A SERIOUS MATTER…
Dear friends, I apologize once again for the flood of emails you just received. Mea culpa! It is ironic or perhaps providential given the news that I now have to deliver.
Some of you have wondered about the “dry spell” of fewer blog posts in recent months. I too have wondered if God may be pointing me in a new direction. God is usually subtle, except when He isn’t. A serious matter has come up , and after discussing the it with my spiritual director, I have decided to suspend my blog until further notice.
Someone in authority who had concerns about my blog writings evidently submitted at least some of them to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. It was communicated to me that in the estimation of the CDF, the writings on this blog “do not always reflect authentic Catholic teaching.”
At this time I don’t know more than that. I can only guess at what has caused this determination. Perhaps it is because I refer frequently to teachings such as Flame of Love and Divine Will that, while they have approval of the local bishop, have not yet been fully approved by the Church. This is a legitimate concern; the CDF has the overwhelming job of maintaining the integrity of the teachings of the Church. I submit to their authority and apologize to all my readers if I have in any way caused confusion. If there are errors in any of my messages, it is strictly the fault of this unworthy human instrument.
It has always been my desire to fulfill the will of God in my life, my hope to edify the faithful, and my mission to build up the Body of Christ. Whatever I have done well has been the work of God and whatever I have done poorly has been my own fault. I trust God always to fix my mistakes, and it seems I give him plenty of opportunities to practice!
I am providentially at peace with all of this. I know enough to believe that God can do as much or more with my silence as he can with my words. And truthfully, the only One we need to “follow” is Jesus. 🙂 That said, I am eternally grateful to God for all those He has led to this blog, those who have commented, or who were silently present. I am especially grateful for the ministry of prayer that unfolded over the years. You have been and always will be dear to my heart and I will continue to remember you in my prayers. I have one request, that until things change, I think it would be better for you not to share these writings.
It seems to me that the Lord has made his desires known. If in the future I am able to continue this ministry, I will re-activate the blog and send out a notice to the current subscribers. May our good God bless us all and keep us faithful to His call!
“The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:21)
Post-script: I have installed a re-direct command so that the Pelianito blog link ends up at Joy of Penance. I hope that is not too confusing. The WordPress message was not working very well and I couldn’t change it.
“…A TIME TO KEEP SILENCE, AND A TIME TO SPEAK…” (ECCLESIASTES 3:7)
Posted by Janet Klasson in abandonment, detachment, discipline, Divine Will, Holy Spirit, Mary, obedience, prayer, Scripture, self-denial, trust April 11, 2018
Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. (Luke 2:19)
Grace and peace to you as I begin this writing on the Solemnity of Annunciation, the feast day of Our Lady’s Fiat!
Here are a few of my thoughts on the sudden decision to suspend my Pelianito blog.
Under obedience to my spiritual director, a holy priest who has known me for 10 years and is very familiar with my writings, and out of respect for what was communicated to me about what the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said about my Pelianito blog, I did what I felt was necessary and suspended my blog until such time as, under obedience, I may be able to bring it back online.
I am at peace. My spiritual director has told me before, “Don’t make it happen. Let it happen.” Even if the evil one is behind this, God allowed it, for His glorious triumph. If God wants to defend me he will, and I will wait for that. God may yet decide to bring my blog back online. Whatever happens I must remain docile to the Spirit and detached from the results. So—fiat!
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I; send me!’ (Is 6:8)
Back in 1997, when I first began hearing the Lord speaking to my heart, I felt him give me the name Pelianito, which he revealed to me means “sent”. Since 2003, my Pelianito Journal Blog, has been online in one form or another. It started with the messages being “sent” as a weekly mailout and grew from there. For me it was never about how many visitors or views or subscribers there were, but about fulfilling the will of God for my life. For the first few years it was mostly people who knew me personally reading the messages. Eventually, more people found the blog, thanks in no small part to a mention by Mark Mallett, whom I have come to know as a dear spiritual brother and friend. Being a Catholic blogger—especially in the prophetic landscape—has unique challenges. I am glad he was there.
I have also been greatly edified by those who visited or commented on my blog. Many times, when a message would not really speak to anything I was going through, someone would comment that it was exactly what they needed to hear. These were powerful confirmations that it was God’s work, not mine. Others wrote to encourage me at just the right time or to discuss spiritual matters. We were blessed in each other, thanks be to God!
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
But…things change. They always do. I see the hand of God in this change. I find the Holy Spirit often teaches in themes, and the theme of silence has been coming to me from various sources recently, always a reason to take notice. In response, a few months ago, I wrote an article for my Joy of Penance blog, titled Silence, which I invite you to read if you wish. Just recently, someone brought to my attention the book, “The Power of Silence” by African Cardinal Sarah. (Click here to read a review.) And you may remember, a few of my posts over the years have spoken of “a silence and a stillness” coming to the church. Jesus in the tomb.
I keep thinking of Mark’s blog post titled, The Age of Ministries is Ending. Certainly, signs abound these days, such as the recent sudden deaths of Fr. Robert Young and Anthony Mullen, strong voices, men God was using in a powerful way to spread his most urgent messages for our time. And whatever you may think about Charlie Johnston, his love of the Church cannot be doubted. His voice too has been largely silenced. Now this event with my blog has been just as sudden. Could it be that we are being prepared for that deeper silence of Christ in the tomb? Let us take heed and ponder. If we learn our lessons well, we will know how to respond when the time comes. Listen to the voices that are left while you can.
Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. (Cor 13:8)
I feel as if I have been prepared for this moment. There was a strong theme of surrender in my writings, and you may remember that I posted Fr. Dolindo Ruotolo’s Novena of Surrender to the Will of God. I have prayed the novena numerous times over the years, and for some months now, each morning and evening I repeat 10 times: “Jesus I surrender myself to you, take care of everything. I love you and I thank you with your own Divine Will.” For each repetition, in place of the word “love” I use “adore”, “bless”, “console”, “glorify & honor”, “kiss”, “praise”, “supplicate”, “trust”, or “worship”. I put them in alphabetical order so they are easier to remember and even know which finger belongs to which one. I have often said, “Pray it till you mean it!” I took my own advice on this one and I’m glad I did!
A few years ago, during the night I felt the Lord’s presence and saw an image. It was like multi-colored pieces shifting and overlapping. The image seemed to have no order to it. It was very chaotic and hard to figure out. These words came to me: “Things will happen in rapid succession.” In the image it seemed like things were happening all over the place that were seemingly unconnected, but really, they were all connected in the big picture. Still, I could not make sense of it. Kind of like a living, moving, “crazy quilt”.
Even in the dream, I had the feeling that even though things appeared chaotic to me, even though I could not make sense of them, that God certainly could, that indeed, God’s plan always looks like this to us. We just don’t get it. The good news is that we don’t have to understand. We just have to do what God puts in front of us every day, and trust in him for everything.
A good guess would be that Jesus is taking away all that we cling to so that we can cling only to him, knowing that when we have him we have everything. Like a child’s weaning, at first there is a lot of crying, then we realize that what is happening is right and good and necessary for our spiritual growth. Then let us cling to Jesus with both hands and trust that all shall indeed be well.
When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. (Rev. 8:1)
Silence does not mean inactivity nor acquiescence to the status quo. It means going deeper and becoming a conduit of the Divine Silence, the power of God, which contains all fullness, and holding every word you do speak captive to Christ. While there is little we know for certain about the earthly life of the Blessed Mother, I think we can surmise that she was always deliberate, mindful, and intentional in thought, word, and deed. Let us imitate her. (See also this article On Being Deliberate.)
The world is in great need of conduits of the Divine Power, which can only come through prayer, meditation, Scripture, sacraments, and not least, obedience to proper authority. Think of the contemplatives who, as I have said before, are the ones keeping this planet from spinning out of orbit!
If this silence is indeed a sign of the times, we can be comforted in knowing that God is on the march and is set to put an end to this wicked age. Whatever that entails, let us give God our clear and firm FIAT!
Jesus, I surrender myself to you. Take care of everything. I love you and I thank you with your own Divine Will. Fiat!
“And, therefore, my own good daughter, do not let your mind be troubled over anything that shall happen to me in this world. Nothing can come but what God wills. And I am very sure that whatever that be, however bad it may seem, it shall indeed be the best.” ―St. Thomas More
I leave you with the Antiphons for this past Tuesday’s Office of Readings from the Liturgy of the Hours:
Antiphon 1 – Surrender to God, and he will do everything for you. Alleluia.
Antiphon 2 – Turn away from evil and learn to do God’s will’ the Lord will strengthen you if you obey him. Alleluia.
Antiphon 3 – Wait for the Lord to lead, then follow in his way. Alleluia.