Evil—Part 7: The Weapons against Evil
Evil—Part 7C:  The Weapons against Evil
 Charity
EVIL
with
Satan, the Devil,
His Demons and Evil Spirits,
Hell
&
The Protection and Victory
(Compiled by Michael T. Sullivan, MD)
From
The Words of God the Father,
The Lessons of Our Lord Jesus Christ
&
The Messages of Our Lady of Emmitsburg
 
 
Sacred Scripture and Tradition
&
The Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Weapons against Evil

Prayer, Faith and Charity

Introduction

Humanity has not been left helpless, at the mercy of the insurmountable forces of evil and without the tools and the models to help us ultimately be victorious.  Our Lord in His Last Supper discourse promised:

“…I will not leave you orphans….

The Advocate, the Holy Spirit that the Father will send in My Name—

He will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.

Peace I leave with you; My Peace I give to you.

Not as the world gives do I give it to you….

I am going away and I will come back to you….”

(Jn 14: 18, 26-28)

 

And it is that same Spirit of Whom the prophet Isaiah spoke:

“…The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him:

a Spirit of wisdom and of understanding;

a Spirit of counsel and of strength;

a Spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord,

and his delight shall be the fear of the Lord….”

(Is 11:2-3)

 

Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta tells how this plays out then in the fruitfulness of our very own lives:

“The fruit of silence is prayer.

The fruit of prayer is faith.

The fruit of faith is love.

The fruit of love is service.

The fruit of service is peace.”

(Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, 1910-1997)

 

 

Charity

“…Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels,

and have not charity,

I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal….”

(1Cor 13:1)

 

In today’s modern, secular world where we have seen prayer removed from both the schools and even the public arena, the living fetus violently removed from the mother’s womb, and Christ being removed from Christmas, it is not surprising that to many, “charity” has come to mean no more than a check written out for some cause and the concern about an income tax deduction for it.  Gifts of meaningful and sacrificial time and talent as well as financial resources have become more and more uncommon, and even gifts of prayer seem to have often become very superficial and fleeting. 

The word “charity” is defined for the purpose of this document in the context of God’s Love, and in the Modern Catholic Dictionary (Ven. John Hardon, S.J.) has a very profound meaning.  It is:

“The infused supernatural virtue by which a person loves God above all things for His own sake, and loves others for God's sake. It is a virtue based on divine faith or in belief in God's revealed Truth, and is not acquired by mere human effort. It can be conferred only by divine grace. Because it is infused along with sanctifying grace, it is frequently identified with the state of grace.”

An Act of Charity

O my God, I love you above all things with my whole mind, my heart, my soul and my body my spirit and my will,  because you are all good and worthy of all my love. I love my neighbor as myself for the love of you.  I forgive all who have injured me and beg pardon of all (both God and neighbor) whom I have injured. Amen.



The Catechism of the Catholic Church

Charity

1822    Charity is the theological virtue by which we love God above all things for his own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God.

1823    Jesus makes charity the new commandment. By loving his own to the end,  he makes manifest the Father’s love which he receives. By loving one another, the disciples imitate the love of Jesus which they themselves receive. Whence Jesus says: “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love.” And again: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”

1824    Fruit of the Spirit and fullness of the Law, charity keeps the commandments of God and his Christ….

1825    Christ died out of love for us, while we were still enemies. The Lord asks us to love as he does, even our enemies, to make ourselves the neighbor of those farthest away, and to love children and the poor as Christ himself.

The Apostle Paul has given an incomparable depiction of charity: “charity is patient and kind, charity is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Charity does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Charity bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

1826    “If I...have not charity,” says the Apostle, “I am nothing.” Whatever my privilege, service, or even virtue, “if I... have not charity, I gain nothing.” Charity is superior to all the virtues. It is the first of the theological virtues: “So faith, hope, charity abide, these three. But the greatest of these is charity.

1827    The practice of all the virtues is animated and inspired by charity, which binds everything together in perfect harmony….Charity upholds and purifies our human ability to love, and raises it to the supernatural perfection of divine love.

1828    The practice of the moral life animated by charity gives to the Christian the spiritual freedom of the children of God. He no longer stands before God as a slave, in servile fear, or as a mercenary looking for wages, but as a son responding to the love of him who first loved us….

If we turn away from evil out of fear of punishment, we are in the position of slaves. If we pursue the enticement of wages..., we resemble mercenaries. Finally if we obey for the sake of the good itself and out of love for him who commands....we are in the position of children.

1829   The fruits of charity are joy, peace, and mercy; charity demands   beneficence and fraternal correction; it is benevolence; it fosters reciprocity and remains disinterested and generous; it is friendship and communion….

 

Dearly beloved, let us love one another, for charity is of God.

And every one that loveth, is born of God, and knoweth God.”

(1Jn 4:7)

In the last two segments on the Weapons against Evil, we have explored both Prayer and Faith, and now we will turn to Charity, the virtue which envelops all virtues.  In the Words of God the Father given to the world through Gianna Sullivan, we are encouraged to pursue a life of prayer, charity, love and kindness, viewing each day as if it might be our last opportunity to both share and receive these spiritual fruits before we have to account for our lives and experience the gift of our own personal redemption:

“…Many decide to listen and hear My Words, but then put them aside and do not pay attention to them….Perhaps the world has heard too many messages to believe that the Truth is about to unfold on those of humanity who continue in their own ways.  Those who devote themselves in prayer, in charity, and in love and kindness are redeemed.  Those who displace and push Me aside, and who do not pay attention nor even care, acting as if another century or two or even hundreds of years will unfold before any happenings, are misled.  It is far better for you to live today as if it is your last….It is far better for all of you to join together as a community in love and to work together in the fruition of My Holy Will….”  (GTF, Jan. 8, 2007)

“Deep waters cannot quench love, nor floods sweep it away. 

Were one to offer all he owns to purchase love, 

he would be roundly mocked.” 

(Song of Songs, 8:7)

 

Our Lord Jesus Christ in His Lessons to the world speaks of charity as a gift of giving, of giving oneself in His Name and for His honor.  It is not, however, a gift that can be manufactured solely by our human generosity or intent, but rather by one having an open heart responsive to the whisper and grace of His Father:

“…My children have received many gifts from Me—gifts of Love, strength and faith.  It is time that you give to each other the gifts that I have given you….

“…Charity is a gift—a gift that combines Love, faith, trust, joy and hope for others.  Charity is the gift of giving yourself.  What a great gift of sharing your love, your faith, your joy, your trust and your hope with others unconditionally, in My Name!...”  (JOM, Vol I, #13, Dec. 3, 1988, Charity)

“…Silence is an increase in knowledge, a virtue of contemplation in which the spirit of the soul ascends.  Silence is a whisper and grace of My Father in which He instills the Truth into your being as you listen with an open heart….It will allow you to be ruled by God, and provide the way to flourish in the gifts of humility and Divine charity!  It is far better to be weak in understanding and have lack of knowledge than to be lacking humility and charity….”  (JOM, Vol IV, #14, Feb. 22, 1992, Silence

“My faithful people, by the light of their holy faith, have rekindled the darkness to light….By living virtuously, they cauterize the wound of sin in the world, giving Me honor for the salvation of souls.  They do not think of themselves, but of My honor…”  (JOM Vol V, #6, Feb. 6, 1995, The Opportunity of Knowledge and Wisdom)


 “…For thus says the Lord God the Holy One of Israel:

‘If you return and be quiet, you shall be saved;

in silence and in hope shall your strength be….’”

(Is 30:15)

 

 

In a series of Messages to the world, Our Lady of Emmitsburg links charity to the many virtues it envelops: humility, love, wisdom, the desire for Truth, purity, fidelity, redemptive suffering and total abandonment to God’s Will.  All of these virtues have been offered to us through the power of the Holy Spirit so that we might attain true holiness and become God’s saints, both here on earth and for all eternity:

 

 “…In your humility you can attain complete union with God because you will see that all you have received has resulted from His Mercy and not from your own merits.  You will desire to do the Will of the Father….It is not your actions alone which conform you to fulfilling God’s Will, but your love which directs your actions….As you develop a meek and humble heart, Jesus will grace you to enter a life of union with Him, a life of obedience to the Father and a life of charity….”  (Public OLOE, Oct. 2, 1997)

“…Within your souls, your hearts and your minds dwells the Holy Spirit.  You can do nothing without His promptings.  All of your kindness, your loving acts, your goodness, and your communication, all of these are centered around Charity….Every gift and virtue you have, has been given to you through the Holy Spirit….Use your gifts wisely!  Pray for Holy Wisdom!…Make use of every virtue.  Be holy.  Be saints!....When you die to yourself, you are born in Him.  Bless those who persecute you, for they are giving you the opportunity of sanctity….”  (Public OLOE, June 4, 2006)

‘…I therefore, a prisoner in the Lord, beseech you

that you walk worthy of the vocation in which you are called

with all humility and mildness, with patience,

supporting one another in charity….”

(Eph 4:1-2)

 

“…What main virtue, above all other virtues, will provide the strength for the leaders and protection against enemies?  Would that be ‘love’ or would that be ‘charity’?  Without God you cannot love.  Charity envelops all the virtues.  But in a time of disengagement, corruption and confusion, a time when all seem to be going in one direction and few in the other, the main virtue to ask God to grace you with would be that of ‘wisdom.’  For without this virtue, you will not be able to discern in those moments whether to go to the right or to go to the left, to go straight or to turn around….How will you know where to go, who to follow, who to be with and how you will function.  You will not know without this great virtue!”   (Private OLOE, Sept 6, 2008)

 “…Seek to please God and to love as He loves in purity and fidelity to His goodness.  Conversion of heart, sinfulness and uncharitable actions are changed through Love and Mercy.  If you fail, please try again….Even in your sinfulness, as you love and try to live in purity, you do not fail, but you are strengthened in humility and in charity….”  (Public OLOE, July 29, 1994)

“…There are so many of my children who joyfully suffer in union with my Son as victims of His Love.  The Cross is the connection to suffering with Joy and Love in union with my Son.  Those who carry the Cross of My Son are co-redemptors of His Love through His salvation and Mercy.  Do not fear the Cross.  His Cross is sweetness, charity, meekness, wisdom, justice, Mercy and Truth….

“…It is not God’s desire they suffer the sufferings of a world without His Love….The suffering of Love is one of joy, freedom, surrendering, abandonment, even though painful many times.  Jesus I Love.  He desires you to be Him—to be Love….”  (Public OLOE, July 7, 1994)

“…You desire to do good; and you work tirelessly to help others.  For this I thank you.  But there is another level of giving, a level that can come only from the Hands and through the Grace of God.  That is giving with a true abandonment and detachment, without analysis or planning, without knowing productivity, but with total submission and an immersion into the Sacred Heart of my Son.  It is there, at every moment you live and every breath you breathe, that you will listen, you will hear, you will act and you will speak.  It is there that you will see and you will taste the Body and Blood of Jesus….”  (Private OLOE, Nov. 17, 2005)

 “…In all things we suffer tribulation, but are not distressed;

we are straitened, but are not destitute;

We suffer persecution, but are not forsaken;

we are cast down, but we perish not:

Always bearing about in our body the mortification of Jesus,

that the life also of Jesus may be made manifest in our bodies.”

(2Cor 4:8-10)

 

Charity toward Our Neighbor

“…And He answering said,

‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,

and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind;

and thy neighbor as thyself….”

(Lk 10:27)

 

 

Catechism of the Catholic Church

 

1889       Without the help of grace, men would not know how to discern the often narrow path between the cowardice which gives in to evil, and the violence which under the illusion of fighting evil only makes it worse.  This is the path of charity, that is, of the love of God and of neighbor. Charity is the greatest social commandment. It respects others and their rights. It requires the practice of justice, and it alone makes us capable of it. Charity inspires a life of self-giving: Whoever seeks to gain his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will preserve it.

 

Most of us on our spiritual journeys have come to terms with the understanding that we must love God above all else, or at least “say” that we love God in order to attain eternal salvation.  Whether we truly understand the qualifications that are inferred which require the full participation of our hearts, souls, strength and minds is another question.  That would mean above all other things, including our activities and pleasures.  Add to this the commandment of loving others, both friends and enemies, and this challenge is even more precarious.  In His Lessons to the world Our Lord Jesus Christ  points out those imperfections in our love resulting in the slackness in our service to others:

“…My Love for My people will never cease.  I carry the wounds in My Most Sacred Heart from all the division and wicked ways so many have chosen to pursue.  But in My Love I will never turn from them, for My door is open to all who desire to enter.  It is My people who cease to grow in My Love and cease loving Me.  They are imperfect in love and grow slack in their journey when they cease to love their neighbor and render service to them.  When you withdraw charity from your neighbor because there is no consolation for your own profit, your love is impure.  The amount of love you share with your neighbor through charity and unconditional service is proportional to the amount of love you have for Me….Do you not see, little one, that virtues are developed through openness and unconditional charity to one another?  Few arrive at the optimum of perfection of love because they first seek self-love and give only as a result of what they can receive in return…I have so much to give, but few who will truly remain faithful to Me without turning away.  Many desire Me, but then close the door to their hearts when opportunities do not prove profitable for them....

:…Practice! Purity of heart rises from unconditional service and charity….”  (JOM, Vol V,, #4, Jan. 6, 1995, Love of God is Love of Neighbor)

To the list of prerequisites for Christian charity, Our Lady of Emmitsburg adds the need for patience with and forgiveness of our neighbor.  Compassion and kindness, as well as the humble acceptance of both just and unjust criticism and repentance, all further make this task even more difficult.  It continues to become more and more evident that this commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves would be impossible to follow without God’s grace:

“…Show Christian charity in the unity of love to your neighbors.  It is through kindness and the silence of love that great works of Mercy flow from the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Remember your own weaknesses and sinfulness and how God has been merciful and patient with you….Remember, your works can only be attributed to God and what He has merited you, lest the builder builds his house in vain.  It is the duty of charity to assist your neighbor in spiritual and temporal needs. Keeping in mind that you are stewards of His Love….Distractions, anger or uncharitable thoughts against your neighbor prevent God’s grace from penetrating your works.  Your works then become self-limiting.  It is not for you to judge or criticize the actions of your neighbor.  That should be left to God alone, as He is the Builder of your house.  It is for you to love and assist your neighbor in charity.  God will give merit to your works, and glory will be give to Him.  Then your works will be everlasting….”  (Public OLOE, Oct. 9, 1997)

“…Forgiveness and love must always be in the forefront, as well as allowing God in the proper time to reveal the Truth.  Silence is your shield, and Love is your sword.  Yes, there is a time to uphold the Truth; but if it is through defamation, then the Truth is not being upheld.  Revealing the Truth is something that shows love.  Even if it hurts, it shows love.  In the end, love and mercy surpass even charity….”  (Private OLOE, April 13, 2008)

“…When people admonish you and tell you to be careful of your behavior, to be kind and to reflect what is expected of you, do not be offended!  Praise the person who admonishes you by thanking them for pointing out the truth in such charity.  Even if you already know what has been said to you in your heart, thank the person anyway.  It is an act of humility to not take offense….”  (JOM, Vol IV, #49, Aug. 4, 1992, Interior Calm)

“…I point to my Son who gifts Wisdom to all who desire to know the Truth and receive the Light to know themselves.  Jesus has come to save you, little ones, not condemn you.  He is merciful, but you must desire the Truth and desire charity accompanied by patience and compassion to dwell in your souls.  There is no room for evil.  Jesus will not tolerate evil acts, and His Justice will prevail; but He is merciful to the repentant sinner….”  (Public OLOE, Aug. 19, 1999)


”…For there is no good for him that is always occupied in evil….”

(Sir 12:3)

 

 

Evil’s Attack on Charity

“For the wicked and treacherous mouths attack me….

with hateful words they surround me…

In return for my love they slander me, even though I prayed for them.  They repay me evil for good, hatred for my love….” 

(Ps 109: 2-5)

 

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Charity 

2093   Faith in God’s love encompasses the call and the obligation to respond with sincere love to divine charity. The first commandment enjoins us to love God above everything and all creatures for him and because of him.

2094  One can sin against God’s love in various ways:

       —indifference neglects or refuses to reflect on divine charity; it fails to consider its prevenient goodness and denies its power.

       —ingratitude fails or refuses to acknowledge divine charity and to return him love for love.

       —lukewarmness is hesitation or negligence in responding to divine love; it can imply refusal to give oneself over to the prompting of charity.

       —acedia or spiritual sloth goes so far as to refuse the joy that comes from God and to be repelled by divine goodness.

       —hatred of God comes from pride. It is contrary to love of God, whose goodness it denies, and whom it presumes to curse as the one who forbids sins and inflicts punishments.

 

Our Lord in His Lessons expands on the tactics of the evil one as he always continues to try to destroy God’s work.  If the evil one can just deceive us to focus on ourselves rather than God or our neighbor, he has won a battle.  Unfortunately, he wins too many battles because so much of humanity fails to listen to God, His Word, His Church and his prophets and messengers.  This deafness and blindness seems to have permeated not only the sheep, but also many of the shepherds, with too few heeding Our Lord’s words and His invitation to love.  Instead many of us complain and are unforgiving, treating evil with evil, sin with sin, and never placing God at the center of our lives.  Yet, in His faithfulness to humanity, Our Lord does not want even one soul to be lost:

“…The evil one of deceit and darkness will lurk and eavesdrop and creep into all situations in attempt to destroy the work of God!  He can do this, and no one can stop him!...Be aware that he lurks and wishes to cause harm, but he cannot come in unless you let him inside from the outside!  If he comes in, he will bite you with his poisonous venom and build his offensive and defensive structures within you….Build your defenses and cast the enemy away.  He will always be around to deceive, slander, persuade and to use any situation to his favor.  Faith, hope and charity are the weapons which slay him and are the shield you wear….”  (JOM, Vol III, #3, May 16, 1990, Vigilance)

“…Do not be preoccupied with things and issues of yourself, but focus all attention on your Jesus….My Mercy is endless.  Broaden your scope and horizon by focusing on the breadth and depth of My unconditional Love….I do not want one soul to be lost.  But if you focus on yourself and issues centering around you, you will miss the moment of wondrous gifts set before you and created for you….Please listen to My words and plea for your happiness.  Very few desire to listen to Me and take seriously My words and invitation to love….”  (JOM, Vol V, # 13, July 31, 1995, All I Created For You)

“…My people with indifference and disinterest in correcting their sin continue to act like blind ones, pretending not to see their ways.  They fear of the loss of their position or material goods; and they are deprived of the light of knowledge and of all grace, all because of their lukewarm hearts of indifference and disinterest.  They do not correct their faults.  They do not attempt to pray unless they receive consolation in return.  They do not stand in penance, so they are blind and confounded in guilt….Bring them to Me in prayer so that none may be lost….”  (JOM, Vol V, #6, Feb. 6, 1995, The Opportunity of Knowledge and Wisdom)

“…Do not complain of offenses and slanderous words made against you.  Have mercy on your enemies and forgive them with charity, instead of seeking support from others in a rebuttal against them.  Deny the evil one’s venom of prestige, power and pride which manipulates and becomes the center of your life.  Instead, place Me at the center with simpleness, goodness and love….” (JOM, Vol III, #4, May 21, 1990, Steps to Discipleship)

“…We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons,

to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning

and to destroy false arguments….”

(2Cor 10:4)



 

We live in a world that seems to have fled from silence.  The airways are no longer just filled with television and radio waves, but have become saturated with an explosion of social media:  24-hour cable television, the internet, Facebook, e-mail, texting, twitter, Skype, Facetime and others.  Human life is frequently portrayed and often idolized in reality shows that strip the characters of human dignity, and God finds less and less time in a 24-hour day to gain any of our attention or access to our hearts.  Silence appears to be a curse for many, and worthless chatter a valuable commodity.  Our Lady of Emmitsburg points out that Satan has been very successful in distracting and dividing God’s children and in neutralizing or even prohibiting us from the very acts of charity and kindness necessary for the much needed protection from the evil one:

 

“…Therefore the prudent shall keep silence at that time,

for it is an evil time.

(Amos 5:13)

 

“…Satan is desperately attempting to cause division.  Anger, hatred, resentfulness, jealousy, malice and premeditated attempts to strip others of respect, dignity and self-esteem are poisonous venoms to evil. Silence is the shield and Love the sword to battle evil.  I invite you to live ways of charity, patience, kindness and love towards one another….”  (Public OLOE, June 23, 1994)

 

 “…Practicing acts of charity protects you from the evil one, for charity is against his own nature.  The enemy would like you to remain in a state of despair and confusion.  He would like you to harbor feelings of resentments and bitterness against your neighbors and family members.  He would like your thoughts to be chained to slavery, restricting you to rest and prohibiting acts of kindness and love to merge.  Sufferings of this nature crash upon the soul and weaken the spirit’s attempt to carry out acts of charity.  These types of sufferings are not willed by God, but are in fact a device from the enemy himself, who does not want you to advance in God’s grace….(Public OLOE, Aug. 19, 1999)

If you abuse the graces of my Son, your guilt will be grave because you have received more through the redemption of His Blood.  My Son reconciles you by means of His Blood and confounded falsehood.  He destroyed death and darkness.  He gave you life, and He gives you grace and virtue.  If you receive His grace and abuse it by not responding with acts of charity toward others, you will end up harming yourselves.  The Mercy of my Son disposes you to perform acts of love for one another….”     (Public OLOE, Aug. 24, 2000)

“…Hatred stirreth up strifes;

and charity covereth all sins….”

(Prov 10:12)

 

Charity’s Response to Evil

God has heard your prayer

and remembered your acts of charity.”

(Acts 10:31)

 

We live in a world that is quick to ask, “How could God let this happen?” But that same world is very slow to say, “Jesus, I trust in you.”  However, Our Lady of Emmitsburg reminds us that our peace will always lie in our trust in God’s Love and Mercy.  Only He can separate out the good from the evil, and, moreover, use evil to bring about great good and necessary conversions.  Our job is to share the blessings we have received from God and to work together in prayer and unity and charitable works, wearing the armor of God so that we can be protected from the works of the evil one.  It is then that our hearts can be open to that complete union with God:

 

“…When you hope and trust in my Son, you can rest in peace with confidence that Love and Mercy is yours for all eternity.  Inner conflict and struggle may unveil, but know that God loves you and wishes for you to rise to a level of wholeness.  Evil will be weeded out from the good.  You are called to be pure and whole, and to love….”  (Public OLOE, Feb. 2, 1994)

“…You are blessed.  Now, pass on your blessing to those in need with an open heart, a loving and kind spirit, gentle words, and the determination to please God will all your heart and mind.  Focus on pleasing God, and this will ward off evil; for the evil one will tempt you to do anything other than that which is pleasing to God….”  (Private OLOE, May 23, 2007)

 

“…Do not return evil for evil, or insult for insult; but, on the contrary, a blessing, because to this you were called that you might inherit a blessing….”

(1Pet 3:9)

 

“…It is important that all people join together and work together and love one another.  There is enough hardship, slander and malice from other sources of evil who would desire and be pleased to see all the good works that you do for my Son’s greater glory come to an end.  What stops this is when people join together in prayer and in unity.  It is then that the good works of Love which flow through you make thee difference in changing bad to good….”  (Private OLOE, Oct 8, 2005)

“…If you are uncharitable, you deny the Love of Jesus and cannot wear the armor as a true follower of Him.  To be in union with God, you must pray, be charitable, be obedient and serve the needs of all through Love.  This requires faith, and this union with God will never be destroyed….” .(Public OLOE, June 23, 1994)

“…Acts of love and charity protect you from the evil one, because he is confounded by these acts which are contrary to his understanding.  If you allow the evil one to control your thoughts and sentiments, he will leave you in a void which will only intensify your misery.  Only God alone can fill you with grace and loveliness….One pure act of love and charity is invaluable and is a complete union with God....:”  (Public OLOE, Feb. 19, 1998)

 “..Put on the whole armor of God,

so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil….”

(Eph 6:11)

 

The Church and Charity
”…Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites

You lock the Kingdom of Heaven before human beings. 

You do not enter yourselves,

nor do you allow entrance to those trying to enter….” 

(Mt 23:13-15)

Our Lord notes the difference in how God is treating His people now as compared to Old Testament times, but they have again forsaken Him in spite of His protection and kept promises.  In fact, in quite harsh terms, He describes the state of His Church, the consequences it now faces, but then the hope that will follow:

 

“…I have not dealt harshly with My people as in the days of old when Moses proclaimed My covenant to My people.  They were a wicked generation not willing to follow My way and change their stone hearts from evil ways.  I have made a new covenant with My people through the sacrifice of My Life in order that they would be saved from final damnation….I have kept my promise….I have protected My people, clothed them, fed them, and I have walked among them.  Why do so many of My people turn from Me and choose the comforts of this world instead of the long-lasting eternal comforts?...They have no desire for the opportunity to grow in knowledge, wisdom, compassion or charity…They have forsaken Me.   How long should this continue before I hide My face from them and close the heavens?...”  (JOM, Vol V, #6, Feb. 6, 1995, The Opportunities of Knowledge and Wisdom)

“…The Church has lost her charity!  What is forthcoming could have been prevented, but it is through the hands of her own ignorant and righteous Bishops and Cardinals that what could have been prevented will unfold….This world wants change and freedom; yet, they do not realize the chains that will bind them.  When they are restricted and are concerned for maintaining their own measures of life, then fear will consume them.  Various peoples and groups will then come to My Mother’s Center for aid and healings….”  (Our Lord to Gianna, Oct. 22, 2008)

Very familiar with the flaws and hypocrisy in the lives of the Pharisees during the times in which she and her Son walked the earth, Our Lady of Emmitsburg warns what her little ones today should expect—both the persecution and the victory.  The coming test of faith is necessary and universal and will bring about great acts of charity and humility, both of which are necessary for each of us to be an authentic child of God:

“…You do not realize the tears, the penance and the sacrifices made at a price for your existence!....It was the same during the time of my Son.  The Pharisees, the Sadducees and the Scribes did not bear fruit through their repeated sins.  They desired to persecute, to conquer, to dominate and to distort the goodness of my Son and the Truth of His Word.  Is it not the same today—with ‘pharisees’ living with hardness of heart, desiring to tear down, persecute and dominate?....I can tell you that true Charity will be precisely gifted upon those who are scorned, mocked, persecuted and laughed at.  Little ones, when something is real, you cannot stop God!...”(Public OLOE, July 13, 2008)

“…The Church is in tremendous turmoil; but this is nothing new, for I have told all my children in the world that the Church was about to embark upon a great test.  So now we are in a time when this test of faith is most assuredly underway….”  (Private OLOE, June 28, 2003)  I continue to invite you and encourage you to be strong during this time of trial and tribulation, not only within the Church, but also within your communities and within your own souls.  Be strong and have hope, because the evil one desires to deceive you and to draw you away from the Truth of my Son….There are many who are loved by my Son, and who through their own free wills choose to walk away and not listen to Him because they think they know in their hearts what is correct….They choose to walk in another direction, oftentimes because of righteousness and because of their pride.  It is through compassion and works of charity that all will see the Love within you.  Moreover, humility is the first virtue that is most often overlooked, and yet is the most important that needs to be in place and lived in every moment by an authentic child of God….”  (Public OLOE, July 16, 2003)

“…Amen, I say to you,

whoever does not accept the Kingdom of God like a child,

will not enter it.”

(Lk 18:17)

 

Charity’s Final Call

“…I call heaven and earth today to witness against you: 

I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse.  Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live

by loving the Lord, your God,

heeding His voice and holding fast to Him….” 

(Dt 30:19)

 

From Our Lady of Emmitsburg we hear of blessings from Heaven, abundant graces, miraculous works and profound change.  She also expresses her Son’s growing intolerance to the further piercing of His Mother’s Immaculate Heart.  The level to which we are able to participate in the coming change is dependent on the fullness of our gift of ourselves, both to God and our neighbor, as well as our willingness and courage to use the graces God is so ready to provide.  Our access to these graces is greatly enhanced through our commitment to prayer and our devotion to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, and will be made manifest through our acts of charity, love and mercy:

 

“…I am here to tell you that the blessing from Heaven is upon you, and that each day continues to go out to you because of what you give back to my Son each day.  So the more He graces you, the more you give back to Him   The more His graces and tremendous Mercy abound, the more your works unfold and give Him great glory.  I thank each and every one of you for all that you have done in the fulfillment of my Son’s Holy Will.  Because of this, great works of Love and charity, miraculous indeed, shall continue to unfold here at the Center of my Immaculate Heart….”  (Private OLOE, June 28, 2003) 

“…There is a change coming, one which the Lord Himself will make and guide against all those who have attacked my Immaculate Heart.  Even though many of those people are themselves spiritual, my Son is in charge of this endeavor, and He will not permit the arrows to pierce my Heart any longer.  He knows those who are righteous and prideful and those who lack charity.  The change will come also from within yourselves and demands that you be strong and that you love yourselves as does God Who created you…You must freely allow God’s Holy Will to move you in the direction He desires you to follow.  In this you are protected in His gracious Love from the snares of the devil and from those who would love to see you in turmoil and stripped of your graces.  However, the graces from my Son cannot be stripped from you.  But it is up to you to allow yourselves to receive His grace and use it to your fullest potential so that you can receive more….”  (Private OLOE, July 27, 2003)

 “…I desire that you move forward in ways of charity, Mercy and Love.  You continue to give so much of yourselves to others, and my Son will not abandon you….He will embrace you and bless you abundantly for all you give of yourselves to others.  The gift of yourself to others is a tremendous, beautiful gift indeed.  As you give, the graces continue to flow upon you.  It is important that you use these graces.  Be wise and prudent, and know that through your unconditional love and your charity, it is my Son Himself Whom you are fulfilling….”  (Private OLOE, July 27, 2003)

“…Here, at the Center of my Immaculate Heart, I invite all to come and pray; and I invite you all to be devoted to Jesus in His Most Blessed Sacrament and to receive the graces from Heaven daily and continuously through acts of charity and love….”  (Public OLOE, July 16, 2003)

“…You are all created beautiful in spirit, and through prayer you will see your beauty and accomplish tremendous works of charity and mercy.  Do not lose heart when evil’s way attempts to interrupt your charitable works.  Do not allow this distraction to trouble you.  Jesus is with you, and I am by your side to lead you to His Truth….”  (Public OLOE, Feb 3, 2000)

 

“…Put ye on therefore, as the elect of God, holy, and beloved,

the bowels of mercy, benignity, humility, modesty, patience:

Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another,

if any have a complaint against another,

even as the Lord hath forgiven you, …

But above all these things have charity,

which is the bond of perfection.”   

(Col 3:12-14)

 

End of Evil, Part 7C:  Weapons against Evil, Charity