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Apr 24 2015

A dream…

Dear friends last night I dreamed of a demon who was teaching a theology class. He was teaching subtle falsehoods, such as God the Father is the main God, and Jesus is another, lesser God. I was thinking, “That’s not right. Jesus and the Father and the Holy Spirit are three Persons in one God, co-equal.” Someone in the class asked about the Holy Spirit. The demon got very annoyed at that question and didn’t really answer it. The next thing I could see was that there was a chalice there, like the ones used at the consecration. He spilled the chalice and that was the end of my dream, but I did note one other peculiar thing. Other than looking like a fairly typical teacher in a theology class, the eyes of the demon were completely blind, as if there were hard scales on them.

I have pondered and prayed over this dream. Several things come to mind. Most obvious is the way that subtle falsehoods have permeated not just the culture, but in some cases the seminaries. Families, even Catholic families, often have a very poor understanding of even basic theology. What they are passing on to their children is even more paltry and inaccurate. I’m sure we have all experienced this in real life.

The second important facet of the dream, and I believe a real message for all of us, is the critical importance of the Holy Spirit. It is urgent, dear friends, that we all deepen our relationship to the Holy Spirit. In the previous message, Our Lord said twice, “Become love.” What better way than by praying for a deeper infilling of the Holy Spirit, the very Breath of Love that flows between the Father and the Son. If we long for the coming Era of Peace, the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart, the Kingdom of the Divine Will, let us conceive it in our souls NOW, gestate it, nurture it, and carry it to term, following the example of our most Blessed Mother. We do this by fervently desiring to open ourselves to the Holy Spirit, by emptying ourselves in order to be filled by Him, praying, “Holy Spirit, use me as you wish to accomplish your designs upon the world!”

The chalice in the dream I feel represented the blood of the martyrs that the evil one is callously spilling each day. I felt in the dream that the Holy Spirit, the mention of Whom was greatly annoying to the demon, is a critical remedy to the ills of our day. If we deepen our relationship with the Holy Spirit, if we use His abundant gifts for the good of all, there will be no defense the enemy can mount against us, and no offense that can give him victory. The Holy Spirit in so many ways, is begging us to invite Him into our hearts and souls, so that he may act in us for the good of all. We must not delay in our response! Whatever is distracting us from being docile to the Spirit must be jettisoned. Of course our daily duty is part of the holy calling of each of us. Our family life and commitments are holy and worthy sacramentals, signs of our membership in the greater family of God. But we all have extra things that are mere distractions. It is time to imitate Mary in professing our fiat with all our heart, to give God the choicest portions of our lives, not just the leftovers.

The final point I gleaned from the dream, and one that gave me great hope, was that the demon was completely blind. This, I believe, was a confirmation of the Flame of Love devotion, in which Our Lord told Elizabeth Kindelmann that the effect of the prayers was to “blind satan”. I believe that the Lord wished us to know that the Flame of Love prayer warriors have already weakened the enemy. Then let us, with renewed fervour, “pray ardently” as our Lord also said in the previous message. Let us be encouraged in our calling and become true signs of hope for others and instruments of the Divine Will.

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolations, through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

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Apr 19 2015

I am showering graces in greater abundance than ever before upon those who are open to receiving them…

Ephesians 4:20-21 Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.

“Beloved do not doubt! I am showering graces in greater abundance than ever before upon those who are open to receiving them. This has nothing to do with your own merit of grace, but has everything to do with the significance of the times. Where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more. Then do not limit what I wish to do in you and through you. Believe that I am acting in new ways. Throw yourself into my service. Hold nothing back. Let go of all that you cling to. This will make the coming trial easier to bear. Become love. Love those I send you. Repent as soon as you sin. Pray ardently. Desire to live in complete union with me. Fuse your own will into mine. I am calling you anew, dear children. Look into your lives and cast off what is unnecessary. Cling to me. Become love. Children I am calling. What is your response?”

Beloved Father of my heart, by your grace, my response is, Fiat! In the Divine Will I beg for the grace to give my will completely over to you. Help me to accept every gift and grace it pleases you to give me. Help me to pray more ardently and divest myself of all unnecessary attachments, that I might become love and live only and always in the Divine Will. Jesus and Mary please obtain for me these graces, especially that I might fuse my will into the Divine Will. Here I am Father, I come to live in your holy and adorable will. Amen.

 

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Apr 14 2015

A heartfelt prayer of gratitude…

2 Corinthians 1:3-7 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are abundant for us, so also our consolation is abundant through Christ. If we are being afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation; if we are being consoled, it is for your consolation, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we are also suffering. Our hope for you is unshaken; for we know that as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our consolation.

Beloved friends, be abundantly blessed! If you do not subscribe to my mailout, you may have missed the recent prayer request I sent via that channel. It was a personal prayer request and I decided it was better not to post it to this public blog—somehow it seem more prudent to just send a mailout to 800 of my closest friends! :)

I must say, my husband and I were overwhelmed at the love and generosity of spirit that flowed out of the hearts of the many who responded by email. I realize that many more did not respond by email, but still sent anonymous prayers to heaven on our behalf. We are immensely grateful to all of you! We are certainly feeling the effects of your prayers and are doing our best to honour the gracious gifts you have given us.

Out of those who responded by email, many told me of their own pain and suffering, and yet in spite of that, sacrificed precious prayer time for our intentions. It became abundantly clear to me that we are all walking wounded, “mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.” But we are not alone!

It occurred to me what a privilege it was, in my hour of need, to be able to access this great cloud of witnesses, this faithful family that has grown with me over the years. I fervently desired that all of you would have access to the same abundant blessings which you showered on us. But how? Oh, the Lord makes it so simple, as the Scripture passage above suggests. The Divine Will of course! For nothing is impossible to God! So my dear friends, I offer the following prayer for each of you, whether or not you were able to pray for us. All are in need of prayer and since all of you are in my territory of souls, you are all included.

Blessed Trinity of Love, I praise and thank you for all you have accomplished in bringing this community of believers together. I praise and thank you for the countless ways you have edified us, through Scripture, through your words of love and encouragement, through the sharing that takes place on this blog, and through the prayers we offer for each other. I praise and thank you for the growth in faith that has taken place within each of us and ask that you take us to new heights of holiness, faith and fidelity. I offer you every pure act of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph wrapped in the gratitude of the Gloriana in thanksgiving for all you have done in and through this unworthy sinner.

Now, most glorious God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, in the Divine Will I ask that you will gather up all the prayers that have been offered on our behalf, that you will multiply them in the Divine Will and apply all these prayers to each one of these little ones you have given me. I ask that you will use this treasury of prayers in countless ways to assist each one in their most pressing need, in perpetuity. Let this treasure be available to them each time they invoke the collective prayers of all those on “Peli’s blog”, as they call it. Loving Father, I ask you to answer the deepest prayers of their hearts and do not let one of their loved ones be lost. Trusting in your goodness, O Lord, I immerse this prayer in the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In your mercy, heap grace upon grace on all who read it with a prayerful heart. I ask all this in the most holy name of Jesus—Jesus I trust in you. Amen.

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Mar 23 2015

You will one day lament the time you wasted, when you could have been praying…

Jeremiah 7:13-15 And now, because you have done all these things, says the Lord, and when I spoke to you persistently, you did not listen, and when I called you, you did not answer, therefore I will do to the house that is called by my name, in which you trust, and to the place that I gave to you and to your ancestors, just what I did to Shiloh. And I will cast you out of my sight, just as I cast out all your kinsfolk, all the offspring of Ephraim.

“My children, how much longer must I put up with this generation? The time is very short indeed, for many have turned their backs on my Word and spurned my love. Therefore I will give them what they desire, a world bereft of its Creator. Woe and lamentation! Pray and fast, my children. There is much to be done, for when my children have lost everything, then I will reveal myself to them and, outside of grace, it will be too much to bear. You, my children, must be dispensers of grace in the world. While you are able, receive me in the Holy Eucharist. Carry my presence to the world. You will be a light shining in the darkness. I have told you these things to spur you on to more heroic sacrifices and prayers. It is easy to be distracted, but I tell you, you will one day lament the time you wasted, when you could have been praying. Children, unite yourselves to me. Live in me. Let your daily duty be consecrated to me, that I might sanctify the world through your every movement. Live in me. We have so much to do! Children, listen!”

Heavenly Father, already I lament the time I have wasted frivolously. In the Divine Will I ask you to redeem those wasted moments and use them to your glory. Help me not to waste any more precious moments, but to consecrate my every thought, word, and deed in the Divine Will, through the Flame of Love of our Immaculate Mother. Here I am Lord, I come to live in your holy will. Here is my weakness, Lord, give me your strength. Amen.

(Just to clarify, our daily duty is not to be considered time wasted. In fact our daily duty when linked to the Divine Will is a great grace for the world.)

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Feb 10 2015

The work of rebuilding must begin now…

Nehemiah 2:17 Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, so that we may no longer suffer disgrace.

“My children, now is the time for the rebuilding to begin. Yes there is much more to come, and much more must be torn down, but the work of rebuilding must begin now. Just as an architect must work hard before the first stone is laid, so too must you lay the groundwork of prayer so that what is built is firm, the materials strong. What you see now crumbling is what was hastily put up. Everything rooted in me endures, even if for a time it is not visible or evident. My children, you have a crucial role in the building up of the Church. Take time to pray, to adore, to fast, so that what will be built will give the most glory to God. My little ones, I am counting on you. Nothing is too small to be offered. Give me everything, wrapped in the Flame of Love and you will see miracles!”

Heavenly Father in the Divine Will I go back and re-do all I have ever done so that you may be glorified in all the acts of my life. I wrap this offering in the Flame of Love so that your kingdom may come and your Church may be rebuilt as an impregnable fortress, mighty, pure, and holy. Jesus in Mary I trust in you. Use me as you wish to accomplish your designs upon the world. Amen.

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Oct 08 2014

“O my Jesus, may our lips beg our Heavenly Father, together, to obtain mercy.”

Friends I felt called as I was walking one day to invoke the final petition of the Flame of Love Prayer of Our Lord Jesus Christ: “O my Jesus, may our lips beg our Heavenly Father, together, to obtain mercy.” I began to pray a spontaneous litany to the Father by virtue of the holy wounds of Jesus. I submit here my version of this prayer, but would encourage you to pray in your own words as you walk or as you work, to fulfill the final line of the prayer Jesus gave to Elizabeth Kindelmann. (Click here for printable version)

 


 

Litany of the Holy Wounds to Obtain Mercy

Heavenly Father, by virtue of the many holy and glorious wounds your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, embraced out of love for sinful humanity, we offer you these prayers as we join with him in begging your mercy over the whole world.

 

For the sake of the holy wounds of his Sacred Head, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the agony of all the blows and slaps to his holy face, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the sorrow inflicted by insult and spittle, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the agony of blows to his ears, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the agony of blows to his nose and eyes, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the agony of being struck with a reed, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the agony of every piercing thorn in his holy crown, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

 

For the sake of the holy wounds of his shoulders, arms, and hands have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the agony of the lashes to his back, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the agony of the lashes to his arms, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the agony of His shoulder, wounded from carrying the cross, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the agony of his elbows when he fell, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the agony of the nails piercing his hands, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

 

For the sake of the holy wounds of his chest and back, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the agony of the lashes that tore at his chest, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the agony of the lashes that tore at his back, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the agony of the lashes that tore at his lower regions, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the agony of the punches, kicks, and blows to his body, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the agony of the tearing of his skin when they stripped him, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the agony of his aching back as he hung on the cross, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the agony of his lungs as he struggled to breathe, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the agony of the roughness of the wood on his holy wounds, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

 

For the sake of the holy wounds of his legs and feet, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the agony of the lashes that tore at his legs, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the agony of his knees when he fell, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the agony of his feet torn by the rocks of Calvary, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the agony of the nails piercing his feet, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the excruciating cramping of his muscles while on the cross, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

 

For the sake of the holy wounds of his senses, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the sake of his sweat that fell like drops of blood in the Garden of Gethsemane, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the sake of the cold and the heat he endured, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the agony of the sight of the jeering crowds, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the agony of seeing his followers flee, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the agony of seeing his Mother’s pain, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the agony of seeing the sorrow of those who remained at the foot of the cross, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the sorrow of hearing the insults and blasphemies, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the agony of hearing the nails pounded into his flesh, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the agony of smelling the putrid stench of the prison, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the agony of tasting his own precious blood, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the sake of the bitterness of the sour wine, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the sake of his weakness from hunger during his passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the sake of his thirst for water and for souls, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the fatigue and exhaustion he endured through his passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

 

For the sake of the holy wounds of his Sacred Heart, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the sorrow he endured at the betrayal of Judas, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the agony he endured in the Garden knowing that many would be lost in spite of his sacrifice, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the agony of knowing in advance how much he would suffer, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the sorrow of seeing his disciples flee at his arrest, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the sorrow of submitting to the power of sinful creatures, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the sorrow he endured at the denials of Peter, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the bitter loneliness he felt in the prison, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the abandonment he felt on the cross, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the agony of temptations to despair, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the sorrow of knowing his Mother’s pain, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the complete shedding of his precious Blood, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the final piercing of his Sacred Heart from which gushed forth love and mercy, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

 

Heavenly Father, your Son Jesus showered sinful humanity with love and mercy in every moment of his passion. With unending gratitude and with great confidence in your love for us through him, we join in his perfect prayer for mercy. For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

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Sep 14 2014

Your sacrifices mean so much right now that I will multiply their effect on the souls you are praying for…

Ezekiel 2:9-10 I looked, and a hand was stretched out to me, and a written scroll was in it. He spread it before me; it had writing on the front and on the back, and written on it were words of lamentation and mourning and woe.

“My children, do not fear what is to come and what is already here. I have been warning you, calling all to repentance. Now the time is at hand when all will know the awesome power of God. Their idols will be smashed one by one. There will be a loneliness on earth that has never before been felt on such a grand scale. This will be the loneliness of a soul bereft of its idols. But it is in that loneliness that I will act to show each soul the futility of life apart from me. When they have nothing left, it will be their final opportunity to turn to me. Many will do so, but there are also many who will be lost. Do not let up on your prayers. Your sacrifices mean so much right now that I will multiply their effect on the souls you are praying for. Do not take this gift lightly my children. Offer your prayers and sacrifices with great confidence for I mean to use you in new ways to conquer the immense territory of souls in need of conversion. Children pray!”

Beloved Father of my heart, your unimaginable mercy is such a gift to us. In the Divine Will accept all my prayers and sacrifices, especially my Flame of Love prayers, to advance the cause you have mentioned—the salvation of souls. I offer all to you in the Holy Name of Jesus, the Beloved, through the Flame of Love. Holy Mary, Mother of God, spread the effect of grace of thy Flame of Love over all of humanity now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

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Aug 20 2014

Where the will of God is adored, there is peace, there is hope, there is abiding joy…

Nehemiah 9:21 For forty years you sustained them in the wilderness so that they lacked nothing; their clothes did not wear out and their feet did not swell.

“My children, trust in me! Can I say it too many times? Have you believed it yet? There is much more to come, it is true. All will suffer. And yet those who place their trust in me will be comforted. They will know a peace that no earthly power can give them. Children, what do you have that was not given to you? Trust in your Father who loves you. Remain in him and do not let yourself be distracted from what is essential, namely union with him. Let your daily duty be a prayer in the Divine Will. Let your every waking moment, every breath, be a prayer of surrender to the will of God. If you do this you will cease to worry. Peace will be your constant companion. For where the will of God is adored, there is peace, there is hope, there is abiding joy. Children ponder this. It is very important. Surrender to me. Believe that I love you. Here I am my little ones. I am near!”

Beloved Father of my heart, I thank you for your gratuitous love and care for your little unworthy children. Help me to trust in your love and mercy in all circumstances. May our Mother help me with her prayers and example. O my Father, I love you, I trust you, I surrender myself joyfully to your loving will for me and mine. Help me to trust you more! Amen.

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Aug 08 2014

Do not be blind and deaf to the sufferings of your brothers and sisters who are now in exile…

Nahum 3:7 Then all who see you will shrink from you and say, ‘Nineveh is devastated; who will bemoan her?’ Where shall I seek comforters for you?

“My children, do you see how these words are fulfilled in your day? Do not be blind and deaf to the sufferings of your brothers and sisters who are now in exile. Once again I have no place to lay my head. Do not be deaf to the cries of my children who are suffering and in peril because they bear my name. Come to their aid as you are able. Fast and pray for them. Their suffering is great and their martyrdom is near. Let mercy inspire you. Ask in prayer what the Lord wishes you to do for the Church that is suffering in this way. Heaven weeps. Join your heart to the compassionate heart of my Mother. She will lead you and you will comfort those in dire need. Children, have compassion, for the measure you give out is the measure you will receive. Children, be my hands and my heart in the world. In you my merciful heart has an outlet. Unite yourselves to my merciful heart and you will see miracles. I am working in you, but you too must work. Do your part. The days darken and your Lord needs you.”

O my Jesus, what a mystery it is that our poor efforts are needed by the Almighty, that within the perfect plan of salvation our cooperation is needed. Jesus, show us how to help with our prayers, sacrifices, and with our material goods, including our time, talent and treasure. We unite ourselves to your Merciful Heart. Have mercy on your persecuted children, Lord. In the Divine Will I fly to them to bring them your comfort. Please see to each one’s most pressing need and especially the children, the elderly and the ill. Jesus we trust in you. Save souls! Amen.

(One way to assist those souls is to support or become involved with on of the following organizations: Aid to the Church in Need or the Catholic Near East Welfare Association. Both organizations offer various ways we can assist the Suffering Church.)

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Aug 03 2014

The Way of the Cross for Greater Trust

Dear friends, the theme of trust in God has been central in my spiritual walk. Over the years, the Lord has taught me the importance of our absolute trust in Him. The signature at the bottom of the Divine Mercy image is no mere sentiment. It is a prayer given to us that was born of the longing in our Savior’s heart: Jesus I trust in you! Recently I felt called to write a Way of the Cross for Greater Trust, which includes excerpts from my prayer journal. May you be blessed as you journey with Our Lady on the Via Dolorosa, the way of trust.

The Way of the Cross for Greater Trust

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