Our Risen Lord bestows on each of us the extraordinary gift of inspiring faith and hope during the Easter Season. Elizabeth Kindelmann writes, “While I adored Him, a religious sister came near to me.  She became wrapped in that same love that was burning in my soul and maintained me in the presence of the Holy Majesty of God.” Elizabeth was even more surprised when priests began to experience the effects of the graces of the Flame of Love from her intercessory prayers.

My own personal initiation to the graces of the Flame of Love came through Tony Mullen who began a cenacle in our Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Tony inspired me to study and join our cenacle with his intense desire to purify his soul in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, reverent reception of the Eucharist and his love for Adoration. During this Easter Season, believe that by your prayers, devotions and frequent reception of the Sacraments, you too can pass on the gift of faith in the Risen Lord. For our Lord explained to Elizabeth: “I am the One who radiates these graces upon you, and through you, on the souls that come to you. The Flame of Love our Mother obliges Me.”

As we prepare for our celebration for the National Day of Prayer on May 5, 2022, please ask our Risen Lord will heal our Nation by strengthening our faith, family life and trust in our political leaders. Only Jesus can deliver us from the lies of the devil, who is the source of sickness, sin and death. When we worship together as a family of faith, we grow in compassion and care. Moreover, Jesus reveals the way and the truth to our heavenly home, where there is no more sickness and sadness. By practicing the spiritual and corporal works of mercy, we can taste the joy of the Communion of Saints.

How can we entrust our lives to the grace and guidance of God’s Powerful Spirit (our GPS) who wants to makes us channels of his love and mercy? First, believe that God is always loving and forgiving. Secondly, when we feel powerless over sickness and sin, know that Jesus suffers with us in our humanity, but heals and forgives us through his divinity. Thirdly, we need to associate with people of faith willing to share our struggles and teach us how to live the Be-Attitudes of Christ. Finally, as Gifted-Givers, we must share the blessings of our Risen Lord with our compassionate hearts and caring hands.

Honor Tony Mullen and the person who touched your heart by sharing your personal witness with all who hunger for healing and holiness from our Divine Physician. Inspire our spiritual and political leaders by becoming the living, loving and forgiving presence of our Risen Lord. For all our hearts are restless, until we rest in the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Rejoice this Easter Season and expect miracles of divine love, peace and joy!

Grateful for all your love and prayers for all our Cenacle leaders and participants,

Monsignor Ralph J. Chieffo

National Spiritual Director