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MYSTICS OF THE CHURCH: Blessed Elena Aiello -Mystic, Stigmatic,& Foundress
FROM THE MAILBAG: Reflection by Father Ted – September 27, 2011 My dearest Lord Jesus, You remind me frequently why we have the problems and difficulties at this time. When we do not listen to You and are not willing to follow Your directions that You give to us either directly, or through Your Mother or through Our Holy Father, the Vicar of Your Holy Roman Catholic Church, we experience these difficulties. As You strove to remind many of us a couple of weeks ago there are many signs indicating to us that we are not doing the Will of Your and our Father in heaven. So many of us have failed to recognize our purpose in life – which is ultimately to be with You in heaven. You have been teaching us that You want us to know You personally and intimately. And when we get to know You, we will want to love You – who loves us so intensely. And then we will want to serve You by doing Your Will – which is identical with the Will of our heavenly Father. Unless we make time for You, unless we talk with You, unless we listen to You – which we can doing as we read or listen to Your words as given to us by You in the Holy Bible, we will not be able to get to know You. You have told us many times that You want us to pray – just like You did frequently to the Father.Prayer is meant to be a very important part of our lives. Yet how much time do most of us spend in prayer? Unless we pray, we will not sense the depth of Your love. Nor will we want to follow Your directions on how to live.You have emphasized how important the keeping of Your Commandments is in showing You that we truly love You. Through Your Mother in her various apparitions to us You have reminded us how important daily prayer is, how important reading the Bible is; how important going to confession is, how important fasting is, how important going to Mass and receiving Holy Communion is. If possible, You want us to participate in Holy Mass not only on Sundays but even more often. For when we take part in Holy Mass we join You in worshipping the Father. And when we receive You in Holy Communion You offer to us the strength we need each day to live as Christians – including to withstand the frequent assaults of the devils, whom You allow to test us. How many times have You exhorted us to pray the Rosary daily – not merely say it?How many times have You exhorted us to visit You in the Most Blessed Sacrament? How many times have You exhorted us to go to confession frequently? How many times have You exhorted us to avoid the occasions of sin? If we had done what You have asked us to do, individually and as a community, would we be experiencing the difficulties, the problems, the crises, the calamities that we have? You know the answers to these questions. And so do many of us.Lord, help us to want to do what You have asked of us – so that we may truly experience Your peace.
Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 30- "Concerning the Supreme Trinity Among the Virtues"28. The power of love is hope, because by it we await the reward of love.
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