Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness


Man’s existence is full of priceless, eternal universal value.
Let us repossess it, and prepare and conform our lives in righteousness
for our encounter with the Divine Volition.
 4/26/2017

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled». But who really suffers hunger and thirst? Who dies of starvation if he finds no justice? And what justice does he seek to quench his thirst? The desire for Justice is universal. It is the thought that without justice everything would be unbearable; everything would be relative. Divine justice rules the universe and love is the engine.

Man is always thirsty, always pursuing something as if it were a life necessity, because the life that is in him requires nourishment. It is not thirst or hunger that is lacking in his heart. And with what is it filled if not with passions, wickedness, worldly baseness and mediocrity? How often does his flesh or pride lead him to satisfy his thirst. From the time he is born into the world, is not this what every man is driven to by man himself? What do we feel, at some point in life, that our withered soul is in need of?

Oh man, contemplate the earth, the destiny of peoples and nations. Contemplate every man’s lifestory and the beginning of history to its very end. Lift your gaze to the heavens, to the heavenly spheres, to the infinite universe; sigh over its immense and pure beauty and then bring your gaze back down to earth and see how filthy it is with sin, oppression, iniquity, cynicism, and wickedness; look at entreated death crash down on the defenseless sprouts of innocence, the massacre of the innocents and the weak, and the beauty of the seas and the air, of the forests, mountains and waters, of every beautiful and good thing that is irreperably polluted, disfigured and defiled by your senseless pride. If you do not feel a tremendous cry rise up within you, then what is it worth living? If you do not feel a cry of pain and protest that wants to ascend to heaven, to the ear of God; if your heart does not feel a pang of compassion, the urgency to act, repair and offer yourself to free the world of thievery, violence and sin, because you live in this universe? If in the face of foolishness that humiliates reason, the value of money that determines life’s values, the indifference that breads hatred, if looking at the strong and the powerful mocking those considered the least, the humble, the weak; if in the face of the horrific spectacle of murders, kidnappings and unpunished rapes you are not enraged or do not feel indignation and compassion, then what will await you if not a fate of damnation and a closed door to the heavenly beatitudes, which can be opened only if you thirst for grace and righteousness. Only by eagerly wanting sin to disappear can the soul be led to where sin does not exist.

Jesus cried at the sight of Jerusalem, contemplating her obstinacy toward injustice and in not recognizing the path of peace, ignoring that she had been visited. Jesus weeps over the destiny of men and their children and suffers for each one that He would like to save. Jesus weeps seeing us in the grip of pride, deceit and ambition. He cries when He sees his creature, whom He wants to resemble Himself happy and blessed, thwart these divine plans and go against God’s loving projects, thriving in disorder, disharmony and death. Jesus not only weeps; His tears are accompanied by anger and indignation, which ultimately become rage. There is no hesitation in overturning the tables of the merchants who profaned the temple. The obedient, good and meek Jesus rebels and forcefully uses a whip of cords against those who transformed the house of God into a trading place. Nor does He spare any accusation against the Pharisees. Jesus has no human fear and comdemns the evil, corruption and hypocrisy of the powerful. His words remain unchanged even today in a world of Pharisees when we are not Pharisees ourselves. Today, more than ever, it is necessary to speak out against the nests of vipers scattered throughout the world, against the powerful and their actions that spew upon the fate of peoples the dung of their atrocities, who cause divisions and wars among the poor, and whose greed impoverishes the land of its resources of beauty. And instead of listening to Jesus’ thundering and sorrowful voice, Who does not hesitate to denounce crimes, injustice and hypocrisy, what do we do? Where do we turn our ear? What do we look at and what are we suspicious about? We are lost, confused and alone, pursuing fictitious and evanescent insignia for which we are willing to sell ourselves to injustice just to have the ‘nothing’ that we so long for. Without thirst for righteousness, how can there be progress, how can man be ennobled, and how can he think of attaining bliss and holiness?

 

Yet, Jesus is not revolutionary; He isn’t asking us to incite revolutions or to organize ourselves into bands, parties and corporations and fight with the weapons of the world. He wants us to be in the world, but not of the world. The righteousness that Jesus proposes to man is far from the one we are used to contemplating. Human righteousness is too polluted by the human will to be just. Passions, biases and personal interests alchemically mingle with the rigid statutes of the law and make of them an abomination. The law that must guide our thoughts, actions and words is another one altogether. Jesus healed on Saturday against the law, because He obeyed the law of consciousness and love. The justice to which man must really turn his thirst to is divine justice. Divine justice lies beyond the dimensions of time and visible space. It is eternal and infallible.

 

Without faith how can one be thirsty? Faith alone ensures us that we will encounter that righteousness; only the certainty of being judged divinely beyond the deadly threshold can strengthen our spirit to speak out in defense of justice. Having hunger and thirst for righteousness means hungering and thirsting for the Judge, not for the harsh desire to punish the kings and reward the good. Luisa had an immense thirst for Jesus. He was the greatest passion of her life. She lived in an inexhaustible desire to quench herself of Jesus, and the more she was quenched the more she thirsted for Him. This filled her with so much love that she became a victim for humanity’s sake. How many times did Luisa, thanks to her state of sacrificial victim, placate the divine justice that man draws upon himself by his continuous sins, his disaffection and irresistible urge to violate peace? How many times did she come between us and divine rage, that carried out its office of balancing the fate of the universe upset by the action of sin? Let us walk in her footsteps, which is also the example given us by Jesus: offering our lives in reparation for the injustices committed by sinful and obstinate man. Let us live for the sake of divine justice, knowing that our life can become the daily bread and water to satisfy the hunger and thirst for righteousness, since we have the real power of making choices about our lives. Hungering and thirsting for righteousness is the healthy and true symptom of the man who has the desire and need to know the meaning of his actions; the need to know their value and the discovery that nothing is useless, foolish, and without consequences. Our every action has an impact on the level of justice. Even when we sit quietly closed up in our dark little corner, unseen and unheard, even our state of just being – both are subject to judgment because they have produced certain consequences in the universe. Man’s existence is full of priceless, eternal universal value. Let us repossess it, and prepare and conform our lives in righteousness for our encounter with the Divine Volition.

Fiat.

 

 Alessandro De Benedittis

III Sunday of Easter


The Lord on the Road of Men
4/27/2017

Dear brothers and sisters, Fiat!

Like at Emmaus the Lord goes down on the road of man to become his travel companion and enliven him with hope in his journey. The scene of Emmaus is a masterpiece of liturgical and missionary catechesis. In it we can see the itinerary of two disciples who left Jerusalem as they felt deluded and disappointed. Then they went back there and left again, with joy and confidence, to bear witness because they  met the Crucified and Risen Christ, who is the explanation of the whole of Scripture and eternal presence among us in the sacrament of  the “broken bread”.

 

The scene of Emmaus also reveals how Jesus can’t stand to stay away from men but ardently wishes to stay with them. He is not yet ascended into heaven and already,  on the same evening of the Resurrection, here he is looking for the company of men.

In the title that Jesus wanted to give to the writings of the servant of God Luisa Piccarreta we can see the task Luisa received from Jesus, that is, ‘the call of the creature to the Order, the Place and the Purpose for which he was created by God’.

 

On December 6, 1937, Jesus declared the joy and love that He experiences whenever man returns what God has accomplished for him in Creation and Redemption.

As soon as the creature starts to call, Jesus rings the ‘little bell’ to the celestial residents and to those of the earth, and I stop ringing only when I see that all of them have run into your act.

When God sees them all together in that act, He places Himself, all attentive, in loving waiting and how beautiful it is to hear in that act innumerable voices saying to Him: ‘We love You, we love You. We recognize You in Your works! How much You loved us. So, for everything, we return your Love!’

God, wounded by so many voices, pours out more seas of Love, covering and investing everyone with such joy and happiness that all remain enraptured, enjoying one more Paradise by means of this creature.

The one who lives in the Divine Will gives Him the field for new works, and makes His Love gush out more strongly; not being able to contain It, God pours out new seas of Love, to love the creature.

The thing most urgently needed by God is the company of the creature. God does not want to be the isolated God, or to keep her far away from Him – isolation has never brought great works or happiness. Company matures the birth of good and makes the most beautiful works arise to the light. This is why God created so many things: to have the opportunity to have her company many times for as many created things.

And the creature who lives in the Divine Will accompanies God – always; she receives God’s creative act, and God receives the glory and the return of created love.

God keeps her company in the celestial spheres, in the shining sun, in the blowing of the wind, in the air which all breathe, in the murmuring of the sea – everywhere and in every place she follows Him, she defends Him and returns Love to Him. She cannot live without God – without loving Him, and God cannot be without her, so – jealous, He holds her tightly to His divine womb.

The company of the creature is so dear to Him that He forms with her His recreation; He makes the most important decisions for His glory and for the good of the human generations; He accomplishes His designs while being in her company. God’s Love rises to new life, and keeps making up new devices of Love and new surprises in order to chain the creature to His love – always and more. If it wasn’t for her company, with whom could God pour Himself out?

Over whom could He form His designs? Where could He place His ever rising Love? Without the company of the creature, God’s goods would be depressed, without being able to give life to what He wants to do for love of the creatures. So, how necessary her company is to God’s Love, to His Works – to the fulfillment of His Will.

 

“In the sacrament of the altar, the Lord meets us, men and women ….and becomes our companion along the way. (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI)

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4/30 – The Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will starts tomorrow!

Our Lady of Victory

… Here is the purpose of this Book (The Virgin Mary in the Kingdom) explained to you. Those who will welcome it with love will be the first fortunate children who will belong to the Kingdom of the Divine Fiat; and I, with gold characters, will write their names in My (Blessed Mother’s) Maternal Heart. …

… Here I (Luisa) am, O Most Sweet Mama (Blessed Mother), prostrate before You. Today is the first day of the month of May, consecrated to You, in which all Your children want to offer You their little flowers to prove to You their love, and to bind Your Love to Love them; and I see You as though descending from the Celestial Fatherland, attended by Angelic Cohorts, to receive the beautiful roses, the humble violets, the chaste lilies of Your children, and requite them with Your Smiles of Love, with Your Graces and Blessings. And pressing the gifts of Your children to Your Maternal Womb, You bring them with You to Heaven, to keep them as pledges and crowns for the moment of their death.

Celestial Mama, in the midst of many, I, who am the littlest, the neediest of your children, want to come up onto Your Maternal lap, to bring You, not flowers and roses, but a sun each day. But the Mama must help her daughter, giving me Your Lessons of Heaven, to teach me how to form these Divine Suns, that I may give You the Most Beautiful Homage and the Most Pure Love. Dear Mama, You have understood what Your daughter wants: I want to be taught by You how to Live of Divine Will. And I, transforming my acts and all of myself into Divine Will according to Your Teachings, each day, will bring You, onto Your Maternal lap, all my acts changed into Suns. …

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Book of Heaven
Volume 30; April 30, 1932

How Living in the Divine Will is a Gift.  Example of the poor one, and example of the king.  How the Gift is an excess of Love and Magnanimity of God, who neither cares, nor wants, to keep accounts of the Great Value that He Gives.

            I (Luisa) felt myself all immersed in the Divine Volition.  A crowd of thoughts preoccupied my mind, but always about the Fiat Itself, because in It one can not think of anything else.  Its sweet Enchantment, Its Light that invests everything, Its so many Truths that line up all around like a formidable army, send far away all that does not pertain to It.  The happy creature who finds herself in the Divine Will, finds herself in a Celestial Atmosphere, completely happy, in the Fullness of the Peace of the Saints, and if she wants anything, it is only that everyone would know a Volition so Lovable, so Holy; she would want that everyone would come to enjoy her Happiness.

But I thought to myself:  “But how can it be that the creatures can come to Live in the Divine Will, in order to be able to form Its Holy Kingdom?”

            And my beloved Jesus, surprising me, told me:  “My daughter, how little you are!  One sees that your littleness does not know how to elevate itself into the Power, Immensity, Goodness, and Magnanimity of your Creator, and from your littleness you measure Our Greatness and Our Liberality.  Poor tiny one, you get lost in Our Interminable Powers, and you do not know how to give just weight to Our Divine and Infinite Ways.  It is true that humanly speaking, the creature is surrounded by evils as she is.  To Live in My Volition, to form Its Kingdom in their midst, it is as if you would want to touch Heaven with your finger, which is impossible.  But what is impossible for men, is possible for God.  You must know that Living in Our Will is a Gift that Our Magnanimity wants to give to creatures.  And with this Gift the creature will feel himself Transformed:  from poor to Rich, from weak to Strong, from ignorant to Learned, from slave of vile passions to Sweet and Voluntary Prisoner of a Will all Holy that does not keep him prisoner, but King of himself, of the Divine Dominions, and of all created things.

“It will happen as to a poor one who dresses with wretched rags, lives in a hovel without doors, therefore exposed to thieves and enemies—he does not have sufficient bread so as to satisfy his hunger and is constrained to beg for it.  If a king would give him a million as gift, the poor one would change his lot in life, and he would no longer be the figure of a poor beggar, but of a lord who possesses palaces, villas, dresses with decency, has abundant foods and is placed in the condition of being able to help others.  What has changed the lot of this poor one?  The million he received as gift.

“Now, if a vile coin has the virtue of changing the lot of a poor unhappy one, even more the Great Gift of Our Will.  Given as Gift It will change the unhappy lot of the human generations, except one who voluntarily wants to remain in his unhappiness.  More so because this Gift was given to man at the beginning of his Creation, and ungrateful he rejected It by doing his will, withdrawing himself from Ours.

“Now, one who disposes herself to doing Our Volition, prepares the place, the decency, the nobility for where to be able to put this Gift so Great and Infinite.  Our Knowledges on the Fiat will help and prepare her in a surprising way to receive this Gift, and what has not been obtained up till today, they will be able to obtain tomorrow.  Therefore, I am doing as a king would, who would want to elevate a family with bonds of kinship with his royal family.  In order to do this, first he takes one member of them.  He keeps her in his royal palace, he raises her, he eats together with her, accustoms her with his noble ways, entrusts his secrets to her, and, in order to make her worthy of himself, he lets her live of his will.  And in order to be more secure and in order to not let her descend into the baseness of her family, he makes her the gift of his volition, so that she could hold it in her power.

“What the king can not do, I can do, Bilocating My Will in order to make a Gift of It to the creature.  So the king has his eyes fixed on her; he always goes embellishing her, dressing her with precious and beautiful clothes in a way that he feels himself enamored.  And not being able to endure it any longer, binds her to himself with the lasting bond of marriage, in a way that one becomes gift of the other.  With this, both parts have the right to reign; and that family acquires the bond of kinship with the king, and the king, for love of she who has given herself to him, and because he has given himself to her, calls that family to live in his royal palace, giving them the same gift that he gave to her whom he loves so much.

“So have We done.  First We have called one from the human family to Live in the Royal Palace of Our Volition.  Little by little We made her the Gift of Its Knowledges, of Its most Intimate Secrets.  In doing this We experienced Indescribable Contentments and Joys, and We felt how sweet and dear it is to let the creature Live in Our Volition.  And Our Love pushed Us, rather It used violence on Us, to make her the Gift of Our Omnipotent Fiat. Even more, because she had made the gift of hers to Us, she was already in Our Power, and Our Divine Will could be secure and at Its Place of Honor in the creature.  Now, after We had made the Gift of Our Fiat to a member of this human family, she acquires the bond and the Right of this Gift, because We never do Works and Gifts for one only, but when We do Works and make Gifts, We do always do them in a Universal Way.  So this Gift will be ready for everyone, provided they want It and dispose themselves.

“Therefore Living in My Will is not the property of the creature, nor is It in her power, but It is a Gift; and I make It when I want, to whom I want, and in the times that I want.  It is Gift of Heaven made by Our Great Magnanimity, and by Our Inextinguishable Love.  Now with this Gift the human family will feel itself so Bound with its Creator, that it will not feel far away from Him anymore, but so near, as if it would be of His same family, and would Live together in His same Royal Palace.  With this Gift it will feel so Rich, that it will not feel the miseries, the weaknesses, the tumultuous passions anymore, but everything will be Strength, Peace, Abundance of Grace.  And recognizing the Gift, it will say:  ‘Nothing is lacking to me in the House of my Celestial Father, I have everything at my disposition, always in virtue of the Gift that I have received.’

            “We always give the Gifts as effect of Our Great Love and Our Greatest Magnanimity.  If this were not so, or We wanted to care if the creature merited It or not, if he had made some sacrifices, then It would not have been a gift anymore, but payment, and Our Gift would be rendered as right and slave of the creature, while We, and Our Gifts, are not slaves of anyone.  In fact, man did not yet exist, and before he was, We already Created the sky, the sun, the wind, the sea, the flowered earth, and all the rest, in order to make a Gift of it to man.  What had he done in order to merit Gifts so Great and Perennial?  Nothing.  And in the act of Creating him, We gave him the Great Gift that was superior to all the others:  Our Omnipotent Fiat.  And although he rejected It, still We did not forsake giving It anymore, no, but We kept It reserved in order to give It to his children, the same Gift that was rejected by their father.  This Gift was given in the excess of Our Love that is so much, that it doesn’t know how to make, nor care about, the accounts, while the payment that it gives, if the creature does good works and sacrifices himself, it gives with just measure and according to what he merits.  Not so with the Gift.  Therefore, for one who will be able to doubt, it means that he does not understand about Our Divine Being, nor about Our Liberality, nor where Our Love can reach.  Nevertheless, We want the correspondence of the creature, his gratitude and his little love.”

4/30 St. Pius V, Pope

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St. Pius V., Pope

Excerpt from the Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will

Maternal Appeal of the Queen of Heaven

Dearest daughter, I (Blessed Virgin Mary) feel the irresistible need to descend from Heaven to make you My Maternal visits. If you assure Me of your filial love and faithfulness, I will remain always with you in your soul, to be your Teacher, Model, Example and Most Tender Mother.

I come to invite you to enter into the Kingdom of your Mama— that is, the Kingdom of the Divine Will; and I knock at the door of your heart, that you may open it to Me. You know? With My own hands I bring you this book as gift; I offer it to you with Maternal Care, so that, in your turn, in reading it, you may learn to Live of Heaven and no longer of earth.

This Book is of gold, my daughter. It will form your Spiritual Fortune and your Happiness, also terrestrial. In it you will find the Fount of all Goods: if you are weak, you will acquire Strength; if you are tempted, you will achieve Victory; if you have fallen into sin, you will find the Pitying and Powerful Hand that will lift you up again. If you feel afflicted, you will find Comfort; if cold, the sure means to get Warm; if hungry, you will enjoy the Delicious Food of the Divine Will. With it you will lack nothing; you will no longer be alone, because your Mama will keep you sweet company, and with Her every Maternal Care She will take on the commitment of making you Happy. I, the Celestial Empress, will take care of all your needs, provided that you consent to live united with Me.

04/29 St. Catherine of Sienna Feast Day

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St. Catherine of Sienna is Patron of Italy, and one of the greatest of Christian mystics.  She began to have mystical experiences at the age of six. She was a Dominican tertiary, and beginning when she was 16, she experienced visions of Christ, Mary, and the Saints interspersed with diabolical visions and periods of spiritual aridity.  She ministered to the ill and condemned prisoners, and was acclaimed for her holiness and abilities as a peacemaker.  St. Catherine received the invisible stigmata, which was clearly apparent at the time of her death, and she has been declared a Doctor of the Church.

 On October 16, 1888, in the presence of the Blessed Virgin and of St. Catherine of Siena, Luisa received a mystical ring from Jesus as a sign of their union.  St. Catherine of Siena assisted at Luisa’s Mystical Wedding by encouraging her, as Luisa wrote in the Book of Heaven, Volume 1:

“The morning of the aforesaid day, Jesus made Himself seen again—all affable, sweet, and majestic—together with His Most Holy Mother and St. Catherine.  First a hymn was sung by the Angels; St. Catherine assisted me, my Mama took my hand, and Jesus put a ring on my finger.  Then we embraced each other and He kissed me, and so also did my Mama . . .”

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4/28 Feast Day of Saint Peter Chanel, Priest and Martyr; and Saint Louis Grignion de Montfort, Priest

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             St. Louis Grignion de Montfort                            St. Peter Chanel

Gospel from John 3:1-8
Nicodemus comes to Our Lord Jesus Christ at Night
“The Spirit breatheth where he will and thou hearest his voice:
but thou knowest not whence he cometh and whither he goeth.
So is every one that is born of the Spirit.”

Excerpt from the Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will, Day 30

Oh, how Happy I (the Blessed Virgin Mary) will be if I am able to say: “My daughter is all Mine, because she Lives of Divine Will.” And I (Blessed Virgin Mary) will make the Holy Spirit Descend into your soul, that He may Burn away from you all that is human; and by His Refreshing Breath, He may Rule over you and Confirm you in the Divine Will.

 

Now, My daughter, listen to your Mama: know that I (the Blessed Virgin Mary) Love you very much, and would like to see your soul filled with My Same Seas. These Seas of Mine are swollen, and want to pour themselves out; but in order for them to do this, you must empty yourself of your will, so that the Divine Will may take the Second Step over you, and constituting Itself as Origin of Life in your soul, It may call the attention of the Celestial Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, to pour Themselves upon you with Their Overflowing Seas. But in order to do this, They want to find Their own Will in you, because They do not want to entrust Their Seas of Power, of Wisdom, of Love and of Unspeakable Beauty to your human will.

 

 

4/23 HAPPY BIRTHDAY LUISA!

Happy 152th Birthday Luisa in the Most Holy Divine WILL!!!


Luisa was born on April 23, 1865, the Sunday after Easter (now Celebrated as Mercy Sunday) and was Baptized that same day. Her father – a few hours after her birth – wrapped her in a blanket and carried her to the parish Church where Holy Baptism was administered to her.

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Font where the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta was Baptized

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Note images of St. Faustina and Our Lord in the background
Luisa was born and baptized on the Sunday after Easter
Now the Sunday after Easter is known as Divine Mercy Sunday
As designated by Saint Pope John Paul II

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Divine Mercy Novena