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  • Priest Victim | Padre Pio – Love Crucified

    PADRE PIO: PRIEST AND VICTIM Monsignor Arthur Burton Calkins I. The Crisis of Identity in the Priesthood Almost immediately after the Second Vatican Council, a terrible identity crisis of enormous proportions began to overtake the Catholic priesthood and thousands of priests left the active ministry with or without the requisite permission. Still others became genuinely confused about the nature of their priesthood. Unfortunately, the disorientation still remains in many ways. Its causes, no doubt, are quite complex and ultimately we must confess that "An enemy has done this" (Mt. 13:28). But recognizing a Satanic onslaught against the Lord's anointed ones does not prevent us from also seeking to discover some of the immediate contributing causes of this tragic state of affairs. In this regard Father André Feuillet makes what I believe to be some very astute observations: Some writers claim that Vatican II is itself partly responsible. As they see it, Vatican II, in its desire to act against Roman centralization and an overemphasis on papal primacy, glossed over the problem of priesthood. In any case, it certainly intended to highlight the role of the college of bishops as successors of the Apostles. Moreover, on the basis of Scripture, it proclaimed a truth that had hitherto been too often overlooked: the sharing of all the baptized in the priesthood of Christ. By these two emphases, the Council seems to have spoken as if the bishop and the people of God were the only necessary elements of a priestly Church. In so doing, it somewhat neglected the place of the simple priest (or presbyter).1 He continues by quoting from a book from D. Olivier, Les deux visages du prêtre: Les chances d'une crise: The Council indeed maintains the special character of presbyteral priesthood as differing in essence from that of the baptized. But whereas it refers to a half dozen Scriptural texts to confirm the reality of the common priesthood, it cannot adduce a single text in favor of the famous essential difference. The contrast between the two successive passages of the Constitution on the Church is striking: the first, and very welcome one, on the priesthood of the faithful, is based on Scripture, the second is nothing but a theological development based on some texts of Pius XI and Pius XII. The bishop, who continues the mission of the Apostles, easily finds in Scripture the justification for his existence. But the priest can base his own special character only on papal statements.2 Father Patrick J. Dunn, writing almost twenty years after Feuillet, comments in a remarkably similar vein: Although the Second Vatican Council emphasizes that the common priesthood and the ministerial priesthood "differ from one another in essence and not only in degree" (Lumen Gentium 10), the nature of this distinction has not always been clearly perceived.3 It may well be argued that subsequent documents of the magisterium have continued to make the necessary clarifications. The new Catechism of the Catholic Church, for instance, presents an appropriate elucidation with the following statement: The ministerial or hierarchical priesthood of bishops and priests, and the common priesthood of all the faithful participate, 'each in its own proper way, in the one priesthood of Christ'. While being 'ordered one to another', they differ essentially. In what sense? While the common priesthood of the faithful is exercised by the unfolding of baptismal grace -- a life of faith, hope and charity, a life according to the Spirit, the ministerial priesthood is at the service of the common priesthood. It is directed at the unfolding of the baptismal grace of all Christians. The ministerial priesthood is a means by which Christ unceasingly builds up and leads his Church. For this reason it is transmitted by its own sacrament, the sacrament of Holy Orders.4 While fully accepting the explanation proffered by the Catechism that "the ministerial priesthood is at the service of the common priesthood", that "it is directed at the unfolding of the baptismal grace of all Christians" and that it "is a means by which Christ unceasingly builds up and leads his Church", I am inclined to believe, with Fulton Sheen and Father Feuillet, that the concept that we have already begun to explore of the ordained minister as called to be "priest and victim" provides an insight and challenge far richer and deeper which has yet to be assimilated in the postconciliar Church's teaching and praxis. II. Padre Pio: A Model Priest and Victim What I would like to propose further is that God has set his own seal on this explanation in the person of Padre Pio of Pietrelcina. Is it not significant that even before the great disruption of priestly life in the twentieth century was underway the Lord had already chosen Francesco Forgione to illustrate in a dramatic and extraordinary way the call to embrace victimhood in order to realize fully his vocation to the priesthood? While it is true that no one should aspire to imitate the extraordinary ways of Padre Pio without an explicit call from the Lord confirmed through wise spiritual direction and the appropriate permission when necessary, I believe that the Padre's life nonetheless constitutes a model of what it means to live as "priest and victim", a model that all Christians, but priests in particular, should strive to emulate. Interestingly, the Trappist Father Augustine McGregor already pointed to Padre Pio as a model of priestly life over twenty years ago. In his book, The Spirituality of Padre Pio, he declared: We shall refer constantly to the priesthood of Padre Pio discovering in his life a rare model of the priestly ideal, an exemplar who revealed in a unique and simple way all the essential features of the priesthood. In short, in an age undergoing transformation in social, cultural and religious spheres we shall look for and find in Padre Pio's priesthood characteristics of permanent value, unmarked by many of today's changing values. 5 Even more striking, however, and totally supportive of my thesis is the testimony of Father Vincenzo Frezza with regard to the paradigmatic value of Padre Pio's priesthood. Considering how Padre Pio continually spent himself unflinchingly for souls propels him to state: Now all of this brings us still another time to the conclusion that his vocation to the priesthood, that the fulfillment of his priestly ministry was in relation to his mission to "co-redeem." I mean that if Padre Pio had not been a priest, he could not have fulfilled his mission: priesthood and mission are identified with each other in Padre Pio. According to a poor interpretation of mine, God did not only want a new victim, but he wanted this victim to be a priest and as such placed in a priestly state like the Incarnate Word.6 Here I would simply add that the last one hundred fifty years have seen the Church benefiting from what seems an unparalleled profusion of victim souls, no doubt a gift that God has given in view of the crisis which the Church is now passing through. By far almost all of these have been women and here the Lord shows us how complementary their vocation to be "co-redeemers" is to the priesthood. But, without in any way wishing to take anything away from their greatness, I would underscore with Father Frezza that in Padre Pio the Lord has done a new thing. Let us listen to him again: Padre Pio, carrying in himself the unification of the priesthood and the mission to co-redeem, thus demonstrated that the exercise of the priestly ministry goes beyond the sacramental signs. That is, it tends to make a man "like Christ the priest" in every moment and every attitude of his existence. In simple words this means that he must become a victim, an unceasing offering. ... Therefore, it is this state of priest-victim that colors Padre Pio's priesthood, that makes him exceptional -- I will go even further -- that makes him unique in the Church up to now. Because we meet many victim-souls in Christian spiritual history. We also know many holy priests, holy priests who took more time to say Mass and shed more tears in doing so than Padre Pio did (e.g. St. Laurence of Brindisi). We know holy priests who have made the confessional their chief ministry. We know holy priests gifted with privileged charisms. We know saints who had marked in their bodies, both in their internal and external organs, the signs of the Passion of Christ. We are astonished when faced with mystical souls who have reached the highest degree of union with God, that which we call the "mystical marriage." However, a man that summed up, that both lived and suffered all these charisms, a man that could call himself another Jesus Christ with stronger reason than that for which St. Francis was called such, up to now, only Padre Pio is such a man.7 I would supplement this testimony by simply referring to the fact that Padre Pio is the first priest in the history of the Church to bear the stigmata, which, it seems, constitutes a kind of divine seal on his vocation to be a "priest-victim". Father Gerardo Di Flumeri is of the same conviction. He argues that if Padre Pio hadn't been a priest, he would never have become a victim; priesthood and victimization in him were identical. God did not want just another victim; He wanted, instead, a new victim who was a priest, who was established in the priestly state like the Word Incarnate. 8 Hence I am in full accord with Father Frezza's final conclusion in this regard: "From today on, therefore, we cannot reasonably think of imagining what a priest should be if we do not compare and contrast him with Padre Pio as the model."9 III. Padre Pio's Vocation to Priest-Victimhood Within the limits of this presentation we can only touch briefly on some of the most obvious testimony which highlights Padre Pio's vocation to priest-victimhood. Already as a young Capuchin he was beset with a host of physical afflictions which defied diagnosis.10 Later these would be coupled with demonic assaults.11 In the midst of all this it is to be noted that the young Pio was conscious of his calling to be a victim. There is clear evidence that he had fully embraced this vocation from at least the time of his priestly ordination on 10 August 1910 in Benevento.12 A remarkable confirmation of this is the fact that he had written for his own personal use the following souvenir of his priestly ordination on the day of his first solemn Mass, 14 August 1910: O rex, dona mihi animam meam pro qua rogo et populum meum pro quo obsecro [O King, let my life be given me at my petition and my people at my request] (Esther 7:3). Souvenir of my first Mass. Jesus, my heart's desire and my life, today as I raise you up in trembling hands, in a mystery of love, may I be, with you, for the world, Way, Truth and Life, and for you a holy priest, a perfect victim. P. Pio, Capuchin.13 The next evidence that we shall take into consideration is that of his letter of 29 November 1910 to his spiritual director, Padre Benedetto of San Marco in Lamis: Now, my dear Father, I want to ask your permission for something. For some time past I have felt the need to offer myself to the Lord as a victim for poor sinners and for the souls in Purgatory. This desire has been growing continually in my heart so that it has now become what I would call a strong passion. I have in fact made this offering to the Lord several times, beseeching him to pour out upon me the punishments prepared for sinners and for the souls in a state of purgation, even increasing them a hundredfold for me, as long as he converts and saves sinners and quickly admits to paradise the souls in Purgatory, but I should now like to make this offering to the Lord in obedience to you. It seems to me that Jesus really wants this. I am sure that you will have no difficulty in granting me this permission.14 The permission was duly communicated by Padre Benedetto in a letter of 1 December 1910.15 It was also evidently prior to this time that Padre Pio first experienced the marks of the stigmata. He does not give us the exact date, but confesses in his letter to Padre Benedetto of 8 September 1911 that "this phenomenon has been repeated several times for almost a year, but for some time past it had not occurred."16 C. Bernard Ruffin indicates that already on 7 September 1910 the young Padre, ordained less than a month, went to see his parish priest in Pietrelcina and "showed him what appeared to be puncture wounds in the middle of his hands."17 In his old age Padre Pio had all but entirely forgotten about what Ruffin calls the "proto-stigmata" and then was eventually able to recall these first manifestations of the Lord's passion in his flesh.18 What I wish to underscore here is that almost immediately upon his priestly ordination Padre Pio had his first experience of the stigmata, eight years before the stigmatization of 20 September 1918 which would remain permanently imprinted upon him for fifty years. Obviously, the Lord who inspired the prayer of the young Capuchin on the day of his first solemn Mass found the petition an extremely pleasing one to which he would not delay in responding. This is also the conclusion of Father Gerardo Di Flumeri who comments on the petition which the newly ordained Padre Pio had written on the holy card on the day of his first solemn Mass: We believe that the juxtaposition of the two words "priest" and "victim" clearly indicates that Padre Pio's offering of himself as a victim originates with his ordination to the priesthood. We believe, too, that his having received the gift of the "invisible" stigmata only a month later (Sept. 1910), indicates God's acceptance (Letters I:264f).19 Hence we can say that Padre Pio's priesthood is sealed from the very beginning with the sign of victimhood. And, indeed, it is not only a sign that he willingly accepted, but even had asked for. A. For Love of Jesus and for Souls From this point onwards Padre Pio renews his self-offering as victim frequently and with great generosity. This offering simultaneously serves a twofold purpose; it is a fulfillment of Saint Paul's words "Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the Church" (Col. 1:24) and it is also an act of reparation to the Lord himself. Here is how he describes it in a letter to his spiritual director, Padre Agostino of San Marco in Lamis, dated 20 September 1912: ​ We must hide our tears from the One who sends them, from the One who has shed tears himself and continues to shed them every day because of man's ingratitude. He chooses souls and despite my unworthiness, he has chosen mine also to help him in the tremendous task of men's salvation. The more these souls suffer without the slightest consolation, the more the sufferings of our good Jesus are alleviated.20 ​ Less than a month later he writes to Padre Agostino once again emphasizing this double objective i.e., that his victimhood is for souls and as an act of reparation to the Lord: Believe me, dear Father, I find happiness in my afflictions. Jesus himself wants these sufferings from me, as he needs them for souls. But I ask myself what relief can I give him by my suffering?! What a destiny! Oh, to what heights has our most sweet Jesus raised my soul!21 1. Victimhood for Sinners. ​ Perhaps one of the most striking testimonies about his acceptance of victimhood for sinners is the following transcription of words taken down by Padre Agostino during an ecstasy on 3 December 1911 while the young Padre Pio was having a vision of Christ badly wounded: My Jesus, forgive and put down that sword ... but if it must fall, let it be only on my head ... Yes, I want to be the victim ... punish me and not the others ... send me even to hell provided that I love you, and that everyone, yes everyone, be saved.22 Several years later, on 17 October 1915, he writes to Father Agostino: "You exhort me to offer myself as a victim to the Lord for poor sinners. I made this offering once and I renew it several times a day."23 From this statement it would seem reasonable to conclude that Padre Pio's acceptance of his manifold sufferings always included intercession for sinners. 2. Victimhood as consolation to Jesus. ​ Secondly, there is the note of reparation or consolation offered to Jesus. Padre Pio writes of "alleviating the sufferings of our good Jesus". This is the motive for reparation found especially in the revelations of the Lord to St. Margaret Mary who tells us that he asks for the communion of reparation to his Sacred Heart on the First Friday of the month.24 Pope Pius XI also deals with this concept in his magisterial Encyclical Miserentissimus Redemptor on the theology of reparation. The first and obvious question that comes to mind is this: "Since Jesus is now in glory at the right hand of the Father, how can we offer him 'consolation'?" Pius XI first cited a very apposite quotation from St. Augustine: "Give me one who loves, and he will understand what I say,"25 and then gave the following reply: ​ If, in view of our future sins, foreseen by him, the soul of Jesus became sad unto death, there can be no doubt that by his prevision at the same time of our acts of reparation, he was in some way comforted when "there appeared to him an angel from Heaven" (Lk. 22:43) to console that Heart of his bowed down with sorrow and anguish.26 ​ In other words, as Jesus saw the sins of the world in his agony in Gethsemane by virtue of the beatific vision,27 so He also saw in advance every act of consolation offered to him until the end of time. In effect, the act of reparation which we offer now he could see then. This second dimension, too, is notably present in Padre Pio's understanding of the reason for his sufferings. Here is an instance where he develops this motivation in a meditation on the words of Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane, "Could you not watch one hour with me?" It is fully in line with the theology of Miserentissimus Redemptor which we have just sketched above. O Jesus, how many generous souls wounded by this complaint have kept Thee company in the Garden, sharing Thy bitterness and Thy mortal anguish ... How many hearts in the course of the centuries have responded generously to Thy invitation ... May this multitude of souls, then, in this supreme hour be a comfort to Thee, who, better than the disciples, share with Thee the distress of Thy heart, and cooperate with Thee for their own salvation and that of others. And grant that I also may be of their number, that I also may offer Thee some relief.28 ​ Not surprisingly, even in this meditation which is oriented to consoling Jesus, a reference to cooperating in our own salvation and that of others is not lacking. The two are intertwined in Padre Pio. B. Specific Applications of Victimhood Without taking away from the fact that he has already offered himself as a victim for sinners, for the souls in Purgatory, and in reparation, he willingly offers his innumerable physical, mental, emotional and spiritual sufferings together with the demonic assaults which he suffers for specific intentions and persons who are particularly dear to him. Thus we find him writing to his dear Padre Benedetto that It grieves me very much to learn that you are unwell and I am praying the Lord for your recovery. As there is nothing else I can do for you, I offered myself some time ago to the Lord as a victim for you. Now that I know you are ill, I renew my offering to Jesus very often and with great fervour.29 There are at least two other occasions when he reassures Padre Benedetto that he renews this offering frequently.30 He makes the same offering for his second spiritual father, Padre Agostino, with a kind of loving audacity: Apart from everything else, you belong to me and I have every right to bargain with Jesus even unknown to you. I have offered myself to him as a victim for you and hence my behaviour cannot but be justified. What is the use of making a sacrifice if its purpose is to be frustrated?31 Likewise he reassures Padre Agostino on another occasion that "I never cease, either, to present to Jesus the offering I once made to him for you."32 He makes the offering of himself in the state of victim similarly for his Capuchin Province,33 and asks Padre Benedetto for permission to do the same on behalf of aspirants for the Province.34 He also informs Padre Benedetto that he has made an offering of himself for the intention which Pope Benedict XV had recommended to the whole Church.35 It is interesting to note that all of these acts of self-oblation were made before the definitive experience of the stigmata which he received on 20 September 1918 and which marked his body for fifty years. IV. Source of Padre Pio's Priest-Victimhood: Union with Christ Perhaps it is not inappropriate here to ask some questions about all of these acts of making himself a victim for particular individuals or intentions. How could Padre Pio offer himself totally for more than one person or intention? In a human manner of speaking, would he not lessen the amount of merit available for a particular person or intention the more he multiplied the dedications of his victimhood? How could he multiply virtually to infinity the various purposes for which he suffered? Mathematically speaking, would he not have been reducing the effects of his suffering with every new intention which he took on? In a real sense, of course, these questions all dissolve into mystery, but a mystery which, in effect, is based upon the infinite merits won by Christ on Calvary. Padre Pio as one man, even an extraordinarily holy man, dwindles into insignificance in the face of the woes of the world and the mystery of evil. But as priest and victim, he is united with the Eternal Priest and Victim and shares in the infinity of Jesus' merits. Let us consider Padre Pio's description of an experience which took place on 16 April 1912 after a fearful assault by the enemy: I was hardly able to get to the divine Prisoner to say Mass. When Mass was over I remained with Jesus in thanksgiving. Oh, how sweet was the colloquy with paradise that morning! It was such that, although I want to tell you all about it, I cannot. There were things which cannot be translated into human language without losing their deep and heavenly meaning. The heart of Jesus and my own -- allow me to use the expression -- were fused. No longer were two hearts beating but only one. My own heart had disappeared, as a drop of water is lost in the ocean. Jesus was its paradise, its king. My joy was so intense and deep that I could bear no more and tears of happiness poured down my cheeks. Yes, dear Father, man cannot understand that when paradise is poured into a heart, this afflicted, exiled, weak and mortal heart cannot bear it without weeping. I repeat that it was the joy that filled my heart which caused me to weep for so long.36 This mystical experience which Padre Pio manages to describe as the "fusion" of his heart with the Sacred Heart of Jesus helps us to begin to grasp that Padre Pio's total identification with the victimhood of Jesus made him a sharer and, in a certain sense, a dispenser of those infinite merits. V. Padre Pio's Priest-Victimhood in the Mass While the entire earthly life of Jesus constituted a continuous offering of himself to the Father, "nevertheless the victim state of the Lord reaches the sacrificial apex at the immolation at Calvary."37 In an analogous manner we way say that, while the entire priestly life of Padre Pio was lived as a victim, nevertheless his victim state reaches the sacrificial apex at the celebration of the Mass. Let us consider these statements of Padre Pio about his Mass. I never tire of standing so long, and could not become tired, because I am not standing, but am on the cross with Christ, suffering with Him. The holy Mass is a sacred union of Jesus and myself. I suffer unworthily all that was suffered by Jesus who deigned to allow me to share in His great enterprise of human redemption.38 Everything that Jesus suffered in His passion I suffer also, inadequately, as much as it is possible for a human being. And through no merit of mine but just out of His goodness.39 This is my only comfort, that of being associated with Jesus in the Divine Sacrifice and in the redemption of souls.40 ​ Not only did Padre Pio experience his greatest suffering during the celebration of the Mass,41 but it was also for him the time of his most intense intercession. As on the cross Jesus could see all of us in the beatific vision,42 so Padre Pio seems to have had a similar gift. According to Father Schug, the Padre once said that in this absorption in God, especially at the Consecration of the Mass, he saw everyone who had asked his prayers. He told his friends that they could always reach him when he was at the altar. He saw them, actually, in his gaze on God.43 Again, once asked "Padre, are all the souls assisting at your Mass present to your spirit?", he answered "I see all my children at the altar, as in a looking glass."44 Indeed, because the priest is a mediator, it is his responsibility to pray for the people of God. Padre Pio took this as a solemn obligation and, even though the petitions pouring into the friary of San Giovanni Rotondo were countless, he faithfully honored every request for prayer. His intercession was -- and is still -- so powerful precisely because of his priest-victimhood. The seriousness with which he took his role as intercessor should be an admonition to every priest. VI. Padre Pio and Priests This brings us to a subject of capital importance: Padre Pio and priests. The Lord has confided to many victim-souls that his priests are "the apple of his eye", yet so often they are so far from fulfilling what he expects of them. Not surprisingly, very early in his state of victimhood, Padre Pio was called to make reparation for priests. Here is an account which he made to Padre Agostino, his spiritual father, on 7 April 1913. ​ On Friday morning [28 March 1913] while I was still in bed, Jesus appeared to me. He was in a sorry state and quite disfigured. He showed me a great multitude of priests, regular and secular, among whom were several high ecclesiastical dignitaries. Some were celebrating Mass, while others were vesting or taking off the sacred vestments. The sight of Jesus in distress was very painful to me, so I asked him why he was suffering so much. There was no reply, but his gaze turned on those priests. Shortly afterwards, as if terrified and weary of looking at them, he withdrew his gaze. Then he raised his eyes and looked at me and to my great horror I observed two tears coursing down his cheeks. He drew back from that crowd of priests with an expression of great disgust on his face and cried out: "Butchers!" Then turning to me he said: "My son, do not think that my agony lasted three hours. No, on account of the souls who have received most from me, I shall be in agony until the end of the world. During my agony, my son, nobody should sleep. My soul goes in search of a drop of human compassion but alas, I am left alone beneath the weight of indifference. The ingratitude and the sleep of my ministers makes my agony all the more grievous. Alas, how little they correspond to my love! What afflicts me most is that they add contempt and unbelief to their indifference. Many times I have been on the point of annihilating them, had I not been held back by the Angels and by souls who are filled with love for me. Write to your (spiritual) father and tell him what you have seen and heard from me this morning. Tell him to show your letter to Father Provincial ..."45 ​ In the annals of the mystics there are no few such plaints recorded as coming from the lips of our Redeemer. The ones from whom Christ looks most of all for consolation, particularly priests, are often precisely the ones who are the most indifferent to his loving plea for reparation. Tragically, some add contempt and unbelief to their indifference. I believe that this vision which Padre Pio had in the early days of his priesthood was highly prophetic. If it was true in 1913, it can be verified, I believe, much more readily today. Indifference, contempt and unbelief have ravaged tens of thousands of priestly souls, unleashing an extraordinary tide of devastation upon the Church. Have we reached "high tide" yet? Only God knows and only he can respond. What is needed to turn the tide? More than anything else, I believe, are priest-victims. When one considers the growing impact which the humble friar of the Gargano continues to have even twenty-seven years after his death, can one doubt that a legion of priests who willingly embraced victimhood, as he did, could change the face of the Church? I am convinced that there is no greater need facing the Church today. VII. Padre Pio and Victims You may say that I should be talking to priests and, no doubt, I should. But, I speak to you because you are here and because there is also a great need of victim-intercessors for the Church and for priests. Let us listen to a final excerpt from another letter which Padre Pio addressed to Padre Agostino just a short time before the previous letter: ​ Listen, my dear Father, to the justified complaints of our most sweet Jesus: "With what ingratitude is my love for men repaid! I should be less offended by them if I had loved them less. My Father does not want to bear with them any longer. I myself want to stop loving them, but ... (and here Jesus paused, sighed, then continued) but, alas! My heart is made to love! Weak and cowardly men make no effort to overcome temptation and indeed they take delight in their wickedness. The souls for whom I have a special predilection fail me when put to the test, the weak give way to discouragement and despair, while the strong are relaxing by degrees. They leave me alone by night, alone by day in the churches. They no longer care about the Sacrament of the altar. Hardly anyone ever speaks of this sacrament and even those who do, speak alas, with great indifference and coldness. My heart is forgotten. Nobody thinks any more of my love and I am continually grieved. For many people my house has become an amusement centre. Even my ministers, whom I have loved as the apple of my eye, who ought to console my heart brimming over with sorrow, who ought to assist me in the redemption of souls -- who would believe it? -- even by my ministers I must be treated with ingratitude and slighted. I behold, my son (here he remained silent, sobs contracted his throat and he wept secretly) many people who act hypocritically and betray me by sacrilegious communions, trampling under foot the light and strength which I give them continually ..." Jesus continues to complain. Dear Father, how bad I feel when I see Jesus weeping! Have you experienced this too? "My son," Jesus went on, "I need victims to calm my Father's just divine anger; renew the sacrifice of your whole self and do so without any reserve." I have renewed the sacrifice of my life, dear Father, and if I experience some feeling of sadness, it is in the contemplation of the God of Sorrows. If you can, try to find souls who will offer themselves to the Lord as victims for sinners. Jesus will help you.46 ​ I would compare this loving complaint of Jesus to the "great revelation" of his Heart which he made to Saint Margaret Mary in 1675,47 but what I wish to underscore here is simply the immediacy, the urgency of the call which Padre Pio heard. He answered with the sacrifice of his life. Let us take to heart these final words: "If you can, try to find souls who will offer themselves to the Lord as victims for sinners. Jesus will help you." ​ ​ ​ To view the resources for this article, click here .

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    Obstinacy: Barrier to the Union of Sorrows Lou r des Pinto – February 2, 2023 Pa rt I Part II Back

  • Testimonials | Love Crucified Catholic Community

    Testimonials The Simple Path Testimonies ​ Your book is an enormous encouragement. ​ …I am reading your book! I can relate to everything you write, and it is soooo consoling to see how the Holy Spirit is inspiring different souls around the world to go down the same path of union with Christ. Nothing you write is “new” to me and yet, you have a way of presenting the path and most of all the union of our wounds with the Lord, so practical and helpful as I have never encountered it before. Your book is an enormous encouragement not only to enter my wounds and bring them to the Lord, but even to discover them as MY big TREASURE rather than handicap, which fills me with great gratitude for my personal history of woundedness. Thank you for having responded to his call and given this treasure to the Church!!! I entrust myself to your prayers! With much love - also to Maria- yours in Jésus and Mary, ​ ​ The Path is real, and I am on it. ​ ​ I have been wanting to let you know how powerfully God has been removing veils and breaking down strongholds in my life through the Path. It is truly amazing! And in lightening speeds. He is just making me understand the words on the pages and allowing me to realize what he has been doing with me for so long. The book is alive. The Path is real, and I am on it. It's amazing how I read a section and then I randomly listen to one of the audios later and it pertains to the exact section I'm reading. God is doing exactly what He has promised you, do not doubt. I thank Him for your faith and fiat and Fr. Jordi and the others that have made this possible. Thank you and God bless. ​ ​ ​ Testimonies of Our Retreats ​ ...when I heard your great reflections, I couldn't hold back the tears. ​ From a seminarian I was at your really nice talk that you gave us this Wednesday at the Athenaeum. Well, I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for what you shared with us. The day before, a brother went to your other talk and then invited me to go with him to the one on Wednesday. To tell you the truth, at first, I didn’t want to go but I felt the Holy Spirit was inviting me to go. And well, I’m not the type of person that cries a lot but really, when I heard your great reflections, I couldn’t hold back the tears. I think above all the three big things you talked about for me were (1). making yourself vulnerable so God can love you more and (2). learning to suffer with Christ and (3). going out of our way to help our brothers learn to suffer with Christ. I was so overwhelmed! And I’ve been using these points as thought for meditation since then and they still keep sticking to me. I could go on saying more things but really, I just wanted to write you this email thanking you so very much for what you shared with us… ​ Really, I just want to thank you again. I ask you to pray for me that I be a holy legionary. You definitely are a woman of God and I know he will hear your prayers…I will pray for you and for your community that you can bring God’s message to more people. ​ God bless you! Yours in Christ, ​ ​ ​ Testimonies about the Love Crucified Community ​ I love the revolutionary focus on brutal transparency. From an aspirant of the community What I love about Love Crucified: I love that Love Crucified does not recruit but allows the Holy Spirit to bring those He chooses to draw closer to its charism and spirituality. I love that it is focused on the daily duties of our hidden lives and that the emphasis is on the Eucharistic Life of the Church. I love that I do not have to leave my home or family to participate in fellowship of kindred souls. I love the revolutionary focus on brutal transparency. I love that I am guided and accompanied by persons I naturally care for, who authentically care for me and whom I “trust” to share the sorrows and challenges of my soul. I am humbled that though I do not possess the level of mystical experiences that others do and confess to find it challenging to relate to some of those experiences, nonetheless, I am inspired and moved by the same Spirit that inspires them. Most of all I love that I am learning what it means to really LOVE the Lord. As an aspirant I feel that I am richly blessed to be a part of such a loving group of believers who are healing together and being sent forth to love and heal others. ​ ​ A true breath of fresh air! From a Mother of the Cross I have become acquainted in this community with true Christian sharing and respect for others’ thoughts and expressions. A true breath of fresh air! I can’t remember when I had that last. I join this new-found positive freedom of expression (new for me) and in praise and thanksgiving join to my Blessed Mother Mary in Christ’s heart all those who been silenced. Thank you all in the Hidden Force for your prayers and acceptance. Thank you for showing me how to share myself – I’m sure it will only get better in time. I love you all!!! B. ​ ​ HOME

  • Heralds of Hope | Love Crucified

    Heralds of Hope Lourdes Pinto — April 21, 2022 UNDER CONSTRUCTION Heralds of Hope Lourdes Pinto – 4/21/22 HOPE Catholic Dictionary The confident desire of obtaining a future good that is difficult to attain. It is therefore a desire , which implies seeking and pursuing ; some future good that is not yet possessed but wanted, unlike fear that shrinks from a future evil. Hope is confident that what is desired will certainly be attained. It is the opposite of despair . Yet it recognizes that the object wanted is not easily obtained and that it requires effort to overcome whatever obstacles stand in the way. Thomas Aquinas defines hope as "...a future good, difficult but possible to attain...by means of the Divine Assistance...on Whose help it leans". Hope is, by its very nature, always concerned with something in the future. Hope, the pursuit of God, Heaven, and holiness, is what charges us on towards the perfection of temporal matters. Magnanimity is a virtue under the heading of Hope. Magnanimity literally means "great-souled," and it refers to a striving towards that which is most great, a desire for the highest , most noble goals. It is the ultimate ambition, the ambition to become the absolute greatest thing you can be - a saint, and to achieve the greatest accomplishment possible - union with God. Hope gazes ahead to the good things which are in store for those who are faithful to God and His Church; hope looks forward to the life that hasn't really begun yet. https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/resource/55560/hope Do not let the thief catch you unprepared. 10/20/12 Feast of St Paul of the Cross I have formed you (LC), trained you, dressed you to be My prophets of light to warn and awaken My people before the horrible day of judgment comes down upon you. There will be wailing, groaning, and grinding of teeth in your streets. The darkness of evil will cover you. Be prepared when these things happen that I speak to you about. Do not let the thief catch you unprepared. (Jesus prophetically warns us of the darkness that must come) Mark 8:31-33. And he began to teach them that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 And he said this plainly. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter, and said, "Get behind me, Satan! For you are not on the side of God, but of men." Mark 9:13 Mark 9:31 Message of 10/20/12 continues Believe, you are My people, My little ones, held in the Father's palm. Believe that I am one with you, the Light in the world, My living hosts. Believe so that My Light can shine through you to penetrate the darkness consuming the world. Believe in the Power of God working through His hidden force. (faith, what He has been doing with us, His presence with us now, forming us, guiding us…) Love and continue to suffer ALL, as one with Me in My sacrifice of love, to enter prepared with God's armor the fiercest battle that is at hand. (Love by suffering ALL with Him) Do not be ashamed of My words (Cf. Mark 8: 38) and share the treasure of Heaven that has been entrusted to you (The Simple Path to Union with God) with many. Complete My Path and, as My Heralds of Hope teach it from the housetops. This is your mission. Respond with great zeal and courage of heart, as My warriors of love, for these decisive times. Be sent out as My HERALDS OF HOPE to usher in My era of peace –5/26/14 My “flame of love” is the Holy Spirit through My Path. My flame of love has been possessing your minds, hearts, and faculties so that it is no longer you who live but I who live in you. In this way, I live in you as you live in Me, and the Father lives in us. Do not be afraid to be sent out as My HERALDS OF HOPE to usher in My era of peace . Do not be afraid to confront the forces of evil as My light, for it is the light of My holy remnant that will conquer the forces of darkness. BELIEVE that you are the light of the world and hold the power of God. The Path is My formation for the saints of these decisive times –6/27/16 The Lord of heaven and earth cries tears for Daughter Zion . She, more precious than gold, has defiled herself, making herself unfit for the King of Kings. Therefore, God, in His infinite mercy, is coming as Justice to purify all that has been defiled. Prepare My people for this purification by fire. “Zion” meant Jerusalem and, later, Israel as the people of God. “Daughter of Zion,” then, does not refer to a specific person. It’s a metaphor for Israel and the loving, caring, patient relationship God has with His chosen people. The Holy Spirit prepared Mary with His grace. It was fitting that the mother of Him in whom “the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily” should herself be “full of grace.” She was, by sheer grace, conceived without sin as the most humble of creatures, the most capable of welcoming the inexpressible gift of the Almighty. It was quite correct for the angel Gabriel to greet her as the “daughter of Zion”: “Rejoice” (CCC 722). Message of 6/27/16 continues: My Lord, how do we do this? By living and becoming My Path, you become My heralds of hope , for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. The Path is My formation for the saints of these decisive times, preparing the path for My Second Coming. Do not be afraid to proclaim from the housetops the words I speak in the recesses of your heart, for those who have pure hearts will hear My voice and follow Me, but the obstinate will perish. My Lord, you told me that we could bring back to life the dead. Please, you are God, also pierce the hearts of the obstinate. It is your willingness to persevere in suffering with Me that has the power to pierce these souls. Remain steadfast in all that I have taught you. Hope in the future : “new dawn,” “new springtime,” “era of peace,” “I am making all things new,” “new Pentecost,” “Eucharistic Reign.” 9/6/13 A new dawn is coming upon the earth. You, My holy remnant, if you remain faithful during the time of great darkness, will see the Light of the new dawn rising from the east. Persevere! 12/27/20 Her (Church) glory will shine like the radiance of the sun through the purity of its few victims of love, and these few, united as one in My sacrifice of love, will usher in the new dawn for My Church and world. 3/2/13 It is My victims of love that God the Father is using to carry My Bride into the era of peace . 12/28/14 One saint that becomes one in My crucified love has the power to transform an entire society. I am raising up My saints for the decisive times at hand to fight My holy war and usher in the era of peace. 2/12/18 The few, My little ones, who accept, receive, and honor this mission given to you, will be blessed by our Heavenly Father. He will multiply your lives given and broken through Me, with Me, and in Me. His power and His glory will fill your small sacrifices, united to My perfect sacrifice of love, to raise up a holy priesthood to usher in My Second Coming. My Second Coming will come through Mary, with Mary, and in Mary, for it is My Eucharistic Reign. My little one, the New Pentecost, will be the Reign of My Mother as one with My Eucharistic Reign united to the Father. This will be the new era of peace in the world – The Kingdom of Heaven on earth. This is the great mission given to you and the few that respond. 3/21/20 Remain steadfast as I continue to guide you on the path of total transformation in Me, and you(LC), along with My faithful remnant, will defeat Satan and cast him into hell, and usher in My era of peace. 2/25/14 I am making all things new through My hidden victims of purified love. 6/29/21 Trust in God's goodness and mercy, for His ways are perfect. The time draws near, my little one, please remain attentive daily to Me, for we are making all things new according to God's plan. I am making all things new 3/14/19. Lenten message I am making all things new. Do you think that My death and resurrection was useless and powerless? No, My little one, I am making all things new , yet few believe, they have not come to know Me, My Father, and the power of the Holy Spirit. They live in the deception of Satan’s lies and darkness. Their gods have become money, wealth, power, self, but the truth is that I am alive in the world, present with all My power and glory, and at the designated time, chosen by our Father, I, united to My faithful remnant of victim souls, will cease the dragon. Many will be lost because their pride kept them from believing in Me, the God of heaven and earth. Persevere in the mission I have entrusted to you. (I stopped to ask Jesus how He wants me to persevere… So many times, I do not know what to do or say….) Tell My family (LC) to pray for greater faith to believe in the words I have spoken (I understood His messages to us). If My words remain in your hearts, you will persevere through the many trials predestined for you to suffer for the glory of God and the salvation of countless souls. I desire to see each of you rejoicing ALWAYS, in good times and in bad, because you have come to believe that I am with you . You have come to taste the goodness of the Lord. Joy is the fruit of trust, and therefore, My followers live in praise of God. My witnesses will be known in the world through the light of praise and joy that radiates from your lives. My little ones, believe that amid this darkness, I am making all things new through you , with you, and in you. Proclaim what I have done in you (plural) through The Simple Path I have been leading you in. Go forth and be My disciples of Light, for the Light has already conquered the darkness. “Woman, why are you weeping?” (John 20) “Why are you troubled?”(Luke 24) Back

  • Mi Ultima Cancion –Song – Love Crucified Catholic Community

    ​ MI ÚLTIMA CANCIÓN My Last Song Text and music: Maria Hickein ​ ​ Qué te puedo decir que no haya dicho ya What could I tell you that I haven't already said? Para no repetir y que no suene igual... So as not to repeat and nor sound the same... Si algo pude escribir fue por Tu inspiración... If I was able to write anything it was because of Your inspiration... Si algo bueno hay en mi es fruto de Tu Amor Any goodness in me is fruit of Your Love. Y qué me queda ahora, si no esperar la hora de partida... And what’s left for me now, if not to wait for the time of departure... Se acerca ya el momento, me va llegando el tiempo de las despedidas... This moment is approaching; the time for goodbyes is nearing... No me quisiera ir sin esta aclaración I would not want to leave without making it clear Sin dejar para Ti esta última canción Without leaving you this last song... ​ Ha sido en la vejez cuando al fin comprendí It has been in my old age when I finally understood Como corresponder a Tu pasión por mi... how to correspond to Your passion for me... Uniendo mis gemidos del dolor que aprendí a sufrir contigo Uniting my groans of the pain that I learned to suffer with You Por mi propio pecado y el de aquellos a los que con Tu amor... he amado For my own sin and that of those whom with Your love... I have loved No puedo terminar esta última canción I cannot end this last song Sin postrarme ante ti y pedirte perdón Without prostrating myself before you and asking for your forgiveness. Cuánto te hice esperar sin valorar tu amor How long I have made you wait, not valuing your love... Fui yo quien te negué y quien te abandonó It was I who denied you and who abandoned you. Y Tú, cómo contraste, me arropaste en Tu amor y me saciaste And You, in contrast, wrapped me in Your love and satisfied me, Ungiendo mis heridas con besos y caricias que me han dado Vida... Anointing my wounds with kisses and caresses that have given me Life... Mi rúbrica final, mi epitafio de amor, My final rubric, my epitaph of love, Lo escribo para Ti en mi última... canción I write it for you in my last song. ​ Music Page

  • Tienes Que Crucificarte –Song | Love Crucified Catholic Community

    TIENES QUE CRUCIFICARTE You Must Crucify Yourself Lyrics and music: María V. Hickein ​ ​ Solo me queda esperarte, solo me queda confiar, All I can do is wait, I can only trust, Que tiene valor amarte, que valió la pena amar That it's worth loving you, that it was worth loving Yo no puedo ir a buscarte, tienes tú que regresar I can not go looking for you, you have to return Tiene Dios que conquistarte y por Él dejarte amar... God has to conquer you and you need to let Him love you... ​ ¡Tienes que... crucificarte! Morir con Cristo en la Cruz You have to ... crucify yourself! Dying with Christ on the Cross Tienes que querer clavarte abrazado a mi Jesús. You have to want to nail yourself embraced to my Jesus. Tienes que... ¡crucificarte! Y en la oscuridad ser Luz... You have to ... crucify yourself! And in the dark be Light ... ¡Ser mi Luz! Be light! Tengo que vivir y amarte en silencio y soledad I have to live and love you in silence and solitude Si he de desencadenarte y comprar tu libertad If I am to unleash you and buy your freedom No he de salir a buscarte, solo te puedo esperar I shall not go looking for you, I can only wait for you Nunca dejaré de amarte, ¡no te dejaré de amar! I will never stop loving you, I will not stop loving you! Tengo que... ¡CRUCIFICARME! Seguir al pie de la Cruz I have to ... CRUCIFY MYSELF! Remain at the foot of the Cross Y por amor desangrarme abrazada a mi Jesús And for love shed blood embraced to my Jesus Tengo que... ¡CRUCIFICARME! Y en la oscuridad ser Luz... ¡Ser tu luz! I have to ... CRUCIFY MYSELF! And in the darkness be Light ... Be your light! ​ ​ ​ Music Page

  • Anger and Resentment | Love Crucified

    Anger & Resentment Lourdes Pinto — LC Retreat, March 2017 Back

  • Message Guadalupe | Amor Crucificado

    Message of Our Lady of Guadalupe The Blessed Virgin appeared in Tepeyac, Mexico, to San Juan Diego on Tuesday, December 12, 1531, barely ten years after the conquest of Mexico. The mother of God came to make the gospel known to her children — both to natives of the new continent and to the Spaniards, many of whom were setting a bad example. She wanted to "show and give all my love and compassion, help and defense, for I am your pious mother." As proof of her visit the Virgin miraculously made precious roses of Castile to appear in Tepeyac and that her image would remain permanently in the tilma of her servant. For four days, the Virgin communicated with Juan Diego, speaking to him in his own language, the náhualtl. To identify herself, Maria used the word "coatlallope"; A compound noun formed by "coatl" (snake), the preposition "a" and "llope" (crush). She is "the one that crushes the serpent." Others reconstruct the name as "Tlecuauhtlapcupeuh" which means: "The one that precedes the region of light like the eagle of fire." The word sounded in the ears of the Spanish friars as "Guadalupe", name of the invocation the conquerors knew well since there is a basilica in Spain in her honor since 1340. The Virgin communicated in a way that the Indians understood as well as the Spanish! The Virgin of Guadalupe gave to the Indian Juan Diego a treatment of nobility, elevating prophetically the condition of all the natives. The Lord "casts down the mighty from the throne and exalts the humble." At the same time, Our Lady brought reconciliation between the natives and the Spaniards. She helped them both to understand that the Christian faith is not owned by anyone but is a gift of love for all. The Virgin asks Juan Diego to go to the bishop, Fray Juan De Zumárraga, Franciscan. In this way, the Virgin teaches us to submit to the legitimate authority that Jesus established in the Church. The image that appears over the native ayate is a true Mexican codex, a message from heavens loaded with symbols, a catechesis. Her bowed head and her praying hands teaches us that she is not a goddess but the humble and prayerful "Mother of the true God by whom one lives." The ribbon over womb shows that she is pregnant. She is all tender love ... It is not a painting but a miraculous image that "floats" on the tilma. Their eyes are alive and in them is still the image of the meeting with the bishop. Our Lady of Guadlupe propitiates the evangelization of the continent The missionaries had little success in spite of their intense work, largely because of the poor example of the conquistadors. But the Virgin of Guadalupe presents herself as a native woman and taught them that the gift of faith is for all without distinction. Outcome: In the 7 years after the apparitions, 8 million natives converted to the Catholic faith. This represents an average of 3000 daily conversions. If we remember that by the preaching of St. Peter on the day of Pentecost 3000 men were converted, we can see that the Virgin began a true Pentecost that lasted 7 years. The Virgin of Guadalupe continues to guide us to Jesus. The miracles obtained by her are so extraordinary that one cannot but exclaim: "The divine power is here." Almighty God is pleased to pour out his gifts through the one whom He chose to be his mother. Today her presence and help are as necessary as ever. To a world that has lost its way, she says: "Juanito, the smallest of my children, where are you going? ..." We need to receive her words and apply them to our situation: "Hear and understand, my son, the smallest, what scares and afflicts you is nothing, do not disturb your heart, do not fear that illness (of his uncle), nor any other illness and anguish. Am I not here, me that I'm your mother? Are you not under my protection? Am I not your health? Are you not in my lap? What else do you need? Do not worry or shy away over anything else; Do not grieve the illness of your uncle, he will not die of it now: be assured that he is healed ... My son, the smallest one, go to the top of the hill, where you saw me and I gave you orders, you will find that there are different flowers; cut them up, gather them, pick them up; then come down and bring them into my presence." The only hope of humanity is to open our heart with her to receive her son and yield to the miracle. Back

  • Prayer at Consecration – Love Crucified Catholic Community

    T Prayer at moment of consecration of the Precious Blood by Blessed Conchita Beloved Father! Through The Immaculate Hands Of Mary Receive My Blood which I place in the chalice in union with The Blood of Jesus, sacrificing It for Love of You, for Your priests and for the salvation and regeneration of the whole world through the Cross. Accept it Father, and sprinkle with it the good and the bad, the living and the dead, making fruitful the field of the Church through this sacrifice. Amen. Jesus, Savior of mankind, save them! ​ Ven. Concepción Cabrera de Armida said the following prayer at Mass when the priest raised the chalice at consecration. The Lord showed her that her blood was to be united with His as a united offering. This offering is truly the most perfect way to participate in Holy Mass because love is fulfilled in self immolation in union with the Beloved. Notice that she offered for all. All Love Crucified members say this prayer (or an adaptation) during consecration. ​ Conchita's prayer is confirmed by the Church's catechism: "Since Christ died for us out of love, when we celebrate the memorial of his death at the moment of sacrifice we ask that... in the strength of this love by which Christ willed to die for us, we, by receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit, may be able to consider the world as crucified for us, and to be ourselves as crucified to the world." #1394 ​ Abbreviated version: Beloved Father! Through the immaculate hands of Mary, receive my blood. I unite it with the blood of Jesus in the chalice, sacrificing it for love of you, for your priests, my family and for all. Jesus savior of mankind, save them! ​ ​

  • Pure Suffering | Love Crucified

    Pure Suffering Lourdes Pinto – January 12, 2017 4 steps to fruitful suffering: 1.Thank God 2.Accept 3.Suffer with Christ 4.Intercede. See Text Note : Text contains supplemental notes, not a complete transcription of the audio. To get a fuller understanding of this teaching, we recommend you listen to the audio. Back

  • Mission – Love Crucified

    Remain with Chist To remain with Christ as His companions of the Cross. I feel my Lord in my soul holding His chalice. His tears of sorrow for our brokenness fall one-by-one into the chalice. He thirsts for my companionship. His gaze invites me to remain with Him and just to be with Him. I remain next to Him, with Him, as He cries God's tears of sorrow for each of us. I am not called to do, but just to be with Him, to accompany Him in His sorrows. Through the grace of God, my soul is living in the hidden life. The world does not understand the hidden life. It is God who does, Who suffers, Who redeems, but I enter and live within the words of the Mass, “through Him, with Him and in Him.” This hidden life is not a state of inactivity but of great activity. It's a participation in the activity of God Himself. I am accompanying my Lord, Who suffers for all. This is peace, and the fruit of this peace is JOY! — 2/6/13 Simple Path #40 p. 142. 🔗 See more messages To raise up a holy transformed priesthood. The future of My Church depends on My priests becoming true victims of love. You are called to raise My army of holy priests, which will be my army of victim souls. Do not hesitate for the time is short. Preach victimhood, for it holds the power of the love of God. (6/12/11). 🔗 See more messages Our Mission To respond to the plea of the Lord, “Bring Me victim souls.” Your mission is to help raise up God's pure victims of love to defeat the darkness of Satan. My daughter, bring Me victim souls for the decisive battle is at hand (7/11/13 ). 🔗 See more messages To help usher in the Reign of the Immaculate Heart of Mary with the new Pentecost. My daughter the mission of LC is to bring souls to the feet of Jesus crucified with Mary, through consecration. They will enter the Cross through the gate of Mary… . I desire for this time to be the time of My greatest martyrs. It is the blood of My martyrs united to the Blood of Jesus Christ that will usher in the new Pentecost with the reign of the Queen of Heaven and Earth. I desire countless hidden martyrs like My Spouse, the Queen of Martyrs. Here lies the POWER OF GOD and the full power of the Holy Spirit, which will be poured out through the POWER OF THE CROSS. The — 9/15/10 Feast of our Mother of Sorrows. 🔗 See full text and more messages To live and spread our spiritual formation book, The Simple Path to Union with God , as the means of being transformed into Love. Do not be ashamed of My words and share the treasure of Heaven that has been entrusted to you (The Simple Path to Union with God) with many. Complete My Path and as My Heralds of Hope teach it from the housetops. This is your mission. Respond with great zeal and courage of heart, as My warriors of love, for these decisive times. —(10/20/12), Simple Path p.440). See also: ■ An overview of The Simple Path, introducing our charism, by Lourdes Pinto (audio and text) 🔗 ■ The Purpose of Private Revelations in the Simple Path 🔗 To discern the signs of our times …TRUST and do not be afraid… Raise up My army of holy priests! …Speak to them of the signs of the times. Awaken them to action! My warriors must be ready to fight the decisive battle! Call them to action, My little one!... 1/8/11. 🔗 See more The Call holy priesthood plea help usher

  • Venga Hoy Tu Reino | Love Crucified

    VENGA HOY TU REINO Thy Kingdom Come Today Lyrics and music: Maria Hickein ​ ¡Venga hoy Tu reino! Thy kingdom come! ​ Sacerdote eterno ¡Venga hoy Tu reino! Eternal priest, Thy kingdom come today! ​ y dale a Tu Legión la más completa convicción and give your Legion the most complete conviction ​ de que ellos son Tus elegidos, that they are Your chosen ones, ​ por Tu Madre escogidos, chosen by your Mother, ​ llamados a salvar al mundo de la iniquidad donde ha caído (2X) Called to save the world o the iniquity in which it has fallen (2X) ​ Legionario de Cristo ¡No to dejes vencer! Legionary of Christ, don't let yourself be defeated! ​ que el peso de la cruz sólo te haga caer. that the weight of the cross only makes you fall. ​ igual que tu Señor te habrás de levantar, like your Lord you shall raise, ​ ¡Tu Madre celestial te viene a rescatar! your heavenly Mother comes to your rescue! ​ con su pequeño talón de almas víctimas, with her small heel of victim souls, ​ un solo corazón de almas víctimas, one single heart of victim souls ​ ¡tan llenas de Su amor! so full of His love! ​ con la completa convicción with the complete conviction ​ de que ellos son Tus elegidos, that they are Your chosen ones, ​ por Tu Madre escogidos, chosen by Your Mother, ​ llamados a salvar al mundo de la iniquidad donde ha caído (2X) called to save the world of the iniquity in which it has fallen (2X) Granito de mostaza ¡no te dejes vencer! Grain of mustard, do not allow yourself to be defeated! ​ has venido a morir, y muriendo ¡nacer! you have come to die, and dying be born! ​ tu escudo es la humildad y esa es tu protección, your shield is humility and that is your protection, ​ tu Madre celestial te entrega la misión: you heavenly Mother gives you the mission: ​ sois su pequeño talón de almas víctimas, You are her little heel of victim souls, ​ un sólo corazón de almas víctimas a single heart of victim souls ​ ¡tan llenas de Su amor! so full of His love! ​ con la completa convicción with the complete conviction ​ de que ellas son tu elegidas, that they are your chosen ones, ​ por Tu madre escogidas, chosen by Your Mother, ​ llamadas a salvar al mundo de la oscuridad donde ha caído (2X) called to save the world from the darkness in which it has fallen (2X) ​ Legionario de Cristo ¡no te dejes vencer! Legionary of Christ, don't let yourself be defeated! ​ Granito de mostaza, muere... ¡para nacer! Little grain of mustard, die... to be born! ​ Music Page

  • My Spouses | Victim Souls – Love Crucified Catholic Community

    My Victim Souls, My Spouses It is My victim souls abandoned to My crucified love that possess the power of God to defeat Satan and usher in the reign of the Immaculate Heart of My Mother. Do not be afraid to be My voice. Do not be afraid to be crucified with Me. Be My spouse. A bride follows her spouse wherever He goes. Will you follow Me to My Cross where our love will be consummated in the power of God? Suffer all with Me, your Spouse, through the embrace of the silence of the Holy Spirit. This is most pleasing to Me. Trust, for there isn't a suffering I permit that will not bring you into the union of love I desire. Trust in the power of suffering all as ONE with Me. It is this power that will set the world on fire with My Spirit. Raise up My victims of love for these decisive times. — 7/9/12, Simple Path #93 p.266. Back ​

  • Suffer With Christ Exposing The Darkness | David Vs Goliath

    Allow the Holy Spirit to use your suffering to enter My suffering — Expose the darkness, you will be persecuted You have learned to suffer with Me by allowing the Holy Spirit to use your own suffering to enter My suffering. Through the gold of precious repentance, your heart has been purified, thus allowing you to suffer the sick condition of your brothers and sisters’ hearts with Me. But there is still the deep suffering of My persecution that you must suffer with Me. I am preparing your hearts for this most difficult suffering. When you (myself and the Miss. of the Cross) preach what I desire, you will be condemned and persecuted by many. Will you drink from My chalice to the last drop, My daughter?... They must be willing to expose with great courage and love the darkness that has blinded My ministers and is suffocating their souls. Satan will try to silence you, but you must persevere in humility, purity and love as ONE with Love crucified. This armor that you will possess, as One victim with Me, will protect you and give you the power of God to fight the principalities of darkness and win... Be humble and submit to God’s plan. I bless you, love you and protect you. Go, therefore, My humble ones and raise up My army of holy priests needed to protect My Bride during these decisive times. —The Lord's message to LC, 3/29/11 David and Goliath My little one, the time draws near. You hold the sword of the Spirit in the mission given to you. My family of LC are My warriors of love that will defeat the dragon in the decisive battle that draws near. Be ready to approach this evil in the same way that David approached Goliath. You will conquer the dragon in your littleness and purity because it is God who is with you. You must not fear and believe with the innocence and zeal of David. My daughter, form My family well in the teachings I give to you. You each must also approach the battle with five stones. First, the stone of humility, possessing the perfect knowledge of your nothingness and of My power and majesty. Second, the stone of purity, purity of mind, heart, intention, word, desire… Third, simplicity, detached from all, most especially from your ego. Fourth, trust perfectly abandoned to My will. Fifth, courage, courage rooted in love of Me to be perfectly obedient to My commands. ​ These stones are your weapons for battle, for the dragon will not be defeated according to the standards of the world but in the Light of Love. Therefore, My family, prepare for battle. Be attentive to Me. —The Lord's message, 1/18/12 Simple Path #148, p.437 Back

  • Faith to Become Sword of the Spirit | Love Crucified Community

    Faith to Become the Sword of the Spirit Lourdes Pinto – May 19, 2016 Note : The following text contains supplemental notes, not a complete transcription of the audio. To get a fuller understanding of this teaching, we recommend you listen to the audio. Jesus: We are making all things new through My Blood and the blood of My victim souls. My little one, believe that the union of love in suffering with God produces one hundredfold. Trust in your beloved Spouse who is making you a new creation in God and for God. This Path (book) is My Light in the darkness, hope in despair… It is My formation manual for My saints of these times. You (Love Crucified) have been entrusted this treasure from God. (I see the Path inside the heart of each LC member where it is protected, loved, appreciated and blessed. We must be the hidden force for every soul that receives the Path to read.) ​ “Believe that the union of love in suffering with God produces one hundredfold.” - The word “believe” appears 115X in the Path. *Mark 9:19, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” *Mark 9:24, “I believe, help my unbelief.” *Do we believe when we are in the midst of suffering? *In pain and suffering how do we react? *Do we remain in complete PEACE because we have come to believe in the power of our suffering as one with Christ? ​ 2. My experience this week with my pain & sorrows. *The Path helped me. *The Holy Spirit sent Fr. Ron to remind me of the Path and he coached me through it (as a midwife helps a woman give birth) ​ 3. The danger of forgetting the Word. Cardinal Piacenza, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, wrote: The Church is able to resist every attack, all the assaults that political, economic and cultural powers can unleash against her, but she cannot resist the danger that comes from forgetting this word of Jesus: "You are the salt of the earth, you are the light of the world." Jesus himself indicates the consequence of this forgetfulness: "But if the salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? (Path p380) *Mark 9:49 - “Everyone will be salted with fire.” *How can we lose our “saltiness”? Forgetting the words of Jesus to us and who we are. *All new life comes through labor pains. ​ 4. On Pentecost Sunday I had the experience: *My heart united to Jesus’ Heart –as ONE becoming "sword–fire". *The Holy Spirit led me to last chapter of Path (8) to reflect the prophecies the Lord has given us: 5. BELIEVE / Sword of the Spirit tested under fire. *Jesus calls us to “believe”: This means the power of our lives as the sword of the Spirit is contingent on our FAITH. *Blessed Titus Brandsma was a frail and peaceful Dutch priest, yet the Nazis called him “that dangerous little friar.” They feared the power of his witness and words. By holding fast to love and truth he came into conflict with the forces of evil. He wrote: “He who wants to win the world for Christ must have the courage to come in conflict with it.” (Path p380) “Faith is always also a sword and may indeed promote conflict for the sake of truth and love.” -Cardinal Ratzinger (Path p381) ​ 6. Prophecies Received By Our Community: 149- “I'm forming you as My warriors of love,” Diary of a MOC Become the Sword of the Spirit to conquer the dragon. The armor you put on is to protect you from being overcome and conquered by the enemy, but your sword is what has the power to pierce the enemy and conquer it. "To put on the armor of light... put on your Lord Jesus Christ" (Rom 13:12;14) is to become the Sword of the Spirit. I have been leading you through the passage of union with your Crucified Lord, union with the Word of the Cross. It is in this union that you enter your Crucified Lord and, beginning at the foot of the Cross with Mary, your lives become the Sword of the Spirit.These are the warriors that will fight the decisive battle and have the power of God to conquer the dragon. I desire each of you to become ONE with the Sword of the Spirit through My Cross. (11/2/11) p.407 ​ 7. How do we enter this “conflict” as the “sword of the Spirit”? 1. Believing that suffering in love with Christ has the power of God. This means entering interior spiritual battle through the power of the martyrdom of heart. 2. Confront others by speaking the truth. 8. Homework Study section 8-B-4, “Prophecies Received By Our Community” (p405f) & make an outline or summary covering these key questions: 1. What is the Lord asking us to believe? 2. What is our mission? Who are you? What is your identity? 3. What key words stand out in each message, why are they important and what are they saying to your heart? Back

  • Sign Times Issues | Love Crucified

    Discern the signs of the times Love Crucified Community Covid-19 Ser ies October 2021 ​ The Mass – I – Battle the Beast in the Power of the Cross Lourdes Pinto – August 26, 2021 The Mass – II – COVID-19: A Call to Repentance, Beginning with our Sheph erd Lourdes Pinto & Fr. Jordi Rivero – September 3, 2021. AUDIO & VIDEO ​ Living these decisive times as One with Christ Father Jordi Rivero – May 27, 2021 ​ The Pope & Remaining in the Bark Jordi Rivero – November 5, 2020 –Text & audio ​ Few Will Remain Faithful Lourdes Pinto – January 14, 2022 ​ Do You Want to be Partners with Demons? Live in Fe ar Lourdes Pinto – September 22, 2022. ​ Messages received by Love Crucified Satan is working to bring forth his new world order of destruction, but My crusade of victim souls will possess the power of God to crush the head of Satan. You are the heel of the Queen of Heaven and Earth. Continue giving your life daily for the mission I have entrusted to you... Do not lose hope in all that I have placed in your heart. My crusade of victim souls will have to suffer greatly and be formed to perfection in love to fight this fierce battle, but know that My Cross has triumphed. Now, through this crusade, it needs to triumph in the hearts of My people. Persevere in love. Persevere in trust. 4/10/12 I want the LC website used to help form My martyrs of love for the decisive battle at hand. There will be wailing and grinding of teeth, massive confusion, and desperation. This state of the world will open the doors for the new world order, and then will begin the time of great darkness and persecution for all My followers… 9/10/11 …TRUST and do not be afraid… Raise up My army of holy priests! …Speak to them of the signs of the time. Awaken them to action! My warriors must be ready to fight the decisive battle! Call them to action, My little one!... 1/8/11 …Fear in the hearts of the multitude has come to light. This fear reveals the lack of love for Me in the hearts of the vast majority of souls, a love rooted in humility, intimacy, purity, abandonment, trust, and selflessness; therefore, the thief came unexpectedly and was able to enter their homes (hearts) and darken their souls to not recognize the signs of the times… 11/21/21 …You must form My hidden martyrs of love, for God the Father is using them to fulfill His plan of salvation during these decisive times. Live your hidden life as ONE with me in My hidden life in the Eucharist, and you will grow in the power of God, which is the power of Love. This is the hidden force that will sweep over the face of the world to conquer Satan’s darkness… 7/18/11 ​ ​ ​ ​

  • Storm in Church | Love Crucified Catholic Community

    Storm in the Church Parts I & II Storm in the Church - Part I L ourdes Pinto | September 13, 2018 Audio and video Storm in the Church - Part II Lourdes Pinto | September 20, 2018 Audio and video Text Note: This text is not a complete transcription of the audio teaching, but rather intended to be used as supplemental notes. In order to get a fuller and richer understanding of this teaching, we recommend you to listen to the audio. Back II

  • Victim of love – Companion of love | Love Crucified Community

    My Companion in this time of suffering I desire for you to be My companion in this time of great suffering; to remain with Me… To collect My tears shed for all of humanity. You have been chosen to be ONE with Me, My consolation during these end times. This is your identity as a Mother of the Cross. I asked Jesus how to live as His companion of love. It is easy when I am in prayer and He allows me to feel His presence and see His gaze, but during the day there are so many distractions. 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. — 2/18/13, Simple Path #84, p.236. Back ​

  • Eucharistic Adoration – Love Crucified Catholic Community

    Prayers Reach Heaven The prayers of the Mothers of the Cross are heard by My Father in Heaven. They are a sweet fragrance that reach heaven. These mothers are My Father's white lilies. They have been purified in My blood... Believe, My daughter, believe. — 11/24/08 Participate in My Body and Blood Most people partake of My Body and Blood, but few desire to participate in My Body and Blood. “The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the Body of Christ?” In order to become One Body in Me you must respond to participate in living in My Body and Blood. In the Eucharist, I give of Myself fully to you and you partake, meaning that you receive Me; but then you must respond to this gift of Love by giving yourself to Me. You must give Me your blood in sacrifice and your body, which is your will. In the Eucharist, I Am the Victim of Love. In order for you to become ONE BODY, ONE BLOOD in Me you must respond to become My victim of love, a victim united as ONE to The Victim. What is required of My creature is her response, her “Fiat,” then the power of My Spirit, the Holy Spirit, brings about this perfect union. It is at the foot of the Cross with My Mother that you receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit from My pierced side. It is He who will lead you through the narrow path of My Cross to perfect union in Me. — 6/26/11, Simple Path #55 p.168. Back ​

  • Salted with Fire | Love Crucified

    Salted with Fire, Mark 9 Lourdes Pinto & Fr. Ron Sciera – January 27, 2017 Back

  • Morir Para Vivir – Music by Maria Hickein of the Love Crucified Community

    ​ M ORIR PARA VIVIR We All Must D ie To Live Texto y música de María Hickein Text and music: Maria Hickein ​ Sentada frente a Ti Sitting before you En semi oscuridad In semi-darkness Adentrándome en Ti, en Tu sentir, en Tu mirar Immersing myself in You, into Your feelings, into Your gaze A Ti te dejo hacer, o poner, o quitar I allow You to act in me, to put or to take away Quiero aprender de Ti a conjugar el verbo amar I want to learn from You to conjugate the verb to love ​ Cada rasgo de mí, ha de reflejarte a Ti Every feature of me, must reflect You Cada paso que doy ha de enseñar quien soy Every step I take must reveal who I am Que ya no soy quien vive en mí That I am no longer the one who lives in me ​ Y sin embargo sé que no logro llegar And nonetheless I know that I do not succeed A reflejar Tu Luz, a dejarte brillar To reflect Your Light, to let you shine A que puedas crecer y yo menguar That you may increase and I decrease ​ Cuánto cuesta ensanchar y abrir el corazón How hard it is to expand and open wide the heart Cuánto nos cuesta amar a quien no sabe dar amor How hard it is for us to love those who do not know how to give love, Llegar a perdonar a quien nos ofendió To manage to forgive the one who offended us No se puede lograr sino a través de Ti Señor Can only be achieved through You, Lord. ​ Y toda obstinación, y toda terquedad And all obstinacy, and all stubbornness Nos lleva a no entender, a no ver, a dudar Lead us not to understand, not to see, and to doubt Y nos aleja de Tu voluntad And distances us from Your will ​ No permitas Señor, que me aparte de Ti Do not allow me, Lord, to turn away from you Rómpeme el corazón y enséñame a sufrir You have to break my heart and teach me to suffer Que hay que Morir para Vivir That we all must DIE, TO LIVE Que hay que Morir para Vivir That we all must DIE, TO LIVE. Music Page

  • Love Casts Out Fear | Love Crucified

    Love Casts Out Fear Lourdes Pinto – January 8, 2014 1 John 4:18: “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and he who fears is not perfected in love.” Fear (1) Fear of Adam and Eve, who after they sinned, “hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God.” Fear rooted in shame – guilt (2) Fear of the unfaithful servant who buried his talents. Fear rooted in low self-esteem / false and wounded identity, an identity that does not know the love of God nor his own dignity as the “beloved of the Father”... (3) Fear of Peter: Mt 16:22 When Jesus tells the disciples that He must go to Jerusalem to suffer and be killed, Peter tries to stop him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you” When they arrested Jesus and took Him to Caiaphas, the high priest, they brought false testimony against Him in order to put Him to death, but “Peter was following Him at a distance” Mt 26:58. He had fear of suffering rooted in self-love and lack of trust In the Path to Union we are freed from fear as we receive: HUMILITY – foot of the Cross PURITY – pierced side of Jesus LOVE – in the fire of the Sacred Heart Love casts out fear. Love heals our shame, guilt. Love restores our true identity as sons and daughters of Abba. Love moves us out of ourselves to give of ourselves. Love brings us to perfect love and complete abandonment. Some saints received the stigmata with the physical pain of the nail wounds, but ALL My saints were crucified to Me through My nails mystically. The mystical crucifixion is no less real and painful as the physical one; just as the white martyrdom is no less real and painful as the red martyrdom. Unity in the Holy Trinity is the fruit of becoming one with Me in My crucifixion, for this is perfect love. The ecstasy of the love of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit transforms the pain into the Sword of the Spirit that pierces the darkness of satan. This union of Love is achieved by few because of lack of perseverance and self-less love. One saint that becomes one in My crucified love has the power to transform an entire society. I am raising up My saints for the decisive times at hand to fight My holy war and usher in the era of peace. 12/28/14 Pope Francis: Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero said mothers live a 'maternal martyrdom'. In his homily at the funeral of a priest killed by death squads, he said, echoing Vatican Council II, 'We must all be willing to die for our faith, even if the Lord does not grant us this honour... Giving ones life does not only mean being killed; giving ones life, having the spirit of martyrdom, is self giving in duty, in silence, in prayer, in the honest fulfillment of one's duty; in that silence of everyday life, giving life a little at a time. Yes, as it is given by a mother, who without fear, with the simplicity of maternal martyrdom, conceives a child in her womb, gives him life, nurses him, nurtures him and cares for him with affection. It is giving life. It is martyrdom'. “maternal martyrdom": a total surrender, without fuss, in silence, in prayer, in the fulfillment of duty. 12/9/10 My daughter, My Mother carried My crucified Body in her arms and then she placed Me in the tomb, but she continued to carry My crucified Body in her heart. She continued to 'live in Love', in My crucified love. She is the first that continued to suffer with Me (Romans 8:17). I continued My love in suffering on earth through My Mother (Col. 1:24). She bore mystically all My wounds and radiated My light in the darkness of the world (2 Cor 4:6). My daughter, since My Mother 'lives in love' she radiates My light and possess the power of God. Each of My wounds radiates healing light and mercy. She was the first to live on earth as My living pure holy chalice of My precious Blood. Her hidden life on earth, after My death, God used as a watering can pouring My graces upon the early Church and world, and continues through the ages till today. She is gathering her maidens, as she is always perfectly obedient to the will of the Father, to live in the hidden force of My crucified love. This hidden force of pure victims of love will set the earth on fire. My daughter, you have been chosen to cooperate in this plan of salvation: BRING ME VICITM SOULS! We should not be afraid of suffering The Link between Suffering and Consolation (love): Fr Jordi 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. 6 If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer". Take notice of what St Paul teaches above: 1-Christ suffers and comforts Paul -To receive it, Paul must share Christ's suffering. -Thus Paul becomes one with Christ 2-Paul can now suffer to comfort the Corinthians. -To receive it, the Corinthians must share Paul's suffering. -Thus Corinthians can become one with Paul and Christ. This is how the Body of Christ is built. It is a chain of suffering and comfort (love). One cannot link in the chain without accepting both. 1//13/11 “My daughter, the purest love on earth must be united to suffering. I came from Heaven to Earth to suffer in expiation for the sins of the world. This is love. Pure love gives itself solely because of love. The love of the Trinity is pure love, therefore, the Father gives His life by giving to the world His only begotten Son. The Holy Spirit flows from this most pure love, thus igniting the hearts of souls to suffer with Me so that they can enter in Love. The Cross without My Sacred Heart is useless suffering brought about by sin. But suffering united to My Cross is new life; it is participation in the work of redemption which is participation in the life of the Trinity. These mysteries can only be grasped by a humble heart, therefore, you must call My sons first to repentance at the foot of My Cross to receive the gold of precious repentance. Be still My daughter, for it is the pure suffering of the Mothers of the Cross that I will use to pierce the harshness of My sons' hearts. Suffer all with perfect faith in My crucified love.” Throughout the entire Path the grace of God is being poured upon us, but we also must live a powerful DISCIPLINE OF SPIRIT (mortification). Living this daily discipline is PERSEVERANCE and SELF-LESS LOVE. Discipline of prayer / Blessed Sacrament Discipline of continuously “digging deep” to allow the Light of the Spirit into our shame, false identity, fears, wounds... it's a constant attentiveness to what is taking place in our hearts and attentiveness into the hearts of others... Discipline of “suffering ALL with Jesus” Discipline of choosing to do what is most difficult not easiest. Ex: getting up early, stopping your work to attend to others, going to sleep on time, seeking communication and not withdrawing.... Discipline of entering into the Father's JOY in all circumstances and seeing through His eyes in anticipation. “Taking off the mask of sadness” Henri Nouwen Discipline of silence / communication Hector shared that in prayer he felt that as a community and individually we need greater purification. The messages of the Lord being entrusted to us need to be treasured, pondered profoundly and lived through a life of greater prayer and penance(Discipline of spirit). Back

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