To Love the Cross
Maria says: (Maria Mother and Teacher, Vol. 1) "My children, I am the Immaculate. The simple, poor and humble souls, who have had the joy of seeing me even in this life, have received from me great gifts. But do you think that I have given them riches? That have made them happy? No, they have received the desire to suffer and the love for suffering.
No one can enter into Paradise without going up Calvary, and they, these privileged souls, have embraced the cross, in the way as men laid it on their shoulders and as the Lord permuted.
Do you think that the cross that was placed on the shoulders of my Son was fabricated by the eternal Father? Certainly not, men fabricated it, but Jesus received it as if it were given to him by his divine Father and He went to meet it and embraced it with the same ardor with which the worldly seek out joy, riches, amusements, all the fleeting goods of life.
That's why today I bring to you as example Bernadette, so that she may teach you to love the cross, to embrace it and to bless it as the most precious gift that God gives to his friends.
Another thing I wish to suggest to you. I know that some of your daughters are your cross and they torment your soul, as they rein your heart. Well then, why not entrust these degenerate daughters to her who has been a model of a daughter? Yes, tell her to preserve them and guard them for you. I assure you that she will exercise so much force and power that many of them will come to their senses.
My children, to those who are sick I say: don't lose courage. Believe that your illness serves to heal many souls sick and corroded by sin. Health is not the greatest gift of God, but the acceptance of his will, since in the fulfillment of it there is sanctity.
See how quickly life passes? It seems yesterday that you were young and already the wrinkles furrow your face and perhaps few still are your days.
Don't get distressed when it is your last hour. I promise you that I shall come to meet you and that even before seeing me in the glory of Paradise,. you shall. see me, even if for a very brief instant, so as to be able with courage and joy confront a moment so sorrowful.
My children, I bless you."
"CENACOLO DELLA DIVINA MISERICORDIA", Viale Lunigiana 30, 20125 Milano, Italy Nihil Obstat: Reverend Gerard Diamond MA (Oxon), LSS, D. Theol, Diocesan Censor Imprimatur: Rev. Monsignor Les Tomlinson, Vicar General Date: 20th July 2007
Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne