DAILY CATHOLIC TUESDAY June 23, 1998 vol. 9, no. 121
THE HIDDEN WAY
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Lessons/Meditations from Our Lord and Our Lady to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart
TEN RULES FOR ETERNAL LIFE!
Lesson Meditation #91
(Imparted on February 20, 1995 to the Hidden Flower by Our Lord)
Beloved Hidden Flower of My Mother's Immaculate Heart, I love and bless you. Be at great peace, for it is I, Jesus Christ, Who speaks. Thank you for always testing My voice, for this obliges Me to even more Mercy upon the world as I have asked you to be My intercessor for Divine Mercy.
In this world where faith has been dimmed and diminished by chaos, confusion and all manner of evil, I wish to instruct My children once again in My Law, My Way.
Beloved little children, to My people I first gave My Ten Commandments. These laws obliged all who pro- fessed belief in Me to live according to My Commands. Why did I give them? The evil one would cause you to rationalize that these Ten Command- ments were given to stifle and imprison you, to keep you enslaved by My yoke, instead of realizing full human freedom.
Oh! Woe to all who preach this to My children when according to My grace, they know the Truth and twist it. These Ten Commandments do not enslave, as you humanly define slavery. They are, in Truth, the means to total freedom-from all sin and evil. By obeying My Commands the life of your soul becomes as a bonfire which glows so brightly that all sin, wickedness is blotted out by My Light, which is Life. These Ten Commandments contain all that I ask of you, My children. In My earthly life I taught you that these Ten Commandments were fully contained in the Two Great Commandments: "Love God and love your neighbor as you love yourself. Further, I gave you examples of My Commands when I taught you the Beatitudes, which in turn contain all virtue, all corporal and spiritual works of Mercy.
Thus, what man has done because of his human weakness, his pride and the whispered lies is to make knowing Me, loving Me and serving Me, a complicated tome of theology which stifles the soul and causes division.
While I Am, and thus you cannot fully grasp Me with finite intelligence, I have expressed and revealed Myself to you in such a way that to know, love and serve Me is truly very simple and possible, through your willingness to be totally surrendered to Me. Though I Am All, I Am simple to those whose souls are clear and uncluttered, because the Holy Spirit sweeps aside all debris.
Now, I wish to examine My first command: "I Am the Lord thy God; thou shalt not have strange gods before Me."
I Am. From everlasting to everlasting. Without beginning. Without end. Eternal. Faith pulls you beyond the limits of time and allows you to believe Me.
Now, you have misunderstood because you interpret and do not discern My Words, what are the strange gods you put before Me.
Clearly in Sacred Scripture I pointed out the false gods chosen by my children. Therefore, in your "enlightened" age you look about and see no graven idols which you worship, and commend yourselves for being better than your forefathers who carved images of beasts and bestowed on these objects powers which are Mine alone.
Yet you fail to see how you fail this first Commandment because you place many things above Me, relegating me, your God, to a lowly position in your life. To worship and adore Me, to give all honor and glory to Me is bothersome, boring and brings you no sensible pleasure.
You worship your goods because you seek always more and more possessions. You place a person whom you choose to love with human love above Me, Who created human love and Who is to be given all love in a sublime, mystical way.
You place your job above Me. You work for an ever-better position which brings worldly recognition to you, while you fail to give to Me all the honor and glory. Furthermore, you fail in obedience to My first Commandment by the total devotion you give to entertainment, which helps you to spend hours of useless pleasure when you do not first commend to Me all honor for allowing you good and holy re-creation, and cause such recreation to turn into an abomination before Me.
Today you bestow all honors upon men who are endowed with gifts of athletic ability, eloquence of speech, beauty of body, and many other qualities which attract your senses. Never do you pause to recognize that these gifts are Mine. I give them to those whom I choose, that by using them they return all honor and glory to Me. Instead, these people misuse their gifts and see themselves as gods, while you prefer to follow them rather than Me, Who Am!
Little children, listen well to My Words which I give in Love and Mercy, so that you may set Me at the center of your life. The First Commandment obliges you to make every effort to find out what I have revealed. These revelations are contained in Sacred Scripture, in the Dogmas, Doctrines and Traditions of My One True Church. Then, having made this effort to find Me, the First Commandment obliges you to firmly believe what I have revealed, for you know by grace and infused knowledge that I Who Am cannot be deceived, nor do I deceive, for I Am Truth. Then by the First Commandment you are obligated to profess your faith openly to all the world, particularly in the manner in which you live. What makes this possible? It is love. Love of Me, for me, through me, In Me and for Me. Love lifts up faith and makes the invisible known to the soul. Love makes faith hungry to always know Me, to seek Me more surely and to trust Me absolutely.
If you live My First Commandment, what need have you of men's approval? What need have you to be anxious or fearful over anything? The First Commandment, the cornerstone, set firmly in the fertile soil of your soul, acknowledges My Infinite Providence and turns to Me in all things. Thus, you are freed from the heavy burden of fear, anxiety, of always possessing more and more things, so that you shall not know want in your human life.
But I solemnly tell you that I give to all Who are truly Mine all that they need. To those whose hearts are on fire with Love, I make known the triviality of all earthly pleasures and feed your immortal soul to overflowing.
I solemnly tell you it is far better to know want in this life, than to be found wanting in the next. Therefore, examine your conscience well upon this First Commandment, and see to rid yourself by repeated acts of faith, hope and love, as well as ceaseless prayers, of all that comes before Me. Subject yourself and all thins unto me, and you shall be made pure by the Fire of Divine Love, coming quickly into the secure refuge of My Most Sacred Heart.
I solemnly tell you that My Commands liberate the soul by subduing the human ego and passions. If you reverse this Command then you are enslaved to your weakness and subject to satan's every trick. You are not free to love Me, but enslaved to lowly human desires, all of which shall pass away in the twinkling of an eye.
Heed My Words and prepare well to be of strong faith, for I solemnly tell you: I Come.
THE HIDDEN WAY