6/10 Eve of Traditional Celebration of the Feast of Corpus Christi CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION IN A CONCENTRATION CAMP

Pope Francis remembers Auschwitz victims

Published on Jul 29, 2016

The Pope visits Auschwitz on Friday to remember those who lost their lives in the Nazi death camp. He is the third pope to visit the camp. Pope Francis chose not to make a public address, instead opting to pray silently in one of the cells before meeting Holocaust survivors

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CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION IN A CONCENTRATION CAMP

Father Stephan Treuchel, S.A.C.

 

Introduction

 

“Corpus Christi Procession in a Concentration Camp” is a Testimony of the profound faith of imprisoned priests, written by a survivor of the Nazi persecution, Father Stefan Treuchel, S.A.C., member of the Polish Province of the Pallottine Fathers. It is presented here by his classmate, Father M. Ignatius Curzydlo, S.A.C., chaplain of the V.A. Medical Center, Canandaigua, New York.

We express our gratitude to the unnamed lay persons who have underwritten the costs of producing this article.

 

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The thermometer was rising heavenward on the third day of June in 1942. We were 120 priests interned at Dachau and our chief occupation lay in the building of a so-called “Barrack X.” The handling of masonry was very exacting of our strength and the extreme heat took toll of all our energy. Moreover, we were starved and craving for water and the strict surveillance of our captors, who did not permit even the shortest respite was almost more than we could humanly bear.

Our only consolation lay in silent prayer and Holy Communion stealthily though seldomly received. Sometimes at noon, our Kapo[1], Karl Wagner and Hilfskapo[2] Gustav Eberle, former Communists who had fought with the Reds in the Spanish Civil War, and their helpers sought to escape the intense heat and retire into shade, and so we stopped working and instead our hearts were turned to the Throne of God in hearty prayer.

On this certain day in June, I stood beside Father Bronislaus Szymanski, (a fellow prisoner), who formerly served as a curate at a church in Suwalki[3]. We were pretending to be using our trowels and hammers vigorously, when in reality we were trying to deaden our low chanting of the Litany to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

June the month of the Sacred Heart! How we wished to pay homage to this divine heart; yet, every means was denied us. We endeavored whenever possible, to recite the Litany to the Sacred Heart. This was done amid distraught distractions and many interruptions and it was sometimes after a long time that we were able to conclude, Sacred Heart of Jesus, delight of all the Saints, have mercy on us.

After the Litany on this memorable day, Father Bronislaus, after cautiously looking around whispered, “Father Stefan, will we be able to receive Holy Communion tomorrow?” “Why tomorrow?” I questioned. “Why especially tomorrow?”

“Because tomorrow is the Feast of Corpus Christi!”

Almost simultaneously with Father Bronislaus’s answer, Gustav came in view and with his unrefined and indelicate, “Auf, auf,” compelled us to return to work. I pretended to return for my tools for another word with Father Bronislaus, but for this I was brutally kicked and cursed at.

I hardly took notice of this for one incessant echo rant in my soul—tomorrow, Corpus Christi!

Dear God! Where will I obtain the Blessed Sacrament? True, not a distance from us were a group of German Priests, but we were entirely prohibited any conversation with them. Altar bread and wine—we had none!

But tomorrow—the feast of Corpus Christi!

No matter what I thought, every possibility to obtain the Blessed Eucharist for tomorrow morning seemed futile and yet how timely that we should receive It with great fervor—the feast of Its institution and the institution of the Priesthood. What to do? O Christ, Great Priest, we trust in Thee!

I had a restless night. The tension I was under reflected in my dreams and I was struggling with Gustav because he was about to tear away the Sacred Host from my hands when suddenly I awoke unrested to the “Auf, of” who was telling me that it was time to rise.

I washed and dressed hurriedly. After a very meagre breakfast I walked out to pray and tried to compensate in a small way for Holy Communion. I was surprised to find almost immediately at my side, Father Joseph Fischer, a German Pallotine. He looked carefully around and handing me an envelope whispered, “Today is the feast of Corpus Christi and I brought you Holy Communion. Take care lest this be detected.” Could I ever describe my emotions? I scarcely had time for a whispered, “Thank you” when Father Fischer was gone and the shrill sound of a siren was summoning all of us. I took my place in line and pressed the Precious Envelope to my heart when from my soul burst out a prayer of Thanksgiving. But then, what should happen to me were my Treasure found? Would today be an inspection day? Where shall I place this envelope?

Suddenly an idea struck me! I took off my prisoner’s cap, tore a bit of lining, placed the envelope within and replaced my cap.

At the same time we had a roll call and after this we formed our lines to follow to our place of work. I hurriedly whispered to my companions and prisoner priests that I had the Blessed Sacrament with me so that each heart silently sang “Pange Linga Gloriosi.[4]” We were nearing the gate and I felt that my heart would almost break because it beat so rapidly since I was ever conscious of the Treasure I carried in so inappropriate manner. If only not to be suspected and not detected!

Soon we were told to remove our caps and I lovingly fondled my Blessed Lord. We were recounted and then began the very unusual and unforgettable Corpus Christi Procession. My head covered with a prisoner’s cap served as the monstrance; the ejaculations we whispered—the incense; the rhythmic beating of our shoes against the pavement—the bells; and the azure sky—the canopy! Can one imagine anything more beautiful in the life of a priest—a prisoner?

The happiness and contentment we felt at having with us the King of Kings was enough to make us almost immune to the loud commands of Gustav to sing what we sang almost to loathing, “Die blauen Dragonen sie reiten, mit klingendem Spiel durch das Tor, Fanfaren sie begleiten, hell zu dem Himmel empor.[5]” Yes, we sang, but the words had a very different meaning for us. We saw instead of the “blauen Dragonen” angel choirs accompanying us and their triumphant fanfare ascending into heaven.

Singing, some of us with our lips and some with our hearts, we finally came to the place of our work. We decided on groups and we agreed upon a place we were all to meet.

Normally, after a Corpus Christi Procession the Blessed Sacrament is reposed in the Tabernacle. Today, however, to our utter joy and happiness, our hearts were truly this Tabernacle.

Jesus Prisoner of Love, came to live in the hearts of His servants—prisoners in a Concentration Camp.

At the end of this Corpus Christi Procession on June 4, 1942, our hearts swelled out in the hymn of Praise and Thanksgiving, “TE DEUM LAUDAMUS[6]

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PANGE LINGUA[7]

Sing my tongue, the Savior’s glory,

Of his flesh the mystery sing:

Of his blood, all price exceeding,

Shed by our immortal King,

Destined for the world’s redemption,

From a noble womb to spring.

Of a pure and spotless Virgin,

Born for us on earth below,

He, as Man with man conversing,

Stayed the seeds of truth to sow.

Then he closed in solemn order

Wondrously his life of woe.

On the night of the last supper,

Seated with his chosen band,

He, the Paschal Victim eating,

First fulfills the Law’s command;

Then as food to all his brethren

Gives himself with his own hand.

Word made flesh, the bread of nature,

By his word to flesh he turns;

Wine into his blood he changes;

What through sense no change discerns?

Only be the heart in earnest,

Faith her lesson quickly learns.

Down in adoration falling,

Lo! the sacred Host we hail,

Lo! o’er ancient forms departing

Newer rites of grace prevail;

Faith for all defects supplying,

Where the feeble senses fail.

To the everlasting Father

And the Son who reigns on high

With the Holy Spirit proceeding

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[1] Kapo—German for man in charge

[2] Hilfskapo—German for assistant man in charge

[3] City in Northern Poland

[4] Latin for “Sing my tongue the Savior’s glory”

[5] German for “The Blue Dragons ride with sonorous band through the gate, as the trumpets accompany them to the bright heaven above.”

[6] Latin for “We praise Thee O Lord”

[7] Latin for “Sing my tongue”—A Eucharistic hymn composed by St. Thomas Aquinas

6/2 In 1997 Fr. Professor Antonio Resta, of the Pontifical Theological Institute, found nothing contrary to the Faith and Morals in his evaluation of Luisa Piccarreta’s writings

Closing Homily – The Mother Church, Corato October 29, 2005

Mons. Giovan Battista Pichierri
Archbishop of Trani – Barletta – Bisceglie
Titular Bishop of Nazareth from 1999 to his death in 2017
Italy

 Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
Closing of Diocesan phase of the Cause of Beatification and Canonization
of the Servant of God
“LUISA PICCARRETA”

 Homily – The Mother Church, Corato
10/29/2005

Malachia “1,43-2.8-10;  Sl 130: Ts 2,7b-9.13; Mt 23,1-12”

 Introduction — Dear Bretheren, we thank and praise the Holy Trinity
for the gift of divine life that we have received from the Holy Father through
his only Son, the Word Made Flesh, in the grace of the Holy Spirit.

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit is with all of you“.

We give thanks that there are here today so many brothers and sisters from Churches in Italy and from churches abroad, all gathered together in this holy Mass to give thanks and praise to the Holy Trinity for the gift of our Servant of’ God “Luisa
Piccarreta”, daughter of this blessed land of Canto; and daughter of the Church
of Trani-Barletta-Bisceglie, she who in the years of her terrestrial life
(23.04.1865 — 04.03.1947), radiated the light of the risen Christ in her
permanent state of suffering. As St. Paul said;” I have been crucified with
Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me and the life which I
now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave
Himself for me,” (Gal 2,20). We also pray to the Holy Trinity that her
glorification in the role as Servant of God as proclaimed by the supreme
authority of the Church, will make the idea of ”livin g in the will of God”
well known to everybody; like Jesus said; “Thy will be done, on earth, as it is
in heaven”. Praise be for the progress of a Christian life to the glory of God
and His Kingdom.

Announcement – God’s Word: in Malachi 1,4b-2, 2b.8-10 God reminded the leaders of their responsibility towards the people of God. The ministry of the Levites in the Old Testament and the priestly ministry in the New Testament is to serve the Kingdom of God and not to serve itself of the kingdom of God. We have heard:
“If you don’t listen to me and you won’t take into your hearts to give glory to
my name, says the Lord of the armies, I will send down on you a curse and your
blessing will become a curse” (v. 2-7). This Word of God, dear brother priests,
admonishes us in the exercise of our office. In the case of the beatification
of the Servant of God “Luisa Piccarreta” we have to ask ourselves if we ar e
all acting for the glory of God and the good of God’s people. Certainly our
cause is not served by divulging news in advance and especially not by the
propagation of the writings of the Servant of God, ignoring the order
guaranteed by the authority of the Church.

If today we affirm, based on the canonical process at the diocese level, that for us the fame of holiness of Luisa is based on authentic and believable testimony, we are not yet able to pronounce upon the reliability of the doctrine of the writings of Luisa because
we don’t have an accepted version including criticism. Prudence is demanded in
speaking of the thoughts of Luisa. Today we can allow Luisa to be known for her
virtues. but it is prudent and sensible not to give teachings based on her
writings. If we dedicate ourselves to studying them with care and in the grace
of the Holy Spirit, and if we await an accepted edition with criticism, with
results conforming to the doctrine of the Church, her writings can he
published, for which the assent of the Congregation of the Saints will also be
needed.

In Matthew’s Gospel, 23,1-12 Jesus Christ is announced as the only true Teacher: Do not be called ‘Master’; you have but one master, the Messiah The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted “ (vv. 10-11).

In the experience of Luisa’s faith there are phenomena that are above human ability. There was her prolonged suffering (70 years bedridden), there was the writing of her internal sensations under ecclesiastical obedience when supervised by priests as
demanded by the Archbishops of that time, there were her elevated thoughts over
and above the normal abilities of all illiterate creature.  Luisa doesn’t believe herself to be any type of teacher.  She is a humble servant of God, in total submission to His will. She wants only to live in the will of God.

When the verdict of the Holy See came to her to return all of her writings, she made this act of submission: “If the Church considers that everything I have written is false, you all must consider it false” (Act of Submission written by Luisa Piccarreta in. date 19.10.1938 and sent to Rome through the Archbishop Giuseppe Maria Leo).

We must look beyond the mysticism expressed in her writings, though at a very high level and with some bold verses, they are still waiting to be studied more profoundly and compared with the doctrine of the Church. Now, we must look to the example her Christian life which shines out brightly for all.

As the apostle Paul said in Thessalonians 1; 2,7b-9.13 “For you remember, brethren, our labour and travail; working night and day, that we might not burden any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God.”

In this way Luisa was able to introduce herself at our diocesan Church, as 1 had the opportunity of describing in my intervention on “The holiness of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta” in the discourse given at the 3rd International Conference.

I would like here to underline just one more aspect of the holiness of Luisa. Luisa lived the beatitude; “Blessed are the pure of heart, for they will see God “(Mt 5,8). In the
indescribable joy of contemplation she already saw on earth “What eye has not
seen, and ear has not heard, and what has not entered the human heart, what God
has prepared for those who love him,” (1 Cor 2,9). You shelter in the Lord and
the Lord the granted special gifts.

Conclusion— How can Luisa be an example for us? To trust completely in God, allowing us to take everything from Jesus in the grace of the Holy Spirit; and to show us the presence of God in the world, as Luisa did, above all in welcoming, in listening and encouraging all those people who were in need and in. pain. Luisa was, as was Saint Pio of Pictrelcina, that had so much respect and veneration for her, a living sign of
God’s love for her.

What characterizes the holiness of Luisa is “living in the will of God.”.
Luisa focuses her attention on the invocation: “your will be done, on
earth as in heaven “ (Mt 6, 10). Let’s ask ourselves: How is God’s will to be
done on earth as it is in heaven?  In perfect adherence and in harmony with the love of the Trinity. The Saints can be called “blessed zones”, they are uninhabited and possessed in a conscious way by God the Trinity.  How must we
carry out the will God on earth? Jesus Christ taught Luisa to live in the
divine will of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit All the powers of
intelligent and free creatures in the exercise of their free will are raised by
the Holy Spirit:

  • to understanding
  • to adherence
  • to welcoming God with love

because tile Holy Sprint manifests itself in the Incarnation of the Word, Jesus Christ Our Lord, in poverty, obedience, chastity and the gift of itself to everybody.

All creatures in full possession of their faculties of intelligence, of will, of memory and of love through Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist live according to the Spirit and not according to the flesh (Rom 8,4).

The experience of Luisa is of a mystic type. And today Christianity has to recover the mysticism. As a well known theologian has said, Christianity cannot be understood without the mystery; you cannot he a Christian ignoring the mysticism.

The holiness of’ Luisa in the light of the “Divine Will” can give to the Christians of our times such a driving power to their interior life that their external life, so engulfed by
materialism and secularism that the true joy of the life has been taken away.
The joy of life is the hope for eternal life, already alight in the soul that
is looking fur God as the deer yearns for the source of water (Sa142,2).

In the knowledge of the holiness of Luisa Piccarreta, let us raise up a prayer to the Holy Trinity, through her worthiness as a faithful hard-working servant.

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Mons. Giovanni Battista Pichierri

ARCIVESCOVO

di TRANI – BARLETTA – BISCEGLIE

TITOLARE di NAZARETH

 

PRAYER TO THE MOST HOLY TRINITY

For the glorification of the Servant of God

LUISA PICCARRETA

 

Oh Most Holy Trinity
Father-Son-Holy Spirit
We praise and thank You
For the gift of holiness
You granted to Your faithful servant Luisa Piccarreta.

She lived, dear Father, in Your Divine Will
and became, under the influence of the Holy Spirit,
Similar to Your Son, who died on the cross
due to His obedience. She was a victim and a host
welcome to You, thus contributing
to the redemption of mankind.

Her virtues of obedience, humility,
Love to Christ and to the Church
Urge us to ask You for the gift
Of her glorification on earth, so that
Your glory may shine, and Your kingdom
Of truth, justice and Love may spread
All over the world in the particular charisma of
Fiat voluntas tua sicut in coelo et in terra.

We appeal to her merits to obtain
From You, Holy Trinity, the particular grace
For which we pray to You in Your Divine Will. Amen.

Trani, 29 October 2005

XGiovan Battista Pichierri
 Archbishop

Tre gloria (Glory be’s) …

Padre nostro (Our Father) …

Regina dei Santi, prega per noi. (Queen of Heaven, pray for us)

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 The following is the transcribed Italian text for the Homily of October 29, 2005:

XXXI Domenica “A” –

s. Messa in chiusura processo diocesano “Luisa PICCARRETA

Omelia – Chiesa Madre in Corato 29.10.2005

 Malachia “1,43-2.8-10;  Sl 130: Ts 2,7b-9.13; Mt 23,1-12”

 

Introduzione –  Carissimi, rendiamo grazie e lodiamo la SS.
Trinità per il dono della vita divina che abbiamo ricevuto dal Padre attraverso
il Figlio Unigenito, il Verbo Incarnato, nell’effusione dello Spirito Santo.

“La grazia del Signore nostro
Gesù Cristo, l’amore di Dio Padre, e la comunione dello Spirito Santo siano con
tutti voi”.

Questa santa Messa è caratterizzata
dal particolare rendimento di grazie e di lode che come Chiesa diocesana, uniti
a noi tanti fratelli e sorelle provenienti da Chiese sorelle d’Italia e
dell’Estero, vogliamo elevare alla SS. Trinità per il dono della Serva di Dio “Luisa Piccarreta”, figlia di questa
terra benedetta di Corato, e figlia della Chiesa diocesana di
Trani-Barletta-Bisceglie, la quale negli anni della sua vita terrena
(23.04.1865 – 04.03.1947) ha irradiato la luce di Cristo risorto nel suo stato
permanente di sofferenza che secondo l’espressione paolina così risuona: “Sono stata crocifissa con Cristo e non sono
più io che vivo, ma Cristo vive in me. Questa vita che vivo nella carne io la
vivo nella fede del F iglio di Dio, che mi ha amata e ha dato se stesso per me

(Gal 2,20). E nello stesso tempo caratterizzata dalla supplica che eleviamo
alla SS. Trinità perché la glorificazione della sua Serva, proclamata
dall’autorità suprema della Chiesa, renda conoscibile e sicuro il particolare
carisma del “vivere nella volontà di Dio” secondo la preghiera di Gesù Maestro:
Si compia la tua volontà come in cielo
così in terra
”, per il progresso della vita cristiana a gloria di Dio e del
Suo regno.

Annuncio – La Parola di Dio: in Malachia 1,14b-2,2b.8-10 ha
richiamato la responsabilità delle guide nei confronti del popolo di Dio. Il
ministero dei Leviti nell’Antico Testamento e il ministero sacerdotale nel
Nuovo Testamento deve servire il regno di Dio e non servirsi del regno di Dio.
Abbiamo ascoltato: “Se non mi ascoltate e
non vi prenderete a cuore di dare gloria al mio nome, dice il Signore degli
eserciti, manderò su di voi la maledizione e cambierò in maledizione le vostre
benedizioni
” (v. 2-7). Questa Parola di Dio, carissimi confratelli
sacerdoti, ci ammonisce circa l’esercizio del nostro ministero. Relativamente
al servizio della causa di beatificazione della Serva di Dio “Luisa Piccarreta”, dobbiamo chiederci se
stiamo tutti operando per la gloria di Dio e il bene del popolo di Dio.
Certamente non giovano alla causa di Luisa fughe in avanti ed in particolare la
propaganda degli scritti della Serva di Dio, uscendo fuori dall’ordine
garantito dall’autorità della Chiesa.

Se oggi affermiamo, in base al
processo canonico compiuto a livello diocesano, che a noi consta la fama di
santità di Luisa in base a testimonianze autentiche e credibili; non possiamo
ancora pronunciarci sull’attendibilità di dottrina sicura degli scritti di
Luisa in quanto non abbiamo ancora una edizione tipica e critica degli stessi
scritti. Per cui si esige prudenza nel parlare del pensiero di Luisa. Allo
stato attuale si può far conoscere Luisa nelle sue virtù, ma è quanto mai
prudente e opportuno non dare insegnamenti in base ai suoi scritti. Se ci
impegneremo a studiarli con accuratezza e sotto l’azione dello Spirito Santo,
una volta pubblicata l’edizione tipica e critica, se i risultati saranno
conformi alla dottrina della Chiesa, essi potranno essere pubblicati. In questo
occorre anche l’assen so della Congregazione dei Santi.

Nel Vangelo di Matteo 23,1-12 Gesù Cristo è annunciato
come unico Maestro: “Non fatevi chiamare
‘Maestri’, perché uno solo è il vostro Maestro, il Cristo. Il più grande tra
voi sia vostro servo; chi invece si innalzerà sarà abbassato e chi si abbasserà
sarà innalzato
” (vv. 10-11).

Nell’esperienza  di fede di Luisa ci sono fenomeni che
superano le capacità umane: una sofferenza prolungata (circa 70 anni nel
letto), illustrazioni interiori espressi per iscritto sotto obbedienza
ecclesiastica e seguita da sacerdoti a ciò demandati dagli Arcivescovi del
tempo, un pensiero così elevato che supera le capacità normali di una creatura
illetterata. Luisa non si ritiene affatto maestra. Lei è una umile serva del
Signore, sottoposta pienamente alla Sua volontà. Vuol vivere soltanto nella
volontà di Dio.

Quando le giunse il verdetto
della Santa Sede di restituire tutti i suoi scritti, fece questo atto di
sottomissione: “Se la Chiesa considera
falso tutto quello che ho scritto, voi lo dovete considerare falso
” (cfr
Atto di sottomissione scritto da Luisa Piccarreta in data 19.10.1938 e inviato
a Roma tramite l’Arcivescovo Giuseppe Maria Leo).

Al di là della mistica espressa
negli scritti, molto elevata e per certi versi ardita e bisognosa di essere
approfondita e confrontata con la dottrina della Chiesa, resta luminoso
l’esempio di vita cristiana della Serva di Dio.

Come ci ha detto l’apostolo Paolo
di sé in 1 Ts 2,7b-9.13: “Voi ricordate infatti, fratelli, la nostra
fatica e il nostro travaglio: lavorando notte e giorno per non essere di peso
ad alcuno vi abbiamo annunciato il Vangelo di Dio
”(v.9-11), così anche Luisa ha potuto presentarsi alla nostra
Chiesa diocesana come ebbi modo di descrivere nel mio intervento su “La santità della Serva di Dio Luisa
Piccarreta
” nella relazione tenuta al 3° Convegno internazionale il 27 u.s.
Vorrei, in questo contesto, sottolineare soltanto un altro profilo della
santità di Luisa alla luce delle Beatitudini. Luisa visse la beatitudine: “Beati
i puri di cuore perché vedranno Dio
” (Mt 5,8).  Nella gioia ineffabile della contemplazione
ella già vide in terra “quelle cose che
occhio non vide, né orecchio udì, né mai entrarono in cuore d’uomo
” (1 Cor
2,9). Si rifugiò nel Signore e il Signore le concesse doni speciali.

Conclusione – In che cosa Luisa può
essere a noi di esempio? Nel fidarci pienamente di Dio, lasciandoci prendere
per intero da Gesù sotto l’azione dello Spirito Santo; e nel renderci presenza
di Dio nel mondo, così come Luisa fece soprattutto nell’accogliere, ascoltare,
incoraggiare tutti coloro che erano nella necessità e nel dolore. Luisa fu,
come s. Pio da Pietrelcina, che di lei aveva tanta stima e venerazioni, un
segno vivo dell’amore misericordioso di Dio

Ciò che caratterizza la santità di Luisa è “vivere nella  volontà di Dio”. Luisa focalizza la sua attenzione sulla invocazione: “sia fatta la tua volontà come in cielo così in terra
(Mt 6,10).

Chiediamoci: come è fatta la volontà di Dio in cielo? Nella perfetta adesione e
in sintonia dell’Amore Trinitario. I Santi vengono chiamati  “beati comprensori”, sono inabitati e posseduti in modo consapevole da Dio Trinità.

Come dobbiamo fare la volontà di Dio in terra? Gesù Cristo educa Luisa
a vivere nella divina volontà del Padre, del Figlio, dello Spirito Santo. Tutte
le sue potenze di creatura intelligente e libera nell’esercizio, vengono
elevate dallo Spirito Santo alla

  • comprensione
  • adesione
  • amorosa accoglienza del
    Dio Unitrino

che si manifesta nell’Incarnazione del Verbo, Gesù
Cristo Nostro Signore, nella povertà, ubbidienza, castità e dono di sé a tutti.

Ogni creatura in tutte le sue
potenze di intelligenza, di volontà, di memoria, di cuore mediante il
Battesimo, la Cresima, l’Eucaristia vive secondo lo Spirito e non secondo la
carne (cfr Rom 8,4).

L’esperienza di Luisa è di tipo
mistico. E oggi il cristianesimo deve recuperare la mistica. A tale riguardo mi piace citare due autori di mistica:

  • Oggi, se non si è mistici, non si può essere nemmeno cristiani
    (Karl Rahner).
  • Non è la conoscenza che illumina il Mistero, è il Mistero che illumina
    la conoscenza
    ” (p. Evdokimov).

La santità di Luisa alla luce del
“Divino Volere” può dare ai cristiani del nostro tempo una carica di vita
interiore tale da riformare uno stile di vita ingolfato nella materialità e nel
secolarismo sino a togliere la vera gioia della vita, che è la speranza della
vita eterna, già accesa nell’anima che cerca Dio come la cerva anela alle sorgenti
delle acque (cfr Sal 42,2).

Eleviamo alla SS. Trinità,
riconoscenti della santità di Luisa
Piccarreta,
la supplica attraverso i suoi meriti di serva fedele e operosa.

Preghiera…

The following prayer can also be viewed at the website:  http://www.causaluisapiccarreta.it/pagine/testo.aspx?codpage=1

Mons. Giovan Battista Pichierri
ARCIVESCOVO di TRANI – BARLETTA – BISCEGLIE
TITOLARE di NAZARETH
Presentazione
O augusta e santissima Trinità
Padre-Figlio-Spirito Santo
noi Ti lodiamo e Ti ringraziamo
per il dono della santità
della tua serva fedele Luisa Piccarreta.
Ella ha vissuto, o Padre, nella Tua divina volontà
rendendosi, sotto l’azione dello Spirito Santo,
conforme al Figlio tuo obbediente sino
alla morte di croce, vittima e ostia a Te gradita
cooperando all’opera della redenzione del genere umano.
Le sue virtù di obbedienza, di umiltà,
di amore sommo a Cristo e alla Chiesa
ci spingono a chiederTi il dono della sua
glorificazione sulla terra, perchè risplenda
a tutti la Tua gloria e il Tuo regno
di verità, di giustizia, di amore si diffonda
sino ai confini della terra nel particolare carisma del
Fiat voluntas tua sicut in caelo et in terra.Ci appelliamo ai suoi meriti per ottenere
da Te, SS. Trinità, la grazia particolare che Ti chiediamo intendendo compiere la Tua divina volontà. Amen.
Trani,
29 ottobre 2005Tre gloria…
Padre nostro…
Regina dei Santi, prega per noi.

PIA ASS.NE “LUISA PICCARRETA P.F.D.V.” Corato (Ba) – Italia

***

And yet another English translation of the Closing Homily of October 29, 2005:

 

Mons. Giovanni Battista Pichierri

 ARCHDIOCESE of
TRANI – BARLETTA – BISCEGLIE

TITULATOR of NAZARETH

 Thirty-First Sunday “A” –

 Holy Mass in Closure
of the Diocesan Process “Luisa PICCARRETA”

 Homily – Mother
Church in Corato; October 29, 2005

 Malachi “l:43—2,8-20;
Psalm 130:1; Thessalonians 2:7b—9:13; Matthew 23:1—12”

 Introduction – Very dearest, let us render thanks and praise to the Most Holy Trinity for the gift of Divine Life that we have received from the Father through His only-begotten Son, the Word Incarnate, in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

“The grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God the Father, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.”

This Holy Mass is characterized by the particular rendering of thanksgiving and of praise that as Diocesan Church united to our brother and sister provincials from the sister Churches of Italy and of abroad, we want to lift up to the Most Holy Trinity
for the gift of the Servant of God “Luisa Piccarreta,” daughter of this
blessed land of Corato, and daughter of the Diocesan Church of
Trani-Barletta-Bisceglie, who in the years of her earthly life (April 23, 1865
– March 4, 1947) radiated the light of the risen Christ in her permanent state
of suffering that so resounds according to the expression of St. Paul in this
way:  “I have been crucified with Christ and it is no longer I who live, but Christ is living in me.  This life that I live in the flesh I live it in the faith of the Son of God, who has loved me and has given Himself for me.”  (Galatians 2:20).  And at the same time it is characterized by the supplication that we raise to the Most Holy Trinity so that the
glorification of His Servant, proclaimed by the supreme authority of the
Church, would render knowable and sure the particular charisma of “to live in
the Will of God” according to the prayer of Jesus the Teacher:  “Your Will be fulfilled on earth as It is in Heaven,” for the development of the Christian life for the glory of God
and of His Kingdom.

Announcement – The Word of God:  In Malachi 1:14b—2:2b,8-10,
it recalled the responsibility of the leaders in the confrontations with the
people of God.  The ministry of the Levites in the Old Testament and the Priestly ministry in the New Testament must serve the Kingdom of God, and not use the Kingdom of God.  We have heard:  “If you do not listen to Me and do not
take to heart to give glory to My Name,” says the Lord of hosts, “I will send
curses over you and I will change your blessings into curses.”
  (verses 2-7).
This Word of God, very dear brother Priests, admonishes us about the
exercise of our ministry.  As regards the service of the Cause of Beatification of the Servant of God “Luisa Piccarreta,” we must ask ourselves if we are all working for the glory of God and the good of the people of God.
Certainly leaks in advance, and in particular the propagation of the
writings of the Servant of God, going outside of the order called for by the
authority of the Church, are not good for the Cause of Luisa.

If today We declare, according to the canonical process completed at the Diocesan level, that the renown of the sanctity of Luisa is proven to us according to authentic and credible witnesses, we can not yet pronounce on the reliability of secure doctrine of
the writings of Luisa in as much as we do not yet have a typical and critical
edition of the same writings.  Therefore prudence is required in speaking about the thinking of Luisa.  At the present state, one can make Luisa known in her virtues, but it is however prudent and appropriate not to give teachings according to her writings.  If
we will dedicate ourselves to studying them with care and under the action of
the Holy Spirit, once the typical and critical edition is published, if the
results conform to the doctrine of the Church, they will be able to be
published.  The approval of the Congregation of the Saints is also necessary in this.

In the Gospel of Matthew 23:1-12, Jesus Christ is announced as the only Teacher:  “Do not let yourself be called ‘Teachers’, because only one is your Teacher, the Christ.
The greatest among you will be your servant; one who instead will exalt himself will be humbled, and one who will humble himself will be exalted.” 
(verses 10-11).

In the experience of Luisa’s faith, there are phenomenons that surpass the human
capacities:   prolonged suffering (about 70 years in bed), interior illustrations expressed in writing under ecclesiastical obedience—and followed by priests to whom she was transferred by the Archbishops of the time—a thinking so elevated that it surpasses the normal capacities of an illiterate creature.  Luisa never considered herself a teacher at all.  She is a humble Servant of the Lord, completely submitted to His Will.  She wants to live only in the Will of God.

When the verdict from the Holy See reached her to return all her writings, she made
this act of submission:  “If the Church considers false everything that I have written, you must consider it false”  (refer to Act of submission written by Luisa Piccarreta on the date October 19, 1938 and sent to Rome by means of Archbishop Giuseppe Maria Leo).

Beyond the mystic expressed in the writings—very elevated and, for certain lines,
bold, and it needs to be examined and compared with the doctrine of the
Church—the example of Christian life of the Servant of God remains luminous.

As the Apostle Paul had said of himself in 1 Thessalonians 2:7b—9,13“Indeed remember, brothers, our toil and our labor:  working night and day in
order to not be a burden in any way, we announced to you the Gospel of God”
(verses
9-11), so also Luisa can be presented to Our Diocesan Church, as I had an
opportunity of describing in my speech on “The Sanctity of the Servant of
God Luisa Piccarreta”
in the report given at the 3rd International Convention the past 27th.  In this context I would like to emphasize just one more aspect of the sanctity of Luisa in the light of the Beatitudes.  Luisa lived the beatitude:  “Blessed are the pure of heart because they will see God”  (Matthew 5:8).  In the ineffable joy of
contemplation she already saw on earth “those things that the eye has not
seen, nor the ear heard, nor ever entered into the heart of man”
(l
Corinthians 2:9).  She took refuge in the Lord, and the Lord granted her special gifts.

Conclusion – In what way can Luisa be an example for us?  In
entrusting ourselves completely to God, leaving ourselves to take completely
from Jesus under the action of the Holy Spirit, and in making ourselves
presence of God in the world, in the same way as Luisa did, above all in
welcoming, listening to, and encouraging all those who were in need and in
suffering.  Luisa was, like St. Pio of Pietrelcina—one who had so much esteem and veneration of her—a living sign of the merciful love of God.

What characterized the sanctity of Luisa is “living in the Will of God”.  Luisa focused her attention on the invocation:
“Your Will be done on earth as It is in Heaven”  (Matthew 6:10).

Let us ask ourselves:

How is the Will of God done in Heaven?  In perfect
adherence and in harmony with the Trinitarian Love.  The Saints can be called “Blessed Regions”; they are uninhabited, and possessed in a conscious way through God the Trinity.

How must we do the Will of God on earth?  Jesus Christ taught Luisa to live in the Divine Will of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  All her powers of
creature, intelligent and free in practice, became elevated by the Holy Spirit to the

  • understanding
  • adherence
  • loving welcome of the One God

who reveals Himself in the Incarnation of the Word, Jesus Christ Our Lord, in poverty, obedience, chastity, and gift of Himself to everyone.

Every creature in all her powers of intelligence, of will, of memory, of heart, by
means of Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist, lives according to the Spirit
and not according to the flesh (refer to Romans 8:4).

The experience of Luisa is of the mystical type.  And today Christianity must get back the mystical.  In such regard it is my pleasure to cite two mystical authors:

  • “Today, if one is not mystical, one can not even
    be Christian”
     (Karl Rahner).
  • “It is not knowledge that illuminates the Mystery,
    it is the Mystery that illuminates knowledge” 
    (P. Evdokimov).

The sanctity of Luisa in the light of the “Divine Volition” can give to Christians of our time
a deep interior life such as to re-form a style of life immersed in materialism
and in secularism, even to taking away the true joy of life, that is, the hope
of Eternal Life, already enflamed in the soul who seeks God as the doe longs
for the source of the waters
(Psalm 42:2).

Let us rise up to the Most Holy Trinity, grateful for the sanctity of Luisa Piccarreta, supplication through her merits of faithful and industrious Servant.

Prayer…

 † Giovan  Battista Pichierri

Archbishop

Mons. Giovanni Battista Pichierri

 ARCHDIOCESE of
TRANI – BARLETTA – BISCEGLIE
TITULATOR of NAZARETH

PRAYER TO THE MOST HOLY TRINITY
For the glorification of the Servant of God
LUISA PICCARRETA

 

O August and Most Holy Trinity

Father-Son-Holy Spirit

we praise You and we thank You

for the gift of sanctity

of Your faithful servant Luisa Piccarreta.

 She lived, O Father, in Your Divine Will

making herself, under the action of the Holy Spirit,

similar to Your Son obedient even to death on the Cross,

victim and host pleasing to You,

cooperating with the work of the Redemption

of  mankind.

 Her virtues of obedience, of humility,

of highest love for Christ and for the Church

urge us to ask You for the gift

of her glorification on earth,

so that Your glory may shine for all,

and Your Kingdom of truth, of justice, and of love

may spread even to the ends of the earth

 in the particular charisma of the

Fiat voluntas tua sicut in coelo et in terra.
(Your Will be done on earth as It is in Heaven.)

 We appeal to her merits in order to obtain

from You, Most Holy Trinity,

the particular grace that we ask of You

intending to fulfill Your Divine Will.  Amen.

Trani, October 29, 2005

 

† Giovan Battista Pichierri

Archbishop

Three Glory be’s …

Our Father …

Our Lady, Queen of Saints, pray for us.

 

3/18 – Tomorrow, March 19, is the Feast Day of St. Joseph the Worker

St. Joseph the Worker

Book of Heaven
The Call of the Creature to the Order, the Place and the Purpose
for which He was Created by God
Volume 11; August 14, 1912

The Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, Little Daughter of the Divine Will:

… Now, one day I (Luisa) was working and I thought to myself: “How is it possible that Jesus works in me while I work? Does He really want to do this work?”

And Jesus: “Yes I do. My (Jesus) fingers are in yours (Luisa) and they work. My daughter, when I was on earth, didn’t My hands lower themselves to work the wood, hammer the nails, and help My foster Father Joseph in the smithing work? While I was doing that, with those very hands and with those fingers, I created souls and called other souls to the other life; I divinized all human actions; I sanctified them, giving a Divine merit to each one of them. In the movements of my fingers I called in sequence all the movements of your fingers and those of others; and if I saw that they were doing them for Me, or because I wanted to act within them, I continued my life of Nazareth in them, and I felt cheered by them for the sacrifices and the humiliations of my hidden Life, giving them the merit of my own Life.

Daughter (Luisa), the hidden Life that I (Jesus) conducted in Nazareth is not taken into account by men, when in fact, after the Passion, nothing could benefit them more. By lowering Myself to all those little actions and those acts which men exercise during their daily life, such as eating, sleeping, drinking, working, starting the fire, sweeping, etc. – all acts which no one can do without – I made flow inside their souls a tiny divine coin of incalculable price. Therefore, if my Passion redeemed them, my hidden Life provided each human action, even the most insignificant one, with Divine merit and with infinite value.

Do you see? As you work – working because I want to work – my fingers flow within yours, and as I work in you with my creative hands, in this very instant, how many am I giving to the light of this world? How many others am I calling? How many others do I sanctify, correct, chastise, etc.? Now, you are with Me creating, calling, correcting and so forth; therefore, just as you are not alone, neither am I alone in my work. Could I ever give you greater honor?”

Who can say all that I (Luisa) understood, and all the good that can be done for ourselves and for others, by doing things because Jesus wants to do them in us? My mind gets lost, therefore I stop here.

***

The Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will
Day Eighteen

The Queen of Heaven in the Kingdom of the Divine Will in the House of Nazareth. Heaven and Earth are about to exchange the Kiss of Peace.
The Divine Hour is Near.

The soul to her Queen Mama:

My Sovereign Mama, I am back again to follow Your Steps. Your Love binds me, and like powerful magnet, it keeps me fixed and all intent on listening to the Beautiful Lessons of my Mama. But this is not enough for me; if You Love me as Your daughter, enclose me in the Kingdom of the Divine Will in which You Lived and Live, and close the doors in such a way that, even if I wanted, I would no longer be able to go out. So, as Mother and daughter, we will Live common Life and will both be Happy.

 Lesson of the Queen of Heaven:

My dearest daughter, if you knew how I long to keep you enclosed in the Kingdom of the Divine Will! Each Lesson of Mine that I give you is a fence that forms to prevent your stepping out, and is a fortress to wall up your will, that it may comprehend and love being under the Sweet Empire of the Supreme Fiat. Therefore, be attentive in listening to Me, because this is nothing other than the work that your Mama does in order to entice and captivate your will, and to make the Divine Will Conquer you.

Now, my dear daughter, listen to Me: I departed from the Temple with the same Courage with which I entered It, and only to do the Divine Will. I went to Nazareth and I no longer found My dear and holy parents. I (Blessed Mother) went accompanied only by Saint Joseph, and in him I saw My good angel whom God had given Me for My custody, though I had cohorts of Angels that accompanied Me on the journey. All created things made bows of honor for Me; and I, thanking them, gave each created thing My Kiss and My Greeting of Queen. And so we arrived at Nazareth.

Now, you must know that Saint Joseph and I looked at each other with modesty, and we felt our hearts swollen, because each one wanted to let the other know that we were bound to God with a vow of perennial virginity. Finally, silence was broken, and we both manifested our vow. O! How happy we felt; and thanking the Lord, we protested to live together as brother and sister. I was most attentive in serving him; we looked at each other with veneration, and the Dawn of Peace reigned in our midst. O! If all would reflect themselves in Me (Blessed Mother) by imitating Me! I adapted Myself very much to the ordinary life; I let nothing appear outside of the Great Seas of Grace that I possessed.

Now, listen to Me, my daughter: in the house of Nazareth I felt ignited more than ever, and I prayed that the Divine Word would descend upon earth. The Divine Will, which Reigned in Me, did nothing but Invest all My Acts with Light, with Beauty, with Sanctity, with Power. I felt It was forming the Kingdom of Light within Me— but a Light that constantly arises; the Kingdom of Beauty, Sanctity and Power that always grows. So, all the Divine Qualities, which the Divine Fiat extended within Me with Its Reigning, brought Me Fecundity. The Light that invaded Me was so Great, that My very humanity would remain so Embellished and Invested by this Sun of the Divine Will, that it would do nothing but produce Celestial Flowers. I felt Heaven lowering Itself down to Me, and the earth of My humanity rising; and Heaven and earth Embraced, Reconciled, to exchange the Kiss of Peace and of Love. And the earth disposed itself to produce the Seed in order to form the Just One, the Holy One; and Heaven opened to let the Word descend into this Seed.

I would do nothing but descend and ascend to My Celestial Fatherland, and throw Myself into the Paternal Arms of My Celestial Father, saying to Him with the Heart: “Holy Father, I cannot endure any longer—I feel Enflamed; and while I Burn, I feel a Powerful Strength within Me that wants to Conquer You. With the chains of My Love I want to bind You in order to disarm You, that You may delay no more; but upon the wings of My Love I want to carry the Divine Word from Heaven to earth.” And I prayed and cried that He would listen to Me. And the Divinity, Conquered by My Tears and Prayers, assured Me by saying to Me: “Daughter, who can resist You? You have won; the Divine Hour is near. Return to the earth and continue Your Acts in the Power of My Volition, and by these, all will be shaken, and Heaven and earth will exchange the Kiss of Peace.” But in spite of this, I did not yet know that I was to be the Mother of the Eternal Word.

Now, dear daughter, listen to Me, and comprehend well what it means to Live of Divine Will. By Living of It, I formed Heaven and Its Divine Kingdom in My Soul. Had I not formed this Kingdom within Me, the Word could never have descended from Heaven to earth. If He descended, it was because He descended into His own Kingdom, which the Divine Will had formed in Me. He found in Me His Heaven, His Divine Joys; nor would the Word ever have descended into a foreign kingdom—oh, no, no. First He wanted to form His Kingdom in Me, and then descend as Victorious into His Kingdom.

Not only this, but by Living always of Divine Will, I acquired by Grace that which in God is by Nature: the Divine Fecundity, in order to form, without the work of man, the Seed to let the Humanity of the Eternal Word germinate from Me. What can the Divine Will Operating in a creature not do? Everything, and all possible and imaginable Goods. Therefore, may you take to heart that everything be Divine Will in you, if you want to imitate your Mama, and make Me Content and Happy.

The soul:

Holy Mama, if You want, You can. Just as You had the Power to Conquer God, to the point of making Him descend from Heaven to earth, You will not lack the Power to Conquer my will, that it may no longer have life. In You I hope, and from You I will obtain everything.

 Little Sacrifice:

Today, to honor Me, you will make Me a little visit in the house of Nazareth, and, as homage to Me, you will give Me all your acts, that I may Unite them to Mine in order to convert them into Divine Will.

 

2/26 Today is Ash Wednesday

The focus of this Season is the Cross and penance as we meditate on Christ’s Passion and await the triumph of Easter. We fast, abstain, mortify the flesh, give alms, and think more of charitable works.

One way to make this Lent a most special spiritual journey is by the meditation on the book “The Twenty-Four Hours of the Passion” by by Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, Little Daughter of the Divine Will.

 

Shroud of Turin

Meditations for the Stations of the Cross
from the 
“The Twenty-Four Hours of the Passion”

 

Book of Heaven
The Call of the Creature to the Order, the Place and the Purpose
for which He was Created by God
Volume 1

The Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta the Little Daughter of the Divine Will:

Sometimes, then, He (Jesus) would bring me (Luisa) into churches, and even there my good Jesus was offended. Oh! how awfully those works reached His Heart – holy works, yes, but done roughly; those prayers empty of interior spirit, that piety, false, apparent, which seemed to give more insult than honor to Jesus. Ah! yes, that holy, pure, upright Heart could not receive those works, done so badly. Oh! how many times He lamented, saying: “Daughter, see how many offenses I receive, even from those people who are said to be devout – even in the holiest places. In receiving the very Sacraments, instead of coming out purified, they come out dirtier.”

Ah! yes, how much pain it was for Jesus to see people receiving Communion sacrilegiously, priests celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in mortal sin, out of habit, and some – it is a horror to say it – even out of self-interest. Oh! how many times my Jesus made me see these scenes so sorrowful. How many times, while the priest was celebrating the Sacrosanct Mystery, Jesus is forced to go into his hands, because He is called by the priestly authority. One could see those hands dripping with rot, blood, or smeared with mud. Oh! how pitiful then, was the state of Jesus, so holy, so pure, in those hands which were horrifying to the mere sight. It seemed He wanted to escape from between those hands, but He was forced to stay until the species of bread and wine would be consumed.

Sometimes, while remaining there with the priest, He would come hurriedly to me, all lamenting, and before I could say it, He Himself would say to me: “Daughter, let Me pour it into you, for I cannot take anymore. Have pity on My state, which is too sorrowful – have patience, let us suffer together.” And while saying this, He would pour from His mouth into mine. But who can tell what He poured? It seemed to be a bitter poison, a fetid rot, mixed with a food so hard, disgusting and nauseating, that sometimes it would not go down. Who can tell, then, the sufferings that this pouring of Jesus produced? If He Himself had not sustained me, I certainly would have died; yet, He would pour in me but the smallest part – what would it be for Jesus, who contained tons upon tons of it? Oh! how awful is sin! Ah! Lord, let everyone know it, so that all may flee from this monster so horrible. But while I would see these scenes so sorrowful, other times, He would also make me see scenes so consoling and beautiful as to be enrapturing; and this was to see good and holy priests celebrating the Sacrosanct Mysteries. Oh God! how high, great, sublime is their ministry. How beautiful it was to see the priest celebrating Mass, and Jesus transformed into him. It seemed that it was not the priest, but Jesus Himself that celebrated the Divine Sacrifice, and sometimes He would make the priest disappear completely, and Jesus alone would celebrate Mass – and I would listen to Him. Oh! how touching it was to see Jesus recite those prayers, do all those ceremonies and movements that the priest does. Who can tell how consoling it was for me to see these Masses together with Jesus? How many graces I received, how much light, how many things I comprehended! But since these are past things, I don’t remember them too clearly, so I keep silent.

But as I am saying this, Jesus has moved in my interior and has called me – He doesn’t want me to do so. Ah! Lord, how much patience it takes with You. Well then, I will content You. Oh! sweet Love, I will say a few little things, but give me your grace to be able to manifest them, because, by myself, I would not dare to utter one word about mysteries so profound and sublime.

Now, while seeing Jesus or the priest celebrating the Divine Sacrifice, Jesus would make me understand that in the Mass there is all the depth of our sacrosanct religion. Ah! yes, the Mass tells us everything and speaks to us about everything. The Mass reminds us of our redemption; It speaks to us, step by step, about the pains that Jesus suffered for us; It also manifests to us His immense love, for He was not content with dying on the Cross, but He wanted to continue His state of victim in the Most Holy Eucharist. The Mass also tells us that our bodies, decayed, reduced to ashes by death, will rise again on the day of the judgment, together with Christ, to immortal and glorious life. Jesus made me comprehend that the most consoling thing for a Christian, and the highest and most sublime mysteries of our holy religion are: Jesus in the Sacrament and the resurrection of our bodies to glory. These are profound mysteries, which we will comprehend only beyond the stars; but Jesus in the Sacrament makes us almost touch them with our own hands, in different ways. First, His Resurrection; second, His state of annihilation under those species, though it is certain that Jesus is there present, alive and real. Then, once those species are consumed, His real presence no longer exists. And as the species are consecrated again, He comes again to assume His sacramental state. So, Jesus in the Sacrament reminds us of the resurrection of our bodies to glory: just as Jesus, when His sacramental state ceases resides in the womb of God, His Father, the same for us – when our lives cease, our souls go and make their dwelling in Heaven, in the womb of God, while are bodies are consumed. So, one can say that they will no longer exist; but then, with a prodigy of the omnipotence of God, our bodies will acquire new life, and uniting with the soul, will go together to enjoy the eternal beatitude. Can there be anything more consoling for a human heart than the fact that not only the soul, but also the body will be beatified in the eternal contentments? It seems to me that on that day it will happen as when the sky is starry and the sun comes out. What happens? With its immense light, the sun absorbs the stars and makes them disappear; yet the stars exist. The sun is God, and all of the blessed souls are the stars; with His immense light, God will absorb us all within Himself, in such a way that we will exist in God and will swim in the immense sea of God. Oh! how many things Jesus in the Sacrament tells us; but who can tell them all? I would really be too long. If the Lord allows it, I will reserve saying something else on other occasions.

2/2 Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

 

Presentation of Our Lord

On February 2, 1996 photocopies of the Thirty-Six Volumes of the Writings
of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta were made.
The Archbishop of Trani, Monsignor Cassati, had permission from
the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith to make the photocopies.

***

The Blessed Mother to the Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta the Little Daughter of the Divine Will:

The Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will
Day Twenty-three

My dear daughter, do not move from My side; follow Me everywhere. Forty days from the Birth of Little King Jesus are about to sound when the Divine Fiat calls us (the Holy Family) to the Temple in order to fulfill the law of the Presentation of My Son (Jesus). So we went to the Temple. It was the first time that we went out together with My Sweet Baby. A vein of Sorrow opened in My Heart: I was going to offer Him as Victim for the Salvation of all. We (the Holy Family) entered the Temple, and first we Adored the Divine Majesty; then we called the priest, and having placed Him in his arms, I made the Offering of the Celestial Baby to the Eternal Father—Offering Him (Jesus) in Sacrifice for the Salvation of all. The priest was Simeon, and as I placed Him in his arms, he recognized that He was the Divine Word and exulted with immense joy; and after the offering, assuming the attitude of prophet, he prophesied all My Sorrows. O! How the Supreme Fiat sounded over My Maternal Heart—thoroughly, with vibrating sound, the Mournful Tragedy of all the Pains of My Baby Son. But what pierced Me the most were the words that the holy prophet spoke to Me: “This Dear Baby will be the Salvation and the ruin of many, and will be the Target of contradictions.”

If the Divine Will had not sustained Me, I would have died instantly of pure Pain. But It gave Me Life, and used it to form in Me the Kingdom of Sorrows, within the Kingdom of Its very Will. So, in addition to the Right of Mother that I had over all, I acquired the Right of Mother and Queen of all Sorrows. Ah! Yes, with My Sorrows I acquired the Little Coin to pay the debts of My children, and also of the ungrateful children.

Now, My daughter, you must know that in the Light of the Divine Will I already knew all the Sorrows I was to suffer—and even more than that which the holy prophet told Me. But in that Act, so Solemn, of Offering My Son, in hearing it being repeated to Me, I felt so pierced that My Heart bled, and deep gashes opened in My Soul.

Now, listen to your Mama: in your pains, in the sorrowful encounters which are not lacking for you, never lose heart; but with Heroic Love let the Divine Will take Its Royal Place in your pains, that It may convert them for you into Little Coins of Infinite Value, with which you will be able to pay the debts of your brothers, to ransom them from the slavery of the human will, so as to make them enter again, as free children, into the Kingdom of the Divine Fiat.

The soul:

Holy Mama, in Your Pierced Heart do I place all my pains; and You know how they pierce my heart. O please! Be my Mama, and pour into my heart the Balm of Your Sorrows, that I may share in Your same Destiny of using my pains as little coins in order to conquer the Kingdom of the Divine Will.

Little Sacrifice:

Today, to honor Me, you will come into My arms, that I may pour in you the First Blood that the Celestial Baby shed in order to heal the wounds that your human will did to you; and you will recite three acts of love in order to mitigate the Spasm of the Wound of Baby Jesus.

Ejaculatory Prayer:

My Mama, pour Your Sorrow into my soul, and convert all my pains into Will of God.

***

The Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will
Meditation 3

The soul to her Celestial Mother:

Holy Mama, here I am close to You, to accompany You to the Temple, where You go to make the Greatest of sacrifices—that is, to place the Life of the Celestial Infant at the mercy of each creature, that they may use it to reach safety and to be sanctified. But, ah! What Sorrow—many will use it to offend Him, and even to become lost. O please! My Mama, place Little Jesus in my heart, and I promise You, and I swear, to love Him always, and to keep Him as the Life of my poor heart.

Lesson of the Queen of Heaven:

Dearest daughter, how happy I am to have you close to Me. My Maternal Heart feels the need to pour out My Love and to confide to you My Secrets. Be attentive to My Lessons, and listen to Me. You must know that for forty days now, we have been in this grotto of Bethlehem, the first home of My Son down here; but, how many Wonders in this grotto! The Celestial Infant, in an Ardor of Love, descended from Heaven to earth; He was Conceived, and was Born, and felt the need to pour out this Love; so, each Tear, Wail, and Moan, was an Outpouring of Love that He made. Each Tear, Wail and Moan, was an Outpouring of Love. Even His feeling numb with cold, His tiny little lips, livid and shivering—were all Outpourings of Love that He made; and He looked for His Mama in whom to deposit this Love, which He could no longer contain; and I was Prey to His Love. So, I felt Myself being Wounded continuously, and I felt My Dear Little One Palpitating, Breathing, Moving within My Maternal Heart. I felt Him Crying, Moaning and Wailing, and I remained inundated by the Flames of His Love. The circumcision had already opened deep gashes in Me, into which He poured so much Love that I felt Queen and Mother of Love. I felt Enraptured in seeing that in each Pain, Tear and Motion that My Sweet Jesus made, He looked for and called upon His Mama, as Dear Refuge of His Acts and of His Life. Who can tell you, My daughter, what passed between Me and the Celestial Baby during these forty days? The repetition of His Acts together with Me, His Tears, His Pains, His Love, were as though Transfused together, and whatever He did, I did.

Now, after the completion of the forty days, the Dear Baby, drowned more than ever in His Love, wanted to Obey the law and present Himself to the Temple to offer Himself for the Salvation of each one. It was the Divine Will that called us to the Great Sacrifice, and we promptly Obeyed. My daughter, this Divine Fiat, when It finds promptness in doing what It wants, places at the creature’s disposal Its Divine Strength, Its Sanctity, Its Creative Power to Multiply that act, that sacrifice, for all and for each one. In that sacrifice It places the Little Coin of Infinite Value, with which one can pay and satisfy for all.

It was the first time that your Mama and Saint Joseph went out together with the Little Child Jesus. All Creation recognized Its Creator, and felt honored at having Him in their midst; and assuming the attitude of Feast, they accompanied us along the way. As we arrived at the Temple, we prostrated ourselves and Adored the Supreme Majesty; and then we placed Him in the arms of the priest, who was Simeon, who made of Him an Offering to the Eternal Father—offering Him for the Salvation of all. And while he offered Him, inspired by God, he recognized the Divine Word, and exulting with Immense Joy, he adored and thanked the dear Baby. After the offering, he assumed the attitude of prophet, and predicted all My

Sorrows. O! How the Supreme Fiat, painfully, made My Maternal Heart feel, with vibrating sound, the Mournful Tragedy of all the Pains which My Divine Son was to suffer. Each word was a sharp sword that Pierced Me. But what Pierced My Heart the most was to hear that this Celestial Infant would be not only the Salvation, but also the ruin of many, and the Target of contradictions. What Pain! What Sorrow! If the Divine Will had not sustained Me, I would have died instantly of Pure Pain. But It gave Me Life, to begin to form in Me the Kingdom of Sorrows within the Kingdom of Its very Divine Will. So, with the Right of Mother that I (Blessed Mother) had over all, I acquired also the Right of Mother and Queen of all Sorrows. O! Yes, with My Sorrows, I acquired the Little Coin with which to pay the debts of My children, and also those of the ungrateful children.

Now, My daughter, you must know that through the Light of the Divine Will that Reigned in Me, I already knew all the Sorrows I was to suffer—and even more than those which the holy prophet told me. Rather, I can say that he prophesied to Me the sorrows which were to come to Me from the outside, but he said not a word about My Interior Pains which would Pierce Me more, and the Interior Pains between Me and My Son. But in spite of this, in that Act, so Solemn, of the Offering of My Son, in hearing them being repeated to Me, I felt so Pierced that My Heart Bled, and New Veins of Sorrow and deep gashes opened in My Soul.

Now, listen to your Mama: in your pains, in the sorrowful encounters which are not lacking for you either, when you know that the Divine Will wants some sacrifice of you—be ready, do not lose heart, but rather, repeat quickly the Dear and Sweet Fiat—that is: “Whatever You (God) want, I (the soul) want.” And with Heroic Love, let the Divine Will take Its Royal Place in your pains, that It may convert them for you into the Little Coin of Infinite Value, with which you will be able to pay your debts, and also those of your brothers, to ransom them from the slavery of the human will, so as to make them enter, as free children, into the Kingdom of the Divine Fiat. In fact, you must know that the Divine Will is so pleased by the sacrifice wanted by It from the creature, that It gives her Its Divine Rights, and constitutes her queen of the Sacrifice and of the Good that will arise in the midst of creatures.

The soul to her Celestial Mother:

Holy Mama, in Your Pierced Heart I place all my pains; and You know how much they afflict me. O please! Be my Mama, and pour the Balm of Your Sorrows into my heart, that I may share Your same Destiny of using my pains as the cortege of Jesus, to keep Him defended and sheltered from all offenses, and as the sure means to conquer the Kingdom of the Divine Will, and make It come to Reign upon earth. 

Little Sacrifice:

Today, to honor Me, you will come into My arms, that I may offer you, together with My Son, to the Celestial Father, in order to obtain the Kingdom of the Divine Will. 

Ejaculatory Prayer:

Holy Mama, pour Your Sorrow into my soul, and convert all my Pains into Will of God.

1/31 – Feast Day of St. John Bosco, Priest

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John Bosco was an Italian priest, who from childhood onward had vivid and mystical dreams which helped him in directing his life and which described in great detail conditions and events that would occur in the future. He persistently astounded those around him with the accuracy and precision of the prophecies he made that came to pass during his lifetime. He was also a miracle worker, healing thousands, and he was the founder of the Salesian Order. He and his followers helped tens of thousands of street children in Italy and in the Western Hemisphere develop job skills and a moral and spiritual life. He died in 1888.

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Book of Heaven
The Call of the Creature to the Order, the Place and the Purpose
for which He was Created by God
Volume 3; November 1, 1899

Purification of the Church.  Her support:  the victim souls. 

The Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta the Little Daughter of the Divine Will:

As I was in my usual state, I found myself outside of myself, inside a church, in which there was a priest celebrating the Divine Sacrifice, and while doing this, he was crying bitterly and said:  “The pillar of My (God’s) Church has no place to lean!”

In the act in which He was saying this, I (Luisa) saw a pillar; its top touched the heavens, and at the bottom of this pillar there were priests, bishops, cardinals and all other dignities, sustaining this pillar.  But to my surprise, I went about looking and I saw that of these people, some were very weak, some half rotten, some infirm, some full of mud.  So very scarce was the number of those who were in a condition to sustain it.  So, this poor pillar kept swaying, unable to remain still, so many were the quakes it received from the bottom.  At the top of this pillar there was the Holy Father who, with gold chains and with rays emanating from his whole person, did as much as he could to sustain it, and to chain and illuminate the people who dwelled at the bottom, although some of them would flee so as to be more comfortable in becoming rotten and covered with mud; and not only this, but he did as much as he could to bind and to illuminate the whole world.

While I was seeing this, that priest who was celebrating Mass (I am not sure whether he was a priest or Our Lord; it seems to me it was Him, but I cannot tell with certainty) called me close to Himself and told me:  “My daughter (Luisa), see in what a heartrending state My (God’s) Church is.  The very ones who were supposed to sustain Her withdraw, and with their works they knock Her down, they beat Her, and reach the point of denigrating Her.  The only remedy is that I (God)  so much blood to be shed as to form a bath to wash away that rotten mud and to heal their deep wounds, so that, healed, strengthened and embellished in that blood, they may become instruments capable of keeping Her stable and firm.” 

Then He (Jesus) added:  “I (God) have called you (Luisa) to tell you (Luisa):  ‘Do you (Luisa) want to be victim, and therefore be like a prop to sustain this pillar in these times so incorrigible?’”

At first I felt a shiver run through me for fear that I might not have the strength, but then immediately I offered myself and I pronounced the Fiat.  At that moment, I found myself surrounded by many Saints, Angels and purging souls, who tormented me with scourges and other instruments.  At first I felt a certain fear, but then, the more I suffered, the more I wanted to suffer, and I enjoyed the suffering like a most sweet nectar; more so, since a thought touched me:  ‘Who knows whether those pains might be the means to consume my life, so that I might take wing in the last flight toward my highest and only Good?’  But to my highest sorrow, after suffering bitter pains, I saw that those pains would not consume my life.  Oh God, what pain! – that this fragile flesh prevents me from uniting myself to my Eternal Good!

After this, I (Luisa) saw the bloody slaughter that was made of the people who were at the bottom of the pillar.  What a horrible catastrophe!  So very scarce was the number of those who would not be victims; they reached such daringness as to try to kill the Holy Father.  But then, it seemed to me that that blood which was shed and those bloody tormented victims were the means to render those who remained strong, so as to sustain the pillar without letting it sway any more.  Oh, what happy days!  After this, days of triumphs and of peace would arise; the face of the earth seemed to be renewed, and the pillar would acquire its original prestige and splendor.  Oh, happy days! – I (Luisa) hail you from afar, days which will give great glory to my Church, and great honor to the God who is Her Head!

1/25 Feast Day of the Conversion of St. Paul

Conversion of St. Paul

St. Paul was a Jew of the tribe of Benjamin and a zealous Pharisee.  St. Paul did not belong to the original group of the twelve apostles, but through his apostolic labors, his dedication, his superhuman sacrifices, and his sufferings in the service of Christ, he received the title, along with Peter, of the First Apostle.  He is the only one of the Apostles who was highly educated and was by birth a Roman citizen.  While Paul was on his way to Damascus, Christ Himself converted him in a miraculous manner and called him to be an Apostle.  After his conversion, from being a persecutor of Christians he became, in heart and soul, a zealous and courageous apostle of Christ.

“Paul was a wolf,” says St. Chrysostom, “But he became a lamb.  He was a thorn, but he became a fruitful vine.  From an enemy, he became a friend; from a weed, he became wholesome bread… The blasphemer b became a theologian; the persecutor, a herald of good news; the tormentor—a leader; the traitor—a fellow-champion.”

In his apostolic work, St. Paul distinguished himself as a man of uncompromising character, remarkable strength of will and fervent spirit.  For many years, he fearlessly preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ day and night.  His unlimited love for Christ knew no obstacles, recognized no difficulties, and placed no limit to sacrifice.  His love impelled him to undertake great missionary journeys and to establish new Churches; he was always ready to suffer and die for Christ.

The apostle of the Gentiles was not only an excellent preacher and a good organizer, but also an eminent theologian and writer.  From him we have fourteen letters addressed to various Chruches or persons in which he clearly expounds the teaching of Christ.  St. Paul gave up his life for Christ.  According to tradition, he died by the sword in Rome on June 29, 65 or 67 A.D.

S_St Paul baslicaBasilica of St. Paul outside the walls of Rome

Acts of Apostles 9:4
And falling on the ground, he (Saul, later named Paul) heard a voice saying to him:
Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me?

Acts of Apostles 9:8
And Saul arose from the ground; and when his eyes were opened, he saw nothing.
But they leading him by the hands, brought him to Damascus.

Acts of Apostles 9:11
And the Lord said to him (Ananias): Arise, and go into the street that is called Strait,
and seek in the house of Judas, one named Saul of Tarsus. For behold he prayeth.

Acts Of Apostles 9:17
And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house. And laying his hands upon him,
he said: Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus hath sent me, He that appeared to thee in the way as thou camest; that thou mayest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Book of Heaven
The Call of the Creature to the Order, the Place and the Purpose
for which He was Created by God

Volume 8; December 16, 1908

The privation of Jesus is the greatest of all pains.

The Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta the Little Daughter of the Divine Will:

Going through most bitter days, I was lamenting to Our Lord, saying: “How cruelly You have left me! You told me that You had chosen me as your little daughter, that You would keep me always in your arms – and now? You have thrown me to the ground, and instead of a little daughter, I see that You have changed me into a little martyr; but even though little, my martyrdom is just as cruel and harsh, bitter and intense.”

While I was saying this, He moved in my interior and told me: “My daughter, you are mistaken – my Will is not to make you a little martyr, but a great martyr. If I give you the strength to bear my privation with patience and resignation – which is the most painful and most bitter thing that can be found, and there is no other pain that equals it or resembles it either in Heaven or on earth – is this not heroism of patience and the ultimate degree of love, compared to which, all other loves remain behind, are almost nullified, and there is nothing that can compare to it or stand before it? Is this not, then, great martyrdom? You say that you are a little martyr because you feel you do not suffer so much. It is not that you do not suffer, but it is the martyrdom of my privation that absorbs your other pains, making them even disappear. In fact, in thinking that you are without Me, you neither bother about nor pay attention to your other sufferings; and by not paying attention to them, you reach the point of not feeling their weight, therefore you say you do not suffer.

And then, I (Jesus) have not thrown you (Luisa) to the ground; rather, I (Jesus) keep you (Luisa) more than ever clasped in My arms. Even more, I (Jesus) tell you (Luisa) that if to Paul I (Jesus) gave My efficacious grace at the beginning of his conversion, to you (Luisa) I (Jesus) give it almost continually – and this is the sign of it: that you continue in your interior everything that you used to do when I was with you almost continually – doing what now you seem to do by yourself. Your feeling all immersed in Me and bound to Me, always thinking of Me even though you do not see Me – this is not your own thing, nor an ordinary grace, but special and efficacious grace. And if I give you much, it is a sign that I love you much, and I want to be loved much by you.”