The Right Spiritual Steps

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(This is a guest column by Anthony J. Mullen. Mullen is the National Director for the United States of America for The International Movement of The Flame of Love of The Immaculate Heart of Mary. The International Private Association of The Faithful required a nomination for this position by his Bishop, who also gave the Imprimatur to the English edition of the Simplified Version of The Spiritual Diary of Elizabeth Kindelmann. He is also the Chairman of www.MYCONSECRATION.ORG, which has helped over 800,000 souls make their Consecration to Jesus through Mary. Mr. Mullen is asking all Apostolates and Prayer Groups to seek unity under Our Mother’s Queenship as the Flame of Love to carry out God’s Plan of Salvation and Holiness by accepting and helping to spread to all this Great Grace God wishes to pour out on all.)

You have been drawn to this website to be prepared: the ultimate preparation is to be really and truly transformed into Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit working through the Spiritual Motherhood and Triumph of Mary our Mother, and the Mother of our God. The preparation for the storm is simply one (but important) part in the preparation for your “New & Divine Holiness” that St. John Paul II prophesized would occur “to make Christ the Heart of the world.”

The successors of Peter, our Popes, have been diligently urging us to know and understand that the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary causes the New Pentecost. The New Pentecost is the reign of the Holy Spirit in the world, which causes the “New & Divine Holiness” in the souls of those who desire it and are properly disposed to receive this very Special Grace.

This period of time has been ordained by God and was proclaimed by David in Psalm 104, Verse 30: “When you send forth your breath (Spirit), they are created, and You renew the face of the earth.”

Virtually every Pope in the last 100 years has prayed expectantly for this period of time on earth. Pope Francis in May of 2013 wrote: “Today’s Liturgy of Pentecost is a great prayer which the Church, in union with Jesus, raises up to the Father, asking Him to renew the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Today too, the Church in union with Mary cries out, Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, enkindle in us the fire of Your Love.” In May of 2007, Pope Benedict XVI wrote, “Today, it is Mary who leads our meditation; it is she who teaches us to pray. It is she who shows us the way to open our minds and hearts to the power of the Holy Spirit, who comes to fill the whole world.” (Note, where underlining is used, I have added it for emphasis).

In October of 1992, Pope John Paul II addressed the Bishops of Latin America with this prayer: “Be open to Christ, welcome the Spirit, so that a new Pentecost may take place in every community… a new humanity, a joyful one, will arise in your midst.”

In May of 1975, Pope Paul VI stated: “One must also recognize a prophetic intuition on the part of our predecessor John XXIII, who envisioned a kind of new Pentecost as a fruit of the Council. We too have wished to place ourselves in the same perspective and in the same attitude of expectation.”

The famous words of Pope John XXIII at the opening of the Council were: “Renew your wonder in this our day, as by a new Pentecost. Grant to your Church that, being of one mind and steadfast in prayer with Mary, the Mother of Jesus… it may advance the reign of our Divine Saviour, the reign of truth and justice, the reign of love and peace. Amen”

And let us not think that this began only at the time of the Council, for in fact many Popes prior to this prayed for it as well. Pope Leo XIII stated: “May Mary continue to strengthen our prayers with her suffrages, that in the midst of all the stress and trouble of the nations, those Divine prodigies may be happily revived by the Holy Spirit, which were foretold to David: Send forth thy Spirit, and thou shalt renew the face of the earth.”

In addition to the successors of Peter, we have the great Saint and proposed Doctor of the Church, St. Louis de Montfort, in his Prayer for Missionaries:

“When will it happen, this fiery deluge of pure love with which you are to set the whole world ablaze and which is to come, so gently yet so forcefully, that all nations…will be caught up in its flames and be converted? When you breathe your Spirit into them, they are restored and the fire of the earth is renewed. Send this all-consuming Spirit upon the earth to create priests who burn with this same fire and whose ministry will renew the face of the earth and reform your Church.”

God’s Mother has been sent by God many times to earth to warn and to teach us what is important for us to know at this time in salvation history. As Our Lady of All Nations (confirmed by the local ordinary to be of supernatural origin), she stated on numerous occasions in Messages 48 – 56 that there will be a New Pentecost and she will cause it to happen through the power God has given to her, and through our assistance by praying a very specific prayer:

“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Father, send now Your Spirit over the earth. Let the Holy Spirit live in the hearts of all nations, that they may be preserved from degeneration, disaster and war. May the Lady of All Nations, the Blessed Mother, Mary, be our advocate! Amen.” It is critically important that all of us say this prayer every day … many times a day if possible!

Here is a sampling of the many Messages where our Mother, as Our Lady of All Nations, confirms the coming New Pentecost:

“Satan is not yet expelled. The Lady of All Nations may now come in order to expel Satan. She comes to announce the Holy Spirit…She will defeat Satan, as has been foretold…

The world is not saved by force, the world will be saved by the Spirit…I assure you that the world will change. Say my prayer then nations, that the Holy Spirit will really and truly come…This is the great favor that Mary, the Lady of All Nations, is allowed to bestow on the world. In her name, ask the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, who will come now more fully than ever.”

In recent Messages, our Lord and His Mother tell Elizabeth Kindelmann of Budapest, Hungary that the New Pentecost is indeed a reality and will be caused by the constant imploring of our dear Mother, who has obtained the “greatest grace” given to mankind, since our Lord was born, died and left the Church and the Sacraments!

This Message continued in a Spiritual Diary much like St. Faustina’s Diary, was fully approved by Cardinal Peter Erdo, who is the presiding ordinary and Archbishop of Budapest, Hungary. This is even more extraordinary in that Cardinal Erdo is the Head of the European Bishops’ Conferences. The messages were originally approved by Cardinal Bernadino Ruiz of Ecuador and about 40 other Bishops in the world, but the local ordinary (Cardinal Erdo), took more time to conduct a detailed, lengthy commission to study the Messages and approved them in 2009.

Elizabeth Kindelmann was a very poor mother of 6, who was widowed at the age of 32. Yes, widowed at 32 with 6 children and no means of support, but God provided and had a great plan for her.

Elizabeth writes in the spiritual Diary, “Our Lord spoke to me at length about the time of grace and the Spirit of Love quite comparable to the First Pentecost flooding the earth with its power. All that is the effusion of the effect of Grace of the Blessed Virgin’s Flame of Love. The earth has been covered in darkness, because of the lack of faith in the soul of humanity, and therefore will experience a great jolt. This jolt, by the power of Faith, will create a new world. Through the Flame of Love of the Blessed Virgin, Faith will take root in souls, and the face of the earth will be renewed because nothing like this happened since the Word became flesh. The renewal of the earth, although flooded with sufferings, will come about by the power of the intercession of the Blessed Virgin.”

Our Lady at Akita, Japan (confirmed as supernatural in origin by Bishop John Ito and approved further by Pope Benedict), also confirmed that incredible sufferings will come upon the world “if men do not repent and better themselves”, and “the thought of the loss of so many souls is the cause of my sadness.” However, our dear Mother also made this great promise: “Whoever entrusts themselves to me will be saved.”

Our Lady of Quito, Ecuador (also approved as supernatural in origin) further confirmed the sequence of events to come, as well as the courage and perseverance of those souls (hopefully all reading this) who are being called upon to help God and His Mother right now: “In order to free men from bondage to these heresies (which will prevail in the 20th century), those chosen by my Holy Son to effect the restoration will need great strength of will, constancy, valor and confidence in God. To test this Faith and Confidence of the just, there will be occasions where all will seem to be lost and paralyzed. This, then, will be the happy beginning of the complete restoration.” 

The great Marian Saint, St. Louis de Montfort, prophesized the exact same truth: “Is it not true that Your will must be done on earth as it is in Heaven? Is it not true that Your Kingdom must come? Did you not give to some souls, dear to You, a vision of the future renewal of the Church? Are not the Jews to be converted to the truth and is this not what the Church is waiting for? All the Blessed in Heaven cry out for Justice to be done, and the faithful on earth join in with them and cry out: “Amen, come Lord.” All creatures, even the most insensitive, lie groaning under the burden of Babylon’s countless sins and plead with you to come and renew all things; we know well, that the whole creation is groaning…”

St. Louis de Montfort, who has been proposed as a Doctor of the Church for his incredible teaching and influence on the Church, prophesized the coming Triumph of Mary, which ushers in the New Pentecost. “But Mary’s power over the evil spirits will especially shine forth in the latter times, when Satan will lie in wait for her heel, that is for her humble servants and her poor children whom she will rouse to fight against him. They will be rich in God’s graces, which will be abundantly bestowed on them by Mary. They will be great and exalted before God in holiness. They will be superior to all creatures by their great zeal and so strongly will they be imparted by divine assistance that in union with Mary, they will crush the head of Satan with their heel, that is their humility, and bring victory to Jesus Christ.”

St. Louis de Montfort gives the specific chronology that perfectly accords to the Gospel, and demonstrates the reality of the new Pentecost: “The reign attributed to God the Father lasted until the Flood and ended in a deluge of water. The reign of Jesus Christ ended in a deluge of blood, but your reign, Spirit of the Father and Son, is still un-ended and will come to a close with a deluge of fire, love and justice. When will it happen, this fiery deluge of pure love with which you are to set the whole world ablaze and which is to come, so gently yet so forcefully, that all Nations, Muslims, idolaters and even Jews, will be caught up in its flames and be converted? None can shield himself from the heat it gives, so let its flames rise. Rather, let this Divine Fire which Jesus Christ came to bring on earth be enkindled before the all-consuming fire of your anger comes down and reduces the whole world to ashes.”

St. Louis de Montfort tells us precisely what we must do: “As all perfection consists in our being conformed, united and consecrated to Jesus, it naturally follows that the most perfect of all devotions is that which conforms, unites and consecrates us most completely to Jesus. Now of all God’s creatures, Mary is the most conformed to Jesus. It therefore follows that of all devotions, devotion to her makes for the most effective consecration and conformity to Him. The more one is consecrated to Mary, the more one is consecrated to Jesus. That is why perfect consecration to Jesus is but a perfect and complete consecration of oneself to the Blessed Virgin, which is the devotion I teach; or in other words, it is the perfect renewal of the vows and promises of Holy Baptism.”

Our great Saint then describes what this exceptional grace does in souls who are completely devoted to Mary: “Almighty God and His Holy Mother are to raise up great saints who will surpass in holiness most other saints as much as the cedars of Lebanon tower above the little shrubs. Such are the great men to come. By the Will of God, Mary is to prepare them to extend His Rule over the impious and the unbelievers.” He goes on to state: “My dear friend, when will that happy time come, that age of Mary, when many souls chosen by Mary are given her by the Most High God, will hide themselves completely in the depths of her soul, becoming living copies of her, loving and glorying Jesus? That day will dawn only when the devotion I teach is understood and put into practice. Lord, that Your Kingdom may come, may the reign of Mary come.”

So, we can see the perfect conformity of what the Holy Spirit inspired St. Louis de Montfort to write. (Montfort states that he is the one that “the Holy Spirit made use of to write it”), with what the Popes have written with regard to the Triumph of Mary and the New Pentecost.

Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, gave us his gift of knowledge as to what the essence of the Consecration to Mary’s Immaculate Heart is on May 13, 2010 in Fatima: “Our Blessed Mother came from Heaven, offering to implant in the hearts of all those who trust in her, the Love of God burning in her own heart… May the seven years which separate us from the Centenary of the Apparitions hasten the fulfillment of the prophecy of the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, to the glory of the Most Holy Trinity.”

Pope Benedict XVI also instructed us on the ultimate purpose of what Our Lady came to remind us of: our duty to sacrifice and suffer in union with our Lord’s sacrifices and sufferings for the salvation of souls, who depend upon our cooperation in God’s redeeming Love. Benedict XVI states: “In Sacred Scripture, we often find that God seeks righteous men and women in order to save the city of men, and He does the same here in Fatima, when Our Lady asks: “Do you want to offer yourselves to God, to endure all the sufferings which He will send you, in an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended and of supplication for the conversion of sinners?”

Pope Paul VI also explained the solution that God had specifically given to Mary for the Church at Fatima: “God wills to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. In a letter on the “Occasion of the International Marian Congress” of May 13, 1975, Pope Paul VI wrote: “At the present time, so critical for the Church and the destiny of mankind, when the interior renewal of Christians and their reconciliation with God and each other are an absolute necessity if the Church is to Exist in Christ as a sacrament or sign, and an instrument of intimate union with God and of the unity of the whole human race’, the faithful must cultivate an outstanding devotion to the Spirit as the supreme source of love, unity and peace. At that same time, however, and in harmony with this first devotion which draws ever new strength from the fire of the Divine Love, the faithful should also be deeply devoted to the great Mother of God, who is Mother of the Church and incomparable model of love for God and our brothers.”

So, our dear Lord and His Mother have again reminded the Church and each of its members, through St. Pope John Paul II, that: “When victory is won, it will be a victory through Mary.” Now, here in the period leading up to the 100 year anniversary of Fatima (2015 – 2017), we have Our Lord and His dear Mother urging us to accept an extraordinary Grace for “interior renewal” and this “reconciliation with God and each other”: which is the Grace of the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In fact, God calls it the “Greatest Grace” given to mankind since His Incarnation, Death, Resurrection and leaving us the Church and the Sacraments.

Cardinal Erdo had this to say about it upon approving the Messages: “Sometimes human frailty and human history produce an obstacle (to the Mission of Christ). However, at a given moment of history, there appears in the Church something beautiful, a new possibility for the Church. I believe this is true of the “Flame of Love Movement… the entire Church receives this … as a gift from God.”

So, what is the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary? This Greatest Grace is an act of God’s Divine Mercy, that God has given through His Mother’s Immaculate Heart. Our Lady confirmed that her Flame of Love is “Jesus Christ Himself.” She gave this Gift to Elizabeth Kindelmann on April 13, 1962 (Good Friday). Mary stated: “I place a beam of light in your hands; it is the Flame of Love of my Heart. Add your love to this Flame and pass it on to others, my little one… This is the miracle becoming the blaze whose dazzling light will blind Satan. This is the fire of love of union, which I obtained through the merits of the wounds of my Divine Son.”

Ultimately, this grace allows one to accept personally and then zealously spread God’s Divine Mercy: to save our soul and cooperate in the salvation of many other souls! Our Lord told Elizabeth: “Let your whole life be a burning desire to take part in My work of Redemption through prayer, sacrifice, (especially fasting) and desire.” Our Lord told her to always “unite your sufferings totally with Mine. Then your merits will grow greatly and they will move My redemptive work ahead.”

Our Lord continued on how we are to help Him save countless souls by appealing to His Mother’s Flame of Love: “I would suffer death on the cross again for each soul, even suffering a thousand times more since there is no hope for a damned soul. Prevent this! With your burning desire, save souls!… Do you really know what desire is? It is a marvelous and delicate instrument that even the most helpless man can use as a miraculous instrument to save souls. The key point is that one should unite his desire with My Precious Blood exuding from My side. Increase your desire with all your might, My little one, to save as many souls as possible…set the earth ablaze with your burning desires…an uninterrupted desire for salvation of souls always filled My Heart… Give yourselves to the work (of reparation). If you do nothing, you abandon the earth to Satan and to sin. How can I wake you up? Open your eyes and see this deadly danger (Satan) that claims victims all around you and which threatens even your own souls.”

Our Mother explained to Elizabeth how her Immaculate Heart will triumph: “My love that is spreading will overcome the satanic hatred that contaminates the world, so that the greatest number of souls is saved from damnation. I am confirming there has never been anything like this before. This is my greatest miracle ever that I am accomplishing for all.”

Mary has asked all of us (and Cardinal Peter Erdo has approved this as well) to add a special petition to the Hail Mary prayer in order to help accomplish this great blinding of Satan and the subsequent era of peace with the outpouring of the New Pentecost. She stated to Elizabeth: “When you say the prayer that honors me, the Hail Mary, include this petition: “Hail Mary, full of grace… Pray for us sinners, spread the effect of grace of thy Flame of Love over all humanity, now and at the hour of our death. Amen”

Our Lord then explained to Elizabeth: “It is exclusively thanks to the efficacious pleas of the Most Holy Virgin that the Most Holy Trinity granted the effusion of the Flame of Love. By it, ask in the prayer with which you greet My Most Holy Mother: “Spread the effect of grace of thy Flame of Love over all humanity, now and at the hour of death. Amen.”

Our Lord, knowing our natural skepticism to change, especially in adding a petition to the Hail Mary, anticipates the question “why”? Our Lord states to Elizabeth: “So that, by its effect, humanity is converted.”

At its core, the Flame of Love is not a devotion, but a way of life. Yes, there are promises, prayers and specific sacrifices asked of us, such as fasting on bread and water for 6 meals a week (see www.FLAMEOFLOVE.US/PROMISES) but all of the spiritual exercises are designed with one purpose: to assist Our Lord and His dear Mother in saving as many souls as Divine Mercy will allow, since so many souls are in danger of being lost forever!

St. Therese of Lisieux was also gifted with this understanding of being a victim of Merciful Love: “… in order that Love be fully satisfied, it is necessary that Love lower Itself to nothingness and transform this nothingness into fire… Jesus, I am too little to perform great actions, and my own folly is this: to trust that Your love will accept me as a victim.” 

SO WHAT MUST I DO?

In order to obtain any major grace, one must be properly disposed: be in a state of grace (free of serious sin), be aware of the grace (a sharing in Divine Life) and truly desire to have it and to benefit from it.

Thus, a Catholic should endeavor to read and learn about this Extraordinary Grace, which God is offering through His Mother (a free book can be obtained at www.FLAMEOFLOVE.US) and then pray to increase one’s desire to obtain it and make use of it to draw closer to Christ through Mary to the maximum point one can achieve in this life.

God is Confirming What He Has Given to St. Louis de Montfort, Sister Lucia and the Popes

Our Lady told Sister Lucia at Fatima that: “God wills to establish devotion to His Mother’s Immaculate Heart, and promises salvation to those who embrace it.” What God has done through Elizabeth Kindelmann with the Great Grace of the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary can rightly be called a continuation of the Fatima Message and a confirmation that it will be fulfilled.

St. Louis de Montfort summarizes God’s plan brilliantly: “If it is certain that the knowledge and the kingdom of Jesus Christ must come into the world, it can only be as a necessary consequence of the knowledge and reign of Mary. She who first gave Him to the world, will establish His Kingdom in the world … Mary’s power over the evil spirits will especially shine forth in the latter times, when Satan will lie in wait for her heel, that is for her humble servants and poor children, whom she will rouse to fight against him.”

Our Lady encourages us through Elizabeth Kindelmann: “I grant all the grace to see the results of their labors on behalf of my Flame of Love in each soul, in your country, and in the entire world. You, who are laboring and making sacrifices for the prompt outpouring of my Flame of Love, you will see it.”

Our Lord tells us through Elizabeth Kindelmann that once you have accepted the “Greatest Grace” He wishes to pour out on you, that you must go well beyond your current prayer life and effort: “Reach beyond your limits… every parish must urgently organize communities of prayer of atonement, blessing one another with the sign of the Cross… the petition is urgent. There is no time for delays. Let the faithful together with the priests satisfy our petition in a great spiritual oneness.”

So, the question now before us is this: will we be completely devoted to Mary’s Immaculate Heart as God wills of us? Will we do what He asks? This is the right spiritual step to prepare, not only for the coming storm, but for each moment of our life here and for all eternity.

What Are the Specific Actions and Loving Exercises?

So, what are the specific actions and the intensified efforts now requested in order for us to claim objectively that we are completely devoted to the Immaculate Heart of Mary? They are as follows:

  1. Make, renew and live daily your Consecration to Jesus through Mary

(www.MYCONSECRATION.ORG)

  1. Pray the Rosary daily with the Flame of Love Petition
  2. Continue to make the First Saturdays of Reparation every month
  3. Wear the Brown Scapular and Miraculous Medal
  4. Offer your daily duty with and through Mary for souls
  5. Join or start a Flame of Love prayer group (which prays the Rosary and reads                               from the Diary)
  6. Fast for 6 meals a week on bread and water for souls (explained in the Diary)
  7. Make night vigils of reparation for souls (explained in the Diary)

If you are only doing one or several of these exercises of love, do not be concerned nor disheartened. Simply pray: “Lord, I want to love our Mother as You do; Mary, I want to love Jesus as you do. Mary, I beg through the Flame of Love of your Immaculate Heart that you will reorient my time to increase my number of loving exercises, so I may quickly grow in love for the Holy Trinity, and that you will cause me to know and desire that love requires sacrifice as you and Jesus constantly sacrificed for us. May the Holy Spirit completely fill my soul with the Seven Gifts, and may these be the Gifts I desire from this day forward, which will allow me to desire and obtain the Greatest Gift of Holiness, so I may live completely with the Will of God as you did, through the Flame of Love of your Immaculate Heart! Fiat!”

To obtain one free Flame of Love book, go to www.FLAMEOFLOVE.US and click on the Order Now button on the right side of the page below the picture of Our Lady. (Larger orders may be placed for a donation to help cover the cost)

You may also sign up to follow a blog devoted to God’s Spiritual Plan of Devotion to His Mother’s Immaculate Heart, including all aspects of understanding the Great Grace of the Flame of Love and the “New & Divine Holiness”, at www.DIVINEANTIDOTE.WORDPRESS.COM

About charliej373

Charlie Johnston is a former newspaper editor, radio talk show host and political consultant. From Feb. 11, 2011 to Aug. 21, 2012, he walked 3,200 miles across the country, sleeping in the woods, meeting people and praying as he went. He has received prophetic visitation all his life, which he has vetted through a trio of priests over the last 20 years, and now speaks publicly about on this site. Yet he emphasizes that we find God most surely through the ordinary, doing the little things we should with faith and fidelity. Hence the name, The Next Right Step. The visitations inform his work, but are not the focus of it. He lives in the Archdiocese of Denver in the United States.
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85 Responses to The Right Spiritual Steps

  1. Frank says:

    Hi, I’ve only been reading the blog for a few weeks or so (appreciate the tips and instruction btw!), but thought with this post how it’s sometimes pretty amazing how interconnected things can be sometimes. Briefly, my story.

    Back in Spring 2012, after starting to pray the Rosary daily for about 6 months, I randomly flipped on EWTN for five minutes or so and Mr. Mullen was talking about the Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary. Prior to that, I’d never heard of such a thing, but within just the next day or so, I came across the Consecration two additional times. Needless to say, I thought I’d better make this total Consecration! The next feast in line ended up being the feast of Our Lady of Fatima (May 13). A few months later, one of Mr. Mullen’s weekly emails which he sends out as part of his group must have mentioned the Flame of Love. After ordering a copy and reading the booklet, my immediate reaction was I better start living this devotion as well which I’ve been trying for the past couple years or so…primarily through the addition to the Rosary and some of the other things he mentions, but also through placing copies of the booklet out in the back of my parish for others to take. I didn’t realize it at first, but the messages from Fatima and the Flame of Love are highly related so it’s been cool to see how I was guided to both. If this average 30 old guy can be moved by it, I’m pretty certain any one can be.

    Perhaps, it’s not a coincidence then that I was also led to this blog as well where to my surprise just a few short weeks after being here Mr. Mullen is being used as a guest columnist. Prior to coming across this blog, I was just thinking how much I still need to learn. I look forward to doing so from you and the others here.

    To Jesus Through Mary,
    Frank

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  2. lynnfiatl says:

    Please note: Our Lady said, “The words ‘Who once was Mary’ must remain as they are.” Our Lady explains the meaning of ‘ who once was Mary’; “…many people have known Mary just as Mary. Now, however, in this new era, which is beginning now, I wish to be the Lady of All Nations. Everybody will understand this.” July 2, 1951

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    • Barbara Dore says:

      I do not agree with ” who once was Mary.”…She is very special since her Immaculate Conception.

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      • Mary Ann says:

        Here is an interesting article on the ups and downs of this alleged apparition. You will note the decisions of the local bishop at first, then of the Vatican, then reaffirmed by the Vatican under Ratzinger, then an inexplicable decision by local bishops, which seem to contradict the Vatican but which say they are only talking about the “fruits” not the alleged revelations. All very odd – and I post this because of the fact that we can get lost in devotions and visions. The Sacraments, Scripture, basic prayer, duties of your state in life, these are the basis of holiness. http://unitypublishing.com/Apparitions/all-nations.htm

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        • charliej373 says:

          Thank you, Mary Ann. I know I can get a little testy when folks treat an apparition or any other private revelation – which is conditional – as Holy Writ while treating actual Holy Writ as if it is conditional. The Mass, the Church, the Magisterium…these are needful things. Things like I do may be helpful things, but they are not necessary – and if valued more highly than the fundamentals quickly become harmful things.

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          • Mary Ann says:

            Your advice is always good, Charlie. In case you couldn’t tell, from my lack of testiness (:)), I agree with Barbara Dore, and from what I can tell the Church does also.

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        • Mick says:

          Mary Ann, I noticed that the article that you link to is dated 1999, with a revision in March 2002. The Our Lady of All Nations apparitions were approved by the local bishop on May 31, 2002:

          https://www.ewtn.com/expert/answers/our_lady_of_all_nations.htm

          My understanding, which may be incorrect, is that once the local bishop approves an apparition by declaring it to be “of supernatural origin,” it is customary to refer to the “apparition,” rather than to the “alleged apparition” (which would be the proper way to refer to not-yet-approved situations at, say, Garabandal or Medjugorje).

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          • Mary Ann says:

            Wow. Has there ever been such a case, where successive bishops of Haarlem all disapprove (vehemently) an apparition, their commissions do the same, and the Vatican strongly disapproves twice and then a new bishop approves it? This is very odd. Because the first few bishops, and Rome,had very strong statements. Very strange. But I am happy to accept whatever the Church accepts (which doesn’t include the “once was Mary” business).

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      • Matthew says:

        @lynnfiatl:
        In 2005 the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith ORDERED the prayer be changed “Who once was Mary” is NOT permitted. All the saints considered obedience to be the highest virtue. We must be obedient to the directives of the Church.
        Matthew

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        • charliej373 says:

          Thanks Matthew. That phrase troubled me, also – and I was not going to use it on my own. I looked it up and here is the link showing the decision banning that phrase from the apparition that was otherwise approved by the local Bishop.

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          • Mary Ann says:

            Uh…. In the above link, there is an article telling the long story, the story of the many disapprobations, statements by local bishop, his commissions, and Rome, all of which definitely do not approve the apparitions. There are strong statements repeated by the CDF under Ratzinger in 1987. The article also cites: “A book by Joachim Bouflet lists condemnations of the so-called apparitions of Amsterdam by Haarlem and Rome between 1956 and 1974. This book, ‘Faussaires de Dieu’ has the Nihil Obstat and the Imprimatur of the Archbishop of Paris, dated May 1, 2000. The author Joachim Bouflet is Historian and Advisor of the Postulates of the Congregation for Beatifications in Rome.” Aside from Rome’s and the local bishop’s condemnation, there are so many red flags in this apparition that it is best just to stick with approved ones.

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          • Mary Ann says:

            I believe the use of the title has been allowed, but in contradistinction from the devotion and the writings.

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          • Mick says:

            Sorry, Mary Ann; I appear to have put my response to you in the wrong place. Please see my response to your above post. In any event, the relevant bishop is the Bishop of Haarlem; and the relevant date is May 31, 2002. On that date, the aforementioned bishop put the Our Lady of All Nations apparitions on equal footing with the Marian apparitions at Tepeyac, Lourdes, and Fatima.

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      • lynnfiat says:

        It wasn’t I who said it – it was Our Blessed Mother. Of course, you don’t have to believe it. I happen to believe. God bless you.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Obviously, Lynn, I have enough regard for the worthiness that I opened my website to its exposition. Of course, we are free to accept or not even approved private revelation. Thus, I think it fairer to say that it is Our Blessed Mother who is reported to have said it rather than saying flatly that she said it.

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          • ellenchris says:

            Charlie, that is exactly how St. Teresa of Avila puts it: Don’t say, “Our Lord or Saint ______ *said* or *told me*” but rather, “I believe I heard.” Our own minds and hearts receive things according to their capacities and expectations.

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          • lynnfiat says:

            Charlie, Thank you for the correction. You are absolutely right. I must always ask Jesus and Mary to give me the proper words and apparently failed to do so when I posted the above. God bless you.

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  3. ellenchris says:

    Wow — — just — Wow!! Anthony.

    Came across St. Louis de Montfort about 20 years ago, and made the total consecration which really changed my life. I got the book, *The Flame of Love* by Two Hearts publishers back in the 1990s and also re-read some of it recently having been encouraged by Janet over at Pelianito (Thank you, Janet).

    This is not at all any kind of disagreement or challenge to what you are saying — it is just a heartfelt question. It may seem like a really dumb question, but somehow I haven’t been able to connect with what is probably a simple answer. Our Lady says many times to Elizabeth Kindleman things like, “I give you my Flame of Love; take my Flame of Love — receive it; pass it on to others, share it; spread it, etc. But somehow I don’t really quite grasp *how* this receiving and taking and giving and sharing is actually supposed to happen. What, exactly, is one supposed to do? I have made and renew my consecration. Do I just ask, Dear Mother and Queen, please give me your Flame of Love? Then what is supposed to happen? I have done that, yet I don’t sense anything really different. She says that Jesus IS the “Flame of Love.” Jesus comes to us in Holy Communion and lives in our hearts and souls — how is the Gift of the Flame of Love connected to the receiving of Jesus in Holy Communion, yet somehow different? I am not so much asking for the theology of it but for the practical connections with it.

    I read a lot of stuff, and I am sure your books are really good and helpful. But I kind of need an explanation that will “hit me where I live.” If you have some time and the inclination to answer, I would greatly appreciate hearing from you about this. Many blessings to you and your ministry, your sister in Christ, Ellen+

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    • anthonymullendivineantidote says:

      Ellenchris, may God be praised and His Mother venerated! Yes, I will pray tonight, receive our Lord tomorrow and ask the Holy Spirit to inspire an answer which will touch your sincere heart. Confidence in God obtains all things! Fiat!

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      • Fran says:

        I am looking forward to reading your inspired response too, Anthony! I think the “flame of love” is a unique grace suited to our time, also in how it can be shared, and that there are times when we may “feel” the burning in our hearts which is God working in and through us, most of the time we will not know it is there, nor will those we pray for and extend the flame of love to, necessarily, until the right moment which God himself will decide. Perhaps it will be the saving grace for many people in their final moments. These are just my thoughts.

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        • ellenchris says:

          Some actual practical explanations concerning how this works would be helpful. Spiritual graces are not necessarily feelings at all — you are so right, Fran. But this gift seems to make a difference in some way. How is this different from what we already have from our good Lord in Holy Communion or with the presence of the Holy Spirit, or from consecration to the Immaculate Heart? If a person already has all of these, how do you *add* this “Flame of Love”?? I really wish Anthony would be more specific.

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      • Mick says:

        Anthony, this was a really excellent article; thanks for writing it. Along with Ellen and Fran, I eagerly look forward to your answer to Ellen. And if you wouldn’t mind answering a question for me, also: As I look at the “to do list,” I feel a little daunted. I’m a homeschooling mother of 5 kids, the youngest a baby who is still nursing. I because fo the baby, I don’t have the ability to fast; and because of my other family responsibilities, I don’t have the time to start or attend a prayer group. What is somebody like me to do, if we want to practice the devotion but can’t do all of the items on “the list”?

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        • anthonymullendivineantidote says:

          Mick, several people have made excellent comments on this topic. I would simply add that this Grace is so extraordinary that our Mother will in her gentle way show each of us who desire it totally…..how to reorient our time that we waste and allow us to sacrifice some of our sleep but ONLY in line with our duties, which duties are the first prayer to be offered in the Morning offering. The fasting is an important discipline. So, the simplest way is to start with just one meal of bread and water and pray this prayer: “My Mother, if you want this exercise of love for souls who may otherwise perish, give me the strength, but do accept my desire to help save as many souls as possible.” When I first started, I could do only two meals a week. It took almost a year to get to six meals. Not everyone is called to fast this way. You can substitute countless other things like TV, Internet, etc. The desire to share in the suffering and self denial of Jesus and Mary is the purpose. The Holy Spirit will inspire you with what is right for you. May God be praised and His Mother especially venerated as the Flame of Love!

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      • anthonymullendivineantidote says:

        Come Holy Spirit….come now into our souls and open the eyes of our sous! The Flame of Love Grace is indeed a Gift for all, but like all Graces, we must be properly disposed to receive the seed of the Grace and then cooperate completely to allow it to grow and mature within us. The key element initially is to know the Grace (by studying the Diary), then to desire it completely substituting God’s Own desire and then to faithfully practice the loving exercises. This Grace is designed by God to accelerate the transformation into Christ through His Mother, so those who do cherish it, will experience a remarkable change in their life at the speed that God has chosen for each person. Ultimately, by Grace alone, God is teaching us how to destroy our self love and subtle pride so we can “in order to attain to Divine Union, pass through the dark night of mortification of appetites and the denial of pleasure in all things.”

        ” In order that our purification be complete, the work of God must intervene, that work which will bring us passively into the night of the senses. God does this by means of trials and contradictions both exterior and interior. It is a time of submission rather than of action; we must be patient in the hands of the surgeon; we must accept with humility and docility all that God permits without trying either to escape the trial or to lessen or change it.” (From Fr. Gabriel in “Divine Intimacy”)

        God has granted such an extraordinary Grace so that we can accelerate the process of destroying our self love and come to actually embrace suffering, since suffering with His Own Love is the Greatest Love we can offer Him. God wants us to experience that Divine Love at every moment (both the willing and the “feeling” where we need sips of comfort for our broken humanness) and we will INDEED experience it, if we know, desire, do (the loving spiritual exercises He gives us) and trust in His Love and this Grace. To help obtain This Grace, the Prayer of Miraculous Trust would be an outstanding choice. May God alone be praised and may the Holy Spirit give you all you desire through the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

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    • Observer says:

      I suppose you could think of the simplicity of the tried and true advice of the “Christophers”: “If everyone lit just one little candle what a bright world this would be”! And most understood what this idea meant without any literal or more complex explanation necessary. Or….”this little light of mine; I’m gonna let it shine”. Just make sure you light your personal little candle from the Source which is Christ’s burning Love which IS the Flame of Mary’s own heart/love.

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      • ellenchris says:

        Now *that* made sense in a down-to-earth kind of way. It was starting to feel like a mystical in-crowd. 😉 Thanks, Observer.

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        • anthonymullendivineantidote says:

          I came down with the flu. I hope to reply soon. Sorry. May God bless you, Tony

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          • ellenchris says:

            So sorry to hear that you have been (are) sick. Prayers for a quick and full recovery. Don’t worry about my questions — they have been answered most helpfully already. Feel better!

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        • anthonymullendivineantidote says:

          Ellenchris, I did post a new insight above. May the Holy Spirit guide each of us for God’s Glory!

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  4. luvmercy5775 says:

    Thank you for these encouraging words. You were a blessing.

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  5. kathy kalina says:

    Thanks so much for this. The Blessed Mother truly is the ark of the New Covenant, Mediatrix of all graces and Queen of the Divine Will. There is no safer place (perhaps even no other safe place) to ride out this storm than firmly planted in her Immaculate Heart. Total consecration to Jesus through Mary is also enrolling in the school of humility. She is a gentle, attentive, loving mother, but she can also be stern. A wise priest once told me, “No matter what you do for Jesus, if you build a little side chapel for yourself, the Blessed Mother will take it down like a hurricane!”

    I pray daily for my Christian brothers and sisters who don’t know that she is alive and interceding for them. When Jesus gave his mother to the disciple He loved, He gave her to every Christian as His last will and testament. I have anecdotal evidence that she takes this assignment to heart by the numbers of protestants I’ve heard comment in their final days, “There’s a beautiful woman who comes and just stands by my bed, but I don’t know who she is.” I always think, “Oh, but she knows who you are!”

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  6. Diane says:

    This is our battle – these are our orders – onward Christian Warriers – we are all because we were called . Let’s hold each other up with prayer and love. How blessed we are to live in these times. God Speed . Love. I do.

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  7. Marita says:

    Awesome post. On the Beatification day of St. John Paul ll the Great I was lying in bed listening to the Mass from Rome and all of a sudden I had a vision (I did not see him with my own eyes, but I saw him with spiritual eyes) of St. John Paul ll and he said to me that he had “procured a grace from God for me for the gift of love.” I was flaborgasted to say the least and so excited for this gift to be realized because I really need it and had been begging the Lord to be able to love people with His heart. Time went on and nothing at all changed in me. Then last March I was at a healing Mass at my church and when the man doing the service asked us to state our petitions to God of what we wanted to be healed of, I was ready to state that I wanted healing of my neck, which was giving me a lot of trouble, but when the I prayed I asked to be able to love, which again, flaborgasted me because it wasn’t even a blip on my radar. Then last July I was at another healing service with this same person leading this service as well, and I didn’t mention anything about love when I went up to be prayed on, and in the midst of the prayer the man started saying to me “you’re heart is going to overflow” he said this to me three times. So that was three confirmations and I still have not seen any real change.

    After first hearing about the Flame of Love devotion on Pelianito’s site and then on Mark Mallett within the same week, I started adding the prayer to the Hail Mary. Well when I was reading this post the Blessed Mother was speaking to me saying this is how that gift of love will be realized in you, through this devotion and that I needed to delve into it fully and embrace the actions she is requesting. What a fabulous revelation!!! I am so ecstatic about this I can’t even put it into words. Thank you Mr. Mullen for the wonderful and informative and also easy to understand explanation of the devotion. Thank you Charlie for adding this post. God bless.

    Marita

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  8. Alli says:

    Amazing-I found this book in my bookcase today as I was cleaning. I don’t know where it came from.

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  9. Donette says:

    Where do I start.? My copy of the Flame of Love has the copyright 1977. I began praying that prayer with prayer groups many years ago. My copy does not identify the alleged visionary, but refers to the person as a Chosen Soul from Hungary. You hear that Charlie? You are a Chosen Soul.

    When the Post refers to Our Lady of Nations, I may be able to contribute a bit of information there.
    Thrilled Lynn Fiat! that you observed the change of words in the prayer. I, too, know that Our Lady expressly asked for the words not to be changed. The prayer ends “May Our Lady of All Nations, who once was Mary, be our advocate. I learned of the Seerer of Amsterday through Bishop Hnilicia who came in 1993 to Notre Dame and spoke eloquently to a throng of 10,000 attendees on the Triumph of The Immaculate Heart. Hnilicia was the bishop who deliberately went to Moscow and said the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart at the same time as St. John Paul II did in Italy.

    The translator of the talk was Fr. Alamonde, from Italy. Later, Fr. Alamonde and Fr. Paul Selig came to the Pittsburgh Center for Peace and gave weekend retreat and spoke excitedly in regard to Ida Peredemon and her messages. Dr. Petrisco had a book store at the Center managed by a religious who kept the store well supplied with prominent books on private revelation. The book I purchased was titled “Our Lady of All Nations, Who Once Was Mary.” by Peter Kloss, S.S.S. It was published by Queenship Publishing. If you have not read it, run, don’t dawdle, and purchase it. Those messages are powerful.

    With messages from the Hungarian Visionary, and the Amsterday Visionary, plus Divine Mercy, the Diary of St. Faustina, and the 36 volumns on Divine Will taugh by Jesus to Luisa Piccarreta, a select group of people in the world have been called by Mary and Jesus. If this select group carries out their tasks faithfully as assigned, the world will become ablaze.

    Another person mentioned that the moratorium is still valid on Luisa’s writings. The Archbishop was concerned about certain unauthorized English translations and yet he gives permission to groups who have their local Bishop’s permission to read and study Luisa’s writings under the spiritual guidance of a priest. In my diocese, I had the pleasure of bringing together in a meeting, my Bishop and Padre Bucci from Italy. With the attendance of three other priests witnessing at the meeting, Bishop Tobin gave full approval to Divine Will prayer groups to meet in his diocese. His succeeding replacement has never revoked that permission and our groups still meet. I ,personally, have been taught by Padre Bernardino Bucci, an Italian Franciscan priest, the last living witness who knew and saw Luisa. His aunt cared for her while she was in bed for many years. Padre Bucci is very close to Archbishop Picherria who is the number one theologian of Luisa’s writings and he had husbanded her Cause that is now before the Vatican.

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  10. The aspects of your talk which I most enjoyed were these: the words of Jesus and Mary that the Flame is the FIRE OF LOVE OF UNION, and that it is expressed in fierce desire—the desire of union and the desire for souls.
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    “Mary stated: “I place a beam of light in your hands; it is the Flame of Love of my Heart. Add your love to this Flame and pass it on to others, my little one… This is the miracle becoming the blaze whose dazzling light will blind Satan. This is the fire of love of union, which I obtained through the merits of the wounds of my Divine Son.”
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    “Let your whole life be a burning desire to take part in My work of Redemption through prayer, sacrifice, (especially fasting) and desire.” Our Lord told her to always “unite your sufferings totally with Mine.
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    With your burning desire, save souls!… The key point is that one should unite his desire with My Precious Blood exuding from My side. Increase your desire with all your might, My little one, to save as many souls as possible…set the earth ablaze with your burning desires…an uninterrupted desire for salvation of souls always filled My Heart…”
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    Oh, this wonderful,, consuming desire which should grow in us every day! Reminds me so much of the “I thirst” awareness of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Did you know that in every one of her chapels she stipulated that a sign, “I thirst” be place near the crucifix? This sign surely points to the Flame of Love consuming Christ’s heart. His insatiable thirst/desire for souls.
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    My little blog, soulfoodministries.wordpress.com is full of thirst and desire! If we are pressing to Union, there is no other way to live. Janet Klasson, PELIANITO, absorbed the truth about the Flame of Love at least a year ago and began urging all her readers to read about this “devotion” which is so much more than a devotion. How everything in heaven conspires to get us through the Storm!
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    Thank you for the wonderful, well-researched talk. Is there anything about Mary which is not absolutely one with the mystery of Christ?

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  11. Barbara Dore says:

    Holy Mary, Hide us in the flame of love of your Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart…

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  12. Gabrielle says:

    OK, I am going to write something that will probably upset most of you and I absolutely do not intend for that to be the case. So, please read what I am about to write knowing I mean well. As a baby Catholic of sorts, married to a Protestant, I get overwhelmed by all the spiritual devotions. I am sorry that sounds awful. I love Jesus, I love Mary. I have made my Marian Consecration. But, between the extra prayers from Fatima for the Rosary, three rosaries a day, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, mental prayer for all the people I know who need prayer, and now this new ( for me) devotion, I have no clue how to organize my time to get it all in. That is not to mention, the devotions I am personally drawn to like the Chaplet of St Michael. My husband thinks I am becoming a religious nut. And, some days, housework and other daily duties go no the back burner trying to get all of this done. Can someone please tell me how they manage it all? I dearly want to do all that God wants me to do but apparently I am terrible at time management. Please advise. Thank you and God Bless!!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Gabrielle, I am so glad you brought that up. I encourage people to choose a couple of devotions among the many fruitful ones there are, live them well – and do NOT get caught up piling on devotion on top of devotion. Unless you are single and have no duties to others, that is usually a sort of spiritual gluttony. Neglecting to make your household a joyful one so you can add another devotion or two is not piety, but can actually be an offense. Doing the housework and daily duties with great love and fidelity IS one of the most refined – and neglected – forms of prayer. If Gods has put some souls directly in your care, He intends that you care for them.

      I sometimes tell people it is like any other work. If you are going to do a good day’s physical work, you must eat properly lest you faint and be unable to do your work. But if you sit in the restaurant all day eating and neglect your work, you forfeit the whole point of the meal in the first place – and are a glutton to boot. So it is with your spiritual life. If you don’t engage in some formal prayer, you rarely live your spiritual life well. But if you so load up on formal prayer that you neglect the prayer which is your ordinary daily work, you have lost sight of what the point of it is in the first place. So choose just a few. You can switch things around from time to time. Live those few well and worry about your duty to those around you – rather than all the very good devotions you could add but, if you did, would drown out the good work you could otherwise do.

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      • Gabrielle says:

        Charlie, thank you so much for your response. I have literally been in a hour long panic attack over this issue. Feeling like I could not do enough and had not idea how to make God happy. Thank you for your simple and clear explanation!! I am so grateful to you! God Bless!!

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      • Bob says:

        Doing your daily duty well as a form of prayer. Do I catch a bit of your Opus Dei background there Charlie? As for me I am not yet ready to add the flame of love to my Hail Mary’s but I am adding a petition for Mary and for God to release his flame of love into our world more abundantly. That may change but that is where I am at now. As for me I think God often wakes me up or allows me to wake up sometime during the night and some of my most heart felt prayer and intercession happens in the quiet of night. I would recommend that everyone, with whatever formal prayers and devotions they pray include at least a short period of heart to heart converse with God sharing their own personal struggles, intercessions, ?s, along with praise and thanks to God in their own words and thoughts. I have met some who say the prayers but don’t otherwise talk to God in their own words and thoughts.

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        • Kati says:

          “I would recommend that everyone, with whatever formal prayers and devotions they pray include at least a short period of heart to heart converse with God sharing their own personal struggles, intercessions, ?s, along with praise and thanks to God in their own words and thoughts.”

          VERY well said, Bob! THAT is what expands our intimate relationship with Him. 🙂

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        • Bob says:

          And a thought on the formal prayers we pray and why we pray them as opposed to always praying to God in our own words. Sometimes God may give us inspirations or inspired prayers but most of us know our prayers are often more “ordinary” and less inspired. So I was told that we pray prayers like the Psalms, Hail Mary’s, and certainly the Our Father, and other prayers because these prayers, we know, have been inspired by the Holy Spirit to others and we too can pray them so that we can share in their inspirations when we can’t think of how to pray. Also in prayers like the Catholic office prayers we can share in the prayer of the church as many others are also praying these prayers. For me the hard part is to pray the “routine prayers” without getting totally distracted and careless about them.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Funny thing, Bob, this was something I was encouraging people to live before I ever got involved in Opus Dei. Obviously, it made for a good fit. Amusingly, though, around the turn of the millennium, one of my priests told me, “Charlie, what you have told me has been true and I have come to believe you, but the charism of Opus Dei is sanctification through our ordinary work. I just don’t see how this fits in with our charism.”

          I looked at him with dry exasperation and said, “Father, this IS my ordinary work.” He busted out laughing and agreed that was a good point. Odd for everyone else, ordinary for me. And we became very dear friends.

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      • radiclaudio says:

        Excellent advice.

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    • Fran says:

      Gabrielle, of course you can go to mass when you are able, and pray the rosary or favorite devotion, but you can pray all day, even when you are busy with so many things, by simply offering your day to Jesus and Mary, and then by “glancing” at them throughout the day, (short prayers of the heart) and offering everything you are doing with love. It is like when you love your husband and children, you love them and think of them always, and many of the things you do are for them, so they are acts of love. So it is the same with having Jesus and Mary in your heart, and mind all day long, everything you do or sacrifice you make is offered. You can also offer your prayer in sleep and ask the Lord to accept your final prayer for the night echoed all night long. You don’t have to “get in” all these devotions, and as Charlie has said, it can actually turn you from your duty of the present moment. You are probably doing a lot of this anyway, so you are not as “terrible at time management” as you think..:-)

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    • CrewDog says:

      As for me … The Divine Mercy and St Michael are my Go-To Devotions to supplement the “Standard” Prayers. I’m guessing that there are so many different Prayers-n-Devotions “Out-There” so that you may find one that suits your gender, personality and “where you’re at” in life .. but! .. What the hell do I know!!??
      GOD SAVE ALL HERE …………….. and Don’t Sweat the Small S***!!! ;-(

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    • kathy kalina says:

      Can I recommend yet another book to you? “The Sacrament of the Present Moment” by Jean-Pierre de Caussade, translated by Kitty Muggeridge. Early in my conversion I happened upon it and it helped me to sort out what exactly I was called to do. This book is like an old friend.
      http://www.amazon.com/Sacrament-Present-Moment-Jean-Pierre-Caussade

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    • Mick says:

      Gabrielle, your post made me smile because I have been where you are: baby Catholic, trying to do lots and lots of different devotions, getting overwhelmed by the sheer number of them and how long they were taking, trying to still take care of my kids and such… It was daunting and exhausting, and I ended up feeling like a loser at pretty much everything! What helped me a lot was a couple of things: First, a really good book called Holiness for Housewives, by Dom Hubert van Zeller (Cliff Notes Version: your daily housewife duties are an awesome form of prayer that can lead to the heights of sanctity). Secondly,almost 20 years ago, a lady at a church I’d never attended before overheard me asking the priest what the best devotions were. She walked up to me later and asked if I prayed the Morning Offering. It’s a great prayer that in about 20 seconds offers up every single thing in the day as a gift of love to God. If you’ve never heard of it, here is one version:

      https://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/prayers/morning2.htm

      The awesome thing is that if I don’t get a single other prayer said all day, the Morning Offering makes a prayer of every dish I wash, every diaper I change, every towel I fold. In fact, with one of my pregnancies I was largely bedridden and so sick that the Morning Offering was the only prayer I could actually say on lots of days. But it made each day a prayer, even when I couldn’t move a muscle or slip rosary beads through my fingers.

      Everybody is different, but what I’ve found works for me is something like this… Morning offering when I get up, Rosary with my family before dinner (only 5 decades–I have lots of restless natives), Chaplet as I’m putting the 5-year-old to bed (unless I fall asleep first, which happens a lot), Chaplet with the family in the car on the way to Sunday Mass.

      It took me years to learn that it’s not necessarily how much we do that counts; rather, it is the love with which we do it. So don’t feel like you have to “do it all.” Like Charlie said, perhaps pick a couple of devotions, and then switch it up sometimes. 🙂

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  13. vparisi says:

    I was thrilled to see Anthony’s post. I personally attended the Feast of the Presentation Flame of Love prayer meeting and Mass at the Basilica on February 2nd and I feel fired up to try to at least incorporate some of the devotions of the Flame of Love and am even trying to start a prayer group! The funny thing is the night I attended I actually fell due to high winds and hurt my left knee which may now need arthroscopic surgery- someone did not want me to know more about the Flame of Love but I am a tough Philly girl and that is not going to stop me! I think like many of these devotions and I agree with Charlie and sympathize with Gabrielle as I have a husband who is Catholic but still thinks I am a religious nut, take your time with them and take what is good. The Lord may not be calling you specifically to one devotion versus another but they all point to the same place which is to follow Jesus closely through devotion to Mary. The Lord does not expect us to collect devotions but to fervently follow Him and these are all tools! Having said that I believe that the Flame of Love devotion is definitely worth a look- the diary just gets into you mainly about how good Our Lord is and how much He wants us to succeed at this salvation thing and He never gives up! As Anthony said, start slow with one or two of the action items and ask the Holy Spirit to lead you where He will lead! And if anyone thinks of it,this small momentary light affliction which is this knee of mine- I am hoping my MRI shows I can heal this with physical therapy if possible and not surgery so please say a little prayer.

    Blessings,

    Val

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  14. Gilbert A says:

    If i may suggest, Pelianito has posted a Flame of Love section on her page where she beautifully explains and summarizes the most important aspects of it at the following webpage: http://pelianito.stblogs.com/flame-of-love/
    Thank you

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  15. Donette says:

    Good Advice to Gabrielle, Charlie. That was definitely the right thing to say about “spiritual gluttony”. In the beginning of my love affair with God, I followed every form of advice I ever read on how to be “holy.” There was Mass & Communion every morning, the entire rosary, not just one set of the mysteries, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3 in the afternoon and at 3 in the morning. There was the fasting not only the church rules of fasting but the ones that Our Lady requested that included Wednesday and Friday. The list was endless, I was happy, but I was exhausted as the years continued. I had a statue of all of my favorite saints and angels; so many in fact that when I married, my husband said he felt like he should genuflect every time he entered our bedroom. After many years and much church involvement, my responsibilities and my desires to be holy had to be balanced and then Our Lady told me that what was most important was my daily duty.

    As I relinquished bit by bit my commitments, I explained to my pastor that I had to face the fact that God had called me to marriage, not the convent. When I found Luisa and the Divine Will, my Divine Will priest explained “infusing oneself in the Divine Will”. I had to have several explanations on the word “infusing” and what that was and how did one accomplish that. Through my morning prevenient act, I learned that by doing the most simple of acts in one’s daily life was a prayer to God…even the unending act of food preparation and laundry. What used to be grumbling and mumbling boring work became a joy because I did everything with, through and for Jesus.

    Before I ramble further, I want to thank you, Charlie for sending me to Deep calls to Deep. Wow! A bishop after my own heart.

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  16. Julia says:

    Charlie, thank you for sharing this great article by J Mullin.

    I had read about Our Lady of All Nations through Dr. Mark Marivalle and learned the prayer recommended in this article ‘Lord Jesus Christ send now Your Spirit over the earth etc. I memorised and say this prayer with my morning prayers. Mark Marivalle also recommended it as very important in his site too.

    I notice the Flame of Love petition mentioned in J Mullin article. This subject came up on Peli’s site about the new petition and its’ importance in our times. “Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners; (spread the effect of Grace of your Flame of Love over all of Humanity) now and at the hour of our death. Amen. I tried to use this format in saying Holy Rosary and was not able to focus properly. So, I have found that I am able to use this special prayer by saying it once in between the decades/ mysteries of Holy Rosary.

    It is very interesting to read how much this article has in common with other trusted writers. Especially Peli. Very recently one of her messages speaks of asking Our Lord to renew the face of the earth. Amazing how much of Peli’s messages are also reflected in J Mullins article.

    Thank you Charlie and thank you J Mullin.

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  17. Julia says:

    Can anyone help me to get hold of some copies of ‘The 24 hours of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ’ from the writings of the servant of God Luisa Piccarreta the Little Daughter of the Divine Will. Please.

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    • ellenchris says:

      It can be downloaded from a variety of Luisa — or, Book of Heaven — or, Luisa Volumes websites. If you “Bing” (or “Google”) Luisa Piccarreta, you will find a large number of resources.

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    • radiclaudio says:

      We are blessed to have the complete set of Luisa s writings and a piece of her actual diary from the Vatican archives. The last few Good Fridays my wife and i have read each hour of the volume you are seeking. what a total immersion into His passion it creates. We also like to read volume five of the Poem of the Man God during lent. It’s all such incredible blessings but Charlie’s above advice applies, pick what is speaking/calling to you and don’t worry about the other devotions. And never neglect the Sacraments, Scripture, and your daily work. These are foundational to knowing and holding on to Christ, through our Holy bondage to Mary. Much love to all. Rich

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      • marie says:

        Rich, so glad to see a mention of ‘Poem of the Man God’. I also re-read Volume 5 every Lent. ‘Such incredible blessings’ as you say.

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      • Fran says:

        I thought that reading the “Poem of the Man God” was forbidden at one time and then very strongly discouraged (even with a disclaimer inside the book) by the Holy See. Anyone know for sure?

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        • charliej373 says:

          According to everything I have seen, Fran, it remains strongly discouraged. There seems to be some wiggle room if it is recognized as a work of fiction, but it remains condemned as a matter of supernatural origin. This brief piece from EWTN concisely encapsulates where it stands. It is a great abuse to treat private revelation as superior to the Magisterium – and a subtle form of pride. That is not to say that condemnation is never revoked later. Sometimes it is. But the saints accept the authority of the Church and act obediently, even when they are certain it will later be changed.

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          • barb129 says:

            I had read Poem of the Man God about 25 years ago after I heard about it from someone who was a big promoter of Medjugore. I must admit I did like it overall though I remember there being several parts of it that bothered me. Several years later, I heard about it being discouraged by the Church so I threw the books away.

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  18. Gilbert A. says:

    The Flame of Love is a powerful instrument in the spiritual combat that is taking place for the Flame of Love blinds Satan and save souls. It is certainly not by chance that this grace was revealed to Elizabeth Kindelmann right at the beginning of the Sixties of the last century. This period saw the beginning of the great spiritual rout of a large number of countries. The Blessed Mother told Elizabeth Kindelmann:

    “I assure you, my little one, that I have never before given into your hands such a powerful force of grace, the burning flame of the love of my heart. Ever since the Word became Flesh, I have not undertaken a greater movement than the Flame of Love of my heart who rushes to you. Until now, nothing could blind Satan as much. And it is up to you not to reject it, for this rejection would simply spell disaster.” (The Spiritual Diary, August 1, 1962)

    The Lord Jesus: “I must tell you, My daughter, that My Mother will not have been as venerated ever since the Word became Flesh, as she will be once she spreads the effect of grace of her Flame of Love in hearts and souls. The day her Flame of Love prevails, all the prayers and supplications addressed to her anywhere in the world will be joined in one single supplication for help. In this way, humanity will prostrate at the feet of the Mother of God to give her thanks for her unlimited maternal love.” (The Spiritual Diary, August 4, 1963)

    The Flame of Love is truly the invaluable armour with which, certain of its power, we can with confidence face evil in all its forms. The peculiarity of the Flame of Love is to blind Satan by removing his harmful power. Elizabeth Kindelmann relates the following in her Spiritual Diary: “In the evening, I went to bed but I could not find rest and sleep did not close my eyes. A tremendous buzzing arose in my head, and after a few moments, I heard a noise like a siren bringing a bad omen. A terrifying smoke started to spiral up in which unrecognizable figures were moaning, jostling and staggering, terrorizing each other. Amid the smoke rising up in spiral appeared an enormous figure that I could not see because of the grayish smoke, but I could feel it was Satan. With a frightful howl, he shouted for help. He did not know what to do. His resistance was weakening, all his tricks failed and all his attempts proved to be vain. This lasted only a few minutes. Then the grace of God strengthened in me the conscience that the Flame of Love of the Blessed Virgin must ignite, for it will shake the powers of hell. This vision so exhausted me that I could hardly free myself from its effects.” (The Spiritual Diary, February 1, 1963)

    Our lady also said: “Hurry, my little one. The moment is near when my Flame of Love will ignite. At that moment, Satan will be blinded. I want all to feel it in order to increase your trust. This will give you great strength. All those whom this force will reach will feel it. The Flame will ignite and will reach the whole world, not only in the nations consecrated to me, but all over the earth. It will spread out even in the most inaccessible places, because there is no place inaccessible to Satan.”

    Let us continue wholeheartedly this great fight to blind the evil one and save souls, hand in hand with our Mother. This moment in history is critical and we have the ultimate instrument of combat. Our Lady: “I would like to place in your hands a new instrument, which I want you to accept and appreciate its importance.” We are all invited to take part in the Work of Salvation by blinding Satan, source of all evil, and thus help the Lord Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary to save souls. The effect of grace of the Flame of Love extends also to the souls in Purgatory.

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  19. Mrs.D. says:

    Hi, I have been following you for some time, and have not commented because so many have already said what I thought. But with the Flame of Love I want to say that what you wrote is very good. However, I have had the booklet, which is with me as I write this, and have been saying the prayer since 1978, when my mother and I first devoured this devotion, which with Fatima and Father Gobbi, have been our mainstay of Catholic devotions. I have also checked out the website, and find that the translation there is also at odds with the very original. Maybe the new translation is for America only. In Australia, at least as far as we know, we say “Flood the whole human race with grace from your Flame of Love now and at the hour of our death, Amen.” It even flows off the tongue more easily than the American version. At least, am I right in thinking that this is only the American version? I cannot change it now, it’s been too many years. Thank you for your wonderful work.

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    • CrewDog says:

      Your RIGHT! Mrs. D …. The American Version is clumsy at best! My version is ” … spread your Flame of Love within all humanity ….”
      JESUS, MARY, JOSEPH AND ALL SAINTS PRESERVE US!!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Hi Mrs. D. I think Anthony has been a bit under the weather the last few days. There are several questions to which I am sure he will respond when he is feeling better, including yours.

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    • anthonymullendivineantidote says:

      Yes, there are different translations and no official one yet so be at peace!

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  20. Gilbert A. says:

    Dear Mrs. D., the translation was amended in 2010 by Fr. Gabriel Rona, the International Spiritual Advisor of the Flame of Love Movement, in order to reflect exactly the words given by the Blessed Mother: Spread the effect of Grace of your Flame of Love over all of humanity. You can read more about it here: http://www.theflameoflove.org/father_rona_statement.html
    God bless you

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  21. Gilbert A. says:

    Thank you Charlie for allowing these comments on your website. God bless you.

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  22. Mrs.D. says:

    Thank you for the reply, it clears this problem up for me, and I now know that this version will be said by all nationalities, which is good. But for me, the usual will have to suffice. Thank you for the brilliant article, all tied in so very well. God Bless.

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  23. marie says:

    Dear Anthony, thank you for this beautiful post. I can see that the ‘Thirty Days to Morning Glory’ is only available to readers in the USA. Is there a Kindle version available or other format which those of us who are non- American can access?

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  24. Jim M. says:

    It seems that those who live in US territories cannot get the free book. These territories ARE part of the United States. I sent an email several months back asking about getting a copy of the book but received no reply.

    Is there a different group in some other country that covers that?

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  25. caggreer@cableone.net says:

    My son and daughter have 4 children ages 8,6,4,2 and use family planning. They both heard from God that they were going to be given another son. As lean as their budget is, they told God “no” and waited a year before obediently practicing family planning and he is on the way. I just read This post. I sent it to my daughter-in-law. Told her to don her combat boots and know Mama Mary is at her side. Her entire side of the family are against her having more than two children, calling her irresponsible and ridiculous in her catholic beliefs. Each child they are sure is a failure with NFP methods. The four delightful and well mannered children are excitedly picking out saint names. The oldest is often found asleep on the couch in the morning with a rosary in his hand.

    I took liberties and shortened a suggested prayer as she always is nauseated through the entire pregnancy. Simply pray:

    “Lord, I want to love Your Mother as You do. Mary, I want to love Jesus as you do. Mother, I beg you, through the Flame of Love of your Immaculate Heart reorient my time. Increase my ability to do these loving exercises during my busy days.

    May I may quickly grow in love for the Holy Trinity. May I desire to love sacrificially as Mary and Jesus constantly sacrificed for me. May the Holy Spirit completely fill my soul with His Seven Gifts. May these be the only gifts I desire from this day forward. May I intend to live completely in the Divine Will of God as you did, through the Flame of Love of your Immaculate Heart! Fiat!”

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    • Fran says:

      Thank you, caggreer, I love this prayer. I am going to send it to my daughter who is pregnant with their fifth child, (their oldest is 4), and my other daughter too, with one son. They are both beautiful mothers, with wonderful husbands. What a blessing! Busy mothers (and fathers), don’t always have time for formal prayer, but are a living a prayer, and their sacrifices for their family go right to Jesus I am certain. I will pray for your son and his family too. God bless them.

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