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THE SACRAMENT OF I AM SORRY AND
THE UNCONVENTIONAL ROSARY
By a soul
(March 27 – April 5, 2021, Holy Week – Easter)
In order to make a proper Confession, a person needs contrition. Contrition is remorse or sorrow over your sins coupled with the firm desire to amend your life according to God’s Laws (Ten Commandments). There are two types of contrition and God accepts both forms to forgive sins, but one type is better than the other. There is imperfect contrition, which means a person confesses their sins because they fear the loss of eternal life and going to hell; and there is perfect contrition, which means a person confesses their sins because they love God so much and do not want to pain Jesus for staying outside His grace of Divine Mercy.
This past Lent, I have been reading a lot of private revelation about Judas Iscariot, the Betrayer of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, given to different saints during the centuries. There is so much I could say about him, but one of the most important reflections is that he could not bring himself to say “I am sorry” to Jesus. People do not realize this, but when people do not confess their sins, in essence, the person is saying to Jesus at the Cross, Lord, Your Crucifixion was not enough to ransom me back from the devil, You did not suffer enough to save me from hell.
That was the crime of Judas Iscariot – he preferred damnation instead of allowing God to love him and to be Merciful towards him. Judas did not think that he was lovable by God.
Many people put off the Sacrament of Confession. Oftentimes, it is because they are stuck in a rut of habitual sin, they are experiencing dryness in their prayer life and not attending Sunday Mass, and going to Confession makes them feel like a constant failure with God. Yet, they might say things to themselves, like they know that God is blessing them and they understand that God loves them.
But their actions speak louder than their words to God. Instead of allowing God to truly love and bless them by reconciling themselves back to a loving relationship with Him, they would rather stay outside His tender embrace because they cannot say to Jesus, I am sorry. The Sacrament of Confession is the ordinary means for us to go to Jesus at the Cross and to tell Him, I am sorry, I am sorry that I loved myself and my sins more than You, help me to change so I can live a life in union with You, teach me how to love You as My Best Friend, I want to love You with all my heart.
Many people have a hard time bringing themselves to come to Confession, because they think about how it affects themselves and the accuser – satan – is always nearby to make them feel like the biggest failure around the block. It is one thing to intellectually know that you are a sinner, but it is quite another matter to accept the constant reality of it.
But, instead of thinking how Confession would affect you, people need to instead approach it as how going to Confession would affect Jesus. Above all other Sacraments, Confession is the one that honors Jesus’ Sacrifice on the Cross the most. Confession is the gateway Sacrament to Jesus’ Smile. When you go to Confession, it is an act of “I love You” to Jesus on the Cross. You become repentant Mary Magdalene at His Holy Feet. Instead of being the person who yells, “Crucify Him”, along Calvary throwing rocks at Our Savior, you get to become one of the few people who sincerely loves Jesus and honors Him for His ultimate Sacrifice.
Do you not want to become the person who had the courage to push past the rowdy crowds to give comfort to Jesus in His true hour of need? Confession is the Sacrament where you get to be Veronica wiping the Most Precious Blood from His Holy Face during the Passion and to be Simeon of Cyrene helping to carry His burden of the Cross.
LOCUTIONS TO THE WORLD
August 28, 2012
“Helpers Along the Way”
“Along the way, the Father provided people who would help and console – Simeon who carried my cross, Veronica who washed my face, the holy women of Jerusalem who cried over my sufferings and those holy women who had come with me from Galilee. How much each one meant to me and I have never forgotten one word, one act or one gesture of consolation that they gave to me. All is etched eternally into my memory and redounds to their glory in heaven.”
“So it is with earthly life. Every prayer, every sacrifice, every lifting up of a person’s heart to console me on this earth is eternally etched in my memory. This is the greatness of the Christian life – to console me in my sorrows and to give me to drink in my thirst.”
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Many people have habitual sins of impurity (sins of the flesh) – either with themselves or with others; and those are very difficult sins to break. I remember hearing about a man who went to weekly Confession for two years before he could finally break his addiction to pornography. That is over 104 confessions(!), but he did it because he wanted to save his marriage and he knew that only Jesus could break this grave addiction of his.
If you have a habit of sin, people need to realize that it usually takes a habit of grace to break the addiction. It is rare for people to break any type of addiction instantaneously. But by going to regular Confession, Jesus is able to give you a little more grace, than a little more grace over time to overcome your sins.
I know this, as I had a serious habitual sin of missing Sunday Mass that persisted for many years. That is embarrassing for me to admit, as I am such a proponent of internal adoration and I have written much about spending 30-40 minutes or longer adoring Our Lord in Holy Communion. I do face-to-face confession with the priests, so it has been embarrassing at times, to admit my spiritual laziness and lack of love of God resulting from missing Sunday Mass. Some Sundays, I would do so well, spending an hour in internal adoration; the next Sunday, I would fall flat on my face, by failing to do my Sunday duty of worship.
So, I know what it means to feel like you are a hypocrite and a constant failure with God. That is why it is so important to allow Jesus to love us in regular Confession by allowing Him to shower us with graces to continue the good fight and overcome our challenges. Allow Him to be Merciful towards you and your situation. Jesus died on the Cross because He wants so much to hear you say “I am sorry” to Him in Confession.
It does not matter how many times you have to say it in order to overcome any sinful challenge. Saying “I am sorry” for sin is the same as saying “I love You” to Jesus hanging on the Cross. You are acknowledging your imperfections (how small and weak you are) and that you need His Merciful Love in your life (how He Is God, how you depend totally on Him, and how He means Everything to you). Are those not wonderful things to say to Someone Whom you especially love? Let Jesus Be Your Hero. For me, He Is My special Prince Charming.
You are an “expensive piece of prime real estate” in Heaven – more precious than the angels. Make Jesus happy by honoring His Sacrifice – by telling Him that His Passion and Death are worth the Price that He paid to redeem your life. That you are worth the full price of God the Son nailed to the Cross dying for all your sins, weaknesses, failures, and imperfections.
Go to Confession.
Finally, I know how hard it is to keep up a regular and consistent prayer life Sometimes, it can feel like you are on fire as you are so passionate in saying your daily prayers. Other times, it can feel like you getting a root canal at the dentist. So, I want people to know that I have been there, I hear you!
Now, I want people to know that the primary objective of being a Christian is becoming Best Friends with Jesus. Yes, it is all about having a “personal relationship” with Jesus – as the often said phrase goes – but really, a lot of people do not know how to accomplish this. So, I am going to reveal my secret on how to achieve this.
(And yes, it involves prayer).
But, what is prayer exactly? Prayer is any type of loving communication with God. But honestly, when people hear the word, prayer, they think of it as a daily routine like brushing their teeth. So, I do not even like to apply the word, prayer, to myself, because honestly, routines for me are often boring. So, instead of using the word, “prayer”, let’s substitute the phrase instead, “acts of love”.
Truly, when you wake up in the morning, instead of asking yourself, what prayers should I say today?, instead, ask yourself, what acts of love can I do for God today? Suddenly, your prayer life and day will become more interesting, positive, and upbeat. Whatever you do for God, always do it with the motivation of love behind it – for love, out of love, to love. Always begin and end your day by saying, I love You to God. Even in my weakest and pathetic attempt – a really, very poor prayer day – the least I do, is say I love You to God in the morning and in the evening time. And guess what, doing those acts of love transforms my day, as it ends up being a good day for God, because I remembered that I loved Jesus and His Beloved Father. Doing acts of love is always about quality, not quantity.
That being said, the trick to becoming Best Friends with Jesus is telling Him that you love Him all the time. I am not joking. Seriously, saying, Jesus, I love You, out-loud all the time, increases the capacity of your heart to carry more love for God and neighbor. It tickles Him pink hearing those words from you, and it is the only prayer that I truly know by heart.
That being said, if you have followed this blog, MaryRefugeOfSouls, for awhile, you will know that I am terrible at saying daily the Most Holy Rosary. Truly, I say it a few times a week with friends, but on my own, I am the worse person on being consistent with it. However, I am very good at doing my “unconventional rosary”, so I am going to recommend it to people as a daily “lifeline” straight to Jesus’ Most Sacred Heart.
Take a set of rosary beads and you can say the beginning prayers as you would a regular rosary, but on the larger beads, I want you to say a single Hail Mary prayer and on the smaller ten beads, I want you to say these words, “I love You Jesus”. Not in a rushed way, but try to say the words each time with a smile on your face and the feeling of love in your heart. And I want you to imagine Jesus in front of you looking back at you with a smile. So, in the end, you end up saying 50 times, “I love You Jesus” as your daily rosary.
Trust me, serenading Jesus daily with fifty I love Yous is the best way I know to quickly build up a personal relationship with Jesus and becoming His Best Friend. Any person would want to hang out with a person who loves them like that – never mind it being God! It also works to mix in other phrases over time, too, like, Jesus, I trust in You, Jesus, I adore You, etc.
So, those are my three “secrets” as I have shared other times with you all on how to become closer to God – regular Confession, internal adoration in Holy Communion, and simply telling God how much He means to you by saying, “I love You Lord”.
May everyone be blessed as they contemplate these words.
I love you,
HOLY LOVE MINISTRIES
March 30, 2021
Once again, I (Maureen) see a Great Flame that I have come to know as the Heart of God the Father. He says:
“The sum total of all your days upon earth will be judged upon the depth of love in your heart as you lived out each day, I have given you. Have you performed your daily duties with love for Me and your fellow man? Have you respected My Commandments out of love for Me and your neighbor? Have you practiced a virtuous life – an exemplary life – not to impress others, but out of love for Me? These are the questions each soul should ask himself in any examination of conscience. This is the groundwork of a soul intent on reaching Heaven. This is the foundation of living in My Divine Will.”
Read 1 John 2:9-10+
He who says he is in the light and hates his brother is in the darkness still. He who loves his brother abides in the light, and in it there is no cause for stumbling.
+ Scripture verses asked to be read by God the Father. (Please note: all Scripture given by Heaven refers to the Bible used by the visionary. Ignatius Press – Holy Bible – Revised Standard Version – Second Catholic Edition.)
VOLUME 3: LOVE FOR ALL MY CHILDREN, JESUS
BY THE GIRL OF MY WILL IN JESUS
234 – September 9, 2001
Jesus of Love
Tell Me You Love Me
My very dear child whom I love, let me express myself through I love you’s; yes, I love you. I love these words of love. My cherished children, you who say you love me, tell me this often; these words give me so much joy! Yes, I love to hear these words that make one sing, that make one dance and that make one jump for joy; I am in love with all of you!
My cherished children, I, I have but one word to say to you: love; it imprints itself within you, you who tell me I love you. This word is so beautiful, so pure, so strong, so wise, so pleasing, so perfect, so sublime, so patient, it is of me! Yes, my children, it is I, Jesus of Love, who am the Being of love.
When you say you love me, it is I who am in you who excite you into loving me, by making you have surges of love that fly towards me, Jesus, I who am so great! I project a love so powerful and so strong within you that all those who come close to you feel its effects! It feels so good to be in good company!
My children, I am The Love. When you say I love you to me, it is I who produce within you surges of love that transform you and you become beings of love. Everything about you becomes love; this is why you transpire love. When a child stuffs himself with garlic, have you noticed that he smells of garlic? He is impregnated with it, he smells so strongly that some who are close to him move away, or others move closer; this depends upon whether some like the aroma emanating from him.
As for me, my children, my flavour is pleasant, sweet and soft, it perfumes all those who come close to me. It is so flavourful that those who are close cannot remain indifferent. My love for you, my children, is so powerful and so perfumed that those who say they love me become love to such an extent that their entire being transforms itself. They allow me to purify their interior, for they have the desire to change; all that which is not love, they want me to transform it. It is I, Jesus, who am The Love, who perform this miracle. I am love to such an extent that all those who touch me become love.
My children, tell me often that you love me. I, Jesus, I touch your entire being with my power of life. You become a life of love. I am your life which is the one of love, but those who do not love me cannot be love; I, The Love, who am in them, I am in agony, I die due to the lack of nourishment from I love you’s.
Think of those who hate me. Those children are without love. They use these words: “No, I do not know him or I do not want to know anything about him”; they reject me. Oh! my children, they are experiencing a desert of love, they have nothing within. They are so cold, so alone, so bitter, so insignificant, so unreal, so angry and so selfish that they are like the living dead without love. Love no longer exists within them, there is nothing. They project nothing, they kill the love within them. I, Jesus, can do nothing for them if they want nothing to do with me.
Oh! my cherished children, I, Jesus who loves you, I am coming to reveal myself to you and when you will see me, you will recognize me and love will be reborn within you; it is through my graces of love that it will be reborn within you.
Everything about you will become once again what it has always been beneath your appearance of indifference. Love is there, it has always been; it will give you back joy, happiness, and the fullness of love. I know that those who read these messages ask themselves: “How are they going to manage to give their yes to The Love if they refuse everything about him?”
You see, I dictate messages to my chosen children and, because of these messages, they receive graces within them through you, my children of the Light. When you read these messages and you give me your yes in the Divine Will, it is I who pronounce your yes, and as I am the Head of the Church and all children are members of my mystical Church, they benefit from your yes to The Love. Of course, I am within them, but I cannot take them by force; but on the day they will be before me, the yeses you have pronounced for them and that are in them, will change themselves into graces. These graces will help them to note that they are love and that I love them no matter what.
These children, if they pronounce their yes, will undergo a purification and all that is not love will be eradicated. It is you, my chosen, who, during these days of preparation for my coming in glory within you, prepare them. You sustain them, for Satan manipulates them. I use you to conquer him.
I love you, my children. I, Jesus of Love, I tell you that love is in you all, my cherished children. My beloved daughter, I love you. Amen.
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