Thursday, February 11, 2016

Thursday, February 11, 2016: (Our Lady of Lourdes)
Jesus said: “My people, the first reading was focused on ‘choose life’, whether you choose the blessing or the curse. Those people, who follow My Commandments of love, are promised eternal salvation in heaven. Those people, who ignore Me and worship other gods, are on the road to the curse in hell. It is by your actions that you are judged, so use this Lent to be inspired to help others as much as you can. In the Gospel it speaks of being committed to pick up your cross, and carry it with Me in all that you suffer. Life’s trials are unknown, and they can be difficult at times. Call on Me to help you through your trials, and they will be less difficult. Unite your suffering with Me on My cross, as I died for all of your sins. When you call on Me, I will give you sufficient grace to carry out your mission.”

Prayer Group:
Jesus said: “My people, in the Northern winter weather you are having a cold spell like you had last February, 2015. If outside faucets are not protected by taking off any hoses, you could see frozen faucets that have to be replaced. You even experienced a frozen water line when it ran through your root cellar that got too cold from an open window. Also, when you are traveling in very cold weather, you need to have some warm blankets and some food, in case you get stranded in a snow storm. You may also need a shovel and a broom to clear the snow off your car. You may want to keep your gas tank full after it comes down to half, to avoid water condensation. By making prudent preparations, you can travel safely to your destination. Also pray your long form of the St. Michael prayer coming and going.”

Jesus said: “My people, you are seeing your markets slowly degrading as some people are shorting your market as in 2008. If this drop continues, you could see some effects on your economy in layoffs and bankruptcies. If you have another recession, your central banks could be in trouble both abroad and in America. You have relied on your technology, but when people cannot buy things, they will have trouble with jobs, and buying food and water for survival. Be prepared to come to My refuges when your lives are in danger.”

Jesus said: “My people, you just started Lent with your ashes yesterday. Now, you need to choose what penances you want to offer up for Lent. Even fasting between meals can be a challenge when you are used to having snacks, especially at night. Even if you give up sweets and desserts, it is hard at first, but after a while you get used to less eating. Continue to work on improving your spiritual life with prayer and fasting. This is the best way to root out any of your addictions.”

Jesus said: “My people, be ready to reach out and help people with their needs by using your talents in fixing things. It is easy to give donations to the poor, but you may have to go out of your comfort zone to help people with food or transportation. You may do other good works by visiting people in hospitals or nursing homes. You may even do extra help for your children or your parents. If you notice that someone has a need, you can volunteer to help them before you are asked to help. By doing good deeds out of love for Me, you will be living your Christian faith.”

Jesus said: “My people, you cannot just be satisfied with doing only your normal prayers in Lent. You need to expand your prayer life by adding some spiritual reading, and possibly some Bible study. When you study the Scriptures, you can have a deeper understanding of My Word. When you read the lives of the saints, you could imitate their ways of growing holy. When you search for a deeper love relationship with Me, you can see how you are sometimes blinded by the world’s distractions.”

Jesus said: “My people, since Lent is all about repentance for your sins, you can take some time to prepare to make a good Confession. Before you go into the confessional, you need to make a good examination of your conscience to remember what offenses you have committed since your last Confession. There are many good suggestions to read that look at the various sins in each Commandment. Once you confess your sins, you need to do your penance from the priest, and be thankful how I forgive your sins in Confession. Pray for your priests that help you in Confession.”

Jesus said: “My people, once you have chosen some penances for Lent, then you need to pray to Me to help you continue your plan for all of Lent. When you do things to help your soul spiritually, you will see the body rebel and complain that it is too difficult to keep it up. This is where the soul has to be stronger than the body in being steadfast to continue your penance, despite any suffering or inconvenience for the body. The more the soul can overcome the body’s weaknesses, the better your spiritual life will be.”