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Mar 28

3/29 THE PRAYER OF JESUS

BOOK OF HEAVEN

From the writings of the Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta,

The Little Daughter of the Divine Will

VOLUME 17

July 1, 1924

Laments of the soul. The prayer of Jesus. How one who gives himself to God loses his rights.

I felt very oppressed because of the privation of my adorable Jesus. Oh, how my heart bleeds, as I feel subjected to suffer continuous deaths! I felt I could not go on without Him, and that my martyrdom could not be harder than that. And while I was trying to follow Jesus in the different mysteries of His Passion, I arrived at accompanying Him in the mystery of His painful Scourging. At that moment, He moved in my interior, filling all of myself with His adorable Person. Upon seeing Him, I wanted to tell Him of my hard state, but Jesus, imposing silence on me, told me: “My daughter, let us pray together. There are certain sad times in which my Justice, unable to contain Itself because of the evils of creatures, would want to flood the earth with new scourges; and so prayer in my Will is necessary, which, extending over all, places itself as defense of the creatures, and with its power, prevents my Justice from approaching the creature to strike her.”

How beautiful and touching it was to hear Jesus pray! And since I was accompanying Him in the sorrowful mystery of the Scourging, He made Himself seen pouring out Blood, and I heard Him say: “My Father, I offer You this Blood of Mine. O please, let It cover all the intelligences of creatures, rendering vain all their evil thoughts, dimming the fire of their passions, and making holy intelligences rise again. May this Blood cover their eyes and be a veil to their sight, so that the taste of evil pleasures may not enter them through their eyes, and they may not get dirty with the mud of the earth. May this Blood of Mine cover and fill their mouths, and render their lips dead to blasphemies, to imprecations, to all of their bad words. My Father, may this Blood of Mine cover their hands, and strike terror in man for so many evil actions. May this Blood circulate in Our Eternal Will in order to cover all, to defend all, and to be a defending weapon for the creature before the rights of Our Justice.”

But who can tell of the way Jesus prayed, and of all that He said? Then, He remained silent, and I felt in my interior as if Jesus was taking my little and poor soul in His hands, and He squeezed it, He touched it up, He looked at it; and I said to Him: ‘My Love, what are your doing? Is there anything in me that displeases You?’

And He: “I am working and expanding your soul in my Will. And then, I do not need to give you an account of what I do, because, since you gave yourself completely to Me, you have lost your rights – rights which are already Mine. Do you know what your only right is? That my Will be yours, and that It provide you with all that can make you happy, in time and eternity.”

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Mar 27

3/28 On March 28, 1994, Cardinal Felici’s letter declared that on the part of the Holy See there was no impediment to the opening of the Cause for the Beatification of Luisa Piccarreta

 

3/28 – On March 28, 1994, Cardinal Felici’s letter declared that on the part of the Holy See there was no impediment to the opening of the Cause for the Beatification of Luisa Piccarreta

March 28, 1994 – Cardinal Felici’s letter from the Sacred Congregation of the Causes of the Saints to His Excellency Archbishop Carmelo Cassati.  The letter declared that on the part of the Holy See there was no impediment to opening the Cause for Luisa Piccarreta’s Beatification, and to therefore start the process.

November 20, 1994 Feast of Christ the King: Archbishop Cassati officially opened the beatification cause of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta in the principal church of Corato, in the presence of a huge crowd of people, locals and foreigners.

In October 2005 at the end of the closure of Luisa’s cause by the Archdiocese of Trani, all official documents were packaged and sealed for shipment to Congregation for the Causes of the Saints – The dicastery, or department, of the Roman Curia responsible to the Holy Father for the investigations which lead to the beatification and canonization of holy men and women. On March 7, 2006 those packages were officially opened by the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints. Thus began the “Roman Phase” of Luisa’s Cause.

Roman Phase

The Congregation for the Causes of the Saints appoints a Relator from among its College of Relators. His task is to supervise the writing of the Positio, a complete biography containing the evidence for or against the candidate. When completed the Positio is judged by the Congregation’s consultors, and then by a panel of theologians, whose vote determines whether the Positio is presented to the Cardinals of the Congregation for their vote. If the Cardinals approve, the Cause goes to the Pope, whose positive judgment on the Heroic Virtues of the Servant of God permits the person to be called Venerable. This Decree on the Heroic Virtues, together with a Decree approving a Miracle, permits the person’s Beatification.

On March 7, 2006, three days after the 59th anniversary of Luisa’s passage to Heaven, Luisa’s cause was officially opened in Rome. The official seals on the cases containing the documents from the Archdiocese of Trani were broken and the cases opened by the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints. In attendance were Padre Bernardino Bucci and the Vicar General of Trani Msgr. Savino Giannotti.

Mass Reading for March 7, 2006
Matthew 6: 7 – 15

  7  “And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that
they will be heard for their many words.
8   Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
9   Pray then like this: Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10   Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as It is in heaven.
11   Give us this day our daily bread;
12   And forgive us our debts, As we also have forgiven our debtors;
13   And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil.
14   For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you;
15   but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your
trespasses.

The Precious Pearl of the Kingdom

From 3rd to 5th March, on the occasion of the seventieth anniversary of the transit to Heaven of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, coinciding also with the 30th birth anniversary of the Association Luisa Piccarreta Little Children of the Divine Will, the whole city of Corato, and not only, met to celebrate those events.

“THE PRECIOUS PEARL OF THE KINGDOM” was the theme for those three days.

The Kingdom of God is a beautiful reality, it is a good deal. It is the joy that moves us, it is  the love that makes everything easier, allowing us to accept every event, every situation from the hand of God. The Kingdom is the joy, the root of our life, which moves, rushes us, makes us decide. Christianity is not renunciation or sacrifice, it is a treasure: God in me, in us, a beautiful life, crystal clear water.

But how can we rejoice in suffering, in sickness, in the difficulties that we live each day? The joy of the Kingdom is something much deeper and we do not necessarily need to feel it, but we must live it. We must put God at the center of our being, so we can witness in joy the beauty that He continually gives us, we can experience the treasure of the Kingdom, the precious pearl.

In those days we remembered and meditated the great gift that Jesus gave to Luisa, and that she welcomed, by being ready to the Will of God, through her Fiat. She lived her “Yes” in obedience, in  love for God, when He wanted her to be intimately united to the Passion of the Son in order to collaborate in the Redemption of the whole human race. Luisa is a great and hidden victim of expiation, who reveals the most rewarding joys of the life of the spirit united with God.

God never acts alone, He always joins man. Luisa teaches us that our Fiat is indispensable for the fulfillment of the Divine Will. Jesus became man to reunite the dispersed humanity, but this is not enough, because God needs our “Yes”. Jesus Christ, taking on human nature and making Himself our head, came to reunite the dispersed humanity, and with His obedience to the Volition of the Father, He came to join God and man once again. But this indissoluble union is strengthened more according to our obedience to the Divine Volition. Jesus told Luisa that if His Celestial Mother contributed by giving her blood, she was able to do that because She kept the Divine Will absorbed within Herself, otherwise, She  could not contribute in forming the humanity of Jesus.

The Word of God, in incarnating Himself, became the light of souls. And just as the material sun gives light in general and to each one in particular, so much so, that each one can enjoy it as if it were his own, in the same way, the Word, while giving light in general, is Sun for each one in particular; so much so, that each one can have this Divine Sun as if It were for himself alone. The soul possesses this light, it dispels darkness, just as the material sun.  If the soul is cold, this divine light warms her; if she is naked of virtues, it fecundates her. This Divine Sun, introducing her into the center of Its sphere, covers the soul with all Its rays and reaches the point of transforming the soul into Its very light.

The reason that made Jesus come from Heaven was love; His birth was the outpouring of love of the Most Holy Trinity toward creatures. In an outpouring of love of His Celestial Mother He was born from Her womb, and in an outpouring of love He is reborn in souls

So, the Incarnation is the supreme act of Mercy, that is, the assumption by Jesus in all things, except sin, of human nature; “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21). What does it mean? To repair the distance between God and the sinning creature. It means that God considered Jesus as the greatest sinner, as the personified sin. The honest person paid for the unrighteous one, He paid on the cross in place of all of us, He has freed us from our sins so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. He made a perfect satisfaction for all the sins. So Mercy and Justice are placed perfectly together in God.

Well, that is not a simple matter, Jesus tells His disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34). It is not easy to live as Christians, it costs! Taking up one’s cross means to pay, that is, to go against the tide especially today, and it costs and at a high price. The way to perfection leads through the cross. There is no holiness without sacrifice and spiritual battle.

However this path, this spiritual progress, is directed towards an ever more intimate union with Christ. This union is called “mysticism” because one participates in the mystery of Christ through the sacraments and, in Him, in the mystery of the Holy Trinity. God calls all people to this intimate union with Him, even if only few people are granted special graces or extraordinary signs of this mystical life, in order to show the free gift given to all creatures. In Luisa’s life we can see her vocation as a victim, which in time it is specified in the sacrifice of her own will by participating in the suffering of Jesus.

“Living in the Divine Will” is the center of  Luisa’s mystical experience and of each page of her writings. It is wrong toread mysticism as something far from us. Mysticism is a baptismal life,  lived intensely. It leads to the union with God,  and to live the very communion of the Holy Trinity.

It is a free gift to feel the feeling of love,  it is God’s entering in the life of man and it surpasses our understanding. Luisa witnesses the Word that God continues to give to humanity, God continues, He does not finishes with the Son (Redemption), but He continues with us believers, because He continues to listen to the groan of His people. In every stage of history, the Lord has never avoid to call women and men who could become witnesses of God’s Word. The great renewal of the Church have always been produced by the spiritual experiences of the Saints who have expressed their desire to live the Gospel to the letter.

Yes, Father, let my will no longer have life 

but only Yours live and reign in me.

  May Your Will be the life of my spirit, soul and body;

May It be the life of all my being, my person, my life;

May It be the life of all that I am, of all that I have,

of all that I do.

  May Your Will be life of my powers,  of my senses,  of my limbs.

Fiat!

Carmela Quaranta

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Mar 26

3/27 HEAVEN ON THE INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF LUISA

 

BOOK OF HEAVEN

From the writings of the Servant of God, Luisa Piccarrreta,

The Little Daughter of the Divine Will

VOLUME 31; October 21, 1932


The creature, heaven studded with stars.  The Creation enclosed within her.  How the practice of good forms the life of good in the creature.  The sign that Jesus dwells in the soul.

     I am always prey to the Divine Fiat.  It awaits me in all created things to duplicate the love It had in creating so many things for me.  It seems that the Divine Volition longs for the love of Its beloved creature, to be able to find the little prop of love, upon which to lean Its great love.  So, heavens, suns, winds, are nothing other than insinuating and continuous calls, to tell us:  “I have anticipated you with my love; and you – do not leave Me without yours.”  But while I felt that all were calling me to love my Creator, my beloved Jesus, surprising me, told me:  My daughter, just as I created a heaven that extends above your head, studded with stars, in the same way I created a heaven inside of you, and this heaven is your soul, which extends everywhere – from the top of your head down to the bottom of your feet.  There is not one part of you to which this heaven does not extend.  So, you have a heaven on the outside, and a heaven inside, even more beautiful; and everything that this heaven does by means of your naturethat is, if it thinks, if it speaks, if it operates, if it suffers – is nothing other than most refulgent stars with which this heaven of the soul keeps adorning itself.  The sun that shines in it is my Will, the sea that flows is my grace, the wind, my sublime truths that form the flowery fields of the most beautiful virtues – the whole of Creation is enclosed in the creature.  It was not of Our Wisdom, or of Our powerful Love, to create the Creation only outside of the creature, leaving the inside, the vital and substantial part of her, without heaven, stars and suns – no, no.  When We do a work We fill it inside and out with Our works, and with Our very life – but so much, that there must be not one particle of its being that does not feel Our life and the strength of Our creative works.  This is why We love the creature so much – because she is Our work, and We left Our life in her in order to preserve what We Ourselves had done.  And this is why, then, if one does not feel within himself the life of my Divine Will, it means that he knows It theoretically, but not in practice, because when one knows a good and practices it, it has the virtue of forming the substance of the life of the good that one knows; otherwise it would remain without practice, like a painted picture which, having no life, does not possess the virtue of forming its life in the one who admires it.  My Will is life, Our works are living works, not dead; yet, for one who does not know them, or does not try to know them, or does not put them into practice, they can be dead works for her, and without life.  Therefore, it is in the practice that I await the creature, in order to realize, form and grow the life of my Volition, and to render Our works alive for her.”…

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Mar 26

The Virgin of Revelation at Tre Fontane 10 years before!

 

The Virgin of Revelation at Tre Fontane 10 years before!

Luigina Sinapi
The story of Luigina Sinapi is a precursor to the apparition of Our Lady of Revelation at Tre Fontane.  Exactly ten years before the Virgin of Revelation appeared to Bruno Cornicciola she prepared the way by appearing to another seer, a young catechist called Luigina Sinapi, on the 12 April 1937.  

Luigina had arranged a pilgrimage to the Abbey at Tre Fontane for the Daughters of Mary group from her parish.  Whilst walking through the eucalyptus wood, Luigina saw what seemed to be the remains of an aborted child in a grotto belonging to the Orsini Sisters.  She buried the child and, unexpectedly, the Virgin appeared to her and said “I will return to this place because I need the assistance of a man who persecutes the Church and wants to kill the Pope.  Go to St Peters and you will meet a lady dressed in black, who will take you to her brother who is a Cardinal.  You will transmit what I have just told you to him and, in addition, tell him that he will soon become the new Pope”.

His_Holiness_Pope_Pius_XII

 

Luigina went to St Peter’s Basilica and met the woman, Elisabeth Pacelli, exactly as Our Lady had foretold.  She was the sister of Cardinal Eugino Pacelli, the future Pope Pius XII.  Thanks to her, Luigina met the Cardinal and gave him the message entrusted to her by the Virgin.  He listened to the message with a certain detachment and then responded “if there are roses, they will bloom”.  A little less than two years later, on 2 March 1939, Cardinal Pacelli ascended to the Papacy with the name Pope Pius XII.

Virgin of Revelation 2

When the news of the apparition at Tre Fontane on 12 April 1947 spread, Pius XII adopted a particularly open attitude towards the event.  In fact, he even confided to a Jesuit priest, Ricardo Lombardi that, “I knew”.  On 22 July 1947, Bruno Cornicciola met privately with the Pontiff to confide the Virgin’s message to him.  The Pontiff cried whilst listening to the Virgin’s message.  He confirmed the veracity of the message and, on 5 October 1947, not even six months after the apparition, blessed the statue of the Virgin of Revelation in St Peter’s Square that was then solemnly transported in procession to the grotto.  To those who asked the Pontiff how to react to the events at Tre Fontane, he responded “But what must we decide? Does it not do good? Do they not pray? Are there not conversions? Are there not healings of marriages? Well then, let’s leave the Madonna to do what we don’t know how to do”.

Yes, we must allow the Virgin to do that what we cannot due to our little faith and infrequent prayers.  May we entrust our lives to Mary with joy and a decisive commitment to love the Lord and our neighbour without worldly compromises.

Let us pray so that we can encircle the world with a constant spirit of prayer that continues even in the noise and activity of our daily lives.

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Mar 24

3/25 Nine Months until Christmas

 

03/25 Nine Months until Christmas

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Book of Heaven Volume 1

Luisa Piccarreta the Little Daughter of the Divine Will:

“With a Novena of Holy Christmas, at the age of about seventeen, I prepared myself for the Feast of Holy Christmas, by practicing various acts of virtue and mortification; and, especially, by honoring the nine months which Jesus spent in the maternal womb with nine hours of meditation each day, always concerning the mystery of the Incarnation.”

 

3/25 Significances of this Date

Tradition/the ancient martyrologies points to Adam and Eve each being created on March 25th

Some Jewish scholars had calculated that the date of Creation was March 25, and it made sense to believe that, since a new creation began upon the Incarnation, Jesus was conceived on the same day as the first creation.

Jesus Conceived at The Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary on March 25th

St. John the Baptist’s Beheading was March 25th, precisely one year prior to Jesus’ Death

Herod’s Birthday was also March 25th, and St. John the Baptist was beheaded during his party

The opinion that the Incarnation also took place on March 25th is found in the pseudo-Cyprianic work “De Pascha Computus”, c. 240.

Our Lady announced to St. Bernadette at Lourdes that She is “The Immaculate Conception” on March 25th   1858, four years after the dogma of the Immaculate Conception was proclaimed.

 The ancient martyrologies assign to the 25th of March to the fall of Lucifer like lightning, and…

… the passing of Israel through the Red Sea  and also…

…and the immolation/ sacrifice of Isaac by his father Abraham.

CURIOUSLY

St Patrick arrived in Ireland on March 25, 433, at Slane. One legend says that he met a chieftain of one of the tribes, who tried to kill Patrick. Patrick converted Dichu (the chieftain) after he was unable to move his arm until he became friendly to Patrick.

Constantine begins his Catholic reign on March 25th 708

Stephen ends his reign as Catholic Pope (or 26th) on this day in history > March 25th 752

William the Conqueror orders first Domesday Survey of England March 25 1133

On this day in history The Council of Pisa opens Mar 25th 1409

1st Army Medal of Honor awarded on this day in history 1863

Under charter granted to Lord Baltimore and led by his brother Leonard Calvert the first settlers to the new world found the Catholic colony of Maryland on March 25th 1634 ~!

March 25th was made a legal holiday in Maryland

NOTES:

The Annunciation to Mary by the angel Gabriel that she was to be the Mother of God (Luke, 1), the Word being made fiesh through the power of the Holy Spirit. The feast of the Annunciation, called also in old calendars the feast of the Incarnation, is celebrated 25 March. It probably originated about the time of the Council of Ephesus, c.431, and is first mentioned in the Sacramentary of Pope Gelasius (died 496).

“Astonishingly, the starting point for dating the birth of Christ was March 25. As far as I know, the most ancient reference to it is in the writings of the African ecclesiastical author Tertullian (c. 150-c. 207), who evidently assumes as a well-known tradition that Christ suffered death on March 25. In Gaul, right up to the sixth century, this was kept as the immovable date of Easter. In a work on the calculation of the date of Easter, written in A.D. 243, and also emanating from Africa, we find March 25 interpreted as the day of the world’s creation, and, in connection with that, we find a very peculiar dating for the birth of Christ. According to the account of creation in Genesis 1, the sun was created on the fourth day, that is, on March 28. This day should, therefore, be regarded as the day of Christ’s birth, as the rising of the true sun of history. This idea was altered during the third century, so that the day of Christ’s Passion and the day of his conception were regarded as identical. On March 25 the Church honored both the Annunciation by the angel and the Lord’s conception by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin. The feast of Christ’s birth on December 25—nine months after March 25—developed in the West in the course of the third century, while the East—probably because of a difference of calendar—at first celebrated January 6 as the birthday of Christ. It may also have been the response to a feast of the birth of the mythical gods observed on this day in Alexandria. The claim used to be made that December 25 developed in opposition to the Mithras myth, or as a Christian response to the cult of the unconquered sun promoted by Roman emperors in the third century in their efforts to establish a new imperial religion. However, these old theories can no longer be sustained. The decisive factor was the connection of creation and Cross, of creation and Christ’s conception.” -Ratzinger, Joseph Cardinal; Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI; The Spirit of the Liturgy (pp. 105-107)

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