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Broken? ~ Stanza II ~ Part II

June 1, 2012 by  
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Broken? ~ Stanza II ~ Part II

 

Come Lord Jesus to repair us,
with Your gift of healing love.
Send Your Spirit to prepare us,
for our home in heaven above.

The Holy Spirit is our internal guide, the Advocate that Jesus sent to “…guide you to all truth….” (John 16:13), and when we pay attention, we can discover an old friend dwelling deep in our hearts. The Holy Spirit does guide us, in dozens of ways….and each of us will know Him a little differently because He truly is our personal advocate; here to help us. We just need to listen, and for most of us that means being taught how to listen.

This is where faith formation and spiritual direction come in. Through the process of learning tried and true principles of the spiritual life and allowing God to form, or mold us, we begin to understand that the various ‘voices’ we hear internally may not be all ours. God may be speaking to us in these voices and so too, the devil. Underestimating the influence that the devil has in the physical world, and on each of us personally, is one of the biggest stumbling blocks I encountered on my faith journey. At first this was scary, but then I learned that the evil one can’t do anything without God allowing it. I didn’t need to be afraid of the devil, but needed to accept the fact that he is real, that he wants to prevent us from making it to heaven, and that he has many ways of distracting us from that objective.

In John 14:18 Jesus tells us: “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” God showed His great love for us through Jesus, and because in His humanity, He could not be everywhere at the same time, He had to leave, but He sent us the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit truly does dwell in our hearts……and it is entirely possible to feel one’s heart ‘burn’ as described by the disciples on the road to Emmaus. As our internal guide, given at baptism and strengthened through the sacrament of confirmation, the Holy Spirit leads us, draws us, attracts us, to those good things that we need in order to be prepared for heaven.

I had not heard of the concept – or need – of being prepared for heaven until I was close to 50 years old. We all know the scriptures about being prepared because “He comes like a thief in the night……” but I had never taken the time to reflect on what that really means. We have the choice and the ability, to live our lives in such a way as to allow us to go straight to heaven when we die; completely bypassing purgatory!! In my upbringing purgatory was kind of assumed to be an automatic step prior to heaven. I was also led to believe that although we should use the saints as role models…..I was never going to be one! What is a saint? My confessor recently told me, “A saint is simply a soul in a state of grace.” St. Thérèse of Lisieux has some good advice about being prepared here: Teaching on Purgatory

One of my favorite songs from the Liturgy of the Hours includes the following words:

God has promised, 
Christ prepares it, 
there on high our welcome waits.

It’s the Holy Spirit working in us that inspires us to leave sin behind; it is He who consoles and strengthens us through trials and darkness, and it is He who encourages us and gladdens our hearts, even in the midst of difficulties. He strips us of our attachments, enables us to focus solely on Jesus, and, filling us with abundant love and consolation, leads us to our eternal home.

Love & Prayers,

Becky

This post is part of a series. The introduction and other articles from the series can be found here once they have been published.

 

 

 

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About Becky Ward

Becky is a wife, mother of four (One in heaven), grandmother of five, and a "re-formed Catholic" who, after receiving the gift of a deep conversion in 2006, and working through the Disciples of Jesus and Mary faith formation program, now considers herself to be "fully Catholic" What this means is that she now, at last, understands and appreciates the beauty of the Catholic faith in such a way that she wants to share it with everyone. "I've heard that the Blessed Mother told a visionary, 'If Catholics really lived their faith, the whole world would be Catholic.' I see the truth in this, and it is my deepest hope to be a living example that draws others to Jesus. Given the nickname Rebel-Becca by her mother, Becky strongly identifies with St. John the Baptist and his call to "make straight the path of the Lord", and with his role as "Friend of the Bridegroom". The poem, "Broken?" written through her hand, is a reflection of the journey of the soul, and Becky explains what the Holy Spirit is teaching her as she writes posts for each stanza.

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  • New Name

    Wise words, Becky. Thank you…and God bless you!

  • LizEst

    Wise words, Becky. Thank you…and God bless you!

  • Benjamin_k

    I know the Holy Spirit is with you Becky, because through you he just consoled and strengthend me in my trial, and gladdend my heart.

    • New Name

       God be with you Benjamin_k.

    • Becky313

      Thanks be to God! …and thank you for the kind words.

  • Benjamin_k

    I know the Holy Spirit is with you Becky, because through you he just consoled and strengthend me in my trial, and gladdend my heart.

    • LizEst

       God be with you Benjamin_k.

    • Becky Ward

      Thanks be to God! …and thank you for the kind words.

  • Maria

    WOW! I read your link on St. Therese and Purgatory and that is amazing! Just days ago I read something about Mama Mary promising that we could skip purgatory if we spread the meditation on her Sorrows but I did not believe it. I couldn’t imagine entering heaven that easily could be real!

    • New Name

      Hi Maria,

      “As soon as
      you try to please Him in everything and have an unshakable trust He
      purifies you every moment in His love and He lets no
      sin remain. And then you can be sure that you will not have to go to

      Purgatory.5” [5. Annales de Sainte Therese, Lisieux. Nr. 610, Febr. 1982. Translated
      from the German.] (from Becky Ward’s link http://www.franciscan-sfo.org/ap/litfwrpu.htm)

      I believe the first part of this quote is very important “as soon as YOU
      TRY TO PLEASE HIM IN EVERYTHING and have an unshakable trust…”
      (emphasis mine). This is key. One have to follow His command of love,
      of pleasing Him in everything, and trust in Him. Living a life of
      corruption and sin and then trusting that one will go straight to heaven
      is presumption. St. Therese wasn’t talking about presumption. She
      said to try to please God in everything AND have an unshakable trust.

      I’m
      interested in the reference you talked about for skipping purgatory by
      spreading the meditation of the Blessed Mother’s sorrows. Would you
      please tell me where I could find that? What saint, or holy person, was
      this promise made to?

      Thank you.

  • WOW! I read your link on St. Therese and Purgatory and that is amazing! Just days ago I read something about Mama Mary promising that we could skip purgatory if we spread the meditation on her Sorrows but I did not believe it. I couldn’t imagine entering heaven that easily could be real!

    • LizEst

      Hi Maria,

      “As soon as
      you try to please Him in everything and have an unshakable trust He
      purifies you every moment in His love and He lets no
      sin remain. And then you can be sure that you will not have to go to

      Purgatory.5” [5. Annales de Sainte Therese, Lisieux. Nr. 610, Febr. 1982. Translated
      from the German.] (from Becky Ward’s link http://www.franciscan-sfo.org/ap/litfwrpu.htm)

      I believe the first part of this quote is very important “as soon as YOU
      TRY TO PLEASE HIM IN EVERYTHING and have an unshakable trust…”
      (emphasis mine). This is key. One have to follow His command of love,
      of pleasing Him in everything, and trust in Him. Living a life of
      corruption and sin and then trusting that one will go straight to heaven
      is presumption. St. Therese wasn’t talking about presumption. She
      said to try to please God in everything AND have an unshakable trust.

      I’m
      interested in the reference you talked about for skipping purgatory by
      spreading the meditation of the Blessed Mother’s sorrows. Would you
      please tell me where I could find that? What saint, or holy person, was
      this promise made to?

      Thank you.

      • Sorry you are right about presumptuousness! I’m trying to please Him in everything. But also failing a lot.
        Still, what St Therese said here is very comforting. “He would not inspire me to desire what He did not want to fulfill.”
        The devotion to her sorrows was said to Saint Bridget if I remember correctly…

        • LizEst

          Maria, what is important is that you are trying to please Him in everything. God can work with that even if you are, as I often am, failing much. Now, we must trust Him implicitly.

          Thanks for the information on St. Bridget. I’ll try to find it.

        • LizEst

          I found the information you talked about (you were right in saying that the promise was to St. Brigid).

          “There are…seven promises [and four graces] attached to the practice of daily praying seven Hail Mary’s while meditating on Our Lady’s Tears and Sorrows.” Promise number seven is what you wrote about: “…those who propagate this devotion to My tears and sorrows will be taken directly from this earthly life to eternal happiness, since all their sins will be forgiven and My Son will be their eternal consolation and joy.” [from (Prayers and Heavenly Promises by Joan Carroll Cruz; Imprimatur: Most Rev. Francis B. Schulte, 1989, pg. 34-35)].

          So, as I read it, to gain direct passage from earthly life to eternal happiness through this devotion, you must do two things:
          1. Daily pray and meditate on the Chaplet or “Little Rosary” of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
          2. Propagate this devotion.

          Hope this helps.

        • Becky Ward

          “He would not inspire me to desire what He did not want to fulfill.”

          AMEN!!

  • hazcompat

    From an ancient Holy Saturday sermon

    ..”Rise
    up, work of my hands, you who were created in my image. Rise, let us leave this
    place, for you are in me and I am in you; together we form only one person and
    we cannot be separated.”

    peace

    • Becky Ward

      Hazcom…..thank you. You have no idea how perfectly timed are these words for me…balm for my soul.

    • LizEst

       Ah yes, it’s from the Second Reading in the Office of Readings for Holy Saturday which describes the Lord’s descent into hell.

  • Mbtvalli

    Becky, this is such a GIFT.  What strikes me is the comment that so many souls were never taught this!  May the Holy Spirit set our hearts on fire with His love and give us the grace of making Him deeply loved! (The prayer St. Therese asked Fr. Maurice to pray on her behalf)

    • Becky313

      AMEN!!

  • Opinionated1

    Wow! Thanks for this. What an eye-opener for me. I have now to do some some serious relection about how to incorporate this teaching into my life.

  • Mbtvalli

    Becky, this is such a GIFT.  What strikes me is the comment that so many souls were never taught this!  May the Holy Spirit set our hearts on fire with His love and give us the grace of making Him deeply loved! (The prayer St. Therese asked Fr. Maurice to pray on her behalf)

    • Becky Ward

      AMEN!!

  • Opinionated1

    Wow! Thanks for this. What an eye-opener for me. I have now to do some some serious relection about how to incorporate this teaching into my life.

  • New Name

    Maria, what is important is that you are trying to please Him in everything. God can work with that even if you are, as I often am, failing much. Now, we must trust Him implicitly.

    Thanks for the information on St. Bridget. I’ll try to find it.

  • Jennifer

    Oh My God… truly Oh My God. I thought I read everything by St. Therese.. well I missed so much. This article truly changed me and my prayer. Thank you. I printed the article and intend to show it all my ‘brothers’ at the abbey in Valyermo

  • Jennifer

    Oh My God… truly Oh My God. I thought I read everything by St. Therese.. well I missed so much. This article truly changed me and my prayer. Thank you. I printed the article and intend to show it all my ‘brothers’ at the abbey in Valyermo

  • New Name

    I found the information you talked about (you were right in saying that the promise was to St. Brigid).

    “There are…seven promises [and four graces] attached to the practice of daily praying seven Hail Mary’s while meditating on Our Lady’s Tears and Sorrows.” Promise number seven is what you wrote about: “…those who propagate this devotion to My tears and sorrows will be taken directly from this earthly life to eternal happiness, since all their sins will be forgiven and My Son will be their eternal consolation and joy.” [from (Prayers and Heavenly Promises by Joan Carroll Cruz; Imprimatur: Most Rev. Francis B. Schulte, 1989, pg. 34-35)].

    So, as I read it, to gain direct passage from earthly life to eternal happiness through this devotion, you must do two things:
    1. Daily pray and meditate on the Chaplet or “Little Rosary” of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
    2. Propagate this devotion.

    Hope this helps.

  • Becky313

    Hazcom…..thank you. You have no idea how perfectly timed are these words for me…balm for my soul.

  • Becky313

    “He would not inspire me to desire what He did not want to fulfill.”

    AMEN!!

  • Mary@42

    Oh, thank you, Becky.  This is really a great Post. The Holy Spirit is truly inspiring you to enrich us in our Faith.  I am, however, caught by this, your comment :

     ”
    I had not heard of the concept – or need – of being prepared for heaven until I was close to 50 years old. We all know the scriptures about being prepared because “He comes like a thief in the night……” 

    Becky, this is old, old Roman Catholic Catechism Lesson.  When I was preparing for my first Holy Communion at 6 years – those days children received First Holy Communion on attaining 7 years – our Consolata Nun Catechism Teacher, and my own Catholic Lay Leader Father (bless his soul)  taught us thus:  “live each new day God gives you as if it is your last day on this earth.  Be always prepared by ensuring you are living in Sanctifying Grace, through frequent reception of the Sacraments of Penance and the Eucharist.”….that was some 68 years ago and it is still vitally true and essential to-day……for all of us…..

    It is really sad that these Truths are not taught properly these days when Catechists are preparing those who are joining the Catholic Church…..or even to our children in Schools……consequently, very rich and deep understanding of the Catholic Faith has been lost…..Providentially, the Catholic Church is our country has recognized this deficiency and She has enriched the Catechism Classes by restoring those Truths which had been overlooked in the past.

    • Appove

    • New Name

      We need more restoring of the Truths. Blessed be God that people are beginning to recognize this and working to rectify the deficiencies of the recent past.

      God bless you Mary.

    • Becky313

      This is why people like YOU are so very important to our slavation! 🙂  I cherish your advice and your friendship dear sister.

    • judeen

       I taught catechism.. and as I did.. I highlighted what was not catholic in the book and gave it to Father with a complant.. he then looked again at the books realizing alot of none catholic stuff was in the books.. and talked alot about magic.. introducing doubt…
             inclusive language also came into the picture , and people tryed to change the wording in scripture… this is not of God.. .the scripture is written that way for a reason… by the Holy Spirit…
             also the prayers were changed.. cutting off the elders of the church to teach the young their prayers.. at home.. and the young not listening to the old , it was old stuff… to pass on the faith from generation to generation should be never changing yet changing with the HOly Spirit renewing in our souls , but the old ways are good.. ( if you understand what I mean.)
        also women so wanted to get more involved in our church , they over took the church and men will stand back and let them… we need our men to stay stronge in faith.. and participating.. in leadership.. they have a gift of protection, and power in their prayers…

      • Becky313

        The monks at the Trappist Abbey near my home include this verse as part of their night prayer:

        “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: 5?And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 6?And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 7?And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. ”

        …..Teach them diligently to your children……I can’t remember hearing this until my children were already grown…….so I do what I can with my grandchildren and pray for my kids. It is sad but so very true that we really do not know what we are doing.

        Thank God we know how the story ends…….

  • Mary@42

    Oh, thank you, Becky.  This is really a great Post. The Holy Spirit is truly inspiring you to enrich us in our Faith.  I am, however, caught by this, your comment :

     ”
    I had not heard of the concept – or need – of being prepared for heaven until I was close to 50 years old. We all know the scriptures about being prepared because “He comes like a thief in the night……” 

    Becky, this is old, old Roman Catholic Catechism Lesson.  When I was preparing for my first Holy Communion at 6 years – those days children received First Holy Communion on attaining 7 years – our Consolata Nun Catechism Teacher, and my own Catholic Lay Leader Father (bless his soul)  taught us thus:  “live each new day God gives you as if it is your last day on this earth.  Be always prepared by ensuring you are living in Sanctifying Grace, through frequent reception of the Sacraments of Penance and the Eucharist.”….that was some 68 years ago and it is still vitally true and essential to-day……for all of us…..

    It is really sad that these Truths are not taught properly these days when Catechists are preparing those who are joining the Catholic Church…..or even to our children in Schools……consequently, very rich and deep understanding of the Catholic Faith has been lost…..Providentially, the Catholic Church is our country has recognized this deficiency and She has enriched the Catechism Classes by restoring those Truths which had been overlooked in the past.

    • LizEst

      We need more restoring of the Truths. Blessed be God that people are beginning to recognize this and working to rectify the deficiencies of the recent past.

      God bless you Mary.

    • Becky Ward

      This is why people like YOU are so very important to our salvation! 🙂  I cherish your advice and your friendship dear sister.

    • judeen

       I taught catechism.. and as I did.. I highlighted what was not catholic in the book and gave it to Father with a complant.. he then looked again at the books realizing alot of none catholic stuff was in the books.. and talked alot about magic.. introducing doubt…
             inclusive language also came into the picture , and people tryed to change the wording in scripture… this is not of God.. .the scripture is written that way for a reason… by the Holy Spirit…
             also the prayers were changed.. cutting off the elders of the church to teach the young their prayers.. at home.. and the young not listening to the old , it was old stuff… to pass on the faith from generation to generation should be never changing yet changing with the HOly Spirit renewing in our souls , but the old ways are good.. ( if you understand what I mean.)
        also women so wanted to get more involved in our church , they over took the church and men will stand back and let them… we need our men to stay stronge in faith.. and participating.. in leadership.. they have a gift of protection, and power in their prayers…

      • Becky Ward

        The monks at the Trappist Abbey near my home include this verse as part of their night prayer:

        “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: 5 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. ”

        …..Teach them diligently to your children……I can’t remember hearing this until my children were already grown…….so I do what I can with my grandchildren and pray for my kids. It is sad but so very true that we really do not know what we are doing.

        Thank God we know how the story ends…….

  • New Name

     Ah yes, it’s from the Second Reading in the Office of Readings for Holy Saturday which describes the Lord’s descent into hell.

  • Marie

    You ask the question what is a saint???My retreat master told me recently…the difference between and saint and a sinner is one good confession….so Fr. said… when you come to confession, don’t hold anything back!
    Thanks for this great post!!!

    • New Name

       One good confession! I like that. Thanks Marie.

      …and God bless you.

    • Becky313

      Marie, thank you for mentioning this. It is so true…and it occurred to me (too late) to add this fact to the post. If we have made a sincere and thorough confession, we are saints until we sin again…………….. how cool is that??

  • Marie

    You ask the question what is a saint???My retreat master told me recently…the difference between and saint and a sinner is one good confession….so Fr. said… when you come to confession, don’t hold anything back!
    Thanks for this great post!!!

    • LizEst

       One good confession! I like that. Thanks Marie.

      …and God bless you.

    • Becky Ward

      Marie, thank you for mentioning this. It is so true…and it occurred to me (too late) to add this fact to the post. If we have made a sincere and thorough confession, we are saints until we sin again…………….. how cool is that??

      • amsmax

        Hi Becky313, you mentioned in this post that some voices that we hear are from the devil. May this be that we are somehow posseessed by him?

        • LizEst

          amsmax – if you, or someone you know, are/is hearing voices, please check this out with a priest. Voices can have a number of different origins: they can be of God, of oneself, of the devil…and also of mental illness. Put your trust in Jesus and ask a priest to help with this. It is important to find out so it can be addressed in the correct way.

          God bless you amsmax!

          • amsmax

            Hi LizEst, I didn’t mean to cause worry, it was just a general question that I guess “sounded” better in my head than what I wrote. What I meant in a sense, is our conscience(spelling?) the voice within that God speaks through? and since the devil plays a big part in holding us back from the Truth is that “voice” we hear that says “it’s ok, no big deal” in a way considered some type of possession?

          • LizEst

            No, the voice that says “it’s ok, no big deal” is a temptation and is, in no way, a type of possession.

            Possession is a very specific thing. Here is an explanation of possession from the book “The Rite – The Making of a Modern Exorcist” by Matt Baglio: “…demonic possession is by far the most spectacular activity of the Devil and also the rarest…In a demonic possession, the Devil takes temporary control of a person’s body, speaking and acting through it without the person’s knowledge. This control, however, doesn’t last indefinitely, but rather occurs only during ‘moments of crisis’ in which the victim enters a trance state…In between their crisis moments, it is also possible for victims to carry on as if nothing is wrong.” (from Chapter Four: “Know Your Enemy”)

        • Becky Ward

          amsmax, No, I am not talking about possession here, but rather like you have described…voices to tempt us or to tell us how bad were are…and also those that cause us to fear or otherwise take our focus off God and His mercy and love for us.

  • judeen

    there is so much more.. God leads us to save people from hell… to turn their lives around before they die… it is love thy neighbor… people whos souls stink… who are so wounded they have become slaves to others and demons… who need love , caring and guideness to get back to God , confession, church… our faith goes past us.. that is the 1st part.. the next is to help others ,saving their very soul.. reclaiming people for God once more.

  • judeen

    there is so much more.. God leads us to save people from hell… to turn their lives around before they die… it is love thy neighbor… people whos souls stink… who are so wounded they have become slaves to others and demons… who need love , caring and guideness to get back to God , confession, church… our faith goes past us.. that is the 1st part.. the next is to help others ,saving their very soul.. reclaiming people for God once more.

  • judeen

     I need to share this.. came to me at mass – thought it was for anger…. but .. the Holy Spirit is with us… He will help us.. story- I was 16 , dad  was so angry with me.. I ran for my life I thought… ( there is much to the story.. ) but I was taken to the doc.. because I would cry because of the sorrow of anger within my dad.. I was put in the hospital for protection until my dad got conseling.. , there was a great out break of the flue.. and people lined the hall ways in the hospital… so the doc. asked me if he could put me in a ward so I could walk around and do crafts.. I said yes… I put in the sanitariam.. people banging their heads. repeating words.. and the paper trail got lost and the doc. went on vacation. 2 weeks in there. 1 day a man who I did not know sat by me.. and said I go home tommorrow.. I had great anger,and they told me to make bird houses when I was mad… it helped me alot , tell your dad to make bird houses…… I dont know how he knew me.. or about me. but I did.. dad made tons of bird house. I also warned Him if he did what he did to me I put him in jail.  (2 behind me was very spoilt, not good)…. God with with us. everywhere.  who ever needs to hear this.. God will help you.. and help you help others….

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