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April 12-14, 1998             SECTION THREE              vol 9, no. 72

EASTER Alleluiah! He is Risen!



Introspective Zeroing In

     In his twenty-eighth column, Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv. brings the reader into focus with his "Hearts to Heart Talk" as he lists some introspectives on the topic Zero Resistance, Zero Ego Drive in his continuing treatise on How to Pray with the Heart. Click on HEARTS TO HEART TALK

How to Pray with the Heart

Column Twenty-Eight: Zero Resistance, Zero Ego Drive

      I would like t take time to do a bit of introspecting. Perhaps you may want to do the same. Perhaps too we can do it together. Just what is it within you and me that would make us bold enough to choose to resist a loving and concerned Father, and/or even to dare to say "No" to Him to things that He asks of us? What is it with us that we would choose to live a life without Him? Does this sound too harsh to you? Maybe you would like to back off and let me do my own introspecting. On the other hand, harsh as it is, we would both have to admit that as long as we belong to the human race, such action is possible to us and to us all.

      As members of one large family, we are al composed of body and soul, all of us are striving for self-realization, all of us are darkened in mind and weakened in heat through the fall of our first parents. Each one of us, however, has a mind of our own and the freedom to follow a path in life which we ourselves make. Though there are many qualities of body and soul which are the same in all of us, there are qualities in MY body and in MY soul which cause ME to individuate myself from eveyone else and choose not only to want to go my way through life, but actually cause me to break away from all others and go it alone.

      The innate desire for independence and resistance seem to go hand in hand. If each of us would recall our earliest days in life, we would have to admit that anytime we got into a scrap with parents or with our peers, it was because we wanted what WE wanted, we wanted to do what WE wanted to do. Parents at times asked for that which we were not willing to give; they were requiring of us that to which we did not wish to bend. It was the same with our peers; we would choose not to march to their drum beat if we had a drum beat of our own. We found early in life that our desire for independence caused us to resist the wishes and the ways of others.

      You have probably noticed that our generation, or age is one of extreme individualism. What does that mean? In our day, especially in our western culture, what seems to have been done by a super human evil force, the cohesive walls of family, community and even nations, have crumbled. In all facets of our culture, whether it be in art, in business, in politics, in religion, a dissolving of what kept some type of unity in all of these, has taken place. It does not seem that ever in all of history has there been such a violent bent to self-worship. In our day not only is resistance directed towards any and every authority, but individuals resisting individuals to the degree that even the natural bonds set up by the Creator are melting away. I think that this is the very thing that Jesus was pointing out when He said "...father against son, son against father, mother against daughter, daughter against mother..." (Luke 12:53). Nor does the dissolving end here. Individuals are breaking apart from within themselves, the body against the spirit, the mind against the will, the emotions against the mind and heart, etc.

      In my next installment, I will continue on this talk about Zero Resistance, Zero Ego Drive bringing you more introspective thoughts.


Bear all wrongs patiently

     With Lent behind us, it doesn't mean to stop prayer, sacrifice and penance; and it doesn't mean we can resume the lifestyle we had before. Most of all, it has reinforced us to be prepared to bear all wrongs against us and others patiently. Through prayer, prudence, and perseverance we can weather the storms ahead. That is the message Jesus counsels us on in Lesson/Meditation #81. These Lesson/Meditations were imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in a series of 100 Meditative Lessons. Click on THE HIDDEN WAY

Lesson/Meditation #81:

BEAR ALL WRONGS PATIENTLY

(Imparted on February 10, 1995 to the Hidden Flower by Our Lord)

      Beloved Hidden Flower of My Mother's Immaculate Heart, I love and bless you. In all things speak to your holy spiritual director. As you well know it is I Who tell him all that he must know of and about you.

      As I speak to My children today, I do so concerning that Spiritual Work of Mercy "Bear All Wrongs Patiently."

      O! How difficult this work of mercy is for you who live in these end times when humanism, rationalism and every sort of heresy abound. Satan lies to your mind which in turn feeds your lower human ego, and rather than "seeing with the soul" you see with ego, which is "I". Your life is a repeated litany of "I want, I need, I demand..."

      Did I Who Am not come to show you how vitally necessary it is for the "I" of self-love to be crossed out? Did I not cancel this "I" of self-love by My Most Sacred and Sorrowful Cross? Therefore, I solemnly tell you he who clings to My Cross learns swiftly to subdue the ego, that is the "I", and to see My Will alone.

      Only in this way does it become possible for you who are Mine to bear all wrongs patiently, deferring all judgment to Me so that you always possess My Peace.

      This Spiritual Work of Mercy is so necessary to spiritual growth. It humbles the soul and makes the soul contrite, for when, in all things, you bear wrongs done unto you patiently, you see those faults within yourself that have done harm to others.

      How, then, do you come to understand the full meaning of this vital Spiritual Work of Mercy? How do you "bear" with the small and big crosses of life, without losing your way on the path of salvation?

      Hear Me, My children, for this particular Spiritual Work of Mercy is that one which will aid you and bring you quickly to a high degree of virtue. It purifies heart and soul, for deriving its life and strength from The Holy Spirit, it enables your soul to patience in all trials by uniting you to My Passion. Thus, you love and forgive in union with Me, and acknowledge that no matter how small or large the hurt done to you, tthe same has already been done unto Me, the Only-Begotten Son of God, Jesus Christ, but to an Infinite Degree.

      Now, little children, I ask you to pray and meditate upon My words. By this Spiritual Work of Mercy you are not bound to condone, approve or neglect to lovingly correct a sinful wrong done to you. This Spiritual Work of Mercy does not make you a weak soul, but rather a strong soul confirmed solidly in your faith for this Spiritual Work of Mercy, which is superior, extends outward to that Corporal Work of Mercy already spoken about which aids you in admonishing the sinner. However, by this work of Mercy, you nevertheless accept with love born of the Holy Spirit the wrong done against you and find within your heart a generosity to forgive the wrong, thereby pleading for Mercy for the person who has done such a wrong, as well as for yourself so that Divine Mercy becomes an Infinite Stream of grace for all the world!

      And what "wrongs" must you bear patiently, which is with forgiveness and mercy?

      By this Spiritual Work of Mercy I Will for all who are Mine to suffer everything, from the thoughtless word or deed, to the most willful word or deed, all for My sake.

      Because your human nature is weak, you must recognize that not one day passes where you do not wound another by a thoughtless word or act. You can wound another not only by speaking and acting, but also by failing to speak or act in a time of need.

      The entire frame-work of The Spiritual Works of Mercy are intertwined To fulfill one is to ultimately live and fulfill each one, which being intertwined lead you swiftly to Paradise.

      Let each of My little children understand well My Words. When you are unjustly judged, do not jump to your defense. Silence is the superior part, and charity demands that you make no response, acknowledging this humiliation as a true gift from Me, while you pray earnestly for he who slanders and judges you unjustly. When you are denied consolation, compassion; when harsh words erupt from flaring emotions; when you neglect a duty or responsibility, when by seer human weakness your best efforts fail to measure up to another's desires, you commend all to Me, forgive by act of your will, and seek Me Alone as Comfort and Strength.

      Many hurts which you carry as great wounds in your heart are wounds that truly do not even exist, but which satan places upon you by his lies and the fact you give the evil one free access to your mind. I solemnly tell you that so many souls and hearts are burdened with anger and bitterness towards another, when in My eyes no willful wrong was ever done and My Compassionate Smile alone suffices to give you forgiveness and a gentle spirit!

      Do not hold grudges against anyone! Do not permit the poison of satan to take a small, unintentional hurt and expand it into unimaginable proportions that stifle the fullness of grace in your soul, and paralyze the action of The Holy Spirit.

      If you are in Me and I in you, why are you so eager to address every wrong, to fight back, to speak uncharitably, to judge, to be unmerciful? Why do you, by such actions, seek to distance yourself from Me and wound My Sacred Heart even more?

      O! Little ones, at every moment your own human nature shall be afflicted. This is the Way of the Cross lived moment to moment. It is acceptance of My Cross in joy and obedience, so that all self-love and self-seeking are eradicated from you, thus purifying your immortal soul.

      In these times of total selfishness My command to you is to be totally self-effacing. Seek only to Love, Forgive and dispense My Divine Mercy to all the world. Cry out to Me daily to give to you a potion of My Sacred Heart whereby bearing all wrongs patiently is that mystical act of being truly crucified with Me, for Me, of Me and in Me. Seek this; all else shall be given to he who so joyfully embraces The Way of the Cross. This is the path, the only path, to holiness and Eternal Joy.

      In these end times you shall learn quickly the importance of this Spiritual Work of Mercy, for you will not be able to persevere unless this Work of Mercy rests in your soul, and is rooted in your heart.

      Pray much and examine your conscience so you may be enlightened by The Holy Spirit. My own Mother shall help you, for the times are critical and you must be secure in My Sacred Heart, My True Presence in the Blessed Sacrament and The Way of My Cross.

      Know I love and bless each of you! Pray, for I Come!

NEXT INSTALLMENT: Lesson/Meditation #82:FORGIVE ALL INJURIES


Medjugorje Monthly Message for March 25th

   Dear children! Also today I call you to fasting and renunciation. Little children, renounce that which hinders you from being closer to Jesus. In a special way I call you: Pray, because only through prayer will you be able to overcome your will and discover the will of God even in the smallest things. By your daily life, little children, you will become an example and witness that you live for Jesus or against Him and His will. Little children, I desire that you become apostles of love. By loving, little children, it will be recognized that you are mine. Thank you for having responded to my call.

For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE

The Essence of the Medjugorje Message

A Call To Peace from the Queen of Peace

According to the testimony of the visionaries in Medjugorje, Our Lady introduced herself: "I am the Queen of Peace" Mary is calling all of humanity to PEACE, PEACE, PEACE - for it is necessary to save all humanity. We have to begin by first creating peace within our hearts, then in our families and then in this war-threatened world. This can be done in the following manner:

COMMITMENT TO GOD

FAITH

PRAYER

FASTING

SACRAMENTS


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