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Aug 31 2014

Bear your afflictions with patience, praying for the grace to endure them with holy joy…

Nahum 1:12-13 Thus says the Lord, ‘Though they are at full strength and many, they will be cut off and pass away. Though I have afflicted you, I will afflict you no more. And now I will break off his yoke from you and snap the bonds that bind you.’

“My children, remember this well when you are afflicted. My anger lasts but a moment, but my favor on those who cling to me lasts for a lifetime. Beloved little ones, you do not understand, but my afflictions—those I send you—are often signs of my favor. Do you doubt this? Study the life of my Son and the lives of the saints. Who was more afflicted than my Son and my Mother? Yet these afflictions were not the whole story and neither are they with you. Bear your afflictions with patience, praying for the grace to endure them with holy joy. In this way you turn afflictions into great graces for yourself and those for whom you offer them. My little ones, the more tightly you cling to me in your afflictions, the more grace you will receive. If you do not know how to pray, then just call out to me—“Father!”—and I will be there before the sound has faded. Children I am with you and I love you. Draw near.”

Beloved Father of my heart, how little we deserve such loving attention from you. Yet, do not look on our weakness, but on the sign of Christ into which we were baptized. If you see Christ when you look at us, then we will be lifted up with him and be made worthy to cling to our beloved Abba. Father! Father! Father!

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Mar 05 2014

Happy are those who weep now for their sins, for they shall be comforted in the ocean of my mercy…

Joel 2:12-13 Yet even now says the Lord, return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; rend your hearts and not your clothing. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relents from punishing.

“My children, happy are those who weep now for their sins, for they shall be comforted in the ocean of my mercy. My heart was rent—then imitate me and do not hold back. If you rend your heart you will become an instrument of Divine Mercy. Blessed are you who mourn now for your sins. You shall rejoice in the kingdom of heaven. But woe to you when you refuse to weep and mourn now over your sins! The gates of mercy will close on you and then you shall weep bitterly! Children let all that is about to befall you always lead you to glorify God. Trust that whatever comes, it will be followed by something so glorious you will forget the pain of former days. Enter into my rest, dear faithful souls. I am near!”

Heavenly Father, in the Divine Will we offer you our deepest sorrow over our sins and failings. Have mercy on us and on all those you have given us to pray for. We trust that they will all receive the grace they need to come back to you with all their hearts. We include in our prayers this Lent all those who have no one to pray for them. Jesus we trust in you. Save souls!

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Feb 02 2014

Dream: Suddenly and ferociously the enemy attacked…

Micah 4: 9-10 Now why do you cry aloud? Is there no king in you? Has your counsellor perished, that pangs have seized you like a woman in labour? Writhe and groan, O daughter Zion, like a woman in labour, for now you shall go forth from the city and camp in the open country; you shall go to Babylon. There you shall be rescued, there the Lord will redeem you from the hands of your enemies.

Dream: The dream started in a hospital. I saw two men that I know making beds in the hospital. I asked why they were doing that. They said there was no one else to do it. Then I realized we were in a war. The two sides were the Germans and the Russians as in WWII when Nazi Germany invaded Russia. The Nazis were the enemy. I felt in the dream that I knew my side would win the war. But suddenly and ferociously the enemy attacked. I was astonished at the weapons they had. They drove their tanks over soldiers before they could so much as get out of the way. They fired their tank-guns and killed those farther afield. They were merciless. It was carnage, far, far worse than I had ever expected. What amazed me was how well-prepared and well-equipped the enemy was. Most astonishing was the speed with which the attack came and how easily they seemed to overtake those on our side. A most disturbingly vivid dream.

One thing I feel we are being warned about is complacency. We need to re-double our efforts, increase our prayers and sacrifices. We have the victory but let us not be caught off-guard. Watch and pray! The enemy wants to separate as many souls as possible from the Church so that they are not receiving the sacraments. Cling to the sacraments with all your might! They are the most powerful weapons we have. If you want to find out how powerful, read Marino Restrepo’s “Catholics Awake!”

Heavenly Father in Jesus we have the victory. Help us to remain steadfast in the faith. Help us to avail ourselves of the spiritual weapons you give us—most especially the sacraments. Jesus we trust in you. Save souls!

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Aug 20 2013

Let my Spirit dwell in you as an only child, a favored son…

Dear friends, these are the messages I received at the retreat I recently attended. The retreat master encouraged us to ask the Lord what we needed to work on. The Lord in his mercy gave me much to ponder.

Joel 2:12 Yet even now says the Lord, return to me with our whole heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.

“Beloved child, you honor me with your lips but your heart is far from me. Root out the idol! Turn to me with fasting and weeping. Crush everything in you that does not lead to me. Let my holiness flow through you unimpeded. Let my holy joy satisfy all your cravings. Let my Spirit dwell in you as an only child, a favored son. Let my peace fill you and do not be afraid to let go of all you cling to. Be assured that what you fear to lose is nothing and what you stand to gain is everything. Empty yourself! I am waiting for a place to lay my head.”

O my Jesus, forgive me for all the times I have placed an idol in my heart. I humbly repent of my attachments and ask you O Lord to fill me with your holy joy so that I may never look back. Jesus, you know my weakness. Let my heart not be divided but grant me every grace I need to act with temperance in all things. Jesus I trust in you. Amen.

Luke 12:3 Therefore, whatever you have said in the darkness will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed on the housetops.”

“Beloved, do you see that what comes out of your mouth must issue from a pure spring? Let no idle talk issue from you. Let only light come through you and banish any dark thought. Hold every thought captive to Christ and let him say yea or nay to its utterance. Light, my child. Speak only light.”

Jesus, you know my weakness, my folly. Help me to keep you always in my sight, so that only light will issue from me. Let only your light come through me. Jesus help me! I surrender my tongue to your use. Jesus help me! Amen.

Acts 14:22 They strengthened the spirits of the disciples and exhorted them to persevere in the faith saying, “It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.”

“My beloved, up to now your hardships have tested you and strengthened you. Those that are coming will be insurmountable outside of grace. I send you trials to build up your strength and so you will learn to persevere in faith. A day is coming when faith will be all you have left. But when you have faith you have everything. Therefore do not fear the time to come. Embrace the cross as I did, knowing that what it gives in grace far surpasses what it costs. Little one be at peace.”

Dear sweet Jesus, I have so little to offer you. I am weak and unrighteous but in you I am made righteous. Jesus I place all my trust in you. Amen.

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Sep 09 2012

What will happen to those who die suddenly, if you do not pray for them?

Judith 4:13 The Lord heard their cry and had regard for their distress. For the people observed a fast of many days’ duration throughout Judea, and before the sanctuary of the Lord Almighty in Jerusalem.

“My children am I deaf to your cry? I tell you I am not! Pour out your hearts to me with contrite spirit and with fasting. I tell you this kind of faith and trust in me can move mountains. But discern in the Spirit what you pray for. Many prayers reach me that do not please me. I hunger and thirst for souls—make this your most fervent plea. If you did this you would find that grace upon grace would be heaped upon you. So many souls are in grave danger. What will happen to those who die suddenly, if you do not pray for them? On the day of judgment you will know the full impact of your prayers and you will see the souls that might have been saved if you had prayed for them. Children, do not allow that this should happen! Apply yourselves to pray and offer sacrifice for souls. The repercussions will be felt both in time and in eternity.”

O my Jesus, forgive me for the ways that I am lacking in this regard! In the Divine Will, make up for my weakness. Fix my mistakes in such a way as to surpass the fruits of my having done it well in the first place. O Lord, you know my weakness. Without your grace we are all lost. Then in your infinite mercy make up for what is lacking in my lifelong prayer. Jesus I trust in you to save all those souls I should have prayed for but didn’t. YOU Jesus—I trust in YOU. Amen.

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Aug 19 2012

I have further hardened their hearts, withdrawing grace which they neither wanted nor appreciated…

Isaiah 6:9-10 And he replied: Go and say to this people:Listen carefully, but you shall not understand! Look intently, but you shall know nothing! You are to make the heart of this people sluggish, to dull their ears and close their eyes; else their eyes will see, their ears hear, their heart understand, and they will turn and be healed.

“Beloved, the heart of this generation is far from me. Therefore, I have further hardened their hearts, withdrawing grace which they neither wanted nor appreciated. Then I will leave them in their hardness of heart until the day of justice dawns. I do not wish sinners to die, but to return to me. Therefore, I allow them to reap the fruits of what they have sown and the fruits are the bitterest kind—wars, unrest, violence, hatred. The days are darkening very quickly. Even so, even though the darkness becomes thick around you—do NOT be afraid! Your Deliverer is at hand and when he comes his brightness will completely shatter the darkness. Oh my children! Trust in me and pray! Your prayers are a lighthouse in the stormy darkness. Light the way for the lost by prayer and penance. Children I am near.”

O my Jesus, keep us faithful! Keep us pure so that all you desire may be accomplished in us, around us, and through us. Here I am, Lord, I come to live in your will. Amen.

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Nov 17 2011

Do not settle for clay when the golden fruit of the Holy Spirit is offered to you…

Friends, today I was blessed to be able to watch the MaryTV broadcast of Ivan’s apparition. I participated in the whole event online. The apparition was followed by Mass presided by Cardinal Schönborn at the end of which there was an hour of adoration. The Lord and his Mother were very present and had some beautiful words of encouragement for us.

During the MaryTV broadcast of Ivan’s apparition

BVM: “Little one, I am sending you as a lamb among wolves, but you are not a lamb without a shepherd. You are a lamb whose Shepherd cannot be defeated. Be at peace.”

Here I am Lord. Fiat!

At adoration:

Jesus: “Be at peace my child. I have sent my Mother to you to call you back to me. Her efforts have borne golden fruit in but a few, silver in many more, but some of you are content with fruit of bronze or clay. Strive for the higher gifts, my children. You will have great need of them as the days darken. Do not settle for clay when the golden fruit of the Holy Spirit is offered to you. Men of clay, why do you hesitate? My love can raise you higher than you can imagine! My love is the wind that bears you up. My glory longs to enfold you, but you resist. Enter into my joy, dear children. The peace and joy of heaven, the golden fruit is within your grasp. Pray, be converted, offer your sacrifices and do it all through the perfection of the Immaculate Heart. In this way the fountain of glory will be opened to you and you will bear much fruit, the golden fruit of the kingdom. Does this surprise you, dear children? Do you find it unbelievable? That is because your gaze is fixed on your self. Fix your gaze on me, for in me all things are possible, and glory flows unimpeded. Do not be an impediment in the flow of glory, but by your total surrender to the will of God, become a living conduit of grace and glory in the world. Imagine a spigot. It may be turned low, or higher or fully on. Let your spigot never be anything less than fully on. Examine what prevents you from opening the flow to its greatest capacity. Root out sin and unhealthy attachments. My children, let my grace and glory flow! I long for it. I bless you my children. Ephphatha—be opened!”

Jesus, glorious Lord of love, beloved of the Father, we adore you and praise your glory. May all you desire be accomplished in us for your glory. Help us to root out all that is in us that impedes the flow of grace and glory into the world. Jesus, Beloved, Father, Beloved, Holy Spirit, Breath of Love, we adore you. Mother of God intercede for us always. Amen.

As I was preparing to post the message, I asked for a Scripture passage and was given:

Mark 7:32-35 And people brought to him a deaf man who had a speech impediment and begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him off by himself away from the crowd. He put his finger into the man’s ears and, spitting, touched his tongue; then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him, “Ephphatha!” (that is, “Be opened!”) And (immediately) the man’s ears were opened, his speech impediment was removed, and he spoke plainly.

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Oct 30 2011

My mercy at this time knows no bounds…

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.

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Oct 13 2011

Proclaim a solemn fast to the assembly…

Dream: Last night I saw a scroll and heard these words: “Proclaim a solemn fast to the assembly. Prepare the way of the Lord. He comes in glory.”

I asked for a Scripture passage this morning and received this passage:

Amos 2: 12-16 But you gave the nazirites wine to drink, and commanded the prophets not to prophesy. Beware, I will crush you into the ground as a wagon crushes when laden with sheaves. Flight shall perish from the swift, and the strong man shall not retain his strength; The warrior shall not save his life, nor the bowman stand his  ground; The swift of foot shall not escape,  nor the horseman save his life. And the most stouthearted of warriors shall flee  naked on that day, says the LORD.

I strongly feel that a nine day fast beginning Friday October 14 is what our Lord is asking. Please pray and ask the Lord what sort of fast he is asking from you. We do not need to post here what is being undertaken. That is between us and the Lord. Whatever it is, it should be sustainable for 9 days, and should not interfere with our duties.

Jesus without you we cannot please you. If you have called us to do this, we believe you will provide the grace. We trust in you to accomplish this task in us for your purpose and to your glory. Jesus we trust in you. Amen.

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Oct 08 2011

Do you not see, my children, that your own sin gives power to the enemy?

Psalm 57:5 I must lie down in the midst of lions hungry for human prey. Their teeth are spears and arrows;their tongue, a sharpened sword.

“My beloved children, I sigh from the heart when I see all that the enemy has planned for the sons and daughters of righteousness. Yet my love overflows and my heart is filled with joy over those who will remain faithful to the last,those who will imitate me in forgiving their persecutors even in the face of unimaginable cruelty. Already my children are suffering as never before. Already they are being tested beyond human endurance. Do you not see, my children, that your own sin gives power to the enemy? Repent! Do not make him stronger by your unrepentant heart, but destroy his power through humble repentance. Acknowledge your sin before me. Enter into the power of my humility and you will participate in my joy in the defeat of evil. children hear me! So much is at stake.”

Jesus, forgive us for all the times we have held another’s sin against them. In your mercy, make us true agents of mercy. Help us to destroy the power of evil in the world through sincere repentance and the humility that can only come from you, who did not cling to your divinity, but humbled yourself to become a slave and to be slaughtered for our sins. Jesus, you alone can accomplish this in us. We trust in you. Amen.

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