THE MOTHER SPEAKS TO BISHOPS, PRIESTS, RELIGIOUS
By "Anne," a Lay Apostle
Message # 20.
August 13, 2003
The Blessed Mother
Dear children, we must explore the Passion of Jesus. I want you to spend some time every day with Jesus in His Passion. We have told you many things about this suffering and through the times we have revealed more and more. We do this to encourage your understanding of the great import of this heroic and merciful act. Jesus chose to die. He agreed to suffer. He acknowledged and accepted the dominion of sin over His mortal body and His limited time on earth. He did this with knowledge, it is true, and often you lack that knowledge, but you are called to trust, my little ones. You must trust that We have a redemptive plan for suffering that those on earth can not always understand.
Suffering on earth has a place in the divine order of things. You will never create a world where those in the human body are free of all suffering. It is not ordained and is not going to happen. The only place you will be guaranteed no suffering is in heaven. Look closely at the value of suffering. Scrutinize those around you. Many have accepted suffering in their lives. They are neither bitter nor abandoned. Many have achieved great holiness. You often hear it said that if you want to talk to someone with character, talk to someone who has suffered. Those who do not accept suffering cannot even understand others, not to mind minister to them and empathize. I do not want you to seek out suffering. That is not the point. I do want you to accept it lovingly and peacefully when it comes to your life.
Please spend time with my Son in His Passion. He looks down upon you with such love as you reflect on His Passion. He is so consoled by your consideration of His pains and torment. Children, you would not leave your best friend to face that type of torture alone. You would not be a good friend if you did. Do not leave my Son to suffer alone. Walk with Him. Follow the Way of the Cross in silent consideration and let Him educate you on the merit of suffering. The Way of the Cross will come alive for you and you will never doubt the redemptive nature and value of suffering. Jesus, your Savior, your dearest friend, seeks to reveal Himself to you now. He can only do that if you make yourself available to Him.
Imagine a conversation where one party is turned away, busy with another task. The person attempting to communicate rightly gives up because there is nobody listening. Be certain, again I say, be certain, that this does not describe your relationship with Jesus. What has He said to you today? If He has said nothing, you are not listening. Turn to Him again now, and sit in silence, while he speaks to your heart. Close your eyes and see the loving smile on His face as He seeks to heal you and cleanse you. Your Jesus has many things to tell you, dear soul. You may cry to him, all of your pain, and He will take it away, to be replaced by joy. How happy and blessed I am to be the mother of this divine, gentle creature. How often has He consoled and enlightened me. I tell you children, if you are in communication with Jesus, there are no questions to be asked. So follow me, your heavenly mother, and I will see that you are united to Christ.
These messages were excerpted from Volume Three of the Direction for Our Times series given to "Anne," a Lay Apostle. For further information regarding the Lay Apostolate of Jesus Christ the Returning King, or to purchase Direction for Our Times volumes, please contact Direction for Our Times on the Web at www.directionforourtimes.com, or mail inquiries to the following address: 9000 West 81st St., Justice, IL 60458, U.S.A.