Hebrews 11:39-40 Yet all these (holy men and women of faith), though they were commended for their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better so that they would not, without us, be made perfect.
“My beloved, all people of faith have a role to play in salvation history and all who are faithful to their role will be sharers in the collective glory when Christ’s glory is revealed. Be not afraid of what is asked of you and do not fear the terrors that surround you. Know and believe that you were made for these times, and that all I ask of you is to fulfill your daily duty. Some are asked to suffer more than others, but those blessed souls are showered with the graces needed, if they will only receive them.* The more souls co-operate with grace, the nearer draws the kingdom. Discern your role and do not discount the lowly, mundane, or humble role. Often it is drudgery that wins great graces for the world. Only take care to offer everything to me, in the Divine Will through the Flame of Love, and more will be accomplished than you can imagine. Children, be not afraid, but give me all. I am near and I love you.”
(*I had an image of turning my umbrella upside down to catch the graces!)
O merciful Father, beloved of my heart, in the Divine Will, through the Flame of Love, I offer you my every moment, waking or sleeping, in recreation or drudgery, comfort or suffering, joy or sorrow, for the conversion of souls and for your kingdom to come. I accept every gift and grace it pleases you to give me, most especially the gift of living in the Divine Will. May your glory be known and may your love be praised and glorified by all your children. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we thank you for your fiats of creation, redemption and sanctification. May your kingdom come and come quickly. Amen.
Stoking the Flame of Love…
Blessings all. Every day there seems to be a whole new batch of people to pray for, more souls to put on the list. I know I’m not the only one who is feeling this way. Yesterday I had a beautiful experience.
For a long time now, every time someone has asked for prayers, I have immediately placed them in the Flame of Love of our Immaculate Mother. Long ago I made our Mother the administrator of my prayers. Mostly, I spend my daily prayers for the salvation of souls, placing all my needs as well as all those God has given me to pray for in the Flame of Love. What may seem overwhelming, the sheer volume of prayer needs, our Mother makes not just possible, but easy.
Yesterday I was placing people and prayer needs into Her Flame of Love, and I had a beautiful impression that, not only was the Flame undiminished by the large number of requests, but in fact, I was feeding the Flame of Love with each one. I thought of a steam engine, with me shovelling coal into the fire that grew hotter and brighter with each shovelful.
I found this very comforting. Jesus once said to Elizabeth, “If you do not come to Me, how then can I bestow My graces upon you? The fullness of grace is stored in my heart. My heart is an unending source of love.” Jesus wants us to give him our needs, especially souls. Our Mother too thirsts for them. When we give souls to Jesus through the Flame of Love, that furnace of love grows and grows, until the day when it is brought to fruition. We hasten that day with our prayers.
So, let us not be intimidated by the ever-increasing number of prayer needs, but let us continually stoke the Flame of Love by giving them all to Mary, linking our daily duty and our sacrifices to our prayers in the Divine Will for the glory of God.
May God be praised now and forever!