Virgin of Vladimir (+ image by the hand of Stephen Allison 2008)

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Our Lady points us to Jesus

Notes of meeting on 20 August 2013

Picture of Our Lady dressed in white with a blue sash around her. This sash seemed to be encompassed in the middle by her Immaculate Heart. Upon the sash is the word 'Theotokos'. I could see her point to the many people in her army who also wore the blue sash. They were made of people from all walks of life - clever, well dressed, spiritual, down at heel, young, old, ill, bent over, those at their physical peak, and lastly little children. All had a place in her spiritual army, her praying army, all beloved, all equal sons and daughters.

Our Lady opened up her mantle and she sheltered us under it keeping us safe from the evil one.

She beckoned to all mankind to come to her,all those in our families, all those who have no one to pray for them, the lost , the fallen.

Then with her other hand she pointed to her Son Jesus on the Cross. He who sacrificed himself for all our sins, He who loved us more than life itself, He who redeemed us, He the one who feeds us with the finest bread - His Body, he who quenches our thirst with His Holy Blood giving us real life, real strength, real power from the Father to carry on fighting for souls.

Our Lady is our example and our leader. She who formed us just as she formed Jesus in her body.

Jesus is the Holy One so we must aspire to holiness. Our Lady is praying for us for strength in the great battle between good and evil. We are on the winning side as long as we keep faith with her Son Jesus. This she prays for our group at all times.

Jesus came to save the lost and those in darkness

Notes of Meeting on 13 August 2013
Picture of people naked in a dark cavern. There was no one to pray for them. Jesus and Mary whose hearts are aflame with love for them want us to pray for these people. Our prayers can be a garment for the naked and bring them light in darkness.

Jonah 3 v 4-10

4 Jonah began by going a day's journey into the city and then proclaimed, 'Only forty days more and Nineveh will be overthrown.' 5 And the people of Nineveh believed in God; they proclaimed a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least. 6 When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his robe, put on sackcloth and sat down in ashes. 7 He then had it proclaimed throughout Nineveh, by decree of the king and his nobles, as follows: 'No person or animal, herd or flock, may eat anything; they may not graze, they may not drink any water. 8 All must put on sackcloth and call on God with all their might; and let everyone renounce his evil ways and violent behaviour. 9 Who knows? Perhaps God will change his mind and relent and renounce his burning wrath, so that we shall not perish.' 10 God saw their efforts to renounce their evil ways. And God relented about the disaster which he had threatened to bring on them, and did not bring it.

Matthew 9 v 14- 17

14 Then John's disciples came to him and said, 'Why is it that we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not?' 15 Jesus replied, 'Surely the bridegroom's attendants cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is still with them? But the time will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. 16 No one puts a piece of unshrunken cloth onto an old cloak, because the patch pulls away from the cloak and the tear gets worse. 17 Nor do people put new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the skins burst, the wine runs out, and the skins are lost. No; they put new wine in fresh skins and both are preserved.'

Luke 19 v 1 -10

1 He entered Jericho and was going through the town 2 and suddenly a man whose name was Zacchaeus made his appearance; he was one of the senior tax collectors and a wealthy man. 3 He kept trying to see which Jesus was, but he was too short and could not see him for the crowd; 4 so he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to catch a glimpse of Jesus who was to pass that way. 5 When Jesus reached the spot he looked up and spoke to him, 'Zacchaeus, come down. Hurry, because I am to stay at your house today.' 6 And he hurried down and welcomed him joyfully. 7 They all complained when they saw what was happening. 'He has gone to stay at a sinner's house,' they said. 8 But Zacchaeus stood his ground and said to the Lord, 'Look, sir, I am going to give half my property to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody I will pay him back four times the amount.' 9 And Jesus said to him, 'Today salvation has come to this house, because this man too is a son of Abraham; 10 for the Son of man has come to seek out and save what was lost.'

Matthew 18 v 12-14

12 'Tell me. Suppose a man has a hundred sheep and one of them strays; will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hillside and go in search of the stray? 13 In truth I tell you, if he finds it, it gives him more joy than do the ninety-nine that did not stray at all. 14 Similarly, it is never the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost.

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Turn to Me your Saviour

Notes of meeting on 6 August 2013

Picture of a great light and within its centre is Jesus crucified. Jesus says:

Remember I am the bread come down from Heaven, your beloved Saviour Jesus Christ.

I am the only sacrifice ordained by the Father for man's salvation. The actions of the Holy Spirit, through the hands of my blessed son's the Priests, is the only consecration of validity. I my self will feed my flock with my own Body and Blood, real food and real drink for your sustenance. I do this for you, for love of you, I lay down my life for you my sheep. I suffer for you my sheep, I long for you my sheep, I love you my sheep as part of my own Body.

I will protect you in all ways and at all times, turn to Me your Saviour I will instantly be with you. Thirst for Me as I thirst for you. Give me your hearts and I will transform them.

Hebrews 10 v 22 - 39

22 So as we go in, let us be sincere in heart and filled with faith, our hearts sprinkled and free from any trace of bad conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us keep firm in the hope we profess, because the one who made the promise is trustworthy. 24 Let us be concerned for each other, to stir a response in love and good works. 25 Do not absent yourself from your own assemblies, as some do, but encourage each other; the more so as you see the Day drawing near. 26 If, after we have been given knowledge of the truth, we should deliberately commit any sins, then there is no longer any sacrifice for them. 27 There is left only the dreadful prospect of judgement and of the fiery wrath that is to devour your enemies. 28 Anyone who disregards the Law of Moses is ruthlessly put to death on the word of two witnesses or three; 29 and you may be sure that anyone who tramples on the Son of God, and who treats the blood of the covenant which sanctified him as if it were not holy, and who insults the Spirit of grace, will be condemned to a far severer punishment. 30 We are all aware who it was that said: Vengeance is mine; I will pay them back. And again: The Lord will vindicate his people. 31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. 32 Remember the great challenge of the sufferings that you had to meet after you received the light, in earlier days; 33 sometimes by being yourselves publicly exposed to humiliations and violence, and sometimes as associates of others who were treated in the same way. 34 For you not only shared in the sufferings of those who were in prison, but you accepted with joy being stripped of your belongings, knowing that you owned something that was better and lasting. 35 Do not lose your fearlessness now, then, since the reward is so great. 36 You will need perseverance if you are to do God's will and gain what he has promised. 37 Only a little while now, a very little while, for come he certainly will before too long. 38 My upright person will live through faith but if he draws back, my soul will take no pleasure in him. 39 We are not the sort of people who draw back, and are lost by it; we are the sort who keep faith until our souls are saved.

Rest in my love. Rest in my love my people. Rest in the peace that I want to give to you.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Living water

Notes of meeting on 23 July 2013

The world is dry like the desert. Praise Jesus for the immense love he has in giving himself to us in the Eucharist. This love brings healing to the world. Let the living waters flow bringing blooms in the desert.

James 5 v 7 - 20

7 Now be patient, brothers, until the Lord's coming. Think of a farmer: how patiently he waits for the precious fruit of the ground until it has had the autumn rains and the spring rains! 8 You too must be patient; do not lose heart, because the Lord's coming will be soon. 9 Do not make complaints against one another, brothers, so as not to be brought to judgement yourselves; the Judge is already to be seen waiting at the gates. 10 For your example, brothers, in patiently putting up with persecution, take the prophets who spoke in the Lord's name; 11 remember it is those who had perseverance that we say are the blessed ones. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and understood the Lord's purpose, realising that the Lord is kind and compassionate. 12 Above all, my brothers, do not swear by heaven or by the earth or use any oaths at all. If you mean 'yes', you must say 'yes'; if you mean 'no', say 'no'. Otherwise you make yourselves liable to judgement. 13 Any one of you who is in trouble should pray; anyone in good spirits should sing a psalm. 14 Any one of you who is ill should send for the elders of the church, and they must anoint the sick person with oil in the name of the Lord and pray over him. 15 The prayer of faith will save the sick person and the Lord will raise him up again; and if he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven. 16 So confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another to be cured; the heartfelt prayer of someone upright works very powerfully. 17 Elijah was a human being as frail as ourselves -- he prayed earnestly for it not to rain, and no rain fell for three and a half years; 18 then he prayed again and the sky gave rain and the earth gave crops. 19 My brothers, if one of you strays away from the truth, and another brings him back to it, 20 he may be sure that anyone who can bring back a sinner from his erring ways will be saving his soul from death and covering over many a sin.

Ephesians 6 v 10-18

1 Children, be obedient to your parents in the Lord -- that is what uprightness demands. 2 The first commandment that has a promise attached to it is: Honour your father and your mother, 3 and the promise is: so that you may have long life and prosper in the land. 4 And parents, never drive your children to resentment but bring them up with correction and advice inspired by the Lord. 5 Slaves, be obedient to those who are, according to human reckoning, your masters, with deep respect and sincere loyalty, as you are obedient to Christ: 6 not only when you are under their eye, as if you had only to please human beings, but as slaves of Christ who wholeheartedly do the will of God. 7 Work willingly for the sake of the Lord and not for the sake of human beings. 8 Never forget that everyone, whether a slave or a free man, will be rewarded by the Lord for whatever work he has done well. 9 And those of you who are employers, treat your slaves in the same spirit; do without threats, and never forget that they and you have the same Master in heaven and there is no favouritism with him. 10 Finally, grow strong in the Lord, with the strength of his power. 11 Put on the full armour of God so as to be able to resist the devil's tactics. 12 For it is not against human enemies that we have to struggle, but against the principalities and the ruling forces who are masters of the darkness in this world, the spirits of evil in the heavens. 13 That is why you must take up all God's armour, or you will not be able to put up any resistance on the evil day, or stand your ground even though you exert yourselves to the full. 14 So stand your ground, with truth a belt round your waist, and uprightness a breastplate, 15 wearing for shoes on your feet the eagerness to spread the gospel of peace 16 and always carrying the shield of faith so that you can use it to quench the burning arrows of the Evil One. 17 And then you must take salvation as your helmet and the sword of the Spirit, that is, the word of God. 18 In all your prayer and entreaty keep praying in the Spirit on every possible occasion. Never get tired of staying awake to pray for all God's holy people,

Saturday, 10 August 2013

The Body of Christ

Notes of meeting on 16 July 2013

Picture of Our Lady heavily pregnant, she carries the Word, the Body of Christ, the Church, the fulfilment of God's promise.
As we look at the life of Jesus under his parents on earth, he is born, he is loved and nurtured, he becomes as man. In all these things Mary His Mother helps and guides him, even to witnessing his death on the Cross and then the joy of the resurrection.
Picture of Mary carrying the Church which is Christ the fulfilment of God's promise.
The Church is subject to God's laws, it is loved by the Father and nurtured by Him. It has grown and leads it's people, His Body.
Just as Mary carried Jesus so does she carry the Church. It may be destroyed as Jesus' body was destroyed but it will rise again to be triumphant just as Jesus was at the resurrection. The Father will never let His Church be fully destroyed, there will always be a remnant that shall remain and grow. Our Mother guides us and her Son's Church we can do nothing better than emulate her.

Ephesians 4 v 11-16
11 And to some, his 'gift' was that they should be apostles; to some prophets; to some, evangelists; to some, pastors and teachers; 12 to knit God's holy people together for the work of service to build up the Body of Christ, 13 until we all reach unity in faith and knowledge of the Son of God and form the perfect Man, fully mature with the fullness of Christ himself. 14 Then we shall no longer be children, or tossed one way and another, and carried hither and thither by every new gust of teaching, at the mercy of all the tricks people play and their unscrupulousness in deliberate deception. 15 If we live by the truth and in love, we shall grow completely into Christ, who is the head 16 by whom the whole Body is fitted and joined together, every joint adding its own strength, for each individual part to work according to its function. So the body grows until it has built itself up in love.
Romans 8 v 9 - 19
9 You, however, live not by your natural inclinations, but by the Spirit, since the Spirit of God has made a home in you. Indeed, anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10 But when Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin but the spirit is alive because you have been justified; 11 and if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead has made his home in you, then he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life to your own mortal bodies through his Spirit living in you. 12 So then, my brothers, we have no obligation to human nature to be dominated by it. 13 If you do live in that way, you are doomed to die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the habits originating in the body, you will have life. 14 All who are guided by the Spirit of God are sons of God; 15 for what you received was not the spirit of slavery to bring you back into fear; you received the Spirit of adoption, enabling us to cry out, 'Abba, Father!' 16 The Spirit himself joins with our spirit to bear witness that we are children of God. 17 And if we are children, then we are heirs, heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ, provided that we share his suffering, so as to share his glory. 18 In my estimation, all that we suffer in the present time is nothing in comparison with the glory which is destined to be disclosed for us, 19 for the whole creation is waiting with eagerness for the children of God to be revealed.
2 Corinthians 5 v 17-21
17 So for anyone who is in Christ, there is a new creation: the old order is gone and a new being is there to see. 18 It is all God's work; he reconciled us to himself through Christ and he gave us the ministry of reconciliation. 19 I mean, God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not holding anyone's faults against them, but entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 So we are ambassadors for Christ; it is as though God were urging you through us, and in the name of Christ we appeal to you to be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made the sinless one a victim for sin, so that in him we might become the uprightness of God.