Selections from Letters to the Community
Fr. Jordi Rivero
Today is Christ the King,
today the doors of mercy close.
But Christ is eternally both King and Mercy.
The closing of the doors of mercy is not the end of mercy; it reminds us that we have received extraordinary mercy and that our life is passing and we will be judged, so we need to open our hearts to mercy while we have time. The Lord cries over the hardness of our hearts and is warning us about the consequences that we are bringing upon ourselves. The year of Mercy has been an urgent call to humanity to repent and turn to God’s mercy.
The Lord told Saint Faustina #1146 “Whoever does not pass through the door of My mercy, must pass through the door of My justice.”
Justice is not the end of mercy, rather it brings to light the evil of sin that has been accumulating. When the Lord says that the time of mercy is coming to an end it means that severe action will be needed in order to correct the consequences of sin. For example, a doctor warns you that your wounded arm needs to be treated, but you ignore him because the treatment is painful. Then the arm gets worse, until one day the doctor declares that the arm must be amputated. The doctor is being merciful because amputation is necessary to save your life. The doctor has spoken the truth and has brought to light the severe condition of the arm.
Jesus was challenged to come down from the Cross:
“Are you not the Christ?
Save yourself and us.”
They got it backwards.
By STAYING on the Cross Jesus revealed that He is truly KING. He freely chose to die loving and forgiving. Those who crucified Him did not understand their own need for that love and forgiveness. But one thief opened his heart and the Spirit filled him. He came to know Love Crucified and was brought to paradise. It is easy to recognize Him as King in the image above, but during His earthly life He was the Crucified King.
Please pray and ask yourself: Is my heart open to the mystery of Christ the KING? Is He King over me? Does He have FULL authority over me (heart, thoughts, time, possessions) or do I give Him a part and keep the rest? Do I see as the world or is my mind filled with the Spirit? Am I ONE victim of love with Christ?
See also Christ not our king
Hoy es Cristo Rey, hoy se cierran las puertas de la misericordia.
Pero Cristo es eternamente Rey y Misericordia.
El cierre de las puertas no es el fin de la misericordia, mas bien nos recuerda que hemos recibido extraordinaria misericordia, que nuestra vida pasa y seremos juzgados. Necesitamos abrir nuestros corazones a la misericordia mientras tenemos tiempo. El Señor clama por la dureza de nuestros corazones y nos está advirtiendo sobre las consecuencias. El año de la Misericordia ha sido un llamamiento urgente a la humanidad para que se arrepienta y se vuelva a la misericordia de Dios.
El Señor le dijo a Santa Faustina # 1146: "El que no pasa por la puerta de Mi misericordia, debe pasar por la puerta de Mi justicia".
La justicia no es el final de la misericordia sino que trae a la luz el mal del pecado que se ha acumulado. Cuando el Señor dice que el tiempo de misericordia está llegando a su fin, significa que será necesaria una acción severa para corregir las consecuencias del pecado. Por ejemplo, un médico te advierte que tu brazo herido necesita ser tratado, pero lo ignoras porque el tratamiento es doloroso. Luego el brazo se pone peor, hasta que un día el médico declara que el brazo debe ser amputado. El médico es misericordioso pero juzga que la amputación es necesaria para salvarte la vida. El médico ha dicho la verdad y ha puesto en evidencia la severa condición del brazo.
Jesús fue desafiado a bajar de la Cruz:
"¿No eres tú el Cristo?
Sálvate a ti mismo y a nosotros"
Es la lógica del mundo. No ve.
Al permanecer en la cruz Jesús reveló que Él es verdaderamente REY. Él eligió libremente morir amando y perdonando. Aquellos que le crucificaron no entendieron que ellos mismos tenían necesidad de ese amor y perdón. Pero un ladrón abrió su corazón y el Espíritu lo llenó. Llegó a conocer el Amor Crucificado y fue llevado al paraíso. Es más facil verlo como rey como en la imagen de arriba, pero en la tierra Él fue un rey crucificado.
Por favor ora y pregúntate: ¿Está mi corazón abierto al misterio de Cristo Rey? ¿Es Él Rey sobre mí? ¿Tiene Él autoridad COMPLETA sobre mí (corazón, pensamientos, tiempo, posesiones) o le doy una parte y guardo el resto? ¿Veo como el mundo o mi mente está llena del Espíritu? ¿Soy UNA víctima del amor con Cristo?
Prepare for covenant, Feb 2015.
May the blessings of our Lord be with you.
The Lord has been speaking to me through the readings these days:
Jesus was baptized and immediately hurled into the desert. He went through this first and we all follow. We too are baptized and hurled into the world which is no longer a paradise but a desert. We too have many adversities and hungers which the enemy exploits and uses to tempt us.
We are in a serious battle but the Lord is with us and He has provided a Path to victory. I believe that our Community covenant is an integral part of the Lord’s provision.
Four of our beloved sisters are preparing to covenant and those of us already covenanted will renew. Let us pray! I ask our four sisters and all renewing, to discern carefully so that it is done with full mature conviction. We should not be deterred by fear of not being able to live this vocation. God will provide if we let Him. The determining factor is the heart. To see and to be willing to enter this battle and to want to enter it with this family and with this Path.
The Path takes us to the Cross and to seek self knowledge. It is therefore ESSENTIAL that we accept that WE need self-knowledge and that we engage seriously in accompaniment to go deep. It is also ESSENTIAL that we acknowledge that we have wounds and that we need healing. It is a TEMPTATION to think that we are already fully healed. Such temptation can be wrapped in lots of piety, novenas, devotions, good works… The devil is happy that we do all those things if they make us feel that we don’t need further self-knowledge and that we have no wounds. Without a willingness to see our wounds and the defense mechanisms that we use to cover them up, we cannot advance in the Path nor live the covenant of the community.
Accompaniment needs to take us to the Path to see how we are living it concretely.
The Lord has told us that we have entered decisive times and has been forming us. It is up to us to believe and respond.
Also in the readings these days, God told Moses to lead the people out of slavery. Moses did not know how he could do this. How could he face the Pharaoh? He ran into serious trouble, both with Pharaoh and with the Israelites. Nobody believed him. Both sides got angry at him. Moses would rather return to Median and tend the flock, but God insisted.
I think of Lourdes and her call to raise an army of victim souls to restore the priesthood, to propitiate a new Pentecost and the reign of the Immaculate. She too suffers seeing such few respond as she lives the deep groans of God and the seriousness of the messages she has received. She too suffers her own wounds and her fears of rejection to proclaim the messages. She too constantly cries out to God, “How Lord?”
But the call is also for each of us. It took me time to realize how profound, how real and how urgent this call is. At first I was afraid to speak boldly about the messages, I was afraid of being judged or misunderstood. But I was convicted by the Lord and He has changed my life.
This Lent, let us not come up with something to do or not do for God. Let us listen to Him and seek with complete abandonment to respond to what He is telling us. Do you hear God speaking through the Word, the Pope, the Community and your heart? Let us accompany Jesus and allow Him to fill us with the Holy Spirit.
PATH: A new edition is online. The first 2 chapters have been revised. There first 2 chapters are now also in Spanish.
NEWS: Today I found out I am going to Medjugorje Saturday. I had no idea! Its a special mission I have been requested to fulfill. I believe Our Mother is doing this and she will tell me more later. I believe she is preparing us and bringing us under her mantle at this critical time. I go with the Community in my heart, to consecrate it and each by name to Our Mother. Please send me your intentions and I will place them at the foot of the Cross there.
I hope to be at cenacle in Miami Thursday. We will have Mass at 7:30PM.
Please continue to pray for our brother Hector.
May the Lord bless you and your families. We love you very much!
Father Jordi Rivero
Christmas 2014, Our Father/The Church.
As we approach the birth of our Lord Jesus, you are in my heart. Together with Mary and Joseph we prepare for His coming.
I just filled gas tank and, even though I live in rural Georgia, the attendant is muslim. I told him I would pray to God for him since we are all children of God. He responded sternly, "No. God has no children" I felt the sorrow of God for this poor man and for the multitudes who think this way (there are more muslims than christians in the world). I also felt the sorrow of God for so many, including Christians, who have no relationship with God as Father. I felt the sorrow for our persecuted brothers and sisters. But I also believe with all my heart that "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it". (John 1:5)
No matter how impossible it appears, the Light will prevail. Let us participate in the victory through our victim love.
Dear Family, let us praise the Lord and thank Him for our faith. The Father sent His SON to bring all of us, His children, back. We must appreciate our faith - it is the greatest gift.
Then we must console the Lord and witness to all.
I need to speak about faith
There is a powerful stirring of the Holy Spirit entering the Church through our Holy Father. We need to go beyond his personal charism. To understand what is happening, we must be willing to have our mindset and securities shaken. The Spirit wants to take us deep in the Heart of Jesus and renew the way we understanding our faith.
Pope Francis is teaching us that the Church is suffering sterility because there is much rigidity, legalism and narrow mindedness. Catholics, including clergy, tend to view the Church as an institution. We comment on the gospels, we learn the catechism, but we don’t know the power of Christ to live in us.
This are the recent words of the Pope:
Church is Mother, not entrepreneur -Dec 19, 2014
(I) think of our mother Church and of so much sterility within our Mother Church: when because of the weight of the hope in the Commandments, that pelagianism that all of us carry within our bones, she becomes sterile. She believes she is capable of giving birth… no, she can’t! The Church is a mother and only becomes a mother when she opens to the newness of God, to the strength of the Spirit. When she says to herself: "I do everything, but I’ve finished, I can’t go forward!", the Spirit comes."
Let’s pray. That this Christmas our Church may be open to the gift of God, that she may allow herself to be surprised by the Holy Spirit and be a Church that gives birth, a mother Church. Many times I think that in some places the Church is more like an entrepreneur than a mother."
-See more of his teachings in this topic on our site http://lovecrucified.com/_other/legalism.html
Dear family, when we don’t know the power of God to live a new life, we are swept away with the secularism of the world or we become entrenched in the security of the law like the Pharisees. We do not expect the Holy Spirit to truly guide and fill the Church and each of us with FIRE. We have grown up this way so we don’t see it unless we ask the Lord to give us new eyes.
The Lord wants to shake up the Church and bring about a new Pentecost! But first we need to enter into prayer with Mary and with Peter!
May you have a holy Christmas pondering the love of God made man!
Pray for persecuted Christians and conversions of persecutors
On November 4 a crowd in Pakistan attacked a young Christian couple who has 3 children and was pregnant with the 4th (I thought of our Juliana and Erni). They were falsely accused of blasphemy. They were tortured and burned alive in a brick kiln. This is the kind of evil that is increasing in the world.
As we suffer and pray for the persecuted Church, we are blessed and transformed as one with Christ. http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/pakistani-christians-tortured-and-killed-on-false-accusation-of-blasphemy/
The Sign of Peace Controversy
"Ditch The Sign of Peace or 'Take your stinking paws off me you darn dirty ape!'". This is the title of an article on the sign of peace during Mass, which appeared in a respected Catholic website (ncregister.com). It was followed by numerous comments, many of them harshly rejecting the sign of peace, some lacking in charity. This is an opportunity to remind you that the Liturgy does not belong to us but to the Church. Only the pope, and those he has delegated, have authority to make changes. We should seek to understand and live fully the Mass as it is. It is fine to have diverse opinions, but always with humble submission to the Church and with charity towards all. For example: if you prefer to receive The Lord on the tongue, fine, but don't judge those who receive in the hand and vise versa.
Something is wrong when, at a time when our Christian brothers are suffering a genocide, we are attacking each other over the sign of peace. In addition, some of the commentaries revealed a lack of understanding that the Mass is the true source of community.
Recognizing Jesus as The Lord, present in the Eucharist, should move us to recognize our brothers and sisters with whom we become one Body in Him. The sign of peace makes this connection. We cannot receive the Lord unless we first make peace (Cf. Mt 5:23). Jesus, at the Cross, turned the attention of His mother and St John to each other. This was not a distraction but rather a fruit of lives centered in adoring HIM. We may have diverse opinions on the sign of peace, but let it not be occasion for calling anyone a “dirty ape”, not even in jest.
The Grace of Fatherhood
The Lord is giving me the grace of spiritual fatherhood in a deeper way.
Being a father grows as we cooperate with God's grace. He is THE Father. All others can live their fatherhood to the extent they allow God to act through them, not only providing but also personally loving them.
the Vatican Council gave us a new awareness of the unity that should exist between priests and laity, clericalism and paternalism continue to be a problem.
It used to be that for priests to have a deep fatherly love for his parishioners was viewed as a weakness that hampers their freedom. They had to be detached and ready to be moved to another assignment. But true love does not work against God. Reading St. Paul, the greatest missionary of the Church, who founded many churches, I realized that he continued to love his sons and daughters, being attentive to their needs, suffering and rejoicing with them, as is well demonstrated in his letters. When the had to leave them, he carried them in his heart. (See my article >>> ).
Another inspiration for me is Padre Pio. He had many spiritual sons and daughters. He said:
- ‘I love my Spiritual Children as much as my own soul and even more.’
- 'Once I take a soul on, I also take on their entire family as my spiritual children.'
-'To my Spiritual Children, my prayers for you will never be lacking.'
- 'If one of my spiritual children ever goes astray, I shall leave my flock and seek him out.'
I understand Padre Pio because that is how I love you my dear sons and daughters. His love for them came from his union with Jesus as he offered himself with Christ to the Father at Holy Mass. He did not pamper them, he called them to love Christ and enter His passion of love at the Cross.
Love Crucified is not something we do, it is a vocation to live to the fullest our baptismal union with Christ. This union is an unquenchable fire that takes us to the Cross.
The Blessed Mother reportedly recently said at Medjugorje: "Pray for your shepherds that they may always have love for you as my Son had and showed by giving His life for your salvation." This is what the Mothers of the Cross live daily. They do not pamper priests but help them immolate themselves at the altar. A priest is a priest to make Jesus present among us, all the way to the Cross.
Let us pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters. They are being martyred!
Let us pray for the conversion of persecutors.
LET US LEARN FROM THIS!
Our weapons are the Holy Mass, the rosary, our lives totally given to the Lord with Mary. The battle of Lepanto was a victory when Islam threatened to destroy Christendom. It was won with immense suffering and with the rosary.
Saint Clare stopped the Muslim invasion of her town with the Eucharist. She was very sick in bed but she knew that if the invaders got into the convent her sisters would be raped and killed. She asked to be moved to the window facing the advancing troops and with the Eucharist at hand she asked hear Divine Husband for protection. The Lord heard her prayer and caused the enemy to flee.
We too are going to be increasingly persecuted, even by those close to us.
Many around us are choosing to flow with the world where the light of Christ is being shut down. While many still claim to be Christian, the truth is compromised . We will be pressured to do the same and will be told that we are out of touch. One of the hardest attacks is when they tell us we must put family first, meaning that we must bow to their values and expectations. We know the importance of the family so this will be specially painful. We are resolved to love them, be patient with them, forgive them, serve them, but we cannot do what offends the Lord. Sounds good to say "family first" but not above God. That would be a fallacy because putting family over God only creates a false concept of family. Only God forms the true family. Remember that the Mafia also says "family first" meaning that the clan must support the criminal activity of the godfather.
Today's reading, I Cor 4:16, moved me to think of my vocation as father
You might have thousands of guardians in Christ, but not more than one father and it was I who begot you in Christ Jesus by preaching the Good News. That is why I beg you to copy me.
I am a father first for all as a Catholic priest, given to all (that is why I am in mission in Colombia right now!). Then in my community I have a special covenant as father of the family. Like Paul, I must give my life for you and not be ashamed of loving, teaching and correcting as a father.
Knowledge of God does not come naturally. We must seek the Holy Spirit.
God created us to be His sons. For this reason He endowed us with the capacity to know Him. What would be the value of being sons if we did not know our Father? But what does it mean to know God? It requires knowledge of the revealed truth. That is why we must study the catechism. But that is not enough. We could have a doctorate in theology and still not know God. Only the Holy Spirit dwelling in us can enlighten our minds and give us knowledge of God.
Unless it absorbs the gift of the Spirit through faith, the mind has the ability to know God but lacks the light necessary for that knowledge.
This unique gift which is in Christ is offered in its fullness to everyone. It is everywhere available, but it is given to each man in proportion to his readiness to receive it. Its presence is the fuller, the greater a man’s desire to be worthy of it. This gift will remain with us until the end of the world, and will be our comfort in the time of waiting. By the favours it bestows, it is the pledge of our hope for the future, the light of our minds, and the splendour that irradiates our understanding. -Div. Office, Friday, VII week of Easter.
Why being baptized is not enough
We received the Spirit in baptism but He will not take authority over our lives unless we humbly turn to Him daily and ask Him to do so. He must increase and must decrease. We must believe and thus respond to God's promise of a new life in Him. This means we allow Him to put to death the roots of sin in our lives so that our hearts belong entirely to Him. God wants to do this in every soul but finds very few well disposed. He respects our freedom. That is why God reveals himself only to the humble, to the child like.
We want to stop sinning but at the same time retain our heart's love for sin.
Sin thrives as long as its root is alive. This root of sin is a powerful force that has infected humanity since the fall. Our minds were created to delight in the truth, the beauty and the love of God and to express it through our bodies. by a mind that is full ofNo longer united with God our minds experience a terrible emptiness that is then filled by the cravings of the flesh for self satisfaction. The flesh that was meant to express the glory of God, once no longer directed by a mind that Not even observing the law could keep men from falling. God Himself provided is not only remedy by sending His Son to die on the cross for our salvation.
The power of the Cross is not just to keep us from sinning. an act. It is a system, t is true that we have such root of sin in us that inclines us to actually sin. We call it concupiscence. But Christ died on the Cross to give to heal us and bring us to a new life. This is the work of redemption. The power of the cross goes to the root of the problem of sin to set us free. For this we must apply the power of the Cross. This is a lifetime process but we can see the powerful results in our lives.
We want to avoid sin but keep its root alive in our hearts. The root of sin is our desire for it. This desire means that our hearts see sin as happiness. As Christians we know that such "happiness" is forbidden by God and so we must not act upon it, but we think that the desire itself is part of nature and thus we can do nothing about it. It is normal. So we have no choice but to live repressed lives, unable to do what we really desire. Forfeiting happiness in this world for the sake of the next.
So we try not to sin, but the desire overwhelms us and we fall. The root is alive and continues to sprout. Our will is to weak.
Our Christian formation informs us that sinning We want to retain the desire. We want to think that it is not possible to kill it and that all God expects is that we do not actually do it. We hear parents say: "Boy will be boys". This means that The truth is that we want to keep it near us as this satisfies the flesh. We fool ourselves thinking that we are not sinning because we are not actually going to act upon our desire.
Living in the Holy Spirit is not the same as flowing with our desires.
In fact we cannot trust our desires. They are what St. Paul calls the flesh. As we grow in the Spirit we also grow in good desires, but we must test then not to be fooled by the enemy. Now, testing is not the same represing. We must be confident in God's desire to be One with us.
Galatians 5:16,22-23,25 If you are guided by the Spirit you will be in no danger of yielding to self-indulgence. What the Spirit brings is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control. Since the Spirit is our life, let us be directed by the Spirit.
Faithfulness is Proven with Time.
Fr. Jordi, Jan 19, 2010
The Lord has begun to reveal to us the love of the Cross. It is He who places in us the desire to respond as victim souls. And yet our minds are still weak and therefore incapable of responding fully. The Holy Spirit has much yet to do in us, to renew our minds to be one with Christ. Who will persevere? Peter loved Jesus and he though he would persevere...
Even though we have great challenges in our personal lives, the Love Crucified family has thus far been a joy for us. We should be grateful. The Lord has thus far given us great consolation and joy in our friendships. But we too will be tested. The Lord wants us take us to such unity with Him that if our path brings uffering and disillusionments, we still persevere, for we are not in Him to receive consolations but to console Him with our offering of our lives.
The Temptation to stay where we are
- Fr George Kosicki, Spiritual Warfare pg. 47
Christ crucified and risen is our victory! Rejoice! What has happened to Christ Jesus is to happen to us. We are to follow His steps to victory. And this is a real point of attack for Satan. He does not want us to "move on" as described in the Letter to the Hebrews, Chapter 5 and 6. Satan wants to prevent us from "moving on" to the maturity of victim-intercession. He want to prevent another crucificion at any cost. The crucificion of Christ´s Body, the Church, will mean the final completion of the warfare. We experience Satan´s attacks by his tempations to stay where we are, not to "move on". We experience fears of death (Heb. 2,15) and fears of the Cross. We take our eyes off our victorious Lord and look to our weakness and fears. This is Satan´s tactic. The battle cry of the Christian, however, is "Look to Jesus!" "Look to Christ Crucified and Risen! Rejoice for the accuser of our brothers is cast out!" The tomb is empty!