As we begin this journey into the Heart of God, For the Love of God, we hear His voice calling us through Sacred Scripture: “If my people upon whom my name is pronounced, humble themselves, and pray and seek my presence and turn from their evil ways, I will hear them from Heaven and pardon their sins and revive their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14).
It is time for each one of us to declare if we are children of God or children of the world. If I answer that I am a child of God, then I have to do everything in my power to honor and respect that relationship, that responsibility. My first act, one of free will, is to consecrate myself and my family to this love and protection that God the Father promises to us. Only in this way will I have the necessary weapons to enter into the spiritual war of good against evil that surrounds us, the weapon of the prayer of the consecrated.
More and more people are caught in this stampede that is pushing all of us to the edge of a cliff, to a world that is abandoning its very nature; a world that has lost its gift of common sense; a world which although no longer trusts and in most cases, no longer cares; does, however, listen to those forces in the world that are molding all of us, especially our children. Those forces of technology and media and the mainstream elements of those forces are not of God. Unless we begin to pull away from this stampede which is sweeping most of mankind to the edge of an abyss, we will lose the Kingdom of God. In a world where the humble, meek, pure in spirit and caring are scorned, ridiculed and used; it is just those qualities which separate us from those of the world, and it is those qualities which will allow us to see God.
In every life there is a time and place when suddenly, we confront questions we cannot answer about who we are and our future. Moments when we begin to seek answers. Times when the Holy Spirit suddenly comes to us and we begin to feel our heart stir. It is at those moments of grace that the call of The Father comes to His child. It is then when many of us recognize that: “I don’t know God as I should; I don’t feel that bond between a Father and his child, I am not at peace, I am missing something”. In that moment it is the Holy Spirit Who enters and extends God’s grace, His invitation. We know in our hearts that we have to change, but because many of us in these times are lukewarm, we find ourselves serving two masters and as such, we become afraid of giving up the things of this world that we know and possess to be able to follow God. It is at this very instance when we ask God for His help because we know we cannot make this change on our own; because many of us don’t know a spiritual life, which would give us that force we need to avoid temptation and sin. It is at this point where we need the strength of the graces we find in an act of consecration to be able to declare ourselves for once and for all, as the children of God, giving unto Him all that we are, all that we have, for His love and protection with a real desire in our hearts to want to change, to become closer to God.
And thus we begin our journey back to the heart of God, with the grace that consecration carries with it, which is the gift of conversion; little by little, one day at a time, saying no to the things of the world that offend God and Yes to Him and His will for us and our loved ones, as we begin to feel the presence of the love of God, Our Father, working in us to become His true children.
Exodus 19:10-11: “The Lord also said to Moses: go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their garments, and let them be ready for the third day, for on the third day the Lord will come down on mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.”
Leviticus 11:44: “I am the Lord your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am Holy.”
John 17, 11-19: Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are…I gave them your word, and the world hated them, because they do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world but that you keep them from the evil one…Consecrate them in the truth. Your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world. And I consecrate myself for them, so that they also may be consecrated in truth.”
1 Corinthians 6,19-20: “Do you not realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you and whom you received from God? You are not your own property, then; you have been bought at a price. So use your body for the glory of God.”
Romans 14,8: “While we are alive, we are living for the Lord, and when we die, we die for the Lord: and so, alive or dead, we belong to the Lord.”
The Book of Exodus shows us the salvific and liberating will of God that stands firm despite the infidelities of the People of Israel, who will get to the Promised Land by means of the Covenant that God established with His People.
Once the Hebrew people had been freed from the Pharaoh’s oppression (foreshadowing of the evil one) after many signs and wonders, culminating with the great sign of the “Passover”, which is the passage from death to life, from bondage to liberation, they began to walk, though still blind and not fully knowing God; in this journey the people got thirsty and hungry and murmured against Moses and Aaron, without realizing they were murmuring against God, but the Heavenly Father showed His providence giving them manna to eat and quenching their thirst with a spring of freshwater; both are the foreshadowing of Jesus, the Bread of life that came down from Heaven and Spring of living water. “I am the bread of life. No one who comes to me will ever hunger; no one who believes in me will ever thirst” (Jn 6, 35).
It is important to highlight that along the way, God not only gave His gifts, but also expected something in return from men: “You have seen for yourselves what I did to the Egyptians and how I carried you away on eagle’s wings and brought you to me. Now therefore, if you will indeed listen to my voice and keep my covenant, you, out of all peoples, shall be my personal possession, for the whole world is mine. For me you shall be a kingdom of priests, a holy nation” (Ex 19, 4-6). “They all replied with one accord, ‘whatever Yahweh has said, we will do’ “(Ex 19, 8). The Covenant between God and man is His initiative. He promises to be their God but asks the Israelites to be His people, His own property. The key word of these quotes is LISTEN, for if we truly listen to the voice of God, we will keep and carry out that which He teaches us. Thus we will truly be His own personal possession. The fact that God Himself asks man to be the one to accept Him as God is also key here, because He respects our freedom to choose. In the midst of polytheistic peoples, Israel could have opted to be like them and not accept the revelation that God is One God. God does not impose Himself unto the people of Israel, they could either accept Him or reject Him, be faithful to Him or unfaithful. In His Covenant God will always remain united to Israel in spite the infidelities of His People. God ‘s Covenant with man is manifested in a peculiar way on Sinai when Moses is called up the mountain to speak to Him. Moses receives the “Ten Words” or “Commandments” that we also know as the “Law of God”. Written in two tablets of stone, the first three commandments refer to the love of God and the remaining seven refer to the love that is owed to others. Moses conveys the words of God to the people and they respond: “All the words Yahweh has spoken we will carry out!” (Ex 24, 3). To ratify the Covenant, Moses builds an altar and sends some young men to offer holocausts. Then something very significant happened, which will later relate to the words of Jesus when He instituted the Eucharist: “Then Moses took the blood, sprinkled the people with it and said: ‘This is the blood of the Covenant that Yahweh has made with us, according to His words’” (Ex 24, 8).
The path taken by the Israelites and our path, are similar. We have been called once more by God our Father to live his commandments and leave behind the things of the world that are becoming cursed through their abandonment of God. And we are asked to walk in faith to a New Life as the chosen children of God for these times. Thus we need to establish the same pact, the same covenant with God as the Israelites did.
Once we begin this journey we’ll have to put all our trust in Him. We will have to walk the path without really knowing God; at the beginning it is neither easy nor pleasant for uncertainty never is, even more so when each one of us is so accustomed to exercise our own free will; but let us not murmur against God, let us not harden our hearts but truly LISTEN to his voice so we can obey Him and keep His commandments, for He will free us and heal us (Cf Ex 15,26). God must not be feared, we must BELIEVE Him. There has been darkness for a long time, and it has been great, but He is all Light.
The Messenger The Father has sent us is none other than His only Son, Jesus: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father too. From this moment you know Him and have seen Him” (Jn 14, 6-7). He is God but He is also like us: “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being made in human likeness and being found in appearance as a man” (Phil 2,6-7). Jesus is with us every moment of our journey and, how can this be possible? Because of the Eucharist: “In all truth I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, it is my Father who gives you the bread from heaven, the true bread; for the bread of God is the bread which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world… The latter is the foundation of our journey in God and with God; repeatedly He has told us we are not alone because His presence is amongst us: “I have carried you on eagle’s wings and have brought you to me”. He always has been and continues to be in the journey of humanity and of every man; we are the ones who get distracted and pull away from Him. Jesus Himself ratifies the Covenant because He does not suppress the Law but rather takes it to its fullness (Mt 5,17). He highlights the most important thing about the “Ten Words”, [when asked by a scribe]: ‘Which is the first of all the commandments?’ Jesus replied: ‘This is the first: Listen Israel, the Lord our God is the one, only Lord, and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: You must love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these’” (Mk 12, 28-31; Mt 22, 36-40). Jesus turns The Law of God into the Law of Love. Love became flesh and dwelt among men and gave Himself in holocaust for the salvation of men: “This is my body given for you, do this in remembrance of me…this cup is the new covenant in my blood poured out for you” (Lk 22, 19-20); “I give you a new commandment: love one another; you must love one another just as I have loved you. It is by your love for one another, that everyone will recognize you as my disciples” (Jn 13, 34-35).
The covenant is then the consecration of men to become the property of God, being His children, and it depends on the conscious acceptance man has to the instructions given by His Father and ratified by a holocaust. Thus we have the Initiation Sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist; this last one is the full expression of the Law=Love of God. The Tablets of the Law were kept in the “Ark of the Covenant” with Aaron’s rod and the manna. Today, Jesus is kept in the Tabernacles of Catholic Churches: Paschal Lamb and sign of the New and Everlasting Covenant so His Presence may be amongst us: “Make me a sanctuary so that I can reside among them” (Ex 25,8); “Inside the ark you will put the Testimony which I am about to give you” (Ex 25, 16); “There I shall come to meet you…I shall give you all my orders…” (Ex 25,22). Jesus has told us: “I am with you always, to the end of time” (Matt 28, 20). He is “Emmanuel, God with us” (Is 7,14).
The best way to be in and have His company, His strength, vitality and his love is by receiving the bread that came down from Heaven, to continue our path day by day. God sent the manna as morning dew; let us try then to receive the Eucharist daily also to strengthen us in our journey.
The Mission promotes the consecration of individuals, families, parishes, cities, states, armed forces, countries, dioceses and archdioceses, businesses, schools, religious orders, etc. Because all authority comes from God, and we want to place in His hands all that we are and all that we have in our societies, for His love and Protection, and for His Will to be done in all of us.
The latter is done through three levels of consecration in the following order:
- To the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
We are to remember that Jesus, as one of His last acts, gave the world to His mother and His mother to the world; in effect Jesus consecrated all of those who would become part of His mystical body through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of His Mother. From this Heart of Mary, those who invoke Her through their consecration, obtain the grace of conversion and depth of holiness.
If we consecrate our hearts, ourselves, our future, all that we are, all that we have, to the intercession of the Two Hearts, they will make our hearts new again in order that we will begin to act, think, speak, and most importantly, love as they love. St. Margaret Mary Alacoque tells us that Jesus explained to her that all those who are lukewarm Catholics, who consecrate themselves to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, would become impassioned and the impassioned would rise quickly to great perfection.
The Two Hearts are inseparable, as the Heart of Mary was the first to adore the Heart of Jesus. The Heart of the Mother is in the Heart of the Son. When the young soldier thrust his lance into the Sacred Heart, it was the Immaculate Heart that was also pierced with sorrow. Where there is the Son, there is also the Mother. In pure terms, we can only consecrate ourselves to God, but as Jesus, God made man, we find that consecration is therefore available to us. When we consecrate ourselves to Mary, we do so in an extended way as the Church is now instructing us; we do so as a commitment or offering. With a consecration to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, we consign ourselves to Jesus. St. Margaret Mary wrote: “that there is no shorter way to rise to perfection and no more reliable means for salvation, than that of consecration to the Heart of God.”
This form of consecration establishes the person living in the world, in prayer, penance, and service to their brethren according to the state of life and spiritual gifts given to each person. All members of this Mission, who are consecrated in this way, work for the sanctification of the world, especially from within.
- To the Chaste Heart of St. Joseph
As impurity becomes the decay of our societies, it is the Chaste Heart that we look to as we invoke St. Joseph, for the purity of our marriages and that of our children. In a world that is on the road of perversion and has lost its sense of morality, it is the Foster Father of Christ that God sends to us in these times. As we consecrate to His Chaste Heart, we implore St. Joseph to protect and embrace each family and each home that has recognized the need for this great gift to the world: St. Joseph. The power of intercession of St. Joseph before God is not yet known by the world. We are asked to take refuge in his heart so we may be chaste, righteous and holy in the sight of God as He was.
As Patron also of the Inner Life, he intercedes for those who pass through the dark night of the soul and the dry lands of prayer without fervor or any feelings, so they may not fall into the temptation of despair but abandon themselves lovingly and full of trust in God’s providence.
- To the God our Father:
It is the highest level of consecration and the faithful are taught a more intense understanding that centers on creating a lasting covenant with God The Father through a consecration to Him, its meaning and the promises of God to all those who turn from their sinful ways and return to Him in all things, especially the small ones of our everyday lives.
Messages from God the Father to Mother Eugenia Ravasio:
Would you like to consecrate yourself, your family, your business, school or propose the consecration of your parish to your parish priest?
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