DAILY CATHOLIC TUESDAY August 11, 1998 vol. 9, no. 156
THE HIDDEN WAY
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Lessons/Meditations from Our Lord and Our Lady to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart
STEALING ONLY LEADS TO STOLEN GRACE
Lesson Meditation #98
(Imparted on February 25, 1995 to the Hidden Flower by Our Lord)
Beloved Hidden Flower of My Mother's Immaculate Heart, behold I give you more fully the Cross of Suffering. Behold that which Heaven foretold to you comes to fulfillment. Trust in Me on behalf of My Divine Mercy!
Today, My day, I will address that command, My Seventh which admonishes that: "Thou shalt not steal."
Oh! You have grown lax, My children, because satan multiplies his lies more swiftly than your society multiplies a technology that provides for each of you the temptation to steal.
When you behold My Command your mind focuses at once on those who commit offense against My Command by willfully robbing from any financial institution; by those who break into homes, cars, places of business and steal goods which are not theirs.
But My Command goes far beyond these obvious examples of stealing. First, you must come to a full awareness that I Am God, and all good things come from Me. In this way you come to the virtue of Holy Detachment by which you give praise to Me for all that I give to you, and you also praise Me for all I have given or permitted your neighbor to have. Thus, you are free from jealousy, envy and covetousness, which, therefore, links this Command to My Tenth Command, which admonishes you that thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods.
Whatever you have been given, be it measured by society as little or much, is My gift and, therefore holy and worthy of giving to Me all praise. Because the soul recognized Me, the Supreme Good, the soul rejoices in all of My gifts to My children, and praise is always upon the lips of My little children.
By this Seventh Command and Tenth Command, which are inextricably linked, you grow in virtue, and do not seek anything beyond that which I give freely unto you, while by your holy labor you thank and praise Me for My Infinite Providence.
The soul, recognizing satan's tricks, acknowledges that many of My children justify theft, be it large or small, and the soul clings to My Command lest satan afflict the rational mind with all manner of thought which promotes evil as good, because the laws of your society are unjust.
No, you must not do this. Faith, My children, lifts you up past the injustices and inequality of your laws and clings to My Perfect Will which is clear: "Thou shalt not steal."
Therefore, by My Commands you are obligated to pay all your just debts, to labor to pay for your food and clothing and shelter. You are further obligated at all times to fully respect the property of others, judging not whether your brother or sister uses his/her goods according to My Will.
In this way, it becomes abhorrent for you to take the least thing which is not lawfully yours, while sublime charity constantly prompts you to share what you have, be it little or much, with your neighbor, holding nothing in reserve, for by doing this you fail in your trust in Me.
Hence, in the workplace the materials you use belong not to you but to the company that employs you, and to misuse these materials is theft and a violation of My Command. To neglect the care of that which I have bestowed upon you, both spiritually and materially, is also theft and violates My Perfect Law. To lie or cheat on your lawful obligations of debts and taxes is also theft. No matter how cleverly you conceal your deed, be it to use unlawfully the paper, pencils, stamps, and other materials of your job for your personal use is to fail against My Commands.
If your neighbor's property is harmed by you, whether by willful intent or accidental neglect, My Command lifted up by charity, obliges you to make proper restitution for any and all damage done. As you are to lovingly care for all the things I have given unto you, your soul recognizes My loving hand in the gifts given to others and urges you to respect such gifts, because they come from Me and are rightfully Mine.
Each of you, My little children, have been given spiritual gifts which always take precedence over material gifts. These, then, are your first obligation: To use My spiritual gifts as I intend and to lead a holy life so as never to cause one of My little ones to lose their own spiritual gifts due to any thought, word or deed on your part.
Likewise, by My Seventh and Tenth Command, the weakness of your human nature is lifted up into the supernatural realm, and you thus acknowledge all temporal possessions as gifts from Me, over which I have placed you as guardian. In this way, My children, you then make use of all temporal goods in a holy manner for My Name's Sake, and elevate all things to holiness by which the Holy Spirit leads you to total detachment.
I ask you to ponder well these words on My Seventh and Tenth Commandments. I have spoken of many of the ways you are led to sin against these Commands. But by a full examination of conscience, you will be given a far deeper understanding of My Law by the Holy Spirit, the Sanctifier. I beseech all of My children of these End Times to make such a thorough examination of conscience and a good, holy Confession. In this way you are freed from the snares of temporal attachment, and, being freed, recognize more fully the value and merit of My immeasurable Spiritual gifts which transform you into My Image and Likeness.
I solemnly tell all of My little ones of these End Times: Beware the traps of satan. Be very attentive to all of My Commands, and keep a watchful eye upon the desires of your heart. If you do this, then you shall enter fully into My Way and shall persevere in the spiritual darkness, for you shall abide securely in My Sacred Heart.
Hear Me, oh world! Prepare. Live My Commands and love Me alone above all things. All things shall pass away, and the moment of their passing knocks at the door. Again I say: "Prepare, for I Come!"
THE HIDDEN WAY