Part II: The Holiness of Jesus

Part II:  The Holiness of Jesus

 

The Cult

of

“Holiness”

 

A Compilation from the Hearts

of

God the Father, Jesus Christ & Our Lady of Emmitsburg, Saints, Popes and Scholars,

as well as from

the Catechism of the Catholic Church

about

“Holiness”

(Compiled by Michael T. Sullivan, MD)

 

 

1.      The Holiness of God

2.      The Holiness of Jesus

3.      The Holiness of Mary

4.      The “Cult” of Holiness—Our Personal Holiness

 

 

 

 

Introduction

“Praise and beauty are before Him.

Holiness and majesty His Sanctuary!”

(Ps 95:6)

 

In beginning this review of the virtue of Holiness, it seems appropriate to establish some definitions to which we will refer frequently.  In the Modern Catholic Dictionary, “Holiness” is defined first from the perspective of God Himself, and then in how it can be applied to God’s creatures—namely humanity.  It is primarily God-likeness.  However, “Sanctity” often implies the assimilation to Christ Who is God become Man; thus, sanctity  involves becoming more and more like Christ by imitating His human virtues.

 

Holiness:  The Holiness of God identified His separation from all evil.  And among creatures, they are holy by their relation to Him.  In creatures it is characterized essentially by the possession of Divine grace and morally by the practice of virtue. (Modern Catholic Dictionary,  Hardon, Fr. John, S.J.)

 

Sanctity:  The Sanctity of God is His total transcendence or total otherness.  It is in this sense that the Church prays in the Gloria of the Mass: 

 

“You alone are the Holy One,

 You alone are the Lord,

You alone are the Most High.”

 

All other sanctity is by participation, so that a creature has as much sanctity as it shares in the Divinity.  Essentially it consists in the possession of sanctifying grace, although the term is usually applied to persons who practice more than ordinary virtue, especially the love of God and their neighbor.  (Modern Catholic Dictionary, Hardon, Fr. John, S.J.)

 

However, throughout the Words of God the Father, the Lessons of Our Lord Jesus Christ and the Messages of Our Lady of Emmitsburg, the word “sanctity” is only used once; therefore, the word “holiness” in these sources of private revelation to the world through Gianna Sullivan becomes a commingling of both of these definitions, holiness and sanctity.

 

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us that:

 

 “In all of His Life, Jesus presents Himself as our model.  He is ‘the perfect man,’ who invites us to become His disciples and follow Him. In humbling Himself, He has given us an example to imitate, through His prayer He draws us to pray, and by His poverty He calls us to accept freely the privation and persecutions that may come our way.  Christ enables us to live in Him all that He Himself lived, and He lives it in us….We are called only to become one with Him, for He enables us as the members of His Body to share in what He lived for us in His Flesh as our model.”  (CCC 520-21)

 

In his conference on the Holy Eucharist and Holiness in Priests, June 1978, Venerable Fr. John Hardon, S.J., speaks of holiness as “not only being in God’s friendship, it is being Christ-like….No doubt expressions like… ‘the imitation of Christ’ and ‘walking in the footsteps of Christ,’ are familiar enough….They affirm the astounding fact that when God became Man in the Person of Jesus of Nazareth, that Man was literally God walking on our earth, eating our food, breathing our air, and living in every way, except sin, the human life that we live.  He did so not only to redeem us from Satan and hell, but to show us how we can, with His grace, become like Him in virtue….

“…Where, dear Lord, can we obtain the light and strength we need to follow in your footsteps, and thus become holy?  His answer is, ‘From Me!’….In the sacrament of the most Holy Eucharist, there are truly, really, and substantially contained the Body and Blood together with the Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and therefore the whole Christ  (Council of Trent, 1545-1563)….

“…Jesus Christ lived on earth in visible form in order to teach us what it means to become holy.  We become holy by accepting His teaching and following His example….

 

Thus, as Catholics,…“We are to believe that the Eucharist is Jesus Christ—simply, without qualification.  It is God become Man in the fullness of His Divine Nature, in the fullness of His human nature, in the fullness of His Body and Soul, in the fullness of everything that makes Jesus ‘Jesus.’  He is in the Eucharist with His Human mind and will, united with the Divinity, with His hands and feet, His face and features, and His eyes and lips and His ears and nostrils, with His affections and emotions and, with emphasis, with His living, pulsating physical Sacred Heart.  That is what our Catholic faith demands of us that we believe….

“…Faith must supply what, as the Tantum Ergo sings, ‘the senses do not perceive’….Faith reveals, faith discloses, faith enlightens, faith empowers the mind to see what the mind without faith cannot see…

“…Christ is on earth….because this is what He told us….Those who believe will receive life…the kind of life that belongs to God, the kind of life that Father, Son and Holy Spirit shared and interchanged from all eternity.  Those who believe will receive this life.  Those who do not believe will die….

 

“…This is what sanctity is all about….Christ promises that, provided we believe in Him in the Eucharist, He will sustain this life in our souls into eternity….He will even make this life pour from our souls into our bodies, raised from the grave on the last day and glorified by the vision of God….Those who believe deeply in the Real Presence will benefit greatly from the Real Presence; those who believe weakly will also benefit accordingly.  The Eucharist is capable of working miracles in our lives.  So it can—after all, the Eucharist is Jesus!...He is right here in the Eucharist,  and He wants nothing more than that we also be with Him as much as we can….”  (The Holy Eucharist and Holiness in Priests, Hardon, Fr. John, S.J., conference, June 29, 1978)

 

 

The Holiness of Jesus

 

“Glory in His Holy Name;

let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!”

(1Chron 16:10)

 

Very early in 1988 in His Lessons to the world through Gianna Sullivan, Our Lord expressed the seriousness of His Mission and the critical need for all of His people to seek Him, and no other, to seek His Holiness, and then to love,  be merciful toward and to reconcile with one another: 

 

 “…I am here to save you….This is not a game.  This is true; for I am the Truth, and this is serious!...I so love My people….I fasted for My people….When you fast, you are cleansed with My Holiness.  The purity of My Spirit dwells in you and cleanses you….”  (JOM, Vol I, #16, Dec. 13, 1988)

 

“…My people need to grasp on to their faith and know that I dwell in them.  They seek the blessed in hopes that they will be brought by them to holiness and to Me.  This is wrong!  They need to seek Me in themselves, and then they will grow in My Holiness!  It will be I, Who brings them to My Father….I will make them blessed….I give My Holiness, not to some, but to all who desire it….Seek Me and desire to grow in My Holiness!...It is all possible—through Love!...”  (JOM, Vol I, #45, Feb. 3, 1989)

 

“…You who desire Me to dwell in you and have invited My Love, do not try so hard!  Be at peace and rest.  Do not run ahead of My pace….Allow Me to live your burdens….Love Me by loving one another.  Love all, not selected ones of your choice; and be patient….Do not live for momentary pleasure.  Live for my treasure of everlasting life.  Practice what I teach, and you will begin to live in the Holiness of My Oneness.  Do not only read what I say to you.  Practice My words.  My words shall take you all out of exile….”  (JOM, Vol I, #56, June 8, 1989)

 

“Couple the gift of Love with the gift of My Mercy, and you shall radiate in My Holiness.  This is all possible, My people, and it is yours—for I am yours!....Reconcile with your brothers and sisters.  Accept My Mercy with certainty, and receive My Peace.  You will be ever so happy because I will be in you, and I am happiness.  I am your God of Love!”  (JOM, Vol I, #58, June 12, 1989) 

 

In this you rejoice,

even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials,

so that the genuineness of your faith—

being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire—

may be found to result in praise and glory and honor

when Jesus Christ is revealed.

Although you have not seen Him, you love Him;

and even though you do not see Him now,

you believe in Him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy.”

(1Pet 1:6-8)

 

Undoubtedly there are obstacles that almost all who desire to pursue His Holiness will encounter.  Our Lord points out several:  that false piety that would seek exterior recognition and notice, the fear of our own unworthiness surpassing the awesomeness of Our Lord’s  Holiness and Worthiness, and the evil one’s attempts to thwart the promises of Our Lord and the authenticity of the message of His Lessons to the world:

 

 “…My people wish to be holy, but they confuse holiness with fame….Holiness reflects interior purity.  Any man can reflect an exterior goodness, but it is the interior purity I see to judge worthiness of My Holiness….I notice the unnoticed and weigh the intentions of the heart….Those who seek My Kingdom, and desire to live in My Holiness, I assist and notice….If you desire My Holiness, then come to Me with humility and without expectations. …Holiness is not a virtue to prove or show to your fellow brother.  It is a state of your soul.  If you are holy, you have such a strong self-confidence in your love for me that the judgment of men will not disturb you….”  (JOM, Vol I, #77, Aug. 11, 1989)

 

“…I speak to My people, not because of their holiness and worthiness, but because of My Holiness and Worthiness….I am the Son of God, Your Lord Jesus Christ, fulfilling the worthiness given to Me from My Father. I am your Lord God, here to save you through My Holiness….It is through My Blood that I am consecrated to you and you to Me.  The Crucifixion was your redemption….I am here because it is written, in fulfillment of Scripture, that the Son of Man comes because of His Holiness, and not because of your worthiness….”  (JOM, Vol II, #2, Sept. 20, 1989)

 

“…Tell My people this day to be on guard against the evil one, but to know that I am their Jesus of Truth and Faith….All I have promised them will take place.  They shall gain Heaven because I merited it for them….See Me from within and live in My Holiness.  If you truly trusted Me, you would know Me and you would know with your heart and with your mind that these Lessons are from Me, your Jesus, and from Me only, for I am Pure….If man can promise and speak to man about many things, cannot God speak to His people and fulfill what is promised?”  (JOM, Vol II, #27, Dec. 18, 1989)

 

 “…The pain in My Heart still exists.  Do not My people realize how much I love them to ask My Father’s permission to be able to speak to them in the form of these Lessons, so that they can learn and be with Me in glory of everlasting life?...”  (JOM, Vol II, #49, Mar. 4, 1990)

 

“…Tell My people to look at My message and not to be frightened that these words may not be from Me….If My people do not wish for Me to teach them, then I will stop.  I will not infringe upon the free will of My people….I shall stop giving them for a period of time….If I see the desire and change in their hearts, I shall continue.  If I do not, the words of My Divine Holiness shall cease….”  (JOM, Vol II, #49, Mar. 4, 1990) 

 

Your all-powerful word leaped from heaven, from the royal throne,
into the midst of the land that was doomed,
a stern warrior, carrying the sharp sword of your authentic command…”

(Wis 18:15-16)

 

As human beings, we have a tendency to try to make so many things more difficult in our lives than they need to be.  So many of us struggle with the question and concern as to whether we are following God’s Will, whether we truly are growing in holiness, or whether we are being deceived, by our own selves or the evil one.  Our Lord reassures us, however, that it is in the present moment, in the whisper of our daily duties where we will find Him and His Love:

 

“…Only My Will can satisfy you.  How to follow My Will is identified in the daily whisper, as you partake in your activities.  Daily self-surrender and inspiration, through others and yourself, reveal My Will.  Every moment is special.  I use channels of Love to reveal the Will of My Father.  What I arrange for you is holy, so accept and seek after My Holiness with thirst.  Look at the actions, the responsibilities, the shadows of the moment; and there, you will find Me in Love, revealing the Will of God in Love….”  (JOM, Vol IV, #83, Aug. 18, 1992)

 

“…Continue to walk in the perfection of My Holiness, My dear people, as I continue to teach you the Way in the Holiness of My Father….”  (JOM, Vol III, #13, Sept. 1, 1990)

 

“Love has been perfected among us in this:

that we may have boldness on the day of judgment,

because as He is, so are we in this world.”

(1Jn 4:17)

 

 

The Holiness of Her Son

I consider that the sufferings of this present time

are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us.”

(Rom 8:18)

 

It seems so natural for us to either be bogged down by our pasts or to try to run ahead to the future. However, Our Lady of Emmitsburg encourages us to slow down and learn from the present moment, to hope in Jesus beyond all hope, to focus on Jesus’ Mercy and not dwell on our sinfulness, but to ask for forgiveness and to forgive ourselves, and to embrace the cross which the pursuit of holiness provides and demands:

 

 “…Do not look to the events of tomorrow, but focus on today.  Focus on this MOMENT, and praise God for His wondrous works of Love.  Little children, hope in Jesus beyond all hope.  What hope is there in this life for the person without God….The person who hopes in my Son is receptive of the goodness and Love which He gives.  He will protect you and teach you His Way to holiness….”    (Public OLOE, Sept. 19, 1996)

 

Because of His Birth, goodness and holiness fulfilled the law of nature and your lives were joined with His….Without Him you would not have life and there would not be any HOPE….”  (Public OLOE, Sept. 16, 1999)

 

“Little ones, do not dwell on your weakness or sinfulness, but look to Jesus and focus on His strength and Holiness.  Ask Jesus to give you the grace to respond to Him and to be as present to Him as He is present to you….Ask Him for the strength to forgive yourself and others.  Ask Him for forgiveness….Jesus desires to give you His Mercy….Utilize this gift….It is important that you love as Jesus loves, and that you see yourself as Jesus sees you….”  (Public OLOE, Mar. 6, 1997)

 

“…For even my Son, Who suffered tremendously the worst of persecutions, could say, ‘Forgive them, Father, for they do not know what they do.”  (Lk 23:24)  Your souls must be there for God alone; and no matter what happens within your own lives, ultimately you must forgive.  You must defend the Truth, for Justice must meet face to face with God’s Mercy where holiness and faith abound in eternal glory.  So you must defend the Truth, but you must forgive also!”  (Private OLOE, Feb. 15, 2007)

 

“…I love you, little ones, and desire you to grow in the Love and Holiness of my Son.  Do not be hard on yourselves because of your sinfulness.  Trust in God’s Mercy. Reform your ways through purity, chastity, honesty and by loving each other in charity, and through prayer.  God makes the truth of your sinfulness known because He loves you and desires you to come to Him.  But you must have mercy on yourself and forgive yourself so God can forgive you and make you whole in His Love….” 

 

“…So few have realized that in order to become holy, you must suffer like my Son and embrace a cross; and words of challenge and warning only invite you to look within and see what needs to be changed and purged.  The day will come, whether in this world or in the next, when you will have to be holy and purified to see God face to face.  But today, as we know it in this country, very few desire to really change and be purified, to be holy and to be a light.  Very few!

(Public OLOE, April 20, 1995)

 

“I will scatter you among the nations and disperse you through the countries,

and I will purge your filthiness out of you.”

(Ezek 22:15)

 

Providing the perfect model for all of her children, Our Lady lived the littleness and humility, with the fiat to the Will of God without expectations.  She gained the notice and unfathomable graces of God, always faithful in the promise of eternal life in the glory of His Holiness, a life to which we too are invited:

 

“Little ones, seek the Kingdom of God with humility and you will grow in holiness….The ways of true holiness and purity are littleness and humility.  As you receive grace from the Father, do not seek attention from others…. 

“…Only Jesus weighs the intentions of the heart.  You must seek God’s Kingdom without expectations…..Jesus aids those who desire to seek His Kingdom and live His Holiness.  It is Jesus, then, Who will notice you and continue to grace you with further virtues….”  (Public OLOE, July 23, 1998)

 

My Son in His Glory shall give you glory and His Holiness, His Holiness which is yours to have, to behold, to live, to breathe and to become….”  (Private OLOE, April 24, 2004)

 

 

“Do not be conformed to this world,

but be transformed by the renewing of your minds,

so that you may discern what is the Will of God

what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

(Rom 12:2)

 

 

End of Part 2

The Holiness of Jesus

(to be continued)

 

“They shall speak of the magnificence of the glory of Thy Holiness!”

(Ps 144:5)