DAILY CATHOLIC TUESDAY May 19, 1998 vol. 9, no. 97
THE HIDDEN WAY
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Lessons/Meditations from Our Lord and Our Lady to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart
THE CARDINAL VIRTUE OF FORTITUDE
Lesson Meditation #86
(Imparted on February 15, 1995 to the Hidden Flower by Our Lord)
Beloved Hidden Flower of My Mother's Immaculate Heart, do not grieve over thoughts which come fleetingly into your mind, for these do not cause Me sorrow. Rather, I Am greatly comforted because at the instant you recognize them in faith and trust do you call out My Name, seeking only humility in My Sacred Wounds. Let all of My children realize this and do as I ask: Trust in Me!
O! How weak My children have become in FORTITUDE, which disposes you to do that which is right despite all difficulties.
Rather, My enemy, satan, has taken fortitude from you and he has replaced it with the strong human will to seek ease, comfort in all things.
The holy virtue of Fortitude disposes your soul to cling to Me, the Way, the Truth and the Life. As if a mirror, Fortitude looks at Me, receives My Truth and reflects it back to you who are My child, enabling you to see that which is right and just before Me.
When you are alive with Fortitude you bear My armor and go forward one moment at a time toward Me, your Eternal God, your Eternal Goal.
But human life, due to Original Sin and your weakened nature, is not a path of glory. The evil one, seeing your misery whispers to you incessantly that you do not have to travel through thorny brambles, but he points out to you his falsehoods-for he shows to you a life resplendent with worldly luxuries, which give the mortal body every conceivable comfort. Your nature, unfortified by holy virtue, leaps into the arms of satan where you revel in finite pleasures and neglect fully your soul which is immortal.
Does not Sacred Scripture tell you that in the end times, despite My many warnings and miracles, mankind shall choose the false mirage of satan, and be lost to the true Light?
Is this not the very case of the world today? Fortitude has been replaced by selfishness. This selfishness is so rampant that My Gospel has been as diluted as to bear no meaning for you. Without Fortitude you are helpless victims of satan and all his cohorts, which are legion. You do not recognize these demons who pull at your human weakness, because you search for any way and means to escape the slightest discomfort.
To possess Holy Fortitude is to labor in My vineyard, unconscious of the heavy sweat of your labor. Fortitude does not look at bodily pain and discomfort. Fortitude accepts these sufferings in My Name. Nor does Fortitude look at the sufferings of the world, nor does it hear the mockery, rebuffs, persecutions hurled against you by those who have lost faith and seek their joy in their earthly life. Fortitude is that virtue which propels you onward into My eternal embrace and counts as nothing the wear on the mortal body, nor the wounds to the heart. Fortitude enables you to carry such bodily hurts and heart-felt wounds as precious treasures which you humbly lay at the Foot of My Cross for love of Me. Holy Fortitude streams from My Most Precious wounds. It strengthens, nourishes, encourages and assists the soul to remain united to Me in all things.
I do solemnly tell you that by the virtue of Fortitude you, who are My children, grow strong in faith. You are filled with holy trust and love transcends all human emotions. Because of Holy Fortitude you are chained, as it were, to My Sacred Cross. Your abode is the Refuge of My Sacred Heart and you receive comfort in all afflictions.
But if you permit Fortitude to die, you are as a dead person whose grave has not been readied. Aimlessly, lifelessly, you wander from thing to thing, from person to person searching for that which will ease the sorrows of earthly life. And in each circumstance you find neither comfort or solace because you do not have Fortitude, which comes only from Me. Instead, you grow more restless, more eager for your own pleasure and thus, not finding it, you are led by satan to despair.
I solemnly tell you that so sadly has Holy Fortitude been rejected that every conceivable evil now exists upon the face of the earth. Life is disdained. Murder, especially of the unborn, is an abomination before Me. Reverence for Me, respect for My Laws, and consequently respect for all men does not exist, because you do not have Fortitude.
Go then to Confession and receive My Mercy and Forgiveness so that the virtue of Fortitude may once again shine forth from your soul. By frequent Mass and Holy Communion, your Fortitude will never be diminished, but will glow brightly in your dark, sinful world.
Pray much. Make sacrifice. Mortify your body that the virtue of Holy Fortitude may be a guide in these end times. You must be courageous in seeking and doing that which is right, for if you do not seek and do as I have commanded, you cannot say you are Mine.
Heed My Words, dear children. I give them to strengthen you so that you might persevere. I solemnly tell you: I Come!
THE HIDDEN WAY