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The Testimony of Catalina
From a series of visions and messages
from Jesus and Mary
A teaching on what happens during the Holy Mass
and how to live it with our hearts
October 2005 Edition
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Imprimatur given for the original Spanish text by:
Bishop Jose Oscar Brahona C.
Obispo de San Vicente
El Salvador, C. A.
March 2, 2004
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INTRODUCTION
This booklet is part of a larger collection of books (see list on last
page), dictated in large part by Jesus and the Virgin Mary to
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Catalina (Katya) Rivas. The books reflect traditional Catholic
teaching and spirituality and are available at
www.LoveAndMercy.org” for reading and printing at no cost. People
are encouraged to copy these texts without change and distribute
them in support of the beloved Pope John Paul II’s call to a New
Evangelization.
These books of “The Great Crusade” are part of a growing
collection of now more than twelve publications in Spanish
containing teachings that transmit the spirituality of the Apostolate
of the New Evangelization (ANE), which is based upon the Sacred
Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The books are
progressively being translated into English and other languages.
An Imprimatur or recommendation by Catholic Church authorities
can the found at the beginning of each publication.
The ANE is a Catholic movement of lay people that arises as an
answer to Pope John Paul II’s insistent call to those baptized to
commit to the task of promoting the Good News that Christ has
died and risen for our salvation from sin.
As Catholics that we are, we completely submit to the Teaching of
the Church concerning “Private Revelations” as stated in Canons 66
and 67 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, published in
English in 1994:
Canon 66: “The Christian economy, therefore, since it is the new
and definitive Covenant, will never pass away; and no new public
revelation is to be expected before the glorious manifestation of
our Lord Jesus Christ.” Yet even if Revelation is already complete,
it has not been made completely explicit; it remains for Christian
faith gradually to grasp its full significance over the course of the
centuries.
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Canon 67: 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 knows how to discern and welcome in these revelations
whatever constitutes an authentic call of Christ or his saints to the
Church.
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”.
If Jesus speaks to your heart as you read this book, please share
these words with people who want to open their hearts to the call
for a New Evangelization. Invoke the Holy Spirit so that It guides
and grants you the gifts that you need for a good personal
conversion and grants the same for those with whom you share this
booklet.
Love and Mercy Publications
October 2005
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DEDICATED TO
His Holiness, John Paul II,
The First Apostle of the New Evangelization
From his example, we, the laity,
learn faith, courage and piety.
With immense gratitude and love
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To all the priests:
The umbilical chord of God with man,
who transmit divine grace through forgiveness
and the consecration of the Eucharist
Catalina
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They said therefore unto him: Lord, give us always this bread.
And Jesus said to them:
I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me
shall not hunger: and he that believeth
in me shall never thirst.
(John 6:34-35 DRV)
Then Jesus said to them: Amen, amen, I say unto you: Except
you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you
shall not have
life in you. He that eateth my flesh, and
drinketh my blood hath everlasting life:
and I will raise him up in the last day.
(John 6:54-55 DRV)
For my flesh is meat indeed: and my blood is drink indeed. He
that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, abideth in me and
I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the
Father; so he that eateth me, the same also shall live by me.
(John 6:56-58 DRV)
... He that eateth this bread,
shall live for ever.
(John 6:59 DRV)
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Editor’s Note: The capitalization and bolding of text in this English translation was
kept the same as Catalina’s original Spanish text to preserve the emphasis and
reverence she intended to communicate.
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THE TESTIMONY OF CATALINA
ON THE HOLY MASS
n a marvelous catechesis, the Lord and the Virgin Mary have been
instructing us, in the first place, about the way to pray the Holy
Rosary, to pray with our hearts, meditating and enjoying the moments of
our encounter with God and our Blessed Mother. They have also taught us
the way to make a good Confession, and
[in this testimony] they have
shown us what takes place during the celebration of the Holy Mass and
the way to live it with our hearts.
This is the testimony that I must and want to give to the whole world, for
the greater Glory of God and for the salvation of all those who want to
open their hearts to Him. It is given so that many souls who are
consecrated to God may rekindle the fire of their love for Christ; those who
own the hands that have the power to bring Christ to earth to be our
nourishment
[the priestly souls] and the others [the religious souls] that
they may break loose of the habit of receiving Him as a “routine practice”
and relive the amazement of the every day encounter with Love. And it is
given so that my lay brothers and sisters the world over may live the
greatest of Miracles, the celebration of the Holy Eucharist with their
hearts.
I
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It was the vigil of the Annunciation and the members of our group and I
had gone to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Some of the ladies of the
prayer group were not able to do it then, and they left their Confession for
the next day before Holy Mass.
When I arrived to Church the next day, a little bit late,
His Excellency, the
Archbishop and the priests were already coming out of the sacristy. With
that gentle and feminine voice that sweetens one’s soul, the Virgin Mary
said:
“Today is a day of learning for you; and I want you to pay close
attention because all that you witness today, everything that you
experience on this day; you will have to share with all humanity.”

I became awe struck and did not understand
[the meaning of Her
words] but I tried to be very attentive.
The first thing I noticed was a choir of very beautiful voices that was
singing as if from far away. At times the music would draw closer and
then move farther away, like the sound of the wind.
His Excellency started Mass,
and when he reached the Penitential Rite
the Blessed Virgin said:
“From the bottom of your heart ask the Lord’s forgiveness for all
your faults, for having offended Him. In this way you will be able
to participate worthily in this privilege that is, to attend Holy
Mass.”
I must have thought for a split second: ”But I am in the state of Grace. I
just went to confession last night
.”
She answered: “Do you think you have not offended the Lord since
last night? Let Me remind you of a few things. When you were
leaving home to come here, the girl who helps you approached you
to ask for something, and since you were running late, you
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answered her in a hurry and not in the best way. That was a lack
of charity on your part,
and you say that you have not offended
God...?
"On your way here a bus crossed into your lane and almost hit
you. You expressed yourself in an unfitting manner against
that
poor man, instead of coming saying your prayers
and preparing
yourself for Mass. You showed lack of charity and you lost your
peace and patience. And you say that you have not hurt the
Lord…?
"You arrive at the last minute when the procession of the
celebrants to the Altar has begun… and you are going to
participate in the Mass without previous preparation..."
“All right
my Mother, say no more to me,” I replied. “You do not have to
remind me of more things because I am going to die of grief and shame.”
"Why must you all arrive at the last moment? You should arrive
earlier
so that you can say a
prayer and ask the Lord to send His
Holy Spirit, that the Holy Spirit may grant you a spirit of peace
and cleanse you of the spirit of the world, your worries, your
problems and your distractions in order that you may be able to
live this so sacred a moment. However, you arrive almost when
the celebration is about to begin, and you participate in Mass as if
it were an ordinary event, without any spiritual preparation.
Why? This is the greatest of Miracles. You are going to live the
moment when the Most High God gives His greatest gift and you
do not appreciate it."
That was enough. I felt so bad that I had more than enough to ask for
forgiveness from God. Not only for the offenses of that day, but also for all
the times that, like so many other people, I had waited for the priest to
finish his homily before I entered the Church.
I asked forgiveness for the
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times when I did not know or refused to understand what it meant to be
there, and
for the times perhaps, when having my soul full of more serious
sin, I had dared to participate in
the Holy Mass.
It was a Feast day and the Gloria was to be recited. Our Lady said:
“Glorify and bless the Most Holy Trinity with all your love, in
your acknowledgement of
being the Trinity’s creature.”
How different was that Gloria! Suddenly I saw myself in a far off place
full of light, before the Majestic Presence of the Throne of God. With how
much love I went on thanking Him, as I repeated: “For your immense
Glory we praise You, we bless You, we worship You, we glorify You, we
give You thanks, Lord, God, Heavenly King, God the Father Almighty.”
And I evoked
the paternal countenance
of the Father, full of kindness…
“Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, You
take away the sins of the world…” And Jesus was in front of me, with that
face full of tenderness and Mercy...” For You alone are the Holy One,
You alone are the Lord, You alone are the most High Jesus Christ with the
Holy Spirit...” the God of beautiful Love...
.
He, Who at that moment, was
filling my entire being with joy…
And I asked: “Lord, deliver me from all evil spirits. My heart belongs to
You. My Lord, send me Your peace so that I may obtain the best possible
benefits from this Eucharist and that my life may produce the finest fruits.
Holy Spirit of God, transform me, act within me, guide me. Oh God, give
me the gifts that I need to serve you better…!”
The moment of the Liturgy of the Word arrived and the Virgin Mary
had me repeat: “Lord, today I want to listen to Your Word and produce
abundant fruit. Let Your Holy Spirit cleanse the soil of my heart so that
Your Word may grow and develop in it. Lord, purify my heart so that it
may be well disposed.
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Our Lady said: “I want you to be attentive to the readings and to
the entire homily of the priest. Remember that the Bible says that
the Word of God does not return without having born fruit. If you
are attentive, something of all that you have heard will remain in
you. You must try to recall all day long those Words that have left
an impression on you. Sometimes it may be two verses; other
times the reading of the entire Gospel or perhaps only one word.
Savor them for the rest of the day and this will then become part of
you, because that is the way to change one’s life, by allowing the
Word of God to transform you.
“And now tell the Lord that you are here to listen to what, you
want Him to say to your heart today.”
Once again I thanked God for giving me the opportunity to hear His
Word. And I asked Him to forgive me for having had so hard a heart for
so many years, and for having taught my children that they should go to
Mass on Sunday
[only] because it was so commanded by the Church and
not for love, for the need to be filled by God…
For I, who had attended so many Eucharistic Celebrations, mostly to fulfill
an obligation, and thus believed that I was saved, the thought of living the
celebration had never entered my mind, much less that of paying attention
to the readings or to the priest’s homily!
What great sorrow did I feel about so many years of needless loss because
of my ignorance!… How superficial is our attendance at Mass when we go
only because it is a wedding Mass or a funeral Mass or because we want
to be seen by society! What great ignorance about our Church and the
Sacraments! How much waste in trying to educate ourselves and
becoming cultured about the things of the world, things which can
disappear in one moment leaving us with nothing. Things, which at the
end of our lives, do not even serve us to prolong our existence by one
single minute! And yet we know nothing of what will obtain for us
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a little bit of Heaven on earth and eventually, eternal life. And we
call ourselves cultured men and women…!
A moment later came the Offertory, and the Holy Virgin said: “Pray
like this:
(and I followed) Lord, I offer all that I am, all that I have,
all that I can. I put everything into Your Hands. Build up Lord,
with the little that I am. Transform me, God Almighty, through
the merits of Your Son. I ask for my family, for my benefactors, for
each member of our Apostolate, for all the people who persecute us,
for those who commend themselves to my poor prayers… Teach me
to lay my heart down on the ground before them, so that their walk
may be less hard...
This is how the saints prayed; this is how I
want all of you to pray.”
And this is how Jesus asks us to pray, that we
lay
our hearts on the ground
so that they [for whom we intercede] may not feel its harshness, but
rather that we give them relief through the pain caused by their stepping
on our hearts.
Years later, I read a prayer booklet by a Saint whom I love
dearly, José María Escrivá de Balaguer, and in that booklet I found a
prayer similar to that which the
Virgin Mary taught me. Perhaps this
Saint, to whom I entrust myself, pleased the Virgin Mary with those
prayers.
Suddenly, some characters that I had not seen before began to stand up. It
was as if from the side of each person present in the Cathedral another
person emerged, and soon the Cathedral became full of young beautiful
beings. They were dressed in very white robes and started to move into
the central isle, on their way to the Altar.
Our Mother said: “Observe. They are the Guardian Angels of each
one of the persons who are here. This is the moment in which your
guardian angel carries your offerings and petitions before the Altar
of the Lord.”
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At that point I was completely astonished because these beings had such
beautiful faces, so radiant as one is unable to imagine. Their countenance
was very beautiful, they had almost feminine faces; however, the structure
of their body, their hands, their height were masculine. Their naked feet
did not touch the floor, but rather they went as if gliding. That procession
was very beautiful.
Some of them were carrying something like a golden bowl with something
[inside] that shone a great deal with a golden white light. The Virgin
Mary said: “Observe. They are the Guardian Angels of the people,
who are offering this Holy Mass for many intentions, those who
are conscious of the significance of this celebration, those who
have something to offer to the Lord…
“Make your offering at this moment… Offer up your sorrows, your
pains, your dreams, your sadness, your joys. Offer your petitions.
Remember that the Mass has infinite value. Therefore, be generous
in your offering and in your asking.”
Behind the first Angels came others who had nothing in their hands; they
were going empty handed. The Virgin Mary said: “Those are the
angels of the people who,
in spite of being here, never offer
anything. They have no interest in living every liturgical moment
of the Mass, and their Angels have no offerings to carry before the
Altar of the Lord.”
At the end of the procession came other Angels who were rather sad, with
their hands together in prayer, but with their eyes downcast. “These are
the Guardian Angels of the people who are here, yet they are not
here.
That is to say, they are the people who have seen themselves
forced to come, who have come here out of obligation but without
any desire to participate in the Holy Mass. Their Angels go forth
in sadness because they have nothing to carry to the Altar, except
for their own prayers.
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“Do not sadden your Guardian Angels… Ask for much. Ask for the
conversion of sinners, for peace in the world, for your relatives,
your neighbors, for those who commend themselves to your
prayers. Ask for much, not only for yourselves, but also for all the
others.
“Remember that the offering which most pleases the Lord, is when
you offer yourselves as a holocaust so that Jesus,
upon His descent
may transform you by His own merits. What do you have to offer
the Father by yourselves? Nothingness and sin, but the offering of
yourselves united to the merits of Jesus, is pleasing to the Father.”
That spectacle, that procession was so beautiful, that it would be difficult
to compare it to another. All those celestial creatures were bowing before
the Altar, some leaving their offering on the floor,
others prostrating
themselves on their knees, their foreheads almost touching the ground.
And upon reaching the Altar, they would disappear from my sight.
The final moment of the Preface had arrived, and suddenly, when the
assembly was saying, “Holy, Holy, Holy,” everything that was behind
the celebrants disappeared. Behind the left side of the Archbishop
appeared
thousands of Angels in a diagonal line: small Angels, large Angels,
Angels with immense wings, Angels with small wings, Angels with no
wings. Like the previous Angels, all were dressed in tunics like the white
albs of the priests and altar boys.
Everyone knelt down with hands placed together in prayer and bowed
their heads in reverence. You could hear the most beautiful music, as if
there were very many choirs harmonizing in different voices, all of them
saying in unison with the people: Holy, Holy, Holy…
The moment of the Consecration had arrived, the moment of the most
marvelous of Miracles… Behind the right side of the Archbishop appeared
a multitude of people also in a diagonal line. They were dressed in the
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same kind of tunics as the Guardian Angels but in soft colors: rose, green,
light blue, lilac, yellow; that is, in different and very soft colors. Their
faces were also brilliant, full of joy. They all seemed to be of the same age.
You could tell (and I cannot say why) that there were people of different
ages but their faces looked the same, without wrinkles, happy. They all
knelt down as well, at the singing of the “Holy, Holy, Holy Lord…”
Our Lady said: “These are all the Saints and the Blessed in Heaven,
and among them are also the souls of your relatives and family
members who already enjoy the Presence of God.”
Then I saw Her.
She was there, exactly to the right of His Excellency, the Archbishop… a
step behind the celebrant. She was suspended a little off the floor, kneeling
on some very fine fabrics, transparent but luminous at the same time, like
crystalline waters. The Holy Virgin, Her hands joined together, was
looking attentively and respectfully at the celebrant. And She was
speaking to me from there, but silently, directly to my heart, without
looking at me:
“It seems strange to you seeing Me a little behind Monsignor
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, does
it not? This is how it should be... Notwithstanding how much My
Son loves Me, He has not given Me the dignity that He gives a
priest, of being able to bring My Son in My hands daily, as the
priestly hands do. Because of this I feel such profound respect for a
priest and for the whole miracle that God carries out through a
priest, that I am compelled to kneel here.”
My God, how much dignity, how much grace the Lord pours out over the
priestly souls. And neither we, nor perhaps some of them, are aware of it.
There began to appear in front of the Altar some shadows in human form,
gray in color, and they were raising their hands upwards. The Holy
Virgin said: “These are the blessed souls of Purgatory who wait for
your prayers to be refreshed. Do not stop praying for them. They
pray for you but they cannot pray for themselves. It is you who
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have to pray for the blessed souls in order to help them depart
[from Purgatory], that they may go to their encounter with God
and enjoy Him eternally.
“As you see, I am here all the time. People go on pilgrimages and
look for My apparition sites, and that is good because of all the
graces that they receive there. But during no apparition, nor in any
other place
am I
present longer [over time] than at the Holy Mass.
You will always find Me at the foot of the Altar where the
Eucharist is celebrated. At the foot of the Tabernacle, I remain
with the angels because I am always with Him.”
To see that beautiful countenance of our Mother at that moment of the
“Sanctus”, together with all the others with their resplendent faces, their
hands placed together,
awaiting that miracle which repeats itself
continuously, was to be in Heaven itself. And to think that there are
people, that there are some of us who can be distracted, talking at
that moment… I say with sorrow that many men, more than
women, stand with their arms crossed, as if paying homage to the
Lord from one equal to another.
The Virgin Mary said: “Tell everybody that never is a man more a
man than when he bends his knees before God.”
The celebrant said the words of the “Consecration.” He was a person of
normal height but suddenly he began to grow and become filled with light.
A supernatural light between white and gold enveloped him and grew
very strong around his face, in such a way that I could not see his features.
When he raised the Sacred Form, I saw his hands. There
were some marks
on the back of his hands, from which emanated a great deal of light. It was
Jesus!… It was He Who was wrapping His Body around the celebrant, as
if He were lovingly surrounding the hands of His Excellency. At that
moment the Host began to grow and became enormous, and upon it was
the marvelous Face of Jesus, looking toward His people.
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By instinct I was about to bow my head and Our Lady said: “Do not
look down. Look up to view and contemplate Him. Cross your
gaze with His and repeat the Fatima prayer: Lord, I believe, I
adore, I trust and I love You. I ask pardon for those who do not
believe, do not adore, do not trust and do not love You.
Forgiveness and Mercy… Now tell Him how much you love Him
and render your homage to the King of Kings.”
I told it to Him. It seemed that I was the only one that He was looking at
from the enormous Host. But I learned that this was how He gazed at
each person, with love to the fullest. Then I bowed my head until I had my
forehead on the floor, as did all the Angels and the Blessed from Heaven. I
wondered, perhaps for a fraction of a second,
what was all that about Jesus
taking on the body of the celebrant, and at the same time being inside the
Host, which upon being lowered by the celebrant, became small again.
Tears were running down my cheeks.
I was unable to let go of my
astonishment.
Immediately afterwards, Monsignor said the consecratory words for the
wine and, as the words were being said,
lightning began to flash in the sky
and in the background. There was no church ceiling and no walls. It was
all in darkness, but for that brilliant light on the Altar.
Suddenly, I saw Jesus crucified suspended in the air. I saw Him from the
head to the lower part of His chest. The cross beam of the Cross was
sustained by some strong, large hands. From within the resplendent light,
a much smaller, brilliant light came forth like that of a very small, very
brilliant dove. It swiftly flew once around the entire Church and went to
rest on the left shoulder of His Excellency who continued being Jesus,
because I could make out His long hair, His luminous wounds and His
large body, but I could not see His Face.
Above, was Jesus crucified, His head fallen upon His right shoulder. I was
able to contemplate His face, His bruised arms and torn flesh. He had a
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wound on the right side of His chest and blood was gushing out toward
the left; and what looked like water, but very brilliant,
[gushed out]
toward the right. They were more like jets of light coming forth towards
the faithful, and moving to the right and to the left. I was amazed at the
amount of blood that was flowing into the Chalice. I thought it would
overflow and stain the whole Altar, but not a single drop was spilled!
At that moment the Virgin Mary said: “This is the miracle of miracles.
I have repeated this to you. Time and space do not exist for the
Lord, and at the moment of the Consecration all the assembly is
taken to the foot of Calvary at the instant of the crucifixion of
Jesus.”
Can anyone imagine that? Our eyes cannot see it, but we all are there at
the very moment when Jesus is being crucified, and He is asking for
forgiveness to the Father, not only for those who are killing Him, but also
for each one of our sins: “Father, forgive them for they know not what
they do.”
From that day on, I do not care if I am taken for a mad woman but I ask
everyone to kneel and to try to live this privilege that the Lord grants us,
with his or her heart and with all the sensitivity that she or he is capable.
When we were about to pray the Our Father, the Lord spoke for the first
time during the celebration and said: “Wait, I want you to pray with
the deepest profundity that
you can summon. At this moment I
want you to bring to mind that person or persons who have done
you the most harm during your life, so that you may embrace them
close to your bosom and say to them from your heart: “In the Name
of Jesus, I forgive you and wish you peace. In the Name of Jesus, I
ask for your forgiveness and wish you my peace. If the person
merits peace, he or she will receive it and greatly benefit from it; if
that person is not capable of opening up to peace, then that peace
will return to your heart. But I do not want you to receive or offer
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peace to others when you are not capable of forgiving and feeling
that peace in your own heart first.
“Beware of what you do,” continued the Lord “You repeat in the Our
Father, forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass
against us. If you are capable of forgiving and not forgetting, as
some say, you are conditioning the forgiveness of God. You are
saying: forgive me only as I am capable of forgiving but not
further.”
I do not know how to explain my pain at the realization of how much we
can hurt the Lord. Also, how much we can injure ourselves by holding
so
many grudges, bad feelings and unflattering things, which stem from
our own unconscious feelings and over-sensibilities. I forgave; I forgave
from my heart, and asked for forgiveness from all the people whom I had
hurt at one time or another, in order to feel the peace of the Lord.
The celebrant said, “...grant us peace and unity…” and then, “the peace
of the Lord be with you...”
Suddenly I saw amid some (but
not all) of the people who were embracing
each other that a very intense light placed itself in between them. I knew
it was Jesus and I practically threw myself to embrace the person next to
me. I could truly feel the embrace of the Lord in that light. It was He Who
was embracing me to give me His peace, because in that moment I had
been able to forgive and remove from my heart all
grief that others had
caused. That is what Jesus wants, to share in that moment of joy, hugging
us in order to wish us His Peace.
The moment of the celebrants’ Communion arrived. There I once again
noticed the presence of all the priests next to Monsignor. When he took
Communion, the Virgin Mary said:
“This is the moment to pray for the celebrant and the priests who
accompany him. Repeat along with Me: “Lord, bless them,
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sanctify them, help them, purify them, love them, take care of them
and sustain them with Your Love… Remember all the priests in the
world. Pray for all the consecrated souls...”
Dear brothers and sisters, this is the moment in which we must pray for
them, because they are the Church, as also are we, the laity. Many times
we the laity
demand much from the priests but we are incapable of praying
for them, of understanding that they are human, and of comprehending
and appreciating the solitude that many times can surround a priest.
We must understand that priests are people like ourselves,
and that they
are in need of our caring and understanding. They need affection and
attention from us because in consecrating themselves to Jesus, they are
giving their lives for each one of us, as He did.
The Lord wants that the people in the flock, who have been
entrusted to him by God, pray and help in the sanctification of
their Pastor. Someday, when we are on the other side, we will
understand the wonder worked by the Lord in giving us priests to
help us save our souls
.
The people began to leave their pews to go to Communion. The great
moment of the encounter in Holy Communion had arrived. The Lord
said to me: “Wait a moment. I want you to observe some-thing…”
An interior impulse made me raise my eyes towards the person who was
about to receive Communion on the tongue from the hands of the priest.
I must explain that this person was one of the ladies from our group who
had been unable to get to Confession the previous night and had done so
just that morning before Holy Mass. When the priest placed the Sacred
Host on her tongue, something like a flash of light, that very golden-white
light (that I had seen before) went right through this person’s back first,
and then continued to envelop her back, her shoulders and her head. The
Lord said:
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“This is how I am pleased to embrace a soul who comes with a
clean heart to receive Me!”
The tone of Jesus’ voice was that of a happy person. I was in awe, looking
at my friend return to her pew, surrounded by light, embraced by the
Lord. I thought of the wonder that we miss so many times by going to
receive Jesus with our small or large offenses when it should be instead a
celebration.
Many times we say that there are not always priests to hear our
Confession.
But the problem is not about always going to Confession.
The problem rests in our ease of falling into evil again. On the other hand,
in the same way that women make an effort to look for a beauty parlor, or
that
men,
for a barber when we have a party, we also have to make an
effort to seek a priest when we need all those dirty things removed from us.
We must not have the audacity to receive Jesus at any time with our
hearts full of ugly things.
While on my way to receive Communion, Jesus said: “The Last Supper
was the moment of the greatest intimacy with My own. During
that hour of love I instituted what in the eyes of mankind might be
the greatest madness, to make Myself a prisoner of Love. I
instituted the Eucharist. I wanted to remain with you until the end
of time because My Love could not bear that
you, whom I loved
more than My Life, be left orphans…”
I received that Host which had a different flavor. It was a mixture of blood
and incense that inundated me entirely. I felt so much love that the tears
ran down my cheeks, prevailing over my efforts to hold them back.
When I returned to my seat and started to kneel down, the Lord said:
Listen...” And a moment later, I began to hear the prayers of the lady
who was seated in front of me and who had just received Communion.
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What she was saying without opening her mouth was more or less like
this: “Lord, remember that we are at the end of the month and I do not
have the money to pay the rent, the car and the children’s school. You
have to do something to help me… Please, make my husband stop drinking
so much. I can no longer bear his drunken episodes, and my youngest son
is going to be held back again this year if you do not help him. He has
exams this week. And do not forget that my neighbor must move to
another place. Have her do it at once because I cannot stand her any
more… etc., etc..
Then, His Excellency said: “Let us pray,” and obviously all the assembly
stood up for the final prayer. Jesus said in a sad tone: “Did you notice?
Not once did she tell Me that she loved Me. Not once did she give
thanks for My gift to her of bringing My Divinity down to her poor
humanity to elevate her toward Me. Not a single time did she say:
‘Thank You Lord.’ It has been a litany of requests… and almost all
of those who come to receive Me are like that.
“I have died for love and I am risen. For love I await each one of
you, and for love I remain with you... But you do not realize that I
need your love. Remember that I am the Beggar of Love in this
sublime hour for the soul.”
Do you realize that He, Love, is begging for our love and we do not give it
to Him? Moreover, we avoid going to that encounter with the Love of
Loves, with the only Love who gives Himself in a permanent oblation.
As the celebrant was about to impart the blessing, the Most Holy Virgin
said: “Be attentive, be careful…
[Many of] you make any old sign
instead of the Sign of the Cross. Remember that this blessing could
be the last one that you receive from the hands of a priest. You do
not know if after leaving here you will die or not. You do not
know if you will have the opportunity to receive a blessing from
another priest. Those consecrated hands are giving you the
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blessing in the Name of the Holy Trinity. Therefore, make the Sign
of the Cross with respect, as if it were the last one of your life.”
How many things we forego by not understanding and not participating
daily in Holy Mass! Why not make an effort to begin the day a half-hour
earlier so as to hurry to the Holy Mass and receive all the blessings that
the Lord wants to pour out on us?
I am aware that not everybody can go to daily Mass because of their
obligations, but at least two or three times a week. And yet so many avoid
going to Mass on Sunday, using the smallest excuse: that they have a
child, or two or ten so they cannot go to Mass. How do people manage
when they have other important types of commitments? They take all the
children with them, or they take turns with the husband going at one hour
and the wife at another, but they fulfill their duty to God.
We have time to study, to work, to entertain ourselves, to rest,
but WE
DO NOT HAVE TIME TO GO TO HOLY MASS AT LEAST ON
SUNDAYS.
Jesus asked me to remain with Him a few minutes longer after Mass was
over. He said: “Do not run out as soon as Mass is over; stay a
moment in My company. Enjoy it and let Me enjoy yours…”
As a child I had heard someone say that the Lord remained with us for five
or ten minutes, after Communion. I asked Him at this moment: “Lord, for
how long do You really remain with us after Communion?”
I suppose that the Lord must have laughed at my silliness because He
answered: “For as long as you want to have Me with you. If you
speak to Me all day long, offering Me some words as you go about
your chores, I will listen to you. I am always with all of you. It is
you who leave Me. You come out of Mass and you are done with
the day of obligation. You kept the day of the Lord and that is it.
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You do not think that I would like to share in your family life with
you, at least on that day.
“In your homes you have a place for everything and a room for
each activity: a room to sleep, another to cook, another to eat, etc.,
etc.. Which is the place you have made for Me? It must be not just
a place where you have an image that is dusty all the time, but a
place where at least five minutes a day, the family meets to give
thanks for the day and for the gift of life, to ask for their needs of
the day, to ask for blessings, protection, health… Everything has a
place in your homes, but Me.
“Men plan their day, their week, their semester, their vacations, etc..
They know what day they are going to rest, what day they will go
to the movies or to a party, or visit grandmother or the
grandchildren, their friends, the children, or go to their diversions.
How many families say at least once a month: ‘This is the day for
our turn to go and visit Jesus in the Tabernacle, and the whole
family comes to talk to Me? How many sit down before Me and
have a conversation with Me, telling Me how it has been since the
last time, telling Me their problems, the difficulties, asking Me for
what they need… allowing Me to share in their things? How many
times?
“I know everything. I read even the deepest secrets in your hearts
and minds. But I enjoy your telling Me about your things, your
allowing Me to share in as a family member, as the most intimate
friend. How many graces man fails to receive by not giving Me a
place in his life!”
When I stayed with Him that day and on many other days, He continued
to give us teachings, and today I want to share them with you on this
mission that has been entrusted to me.
Jesus says:
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“I wanted to save My creatures because the moment of opening the
door to Heaven has been impregnated with too much pain…”
“Remember that no mother has ever fed her child with her own
flesh. I have gone to that extreme of Love in order to communicate
My merits to all of you. “
“The Holy Mass is Myself prolonging My life and My sacrifice on
the Cross among you. Without the merits of My life and My Blood,
what would you have to present yourselves before the Father?
Nothingness, misery and sin…”
“You should exceed the Angels and Archangels in virtue, because
they do not have the joy of receiving Me as nourishment like you
do. They drink a drop from the spring, but you, who have the grace
of receiving Me, have the whole ocean to drink.”
The other thing that the Lord spoke about with sorrow
concerned the
people who go to their encounter with Him out of habit, those
souls who have lost the awe of each encounter with Him. He said
that routine turns some people so lukewarm that they have
nothing new to tell Jesus when they receive Him. He spoke of no
small number of consecrated souls who lose their enthusiasm
about falling in love with the Lord, and turn their vocation into a
trade, a profession to which they give no
more than what it
demands of them, but without the sentiment…
Then the Lord spoke to me about the fruits that each Communion
must yield in us.
It does happen that there are people who receive the
Lord daily but do not change their lives. They spend many hours in
prayer and do many works, etc., etc., but their lives do not go on
transforming, and a life that does not continue to transform itself cannot
bear true fruits for the Lord. The merits we receive in the Eucharist
should bear the fruits of conversion within us and fruits of charity toward
our brothers and sisters.
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We, the laity, have a very important role within our Church. We have no
right to remain silent in the presence of the command that the Lord gives
to us as baptized men and women to go forth and announce the Good
News. We do not have any right to absorb all this knowledge and not
share it with others, and allow our brothers and sisters to starve while we
have so much bread in our hands.
We cannot watch our Church crumble while we are comfortably staying in
our parishes and homes, receiving and receiving so much from the Lord:
His Word; the priest’s homilies; the pilgrimages; the Mercy of God in the
Sacrament of Reconciliation; the marvelous union and nourishment of
Holy Communion; and the talks given by such and such preachers.
In other words, we are receiving so much and do not have the courage to
leave our comfort zone and go to a jail, to a correctional institution and
speak to those who need it the most. To tell them not to give up, that they
were born Catholic and that their Church needs them there, suffering
,
because this suffering will serve to redeem others, because that sacrifice
will gain for them eternal life.
We are incapable of going to hospitals, to the terminally ill, and
praying
the Chaplet of Divine Mercy to help them with our prayer during that
time of struggle between good and evil, and to free them from the snares
and temptations of the devil. Every dying person is fearful, and they feel
comforted merely by our taking their hand and talking to them, talking
about the love of God and the wonder that awaits them in Heaven, close to
Jesus and Mary, close to their departed ones.
The hour that we live does not allow us to side with the indifferent. We
must be an extension of the hands of our priests and go where they cannot
reach. But in order to afford ourselves the courage to do it, we must
receive Jesus, live with Jesus and nourish ourselves with Jesus.
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We are afraid to commit a little further. And yet, when the Lord says,
Seek first the Kingdom of God and the rest will be added onto
you,”
it is about the whole thing, brothers and sisters. It means to seek
the Kingdom of God in all possible ways and through all available means,
and… to open our hands in order to receive EVERYTHING additionally!
This is because He is the Boss, Who pays the best; the only One Who is
attentive to the least of your needs!
Brothers, sisters, thank you for allowing me to carry out the
mission that has been entrusted to me of having these pages reach
you.
The next time you go to Holy Mass, live it. I know that the Lord
will fulfill for you His promise that “Your Mass will never again
be the same as before,” and when you receive Him, love Him!
Experience the sweetness of feeling yourself resting against the
folds of His side, pierced for you to leave you His Church and His
Mother; in order to open for you the doors to His Father’s House,
so that you can feel for yourself His Merciful Love through this
testimony, and try to reciprocate with your small, little love
.
May God bless you on this Easter.
Your sister in the Living Jesus,
Catalina
Lay Missionary of the
Eucharistic Heart of Jesus
Apostolate of the New Evangelization (ANE)
www.Jesucristovivo.org (in Spanish)
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Divine Mercy Chaplet
Jesus gave Saint Faustina extraordinary promises of graces for
those who would recite the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy. This
devotion uses ordinary rosary beads and begins with an Our Father,
Hail Mary and the Apostles Creed. On the large bead before each
decade of the Rosary say:
Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and
Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ,
in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.
On the ten small beads of each decade say:
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and
on the whole world.
After praying for five decades, conclude by saying three times:
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy
on us and on the whole world.
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Words of the Virgin Mary in “The Holy Mass”:
"...during no apparition, nor in any other place am I present longer
than at the Holy Mass."
“Why must you all arrive at the last moment? …This is the greatest of
Miracles. You are going to live the moment when the Most High God
gives His greatest gift and you do not appreciate it.”
The Offertory:
“This is the moment in which your guardian angel
carries your offerings and petitions before the Altar of the Lord ...
Make your offering at this moment… Offer up your sorrows, your
pains, your dreams, your sadness, your joys. Offer your petitions.
Remember that the Mass has infinite value.”
Words of Jesus from “The Holy Mass”:
“I instituted the Eucharist. I wanted to remain with you until the end
of time because My Love could not bear that
you, whom I loved more
than My Life, be left orphans...”
“I have died for love and I am risen. For love I await each one of you
and for love I remain with you... But you do not realize that I need
your love. Remember that I am the Beggar of Love in this sublime
hour for the soul.”
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“Do not run out as soon as Mass is over; stay a moment in My
company. Enjoy it and let Me enjoy yours…”
"You should exceed the Angels and Archangels in virtue because they
do not have the joy of receiving Me as nourishment like you do."