Our Lady of Emmitsburg
To the World
through Gianna Sullivan
May 07, 1998
My dear little children, praised be Jesus!
I am with you, my little ones, during these times of confusion and distractions.
A great trial of faith is coming for all of God’s people. This is why I encourage you to seek meekness and humility.
Danger can unfold in the spiritual life when the laity begins to think they have acquired the knowledge to judge theological and mystical situations.
When people become active in prayer and have gained some knowledge, by the grace of God, oftentimes they may think they know how to counsel others and be quick to answer questions of the spiritual world.
This is dangerous and can result in spiritual vanity. The same is true among the religious.
Nothing can be worse than when a group of priests or sisters join together and each one feels favored by God with the gift of knowledge. It is very important to be humble.
God grants the grace of discernment and wisdom to a chosen few, at His liking, and it is a great gift indeed.
Those who have this grace do not wonder whether they have received it, and yet are not quick or eager to give advice or counsel on spiritual matters.
Wisdom teaches them prudence and how prayer of the heart aids in pondering God’s Truth.
Wisdom teaches them that obstacles to discernment and prayer come from two angles.
Firstly, vain or sinful thoughts can turn them away from prayer; or secondly, beautiful and complimentary thoughts can turn then away from true discernment to focus on their own thoughts, and the soul loses its communion with God.
It is very important, little children, to worship God in Spirit and Truth.
It is important to pray with your heart and ponder God’s words.
If you desire knowledge, pray you will be enlightened with the knowledge of yourself.
If you have difficulty with prayer of the heart then pray through the power of your will.
With time your mind and heart will join and you will achieve mental interior prayer of the heart.
I bless you, little children, in the Name of Jesus, and I take your petitions to Him.
Thank you for responding to my call.