I dedicate this blog in honor of Our Lady Help of Christians
My friends: it has been a good month of May… My Mother is too much… I have struggled in trying to decide how to approach the topic at hand but she keeps me sane by saying, “I am praying for you. Just relax. You will know what to write.” Yes, I knew the general topic but how to develop it… How? Let me tell you that the core of it is how to make a 360 degree turn and work hard at the New Evangelization… of us, the ones who supposedly have great regard for Jesus and His Church. Sorry to tell you but we talk much more than we act… We plan much more for others than we plan our days, each one of us, each 24 hours attempting to become saints as our primary goal. So, I will share only some topics according to the calendar sequence and give you some ideas I have received and hopefully arrive at what I think may be the solution… for our conversion in order to be ready for the Holy Spirit to use us!
These are the themes:
I. Highlights of what I learned in this month of May
II. How the experts view the “New Evangelization,” as per talks given last October during the Synod of Bishops.
III. The message of Fatima and our times
IV. Building my spiritual life on rock
I. Highlights of what I learned in this month of May
Wednesday, May 1.
I continued to pray many daily Rosaries and felt as if a force was behind me to do it. I will mention here and there the number of Rosaries prayed in different days only to use it as a witness that it can be done (of course I am retired and have the time), but what it is more important, to witness to the fruits that come from this practice. In general, I pray 3 Rosaries a day, but lately, many more have been said.
However, my Mother said, “Rosaries are not by themselves the answer but the quality of your ‘yes’ is. Do not wonder… Always remember that the Israelites took many years to enter the Promised Land precisely because they wondered in the desert due to their lack of trust in God’s love for them despite of what He already had done for them.”
Please notice these words and remember them later… Prayer and especially the Rosary have been powerful in the history of the Church, but without a “yes” to God’s will that includes LOVE FOR HIM, denial of self, yes to our crosses, love of neighbor and no place for wondering about what is next, prayer has not the same power.
Saturday, May 4.
This was the 24th anniversary of my encounter with God in Houston, TX, a story I have mentioned many times before, but for those who never read it, on this Ascension Thursday May 4th, while attending a medical meeting and after going to Mass at noon time, I came to the hotel to go to bed, tired, sleepy, but as always, there is no one day in my life that I do not go the Word of God and read it… And I love hotels because I do not have to carry my own Bible. So, when I went to read it, I was asked to go to a certain page, Joshua 4, and told that we would have offers of jobs and to accept them and we would cross the Jordan River (of our lives) and never get wet as the Israelites and Joshua had experienced.
My husband had recently moved from Cleveland after selling our home there. He was by now an anesthesiologist (before that he had Board Certification in Pathology). I had been in the area of South Bend, IN for almost three years and had just purchased a home and renovated it to accommodate all four boys, some in college and some in grade school. I was making enough money and we were set to spend some years more in this place. My second son had just started his college at the U. of Notre Dame… He had stayed behind with my husband for some time. The latter had not moved earlier to So. Bend because there were no jobs available for him. It all seemed so perfect (our plans of course…) and here I received “sending orders” to move, a la Abraham style…
Did I believe what I heard? I did but of course, I never thought these jobs would come so fast. On Sunday May 7th, the call from Cleveland, Kaiser Permanente came to us. We both had jobs. This meant to visit Cleveland several times within my busy schedule in order to get the deal (Kaiser did not pay well and we knew that and hoped is would be impossible to accept). Well, they offered us $250,000 as a combined salary.. Not much for us as a team, but enough to obey God. This is when my third son, now theologian, was able to be admitted as a freshman to St. Ignatius Hi School, even that there was no space left. They usually had 600 boys applying and only 300+ freshmen accepted. So, because of this move, my son ended up being a theologian. It is a long story, but in his sophomore year, this came to him and by now, Franciscan U. of Steubenville was relatively close to Cleveland and he eventually went there to get his theology degree, followed by three semesters in Rome at the Angelicum, and back to Dallas, TX for his Master’s…
But I recently remembered something from his years at Steubenville. I called him to be refreshed in the story. Fr. Michael Scanlan, the President at the time, had conceived the idea of having groups of students also known as “households” and to be formed in each dormitory building so that they could get together to pray. His dormitory at the time had a few households and each had a certain common objective or philosophy. My son and others did not find themselves fitting in any of them and created their own and called it AMDG… (Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam or to the Greater Glory of God…) and all because my Jesuit educated son instigated the idea and it still exists.
On arrival to Cleveland, my fourth boy finished his last year of middle school and then also entered St. Ignatius, and yes, we kept bumping with St. Ignatius spirituality. So, this May 4th was very special, even more because the prior day, May 3rd. we had the announcement that our next Oakland Bishop would be a JESUIT… Wow! To me, it felt like a member of our extended family had been chosen to be our Apostle. And it is like a family. I still receive invitations to attend retreats at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, organized by the Mothers of sons graduated there. On this same date, it was the First Saturday of the month and I went to Mass to thank my Mother for her intercession regarding the many miracles received through the years which affected my children in so many ways, and all derived from this calling to move received in Texas.
Sunday, May 5th. (4 Rosaries) A day all about the Eucharist
Sometime in the mid afternoon, I ended up out of the blue with a little yellow booklet in my hands titled, “On the Mystery and Worship of the Eucharist” a letter sent to all the Bishops of the Church on February 24, 1980 by our Blessed JP II. Hmm. I just lifted some magazines and there it was this letter which I had bought many years ago… You can find it in the Internet and it brought me many memories. Our Blessed John Paul II was trying to stop the many forms of desecration of the Eucharist, although he did not use the word as such. I am citing just 3 paragraphs of this document which speak volumes about the problems and which I lived. For example, in 1991, I went to a retreat in New Mexico with a Franciscan priest and very well known in the country, and he consecrated tortillas. We passed several plates full of pieces of tortilla from one to the other, which supposedly was the Eucharistic Jesus. So, I know that this problem existed. Finding this letter brought me one more reason to believe that Satan has worked in our Church in big ways against the REAL PRESENCE…
Letter – Section 11: “However, we also find in recent years another phenomenon. Sometimes, indeed quite frequently, everybody participating in the Eucharistic assembly goes to Communion; and on some such occasions, as experienced pastors confirm, there has not been due care to approach the sacrament of Penance so as to purify one’s conscience. This can of course mean that those approaching the Lord’s Table find nothing on their conscience, according to the objective law of God, to keep them from this sublime and joyful act of being sacramentally united with Christ. But there can also be, at least at times, another idea behind this: the life of our communities to lose the good quality of sensitiveness of Christian conscience, guided solely by respect for Christ, who, when He is received in the Eucharist, should find in the heart of each of us a worthy abode.
“May Christ Himself help us to follow the path of true renewal towards that fullness of life and of Eucharistic worship whereby the Church is built up in that unity that she already possesses, and which she desires to bring to ever greater perfection for the glory of the living God and for the salvation of all humanity.
Section12. “Above all I wish to emphasize that the problems of the liturgy, and in particular of the Eucharistic Liturgy, must not be an occasion of dividing Catholics and for threatening the unity of the Church. This is demanded by an elementary understanding of that sacrament which Christ has left us as the source of spiritual unity. And how could the Eucharist, which in the Church is the sacramentum pietatis, signum unitatis, vinculum caritatis,(72) form between us at this time a point or division and a source of distortion of thought and of behavior, instead of being the focal point and constitutive center, which it truly is in its essence, of the unity of the Church herself?
Section 13. “In order that this unity and the constant and systematic collaboration which leads to it may be perseveringly continued, I beg on my knees that, through the intercession of Mary, holy spouse of the Holy Spirit and Mother of the Church, we may all receive the light of the Holy Spirit. And blessing everyone, with all my heart I once more address myself to you, my venerable and dear brothers in the episcopate, with a fraternal greeting and with full trust. In this collegial unity in which we share, let us do all we can to ensure that the Eucharist may become an ever greater source of life and light for the consciences of all our brothers and sisters of all the communities in the universal unity of Christ’s Church on earth. “ (End of quotes)
On this same day, I ended up with an Internet site from EWTN and I clicked on the Spanish side for no particular reason and ended up with a video being shown Live about Blessed Manuel Gonzalez Garcia. It caught my attention… It was the name of my own biological father, Manuel Gonzalez Gutierrez, but with a different maternal last name.
He was born in Seville, Spain in 1877. Became a priest in 1901. Became Bishop of Malaga in 1916. He found the Tabernacles deserted every place he visited in his diocese… He said he did not want to become a Bishop of people but a Bishop of the Abandoned Tabernacle (Obispo del Sagrario Abandonado). He was also in love with the Sacred Heart of Jesus… He founded an association of the “Mary’s of the Tabernacles,” those keeping company to Jesus in the Tabernacles. He started a seminary with many vocations but when the revolution came to be and on December of 1930, they burned the Episcopal Palace. On April 14, 1931, General Franco proclaimed the new Republic and the Church was decimated everywhere. He left for Madrid and other places.
His work was of “Eucharistization” (I am translating from Spanish and probably creating a new word in English… Sorry) of the local Church in conjunction with lay people, and he used to say, “We need to renew our Christian life through a profound personal experience of the Eucharistic mystery.” He wrote his own epitaph desires that said, “I ask to be interred close to a Tabernacle, so that my bones, after I die, with my tongue and pen alive, they always keep saying to everyone who passes by, ‘There is Jesus! There He is! Do not leave Him alone.” He is interred near the Tabernacle of the Cathedral of Palencia.
As I read this after I had finished hearing the video, it produced a huge impact on me… because I also have a place waiting for my ashes in the Temple of the Sacred Heart…!!! in San Jose, Costa Rica, and some 10 yards from the Tabernacle…Wow… and He is a Gonzalez and I am one too… And I can also say that my pen will be alive after I die, with all the written blogs and book… and hopefully it will remind others that “There is Jesus!” When I think of my final flight to Costa Rica, and my ashes living next to Him, I realize that I found Him there as alive in the Host, and I am back to stay near Him, and a place dedicated to His Sacred Heart…
In the evening of this day and while almost ready to go to sleep, I was looking for some sport scores and suddenly I saw a movie being played called the “Last Tango in Paris” from 1972 with Marlon Brando… Hmm. I now see the word “tango,” and I think of Pope Francis plus Marlon Brando was a magnificent actor. I watched a few minutes and saw the most pornographic scenes possible… A first in my life… And this was the Turner Classic Movie Channel, a pretty safe site…THIS WAS ALL FROM GOD to me… to clearly understand that WE ARE AT THE END TIMES, and my further conversion is a must because these times require it to be so…
SO, AS YOU ARE READING THIS SECTION, please stop for a moment and think like I was called to do on this day: “What am I doing for this world where humans seem to have lost their own dignity. This is evil working through Hollywood, but covering a greater territory. What is my responsibility?” Days later I received an answer, A FINAL ANSWER, and I have understood that I cannot waste any more time…
Tuesday, May 7. (7 Rosaries)
Wednesday, May 8. The Feast of Our Lady of Lujan (4 Rosaries)
In the afternoon I suddenly realized that the Church is suffering of “abandonment of Jesus in the Eucharist.” The diagnosis is clear. The cancer is pandemic. And abandonment is not just leaving Him alone in the Tabernacle. It has to do with receiving Him without truly having encountered Him as alive in the Sacred Host, and in many cases in the state of mortal sin. Sometimes we talk about the “Blessed Sacrament” and this becomes like I hear even in regular TV, “We are keeping you in our prayers,” and I hear it from reporters after the tornados in Oklahoma. What do they mean by keeping others in prayer? The same is with the words “Blessed Sacrament.” It is like a devotion due to a relic… I started thinking of the millions of Hosts being consecrated daily in the entire world, and how many of those are chewed and swallowed as a good thing to do but not feeling an encounter with the Son of God! The Bridegroom comes to the Bride but the Bride is busy with exterior actions, rituals, and we go out of church to live our lives as if we never had truly encountered Him.
On this day, I understood so much more about what is needed in our Church. I suddenly realized that the Rosary and Eucharistic worship with prayers for atonement for sins against Him, are what our Mom in Fatima gave us as a solution… Wow! Have we followed her teachings? Of course not… Yes, we followed them a little but never combined with a huge Yes to God’s will plus the embracing our crosses. On this day of Our Lady of Lujan I was certain that the New Evangelization could not flourish unless we restore the true worship of the Eucharist and stop Its frequent desecration but all done under the mantle of Our Lady of Fatima. If she did liberate us from the Iron Curtain, this spiritual iron curtain will also fall. But we have to cooperate and act as the three children did in those days. I shared these ideas with my Pastor and much before I knew that the Papacy of our Pope Francis would be consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima… But first, let me review a few ideas of what happened in Fatima in 1916 and 1917.
The Angel came in 1916 to prepare the children, but how? By bringing the Eucharist to them. The first time the Angel appeared they where sheltering from the rain on a hillside called the Cabeço. When the rain had passed and the sun had returned, the little shepherds spent the day at this spot, eating lunch, saying the Rosary and playing games. Lucia was then only 9 years old, Francisco 8 and Jacinta was 6.
Lucia wrote, “While coming closer to us, the Angel said, ‘Do not fear! I am the Angel of Peace. Pray with me.’ And kneeling on the earth, he bent his forehead to the ground. Prompted by a supernatural movement, we imitated him and repeated the words which we heard him pronounce: ‘My God, I believe in Thee, I adore Thee, I hope in Thee and I love Thee. I ask pardon for all those who do not believe in Thee, do not adore Thee, do not hope in Thee and to no love Thee.’ “
The second apparition of the Angel took place during the summer of 1916. While the children were playing around their favorite well, the Angel suddenly appeared. “What are you doing?” he asked. “Pray, pray a great deal! The Holy Hearts of Jesus and Mary have designs of mercy for you. Offer unceasingly prayers and sacrifice yourselves to the Most High.”
Lucia asked the Angel how they were to make sacrifices. The Angel replied, "Make of everything you can a sacrifice and offer it to God as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners. In this way, you will draw peace upon your country. I am its Guardian Angel, the Angel of Portugal. Above all, accept and bear with submission the sufferings which the Lord will send you."
The dominant theme in this second apparition of the Angel was the importance of making offerings to God through every possible action and sacrifice, even the smallest, and of making the offerings with special intentions, especially for the conversion of sinners.
Later that year in the autumn, the third and last vision occurred when the children took their sheep to the same place where the first apparition took place.
Leaving the Chalice and the Host suspended in the air, he prostrated himself down to the earth near the children and repeated a prayer three times. Then, getting up, the Angel took the Chalice and Host. He gave Lucia the Sacred Host on the tongue. Then while giving the Precious Blood from the Chalice to Francisco and Jacinta, he said,
“Eat and drink the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, horribly outraged by ungrateful men. Make reparation for their crimes and console your God.” Then, prostrating himself on the ground he repeated with the children three times the same prayer:
“Most Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles in the world, in reparation for all the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences whereby He is offended. And through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heat and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners.” (PRETTY SIMILAR WORDS OF THE CHAPLET OF MERCY!)
Then Our Lady came in 1917 to bring us the prayer of the Rosary as crucial… to change the world… And it did change quite a bit some years later when Russia was consecrated to her heart and voila, the Iron Curtain came down. Are we dumb? Aren’t we paying attention? What we need is to truly grow in a relationship with Him in the Eucharist and pray many Rosaries asking for her intercession to STOP SATAN and bring a conversion to the entire Church and beyond… It is all there… And 10 centuries before or so, the Battle of Lepanto was won with the Rosary…
Then, I finally saw how Satan got to us… After Vatican II, confessions diminished and many hearts received Him in Communion without this Sacrament. We have committed many sins of desecration of the Eucharist and have not ATONED or EXPIATED for those sins nor have we spoken about it loud enough… And of course, the prayers taught at Fatima were precisely for atonement of such sins.
At 5 PM on this same date, EWTN Live presented a younger priest from New Jersey and full of joy, Fr. Eugene Sylva, coming from Rome where he resides as part of the Discatery for the New Evangelization, announcing that on June 2 we will have a worldwide HOLY HOUR for all of us to adore the Lord together. There again, in the same day, the Eucharist, the Rosary and the messages at Fatima were underlined for me over and over… What a day! What a Mom! Would this be how we have to proclaim the Gospel with a new ardor, with new methods?
Well, I do not want to let go as yet of this theme of the Rosary. Notice how the Fatima children received the first apparition of the Angel while praying the Rosary… There is no doubt that I also receive much divine understanding while saying it… And of course, we had this famous adorable Saint Louis de Montfort who wrote so much about it. Here I will paste some of what I wrote one year ago in this site, so that we can review it again, even if this blog becomes long… After all is May, her month …
WHY THE ROSARY – From Blog of June 2012
II. “The Secret of the Rosary.”
This little book contains what St. Louis calls Roses, fifty of them representing the fifty Hail Mary’s for each Rosary, and they are made of historical events related to the prayer of the Rosary and other themes
Rose 34: “It is almost impossible to do real credit to the victories that Count Simon of Montfort won against the Albigensians under the patronage of Our Lady of the Rosary (the Albigensians could represent our present persecutors who want to rob us from our freedom of religion…) These victories are so famous that the world has never seen anything to match them. One day he defeated ten thousand heretics with a force of five hundred men and on another occasion he overcame three thousand with only thirty men. Finally, with eight hundred horsemen and one thousand infantrymen he completely put to rout the army of the King of Aragon which was a hundred thousand strong, and this with the loss on his side of only one horseman and eight soldiers!
“Our Lady also protected Alan de Lanvallay, a Breton Knight, from great perils. He too was fighting for the Faith against the Albigensians. One day when he found himself surrounded by enemies on all sides, Our Lady let fall one hundred and fifty rocks upon his enemies and he was delivered from their hands. Another day when his ship foundered and was about to sink, the Blessed Mother caused one hundred and fifty small hills to appear miraculously above the water and by means of them they reached Brittany in safety.
“Othere was also a Breton soldier, from Vaucouleurs, and he often put whole companies of heretics or robbers to flight unaided, wearing his Rosary on his arm or carrying it on the hilt of his sword. Once when he had beaten them, his enemies admitted that they had seen his sword gleam and that another time they had noticed a shield on his arm which had pictures of Our Lord and Our Lady and the saints upon it. This shield made him invisible and gave him the strength to attack well.
“Another time he defeated twenty thousand heretics with only ten companies and without losing a single man. This so impressed the general of the heretics’ army that he came to see Othere afterwards, abjured his heresy and declared publicly that he had seen him surrounded by flaming swords during the battle.” End of Rose No. 34.
O.K… Have I proven to you that this safety harness on our body while we pass through this life walking on a tight rope surrounded by present day Albigensians and all kinds of enemies, is simply a huge weapon to use if we pay attention and use it…? Do we have the faith needed to believe that His Mother and the Saints can help us? Do we really believe it? Or do we say one Rosary in a hurry just to be done? I wrote this much before I looked into this book of St. Louis, which I had browsed but had not decided what ‘rose” to quote this time. And lo and behold, I found the following:
Rose No. 44:
“A good method to say the Rosary: when you have asked the Holy Spirit to help you pray well, put yourself for a moment in the presence of God and offer up the decades in the way that I am going to show you later.
“Before beginning a decade, pause for a moment or two – depending upon how much time you have – and contemplate the mystery that you are about to honor in that decade. Always be sure to ask of Almighty God, by this mystery and through the intercession of the Blessed Mother, one of the virtues that shines forth most in this mystery or one of which you stand in particular need.
“Take great care to avoid the two pitfalls that most people fall into during the Rosary. The first is the danger of not asking for any graces at all, or that if some people were asked their Rosary intention they would not know what to say. So, whenever you say your Rosary, be sure to ask for some special grace. Ask God’s help in cultivating one of the great Christian virtues or in overcoming one of your sins. (My note: please notice that he is talking about asking for virtues… If we need something else and want to change God’s will for the situation, it is preferable instead to ask for the virtue of abandonment to His Divine Providence…!)
“The second big fault a lot of people make when saying the Holy Rosary, is to have no intentions other than that of getting over as quickly as possible! This is because so many of us look upon the Rosary as a burden, which is always heavier when we have not said it – especially if it is weighing on our conscience because we have promised to say it regularly or have been told to say it as a penance more or less against our will.
“It is really pathetic to see how most people say the Holy Rosary – they say it astonishingly fast and mumble so that the words are not properly pronounced at all. We could not possibly expect anyone, even the most unimportant person, to think that a slipshod address of this kind was a compliment, and yet we expect Jesus and Mary to be pleased with it! Small wonder then that the most sacred prayers of our holy religion seem to bear no fruit, and that, after saying thousands of Rosaries, we are still no better than we were before! (Ouch!!!) Dear Confraternity members, I beg of you to temper the speed which comes all too easily to you and pause briefly several times as you say the Our Father and Hail Mary. I have placed a cross (+) at each pause, as you will see:
“Our Father Who art in Heaven, + hallowed be Thy name, + Thy Kingdom come, + Thy will be done + on earth as it is in Heaven. + Give us this day + our daily bread + and forgive us our trespasses + as we forgive those who trespass against us, + and lead us not into temptation + but deliver us from evil. Amen.
“Hail Mary, full of grace, + the Lord is with thee, + blessed art thou among women + and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. +
“Holy Mary, Mother of God, + pray for us sinners, now + and at the hour of our death. Amen.
“At first, you may find it difficult to make these pauses because of your bad habit of saying prayers in a hurry; but a decade that you say recollected in this way will be worth more than thousands of Rosaries said all in a rush – without any pauses or reflection.” End of quotes from St. Louis de Montfort.
May 11, 2013
I wanted to celebrate Mother’s Day (May 12) in a different way. I finally understood that God gave me 4 extraordinary sons and now is my time to give Him many good sons and daughters by becoming officially consecrated on this secular feast to become a spiritual mother to as many as He wants. I chose to go to Saturday’s Mass to receive the blessing of my Pastor precisely on this day when I did such consecration, to become the best spiritual mom I can be.
Monday, May 13. Feast of Our Lady of Fatima
I consecrated myself to Our Lady at Mass and asked her to lead me as to how to pray asking God to change our worship of the Eucharistic Lord and to avoid ANY desecration.
During the day I prayed many Rosaries (total of 16, since this day was very special) and while watching an encore presentation of the Mass at Fatima celebrated by the Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro with the consecration of the present Papacy to Our Lady of Fatima. While thousands came to receive Him, I suddenly started crying and crying so hard… because I felt the pain He feels when He is taken inside hearts that are in mortal sin… I screamed and repented for those who do it, for the Church at large who permit it and for all of us who have done nothing about it… I repented for the part that I have had on it. I started thinking that if I had started praying many Rosaries from the 1970’s on to stop the way we receive Him, by now I may have obtained the graces necessary for everyone to visit the confessional on a regular basis. I have seen the problem, lived it, survived it, but… never truly loved my brothers and sisters enough to pray day and night and to offer all the professional persecutions received in 1984 and 1991 and all my crosses, in atonement for their sins. And that is the kind of Catholic that I was… And I knew Him personally and sought Him every place I went or worked at, but as far as taking care of His kids, ZERO… Mea a culpa. Jacinta and Francisco who worked so hard to offer their sufferings for the salvation of souls would probably reproach me, had I lived in their times.
12:30 PM. My Mother said, “You need wisdom to live a righteous life.” I opened the Bible and it was Luke 21:1 with the story of the poor widow who offered all she had to the Temple’s treasury.
She continued, “Give all you have – your yes to all God wants you to do. Conform your life to the Gospel. Pray much for others. Use your crosses to atone for their sins with great dedication. Above all, love those who have allowed directly or indirectly, the dissipation of hearts and repent from all you could have done and did not. The call is to live holy lives in all aspects. Give it all to do so like the widow! There is no time to further analyze what is going on. It is what it is. Do not get sidetracked finding the whys of the situation. Only seek to be holy as best as you can but for the good of the Church! Speak when you are led to do so. Be silent when called to. Resist the temptation to set your own path of spiritual growth. Become like dough to be made into the best bread of holiness, tasty, smelling good, inciting others to become such bread as well.
She then proceeded to explain to me how to become a delicious holy bread. She said, “You know that any loaf of bread needs to be baked in a hot oven, just as your life needs to be baked with crosses. And bread needs flower and yeast, salt, and some liquid to mix everything to become dough.
1. The flour is your faith.
2. The yeast is the love of God, your yes, (doing His will) and the love of neighbor that makes the flour/faith grow.
3. The liquid (water or milk) is the hope that His love will mix your faith and love and become a loaf.
4. The salt is your prayer that gives taste, flavor to the bread of holiness
5. The loaf of bread needs to be kneaded into a particular shape, with a flat surface and round ends and sides. Obedience to the Word of God will produce such shape.
6. The hot oven will cook the bread by solidifying all the ingredients and give it color and smell. Your crosses are needed to bake your bread of holiness.
7. The baker is God.
8. The bakery is the Church where your souls can be made into delicious loaves of bread
“Work on it from each sunrise to each sunset but trying to get more information about the ingredients, only delays your becoming such delicacy. You do not have to make it. God does it. So, you only have to provide the ingredients. Once you become such bread, my Son will use you to attract others even by just smelling you, and then they become hungry and will run to the bakery to be made into one. The Holy Spirit will do the rest.
“May your holiness awake the hunger of the True Bread. BUT REMEMBER THAT IF THE LOAF OF BREAD IS MISSING ONE OF THE INGREDIENTS, IT CANNOT AWAKEN HUNGER IN OTHERS. If you resent others, you are destroying the yeast and the bread will be small and hard. If you do not pray, the bread will be insipid. (“Everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if salt becomes insipid, with what will you restore its flavor? Keep salt in yourselves and you will have peace with one another. Mark 9: 49-50.) Every persecution in your life has been permitted to make you a delicious loaf of bread. Work on your holiness and all its parts and expect miracles. This is the core of evangelization, to keep all the parts of the loaf of bread and its preparation as essential for the Holy Spirit to attract many. And a loaf of bread with its smell and looks is more powerful that many words said, and when broken as Jesus did to give to the Disciples to distribute to the 5,000 or the 12,000, you then can claim that you are a true evangelizer. “
This feast of our Mother gave me one more incentive to pay attention to the different aspects of holiness.
Tuesday, May 14.
On this day I had an appointment with yet another doctor, a nephrologist. I learned nothing except that I have perfect kidneys. From there I went to noon Mass.
I wrote to my one of my sons and wife the following:
“When I arrived at my parish, I started praying more Rosaries to the tune of 3… And as the noon Mass started, WOW… His Eucharistic Presence became overwhelming… My love felt for Him was violent… I was in heaven… I had a joy that was intense.
“So, my Babies, I am in love with a God Who is truly Real in the Tabernacle. I wish I could describe this sense of Him Being there. My work is to become devoted to my crosses and to pray much and to say "yes" every early morning to whatever He wants for me for that day… I realized that now more than ever, I must pray many Rosaries every day no matter what. And the rest is up to Him. But days like today truly instruct me that we must show Him to others, so that the entire Church can sense His Love… and our personal love for Him. Both are gifts of the Holy Ghost and for me, nothing different since age 6… I still remember when I felt so crazy about Him… and the need to sleep near Him.”
Wednesday, May 15.
After dinner I was given three pages to look up in the Bible.
Page 15 NT: Matthew 4: 19 – Jesus called the disciples to be fishers of men. I love this quote because when I visited Paray-le-Monial where St. Margaret Mary had the apparitions of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a nun gave me a piece of paper and said, “This is what God wants for you.” And of course, it was such verse.
O.T.: Genesis 12: 1-4. God called Abraham to go to another land. He was 75 and God told him that he would become a blessing for the entire people of Israel.
Page 175. N.T. John 19, the time when Blood and Water came out of the side of Jesus, His mercy…
O.T.: Deuteronomy 1. Moses tells the Israelites that God had sent them to enter the Promised Land but that they doubted and refused to occupy the hill country of the Amorites, even when Moses said that God the Lord always went before them as a mother carries a child. He added, “But you would not trust the Lord.”
Page 266. N.T. 2 Cor 1 – St. Paul uses 9 times the word “encouragement”!
O.T.: 1 Samuel 2 – After God blesses Hannah’s prayer asking to have a child, the baby is offered to God and was taken to live in the Temple as a young child. But, God then blessed Hannah with more children: 3 sons and 2 girls.
These verses were full of meaning. Each one of us is called to a specific work, and the call always involves bringing others to God (we are meant to be fishers of men). The Israelites doubted while in the desert, despite their knowledge of Abraham’s faith, and all of us will always be plagued by this temptation, regardless of the marvelous things that God has already blessed us with. Hannah had faith and God blessed her and she sacrificed herself to give this child back to the service of God. So, she was blessed with more children. It all points to the mercy of God, which is the love of God for us in action. Finally, the same struggle goes on and on to the present time, and one way to give back to God, like Hannah did with Samuel, is to become a source of encouragement in this journey to our heavenly home, a blessing to others.
But there is another item that I understood. The call from God is very personal. Jesus did not call them as a group. He called them one by one, and the call is always an invitation to become “a blessing to others.” Obviously, I have to have the faith of Abraham and obey blindly. This means that doubting like the Israelites in the desert will always slow us down in becoming encouragement for others. The question here was, “Am I seriously interested in becoming a blessing to others with my yes to the God’s will? How many times do I connect my “yes” with my need to be a servant of God always seeking to save other souls? Therefore, my yes to God’s will MUST ALWAYS BE UNDERSTOOD IN THE CONTEXT OF BEING A SOURCE OF GRACE FOR MY NEIGHBOR FOR THE GLORY OF GOD! I should always think that I am a working member of the Bride, and in this way, I can truly be called a disciple.
Thursday, May 16. (6 Rosaries)
In the readings for the Mass we had, “I made known to them Your Name and I will make it known, that the love with which You loved Me be in them and I in them.” John 17:26
It was simply magnificent how in this verse I could understand all the teaching of the day before. ALL IS A MATTER OF LOVE… between the Holy Trinity and us, and amongst us. I realized that I had to be more conscious to this call of loving my neighbor in everything I do, as a member of this family that I belong to through Baptism.
Friday, May 17. (7 Rosaries)
Saturday, May 18. (3 Rosaries)
Sunday, May 19 - FEAST OF PENTECOST
And this date was super special for me. On this date in 1977 I had been “Baptized in the Holy Spirit,” that is, I had re-affirmed my Baptism and Confirmation Presence of the Holy Spirit as I was prayed for in Ann Arbor, MI (Charismatic Ecclesial Movement). And therefore and mentioned before, I have used 519 in this blog asking the Holy Spirit to reign over every word I write and to be for the greater glory of God.
Wednesday, May 22.
Today, AOL published a survey regarding the new Roman Missal. Here we go again, as in 1980 when our Blessed John Paul II asked for us not to be divided. Here I quote a few paragraphs… and it is totally absurd. Yes, the wording changed and it is a closer translation of the Latin. Yet, what matters are not the words or changes but our desire to go along with our Mother Church and be alerted to the fact that it is our love for Jesus and His coming at the altar which truly counts. The new wording is easy to understand. In my case, I grew up with Latin but I will say until the day I die, that thank God Vatican II allowed me to use the language I understand. There is no way that saying the Our Father in Latin helps me to savor its meaning… No way. It is a foreign language… Languages are not the point… What truly counts is how much I understand what I am saying in a moment as extraordinary as the coming of the Lamb. All other considerations are actually distractions to what it is truly awesome, His coming to us again and again. Well, below is the new topic of dissension:
Catholic Priests Don’t Like Mass Changes, Survey Shows
“In fact, the poll, conducted by researchers at St. John’s University School of Theology-Seminary in Collegeville, Minn., showed that almost 60 percent of priests surveyed did not like the new Roman Missal, as the liturgical book for the Mass is known, while about 40 percent approve.
“The high level of dissatisfaction among priests should be a grave concern for the bishops, assuming they care about what their priests are thinking and feeling,” the Rev. XX, a priest who started a petition to rally opposition to the new translation, told the popular liturgy blog Pray Tell.
“More than six in 10 of the priests surveyed said they wanted a revision of the revisions, and they are not the only ones. “While we don’t want to ‘throw the baby out with the bathwater,’ the new missal needs corrective surgery and this should take place without delay,” Bishop XX told Pray Tell. “(End of quote)
II. How the experts define the process for the “New Evangelization,” as per talks given last October at the Synod of Bishops in Rome.
I want to turn now and quote a few ideas from Bishops and one priest from all parts of the world regarding the topic of the New Evangelization.
1. Oct. 4, 2012 – Father Antonio Aranda Lomena Cross Prelature and of the Opus Dei since 1971.
One of the great challenges facing the evangelizing task of the Church today is to revive in the Christian faithful the sense of their baptismal vocation, that is, the challenge to form them well and propagate among them all the call to sanctity and to the apostolate. “Necessary today – Benedict XVI has written – is a more convinced ecclesial commitment in favor of a New Evangelization to rediscover the joy of believing and to find again the enthusiasm of communicating the faith (Apostolic Letter Porta Fidei, no. 7). It’s an important point, on which to focus attention, together with others of a theological and pastoral character. The convocation of the present Synod is an eloquent sign that we are in the opportune time to reflect further, in an orderly and systematic way — counting on the help of the Holy Spirit –, on the meaning, the assumptions, the stages and the ways of proceeding in face of the New Evangelization.
2. Oct. 7, 2012 – Opening Mass Homily of Synod of Bishops.
Pope Benedict XVI: We Cannot Speak of New Evangelization without a "Sincere Desire for Conversion
"Such renewed evangelical dynamism produces a beneficent influence on the two specific "branches" developed by it, that is, on the one hand the Missio ad Gentes or announcement of the Gospel to those who do not yet know Jesus Christ and his message of salvation, and on the other the New Evangelization, directed principally at those who, though baptized, have drifted away from the Church and live without reference to the Christian life."
Report on the Continents – October 9, 2012
Highlighting the hopes and challenges of the New Evangelization in the Americas, Archbishop Carlos Aguiar Retes, Archbishop of Tlalnepantla of Mexico said that while "the institutional organization of the Church is necessary, it is not sufficient."
"To achieve New Evangelization and to transmit the faith to the new generations, the Church must be considered with complete honesty, through a self-examination on the way of living the faith. “The proposal of a new style of life applies not only to the Pastors, but to all Christians living in America," he said.
4. Cardinal John Tong Hon, President General of the Synod of Bishops
“We must be Zealous Witnesses of our Faith”
Fifty years ago, the Second Vatican Council encouraged us to launch out into the deep (Lk. 5:4). Today, in a similar way, we must take the Early Church community (Acts 2:42-47) as our model of evangelization. … In northern China, a parish priest in the countryside shared with me his experience of evangelization. After much prayer, he decided to divide the parishioners into two groups with different missions. He gave the newly baptized the mission to bring their non-Catholic friends and relatives to learn the catechesis, and to the long-time Catholics the mission of teaching the catechism to the catechumens. During the teaching, this priest prayed fervently in the church. Eventually, the parish witnessed more than a thousand baptisms a year.
5. Cardinal Donald Wuerl’s Report
“New Evangelization is the Re-Introduction, the Re-Proposing of Christ”
4) Elements of the New Evangelization
The New Evangelization is not a program. It is a mode of thinking, seeing and acting. It is a lens through which we see the opportunities to proclaim the Gospel anew. It is also a recognition that the Holy Spirit continues actively to work in the Church.
At its heart the New Evangelization is the re-proposing of the encounter with the Risen Lord, his Gospel and his Church to those who no longer find the Church’s message engaging.
The first moment of any evangelization originates not from a program, but in an encounter with a Person, Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The Church maintains that “it is the same Lord Jesus who, present in his Church, goes before the work of evangelizers, accompanies it, follows it and makes their labors bear fruit: what took place at the origins of Christian history continues through its entire course” (CDF, Some Aspects of Evangelization, 1).
How we communicate must gain access to hearts in a way that the Holy Spirit can reacquaint our sisters and brothers to friendship with Jesus, who alone “is the key, the center and the purpose of all human history” (Gaudium et Spes, 10).
The personal witness of the follower of Jesus is itself a proclamation of the Word. Our message today must, therefore, be grounded in the testimony of our life. These are also moments to invite, not to scold.
Into our world we need to communicate our own joy of being definitively and completely loved and, therefore, capable of loving. Our communication should be in words and in life, in prayer and in deed, in action and in bearing suffering
Today the New Evangelization must show a boldness born of confidence in Christ. Examples abound of the quiet boldness: Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, and before them Blessed Miguel Pro and the recent martyrs of Lithuania, Spain, Mexico and the more distant witness by the saints of Korea, Nigeria and Japan. (cf Instrumentum laboris n. 128 & n. 158)
6. Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella’s Intervention at the Synod of Bishops
"Proclaiming the Gospel is Equated with Changing Ones Life "
The following is the text of the intervention of Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, at the Synod of Bishops on Tuesday.
The New Evangelization presents itself as a pastoral project which will engage the Church for the next generations. It is urgent that before “doing”, the foundation of our “being” Christian is rediscovered so that the New Evangelization is not experienced as an addition in a moment of crisis, but as a continuous mission of the Church. One must combine the need for unity, to go beyond fragmentation, with the richness of ecclesial and cultural traditions.
7. OCT. 27, 2012 – Here is the Final Message of the Synod of Bishops to the People of God which was approved by the Synod Fathers. (I am only quoting a few of them)
1. Like the Samaritan woman at the well
Let us draw light from a Gospel passage: Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman (cf. John 4:5-42). There is no man or woman who, in one’s life, would not find oneself like the woman of Samaria beside a well with an empty bucket, with the hope of finding the fulfillment of the heart’s most profound desire, that which alone could give full meaning to life. Today, many wells offer themselves to quench humanity’s thirst, but we must discern in order to avoid polluted waters.
2. A new evangelization
Leading the men and women of our time to Jesus, to the encounter with him is a necessity that touches all the regions of the world, those of the old and those of the recent evangelization
It is not a matter of starting again, but of entering into the long path of proclaiming the Gospel with the apostolic courage of Paul who would go so far as to say “Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel!” (1 Corinthians 9:16).
3. The personal encounter with Jesus Christ in the Church
Before saying anything about the forms that this new evangelization must assume, we feel the need to tell you with profound conviction that the faith determines everything in the relationship that we build with the person of Jesus who takes the initiative to encounter us. The work of the new evangelization consists in presenting once more the beauty and perennial newness of the encounter with Christ to the often distracted and confused heart and mind of the men and women of our time, above all to ourselves.
The Church is the space offered by Christ in history where we can encounter him, because he entrusted to her his Word, the Baptism that makes us God’s children, his Body and his Blood, the grace of forgiveness of sins above all in the sacrament of Reconciliation, the experience of communion that reflects the very mystery of the Holy Trinity and the strength of the Spirit that generates charity towards all.
We must form welcoming communities in which all outcasts find a home, concrete experiences of communion which attract the disenchanted glance of contemporary humanity with the ardent force of love – “See how they love one another!” (Tertullian, Apology, 39, 7).
4. The occasions of encountering Jesus and listening to the Scriptures
Someone will ask how to do all this. We need not invent new strategies as if the Gospel were a product to be placed in the market of religions. We need to rediscover the ways in which Jesus approached persons and called them, in order to put these approaches into practice in today’s circumstances. (I say, “He approached everyone with LOVE”)
Proposition 22: CONVERSION
The drama and intensity of the age old clash between good and evil, between faith and fear should be presented as the essential background, a constituent element of the call to conversion in Christ. This struggle continues at a natural and supernatural level. “For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Mt 7: 14). Many bishops spoke of the need for renewal in holiness in their own lives, if they are to be true and effective agents of the New Evangelization.
The New Evangelization requires personal and communal conversion, new methods of evangelization and renewal of the pastoral structures, to be able to move from a pastoral strategy of maintenance to a pastoral position that is truly missionary. The New Evangelization guides us to an authentic pastoral conversion which moves us to attitudes and initiatives which leads to evaluations and changes in the dynamics of pastoral structures which no longer respond to the evangelical demands of the current time.
Proposition 23: HOLINESS AND THE NEW EVANGELIZERS
The universal call to holiness is constitutive of the New Evangelization that sees the Saints as effective models of the variety and forms in which this vocation can be realized. What is common in the varied stories of holiness is the following of Christ expressed in a life of faith active in charity which is a privileged proclamation of the Gospel.
We recognize Mary as the model of holiness that is manifest in acts of love including the supreme gift of self. Holiness is a significant part of every evangelizing commitment for the one who evangelizes and for the good of those evangelized.
III. The message of Fatima in our times
In all the quotes above, we find a list of points necessary to start this New Evangelization. I now want to address two other points:
1. How to stop Satan from derailing such fine and well defined programs in one hand.
2. In the other hand, how to approach the Throne of Mercy to give us the graces necessary to be successful.
It is clear to me that Our Lady left us part of the “know how” to get such success and we have three points in these apparitions that must be addressed:
1) To pray much said by the Angel, especially in reparation for the sins against the Eucharist.
2) To worship the Eucharist and not to leave Him abandoned as Bishop Manuel Gonzalez insisted in doing. Some of us should be constantly approaching the Tabernacle, worshiping Him and asking for our conversion and praying in reparation for the desecration occurring with the Eucharist. And I do not mean only in reparation for the sins of receiving Him in mortal sin, but in reparation for not addressing Him as really Present. If we entered any parish and President Obama or Pope Francis were sitting by the Tabernacle, would we keep our eyes away from them? So, until we recognize Him as really truly present, well, we should pray day and night for the grace to meet Him.
3) The Rosary was amply presented in Fatima as the prayer to obtain peace and we should remember that the Rosary has always and for centuries clearly being reported as having tremendous power over the evil one.
It is interesting that this was super underlined as true teaching by 1) the miracle of the sun, 2) the approval by the Church of the veracity of what was said to the children, 3) and by the ending of communism in Russia and other countries once the proper Consecration took place as Our Lady had requested. She never said that this program was just for the XX Century. Now, we are so close to the 100th Anniversary of these apparitions, that any celebration and remembrance could not be better than for all of us to do precisely what she and the angel asked of us.
I ask myself, “Why we haven’t followed this route since 1917.” Even with the victory of the Iron Curtain coming down, we simply forgot as the Israelites did after crossing the Red Sea on dry ground, that this apparition was an answer for the turmoil’s coming in the XX C inside and outside the Church.
My personal experience: I have noticed that since I have been saying many Rosaries a day, I have grown in love for my brothers and sisters in ways that I never even thought possible. President Obama makes me smile… I do not listen to his press conferences or any talks he gives; I run from his philosophy and see his errors, and yet, I see him as a beautiful image of God. But how can this be possible? It is a conversion that so many prayed Rosaries are producing in my soul. But I also love passionately the people in the stadiums who watch different sports, and the players. I constantly remember those dying at that moment and or those women who are contemplating aborting their babies. Two years ago, I was not doing so well. I now catch myself immediately when I resent someone and even with plenty of reason and proceed to repent. Therefore, praying these many Rosaries have been a real treasure for my soul.
IV. BUILDING MY SPIRITUAL HOUSE ON ROCK
Here are some of Jesus’ words that fit these concluding remarks:
Mark 6: 46-49. Why do you call me, “Lord, Lord,” but not do what I command? (HERE IS WHERE THE PERSONAL NEW EVANGELIZATION STARTS FOR ALL OF US).
Then He continued saying, “I will show you what someone is like who comes to Me, listens to My Words, and acts on them. That one is like a person building a house, who dug deeply and laid the FOUNDATION ON ROCK; when the flood came, the river burst against the house but could shake it because it had been well built. But the one who listens but do not act is like a person who built a home on the ground without a foundation. When the river burst against it, it collapsed at once and was completely destroyed.” (Please notice that He was very clear. He came to ask us to love God and love neighbor. God by doing His will and neighbor by loving them as we love ourselves. If we act on this His request, we got it all done…)
I believe that we are as a Church in one of the greatest moments of her history. Just seeing the thousands occupying St. Peter’s Square shows me that people are being called from inside. We have many programs or ministries in each parish but dealing with the windows of the house or the doors or the painting of the house. We are not addressing directly how to build our spiritual house with a foundation of rock. The New Evangelization seems to require the teaching of how to dig deeply and put together a rocky foundation for our inner temples in order to become powerful evangelizers. And yes, we know the main parts of this foundation, like prayer as worship, as relationship and frequently in the Presence of Jesus; we need such prayer to keep ourselves firmly engaged in the “yes” of Our Lady (especially to crosses) and in our obedience to His commands. Because Satan will attack more often and more drastically, the praying of the Rosary will take care of that. However, of His commands, there is one that needs to grow daily if possible, because it is the ingredient that will keep the entire foundation strong.
I am talking about love for neighbor, most especially for those who persecute us. Faith is a gift and I most cooperate in order to receive it. This goes for hope as well. But when it comes to loving God (to say yes to His will at all cost) and loving our neighbor, this requires my cooperation, my “yes” that is solid, rocky, and therefore, it depends on my rejection of any form of resentment. Worse, it requires that I do not bring others down with words (in thought or word) even if I am right in my assessment of their behavior. I CANNOT have a spiritual house that is an efficient evangelizer until I repent and pray many Rosaries not to be tempted to resent. And again, God then will listen to me when we say, “Lord, Lord.” And He will come with the gift of love for every one of His images. I am convinced that if we work very hard at truly wanting to save souls, we have to start by loving them first. And if the Holy Spirit finds us with this disposition, He will change our hearts. At least mine in recent months has been changed much. I still struggle with people in some TV morning shows who constantly laugh and make of everything a joke… I get so upset and resent them. I need to pray much so that I only see them as His creation and be able to separate the sin from the sinner.
I was listening to the stories of the assassination of St. Cristobal Magallanes and companions in the XX C in México. Their blood protected the Catholic Church and today is alive and not gone. Of course, my Mother had arrived four centuries before. I wonder if the narco-traffic in that area could have been changed through love. “Love can do all things,” said St. Paul. If God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son, and Jesus loved us so much that He gave His life for us, and on top, sent His Spirit, Love Itself, then, why is it that we do not talk and teach the IMMENSE NEED to love at all cost, in all circumstances, asking the God to help us with His mercy to do so.
Notice that all wars come from lack of love among the people. Could some of us stop resenting or worse, become indifferent to other human beings but out of a sense of disapproval of their behavior? The moment I do not love I do not have faith… Faith is to believe all He said and obey Him and He made it super clear that LOVE was the core of our discipleship. The year of Faith will be over in a few months. Then what? I do not need committees or ministries to tell me to love. Personally, I HAVE STARTED WORKING HARD and praying many Rosaries so that with my Mother’s intercession, I can truly become a lover of all images of God. When offended, I should say, “Lord, forgive them for they do not know what they do.” I will do many Holy Hours, and in His Presence I will ask Him to give me the grace to love my brothers and sisters as He did. I must remember often that I do not get because I do not ask… But if I assault my Father with requests, as the widow and judge in the Bible, asking to make me a lover of all souls, including wanting to suffer for their salvation, as the children of Fatima did, I can then say that I am fully prepared to evangelize now and to go “home” when He calls me. With love in my heart as He requested, I will be the best loaf of bread that He can break and give away to feed thousands.
I have started wondering if some of us Catholics, firmly faithful to the Sacraments, with an acceptable prayer life and wanting to grow in the spiritual life, if we all would treat everybody else as our own flesh and blood, that is as parents, brothers, sisters, and children. Many a time my Lord has asked me to treat certain people as I would treat one of my boys. In some occasions, I want to share some naturopathic knowledge with others and I start procrastinating. Then the Holy Spirit and very quietly would say, “Would you do the same if this person were your son?” Always, always, I then run to send the material, whether a copied DVD or a mini disk/ I know that God expects such behavior of me. I have also wondered if I am pretty distracted from this my duty: to love others as I love myself… What would happen if a bunch of us could start praying for the grace to love everyone: members of Congress, the President, the Vice President, our enemies? I suspect that one of these days we will have to do it…Why not to start now?
I always remember that the word mercy in Hebrew is rahamin… and rahamin actually means the love of a mother for the baby in her womb. What about if we live always loving others as our own babies? That would mean that we are merciful to them…
My personal plan is to make a special consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in His feast, where I will repent for the times that I did not recognize Him in the person of my brother or sister. I will repent for every time that I resented them. I will ask for the gift of loving others as He did, all the way to the Cross. I will offer all my crosses present and to come for their salvation. I received my First Holy Communion at age 7 on His Feast, a Friday June 8th . By then, I was in love with His Real Presence. I did it at my grade School, in the Covent of St. Margaret Mary with the Nuns of the Order of Oblates of Divine Love… It is about time that I fully get involved in becoming a true giver of love. I want my spiritual house to have the best foundation possible. I will be very attentive to wear my wedding dress for all Masses for the rest of my life. I therefore, want to let you know that I am re-proposing Christ in the life of my brothers and sisters by the way I love Him and them. Then, the Holy Spirit will take care of doing what each soul needs. In my particular case, I hope to have found the way to truly become the most powerful evangelizer through the power of the Holy Spirit, Who is Love Himself.
St. Paul was specific about what to do… I close with his words.
“If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. (Ouch) If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
“LOVE NEVER FAILS. If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing; if tongues, they will cease; if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing For we know partially and we prophesy partially, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I used to talk as child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I put aside childish things. .. So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
And again, how many times have we read this passage and never acted on it? Personally, I must write a loud “mea culpa” and say, “Lord, have mercy on me a sinner.” I am certain that the fastest way to evangelize the world is with our love, since it never fails…!!! And it only takes the asking for such grace and our cooperation, something that does not seem that difficult to do.