Christ Messages

CHRIST MESSAGE – True Devotion to Christ

CHRIST:

My Child, some people have Me on their lips, but not in their hearts. Some express their devotion to Me with prayer books; some do it with holy pictures; and some do it with holy images or external signs. Now all of these things are good, but they are no proof of true devotion to me. They are only a means to help men practice devotion. These holy objects are useless if they do not influence your daily thoughts, words and actions.

True devotion to Me is not a mere feeling, nor is it a passing emotion. It is an act of respect and loyalty to Me. Genuine devotion consists of a personal attachment of your will to Mine. It is a sincere intention to please Me in all things, a disregard of self in doing whatever I desire of you. It draws you close to Me, not only in your thoughts and desires, but also in your daily actions.

As you prove such devotion, I shall grant you still greater graces. Your mind will rise more easily to heavenly thoughts. Your heart will strive more constantly after greater virtues. You will advance daily in true perfection, thinking, speaking, and acting more like Me.

My loyal followers gradually learn to get along with less and less of this world’s good things. They feel an urge to devote more time to good works and to prayer. They find that time spent with Me is all too short, and they yearn for a more perfect union with Me.

THINK:

Though I may use books, pictures, and religious articles, I must never think that these automatically make me holier. They are external helps to holiness. They can help me come closer to God by reminding me of His presence and by arousing in me a greater desire to please Him. If, however, these external objects do not affect my daily activities, I may as well not have them. Wearing a crucifix will not save a man who refuses to be patient with his daily trials. so too my devotions at home can never take the place of Sunday Mass. The standard of true devotion was set by Jesus Himself: “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” How am I living the commandments of Christ? That is the sure gauge of my devotion to Him. Will I be foolish enough to think that I please God simply because I say a certain number of prayers daily, or use certain religious articles, or even go to church daily? Doing these things is only half of my spiritual life. The other half consists in showing goodness and unselfishness in my dealings with people. One half without the other is incomplete, and therefore unsatisfactory to God.

With this I pray to God:

My Jesus, I want my daily life to be a fulfillment of all that you teach me through books, prayers, and other religious objects. I desire to live what You tell me through the Church, through the sacraments, and through my own interior life. My kindness, patience, generosity, and unselfishness in my daily life will prove that I use religious articles because I love You, and not for selfish or superstitious reasons. I want to use these articles to improve my daily loyalty to Your holy Will. I will also use them to obtain Your blessings on my daily occupations. Finally I will use them as a badge of loyalty to You, so that I may remind others of You. Let me never separate my interior life from my external dealings with people. Amen.

*Adapted from My Daily Bread by Anthony J. Paone, S. J. 1954.

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Christ Messages

CHRIST MESSAGE – Evil Thoughts

CHRIST MESSAGE TODAY

My Child,

Do not be troubled if you are visited by evil tendencies or strange imaginings. Keep your resolutions firm and your intention clear before Me. You are not suffering from illusions, even though at one moment you are full of spiritual desires and joy, and then shortly afterwards you are back in your foolish ways. Some of your defects are to be borne patiently for My sake. I will not hold them against you. In fact, they bring you great merit as long as you are truly displeased with them and refuse to consent to them.

I permit the devil to wander over the earth. He is continually trying to kill your desire for Me. He tries in many different ways to draw you away from every holy exercise. He can hurt you only if you follow his suggestions. In his attempts to draw you away from Me, he studies you to see where you are weakest.

Satan suggests evil thoughts to cause weariness or despair in you. He would like to draw you away from all prayer, holy reading, or any good work. He dreads seeing anyone make a humble confession. If he could he would stop you from receiving Me in Holy Communion. And yet, in spite of his frantic and constant efforts against you, he is helpless if you decide to stand by Me, with faith, hope and love.

Despise the enemy, and fear him not. Fix your attentions on your daily occupations. Follow My words in your daily life. Seek grace and inspirations by prayer and meditation. Think often of My life. Honor My saints. Recall and detest your sins. Watch over your desires, thoughts, and intentions. Make your resolutions, renew them often, and do your best to follow them. Trust in My wisdom and love for the rest.

Reflections:

After reading this in my Daily Bread Book, it really open my eyes and my heart.

Even though at one moment you are full of spiritual desires and joy, and then shortly afterwards you are back in your foolish ways. This is always happen to me. After a while i am really aware where i stand and my life is for Him and in Him alone. But after that, i am back to my old self again. Sinner. Repeating the same mistakes and attitudes that disobey His will. Now i realize that, it is happen but when i firmly standing in Jesus Christ, have faith in Him, i will not fall into my old self again. When i am renewed, i grow in my relationship with Christ. I feel His presence in my daily life.

He studies you to see where you are weakest. That is what satan did to draw me away from my Lord. No wonder, the great temptation is always through the weakest part of me/myself.

IN JESUS NAME I PRAY

Dear Christ,

Father of Light, when my mind is over clouded with confusion or anxieties, grant me the light of Your grace, so that i may fix my eyes on Your truth and walk safely toward Heaven. In Your church I will seek Your guidance as You desire me to do. All the powers of hell are helpless against me, if I will only be wise enough to seek Your truth and use the strength of Your holy Sacraments. Amen.

With Love,

Little Rose