Thursday, April 8, 2010

Thursday, April 8, 2010:
Jesus said: “My people, My angels and saints are always singing My praises, but now that you are in My Easter celebration, the angels are blowing their trumpets with extra vigor. Today’s first reading shows St. Peter witnessing the power of My Name in healing the lame beggar. (Acts 3:1-11) He also witnessed how My crucifixion and death were followed by My Resurrection from the dead on the third day. Some, who doubted at first, were now becoming believers with the apparent miracles. In the Gospel also I appeared to the apostles to show them My real Body that I was not a ghost. They could see My wounds and that I ate the baked fish in front of them. (Luke 24:42) They were astounded that I could appear through the walls without entering through the door. Yet I manifested Myself to them in My glorified Body. I did not stay with them long, but I made several appearances to encourage My apostles that I truly had risen from the dead. I also wanted to inspire them to preach about My Resurrection, and that I would bestow the Holy Spirit’s power among them in the days to come. My apostles were hoping that I would come back to stay with them, but they soon realized that I was preparing them for My final departure. Rejoice in this Easter Season because you are My Easter people who also need to share your faith with everyone.”

Prayer Group:

Jesus said: “My people, My disciples feared for their lives and only St. John was at the foot of the cross comforting My Blessed Mother. The other women were there and they were the first to come to My tomb. They were surprised to see My Body gone and Mary Magdalene was rewarded with being the first to see My resurrected Body. I want My faithful to have courage also in not being afraid to witness your faith in Me to others.”

Jesus said: “My people, St. Peter at first denied Me three times, but later he and St. John were not afraid to witness that it was through My Name that the lame beggar was healed. In a later incident they were brought to trial and reprimanded with a beating for speaking out about Me in My healing power. They were rejoicing that they were worthy to suffer for My Name’s sake. Many people have died for their faith, and they were courageous to be martyred as witnesses to My death and Resurrection.”

Jesus said: “My people, I have told you that there is no greater love for another that you could show, than to die for that friend. This is what I have done in dying to pay the ransom for everyone’s sins, so you can see My deep love for all of you. St. Maximillian Kolbe was a German prisoner and a priest, but he gave up his life so another prisoner with a family could live. This is not an easy sacrifice for anyone to make, but this saint demonstrated a similar love for his fellow man. Love one another as I love you.”

Jesus said: “My people, during the first few hundred years after My death, many of My followers who were ‘Christians’ suffered persecution and even were martyred for My Name’s sake. All of My apostles, but St. John, were executed for not giving up their belief in Me. The Romans were ruthless in killing the Early Christians in many cruel killings. Even today in communist countries, some Christians risk their lives in secret in order to keep their faith. You are not as threatened in America right now, so take the opportunity to evangelize souls while you can. Soon you will see increasing persecution of My faithful when your lives will be in danger to speak out about Me in public. Trust in My protection and do not be afraid to try and save souls from hell.”

Jesus said: “My people, you know of this local story when a priest and nun made an attempt to rescue My Blessed Hosts from a burning church. They gave up their lives also as martyrs in a way to try to keep the flames from consuming My Eucharist. You see these heroic acts that people have made throughout history on My behalf because of their great love for Me. Please honor all of the saints who were martyred for their faith. They would rather give up their lives than deny their faith in Me.”
Note. On Feb 20, 1967, the Rev. George Weinmann and Sister Lilian McLaughlin gave their very lives attempting to remove the Blessed Sacrament from a fire at St. Philip Neri Church in Rochester, N.Y. The late Archbishop Fulton Sheen, then stationed at Sacred Heart, referred to them as martyrs for their heroic effort.

Jesus said: “My people, nearly half of the babies, that are conceived, are killed in the womb and were never allowed to fulfill their mission in life. Abortions are the worst abuses of your children that you could perform. Why are you killing your own flesh and blood just out of convenience or embarrassment? These lives deserve a chance to survive and you are denying My plans for these lives by murdering them before they can be born. These souls are My little innocent martyrs, killed by their own mothers. There is a price to pay for taking these little lives. I can forgive sins in Confession, but woe to those who commit such crimes and do not seek repentance for their sins.”

Jesus said: “My people, there are some people in non-Christian countries that were imprisoned and tortured for their faith, but they were not martyred. These faithful suffered a long enduring ‘dry’ martyrdom for not giving up their faith. Many who lived behind the Iron Curtain had to suffer this persecution. Even your deceased friend Josyp Terelya suffered imprisonment as an example of a ‘dry’ martyr for the faith. Pray that all of My faithful will be strong in the coming tribulation so you would rather die than give up your faith.”