The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy

(Our friend, Daniel O’Connor, published this yesterday, sending me a copy to print if I chose. It is an excellent meditation, explaining some of what is so extraordinary in this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. I indeed choose to publish this worthy effort.-CJ)

And So It Begins

Indeed, it begins. Today marks the first day in the Holy Year of Mercy.

Permit me to remind you that this extraordinary Jubilee (Holy) Year is truly unprecedented — although the Church has been proclaiming Holy Years every few decades for over 700 years, during which a Holy Door is opened in Rome, in this particular Holy Year, a Holy Door will be opened in every single diocese in the entire world. These Holy Doors, proclaimed by the authority of the Vicar of Christ, will all become “Doors of Mercy” (I quote verbatim from the Bull of Indiction) on this upcoming Sunday (December 13th).

And so, starting this Sunday, every person throughout the entire world will have the opportunity to literally, physically “pass through the door of mercy.”

“Before I come as a just Judge, I first open wide the door of My mercy. He who refuses to pass through the door of My mercy must pass through the door of My justice…” – Jesus to St. Faustina

The Door of Mercy Has Been Opened

A mere coincidence? Doubtful. Pope Francis explicitly acknowledged St. Faustina in this very same Bull of Indiction. Make no mistake about it: the Holy Father knows what he is doing. And I dare say he knows what is coming upon this world, though he is being very careful not to be too explicit with this knowledge so as to not cause the wrong type of a response. Consider as well that he has consecrated his Papacy to Our Lady of Fatima (the prophecies of which have not yet been completely fulfilled). He has urged us to read Lord of the World (an apocalyptic novel written by a priest about the rise of the Antichrist). His every decision smacks of unrivaled urgency — even (and especially) those things he does that might not be the most prudent. He does them, despite the risk of their potentially scandalous nature, because he is the primary laborer of the Final Harvest and he knows that time is incredibly short to open up hearts so they may receive the Divine Mercy when the long-prophesied events come. The mere existence of this Papacy (and the conditions that brought it about) is another unprecedented Sign of the Times: Pope Benedict knew it as well. That is why he earlier called for the Year of Faith (though it was not an Extraordinary Jubilee) — during which we would focus on the Catechism — because he knew that never before seen diabolical confusion (see 2 Thessalonians) was inundating the Church, and was about to inundate the Church even more explosively. (Hold fast to every single solitary word of the Catechism, my friends.) And perhaps I need to remind you that Pope St. John Paul II knew full well. He said: “We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-church, between the gospel and the anti-gospel, between Christ and the Antichrist. The confrontation lies within the plans of Divine Providence. It is, therefore, in God’s Plan, and it must be a trial which the Church must take up, and face courageously.Lord_of_the_World_book_cover_1907

Back to Holy Years. These Jubilee Years happen every 25 years, and have been happening every 25 years (unless prevented by political discord) since the 1400s, although they started the preceding century. Such Holy Years are called “ordinary” Jubilees. It would therefore be foolish to read a prophetic meaning to something that is a mere mathematical certainty. But Extraordinary Universal Jubilees (like this Holy Year of Mercy) are quite different: by their nature they are of extreme importance considering the time at hand [with one odd exception whereby Pius XI called one to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his ordination]. Unfortunately it is difficult to find records of the Extraordinary Jubilees before the 1900s, but we do know that Pius IV called one in the 1500s to beg God’s grace upon the Council of Trent in response to the splintering of Christianity from the Protestant Reformation. Pope Leo XIII proclaimed two in the 1880s as the Church in Rome was in the midst of so many trials (so great was the distress for the Church in Rome that three of that century’s four the Ordinary Jubilees — which had been happening for 400 years at that point — could not even be held). The last two Extraordinary Jubilee Years were proclaimed (in 1933 and 1983) in order to mark the 1,900th and the 1,950th anniversaries of Redemption. Paul VI called a partial year Jubilee to celebrate the Second Vatican Council upon its closure. St. Pius X called one for a few months to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the proclamation of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception.

So why am I bringing that all up?

Because this particular Extraordinary Universal Jubilee Year is utterly unique not only in the way I have already pointed out (regarding Holy Doors being opened everywhere in the world), but in that no one knows what exactly it is a response to. The only clear reason given in the Bull of Indiction was that this is a time in which “we are called to gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father’s action in our lives.” (paragraph 3)

Now if you are an enemy of the Pope inside the Church, then you have a very simple answer: “The Pope is inflamed with pride and just wants more attention.” Or “The Pope is calling our attention to ‘Mercy’ as a demonic ploy to change Church teaching on sacrilegious Communion.

But if you are a good Catholic who has not utterly lost his mind and set himself up against the Vicar of Christ, then you really, it seems, can only come to one conclusion:

This Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy is a direct response to Pope Francis’ God-given insight that the Time of Mercy is on the brink of ending, and we must now hold nothing back in proclaiming the Divine Mercy.

 

Image 1611 Dec. 08 19.12I’m sorry, but just thinking that Mercy is a good thing and that now would be a nice time to be a little more enthusiastic in proclaiming it would never be sufficient to motivate the Holy Father to proclaim a Universal Extraordinary Jubilee Year.

Consider as well the beginning and ending days of this Holy Year: today, the great Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, and next year, the Solemnity of Christ the King, respectively. Both of these great Feasts bear the aura of the Triumph of God — the Reign of the Divine Will; the former in its true initiation, the latter in its true fulfillment.

So can we therefore be certain that this Holy Year will be the world’s last chance at the Divine Mercy before the Divine Justice — the Great Chastisements prophesied by countless saints and above all by the Book of Revelation — will fall upon the earth immediately after it, or at least gradually after it leading up to the great 2,000th Jubilee of Redemption? Of course not.

But every sign seems to be indicating that this is a very realistic possibility.

So this is what I exhort, plea, urge, and beg each of you: prayerfully consider making use of this Holy Year for the Coming of the Kingdom like you have never made use of any year before.

I am not advising imprudence. Do not do anything you will regret if the world somehow manages to limp on in its current state for a couple more decades. So continue to honorably fulfill the duties of your state in life. Continue to pay your bills (including debts you owe on loans). Continue to do your job diligently. If you are a student, continue to work diligently and strive for good grades. Above all, be a good spouse and parent, if that is what you are: this is your vocation, and therefore your path to holiness.

But I am exhorting you to consider this: giving the Coming of the Kingdom the benefit of the doubt — at least for this year. Let it be the sole objective of your life. Some concrete ways of doing so could include:

  • Is there some daily or weekly undertaking that you could give up and replace with more prayer or works of mercy? Perhaps a television show, a movie-watching routine, a text-conversation habit, a high-maintenance friendship that is not edifying for either party involved, a sports team overzealously followed, an unnecessary news-checking habit… *Or maybe all of the above.* (Don’t be easy on yourself with this. Examine your daily routine and cut out the fat. We are soldiers, and we must act like it.)
  • If so, consider giving it up, or at least decreasing its frequency, and replacing it with a daily or weekly:
    • Holy hour — or two, or three (preferably in front of the Blessed Sacrament)
    • DWMoM outing
    • Striving to be a DWMoM in Spirit
    • Prayer and sidewalk counseling outside Planned Parenthood
    • Visits to the local nursing home, hospital, hospice, or prison.
    • Some other Corporal or Spiritual Work of Mercy
  • Always have Divine Mercy Evangelization cards on you, ready to hand out to people or simply place in various locations. We have more on hand and will be happy to send them out as long as we can! Just request them here if you think you might use them.
  • I would like to extend an invitation to anyone interested: Feel free join me at the Albany DWMoM (Divine Will Missionaries of Mercy) group’s weekly meetings. Every Sunday — starting the first Sunday of the Year of Mercy (that is, December 13th) — at 3:00pm (Eastern Time) (edit: This Sunday we’ll be starting at 4:00pm to allow local people to first go to the Albany Cathedral’s Holy Door opening Mass). These meetings will be at my home, but we’re planning to host them online as well so that anyone who wishes to join us in prayer can do so remotely. This will be both a Divine Will/Divine Mercy prayer group and a group dedicated to discussing the Proclamation of the Divine Mercy and Living in the Divine Will. The link to join these meetings will be available at the www.DWMoM.org website, which you can simply click on Sundays at 3pm.
  • Have you been feeling called out of a stressful job situation because it demands too much of your time? Perhaps now is the time to work a more reasonable, even if lower-paying, job.
  • Perhaps you could put off plans of worldly ambition, at least for this year: seeking career promotions, bigger houses, lucrative investments, additional (unneeded) educational degrees, etc.
  • Perhaps you have a large amount of free time due to the status of your state in life; retired, in-between jobs yet financially stable, able to pay the bills without many hours of work a week, or whatever else. Consider dedicating yourself in an extraordinary way, this year, to the Proclamation of the Divine Mercy.
  • Discerning your vocation, and very unsure as to what your calling is? Perhaps you could put off zealously trying to figure it out this year, and instead simply “go with the flow” that God gives to your life, while dedicating yourself to Living in the Divine Will and Proclaiming the Divine Mercy.

Aim for daily, where possible. What is most important in life should be a daily occurrence. And — as if this weren’t already true! — the Holy Year puts plainly before our eyes the simple fact that Evangelization, taking its most important form of Proclaiming the Divine Mercy, is of the utmost importance.monstrance_divine_mercy_rays

But remember that prayer is indeed the greatest Work of Mercy. Do not be anxious if some given day, or week, or perhaps even month, you simply cannot go out and do works of mercy. Intercessory prayer every day is more than sufficient in such scenarios. What we really need is Mary’s more so than Martha’s. Beg God’s mercy on this world so in need of it. Offer up all of your sufferings for that intention. Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Rosary unceasingly. Do all that you do in the Divine Will. Offer yourself to God as a victim soul. Pray the Hours of the Passion as much as possible and be instructed by Our Lady on how to live continuously in the Will of her Son. Read the Divine Mercy Diary and let it guide your entire life.

The bottom line is this: God is going to win. His Mercy will triumph. He will do this directly to whatever extent He has to, but He prefers to delegate. Though omnipotent, He is so humble that He wishes His mere creatures to be the channels of His triumph. Therefore I am utterly convinced that our efforts this Holy Year, even the very most minimal by human standards, will reap a superabundant harvest. Just give God an excuse to act. Let Him out, and He will astonish — even if we have to wait until Judgment Day to visibly see what astonishing things He did. Let Him out through your acts done In His Will.

Call me crazy, but I really believe that just walking through the streets in prayer can now achieve what once took a Eucharistic Procession to achieve. I really believe that, if you live in the Divine Will and desire to proclaim the Divine Mercy, saying “God Bless you” to someone can achieve what once took a long sermon accomplish. I really believe that handing someone a simple Divine Mercy card (or even just placing it somewhere) can do in a soul what once required convincing her to read a long book. I really believe that, even if to us our attempts seem so inadequate, miserable, and meager, that nevertheless through our prayer in the Divine Will, we can be the greatest intercessors and missionaries in history. Should we therefore stop at the minimum? Of course not. But let us trust that even these tiny acts on our part can indeed be and will be multiplied a thousand fold, and let that trust determine the degree of our inspiration to be faithful and attentive to so great an invitation.

It’s very easy for us to say “Fiat.” Let us say it this year.

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Endnote 1:

Let us say, for the sake of argument, that this Holy Year will come and go like all the other ones have. By and large, ordinary life continues, and the prophecies do not yet come to pass.Still no warning, miracle, obvious Great Chastisements, or Era of Peace. That is quite possible; only God knows the future with certainty. Even in that case, please answer me this: Do you really think you will regret, on Judgment Day, having favored (for a year) the Proclamation of the Divine Mercy over and above worldly ambitions, comforts, and pleasures?

To simply have the courage to ask that question is to immediately know its answer.

Endnote 2:

I would like to leave you with this video I made on Faith. A year or so ago I realized that a certain inspiration has been fundamental in my life and in guiding my apostolates. Ever since then I have been trying to put in words just what this inspiration is. I decided to make a video instead of an essay. Here is my meager attempt! Please forgive the novice nature of this video; all I have is a webcam and a $1 microphone at my disposal. (The first part of the video is addressed to those who doubt. The part of the video addressed to the Faithful starts at about 17:36 in).

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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160 Responses to The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy

  1. the phoenix says:

    On extraordinary mercy in little tiny deeds and prayers:

    After Thanksgiving, someone in my department at work was kind enough to hang stockings with our names on them on our cubicles. While small talk was being made about this, and remembering the ties my office has to Germany, I commented, “St. Nicholas Day is coming up on December 6th. Maybe he’ll come and fill our stockings.” I was rewarded with teasing looks.

    Meanwhile, I was feeling rather alone and nostalgic. Growing up, we had celebrated a slightly Americanized version of St. Nicholas Day in my house. And I had been thinking that I would be really happy just to get a candy cane and some chocolate. December 6th was a Sunday, so I simply prayed to St. Nicholas on his feast day to bless me spiritually and help me do God’s Will. Monday was a vacation day. Tuesday, December 8th, I returned to work, … and the first thing I saw on the top of my desk to start the Year of Mercy was a surprise gift — a sled made out of candy canes and chocolate! It was signed “Merry Christmas” from a lady in another department. Knowing that she was of German descent, I went and thanked her for the St. Nicholas Day present, and of course she understood the tradition … no teasing involved, just the sharing of cheerful appreciation for the holiday.

    So all you people who get roses from The Little Flower … personally, I like St. Nicholas and getting chocolate. He is real. And he came! And I got exactly what I wanted without even having to ask. 🙂

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    • Mick says:

      Love it, Phoenix! 🙂

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    • Irene says:

      Can anyone tell me if what I have been told is correct with regard to applying the plenary indulgence from the Extraordinary Year of Mercy to a deceased love one? I was told that if they are in purgatory and I apply the indulgence to them, they will be immediately released to heaven and then will become an intercessor for those living on the earth. Thanks!

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  2. Redsk8trlmc says:

    Yesterday, I emailed (under blind copy) all my colleagues who I knew were Catholic yesterday ad tried to share with them why this Year of Mercy was such a big deal, and gave them the link to the Pope’s letter on how to gain the Jubilee Indulgence. I was afraid to hit “send” and had to pray a lot before I did it, for courage. I told them that they did not have to respond and could pretend they never got it if they wanted , but that I just wanted to share with them how they could “cash in” on this. Later that day, I got averted eyes from most of them, but then a few began to look for me and share their own impressions. One told me about her second cousin’s baby who was cured of a brain tumor after kissed by Pope Francis at his DC trip! So, I know grace is working behind the scenes and I just have to trust and not worry about reactions.
    One question I have for Charlie, though, is –after frequenting this site for about 3 months now–, I have not seen any mention of the need for confession, unless I just missed it, of course. I would presume that that would be one of the first responses to the possible approaching Chastisement, wouldn’t it?
    Thank you so much for all you are doing, Charlie!!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Understandable, Red. The purpose of this site is not to do an examination of each of the Sacraments, but the simple way forward. I assume that anyone who is going to Sunday Mass faithfully and frequently to Daily Masses, as well as living a good prayer life with some serious devotions, will be aware of the need for regular Confession. Perhaps I presume wrong, but my focus is the next right step during these times. I will contemplate your concern.

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      • YongDuk says:

        If I may, Charlie, it’s been a hidden theme or concern, actually, Red-8. Sporadically said, so it’s perhaps very easily missed in the comments.

        It may just my pastoral bent, but the concern of a lot of readers’ comments is if and where one will find a Priest in the midst of the Storm to hear Confession.

        However, like Charlie said, I think a lot of readers here are in the habit of going to Confession.

        I do not miss an opportunity to correct people kindly that any day without obtaining a Plenary Indulgence for the Souls in Purgatory is lamentable–unless one has good reason that one cannot receive the Eucharist Daily.

        One of the requirements is making Confession within a week. That means that one would need to go to Confession every two weeks.

        +YD

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        • Kim sevier says:

          A while ago I started going to confession every two weeks just for that reason. Of course the graces from that have really hooked me on it. Thanks Fr. YD! “It’s so nice to have a priest around the house!” (Our house here).

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        • zeniazenia says:

          Dzien dobry! Yes YoungDuk, some say eight days and I have read Jesus’ words to Sr. Lucia where he said confession up to nine days after First Saturday is allowable. I have no doubt a perfect act of contrition will be acceptable to Our Lord and Lady if circumstances do not allow us to get to a priest during a storm and rescue, Thanks YongDuk. Thank you for everything you do! –Jane

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      • YongDuk says:

        My apologies, the Apostolic Penitentiary defined the length of time in 2000 for the Jubilee to be 20 days before or after the given day the indulgenced act is performed.

        My Good Gaurdian Angel wouldn’t let me pray my Breviary till I checked that and obviously for good reason!

        My apologies again…

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        • Beckita says:

          Thanks for the correction with the updated 20 days, YD and Guardian Angel! I read the Manual of Indulgences one year just for the joy of it! This is not the most recent edition but it is online for reference: http://holyjoe.org/indulgences/ It is not difficult to go for the gold: seek BOTH plenary and partial indulgences, throughout the day.

          As JoyInTheLord reminds us, leaving our merits in the Hands of Our Lady ensures they get where they’re needed most just when they’re needed. (Then again, that’s temporal talk and our Mother is intimately involved in the Eternal Now.)

          As so many have said, the beauty of confession is expressed not only in forgiveness but also in healing. It’s a perfect opportunity to dwell on opposing virtues rather than our falls.
          Charlie, in a comment somewhere on this highly-comment-filled site, mentioned the advice from his confessor, that was, to focus on LOVE rather than fighting the actual sin. (Please correct me if needed, Charlie.)

          Here’s a link to Fr. John Hardon piece as suggested by YD, yet this one is actually about an examination of conscience; https://www.ewtn.com/library/SPIRIT/EXAMCONS.TXT Love his line: “One basic virtue on which we should daily examine ourselves is peace of soul…”

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      • Bob says:

        Yes I agree with Red… that so many fail to realize the graces God has for us in confession and so many even in parishes with full pews for Sunday Mass have such short lines for confession. Our Opus Dei priest this week in his meditation spoke of the need for frequent confession and reminded us that the former Pope John Paul went weekly and Pope Francis goes twice a month so if those who are holier than us, almost certainly, need to go often, what does that say about our need to confess often? I must say though that I sometimes feel a bit embarrassed after confession as I feel like there must be a corny smile on my face as I leave and sense God’s mercy to me again!

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    • zeniazenia says:

      Confession is part of every plenary indulgence. I do this on First Saturdays and on any other day that I receive Holy Communion. Plenary indulgences are mostly offered for the holy souls in purgatory and they are indeed a mighty spiritual work of mercy. Confession heals! -Jane

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    • Beckita says:

      Inspired emailing, Red! Love it and praying the seeds planted produce sweet fruit.

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  3. Amazing! Just finished reading this from Daniels blog and thought it was so good that I was going to recommend it to this dear NRS family… And voila! I should have known our Sherpa would already be on it:)
    The video that he references at the end of the article (starting at 17:36) is also faith-filled and inspiring! Just in case the video didn’t come through…. Here is the link: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LBkwmCBHcTs&time_continue=16

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    • zeniazenia says:

      Bless you, I was looking for this link! Thank you- Jane

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    • Kati says:

      maypacemcumte,

      The same exact thing just happened to me. After finishing an online class, I found myself on Daniel’s blog page and thought I’d share it here…but (as you say) VOILA!…Charlie already had it up here! 🙂

      Isn’t interesting that we all seem to be led to read that? Come Holy Spirit…and renew the face of the earth!

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      • Judith says:

        Me, too, Kati. Read Daniel’s blog last night and thought “how great to share it with NRS family – and volia! Here it is.

        Great post , Daniel.

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  4. Daniel, if you’re reading this–stellar! Wow! This Year of Mercy is not to be taken lightly by any of us. Onward Christian soldiers!

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  5. Well done, Daniel. And if anyone out there still doubts Charlie’s timeline, go to YouTube, type in the search box “Rob Kirby End Game Machinations” and listen to what this secular analyst has to say in his interview with Greg Hunter. Be patient and listen to all of it. You will recognize something Charlie mentioned in the Birmingham video, something many are skeptical about. He also speaks of grave things happening with great speed.

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    • BD says:

      singingflowers. I love Rob Kirby. This guy is brilliant. He helps expose the fraudulent financial antics that have been going on for years and years.

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      • I do too. You know how Charlie said Obama won’t finish out his term? Watch this video.

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        • BD says:

          The video is quite good and paints the picture of the current financial condition and our heading straight for collapse. I also like Jim Sinclair but he himself does not conduct as many interviews as he did before. About a month ago he posted an outstanding video saying almost the identical things as Rob Kirby.

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          • Mick says:

            BD, do you perchance have a link to the Sinclair video? Thanks.

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          • BD says:

            Mick, I am posting the link for his video. He was off somewhat on the timing of the crash having said it would happen before the end of last September, but make no mistake, this guy was the consummate insider. I met him personally and I was very impressed with his keen insight into the inner workings of our financial system and he has the utmost concern how the coming collapse will devastate people. I might add he is a convert to Christianity.

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          • Mick says:

            Thanks a bunch, BD. I’ll take a listen later this morning. I wasn’t aware that he was a convert to Christianity; that’s nice to know.

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    • Mick says:

      Just finished listening to Rob Kirby, Singingflowers. Sobering stuff, and quite on par with what Charlie has been telling us. Thanks for the recommendation.

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    • Beckita says:

      Oh My Goodness, singingflowers! Thanks for sending the heads up concerning Rob Kirby!

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  6. Excuse me for my ignorance, but when a person receives a plenary indulgence how does she/he know how many they have to do so that they can avoid purgatory altogether? In other words, how many is good enough? Or is it that we don’t know and simply keep on doing them until we die with the hope that it was all good enough to avoid purgatory altogether?

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    • YongDuk says:

      Emanuel. while they are transferable to souls in Purgatory, Plenary and Partial Indulgences are not saved up as if in a bank. They are not like merits in that regard. (I hardly advise considering merits as something placed as if in a bank as well, but I only mean to say merits are lasting.) Rather, they only apply to what has been done in your life up until the very point of the indulgenced work performed.

      Best simple advice to avoid Purgatory: Don’t sin

      Better advice to avoid Purgatory: Love a whole lot

      Do both together and you are golden and always throw yourself on the Mercy of God!

      Maybe some NRS folks could post a link or two, like Fr. Harden, on Indulgences and Merits,

      Personally, I cannot wait to get to Purgatory so that I can learn how to love how I should have always loved throughout my whole life, because, unless I change into a Seraph in the way I love, I know there is no way else I will endure standing before God in Heaven the way I am now, sadly. In this regard, I am very much looking forward to the Mercy that is the Storm so that my heart shall be changed hopefully once and for all and abound unto Love. (Please don’t think I am waiting to change, just that I have been praying for years for that grace; at least, God keeps me humble… I think.)

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      • Petra says:

        I hope this is a good context to share this with all of you. It is something I just *learned* (an epiphany? an insight from my good guardian angel? or maybe just the fruit of meditation.)

        I always thought the word “mitzvoh” in Yiddish meant “good deed.” I thought when Jewish people did a mitzvoh it was similiar to our concept of charity, and was something that earned merit for them in heaven such as our belief doing charitable works earn merit in heaven. But recently I learned *mitzvoh* means *commandment.* For Jewish people, all of the law, all the rituals are commandments. So in Judiasm, common acts of obedience to God’s law (things like wearing a phylactery or how to keep Sabbath) are mitvohs, and if done correctly, earn merit, because doing them is obeying God’s commandments.

        After I learned this, in my prayerful reflections it occurred to me what Jesus was saying when He said, “This is my commandment (mitzvoh). That you should love one another as I have loved you.” And I believe I came to understand the merit we receive for loving one another, for loving and praying for our enemies, for loving God above all things, and our neighbor as our selves, is because it fulfills the new law of the new covenant given to us by Jesus (God).

        The continuity of obedience to God’s law between the old law and the new law helped me to see how Jesus not only fulfills the old law, but amplifies and perfects it with the commandment to love. And I understand at a much deeper level why God rewards love. It’s a mitvoh.
        God bless.

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        • Beckita says:

          It fits perfectly, Petra. Love will be the measure of our judgment and, as YD says, the way to avoid purgatory and the work of purgatory if needed. “And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.’ (Matthew 25:40) Hence, one of Mother Teresa’s common mottos: “You did it to me.”

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      • James I. McAuley says:

        Yong Duk,

        Ask the Lord to set you spiritually afire like the Seraphim Isaiah saw (Isaiah 6). This is the one aspect of Byzantine spirituality that will spiritually profitable for you. Read all of Chapter 6.

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        • YongDuk says:

          «ми, херувимів таємно уявляючи… »

          Doug, Forgive me and Thank you for your Generosity, but I feel to simply be a “Man of Mystery” as Charlie said…

          However, rest assured, I am confident, should the Lord desire me to ordain you to the Deaconate in the Midst of the Storm should Dioceses breakdown and my own proper Authority be sustained, He will grab me by the Hair and lift me up to wherever you shall be, as He has so blessed and gifted me to do before at least with the Dying in bringing the Sacraments.

          I am looking forward to our Universal Outing with MP and the rest of the Kid’s Section in Heaven with our Chaperones like Lynda, Nancy, Janet, and Beckinita, should they want to come.

          In the Immaculata,
          +Young Duck

          P.S. That’s six, Beckinita 😉

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          • James Ignatius McAuley says:

            Yong Duk,

            While it was not intended as a reply to me, since I do know I am called to the DIaconate having that response below mine with the reference to Daniel was amazing. In any event, it is Advent, and I still recommend Isaiah (as Ambrose recommended it to Augustine). I am reading Jerome/Origen’s Commentary on this book. Simply beautiful!

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          • YongDuk says:

            God has not shown me your soul, I merely a Cherubim at this point, Holding the Eucharist as I have been blessed to do…

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          • Doug says:

            I understand YD. I thought that would be the case. Although, I can’t imagine me being ordained during the storm. I can imagine such after, if I survive, in that I will be part of the clean up crew for souls.

            I would be truly honored if I were ordained by you. Maybe it will be possible after the storm. It is a long way off though. If I get accepted which would be in late 2016, formation would start in the fall of 2017 and last for 4 years. For now, I must be taught by God’s formation. But if you want to travel here in the mean time if God carries you by your king Fu hair extensions or if you get carried by a flying squirrel, I will be most grateful to see you and receive a blessing.

            So I must wait patiently and in the words of Peter in the Gospel of John, “Lord, where else shall we go. You have the words of eternal life”. Squirrelly yors, Doug

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Yong Duk, Your last paragraph is beautiful…so is your humility.

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Yong Duk, your last paragraph is beautiful…and so is your humility.

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Emanuel, I can’t speak for anyone else, but I just do whatever I am able to do to obtain indulgences and graces and then offer them all for the Holy Souls and for the intentions of the Blessed Virgin who knows best where the graces are needed. I believe I learned this from St.Catherine of Siena, St. Catherine of Laboure, St.Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross and many other Saints…and I remember Jesus telling them not to worry about themselves in one way or another, that He would take care of them if they offered everything in union with Him, His Passion and did this for others. Hope that helps. We can’t out do God in generosity.

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      • JoyInTheLord says:

        The 33-day consecration explicitly states that we leave all the merits we earn to the hands of Our Lady who distributes them as she knows best. I think St Maximilian Kolbe also posits this idea.

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      • zeniazenia says:

        Yes Snowy Owl and Emanuel– One of the difficult detachments for me (seems silly now)when making the St. Louis de Montfort’s true devotion to Jesus through Mary total consecration was to separate myself from the intended recipient of the indulgence earned. (Before that I had many favorite family intentions). When we make the consecration, Our Lady asks us to trust in her choice of destinations and recipients, since we are using our Lord’s and Lady’s treasury of merit. We are consoled when Our Lady teaches us that abandonment, detachment and trust makes it possible to offer an indulgence without pride, vanity and selfishness (most common sins I think). This in effect makes the possibility of receiving a true PI better than if we allowed ourselves to pray for our own intentions– so more valuable to the Church. –Jane

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          Zenia and all of you, I would just like say something here about this- for the hopes of people who do not know about the 33 day Consecration or many of these devotions, especially for non-Catholics or lapsed Catholics. Many of you Catholics in here are very holy and very knowledgeable and it can be a bit intimidating for a new person 🙂 and so I am only sharing this for that reason.
          When I was first called back to the Church it was by Mary, through Medjugorje (after a few years of searching and praying for direction) One day, I ran across a little black prayer book and started to read some prayers for the Holy Souls and I cannot explain here what happened to me…but I panicked because we have many non-Catholics involved in our family (Dad and his side are Lutheran) I called my Mom crying because I couldn’t understand at the time who was praying for their souls!?! We talked and I asked her if there was such thing as Catholic book store..(can you believe I was raised Catholic and did not know this? lol) anyway I went and I know now the Lord and Mary literally lead me to what I needed. I then went home and started praying prayers with hefty indulgences, and there are many but me,knowing absolutely nothing about this , going to Confession and Mass as much as possible and offering up everything for the Holy Souls! I did this as faithfully as was humanly possible every single day and it was hard because I was a very young single mother of two children. About two years into doing this I was woken up one night with people, souls, all over my room, they were kneeling in prayer so I got right up, knelt down and prayed the Our Father with them and I saw with my own eyes the incredible power of this prayer Jesus gave to us. Then many more came..and I never spoke with them on a personal level, we just prayed. Then one night I woke up to my room filled with so many souls and they were all SO excited! I was looking around this tiny room I was sleeping in thinking how in the world can all these people be in this room??? I couldn’t understand what they were all so happy about and then suddenly this very average looking woman appeared and they all just about exploded with JOY! I was still confused and I noticed she was looking for someone and then she looked at me and smiled and I think I may have fainted because suddenly she was PURE LIGHT and dressed all in white and shining so brightly and she had roses under her feet and she folded her hands in prayer, looked up to God and Heaven and beams of light came from her hands and covered all the people in the room….and they all left. Everything was just gone and there I was in that little dark room. I was completely filled with joy and so heart broken all at the same time. They left me there. For 3 months I was devastated because everything here is so dark and dull and base compared to what I had experienced. I had no idea what to do but… I was a mother so it was pretty obvious what I had to do 🙂 My Spiritual director, whom I had just begun seeing, told me to leave it all with God and thank Him because He had heard my prayers for these souls…my sister had to tell me it was our Lady of Grace..I knew so very little! So, even if we are ignorant of some of these things, God still responds to the desire of our hearts as long as they are true and come from love, which of course is God..and I think this is why I was allowed to see this!

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    • zeniazenia says:

      Hi Emanuel– The most difficult part of receiving a plenary indulgence is the complete turning away from all sin in my life, think about that –all attachment to even venial sin! This is the most difficult part (one true plenary indulgence is enough to avoiding purgatory until we commit another sin). We might think we are receiving a plenary indulgence every day but since we may be attached to sin in this world, we may never have received even one true PI but only partial ones. We leave those problems to Our Lord and Lady and continue to pray and receive the sacraments, which is why confession is such a big part of all indulgences. I like your idea–keep going! love love love–Jane

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      • Sr Lorraine says:

        Yes, Jane, the detachment from sin is a challenging condition. I used to think it made it almost impossible to gain a plenary indulgence. But then I found this article (link below) that makes sense to me. The detachment from sin, even venial sin, doesn’t mean we have to be perfect or have no sinful tendencies. We all suffer the effects of original sin. But that’s different from being attached to a certain venial sin, in the sense that we don’t try to avoid it, or we may even just accept it as part of our life. I then felt more hopeful that gaining plenary indulgences is something we can do with the help of God’s grace.
        http://the-hermeneutic-of-continuity.blogspot.com/2006/05/plenary-indulgences-not-impossible.html

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    • Thank you all for thoughtful replies. Y’all gave me a lot of spiritual food for thought.

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      • YongDuk says:

        Thanks, All for pitching in as well!

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Emanuel, I’m sorry if I caused any confusion here, I wasn’t aware you were asking about the 33 Day Consecration. I have not done that yet. 🙂

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        • Mick says:

          Oh, Snowy, are you planning on making the 33-day consecration soon? I do hope so. It will absolutely change your life. If you want a “prayer buddy” to do it with you, I’d be glad to. Just name the day. (We could even start tomorrow on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, if you’d like.) 🙂

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Mick, I was waiting to start it on December 31st…so I would be done by February 2 on the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary! I thought you had to start it 33 days before a Feast Day so the consecration was on the 34th day? Or doesn’t that matter? I would love to do it along with you.

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          • YongDuk says:

            Oh, Nocturnal Squirrel-Eater, I started my consecration on January 1 and ended it on February 2, two Great Marian Feasts. Don’t tell me that I was wrong and it was not valid! 😉 And surely don’t tell me Gaurdian Angel (sic. what is up with the u before the a!!!! Gaudate anyone?) that he is wrong to be happy to be a Marian Angel now!

            (Those dates were from the little, powder-ish blue hard cover St. Louis de Montfort book.)

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          • Mick says:

            Snowy–I mean, Nocturnal Squirrel-Eater (good one, YD!)–although the St. Louis de Monfort book (and pretty much everything I’ve ever seen written about the 33-day consecration) suggests a start date that will end up with the consecration on a Marian feast day, that is not a requirement. One can start and end on any day. I had no idea that you had a start-day picked out. I’m just overjoyed that you’re going to do it! Yay!

            So, will you please remind me a couple of days before December 31? I will write it on my calendar, but I am rather absent-minded and don’t want to forget to start (and I often forget to look at my calendar). Also, will you be using the de Monfort book or Fr. Michael Gaitley’s book as your preparation? I have both, and I’d like to use the same book as you.

            I know that in the past year-and-a-half, a couple of different groups of people on this site have done the consecration prep together. Snowy, would it be OK with you if I made a general shout-out to anybody else who would like to join us? (Oh, wait… I guess I just did, didn’t I?)

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          • Mick says:

            YD, it looks like your start date was a tad off; but I’m pretty sure that bishops (and their Gaudate Angels) are given special latitude. I’m guessing that Mary will let you take a mulligan (or and inverse-mulligan, as the case may be, since it would require more days rather than fewer days). 🙂

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          • YongDuk says:

            I may have started it on the Vigil of the Feast of the Mother of God, so my Gaudate Angel should still be good with Mary!

            I am forgetful. In another post, I got confused between bologna (baloney) and salami and said that I took a train en route to Lourdes through Bologna when it should have said through “Salami.”

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Mick and YongDuk, I really love you two! All I do is sit here and laugh, you are both just a hoot! Maybe I should change my name (yet again) to Nocturnal Squirrel-Eater, I’m guessing it isn’t taken LOL
            And Mick yes, give a shout..about the 31st. I tried to order the book and they are all out, so I need to go back and look at the few sites I found and see if I can just use the online version.

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          • Doug says:

            Perfect! Then you will really give a “hoot”

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Mick, I just checked through the fish-eaters site I posted earlier and it has everything laid out perfectly so I’m just going to use that..and I believe I have almost all of the books and prayers mentioned on it, here somewhere. The imitation of Christ, True devotion to Mary etc.
            Wow, this is quite amazing. It almost scares me!

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          • Mick says:

            We love you, too, Snowy!

            I took a look at the Fish Eaters site. I’ll use it, too, when we do our prep. I know that it looks like a lot. But True Devotion to Mary isn’t that long (if you haven’t read it yet, you should be able to knock it out in the next week or two). And the daily prayers and readings aren’t that bad, from what I remember (it’s been a while). And don’t worry if on the day of consecration you’re not able to give alms or get to Confession or Mass. Those would all be great, they’re not required. So if one of those things can’t happen, go ahead and make the consecration anyway. It will still have effect, and it will still be wildly pleasing to Our Lord and Our Lady.

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    • guest says:

      I remember reading something about St Therese of Liseux. She said that when she appeared before God after death she hoped to have nothing to offer Him. She meant that all prayers, indulgences and works she had she was going to offer for others. This is a profound idea because she was showing us how God loves, if we continue to always love and give that love, God will take care of us, so we should not worry about ourselves if we are truly doing our best to live in His Will.
      Another thing, Pelianito wrote a post s few years ago where she felt inspired to offer all prayers for “Mary’s intentions”. All of her private intentions where tucked into Mary heart for her to take care of when the time was right. This is also another expression of complete trust because it is how a mother loves her children. She directs them, and pays attention to all their needs, they only need to ask once. A mother will never forget to take care of you, especially our Blessed Mother. But she does need us to help her with our prayers and works as she tries to help her children.

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    • Beckita says:

      Late to the party, yet I wish to share a “Daring Teaching on Purgatory!” The beauty of the teaching is that striving for its main component, true trust, also places us squarely in our TDL motto, that is, Trust Do Love. Imagine that, Friends! We who are about the work of acknowledging God, taking the next right step and being a sign of hope so we may TDL are working our way out of purgatory, NOW!

      Having “said” that, I welcome the idea of embracing purgatory if need be. From the mystical literature I have read, it is clear that NO ONE in purgatory would for even a split second wish to come back to earth. They know they can never sin again and they only
      y-e-a-r-n to be in the Beatific Vision! They embrace the process of “learning to love.” (So well said, YD.)

      Before I share the link of this daring teaching, I wish to remind myself and us all to pray for the holy souls and not just in the month of November. They need us and gaining indulgences for them, both partial and plenary, is certainly part of the little we can do, day by day, quite easily. (See the link in a post above, although, I misspoke of these indulgences as merits. Thank you for the correction of this language, YD.) One practice I find easy to do for these purgating souls is to sprinkle a little holy water their way when blessing myself. Vassula describes quite the encounter with these souls and holy water. I’m grateful to be able to use water which has been blessed using the old Roman Ritual Blessing. Vassula described a time when it seemed as if all of purgatory rushed to her holy water as she sprayed some while praying for the souls. Superstitious? Not one bit. Praying for them, in faith, with a powerful sacramental refreshes them by God’s Grace.

      Now for the teaching: http://contemplativehomeschool.com/2014/08/22/st-thereses-daring-teaching-purgatory/ It comes from one of the links on the side of the page here: Contemplative Homeschool

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      • Paul says:

        Hi Beckita…in order to satisfy my obligation to pray for the Holy Souls, I started praying St. Gertrude’s prayer each evening just before retiring. It’s quick, easy, and I think covers all the bases.

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      • YongDuk says:

        Beckinita, forgive me, but I must put forward this document from the CDF if the Vassula you are referring to is Vassula Rydén: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20070125_vassula-ryden_en.html

        I wish not to enter into controversy nor into dialogue in this matter and in no way squelch your spirituality. If your Spiritual Director has cleared you to read her writings and such, I honour that, but I kindly and humbly ask that due to the controversy for the sake of the Faithful and potentially less-Formed-and-Informed than you, that they remain for your personal use and not direct reference.

        I submit to Charlie on this subject as it is his site, but I feel obligated to post this comment in intervention lest there arise confusion.

        Humbly serving and not judgmentally yours in Christ,
        +YD

        cf. http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_19951006_ryden_en.html

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        • charliej373 says:

          Thank you, YD. About a year ago, I had seriously looked into Vassula. Some of the things she said seemed worthwhile, but I was very put off by her and her supporters’ combative stance of accept her messages or else. That just is not from God, I don’t believe – though when one is under siege, someone might get encouragement from above – then put it in apocalyptic terms. I am very careful not to needlessly drive someone away just because they disagree with or don’t like me, as I am told firmly I will be judged on how effectively I give witness – so if I make a committed enemy of someone who was merely a committed critic, I have utterly failed. That is ever on my mind. I asked a theologian I much respect and whose counsel I value to give me his thoughts, as he told me he had carefully read all she had written – and his first comments to me confirmed that he has done deep, rather than superficial, examination of her. I followed up by specifically asking about her relation to the Church and the Vatican’s disciplinary rulings. In the document you cite, it notes that her writings must be considered on a case by case basis, though Catholics are enjoined not to participate in her prayer meetings. I determined that I would not advocate for Vassula, but I would not routinely reject those who cite her. Following is a copy of the text of the theologian’s second letter about her relationship to the Church to me. I would welcome any comments you might have, as I have come to value your insights greatly. For now, my policy concerning her will remain the same. I would like to see her reconciled with the Vatican – and get angry when some of her supporters say there is a full reconciliation when there is NOT. There is no deception in God, though we sometimes misinterpret Him. And now, the note I received on it from my erudite friend:

          “Regarding Vassula’s relationship to the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, it is evident that opinion is sharply divided within both hierarchies. On the Orthodox side it is true there has been a formal condemnation from the Constantinople Patriarchate (against which Vassula is currently appealing on the basis that proper canonical procedure was not followed), but for her Catholic detractors to cite this as evidence against her is not credible as it is precisely the Catholic spirituality within the TLIG messages that has clearly been a major factor in her condemnation! That the Orthodox world is internally seriously divided is no secret, and despite the statements of Constantinople Vassula still enjoys considerable support from representatives of other Patriarchates.

          As for the question of her relationship to the Catholic Church, it seems obvious that there is substantial disagreement within the Magisterium concerning Vassula. The clearest evidence of this is Niels Hvidt’s report of her extensive dialogue with the then Cardinal Ratzinger and the present Cardinal Grech which Hvidt initiated back in 1999. Hvidt must be treated as a reliable source given that his subsequent Oxford University Press book Post-Biblical Prophecy – containing a chapter on Vassula Ryden – was prefaced by Cardinal Ratzinger (Hvidt’s doctoral advisor). According to Hvidt, Ratzinger apologized for the 1995 Notification (not a formal condemnation) against Vassula and stated that he would personally like to have seen a new Notification as a corrective but that he ‘had to obey the cardinals’ within the CDF. Matters were however complicated by an ambiguously-formulated letter sent out in 2007 by Cardinal Levada, Cardinal Ratzinger’s successor at the CDF
          http://www.ewtn.com/library/curia/cdfrydn4.htm
          which took a negative stance regarding Catholic participation in TLIG prayer groups while at the same time stating that
          ‘a case by case prudential judgment is required in view of the real possibility of the faithful being able to read the writings’ in the light of the clarifications offered by Vassula in response to a CDF letter dated April 4, 2002.

          Cardinal Levada’s document is confusing as it claims that in the course of those clarifications the TLIG messages were presented as ‘private meditations’ rather than revelations; this notion of such a presentation on the level of ‘private meditations’ is one that Vassula has formally denied ever having made.

          So where does this leave things? No formal developments on the Catholic side have occurred since 2007, but earlier this year Robert Moynihan’s Inside the Vatican magazine published a positive review by Cardinal Grech himself of Vassula Ryden’s autobiography Heaven is Real which concluded as follows:

          ‘Had this book been published earlier, after Vassula’s response to the questions put to her by the CDF, perhaps the decision to accept her and her messages would have been left to the local bishops and parish priests to decide.’
          http://insidethevatican.com/magazine/people/vassula-reviewed

          That it seems to me is diplomatic language for saying that Cardinal Grech feels that the Notification against Vassula was a mistake.

          My sense is that, while I can understand the feeling in some quarters that Vassula Ryden and TLIG ministries have been overly combative in their self-defence and appeals to members of the Magisterium, this does not in itself constitute outright deception.

          Vassula is certainly not ‘approved’ in the formal sense and it would be wrong for anyone to conclude otherwise, but it should be remembered that NO visionaries are given full Vatican approval while still living (or indeed posthumously, as even canonization in famous cases such as that of St Bridget does not imply a definitive pronouncement on individual messages), even if there are living visionaries associated with approved apparitions, such as Gilberte Degeimbre (Beauraing 1933) or Edson Glauber/Maria do Carmo (Itapiranga 1994-1998). What is the case, however, is that a remarkable number of representatives of the Magisterium have been publicly associated with Vassula Ryden – including Cardinals Napier, Toppo, Sfeir (Maronite Patriarch), Belgian Primate Abp Léonard and Mgr Jozef Punt of Amsterdam-Haarlem, who gave formal approval to the Our Lady of Amsterdam apparitions in 2002. I cannot think of another alleged seer alive today who has received this level of support, and given that she is not even a Catholic the phenomenon is extremely thought-provoking. On the level of doctrinal orthodoxy, it should also be noted that a Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur were given to the TLIG messages in November 2005 by Bishop Felix Toppo and Abp Ramon Arguelles (much to the chagrin of her opponents who have bitterly contested the decision).

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          • YongDuk says:

            Beckinita, Thank you for receiving my intervention in the Charity that I meant it. God’s blessings on you!

            Charlie, I contended with Fr. Mitch Pacwa on the Modernists in the [CDF] with one of their judgments given these were seemingly the same Authorities at the time who condemned St. Faustina. (This contention is about another Author I am convicted should never have been condemned.)

            However, that was not publicly–and likely unbeknownst to him even.

            I mention that as I do not always agree with the CDF just as I believe that Matthew, Mark, Luke and John wrote their own Gospels even if redacted later. (Call me pietistic, you Seminary Professors! 😉 )

            Nevertheless, there is something to the question of Obedience.

            I mentioned a few minutes or hours ago that I often stumble on things God wants me to stumble upon. This was the case of Vissula Ryden.

            My instant response years ago was (and this was indeed with regard to Peter and her writings on Peter): ok, if this is what you believe, Vassula, and write then why do you not be honest and commit to what you believe and write?

            Ratzinger is no slouch intellectually. (Yes, I am well-known for my sound bites like St Matthew is no idiot.) He is also truly humble. I can empathise intellectually with Cardinal Grech in his piece and your theologian’s insight on that fact that Vassula should have been given a chance or Ratzinger wanted to give her a chance. However, I do not see Ratzinger caving in and signing a document with which he did not agree. He may have given Vassula every moment and ever chance to make her replies and may have wanted to wait as long as he could have, but I don’t see him not standing up to other Cardinals for the sake of the benefit of the doubt.

            In other words, if Ratzinger was convicted; he would remain convicted. He would not sign his name to the original 1995 letter: He could have and would have petitioned John Paul for more time. He is a man of Truth. (If I am wrong, I am sorry to be deceived.)

            (Of course, one possibility is that Ratzinger had no dealing with the investigation of Vassula Ryden and delegated this to his theologian subordinates in the Congregation to report to him and he merely signed off on their report. That there is a photograph of him with Ryden makes that speculation a bit more suspect, especially given that she held some amount of popularity or notoriety.)

            However, that there was confusion in Dioceses about Vassula and the Prayer groups, etc. could nevertheless have made Cardinal Ratzinger act faster to give pastoral relief to those in need of clarification.

            Let me state that again: Rome protects Her children! — even if it is on the side of caution.

            Enough time had passed before Cardinal Levada’s publication of January 25, 2007 for my speculation in the paragraph starting “However, that there was confusion…” to have not been corrected or to have been allowed to have been corrected based upon Cardinal Grech’s comments, in my opinion.

            In other words, the CDF was in deed in dialogue wth Ryden. The different Patriarchs (e.g. Nasralla Peter [Boutros] Sfier), Metropolitans and Bishops apparent support of her demanded that attention and honour to the potentiality that her writings were what she purported them to be. They wrote her. They gave her fair chance to reply. Reply she did and what was the result?

            The Letter of January 25, 2007 and the line starting, “the Congregation wishes to state the following”, viz., the following:

            1) The Notification of 1995 remains valid as a doctrinal judgment of the writings examined (see Enclosure I)

            2) Mrs Vassula Ryden, however, after dialogue with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has offered clarifications on some problematic points in her writings and on the nature of her messages which are presented not as divine revelations, but rather as her personal meditations (see Enclosure 2: Letter of 4 April 2002, published in True Life in God, vol. 10). From a normative point of view therefore, following the aforementioned clarifications, a case by case prudential judgment is required in view of the real possibility of the faithful being able to read the writings in the light of the said clarifications.

            3) Finally, it remains inappropriate for Catholics to take part in prayer groups established by Mrs Ryden. Concerning the question of ecumenical meetings, the faithful are to follow the norms of the Ecumenical Directory, of the Code of Canon Law (canons: 215; 223, §2 and 383, §3) and of Diocesan Ordinaries.

            What is Rome saying numbered paragraph in my estimation?

            1) We don’t recant of our initial caution of 1995 in any way whatsoever.

            2) Ryden did indeed reply satisfactorily to our questions and her clarifications serve some merit as long as and only as long as her writings are read “in the light of the said clarifications”; nevetheless, her lack of obedience or other aspects of controversy makes us, the CDF, wonder what the truth is about their supposed supernatural origins and whether they are instead simply a reworking of the questionable points to a more satisfactory presentation now read “in the light of the said clarifications” Therefore, we, the CDF, can not say that they are indeed of supernatural origin, but can say that, in light of these clarifications, her writings do hold some merit for as meditations for growth in the Spiritual Life.

            3) Our initial caution in “1)” is really more than a caution, but we are in support of Ecumenical Dialogue and openness in light of CIC/CCEO.

            How Dicasteries operate would make any Cardinal, Archbishop, Bishop or Priest, like Grech, cynical and present his piece with sincerity to Inside the Vatican: if they had only seen her autobiography.

            He may be right. However, Levada wasn’t the Prefect under some random Pope. He was Prefect under the former Prefect, Joseph Card. Ratzinger, then Pope Benedict XVI.

            That goes back to my question of Obedience–or was it merely a sentence.

            My mystical experiences have changed me. They have not converted me. I have pathetically and sadly still sinned after them. However, they constantly call me to the Truth and in that, they call me to task in the Truth. Honestly, I would love to be naive to that Truth–if that we indeed possible, but knowing that Truth I am reminded in my struggles that I am accountable to the Truth that I know. (If anyone does not believe me, re-read Charlie carefully: he is absolutely held to task with what he knows: “I am very careful not to needlessly drive someone away just because they disagree with or don’t like me, as I am told firmly I will be judged on how effectively I give witness – so if I make a committed enemy of someone who was merely a committed critic, I have utterly failed. That is ever on my mind.)

            Dubium.

            If Vassula has received mystical insights into the Church and the pan-Christian community called into question in 1995 by the CDF as “contrary to Catholic doctrine”, including the centrality of Peter, why does she remain Greek Orthodox? All the more why would she have received the Sacraments in the Catholic Church knowing her Church’s position on doing such?

            There is a difference, however seemingly slight, between a church congregation waiting in hopeful expectation for the reunification of their Church or Congregation with Rome and an individual who knows by sincere, mystical revelation the Church of Rome and still remains outside of it. It is living a lie! And that, added to the controversies, is why I do not hesitate to agree with the current CDF of 1995 and 2007 as they do indeed seem to reflect disobedience (and in disobedience any later clarifications would cast doubt as them being of supernatural origin). (However, please note, I base this on my subjective knowledge of the mystical life and mystical experiences on not on Vassula Ryden’s writings; therefore, I suspect at the CDF my argument would hold no water as valid as the entire Congregation might hold it to be. They have to be utterly objective.)

            While some may cite Brother Roger of Taizé as a counterpoint, I am not convicted of that he claims the same mystical authority or revelations as Vassula Ryden does.

            (I also, on the point of the church congregation above, would call into question that church congregation, as one Greek Orthodox church in the United States I do know of, in waiting for that remote time for their whole Church to come into Communion. I too think they are living a lie, but in that regard their “nationalistic” pride blinds them and therein there is some leeway [as they believe and do indeed have Apostolic Succession and valid Sacraments]. But they are not all faced with God directly in mystical experiences. [Charlie, you seem to be more experienced with mystical experiences and phenomena than I am, perhaps, you could correct me if I am wrong, please.])

            Charlie, I too do not want to oppose something of God inadvertently.
            However…
            My responsibility is not to be the speculative theologian. My responsibility is to act and to defend at this point.

            Nor do I have the Authority of Cardinal Grech in his being a Cardinal. Yet, he was only named Cardinal after 80; therefore, that is a whole other story on being allowed to give strong speculative opinions!

            I am humbled that you discerned to publish my comment to Beckita above. I am humbled, Beckita, by your response.

            Thank you all for your prayers; I merely want to be a faithful servant and a quiet nobody walking with my shepherd’s staff against Satan for the Sake of God’s Elect.

            oremus pro invicem,

            +Yong Duk

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          • charliej373 says:

            Thank you, YD. This is perhaps the most troublesome case I sometimes am called to speak to. It deeply troubles me that her followers seem to disdain obedience and candor. Obedience is an absolute key to everything. Even if those in legitimate authority over us err on a disciplinary matter, in Christianity, obedience is a means of opening up channels of grace. To fail to obedient to lawful authority in what they have legitimate authority over is not merely to be disobedient to them, but to fail to trust Christ. The same God who allowed Job to suffer innocently, St Paul to persecute early, and other such mysteries has a purpose for all He allows. To be His willing instrument, we have to follow when it is easy and when it is hard.

            You have given me food for thought on the matter of Vassula knowing, through mystical experiences, that the Catholic Church is what God intends – yet remains Orthodox. I was never told where to go until I found it. I have been grateful for that, for it allowed me to learn many of the real and deep virtues and faith so many of our separated brethren live. I did not sin by being apart from the church in those times. But if I were to leave now – or to defy the lawful authority of the Pope or my Archbishop, that would be terrible sin, indeed. I think I have errantly imputed some of my own experience on to Vassula. But part of me still wonders if her experience is a unique one ultimately calibrated to unity among the faithful. Ha! This is one of the rare things I am wishy-washy about.

            Thank you for expanding on your comments.

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          • Doug says:

            And, again, you humble me YD.

            Romans 8:21. It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother or sister to stumble. I lesson I still must learn.

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          • Doug says:

            Sorry. Meant Romans 14:21

            Humble, humble…..

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          • YongDuk says:

            Charle, oddly or comically, I actually posited the same question as you back in 2005 or 2007 or 2008: Maybe she has been allowed to remain Greek Orthodox for the sake of Unity.

            I am sorry to say–and again, this is subjective, not objective, I received a sharp, but quick albeit gentle, rebuke: The Truth is the Truth.

            I had wondered at many Southern Baptist with whom I have spoken (Beckita, that is only a Dialect, so not one of the Twelve, please know or else we have to include several more languages) around 1996-1998 who have said they have had a Mystical Encounter with Christ and I wondered why He did not tell them about Himself in the Eucharist. The reply came that they would have thought Him a Daemon (and He would not allow that, just as an Apparition of our Lady would not have been accepted. Compare Josep Terelya in the Ukraine or Cairo, Egypt where there was a fundamental openness to our Lady.)

            Perhaps you are right and perhaps Brother Roger is an example–I did not receive a sharp rebuke regarding him and I visited Taizé–but after his death.

            However, imagine, a person of her fame converting would have solved much, created cohesion and yet it didn’t.

            I bow out on this, but thank you for your replies, as my heart is convicted:

            My heart is convicted. I know at least one Greek Orthodox who converted due to his willingness to live the Truth, became Catholic against his wealthy family and I keep on my home Altar a relic of a very anti-Catholic medical student/doctor, Saint Dimitrios who is a Myrovlytis (the cotton touched to his body is uncanny) who, as a child, would supposedly clap in church when people reverently received the Eucharist. (I guess I am saying, I am not closed minded to how God acts in His Saints.)

            I too would love reconciliation of Vassula, but I–forgive this word–dismissed her writings in the 2000’s due to her disobedience.

            My conversion, for what it matters, comes through Fr. Gobbi,

            I opened his book one day and I asked God if this were true. He told me–and I say that lightly–to open the Bible. It fell to John 19.

            Let me paste this again above / elsewhere in reply to Gobbi if I see it again.

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          • Doug says:

            Ah! Southern Baptist really is another language 🙂

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          • Robert Cunningham says:

            Charlie

            I respect your balanced and fair approach on the subject and others who have commented. It is not a simple issue and I do not speak as one unfamiliar with the subject, quite the contrary. Even holy Bishops do not agree but in the end, “obedience is better than sacrifice” (I Sam 15:22). So, I will simply pray and be obedient thanking God for what he wills. If Jesus prayed for 30 years and only preached 3 then my ratio of praying and speaking should be 10:1 as well.

            As far as Fr. Pacwa, he is favorite priest and has helped me greatly in confession over the years. When he taught at The University of Dallas he often came to our small nearby Maronite parish and was one of my catechism teachers. He still returns to that parish each Holy Week and is a HUGE blessing. I know that he came out in the 90s against Vassula so I accept even though I have benefitted tremendously from her messages.

            So, what to do? According to St. Athanasius, St Anthony of the Desert often quoted Job’s answer to God, “I have spoken but did not understand; things too marvelous for me, which I did not know” (Job 42:3). That’s where I must leave it but I did take note that you spoke on that same theme a few months ago.

            In IC XC

            Robert

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          • Beckita says:

            Cycling round to read posts I may have missed and coming upon the exchange about Vassula made me pause. What particularly struck me on the reread is the statement of the theologian from whom you sought counsel: “Regarding Vassula’s relationship to the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, it is evident that opinion is sharply divided within both hierarchies.” See, I don’t think you’re wishy washy at all, Charlie. It seems to me if this was clearly not of God it would already have been discounted or outright condemned with as much study as there has been.

            YD, I appreciate your wisdom as well as the honest admission concerning the subjective aspect in some of your response.

            It seems there is a fine line between openness to authentic words from Heaven and then traipsing into the addictive land of I-want-to-know-how-it-all-unfolds. The most refreshing and truly helpful part of being led here has been the focus on encouraging each other to develop total dependence on God and to be of service via the Little Way right where we are.

            Because of the people with whom I associate, prophecy continues to be a topic of discussion and it is not idle talk. I will forever be grateful for the perspectives you shared, Charlie, in these pieces, and I have brought your points into our discussions: https://charliej373.wordpress.com/2014/07/24/189/ and https://charliej373.wordpress.com/2015/07/13/concerning-medjugorje/

            Robert Cunningham, thank you for your comment, so aptly stated.

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          • Doug says:

            Aptly stated Beckita.

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          • YongDuk says:

            Beckita, glad you are back posting up here regularly.

            I am not sure I am reading you correctly, but I reply the following in case.

            I do speak subjectively as I use the subjective quite often in Exorcism and Deliverance Ministry, as you may know from participation in those areas, when the supporting prayer team is given confirmations and such. Thus, I speak my subjective with fair confidence when praying for discernment on a subject (and this was the case when I stumbled across Ryden’s writings specifically on Peter and the Pope).

            Objectively speaking, my paraphrase of the CDF stands, especially #2, but I think I should have written it in the stronger condemnatory language that the letter does reflect given #1 and the language of the 1995 letter. (I think I was trying to figure out the Cardinal’s interview stance.)

            The question you ask why didn’t they come out and properly condemn it seems to look beyond the 1995 letter and its very strong language which I quote here:

            “Moreover, by habitually sharing in the sacraments of the Catholic Church, even though she is Greek Orthodox, Mrs Ryden is causing considerable surprise in various circles of the Catholic Church. She appears to be putting herself above all ecclesiastical jurisdiction and every canonical norm, and in effect, is creating an ecumenical disorder that irritates many authorities, ministers and faithful of her own Church, as she puts herself outside the ecclesiastical discipline of the latter.

            “Given the negative effect of Vassula Ryden’s activities, despite some positive aspects, this Congregation requests the intervention of the Bishops so that their faithful may be suitably informed and that no opportunity may be provided in their Dioceses for the dissemination of her ideas. Lastly, the Congregation invites all the faithful not to regard Mrs Vassula Ryden’s writings and speeches as supernatural and to preserve the purity of the faith that the Lord has entrusted to the Church.”

            http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_19951006_ryden_en.html

            see also:

            http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_19780225_norme-apparizioni_en.html

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          • Beckita says:

            YD, you have been very clear I think. Your reference to subjectivity was in this statement: “Charle, oddly or comically, I actually posited the same question as you back in 2005 or 2007 or 2008: Maybe she has been allowed to remain Greek Orthodox for the sake of Unity. I am sorry to say–and again, this is subjective, not objective, I received a sharp, but quick albeit gentle, rebuke: The Truth is the Truth.”

            The Church documents are to be honored. Period. I obey. I especially look forward to the intensity of the Storm and final Rescue for the conversions and the spiritual unity God will bring. In addition, in my own contemplation (Charlie DID NOT say this nor am I quoting anyone.), it just seems to me that a fruit of what we are going through will be the vindication of any authentic prophecy which has been censured as well as the unmasking of what has been falsely promoted as authentic in the prophetic realm. God’s Will be done.

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          • charliej373 says:

            I think you are right on target, Beckita.

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          • YongDuk says:

            Amen, Amin, Amen!

            The thought of God bringing out of Darkness into Light the Truth… Is at once humbling, scary, and exciting.

            The Devil says: You are deceived.

            God gives you peace.

            And you hold the Staff and hope against hope.

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        • Beckita says:

          Thank you, YD. You are, at once, gentle and true. I was previously aware of both documents to which you have linked and I clearly see your point of caution which is well taken.

          Charlie, thank you so much for sharing the assessment of Vassula and her status within the Church from your obviously brilliant, knowledgeable theologian friend. I am also aware of the nasty, antagonistic style of many of Vassula’s supporters. Thanks too, Charlie, for sharing your process of considering her messages and what has grown around her.

          It seems to me, the alleged mystical experiences and messages of those now in a zone without clear authenticity or definite falseness established and/or formal declarations made will soon be revealed for what they truly are. Until that time, I wish not to detract from your mission and message, Charlie, which is the focus of our work here so I opt to gratefully take the path suggested by YD.

          Finally, Charlie, thank you for your never-ending ways of honoring the individuals who are here.

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      • Mick says:

        Thank you, Beckita, for sharing that wonderful article. I love St. Therese. She has been very influential in my life.

        I am also a big fan of holy water blessed using the old Roman Ritual Blessing. Our pastor at our (novus ordo) parish is very kind about using the old prayers to bless whatever I take to him (water, salt, candles).

        Another great way to help the holy souls in Purgatory is to pray the prayer of St. Gertrude the Great, Here’s the prayer, with a bit of introduction (this is from http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=424):

        “St. Gertrude the Great is invoked for souls in purgatory and for living sinners. Our Lord told St. Gertrude that the following prayer would release 1000 souls from purgatory each time it is said. The prayer was extended to include living sinners as well.

        “‘Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.'”

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        • jlynnbyrd says:

          Mick, I love this prayer too! I pray it at least three times daily. I especially love that when they are finally released from their pains and enjoy the beatitude of Heaven, they are far from forgetting their friends on earth, and their gratitude knows no bounds. Prostrate before the Throne of God, they never cease to pray for those who helped them. By their prayers they shield their friends from many dangers and protect them from the evils that threaten them.

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          Mick, I love that prayer! So do the Holy Souls!!

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      • zeniazenia says:

        Yes Beckita- I was taught to sprinkle holy water for the holy souls too!

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  7. Marie-Lou says:

    Thank you for this article. I hope you don’t mind but I posted a link for it on Mother of God Forum. Now I need to put into practice some of these suggestions. If everyone did this the world would be a much better place .

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  8. Karen says:

    I woke up this morning to a proposed campaign in front of my still-closed eyes – for the
    Jubilee Year of Mercy. My first reaction was – wow, there’s a lot in that – shouldn’t we keep it simple! Immediately a set of traffic lights came to mind. ‘Go on Green’ – a variation of the motto I have seen in a few US dioceses for Lent and Advent in the last three years or so – The Light Is On For You. The amber light says ‘Prepare to Stop’ i.e. as the Good Samaritan did – the Offical Logo for the Year. ‘Stop on Red’ refers to the Red Lamp that indicates the Presence of Jesus – or the Merciful Emmanuel- in each parish Tabernacle. Very basic I know and also very eleventh hour-ish but isn’t that where we are at? As I started into my day I had three unusual confirmations – yep, I can be pretty slow off the mark – the Holy Spirit seems to be telling me – just do it – in His Divine Will of course. ‘ Do your best, let Me do the rest!’ In case I didn’t spell it out clearly – three things are needed – Green for Reconciliation, Amber for Acts of Mercy, Red for Eucharistic Adoration. Nothing new here except a simple visual campaign to catch the eye of lapsed Catholics maybe stepping into the Church at Christmas – or mobs of people after an Illumination of Conscience. The last thing I want to do is burden my Parish Priest but how fortunate am I – he leads our Divine Will Prayer Group! In a simple way the traffic lights fit into Daniel’s well structured writing.

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    • zeniazenia says:

      Karen– Love the visuals!!!!

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      • Karen says:

        Thanks Zenia. My post above says 7.41am. Actually here in South Oz it was nearly bedtime when I checked the doings of our NRS family. I had plodded through a hectic day with the mornings’ revelation on my mind on occasion and just thought I would share it. Then I packed up, went to the kitchen on my way to bed and the microwave clock was telling me that it was 11.11pm! That’s a tad after I normally tuck in but I had the feeling of being swept into the Lord’s Stream – that He really is bearing my load in order to encourage me. And so all thanks, praise and glory to Him in His own Holy Will!

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  9. anthonymullendivineantidote says:

    Daniel, this is outstanding! I praise God for the insight He has given to you and for the exhortation! I would humbly add that saying the Unity Prayer given to Elizabeth Kindelmann and praying the Rosary with the special exhortation given to her in our Rosaries, and/or by itself (“spread the effect of Grace of thy Flame of Love over all of humanity”) also has incredible power for conversion, since God has called it the “Greatest Grace” given since Christ died, rose and left the Church and the Sacraments; it was given to cause the change in the world so desperately needed, so God’s Mother would finally be recognized by all for her role in both Redemption and in Sanctification. She will be recognized by all as the Mother of all people and the Mother of God’s Mercy!

    The effect of this Grace is the pouring out of Divine Mercy in an unprecedented way and then the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart and the New Pentecost….and eventually after the defeat of the Beast, the full and complete flowering of living in the Divine Will on earth as in Heaven. You perfectly capture that the greatest attribute of the Divine Love is Mercy! God Himself told St. Faustina that his Divine Will IS LOVE and MERCY itself! You have given me a number of ideas to consider executing. Thank you Lord for Daniel!

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      I love and pray the Unity Prayer daily.
      PRAYER GIVEN BY JESUS TO ELIZABETH KINDELMANN
      May our feet journey together. May our hands gather in unity. May our hearts beat in unison. May our souls be in harmony. May our thoughts be as one. May our ears listen to the silence together. May our glances profoundly penetrate each other. May our lips pray together to gain mercy from the Eternal Father.
      Jesus said, “Through this prayer, Satan will be blind and souls will not be led into sin.” ~ http://www.flameoflove.us/

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        jlynnbyrd, thank you for posting this prayer and link. I sent the prayer to my Granddaughter who is struggling with night terrors. My daughter is going to teach this prayer to her and we are praying it helps with this. I ordered copies of the book for all of us 🙂 she will be able to read and understand it soon.

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        • Mick says:

          Snowy, I never had night terrors; but I used to have really terrifying dreams fairly frequently. A good friend had had the same problem, which went away after someone (a priest, if I remember correctly) suggested that she sleep with a blessed rosary under her pillow. She suggested that I try it. I did, and the terrifying dreams went away. May this might also help your granddaughter?

          Another thought just occurred to me: has your granddaughter been enrolled in the Brown Scapular?

          I’ll pray for your little sweetie, too.

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Mick, What a great idea, I know she is learning the Rosary but I never thought to tell her to sleep with it under her pillow! She will love all of this. I think I have a green scapular here, and one other buried somewhere in my room, I will find it. I gave my daughter a vial of Blessed Holy oil from Padre Pio (that was very hard to give up!) and she used it all in short order! It helped, she’s also gone for prayers to Fr. Steve who was a big brother to my kids when they were growing up..so she’s in good hands but it’s still happening to her. Thank you, Mick, for the idea and the prayers! Mother Mary to the rescue 🙂

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          • Mick says:

            Snowy, I’ve got like 40 Brown Scapulars sitting in a drawer. If you’d like, you can send me a private message over at the Steppers forum and send me your address, and I’ll mail you a brown scapular for your granddaughter. The green scapular is awesome, too; but it’s a different sacramental. If I remember correctly, it is associated with a French nun from the 1800s, whereas the Brown Scapular was given to Carmelite father St. Simon Stock in the 13th century. I LOVE the promise that Mary gave to St. Simon Stock: “Whoever dies clothed in this Scapular shall not suffer eternal fire.” And over the past several centuries, there have been so many miracles associated with the wearing of this scapular. The little booklet Garment of Grace (https://www.ewtnreligiouscatalogue.com/Home+Page/BOOKS/Prayer/GARMENT+OF+GRACE+BOOKLET.axd) details several such miracles. There is also a book that gives many more details about the scapular, its history, its miracles, and its indulgences. It’s entitled Mary in Her Scapular Promise, and it was written in the 1940s by the late John Haffert, who was one of the founders of the Blue Army. I have an old hardcover copy, but it has recently been republished in a paperback edition. There are also a few old hardcovers available at abebooks.com. It is an incredible book.

            Anyhow, please let me know if you’d like me to send a scapular for your little sweetie. 🙂

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      • prayingflower says:

        I, too, will pray this beautiful prayer daily, keeping in mind our NRS family. Thank you, jlynnbyrd.

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  10. SanSan says:

    Thank you for all of this Daniel and Charlie. I have felt so moved by the Holy Spirit for quite some time. Praise God. We have just begun saying the Divine Mercy Chaplet after our daily Mass and I had asked Daniel for Divine Mercy Cards to put out with my Christmas cards this year. I just ordered the book. What really caught me up was the knowledge of this Sunday Dec. 13th (which also happens to be my birthday)……I will ask my family to attend Church with me as my present. 🙂

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  11. SanSan says:

    I tried to watch Daniel’s video but no sound watching it on his sight or on youtube. did anyone else have that problem?

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  12. prayingflower says:

    “These Holy Doors…will all become ‘DOORS OF MERCY’ ” literally takes my breath away. What a treasure our faith is! Thank you, Daniel and Charlie. Thank you, Most Holy Trinity. Keep us close to your Immaculate Heart, dear Mother of Mercy. St. Joseph pray for us. Glory, Glory, Glory to the Lord of all Armies, Whose Glory fills the heavens and the earth. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen. Alleluia!

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  13. JoyInTheLord says:

    This site is always a source of healing and inspiration.

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  14. Mick says:

    Fantastic article, Daniel. Thanks!

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  15. Robert Cunningham says:

    As Daniel refers to the Divine Will as related to Luisa Picarreta, I will offer the below from our dear Lord to her. I would also say that to James’ point about Byzantine spirituality that I agree completely. There are treasures in the Eastern Church that we would benefit from in the West and treasures like the Divine Will and Divine Mercy that will would benefit them.

    Robert

    January 29, 1919 – Volume 12
    God will accomplish the Third Renewal of humanity by manifesting what His Divinity did within His Humanity.
    “My beloved daughter [Luisa], I [Jesus] want to let you [Luisa] know the Order of My Providence. Every two thousand years I have renewed the world. In the first two thousand years I renewed it with the Deluge; in the second two thousand I renewed it with My coming upon earth when I manifested My Humanity, from which, as if from many fissures, My Divinity shone forth. The good ones and the very Saints of the following two thousand years have lived from the Fruits of My Humanity and, in drops, they have enjoyed My Divinity. Now we are around the third two thousand years, and there will be a third renewal. This is the reason for the general confusion: it is nothing other than the preparation of the third renewal. If in the second renewal I manifested what My Humanity did and suffered, and very little of what My Divinity was operating, now, in this third renewal, after the earth will be purged and a great part of the current generation destroyed, I will be even more generous with creatures, and I will accomplish the renewal by manifesting what My Divinity did within My Humanity; how My Divine Will acted with My human will; how everything remained linked within Me; how I did and redid everything, and how even each thought of each creature was redone by Me, and sealed with My Divine Volition.

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  16. Bob says:

    This fine meditation on Mary, her Immaculate Conception and the role of the family in defeating the satan
    http://catholicexchange.com/december-8-2015-a-declaration-of-war-against-satan-to-save-the-christian-family

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  17. Beckita says:

    Thank you, Daniel, for your FIAT as this is truly inspired writing! Thanks, too, for the invitation to receive material and participate.

    I await walking through the Doors of Mercy with joyful anticipation! Still, I am haunted by those who will not have the opportunity or take the opportunity to do so. At Mass today, as I read aloud from Isaiah, it came to me: we can take these souls with us. Let us gather them and mystically walk them through the Doors of Mercy with us by all that you exhort in urging that there be focus on this special project or special assigment. When I retired from teaching, I put aside many interests I had wanted to develop so that I might focus on souls. It pierced the heart, when Our Lady said at Fatima that too many poor souls go to hell because they were in need of more prayers and sacrifices. Your words have renewed the desire to answer Our Lady’s pleas.

    So here we are, like so many lights shining all over the world with prayers, sacrifices and good deeds rising as a sweet fragrance of incense to the Throne of Abba.

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    • zeniazenia says:

      I will do likewise Beckita.

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    • Karen says:

      As you say Beckita “Let us gather them and mystically walk them through the Doors of Mercy”, Yes, in operating in the Divine Will, if I understand correctly, we are called to “Enter into Jesus, transform ourselves into Him and take what we find there”. That is, to take Jesus’ very own salvific work – His every thought, word and deed which He did on behalf of every one of His creatures in order to repair our sinful works, redo our well-intended but less-than-perfect works and everything we omitted to do – to give to the Father the glory that we should have given Him had we remained blissfully and harmoniously with Him in Eden. How can Jesus trust us with His Precious Work? And what do we do with It? We are amazingly able to re-present it to the Father in the name of everyone – For His Greater Glory!!! In His Salvific Work, Jesus walked us all through the Door of Mercy – i.e. Himself. Again, if I understand correctly, even though I am loved uniquely, I am simply one of the many (in the Consecration during Holy Mass it says “for you and for many”) and being one of the many through Baptism, I am blessed beyond my understanding and so when, in the Divine Will we, shall we say now – re-walk everyone through the Doors of Mercy, based on our own experience we should expect many such blessings and indeed conversions for ‘many’. Is it wishful thinking on my part Beckita – or do you think it can really happen this way?

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      • Beckita says:

        Karen, as I study and strive to live in the Divine Will, I continue to go back to a basic principle of this spirituality: I desire it; Jesus does it. The focus is on God. How many exactly God will bring to conversion via each one’s part in His Plan, only He knows. Living in His Divine Will encompasses everyone throughout time and the details, the exact results, are in His Hands. I believe it is not wishful thinking to expect many will be converted. I believe the prayers of the elect which have shortened the duration of the Storm have also encompassed the conversion and salvation of souls. Charlie has conveyed that the very purpose of the Storm is to rescue.

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  18. Rick says:

    Excellent, Daniel! The audio of the video was a bit hard to hear, but I was still able to make it out. Two major themes seem to be arising as we pass through the early phases of the storm: Divine Mercy and Divine Will. And we cannot forget Divine Justice and the critical importance of the sacrament of confession. It’s wonderfully incomprehensible how God so often puts us in places for a reason. I think it is no coincidence that I’ve been going to a Luisa Piccarreta Divine Will prayer meeting for some time now In Conyers GA, only to be blessed recently with having the woman who translated her volumes from Italian to English temporarily making a home in Conyers and beautifully discussing and explaining Luisa’s writings. So much more to tell, which is beyond the scope of Charlie’s latest post and my ability to articulate it effectively. As I am about to head to Eucharistic Adoration, I will thank God for His so many graces and pray for humble Charlie and Pope Francis. And thank you all!!!

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  19. Hello Friends! Thank you, Charlie, for posting, and thank you all for your kind words. As always, please pray I may do a better job taking my own advice.

    My apologies for the utter disaster the audio on that YouTube video was! I’ve fixed the problem and re-uploaded the video, which is now located here:

    In Christ, through Mary,
    Daniel

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  20. Doug says:

    Nice Dan. Thanks!

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  21. 1.2012 says:

    Thank you Daniel – excellent work!!!

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  22. Beckita says:

    In this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, let’s continue to pray for our Chinese bothers and sisters in light of ever-tightening controls being ratcheted down the throats of Church leaders and the people in China. That God worked through our little efforts when we were there evangelizing in the spring is nothing short of miraculous. At the same time, it causes my stomach to churn to know that after the meeting in October between Chinese and Vatican delegations in Beijing, there were two provinces from where religious leaders, including the very Catholic bishops and leaders with whom we worked were forced to attend a study session on the “sinofication of religions and Christianity.” Please pray for the safety of my 100+ Godchildren, their families, the ongoing communication and planning with our contacts there, the clergy, the lay catechists now in the fields, and for ALL in China. Should we be surprised? No. We are in the final confrontation and the satan is frothing and foaming at the mouth, hellbent on doing as much damage as possible, even while he’s hissing and gasping for air as Our Lady’s tiny, perfect heel c-r-u-s-h-e-s his head. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/A-winter-of-darkness-for-religions-in-China-36116.html

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    • Mick says:

      Praying, Beckita.

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Beckita, I went to your site the other day and read this. It is so sad that the Chinese Government is so entrenched in evil, because the people have such a capacity for God! I watched a movie- (I believe it was on EWTN) about this tiny village in China with a Catholic Church that was blessed if the Priest was allowed to visit and say Mass once every 2 years! The Priest had to get permission from the top officials and it took years for this. BUT..meanwhile, the people waiting would visit the Church every single day and fill it with fresh flowers and clean the Sanctuary…and pray the Rosary! They were so simple and poor and so filled to overflowing with their pure and simple love of God- I was left crying like a little kid, seeing this!!! The Blessed Virgin is protecting these people and they are so joyful! I wish I could recall the name of this movie/documentary- it was absolutely wonderful. It really gave me hope for all of the persecuted Christians.
      I will continue to pray for China and these wonderful people there!

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Oh, I forgot- when the Priest finally was able to come and say Mass, the people cried (for sheer JOY) so hard during the entire Mass it was…well…it broke my heart and it made me feel like I was in Heaven! This is the spirit of the simple, loving, Chinese Christians! May St. Michael and The Blessed Virgin preserve and protect them!

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    • prayingflower says:

      I will continue to pray for the people of China, Beckita, as I have done for many years. Thank you for the good work you are doing on their behalf.

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  23. LukeMichael says:

    This is but isn’t off topic. Mary the Mother of us all never rests:

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2009/03/hillary-clinton.html

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  24. sassenach says:

    In light of this post, could this mean that the Holy Father’s Year of Mercy will delay the Collapse, i.e. the onset of the most furious part of the Storm? (If that makes any sense.)

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  25. zeniazenia says:

    Dear Daniel,
    Thank you for the prayer after Holy Communion– Most Holy Trinity, You who now dwell inside my body in all of Your Divinity, nothing is beyond Your power. Therefore I come before you and say Fiat Voluntas Tua. I rebuke my self-will, and instead seek only Your Will. As you have held nothing back from me, let me likewise hold nothing back from you…
    I will pray this after every Holy Communion. Thank you, thank you. Hope to link up on Sunday at 4 o’clock for the prayer meeting. Zenia Jane

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  26. luvmercy5775 says:

    Daniel, I shared your writing with my Orthodox rabbi friend. Following are his comments. Thought you’d enjoy reading them. And I agree with him 100%. 🙂

    “Wow! This is excellent writing and excellent theology. Avant garde mood of the
    times with total Orthodoxy and strategic wisdom. The writer has real gifts.

    He captured Francis exactly. Not right vs left but right vs wrong. “

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  27. janet333 says:

    A “miracle” at the Holy Door in Zhengding: 10,000 underground Catholics celebrate the Jubilee without arrests (Gallery)

    http://www.asianews.it/index.php?art=36153&l=en

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