POWER OF ATTORNEY

 

 

Part 3

Surrender

Suffering and Patience

 

 

PERSEVERANCE

through

 

The Words of God the Father

The Lessons of Our Lord Jesus Christ

The Messages of Our Lady of Emmitsburg

&

The Writings of the Saints

 

(Compiled by Michael T. Sullivan, MD)

 

Introduction

 

Webster’s Dictionary defines “perseverance” as the act of continuing in some effort or course of action in spite of difficulty and/or opposition. The Catholic Online Dictionary places a much more specific and spiritual connotation on the definition as “the act of remaining in the state of grace until the end of life. The Church teaches that it is impossible, without the special help of God, to persevere in the state of grace to the end….Final perseverance cannot be strictly merited, as though a person had a claim on dying in grace because he or she had been faithful all through life. Nevertheless it can, with unfailing success, be achieved by proper prayer, offered regularly and earnestly, in the state of grace.”

Throughout the Words of God the Father, the Lessons of Our Lord Jesus Christ and the Messages of Our Lady of Emmitsburg—all given to the world through Gianna Talone Sullivan—there are two other words, “endurance” and “persistence,” that  are often used in conjunction with perseverance, or alone with slightly different nuances.  Endurance can be defined as the act of remaining firm under suffering or misfortune, without yielding in spite of difficulty; and persistence as the quality that allows someone to continue doing something or trying to do something even though it is difficult or opposed by other people and occurs beyond the usual or expected time frame.

It seems that we live in an era where these three qualities are of some value toward success in the eyes of the secular world, but often forgotten when visualized through the spiritual eyes of faith.  More often than not, the modern man and woman are looking for a “quick fix,” immediate gratification and God’s prompt and specific response to any of their prayers.  Unfortunately, that is not the usual way to progress on one’s spiritual journey, but rather with perseverance, endurance and persistence. 

Prayer of St. Bonaventure for Perseverance


Pierce, O most sweet Lord Jesus, my inmost soul with the most joyous and healthful wound of Thy love, and with true, calm and most holy apostolic charity, that my soul may ever languish and melt with entire love and longing for Thee, may yearn for Thee and for thy courts, may long to be dissolved and to be with Thee. 


Grant that my soul may hunger after Thee, the Bread of Angels, the refreshment of holy souls, our daily and super substantial bread, having all sweetness and savor and every delightful taste.

 
May my heart ever hunger after and feed upon Thee, Whom the angels desire to look upon, and may my inmost soul be filled with the sweetness of Thy savor; may it ever thirst for Thee, the fountain of life, the fountain of wisdom and knowledge, the fountain of eternal light, the torrent of pleasure, the fullness of the house of God; may it ever compass Thee, seek Thee, find Thee, run to Thee, come up to Thee, meditate on Thee, speak of Thee, and do all for the praise and glory of Thy name, with humility and discretion, with love and delight, with ease and affection, with perseverance to the end; and be Thou alone ever my hope, my entire confidence, my riches, my delight, my pleasure, my joy, my rest and tranquility, my peace, my sweetness, my food, my refreshment, my refuge, my help, my wisdom, my portion, my possession, my treasure; in Whom may my mind and my heart be ever fixed and firm and rooted immovably. Amen. 
(St. Bonaventure, Italian Franciscan Bishop and Doctor of the Church, 1221-1274)

 

“…Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,

let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely,

and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us….”

(Heb 12:1)

 

 

 

Part 3

Perseverance

 

 

Perseverance in our Surrender

“Turn my heart to your decrees, and not to selfish gain.” 

(Ps 119:36)

 

The word “surrender” means to voluntarily yield or give oneself up to another’s power or control.  This can be to someone or to an entity with legitimate authority or illegitimate authority, for the sake of good or for the sake of evil, or as a courtesy or in shame.  In the spiritual life, this surrender, most appropriately to God’s Will, is in pursuit of the holiness for which each human being was created.  It involves relinquishing one’s own human expectations of God and trusting that His Will can only exceed our limited expectations. 

 

In His Lessons to the world, Our Lord Jesus Christ speaks of loving ourselves by focusing on Him, emptying ourselves and suffering with His care and presence, placing our confidence in His rooting out our vices, and seeking Him alone in humility and meekness in route to our eternal reward.

 

“…Those who put aside their selfishness can only then obtain self-love in Me.  You must have a self-love to truly love, but this self-love is one which only focuses on God.  This self-love denies himself, and only desires to obtain that which God wills.  Those who truly love their very self will truly love…..The self-love I teach is this:  To love Me, at all costs, first above your desires, to be patient and to endure….”  (JOM, Vol IV, #19, June 23, 1992, Self-Love)

 

“…You need to empty yourself, continually abandoning yourself to the Will of God….Let go of those things you hold bound…Do not worry if you experience defeat.  I will take care of you and deliver you to freedom…I am with you in all of your suffering.  Persist, and do not give up….

 

“…I want you to love yourself dearly…; but I do desire you to love yourself purely and keep Me in sight, surrendering and continually emptying yourself in order to follow the Way of Love….”  (JOM, Vol IV, #46, Aug. 1, 1992, Love Yourself Dearly)

 

“…Placing your confidence in My Love for your ‘self’ will allow you to maintain a clear conscience.  If you place Me first, you will perceive My Love as the most important value of your life.  But the roots to selfishness and other human vices must be severed.  This is painful at times, but your persistence, dedication and commitment to  My Love, will master your frail and lifeless habits and behavior.  This is how you begin to love yourself.  I then become the center of your life, replacing you!...”  (JOM, Vol IV, #50, Aug. 5, 1992, Roots)

 

“…I find pleasure in those who seek Me with a fervent heart, with persistence and with self-giving surrender….If you are humble of heart, continuously searching to please God and tending to Heavenly things, you will secure a lasting foundation, one seeded in great wisdom and purity….Blessed are the humble and meek of heart.  They will inherit the land!”  (JOM, Vol IV, #31, July 17, 1992, The Humble Heart)

 

 

Our Lord does not make light of the fact that this effort is a challenge, but a challenge for which His Love and grace are sufficient.  He uses a beautiful analogy in that our souls are like beautiful flowers ready to open up to receive all that He desires to offer, much like that which an ocean breeze might carry our way; and upon receiving these gifts, we would be able to bear the fruitful virtues of Life:

 

“…It is a challenge when you surrender your control to Me, but not a loss to you. You will never be cheated from My Love.  Your surrendering will only be fruitful and rewarding.  The fervor of My Love will inspire you to give to Me all the more, to give until there is no more to give; and, even then, I shall draw from you!...My Love is sufficient in itself to sustain you….

 

“…Blessed is he that endures and perseveres until the end. The struggle of failure and success no longer preoccupies your journey of progression.  You are now ready to open up like a flower to receive my merciful Love and the compassion of healing graces….

 

“…I trusted My Father because of Our Oneness….My Father was always with Me, even as I suffered the abandonment of your life.  Why, then would I ever leave you alone?  I would not….

 

“…Surrender unto Love against all self-comprehension, and you will bear fruitful virtues of Life….” (JOM, Vol IV, #39, July 25, 1992, Total Surrender)

 

…My people need to put aside their thoughts and struggles, and tend to Me by placing their thoughts and all of their mind in the abyss of My Love, as an ocean breeze, allowing Me to refresh them….

(JOM, Vol IV, #54, Aug. 9, 1992, Testing)

 

In this high-tech world filled with so much meaningless noise by way of the many forms of social media and telecommunications, Our Lord reminds us that it is in the silence of the mind and heart that we find Him and can listen to Him.  In that inner peace which is a grace that only He can give, we can become truly “little,” and joyfully surrender all those attachments which have previously prevented us from mastering our feelings and enjoying the heavenly treasures that come with the unconditional abandonment to His Divine Will:

 

“…Continue to work at the union of silence of the mind, so that the heart can speak to your  mind, instead of your mind speaking to your heart….Much is lost in this way….Until My Will is completely accomplished in you, you will continue to suffer the things of yourself.  The inner peace you gain is a grace from Me….See that you give to Me fully, entrusting to Me your souls.  The graces you will receive will not be short-lived, but will live for all eternity….”  (JOM, Vol IV, #54, Aug. 9, 1992, Testing)

 

“…Littleness is detachment from possessions and is purity of heart….Those who are ‘little’ joyfully surrender all their attachments to this world and persevere with endurance.  It does not bother them not to have any attachments because they are dependent on Me and are attached to Me….As My little ones accept and renew daily their invitation to  allow Me to love them, they master their feelings and find that even their feelings are attachments and obstacles to purity and humility of heart.  They, with time and perseverance, become little children, pure and joyfully free, yet powerful and full of My heavenly treasures....”  (JOM, Vol V, #18, Sept 11, 1995, My Little Children, My Saints)

 

“…And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters,

or father or mother or children or fields, for My Name’s sake,

will receive a hundredfold, and will inherit eternal life….”

(Mt 19:29)

 

Our Lady was the most perfect fruit of God’s Love, and in her surrender  to     His Divine Will she serves as the model of the power of God’s Love.  In our lives we can experience the power of that same Love in his healing of both our body and soul, in our cooperating with His Will, in His  removing in us the very obstacles to His Love, and in His sanctifying and purging us of all obstacles in that pursuit of holiness, thus replacing our own lives with His very own Life. However, Our Lady of Emmitsburg reminds us that each of us must truly have the desire to change.  His power will not overcome our free will to surrender to Him.

 

“…God’s Love is never failing….Put aside self-love and the comforts of this world, which are temporary.  In place, put on the armor of His Love through service, penance and prayer for peace. God will never fail you when your motives stem from love of His eternal Word. If you live for God and in God, your grief shall be turned into joy, a joy-filled with perseverance and strength….”  (Public OLOE, Jan.19, 1995)

 

“…Love cures every ailment and is the healing balm to hatred.  Love strengthens the soul and can cure any illness.  Love lives by the Will of God with fortitude and perseverance as virtues to holiness….Focus on the Love of God in others….”  (Public OLOE, Dec. 21, 1995)

 

“…In order for my Son to fill you with His Light of true Life, you must do what you can to cooperate with His grace and His Will.  You must make a conscious effort to remove those things which block the reception of His Love.  If you invite Him to dwell in you continuously, He will give you the strength and perseverance to become detached from those possessions which prevent your development in the life of His eternal Love.  He will replace your life with His Life, and you will live as One in union with the Holy Trinity….”  (Public OLOE, Nov. 21, 1996)

 

“…You will merit many virtues for your perseverance in faithfulness.  God sanctifies and purges those who desire to live in union with Him.  He gives you opportunities to practice patience and to grow in holiness.  There are many people who desire God’s help, but few who actually allow Him to assist you….It takes unconditional trust in Jesus and the flexibility to conform to His designs presented before you….Many times, when you experience interior desolation, God is preparing you to receive great virtues; so delight in His Way and surrender in a spirit of love and acceptance to what He has planned for you….”  (Public OLOE, July 17, 1997)

 

“…Life is a gift, and in this gift is free will.  The beauty of life is found in those who in all their humility, surrender and give with open hearts and gracious love, with acceptance and perseverance, and with the continual desire to change to become more like my Son….”  (Private OLOE, Feb. 21, 2004)

 

“…It was He who created humankind in the beginning,

and He left them in the power of their own free choice….”

(Sir 15:14)

 

“…The most important prayer you can give to God the Father is that of surrendering to His Most Holy Will.  This is a great gift, because then you will fulfill all that He desires for you in every second of time and in every place.  You can be sure that when you surrender and live your life as it is in each moment, that you are following God’s Will….

 

“…You have to live in a world, a world that doesn’t believe what you see and what you hear.  Each day can be difficult.  So every day you must also recommit and give yourselves with filial confidence to God the Father; and He graces you and gives you true strength and perseverance and fortitude to continue on….You will see the good that will come from all this, for your sacrifice and from your own interior gift to God.  He sees what the human eye cannot see, and He knows the depth and the breadth of your pain….”  (Private OLOE, Mar. 6, 2006)

 

“…When you discern everyday to fulfill God’s Divine Will, trust with all your heart and remove any obstacles that would prevent you from fulfilling His Will.  It may not seem like a happy course; but if you are resigned to His Divine Will, your permissive will will follow through, and you will be at peace, completely free. You will not be afraid.  You will be courageous.  You will have the fortitude to persevere, the temperance to follow through and the wisdom to understand….

 

“…Live now as if in Heaven, and trust, trust, trust!  Regardless, God’s Divine Will will unfold.  So, if my plan does not seem to you to be unfolding according to your agenda, know that permissive will allows a choice due to your freedom.  But ultimately, inevitably and beyond any doubt, I trust and I know God’s Divine Will shall unfold!....”  (Public OLOE, Aug. 5, 2007)

 

“…Therefore say to them,

‘Thus says the Lord God: None of my words will be delayed any longer,

but the word which I speak will be performed….’”

(Ez 12:28)

 

Our Lady does not consider her role as being on the sidelines.  She performs as not only a teacher, guide and protectress, but as a dispenser of all graces, reminding us that those who came before us, such as St. Bernadette Soubirous, did not carry out God’s Will without struggles.  However, it is through our faithfulness, in spite of these struggles, that people change and God’s Plan will always come to fruition.  But this can only happen when there is a willingness on our part to accept the Cross, to not be afraid to take a risk, to not scatter in fear or doubt, and to heroically rise when we fall and try again.  It is in this manner that we can humbly accept the gratitude of Our Lady of Emmitsburg:

 

“…I give you abundantly graces that He has allowed me to give you to continue on in virtue:  in patience and perseverance, in fortitude and courage, in righteousness and in strength….”  (Private OLOE, Dec. 5, 2004)

 

“…On this feast day of my daughter Bernadette, here at the Center of my Immaculate Heart where you were invited to come and to move, you can see all the glorious events that unfolded for her.  But yet, they did not unfold without struggle and obstacles…..With time, people began to change; and look what has happened today!...With all the struggles and obstacles, yet you persist only through the grace of God.  I can tell you that this grace comes from Heaven, and that in a special way changes can happen as they did before.  Many distractions and many obstacles always develop, but with faithfulness and with continuity, fortitude and perseverance, things are unfolding….”  (Private OLOE, Feb. 18, 2008, Feast of St. Bernadette Soubirous)

 

“…There are many people who will go through the actions and motions to be counted among the chosen.  All are chosen if they desire to be.  But there is another step; and that step is to give your- self wholeheartedly and unconditionally, surrendering, accepting even the Cross, enduring and persevering….”  (Private OLOE, May 4, 2008)

 

“…Thank you for not leaving me when so many scattered from fear or for self-protection.  They way of God is selflessness and not being afraid to risk, knowing and believing without doubt that He loves you and that you are His ‘child.’

 

“…I, your most pure and humble Mother, am grateful for your own ‘fiat,’ for your perseverance, for your fortitude, and for your continual repentance when you’ve noticed that you failed.  You resurface and try again.  Thank you for being my heroes….”  (Private OLOE, Jan. 15, 2009)

 

“…But we should always give thanks to God for you,

brethren…, because God has chosen you from the beginning

for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth….”

(2 Thes 2:13)

 

 

Perseverance in Suffering

“…Those also who suffer according to the will of God

shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator

in doing what is right….”

(1 Pet 4:19)

 

Human nature, left untouched, would undoubtedly avoid suffering at all costs.  However, human nature, touched by God’s grace, can come to not only find value, and finally even joy in suffering, but also to understand the necessity of it to gain the eternal glory which has been promised and which is to come.  Our suffering will certainly bring with it at some point in time a sense of Peace, but usually not before a state of abandonment and aridity.  With it must also come our forgiveness of others as a proof of our faith in a God whose forgiveness of us in unfathomable.  Our Lord in His Lessons explains this mystery in the context of the Cross that He carried for us:

 

“…Salvation came to the world because I carried the Cross and suffered for mankind.  Those who desire my glory can only be glorified in Me through their suffering and cross….Rejoicing should be exclaimed for those who suffer, for they have been found worthy by God to suffer like unto Me….If My people cannot handle the little suffering they endure now, how will they be able to endure the suffering of the world to come?...All must pick up their cross.  If they throw it away, only a heavier cross shall befall them!...It is the moments they feel abandoned and all alone that they can be sure their suffering has not gone unnoticed, but that it is redemptive!...”  (JOM, Vol III, #9, July 11, 1990, Redemptive Suffering)

 

“…You want what is good and comforting.  You desire to abound in joy and peace, but this is not yet the time!  This time is one of inner war and trials.  You attempt to attain such a peace, but you cannot….Remember, the fruits of your labor will pass, and your suffering will be comforted and greatly rewarded for holding yourself in contempt for My good pleasure and honor alone.  For what little you have here on earth, you will have great in Heaven!  There I will give you glory for the amount of suffering you have endured and give you My garment of praise and love for your sorrow….”  (JOM, Vol III, #22, Mar. 2, 1991, Merit)

 

“…In order to understand Mercy, you must understand suffering and be forgiving of others.  When you suffer injustice or endure hardship through an awareness of My Presence, this is My grace working in you.  In suffering, you submerge yourself into My abandonment, and salvation results through My Mercy.  Suffering is most painful, yet the ultimate proof of your faith in God.  Suffering which is interior is the most valuable suffering, because it is the suffering man cannot see with is eyes, only with his heart.  It is union with Me when you see suffering with your heart, and it allows you to be merciful.  It allows you to love through compassion….”  (Vol IV, #92, Sept. 15, 1992, Mercy)

 

“…Continue to persevere and seek Me.  Bear with patience this abandonment and aridity until you are graced with a deliverance from your anguish.  It is good, at moments such as these, to humble yourself to exterior actions, doing good works and to persevere for the glory to come.  Not all can maintain a grace of spiritual ecstasy.  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….”  (JOM, Vol IV, #36, July 21, 1992, Seek Me)

 

“…But to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ,

keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory,

you may rejoice with exultation….”

(1 Pet 4:13)

 

This is real!  No longer do we hear about what Our Lord and Our Lady and what all of humanity has endured in the past.  We hear about the “NOW!”  Phrases such as :  “trials and tribulation,”  “bowls of purification,”  “the end of an era,”  “the apostasy,”  “more blood may be shed,”  “no one is exempt,”  “the more powerless,”  “purification of your souls,”  “come to Him through your suffering,”  and “purged and tested in the fire,” are meant for all of us now—in the immanent future, if not in the already present!  Our Lady of Emmitsburg does not soften what we must endure, but does assure each of us that she is here to walk with us; she is not leaving, nor is her Son.  Thus, in spite of the seriousness of the times in which we live, she encourages us to move forward in joyful anticipation; for in the end, her Immaculate Heart will triumph and be victorious:

 

“…Time is soon at hand when great trials and tribulations will unfold through God’s Mercy.  It will seem endless.  There will be continual devastations and disasters naturally, humanly and spiritually, which will pour out on the world until God is adored in His Sanctuary and His people are purified.  Pray you will be able to persevere and endure the bowls of purification to be released soon by God’s angels. It will seem as if evil has won the battle, but my Immaculate Heart will triumph and will be victorious in the end….”  (Public OLOE, May 2, 1996)

 

“…The signs of the times have revealed that the end of an era is truly sooner than you think….There is no longer time to be distracted by anything.  All there is time for is to love and to unify; and in your actions of love, people will see the Truth….The apostasy is at hand….I have said that 80% of the world are not walking with God, and this is true.  So when the least bit of turmoil unfolds, you cannot become confused…in your faith.  Your ‘yes’ must be a ‘yes,’ and your ‘no’ a ‘no’.  But indifference is the gateway to hell….The martyrs shed their blood in the Name of Christ for your salvation, and in this world perhaps more blood may be shed for the world’s salvation….”  (Private OLOE, Aug. 15, 2010)

 

“…Jesus accepts your suffering in reparation for the continual outrages He receives….Immerse yourself into Jesus’ Passion through the silence of your heart, and pray for strength and endurance….”  (Public OLOE, Oct. 10, 1996)

 

“…Jesus identifies Himself with all people who suffer and unites them to His Passion.  He gives strength and courage to continue to persevere and endure in illness….Remove the many shields of defenses you have around you so you can live in peace and in God’s Truth of humility….”  (Public OLOE, May 29, 1997)

 

“…No one will be exempt from suffering, even if they truly desire to be with Jesus, because this is the way of the Cross.  However, those who persevere in their suffering will be with Him forever.  Even if they die in this world,   My Son’s angels will bring them to rest in the abode of His Sacred Heart.  There they will be safe for all eternity….”  (Public OLOE, June 19, 1997)

 

“…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 troubling times….”  (Public OLOE, April 29, 1999)

 

“…May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble!

May the name of the God of Jacob set you securely on high!”

(Ps 20:1)

 

“…A true lover loves whether there is pain or comfort.  Stand firm in your love during times of conflict and afflictions, tribulations or persecution.  God is never outdone in generosity, and He infinitely loves you.  But He asks those who desire to love, to love, persevere and to be generous in all circumstances….Always give to Him whatever He asks, and do whatever He tells you to do, without worrying whether it is too much.  The more you give, the greater favors and rewards you will receive…”  (Public OLOE, Feb. 15, 1996)

 

“…Rejoice when your weaknesses are highlighted.  Then is the time for you to plead for His Mercy.  The more faults and humiliations you bear, the more you should seek comfort in my Son’s Mercy….Have the confidence of a child that no harm shall come to you.  Confidence allows you to achieve the fullness of His Love.  The more powerless you are, as a child, the more you will attain the depths of His Love….”  (Public OLOE, Jan. 23, 1997)

 

“…With all the struggles and obstacles, yet you persist only through the grace of God….This grace comes from Heaven, and in a special way, changes can happen….Many distractions and many obstacles always develop, but with faithfulness and with continuing fortitude and perseverance, things are unfolding….”  (Private OLOE, Feb. 18, 2008)

 

“…Endure patiently all suffering which is purifying your souls and which will allow you to ascend His mountain.  Take some quiet time and allow the reality of His Presence to overcome your sufferings and remove your anxiousness.  Allow Him to make His abode in you.  You will be filled with His Peace, and you will grow in humility and His Love. Self-love will be replaced with God’s Love if you silence your mind, persevere in His trials and endure the purification of your souls….”  (Public OLOE, Dec. 17, 1998)

 

“…As He suffered, you too must come to Him through your suffering.  The crosses He has given to you, you shall bear with strength, fortitude and perseverance.  You shall give everything to God for His greater glory.  As you do this, you are not only purified, but you shall become One with Him, in Union with the Triune God where all grace shall abound within you….”  (Private OLOE, May 1, 2003)

 

“…After you have suffered for a little while,

the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ,

will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you….”

(1 Pet 5:10)

 

“….Because you have endured the Cross, a Cross that has weighted you down and has been oftentimes dragged by you and hard to live, you know that the plan cannot, at any cost, be compromised, jeopardized, manipulated, bargained or weighed against another human beings promises….You must wear the armor of authority, and above anything else, you must work on….”  (Private OLOE, Sept. 6, 2003)

 

“…Do you not see in all the hardships of your lives and in all the years you have given to God that He has never left you? Do you not see that through your suffering and hardships you have come to know and live the Passion of God, celebrating, yet mourning and grieving over it?....Very few have been blessed to live, to breathe, to suffer and to rise to the forefront after God has graced them to endure and persevere.  You have!...”  (Private OLOE, Sept. 8, 2008)

 

“So stand firm, believe, and it will happen.  For I am not leaving; I am here to stay!  You will see how, when you thought things were bad, you endured and persevered; and through your fidelity and loyalty, change is happening.  You have been purged and tested in the fire by God the Father.  So rejoice and be glad, and live with joyful anticipation!...” (Private OLOE, Aug. 15, 2010)

 

“…This is my resting place forever;

Here I will dwell, for I have desired it….”

(Ps 132:14)

 

Perseverance in Patience

“…I waited patiently for the Lord;

And He inclined to me and heard my cry….”

(Ps 40:1)

 

The Latin root of the word patience is “patientia”—the act of bearing suffering.  Thus, the virtue of patience requires the will or ability to wait or endure or persevere without complaint any suffering, provocation, delay or tediousness with calmness and self-control.  This is a virtue so necessary in our spiritual journey, but for which it is so difficult to ask God because God may answer that prayer with situations that at the time we might very much regret and not understand.  “Be careful what you pray for!”  Our Lord, however, in His Lessons, reassures all of us of the importance to trust that all that comes our way is in the Divine Will of the Father, and thus, does not require our understanding, but rather our faith in Him.  Our modern day culture does not value the humility required to live with this level of trust and faith, but waiting on God, persevering in prayer and virtue, are the only ways to reach the finish line:

 

“…You cannot have as you wish at all times….Take one day at a time.  Be patient, be loving, be open-hearted to accept My graces, and pray.  Pray for the strength to endure.  Pray for true holy preparation.   There is no need to know how you can prepare.  If you pray, all shall be given to you in accordance with Our wishes….PATIENCE:  acceptance with an open heart of that which My Father and I send you!...”  (JOM, Vol I, #54, May 31, 1989, Patience)

 

“…So many of My people experience anxiety.  They ponder when death shall be no more, and when there shall be never-failing health, infinite brightness and peace.  Peace will come in a day known well to the Lord….Work faithfully and you shall gain your reward.  Endure with patience, and you shall see the end of evil.  I will protect you….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….”  (JOM, Vol IV, #15, March 16, 1992, Endure)

 

“…Seek always humility….You need to be molded, formed, smoldered, melted, tested and tried many times….Sometimes it is necessary for you to be obedient to others, following and assisting in things that are uncomfortable to you.  Remember, I am in everything.  I work through everything and everyone.   If your desires and thoughts are with My desires, then humbly you will patiently endure the purification and remolding of your soul to perfection and ecstatic Union with Me….Until My Will is completely accomplished in you, you will continue to suffer the things of yourself….”  (JOM, Vol IV, #74, August 9, 1992, Testing)

 

“…You will not be able to endure any hardship unless you have patience!  In this world you need the protection of spiritual weapons because you will never be free from different sorts of misery….But know that you will not always gain the comfort you desire at the time you want it….Endure these hardships for My sake.  Remove yourself and the desire of your self-image, and have confidence in Me.  I will be with you in all your trials.  Know that you experience humiliation, disappointments, difficulties, temptations injuries and sickness, and endure them in patience….Fuel is needed to get to the finish line….You cannot do anything without Me.  If you cross, you still have to wait for Me!  And after you have raced to the finish, avoiding and darting around obstacles instead of enduring them with patience, your journey with obstacles will only begin!...”  (JOM, Vol IV, #48, Aug. 3. 1992, Endurance)

 

“…For what credit is there if,

when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience?

But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it,

this finds favor with God….”

(1 Pet 2:20)

 

As always, Our Lady of Emmitsburg reinforces the necessity to remain in that spirit of prayer in order to secure God’s protection and His Peace.  This has to be done without placing our expectations on God and without focusing on our own consolation, but rather persevering in all circumstances God allows to occur in our lives.  In The Interior Castle, St. Teresa of Avila writes that “There is no other remedy for this evil of giving up prayer than to begin again; otherwise the soul will gradually lose more each day.…”  Even the worst circumstances do not last forever, and all things are possible with God.  Running ahead of God or running past our brothers and sisters may seem far more exciting and rewarding at times than waiting on God and slowing down or stopping to help others, but God is far more patient than His children, and He will always allow whatever obstacles and whatever graces are needed to bring about His most perfect Plan in His most perfect time!  So we must get used to it, and proceed with thanksgiving and praise as we “Wait on God”:

 

 “…You must have a desire to pray….It must be your choice to pray and not allow the subtleties of persuasion to pull you away from the path which leads to Heaven….Pray, persevere and wait in the Peace of Jesus.  The silence of His Peace will consume you, and He will refresh you…”  (Public OLOE, Oct. 24, 1996)

 

“…Be strong, little children, and persevere with patience.  Do not seek the consolation of God, but seek the God of consolation.  Pray with all your hearts so that God can open them like a flower and mold you into His likeness.  Allow Him to make your hearts like His, all merciful and loving….The world must see that all who walk with God, live in God and are faithful to His Way of Love by loving and giving unconditionally to all people….”  (Public OLOE, Aug. 10, 1995)

 

“…In times of difficulty, acts of patience, self-composure and prayer will help you rise above whatever ailment stresses you.  Offer each sacrifice up to God with love.  Persevere as each circumstance arises each day.  Be patient with yourself and love yourself, knowing that this too shall pass.  There is nothing in this world that lasts forever, but in the next all remains….”  (Public OLOE, Feb. 22, 1996)

 

“…Patience and perseverance are virtues which lead to fortitude and control over the vices of the flesh.  You must not only pray for peace, but you must practice and put into action genuine love and become selfless.  You must follow through and remain committed to God at all costs by loving your neighbors and your enemies….Peace cannot exist without love and commitment in restoring moral values to their rightful place under the Law from God above….”  (Public OLOE, Feb. 24, 2000)

 

“… Finally, brothers and sisters,

whatever is true, whatever is worthy of respect,

whatever is just, whatever is pure,

whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable,

if something is excellent or praiseworthy,

think about these things….”

(Phil 4:8)

 

“…You pray fervently, and God listens to your prayer; but God is a patient God, and this is a time to weed out the weeds from the wheat.  So you must continue to be patient.  All with time, and all will be exposed!  The Truth is the Truth.  The genuine cannot hide….”  (Private OLOE, Sept. 8, 2008)

 

“…When you persevere and you wait for God—and there is no more that you can do other than to wait---then you can be certain that He will respond at the most opportune time, the most perfect and most serene time, the time most filled with joy and peace….If God has chosen you, He will continue to call you and do everything that is necessary until you respond.  You have the free will to say ‘no,’ but there are times when God has given a request.  If you run away, then He will only create obstacles until you respond; because your soul was created for that moment, to give God the glory….What is happening now is that all will be fulfilled with God’s Love.  Your resignation, surrender and total faith allow for the total glory and ultimate outcome of God’s Plan….”  (Private OLOE, May 14, 2007)

 

“…Always give thanks and praise to God, then ask for what you need.  If it be according to the Divine Plan, then wait patiently.  If you are not patient, you will still have to wait.  You have to wait for God‘s time.  You can try to do what you desire, but your battle will be with God.  So resign to His Will and wait on Him.  Then praise Him again….Love and wait patiently with perseverance and gratitude.  In His Infinite Wisdom, God Almighty knows what is best….”  (Private OLOE, July 25, 2009)

 

“…Moses, for forty years, was searching, finding and looking in a desert.  Not too manly people liked him.  We do not have forty years because an era is ending.  However, you must be patient and persist, be vigilant and continue to prod, and be in the forefront, visible with all that God has enlightened you to give….What is important is that you know that all I have said will unfold!...Do not lose your focus or be drawn into one aspect of your mission, because God has freed you and there is so much to be done.  All you have worked for is in His Hands, and the outcome is up to Him….”  (Private OLOE, Mar. 21, 2009)

 

“…Tell us what is to happen.

Tell us the former things, what they are,

so that we may consider them,

and that we may know their outcome;

or declare to us the things to come….”

(Is 41:22)

 

 

“We do not have forty years because an era is ending!

….

All I have said will unfold!

….

The outcome is up to Him!”

(Private OLOE, Mar. 21, 2009)

 

End of Perseverance, Part 3