"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Where are all of the mystics, the locutionists and visionaries?

The Extraordinary Year of Mercy ...

It seems to me very few promote the Holy Year, one would imagine that all those who claim a direct line to heavenly voices would be proclaiming the Year of Mercy - but few seem to be doing so.  (I may be wrong - but I just don't see a lot of encouragement on Catholic news portal-aggregator sites linking to anyone promoting the Year of Mercy.  Neither have I seen much said about the extraordinary aspect of the Holy Year on contemplative-mystic-seer sites.)

Just saying.

Not a few people online have bent over backwards trying to explain what real mercy is and what it is not - but few seem to press the invitation: "Come to me, all you who are weary and heavily burdened ..." loaded down with guilt and misery because of your sins.  "All you who thirst, come!" Come drink by the stream from the side, lift up your head to gaze upon the Holy Face.

It is an Extraordinary Year of Mercy - officially proclaimed - the invitation extended.  It is like the Great Pardon of Assisi - yet extended and available every day throughout an extraordinary year of mercy.  Whether one likes the Pope or not, the Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy is licit, valid, and authoritative.  Mystics and saints have longed to see and celebrate what we have been given in our time.  St. Faustina, St. Therese of Lisieux and indeed, all the Carmelite saints, Josefa Menedez, Mary of the Trinity, Consolata Betrone ... and so many contemplatives of the 19th and 20th century have longed to see this day, this year.  Centuries ago St. Francis prayed for the Great Pardon and obtained the Porziuncola Indulgence, and yet we have a much greater indulgence here and now.

Instead of proclaiming mercy, we fight and argue over Church politics, ecclesial appointments, liturgical celebrations, vestments and decorum, and secular politics.  We need to proclaim that the Mass is the ordinary form of dispensing grace, each Mass - no matter the ordo - is extraordinary and holy - it is the source and summit of our faith - the life-spring of the Church.  The blood flowing from the side of Christ washes us clean in the sacrament of penance - we drink by the wayside, lifting up our heads, lifting up our hearts to receive the merciful Christ in the Eucharist ...

At your right hand is the Lord,
who crushes kings on the day of his wrath.
Who judges nations, heaps up corpses,
crushes heads across the wide earth ...

What do we have to fear?  Who can be against us when God, in his mercy, is for us, and has given his only Son as our Redeemer?  Why do we waste our time on rumors and calumnies and detraction which we have no control over in the first place?  Why do we withhold forgiveness and mercy from one another?  Why do we strain the gnat and over analyze every little saying, and miss the greatness of God's mercy?

Where are the prophets?  The mystics?  The holy ones with all of their battle plans and tactics?  Why aren't they proclaiming the Divine Mercy?  The Great Pardon?  The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy?

"Run through the whole world and lead souls that fainted away to the source of My Mercy. I will lead and strengthen them." - Jesus to St. Faustina

"He who refuses to pass through the door of My mercy must pass through the door of My justice." - Jesus to St. Faustina 

"Write that I am speaking to them through their remorse of conscience, through their failures and sufferings, through thunderstorms, through the voice of the Church." - Jesus to St. Faustina

...drink from the stream by the wayside
and thus hold high your head.

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