Lourdes Pinto - cenacle 12/21/2017
11/2/17 at Gethsemane before the rock at the foot of the altar: Love Crucified has been called to REMAIN with Me as I continue to shed tears for Jerusalem, to remain with Me in My continuous agony for souls, to participate with Me in the salvation of the world, as you choose daily to receive the brokenness of the souls I have placed in your lives and to suffer with Me for them. The time of the great destruction draws near, many souls will be lost, you will hear the wailing of Jerusalem throughout the world. Bring Me victim souls to suffer with Me in order to obtain graces of conversion for many souls, who otherwise, will be lost. Believe in the power of your hidden lives of suffering with Me.
I - THE ANUNCIATION
Mary gives her FIAT: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38
Mary’s life becomes her fiat of the Annunciation. We too gave our “fiat” to be Christ’s victim souls at the moment of our Love Crucified Covenant before His presence in the Blessed Sacrament.
After Mary’s fiat, great trials, tribulations and sufferings fill her life, yet she remains faithful to her Covenant with God. MOC and MC, REMAIN with Christ as we are faithful daily to our LC Covenant. Therefore, on a regular basis we must read, ponder and examine our lives according to what we said “yes” to.
We must remain with our Lord daily in good times and bad, in sickness and in health, as His victim souls suffering all with Him.
We must remain faithful to Christ in our covenant community by attending the cenacles and remaining in LC even when we don’t feel like it, when we’re tired, occupied with other projects, bored, etc.
II- THE VISITATION
Path #20, p.66. “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord.” My little one, these are the words from the mouth of My Mother as she enters the home of Elizabeth. Ponder these words with Me. My Mother lived her life in praise of the Father. She lived in the constant awareness of who the Father is. Her soul was in a constant state of awe… In the knowledge of the greatness and majesty of God, Mary also had perfect knowledge of herself; therefore, she states that she is the handmaid of the Lord. My daughter, I desire that you live more profoundly and perfectly in the knowledge of the grandeur, majesty and goodness of Abba, our Father. In this way, you will live more perfectly as My handmaid. The perfect and holy handmaid of the Lord, Mary Most Holy, is moved by the Holy Spirit to serve her cousin, Elizabeth.
How is it that Mary knew the promptings of the Spirit and could respond with courage and obedience even when she could not understand fully the Will of God?
She REMAINED in SILENCE, PRAYER and PRAISE.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.”
We must choose to REMAIN IN EVERY CIRCUMSTANCE of our lives – difficult job, difficult relationships, tribulations – PRAISING and THANKING GOD because we are men and women, like Mary, who have come to know personally the love of God, and therefore, we choose to live in perfect faith and abandonment to His Will present in each circumstance of our lives.
Remain in LONG SUFFERING, in righteousness trusting God
Perseverance in long suffering is a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal.5,22-23)
Samson - Judges 13:2-5 on the wife of Manoah: “(she) was barren and had no children. And the angel of the LORD appeared to the woman and said to her, "Behold, you are barren and have no children; but you shall conceive and bear a son. Therefore beware, and drink no wine or strong drink, and eat nothing unclean, for lo, you shall conceive and bear a son. No razor shall come upon his head, for the boy shall be a Nazirite to God from birth; and he shall begin to deliver Israel from the hand of the Philistines."”
Zechariah & Elizabeth – Luke 1:6-7 “And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were advanced in years.” Luke 1:13-17 “But the angel said to him, ‘Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer is heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth; for he will be great before the Lord, and he shall drink no wine nor strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb. And he will turn many of the sons of Israel to the Lord their God, and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.’"
What long suffering are you enduring?
They responded to private revelations. Zechariah doubts and is punished by becoming mute till the birth of John.
Remain BELIEVING in God’s Word through the private revelations given to LC.
Our Blessed Mother, Joseph, Samson’s parents, Elizabeth & Zechariah all believed the message from God and responded. God used Samson to help deliver the Israelites from the Philistines. He used John to prepare many hardened hearts to receive the Messiah. We too must remain believing that God will continue to do the impossible through His insignificant vessels. We must remain in faith believing the promises that God has made us!
III- BIRTH OF CHRIST
Remain in PEACE in perfect self-abandonment Pondering the Nativity of Christ, we see that nothing went as planned and expected. It was not the plan, desire nor expectation of St Joseph and Mary to have the Son of God born in a smelly, dirty, cold stable. They too must have been cold and very uncomfortable. They must have been perplexed with God’s plan – “How could God will for His Son to be born in such conditions?” Yet, they remained in peace and in perfect abandonment to the Will of God. They remained in joy and with a positive disposition.
Jesus remains with us fully present as He was in the stable at Bethlehem - in such humility, simplicity, poverty, silence and hiddenness that the world is unaware. Only the humble, simple and poor hearts, like the shepherds, and the attentive and docile hearts, like the Magi, are able to receive God’s grace to see, know, love and adore their Infant God. The world continues to be unaware of the presence of God in the Eucharist and among us.
Jesus continues to remain with us unperceivable, yet through grace, in prayer, our soul can hear His silent voice and we too can come to know, love and adore Him.
God continues to call us to REMAIN WITH HIM in His silent cry, to participate with Him in His HIDDEN LIFE of suffering with souls and for souls solely for love. This call of our Lord is REAL WORK, yet it is unperceivable and hidden from the world. Therefore, our humanity wants to reject it and find other “works” to serve the Lord that are perceivable, noticed and admired in the eyes of the world. We have been chosen by God to be His hidden martyrs of love – one with Him in the Eucharist – to REMAIN WITH HIM and participate in this hidden life of redeeming souls. In order to live our fiat as MOC and MC we need to choose daily to REMAIN WITH HIM IN EUCHARISTIC ADORATION, hours before the Blessed Sacrament as our vocation permits, learning from the Victim of Love, thanking and adoring Him in His continued hidden martyrdom.
IV- PRESENTATION OF JESUS IN THE TEMPLE
“and you yourself a sword will pierce so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” Luke 2:35
Remain with Jesus as our hearts are pierced. How?
By REMAINING IN THE PAIN. We do this by entering SILENCE with our Lord. Our SILENT PRAYER before the Blessed Sacrament or in our manual duties at home, the garden or garage, must be to enter, through deep contemplation, the sorrows of the brokenness of the souls we live amongst. This deep and hidden pain must consume our hearts as hidden victim souls so that we live more-and-more consumed in the pain and love of the Sacred Heart, until that subtle transformation is accomplished in us – no longer I live but Christ’s pain and love lives in me.
Remaining in the sorrows of Christ becomes our means to “pray without ceasing”!
Path #97, p.278. The prayer of pure suffering is the sweetest fragrance that reaches and delights the Heart of our Father. This is also the prayer that produces an abundance of fruit. This is the prayer that is most united to Mine as I intercede before the throne of My Father. This is why My Mother's suffering of solitude produced and continues to produce showers of graces upon the world. I wish the Mothers and Missionaries of the Cross to be perfected in the prayer of suffering.
This interior work can never be accomplished in a life of constant busyness, agitation and distractions. In such a life, we are immediately DISCONNECTED FROM THE PAIN, and when we are disconnected from the pain, we are disconnected from Christ. The Lord has constantly told us that the hidden martyrdom of the heart, as one with Him and Mary, holds the power of God – a power that can penetrate the darkness of Satan and bring back to life dead hearts. God is preparing and raising up His army for the decisive battle. We have enlisted in His army with our “fiat”. This is who we are in Christ; this is our mission and work. ANY MINISTRY WE ARE INVOLVED IN MUST FLOW FROM OUR INTERIOR LIFE AS HIDDDEN VICITM SOULS IN JESUS’ EUCHARISTIC LIFE.
Chain of Pierced Hearts Path 129, p. 346 The flow of My Blood intensifies through My Body, the Church. The triumph of My sacrifice of love will be fulfilled through My Body, the Church. My Mother is Bride and Church, imitate her. She, as ONE with My Body, united her tears to My Precious Blood and in this way redeemed souls with Me. You are called to do the same. The saving grace of My Precious Blood will enter all hearts that are open through you, My Body. Therefore, My little ones, suffer all with Me so that many can enter the fold of My Sacred Heart. You must become the chain of pierced hearts that will unbind the chain of darkness and bondage. Bring Me many victim souls.
V-FINDING JESUS IN THE TEMPLE
How could God allow His parents to suffer in agony for three days?
Many times, we too, do not understand why God is permitting certain sufferings in our lives – “Why did God open this job for me if it is such a disaster? Why is God allowing me to suffer cancer, lyme disease or other debilitating diseases? Why would God allow me to be constrained to a wheelchair and bed at such a young age? Why does my child have serious mental disorders do not appear to be healing? …” Yet, like Mary and Joseph, we are called to
Remain in peace
Remain trusting when we too do not understand the ways of God
Remain in hope that God is making all things work for a greater good
Remain in love as we choose to suffer all with Christ. embraced to Him.
In summary, we learn from the Holy Family, through the Joyful Mysteries, that TO REMAIN means that we: Remain faithful to our LC Covenant Remain in silence, prayer and praise Remain in every circumstance of our lives trusting & praising God Remain with Jesus in His hidden life – humble, simple, silent, unperceivable, poor Remain in joy and with a positive attitude Remain in Eucharistic Adoration Remain in the pain of our pierced hearts with Jesus’ pierced Heart Remain in peace, trust, hope and love when we don’t understand the ways of God