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By a soul
(Feast of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, January 15, 2018)
In 2003, I returned to Holy Mother Church through a powerful conversion experience made possible by Our Blessed Mother. And during that time, I was asking for help from two great Saints whom I admired to overcome several sinful habits and tendencies that I had. Well, when a relative of mine heard about this, she told me, “oh, no, you can only pray to one Saint at a time.” And when she said this to me, it made me very concerned, as I thought that I had offended the Saints that I was invoking. However, I did not understand why if we could pray to all Saints through prayers like the Litany of the Saints, we were limited to only praying to the Blessed Mother or one Saint at a time for a particular need. I became very confused about this for awhile. Years later, I know better.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I am going to say something that might sound “radical” to your ears, but this truth will give you much freedom in knowing. Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, unless you are praying to a particularly holy person for a miracle in order to have them canonized, all people should be praying to multiple Saints for intercessory help. You are free to ask as many Saints in prayer for help and you are not limited to solely the Blessed Mother or one Patron Saint. No, you are not offending any Saint by asking for multiple intercessors and no, you are not limiting somehow God’s Divine Power in granting your petition by asking more than one Saint for help.
Currently, there are four Church-recognized Patron Saints for Lost (Impossible) Causes. They are St. Jude Thaddeus, St. Rita, St. Philomena, and St. Gregory the Wonderworker. So, if you have an impossible situation and thought you could only invoke St. Jude for help, I am here with good news for you. Yes, you can pray to all four Patron Saints at the same time and no, you are not limiting God’s Mercy and His Grace towards you and your cause. And yes, you can add additional Saints, too, for help. It will only benefit you to do so!
Do not think that you can ask the intercessory help of everyone you know on earth and yet, you are limited to one Saint in Heaven! Storm Heaven, friends, storm Heaven for your cause!
There is only one person who does not want you to ask any Saints for help and well, he is mean, ugly, and his opinion does not count! Storm Heaven, friends!
Heaven is all about teamwork when it comes to prayer. “Anne,” the visionary of Direction For Our Times, Jesus Christ, The Returning King (http://www.directionforourtimes.com), was privileged to be granted several visits to Heaven by Our Lord. And she recorded these visits in a few of her books, which I have read and learned much from. During one experience, Anne saw St. Clare of Assisi giving a lecture to a group of fellow Franciscans. And when Anne saw this large group, she suddenly felt unworthy as a child of God being there. Well, St. Clare then stopped her lecture and asked that everyone gather around and pray for Anne and her mission. And Anne was lifted up in prayer and felt much better by the experience.
I am not sure if it was St. Clare of Assisi or another heavenly soul who revealed this fact, but in Heaven, whenever a petition is coming from earth, the Saints will ask other Saints and heavenly souls for help in praying for the petition. For example, if a Saint is being asked to help to overcome a sin by someone on earth, that Saint will ask other heavenly souls who had faced that similar challenge on earth, because they know intimately about the struggle over that sin. So, the Saints never pray solely by themselves for any petition. They take their tasks seriously and always ask for intercessory prayer from other heavenly souls, like St. Clare did for Anne’s discomfort. They are always seeking the best outcome for every person’s petition, which involves asking others for help, too.
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, if a Patron Saint, like St. Clare of Assisi is not afraid of asking for help from other heavenly souls, neither should we be afraid of asking as many Saints as possible to help us with our individual needs. The Communion of Saints is all about teamwork, both on earth and in Heaven. These are higher truths.
I will tell you all a story. One time, I was looking for a prayer group to belong to. However, I was having difficulty, because all of my parish prayer groups met during the daytime and I worked full-time, so I could never attend. Then, I tried to form my own prayer group, but it never worked out. Saddened about this situation for a longtime, suddenly, I had an inspirational thought. I thought to myself, well, if I cannot find a prayer group to belong to on earth, I will form my own prayer group in Heaven. So, that is what I did. So, I asked in prayer, five Saints that I felt particularly close to, to be my Patron prayer group. And this made me quite happy finally having a prayer group that I could belong to, which I often asked for their help.
Now, something happens when you ask Saints in Heaven to be your Patron prayer group. Other Saints find out about it and want to join, too! The thing is, as I would read and learn more about various Saints, I kept “falling in love” with their stories. Then, I would develop a fondness for him or her and would ask the Saint to be a member of my Patron prayer group.
Well, this fondness of mine kept happening, until finally, I started to lose track of all their names! (Yes, I never thought of writing them down). Then, one day, the Holy Spirit made me realize that everyone wanted to join my Patron prayer group. So, I got down on my knees and asked every Saint—both known and unknown—in Heaven to be my Patron Saint, to which this petition was answered as a resounding “yes” by everyone.
From this experience, I realized that there is no limit to love. God just kept expanding my heart with more and more love until I was “carrying” all the love for all the Saints. I was so shocked—I went from having no prayer group on earth to having all of Heaven as my Patron Saints. God Is Truly Amazing.
Everybody needs to have their own Patron prayer group—their own cheer-leading group in Heaven. Several Saints that they can regularly go to and ask for daily help. I cannot promise you that you will end up with all of Heaven belonging to your prayer group, but I do recommend that you write down their names so you do not lost track of them! (Or, you will become embarrassed like me forgetting people).
Another higher truth that people should know is that it is alright to pray to other people’s guardian angels. Many people, if they remember, pray to their guardian angel for help. But, very few people know that you can pray to the guardian angel of others if you feel it is needed. For example, many people pray to God and the Blessed Mother for the conversion of their children and family members. People should include the guardian angels of their children and family members, too, in their petitions. Whenever I am praying generally for the world—for example, the conversion of the heart of the world, I always include the Blessed Mother and all the guardian angels of the world in my prayers. The guardian angels get invoked so rarely by people, yet, they are the most powerful of intercessors for their charges, who they are totally devoted to. So, I suggest that whenever you pray for someone, you should include their guardian angel on the petition. It only helps.
I do not recall if I learned this fact from my study of the heavenly messages at Holy Love Ministries (http://www.holylove.org), or by study of other visionaries’ messages, etc., but I will reveal another higher truth that most people do not realize. The Blessed Mother is involved with every prayer petition that comes to Heaven. Whether the prayer petition comes via intercession of a Saint or the person is praying directly to Jesus, the Blessed Mother is always involved in every prayer and sacrifice.
So, for many protestant Christians, they will be very surprised to learn that the Blessed Mother is always praying with them when they thought they were only conversing with Our Lord. And many Catholic Christians will be surprised to know that when they thought they were only praying to St. Jude or St. Philomena, etc., they were also praying to the Blessed Mother every time.
The fact is Our Blessed Mother is Our Advocate before Our Heavenly Father. Every prayer petition is passed through the Immaculate Heart of Our Blessed Mother for blessing before it is placed on the Altar of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord. Then, Jesus presents the petition before Our Heavenly Father and Papa then converts the prayer into heavenly grace. This grace then returns through the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord passing through the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Mother, Who then as Our Mediatrix of All Grace, dispenses the grace to the designated recipient of the prayer petition and sacrifice. And if a Saint was an original intercessor of the petition, the grace will also pass through the heart of the named Saint for blessing before reaching earth.
Yes, the Blessed Mother has Her Hand in every prayer petition. It is through the Immaculate Heart that every prayer petition is refined and enhanced in power before it goes before God’s Heart. Now, oftentimes, people will pray for things that are not good for them or not in keeping with the Divine Will or Divine Plan. That is alright, as the prayer petition gets “purified” and “perfected” in the Immaculate Heart of Our Blessed Mother. Our Lady will add her “motherly touch” to every prayer petition, making it acceptable to God. So, no prayer is ever wasted by Heaven. God will always send grace back into the world, although the prayer petition may not be answered in the way that the person originally asked for.
Now, what do I mean by every prayer gets “enhanced in power” in the Immaculate Heart? The fact is not every prayer and sacrifice merits the same amount of grace. Every prayer and sacrifice is carried by angels to Heaven on the wings of hope, faith and holy love wrapped in the blanket of trust—all dependent on the holiness of the person who prays the petition along with earthly intercessors. Then, in the Immaculate Heart, Our Lady matches the petition’s depth of hope, faith, holy love, and trust, with Her “motherly touch” before it presented to Our Heavenly Father for His Gift of Grace.
However, some prayer petitions and sacrifices are deeply steeped in hope, faith, holy love, and trust—being very meritorious in the Eyes of God. Our Lady is able to not only simply match the holiness of the petition, but is also able to magnify its power. The depth of hope, faith, holy love, and trust then becomes a multiplying factor, resulting in grace being multiplied many times over. That is why Our Lord has said a few times at Holy Love Ministries that one “Hail Mary” prayer “recited with a loving heart… brings with it the power to convert a soul, to stop a war, to deliver a soul from purgatory, even to change the future of the world.” That is why Our Lord has said that the best prayer petition are not simply ones that receive grace, but actually “win” graces for others.
During the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election season, God and Our Lady revealed many important heavenly realities and higher truths through messages given at Holy Family Refuge (https://www.childrenoftherenewal.com/holyfamilyrefuge). Jesus revealed that Donald Trump was able to win the U.S. Presidency, because Our Lord was able to multiply the graces from prayers many times over on the day of the election. Jesus also revealed that He has been “storing up” graces for our particular generation who will live through the Great Tribulation and reign of the antichrist.
That is why Saints such as Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres (Our Lady of Good Success), Blessed Anna Maria Taigi, St. Anne Catherine Emmerich, St. Padre Pio, and others, were given prophetic visions of our particular time and were asked by Our Lord if they would offer up their prayers and sufferings for our generation. God so loved His beloved children of this “lost generation” that He has been storing up graces throughout the centuries for this particular time when graces would be in such a huge deficit.
Our Lady also revealed some interesting facts at Holy Family Refuge and Locutions To The World. Unlike God Who saves up graces wisely using them when needed, satan runs on nearly bankrupt powers. As soon as satan receives demonic powers from sin, he spends it. And because of his pride, he often makes foolish mistakes.
Recently, at Holy Love Ministries, God the Father said, “I can fill the atmosphere with My Grace, but man must choose to respond wisely to it.” And in another message, God the Father said, “satan attacks hearts as he knows hearts are his last battleground.” Both these statements are true. Let me explain.
Grace is very similar in behavior to light, which acts both as a particle and a wave. The atmosphere (and indeed the entire universe) is filled with God and His Presence found in His Grace. This is similar to how light fills the atmosphere and the universe. Also, similar to how one cannot observe a light beam directly, but a person can see the effect of the light through visible colors of objects surrounding them; likewise, with grace, one cannot observe it directly, but we can see its effects all-around us with all of Creation responding positively to God’s Grace.
As Mediatrix of All Grace, the Hands of the Blessed Mother act as a prism refracting the grace from Our Heavenly Father and surrounding us into the particular spiritual helps needed by the recipient. Then, like a funnel, the “beams of grace” are further amplified by intercessor Saints before they are finally received by the recipient on earth. Grace is first received on hearts that are open and willing to be blessed. Grace is also received upon the person’s body if they need healing and the surrounding environment. It is all dependent on the requests in the prayer petition on how grace will manifest in the person’s life according to the Divine Will.
Now, as I indicated, grace is always received first in a person’s (spiritual) heart. That is why satan’s last and first battleground is a person’s heart. If he can inspire evil at its inception—a person’s heart—then he knows that he can win the battle for the person’s soul. satan is constantly working to “choke” out the grace that God and Our Lady are constantly flooding hearts with from Heaven. That is why it is so important for people to pray constantly and consistently for the salvation of those whom they care about and love, as well as generally, for all living souls. It enables God and Our Lady to send more grace to compensate, as well as special graces to counter-attack satan, in every present moment. It is a constant battle over each heart that Heaven and hell are waging every moment over the salvation of souls.
And so, having revealed all these higher truths, how pleasing it must be to Jesus and Our Heavenly Father if we acknowledge Our Blessed Mother’s Great Role in every one of our prayers. Just as Jesus in His Great Humility becomes Our Prisoner of Love in the Tabernacle 24-hours a day as simple bread and wine; Our Blessed Mother is so humble doing so much out of love for Her children who often fail to simply acknowledge Her help in their prayers. Twin Loves of Profound Humility.
Lord, have Mercy on me, a sinner!
Many blessings to everyone who reads this commentary! May you be blessed with a deeper love of God, Our Blessed Mother, the Angels and Saints!
I love you.
Holy Love Ministry
January 13, 1999
“I have come – Jesus, the Word born Incarnate.”
“I wish to reveal to you the depth of the United Hearts Revelation. As My Mother’s Heart is the Refuge of Holy Love, so My Own Sacred Heart is the Kingdom of Divine Love. Thus, the United Hearts represent both Refuge and Kingdom – security in tribulation and victory over evil. We are united. We share everything. She is always in Me. I am always in Her – spiritually and emotionally.”
“Therefore, see that when you petition the Heart of My Blessed Mother, the petition goes into My Heart as well. Further, when you pray directly to Me, She is praying for you also. When My Mother’s Heart is sorrowing, I too sorrow. When the Immaculate Heart holds joy, I too am joyful. We share the same emotions. While I am Godhead present in the tabernacles of the world, My Mother stands beside the tabernacle consoling Me. While She draws souls into the confessional, I am in the confessional waiting to forgive. Thus, We have always shared.”
April 24, 1999
“I have come to you today as your Jesus, born Incarnate.”
“I wish today to teach you about prayer. Prayer is a refuge or weapon and a means of unification – creature to Creator. The more the soul surrenders his own will to the Will of God, the deeper his union through prayer.”
“Surrender then your plans, your choices, your desires. No good comes to you except through God. In this surrender you are engaging all the virtues – faith, hope, love, humility, simplicity, meekness, trust.”
“Prayer is communication with God, either in the heart, on the lips, or through any action that is surrendered to the Divine Will.”
“My Mother prays with you when you pray the Rosary. Her Heart is a channel through which your prayers ascend to Heaven and grace passes back down to you. Her Heart is a connection then to God and God’s grace, just as you would connect an electric light to currents.”
“God receives the sacrifice of prayer and uses it as a sword against evil. He changes the prayer into grace that overcomes evil in hearts. Then see, it is Satan that tries to keep you from praying. It is Satan who embattles your heart and tries to keep you from surrendering your will so that you can pray.”
“No matter your course of action in any event, everything depends on God. Trust this. The soul that trusts only in himself is lost.”
“Think of prayer as a sunbeam. Its ray stretches down from Heaven. It nourishes the lilies and flowers. It royally clothes them in light. Thus arrayed, they bloom and their beauty gives glory to God. The soul that surrenders to prayer much, also becomes beautiful in God’s eyes and gives glory to God.”
“I have told you, My confidante, that prayer is a surrender and a sacrifice. But the soul must also accept the way prayers are answered. The little flower receives what it needs to be nourished and grow. The soul, through prayer, receives what it needs for salvation. In humility, he must accept God’s Will. If the Father knows what the little flower needs, does he not know your needs as well? Accept what He sends you in humility and gratefulness, like the little flower dancing in the sunlight.”
“I am pleased with any prayer. Most of all I am pleased with sincere prayer from the heart. This kind of prayer changes people and events. I, your Jesus, love the prayer of the Mass the most. Then I love the Rosary.”
“Follow Me in prayer. I will lead you.”
July 19, 1999
“Dearest child, I am your Jesus, born Incarnate.”
“I have come to help you understand the value of the present moment. I do not ask of you heroic deeds and pious acts in each and every present moment as a means of salvation. I do ask your surrender to the law of love. This is the way of reconciliation with your Creator. Mankind has lost sight of this truth. I have come today to renew every heart in a commitment to Holy Love.”
“Take for instance one Hail Mary. If it is recited with a loving heart it brings with it the power to convert a soul, to stop a war, to deliver a soul from purgatory, even to change the future of the world. See then that the love in your heart when you pray determines the power of the prayer.”
“Suppose you were to make a great sacrifice but with much tepidity. I would honor a small, hidden sacrifice done with much Holy Love so much more!”
“If you were to surrender to Me everything you own, but did so begrudgingly or with much flamboyance and show, I would not honor such a sacrifice as much as one Hail Mary offered in the quiet of your heart with much love.”
“Do not lose sight of this truth. Do not be confounded by how much you give Me, but always give with love. This is the key to accomplishing much good and to staying within the Divine Will of My Father. Make it known.”
October 11, 2007
“I am your Jesus, born Incarnate.”
“Today I tell you, it is sacrificial love that wins the conversion of souls. When you sacrifice with a loving heart for the good of another, I am able to reach out with strength and power which you have earned for that soul through sacrificial love.”
“Love must be at the heart of all prayer, all good works, all sacrifice; the deeper the love, the more meritorious the action. I desire all people realize this so as to strengthen My army against evil.”