4/5 Feast Day of St. Vincent Ferrer, Priest

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St. Vincent Ferrer

The Greek Schism occurred in 1054 when the exchange of excommunications between the Greek and Latin Sees took place in the Diocese of Trani.  Another schism, the Great Western Schism, occurred in reaction to the legitimate election of  the Archbishop of Trani, Urban VI, as Pope.   Two great Saints were involved in settling this schism, St. Catherine of Sienna and St. Vincent Ferrer, both of whom were among the Saints mentioned by name by Luisa in the Book of Heaven.  God, by always drawing good out of evil, has destined the site of these and all schisms to become the birthplace of a spiritual renewal that will bring the traditions of Eastern and Western Christianity to a glorious fruition in the Kingdom of the Divine Will.

The Greek Schism occurred in 1054 when the exchange of excommunications between the Greek and Latin Sees took place in the Diocese of Trani.  Another schism, the Great Western Schism, occurred in reaction to the legitimate election of  the Archbishop of Trani, Urban VI, as Pope.   Two great Saints were involved in settling this schism, St. Catherine of Sienna and St. Vincent Ferrer, both of whom were among the Saints mentioned by name by Luisa in the Book of Heaven.  God, by always drawing good out of evil, has destined the site of these and all schisms to become the birthplace of a spiritual renewal that will bring the traditions of Eastern and Western Christianity to a glorious fruition in the Kingdom of the Divine Will.

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Volume 3; November 11, 1899
Obedience prevents her from conforming to Justice.

As I was in my usual state, I found myself outside of myself, and I seemed to be going around the earth. Oh! how inundated it was with all sorts of iniquities! It is horrifying to think about it! Now, while going around, I arrived some place and I found a priest of holy life, and in another place a virgin of unblemished and holy life. We gathered, the three of us together, and we began to converse about the many chastisements that the Lord is sending, and about the many others that He keeps prepared. I said to them: “And you, what do you do? Have you perhaps conformed to Divine Justice?” And they: “Seeing the strict necessity of these times, and that man would not surrender even if an Apostle came out, or if the Lord sent another St. Vincent Ferrer who, with miracles and prodigious signs, might induce him to conversion; on the contrary, seeing that man has reached such obstinacy and a sort of madness, such that the very power of miracles would render them more incredulous – invested by this most strict necessity, for their good, in order to arrest this rotten sea that inundates the face of the earth, and for the Glory of our God, so offended, we have conformed to Justice. Only, we are praying and offering ourselves as victims, so that these chastisements may turn out for the conversion of the peoples. And you, what do you do? Have you not conformed with us?”

And I: “Ah, no! I cannot, because obedience does not want it, even though Jesus wants me to conform; but since obedience does not want it, it must prevail over everything, and I am forced to be always in contrast with blessed Jesus, and this afflicts me very much.” And they: “When it is the obedience, surely one must not adhere.”

After this, finding myself inside myself, I saw dearest Jesus for just a little, and I wanted to know where that priest and that virgin were from, and He told me that they were from Peru.

 

4/5 Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Palm Sunday words

In today’s liturgy is the Blessing and Procession of the Palms, in which everything overflows with a holy joy which enables us, after twenty centuries, to revive the spirit of the magnificent scene of Our Lord’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

At Jerusalem, in the fourth century, on the very spot where the event took place, there was read the Gospel narrative in which we see Christ, hailed as King of Israel and taking possession of His capital, Jerusalem, which is really no more than the type of Jerusalem above.  After this, a bishop mounted on an donkey, rode up to the Church of the Resurrection on the summit of the Mount of Olives, surrounded by a multitude carrying palms and singing anthems and hymns.  This ceremony was preceded by the solemn reading of the passage from the Exodus in which the Flight from Egypt is related.  God’s people were encamped under the shadow of palm trees, near the twelve fountains where Moses promised them the manna of the Eucharist.  The Church of Rome adopted this practice about the ninth century and added to it the rite for the Blessing of the Palms, which has given to to this Sunday the name of Palm Sunday.

Volume 4; March 31, 1901
Inconstancy and volubility.

This morning, feeling all embittered, I saw myself still so bad, that I almost did not dare to go in search of my highest and only Good. But the Lord, looking not at my miseries, still deigned to come, telling me: “My daughter, is it Me that you want? Well then, I have come to cheer you – let us be together, but let us remain in silence.”

After staying for some time, He transported me outside of myself, and I saw that the Church was celebrating the Day of the Palms; and Jesus, breaking the silence, told me: “How much volubility, how much inconstancy! Just as today they cried out ‘Hosanna!’, proclaiming Me as their King, another day they cried out ‘Crucify Him! Crucify Him!’ My daughter, the thing that displeases Me the most is inconstancy and volubility, because this is the sign that the truth has not taken possession of these souls. Even in things of Religion, it may be that they find their satisfaction, their own convenience and interest, or that they just find themselves in that party; but tomorrow these things may be missing, or they may find themselves involved in other parties – and here is how they deviate from Religion, and with no regret they give themselves to other sects. Indeed, when the True Light of Truth enters a soul and takes possession of a heart, she is not subject to inconstancy. On the contrary, she sacrifices everything for Love of It and to let herself be mastered by It alone; and with unconquered heart she despises everything else which does not belong to the Truth.” And while saying this, He cried over the condition of the present generation, worse than in those times, subject to inconstancy according to wherever the winds blow.



Volume 6; April 16, 1905
Suffering is reigning.

Continuing in my usual state, my lovable Jesus made Himself seen for a little, with a nail inside His Heart; and drawing near my heart He would touch it with that nail, and I would feel mortal pains. Then He said to me: “My daughter, it is the world that drives this nail deep inside My Heart, giving Me a continuous death. So, by Justice, just as they give Me continuous death, I will allow that they give death among themselves, killing one another like many dogs.” And while saying this, He made me hear the screams of the rioters, to the point that I remained deafened for four or five days. Then, as I was very much in suffering, He came back a little later and told me: “Today is the Day of the Palms in which I was proclaimed King. All must aspire to a kingdom, but in order to acquire the eternal kingdom it is necessary for the creature to acquire the regimen of herself through the dominion of her passions. The only means is suffering, because suffering is Reigning; that is, through patience, man puts himself in his place, becoming king of himself and of the Eternal Kingdom.”

4/4 Feast of St. Isidore, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

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 St. Isidore

When St. Isidore was almost fourscore years old, though age and fatigues had undermined and broken into his health, he never interrupted his usual exercises and labours. During the last six months of his life he increased his charities with such profusion that the poor of the whole country crowded his house from morning till night. Perceiving his end to draw near, he entreated two bishops to come to see him. With them he went to church, where one of them covered him with sackcloth, the other put ashes on his head. Clothed with the habit of penance, he stretched his hands towards heaven, prayed with great eagerness, and begged aloud the pardon of his sins. He then received from the hands of the bishops the Body and Blood of our Lord, recommended himself to the prayers of all that were present, remitted the bonds of all his debtors, exhorted the people to charity, and caused all the money which he had not as yet disposed of to be distributed among the poor. This done, he returned to his own house, and calmly departed this life on the fourth day after, which was the 4th of April, in the year 636, as is expressly testified by Aedemptus, his disciple, who was present at his death. His body was interred in his cathedral between those of his brother, St. Leander, and his sister, St. Florentina. Ferdinand, King of Castile and Leon, recovered his relics from the Moors and placed them in the church of St. John Baptist at Leon, where they still remain.

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Excerpt from Day Twenty-Six of the Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will

But in seeing Himself (Our Lord Jesus Chirst  rejected by the great, the learned, My (Blessed Mother) Beloved Son did not stop, nor could He stop—His Love ran, because He wanted souls. So He surrounded Himself with the poor, the afflicted, the sick, the lame, the blind, the mute, and with many other maladies by which the poor creatures were oppressed—all of them images of the many evils which the human will had produced in them. And Dear Jesus Healed everyone; He Consoled and Instructed everyone. So He became the Friend, the Father, the Doctor, the Teacher of the Poor.

My daughter, it can be said that the poor shepherds were the ones who received Him with their visits at His Birth, and the poor are those who follow Him in the last years of His Life down here, unto His Death. In fact, the poor, the ignorant, are more simple, less attached to their own judgment, and therefore they are more favored, more blessed, and preferred by My Dear Son; so much so, that He chose poor fishermen as Apostles, as Pillars of the future Church.

Now, dearest daughter, if I wanted to tell you what My Son and I did and suffered during these three years of His Public Life, I would be too long. In the Fiat I separated from My Son, and the Fiat gave Me the Strength to make the Sacrifice. What I recommend to you is that in everything you may do and suffer, your first and last act be the Divine Fiat. In this way, if you enclose everything in the Eternal Fiat, you will find Strength for everything, even in the pains that cost you your life. Therefore, give your word to your Mama, that you will let yourself be found always in the Divine Will. In this way, you too will feel the Inseparability from Me and from our Highest Good, Jesus.

4/3 Message of Our Lady of America on February 11, 1958

Our Lady of America
(Click here for quote below, found on page 15)

Written by Sister Mary Ephrem, C.PP.S.:  
Towards evening of February 11, (1958) I heard these words addressed to me by Our Lady:  “I am the Mother of the Sacred Humanity, and it is My special work as Coredemptrix of the human race to help souls reach the Sanctity of the Father in Eternal union by showing them how to put on Christ, to imbibe His Spirit, and thus become one with Him.”
(Note:  Easter was on April 6, 1958, so this message was on the Friday in the Octave of Easter)

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The Friday before Palm Sunday, is a traditional Feast of Our Lady, Co-Redemptrix, in connection with Her sorrowful witness at The Crucifixion, one title that She used to identify Herself to Sister Mary Ephrem, C.PP.S.  (Mildred Neuzil).

4/2 SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!


POPE ST. JOHN PAUL II

Today, April 2, is the 15th anniversary of the death of Pope St. John Paul II. He passed from this life on this date at 9:37pm Rome time, 15 years ago today. We received an email from Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, the Papal Secretary to JPII, and he is asking all Christians to light a candle in their home, shop or office, if possible, TODAY and uniting your prayer to the prayers of all the angels & saints & souls in Purgatory and all those on earth participating in this prayer event, through the intercession of Pope St. John Paul II, pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at the hour Pope John Paul died that God may have mercy on the whole world and stop the virus, open the Churches and get our families and communities back to work, as well as your personal intentions. Prayer can move the Heart of God and change the course of history. Especially when we all pray together in union with our powerful intercessor that we all knew and loved, Pope St John Paul II, who is the patron of this apostolate!

If you are in the Eastern time zone: Pray at 3:37pm

If you are in the Central time zone:  Pray at 2:37pm

If you are in Mountain time zone:     Pray at 1:37pm

If you are in the Pacific time zone:   Pray at 12:37pm

4/2 Feast of St. Francis of Paola, Hermit

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St. Francis of Paola

St. Francis was born at Paola, Italy and was educated there at the Franciscan friary of San Marco, and when fifteen became a hermit near Paola. In 1436, he and two companions began a community that is considered the foundation of the Minim Friars. He built a monastery where he had led his eremitical life some fifteen years later and set a Rule for his followers emphasizing penance, charity, and humility, and added to the three monastic vows, one of fasting and abstinence from meat; he also wrote a rule for tertiaries and nuns. He was credited with many miracles and had the gifts of prophesy and insight into men’s hearts. St. Francis died on April 2nd and was canonized in 1519.

Letter #2 to Sister Giovannina by the Servant of God, the Little Daughter of the Divine Will Luisa Piccarreta :

Fiat

To my dear Sister M. Giovannina, in memory of her vows, always with Jesus.

The mind toward Heaven, the gaze to the Cross, the heart loving Him, the arms always in the act of hugging Him, the steps calling Him, the words saying always “Fiat”.  In each thing never escape from acquiring a degree of sanctity.  Make yourself a saint; Jesus wants it, make Him content.

The little daughter of the Divine Will

Corato, May 14, 1932

4/1 – 104 Years Ago Today: April 1916

Volume 11; April 1, 1916
What stripping is required of the soul, so that her heartbeat may be one with that of Jesus.

This morning my sweet Jesus made Himself seen within my heart, and His Heartbeat was beating in mine. I looked at Him, and He told me: “My daughter, for one who really Loves Me and does My Will in everything, her heartbeat and Mine become one. So, I call them My Heartbeats and, as such, I want them around and even inside the Heartbeat of My Heart – all intent on consoling Me and sweetening all My Sorrowful Heartbeats. Her Heartbeat in Mine will form a Sweet Harmony, that will repeat My Whole Life for Me, and will Speak to Me of souls, forcing Me to Save them. But, My daughter, what stripping is required to be the Echo of My Heartbeat! It must be a Life more of Heaven than of earth – more Divine than human! Even one shadow, one little thing, is enough to prevent the soul from feeling the Strength, the Harmonies, the Sanctity of My Heartbeat; and so she does not Echo My Heartbeat, she does not Harmonize together with Me, and I AM forced to remain alone in My Sorrow or in My Joys. And these Sorrows I receive from souls who – …who knows how much they had promised Me, but at the occasions, I was left disappointed by their promises.”