Katya Rivas: Do Exercises That Bring You Closer
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-79
Hold Retreats and Do Exercises That
Bring You Closer to Me
Let us work, little one, for the world is hungry; let us prepare the food they need.
Just as the sun cannot be seen except with its own light, so man cannot see My light without the help of My own light. This light can be reached in retreats, in exercises that bring you closer to Me, and there I enlighten you with My light, since the objective is to cut yourselves off for a while from the worries and hubbub of the world to speak to Me alone. There I speak to you through inspirations and those who surrender to the meditation, to the Divine Love, aching, correspond to My Words, making amends for their faults that have upset Me and offering themselves to My service with the full intensity of their love, asking Me to show them My Will and to give them the strength to fulfill it.
The Kings who escape to retreats are the people who despise the world to make themselves worthy of talking to Me. I told a saint: flee the world, close your lips, cease conversing with men; just talk to Me and you will rest calmly in the retreat. Go and rest in your God! That was the first experience that led him towards sanctity.
Before peace can spread to others, it should first embrace your whole being. This is the freedom I gave you through the creation of humanity. Each of My children should have the faith of a mustard seed so that I can consume it in My Love.
You need retreats, certainly, but you also need to look for Me in inner contemplation, in a world that actively lives. If I call you to live in a hermitage, it is a grace for the ones I choose. The fact that I am now calling you to hold this type of temporary retreats is also a very important grace. Let us study the two types of meetings.
When I call you to solitude far from the chaos of the world, My call is like a soft whistle that can barely be heard. It is not for your bodily but your spiritual ears and it blows without noise, with gentle quietude. When I want to attract a soul, I normally take that person to a solitary place and I speak to him there with words of fire that melt his soul, preparing that soul to bend before My orders and to receive the form of life that I want for each of you. Words of action that are so effective that as they are received in the soul they achieve what I demand of that soul.
When you read the life of Teresa you will see something that I said to her one day about the desires I have to talk to certain souls, however, I do not do so because the chaos of the world in their hearts silences My voice.
I want to talk to you alone and in a retreat, not at home, where relatives, friends, domestic tasks, stirs the noise in your hearts or prevents the echo of My divine voice from reaching you.
Why do you think that many saints left everything to seek Me in pursuit of My Words? People of the world enjoy conversations with friends, jokes and fun. But saints want to withdraw into solitude to talk to Me in the familiarity of two friends. The husband in Song of Songs emphasizes the beauty of a solitary soul and compares it to the beauty of the turtledove, because the turtledove avoids the company of other birds and always lives in solitary places.
You do not know this, but the angels are filled with admiration and jubilation when they contemplate the beauty, the radiance of a soul that lived a withdrawn and solitary life on earth, such as in a desert. The angel choir sings when that soul reaches Paradise.
My children, hold this type of retreats at least three or four times a year because they help the soul immensely whatever your position in life.
Why do I say that these retreats are a grace? Because the mundane sinner who is interested in the world and not his soul, bears the burden of his remorse and instead of finding peace and calm in the solitude of the retreat, he finds tedium, boredom, uneasiness. But the soul that seeks God finds satisfaction, peace, happiness, strength. He renews his spirit. I know well how to comfort the soul that has removed itself from the world, compensating the pleasures and comforts left behind with the gift of a beautiful garden where the peace that satiates his desires can be found. That soul will always praise Me because I treat it so affectionately.
Even though this solitude may not provide another pleasure other than showing you the eternal truths, this moment is enough in itself to make it pleasant for you. Divine truths have always satiated a soul as soon as they are known. The opposite happens with the vanities of the world, which are just insanity and corruption.
Every man who leaves a retreat is different from the one who entered. I assure you that they are blissful, detached from the mundane crowd, conscious of being taken by My hand to an exercise such as this one in which they take part in the celestial delights.
But concentrate fully to meditate on everything you hear, to derive benefit from it, because saintly resolutions arise from reflection, and for this, withdrawal is necessary. Observe how the shell that receives the dew from Heaven closes its valves and goes down to the bottom of the sea to form a pearl... This is what you have to do in this meeting.
Begin this retreat with the Holy Rosary, reciting calmly, meditating on its Mysteries.
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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