The "SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING" is an appropriate title for Cyndi Cain's column for, as the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart she has been told by Our Blessed Lord and His Loving Mother Mary that she, of her own fiat been given the triple martyrdom of body, mind and soul. This was conveyed to her by Jesus in an early message in 1990: "...because My Mother has taken you a tender bud and placed you within My Sacred Wounds, I shall mold you, I shall bring to perfection all that I have placed within you, and this shall be hidden from the world... My Hidden Flower, know that I place you in the hands of My Immaculate Mother, and you shall know the tender care of Her Immaculate Heart. Know that I desire to work in you in silence, that you shall suffer many crosses and that to you shall be given the triple martyrdom of body, mind and soul."
She received 634 messages for the world between September 22, 1990 and the Feast of Corpus Christi in 1995. These messages are available in book form titled "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." and available to the reader as well as the 100 Lessons on living our Faith in THE HIDDEN WAY plus the popular Trilogy on the Mysteries of the Rosary imparted by Our Lady and incorporated into three books, "Come, Let us Adore Him" for the Joyful Mysteries, "It is Consummated!" encompassing the Sorrowful Mysteries, and "My Lord and my God!" which comprises the Glorious Mysteries. All of these books are available from The DAILY CATHOLIC. See, Books from the Hidden Flower.
Though her messages to the world have been completed and Our Lord and Our Lady have not imparted any public messages since 1995, she is more attuned to the Holy Spirit than ever before and it is through this guidance that she is moved to write as His willing instrument. Cyndi reveals in her writing that there can be great joy in suffering and that if we do not do so in harmony with God's Holy Will, then the orchestra of the Heavens cannot work effectively in our hearts and souls and there is merely cacaphony and sour notes. Many saints and faithful have and do suffer joyfully because of the graces received through the merits of Jesus Christ. Only through grace and offering our sufferings for the reparation of souls can we attain perfect harmony with the Divine Will in His plan for each of us for each person has been given a gift from God that He expects us to use as an instrument for good in contributing to the total philharmonic spiritual welfare of all God's children.
In her twenty-third installment, Cyndi laments the fact that in many dioceses the faithful didn't exactly get started off on the right foot when the bishops made the glorious Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God an option rather than an obligation. It makes it that much easier to party harder and longer on New Year's Eve without having to get up for Mass the next morning. Hangover be damned It makes it that much easier to roll out of bed and turn on the Rose Parade or endless Bowl games then making the effort to attend Holy Mass. Yes the Church in America has made practicing our faith an option and easier and, in so doing, they have made it that much tougher for Catholics to comprehend Christ's uncompromising Gospel of carrying our cross daily. To counteract that modern conformity, Cyndi recommends going to the Blessed Mother in confidence and intercession to help pave the way for a grace-filled and fruitful New Year in 2001, one that will bring us all closer to our ultimate destination. How we live our lives now will better determine the results at that time. That is the essence of her column this week entitled, Solemnity should be kept solemn!
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