I wait and I wait for my children to turn to me. They do not realize how short is the time and how close are those days about which I have spoken and revealed to others. These are the days of travail, like the pangs of childbirth. Yet, in many ways, they are not the same. A child is a gift of God and the pangs lead to birth and new life. These days are not God’s gift but the result of his justice that has been held back for so long. They really result from the sins of man and of his refusal to listen to my warnings (and how many of these I have given). Yet, I still say that there is time to turn to me.
Pushing Back the Time
Anyone who turns to me, I can save. For those who do not turn to me, I can only push back the time for a while, hoping that in the interval, they bring forth the fruits of repentance. It is like the parable of the fig tree (Lk.13: 6-9). For three years the owner looked for fruit and found none. He wanted to cut down the tree. His gardener pleaded with his master, “Let me fertilize it. Perhaps, this next year it will produce fruit”. The tree was given one more year, but without fruit it will be cut down.
So, I plead with the heavenly Father and he hears me, but I can only ask for time. The people must bring forth the fruit of repentance.
Now, I ask you, “What is in your heart and what really matters to you?” Answer me honestly. What do you live for? What are your goals? What do you seek? Are these the things of earth or of heaven? Possibly, you do not even know how to seek heavenly things. So, I will teach you.
Some of you were not even raised in families of faith, (It has been so long since the Ages of Faith). Some have had no contact with the sacraments of confession and Communion for years. I take everything into consideration and I also offer to you grace and a chance to repent. Accept the grace as I explain what to do.
Everything begins with good will, with a sincere desire to escape condemnation and to be right with God. This is the beginning grace. I promise that I will obtain that grace for you. When it comes, receive it. You will know what to do. All is contained in that grace. Begin right now. Say, “Mary, give me the grace of repentance”. Already, my grace is flowing into your soul. The grace itself will show you what to do next. Keep asking for it.
Comment: Mary’s invitation is so easy and her promise is so firm.