THE GREAT JUBILEE
BROUGHT US TO
A "Pathway" to Heaven
Prayer ~~ "Come Holy Spirit, come by means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Your well-beloved spouse."
The GREAT JUBILEE
a time for a new beginning!
One by one, as the individual CONVERSION of heart or "spiritual soul" takes place, a long awaited renewal of the Church will also take place.
Through the mystical power of "grace," the Holy Spirit will allow our
hearts to be "opened"
Through the actions of the Holy Spirit, a new "spring time" of Faith will emerge!
The FAITH will be as strong as the budding forth of new "shoots of grass" after a long winter's rest.
It will be a Faith that has been newly revitalized and eager to absorb the "life giving" Grace of the Holy Spirit. It will continue to grow through the virtues of humility and generosity.
No heart has been so "hardened"
by sin and a long estrangement from God, that it cannot
be converted by the love and
mercy of God!
Even Saul, after his countless number of persecutions of the early Christians, was converted! He had to be physically blinded by a flash of light from Heaven, but he was converted. (Acts 9: 1-16)
That CONVERSION took place and the Lord used him!
Saint Paul (Saul), spent the rest of his life traveling
from country to country spreading the "Good News" of the
Gospel and working toward the conversion of all.
Was it because God loved him?
YES! ~~ as He loves all of us!
Was it because God wanted to use him to convert others?
Yes! ~~ as He desires to use all of us to be witnesses to His unfathomable Love, Mercy and Forgiveness!
But remember, God respects our "free will." He has given each of us the ability to make our own decisions ~~ whether in accord with His Divine Will or not. Did we ever stop to think why God has given us a free will? If we had the ability to create something, would WE risk giving our creation a "free will" of its own, thereby giving it the ability to maybe "turn against us?" He has given us a "free will" BECAUSE
He LOVES us--and all He asks of us is to love Him in return.
It is only then that all else will come ~~ Faith that He exists!
That He is "alive!"
It is then that we will earnestly desire to be obedient to His Commandments BECAUSE we love Him and want to please Him!
Our hearts must not be "lukewarm" in response to God's love and invitation to CONVERSION.
True CONVERSION is a process.
First, God sends us His grace and enlightens our minds and hearts as to what is "good" in comparison to that which is not good.
Second, our minds acknowledge that this was a "special" gift that has been given to us.
Third, we begin to seriously "reflect" upon what has happened.
Fourth, we then come to acknowledge that this enlightenment has come from a Divine source and not from the world or ourselves.
Fifth, we acknowledge that God exists!
Sixth, the Holy Spirit moves us to see the "emptiness" of the lives we have been living and inspires us to strive for a "change of heart!"
Seventh, it is from this "change of heart" that we begin to desire to do the Will of God.
Eighth, our hearts and minds become "open" to the TRUTH contained within the unchanging and uncompromising Word of God. We come to realize that God's Word, in the Holy Bible are "spirit and life." We begin to see that His words invite us to partake of everything that is "good" and that the following of His words gives to us life, peace and Love here on Earth and will lead to the perfect fulfillment of these gifts when we become united with Him in Heaven.
Ninth, and finally, it is the
realization that God has
"laid out" a Pathway
for each one of us to follow in order to receive
the ULTIMATE "GIFT" OF OUR
ETERNAL INHERITANCE ~~ HEAVEN.
We must take the time in order to re-examine our "way" of life.
The conversion process entails the clearing away of the obstacles, such as egoism and pride that hinder the
direct path which God had originally intended for us to follow.
When we follow this "Pathway to Heaven," we are doing God's Will and He wants us to be totally committed to staying "on the right path."
If we stray from the path through sin, may our hearts be "open" to return to the path through the SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION.
|Today, The Woman Clothed with the Sun and the Moon under Her Feet, Mary, is searching with much sorrow in her heart for all her children who have "strayed" from their "pathway." She has "taken us by the hand" and lead us to Her Son, Jesus Christ.||
It is Jesus, then, who will lead us to His Father!
We pray ~~
Our Lady of Guadalupe,
please set little "fires of love" in our
|Beloved Jesus, allow the purifying "fire" of Your love to consume our selfish selves.|
Sweet Holy Spirit, send Your "renewing" grace to "feed" the fire so that it may burn more intensely, and
shine more brightly!
Dearest Father in Heaven, as You sent the first Apostles with their hearts "on fire" with Your love and Your truth, send us, that we may be apostles of the
NEW EVANGELIZATION which had begun with the GREAT JUBILEE year.
Most Holy Trinity, one God, may others see the "Light" that shines from us and may the "fire of love" in our souls, set other "hearts on fire" with Your perfect love and truth!
From the GREAT JUBILEE Year, untold blessings have been bestowed upon
all who ask and whose hearts are "open" to receive them!