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    1944: "Stand the Worlds' System on Its Head "

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    1944: "Stand the Worlds' System on Its Head "

    Post by Poem on Tue Dec 06, 2011 6:23 pm


    Notebook: 1944
    Page: 193
    Chp: Wisdom of Martyrs


    March 2

    Jesus says:

    "My martyrs have possessed Wisdom. And, along with them, my confessors. And all those who truly love Me and make this love the goal of their lives to possess it.

    "This does not appear in the eyes of the world. Rather, to be just seems like weakness; it seems like something which has been superseded. Almost as if, in the course of the centuries, changes in the relations between God and the faithful have taken place.

    "No. If I attenuated the severity of the Mosaic law and gave you resources of incalculable power to help you to practice the Law and reach Perfection, your duty to respect and obey the Lord your God has not, however, changed. If He has become Good to the point of giving Himself to make you good, you must be so even more and not say, 'Let Him take care of saving us. We are enjoying ourselves.' This is not wisdom--it is foolishness and blasphemy. This is the wisdom of the world--that is, reprehensible--not divine Wisdom.

    "My martyrs were wise in a divine manner. Unlike the wicked they did not say to themselves, 'Let us enjoy the present, for it does not come again, and all joys are over at death. And for the sake of enjoyment, let us make overbearance a right, and by extorting from the weak and the good what is not licit to extort let us gain from these acts of extortion the wherewithal to fill our pockets so as to fill our bellies afterwards and sate the concupiscence of our flesh and mind.' Unlike the wicked, they did not say to themselves, 'To be just is a sacrifice, and it is hard work to be such. As it is a reproach to see the just man. And let us, then, get him out of our way, for his justice reminds us of God and reproaches us for our life as beasts.'

    "My martyrs, on the other hand, stood the world's theory on its head and wanted to follow only that of God. The world thus put them to the test. It insulted, tormented, and killed them, hoping to rock their virtue. And in its foolishness it did not know that every blow given to crush their souls was like a hammer making them penetrate into Me and Me into them, with a love of perfect fusion, to the point that in the jails or circuses they were already in Heaven and were seeing Me, just as, after the instant of pain and death, they would see me throughout blessed eternity.

    "They were not dead, destroyed, tortured, or despairing. As birthpangs are not death, destruction, torture, or despair, but life generating life, a doubling of flesh which was one and becomes two, satisfaction, and the hope of being a mother and receiving ineffable joys from motherhood throughout life, so for them that pain was hope, security, and life rendering them blessed.

    "The world could not understand these holy madmen, whose madness was to love God with all the perfection possible for a creature, voluntarily making themselves infertile, for their only marriage was with Me in my Divinity, turning themselves into eunuchs who, for the sake of a spiritual love, amputated human sensuality in themselves and lives as chastely as angels. It could not understand these sublime madmen, who, aware of the sweetness of the marriage bed and offspring, were able to renounce the former and the latter and fly to torments, after having voluntarily lacerated their hearts on leaving their children and spouses, out of love for Me, their love.

    "But the world was saved by them. If you have become the beasts you are, after such and example and such a lavacre of purifying blood, what would you have become--and from what point on--without the holy and blessed generation of my martyrs? They kept you from plunging into Satan long before your lusts stirred you. They still invite you to halt and get back onto the ascending way, leaving the path plunging downward. They speak words of salvation to you. They speak them with their wounds, with their words to tyrants, with their acts of charity, with their concern for modesty, and with their patience, purity, faith, and constancy. They tell you that the necessary science is one alone. The one issuing form eternal Wisdom.

    "Even wiser than Solomon, the preferred this Wisdom to all the thrones and wealth of the earth. And to obtain it and conserve it, the defied persecutions and torments and embraced death so as not to lose it. They loved it more than health and beauty and wanted to have it as their light, for its splendor comes directly from God and to possess it means that the soul receives the beatific Light of the eternal day in advance. With uprightness of heart they learned it and with charity they communicated it even to their enemies. They were not afraid to be left deprived of it, for they shared it with the multitudes who were deprived of it, since Wisdom, living in them, instructed them that 'to give is to receive' and that the more they distributed the heavenly waters which the divine Fount poured into them, the more those waters increased, to the point of filling them like chalices of a holy Mass, consumed for the good of the world by the eternal Priest.

    "The wise king enumerates the gifts of Wisdom, whose spirit is intelligent, holy, single, multiple, subtle, and so on, but these, my martyrs, possessed all of those qualities. In them was what Solomon calls, 'the breath of the power of God and the pure emanations of the glory of the Almighty.' They thus mirrored God in themselves like no one else in the world; they mirrored God in his qualities and Me as Christ the Savior in my holocaust.

    "Oh, how rightly the words of Solomon proclaiming that he had loved and sought Wisdom since his youth and had wanted it as a bride could be place upon the lips of each martyr! The fact that he had wanted it as his teacher and wealth! And how rightly you may think, with no fear of error, that the prayer to obtain Wisdom which flowered on Solomon's lips blossomed on their lips.

    "And, above all, how rightly you should strive--O you, whom the concupiscence of the flesh has pushed back to a pagan darkness much deeper than the one to which my martyrs bore the Light--to become lovers of, anxious for, Wisdom and pray that it will be given you as a guide in individual and collective endeavors, so that you will no longer be the people you are: cruel maniacs torturing each other, losing your life and wealth--two things you are keen on--and the salvation of your spirits--which I am keen on, for I died to give your spirits salvation.

    "'It is through Wisdom,' Solomon says, 'that men's ways are made straight and they know what is pleasing to God.' Remember this. And know that nothing but your good is pleasing to God. Therefore, if you know Him and follow this way which is pleasing to Him, you will do good to yourselves on Earth and in Heaven."



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    Re: 1944: "Stand the Worlds' System on Its Head "

    Post by Poem on Tue Dec 13, 2011 1:58 am


    Notebook: 1944
    Chp: Innocence of Martyrs
    Page: 206

    March 5

    Jesus says:

    "O you twentieth-century Christians, who hear the stories of my martyrs as if they were fables and say to yourselves, 'It can't be true! How can it be? After all, they, too, were men and women! This is a legend.' Know that it is not a legend, but history. And if you believe in the civic virtues of the ancient Athens, Spartans, and Romans and feel your spirit's exaltation over the acts of valor and greatness by civil heroes, why don't you want to believe in these supernatural virtues and why don't you feel your spirit's exaltation and spur it towards a select imitation when hearing the account of the acts of greatness and valor by my heroes?

    "After all, you say, they were men and women. Of course. They were men and women. You state a great truth and give yourselves a great condemnation. They were men and women, and you are beasts. Degraded from the likeness to God, from God's filiation, to the level of animals guided only by instinct and allied by marriage with Satan.

    "They were men and women. They had become 'men and women' again by means of Grace, just as the First Man and the First Woman were in the Earthly Paradise.

    "Don't you read in Genesis that God made Man the ruler over all that was on Earth--that is, over everything except God and his angelic ministers? Don't you read that He made Woman so that she would be man's companion in joy and in ruling over all the living? Don't you read that they could eat everything except from the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil? Why? What underlying meaning is in the phrase 'so that he will rule'? And in the phrase referring to the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil? Have you ever wondered--you that wonder about so many useless things and are never able to ask your soul about the heavenly truths?

    "Your soul, if it were alive, would tell them to you--the soul that, when in Grace, is held like a flower in the hands of your angel; the soul that, when in Grace, is like a flower kissed by the sun and sprinkled with dew, through the Holy Spirit, who brings it warmth and light, who waters it and decorates it with heavenly lights.

    "How many truths your soul would tell you if you were able to converse with it, if you loved it as that which places in you the likeness to God, who is Spirit, as your soul is spirit. What a great friend you would have if you loved your soul instead of hating it to the point of slaying it; what a great, sublime friend to speak to about heavenly things--you that are eager to speak and ruin each other with friendships which, if they are not unworthy (sometimes they are), are, however, almost always useless and turn into a vain, harmful din of words, and all of them earthly words.

    "Didn't I say, 'Whoever loves me will observe my Word, and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him and make our dwelling in him? The soul in grace possesses love and, in possessing love, possesses God--that is, the Father, who conserves it; the Son, who instructs it; the Spirit, who illuminates it. It thus possesses Knowledge, Science, and Wisdom. It possesses the Light.

    "Consider, then, what sublime conversations your soul could engage in with you. It is these which have filled the silences of jails, the silences of cells, the silences of hermitages, and the silences of rooms of the holy infirm. It is these which have comforted the jailed waiting for martyrdom, the cloistered seeking Truth, hermits longing for advance knowledge of God, and the infirm yearning for endurance--or, I should rather say, love for their cross.

    "If you were able to question your soul, it would tell you that the true, exact meaning, as vast as creation, of that word 'rule is this: 'So that Man will rule over everything. Over all three of his strata. The lower stratum--animal. The middle stratum---moral. The higher stratum--spiritual. And so that he will direct all three to a single end: 'To possess God.' To possess Him by deserving to with his hard-and-fast rule, which keeps all the powers of self subject and makes them servants of this one goal: to deserve to possess God.

    "It would tell you that God had prohibite the knowledge of Good and Evil because He had granted Good to his creatures gratuitously and He did not want you to know Evil because it is a fruit sweet to the palate which, however, on descending into the blood with its juice, brings about a fever which kills and produces parching thirst, and, therefore, the more one drinks that deceitful fruit, the thirstier one gets for it.

    "You will object, 'And why did He place it there? Why! Because Evil is a power which arose by itself, like certain monstrous maladies in the healthiest body.

    "Lucifer was and angel, the most beautiful of the angels. A perfect spirit inferior to God alone. And yet, in his luminous being, a fume of haughtiness arose which he did not disperse, but rather, condensed by nourishing it. And from this incubation Evil was born. He existed before man did. God had hurled him down outside of Paradise--the accursed Incubator of Evil, this contaminator of Paradise. But he has remained the eternal Incubator of Evil, and, unable to contaminate Paradise anymore, he has contaminated the Earth.

    "The metaphorical plant is intended to demonstrate this truth. God had said to Man and Woman. 'Know all the laws and mysteries of creation. But do not seek to usurp my right to be man's Creator. My love, which will circulate in you, will suffice to propagate the human lineage, and, it will bring forth the new Adams of the lineage. I give you everything. I reserve for Myself only this mystery of the formation of man.'

    "Satan wanted to remove from Man this intellectual virginity, and with his serpentine tongue he flattered and caressed Eve's members and eyes, prompting reflexes and sensitivities which they formerly lacked, for Malice had intoxicated them. She 'saw.' And on seeing she wanted to experience. The flesh was awakened.

    "Oh, if only she had called upon God! If she had run to say,'Father! I am sick. The serpent caressed me, and disturbance is in me.' The Father would have purified her, He could have infused innocence into her again, bringing her to forget the serpentine toxin and, indeed, placing repugnance towards the Serpent within her, as it is present in those whom a malady has assaulted and who, when healed of that malady, bear an instinctive repugnance towards it.

    "But Eve did not go to the Father. Even went back to the Serpent. The sensation was sweet for her. 'On seeing that the fruit of the tree was good to eat and lovely to look at and pleasing in appearance, she took it and ate it.

    "And 'she understood.' Malice had now descended to gnaw at her innards. She saw with new eyes and heard with new ears the habits and voices of beasts. And she longed for them with a mad longing.

    "She began sin by herself. She carried it out with her companion. That is why a greater condemnation weighs upon women. It is because of her that man has become rebellious towards God and has known lust and death. It is because of her that he has no longer been able to master his three realms: of the spirit, for he allowed the spirit to disobey God; of the moral sphere, for he allowed passions to rule over him; of the flesh, for he degraded it to the instinctive laws of the beasts.

    "The Serpent seduced me,' Eve said. "The woman offered me the fruit, and I ate it,' Adam said. And since then the threefold concupiscence has gripped the three realms of man.

    "There is nothing but Grace that can ease the grip of the pitiless monster. And, if it is alive, thoroughly alive, maintained more and more alive by the will of the faithful son, it comes to strangle the monster and to have nothing more to fear. Neither inner tyrants--that is, the flesh and the passions--nor outer tyrants--that is, the world and the powerful of the world---nor persecutions, nor death."

    "It is as the apostle Paul states, 'I fear none of these things, nor do I place and value on my own life, provided that I fulfill my mission and the ministry received from the Lord Jesus to bear witness to the Gospel of God's Grace.

    "My martyrs were eager to fulfill their mission and hte ministry received from Me to sanctify the world and bear witness to the Gospel. They were concerned about nothing else. By the Grace living in them and protected by them with greater care than they showed for the apple of their eyes and for the life they cast aside with cheerful promptness, knowing they were casting away a corruptible sheath to acquire a new one of measureless value, they had become 'men and women' again, no longer beasts. And they lived and acted as men and women, children of the Heavenly Father.

    "As Paul says, they 'did not seek gold or silver or clothing from anyone,' but, rather, let themselves be stripped and voluntarily stripped themselves of all wealth, even of life, 'to follow Me' on earth and in Heaven.

    "'With their own hands,' the apostle continues, 'they provided for the needs of themselves and others.'

    "'By working they brought aid to those ill' with that tremendous illness which is to live outside of the true Faith and devoted their whole self to this end by offering affections, blood, life, labors, and all things, recaling my words, which I uttered to you three days ago: 'To give is to receive,' 'To give is better than to receive'---those words which today, when I had you open the Book at Acts 20:35, you read with a start, for you remembered having heard them shortly before, and you rushed to look them up. And, on finding them, you wept, for you received a confirmation that it is I who speak.

    "Yes, it is I. Do not fear. You don't even realize the truths you become a channel for. Like the small bird on the branch that happily sings the song God has placed in its little throat for millennia and does not know why those specific notes come out and not others, and it does not know that with them it is saying its name and the name of its Creator, so you repeat the Word that speaks in you and don't even know how deep it is in its manifestations.

    "But remain like this: a child. I love children so much. You have seen this. You have not seen Me laugh except with them. They were my joy as Man. My Mother and my Disciples were my joy as God-Man and a Teacher. The Father, my joy as God. But children were my joyous relief on the very bitter earth.

    "Remain like this: a child. Your Savior, cuffed by so many men, needs to refresh his cheeks on the cheeks of children. He needs to rest his brow on heads that are loving and without malice.

    "Come, little John, to your Jesus. And always remain a child for Me. The Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those able to have a child's soul and receive the Truth with the trusting promptness of a child.

    "It is I. Do not fear. I, who speak to you, and I, who bless you. Go in peace, little John. Tomorrow I shall send John to you."

    Peace be with you always

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