|Posted by Doming on September 24, 2017 at 9:10 PM|
NO CROSS CARRIED WITH LOVE WILL BE DESERVING OF SCORN
If I have said that those who do not embrace their crosses
are unworthy to follow Me,
by that I meant the endless or nearly endless series of all the things
that your souls pass through,
be they due to external events or internal matters.
Moreover, what is internal is greater
because if suffering comes externally,
those sufferings can be combated
and in every case they can be born by helping yourselves
with human tools and means of support
or by separating yourselves from such attacks
and from all the sufferings that persons, situations and matters
might cause you.
On the other hand, when it comes to internal matters,
things are drastically different.
Let us analyze this...
The soul is suited to receiving comfort more than affliction
and glory more than sacrifice.
It nourishes itself by everything that it believes is appropriate for it
and is food for it.
Suddenly, it is beset by stumbling and carelessness,
and the mortal enemy advances
and mercilessly attacks with absolute shrewdness and trickery.
It begins to be tortured with the remembrance of faults
committed in the past
and it continues with fearfulness and insecurity about the future.
It is made to glimpse another kind of comfort
and it is seduced by what is easy, by what might seem safe,
and finally it is placed on the back alley of depression and fear.
Penned in there, it is like a little tiny bird
which is the prey of the falcon.
It moves, it kicks, it shakes its wings, it huddles in a corner,
unable to make any decision to fly away
or to confront its persecutor.
In this state, if it is not strong, if it has not nourished itself with Me,
with My Word, My love, the Bread of the Strong,
then it will very likely end up surrendering itself to the persecutor
and may end up fatally trapped in its claws.
But if on the other hand it is clothed in Me,
it will not fear to fall into the hands of the oppressor
because it knows that I will rescue it
since it trusts in that boundless Mercy and in its God.
I tell you truly that every martyr was a prey before to internal anguish
and suffered pain, moaning and affliction.
All the Saints carried their crosses bravely and lovingly.
None of them evaded their crosses, just as I did not evade Mine,
capable as I was at that moment of putting an end
to the evil of the enemy of souls.
If I carried My Cross joyfully to please My Father,
why do human beings want to be more than their Master?
No power is given to any human being
to try to surpass the One who leads them...
I have said that those who wish to be My disciples
should take up their crosses every day and follow Me.
Oh, children! No cross that is carried with love
will be deserving of scorn
and none will go unrewarded,
since by imitating your Lord, you identify with the God-Man.
That is how My Father healed illness and guilt:
by crucifying Me at the hands of My brothers and sisters
and I said: “Father, forgive them.
Forgive them for they know not what they do.”
And did they truly not know?
Or was it that at that hour Heaven emptied itself of Mercy for you
and Hell emptied itself of those condemned against Me...
Meditate on that, children.
Reflect on why it is that time and time again
I am crucified in each one of you.