Thursday, May 1, 2008: (Ascension Thursday)

Jesus said: “My people, after I resurrected from the dead, I visited My apostles several times. Before I ascended to My Father in heaven, I commissioned My apostles to wait to receive the Holy Spirit and then they should go out and teach My Word to all the nations. (Matt. 28:19-20) ‘Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and behold, I am with you all days, even unto the consummation of the world.’ Towards Bethany I led My disciples and I blessed them as I ascended into heaven. (Luke 24:50,51) ‘Now He led them out towards Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them. And it came to pass as He blessed them, that He parted from them and was carried up into heaven.’ Even as I rose into heaven, My angels consoled My apostles with these words. (Acts 1:11) ‘Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven.’ Truly at the height of the Antichrist’s reign I will defeat him, as I will return on the clouds to bring justice and My Era of Peace.”
Prayer Group:
Jesus said: “My people, keeping a good factory job is becoming more difficult as manufacturers are trying to use foreign cheap labor and layoffs because of reduced demand in a recession. Today is the feast day of St. Joseph the Worker, but it was secondary to the celebration of Ascension Thursday. World competition has put American workers at a disadvantage because of your benefits and higher salary than in third world countries. Instead of making a little less profit, Wall Street has dictated a desire for cheaper labor costs. By cutting salaries and worker benefits, it is becoming harder for the average worker to afford a house and car, let alone other living expenses. Pray for your industries to offer a fair working wage, and focus more on helping American workers instead of foreigners.”
Jesus said: “My people, many of your people are more in favor of having an English Mass than a Latin Mass. It was a dramatic change to switch to a Mass in the vernacular language, but there were many liberties taken in this new translation. With Holy Communion given in the hand standing there has been less reverence given to My Blessed Sacrament. Many of these changes in tradition and reverence have made it possible that only a small percentage of the faithful still believe in My Real Presence in the consecrated Hosts. It is difficult to have a desire to love Me so much that you would want to visit My tabernacle, if a person did not believe in My Real Presence. Pray that My faithful will remember their traditions and reverence for My Eucharist. The younger generation is falling away from their faith because they do not pray, nor are they taught the important truths of their faith, including a belief in My Real Presence, and the value of Confession.”
Jesus said: “My people, because of the high cost of oil and gasoline, many new sources are being explored that are now affordable as oil shale. Alternate fuels have a long time to be economical. Many oil companies are not working too hard to find new oil because it benefits them to make increased profits on existing sources of oil. America should work and pray to develop better conservation and oil research for new sources of fuel. Decreasing demand would make your fuels more affordable.”
Jesus said: “My people, just as I commissioned My apostles to go out and preach My Gospel message to all the nations, so I want to commission all of My faithful to go and do likewise. Evangelizing souls is not easy, but it is one of your Christian responsibilities from your Baptism and Confirmation. I told you before to put your own spiritual life in order, so you can be a good evangelist and not be a hypocrite who preaches one way, but does another.”
Jesus said: “My people, your Easter Season is coming to a close and you will soon celebrate Pentecost Sunday. You have celebrated My Resurrection for forty days, and you have remembered the many accounts of My visits to My apostles to encourage them. Now your focus will be on the many Sundays after Pentecost during the ordinary time. Even though the Church seasons change, your love for Me should never change. I love you every day of the year, so focus your life on following Me in imitation of My life.”
Jesus said: “My people, as your weather has become much warmer, it is more of an incentive to work on spring cleaning inside and outside of your homes. In addition to cleaning your physical properties, now right after Easter would also be a good time for spring cleaning your souls from sin in Confession. You have such a desire to have your house and yard make a good appearance, but you should have an even stronger desire to make a good appearance in having a pure soul. For those, who have their souls pure, they will be ready for My judgment day.”
Jesus said: “My people, there is always a feeling of joy and excitement as new life is starting up again in all of nature. This thought of new life and a new beginning should also be inspired in your new converts who came into the faith at Easter. You can also experience new life when a lukewarm fallen away person decides to come back to the sacraments. Pray that souls be renewed or converted to the faith so they can experience My true love in their lives.”