Part One – Faith And Hope

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PART 1 – ONE – FAITH & HOPE

Also see:

“Part Two – Love”
https://maryrefugeofholylove.com/writings-by-a-soul/part-two-love/

“Part Three – A New Pentecost”
https://maryrefugeofholylove.com/writings-by-a-soul/part-three-a-new-pentecost/

PART ONE:

FAITH AND HOPE

I am not a theologian. I am not a priest. I have no higher degree in the studies of Christianity. I am a simple person with a small mind. I gave my intellect a long time ago to The Lord. I only know what The Lord has chosen to reveal to me. All these graces are unmerited. I thank and praise The Lord for his blessings and gifts.

Early in my conversion, I would wonder a lot about Our Lord’s life on earth. I have no prior knowledge of the “hypostatic union,” which is the theological term for the two natures of Christ—his humanity and his divinity existing in one person. I do not read theological works on this subject, because I know the words would be beyond my intellectual grasp.

But, in my curiosity and ever-increasing desire to know more about My Love, I would wonder questions like, if Jesus Is God, did He know everything that was going to happen? What was He like as an all-knowing baby? I did not understand how Jesus could be both God and man in one being. So, I had many questions about Jesus’ earthly life that I would ponder to myself. But, like everyone else, I accepted on faith this great hidden Mystery.

I am blessed. The Lord, in His Great Goodness and Glorious Majesty, has answered for me these ponderings of my heart. And so, now, I share my findings with you, along with commentary on the virtues of faith and hope, so you may understand and increase in your understanding of the holy faith. The key to understanding the humanity and divinity of Christ lies in Holy Scripture, in the following passage:

Book of Philippians

Chapter 2, Verses 5-8

“Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus, Who,

though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped.

Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness;

and found human in appearance, he humbled himself,

becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.”

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Jesus, before He Incarnated as a human person, existed as the Only-Begotten Divine Son of The Heavenly Father. He existed as The Second Person of The Most Holy Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. As The Divine Son, He fully shared in All-Infinite Glory forever in eternity with His Father and The Holy Ghost. And before He Incarnated as a human being, as The Divine Son, He existed solely as Spirit in The Glory of God. Three Eternal Persons in One Loving God.

However, when Jesus Incarnated as a human person, a special action of God took place in time. All things are possible to God. The Second Person of The Most Holy Trinity took on flesh, becoming a material human being with a spiritual soul. Thereafter, The Second Person of The Most Holy Trinity would exist for all eternity as a human being, a Man-God.

In the Book of Philippians, St. Paul writes that though Jesus was “in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself…” The key words in this passage are “he emptied himself.”

Jesus “emptied” Himself, thereby becoming a Son of Man, a term that He often used for describing Himself, as recorded in Holy Scripture. The words, “Son of Man,” mean that He became a son of Adam. Adam is the first human being of the human family and Adam means “man.” It is through the Original Sin of Adam and Eve—the rejection of God—that resulted in every human being born into a permanent state of suffering and death. Before Original Sin, Adam and Eve were free from suffering and death and they were meant to pass on these special preternatural gifts to their children from God.

Jesus, when He “emptied” Himself, means that as The Second Person of The Most Holy Trinity, through the act of the Incarnation, He subjected Himself to the condition of human suffering and death, as truly all the sons and daughters of Adam are subject to and inherited from the first parents’ sin.

Jesus, also when He “emptied” Himself, divested Himself of His Eternal Glory as The Second Person of The Most Holy Trinity. Although Jesus Is and remained God, He freely divested Himself of His Divine Wisdom as God. This means that while He had existed in all-eternity with the Infinite Wisdom of God, through the Incarnation, Jesus became a servant of humanity (Son of Man, son of Adam) and would, just as a servant, seek the purpose of every human being, which is to know, love, and serve God.

Jesus would be like the first man, Adam. He would have a closely-intimate spiritual relationship with God, His Heavenly Father, and would have a superior intellect as the first man. But, He would live a total life of holy virtue, as an example to mankind. He would practice the virtues of faith, hope and love, as He increased in holy wisdom of God. Just like any other child of Adam. This is why in Holy Scripture, it is written:

Gospel of Luke

Chapter 2

Verse 40

 “The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.”

Verse 52

“And Jesus advanced [in] wisdom and age and favor before God and man.”

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In my studies of the heavenly messages through Locutions To The World, I have learned many important things about My Love. In The Locutions, Our Lady revealed in several messages how Her Son, Jesus, grew in holy wisdom as a child. For example, on September 22, 2012, Our Lady shares:

“Jesus never sought his own interests. From the very beginning, he had shared his Father’s glory, but he emptied himself and became flesh and lived among us. Jesus would often speak of this far-off glory and of a world that always was and always will be. He called this world, “the kingdom”. He would say, “People are meant for the kingdom where they are to live forever. I would ask him, “How will this come about?” He would only say, “That is why I have come into the world.” ”

In the above passage, Our Lady reveals in easy-to-understand words, how Jesus “emptied” Himself as God and became flesh and lived His Life as a child. As a child, He knew of God and how each human person is meant for Heaven. He also understood that He had a life mission of being the Messiah for mankind. Our Lady also reveals in further Locutions, how Jesus had “understanding far beyond his years” and that he “understood better than any adult” the purpose of human life as He grew into adulthood:

September 23, 2012

“Jesus walked his own path, with an understanding far beyond his years. He had unbelievable emotional warmth, as if every feeling in him was perfectly attuned like a harp that played only harmonious notes. Then, there was his time of solitude. I’ll explain that next.”

September 25, 2012

“My conversations with Jesus were different than any other conversations. He would speak of the normal things of earth but he saw everything differently. He understood the real purpose of life, what God wanted to accomplish in childhood games and youthful gatherings. As he grew, he understood better than any adult. He was never swayed by passing things.”

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On September 26, 2012 and September 28, 2012, Our Lady gave two important Locutions about Jesus’ hidden life as a child. They are so important in understanding how Jesus Is Man-God that I include them here to be read in their entirety.

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September 26, 2012

“Because Joseph needed his sleep after his day of toil, Jesus and I would be alone at night. All would be quiet and still.”

“He would begin with a question that became the subject of that night’s talk. He saw God’s mystery and wanted to know all he could. As I would explain something about God or about our Jewish faith, Jesus would take my words and go far beyond them. He would take me into the heart of the heavenly Father.”

“He did not realize it but he saw and understood God far better than I did. Each night, he revealed the great mysteries of God in the easiest to understand words. I am not sure that he even understood the gifts of divine wisdom that he possessed. He was like a great mathematician who sees complex truths but is not in awe of his own talents. Each night, I sat at the feet of this young man who understood better than the wisest sage and could explain these realities in the simplest of words. I knew that, soon, even greater mysteries would be revealed to him.”

September 28, 2012

“One night, Jesus said, “God is not far from the world and especially he is not far from the Jewish people. He is close to the world and very close to Israel. How close can he come? Nothing is impossible to God”. (When he said those words I gasped because Gabriel had used the same expression.).”

“He went on, “I even believe that God could become a man and dwell among us. I think he would be Jewish and that he would choose a Jewish mother. If I were God, I would choose you for my mother”.”

“When Jesus said those words, I could see his eyes. The words went forth from his lips and then turned and entered his heart. Divine light was filling his young mind. His eyes revealed someone overwhelmed by a truth that his own lips had said. Finally, he said those words that are forever written on my heart. “Nothing is impossible for God. He can become a man and he can choose a mother and he chose you to be his mother.” I said nothing. His own mind was unraveling this mystery. He was seeing much more than I could ever explain. The conversation ended. Jesus withdrew to his room to speak with his Father in secret.”

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As these words of Our Lady reveal, Jesus as a child, grew in holy wisdom and in faith. Incarnate as a child, the Mystery of being The Divine Son of The Heavenly Father, was hidden from Him. Jesus grew up as any other human child, having to exercise the virtue of faith. Jesus as a child did not immediately know that He Is God. In time, through the gift of faith, Jesus realized the reality of Who He Is.

Through The Locutions, it is also revealed that Jesus did not immediately know that as Messiah, it would be necessary for Him to suffer and die for atonement of human sin. The necessity of His Sacrificial Death was revealed to Him by Our Heavenly Father during the three years that Jesus spent in His ministry on earth. This is why in Holy Scripture, it is written that Jesus prayed to His Heavenly Father in the Garden of Gethsemane to ask if the Cup of Suffering could be avoided. It was only in the Garden of Gethsemane that Jesus finally accepted The Way of The Cross. Until that moment in time, Jesus had exercised the virtue of hope that The Cross might be avoided.

However, with the acceptance of The Cross, this does not mean that Jesus lost hope. Jesus always hoped in His Father. He always believed in faith that He was the Messiah and so, He trusted in His Father’s Promise to bring salvation through the Jews to humanity. Jesus continued to live in hope that through His Sacrificial Death that the Heavenly Kingdom would open to humanity again. On August 30, 2012, Jesus provides a Locution that shows how He exercised His hope in God:

“Finally, death came upon me just as it comes upon everyone. My body could no longer support life and my soul no longer had a dwelling place. It was free to enter into eternal light. Suddenly, the heavenly realms were changed. The doors of heaven were opened and I led a multitude of souls, including my foster father Joseph, into heavenly glory.”

“What I always believed, I saw, experienced and tasted. The will of the Father had been accomplished and now a light went from earth to heaven. What had been separated was now joined again. A new road was constructed by my human nature taken from my virginal mother.”

“All could walk this road. I needed only to prove to the apostles that I was the way to the Father. This still lay ahead in the Father’s plan.”

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In this first writing, I have shared what God has revealed to me about Jesus’ divine and human nature as Man-God. I have also written about how Jesus exercised the virtues of faith and hope in His earthly life. In my second writing, I will discuss in depth how Jesus exercised the virtue of love in His earthly life. However, in conclusion, I want to reveal another finding I had regarding Jesus as Man-God. It is related to the following passage from Holy Scripture:

Gospel of Mark

Chapter 13, Verses 32-33

“But of that day or hour, no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come.”

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This passage from the Gospel of Mark refers to The Second Coming of Christ in The End Times. It reveals that only The Heavenly Father knows the day and time of when Jesus will reclaim His Kingdom on earth. And before, when I tried to understand this verse of Holy Scripture, I would get confused. I did not understand how Jesus could not know this fact since He Is God?

However, now, I know that when Jesus “emptied” Himself of His Heavenly Glory to become Man-God, All-Infinite Divine Wisdom of God was hidden from Him and had to be revealed to Him by Our Heavenly Father as He grew as a child into adulthood.

In Heaven, Jesus continues the redeeming actions of the human family on earth. One of those actions is His Suffering in union with Our Lady, Mother of Sorrows, for the state of sinful man until the end of time. The second action is that Jesus Is still subject to the unveiling of the Divine Wisdom and the Divine Plan of His Heavenly Father.

So, truly, Jesus Is Man-God, but only Our Heavenly Father knows the day and hour of The Second Coming of Christ.

Te Deum laudamus.

(“Thee, O God, we praise”)

Also see:

“Part Two – Love”
https://maryrefugeofholylove.com/writings-by-a-soul/part-two-love/

“Part Three – A New Pentecost”
https://maryrefugeofholylove.com/writings-by-a-soul/part-three-a-new-pentecost/