|Posted by Doming on May 29, 2015 at 10:35 AM|
PUT ON THE ARMOR OF GOD
(Italicised entries are Catalina's words)
THAT THEIR VIRTUES ARE NOT PRETENTIOUS VIRTUES
It is My custom to cover My greatest works
with the simplest things,
so that nobody points them out
and I am freer to act and then to deliver a surprise.
I see in some of you
so many divine rivers that will inundate all the blessed
and will flow over the earth doing good to souls…
Do not move from the channel!
I have a different measure for everyone.
And truly, the least will be the greatest.
Learn to be active in silence, not a slumbering whisper.
Lend counsel to and help both the poor and the rich.
Do not be a source of sadness around them.
Reflect about charity; do not stop on the way.
If you feel the impulse to be a leader among your brothers,
your ambitions should be last,
while those of the others should be first.
But among you there are neither chiefs nor leaders.
The glory is Mine.
Ah, if all of you would propose to serve Me seriously
with the same determination that you put
in serving your ambitions, your vanities, your sensuality…!
when you show off exterior manifestations of religiosity!
Many times I wanted to tell you:
Please, be less Christian.
Your virtues should not be pretentious virtues.
Detach yourselves from the goods of the world
and be content practicing spiritual poverty.
It is enough to pass life in a sober and temperate manner.
Otherwise, you will never be true apostles.
Learn to recognize My words in prudent people
who do not boast.
I am beyond the noise, the spectacles,
those whose strength escapes from them through their mouths
and those who manifest easily the graces received.
Do not forget that on earth,
everything which is big began small.
What is born big is monstrous and dies soon.
My life passed unnoticed for 30 years;
with My elected I do the same thing, brick by brick.
My works are neither for leverage nor advancement.
They urge discernment and intelligence in you,
Be happy if you see others working in My fields;
pray for abundant grace for them.
But you, on your way,
persuade yourselves that you have no other way.
In apostolic work, disobedience and two-facedness
are not pardoned…
\Simplicity is neither imprudent nor indiscreet.
You have the obligation to sanctify yourself.
To all, without exception, I said:
Be perfect, as My Heavenly Father is perfect…
*This entry is part of a continuing series of messages I will be posting given to Catalina Rivas from Bolivia--sometimes from Jesus or, at other times, the Blessed Mother--with Imprimatur of +Mons. Rene Fernandez Apaza, Archbishop of Cochabamba, April 2, 1998. This is my little way of making the messages known. For those who want to read the messages in their entirety, please see http://www.youshallbelieve.com