. . . do not fear. I will protect you and guide you, for those who unquestioningly trust and follow will not be harmed — no, they shall be rewarded. I have many gifts I want to give you. I hear your prayers; I know what you want. I have promised many gifts, and you shall be deprived of none. I love and lead my flock; I tend to their every need and watch them, especially when the wolves lurk closest. I have many gifts for you. You, I have chosen, you who follow and believe. There are not many who are ready to accept all of the graces of God and believe.
[“Where are all the good people?”] There are [many] people with good intentions, good hearts and righteous minds. These people are all around, but not all people have all [of these good traits]. Not all always have good intentions. Those who want my gifts are welcomed; those who want my gold are invited. You have accepted, and I will not deprive you of it [my promise(s)]. For you have taken what no one else has, and I have not forgotten. What has been said shall be done, and I will be with you all the way, through the forests, through the oceans, and through the mountains. I will not leave you to slip and fall; I will guide you.
You shall be . . . [the parent] of many new generations, and your children shall go forth also and spread the word of God. . . .
There will be world peace. . . . For humanity will change and peace will come. The prayers for a world of peace and love have been heard. For He will come again to all. Do not give up hope. Continue to wait and have faith, for those who are waiting with candles to welcome him will be rewarded.
. . . I love you. Never be afraid to come to me and never doubt my love . . . Now is a time to prepare; prepare for a rebirth; prepare for a special time. Trust in me; I will lead you, as I lead my people. You will also lead my people. I am always with you — in the day, in the night, when night is day and/or when day is night [through darkness and brightness, through the good times and the bad times]. Do not be afraid to follow; do not be afraid to come. All are invited, woman and man. I love my people. I am with you even when you cannot see me, even when you do not hear me; I am there when you feel lonely. I have great plans for you, plans you do not yet know. Do not worry about how things will work, of how this could go wrong. I know what you want; I know what you need. I see the injustice that is hidden; I see the intentions and dangers at hand. People do not know what they are protected from; people do not see the damage wanting to be done. Justice is coming for all. Vindications and victories will arise. People will see and believe. Those who ignored will no longer be able to. People are not who they seem; only God can see their every action and intention. This will not be the Day of Judgment; this is not the last day. It is another chance, another try for humanity. Those who are good in heart shall be blessed and exalted, and those who are wicked shall be revealed, for no longer will they hide in darkness; the evil within shall be shown. Not every action shall be revealed, but many intentions shall be known. All will see the Glory of God. And all shall be shown. The sun and the moon shall shine; what was uncertain shall be known. What was not understandable shall be clear, and what was unthinkable shall happen. Trust, and believe, for those who desire the gifts of God shall receive them.
. . . I am glad you have come [to pray]. For I have lots [much] to tell you . . . Do not fear [about] which path to take. Do not worry about how things could fall apart. The Lord is good; he always has a plan, even when all seems lost. Do not fear about the future. Many have feared before, many still fear [about the future], though they needn’t, for God has a plan, which he will show you. Follow, and you will be led. Those who want to do good and follow needn’t worry, for it is only those who resist the gentle guidance [of their Father] who are in danger. For the wolves are likely to lead you if you walk to them. The Lord is gentle and guides you; he knows the way; he knows where he is taking you. Those who believe they do not need God are mistaken, for those who defame their Father in saying they could be created [born] without him do not realize what they are saying. God has mercy on those who run away, who push him away. He who loves them and will never turn his back on them. His love is unconditional. The proud and the strong are the ones who wound him; the rich and the high-ranking are [the ones] who reject him; it is the weak and the lame who cry out for him; it is the poor and the sick who want to see him. Those who believe they do not need him, who are high [in society] are low [in heart]. Those who are poor, and believe they need him are rich and high in heart. For when the Day of Judgment comes, the Lord will not count your money, your jewels or your empires. No, he shall count your deeds, your actions and your intentions. For good deeds are jewels, good actions are money and good intentions are empires. The time is coming. Prepare your hearts, for soon your Saviour will come.
. . . I love you. I am very pleased with your work and intention. Those who go to it will be blessed in a special way. The re-enactment of [Christ’s birth through] the play is very important, and those who honour and remember Christmas as Christ’s birth will be rewarded and remembered.
. . . They underestimate, as many do, the nativity play. The re-enactment of the birth of Christ is honoured and blessed. Many accept only part of God’s blessings [gifts]. For though you do not know the future, you must not underestimate the value of the present. The question [you ask] is mysterious and complex, for I am happy for their family and their prayers are heard. But I also bless those who saw the re-enactment of the birth of Christ. Those who came, those who helped, those who directed and prayed and cared about the play of the birth of Christmas — they shall be blessed.
[“What should I do now?”] For now, rest, and return tomorrow, for I have much I want to tell you and many others [the world]. The interest you have in cultures and countries is one I am pleased with and will be incorporated into the plan, but do not let it hold you back from seeing me, for I love you and have much to explain and tell you and others through you; I have a plan for you and I want you to come even closer to me so I can guide you. . . . I love you.
Rejoice, for soon is the anniversary of the birth of Christ.
. . . Do not be afraid to believe. For as the Father gave promises, they will be fulfilled. Trust, for I know what will make you happiest. Things will follow as promised, if you believe. But if they change, they will change only to make you happier.
. . . Continue to believe; you need not worry about finding someone else, for you have him, as he has you. Do not let the evil one make you doubt; as you love him, he loves you; but as you have fear and suffering, he has the same. Do not be afraid to talk to [with] him; do not let the devil interfere, for he [the devil] is the destroyer of love, for he is the destroyer of happiness and romance.
He [this person] loves you, and the love at the beginning has only grown. I will not break my promises; do not fear, for soon I will come again. Things will only change for the better. I will come and bring peace. I will bring my gifts; I will distribute to those who accepted.
[“When will you come?”] I will come at the right time; I have not forgotten and I will not deceive. I will come and all shall see the glory of God.
Trust, for he is there. He loves you. Together you will be happy and you shall be gifted.
. . . The Lord is merciful; he understands and waits for people to come home. Come back, and you shall be forgiven.
[“What will happen to Mexico?”] The country will be filled with peace, as will many others [countries]. It will become rich with the love of God.
[“What will happen to Ukraine?”] It will have peace, as it has wanted [as people have prayed for / requested]. The prayers for peace will be rewarded. The battlefields will bloom and become how they once were.
[“What will happen to Russia?”] The unjust rulers shall not reign and the innocent shall [reign] . . . Russia will not be destroyed, for the people there I love. Countries will have peace and their beauty will be restored.
[“What will happen with the climate?”] It will become fresh and new; those who fear need not, for the Creator will care for what he has made.
Those who refused my gifts will not receive them, and those who have [accepted them], shall receive them all. Do not hesitate to believe, for I love you and I will give you what I have promised.
I love you . . . Trust in me and I will guide you. I will lead my people, as I will lead you. Have faith and all will be fulfilled. . .
Trust in me . . .
I love you . . .
. . . I have many gifts I want to share, and the Mass is one of them. Through the Mass, you receive many gifts from the Holy Spirit. Through the Holy Sacraments, you receive many gifts. The Father wants to share with you all he has, and wants people to accept [take] his gifts, eagerly. He wants his people to come closer to him and he brings them closer to him through his gifts, [such as] the sacraments. The Father wants to pour his gifts upon his people. The Father gives his gifts to those who accept them and want to receive them. The gifts are there waiting to be taken, waiting to be received, and the Father waits, willing, wanting to share these treasures, as a King stands in the streets, offering gold to rich and poor, willing to share with anyone who will take it. Many people take some, but not all, while others reject it altogether. There are some who eagerly accept the gold — who see the value of it. And the King gladly gives all the gold to those who want it. While the Father is waiting to give his gifts, not all accept; many do not want what he generously offers . . . so when the Father finds someone who will take his gifts — he willingly gives them all, asking nothing in return, but [for the receiver] to trust and believe.
The Father never breaks his promise; he never fails to fulfill his promise, for with the Father nothing is impossible. . . The gifts of the Father are open to everyone, yet many reject what the Lord has planned for them. Many do not trust that the Lord will lead them, and [they] turn away. The Father does not forget them and let them fall into the traps of the devil. They choose to turn their backs on the Lord, their God. They reject him, but he does not reject them. He watches them choose, time and time again, to betray him. He watches as they ignore his voice [through their conscience]. He waits, and wants them to come back to him; he wants them to turn around. They need not be ashamed to come to the Lord, for He has been waiting for their return. He wants to share with them. He is merciful and gracious, he wants to cleanse the souls of those in danger. The gifts of the Lord should be heeded and not ignored [dismissed]. He wants to show his love and he wants for them to come home. He waits for them to come to him in heaven, because he loves them . . . Many people reject the gifts of the Father, as you have seen. You were deliverers of His gifts; you are messengers of my peace. I have chosen you to spread my messages of love. I want you to record what you hear from me. Many rejected the gifts you delivered from God. He [God] wants you to accept his treasures with joy and trust that he will fulfill his word. Many do not believe; many do not want to accept his gifts for simple reasons. They dismiss the gifts as ‘too awkward,’ too strange’ or ‘too hard to believe,’ however, with His promises, the Father gives yet another gift — like the wrapping paper of a present — the strength to believe and the courage to trust. Though things do not always seem true, though you do not always see the way, I will guide you and give you enough guidance [trust] to follow. As the sheep follow the Shepherd’s voice, I will guide you with mine [my voice]. I will show you the way; I will lead you, not only by my voice; I will show you the path to eternal happiness.
. . . Trust in me. What I have promised will be fulfilled . . . Yes, it will fit with the promise; it will not be discarded/neglected . . . Yes, it is also part of the promised plan . . .
. . . many people are careless, and many people lose hope. Many people do not trust in me and many do not follow me. They chose wrongly, but I will forgive those who come back, who turn around and come home – like the prodigal son. As the Father forgave him, the Father in heaven will forgive you.
I love you. Those who come to me — their souls will be healed, for the Father is merciful. Ask, and you shall receive. Come back to the Father, and you will be forgiven. As the Father loves you, he will forgive you.
. . . Do not be afraid, I will keep you safe from dangers.
The Father’s mercy is like falling raindrops; those who want them can take them. If one asks the Father for forgiveness, he will never deny it. Even when you hurt the Father, he will forgive you. Do not be ashamed to come to the Father for forgiveness. Like a father looks upon his child — when he sees his child’s sorrowful [apologetic] eyes, how can he not look upon his child with mercy? When the loving father sees his child truly sorry, how can he turn his back in rejection? The Father is always waiting for his children; he is always ready with open arms. The Father waits patiently for his children. As a shepherd watches his flock, the Father watches his people. All of the sheep are precious to the shepherd, as each of the people are precious to the Father. All of the nations are under his care, as the seas and earth are under his protection. For he controls the winds and the currents. He feeds the birds and the lions. He cares for his people, whom he guards. Regardless of which nation they are from, which empire they are under or what social level they are at, they are his people, his flock – who He loves and created.
Trust in my mercy. It is the door through which all can pass to come to me [and find me]. Hold on to my mercy in times of despair as to a boat in the midst of a shipwreck. Turn to my mercy as a last hope, for my mercy is more powerful than the depths of hell [Satan and all his angels] and whoever trusts [places their trust] in my mercy shall receive their reward [shall find me, shall be saved, shall achieve eternal happiness, heaven]. Do not hesitate to ask favours of my mercy, for if you ask with true faith and it is within the will of God, you shall receive more than you have asked for. Prayers of petition are very pleasing to me and to my Father. What has God [what have I, have we] that he would not give you? What gift has God which has not been shared? What great feast has been held to which you were not invited? What miracle which you did not take part in? Everything I have is yours; everything you have is mine. Everything I am, I have given you. You are my people and I am your God. I have chosen you. Will you not choose me? I have loved you. Will you not love me? I have died for you. Will you not die for me [not only a reference to martyrdom but also to death in general on the way to heaven]?
I have made you man and woman; let this be the only difference among you. There will be no division as in the laws of old, for you are one people, formed in my image and united by the cross. For it is not for one people [nation] I died, but for all. It is at that time that I made Mary your mother, and the mother of all humanity. I came to save my people from their sins and from the enemy. But I also came to save my people scattered throughout the world [the Romans and the gentiles] so that all might have salvation. Take the gift of my Passion, for it is your key to the kingdom, for whatever you ask through me [my merits], the Father will not refuse you [withhold]. Hold my Passion in your heart as the greatest testimony of love. Remember it in its repetition in the Eucharist. Adore me in the Eucharist, especially during the Consecration because you are with me as Mary [is, was] during the crucifixion.
Let’s talk about intention for a moment.
Let’s say Alexander hurts Bartholomew. There are only three possibilities:
1) Alexander intended to hurt Bartholomew,
2) Alexander didn’t care whether or not he hurt Bartholomew, or
3) Alexander did not want to hurt Bartholomew, and it is suffering for both of them.
In the English common law system, Scenario 2 is referred to as negligence, which is a way of saying that you didn’t care when you should have cared.
Scenario 3 is the most interesting, because it explains much of the hurt that occurs in the world. In his infinite wisdom, God allows there to be situations where we hurt each other unintentionally. We are hurt when we realize that we have hurt someone else without meaning to. We feel badly and we suffer, yet our intentions and actions were not culpable. In Scenario 3, there is no sin, and there is no need for guilt.
In Scenario 3, there is, in fact, no personal responsibility.
In our language, and in the modern culture, we have built up a large collection of ways to discuss Scenario 3, but we have also — and here’s the rub — built up a number of ways to discount human behaviour in order to make every situation sound like a Scenario 3.
Do you follow?
We talk about parental failure, as if childhood experiences negate the need to make good choices ever after. We talk about personality disorders, and we talk about insanity. We talk a great deal about not knowing better, and we talk about emotional intelligence. We talk about difficult circumstances, and we talk about peer pressure, and we talk about urges and drives, addiction and overwhelming needs.
Oh, so many lies!
After all, whenever we say that Alexander hurt Bartholomew ‘just because,’ we suggest that God created a world worse than he did. It is true that hurricanes happen, and volcanos erupt, but when it comes to personal interaction, we too often blame chance.
We too often blame chance.
We don’t want to think that Nancy hates Joan, and did it on purpose. We don’t want to admit that the father envies his son. We think it can’t be the case that the bridesmaid despises the bride. We want the happy ending, and we don’t want to dig deeper, but the truth is that so many hurts are there by personal choice.
I say this as a warning. I say this to all of good will, who find that they are hurt, repeatedly, by someone they know, or by someone they love. Yes, the first time was an accident, and you forgave him then. The second time has been explained (also an accident), and you forgave that too. Now you’re on to seventy times seven. Still an accident?
Forgiveness isn’t the issue. You can forgive, but do not say that there is no such thing as personal responsibility, because to say so is to be willfully blind. Understand that although sometimes A hurts B without any intention, there are two other possibilities. A might have wanted to hurt B, or A might not have cared about hurting B. Besides, even when we talk about forgiveness, there’s a world of difference between forgiving someone who didn’t know better (a toddler might not know better) and forgiving someone who is hoping that you suffer because they are envious of you. We might as well describe things properly. What exactly are we forgiving?
When your boss is repeatedly abusive to you, you owe it to truth to consider that it might be deliberate. Why console yourself with, “Oh, he’s just like that,” as if he has very little choice in the matter? You limit your options and your chances of escape.
When the business manager at the local church is incessantly snide with you and everyone else, why dismiss it as “just the way it is,” as if there is no hope for change? You will join all of the other cowards who fail to confront a bully when that is precisely what he needs, for both his good and the good of others.
When your spouse is unfaithful every second year, why console yourself with “his secretary was a flirt,” failing to get to the heart of the matter (he’s a loser)?
I call for a return to personal responsibility. Let’s stop making false excuses for each other and for sub-par behaviour. People are making evil choices, and we enable their evil choices by whitewashing them, by always assuming that there is A Good Explanation, by which we mean, A Good Excuse.
If someone does me wrong on a regular basis, or on a matter of great importance, I will no longer assume that it’s just a misunderstanding, a miscommunication or some type of personality flaw, as I used to habitually do. I will stop and consider the evidence, and I will ask the question, “In his goodness, would God allow this person to hurt me (time and again / on such a key matter), without this person realizing it? Is it possible that this person has made a choice?”
In the midst of a rather unpleasant exchange of emails, someone began one with, “Hell Mena.” Was this just a typo, did she not care, or was it deliberate? In response, I pointed out that reviewing emails prior to sending was a good habit, in order to avoid mistakes such as these. But was it an honest mistake? Guess what I think. There are typos, and then there are ‘typos.’ When confronted, she didn’t apologize or — to her credit — lie about it.
I once observed a woman arrive late to a meeting of her peers. They had been working on a group project for quite a while before she arrived. She walked in and all of her words were right, “Oh, I feel so terrible! I’m so sorry!” She seemed to feel very badly about her delay. However, she was holding a coffee cup from the nearby popular (and busy — as in, wait-in-line-for-a-while) coffee joint. She claimed to be so sorry, but at least part of her lateness was a choice, not an unforseen problem.
My point is that we need to return to consider why things go wrong. They don’t always go wrong ‘just because.’ They don’t always go wrong because people were ‘born like that.’ No. God hasn’t created a world that is filled with as many ‘oopsies’ as you might think.
He has created a world filled with people who have free will. These people often choose wrongly, and then try to hide it with a lie. They want you to believe that it wasn’t their fault and that they’re just so very darn sorry.
Now when things go wrong, I want to know why. I want to know why the graphic designer omitted the names of four key actors (she didn’t scroll down to page 2). Would this have happened to a designer who was trying her best? If yes, then the designer would have suffered along with me. That would be Scenario 3, and it can happen, but does that version mesh with the rest of the facts? No, it does not. So was the designer intentionally messing things up? No, that’s extreme and not consistent with the context. I settle on Scenario 2. I believe that she didn’t care as much as she could have, and the results followed from that. In his goodness, God wouldn’t have allowed a mistake of that magnitude to have happened to someone who was earnestly doing her best on a project so dear to his heart.
God rewards hard work, and he rewards good intentions. He almost invariably prevents damage to worthy projects and undertakings where people are doing their best. Yes, it does sometimes happen that our best efforts do not result in success across the board, and it is typical for people of good will to suffer from the apathy or malevolence of those around them, but entire failure of good undertakings by those who are doing their best is far less frequent than we have come to believe.
Turning to relationships, God preserves relationships where there is a sincere desire, on the part of those involved, to have a strong and loving bond, provided that the context is right. In such situations, problems will be overcome, and misunderstandings can be resolved with some effort. Those who find themselves in failed relationships should not blame fate, destiny, chemistry, biology or God. Choices were made.
Indeed, in every realm, people are quick to place blame on everything that moves. In a bureaucratic setting, blaming becomes so habitual that it is almost tangible. Inaction and failure to produce is blamed on:
(a) other people’s bad behaviour
(b) other people’s inability to cooperate (graciously ‘forgiven’ by the blamer)
(c) intervening holidays or events which reduced the available time to work
(d) inclement weather
(e) personal illness
(f) personal tragedy or difficult situation
Inaction and failure to produce is never blamed on:
(a) personal laziness
(b) personal unwillingness to take chances
(c) personal uncooperativeness and bad attitude
Yet the truth is that you will rarely find full effort in a North American or European bureaucracy. Far too many ‘workers’ are in a state of rest, devoting most of their energy to avoiding work, and scheming to sabotage the efforts of those they consider their enemy. Successes, in this context, are few, and those who are lazy use all of their mental energy and charm in order to claim as much credit as possible for any successes which occur in the organization.
Blessed be the workers who work diligently and earnestly, sharing their talents! Blessed be the managers and supervisors who reward the workers who put in a sincere effort!
What if everyone were paid according to the effort they expended? What if God himself paid the wages, according to effort?
Truly, it is a travesty of justice that so many well-paid workers use all of the talents given to them in order to distort the truth. They distort the reality of who is genuinely working, and they push themselves forward as exemplary workers, when, in truth, they are presenting the work of others as their own.
Worse than this are those who act as mud in the wheels of those who are doing their best. They will betray their organization and everything they purport to serve (even harming their own interests) so long as they can satisfy their spiteful desire to interfere with the success of the one they envy.
For shame! You are the stye in the eye of an organization which should be good!
Blessed be the God above, who sees all, and knows all. He is the one who prevents the envious from being victorious. The enemies of the good will stand by while the good are vindicated, and rewarded for their work.
My point is that the results of human activity are very dependent upon the intentions of the humans involved. God honours human intention, facilitates it, and makes it come to fruition.
God is NOT in the business of thwarting good intentions!!! Hear me, please!
It is evil intention that he thwarts. What is evil in the heart of your neighbour is prevented from affecting your life because God intervenes. Many, if not most, of the evil intentions that others hide in their hearts do not see the light of day because God does not allow their plans to succeed.
God is not perverse, letting good be trampled and evil triumph. If he allows it for a time, he does not allow it to be the final word. It is people who are perverse, wishing harm to the innocent, and hurting those who want nothing but good for them. It is people who celebrate and honour those who do wrong, and who come up with excuses for their own bad conduct and example.
We need to return to an intelligent analysis of why things have gone wrong. We must halt this knee-jerk reaction of finding someone or something to blame. Let’s stop blaming the moon’s gravitational pull. Let’s stop blaming hormones and electromagnetic waves and the fructose in the food. Let’s stop blaming the weather and chance and the curse on the team. It’s ridiculous.
Where things have gone wrong, the problem is generally going to be with the main actors in the situation. There is something that doesn’t add up; there is something about the intentions that you do not know, and that the main actors aren’t telling you. They protest that they care, and that they are entirely innocent, but careful examination will show you that the situation is more complicated than it appears at first. This mother acts as if she’s so sorrowful and so ashamed about her daughter’s wayward behaviour, yet she repeatedly takes centre-stage to tell all the details to anyone who’ll listen. Why? Because she can’t get onto the Dr. Phil show? It doesn’t add up. A loving mother will throw her mantle over the struggles of her daughter, not seek for pity while publicizing the troubles. Indeed, a loving mother will suffer many pains herself before she will expose her own to the disapproval and criticism of others.
Fix the intentions, and the results will follow.
God will honour your good intentions, and he will rearrange the universe to make your good intentions take effect. He is that good. God will support you, because he sees that you love him, and you love your neighbour, and that you want what is good for them.
God has been infinitely patient. People have pretended, generation after generation, that they had nothing to do with all of the evil that just ‘happened’ to materialize. They have blamed each other, the universe or God. They have looked the other way, never accepting responsibility for the evil that they actively intended, and for the evil that they did not care to stop.
Who me? A murderer?
Who me? A thief?
When the story of human activity is finally and fully told, how surprised we will be to see how many ‘regular folks’ have been involved in such heinous deeds.
So many things that ‘just happened,’ will be revealed as having being planned and intended.
And I look forward to the day, like a little girl looks forward to Christmas morning.
There was a time when I thought that it would be a fearsome thing, to have all of your deeds and thoughts and intentions exposed to the gaze of the world. Now I understand better, and I look forward to the day when all will be revealed.
The truth will be shouted from the mountain-tops, and what was said in the darkness will be heard in the light. What was hidden will be revealed.
So delay no longer. Come clean. Go to confession, and in the dark anonymity of the confessional, admit what you have been refusing to admit or even think about. Begin with the big things and then move to all the things that you try to tell yourself ‘don’t count.’
When you return home, go to “Compose” and begin an email. Admit that it was actually you who started that rumour. Admit that you were the one who scratched your neighbour’s car, and offer to pay. Admit that you were the one who wrote the dreadful review about your friend’s new restaurant, and remove it if you can. Admit that you lied.
Don’t sugar-coat the truth, or minimize your responsibility. It’s truth time, not excuse time.
Reward yourself with one perfect cheesie from the bag, and begin your next email or text. By the time you’re done, both your conscience and the bag will be much lighter.
It will be worth it.