Divine Battle Plan

flamingswordangel

(Anthony Mullen sent me the column below, calling it perhaps the most consequential he has ever done. It is truly magnificent.-CJ)

God’s Blueprint for Your Role in the Kingdom of Divine Mercy and Sanctification to Come on Earth Through His Mother and the Holy Spirit

I believe these words below were given to Father Emil Neubert from “My Ideal: Jesus Son of Mary”. They comport perfectly with what God has given to us through our Mother in the supernatural Messages of Fatima, Akita and Amsterdam, and also comport with what Cardinal Peter Erdo and other Bishops have approved through Elizabeth Kindelmann and the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Messages.  You will see exactly what God is asking you to do.  Now, it is up to us to act and spread the instructions to others.

My Ideal, JESUS, Son of MARY – (Part 4)

My Soldier

Mary: My Mission and Yours:  

  • I have a mystery to reveal to you concerning both of us.
  • From that moment (Incarnation) until the last sigh of Jesus, I worked with Him in the redemption of man.
  • The cooperation which I gave to my Son at Nazareth and on Calvary, I must give until the end of time.
  • For the Redemption is not yet fully accomplished: the grace of salvation must still be applied to each man as he comes into this world.
  • Such is my mission until the end of time.
  • This apostolate is a struggle. I must snatch each soul from satan in order to lead it to Jesus and to the Father.
  • The last age of the church shall be more my age than any other.
  • Such is my part in the mystery which I wished to reveal to you. And now here is your part……
  • …… in order to carry out my mission of conquest in the world, I need auxiliaries and soldiers.
  • Do you wish to:
    • be my soldier;
    • aid me in rescuing my children;
    • share in the victory reserved for me?
  • … you have given yourself entirely to me…. Consecrated to me your body and soul, your thoughts, words and deeds.
  • Now that you understand how I wish to use your person and your powers, are you going to retract your Consecration?
  • … here I am, leading you onto a battlefield
  • Did He (Jesus) not become my Son precisely because He wished to be the Savior of men?
  • He has likewise called you to become my child of predilection, so that you, too, may become a savior of souls.
  • You must either become an apostle, therefore, or renounce the honor of being my child of predilection.

Mary: The Flame of Zeal

  • You are resolved to be my apostle, but you wonder how………….. You, the apostle of Christ and His Mother, you wonder how you can succeed.
  • Did the first preachers of the Gospel …. not preach painful sacrifices, and the obligation of being ready to suffer persecution, imprisonment, fire and the sword?
  • Yet, they converted countless multitudes with amazing rapidity, and all because there burned in them the sacred flame of apostolic zeal.
  • It is this flame that you must kindle in your soul.
  • How ? Come, follow me to Calvary. Place yourself next to me and look at Jesus Crucified. See His body trembling under those frightful tortures.
  • …. See His soul a prey to agony a thousandfold more frightful…….
  • ….. the vision of countless men for whom He is shedding His blood in vain.
  • Listen! Jesus is speaking: “Woman, behold thy son; behold thy mother.” It is to you and to me that He speaks.
  • “Woman, behold thy son! He will aid you to save your children – children who, without his help would be eternally lost. He will lead those poor erring creatures back to you. He will help you in your apostolic mission and bring consolation to us both.”
  • Listen again! “I thirst ! I thirst in My body; I thirst, above all, in my heart. Will he who replaces Me at Mother’s side, give Me the souls I crave?”

Mary: Apostolic Prayer

  • …… you have at your disposal a most efficacious weapon for apostolic action: prayer.
  • Prayer is not a substitute for direct action: it is an apostolic weapon whose effectiveness far surpasses that of any exterior activity.
  • Jesus preached for three years, but first He prayed for thirty years.
  • I cooperated with Him in the work of Redemption.
  • I never preached; I never directed the church; I never worked miracles; but I did pray and I did suffer.
  • And Joseph, like myself, prayed and suffered. Without uttering so much as one word which has been recorded in a book, he accomplished more for the conversion of mankind than did St. John, St. Paul, and St. Peter.
  • Examine the lives of men devoted to the apostolate: all those who had extraordinary success in converting souls, were also extraordinarily given to prayer.
  • Woe to the apostle who does not pray! He is but sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal; he spends himself and wearies himself, and perhaps loses his own soul, without doing any good to the souls of others.
  • Could it be otherwise? To convert, sanctify, and save a soul is a supernatural Can anything supernatural be accomplished by merely natural means?
  • Supernatural achievements are the fruit of grace, and grace if the fruit of prayer. The more you pray, the more supernatural work you will achieve.
  • God wants exterior works wherever they are possible… but, just as a whole ocean of water is, of itself, powerless to cleanse the soul of a babe, so all exterior actions (alone) are powerless to convert or to sanctify a single man.
  • Prayer can even replace action – wherever action is impossible.
  • Have you grasped this lesson, my child?
  • Do you base your hope of success on God, to Whom you pray, rather than on your own skill and persuasive powers?
  • Pray! Pray! And learn to pray more and more, for the conversion and sanctification of souls.
  • Transform your actions and sufferings into prayers by offering them to God – through my hands – for some special purpose according to my intentions.
  • Pray, in particular, for those who, like yourself, have assembled under my banner to hasten the advent of the kingdom of Jesus, by hastening the advent of mine.
  • Pray, and never stop praying! Then you will accomplish marvels through me and for me.

Mary: The Redeeming Cross

  • All those, who take part in the Christian apostolate, know that suffering plays a paramount role in the saving of souls.
  • But, when it is upon them that suffering comes, they forget its significance. They are surprised and discouraged.
  • You will have to make difficult sacrifices; to labor and to suffer, to spend yourself in the service of souls… as long as there will be souls to save.
  • You will have to add voluntary sacrifices.
  • To an apostle who makes generous sacrifices, God sends all sorts of trials as a special reward: sickness, poverty, disappointments, dryness, darkness, the impression he is nothing but a hindrance, failures due to his character, or ignorance, or imprudence.
  • These crosses, if accepted with faith, humility and love, purify him of all self-seeking; show his absolute incapacity; make him cast himself into the arms of God, as his last hope, and, thus, render his efforts incomparably more fruitful than do the mortifications of his own choosing.
  • But there is another cross much more difficult to carry, because it is so disconcerting.
  • …the cross prepared for you by the ignorance, stupidity, or the malice of men, threatens to disgust you….. it is just this cross which has the greatest redemptive power.
  • …remember that suffering has no redemptive power of itself, but only when united with the sufferings of Jesus.
  • When sorrow comes to you in your apostolic labors, come and press closer to me. Together, we shall climb up to Calvary.
  • In the shadow of the Cross, even the suffering caused by the stupid and malicious men, will become sweet to you.
  • In it, you will consider not the men who cause it, but Jesus and your Mother, who thus invite you to participate in their redeeming mission….
  • This is a severe doctrine…. did I go too far when I presumed you were able to understand it?

Mary – Preaching by Your Life

  • My child, the indirect apostolate of prayer and suffering is marvelously fruitful, but you must join it to the direct action of soul upon soul… the apostolate of a good life.
  • …..certain souls remain untouched by even the most eloquent sermons.
  • Let your virtue be above suspicion in the midst of universal corruption….. strive to appear just what you are, without display for human respect.
  • Be a Christian who knows no fear and gives no ground for reproach, and your conduct will be a constant sermon.
  • It is a grand achievement to make the doctrine of Christ esteemed in your person, but go still further- make men love it.

Mary – The Saving Word

  • My child, learn to speak a an apostle, in order to spread the spirit of Christ about you.
  • ……in order to speak as an apostle, you need not preach… let your religious convictions inspire your words.
  • Seldom dispute with your adversaries – simply explain your ideas…. truth, by its very nature, is attractive, for it is the truth which sets men free……
  • speak simply, but courageously…the infallible truth is yours.
  • Study the doctrine of Christ incessantly, so that you will live it better, and bear more witness to it by your life.
  • The more you allow yourself to be directed by me….., the more rapid and perfect will be your progress.
  • It is for me and through me that you should become an apostle.

Mary – In Union There is Strength

  • My child, do not remain isolated.
  • Join with others….keeping the sacred fire of the apostolate buried in the depths of your soul will smother it.
  • Union with others will do more than inflame the zeal of all of you; it will make it uncommonly strong.
  • Where will you find…. fellow soldiers animated with the same (apostolic) ambitions as yourself? Seek and you will find.
  • In the beginning you will be, perhaps, only a small company. It matters not, provided you are closely united.
  • Majorities do not triumph in this world, but the active, resolute, well-organized and well-disciplined minorities do.
  • With an infallible and marvelously effective doctrine; with unrivaled virtue and devotedness; with the sublimest ideals, and with the all-powerful assistance of Heaven, Catholics of almost every land have more than they need for the triumph of their CAUSE, if only they knew how to unite,
  • The enemies of my Son are divided on all points of doctrine; they unite only to attack the church. Catholics are united on all points of doctrine; they are divided only when they defend the church.
  • If satan finds Christians too zealous to be likely to succumb to temptations against faith or purity, he inspires them with opposing apostolic methods, and then, instead of fighting him, they fight one another.
  • ……..a small result which is really achieved, is worth more than a greater one that is not achieved,
  • there is no strength without union, and no union without self-sacrifice,
  • the triumph of the common Cause is preferred to the triumph of one’s personal ideas.
  • think over these principles; live them and teach them to others!

Mary – Those Who Teach Me

  • My child, Jesus has brought you to me so that, once you have become my child of predilection, you may also become my apostle. Everything you undertake under my direction, He will bless.
  • He wishes you not only to act in my name, but also to preach my name to others; every time you do, He will attach a special grace and power to your apostolate.
  • Being an apostle means bringing souls to Christ, and giving Christ to souls.
  • I am the way which leads to Christ;
  • it is I who gave Christ to the world.
  • Do you want to lead souls more rapidly to Christ? Then, show them the way which leads to Him.
  • Do you wish to give Him to them fully? Show them her whose mission it is to give Him to souls.
  • The more manifestly you introduce me into your exterior action, the more successful you will make it.
  • It is Jesus who has so willed it.
  • He willed to make me known to men at the same time as He made Himself known to them.
  • He never stops preaching me and teaching that the most natural way to find Him, is to go to the Son by way of the Mother.
  • Make me known as much as you can. Jesus expects it of you.
  • I, too, expect it of you.
  • How can you make me known and loved?
  • …one way is infallible. Fill yourselves with a burning love for me, and for souls, and you will know how to preach about me.
  • Do not be afraid to let them see you with my Rosary or my medal…..
  • ….show yourself a fearless, irreproachable Christian, (then) your conduct will be a most eloquent sermon in my honor.
  • ….can you not recommend recourse to the Immaculate Virgin, who has received, from her Son, the mission of making all those pure, who invoke her?
  • Those who make me known shall have life everlasting and shall procure it for many others round about them.

Mary – At Thy Word I Will Let Down the Net

  • What can I really do?
  • What can you do? By yourself, nothing. With me, wonderful things.
  • Listen to my words and meditate upon them.
  • I want you to understand two truths which will give you an invincible faith in the success of your mission – a faith that will move mountains.
  • ….remember that your apostolate is my apostolate, and that your interests are mine.
  • I am all-powerful through the omnipotence of God – and –
  • I can confer this omnipotence on those who act in my name.
  • … the words of Jesus about the unlimited confidence you should have in prayers:
    • I have a loving intention regarding each of your enterprises
    • This intention always surpasses, in perfection, any which you could imagine.
    • This intention is always perfectly realizable.
    • It will be realized infallibly in proportion as you ACT IN MY NAME.
    • Hence, whatever the obstacles, you can always succeed beyond your expectations provided you ACT IN MY NAME.
    • Yet, in order to win these marvelous victories, it is not enough that you work hard; you must work in my name.
    • How often have you not spent yourself in apostolic work, but all in vain! The reason was that you started without saying to me: “In thy name…”
    • Working in my name means working according to my intentions, and with a consciousness that you are sharing in my mission and in my omnipotence.
    • Offer your prayers and sufferings to Jesus through my hands so that my intentions for your apostolate may be realized.
    • Before starting anything, pray to me and see what my intentions may be, so that you may act as my instrument.
    • Begin with supreme confidence in your success, because it is I working through you.
    • You will be certain of success ONLY if you persevere in the disposition of acting according to my intentions.
    • You cannot, indeed, be thinking of me at every moment, yet you can remain constantly under the influence of my spirit.
    • IF, AFTER YOUR WORK, YOU FEEL YOU HAVE SUCCEEDED, THANK GOD !
    • If you seem to have failed, examine yourself: either you have not acted in my name and your failure is real; or you have tried to conform to my intentions and to rely on me, and success  is merely delayed. It will come in God’s good time and will be all the more glorious, because it will have cost greater effort and demanded more confidence.
    • Thus, Our Lord will be glorified, your Mother honored, and souls rescued from damnation.

WITHOUT ME YOU CANNOT SUCCEED….

WITH ME YOU CANNOT FAIL!

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.
This entry was posted in For the Troops, Guest Columns, Mary Immaculate, Preparation, Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

121 Responses to Divine Battle Plan

  1. Beckita says:

    Thank you, Anthony. What a Rule of Life! SO MUCH upon which to reflect. So detailed! Praying that the Holy Name of Mary be ever on our lips as we each strive to allow Her full possession of our lives, that Her every instruction be accomplished. Onward!

    Liked by 6 people

  2. genennene says:

    I’ve been unfamiliar with Fr. Neubert but this s truly beautiful. I must return to prayer.

    Liked by 4 people

  3. Mike S. says:

    This is one of the best things I have ever read. It reminds me of The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis. What a beautiful beginning to the New Year!

    Liked by 6 people

    • Mick says:

      Mike, this also reminded me of the Imitation of Christ. Thanks for pointing out the similarities.

      How are you and your family doing?

      Like

      • Mike S. says:

        I’m doing fine but my wife and daughters have their down days. It will be a difficult Christmas without Evan. Thank you for asking, MIck. Blessings to you and your family during this holy season.

        Like

        • Mick says:

          You’re welcome, Mike. I will say some extra prayers for your family during this Advent and Christmas.

          I know that the first set of holidays without the loved one is especially hard. My mother died 7 years ago, 3 days before Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, Easter, her birthday… they were all really tough that first year. But each year that passes, the pain recedes more and more, and happy memories take the place of the pain.

          God bless all of you.

          Liked by 1 person

  4. Linda says:

    This so encouraging, enlightening and beautiful. We cannot be reminded enough that we are not alone in our cause & mission – we are in union with heaven. This surpasses and defuses any moments of hopelessness or helplessness. Pray, pray, pray
    Bless us everyone!
    Thank you for this, Charlie

    Liked by 5 people

  5. William says:

    I like these words, and know it is a good way to live!

    Liked by 5 people

  6. Mick says:

    My goodness… now THERE’S a call to arms! Thanks, Anthony!

    Liked by 5 people

  7. zeniazenia says:

    Thank you Anthony! Words to live by.May Our Lady of Tepeyac help us.
    In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit Amen.
    By the power of Our Lord, Jesus Christ; to the honor of Our Lady, the Immaculate Conception; in service to her Immaculate Heart; we ask you this day to be infused with God’s blueprint for our role in the Kingdom of Divine Mercy and Sanctification to come on earth through His Mother and the Holy Spirit. We ask for the intercession of St. Andrew the Apostle. Thank you for hearing our prayer. Thy will be done. Amen.
    We give it over to God entirely with trust.
    In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit Amen.

    Liked by 5 people

  8. Doug says:

    Thanks Charlie. Hope you had some good rest over Thanksgiving.

    Like

  9. SanSan says:

    Oh Blessed Mother, you are the answer. I have consecrated myself to you and wish that you use me in any way that will bring souls to God. Help me to pray effectively. I am your handmaid, do unto me as you will. Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with Thee. Amen.

    Liked by 5 people

  10. CrewDog says:

    Another good one for “These Days”!

    HeartLight Daily Verse – 30 November

    2 Peter 3:10-11
    The day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives.
    Thoughts on today’s verse:
    Holiness is that forgotten character virtue that is the Christian’s reflection of God, his or her holy and righteous Father. In a day of cheap grace, when anything goes just as long as we want to be buddies with Jesus, Peter’s words should shock us into reverence – the commitment in life to set our lives apart from the evil and sludge that defiles our hearts and to offer our bodies, hearts, and minds to do his will and reflect his character.
    Prayer:
    Holy and Righteous Father, teach me to do your will and reflect your character while offering your grace. May the movements of my heart, the thoughts of my mind, and the actions of my life be pleasing to you and reflect your holiness and grace. In Jesus name I pray. Amen!
    Visit heartlight.org for more

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

    Liked by 5 people

  11. laura says:

    Wooooow. This is BY FAR the most important article of journalism I’ve ever read. I’m blown away.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. JoyInTheLord says:

    Thank you, O LORD, for putting these words in print that I might hear.

    Liked by 5 people

  13. victura98 says:

    Much of this message found its way into my homily this morning. 🙂
    Thank you!

    Liked by 7 people

    • Beckita says:

      Praying that it bear fruit, Father!

      Liked by 2 people

    • zeniazenia says:

      Thank you Father. I wish I were there. I’ll bet it was powerful.
      I need to learn to pray first, ‘In thy name…’
      Interesting that omnipotence is mentioned so many times including explanations on how we should embrace it too.

      Liked by 1 person

      • victura98 says:

        Just a little image, in case it helps: I was saying Mass one afternoon, with my back to the setting sun. Suddenly the sunlight struck a single speck of dust near the altar, and for a moment, reflected a nearly blinding brightness. I imagined, just then, that we are like that dust. Of ourselves, we are next to nothing, but if we just cooperate with God’s grace…what a powerful light can shine even from a insignificant little speck. God’s omnipotent holiness. 🙂

        Liked by 11 people

        • audiemarie2014 says:

          Oh, Victura98, I love that! Encouraging and inspiring! Thank you!

          Liked by 2 people

        • jlynnbyrd says:

          I love that. I say that I am a piece of dust on the table of a piece of dust. I know that we make up the mystical body together and with the graces and blessings as written, well that is huge, more like a piece of dust on table of Our Almighty Father.
          Collectively we will save so many souls that will rise in the kingdom from underneath their rocks, and souls that will rise into heaven who otherwise may have been lost into the abyss and God shall rule over all those appointed to participate accordingly to His Divine Plan.

          Liked by 5 people

        • Mick says:

          What a beautiful image, Father. Thank you.

          May God bless you and Mary keep you. Thank you for answering the call.

          Liked by 1 person

  14. Anthony that was awesome and this is the tug I have been feeling in prayer. Mary our Mother. I had a moment this weekend about her. I wrote about it here; https://veilofveronica.wordpress.com/2015/11/30/anxiety-and-a-saints-vision-for-grace/

    Liked by 5 people

    • Beckita says:

      Absolutely beautiful reflection, Veil! I especially appreciate the consideration of anxiety as a passing emotion as opposed to a persistent state of being. Praying for all here who may have persistent worry and/or lingering anxiety. May God, in His Tender Mercy, erase all fear and worry. We desire it; we choose to be the gatekeepers of our thoughts and exchange every worried thought for a hope-filled expression of The Word; He heals and transitions us into complete confidence in Him and His Will.

      Liked by 3 people

  15. mspahni says:

    Charlie, Thank you and Anthony Mullen. I would suggest, however, that one word be changed in the following sentence: He has likewise called you to become my child of predilection, so that you, too, may become a savior of souls. Instead of savior, how about saver? We have one Savior, and many who help save. God bless us all. Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary and in each of us… Maryann in Lincoln, NE

    >

    Like

    • charliej373 says:

      Oh, there are a few words I would have changed…what you mentioned and one suggesting Mary is omnipotent. She is omnipresent, certainly, but I rather think only God is omnipotent. But the sweep of the article is magnificent, compelling. I don’t change words in other’s pieces, though…let them be judged as they are and by the totality of them rather than pieces you might contest.

      Liked by 5 people

      • Doug says:

        Since our Lord will do what Mary asks, does that indirectly make her omnipotent? Being male, I may be the spiritual head of the household, but boy, if things are not right between me and my wife or I am not listening and serving my wife and family, I have learned that my prayers will not be answered. My wife really has all the power. As she says, I may be the head, but she is the neck that turns the head. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

        • Mick says:

          Ha, Doug! Kudos to Jackie…. My dear, sweet husband would perhaps be more inclined to think me a pain in the neck a lot of the time (probably because I am, heh heh). 🙂

          I must admit that I did a double-take when I read “omnipotent” in Anthony’s piece. But my take is similar to yours. Also, I don’t get the impression that Fr. Neubert was purporting to give actual messages from the Blessed Virgin. It seems to me to be a stylistic device, much the way that Thomas a Kempis wrote The Imitation of Christ… they are the personal reflections of the author, written through the eyes and from the perspective of Christ (in the Imitation) and Mary (in Fr. Neubert’s book). That’s how it comes across to me, anyway.

          Liked by 1 person

      • Josh in IN says:

        Thanks for this note regarding your take on Mary’s omnipotence, Charlie. I am not a theologian and I would not presume to definitively answer such a question, but it didn’t sit well with me and I am happy for your follow-up. It would not shake my faith to learn God granted her omnipotence (I mean, to whom shall I go?). How that fits in with it being words presumably directly from Mary (1st person) through a trusted source, I don’t know. Until TNRS, I have never given credence to publicly-proclaimed private revelation that didn’t have an explicit approval from the Church, so I’m still learning how to think about these things.

        Like

        • charliej373 says:

          Josh, my friend, so am I…so am I. I don’t dismiss something that is marvelous because it has, what seems to me an obvious error in it. I don’t buy into something just because it agrees with what I am already inclined to believe, either. I think that was abig part of the problem with why LttW misdirected so many. I would like to know whether those words were the locutionist’s interpretation or reputed to be Mary’s direct words. Even so, the devil works constantly to mutilate even what is good. With those tow caveats, this was one of the best, mot pithy, action-oriented pieces I have ever read. It was more than worthy.

          Liked by 3 people

      • MamaS says:

        Thank you! I was very bothered by that wording and the last section in general. We have consecrated our family to Mary and I love Mary, but I would not call her omnipotent. The last part seemed too like the Law of Attraction stuff to me.

        Like

      • JoyInTheLord says:

        Thank you for catching those words. They did jump at me but I got the message from context. If he wrote those in uppercase, then I will certainly bark. 🙂 But kidding aside, this whole piece speaks to me clearly and I will revisit it again and again.

        Like

      • Beckita says:

        I was surprised to find a passage from St. Alphonsus Liguori’s book, The Glories of Mary, which brings great light to this discussion. In the book he writes of several saints who describe our Blessed Mother using the language of “saving” and “omnipotence.” What a Mother we have!!! From the book:

        “And, therefore, says St. Peter Damian, the Virgin has all power in heaven as on earth, being able to raise to the hope of salvation even the most despairing. And then he adds that when the mother asks any favor for us of Jesus Christ (called by the saint, the altar of mercy where sinners obtain pardon from God), the Son has so great regard for the prayers of Mary, and so great a desire to please her, that when she prays, she seems to command rather than request, and to be a mistress rather than a handmaid. Thus Jesus would honor this, His dear mother, who has honored Him so much in her life, by granting her immediately whatever she asks and desires. St. Germanus beautifully confirms this by saying to the Virgin: Thou art mother of God, omnipotent to save sinners, and needest no other recommendation with God, since thou art the mother of true life..

        St. Bernadine of Sienna does not hesitate to say that all obey the commands of Mary, even God Himself; signifying by these words that God listens to her prayers as though they were commands. Hence, St. Anselm thus addresses Mary: The Lord, o holy Virgin, has so highly exalted thee, that by His favor thou canst obtain all possible graces for thy servants, for thy protection is omnipotent. Thy help is omnipotent, oh Mary: Omnipotens auxilium tuum, O Maria; as Cosmas of Jerusalem exclaims. Yes, Mary is omnipotent, adds Richard of St. Laurence, since the queen by every law, must enjoy the same privilege as the king. For as the power of the Son and the mother are the same, the mother by the omnipotent Son is made omnipotent. As St. Antoninus says: God has placed the whole Church, not only under the patronage, but also under the dominion of Mary.

        As the mother, then, must have the same power as the Son, justly was Mary made omnipotent by Jesus, who is omnipotent; it being, however, always true, that whereas the Son is omnipotent by nature, the mother is so by grace. And her omnipotence consists in this, that the Son denies nothing that the mother asks; as it was revealed to St. Bridget who heard Jesus one day addressing Mary in these words: Oh My mother, thou knowest how I love thee; ask from Me, then, whatever thou dost desire, for there is no demand of thins that will not be graciously heard by Me. And the reason that He added was beautiful: Mother, when thou wast on earth, there was nothing that thou didst refuse to do for love of Me; now that I am in heaven, it is just that I refuse nothing that thou dost ask of me. Mary is, then, called omnipotent in the sense in which it can be understood of a creature, who is not capable of any divine attribute. She is omnipotent because she obtains by her prayers whatever she wishes.”

        Liked by 3 people

      • YongDuk says:

        I am not going to chime in on this one, I think, Charlie… Wait, I just did.

        I would not say omnipresent. An Angel’s action is localized, for instance

        Re, omnipotence: A omnipotence of qualified subordination to God has to be necessarily understood. That is Mary received by Grace and acts by the Grace given to Her, always necessarily subordinate to Christ as her redemption is dependent upon Him. Her Immaculate Conception regards her nature and is ordered to her being Mother of God. Her Fullness of Grace regards sanctifying grace and all accompanying graces, virtues, and gifts of the Holy Spirit; it regards her holiness or sanctification. While her Fullness of Grace does indeed serve her being Mother of God and rests on her nature as the Immaculate Conception, it is also ordered to her Spiritual Maternity accomplished / realized / fulfilled at the Foot of the Cross. In this and through this Spiritual Maternity, She becomes Queen of Heaven and herein the use of Omnipotence takes on its meaning, but all necessarily subordinated to Christ even if He hands everything to Her through the Holy Spirit since She is only Who She is through His Incarnation, Passion, Death and Resurrection, as well as Ascension.

        This phrase qualifies the following phrase: I am all-powerful through the omnipotence of God – and – I can confer this omnipotence on those who act in my name. I think in our common parlance and cultural “Sitz im Leben” of sound bite prooftexting phrases that don’t have that qualification can be very misleading when taken out of that context as the conversation here reflects. Beckita quotes several great Father’s below, but in their writings this qualified subordination to God is clearly understood.

        It is a beautiful meditation and a powerful call…

        Liked by 3 people

        • YongDuk says:

          I re-read this and wanted to clarify that Mary’s being Mother of God is that from which all of her Prerogatives flow… Thus, “in and through her being Mother of God and in and through this Spiritual Maternity” would have been more clear and accurate.

          Liked by 1 person

        • Tarja says:

          As an Orthodox Christian I thank you very much of this clarification, YongDuk!
          I had a bit hard time reading this article and decided it’s not for me…. I love Mother of God with all my heart and trust in her guidance in my life’s every decision but there was something that I could not “digest”. I mean no harm but I ‘ve been teached otherwise.

          Like Yong Duk says: “That is Mary received by Grace and acts by the Grace given to Her, always necessarily subordinate to Christ as her redemption is dependent upon Him.” and “all necessarily subordinated to Christ even if He hands everything to Her through the Holy Spirit since She is only Who She is through His Incarnation, Passion, Death and Resurrection, as well as Ascension.” This is familiar teaching to me!

          But anyway, this article was very interesting and I hope and trust that Our Mother Mary takes action and lovingly leads all of us through this tribulation period….and instructs us what to do. I have done the consecration (33 days), I only adjusted it for an Orthodox Christian with Orthodox prayers and akathist hymns. The day was March 25 this year. So I’m seriously with this everything, I just don’t look from the outside and criticize.

          In Christ, Tarja

          Like

          • YongDuk says:

            🙂 Not sure why I waned theological, but glad that someone gleaned something useful from it!

            I left the footnotes out…

            Like

      • Gilbert J Fain says:

        Charlie, “◾I am all-powerful through the omnipotence of God – and –
        ◾I can confer this omnipotence on those who act in my name.” Does not say Mary is the source that omnipotence, any more than “Mediatrix of all graces” says Mary is the source of those graces!!

        Like

        • charliej373 says:

          That was not the item being questioned, as it is obvious she does not claim omnipotence as a personal attribute here. The item being questioned was this, below it:

          “◾Working in my name means working according to my intentions, and with a consciousness that you are sharing in my mission and in my omnipotence.”

          In this one, the Mary quoted seems to claim omnipotence as a personal attribute. Daniel O’Connor and Beckita gave plausible orthodox interpretations of this passage – but the passage you quote was never at issue among any of us here.

          Like

    • Through Living in the Divine Will — and also, it seems, the Flame of Love — the creature (that is, we ourselves) becomes by grace what God is by nature. I would have been very uncomfortable with “omnipotence” being attributed to Mary, as well, were it not for the fact that this is only done with the clear distinction that “Mary’s” omnipotence is not hers, but only *through* God’s sovereign omnipotence. The only part of Mr. Mullen’s post where Mary says “my” omnipotence is a sub-bullet under a major bullet point which seems to fall under the “through God’s omnipotence” category.

      I don’t know whether or not it’s necessary terminology I’d use — but in the context, I’m okay with it there.

      Like

  16. Laurel says:

    What if ones sufferings have almost always been invisible and unseen by others…
    If feel like a fraud.
    Thank you.

    Liked by 2 people

    • charliej373 says:

      Give thanks to God. Always be joyful…always be God’s emissary. During a period of great trials for me, a dear friend who was one of the very few who knew and saw how intense they were told me I deepened his conversion because he was so amazed that while I was carrying brutally heavy crosses, few ever saw anything but joy and comfort from me. Give thanks to God always…and it is in good hands. How I love to think that when I hide my sorrows and offer them to Jesus, He brings profound graces to people I won’t know until the resurrection…so I get to participate a little with Him in calling people back. Give thanks to God and spread joy.

      Liked by 11 people

  17. Diane says:

    Overwhelmingly Beautiful. We have our marching orders.
    Wow.

    Liked by 1 person

  18. Thank you Charlie for that clarification !!

    Like

  19. Rick says:

    A great reminder that Mary is quite active in shepherding us now just as she did the early church. She is with us and will be the means for unity. She is the ultimate weapon against the world’s evil conspiring against us. This a such a good reminder to pray our rosaries more than ever.

    Liked by 2 people

  20. Kim Sevier says:

    : – ) Such a blessing!

    Liked by 1 person

  21. Nance says:

    Awesome. What a job we have. May we be worthy of such responsibility!

    Liked by 1 person

  22. Kathy Falls says:

    Yes that bothered me immensely Charlie, that in this article she says she is omnipotent . . . who is like God? Comes to mind. I am wary . . .

    Like

    • marcyc48 says:

      I felt uneasy about it also. Right now my plate is so full of trials and worriss that l am having a tough time even praying..l really need to see my pastor.
      One good thing , a cousin of my children had a baby last week, with a very bad heart defect. Her mom sees me on Facebook and she said, “l know you pray. Could you pray for Marina, she had open heart surgery and the docor told us she’s not doing well” l assured her l would ask my prayer partners also.
      I told my son, who is 32 . He became agnostic after his prayers for his unfaithful wife wern’t answered, He said, “Mom l wish l could believe in God like you do”. That is the first time he hasn’t argued or said God is a myth to me. I told him anytime he wants l would talk to him about God and l promise not to argue. Hopefully my prayers are softening his heart!

      Liked by 2 people

  23. I found this part of the trek to be deeply challenging and inspiring. So much so, that a fella is reluctant to think out loud at this point. Thanks, Anthony and Charlie. We slog on, but with joy.

    God Bless,

    MP

    Liked by 2 people

  24. radiclaudio says:

    Amen, amen. Excellent post.

    Also congrats on your son’s engagement. They look peaceful in the picture you posted.

    Much love and affection. Rich.

    Like

  25. Phillip Frank says:

    Daniels assessment is spot on.
    Mary wields His omnipotence, She is not omnipotent.
    Simple enough.
    Good thing I’m simple or it would have evaded me!

    Liked by 2 people

  26. Robert Cunningham says:

    Mr Mullen prefaces the piece with few Marian apparitions and/or series of messages as they may relate to the topic, one of which is Amsterdam. This is Our Lady of All Nations to Ida Peeredman in the 50s and it is Church approved. The main theme in those messages is the final Marian dogma to come of Advocate, Mediatrix and Coredemptrix. These are three little words but pack a tremendous amount of theology and need to be unpacked to avoid confusion. Vatican II already honored Mary with the titles of Advocate and Mediatrix (Lumen Gentium) and St. Pope John Paul II referred to our Lady as Coredemptrix six different times in his encyclicals. There has been a large movement in the Church asking for this 5th Marian dogma for quite some time.

    One of the things that struck in the article was the directness and simplicity of the efficaciousness of prayer. Almost all of us entirely underestimate the power and value of prayer. Mary is the exemplar of prayer and what God can accomplish through a creature who gives her entire will over to the Divine Will.

    A few years ago, I wrote a small book on prayer that is available at no charge but only on the iPad, https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/a-life-of-prayer/id589951771?mt=13 or you can search iBooks by my name and A Life of Prayer. The front cover is the chapel of my local parish. I touched on many forms of Christian prayer but left out praying in the Divine Will on purpose. Even after reading Luisa’s volumes and trying to be constant in praying in the Divine Will for 20 years I do not feel that I could adequately convey anything about it as it would fall woefully short. I appreciate Daniel’s work on the subject and will read it.

    Robert

    Liked by 3 people

    • Beckita says:

      WOW, Robert! Thank you for generously sharing your book! I wish I had a device to access it.

      Thanks, too, for bringing the fully approved-by-the-Church messages of the Lady of All Nations (LOAN) into the discussion. I was a guardian for an image of LOAN and spoke about her for many years. This year, one of the Synod Fathers, Uruguayan Bishop Jaime Fuentes, called again for the declaration of the fifth Marian dogma about which the Lady of All Nations speaks. There is, indeed, so very much confusion surrounding the import of these messages.

      As you say, Robert, so much to unpack! While no theologian am I (simply a lover, avid reader and student of the beauty, grace and truth in Church writings – and limited I am at that! ), perhaps primary is the understanding that “co” in the title, “Co-Redemprtrix” is derived from the Latin word, “cum,” meaning “with.” Much like the quotes (which I posted in a comment above ) Church Fathers, Doctors and Saints have long spoken of our Mother in terms which describe her in relation to her inextricable relationship with her Son. In a great mystery to be deeply contemplated and yet fully revealed, those Two Hearts are inseparable.

      Liked by 3 people

  27. Laurie Harris says:

    Mary truly is our maternal mediatrix, our way to Jesus, our way to serve, our way to helping her to save souls. Thank you for this beautiful summary of what we can all do to be closer to Jesus through Mary, to honor and follow her, and to ultimately become beacons of light to those around us in this storm.

    Liked by 2 people

  28. Kelli says:

    I’m having a really hard time understanding the following:

    “To an apostle who makes generous sacrifices, God sends all sorts of trials as a special reward: sickness, poverty, disappointments, dryness, darkness, the impression he is nothing but a hindrance, failures due to his character, or ignorance, or imprudence.”

    Why does a loving Father send this to His children who are working to teach others about Him? I am only a pathetic human with an infinitely small brain and heart, but I have a different way to show love for my own children……especially those who are faithful and working hard for me……….

    Please help me understand!

    Liked by 2 people

    • charliej373 says:

      Suffering, when united with Christ and offered up for His people, does not make one weak or crabbed. Rather, it extends a largeness of spirit – a greater sense of sympathy and solidarity with others – even as it burns away vanities and little arrogances that mar the soul. So God perfects His servants who can bear it…that they may use that largeness of spirit to carry His love to others.

      Look at how self-absorbed and self-centered a coddled child becomes. You need only look to American Universities to see how ugly the results of that are. Then look at how large-spirited those who have survived a great crisis are – and how much better they live solidarity with each other. Oh, that we looked less for comfort and more for love!

      Liked by 9 people

      • YongDuk says:

        Thanks, Charlie!

        I constantly hearken back to February 11 and Pope St John Paul II’s Salvifici Doloris for those who ask these questions, as it is, in my opinion, seminal for our times when psychology and existentialism influence so much of our interpretation of the world: “if it feels good, do it” versus the old and nowadays little understood (if not belittled / said mockingly by some): “Offer it up.”

        http://w2.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/apost_letters/1984/documents/hf_jp-ii_apl_11021984_salvifici-doloris.html

        Like

        • Doug says:

          In that vain, the girl who waits at the bagel shop my wife and I frequent just quit. The owner said because she did not feel appreciated enough even when she was verbally affirmed quite a bit. It made me wonder about what young people’s minds are being filled with without an understanding of God and value of suffering. I imagine this is why many marriages fail because one person does not feel appreciated. This is where only God can fill the void. Makes me see why the storm will be important. These barriers need to be broken down.

          Liked by 2 people

      • Sandy says:

        Thanks, Charlie. I am living this right now in my personal life. Suffering is not easy, but it is causing me to learn things about myself that needed to be, as you said, “burned away.” Not so sure that I am a servant of God who can bear it, but I hope to be with His grace.

        Liked by 4 people

      • jobrower says:

        Amen!

        Liked by 1 person

      • Bob says:

        As for how sufferings can burn away the vanities in us, I was reading a story of the Little Flower once when she was lamenting that she had no major testimony of how God had freed her from great sins like some of the saints but she then realized that it was a great grace that God had prevented her from falling into sins in the first place, but she considered that, apart from God’s grace she would have been as bad as anyone else. . And I would say an even greater grace was that she could have that type of humility in the first place. For me I had to wallow in the mire many times before I began to realize how little and poor I am without God.

        Like

    • Petra says:

      Kelli: Here is my take on your question.
      God sends obstacles to those who love Him lots and those who want to love Him lots, as a sort of spiritual strengthening process. Because it takes determination, singlemindedness, and resolve to continue on in spite of opposition, and when we do, if we go through the midst of it, heading toward the One we love, not letting those things that would turn us away stop us, we achieve a sort of victory over ourselves and circumstances and gain a greater trust in Him. And He then can use us more, and in better ways.

      Imagine a mother who is on her way to pick up her child from school when a tornado begins to form. To get to the school, the mom is going to have to go right into the tornado. Instead of being afraid and turning back to save herself, she thinks only more urgently of getting to her child. Imagine all kinds of things begin to hit the car, and trees and live electrical wires are across the road, and yet she goes on. She thinks nothing of her own safety, and only thinks of getting to her child. After a perilous journey she makes it there, and her child runs into her arms, and everyone is safe. Her victory over her fear brings her great joy. Her love for her child has driven her to go forward in spite of danger or pain.

      The challenges God sends to those who love Him help them become spiritually strong – to see they should not fear, or lose confidence in spite of the challenge. “…sickness, poverty, disappointments, dryness, darkness, the impression he is nothing but a hindrance, failures due to his character, or ignorance, or imprudence.” – all these things, when faced with Faith and Love of God, bring with them all the virtues. In and of themselves these things can destroy us, but God allows them in those who Love Him so that we can see nothing can separate us from His Love when He is with us.
      Blessed are the singlehearted, for they shall see God.
      He means that. He really means that.
      God bless.

      Liked by 9 people

      • zeniazenia says:

        Blessed are the singlehearted, for they shall see God. :0) Thank you Lord!

        Liked by 2 people

      • SteveBC says:

        Thank you, Petra. This is an excellent explanation accessible even to me, for whom this issue has been difficult.

        Liked by 1 person

        • jobrower says:

          Steve,
          To live totally abandoned to God’s Will is to live in freedom!

          Liked by 4 people

          • SteveBC says:

            JoBrower, to me this is an entirely different kettle of fish. 🙂

            I spent some time last night and this morning (before reading your comment) looking back at a few of the significant experiences I’ve had with disease and injury (as an example). One I learned something from, and it instantly became much better. For another I was inspired to purchase the substance I would need to help cure the illness three weeks before the illness occurred due to injury, so I saw later that I was cared for. A third was miraculously healed, I think because it would have prevented me from helping someone else do a specific thing a week later, so the healing was because I wanted to heal me in order to help someone else.

            In no case would I have voluntarily chosen those illnesses or injuries, nor most of the unchosen difficulties I have faced in life. Many of those difficulties and diseases altered the course of my life in ways I did not at the time want and even today am sad about. I can look back now and see a larger reason for these difficulties, but at the time (especially for the early ones) I did not feel free at all. Rather, I felt forced onto paths I did not want.

            I still to this day feel forced onto paths I would not have chosen, but at least I’ve learned that there is love behind the forcing, and I have the background lessons to recognize the guidance of loving spiritual hands and to know that at some very deep level largely inaccessible to *me*, I am deeply in accord with the forceful guidance I have received from those hands. Without question, that makes it easier for me to be happy with those alterations to my life, to accept them, and to do my best within their imposed constraints.

            I am certainly deeper and wiser than I would have been had my life been more fun and more comfortable, and I view that as a great good. However, believe me, there have been numerous times when I have wished I were shallow and silly because I had gotten everything I wanted in life!

            Liked by 2 people

          • Doug says:

            Steve, it is amazing how you can break this down. I’ll I can visualize is Monty Hall with 3 doors of suffering. Do you want what’s behind door number 1, door number 2 or door number 3.

            So true though. I have mentioned before, my wife has been through cancer 3 times. 7 major surgeries and many minor ones. I would not will it on anyone nor did I wish to participate in this. Not much choice for her or me. I could be very angry as she could be too. Both of us are closer to each other more than ever and closer to God more than ever. We are ever so grateful for his kindness to us! I see great value and dignity in suffering when aligned with Christ’s suffering. We both say it has been a blessing. I like to say about my wife, less body parts, but more whole than ever!

            Liked by 6 people

          • Beckita says:

            Thanks for sharing your thoughts after last night’s reflection, Steve. I believe there is a need to discern in wisdom when considering suffering for it has many dimensions. Volumes have been written on these dimensions. Often the suffering was never willed by God for it is the result of sin, yet, He allowed it and from it He draws great good. I think Petra’s beautiful response describes fruit derived because of how one responded to the suffering. For me this hearkens to Charlie’s beautiful meditation, “Joseph’s Way.” How Joseph suffered! Yet, he moved forward always stiving to trust and remain obedient.

            Perhaps what Jo refers to is an interior freedom we may possess even when faced with issues that “force” us to make choices we’d rather not. One of the best little and inexpensive treatments of the beauty of interior freedom which I’ve ever read is by Fr. Jacques Philippe. The “book trailer” makes a striking pronouncement: “Without discovering interior freedom, we will always be restricted in some way and will never taste true happiness!” I find this a particularly important spiritual reality to discover and embrace given how the Storm will eventually leap into tornado mode.

            http://www.amazon.com/Interior-Freedom-Jacques-Philippe-ebook/dp/B003V8BGI8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1449160701&sr=8-1&keywords=interior+freedom

            “Interior Freedom leads one to discover that even in the most unfavorable outward circumstances we possess within ourselves a space of freedom that nobody can take away, because God is its source and guarantee. Without this discovery we will always be restricted in some way and will never taste true happiness.Author Jacques Philippe develops a simple but important theme: we gain possession of our interior freedom in exact proportion to our growth in faith, hope, and love. He explains that the dynamism between these three theological virtues is the heart of the spiritual life, and he underlines the key role of the virtue of hope in our inner growth. Written in a simple and inviting style, Interior Freedom seeks to liberate the heart and mind to live the true freedom to which God calls each one.”

            Liked by 4 people

          • jobrower says:

            Thank you Beckita. Thank you for your beautiful explanation. It is perfect. I do not have the gift of being able to articulate. I love Fr. Jacques’s books and have read all of them except his
            latest one.

            Liked by 1 person

          • YongDuk says:

            Thanks, Beckita (It. Beckina)!

            Believe it or not, well, that is irrelevant…

            Once upon a time, decades ago, I wanted to be a Trappist monk.

            A sociologist did a study on “freedom” and the perception and Trappists scored the highest on perceived sense of freedom.

            I am not sure if I lay all weight on interior freedom (and I don’t think that you do), but the study showed that the structured life of a Trappist fostered the greatest sense of freedom in that abandonment.

            You, Beckita, are blessed to be more or less at the end of your years. You have a Mission. Praise God. Charie, you too. Doug, I don’t know. MP, my gosh, let’s hike the Alps together or the Grand Canyon Brim to Brim, but you must keep my biographicals in confidenza.

            The strangest thing about God, in my opinion/hind-sight/stupidity, is His Eternal Now. To live in His Eternal Now is freeing. To many sparrows and grey hairs that we wish to change (and I don’t mean swap out my sweet hair extensions, Lynda2) and lilies of the field with worries about tomorrow flooding us.

            Charlie, these months have been nice… To say, once and for all, I am where I am. Bishop Elya, God Bless him, as I said a while ago, had it right: He wrote down the names. and then he prayed.

            That was his way of living the Eternal Now. And surrendering. Otherwise, we are overwhelmed. So, I, who approach many cases–Doug, if God permits I will come to your Mother as I have with others in the past, to pray for Deliverance, but I must tell you, Doug, to my surprise, St. Michael has withheld me for months (from the Vigil of June 29th) so that a crack would form and then months later the crystal to finally shatter (to Sept 8th); give me her name and I will pray, but I am “subject” to St. Michael in this regard, but be confident that these hair extensions are viable and not just weaves, but I do not esteem myself highly, but only say, pray for me for God to honour a resolution for you for your Joy–I wish I could say, Beckina, your ease of surrender is not the norm. Your ease should be. Just as Charlie’s. Just as mine in Africa. To minister to others in confines, in limited spaces is easy… but when our psyches get in the way, then we fail or become trapped to ego. How to be free? Simplicity. Childlikeness. Responsibility. Then we can stretch our wings like the albatross, to fix our wings like the eagle, to alight our wings like the monarch and be…

            I always wondered why serious Catholics aren’t filling the Eucharistic Adoration Chapels for a Daily Holy Hour. I understand that we all don’t have the time, but by gosh, unless you have a crazy work schedule, I don’t understand it. But I understand the fear, the tiredness of the flesh and the drain on self that that discipline requires.

            In front of the Eucharist, in this Little Piece of Bread, you meet the Absurdity of God and Vulnerability of God (absurdity of God in allowing Himself to be Vulnerable). There you can sit and relax, you can absorn and be absorb. You can love: given, shared, received and not be threatened. There you can fall asleep and wake up and say, “Oh, you are still here? I am still here, I am sorry that I fell asleep, but I love you and maybe I needed to rest and forgive, but I still love you.”

            Imagine…

            Imagine if during the Storm a Priest or a Bishop, like myself, could be carrying the Lord in the Eucharist against the “norms” but for Pastoral Reasons and that happen, not just individually, but in groups… we would have Heb 3:13.

            pace bene
            +

            Liked by 4 people

          • Doug says:

            YD, you are so gracious. My Mother’s name is Jacqueline. She is very absorbed into New Age and is very withdrawn from the world. I am very grateful of your prayer offering. Last night at Adoration, I offered my hour specifically for you.

            As for my mission, I thought you and I were going to travel the Universe together? Of course, this after we reach heaven. I can imagine you flying from galaxy to galaxy with King Fu hair extensions flying in the solar breeze……

            Liked by 3 people

          • Doug says:

            YD, I’m reading this again. It is a nice gem and I find comfort. As such. I have much gratitude to our Lord. I still have the business of work (my vanity too). I am praying and looking to change that. Of course, the storm may help this along. As Charlie’s has said recently, the storm is God’s mercy. I ponder this as I stare at my squirrel ornament on the tree.

            Liked by 2 people

          • Beckita says:

            JoBrower, you are perfect to me, just the way you are. Your beautiful one line was the fountainhead for a great discussion! Thank you.

            Liked by 3 people

          • Beckita says:

            YD, you have written much which deserves unpacking. Amazing sharing about the Trappists and freedom. The Eternal Now IS truly freeing, so you would love the spirituality of living in the Divine Will in all its transtemporal glory. Thank you for constantly bringing to our focus the value of simplicity… here connected to freedom. By the way, I noticed last year there was a 20% increase in male hair extensions and many are now 75% for the season. There’s a particular line of extensions with bushy tails shaded nutty brown.

            Liked by 2 people

      • Sandy says:

        Thanks so much, Petra, for this clear and uplifting explanation. Very helpful to me today….just what I needed! God bless you.

        Like

      • YongDuk says:

        I would add, Petra, that one also becomes more Christ-like. Much like the stigmata. God sees more clearly His Son in us… We become potent crying out Mercy with the merits we obtain.

        Whilst some might contend that the self-doubt might be absent in becoming more Christ-like (“the impression he is nothing but a hindrance, failures due to his character, or ignorance, or imprudence.”), this is the key for many Shepherds/Pastors/Spiritual Directors to discern the real from imagined.

        Liked by 3 people

      • Rick N says:

        Petra, Charlie: Still a little confused here. So are you saying that If I was one or more of the following: poor, thief, sick, pain suffering, alcoholic, drug addict, pornography addict, gay, etc… I wake up every morning and tell Jesus that I want to offer up my suffering for the reparations of other sinners, and I try my hardest to be true, but Jesus if he decides to, could allow me to suffer even more. But if I fail forever in some of the above sufferings, I will more than likely be playing with fire. But, if I never fail, it makes me closer to Him. If perhaps I do fail for just a short period of time (relapse), and never do it again, that this could even make me feel even more closer to Jesus. I pray that He will only give each of us the only amount of suffering that we can endure. I wonder if it is a similar feeling as to what is going to perhaps happen before the rescue: That God will turn away from us for a short period of time for our own good.
        God Bless

        Like

        • charliej373 says:

          Well, there is a world of stuff in your question. First, the suffering we bring on ourselves is a whole different matter than unmerited suffering, so you can’t just lump them together as you did. Sin always, sooner or later, brings suffering in its wake. It is why God so urgently warns us against it. Second, you should never seek suffering. Rather, when you have given yourself to God, accept whatever He sends you then offer it up to Him, thus transforming it. A fellow once told me his ambition was to be a martyr. I told him better to want whatever God wants for him and wait for it.

          I think you may be overthinking this and trying to come up with a formula. Just take what comes. Make it a habit, when sorrows come, of asking, “What do you intend for me in this, Lord?” rather than wailing, “Why me?”

          Liked by 7 people

          • Beckita says:

            Oh My Goodness, Charlie! I just responded to Steve before reading your reply here which is filled with wisdom.

            When I reflect on your words, I think of Jesus’ unwavering ministry when He walked the earth: preaching and healing. He is the same yeaterday, today and forever and wishes to heal us as well, often through those who are His hands and feet today. So while we suffer, we also seek His healing. Simultaneously, we can place it on The Cross with the Lord so He can magnify its fruit; we can seek so many means of ordinary healing which He provides for us; we can seek supernatural support, including our own personal prayer and the intercession of others.

            Amen to: “What do you intend for me in this, Lord?” And, “May every purpose You wish be fulfilled.” Thank you, Charlie.

            Liked by 4 people

        • YongDuk says:

          Another way to look at the whole thing, Rick N, in addition to Charlie’s reply, is that our growth towards Perfection, no matter how seemingly slow, gives Glory to God. The stumbling and getting back up even.

          Another idea to perhaps glean from St John of the Cross, is that at ties God leaves us struggling with sin, even that is even grave, to lead us to where He wants to lead us or to keep us humble.

          St. Faustina’s Diary is a good reminder of the Trust in God that is needed even with our misery and that His Mercy even gives greater graces after a fall, even a serious fall. But as Charlie says–or implies: these falls should not be sought out.

          Liked by 3 people

        • Petra says:

          RickN: Believe me, I sure don’t have this question of the meaning of suffering in the Christian life down pat. I have struggled with it (probably like everyone else) for a long time. I think I have gotten a bit clearer on it since I’ve lived a little while, trying really hard to accept things I don’t like in prayer and offering it up. Over time, over a long time, I think my rebellious heart has been tamed a bit, and I don’t buck (unmerited) suffering as much as I used to.

          I am so grateful for Charlie, YongDuk, Beckita, and others offering their own insights into this “problem of suffering,” because we all face it. If we begin in the Christian life at all, if we decide we’re really going to try to follow Christ and try get to heaven, well, it’s like Spirituality 101. And just like college, we learn a little something, but further along there may be Spirituality 221, Spirituality 356, and so on, not to mention post-graduate work! 😉

          When I was younger I read a couple biographies of St. Francis of Assisi. I was shocked, because the way he is popularly portrayed is so very different from his actual life. Near the end of his life he was going blind. He was told the solution was to cauterize him (on the forehead or temple – stories differ) with a white hot piece of iron. As he submitted to the treatment he is reported to have said, ‘Brother Fire, God made you beautiful and strong and useful; I pray you be courteous with me.’ Why did God allow such a thing to happen to His faithful servant? I do not know. All I know submitting to the will of God is the path to God. Getting your insides to agree with God’s will for you is the path. Even when that path is through some seemingly ridiculous and painful suffering that doesn’t make sense. I don’t know why it is so. I just know it is so.

          Jesus told us we would suffer in this world. Is it because when we resolve to do good and follow Him the enemy begins a war with us, and God allows the sufferings because even if we don’t do so well in those battles, the resolve and determination to keep going toward God is important? I think so.

          One characteristic of many saints is their joy in spite of grave sufferings. Even St. Peter, and St. Paul, in spite of dungeons and death itself, experienced joy as they went forward with Faith in Him even as they suffered. I’m not there yet, but I want to be. Ultimately I just get the sense that resolve, singlemindedness, and determination is the key; that no matter how we mess up, the important thing is to keep moving in the direction of God through confession, prayer, and the Eucharist.
          Hope some of this helps. God bless.

          Liked by 5 people

          • Doug says:

            Nice Petra.

            Like

          • Jill Marie says:

            “Ultimately I just get the sense that resolve, singlemindedness, and determination is the key; that no matter how we mess up, the important thing is to keep moving in the direction of God through confession, prayer, and the Eucharist.”

            Oh, that hit home, Petra. There were several periods during the past few years where ongoing family struggles drained my energy, my hope, and my ability to make sense of anything. Many a night ended in tears where the only prayer I could muster was between sobs, “I hate what’s happening, God, and I don’t understand why this must be. But I’m not giving up. I’m not giving up…. I’m not giving up.” Honestly, I wasn’t sure what “not giving up” would look like since I couldn’t see how my tomorrow would be any different than my today. I was at a loss as to what to do about my situation. I was wondering why God seemed silent. I couldn’t figure out what He was trying to teach me. The only thing I knew for sure was that His love was greater than all my doubts, my failures, my worries, my sins – though I didn’t necessarily “feel” this. My “tomorrows” were still filled with an inability to discern God’s will for handling these trying situations, but, as I look back, I fought to hang on to the only things I knew to be right: go to mass as often as I could, pray, go to confession, Adoration. Actually, it had to be the Holy Spirit giving me strength to continue to seek Him for I am very weak, even when I’m not feeling beaten up. (Thanks to one of Charlie’s post on Praise & Discernment, I’m “trying” to remember to thank God for my trials instead of crying, complaining, and yelling at Him.) I truly appreciate your thoughts, Petra, for I’m now seeing the good that came out of these particular episodes of suffering – the beginning foundation of perseverance.

            Liked by 6 people

          • Doug says:

            Jill, you are taking the next right step. Keep hanging in there and remember that the devil wants us to blame our troubles on God. God bless you and I pray you experience peace, love and freedom from Jesus and the Blessed Mother. They are so tender and loving. Read John 14.

            Liked by 3 people

          • Rick N says:

            Thank you everyone who replied to my comment. I feel I have a better understanding of suffering. There are so many wonderful religious persons on this website. It feels as though I have an encyclopedia of Theologians at my disposal here to help guide me closer to Jesus. I am so blessed to have found a true family of Christians.
            God Bless, Rick N.

            Liked by 6 people

      • Al Chandanais says:

        Thank you Petra, a beautiful example of a mothers love, how much more does The Father love us and how uplifting it is to go through hell only to find God guiding us to his light the whole time as these are great victories for us in God. As always these are examples of growth that only God provides. These situations always end with us saying…I’m glad it happened, I never want to go through it again.

        Liked by 3 people

  29. CrewDog says:

    Another good verse, thought and prayer for “These Days”!

    HeartLight Daily Verse – 4 December
    John 8:12
    When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said,”I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
    Thoughts on today’s verse:
    Darkness is more than a symbol, it is a pervasive way of living and viewing the world. Darkness is the place of deception, evil, crime, predators, sin, and death. To follow Jesus means to bring him our heart and let him cast everything from the darkness that plagues us on the inside so we don’t have to be afraid of the darkness on the outside. In this way, Jesus gives us light, but it is a light that does more than fill a dark room. This is a light that illumines the heart.
    Prayer:
    Holy God who lives in glorious and irrepressible light, I praise you for sending Jesus to cast away the dark fears that so easily envelope me. I pray for strength and courage to not only live in the light, but show others their way to the light. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
    Visit heartlight.org for more

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

    Liked by 1 person

  30. Fran says:

    I’ve had this little booklet by Fr. Emile Neubert in my possession for the past year or so. Have read and reread it many times, and have considered it my battle plan too. Our Blessed Mother herself directing you…what more can you need! I’m so glad it is being shared!

    Liked by 2 people

  31. Snowy Owl says:

    The posts I just read here were all absolutely beautiful. What a treasure this is. It reminds me of the story of the treasure hidden in the field.

    Liked by 2 people

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s