Katya Rivas: What Is Actual Lukewarmness?
The Medallion of the Apostolate of the New Evangelization
The Door to Heaven - Extracts
A teaching for Man,
about his weaknesses,
limits and reach.
Spanish Editions: 1996 and 1998
English Edition 1.1 - July 1999
The Door to Heaven – Extract No. DH-64
What Is Actual
I will not tell you what you must do, because I will always respect your will. What I do not want you to do is to neglect your time of prayer and for that reason to fall into lukewarmness.
You ask what is actual lukewarmness? I will explain it to you, because many times man confuses the term. Lukewarm is not the soul that lives in disgrace; neither the soul that committed a venial sin because of its fragility and with no intention of doing so, because no human being is free from these kind of faults, when stained by original sin. You do not enjoy the special grace granted only to My Mother, to avoid completely any minor sin. This is allowed, even to the saints, in order to maintain them humble and make them see that if it were not for the grace of God, just as they fall into minor faults, they could also fall into very severe faults.
I want you to assimilate this well. A lukewarm soul is one that frequently falls into venial sins, consciously, on purpose: lies, acts of impatience, voluntary curses. Some will say that this cannot be avoided. That is false, this guilt can be avoided, with My assistance, by those souls that are determined to suffer even death before deliberately committing a sin, no matter how little it is.
Think, read My Messages again, let your hearts work. Know that every bad habit makes you lose even your shame, and blinds sinners in such way that they do not see their wrongdoing or the ruin it causes themselves.
My beloved ones, all sins produce blindness in the spirit and when they accumulate with bad habits, blindness increases... So, compare with a dirty glass, full of stains. Can the sunlight pass through it? In the same way, in a heart full of little stains, My Light cannot penetrate to make that person understand about the abyss he is walking into. This is not an exaggeration. Man continues obstinately in his bad habits, deprived of My Light, walks from guilt to guilt and loses himself because he does not take amending into account. He turns into a beast without reasoning, that does not look for anything else but the pleasure of its senses... He is like a vulture feeding itself from the fetid corpse between its claws, it would rather be hunted than to leave the prey.
The heart of the lukewarm is hardened against the heavenly rain of grace and cannot produce fruits with it. Inspirations, conscience, remorse, fear of God, are a rain of graces; but the habitual sinner, instead of obtaining fruit from that rain of grace, repenting from his sins and committing himself, continues to sin. That is where that soul hardens its heart more, and you already know that a hard heart will end its life badly.
Lukewarm souls always confess: murmurs, lies, impatience, in short, minor sins, but continue to sin and in that way, wallow once more in the abyss of sin, just as some animals that with so much pleasure wallow in the most disgusting and repulsive mud. And, do you know what is even worse? That the soul accustomed to any vice commits almost always the same sin, even at the moment of death.
My beloved ones, I pour out Mercy in torrents, but up to a point. I do not punish; I deny the assistance of the special grace in the face of the ingratitude you show for the divine benefits and, in this way, man’s heart is hardened. Know that I do not harden the heart of man by inspiring malice. But just as the sun hardens water and turns it into ice when, shadowed by the clouds, its rays do not fall upon earth, in the same manner, I deny the soul My Mercy and with that, the grace to convert.
No matter how small the sin, it hurts the soul. Let us see. If a person is assaulted by a wicked man, usually he is not rendered unable to defend himself at the first blow, but if afterwards he receives two or three wounds, he will lose strength and will finally die. It is the same for the soul. The first and second time, it still has the strength to resist, but if it continues to sin, the enemy attacks it and takes away all its strength to resist and a bad habit turns into a need to sin, because man becomes slave of that passion. That is to say, he makes a peace alliance with sin.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Through the rest of 2002, Scoop will be publishing a series of daily reflections on spiritual matters from Bolivian author Katya Rivas. Rivas, has received an official imprimatur from the Catholic Church for several books she says she was instructed to write by Jesus Christ, Mary and various Angels. Scoop’s extract, above, comes from Rivas’s book “The Door to Heaven”. In 1999 Katya Rivas was the subject of a top-rating documentary show hosted by Mike Willessee (see Scoop TV review - Jesus Christ Tells FOXNews He Wants To Hug World and Scoop Images ). More recently Rivas says she was instructed by Jesus to have her books translated and published on the internet with the intention of having the books distributed to as wide an audience as possible. Several of the books can now be read online at http://www.greatcrusade.org/, and more are coming soon.
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