Katya Rivas: Lay Community
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-83
You talk a lot about the community and I would like to give you some guidelines on what I want so that a lay community can be, with their strength, the backbone of My Church. But I am only talking about those communities that are strong in their unity and communion of love with each other.
Many norms can be established and you are free to choose them, but the spirit of love, understanding, prayer, are the props that will give the community strength. Forgiveness from the beginning and not having to beg forgiveness afterwards, living simple lives focused only on My goodness through praise, songs of peace, work and comradeship, living My Words so that others might return to Me, to live in harmony and love.
Understand children, many have not been called to receive My blessing of the priesthood, but just as St. Francis of Assisi lived the Word in constant poverty yet in richness of spirit, so I want lay communities sanctified by means of love and harmony, through forgiveness, prayer, reparation, mercy and love. Everyone can follow their rules and norms, but living freely in the growth of the spirit and not through a dictatorship, through love, observing chastity, poverty and obedience, just as My saints did.
People today do not want to follow My path, they have forgotten Me and only remember Me as a distant, intangible God that is not alive in their hearts. I want My children to come back to Me, but this will not be possible just through speeches. At present, words only mean something if they are accompanied by works or by the spirit of community life.
To start up a community, you must live it in the world, among men, speaking of My Love, of My Mercy, of My forgiveness. What do I mean by telling you to start living in a community now? To fight for Me with one spirit, without selfish deviations, vanity, pride, selfishness, envy, meanness... I need My people to devote themselves entirely to Me in order to help them more. I need them to form a group that will evangelize throughout the world, that will seek and generate resources, plan My final battle, get My children back. May they see strength and unity between you. Be an example for other laymen, be one in My Love.
It is time for everyone to find out about the disastrous devastation that is about to eliminate humanity on earth. Many people love Me, but not many are willing to carry My Cross and help others in their needs, particularly those who are the poorest of the poor with regard to poverty of love and mercy. Please do not choose who you would prefer to love and help, but without prejudice, help and love everyone, since whether they are aware of My Love or not, I live amongst them. Only those who condemn My Love as they draw their last breath, condemn their own soul.
Thus, so that you can then live in a private community, you must first be free and grow in humility. Feel the joy of being in My Love, settle your inner state, by praying for My Grace to guide your physical, spiritual and emotional needs. In order to live in a community you must prepare yourselves, and in truth I tell you, you are not even half way there yet.
In order to work for Me, you must abandon all egoism and seek that which will satisfy the Father's Will. In this way, you are witnesses of the fruits of the Spirit. I am happy when you in your simplicity share everything with Me, even your fear. Controlling your fear in My Love allows you to feel free since you will be in control of your useless fears.
Understand, My children, that My Love is lasting and saves even at the last breath. So, begin to love at home, in the group and it will be easier to love outsiders. The more you love those that you meet in your lives, the deeper your love will be. You cannot state that you love Me without first showing that same love to My people.
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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