Practicing the Gift of Living
IN Divine Will
NEW STUDY GROUP EVERY THURSDAY from 9:00 am until 10:15 at the church in classroom 1. Please join us for the study and refreshments!!
Quotes from participants:
“It was truly a blessed First Saturday morning! Learning how much Servant of God Luisa’s and St. Faustina’s diaries can impact our earthly condition and our eternal salvation was amazing!”
Here is a recap of the last meeting:
Meeting Agenda – September 9, 2023
- Invocation to the Holy Spirit and Divine Will
- Our Mission
- Excerpt for the Book of Heaven –
- “The Soul, Royal Palace of God”
- Reflections on the Writing
- Sing “Stone by Stone”
- Closing Prayer
Excerpt from the “Book of Heaven” by Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta
9/9/1899 – Vol. 2 Faith, Hope and Charity. The soul, royal palace of God.
Jesus continues to come, but with a look all new. It seemed that the trunk of a tree was coming out of His blessed Heart, which contained three distinct roots. This trunk was leaning out of His Heart into mine, and coming out of my heart, it formed many beautiful branches, loaded with flowers, with fruits, with pearls and precious stones, shining like most refulgent stars. Now, seeing Himself in the shade of this tree, my loving Jesus amused Himself completely; more so, since many pearls were falling from the tree, which formed a beautiful ornament for His Most Holy Humanity. While He was in this position, He told me: “Dearest daughter of mine, the three roots you see, which this tree contains, are Faith, Hope and Charity. The fact that you see this trunk coming out of Me and entering into your heart means that there is no good that souls possess which does not come from Me. Then, after Faith, Hope and Charity, the first development of this trunk is to make known that everything good comes from God, that creatures have nothing of their own but their nothingness, and that this nothingness does nothing but give Me the freedom to enter into them and do what I want. However, there are other ‘nothings’ – that is, other souls – who make opposition with their own human will; so, because this knowledge is lacking, the trunk produces neither branches, nor fruits, nor anything else that is good. The branches which this tree contains, with all the apparatus of flowers, fruits, pearls and precious stones, are all the different virtues that a soul can possess. Now, who has given life to such a beautiful tree? Certainly the roots. This means that Faith, Hope and Charity embrace everything and contain all virtues, so much so, that they are placed there as the basis and the foundation of the tree, and without them no other virtue can be produced.”
I also understood that the flowers signify the virtues, the fruits, sufferings, the precious stones and pearls, suffering only out of pure love for God. This is why those pearls which were falling formed that beautiful ornament for Our Lord.
Now, while sitting in the shade of this tree, Jesus looked at me with tenderness, all paternal, and taken by a surge of love, such that it seemed He could not contain it within Himself, He embraced me tightly and began to say: “How beautiful you are! You are my simple dove, my beloved dwelling, my living temple, in which I am pleased to delight united with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Your continuous languishing for Me relieves Me and refreshes Me from the continuous offenses that creatures give Me. Know that the love I have for you is so great that I am forced to hide it in part, so that you may not go mad, but may live. In fact, if I showed it to you, you would not only go mad, but would not be able to continue to live; your weak nature would be consumed by the flames of my love.” While He was saying this, I felt all confused and annihilated, and I felt myself sinking into the abyss of my nothingness, because I saw myself all imperfect; especially, I noted my ingratitude and coldness at the so many graces that the Lord gives me. But I hope that everything will be for His glory and honor, hoping with firm confidence that in an effort of His love He may want to conquer my hardness.
- Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta
Lyrics from “Stone by Stone” by Donavan from the movie “Brother Sun, Sister Moon”
If you want your dream to be
Build it slow and surely
Small beginning greater end
Heartfelt work grows purely.
If you want to live life free
Take your time go slowly.
Do few things but do them well
Simple joys are holy.
Day by day
Stone by stone
Build your secret slowly.
Day by day
You’ll grow too
You’ll know heaven’s glory.
PRAYER TO THE HOLY TRINITY FOR THE GLORIFICATION OF THE SERVANT OF GOD LUISA PICCARRETA
Oh august and Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we praise and thank You for the gift of holiness of your faithful servant Luisa Piccarreta. She lived, Oh Father, in Your Divine Will, becoming, under the action of the Holy Spirit, in conformity with Your Son, obedient even to death on the cross, victim and host pleasing to You, thus cooperating in the work of Redemption of mankind.
Her virtues of obedience, humility, supreme love for Christ and the Church, lead us to ask You for the gift of her glorification on earth, so that Your glory may shine before all, and Your kingdom of truth, justice and love,may spread all over the world in the particular charisma of the Fiat Voluntas tua sicut in Caelo et in terra. We appeal to her merits to obtain from You, Most Holy Trinity, the particular grace for which we pray to You with the intention to fulfill your Divine Will. Amen.
3 Glory be, Our Father,
Queen of All Saints, pray for us.
Giovan Battista Pichierri, Archbishop of Trani
October 29, 2005
- Divine Will Study Group at Saint Faustina every Thursday at 9AM in Classroom #1
- Next Corpus Christi Meeting: First Thursday, October 5th! Topic: “Queen of Divine Will”
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Similarities of the Divine Daughters
Limited Formal Education
Personal Conversations with Jesus and Mar
Given a Specialized Knowledge
Wrote Diaries Under Obedience
Writings Banned for a time
Meditation of the Passion
Practicing The Divine Attitude
Doing All for and In Jesus
What does the Catechism say about Private Revelation
Throughout the ages, there have been so-called “private” revelations, some of which have been recognized by the authority of the Church. They do not belong, however, to the deposit of faith. It is not their role to improve or complete Christ’s definitive Revelation, but to help live more fully by it in a certain period of history. Guided by the magisterium of the Church, the sensus fidelium (sense of the faithful) knows how to discern and welcome in these revelations whatever constitutes an authentic call of Christ or his saints to the Church. (84, 93).
Christian faith cannot accept “revelations” that claim to surpass or correct the Revelation of which Christ is the fulfillment, as is the case in certain non-Christian religions and also in certain recent sects which base themselves on such “revelations.”
Vaticana, Libreria Editrice. Catechism of the Catholic Church. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
The Writing of Luisa Piccarreta
Luisa’s life took a decisive turning point at the age of about 12, when there was a mysterious state of suffering which confined her to bed and left her in a state of loss of consciousness.
Despite medical treatment, it was clear that only the blessing of a priest enabled her to come out of her ‘usual state’. Luisa offered her suffering for the benefit o humanity accepting until her death the complete confinement to bed that lasted about 70 years.
Her particular condition convinced the Archbishop of Trani to entrust her permanently to the spiritual care of a priest. Of fundamental importance was the contribution of Fr. Gennaro De Gennaro. After having heard what happened to her during her states of loss of consciousness, he gave her the “obedience” to write the “Diary”, a task to which Luisa will remain faithful, with great reluctance, writing about 10,000 pages from February 28, 1899 to December 28, 1938. The main theme is the Divine Will and how we can live in It.
‘The Kingdom of my Divine Will in the midst of creatures. Book of Heaven. The call of the creature to the order, the place and the purpose for which he was created by God’.
The Title Jesus Gave to Luisa (8/27/1926 – V.19)
Excerpt from “Book of Heaven”
“For as long as the soul is in the Divine Will, so much of Divine Life can she say she lives on earth. The acts in the Divine Will are the simplest acts, but, because they are simple, they communicate themselves to all.” Jesus to Luisa (9/8/1916 – Vol. 11)
This morning, after Communion, I felt that my lovable Jesus absorbed me completely in His Will in a special way, and I swam inside of It. But who can say what I felt? I have no words to express myself. Then Jesus told me: “My daughter, for as long as the soul is in my Will, so much of Divine Life can she say she lives on earth. How I like it when I see that the soul enters into my Will to live Divine Life in It! I like very much to see souls who repeat in my Will what my Humanity did in It! I received Communion, I received Myself in the Will of the Father, and with this I not only repaired everything, but finding immensity and all-seeingness of everything and everyone in the Divine Will, I embraced all, I gave Communion to all; and in seeing that many would not take part in the Sacrament and that the Father was offended for they did not want to receive my Life, I gave to the Father the satisfaction and the glory as if all had received Communion, giving to the Father the satisfaction and the glory of a Divine Life for each one. You too – receive Communion in my Will, repeat what I did, and in this way you will not only repair everything, but will give Me to all as I intended to give Myself to all, and will give Me the glory as if all had received Communion. My Heart feels moved in seeing that, unable to give Me anything from her own which is worthy of Me, the creature takes my things, she makes them her own, she imitates the way I did them, and to please Me, she gives them to Me. And I, in my delight, keep repeating: “Brava, my daughter, you have done exactly what I did.”
Then He added: “The acts in my Will are the simplest acts, but, because they are simple, they communicate themselves to all. The light of the Sun, because it is simple, is light of every eye – yet the Sun is one. One act alone in my Will, like most simple light, diffuses itself in every heart, in every work, in everyone – yet the act is one. My very Being, because It is most simple, is one single act, but an act which contains everything; it has no feet but is the step of all; no eyes, but is the eye and the light of all; it gives life to everything, but with no effort, with no toil, yet it gives the act of operating to all. So, the soul in my Will becomes simple, and together with Me she multiplies in all, and does good to all. Oh, if all comprehended the immense value of the acts, even the littlest, done in my Will – they would let not one act escape them!”
Statement about participation: The meetings last one hour and are held monthly, each first Saturday, in the church following the 8:00 am Mass and Rosary. It is important to know that lessons do naturally build upon each other, but if you are unable to attend one of the monthly meetings you will not be “left behind” as each topic is independent. Meetings are scheduled to last one hour.
The content is simple because Jesus doesn’t make things complicated.
Just as Jesus gave St. Faustina the prayer of Divine Mercy and the Divine Mercy Chaplet, He gave servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta, he Prevenient Act and Actual Act on May 27, 1922.
I am nothing, God is all. Father, I love you.
Come Divine Will to think in my mind, to circulate in my blood, to look with my eyes, to listen in my ears, to speak in my voice, to breath in my breathing, to beat in my heart, to move in my motion.
Come Divine Will to suffer in my suffering and may my soul, consumed and fused with Your Will, be a living crucifix immolated for the Glory of the Father.
Come Divine Will to pray in me and offer this prayer to yourself as mine to satisfy for the prayers of all and give to the Father the Glory that all creatures should give Him.
Come Divine Will to infuse in me the Faith of Mary Most Holy in order to possess You as she possesses You.
Come Divine Will to infuse in me the Hope of Mary Most Come Divine Will to infuse in me the Hope of Mary Most Holy in order to love You as she loves You.
Come Divine Will to adore in me and since Your Will multiplies acts to the infinite thus I intend to give you the satisfaction as if all had assisted at Holy Mass and give all to the Fruit of Sacrifice and impetrate Salvation for all.
O Supreme Will come to reign upon the earth. Invest all generations. Win and conquer all and do not delay any longer. Amen. – Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta
The Prevenient Act and Actual Act
I was thinking to myself: “If one act done in His Will is so great, how many of them, alas, do I let escape!’ And my sweet Jesus, moving in my interior, told me: “My daughter, there is the prevenient act and the actual act. The prevenient act is when the soul, at the first rising of the day, fixes her will in Mine, and decides and confirms that she wants to live and operate only in my Volition. She anticipates all of her acts and makes them all flow in my Will. With the prevenient will, my Sun rises, my Life remains duplicated in all of her acts, as though in one single act; and this makes up for the actual act. However, the prevenient act can be shaded – obscured by the human ways, by one’s own will, by self-esteem, by negligence and other things, which are like clouds before the Sun, that render its light less vivid on the face of the earth.
On the other hand, the actual act is not subject to clouds; on the contrary, it has the virtue of dispelling the clouds, if there are any, and it makes many more suns rise, in which my Life, is duplicated, with such vividness of light and heat as to form as many new suns, one more beautiful than the other. However, both of them are necessary: prevenient act gives the hand, disposes and forms the plane for the actual act; the actual act preserves and expands the plane prevenient.” – “Book of Heaven” by Servant of God, Luisa Piccarrenta (5/27/1922 V.14)
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This is not a competing spirituality. We promote many Catholic Organizations and Devotions. YFA brings a new effectiveness to all ministries and devotions! For example:
+ Eucharistic Adoration
+ Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary
+ Consecration to Jesus through Mary
+ Legion of Mary
+ First Friday Sacred Heart of Jesus Devotion
+ First Saturday Devotion
+ Divine Mercy Chaplet
+ Knights of Columbus
+ St. Vincent de Paul
and many, many, more!
We have discovered the great gift of living IN the Divine Will through the spiritual writings of Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta. This little known spiritual gift has many profound effects on us, including:
+ Increased devotion, reverence and love for the Eucharist.
+ A great desire for holiness.
+ Love for the Blessed Mother and the Saints.
+ The realization of God’s immense love for man.
+ A better understanding of why God created man and His plan for all humanity.
Our Catholic Faith prepares us to receive the Gift of Living In the Divine Will and Living In the Divine Will helps us live our Faith in a manner most pleasing to God the Father.
Sample Topics May Include:
+ Being Faithful and Attentive
+ The Divine Attitude
+ Being Clothed In the Divine Will
+ Living a Supernatural Life
+ Sacrament of the Present Moment
+ Remaining Faithful in Time of Church Crisis
*If your goal is to be in heaven and see Jesus face to face, you too want to be a Saint. Perhaps not a saint declared by the Catholic Church but a saint none the less.
“It was beautiful! I loved it!” “David is called by Jesus to promote the Divine Mercy and Divine Will message. He speaks with such truth and love!”
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