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.
I have been thinking about a dream I had in 1998 and how it was fulfilled in my personal life back then, and now I see that it has a wider meaning, so I thought I would share it here. I received this word from Our Lord (then) as I sat to record the dream:
“Do you think I send you these trials for your discouragement? Of course not. It is so that you will lean more fully on me, that I will be your strength, and our merging will be more perfect. I long to be one with you in all things my child. Give me that joy and I will share it with you.”
I see that the fulfillment of the dream back then was in a sense preparation for what is to come. The lessons I learned in faith, perseverance, and above all trust were invaluable.
In the dream I knew there was a huge tornado coming towards our town, but because of the trees it could not be seen. In the dream, my husband and I lived in a mobile home so we were very vulnerable. I had the feeling that our children were elsewhere and were safe. As I waited for the tornado I saw someone plowing his field. I stopped to help him thinking, “Doesn’t he know what’s coming?” I helped him anyway. Afterwards, I tried to prepare by bottling some water, but it didn’t seem there was a safe place to put it. In the end the only thing I felt was worth doing was to make sure I had sturdy shoes on so that I would not be cut by debris.
I asked the Lord for an interpretation. “The tornado is the tempest threatening you. There is no avoiding it. You must go through it. Be prepared and trust me. You will emerge—stronger and surer than before. Pray always that the duration will be short. This I will grant if you ask it. Pray also for peace in the world. Fast and offer sacrifice. There is much disharmony. This will worsen before my glory is revealed. Pray for the duration to be shortened. Pray, pray, pray.”
As I think now about the man plowing his field it occurs to me that in the dream helping him was the next right step (to quote Charlie Johnston). And even though this particular field was likely going to be trashed by the tornado, helping that farmer was the right thing to do just then. Many folks don’t see what’s coming. Help them anyway. There was a pointless feel to my own efforts to prepare for what was coming. In the end I just put on sturdy shoes. As we watch the storm intensify daily today, it is good to remember that our most important preparation is to stand on the firm footing of the Gospel. Ephesians 6:15 As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace.” Lord help us to remain faithful and to trust you for all the rest. Jesus we trust in you!
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!
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.)
Hosea 8:7 For they sow the wind and they shall reap the whirlwind. The standing grain has no heads, it shall yield no meal; if it were to yield, foreigners would devour it.
“My children do you see that this is taking place? Do you see how the worship of sin and death brings an abundance of sin and death to the world? My faithful ones, this is why I have given you so many powerful weapons. This is why I have sent my Mother again and again to call the world to repentance. Our Mother weeps tears of blood over her children! Then do not delay any longer, but offer yourselves anew into her service. Place yourselves under her protection. Take your orders from her. Let her provide you with weapons. Am I asking you to do what is impossible? With me all things are possible. Distasteful? Her love and protection are sweeter than honey, more precious than gold. Surrender yourselves anew! Cut loose all you cling to. Love God above all. Let our Mother show you how. There is no more time; the whirlwind is upon you. Gird yourselves with the precious armor of our Mother. Children, the battle intensifies. Now is not the time to rest or sleep.*”
O my Jesus, give me grace upon grace through our beloved Mother. Blessed Mother, I surrender myself completely into your service. Help me! Guide me! Teach me! Train me! Help me to be the warrior our Lord desires. Without you I can do nothing, but with your graces all things are possible. Here I am Lord Jesus, I come to live in your most holy will. Amen.
(*Just to clarify, I believe our Lord means this in a spiritual sense. “Keep awake! Watch and pray!”)
Haggai 1:12 Then Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, and Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of the Lord their God, and the words of the prophet Haggai, as the Lord their God had sent him; and the people feared the Lord.
“My children, what will it take before this perverse generation heeds the voices of my prophets? I have come with water and blood, love and mercy, and few are heeding my words. This is a stiff-necked people! All you who hear me—prepare! Rend your hearts! Fast and pray! The day of the Lord will be terrible indeed. Yet, I have not left you as orphans. Can you not cry out to me in trust and I will hear? Do not be afraid. My love is a love that conquers. My wounds bring healing. My death brings life. Ask for my strength, my gifts and graces. You will need them. Ask especially when you receive me in the Eucharist. I am giving them out more generously than ever and that is because you will need them. So ask! I am with you. We conquer together. Unite yourself to me*. Children I am near!”
O my Jesus, I place all my trust in you! I accept every gift and grace it pleases you to offer me. I ask that hearts will be opened to receiving your gifts, but I also ask that those who will receive them be given an abundance and that those gifts being rejected by others will be claimed by your faithful remnant. Here is our weakness Lord, give us your strength. May your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.
*This plea to unite ourselves to Jesus reminded me of the prayer he gave to Elizabeth Kindelmann:
Jesus (to Elizabeth): “This prayer is an instrument in your hands. By collaborating with Me, Satan will be blinded by it; and because of his blindness, souls will not be led into sin.”
May our feet journey together,
May our hands gather in unity,
May our hearts beat to the same rhythm,
May our souls be in harmony,
May our thoughts be in unison,
May our ears listen to the silence together,
May our glances melt in one another,
And may our lips beg Our Heavenly Father,
together, to obtain Mercy.
Lamentations 3:7-9 He has walled me about so that I cannot escape; he has put heavy chains on me; though I call and cry for help, he shuts out my prayer; he has blocked my ways with hewn stones, he has made my paths crooked.
“Beloved children, be not afraid! There is much more to come, but know and believe that when you feel my presence the least it is then that I am most near. Think of the Crucified One. Think of the darkness of that hour. The disciples were devastated. They could not have perceived the glory that was mere hours away. Remember this, my children. Let it give you hope when you are tempted to despair. Pray always: Jesus I trust in you. It is in the crucible of trial that trust is purified. Trust in me. If you do not trust me in small trials, how will your faith survive bigger ones? I am near to you and I love you. Let your trust in me precede you into heaven. It will pave the road for you and make your path to eternity straight.”
Jesus I trust in you! Help me to trust you always—in small trials and big. You are near. Let us walk as one, united in the Flame of Love. Jesus I trust in you! Amen.
Ezra 3:10 When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, the priests in their vestments were stationed to praise the Lord with trumpets, and the Levites, sons of Asaph, with cymbals, according to the directions of King David of Israel.
“My beloved, I mean to rebuild my Church, and what joy and celebration there will be on that glorious day! But before that day, a storm of destruction, for what must be rebuilt must first be razed. Do not tremble in fear at these words, for they are words of hope. I am coming to restore my Bride to a glory never before seen, a glory I have desired from the beginning. I will tear down what is rotted and replace it with pure gold that will not tarnish or decay. Be at peace, my children, whatever comes. I am near—as near to you as your own breath.”
O my Jesus, I thank you for your nearness and for loving your Bride so much that you will do whatever it takes to see her restored. Jesus, in all circumstances help my trust in you to never waver. You are Lord forever! Maranatha! Amen.
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!
Isaiah 13:2-3 On a bare hill raise a signal, cry aloud to them; wave the hand for them to enter the gates of the nobles. I myself have commanded my consecrated ones, have summoned my warriors, my proudly exulting ones, to execute my anger.
“Little children, you do not know, you cannot imagine what is coming to the world. In all of human history there has never been anything like it. A conglomeration of catastrophes—oh my children, draw near to me! The only safety is in the wound at my side, the fount of love and mercy. My children, you do not believe in my love, or you would do nothing outside of my holy will. My will is love alone. Yes, even in catastrophe, my love is active so that sin will not reign forever. My children, I am coming. Prepare your hearts. I am near.
O my Jesus, fount of love and mercy, draw me near. Remove from me everything that is contrary to your holy will. Jesus, merciful and loving Savior, I offer you also the souls you have given me to pray for, trusting in your goodness and infinite generosity. Jesus, Mary, Joseph, I love you! Save souls!