A Fast Acceptable to God
Lourdes Pinto – March 5, 2022

A Fast Acceptable to God Rooted in Love
MOC, 3/5/22
 
Isaiah 58: 3-7
“Why do we fast, but you do not see?
Why humble ourselves, but you do not notice?”
Look, you serve your own interest on your fast day,
and oppress all your workers.
4 Look, you fast only to quarrel and to fight
and to strike with a wicked fist.
Such fasting as you do today
will not make your voice heard on high.
5 Is such the fast that I choose,
a day to humble oneself?
Is it to bow down the head like a bulrush,
and to lie in sackcloth and ashes?
Will you call this a fast,
a day acceptable to the Lord?
6 Is not this the fast that I choose:
to loose the bonds of injustice,
to undo the thongs of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover them,
and not to hide yourself from your own kin?
 
Enter this Lent into the cloister of your hearts  –message from Jesus, 2/28/22
My Sacred Heart desires companionship. Enter this Lent into the cloister of your hearts where I dwell. In silence and stillness, remain with Me, praying for the conversion of the world and the salvation of countless souls. I desire silence and continuous prayers, for your prayers united to My sacrifice of love have great power before the throne of ABBA. This is my desire for each of you this Lent.
 
Acts 7:51 “You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit.”
 
To be docile to the Holy Spirit, we need to circumcise our hearts. The Simple Path God has entrusted to His mustard seed is the Path of the circumcision of our hearts so that we can be God’s people guided and led by the Spirit into the Kingdom of God to enter the Holy of Holies, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, to be consumed in the Trinity.
 
Therefore, God has not formed us with many exterior practices such as endless novenas and consecrations, 40 days of fast, etc. The Pharisees had many exterior practices, many prayers, cleansing rituals, fasts ... yet, Stephen filled with the Holy Spirit calls them “stiff-necked” people, uncircumcised in heart that resist the Holy Spirit.” In our broken humanity, we can live many exterior pious practices and live opposing the Holy Spirit because interiorly, our hearts remain hardened and in darkness.
 
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.” Mt 23:25
 
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which on the outside look beautiful, but inside they are full of the bones of the dead and of all kinds of filth.” Mt 23:27
 
How do we let the oppressed go free?   –message 11/29/10
See the oppression and darkness in your family as the same darkness in the world and in My Church… This darkness also oppresses My Heart and I continue to suffer. My daughter, God the Father, intended from the beginning of time for My Body (the Church) to be united to its Head to pierce this darkness. It will be My holy remnant in My Church that united in My Cross will pierce the darkness. My daughter, you must choose to love always. In your family, love through your silence, love through your gentleness, love in kindness, love in patience, persevere in love. 
 
–Message 12/31/12  
Receive My wounds, the sin, brokenness, and oppression of your brothers and sisters, so that you can radiate My light in the darkness. This is love. The love of the world is self-seeking and self-centered, but the love of God is self-giving.
 
–Message 12/26/13
This hidden life of suffering the oppression of other souls with Me will obtain for you the crown of glory.
    to loose the bonds of injustice,
    to undo the thongs of the yoke,
 
–Message 12/19/11    
You must become the chain of pierced hearts that will unbind the chain of darkness and bondage
Free many souls from their entanglements with sin –Message 11/21/12
As I prayed before the Blessed Sacrament, the novena of our Lady of Undoer of Knots, Jesus brought my interior sight to see Him again bound with rope, and I unbounded Him. He now revealed that rope to me again, but this time with knots in it. He explained to me again that He wants us to receive the knots of many souls, and as one with Mary, to suffer with Him to unbind many souls and set them free. This is the chain of love…
Interior bridal gown of the Mothers of the Cross
Feast of the Assumption –8/15/12 
Around your waist is a rope. This represents the rope tied around Jesus’ hands during His trial. You unbound Him with your love, and the rope now around you symbolize your union with Him in His agony and crucifixion. Through Him, with Him and in Him, you will help unbound many souls, especially priests, from the bondage of sin.
...and not to hide yourself from your own kin
 
You have to choose to love those most difficult to love. You must always choose love, patience, and tenderness and never give in to anger and resentment. (#106, p.294)
 
Ponder every relationship and situation in your lives where you are not loving with Me, through Me and in Me. Ask yourselves, “Why is it so difficult to love this person or to love in these situations?” It is precisely in those situations and with those persons where you need to be purified. (#57, p.171)
 
Silence
 
We become the white linen cloth representing the purity of the pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary and receive the ungratefulness, rejection, harshness, arrogance… of souls into our hearts to suffer, intercede for them, and to give God all honor and praise due Him. We live as this white cloth as one with our Mother of Sorrows in the silence of remaining in the pain of our sorrows as one with Christ.
 
To live in the silence of Mary –8/10/21
I am called to live in the silence of Mary. It’s a silence of living in union with God. A silence that is continuous prayer. A silence that is entirely focused, attentive to each moment, each person, and situation. A silence of contemplation and interior work. The work of living as Christ’s white linen soaking up His precious Blood discarded by souls.
 
Useless speech or activity can move me out of this silence of union.
 
     In the Holy Spirit, you possess the Father and Me as One. The Spirit now lives in you and you in Him. You are ONE. This divine dimension is SILENCE. When you enter this divine union in silence, you must be careful to nurture it; careless speech and careless activity can bring the soul out of this divine dimension of silence. Path #101
 
Silence of waiting
 
My battle for souls is my willingness to wait in ABBA through Jesus crucified and His long waiting in the Eucharist. It is the most intimate participation in the Divine Love of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit for humanity. It is the perfection of the interior martyrdom lived solely for Love.
My insisting and pushing stop, and I accept and live in my powerlessness abandoned in God’s eternal waiting, trusting only in His goodness and mercy.
The long waiting brings me face to face with my powerlessness, my nothingness, and if I keep my gaze on Christ, my faith is strengthened through the knowledge of His goodness, majesty, and power.
 
“Mortify yourself in silence.”
 
Sirach 27:4
When a sieve is shaken, the refuse appears;
    so do a person’s faults when he speaks.
 
We need to fast from murmuring, all frivolity in speech and activities, reacting from our emotions, seeking consolation when we’re suffering, distractions…
 
What keeps me from continuous prayer?
 
“Christ’s love, as God’s agape, is love that comes down from on high and loves that which is unworthy so that it may become worthy.”