Wednesday, February 22, 2017

THIS 'N THAT

Goodness and blessings to all Brothers and Sisters in Jesus Christ! I cannot believe how far behind I am! Well, I've had a lot of life going on and it has both captured and required my attention. I was in such a state that I didn't get on the computer for days and days. But here I am and that's that! Let's get started because I have a lot of catching up to do!

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DAILY BIBLE VERSE - Jude 1:24-25


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This particular topic from The Divine Antidote is one of which I have continually expressed to people I've met online and in person. I believe in this with all my heart.
A.

Always Focused on the Goal: Souls

I sensed many of us need constant reminders of what God is asking of his little warriors being led by His Mother.  This post from March of 2015 captures the essence of the Flame of Love Movement and the goal of the Divine Mercy message.
The essence of what God is now asking of those who desire to love Him as He desires to be loved, is an overwhelming emphasis on sacrificial Love; to give ourselves completely in love, through sacrifice for other souls, as He has done. He is asking us through Elizabeth Kindelmann, St. Faustina and others to imitate Him completely…and He knows that due to our weakness we can only do this by His Grace…extraordinary Grace.. which He is pouring out through His Mother. Our Lord gives Elizabeth a succinct statement of the ultimate purpose of the Grace of the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary: “Desire to share in the work of Redemption! Let this be the supreme goal of your lives: the most valuable gift you can bring to Me. Take advantage of every opportunity and every means to save souls. Work at it!”
Our Lord gave almost the exact instructions to St. Faustina: “My daughter, if you knew what great merit and reward is earned by one act of pure love for Me, you would die of joy. I am saying this that you may constantly unite yourself with Me through love for this is the goal of the life of your soul.” The Lord then explains very carefully how we are to love Him with pure love. “My child, you please Me most by suffering. In your physical as well as mental sufferings, I want you to detach yourself, not only from creatures, but also from yourself….The more you will come to love suffering, the purer your love for Me will be.”
Our Lord then explains to St. Faustina that : “You are not living for yourself but for souls, and other souls will profit from your sufferings.”
Our dear Lord then gives critically important instruction to St. Faustina for each of us: “You see what you are of yourself. The cause of your falls is that you rely too much on upon yourself and too little upon Me…sensitiveness and discouragement are the fruits of self love. You should not become discouraged, but strive to have My Love reign in place of your self love.”
The Lord gives us the key…desire for Him to do the work of change within us! In one of the Conversations with Souls, He states: “You say that a dense darkness is obscuring your mind. But why at such times, do you not come to Me who can in an instant pour into your soul more understanding about holiness than can be found in any books?”
Let us remember each day especially during morning and evening prayer that God is asking us to help Him save many other souls.  This is our purpose and the greatest Love we can give Him: to desire to knowingly and patiently sacrifice (fasting and other ways that He inspires us) and to suffer with His own pure Love.  He will turn this suffering into joy….the never ending joy of the eternal springtime.
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THE DIVINE ANTIDOTE

Our Lord has told us through Elizabeth Kindelmann, (confirming what has been told to Sister Lucia and her cousins of Fatima and Ida Peerdeman of Amsterdam) that one of the extraordinary effects of the Grace is the Triumph of Mary’s Immaculate Heart. She will be known and venerated by all people of good will as the Mother of God, and she will bring the reign of the Holy Spirit into the world.  In addition, one of the very specific effects of the “Greatest Grace” given to mankind in 2,000 years is that those who correspond and nourish the Grace in their souls with great zeal will experience the Divine Love in a palpable way, which God describes to her as a “holy trembling”.  Ultimately, the Grace is designed to allow us to achieve the level of union with God described by St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila, and further elucidated by God through St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Faustina, St. Hannibal Di Francia, Blessed Dina Belanger, and Venerable Concepcion Cabrera de Armida. St. John Paul II described this Signal Grace as the “New and Divine Holiness”.
This state to which this Grace calls us is to experience “the freedom of the children of God”.  Our pride, ego, selfishness, sinfulness, love of comfort and our own opinion constantly block Grace and prevent us from union with God.  We compound the problem by trying to fix these defects ourselves by relying on our will power to pray more and do more.  This solution is driven by our subtle pride through Satan’s constant influence, which the Flame of Love Grace can disable! Our subtle pride causes us to forget or not realize that we can do absolutely nothing without Him, and so we feel even less free and more discouraged and ineffective, and often fall back to our old ways or even worse.
Fr. Jacques Philippe inspired by the Holy Spirit shares this Gift of Understanding of God’s Wisdom: “If we submit to God’s Will, initially our will seeks to recoil.”  But God in His Wisdom knows what is good for our joy now and for all of eternity, and His Love requires Him to continue to pursue us with Grace in order to give us every possible opportunity to increase our joy and love now and for all eternity. God’s Will is perfect and therefore whatever He prunes in us will never remove the beauty of the person He has chosen to come into existence with all the talents and dreams of goodness for others, which He has placed within us.  Most people are afraid of losing what they most like and desire (especially food and comfort!!), but God wants us to have much more joy than the measly happiness we get from our senses. Our senses must be purged of these human things, which St. John of the Cross calls the dark night, and we do indeed initially recoil and rebel against the necessary pruning of these things which hold us back from Divine union!  But God will do the pruning if we but persist in His Grace and never give up! It is in the getting up in Grace each time we fall that Holiness occurs!
Fr. Jacques describes the freedom in joy which God wants us to understand with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit: “…people who go through life with the Lord and let themselves be led by Him experience a growing feeling of freedom. Their hearts are not constrained or stifled and “breathe” ever more freely….Those who (live) with God feel free; they have nothing to fear. They are not subject to control, but on the contrary that everything works together for their good, whether favorable or unfavorable circumstances, good or bad.  They feel that everything belongs to them, because God belongs to them. They are not subject to conditions but always do what they want, because what they want to do is Love, and that is always within their power. Nothing can separate them from the God they Love….like little children, they don’t (rebel) because they are totally dependent on their parents, but just the reverse, because their dependence is an exchange of Love…Their way of loving consists of the joy of receiving , and turning what they receive into Love.”
Fr. Jacques Philippe concludes with this masterpiece of insight into the Divine life, which the Grace of the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary calls us to experience more quickly and securely than ever before: “All of this means that if we want the apparent contradictions between God’s Will and our freedom to be resolved, we must ask the Holy Spirit for the Grace to love God more”….and the problem will be solved by God for us! So, this is the great insight which God has given to Elizabeth Kindelmann and many other exemplars of the “New and Divine Holiness”… we must ask, we must beg for the Grace to love God as much as possible now and for all eternity by asking to Love Him with His own Love!  We must keep asking and trusting…and He Will do it! He will give us this Grace to love Him with His own Love! Never give up asking for this Grace!  Very gradually and tailored to each unique personality, He will prune away all our defects which hold us back from loving with His own Love. Trust obtains all spiritual things, especially the freedom to be a child of God!
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St. Joseph Seeks to Lead us as He did Mary to Bethlehem

Our Lady told Elizabeth Kindelmann: "Let us set out with St. Joseph.  You must walk along Bethlehem's dark roads.  We must seek lodging for my Flame of Love, which is Jesus Christ Himself."  This is a sublime teaching, which echoes all the teaching of the Church about St. Joseph. If we truly want to spread this Grace to all people possible in God's Plan, we must be close to St. Joseph through our daily prayer and let him lead us by treating him as if he were leading Mary and us to Bethlehem. Most of what we will experience is rejection as he did!  However, by staying close to St. Joseph with Mary, we will reach the manger and bring with us the shepherds and the wise men, who will accept the Grace!

As Fr. Pere Binet writes: "Who can understand how many Graces were given to make Joseph worthy of the title of Father of Jesus? So far as a man is capable of participating in the paternity of God the Father, so far was Joseph adorned with heavenly Graces; and this implies such an amount of greatness that God alone can know the amount and the sublimity of these Graces!


If you are desiring the acceptance of the Grace by a Pastor, Priest, friend or relative, ask St. Joseph each day to find lodging in that person's soul for the Flame of Love Grace and watch what happens with persistent prayer to him!  Please let us know of your successes!
I hope you found the time to read each of the above carefully, examining your own heart and conscience at the same time. I send to you my prayers for all of God's Graces for you and those whom you love.
Lovingly in Jesus,
ABBEY

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

TODAY'S BIBLE VERSE FROM JUDE

Chapter: 1, Verses: 24-25


Jude 1-24

Now to him who is able to keep them from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory in great joy,

Jude 1-25

to God our Savior, who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.

Friday, February 17, 2017

GOD'S COVENANT WITH ABRAHAM

"For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, 
that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope."
~Romans 15:4

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I was reading the covenant that God made with Abraham in the Book of Genesis. specifically Books 12 through 22.

God told Abram that his name would now be "Abraham" and that his seed would multiply as the stars in the sky. 

"And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto your seed will
 I give this land: and there he built an altar unto the LORD, 
who appeared unto him." 
- Gen. 12:7

"For all the land which you see, to you will I give it, and to your seed for ever." 
- Gen: 13:14-15

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God made many His Covenant with Abraham and his son, Isaac after him. God promised that he would make Abram's seed as the dust of the earth in number and Abram's descendants would be as the stars in the sky.

In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, 


"Unto your seed have I given this land, 
from the river of Egypt unto the great river, 
the river Euphrates." 
- Gen. 15:18


God said that He would establish His conditional covenant that he had with Abraham, with his descendants. God also said that he would give the land of Canaan to Abraham's descendants as an everlasting possession. God then establishes circumcision as a sign of the covenant.

This is a conditional covenant that was to be for Abraham's descendants. After the time of Christ, this was modified. Now to become a heir of Abraham, circumcision is not simply a physical act, but is done internally of the heart. It was changed from the physical to spiritual.

These scriptures from Genesis foretold many, many years before Christ and continue to endure to our age. This is the purpose of Romans 15:4, as an example that whatever things were written aforetime, no matter a day, a week, of many years, the very fact that they endure even now from thousands of years ago, it does and should give each of us Hope.

God's covenant with Abraham flowed to his first son, Isaac, who kept the covenant, as did the many descendants of Abraham, of which we are all descendants.

There is love, caring, promises and the like, but nothing endures within us as great as our Hope Without hope, what do we have?

An atheist will tel you there is no God. Pity the ones who feel this way for they have no HOPE. They feel that when you die, you're gone for good, a black hole of nothingness. What a sad way to live. Until I knew God and the Son, I see now that I had no HOPE. I lived in the moment and never contemplated a time when I would be my age. To our youth, it is impossible to imagine oneself as old, with children and grandchildren. This is our legacy - our family.

God spoke to Abraham and repeatedly referenced his "seed", which there would be many like the stars above (too many to count), and they would rule all of the countries of the land. He told Sarah, Abraham's wife, of this covenant. She would bear many children and all were destined to be Kings, according to God's covenant. Man w0uld come to one of her sons who became a King and bow at his feet. God promises that he would bless Abraham's seed as the stars of heaven and as the sand on the sea shore.


"That in blessing I will bless you, and in multiplying 
I will multiply your seed as the stars of the heaven, 
and as the sand which is upon the sea shore;" 
- Gen. 22:17

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Again, God says that the seeds of Abraham would be innumerable. It has been ffulfilled in the British Empire and the United States which possessed every major land and sea gate of the world.

We are Abraham's decedent's and it is this same covenant that we must embrace and make it with God. This can be seen as your Salvation, and once you possess it, no one on earth can take it from you. It is from God above, through the gift of His only Son's death on the cross.

These things were written before the time of Christ. So even then, before the coming of the Son of God and the Son of Man, God was making the lasting covenants with his chosen people throughout the Bible on what would be forever and ever IF they kept his precepts.

Everyone needs HOPE. Losing HOPE is almost like losing a loved on to death When the HOPE you have is gone, there is left nothing but emptiness. What a sad, sad way to live. There is always HOPE and even if you lose it, it remains there in your heart. You must find the key and open the door to reveal HOPE once again.

There are people who have no home, no job, no food or money. Consider yourself a very blessed person if you have a roof over your head and food to eat, for there are many who are in dire straits and have lost their HOPE. It is such a sad thing to see. Perhaps you can seek out a way to help by volunteering in soup kitchens, or delivering food to the elderly every day. My mother-in-law was in the program that delivered food to the elderly. She had only four people and they were all in close proximity to one another. They had a roof over their heads, but they didn't have a decent meal. This was a wonderful ministry and you may only deliver three days a week. You might then choose to cook and give of your own food to these people. That is just one way that you can see a lack of HOPE being restored through the ministry of delivering food to the poor.

God is blessing you. Some are blessed with many children; some are barren, yet they adopt or simply live out their lives childless. Children are a joy and they also give you HOPE when you look at them and care for them, and then you think of the time when they will grow up. Trust me, these days are going by faster than ever. 

Embrace your Joy, Hope, Love, and know that all of these are of God, for God tells us Himself that HE IS LOVE. If you feel love, it is a very spacial thing that comes from God. Praise him, Praise his name and Praise the name of the Son Jesus. Give back your love to God by doing good not just for yourself, but for others around you.

Go in Peace, to Love and Serve the Lord. Amen.

Lovingly in Jesus Christ,
ABBEY

Monday, February 13, 2017

GOD OUR FATHER

I have written before, a few years back, describing the process by which God brought me Home.  I have so many new friends that have not read this story that I decided to write it again, perhaps in better form. For it is a powerful story and I want this message to leave you with that feeling - POWER in the love of God.

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I have suffered with spine pain since my 20's. I'd been through almost thirty years of trying chiropractors, muscle relaxers, pain relievers, and therapy. I finally came to a place where,, with age, the pain became more pronounced and it was every day. 

The year was January 2005. I decided to reseach surgery. I say an orthopedist who had performed the surgery on my cervical spine (double fusion) that healed wonderfully. So, I saw this same surgeon about my lower spine problems. He sent me for CT scan and MRI and then delivered the result to me. He said that I have Degenerative Disc Disease, or "DDD" and that two levels had no disc whatsoever. They had desintergrated. It was bone rubbing bone and that was painful.

He approached the subject of surgery like a walk in the part. "We'll just do a little surgery, you'll stay in the hospital a couple of days, then go home and eventually begin therapy to help it heal. "Just a little surgery," huh?  I had surgery on January 5, 2005. I expected the pain, and it was there alright. I stayed a couple of days with a drain in my back, and then was sent home with gauze and tape to change out my dressing every 24 hours. Only I was draining so much, my husband was changing my bandage 3 times a day! And the muscle spasms, I was not told these were so severe. Even though I took muscle relaxers, when the spasm hit, I cried out and my body would wrench itself without my doing it consciously.

I went back for my follow-up and my back was still draining. The doctor had his PA change the dressing, but the doctor seemed unconcerned. He said it was probably the "little arthritis" at the surgical sight and he gave me a stronger muscle relaxer.

To move forward more quickly, I will capsulized the next four months. I made several trips to the doctor and complained that my pain was growing worse, not better. He ran two more MRIs during those four months and told me all he saw was "a little arthritis". By this time, I could not got to therapy, I could barely walk. I spend my days alone in a lounge char in my bedroom with pillows stuffed all around me to try and get some comfort. At night (or day) when I was on the bed, I would stuff pillows at my back so I could lie on my side. I would stay awake almost every night, all night, watching crazy television. There's not much to watch in the middle of the night. During the days, I would drift off to sleep in the chair and woud awakien thinking nothing about the surgery, like I thought I was normal, but was suddenly reminded by the pain that I was not well. The pain grew over four months to a feeling as if someone was sticking a sharpe knife in my back and slowly killing me. I cried A LOT. And I prayed from Day 1 for healing and rest. But after four months of this, and no answer from God, I cried out to Him, "WHY WON'T YOU HELP ME?" My daughter gave me a disc of the Holy Rosary and all it did was depress me further. Later I learned that my daughter and my husband thought I was "putting on" for attention, so they were not real concerned. My husband was relying on the doctor's point of view and my family thought I was milking it for attention.

What a mess was I in! Finally, after trying to call the pain doctor that I had been sent to several times and receiving no call-back, my daughter left because she didn't know what to do. Whenever I put my right leg down, a thobbing, horrific pain went through it also. This was something new.

On Apri 28, I told my husband to take me to the ER. When we arrived, I was writhing in the wheelchair. I told them I was checking myself in and I would not leave until they found out what was wrong with me. They put me in the bed in the hallway right in front of the nurses station. I was writhing in pain and I needed something, anything, to help my pain. After being there turning every which way on the bed, a nurse came, put an IV in my arm and gave me a shot of morphine. It helped but didn't do enough; however, I was so thankful for the relief.

I had an MRI and a CT scan, plus tons of blood work during the night. The next morning, I had been in a comfortable state with the morphine and I told my husband to go on to work. That afternoon, my doctor comes in with another doctor whom I didn't know. He told me that I had a pocket of staph at the surgical site and that there was a bone marrow change. He said they would perform surgery on Monday morning to remove the hardware which was no longer needed and could have caused the problems I had and that I would immediately be put on heavy antibiotics for the staph and bone marrow infection which went from my right hip all the way down my leg. I could not put my leg down where the blood would flow to it. The pain was unbearable. I was given meropenem, piperacillin and tazobactam by "piggy-back IV" 24/7. When I came out of surgery, I screamed with such enormous pain calling "Dear God, Dear God, help me God, it hurts so much."

Before I went home, a PICC line catheter was introduced into my left arm. I was so depressed when I got home. A nurse was waiting for us. She set up a machine, which had a shoulder strap. The bags of drugs had to be kept in the refrigerator and tubing and a new back was introduced every day. My husband finally went back to work and I had learned to change the bags myself. I wore the line for eight weeks before the Infectious Disease doctor would remove it. I had lost 40 pounds and I had to slowly learn to walk with a walker, then on my own. I was not myself completely until the month of August 2005. Eight months of an outright nightmare. 

Now, the reason I am telling you all of this is all about God. Before 2005, I had been a half-hearted Catholic. I didn't pray regulary, I judged others, I cursed here and there, and probably a whole lot of other negative activity. Once I came out the other side of this 8 month nightmare, I began to reflect deeply on my life and I knew I had to face some hard truths. I owed God my humility, thanksgiving, praise and glory.  I would not have survived this experience if God had not been there. Yes, he was there, but he had alwaays been there, along with Jesus, since by early life. But I drifted. I grew up in the 60's and formal religion or talk of Jesus was "NOT COOL!" I went on with my life, being put in many situations where I could have lost my life or at least something near that. But did I ever pray? No, I did not. The love of my life turned out to be an atheist and this conflicted me further because I knew better. But did I open my mouth to him and dispute his choice? Never once.

I've lived so much life that I look back and most of it seems like a dream. But looking forward now has a new meaning. I accepted Jesus as my Savior and claimed my Salvation. I now pray every day, several times a day. I love going to Mass, and when I arrive and kneel before Jesus on the cross, there are tears in my eyes. I wasted so many years on things that come and go; nothing normal stayed, except for my daughter. It was me and her, alone but together for each other.

I met a man on Twitter four years ago and through getting to know each other, we decided to Skype. He lives in England with his wife and is now 76 years young. He was sitting by a tree in a forest and he was told about me by God. I was never privvy to the whole experience, but he explained he was told about me and that we should become friends. This went on steadily until a couple of months ago when he suddenly said he needed to go on a new path. It devastated me because it was he who nurtured The Holy Spirit in me, talked about the Bible with me, prayed for me as I prayed for him. I miss him terribly but he made himself clear that he had to go.

So for the last four years, my spiritual side has grow and grown and its all so beautiful and wonderful, I am just amazed by it all. I love Jesus, The Holy Trinity, Mary and all the angels and Saints. I call on them and they never fail to intercede for me. I have met a great many friends on Twitter and we have a group in Direct Messaging calle "B and S in Christ" (Brothers and Sisters in Christ). We support one another and we pray for each other and share I hopes, dreams and our needs.

Finally, about the time I met my friend in England, in the Marian Apparition in Medjugorje to Mirjana Soldo, Our Lady asked me (she asked generally but I felt she was calling me!) to become an Apostle for her Son and to bring as many sould to Him as possible. She had been granted more time by Jesus in this effort and I knew what I had to do. I do pray that I have changed even one life through my words, which are directed by The Holy Spirit. Take your step toward your faith and renew your commitment. I have had enormous prayers answered and I receive roses every time in invoke the intercession of St. Theresa, my Patron Saint. I BELIEVE! I HAVE FAITH! I HAVE TRUTH! And so, so much more.

In closing, the whole point of this story is how God brought me Home, but not before he brought me to my knees at the foot of the cross through the horrible experience with my health. He showed me who was in control and who would not be called just because I was having a bad time. He wants a relationship that is a daily exchange in prayers. I dedicate my life to Jesus and God. I hope that my actions reflect all the glory of God and his Son. Nothing will ever change my faith, EVER! Praise God!

Lovingly,
ABBEY

Thursday, February 09, 2017

NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF LOURDES - DAY 8

Peace be with you!
As we get closer to finishing this novena, and closer to the season of Lent, let's pray that we may be healed of our attachment and bond to sin, especially to the ones we struggle with the most.

Let's seek the opportunity to confess our sins, and to, "go and sin no more."

Here are the prayers for today: 
Day 8 - The Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes
(Audio/Video Version)
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Our Lady of Lourdes, we come to you like little Bernadette at the grotto. We pray with childlike trust in you.
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, when you appeared in Lourdes, you made it a holy sanctuary where many have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal. We pray with confidence for your holy intercession.
(State your intentions here)
Holy Mother of the Rosary, we feel confident that your prayers on our behalf will be graciously heard by God.
Immaculate Mother, fill our hearts with love for Jesus and for you.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, we fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do we come, before thee we stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not our petitions, but in thy mercy, hear and answer us.
Amen.
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us!
Saint Bernadette, pray for us!
Amen.
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