Faith, Do I Believe?, Part II
What to do when we enter a storm (trials, challenges...). This is the process to go from our suffering, to self knowledge, to repentance, to a more perfect faith.

Lourdes Pinto, July 26, 2018

Isaiah 7:2-4

When the house of David was told, "Syria is in league with Ephraim," his heart and the heart of his people shook as the trees of the forest shake before the wind.

And the LORD said to Isaiah, "Go forth to meet Ahaz… and say to him, `Take heed, be quiet, do not fear, and do not let your heart be faint

 

I.        TAKE HEED

-        To be attentive to our hearts and to God

-        During the storms of our lives we are also shaken, and our emotions can be so intense that we too become confused, scared and react in those intense emotions.

 

1.     We need to be attentive to what is happening in our hearts, so we need to BE QUIET

-        PRAY, and ask the Holy Spirit & Mary to enter our hearts with us.

-        Path pp.106-107, Being attentive and going deeper by asking, “Why?”

-        What is the piercing I am feeling?

-        What is the pain? Name it.

-        Why am I feeling such an intense sorrow?

We need to begin to dissect the pure pain from the emotions of resentment, anger, revenge, hatred, disappointment, frustration & discouragement by asking the questions in prayer and journaling the answers.  This process will begin to quiet our hearts so that we can become attentive to the movements of the Holy Spirit guiding us through this process.

-        What negative emotions am I feeling? Be transparent with God.

-        Why do I feel so much resentment, anger…?

-        How have I reacted? What did I say? How did I gaze?

 

#105 ,p.292

By being attentive to how you use your hands or

fail to use your hands, how you gaze at others, and

how the words flow from your lips, you will come to

know the sin that remains in your hearts. My Mother

is forming each of you to be My living chalices.

 

2.   Give the negative emotions to Christ and REMAIN in the PURE PAIN.

If I reacted in anger, REPENT. First, to the person I hurt and then in confession.

 

3.   Suffer the pure pain WITH Christ, NOT ALONE! See our sorrow in Him. Jesus cries in the Eucharist with us and for us.

-        Allow the Holy Spirit to be our Spiritual Director through The Simple Path.

-        Path, 3-A-4, Tears, p. 124-129

-        Simple Path #34, p.104

Be attentive to each person you encounter in

your life. I live in them. I suffer for them and with

them. This is My Body (Mt 35:31-41). My little one,

have the docility of heart to receive the brokenness

of all people into your heart as ONE with Me. This

is participation in the love of the Trinity: to receive

the wounds of your brothers and sisters and to give

the sacrifice of your life, as ONE with Me, for their

salvation and sanctification. This is Love.

 

 

Path p.117, Fruit of Healing

One of the fruits of healing the core wound is that you find yourheart freer. You can feel emotions that you had only read or heardabout, and feel to a more profound depth the emotions you alreadyknew. Another fruit of healing is that we come in touch with ourinterior life, with our hearts. We come to know ourselves and to beattentive to what is taking place within us. We no longer livedisconnected from ourselves and others. When we lived in ourwound we were unhappy, afraid, depressed, in bad moods, we livedaccording to our emotions but were not aware of what was takingplace within us. A healed person is “tuned in.” This sensitivitybecomes the means to live as victim souls receiving the wounds ofothers and participating with Christ in their redemption

 

4.   During the storm our hearts can feel wounded, as if pierced, and at that moment, when we are feeling wounded, hurt, vulnerable, scared, confused, angry, frustrated, discouraged or resentful, when we’ve been “shaken” like the Israelites, the blessing of the grace of that particular storm—the grace of the KNOWLEDGE of the condition of our hearts is available to us.

-        What is the blessing (knowledge) God is revealing to me in this storm?

#148, David & Goliath, p.437

These stones are your weapons for battle, for thedragon will not be defeated according to thestandards of the world but in the Light of Love.Therefore, My family, prepare for battle. Beattentive to Me.

 

5.     The process of how we are living the storms in our lives should be taken to SPIRITUAL ACCOMPANIMENT. When we are living in the midst of the storm, we forget, and the intense emotions can easily take over. It’s similar to a woman who had been taking classes with her husband to prepare for child birth, but when she is confronted with the intensity of the pains, she forgets much of what she learned and she needs her husband to help her remember as he coaches her through the different stages of child birth. Our spiritual accompanier is our coach.

 

Special note to our men:

Pope Francis said of St Joseph: Path p.299

How does Joseph respond to his calling to be theprotector of Mary, Jesus, and the Church? By beingconstantly attentive to God, open to the signs of God’spresence and receptive to God’s plans, and not simply to hisown…. Joseph is a “protector” because he is able to hearGod’s voice and be guided by His will; and for this reason,he is all the more sensitive to the persons entrusted to hissafekeeping

Men are protectors of their wives and families; they defendthem if they are attacked physically, but sometimes they fail torealize that God has entrusted them with the protection of their hearts as well.

How to spiritually battle the “thorn in the flesh” of pornography?

-        Pornographic addiction has serious consequences: it destroys relationships, destroys marriage…

-        Be attentive to anything that triggered the temptation, such as, stress.

-        Immerse yourself in the Immaculate Heart of Mary & chaste heart of St Joseph and pray to the Holy Spirit to help you. Illicit the protection and help also of St Michael.

-        As any image comes into your mind, see your daughter, son, niece, nephew, mother, wife, sister, and see them being forced into human trafficking. See their pure faces in the horror of those sexual abuses.

-        Enter the suffering of the torment knowing your weakness but TRUSTING in the strength and power of Christ Crucified as a warrior fighting to protect women and children. It is no longer about you, but about saving souls! This must be seen as war. As long as you remain entangled with Satan, you are his puppet spreading his darkness in the world. Instead of saving souls, you are cutting the graces that they could be receiving from you as a victim soul (think of the Image of a feeding tube).

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2 Corinthians 12:7-10- “And to keep me from being too elated by the abundance of revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to harass me, to keep me from being too elated. Three times I besought the Lord about this, that it should leave me; but he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities; for when I am weak, then I am strong.”

 

-        Lies: This temptation is greater than I am; I am too weak.

          I’m not hurting anyone, I’m alone on the internet.

          Pornography is going to help my sexuality.

You must battle with the TRUTH!

 

-        Call on the help of your wife, spiritual mother or brother in Christ to unite with you in prayer, especially the prayer of the rosary. BAND TOGETHER. Do not hide, this is what Satan wants. Be transparent and do not be ashamed to share your struggle with the men & women of prayer that God has placed in your lives.

-        The work of entering the root system of this disorder MUST also take place, because God wants to set you free. The infected wounds at the core of these disordered tendencies need to be purified so that you can become God’s warrior against these demons. You must understand that when the door of your heart was opened to impurity, demons entered into your heart. You are now at war with very strong demons that want to destroy you, your family and Church.

-        The hidden life of the MOC holds the power of God to help our men!

·       What will you do if you find out your husband or son is in pornography?

·       As a MOC, how is our Blessed Mother teaching us to fight at her side for the men in our lives?

·       The woman must understand that it has nothing to do with her. The tendency of the woman is to go into her wound of rejection. She needs to understand that it is his addiction, it not that she did anything wrong. She must come out of her wound to FIGHT FOR HUSBAND, SON, FATHER.

·       Here we become the Joan of Arcs battling for our men to the end, believing that suffering this wound of impurity with the Lord WILL set a husband, father, son, priest… free!!! That MUST BE OUR JOY, even if it is not our husband, son, nephew or priest in our life. The grace of suffering this pain with Christ IS NEVER LOST!!!

 

II.              BE QUIET – SILENCE

-        Simple Path – Silence 5-B, pp. 281-288

-        Path, p.284:

Silence allows us to get in touch with our sorrows so that we

can enter them and unite them to the sorrows of Jesus. Then our

sufferings are no longer obstacles in our path to God but actually

become the path to union with Him.

When Mary embraced her Son as in the Pieta, she embraced and

received the brokenness of all of humanity. When we join her in

this embrace of her Son, we too receive in our hearts the wounds of

many souls, through Jesus, with Him and in Him. In this way, we

live the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in our ordinary lives.

 

-        #102 The Arms of Silence Embrace My Crucified Body, p.285

Silence allows you to embrace fully the sorrow of

your heart. Silence allows you to enter fully the

sorrow I am permitting in your heart. As you

embrace this pain and suffering, you are embracing

Me. (Our pain becomes the personal encounter with Christ)

You are embracing My pain and suffering and

thus entering My Heart, for My Heart is all pain and

love. This is My Mercy.

 

To come to know the love of your Beloved is to

come to experience My sorrow. This is why My

Mother is the Queen of Sorrows, for it is she who

lived most perfectly consumed in My Heart. My little

one, this union of sorrow, must move your heart to

love all, by suffering with silence, peace, and

abandonment for all your brothers and sisters.

 

My sons and daughters, exteriorly smile and

tend to the duties of your vocation with detail and

love; but interiorly, through the arms of silence, live

embracing your sorrows. In this way, you are

embracing My crucified Body and soothing My

wounds. This is the life of love.

 

 

III.            DO NOT FEAR

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18

-        Be attentive to the fear in your heart.

-        What am I scared of? Why am I scared?

Path p450 Litany of Humility

Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being humiliated…

From the fear of being despised…

From the fear of suffering rebukes…

From the fear of being calumniated…

From the fear of being forgotten…

From the fear of being ridiculed…

From the fear of being wrong…

From the fear of being suspected…

 

-    What are the lies Satan is speaking in my heart?

-    We need to move through the fear with trust. If not, the fear than controls us and paralyzes us.

You must not fear and believe with the innocence and zeal of David. #148, p.437

Do not fear to speak the truth of the sin inthe hearts of My people with courage and love andcall them to repentance at My crucified feet. #155,p.442

Catechism of the Catholic Church[1] Before Christ's second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers.

See: “The Church's Ultimate Trial” Path, p.406

Prophetic word of Ralph Martin at St. Peter’s Basilica. P.433

It is the truth of My Kingdom, My kingdom that will prevail… I want you to take that truth, to rest in that truth, to believe in that truth, not to compromise it, not to lose it in confusions, not to be timid about it, but to stand simply, in love, firmly rooted in the truth as foundation stones upon which My church can have new life and new power.



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