8/31 Jesus makes Himself seen very afflicted

Volume 12; February 12, 1918
Churches deserted and without ministers.  

Continuing in my usual state, my Always Lovable Jesus made Himself seen so very afflicted, and I said to Him:  “My Love, what’s wrong that You are so afflicted?”  And He:  “Ah! My daughter, when I allow that Churches remain deserted, ministers dispersed, Masses reduced, it means that the Sacrifices are offenses to Me, the prayers insults, the adorations irreverences, the confessions amusements, and without fruits.  Therefore, no longer finding My Glory, but rather, offenses, nor any Good for them, since they are of no use to Me any more, I remove them.  However, this snatching ministers away from My Sanctuary means also that things have reached the ugliest point, and that the variety of Scourges shall multiply.  How hard man is – how hard!”

8/29 The Passion of St. John the Baptist

S_St John the Baptist Beheading
Passion of St. John the Baptist

Having solemnized on June 24th the joyous birth of St. John the Baptist, the Church today honors his glorious birth in Heaven.  Excepting the Blessed Virgin, he is the only Saint whose temporal birthday is observed.

John the Precursor, who had passed thirty years in the desert where he had flourished like the palm-tree and grown like the cedar of Lebanon, had the courage to openly reproach Herod which the scandal of his illegitimate union with Herodias, his sister-in-law, whose husband Philip, was still alive.  “It is against the law,” he said to the king, “for you to take the wife of your brother.”  Herodias forced Herod to imprison him, and used an unexpected opportunity to obtain through her daughter Salome the beheading of the Saint who thwarted her criminal passion.

On this day St. John completes his mission, adding the testimony of his martyrdom to the testimony he gave to Christ at His Baptism.  St. John was put to death towards the Passover, one year before the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, but the anniversary is solemnized on the day when St. John’s venerable head was found at Emesa, in Syria, in 453 AD.

***

6/5/05 – Vol. 6

This morning, on coming, blessed Jesus told me:  “My daughter, crosses, mortifications, are as many baptismal founts, and any kind of cross which is dipped in the thought of my Passion loses half of its bitterness and its weight decreases by half.”  And He disappeared like a flash.

8/28 Feast Day of St. Augustine, Bishop, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church

S_St Augustine
St. Augustine

St. Augustine was born in 354 at Tagasta near Algiers.  His mother, St. Monica, taught him early to pray.  Although he had received with delight her holy teaching, he went headlong into the gravest disorders.  Carthage not offering him a theatre worthy of his genius, he went to Rome and obtained the post of master of rhetoric at Milan.  “My iniquities,” he confesses, “were like a snowball growing in size as it rolls.” His desolate mother prayed to God incessantly with tears, still following the steps of her son.  St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, received him kindly and enlightened him in Divine knowledge. One day, inspired by Heaven, he opened the Espistles of St. Paul and read;  “Wallow not in debauchery and impurity; but chothe yourselves in Our Lord Jesus Christ.”  His irresolution immediately ceased and at 33 years of age, on Easter Eve, 387, he was baptized.

Seven months after this great happiness, St. Monica died asking her son to “remember her at the Altar of God”.  Augustine, becoming a Priest, offered the Holy Sacrifice for her.  “Lord,” he often said, “have mercy on my mother; she was good, she pardoned easily, pardon her also her sins.”

Made Bishop of Hippo, at the age of 41, he began from that moment to live Canonically, that is to say, in common with his Clerks.  This Community gave Bishops and Priests to many Churches, and thus the Institute of St. Augustine spread little by little in Africa and more specially in Gaul. The Rule of St. Augustine, which makes him one of the four Great Founders of Religious Orders, is drawn from the 211th epistle which he wrote for nuns, and which later on was adapted for men.

Owing to the sublimity of his knowledge and the ardor of his vow, this Saint is also one of the great Doctors of the West.

He died in 430 A.D, after an Episcopate of 36 years, reciting the Penitential Psalms.

***

4/4/02 – Vol. 4

Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta:  At the end I said to Him (Our Lord Jesus Christ): “Lord, I repent of the offenses given by me and by all creatures of the earth, and I repent and I am sorry for the sole reason that we have offended You, Highest Good, who deserve love, while we have dared to give You offenses.’”

8/27 Feast Day of St. Joseph Calasanctius in the Traditional Rite

S_ St Joseph Calasanctius

St Joseph Calasanctius

The Church, having just celebrated the Feast of the Assumption (August 15th), venerates on this day a Saint who had a special devotion to Our Lady.  St. Joseph Calasanctius was born in Aragon, of a noble family, and from his youth showed his charity towards children.  While studying theology at Valencia, he had to defend himself against the enticements of a powerful noble lady and made a vow to enter into Holy Orders.  Having become a Priest, he was apprised by Divine Revelation that he was destined to teach and to train children, especially those of the poor.  He founded, in consequence, the Order of the Poor Clerks Regular of the Pious Schools of the Mother of God.  Like Jesus, he let little children come to him and taught them to fear God (fear as in not wanting to offend someone you love).

As per the consoling words of Our Lord Jesus Christ:  “Whosoever shall receive one of these little ones in My Name, receiveth Me.” Matthew 18:5

St. Joseph Calasanctius died in 1648 at the age of 92.

8/26 The more one thinks about the truths, reads them, writes them, talks about them, and diffuses them, the more fragrance they give off.

Book of Heaven
8/26/22 – Vol. 14


Out of obedience, I was reviewing, in my writings, that which I had to mark so that it might be copied; and I thought to myself: ‘What is the purpose of so many sacrifices? What good will come from them?’ And while I was thinking and doing this, blessed Jesus took my hand in His, and squeezing it tightly told me: “My daughter, just as the flower, when touched, gives off its fragrance with greater intensity – so much so that, if it is not touched, it seems that it does not contain so much fragrance, and the air does not receive the balm by that scent – the same for my truths: the more one thinks about them, reads them, writes them, talks about them, and diffuses them, the more fragrance they give off, in such a way as to perfume everything and reach even into Heaven. And I smell the fragrance of my truths, and I feel like manifesting more truths, in seeing that the truths I manifested spread the light and the fragrance which they contain. On the other hand, if my truths are not touched, the fragrance and the light remain as though compressed and do not spread; the good and the utility which my truths contain remain without effect, and I feel defrauded of the purpose for which I manifested my truths. Therefore, if only to let Me smell the fragrance of my words and make Me content, you should be happy to make the sacrifice.”

8/25 St. Faustina, Divine Mercy and the Little Daughter of the Divine Will, Luisa Piccarreta

 St. Mary Faustina of the Blessed Sacrament
was born the following year on August 25, 1905

S_StFaustina_card_201_st_faustina_042810-F_1068_-final-front-web
+St. Faustina died in the odor of Sanctity the evening of October 5, 1938

 

Poland, the birthplace of the Divine Mercy message, and also of Saint John Paul II (Mary’s “Masterpiece” in a message of the Blessed Mother’s to Fr. Gobbie), points to a more positive sign of the times—the gradual reconciliation of the Eastern and Western Churches. The period between Luisa’s death and the opening of her cause for beatification coincided with a grace-filled movement toward reconciliation between the Church of Rome and the ancient Churches of the East, especially the Orthodox Church. Luisa’s Cause was opened during the Pontificate and approval of Saint John Paul II.

As a meeting place for the Latin Rite Catholics of the West, and the Orthodox and Byzantine Catholics of the East, Poland gave to the world the devotion to the Divine Mercy that combined the Trisagion prayer of the Byzantine liturgy “Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, Have mercy on us and on the whole world” (Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostrom), with the use of the Rosary. Luisa is also connected to this same prayer, which the Priest would say while at the same time making the sign of the Cross on her hand to command her soul to return to her body. This connection between Luisa and Poland, the home of Saint John Paul II, is made even more clear by the date of Luisa’s death on March 4, 1947—the Feast Day of St. Casimir of Poland.

St. Casimir of PolandFeast Day March 4th. He was third of the 13 children of King Casimir IV of Poland and Elizabeth of Austria, daughter of Emperor II of Germany. He was born at the royal palace in Cracow on October 3rd. Many miracles were reported at his tomb, and he was canonized by Pope Adrian VI in 1522. He is the Patron of Poland and Lithuania.

As Cardinal Archbishop of Cracow, Wojtyla ordered a theological review of St. Faustina’s diaries, which had been condemned by the Holy See. As a result of the inquiry, the prohibition against the spread of her writings was removed. Six months later, Wojtyla was elected to the Chair of Peter. As Saint John Paul II, he published one of his first encyclicals on the Mercy of God, and acknowledged the importance of Blessed Faustina and her writings by beatifying her on the Feast of Divine Mercy. The beatification of Saint Faustina attracted new interest in the prophetic content of her diaries, which predicted the Second Coming of Jesus.


Little Daughter of the Divine Will, Luisa Piccarreta

Volume 6; April 16, 1904
Jesus and God the Father speak about Mercy.

     Continuing in my usual state, I (Luisa) found myself outside of myself, and I saw a multitude of people, and in their midst one could hear noises of bombs and gun shots.  People were dropping dead or wounded, and those who were left would flee up to a building nearby; but the enemies would go up there and kill them, more surely than those who remained outside.  So I said to myself:  “How I wish I could see whether the Lord is there in the midst of these people, so as to say to Him:  ‘Have Mercy – Pity on these poor people!’”  So I made my Round and made my Round and I saw Him as a little Child; but little by little He kept growing, until He reached the perfect age.  I drew near Him and I said:  “Amiable Lord, don’t You see the tragedy that is happening?  You don’t want to make use of Mercy any more?  Do You perhaps want to keep this attribute as useless, that has always Glorified Your Incarnate Divinity with So Much Honor, forming a Special Crown on Your august Head, and Bejeweling You with a second crown, so Wanted and Loved by You – which are the souls?”
Now, while I was saying this, He (Jesus) told me:  “Enough, enough, do not go any further; you want to speak of Mercy, and what about Justice – what are we going to do with It?  I have told you and I repeat to you:  ‘It is necessary that Justice follow Its course’.”  So I replied:  “There is no remedy – why then leave me on this earth when I can no longer placate You and suffer in the place of my neighbor?  Since it is so, it is better if You let me die.”  At that moment I saw another Person behind the shoulders of Blessed Jesus, and He told me, almost making a sign with His Eyes:  “Present yourself to My Father and see what He tells you.”  I presented myself, all trembling, and as soon as He saw me, He (God the Father) told me:  “Why have you come to Me?”  And I:  “Adorable Goodness, Infinite Mercy, knowing that You are Mercy Itself, I have come to ask for Your Mercy – Mercy on Your very images, Mercy on the works Created by You; Mercy upon no other but Your creatures themselves.”…  

8/25 Constancy in good makes Divine Life grow in the soul.

Book of Heaven
8/26/08 – Vol. 8


As I was in my usual state, I was all afflicted and almost dazed because of the usual privations. Then He came, just in passing, and told me: “My daughter (Luisa), that which I (God) want you to take to heart is constancy in good, both internal and external, because the repetition of the act of loving Me, of many interior acts and of constant good, makes Divine Life grow ever more in the soul – but with such energy, that she can be compared to a child who, growing in good air and with healthy foods, keeps growing well, in full health, until he reaches his proper stature, without needing either doctors or medicines. Even more, he is so robust and strong, that he relieves and helps others.

On the other hand, one who is not constant grows like a child who is not always fed with healthy foods and lives in putrid air. He grows sickly, and since his members do not have the strength to develop and grow due to lack of good nourishment, they develop with defects; and so a tumor forms in one place, an abscess in another. He walks with a limp, he speaks with difficulty; one can say that he is a poor cripple. Though one can see good members mixed in, those with defects are more; and even though he consults doctors and takes medicines, they do him little or no good, because his blood is infected by the putrid air, and his members are weak and defective from malnutrition. So, he will be a man, but he will not reach a proper stature, and will always need help, without being able to help others. Such is the inconstant soul. With inconstancy in good, it is as if the soul nourished herself with foods which are not good; and by applying herself to other things which are not God, it is as if she breathed putrid air. So, Divine Life grows with difficulty and poorly, because It lacks the strength and the vigor of constancy.”