The Fruits of the Holy Spirit and the Preparation of the Refuges

By John Martinez

The Coming of the Spirit

When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind,* and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire,* which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues,* as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim. Acts 2:1 - 4

The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT: Both the fruit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit will have a very special place of importance in our lives and in the preparation of the Refuges. The gifts and fruits of the spirit are an integral part of the Holy Spirit who lives inside the Spirit-filled believer. They are already within us-waiting to be cultivated and activated.

Few people realize the full extent of the presence and actions of the Holy Spirit as revealed in creation, the Church as the Body of Christ, in the Christian life, in the Sacraments or even in the names and symbols of the Holy Spirit. This sharing serves the purpose of opening the eyes of the readers so they may perceive these great truths. It will arouse the awareness of the Christians to encourage them to continue their search for the knowledge, understanding and wisdom of the Holy Spirit; He Who stirs the love within the human heart.

1 Corinthians Chapter 13: 1-13 If I speak in human and angelic tongues* but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, [love] is not pompous, it is not inflated,d 5it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury,e 6it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. 7It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails. If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing; if tongues, they will cease; if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing. For we know partially and we prophesy partially, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I put aside childish things. At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known. So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another" John 13:34-35

Refuges- Perfect Love cast out all Fear and Evil

Many have asked me the question: what will the Refuges be like? How will they look like, operate like, who will be called…

I believe that the Refuges will be the Heart and Love of Our Blessed Mother

"Consecration to the Mother of God," says Pope Pius XII, "is a total gift of self, for the whole of life and for all eternity; and a gift which is not a mere formality or sentimentality, but effectual, comprising the full intensity of the Christian life - Marian life." This consecration, the Pope explained, "tends essentially to union with Jesus, under the guidance of Mary."

The Virgin Mary offers us Her Heart as a sure refuge, while showing us how in these particular times God has desired for the triumph to come through Her: "Tell all the world that great graces come through the Immaculate Heart of Mary" and "that God has entrusted to the Immaculate Heart the peace and conversion of the world!" (Words of Virgin Mary in Fatima to Jacinta). When Lucia asked Jesus why the conversion of Russia would be the fruit of its Consecration to the Immaculate Heart, Our Lord responded, "Because I want it to be seen clearly that the triumph is of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and in this way I will spread knowledge and devotion to the Immaculate Heart along with devotion to My Sacred Heart."

In the End My Immaculate Heart will Triumph

When we speak of a triumph we are also referring to a battle. Triumph signifies the winning of a battle.

The Blessed Virgin in Fatima speaks about the battle we are facing in these times, which includes the general loss of faith, the loss of many souls, wars, and destruction. But the worst war is the loss of faith, as Our Lord says: "Do not fear those who can kill the body, but rather those who can kill the soul" Matt 10:28. The worst death is that of a soul who loses faith – a soul far from God, far from His love and commandments, drowning in a life of sin, running the risk of eternal condemnation, or rather, eternal death.

This great battle we are waging today, which the Holy Father John Paul II calls the "culture of death," not only includes the destruction of human life, but also the destruction of the soul.

In my ministry of evangelization and spiritual experiences, I have learned that the Love of God cast out all fear and evil flees at the presence of God. The Refuges will our protection as we are guided to the Heart of Mary.

Confirmation of the Refuges by other visionaries

On Sunday, the 29th of June 2004, my wife and I were visited by a servant of God who has been given many miraculous gifts by the Lord. Johnnie Hernandez blessed us with a visit all the way from the State of Louisiana. He had read my first article, there was immediate and genuine spiritual connection between us, and the Lord spoke to him regarding our very similar ministries and experiences. Johnnie, being a true servant of God, made a copy of my first article (which included my testimony) and gave it to his spiritual director to discern. After Mass, Johnnie asked his Pastor/Spiritual Director his discernment on the article. His Spiritual director was very surprised; he told Johnnie that he thought it was Johnnie’s own personal testimony. Johnnie told him that it was about a man from the Texas Hill Country who the Lord was using to share with people about the coming chastisement and places of Refuges. His Pastor told him to call me. Johnnie called and left a message on my cell phone recorder. He told me who he was, and we had that spiritual bond immediately. He is a blessing! We spoke for almost one and a half hours, with numerous identical spiritual experiences and revelations. We shared a lot, and he told me that he was also told to move to the Texas Hill Country. In less than 3-4 days, he called me and told me that the Lord had made it possible for him to visit his brother-in-law in the Texas Hill Country. We further arranged to meet for Sunday Mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fredericksburg, Texas. After Mass, we had lunch at Andy’s Grill and then went to our home and visited for almost three hours.

He shared his testimony and the Lord confirmed all that he was sharing with us. God has given him many spiritual gifts that mirror the gifts given to many of our great saints. One of the many amazing experiences he shared regarded how he and a small group from his parish had gone to visit the Blessed Sacrament to pray the Rosary. As he started to pray the rosary, he bi-located to San Giovanni Rotondo, the Shrine in Italy; which was the home of Padre Pio. He told us that Padre Pio was next to him praying the rosary with him. Padre Pio then spoke to him of different events. Johnnie shared that when he came back to his group, the small group was waiting for him to finish his rosary.-as he was gone for over 45 minutes. He is also blessed with the gift of healing, the word of knowledge, the reading of souls, prophecy and other spiritual gifts from God. He shared with us the many spiritual adventures he and the Holy Spirit have traveled.

We became friends and brothers in Jesus….instantly. Before he left, he prayed for me and it seemed as if I was receiving another special anointing from Our Lord. I could feel the love and grace of God. It felt like I was being submerged in melted honey surrounded by the presence of God. He prayed for my wife and she was slain in the Holy Spirit. Her eyes were flowing with tears of joy when she got up.

I shared my spiritual experiences and he confirmed that the messages that I was sharing were authentic and from God. It made feel great because I never want to do anything to displease Our Lord. I also needed to have confirmation and discern the messages I have been given by Our Lady and Holy Spirit.

Johnnie will be coming back to visit us. We shared private revelations that I am not allowed to share at this time. He knew exactly what was in my heart and I in his. Johnnie is a very special anointed man of God, who has a wonderful spirit and a tremendous love for God. His love and humility clearly reflect our Lord. Inside the refuges I saw the fulfillment of prophecies in Scripture.

The book of Joel, as quoted by Peter on the Day of Pentecost, leads us to expect that in the 'last there will be an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on all flesh, with dreams and visions. Jesus tells us in John 16:13 that telling the disciples 'what is yet to come' is part of the work of the Holy Spirit. Moreover, it was the Apostle Paul's desire that Christians should 'eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy' … 'I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy.' I Corinthians 14: 1, 5 - Prophetic revelation will be a generalized phenomenon, not restricted to a few individuals; it follows from this that prophecy as such should not be rare, so John's view of prophetic revelation as a giant 'puzzle' (composed of sources of which none is exhaustive) is not at all unreasonable. What can be considered rare, however, is prophecy which not only has implications for the individual or local church community but for the world as a whole. This is where very cautious discernment is needed, as it is quite possible that a Christian with an authentic prophetic gifting may nonetheless be sincerely mistaken about the scope of his/her prophetic revelation.

What I was shown that all the gifts of the Holy Spirit would be fully manifested within each person inside the Refuge.

The most important truth to remember: Our Blessed Mother is our Refuge.

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit, divine Consoler, I adore You as my true God, with God the Father and God the Son. I adore You and unite myself to the adoration You receive from the angels and saints. I give You my heart and I offer my ardent thanksgiving for all the grace which You never cease to bestow on me. O Giver of all supernatural gifts, who filled the soul of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with such immense favors, I beg You to visit me with Your grace and Your love and to grant me the gift of holy fear, so that it may act on me as a check to prevent me from falling back into my past sins, for which I beg pardon.

Grant me the gift of piety, so that I may serve You for the future with increased fervor, follow with more promptness Your holy inspirations, and observe your divine precepts with greater fidelity.

Grant me the gift of knowledge, so that I may know the things of God and, enlightened by Your holy teaching, may walk, without deviation, in the path of eternal salvation.

Grant me the gift of fortitude, so that I may overcome courageously all the assaults of the devil, and all the dangers of this world which threaten the salvation of my soul.

Grant me the gift of counsel, so that I may choose what is more conducive to my spiritual advancement and may discover the wiles and snares of the tempter.

Grant me the gift of understanding, so that I may apprehend the divine mysteries and by contemplation of heavenly things detach my thoughts and affections from the vain things of this miserable world.

Grant me the gift of wisdom, so that I may rightly direct all my actions, referring them to God as my last end; so that, having loved Him and served Him in this life, I may have the happiness of possessing Him eternally in the next. Amen.