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I Need Peace, I Need Your Prayers

September 29, 2011 by  
Filed under Anxiety, Dan Burke, Peace, Suffering

I Need Peace, I Need Your Prayers…

Dear Mother Luisita, I am deeply troubled by things that seem so trivial and I can't seem to shake a sense of impending doom. My anxiety is constant. I need peace, I need your prayers.

peaceMy beloved child,

Accept my loving greeting and my prayer for you to be what God wants you to be. What about your soul? Is it taking little steps toward heaven or is it flying there?

Be very united with Our Lord so that your prayer may be continual, and at the same time, full of confidence in God. Fix your gaze on heaven, not on earthly things that all pass away like a breath leaving behind nothing but remorse and sadness like smoke that disappears with nothing but reality remaining.

Be entirely at peace. What we have to do, myself included, is to become saints, to perfect the ordinary deeds of daily life and to live only for God.

Let us bless God always and for everything, that we may remain happy and at peace even in the midst of thorns. Let us bless God our Lord in all and for all! Whenever sorrow enters your life, lift up your soul to God, offering it up to Him. Never separate yourself from Our Lord. He is always giving you proofs of His love for you. He loves you very much and, in return, you should love Him with all of your soul. We have to become very detached from everything else, so that He may be the One to fill our hearts. I remind you that He is very jealous, and that inordinate love for any creature will take His place in our souls.

The troubles you are now experiencing are found everywhere. They are the flowers in this valley of tears that perhaps are part of the plan of God and a means of practicing virtues. Try to see the difficulties and contradictions in this life with serenity. God our Lord will help you if you place everything in His hands and pray much. When you place everything in His hands, He will do everything, and very well! Look to God, your soul, and eternity. All the rest is merely a puff of smoke!

Peace, it seems to me, is an indispensable factor if we are to have life in our souls. Lack of peace is harmful to you. Try to allow peace to come back to your soul, praying to Our Lord for that grace. Every day you should be spending half an hour if you can, or even less, with the Blessed Sacrament asking Him for His help and presenting Him all your difficulties. As God, He knows everything; talk to Him as you would talk to a Father. Try not to lose God's peace or His presence. May you receive the consolation that comes from Him alone.

Try to become a little better each day. Make all of your devotions with increasing fervor and have a great purity of intention at the root of all of your actions. May God help you to be happy in your work, doing everything for the love of Him. When Our Lord sends you occasions to practice virtue in any manner whatsoever don't oppose Him or resist Him. Accept with good will all of the difficulties and contradictions of life. I would like very much for you to become a great soul, strong and vigorous, never looking toward your own gain and self-love, but toward God's glory.

Keep well, my child, and be what you are supposed to be – a saint! Take care of yourself. Write me when you can. Pray for me and may God bless you.

– Mother Luisita

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Editor's Note: Venerable Mother Maria Luisa Josefa of the Most Blessed Sacrament “Mother Luisita” was the foundress of the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles. She has proven to be a powerful intercessor, especially for women desiring to have children. They invite you to share any favors received through Mother’s intercession and ask that you pray a miracle will be approved for her cause to Sainthood! Graces obtained through Mother Luisita’s intercession may be reported to: Superior General, Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles, 920 East Alhambra Road, Alhambra, California 91801. (626) 289-1353. 


Photography: Ven. Mother Luisita, courtesy of the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles, used with permission.

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