JACAREÍ, JULY 8, 2007
CHAPEL OF THE SHRINE OF THE APPARITIONS FROM
JACAREÍ – SÃO PAULO - BRAZIL
MESSAGE FROM SAINT PHILOMENA
“Marcos, I am FILOMENA, servant of GOD, of Most Holy Mary, your sister; sister, protector and defender of all those who are here. I protect all those who truly consecrate themselves to Most Holy Mary. I am the protector of everyone who consecrates themselves to Her and love Her, who serve her, who obey Her, who give all their life to Her.
There is not greater gift than to offer all of one’s life for love to God and to Most Holy Mary, consecrating oneself completely to Them. The greatest sacrifice that God wants to receive from you, besides the prayers and the sacrifices, is the TOTAL consecration of your lives: body and soul totally to the service of God and of Most Holy Mary.
For anyone who consecrates themself like this to God and to Her, there is no solitude, there is no sadness, there is no suffering, there is no pain that can separate the souls from God and the Mother of God.
For the soul that consecrates itself, that gives itself completely to God, nothing is impossible, nothing is hard to do because love overcomes everything, love supports everything, love will always win!
I am your model. I am a light that God gives you to guide you on the path of holiness.
THE FIRST STEP TO HOLINESS is to renounce your earthy pleasures and attachments. Without this, God does not accept you, nor does Most Holy Mary.
SECONDLY, pray the HOLY ROSARY and the PRAYERS THAT THE MOTHER OF GOD GAVE HERE, EVERY DAY, because without these prayers, nobody manages to maintain their renunciation of earthly things for very long.
THIRDLY, meditate on the Messages, the word of God day and night, because if your hearts are not fed with the Celestial Word, soon they will become weak and will fall into sin.
FOURTHLY, remaining firmly united to Most Holy Mary, renewing the Act of Total Consecration to Her every day and entrusting yourselves to the protection and to the love of Most Holy Mary.
FIFTHLY, do violence to yourself; in other words, do not give to your human nature anything that it wants... nothing it asks for... If it asks for rest (leisure), do not give it to it... if it asks for something material (consumerism), do not give it to it. If it solicits some physical pleasure, do not grant it to it. If it solicits some glory, some human praise do not grant it to it. Flee from glories! Flee from human praise! Flee from flatteries! Flee from clubbing! Flee from everything that excites vanity. If the body asks for vain cares to increase beauty, to increase its own comeliness, do not give it this pleasure. Even in spiritual things, if the human nature solicits you to do something, some prayer, exercise of piety, different work than those that the Most Holy Virgin ordered you to do, do not satisfy the will! Obey... torture the will... repress the desires contrary from human nature.
Then, the other steps will be easy to give: the love of sacrifice, the love of humiliation, love in the tribulations of life, patience, the conformity with the Holy Will of God ... all this will be easy for the person who succeeds to accomplish these first steps.
If all this is done, your souls will move forward quick on the road of holiness. If you do this, your souls will fly fast like birds in the sky of holiness. If you do this, your souls will run faster like hares on the road of perfection. And you will be pleasing to God, you will be dear to God, you will be BEAUTIFUL in the eyes of GOD.
I will be with you to help you. I will be with you to accompany you. I will be with you to bless you always. I will be with you to lift you up whenever you stumble. I will be with you whenever you call Me.
Peace. Peace to you, Marcos. I love you! I defend you! I take care of you, of this Shrine, of all the pilgrims who come Here. Call Me in your daily labors; call Me in your daily difficulties and I will help you with My potent intercession. Peace to you!”