The fullness of love
Prayer vigil of December 7, 2004
The prayer vigil for the feast of the Immaculate Conception was one of the first ones organized by our Bishop. Only we, the young, were around Our Lady's white statue. Someone was passing by, someone went away, someone wasn't still there. In that period the Mother of the Eucharist often addressed us the young, even with personal messages, she didn't miss the opportunity to make us grow up and led us by the hand towards Jesus the Eucharist. The word she repeated most often was "Love". A really common and simple word, but that seems to the men so difficult to be put into practice.
Then Jesus presented us with another very beautiful teaching: "First learn how to love and then pray". In the letters of God this phrase resounds many times to make us understand the true meaning of charity.
Recently the Mother of the Eucharist has spoken again about this subject, but with a greater resonance and she begged us to develop the subject of "The fullness of love".
Our Bishop helped us very much by making us understand the deep meaning of this phrase. Each one of us tried to develop this subject according to what his heart told him, referring also to all the teachings of the Mother of the Eucharist, which are nothing but the manifestation of "The fullness of God's Love". The guiding principle will be also the history of our community, led by the Bishop of the Eucharist and by the Victim of the Eucharist.
To speak about love one evening is not enough because the more we go forward in the spiritual life the more we know the different aspects and manifestations of love itself; this evening what we would like to do is to understand the meaning of being worthy of having the name "Children of love".
The catechesis of the Bishop
During the biblical catechesis of November 18, 2004, our Bishop, smiling, gave a detailed explanation of the concept of "Fullness of love", as Our Lady, in the letter of God brought just before, had invited him to do it. I was particularly struck, and it happens in all biblical catecheses, by the brightness of his face, notwithstanding he was realizing he had very few time to speak about a so important subject. The Bishop started affirming: "The only person who lived and reached the fullness of love is Mary, because God gave her the fullness of grace". So the fullness of love is the natural consequence of being "full of grace".
When Our Lady spoke about the fullness of love for the first time, on November 7, 2004, this definition remained engraved in my memory because, in addition to being beautiful and new in the messages, it followed all God's letters of these latest times where love towards each other and everybody was invoked; this love must become stronger and stronger, greater and greater. But, sincerely, I needed our Bishop's explanation to realize that my vision of the fullness of love, as I had understood it, was too superficial, because in my opinion it consisted only in being able to take the good and beautiful of the life of each human being. Our Bishop explained that: "None of us will ever be able to get to that fullness, prerogative of the only perfect creature God wanted as mother of the Saviour and Master and example of all virtues".
He explained that the fullness of love is realized by leading a life without any tendency to selfishness, pride, vanity; so it is indispensable a purity of the soul that no saint ever had, but Mary.
This phrase about Mary is the closing of a long speech delivered by God in his messages about loving each other, it is as if she put an exclamation mark at the end of a God's phrase. The Bishop wanted to underline, so that it could penetrate deeply into our hearts, that fullness is surely an unattainable target, but surely something at which we have to aim, it is a point of reference. So if Mary with one hand indicates the path, with the other one she shows us the sun illuminating it: the Eucharist. In St. Paul's words, in the hymn to charity, we understand the essence of the fullness of love. Surely Mary met Paul and she was a source of inspiration for him; in this apostle she appreciated especially his passion in preaching Christ crucified. God, in his infinite goodness, used all ways to engrave in our hearts the concepts of love and grace: through his Son, died and resurrected, who spoke about the reciprocal love; through his Mother, who represented the fullness of love; through Paul, who described the virtues to reach it. It is up to us feeling a strong wish of getting to this target, just as strongly we must long for the Paradise. These feelings, united with a soul in a state of grace, allow us to welcome into our heart the most precious good: the Eucharist!
Fullness of love means living in a state of grace
"For the one who lives in a state of grace every day must be Christmas, every day must be a feast and joy for everybody" (Letter of God, 12th January 2003).
Life in a state of grace must be the premise without which we cannot experience the union with God, His love for us and inside of us; as a matter of fact, the grace allows us to feel and enjoy the benefits God gives us through the sacraments.
Our Lady often speaks about the importance of living in a state of grace: "Always live in a state of grace and go to confession frequently. The Sacraments and prayers can obtain big miracles. Don't wait for the big tempest to take place, but prepare in time like the prudent virgins and be an instrument of salvation and peace for your neighbour by means of prayer and sacrifice, your example and love" (Letter of God, 2nd February 1991).
The grace allows us to live in the world, understanding the plan of love God prepared for us and fulfilling it according to his will. The fullness of love is the goal at which we have to aim. We are like empty vases that can be filled by God's grace, to learn how to love with his authentic love.
Living in a state of grace is also a valid and real witnessing to the people we meet, because in our own small way we can represent an instrument of reflection and salvation for the others, not much by the words, but with our style of life. The grace helps us to change the mentality and to knock down the prejudices about the neighbour, the life, the spiritual reality. Helping the others with love and welcoming them with an attitude of aperture, can help to dissolve their reserves towards a spiritual walk, sometimes considered hard and arid, and to induce them to begin it. The more the grace increases in our soul, the more the relationship with the neighbour becomes harmonious, sincere and solicitous. The will is determinant to allow the grace to take shape in the way of being and in the actions of each one of us and a deed of charity assumes the fullness and the shape of love according to the style of God; it begins from the members of the family and gets to everybody indistinctly. So Our Lady said: "Give a good example to your family and to all with whom you come in contact.
Love one another; from this the others will recognize and appreciate the commitment that you put into your spiritual growth" (Letter of God, 2nd October 1988).
So through the grace one can achieve human and spiritual goals unconceivable before. The Bishop often reminds us that, by this gift, the Lord raises all our human qualities to heights that we cannot hope to reach without His help. All the more reason for love is fed inside us and this gift can come only from God, because God is love: "Jesus the Eucharist is love, who receives Jesus the Eucharist is able to love, who doesn't receive it in a state of grace is not able to love" (Letter of God, 12th January 2003).
In the difficult moments of our daily life if God's grace were not present within us, giving us strength and support, we wouldn't be able to go on. Each one of us, remembering those moments, can recognize God's help, without which we could not face them. So is widened the comprehension of the divine mysteries and one can endure the trials given by life accepting them positively, with love originating from sorrow, but smiling at God's will: "If you live in a state of grace and with love, everything will be easier" (Letter of God 16th November 1996).
You, Bishop, my spiritual father, told me many times
that one can fly like the birds
in contact with wings,
and inside my heart I always bring this thought,
when I am in the joy and in tears.
And while life quickly goes by,
in You, my God, I find the dimension of things,
now Father, now friend, now light,
but always strength for me, equilibrium,
to go beyond and dominate myself.
Your grace gives me peace,
like the blue sky,
and everything becomes quiet, everything has a reason,
in its times, in yours
and also the mystery doesn't frighten.
The fullness of love is joy
The Mother of the Eucharist encouraged us many times in her messages to abandon ourselves completely to God, especially in the moments of greatest suffering and difficulty, accepting His will and, notwithstanding all, trying to live with serenity. "Unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 18,3). Living in the abandonment to God with the attitude of a child abandoning himself in the Father's arms, all situations we will face in our life will be transformed into occasions for loving more and of spiritual growth.
Accepting God's will is not easy and can cause suffering, because we don't always succeed in understanding thoroughly the divine plans, but accepting it means opening oneself completely to the infinite love of the Father. Doing His will, we have especially the certitude that what is recommended to us is for our good, of the community, and of the Church. From this consciousness issues the joy, because what we do pleases God: all this makes us more serene and makes rise inside of us a feeling of total thankfulness to God. The Mother of the Eucharist is an example for us, during all her life she always abandoned herself with joy to God's will, to whom she addressed her hymn of love: "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour; he has looked with favour on his lowly servant the Almighty has done great things for me and holy is his name". Also St. Joseph spurs us through his example, when he says: "Who knows my story, knows that I also suffered, but I always abandoned myself to God. You always must respect and love this total abandonment to God, because He loves you" (Letter of God, 19th March 1998). And Jesus Himself who said in the Gethsemane: "Father, if thou art willing, remove this cup from me; nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done" (Luke 22,42). Finally we have to quote also the great St. Paul, who says: "I am filled with comfort. With all our affliction, I am overjoyed" (2 Corinthians 7,4).
In the holy Mass we have the possibility of offering to the Lord all the actions of our day, all joys and sufferings, abandoning ourselves completely to Him and we get in exchange, through the Eucharist, all those aids necessary to do His will in the best way, notwithstanding our imperfections: "Let yourselves go to God and you will realize that God will give you the strength to do whatever He will ask" (Letter of god, 14th November 2004). Living according to this style of life, we will put God in the first place: "Sing to the Lord notwithstanding all the difficulties you face during the day; sing with all your heart and give glory to Jesus the Eucharist. Sometimes the days are troubled, but this must not discourage you, you always have to be ready and strong to face them. Ask for help to Jesus the Eucharist, abandon yourselves to Him, my dear children" (Letter of God, 6th February 1999). Finally Our Lady reminds us that: "Your sacrifice will be transformed into love, into grace, into blessing for the good of your family, of your relatives, friends and acquaintances" (Letter of God, 3rd April 1993).
Maybe we can say we have approached a bit the fullness of love when, as the Gospel says, we will feel more joy in giving than in receiving and giving love to the others is a goal that we can achieve every day through the perseverance of life in a state of grace.
The fullness of love is peace, union
A recommendation the Mother of the Eucharist most often addresses to us is that of praying for peace. The peace in the world, the peace between men, the peace in the Church and in the families and "the peace in your beautiful Italy". Peace is neither an abstract term, nor an utopia, it is not fruit of compromises, fear or submission, but is a God's gift to his children, a gift of love, because peace and love are inseparable. As a matter of fact, who loves his brothers with the heart, because his heart is united with God's one, he is a peacemaker. In the Gospel is written: "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God" (Matthew 5,9).
The Mother of the Eucharist explained to us many times that to be peacemakers is enough living in a state of grace, praying, offering little sufferings we have daily, doing little sacrifices and acts of mortification, but especially being authentic witnesses of God's love in our daily life, at work, in the family or in communities. To be peacemakers we have to start in the little world that surrounds us. The Mother of the Eucharist often invites us to be united between us and with our Bishop, to love the people who are next to us and, if possible, to forestall their needs. Our Bishop taught us not to confuse peace and love for the neighbour with quiet living, because true love is shown also through the brotherly correction or through the reconciliation with the brother, if we have been wrong. Jesus says: "So if you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift" (Matthew 5,23).
The only way to gain peace is Jesus the Eucharist. He himself indicated it to us in the letter of God of October 4, 2001: "Only if the men will come to Me, Jesus the Eucharist, they will obtain the gift of peace, otherwise a terrible war will break out that will spread many dead, dead, dead". In that occasion two hosts were put on a wooden sculpture that reproduced two hands that clasp the chalice and the host. The way of the Eucharist is the pivot on which can be made any deep union with God, with oneself and the neighbour. "I am thirsty, my dear children, I am thirsty of love, of peace, of forgiveness, of suffering, I am thirsty of you". Jesus addresses the whole mankind with these moving words in the letter of God of September 13, 1998. Jesus always exhorted us to feed on Him to make that union of hearts that can attract other hearts. Every person who feeds on the Eucharist and lives in a state of grace becomes a witness of peace and a ring of a chain of love that can attract to himself other people and make only one crown around the Mother of the Eucharist. Jesus and Our Lady want us to become missionaries of peace so that we can be like burning torches that enlighten also the others; to be peacemakers we don't have to do great things. Our Lady taught us that where is grace there are union and peace. "God sent me to tell you to pray, not reciting three or four rosaries, but living in a state of grace every minute" (Letter of God, 12th September 2001). To send his message of peace to all the world heads of state, on February 1998, the Lord made use of a simple soul like our sister Marisa. The victim of love is the instrument of peace chosen by God. Using the words of the Bishop ordained by God, the Bishop of love, we can affirm that "Marisa is a lamp burning before God and unceasingly intercedes to gain the gift of peace" Let's ask God the strength and courage to follow the Bishop and the Visionary's example, so that we also can become peacemakers through all the actions of our life. Each one of us can be a little drop in the ocean, but many drops make the sea. "I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world" (John 16,33).
The fullness of love is the Paradise
Faith is the link between the soul and God, but love makes us similar to Him and makes us gain the Paradise. In John's Gospel, Jesus says: "This is the eternal life: let them know you, only and true God and the one you sent, Jesus Christ". So the eternal life, the Paradise is the knowledge of God and God is love. So love means life; fullness of love means fullness of life and eternal love means eternal life. Nobody can live without love, it is our reason of life here and it will be perfect and complete in the Paradise. Here is why St. Paul affirms that love is the supreme virtue, because it is destined to last, because it is eternal life.
God created the world in an excess of love. In fact love for its own nature tends to spread and doesn't know limits. The Paradise is the kingdom of love. From love issue all perfections and beauty. When Marisa is brought into the Paradise, she describes to us a marvellous light that doesn't exist on the Earth, very bright, but that isn't a nuisance for the eyes, a heavenly harmony of songs and sounds, the intensity of colours, the flowers and the beauty of the saved souls, an atmosphere of peace and happiness that pervades everything and she often said that there are no human words that can describe so much suavity and beauty.
But also we, who are still doing our earthly pilgrimage, can enjoy a bit of Paradise. As a matter of fact, the Mother of the Eucharist told us that the Paradise is also inside of us if we live in a state of grace, if we love Jesus and that when we receive Jesus in the Holy Communion we have the Paradise inside of ourselves. So even if the heaviness of our human nature doesn't allow us to enjoy completely this marvellous reality, we are aware of this marvellous gift: the Eucharist, fullness of love, Paradise inside of ourselves.
The Mother of the Eucharist wants all of us to be saint and wants to bring us to enjoy the Paradise that she promised and Marisa tries to describe. The condition to get to the Paradise one day is love towards everybody and the life lived in a state of grace supported by the Eucharist, the Faith and the Hope of enjoying one day the beatific God's face. The Mother of the Eucharist indicated to us the way along which we have to make every effort to walk. The Paradise must be our goal, home of the Trinity, of the Mother of the Eucharist, of the angels and the saints, who pray and intercede for us and give glory to God because in the Paradise charity will never end and joy will be in everyone and in everything.
The fullness of love is charity
If could be done a synthesis of God's letters in only one word, we would surely be able to affirm that the Mother of the Eucharist spoke to us about LOVE: about the immense God's love for us, whose tangible sign is the Eucharist, about love with which we have to love God, about the innumerable points of view of love with which we have to love each other. She taught us that charity is the only virtue that will remain within us when we will be in the Paradise.
Each time the apparition begins, in a short prayer Marisa always asks God and Our Lady's love for the sick, the elderly and the children. They are the weakest people and most needy of love and we will find some of them near to us. In one of the latest God's letters, the Mother of the Eucharist exhorts us to be sensible and to pay attention to our brothers. Sensibility is humble vigilance in understanding and anticipating the needs of the one who is suffering. Comes to our mind the face of Mother Therese of Calcutta while she bends over a moribund or takes care of an old man or holds tight to herself a child who cries. These brothers are the "pearls of God" and in their glance they have something of Jesus' glance on the cross.
In the eyes of children there is God's reflection and Jesus says about them: "Be careful not to despise only one of these little ones, because I tell you that their angels in Heaven always look at God's face". The Mother of the Eucharist calls them little angels, birds, God's jewels. Jesus advised us to follow them as models of simplicity and humility, because He says: "Theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven". And: "Who doesn't welcome the kingdom of God as a child he will not enter into it".
If we succeed to love with solicitous and humble sensibility the sick, the suffering, the children, we will be able to say we love God, because God is LOVE.
The fullness of love is not envy, jealousy, lack of values, but sincerity, loyalty, brotherly correction.
Fullness of grace, fullness of Love, Mary, the Immaculate Conception, the Mother of the Eucharist is all this, a diamond with infinite facets, which always shines in the same way from any direction we it is looked.
Mary, you are our unattainable model, but we do our best to look at you with the great wish of imitating you.
How many reprimands were done with patience, with love by Mary and how many times we fell down!
Jealousy, envy, pride, touchiness, scarce sensibility and wish of standing out have often been the subject of her motherly reprimands because they are our most difficult defects to be defeated.
Loyalty, sincerity, docility to the brotherly correction are necessary virtues for the one who is called to walk along a path to holiness, without them there cannot be spiritual growth.
If a word, a deed of generosity is not dictated by love, they don't serve the Truth; hypocrisy destroys the link uniting the community. How many obstacles our community found along the path of formation due to these sins and we paid the penalty.
If we look backwards I think that today, Our Lady, thanks to your help, we can say that we took some little steps forward, but if we look forward how much still remains to do for us!
St. Augustine says that "The huge weight of the superabundance of God's love generates humility" and you, Holy Virgin, were able to welcome all this superabundance of love up to becoming the humblest creature of all the Earth and this humility rose you as far as God, so much to make you, even being Virgin, Mother of the Saviour and coredemptrix, Mother of the Eucharist and of Love.
The Immaculate opens the History, the Mother of the Eucharist closes the History and all the history of the Church is enclosed in your "Yes".
Help also us to be able to welcome the fullness of love that the Lord poured and is continuously pouring into this thaumaturgical place through the letters of God, the catecheses of the Bishop of the Eucharist, the Eucharistic miracles, the suffering and love of your beloved children and especially through the presence of God, who spoke many times in this place, of the Most Holy Trinity and of the whole Paradise.
Every morning when we wake up, let's put our day under Mary's protection, so that she may sanctify it and every evening when we do our conscience examination, we can say: "Thank you, Holy Mother, through your help today I have something more to give to my, to your All".
The fullness of love is the Eucharist
God is the Father who loves his children with an infinite and incomprehensible love, his love is full, total and absolute and maybe we can imagine it as a marvellous crystal polyhedron; the more we grow in the spiritual life the more we discover a new face of this precious gem.
God projected his love onto the Earth by gifting us with a perfect creature like Mary, He made her full of grace and realized in her the fullness of love to allow her to become the first living tabernacle.
In the Eucharist we find the highest manifestation of God's love, because by gifting us with Himself, the Lord gave us the possibility to remain always united with Him and the certitude of being like that also in the Paradise.
The Eucharist feeds the grace of our soul and allows us to grow loving and becoming more and more similar to Christ, by feeding on It our prayers become more efficacious before God.
The Eucharist continuously supports us wringing us from the sin and helps us to face the daily difficulties; each time we receive It we become more precious because God is present inside of us, our glances are brighter and more intense because they reflect the divine light and attract other men towards Jesus.
The Eucharist increases our capability of loving and so our strength for converting ourselves; as our Bishop told us, the hearts which have a big love are like transporting energies and have a huge reconstructing power, because God's love is poured into mankind.
The Bishop and Marisa brought this divine love into the world, they did great things and the mission entrusted to them by God is becoming reality, but we often heard them repeating that they would have been able to do nothing without the Eucharist, without the daily meeting with Christ who gave them strength, encouraged them in the hard moments and helped them never to lose the full faith in the realization of the divine plans.
Children of love
We, the children of love, never have to neglect our duties; by our presence we have to be ready to give that love we received, with smile and simplicity. We listen to the word of the Lord inside of our heart, so we acquire the knowledge to enjoy the new creation. We are children born from the Spirit and by charity we can overcome the world, which hinders our path in every moment. We put charity over everything, to remain next to the Father and to be his children, we have this hope; we believe in his only Son who died for us, by this we knew love as a warming light which doesn't dry up, because its source is God.
We love because He loved us first and if we love it is because we know God and just this knowledge transforms and makes us authentic witnesses of the truth and allows us to open our heart to the bother in need. Without charity we cannot be children of God, this is the strength to overcome fear and to have inside of ourselves the fear of God that pushes us to try to reach holiness. Through prayer, renounce and sacrifice we try to love God and make Him be loved with courage, to proclaim his presence in the world, the knowledge He has of each soul and all the help He gives to the man to save himself. The children of love are also children of suffering, because suffering leads to charity. We offer every moment of our day to God, because we want to live breathing God, who is love.