The Victory in the Triumph of Divine Mercy
During the International Spiritual Exercises, at Collevalenza – Sanctuary of Merciful Love (Madre Speranza), June 29 – July 5, 2003, Don Stefano Gobbi offered to over 200 priests and to over 10 bishops of the Marian Movement of Priests the following meditation. This is the FOURTH of four meditations given by Don Stefano Gobbi during this week of Spiritual Exercises.
Note: the dates indicate when a message was given to Don Stefano Gobbi which can be found in the Blue Book, “To the Priests, Our Lady's Beloved Sons” (http://our-lady-priests.blogspot.it/).
Many bishops have given their Imprimatur to this book. You will find in these messages of Our Lady revealed through Don Stefano Gobbi a resemblance to the writings of Saint Louis de Montfort, Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and to the messages of Our Lady of Fatima, with the sweetness that only the Mother of God, and the Mother of each us, could communicate to those open to the caresses of Our Lady!
The Bishop of Como, Italy, Msgr. Diego Coletti, according to the Norm of Can. 322 sec. 1 and 2 CIC, approved the Statutes of the Association of the “Marian Movement of Priests” and conferred on this association the Juridical Personality, July 10, 2013.
The FIRST meditation can be found at:
The Woman Clothed With the Sun and the Red Dragon
The SECOND meditation can be found at:
The Woman Clothed With The Sun In Search Of The Little Ones
The THIRD meditation can be found at:
The Rosary: The Prayer of the Little Ones for the Victory
Note: the dates correspond to the dates in the “Blue Book”, “To The Priests Our Lady’s Beloved Sons”.
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The Victory in the Triumph of Divine Mercy
Fourth Meditation: July 4, 2003
The Victory in the Triumph of Divine Mercy
(The priests of the Marian Movement of Priests)
A – I will make you love much the Church
C - Where the priestly heart is born.
D - The Saint Johns of Jesus Eucharist.
E - The judgment of Love.
Praise be Jesus Christ!
Brother priests, in serenity and peace we have arrived to the end of the Cenacle, we have come to the last meditation.
I had warned you to live it in serenity. And I think we did it in great peace, to receive the gifts that the Holy Spirit would give to each, confirming us in our vocation.
We have arrived to the last meditation precisely on the first Friday of the month dedicated to the adoration and the reparation to the Heart of Jesus, almost at the same time when on Golgotha this Heart was opened by the soldier's spear. And from this heart flowed down blood and water, symbols of the Church's sacraments. Let us look at the One whom they pierced! (Cfr. Jn 19:37). Let us look today at the pierced and merciful Heart of Jesus, to be transformed by his divine love. We need to be transformed by Love.
We are at the end of the Spiritual Exercises done in the form of the Cenacle and I would like to ask each of you: have you made proposals? I think so. Each of you has tried to see your defects and made proposals to correct them. And then one realizes that every year we find them still with us as our dearest friends that do not want us to ever leave us. So I think that next to these defects that despite our good will, we hardly succeed in correcting, I would like all of us to make one only proposal: to let ourselves to be taken into the arms of Mary as a child of two months and that She might hold us inside the refuge of her Heart Immaculate. This is what counts, this is what She want.
Our dear Father Michele finished up his two meditations precisely on the eve of being hit by a serious illness, with these words: "Perhaps you will never be perfect, but all of you will always be mine."
We have seen, above all through the meditations of Don Ivan, in what state the Church is in, what state humanity is in. Humanity has come to such a state of degradation, that by now alone it can no longer get up, if a great mercy does not raise it up.
If you remember in my first two meditations, I said that Our Lady wants us little in order to prepare us for her victory, but that the victory of her Immaculate Heart will coincide with the greatest triumph of divine Mercy or of the merciful Love of Jesus. And this merciful Love must triumph through us.
This is why Our Lady wants first of all to form in us a priestly heart. It is in the heart that She forms us. It is not at the character level, at the psychological level. She wants to form us in the heart, sp that we may have within us the same Heart of Jesus, meek, humble, merciful.
And so, today I ask right from the Heart of Jesus this grace: that He might form our hearts like His, that He might form us in the heart, that He might transform us in the heart, so that we can draw close to today's humanity and to the Church of today with the divine mercy of the Heart of Jesus. Only then, brother priests, we can become the expression of love, that the Heart of Jesus today has for the Church and for humanity.
“Participate too in the sufferings of the Church as she lives through the hour of her greatest abandonment. How ailing she is, this my most beloved Daughter!
In your hearts carry the sufferings of Jesus, and my sufferings as well, for the agonizing condition in which the Church now finds herself in every part of the world” (July 26, 1983).
First of all, Our Lady forms in us a merciful heart that carries within it the sufferings of the Church. There is a difference between those who see these sufferings, recognize them, maybe even fight them, and those who carry them within himself.
The first attitude of our heart, which is a priestly heart, is to carry within ourselves the sufferings of the Church. And what are they?
“Error is being taught and propagated beneath the ambiguous formulas of a new cultural interpretation of truth” (July 26, 1983).
Of course, we must proclaim boldly the truth, but with the heart of one who suffers deeply, because he sees how the apostasy is spreading more and more within the interior of the Church, the Mystical Body of Jesus.
“The spirit of the world is welcomed, which spreads itself with its malignant influence and leads so many souls to choose, to justify it and to live in sin” (July 26, 1983).
Sin is welcomed, sin is justified, sin is no longer confessed: this is today the great evil in the Church. We must have the urgency for the salvation of souls, as we were told and feel the suffering, the same that Our Lady manifested at Fatima, for many souls that are lost and go to Hell because there is no one to pray for them.
“The loss of faith is becoming a deluge, … The apostasy has now been spread into every part of a Church betrayed even by some of her bishops, abandoned by many of her priests, deserted by so very many of her children, and violated by my Adversary” (July 26, 1983).
Faced with such a painful situation, our Movement is never called to respond with criticism, with judgment and even less with condemnation. The Movement does not share, in fact it refuses the method today followed by many who publicly, also with the press, criticizing in a bitter and bad way our holy Mother Church. She is always Mother, we must love her, because she is Mother!
We must love more in these times, because it is a Mother who suffers and, therefore, must be loved more by all her children. The help that we must give to the Church as a Movement is that of a filial and merciful love.
“I will bring you to love the Church very much. Today the Church is going through times of great suffering because it is loved less and less by its own children. Many would like to renovate it and purify it solely by criticism and by violent attacks on its institution. Nothing is ever renewed or purified without love!” (November 9, 1975).
Fellow priests, the first proposal that we must make: to love the Church with the Heart of Jesus, our Holy Mother! And therefore, that our hearts be full of the same suffering that today fills the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
“This is how I find the Church today, the Mystical Body of Jesus Crucified. She too is climbing Calvary, carrying a heavy cross; she too is experiencing the hour of such abandonment and of betrayal; her body, also, is being tormented by the scourges of the sins which strike at it and by sacrileges which open up deep wounds in it...
This is how I find my Daughter today. I am close to her in the painful hour of her Good Friday. With John, who is living again in each of my beloved sons consecrated to my Immaculate Heart, together let us be willing to help her in this, her agony.
Let us kiss her hands, again transfixed; let us cover with love her body, again stripped bare; let us pour balm upon her numerous wounds; let us surround with prayer and hope the bloody moments of her crucifixion” (April 9, 1982).
Brother priests, leaving this Cenacle, the Holy Spirit must give us this gift: to love with the humble, meek and merciful Heart of Jesus our Holy Mother Church,
B - I want to manifest myself through you.
With the Heart of Jesus let us open ourselves to look at humanity and carry in our hearts the suffering of all humanity. Only in this way our heart can begin to dilate. We have a heart too small, it needs to expand: to be dilated by the love of the Heart of Jesus, in order to carry within us all our sufferings of humanity.
“Feel in your hearts the deep wounds caused me by the millions of infants slaughtered in the wombs of their mothers; by sin which overabounds and seduces souls; by immorality which, like a terrible cancer, corrupts consciences; by the disorientation of the youthful victims of vice, drugs and violence; by the breakdown of so many households” (July 26, 1983).
The commitment of the Marian Movement of Priests is that of participating in the great suffering of the world, to make it our own, to feel all the weight and to enclose it in the Immaculate Heart of Mary, so that it might be offered by Her to the Lord, like an immense cry that invokes on humanity the dew of divine mercy.
“The more the human conscience succumbs to secularization, loses its sense of the very meaning of the word "mercy," moves away from God and distances itself from the mystery of mercy, the more the Church has the right and the duty to appeal to the God of mercy "with loud cries" (cfr. Heb 5:7).
These "loud cries" should be the mark of the Church of our times, cries uttered to God to implore His mercy…
Everything that I have said in the present document on mercy should therefore be continually transformed into an ardent prayer: into a cry that implores mercy according to the needs of man in the modern world” (Encyclical, Dives In Misericordia, 15).
And we can carry within us this mercy, if we let ourselves be formed by Mary, Mother of Mercy. So that, She might be able, through us, to bring her motherly mercy to all her children.
And so you understand, without doubt, why Our Lady asks us to consecrate ourselves to Her, she asks us to live in her Immaculate Heart, because she wants to communicate to us all of her motherly love, and she wants to act through us and spread His mercy on everyone. Only on the basis of this does she ask us so insistently the consecration to her Immaculate Heart.
“I have come down from heaven to manifest myself, through you, along all the roadways of the world: along those traversed by the poor and the desperate, along those grievous roads of the sinners and the wanderers, along those of the sick, the agonizing and the dying” (May 13, 1981).
“The time has come when I wish to live in you and to manifest myself to all through you” (July 1, 1981).
Brother priests, Father John told me yesterday that many of you, as soon as they saw him, ran to ask: is this message true, is it true this visionary ...? And Father John said to me, try to bring a little inner balance to your priests.
But what need do we have to run after so many seers? Fellow priests, the time has come in which Our Lady wants to live in you and manifest herself to everyone, not with apparitions, but through you.
Our Lady wants that all you might be visionaries of Mary. For this reason she has called you to consecrate yourselves to her Immaculate Heart. But not in the sense that you see Our Lady with your eyes, but in the sense that Our Lady looks through you. You do not see her, She sees by way of you. Those who see you, must see Her.
This is how you must leave this Cenacle; this is why she has called you from all continents. What satisfaction does Our Lady get in making you spend a lot of money and to make you travel thousands of kilometers? What satisfaction is there in this?
“I want to love with your heart, to gaze with your eyes, to console and encourage with your lips, to assist with your hands, to walk with your feet, to follow your bloodied footprints and to suffer with your crucified body” (July 1, 1981).
Maybe it's a sign that Father Michael, after his meditation, was hit? It is perhaps a sign that we will be called to become more and more victims, sacrificed on the altar of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
“I am with you on all the by-ways of the world. With maternal mercy I help those of my little ones who find themselves in greater need; I save the perishing, restore health to the sick, console the afflicted, encourage the down-hearted, raise up those who have fallen, find those who have lost the way” (September 3, 1983).
Our Lady manifesting herself in you, can infuse her motherly mercy on all her children. This is why our Lord has entrusted to us his Mother and wants us to enter into her Immaculate Heart.
C - Where the priestly heart is born.
A prayer that Jesus loves very much, it is this: "Jesus, give me your Heart, that I may love the Blessed Mother as You love her."
Brothers priests, there is a saying "De Maria numquam satis": do not be afraid to exaggerate to much in loving Mary; but do not worry, because it you will never be able to love Mary as Jesus love her. Jesus grant us your heart to love, your Mother, as you love her.
“Mamma, give me you Heart to love Jesus as you love Him”. Because no one has ever loved Jesus as his Mother loved Him. For which the end to which the act of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is to arrive to the purity and the fullness of the love of Jesus. It is to arrive to love Jesus with the delicacy, with the tenderness, with the fullness with which His Mother loved Him.
You understand how the more you entrust yourselves to Her, the more She transforms you, so that you might be able to love more Jesus. And this love for Jesus become a transforming love: it transforms you in to Him. It is here where the priestly heart is born.
“In my Immaculate Heart the Son assimilates you to make you more completely resemble Himself and to associate you with his own life. It is in my heavenly garden that the wonder of your transformation takes place” (June 11, 1983).
This prodigy happens, you know. We see ourselves always the same: we are the same physically. We become a little older, a few more hairs fall from our head. But spiritually we are transformed, we are no longer the same. There has been a maturing in us at the spirit level. Our Lady has accomplished in us this maturation, because she has lead us more and more to love Jesus.
The prodigy of transformation “is above all through me that this happens; through me because Jesus, finding me to be as it were the purest and most supple clay, molded me so perfectly in his image that no other creature will ever be able to produce that image as did your heavenly Mother.
And so it is that I, though Mother, became the Daughter of my Son; and so it is that I became the first and most perfect of his disciples; and so too it is that, while I am leading you to Jesus, I am able to manifest myself to you as a model for imitation, if you want to succeed in reliving his life in your own…
“Entering in the gate of heaven of my Heart, each day I render you more conformed to the image of my Son Jesus…
I form you in his likeness in your minds, and I obtain the Spirit of Wisdom for you, to lead you to seek and receive, to meditate upon and to preserve, his divine word. In this way it is possible for you to live the Gospel with the simplicity of little children, with the fidelity of the martyrs, and with the heroism of the saints.
I form you in your hearts and bring you to the plenitude of love for God, so that you may love all your brothers with the same divine charity. For this I make you always more sensitive, purer, more understanding and merciful, more compassionate and meek, more humble and strong” (June 11, 1983).
“Every day Jesus enters through the gate of this, my heavenly garden, to experience the great joy of seeing Himself imitated and relived by all of you, my sons and his little brothers” (June 11, 1983).
“Ascend with Me the holy mountain of His Heart, so that you may bf transformed by the burning bush of his divine Charity. Then your hearts will be dilated and molded after his, and in the world you will be the very pulsations themselves of the Heart of Jesus, which seeks above all those who are furthest away, and wishes to envelop all in the flames of his infinite mercy.
You will become meek and humble of heart; you will be truly able to love; you will pour balm on the grievous wounds of the suffering and of those most in need; you will give your priestly help especially to those who have lost themselves along the road of iniquity and sin. In this way with your love, you will bring an immense number of my children to the path of salvation” (July 16, 1983).
The salvation of souls is the work that Jesus has entrusted to us; but the souls are saved like this:
“Ascend with Me the holy mountain of his divine Humanity, in order to become reflections of his perennial immolation for you: his eyes in your eyes, his hands in your hands, his Heart in your hearts, his sufferings in your sufferings, his wounds in your wounds, his Cross in your cross.
In this way you will become the potent presence of Jesus who, by means of you, can still today work mightily to bring all to salvation” (July 16, 1983).
D - The Saint Johns of Jesus Eucharist.
The place where Mary forms our priestly heart, is the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus. It is Jesus in the Eucharist that forms in us the priestly heart.
Here, brothers, I invite you to read and to live the encyclical of John Paul II on the Eucharist, which is almost a repetition of what is written in the Eucharistic messages of the book which are of incomparable beauty.
“My beloved ones and children consecrated to my Heart, it is you who must be today a clarion call for the full return of the whole Church Militant to Jesus present in the Eucharist.
Because there alone is to be found the spring of living water which will purify its aridity and renew the desert to which it has been reduced; there alone is to be found the secret of life which will open up for it a second Pentecost of grace and of light; there alone is to be found the fount of its renewed holiness: Jesus in the Eucharist!
It is not your pastoral plans (Our Lady does not say to not do them; do them, they will tire you) and your discussions; it is not the human means on which you put reliance and so much assurance, but it is only Jesus in the Eucharist which will give to the whole Church the strength of a complete renewal, which will lead it to be poor, evangelical, chaste, stripped of all those supports on which it relies, holy, beautiful and without spot or wrinkle, in imitation of your heavenly Mother” (August 8, 1986).
“The Church lives the Eucharist, the Eucharist forms the Church” (Ecclesia de Eucarestia, 1).
And she forms it on the model of that which Jesus wanted as his mystical Body. And look how well she forms it: she leads it to be poor, evangelical, chaste, stripped of all supports in which it trusts, holy, beautiful, without spot or wrinkle, in imitation of Her heavenly Mother.
“My dearest little children, let your heart be completely immersed in his Eucharistic Heart, that you may enter into a personal intimacy of life with Him.
Jesus then takes your little heart, opens it, expands it and fills it with his love. He loves in you, and you love in Him; and thus, you become more and more immersed in the stupendous vortex of his divine and perfect charity.
Then, just as John was the beloved apostle, called to a profound intimacy of life with Jesus, living in his human body, so too, you become a new John, called to have a profound intimacy of life with Jesus in his glorified body, really present in the condition of a victim and hidden under the appearance of consecrated Bread, which is kept in every tabernacle of the earth” (March 31, 1988).
“It is the responsibility of Pastors to encourage, also by their personal witness, the practice of Eucharistic adoration, and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in particular, as well as prayer of adoration before Christ present under the Eucharistic species.
It is pleasant to spend time with him, to lie close to his breast like the Beloved Disciple (cf. Jn 13:25) and to feel the infinite love present in his heart. If in our time Christians must be distinguished above all by the “art of prayer”,48 how can we not feel a renewed need to spend time in spiritual converse, in silent adoration, in heartfelt love before Christ present in the Most Holy Sacrament? How often, dear brother and sisters, have I experienced this, and drawn from it strength, consolation and support!” (Ecclesia de Eucaristia, 25).
Then the Pope speaks of the necessity of the Eucharist. He speaks about the fact that the Eucharist is always offered in the name of the Church and for humanity.
“It (pastoral charity) “flows mainly from the Eucharistic Sacrifice, which is therefore the centre and root of the whole priestly life” (Decree on the Life and Ministry of Priests Presbyterorum Ordinis, 14). We can understand, then, how important it is for the spiritual life of the priest, as well as for the good of the Church and the world, that priests follow the Council's recommendation to celebrate the Eucharist daily: “for even if the faithful are unable to be present, it is an act of Christ and the Church” (Ibid., 13; cf. Code of Canon Law, Canon 904; Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches, Canon 378)” (John Paul II, Ecclesia de Eucaristia, 25).
Today there is added the new habit, strange enough, the so-called "Eucharistic fast." This is a snare of the devil, look how clever he is. Before the Council reform the Eucharistic fast was from midnight until the time of receiving Holy Communion. The fast was even broken by taking a sip of water; it was very rigorous. Now we hear of some priests and even bishops (I could give you the name of an archbishop, cardinal, who introduced among his priests to do the "Eucharistic fast") that sometimes they skip the Mass, sometimes they refuse to celebrate. And I tell you, there are so many priests, who do not celebrate due to this false idea of the Eucharistic fast.
Saint Bede, Venerable (d 735), monk and doctor of the Church wrote: “Sacerdos non legitime impeditus, celebrare ommitens, quantum in se, privat Sanctam Trinitatem laude et gloria, angelos laetitia, peccatores venia, iustos subsidio et gratia, in purgatorio existentes refrigerio. Ecclesiam spirituali Christi beneficio et seipsum medicina et remedio”.
(THE priest, with no valid excuse, who fails to celebrate the Mass, thereby deprives the Most Holy Trinity of praise and glory, of delight for the angels, of the remission for sinners, of help and of grace for the just, of relief for the souls in purgatory, of spiritual benefit for the Church and of medicine and healing for himself).
Fellow priests, let us celebrate the Mass every day even if we are alone. Let us celebrate it, live it, because in the Eucharist Jesus fulfills our transformation and especially the transformation of the heart, working in us that which is our priestly holiness. Priestly holiness is achieved before Jesus in the Eucharist, listening to what He tells us, reliving it in our lives and in our ministry.
“You must go before the tabernacle to gather the fruit of the prayer and of the communion of life with Jesus which develops and matures into your holiness.
Beloved sons, the more your life revolves wholly and entirely at the foot of the tabernacle, in intimate union with Jesus in the Eucharist, the more you will increase in holiness.
The Eucharistic Jesus becomes the model and the form of your holiness.
He brings you to purity of heart, to humility which is sought and desired, to a lived-out confidence, to loving and filial abandonment.
The Eucharistic Jesus becomes the new form of your priestly holiness which you attain by means of a daily and hidden immolation, of a continual presence of love toward your brothers, of a capacity to welcome in your own person the sufferings and the crosses of all, of a possibility to transform evil into good and to act profoundly that souls, who have been entrusted to you, may be led by you to salvation.
For this reason I say to you: The times have come when I want you all before the tabernacle, and above all I want you priests who are the beloved sons of a Mother who is ever in an act of perpetual adoration and of unceasing reparation.
Through you, I desire that the cult of the Eucharist again flourish in all the Church in an ever more powerful way.
As for now there must be an end to this profound crisis in regard to devotion to the Eucharist, a crisis which has contaminated the entire Church and which has been at the root of so much infidelity and of the diffusion of such a widespread apostasy” (August 21, 1987).
E - The judgment of Love.
Brother priests, then we will love, with the Heart of Jesus and we will become merciful presence, because we will know how to love. What matters in our life is to love. St. John of the Cross wrote that in the evening of life we shall be judged on love and St. Teresa of the Child Jesus said that at the end of life we will be judged on love. Not on the fruits that we will have brought forth, because remember we are useless servants and alone we can not do anything. We are like the apostles who went to fish all night. They worked without catching a fish. We work, not that we sleep, it's not that we are accused of sleeping. If anything one could be accused of working too much. But if we work alone you will see that we will catch very few fish. "In nomine meo". In the name of Jesus, the apostles go fishing, and the net is full of fish. Brothers priests, we will be judged on love, when we will appear before Jesus after our death.
I think that if for a priest of the Marian Movement of Priests it was so beautiful to live, it will be even more beautiful to die. We do not see the fruits of our apostolic labors on this earth, we will see them up there. Sometimes people who we have never approached, distant, we will find them in heaven. But how did they get in: perhaps they bribed Saint Peter? No. Your love, your prayers, your suffering saved them. Jesus through your love.
When you present yourselves before Him, do not be afraid of your defects, of your falls. The devil in these times uses these in a furious way against priests of the Movement precisely to discourage you, and he especially tempts you against purity and sometimes he gets you to fall. Do not be afraid of your falls. When you will appear before Jesus, God's mercy towards his priests will be so great, that His mercy will cover you completely. Then you will experience what the Merciful Love of Jesus means.
Jesus at that moment will ask you only one question. And Mary will be next to you, because it is She who brings you before Jesus who will ask you: "Did you love Me? Did you love the people that I entrusted to you?".
You would want to say yes, but in one moment you will see your whole existence, all the lack of correspondence, all the falls, all the acts of selfishness, and so, while you would want to say yes, you are held back by fear seeing in one moment your whole life. This is your judgement.
But Our Lady who carries you in her arms, gently as a Mother will tell you: "My son, repeat now what I taught you to say in each moment of your life. Repeat it even now!" And we, being encouraged by the Mother will say:" Yes, Jesus, I have loved you, yes Jesus, I love you." Then Jesus will take us by the hand: "Enter into the joy of your Love, enter into the house of your Lord."
Praise be Jesus Christ.