Oct 30 2011

My mercy at this time knows no bounds…

Published by at 7:22 pm under Joy,Mercy,penance,Prayer,Sacrifice,Sin,Tribulation

Joel 1:15 Alas, the day! for near is the day of the LORD, and it comes as ruin from the Almighty.

“Beloved the day of the Lord is upon you. No longer will I put up with wickedness and evil. The blood of the innocent is a resounding cry in heaven. The Lord comes–to rule the nations with justice and the peoples with fairness. Do not let the day of the Lord catch you unawares. Prepare your hearts, your minds, your homes, for the time is very short. A word of comfort I give you for my people: Those who are found in the safe refuge of my heart I will surround and protect. Children, pull many into the safe refuge of my heart by your prayers and sacrifices. My mercy at this time knows no bounds. Your prayers and sacrifices, no matter how small, accomplish immeasurably more than you could even imagine. I have multiplied their value in this age. Discount nothing. Remember the poor widow who dropped her meager coins in the temple offering. Let her be your model in giving all you have. Children, I am near and I love you. Be joyful and at peace. Shalom.”

O my Jesus, how weak I am! Yet I offer you even that, for I believe that you can use everything. In your mercy, help me to offer more, so that I may draw souls into the safe refuge of your heart. Jesus I trust in you. Amen.

47 responses so far

47 Responses to “My mercy at this time knows no bounds…”

  1. Edithon 30 Oct 2011 at 11:37 pm

    Thanks be to God for His great Mercy, that even now, at this late hour, He continues to encourage us to… “pull many into the safe refuge of [His] heart by our prayers and sacrifices”. I recently re-visited a ‘Spirit Daily’ story about a (deceased)woman’s recount of her dismal journey into Hell, having chosen to love the things of this world over and above God (see: http://www.spiritdaily.net/crylostsoul.htm), and yet even in this disturbing recount she testifies (under compulsion) that: “”Only many prayers, others’ and mine own united with sacrifices and penances, could have snatched me from his [the devil's] grip. And even this only little by little.”
    Prayers and sacrifices dear brothers and sisters – prayers and sacrifices!

  2. anneon 31 Oct 2011 at 5:09 am

    Thank you to LUCY for her explanation of the Sacred Heart Conference.now in this message we get confirmation of placing all in the safe refuge of the Sacred Heart. also Malletts latest on the door of mercy confirms this message.
    Come Lord Jesus Come. Pour out Your boundless Mercy on Wounded mankind, so very very wounded.

  3. Danielleon 31 Oct 2011 at 6:09 am

    Oh Jesus!! Thank You for coming…we await with such great anticipation for your arrival. Maranatha!!!! We are preparing!

  4. Danielleon 31 Oct 2011 at 6:17 am

    Oh friends in Christ:

    My daughter will be turning 2 years old on November 11. Please keep her in your prayers – her name is Em-Miryam (‘Mother Mary’ in Aramaic). I know it appears to be an ominous date this year (can be beautiful as it adds up to 33) – so it will be great to cover her with your prayers and the Blood of Jesus Christ!

    Kindly also pray for her older brother, Yeshowah.

    Thank you all, and God Bless you and your families.

  5. Jeanon 31 Oct 2011 at 9:24 am

    In reference to prior discussions about 11:11, this was a shocking headline to see this morning:

    “UN could vote on Palestinian bid on 11-11-11″

    See full article here:
    http://news.yahoo.com/un-could-vote-palestinian-bid-november-11-175730782.html

  6. June1on 31 Oct 2011 at 9:49 am

    Hi, Family,

    I just came across this and thought it was poignant. Even though he was a Buddhist, I hope Steve Jobs was able to see the Lord at the end. Here’s a snippet from an article by his sister that came out today:

    Steve’s final words, hours earlier, were monosyllables, repeated three times.

    Before embarking, he’d looked at his sister Patty, then for a long time at his children, then at his life’s partner, Laurene, and then over their shoulders past them.

    Steve’s final words were:

    OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW.

  7. Jeanon 31 Oct 2011 at 10:34 am

    More interesting numbers:

    Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned parenthood: 1 of 11 children.

    Sanger wanted to amend section 211 of the U.S. criminal code to allow the interstate shipment and mailing of contraceptives among physicians, druggists and drug manufacturers.

    Died
    9-6-66

    Sanger opened the first birth-control clinic on October 16th, 1916 which was almost a year to the day before the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima on Oct 13th, 1917, which essentially means the last Fatima apparition coincided with the dates of completion of the clinic the prior year. The first apparitions of Fatima were of angels in the same year the clinic was opened, 1916, one of which was in October 1916.

    I personally believe these dates mark the beginning of the great (final) battle between the Woman and the Serpent and is the first mile marker in the 100 year reign God granted to Satan as seen in the vision with the Pope Leo XIII on October 13th 1884. This vision is 33 years prior to the 1917 Apparitions at Fatima.

  8. Daveon 31 Oct 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Jean,
    I agree with you about the 100 years starting at the apparitions of Fatima. I had received that thought when in meditation, and since then have heard that others have also been coming to that conclusion.

  9. anneon 31 Oct 2011 at 5:20 pm

    and Dave i too have had that thought for awhile and so have a couple of others i know. So we are close to the end of the 100 years.

  10. Edithon 31 Oct 2011 at 6:04 pm

    My aplolgies if anyone is having trouble accessing the website I mentioned earlier – try it without the end bracket: http://www.spiritdaily.net/crylostsoul.htm

  11. Mikeon 31 Oct 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Time has almost caught us my friends. It has been a while ride but I am sure nothing like we will shortly see.

  12. Sr. Lorraineon 31 Oct 2011 at 8:03 pm

    This is a beautiful message, that Jesus multiplies our poor efforts and prayers. We live in a time when evil is easily multiplied through the mass media, but Jesus is so much more powerful!

  13. Jeanon 31 Oct 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Dave, while it is good news that it might be almost over (the end of Satan’s 100 years), one wonders then what that means if we are in the last 7 years of his reign.

  14. pelianitoon 31 Oct 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Jean, it means we have to give more—to give ALL. Here is a lovely homily on the Widow’s Pence, by Fr. Robert Altier.

  15. Nancyon 01 Nov 2011 at 12:38 am

    Jean, we need only look at another anniversary date to see how
    God works in time and history. He always gives us the means to battle the evil. St. Maximilian Kolbe founded the Militia of the Immaculata movement of Marian consecration on October 16. 1917, three days after the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima. Our Lady has said that her Immaculate Heart will triumph. Our consecration makes us her “offspring,” her little army. When we turn everything over to her, we have more power than you can imagine–and doesn’t the evil one know it.
    On this feast of All Saints, we can look to the examples set by our heroes like St. Maximilian Kolbe. We can anticipate the triumph and reign of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary by answering the call to holiness–our call to arms.

  16. Nancyon 01 Nov 2011 at 8:08 am

    Mark Mallett has a a commentary on the seven year trial http://www.markmallett.com/blog/category/seven-year-trial/ It is well worth reading.

  17. Beckyon 01 Nov 2011 at 8:55 am

    Thank You, Jesus, for the ocean of Your Mercy! We immerse our souls, loved ones and all souls in Your ocean of Mercy. May Your precious blood flow from Your side onto this suffering world, cleanse it and make it whole.

  18. Daveon 01 Nov 2011 at 9:09 am

    Jean,
    Only the Lord knows exactly what it means for each of us. It means, though, that we’ve been chosen to live during the pivotal battle in the history of the world. We just have to pray, trust, and love. That will help us overcome our fear.

    We can take as our marching orders what St. Louis de Montfort said, looking forward to our times:

    “….towards the end of the world, ….Almighty God and His holy Mother are to raise up saints who will surpass in holiness most other saints as much as the cedars of Lebanon tower above little shrubs.”

    “These great souls filled with grace and zeal will be chosen to oppose the enemies of God who are raging on all sides. They will be exceptionally devoted to the Blessed Virgin. Illumined by her light, strengthened by her spirit, supported by her arms, sheltered under her protection, they will fight with one hand and build with the other.

    With one hand they will give battle, overthrowing and crushing heretics and their heresies, schismatics and their schisms, idolaters and their idolatries, sinners and their wickedness. With the other hand they will build the temple of the true Solomon and the mystical city of God, namely, the Blessed Virgin… “

    “They will be like thunderclouds flying through the air at the slightest breath of the Holy Spirit. Attached to nothing, surprised at nothing, they will shower down the rain of God’s word and of eternal life. They will thunder against sin; they will storm against the world; they will strike down the devil and his followers and for life and for death, they will pierce through and through with the two-edged sword of God’s word all those against whom they are sent by Almighty God.”

    “They will be true apostles of the latter times to whom the Lord of Hosts will give eloquence and strength to work wonders and carry off glorious spoils from His enemies. They will sleep without gold or silver and, more important still, without concern in the midst of other priests, ecclesiastics and clerics. Yet they will have the silver wings of the dove enabling them to go wherever the Holy Spirit calls them, filled as they are, with the resolve to seek the glory of God and the salvation of souls. Wherever they preach, they will leave behind them nothing but the gold of love, which is the fulfillment of the whole law.”

    “They will have the two-edged sword of the Word of God in their mouths and the bloodstained standard of the Cross on their shoulders. They will carry the Crucifix in their right hand and the rosary in their left, and the holy names of Jesus and Mary on their heart.

    “Mary scarcely appeared in the first coming of Christ…

    But in the second coming of Jesus Christ, Mary must be known and openly revealed by the Holy Spirit so that Jesus may be known, loved and served through her.”

  19. Lucyon 01 Nov 2011 at 11:44 am

    Dear family … Blessed and Holy Feast of all Saints , by whose glorious intercession this day our prayers in the Divine Will are fully magnified, multiplied, purified and sanctified !! Praise be the Blessed Trinity whose Mercy knows no bounds !!! Mary , Mother of Mercy and Queen of All Saints, Pray for us !!!

    I just got back home from several days “down south”.
    Columbkille, I was not far from Nice as a matter of fact ! I will try to see what contacts I can find around there for your sister, since all the folks I know are actually in the Diocese of Frejus- Toulon, which is actually “next door”. Will keep in touch once I find something ,ok? Mainly, I will pray… and if she is a dear client of st Joseph, she might see about trying to go to COTIGNAC on pilgrimage, which is the site of his apparition in France.
    Mick, yes Claire Ferchaud is another very important Apostle of the Sacred Heart to learn about, for sure ! She was born near Saint Laurent sur Sevres ( final resting place of st Louis Grignon of Montfort) , in the Vendee Region just south of Brittany. That fact alone is also an interesting “wink” from Heaven on the subject of the Two Hearts (“thank you” Kathy AE for the video links …and also to the Phoenix for sharing that powerful image of the Two Hearts in the clouds !!! ) , since Claire Ferchaud came from a region literally bathed in the graces of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s heart….and she was called to speak of the Sacred Heart of Jesus ! The Vendee is perhaps the region of France that most dramatically experienced the matrydom of Faith during the French Revolution, and is now today the major stronghold of Catholic Faith….
    David, on the subject of New Evangelisation: I wanted to share with you (and everyone here ! ) the excellent “apologetics” materials I love to use in RE , especially for High School level and up . It is from San Juan Catholic Seminars in New Mexico. Here is the link if anyone wants to purchase the set of booklets. They are really easy to use , and some even have workbooks. Plus they have a super Scriptural ressource that is a laminated sheet with Bible references by “theme”.
    http://shop.catholicapologetics.com/

    Peli, could you think and pray about sharing any further sense you have on the words from the last message Mimi also asked about , from 23/10 : “Your day of rest is near”. I have been wondering if the Lord means by those words that many or most of us will be called “home”? I keep mulling over those words ….. that are so full of mystery, in God’s Infinite Wisdom.
    In my own heart I hear instead other words : that the “Day of the Lord….Dies Irae” (Day of Wrath) is near. It has been like an echo in my heart for the past year, after I heard that hymn chanted in Gregorian last November 2nd. I did not post here the link to the words in English but it should not be too hard to find and read them tomorrow, for the Feast of All Souls. Just like in your dream Peli, the Lord is calling us to that difficult place of deep, soul-searching repentence and contrition, one that only the Holy Spirit can reveal to us in His Love and Truth. But somehow for me, reading the lyrics of Dies Irae last year really hit home : the Four Last Things …. Death. Judgement. Heaven. Hell. It used to be that life was so tremendously trying and difficult for all people, all of the time (which it still is, for the vast majority of suffering souls on earth), that we truly held in our minds these Last Things. As a result, how many Saints in Heaven lived each day, each hour, each moment as if it were the last ? For me, that is really strong incentive to live in the Divine Present , in the precious Time of God that is eternally NOW. I think that it is also tied to the call of Jesus for us to serve the sick, the poor and the suffering above all other, to serve those for whom death is a very real and very present : nowhere is the Blessed Trinity closer to us, nowhere is the Veil as thin as when living under such circumstances. This time of year, the Church asks each of us to look closely at these Four Last Things… to honor those souls who have made the Passage into Glory, and to pray with Confidence especially for those souls who have not yet arrived there. This too, is steeped in the Mystery of the Anamnesis during Mass : it is all happening right NOW, by the Blood of the Lamb and the power of His Word !
    We PRAISE YOU Lord Jesus, for giving us the HOPE that one day we will be part of this great crowd of Witnesses. We Trust in you and we ASK your Mercy for those who do not yet believe in you.

  20. pelianitoon 01 Nov 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Lucy, in the current message, there is this line: “Those who are found in the safe refuge of my heart I will surround and protect.” Almost immediately after writing it, I got the impression that this does not necessarily imply that we will be spared suffering, but more importantly, our souls, and the souls we are praying for will be preserved through God’s unimaginable mercy, from everlasting flame. I think some of us may indeed be called to martyrdom. Someone wrote to me and said she was afraid of martyrdom. I think if you are afraid, perhaps you will not be called to martyrdom, because the grace to accept it is not there (which does not mean you wouldn’t get it later, if you need it). The martyrs were given extraordinary graces and went to their martyrdom filled with joy. That said, St. Therese of Lisieux craved martyrdom, but it was denied her, at least the bloody martyrdom of violent death for the faith. So fear or no fear is not a real indicator. I just say this so that we will not worry. Live in the present. That is where your grace is.

    To answer your question about the “day of rest”, generally speaking, I feel that this refers to the Era of Peace given to the Church. True, some of us may not live to see the era of peace. Either way, we enter into his rest, praise God! Only God knows what this means to the individual. However, for the Church, groaning with fatigue, the day of rest is near. Alleluia! Personally, I would be overjoyed either way. Here I am Lord, I come to live in your will.

  21. Mary Thereseon 01 Nov 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Such a beautiful tribute to All Saints Day–so glad this site is more active once again!

    http://crownofstars.blogspot.com/2011/11/happy-all-saints.html

    And the way for us to all get there:

    http://crownofstars.blogspot.com/2011/07/step-by-step.html

    If you are in need of a gentle and loving retreat, follow this blog starting at the beginning–around May 2011–and just read as you can. You’ll start to really get the feel for following Mother Mary to the to Her Son and the Era of Peace…

    In Mark Mallett’s writings, he mentions that some will go directly to the Era of Peace from this era and some will go through from heaven. Those who enter from heaven will never die again, however…

  22. jonion 01 Nov 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Lucy I spent a very happy two weeks in the Vendee one summer some years back . I remember how struck we were at the friendliness of the local people and their civility to one another and to us . We were always greeted with a smile and a cheerful “Bonjour”! Now knowing that it is a stronghold of the faith explains the warmth of the people we met and observed there. It was a great holiday!

    Lucy I also share a very strong feeling that we are really in the thick of things and have often found myself wondering if I am going to be called to Martyrdom. As we have already discussed here though, there are many different kinds of martyrdom, not all of them bloody. I have had a very real sense recently that God is putting certain people in my path now as though He is forming friendships that are going to be very important in the very near future , including a couple of priests. Yes I feel very much in my heart that we are approaching events of mind blowing proportions . My very first post here was about my seeing the miracle of the sun (including it zig zagging down toward me ) like we were told it did at Fatima , whilst reciting the D.M.C. I havn’t read Mark’s post on the seven year trial yet but it suddenly dawned on me a couple of years ago that the seven year trial as talked about in the bible coincided with the seven years leading up to the 100 year anniversary of fatima. Also it was the 30th anniversay of Medjugorje this year and Jesus began his ministry when he was 30yrs old and was crucified when He was 33. Could that signify the midway point of the 3 1/2 years rule of the a.c. Anyway even if Iam incorrect on that, I think the 100th anniversary of Fatima is very, very significant.

    We must not give in to fear though , just pray and TRUST like little children that our loving and merciful God will give us all we need and more to cope with whatever comes our way as long as we remain very close to Him through prayer.
    Jesus ,Mary and Joseph we love You ,save souls!

  23. Jeanon 01 Nov 2011 at 7:48 pm

    To all those who responded to my earlier comment, I want you to know I have witnessed with my own eyes the calling forth of the great saints of end times of which St. Louis de Montfort spoke so eloquently, so I have great hope for the future (even though at times I seem too pessimistic about the times in which we live). At least, it is my personal belief that the thousands of men (and then women) who came forward at this Neo-Catechumenal event (see top link below) on the day after World Youth Day in Germany are the beginnings of this calling by the Holy Spirit of latter day saints. This has been repeated countless times at other Neo-Catechumenal Way events all around the world. I was present at this particular event in Germany, and although the exact numbers escape my memory, I believe it was between 5-6 thousand young men and 4-5 thousand women who came up on stage to receive the blessings of the Bishops and Cardinals on stage (the entire audience are Way members). Whenever the Neo-Catechumenal Way gathers at these events, they call forward those who feel they are called to be priests, nuns, itinerant catechists, and mission families. You would be amazed at the numbers who come forward. Whole Neo-Catechumenal Way communities (the entire families) have agreed to relocation to recharge a dying Catholic population in some parishes, sometimes moving into the poorest areas of the world. I saw one video of the young girls coming forward because the felt called to be nuns and tears are streaming down their faces, some as young as 11 -12 years old. They are serious.

    The central message that calls them is the embracing of the cross, complete surrender and abandonment to Providence, and of course the sacrifice of one’s personal life to serve God -always in the context of Community, Eucharist and Liturgy of the Word services which are central. They could not do this unless the Holy Spirit was poured into their hearts at these events. Many find their vocations at these events! (Of course they go back to their homes and embark on a long and arduous road to actual ordination or vows…each different and unique to the individual called). However, the hierarchy of the Church (as noted by the Pope in the one video) has taken notice of the number of vocations coming from this movement in the Church and the Neo-Catechumenal Statutes and Eucharistic Liturgy have been given final approval on the Feast of Pentecost (2008 I think).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HccLKhDKcf0&feature=related

    In the Neo-Catechumenal Way, the Masses are absolutely beautiful, everyone sings because music is central to the celebration and I have yet to attend one of these Masses that did not reduce me to tears, so moving and grace-filled are they. You feel the grace pouring down on you every time.
    The founder of the Way is an artist (the paintings in the background of all the Way videos are his work) and he composed this beautiful concert music; he composes just about all of the songs of the Way which are essentially Scripture verses in music. All of the musicians and participants in these videos are in the Way and every community gathering is filled with music.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJ4gry8hxS4&feature=related

    Absolutely beautiful Liturgy of the Eucharist which is song in Spanish here but in the vernacular of the respective countries with the Liturgy is held.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bvqn4LGT6s&feature=related

    The Pope meets personally with the families going into mission (hundreds of them). The entire family (sometimes 15 -20 people) moves anyway in the world a Bishop calls them. That is to say, Bishops in crisis areas of the world where the faith is dying calls for these families. I recently heard about one family whose daughter left medical school to join her family in mission and her fiancé joined her and the community who moved.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eppcNU3WtXY&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL01B067B1F9E0E1AB

    And last but not least is the procession of the Madonna by the priests. In Germany, there were at least 7 thousand priests locked arm-in-arm with the Blessed Mother in procession. The Neo-Catechumenal Way affirms the priest and the priesthood, and brings them back to their central role of the dispensing of the Sacraments. I cannot imagine how many vocations have been saved by the Way which helps the priests as much as they help us.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dS0MY_sdh44&feature=related

  24. Jeanon 01 Nov 2011 at 8:00 pm

    If you don’t mind me adding one more comment, with regard to fear and martyrdom, I once had an supernatural experience wherein God removed all natural fear from me and I experienced this very tangibly during the Consecration on a special event for my local Community of the Neo-Cathecumenal Way. It was a mile-marker event for our Community. Anyway, when I experienced this, I would easily have gone into the lion’s den for God. It is something beyond our understanding or imagination but it is very very real. I personally believe that fear preceeds the decision during a trial to choose God, and that our decision to serve God is affirmed through this supernatural Grace that gives us the strength to follow through with our conviction. I think you can see this in the Agony in the Garden where Jesus is overcome with fear and trepidation, but chooses the ‘Cup’ and then is conforted and given strength to go all the way to the Cross.

  25. Kathy AEon 01 Nov 2011 at 10:31 pm

    I have two versions of the DIES IRAE on my Living Christ website, both chanted in Gregorian chant with the translations. Find both of them on this page:
    http://livingchrist.webs.com/apps/videos/videos/search?query=dies+irae&channel_select=ALL

    It truly is an awesome hymn. Being old enough, I can remember the choir of my childhood church chanting the Dies Irae in Latin while we followed in our missal the translation.

  26. Mary Thereseon 01 Nov 2011 at 10:40 pm

    A fitting tribute in honor of All Souls Day:

    http://crownofstars.blogspot.com/2011/11/medjugorje-and-holy-souls.html

  27. Kathy AEon 02 Nov 2011 at 12:24 am

    Some reflections on ALL SOULS DAY and our “territory of souls”:

    http://livingchrist.webs.com/apps/blog/show/9980207-all-souls-day-your-territory-of-souls-

    As I prayed tonight, especially during the rosary, God put some heavy thoughts on my heart. These realizations were not my first; He has made me realize these responsibilities more than once, and every time has been an occasion for tears. Remembering all of you daily–YOU are in my territory of souls, as well.

  28. gerardon 02 Nov 2011 at 4:21 am

    dear friends i recmend u listen to father sudac on the coredeemers channel on u tube what he is preaching is so powerful hes like a modern day st paul and he has all the gifts padre pio had what an instrument the lord has chossen to use god bless..

  29. Kathyon 02 Nov 2011 at 6:04 am

    Lucy,

    Thanks so much for your wonderful post and the link to that apologetics site. I can REALLY use the materials there!

    These words: “This too, is steeped in the Mystery of the Anamnesis during Mass : it is all happening right NOW, by the Blood of the Lamb and the power of His Word !”

    Very powerful….very powerful!

  30. pelianitoon 02 Nov 2011 at 7:14 am

    Thank you all for building up the Body of Christ with your comments here. MT you wrote: “In Mark Mallett’s writings, he mentions that some will go directly to the Era of Peace from this era and some will go through from heaven. Those who enter from heaven will never die again, however…” It reminded me of my dream about the Era of Peace from April 2009. In it, among other things, I saw that some people had been given the ability to fly like angels. I see now that these are the souls of those who have been allowed to live in heaven and on earth simultaneously. Praise God!

  31. June1on 02 Nov 2011 at 7:38 am

    Hi, all!

    I was wondering if anyone knows of any Medjugorje-friendly priests… anywhere. I live in Canada but haven’t found anyone. I contacted the main centre here but they literally told me they can’t help me since it has not been approved and many people are skeptical. Any ideas? Thanks!

  32. Jeanon 02 Nov 2011 at 10:38 am

    Gerard, do you have a link to that specific video for Father Sudac?

  33. pelianitoon 02 Nov 2011 at 12:26 pm

    June1 I know of a few in Alberta. Why do you ask?

  34. gerardon 02 Nov 2011 at 1:48 pm

    june just go to google and type in father sudac and i have a friend whos apriest and lives in canada and who is very into medjugorjie i recomend the one pray with the heart i have is e mail address..

  35. Columbkilleon 02 Nov 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Thank you for this message, Peli, so very timely for me.

    In my area, we just endured the second major power outage in 6 months. In an instant, we were transported back to the 1850′s, and except for our generator (used to pump water and keep the freezer going) it was all oil lamps, hand washer for clothes, heating every drop of hot water on the stove. Eighteen inches of snow and trees down kept us isolated. The temperatures dropped lower than usual for our area and people were without heat.

    We made invitations – no one took us up on them. Sometimes this was because the Lord miraculously provided – some people had electricity who really needed it because they were sick or elderly in areas that were largely dark. Other families had been prudent and were doing as we were. With others, between the government assistance available and a cultural attitude of going it alone, it was grievous to see people refusing hospitality in favor of ‘toughing it out’.

    We met a young couple at a restaurant who blew my mind away with their dependence on technology – hanging out at a heated restaurant, no plans to cope at all, just complaining and waiting for the lights to come back on.

    That night I sat up waiting to see what the Lord would tell me about all this. I don’t know about others, but for us He spoke of intentional community, not community that comes either by necessity or by advertisement. He would send the ones He wants to come, and that’s the bottom line.

    The week before I had been very shaken by something that happened and wondered if the whole business of running a refuge/Benedictine location for hospitality was just a ‘pipe dream’ in the face of the chastisements ahead. Perhaps WE should be moving to some better place! But the quiet conversation with the Lord helped me to understand not only our role, but why saints like Benedict started their communities and why they even turned people away (not in the face of necessity, obviously, they always helped the poor, as we do, and we continued to do so by oil lamp and old-fashioned cooking) but as part of the community, to test the commitment because it was so important in the dark times in which many orders were begun, to test the vocations. I had never seen our Farm as a place of vocations before. And now I see the encouragement as well as the warning in your message.

    I’ve felt strongly that the times without electricity have been ‘dress rehearsals’, and I’ve tried to make sure that anything we found lacking for simple life was found before the next time! It’s impossible to be independent, but it is possible to be prudent. We built on things we learned from the last time, so those tasks went smoothly. This time the extended outage pushed the envelope further. May the Lord give wisdom, courage, and…vocations.

    As to martyrs – last week in the midst of my ‘crisis’ I was crying out to the Lord for help in worshiping as we sang Masses. I had an interior vision of people filing in to the choir loft – some were dressed in white, and I realized those were martyrs. I was shocked, to see internally, that one was a black child and others were small children. My immediate reaction was shame that I was afraid of martyrdom (although I’m drawn to it) and relief: if a child like that could make it to heaven as a martyr, why should I draw back?

  36. Mickon 02 Nov 2011 at 2:54 pm

    June1, I live in Michigan; and our associate pastor is currently leading a pilgrimage group to Medjugorje. I don’t know how many times he’s been there, but this is definitely not his first trip. By the way, he’s one of those great, young “JPII priests.” He was ordained in June 2010, and he is currently 29 years old.

  37. June1on 02 Nov 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Peli,

    I’ve been on a search for a spiritual director for more than a year now, but I feel as though he would have to be Medjugorje-friendly. I’m not sure why, but I feel called to it, specifically. Maybe because Medjugorje has a lot to do with my jump-start of faith? I don’t want to sound like I’m special or anything (I’m obvously nothing) but the events in my life over the last year or so make me feel like there’s something specific I’m meant to do, but I’m not sure what. I think I have an idea but I need confirmation.

  38. June1on 02 Nov 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Mick,

    That sounds wonderful. I love your description of him as a “JPII priest,” LOL.

    I wish I could go to Medjugorje so much. But with a toddler and no money, I doubt it will happen for a while. All in God’s hands, though; if He and Our Lady want me to go, they’ll give me a hand. :)

  39. Mary Thereseon 02 Nov 2011 at 6:15 pm

    I was blessed to be in the middle of the area to which C referred, when we were on vacation last August. We could have gone home where it was most likely to have been out of the storm. But we chose to stay and spent the day before the storm preparing to weather it out. It was so amazing, as our spot was just below the devestation that took place in Vermont. We have vacationed in Vermont for about 10 years and this year just took us the tiniest bit south. As the ferocious storm passed over us, we just happened to be in the “eye”. It crossed right over us and wereceived a gentle spray from the rain and a gentle wind to carress us. As it went over the Green Mountains of Vermont, the “eye” became a straight line and to the east was the wind and to the west was the rain. Communities in Vermont were isolated for many days. Communities in NY that were to the west of the eye had homes that were terribly damaged and some were even washed away in the rain. The eastern side of the storm saw tremendous winds that made it impossible to travel out of home for a while. But we stood our ground and the Lord made all of the storm avoid us, in essence… I had learned from many previous storm experiences that the Lord is with His Own through and in every storm.

    And once again this same area of the country was battered with a very odd storm. We were traveling from Texas and needed to go into an airport that was in the midst of ths freaky snow storm in late October. We waited all day to find out if we would fly into the airport; and the airline was quite doubtful that we would take off.

    I met two people from our flight who needed to get to their destination (through the airport to which we were headed). One had a niece who has just lost a baby and was intending to commit suicide. The other had a dream that her son was dead and needed to go find him. Both devoted Christians… I knew that this was a test of major spiritual proportion. We all just remained separately in prayer, to support the takeoff-placing it into God’s Hands.

    I told the Lord that I didn’t have a clue as to what to do–fly in another direction to try to get closer to home, go back to my child’s home, pick a nearer destination somewhat close to our home and try to get back from there. Within a couple of minutes of that prayer, it was announced out of the clear blue that we were boarding in 10 minutes!

    C’s area is getting pummeled and noone seems to be speaking about it. She is using this time to get fine-tuned as to her mission in the near future. Others are getting the lessons/perhaps humbling that they need for the upcoming battle. Interestingly, it is not far from, if not the exact area, that connects to our area that the North Amerincan Martyrs and company roamed. Our priest a number of years ago, said that within 300 miles of their work is located 90% of the Catholic population of our country-USA!

    So, C, my prayers are certainly with you..

    The extremely independent/and many liberal people of your surrounding areas are well-known. The Lord is softening their hearts, me thinks, for fillling His Nets!

  40. Mary Thereseon 02 Nov 2011 at 6:50 pm

    This goes so very well with this thread–thank you Shadow!

    “I called to Yahweh in my anguish, I cried for help to my God. From His Temple, He heard my voice; my cry came to His ears. Then the earth quaked and rocked, the mountains’ foundations shuddered, they quaked at His blazing anger. Smoke rose from His nostrils, from His mouth devouring fire. He parted the heavens and came down, a storm-cloud underneath His feet; riding one of the winged creatures, He flew, soaring on the wings of the wind. His covering He made the darkness, His pavilion dark waters and dense cloud. A brightness lit up before Him, hail and blazing fire.”

    “Yahweh thundered from the heavens, the Most High made His voice heard. He shot His arrows and scattered them, He hurled His lightning and routed them. The very springs of ocean were exposed, the world’s foundations were laid bare at Your roaring, Yahweh; at the blast of breath from Your nostrils! He reached down from on high, snatched me up, pulled me from the watery depths; rescued me from my mighty foe, from my enemies who were stronger than I. They assailed me on my day of disaster, but Yahweh was there to support me; He freed me, set me at large, He rescued me because He loves me” (Ps 18:6-19).

    http://divineheartofgod.wordpress.com/2011/11/02/the-chastisement-6/

  41. pelianitoon 02 Nov 2011 at 7:47 pm

    An amazing teaching on purgatory here, a reflection on the teachings of the Little Flower.

    JESUS WE TRUST IN YOUR MERCY TO TAKE US DIRECTLY TO HEAVEN. ALLELUIA!

  42. Lynnon 02 Nov 2011 at 7:57 pm

    There is so much rich spiritual food here among all these comments, and mostly from that wonderful message from our Jesus to Peli, that I’m going to be a mama with a head full of heaven for a long time to come! lol That’s what my little 6 yr. old son told me after dinner tonight as I was folding and laying out school and work clothes for all of us for tomorrow… “mom, why are you looking like that?” I said “like what, son?” and he replied ” umm, i don’t know, like you have your head full of heaven stuff.” I thought it was kind of cute ;)

    But seriously, I just thank everyone for all the caring, insightful, and deep sharing that goes on here at Peli’s blog. Where else can one find conversation like this that lifts your mind to God so easily? As Kathy mentioned, all of you are in my territory of souls too! I don’t have the time or collectedness of mind to offer as much wonderful content as you all do, but I so much appreciate being part of this group of souls. You all inspire me daily, as well as provide an outlet for my mind and soul to chew on these truths and realities of our faith.

  43. Mary Thereseon 02 Nov 2011 at 8:04 pm

    June 1,
    The way I’ve gone to Medjugorje in Spirit is through the website:

    http://crownofstars.blogspot.com/

    He helps us to hold Our Mother’s Hand and walk with Her so effortlessly, through his inspired pictures and the tremendous writings and sometimes songs that accompany them. It is truly a beautiful journey!

  44. Mary Thereseon 02 Nov 2011 at 9:04 pm

    I just couldn’t resist posting this–Our Lady deserves so much more:

    Top exorcist laments apathy to Medjugorje
    By Jakob Marschner on Nov 1, 2011

    Ignoring the apparitions in Medjugorje is unforgivable for Christians, says Rome’s leading exorcist who shakes his head at those who wait until the Church has ruled. Speaking of “betrayal” Fr. Gabriele Amorth also lashes out at bishops and priests for being indifferent to the fruits of Medjugorje.

    Fr. Gabriele Amorth (born 1925) was ordained a priest in 1954 and became an official exorcist in 1986. For about 20 years he served as chief exorcist for the Diocese of Rome. In 1990 he founded the International Association of Exorcists whose president he was until his retirement in 2000, now being honorary president for life. Throughout the years Fr. Amorth has embraced Medjugorje, and he has called the place “a great fortress against Satan”
    By willingly failing to pay attention to the Virgin Mary’s apparitions in Medjugorje, a great number of Christians have proven to be no different from pagans. Within this great number, both bishops and priests are included, the leading Catholic exorcist of the past 20 years said in a September 15 interview given to Radio Maria.

    Fr. Gabriele Amorth was speaking at the backdrop of the Virgin Mary’s message of August 25 when she said:

    “Dear children! Today I call you to pray and fast for my intentions, because Satan wants to destroy my plan. Here I began with this parish and invited the entire world. Many have responded, but there is an enormous number of those who do not want to hear or accept my call. Therefore, you who have said ‘yes’, be strong and resolute. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

    “How bitter, how bitter was the last message of Our Lady of Medjugorje, on August 25: ”Many have responded, but there is an enormous number of those who do not want to hear or accept my call’, Fr. Gabriele Amorth first commented.

    “Now look here; it is very sour, this balance. After more than thirty years! More than thirty years! Now if it is the pagans who don’t listen to Our Lady’s words, then that I can understand. But be you a Christian, it is not forgivable. Be you a Christian!”.

    Both volumes of Fr. Amorth’s memoirs have become international bestsellers
    However, according to Fr. Amorth’s experience, the indifference to Medjugorje goes further that that:

    “Even priests and bishops don’t even want to hear about it. It is not that they went there and then made their decision fairly after seeing things for themselves, no! They don’t even want to hear it being spoken about!”

    “The Gospel is so clear, it tells us how to discern! By the fruits you will know the tree! It has been 30 years when Medjugorje has given us fruits that are ultimately exquisite! Confession, conversion, vocations, graces of every kind! For more than 30 years!” the exorcist reminded on Radio Maria.

    “In the Old Testament God sent prophets to warn of the betrayals of the Jewish people. Now, here, to warn of the betrayal of the Christian people, also the priests, God sends us His Mother! It has been 30 years! Is it possible that people still do not hear? And as for those people who believe themselves to be intelligent by saying they wait until the Church approves? They are fools!” said Fr. Gabriele Amorth.

    http://www.medjugorjetoday.tv/3036/top-exorcist-laments-apathy-to-medjugorje/

  45. Shadowon 03 Nov 2011 at 9:52 am

    @MT: You’re welcome! I write what He gives me.

  46. Kathyon 03 Nov 2011 at 10:55 am

    Lynn,

    Thank you so much for saying so well exactly how I have also felt. You did so in a beautiful way:

    “I don’t have the time or collectedness of mind to offer as much wonderful content as you all do, but I so much appreciate being part of this group of souls. You all inspire me daily, as well as provide an outlet for my mind and soul to chew on these truths and realities of our faith.”

  47. Columbkilleon 04 Nov 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Thank you, MT!

    We have also watched storms simply part and go around our area. Sometimes it’s a disappointment in dry weather, but I absolutely trust that the Lord is protecting us from violent storms or hail at those times.

    He is powerful to save in every way.

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