meditations

"Rest for Your Souls" Retreat: Day 3

"Rest for Your Souls" Retreat: Day 3

My beloved little children, children of My Heart –

Today it is I, the Father, your Abba, Who speaks to you and Who invited you to spend the day with Me.

Very few think of Me and fewer still give Me their time. They forget that as a Father, the One and True Father, My Heart is especially sensitive to the love of My children.

Little ones, how fettered down I see all of My children – fettered down with their own ideas of Who I am, of what is pleasing to Me, of what it means to be Mine.

I want you to be free of that – to have the full freedom of My children, who love Me simply as a Father is loved.

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"Rest for Your Souls" Retreat: Day 2

"Rest for Your Souls" Retreat: Day 2

My children, how happy I am to spend this time with you, and how much I am able to do in your souls, even in this brief time :) Let this encourage you :)

Today, My little ones, I wish us to spend it in company with the Most Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Love and of Union, the One Who unites trhe Mystery of God – the Persons of the Most Blessed Trinity. And Who unites you to Us. The Bond of Love.

The true Divine Love that proceeding from the Heart of the Father fills and envelops all that is created; and gives life and joy to all. This Divine Love that is the flame at the center of your souls and that I want it to blaze like the furnace of My Heart.

How little this Love is understood – and how many other “fires” are lit in the hearts of My children in place of this Holy and Divine Love, all pure, all joy.

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"Rest for Your Souls" Retreat: Day 1

"Rest for Your Souls" Retreat:  Day 1

My little ones, on this day I want you to reflect with Me on the different things that hold your thoughts “captive” with regard to our relationship – 

What are the things that seem to impede our closer union?   Fears; sensing your unworthiness; perfectionism; arrogance; pride everything that puts a barrier between My thoughts and yours. 

It may feel like an avalanche of things, little ones, :) I understand – and I want to relieve you of that weight. 

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SURVIVING IN A HOSTILE WORLD: Three Life‐Saving Skills... from Sheep

SURVIVING IN A HOSTILE WORLD:

Three Life‐Saving Skills... from Sheep

by Fr. John Mary

PRACTICAL WISDOM The Word of God, in its simple language, is teaching us essential lessons for the difficult challenges we face today. If we receive them with an open heart, they lead us to eternal life.

NOT FLATTERING BUT REAL
Scripture often compares us to sheep. It’s not a very flattering comparison.... Sheep are not strong, swift, agile, or smart. Or even well‐protected like a turtle. And yet they have survived and thrived.

Not a comparison that flatters our ego. But it does teach us essential skills for living in a hostile world.

RECOGNIZE THE DANGERS
We can have a sentimental view of sheep. Scripture takes a very realistic approach. It recognizes that sheep are very vulnerable.

And they are exposed to many dangers. Dangers that reflect our situation today. Through the prophet Ezekiel (Ch. 34) the Lord speaks of sheep who are not being fed; who are sick, crippled, strayed, lost, harshly treated. “My sheep were scattered, they wandered over all the mountains... with none to search or seek for them.” Because they have no shepherd, they are stalked by the wild beasts, who prey on them, ripping them apart and devouring them. Jesus Himself speaks of the wolves that attack the sheep. And “the thief (that) comes only to steal and kill and destroy.”

These menaces reflect the many dangers that we face today. “Be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” A first step to survival is recognizing that there are grave dangers. A sheep that doesn’t recognize them will not last long....

In the face of these dangers, what can we do?
It’s here that the sheep have three vital lessons to teach us.

HUMILITY: ACKNOWLEDGING THE TRUTH ABOUT OURSELVES **

An arrogant, stupid sheep who imagines that — faced with all these dangers and enemies — he can take care of himself, will soon provide the beasts with a delicious meal.
But if the sheep simply recognizes the truth of its own weakness, it has taken a key step towards surviving.
Simply recognizing our weakness, our sinfulness, our ignorance is a powerful step towards survival.

FAITH: TRUSTING THE GOOD SHEPHERD

However, something more is needed. Once the sheep recognizes that it needs help, it needs to find that help. It needs a good shepherd.
Here Jesus reveals something unheard of: A Shepherd Who lays down His life for His sheep, so much does He care for them. A Shepherd with mercy. A Good Shepherd.
But it’s not enough that the sheep have a Good Shepherd. They need to trust Him.
The Good Shepherd has to help us. Calling us each by name to Himself. At the same time, though, He respects our freedom. We must freely choose to trust Him; or not.

OBEDIENCE: FOLLOWING THE SHEPHERD

Because it’s not enough to simply say, “I trust Him.” If they truly trust this Good Shepherd, that leads them to the final decision: They listen to His voice and they follow Him. And if they do, He gives them eternal life, “...and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of My Hand.”
He leads them on the path that He Himself has walked. A difficult path. But one which leads to His Eternal Kingdom.

MDM VIRTUES

I’ve been sharing what I think are the three key virtues that the Lord is calling MDM to live and to share: Humility, faith and obedience. In the challenges that we are facing, these show a simple but sure road through the dangers. As we prepare for this Jubilee Year of Mercy, let us acknowledge our need for His Mercy, trust in His Mercy and obey the Lord of Mercy.
The Lord is my Shepherd

HARASSED BY THE DEVIL

MY EXPERIENCE

With surprising frequency, I am approached by someone who has good reason to believe that he or she is being harassed by the devil. I want to offer here some modest advice that has often seemed helpful. 

DISCLAIMER

First, I want to clarify that I’m not an exorcist nor an expert in this area. The book An Exorcist Tells His Story by the renowned exorcist of Rome, Fr. Gabriele Amorth, and his follow-up book, are good places to get more information. Here, to paraphrase those disclaimers on the bottles of nutritional supplements and vitamins, “this is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease... and may not do you any good whatsoever." 

And I not speaking here of the most serious cases that do need an official exorcism, but of more common cases. 

This is meant to be just some short, simple advice offered in this Jubilee Year of Mercy in the hope that it might be an instrument of God’s Mercy for those suffering in this way. 

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