Our Lady of Emmitsburg
To the World
through Gianna Sullivan
October 30, 1997
My dear little children, praised be Jesus!
Little ones, there is no one who does not have some weakness which needs to be purged in order to prevent him from falling into sin.
You are human, and weaknesses of the flesh from original sin exist.
However, you can consciously and willingly cooperate with the grace of God to suppress the appetites of the flesh so that you can attain a closer union with God.
God knows there are necessities and pleasures necessary for you.
He does not deny you these pleasures.
He wants you to realize that He desires to share your thoughts, and to strengthen your character and personality.
There are various passions which can be purified by an interior mortification which, through humility, will unite you to Jesus.
These sufferings glorify you in His Name and lead you to freedom and happiness. You will rise to a new level of dignity.
This mortification is not meant to cause frustration or self-deprivation.
It is a joyful union with God so that your words, thoughts and actions are those which Jesus can share.
It corresponds to some attachment you may have, such as admiration, material pleasures, achievements, praises or pointed attention to yourself.
Jesus does not desire you to take on a suffering which is not intended to purify your soul or which causes fear.
Jesus is merciful and loving, and His Kingdom is designed so that you can share in His glory. He desires you to be consumed with His Love and for you not to be afraid.
A proper attitude is necessary for you to share in His Cross.
You cannot deny yourself unless you love God with all your heart, your whole soul, your mind and your whole strength.
Jesus is not looking for you to love suffering but to love the one who suffered.
With that proper attitude, interior mortification can be mastered with joy, for you will be doing it to live in perfect union with Him.
You will not need to rationalize your suffering, because Jesus’ suffering for you will suffice.
I bless you, little ones, in the Name of your Savior, and with joy I encourage you to hope in Jesus. Do not blame Him for your short-comings, failures or problems. Instead, love Him; for He desires you to be happy.
Every soul must be purified before it can see God.
Whether it is done in this life or in the next depends on your cooperation.
Peace to you. I take your petitions to the Father in the Name of Jesus.
Thank you for responding to my call.