God the Father, Our Lord Jesus Christ

Part 1:  Honesty & Integrity

 

“What Ever Happened

to

Honesty and Integrity?”

 

in the words of

 

God the Father, Our Lord Jesus Christ

&

Our Lady of Emmitsburg

 ( Compiled by Michael T. Sullivan, MD)

 

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”

(Ex 20:16)

 

Part 1:  A.  Honesty

B.     Integrity

 

Part 2:  A.  Sin

B.     Dishonesty

C.    Deceitfulness

 

Part 3:  A.  God’s Mercy 

   B.  Dignity

             C.  Our Lady,

         The Model of Honesty, Integrity, Dignity & Truth

 

“…Be humble servants of the Light of God.

Be honest and kind,

not bearing false witness against your brothers….”

(Public OLOE, Aug. 3, 2008)

 

Any discussion about honesty and integrity would by necessity demand a common understanding of the principles of truth.”  In the Article on the 8th Commandment (of God’s Ten Commandments) in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, we read:  “The Eighth Commandment forbids misrepresenting the truth in our relations with others.  This moral prescription flows from the vocation of the holy people to bear witness to their God who is the Truth and wills the truth.  Offenses against truth express by word or deed a refusal to commit oneself to moral uprightness. They are fundamental infidelities to God and, in this sense, they undermine the foundations of our covenant with God.”  (CCC 2464)

 

Truth or truthfulness is the virtue which consists in showing oneself true in deeds and truthful in words and guarding against duplicity, dissimulation and hypocrisy.  (CCC 2505)  Lying consists in saying what is false with the intention of deceiving the neighbor who has the right to know the truth.  (2508)  The culpability of lying is greater when the intention of deceiving entails the risk of deadly consequences for those who are led astray.  (2485)  Lying is destructive of society; it undermines trust among men and tears apart the fabric of social relationships. (2486)  The virtue of truth gives another his just due.  Truthfulness keeps to the just mean (proper balance) between what ought to be expressed and what ought to be kept secret; it entails honesty and discretion.  (CCC 2469) The golden rule helps one discern, in concrete situations, whether or not it would be appropriate to reveal the truth to someone who asks for it. (2510)

 

 

TRUTH

“O Lord God of hosts, who is like to thee?

Thou art mighty, O Lord,

and Thy truth is round about thee.”

(Ps 88:9)

 

God the Father in His Words to the world through Gianna Sullivan expresses His Love for humanity and affirms that true Peace can be found only in the Truth of the Most Holy Trinity, not in deception, not in being ungenuine nor closed-hearted, but in seeking and reaching the holiness and goodness of God Himself.  He will not, however, trample our human free will and force Himself on us, even in an effort to protect and save us. That choice—to love Him in return—is ours to accept or reject:

 

“…I am a loving God, a holy God.  I am your God.  There is only One.  There shall never be another. The Mercy I give to you is the Mercy from the Womb, the Womb where my Son first became Flesh.  I am a God of kindness, and I am a God Who is loyal and faithful to those who love the Truth….My Peace now resides in the world because the Trinity is there with you, for those who seek to live in the Truth of God the Father, the Son & the Holy Spirit….”  (GTF, Dec, 8, 2005)

 

“…I love you and want to know of your love; and yet, so many are afraid.  How is it that you could be afraid of the Truth, but not afraid of deception

…Do not let the eye deceive you….Stand firm on the grounds of Truth…Be genuine…Open your hearts and I will fill you through My Son—through His goodness and His ways, which are both Divine and human—so that you may know in your human ways how to seek and reach for the holiness and goodness of My Divinity….”  (GTF, April 8, 2007)

 

“…Because of your free will, there is only so much that I will force on you.  I give you gifts, and I protect you.  At a moment’s plea, I come to grasp you and save you; but I cannot force more than that.  If you do not desire the Truth and the Peace and the gift of Faith to live, then you are open to many other sources of persuasion.  Every day is a new opportunity to give yourself unconditionally to the Truth, regardless of your sinful ways….If you do not, then the pain and suffering, the fear and panic and confusion, and the division and scandals will only escalate…Painful it might be for those who do not know the Truth and for those who do and refuse to accept it….”  (GTF, Mar. 8, 2008)

 

Jesus said to them:

“I am the Way and the Truth, and the Life.

No one comes to the Father except through Me.

If you know Me, then you will also know My Father….

And I will ask the Father,

and He will give you another Advocate to be with you always,

the Spirit of Truth, which the world cannot accept,

because it neither sees nor knows it.  But you know it,

because it remains with you, and will be in you….”

(Jn 14: 6-7, 15-17)

 

 

Our Lord in His Lessons promised not to leave us orphans, and He did not!  It is that Spirit of Truth which has been available to live in each of us and in His Church for 2000 years.  However, that promise comes to humanity with potentially great fruitfulness, but also with great responsibility on our part and dire consequences for its abuse:

 

“…Truth cannot be defined by words.  Truth is the living breath of My Spirit.  It is putting into action prayers of mercy and charity.  To speak the truth, you must live My Truth, The Truth of My living Spirit, by being one with Me….You can have examples and explanations on how to live and to find the truth, but the word “Truth” itself is Me, for I am Truth.!....Come all ye, and live in Me.  Put aside your vanity and pompous acts and live in My Truth.  Live in Me, the Truth of the living Spirit….”  (JOM, Vol I, #76, Aug. 19, 1989, Truth)

 

“…My Holy Spirit fills you with the knowledge of the Truth.  The Truth is that I give you love, peace, joy, faith and mercy, because I am Love, I am your Peace, I am Joy, I am Faith and I am Mercy….”  (JOM, Vol I #27, Jan 6, 1989,Truth/Open Heart)

 

“…Many of My people unveil the Truth, but many do not accept the Truth.  They act as if they have no knowledge of the Truth.  Better not to have any knowledge of the Truth than to find it and not acknowledge it.  The Truth is your sword….Never let your shield down or the enemy will come in and strip you of your weapons.  When you find you are deprived of your weapon, your heart will surrender and fall into the enemy’s hand….”  (JOM, Vol II, #52, Mar. 24, 1990, Truth and Honesty)

 

“Hear, O Lord, my prayer;

give ear to my supplication in thy truth;

hear me in thy justice.”

(Ps 142.1)

 

In this secular world in we live, a world suffocating in moral relativism, it is certainly possible to not be exposed to the Truth, to have a conscience so diluted that it is barely capable of registering guilt, or even, in a politically and socially correct manner, to just overrule one’s conscience through the majority rules, democratic process.  Our Lady of Emmitsburg, however, warns us that there is no end run around the Truth, and God’s protection, guidance, direction and love will always be there if and when we approach Him in prayer:

 

“…If you try to walk around the Truth, you will never know the Truth itself.  If you try to divert from God’s Love, you can be certain that Love itself, even though it be at your beckoning hand, will miss your grasp.  You must be open and willing and honest.  If you cannot, then be that way, confessing it to God; and He will help you.  If you try to be other than what you are, you will find out who you are; and you will have to pay the price to be all like Him.  For neither you nor anyone can see God as He is unless you are purified, holy and good!  You can fool other people, but no one can fool God!...”  (Private OLOE, Nov. 2, 2009)

 

“…Jesus will protect you.  He will guide you, and He will direct you.  He loves you….He knows how hard you try.  He knows all of what is in your hearts, and He asks you to continue to love, to be honest, to seek the Truth, to live the Truth, and to be kind…..You always have to be alert; and the only way you can be alert to know the Truth is through prayer….(Private OLOE, Mar. 29, 2006)

 

Yes, we have been taught that “It is only the Truth that will set us free.  Our Lord in His Lesson on Honesty, teaches that freedom, in our country as well as anywhere in the world, can only be secured through love, prayer, honesty and Truth:

 

“…The three elements of freedom are love, prayer and honesty.  Do not hide from yourself.  Be open and honest, and I can mend your hearts and refresh you….  By being honest and truthful to yourself, you accept the Will of God and cannot deceive others….To accept Me, you need to be honest and truthful.  How can I dwell in you if there is deceit?  I am Truth.  I am Honesty.  I am Love. 

 

“If you are honest with yourself, you will experience freedom.  I read your hearts.  If you are masking the truth from yourself, you cannot accept Me, the God of Truth.  Only when you are honest with yourself, can you be honest with others.  If you cannot be honest with others because you are afraid of them, then you do not trust Me, nor are you allowing Me to dwell in you.  Only the Truth can free you!”  (JOM, Vol II, #48, Feb, 25, 1990), Honesty)

         

OUR LADY OF EMMITSBURG:

“…This is a great country that God has blessed.  But a true country, worthy of the blessing of God, is not rooted in power or materialism.  A country worthy of God’s Peace is a country rooted in prayer, in faith, in love, in honesty, in humility, in perseverance, in compassion and in littleness….You must root out all the vices that are there; and you must grow in true Love, in true humility, and in the freedom which is there….Freedom is not based in power, but it is based in Truth….”  (Public OLOE, July 4, 2005)

 

“If you remain in My word, you will truly be my disciples,

and you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.”

(Jn 8:13)

 

 

HONESTY

“…I ask that supplications, prayers, petitions and thanksgiving

be offered for everyone, for kings and all in authority

that we may lead a quiet and peaceful life in all godliness and honesty…”

(1Tim 2:1)

 

The Webster’s Dictionary defines honesty as “fairness and straightforwardness of conduct; adherence to the facts, truthfulness, veracity.  It implies a refusal to lie, steal or deceive in any way, and a lack of hypocrisy.  In addition, when pondering honesty, characteristics such as sincerity, genuiness, authenticity, and forthrightness all come to mind.  Our Lord in His Lessons places a high priority on it:

 

“…The last and critical step to discipleship is honesty.  Always be honest and speak the truth with respect for one another.  I shall always defend you in your honesty….”  (JOM, Vol II, #4, May 21, 1990, Steps to Discipleship)

 

The Kingdom

“…Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven,

but only the one who does the Will of My Father in Heaven.”

(Mt 7:21)

 

 

“For time is short!”  This warning was given by Our Lord to the world in His Lessons in 1988.  We are now in the 25th year since that warning!  How much patience does Our Lord still have?  How confident are we that there is still time to postpone our return home?

 

“…I want My people to turn back to Me and to live with sincerity, honesty, righteousness and truth.  I want My Peace to fill their hearts.  I have a peaceful Kingdom, and will have only those who seek peace to dwell in it.  It will not be much longer!...For the time is short!....”   (JOM, Vol I, #10, Nov. 12, 1988,,,,(same as #9

 

“Thy Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven: purity, truth, love, mercy, compassion, honesty, joy and peace will be on earth, for it is in His Kingdom!”  (JOM, Vol II, #28,Dec. 22, 1989, The Lords’ Prayer)

 

“…My people think that in order to gain the Kingdom of God, they need to be extraordinary and recognized by man as martyrs.  This is not so.   I called all to be saintly in their ordinariness….Ordinariness is loving, laughing, living pure lives, crying working and growing.  It is not chastising, swearing, blaspheming or drunkenness…..I am not looking for martyrs.  I am looking for simplicity and dedication to friendship.  I am looking for honesty, openness and growth—all ordinary ways which will be extraordinary in My sight….This is the ordinariness in My sight that makes you extraordinary in the sight of My Father…..”    (JOM, Vol II, #35, Jan. 8, 1990, Ordinariness)

 

“…Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments

and teaches others to do so will be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven.

But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments

will be called greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven….”

(Mt 5:19)

 

Sorrow and Pain

“Let anyone who thirsts come to Me and drink.”

(Jn 7:37)

 

Except in the case of the victim soul, the faithful who understand and willingly consent to redemptive suffering for others, it is not God’s Will to inflict suffering and sorrow for the sake of suffering and sorrow.  Our Lord in His Lessons explains that the wounds He allows are those which are designed to bring each of us back home for eternity with the Father.  That process of woundedness, acceptance, repentance and openness crushes that intrinsic human evil and replaces it with God’s healing through Love:

 

 “My people live in sorrow, a pain deeply embedded in their souls.  As each day goes by, their pain does not alleviate, but continues to deepen until their hearts turn cold and then to ice. The numbness exists and they co-exist, not as co-redeemers, but as co-destructors!  They exist in the only possible way—with no love!  Their sorrow and pain are true, which cloud their hearts, minds and souls with such viscosity that they mourn.  They mourn because their souls thirst for love and honesty, but their hearts have turned to ice.  If only they would come to Me, I would refresh them with Life, the love of life and the beauty of creation….”  (JOM, Vol II, #19, Nov. 7, 1989, Sorrow)

 

“…Souls that need salvation must first be wounded to accept the Truth that they are in danger….After acceptance, the soul wishes to silently repent.  It will weep and dare to approach an apostle with open heartedness and honesty….Those who are true apostles of God can only find charitable words of comfort and love….Then the soul no longer lives in fear….It knows the protection of God…and it crushes the fermented wickedness of evil and replaces it with noncombustible Love….”(JOM, Vol II, #22, Nov. 29, 1989, Salvation of Souls)

 

 

“…But He was wounded for our iniquities,

He was bruised for our sins. 

The chastisement of our peace was upon Him,

and by His bruises we are healed….” 

(Isaias 53:5)

 

The Fruits of Honesty, Purity & Sincerity

“…The testimony of our conscience (is) this:

that we have conducted ourselves in the world,

and especially  toward you, with simplicity and sincerity of God,

and not by human wisdom but by the grace of God…” 

(2Cor 2:12)

 

It would seem that in today’s world, as probably throughout history, a high value has been placed on human knowledge.  It most often brings prestige, power and wealth.  That knowledge may or may not be accompanied by Truth.  However, in the Kingdom of Heaven, knowledge for the sake of knowledge, or knowledge with the absence of Truth has very little value.  Rather, it is the acceptance and embrace of the Truth and living in the Truth, not the knowledge of the Truth, that brings salvation.  “This is not a game!”  (OLOE, Oct. 12, 2005For this reason, Our Lord in his Biblical parables and in His Lessons to the world has gone to great lengths to be sure that all His people can understand what is necessary for an eternal life with Him:

 

“…Each day, as My people elect to accept My Truth and My Love, they will no longer attack themselves because they make or have made errors; but they will embrace My Love as their salvation.  My people will know with all their hearts, minds and souls that, even though they may try and fail, they have won in My sight…. 

“I desire their hearts to be filled with honesty and purity….I speak simple words so that there will be no mistake or misunderstanding about my offer of everlasting life to you.  I speak clearly and directly to all created by My Father so that all will understand….”  (JOM, Vol II, #24, Dec. 6, 1989, Know and Accept; Do not Fear)

 

“…I teach sincerity and honesty.  I teach without the noise of words; without contention of arguments; without the differences and confusion of opinions.  I teach to despise earthly desires and to seek eternal life and relish it.  I teach to be strong and to endure scandals and to desire nothing of Me but to ardently love Me….

“…The time will come when I, the Lord of all lords and Master of all masters, shall come to examine the consciences of mankind—to bring to light the hidden darkness and to silence all arguments.  I tell you that those who love Me entirely will learn the Divine Truth….Only I am the Teacher of Truth.  I am the discerner of thoughts and the searcher of hearts; and only I give to all what I judge is fitting and appropriate….Those, who are the first to speak negatively and judge their fellow brethren, are the last to notice the truth of their inner conflict inflicted upon themselves.  Silence is your shield and Love is your weapon against all who persecute you….”  (JOM, Vol III, #6, June 13, 1990, I Am He Who Teaches)

 

“…The prudent man is silent at this time, for it is an evil time.…” 

(Amos 5:13)

 

HUMILITY & HONESTY

“…Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory;

rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves,

each looking out not for his own interests,

but also everyone for those of others…”

(Phil 2:3-4)

 

In teaching her children about honesty, as with every aspect of a holy life, Our Lady of Emmitsburg draws from the Life of her Child Jesus as well as our Crucified Savior and affirms the need for a solid foundation in humility.  Then and then only can sincere honesty permeate our relationships with family and friends, strangers and even enemies. 

 

 “…The new dawn is arising and your Savior is among you….It is my desire that the entire world rejoice in His Love and for humanity to live in harmony, peace and honesty.  It is my desire that the entire world receive the childlike virtues of my Son:  humility, obedience, gentleness, innocence and purity.  It is my desire for all peoples of the world to rejoice and be happy….”  (Public OLOE, Dec. 26, 1996)

 

“…In humility attempt to love people the way they are.  Leave judgment to God.  Rather, focus on the Passion of Jesus.  This will help you become humble….This allows you to gain a true knowledge of yourself through the love and respect of God.  By focusing on God, humility will grow and sprout from your inner being….You will be able to handle insults and thank God when you are humiliated, instead of brooding over them.  You will not illuminate the mistakes of others, and in the process, defame them.  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)

 

“Humiliation follows the proud,

and glory shall uphold the humble of spirit.” 

(Prov 29:23)

 

 

FAMILY & FRIENDS, STRANGERS & ENEMIES

“…You also must be prepared,

for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come….

Who, then, is the faithful and prudent steward

whom the master will put in charge of his servants

to distribute the food allowance at the proper time….

Much will be required of the person entrusted with much,

and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.…” 

(LK 12: 40, 42, 48)

 

Traditionally, a family is a social unit made up of parents and children, initially in the same household, and then growing into a more extended unit as children grow older. In today’s world, that family unit is quite commonly untraditional, owing to divorce, unwed parenting and same-sex gender unions.  However, it can also connote a group of almost any kind, with a common interest or shared characteristic:  such as work-related, recreational, spiritual, missionary, or sometimes even a criminal identity.  That family unit will be most likely to breed goodness and wholeness if it is based on love, prayer, truth, friendship and honesty; and Our Lady of Emmitsburg places a high premium on God’s place within that family and the trust demanded  of that family, if it is to be fruitful:

 

 “…My little ones, as this grace period soon will end, it is very important to focus on Jesus, to love one another as a family, and to support each other with ways of Love.  If you lose your focus from distraction, you will become confused….Pray…,that you will never lose sight of my Son.  Pray for peace, unity, harmony purity and honesty….”  (Public OLOE, Jan 19, 1994)

 

“…This is a time when moral values and purity are not topics of importance in the lives of many parents.  Yes, if parents do not teach the children in ways of love and purity, who will set the stage which will mold their future for the rest of their lives?...It is essential to make a conscious effort to repeatedly lay the foundation for good moral values, values which involve purity, obedience to God’s Word, honesty, respect for others, respect for life and the essence of dignity…. Violence teaches children to be violent. Patience, forgiveness and love teach children to be patient, forgiving and loving….  (Public OLOE, Mar. 25, 1999)

 

“…Those of you who know and love my Son, know also the meaning of loving your neighbor, fighting for Truth, yet preserving dignity; for you are all family, and in a family there is respect and joy.  Even amongst difficulties and different opinions, there can be joy and respect….I love you and I thank you for remaining faithful, committed to His Truth, loyal, honest, focused, most loving, compassionate  and giving….”  (Private OLOE, Aug. 14, 2008)

 

“…A life of prayer, honesty, commitment and actions of Love are proof to a virtuous and long-lasting friendship.  Love virtue itself by loving Jesus.  Measure friendship with prudence by looking for the virtues of solid prayer.  You will find that the fruits of solid prayer have no special regard for any person in particular.  All are friends to that person.  A person of prayer grows in practical goodness and the warmth of his love reaches out to all people, friend, enemy or stranger….”  (Public OLOE, Jan. 25, 1996)

 

 “…Know you not that the friendship of this world is the enemy of God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of this world,

becomes an enemy of God.” 

(James 4:4)

 

 

INTEGRITY

“…Show yourself as a model of good deeds in every respect,

with integrity in your teaching,

dignity and sound speech that cannot be criticized,

so that the opponent will be put to shame without anything bad to say.” 

(Tit 2:7-8)

 

When viewed through the purely spiritual lens, “integrity” can be defined in fairly specific terms and conditions.  The Catholic Dictionary defines “integrity” as immunity from concupiscence.  It was a special prerogative of our first parents in Paradise by which the evil impulses of sensuality were kept under perfect control.  By it, man’s animal passions were completely subordinated to his reason, and fitting relationships established between the flesh and the spirit.  Integrity as a preternatural gift was a part of man’s initial equipment in the state of original justice. It was lost to the human race as a result of original sin, but by special privilege of God, has been granted in greater or lesser degrees to various saints.  Our Lord and His Blessed Mother, completely innocent of original sin, naturally did not suffer from its effects.

 

However, for those of us who have yet to attain “sainthood,” we too can  still possess some degree of integrity.  This human connotation of “integrity” implies trustworthiness and incorruptibility to a degree that one is incapable of being false to a trust, responsibility or pledge.  Genuine integrity is accompanied by a firm adherence to a code of especially moral values, character, righteousness and virtuousness.

 

Our Lord Jesus Christ in His Lessons to the world invites each one of us to traverse that ‘bridge of Life’ and be refreshed by the abundant graces of His Love and Mercy.  He assures us of His walk with us and His generosity towards us as we strive to live in purity and integrity:

 

“…It is not My desire that any one person miss the bridge of Life and the refreshing waters from which abundant graces flow.  I desire all to live in purity and integrity.  Know the truth from the deadly effects of sin.  To you, my beloved ones, who strive to live in My humility, love and mercy, be not afraid.  Your torments will result in your crown of glory which I will share with you.  All you who are scandalized take courage, and with your staff in hand, valiantly conquer the evil of envy with love and perseverance in Truth.  I am with you always, and My Kingdom is yours.  All I have I give to you…!”  (JOM, Vol V, #10, March 26, 1995)


And Jesus said to him:

“Receive thy sight: thy faith hath made thee whole.”

(Luke 18:42)

 

Our Lady of Emmitsburg also spoke of this ‘bridge to Life’ which, supported by God’s grace, leads to a faith-filled and spirit-filled life of integrity and wholeness through which we will come to know and desire God’s Will for our lives, a most perfect Will for us, leading to the accomplishment of the Divine Plan:

 

 “…Strive to be ‘little’ children who desire to guard His Word through faithfulness, love and humility, by surrendering to Divine Providence.  Your fidelity to God, little ones, is the bond to unity and the bridge to Life.  It is not Jesus’ desire that any one person miss the bridge to Life and the waters from which graces flow.  He desires all to live in purity and integrity….”  (Public OLOE Nov. 30, 1995)

 

“…Remember, it is not your works that give God glory, but your living faith and the spirit of your works.  Use integrity to accomplish the works of God in His Love.  Integrity is honesty, sincerity and wholeness.  Wholeness is abandoning yourself to live in union with God by doing His Will.  If you are humble in His sight, you will know His Will; for you will know Him….Virtues and abundant graces will flow from His Most Sacred Heart if you will allow them….”  (Public OLOE, June 30, 1994)

 

“…Never be afraid.  Always trust in God.  If you place God first, all will follow.  Everything in your life—every moment and every desire—will be fulfilled according to the Divine Plan….I only invite you to pray and to be loyal to God, because fidelity and loyalty are the marks of a true friend.  They are the zeal and the seal of perfection, truth, purity, wisdom, courage, compassion, forgiveness, integrity, meekness, kindness, fortitude and perseverance.  All are marks of Heaven….”  (Private OLOE, April 6, 2010)

 

Jesus said to them:

“My food is to do the Will of Him that sent Me,

that I may perfect His work.”

(Jn 4:34)

 

End of Part 1, Honesty and Integrity

(to be continued)