A Christmas Message

Part A:  Love




"The spirit of Christmas is LOVE,

and the spirit of giving is priceless when it stems from Love.  Jesus is LOVE,

and He is giving Himself to you as a gift….Love all people as Jesus. 

He will fill you with His Presence

and give you the strength to continue on your journey.

You will feel His Love and desire nothing else, nothing less….

He is your gift of Love." 

(Our Lady of Emmitsburg, Dec. 11, 1997)



"Be Jesus!"--"Be Me!"

          (Our Lady of Emmitsburg, June 8, 1995)                          (Jesus of Mercy, Sept. 20, 1988)




"Slow down, little children,

and ponder the moment of your salvation with the Birth of Jesus,

Who humbled himself and stripped Himself to nothingness

in order to take on the sinfulness of the world….

Be filled with the joy of a child when presented with a priceless gift….

Reflect on what it means to be a child of God and heir to His Kingdom….

Take time to ponder how this one act brought forth salvation for the world…. 

Pray in thanksgiving to God the Father for your Savior,

and ponder what this means for you and how you can be like Him."

(Our Lady of Emmitsburg, Dec. 2, 1999)



Part A: Love

Part B:  Mercy








Throughout all of her apparitions in the world over 2000 years, Our Lady has always affirmed her purpose: namely, to point to her Son.  This was so beautifully stated in her June 1995 message to the world as Our Lady of Emmitsburg:


"The Love of God is pure and simple.  I desire for all of you little children to offer all of yourselves unconditionally to God.  Give to Him everything.  Penetrate His Heart by giving your heart to Him….Allow God to help you by asking Him to be with you, to dwell in you, to change you more and more every day until you are like Him.  Be Jesus, little children, 'Ipse Christus.'"  (Public OLOE, June 8, 1995)


So too Our Lord in His very first Lesson to the world through Gianna Sullivan has invited all humanity to personal holiness:


"I would like you to start being and living the holiness of Me--not only in your actions, but in your daily thoughts and feelings.  Do not be holy on the surface.  Be holy within and throughout your entire body.  Be Me!"

(JOM, Vol 1, #1, Sept. 20, 1988)






"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens,

as He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world,

to be holy and without blemish before Him.

In love he destined us for adoption to Himself through Jesus Christ…." 

(Eph 1:3-5)


The word "Love" is a word with many meanings and connotations in almost every language.  It can be used as a noun or a verb, and can be described by many adjectives.  "Human love" is often weak, imperfect, self-seeking and conditional; whereas "God's Love" is awesome, perfect, selfless and unconditional.  Our Lady of Emmitsburg shares with all her children this urgent call to love:


"The Kingdom of Heaven is about Love and is where Love dwells….When you see my Son face to face, all He will ask you and all you will be held accountable for is 'How have you loved?'….You should be at peace and know that your lives are for my Son Who could not contain Himself in the Heavens, but came down to earth so that all could be with Him.  No love can be as His Love, yet He invites you to be Him.  He invites you to grow in His Love.  He invites you to be Love.  This is impossible without Him….So your most urgent call should be for your immediate focusing on your own personal, intimate union with the Holy Trinity." (Private OLOE, Nov. 21, 2003)


"So I look to you in the sanctuary to see your power and glory.

For your love is better than life; my lips offer you worship!"

(Ps 63:3-4)



"If you ponder God's Love daily, you will seek to be like Him, gentle and meek of heart.  People will see His gentleness in you.  They will see His Love in you.  They will desire to love and to be loved.  To be merciful, you must love.  To receive mercy, you must allow yourself to be loved….Never be so bold as to neglect His Love, or your message of not desiring His gifts will be clear."(Public OLOE, Nov. 7, 1996)



In today's rapid-paced physical world, to get ahead, or even to maintain one's place, often takes aggressiveness, commitment and trust in oneself over all else.  Thus, gentleness will not be highlighted on a typical resume'. However, in the spiritual world the job description might look quite different.  Our Lady of Emmitsburg highlights the importance of this very special fruit of the Holy Spirit--gentleness:


 Love and gentleness toward yourself will allow you to be gentle with others….Love and gentleness will allow you to meet failures and vices of your own flesh and make them victorious in God's Love….Work diligently both interiorly and exteriorly to grow in God's Love and Mercy.  Seek to be like Jesus….Help all people who seem lost and confused through actions of love.  They will be encouraged and regain their hope when they look to you as an example of love and gentleness."  (Public OLOE, Mar. 14, 1996)


"Lord, my heart is not proud, nor are my eyes haughty.

I do not busy myself with great matters, with things too sublime for me.  

Rather, I have stilled my soul, silenced it like a weaned child.

Like a weaned child on its mother's lap, so is my soul within me."

(Ps 131:1-2)



The world looks to the spectacular, the exceptional and the successful.  These tend to be the measures of a fruitful life.  St. Alphonsus Liguori prayed: "In the Divine Sacrament of the altar, in that heavenly bread, bread does not exist; but rather, that in it my Lord Jesus Christ is really and entirely present….Though eyes of flesh and blood cannot see You, by the light of holy Faith I discern You in the consecrated Host as King of Heaven and earth and as the Savior of the world."  Moreover, Our Lady of Emmitsburg likens true greatness to the silent Jesus in the HOST, in the Blessed Sacrament:


"Before you can be true apostles of word and action, you must be apostles of prayer, silence and suffering, or your actions will be fruitless….You must come to know and suffer the love of your Love, who is not loved.  You must be tabernacles of Jesus, like the silent Host which pours forth rays of His Divine Light to enlighten the souls of humankind.   Be Jesus, little ones….Like the silent Jesus in the HOST, you too will send out rays of His Love and gather souls as you sail on your voyage."  (Public OLOE, Jan. 16, 1997)


"He gives sacrificial Love for you unconditionally in the Mass so that you may share in His glory.  Strive to be Jesus.  Receive Jesus' merits by uniting with Him in the most sacrificial Love of the Mass….If you consecrate all of your being to Jesus during the Mass, you will join Him in offering to the Father His immolation on the Cross.  Then you will be intimately fused together in His Body and Blood and never be separated."  (Public OLOE, Feb. 13, 1997)


Mother Teresa of Calcutta certainly lived in the world, but not of the world.  Her life was a vivid example of unconditional love in a world that has lost sight of its meaning.  Mother Teresa said, "Intense love does not measure, it just gives."  It is this love about which Our Lady of Emmitsburg teaches her children:


"The people of the world need to learn of the Truth and meaning of unconditional love….Many people desire only to receive, receive and receive.  If they do not receive what they desire when they pray, they become frustrated and angry, feel forgotten and have self-pity.  God too desires to receive, but continues to give, give, give.  Unconditional love requires giving and receiving.  Be like Jesus Who gives and receives.  Love Jesus as He deserves.  Dedicate yourselves entirely to His service without seeking reward or answers to your prayers."  (Public OLOE, June 5, 1997)


Most often we think and speak in terms of our own desires, those things, persons or requests for which we wish, long for or crave.  However, Our Lady tells us that God too has His own desire, a desire that is simple, pure and wonderful:


God desires all people to know the beauty of His Love.  Your countenance changes and peace resides within you when you desire to be like Jesus….This is the beauty of asking God to elevate you and your soul, to flood you with graces so that your desire would be to be like Him, so that you can love as He loves, and to do whatever is necessary in His Love to be like Him.  Even in the midst of the temptations in the world, during trials and tribulations, persecutions and humiliations, you can still be like Him, because He has shown you how wonderful it is, and all of that takes place through His Cross."  (Private OLOE, Aug. 8, 2010)




It is that very Cross that continues to be the stumbling block for most of us and the whole world.  Our Lady of Emmitsburg describes the necessity of suffering, the freedom that comes with suffering, and the power of suffering, but warns of the desire of the evil one to always tempt us with the fear of suffering: 


"This is a time of Mercy….Ponder how the world treated your Savior, and you will find strength in your sufferings dealt from the world.  If your heart is heavy, contemplate how heavy was your Savior's heart, Who accepted persecution for love of you.  You are called to be like Him….No servant is greater than his master.  All who are close to Heaven suffer as my Son."  (Public OLOE, Mar. 2, 1995)


"No servant is greater than his master."

(Jn 15:20)


"To understand the true meaning of His suffering, you must seek to be like Him and love Him unconditionally in every way.  Then He will enlighten you as to how His suffering gained your salvation, and you will accept your suffering with joy.  There is tremendous freedom in suffering when it is received in a spirit of love and joined to the suffering of my Son….The evil one would like you to fear suffering.  He does not want you to humble yourself; to join your sufferings to Jesus….Do not be afraid if you experience suffering.  It slays the works of evil, confounds the proud, and grants you a redemptive crown of glory….Through your humility you will become powerful and share in God's glory."  (Public OLOE, Feb. 25, 1999)


"For to this you have been called,

because Christ also suffered for you,

leaving you an example that you should follow in His footsteps."

(1Pet 3:21)


"What a great honor it is for God to see those who truly seek to be like Him.  Even in your weaknesses and sinful ways, you know that God the Father gave my Son to be sacrificed, crushed, spat upon, kicked, mocked and rebuked for you and all of humanity; and you know that my Son was allowed to be seen in the eyes of the villains as a pathetic, weak and horrible criminal." (Private OLOE, Jan. 11, 2006)


"As my Son suffered, He trusted with all of His Heart in His Father….To be like Him in sorrow and in suffering always ends in victory.  To truly share for all eternity the life of glory fit for a king and queen, you can only submerge yourself in total abandonment and acceptance, and in unity with my Son."   (Private OLOE, Aug. 23, 2008)


Being humble most often involves having or showing a consciousness of one's own weaknesses and shortcomings.  It also involves honesty--seeing God as He is, and ourselves as we are, in our strengths and weaknesses, both of which are gifts from God.  Our Lady of Emmitsburg points toward the humility of her Son and contrasts that with the pride of the Pharisees:


"My Son gave His life, and He is your salvation.  However, He also invites you to live in Him, and to be Him.  To be Him, you must be humble.  You cannot be filled with pride, all-knowing and righteous; for that was the way of the Pharisees.  They believed they knew the truth, but they did not believe in the Truth….You must be Jesus; and to be Jesus, you must receive His graces with humility and kindness and with love….Do not allow another day to go by without you working and cooperating to change interiorly and without, following God's Divine Will….Look at the weakness of all humanity, and desire to be like my Son."  (Public OLOE, Feb. 3, 2008)


"God desires you to be like Him, but He knows that as a precious soul it first takes time to change and to grow….When God desires, then He will grace you with a contemplative heart, a heart that thinks and lives with Christ at all times….He will give you wisdom to know what is true and what is not….You will have a compassionate heart and one that especially understands the many people that may be wounded, people wounded through rejection or from the ways of others who have tried to hurt them."  (Private OLOE, Feb. 24, 2010)








"We speak God's Wisdom, mysterious, hidden,

which God predetermined before the ages for our glory,

and which none of the rulers of this age knew;

for if they had known it,

they would not have crucified the Lord of glory."

(1 Cor 2:7-8)


Through the Gift of Wisdom, the first and highest of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the soul becomes responsive to God in the contemplation of Divine things.  Our Lady of Emmitsburg affirms that it is through this wisdom that our vision and calling take form:


"Through wisdom you gain purity of heart and a vision that is clear, sincere and without guile, simple, gentle and humble.  Through your works, charity grows and extends beyond the world….The world is difficult, but He has conquered the world.  Your calling is one that is greater than that of those who live in the world, and that is to be Him in all your works and in all you do, say, think and act---completely, unreservedly and unconditionally." (Private OLOE, Nov. 19, 2007)


"You must give all your hearts to Jesus.  It is the only way.  You cannot give Him only a portion of your heart.  It is necessary to belong totally to Him to be filled with Love.  When you give all of your being to Jesus, you allow Him to fill you with his goodness, light, freedom and peace."  (Public OLOE, May 6, 1999)


"The more you become like my Son, the more detached you are from this world.  The more you receive, the more you will desire.  The more you desire, the more you will receive.  The more you give, the less you will want and the more you will be inebriated by the Divine Love of God--pure, holy, free, happy, safe and at peace.  Life is a process, a conversion of heart.  You are all invited to be like Jesus…" (Private OLOE, Jan 26, 2008)






"…You should put away the old self of your former way of life, corrupted through deceitful desires,

and be renewed in the spirit of your minds,

and put on the new self,

created in God's Way in righteousness and holiness of Truth." 

(Eph 4:22-23)


The process of conversion is a turning or changing from a state of sin to repentance, from a lax to a fervent way of life, from unbelief to faith.  Our Lady reminds us that it is a process that takes time, so it is best we not put it off till a later day which may never come:


"Jesus does not afflict hardships on you.  If you really want to be like Jesus, you must walk His walk and die to the world.  The process of conversion takes time.  Learning the meaning of unconditional love takes time, patience, and a genuine effort on your part.  You must embrace Jesus' Love by knowing yourself, loving yourself and by being patient with your idiosyncrasies.  You must embrace Jesus' Love for you by allowing Him to prune and dig out those vices inflicting wounds on your soul…."  (Public OLOE, Mar. 5, 1998)




St. John Damascene wrote that, "Prayer is the raising of one's mind and heart to God."  St. Therese of Lisieux shared, "For me prayer is an upward leap of the heart, an untroubled glance toward heaven, a cry of gratitude and love which I utter from the depths of sorrow as well as from the heights of joy."


If Love is the "be-all" and "end-all" of our purpose here on earth, then Prayer must be the lifeblood.  Our Lady of Emmitsburg has told the world that those who keep family prayer central in their lives will walk triumphantly into the Era of Peace.  How can something so simple and so freely available be so powerful and essential? 


"Unless you pray and pray, and unless you detach from the world through love and service, and allow God to prune you and take away those areas which become the thorns around the soul, it is hard to be free….Seek nothing of gain or merit other than to strive to be like Him, humiliated, persecuted, stripped, flogged and crucified."  (Private OLOE, Nov. 1, 2005)


"Pray without ceasing. In all things give thanks;

for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you all."

(Thes 5:17-18)


"In all the things you do, little ones, remember that prayer is the very most important….When my Son does come, those people who are people of prayer and faith, and who desire to be like Him, are those who will always be His most beloved children;...but you must use the gift of prayer to receive all the good things and to be protected from all sources of evil."  (Private OLOE, Dec. 23, 2006)




"Do not let my heart incline to evil or yield to any sin.

I will never feast upon the fine food of evildoers….

My eyes are upon you, O God, my Lord; in you I take refuge;

do not strip me of life.  Guard me from the trap they have set for me,

from the snares of evildoers.  Into their own nets let all the wicked fall,

while I make good my own escape."

(Ps 141: 4, 8-10)



"There continues to be tremendous evil in the world despite all the effort of those who love.  The evil one is very active, trying to cause turmoil at every level.  Prayer will protect you and help you discern….Do not fight evil with evil.  Reciprocate with love.  Bow only to God and strive to be like Jesus.  Your responsibility is to love, not to point out the faults of others.  The time will come when every person will be held accountable for his unloving actions and deceitful ways.  People influenced by evil may believe they are cunning and deceiving others, but in reality they are deceiving themselves.  You are asked to love and pray for people."  (Public OLOE, Jan. 16, 1998)






In his spiritual conferences, St. Frances de Sales described very practically the sentiment of holy indifference:  "Ask for nothing, refuse nothing.  Hold your hearts in this holy indifference to receive all that is given to you and never desire what would not be given to you,"…leaving yourselves absolutely in the arms of Divine Providence, without busying yourselves with any desires, except to will what God wills of you.  (Spiritual Conferences, #21 and Vol. 2, #6)  It is to this same holy indifference that Our Lady of Emmitsburg is calling all of her children, even in the face of the tragedies plaguing the world and the Church:


"If you wonder why you pray, and still so many circumstances continue to unfold destroying lives and enhancing war, it is not because your prayer is not heard; but it is because that life is a gift  given freely from God the Father.  Where there is good, there is evil.  These things happen because of free will.  That does not mean that your prayer is not heard.  God hears your cry and your plea, and at the proper time all things will be made anew."  (Private OLOE, March 6, 2008)


"When evildoers come at me to devour my flesh,

these my enemies and foes themselves stumble and fall.

Though an army encamp against me, my heart does not fear;

though war be waged against me, even then do I trust….

For God will hide me in his shelter in time of trouble…."

(Ps 27: 2-3, 5)


"Pray for everyone. Pray for your protection.  Pray that my Son changes you so that you can be like Him--a servant totally abandoned to God's Will, with a holy indifference and with love and prayer in your heart."  (Private OLOE, March 6, 2008)






Do not make any judgment before the appointed time,

until the Lord comes,

for He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness

and will manifest the motives of our hearts…." 

(1Cor 4:5)


"The clouds of darkness are thickening and closing around the world.  If you are not solid in your commitment to follow the order of God at all costs, even if it be at the risk of losing a beloved one, you will not be able to discern the confusion and chaos which lies around the corner.  Your eyes must be lowered and head bowed in reverence to the Almighty.  Your first love must be God, and it is necessary for you to follow His Way of Truth….You have been blessed by God to receive words from Heaven, and in His Light you should be making every effort to change your deep-seated ways to be like Jesus….I pray you will rise above these present conditions in your world and allow Jesus to draw you to Himself, to imitate Him and conform to His Way of Truth."  (Public OLOE, Apr. 30, 1998)


"For you were once darkness,

but now you are light in the Lord.

Live as children of light,

for light produces every kind of truth."

(Eph 5: 8-9)


Pontius Pilate asked Jesus the question, "What is Truth?"  In the world where we live, far too many are asking the same question, but very few truly want to hear the answer.  Our Lady of Emmitsburg encourages all of us not to be afraid to say and to be that answer:


"You do not have to be afraid of what you say or to whom you say it, because I am there with you and you have the blessing in your soul….You are to be Jesus, not only on the surface, but within your hearts and souls.  You are to be Him, totally.  There were many times when He was not so silent; but indeed, He was so charismatically joyful and fun and happy.  So too, can you be!  Yet, He spoke the Truth, and you must also speak the Truth."  (Private OLOE, Jan. 1, 2003)


Be Like Our Lady?


The role of Our Lady in Sacred Scripture is quite hidden and certainly mysterious; however, the role of Our Lady in salvation history is uniquely monumental.  She too must also speak the Truth.  She is the Queen of Heaven and Earth, and the Virgin, Immaculate Mother of God, Mother of the Church and Mother of all Mankind.  Seldom in her messages to the world here in Emmitsburg has she talked about herself; but when she has, it has been with the loving care of a "mother" and the dignity and humility of a great "Queen.”  And yes, still pointing to her Son!


"I give all that I am to you.  Do not be concerned in your lives how you would love to be like me.  As a person you have to grow.  Not all can be like me, only those whom God brings to that level.  But there is only one Mother.  I am your Mother; and no one can be me or take my place because I am here for you and I guide all of you to my Son, purely, immaculately and with His Divine Love."  (Private OLOE, Dec. 6, 2004)


"I invite all my children into my most Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, 'sorrowful' because my free will was afflicted with tremendous pain and sorrow, 'immaculate' and pure as can be in joining humanity to that which is Divine.   Yes, the Sorrowful and Immaculate, joining together to be one in holiness, to be humble, and to be like my Son!"  (Private OLOE, Dec. 7, 2005)


"My Son was King of the Jews….despised, spat upon, tormented, crushed and crucified….So as a Queen, should I not be like my Son, the King--lowly, unnoticed, loving, doing all good and devoted to the Divine Will of the Father?…What I am inviting you to be is by my side, within my mantle, doing all you can do to be loving and kind and detached from the way that the world can distract you and lead you away from God."  (Private OLOE, Aug. 22, 2009)


"When I was assumed into Heaven, body and soul, before my death or after dying so as to be like my Son and then be called to Heaven, is for Mother Church and its hierarchy to debate.  What you should know is that my soul is with God--from the beginning and always!  I desire everything that He is, and I will do whatever He desires….What if I were not your Mother who loves you, a real Mother who cares for you, one who sees what you are doing and hears what you are saying?  Perhaps, children, you should pray that you can be like me--not speaking about one another, not voicing your opinions, but only loving and following what I have asked….Those of you who truly desire to have the ears to hear, the heart to absorb, and the mind to embrace the Truth are welcomed!”


"You have all been called by God."

(Private OLOE, Aug. 15, 2009)


Isaiah's prophecy is fulfilled in them, he says:

"You shall indeed hear but not understand,

you shall indeed look but never see.

Gross is the heart of this people;

they will hardly hear with their ears, they have closed their eyes,

lest they see with their eyes and hear with their ears

and understand with their heart and be converted and I heal them.."

(Mt: 13: 14-15)



(To be continued in Part B:  Mercy)