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Read On

"Unless you are following in His footsteps, you are not following."
A person was willfully hurting Nancy with things that he was saying and doing. Nancy sometimes would get upset and wanted to defend herself by fighting back. George was inspired to read the following to Nancy from page 86 of "The Holy Will of God - Source of Peace and Happiness" [see Bibliography]. George thought that these words would help Nancy find and understand the Will of God in this difficult situation: "No sin, no injustice, no moral imperfection whatsoever may be directly related to God, who is eternal and infinite Sanctity. Hence, whenever people are consciously unjust to you, so as to offend God thereby, they cannot consider their acts the Will of God. They are deliberately opposing the Will of God. However, this is only one side of the picture." As George finished reading the above paragraph, Jesus said through Nancy, "Read on." George continued reading: "When you consider, so to say, the reverse of the medal, any kind of injustice will appear to your eyes as an event conformable to the Will of God. This is true when you consider your side of the injustice. In other words, as the sinner who persecutes a just soul undoubtedly offends God, so the victim of persecution is certainly complying with the Will of God while he patiently and peacefully endures the wrong. "Most people, even those striving for perfection, contemplate the injustice inflicted upon them, so to say, from the wrong side. Instead of asking what God wants them to do, to think and to feel at the time of the injustice, they rather angrily and persistently inquire why people commit that injustice. Now it is God who has reserved for Himself the right to judge and to sentence the persecutor; the victim's only obligation is peacefully to suffer the inflicted evils. That is to say that any wrong done to a person must be accepted by the innocent sufferer as the manifest Will of God." "Human nature, created to the likeness of God, and basically good, keenly resents every kind of injustice. However, enlightened souls are always mindful of the truth that man, after Original Sin, has only a very restricted right to complain about the hardships of life. Should he even be subjected to every possible wrong and injustice on earth, still his debt to God would be greater than all his sufferings combined. Does not revelation teach us that one mortal sin deserves eternal punishment in Hell? Consequently, refrain from viewing your little earthly afflictions and adversities as wrongs done to you. You often repeat this humble prayer: My fault, my fault, my most grievous fault ... Be consistent, then, and do not take the alleged wrongs you suffer too tragically. "Striving for religious sanctity is tantamount to following in the footsteps of Our Lord Jesus Christ. If you have left this goal out of your sight, then you have definitely wandered from the path of evangelical perfection, if not from the way of salvation. Now, who on earth has ever suffered wrongs comparable to those inflicted upon the Innocent Lamb of God, the Only­Begotten Son of the Eternal Father, absolutely equal to Him in sanctity? Jesus was not only ignored and despised by the leaders of Israel, but accused of revolt against the Law of God, of falsehood, of pride, of blasphemy. As a result, He was publicly executed on the gallows of the Cross, between two notorious thieves. All this took place after countless and manifest miracles wrought by the Savior in testimony of His Divine mission and of the truth of His doctrine. "How is it possible that souls, contemplating the Passion and the Death of Jesus Christ, and striving for perfection, can protest so bitterly against the alleged wrongs inflicted upon them? Are they not renouncing real religious sanctity by doing so? "We agree that patient and peaceful surrender to unjust treatment inflicted by our neighbor does not necessarily mean complete indifference and absolute passivity. Even Jesus, our Divine Model, protested at times against injuries and wrongs, though always in a very mild and peaceful manner. Whether to suffer in silence, or to take necessary measures for self­defense, depends upon circumstances. But one thing is sure: The more fervent a soul is in the service of God, and the higher the sanctity she is tending toward­the more reasons she finds to imitate Jesus by remaining silent before the tribunals of unjust authorities. "A soul sincerely abandoned to God will prudently and peacefully defend her cause only in instances when her conscience urges her to do so. And this happens rather seldom. "And do you know, Dear Soul, what constitutes the most effective self­defense? It consists above all in humble silence, unlimited patience and special kindness toward those who are responsible for your sufferings. Individuals vociferous in their self­defense are seldom right and rarely innocent. On the contrary, the religious who confides his cause to Divine Providence and consequently refrains from all violent measures and words of self­defense, is sooner or later found to be right. Try this excellent method. It is not the easiest of all, but with God's grace you are able to practice even heroic virtue." "... The only way to lasting peace, both in our soul and in our Community, is described by Our Lord Himself in these words: 'Learn of me, because I am meek and humble of heart.' (Matt. 11:29). "Indeed, blessed are those who begin to resemble Jesus, the meekest Lamb of God."

Angel of Peace Prayer from Fatima

“Most Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences whereby He is offended. And through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners.”

In Conyers, Georgia, the Blessed Mother, Our Loving Mother, asked:

“Let this prayer be echoed
all over the world”.