THE THEOLOGICAL VIRTUE OF LOVE
This is the Blessed Mother Mary's call to all of us. This is her plea to all her little ones gathered beneath her mantle. The cross each carries will be different. But they all come from the One True Cross of Jesus, Who alone is the Savior of the World. If we look only at Him, then we'll stop looking at one another, making comparisons, and allowing our human weaknesses to get the better of us, and allowing satan to keep us divided. If we look only at Jesus on the Cross, how can we be divided? He died for all mankind, even though He knew there would be many who would not accept Him. He did not compare, grumble, or complain. He was obedient to the Divine Will, even unto death. And so, too, we must be. That is true love.
We must decrease that He may increase in us. This should be everyone's motto so that with Mary, we may stand at the foot of the Cross, and with her offer our lives for the salvation of our own soul, and the souls of others. That is true love.
This way the Resurrection takes on a new meaning - the flowering of fulfillment - the evangelization of God's Love. A love immensely different from the world's finite connotation of "love." This is truly true love!
Love! We're inundated by the word and we've truly lost the real meaning of the term. Our society equates "love" with sex, lust, power, greed, wealth, and amusement. If I'm in love, then I'm love, then I'm really lucky. If I have a spouse who loves me, that's fabulous. And we take "love" for granted, and then wonder why in today's society there are so many divorces, so many acts of abuse between couples, against children, against the unborn, against mankind itself. That is not true love!
If we take a serious look at our world, not just the microcosm of our own daily life, but the much broader picture of the entire planet, where, we might ask, is love? We're hungry for love, because our souls are starving for lack of love. And we're looking for love in every place but the one place where it can truly be found - GOD!
And even when we look to God for Love, we've gotten that all wrong, too, because many have allowed modernism, new ageism and other "isms" and "ologies" to induce us to believe that anything that connotes love must come from God, and is therefore okay, acceptable, and "I can do it, have it, want it, crave it, and work my darndest to get it, no matter the cost to anyone else." That is neither true love nor true charity.
There are those who, by accepting this rationalization of Divine Love, have degraded all Divine and made it the basest of all human emotions. They have dimmed the Light of the Resurrection. If it is not within the strict framework of God's Laws - of God's Will - it is not love!
The embodiment of Love - our Heavenly Mother Mary - has been appearing now for seventeen and a half years at Medjugorje, as well as numerous other reported sites around the globe. Why? To call us back to the reality of Divine Love, which is Perfect, and has absolutely nothing to do with the human emotion or with the human definition of love.
How, in our finite mind, can we understand this? By looking at the Apex of Love - Our Lord, Jesus Christ during His earthly life. Born in a poor and shabby cave on a cold winter night in Bethlehem, where there was no food, no warmth from the elements, no one to adore Him except for His Holy Mother, St. Joseph and the humble shepherds who said "yes." To come into the world this way was pure Love!
The Messiah's life was poor, simple, filled with DIVINE LOVE, which flowed through His Divine Soul, and touched so many lives then, as it continues to do throughout the ages to this present day. But He was human as well, possessing both natures and because of this he had human love for His mother, His foster-father, His cousins, Lazareth whom He wept over, His affection for His Apostles, His disciples, for sinners. That is true love in the human sense taught to us by One Who is Divine.
We need to hearken back to the prayer: Behold this Spotless Victim, hung upon the gibbet of the Cross, in agony unsurpassed by all men throughout all ages, and hear Him say, "Father, forgive them. They known not what they do."I See Him there, mutilated beyond recognition, and I understand in the silence of my soul that, amidst such cruel human suffering, His Soul was in total peace for it was One with the Divine Will. Mary, His Mother - my Mother, stood by her Divine Son and suffered in her soul all He suffered physically and still, she, too, forgave. She also willed only what the Divine Will wanted, and gave up her Son so that the Redemptive Act might be fulfilled. For me Love was born, died and rose again. Amen.
"I am the Resurrection and the Life; he who believes in Me, even if he die, shall live; and whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die." John 11: 25-26.
Next Installment: Part Three of the Theological Virtue of Love
I solemnly tell all of My little ones that the signs upon you now are warnings from God the Father. Look about you and give witness to these warnings which beset your land. Come back to Me. Be humble, obedient little children. Obey My laws and live as Children of God. If you do not return to Me, then the Fire of Heaven shall come quickly, for I will establish My Kingdom as Scripture tells you.
I love you. Will you refuse Love? Unless you change, the warnings will only increase in number and intensity. See the signs with your heart and repent. I await you. I am your Savior, Jesus Christ.
This is truly the Year of Tears. It brings closer the Hour of Great Sorrow. All around you your Heavenly Father warns you of His coming Justice. You refuse to see the signs. You prefer worldly security.
I solemnly tell you all worldly security is passing away before you. Lands ravaged now shall not produce. Rivers will rampage. The water will no longer be safe to drink. Want will be known in every nation, and he who is already among you, who will offer solutions to your worldly wants is God's enemy - satan.
Therefore, lift up your hearts and seek God alone. Come to my Divine Son, the Font of Life, Who sustains you in all trials. Pray. Fast. Make your lives ones of continual sacrifice of your will to the Divine Will.
The signs shall be given. They shall speak of the awesome power of God. Then, like a thief in the night, the Great Justice shall fall from Heaven to purify all of creation.
I, your Mother say anew. Convert your hearts. Pray! Pray! Pray! Thank you for responding to my Call!
Death of Pope Sisinnius, 87th successor of Peter. There was very little noteworthy to report in a very brief pontificate that lasted only 20 days. He worried about the restoration of the walls of Rome which were constantly menaced by the Lombards and Saracens, but he never had the chance to put his reinforcement plans into action.
Death of Saint Joan of Valois, deformed daughter of King Louis XI. Though she was hunch-backed and ugly, she was married for political purposes at the age of 9 to Louis, the Duke of Orleans. Though she remained a virgin, she loved her husband but never bedded with him. When Louis appealed to Pope Alexander VI, the notorious pontiff who kept courtiers, for an annulment, Joan did not stand in his way but saw it as an opportunity to become a religious. After time in seclusion she received help from a Franciscan friar to found a contemplative, cloistered order of nuns with the specific purpose of praying for reconciliation for all our enemies and those who did not share the faith. Even though she suffered from an unknown disease the left her physically doubled over and hideous to look at, she was beautiful on the inside and received her Heavenly crown officially when she was canonized by Pope Pius XII in 1950.
Death of Saint Joseph of Leonissa, austere Capuchin missionary who was also a victim soul, suffering much and offering it all for the honor and glory of God. The fruits of his harvest were many, manifested in countless miracles spiritually and physically.
Death of Saint John de Britto, Jesuit missionary to India who was responsible for many miracles and who, more than once, was captured and subjected to unspeakable tortures but managed to escape until finally at Orirur in Marava, the raja there was so upset with the number of Christian conversions that he ordered de Britto out of the country. But Fr. John, knowing the people needed him, could not obey the order and thus the raja had him beheaded. Like the early Romans, his martyrdom did more for future conversions despite the raja's drastic measures to stop the flow of Christianity.