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It Is Well With My Soul

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Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

It is Well with My Soul

“Your living faith in Me keeps your soul in a continual freshness and makes you ready to receive abundant graces. Hence, My little one, do not serve anyone but Me.” (Jesus) (August 1, 1963 )

Today’s Readings: She fell down before Jesus and told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.” (Mark 5)

Prayer Meditation- Lord in today’s Gospel we have healing and an amazing sense of how much You really care for us and love us and want us well! In the story inside the story  today we have a poor woman who has been afflicted with something that was impossible to cure and yet she did not give up hope! Just one touch of Grace and her whole situation turned around! Lord, so many of us have afflictions big and small and not all of us will be cured in an instant- but Lord may we have that living faith that keeps our souls in continual freshness and ready to receive abundant graces! Because of You Lord Jesus it is well with our souls!

Finishing The Race

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Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

Finishing the Race

“Don’t forget, your principal missionary work will always be your own family. I could not entrust you with that before, because I did not want you to stop halfway. Your family is the point of departure for your mission. This work is not yet finished. Be interested principally in priestly vocations.” (Jesus) (August 28, 1962 )

Today’s Readings: I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the just judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but to all who have longed for his appearance. (2 Timothy 4)

Prayer Meditation- Lord today as we celebrate the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, we are reminded that no matter how much time we may have, our work is not yet finished! You do not want us to stop halfway- You have placed us in families, in workplaces, in communities- many mission fields without leaving home! Lord help us at the end of our time on Earth to pray with St. Paul and state that we have competed well and let us pray with St. Peter that You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God (Matthew 16) as You welcome us home!

You Can Make Me Clean

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Memorial of Saint Irenaeus

You Can Make Me Clean

Jesus: “You see, such is the soul that recollects before My altar but which, for years, has not kept itself clean. It does not look within, it comes into My presence out of habit. It also comes before Me with a layer of dust as thick as a finger on its soul.” (Jesus) (December 22, 1963)

Today’s Readings: When Jesus came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him.
And then a leper approached, did him homage, and said,
“Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.”
He stretched out his hand, touched him, and said,
“I will do it.  Be made clean.” (Matthew 8)

Prayer Meditation- Lord, I have always found this healing in today’s Gospel so touching. The humility of the leper who comes with trust and confidence in his absolute poverty and Your beautiful answer- You will us to be clean- to be healed and to be whole. I think that is an easy thing to forget sometimes in our everyday lives. And perhaps it is that we come to You maybe in Adoration or at Mass out of habit and maybe we don’t even notice the build up of dust in our souls from which You very much want us to be delivered. Lord, especially in these times it is time to look within- to ask You what needs to be cleaned-up in our souls and to come to You with humble trust confident that it is Your Will for us to be cleaned and healed in this life. This is the abundant life You have promised each one of us (John 10:10).

Solid Rock

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Thursday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time

Solid Rock

“My daughter, after a period of relief, do not be surprised if sufferings again flood your soul. You are experiencing the temptations of the Evil One. Do not worry. I am with you and I act within you.” (Jesus)(September 24, 1964)

Today’s Readings:

“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them
will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.
The rain fell, the floods came,
and the winds blew and buffeted the house.
But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock. (Matthew 7)

Prayer Meditation: O Lord, the floods come into our lives- the water rises and the wind howls! Trials, temptations, sufferings, sickness and everything else our broken world can throw at us! Yet Lord we have Your Word and Your Promises- we will not be shaken! On Christ the solid rock I stand all other ground is sinking sand!

Bearing Fruit That Will Last

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Wednesday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time

Bearing Fruit that Will Last

“Do not make decisions based upon the feelings of the moment. Have a firm and persevering acceptance of sacrifices. This is what produces abundant fruit in the souls.” (Jesus) (August 7, 1962)


Today’s Readings: Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. So by their fruits you will know them.” (Matthew 7)


Prayer Meditations- Lord, You have given us Your Holy Spirit so that we would bear fruit for Your Kingdom, fruit that lasts! (John 15:16). But the truth is we cannot do that at all on our own- as little trees we cannot will that fruit comes forth under our own power. Lord it is so easy to be swayed back and forth by our feelings, we become so double minded and unstable in all of our ways (James 1:8). Lord help us to persevere despite our feelings and accept Your Will, the sacrament of the present moment, in all things- connected to The Vine we will indeed then bear the fruit that lasts!

Light To The Nations

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Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Light to the Nations

“After your death, my little one, your place will be next to me. Your drops of oil gathered on earth – which by your lifetime of sacrifices, my Divine Son united with His merits – will fall back upon the extinguished lamps of the souls and will ignite them by my Flame of Love. By this light, they will find the way that leads to salvation.” (Mary) (May 30, 1965)


Today’s Readings: It is too little, he says, for you to be my servant, to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and restore the survivors of Israel; I will make you a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.(Isaiah 49)


Prayer Meditation- O Lord we thank You today for the nativity of John the Baptist, the messenger who bore witness to the Word Made Flesh full of grace and truth! (John 1) Today You call us to be messengers to the way that leads to salvation- Lord help us to unite our sacrifices to Your merits so that souls will be ignited with Your Flame of Love even after we have left this earth!

Quiet! Be Still!

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Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Quiet! Be Still!

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. (Mary) (May 19, 1963)

Today’s Readings: They woke him and said to him,
“Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”
He woke up,
rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet!  Be still!”
The wind ceased and there was great calm.
Then he asked them, “Why are you terrified?
Do you not yet have faith?” (Mark 4)

Prayer Meditation- Lord, we thank You and praise You and adore You for Your Word and Your Gospel today. Because these days, I think we are feeling the effects of the storm that is arising in our world like an erupting volcano. We are feeling that diabolical disorientation that Sister Lucia of Fatima warned us about. These days we can see that the storm that Our Lady has warned us about in so many ways and places is here. And it is so easy to get caught up in it all and cry out like the Apostles that we are perishing! And yet, You have promised to never leave us- in the middle of the chaos of this world You tell us to be quiet and be still and You bring us Your calm and Your peace. Because we were not only created not for this world but for Your Kingdom. We were also created for a time such as this (Esther 4:14). So let us not give in to anxiety, worry, fear, negativity, and complaining – our own little wills, but let us submit ourselves entirely to Your Divine Will knowing that we can trust in You and praise You in any storm!

Don’t Worry Be Happy

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Saturday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time

Don’t Worry Be Happy!


“I am guiding you, and if you worry, I might get the idea you are not happy with Me.” (Jesus) (March 24, 1963 )


Today’s Readings: Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span? Why are you anxious about clothes? Learn from the way the wild flowers grow. They do not work or spin. But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them. (Matthew 6)


Prayer Meditation- Worry, fear anxiety- they rob us of our peace! And yet we cannot add a single minute to our day! A quote attributed to St. Francis de Sales who struggled with scrupulosity and anxiety says it well- God commands us to pray but He forbids you to worry!

Lord, You are our peace- let us bring everything to You in prayer with praise and thanksgiving (Philippians 4). Jesus we trust in You!

Filled With Light

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Memorial of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga

Filled with Light

The Blessed Virgin revealed that the light of her Flame of Love filled not only me, but all my family members, and the Evil One could not lead them into sin. That is why their souls are strengthened and prepared to receive even more graces. (Elizabeth)( February 12, 21, and 28 1963 )

Today’s Readings: “The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light; but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness. And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be.” (Matthew 6)

Prayer Meditation- O Lord You tell us today that the eye is the lamp of the body- Lord with what are we filling our eyes, minds, and hearts on a daily basis? Lord help us today to keep our eyes fixed on You today- let us stay connected to You today in a special way through prayer especially the Rosary, Mass if we can get there, and meditation on Sacred Scripture as we ask the Blessed Mother to fill us with Your special grace for our time, The Flame of Love! Strengthen our souls to receive You and fill us with Your Light!

Thy Kingdom Come

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Thursday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time

Thy Kingdom Come

Each night, My little one, ask yourself what you have done for the coming of My Kingdom. Never be content with yourself. There is no room on earth for self-satisfaction. (Jesus) (August 28, 1962)


Today’s Readings: “This is how you are to pray: ‘Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6)


Prayer Meditation- Lord we want to make prayer so complicated but it is really as simple as opening our hearts to Our Loving Father who sees our needs. Lord, we can never do enough under our own power for the coming of Your Kingdom! You want us all in- a total surrender of our hearts in prayer, our 100% Fiat to Your  Divine Will! Conform us to Your Will, O Lord! Come Holy Spirit, Come by the Means of the Power of the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary!

The Father Who Sees in Secret

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Wednesday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time

The Father Who Sees in Secret

During my work, I frequently enter my small room to adore and make reparation to the Lord Jesus who is present. These are secrets of my heart that I reveal to you. (Elizabeth) (July 17, 1965 )

Today’s Readings: But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door,
and pray to your Father in secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. (Matthew 5)

Prayer Meditation- Lord, so many of us have been called to isolation- maybe illness, caregiving,  old age, a move to an area where no one knows us. For some it has been a wonderful opportunity to spend more time in prayer. For others, so used to be around people, it has been difficult. So many of us, even those in ministry, or especially those in ministry are used to being seen. But Lord could it be that the things we were doing really were not Your Will but done for human respect? Were we running around saying yes to everything because we did not know how to say no? You have not called us to be people pleasers- You have called us to be in greater union with You! Lord let us always cherish the opportunity we have to be in our small rooms in those seasons that can seem at first to be dark and let us continue to go there offering prayer and sacrifice for the salvation of souls so in need of Your Grace!

Forgiven

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Tuesday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time

Forgiven


“I always think of what I can give You. Once more, Lord, my Jesus, I give You my sins again and again, and the monotonous flow of tears from my heart imbued with graces. Please listen to me. This is the music of my heart and the only gift I can offer.” (Elizabeth) (April 15, 1964)


Today’s Readings: Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness; in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense. Thoroughly wash me from my guilt and of my sin cleanse me. (Psalm 51)


Prayer Meditation- Lord Jesus we thank You for Your Mercy and Compassion which are endless and inexhaustible. We thank You for Your Forgiveness freely given, a gift we cannot earn. Lord You wait for us again and again in the tribunal of Mercy, the Confessional. Let us not ever be afraid to approach You with confidence and trust!

The Extra Smile

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The Extra Smile

Suffer with a smile! Let no one know. Let no one see. This is a secret between the two of us. Only God grants this and I give it only to the souls who know how to endure ceaseless sufferings with a smile. (Jesus) (November 1-2 1965)


Today’s Readings: Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go with him for two miles. Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow (Matthew 5)


Prayer Meditation- Lord we are asked to do things all the time, so many demands on our time. It is so easy to shrink back and want to become protective of our time, talents, and treasure when so much is coming at us and we just feel exhausted. The fiat we want to give to You to glorify You in all things becomes a big no when it is our family, our co-workers, our clients who keep pulling on us. Lord help us to go not only the extra mile today but with an extra smile! Because it is in the offering of our daily duty in union with You that we pick up our crosses and follow You!

Scattering Seeds- We Know Not How

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Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time


Scattering Seeds- We Know Not How


“Do not forget how painful for Me is the fate of the seeds that fall by the roadside. Pull up the flowers growing in your soul and bring them to Me while they are fresh. (Jesus) (May 18, 1963)


Today’s Readings: “This is how it is with the kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and through it all the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how. (Mark 4)


Prayer Meditation- Lord, each day You are sowing seeds into our souls. These little seeds grow by our response to Your Grace! Lord help us to not let the seeds fall by the roadside- prune us help us to stay fresh, bringing You fresh flowers each day! May the seeds of faith, hope and love sprout and grow in our souls!

Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say

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Saturday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say

Live humbly. Live the hidden contemplative life in union with Me. Refrain your tongue and be on guard not to say unneeded words. (Jesus) (April 10, 1962)

Today’s Readings:

Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’
Anything more is from the Evil One.” (Matthew 5)

Prayer Meditation: Lord sometimes we just run our mouth and say all kind of things we don’t mean- we care about what others think and not what is Your best for us! Lord, help us to restrain our tongues and to turn from our “people pleasing” ways so that we can say yes to Your Will for us and no to all else that gets in the way!

Go Look Again

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Memorial of Saint Anthony of Padua

Go Look Again

Mary: “Do you know what you represent? You are a sparkle of light enkindled in my Flame of Love. The light you receive from me enlightens souls. The greater the number of souls who sacrifice and watch in prayer, the greater the power of my Flame of Love on earth will be. (Mary) (December 6, 1964)

Today’s Readings: “Climb up and look out to sea,” he directed his servant,
who went up and looked, but reported, “There is nothing.”
Seven times he said, “Go, look again!”
And the seventh time the youth reported,
“There is a cloud as small as a man’s hand rising from the sea.” (1 Kings 18)

Prayer Meditation- O Lord sometimes it seems that what we do is really nothing. We pray, we fast, we make our little sacrifices and we do it all in faith and yet we really wonder, is this Flame of Love really going anywhere? Loved ones still are away from Church, illnesses haven’t gone away, and we feel like we haven’t even gained one bit of holiness or changed in any way. Grumble, fault find, complain, confess, repeat- every week! Sometimes even  though we know better as Your faithful children we just want to shout where are You God? And yet there is the prophet Elijah waiting and believing for the rain that none one can see. There is nothing, he is told And yet he does not give up, but seven times, that perfect number of completion he says, go look again!! And it is the seventh time that brings the cloud so small but rising from the sea just like our hope should rise always because hope does not disappoint! (Romans 5) because Your love has been poured into our hearts no matter what it feels like! So yes, we give our little fiats with Mary’s, little sparks She is counting on us to sacrifice and watch in prayer- come Holy Spirit, come Flame of Love into all hearts, come Divine Will please reign in all the Earth just as You reign in Heaven!

Consuming Fire

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Wednesday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

Consuming Fire

While saying this, Jesus
quenched in my heart the thirst for souls and He poured the fire of His burning charity over me
in the greatest measure. (Elizabeth) (July 20, 1965)

Today’s Readings: The LORD’s fire came down
and consumed the burnt offering, wood, stones, and dust,
and it lapped up the water in the trench.
Seeing this, all the people fell prostrate and said,
“The LORD is God! The LORD is God!” (1 Kings 18)

Prayer Meditation- Lord, so many have turned like ancient Israel to false gods- idols of all kind. But these idols we have set up for ourselves will never move our stony hearts- only the fire of Your Love can melt away the walls we have built around ourselves! Lord, come down like fire and consume us with the Flame of your Love- let us pass it to others so that they may say too that The Lord is God!

Firmness of Heart

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Memorial of Saint Barnabas, Apostle

Firmness Of Heart

I was sick. For days, I could not pray because I was so weak. The great heat of this summer contributed to my fatigue. I could hardly walk. When I felt a little stronger, I firmly resolved to return to prayer at night. I asked Jesus, “My adored Jesus, give me strength.” (Elizabeth) (August 1, 1962)

Today’s Readings: In those days a great number who believed turned to the Lord.
The news about them reached the ears of the Church in Jerusalem,
and they sent Barnabas to go to Antioch.
When he arrived and saw the grace of God,
he rejoiced and encouraged them all
to remain faithful to the Lord in firmness of heart,
for he was a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith. (Acts 11)

Prayer Meditation: O Lord today we bless You, we adore You and we glorify You and thank you for the witness of Saint Barnabas, the encourager, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith. He encourages us even today to remain faithful to You in firmness of heart. Because it is easy to be faithful when all is well but to remain faithful in fatigue, illness, worry, strife, or whatever our circumstances are is where the rubber meets the road. Constancy, never wavering or giving in to our moods or our passions- seems almost impossible. But in Your Word in Psalm 112 you tell us

 For the righteous will never be moved;
    he will be remembered for ever.
He is not afraid of evil tidings;
    his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.
His heart is steady, he will not be afraid.

Lord help us to be faithful because You are always faithful (2 Timothy 2:13) no matter our inconstancy. Jesus we trust in You!

Poverty Of Spirit

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Monday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

Poverty of Spirit

Shortly before this, however, my youngest boy got married. Now, I had to help him get a bedroom. So, I gave up the children’s room. I felt that the Lord was asking for this sacrifice, so I would be totally poor. (Elizabeth) (Diary Page 8)

Today’s Readings: “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5)

Prayer Meditation: Like Elizabeth, Lord You call us to poverty of spirit. In detaching ourselves from the things of this world so that we can be filled with You. Lord You know how difficult and painful this process can be but You lovingly call us to fill the God sized holes in our souls with You and only You! Nothing compares to the glory of knowing You Lord!

Momentary Light Affliction

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Tenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Many times, the Blessed Virgin makes me feel her sorrow. Some days, I suffer so much with her that I can hardly walk. All morning, she poured into me, to a great degree, this grace of suffering. Because of my tearful eyes, I tried to avoid everyone, so they would not notice my great affliction. I have only one thought – to fulfill all that she asks of me. (Elizabeth) (September 15, 1962)

Today’s Readings: Therefore, we are not discouraged;
rather, although our outer self is wasting away,
our inner self is being renewed day by day.
For this momentary light affliction
is producing for us an eternal weight of glory
beyond all comparison,
as we look not to what is seen but to what is unseen;
for what is seen is transitory, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4).

Prayer Meditation- O Lord, we love You, we bless You, and we adore You because You have given us incredible Sunday readings. Momentary light affliction- we can look at this in the second reading and laugh or maybe cry because our problems can feel anything but light and anything but momentary. O Lord, our first parents sinned and then ran from You. We do the same now plagued with the concupiscence that comes from original sin. O Lord, if You marked all of our iniquities, who can stand? (Psalms 130). This world Lord, when You walked on Earth and even now, is so upside down.  In the Gospel, it was You, Eternal Wisdom, that was called out of Your Mind. And yet, besides You there was only One other, Your Mother who was perfectly doing the Will of God (Mark 3), and You ask us to  strive to do the same even in our concupiscence. Now back to those momentary light afflictions- our weaknesses, our faults, our anxieties, our families, our circumstances, and yes even our sins.  As long as we repent of our sins and live in trustful hope and abandonment to Your Divine Providence in our circumstances, all of this is  producing for us an eternal weight of Glory when these sufferings are united to Your Holy Divine Will. So let us not be discouraged but let us have only one thought- may Your Kingdom Come, may Your Will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven!