Fr. Jordi Rivero, 2012
Greatness of God in creation
created to be sons in the Son
A vision of where Christ is leading us
He came to reconcile us to the Father
He is the Son who loves
Holy Spirit > Unity
Jn 17 ONE
Throne in heart.
“No longer I live”
Romans 14:7-9 “If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord, so that alive or dead we belong to the Lord. This explains why Christ both died and came to life, it was so that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.”
Influence of culture > point of reference > normalcy
Tiny sphere of the natural > reason
Union with Crucified > enter > union with the Trinity.
Reason > beyond
New understanding > see beyond
This is the Sword of the Spirit that will pierce the dragon. You, My little mustard seed, are forming the Sword of the Spirit for the final battle. Pg 144
Many seek to follow Jesus because they see his greatness; few are willing to remain with Him once He tells them the nature of discipleship
“Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. 21 So these came to Philip, who was from Beth-saida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew went with Philip and they told Jesus. 23 And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of man to be glorified. 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If any one serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there shall my servant be also; if any one serves me, the Father will honor him. 27 “Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, for this purpose I have come to this hour. 28 Father, glorify thy name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” 29 The crowd standing by heard it and said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” 30 Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. 31 Now is the judgment of this world, now shall the ruler of this world be cast out; 32 and I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.” 33 He said this to show by what death he was to die.”
A ruler asked him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 19 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. 20 You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.’” And he said, “All these I have observed from my youth.” 22 And when Jesus heard it, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 23 But when he heard this he became sad, for he was very rich. 24 Jesus looking at him said, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God! 25 For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
“If anyone serves me, he must follow me...”
From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22 And Peter took him and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” 23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me; for you are not on the side of God, but of men.”
All have a wrong idea of the nature of the Kingdom. Therefore, a wrong idea of what it takes to follow.
Jesus: The spirit is willing and the flesh is weak
All Christians are called to be victim souls.
Only God is holy, therefore, to be holy means to be transformed into the One you receive at Holy Communion, to become One with Me. Perfect love on earth is expressed by laying down your life for the salvation of your brother and sister. it is your "yes" to give the oblation of your life that "stirs into flame" the graces of your Baptism and you receive the power and fire of the Holy Spirit. It is then, in this way, that your life possess the "power of God". That is why I desire many victim souls, for it is only the power of pure love that will pierce the darkness that is seeping into the hearts and minds of My people. Bring Me victim souls My little one. Do not be afraid.
-Testimony of Lourdes at Medjugorje: Jesus asked: “will you be my victim soul?”
-The Lord invites all
-2 Timothy 1:6 “For which cause I admonish thee, that thou stir up the grace of God which is in thee, by the imposition of my hands.”
2/1/11 Enter the passage
Jesus asked me to read St. Paul to the Galatians:
Remain steadfast in your preaching and teaching about victim souls. You will bring many to find the secret passage that leads to transformation into Me; the passage that brings a soul into the life of the most Holy Trinity. St. Paul entered this passage as he declares when he says, "I have been crucified with Christ".
It is a victim soul's 'yes' that 'stirs into flame' the power of the Holy Spirit so that the Holy Spirit can lead a docile and willing soul to die with Me. It is this voluntary death that brings the soul to new life. That is why St. Paul can now say, " It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me." I continue to thirst for love, but it is only the love of My victim souls that satisfies My thirst. It is only the love of My victim souls that has the power to appease the justice of God. Therefore, bring Me many victim souls. 2/1/11
JN 12 “I will draw all men to myself...”
2/1/11 JESUS' WOUNDS are THE POWER OF V.S.
My wounds are the passage to enter the infinity of God. I allowed My Body to become one wound (meaning His entire Body was pierced and wounded) so that ALL humanity could enter. Each victim soul has the power from God, because of My Victimhood, to draw souls into My wounds. (Jn.12:20-33, reference to messages of 12/14/11)
Your “fiat” in your desire to be My victim souls has allowed the Holy Spirit to unite you into My crucified love. I first revealed to you the infinite depth and width of each of My wounds. Then I raised you, My little victims of love, into My crucified embrace. As you (LC) prayed as ONE heart and mind through Me, with Me and in Me your prayer received the power of the Holy Spirit to draw souls into My wounds. Believe in the power of your prayers as ONE with the perfect Victim of Love. Continue praying and living as God's hidden force.
7 In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the One who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence”
-Jesus (not just woman) intercede with cries and tears.
Victim souls for the decisive battle
Then the legion of little souls, victims of merciful Love, will become as numerous ‘as the stars of heaven and the sands of the seashore’. It will be terrible to Satan; it will help the Blessed Virgin to crush his proud head completely. —St. Thérése of Lisieux, The Legion of Mary Handbook, p. 256-257
It won’t be the end of the battle. In fact, it will be the decisive moment when souls must choose to pass through the door of mercy… or the door of justice that the Antichrist himself may very well open, as he brings the culture of death to its zenith in a final confrontation against the Church in this era. (Mark Mallet)
In an address to a group of pilgrims in Germany, John Paul II was recorded to have said:
We must be prepared to undergo great trials in the not-too-distant future; trials that will require us to give up even our lives, and a total gift of self to Christ and for Christ. Through your prayers and mine, it is possible to alleviate this tribulation, but it is no longer possible to avert it, because it is only in this way that the Church can be effectively renewed. How many times, indeed, has the renewal of the Church been effected in blood? This time, again, it will not be otherwise. —Regis Scanlon, Flood and Fire, Homiletic & Pastoral Review, April 1994
For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief at night. When people are saying, “Peace and security,” then sudden disaster comes upon them, like labor pains upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers, are not in darkness, for that day to overtake you like a thief. For all of you are children of the light and children of the day. We are not of the night or of darkness. Therefore, let us not sleep as the rest do, but let us stay alert and sober. (1 Thess 5:2-6)
But now, there is a sense among many that the “time of mercy” may be drawing to a close.
The angel with the flaming sword on the left of the Mother of God recalls similar images in the Book of Revelation. This represents the threat of judgment which looms over the world. Today the prospect that the world might be reduced to ashes by a sea of fire no longer seems pure fantasy: man himself, with his inventions, has forged the flaming sword. —Cardinal Ratzinger (POPE BENEDICT XVI)
-3rd SECRET OF FATIMA
Commentary: from the suffering of the witnesses there comes a purifying and renewing power, because their suffering is the actualization of the suffering of Christ himself and a communication in the here and now of its saving effect.
Beneath the arms of the cross angels gather up the blood of the martyrs, and with it they give life to the souls making their way to God. Here, the blood of Christ and the blood of the martyrs are considered as one: the blood of the martyrs runs down from the arms of the cross. The martyrs die in communion with the Passion of Christ, and their death becomes one with his. For the sake of the body of Christ, they complete what is still lacking in his afflictions (cf. Col 1:24). Their life has itself become a Eucharist, part of the mystery of the grain of wheat which in dying yields abundant fruit. The blood of the martyrs is the seed of Christians, said Tertullian. As from Christ's death, from his wounded side, the Church was born, so the death of the witnesses is fruitful for the future life of the Church. Therefore, the vision of the third part of the “secret”, so distressing at first, concludes with an image of hope: no suffering is in vain, and it is a suffering Church, a Church of martyrs, which becomes a sign-post for man in his search for God.
POWER OF VICTIM INTERCESSORS
For I am the LORD, your God, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar; the LORD of hosts by name. I have put my words into your mouth and shielded you in the shadow of my hand, I, who stretched out the heavens, who laid the foundations of the earth, who say to Zion: You are my people.
You, My little ones, have responded to the plea of the Mother of God and the cries of My Son. Therefore, I am responding to you. I have placed you in the palm of My hand to be My people and I your God. It is I, Abba Father, Who hears your cries and supplications and answers you. My wrath is coming upon the earth, but you, My people, will be safe hidden in the palm of My hand. You are the remnant in which the purity of the Church, the Body of My beloved Son, shines forth. Remain steadfast in prayer, praise and adoration, and suffering all with My beloved Son and you will not go astray. I am leading you, My people; I go before you in the Light of the Holy Spirit. Be vigilant; learn to hear with the ears of your soul and see with the eyes of your soul.
Begin with love!
"Begin your worship with an act of love and you will open your soul deliciously to his divine action. It is due to the fact that you begin with yourselves that you stop on the road. If you start on another virtue other than love you are going in a false path ..... love is the only door of the heart. "
St. Peter Eymard
CARDINAL JOSEPH RATZINGER
The church will become small and will have to start afresh more or less from the beginning.
She will no longer be able to inhabit many of the edifices she built in prosperity. As the number of her adherents diminishes . . . she will lose many of her social privileges. . . As a small society, [the Church] will make much bigger demands on the initiative of her individual members....
It will be hard-going for the Church, for the process of crystallization and clarification will cost her much valuable energy. It will make her poor and cause her to become the Church of the meek . . . The process will be long and wearisome as was the road from the false progressivism on the eve of the French Revolution — when a bishop might be thought smart if he made fun of dogmas and even insinuated that the existence of God was by no means certain . . . But when the trial of this sifting is past, a great power will flow from a more spiritualized and simplified Church. Men in a totally planned world will find themselves unspeakably lonely. If they have completely lost sight of God, they will feel the whole horror of their poverty. Then they will discover the little flock of believers as something wholly new. They will discover it as a hope that is meant for them, an answer for which they have always been searching in secret.
And so it seems certain to me that the Church is facing very hard times. The real crisis has scarcely begun. We will have to count on terrific upheavals. But I am equally certain about what will remain at the end: not the Church of the political cult, which is dead already, but the Church of faith. She may well no longer be the dominant social power to the extent that she was until recently; but she will enjoy a fresh blossoming and be seen as man's home, where he will find life and hope beyond death.