It’s Official! The Flame of Love in Ireland!

Attendees to the First Conference in Ireland

With great joy, roughly 40 devotees of the Flame of Love in Ireland gathered at Dromatine Retreat Centre in Newry, Northern Ireland for the first Irish National Conference. The organized Movement in Ireland began during strict COVID lockdown so, for most, this was the first opportunity to meet in person. The atmosphere was charged with enthusiasm. Devotees were blessed to be joined by Father Joseph Fazio, LC.

Our joy was made full when John Sullivan, Director of Communications and International Dissemination, read a letter from Győző Kindelmann, our International Director, appointing Kielty Oberlin National Director for Ireland thus officially establishing the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Movement, Ireland. Geraldine Halton serves as Secretary, Joe Sheehan as Treasurer, Frances Devaney and Eileen Boden as Spokespersons, and Alice Gibson and Marie Kelly as additional members of the Working Group.

The Working Group had indeed been at work and arranged speaking engagements all across the Republic of Ireland every day of John Sullivan’s stay. The group flew into coordinated action to provide transportation, housing, and advertising and our Lord and Lady open the doors before us to three parishes with welcoming priests, Radio Maria in Dublin, and Emmanuel House in Clonfert, a well known and respected centre for prayer, evangelization renewal, preaching and spreading God’s word.

Our challenge now is keeping up with the harvest! Please pray for the Flame of Love Movement in Ireland that, renewed by the effect of grace, it may be once again the land of Saints and Scholars.

The Leadership Team

Tasteless Meals = Fasting for Everyone

I am so often amazed at God’s brilliance and I’m sure I don’t see one ten thousandth of it! Jesus’ request in the Flame of Love that we make our meals tasteless is brilliant. In something so small and trivial that it almost seems laughable and strange, our Lord brings forth great spiritual power.

By making this request, Jesus gives us, in a sense, the ability to use the power of fasting continuously and in all circumstances. We say often that we must fast with wisdom and some people should not fast at all for health reasons and that is true but even those who cannot fast at all can make their meals tasteless. Whether you are diabetic, hypoglycemic, have a physically demanding job, or overwhelming obligations – this is “fasting” everyone can do.

And we can do it all the time! Unless we have some special grace from God, we can only fast for so long before we need to eat for the sake of having the energy to love and serve others but making our meals tasteless gives us the ability to sacrifice our food in love for the sake of others with every meal. Yes, tasteless meals enable fasting for everyone all the time.

The underestimated power of our bellies!

I suspect many of us may be like me and underestimate just how attached we are to food and thus how powerful a sacrifice of love for others our meals can be. I remember when I was newly returned to the Church and had learned about detachment while doing the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. I was on an IcelandAir flight from Maine to London and reading Saint Teresa of Avila who was describing her encounter with Saint Peter of Alcantara and his great detachment including from food. I thought to myself, “I don’t think I’m that attached to food; I can fast for days and it really doesn’t bother me.” Then they brought me the IcelandAir menu and it was all fish; I REALLY don’t like fish. I quickly learned I was a little more attached to food than I thought!

Is this really important to Jesus?

Come on – this is silly. Is this really important to Jesus? Let’s listen to Jesus from July 20, 1962 in the Diary: Jesus: “My little one, get rid of anything that gives taste to your meals. Only in this way, will I be your guest. What is tasty for you is tasteless for Me. I ask you, therefore, that if you invite Me, seek what pleases Me.”

Why? Because love is more important to Jesus that the taste of our food. If given a choice between eating something tasty but with no spiritual value and eating something tasteless that God will use for the salvation of souls, which would love choose? It’s really very simple. If we truly love Jesus, then we will do the things that give Him joy rather than indulge ourselves. Then our tasteless meals will take on the true taste of love.

Is this really important to Jesus? Again, let’s listen to what He says on August 17, 1963: During lunch, it was very difficult to make my meal tasteless. So, I decided to eat one half and to make tasteless the other half. Our Lord sadly observed.
Jesus: “I accepted sufferings without a thought and I saved you from all your sins, not just from some. Do not be stingy. May our hands gather in unity.”

Yes, let us be united to Jesus even in what we eat. We might even consider offering each tasteless meal for a specific person – especially those who have hurt us. Of course, many of us who have consecrated ourselves to our Blessed Mother give all we do to her to do as she sees fit but we can still think about those people when we offer this loving sacrifice even if our Blessed Mother will use it elsewhere. In this way, our meals become infused with grace and we shine more and more brightly with light of Jesus, the Flame of Love in the littlest of things. “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in that which is greater”(Luke 16:10 DRC); “His lord said to him: Well done, good and faithful servant, because thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will place thee over many things. Enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” (Matt 25:21 DRC)

But what about my family?!!

We do have to be careful when it comes to our families. If your entire family are enthusiastic livers (sic.) of the Flame of Love – great, you can serve liver every night (sorry for the pun). But, if your family tells you that, if you serve one more meal of unsalted vegetables over rice with no sauce or gravy, they’re going to leave, you might want to listen to them 🙂 So, what can one do in those circumstances?

Well . . . we can take a page out of Saint Francis of Assisi’s playbook and add things to our individual plate that will make the meal more of an offering of love. How about some garlic with that ice cream? Or maybe a dose of horseradish and hot salsa in the yogurt? Don’t like spicy food? How about zapping up the pasta with some red pepper? Maybe some turmeric and black pepper in the breakfast cereal – does wonders for inflammation and saves souls at the same time! Or just eat your salad without dressing.

I know this may sound very silly but, if you start doing this, I think you will experience two things very quickly. First, you may learn that you, too, are much more attached to food than you thought. But, second and far more important, you may find that you are building the nature of God through the effect of grace – the divine nature that sacrifices for others in things big and small. When it becomes your nature to choose a meal that is unpleasant as an offering for others, you will find yourself doing this in other areas of your life – always putting other before self. You will find yourself thinking and feeling and acting and being like Jesus – living the Unity Prayer – by the effect of Grace. The little things like the sacrifice of the taste of a meal build to bigger things – giving our lives for the salvation of others in every moment and every decision.

So use this little request of Jesus to do big things. Who would ever have thought that those brussels sprouts or that cauliflower could save souls! It’s God saying, “if you’re willing, I’m willing – give me a little to show your love, and I’ll use it for souls.” Let us serve Jesus the meal He wants – the one that is tasty to Him. That’s what love does.

Stretch Your Spiritual Daylight This Lent

Renew the practices of the Flame of Love in Love

If you’re like me, you may have wondered why we call Lent . . . well . . . Lent! It is more properly called the fast of Lent. Lent is a word from long ago English related to our modern word “length”. It was the season when the days lengthened. Thus, the “fast of Lent” was the fast at the time of the year when the days lengthened – Lent for short.

But, interesting etymology aside, there’s a valuable spiritual analogy here. Sometimes it can feel like the practices of the Flame of Love are a continual Lent. There’s a reason for that. Those practices of setting aside what we want for ourselves for the sake of others – not in spiritual pride, as spiritual gymnastics, or in the desire for a great reward but in love – those practices of setting ourselves aside for others increase the spiritual daylight in our lives and drive out the dark. This is what makes The Flame of Love such a rocket ride to holiness.

In the Flame of Love, Jesus invites us into such close unity with Him that we live His life of selfless loving sacrifice for others continually – not just during Lent. This has an amazing effect on our lives – the effect of grace. I don’t know how many people I talk to who say the same thing about the Flame of Love: they can’t explain it, they don’t know how, but somehow something has changed. There’s a change inside that they and others can sense. That’s the effect of grace – longer daylight in their souls! Let’s explore how this works with the scriptures.

How the days grow longer

Let’s look at Rom 5:2-5: “through whom [Jesus] we have gained access [by faith] to this grace in which we stand, and we boast in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we even boast of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance, proven character, and proven character, hope, and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the holy Spirit that has been given to us.”

We see from the last verse that the Holy Spirit enables us to love with the love of God rather than our faulty, unsustainable human love. This comes by grace as we see in the first verse. Because of that, we don’t run from afflictions but boast in them or, as other translations read, exult in them. Why? Because the more opportunities we have to pour out our lives for others in love at the prompting of grace, the more grace has its effect so that we are transformed into the very nature of Jesus and are able to endure, persevere in love in all circumstances.

Saint James says the same thing in the first chapter of his letter: “Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. And let perseverance be perfect, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” That perseverance in loving makes us perfect – conformed to the image of Christ.

So every time we give up our time in love of others for prayer, Mass, and Adoration, we are increasing our daylight. Every time we fast or make our meals tasteless, we are increasing our daylight. Every time we rearrange our schedule to keep vigil, every time we embrace our sufferings for their redemptive value for others, every time we put down our entertainment to give our time entirely to our Lord and Lady for the salvation of souls, we are lengthening our daylight until there is no more darkness. Then we will shine continually – always being Jesus, always blessing others by giving up of ourselves – just like our Father.

Shine as a continuous blessing

Look at this passage in the Diary from February 29, 1964: Jesus: “Your homage pleases Me, My little one, but I will explain the words, ‘True God and true Man.’ If this were not true, how could you come closer to Me? I let Myself be known to you as true God and true Man. Not only you, but all those who eat My Body and drink My Blood. As true God, I penetrate your heart and as true Man, I speak to you because My human Heart beats at the same rhythm as My Divinity. Your heart beats to the same rhythm as My Heart. Do you know what this means? It means that you participate in My Divinity.
All who feel with Me and whose thoughts are My thoughts will receive this participation. Whoever lives this way can only bless. This blessing increases the effect of My work of Redemption. This effect makes you saints.”

So let us renew our commitment to the practices of the Flame of Love to lengthen the daylight in our souls during Lent and every day of the year until the daylight shines continuously, until the effect of grace has made us saints who can only bless. This is our calling. The world needs us to be saints in spite of our weakness. Shine with the light of day.

The Depth of Forgiveness

No, this reflection is not about God’s forgiveness toward us although that depth is unfathomable. This reflection is about the depth of our forgiveness of others – a critical topic for November, the month of the souls in Purgatory.
Why are souls there? One reason is to endure the temporal punishment for their sins. They still have a debt of justice to pay. But wait, I thought our sins were forgiven by the sacrifice of Jesus? Yes, our infinite debt of justice owed to God was paid by Jesus – the only one who could. But, when we sin, we incur a debt of justice not only to God but to each other.

When I sin against you, I have incurred a debt of justice to you – you have a claim of justice over me. God, as a God of justice, does not usurp your right to that claim. I still must pay that debt to you in this life or the next . . . unless you forgive me. This leads us to the phrase we pray so often, “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” We must learn to forgive one another. Many of us gloss over that and assume we do. I’d like to challenge that assumption.

What are we going to do when we arrive at the entrance to Heaven and, over Jesus’ shoulder, we see the person who molested our child? They are there because they repented bitterly of their sins, changed their lives even if only at the moment of death, and were forgiven. Are we going to say, “there’s not enough room in Heaven for them and me?” If we do, guess who’s not entering. What will we say when we seen the man who raped us? The terrorist who killed our wife or husband in the September 11th attacks? The con artist who swindled our family out of everything and left us penniless? If Heaven is not big enough for the two of us, it is we who will not be there. Forgiveness is the only way forward for us to inhabit Heaven with our fellow sinners – all who repented.

Are we beginning to see the depth of forgiveness we must extend in our lives. When we see these people in Heaven, are we going to tolerate their presence or hug them and rejoice that they repented of their sins, were healed of their wickedness, and have come to the beauty of holiness? As hard as it may be to envision with those who have hurt us the most, we know it must be the latter by the time we are ready to enter Heaven. We must have forgiven them “from the heart” (Matt 18:35).

Souls in Purgatory are suffering to pay their debt of justice to us. Are we willing to release them? Even the ones who hurt us the most? I know this is excruciatingly, almost impossibly hard for those who have been wounded deeply by other’s evil actions. Impossible except for grace – the grace which flows powerfully from the Flame of Love of Mary’s Immaculate Heart.

May I suggest you take this in prayer tonight. Think of those who have hurt you the most – the absolute most in life – and release them from Purgatory tonight – at least from the debt they owe you.

Now some will say this is important for you – to release you, to heal you, to bring you closure. Yes, maybe, but forget about you in this. Don’t do this for you. Do this for them – for love of them. This is one of the most powerful effects of grace of the Flame of Love – it moves our spirituality from being about us to being about others. Forgive those who have hurt you the most for love of them – like Jesus on the cross – yes, may your feet walk with Him to Calvary. He wasn’t seeking closure or healing. He was seeking the salvation of those who hurt Him the most.

I know this is hard – so easy for me to write but a wound for you that strikes to the center of your heart. But you must. Until we can and can do it for love of them, we are not ready for Heaven. If you are finding this impossible – and it may truly be impossible – please read Matthew 18:23-35 and then plead, plead with our Blessed Mother to spread the effect of grace of her Flame of Love over your heart to make it like hers and her Son’s. Then, you can do the impossible.

Let us release many souls from Purgatory tonight – not just nameless souls by means of our Flame of Love prayers but the faces we see seared into our most painful memories by means of our forgiveness. By God’s grace, in his presence and the presence of the one who has hurt us the most, may we pronounce those priceless words, “I forgive you.” Peace.

Dawn Displaces Darkness

Last week, I described my personal experience of seeing the shattering power of dawn. The dawn arrived almost imperceptibly but yet most clearly and its progress was inexorable; darkness had no choice but to retreat before the dawn. There was no contest; darkness had no choice other than to retreat as the light of dawn displaced the darkness.

And that is the point of this entire reflection: Dawn Displaces Darkness. Our spiritual warfare is not militancy, of violence, of anger or fear. In fact, we needn’t think very much at all about our enemy and his darkness. Instead, we focus on being the light. We focus on cooperating with the great outpouring of grace in the Flame of Love by diligently living its practices. When we do that, Jesus is present in us; the Unity Prayer becomes our life. When we focus on being the light, the darkness has no choice but to retreat because Dawn Displaces Darkness.

Let’s explore three characteristics of the Light of Dawn:

  • Light does not fear the darkness
  • Light does not focus on the darkness
  • Light obliterates the darkness

But, at the expense of a little extra length, let’s explore the context of Mary’s statement, “I, the beautiful ray of dawn, I will blind Satan.” Mary made that statement on May 19, 1963 (p. 154 in the Blue Diary) but the context started the previous day with Jesus’ statements.

Jesus: “Always give Me new and abundant sacrifices. I am sowing in your soul the seed of My graces, My holy doctrine. Cultivate it in your soul by your prayers, mortifications, and a continual acceptance of sacrifices.”

Jesus begins talking about His “holy doctrine” and it is all about Elizabeth’s life (and our lives) being poured out for others – may our hands gather in unity, i.e., gather souls. Jesus continues:

“My teaching, My little one, is simple and unaffected. . . When your written words and your sufferings for My work of Salvation have risen to Me, My living rays of the sun will shine upon you. With the dawn, the sun rises, but the valley is still in the shadow. The early risers are filled with ecstasy as they contemplate the magnificent beauty. That is enough for now. In conclusion: live by My new teaching and return it to Me as a prayer.”

He continues to talk about His new teaching of this life that embraces even suffering in love if it brings about the salvation of souls – just like Jesus willingly walking to Calvary – may our feet journey together. Though this has been gathered in the Flame of Love with new intensity and clarity, it has been the call of Christianity all along – to take up our cross if we want to follow Jesus. Yes, new and old at the same time.

“Beloved, I am writing no new commandment to you but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard. And yet I do write a new commandment to you, which holds true in him and among you, for the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining.” (I John 2:7-8 NABRE)

Notice that Jesus introduces the themes of the rising sun and the early risers who can see the dawn rising while others do not because their lives of sacrificial love mirror Jesus. It in this context that Mary joins – her voice interwoven with Jesus’ and referencing the themes of the early risers and the dawn that Jesus introduced:

Mary: “You also, my little one, were among the early risers. When your soul was still in the darkness of night, I made my Flame of Love shine on you, and by its smooth, caressing warmth, I gave you a new strength. Many souls are asleep out there like yours was, and I also want to project on them the life-giving rays of my maternal heart, the effect of grace of my Flame of Love. Listen, currently, earth is like nature before a storm. It can also be compared to an erupting volcano which smothers, kills and blinds with the infernal smoke and its falling ashes. Its tremors disturb everything around it. Such is the terrible situation of the earth at this moment. The crater of hatred is boiling. Its deadly sulfur ashes change souls created in the image and likeness of God into gloomy and colorless creatures.

And I, the beautiful ray of dawn, I will blind Satan. I will free this world darkened by hatred and contaminated by the sulfurous and steaming lava of Satan. . . My Flame of Love is already lighting up. You know, my little one, the elect will have to fight against the Prince of Darkness. It will be a terrible storm. Rather, it will be a hurricane which will want to destroy the faith and confidence of even the elect. In this terrible turmoil currently brewing up, you will see the brightness of my Flame of Love illuminating Heaven and earth by the effusion of its effect of grace I am passing on to souls in this dark night.”
So now we see the context and how the pieces fit together. Jesus exhorts us to follow His teaching of living a life of sacrificial love in union with Him – pouring our lives out for others (I John 3:16). This awakens our soul with His light because, as we start to live as He lives, we see as He sees. We become the early risers who can see when others cannot. We see the dawn rising. As early risers, we are in a terrible battle with evil – a great storm but, as sure as the dawn displaces darkness, there is victory as we focus on the brightness of Mary’s Flame of Love and the effusion of its effect of grace.

Yes, our battle is not one of militancy, harshness, anger, or fear. We stay focused on The Flame of Love and it effusion of grace. We stay focused on living the light and when the live the light, the darkness must recede because Dawn Displaces Darkness. So let’s examine these three characteristics of the light of dawn.

Light Does Not Fear The Darkness

As my friends and I stood watching the shattering dawn rise over the Finger Lakes, there was no contest. There was no thought that the sun would not rise or that the darkness could someone threaten the light and drive it back. The light had no need to fear the darkness; it progress was inexorable and its victory over darkness absolutely certain.
Despite the dire state our Blessed Mother describes when she says she, the Beautiful Ray of Dawn will blind Satan (erupting volcano, crater of hatred boiling, hurricane, terrible turmoil), there is no need to fear. The light does not fear the darkness.

One of my many favorite scripture is I John 4:18 – “There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment, and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love.” (NABRE) No fear! What is Satan going to do to us?

Make us sick . . . . so that we can be in the hospital with the person God knows needs to meet us?
Miss every light on our commute so we are late to work . . . . because God knew we needed to smile at that person in the elevator?
Lose our job . . . . so that we learn more deeply to trust God?
Give us long term COVID . . . . to offer our sufferings for the salvation of many souls? Talk about Satan’s plans backfiring!
Kill us . . . . . so we are one step closer to Heaven?

I was recently chatting with a woman in the Southwest who had a problem with a demonic presence in her house. The dog came tearing into her bedroom terrified. As she stepped into the living room she could sense this very evil presence. I reminded her not to fear. Not only is our Daddy bigger than their daddy but our Mommy is bigger than their daddy! The light does not fear the darkness.

Light Does Not Focus On The Darkness

As the dawn is rising, it does not need give one thought to the darkness. The dawn focuses on bringing the light. As long as the dawn is bringing the light, the darkness has no choice but to retreat. Remember, dawn displaces darkness.

So it is with us. We do not need to worry about the darkness; we need to focus on our prayer and on following every movement of grace and every moment of our lives. We focus on the light and the darkness must flee.

In fact, this is the key to overcoming sin. We will not overcome sin by simply resisting it. That’s fighting a defensive war and one can’t win a defensive war. We vanquish sin in our lives not by being focused on the sin but by growing in grace so that Jesus’ life in us displaces sin. Where Jesus is present, sin is not!

Notice James 1:13: “No one experiencing temptation should say, “I am being tempted by God”; for God is not subject to temptation to evil, and he himself tempts no one.” (NABRE) Why is God not subject to temptation to evil? Because it doesn’t even cross His mind to put self before other because He is so completely love. I may be tempted to eat chocolate ice cream but I do not have much inclination to sip a cup of hot tar. To God, the idea of sin is as attractive as drinking hot tar.

When we have become so transformed by grace into the image of Jesus, those sins that are so attractive to us now – gossip, pornography, lying, judging others wrongly, seeking compliments and attention for ourselves, anything that puts self before other – will be as attractive to us as drinking hot tar. Then, we have truly overcome sin not by focusing on the sin but on growth in grace – not by focusing on the darkness but focusing on the light.

If our lives are completely filled with the fruits of the Holy Spirit, there is no room for transgressions of the law – Gal 5:22-23: “In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”

I make it a habit to pray the Unity of Prayer, the Prayer of Union with Jesus, each morning as I awaken and each night before going to bed to ask to be so completely united to Jesus, so full of humility and love guided by wisdom that there is no room for sin. If we are filled with God’s love (as opposed to our human love), there will be no room for sin: “Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery; you shall not kill; you shall not steal; you shall not covet,’ and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this saying, [namely] ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no evil to the neighbor; hence, love is the fulfillment of the law.” Rom 13:8-10 (NABRE)

Light Obliterates The Darkness

The shattering dawn was not displacing the darkness for itself. Dawn was displacing darkness for everyone in its path. So it is with us. The last two points were more about us, i.e., we do not fear and we overcome sin.

But, as the dawn continues to rise, as grace continues to have its effect in our lives, we move beyond this. All traces of the darkness of self are dispelled – even the darkness of spiritual selfishness.

Every several months, I asked in our cenacle how people are being changed by the effect of grace of the Flame of Love. A couple of months ago, I phrase the question differently and asked how they found it had changed the way the interacted with others. One woman with a truly beautiful soul replied that she found she was no longer living for herself but rather all her thoughts were about how to save others – how to save souls.

I thought to myself, “yes, Yes, YES!!!” This is the effect of grace. This is living the Unity Prayer – when our lives have become united to Jesus’ life which is completely poured out for the salvation of souls:


Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but [also] everyone for those of others. Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus, Who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross. Phili 2:3-8 (NABRE)

The effect of Satan is to draw us toward self – even spiritually. The effect of grace is Jesus and His perfectly selfless love within us always pouring out toward other. Stop worrying about getting to Heaven or how much you are growing spiritually or about any reward. Jesus will take care of that. Instead focus away from self even spiritually. Focus on bringing joy to our Beloved and alleviating His pain over the loss of souls. Pour out our lives for the salvation of souls – those near (like family, neighbor, and coworker) and those far (the ones whose names we will never know but, by blinding Satan in their lives, we opened the door to salvation). Focus on the bringing forth the light for others as the dawn does. Participate in the dawn our Blessed Mother is bringing to obliterate the darkness and this dawn brings light not for itself but for all upon whom it shines.

This brings us back to the context. Remember that it all started with Jesus’ teaching about our lives being poured out for others. When we do this, the living rays of the sun fall upon us. Mary makes us early risers, moving our soul out of spiritual darkness by projecting on us “the life-giving rays of my maternal heart, the effect of grace of my Flame of Love.” The effect of grace makes Jesus so present that even our spiritual selfishness is displaced by His selfless love. This is the miracle of grace that displaces sin in our lives.

So, as we contemplate our Blessed Mother, the Beautiful Ray of Dawn who will blind Satan, remember:

Do not fear.

Do not focus on the darkness.

As children of the light, obliterate the darkness of others.


And do this all in great peace without strife, militancy, or anxiety. Our spiritual warfare not one of violence but of displacement. Yes, Dawn Displaces Darkness!

I, the Beautiful Ray of Dawn, will blind Satan – Part I

The theme of this year’s US National Conference (and the theme for the entire Flame of Love Movement set by our International Director, Győző Kindelmann this year), was, “I, the Beautiful Ray of Dawn, will blind Satan”. Eileen, our US National Director, has asked me to write a series of reflections on this powerful theme.

For me, it invokes intensely personal images from my past. Before taking my degree in Theology, I majored in Physics and Voice Performance at the University of Rochester and the Eastman School of Music in upstate New York. I was also one of the few students who could justify a car because I made my living playing accordion in dance halls and bar rooms. Often, my closest friends would pile into my car in the middle of the night, look at a map of New York and say, “there are no roads there – let’s go there!”

Our favorite spot was the Finger Lakes. In the deepness of night, high up on a farmer’s hill, we could look over the lakes with their shores dotted in the lights of the sleeping houses. We’d throw snowballs, flop out in the snow to watch the shooting stars and then . . . then . . . something extraordinary would happen. I can only describe it as the “shattering dawn”.

The people in the valley couldn’t see it but we, on the rest of the hill could. It was subtle. Almost imperceptible but unmistakable – dawn had come and the darkness knew it. Even though still dark, something fundamentally changed. There was no stopping it. No hope that the darkness could push it back. Slowly, inexorably, dawn was rising and darkness had no choice but to recede.

This is happening – happening now. I can tell you in my position as Director of International Dissemination that our Blessed Mother is quickly lighting her Flame of Love in country after country with breathtaking speed. It is not just our future hope; it is our current hope – it is happening now. The dawn is rising.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll explore what this means in very practical terms. For now, take heart, for our Lady is on the move and she, the Beautiful Ray of Dawn, will vanquish the darkness.

Father’s Day – Our Father Believes In Us

One of the greatest gifts a father can give his children is for them to know that he believes in them. He believes in all they can be. This helps carry us through the dark times – when we’ve fallen down, when we feel like we can’t go on, when we feel like we just don’t have it in us – we hear him, even if he is long gone. “I believe in you, son.” “I believe in you, my daughter.” “Get up; you can do this.”

So it is with our Heavenly Father. He believes in us. He believes in all we can be. How do we know? By meditating on the wounds of His Son, our Savior Jesus Christ.

By meditating on His five wounds?! How can that be? Yes, by meditating on His five wounds. This is an endless source of grace:

Mary: “Start [the family holy hour] making the sign of the Cross five times offering yourselves to the Eternal Father through the wounds of my Divine Son. Do the same at the conclusion. Sign yourselves this way when you get up and when you go to bed, and during the day. This will bring you closer to the Eternal Father through my Divine Son, filling your heart with graces.”

The Spiritual Diary (First Edition); Elizabeth Kindelmann; p. 28

As an aside, I should mention that the five-fold sign of the cross is not a prayer with a fixed set of words; it is a meditation. One could dwell for a long time on each wound. I encourage you, especially in your private prayer, to take the time to truly talk to our Lord and meditate on His wounds rather than just reciting a series of words. But back to our topic!

Usually when I meditate on these wounds, I pray in reparation for my sins and those of the whole world; I think of our inescapable guilt – that we did this; I think of our utter insanity that we would nail a living human being to a cross – no less a completely innocent one and even more so the very Son of God; I think of our arrogance that we not only did not recognize our Creator but now don’t even realize we are created; I think of my desire to join Him on the Cross – to place my hand in His hand, my feet on His feet, and my heart in His heart; I ask Him to send my hands and feet into the world for healing and to do His work.

However, recently, while meditating upon His wounds in Adoration, from out of the blue it struck me that these wounds show how much the Father believes in us. The Father did not make this great sacrifice of His very Son thinking we would fail. Each one of these wounds testifies to how much the Father believes we can be transformed by the power of grace, how much He is willing to put on the line in the firm belief that this sacrifice will lead to our salvation rather than our condemnation.

So, what about those who were not blessed with a father who believed in them? Those who were abandoned or were ridiculed and made to feel they would never amount to anything? What if you didn’t have a father who believed in you? Well, you have one now. Our Heavenly Father believes in you. He believes that you will respond to His call and His grace – so much so that He gave His only Son to redeem you.

Yes, our Heavenly Father did not send His Son believing we would fail but so that everyone who believes in Him might have eternal life.

So when life gets heavy, when we are struggling to carry the cross of Jesus’ love, when we’ve fallen down and feel like we don’t have it in us to get up, meditate on those five wounds and hear our Father say, “My son, my daughter, by my grace, you can do this; I believe in you. Get up and carry on.” Yes, Jesus, may our feet journey together!


Quotations from the Diary

p22: Jesus: “Do not be distracted when you make the sign of the Cross. Think about the Three Divine Persons . . . Make the sign of the cross five times, while thinking of my Five Wounds. Always look at my eyes bathed in blood from so many blows that I received even from you.”

p28: Mary: “Start making the sign of the Cross five times offering yourselves to the Eternal Father through the wounds of my Divine Son. Do the same at the conclusion. Sign yourselves this way when you get up and when you go to bed, and during the day. This will bring you closer to the Eternal Father through my Divine Son, filling your heart with graces.”

Corpus Christi – The Marriage of Mankind with God

This Sunday, we will celebrate The Most Holy Body And Blood Of Christ (Corpus Christi). When I returned to the Church after being away for over 25 years, it took me a while to get used to the idea that we celebrated not only events in the liturgy like the institution of the Holy Eucharist on Holy Thursday but concepts like the Body and Blood of Christ.

And what a concept this is! That The Word of God, who was in the beginning with God and is God would take on flesh and blood. This concept astounded Elizabeth:

Jesus: “And the Word became Flesh. Penetrate and live in this sublime mystery which signifies the Redemption of the world.”
Even though I meditated on these words, I am incapable of expressing them. For months, I meditated only on this mystery, which is an inexhaustible miracle.

The Spiritual Diary (First Edition); Elizabeth Kindelmann; p. 97

This act of Jesus taking on flesh and blood IS our salvation. Jesus IS the way. By taking on flesh and blood, Jesus made a bridge between humanity and divinity as Saint Catherine of Siena would describe it. In the Liturgy of the Hours for Saturday Daytime Prayer Week IV, the prayer after Psalm 45 reads, “When you took on flesh, Lord Jesus, you made a marriage of mankind with God.”

How important is this marriage, this bridge? During the Mass, water is added to the wine before it is offered. The original reason for this was that wine of old was much different than wine of today and one would always cut it with water. However, the architects of the Mass saw a great spiritual truth in this very practical act. When he does this, the priest quietly prays, “By the mystery of this water and wine may we come to share in the divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share in our humanity.” Did you catch that? It’s nothing short of mind blowing as Elizabeth understood – by this marriage, this bridge, we partake in divinity. This is what our salvation is – to partake of the very life and divinity of God. This salvation happens because Jesus took on flesh and blood. As we partake of His body and blood, we become completely joined to Him – the fulfillment of His deepest desires as expressed in the Unity Prayer.

Here is what Elizabeth experienced on the Feast of Corpus Christi in 1962:

The sweet Savior filled my soul with such an attraction for His sacred Body and Precious Blood that for weeks I could only meditate on the Eucharist. It was His desire that He and I penetrate deeply into these inexhaustibly profound words: “He who eats My Body and drinks My Blood remains in Me and I in him.” I cannot describe what I experienced in my soul while I meditated. This went on for weeks without being tired of it. I have no words to express it.

ibid.; p. 56

Fourteen months later, on September 24th, 1963, Jesus clarified what it means to remain in Him:

Your bad temper will go on, but out of this evil nature, I will accomplish a masterpiece if you agree to submit to My divine hand. Simply surrender to Me like the wine grapes that are pressed and transformed into wine, which will become My Precious Blood. You also will be intoxicated with My Precious Blood, but only if you are transformed and purified, just like the must, or like the wheat transformed in My sacred Body, once it has been ground. You also will transform yourself only once you have been ground down and your miserable nature divinized. You understand that, do you not? We have already meditated at length on that together. Whoever eats My Body and drinks My Blood remains in Me and I in him. He in whom God dwells will be divinized. Permeate yourself with this grace so great, My daughter.”

ibid.; p, 170

Have we realized the greatness of our calling through the body and blood of Jesus? Have we realized we are not called to just be nice people and go to church on Sunday but to be completely transformed into divinity – to think, act, feel, and be as God Himself? When we stop to think about it, this should be obvious – just as Jesus told Elizabeth: “The purity of your soul makes you divine. He who eats My Body and drinks My Blood remains in Me, and I in him. Immerse yourselves in My words. If God is in you, My little Elizabeth, how can you not also become divine?” (ibid.; p. 230)

So let us in The Flame of Love have a renewed appreciation of this feast – of just what is the effect of grace of The Flame of Love. It is our very divinization. Let us remember that every time we receive the precious body and blood of Christ:

Jesus: “After receiving My Precious Blood, examine your souls and become aware of the exhilaration that the power of My Precious Blood brings about in you. Do not be so insensitive. Let not routine lead you to my holy table, but rather the fervor of sacrificial charity, which ignites through contact with My love. Through Me – inasmuch as you remain united to Me – it will burn sin out of your souls. Oh, how I have longed for your decision and your voluntary love. When will you finally come to Me?”

ibid,; p. 186

Oh my Jesus, may it be every day, every moment, every breath. Amen and amen.


Quotations from the Diary

July 20, 1962
The Feast of Corpus Christi
The sweet Savior filled my soul with such an attraction for His sacred Body and Precious Blood that for weeks I could only meditate on the Eucharist. It was His desire that He and I penetrate deeply into these inexhaustibly profound words: “He who eats My Body and drinks My Blood remains in Me and I in him.” I cannot describe what I experienced in my soul while I meditated. This went on for weeks without being tired of it. I have no words to express it.

October 9, 1962
Today, while I was with the Savior, He infused the joy of His Heart into my soul.
Jesus: “How wonderful that you have come. How I awaited you! At other times, I told you to be immersed in Me like a drop of water in wine. I am the wine, you are the water. Just be united with Me and you will be astonished. Only I will reign in you. My Body and Blood give strength and life to all of you. How happy you will be to receive more of My life-giving strength. Gather with Me.”

October 15, 1962
Jesus: “And the Word became Flesh. Penetrate and live in this sublime mystery which signifies the Redemption of the world.”
Even though I meditated on these words, I am incapable of expressing them. For months, I meditated only on this mystery, which is an inexhaustible miracle.

September 24, 1963
Your bad temper will go on, but out of this evil nature, I will accomplish a masterpiece if you agree to submit to My divine hand. Simply surrender to Me like the wine grapes that are pressed and transformed into wine, which will become My Precious Blood. You also will be intoxicated with My Precious Blood, but only if you are transformed and purified, just like the must, or like the wheat transformed in My sacred Body, once it has been ground. You also will transform yourself only once you have been ground down and your miserable nature divinized. You understand that, do you not? We have already meditated at length on that together. Whoever eats My Body and drinks My Blood remains in Me and I in him. He in whom God dwells will be divinized. Permeate yourself with this grace so great, My daughter.”

I Am the Great Donor of Blood
January 16, 1964
During Holy Mass and after Holy Communion, the Lord Jesus spoke of the power of His Precious Blood.
Jesus: “I am the great Donor of blood. By virtue of My divine Blood, you can be divinized. Can you understand that? Truly, it is difficult. I am the sole Donor of blood in the whole world. Permeate yourself with My love, My almighty love. Meditate on that now in the light of My holy brightness. Can’t you feel this Precious Blood? My Precious Blood warms up and sets into motion the frozen, paralyzed energy of your souls. I am pouring it out and will continue to pour it in all the men in the entire world inasmuch as they submit to the holy treatment of My divine hand. Allow Me to act within your soul. Why should you desire to remain men with coarse souls? If only you accepted to become divine, I would find My joy in you, and live with you.
My table is always set. I, the Amphitryon*, have sacrificed everything. I give Myself. After receiving My Precious Blood, examine your souls and become aware of the exhilaration that the power of My Precious Blood brings about in you. Do not be so insensitive. Let not routine lead you to my holy table, but rather the fervor of sacrificial charity, which ignites through contact with My love. Through Me – inasmuch as you remain united to Me – it will burn sin out of your souls. Oh, how I have longed for your decision and your voluntary love. When will you finally come to Me?”

*Note: This version of the English diary was translated from Spanish and not Hungarian and mistranslates the Spanish word anfitrion. It is not referring to the Greek mythological character but rather means a generous host.

True God and True Man
March 6, 1964 – Friday
Prostrating myself before Him, my soul breathed words of profound humility that He aroused in me. “Blessed be God! Blessed be His Holy Name! Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man.” He did not let me continue.
Jesus: “Your homage pleases Me, My little one, but I will explain the words, ‘True God and true Man.’ If this were not true, how could you come closer to Me? I let Myself be known to you as true God and true Man. Not only you, but all those who eat My Body and drink My Blood. As true God, I penetrate your heart and as true Man, I speak to you because My human Heart beats at the same rhythm as My Divinity. Your heart beats to the same rhythm as My Heart. Do you know what this means? It means that you participate in My Divinity.
All who feel with Me and whose thoughts are My thoughts will receive this participation. Whoever lives this way can only bless. This blessing increases the effect of My work of Redemption. This effect makes you saints. You see, this blessing is an eternal circular movement between Heaven and earth. Your sacrifices unceasingly rise up to Me and I shower My abundant graces upon you and upon all who dedicate themselves for the glory of My Holy Name. Patient, persevering love never blunders.”

October 9, 1964
You will easily render an accounting for time dedicated to God. Why not do everything for Me? This is so easy. All you need is a pure soul. The purity of your soul makes you divine. He who eats My Body and drinks My Blood remains in Me, and I in him. Immerse yourselves in My words. If God is in you, My little Elizabeth, how can you not also become divine?

March 17, 1966
At Holy Communion, a profound silence came upon my soul. As the Lord Jesus entered my soul, even the beating of my heart grew less. His words resounded in my ears. However, at the moment of divine union, every stirring in my soul was one with God. How great is that miracle that is repeated every day and washes again my soul with His Precious Blood and nourishes it by the power of His sacred Body. Thanks to Him, I can keep the ruses of the Evil One far from my soul.

Pentecost – May Our Lips Pray Together To Gain Mercy From The Eternal Father

I pray all of you had a most blessed Pentecost. With the end of the Easter Season, we have come to the end of our reflections on the Unity Prayer: “May our lips pray together to gain mercy from the Eternal Father.”

Like everything about the Unity Prayer, this petition is not about us; it is about us joining Jesus to pray for mercy for others. Remember that our thoughts are to be one for the salvation of souls and our hands are to gather souls in unity. Now, our lips are to pray together for mercy for the salvation of those souls and for the good of souls already saved.

For example, in a section of the Diary where Jesus is talking to Elizabeth about fasting for priests in Purgatory, Jesus says:

Jesus: “I will walk with you and stay with you all day. May our lips beg our heavenly Father, together, to obtain mercy.”

The Spiritual Diary (First Edition); Elizabeth Kindelmann; p. 84

Again, this mercy was not for Elizabeth but for the priests. Everything about The Flame of Love and the Unity Prayer is about being completely united to Jesus – chained to His sacred feet as Elizabeth would describe it or “not even one hair between us” as Jesus asked – united to Jesus in His work of pouring Himself out for the salvation of souls. This is what Christianity is supposed to be about. The Flame of Love calls us back to fully living our Christianity which is being completely united to Jesus to destroy the works of the devil (I John 3:8).
As we prepare to go forth in the Spirit of Pentecost in union with our Lord to spread the Flame of Love everywhere, let me leave you with one more thought about Jesus’ final petition in the Unity Prayer. Have you ever wondered why we plead to Jesus or plead to the Father to be merciful when they already are merciful?
Do we sometimes feel like we are trying to convince God to do something He doesn’t want to do? That, if we pray hard enough and fast hard enough and sacrifice hard enough, we will finally convince God to be begrudgingly merciful? If we pray this way, perhaps we have some room to grow in our relationship with God. Perhaps we have not fully come to rest in His love (I John 4:18) and to truly live the meaning of “Jesus, I trust in You.”

When God invites us to plead for His mercy, it is not for us to convince Him to be merciful but for us to learn to be merciful like Him – to share His merciful heart. He allows us to step into and express with our lips HIS desire to have mercy upon others. “May our lips pray together to gain mercy.”

If we’re not careful, we can establish a subtly oppositional relationship with God in our own minds – that He is resisting what we want and we have to convince Him. Instead, let’s have a relationship of profound love, trust, and unity, and realize that God has allowed us to step into His life, His heart, and His mind, when He invites us to plead for His mercy. In this way, we pray as one with our Lord and God. “May our lips pray together to gain mercy from the Eternal Father.” Peace.

Flame of Love Basics Series: The Unity Prayer

Too Much Emphasis on Blinding Satan?

Do we place too much emphasis on blinding Satan? Some may object to The Flame of Love Movement because of how much attention we pay to this subject. In fact, Elizabeth Kindemann stated it was the whole purpose of The Flame of Love:

. . . . this priest understood the essential message, which is ‘to blind Satan.’ This is the principal and only purpose of the Flame of Love of the Blessed Virgin.

The Spiritual Diary (First Edition); Elizabeth Kindelmann; p. 198

What about grace? What about the salvation of souls? What about Jesus?

As I sat before Jesus in the Tabernacle the other day, I asked what He wanted to do with our time. Rather than talking over Flame of Love issues or praying a Rosary or remaining in listening silence, I sensed that I should immerse myself in His Word and particularly in the chapter the Bible on my phone was set to – I John 3.

“The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.” (I John 3:8 NASB)

So it appears we are right on target! And there is more. This is a continuing process:

“For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet.” (I Cor 15:25 NASB)
“When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all.” (I Cor 15:28 NASB).

This “war of displacement”, of filling the world so full of Jesus by the power of grace so that there is no room left for Satan, continues in us:

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (II Cor 10:3-5 NASB)

So, yes, it is Jesus in us by grace and spreading this grace throughout the world that “destroys the works of the devil” or, as we would say it, “blinds Satan.” If we read the rest of the above quote from Elizabeth, we see that she, too, understood the connection between grace and blinding Satan:

” . . . . this priest understood the essential message, which is ‘to blind Satan.’ This is the principal and only purpose of the Flame of Love of the Blessed Virgin. She, herself, promised an outpouring of graces so great as have not happened on earth since the Word became Flesh.”

The Spiritual Diary (First Edition); Elizabeth Kindelmann; p. 198

So rest assured that we are fully aligned with Jesus and the Church with our emphasis on blinding Satan. It is why He appeared and He continues to do so by the power of mercy and grace – the greatest outpouring of grace since He was made flesh. Mercy and Grace working together so that the damage Satan has done is repaired, his ability to do damage in the future is displaced, and the world is renewed. Peace.

Carmel Deanery Indiana Flame of Love Cenacle

Let me introduce to you the Carmel Deanery Indiana Flame of Love Cenacle.  Our cenacle is led by a three-chord strand. “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:12) 

I was pleasantly introduced to two wonderful women at a Flame of Love Cenacle training meeting in the middle of 2019. I was new to the Flame of Love and had no idea the grace that was about to be unleashed! These women have now become beloved sisters to me and we have grown to a large family all ignited in unity for our love for our Lord and our Blessed Mother to spread the Flame of Love to others! Our group consists of mostly women but St. Joseph has brought us three beloved men who lead and guide us with their wisdom and love for the Blessed Virgin Mary.  It is such a blessing to be around Marian men who have the heart of St. Joseph!  From the beginning, our group was blessed with special graces of unity and love.  I truly believe Mary has handpicked each person to make a beautiful bouquet.   Every member brings a different grace to our table of prayer.  Early on in our cenacle, we experienced some persecution, due to this devotion being private revelation.  We each did some discernment and once we got direction, we persevered. The Blessed Mother has blessed our perseverance! This group is on fire for the Blessed Mother and I’m always humbled by the unity and their willingness to say “yes”! 

Early in 2020 when we were under Covid19 lockdown our cenacle stayed the course like a lot of prayer groups by going virtual. We increased our cenacle to meeting twice a week, as people were hungry to pray. Till this day we have continued meeting twice a week and using the phone line for one of our cenacle days. The phone-line gives those who can’t attend or with a busy schedule an opportunity to still join and be connected. When even the phone-line is not possible for members we have noticed that uniting our prayers together or having members text in their prayer requests keeps us unified. As the Covid lockdown began to let up, the Holy Spirit led us out to the streets. Our Thursday cenacle began praying the Flame of Love rosary around areas with a spiritual box of holy cards, rosaries, exorcised salt, and FOL prayer cards to pass out or leave for someone to discover. We prayed around government buildings, police stations, schools, communities, churches, etc., to push back evil with the Flame of Love prayers. We prayed by name for government officials to protect and provide peace, for churches to stay open and pastors to speak truth, along with many other prayers. For Pentecost we had a Flame of Love Pentecost Party and prayed diligently, read scripture and sang songs and called down the Holy Spirit to equip us. Later last summer, we attended the Indiana FOL Seeking Refuge One where we enjoyed learning on how to further grow our domestic church and realized that our group was an example of a domestic church and we should be repeating this in our own homes, neighborhoods and with extended family. Late 2020, we were called to pray at cemeteries for souls with our Flame of Love rosary. A priest got wind we were praying at cemeteries and wanted to join so in middle of January 2021, with cold hands and warm hearts, we prayed for souls at Mary Queen of Peace Cemetery then we warmed up nicely afterwards sharing a meal together. In February this year, we celebrated Candlemas, the Flame of Love Feast Day. As I looked down the pew to see who was able to come to Mass almost every member of our Cenacle was there. Tears came to my eyes, as I realized this group is truly a spiritual family, a grace given to us by Mary’s Flame of Love. Around this same time, we were prompted to consecrate ourselves to St. Joseph and one of our members invited us to celebrate a long family tradition of hers by honoring St. Joseph on the Solemnity of St. Joseph. We celebrated with a priest blessing, formal consecration, and sharing a meal together in her home.

Our Lady has recently led us all to Rome City, Indiana. Rome City has received permission to open as a private devotion for the lay faithful as a shrine of Our Lady, Patroness of America. After our cenacle visit and Flame of Love Rosary there, we’ve been called as a group to pray five consecutive First Saturdays there. Even though Rome City is three hours away from the two churches we meet to pray at, we met one of our male cenacle members there who attends both of the churches where we pray. With that said, this new male member brought in an additional male member, so now we have three men! Thank you, Mother Mary and St. Joseph!

Today, we are meeting twice a week and will be attending our third Rome City First Saturday next month to pray the rosary. Attending the shrine in Rome City, we invite our children, spouses and friends to join. We are hoping for a Cenacle retreat this summer to visit a shrine of relics to unite, pray together and retain more grace. As Mary leads us it’s become apparent, we are fighting the good fight as a united family bonded together by Mary’s Flame. We communicate on a text thread sharing sometimes daily. We depend on one another for prayer support, discernment and encouragement. We support each other by attending one another’s prayer rallies or rosary walks. As you can see, we have not been just a cenacle, we are a Marian Family. For some reason Mary has truly blessed us with graces of love, unity, and docility.

I think it’s important to mention that the above was not a thought-out plan to grow our cenacle by our three chord strand leaders. It was just a group of people brought together that were given the grace to love, follow, and trust Mary to lead. Looking back, I’m in awe as I can see Mary’s well-orchestrated plan, as I’ve only gotten to share a glimpse with you. It’s beautiful to watch the progression as each of us have been ignited with her flame. I could sit here and write you a story about each and every cenacle member. Some had never experienced the Holy Spirit before receiving the Flame of Love and are now having prophetic dreams, sharing words of knowledge, and evangelizing. Some were struggling, carrying heavy crosses, and we are now witnessing their walks of surrender and them relying on God’s strength to carry them. When souls overfill with the Flame of Love grace, they become a reservoir and their sanctification becomes a source of sanctification for all of us. We are witnessing this in our lives! We see it in our families, our places of work, our churches, in strangers we encounter, and in our relationships with others! Each one of us are being purified and you can literally watch the stains fall off of our garments. I don’t think we can wrap our human mind around the power of these prayers and Mary’s Flame of Love! I truly believe we are only grasping a very small glimpse of what is happening here in each one of us and those we pray for.

Many have said they have never experienced such love and grace from a prayer group. But, Oh! We are not just a prayer group and we are not just a cenacle! We have become a Marian family. We are just small sparks that were lit from the largest torch of love, the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and oh, how I can’t wait to set the world on fire! “My flame of Love is so great that I can no longer keep it within me; it leaps out at you with explosive force. This is the miracle becoming the blaze whose dazzling light will blind Satan. We will put out fire with fire: the fire of hatred with the fire of love (Mary, Flame of Love blue diary).”

Seventh Week of Easter – Our Silence and Our Glances

I hope that each one of you have known the kind of love in your life that needs no words – where you sit with your beloved in the silence, perhaps gaze in each other’s eyes and, without a word, speak volumes of love. “May our ears listen to the silence together; may our glances profoundly penetrate each other.” Let’s continue our exploration of this deep union of love our Lord desires with us in the Unity Prayer.

Jesus did not expound explicitly in the Diary on His desire that our ears listen to the silence together but we often see Elizabeth in silence as we do with many great Saints. There is an intentional effort in our society to steal our silence. First, the radio and TV and now, mobile devices like phones do whatever they can to keep our eyes glued to our screens and our ears fixed to our ear buds because the more time we watch or listen to content, the more money they make through advertising or collecting sellable information about our habits. It is truly intentional.

Yet, even if all we listen to is religious programming and all we read is our Bibles, we still need silence. To continuously ingest spiritual knowledge and never have silence is a bit like always eating but never digesting – we would die of starvation; although it is not quite how Saint Paul meant it, we could be “always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (II Tim 3:7 NASB). If all we do is serve our husband or wife, busied always with chores around the house, and never take the time to lie quietly in their arms, our hearts beating together, our souls knit in harmony, will our marriage ever reach all it is intended to be? Dwell in His love in silence; share love in silence. We don’t always need to have something to say:

Jesus: “Why are you leaving so quickly? Is there anything more important for you than I? . . . Remain with Me. Do you not see how lonely I am? Do you have nothing to say to Me? This also has no importance. Listen to the silence. Our hearts beat to the same rhythm. May our glances melt in one another. Just tell Me that you love Me and adore Me, also on behalf of others.”

The Spiritual Diary (First Edition); Elizabeth Kindelmann; p. 82

As we grow in union with our Beloved in the silence, as we digest what we learn of Him, we begin to see Him more clearly and we begin to see as He sees. This includes seeing ourselves. Our glances profoundly penetrate each other. We see more clearly His unfathomable greatness, our misery, and His love that reaches across the chasm between us to cleanse us of our misery and transform us into His beauty:

At the dawn prayer, while I was meditating, I saw again the penetrating glance of the Lord’s eyes. The desire of His Heart that He shared with me a while ago, He now asked me for it and not through words, but through the penetrating gaze of His eyes. Oh, these eyes! My bodily eyes cannot withstand His glance. I shut my eyes tightly. Trembling, I could hardly look. The look of His eyes is like a flash of lightning which lights up everything. It penetrated my whole being and I saw all my hidden sins. I cried for hours without stopping. “My sins! Oh, my sins!” I whispered while moaning. While that was happening, the sorrow in my heart for my sins was greater than I had ever experienced it. Meanwhile, the penetrating glance of His eyes rested upon me. This is an unbearable brightness. The Lord said:
Jesus: “May our glances melt in one another.”
“I, a sinner, a very great sinner! Yet, the glance of my sinful eyes will be one with the glance of Your divine eyes? Not just my eyes, but according to Your desire, the eyes of everyone.” The Lord Jesus said:
Jesus: “May the gaze of he who walks and harvests with Me meld into mine.”

ibid.; p. 133

This experience appears identical to that of Saint Faustina:

Divine Mercy in My Soul (Diary of Saint Faustina) Section 852:
Today the Lord’s gaze shot through me suddenly, like lightning. At once, I came to know the tiniest specks in my soul, and knowing the depths of my misery, I fell to my knees and begged the Lord’s pardon, and with great trust I immersed myself in His infinite mercy. Such knowledge does not depress me nor keep me away from the Lord, but rather it arouses in my soul greater love and boundless trust. The repentance of my heart is linked to love. These extraordinary flashes from the Lord educate my soul. O sweet rays of God, enlighten me to the most secret depth, for I want to arrive at the greatest possible purity of heart and soul.

Let us not run from this glance, this truth about God and ourselves but rather meld into it. Only when, through mercy, we see our misery, can we be healed of our misery and brought more fully unto union with our Lord. “Jesus said to them, ‘It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners’” (Mark 2:17 NASB). It’s not that some are healthy; it’s that we all need to see that we are sick before we can be healed! Let us welcome and seek the merciful and loving glance that shows us our sickness that we may be healed and, being healed, be as one.


Quotations from the Diary

p131: Earlier, the Lord Jesus again strengthened me with an amazing grace. He does not make me feel His presence, but He looks at me and accompanies me with the penetrating gaze of His eyes. He said:
. . . . “Take courage. Look at Me. Always look into My eyes because in this new battle that Satan wants to wage against you, the look of My eyes will blind him. This will not happen quickly because I allow you to be tempted. May our glances melt in one another.”

p133: At the dawn prayer, while I was meditating, I saw again the penetrating glance of the Lord’s eyes. The desire of His Heart that He shared with me a while ago, He now asked me for it and not through words, but through the penetrating gaze of His eyes. Oh, these eyes! My bodily eyes cannot withstand His glance. I shut my eyes tightly. Trembling, I could hardly look. The look of His eyes is like a flash of lightning which lights up everything. It penetrated my whole being and I saw all my hidden sins. I cried for hours without stopping. “My sins! Oh, my sins!” I whispered while moaning. While that was happening, the sorrow in my heart for my sins was greater than I had ever experienced it. Meanwhile, the penetrating glance of His eyes rested upon me. This is an unbearable brightness. The Lord said:
Jesus: “May our glances melt in one another.”
“I, a sinner, a very great sinner! Yet, the glance of my sinful eyes will be one with the glance of Your divine eyes? Not just my eyes, but according to Your desire, the eyes of everyone.” The Lord Jesus said:
Jesus: “May the gaze of he who walks and harvests with Me meld into mine.”

Flame of Love Basics Series: The Unity Prayer

Sixth Week of Easter – May Our Thoughts Be As One

“May our thoughts be as one”. When we answer yes to Jesus’ prayer to us, the deepest desires of His heart, we are moved to intense union with our Lord. This is why the Unity Prayer not only encapsulates the Flame of Love Movement but the entirety of Christianity. It is Jesus who unites humanity and divinity in eternal life and thus it is only in our being united to Jesus that we enter eternal life (I John 5:11-12). We take up our cross (Luke 9:23-24) which means we are to be crucified (Gal 2:20) so that we die and are then raised to new life in Jesus (Rom 6:3-6). That means we die to our thoughts, our hopes, our dreams, our aspirations and now live Jesus’ thoughts, hopes, dreams, and aspirations – which are much better than ours anyway!

So what are Jesus’ thoughts, hopes, dreams, and aspirations? What must our thoughts be if they are to be one with His? Jesus was very clear:

“Let us have just one thought: the salvation of souls.”

The Spiritual Diary (First Edition); Elizabeth Kindelmann; p. 152

“May our thoughts be always in unison – to save souls from eternal damnation.”

ibid.; p. 83

Jesus: “Since this so pleases you, from now on, when I awaken you, these will be My words: In the quiet of the night, I seek souls.”
From these words, I knew that His eternal thought is to seek souls.

ibid.; p. 52

So what is the focus of our lives? Are our thoughts truly one with Jesus as we pray in the Unity Prayer? We might be tempted to think this is unreasonable. Maybe a monk or a nun can do this but not a wife, husband, mother, father. Remember that Elizabeth was a grandmother rearing three of her grandchildren. The Diary shows her cooking, gardening, and waiting at the pharmacy. Jesus also explains that He chose such a person as Elizabeth to show that this life is possible in our everyday lives.

Those of us who are husbands and wives, do we recall that we are the ministers of grace in the sacrament of matrimony. Is our thought the salvation of our husbands and wives? As parents, is our thought the salvation of our children? As neighbors, is our thought the salvation of our neighborhoods? As coworkers, is our thought the salvation of our coworkers? As fellow human beings, is our thought and our entire life about the salvation of our fellow human beings?

This was the whole purpose of Jesus’ life. Is it ours? Lord Jesus, may our thoughts be as one!


Quotations from the Diary

Jesus: “My daughter, be faithful with all your strength in bringing sinners to Me. Give no thought to anything else. Always look into My eyes and see My sorrow for souls.” April 8, 1962

On June 2, the sweet Savior awakened me for the nightly prayer with these words:
“In the quiet of the night, I seek souls”
Let whoever might one day read these lines not take it badly that once more I have to indicate that I was in tears. His tenderness and attention filled my eyes with tears. Then He said:
Jesus: “Since this so pleases you, from now on, when I awaken you, these will be My words: In the quiet of the night, I seek souls.”
From these words, I knew that His eternal thought is to seek souls.

“May our thoughts be always in unison – to save souls from eternal damnation.” – September 15, 1962

“You know that you must always gather with Me. Now, here in this silence, you can gather with Me; also, in the quiet of the night, while you are watching. I teach you so you learn and teach others how to gather souls. The will of the soul is love, and love can do everything. You must just desire with all your strength. May our thoughts be always in unison – to save souls from eternal damnation. Only in this way can you lessen My cruel sorrow. Let that not be boring to you. I have repeated it to you over and over: Suffer with Me.” September 15, 1962

“The excessive love of My Heart makes Me consider you worthy of sufferings. This is the only way you can save many souls. You are a mother of a family and you are aware of the several forms of family disintegration. To save families, throw yourself into the furnace of suffering. Oh, how much sinning is done against Me by destroyed families! Make reparation and suffer for them. Do not lose the least opportunity. May our thoughts be in unison. Consider clearly the value of your sufferings. The number of those reaping with Me is so small. Do you know why? Because there are no souls willing to bear sufferings, especially those who would do it steadily. Without it, they cannot merit that I shower My graces on them continuously.” October 18, 1962

“Let us have just one thought: the salvation of souls.” May 17, 1963

August 30, 1964
During my little chores on Sunday afternoon, a newspaper fell into my hands. I began to read an article on Spanish customs. After I read a few words, the Lord Jesus said:
Jesus: “I have reserved you totally for Me and you have accepted this by repeating on many occasions your surrender to Me. Now, despite all this, you prefer this reading that distracts you. This is not good, My Elizabeth. May be you do not receive all what you need from Me? Why do you want to know more than you need for your eternal salvation? I do not demand this from others with such strictness, but you are My preferred one. You did not make yourself worthy. I, God, thought you worthy of your call. Even one instant is too much for you to be occupied with something else. My love does not rest. May our thoughts be in unison!”

Flame of Love Basics Series: Complete Dedication to the Salvation of Souls

Fifth Week of Easter – May Our Souls Be In Harmony

“May our souls be in harmony.” This phrase of the Unity Prayer is slightly different from most of the other phrases. The others speak of “unity”, “unison”, “being as one” but this one speaks of harmony. This has important implications for us especially as our cenacles and Movement become more diverse.

Harmony is not the same as unison. In unison, everything is the same; in harmony, they are different but complementary. Why must our hearts beat in unison with Jesus but our souls or, perhaps more accurately translated, our innermost being be in harmony?

Recall that Jesus’ petition that our hearts beat in unison is about partaking of His divinity – being transformed into the divine nature. We must not depart one bit from the nature of God – we must always be selfless love. To use a concept from Saint Thomas Aquinas, there is not an absolute good and an absolute evil in the world with a great contest between the two. There is only absolute good (God) and departure from absolute good. Any departure from God is sin be it venial or satanic. Thus, we must always be in unison with God’s nature – our hearts must beat in unison with Jesus’ heart.

However, even though it is Jesus alive in us by the grace that transforms us into the divine nature, we are still ourselves in our innermost being. We are a collection of harmonious, complementary individuals in the body of Christ. AND WE MUST ACCEPT THESE DIFFERENCES as long as they are rooted in our unified hearts. Let’s look at a practical example from the Diary:

Jesus: “May our souls be in harmony. Offer this to Me. Taking your food without any taste is a sacrifice from your heart which is tasty for Me. In this way, our hands gather in unity.”

The Spiritual Diary (First Edition); Elizabeth Kindelmann; p. 207

The unity is our desire to gather souls by sacrificing even the taste of our meals. However, how we do that may vary greatly from one person or even culture to another. Let us rejoice in the unity of heart to desire souls and the harmony of the many different ways each of us go about it and never fall into the trap of judging others about how they go about making sacrifices.

There can be multiple paths to God’s will. A classic example is Moses and the Israelites worshiping the golden calf. God’s will was to establish a nation. He was going to do that through Israel but, when they rebelled, He told Moses that He was going to destroy Israel and make the nation out of Moses instead. Moses pleaded that God not destroy Israel and God listened (Ex 32:11-13); He took a different path to His will. We see this in Abraham negotiating with God over the destruction of Sodom (Gen 19:23-32) and even Mary and Jesus at Cana. There, Mary says, “they have no wine” and Jesus’ reply is a colloquial Aramaic phrase that basically means, “so what?” It didn’t matter to Him one way or the other but He yielded to Mary’s request.

Let’s get even more practical. As the Flame of Love Movement grows to renew the entire Church and world in grace and break Satan’s dominion, we can expect to draw participants from a much wider population than our tradition base. Our traditional base is generally quite conservative in both their social and religious views.

As we grow, we must welcome and make feel welcome brothers and sisters who may have much more liberal views on a wide variety of topics. As long as their hearts are beating in the same unison with Jesus’ selflessly loving divine nature, their hands are gathering in the same dedication to the salvation of souls, and it is not a matter of sin as the Church teaches (rather than our personal opinion of what is sin), this is harmony and our ability to understand each other as different expressions of the same underlying unity is beautiful. Each innermost being is different – different in culture, experiences, pains, joys, available resources, and priorities. They do not need to be the same.

Jesus’ earnest desire is that our hearts beat in unison (with His divinity), our hands gather (souls) in unity, our thoughts be as one (for the salvation of souls) but, when it comes to our innermost being, He does not require or even desire unison; He desires harmony. So should we. Peace.


Quotations from the Diary

p207: Jesus: “May our souls be in harmony. Offer this to Me. Taking your food without any taste is a sacrifice from your heart which is tasty for Me. In this way, our hands gather in unity.”

p98: On Thursday and Friday, at the Lord’s request, I eat only bread and water, and I offer it for the twelve priests and to make reparation to the Lord. Meanwhile, the Lord sat – in a spiritual way – next to me and said:
Jesus: “Oh, how this pleases Me. So few times have I enjoyed participating in such an intimate banquet. The souls that make reparation and faithfully follow My desires are so few.”
”May our souls be in harmony. In this way, our hands will gather in unity.”

p97: Jesus: “You see My riches. I need you and I enrich you. Therefore, may our hands gather in unity since our thoughts are one and our souls are in harmony.
. . . . . I ask you to take advantage of every opportunity to ask our heavenly Father that more would know Me. For many, this is not easy, but they will experience difficulty only until they get very close to Me. Once they are beside Me, all will be easy because love makes sacrifices easy to bear.”

Flame of Love Basics Series: The Unity Prayer

Fourth Week of Easter – May Our Hearts Beat in Unison

“May our hearts beat in unison”. This is, perhaps, the most profound of all the petitions in the Unity Prayer. It takes us right to the heart of Christianity, no pun intended. And what is that?

That we may love God as He loves us

To do this, we must be nothing short of divine. We must transcend our humanity and be transformed from our human nature to the very nature of God, the divine nature (II Peter 1:4, I John 3:2, Rom 5:2). We must have a God relationship with God instead of a human relationship. We have true friendship with God (John 15:12-15).

We are called to reconciliation with God (II Cor 5:17-21) but how can one reconcile a mosquito and a human? Are we any closer to God than mosquitoes are to us?

This is the great miracle of Christianity – that by the power of Grace, the effect of Grace, the action of the Holy Spirit in our life received at baptism, we are transformed into the very nature of God so that we can love God with same love with which God has loved within Himself as the eternal Trinity (John 15:9-10, 17:22-26). Listen to Jesus’ explanation of His prayer to us in the Unity prayer, “May our hearts beat in unison:”

Jesus: “I let Myself be known to you as true God and true Man. Not only you, but all those who eat My Body and drink My Blood. As true God, I penetrate your heart and as true Man, I speak to you because My human Heart beats at the same rhythm as My Divinity. Your heart beats to the same rhythm as My Heart. Do you know what this means? It means that you participate in My Divinity.

The Spiritual Diary (First Edition); Elizabeth Kindelmann; p. 203

This is why Christianity is not just one of many religions. No other religion does this. It is why Grace is everything to Christianity, is essential for the renewal of the Church, and why the Flame of Love, as the Movement of Grace, is so critical for our times.

Without this realization, we can fall into either of two ditches. The first is the position taken by some of the early leaders of The Reformation, viz., that we can do no good. Jesus’ blood covers our sins and that is all. Humanity is hopelessly wounded and redeemed by the blood of Jesus. They got the redemption part right – that Jesus paid the debt of our sins which we cannot pay ourselves – but that doesn’t fix the problem of why we sinned in the first place. Besides Redemption, we need Sanctification; we need to fix the underlying problem and be made holy. Don’t we pray, “That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ”? We are only made worthy by the life of Jesus, who is worthy, within us, i.e., Grace.

The other more dangerous ditch is the one prevalent today – that we are already good enough. We feed ourselves on self-esteem, go out of our way to ensure no one feels guilty or ashamed, and generally look at ourselves as good people. All the problems we see in the world must be caused by somebody else. In fact, when Christianity attempts to call people to a higher morality, we hear the retort, “who are you to tell us what to do; there are plenty of good people in the world who aren’t Christians.”

The problem here is once again twofold. That good they are referring to is not good enough. If it was, why has it failed to overcome evil in the entire history of our existence? The second problem is that we, as Christians, have often failed to show the effect of Grace but rather settle for the same kind of good as everyone else. “Be a good person and go to Church on Sunday.” That’s a distant second best to “be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect” (Matt 5:48).

When we Christians settle for that human good, we are not showing the face of Jesus to the world. We are then loving God with only an inadequate human love and are not living a true friendship with Him – loving as He loves, good as He is good. We can only do this by living in Grace and thus showing the effect of grace to all of humanity. This is why the Church and the world desperately need The Flame of Love. Yes, Lord Jesus, may our hearts beat in unison. Amen.


Quotations from the Diary

p203: Jesus: “I let Myself be known to you as true God and true Man. Not only you, but all those who eat My Body and drink My Blood. As true God, I penetrate your heart and as true Man, I speak to you because My human Heart beats at the same rhythm as My Divinity. Your heart beats to the same rhythm as My Heart. Do you know what this means? It means that you participate in My Divinity.
All who feel with Me and whose thoughts are My thoughts will receive this participation. Whoever lives this way can only bless. This blessing increases the effect of My work of Redemption. This effect makes you saints. You see, this blessing is an eternal circular movement between Heaven and earth. Your sacrifices unceasingly rise up to Me and I shower My abundant graces upon you and upon all who dedicate themselves for the glory of My Holy Name.”

p142: Jesus: “You see why I say, ‘Do not leave Me alone!’ [The subject was remaining in the cold church for adoration] Let Me give you abundant graces which are stored up in the immeasurable love of My Heart. May our souls be in harmony. May our hearts beat to the same rhythm. Draw many souls to Me. May our hands gather in unity. . . .”

Flame of Love Basics Series: The Unity Prayer

Third Week of Easter – May Our Hands Gather In Unity

This week, we continue our exploration of Jesus’ Unity Prayer in the hope that our deepening union with Jesus will prepare us to go out into the world to spread the Flame of Love in whatever way our Lord and Lady put before us. In fact, as I understand it, in Hungary they call this prayer “The Prayer of Union with The Lord”. The more completely we are united to our Lord, the more fully we show His face to a world that so desperately needs to see what He truly looks like.

Last week, we saw how this prayer does not ask Jesus to journey with us in our lives but rather is Jesus asking us to forsake our lives and join Him on His journey to Calvary. So what does He mean by the next phrase, “May our hands gather in unity?”

As with “May our feet journey together,” Jesus explains “May our hands gather in unity” elsewhere in the Diary:

Jesus: “You know that you must always gather with Me. Now, here in this silence, you can gather with Me; also, in the quiet of the night, while you are watching. I teach you so you learn and teach others how to gather souls. The will of the soul is love, and love can do everything. You must just desire with all your strength. May our thoughts be always in unison – to save souls from eternal damnation. Only in this way can you lessen My cruel sorrow. Let that not be boring to you. I have repeated it to you over and over: Suffer with Me.”

The Spiritual Diary (first edition); Elizabeth Kindelmann; p. 82

So once again we see that the Unity Prayer is not about us and Jesus; it is not about Jesus helping us to gather things for our lives. It is all about others because that’s what love is about. After all, this is the Flame of Love! This petition is about being “all in” for the work of saving souls. We do this both for love of these souls and for love of our Lord and Lady who are grieved as souls hurtle toward destruction. The above dialog between Jesus and Elizabeth continues in the Diary:

On another occasion, He said:
Jesus: “Do you know how much My Soul suffers because souls are lost? May our hands gather in unity.”
“Lord, I am only able to gather so few.”
Jesus: “Make up for this by your desires and your ardent yearnings, My little one, and take refuge in Me with all trust.”

ibid.

It is so easy to say, “I love you, Jesus,” but do our actions match our words? For love of Him, are we really willing to do whatever it takes to ease His sorrow and to live in His will to save souls? This desire will come from Jesus Himself if we allow it:

Jesus: “May our glances melt in one another. In My eyes bathed with tears and blood, you will see the longing of My Heart for souls. Gather with Me, My little one! I placed in your heart that desire for souls and I will continually increase it, but you must take advantage of every opportunity.”

ibid.; p. 91

Sometimes, this can be very uncomfortable. Love compels us to reach out not only to those who affirm us but even those who despise everything we stand for:

Jesus: “To participate in My work of Salvation, you must attract those souls who despise Me and do not understand Me. This is not easy but our hands will gather in unity. Whoever gathers with Me is assured of the results. Although the fruit may not be apparent, you can be sure of it. Ask the Father in My name and He will grant you whatever you ask for on My behalf.”

ibid.; p. 100

This willingness to step outside our comfort zone – to give our lives wholeheartedly for souls, be it in prayer, word, or service – exercises our trust and tests our sincerity when we say, “Jesus, I trust in You”:

Jesus: “Trust. I have always told you that whatever you ask for in confidence, consider you have already received it. Do you think that if you asked Me for souls, I would not grant them to you? May our hands gather in unity. Ask! Never grow tired of asking and desiring for Me. If large numbers were asking, how many would be converted.”

ibid.; p. 156

So let us continue our journey with Jesus – our journey to set aside our lives and take up His. Let us forsake our interests and desires to live for His interests and desires – His desire for souls. Yes, may our hands gather in unity – may our hands labor tirelessly to gather souls!

Second Week of Easter – May Our Feet Journey Together

As Jesus used the time between His Resurrection and Pentecost to help His disciples understand Him more fully before being sent into the world to proclaim the Gospel, so let us use this Easter Season to grow in unity with Him by examining the Unity Prayer.

The Unity Prayer is the fullness of Grace – to be completely one with Jesus, to be partakers of the Divine Nature to think and feel and act and be as God is. But the Unity Prayer is very easy to misunderstand. It is not a “me and Jesus” prayer. It is not inviting Jesus to come into our lives and walk with us. It is Jesus inviting us to come into His life and walk with Him – to give up the way we want to go and instead go where He goes. Accept this invitation and walk with Him!

May our Feet Journey Together

This is much more than a poetic statement of unity. Jesus explains what this means elsewhere in the Diary. To where are we accompanying Him? Not to our “happy place” but to Calvary. Jesus is inviting us to be just like Him (what else can a Christian be!) to offer ourselves in sacrifice for the salvation of others.

Jesus: “You suffer, do you not? Suffer for Me. This is My gift. You can only receive suffering like this from Me. Whether the suffering is spiritual or bodily, accept it from pure love for Me. You know what I told you: We must go up to Calvary. May our feet journey together. And if you are feeling alone, I permit it only so that you receive merits that you can offer for your faults and for souls consecrated to Me. . . . .
Do not be frightened by the suffering that frequently comes upon your soul. I do this to get you accustomed to sufferings. By these, we walk together and gather together.”

The Spiritual Diary (first edition); Elizabeth Kindelmann; p. 87

Jesus: “My little Carmelite, your continual sacrifices give witness to your continual fidelity to Me and to My work of Salvation. These make you walk on the path of martyrdom. Do not fear, our feet journey together, and even though you grieve, let us continue walking together.”

ibid.; p. 88

Jesus’ request to accompany Him to Calvary is a perfect example of devotion to the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Maybe we didn’t realize that’s what the deal was; maybe we were expecting that we have faith and all our problems and difficulties go away. Wait a minute! Calvary?! That’s not what I signed up for! I thought Jesus did that for us. False advertising! Bait and switch!

Well not really. This is what Jesus has told us from the beginning if we were willing to hear:

“And He was saying to them all, ‘If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.’”

Luke 9:23 NASB

Notice that He does not say take up his daily cross. It is not a cross that changes from day to day – poor health today, financial trials tomorrow, problems with a neighbor the next day. We take up the same cross every day. Jesus tells us what that cross is in the next verse:

“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it.”

Luke 9:24 NASB

Jesus is asking us to give up our lives. We don’t see crucifixions any more in our society but anyone in Jesus’ day would have known what this meant. When you took up your cross, you weren’t coming back; you were going to your death.

To follow Jesus, we must die to self. Our hopes, dreams, desires, plans – we give up everything and follow His hopes, dreams, desires, and plans. That’s the deal. And, by the way, His hopes, dreams, desires, and plans are much better than ours! But for now, Jesus asks us to walk with Him to Calvary, to sacrifice ourselves in love for others:

We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

I John 3:16 NASB

Or, as Saint Paul exclaims:

“that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death”

Philippians 3:10 NASB

And when we come to truly grasp what Jesus is asking and where it leads, we count this all joy:

“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials”

James 1:2 NASB

The willingness to give anything for the sake of saving others is central to the Flame of Love – which is Jesus Himself. Are we willing to say yes to His prayer to us, “May our feet journey together?” Like Abraham, Mary walked with her Son to the hill of sacrifice. The only way to the glory of the Resurrection is through the voluntary suffering of Calvary.

Flame of Love Basics Series: The Unity Prayer

Grace and Mercy – the Two Great Devotions

We often describe the Flame of Love Devotion as the Devotion of Grace which builds upon the Devotion of Mercy – the two great devotions given to the Church at this time. This understanding is powerfully validated in what is often referred to as the final vision of Sister Lucia (of Fatima):

” . . . . suddenly the entire convent Chapel was illuminated in a supernatural light, and a Cross of light appeared over the altar and reached the ceiling. On the superior part the face of man was seen and his body down to the waist. A dove of light was over his chest and nailed to the Cross was another man. Suspended in air over his waist I was able to see a chalice with a large Host. Drops of Blood from the face of Jesus Crucified and His pierced side fell into the the chalice, dripping from the Host. Beneath the right arm on the Cross was Our Lady. It was Our Lady of Fatima, with her Immaculate Heart in her left hand, without thorns or roses, but with a crown of thorns and flames. Underneath the left arm on the Cross, big letters, similar to crystal water came down to the altar forming these words: Grace and Mercy.”

Let me share a meditation on this image we received from Rose Sayen, an incredibly hard working woman who quietly, behind the scenes, makes so much happen for the Flame of Love Movement:

Wisdom 3
Chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed, because God tried them and found them worthy of himself. As gold in the furnace, he proved them, and as sacrificial offerings he took them to himself. In the time of their judgment they shall shine and dart about as sparks through stubble; They shall judge nations and rule over peoples, and the Lord shall be their King forever. Those who trust in him shall understand truth, and the faithful shall abide with him in love: Because grace and mercy are with his holy ones, and his care is with the elect.

By living the Flame of Love life, we are ‘tried and proved’ by our sacrificial offerings. We are chastised a little (or a lot) by our sacrifices and trials in trying to live the life of a Catholic in today’s world. Mary asks us to be her ‘sparks’ to ignite the world to the singular/signal grace of her Flame of Love – Because ‘grace and mercy are with his holy ones, and his care is with the elect.’

More reflection can be found in the final Fatima image –
Mary is Our Lady of Fatima – she is holding out her heart (as she does in Flame of Love images) – her heart is CROWNED with thorns and flame, signifying that her Flame of Love messages are now elevated to the dignity of the Crown of her Heart, bearing with that image the symbol of truth and authority, given by the Father – and not the least – she is offering her heart, her Flame out to EVERYONE, so that everyone can become ‘the elect’, all can come and receive the Grace and Mercy of the Lord. All the graces, wrapped into one gigantic Gift! For everyone who asks for it, lives for it, accepts it.
We don’t want to ‘rule over peoples’ we want to trust, understand truth, and abide with Him in Love – all she asks…. in humility. The GRACE of Mary’s Flame of Love gives us that gift, and the MERCY of Jesus Christ rules over our souls.

Easter Week – Let’s Make A Difference

Alleluia! The Lord is risen! He is truly risen! I pray that the unbounded joy of Easter fills your lives this week.

Over the seven weeks of this Easter season, we would like to use this time in the same way Jesus did with the Apostles – to draw near to Him in preparation for going out into the world. Jesus knew the recently traumatized disciples would be sent into all the world to proclaim the gospel at Pentecost. They had the 40 days until His ascension and then the novena of prayer before Pentecost to prepare for this great work.

Something was different about these seven weeks than the previous three and half years. They had received the Holy Spirit in the upper room Easter Sunday evening (John 20:22). They could now understand Jesus and His words in a way they could not in the previous years of being with Him. They could now be more deeply unified with Him than ever before.

So that will be our task these seven weeks – to grow in deep union with Jesus in preparation for bringing the Flame of Love even more powerfully into the world after Pentecost. To do that, we will spend the next many weeks reviewing the Unity Prayer.

Let me leave you with one last thought with a quote from the Diary from Easter Week. From page 209:

Easter Monday
Today’s sermon was the best I had heard in my whole life. And while I was thinking about these simple and spontaneous words, the Lord Jesus said:
Jesus: “Do you know why this sermon was so beautiful? Because I flooded the priest with abundant graces. This grace went from him to the faithful in the church. Every eye was filled with tears. The tears flowed and the hearts were moved by the effect of these extraordinary graces. Now, you see the fruits of your sharing in My work of Redemption. For a long time, I have asked you to be the representative of your parish community. And as such, I want to show you the result of My graces which flow from your works united with My merits.”

The Spiritual Diary (first edition); Elizabeth Kindelmann; p. 209

Remember that what we do makes a difference. It is not just a bunch of words we pray or something for our own spiritual growth. When we provide a refuge for the Flame of Love in our Hearts, we make a difference in our parish. And the more fully we allow that Flame to glow and the more fully we spread it in our parishes, the bigger the difference it will make – inspiring sermons, renewing hearts, blinding Satan. There IS an effect of grace. Our Lady is counting on us to bless our parishes. With her help and the power of grace, let’s make a difference!