May 14 2012

Let all you do flow out of your poverty, for it is only from your poverty that God’s fountain of generosity springs forth…

Mark 12:44 “…She, from her poverty, has contributed all she had…”

“My children, what do you have that belongs completely to you? Everything you have is a gratuitous gift from your beloved Abba. Then why do you hold back? Does not this Father of yours shower you with blessings? Enter into his generosity, then, and give back to God everything he has given you. See your poverty and embrace it. Let all you do flow out of your poverty, for it is only from your poverty that God’s fountain of generosity springs forth. Meditate on the poverty of Christ, the only begotten Son of God, who embraced the poverty of the human condition in order to let loose the fountain of God’s generosity over sinful man. My children, be humble, be little. Blessed are the poor in spirit; theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Jesus, my greatest poverty is my weakness. I offer you, merciful Abba, all my weakness, and with it every gift and grace you have given me. Help me to participate in your generosity with a loving, grateful heart, for your glory and for the sake of all those you place in my path. Jesus, I trust in you. Help me to desire to embrace poverty as completely as you did. Amen.

29 responses so far

29 Responses to “Let all you do flow out of your poverty, for it is only from your poverty that God’s fountain of generosity springs forth…”

  1. johnon 15 May 2012 at 12:40 am

    Hello Pelianito,

    Thank you for your loving service and your yes to the mission you have been blessed with.

    The years of service and sacrifice you and other visionary’s around the world have made for us is not always known, yet you all continue to lead buy example as Jesus would like.

    I would like to offer you a prayer for the souls here, some may know this, but that they may offer it in return. For you, and all visionary’s.

    Happy mothers day Pelianito, and may this prayer meet you well.

    O God of the Most High
    I plead with you to offer protection to all your holy messengers in the world.
    I pray that they are protected from the hatred of others.
    I ask that your most Holy Word is spread quickly all over the world.
    Protect your messengers from slander, abuse, lies and every kind of danger.
    Protect their families and cover them with the Holy Spirit at all times.
    So that the messages they give to the world are heeded with contrite and humble hearts.
    Amen.

  2. pelianitoon 15 May 2012 at 7:20 am

    Thank you John, for this moving prayer. May God bless you and yours. May all God desires be accomplished in us all.

  3. juleson 15 May 2012 at 7:24 am

    dear peli and followers please can i ask u to remember a young lady called”maria” here in the uk .She is 20 weeks pregnant and is under a great pressure from her mother and ex partner to have an abortion.She has had 6 cancelled appointments for the termination,each time a miracle has happened to prevent her going ahead.she has 4 weeks left before abortion is illegal,please pray for protection for baby and mum,to get through the next 4 weeks and for baby to be able to be born.thanku this site is very powerful in prayer .trusting in jesus godbless jules

  4. Carolon 15 May 2012 at 7:33 am

    Amen amen amen!! Jesus I trust in you!! I so look forward to these messages! Thank you!!!

  5. LauraLeeon 15 May 2012 at 1:27 pm

    If it’s alright with you Peli, I would love to “share” the wonderful messages you communicate to us on my Facebook page … except … I have no idea how to do that LOL!

    So, first if it is ok with you I would love to do it,
    and second, does anyone know HOW I do it?

    Your techie challenged friend,
    LauraLee

  6. June1on 15 May 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Jules, I’m praying!!! I’ll also post it on ProLifeBook, if that’s okay…

  7. Carolon 15 May 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Jules I’ll pray for her! I pray for all abortions to be stopped- in the name of Jesus!!

  8. Edithon 15 May 2012 at 3:24 pm

    I agree with all John said, and with the prayer, however I think it would have also been appropriate for John to have provided the link to that prayer. It’s at: http://www.thewarningsecondcoming.com/crusade-prayer-25-for-protection-of-visionaries-around-the-world/

  9. Edithon 15 May 2012 at 3:45 pm

    P.S. Dear Peli, Would I be correct in passing on to you (slightly belated) birthday wishes for this month? I seem to recall that you share a birthday with my eldest son who turned 28 last Saturday. If so – Happy Birthday!!

  10. pelianitoon 15 May 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Good memory Edith! I am terrible at birthdays! Thanks. :)

  11. Johnon 15 May 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Thank you Edith for adding the link. I wasn’t sure if it was ok or not. Its good to see others are praying the Crusade prays. :)

  12. Carolon 15 May 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Oh I feel like the warning second coming is following me lol? I spent about five or six months at that site and didn’t get a good feeling… Do you all believe Jesus is speaking with her???

  13. pelianitoon 15 May 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Carol we have had many discussions about that site. Everyone is free to make up their own mind and the church teaches that no one is obliged to believe in private revelations–not even approved ones. If you don’t feel good about the site, you may stay away from it and be at peace.

    (No further discussion please.)

  14. Karenon 16 May 2012 at 6:43 am

    Can you, Peli, or anyone else, expand a little further on the meaning(s) of “poverty” here? Thank you & God bless!

  15. Carolon 16 May 2012 at 6:51 am

    Sorry Peli.GB!

  16. pelianitoon 16 May 2012 at 7:14 am

    Karen there are many layers to this message and it is good to let the Lord reveal to your heart what he wishes to say to you personally. Where it hits me the most is in my attachments and in my pride. It reminds me that I am incapable of good works outside of grace, that all I cling to has no value outside of Christ. I am nothing and have nothing apart from Christ. All I can give him is what he first gave me. So for me to cling to anything or anyone is ungenerous. For me to take credit for any good done through me is false. It is only my weakness that is truly mine and so it is the only “possession” I have that I can offer him. That is indeed poverty!

    Jesus you are all I have but in you I have everything. Jesus I trust in you!

  17. Danielleon 16 May 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Peli: the HARDEST thing for me is to be truly ‘poor’ in Spirit. What happens to me sometimes is that in trying to be humble, I get anxious that I am not humble enough and then it’s like a cycle because now I am thinking about the success of my humility, and therefore thinking about ME all over again. How does one learn to RELAX and be confident at the same time that she/he is truly humble??

    On another note: I am DEEPLY troubled by what is happening in the US with same-sex marriage. I live on a small island and what this has done to US is to open-up talks by political leaders, etc on considering it in OUR legislation. Truly when US gets sneezes, the whole world gets a cold. What’s up with THAT??? This is SO serious, and deep down in my ‘insides’ according to the African writers, I really do not feel at all good about this.

    On a last note, Pelianito: Shouldn’t EVERYONE have a Spiritual Director??

  18. Laura Son 16 May 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Danielle…
    I don’t know about for others, but in the US it is very difficult to find a Spiritual Director, especially if you are looking for one that is a priest. There are not enough of them to go around and those that are priests are very very busy. Most do not have the time to act as a regular spiritual director or are not willing to. You are blessed to receive spiritual direction during receiving the sacrament of confession if you cannot find a priest who is willing.

    I think it is something you really have to pray on and ask God about. Since you also need to be very careful about who you get spiritual direction from.

    That is just my own experience.

    God bless….

  19. Mimion 16 May 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Karen, thanks for asking the same question I had and Peli, thanks for your beautiful answer! Praised be Jesus!

  20. Saabon 16 May 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Dear Laura S and Pelianito,

    I, too have a spiritual director question. After many years asking God on and off to send me a spiritual director, I believe one has “found” me. He is a Franciscan priest, whom I have to set up an appointment with.

    I have been so nervous, that I waited until I finished a novena to our lady, to make sure that it is indeed ok. I worry about being misguided, (I don’t underestimate my weakness) since the shrine where this Franciscan priest is has a GLBT Spirituality Group ministry (which is fine, if indeed people of same sex attraction are being guided and supported in remaining chaste), but this is a shrine that had in years past hosted”receptions” for same sex couples…there is also a centering prayer group that seems to be attached to their spiritual companionship ministry (spiritual direction).

    How do I know that this is really where I may need to be? What if what I think is an answered prayer turns out to cause me confusion? How to ensure that a spiritual director is guiding you FAITHFULLY to Jesus? Should I just keep an open mind until I am given a “red” flag?

    So sorry Pelianito for the bombardment of questions, but this little community is the only place other than the confessional that I can spiritually be engaged.
    Thanks for any insights,

  21. Saabon 16 May 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Pelianito and Laura,

    I am sorry for the previous post. It is not really fair to ask such question of you.

    As always, the best indicator is the peace that my decision will bring and afterwards will continue to experience if/when I meet with my spiritual director.

    Just pray for me.

    Thanks!

  22. pelianitoon 16 May 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Saab, I was going to suggest that you let peace be your guide. See? The Holy Spirit is helping you already. He will not abandon you. Jesus we trust in you. :)

  23. Kathy AEon 16 May 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Danielle & Karen, If you spend any time meditating on WHO God is, how far above us in majesty and mystery He is, you will simply understand how poor and little we are. The MAGNIFICAT of Mary shows that kind of reflection. Such a special prayer to me, it is full of expressions of the kind of poverty of spirit that draws and attracts God. I realized long ago that when Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor…” He couldn’t be referring to a dearth of material goods—many poor people can be as greedy and mean as anyone else, and many wealthy people can be generous and kind-spirited—so it had to mean something else. Mary epitomizes the poverty of spirit and heart that drew to her the fullness of God’s love and gift in the Incarnation. Her heart was so open, so empty of worldly desires, so full of desire for God’s people. Seeing herself, a mere human in the vast glory of God’s greatness, the Creator of everything in the universe, she saw herself TRULY as she was. She assumed, knew, her lowliness and was filled with the utter fullness of God, conceiving the Christ.

    This is what we must do as well, see ourselves truly as we are, absolute lowliness in the grand scheme of God’s absoluteness. Then He will scatter the proud and lift up the lowly. He will fill the hungry (empty). All we are is clay vessels. It is what fills us that gives us any value.

    Pray the MAGNIFICAT, pray the Jesus Prayer, ask for poverty of spirit; and being the good Father, He will give you, his little child, the desires of your heart.

    Luke 1:46-55
    The soul rejoices in the Lord
    My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
    my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
    for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
    From this day all generations will call me blessed:
    the Almighty has done great things for me,
    and holy is his Name.
    He has mercy on those who fear him
    in every generation.
    He has shown the strength of his arm,
    he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
    He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
    and has lifted up the lowly.
    He has filled the hungry with good things,
    and the rich he has sent away empty.
    He has come to the help of his servant Israel
    for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
    the promise he made to our fathers,
    to Abraham and his children for ever.
    Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
    and to the Holy Spirit:
    as it was in the beginning, is now,
    and will be for ever. Amen.

  24. Ann G.on 17 May 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Saab,
    That shrine is throwing up all kinds of red flags! Make sure you are praying prayers of spiritual protection when you meet this priest. Centering prayers can be attached to new age practices and same sex couples being hosted there doesn’t appear to be in line with the Church’s call to chastity.

  25. Karenon 18 May 2012 at 6:58 am

    Thank you Peli & Kathy AE for your beautiful explanations. Danielle, I have the same back & forth thing in my journey toward humility too. The reason I asked is because it does seem to be a confirmation to me about a struggle I had been going through and how I felt God was directing me about the what/why of it. I went for about a week where it seemed everywhere I went, no one even said hi to me. It was like I was invisible. I’m not the most outgoing person, but to be completely ignored was too much. I broke down one night at home asking God for help. And the explanation I understood days later and just before this post was humility, though there wasn’t more than that. And now this post. I will use all here to take this lesson further. Thank you!

  26. pattyon 18 May 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Saab,

    I have to agree with Ann G., definite red flags.

  27. anneon 18 May 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Karen i smiled when i read your post. i think we all have times like that, we are invisible, except of course if someone needs something that perhaps we can supply.
    Remember that GOD is there all the time loving us and wanting to talk to us and share things with us. We are not invisible to HIm. HOWEVER, how often have i kept HIM waiting for a hello. Last week i had a very upside down, difficult week and had to really remember to speak to Him during the day. One day i realized that other than morning prayer i had ignored Him during work time. I apologized at the end of the dayand asked Him to forgive me. Lord help us all to focus on You and not ignore You, even when times are demanding. Even just a hello to Jesus, to acknowledge Him is liked by Him.
    may we all stay close to Him at all times. He is waiting for us!

  28. reenion 19 May 2012 at 8:33 am

    Karen, I can so identify with what you have been experiencing lately (ie feeling like you are invisible to others). I have felt that way for quite a while now and it has escalated since Easter Sunday. IT seems like no one hears me when I speak or else I get attacked if I say anything to defend the church. Thes attacks have been more from those who should be closer to me (family members). I realize that this is exactly how God must feel. It is so much more painful to be rejected and attacked by those you are closer to as Christ was. I wondered why am I going through this and then I realize because this is what the church is going through and this is what Jesus went through and continues to experience. Who am I to not experience a small portion of the suffering of God if I truly desire to be united in His Divine Will. How painful it is, but what great suffering to place at the foot of the cross in hopes to assist in the salvation of other as well as increase virues within ourselves .These messages give much comfort because they always draw you back to God. This is so comforting to have others at sites such as this to share these difficulties and to know that we truly are part of one family. God’s blessings to all.

  29. anneon 19 May 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Just to add. over the last few years all teachers are saying it is getting harder and harder to get the class listening and attentive. They are chatty and noisy and demanding.
    a reflection of our world i am sure. Focused on ourselves, not given to listening to the Holy Spirit and learning so much. we really must be clear and open and detached from everything. Totally abandoned and attentive to be good students.

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