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I would like to thank all of my followers on WordPress. I don’t post very often, but when I do, it is because I am inspired to do so. Today, I watched a live Passion Play in Tenerife (Canary Islands), Spain. I was impressed, and both I and my wife cried – it seemed so realistic. May God bless you all with His great Mercy.
I was napping this afternoon, and I awoke to a clear image in my mind of the face of Pope Francis. His face had been adorned for burial. I only saw his face, well-lighted, peaceful, yet cloaked in darkness all around as if he was already buried. I saw him very close, face-to-face, from 2 to 3 feet away.
I researched and found that, on 18 August 2014 (about 19 months ago) while he was on his papal plane flying back from Korea in August 2014, he hinted that he would be done in 2 to 3 years. Rev. Fr. John Zuhlsdorf analyzes the Q&A session between the Pope and journalists and confirms his prediction here: http://wdtprs.com/blog/2014/08/did-pope-francis-predict-his-own-death/
When a Pope dies, procedures specified in Church law and specifically the Apostolic Constitution Universi Dominici Gregis, must be followed.
At today’s Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Gospel reading was on the Wedding at Cana. The pastor really “hit home” when he mentioned that, at the prompting of Mother Mary, the good Lord Jesus miraculously made somewhere between 150 and 180 gallons of really, really high-quality wine for the wedding party. This showed the Lord’s generosity – he did not just respond to Mother Mary’s prompting; He was zealous, providing an overabundance of the best wine! St. John goes on to demonstrate Jesus’s divine generosity throughout the Gospel.
Now, the pastor used this homily as an occasion to speak about abortion, especially since the National March for Life will be happening next Friday on the 43d anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
During his homily, he quoted Jeremiah 1:5:
Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.
But, as the priest was saying this, I saw, in my mind, the Infant Jesus standing before me with arm and hand raised, and He was saying the same words.
Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.
The picture to the left does not do it justice. The Infant Jesus was even younger and He had his right arm up and his hand and finger extended upward – as if He were blessing me.
Now, it is the finger of God which wrote the Ten Commandments onto the two tablets which Moses brought down from Mt. Sinai. As such, we are reminded that what the Infant Jesus says is God’s Word – His Truth, and it is to be believed as written. All human life is known and precious to Him, even before they are born.
Let there be no misunderstanding about the reality of the human personage and sacred dignity of all unborn human beings, and let those who have aborted their children or who helped others to do so seek the help of the Blessed Virgin Mary, repent, seek full rest and mercy and healing in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, join in the overabundance and generosity of the Lord’s Wedding Feast, and then witness to others about the Truth.
Yesterday, I took another Rosary walk, and I was praying the Joyful Mysteries. For the second time in a month, when I meditated on the Presentation, I saw Mother Mary holding her infant son, Jesus.
The first time, she was in a heavenly place, all white with a translucent, opaque, frameless sort of window behind her and standing on a multi-stepped white platform and dressed in a flowing, floor-length white gown with a light blue mantel draped over her head and flowing downward (similar to the statue in my own parish, but much more elegant and realistic). She looked at me, and she offered the infant Jesus to me to hold in my arms. She was trusting me with her baby Jesus. I took Him and cuddled Him in my arms and then gave Him back to her. This was a precious experience, not only because He is Precious, but because I have no children of my own. Most often, when I contemplate God, especially in the Holy Spirit, I know His Preciousness…so very, very precious and sweet to my soul. This sentiment has been foreign to me all of my life until these most recent years.
The second time, yesterday, I saw Mother Mary, wearing a royal blue mantel this time, standing and holding the infant Jesus in her arms. But, this time, she was standing next to St. Joseph I presume, and they were waiting outside the Temple in the bright sunlight. Mother Mary was cradling and swinging Jesus back and forth in her arms while looking down at Him. She was very happy, and the day was very bright. And then she looked directly at me, from about 30 feet away, and she smiled at me. It was a huge smile, and I felt this smile in my heart, and it was like a welling up of joy. And she did it again, and I could not help but also smile and laugh in joy with her.
If anyone saw me at that time, they would have no idea why I was laughing! I can imagine that they would think that I might have a mental health issue; I even considered that myself – “Here I am laughing out loud spontaneously, but just walking along by myself with my dog. I must look crazy!”
I needed this. How merciful and delightful this vision was for me. May you also receive them, and more.
I had a dream this morning that I was riding a bicycle along a level road with sun-lit cornfields on my left and my right. The sun was shining brightly in the clouds directly ahead of me.
And then, from the sun came light which began to form the shape of a brilliant, Light-Man in the clouds to the right of the sun and standing on the horizon, and that Light-Man was brighter than the sun itself.
In my heart, I knew that this was God. Like the light which comes from the sun, so the Son is begotten of the Father, Light from Light, True God from True God, consubstantial with the Father – being of the same one substance with the Father, Who is all Merciful and Loving. This was Jesus who affirmed:
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” [John 8:12, NAB Holy Bible]
My heart began to swell with hope, and I began to feel giddy, praying to God with sentiments of love and desire. I said, “Take me! Take me now!” for I had been feeling tired and ready for a life of peace and happiness with God, if that be His Will for me.
And then, knowing my weary condition, I asked Him to heal me, and at that moment, the Light-Man, like Christ Himself, surged in brightness before my face, engulfing me in His Light, and I felt His Power piercing deep into my soul, and my head was jolted as if something came out of me, and I began to feel joy, real Joy!
I have been in a very good mood this morning – filled with hope. I told my wife about this, and she stated, choking back a sob, that she has no intentions of me going anywhere anytime soon!
But, this must be sort of what Saints Peter, John and James experienced at the Transfiguration. St. Peter was obviously giddy, wanting Jesus, Moses and Elijah to stay – He didn’t want to leave either! Here is the account from St. Peter’s account of the Gospel (as penned by St. Mark):
The Transfiguration of Jesus [Mark 9:2-8, NAB Holy Bible]
After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them.
Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses, and they were conversing with Jesus.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here! Let us make three tents: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified.
Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; then from the cloud came a voice, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.”
The Lord, Jesus Christ warned:
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. So by their fruits you will know them.” [Gospel according to Matthew 7:15-19, NAB Holy Bible]
And the prophet, Jeremiah prophesied:
“Thus says the LORD of hosts:
Do not listen to the words of your prophets, who fill you with emptiness;
They speak visions from their own fancy, not from the mouth of the LORD.”
[Book of the Prophet Jeremiah, 23:16, NAB Holy Bible]
Yesterday, as I took my long Rosary-walk with my pet hound dog (7.5 miles), I was praying the Joyful Mysteries. I was thinking about how and when to change my career orientation to be more Theology and service – focused. I saw an eagle flying above after I had the thought of the choice that I would PREFER to make, but which would be difficult – which seems unlikely for me. What does the eagle mean? Anything? Or am I placing a meaning upon it?
But here is the really good part. Upon praying the mystery of the birth of the infant Jesus, I imagined the little infant in Mother Mary’s arms. I saw his little feet and knelt and kissed His toes, and His feet recoiled, and He smiled and laughed in joy. And then, my heart swelled, and I felt joy and also laughed in joy!
Now, it is not natural for me to think of something and then have intense feelings like this. It was as if Jesus was there, in me, laughing and feeling joyful in me such that I could know His joy. What a blessing it was.
As I walk and pray in silence, it is not unusual for me (or others who pray) to hear inaudible words (like a locution), presumably from God. I believe that it is God Who speaks to me, and to all. Many do not care to listen for God, or are not able due to spiritual incapacities. I admit that, due to preoccupations, I do not “hear” God as much or as often as I would like. I have simply been distracted. I would like to get much closer again.
Though, recently, I have had time to meditate and pray more. I have been working to improve my soul and have been reaching out to God to know Him in my heart even more.
This morning, I sensed His Presence in me and I heard “Choose.” For lack of a prepared response, I hastily prayed, “I choose You as my King and Master, my Lord and Savior.” And then I looked up in the sky and saw three very large vultures circling over my head about 50 feet up.
I thought, “I’m a dead man walking.” Then, I thought of this verse immediately:
“Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather. ” [Matthew 24:28, NAB Holy Bible]
And then I thought to myself, “How proud I am that I should think that I can choose God. In fact, it is He who has the power to choose me.” Where is my humility before God? I must have a high opinion of myself.
I continued to walk, and I prayed to God for humility like that of Jesus Christ, that I might emulate Him totally in my life. I did not pray this without fear. I mean, to emulate Jesus Christ is a very tall order, and it can (and will?) come with great hardship! Of course, I would rather be able to be most humble without hardship. But who am I to know how best to grow in humility?
And then, shortly after my prayers for humility, I heard geese, and then looked up, and there was a flock of geese coming directly toward me and then over me. They were very loud, too.
That made me feel better, that God had heard my prayer and accepted my request for more humility, like that of the Lord, Jesus Christ.
The goose, as a symbol, means providence and vigilance. Providence means “divine guidance and care” and vigilance means “the quality or state of carefully noticing problems or signs of danger.”
So, I think that is affirmation of my recognition of my bumbling into pride and God’s immediate help in exposing where I need improvement.
But why did I hear “Choose.”?
This came to mind this morning as I ponder the apparent loss of a friend. The Book of Proverbs has similar expressions:
When one has a friend, one’s friend also has a friend.
When one rejects a friend, one’s friend remains.
The one who keeps friendship secures help in hard times.
The one who rejects friendship loses peace.
A call to friendship is a call to know love.
A denial of friendship is a loss of a steady guide.
With friendship, we are aloft and secure.
Without friendship, every mountain is a slippery slope.
A true friend proves friendship without trying.
A false friend feigns friendship even while trying.
True friendship has its Source in one’s soul.
Friendship is easily extinguished when the Source is no longer welcome.
But when one has a friend, even though one rejects that friend,
one’s friend still has a Friend, Who Is the Source of all true friendships.
Even though the Light of friendship is extinguished in the heart of one former friend,
if that Light remains in the other friend’s heart, all is not lost.
The flame of friendship burns hot in a supple heart,
but who can light a flame in a stony heart?
When we say at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof. But, only say the word, and my soul shall be healed,” we are expressing our faith in the Lord’s power and authority over us, even from afar.
But in the Eucharist, He is really going to come to our dwelling if we invite Him. Know that when you approach the altar for Holy Communion, you should be prepared to open the doors to your person, the tabernacle of your heart and soul, in order to invite Jesus Christ into your dwelling.
How will you prepare for His reception? Will you be able to see yourself inside your own dwelling where you can make preparations? Will the light be on at the door? Will you have repaired what has been broken? Will you have cleaned your dwelling, put out the good dishes and crystal goblets, and have lighted a fire and have prepared a warm greeting? Will you have water there to wash His feet upon entry and expensive ointment to apply, perhaps even to His Wounds should you find them?
He will be there at the Eucharist. How will you receive the Lord? Will the light at your door be on? Will you be present to greet him there in the tabernacle of your soul? Will you be happy to greet Him? Will you be scrambling to clean and prepare, like St. Martha, distracted with preparations upon His knocking on the door, or will you be ready like St. Mary, calm and attentive to His Presence and His Words and His needs? Will you have faith that He already knows your needs?
Think about these things when preparing for the Eucharist, to receive your special Guest.
It is a beautiful sight to see, in my mind, The Lord, Jesus Christ walking in parallel with His priest toward the Ambo during the singing of the Alleluia, but being much larger in stature than the priest and adorned in white cloth instead of green, with golden filigree and embroidery, with a crown, walking confidently, and with a slight smile as He contemplates the love He will serve in His Word.
Likewise, it is beautiful to see the Lord, Jesus Christ coming forward in the clouds when the Sanctus is sung. At the Epiclesis, He breathes, “Receive My Spirit – receive Me.” In Holy Communion, there He Is to give Himself for you – smiling affectionately, “I AM truly happy that you are here.”
These images have come to me over the last several weeks during several Sunday Masses. I am happy now to share them.
Let us actively engage our hearts, minds, souls and strength at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
The night I was received into the Catholic Church, Easter Vigil, I was given a vision of a beautiful lady standing close, in front of me. I just saw this attached image this morning, and I can say that her facial features, which I have tried to draw and replicate ( but my scanner will not reproduce the image) is very close to this image. In my vision, she had a long, pink veil from her head draping down, and a simple crown with a single stone in the center of it which rested on her forehead like a golden band.
This is rather simplistic, but this came to me while praying the Rosary:
“…(and you yourself a sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”
[Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St. Luke, 2:35]
I don’t know what is meant by “sword.”
We might think to take it literally to mean that she would die a death related to that of her Son, but that this must be so that she could be assumed into Heaven, wounded like her Son, for her mission as Advocate for poor sinners whose thoughts and prayers she hears.
We might think of it in another way. We often hear of her Immaculate Heart being pierced with thorns. This tells of her woundedness. And so, in a spiritual way, we might take “sword” to mean that she would know the wounds of sin in her heart, especially the sins of priests and bishops, those who are configured to her Son, closest to her in daily activity, and who should be blameless before God. And she will know who are faithful and blameless and who are not by their thoughts and deeds. This may be why she calls us to always pray for her priests and bishops. This must be a difficult burden.
Let us pray with Mother Mary for all priests and bishops, for their sanctity and holiness in daily activity.
It is sometimes easy for me to lose composure when I allow pride to govern my reactions. For example, there are times when I present something that I believe is valuable and represents my personal contribution, and therefore, self-worth, but the one receiving it disrespects it, and I get angry and want to come back with an arrogant response.
This has happened to me on a few occasions recently where I work. By the Grace of God, I believe that my responses have been somewhat muted and controlled, not meting out all that my emotions demand. I am grateful to God for this.
Interestingly, Grace also allows me to see beyond my pride, and to grasp the idea that I really can do better with what I presented…as if, after the fact, if I choose to moderate my emotions and listen, I am allowed to see as if the dark pride-encrusted lens through which I had been looking had suddenly been wiped clean.
I was praying about pride and humility this morning, and what causes my pride:
Pride is allowed to rule my actions when i measure my self-worth by my own, worldly standard. “What I have presented is very good because I am smart, and I like it.”
Humility is allowed to rule our actions when we measure our self-worth by God’s holy Providence and Standard. “I believe that I am here and have a job by the Grace of God. What I have presented is good only if it satisfies God’s purpose for my being here. If it does not, He will let me know through the one receiving it, and I will comply.”
So if my boss does not like something, my response should be one of humble happiness in having the opportunity to make it even better.
I desire to be a most humble servant for God, for the benefit of others with whom I come in contact. I pray that the Lord God will help me. So be it. Amen.
When praying the Joyful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, one can find six moral imperatives for humanity. Inasmuch as these mysteries reflect upon the entrance of God into Humanity, these mysteries can also reflect the entrance of Morality into humanity.
1. The Annunciation / Human Dignity: All human life must be treated with the dignity commenserate with its potential capacity for charity, creation and innovation.
2. The Visitation / Human Freedom: All human life must be permitted the freedom to pursue peace and prosperity.
3. The Nativity / Human Fullness: All human life must be permitted to achieve fullness of natural life, become who it is meant to be, from natural conception to natural death.
4. The Presentation / Human Fruitfulness: All human life must be permitted to present itself for service to humanity, to be fruitful in service to each other.
5. The Finding / Human Truthfulness: All human life must strive to be truthful in all its works.
6. Hail, Holy Queen / Human Compliance: All humanity must comply with the aforementioned moral imperatives by obedience to that authority appointed for the good of humanity.
Jesus Christ sent His disciples out to preach the Good News in the villages, two-by-two, and they came back excited about the feats and miracles they had performed, but were also weary from their hard work. So Jesus said to them,
“Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while. So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place.” [Mark 6:31-32, NAB Holy Bible]
My wife and I finally committed to a vacation yesterday, the Feast of the Queenship of Mary. I had been doubtful before, but Mother Mary seemed to ease the door open for us yesterday to commit. We found a Catholic country where we can attend Mass, and we are going during a holy season of the year. It will be our own pilgrimage.
Today, at Mass, I heard these words as I prayed:
“Blessed are those who follow Me to a deserted place.”
I had not realized it before, but we did make Jesus Christ a top priority when selecting a vacation spot…and it will be a deserted place for sure!
What if God inspired Pope Francis like this: “Pope Francis, while sitting and reflecting on the Wedding at Cana, fell into a trance. In his trance, a large sheet unfurled from heaven like a large drive-in movie screen. On the movie screen were images of all of the patriarchs and of all of the prophets and of all of the apostles who had married, and even of the Holy Family, of faithful Joseph who had married a woman, the Blessed Virgin Mary who was pregnant with Child, presumably out of wedlock, and then an image of all of the multitude of priests and religious who had failed in their commitments to celibacy – too many who had gone to hell or who were still in purgatory, and the multitude of the myriad thousands who had also been led into hell and into the deepest recesses of purgatory by the immoral examples of some priests and religious over the last 20 centuries. And then the Voice said:
‘Francis, betroth and marry!’
And then Pope Francis said,
‘No, Lord, I could never do that nor ask my priests to feel free to do so! The marital act would bring uncleanness upon my priests and defile your sanctuary and turn our priests toward their wives and families instead of setting their hearts on the Bride, the Church!’
And then the Voice spoke these words:
‘Do not call unclean what I, the Lord! the Lord! the Lord! have made clean! Too many have been lost by the unfaithfulness of some of my priests! Betroth and marry, and raise children, and by your good example, make my Bride ready, and then lead my Bride along the safe Way to My Wedding Feast!’
What if he saw this image and heard these words 3 times, and then pronounced a new discipline of a marital option for priests?
This image is not far off from the scene from the Acts of the Apostles where God declared pork to be clean:
The Vision of Peter [Acts, 10:9-16, NAB Holy Bible]
The next day, while they were on their way and nearing the city, Peter went up to the roof terrace to pray at about noontime.
He was hungry and wished to eat, and while they were making preparations he fell into a trance.
He saw heaven opened and something resembling a large sheet coming down, lowered to the ground by its four corners.
In it were all the earth’s four-legged animals and reptiles and the birds of the sky.
A voice said to him, “Get up, Peter. Slaughter and eat.”
But Peter said, “Certainly not, sir. For never have I eaten anything profane and unclean.”
The voice spoke to him again, a second time, “What God has made clean, you are not to call profane.”
This happened three times, and then the object was taken up into the sky.
As I was kneeling this morning before the Altar and Tabernacle of the Lord, before Holy Mass started, I was considering all of my sinfulness and giving thanks to the One God Who is in the Persons of the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and also to Mother Mary, for everything They have done for me, for us, in spite of our consistent failures daily.
I considered just how unworthy we are to be in His Presence, yet He comes to us, and calls us to Himself and gives Himself to us so that we might also have His Life, be healed, and live with Him forever.
I prayed, “Make me obedient. If only I could see what the Father is doing so that I might imitate Him constantly. Let me stand by His side that I might just do as He does, and nothing more and nothing less, and please Him as He deserves.”
And then I remembered that Jesus said,
“Amen, amen, I say to you, a son cannot do anything on his own, but only what he sees his father doing; for what he does, his son will do also. For the Father loves his Son and shows him everything that he himself does, and he will show him greater works than these, so that you may be amazed.” [john 5:19-20, NAB]
The Holy Spirit must have been helping me to pray this way since my prayer reflected what Jesus teaches. This comforted me.
And, walking up to receive the Lord in the Eucharist, when I was within one person of receiving and before I bowed, I heard Him say,
This was an inaudible, calm speaking. This made me very happy and I think I almost hit the priest moving forward to receive The Lord. I know I could not hold back my smile. It must have appeared awkward. But this is what happened.
What a wonderful gift, to know the Lord because He desires it in His love for us.
But there were consoling words today.
I heard, “Marry me” twice, the first time during the Confiteor and the next time during the Sanctus. This calling is reminiscent of God’s calling to all of the People of God to come to the Marriage Feast of the Lamb and be joined in unity with Him. The Prophet Jeremiah gave us God’s own imagery for how He wants us to relate to Him:
31″Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, 32 not like the covenant which I made with their fathers when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant which they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord. 33 But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it upon their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And no longer shall each man teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” [Book of the Prophet, Jeremiah, 31:31-34, RSVCE, Holy Bible]
And here, St John reveals that the spouse of the Lamb is the Church of the Faithful:
6 Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty thunderpeals, crying,
“Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.
7 Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his Bride has made herself ready;
8 it was granted her to be clothed with fine linen, bright and pure”—
for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.
9 And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are true words of God.” [Book of Revelation, 19:6-9, RSVCE Holy Bible]
I saw in my mind an image of the hand of another man, not physically present, clad in priestly attire, holding his hand out over the Chalice before the words of Consecration as if a saint had come down from heaven bringing with him the power of the Holy Spirit.
Our priest today was a visiting priest from Poland. I have a feeling that the doors of Heaven were wide open and Pope Saint John Paul II was there serving this priest and bringing God’s consolation to us.
When praying the rosary the other day, meditating on the third Glorious Mystery, I had this insight about how it could be that the people gathered all of the sudden could understand each other in their own languages. Here is what happened – the scene – during Pentecost:
And they were all filled with the holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem. At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd, but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language. They were astounded, and in amazement they asked, “Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans? Then how does each of us hear them in his own native language? [Acts 2:4-8, NAB Holy Bible]
What just happened? God was in their minds, enabling all of them to communicate via a universal language, deep in their minds, and only God knows how. God is the Technician here. AND, this is proof that there IS and will BE a universal language in Heaven and by it, we will all know each other’s thoughts as we will to communicate.
But, why was this necessary at Pentecost, and why was this ability to understand the universal language underneath human languages so temporary? And what were all of the people gathered there saying to each other and why? These are mysteries.
I was trying yesterday to express my experience in Mass when I was praying the Angelus at noon, but my experience with Mother Mary led me in another direction. What I remember now, the insight which came to me all of a sudden – yet simpler than I will express here – is the message that I needed to relay:
When we die, it is as if we fall asleep and then awaken to a new reality – the reality of our everlasting spiritual life which subsists and is hidden within our mortal life. In our mortal lives, we “see” spiritual things as if looking at objects in a hazy mirror – indirectly, unclear and subject to interruption – just beyond our grasp. But after we have fallen asleep, we shall awaken to a bright and refreshing change of venue where all things will be clearly manifested as they really are.
As St. Paul instructs:
At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known. [1st Cor, 13:12, NAB Holy Bible]
So, let us trust in God and His Plan.
i attended the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass today at noon. During the Angelus, directly before Mass began, I imagined Mother Mary sweetly encouraging me. But then I thought all of a sudden: “When I die, will the Mother Mary that I see in my mind become my new reality?”
I could go into a Thomistic analysis here on the operations of the soul versus the operations of the body, but I will spare us…
When we pray, some may have locutions; others may experience a soundless apparition of sorts…seeming so real that it invokes our emotions.
But is it actually real? How do we know? Think about this. We sense reality through our bodies very well through our sensory organs. But how do we know when we are really experiencing the spiritual with our souls, when our souls do not carry the familiar sensory organs necessary to “sense” the reality of the spiritual “intellecting” occurring in our soul?
But, I see Mother Mary smiling, and that evokes an emotion in me. How is this?
I was struggling to pray the Rosary this morning. I just stopped and looked at Mother Mary in my mind, and she looked at me and said to pray to her Son, Jesus instead. And then that is what I did, even with words which came to me such as, “Jesus, I am sorry that I have offended you” and more prayers of praise and jubilation.
We had a conversation in my heart. The most important thing He said to me was – and this is for you, too –
“Come before Me with roses in your heart.”
I could smell the fragrance of roses at that time, and I smell the fragrance even now as I write – a spiritual sensing of the odor of sweetness of a rose.
I think this means that we should confess our sins, often even, so that when we speak with Jesus – when we approach Him at the altar, we are pleasant to Him Who gives us His Very Life in His Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity at every Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. This is a mystery.
But I do know He is present with me, as is Mother Mary. How this can be is a mystery.