Her special gift was being able to “see” who they belonged to and see scenes from their lives! Wow! You may want to read some of her books. I am reading one on the life of the Blessed Virgin right now. Amazing!

  53. pelianitoon 04 Sep 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Michael Murray, I don’t see why that wouldn’t count. Our Lord is merciful and gives us many ways to practice our faith. I do adoration on my computer because I can’t get to adoration otherwise. God understands. Do what is possible and leave the rest to God. Praying with Mother Angelica has got to be pleasing to him, don’t you think?

  54. pelianitoon 04 Sep 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Jean this is wonderful: “There is no need for you to fear those numerous populations of the enemy. Children, simply offer the Wounds, Pains and Blood of My left hand for their downfall; you will see them disappear like ashes…I assure you, many kingdoms of the enemy will disappear in the twinkle of an eye.. Pray it and teach it to all men. My Precious Blood will save.” What a powerful weapon! Thanks be to God!

  55. Jeanon 04 Sep 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Pelianito, yes the promises are wonderful. The “Mystical Prayers of the Devotion to the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ” are quite extraordinary and definitely meant for these times. Even if someone does not have time to say the entire daily Devotion to the Most Precious Blood, these Mystical Prayers are very powerful.
    http://www.preciousbloodinternational.com/

  56. Kathy Andre-Eameson 04 Sep 2010 at 11:07 pm

    For those of you who have no one to pray the Rosary with, here is a website where you can pray the Rosary live with people all over the world: http://www.comepraytherosary.org/ The Rosary is 24/7.
    Peli mentioned power and beauty of the Hour of Readings in the Liturgy of the Hours. You can pray any of the hours at this website: http://divineoffice.org/ The Hour of Readings contains two readings each day, one from the Old Testament, and one from the New Testament or from one of the Fathers of the Church or a saint or encyclical. These are wonderful. If you don’t have the book/s, following the prayers and audio online is a wonderful way to learn about this liturgical prayer of the Church. Realize also, that many people, priests and religious, lay Catholics and non-catholics from all over the world, pray this official liturgical prayer of the Church. So you will be praying it with others. It will deepen your faith and understanding as well as your prayer life. At least, that is one of the fruits which I have enjoyed from this glorious prayer!
    A note about praying with the media. For a long time, I would not pray the Mass using EWTN or or add the site to my website. I had doubts about the media. I am also familiar with the adoration site that Peli refers to. But as my faith deepened, I realized that time and space are nothing to God! He sees our circumstances, and I believe, like Peli, that He honors our intentions and longings. Just as He honors our spiritual communions. I found this reference online: “St. Catherine of Siena also testified to the value of spiritual Communion. “She had begun to question whether her spiritual Communions had any real value compared to sacramental Communion. Suddenly she saw Christ holding two chalices. ‘In this golden chalice I put your sacramental communions. In this silver chalice I put your spiritual communions. Both chalices are quite pleasing to me.’” For those of us who long for communion and the Mass and to pray with others daily, Jesus provides. Pour out your soul to Him, whether close or far away, alone or in virtual community—Jesus is there to receive us and all our love. Our little faith family here on Peli’s blog is such a virtual community. All of us are praying throughout the day. Let us make the intention to join our prayers together in reparation and for souls–what a powerhouse for the Lord! Thank you Jesus and Mary!

  57. Philomenaon 05 Sep 2010 at 7:31 am

    Jean, I promise to pray for your husband’s conversion. I know how painful that can be because I watch my sister struggle with her husband’s lack of faith. I honestly believe she is somewhat of a victim soul for him. I will ask St. Philomena and St. Monica (since I have her as well) for their intercession for your husband and for your grandchildren and daughters.

    Peli, I don’t think I have read any of Ann Catherine Emmerich’s visions. Would you be able to suggest a book for me to start with? I’m not sure what special graces are to come down the road concerning the relics but since I know a little bit about the history of one of the people the relics came from, I know they are in great need of prayers. From what I have been told, the enemy has a firm grip on them at present. It breaks my heart but I know this person is a child of God and that my Lord is longing for their soul so I will sacrifice and pray for them as long as necessary. It wasn’t in vision form but it’s what came to my heart when I received the relics. Thank you so much for your encouragement Peli!!

  58. Lucyon 05 Sep 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Dear Pelianito,

    My heart just jumped at your reminder on Daniel 3. Merci…..Praise God, indeed ! Unknown to you when you wrote your words , Peli, Daniel 3 has huge meaning for me….The Holy Spirit was very gracious indeed to give you that “nudge” in my
    direction : I used to systematically, I mean systematically, begin Eucharistic Adoration with that amazing song of Praise ! I used to say it standing, in the rhythmic manner I imagined the Hebrews would have said it….And for some reason, although I sensed the Lord’s good pleasure as I recited it, about 2 years ago, I just stopped. Why did I stop? Lord, forgive me….. THANK YOU for this strong reminder to begin again. What is also really wonderful about Daniel 3 is that it comes in two parts. Both are really important, yet very different prayers. The first part is when Azariah stands up alone, in the middle of the fire and makes a sort of “historic review” of the events leading up to their current situation . The second part comes after the Lord’s angel enters the furnace and “removes” the fire, causing it to be like a cool , spring morning dew. Then the three men in the furnace sing together in unison, this great hymn of glory and blessing, the one that joins all of Creation to their own human voices of praise and exaltation ! At a time when all of creation is groaning under the weight of OUR sins (the plants and animals did not ask for us to do this to them. They just obediently submit to our abuse because the Lord generously gave us dominion in Genesis) …it seems all the more appropriate that we humans should give our VOICE to them, and Praise God with and for them ! Saint Francis knew this. The Holy Spirit knows this, because the Church Liturgy also attributed it for today : Psalm 148…All Creation Summoned to Praise.
    And there is also the powerful reminder here of Psalm 51, the Miserere. Just before it there is another very important one : Psalm 50. No fewer than 6 times this summer have I spontaneously opened the Holy Bible to Psalm 50! After about the 3rd time, I really sat up and started to take notice : Lord, you are burning with desire for souls. HOW can I possibly help you? What sacrifice could I possibly make that would be pleasing to you? And there it is, the answer : Psalm 50, whose title is none other than “The Accpetable Sacrifice” . The Lord says : “OFFER PRAISE AS YOUR SACRIFICE TO GOD”….”Those who offer praise as a sacrifice honor me”….
    He could not be more clear! The more the spirit of desolation and sorrow engulfs the world in darkness, the more we will be inspired to cry out our hymns of praise, just as the saints have done through the ages. It is NOW , right now, that we must begin the good “habit” of praise (along with many others , by the Grace of God! ). Praise is the bridge to Heaven and the door that opens up our hearts so the Holy Spirit can enter.
    I was recently very blessed to attend a talk given by Immaculee Ilibagiza of Rwanda. The evening began with a very serious and quiet audience, to be expected given the subject of this massacre. But it did not stay that way for long : the opening “act” was a group of Gospel singers. Within the space of perhaps 10 minutes at most, the entire audience was “on fire” in the Holy Spirit. People I knew who are very shy and timid and introverted were shouting words of Praise ! There was not a dry eye in the house….Blessed be God ! Blesssed be His Holy Name ! Blessed be Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh who dwelt amongst us ! Blessed be the Holy Spirit , the Advocate who consoles us ! Blessed be the most pure and Holy Virgin Mary, Mother of God and Queen of all Saints ! Glory to God in the Highest ! And Peace to His People on Earth !

  59. pelianitoon 05 Sep 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Philomena I have only read one of the books of her visions: The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I highly recommend this one. How wonderful to peek in on the human drama of the Divine Plan for humanity. The familiar stories are brought to life and fleshed-out. It is charming to see through her the personalities behind the persons. The book has an imprimatur.

    (I will look up Butterfly Circus tomorrow.)

  60. pelianitoon 05 Sep 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Lucy, great reminder on praise–evil cannot exist in the presence of praise of God. “Glory to God in the Highest!” We all know that prayer and can pray it in our sleep I am sure! Perhaps we should! Sometimes I wake up in the night with a hymn in my head. I think it is the Lord “pouring gifts on his beloved while they slumber”. Thank you Jesus!

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