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GOD THE FATHER (2010-2013)

“I want everyone to venerate My Divine Heart, because it is the Heart of a Father who loves His children with Infinite Love. Anyone who adores My Divine Heart atones for a multitude of sins. Console My Divine Heart and repair from your hearts (…) In this manner, peace – My Peace – will come on earth. Joy, Happiness, and Love will reign in the world once more.

“My Divine Heart is the Heart of a Father Who loves His children to folly (…) a refuge for all men to come and rest in It, as a haven from the cares and burdens of the world (…) I desire to be loved, honored, worshipped, and venerated by all My children (…) Do not deny your Father this plea. I will accept anyone who comes to Me with a sincere heart.

“This Devotion is in atonement for all the blasphemies committed against My Divine Heart (…) Many of the consequences of the Chastisement can be averted if (…you) pray sincerely and honestly to My Divine Heart. Whoever devoutly worships My Divine Heart pays Me homage, reparation for the tremendous agony and sorrow that I endure from My creation, due to the multitude of its sins. True reparation calms My Wrath and consoles My wounded Heart (…) Anyone who genuinely loves Me will console Me, otherwise he will be responsible for having let the fullness of My Wrath fall upon mankind.”

Note: The diptych, ecumenical icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father Encompassing All Hearts was written by Fr. Richard G. Cannuli, O.S.A., according to the original pencil drawing of the Divine Heart given in 2010. Upon completion, the icon was kept on the altar in the chapel of Saint Thomas of Villanova Friary (USA) for many liturgies. The icon was blessed by Fr. Cannuli both with a regular blessing and with the Holy Eucharist.

TRANSLATIONS OF THE CONSECRATION PRAYER

French, Italian, Latin, Maltese, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian

Roe v. Wade overturned on Solemnity of the Sacred Heart

The landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision on abortion in the United States has been overturned by a 6-3 majority of the Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. This comes on the feast of the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. You can read SCOTUS’s Dobbs decision here.

Happy Easter

Atto di Consacrazione al Cuor Immaculato di Maria

O Maria, Madre di Dio e Madre nostra, noi, in quest’ora di tribolazione, ricorriamo a te. Tu sei Madre, ci ami e ci conosci: niente ti è nascosto di quanto abbiamo a cuore. Madre di misericordia, tante volte abbiamo sperimentato la tua provvidente tenerezza, la tua presenza che riporta la pace, perché tu sempre ci guidi a Gesù, Principe della pace.

Ma noi abbiamo smarrito la via della pace. Abbiamo dimenticato la lezione delle tragedie del secolo scorso, il sacrificio di milioni di caduti nelle guerre mondiali. Abbiamo disatteso gli impegni presi come Comunità delle Nazioni e stiamo tradendo i sogni di pace dei popoli e le speranze dei giovani. Ci siamo ammalati di avidità, ci siamo rinchiusi in interessi nazionalisti, ci siamo lasciati inaridire dall’indifferenza e paralizzare dall’egoismo. Abbiamo preferito ignorare Dio, convivere con le nostre falsità, alimentare l’aggressività, sopprimere vite e accumulare armi, dimenticandoci che siamo custodi del nostro prossimo e della stessa casa comune. Abbiamo dilaniato con la guerra il giardino della Terra, abbiamo ferito con il peccato il cuore del Padre nostro, che ci vuole fratelli e sorelle. Siamo diventati indifferenti a tutti e a tutto, fuorché a noi stessi. E con vergogna diciamo: perdonaci, Signore!

Nella miseria del peccato, nelle nostre fatiche e fragilità, nel mistero d’iniquità del male e della guerra, tu, Madre santa, ci ricordi che Dio non ci abbandona, ma continua a guardarci con amore, desideroso di perdonarci e rialzarci. È Lui che ci ha donato te e ha posto nel tuo Cuore immacolato un rifugio per la Chiesa e per l’umanità. Per bontà divina sei con noi e anche nei tornanti più angusti della storia ci conduci con tenerezza. 

Ricorriamo dunque a te, bussiamo alla porta del tuo Cuore noi, i tuoi cari figli che in ogni tempo non ti stanchi di visitare e invitare alla conversione. In quest’ora buia vieni a soccorrerci e consolarci. Ripeti a ciascuno di noi: “Non sono forse qui io, che sono tua Madre?” Tu sai come sciogliere i grovigli del nostro cuore e i nodi del nostro tempo. Riponiamo la nostra fiducia in te. Siamo certi che tu, specialmente nel momento della prova, non disprezzi le nostre suppliche e vieni in nostro aiuto.

Così hai fatto a Cana di Galilea, quando hai affrettato l’ora dell’intervento di Gesù e hai introdotto il suo primo segno nel mondo. Quando la festa si era tramutata in tristezza gli hai detto: «Non hanno vino» (Gv 2,3). Ripetilo ancora a Dio, o Madre, perché oggi abbiamo esaurito il vino della speranza, si è dileguata la gioia, si è annacquata la fraternità. Abbiamo smarrito l’umanità, abbiamo sciupato la pace. Siamo diventati capaci di ogni violenza e distruzione. Abbiamo urgente bisogno del tuo intervento materno.

Accogli dunque, o Madre, questa nostra supplica. 

Tu, stella del mare, non lasciarci naufragare nella tempesta della guerra. 

Tu, arca della nuova alleanza, ispira progetti e vie di riconciliazione.

Tu, “terra del Cielo”, riporta la concordia di Dio nel mondo.

Estingui l’odio, placa la vendetta, insegnaci il perdono. 

Liberaci dalla guerra, preserva il mondo dalla minaccia nucleare. 

Regina del Rosario, ridesta in noi il bisogno di pregare e di amare. 

Regina della famiglia umana, mostra ai popoli la via della fraternità.

Regina della pace, ottieni al mondo la pace.

Il tuo pianto, o Madre, smuova i nostri cuori induriti. Le lacrime che per noi hai versato facciano rifiorire questa valle che il nostro odio ha prosciugato. E mentre il rumore delle armi non tace, la tua preghiera ci disponga alla pace. Le tue mani materne accarezzino quanti soffrono e fuggono sotto il peso delle bombe. Il tuo abbraccio materno consoli quanti sono costretti a lasciare le loro case e il loro Paese. Il tuo Cuore addolorato ci muova a compassione e ci sospinga ad aprire le porte e a prenderci cura dell’umanità ferita e scartata.

Santa Madre di Dio, mentre stavi sotto la croce, Gesù, vedendo il discepolo accanto a te, ti ha detto: «Ecco tuo figlio» (Gv 19,26): così ti ha affidato ciascuno di noi. Poi al discepolo, a ognuno di noi, ha detto: «Ecco tua madre» (v. 27). Madre, desideriamo adesso accoglierti nella nostra vita e nella nostra storia. In quest’ora l’umanità, sfinita e stravolta, sta sotto la croce con te. E ha bisogno di affidarsi a te, di consacrarsi a Cristo attraverso di te. Il popolo ucraino e il popolo russo, che ti venerano con amore, ricorrono a te, mentre il tuo Cuore palpita per loro e per tutti i popoli falcidiati dalla guerra, dalla fame, dall’ingiustizia e dalla miseria.

Noi, dunque, Madre di Dio e nostra, solennemente affidiamo e consacriamo al tuo Cuore immacolato noi stessi, la Chiesa e l’umanità intera, in modo speciale la Russia e l’Ucraina. Accogli questo nostro atto che compiamo con fiducia e amore, fa’ che cessi la guerra, provvedi al mondo la pace. Il sì scaturito dal tuo Cuore aprì le porte della storia al Principe della pace; confidiamo che ancora, per mezzo del tuo Cuore, la pace verrà. A te dunque consacriamo l’avvenire dell’intera famiglia umana, le necessità e le attese dei popoli, le angosce e le speranze del mondo.

Attraverso di te si riversi sulla Terra la divina Misericordia e il dolce battito della pace torni a scandire le nostre giornate. Donna del sì, su cui è disceso lo Spirito Santo, riporta tra noi l’armonia di Dio. Disseta l’aridità del nostro cuore, tu che “sei di speranza fontana vivace”. Hai tessuto l’umanità a Gesù, fa’ di noi degli artigiani di comunione. Hai camminato sulle nostre strade, guidaci sui sentieri della pace. Amen.

The Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

O Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, in this time of trial we turn to you. As our Mother, you love us and know us: no concern of our hearts is hidden from you. Mother of mercy, how often we have experienced your watchful care and your peaceful presence! You never cease to guide us to Jesus, the Prince of Peace.

Yet we have strayed from that path of peace. We have forgotten the lesson learned from the tragedies of the last century, the sacrifice of the millions who fell in two world wars. We have disregarded the commitments we made as a community of nations. We have betrayed peoples’ dreams of peace and the hopes of the young. We grew sick with greed, we thought only of our own nations and their interests, we grew indifferent and caught up in our selfish needs and concerns. We chose to ignore God, to be satisfied with our illusions, to grow arrogant and aggressive, to suppress innocent lives and to stockpile weapons. We stopped being our neighbour’s keepers and stewards of our common home. We have ravaged the garden of the earth with war and by our sins we have broken the heart of our heavenly Father, who desires us to be brothers and sisters. We grew indifferent to everyone and everything except ourselves. Now with shame we cry out: Forgive us, Lord!

Holy Mother, amid the misery of our sinfulness, amid our struggles and weaknesses, amid the mystery of iniquity that is evil and war, you remind us that God never abandons us, but continues to look upon us with love, ever ready to forgive us and raise us up to new life. He has given you to us and made your Immaculate Heart a refuge for the Church and for all humanity. By God’s gracious will, you are ever with us; even in the most troubled moments of our history, you are there to guide us with tender love.

We now turn to you and knock at the door of your heart. We are your beloved children. In every age you make yourself known to us, calling us to conversion. At this dark hour, help us and grant us your comfort. Say to us once more: “Am I not here, I who am your Mother?” You are able to untie the knots of our hearts and of our times. In you we place our trust. We are confident that, especially in moments of trial, you will not be deaf to our supplication and will come to our aid.

That is what you did at Cana in Galilee, when you interceded with Jesus and he worked the first of his signs. To preserve the joy of the wedding feast, you said to him: “They have no wine” (Jn 2:3). Now, O Mother, repeat those words and that prayer, for in our own day we have run out of the wine of hope, joy has fled, fraternity has faded. We have forgotten our humanity and squandered the gift of peace. We opened our hearts to violence and destructiveness. How greatly we need your maternal help!

Therefore, O Mother, hear our prayer.

Star of the Sea, do not let us be shipwrecked in the tempest of war.

Ark of the New Covenant, inspire projects and paths of reconciliation.

Queen of Heaven, restore God’s peace to the world.

Eliminate hatred and the thirst for revenge, and teach us forgiveness.

Free us from war, protect our world from the menace of nuclear weapons.

Queen of the Rosary, make us realize our need to pray and to love.

Queen of the Human Family, show people the path of fraternity.

Queen of Peace, obtain peace for our world.

O Mother, may your sorrowful plea stir our hardened hearts. May the tears you shed for us make this valley parched by our hatred blossom anew. Amid the thunder of weapons, may your prayer turn our thoughts to peace. May your maternal touch soothe those who suffer and flee from the rain of bombs. May your motherly embrace comfort those forced to leave their homes and their native land. May your Sorrowful Heart move us to compassion and inspire us to open our doors and to care for our brothers and sisters who are injured and cast aside.

Holy Mother of God, as you stood beneath the cross, Jesus, seeing the disciple at your side, said: “Behold your son” (Jn 19:26.) In this way he entrusted each of us to you. To the disciple, and to each of us, he said: “Behold, your Mother” (v. 27). Mother Mary, we now desire to welcome you into our lives and our history. At this hour, a weary and distraught humanity stands with you beneath the cross, needing to entrust itself to you and, through you, to consecrate itself to Christ. The people of Ukraine and Russia, who venerate you with great love, now turn to you, even as your heart beats with compassion for them and for all those peoples decimated by war, hunger, injustice and poverty.

Therefore, Mother of God and our Mother, to your Immaculate Heart we solemnly entrust and consecrate ourselves, the Church and all humanity, especially Russia and Ukraine. Accept this act that we carry out with confidence and love. Grant that war may end and peace spread throughout the world. The “Fiat” that arose from your heart opened the doors of history to the Prince of Peace. We trust that, through your heart, peace will dawn once more. To you we consecrate the future of the whole human family, the needs and expectations of every people, the anxieties and hopes of the world.

Through your intercession, may God’s mercy be poured out on the earth and the gentle rhythm of peace return to mark our days. Our Lady of the “Fiat,” on whom the Holy Spirit descended, restore among us the harmony that comes from God. May you, our “living fountain of hope,” water the dryness of our hearts. In your womb Jesus took flesh; help us to foster the growth of communion. You once trod the streets of our world; lead us now on the paths of peace. Amen.

Consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

The Blessed Virgin Mary

On March 25, 2022, which is the Solemnity of the Annunciation (Feast of the Incarnation), Pope Francis will consecrate the countries of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of the Virgin Mary, Mother of God. This consecration will, for the first time ever, reportedly be done in conjunction with all the bishops of the world in their respective dioceses.

The Stations of the Cross

Beautiful set of vintage Stations of the Cross in Spanish for Lenten meditations and Holy Week.

Where humanity is now

Three phases characterize the spiritual life in relation to God: purification, illumination, and deification. These phases apply both individually and collectively. Humanity is in the first phase – namely, the purification of individuals and the world from all impurities and iniquities.

The stage is being set for the second phase, that of illumination. Some have already received the illumination of their own conscience, while others – the vast majority – still have to experience it. At the same time, the collective dimension of the second phase has not yet happened; that is, the global illumination of all consciences. Those already granted the individual illumination will undergo the process once more during the global illumination.

After purification and illumination have been completed, humanity will enter into the third phase of the spiritual life and relationship with the Father: deification, individually and collectively. This third phase will be the era of the common deification of humanity, popularly known as the era of peace – namely, the reign of the Father and His divine will; the kingdom come. It will be the fulfillment in time of 1 P 2:4. During this era, everyone will worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth, as this is what He has desired and decreed since the beginning. Goodness and joy will reign overall on earth for the first time since the fall of Adam.

After that, will come the last rebellion of Satan. The Antichrist will come onto the scene and there will be the final persecution. Subsequently, Christ will be seen returning on the clouds in His second coming and the last judgment will commence.

The icon of God the Merciful Father in Ukraine

The first icon of the Father in the Catholic Church. This icon was based on the revelations that God the Father gave to Mother Eugenia Ravasio in 1932. It was written by Lia Gaidiolo of Padova, Italy, and installed in the Pro-Cathedral of God the Merciful Father in Zaporozhye, Ukraine.

The Father’s words to Mother Eugenia: “I desire that every family prominently display the picture I will show to My “little daughter.” I wish every family to be able to place itself under My special protection in this way, so that they can honor Me more easily. There, every day, the family will share with Me its needs, its works, its sorrows, its sufferings, its desires, and also its joys, because a Father must know everything that concerns His children. I do know it of course, because I am there, but I love simplicity. I know how to adapt Myself to your condition. I make Myself little with little ones. I make Myself an adult with adults, and the same with the elderly, so that all may comprehend what I wish to tell them for their sanctification and My glory.”