of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Father Barcelos Homily Lk.12:49

Father Barcelos Homily Lk.12:49

Our Blessed Lord said, “I came to cast fire upon the earth and how I wish it were already blazing!” (Lk.12:49). Jesus is the All-Consuming Fire of God’s Living Flame of Love.

In His zealous devotion towards us, He ardently desires to set our hearts on fire with the love of His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit of the Resurrected Christ is the glory of the Living Flame of Love. To love God passionately with all of one’s being is what the symbol of fire best spiritually represents. This transformation in love is what we are created for! It is what makes us fully human, the key to happiness, the secret of sanctity, and the glory of eternal life! 

This fervent ardor of a soul afire with divine love is seen best above and beyond the most magnanimous and seraphic of God’s greatest friends in the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In our troubled times today, God our Eternal Father, the Worker of Wonders and Author of Miracles, has chosen her to prepare the way for an unprecedently abundant outpouring of grace. Through the merits of her Son’s Passion, our Eternal Father has commissioned Mary to enkindle the saving fire of the Holy Spirit’s merciful love in us as a most efficacious preparation for the final victory of Christ over the powers of darkness at work in the world. 

In 1963, Jesus spoke to a woman named Elizabeth Kindelmann about the world as undergoing a dark night of the soul through a loss of faith and moral confusion. Our Blessed Mother, aware of the spiritual war for the salvation of our souls raging behind the scenes, also spoke to Elizabeth saying that “We are now entering the final battle against Satan.” We are invited to become warriors in Mary’s Army and mission for ushering in “the universal Triumph of Jesus’ divine Heart, the liberation of souls, and the opening of the way to salvation to its fullest extent.”  Jesus and Mary declare in these prophetic promises that nothing like the torrent of grace that is to come has ever been granted “since the Word became flesh.”