DAILY CATHOLIC TUESDAY August 18, 1998 vol. 9, no. 161
THE HIDDEN WAY
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Lessons/Meditations from Our Lord and Our Lady to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart
HOLD YOUR TONGUE OR GOD WILL HOLD YOU ACCOUNTABLE
Lesson Meditation #99
(Imparted on February 27, 1995 to the Hidden Flower by Our Lord)
Beloved Hidden Flower of My Mother's Immaculate Heart, I Am with you. During Lent these lessons shall abate, for your suffering is My Holy Will for you during this time. At Easter, I shall tell you what I then wish from you, my poor hidden one who is obedient in all things!
Now, I wish to speak on My Eighth Commandment which is one that is confused in these spiritually dark times. By this Commandment you are told by Me: "Thou shalt not bear false witness against Thy neighbor." First, who is "Thy Neighbor?"
Everyone, for all are My children, even though many do not know Me. I Am God, Creator of All. I seek the Eternal Salvation of all, for My children are made in My Image and Likeness. Behold, My children, this eighth command is not merely an admonition against lying. I do solemnly tell you that obedience to this Command bears the fruit of Divine Charity toward all men. Certainly, you must not speak a willful lie against anyone, for to do so is to scourge Me, to crown Me with thorns, to pierce My Heart through.
This command obliges you to be filled with the Holy Spirit so that you speak the Truth, but with Charity. Therefore, consider how you conduct yourself in all manner of speech.
Do you keep guard over your tongue, which quickly translates your thoughts into speech? Or, do you "speak your mind," boasting that your "opinions" are good because you live My Command?
Oh! Be very careful! How many souls are in Purgatory because they did not abide by this Command but spoke out only to sin against charity?
How often you slander, calumniate and literally "kill" one of My children by your unchecked speech which demeans, degrades and drives the person far away from Me! You justify speaking your opinion based upon false pride and self-righteousness, coupled with judgmentalness. It would be better for you not to speak than to offend even one of My children by use of your tongue.
Kindness and Truth become Mercy when poured out of your mouth by the Holy Spirit. Charity obliges you to see Me in all of My poor little ones and calls you to be for them a True Light in spiritual darkness.
By this Commandment, you are to carefully guard your neighbor's reputation at all times. Thus, by charity, if your neighbor sins you are to pray and make sacrifice for that person. Only when the Holy Spirit prompts are you to speak-and then directly to the person. Never must you exercise your tongue in long discussions with others about a person's behavior, problems or what you judge as lack of holiness.
I Who Am Judge, and I alone know each heart. You do not.
Therefore, if you would mount the heights of perfection, you will heed this Command at all times, and recognize how often you fail to keep this Command. You fail when you listen to idle human talk that divides My flock, and spews forth venom no matter how righteous such idle speech sounds. How dare any of you make fun of one of My children in order to feel a self-satisfaction that you are on the right path but the other person or people are not. O! Lack of Charity! Lack of Mercy!
Do you believe by caustic remarks covered over and disguised as a 'joke' that you are doing My Will, living as I taught you so that you are My instrument to bring My wayward sheep back to Me? Oh! Lack of true humility of heart which knows how to admonish firmly but with love-honey to bring My lost children back to My Mercy and Forgiveness.
Cease your judgments of people. Commend them to me. Pray for all, and do as I Command you in the Spirit of Truth, which is both gentle yet firm.
Learn from Me! Read Sacred Scripture and this Commandment, fully obeyed, shall bring to you My Peace and place you in the refuge of My Most Sacred and Merciful Heart.
Be love to all and do not count the cost. Speak to and about others as you wish to be spoken to and about.
Again, I solemnly tell you, satan blinds you. He masquerades slander, calumny and all manner of uncharitable speech as holy and righteous in My Name, by puffing up your pride while killing all trace of humility in you.
He who is humble acknowledges the wickedness of his tongue, and keeps guard over it. He who is proud does not recognize his opinionated speech as a sin against My Command, and the intellect and pride lock out My Voice of Compassion, Love and Forgiveness.
Heed My Words. Amend your lives by keeping custody of your tongue. In this way you shall have My Peace and you shall help to bring the Reign of My Sacred Heart to the world.
I love and bless you. Prepare, for I Come!
THE HIDDEN WAY