Peter in Jail (Acts 12:6-10)
The soul has two chains, its passions within and its culture without. It feels alone, as if in prison but dreaming of its freedom. The faintest light of hope still burns within. But, for how long can this last before the passions and the culture snuff it out.
O soul, you have read my words this far. I promise that I will do more than break these chains. Like Peter, you will see them “fall from your wrists” (12:7). I will lead you out. All the doors will open. Just follow me. Read on. My words will lead you, touch your heart and convince you that your heavenly mother spoke them.
Comment: To the soul who has entered her heart, Mary promises total freedom. Continue to read on.
The Means to Freedom
What chains bind you? Review your life. Untangle the past. Recall the events, the circumstances, the decisions and the mistakes. Omit nothing.
Then, speak to me of all that has happened. Your own words, spoken in my presence, will heal you. The pain will be removed. The light will enter and you will breathe the air of truth.
Find a Priest
Now, go find a priest. Do not wait. You have told your sins to me. Now, tell them to a priest. He will say, “I absolve you from your sins”. The chains will be permanently loosed. Then return to me and we will talk some more.
Comment: Mary’s path to freedom is quite clear. Identify the chains of your sins. Tell them privately to Mary. Then, go to confession. After that you will hear more of Mary’s words.
The Source of Freedom – Jesus’ Blood
Did you ever think that the past could be set aside so quickly and with such little effort? Just a few steps took you out of prison. Now I can help you. First, let us thank my Son. Reflect, “What power set you free? Why do you experience freedom, with your mind turned away from the past? Your freedom was purchased at a price. Come I will show you how it happened.
One day, an angel announced the mystery, that I would conceive a child by the Holy Spirit. He would be the world’s Savior by the shedding of his blood. This was holy blood, blood taken from my womb. This is what God asked – that I would give His Son a body and blood. Then I was to be with him when his body was nailed to a cross and his blood was shed.
At the cross, Jesus gave me his blood until the end of time. This is why you are free. I have touched you with one drop of his blood.
Comment: The personal freedom, so quickly given in confession, does not come from psychological causes. In every confession, the blood of Jesus purifies the inner heart of the person.