Part XII of 12 Part Series

Part XII of 12 Part Series

FEAR

The Closing

(Compiled by Michael T. Sullivan, MD)

 

“Do not be afraid!

For behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy

that will be for all the people. 

For today in the city of David,

a Savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.” 

(Lk 2:10-11)

 

Over the first several months in 2010, the topic of “Fear” has been addressed in a series of compilations that have explored many of the fears which seem to be serving as either obstacles or excuses, leading many of God’s children not to accept the reality of the times in which we are living, “the end of an era.”  Drawing from the Words of God the Father, the Lessons from Our Lord, and the Messages from Our Lady of Emmitsburg, all given to the world through Gianna Talone Sullivan, these various fears have been addressed:

 

The fear of intimacy with God, of unworthiness and sinfulness, of loss of control, of taking a risk for God, and of trusting in God; the fear of the role of Our Lady, of the response of the Church and within the Church, and of the inauthenticity of the messenger/prophet; the fear of suffering and the cross, of loss and of change; the fear of defending God’s Truth, of rejection, and of failure; the fear of punishment, of the reality of Satan and Hell, and of death; the fear of the immensity of the mission and of the message itself; the fear of the future, of the new beginning and of the new tomorrow—all these fears have contributed to the unresponsiveness of the Church and the world to God’s Plan.  Finally, the good and holy fear, the Fear of the Lord concludes the series in contrast to all those fears which are leading people away from God and away from the Truth, fears which are contributing largely to the indifference and lukewarmness in the Church and the world.  Rather, it is the Gift of the Holy Spirit, the Fear of the Lord, which holds the key to Truth, Freedom and Peace.

 

In medical terms, “fear” is often defined as an unpleasant, often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger, often accompanied by increased autonomic activity (increased heart rate, blood pressure and sweating).  “Anxiety” is defined by an abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked by the same physiological signs, by doubt concerning the reality and nature of the threat, and by self-doubt about one’s capacity to cope with it.  However, “fear” in the most general sense as used in the English vernacular, most often implies anxiety and usually loss of courage. We close this series by now pondering what God has provided to humanity to best deal with its fears.

 

 

 

Fear: The Closing

 

“Be still and know that I am God,

supreme among the nations, supreme on the earth!” 

(Ps 46:11)

 

In His Lessons to the world through Gianna, Our Lord understands fully our human nature, thus He is well aware of Gianna’s as well as all of our constant needs for affirming encouragement and reassurances:

 

“I am with you all the time, not to prepare you for destruction, but to free you now in Love.  I meet the demands of each day; and when I find a soul that is pure, I make Myself known to it.  I do not want My people to fear!  When they hear of world disasters, they fear.”

 

“You do not fear, Gianna, because you are procuring your relationship with Me through love of purity and a surrender to fulfilling daily functions in simplicity.  This is My desire for all My people.  Pass on the fundamental tools I have taught you about living in faith.  Teach all My people as I have taught you.  Every step all God’s people take under My command is victory!”  (JOM, Vol IV, #87, Aug. 31, 1992)

 

“Be at peace.  Do not fear.  Put aside anxiousness, impatience and frustrations.  Look to Me and strive only to follow Me, and all the rest shall be taken care of for you.  When you see people walking ways of confusion and being deceived by falsehoods, pray for them!  Pray for Truth.  Pray for an awakening and protection; but also, pray for yourselves to remain focused on Me.  Be gentle with those people with whom you are frustrated….Remain whole in your relationship with Me first, and above all; and then your love, gentleness and humble way will speak from a distance to all in need.”  (JOM, Vol IV, #88, Sept. 4, 1992)

 

“Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition,

with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. 

Then the Peace of God that surpasses all understanding

will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” 

(Phil 4: 6-7)

 

 

And how best can we make those requests known to our Heavenly Father?

 

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

 

“I am the Bread of Life.  Whoever comes to Me will never hunger,

and whoever believes in Me will never thirst….

I am the living Bread that came down from heaven. 

Whoever eats this Bread will live forever;

and the Bread that I will give is My Flesh for the life of the world….”

(Jn 6:35, 51)

 

The Catechism of the Catholic Church describes the Eucharist as “the source and summit of the Christian life.”… “The Eucharist is the efficacious sign and sublime cause of that communion in the divine life and that unity of the People of God by which the Church is kept in being.  It is the culmination both of God’s action sanctifying the world in Christ and of the worship men offer to Christ and through Him to the Father in the Holy Spirit.”  (CCC, 1324-1325)  Thus, without the Eucharist, there is no Church; and it is the Eucharist which sustains the Church on earth, even for those who do not believe or understand this reality.  It is through the Eucharist that Our Lord thus makes it possible for all humanity to return to the Father and gain eternal life with their Creator, even those who do not appreciate or realize that Real Presence.

 

“It is I. Do not be afraid.”

(Jn 6:20)

 

According to the Catholic Dictionary, the Sacrifice of the Eucharist is the central act of worship of the Catholic Church.  As defined by the Church at the Council of Trent (1545-1563), in the Mass, “the same Christ who offered Himself once in a bloody manner on the altar of the Cross, is present and offered in an unbloody manner.”  The Mass cannot be understood apart from Calvary, of which it is a re-presentation, memorial and an effective application of the merits gained by Christ:  a re-presentation in that Christ is really present in His humanity, in Heaven and on the altar, and He is as capable now as He was on Good Friday, of freely offering Himself to the Father, although no longer dying now that He has a glorified body, but the essence of His oblation remaining the same;  as a memorial, in that His Death is commemorated not only as a psychological remembrance, but as a mystical reality, voluntarily offering Himself as really as He did on Calvary; and as the paschal meal in that as He offers Himself to the Father as a sacrifice for humanity, He then gives Himself to the faithful as their heavenly food.  As the divinely ordained means of applying the merits of Calvary, Christ won for the world all the graces it needs for salvation and sanctification.  But these blessings are conferred gradually and continually since Calvary and mainly through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  Their measure of conferral is in proportion to the faith and loving response of the faithful who unite themselves in spirit with the Mass. (Fr. John Hardon’s Modern Catholic Dictionary, (http://www.catholicreference.net/index.cfm?id=34771)

 

 

“…I will ask the Father,

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

the Spirit of Truth,

which the world cannot accept because it neither sees nor knows it. 

But you know it because it remains with you and will be in you. 

I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you…”

(Jn 14: 16-18)

 

There are over 400,000 Roman Catholic priests in the world, plus many other Orthodox Christians priests, both those in union with Rome and some not, who have what is recognized as valid apostolic succession and thus, through the proper rite of consecration, the valid Real Presence in the Eucharist.  Assuming that most of these either offer or concelebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass daily, then in a given 24-hour period, somewhere in the world, there is always the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass being offered by Jesus Christ to the Eternal Father through the priests in His Church—Jesus Christ as High Priest, Sacrificial Lamb, and nourishment for humanity in the Paschal Meal.  And in  hundreds of millions of Masses that have been and are being said throughout history since the Last Supper, the Lord’s Prayer has been part of that celebration.  Following the Lord’s Prayer, as part of the Eucharistic Liturgy, we then pray:

 

“Deliver us, Lord, from every evil, and grant us peace in our day.  In your mercy keep us free from sin and protect us from all anxiety as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.”  (From the Liturgy of the Eucharist, Communion Rite)

 

Yes, as the Body of Christ, we pray at each Mass with and for all humanity at every Mass to be protected from anxietyanxiety that Our Lord saw in his Apostles, anxiety and fear that He Himself felt in the Garden at Gethsemane, and anxiety that He knew many would carry with them to their graves.  But it is a prayer that God not only wants to answer but will answer if human hearts remain open to the Divine Will and correspond to all the grace, the Love and the Mercy that He wants to bestow on each of us.  And to continue this Eucharistic Prayer in our world, we need our priests—good, prayerful and holy priests.  We must always pray for our priests!

 

So even though humanity has been “saved” by Our Lord Jesus Christ, those graces still need to be applied, accepted and lived.  Through His Word, through His Church and its sacramental life, through the clergy, and through the grace-filled Mystical Body of Christ, all is available that is necessary for eternal joy in Heaven.  But still so many are not listening.  It is for this reason that God has always sent His prophets, and that now He sends so frequently over the last two centuries His Mother.  In Her messages from Heaven to the world through Gianna, Our Lady of Emmitsburg explains their intrinsic and effective value:

 

“As the new dawn comes, new beginnings and challenges will arise.  As each eve sets, each of you needs to look at what you have given back to my Son Who first gave to you.  As you receive my messages from Heaven, it is important that you not only live them, but that you continually reflect on them; that you see where even you can change to be more giving and more loving; and that you see how you yourselves may be able to respond even more completely.  No one can see God face to face; but as you come closer to Him, the Light is so bright that your entire soul is exposed.  As you are enlightened, you yourselves must change, not in one day, but in a process.”  (Public OLOE, June 28, 2003)

 

Our Lady then goes on to tell us about the only time when her Son was afraid, not long after He had instituted the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper, and that it is truly a gift from God to “be not afraid”:

 

“Little ones, never be afraid!  My Son was afraid only once, at the time in the Garden of Gethsemane, where He was afraid to the point of sweating His own Blood.  He even asked God the Father to take His fear away and to give Him, if it was the Father’s Holy Will, a different cup.  But even so, He surrendered to His Father’s Will….

 

…You should not be afraid, but be filled with Joy and Life….I invite you to not be afraid to risk, afraid to live, afraid to speak the Truth, afraid to lose friends who may not really be your friends and who do not desire to follow God’s Will….God has the ultimate say.  You cannot control what God has in His design.  You have free will to accept it, or you can fight Him; but in the end, all glory is given back to Him.  To surrender and to be at peace, to be detached and yet to love, to give and to receive, are the precious gifts that God Himself alone can give.”  (Private OLOE, June 25, 2005)

 

Our Lady of Emmitsburg in her Messages to Gianna seems to be describing the family of humanity as one whose members are confused, fearful, selfish and distracted; but She so much wants to help all her children, and she wants those who have listened to her to help all her children to prepare and to be fruitful:

 

“There is only one Way, one simple Way; and everyone can follow the same path.  Yet, many are confused; and if you do not help them to see the Truth, and correct and educate them, then they will become even more ignorant, compounded by fear….They pay little attention to the necessities of their souls; firstly, because they are afraid of what they may have to do to change; and secondly, because too much attention to these matters would mean that they might have to eliminate something else in their lives, something perhaps pleasurable.”  (Private OLOE, Dec. 3, 2005)  “Too much attention is diverted to and focused upon trivial matters.  When there is so much chaos in the world, you must prioritize and focus on the areas that will help others; and in that way you will be the Light of my Son.”  (Private OLOE, July 10, 2007)

 

“This world is in danger, more now than ever before.  That does not mean you should fear, but it truly does mean to prepare.  You can help others prepare—spiritually!...In a time of confusion, few will listen.  Few are listening now; so help others with a spirit of love, to be prepared.  No one knows the time that God shall take a life, at His good desire and pleasure, for that soul to meet his/her Creator.  So it is time not to delay, but to bear fruit.”  (Private OLOE, June 26, 2008)

 

 

“For Zion’s sake I will not be silent,

for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet,

until her vindication shines forth like the dawn

and her victory like a burning torch.”

(Is 62:1-2)

 

“Tell others not to be afraid.  Teach them, enlighten them, strengthen them and help them have the courage to be humble and strong servants of God.  The gift you will receive will be so abundant that there would be nothing in this world that could contain all the graces you will receive….”

 

“…The Holy Spirit gave the Apostles courage.  They were made new!  They had an abundance of energy.  If they remained silent, it was like torture within them—also the same for you.  The longer you hold back, the more inside you will be wounded with turbulence from the lack of inner strength and inner security.  You will lack peace of heart, and your empty void will not be filled with Joy.  So respond and move valiantly, like a surge of wind and like gushing waves!  If you do this, surely the Church can no longer be silent on this topic.”  (Private OLOE, May 31, 2009, Pentecost Sunday)

 

“I have told you this so that you may not fall away. 

They will expel you from the synagogues;

in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you

will think he is offering worship to God.   They will do this

because they have not known either the Father of Me. 

I have told you this so that when their hour comes,

you may remember that I told you of them.” 

(Jn 16:1-4)

 

“Remember:  Vigilance and wisdom come through prayer, and the Holy Spirit will guide you because many people today are scattered.  You can bring them back and help heal them with God’s Love.”  (Private OLOE, Aug.16, 2009)  “The day will come when all of you, children, will know the Truth.  Whether you believe or not, you will know the Truth.  You will see and know.  Please be merciful on others, but most importantly on yourselves.”  (Private OLOE, April 11, 2010)

 

As we look around our world and even in our Church, we see a world whose very survival seems threatened by risks posed by the decay of the family, terrorism, natural disasters, economic collapse, corruption, apostasy and sin.  The world is in this condition even with the Real Presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Spirit here for us.  The Eternal Father, in His ”Words” to the world through Gianna, solemnly asks what would have been the case if His Son had truly abandoned us:

 

“O’ foolish nation, one that I gave to and created for good!  Look what free will has done.  Can you imagine what it would be like without the Sacrificial Lamb of my Son?,,,”

 

“O’ children of humanity, you have a choice.  You could receive; and the time you have to receive has been extended.  But in the situation at hand, so few really care.  Very few desire to receive.  Even in the midst of an economy that is struggling, who looks to God for assistance?  It is worse than in the days of Noah!  Treasure these words in your hearts, and do not allow the flame to go out; for this is the only Light of wisdom and knowledge you may be receiving.”  (GTF, June 21, 2009, Father’s Day)

 

“Indeed, the Lord God does nothing

 without revealing His Plan to His servants, the prophets….”

(Amos 3:7)

 

 

Then to Our Eternal Father, let us consecrate each of ourselves today and every day so we can too pray someday, as did King David in the Psalms, “Blessed be God for He did not reject my prayer nor withhold His Love from me!”

 

 

Daily Consecration Prayer to the Eternal Father

 

 

For the greater glory of God and for the salvation of all, I consecrate myself to You, O’ Eternal Father, as one of Your faithful remnant.  Behold, I come to do Your Will.  With the help of your Grace, I will keep Your Commandments.  I will love and reverence You with all my heart, soul, mind and strength.  I will love my neighbor as You love me.

 

I make this Consecration through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Eucharistic and Sacred Heart of Your beloved Son, Jesus.

 

O’ Eternal Father, send forth Your Holy Spirit to restore my/our broken image and likeness of You.  Send forth also Your entire Heavenly Court, all the celestial choirs of Your angels and all Your Saints, to aid me/us in my/our struggle against all the forces of evil in this present darkness. Amen.  (Adapted from the Father of All Mankind Apostolate)

 

 

“O peoples, bless our God, let the voice of His praise resound,

of the God Who gave life to our souls and kept our feet from stumbling.  For you, O God, have tested us, you have tried us as silver is tried;

you led us, God, into the snare; and you laid a heavy burden on our backs.  You let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water, but then you brought us relief. 

 

Come and hear, all who fear God.

I will tell you what He did for my soul:  to Him cried aloud,

and with high praise ready on my tongue.

Blessed be God who did not reject my prayer

nor withhold His Love from Me.”

(Ps 66: 8-12, 16-20)

 

 

 

 

"Foolish the nation whose God is not their Lord!”

(Private OLOE, Jan. 4, 2010)

 

“Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves;

So be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves.”

(Mt 10:16)

 

“What a foolish nation that would not prepare!"

(Private OLOE, Jan. 6, 2010)