The Sorrowful Mysteries Rosary

15/09/2016
Themes: praying, Rosary
Charles Pritchard

Opening Reading

“But he was wounded for our iniquities, he was bruised for our sins: the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and by his bruises we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray, every one hath turned aside into his own way: and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was offered because it was his own will, and he opened not his mouth: he shall be led as a sheep to the slaughter, and shall be dumb as a lamb before his shearer, and he shall not open his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:5−7)

Opening Prayer ... Apostles Creed ... Our Father ... Hail Mary [repeat three times] ... Glory Be ... Fatima Prayer ...

The Agony in the Garden

Meditation

“And I said to them: If it be good in your eyes, bring hither my wages: and if not, be quiet. And they weighed for my wages thirty pieces of silver.” (Zachariah 11:12)

“Then went one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, to the chief priests, And said to them: What will you give me, and I will deliver him unto you? But they appointed him thirty pieces of silver. And from thenceforth he sought opportunity to betray him.” (Matthew 26:14−16)

“And they came to a farm called Gethsemani. And he saith to his disciples: Sit you here, while I pray. And he taketh Peter and James and John with him; and he began to fear and to be heavy. And he saith to them: My soul is sorrowful even unto death; stay you here, and watch. And when he was gone forward a little, he fell flat on the ground; and he prayed, that if it might be, the hour might pass from him. And he saith: Abba, Father, all things are possible to thee: remove this chalice from me; but not what I will, but what thou wilt. And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping. And he saith to Peter: Simon, sleepest thou? Couldst thou not watch one hour? Watch ye, and pray that you enter not into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. And going away again, he prayed, saying the same words. And when he returned, he found them again asleep, (for their eyes were heavy), and they knew not what to answer him. And he cometh the third time, and saith to them: Sleep ye now, and take your rest. It is enough: the hour is come: behold the Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise up, let us go. Behold, he that will betray me is at hand.” (Mark 14:32−42)

"Today bring to me the souls who have become Lukewarm, and immerse them in the abyss of my mercy. These souls wound my Heart most painfully. My soul suffered the most dreadful loathing in the Garden of Olives because of lukewarm souls. They were the reason I cried out: 'Father, take this cup away from me, if it be your will.' For them, the last hope of salvation is to run to my mercy." (Jesus to St Faustina [1], 1930s)

“My child, I, your Jesus, say to you, I repeat, all these pains during our conversation are my pains from the sinners, the lukewarm souls, from hatred, malice and many, many more sins. My children committed sacrileges, outrages, on my Precious Body and Blood.” (Jesus Christ to Fernanda de Sequeira [2], 31/08/2011)

“I am your Father God, I came to convey this message to you, to pray and amend all of your sins in Confession. I am here to also ask you: pray, pray to appease my Son’s Sacred Heart. Pray for this world, this sinister, sinful world. Oh, if every one of you says a prayer for this intention, how this world would be a better world. Pray for the sinners, the lukewarm, tepid souls, for the non-believers who hurt my Son Jesus’ Sacred Heart the most.” (Father God to Fernanda de Sequeira [3], 27/06/2016)

Commentary

Imagine Jesus’ pain of knowing what was to come, knowing that he was to carry a cross of all of humankind’s sins on earth and would still endure ongoing suffering in eternity while humankind remains in sin. He was all alone, abandoned by his friends, yet perfectly obedient to his Father in heaven, offering his body, mind, soul and divinity, for our salvation, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world, knowing full well that so many would still reject an hurt him.

Are we prepared to do the same for even one person? Our families? Our friends? Our enemies? Lost souls for whom no one is praying, knowing that our reward is in heaven and not on earth? Or is it all on our terms, about ourselves, our comforts and earthly rewards instead? Are we also asleep in the hour that our Lord Jesus Christ needs us most, while we still have precious time to offer sacrifice and alleviate his suffering for the salvation souls?

Suggested prayer for the living

My loving Jesus Christ, despite your abandonment in the Garden of Gethsemane, you never abandoned us: you bring comfort to the lonely, peace to the anxious, joy to the depressed and hope to those in despair.

I pray for healing of the lukewarm souls, the ones who inflict horrendous pains on you today, and whom you foresaw would cause you the most pains when you asked your Father, if it was his will, to remove this chalice from you. Help them to obey your commandments. Turn their hearts of stone into hearts of flesh and give them the grace to repent before it is too late.

Eternal Father, have mercy on them and on the whole world. Amen.

Suggested prayer for the dead

My loving Jesus Christ, through the agony that you underwent in the garden, I ask you to have mercy on those who have died and who are now agonising in eternity to be with you, but have been abandoned in prayer by their loved ones on earth.

Have mercy on the souls who caused you the most pain, who are now suffering in eternity for their sins. Amen.

Our Father ... Hail Mary [repeat ten times] ... Glory Be ... Fatima Prayer ...

The Scourging at the Pillar

Meditation

“Let us therefore lie in wait for the just, because he is not for our turn, and he is contrary to our doings, and upbraideth us with transgressions of the law, and divulgeth against us the sins of our way of life. He boasteth that he hath the knowledge of God, and calleth himself the son of God. He is become a censurer of our thoughts. He is grievous unto us, even to behold: for his life is not like other men's, and his ways are very different. We are esteemed by him as triflers, and he abstaineth from our ways as from filthiness, and he preferreth the latter end of the just, and glorieth that he hath God for his father. Let us see then if his words be true, and let us prove what shall happen to him, and we shall know what his end shall be. For if he be the true son of God, he will defend him, and will deliver him from the hands of his enemies. Let us examine him by outrages and tortures, that we may know his meekness and try his patience. Let us condemn him to a most shameful death: for there shall be respect had unto him by his words.” (Wisdom 2:12−20)

“And Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, saying: Art thou the king of the Jews? Jesus saith to him: Thou sayest it. And when he was accused by the chief priests and ancients, he answered nothing. Then Pilate saith to him: Dost not thou hear how great testimonies they allege against thee? And he answered him to never a word; so that the governor wondered exceedingly. Now upon the solemn day the governor was accustomed to release to the people one prisoner, whom they would. And he had then a notorious prisoner, that was called Barabbas. They therefore being gathered together, Pilate said: Whom will you that I release to you, Barabbas, or Jesus that is called Christ? For he knew that for envy they had delivered him. And as he was sitting in the place of judgment, his wife sent to him, saying: Have thou nothing to do with that just man; for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him. But the chief priests and ancients persuaded the people, that they should ask for Barabbas, and take Jesus away. And the governor answering, said to them: Whether will you of the two to be released unto you? But they said, Barabbas. Pilate saith to them: What shall I do then with Jesus that is called Christ? They say all: Let him be crucified. The governor said to them: Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying: Let him be crucified. And Pilate seeing that he prevailed nothing, but that rather a tumult was made; taking water washed his hands before the people, saying: I am innocent of the blood of this just man; look you to it. And the whole people answering, said: His blood be upon us and our children. Then he released to them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, delivered him unto them to be crucified.” (Matthew 27:11−26)

“This Holy Week, which is from Holy Monday to Good Friday, my dear people: the pains, the excruciating, horrific pains that the world will never comprehend... Holy Week was the beginning of the pain and suffering but the bodily harm was from Holy Thursday, which was the beginning of my Son Jesus’ passion. On Good Friday, they did the most indecent things against my Son: they humiliated him with foul language, they scourged him, they tied him like a thief, punished him for a crime he never committed, falsely accused him in many ways, they took away his dignity by taking off his clothes and they massacred his body. What they did to my Son is too painful for some of you, and you will never understand my Son’s fifteen secret pains that my people never knew of. Very few are aware of the extent of these secret pains.” (Father God to Fernanda de Sequeira [4], 2016)

“My daughter, I desire that you let everybody know the Fifteen Secret Tortures in order that every one of them be honoured... They fastened my feet with a rope and dragged me over the stepping stones of the staircase, down into a filthy, nauseating cellar. They took off my clothing and stung my body with iron joints. They attached a rope around my body and pulled me on the ground from end to end. They hanged me on a wooden piece with a slip knot until I slipped out and fell down. Overwhelmed by this torture, I wept bloody tears. They tied me to a post and pierced my body with various arms. They struck me with stones and burnt me with blazing embers and torches. They pierced me with awls; sharp spears tore my skin, flesh and arteries out of my body. They tied me to a post and made me stand barefoot on an incandescent metal sheet. They crowned me with an iron crown and wrapped my eyes with the dirtiest possible rags. They made me sit on a chair covered with sharp pointed nails, causing deep wounds in my body. They poured on my wounds liquid lead and resin and, after this torture, they pressed me on the nailed chair so that the nails went deeper and deeper into my flesh. For shame and affliction, they drove needles into the holes of my uprooted beard. They tied my hands behind my back and led me walking out of prison with strikes and blows. They threw me upon a cross and attached me so tightly that I could hardly breathe anymore. They threw at my head as I lay on the earth, and they stepped on me, hurting my breast. Then, taking a thorn from my crown, they drove it into my tongue. They poured into my mouth the most immodest excretions, as they uttered the most infamous expressions about me.” (Jesus Christ on his fifteen secret wounds to Sr Mary Magdalen [5])

“I have given my body to the strikers, and my cheeks to them that plucked them: I have not turned away my face from them that rebuked me, and spit upon me. The Lord God is my helper, therefore am I not confounded: therefore have I set my face as a most hard rock, and I know that I shall not be confounded.” (Isaiah 50:6−7)

Commentary

Jesus endured horrific torture even before his trial − suffering that was beyond human comprehension. He could have crushed his tormentors in an instance with his divine power, yet he practised what he preached, he did not resist evil and instead, turned the other cheek [6]. Evil tried all it could to try and break Jesus’ Spirit, to try and get him to go against his commandments, but despite all he threw at him, he did not succeed. Do we do the same for our persecutors, our enemies, and pray for them, or do we choose to show our “power” and take vengeance instead, not trusting in our Lord Jesus Christ, our God, our Saviour?

Suggested prayer for the living

My Lord Jesus Christ, you came to set the captives free. Through the wounds that were inflicted on your flesh at the scourging of the pillar, set your children free who are trapped in the flesh, suffering from sexual lusts and other sinful addictions. Help those who cannot keep their peace in their trials and tribulations and allow themselves to be tormented by evil spirits of despair, anxiety, depression and suicide. Help them to stay focused on you, to stop worrying about this passing world and instead to fear their sins, their unconfessed sins, and to focus on the heavenly kingdom to come. Amen.

Suggested prayer for the dead

My loving Jesus, through the Precious Blood that you shed for us at the scourging of the pillar and your most painful flesh wounds, I ask you to have mercy on and release those souls who are suffering in eternity as a result of their crimes against humanity and their desires of the flesh. Thank you my Jesus for your undying love for each one of us without exception, for coming to save us sinners. I love you Jesus. Amen.

Our Father ... Hail Mary [repeat ten times] ... Glory Be ... Fatima Prayer ...

The Crowning with Thorns

Meditation

“He was offered because it was his own will, and he opened not his mouth: he shall be led as a sheep to the slaughter, and shall be dumb as a lamb before his shearer, and he shall not open his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:7)

“Then the soldiers of the governor taking Jesus into the hall, gathered together unto him the whole band; and stripping him, they put a scarlet cloak about him. And platting a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand. And bowing the knee before him, they mocked him, saying: Hail, king of the Jews. And spitting upon him, they took the reed, and struck his head. And after they had mocked him, they took off the cloak from him, and put on him his own garments, and led him away to crucify him.” (Matthew 27:27–31)

“I went to a prison for a crime I never committed. My Sacred Face was spat on. They put me through the most horrendous derision “escarnios”. They mocked me with a crown of thorns “espinhos” and reed in my hands. They laughed at me with the crown of thorns, calling to me, ‘If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself.’ They made me sit on a chair full of nails. They put the most disgusting things in my mouth – too horrible to describe.” (Jesus Christ to Fernanda de Sequeira [7], 2014)

“My people, help my Son’s pierced heart because of the sins of this world. His heart is being pierced with a crown of thorns worse than the pains being placed on him while he was carrying the cross on Via Dolorosa. Yes, my Son could have had a crown of jewels but it was a crown of thorns that perforated his Sacred Head. I am a loving Father God, a merciful Father but my people, my Son Jesus paid his price upon the cross for all of your sins. Today, he suffers tremendous pains that you, my precious children, will never know. ” (Father God to Fernanda de Sequeira [8], 2016) 

Commentary

God is supremely humble. Despite being infinitely more powerful than the entire universe he created and all its creatures in it, he chose to humble himself before all of creation, including his enemies, choosing a crown of thorns instead of a crown of jewels, to show us his way. Do we humble ourselves in front God and his people, or have we been deceived by his enemy and instead, seek personal power and status?

Suggested prayer for the living

My loving Lord Jesus Christ, through the merits of your crowning of thorns, deliver us from all evil spirits of pride, vanity and confusion, so that your gifts of humility, understanding and knowledge can renew our minds. Open our hearts to your love. Help those who are too proud to see the error in their ways, who seek power and status instead of heavenly rewards. Come and abide in us with your Holy Spirit, so that we can see this world through your eyes, the eyes of Jesus, not through the eyes of the enemy. Help this confused and chaotic world to see through the idolatry and false prophets of this world and to turn to you, the King of Kings, the Saviour of the world, the Alpha and Omega, before it is too late. Through your crowning of thorns, help us to understand that the antidote to evil is humility and sacrificial love, and that we must never meet evil with evil, as many in this world are deceived into thinking. Amen.

Suggested prayer for the dead

My Jesus Christ, through your crowning of thorns and the pains you endured as a result of this humiliation, I ask you to have mercy on those souls in purgatory who are now paying the price for their lack of humility on earth. Amen.

Our Father ... Hail Mary [repeat ten times] ... Glory Be ... Fatima Prayer ...

The Carrying of the Cross

Meditation

“Then therefore he delivered him to them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him forth. And bearing his own cross, he went forth to that place which is called Calvary, but in Hebrew Golgotha.” (1 John 19:16–17)

“And as they led him away, they laid hold of one Simon of Cyrene, coming from the country; and they laid the cross on him to carry after Jesus. And there followed him a great multitude of people, and of women, who bewailed and lamented him. But Jesus turning to them, said: Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not over me; but weep for yourselves, and for your children. For behold, the days shall come, wherein they will say: Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that have not borne, and the paps that have not given suck. Then shall they begin to say to the mountains: Fall upon us; and to the hills: Cover us. For if in the green wood they do these things, what shall be done in the dry? And there were also two other malefactors led with him to be put to death.” (Luke 23:26–32)

“He carried a heavy cross and he fell three times. Oh, it was too difficult to get up and carry the cross for your salvation. He couldn’t get up but my Son Jesus Christ’s eyes focused on your eyes. He then got the strength to carry it until the end for the love of you.” (Father God to Fernanda de Sequeira [9], 2016)

“My humble servant, I, your Father, I have this to confide, to relay to you about this secret pain. My child, my Son Jesus has this tremendous pain upon his shoulder. The pain on my Son’s shoulder – oh, many of my children ignore this pain, many are very ignorant about this pain. I, your Father, I ask you to honour this pain on my Son’s left shoulder. Oh many ignore how tremendous this pain was, the weight upon his shoulder – it is my Son’s secret pain that he still endures every day because of the immense sins caused by his children.” (Father God to Fernanda de Sequeira [10], 2012)

“I want all of you to start a new beginning, a new year with more positivity and resolutions to change all of your hardened hearts into new hearts of flesh, to love your neighbours and to forgive your enemies as I, your Jesus forgave mine upon the cross. I was there watching each one of your sins, errors, faults and mistakes. I fell three times. My Mother was walking next to me, her heart was pounding, pierced with a sword. My Mother did not say a word, she only shed tears of blood: her eyes met my eyes, saying, “Courage – it is for a purpose.” The purpose was for you, my dear children. My Mother never cursed or used foul language against my enemies: she prayed and prayed because she knew that it had to be for your salvation. My dear children, I, your Jesus Christ, I have been watching each one of you. Oh, the changes of your hearts have been very little. My dear ones, I want you to be saved. My anguish and my aim is to see you back at my Church, at Confession and at my Holy Mass receiving me worthy of me.” (Jesus Christ to Fernanda de Sequeira [11], 2016)

“I found a secluded place, knelt down in prayer to my Father, and opened my heart to his love and his Spirit. Before me, I saw a path that was golden and glittering brightly, as my Father said, “With every step you take, you show this path to the world.” Then I saw the path leading to heaven, and in the future many people walking it. Some slipped from the path and fell onto my back, where they became a cross. As more and more fell onto my back, the cross became heavier, but I knew no matter how heavy it was, I would carry it. Some of the people on my back willingly jumped from it and disappeared into the dark. As they were falling, I was reaching out saying, “Take my hand, I will save you,” but some refused and were lost. My Father said to me, “No matter how heavy the cross, you will have the strength to carry it, for its weight is the weight of love.” Then the Spirit of God was with me, and united with my Father, the Trinity of love were one.” (Jesus Christ to Alan Ames [12], 1997)

Commentary

Jesus carried and still carries a heavy cross for our salvation. Even after he had risen, he still had his sacred wounds. Various saints over the ages have manifested similar stigmata wounds. Jesus also had severe wounds on his right shoulder from carrying the cross, but the one on his left was the most painful. Jesus revealed to St Bernard of Clairvaux, “I had on my shoulder, while I bore my cross on the way of sorrows, a grievous wound, which was more painful than the others, and which is not recorded by men. Honour this wound with thy devotion and I will grant thee whatsoever thou dost ask through its virtue and merit.”

Stigmatist, St Padre Pio of Pietrelcina revealed to Fr Karol Wojtyla (whom he prophesied would become pope, St Pope John Paul II) and after his death, in a vision to Brother Modestino Fucci, that the shoulder wound that he secretly bore was his most painful. Many of Christ’s saints have gracefully accepted a small taste of his suffering to alleviate his pains and to help bring more souls to salvation. We need to understand that our lightened crosses (trials, tribulations and sufferings) on earth are for a purpose and that it is Christ who gives us the strength to carry them. If we truly love and obey Jesus, we are able to carry a bigger cross and alleviate his suffering, too, to bring more souls to salvation.

Suggested prayer for the living

My loving Lord Jesus, you carried a heavy cross in atonement for our sins and endured the most horrific pains on your shoulder. Today, your pains are worse than ever as a result of more people sinning in the world, giving you a bigger cross to carry. Give us the strength to embrace our crosses in your love, to help to alleviate your suffering and help to bring more souls to salvation. When we fall, help us to get up again and strengthen our spirits in our trials and tribulations. Thank you for getting up for us every time you fell, for seeing through your mission to save us from the fires of hell, and for the continual sacrifices you are making for us. Amen.

Suggested prayer for the dead

My loving, Eternal, Undefiled, Holy Triune God – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit − I pray for those souls in purgatory who did not embrace their purifying crosses on earth and are now are having to carry the heavier cross of their purification in eternity. Have mercy on these souls, in particular the most abandoned ones for whom no one is praying. Amen.

Our Father ... Hail Mary [repeat ten times] ... Glory Be ... Fatima Prayer ...

The Crucifixion

Meditation

“My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue hath cleaved to my jaws: and thou hast brought me down into the dust of death. For many dogs have encompassed me: the council of the malignant hath besieged me. They have dug my hands and feet. They have numbered all my bones. And they have looked and stared upon me. They parted my garments amongst them; and upon my vesture they cast lots.” (Douay-Rheims: Psalm 21:16−19; Others: Psalm 22:16−19)

“And I looked for one that would grieve together with me, but there was none: and for one that would comfort me, and I found none. And they gave me gall for my food, and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.” (Douay-Rheims: Psalm 68:21−22; Others: Psalm 69:20−21)

“And when they were come to the place which is called Calvary, they crucified him there; and the robbers, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. And Jesus said: Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. But they, dividing his garments, cast lots. And the people stood beholding, and the rulers with them derided him, saying: He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the elect of God. And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar, and saying: If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself. And there was also a superscription written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. (Luke 23:33–38)

“But I am a worm, and no man: the reproach of men, and the outcast of the people. All they that saw me have laughed me to scorn: they have spoken with the lips, and wagged the head. He hoped in the Lord, let him deliver him: let him save him, seeing he delighteth in him.” (Douay-Rheims: Psalm 21:7−9; Others: Psalm 22:7−9)

“And one of those robbers who were hanged, blasphemed him, saying: If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering, rebuked him, saying: Neither dost thou fear God, seeing thou art condemned under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this man hath done no evil. And he said to Jesus: Lord, remember me when thou shalt come into thy kingdom. And Jesus said to him: Amen I say to thee, this day thou shalt be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:39–42)

“Now there stood by the cross of Jesus, his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalen. When Jesus therefore had seen his mother and the disciple standing whom he loved, he saith to his mother: Woman, behold thy son. After that, he saith to the disciple: Behold thy mother. And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own.” (John 19:25–27)

“O God my God, look upon me: why hast thou forsaken me? Far from my salvation are the words of my sins [13]. O my God, I shall cry by day, and thou wilt not hear: and by night, and it shall not be reputed as folly in me.”  (Douay-Rheims: Psalm 21:2−3; Others: Psalm 22:2−3)

“And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole earth until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying: Eloi, Eloi, lamma sabacthani? Which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Mark 15:33)

“As I hung on the cross in pain I looked into the hearts of those around me. I could see hate, anger, love, joy, sadness, pity, confusion and torment. I saw the hate the Pharisees had for a blasphemer. I saw the anger the soldiers had for a troublemaker. I saw the love my Mother has for me. I saw the joy of that love. I saw the sadness in her heart for me, her Son, being treated so. I saw the pity of those who gazed upon my broken body. I saw the confusion of my followers who wondered why this had to happen. Then I saw the torment of the evil one as he saw his defeat and the salvation of mankind.” (Jesus Christ to Alan Ames, 1996)

“Afterwards, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, said: I thirst. Now there was a vessel set there full of vinegar. And they, putting a sponge full of vinegar and hyssop, put it to his mouth. Jesus therefore, when he had taken the vinegar, said: It is consummated. And bowing his head, he gave up his spirit.” (John 19:28–30)

“And it was almost the sixth hour; and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. And Jesus crying out with a loud voice, said: Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit. And saying this, he gave up his spirit.” (Luke 23:44–46)

“And behold the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top even to the bottom, and the earth quaked, and the rocks were rent. And the graves were opened: and many bodies of the saints that had slept arose, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection, came into the holy city, and appeared to many. Now the centurion and they that were with him watching Jesus, having seen the earthquake, and the things that were done, were sore afraid, saying: Indeed this was the Son of God.” (Matthew 27:51–54)

“All of heaven trembled: the earthquake was seen and heard, the thunder was inexplicable to my people, the soldiers, the many people, the multitude, the crowds were in the streets, still perplexed, numbed, without understanding the meaning of all of this that was happening there in heaven as my Son Jesus Christ expired on the cross, his last breath, where he said, “Abba Father, why have you forsaken me?” He expired, but also, my Son Jesus, he was seeing the tepid lukewarm souls: that was also a great immensity of pain, knowing, foreseeing this kind of lukewarmness that was also taking place, and to see his pains being in vain.” (Father God to Fernanda de Sequeira [14], 2017)

“As I bled on the cross each drop of blood I shed was enough to soften the hearts of all the sinners in the world, if only they would accept it. As I cried to the Father to forgive them, the forgiveness asked was for all mankind if only they would accept it. As I drew my last breath it was a breath I share with all mankind a breath to cleanse mans’ souls if only they would accept it. As I look down from heaven I offer my love, my forgiveness and my saving grace to all mankind if only they will accept it.” (Jesus Christ to Alan Ames [15], 1996)

“My little one, I, your Jesus know what you have been through but my child, this is for you to explain to my children how strong my pain is because of their sins. I wanted you to have some of my pains. Oh, when I was on my cross, suffering for all my children, my sciatic nerve, my child, was much worse than the pain you have. It was all of my sciatic nerves and all of my ligaments. All of my nerves from the bottom of my feet to my upper body were all stuck together. My precious child, those pains! None of my children will know or understand how I was hanging on that cross... My little Fernanda, today I suffered even more, more pains than those of my passion because of this cruel, dismantled, prognostic world: full of sins, full of hatred, war, blood shed from my innocent children. I repeat, my child, my time is coming, is near, for chastisement because there is no remorse, no compassion, no love, no unity between countries, between my people – only power, status and richness. It doesn’t matter who they hurt, money is the most important and their power in gaining access to evil, satanic work. Their Jesus, their God, doesn’t exist for them. Oh, when they come to eternal life, all of that stays behind. They enter into eternal life with no possessions at all, no certificates, no money. Their black book is horrific, horrendous to open and see. Oh, how much they suffer in damnation of their darkest sins.” (Jesus Christ to Fernanda de Sequeira [16], 2011)

“The pain goes deep into my heart with each sin that is committed. Each sin tears at my soul and each sin reminds me of how weak is man and how much help he needs. I offer this help on the cross, I offer this help through my mercy and I offer this help to all.” (Jesus Christ to Alan Ames [17], 1996)

“As I looked upon my family on earth while I hung on the cross I was aware of all the sins that have been and would be committed. Through all this I could still see the love that was there and which was often hidden. I knew sin would not stop on the day I died but it was defeated. How can this be?  Surely if something is defeated it should stop!  The defeat of sin was complete and sin will stop, it is only that mankind prolongs the final day of sin. Once mankind accepts evil is defeated it will stop, once mankind brings into the open its true self, the self of love, sin will stop. The evil one cannot accept his defeat and so he encourages mankind to allow sin to grow as he believes by this he can overcome the defeat I inflicted upon him by my sacrifice on the cross. He does not understand he has lost and no matter how much more mankind sins he can never win. Mankind must come to understand the only thing left before the final day is how many souls will be lost and how many will be saved. All can be saved if all want to be. Make the right decisions and end the agony on earth before it is the final day.” (Jesus Christ to Alan Ames [18], 1996)

“The pain I bore was the pain of love. The pain I bore was the pain of the birth of a new Church. The pain I bore was the pain of the reason for my coming. I came to build a new Church. The Church that was born in love to live in love. The Church that came into being by the sacrifice of my love on the cross. The Church that exists in my love. The Church that should reflect my love. The Church that should offer my love to all. The Church that should share in my sacrificial love every day. The Church that should find its strength in my love. The Church that I founded in my love...The Catholic Church.” (Jesus Christ to Alan Ames [19], 1997)

Commentary

The instant Jesus died, Satan saw his defeat, and salvation came to mankind. Despite everything Satan and his evil spirits tried to throw at Jesus’s mind, body, soul and spirit, they were unable to get him to sin throughout his entire life, from the temptations in the desert all the way to his passion and crucifixion. Satan in his blinded pride thought he would succeed in defiling the Son of God, as he did with Adam and Eve, and he thought he could get Jesus to abandon his mission for our salvation, but it was not to be. Jesus truly is our Saviour, our Redeemer, the King of Kings who came to set the captives free, those who embrace his love and mercy.

We need to follow Jesus’ example and focus on the salvation of our souls and all of humanity, realising that this world is just a passing by, that death has been conquered and that we truly will have eternal paradise in heaven if we choose to love God and his people. Jesus has left behind his Catholic Church to help us along our path. We should embrace it in love and be a part of his salvation plan, keeping our focus on him at all times, despite human weakness and frailty within the Church, building his Church up instead of breaking it down, and embracing all the redeeming graces, the Sacraments, it offers for our purification and sanctification.

Suggested prayer for the living

My loving Lord Jesus, thank you for your unfathomable sacrifice, your cross of pain for our sins, your cross of salvation and hope. Through the nail wounds on your feet and the blood that you spilled through them, clear all the obstacles that are blocking us from walking in your footsteps; undo all the knots, chains and shackles that are holding us in bondage. Through the wounds on your knees, deliver us from evil spirits that are trying to keep us on the ground, drain us and slow us down from fulfilling our purpose, our mission, on this earth.  Through the merits of the nail wounds on your hands, remove the ropes and handcuffs that are stopping our hands from praising you, glorifying you and working for your harvest. Through the merits of the lance wound on your side, cleanse our bodies, minds, souls and spirits us with your Precious Blood and water that came out of your Sacred Heart: “O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of mercy for us, I trust in you”.

My loving Lord Jesus Christ, give me the strength to love sacrificially in your image, the fortitude to follow your way and the patience to bear my cross with you in love of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Help me to be your servant, to hear your call and to use the gifts you have granted me for your glory, to help bring more souls to salvation. I pray for all in your Catholic Church, for a strengthening spirit of unification, evangelisation and understanding of your way, your truth and your life: the way of the cross. Amen.

Suggested prayer for the dead

My Father God, through the five sacred wounds that your Only Begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, so lovingly endured on the cross to save us sinners, have mercy on all the suffering souls in eternity, your children whom you created with so much love.

All honour, power and glory to God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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[1] See “Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowolaska: Divine Mercy in My Soul”, Faustina Kowalska, 1982.

[5] Sister Mary Magdalen of Sancta Clara Order, Franciscan, who lived, died and was beatified in Rome. Jesus fulfilled the wish of this Sister, who ardently desired to know something about the secret sufferings that he endured the night before his death. This message was approved by Pope Clement XII, 1730–1740.

[6] “You have heard that it hath been said, an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. But I say to you not to resist evil: but if one strike thee on thy right cheek, turn to him also the other” (Matthew 5:38-39).

[11] See “2016 New Year’s Message for the World” on 01/01/2016 in “Conversations” on www.alpha-omega.org.za.

[12] See Through the Eyes of Jesus, Alan Ames, Vol 2, message on 12 January 1997.

[13] “The words of my sins” refers to the sins of the world, which Jesus took upon himself.

[15] See The Lord of Love, 2006, Alan Ames, www.alanames.org.

[17] See The Lord of Love, 2006, Alan Ames, www.alanames.org.

[18] See The Lord of Love, 2006, Alan Ames, www.alanames.org.

[19] See The Lord of Love, 2006, Alan Ames, www.alanames.org.