(Email from RemnantchildofMary on Thurs. 23rd May to RemnantSurvivor):
“… you know how we were talking about persecution yesterday? Well, that was tonight’s reading for me/us.” (See picture of reading attached)
Often at night, I open on a reading in The Book of Truth or in my Bible for prayer and reflection before I go to sleep. The relevance was pointed.
Mum and I had just been discussing how everyone had been suffering persecution of some form lately. Some of it is simply completely unfair criticism, out of the blue and involves unusual aggression while we go about our daily duties striving to do good. These unprovoked attacks tend to blindside us and hurt and tear at the heart. I remember thinking that it was like the crown of thorns pressing against the heart, bruising but not quite piercing it- as Mary must have suffered interiorly on many an occasion.
While the latest attack had not been in regards to The Mission, several previous attacks have been; many of them aimed at my mum, most likely because she holds a “Jesus to Mankind prayer group” dedicated to this Mission.
Feeling this pain in my heart, last Saturday, I prayed sincerely for my persecutor at morning Mass. When we exchanged the sign of Peace, I mentally asked for Christ’s Peace to be sent to the person and at that same moment, I felt it come and rest on me. That was the Holy Spirit I think. I knew I could handle another attack more patiently then and forgiving -which is why I felt much better and ok about returning into the situation on Monday.
It was this line from the message that particularly resonated with me, therefore:
“Every time this happens, know that I will engulf you with My Protection and you will be aware of My Presence within you, for it is not you they fight, it is I.”
Lastly, I think I had been warned about attacks in a dream that I had a couple nights beforehand. In the dream, I was constantly blocking Satan’s attacks, which kept coming, and that seems to be confirmed in this message that I randomly opened on, too. In the dream, the action of the devil just kept repeating over and over, same attack, but aimed at endangering different people I loved and I just kept praying the Seal- which was effective– Satan couldn’t overpower me because of God; but still, it was pretty annoying the way he wouldn’t let up!!
We were safe but he caused one trouble after another!
In the end, the issue that I had prayed for, seemed to miraculously resolve itself on Wednesday ( a week later) when the person decided to talk to me. This itself seems to be connected to divine intervention because an earlier Novena to St Rita for this person (who is good at intervening in impossible feuds) had been efficacious and the day it was resolved happened to be the Feast Day of St. Rita, which I realised afterwards.
If you want to read the full message about persecution, it can be found here:
Satan cannot defeat us when any attacks are offered up to Him with love and humility (without resentfulness) on behalf of souls- especially those causing us pain. We need to repay evil or hurt with Love. Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. Satan stands to lose more that way as our actions save souls and console Our Lord as nothing else can. It also returns peace to us.
Comment by RemnantSurvivor:
I think many of us (Crusaders) will have experienced attacks/persecution – sometimes for no apparent reason. These attacks come in many forms, our work, our children and families, personal relationships, etc. It will keep happening. We just have to be strong, persevere in prayer and ignore the evil one, who won’t give up. Remember that Jesus is always with us, at our side.