Part 3

Part 3

God the Father, Our Lord Jesus Christ

&

Our Lady of Emmitsburg

Have taken the time to share much with humanity!

 

Will you take the Time

to

Ponder?

(Compiled by Michael T. Sullivan, MD)

 

“Let the one who is wise heed these things

and ponder the loving deeds of the Lord.”

(Ps 107: 43, NIV)

 

Part 1:                  Introduction

                             Opening Remarks from Heaven

                             The Holy Spirit

                             Understanding

                             God’s Love

 

Part 2:                  The Life of Jesus through Mary

                            

Part 3:                  Suffering

                             Prayer and Discernment

                             Humility and Holiness

                             The Blessed Sacrament

 

Part 4:                  The Prophecy of Our Lady of Emmitsburg

                             Her Triumph

                             The Center of Her Immaculate Heart

 

Part 5:                  Contemplation

                             The Closing

Ponder Introduction

 

Part 3

 

Suffering

“If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him.”

(2Tim 2:12)

“Blessed are those who suffer persecution for justice’ sake,

for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.” 

(Mt 5:10)

 

The Modern Catholic Dictionary defines “Suffering” as a “disagreeable experience of soul that comes with the presence of evil or the privation of some good….Absolutely speaking, suffering is possible because we are creatures; but in the present order of Providence, suffering is the result of sin having entered the world.  Its purpose, however, is not only to expiate wrongdoing, but to enable the believer to offer God a sacrifice of praise of His Divine right over creatures; to unite oneself with Christ in His sufferings as an expression of love; and in the process, to become more like Christ, Who having joy set before Him, chose the Cross, and thus ‘to make up all that has  still to be undergone by Christ for the sake of his Body, the Church.’” (1Col 1:24)

 

Early in His Lessons to the world Our Lord Jesus Christ began to further explain this almost paradoxical approach to understanding the role of the Cross and suffering in the life of a Christian:

 

“The Cross represents the way of goodness and the way to eternal life.  That is why I was crucified on a cross—because I am the Way!  I am goodness and, through Me, you can receive eternal life….Because I have led the Way on the path with My Cross, your passage is only lightly burdened, restoring your goodness and cleansing you for eternal life….See the cross and freedom, as pleasure, as goodness and peace—not pain….”(JOM, Vol 1, #52, April 23, 1989)

 

“If anyone among you considers himself wise in this age,

let him become a fool so as to become wise.

For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in the eyes of God.”

(1Cor 3:18)

 

On several occasions throughout her Messages, Our Lady of Emmitsburg makes what many might consider a foolish correlation, that being the Wood of the Crib to the Wood of the Cross.  It represents a journey taken by the Child, the Savior of the world, to bring new life, new hope and a new world to any one and all of us who choose to follow Him in picking up our own cross with all its difficulty, suffering and pain, but with the promise of eternal life and joy to follow:

 

“It is a wonderful time to contemplate the Joy and wonder of the Child Jesus; and yet, not far from that, is the Wood of the Cross.  From the Crib to the Cross!  The world looks at His Passion and death, and the world also looks at His Birth, the pain of coming into the world, taking the form of a human, and the  pain of leaving the world through Death. .  But then there is the Resurrection and Ascension to give new life and a new beginning, one of hope, one that all people of the world can follow….”  (Private OLOE, Dec. 16, 2006)

 

“Those who contemplate Jesus will love Him and desire to live every aspect of His Life and Death, they will accept their cross, as did My Son, with arms extended.  They want to share His eternal Life…”  (Public OLOE, Nov. 18, 1999)

 

“To understand the true meaning of Jesus’ suffering, you must seek to be like Him and to 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….Jesus came into the world with the swords of humility and love to slay evil.  He humbled Himself unto death in holy sacrifice and endured your sufferings so that you could live in His Truth and be free.  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.”  (Public OLOE, Feb. 25, 1999)

“Those who suffer in accord with God’s Will

hand their souls over to a faithful Creator as they do good.”

(1Pet 4:19)

 

Suffering accompanies sin; however, sin brings with it the great opportunity for God’s Mercy to pour forth to the humanity whom God the Father loved so much as to send His beloved Son Jesus to die that they might have eternal life.  Mercy has been called God’s greatest attribute, but Faith is the key.  Our Lady of Emmitsburg invites all her children to ponder not only her Son’s suffering, but the suffering of so many in the world, and to ponder how necessary it is to have faith to make sense out of all that is happening in the world:

 

“This is a time of Mercy.  In all you do, remember Jesus’ sufferings….Ponder how the world treated your Savior, and you will find strength in your sufferings dealt from the world….You are called to be like Him….No servant is greater than his master…. God purifies you and chastises those He loves.  It is how you grow in humility and the great virtues of love and charity.”   (Public OLOE, Mar. 2, 1995)

 

“There are so many people in the world who are suffering, and this world is in a troubled way.  Everyone seems to be going in different directions.  Few desire to hear the way of Truth—a way of change…..Perhaps you should focus and ponder in your own heart on those things in the world that will change and how you will respond….Some things may be permissible by God, but there are other ways of changing, those against the law of God, that would not be permissible.  Then you would have to choose.  You should ponder whether you are ready to make a decision and what that decision might be.”  (Private OLOE, Nov. 27, 2008)

 

“Oftentimes many people do not understand why they have to suffer….That is why faith must be at the center of your life and your prayer; because only then will God give you peace in your heart and in your families, and you will be able to not only understand, but to know how to help others….So many things in the world could be stopped, and life could be lived to its fullest, if people would simply pray….

 

“…Faith is the key….Your way of life and your love for others will help others to rekindle their faith too; for every person is graced with the gift of faith.” (Private OLOE, Feb. 1, 2009) 

 

You are very safe if you have faith.  Whatever you believe can happen.  Believe it, and it will happen!  God can work all impossible things into something miraculous, and He will use you even though you see so much sorrow around you.  You may not understand it, but He is there and you can help heal the world by a simple act of forgiveness and the extension of a hand of Love…..If people would simply pray, even quietly within their hearts, everything would be different today and everything could still change.”  (Private OLOE, Feb. 4, 2009)

 

“But when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?”

(Lk 18:8)

 

Our Lady goes on further to remind us that it is in our response to suffering that we grow in strength and courage and virtue, and that we are walking the same walk that her Son has already walked.  Both she and her Son are still here today, making that walk with us:

 

“People suffer all the time.  It is what they do with their suffering that makes the difference.  You can either accept your suffering and be resigned to it, and do whatever is necessary medically to make your self healthy, or not.  But to resign yourself to God in the spiritual component of your suffering is truly a gift and very important for your peace….. (Private OLOE, Sept. 16, 2007)

 

“Little ones, if you suffer affliction, persecution or opposition from the world, do not fear.  My Son lived a life filled with difficulty, outrage and persecution….When my Son gives you His virtues, do not be surprised when they are met with opposition and you suffer the persecution and scoffing of the world.  You are suffering as my Son suffered, and it is evidence of a true virtue from God…..You may not understand, little ones, but the time will come to understand how everything is providential and serves God.”   (Public OLOE, Mar. 23, 1995)

 

“And when I am lifted up from the earth,

I will draw everyone to Myself.”

(Jn 12:32)

 

“In all you do, remember Jesus’ sufferings…..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….If you are sorely afflicted, accept your suffering for the love of Him.  No servant is greater than his master.  All who are close to Heaven suffer as My Son.  God purified you and chastises those He loves.”    (Public OLOE, Mar. 2, 1995)

 

“Pray with me to God the Father on behalf of all the precious souls who have suffered by acts of violence and hatred.  Comfort those who grieve and mourn, and do not give up hope.  Jesus is merciful, and He will not depart from you.  He will give you the strength and the courage to persevere during these turbulent  times….Please do not try to understand the ways of God, but trust in His Love with childlike confidence.  Follow the Way that Jesus My Son walked for you.”  (Public OLOE, Apr. 29, 1999)

 

“For we are buried together with Him by baptism into death;

that as Christ is risen from the dead by the glory of the Father,

so we also may walk in the newness of life.”

(Rom 6:4)

 

Prayer and Discernment

“But when you pray, go to your inner room,

close the door, and pray to your Father in secret….” 

(Mt 6:6)

 

Many of the saints have provided the Church with their own definition of prayer, most recently being Pope John Paul II, in the Wisdom of John Paul II, Quotes compiled by Margaret Odrowaz-Sypniewski.  The Holy Father speaks of prayer as a conversation with God, and as such, it consists also of listening to hear the interior voice of grace.  He tries to unite his prayer with obligations, his activities, his work, and to unite his work with prayer, thus trying every day to carry out his ministry according to the Will of Christ and His living Church.

 

Our Lord in His Lessons emphasizes the intimacy involved in prayer from the heart; and Our Lady of Emmitsburg teaches her children about the importance of prayer in proper discernment as well as about the efforts of the evil one to disrupt and distract from our prayer and that so necessary commitment to prayer:

 

          Our Lord:

“Prayer is the vessel through which love is purified and perfected.  It is the tool of intimacy….Through continual prayer you will gain the grace of every virtue….Pondering My Love and My Life will give rise to joy in the soul.”  (JOM, Vol V, #7, Mar. 6, 1995)

 

Our Lady of Emmitsburg:

“God grants the grace of discernment to a chosen few, at His liking; and it is a great gift indeed.  Those who have this grace do not wonder whether they have received it, and yet are not quick or eager to give advice or counsel on spiritual matters.  Wisdom teaches them prudence and how prayer of the heart aids in pondering God’s Truth….It is very important to worship God in Spirit and Truth.  It is important to pray with your heart and to ponder God’s words.  If you desire knowledge, pray you will be enlightened with the knowledge of yourself.  If you have difficulty with prayer of the heart, then pray through the power of your will.  With time your mind and heart will join and you will achieve mental interior prayer of the heart.”  (Public OLOE, May 7, 1998)

 

“In times of struggle and difficulty, if you pray, you will have Peace; and you will be able to discern what is good and what is bad.  When you think and ponder the need for help and healing in humanity, think of Jesus Who was scourged and nailed to the Cross.  If you do the Stations of the Cross and ponder the various aspects of His Passion, you will be able to pray for those in need of tremendous healing.”  (Private OLOE, Jan. 15, 2005)

 

There are obviously many people in the world who do not pray, who do not know how to pray, or who may pray for things not in the Divine Will.  That has much to do with the situation in the world now in this secular, indifferent society that thrives on moral relativism.  It is that lack of prayer which has led to the lack of true understanding of God’s Will and which has opened the door for all the strong and destructive influence of Satan and his evil minions.  Our Lady of Emmitsburg warns of the consequences of a life without prayer:

 

“My little ones, you must pray with all your hearts in order to grasp what God desires for you.  If you do not pray every day, you will not be able to understand His boundless Love and apply it to your works…..In order to love unconditionally, you must pray….It is necessary to have peace in your heart to discern and avoid confusion.  You cannot obtain this grace unless you ask for the grace of prayer and utilize this great gift.  The evil one is much alive and would like you to be distracted from praying.  He would like you to be fascinated with the sweet enticements of the world.”  (Public OLOE, June 6, 1996)

 

“Do not be deceived to think you can have God dwell within you without prayer.  Satan’s influence is strong.  You must pray….If your life is pleasant and filled with all the cares of living, but it is exempt from prayer, you are cultivating an environment in which at the hour of your death, you will be forced to understand how you refused God’s grace.  You will receive the knowledge of Truth, and your own judgment becomes final when you reject God’s Mercy and you choose to live in hell.”  (Public OLOE, Nov. 18, 1999)

 

“You know how to discern the appearance of the sky,

but can you not know the signs of the times?” 

(Mt 16:3)

 

Many of the saints in the Church have provided us with inspirational reflections on the Lord’s Prayer, given by Jesus Himself to His disciples when they asked Him how to pray.  There seems, however, no reflection on this Prayer more profound that that of His Mother:

 

 

 

The Lord’s Prayer:

Private Message from Our Lady of Emmitsburg

Through Gianna Sullivan

July 24, 2010

 

Little children, praised be Jesus!

 

It is with great joy that I am with you to pray.  The greatest prayer ever, and one of the most profound parables ever (on prayer), are the words from my Son.  He is asked “Lord, teach us to pray?” (Lk 11:1-13)  And He teaches you how to pray the wondrous prayer of the Our Father—“our” being your Father and mine.

 

My dear ones, to even contemplate the greatness of God the Father calling you His “child”!  All the greatness and Love He has, you can ponder for quite some time.

 

“Hallowed be Thy Name!” is to praise and to give thanksgiving to God.  We praise you, we bless you, we thank you, we beg you!  We praise you, we thank you, we bless you, we beg you!  How beautiful to praise God!  Your heart is set afire.  It wants to rise above your body.  Your soul ascends to be with God.  If you pray this ejaculation, “We praise you, we thank you, we bless you, we beg you,” that alone will give you tremendous serenity and joy. Not even knowing the answers to your concerns, you are yet safe and at peace.

 

“Thy Kingdom come!” My goodness, children, His Kingdom is now within you.  Kingdom means now.  You cannot enter into God’s Kingdom unless you live now in His Kingdom.  How do you live now in His Kingdom?  Yes, you must be like a child, and so many parables lend themselves to my Son asking, “What is the Kingdom?”

 

Jesus also says what His Kingdom is not.  Certainly you need to reflect on that too.  It will take some time to ponder and to see what God is calling you to do—what changes to make and to what redemptive suffering.

 

“Your will be done!”  Is that not the essence of total peace?  Your very creation is out of God’s Love for you.  In your unpayable debt He loves you for you.  There is nothing you can give, nothing you deserve, nothing you have earned.  It is all a gift!  So His Will be done! 

 

When you receive, then you can give.  How are you able to fulfill God’s Will if you do not receive His Mercy?  You cannot!  If you receive His Mercy, then you are able to give it and to fulfill His Will.   Otherwise, you will not know how. 

 

The Kingdom is now on earth in your heart.  His Will is now to be done here on earth.  He created your soul to fulfill His glory so that you can be with Him in all glory.  There is a reason and a purpose of God’s great Love for you—for you!  Not someone else, but you

 

Love yourself, and see how wonderful it is to know that you are never alone.  God lives in you.  You are never alone, and He loves you.  He loves everything about you.  In your good times and bad times, there is nothing you can do to make Him love you more or less; because He loves you unconditionally, and He created your soul for a great mission.

 

And to “Forgive!”  O’ my goodness, children, that is the whole essence of the Cross.  How could Jesus be crucified sinless?  “Father, forgive them.” (LK 23:34)  That is the whole essence of the Cross, where Love is released.  And if you are forgiven, then you too must forgive.  That is not to say that it is easy, but you can.  Everyone is unique in God’s Love, and truly you cannot change people, but you can love them in Jesus. 

 

“Deliver us from evil.”  Always ask God for protection against evil.  See evil as if there is a wild animal around you; however the animal has a chain around its neck, so it can never really get you unless you enter into its area.  See evil as there, but do not be afraid of it.  It can never harm you unless you choose to walk into the forum and be prey.  But I believe you are wise and prudent and vigilant enough to know that.

 

I bless you and I love you, for you are great in the Eyes of God.  The greatest prayer you can pray is that of the Our Father.  Peace to you.  My joy is with you because my joy is complete in Christ.  Your joy, too, within my most Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, will be complete in Christ.  Peace.

 

In closing, Our Lady assures us of the Love that our intimate prayers bring forth from Jesus, and that if we truly allow Him to fill us, then all we need to do is to receive:

 

“Jesus loves you so much….He loves when you pray to Him and speak to Him most intimately….The Holy Spirit will gift you with what prayers that need to be said; but when God gifts you with the grace of intimacy, then join with Him and allow Him to fill you with the many gifts—nothing of your doing, all of His.  In fact, if you tried to contemplate, your intellect would only get in the way; and then instead of having the fire continue to be lit, you would blow it out yourself.  So be at peace, and pray with all your heart.  God will grace you, and all you need to do is to receive.”  (Private OLOE, Jan 15, 2009)

 

“Behold, I will close their wounds and give them health,

 and I will cure them;

and I will reveal to them the prayer of Peace and Truth.”

(Jer 33:6)

 

 

 

Humility & Holiness
”I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy.

For thou hast regarded my humility, thou hast saved my soul out of distress.”

(Ps 30:8)

 

“Strive for peace with everyone,

and for that holiness without which no one will see the Lord.” 

(Heb 12;14)

 

“Holiness” as defined by the Modern Catholic Dictionary refers first to God as identified by His separation from all evil; and then among creatures, who are “holy” by their relation to Him, by the possession of Divine grace and the practice of virtue.  Our Lord in His Lessons begs humanity to return to His Love, His Holiness:

 

“…I await My people to return to Love.  This does not mean that man is perfect or will not fail….It means that through prayer and humility in accepting yourself in failure, you are able to grow in holiness and reach the Kingdom through patience and the virtues dispensed from God….It is so necessary that My people return to Me soon, before it becomes any more difficult to change.  The longer My people delay, the colder the heart becomes, more and more like stone.  But prayer, love and mercy chip away at the stony heart, and soon enough purity radiates beneath all layers….I love all people.  I died for all people, and I would die again if I could because of My Love for all people….Just take a few minutes to be with Me, to ponder My Love in your life.    So many have chosen to walk away.  Come, return to My Love….” (JOM, Vol V, #30, Nov. 12, 1995)

 

Humility would seem to be the foundation on which all other virtues are developed, and certainly most essential to personal holiness.  According to the Modern Catholic Dictionary, “humility” is the moral virtue that keeps a person from reaching beyond himself.  It is the virtue that restrains the unruly desire for personal greatness and leads people to an orderly love of themselves based on a true appreciation of their position with respect to God and their neighbors.  And “dignity” being defined as the excellence that deserves recognition and praise in a person or thing—in every person, that being his creation in the image and likeness of God.

 

“Your Mother and your brothers are standing outside,

and they wish to see you….”

“My Mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it.”

(Lk: 8:19-21)

 

This true self-knowledge requires honesty, and honesty cannot exist without that foundation of humility; and Our Lady of Emmitsburg points to her Son as to being our example of holiness and dignity.

 

“In humility, attempt to love people the way they are.  Leave judgment to God. …This will help you become humble, because you will be pondering what God is rather than what you are yourself.  This allows you to gain a true knowledge of yourself through the love and respect for God...Practice the virtue of humility by tempering your thoughts and practicing honesty.  Ask God to grace you with humility, because without His grace, you will not be able to reach it.”  (Public OLOE, Oct 16, 1997)

 

“…Reflect how holiness is the basis of dignity….It is your response to the grace from God and cooperation which make you holy…..Jesus loves you so much that He gave you the true examples of patience, humility, obedience, meekness and piety.  Ponder His modesty and meekness that marked His words.  Reflect and examine your own inclinations and sentiments, and pray for the grace of God to be bestowed on you, that your works may be holy and filled with dignity….” (Public OLOE, Sept. 29, 1994)

 

“If you desire to see through the eyes of Jesus, you cannot be righteous, but must be all-merciful and loving.  In order to see someone as Jesus sees them, you must focus on God’s goodness in the person.  You must overlook the human weakness and sinfulness of the person and ponder how, through Mercy, good surfaces in the end by means of Love.  Humans are weak and sinful, but that does not mean that every human cannot obtain everlasting life.  It does not mean that sinners cannot change and become God’s instruments of Peace.”  (Public OLOE, Oct. 19, 1995)

 

“If you repent, so that I restore you, in my presence you shall stand….

Then it shall be they who turn to you, and you shall not turn to them.

(Jer 15:19)

 

In our humanness it is most natural for us to desire comfort and happiness in this world as well as in eternity, but that does not take into consideration that we must be perfected in Christ before we meet our Creator face to face.  For most of us, that means CHANGE!  Our Lord in His Lessons to the world concedes our reluctance to change but challenges each of us to step into His world.  Our Lady of Emmitsburg, as she has so many times, stresses that there is no time for fear, only time for change, and she invites her children to be children of Light. 

 

Our Lord:

“You perceive a longing after eternal bliss, but you desire it without the shadow of change.  This is because my people desire heavenly things without the temptation of the affection of the flesh, from which they are not free….Break yourself from mortal desires, and allow Me to fill you with true Peace….The Kingdom of God is not an institution.  The Kingdom of God is Love and encompasses love!  It is not conceivable in man’s worldly mind.  So step out into My world of Love and try not to understand so much, as to walk by faith in trusting the Triune God….Wake up, My dear ones, to the true world!  Allow the possibility to exist in your minds….Love yourself in your imperfections, and I will perfect you and make you righteous in the sight of God.”  (JOM, Vol IV, #15, Mar. 16, 1992)

 

         

 

Our Lady of Emmitsburg:

“If you misunderstand the words of my Son, you will misunderstand my words to you….You cannot give my Son glory if you speak of His Love and suffering with your lips; and if at the same time, your hearts do not want His ways to infringe upon your lives.  He said if you desire to be first, you must be last….My Son said, ‘Whoever wants to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for Me will save it.’  There are two ways to live little ones:  a way of love or a way of fear.  Do not be fearful children, but trust in God and have hope.”  (Public OLOE, July 27, 2000)

 

“There is always time for things to change in the world through prayer.  I have always said that there is no time for fear, only time for change.  However, if each person, even if they doubt, gives and tries, they will not be disappointed….You never want to meet your fate pondering your sins and sorrows in self-pity, because you will reflect back on the hideous thing human error allowed.  You need to rise above that and spiritually mature to be the Light of God and a pillar of hope and charity.”  (Private OLOE, Sept. 19, 2009) 

 

“Be children of His Light.  Do not allow your soul to be monopolized by the passions of this temporary life, but allow it to become detached, uprooting the controls and attachments placed on it by self-love….Allow your spirit to be in union with God.  It is not a question of whether your soul could be attached to God and live in union with Him, but rather the question is whether you would allow it….Ponder my words and synchronize your thoughts, words from your lips and actions to reflect a sincere heart.”  (Public OLOE, Aug. 5, 1999)

 

Strive to give to your neighbors the unconditional love and charity which are so much needed.  Do not render service only when it proves profitable to your own self.  Render unconditional service through the Love of my Son’s Most Sacred Heart.  Do you not realize that the amount of unconditional love, charity and service given to your neighbor is proportional to the amount of love you have for God?  Ponder my words and recognize the deception of self-love when service is rendered with conditions.  Your love is impure when you withdraw a charitable act because it does not prove profitable to yourself.”   (Public OLOE, Jan 12, 1995)

 

Never ponder your ill effects on other people, but look to the graces of God because He gives them abundantly; and use them for His glory.  The most wonderful act of love you can give God is to give your whole being, to be so little and detached, so humble and kind, that you fit within His Heart….Selflessness and openness, surrendering and being detached, prayer and humility of heart—all these will gain you a most precious place that no other soul can achieve.  That place is reserved for you.”  (Private OLOE, Dec. 9, 2009)

 

And what are the consequences if we continue not to pay attention to the words of Our Lord and Our Lady, and what are the rewards if we do?  Our Lady of Emmitsburg addresses these questions:

 

“I have told you that my humility and tears of love have held back the angel’s sword and that I am determined to bring all my children safely to my Son; yet, you receive my words with fear and judgmental and hardened hearts…..It is my duty as your Mother to point out to you that you are content when you hear words from Heaven which appeal to your own liking and needs, but ignore and put off to fallacy any challenges or words you do not desire to hear.  Perhaps, little children, you should humble yourselves and ponder what faith is and how it represents God’s Truth at all costs.”  (Public OLOE, July 20, 2000)

 

“The world goes about thinking that God does not exist and does not love them; but I can tell you that He knows you by name….When you meet Him face to face, He will ask you, ‘How have you loved?’  He will not look at your accomplishments.  He will look to how you have loved and how you have given yourselves selflessly to others, seeing Him in them.  Ponder my words as you read them; look to me.  I will dress you and comfort you, and you shall dress His Wounds with love itself.”  (Private OLOE, Nov. 29, 2003)

 

“I give you a new commandment:  Love one another.

As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.

This is how all will know that you are My disciples,

if you have love for one another.”

(Jn 13:34-35)

 

 

The Blessed Sacrament

“This is My Body that is for you.  Do this in remembrance of Me….

This cup is the new covenant in My Blood. 

Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me….

Whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily

will have to answer for the Body and Blood of the Lord.” 

(1Cor 11:24-25, 27)

 

So humbling Himself as to assume our human nature and be born into our world in a cave as a poor and helpless infant was not enough.  Living a difficult, hidden life of survival in obscurity for thirty years was not enough.  Preaching and teaching, healing and loving for three years without a home in which to live or his own bed to rest was not enough.  Allowing Himself to be humiliated, tortured and murdered as an offering of Himself to atone to the Father for the sins of mankind and for our salvation was not enough.  Leaving Himself truly present with humanity in the form of bread and wine for our spiritual and physical nourishment was not enough.  Allowing Himself to be locked in a tabernacle in hundreds of thousands of churches and chapels around the world 24 hours a day, often abandoned and neglected, was not enough.  Watching for two thousand years, and most sorrowfully over the last 200 years, as mankind has treated Him and His Mother and His Church, more and more indifferently and even blasphemously, was not enough.  What is enough? 

         

          Our Lord Jesus Christ:

“I wish for My people to know that I am in their midst at all times, but in a very real way I in My Most Blessed Sacrament….When you come before Me, be at peace.  Rest in My Love.  Put aside all distractions, fear, worry and concern.  Realize you are before Me and contemplate My Love and goodness.  If you will absorb My Love and rest in My Love, your heart, mind and soul will be rejuvenated and will rise to an ecstasy of joy….You are resting truly in My Most Sacred Heart where I am carrying you and sifting through all your needs and organizing all your spiritual and temporal needs for the glory of God the Father….”  (JOM, Vol V, #1, Nov. 11, 1994)

 

Our Lady of Emmitsburg:

“You do not know the great gift that Jesus my Son has left for you in the Most Holy Eucharist.  I do not think that you truly believe and understand the entirety of His True Presence and of all the great gifts He has to give you….Do not allow one moment to pass without giving Him the praise and the glory that is so necessary and most fitting for a King, One who gave his Life for you, from its inception at His Birth in the Cradle through His Death on the Cross.”  (Public OLOE, June 13, 2004)

 

“Contemplate His infinite majesty….Give Him praise and thanksgiving for His goodness….Give your entire being to Him in perfect adoration….Receive Jesus’ merits by uniting with Him in the most sacrificial love of the Mass.  It is in the Mass where you not only receive His grace, but Jesus Himself….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, never to be separated.”  (Public OLOE, Feb. 13, 1997)

 

“Work together and be a network of Love and Mercy….Through Eucharistic Adoration you will come to know yourself and Jesus more intimately.  He will give you the grace to live by Love….He will pierce your soul with apostolic charity.  Ponder His Way, little children….Through Him you will persevere to the end of your journey.”  (Public OLOE, Aug. 13, 1998)

 

The Church has never officially interpreted as dogma the sequence of events and even the meaning—literal or non-literal—of many of the events described in the Book of Revelation.  Over the centuries, many of the saints have provided a glimpse of what we might expect; however, Our Lady of Emmitsburg has added much to the understanding of this final Book of the Bible.  Her words have been compiled in a document entitled “The Eucharistic Reign of the Child Jesus,” in which she clarifies the difference between the Second Coming and the Final Coming of Christ and the role of the Child Jesus in this Eucharistic Reign during  these end times and throughout the Era of Peace.

 

“Strive now to be holy and pure of heart, like a little child, so you will be prepared to slay evil through love and littleness in the moment of confrontation and Truth, and then triumph with your Savior. There will be a time of peace and no disease, a time and place where every human being will live in unity and come to know the Truth of Jesus through a Eucharistic Reign.  Every human being will understand and embrace Mercy and will know the True Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.”  (Public OLOE, Mar 9, 2000)

 

“Humanity does not realize the importance of children; and because they do not understand the gift of the life of a child and the gift of My Death for all children, which all people are called to be, then they cannot realize the return of the Child in My Most Sacred Presence in the Most Holy Eucharist….All shall know the Truth of the Child, the Omnipotence of the Child, the Joy of the Child, the Wisdom of the Child and the security within the Child.”  (Jesus to Gianna, private, April 29, 2003)

 

Eucharistic Reign

 

Our Lord Jesus Christ:

“The fire of My Love flames within those souls who seek Me….I am the Lover!  When you sit quietly and contemplate My words of love, your soul is suspended high into the abyss of Love.  You then dive into the core of Mercy’s dwelling, the core of My Heart, and also the core where My Wounds exist.  This area of pain and sorrow is also the area of joy and love….Dress your wounds by dressing Mine with your love….Contemplate how your sufferings now are minor, compared to the glory which is to come for you.  In this light, you will be able to persevere, seek and love Me with the burning grace of My Love.  This is the ultimate peace and union of Oneness to obtain.   Be always searching the Truth and adore Me in a Eucharistic silence.”  (JOM, Vol IV, #36, July 21, 1992)

 

“It is good to hope in silence for the saving help of the Lord.”

(Lam 3:26)

 

Are you willing to ponder?

 

 

“Let the one who is wise heed these things

and ponder the loving deeds of the Lord.”

(Ps 107: 43, NIV)

 

End of Part 3