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15th Apr 2021

Calm Dignity Amidst Great Adversity

Calm Dignity Amidst Great Adversity

Lourdes Pinto, 4/15/21

Calm Dignity, Message of 3/16/21

The time is quickly approaching in which you will be judged as My followers. Do not be afraid, My little one, for I have walked this path before you. You too will approach your persecutors with “calm dignity.” The time draws near for the great sifting of mankind. All will have to choose to believe and follow Me or forsake Me and walk away. The few that remain faithful to their God and Savior will usher in the Eucharistic Reign of My Kingdom, but before this takes place, much blood will be shed. My little one, prepare My mustard seed for the great shake-up so that my remnant of followers can give Me testimony through their calm dignity amidst great adversity. Know that I am with you, guiding you and filling you with My life. Continue to persevere as My prophet of these end times…

A Reflection on Jesus’ Calm Dignity:

The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Anne Catherine Emmerich

  • "He (Jesus) would have been perfectly unrecognizable even to her (Mary’s) maternal eyes, stripped as He was of all save a torn remnant of His garment, had she not instantly marked the contrast between His behavior and that of his vile tormentors. He alone in the midst of persecution and suffering looked calm and resigned, and far from returning blow for blow, never raised His hands but in acts of supplication to His Eternal Father for the pardon of his enemies." (p.187)
  • "The brutal guards dragged our Lord up the marble staircase and led Him to the end of the terrace, from whence Pilate was conferring with the Jewish priests. The Roman governor had often heard of Jesus, although he had never seen Him, and now he was perfectly astonished at the calm dignity of deportment of a man brought before him in so pitiable a condition." (p.194)

Jesus is entirely abandoned in His Father. He lives consumed in the Father’s love—receiving His love fully and fully returning love to the Father. This divine embrace is the Holy Spirit, the fire of consuming love, the zeal of Jesus’ Heart. He knows the Father’s love and His perfect plan of Salvation

Jesus knows who He is as the Father’s Son. He also knows His purpose as the Son of Man: to fulfill the Father’s will through His death and resurrection. In this act of love, He glorifies the Father by making Him known to us so that we be saved. 

This consuming love is His driving force to complete His mission. His consuming desire is to draw each of us to Himself when He is lifted up on the Cross so that we can become a new creation. This fills Him with calm dignity. 

His calm dignity is expressed in His silence, a silence that holds within an intense and consuming love, a silence that is an expression of His agonizing prayer of intercession for us before the Father. His silence is His perfect Fiat to His Father and complete commitment to our Salvation. 

Through His silence, in His calm dignity, we can see and enter His gaze. It’s as if, His silence and calm dignity force humanity to enter His gaze, which draws us into His Heart, to be touched by Mercy. 

Jesus’ calm dignity during His passion reveals to humanity how He lives the commandment He gave His apostles during the Last Supper.

  • "I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this, everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another" (Jn 13:34-35)

This new commandment to love is placed in John's Gospel between Judas’ foretold betrayal and Peter’s denial. Jesus is teaching us, His disciples, that we must choose love as He did, in our most extreme pain, betrayal, and abandonment. 

  • The love of God will stretch your love beyond your physical capacities. The expansion of the tent of your hearts is a most painful process. You have to choose to love those most difficult to love. You must always choose love, patience, and tenderness and never give into anger and resentment. (Simple Path, #106, p.294)

His calm dignity is the Light in the darkness, the Light of Love, the Holy Spirit. He teaches humanity through His calm dignity what the fruits of the Spirit look like, that St Paul would later express to the Galatians.

  • The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. (Gal.5:22,23)

He leads us with calm dignity through the narrow path of the Cross to new life. Those who belong to Christ Jesus will allow the Holy Spirit to crucify their flesh with its passions and desires (Gal.5:24) to become His Light in the darkness, giving testimony of Him through their calm dignity amidst great adversity. 

A victim soul must be formed in the school of the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ. His calm dignity speaks through silence a lesson on Divine Love. This requires from us the silence of contemplation before the Blessed Sacrament.

The saints are exemplars of calm dignity lived through extreme trials:

Maximilian Kolbe

Kolbe saw himself as a spiritual warrior, a soldier for God, and no place would stretch his faith more than Auschwitz.

The guards made him a particular target, frequently beating and mocking him or assigning him with impossible physical labors. But according to accounts of fellow prisoners, Kolbe never flinched in the face of evil and never returned the hatred of his abusers. He instead retained his dignity and exhibited forgiveness and grace, relying on his faith for strength.

The “good God is everywhere and provides for everything with love,” he wrote to his mother shortly before his death. In August, there was an alleged escape from the camp, and Nazi guards seeking to teach the prisoners a lesson selected ten men for a terrible death — starvation in an underground bunker. Kolbe was not selected, but when a stranger with a wife and family asked the guards for mercy, Kolbe granted it by volunteering to take his place. He, too was stripped of all his clothing and went to his death naked.

Over the course of the next two weeks, Kolbe is said to have led his fellow prisoners in song and prayer. And when Kolbe failed to die despite his lack of food and water, he was injected with a lethal dose of carbolic acid.

Saint José Luis Sánchez del Rio

During a battle, José was captured and was asked to deny his faith and the Cristero cause. José refused and was tortured terribly. Refusing to renounce his faith, he angered the government soldiers so much that they cut off the bottom of his feet. As José was forced to walk through town, he recited the rosary, prayed for his enemies, sang songs to Our Lady of Guadalupe, and proclaimed, “I will never give in. Viva Cristo Rey y Santa Maria de Guadalupe!”

He died at the age of 14.

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