COMMENT (by a soul):
Many Catholics may not know this, but the Blessed Mother revealed a longtime ago at Medjugorje that Her True Birthday is August 5th.
Last year (2015), on both the Eve (Vigil) and actual True Birthday of Our Lady, very sobering messages were given about the state of the priesthood.
As we await both today’s and tomorrow’s messages at Holy Love Ministry, I am posting the messages that were given exactly one year ago to us for reflection.
It is indeed sobering to see how the world has changed in one year!
Holy Love Ministry
August 4, 2015
St. John Vianney comes and bows towards me. He says,
“Praise be to Jesus.”
“Today, I come to speak, yet again, to all priests. Jesus regards the Holy Father, Bishops and Cardinals as priests first. He looks at their hearts and judges the fulfillment of their vocations as to first and foremost the holiness of their priesthood. So many fail Him – so many! Sadly, those in power do not want these disappointments ever mentioned or brought to light; yet, they are real!”
“The priest must first and foremost be in love with the Truth of the Faith. He must be committed to making the sacraments available to his flock. He must realize that he is responsible for leading his flock to salvation. He must support Church dogma and doctrine. He must not call Dogma and Doctrine by any other name hoping to minimize their importance. The priest is the link between Heaven and earth for his flock. He must rid himself of self-interest and live for others.”
“He is not a social director or a financial director. These things must be left for others.”
“What I see missing in priestly vocations today is a genuine interest in the spiritual well-being of each one in their flock. Vocations within parishes would flourish if this would change! As it is, many vocations are lost due to the poor example given by priests.”
“I can come here* and speak, but if the ones I am addressing do not listen and believe, the grace of my words is lost forever.”
He bows again and leaves.
Read 1 Peter 5:2-4+
Synopsis: Encouragement of shepherds of the church (priests and bishops) to tend their flocks in the pattern of the Chief Shepherd (Jesus Christ) – with Divine Love and Mercy – not lording over under constraint of obedience or for self-gain.
Tend the flock of God that is your charge, not by constraint but willingly, not for shameful gain but eagerly, not as domineering over those in your charge but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd is manifested you will obtain the unfading crown of glory.
* The apparition site at Maranatha Spring and Shrine.
August 5, 2015
Feast of Dedication of Basilica of St. Mary Major – Blessed Mother’s True Birthday
Our Lady comes as Our Lady of Grace. She says,
“Praise be to Jesus.”
“The good Cure (Cure de Ars) spoke to you yesterday concerning the qualities of a good priest. Some things he did not tell you are much more sobering.”
“Every day there are priests, bishops and or cardinals that slip to their perdition. Most lose their souls for what they did not do! They did not provide sound spiritual leadership to their flock. Oh yes, these are few – not many – popes in the netherworld as well, and for much the same reason. This Message will be frowned upon by Church leaders. But why? They, of all people, need to be perfected in personal holiness in order to lead others in this regard. I would not be a loving Mother if I allowed religious leaders to think that their vocation saved their soul. It is their response to their vocation which saves or condemns them. No one should believe himself to be above condemnation!”
She pauses and I (Maureen) wish Her a Happy Birthday. Her appearance then changes to gold and white. She nods and says, ‘thank you.’
“Today I wish to celebrate all life from conception to natural death. It is mankind’s lack of appreciation of life that is destroying the innocent beauty of the world as you know it. All the technology that God has enlightened man with has not deepened mankind’s’ relationship with his Creator. Rather, it is touted as a human effort apart from God. Incredibly, this same technology has led to new kinds of sin.”
“As your Mother, I use the occasion of My Birthday to warn and admonish a failing society and a disordered leadership to repent and to return to the Will of God. Choose to please God and not yourselves. If all would do this as at Nineveh, God’s Justice could still be mitigated. As it is, God’s Justice cries out for fulfillment.”
Read Jonah 3:1-10+
Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.” So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, three days’ journey in breadth. Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s journey. And he cried, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them. Then tidings reached the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, removed his robe, and covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he made proclamation and published through Nineveh, “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything; let them not feed, or drink water, but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and let them cry mightily to God; yea, let every one turn from his evil way and from the violence which is in his hands. Who knows, God may yet repent and turn from his fierce anger, so that we perish not?” When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God repented of the evil which He had said He would do to them; and He did not do it.
+-Scripture verses asked to be read by Our Lady of Grace.
-Scripture taken from the Ignatius Bible.