The Battle Cry: Marching Orders for August 17, 2018

Here I am Lord, listening. I have collected myself and am clear in mind, body and soul and ready to hear Your words.

“Ann, write what I tell you today. I love you, Ann. Be good from now on. I will help you advance in greater holiness. My Spirit is always ready to guide you along your path. Resort to Him – His help. Turn to Him in each moment of temptation and you will not stumble. Set your feet firmly in His footsteps. He always goes before you, striking out the right and proper path to take.

Be good. What do I mean by goodness – being good? Following Me. Letting Me lead you. Observing My will not your own. Staying close to Me. Being an obedient soul. Letting Me guide your ways. Being docile to My Spirit. For if you do these things you will not fall into temptation and sin.

Keep your eyes on Me. Have Me always before your eyes – the eyes of your mind, heart and soul.

My mother is your model. She never took her eyes off Me. She was docile and obedient to My Spirit at all times, and thus, she did not sin against Me. Mary, your mother, is your model of purity, holiness, obedience, love, self denial, humility, temperance and moderation. Follow her. You cannot do it alone. You need her intercession. Ask her to help you. She wants to help you, but you must ask and want her help. She loves you with My perfect, infinite love. She is your mother. Believe this deeply in your heart. I willed this reality.

“Do not kick against the goads” (Acts 26:14)

Be fully converted in holiness with her assistance. The path is narrow; she will lead you straight ahead. Do not fear to turn to her as if I would be offended. I love My mother. We are One in heart, mind and will. To love her is to love Me. I want this of you. I want this of all My children. My mother is My gift to you and all My children. As you see her, one day you will be so.

She should give you hope as you gaze on her beauty, for you will one day resemble her. This is My plan. This is My will. Believe and trust.

Now go in peace, Ann.
I love you.

Your Jesus.”

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The Battle Cry: Marching Orders for July 30, 2018

Tonight, before our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament during the Adoration Hour, I said to Jesus, “yes, Lord, I will do good right here at home in Woodbury, for Your glory, the honor of my parents and family. She was speaking, I believe, by your Holy Spirit. If You would bless these works of my hands, yes, I would do it, just as You say.“

(I spoke these words to Jesus, because today a nurse spoke to me during an exam and as she was speaking I recognized the Voice of the Holy Spirit speaking through her. The Lord can speak through people to guide us in His will. If we have ears to hear, we will recognize His Voice, and be led to follow His Will for our lives.)

Before entering into silent Adoration the priest gave a homily. He centered his meditation on Revelation 3: 4-6,

“…They will walk with Me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. 5 The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the Book of Life, but will acknowledge that name before My Father and His angels. 6 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

And after referencing this passage of Scripture the priest spoke about our duty and joy in following the Will of the Lord. We must be obedient to His calling each one of us to our unique and preordained vocation.

I was amazed because I had just written a new hymn this past week entitled, “Book of Life” and have been sensing that the Lord is encouraging me to be more and more obedient to follow His call to compose music for His glory and through this music He will draw souls to Himself. Just this week the Holy Spirit led me to write the account of “The Mysterious Messenger” whom the Lord sent to exhort me to my vocation. (This story I posted earlier this week on this blog)!

Finally, my prayer for many weeks now to Jesus has been:
“Lord, bless the works of my hands which You have established,” inspired from from Psalm 90.
90:17 May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us;
establish the work of our hands for us—
yes, establish the work of our hands.

And so you can imagine my joy when the final words of the priest’s homily tonight were:
“ May God bless all your endeavors. Whatever you lay your hands on, may He bless you!”

Then I heard the Lord Jesus speaking in my heart, “ Child, listen to Me. I will speak with you. Be at peace, sweet daughter, I hold you always in My hands.

I have a plan for you and your works. Keep going forward in what you are doing. I will bless the works of your hands. I will do so and do so abundantly. Watch and see what I will do with you. You are not imagining. I give you My word: I will bless you and your works. You have asked and I will deliver for My Own Glory. I wish also to give you joy and delight, for I love you. But I will bless the works of your hands for My greater glory.

Be at peace. The right and perfect moment will come for My plan for your life to be fulfilled. Carry on. A good soldier marches on, obeying the orders of his commander in chief. Do so.

I am with you in all you do, for you love Me and seek only My Glory. You want people to know and love Me. This is your pure intent and motivation. I see into your heart. I see you better than you see yourself. You doubt your intentions. You think too much. Too much self reflection will cause you to come to wrong conclusions.

I am the true and perfect judge of souls. You cannot judge yourself for you do not know yourself as I know you. I know you perfectly, through and through. I see deep within the layers of your soul and find the truth in you.

Therefore, be at peace and trust Me. I will lead you, as I am doing. Remain in Me and I will remain in you. *
Worship Me now. Thank Me. That is all I want from you.

Your Jesus “

 

Book of Life
by Ann Ammar

Verse 1
My book of life is still unfolding
from infancy to middle-age.
I know that I can trust my Jesus,
to lead me safely through each page.
My life’s a pen in Jesus’ right hand.
He writes His will upon my heart.
His strength and grace He daily imparts
And shows me the right course to chart.

Chorus:
And when I die,
all will be clear.
Christ opens up my book of life.
He’ll draw me near
Unto His side
Say tenderly,
“Well done My child.”

Verse 2
My life is coursing steadily onward.
From middle years to ripe old age.
With God’s grace going on before me
Christ leads me safely on the way.
Each day my life’s a new adventure.
God‘s mercies are fresh every morn.
Each day affords a new occasion,
Another chance to be reborn.

Chorus:
And when I die,
all will be clear.
Christ opens up my book of life.
He’ll draw me near
Unto His side
Say tenderly,
“Well done My child.”

The Battle Cry: Marching Orders for July 23, 2018

It is good to be here, Lord. Thank you and Your Holy Spirit for nudging me to come tonight. ( I came to Saint Patrick’s tonight for Adoration). You are my Teacher. I want to hear Your words of wisdom tonight. Lord, your little child, like Mary, is sitting at Your feet waiting on Your every word. Teach me, good Master. Have pity on me, dear Teacher. Shine Your light of Truth in my heart, Jesus.

“Ann, My child, Rest your head on My breast. Feel My heart beats for you with fiery love. This is all you need to know, that I love you totally. It is enough for you to know this. This is the secret and Truth of life – Love. There is nothing else to learn or know.

What is love? Do you truly know? I Am Love. Love is Me!

You and everything I have created receive My love, and from My love, you can love. You love because I first loved you. You were created in Love, by Love, for Love.

Love is self giving. I gave Myself in love to create you. I expended Myself in love to redeem you. My love sustains you. My love is, because I Am.

Even hell is an act of love. For you were created in and through My love to be completely free. I love you so much I gave you total freedom. This freedom allows you to choose. Those who choose to return love for Love, remain in and with Me. Those who choose not to love, choose hell. They freely choose and My love for them respects their freedom of choice.

Ann, dear child, this troubles you. Love is not love if it is forced. That is a tyrant’s behavior. Love gives and offers freedom.

Hell is the absence of love. It is emptiness – left to itself.

What does this mean? Hell is rebellion to Love – filled with the sin of rebellion – sins against Love. Thus, it is an active place, filled with chaos, turmoil, torment.

What can I do? What else can I do, for those who choose to go their own way apart from My Love, which is the only beautiful Truth? Thus, in My love, I gave them what they want, what they have chosen, what they desire.

You must be My instrument of love. My children must give generously of their selves to others to melt their hearts. You are My Body now – My hands, feet, mouth, eyes. It is you who must love them – your neighbors, your enemies, and by loving them for Me, in Me, through Me, you save many!

Your Jesus”

The Battle Cry: Marching Orders for July 21, 2018

Speak Lord, your servant is listening! Come Holy Spirit!

“I am here daughter, within you, speaking to your heart and soul. I love you, Ann. You are so precious to Me. Stay with Me awhile; be with Me, and do not become distracted, I wish to speak to you today at length.

You are a good child, but you make many mistakes. I want to help you to improve your life, to become holy and pleasing to Me. You must slow down. Be still, and listen throughout the day to My Spirit speaking deep within you – within your soul. He desires to help you – assist you moment by moment to make right choices for your daily life. You often rush through the day on your own making your own decisions, not listening to His inspirations which will keep you safely and soundly on the path of righteousness.

My Spirit is a good Spirit, full of wisdom to teach and guide a soul to perfection. But you must stop to listen; you must pay attention and keep your mind and heart focused on His presence throughout the day. This is living continuously in My divine Will. This is union with Me.

You are growing, and I am pleased with this. But more holiness is possible and available for you if you stay close to My Holy Spirit all through the day. Focus. Do not be so easily distracted. Practice My presence. Enter deeply into a state of recollection and remain there throughout the day.

Time is short until you come to be with Me forever. I want you to make the most of the time, for the days are evil. Let My Spirit guide you more fastidiously and you will make faster progress in holiness and perfection.

This message is not for you alone, but for all My children. The days are so evil, it is necessary to remain in constant union with Me to avoid the traps and snares the enemy lays for you, to drag you to his abode. You must not be unaware. The temptations given into lead to destruction if not fought with energy to avoid. One thing leads to another. One temptation yielded to makes it easier and easier for the Evil One to grasp you with another. You know this, but you must be more aware of the danger and be on your guard, constantly being led and directed by My Spirit. This world is a battlefield and you are engaged in a war over your souls. Fight the good fight while there is still time. I am always with you and by your side to help you achieve victory in righteousness. Stay with Me; stay close to Me and we will walk the narrow road together.

Your Jesus.”

The Battle Cry: Marching Orders for July 16, 2018

I had come to Saint Patrick’s Church for Adoration of Our Lord In the Blessed Sacrament tonight between 7 and 8 PM.

Tonight my heart was filled to overflowing with love for our Lord Jesus. I said to Him with strong passion, I love you, Lord! I love you! I love you so much! Please Lord, speak to me tonight!

Jesus replied, “Child, child, child, you are Mine; have no fear. I am here tonight with you. I always love you, no matter what you do – no matter all your faults and imperfections.

You are a human and I know what it’s like to be human. I can understand your temptations and weaknesses. I experienced living in the world. I am sensitive to your reality. While I was without sin, I do understand your struggles. Little child, trust Me, I will assist you in all your struggles against sin and temptation. Lean on Me. My grace is sufficient for you. I will not judge you harshly, because you are Mine. Trust in Me.

You turn to Me when you see your weaknesses. I love this! You glorify My mercy by doing this! I am so merciful. It is My greatest attribute. How happy I am when sinners turn to Me and hope for My mercy. I will always give it to the one who desires to be forgiven. My mercy is endless- unfathomable – infinite – beyond understanding. It is who I Am. Your merciful God! The One who loves you totally, completely, without reservations. You are Mine – I made you for Myself.

If only the world would believe this, such peace and hope they would have to know that they are loved unconditionally. I want to heal them – love them – make them whole. Their hearts are filled with sadness, confusion, despair. But I am here for them, to love them and heal them – to give them hope and eternal Life.

I know it’s hard for human beings to perceive the mysteries of the invisible realities. That is why I called prophets and selected Apostles and revealed Myself to them, to witness My reality – My love and truth. I came and lived among you to show Myself to you. They did not lie about Me. They gave their lives for this truth. Believe! Simply believe. It is what it is! I Am the Truth, the Way and the Life.

Little children, trust in Me. Come to Me. Believe Me and My love for you. An eternity awaits you – peace, love, joy forevermore in My Presence. Hope in Me and your hearts will be at peace!

Your Jesus”

The Battle Cry: Marching Orders for July 8, 2018

Romans 8:26-27.
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

I had a most blessed experience today in the Church of St Patrick’s as I prepared myself for Holy Mass. I knelt down and made the sign of the cross and allowed the beautiful music being played by the pianist to lift my heart to the Lord. I entered into contemplation and found myself confessing to the Lord, “Lord I am so full of weaknesses, all of which You know thoroughly, many bad habits and weaknesses of character developed during 58 years of life, whereby I commit the same foolish and careless errors of behavior and speech over and over again. These weaknesses are like “thorns in the flesh”, which torment me over and over again, How much I wish to be free of these weaknesses, and “be perfect as my Heavenly Father is perfect.” ( Matthew 5:48) I well understand the words St. Paul spoke through your Holy Spirit in Romans 7:15–20,

I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. (Romans 7:15-20).

The Holy Spirit continued to help me pray in “wordless groans” and inspirations in which I said to the Lord, “Lord You know all things, You know me inside and out, just as it is written in Psalm 139, and so I say to You, these “thorns in the flesh” which are my stubborn, repetitive imperfections, weaknesses and venial sins, – Well, I simply praise You and Your “grace is sufficient for me.” My imperfections and faults and constant failings humble me and make me realize my utter need for You, for Your assistance, forgiveness and infinite mercy. I can do nothing in and of myself to overcome my sinful nature. Without You I can do nothing! I know that I cannot improve myself, for it is only through Your grace that I can be conformed to your Holy and Divine Image. Your grace is sufficient for me!

(“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.“ John 15 :5)

After being led by the Holy Spirit to pray this way to the Lord Jesus, I felt a great peace come over my soul. I knew I was loved and forgiven. I knew the Lord was with me and would always be with me. I trusted that He loves me just as I am and He will never stop blessing me with His grace to complete the good work that He has begun in me (Philippians 1:6 ) to ultimately bring me to perfection and glory according to His will.

Holy Mass began. When the priest came forward to proclaim the Gospel, I was beside myself with joy as I heard him read the passage of Holy Scripture for Sunday, July 8, 2018.

2 Corinthians 12:7-10
And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Thank you Lord that your Holy Spirit helps me to pray, and gives me wisdom! And thank You for confirming to me Your Presence, love, forgiveness, and guidance by the remarkable timing which You orchestrated that I would hear the same Gospel reading of the Thorn in the Flesh that your Holy Spirit inspired in my heart before the mass began! Yes, your Grace is sufficient for me!

From Got Questions website:

In 2 Corinthians 12:7 Paul calls the “thorn In the flesh” a “messenger of Satan” that had a purpose of “torment.” Many explanations have been put forward, but whether Paul is referring to a physical, spiritual, or emotional affliction—or something else entirely—has never been answered with satisfaction. Since he was not talking of a literal thorn, he must have been speaking metaphorically. Some of the more popular theories of the thorn’s interpretation include temptation, a chronic eye problem, malaria, migraines, epilepsy, and a speech disability. Some even say that the thorn refers to a person, such as Alexander the coppersmith, who did Paul “a great deal of harm” (2 Timothy 4:14). No one can say for sure what Paul’s thorn in the flesh was, but it was a source of real pain in the apostle’s life.

Paul clues us in concerning the thorn’s purpose: “To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations.” So, God’s goal in allowing the thorn in the flesh was to keep Paul humble. Anyone who had encountered Jesus and was commissioned personally by Him (Acts 9:2-8) would, in his natural state, become “puffed up.” Add to that the fact that Paul was moved by the Holy Spirit to write much of the New Testament, and it is easy to see how Paul could become “haughty” (KJV) or “exalted above measure” (NKJV) or “too proud” (NCV).

Paul also says that the affliction came from or by a “messenger of Satan.” Just as God allowed Satan to torment Job (Job 1:1-12), God allowed Satan to torment Paul for God’s own good purpose.

No one likes to live in pain. Paul sought the Lord three times to remove this source of pain from him (2 Corinthians 12:8). He probably had many good reasons why he should be pain-free: he could have a more effective ministry; he could reach more people with the gospel; he could glorify God even more! But the Lord was more concerned with building Paul’s character and preventing pride. Instead of removing the problem, whatever it was, God gave Paul more overwhelming grace and more compensating strength. Paul learned that God’s “power is made perfect in weakness” (verse 9).

The exact nature of Paul’s thorn in the flesh is uncertain. There is probably a good reason that we don’t know. God likely wanted Paul’s difficulty to be described in general enough terms to apply to any difficulty we may face now. Whether the “thorn” we struggle with today is physical, emotional, or spiritual, we can know that God has a purpose and that His grace is all-sufficient.

The Battle Cry: Marching Orders for July 4, 2018

Today is the Fourth of July in the United States of America, our national independence day. American families are commemorating this important patriotic holiday, enjoying the natural beauty of our country‘s beaches, mountains, rivers, and holding family gatherings and barbecues and later tonight will go to watch the fireworks in celebration of our freedom and liberty and independence from tyranny. I’ve come to a favorite spot, Riverwinds Trail near the Delaware River, in New Jersey across from Philadelphia. I’ve enjoyed several miles of walking in the woods and along the riverfront, and in the wildflower meadows, where I have seen beautiful butterflies and a young gentle fawn. After completing my walks, I sat down on my customary rock. And I said to the Lord, “Jesus, here I am, waiting on You. Speak, dear Lord, I am listening. Thank You for freedom!

– Freedom by Your holy precious saving Blood

– Freedom in my country won by the selfless love of those who gave their lives that we can live and be free in America.

Thank you for Your Providence over and for our blessed nation. Help us, dear Lord, to rise to Your moral high ground by turning to You with all our hearts and souls so You can heal our land and bless our people.”

Jesus replied, “Ann, dear and precious child, would that all people of all nations would come to Me! For if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

(If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed. John 8:36)

My liberty is for all – for all who trust – put their trust in Me. No one will be excluded from My love. My love is liberating and gives true freedom:

 – freedom from sin and condemnation,

– freedom to be your true selves, genuine human beings made after My Own Image and Likeness,

 – freedom from despair and hopelessness and nihilism,

– freedom to love yourselves, as you are without any fear of judgment.

If God is for you who can be against you?

Romans 8:31.

(What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?)

My child,  tell them to come quickly to My love which can set them free. Where love is, –  where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom!

(2 Corinthians 3:17.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.)

– Freedom to be loved,

 – freedom to love oneself and others,

– to be loved by God and to love God.

For the Lord is the Spirit and God is Love (1 John 3:8). 

My child, it is so simple: love is freedom and freedom is love. There is no other way.

(1 John 4: 7-16

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.

 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 

Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 

No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 

And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 

If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.)

Your Jesus”

The Battle Cry: Marching Orders for June 30, 2018

A Meditation: at Riverwinds Nature Trail, West Deptford, New Jersey.

Such peace and beauty when I sit still in nature listening for Your Voice, dear Lord.

Today, I am alone in this nature trail with You. Nature is such a feast for the senses – sounds of life all around me – birds of all sorts, singing, chirping, whistling, tweeting, chattering, calling – abuzz with vibrant life! Insects are buzzing, chirping, whizzing, and hopping and creeping along the ground, while fluttering butterflies pass by. Everywhere I peer, life is teaming in every patch of earth and tree and plant and sky.

A tiny rabbit is on the path, not sure whether to stay still or dart away from me. The groundhog has come into the open since the trail is vacant of people.

I am listening and watching, hearing and observing Your wonderful, magnificent creation. You are here, filling all You have made with Your own Life. This thought is too sublime for me to fathom.

My God, how I love You and I am in awe and wonder of Your majesty, omnipotence and goodness. Thank You for making me a human being after Your own likeness, with a rational mind, to ponder Your Being and to love You! Who can search out Your ways? They are beyond searching out!

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God of hosts. Heaven and earth are full of Your Glory!

The silence is interrupted by the sounds of man’s machines – cars whooshing by and airplanes rumbling overhead – the sounds of the distance highway – all evidence of the busyness of men who are going to and fro – the pace of life hurried and pressing.

Holy hermits have always withdrawn from the world to find peace and solitude to connect with Your Presence, even in olden times when man’s life was more in contact with nature – agrarian societies.  But how much more is withdrawing from the fast-paced, stressful, pressured, all consuming and absorbing technology needed in this age.

You are quiet today, Lord, not speaking, allowing me to discover more deeply the beauty of silence and the wonder of Your natural world and Your Presence in it.

Thank You for this inspiration you have moved in my soul, for this meditation. Thank You Holy Spirit for recalling to my mind the glorious Canticle of Daniel to You Lord God during this meditation.

Daniel 3:57-88 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

57 “Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord;
sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.
58 Bless the Lord, you heavens;
sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.
59 Bless the Lord, you angels of the Lord;
sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.
60 Bless the Lord, all you waters above the heavens;
sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.
61 Bless the Lord, all you powers of the Lord;
sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.
62 Bless the Lord, sun and moon;
sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.
63 Bless the Lord, stars of heaven;
sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

64 “Bless the Lord, all rain and dew;
sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.
65 Bless the Lord, all you winds;
sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.
66 Bless the Lord, fire and heat;
sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.
67 Bless the Lord, winter cold and summer heat;
sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.
68 Bless the Lord, dews and falling snow;
sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.
69 Bless the Lord, ice and cold;
sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.
70 Bless the Lord, frosts and snows;
sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.
71 Bless the Lord, nights and days;
sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.
72 Bless the Lord, light and darkness;
sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.
73 Bless the Lord, lightnings and clouds;
sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

74 “Let the earth bless the Lord;
let it sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.
75 Bless the Lord, mountains and hills;
sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.
76 Bless the Lord, all that grows in the ground;
sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.
77 Bless the Lord, you springs;
sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.
78 Bless the Lord, seas and rivers;
sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.
79 Bless the Lord, you whales and all that swim in the waters;
sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.
80 Bless the Lord, all birds of the air;
sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.
81 Bless the Lord, all wild animals and cattle;
sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

82 “Bless the Lord, all people on earth;
sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.
83 Bless the Lord, O Israel;
sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.
84 Bless the Lord, you priests of the Lord;
sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.
85 Bless the Lord, you servants of the Lord;
sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.
86 Bless the Lord, spirits and souls of the righteous;
sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.
87 Bless the Lord, you who are holy and humble in heart;
sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

88 “Bless the Lord, Hananiah, Azariah, and Mishael;
sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.
For he has rescued us from Hades and saved us from the power[a] of death
and delivered us from the midst of the burning fiery furnace;
from the midst of the fire he has delivered us.

The Battle Cry: Marching Orders for June 25, 2018

This evening I went to Saint Patrick’s Church for the prayer of the Divine Mercy and to spend an hour in Adoration before the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. After reciting the Chaplet with the other worshipers gathered in the church, I settled into my prayer of quiet, and I heard:

“Duc in Altum!” *

And I understood from these words a Call from the Lord.  In that moment I had a profound understanding in my spirit of what the Lord wanted from me. And I responded to Him, “Yes, Lord, I will go. You are calling me to the Holy Land as a missionary disciple. Fiat! Yes, send me! I will go.”

And spontaneously I repeated the words the Lord spoke to me in 2011, when Jesus said to me, “I have made a place for you in Jerusalem.”  And right then, before our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, I told Him, “Yes, I will go and let go of all attachments here!”

Jesus said to me, “Sweet child, how pleased I am with you for your surrender to Me. You are a good daughter, despite your faults and weaknesses. I love you, Ann. You belong to Me, dear child. Where I lead, you will go, because you are obedient.”

And then I heard Him say,

“Prepare ye the way of the Lord. I am coming soon. Be alert! Be on your guard and watch for Me!”

My heart was flooded with the fiery love of the Holy Spirit, and I said to Jesus, “I am so in love with You, Lord! I’m so in love with You!  You are so sweet, wonderful, awesome, delightful. I want You so much! I need You! Dear Jesus, please stay with me – near to me! How could I live without You!? I will never departure from You, dear Savior. I want You totally! Give Yourself to me, please, sweet Savior!“

Jesus said very sweetly to me, “Child, child, child, rest and be at peace. I love you with endless, unfathomable love. You are My delight, dear child, My delight. Rest now. Let Me speak.”

He then said very tenderly, “I Love the world, dear child.”

* The Gospel of Luke 5: 1-11 reveals to us that our encounter with Christ is an invasion of Grace.  We must fully open ourselves and abandon ourselves to His Grace and “go out into the depths, and ascend to the heights at (His) calling!”

Luke 5: 1-11

While the crowd was pressing in on Jesus and listening to the word of God, he was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret.

He saw two boats there alongside the lake; the fishermen had disembarked and were washing their nets.
Getting into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, he asked him to put out a short distance from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.

After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.”

Simon said in reply, “Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.”
When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish and their nets were tearing.

They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come to help them. They came and filled both boats so that they were in danger of sinking.

When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.”
For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made seized him and all those with him,
and likewise James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners of Simon.

Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.”

When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed him.

*I had a remarkable experience last night when I attended the solemn Mass for Saint José Maria with my friend Victoria. If you read the email below, which is the message I received from the Lord on June 25, in the evening during adoration, which I sent to Marianne, you will see that the Lord gave me some powerful words about a call and mission. And when you read it you will see that he began his inspiration with the words “Duc in Altum” ( Go out into the deep). And he gave me Luke chapter 5, verses one through 11, which I recorded in the message to Marianne.

Well, I shared all this with Victoria prior to attending the mass for Saint José Maria, and we were both astounded when we heard the priest read Luke chapter 5, verses one through 11, And preach his homily on that gospel passage, “Duc in Altum” – go out into the deep”!!! I am still giddy today with the realization that I did hear the Lord for soundly and that he confirmed this to me during the solemn mass for the feast of Saint José Maria.

I’m sure you can understand and appreciate all these amazing connections, and I praise Jesus for his love and awesomeness!!

The Battle Cry: Marching Orders for June 24, 2018

Today, after attending Holy Mass at Holy Angels Parish, on the Feast of Saint John the Baptist, I went for a walk in nature. I went to the Riverwinds Nature Trail, and circled the 1 mile track twice, praying first the Divine Mercy Chaplet, followed by the Most Holy Rosary. When I completed the 2 mile circuit, I sat down on a rock, and lifted my heart to the Lord Jesus, saying to Him, “Lord, I want to hear You. What a journey we’ve been on Lord!”

I heard the Lord speak in my heart the following words, “Ann, child, be at peace. I am here with you, always. Never will I leave you. You can count on Me. You are My precious child and I belong to you.

You are wondering about many things – things mysterious – beyond your grasp. I will tell you some things today, to set your mind and heart at ease.

Little child, be at peace. Nature doesn’t worry about what will happen tomorrow. The birds sing and go about their lives, caring for their young, building their nests, – living in the moment, fully. You are to do the same and leave the future up to Me.

I am the Lord of time and history and the Eternal One.

Peace, little child, peace, for all is in My hands. Trust Me, even when all seems out of control. My plan will stand. Nothing can alter My Will for My world- creation.

Be still and know that I am God – God of past, present, future, never changing in My love, mercy, kindness and justice.

I will have mercy on those to whom I will have mercy – on those to the thousandth generation that love, fear and obey Me and My precepts.

This world is spiraling into deep darkness and many are on the road to hell. How I yearn to save them in My mercy, but, they will have nothing of Me. They think only of themselves and live only for themselves.

What is the world without Me? Cold and black darkness, for I am the Light of the world and in Me there is no darkness at all and no shadow of turning. I am constant Love, Light, Truth. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

At this moment, a beautiful black and orange Monarch butterfly landed on my foot, as I was sitting on the rock. It rested there, gently opening and closing its wings. I observed it intently, and realized that I have never had such an experience before where a butterfly landed on me. It stayed with me for a long time. A thought came into my heart, that this was a sign of the Presence of the Lord. It was a really beautiful and profound experience as I beheld the beautiful butterfly remaining with me.

I then heard Jesus, continue speaking in my soul, “Patience, endurance – for like the butterfly, the world will be reborn and resurrected from the darkness of sin into the glorious freedom of the children of God, and all nature will rejoice with the children of men, to the glory of God the Father when God will be all in all.

Your Jesus.”