“You must warn my people”

This morning while in contemplation, these words, “You must warn my people” came to me.  The words came while I was pondering the recent storms that hit the United States.

I am being given to understand that this is now the beginning of the great storms of the tribulation.  Things will speed up.  If you will notice it began on wednesday, December 23rd.   Tornadoes, flooding, snowstorms, ice and sleet, high winds, etc.    Many people may not have given it much thought, but these storms are the result of what is going to be happening over the next two years.  23 tornadoes were reported across 10 states leaving at least 15 dead.  The storms continued on Christmas Day killing at least 18 people across the region.image

Saturday night into Sunday crippling blizzard conditions hit the southern high plains with drifts up to 10 feet high and then on to the Midwest on Monday and Monday night.  Missouri residents in several areas have been pushed out of their homes due to historic flooding conditions.  So far the floods have been responsible for at least 17 deaths (National Weather Service).

Keep your eyes and ears open….you will notice the entire world will be going through terrible times.  Prepare your souls for we know not the day or hour when we will be called home.  All of those individuals who died in the storms over the last few days probably did not think that was their last day on earth. There were many who have lost their homes as well.   We will all feel the effects of this sooner than we think, so please prepare your hearts first and foremost.  Then ask for the grace of calm and peace for what may come your way.   We can do all things with God.  It is He that we must cry out to and He will hear our cry and come to our aid.  Call on your angels and the Blessed Mother and the many saints who have gone before us.  They are all ready and waiting to help us through these times which have arrived.

WARNING: Tonight’s HURRICANE force winds more powerful than 1987 storm which left 22 dead

HURRICANE force winds of more than 120mph set to smash into Britain tonight in the form of Storm Frank are more powerful than those of the infamous storm of 1987 which claimed 22 lives. More here.

There is still time to run to Mary and ask her to bring you to the safe harbor which is the Heart of Jesus.   I believe many will begin praying in earnest and asking God for help, along with His Mother, who has been given the task of bringing her children to safety.  Its never too late to call on Mary, better late than never.  Let us all remember that we need to love and be merciful to all whom we meet.  Many will be in despair.  God is calling you to reach out and lead them to HIM.

Not to long ago, Charlie Johnston had written an article about this situation and he said the Lord commanded him to tell those who have rejected His Mother the same thing He had said to Job (book of Job) when His friends spoke wrongly.  God was angry with them and would not hear their prayers.

When Yahweh had finished saying this to Job, he said to Eliphaz of Teman, ‘I burn with anger against you and your two friends, for not having spoken correctly about me as my servant Job has done.

8 So now find seven bullocks and seven rams, and take them back with you to my servant Job and make a burnt offering for yourselves, while Job, my servant, offers prayers for you. I shall show him favour and shall not inflict my displeasure on you for not having spoken about me correctly, as my servant Job had done.’

9 Eliphaz of Teman, Bildad of Shuah and Zophar of Naamath went away to do as Yahweh had ordered, and Yahweh listened to Job with favour.

10 And Yahweh restored Job’s condition, while Job was interceding for his friends. More than that, Yahweh gave him double what he had before. (Job 42:7-8)

There is a little prayer which I want to give everyone today.  It is from the German Mystic Justine Klotz:

The Unceasing Prayer

Jesus, Mary, Joseph, I love you!  Save priestly souls.  Save Souls.

We beseech you:  Grant us to repeat this act of love a THOUSAND times – with our every breath…with our every heartbeat!

According to Justine, Jesus told her that each time this prayer is said 1000 souls will be saved.  He is about saving souls, so we shouldn’t be surprised.  He is desperate to save us.

God’s Peace to all of you.

Do we Believe in the Words of Jesus???

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When I read the Gospel of Matthew a few days ago, the words,  “Jesus said to them,  Amen, I say to you, tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the Kingdom of God before you.  When John came to you in the way of righteousness, you did not believe him;   but tax collectors and prostitutes did.  Yet even when you saw that, you did not later change your minds and believe him.” (Matt 21:28-32)

What really struck me here is this:   Do we believe what we are being told today by legitimate prophets?  Do we ignore the instructions or words of wisdom in favor of our own opinions and continue going against the Lords’ teachings or instructions?  Do we even take them seriously????

Sometimes He gives us information about His love and great mercy for all of us,  other times we receive explanations about His teachings which are not being taught the correct way anymore, and on many occasions, as of late, we are receiving a “heads-up” about what may be happening in the future, both good and bad, if we don’t turn back to HIM.   If we listen to His Words and act upon them we can expect much mercy; if we do not listen to God’s instructions and advice, we bring His wrath down upon us.  Simple as that.image

“Surely the Lord God does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets.” (Amos:3:7).

I spoke a little about Living in His Divine Will on the last posting.  This is of utmost importance.  He appointed Luisa Piccarreta as His Prophet in this instance.  He doesn’t speak just to speak.  We really need to take these words to Heart, and not just Luisa’s words, but other Prophets who have been approved by the Church.  We have to be careful and not follow those who claim to be hearing from God but have not been appointed by God to deliver His message.

The Church tells us who is legitimate and who is not.  If we decide to go against the Church and believe the words of someone the Bishops tell us not to follow, we are going against God’s legitimate authority here on earth.   If we do not take to heart the words of proven Prophets, which the Church has approved,  we are like the scribes and pharisees in the Gospel Reading which I quoted above.  Either way we are at odds with God.

Now, the Church also teaches that we do not need to believe prophecies in order to be saved.  That is true.  Everything that we need to know to be saved is in the Bible.  But, a true prophet will never say anything that is contrary to Scripture.  Never.  Therefore, if a person is a righteous person and doing the will of God but does not wish to read or study the prophecies of various prophets throughout the ages, they are ok.  It is really those who condemn the true prophets or who are not living in the will of God according to the teachings given to us in His Word, the Bible.

So, if we are being corrected on the way we are living or something we are doing contrary to God’s will, but ignore the correction because we don’t want to change or because we believe we are “right” and the Church approved prophet is “wrong”,  then we are setting ourselves up against God.  What excuse will we have?  For the most part, none.

A very simple example of this would be something like this:  Early on in my conversion process I was studying what the Church taught about my Catholic Faith.  I had forgotten so many things and I believe my Angel Guardian was instrumental in providing me with insight and information as needed.  My daughter was going to a Catholic School at the time and I would drop her off each morning.  The Church was next door and so I decided to start going to daily Mass.  However, I always had some pop or gum or something else that I was eating or drinking before Mass.  Shortly thereafter I began to have this nagging sense that I shouldn’t be doing this.  So, I started praying about it and wondering.  I asked one Priest about it and he said “oh for pete’s sakes,   don’t worry about it.  you can have pop to drink or coffee, etc.  (The church teaches that you cannot have anything except medicine one hour prior to receiving Holy Communion).  Well, his response shook my heart….it didn’t sound correct, so I kept praying.  One day, I received a piece of information stating the rules on this matter.  It said only medicine and water could be taken.  So, from that moment forward, I made sure I had nothing but water before going to Mass and receiving Holy Communion.

We need to change our ways when presented with the Truth.  If we do not, we are in disobedience, and hence, sin.  We are going against God.

Another example is how we receive our Lord in Holy Communion.   The Lord literally pierced my heart with the knowledge that I was to receive Him in my Mouth, not my hands.  I asked our Lord to please send me valid information so I could let others know the truth as well.  He did.  Plenty of information.  Some people believed me and others did not.  Not that they should have believed me because I was not anyone of authority or knowledge on the subject, but the information I presented to them was from an authoritative and approved source.

German Mystic, Justine Klutz (With a Comunique dated 6 August 1976 (ref. no. GV-Nr image4536/76/1a;E. nR. 2163) the Ordinary of the Diocese of Monaco-Freising authorized the printing of the writings, “God speaks to the Soul”.) wrote the following on the Eucharist:

Jesus spoke often of receiving Holy Communion on the hand and subsequent grave sacrileges. Jesus told her at the time that no change was possible, because the priests and the laity refused obedience to the Holy Father. He also said: “He who under- stands should not do it!” One must pray the ACT OF LOVE, that this sacrilege may be stopped.

(Jesus, on receiving the Eucharist on the hand:)

“I said: Don’t touch me! This is valid for all times! It allows sin to spread, and it can’t be rid of.

“There are those who receive Me in their hands, without consideration, as though I were their equal. It is a way for the devil to approach many, as never he has been able. (God Speaks to the soul)

 I am not looking for this information (on the Eucharist).   It literally  just falls into my lap.   I believe I need to share what is being shown to me so that others who want to know the Truth can go to the Lord and ask for confirmation of this specific Truth.  After all, it is our Lords Body.  Let us give Him the love and respect He deserves and treat Him with all due reverence.

If you have that nagging sense within you that you are being spoken to, please act on it.

According to Luisa’s writings on our times today,  she had this to say:

imageJesus speaking “Now we have arrived at approximately the third two thousand years, and there will be a third renewal.  This is the reason for the general confusion, which is nothing other than the preparation for the third renewal.  If in the second renewal I manifested what my humanity did and suffered, and very little of what My divinity was accomplishing, now, in this third renewal, after the earth will be purged and a great part of the current generation destroyed….I will accomplish this renewal by manifesting what My divinity did within My humanity (Diary XII, January 29th, 1919 from The Gift of Living in the Divine Will, Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi)

Blessings to all of you and May your Christmas be filled with Peace and Joy

Living in the Divine Will

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Jesus says in John 15:5, “I am the vine, you are the branches.   He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”

so, how do we abide in HIM who is the vine?  By living in His Divine Will!

With this post I want to share some really beautiful excerpts from Luisa Piccarreta’s writings in regard to Living in His Divine Will!  (Luisa Piccarreta by the way was canonized not to many years ago and her writings have definitely been approved by the church)

I will share just a few things today and more later.  The reason I want to share this with you is because “Living in the Divine Will” is what  the end times tribulations are all about.  God is purifying us and our earth so we can enter the New Heavens and New Earth where we will ALL be living in His Divine Will – such as Adam did before he disobeyed God by eating of the fruit he was asked not to do.   God’s intention was to create a beautiful and pure earth for us, whom He created.  He created us to love and serve Him and to live in unity with Him.  But, that was taken away when sin entered into the picture.  He wants to restore the earth and humanity.

Concerning the many chastisements Luisa beheld in mystical vision that will purge the earth and purify mankind…Fire will come from the center of the earth and also from the sky to overwhelm mankind and make him believe that God exists.  Fire will strike evildoers, but those who are good and live a life of simplicity will be spared(Aug. 10, 1899).  The fire that descends upon earth will damage crops and man’s nourishment and will flare up in certain countries.  Further purging the earth and man is the sword that represents wars and revolutions.  The united forces of fire, blood, water and wind will spill out of their boundaries to destroy a great part of humanity and bury man, while those who live in the Divine Will have dominion over these elements; a star of black fire and blood that appears to represent a comet; peals of thunder, lightning and a terrible hail; earthquakes that annihilate entire cities, and swallow up mountains and men thereby causing a good part to die; volcanoes that inundate countries; sudden deaths and contagious diseases.  As a result of said chastisements the Vatican will be shaken in part, but in the end the nations will turn back to God”

Adam,  the first man, was made head of all generations.  As head it was necessary that he possess all seeds in order to convey to others all that is necessary for the development of human life….in creating Adam, God provided him with complete knowledge – all that which others must learn by means of much toil, Adam possessed as gift and in a surprising way.  He possessed the knowledge of all earthly things; he possessed all the knowledge of plants, of herbs and of the properties that each of them contain.  He had the knowledge of all animal species and of how to make use of them.  He had all knowledge of music, of chant, of writing, of medicine, in a word, of everything.  And if each human generation possessed its own special knowledge, Adam possessed all knowledge.

to Luisa on Aug 14, 1932:  “Blessed daughter, My Will produces light in the soul.  Light, in turn, generates knowledge, and light and knowledge, in their mutual loving exchange, engender  in the soul the Love of God.”

We will not have the Light of God within our soul if we are not in His Divine Will.  Therefore, true knowledge from God will not be obtained.  If we are in sin, we will not be in His Divine Will.  Sin separates us from God.  In essence we are saying “NO” TO GOD and Yes to satan.  yuck.    What is His Divine Will for us:  First, follow His commandments and live the beatitudes, pray, go to Church and worship God, and do the works of Mercy that He speaks about.  Second, choose your vocation wisely  with the help of the Holy Spirit.  You have three choices – single life, married life, or religious life.  Third- if married or single choose your life’s work in the light of what God is asking you to do – He gave us the gifts and tools we need to choose the vocation that was chosen by Him from the beginning of time.   These are the basics.  From there, and on a daily basis we must ask Him each and every day what His will is for us for the day.  We have many choices to make each and every day – consult the Holy Spirit always, along with your Angels who know what it is you must do to be happy and in God’s Will.

Jesus says “My daughter, I am the center of all creation, but an isolated center.  Although all created things around Me are sustained by Me, since they do not have reason they do not provide Me with sufficient company.  They give Me glory and honor, but they do not put an end to My loneliness.  The heavens do not speak, the sun is mute, the sea roars with its waves and murmurs tacitly, but it does not speak.  It is the word that puts an end to loneliness.  Two beings who, with words exchange their thoughts, affections and desires, form the most beautiful joy.  The Word is the crown of Our works.  In fact, who formed and crowned the work of creation?  The word of Our Fiat.  Now, daughter of My Divine Will, do you want to know who puts an end to My loneliness among My so many works?  The soul who lives in My  Divine Will.  It penetrates the core of this center and speaks to Me.  It speaks to Me of My works and tells Me it loves Me for each created thing.  It opens its heart to Me and speaks to Me of its intimate secrets, of My Divine Fiat.”

In creating man, God with His breath infused life within him, and with this life he infused in him an intelligence, memory and will that were to be in continuous relation with His Divine Will.  The Divine Will was to be like a king who rules man’s whole interior and gives life to his entire being, to the point of forming the intelligence and memory that the Supreme Will desired within his soul.   In order to  narrate what the “Will of God” means, his hands were to be the expression of the works of God’s Supreme Will; his feet were to do nothing but follow, step by step, the steps of his Creator.  So once the Divine Will is established in man’s will, it acquires the eyes, the hearing, the mouth, the hands and the feet of My Will.  Such a soul never departs from the fount from which it came, but always remains in My arms, so that it becomes easy for it to feel My breath and for Me to breathe within it.

The first formations in the creation of man’s body and soul were done by My divine Father.  What harmony and bliss My Father formed with His own hands in human nature!…..and then there  were the harmonies and bliss of the human soul:  The Will, the intellect and the memory.  My Will is greater than the sun……My light ascends within this soul and invests it, penetrating its innermost fibers to dispel the shadows and atoms of its human will….My will contains all the qualities of the divine nature.  So, by investing the soul, My light communicates My goodness, My love, My power, My steadfastness, My mercy and all the divine qualities, but not in a superficial way, but in a real way, as to transmute all of My qualities into human nature.  In this way, the soul feels within itself and as its own property the nature of true goodness, power, sweetness, mercy and so forth with respect to all the supreme qualities.

It behooves you to know that in creating man I established many currents of love between us.  So, in mans intelligence there flowed the loving current of My wisdom; in his eyes the loving current of My light; in his mouth, the loving current of My word; in his hands, the loving current of the sanctity of my works; in his will, the loving current of My will, and so on throughout his entire being.  Man was made to be engaged in continuous dialogue with his creator.  With sin, man interrupted all of these.

My will is eternal.  It has neither beginning nor end.  So who can calculate one act done in My Will which has neither beginning nor end?  What My Will is by nature, the act becomes by grace.  On the other hand, the virtues, works and sacrifices without the continuous cooperation with My Will have a beginning as well as an end.  What great reward can anything that is subject to cessation ever have?  Now, Our paternal goodness has so loved mankind as to establish man’s equanimity within Our Will.  Since man had come from Our Supreme Will, it was only fitting that Our Will should become the life that would maintain the equanimity of all of his works by giving him the likeness of his creator.

My daughter, in creating Adam the divinity placed him within the sun of the Divine Will and all creatures within him.  This sun served as a garment not only for his soul, but its refulgent rays were so numerous that they also covered his body.  Those who say that, before sinning, Adam was naked are wrong.  Since he possessed this garment of light he had no need of material garments to cover himself.  But as soon as he withdrew from our Divine Fiat, so too did light withdraw from his soul and body.  He lost his beautiful garment.  And upon seeing himself no longer surrounded with light, he felt naked.  Feeling ashamed on seeing that he was the only one to be naked amidst all created things, he felt the need to cover himself and he made use of superfluous things, created things, to cover his nakedness.  Jesus tells Luisa that Mary surpassed in sanctity, in love and in grace all the saints who have and will be, and all the angels combined

What strengthens the soul, establishes it and confirms it in grace?  My Will.  The Living in My Will is the whole point of sanctity, which gives continuous growth in grace.  However, the soul who does My Will one day and the next day its own will, will never be confirmed in grace; it does nothing but increase and then decrease.

God the Father reveals to Luisa:  The only reason why I commanded man to abstain from the fruit prohibited by Me was this:  I wanted a sacrificial act of his will operating within Mine so that, through this sacrifice of binding his human will to mine, he might take possession of My Will and I of his, whereby both of us might reign with the same power, wisdom and bounty.  I did not want him to be dissimilar to Me in anything, as he was born from Me; he was My son.  And what father would not love for his son to be as enriched and happy as he is?  This was all the more true with Me, the heavenly Father who would lose nothing by making this son of Mine enriched, happy and reigning like Me.  So as man ruptured the bond of his human will with Mine, My love did not remain silent, but intensified its ardent flames:  At any cost I wanted to produce another Me, and so I chose My humanity which, sacrificing itself to My Divine Will in everything, took possession of My human will and, by this means, I accomplished within it the purpose of man’s creations.

My daughter, Adam fell so low because he withdrew from the expressed Will of his Creator which enclosed the test that would have enabled him to prove his fidelity toward his Creator who had given him life and all the goods he possessed.  Furthermore, what God had asked of him with respect to the many goods he had freely given him, was that he should deprive himself of only one fruit of the many fruits he received for love of his Creator who had given him everything.

And in this small sacrifice that God desired from Adam, God made him know that it was to serve no other purpose than to ensure God of his love and fidelity.  Adam should have felt honored that his Creator wanted to be assured of the love of his own son.  Adam’s fault was all the more grave because the one who attracted him and convinced him to fall was not a being superior to him, but a vile serpent, his prime enemy.  His fall brought yet graver consequences, as he was the head of all human generations, whence all such members would, by virtue of their common human nature, have to endure the evil effects of their head (Adam).

Mary reveals to Luisa:  The Divine Fiat made me understand the creation of man, who was made innocent and holy…he held command over all creation and all the elements were obedient to his every nod…to elicit from Adam an act of fidelity, God commanded him not to touch only one fruit of the so many fruits that were in the terrestrial Eden.  It was the one test that God wanted of man to confirm his innocence, sanctity and happiness, whereby he might offer him the right of command over all creation.   The Divine Will, in seeing me cry, asked a test from me, namely, that I cede my human will to the Divine Will.  The Divine Fiat said to me “I do not ask of you a fruit as I did with Adam, no, no, but I ask of you your own will”.

This is why I wanted to test Adam:  To confirm his happy state and his rightful claim to kingship of all created things.  But since he was not faithful in the test, by justice he could not receive the confirmation of the treasures his Creator wanted to bestow upon him.  Indeed, through the test man acquires the seal of fidelity, which gives him the right to receive the treasures God had prepared for his soul in the state to which God had called him.  It can be said that one who is not tested has no value, neither before God nor before men, nor in his own eyes.  Without a test God cannot trust a man, and man himself cannot know what strength he possesses.  If Adam had passed the test, all human generations would have been confirmed in his state of happiness and royalty.

All our misery is linked to our sins and not being in the Divine Will of God.  God is merely asking us, like Adam, to submit our Will to His so that He can share His divine nature with us.  That seems like a good trade.  We would operate as one.  Our Will fused in with His Will – we would receive the attributes of His Divine Nature – Wisdom, Health, Beauty, Intelligence, Understanding, Mercy, Love, and on and on.  Adam had all of this until he disobeyed God.  Then he lost all that he had.  The Blessed Mother, who lived continuously in God’s will,  was the epitome of what God had intended for mankind.  She possessed the attributes of God – which God wants to share with us as well – if we would only submit ourselves and be in His Holy Divine Will.

We will all be stripped of our will quite soon – and we will be purified and prepared to enter the New World which God wants to give us.  How beautiful is that!!!!  A world that Adam had once lived in.

How often do we try to control our own lives without consulting God…or knowing God’s will, we ignore it and do what we want.   Hence, our continuing misery.   How many of us are attached to our own ideas and opinions?  We need to detach ourselves from what we think is good and right and seek God’s Divine Will in everything we think, do and say.  Then, peace and happiness will reign within us.

I will be writing more on this subject as this is of the utmost importance, especially now, so that you can begin to seek God’s will and to understand the importance of doing so.  Not only that but all the benefits attached to doing His Will.  Tremendous benefits.

False Prophets???

This past week a number of so-called visionaries have come to mind….I didn’t know if I should write about them or not and have been silent this past week trying to discern this matter.  We have always had false prophets, and there seems to be an abundance of false prophets out there – we just need to weed them out and find out who is false and who is truly from God.  I happened to come across some information last week that truly surprised me.  Even though I was not interested in these visionaries, I did not know that they may be false.

On the one hand, I certainly don’t want to slander anyone, and on the other hand I don’t want innocent people following false visionaries.

I was actually going to write about one of them when I decided I better do some checking on that person first….what I found out was not very heartening.  I decided not to write about that particular visionary.  Another visionary came to mind, so I decided to check that person out, and same thing….very disturbing information was being circulated about that person as well.

A third visionary came to mind, so I checked out her credentials as well.  Another shock.   All three of these visionaries have enjoyed a huge following throughout the last 20 some years and longer.  With the exception of one of them, I have read their books, prophecies, etc.

I have friends who are intimately involved with two of these visionaries and swear by them.

A person really has to sift through lots of information to determine who is speaking truth and who is speaking lies.  It is very difficult.  However, I know I mentioned this before and this comes to my mind now.  “By their fruits you shall know them”.

From thinking about this all week I have come to the conclusion that we must look at the person’s behavior as well as the messages.  A persons true character usually surfaces under stressful conditions.  No one can pretend to be holy forever.

We simply are not smart enough to always root out the deception in the messages by themselves.  The reason being is that often times 99 percent of what is being said is true and a mere 1 percent is false.   So to find the 1 percent of untruth is like finding a needle in the haystack.  If there is even a one percent of untruth in a message, they are false.   Remember, satan knows scripture very well and so if we do not know or totally understand scripture we are going to be deceived.  satan knows how to deceive us through scripture.

One case in point is Vassula Ryden of Greece.  Her books are the “True Life In God” books.  Like I said, I have a friend of mine who is closely associated with the “True Life in God” organization and works tirelessly to promote her books.   When I was first given a book in 1998 I was very new to this sort of thing and took the book and read it.  However after a few years I gradually became disinterested in her.  I no longer had any desire whatsoever to read her messages.  I assumed she was legit, but just had this vague sense of distrust in her because of her behavior.  She always seemed to be yelling at others if they didn’t believe as she did or they weren’t doing enough to get her messages out there, etc. etc.  So, I dismissed her.  The final straw was when I read her book “Heaven is real but so is Hell”.  This book was horrible, in my opinion.  I threw it in the garbage.   It was all about her and all of the gifts God had bestowed upon her.  It was so prideful I could barely read it.  Even though I assumed she was legit, my heart was telling me something else.  she simply could not be from God.

Some of the information I found is listed below.

Latest update In 1995, the Catholic Church’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) published a Notification (a message from the Holy See) on the writings of Rydén, saying her communications should not be considered supernatural, and calling all Catholic bishops to prevent Rydén’s ideas from being spread in their dioceses.

In a letter dated January 25, 2007, the new Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal William Levada, following continued requests for clarifications on the writings and activities of Rydén, wrote to the Catholic hierarchy around the world stating that “the Notification of 1995 remains valid as a doctrinal judgment” of the writings, which should be seen as her own personal meditations and that Catholics should not take part in prayer groups established by Rydén.

In 2011, the Greek Orthodox Church officially disapproved of Rydén’s teachings, instructing their faithful to disassociate from Rydén.

In 2012, the Church of Cyprus said that Rydén’s teachings were heretical.

[Source: http://www.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vassula_Ryden]
Important update regarding Church position (March 2005): The TLIG association is claiming that the Church has recently modified it’s position regarding the writings of Mrs Ryden and suggesting that the Notification is no longer valid. This is not true. Please read our updated “Church Position” page, which includes the text of Card. Ratzinger’s July 2004 letter as well as our correspondence with the Conference of Swiss Bishops confirming that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has NOT modified it’s position regarding TLIG and that the 1995 Notification remains valid.

CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH

January 25, 2007

Prot. N.: 54/92 – 24945

Your Eminence / Your Excellency,

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith continues to receive requests for clarification in relation to the writings and activities of Mrs Vassula Rydén. These requests address in particular the import of the Notification of 6 October 1995, and the criteria to be considered by the local Church in judging whether the writings of Mrs Vassula Ryden may appropriately be disseminated.

In this regard, the Congregation wishes to state de following:

CIRCULAR LETTER TO THE PRESIDENTS
OF THE EPISCOPAL CONFERENCES
REGARDING THE WRITINGS AND ACTIVITIES
OF MRS VASSULA RYDÉN

From the Vatican, 25 January 2007

1) The Notification of 1995 remains valid as a doctrinal judgment of the writings examined (see Enclosure 1).

2) Mrs Vassula Rydén, however, after dialogue with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has offered clarifications on some problematic points in her writings and on the nature of her messages which are presented not as divine revelations, but rather as her personal meditations (see Enclosure 2: Letter of 4 April 2002, published in True Life in God, vol. 10). From a normative point of view therefore, following the aforementioned clarifications, a case by case prudential judgment is required in view of the real possibility of the faithful being able to read the writings in the light of the said clarifications.

3) Finally, it remains inappropriate for Catholics to take part in prayer groups established by Mrs Rydén. Concerning the question of ecumenical meetings, the faithful are to follow the norms of the Ecumenical Directory, of the Code of Canon Law (canons: 215; 223 §2 and 383 §3) and of Diocesan Ordinaries.

Thanking you for your attention and with sentiments of esteem, I am

Yours sincerely in Christ,
Cardinal William LEVADA

Prefect

(2 Enclosures)

To the Cardinals, Archbishops and Bishops Presidents of the Bishops Conferences

Photocopy of original in English made available by Mrs Ryden’s official website on August 31st, 2007, although she had it in her possession since at least May of 2007.

Vassula Ryden: A Case Study in Discerning the Spirits

by  Fr. Mitchell Pacwa

From the days of Moses and Miriam, Deborah and Samuel, to the prophets of the Book of Acts, the people of God have been presented with those who claim, “Thus says the Lord.” The Church has had its share of visionaries and seers who give what they claim are revelations from God and messages to his Church—some of these prophets have been recognized by the Church as genuine. Others ultimately have been dismissed as frauds. These visionaries and the messages often attract a following. The hierarchies of the churches are called to verify the authenticity of spiritual experiences, whenever that is possible. In many cases no stamp of approval can be given.

One of our modern visionaries is Vassula Ryden, who has spoken around the world in many churches with prophetic messages about church unity that she alleges are from Jesus Christ. Does she speak for “ecumenical orthodoxy”?

Touchstone Contributing Editor Fr. Mitch Pacwa was asked by Ryden to examine and critique her writings. (Her five-volume notebook is published as True Life in God by Vassula Ryden, Independence, Missouri: Trinitas, 1991.) The study of the five volumes—which are not typeset but retain the handwritten text—was a daunting task and required careful work and sifting. The following article, based on Pacwa’s lengthier critique published in Catholic Twin Circle (August 1, 8, and 15, 1993) is the result of the theological aspect of “discerning the spirits” and is presented as an instructive look at this process. It also serves as a reminder of and evidence for the ongoing and vital need for spiritual discernment. (Editor)

On January 18, 1942, Vassula Ryden was born to Greek parents in Egypt. She has lived in many countries because of her first husband’s job. She worked as a model, and later became tennis champion of Bangladesh. Presently living with her second (though some say third) husband in Switzerland, she claims that Jesus, the Virgin Mary, and angels literally write through her hand.

Vassula’s experiences began in November 1985, when she felt a “kind of supernatural vibration that was flowing through my hands . . . the pencil was too strong for me to control.” The writer identified himself as her guardian angel, Daniel, preparing her for conversion. In February 1986 “Jesus” began to write through her hand. Eventually, the “Blessed Virgin Mary” and “St. Michael” wrote through her, too. Since then, Vassula, who is Greek Orthodox, has travelled around the world talking to church groups about these messages.

Getting Involved

Vassula had asked me to examine all five volumes of her published notebooks for problematic statements. She suggested that notes could be added to later editions to correct any confusing or imprecise statements about Christ. I read her books, wrote my notes, and in the fall of 1992 sent them to her spiritual advisor, Fr. Michael O’Carroll, C.S.Sp., for his response.

I then received a call from Fr. O’Carroll, who was then promoting a trip by Vassula. Father O’Carroll strongly suggested I not publish my findings. He said I showed “not one single sign of Christian charity” in my comments, that I ignored the “immensity of her conversion” with its prayer life and apostolate, and that I applied a piecemeal approach to Vassula’s writings in my analysis.

What I particularly did not like about Fr. O’Carroll’s subsequent letter was its spiritual threat (which also appears in Vassula’s writings): “Since your article and the distress, the real hurt, it inflicted on Vassula, God the Father has spoken to her. He is very severe on those who oppose her. This [book] will be published. If you go ahead with your article, and people apply this to you, they will not challenge Vassula’s right to defend herself and they may think much on the One who takes up her defence.” Fr. O’Carroll also informed me that I “am meant for higher and greater things than this.” I wrote this article to correct Vassula and to warn her followers of serious misstatements of theology, allegedly authored by Jesus. The truth of the gospel is my sole concern, and I trust that is the case with everyone involved. More here.

I think you will find this article interesting on how she markets her books and what she expects of all of her volunteers in marketing such books.  read here. 

The second visionary I checked out was Christina Gallagher.  Another good friend of mine has been interested in her for some time, although she doesn’t really follow her.  She asked me what I thought about her and so I did some checking.  This is what I found:

House of Prayer (Christina Gallagher)-interesting articles on Christina, apparently she has a few mansions even though she says she has no property.  Much to read here. 

Statement Regarding the Work of Mrs. Christina Gallagher at the House of Prayer at Achill
Most Rev. Michael Neary
Archbishop of Tuam

Statement of Archbishop Neary, February 29th, 2008
The Tuam Diocesan Office has recently received a considerable number of media enquiries regarding this matter. In 1996 I established a diocesan commission of enquiry to investigate certain claims regarding and emanating from this work. In 1997, acting on foot of a report from the commission, I issued a lengthy public statement to the effect, in essence, that no evidence of supernatural phenomena had been observed but that the persons involved gave every evidence of good faith. Arising from that, I proposed a basic canonical structure that would gradually integrate the work of the House into the life of Achill Parish and the Archdiocese. While this was then attempted by the Archdiocese, I became increasingly perturbed by an apparent absence of enthusiasm on the parts of Mrs Gallagher and her associates. The relationship deteriorated to the extent that Mrs. Gallagher, in July, 1998, closed the ‘House of Prayer’ at Achill, expressing to the media at the time a sense of having been harshly treated by the Archdiocese. In order to clarify the issue for the faithful I issued another statement, regretting the development and expressing grave misgivings as to the wisdom with which Mrs Gallagher had been advised and had acted in the matter.

Diocesan efforts to integrate this work ended in July, 1998 when it was closed by Mrs. Gallagher. Celebration of the sacraments and reservation of the Blessed Sacrament at the ‘House of Prayer’ are not permitted. Any work carried on since then has been entirely of a private nature and has no Church approval whatever. Neither, for reasons given above, does such work enjoy the confidence of the Diocesan authorities. Nothing has been brought to my attention to indicate that I should change from this position in the future. Over the years since then, the Tuam Diocesan Office has clearly and consistently replied to enquiries in respect of this work, which Mrs. Gallagher recommenced.

I respect the faith and devotion of many people who have been impressed by this work in the past, some of whom have expressed their sadness at my stance. Finally, I wish toremind all Church members that they should not hesitate to enquire, as a matter of course, at local diocesan offices regarding the standing of any work describing itself as Catholic, should they be in doubt.

In summary the ‘House of Prayer’ has no Church approval and the work does not enjoy the confidence of the diocesan authorities.

Copies of my public statements are available on www.tuamarchdiocese.org/news.

Signed _______________

+ Michael Neary
Archbishop of Tuam
29th of February, 2008

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Maria Divine Mercy messages have been found to be a fraud

And, I was also checking out Anne marie from Texas who says she is receiving messages.  She operates under the green scapular.org site.

The green scapular is approved by the church….however, her messages have not been approved by the church.  What is disconcerting for me is that if she is not a true visionary,   she is doing great harm by operating under an approved sacramental.

When I went to her website I found two disturbing factors:  One, she said that she visited conyers, Ga where a woman was claiming to receive messages from the Blessed Mother.  She stated that it was at this place where she started receiving messages.  The so-called visionary from Conyers, Ga has been condemned by the church.  Second, she had a notice on her website that Jesus told her Maria Divine Mercy was authentic and she should follow her.  Maria Divine Mercy has been found out to be a total fraud and her website is now off the web.  So, how can Anne Marie be authentic????

The Lord will always bring the truth into the light.  Sometimes it takes awhile, but eventually we will be shown the truth.  One of the reasons the Church asks us to be obedient is because they are the ones who must discern the validity of these so-called visionaries to protect us from frauds.  When they say they are condemned, we must be obedient so we are not led astray.  However, there have been cases where visionaries have been condemned and then later on they have been approved, such as St. Faustina’s writings.   So, I guess, we just need to be obedient no matter what.  God’s will shall be done in the end.  He is in charge.