"Dear children, with motherly love I desire to teach you sincerity, because I desire that, in your actions as my apostles, you be exact, resolute, and above all sincere. I desire that, by the grace of God, you be open for a blessing. I desire that by fasting and prayer you obtain from the Heavenly Father the cognition of what is natural and holy - Divine. Filled with cognition, under the shelter of my Son and myself, you will be my apostles who will know how to spread the Word of God to all those who do not know of it; and you will know how to overcome obstacles that will stand in your way. My children, by means of a blessing, God's grace will descend upon you and you will be able to retain it through fasting, prayer, purification and reconciliation. You will have the efficiency which I seek of you. Pray for your shepherds that the ray of God's grace may illuminate their ways. Thank you." (February 02, 2014)
And it also strikes me how much the recent messages of Our Lady are in tune with the Gospel readings. Like this week the Lord is warning us about "the leaven of Pharisees" and Our Lady also admonishes us that we need to be "sincere"... or whatever you call it in English :) I heard the Croatian word and in Russian it is the same, we happen to have the same word - and I would translate it as "sincere"... meaning someone without guile, with a heart undivided, simple, "what you see is what you get" - that genuine kind. Or just look at Our Lady, see how Her Heart is... "Sincere" - that is like Our Lady! :)
And then today we see the example of Peter receiving the grace to know that Jesus is the Messiah, he is filled with this "cognition", and Our Lord calls him blessed. But then Jesus takes his disciples one step further, begins to tell them about His Passion, and the same Peter does not pray to discern "what is human and what is holy - Divine"... so Jesus has to rebuke him, even exorcise him! Yet even so, this Gospel is so full of hope. We see that even Peter, the Rock chosen by Our Lord, had to struggle... but he trusted in the Lord despite his weaknesses and failures, he always trusted that His Love is stronger than all the sins in the world and has the power to purify and save us. Even in the deepest darkness, when Peter denied the Lord and wept bitterly...even then he did find that ray of divine grace illuminating his way!
Always looking forward to sailing with you, so grateful for your company on this journey...
Olga, the faithful shipmate in Moscow :)