The New Evangelization
Anticipating the Time of the Spirit
Jesus explains the coming of “a new evangelization” to Catholic mystic Maria Valtorta:
“I shall evangelize, not as I [once] evangelized, but with a new power, for then the good will be not humanly good, as the disciples at my first coming were, but they will be spiritually good, and the wicked will be spiritually wicked, Satanically wicked, perfectly wicked. The form will thus be consonant with the circumstances, for if I were to use the form I used twenty centuries ago, it would be obsolete – for the perfect, in terms of goodness, and it would mean giving the Satanic ones a chance to cause an offense which it is not permitted to cause to the glorified Word. read more…
In our excitement and quest to experience Heaven on earth, we often fail to receive all the gifts Christ wants to give to us at Christmastime.
He shares with us the very gifts presented to Him by the three Wise Men:
- The refined purity and spiritual wealth of gold.
- The incense of prayer that unites us to the Eternal Will of God.
- The bitter myrrh of human suffering.
The first two, we can entertain, whether we truly accept them or not.
But myrrh doesn’t usually fit into our idea of Christmas.
We cringe and try to flee at the first sign of suffering, especially during what is supposed to be a joyful time. But it is then that God offers us the most advantageous opportunity to share in Jesus’ sufferings and extend their benefits–in his Divine Will–to all. The very thing we dread and try to avoid is a most special and blessed gift from God that has the power to transform us and bless others at the same time.
This sharing in the sufferings of Christ is a bitter gift, but once assimilated, translates into joy. And brings a real peace that surpasses any false peace we would try to fabricate.
Thank you, Jesus, for sharing your life so intimately with us, for giving birth to true holiness and peace on earth in people of good will.
Jesus says, “…I am preparing an Era of Love, the Era of my Third Fiat.” ¹
As time marches on, so does the unfolding of God’s Divine Plan. As man prepares more war and destruction—within himself and without—the Lord of history prepares His counter offensive. read more…
I often wonder if I’m really acting in the Divine Will. If I’m connected to God’s “electrical current.”
We’ve been taught that no matter how small the act, it can participate in the Divine, Eternal Act of God.
Yet, when making my acts in the Will of God, I usually don’t feel or sense anything at all. It seems like I’m living in God’s Will by blind faith, by desire alone.
While thinking about this, an analogy from my own life came to me, giving me new insight into what might be happening.
I play flute and wanted to record an improvised piece using an echo effect to make it sound like I was playing in the Taj Mahal. At the time, the equipment I was using only allowed me to add the effect after I had recorded myself. In other words, I couldn’t hear the echo as I played. I had to wing it and imagine what it might sound like.
After having recorded a simple series of dry-sounding notes, I was astonished when I heard what it sounded like with the echo effect.
I can’t help but believe there is something similar going on when we do our acts in the Divine Will. Only Heaven knows the magnificent effects of our living in the Will of God.
Listen for yourself to the before and after effects of the flute recording.
As an analogy, here’s what we hear when we do our acts in the Divine Will:
And here’s what God hears:
Finally, when we as a group of individuals are faithful to living in the Divine Will, we form something much greater than we can imagine, something that spreads out to all around us with a powerful impact. The video below gives us an idea of how God can weave the individual acts done in his Will into a grand symphony and chorus of divine praise.
In the end, we have to take it on faith—based on our sincere desire—that we are living in God’s Will, knowing that the Lord will give us those small affirmations from time to time.
What is that holy, authentic personality? What is personality as seen through God’s eyes?
Most would agree that each soul is unique. At least those who haven’t been totally brainwashed by today’s culture and have not given themselves entirely over to their animal nature.
Our souls are like the seeds of different grapes planted and nurtured in different soils and climates, producing a variety of flavors. read more…
No Longer Creatures of Habit
The un-education of our wills
Praise be to God who answers the questions and prayers we can’t quite articulate and struggle to form. He knows our hearts and sees the thoughts forming in our minds like clouds constantly coalescing and rearranging themselves until they reach critical mass.
Throughout our life we use our will at our discretion. Like a line of credit, we spend it freely on ourselves—and sometimes on others—to satisfy our wants and desires. read more…
A sense of anticipation, a feeling of security and happiness being together as a family. The excitement, newness and brightness of hope swelling into joy. These are the impressions that characterize Christmas for me.
Who is behind it all but God, calling me to Himself through happy, bright interior moments that color all the outer moments at Christmastime with family. It is one of the most natural and intimate ways God can touch me and set me free, sharing the beauty of his love.
Living in the Divine Will is just that: drawing so close to God as to sense the brightness, happiness and joy of Christmas – any day of the year.
Making our first act of love of the day in the Divine Will to God is like gathering up a spiritual bouquet and presenting it to the One we love.
Consider that when we celebrate various holidays or solemn events, the things we most often adorn our places of worship or homes with – or exchange with each other as a sign of our affection and love – are flowers and plants. We arrange and present things of beauty that God Himself has created.
So too, when we make our Prevenient Act, we bring to God what He has created. We bring our own lives. We bring to the Creator his love for us imprinted on every created thing. There is nothing that we can give Him that He didn’t create – or have a hand in creating because of the very faculties He endowed each creature with.
Our first impulse, when we consider that who we are and what we have ultimately comes from the hand of God, should lead to a thankful spirit. And from a disposition of thanksgiving it is natural that we would be moved to acts of love.
So we gather together in our being, our soul, our will, the wonders of creation and the holy works of all throughout time, and present them as a spiritual bouquet to our loving Father – just as a young child who surprises his parents with a flower from the garden they tended with care.
Faith commits us to things, to actions, to achievements that are beyond our capabilities. It makes possible and, in fact, enables the good-willed aspirations of our hearts. Faith provides the space to hope and believe that God also wants the good that we want. read more…
“To know the mystery of God’s nature is not granted to your very limited intellectual capacities, to your embryonic spirituality. But the mystery becomes more knowable for the spiritual, amidst the mass of the so-called spiritual. The mystery is revealed with greater clarity to the lovers of the Son, to those who are truly marked by my Blood, because my Blood is Knowledge, and my Predilection is a School….” read more…
Transubstantiation is more than a magic trick.
What we join to the sublime gift of God determines what we get.
Getting what you give applies no less to the spiritual life. What we bring to Communion from our lives in the days preceding will determine what we leave with. read more…