Our Lady of Emmitsburg
To the World
through Gianna Sullivan
January 7, 2007
The Feast of the Epiphany
Little children, praised be Jesus!
Little ones, may the Lord bless you. May His Face shine upon you, and may He be gracious to you. May the Lord show you His kindness and grant you Peace. May you, children, share this blessing with all people of all faiths around the world so that Peace may be yours. May God's Face shine, shine upon you! May He truly be gracious to you.
The Magi came in awe, their eyes drawn to the Face of God which shone upon them with Peace and Love. The purity and innocence dwelled within us. The holiness was ours because of Jesus.
Receive this blessing; for as soon as the Magi left, then soon chaos unfolded with the killings of the Holy Innocents. Jealousy, rage and anger tried to destroy all that was good.
Keep within your hearts all that is good, and you will be at peace. Reject those who desire to do harm and to create malice and calumny, and those who are angry. Be the Love of Jesus and His Face will always shine upon you, and He will always be gracious to you. You must abandon yourselves to God in total filial trust!
The time of Joy is to be had; but where there is Peace, not far behind are those who desire to destroy it and cause chaos, and who would even like to see you completely disarmed and vulnerable to death, the death of evil, not of Good.
Surround yourselves and clothe yourselves with this purity and innocence; and know that if you walk with God, He walks with you, and you will never be alone.
I love you. I take all of your petitions and I lay them at the Crib. Thank you for your response. Peace.
Reflection by Fr. John B. Wang
At the beginning of this message, I can envision our loving and devout Mother, with folded hands, praying the Psalms over us. She is asking Our Lord to be gracious to us, shine His face upon us, show us His kindness and bless us with His peace. What a beautiful and moving scene!
Then, as ever, she proceeds to give us the most precious advice: Keep all that is good within your hearts; clothe yourselves with purity and innocence; reflect Jesus' holiness. The enemies of God will never stop inciting anger, confusion and chaos. Always, evil is defeated with goodness. Therefore, we must respond to hatred with love, violence with peace, anger with meekness, calumny with forbearance, curses with blessings, and, in every situation, we must bear good will from hearts immersed in prayer. LOVE conquers all.