DIVINE WILL SNIPPET
(Extracts from the Book of Heaven by Luisa Piccarreta)
Compiled by Ann Ellison
September 11, 2020
FAITH AND DETACHMENT!
Dear Divine Will Family,
It’s wonderful to me how God shows us what He wants us to do or write about! I awoke this morning to a talk by Fr. Altier, my go-to these days and he was talking about Faith. Will Jesus find any faith in souls when He returns. He also spoke of detachment to the things of this world. Will we be able to give up all our comforts, and all that has become so important to us, like collections of things, etc. And he even spoke about maybe having to give up our families, possibly. Who knows what is coming down the pike!? Do we, or have we learned to put God first, even above our families, our country, our neighbors and most importantly, ourselves?
Unless we detached from all things of the world, we will not have the faith that Jesus is looking for when He returns, or the faith that we will want to have fully in our souls before we die! We are all going to die, so we should want to have our souls filled with the Divine Will when that time comes. And if the people who want America to go socialist get their way, they are going to take everything away from us anyway,…so let’s begin detaching from anything that is or feels important to us that is earthly, that we cannot take with us to Heaven. I do not mean stop loving and caring for your family! They are essential in helping us detach, right? And we can help them. Love of family comes just below the love of God, so treasure your family, but understand that they are on loan to us from God until He is ready to bring them back to His Bosom! That’s the correct way to detach from family without loosing any love for family! Besides, we can take them to Heaven with us, right?
The more we detach from the things of the earth, the more we will have to rely on all of Heaven, Jesus, Our Mother, Mary, all the Saints and Angels! That is where true faith is built! That’s were God in His mercy will show us how reliable and powerful He is! That is where He will show us what a true and loving Father He is to each of us! That is where that faith that we want to fill our souls will begin! May it begin to fill our souls today!!
One there is more thing I would like to say….please, if you read or hear anything negative about the doctrine of Luisa’s, remember it was not her that brought that doctrine down to us, it was God, Himself, through His Only Begotten Son, Jesus! It is the doctrine of Heaven, not of earth. It is written on the Walls of Heaven. But there are many out there who have never read, nor do they understand the doctrine of Living in the Divine Will, so they write extremely negative things about it. Please stand firm in your faith!! This is also the faith Jesus will want to find in our souls when He returns…faith in His Kingdom, faith in living in His Holy Will!! Do you believe Jesus, or do you believe some “person” who has never read Luisa, or if they have, has totally misunderstood her! As Jesus told Luisa when she asked Him why He did go to the Pope or to a Bishop to tell these things to, He replied that it is only to the lowly who are empty of themselves who will understand, love and believe in these writings. Some theologians, and I have met a few, are so full of themselves that they think they know it all and no one can tell them any different. I have met Priests like that, too! It is extremely sad to me that these especially important people can be that insecure or think so little of themselves that they cannot humble themselves enough to at least listen to what Luisa is all about! But we must praise and thank God with all our hearts that He chose us and that we “get it”!! How merciful God is towards us all!! We thank You and we love You, dear Father, with Your Will for all that You have done for us, especially allowing us to understand and love the writings of Luisa Piccarreta!! Praise Your Holy Will forever!!
We love all of you so much and we keep each of you in our daily prayers! May God grant you peace and protection during these trying times, always in and with His Holy Will!!
When I saw my confessor, I remembered that he had told me to write what the Lord said about the virtue of Faith. As I recalled this, the Lord suddenly drew me to Himself so closely that I felt as if I had left my body and entered the heavens with Him. Then He told me these exact words: Faith is God.
These two words contained an immense light—a light so great that I cannot explain it—although I will do the best that I can. In the word “Faith,” I understood that Faith is God Himself. Just as material food gives life to the body so that it may not die, Faith gives life to the soul. Without Faith, the soul is dead. Faith vivifies, Faith sanctifies, Faith spiritualizes man, and keeps his eyes fixed on the Supreme Being. Faith ensures that he learns nothing of the things of the earth—and if he does, he learns them in God. O the happiness of a soul who lives by Faith! She always directs her flight towards Heaven. In everything that happens to her, she always looks at herself in God. In tribulation Faith lifts her up into God and she suffers without complaining, knowing that she will not find her happiness here, but in Heaven. In the same way, if joys, riches and pleasures surround her, Faith lifts her up in God, and she says to herself: “O how much happier and richer I will be in Heaven!” That is why she feels disgusted by earthly things and despises them, trampling them underfoot. It seems to me that a soul who lives by Faith resembles a man who owns millions upon millions of dollars—even entire kingdoms. If someone wanted to offer him a penny, what would the rich man say? Would he not disdain it? Would he not throw it back in the other man’s face? And what if that penny were full of mud, like earthly things? Even worse: What if that penny were only lent to him? The rich man would say: “I own and enjoy immense riches. How dare you offer me this wretched penny all spattered with mud—a penny that is only yours on loan for a short time?” I believe that the rich man would quickly turn away and refuse that gift. And the soul who lives by Faith does the same with earthly things.
But let us return to the topic of food. By taking food, the body not only sustains itself, but shares in the substance of the food—which in turn transforms itself into the body. The soul who lives by Faith behaves in the same way. Since Faith is God Himself, the soul comes to live by God Himself. By nourishing herself with God, she comes to share in the substance of God. And by sharing in Him, she comes to resemble Him and to be transformed in God Himself. In this way, the soul who lives by Faith becomes holy, just as God is holy. The soul becomes powerful, as God is powerful. As God is strong, just, and wise; in the same way, the soul becomes strong, just; and wise—and so on with all the other attributes of God. In short, the soul becomes a little god. O how blessed is this soul on earth, and how much more blessed will she be in Heaven!
I also understood the words that the Lord says to His beloved souls—“I will espouse you in the Faith” This means nothing less than that the Lord, in this mystical marriage, comes to endow souls with His own virtues. It seems to me that He and the soul are like two spouses who join their property together: The belongings of one can no longer be distinguished from those of the other, and both become owners. However, in our case, the soul is poor. All good things come from the Lord, who lets her share in His possessions.
The life of the soul is God. Faith is God. And the soul, by possessing Faith, comes to graft all the other virtues onto herself. In this way, Faith reigns like a king in her heart, and the other virtues revolve around that Faith like servant subjects. Indeed, without Faith, the virtues themselves are utterly lifeless.
It seems to me that God communicates Faith to man in two ways: The first way is through holy Baptism. The second way is when blessed God places a particle of His substance in the soul and communicates to her the power to work miracles—such as raising the dead, healing the sick, stopping the sun, and the like. O if only the world had Faith, it would change into an earthly paradise!
O what sublime heights the soul reaches who lives by Faith! It seems to me that by working through Faith, the soul acts like those shy little birds that make their nests on treetops or in high places for fear of being caught by the hunter’s snare. When they are forced to seek food, they swoop down, take the food, and immediately fly back to their nests. Some of the more cautious ones seize the food and do not even eat it on the ground. To be safer, they carry it up to the tops of the trees and swallow it there.
In the same way, the soul who lives by Faith becomes so shy when it comes to earthly things, that—for fear of being ensnared—she does not so much as glance at them. She makes her home in the heights—that is, far above all the things of the earth, but especially in the wounds of Jesus Christ. From within those blessed wounds, she moans, cries, prays, and suffers with her Spouse Jesus over the wretched condition of mankind. While she lives in those openings in the wounds of Jesus, the Lord gives her a particle of His virtues, and the soul feels those virtues within herself as if they were her own. But she realizes that—even though she sees them as her own—she has received them as a gift—for the Lord has communicated them to her.
She is like a person who receives a new gift. What does that person do? He takes ownership of that gift, but every time he looks at it, he says to himself: “This is mine—although it was given to me by so and so.” The soul whom the Lord transforms in Himself behaves in the same way, when God places a particle of His Divine Being within her. Just as this soul abhors sin, she also feels compassion for others—and prays for those whom she sees walking on the edge of a precipice. She unites herself with Jesus Christ and offers herself as a victim to satisfy Divine Justice and to spare creatures from the punishment they deserve. If she had to sacrifice her life to save just one soul, how gladly she would make that sacrifice!
May 16, 1909
The sun is a symbol of grace.
While continuing in my usual state, hardly had blessed Jesus arrived when He said to me:
My daughter, grace is like the sun. It enters wherever it finds an empty space, be it a cave, a place underground, a crack, or a hole. As long as there is an empty space or any small opening, it enters and fills everything with light. Yet the light that a given space receives does not diminish the light received by other places. And if its light no longer illuminates, it is not because of a lack of sunlight, but because the sun no longer finds a place to diffuse its light. My grace is like this. More than the majestic sun, My grace envelopes all creatures with its beneficent influence. But it can only enter into empty hearts. And the more man’s heart is empty, the more My grace makes light penetrate his heart.
But how are these empty spaces formed? Humility is the hoe that digs and forms the void. Detachment from everything, as well as from oneself, is the empty space itself. The window that enables the light of grace to enter this void is trust in God and distrust in oneself. So, the more the soul trusts, the more she opens the door to make the light enter and to obtain greater graces. Peace is the guardian that increases and defends the light.
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