When Elizabeth Kindelmann said “Yes” to the Will of Jesus and Mary, she received the Flame of Love burning from our Trinitarian Family. With her humble and contrite heart, this widow grew in self-confidence by purifying her soul in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Uniting her life with the pierced heart of Christ, she reflected on God’s word in Adoration. She passed the Flame of Love to those seeking healing and holiness by receiving His Risen Body in Holy Communion.

After all these years of going to and hearing other’s confessions, I still fear going to confession because I am ashamed to confess the same sins. The Flame of Love messages help us to remember that Jesus paid the price for our sins on the Cross and gives us the grace to forgive ourselves so that we can forgive others. How blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

Our Risen Lord blesses us with the courage and conviction to be Missionary Disciples of the Flame of Love and Divine Mercy. We must remember, “The Past is in God’s mercy; to go there only causes despair. The Future is in God’s providence; to go there causes you to play God. The Present is God’s Gift to be lived in love.”

How can we seek and obtain God’s mercy? God gives mercy to the lowly in heart—those who recognize their need for God and His forgiveness and healing power. God transforms those who put their hope and trust in our Savior, who teaches us to reject sin and transforms us into saints to build His kingdom.

A merciful person shares in another person’s misfortune and suffering as if it were their own. Faith opens the way for us to see the power of God’s kingdom and desire to experience His healing presence in our lives. Through Jesus, we understand the fullness of God’s mercy and the power of His kingdom—The power to save us from death and destruction, to forgive sins and lift the burden of guilt, and to heal infirmities and release the oppressed.

Jesus revealed to Elizabeth how sad He is when we fail to celebrate Mass and adore Him in Adoration. For by receiving His Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity, we become who we receive. Jesus waits for us to adore Him so that we can see the face of God in all we love.

This Christmas Season, receive and promote the Flame of Love so that we can build a culture of life, love, mercy, justice, peace, and joy.

Monsignor Ralph J. Chieffo