Daily Messages

Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine


“For our sake He made Him to be sin who did not know sin, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (Cor 5:21)

Through the Breastplate of Righteousness (see Eph 6:14), the Holy Spirit teaches us to use and to draw upon the gift of Fear of the Lord. This is a beautiful gift. It enables us to have a deep hatred of sin.

There is a little song which speaks of putting on the armor. Sometimes I wish that this was all there is to it – saying the little prayer and singing the little song. But the truth is, it is God’s armor and He has to clothe us in it. He does this by using His gifts, but leaving us free at all times to choose to use the gifts that He is offering to us. He gives us this gift of Fear of the Lord – this gift of hatred of sin – so that we can be clothed in the Breastplate of Righteousness.

Some translations of the Bible call it the Breastplate of Justice. That is another beautiful description. I think the word “justice” has an even deeper connotation because the justice of God has to do with the crucifixion. It has to do very much with redemptive suffering, with the ministry of Jesus, the Mediator, the High Priest, the cleansing in the Blood of the Lamb. That is the justice of God. In fact, there is a beautiful Scripture in Isaiah 42:6 in which we read, “I have called you for the victory of justice.” He is calling us to the Cross now to tread that wine press so that we can continue this redemptive mission in, with and through Jesus, producing the New Wine and taking part in the tremendous cleansing in the Blood of the Lamb.

“For you have been purchased at a great price. Therefore, glorify God in your body” (1 Cor 6:20). Isn’t that beautiful? That is what it means to have on the Breastplate of Righteousness. We glorify God and bear Him in our bodies. We learn a lot about it from Our Lady. She has a sinless Heart. She had the Breastplate on Herself, didn’t She? Her Heart was pure. It was sinless.

“Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.” (Mt 5:6)


Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it." (Mk 10:15)

We need to learn to ask questions like children do. We need to learn to know we don’t know anything. And we really don’t. We ask God all the time, “What do You think, Lord? Father, what is Your mind? What is Your will? What should we do? What shouldn’t we do?” He wants us to know. He wants us to be led just as Jesus was always led by the Spirit. This is another incredible mystery. Jesus was Incarnate Wisdom and yet He was always led by the Spirit. Incarnate Wisdom being led by the Spirit of Wisdom. Isn’t that amazing? He didn’t do His own thing – ever. He didn’t make His own decision. He did only what the Father wanted. “I only do what pleases the Father” (Jn 8:29). Jesus went off into the deserts. He went to mountain-tops. He had that time alone. He was not in the dark, was He? He knew what the Father wanted at all times. We too are constantly led by these beautiful gifts of the Spirit.

The pillar of contemplative spirituality which is very important here is the pillar of prayer itself. This pillar forces us to go to God constantly in prayer – to ask, to listen, to learn. There is no way we can carry out Our Lady’s mandate at Cana if we are not listening. She said, “Do whatever He tells you” (Jn 2:5). Whatever. And to do this we must be asking and listening constantly.

When we say that the pillar is prayer, we are talking specifically about contemplative prayer. Contemplative prayer is listening prayer. We don’t do the talking. We are in the presence of Someone so much greater than ourselves. We want to learn from Him. We want to know His thoughts now – His mind, His ways. And this is what He wants also.

The New Testament is filled with Jesus telling us what to be doing and what not to be doing. It is all based on love. The fruit of this kind of love is obedience. So if we really love God, we’re going to be doing what He says. That’s love power at its best.

“He said to them in reply, ‘My mother and my brothers are those who hear the Word of God and act on it.’” (Lk 8:21)

 

 

Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Upon Him was the chastisement that makes us whole, by His stripes we were healed.” (Is 53:5)

There comes a point where we realize that it is so worthwhile to go on the Cross and plead, along with Our Lady, along with Jesus, for the mercy of God, for the cleansing, for the forgiveness, for all the graces that souls need so that they can be free from bondage – the bondage of sin, the bondage of pain, the bondage of all sorts of hell which they experience deep within themselves. We want them to be free and know the Father as we know the Father. We want all souls to soar, to receive these gifts, this new Life, this new Love, and particularly, this Peace.

This is our mission. And the price is high; it will cost us our lives. Almost every day, it will cost us our lives. But you’ll never know it, because the reward is so great. You’ll never really know how poverty stricken you are as you are getting these graces for others. You will really never know the pain very long, because the love we experience is so immense and intense! God pours it out on us because He is so seeking little victim lambs to enter into this redemptive mission with His Son. So if you get depressed, if you get angry, if you get headaches, if you get stiff necks, if you get confused, if you get all these things, pray for people who are going through the same thing. You will be getting those graces for somebody else.

You cannot go wrong with this beautiful gift of intercessory prayer. This is the call of the Suffering Servant which we read about in Isaiah 53. It is the mission of the Lamb led to the slaughter so that God’s people can be healed. Now it is our turn to share those stripes and those wounds so that our brothers and sisters can be healed all over the world.

“ … I have been crucified with Christ; yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me” (Gal 2:19-20)

 

 

Excerpt from Church Alive Album
Talk given by M. Nadine


“… God is Love.” (1 Jn 4:8)

I think St. Paul gave us one of the most beautiful ways to examine our conscience when he gave us the beautiful definition of Love in the First Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians. It’s so beautiful! It’s such a wonderful way of seeing who God is, what He wants, and who we are called to be. It helps us to know what we are not. Let me go through his definition of Love. I encourage you to incorporate it into your own personal prayer life.

“Love is kind. Love is not jealous; it does not put on airs, it is not snobbish. Love is never rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not prone to anger; neither does it brood over injuries. Love does not rejoice in what is wrong but rejoices with the Truth. There is no limit to Love’s forebearance, to its trust, its hope, its power to endure” (1 Cor 13:4-7).

Sometimes we can do really well for a week or a month but we have our limits. “Lord, this is enough. Enough is enough.” God will say, “No. Draw from My Love. You’re trying to go on your own strength and your own power again. I’m the Lord, your God. I’m the One who is pure Love. You’re limited. I am not. Draw from Me – then you can love without end, without limits, without conditions.”

St. Paul said, “Do you not know that God’s kindness, God’s love, is an invitation for you to change” (Rom 2:4). God is saying to us, “Love everyone. If you don’t find any love there, you put it there.” This is loving unconditionally. Whenever we don’t do that, we will find our sin. Paul says, “Seek eagerly after love” (1 Cor 14:1). We might say, “Lord, how do I do this?” And He says simply, “By following Me. I am Love. If you follow Me, you are obeying Me. You will be Spirit-led.”

No one has ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us, and His love is brought to perfection in us.” (1 Jn 4:12)

Excerpt from Powers and Principalities
Talk given by M. Nadine


“So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
(1 Cor 13:13)

At Baptism, we received three gifts that are extremely important for intercessors. We received the gift of faith, the beautiful gift to believe. It is pure gift to believe that we are loved, to believe that we are going to Heaven, to believe that Jesus died for us, and for me, in particular. Nobody can prove any of this, certainly not our mind. The heart knows it is a gift that is given because we have been called and set aside to be a special people, God’s own. The beautiful gift of faith comes from the Father, Who is the Source of all life.

Then we received the gift of hope at Baptism. It is a beautiful gift through which we enter into the priestly identity of our Baptismal vocation. Through this gift, we come closer to Jesus, the High Priest. A priest is first of all a reconciler. Jesus went to the Cross to reconcile us to the Father. He was a Healer and a Teacher, among other things, but He was first of all the Lamb of God, Who came to take away sin.

The other gift we received at Baptism is love. Love is the greatest gift of all, because it makes us like God, Who is Love. The Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Trinity, is the great Gift of God’s Love. It was the Holy Spirit Who totally transformed those people in the Upper Room. They were never the same after they received this great Gift of Love. Even those who were not in the Upper Room that day received the tremendous grace of repentance. Somehow, the Spirit entered their hearts and began to show them Truth, and through it, He convicted their hearts.

Faith, hope and love are essential gifts that help us remember who we are. We have been baptized into the Trinity, Who dwells within us. Through Baptism, we have been raised up to a very high place. Intercession, by its very nature, is Trinitarian. It is to the Father, but it is with Jesus, in the Power of the Holy Spirit. Intercession is empowered by the Holy Spirit, Who directs and energizes us, giving power to our prayers.

“And the One who searches hearts knows what is the intention of the Spirit, because It intercedes for the holy ones according to God's will.” (Rom 8:27)

 

Excerpt from Forgiveness Workshop, West Indies
Talk given by M. Nadine


“I pray that they may all be one, as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they may be one in Us.” (cf. Jn 17:21)

This is the prayer from the Heart of Jesus Himself. He is such a Lover. So it is Love that always brings us this union and togetherness. God loves us to be together. We talk about Church, community, and family and being together in mind, heart and spirit. It is being together as one in the tremendous Love of the Holy Spirit.

But there’s always an exception somewhere. The major block that will divide love is unforgiveness. Unforgiveness will divide me from God, it will divide me from others, and it will even cause division within myself.

Jesus put a lot of emphasis on forgiveness and inner healing. On Easter night He began in a very special way when He walked right through those closed doors. Many times when we’re in that posture of unforgiveness, we have closed hearts. Our hearts are closed because they’re angry or have been hurt or have experienced rejection or have been victimized in some way. Jesus can walk right through closed hearts, just like He walked through those closed doors on Easter night.

But to forgive is not human. It’s not natural. It’s supernatural. It’s above our power, and maybe this is why in the Old Testament it says, “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” (Lv 24:20; Ex 21:24). They didn’t have to turn the other cheek and forgive. Isn’t that interesting? But now there’s a New Testament, a New Commandment, a new word from God saying, “You must forgive as I forgive you” (see Mt 6:14-15). In other words, “You must forgive without conditions. You have to learn to let things go.” So after Jesus rises from the dead, He goes into that Upper Room, right through those locked doors, His very presence there, and He says, “Peace to you” (Lk 24:36). We need God’s peace to forgive. We need to come into that Presence of Jesus. We need to call upon Jesus to come and help us.

“I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” (Jn 13:34)

Excerpt from Powers and Principalities
Talk given by M. Nadine


“And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age." (Mt 28:20)

God wants us to experience the beautiful indwelling Gift of His presence alive and active within us. This is what Baptism is all about. We must become the message, the Good News. Baptism is Good News. When others see us, they must see the Light within. We need to let this beautiful New Covenant love shine through us. It is the love that says we are special, that we are loved. Jesus said, “Let your light shine before others” (Mt 5:16).

We are all called into transforming union, into the inner life of God. In our little war manual, we write, “We are called to transforming union with the Lamb that was slain. We renew our Baptismal vocation in a consecration of New Covenant love, witnessing to an intensity of life where union of heart and mind continually engage in His ministry of intercession seeking always to prepare the way of the Lord.”

As Jesus draws us deeper into His Sacred Heart, we will in turn become, as Saint Paul says, “qualified ministers of this New Covenant” (cf. 2 Cor 3:6). We are not only called to experience His love ourselves, but to bring It to others. Your intercession will begin to have a power it never had before. You will be empowered to send forth this love all over the world so that other lives can be changed and touched, other hearts can be healed and renewed, and others can be set free and brought into the family of God so that everyone can cry out, “Abba, Father.” Jesus died for all, and the beauty of intercession is that it can reach all if we remain connected with the Source. Jesus came that “all may have Life and have it in abundance” (Jn 10:10). He is counting on us to be Life-bearers, channels of His grace, His peace and His love. What you have freely received, you must freely give.

“Keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus Who Himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" (Acts 20:35)

Excerpt from Church Alive Album
Talk given by M. Nadine


"I have come to set the earth on Fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!”
(Lk 12:49)

There was an action that took place on Pentecost in the Upper Room. There was the driving wind, God breathing, literally blowing His wind, His breath into them. Scripture says, “Tongues as of Fire appeared, which parted and came to rest on each of them” (Acts 2:3). The word “rest” is very anointed in Scripture, particularly for contemplatives because that is contemplative prayer at the very beautiful, full degree. When we are at this level, we rest because the Spirit is resting upon us. We rest so that God can do all the action. At this level of prayer, we become receivers. So the Holy Spirit came and rested upon them on Pentecost.

Whenever that Fire comes to rest upon us, It begins to drive us into the desert as It drove all the prophets into the desert, and as it drove Jesus into the desert as well. It drives us into the desert because many things happen in the desert, especially intimacy – union, aloneness with God – so we can begin to allow that Word within us to take root and grow.

Prophets come from the desert because this is where they hear God and learn what He wants to do. Then a prophet does with that Word whatever God is indicating. For some, like the prophets in the Old Testament, it might be to speak that word out. For intercessors, we hear the Word and then we pray it out. For all of us, that means to take that Word and live it out. So we need to go into the desert. We need to have the Holy Spirit drive us there every day because we need to become prophets. We need to become a prophetic Church. We need to receive His revelations again. Jesus said, “The words I spoke to you are Spirit and Life” (Jn 6:63).

“So I will allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak to her heart.”
(Hos 2:16)

Excerpt from Powers and Principalities
Talk given by M. Nadine


“The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God”
(Rom 8:16)

God wants us to be a consecrated people, through New Covenant relationship with Him. We are all consecrated through Baptism. It is our common vocation. Baptism is what makes us family. We are all consecrated in the sense that we have all been called “out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Pt 2:9). We are all His special, chosen people. This new understanding of the word ‘consecration’ should open up a whole new understanding of your vocation as a Christian. You are special – called and chosen by virtue of your Baptism.

After the rebaptism of Pentecost, we hear the voice of Peter, our first Pope. He is a new person now, with tremendous insights into the mystery of consecration. Listen to his words to the early Church: “You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people God calls His own” (1 Pt 2:9). That is so beautiful! In our little war manual, we have written that we are gathered together in His Name. “We are a people established in faith, living in hope and proclaiming a covenant which has its beginning and end in the agape love of God.” Agape love is Calvary love. It is the love with which Jesus laid down His Life, shed His Blood and ratified this Covenant for all of us.

Consecration is for all of us, and through Baptism, we are brought into the fullness of relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We are one Body, but with different parts, each having its own function and expression, or lifestyle. Together, we form the Church. As Church, we are consecrated, that is, we are set aside for God, to be in relationship with Him. We are called to holiness.

“But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, and formed you, O Israel: Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name: you are mine.” (Is 43:1)

 

Excerpt from Powers and Principalities
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Let the weak man say, "I am a warrior!" (Joel 4:10)

Sometimes we tend to forget that we are a militant Church, and that the Body of Christ is an army. We, as Church, are God’s army, constantly in battle against powers that are unseen to us, though not to God. We are His army and the battle belongs to Him.

The number one weapon He has given us to fight the battle is militant intercessory prayer. There is no more powerful weapon against the enemy, because intercessory prayer moves God’s hand. In Hebrews 8:6, Paul tells us that Jesus, Who sits at the right hand of the Father, has entered into a far more excellent ministry, that of intercession. Paul was aware that he was involved in a battle. He had probably received insights into the militant nature of intercessory prayer. He considered himself a soldier, and all his letters reflect this insight.

In Exodus 15:3, we read, “The Lord is a warrior.” This same image is repeated in many places throughout Scripture. Saint Paul uses this imagery in his letter to the Philippians 2:25, “I suppose it necessary to send you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labor and fellow soldier.” Do we think of each other as fellow soldiers? In 2 Timothy 2:3, he says, “Bear your share of hardship along with me like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.” Though we are more comfortable with the idea of Church as family, Saint Paul likened the Church more to an army than a family. We must get comfortable with our identity as a militant Church. I looked up the meaning of the word “army”. Here is the dictionary definition of the word: ‘A body of persons organized, armed and trained for war to advance a cause’. That sounds a lot like what God wants to do with us. We too are a body of persons. We are preparing for battle.

Look at the Church again, in the light of its identity as a militant Church. Is the Church organized? Is this massive Body of Christ organized? Yes, it really is, because it has a Head, a Commander, and the Head is Jesus Christ. Though the Church is made up of many parts, we are in fact, one Body.

“Blessed be the Lord, my Rock, who trains my hands for battle, my fingers for war” (Ps 144:1)

 

 

Excerpt from Empowered Prayer: Spiritual Warfare
Talk given by M. Nadine


“His disciples recalled the words of Scripture, ‘Zeal for Your House will consume Me. ’” (Jn 2:17)

St. Paul said we need to have on the footgear of zeal “to propagate the Gospel of peace” (Eph 6:15). The great gift that the Holy Spirit stirs up within us is the gift of Piety. Jesus couldn’t have stayed on the Cross without this gift operating. All of these gifts are seen very clearly in the Scriptures and within Jesus Himself because He had the fullness of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was using the same gifts within Jesus that He uses within the Body of Christ. It’s amazing.

The footgear of zeal is the gift of Piety that makes us fall deeply in love with the Father and with all those whom the Father has created. So it’s zeal for the Father’s glory and it’s zeal for the Father’s children, for souls. It’s a double-edged sword, you might say. Jesus went on the Cross because He loved us. That’s true, but that was not His primary reason. His primary love, His first love, is for the Father. He went on the Cross first and foremost for the greater honor and glory of the Father. What would make the Father happiest was if all of us could come Home. This is how we get involved also. Out of this gift of Piety, we lay down our lives for people, for souls, and for God’s cause. This is where the zeal comes from because it gives joy to the Father.

The Father wants all of His children to come Home. His joy will be complete when we’re all there. This gift of Piety leads us to sacrifice, to go to the Cross and stay there, and to continue making up now in our bodies what is still lacking in the afflictions of Christ for the sake of the Body, which is the Church (Col 1:24).

“For the sake of the joy that lay before Him He endured the Cross, despising its shame, and has taken His seat at the right of the throne of God.” (Heb 12:2)

 

Excerpt from Church Alive
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Love is the fulfillment of the law.” (Rom 13:10)

Truly the Holy Spirit has written His law of Love on our hearts. The Catechism has many names for the Holy Spirit, and one of the names given throughout the Church’s history is “Finger of God.” The Holy Spirit is the Finger of God on the Father’s right hand. The Father’s right hand is the Power. Isn’t that beautiful? The Finger of God is what wrote the Ten Commandments. Now it’s the Finger of God that’s writing this new law of Love within our hearts, and He’s writing it with the Father’s right hand. It’s engraved in our hearts. It’s there as a Person – He is the new Law. So we have the Love power, but there’s always a struggle. We don’t always die so easily, even though Jesus said, “I want you to take up your cross daily (see Mt 16:24). I want you to die daily. I want you to decrease daily.” We struggle, and God lets us struggle, but in the struggle, we grow stronger.

It’s really like living the Passover of the Lord at all times. We’re passing from death at one level to Life. We’re passing from darkness within us at one level to Light. We’re passing from negativity or hate or anger at one level into Love. We’re passing from bondage within ourselves into freedom. We’re always experiencing the Passover of the Lord because the Lord within us is carrying us over the threshold.

Jesus said to the Father, “Sacrifice and oblation you did not desire, but a Body you have prepared for Me … Then I said, ‘As it is written of Me in the book, I have come to do Your will, O God’” (Heb 10:5,7). Not just an individual body, but all of us together form that Body. God the Father has prepared a Body, a Mystical Body for Jesus to come again, so that the perfect will of God can be done in, with, and through Jesus who has taken up residency within us. Scripture tells us that we are temples of the Living God (1 Cor 3:16). The Father says, “When you live in accordance with My Word, when you allow Jesus to lay down His life within you and come into union with Me, in, with, and through Him, then I will welcome you and be a Father to you. You will be my sons and daughters.”

“God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.”
(1 Jn 4:16)

 

 

Excerpt from Church Alive
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled." (Lk 1:45)

One of the gifts we receive at Baptism is the gift of faith. Oftentimes these gifts can remain dormant. For example, the gift of faith that we received at Baptism could still be in that seed form. We might not have any more faith twenty years later than we had when we first received the gift if we don’t allow it to grow.

The gift of faith is such a special gift. St. Elizabeth commended Our Lady for this gift. She said, “Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled." Elizabeth is praising and commending Mary for Her faith. Faith is the key gift. It opens all the doors to the other gifts and treasures.

Faith allows us to speak freely to God. With Jesus we can ascend, if we believe that Jesus truly ascended; if we believe He is the Son of God; if we believe He is within us; and if we believe that with, in, and through Him, we can go right to the throne room of the Father. Look at the power of intercession when we know, that we know, that we know, that we have direct access to the Father. Knowing we have direct access to the Father gives us tremendous confidence.

This is the kind of believing that Queen Esther had when she was given the courage and deeper gift of faith to tell the king, “I beg that you spare the lives of my people” (Est 7:3). We need to go to the Father in the same way. Whichever way the Spirit is telling us to pray, we can ascend freely to the Father and tell him, “These are my people. This is my country. Don’t let any harm come. Send Your Spirit again. Send Your grace. Set them free.”

“And whatever you ask in My Name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (Jn 14:13)

 

 

 

Excerpt from Pillars
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Come to Me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest ”
(Mt 11:28)

Contemplation is heart language, and if it was ever needed in the Church, it is needed now. John the contemplative said, “God is love” (1 Jn 4:8). Of all the ways he could describe God, St. John summed it up in those three little words, “God is love.” So the fruit of contemplative prayer is always union. It’s God’s gift to us. He initiates it; He calls us. God is love; we are the beloved. John the contemplative referred to himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loved” (Jn 13:23; 19: 26). John experienced Love. Contemplative prayer is a Heart-to-heart communication of Love.

St. Augustine said, “Our hearts are ever restless till they find rest in Thee” (The Confessions, Book 1, 1-3). “Rest” is a very contemplative term. When we are at home with God, when we are being loved and are experiencing His Presence, there isn’t anything more to say. We are satisfied. Love is touching us, we are touching Love, and are hearts are resting in His.

In the Song of Songs, God invites us, “Eat, friends; drink! Drink freely of love” (Sg 5:1). He knows what we need. He knows who we are. He has made our hearts like His. He is always seeking union because that’s the nature of Love – it has to have union. So He has made our hearts restless so we too would seek that union with Him.

“All you who are thirsty, come to the water!” (Is 55:1)

 

 

 

Excerpt from Your Kingdom Come
Talk given by M. Nadine


“But God proves His love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.” (Rom 5:8)

At the Baptism at the Jordan, which is the First Luminous Mystery, Jesus is actually identifying Himself with sinners. We think of Baptism as washing away sin, taking everything away that is not of God. And it does. But at the Baptism at the Jordan, it almost seems to be the opposite. Sinners were going there and Jesus identified with sinners at the Jordan. I think that is very significant because Jesus is the bridge, isn’t He? He is the bridge to cross that Jordan for us. He is the bridge for all of us into the Promised Land. It was not by chance that He was baptized in the Jordan and was taking on sin. He became sin so that He, identifying with us, could set us free.

The Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan is very much “mission.” His public ministry was definitely beginning. There He was – the Lamb of God! “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world” (Jn1:29). Now we, in this baptism are also baptized into His life, His death, His resurrection. We now must identify with Him as the Lamb. We identify also with His mission. This becomes our identity as well – who we are and what we do. This is what intercession is all about – helping the Church today cross over the Jordan, into the Promised Land, into the Kingdom. This is what it is all about. This is why we are here.

“For the Lamb who is in the center of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to springs of Life-Giving Water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes." (Rev 7:17)

 

Excerpt from Your Kingdom Come
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Zeal for Your House consumes Me” (Ps 69:10)

Jesus was on Fire with zeal for the Father’s greater honor and glory and that His Father’s House would become a House of Prayer. We remember how upset He became one time when He went into His Father’s House in the Temple. He overturned the tables. He was upset that people were doing all sorts of other things in His Father’s House but prayer. And so, we have to be on Fire as well and zealous that the Father’s House becomes again a House of Prayer, soul by soul by soul.

There, in that house of prayer within each one of us, Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father. St. Paul says, “In a far more excellent ministry – that of intercession.” We must stop and ask ourselves, “Am I really aware that the entire Trinity is within me? Am I really aware that Jesus, now, within me is in that far more excellent ministry at the right hand of the Father? When Jesus is at the right hand of the Father He is in ministry. He is in intercessory ministry. He is in deliverance ministry. He is empowered. Because we are with Him in this Covenant relationship, we are at the right hand of the Father.

Look at the gift He has given us through Baptism! It is the gift of the whole Trinity. This is our common vocation – together we participate in the ministerial priesthood, and the mystical priesthood. This is why we at Bellwether wear these particular crosses. They are Trinitarian because they are symbols and reminders of Baptism. This is our vocation. That is what we have all been called to and that is what we, together, are living out – for better or for worse we are in it together.

The Lord has said, “I have set you as a covenant of the people” (Is 42:5-7). “I have called you now to be a light to the nations. I have called you now to open the eyes of the blind and to bring prisoners out from darkness and to set the captives free. You can do it now. You can do it with Me because, together, we are at the right hand of the Father.”

“For My House shall be called a House of Prayer for all peoples.” (Is 56:7)

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine


“A body You have prepared for Me.” (Heb 10:5)

The Lord is speaking of the Church, of His mystical body. He is speaking of us individually as well. How do we prepare a body for the Lord? In Isaiah we read, “A voice cries out: In the desert prepare the way of the Lord” (Is 40:3). In the desert, prepare the way.

Because the power and the wisdom of God comes from the Cross, we will encounter the Cross, the very heart of Christianity. Wisdom comes out of desert spirituality. Our former Holy Father John Paul II said, “To listen to the Word of God is the most important thing in our lives.” Can you imagine that? He was saying that to the whole Church. To listen to the Word of God is the most important thing in our whole lives. We want to spend some time in responding to that, in listening to the Word of God. We know that to surrender to God’s Word is the highest form of wisdom. As we surrender to that wisdom, we come into union with Wisdom Himself. We come into the full power of God, the Holy Spirit and Jesus, made flesh within us. Jesus is Wisdom Incarnate.

We are devoted to Our Lady and the Holy Spirit. Together, they bring forth Jesus. She could not have done it without Him. He could not have done it without Her. Lady Wisdom Herself and the Holy Spirit together will teach us to prepare the way of the Lord.

"My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” (Lk 1:46-47)

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine


“If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” (Lk 9:23)

I asked the Lord one time, “Why were there so many miracles, so many big miracles, in the early Church? What was different about those people and those who lived in the Gospels? He said simply, “They lived close to Me.” We must live in the Light. We must let the Holy Spirit overshadow us. We must live close to Jesus, close to the Spirit. We must be held and cradled in the Heart of the Father. Intercession will release this kind of power in every surrender, because surrender releases love. The harvest is so ripe; the laborers are so few (Mt 9:37). If you experience heart piercings, if you are in travail, this is the very time when you can release the creative power and energy of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus travailed in the garden through suffering. Isaiah 53, the Scripture for intercession, is all about this Lamb of God. It says, “Through His Suffering, My Servant shall justify many” (Is 53:11). In Isaiah 42:6, it says, “I have called you for the victory of justice.” The victory of justice comes about when we go to the Cross and get the graces. In this way, God’s justice, His love, can be given to others. That is, if we are willing to follow the Leader and pay the price – whatever it is – it is that simple. Our souls, at times, may become exceedingly sorrowful but it is always so that others may receive Him, so that others “may have Life and have it in abundance” (Jn 10:10).

“Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.” (Jn 12:24)

Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine


“No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends.”
(Jn 15:13)

As we progress in our journey of faith, we begin to understand the Scripture that says, “I make up now, in my body, what is still lacking in the sufferings of Christ, for the sake of His Body, the Church” (Col 1:24). Paul tells us that we become distributors of this tremendous grace. We begin to feed people, to give them Life. It is all done mystically through the beautiful, mystical priesthood of Jesus Christ. It is the Lord within us doing it. 1 Cor 6:20 tells us the same thing. “You have been purchased at a great price; glorify God now and bear Him in your body.” We become, individually, the Body of Christ. Collectively, we become the Body of Christ, the Church. It is so simple. We all are the Body of Christ, carrying Jesus with all of His glory, which is this Cross within us. He is constantly carrying out His redemptive, saving mission for the greater honor and glory of His Father.

When we first become conscious of the invitation to become a victim lamb, we often pull back a little bit because we don’t know what it will bring. People have different ideas of victimhood. The Lord in His mercy took me straight to the writings of the Little Flower which are so beautiful. She understood perfectly what it meant to be a victim of God’s love.

God is looking for people to love. He is looking for people who will allow Him to love them; who will allow Him to send forth His Presence and His Son and all of His gifts. He is looking for someone with whom He can establish a relationship. He desires to be, He tells us in Scripture, “with the children of men” (Pr 8:4).

Sacrifice and oblation, He tells us in Scripture, is not what He wants. He wants our love and that we should know Him. He wants a relationship with us. God is love and He wants us to experience His love. He wants us to be saints. He wants us to be full of love. That is what a saint is. A saint is someone who is full of God’s love.

“As the Father loves Me, so I also love you. Remain in My love.” (Jn 15:9)

 

Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine


“He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before Him.” (Eph 1:4)

What an awesome truth! Before the world began, God chose each one of us. Paul goes on to tell us in his letter to the Ephesians that we are, “Chosen to be holy and blameless in His sight.” This is God’s perfect will – that we be holy – that we become saints. Paul tells us very clearly in the next sentence, “A saint is to be full of God’s love.” That doesn’t sound too difficult, does it? The filling is God’s part – it is His gift. All I have to do is the housecleaning and make room for His love.

The combat within is my own self-love – the love that I have of me, myself, and I. That has to go. That is the cleansing process – that is the purification process. That is what we must take before the Lord and deal with everyday. You will start to spot this within yourself more and more as the light comes more and more. We become more sensitive to sin. “Sorry about that, Lord, that was me. That wasn’t You. I need more of Your love.” We want to be saints because this is God’s perfect will for us.

The more light that comes into our souls the more we are going to see the specks and dirt and dust. It is a beautiful process because it is initiated by the Holy Spirit. He is Light. He wants to give us Light. He doesn’t want us to be in the dark. We are His children. He does not want us to stumble and fall. Everything about the world is darkness. Everything about God’s Kingdom is light and He wants us to have this light. He wants us to be holy.

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of Light” (Eph 5:8)

Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine

“As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in My love.” (Jn 15:9)

The driving love for us is the Father. That is what drove Jesus. Yes, He loved us, but His driving love was for the Father. He knew it meant everything to His Father to have us come Home. This is why He came – to bring us Home. This is what the name “Bellwether” means – the lead Lamb – Who brings us Home. If we cannot do this for our brothers and sisters, if we can’t do it for anybody out there, we can do it for the Father, can’t we? We can do it because the love of Jesus Christ burns within us. And He, within us, is continuing to love the Father. He, within us, continues to go on the Cross. He, within us, continues to say, “Father, not My will but Yours be done” (Mt 6:10)!

The Spirit Himself begins to pray within us. That is the power of intercession. The Spirit Himself knows how to pray as we ought” (Rom 8:26). This is why we ask Him, “How do we pray about this? How do we pray about this marriage? How do we pray about this illness?” Once you know, it changes our prayer totally. It helps us endure the sacrifice, because we know it is just a matter of time. The light will come for that person; the healing, the freedom, whatever grace was needed. And when it does, the burden will lift instantly from me.

So we become distributors of God’s beautiful grace. The graces for Salvation have been won! But now God needs us to distribute them to His people. That is what we do as intercessors; we distribute these beautiful graces to everybody.

“Therefore, He is always able to save those who approach God through Him, since He lives forever to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:25)

 

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine

“No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends.” (Jn 15:13)

Love wants to please the beloved. It can be a suffering love as it was for Our Lady. There was a tremendous cross for Her in Her obedience to God. We see it fully at the foot of the Cross when the prophetic word was very visible, “Your own Heart a sword shall pierce” (Lk 2:34-35). It is the Sword of the Spirit, the Sword of Love. Love is always what pierces our hearts. Have you ever noticed that when you are in the most pain, it is from people you love? It comes from people you love, animals you love or children you love, someone close. Only love can pierce the heart and there is power that comes out of that kind of piercing. It happens when God’s Spirit leads us into situations where we would rather not go or to do what we would rather not do. But this kind of love (God’s piercing) covers a multitude of sins (1 Pt 4:8).

“Greater love than this no one has,” Jesus said (Jn 15:13). If your heart is being pierced know that you are being used deeply by God. You hardly even have to pray. You are just living fully in intercession, in the full power of intercession. That pain might be coming from one person but it might be used for hundreds of others. God can apply it to many people or He may just use it for one. That is up to the Lord. Your surrender will bring forth God’s love. It casts the Fire upon the earth that He so desires to go forth from the piercing of the heart.

Love wants to please the beloved. “Love one another as I have loved you.” If we simply live out that commandment and nothing else, we will become tremendous intercessors, powerful intercessors, surrendered intercessors. We will be bringing forth agape love, the power and the wisdom of God, not only to ourselves, or to our community or to those we love, but to the whole world.

“I have come to set the earth on Fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!” (Lk 12:49)

Excerpt from Sacrament of Love
Talk given by M. Nadine

 

“These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes…” (Rv 14:4)

We have a mission to carry on with Jesus, the Lamb. “Behold the Lamb of God, Who continues to take away the sin of the world” (cf. Jn 1:29). Jesus taught His Apostles this. He said, “When you pray, wherever you go, in My Name preach penance for the remission of sins.” (cf. Lk 24:47) “Preach the Cross. Tell My people not to be afraid of suffering because this is how we eradicate sin. This is how we take away sin.”

We’re called “to live Jesus and His Cross” because this is living His agape love to the fullest. Pain is useless if it’s not united with the pain of Jesus. So with any kind of pain or suffering, physical, or especially of the heart, unite it with the suffering of Jesus and then the pain becomes powerful to save souls. It becomes redemptive.

Jesus Himself speaks to us at Mass. When that Chalice with the Blood of the Lamb is lifted up, He says, “Do this in memory of Me.” In other words, You do this. You lay down your lives now for others. You love one another as I have loved you. You do this in remembrance of Me.” Love makes us vulnerable so our hearts will be pierced from time to time at this level. There is no protection for a heart that’s loving and open to receive love, and so we will experience the piercing of the heart, but we can use it as it was used on Calvary. When the Heart of Jesus was pierced and the Blood and Water flowed out, He was giving Life. He was giving Life to all the Sacraments of the Church. He was giving Life to humanity again.

“Remain in Me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in Me” (Jn 15:4)

 

Excerpt from Church Alive
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” (1 Pt 2:5)

St. Peter and St. Paul talk a lot about this spiritual building that we are being built up into in order to offer spiritual sacrifices. As a priestly person and priestly Church, how do we really offer spiritual sacrifices? This is what the Apostles are telling us to do. When I read this I began to realize this is because the Spirit consecrates us in union with Jesus to be the sacrifice. Jesus and the Spirit make the sacrifice spiritual. So when the Holy Spirit calls us into sacrifice, into the heart of Jesus to lay down our lives, then our whole life becomes a sacrifice. Our whole life becomes a spiritual offering to the Lord, and it is pleasing to the Lord.

Jesus is at the right hand of the Father now as the eternal High Priest, mediating, reconciling, in intercession at the Father’s right hand. Yet that eternal High Priest is continuing to live His priestly ministry within each one of us in a very mystical way. This is why He needs us. He needs intercessors; He needs flesh and blood; He needs bodies to enter into so He can continue and perpetuate His sacrifice on the Cross. He wants to continue to cast Fire upon the earth. He couldn’t wait for this type of baptism. He said, “I have come to light a Fire on the earth. How I wish the blaze were ignited! I have a baptism to receive. What anguish I feel till it is over! (Lk 12:49-50). He was enflamed by it because He wanted to cast Fire, to cast Love, to cast Grace, to cast Life, upon the earth into everyone’s heart no matter who they are, no matter where they are.

Not only did He give us a New Covenant, but He also gave us a New Commandment: “Love one another as I have loved you” (Jn 15:12). It is only possible to live that commandment if He is living it within me. This is exactly what He intended! He wants to continue living this commandment within us. He wants to continue loving His people in this sacrificial agape love, and He wants to use us now, His Body here on earth, to do it.

“For this reason, when He came into the world, He said: ‘Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for Me’” (Heb 10:5)

 

 

 

Excerpt from New Covenant Power
Talk given by M. Nadine


“You are My friends if you do what I command you.” (Jn 15:14)

I was drawn to the passage in the Gospel of John, which reads, “Little children, it is the final hour” (1 Jn 2:18). We are in the final hour today, and the final confrontation has begun. We have the power to face it head on. This power comes from the Spirit. It is in the meek, loving, obedient little Lamb of God Who comes in power because of a simple “yes”. “Be it done unto me according to Thy Word” (Lk 1:38). The Lamb is always upon the altar of sacrifice and that altar is now within our hearts.

There is a consecration that goes on within our hearts because we are a priestly people, as Peter tells us in 1 Peter 2:5. By virtue of our Baptism, we are called to offer spiritual sacrifices, consecrated by the Spirit. The Spirit Himself will let me know what sacrifices (yeses) He desires from day to day. They can be very simple, yet so powerful. It is as simple as hearing form the Lord, and then responding with the words that allow His power to shine forth, “Yes, Lord!”

This is the power of the New Covenant Blood. The power comes when we allow ourselves to be consecrated by the Spirit to a life of obedience. Our affirmative response, “Yes, Lord,” will bring us to deeper intimacy with God each time. If He has not taught you this, He certainly will.

In Luke 22:19, we hear Jesus’ words to us, “Do this in memory of Me.” What He is referring to is sacrifice. He recalls His sacrifice for us and calls us, in turn, to lay down our lives and die to self, with each “yes”. Jesus once said that He had the power to lay down His life, and the power to take it up again (cf. Jn 10:18). We too have the power to lay down our lives and the power to rise again, in Him. It is a win-win all around.

“They cried out in a loud voice: ‘Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches, wisdom and strength, honor and glory and blessing.’” (Rev 5:12)

 

 

Excerpt from Church Alive Album
Talk given by M. Nadine


“I make up now in my body what is still lacking to the sufferings of Christ for the sake of His Body, the Church.” (Col 1:24)

Isn’t it amazing that there’s something still lacking to the sufferings of Christ? Redemption has been won. Jesus has the victory; the enemy has been defeated. But it has not been totally distributed. St. Peter said that we are “distributors of God’s manifold grace,” His love, and His glory (cf. 1 Pt 4:10). To distribute it, Jesus takes up residency with us. He Himself becomes the distributor through the piercing of our heart. This is how this grace was released in the first place, and that is how He continues to release it today.

So there will be times when we have piercings of our heart. That is painful, but it is the power of intercession. If we have intercession at this level, we need to ask for everything that the Lord has placed on our hearts. We are paying a price, but it’s worth it. The reward and the fruit are great.

This kind of ministry and reconciliation has to take place in a human body. This is why Jesus has said to the Father, “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you have prepared for Me” (Heb 10:5) so that He could continue the sacrifice with, in and through us.

In the Book of Revelation we read that the Lamb Who was slain is on the throne (Rv 5:6), and yet the Lamb Who was slain lives within us. He lives within us to be slain as He was. He is also the Shepherd in the Book of Revelation Who leads His people to those Life-Giving Waters (Rv 7:17). As we lay down our lives, the Shepherd shepherds His people to the Life-Giving Waters again. He gives them that new Life again and again.

“Then the angel showed me the river of Life-Giving Water, sparkling like crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb.” (Rv 22:1)

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine


“I have baptized you with water; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” (Mk 1:8)

The Holy Spirit, as one writer mentioned, is God’s birthing agent. When we pray, when we are in travail, when we let God and the Spirit have Their way, the Spirit goes out and breathes new Life into people (Gen 2:7). When He moves, hovers and overshadows, He is the Lord and Giver of Life. We say that every time we say the Creed, “I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life.” This is how we are parenting. We are giving Life through the Spirit in this spiritual ministry of intercession through heart piercings, through our love. It is all about love. We give birth to Jesus –always Jesus. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life” (Jn 14:6). What the Holy Spirit was actually doing in Genesis when He breathed over those waters was giving birth to God’s new creation, to the earth. This is exactly what He continues to do now. He gives birth to God’s new creation – to earthen vessels.

Our Lady knew the power of the Holy Spirit. She knew His mission and what He wants to continue to do today. He wants to continue this birthing process in, with and through us, now. He wants to go far beyond anything we can imagine. What you read about Abraham and Sarah (Gen 21: 1-8) was not just about them. It started with them. The Holy Spirit birthed a whole nation through these two. He can start with just one or two of you. He can start with a little intercessory group. It can birth a whole parish, a whole city, a whole country. All things are possible with God.

In Scripture we are told that when Peter came out of the upper room, his shadow was healing (Acts 5:15). It was not really Peter’s shadow that healed; it was the Light of the Holy Spirit within. The pure Light which created the shadow was the power of the Holy Spirit. We are living in the age of the Holy Spirit. Intercession is His ministry. He wants to be set free, through us and by us. He wants to give birth, to give Life over and over again, right now.

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses…to the ends of the earth.”  (Acts 1:8)

Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine

“Behold, I make all things new.”(Rev 21:5)

Pope Paul VI wrote a beautiful encyclical on evangelization. He captured the very heart of evangelization beautifully. The very heart of evangelization is centered on the Holy Spirit. In fact, the Holy Father brought in a priest that we know who was, at that time, head of the Holy Ghost Fathers to assist him in writing that encyclical, because it was so centered on the Holy Spirit – the Sanctifier Himself. In it, Paul VI said that “there can be no effective evangelization unless mankind is first re-generated from within.” He is speaking of the Kingdom within. That is the hiddenness of the Spirit within – the Living Water regenerating this kind of Power within.

In the L’Obsservatore Romano, our Pope John Paul II also said that there can be no evangelization without contemplation. Isn’t that beautiful? Headlines –right across the front page: “NO EVANGELIZATION WITHOUT CONTEMPLATION!” In other words, these two Popes are saying there can be no effective witnessing without contemplative spirituality. I had to ask the Lord about that one time. “Why? Why?” And He said, “Because, I am the Sanctifier. I am the One that is reproducing the image of Jesus upon each person’s soul. And He is the One to Whom you are witnessing – Jesus Christ. So Jesus must be reproduced in each soul by Me. Then, each soul becomes My witness.” Then your whole life and lifestyle becomes a living witness to Jesus. You become, literally, Jesus – extensions of the Lord Himself. Isn’t that beautiful? This is the tremendous work of our God. He does not want us to miss. He does not want us to be left alone floundering around down here. He is not going to take any chances. “I am going to put My own Spirit within you (Mt 12:18) this time to make sure you make it. I want you to come Home. And I want you to look like, to become, My Son, Jesus.”

This is an attribute of the Holy Spirit – He is the Sanctifier. He is the One who makes us saints. The saints are rejoicing with the Holy Spirit, thanking Him because of His great work within them. But of course, they allowed Him to do that work. He is a Divine Artist, but we have to constantly surrender to that paint brush, don’t we? We can resist, or we can choose to let Him have His way.

“All of us, gazing with unveiled face on the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, as from the Lord Who is the Spirit.” (2 Cor 3:18)

Excerpt from Healing Power of Compassion
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Behold, your Mother.”  (Jn 19:27)

Our Lady teaches us a deeper level of intercession – deep-heart intercession. Everything Our Lady teaches us, as you know, has to do with the heart. She’s all heart; She’s a contemplative. She carries God, the Trinity, and all of us within Her Heart. So at the foot of the Cross, Her Heart was pierced, and the Heart of Jesus was pierced on the Cross also. Now this was the fulfillment for Mary of Simeon’s prophecy. Remember when She was just a young mother and was offering Jesus in the Temple? It was there when that tremendous prophetic word came to Her from Simeon, “Your own Heart a sword shall pierce so that the thoughts of other hearts may be revealed” (Lk 2:35).

We don’t know how much Mary understood of that prophetic word, but She certainly understood it by the time She was standing at the foot of the Cross because now was the fulfillment of that prophetic word. Her Heart was definitely being pierced.

When our hearts are pierced, pierced with love (and maybe it’s only those we love that can pierce our heart at this level), then we know our intercession has power. It’s purchasing tremendous graces. The Lord has shown us that when His Heart was pierced, Blood and Water came forth. This is the Life that is behind the whole Sacramental system of the Church. This is God’s Life.

“And this is the promise that He made us: Eternal Life.” (1 Jn 2:25)

 

 

Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine

“So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come.” (2 Cor 5:17)

The Holy Spirit calls us into the New Creation, the New Jerusalem, the New Covenant. He is the New Wine. At Cana, when the tremendous miracle of the new wine first came forth at the intercession of Our Lady, it produced tremendous joy (Jn 2:1-10)! But, it was three years later that Jesus, Mary, John and Mary Magdalene were treading the wine press on Calvary to produce the new wine of the Spirit. We see the bitter and the sweet. We want the new wine to come forth in the Church. We want the new Pentecost. But who will produce the wine?

The beautiful thing about wine and Pentecost, the beautiful thing about the Holy Spirit, is that the fruit is always joy. It is always joy. Joy is the infallible sign of the Presence of God. That was the sign when the apostles came out of the Upper Room at Pentecost. People thought they were drunk because they were so intoxicated with joy. They were filled with the new wine of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit changes us constantly from glory to glory to glory (2 Cor 3:18). Our faith walk is always in stages. Abraham went in stages. He moved from stage to stage. We do too. This is how God moves us if we allow Him. And what does He use primarily to move us from one stage of glory to another? When I use the word “glory,” I am speaking of Life. St. Irenaeus said that “man fully alive is the glory of God.” Man fully alive is the glory of God. A person, fully alive, is full of the Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life. And that is the glory of God.”

“I came so that they might have Life and have It more abundantly.” (Jn 10:10)

Excerpt from New Covenant Power
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Exalted at the right hand of God, He received the Promise of the Holy Spirit from the Father and poured It forth…” (Acts 2:33)

God is Love and the rainbow is a symbol of His Covenant Love for us. His Covenant Promise is contained in the prayer that Jesus taught us, the Our Father. Jesus is the New Covenant, the Word made flesh. Matthew 6:6 says, “When you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in private.” In Acts 6:4, we read that when the people came out of the upper room, “they were devoted to prayer and to the ministry of the Word.” God began to show me that the prayer Jesus taught us, the Our Father, accomplished both of these things. It is a prayer that also contains the ministry of the Word, His ministry.

One of the reasons He is ‘our’ Father is because we are part of the Blood Covenant. By virtue of our Baptism, we have been purified by Jesus’ Blood, consecrated by the Spirit to a life of obedience. Saint Peter tells us about this in one of his first homilies as the first Pope. Our union with Jesus is possible only through the Blood Covenant that washed away our sins. It is also mentioned in the Book of Revelation, “Their robes were made white in the Blood of the Lamb” (cf. Rev 7:14). Through the Blood of the Lamb we have been given the tremendous gift of union with the Father. We are able to call Him Father only by the power of the Holy Spirit, because we have been consecrated by the Spirit. Scripture says, “No one can cry out ‘Abba, Father!’ except in the power of the Holy Spirit” (cf. Rom 8:15).

Paul said, “If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation” (cf. 2 Cor 5:17). Paul understood that we are all born anew in Christ. When we call God our Father, we acknowledge our birth into the family of God, the Trinitarian family. Jesus said, “When you pray, go into your inner room” (Mt 6:6). That inner room is the enclosed garden within where we go to find intimacy with God. We are to seek out a place of solitude, where no one can find us, so that we may have some alone time with the Father in our inner room, shutting out everything that might distract us, keeping us from giving the Father our undivided attention. So shut out all the things that you did not do, all the things you still need to do. Shut the door for five minutes, ten, fifteen, or longer. It might take a little discipline, but then again, prayer is discipline.

“So then the Lord Jesus, after He spoke to them, was taken up into Heaven and took His seat at the right hand of God.” (Mk 16:19)

 

Excerpt from Healing Power of Compassion
Talk given by M. Nadine


“If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” (Lk 9:23)

The power is right there in the Cross of Jesus Christ. That’s what compassion is all about. This is where the real power of intercession is. We’re not going to find too many intercessors at this level of intercession. Remember that Jesus didn’t find too many at the foot of the Cross either. But God doesn’t need many people. He can use each of us for the birthing that’s needed now for the entire Church if we, with God, will enter into this healing ministry of compassionate love – of compassionate intercession.

We can’t talk about compassion without talking about the Cross because everything about the Cross is passion. It’s passionate love. It’s love at it’s very best. Jesus said, “Greater love than this no one has” (Jn 15:13). It’s the epitome of love. So as we grow in our love relationship with the Lord, we will be growing more and more into the mystery and beauty and joy and power and wisdom of the Cross.

The word compassion basically means “with passion.” This means that we need to identify with the one that we love. It always speaks about identification. “God is love” (1 Jn 4:8). The very nature of love at any level is to seek union. Love must unite whether it’s love at a friendship level or at a deep marital level or at this relationship with God level. God’s love within you and His love within me must unite. That’s Church; that’s community. So it only stands to reason that those who would be deeply in love with Jesus would have been there at the foot of the Cross, identifying with the One they love, in His passionate love affair with the Father and all of us.

“I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” (Jn 13:34)

Excerpt from Healing Power of Intercession
Talk given by M. Nadine


“When you call Me, when you go to pray to Me, I will listen to you.” (Jer 29:12)

We can see that in intercession, distance has nothing to do with it. That’s the beauty of the ministry. It can go anywhere, anytime. God always give us His ear. Intercession is always directed by God, and so we never know where it’s going to take us. We never know. It is good to be directed by God because it releases us from any prejudice that we might have. Sometimes it’s difficult to pray with people if we have certain opinions about them or certain notions or if we know certain things that people have done.

Intercessors rise above that; we go into neutral. We pray for everybody and anybody according to the direction of the Lord. A Scripture that He gave me to back this up was from Jonah, the reluctant prophet who kept running away from God. Remember when Jonah was running away from God and was on a boat and this big storm came up? Now those men on that boat were pagans, and yet they came to Jonah and said, “Rise up, call upon your God! Perhaps God will be mindful of us so that we may not perish” (Jon 1:6). And so we pray for all people. We pray for them to our God that they may receive the full fruit of Jesus Christ. We want all of God’s people to come Home.

One time at Medjugorje, Our Lady said that the problem with churches and religions is primarily here on earth. She said that in Heaven there are no walls; we’ll all be together. And so intercession rises above all countries, all nationalities, and all religions. So there’s a healing power of unity, a healing power of reconciliation, and a healing power of miracles. It’s a healing power of spirit, soul, and physical healing, and it’s all because this is the ministry of Jesus Christ Himself.

“Therefore, He is always able to save those who approach God through Him, since He lives forever to make intercession for them.” (Heb 7:25)

 

 

Excerpt from Healing Power of Intercession
Talk given by M. Nadine


“I am the Good Shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (Jn 10:11)

The Lord showed us that intercession is a prayer ministry where there is absolutely no focus on oneself. Maybe this is one of the reasons why there are so few intercessors – it’s not prayer for self in any way. It’s always prayer for others that is directed by Him. It’s more of an interest in the concerns of the Heart of Jesus and the Heart of Mary. Intercession is very selfless, but the beautiful part is that when we forget our concerns, problems, and needs and become interested in the needs of God’s family and His concerns, somehow He takes care of all of our concerns. I don’t know if He calls on other intercessors, or if He’s just so grateful that we can lay aside our own concerns, but we have found that the more we intercede for God’s children, the more He does for us. May it’s because He will never, ever, be outdone in generosity.

In conclusion, there is tremendous power in communal intercession. Jesus said, “Where two or three are gathered in My Name, there I am in their midst” (Mt 18:20). This gives intercessory prayer another level of power. We can intercede privately, but we have found that it is in communal intercession that the power lies. We have more direction from the Lord and word knowledge operating. So, if you can, always try to find one or two or three prayer partners. It doesn’t take many. Maybe Jesus know there never would be a lot who would gather together to pray. So He said “if only two or three are joined in My Name, there I am in your midst” (cf. Mt 18:20).

So intercessory prayer will always put God into action. It’s the ministry of the Holy Spirit. God is calling us now to really be “qualified ministers” with Him in this beautiful ministry of intercession. So “fear not, little flock, because it truly has pleased your Father to give you the Kingdom” (Lk 12:32).

“Not that of ourselves we are qualified to take credit for anything as coming from us; rather, our qualification comes from God” (2 Cor 3:5)

 

 

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine

“Behold, the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world.” (Jn 1:29)

In Luke 1:31-33 we read, “The Holy Offspring to be born will be called Son of God. He shall be called Jesus and shall save His people from their sin.” Right there the name and mission of Jesus is given. We must identify with Jesus, the Lamb of God Who takes away sin, Who is constantly distributing these graces through us for His people. Mary, Lady Wisdom, invites us to be Her holy offspring, to be Jesus, and to continue His redemptive mission of taking away sin. But there is a condition. We need to eradicate sin in our own lives every day.

We are here today because He chose to give us life – to bring us into existence. He said, “I chose you to be holy and blameless, sinless in My sight” (Eph 1:3-4). Our Lady, the Immaculate Conception, is sinless. She wants us to be sinless as well. In the end her Immaculate Heart will triumph. When the Church has that Immaculate Heart, that kind of love, then we will conquer sin. That will be the triumph.

The condition for participation in this redemptive mission is conversion – change. God wants to change us so that we can participate with Him in His mission. Yet, He is a respecter of our free will. He wants our consent, our permission. “Come let us set things right” (Is 1:18). Everything about God is incarnational. He is not going to do it without us. He set it up that way. That is why intercessors, in union with Him, have a power. His whole redemptive ministry is done in, with and through us. He distributes these graces through each one of us. Holiness is very important so that nothing within us is blocking the Mission of the Lamb.

“And Mary said: ‘My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” (Lk 1:46-47)

 

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine

“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to Your Word. (Lk 1:38)

Mary gave Herself totally to the Lord. She gave everything that She was, everything that She had, everything that She really is. And She received a hundredfold. She received the fullness of Life, the fullness of Light, and the fullness of Love. She received the fullness of the Trinity. She said that God had made Her the most blessed of all and that Her spirit rejoiced in God, Her Savior (cf. Lk 1:46-47). Joy is always the infallible sign of the presence of God. Satan can imitate almost everything else. He can do so much imitation but he cannot imitate joy because joy is God Himself. It is the presence of God Himself.

Can you image what it will be like when the Church really goes into the desert again, really becomes contemplative again and really starts receiving the enfleshment of the Word, experiencing the joy? Can you imagine the evangelization that will go forth? People are drawn to happy people. Joy is contagious. You cannot camouflage joy, can you?

We want to be people of joy. We want to be Pentecost people. At Pentecost, Our Lady was with the disciples so that they could have the same experience in that upper room which She had at the Annunciation. Out of the climate of silence, authentic prayer really begins. Here is where revelation and contemplation comes. As we are fed, we become quieter, more silent. We start to gaze. The more we gaze, the more we become like the One at whom we are gazing – Jesus!

“And (behold) I am sending the Promise of My Father upon you; but stay in the city until you are clothed with Power from on High. (Lk 24:49)

 

 

Excerpt from God's Armor
By M. Nadine


“Stand fast, with … righteousness as your breastplate.” (Eph 6:14)

The breastplate covers an extremely important area: the heart. If an arrow shoots through the breastplate into the heart, that could be it. The breastplate of righteousness coincides with, “Blessed are the single-hearted for they shall see God” (Mt 5:8). Those with a pure heart shall see God! We need this union with God.

A child is our model of sanctity. “Unless you change and become a little child, you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven” (Mk 10:15; Lk 18:17).

The Lord is after the pure of heart. He wants our hearts to be pure, to be full of love, to be full of His love. This can be painful and crucifying at times because it means something has to die. Something has to go so that Someone greater can live in its place. St. John the Baptist knew this and said, “He must increase, while I must decrease” (Jn 3:30). One translation that I love says, “He must increase and I must disappear.” We must lose ourselves and disappear into Jesus. We must take on His mind and His heart and become one with Him.

In the Christmas liturgy we pray, “O wondrous exchange.” This is it: Divinity takes on our humanity, and our humanity is exchanged for His Divinity. It is a beautiful exchange of His love for our sinfulness. Whenever we discuss anything about the heart, it always has to do with love; they are one and the same. Those who love much will have a pure heart.

So don’t hide from the Lord. Whatever you do, don’t hide from the Lord. Always go back to Genesis 3 to see the personality of satan and his tactics. Adam and Eve hid. They hid, and our all-knowing, all-loving God said, “Where are you?” (Gen 3:9) We have to remember that if we keep hiding, we’re not going to know ourselves or who we are. So never hide from the Lord. We have many mechanisms for running and for hiding: busyness, talking on the phone a lot, watching TV, reading good books, whatever; anything to avoid prayer, anything to avoid that face to face dialogue meeting with the Lord. So we must be careful that we’re not running or hiding from the Lord.

God works slowly, always respecting the dignity of the person. He loves us. He desires that we remain pure in Him. He wants us to take precious care of our heart. He wants us to belong only to Him. This is our area of greatest protection: our unity with the Father. “Come now, let us set things right, says the Lord” (Is 1:18) so that we may “Stand fast, with …righteousness as your breastplate” (Eph 6:14) for His greater honor and glory and the salvation of souls!

 

Excerpt from God's Armor
By M. Nadine


“Take the helmet of salvation …” (Eph 6:17)

Jesus was so totally and utterly dependent upon the Father and the Spirit of the Father dwelling within Himself that He said, “The Son cannot do anything on his own but only what he sees the Father doing” (Jn 5:19). Jesus was a grown man, and even as He as getting close to death He continued in obedience. He consulted the Father at all times. He walked in the perfect will of always pleasing the Father. So don’t be ashamed to be dependent upon the Lord; don’t be ashamed to be vulnerable, to be little, to lean on God, and to be a child.

Our thoughts mold us, and we act very much out of what we think. There’s nothing wrong with this if we are remaining as God’s children. Children are so pure and transparent. They are spontaneous. Whatever they’re thinking on the inside, it’s right there on the outside. There’s no duplicity. It’s beautiful. This is how Jesus wants us to be. He wants us to be like little children so that whatever is going on inside us will truthfully have its full expression on the outside. Our words, our relationships, and our actions will show who we are.

In Romans 12:2 we read, “Do not conform yourselves to this age, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, so that you may judge what is God’s will, what is good, pleasing and perfect.” Good decisions are made this way. Through the renewal of our mind, God always wants us to make the most perfect decision, not just what is better, but what is the very best, what is perfect.

“We who live by day must be alert, putting on faith and love as a breastplate and the hope of salvation as the helmet (1 Thes 5:8). Isn’t that beautiful? Hope. What’s the opposite of hope? How does the enemy work in our mind? If we don’t have that helmet of salvation on, we can sink into fear, despair, discouragement, depression, and unforgiveness. We have to be aware of our thought life constantly so we can fight. The real battleground, where the real fight is fought, is in our own minds. Se we have to get hope back and keep it firmly in place. Our thoughts must be protected. We have to go to the Lord constantly for help. The battle is the Lord’s even when it is in our own minds

So we need that helmet of salvation on, our deep belief that God loves me. If we find ourselves beginning to get discouraged and starting to go downhill, then we need to get in deeper touch with the Lord. We need to bring all our feelings into the light, to the One who is Light! We need to go to Him and tell Him what’s going on, or satan will tell us all kinds of lies as to why God doesn’t love me. The helmet of salvation has to be firmly on, so that with St. Paul we, too, may confess, “He loved me and delivered himself up for me” (Gal 2:20).

Therefore, “Take the helmet of salvation” (Eph 6:17) and put on the mind of Jesus Christ. Our thoughts must be deeply rooted in faith and hope in His great love for us so that we, too, may “do only what pleases the Father” (Jn 8:29).

“We who live by day must be alert, putting on faith and love as a breastplate and the hope of salvation as the helmet” (1 Thes 5:8)

Excerpt from God’s Armor
By M. Nadine


“In all circumstances, hold faith up before you as your shield.” (Eph 6:16)


What a beautiful gift God has given to us! Faith keeps us protected. Faith is a weapon, an extremely important part of our armor. As we mature and start to use our gift of faith, it will begin to grow.
Jesus was always held in the Father’s love. The Father’s love is what ultimately moves behind the gift of faith. It is the power of His love. The Father’s love is like an engine in a car; it gives it the power to move. Once we begin to trust in that kind of love, then we begin to trust in the Person who is Love. We know that this Love, the Father Himself, will carry us through.


We have to constantly keep our focus on God who lives within us. He’s very close. Do you really, really believe all that Jesus has said to you? Think about the words, “I am with you always” (Mt 28:20). I didn’t always believe that. I used to cry out, “Lord, where are you? Why have you left me? Help!” Yet Jesus says, “I am with you always.” These are teachings of our faith. We can grow up hearing these words and yet never fully embrace them. These are teachings of Jesus, and satan will always try to undermine them, so we need to be firmly rooted in the teachings of Jesus.


So even after we have believed God’s word in us, satan can distort the message and our belief in it. We can’t become complacent in our belief. Our belief that “God loves me” is one of the major areas and beliefs that satan will attack. We have to be careful of becoming complacent about God’s love for us personally. This is what satan is ultimately trying to undermine all the time because this causes division and that’s what he’s after.


Therefore, “In all circumstances, hold faith up before you as your shield” (Eph 6:16). My faith and belief in Jesus’ love for me will keep my shield in place. It will keep my eyes focused on Jesus and keep me protected from all harm. When I was a little girl in Sunday School, we would sing a song, “Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong, they are weak but He is strong!” Amen.

“As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in My love.” (Jn 15:9)

 

Excerpt from New Covenant Power
Talk given by M. Nadine

 

“As the Father loves Me, so I also love you. Remain in my love.” (Jn 15:9)

Jesus, Who is perfect Love, casts out all fear (cf. 1 Jn 4:18). Love is our weapon, and it has power. Satan does not have this weapon, because satan is fear. Fear is his only weapon, and he uses it a lot. God uses love. The Holy Spirit is a great Gift of God, because He clothes us in Power, wrapping us in love. After He has wrapped us in love, He gives us away. Perhaps you were not expecting to hear that.

Paul said, “The life I live now is not my own” (Gal 2:20). You might be a little bit afraid to give yourself to the Holy Spirit, because He will give you away. It is what the new commandment is all about. “Love one another,” Jesus says, “as I have loved you” (cf. Jn 13:34). Jesus loved us fully in the Spirit. The Spirit gave Jesus away on the Cross. The Spirit will give Jesus away in each one of us every moment, everyday, if we let Him. Even so, we will never be empty, because He will keep refilling us with His love. He never runs out of love.

Look at Corinthians 13 and find out all those things that describe what Love is. It can serve as a wonderful examination of conscience. Am I always kind? Am I always patient? I need more love, more of You, Lord. We actually get to the point where we need God to do all the loving. We get out of His way only when we begin to realize we cannot do it on our own. Jesus knew that. He set up the new commandment so that only He could do it. “Love one another as I have loved you” (Jn 13:34). There is no way to keep that commandment, except to allow Him to keep it Himself, within us. He deliberately made us this way so He would be part of this whole redemption process.

“This is how all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (Jn 13:35)

Excerpt from New Covenant Power
Talk given by M. Nadine

 

“Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Heavenly Father.” (Mt 5:16)

We are in a spiritual battle because we are still surrounded by the darkness from the fall. We have inherited it. Each of us has darkness within, and we must attend to our “fall” housecleaning. The battle begins here, and it is a battle between the kingdoms of light and of darkness, between good and evil, between God and satan. God tells us to let our light so shine before men as the stars shine before Him in Heaven (cf. Mt 5:16). God wants His light to shine through each one of us so that others will see it even in the darkness. The darker it gets, the brighter our light will shine. Even a tiny flashlight will shine ever so brightly when it is really dark outside. Imagine the tremendous light that would beam out into the world if each of us little ones have the Light of the World within us! Together, we could light up the world, right from where we live!

Imagine God looking down on us, thinking, “Goodness! I thought My Heavens were up here. Look at all the stars down there!” It would be a new Heaven and a new earth. He said, “I formed you and I sent you as a covenant to the people, a light for the nations” (cf. Is 42:6). He forms us through the prayer that He taught us, the Our Father. You might call it His formation program by which He forms us into contemplatives, bringing us together as one people, one Light for the whole world.

Remember the Book of Genesis, where He said, “Let Us (the Trinity) make man in Our image, in Our likeness” (cf. Gen 1:26). It is what He always intended. In fact, that is what He did in the very beginning. Adam and Eve were filled with light. They were so filled with light they did not know they were naked. They were naked but without shame because there was no darkness in them (cf. Gen 2:25). That was the first Covenant. We are now in the seventh Covenant. We come into our new birth now, in Jesus, because God has chosen us in Him.

“He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before Him.” (Eph 1:4)

Excerpt from New Covenant Power
Talk given by M. Nadine


“This is My beloved Son, with Whom I am well pleased; listen to Him" (Mt 17:5)

In John 1:14 we read, “We have seen His glory!” It is the glory of an only Son coming from the Father filled with enduring love. We have seen His Son overshadowed by the Spirit. “Holy is His Name” (Lk 1:49). We too can say we have seen His Son. We can say, “We have seen the Lord” (cf. Jn 20:25).

The Kingdom of God is one of eternal Life. That is the promise and we are to know the Father and the One Whom He sent. We will know the Father and Jesus, the One Whom He sent, by experiencing Them. We can only experience Jesus and the Father if we listen to them. Go into your inner room and listen, that you may experience His Word more fully, and that the Kingdom may come more fully in you. This will empower you to ask God to have His Kingdom come in others.

This is beautifully illustrated in the prophetic words spoken by Zechariah in the first chapter of Luke, recited each day in the Benedictus, the Morning Prayer of the Church. Zechariah was struck dumb for nine months, while new life grew in his wife, Elizabeth. In a way, new life was also growing within Zechariah. It was his new life in the Spirit. When he finally opened his mouth, he could speak! He had learned so much in the silence. One of the things he learned was that the Holy Spirit, the Light of God, the Dayspring from on High, will visit us in His mercy (cf. Lk 1:78-79). He will give His people an experience of Salvation in freedom from their sins (cf. Lk 1:77).

“Father, your Kingdom come!” (Mt 6:10)

 

 

Excerpt from New Covenant Power
Talk given by M. Nadine

 

“As proof that you are children, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying out, ‘Abba, Father!’” (Gal 4:6)

As we pray through the Our Father, Jesus teaches us more and more about the Father. He says, “Hallowed be Thy Name” (Mt 6:9). Hallowed -Holy- be His Name. Our Lady said the same thing when She was overshadowed by the Holy Spirit. “Holy is His Name” (Lk 1:49). She had experienced God’s holiness, and She spoke from Her experience. In Ephesians 1:4, Paul tells us, “God chose us in Him before the world began.” God chose you before the world began, to be holy and sinless in His sight, to be full of love. He is the Lover, and we are the beloved. He is Love, and He fills us with His love so that we can be holy and full of love.

A saint is one who is holy, full of love. We pray, “Hail Mary, full of grace.” She is full of Jesus, full of the Spirit, full of Life, and of Love. She is our Mother and She wants each of us to have what She has. The Father wants this too. He says, “Be holy, because I am holy” (cf 1 Pet 1:16). We are His children, and we need to look like Him. We are family. When we are overshadowed by the Holy Spirit, we are empowered to become children of God. John tells us that we become “children of light” (cf. Jn 12:36). In 1 John 1:5, he says, “In God there is no darkness; He is all light.” So if we are going to be full of God, we are definitely going to be full of light. There is no darkness in God. He can see all the time.

In the first letter of John, we read, “If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we also have fellowship with one another” (cf. 1 Jn 1:7). Have you ever wondered why there is so little fellowship in the world today, even in the Church, and in the neighborhoods? Hardly anybody knows anybody! It is because we are not completely walking in the light. When two people walk in the light, they see God in each other, and they will have fellowship with each other. When we walk in the light, we will see God!

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great Light; Upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a Light has shone.” (Is 9:1)

 

 

Excerpt from New Covenant Power
Talk given by M. Nadine


“The Advocate, the Holy Spirit that the Father will send in My Name-- He will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.” (Jn 14:26)

God’s Word is always conceived by the Holy Spirit. I had a tremendous breakthrough when He taught me this. He made me realize how many of my thoughts and words are pre-conceived. Paul says, “Let all your thoughts, all your words be under the action of the Holy Spirit” (cf. 2 Cor 10:5). When we let all our thoughts and words be conceived by the Holy Spirit, they come forth with His power.

It takes discipline to check everything out with Him. The Father once showed me that this is where Adam and Eve made their mistake. He said, “They did not check it out.” Instead, they got into a dialogue with the serpent, and his words caused them to come up with their own preconceived ideas. They reacted and responded from these misconceptions instead of waiting to check things out with God. They fell from tremendous intimacy, light and grace. In the Old Testament, God says, “My thoughts are not your thoughts and my ways are not your ways” (cf. Is 55:8). Many of our thoughts are preconceived, because so often we presume to know what He would say or do. We get ahead of Him. Once we begin to believe His Word to us, we will find the humility we need to check things out with Him first.

In John 16, Jesus speaks to us of the Holy Spirit, and says, “He will speak only what He hears, and will announce to you the things to come. What He will announce to you, He will have from Me” (cf. Jn 16:13,14). As we listen to Him, He in turn listens, and only tells us what He has heard. So how do we listen? We have to learn to spend a certain amount of time each day, just being alone with Him, and listening to Him. It does not have to be a long period of time; even ten minutes will do, if that is all you can manage. It does, however, need to be a daily practice, if we want to be fed by the relationship, on a daily basis. “Give us this day our daily Bread” (Lk 11:3).

Jesus taught us, “When you pray, go into your inner room, shut the door, and pray to the Father in private” (cf. Mt 16:6). There are different ways to beginning this type of prayer, but I strongly suggest that you begin by listening. Do not speak. Just come into His presence and enjoy being there. When we are in the presence of someone we have not seen for a while or someone we like to be with, we always just take a minute just to be together. Why not come just to enjoy His presence, His peace and His comfort? Let Him lead the conversation. How often we try to lead God. Jesus was very clear when He said, “Follow me” (Jn 1:43). It is like a beautiful day. Let Him lead and we follow.)

“My sheep hear My voice; I know them, and they follow Me.” (Jn 10:27)

 

Excerpt from New Covenant Power
Talk given by M. Nadine

 

“But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father Who sees in secret will repay you.” (Mt 6:6)

Solitude is the furnace of transformation. Alone with the Father in prayer, we come into the presence of His beautiful, transforming Fire. In Hosea 2:16 we read, “I will lead her into the desert and there I will speak to her heart.” The Father has many ways of leading us into the desert, that solitary place where He can speak to our hearts. We do a lot of retreat work at Bellwether, and we are amazed at how few people today know the Father. There are so few who hear from Him and experience His love. Yet this is exactly how Jesus taught us to pray. The desert fathers understood the power of this type of prayer. The Father seeks to connect with us this way. He wants to set us on Fire with the Holy Spirit that we may be filled with His zeal and power. It is witnessing at its best, the whole upper room experience.

At Pentecost, when tongues of Fire fell upon the apostles, they were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to witness to His presence within. Others who saw them knew that God was alive in them. Peter, a mere fisherman, unschooled in theology, was so filled with the Holy Spirit that when he came out of the upper room people were healed when his shadow fell on them!

Francis of Assisi witnessed this way. All he did was walk through a town, and people were converted, even when he did not speak. They experienced the Fire within him, the presence of the Holy Spirit that filled his poverty, his emptiness. God fills the empty with good things (cf. Lk 1:53)! We too can have that same experience in our inner room. Our Lady experienced this Fire, and She said, “My soul magnifies the Lord” (Lk 1:46). She is a spotless mirror of this Holy Spirit Fire (cf. Wis 7:26).

“With great power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 4:33)

 

Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine


“I have come to set the earth on Fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!” (Lk 12:49)

When the Fire of the Holy Spirit has purged and burned and has finally completed its purpose within us - if we allow it - then that same Fire will burn within us without the fuel of sin and it will be very sweet. Then the soul, as St. John of the Cross tells us, will be in sweet communion with God, because the purification process at that level has taken place. This does not mean sin cannot come back – this is a day-to-day battle. But the real deep purification process is over and the resistance is gone. The Fire of God will burn sweetly within us. This is the beauty of solitude! It is a double-edged sword. The same Fire that burns away what has to go is the very same Fire that burns and sets us on Fire with love and zeal for the greater honor and glory of God. And it all happens in the solitude.

It may sometimes be difficult for us to find that alone place or that alone time with God; it is a discipline. We must always remember that the four pillars of contemplative spirituality, or desert spirituality, are disciplines. Each one is a choice. Each one is a decision. Each one is a choice of love. When we love someone, no matter how busy we are, it will become a priority for us to spend some time alone with that person. It is a choice to make time alone with God.

It is in this “alone time” that all the facades melt away and all the fig leaves are gone from us and we are our true and honest selves. That is when things begin to happen. We can then have an encounter with God. “Wash me, Lord. Cleanse me, purify me, Lord. I want my heart to be right with Yours” (Cf. Ps 51). A conversation process begins. The false self starts to go more and more.

In God’s point of view, we find that solitude is very key. In the Song of Songs, you hear Him say to the soul, “O, My dove, in the secret recesses of the cliff (in those deep inner secret places of the heart), let Me hear your voice. Let Me see you” (Songs 2:14). We have to come to Him. He is calling us into this intimacy. He is calling us into this alone time. Everything about God is relationship. God is not nearly as interested in ministry as He is in relationship. That is why He made us in His image and His likeness, so that we, too, would be interested in this relationship. That is number one with God. And He wants it to be the priority with us as well.

“My Lover speaks; He says to me, ‘Arise, my beloved, my beautiful one, and come!’” (Songs 2:10)

Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine


“But you will receive Power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses… to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

When you really meditate on Pentecost and what happened there, pondering the great outpouring of the tremendous Gift of the Holy Spirit upon those gathered in the upper room, we sometimes just focus on what was happening to them. But look deeper. There was another gift being poured out in abundance to the people outside the upper room (Acts 2:5-12). Three thousand people who heard the apostles speak that day were baptized. The gift of repentance was being poured out! This is a tremendous gift where I am given the grace to actively use my will now to choose – to choose God’s preference – to choose God’s will.

The more we fall in love with anybody or anything, the more we desire fine-tuning. We want to know and to choose the preference of the Beloved. We are talking about a love that desires to defer to our brothers and sisters because it is one with the Mind and Heart of Jesus Christ. It identifies us with Jesus. This is one thing that happens in transforming union – we want to become one with Jesus, the One we love. We are seeking our best self. We are seeking our true self. This is who we really are.

We are speaking here of the birthing of Jesus in each and every heart. This is what we truly desire so that Jesus can come forth, so that He can live, He can grow, He can increase. John the Baptist knew this so well. “He must increase,” John said, “and I must decrease.” One translation I love is, “I must disappear” (Jn 3:30). That is what we want – to disappear totally into God, don’t we? Every time I say, “Yes” to God, I am saying, “No” to myself. I am choosing less of me so that there is more of God coming into my life. It’s a win, believe me. It is happiness, it is joy, it is freedom.

“And now I will no longer be in the world, but they are in the world, while I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in Your Name that You have given Me, so that they may be one just as We are.” (Jn 17:11)

Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine


“He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before Him.” (Eph 1:4)

Through the Breastplate of Righteousness (see Eph 6:14), the Holy Spirit teaches us to use and to draw upon the gift of Fear of the Lord. This is a beautiful gift. It enables us to have a deep hatred of sin.

There is a little song which speaks of putting on the armor. Sometimes I wish that this was all there is to it – saying the little prayer and singing the little song. But the truth is, it is God’s armor and He has to clothe us in it. He does this by using His gifts, but leaving us free at all times to choose to use the gifts that He is offering to us. He gives us this gift of Fear of the Lord – this gift of hatred of sin – so that we can be clothed in the Breastplate of Righteousness.

Some translations of the Bible call it the Breastplate of Justice. That is another beautiful description. I think the word “justice” has an even deeper connotation because the justice of God has to do with the crucifixion. It has to do very much with redemptive suffering, with the ministry of Jesus, the Mediator, the High Priest, the cleansing in the Blood of the Lamb. That is the justice of God. In fact, there is a beautiful Scripture in Isaiah 42:6 in which we read, “I have called you for the victory of justice.” He is calling us to the Cross now to tread that wine press so that we can continue this redemptive mission in, with and through Jesus, producing the New Wine and taking part in the tremendous cleansing in the Blood of the Lamb.

“For you have been purchased at a great price. Therefore, glorify God in your body” (1 Cor 6:20). Isn’t that beautiful? That is what it means to have on the Breastplate of Righteousness. We glorify God and bear Him in our bodies. We learn a lot about it from Our Lady. She has a sinless Heart. She had the Breastplate on Herself, didn’t She? Her Heart was pure. It was sinless.

“Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.” (Mt 5:6)


Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it." (Mk 10:15)

We need to learn to ask questions like children do. We need to learn to know we don’t know anything. And we really don’t. We ask God all the time, “What do You think, Lord? Father, what is Your mind? What is Your will? What should we do? What shouldn’t we do?” He wants us to know. He wants us to be led just as Jesus was always led by the Spirit. This is another incredible mystery. Jesus was Incarnate Wisdom and yet He was always led by the Spirit. Incarnate Wisdom being led by the Spirit of Wisdom. Isn’t that amazing? He didn’t do His own thing – ever. He didn’t make His own decision. He did only what the Father wanted. “I only do what pleases the Father” (Jn 8:29). Jesus went off into the deserts. He went to mountain-tops. He had that time alone. He was not in the dark, was He? He knew what the Father wanted at all times. We too are constantly led by these beautiful gifts of the Spirit.

The pillar of contemplative spirituality which is very important here is the pillar of prayer itself. This pillar forces us to go to God constantly in prayer – to ask, to listen, to learn. There is no way we can carry out Our Lady’s mandate at Cana if we are not listening. She said, “Do whatever He tells you” (Jn 2:5). Whatever. And to do this we must be asking and listening constantly.

When we say that the pillar is prayer, we are talking specifically about contemplative prayer. Contemplative prayer is listening prayer. We don’t do the talking. We are in the presence of Someone so much greater than ourselves. We want to learn from Him. We want to know His thoughts now – His mind, His ways. And this is what He wants also.

The New Testament is filled with Jesus telling us what to be doing and what not to be doing. It is all based on love. The fruit of this kind of love is obedience. So if we really love God, we’re going to be doing what He says. That’s love power at its best.


“I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (Jn 14:6)

 

Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Upon Him was the chastisement that makes us whole, by His stripes we were healed.” (Is 53:5)

There comes a point where we realize that it is so worthwhile to go on the Cross and plead, along with Our Lady, along with Jesus, for the mercy of God, for the cleansing, for the forgiveness, for all the graces that souls need so that they can be free from bondage – the bondage of sin, the bondage of pain, the bondage of all sorts of hell which they experience deep within themselves. We want them to be free and know the Father as we know the Father. We want all souls to soar, to receive these gifts, this new Life, this new Love, and particularly, this Peace.

This is our mission. And the price is high; it will cost us our lives. Almost every day, it will cost us our lives. But you’ll never know it, because the reward is so great. You’ll never really know how poverty stricken you are as you are getting these graces for others. You will really never know the pain very long, because the love we experience is so immense and intense! God pours it out on us because He is so seeking little victim lambs to enter into this redemptive mission with His Son. So if you get depressed, if you get angry, if you get headaches, if you get stiff necks, if you get confused, if you get all these things, pray for people who are going through the same thing. You will be getting those graces for somebody else.

You cannot go wrong with this beautiful gift of intercessory prayer. This is the call of the Suffering Servant which we read about in Isaiah 53. It is the mission of the Lamb led to the slaughter so that God’s people can be healed. Now it is our turn to share those stripes and those wounds so that our brothers and sisters can be healed all over the world.

“ … I have been crucified with Christ; yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me” (Gal 2:19-20)

 

 

Excerpt from Church Alive Album
Talk given by M. Nadine


“So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” (1 Cor 13:13)

I think St. Paul gave us one of the most beautiful ways to examine our conscience when he gave us the beautiful definition of Love in the First Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians. It’s so beautiful! It’s such a wonderful way of seeing who God is, what He wants, and who we are called to be. It helps us to know what we are not. Let me go through his definition of Love. I encourage you to incorporate it into your own personal prayer life.

“Love is kind. Love is not jealous; it does not put on airs, it is not snobbish. Love is never rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not prone to anger; neither does it brood over injuries. Love does not rejoice in what is wrong but rejoices with the Truth. There is no limit to Love’s forebearance, to its trust, its hope, its power to endure” (1 Cor 13:4-7).

Sometimes we can do really well for a week or a month but we have our limits. “Lord, this is enough. Enough is enough.” God will say, “No. Draw from My Love. You’re trying to go on your own strength and your own power again. I’m the Lord, your God. I’m the One who is pure Love. You’re limited. I am not. Draw from Me – then you can love without end, without limits, without conditions.”

St. Paul said, “Do you not know that God’s kindness, God’s love, is an invitation for you to change” (Rom 2:4). God is saying to us, “Love everyone. If you don’t find any love there, you put it there.” This is loving unconditionally. Whenever we don’t do that, we will find our sin. Paul says, “Seek eagerly after love” (1 Cor 14:1). We might say, “Lord, how do I do this?” And He says simply, “By following Me. I am Love. If you follow Me, you are obeying Me. You will be Spirit-led.”

“… God is Love.” (1 Jn 4:8)

 

Excerpt from Forgiveness Workshop, West Indies
Talk given by M. Nadine


“I pray that they may all be one, as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they may be one in Us.” (cf. Jn 17:21)

This is the prayer from the Heart of Jesus Himself. He is such a Lover. So it is Love that always brings us this union and togetherness. God loves us to be together. We talk about Church, community, and family and being together in mind, heart and spirit. It is being together as one in the tremendous Love of the Holy Spirit.

But there’s always an exception somewhere. The major block that will divide love is unforgiveness. Unforgiveness will divide me from God, it will divide me from others, and it will even cause division within myself.

Jesus put a lot of emphasis on forgiveness and inner healing. On Easter night He began in a very special way when He walked right through those closed doors. Many times when we’re in that posture of unforgiveness, we have closed hearts. Our hearts are closed because they’re angry or have been hurt or have experienced rejection or have been victimized in some way. Jesus can walk right through closed hearts, just like He walked through those closed doors on Easter night.

But to forgive is not human. It’s not natural. It’s supernatural. It’s above our power, and maybe this is why in the Old Testament it says, “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” (Lv 24:20; Ex 21:24). They didn’t have to turn the other cheek and forgive. Isn’t that interesting? But now there’s a New Testament, a New Commandment, a new word from God saying, “You must forgive as I forgive you” (see Mt 6:14-15). In other words, “You must forgive without conditions. You have to learn to let things go.” So after Jesus rises from the dead, He goes into that Upper Room, right through those locked doors, His very presence there, and He says, “Peace to you” (Lk 24:36). We need God’s peace to forgive. We need to come into that Presence of Jesus. We need to call upon Jesus to come and help us.

“I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” (Jn 13:34)

Excerpt from Powers and Principalities
Talk given by M. Nadine


“The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God”
(Rom 8:16)

God wants us to be a consecrated people, through New Covenant relationship with Him. We are all consecrated through Baptism. It is our common vocation. Baptism is what makes us family. We are all consecrated in the sense that we have all been called “out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Pt 2:9). We are all His special, chosen people. This new understanding of the word ‘consecration’ should open up a whole new understanding of your vocation as a Christian. You are special – called and chosen by virtue of your Baptism.

After the rebaptism of Pentecost, we hear the voice of Peter, our first Pope. He is a new person now, with tremendous insights into the mystery of consecration. Listen to his words to the early Church: “You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people God calls His own” (1 Pt 2:9). That is so beautiful! In our little war manual, we have written that we are gathered together in His Name. “We are a people established in faith, living in hope and proclaiming a covenant which has its beginning and end in the agape love of God.” Agape love is Calvary love. It is the love with which Jesus laid down His Life, shed His Blood and ratified this Covenant for all of us.

Consecration is for all of us, and through Baptism, we are brought into the fullness of relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We are one Body, but with different parts, each having its own function and expression, or lifestyle. Together, we form the Church. As Church, we are consecrated, that is, we are set aside for God, to be in relationship with Him. We are called to holiness.

“I consecrate Myself for them, so that they also may be consecrated in Truth.” (Jn 17:19)

 

Excerpt from Powers and Principalities
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Let the weak man say, "I am a warrior!" (Joel 4:10)

Sometimes we tend to forget that we are a militant Church, and that the Body of Christ is an army. We, as Church, are God’s army, constantly in battle against powers that are unseen to us, though not to God. We are His army and the battle belongs to Him.

The number one weapon He has given us to fight the battle is militant intercessory prayer. There is no more powerful weapon against the enemy, because intercessory prayer moves God’s hand. In Hebrews 8:6, Paul tells us that Jesus, Who sits at the right hand of the Father, has entered into a far more excellent ministry, that of intercession. Paul was aware that he was involved in a battle. He had probably received insights into the militant nature of intercessory prayer. He considered himself a soldier, and all his letters reflect this insight.

In Exodus 15:3, we read, “The Lord is a warrior.” This same image is repeated in many places throughout Scripture. Saint Paul uses this imagery in his letter to the Philippians 2:25, “I suppose it necessary to send you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labor and fellow soldier.” Do we think of each other as fellow soldiers? In 2 Timothy 2:3, he says, “Bear your share of hardship along with me like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.” Though we are more comfortable with the idea of Church as family, Saint Paul likened the Church more to an army than a family. We must get comfortable with our identity as a militant Church. I looked up the meaning of the word “army”. Here is the dictionary definition of the word: ‘A body of persons organized, armed and trained for war to advance a cause’. That sounds a lot like what God wants to do with us. We too are a body of persons. We are preparing for battle.

Look at the Church again, in the light of its identity as a militant Church. Is the Church organized? Is this massive Body of Christ organized? Yes, it really is, because it has a Head, a Commander, and the Head is Jesus Christ. Though the Church is made up of many parts, we are in fact, one Body.

“Blessed be the LORD, my Rock, who trains my hands for battle, my fingers for war” (Ps 144:1)

 

 

Excerpt from Empowered Prayer: Spiritual Warfare
Talk given by M. Nadine


“His disciples recalled the words of Scripture, ‘Zeal for Your House will consume Me. ’” (Jn 2:17)

St. Paul said we need to have on the footgear of zeal “to propagate the Gospel of peace” (Eph 6:15). The great gift that the Holy Spirit stirs up within us is the gift of Piety. Jesus couldn’t have stayed on the Cross without this gift operating. All of these gifts are seen very clearly in the Scriptures and within Jesus Himself because He had the fullness of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was using the same gifts within Jesus that He uses within the Body of Christ. It’s amazing.

The footgear of zeal is the gift of Piety that makes us fall deeply in love with the Father and with all those whom the Father has created. So it’s zeal for the Father’s glory and it’s zeal for the Father’s children, for souls. It’s a double-edged sword, you might say. Jesus went on the Cross because He loved us. That’s true, but that was not His primary reason. His primary love, His first love, is for the Father. He went on the Cross first and foremost for the greater honor and glory of the Father. What would make the Father happiest was if all of us could come Home. This is how we get involved also. Out of this gift of Piety, we lay down our lives for people, for souls, and for God’s cause. This is where the zeal comes from because it gives joy to the Father.

The Father wants all of His children to come Home. His joy will be complete when we’re all there. This gift of Piety leads us to sacrifice, to go to the Cross and stay there, and to continue making up now in our bodies what is still lacking in the afflictions of Christ for the sake of the Body, which is the Church (Col 1:24).

“For the sake of the joy that lay before Him He endured the Cross, despising its shame, and has taken His seat at the right of the throne of God.” (Heb 12:2)

 

Excerpt from Church Alive
Talk given by M. Nadine


“No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends.” (Jn 15:13)

Truly the Holy Spirit has written His law of Love on our hearts. The Catechism has many names for the Holy Spirit, and one of the names given throughout the Church’s history is “Finger of God.” The Holy Spirit is the Finger of God on the Father’s right hand. The Father’s right hand is the Power. Isn’t that beautiful? The Finger of God is what wrote the Ten Commandments. Now it’s the Finger of God that’s writing this new law of Love within our hearts, and He’s writing it with the Father’s right hand. It’s engraved in our hearts. It’s there as a Person – He is the new Law. So we have the Love power, but there’s always a struggle. We don’t always die so easily, even though Jesus said, “I want you to take up your cross daily (see Mt 16:24). I want you to die daily. I want you to decrease daily.” We struggle, and God lets us struggle, but in the struggle, we grow stronger.

It’s really like living the Passover of the Lord at all times. We’re passing from death at one level to Life. We’re passing from darkness within us at one level to Light. We’re passing from negativity or hate or anger at one level into Love. We’re passing from bondage within ourselves into freedom. We’re always experiencing the Passover of the Lord because the Lord within us is carrying us over the threshold.

Jesus said to the Father, “Sacrifice and oblation you did not desire, but a Body you have prepared for Me … Then I said, ‘As it is written of Me in the book, I have come to do Your will, O God’” (Heb 10:5,7). Not just an individual body, but all of us together form that Body. God the Father has prepared a Body, a Mystical Body for Jesus to come again, so that the perfect will of God can be done in, with, and through Jesus who has taken up residency within us. Scripture tells us that we are temples of the Living God (1 Cor 3:16). The Father says, “When you live in accordance with My Word, when you allow Jesus to lay down His life within you and come into union with Me, in, with, and through Him, then I will welcome you and be a Father to you. You will be my sons and daughters.”

“God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.”
(1 Jn 4:16)

 

 

Excerpt from Powers and Principalities
Talk given by M. Nadine


“I am the Resurrection and the Life” (Jn 11:25)

Like John the Baptist, we too should be able to say to one another, “Behold the Lamb” (cf. Jn 1:29) alive and made flesh in you. That is what the Mystical Body is all about – Jesus Christ, risen and alive. Our testimony, our witness must always be to Jesus, the Lamb Who was slain. The Book of Revelation has a lot to say about the Lamb Who was slain. The Lamb is now empowered, and He is coming (cf. Rv 22:7).

Being in union with the Lamb will always involve sacrificial love, because remember, the Lamb is a victim Lamb, a sacrificial offering. Sacrificial love calls us to enter more fully into the whole Pascal Mystery; into the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. It invites us to make it a living reality in our life, so that we can defeat satan by our testimony (cf. Rv 21:11). “Behold, here is the Lamb.” Here is our Weapon, our Power.

One of the ways we do this is through the spirit of the Beatitudes, which are so special, even though we do not often hear about them. The Beatitudes are so filled with virtue that each one is like a sword. Each one calls us to a positive, “Be happy” attitude. The one thing the enemy cannot imitate is joy. The Beatitudes are promises of tremendous joy and joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God. There can be even a false peace, but never a false joy. When Jesus gave us the Beatitudes, He wanted us to see them not only as a defense, but also as offensive weapons against the enemy. The first one is extremely important for prayer warriors. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven” (Mt 5:3).

We are all involved in a deadly conflict between the kingdom of satan and the Kingdom of God, and Jesus promises us that when we are poor in Spirit, then the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to us. “Spirit” of course refers to the Holy Spirit. We are not in satan’s kingdom if this beautiful spirit of poverty is visibly present in our lives.

“But Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to Me, and do not prevent them; for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.’" (Mt 19:14)

Excerpt from New Covenant Power
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your Word." (Lk 1:38)

In the Book of Hebrews we hear Jesus speaking to the Father, “A body You have prepared for Me” (Heb 10:5). The body He refers to is His Mystical Body, the Church. “Behold, I come to do Your will” (Heb 10:7). The words speak of sacrifice and of being consecrated by the Spirit to a life of obedience. The early Christians understood the power of obedience, and how it takes away sin. “They defeated satan by the Blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony” (Rv. 21:11). It is the testimony of Jesus because He is the Word of God.

“Yes, Father, Your will be done.” Satan hates this because it strips away his kingdom of sin, of disobedience. God’s Word, enfleshed now in Christians saying, “Yes, yes, yes”, defeats satan by the power of the Blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony. We each ought to be able to say, “Behold the Lamb of God in me!” We ought to be able to continue the Lamb’s mission, this beautiful mission of taking away the sin of the world through our own obedience. If you are in relationship with the Lamb of God, you are automatically in relationship with what He does. He continues His mission in us as we allow ourselves to be consecrated by the Spirit to a life of obedience.

The Lord showed me the power of Our Lady’s “yes”. It brought God from Heaven into a human body. Every time we surrender, our “yes” has the power to bring Jesus not only into us, but also into others.
Surrender carries the phenomenal power of intercession. Right now, you might be holding some people in your heart. All you have to do is say, “Yes, Lord,” to whatever He puts in front of you each day. Keep giving Him your “yes” and He will come to them. It is such a simple, beautiful way to pray. Today, more than ever, the world needs Jesus Christ to descend into people’s lives, bringing light, freedom, healing, and intimacy with God.


"Behold, Your Mother." (Jn 19:27)

 

Excerpt from New Covenant Power
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Father, into Your hands I commend My Spirit’; and when He had said this He breathed His last.” (Lk 23:46)

I was drawn to the passage in the Gospel of John, which reads, “Little children, it is the final hour” (1 Jn 2:18). We are in the final hour today, and the final confrontation has begun. We have the power to face it head on. This power comes from the Spirit. It is in the meek, loving, obedient little Lamb of God Who comes in power because of a simple “yes”. “Be it done unto me according to Thy Word” (Lk 1:38). The Lamb is always upon the altar of sacrifice and that altar is now within our hearts.

There is a consecration that goes on within our hearts because we are a priestly people, as Peter tells us in 1 Peter 2:5. By virtue of our Baptism, we are called to offer spiritual sacrifices, consecrated by the Spirit. The Spirit Himself will let me know what sacrifices (yeses) He desires from day to day. They can be very simple, yet so powerful. It is as simple as hearing form the Lord, and then responding with the words that allow His power to shine forth, “Yes, Lord!”

This is the power of the New Covenant Blood. The power comes when we allow ourselves to be consecrated by the Spirit to a life of obedience. Our affirmative response, “Yes, Lord,” will bring us to deeper intimacy with God each time. If He has not taught you this, He certainly will.

In Luke 22:19, we hear Jesus’ words to us, “Do this in memory of Me.” What He is referring to is sacrifice. He recalls His sacrifice for us and calls us, in turn, to lay down our lives and die to self, with each “yes”. Jesus once said that He had the power to lay down His life, and the power to take it up again (cf. Jn 10:18). We too have the power to lay down our lives and the power to rise again, in Him. It is a win-win all around.

“They cried out in a loud voice: ‘Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches, wisdom and strength, honor and glory and blessing.’” (Rev 5:12)

 

 

Excerpt from Your Kingdom Come
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Zeal for Your House consumes Me” (Ps 69:10)

Jesus was on Fire with zeal for the Father’s greater honor and glory and that His Father’s House would become a House of Prayer. We remember how upset He became one time when He went into His Father’s House in the Temple. He overturned the tables. He was upset that people were doing all sorts of other things in His Father’s House but prayer. And so, we have to be on Fire as well and zealous that the Father’s House becomes again a House of Prayer, soul by soul by soul.

There, in that house of prayer within each one of us, Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father. St. Paul says, “In a far more excellent ministry – that of intercession.” We must stop and ask ourselves, “Am I really aware that the entire Trinity is within me? Am I really aware that Jesus, now, within me is in that far more excellent ministry at the right hand of the Father? When Jesus is at the right hand of the Father He is in ministry. He is in intercessory ministry. He is in deliverance ministry. He is empowered. Because we are with Him in this Covenant relationship, we are at the right hand of the Father.

Look at the gift He has given us through Baptism! It is the gift of the whole Trinity. This is our common vocation – together we participate in the ministerial priesthood, and the mystical priesthood. This is why we at Bellwether wear these particular crosses. They are Trinitarian because they are symbols and reminders of Baptism. This is our vocation. That is what we have all been called to and that is what we, together, are living out – for better or for worse we are in it together.

The Lord has said, “I have set you as a covenant of the people” (Is 42:5-7). “I have called you now to be a light to the nations. I have called you now to open the eyes of the blind and to bring prisoners out from darkness and to set the captives free. You can do it now. You can do it with Me because, together, we are at the right hand of the Father.”

“For My House shall be called a House of Prayer for all peoples.” (Is 56:7)

Excerpt from Prayer Warrior Summit Formation
Talk given by M. Nadine


“He made of me a sharp-edged Sword and concealed me in the shadow of His arm...” (Is 49:2)

“Declare this among the nations: proclaim a war, rouse the warriors to arms! Let all the soldiers report and march! Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak man say, ‘I am a warrior!’” (Jl 4:9-10). We are being prepared for battle. Our intercessory tools are going to develop into more prayer-warrior tools, you might say. As we come into this deeper covenant union with Jesus we become the Sword, and we become the very weapon the Spirit is looking for right now so that He can come forth with this warfare.

When He calls us, when He asks anything of us, there’s nothing sweeter. There is absolutely nothing sweeter than to hear from Jesus Christ, to have that Word come alive within us. But sometimes the message and the content of what He is asking or saying is hard to digest. As prayer warriors, what He’s asking of us is very sweet, but yet it’s a very difficult ministry. Even though we know God is with us, there are times when we might be tempted to say, “Lord, choose someone else. Help! I just want to sit under this tree and rest.” But God calls us to mountaintops, into His presence, into places of union with Him.

God is beginning to reveal His mysterious plan, this New Covenant that He wants to establish now, this New Jerusalem, His glorified Church, people fully alive and filled with the presence of God. He is calling prayer warriors into preparing His Second Coming. He is coming as the Prayer Warrior Himself. He is coming as the Warrior King. He’s coming for the final confrontation with Satan. He Himself is preparing in, with, and through us, for this covenant relationship, for this New Covenant, this deep union, this Glorified Church where He’s fully alive.

“And (behold) I am sending the Promise of My Father upon you; but stay in the city until you are clothed with Power from on High.” (Lk 24:49)

Excerpt from Prayer Warrior Summit Formation
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.” (Jer 1:5)

Each of us has heard God calling us by name. He called Moses by name on Mount Sinai and his response was, “Here I am” (Ex 3:4). This is to be our response, too. We begin our Summit meeting on Mount Sinai where Moses received his call to be a prayer warrior and a tremendous intercessor, but first and foremost, he was called to be a prophet to listen and dialogue with God. This is where he received his instructions.

In this formation series, we will constantly be going back to our relationship with God because without the relationship, we haven’t any life, power, or anything. We are called to the very summit of love, to transforming union, to be so totally one with Jesus, especially Jesus Christ Crucified, which is the summit of agape love. Jesus is the Prayer Warrior; Jesus is the Intercessor; Jesus is the Mediator. Jesus is the Beloved Son, the One who the Father listens to. So when Jesus prays in, with, and through us, we know we have the Father’s ear. We also have received a call, a mission, and it is like Moses’ mission, but first and foremost it is a call to relationship with the Lord.

God is saying, “I will send you.” He is talking about sending us forth now as prayer warriors right into the enemy’s camp to lead His people out of Egypt, out of paganism, out of the desert, and out of all the places where they are confined right now. He promised Moses on Mount Sinai, “I will be with you.” Jesus Himself also said, “I am with you always.” This means we need to believe it! If a prayer warrior doesn’t have that belief that God is with us, then we’re going to go down fast because Satan will know right away that we’re not really sure, particularly when the thick of the battle comes and the clouds get dark. God is telling us, “You’re not going to go into battle alone because the battle belongs to Me. It’s My battle, but I need to fight it through, with, and in you now. I will be with you.” Our response is “Lord, I believe You. I truly believe in You. I know You wouldn’t call me to this kind of ministry and mission if You weren’t true to Your promise.”

“Peace be with you. As the Father has sent Me, so I send you.” (Jn 20:21)

 

Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Upon Him was the chastisement that makes us whole, by His stripes we were healed.” (Is 53:5)

There comes a point where we realize that it is so worthwhile to go on the Cross and plead, along with Our Lady, along with Jesus, for the mercy of God, for the cleansing, for the forgiveness, for all the graces that souls need so that they can be free from bondage – the bondage of sin, the bondage of pain, the bondage of all sorts of hell which they experience deep within themselves. We want them to be free and know the Father as we know the Father. We want all souls to soar, to receive these gifts, this new Life, this new Love, and particularly, this Peace.

This is our mission. And the price is high; it will cost us our lives. Almost every day, it will cost us our lives. But you’ll never know it, because the reward is so great. You’ll never really know how poverty stricken you are as you are getting these graces for others. You will really never know the pain very long, because the love we experience is so immense and intense! God pours it out on us because He is so seeking little victim lambs to enter into this redemptive mission with His Son. So if you get depressed, if you get angry, if you get headaches, if you get stiff necks, if you get confused, if you get all these things, pray for people who are going through the same thing. You will be getting those graces for somebody else.

You cannot go wrong with this beautiful gift of intercessory prayer. This is the call of the Suffering Servant which we read about in Isaiah 53. It is the mission of the Lamb led to the slaughter so that God’s people can be healed. Now it is our turn to share those stripes and those wounds so that our brothers and sisters can be healed all over the world.

“ … I have been crucified with Christ; yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me” (Gal 2:19-20)

 

 

Excerpt from Battle Power: Agape Intercession
Talk given by M. Nadine


“I am going to My Father and your Father, to My God and your God." (Jn 20:17)

We’re being called to come into transforming union with Jesus – for our bodies to carry Him around so the Word can become enfleshed again within us. We see that this is the deepest desire in the Heart of Jesus in His last priestly prayer where He said to the Father, “I pray, Father, that they may be one as You and I are one, Father” (cf. Jn 17:11). Jesus has a very specific condition of how He wants this union: He wants us to have the same union that He has with the Father. He wants us to have that beautiful relationship that the two of Them have. Then He prayed, “That they may be one in Us” (Jn 17:21). That’s unity; that’s family; that’s community; that’s Church. When we all can come into that spiritual marriage, that phenomenal spiritual union with Jesus, then we can be one with Him and have the same relationship with the Father that He has with the Father in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Our battle weapon is prayer, but it’s prayer in union with Jesus. We see this many times in Scripture. One time in particular was when Peter’s mother-in-law was ill with a fever. Jesus went to her, and Scripture says that Peter and those who were there interceded with Jesus (cf. Lk 4:38). That’s the power – when we intercede with Jesus. We never pray on our own – we always pray with Jesus. When we pray, we may sometimes wonder, “Is anybody listening? Is God at home?” We need to go into the Heart of Jesus. We need to pray with Jesus, and Jesus will take us to the Father, which will produce the kind of fruit that we want. Union with Jesus is absolutely key. It’s the heart of the Church, and it’s the very heart of prayer.

“And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age." (Mt 28:20)

 

 

 

Excerpt from Desert Armor
Talk given by M. Nadine


“My strength and my courage is the Lord, and He has been my Savior.” (Ex 15:2)

The gift that I’m going to briefly talk about is the gift of fortitude. We need courage in the Christian walk because it takes courage to be a Christian. Christianity is not natural; it’s supernatural. It’s above our natural inclinations. This is what Baptism did for us. It is not always easy to stand firm, to stand fast, and so St. Paul said, “Use this gift and draw your strength from the Lord and from His mighty power” (see Eph 6:10). We go into the desert to do this. We go into that intimacy. We go into that relationship with God and draw His strength because otherwise we’re going to run scared. We don’t naturally have that kind of courage, particularly when we’re up against the enemy. We need to have tremendous fortitude. It takes courage to be holy.

God said, “I want you to be holy because I’m holy” (Lv 20:7). He gave us His reason: I want you to be like Me. I made you in My image and likeness. I want you to look like Me.” Isn’t that beautiful? But it takes courage. It takes courage to speak Truth. We can be rejected. We can be confronted. We can be chastised. All sorts of things can happen. Jesus was put to death for speaking Truth. Pilate asked Him, “Are you a king?” It took courage to say, “Yes, I am. My Kingdom is not of this world. But I am a King” (Jn 18:33-36). He knew it would cost Him His life. It took courage for Mary to submit and surrender to God’s will for Her. She wasn’t married. She knew the law would mean stoning. Mary risked Her own life. That took courage.

Every “yes” takes courage. It takes courage to witness to Jesus. It takes courage not to listen to certain jokes or not to see certain films or not to be at certain parties. These choices are in our lives every day. Fortitude is the gift that the Spirit has given us so that we can stand firm and draw our strength, courage and hope from the Lord.

“In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world." (Jn 16:33)

Excerpt from Healing Power of Compassion
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and God of all encouragement” (2 Cor 1:3)

The power is right there in the Cross of Jesus Christ. That’s what compassion is all about. This is where the real power of intercession is. We’re not going to find too many intercessors at this level of intercession. Remember that Jesus didn’t find too many at the foot of the Cross either. But God doesn’t need many people. He can use each of us for the birthing that’s needed now for the entire Church if we, with God, will enter into this healing ministry of compassionate love – of compassionate intercession.

We can’t talk about compassion without talking about the Cross because everything about the Cross is passion. It’s passionate love. It’s love at it’s very best. Jesus said, “Greater love than this no one has” (Jn 15:13). It’s the epitome of love. So as we grow in our love relationship with the Lord, we will be growing more and more into the mystery and beauty and joy and power and wisdom of the Cross.

The word compassion basically means “with passion.” This means that we need to identify with the one that we love. It always speaks about identification. “God is love” (1 Jn 4:8). The very nature of love at any level is to seek union. Love must unite whether it’s love at a friendship level or at a deep marital level or at this relationship with God level. God’s love within you and His love within me must unite. That’s Church; that’s community. So it only stands to reason that those who would be deeply in love with Jesus would have been there at the foot of the Cross, identifying with the One they love, in His passionate love affair with the Father and all of us.

“I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” (Jn 13:34)

Excerpt from Healing Power of Intercession
Talk given by M. Nadine


“If you ask anything of me in My Name, I will do it.” (Jn 14:14)

Isaiah 55 gives us an insight into the power of this ministry of intercession. Isaiah tells us that God’s Word goes forth, It is sent forth, and It truly accomplishes what It was meant to do (see Is 55:11). So when we pray according to the Mind and Heart of God, we are literally sending that Word forth to do whatever it is that God is showing us that He wants done. There’s a prophetic dimension to the ministry because we’re trained to listen and hear God’s direction. When He says to us, “This is how I want you to pray for this situation,” we simply pray it right back to Him the way we heard it. That’s how the prophetic word works in intercession, and then He does it. In this way, it’s empowered by the Word, the Second Person of the Trinity, Jesus Himself.

Jesus said a very prophetic word to Peter about intercession. It was the scene that we call the “fish fry scene” after the Resurrection when they were out fishing. Jesus called out, “Have you caught anything?” Of course, they hadn’t, and so He said, “Cast your net on the right side” (see Jn 21:5-6). The right side is the feminine side of us; it’s the receptive side; it’s the contemplative side. Go down into contemplation again and get the direction from the Lord, and you will have a net full of souls. You will become literally “fishers of men.” Why? It is because we are praying according to the Mind and Heart of the Father. The Spirit of the Father always directs our prayer.

Jesus said that He was sent to bring the Good News to the poor (see Lk 7:22; Mt 11:5). Jesus is Glad Tidings. He is the Good News, and He is the Word that is always sent forth.

“As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring (the) Good News!’” (Rm 10:15)

Excerpt from Sacrament of Love
Talk given by M. Nadine

 

“These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes…” (Rv 14:4)

We have a mission to carry on with Jesus, the Lamb. “Behold the Lamb of God, Who continues to take away the sin of the world” (cf. Jn 1:29). Jesus taught His Apostles this. He said, “When you pray, wherever you go, in My Name preach penance for the remission of sins.” (cf. Lk 24:47) “Preach the Cross. Tell My people not to be afraid of suffering because this is how we eradicate sin. This is how we take away sin.”

We’re called “to live Jesus and His Cross” because this is living His agape love to the fullest. Pain is useless if it’s not united with the pain of Jesus. So with any kind of pain or suffering, physical, or especially of the heart, unite it with the suffering of Jesus and then the pain becomes powerful to save souls. It becomes redemptive.

Jesus Himself speaks to us at Mass. When that Chalice with the Blood of the Lamb is lifted up, He says, “Do this in memory of Me.” In other words, You do this. You lay down your lives now for others. You love one another as I have loved you. You do this in remembrance of Me.” Love makes us vulnerable so our hearts will be pierced from time to time at this level. There is no protection for a heart that’s loving and open to receive love, and so we will experience the piercing of the heart, but we can use it as it was used on Calvary. When the Heart of Jesus was pierced and the Blood and Water flowed out, He was giving Life. He was giving Life to all the Sacraments of the Church. He was giving Life to humanity again.

“I am the Resurrection and the Life; whoever believes in Me, even if he dies, will live” (Jn 11:25)

Excerpt from New Covenant Power
Talk given by M. Nadine


“And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age." (Mt 28:20)

Revelations 19 describes a beautiful image of the Rider in a red cloak, riding in power upon a white horse. It says that the Rider’s cloak was dipped in Blood, and that His name was Word of God (cf. Rv 19:11-14). The Rider is the Lamb Who was slain, the Word of God, Who comes now in power to take up residency in us. His presence within empowers us to be the Lamb, to lay down our lives for others. It is no wonder, then, that Our Lady said at Cana, “Do whatever He tells you” (Jn 2:5). She understood the power of obedience. Consecration to a life of obedience means we are consecrated to a life of intimacy with Him, because obedience always brings us to union and intimacy with God. Being in union with the will of God always brings us phenomenal peace. The angel at Bethlehem proclaimed peace on earth to those of good will. “Good will” is God’s will for us. Satan hates it when we are in this union of obedience because intimacy with God also brings us tremendous joy – another thing satan does not have.

He challenged Adam and Eve with his lies in the Garden of Eden because he envied the beautiful, intimate relationship that Adam and Eve had with God. All he wanted was to destroy this beautiful relationship. The Old Testament tells us that satan entered the world through envy (cf. Wis 2:24). He envies our intimacy with God, something he lost through his disobedience.

Contemplative spirituality is necessary for each and every one of us because it builds our relationship with God, and this relationship is everything. Jesus said, “Blessed are they who hear the word of God and live it out” (Lk 11:28). To hear His daily Word for us, we need to be listening for it on a daily basis. God said, “My words are Spirit and Life” (Jn 6:63). We need to be fed daily with His Word. It is through our relationship that we will grow to love God more and more each day. We are made to be loved and to give it away. There is always more and we will never run out of the love He has to give us.

“As the Father loves Me, so I also love you. Remain in My Love.” (Jn 15:9)

Excerpt from Church Alive
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled." (Lk 1:45)

One of the gifts we receive at Baptism is the gift of faith. Oftentimes these gifts can remain dormant. For example, the gift of faith that we received at Baptism could still be in that seed form. We might not have any more faith twenty years later than we had when we first received the gift if we don’t allow it to grow.

The gift of faith is such a special gift. St. Elizabeth commended Our Lady for this gift. She said, “Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled." Elizabeth is praising and commending Mary for Her faith. Faith is the key gift. It opens all the doors to the other gifts and treasures.

Faith allows us to speak freely to God. With Jesus we can ascend, if we believe that Jesus truly ascended; if we believe He is the Son of God; if we believe He is within us; and if we believe that with, in, and through Him, we can go right to the throne room of the Father. Look at the power of intercession when we know, that we know, that we know, that we have direct access to the Father. Knowing we have direct access to the Father gives us tremendous confidence.

This is the kind of believing that Queen Esther had when she was given the courage and deeper gift of faith to tell the king, “I beg that you spare the lives of my people” (Est 7:3). We need to go to the Father in the same way. Whichever way the Spirit is telling us to pray, we can ascend freely to the Father and tell him, “These are my people. This is my country. Don’t let any harm come. Send Your Spirit again. Send Your grace. Set them free.”

“And whatever you ask in My Name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (Jn 14:13)

 

 

 

Excerpt from Pillars
Talk given by M. Nadine


“If you knew the gift of God and Who is saying to you, 'Give Me a drink,' you would have asked Him and He would have given you Living Water." (Jn 4:10)

Contemplation is heart language, and if it was ever needed in the Church, it is needed now. John the contemplative said, “God is love” (1 Jn 4:8). Of all the ways he could describe God, St. John summed it up in those three little words, “God is love.” So the fruit of contemplative prayer is always union. It’s God’s gift to us. He initiates it; He calls us. God is love; we are the beloved. John the contemplative referred to himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loved” (Jn 13:23; 19: 26). John experienced Love. Contemplative prayer is a Heart-to-heart communication of Love.

St. Augustine said, “Our hearts are ever restless till they find rest in Thee” (The Confessions, Book 1, 1-3). “Rest” is a very contemplative term. When we are at home with God, when we are being loved and are experiencing His Presence, there isn’t anything more to say. We are satisfied. Love is touching us, we are touching Love, and are hearts are resting in His.

In the Song of Songs, God invites us, “Eat, friends; drink! Drink freely of love” (Sg 5:1). He knows what we need. He knows who we are. He has made our hearts like His. He is always seeking union because that’s the nature of Love – it has to have union. So He has made our hearts restless so we too would seek that union with Him.

“All you who are thirsty, come to the water!” (Is 55:1)

 

 

 

Excerpt from Your Kingdom Come
Talk given by M. Nadine


“But God proves His love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.” (Rom 5:8)

At the Baptism at the Jordan, which is the First Luminous Mystery, Jesus is actually identifying Himself with sinners. We think of Baptism as washing away sin, taking everything away that is not of God. And it does. But at the Baptism at the Jordan, it almost seems to be the opposite. Sinners were going there and Jesus identified with sinners at the Jordan. I think that is very significant because Jesus is the bridge, isn’t He? He is the bridge to cross that Jordan for us. He is the bridge for all of us into the Promised Land. It was not by chance that He was baptized in the Jordan and was taking on sin. He became sin so that He, identifying with us, could set us free.

The Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan is very much “mission.” His public ministry was definitely beginning. There He was – the Lamb of God! “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world” (Jn1:29). Now we, in this baptism are also baptized into His life, His death, His resurrection. We now must identify with Him as the Lamb. We identify also with His mission. This becomes our identity as well – who we are and what we do. This is what intercession is all about – helping the Church today cross over the Jordan, into the Promised Land, into the Kingdom. This is what it is all about. This is why we are here.

“To the one who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor, glory and might, forever and ever.” (Rev 5:13)

 

Excerpt from New Covenant Power
Talk given by M. Nadine


“As the Father loves Me, so I also love you. Remain in my love.” (Jn 15:9)

Jesus, Who is perfect Love, casts out all fear (cf. 1 Jn 4:18). Love is our weapon, and it has power. Satan does not have this weapon, because satan is fear. Fear is his only weapon, and he uses it a lot. God uses love. The Holy Spirit is a great Gift of God, because He clothes us in Power, wrapping us in love. After He has wrapped us in love, He gives us away. Perhaps you were not expecting to hear that.

Paul said, “The life I live now is not my own” (Gal 2:20). You might be a little bit afraid to give yourself to the Holy Spirit, because He will give you away. It is what the new commandment is all about. “Love one another,” Jesus says, “as I have loved you” (cf. Jn 13:34). Jesus loved us fully in the Spirit. The Spirit gave Jesus away on the Cross. The Spirit will give Jesus away in each one of us every moment, everyday, if we let Him. Even so, we will never be empty, because He will keep refilling us with His love. He never runs out of love.

Look at Corinthians 13 and find out all those things that describe what Love is. It can serve as a wonderful examination of conscience. Am I always kind? Am I always patient? I need more love, more of You, Lord. We actually get to the point where we need God to do all the loving. We get out of His way only when we begin to realize we cannot do it on our own. Jesus knew that. He set up the new commandment so that only He could do it. “Love one another as I have loved you” (Jn 13:34). There is no way to keep that commandment, except to allow Him to keep it Himself, within us. He deliberately made us this way so He would be part of this whole redemption process.

“This is how all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." (Jn 13:35)

Excerpt from New Covenant Power
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Heavenly Father.” (Mt 5:16)

We are in a spiritual battle because we are still surrounded by the darkness from the fall. We have inherited it. Each of us has darkness within, and we must attend to our “fall” housecleaning. The battle begins here, and it is a battle between the kingdoms of light and of darkness, between good and evil, between God and satan. God tells us to let our light so shine before men as the stars shine before Him in Heaven (cf. Mt 5:16). God wants His light to shine through each one of us so that others will see it even in the darkness. The darker it gets, the brighter our light will shine. Even a tiny flashlight will shine ever so brightly when it is really dark outside. Imagine the tremendous light that would beam out into the world if each of us little ones have the Light of the World within us! Together, we could light up the world, right from where we live!

Imagine God looking down on us, thinking, “Goodness! I thought My Heavens were up here. Look at all the stars down there!” It would be a new Heaven and a new earth. He said, “I formed you and I sent you as a covenant to the people, a light for the nations” (cf. Is 42:6). He forms us through the prayer that He taught us, the Our Father. You might call it His formation program by which He forms us into contemplatives, bringing us together as one people, one Light for the whole world.

Remember the Book of Genesis, where He said, “Let Us (the Trinity) make man in Our image, in Our likeness” (cf. Gen 1:26). It is what He always intended. In fact, that is what He did in the very beginning. Adam and Eve were filled with light. They were so filled with light they did not know they were naked. They were naked but without shame because there was no darkness in them (cf. Gen 2:25). That was the first Covenant. We are now in the seventh Covenant. We come into our new birth now, in Jesus, because God has chosen us in Him.

“He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before Him.” (Eph 1:4)

Excerpt from New Covenant Power
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Your Word is a lamp for my feet, a light for my path.” (Ps 119:105)

God’s Word is always conceived by the Holy Spirit. I had a tremendous breakthrough when He taught me this. He made me realize how many of my thoughts and words are pre-conceived. Paul says, “Let all your thoughts, all your words be under the action of the Holy Spirit” (cf. 2 Cor 10:5). When we let all our thoughts and words be conceived by the Holy Spirit, they come forth with His power.

It takes discipline to check everything out with Him. The Father once showed me that this is where Adam and Eve made their mistake. He said, “They did not check it out.” Instead, they got into a dialogue with the serpent, and his words caused them to come up with their own preconceived ideas. They reacted and responded from these misconceptions instead of waiting to check things out with God. They fell from tremendous intimacy, light and grace. In the Old Testament, God says, “My thoughts are not your thoughts and my ways are not your ways” (cf. Is 55:8). Many of our thoughts are preconceived, because so often we presume to know what He would say or do. We get ahead of Him. Once we begin to believe His Word to us, we will find the humility we need to check things out with Him first.

In John 16, Jesus speaks to us of the Holy Spirit, and says, “He will speak only what He hears, and will announce to you the things to come. What He will announce to you, He will have from Me” (cf. Jn 16:13,14). As we listen to Him, He in turn listens, and only tells us what He has heard. So how do we listen? We have to learn to spend a certain amount of time each day, just being alone with Him, and listening to Him. It does not have to be a long period of time; even ten minutes will do, if that is all you can manage. It does, however, need to be a daily practice, if we want to be fed by the relationship, on a daily basis. “Give us this day our daily Bread” (Lk 11:3).

Jesus taught us, “When you pray, go into your inner room, shut the door, and pray to the Father in private” (cf. Mt 16:6). There are different ways to beginning this type of prayer, but I strongly suggest that you begin by listening. Do not speak. Just come into His presence and enjoy being there. When we are in the presence of someone we have not seen for a while or someone we like to be with, we always just take a minute just to be together. Why not come just to enjoy His presence, His peace and His comfort? Let Him lead the conversation. How often we try to lead God. Jesus was very clear when He said, “Follow me” (Jn 1:43). It is like a beautiful day. Let Him lead and we follow.

“I am the Good Shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (Jn 10:11)

 

Excerpt from New Covenant Power
Talk given by M. Nadine


“As the Father loves Me, so I also love you. Remain in My love.” (Jn 15:9)

Jesus asks us the same question He asked Peter “Do you love Me” (Jn 21:16)? Of course, we say, “Yes, Lord! I love you.” Yet Jesus asks us, “But do you love Me more than yourself, your own way, your own life, your own thoughts, your own attachments, whatever they may be” (cf. Jn 21:15) He will start to show us what those things might be. Are we willing to let them all go? Is He enough? We are called to lay down our lives for one another. We are called to love one another as He commanded us. We are called by Jesus Himself through His words in John 15:9, “Live on in My love.” He is speaking of His Holy Spirit love, His Calvary love, His agape love. All things are possible with God, because it is, after all, God’s love.

Paul tells us to follow the way of love even as Christ has loved us. We learn from the Book of Hebrews and other books of the Bible that Jesus is the Mediator of the New Covenant (cf. Heb 9:15). He has access at every moment to the right hand of the Power, the Right Hand of God the Father. And He has obtained now a far more excellent ministry of intercession (cf. Heb 8:6). It is far more excellent because He is at the right hand of the Father. John says, “We have in the presence of the Father now, Jesus, an Intercessor Who is just” (cf. Heb 9:11-14). He is an offering not only for our sins, but for those of the whole world. The Lamb needs our bodies to continue His redemptive love through obedience and sacrifice.

In 2 Corinthians 5:17, Paul says, “This means that if anyone is in Christ, He is a new creation.” God, in His mercy, has reconciled us to Himself, and He has given us the ministry of reconciliation (cf. 2 Cor 5:18). There is only one Mediator, one Intercessor, one Reconciler. It is now in Him, with Him, and through Him, that we are qualified ministers of the New Covenant. We qualify, because we are temples of the Spirit, a house of God. We qualify because we let the Spirit love us to death and give us away. We especially qualify because with Jesus, we have access at any time of the day or night to the right hand of the Father, Who is within us. We live on in His love because He is within us. “To Him whose Power at work in us can do immeasurable more that we can ask or imagine, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations” (Eph 3:20). Truly, as Our Lady said, “His mercy is to all generations” (cf. LK 1:50).

“Though the mountains leave their place and the hills be shaken, My love shall never leave you nor my covenant of peace be shaken, says the Lord, who has mercy on you.” (Is 54:10)

Excerpt from New Covenant Power
Talk given by M. Nadine


“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.” (Jn 3:17)

At the end of the Our Father, Jesus prays, “Father, deliver us from all evil” (Mt 6:13). Some translations say, “from the evil one.” They are both one and the same. God responds to us just as He responded to Jesus. He leads us to the Cross, because as Scripture says, all power and all wisdom come from the Cross (1 Cor 1:18). This is the power of the New Covenant. Remember, in the first Covenant, God rested on the seventh day because it was finished (cf. Gen 2:2). In the New Covenant, He rests upon His Cross within us, because it is finished (cf. Jn 19:30). God rests because His work is done. He is now within us. Through us, He will carry on this great ministry of intercession, this great ministry of Love. This is the Power that comes when we carry the Cross.

The Lamb takes away the sin of the world. This Lamb is the Wisdom of God, because the highest form of wisdom is surrender. “Yes Lord, yes Lord, yes Lord.” Is there anything weaker than a little lamb? God connects us to Himself through the power of the Cross. The Lion and the Lamb. Is there anything more powerful than a lion? The lion symbolizes the power of God. It is the power of the Cross, Love at its best.

God’s love for us is passionate. What more could He do to show us His love than to lay down His life for us? In pondering John 3:16, “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,” I began to experience His love for the world in a much deeper way. God does not hate the world. Rather, He hates the spirituality of the world. He hates what His people are choosing in the world, but He so loved the world that He gave His only Son as ransom, so that He could take back this beautiful world for His greater honor and glory. This is why Jesus came and why He continues to come within us. The Cross is the fullness of consecration, of Covenant Love. It brings the Power that defeats the enemy. It brings the victory.

“Then He took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is My Body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of Me.’” (Lk 22:19)

Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine


“…He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before Him.” (Eph 1:4)

At Fatima we received a beautiful promise from Our Lady. “In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph.” That is so prophetic, so beautiful, so true. But what is She talking about? What does she mean when She says, “In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph”? What Our Lady has taught us, through prayer, is that in the end, sinlessness will triumph over sin. We are dealing here with the enemy at all times. John the contemplative tells us that Satan is a sinner. He is behind every sin. Our Lady is going to triumph over the enemy. She is the Woman which we hear about in the Book of Genesis and again in the Book of Revelation.

Our Lady said, “My Immaculate Heart, My sinless Heart, is going to triumph.” And this is what She wants from Her children – that all of us have sinless hearts. Like any mother, She wants us to have what She has. She wants us to have the very same privileges, the very same gifts. She wants us to be sinless so that, in union with Her, we can triumph – we can win this war over the enemy – we can have the victory. She is gathering Her army now, Her little ones. It is the little ones that allow the conversion process to take place. As Jesus told me a long time ago in prayer, we have to become as little children, because “babies don’t sin.” Simple, isn’t it? So we are to become little. It’s a conversion process.

Sinlessness is a great weapon over the enemy; it is a tremendous weapon over sin. But also, it is the beautiful fruit of the Beatitude, “Blessed are the pure of heart.” Jesus tells us, “Blessed – happy – are the pure of heart.” Why? “Because they shall see God” (cf. Mt 5:18). That is joy, isn’t it? That is happiness – to see God. The pure of heart see with the heart. God wants to clothe us in the full armor (Eph 6). He wants us to have pure hearts. He wants us to have an Immaculate Heart with Our Lady.

“I will give you a new heart and place a new spirit within you, taking from your bodies your stony hearts and giving you natural hearts.” (Ez 36:26)

Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine


“I have come to set the earth on Fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!” (Lk 12:49)

When the Fire of the Holy Spirit has purged and burned and has finally completed its purpose within us - if we allow it - then that same Fire will burn within us without the fuel of sin and it will be very sweet. Then the soul, as St. John of the Cross tells us, will be in sweet communion with God, because the purification process at that level has taken place. This does not mean sin cannot come back – this is a day-to-day battle. But the real deep purification process is over and the resistance is gone. The Fire of God will burn sweetly within us. This is the beauty of solitude! It is a double-edged sword. The same Fire that burns away what has to go is the very same Fire that burns and sets us on Fire with love and zeal for the greater honor and glory of God. And it all happens in the solitude.

It may sometimes be difficult for us to find that alone place or that alone time with God; it is a discipline. We must always remember that the four pillars of contemplative spirituality, or desert spirituality, are disciplines. Each one is a choice. Each one is a decision. Each one is a choice of love. When we love someone, no matter how busy we are, it will become a priority for us to spend some time alone with that person. It is a choice to make time alone with God.

It is in this “alone time” that all the facades melt away and all the fig leaves are gone from us and we are our true and honest selves. That is when things begin to happen. We can then have an encounter with God. “Wash me, Lord. Cleanse me, purify me, Lord. I want my heart to be right with Yours” (Cf. Ps 51). A conversation process begins. The false self starts to go more and more.

In God’s point of view, we find that solitude is very key. In the Song of Songs, you hear Him say to the soul, “O, My dove, in the secret recesses of the cliff (in those deep inner secret places of the heart), let Me hear your voice. Let Me see you” (Songs 2:14). We have to come to Him. He is calling us into this intimacy. He is calling us into this alone time. Everything about God is relationship. God is not nearly as interested in ministry as He is in relationship. That is why He made us in His image and His likeness, so that we, too, would be interested in this relationship. That is number one with God. And He wants it to be the priority with us as well.

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, (then) I will enter his house and dine with him, and he with Me.” (Rev 3:20)

Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine


“People brought to Him all those who were sick and begged Him that they might touch only the tassel on His cloak, and as many as touched it were healed.” (Mt 14:35-36)

I think today, more than any other time, hearts need to be healed. Our own hearts need to be healed throughout our lifetime. When we are able to receive healing for our own hearts, we can then gain these same graces for other people.

Most of the pain in our society comes from within – the abuse, the neglect. These are signs of the violation of the New Commandment, “Love one another as I have loved you!” It is one, simple little commandment, yet it is so difficult for some reason for God’s people to keep. It is so difficult for us to live out. Hearts are hurting. If we can allow God to heal our hearts, then we will be able to gain that platform, you might say, for those graces for other hearts as well. Our work is really cut out for us. We must pray for the desire to allow that Breastplate of Righteousness (see Eph 6:14) to be upon us at all times.

It is so important to protect the heart because it is an entrance for the enemy. We want to close any doors to the enemy because there is retaliation for prayer warriors, for people who pray and who pray effectively. Jesus was harassed very, very often. Scripture says the enemy left Him, “for awhile” (Lk 4:13). Just read your Scriptures closely. Satan was always there harassing Jesus – sometimes through people and their words and actions, sometimes directly. You will see it. The enemy harassed Jesus, but never with any success. Never with any success for prayer warriors either if we can close the doors to our hearts where he gains entrance. The enemy only gets to us if we have an open door – an unhealed wound. This is what we are always looking for in ministry – wounds of anger, unforgiveness, unbelief. We have to make sure these, and all doors to the enemy, are closed in our hearts and in our own lives.

“Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your wound shall quickly be healed; your vindication shall go before you, and the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.” (Is 58:8)

Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine


“But you will receive Power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses…to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

We at home have been praying more and more for the gift of repentance for ourselves and for our nation. When you really meditate on Pentecost and what happened there, pondering the great outpouring of the tremendous Gift of the Holy Spirit upon those gathered in the upper room, we sometimes just focus on what was happening to them. But look deeper. There was another gift being poured out in abundance to the people outside the upper room (Acts 2:5-12). Three thousand people who heard the apostles speak that day were baptized. The gift of repentance was being poured out! This is a tremendous gift where I am given the grace to actively use my will now to choose – to choose God’s preference – to choose God’s will.

The more we fall in love with anybody or anything, the more we desire fine-tuning. We want to know and to choose the preference of the Beloved. We are talking about a love that desires to defer to our brothers and sisters because it is one with the Mind and Heart of Jesus Christ. It identifies us with Jesus. This is one thing that happens in transforming union – we want to become one with Jesus, the One we love. We are seeking our best self. We are seeking our true self. This is who we really are.

We are speaking here of the birthing of Jesus in each and every heart. This is what we truly desire so that Jesus can come forth, so that He can live, He can grow, He can increase. John the Baptist knew this so well. “He must increase,” John said, “and I must decrease.” One translation I love is, “I must disappear” (Jn 3:30). That is what we want – to disappear totally into God, don’t we? Every time I say, “Yes” to God, I am saying, “No” to myself. I am choosing less of me so that there is more of God coming into my life. It’s a win, believe me. It is happiness, it is joy, it is freedom.

“Yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me” (Gal 2:20)

Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the Kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.” (Mk 10:15)

We need to learn to ask questions like children do. We need to learn to know we don’t know anything. And we really don’t. We ask God all the time, “What do You think, Lord? Father, what is Your mind? What is Your will? What should we do? What shouldn’t we do?” He wants us to know. He wants us to be led just as Jesus was always led by the Spirit. This is another incredible mystery. Jesus was Incarnate Wisdom and yet He was always led by the Spirit. Incarnate Wisdom being led by the Spirit of Wisdom. Isn’t that amazing? He didn’t do His own thing – ever. He didn’t make His own decision. He did only what the Father wanted. “I only do what pleases the Father” (Jn 8:29). Jesus went off into the deserts. He went to mountain-tops. He had that time alone. He was not in the dark, was He? He knew what the Father wanted at all times. We too are constantly led by these beautiful gifts of the Spirit.

The pillar of contemplative spirituality which is very important here is the pillar of prayer itself. This pillar forces us to go to God constantly in prayer – to ask, to listen, to learn. There is no way we can carry out Our Lady’s mandate at Cana if we are not listening. She said, “Do whatever He tells you” (Jn 2:5). Whatever. And to do this we must be asking and listening constantly.

When we say that the pillar is prayer, we are talking specifically about contemplative prayer. Contemplative prayer is listening prayer. We don’t do the talking. We are in the presence of Someone so much greater than ourselves. We want to learn from Him. We want to know His thoughts now – His mind, His ways. And this is what He wants also.

The New Testament is filled with Jesus telling us what to be doing and what not to be doing. It is all based on love. The fruit of this kind of love is obedience. So if we really love God, we’re going to be doing what He says. That’s love power at it’s best.

“He said to them in reply, ‘My mother and my brothers are those who hear the Word of God and act on it.’” (Lk 8:21)

 

 

Excerpt from Desert Warrior
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Mary said, ‘Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your Word.’” (Lk 1:38)

Let’s briefly look at some of the fruits of desert spirituality. The fruit of this desert spirituality for Our Lady was Jesus. She listened. She heard. She did ask a question (which is fine), “How can this be?” (Lk 1:34). Then she gave Her “yes”. She made a definite choice, and she chose and surrendered to God’s will. “Be it done to me (no conditions here) according to Your Word” (Lk 1:38). This means – Your way, Your time. Have you ever given a “yes” to the Lord but with the condition of “tomorrow” or “not yet” or “I don’t think I’m quite ready”? What joy to give a surrendered, unconditional “yes” to the Lord like Our Lady!

Another fruit of the desert spirituality is that it feeds us. We need to be fed by God personally. We need God’s Word; we need God’s life. One time when Mother Teresa came to America and saw the spiritual poverty of our country, she said that America had the worst spiritual poverty of any nation in the world. We were the poorest of the poor and extremely hungry for the Divine, the spiritual. So we need this Daily Bread. Every day we need to be fed something from God. We can’t give something we don’t have. We need to receive more Love if we are going to live the New Commandment of Love. We need to receive more of God if we are going to share Him with others.

Another beautiful fruit of desert spirituality is revelation. God initiates. It is a gift. God initiated the presence of the entire Trinity to Our Lady at the Annunciation. God will always reveal Himself because He takes the first step. He is Love (1 Jn 4:8). He is the Lover –we are the beloved –and so He always initiates.

When we have this intimacy with God, another special fruit of desert spirituality is it will help us to resist temptation. There can be a lot of temptations, evil, and dangers in deserts, but when Jesus was tempted by Satan to turn the stones into food, Jesus didn’t waver because He was already being fed by His Father. One time I asked God, “Where did Eve make her biggest mistake?” We can’t stop that first insidious voice of Satan, that first accusation or that first temptation, but we do have power over the second step of how we are going to react. The Lord showed me, “She didn’t check it out with Me.” All she had to do was talk it over with God. And so, we must remember to always check it out.

“But the Woman was given the two wings of the great eagle, so that she could fly to Her place in the desert, where, far from the serpent, she was taken care of…” (Rev 12:14)

 

Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Upon Him was the chastisement that makes us whole, by His stripes we were healed.” (Is 53:5)

There comes a point where we realize that it is so worthwhile to go on the Cross and plead, along with Our Lady, along with Jesus, for the mercy of God, for the cleansing, for the forgiveness, for all the graces that souls need so that they can be free from bondage – the bondage of sin, the bondage of pain, the bondage of all sorts of hell which they experience deep within themselves. We want them to be free and know the Father as we know the Father. We want all souls to soar, to receive these gifts, this new Life, this new Love, and particularly, this Peace.

This is our mission. And the price is high; it will cost us our lives. Almost every day, it will cost us our lives. But you’ll never know it, because the reward is so great. You’ll never really know how poverty stricken you are as you are getting these graces for others. You will really never know the pain very long, because the love we experience is so immense and intense! God pours it out on us because He is so seeking little victim lambs to enter into this redemptive mission with His Son. So if you get depressed, if you get angry, if you get headaches, if you get stiff necks, if you get confused, if you get all these things, pray for people who are going through the same thing. You will be getting those graces for somebody else.

You cannot go wrong with this beautiful gift of intercessory prayer. This is the call of the Suffering Servant which we read about in Isaiah 53. It is the mission of the Lamb led to the slaughter so that God’s people can be healed. Now it is our turn to share those stripes and those wounds so that our brothers and sisters can be healed all over the world.

“ … I have been crucified with Christ; yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me” (Gal 2:19-20)

 

 

Excerpt from “Contemplation: Listening,” Kingstown, West Indies
Talk given by M. Nadine


 “Speak, for your servant is listening.” (1 Sm 3:10)

Isaiah, one of the great prophets said, “Morning after morning He opens my ear that I may hear” (Is 50:4). For us it’s the ear of the heart. He speaks to us and tells us His will and what pleases Him. This is why contemplative silence is so important from God’s point of view. From our point of view, we can usually skip over it because we’d rather be doing things – doing good things for the Lord. What is it about silence that seems to mean a lot to God? Well, I’m not sure I have the entire answer, but I want to briefly share how God moves in silence. His greatest revelations, the most solemn movements of His Spirit, come out of silence.

The Old Testament tells about the conception of Jesus. It says, “For when peaceful stillness compassed everything and the night in its swift course was half spent, the Word of God leapt down” (see Wis 18:14). It was silent when He leapt down into Mary’s womb. Then there is the silence of Bethlehem – only Mary and Joseph were there at Jesus’ birth. Think of this tremendous mystery. Then God waits and put His Son into the silence of the hidden years in Nazareth. For thirty years He was disguised, hidden.

There is the silence of Calvary. Even the Father Himself seemed to be silent then. Jesus cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken Me?” (Mt 27:46). Here, there is tremendous silence in the greatest moment of the history of all mankind. Also, look at the silence at the Resurrection. No one was there to see Jesus come out of the tomb. This is a tremendous mystery.

Revelation 8:1 says, “When the Lamb broke open the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.” A tremendous solemn movement of God is about to happen, and it calls for silence. I can’t imagine all of Heaven being silent – the angels not singing and everyone not praising – only silence. Every time silence comes, there is going to be a solemn movement of God. You will hear and see this movement within your own soul in the silence.

 “Be still and know that I am God!” (Ps 46: 10 or 11)

Excerpt from Church Alive Album
Talk given by M. Nadine


“I have come to set the earth on Fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!”
(Lk 12:49)

There was an action that took place on Pentecost in the Upper Room. There was the driving wind, God breathing, literally blowing His wind, His breath into them. Scripture says, “Tongues as of Fire appeared, which parted and came to rest on each of them” (Acts 2:3). The word “rest” is very anointed in Scripture, particularly for contemplatives because that is contemplative prayer at the very beautiful, full degree. When we are at this level, we rest because the Spirit is resting upon us. We rest so that God can do all the action. At this level of prayer, we become receivers. So the Holy Spirit came and rested upon them on Pentecost.

Whenever that Fire comes to rest upon us, It begins to drive us into the desert as It drove all the prophets into the desert, and as it drove Jesus into the desert as well. It drives us into the desert because many things happen in the desert, especially intimacy – union, aloneness with God – so we can begin to allow that Word within us to take root and grow.

Prophets come from the desert because this is where they hear God and learn what He wants to do. Then a prophet does with that Word whatever God is indicating. For some, like the prophets in the Old Testament, it might be to speak that word out. For intercessors, we hear the Word and then we pray it out. For all of us, that means to take that Word and live it out. So we need to go into the desert. We need to have the Holy Spirit drive us there every day because we need to become prophets. We need to become a prophetic Church. We need to receive His revelations again. Jesus said, “The words I spoke to you are Spirit and Life” (Jn 6:63).

“A voice cries out: In the desert prepare the way of the Lord! Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!” (Isaiah 40:3)

Excerpt from Spiritual Warfare for the New Millennium
Talk given by M. Nadine


“And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to Myself." (Jn 12:32)

I believe that our mission for the new millennium is quite clear – it’s to regain the Kingdom again, to regain the world back for God, soul by soul by soul. Our mission is to literally go into the enemy’s camp. Our mission is to become a Church on the offensive again. The Church is a might fortress, and She’s built upon the one Foundation of Jesus Christ, Her Lord. But I believe God is calling us now not to just be on the defensive, but to be on the offensive, as Jesus was. We are to go right into the enemy’s camp and snatch souls back again for the Father and win this war. I believe that we are called to continue the warfare mission of the Lamb who continues His redemptive mission in each of us now, and that is continuing to take away this sin, to take away Satan’s kingdom.

God wants us to be free. He came to set us free. We sing a song, “I went to the enemy’s camp, and I took back what he stole from me.” That’s what we’re doing. That’s what we’re all about. It’s so easy to do once we have the tools, once we know what the Lord wants, once we have the discernment, and once we know how to do it. The beautiful thing about spiritual warfare is that it comes out of prayer in union with the Deliverer Himself – Jesus. It can take place anywhere in the world. Prayer in union with Jesus is definitely the answer to the new millennium because sin and evil has escalated. This is the only way we are going to reach everyone. Some people’s faith level is very low. There is a roaming, a sense of being lost within so many of God’s beautiful little sheep, and it’s time to go after them and bring them home. Through God’s grace and prayer, it can happen.

“In just the same way, it is not the will of your Heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost.” (Mt 18:14)

Excerpt from Empowered Prayer: Spiritual Warfare
Talk given by M. Nadine


“A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have Life and have It more abundantly.” (Jn 10:10)

First of all, I’d like to just set the stage from Genesis 3:15 because this is where the Father declared war. He was speaking directly to Satan when He said, “I will put enmity between you and the Woman, between your offspring and Hers (Her offspring who of course is Jesus). He will strike at your head, while you strike at His heel.” I was praying about this in depth one time. I felt the Woman is Our Lady, but the Woman is also the Church and Her offspring, all of us. Because of our Baptism, the Jesus in us is striking at the head of Satan. We know that the greatest weapon that Jesus used, the greatest act of love, took place on Calvary, where He put sin to death.

Revelation 12 says that Satan went off to make war on Her offspring (Rv 12:17). St. John spells out who “Her offspring” are – “those who keep God’s commandments and give witness to Jesus” (Rv 12:17). Those who keep God’s commandments are the ones who Satan makes war with. Since the ambush in the Garden, this long fight between God and Satan has dramatically escalated. It has come into a full-scale war. Whether we like it or not, we are at war, but we need to understand that God started it; He declared war.

So it’s a constant struggle of evil versus good that we’re in. It begins with our own soul. There’s no escaping this battle. Jesus made that very clear: “You’re either with Me or you are not” (see Mt 12:30). There isn’t any gray area. There isn’t any compromising. This is where this great gift of Fortitude that we received at Confirmation comes in and helps us to persevere in these times of trial and struggle.

Jesus has stepped into the battlefield directly. He came to confront the enemy. He has won for us the decisive victory, but the redemption goes on. The graces are there, but Paul tells us that it’s prayer warriors who distribute these beautiful graces to people who need these graces of life, of healing, of God’s promise.

“ Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us” (Heb 12:1)

 

Excerpt from Prayer Warrior Summit Formation
Talk given by M. Nadine


“For with You is the fountain of Life, and in your Light we see Light.” (Ps 36:10)

St. Irenaeus once said that “the glory of God is man fully alive”. We want to be fully alive with God’s presence within us. This is what the Transfiguration is all about; to be totally transfigured, to be full of Life, full of Love, and full of Grace as Our Lady was. The sin that we want to talk about that can block this and give the enemy entrance into our hearts is the sin of envy.

The gift of the Holy Spirit that has been give to combat this sin of envy is the gift of wisdom, probably the highest gift there is. We read that wisdom enters into holy souls and makes them friends of God (Wis 7:27). When wisdom enters into holy souls and makes them friends of God, it means that God has entered in a very special relationship. Then man is fully alive with the glory of God; this is the glory of prayer warriors.

The second word that Jesus spoke from the Cross is how we put envy totally to death, “This day you will be with Me in Paradise” (Lk 23:43). If we can put envy to death, if we can call forth the gift of wisdom and beg God to enter into us fully, we can put envy to death. We can enter into that deep, very personal relationship with the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit this day.

Our Lady received this gift at the Annunciation when the Spirit of Wisdom came into Her and became enfleshed; It was Jesus. She could then cry out that Her whole being magnified the Lord and Her spirit rejoiced in God. When our whole being is filled with Wisdom Incarnate and the Word made flesh is enfleshed again within each of us, it is a fruit of the gift of wisdom. As long as we give room for the Word to take up His abode within us and make room for His gift to fill us, then we, too, can magnify the Lord.

“I praise You, so wonderfully You made me; wonderful are Your works!” (Ps 139:14)

Excerpt from Church Alive Album
Talk given by M. Nadine


“I have come to set the earth on Fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!”
(Lk 12:49)

There was an action that took place on Pentecost in the Upper Room. There was the driving wind, God breathing, literally blowing His wind, His breath into them. Scripture says, “Tongues as of Fire appeared, which parted and came to rest on each of them” (Acts 2:3). The word “rest” is very anointed in Scripture, particularly for contemplatives because that is contemplative prayer at the very beautiful, full degree. When we are at this level, we rest because the Spirit is resting upon us. We rest so that God can do all the action. At this level of prayer, we become receivers. So the Holy Spirit came and rested upon them on Pentecost.

Whenever that Fire comes to rest upon us, It begins to drive us into the desert as It drove all the prophets into the desert, and as it drove Jesus into the desert as well. It drives us into the desert because many things happen in the desert, especially intimacy – union, aloneness with God – so we can begin to allow that Word within us to take root and grow.

Prophets come from the desert because this is where they hear God and learn what He wants to do. Then a prophet does with that Word whatever God is indicating. For some, like the prophets in the Old Testament, it might be to speak that word out. For intercessors, we hear the Word and then we pray it out. For all of us, that means to take that Word and live it out. So we need to go into the desert. We need to have the Holy Spirit drive us there every day because we need to become prophets. We need to become a prophetic Church. We need to receive His revelations again. Jesus said, “The words I spoke to you are Spirit and Life” (Jn 6:63).

“So I will allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak to her heart.” (Hos 2:16)

Excerpt from Empowered Prayer: Spiritual Warfare
Talk given by M. Nadine


“A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have Life and have It more abundantly.” (Jn 10:10)

First of all, I’d like to just set the stage from Genesis 3:15 because this is where the Father declared war. He was speaking directly to Satan when He said, “I will put enmity between you and the Woman, between your offspring and Hers (Her offspring who of course is Jesus). He will strike at your head, while you strike at His heel.” I was praying about this in depth one time. I felt the Woman is Our Lady, but the Woman is also the Church and Her offspring, all of us. Because of our Baptism, the Jesus in us is striking at the head of Satan. We know that the greatest weapon that Jesus used, the greatest act of love, took place on Calvary, where He put sin to death.

Revelation 12 says that Satan went off to make war on Her offspring (Rv 12:17). St. John spells out who “Her offspring” are – “those who keep God’s commandments and give witness to Jesus” (Rv 12:17). Those who keep God’s commandments are the ones who Satan makes war with. Since the ambush in the Garden, this long fight between God and Satan has dramatically escalated. It has come into a full-scale war. Whether we like it or not, we are at war, but we need to understand that God started it; He declared war.

So it’s a constant struggle of evil versus good that we’re in. It begins with our own soul. There’s no escaping this battle. Jesus made that very clear: “You’re either with Me or you are not” (see Mt 12:30). There isn’t any gray area. There isn’t any compromising. This is where this great gift of Fortitude that we received at Confirmation comes in and helps us to persevere in these times of trial and struggle.

Jesus has stepped into the battlefield directly. He came to confront the enemy. He has won for us the decisive victory, but the redemption goes on. The graces are there, but Paul tells us that it’s prayer warriors who distribute these beautiful graces to people who need these graces of life, of healing, of God’s promise.

“ Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us” (Heb 12:1)

 

Excerpt from Prayer Warrior Summit Formation
Talk given by M. Nadine


“As proof that you are children, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying out, ‘Abba, Father!’” (Gal 4:6)

We have received the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit to empower us. The gift of piety is the particular gift of the Holy Spirit that has been given to us to be a weapon to help us cast out the sin of anger. The gift of piety is a tremendous gift of great love of the Father and of His children. The gift of piety gives us the motive, strength, and direction to nail the sin of anger to the Cross . The gift of piety helps us to release the anger for the greater honor and glory of the Father and for the salvation of souls. It’s a beautiful gift that we need to combat this capital sin, so that we can lay that sin to rest with Jesus on the Cross.

We need the virtue of meekness to combat the sin of anger. Jesus had all the virtues, and He said, “Learn from Me, for I am meek and humble of Heart” (Mt 11:29). Meekness is tremendous strength, tremendous restraint, not weakness. So spiritual childhood is key for our identity, and through the gift of piety, the virtues of gentleness, patience, and meekness are constantly manifested. We are equipped with the “footgear of peace” (Eph 6:15) when we combat the sin of anger and put it to rest with “Father, forgive.” When we can lay our anger to rest through forgiveness, there is peace and we are set free. We are free, we are at peace, and as intercessors, we can get those graces for others to have peace as well. The power of intercession comes when we can nail it to the Cross, when we can forgive, when we can take on others’ unforgiveness and do the same so that they can experience “salvation through forgiveness of sin” (cf. Lk 1:77). That’s what Jesus did for us. This is what Our Lady did for us. This is what Jesus wants to do for others now with, in, and through us.

Isaiah tells us, “Come now, let us set things right” (Is 1:18). Just the words, “set things right” brings peace. We want things to be right. God is a God of order. Sin is disorder. We want “things set right”!

“I will give you a new heart and place a new spirit within you, taking from your bodies your stony hearts and giving you natural hearts.” (Ezekiel 36:26)

 

Excerpt from Prayer Warrior Summit Formation
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Come now, let us set things right, says the LORD: Though your sins be like scarlet, they may become white as snow; Though they be crimson red, they may become white as wool.” (Is 1:18)

We have to ask the Holy Spirit to flash His flashlight in our heart to show us where anger is in our lives. Anger can grow inside of us if we don’t get it rooted out. Angry thoughts or speech can lead to angry conduct. I once had a superior who used to say to the community, “I can’t hear a word you’re saying because your actions are shouting.”

So as we ascend Mount Tabor, we hear the Father saying, “This is My Beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to Him” (Mt 17:5). When we listen to Jesus, we turn as prayer warriors to Mount Calvary, to the Cross, because this is where He preached His greatest sermon of all. We listen very carefully to His seven last words, which are the ways God has given us to totally uproot the seven capital sins. The first word on the Cross is, “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do” (Lk 23:34).

One of the reasons we have so much trouble forgiving is rooted in fear. Our anger is rooted in fear. If we can stay angry, it’s safe, but if I let my anger go, the fear is, “Am I going to be hurt again? Do I have to have another encounter again with this person? Who’s going to step on my heart this time?” There’s a fear that will keep us from forgiving, and so the power of Calvary in our lives is extremely important because it’s the summit of Love. Only perfect love can drive out fear (cf. 1 Jn 4:18). And so with Jesus, we can nail anger to the Cross; we can totally uproot it when we can say, “Father, forgive them, they don’t know what they are doing.” Anger is put to death right when we forgive. To lay the ax to the root, we take it right to the Cross.

“Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.” (Lk 23:34)

Excerpt from The Uncreated Gift
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Behold, I make all things new.” (Rev 21:5)

The Holy Spirit is longing, really longing, for the return of Jesus. Our Lady is longing for the return of Jesus, and the Father is longing for the return of Jesus. Jesus can return in us through the power of the Spirit. The work of the Holy Spirit is to bring about life in union with God. Isn’t that beautiful? In the fullness of humanity – this is the miraculous work not in the spirit like the angels, but in the fullness of humanity.

Paul talks about this transforming process, “All of us, gazing with unveiled faces on the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory” (2 Cor 3:18). St. Irenaeus said, “The glory of God is man fully alive, the glory of man is the vision of God. The Holy Spirit tries to bring each of us fully alive with God’s life, with God’s grace.” We go from “glory to glory” as we let in more of God’s life. We go to another level of glory as we let more of God’s life take possession of us.

There will be different fruit in our lives; we see by the fruit. This is very important for intercessors. “The Spirit and the Bride (that’s the Church, that’s each one of us) say, ‘Come!’” (Rev 22:17) “Come, Lord Jesus. Come in the power of Your Spirit. Let the Spirit transform me into You.” It’s the identical Spirit that lived within Jesus that has been given to us! Can you imagine? He has given us His very life, His very Spirit. This is a tremendous mystery, and He is drawing us more and more into becoming Jesus. I think this is the beauty of Confirmation – the powerful movement of the Spirit that makes us into Jesus. Then we become one: one Body, one Spirit, one Lord.

Along with the Spirit, let our prayer this coming week be, “Come, Lord Jesus. Come in the power of Your Spirit and form me into Your image so that the Father can look upon me as He looked upon You and see only You, Jesus. Amen.”

“The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come.’ Let the hearer say, ‘Come.’ Let the one who thirsts come forward, and the one who wants it receive the gift of Life-Giving Water.” (Rev 22:17)

 

Excerpt from Desert Warrior
Talk given by M. Nadine


“So I will allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak to her heart.” (Hosea 2:16)

Let’s briefly look at some of the fruits of desert spirituality. The fruit of this desert spirituality for Our Lady was Jesus. She listened. She heard. She did ask a question (which is fine), “How can this be?” (Lk 1:34). Then she gave Her “yes”. She made a definite choice, and she chose and surrendered to God’s will. “Be it done to me (no conditions here) according to Your Word” (Lk 1:38). This means – Your way, Your time. Have you ever given a “yes” to the Lord but with the condition of “tomorrow” or “not yet” or “I don’t think I’m quite ready”? What joy to give a surrendered, unconditional “yes” to the Lord like Our Lady!

Another fruit of the desert spirituality is that it feeds us. We need to be fed by God personally. We need God’s Word; we need God’s life. One time when Mother Teresa came to America and saw the spiritual poverty of our country, she said that America had the worst spiritual poverty of any nation in the world. We were the poorest of the poor and extremely hungry for the Divine, the spiritual. So we need this Daily Bread. Every day we need to be fed something from God. We can’t give something we don’t have. We need to receive more Love if we are going to live the New Commandment of Love. We need to receive more of God if we are going to share Him with others.

Another beautiful fruit of desert spirituality is revelation. God initiates. It is a gift. God initiated the presence of the entire Trinity to Our Lady at the Annunciation. God will always reveal Himself because He takes the first step. He is Love (1 Jn 4:8). He is the Lover –we are the beloved –and so He always initiates.

When we have this intimacy with God, another special fruit of desert spirituality is it will help us to resist temptation. There can be a lot of temptations, evil, and dangers in deserts, but when Jesus was tempted by Satan to turn the stones into food, Jesus didn’t waver because He was already being fed by His Father. One time I asked God, “Where did Eve make her biggest mistake?” We can’t stop that first insidious voice of Satan, that first accusation or that first temptation, but we do have power over the second step of how we are going to react. The Lord showed me, “She didn’t check it out with Me.” All she had to do was talk it over with God. And so, we must remember to always check it out.

“Mary said, ‘Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your Word.’” (Lk 1:38)

 

Excerpt from Prayer Warrior Summit Formation
Talk given by M. Nadine

 

“The night is advanced, the day is at hand. Let us then throw off the works of darkness (and) put on the armor of Light” (Rom 13:12)

Before St. Paul tells us to put on the armor of Light, he says, “Let us throw off the works of darkness” (Rom 13:12). Once we cast out deeds of darkness and God’s light comes into us, then Satan doesn’t have a platform anymore. So the Light is our number one weapon to dispel the darkness and uproot Satan.

Sin will always be an infraction of God’s love in some way. It will always make us somehow love God, ourselves, and others less. It will always strike against Love with the weapon of fear. The Lord indicated to us, “I want sin rooted out now. I don’t want any more band-aids. I want it rooted out so you can be totally free from Satan’s camp, free to live and move and have your being in Me.” In the Gospels, Jesus talks so much about fear, “Fear not. Fear not, little flock. Do not fear. Fear is useless.” He was giving us a weapon, His love, God’s love, to come against fear. “Perfect love casts out all fear” (1 Jn 4:18). Only God’s love is perfect love. God is the Deliverer and He will uproot the fear with His love. When we are with Jesus, adhered to Jesus, we are on firm foundation because Jesus is the Rock, and nothing can shake a house that is built on Rock.

When a room is totally dark, all you do is walk over and flip on the light switch, and the darkness is gone instantly, not gradually, but instantly. This is what God’s light will do to our darkness. We want to invite Him to bring His light into these areas of sin, darkness, and unhealed emotions. When He comes in Truth, “the Truth will set us free” (Jn 8:32).

“While you have the Light, believe in the Light, so that you may become children of the Light." (Jn 12:36)

 

Excerpt from Prayer Warrior Summit Formation
Talk given by M. Nadine


“I the Lord have called you for the victory of justice. I have grasped you by the hand. I formed you and set you as a light to the nations, to open the eyes of the blind” (Is 42:6-9).

So God hasn’t just called us - He’s reached out and touched us and He’s holding onto us. We’re called to open the eyes of the blind, to come against this deception, to bring prisoners out of the confinement of those who live in sin. If we’re going to get graces for people to get out of sin, we’re going to have to fight for them ourselves because we’re going right into Satan’s camp.

Hopefully we are going to become more aware of God’s power, as we decrease and He increases within us, as we become more like a little child. Many of you are seasoned intercessors; many of you have been through many battles as well. You know the cost is high, but it cost Jesus His life and it costs us ours as well. When we lay down our lives, we receive so much more as He gives us more than we can ever imagine because He will never, ever be outdone in generosity.

We hope to expose more of the enemy’s strategies and his territory within ourselves so we can make sure we are totally free. We want to learn from God how He wants us to attack and how He wants us to go forth in His power, love, truth and light. I have learned from the Lord that the enemy is afraid of Truth because the “Truth sets us free” (cf. Jn 8:32) and Satan does not want us to be free. He wants us to live out of lies and to stay in the lie.

The Lord is Truth, so Satan is afraid of Jesus. The Father Himself has called us to come into this union with His Son and we have been empowered in a special way with the Holy Spirit. I now understand why John says, “For the One Who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” (1 Jn 4:4). We have to have faith so that we can believe all the time that God is with us always. Then we’re going to stand firm and nothing is going to shake us.

“Therefore, we who are receiving the unshakable kingdom should have gratitude, with which we should offer worship pleasing to God in reverence and awe.” (Heb 12:28)

Excerpt from Prayer Warrior Summit Formation
Talk given by M. Nadine


“He made of me a sharp-edged Sword and concealed me in the shadow of His arm...” (Is 49:2)

“Declare this among the nations: proclaim a war, rouse the warriors to arms! Let all the soldiers report and march! Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak man say, ‘I am a warrior!’” (Jl 4:9-10). We are being prepared for battle. Our intercessory tools are going to develop into more prayer-warrior tools, you might say. As we come into this deeper covenant union with Jesus we become the Sword, and we become the very weapon the Spirit is looking for right now so that He can come forth with this warfare.

When He calls us, when He asks anything of us, there’s nothing sweeter. There is absolutely nothing sweeter than to hear from Jesus Christ, to have that Word come alive within us. But sometimes the message and the content of what He is asking or saying is hard to digest. As prayer warriors, what He’s asking of us is very sweet, but yet it’s a very difficult ministry. Even though we know God is with us, there are times when we might be tempted to say, “Lord, choose someone else. Help! I just want to sit under this tree and rest.” But God calls us to mountaintops, into His presence, into places of union with Him.

God is beginning to reveal His mysterious plan, this New Covenant that He wants to establish now, this New Jerusalem, His glorified Church, people fully alive and filled with the presence of God. He is calling prayer warriors into preparing His Second Coming. He is coming as the Prayer Warrior Himself. He is coming as the Warrior King. He’s coming for the final confrontation with Satan. He Himself is preparing in, with, and through us, for this covenant relationship, for this New Covenant, this deep union, this Glorified Church where He’s fully alive.

“ Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rv 22:20)

 

Excerpt from Prayer Warrior Summit Formation
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” (1 Sm 3:9)

Each of us has heard God calling us by name. He called Moses by name on Mount Sinai and his response was, “Here I am” (Ex 3:4). This is to be our response, too. We begin our Summit meeting on Mount Sinai where Moses received his call to be a prayer warrior and a tremendous intercessor, but first and foremost, he was called to be a prophet to listen and dialogue with God. This is where he received his instructions.

In this formation series, we will constantly be going back to our relationship with God because without the relationship, we haven’t any life, power, or anything. We are called to the very summit of love, to transforming union, to be so totally one with Jesus, especially Jesus Christ Crucified, which is the summit of agape love. Jesus is the Prayer Warrior; Jesus is the Intercessor; Jesus is the Mediator. Jesus is the Beloved Son, the One who the Father listens to. So when Jesus prays in, with, and through us, we know we have the Father’s ear. We also have received a call, a mission, and it is like Moses’ mission, but first and foremost it is a call to relationship with the Lord.

God is saying, “I will send you.” He is talking about sending us forth now as prayer warriors right into the enemy’s camp to lead His people out of Egypt, out of paganism, out of the desert, and out of all the places where they are confined right now. He promised Moses on Mount Sinai, “I will be with you.” Jesus Himself also said, “I am with you always.” This means we need to believe it! If a prayer warrior doesn’t have that belief that God is with us, then we’re going to go down fast because Satan will know right away that we’re not really sure, particularly when the thick of the battle comes and the clouds get dark. God is telling us, “You’re not going to go into battle alone because the battle belongs to Me. It’s My battle, but I need to fight it through, with, and in you now. I will be with you.” Our response is “Lord, I believe You. I truly believe in You. I know You wouldn’t call me to this kind of ministry and mission if You weren’t true to Your promise.”

“The Lord Himself will fight for you; you have only to keep still." (Ex 14:14)

 

Excerpt from Spiritual Warfare for the New Millennium
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Let the weak man say, ‘I am a warrior!’” (Joel 4:10)

Many times we’ve been asked, “What is spiritual warfare?” Basically, it’s a war between God and Satan. It’s spiritual warfare. In Genesis 3:15 after the Fall, God Himself declared war from the very beginning. Speaking directly to Satan, He said, “I will put enmity between you and the Woman (between you and Mary, Mary being the prototype of the Church, so between you and the Church) and between your offspring and Hers; He will strike at your head, while you strike at His heel.” We especially see that strike on Calvary where Jesus put sin to death, opening the doors for us to be reunited with the Father.

In Revelation we read that the war is still on. “The dragon became angry with the Woman and went off to wage war against the rest of Her offspring, those who keep God’s commandments and bear witness to Jesus” (Rv 12:17). That’s people like us. There is a war going on now.

I want to share with you a beautiful quote from John Paul II when he visited the United States. He was a very holy, Holy Father and was very prophetic. He said, “We are now standing in days of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of Christian communities realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, between the Gospel and the anti-Gospel. This confrontation lies within the plan of Divine Providence and is a trial the whole Church must take on.” (Karol Cardinal Wojtyla while visiting the U.S. in 1972, New York City News).

So Jesus has come into this battlefield for the victory. He won that victory on Calvary two thousand years ago, but it is being applied now through His instruments, through intercessors. As we allow ourselves to be used by God those graces can continue to flow from His Heart, through Mary’s Heart and ours, out into a world that is so in need of grace and so in need of receiving the victory that Jesus has already won.

“The night is advanced, the day is at hand. Let us then throw off the works of darkness (and) put on the armor of Light” (Rom 13:12)

 

 

Excerpt from Battle Power: Agape Intercession
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me” (Gal 2:20)

We’re being called to come into transforming union with Jesus – for our bodies to carry Him around so the Word can become enfleshed again within us. We see that this is the deepest desire in the Heart of Jesus in His last priestly prayer where He said to the Father, “I pray, Father, that they may be one as You and I are one, Father” (cf. Jn 17:11). Jesus has a very specific condition of how He wants this union: He wants us to have the same union that He has with the Father. He wants us to have that beautiful relationship that the two of Them have. Then He prayed, “That they may be one in Us” (Jn 17:21). That’s unity; that’s family; that’s community; that’s Church. When we all can come into that spiritual marriage, that phenomenal spiritual union with Jesus, then we can be one with Him and have the same relationship with the Father that He has with the Father in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Our battle weapon is prayer, but it’s prayer in union with Jesus. We see this many times in Scripture. One time in particular was when Peter’s mother-in-law was ill with a fever. Jesus went to her, and Scripture says that Peter and those who were there interceded with Jesus (cf. Lk 4:38). That’s the power – when we intercede with Jesus. We never pray on our own – we always pray with Jesus. When we pray, we may sometimes wonder, “Is anybody listening? Is God at home?” We need to go into the Heart of Jesus. We need to pray with Jesus, and Jesus will take us to the Father, which will produce the kind of fruit that we want. Union with Jesus is absolutely key. It’s the heart of the Church, and it’s the very heart of prayer.

“Therefore, He is always able to save those who approach God through Him, since He lives forever to make intercession for them.” (Heb 7:25)

 

 

 

 

Excerpt from Desert Armor
Talk given by M. Nadine


“The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The statutes of the Lord are true, all of them just” (Ps 19:10)

I’d like to talk about a gift of the armor that God has given us. The gift is called Fear of the Lord. Do you remember the seven gifts you received at Confirmation? We don’t hear them talked about a lot, do we? Fear of the Lord – fear of displeasing God. And do you know what part of the armor this gift is? The Breastplate of Righteousness (Eph 6:14). It is making things right with God because if we have this holy fear, this gift working within us, then we are striving to please Him. We are trying to get away from being self-righteous to being God-righteous and to have the Breastplate of Righteousness on and to have my heart right with God.

There’s a beautiful picture of the hands of God. It makes me think of the Scripture, “Come, now, let us set things right” (Is 1:18). Peter said that God’s kindness is an invitation to us to repent (2 Pt 3:9). We’re not going to change unless we know that we’re loved. But when we begin to know that we’re loved, then we will start to want to please that person who loves us.

I just love dear little Zaccheus. You know, the little guy who climbed up the tree. He was little, just like us, and he wanted to see Jesus, just like we do. And Jesus said, “Zaccheus, hurry down. I mean to stay at your house today” (Lk 19:5). What an invitation! Zaccheus was pretty much an outcast, and now Jesus says, “Come on down. I want to be friends with you. I want to stay at your house today.” Then Zaccheus started to change.

We’ll start to change when we begin to experience God’s love for us personally. The conversion process is so beautiful because Jesus said, “I want you to change and become like a little child” (Mt 18:3). That’s a real nice way to change – to become little.

“Put on the new self, created in God's way in righteousness and holiness of Truth.” (Eph 4:24)

 

 

 

Excerpt from Sacrament of Light
Talk given by M. Nadine


“A clean heart create for me, God; renew in me a steadfast spirit.” (Ps 51:12)

I want to deal with one of our most common sins where we can give the enemy a platform and that is the sin of unforgiveness. Every Sunday and holy day we pray in the Creed, “I believe in one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins.” Jesus took me to the Cross one time and said, “Look. Look at My destiny. I’m hanging here for the forgiveness of sins. I’m interceding and asking the Father to forgive your sins on your behalf. There is no justification in sin.” There is no reason that can justify anyone hanging onto sin because Jesus obtained the grace on the Cross for us to forgive any sins that have been done against us. He has obtained that grace, and so we have the grace. Only God forgives sins, so we need to ask for His love-power from on High. “Please, Lord, give me the grace and power to forgive.”

We sing a song at home a lot, maybe you know it, “Change my heart, O God. Make it ever true. Change my heart, O God. May I be like You.” Not too very long ago, we were singing that song, and on the words, “May I be like You,” I had an image of Jesus and His Heart was literally broken. I asked Him, “What is wrong?” He said, “People really don’t want to be like Me. They don’t want My Spirit to touch and change their heart to be like Mine.” I had never heard of anyone not wanting to be like Jesus or not wanting to have His Heart, and so I asked Him, “Why don’t people want to have Your Heart, Lord?”

One of the reasons He showed me was because then they’ll have to forgive “seventy times seven.” He said, “Then they’ll have to love one another with no conditions. They’ll be introduced into love at a deeper level when they have My Heart. My Heart has sacrificial Love.” It’s costly to have the Heart of Jesus Christ.

The German theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, said that when Jesus bids a person to follow Him, He bids that person to come and die. It means I must die daily so that Jesus can live within me. I lay down my life, and Jesus picks up His in mine. It’s so beautiful to know that Jesus did not come to call the virtuous, but He came to call sinners (Mt 9:13). Each day He is calling us to come beyond where we are.

In one way I think it looks like we’ll always be sinners, but the great consolation for me is that we are loved sinners. We’re going to fall like children fall. But if we’re little, when we fall, we really won’t get hurt. Little children are so close to the ground that they really don’t get hurt. Someone once said that the definition of a saint isn’t that they don’t fall, but a saint always gets up by the count of nine. So let God call you beyond where you are today, into full holiness and sainthood.

“I will give you a new heart and place a new spirit within you, taking from your bodies your stony hearts and giving you natural hearts.” (Ez 36:26)

 

Excerpt from Church Alive
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” (1 Pt 2:5)

St. Peter and St. Paul talk a lot about this spiritual building that we are being built up into in order to offer spiritual sacrifices. As a priestly person and priestly Church, how do we really offer spiritual sacrifices? This is what the Apostles are telling us to do. When I read this I began to realize this is because the Spirit consecrates us in union with Jesus to be the sacrifice. Jesus and the Spirit make the sacrifice spiritual. So when the Holy Spirit calls us into sacrifice, into the heart of Jesus to lay down our lives, then our whole life becomes a sacrifice. Our whole life becomes a spiritual offering to the Lord, and it is pleasing to the Lord.

Jesus is at the right hand of the Father now as the eternal High Priest, mediating, reconciling, in intercession at the Father’s right hand. Yet that eternal High Priest is continuing to live His priestly ministry within each one of us in a very mystical way. This is why He needs us. He needs intercessors; He needs flesh and blood; He needs bodies to enter into so He can continue and perpetuate His sacrifice on the Cross. He wants to continue to cast Fire upon the earth. He couldn’t wait for this type of baptism. He said, “I have come to light a Fire on the earth. How I wish the blaze were ignited! I have a baptism to receive. What anguish I feel till it is over! (Lk 12:49-50). He was enflamed by it because He wanted to cast Fire, to cast Love, to cast Grace, to cast Life, upon the earth into everyone’s heart no matter who they are, no matter where they are.

Not only did He give us a New Covenant, but He also gave us a New Commandment: “Love one another as I have loved you” (Jn 15:12). It is only possible to live that commandment if He is living it within me. This is exactly what He intended! He wants to continue living this commandment within us. He wants to continue loving His people in this sacrificial agape love, and He wants to use us now, His Body here on earth, to do it.

“For this reason, when He came into the world, He said: ‘Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for Me’” (Heb 10:5)

 

 

 

Excerpt from Church Alive
Talk given by M. Nadine


“In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the New Covenant in My Blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me. ’" (1 Cor 11:25)

St. Peter said, “You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation” (1 Pt 2:9). We have been made into a kingdom of priests (Rv 5:10). So if we really believe that we are priestly people, and we are, then doesn’t it also mean we have a priestly mission and ministry? This is a priestly mystical ministry that we are being called to share with the eternal High Priest. This is the ministry of the New Covenant. St. Paul tells us it is the ministry of the Holy Spirit (2 Cor 3:5-8). So thanks be to God, we have the Holy Spirit within us, directing us, teaching us more and more about this ministry, and empowering us to lay down our lives.

Jesus was and is Priest, but He also is victim. He was Priest and victim. He consecrated and was consecrated. So we enter into this priestly ministry with Jesus, the High Priest, but we also are the victim. We are the victim lambs. We are the victims of our own intercession as Jesus was. Each of us carries within ourselves an altar upon our heart. The victim upon that altar is Jesus, the Lamb Who was slain. He resides within us as the Lamb, laying down His life as a victim of God’s most merciful love.

When the Holy Spirit comes upon the bread and wine and consecrates it, the bread and wine are changed through that priestly ministry into Jesus. This is what happens to us when we are consecrated by the Spirit. The Holy Spirit comes upon us and begins to change us day by day by day into becoming more and more like Jesus, and so we become the victim lamb with the Lamb Himself. His ministry is to take away the sin of the world; His ministry has not changed. He is driven by this ministry. So He comes to live within us to continue His priestly ministry, His Lamb-of-God ministry, of taking away the sin of the world.

“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. ” (Jn 1:29)

 

 

 

Excerpt from Healing Power of Compassion
Talk given by M. Nadine


“No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends. ” (Jn 15:13)

Our Lady teaches us a deeper level of intercession – deep-heart intercession. Everything Our Lady teaches us, as you know, has to do with the heart. She’s all heart; She’s a contemplative. She carries God, the Trinity, and all of us within Her Heart. So at the foot of the Cross, Her heart was pierced, and the Heart of Jesus was pierced on the Cross also. Now this was the fulfillment for Mary of Simeon’s prophecy. Remember when She was just a young mother and was offering Jesus in the Temple? It was there when that tremendous prophetic word came to Her from Simeon, “Your own Heart a sword shall pierce so that the thoughts of other hearts may be revealed” (Lk 2:35).

We don’t know how much Mary understood of that prophetic word, but She certainly understood it by the time She was standing at the foot of the Cross because now was the fulfillment of that prophetic word. Her Heart was definitely being pierced.

When our hearts are pierced, pierced with love (and maybe it’s only those we love that can pierce our heart at this level), then we know our intercession has power. It’s purchasing tremendous graces. The Lord has shown us that when His Heart was pierced, Blood and Water came forth. This is the Life that is behind the whole Sacramental system of the Church. This is God’s Life.

“And you yourself a sword will pierce so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed." (Lk 2:35)

 

Excerpt from Healing Power of Deliverance
Talk given by M. Nadine

 “All of us, gazing with unveiled face on the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, as from the Lord Who is the Spirit. ” (2 Co 3:18)

The dream of the Father is for all of us to become transformed. The Seventh Mansion of Teresa of Avila is to become totally transformed into Jesus. This is the great grace of Pentecost. When Jesus breathed the Holy Spirit into the Apostles in the Upper Room on Easter night, He gave them the power to forgive. Then He appeared to them quite a few times in healing, but the actual transformation came upon them at Pentecost. When they came out of that Upper Room, they weren’t the same anymore, were they? Peter, who was totally uneducated, was now preaching and teaching. He was being Jesus Christ, and what Power went through them! They had received the power to heal, the power to set people free, the power to bring people now into relationship with Jesus because they were witnessing to Jesus.

The joy! The joy in the persecution, the joy in the suffering, the joy when they were thrown out of the temple – that’s all the grace of the Holy Spirit. The Church had begun! The Body of Jesus Christ was alive! He was alive again in men and women. This is what the Christian life is all about – transformation into Jesus. When this happens, the part of God’s Armor that we really put on then is the Sword. The Sword of the Spirit is the Word of God, the Second Person of the Trinity. Then the Word of God becomes so enfleshed within us that with Him we become the Sword of the Spirit. Now the Spirit can use us in this tremendous battle against evil.

“And take … the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. ” (Eph 6:17)

Excerpt from Desert Armor
Talk given by M. Nadine


“My strength and my courage is the Lord, and He has been my Savior.” (Ex 15:2)

The gift that I’m going to briefly talk about is the gift of fortitude. We need courage in the Christian walk because it takes courage to be a Christian. Christianity is not natural; it’s supernatural. It’s above our natural inclinations. This is what Baptism did for us. It is not always easy to stand firm, to stand fast, and so St. Paul said, “Use this gift and draw your strength from the Lord and from His mighty power” (see Eph 6:10). We go into the desert to do this. We go into that intimacy. We go into that relationship with God and draw His strength because otherwise we’re going to run scared. We don’t naturally have that kind of courage, particularly when we’re up against the enemy. We need to have tremendous fortitude. It takes courage to be holy.

God said, “I want you to be holy because I’m holy” (Lv 20:7). He gave us His reason: I want you to be like Me. I made you in My image and likeness. I want you to look like Me.” Isn’t that beautiful? But it takes courage. It takes courage to speak Truth. We can be rejected. We can be confronted. We can be chastised. All sorts of things can happen. Jesus was put to death for speaking Truth. Pilate asked Him, “Are you a king?” It took courage to say, “Yes, I am. My Kingdom is not of this world. But I am a King” (Jn 18:33-36). He knew it would cost Him His life. It took courage for Mary to submit and surrender to God’s will for Her. She wasn’t married. She knew the law would mean stoning. Mary risked Her own life. That took courage.

Every “yes” takes courage. It takes courage to witness to Jesus. It takes courage not to listen to certain jokes or not to see certain films or not to be at certain parties. These choices are in our lives every day. Fortitude is the gift that the Spirit has given us so that we can stand firm and draw our strength, courage and hope from the Lord.

“Even when I walk through a dark valley, I fear no harm for You are at my side; Your rod and staff give me courage. ” (Ps 23:4)

Excerpt from Pillars Album; “Charism, Transforming Union”
Talk given by M. Nadine


“I also saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her Husband.” (Rv 21:2)

Scripture says, “The foundation of the city wall was ornate with precious stones of every sort” (Rv 21:19). That’s us – precious stones, living stones, foundation stones. God is beginning with us. It’s important to realize it’s the foundations of the city wall. The wall is always depicted as where the intercessors are. In Isaiah we read, “Upon your walls, O Jerusalem, I have stationed watchmen” (Is 62:6). We “see” for many reasons, but it’s mainly for prayer and for whatever God wants. So we are living, precious stones. God is beginning to build this city for the New Jerusalem.

Believe it or not, He’s building it with those basic four pillars upon which all authentic contemplation rests. Out of the pillar of silence come emeralds of discernment. We know. We see. We understand. Hope comes out of silence because of this discernment gift.

Out of this pillar of solitude come pearls of faith. Solitude is not a means to God –silence is. Solitude is where God dwells. When we’re in the alone with the Alone, we are always united with God. In that solitude we hear, we learn, and we know, and our faith is enkindled. Our faith is so electrified that nothing can shake it because now we are resting totally upon God Himself and His Word. This is the great fruit of solitude.

The great fruit of the great pillar of penance is diamonds of Wisdom. This is because penance will always take us to the Cross, and that is the fullness of Wisdom. Scripture says that all wisdom and power comes from the Cross (1 Cor 1:18-19). The Cross is the epitome of surrender because it’s the fullness of Love. Love always surrenders, and this is wisdom at its best.

The pillar of prayer produces beautiful red rubies of contemplation. These rubies cost us our lives. The German theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, said that “when Christ bids a man to come and follow Him, He bids him to come and die.” But who gets to live then? Jesus.

Another Scripture that is saying this but in a different way is from Chapter 37 of Ezekial. “Thus says the Lord God: From the four winds come, O Spirit, and breathe into these slain that they may come to life … and the Spirit came into them; they came alive and stood upright, a vast army” (Ez 37:9-10). These four spirits are prayer, penance, silence and solitude. When they are operating in our lives, we will come into that full resurrection. When the Church comes into these four pillars of contemplation again, it will also come into resurrection. We will be then a mobilized army ready to move forward with God, “a vast army,” as Ezekial says.

“Come to Me heedfully, listen, that you may have Life” (Is 55:3)

 

Excerpt from New Covenant Power
Talk given by M. Nadine

 

“As proof that you are children, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying out, ‘Abba, Father!’” (Gal 4:6)

 

As we pray through the Our Father, Jesus teaches us more and more about the Father. He says, “Hallowed be Thy Name” (Mt 6:9). Hallowed -Holy- be His Name. Our Lady said the same thing when She was overshadowed by the Holy Spirit. “Holy is His Name” (Lk 1:49). She had experienced God’s holiness, and She spoke from Her experience. In Ephesians 1:4, Paul tells us, “God chose us in Him before the world began.” God chose you before the world began, to be holy and sinless in His sight, to be full of love. He is the Lover, and we are the beloved. He is Love, and He fills us with His love so that we can be holy and full of love.

A saint is one who is holy, full of love. We pray, “Hail Mary, full of grace.” She is full of Jesus, full of the Spirit, full of Life, and of Love. She is our Mother and She wants each of us to have what She has. The Father wants this too. He says, “Be holy, because I am holy” (cf 1 Pet 1:16). We are His children, and we need to look like Him. We are family. When we are overshadowed by the Holy Spirit, we are empowered to become children of God. John tells us that we become “children of light” (cf. Jn 12:36). In 1 John 1:5, he says, “In God there is no darkness; He is all light.” So if we are going to be full of God, we are definitely going to be full of light. There is no darkness in God. He can see all the time.

In the first letter of John, we read, “If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we also have fellowship with one another” (cf. 1 Jn 1:7). Have you ever wondered why there is so little fellowship in the world today, even in the Church, and in the neighborhoods? Hardly anybody knows anybody! It is because we are not completely walking in the light. When two people walk in the light, they see God in each other, and they will have fellowship with each other. When we walk in the light, we will see God!

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great Light; Upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a Light has shone.” (Is 9:1)

 

 

Excerpt from New Covenant Power
Talk given by M. Nadine

 

“You are My friends if you do what I command you.” (Jn 15:14)

I was drawn to the passage in the Gospel of John, which reads, “Little children, it is the final hour” (1 Jn 2:18). We are in the final hour today, and the final confrontation has begun. We have the power to face it head on. This power comes from the Spirit. It is in the meek, loving, obedient little Lamb of God Who comes in power because of a simple “yes”. “Be it done unto me according to Thy Word” (Lk 1:38). The Lamb is always upon the altar of sacrifice and that altar is now within our hearts.

There is a consecration that goes on within our hearts because we are a priestly people, as Peter tells us in 1 Peter 2:5. By virtue of our Baptism, we are called to offer spiritual sacrifices, consecrated by the Spirit. The Spirit Himself will let me know what sacrifices (yeses) He desires from day to day. They can be very simple, yet so powerful. It is as simple as hearing form the Lord, and then responding with the words that allow His power to shine forth, “Yes, Lord!”

This is the power of the New Covenant Blood. The power comes when we allow ourselves to be consecrated by the Spirit to a life of obedience. Our affirmative response, “Yes, Lord,” will bring us to deeper intimacy with God each time. If He has not taught you this, He certainly will.

In Luke 22:19, we hear Jesus’ words to us, “Do this in memory of Me.” What He is referring to is sacrifice. He recalls His sacrifice for us and calls us, in turn, to lay down our lives and die to self, with each “yes”. Jesus once said that He had the power to lay down His life, and the power to take it up again (cf. Jn 10:18). We too have the power to lay down our lives and the power to rise again, in Him. It is a win-win all around.

“They cried out in a loud voice: ‘Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches, wisdom and strength, honor and glory and blessing.’” (Rev 5:12)

 

 

Excerpt from New Covenant Power
Talk given by M. Nadine

 

“As the Father loves Me, so I also love you. Remain in my love.” (Jn 15:9)

Jesus, Who is perfect Love, casts out all fear (cf. 1 Jn 4:18). Love is our weapon, and it has power. Satan does not have this weapon, because satan is fear. Fear is his only weapon, and he uses it a lot. God uses love. The Holy Spirit is a great Gift of God, because He clothes us in Power, wrapping us in love. After He has wrapped us in love, He gives us away. Perhaps you were not expecting to hear that.

Paul said, “The life I live now is not my own” (Gal 2:20). You might be a little bit afraid to give yourself to the Holy Spirit, because He will give you away. It is what the new commandment is all about. “Love one another,” Jesus says, “as I have loved you” (cf. Jn 13:34). Jesus loved us fully in the Spirit. The Spirit gave Jesus away on the Cross. The Spirit will give Jesus away in each one of us every moment, everyday, if we let Him. Even so, we will never be empty, because He will keep refilling us with His love. He never runs out of love.

Look at Corinthians 13 and find out all those things that describe what Love is. It can serve as a wonderful examination of conscience. Am I always kind? Am I always patient? I need more love, more of You, Lord. We actually get to the point where we need God to do all the loving. We get out of His way only when we begin to realize we cannot do it on our own. Jesus knew that. He set up the new commandment so that only He could do it. “Love one another as I have loved you” (Jn 13:34). There is no way to keep that commandment, except to allow Him to keep it Himself, within us. He deliberately made us this way so He would be part of this whole redemption process.

“This is how all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." (Jn 13:35)

Excerpt from Powers and Principalities
Talk given by M. Nadine

 

“Come now, let us set things right, says the LORD: Though your sins be like scarlet, they may become white as snow....” (Is 1:18)

Satan will always entice us to sin. Sin is his kingdom, his domain and he loves to lead us there. Our remedy, as the apostle James tells us, is to “submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (Jas 4:7). Submission to God’s will is important and it is our number one weapon. In submitting to Him, we surrender, and ask for His help. We must admit we do not have it all together, and our posture should be very much one of humility. Humility will always be our best weapon against satan. Interestingly, we tend to think of humility as weakness, and pride as strength. We have it backwards! It is humility that terrifies satan. Humility is one of the reasons Our Lady is so powerful. This humble maid-servant of the Lord is satan’s number one enemy.

Satan hates humility because Jesus is always present in humility. A humble heart is a heart full of Light, full of Jesus, Who is “meek and humble of Heart” (Mt 11:29). Jesus Christ is Truth, and so satan, the father of lies, is terrified of Him. Jesus is without sin, and so the enemy has no hold over Him. If we submit to God and walk in His perfect will, satan can have no hold over us either. This is good news, and very encouraging. The hope for us sinners is that if we cling to Jesus, satan will keep his distance.

Resisting the enemy can sometimes be a struggle, depending on how deeply rooted we are in darkness. Expect to struggle at times, and do not become discouraged. John the Baptist said, “Lay the axe to the root” (cf. Lk 3:9). This is what we must try to do, with the help of the Holy Spirit. We need His light to see the root. “Why do I have this pattern? Why do I keep repeating this sin? I see the symptoms, but I do not know the root. Please, Lord, show me.” Sometimes, God will show us a secondary root, a deeper one, which when pulled out, will take care of the original problem. We run with whatever He tells us, keeping in mind that the true repentance and true freedom come only when we lay the axe to the root.

“The armies of Heaven followed Him, mounted on white horses and wearing clean white linen.” (Rev 19:14)

 

Excerpt from New Covenant Power
Talk given by M. Nadine


"This is My beloved Son, with Whom I am well pleased; listen to Him" (Mt 17:5)

In John 1:14 we read, “We have seen His glory!” It is the glory of an only Son coming from the Father filled with enduring love. We have seen His Son overshadowed by the Spirit. “Holy is His Name” (Lk 1:49). We too can say we have seen His Son. We can say, “We have seen the Lord” (cf. Jn 20:25).

The Kingdom of God is one of eternal Life. That is the promise and we are to know the Father and the One Whom He sent. We will know the Father and Jesus, the One Whom He sent, by experiencing Them. We can only experience Jesus and the Father if we listen to them. Go into your inner room and listen, that you may experience His Word more fully, and that the Kingdom may come more fully in you. This will empower you to ask God to have His Kingdom come in others.

This is beautifully illustrated in the prophetic words spoken by Zechariah in the first chapter of Luke, recited each day in the Benedictus, the Morning Prayer of the Church. Zechariah was struck dumb for nine months, while new life grew in his wife, Elizabeth. In a way, new life was also growing within Zechariah. It was his new life in the Spirit. When he finally opened his mouth, he could speak! He had learned so much in the silence. One of the things he learned was that the Holy Spirit, the Light of God, the Dayspring from on High, will visit us in His mercy (cf. Lk 1:78-79). He will give His people an experience of Salvation in freedom from their sins (cf. Lk 1:77).

“ Father, your Kingdom come!” (cf. Mt 6:10)

 

 

Excerpt from New Covenant Power
Talk given by M. Nadine

 

“Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Heavenly Father.” (Mt 5:16)

We are in a spiritual battle because we are still surrounded by the darkness from the fall. We have inherited it. Each of us has darkness within, and we must attend to our “fall” housecleaning. The battle begins here, and it is a battle between the kingdoms of light and of darkness, between good and evil, between God and satan. God tells us to let our light so shine before men as the stars shine before Him in Heaven (cf. Mt 5:16). God wants His light to shine through each one of us so that others will see it even in the darkness. The darker it gets, the brighter our light will shine. Even a tiny flashlight will shine ever so brightly when it is really dark outside. Imagine the tremendous light that would beam out into the world if each of us little ones have the Light of the World within us! Together, we could light up the world, right from where we live!

Imagine God looking down on us, thinking, “Goodness! I thought My Heavens were up here. Look at all the stars down there!” It would be a new Heaven and a new earth. He said, “I formed you and I sent you as a covenant to the people, a light for the nations” (cf. Is 42:6). He forms us through the prayer that He taught us, the Our Father. You might call it His formation program by which He forms us into contemplatives, bringing us together as one people, one Light for the whole world.

Remember the Book of Genesis, where He said, “Let Us (the Trinity) make man in Our image, in Our likeness” (cf. Gen 1:26). It is what He always intended. In fact, that is what He did in the very beginning. Adam and Eve were filled with light. They were so filled with light they did not know they were naked. They were naked but without shame because there was no darkness in them (cf. Gen 2:25). That was the first Covenant. We are now in the seventh Covenant. We come into our new birth now, in Jesus, because God has chosen us in Him.

“He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before Him.” (Eph 1:4)

Excerpt from Church Alive
Talk given by M. Nadine


“I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” (Jn 13:34)

Truly the Holy Spirit has written His law of Love on our hearts. The Catechism has many names for the Holy Spirit, and one of the names given throughout the Church’s history is “Finger of God.” The Holy Spirit is the Finger of God on the Father’s right hand. The Father’s right hand is the Power. Isn’t that beautiful? The Finger of God is what wrote the Ten Commandments. Now it’s the Finger of God that’s writing this new law of Love within our hearts, and He’s writing it with the Father’s right hand. It’s engraved in our hearts. It’s there as a Person – He is the new Law. So we have the Love power, but there’s always a struggle. We don’t always die so easily, even though Jesus said, “I want you to take up your cross daily (see Mt 16:24). I want you to die daily. I want you to decrease daily.” We struggle, and God lets us struggle, but in the struggle, we grow stronger.

It’s really like living the Passover of the Lord at all times. We’re passing from death at one level to Life. We’re passing from darkness within us at one level to Light. We’re passing from negativity or hate or anger at one level into Love. We’re passing from bondage within ourselves into freedom. We’re always experiencing the Passover of the Lord because the Lord within us is carrying us over the threshold.

Jesus said to the Father, “Sacrifice and oblation you did not desire, but a Body you have prepared for Me … Then I said, ‘As it is written of Me in the book, I have come to do Your will, O God’” (Heb 10:5,7). Not just an individual body, but all of us together form that Body. God the Father has prepared a Body, a Mystical Body for Jesus to come again, so that the perfect will of God can be done in, with, and through Jesus who has taken up residency within us. Scripture tells us that we are temples of the Living God (1 Cor 3:16). The Father says, “When you live in accordance with My Word, when you allow Jesus to lay down His life within you and come into union with Me, in, with, and through Him, then I will welcome you and be a Father to you. You will be my sons and daughters.”

“We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. God is Love, and whoever remains in Love remains in God and God in him.” (1 Jn 4:16)

 

Excerpt from Pillars
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Come to Me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest ”
(Mt 11:28)

Contemplation is heart language, and if it was ever needed in the Church, it is needed now. John the contemplative said, “God is love” (1 Jn 4:8). Of all the ways he could describe God, St. John summed it up in those three little words, “God is love.” So the fruit of contemplative prayer is always union. It’s God’s gift to us. He initiates it; He calls us. God is love; we are the beloved. John the contemplative referred to himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loved” (Jn 13:23; 19: 26). John experienced Love. Contemplative prayer is a Heart-to-heart communication of Love.

St. Augustine said, “Our hearts are ever restless till they find rest in Thee” (The Confessions, Book 1, 1-3). “Rest” is a very contemplative term. When we are at home with God, when we are being loved and are experiencing His Presence, there isn’t anything more to say. We are satisfied. Love is touching us, we are touching Love, and are hearts are resting in His.

In the Song of Songs, God invites us, “Eat, friends; drink! Drink freely of love” (Sg 5:1). He knows what we need. He knows who we are. He has made our hearts like His. He is always seeking union because that’s the nature of Love – it has to have union. So He has made our hearts restless so we too would seek that union with Him.

“All you who are thirsty, come to the Water!” (Is 55:1)

 

 

 

Excerpt from Your Kingdom Come
Talk given by M. Nadine


“But God proves His love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.” (Rom 5:8)

At the Baptism at the Jordan, which is the First Luminous Mystery, Jesus is actually identifying Himself with sinners. We think of Baptism as washing away sin, taking everything away that is not of God. And it does. But at the Baptism at the Jordan, it almost seems to be the opposite. Sinners were going there and Jesus identified with sinners at the Jordan. I think that is very significant because Jesus is the bridge, isn’t He? He is the bridge to cross that Jordan for us. He is the bridge for all of us into the Promised Land. It was not by chance that He was baptized in the Jordan and was taking on sin. He became sin so that He, identifying with us, could set us free.

The Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan is very much “mission.” His public ministry was definitely beginning. There He was – the Lamb of God! “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world” (Jn1:29). Now we, in this baptism are also baptized into His life, His death, His resurrection. We now must identify with Him as the Lamb. We identify also with His mission. This becomes our identity as well – who we are and what we do. This is what intercession is all about – helping the Church today cross over the Jordan, into the Promised Land, into the Kingdom. This is what it is all about. This is why we are here.

“For the Lamb who is in the center of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to springs of Life-Giving Water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes." (Rev 7:17)

 

Excerpt from Church Alive
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled." (Lk 1:45)

One of the gifts we receive at Baptism is the gift of faith. Oftentimes these gifts can remain dormant. For example, the gift of faith that we received at Baptism could still be in that seed form. We might not have any more faith twenty years later than we had when we first received the gift if we don’t allow it to grow.

The gift of faith is such a special gift. St. Elizabeth commended Our Lady for this gift. She said, “Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled." Elizabeth is praising and commending Mary for Her faith. Faith is the key gift. It opens all the doors to the other gifts and treasures.

Faith allows us to speak freely to God. With Jesus we can ascend, if we believe that Jesus truly ascended; if we believe He is the Son of God; if we believe He is within us; and if we believe that with, in, and through Him, we can go right to the throne room of the Father. Look at the power of intercession when we know, that we know, that we know, that we have direct access to the Father. Knowing we have direct access to the Father gives us tremendous confidence.

This is the kind of believing that Queen Esther had when she was given the courage and deeper gift of faith to tell the king, “I beg that you spare the lives of my people” (Est 7:3). We need to go to the Father in the same way. Whichever way the Spirit is telling us to pray, we can ascend freely to the Father and tell him, “These are my people. This is my country. Don’t let any harm come. Send Your Spirit again. Send Your grace. Set them free.”

“And whatever you ask in My Name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (Jn 14:13)

 

 

 

Excerpt from Sacrament of Love
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Salvation comes from our God, Who is seated on the throne, and from the Lamb." (Rev 7:10)

We have a mission to carry on with Jesus, the Lamb. “Behold the Lamb of God, Who continues to take away the sin of the world” (cf. Jn 1:29). Jesus taught His Apostles this. He said, “When you pray, wherever you go, in My Name preach penance for the remission of sins.” (cf. Lk 24:47) “Preach the Cross. Tell My people not to be afraid of suffering because this is how we eradicate sin. This is how we take away sin.”

We’re called “to live Jesus and His Cross” because this is living His agape love to the fullest. Pain is useless if it’s not united with the pain of Jesus. So with any kind of pain or suffering, physical, or especially of the heart, unite it with the suffering of Jesus and then the pain becomes powerful to save souls. It becomes redemptive.

Jesus Himself speaks to us at Mass. When that Chalice with the Blood of the Lamb is lifted up, He says, “Do this in memory of Me.” In other words, You do this. You lay down your lives now for others. You love one another as I have loved you. You do this in remembrance of Me.” Love makes us vulnerable so our hearts will be pierced from time to time at this level. There is no protection for a heart that’s loving and open to receive love, and so we will experience the piercing of the heart, but we can use it as it was used on Calvary. When the Heart of Jesus was pierced and the Blood and Water flowed out, He was giving Life. He was giving Life to all the Sacraments of the Church. He was giving Life to humanity again.

“No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends.” (Jn 15:13)

 

Excerpt from The Uncreated Gift
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Behold, I make all things new.” (Rev 21:5)

The Holy Spirit is longing, really longing, for the return of Jesus. Our Lady is longing for the return of Jesus, and the Father is longing for the return of Jesus. Jesus can return in us through the power of the Spirit. The work of the Holy Spirit is to bring about life in union with God. Isn’t that beautiful? In the fullness of humanity – this is the miraculous work not in the spirit like the angels, but in the fullness of humanity.

Paul talks about this transforming process, “All of us, gazing with unveiled faces on the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory” (2 Cor 3:18). St. Irenaeus said, “The glory of God is man fully alive, the glory of man is the vision of God. The Holy Spirit tries to bring each of us fully alive with God’s life, with God’s grace.” We go from “glory to glory” as we let in more of God’s life. We go to another level of glory as we let more of God’s life take possession of us.

There will be different fruit in our lives; we see by the fruit. This is very important for intercessors. “The Spirit and the Bride (that’s the Church, that’s each one of us) say, ‘Come!’” (Rev 22:17) “Come, Lord Jesus. Come in the power of Your Spirit. Let the Spirit transform me into You.” It’s the identical Spirit that lived within Jesus that has been given to us! Can you imagine? He has given us His very life, His very Spirit. This is a tremendous mystery, and He is drawing us more and more into becoming Jesus. I think this is the beauty of Confirmation – the powerful movement of the Spirit that makes us into Jesus. Then we become one: one Body, one Spirit, one Lord.

Along with the Spirit, let our prayer this coming week be, “Come, Lord Jesus. Come in the power of Your Spirit and form me into Your image so that the Father can look upon me as He looked upon You and see only You, Jesus. Amen.”

“In this is Love: not that we have loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as expiation for our sins.” (1 Jn 4:10)

 

Excerpt from God’s Armor
By M. Nadine


“Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in Her Heart.” (Lk 2:19)

We also see the desire of God’s Heart as we come to know Him in Revelation 12. We see the reference to the Woman being Our Lady, but the Woman also being prototype of the Church. God wants to give the gift of contemplative spirituality again to the Church. Contemplative spirituality has always been in the Church, but it’s going to come in a fuller way now because the Church is being called to come into the desert, into the silence, into this level of prayer.

We are being called into the silence to hear God, to know Him, and to experience Him. God is trying to prepare us, the Church. The Church has always been prepared in the desert and has always been renewed through desert spirituality. These desert experiences are nothing to be afraid of for they will bring strength and vitality to the Church through this union with the Trinity. This is what God is trying to do now.

Jesus wants His Church to hear His words. He wants His Church to once again become a prophetic Church, a Church that teaches His Word, a Church that speaks His Word, lives His Word, and witnesses to His Word. In Ezekiel 37:4 we read, “Then He said to me, ‘Prophesy over these bones, and say to them: Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!’” The contemplative John said “What we have seen and heard we proclaim in turn to you” (1 Jn 1:3). This is witnessing first hand, not recounting what we read about. People know when we know the Lord. They can feel the fire and love from deep within us. It just pours out and they receive.

God wants us to have the experience of Him so that we know what’s He’s like. He wants us to have the experience of Him so we understand what He is saying. Once we know Him, then we’re going to tell others. We’ll tell the whole world. Evangelization will be easy!

So let the Word, Jesus, become enfleshed within you and grow. Do not stifle the Spirit. Do not stifle Scripture. Let them speak to you. Let Jesus communicate again with His Father through you. Let Jesus continue to surrender and be led by the Spirit because He wants to live His life again in each of us.

“So shall my Word be that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it.” (Is 55:11)

 

 

Excerpt from Powers and Principalities
Talk given by M. Nadine


“So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” (1 Cor 13:13)

At Baptism, we received three gifts that are extremely important for intercessors. We received the gift of faith, the beautiful gift to believe. It is pure gift to believe that we are loved, to believe that we are going to Heaven, to believe that Jesus died for us, and for me, in particular. Nobody can prove any of this, certainly not our mind. The heart knows it is a gift that is given because we have been called and set aside to be a special people, God’s own. The beautiful gift of faith comes from the Father, Who is the Source of all life.

Then we received the gift of hope at Baptism. It is a beautiful gift through which we enter into the priestly identity of our Baptismal vocation. Through this gift, we come closer to Jesus, the High Priest. A priest is first of all a reconciler. Jesus went to the Cross to reconcile us to the Father. He was a Healer and a Teacher, among other things, but He was first of all the Lamb of God, Who came to take away sin.

The other gift we received at Baptism is love. Love is the greatest gift of all, because it makes us like God, Who is Love. The Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Trinity, is the great Gift of God’s Love. It was the Holy Spirit Who totally transformed those people in the Upper Room. They were never the same after they received this great Gift of Love. Even those who were not in the Upper Room that day received the tremendous grace of repentance. Somehow, the Spirit entered their hearts and began to show them Truth, and through it, He convicted their hearts.

Faith, hope and love are essential gifts that help us remember who we are. We have been baptized into the Trinity, Who dwells within us. Through Baptism, we have been raised up to a very high place. Intercession, by its very nature, is Trinitarian. It is to the Father, but it is with Jesus, in the Power of the Holy Spirit. Intercession is empowered by the Holy Spirit, Who directs and energizes us, giving power to our prayers.

“We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. God is Love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in Him.” (1 Jn 4:16)

Excerpt from God’s Armor
By M. Nadine


“Take … the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God” (Eph 6:17)

There is a lot of mystery to be found in the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. We will never exhaust the depth of the mystery. When we think of the Word of God, we are thinking primarily of the Second Person of the Trinity, Jesus. “In the beginning was the Word; the Word was in God’s presence, and the Word was God. He was present to God in the beginning” (Jn 1: 1-2).

We need the strength of God and the power of the Spirit, but we need the sword of the Spirit to actually do the fighting, the combat itself. The Spirit uses the Word of God, enfleshed now in us, to fight this battle. If we are in union with Jesus, we have become the sword of the Spirit.

Silence is so important in developing this union, but it is difficult to find in our world today. But it is in this silence that God can speak to us. When God is going to move in power, in tremendous gift, in tremendous revelation, He moves in the atmosphere of silence. So we need to look at our days. What kind of time and space have we carved out to develop and nurture that silence so we can listen to the Father?

There are many Scriptures encouraging us to come into this silence. “Silence in the presence of the Lord God! For near is the day of the Lord” (Zeph 1:7). We need to come into this deeper silence because God is getting ready to move in a sovereign way. John the contemplative alludes to this sovereign movement of God as the seals are in the process of being opened. “When the Lamb broke open the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour” (Rev 8:1). This is a tremendous mystery. I urge each of you to go into the silence and receive the revelation that the Lord wants to share with you. God loves the silence.

“Be still and know that I am God” (Ps 46:10 or 11). It is in that kind of stillness and silence that we have the experience of God. Our God so desires to speak to us and to have us know Him.

“So I will allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak to her heart.” (Hos 2:16)

Excerpt from God's Armor
By M. Nadine


“See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God.” (1 Jn 3:1)

There’s a beautiful Scripture in the Old Testament, “For it is love that I desire, not sacrifice, and knowledge of God rather than holocausts” (Hos 6:6). God is saying, “I want love. I want you to experience Me.” God keeps encouraging us, “Seek and you will find. Knock and it will be opened to you” (Mt 7:7). There is always a deeper level of God to experience, and all He is asking us to do is to try to know Him. His wants us to take one little baby step at a time and experience Him.

Contemplative spirituality is pure gift. All we need to do is want it, desire it, and ask for it because this is what He wants. St. Paul tells us God’s perfect will for us is to “attain the fullness of God Himself” (Eph 3:19).

In the Old and New Testament God said, “My house shall be called a house of prayer” (Lk 19:46; Mt 21:13; Mk 11:17). He wants each of us individually to be a house of prayer. This means union, communication.

God doesn’t need numbers. He doesn’t need huge crowds, but what He needs are faithful ones. He needs little ones whom He can use His way and His time. Our Lady prayed, “Be it done unto me.” There’s no control there but total openness and total receptivity. “Let it be done to me as you say” (Lk 1:38). Your way, Your plan, Your time. It takes a lot of trust, but look at the fruit. Look what happened to Mary. She was full of life, full of love, full of Jesus. This is the kind of prayer and lifestyle that God is calling each and every one of us today.

“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to Your Word.”  (Lk 1:38)

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine

“For She is the refulgence of eternal Light, the spotless mirror of the Power of God, the image of His goodness.” (Wisdom 7:26)

In Luke 1:31-33 we read, “The Holy Offspring to be born will be called Son of God. He shall be called Jesus and shall save His people from their sin.” Right there the name and mission of Jesus is given. We must identify with Jesus, the Lamb of God Who takes away sin, Who is constantly distributing these graces through us for His people. Mary, Lady Wisdom, invites us to be Her holy offspring, to be Jesus, and to continue His redemptive mission of taking away sin. But there is a condition. We need to eradicate sin in our own lives every day.

We are here today because He chose to give us life – to bring us into existence. He said, “I chose you to be holy and blameless, sinless in My sight” (Eph 1:3-4). Our Lady, the Immaculate Conception, is sinless. She wants us to be sinless as well. In the end her Immaculate Heart will triumph. When the Church has that Immaculate Heart, that kind of love, then we will conquer sin. That will be the triumph.

The condition for participation in this redemptive mission is conversion – change. God wants to change us so that we can participate with Him in His mission. Yet, He is a respecter of our free will. He wants our consent, our permission. “Come let us set things right” (Is 1:18). Everything about God is incarnational. He is not going to do it without us. He set it up that way. That is why intercessors, in union with Him, have a power. His whole redemptive ministry is done in, with and through us. He distributes these graces through each one of us. Holiness is very important so that nothing within us is blocking the Mission of the Lamb.

"Behold, the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world.” (Jn 1:29)

Excerpt from God's Armor
By M. Nadine


“Blest are they who hunger and thirst for holiness; they shall have their fill.” (Mt 5:6)

We will always thirst because that’s how God is enticing us, always luring us to come for more, to constantly be refilled. If our energies are constantly going forth in this battle, in warfare, in ministries, in loving, and in giving, then we have to be filled ourselves. We can’t give something we don’t have. It’s that simple.

In the Bible story of the woman and the dragon we see this need to constantly be filled. “She gave birth to a son… The woman herself fled into the desert, where a special place had been prepared for her by God. The woman was given the wings of a gigantic eagle so that she could fly off to her place in the desert” (Rv 12:5-6, 14). The eagle is a symbol of contemplative spirituality. John the Beloved, the evangelist, is always symbolized as the eagle because he rested and leaned upon the heart of Jesus. He knew how to listen. He knew how to receive, and in this kind of love, he was lifted up in to the heart of God. Contemplative spirituality is resting upon and being lifted into the heart of Jesus.

St. Paul said, “May He strengthen you inwardly through the working of His Spirit. May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith, and may charity be the root and foundation of your life. Thus you will be able to grasp fully, with all the holy ones, the breadth and length and height and depth of Christ’s love, and experience this love which surpasses all knowledge, so that you may attain the fullness of God Himself” (Eph 3:16-19). This is the very heart of contemplative spirituality: To experience the love that comes from the heart of God.

This is why we see all this joy at Pentecost. They were being loved as they had never been loved before. The Holy Spirit was pouring forth, filling them with God’s love. This is where the strength and energy come. It’s the Holy Spirit who energized us. So when we are filled with God’s love, it is then that we are strong because it’s His love that is permeating and filling us.

“We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us.” (1 Jn 4:16)

Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Upon Him was the chastisement that makes us whole, by His stripes we were healed.” (Is 53:5)

There comes a point where we realize that it is so worthwhile to go on the Cross and plead, along with Our Lady, along with Jesus, for the mercy of God, for the cleansing, for the forgiveness, for all the graces that souls need so that they can be free from bondage – the bondage of sin, the bondage of pain, the bondage of all sorts of hell which they experience deep within themselves. We want them to be free and know the Father as we know the Father. We want all souls to soar, to receive these gifts, this new Life, this new Love, and particularly, this Peace.

This is our mission. And the price is high; it will cost us our lives. Almost every day, it will cost us our lives. But you’ll never know it, because the reward is so great. You’ll never really know how poverty stricken you are as you are getting these graces for others. You will really never know the pain very long, because the love we experience is so immense and intense! God pours it out on us because He is so seeking little victim lambs to enter into this redemptive mission with His Son. So if you get depressed, if you get angry, if you get headaches, if you get stiff necks, if you get confused, if you get all these things, pray for people who are going through the same thing. You will be getting those graces for somebody else.

You cannot go wrong with this beautiful gift of intercessory prayer. This is the call of the Suffering Servant which we read about in Isaiah 53. It is the mission of the Lamb led to the slaughter so that God’s people can be healed. Now it is our turn to share those stripes and those wounds so that our brothers and sisters can be healed all over the world.

“ … I have been crucified with Christ; yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me” (Gal 2:19-20)

Excerpt from God’s Armor
By M. Nadine


"Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil." Eph 6:11

The prayer of a warrior is really the prayer Jesus taught us, the Our Father. The focus of the prayer of a warrior is particularly the part, "Deliver us from evil" (Mt 6:13). Some translations say, "Deliver us from the evil one." When we give a face to evil and refer to it as the evil one, we are alerted that this evil is a power that is active, not just a nebulous concept. When we say the evil one, we mean that there's a personality here. The evil one is a spirit with a specific mission of his very own; there's no doubt about it.

The Father has the power to deliver us, and He wants us to share in this power. In 1 John 4:4 we are reminded of this: "For there is One greater in you than there is in the world." Now satan knows very well that because of our relationship with the Father, we have access to Him and His power. We are the ones who tend to forget there is One greater within us. The greatest power that we have is the Father and our relationship with Him. Our number one weapon for spiritual warfare is our Abba, our Daddy. It's beautiful!

Therefore, our relationship with the Father is key. It is very important to have a relationship with the Father, particularly for prayer warriors; we need a relationship like Jesus had with His Father. Of course this relationship will develop and deepen as we grow more and more into union with Jesus. This relationship is important so that when we're praying, we're not just reciting a prayer. Rather, we are asking Someone we know personally, Someone we belong to, Someone who is our Daddy, to deliver us from evil. This is essential.

I urge all of you to work at developing your relationship with the Father. Many of you might already have a relationship with the Father, but if you don't, it's a special gift that I encourage you to ask for. It is pure gift, but this is the mission of Jesus, isn't it? His whole mission is to take us to the Father. He said, "The Father is greater than I" (Jn 14:28). Jesus is never going to be enough for any of us, particularly for prayer warriors. Towards the end of Jesus' life, Philip, who had been with Jesus for three years, said, "Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us" (Jn 14:8). So our relationship with Jesus will come to a point where it won't be enough. Our relationship with the Father is essential, particularly as we pray to deliver us from this constant evil. God is so powerful, and He has a tremendous strategy!

“See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God.”
(1 Jn 3:1)

Excerpt from The Uncreated Gift
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Behold, I make all things new.” (Rev 21:5)

The Holy Spirit is longing, really longing, for the return of Jesus. Our Lady is longing for the return of Jesus, and the Father is longing for the return of Jesus. Jesus can return in us through the power of the Spirit. The work of the Holy Spirit is to bring about life in union with God. Isn’t that beautiful? In the fullness of humanity – this is the miraculous work not in the spirit like the angels, but in the fullness of humanity.

Paul talks about this transforming process, “All of us, gazing with unveiled faces on the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory” (2 Cor 3:18). St. Irenaeus said, “The glory of God is man fully alive, the glory of man is the vision of God. The Holy Spirit tries to bring each of us fully alive with God’s life, with God’s grace.” We go from “glory to glory” as we let in more of God’s life. We go to another level of glory as we let more of God’s life take possession of us.

There will be different fruit in our lives; we see by the fruit. This is very important for intercessors. “The Spirit and the Bride (that’s the Church, that’s each one of us) say, ‘Come!’” (Rev 22:17) “Come, Lord Jesus. Come in the power of Your Spirit. Let the Spirit transform me into You.” It’s the identical Spirit that lived within Jesus that has been given to us! Can you imagine? He has given us His very life, His very Spirit. This is a tremendous mystery, and He is drawing us more and more into becoming Jesus. I think this is the beauty of Confirmation – the powerful movement of the Spirit that makes us into Jesus. Then we become one: one Body, one Spirit, one Lord.

Along with the Spirit, let our prayer this coming week be, “Come, Lord Jesus. Come in the power of Your Spirit and form me into Your image so that the Father can look upon me as He looked upon You and see only You, Jesus. Amen.”

“The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come.’ Let the hearer say, ‘Come.’ Let the one who thirsts come forward, and the one who wants it receive the gift of Life-Giving Water.” (Rev 22:17)

 

Excerpt from Battle Power: Agape Intercession
Talk given by M. Nadine


“So shall my Word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but shall do My will, achieving the end for which I sent it.” (Is 55:11)

Jesus is the Sword of the Spirit. St. Paul tells us that “the Word of God (Jesus is the Word of God) is the Sword of the Spirit” (Eph 6:17). Jesus is the Word of God. When we are aware that we have this Word of God within us, then in union with Jesus, we become the Sword of the Spirit. The Spirit will enlighten us. The Spirit will guide us. He will lead us and show us how to pray so that Word goes forth. The Spirit uses us as His Sword. This is the power of intercession and the service role of intercession that the Church desperately needs today.

It is a double-edged Sword. Two things happen when we pray. We either are setting a soul free from bondage or addiction, connecting them with God, or we are setting a soul free from the bondage of the enemy. Either way, it’s a double-edged Sword that’s going to set someone free from Satan or from other attachments. Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me” (Lk 4:18), and now we can say the same thing because the Lord lives within us and the Spirit is upon us today. The Spirit is overshadowing us.

And what is the Spirit saying to us? He is saying the same thing that He said to Jesus. Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me … He has sent Me to bring glad tidings to the poor” (Lk 4:18). Mother Teresa of Calcutta especially taught what true poverty of spirit meant. So many people don’t know God. So many people are estranged from God. So many people are starving for God’s love, joy, and compassion. God loves to come and bring His Good News to the poor, proclaiming freedom to the captives. Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me … to proclaim liberty to captives” (Lk 4:19).

We know many people who are in captivity. God wants to release everyone from darkness, deception, and bondage. He wants to heal the broken-hearted. Only God can go into the human heart. We can’t. We can be there to console, but through our prayer, God can enter into that broken heart and heal. We may be a mouthpiece, but the One who actually goes into the heart to heal is God Himself. He heals those in the shadow of death. Jesus said that this is why He has been sent, and He is still doing it today.

“Yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me” (Gal 2:20)

 

Excerpt from Prayer Warrior Summit Formation
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.” (Jer 1:5)

Each of us has heard God calling us by name. He called Moses by name on Mount Sinai and his response was, “Here I am” (Ex 3:4). This is to be our response, too. We begin our Summit meeting on Mount Sinai where Moses received his call to be a prayer warrior and a tremendous intercessor, but first and foremost, he was called to be a prophet to listen and dialogue with God. This is where he received his instructions.

We are called to the very summit of love, to transforming union, to be so totally one with Jesus, especially Jesus Christ Crucified, which is the summit of agape love. Jesus is the Prayer Warrior; Jesus is the Intercessor; Jesus is the Mediator. Jesus is the Beloved Son, the One who the Father listens to. So when Jesus prays in, with, and through us, we know we have the Father’s ear. We also have received a call, a mission, and it is like Moses’ mission, but first and foremost it is a call to relationship with the Lord.

God is saying, “I will send you.” He is talking about sending us forth now as prayer warriors right into the enemy’s camp to lead His people out of Egypt, out of paganism, out of the desert, and out of all the places where they are confined right now. He promised Moses on Mount Sinai, “I will be with you.” Jesus Himself also said, “I am with you always.” This means we need to believe it! If a prayer warrior doesn’t have that belief that God is with us, then we’re going to go down fast because Satan will know right away that we’re not really sure, particularly when the thick of the battle comes and the clouds get dark. God is telling us, “You’re not going to go into battle alone because the battle belongs to Me. It’s My battle, but I need to fight it through, with, and in you now. I will be with you.” Our response is “Lord, I believe You. I truly believe in You. I know You wouldn’t call me to this kind of ministry and mission if You weren’t true to Your promise.”

“Let the weak man say, ‘I am a warrior!’” (Joel 4:10)

 

 

Excerpt from Desert Warrior
Talk given by M. Nadine


“So I will allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak to her heart.” (Hosea 2:16)

Let’s briefly look at some of the fruits of desert spirituality. The fruit of this desert spirituality for Our Lady was Jesus. She listened. She heard. She did ask a question (which is fine), “How can this be?” (Lk 1:34). Then she gave Her “yes”. She made a definite choice, and she chose and surrendered to God’s will. “Be it done to me (no conditions here) according to Your Word” (Lk 1:38). This means – Your way, Your time. Have you ever given a “yes” to the Lord but with the condition of “tomorrow” or “not yet” or “I don’t think I’m quite ready”? What joy to give a surrendered, unconditional “yes” to the Lord like Our Lady!

Another fruit of the desert spirituality is that it feeds us. We need to be fed by God personally. We need God’s Word; we need God’s life. One time when Mother Teresa came to America and saw the spiritual poverty of our country, she said that America had the worst spiritual poverty of any nation in the world. We were the poorest of the poor and extremely hungry for the Divine, the spiritual. So we need this Daily Bread. Every day we need to be fed something from God. We can’t give something we don’t have. We need to receive more Love if we are going to live the New Commandment of Love. We need to receive more of God if we are going to share Him with others.

Another beautiful fruit of desert spirituality is revelation. God initiates. It is a gift. God initiated the presence of the entire Trinity to Our Lady at the Annunciation. God will always reveal Himself because He takes the first step. He is Love (1 Jn 4:8). He is the Lover –we are the beloved –and so He always initiates.

When we have this intimacy with God, another special fruit of desert spirituality is it will help us to resist temptation. There can be a lot of temptations, evil, and dangers in deserts, but when Jesus was tempted by Satan to turn the stones into food, Jesus didn’t waver because He was already being fed by His Father. One time I asked God, “Where did Eve make her biggest mistake?” We can’t stop that first insidious voice of Satan, that first accusation or that first temptation, but we do have power over the second step of how we are going to react. The Lord showed me, “She didn’t check it out with Me.” All she had to do was talk it over with God. And so, we must remember to always check it out.

“Mary said, ‘Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your Word.’” (Lk 1:38)

 

Excerpt from Prayer Warrior Summit Formation
Talk given by M. Nadine

 

“The night is advanced, the day is at hand. Let us then throw off the works of darkness (and) put on the armor of Light” (Rom 13:12)

Before St. Paul tells us to put on the armor of Light, he says, “Let us throw off the works of darkness” (Rom 13:12). Once we cast out deeds of darkness and God’s light comes into us, then Satan doesn’t have a platform anymore. So the Light is our number one weapon to dispel the darkness and uproot Satan.

Sin will always be an infraction of God’s love in some way. It will always make us somehow love God, ourselves, and others less. It will always strike against Love with the weapon of fear. The Lord indicated to us, “I want sin rooted out now. I don’t want any more band-aids. I want it rooted out so you can be totally free from Satan’s camp, free to live and move and have your being in Me.” In the Gospels, Jesus talks so much about fear, “Fear not. Fear not, little flock. Do not fear. Fear is useless.” He was giving us a weapon, His love, God’s love, to come against fear. “Perfect love casts out all fear” (1 Jn 4:18). Only God’s love is perfect love. God is the Deliverer and He will uproot the fear with His love. When we are with Jesus, adhered to Jesus, we are on firm foundation because Jesus is the Rock, and nothing can shake a house that is built on Rock.

When a room is totally dark, all you do is walk over and flip on the light switch, and the darkness is gone instantly, not gradually, but instantly. This is what God’s light will do to our darkness. We want to invite Him to bring His light into these areas of sin, darkness, and unhealed emotions. When He comes in Truth, “the Truth will set us free” (Jn 8:32).

“While you have the Light, believe in the Light, so that you may become children of the Light." (Jn 12:36)

 

Excerpt from Healing Power of Compassion
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Behold, your Mother.”  (Jn 19:27)

Our Lady teaches us a deeper level of intercession – deep-heart intercession. Everything Our Lady teaches us, as you know, has to do with the heart. She’s all heart; She’s a contemplative. She carries God, the Trinity, and all of us within Her Heart. So at the foot of the Cross, Her Heart was pierced, and the Heart of Jesus was pierced on the Cross also. Now this was the fulfillment for Mary of Simeon’s prophecy. Remember when She was just a young mother and was offering Jesus in the Temple? It was there when that tremendous prophetic word came to Her from Simeon, “Your own Heart a sword shall pierce so that the thoughts of other hearts may be revealed” (Lk 2:35).

We don’t know how much Mary understood of that prophetic word, but She certainly understood it by the time She was standing at the foot of the Cross because now was the fulfillment of that prophetic word. Her Heart was definitely being pierced.

When our hearts are pierced, pierced with love (and maybe it’s only those we love that can pierce our heart at this level), then we know our intercession has power. It’s purchasing tremendous graces. The Lord has shown us that when His Heart was pierced, Blood and Water came forth. This is the Life that is behind the whole Sacramental system of the Church. This is God’s Life.

“And you yourself a sword will pierce so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”  (Lk 2:35)

 

 

Excerpt from Prayer Warrior Summit Formation
Talk given by M. Nadine


“He made of me a sharp-edged Sword and concealed me in the shadow of His arm...” (Is 49:2)

“Declare this among the nations: proclaim a war, rouse the warriors to arms! Let all the soldiers report and march! Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak man say, ‘I am a warrior!’” (Jl 4:9-10). We are being prepared for battle. Our intercessory tools are going to develop into more prayer-warrior tools, you might say. As we come into this deeper covenant union with Jesus we become the Sword, and we become the very weapon the Spirit is looking for right now so that He can come forth with this warfare.

When He calls us, when He asks anything of us, there’s nothing sweeter. There is absolutely nothing sweeter than to hear from Jesus Christ, to have that Word come alive within us. But sometimes the message and the content of what He is asking or saying is hard to digest. As prayer warriors, what He’s asking of us is very sweet, but yet it’s a very difficult ministry. Even though we know God is with us, there are times when we might be tempted to say, “Lord, choose someone else. Help! I just want to sit under this tree and rest.” But God calls us to mountaintops, into His presence, into places of union with Him.

God is beginning to reveal His mysterious plan, this New Covenant that He wants to establish now, this New Jerusalem, His Glorified Church, people fully alive and filled with the presence of God. He is calling prayer warriors into preparing His Second Coming. He is coming as the Prayer Warrior Himself. He is coming as the Warrior King. He’s coming for the final confrontation with Satan. He Himself is preparing in, with, and through us, for this covenant relationship, for this New Covenant, this deep union, this Glorified Church where He’s fully alive.


“The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come.’” (Rev 22:17) “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rv 22:20)

 

Excerpt from Healing Power of Intercession
Talk given by M. Nadine


“I am the Good Shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (Jn 10:11)

The Lord showed us that intercession is a prayer ministry where there is absolutely no focus on oneself. Maybe this is one of the reasons why there are so few intercessors – it’s not prayer for self in any way. It’s always prayer for others that is directed by Him. It’s more of an interest in the concerns of the Heart of Jesus and the Heart of Mary. Intercession is very selfless, but the beautiful part is that when we forget our concerns, problems, and needs and become interested in the needs of God’s family and His concerns, somehow He takes care of all of our concerns. I don’t know if He calls on other intercessors, or if He’s just so grateful that we can lay aside our own concerns, but we have found that the more we intercede for God’s children, the more He does for us. May it’s because He will never, ever, be outdone in generosity.

In conclusion, there is tremendous power in communal intercession. Jesus said, “Where two or three are gathered in My Name, there I am in their midst” (Mt 18:20). This gives intercessory prayer another level of power. We can intercede privately, but we have found that it is in communal intercession that the power lies. We have more direction from the Lord and word knowledge operating. So, if you can, always try to find one or two or three prayer partners. It doesn’t take many. Maybe Jesus know there never would be a lot who would gather together to pray. So He said “if only two or three are joined in My Name, there I am in your midst” (cf. Mt 18:20).

So intercessory prayer will always put God into action. It’s the ministry of the Holy Spirit. God is calling us now to really be “qualified ministers” with Him in this beautiful ministry of intercession. So “fear not, little flock, because it truly has pleased your Father to give you the Kingdom” (Lk 12:32).

“Not that of ourselves we are qualified to take credit for anything as coming from us; rather, our qualification comes from God” (2 Cor 3:5)

 

 

Excerpt from Church Alive
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” (1 Pt 2:5)

St. Peter and St. Paul talk a lot about this spiritual building that we are being built up into in order to offer spiritual sacrifices. As a priestly person and priestly Church, how do we really offer spiritual sacrifices? This is what the Apostles are telling us to do. When I read this I began to realize this is because the Spirit consecrates us in union with Jesus to be the sacrifice. Jesus and the Spirit make the sacrifice spiritual. So when the Holy Spirit calls us into sacrifice, into the heart of Jesus to lay down our lives, then our whole life becomes a sacrifice. Our whole life becomes a spiritual offering to the Lord, and it is pleasing to the Lord.

Jesus is at the right hand of the Father now as the eternal High Priest, mediating, reconciling, in intercession at the Father’s right hand. Yet that eternal High Priest is continuing to live His priestly ministry within each one of us in a very mystical way. This is why He needs us. He needs intercessors; He needs flesh and blood; He needs bodies to enter into so He can continue and perpetuate His sacrifice on the Cross. He wants to continue to cast Fire upon the earth. He couldn’t wait for this type of baptism. He said, “I have come to light a Fire on the earth. How I wish the blaze were ignited! I have a baptism to receive. What anguish I feel till it is over! (Lk 12:49-50). He was enflamed by it because He wanted to cast Fire, to cast Love, to cast Grace, to cast Life, upon the earth into everyone’s heart no matter who they are, no matter where they are.

Not only did He give us a New Covenant, but He also gave us a New Commandment: “Love one another as I have loved you” (Jn 15:12). It is only possible to live that commandment if He is living it within me. This is exactly what He intended! He wants to continue living this commandment within us. He wants to continue loving His people in this sacrificial agape love, and He wants to use us now, His Body here on earth, to do it.

“For this reason, when He came into the world, He said: ‘Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for Me’” (Heb 10:5)

 

 

 

Excerpt from Church Alive
Talk given by M. Nadine


“In the same way He took the cup, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the New Covenant in My Blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.’" (1 Cor 11:25)

St. Peter said, “You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation” (1 Pt 2:9). We have been made into a kingdom of priests (Rv 5:10). So if we really believe that we are priestly people, and we are, then doesn’t it also mean we have a priestly mission and ministry? This is a mystical priestly ministry that we are being called to share with the eternal High Priest. This is the ministry of the New Covenant. St. Paul tells us it is the ministry of the Holy Spirit (2 Cor 3:5-8). So thanks be to God, we have the Holy Spirit within us, directing us, teaching us more and more about this ministry, and empowering us to lay down our lives.

Jesus was and is Priest, but He also is victim. He was Priest and victim. He consecrated and was consecrated. So we enter into this priestly ministry with Jesus, the High Priest, but we also are the victim. We are the victim lambs. We are the victims of our own intercession as Jesus was. Each of us carries within ourselves an altar upon our heart. The victim upon that altar is Jesus, the Lamb Who was slain. He resides within us as the Lamb, laying down His life as a victim of God’s most merciful love.

When the Holy Spirit comes upon the bread and wine and consecrates it, the bread and wine are changed through that priestly ministry into Jesus. This is what happens to us when we are consecrated by the Spirit. The Holy Spirit comes upon us and begins to change us day by day by day into becoming more and more like Jesus, and so we become the victim lamb with the Lamb Himself. His ministry is to take away the sin of the world; His ministry has not changed. He is driven by this ministry. So He comes to live within us to continue His priestly ministry, His Lamb-of-God ministry, of taking away the sin of the world.

"Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” (Jn 1:29)

 

 

 

Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine

“I also saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” (Rev 21:2)

The Holy Spirit calls us into the New Creation, the New Jerusalem, the New Covenant. He is the New Wine. At Cana, when the tremendous miracle of the new wine first came forth at the intercession of Our Lady, it produced tremendous joy (Jn 2:1-10)! But, it was three years later that Jesus, Mary, John and Mary Magdalene were treading the wine press on Calvary to produce the new wine of the Spirit. We see the bitter and the sweet. We want the new wine to come forth in the Church. We want the new Pentecost. But who will produce the wine?

The beautiful thing about wine and Pentecost, the beautiful thing about the Holy Spirit, is that the fruit is always joy. It is always joy. Joy is the infallible sign of the Presence of God. That was the sign when the apostles came out of the Upper Room at Pentecost. People thought they were drunk because they were so intoxicated with joy. They were filled with the new wine of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit changes us constantly from glory to glory to glory (2 Cor 3:18). Our faith walk is always in stages. Abraham went in stages. He moved from stage to stage. We do too. This is how God moves us if we allow Him. And what does He use primarily to move us from one stage of glory to another? When I use the word “glory,” I am speaking of Life. St. Irenaeus said that “man fully alive is the glory of God.” Man fully alive is the glory of God. A person, fully alive, is full of the Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life. And that is the glory of God.”

“I came so that they might have Life and have It more abundantly.” (Jn 10:10)

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine

“A body You have prepared for Me. Behold I come to do Your will.” (Heb 5:5)

It is very important to understand that Jesus comes to do the Father’s will. He is looking for people like us so that He can enter into our temples and continue doing the Father’s will. This is how He is coming against sin, against the enemy. This is how He is taking back the Father’s Kingdom for the Father. The fruit of His action will always be peace – peace on earth, peace in our earthen vessels. We, now, are those of good will. When we are one with God and remain in His will, a silence comes into our lives automatically because we are resting in the Lord. This is a very deep level of contemplation.

Every surrender, every “yes” will bring Jesus. He is the God Who comes. When we are baptized, we are baptized priest, prophet and king. We enter into the mystical priesthood of Jesus. Every “yes” brings Jesus more and more into my heart. It can also bring Him into others’ hearts because we are standing in the gap for them, for the Church, for God’s people. We become, literally, the heart of the Mystical Body. We are not in this alone. Wherever we are, personally, with God, all those that have been given to our care will follow. “Draw me! We will follow you eagerly!” (Sg 4:1) We may never know who they are in this lifetime, yet they will receive that same grace. Our “yes” is not just a personal “yes” any more than Our Lady’s “yes” was personal. It was for all of us, for the world. She is still giving Jesus to the world. Likewise, every “yes” we give brings Jesus into the hearts of all mankind.

“Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev 22:20)

 

Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine

“So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come.” (2 Cor 5:17)

The Holy Spirit calls us into the New Creation, the New Jerusalem, the New Covenant. He is the New Wine. At Cana, when the tremendous miracle of the new wine first came forth at the intercession of Our Lady, it produced tremendous joy (Jn 2:1-10)! But, it was three years later that Jesus, Mary, John and Mary Magdalene were treading the wine press on Calvary to produce the new wine of the Spirit. We see the bitter and the sweet. We want the new wine to come forth in the Church. We want the new Pentecost. But who will produce the wine?

The beautiful thing about wine and Pentecost, the beautiful thing about the Holy Spirit, is that the fruit is always joy. It is always joy. Joy is the infallible sign of the Presence of God. That was the sign when the apostles came out of the Upper Room at Pentecost. People thought they were drunk because they were so intoxicated with joy. They were filled with the new wine of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit changes us constantly from glory to glory to glory (2 Cor 3:18). Our faith walk is always in stages. Abraham went in stages. He moved from stage to stage. We do too. This is how God moves us if we allow Him. And what does He use primarily to move us from one stage of glory to another? When I use the word “glory,” I am speaking of Life. St. Irenaeus said that “man fully alive is the glory of God.” Man fully alive is the glory of God. A person, fully alive, is full of the Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life. And that is the glory of God.”

“All of us, gazing with unveiled face on the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, as from the Lord who is the Spirit.” (2 Cor 3:18)

Excerpt from Battle Power: Agape Intercession
Talk given by M. Nadine


“And the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us” (Jn 1:14)

We’re being called to come into transforming union with Jesus – for our bodies to carry Him around so the Word can become enfleshed again within us. We see that this is the deepest desire in the Heart of Jesus in His last priestly prayer where He said to the Father, “I pray, Father, that they may be one as You and I are one” (cf. Jn 17:11). Jesus has a very specific condition of how He wants this union: He wants us to have the same union that He has with the Father. He wants us to have that beautiful relationship that the two of Them have. Then He prayed, “That they may be one in Us” (Jn 17:21). That’s unity; that’s family; that’s community; that’s Church. When we all can come into that spiritual marriage, that phenomenal spiritual union with Jesus, then we can be one with Him and have the same relationship with the Father that He has with the Father in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Our battle weapon is prayer, but it’s prayer in union with Jesus. We see this many times in Scripture. One time in particular was when Peter’s mother-in-law was ill with a fever. Jesus went to her, and Scripture says that Peter and those who were there interceded with Jesus (cf. Lk 4:38). That’s the power – when we intercede with Jesus. We never pray on our own – we always pray with Jesus. When we pray, we may sometimes wonder, “Is anybody listening? Is God at home?” We need to go into the Heart of Jesus. We need to pray with Jesus, and Jesus will take us to the Father, which will produce the kind of fruit that we want. Union with Jesus is absolutely key. It’s the heart of the Church, and it’s the very heart of prayer.

“And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age." (Mt 28:20)

 

 

 

Excerpt on Solitude from Hearing God’s Voice
Talk given by M. Nadine


“I will lead her into the desert and there I will speak to her heart.” (Hos 2:16).

 

God is speaking. This work of solitude is always the leading of the Holy Spirit. God takes the initiative to lead us into this aloneness, into this withdrawal, so that He can speak to our hearts. “I will lead her.” The Church is the “her.” We, each of us, are a “she” because of the feminine part of our soul. “And there I will speak to her heart.” God, being Love will speak of Love. He will speak of intimacy. He will speak of His feelings for us. He will affirm us. He will confirm us. He will give us our true identity. And that is the only place we receive our true identity. We will find God there and He will tell us.

Solitude is not a means, like silence and like prayer. Prayer and silence are a means to an end, and the end is God. Solitude is an end in itself. God is there. He is always there, present in that aloneness. Again, it is because He is Love. He wants to be alone with us. He is drawing us. He is leading us.

Now solitude has many faces, because it can be experienced in many ways. It is an experience. One of the faces I just shared is that it is an encounter of love, of union, of relationship. Even when Jesus was with the woman at the well, He was there drawing her into that encounter with Himself, into that love. He spoke to her of the Holy Spirit and the Father. And she was alone there with Him. She was drawn there at noontime, which was not the time of day when women would normally draw water. She was drawn there by the Holy Spirit for this encounter. That is a solitary encounter. That is a desert experience right there.

“If you knew the Gift of God and Who It is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked Him and He would have given you Living Water.” (Jn 4:10)

 

Excerpt on Solitude from Hearing God’s Voice
Talk given by M. Nadine


“But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.” (Mt 6:6)

One of the four pillars of contemplative prayer is the Pillar of Solitude. There are many definitions of solitude. No doubt you have your own concept of solitude. The definition that I am going to use is the one I like best; that is, “Solitude is the furnace of transformation”(Henri J.M. Nouwen: The Way of the Heart).

There are primarily two things that happen in solitude. Since it is a furnace, fire is there. Of course, there is only one fire. That is the fire of God’s Love, the fire of the Holy Spirit. It is the fire that fell upon the 120 at Pentecost. It is the fire that led the chosen ones through the desert by night. It is a purifying fire that will purify and burn away all that is within us that is not God. And, when the purification process has taken place and borne the fruit that God desires, then that same fire will still burn within us, but it will be sweet. It will be pure love. It will be union.

In Scripture we read about Jesus arising early in the morning. Long before dawn He would leave the house and go off to a lonely place to pray. Jesus taught us by His actions and when He prayed, He went into lonely places. Sometimes the Scriptures will say, “He withdrew.” We read about that in Matthew 14:13. When Jesus heard of the death of John the Baptist, it says, “He withdrew by boat to a deserted place by Himself.” Again, in Mark 1:45 we hear, “He stayed in desert places. He preferred desert places.”

Why does He prefer desert places? Perhaps we discover the answer to that question in another passage. In John 4, the passage of the woman at the well, when His disciples came back and found Him there, Jesus tells them, “I am never alone.” Is Jesus by His action and words giving us the reason for the lonely place, the solitary place? He is telling us that there is Someone to encounter. In the lonely places we too are never alone…we encounter God who is Love.

“And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age." (Mt 28:20)

 

 

Excerpt from New Covenant Power
Talk given by M. Nadine


“As the Father loves Me, so I also love you. Remain in My love.” (Jn 15:9)

Paul tells us to follow the way of love even as Christ has loved us. We learn from the Book of Hebrews and other books of the Bible that Jesus is the Mediator of the New Covenant (cf. Heb 9:15). He has access at every moment to the right hand of the Power, the Right Hand of God the Father. And He has obtained now a far more excellent ministry of intercession (cf. Heb 8:6). It is far more excellent because He is at the right hand of the Father. John says, “We have in the presence of the Father now, Jesus, an Intercessor Who is just” (cf. Heb 9:11-14). He is an offering not only for our sins, but for those of the whole world. The Lamb needs our bodies to continue His redemptive love through obedience and sacrifice.

In 2 Corinthians 5:17, Paul says, “This means that if anyone is in Christ, He is a new creation.” God, in His mercy, has reconciled us to Himself, and He has given us the ministry of reconciliation (cf. 2 Cor 5:18). There is only one Mediator, one Intercessor, one Reconciler. It is now in Him, with Him, and through Him, that we are qualified ministers of the New Covenant. We qualify, because we are temples of the Spirit, a house of God. We qualify because we let the Spirit love us to death and give us away. We especially qualify because with Jesus, we have access at any time of the day or night to the right hand of the Father, Who is within us. We live on in His love because He is within us. “To Him whose Power at work in us can do immeasurable more that we can ask or imagine, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations” (Eph 3:20). Truly, as Our Lady said, “His mercy is to all generations” (cf. LK 1:50).

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His mercy endures forever.” (Dan 3:89)

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine

“Behold, the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world.” (Jn 1:29)

In Luke 1:31-33 we read, “The Holy Offspring to be born will be called Son of God. He shall be called Jesus and shall save His people from their sin.” Right there the name and mission of Jesus is given. We must identify with Jesus, the Lamb of God Who takes away sin, Who is constantly distributing these graces through us for His people. Mary, Lady Wisdom, invites us to be Her holy offspring, to be Jesus, and to continue His redemptive mission of taking away sin. But there is a condition. We need to eradicate sin in our own lives every day.

We are here today because He chose to give us life – to bring us into existence. He said, “I chose you to be holy and blameless, sinless in My sight” (Eph 1:3-4). Our Lady, the Immaculate Conception, is sinless. She wants us to be sinless as well. In the end her Immaculate Heart will triumph. When the Church has that Immaculate Heart, that kind of love, then we will conquer sin. That will be the triumph.

The condition for participation in this redemptive mission is conversion – change. God wants to change us so that we can participate with Him in His mission. Yet, He is a respecter of our free will. He wants our consent, our permission. “Come let us set things right” (Is 1:18). Everything about God is incarnational. He is not going to do it without us. He set it up that way. That is why intercessors, in union with Him, have a power. His whole redemptive ministry is done in, with and through us. He distributes these graces through each one of us. Holiness is very important so that nothing within us is blocking the Mission of the Lamb.

“And Mary said: ‘My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” (Lk 1:46-47)

 

Excerpt on Silence from Hearing God’s Voice
Talk given by M. Nadine

“There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part.” (Lk 10:38-40)

The better part is simply listening, sitting at the feet of Jesus and listening. Mary was being fed and nurtured, because His words are words of Spirit and Life (Jn 6:63). He calls this listening silence the better part. Look at how fruitful this listening silence became to Mary Magdalene. We go back to the silence of Resurrection, the silence there of the tomb, where she hears with her heart her name, Mary. She knows His voice. It is disguised now in someone that looked to her like a gardener. He didn’t look to her like the Jesus she used to know physically, but she knows the Voice and she replied, “Rabbouni,” Teacher (Jn 20:15-16). Once you know Him, no matter what the disguise, if He speaks through a child, if He speaks through circumstances, if He speaks through friends, anyone, you’ll know Him. You’ll know His Voice, no matter what the outward appearance, if you have been accustomed to listening.

This silence of Resurrection is a silence that leads us to union, to transformation, witnessing, and because of the oneness now with the Word Himself, to effective evangelization. Like the woman at the well, she experienced Jesus and she ran then to tell her entire village (cf. Jn 4:28-30). When we experience Him in this kind of silence, we will not be able to keep the Good News that we have heard to ourselves.

Then there is prophetic silence. In Rv 8:1, it says, “When the Lamb broke open the seventh seal, there was silence in Heaven for half an hour.” That’s something to meditate upon, to ponder, to re-read. What is the seventh seal? And why is there such tremendous silence? John makes a point here in telling us about the silence. There is always a sovereign movement of God in silence. No one saw Jesus come forth from the tomb. No one heard it. It is in silence, and now we read that Heaven is silent when the Lamb opens the seventh seal. In Zep 1:7, we hear, “Silence in the presence of the Lord God, for near is the day of the Lord.” In listening silence, God will reveal to us what is the day of the Lord, how near it is, and what we should be doing.

This is how God is trying to form His army. He’s trying to form us into this army, with those intercessors who are connecting with us now throughout the world, so that together we will hear the Word of the Lord. This is how we come alive with Spirit and Life and form this vast army. As intercessors we are called to beg the Spirit to come upon the world, upon the Church, upon our nation again and breathe new life, so that all of God’s people can hear the Word of the Lord. That is where we come in as intercessors, to prepare hearts to listen, to obtain for them this gift of desire to listen to the Word of the Lord.

“Silence, all mankind, in the presence of the LORD! for He stirs forth from His holy dwelling.” (Zech 2:17)

 

Excerpt on Prayer from Hearing God’s Voice
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the Kingdom of God like a child will not enter it." (Mk 10:15)

We want to go to prayer with an attitude of a child, to be taught by God. He is telling us to learn of Him. Jesus also said, “Learn of Me. I am meek and humble of Heart” (Mt 11:29). He wants us to know His Heart because He is a God of revelation. He reveals hidden things, not only hidden things about Himself, Heaven, the world, or prophetic things, but the painful part, the hidden things about ourselves as well. That’s why a lot of us run from this kind of prayer (contemplative prayer), because He might ask me to change. It’s a kind of mentality that “Ignorance is bliss.” If I don’t know, then I don’t have to do it. If I don’t hear or listen to Him, then I don’t have to change.” If you find yourself skipping prayer time, and making excuses of more important ways to spend thirty minutes a day instead of with the Lord, maybe you’re running. If we want to know His Will, then we will be true to our daily prayer time with Him to stop, look and listen! It’s only in His Perfect Will that we can have union with God.

The mission of an intercessor and a prayer warrior is to be there with Jesus at the right hand of the Father, in His Throne Room. In Rv 3:21-22, the Lord says, “He who conquers I will grant him or her to sit with me on My Throne, as I myself conquered and sat down with My Father on His Throne. He who has an ear, let him hear the Spirit’s word to the Churches.” This is what happens when we come into the inner castle of the soul, into the inner room, the Throne Room. It’s the special dwelling place of the Father, and He has taken up residence there within each of us. We are His earthen vessels. We need to allow ourselves to be led into the Throne Room stage-by-stage, day-by-day. That is where intercession is at its best, because there is power there and, even more importantly, there is Presence there. Intercession has power when we enter into the full presence of Love, and that is what we all seek, love and union! It’s in that room where all these other voices of the “self” stop clamoring for attention. It means our intellect has stopped clamoring, our memory isn’t bothering us anymore, our will is totally surrendered and at peace, and the emotions are resting as well. Everything is resting, and this is where God reveals Himself and His Will, His Word, His Love, His Peace, all within.

Prayer is a journey, a journey from our brokenness to wholeness, from our sinfulness to holiness, from our separateness to unity, from being just in isolation to being now with God and with each other. All the Lord asks from us every day is that daily response, “Yes, Lord. Here I am Lord. Be it done unto me according to Your Will.”

“Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.” (Mt 5:6)

 

Excerpt on Prayer from Hearing God’s Voice
Talk given by M. Nadine

“Now this is eternal life, that they should know You, the only true God, and the One whom you sent, Jesus Christ.” Jn 17:3

Prayer is a gift, a gift to obtain Life. Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the well, “If you but knew the gift of God” (Jn 4:23). Jesus is equating Life and prayer; worship being the highest form of prayer. This is the very heart of Jesus’ whole message.

In Genesis 19:17, Lot is told, “Flee into the hill country or you will die.” To flee into the hill country for us means to flee into an area of the heart – away from the noise and the busyness. It is to come apart into an area of the heart where God is, where the air is more purified, and into His presence, so we can hear. Prayer happens when we are in the hill country, because there is nobody else there but God. That is when we have the encounter with Life.

Jesus Himself said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life” (Jn 14:6). Jesus is Life, and He also said, “I have come that you may have Life and have it in abundance” (Jn10:10). Prayer is the way we receive this Life in abundance. I see that it is my very lifeline, and it becomes a lifestyle. This is even more necessary for those of us who are in the world (but not of it). Mother Teresa of Calcutta saw the level of spiritual life in our country, and told us that the worst poverty she had ever seen was in America because of our spiritual poverty, the lack of Divine Life alive in our souls.

Paul says that we need to experience “the height, the depth, the length, the breadth of His love.” He said, “This is the experience of all the saints” and “This is why I kneel now before the Father, and I pray that you may have this experience” (cf. Eph 3:18-19). This is contemplative prayer, a gift of God’s love and life, the very gift of God Himself to us. It is communication, conversation, relationship, and encounter. It’s union! Jesus talks about this in His last priestly prayer when He prayed: “That they may all be one as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they may be one in Us.” (Jn 17:21). He is praying that we may have this gift of union.

“As the deer longs for streams of water, so my soul longs for You, O God.” (Ps 42:2)

 

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine

“You are living stones built as an edifice of spirit into a holy priesthood offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus.” (1 Peter 2:5)

This is our ministry. This is who we are; this is what we do. The Lord showed me that through the four pillars of contemplative prayer, which are also the four marks of the Church, come forth diamonds of faith, if we allow God to work with us and speak to us and love us in the pillar of silence. From the pillar of solitude comes forth emeralds of hope. If the world needs anything today, it needs hope. Through the pillar of prayer comes forth living stones of rubies, which are pure love covered in the Blood of the Lamb. From the pillar of penance comes forth tremendous zeal – pearls of wisdom. It is a wisdom that will always surrender to the power of God’s love.

We are a people whom God claims as His own to proclaim the glorious works of the One who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Pet 2:9). Wisdom is the gift of light, of love and of everything, when you think about it. In this light and love we stand in the gap, bridging God and man. We prepare the way of the Lord. We are rebuilding the Church, restoring God’s house to a house of prayer. In this way we go forth in the power of the Spirit with the Woman Herself clothed with the sun (Rev 12), as Church now, clothed with the sun, clothed with His light, to meet the dragon in combat to set others free. We are always called to set the captives free.

We prepare as St. Bernard has said, the second coming of the Lord, where God can come and dwell fully within His house. Then His house, His Church, becomes a house of prayer for all people (Is 57:6).

“For my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.” (Is 56:7)

 

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine

"Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to Your Word." (Lk 1:38)

Mary gave Herself totally to the Lord. She gave everything that She was, everything that She had, everything that She really is. And She received a hundredfold. She received the fullness of Life, the fullness of Light, and the fullness of Love. She received the fullness of the Trinity. She said that God had made Her the most blessed of all and that Her spirit rejoiced in God, Her Savior (cf. Lk 1:46-47). Joy is always the infallible sign of the presence of God. Satan can imitate almost everything else. He can do so much imitation but he cannot imitate joy because joy is God Himself. It is the presence of God Himself.

Can you image what it will be like when the Church really goes into the desert again, really becomes contemplative again and really starts receiving the enfleshment of the Word, experiencing the joy? Can you imagine the evangelization that will go forth? People are drawn to happy people. Joy is contagious. You cannot camouflage joy, can you?

We want to be people of joy. We want to be Pentecost people. At Pentecost, Our Lady was with the disciples so that they could have the same experience in that upper room which She had at the Annunciation. Out of the climate of silence, authentic prayer really begins. Here is where revelation and contemplation comes. As we are fed, we become quieter, more silent. We start to gaze. The more we gaze, the more we become like the One at whom we are gazing – Jesus!

“And (behold) I am sending the Promise of My Father upon you; but stay in the city until you are clothed with Power from on High." (Lk 24:49)

 

 

Excerpt from New Covenant Power
Talk given by M. Nadine


“You are My friends if you do what I command you.” (Jn 15:14)

I was drawn to the passage in the Gospel of John, which reads, “Little children, it is the final hour” (1 Jn 2:18). We are in the final hour today, and the final confrontation has begun. We have the power to face it head on. This power comes from the Spirit. It is in the meek, loving, obedient little Lamb of God Who comes in power because of a simple “yes”. “Be it done unto me according to Thy Word” (Lk 1:38). The Lamb is always upon the altar of sacrifice and that altar is now within our hearts.

There is a consecration that goes on within our hearts because we are a priestly people, as Peter tells us in 1 Peter 2:5. By virtue of our Baptism, we are called to offer spiritual sacrifices, consecrated by the Spirit. The Spirit Himself will let me know what sacrifices (yeses) He desires from day to day. They can be very simple, yet so powerful. It is as simple as hearing form the Lord, and then responding with the words that allow His power to shine forth, “Yes, Lord!”

This is the power of the New Covenant Blood. The power comes when we allow ourselves to be consecrated by the Spirit to a life of obedience. Our affirmative response, “Yes, Lord,” will bring us to deeper intimacy with God each time. If He has not taught you this, He certainly will.

In Luke 22:19, we hear Jesus’ words to us, “Do this in memory of Me.” What He is referring to is sacrifice. He recalls His sacrifice for us and calls us, in turn, to lay down our lives and die to self, with each “yes”. Jesus once said that He had the power to lay down His life, and the power to take it up again (cf. Jn 10:18). We too have the power to lay down our lives and the power to rise again, in Him. It is a win-win all around.

“They cried out in a loud voice: ‘Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches, wisdom and strength, honor and glory and blessing.’” (Rev 5:12)

 

 

Excerpt from Healing Power of Compassion
Talk given by M. Nadine


“You yourself a sword will pierce so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed." (Lk 2:35)

Our Lady teaches us a deeper level of intercession – deep-heart intercession. Everything Our Lady teaches us, as you know, has to do with the heart. She’s all heart; She’s a contemplative. She carries God, the Trinity, and all of us within Her Heart. So at the foot of the Cross, Her Heart was pierced, and the Heart of Jesus was pierced on the Cross also. Now this was the fulfillment for Mary of Simeon’s prophecy. Remember when She was just a young mother and was offering Jesus in the Temple? It was there when that tremendous prophetic word came to Her from Simeon, “Your own Heart a sword shall pierce so that the thoughts of other hearts may be revealed” (Lk 2:35).

We don’t know how much Mary understood of that prophetic word, but She certainly understood it by the time She was standing at the foot of the Cross because now was the fulfillment of that prophetic word. Her Heart was definitely being pierced.

When our hearts are pierced, pierced with love (and maybe it’s only those we love that can pierce our heart at this level), then we know our intercession has power. It’s purchasing tremendous graces. The Lord has shown us that when His Heart was pierced, Blood and Water came forth. This is the Life that is behind the whole Sacramental system of the Church. This is God’s Life.

“I came so that they might have Life and have It more abundantly. ” (Jn 10:10)

 

 

Excerpt from New Covenant Power
Talk given by M. Nadine


“You received a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, ‘Abba, Father!’” (Rm 8:15)

God is Love and the rainbow is a symbol of His Covenant Love for us. His Covenant Promise is contained in the prayer that Jesus taught us, the Our Father. Jesus is the New Covenant, the Word made flesh. Matthew 6:6 says, “When you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in private.” In Acts 6:4, we read that when the people came out of the upper room, “they were devoted to prayer and to the ministry of the Word.” God began to show me that the prayer Jesus taught us, the Our Father, accomplished both of these things. It is a prayer that also contains the ministry of the Word, His ministry.

One of the reasons He is ‘our’ Father is because we are part of the Blood Covenant. By virtue of our Baptism, we have been purified by Jesus’ Blood, consecrated by the Spirit to a life of obedience. Saint Peter tells us about this in one of his first homilies as the first Pope. Our union with Jesus is possible only through the Blood Covenant that washed away our sins. It is also mentioned in the Book of Revelation, “Their robes were made white in the Blood of the Lamb” (cf. Rev 7:14). Through the Blood of the Lamb we have been given the tremendous gift of union with the Father. We are able to call Him Father only by the power of the Holy Spirit, because we have been consecrated by the Spirit. Scripture says, “No one can cry out ‘Abba, Father!’ except in the power of the Holy Spirit” (cf. Rom 8:15).

Paul said, “If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation” (cf. 2 Cor 5:17). Paul understood that we are all born anew in Christ. When we call God our Father, we acknowledge our birth into the family of God, the Trinitarian family. Jesus said, “When you pray, go into your inner room” (Mt 6:6). That inner room is the enclosed garden within where we go to find intimacy with God. We are to seek out a place of solitude, where no one can find us, so that we may have some alone time with the Father in our inner room, shutting out everything that might distract us, keeping us from giving the Father our undivided attention. So shut out all the things that you did not do, all the things you still need to do. Shut the door for five minutes, ten, fifteen, or longer. It might take a little discipline, but then again, prayer is discipline.

“There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her." (Lk 10:42)

Excerpt from Church Alive Album
Talk given by M. Nadine


“I make up now in my body what is still lacking to the sufferings of Christ for the sake of His Body, the Church.” (Col 1:24)

Isn’t it amazing that there’s something still lacking to the sufferings of Christ? Redemption has been won. Jesus has the victory; the enemy has been defeated. But it has not been totally distributed. St. Peter said that we are “distributors of God’s manifold grace,” His love, and His glory (cf. 1 Pt 4:10). To distribute it, Jesus takes up residency with us. He Himself becomes the distributor through the piercing of our heart. This is how this grace was released in the first place, and that is how He continues to release it today.

So there will be times when we have piercings of our heart. That is painful, but it is the power of intercession. If we have intercession at this level, we need to ask for everything that the Lord has placed on our hearts. We are paying a price, but it’s worth it. The reward and the fruit are great.

This kind of ministry and reconciliation has to take place in a human body. This is why Jesus has said to the Father, “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you have prepared for Me” (Heb 10:5) so that He could continue the sacrifice with, in and through us.

In the Book of Revelation we read that the Lamb Who was slain is on the throne (Rv 5:6), and yet the Lamb Who was slain lives within us. He lives within us to be slain as He was. He is also the Shepherd in the Book of Revelation Who leads His people to those Life-Giving Waters (Rv 7:17). As we lay down our lives, the Shepherd shepherds His people to the Life-Giving Waters again. He gives them that new Life again and again.

“Then the angel showed me the river of Life-Giving Water, sparkling like crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb.” (Rv 22:1)

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine


“I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” (Jn 13:34)

In Mark 2:17 Jesus tells us that He did not come to call the virtuous but sinners. In our culture we are getting away from the very heart of the Gospel. It is all about love, about allowing ourselves to come to Him as sinners and allowing ourselves to reach out to others, loving them as they are with no conditions. That is why our spirits can rejoice with Our Lady in God, Our Savior (Lk 1:47). We need to remember that Jesus is the Savior, the Lamb, Emmanuel (Mt 1:23). He has many wonderful titles but we need to remember that He is Savior. He came to save me from myself, my false self, so that I can be reborn into the Kingdom and become the child who God created me to be. This is the wisdom of the desert. Psalm 2:7 says, “This day, I have begotten you.” This day, God wants to bring us forth into the true child of His that we really are.

The main block to this process is unforgiveness. It is impossible to forgive without God’s power, without His love. To forgive is divine; it is not humanly possible. But, it is possible with God.

Intercession is the ministry of reconciliation. We unite man and God. We prepare the way, through intercession, for God to come and take up residency within souls. We must prepare the way within ourselves as well. We are a house of God too and must be reconciled with Him. This is inner healing; to prepare the way of the Lord to come into my heart. He said, “I give you a new heart; I promise you a new spirit. I want to put this within you” (Ez 36:26). “I will take out of your flesh, your heart of stone,” your heart that is not really loving, that is not really kind or patient or forgiving. “I will remove this heart and give you a heart of flesh” (Ez 11:19). In other words, “I will give you My Heart, My Spirit. I will set you free. But come to Me so that together, we can set things right” (Is 1:18).

“…My love shall never leave you nor My covenant of peace be shaken, says the LORD, Who has mercy on you.” (Is 54:10)

Excerpt from Powers and Principalities
Talk given by M. Nadine

 

“For all of you are children of the Light” (1 Thes 5:5)

God wants us to experience the beautiful indwelling Gift of His presence alive and active within us. This is what Baptism is all about. We must become the message, the Good News. Baptism is Good News. When others see us, they must see the Light within. We need to let this beautiful New Covenant love shine through us. It is the love that says we are special, that we are loved. Jesus said, “Let your light shine before others” (Mt 5:16).

We are all called into transforming union, into the inner life of God. In our little war manual, we write, “We are called to transforming union with the Lamb that was slain. We renew our Baptismal vocation in a consecration of New Covenant love, witnessing to an intensity of life where union of heart and mind continually engage in His ministry of intercession seeking always to prepare the way of the Lord.”

As Jesus draws us deeper into His Sacred Heart, we will in turn become, as Saint Paul says, “qualified ministers of this New Covenant” (cf. 2 Cor 3:6). We are not only called to experience His love ourselves, but to bring It to others. Your intercession will begin to have a power it never had before. You will be empowered to send forth this love all over the world so that other lives can be changed and touched, other hearts can be healed and renewed, and others can be set free and brought into the family of God so that everyone can cry out, “Abba, Father.” Jesus died for all, and the beauty of intercession is that it can reach all if we remain connected with the Source. Jesus came that “all may have Life and have it in abundance” (Jn 10:10). He is counting on us to be Life-bearers, channels of His grace, His peace and His love. What you have freely received, you must freely give.

“It was not you who chose Me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.” (Jn 15:16)

Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine

“Behold, the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world.” (Jn 1:29)

When Jesus went into the waters at the Jordan, it is very important for intercessors to understand that the Trinity was there. The Spirit came in the form of a dove and rested upon Him. The dove and the pigeon were symbols of sacrifice. Remember that Mary and Joseph had to purchase two pigeons, two doves, for sacrifice in the temple. The Holy Spirit did not come in flames, in wind, or in other ways when He rested upon Jesus at the Jordan. He comes in the form of a dove. “This is My Beloved Son” (Lk 3:22), the Father said, “in Whom I am well pleased.” This is the Lamb. This is the Sacrificial Lamb. His ministry is beginning now. He is taking on the sins of humanity now. Jesus was baptized into sin – into us now. He took on sin. Scripture says, “He became sin” (1 Pet 2:24).

As John the Baptist’s father said, “And you, o child, shall go before the Lord, giving His people an experience of Salvation in freedom from their sins” (Lk 1:76-77). This is our mission. You may be saying to yourself, “I don’t know if I love people that much. I don’t know if I want to pay that kind of price.” That is okay. That is where we are lots of times. I used to moan and groan a lot to the Lord, “This is such an ugly ministry, Lord. It’s dealing with sin all the time. No wonder you don’t have any intercessors. Who wants this kind of ministry?” But then you think of the fruit of it and the life that comes to those who were spiritually dead. And you know, as Scripture said, “When a child is born, when a baby is born, you forget the pain because of the joy, that you have presented God with a soul” (Jn 16:21).

This is what He wants. If you ever want to give Him something for Christmas ask Him what He would like for a Christmas present. His answer will always be, “Souls, souls, souls…”

“No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends.” (Jn 15:13)

 

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine

“On entering the house they saw the Child with Mary His Mother. They prostrated themselves and did Him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” (Mt 2:11)

It is very important to understand that Jesus comes to do the Father’s will. He is looking for people like us so that He can enter into our temples and continue doing the Father’s will. This is how He is coming against sin, against the enemy. This is how He is taking back the Father’s Kingdom for the Father. The fruit of His action will always be peace – peace on earth, peace in our earthen vessels. We, now, are those of good will. When we are one with God and remain in His will, a silence comes into our lives automatically because we are resting in the Lord. This is a very deep level of contemplation.

Every surrender, every “yes” will bring Jesus. He is the God Who comes. When we are baptized, we are baptized priest, prophet and king. We enter into the mystical priesthood of Jesus. Every “yes” brings Jesus more and more into my heart. It can also bring Him into others’ hearts because we are standing in the gap for them, for the Church, for God’s people. We become, literally, the heart of the Mystical Body.

We are not in this alone. Wherever we are, personally, with God, all those that have been given to our care will follow. “Draw me! We will follow you eagerly!” (Sg 4:1) We may never know who they are in this lifetime, yet they will receive that same grace. Our “yes” is not just a personal “yes” any more than Our Lady’s “yes” was personal. It was for all of us, for the world. She is still giving Jesus to the world. Likewise, every “yes” we give brings Jesus into the hearts of all mankind.

“Father, Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as in Heaven.” (Mt 6:10)

 

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine


“I have baptized you with water; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit." (Mk 1:8)

The Holy Spirit, as one writer mentioned, is God’s birthing agent. When we pray, when we are in travail, when we let God and the Spirit have Their way, the Spirit goes out and breathes new Life into people (Gen 2:7). When He moves, hovers and overshadows, He is the Lord and Giver of Life. We say that every time we say the Creed, “I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life.” This is how we are parenting. We are giving Life through the Spirit in this spiritual ministry of intercession through heart piercings, through our love. It is all about love. We give birth to Jesus –always Jesus. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life” (Jn 14:6). What the Holy Spirit was actually doing in Genesis when He breathed over those waters was giving birth to God’s new creation, to the earth. This is exactly what He continues to do now. He gives birth to God’s new creation – to earthen vessels.

Our Lady knew the power of the Holy Spirit. She knew His mission and what He wants to continue to do today. He wants to continue this birthing process in, with and through us, now. He wants to go far beyond anything we can imagine. What you read about Abraham and Sarah (Gen 21: 1-8) was not just about them. It started with them. The Holy Spirit birthed a whole nation through these two. He can start with just one or two of you. He can start with a little intercessory group. It can birth a whole parish, a whole city, a whole country. All things are possible with God.

In Scripture we are told that when Peter came out of the upper room, his shadow was healing (Acts 5:15). It was not really Peter’s shadow that healed; it was the Light of the Holy Spirit within. The pure Light which created the shadow was the power of the Holy Spirit. We are living in the age of the Holy Spirit. Intercession is His ministry. He wants to be set free, through us and by us. He wants to give birth, to give Life over and over again, right now.

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses…to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:8)

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine


“So shall My Word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but shall do My will, achieving the end for which I sent it.” (Is 55:11)

Jesus said, “If anyone loves me, he will keep My word and My Father will love him and We will come to him” (Jn 14:23). This is a God who wants to come in a special way to each of us individually and, in a deeper way, through us and through our intercessory prayer for the whole Church. The Spirit and the Bride are always saying, “Come, Lord Jesus.” He replies, “I am coming. I am coming soon” (Rev. 22:20).

In Hebrews it says, “A body You have prepared for Me” (Heb 10:5). He is speaking of the Church, of His mystical body. He is speaking of us individually as well. How do we prepare a body for the Lord? In Isaiah we read, “A voice cries out: In the desert prepare the way of the Lord” (Is 40:3). In the desert, prepare the way.

Because the power and the wisdom of God comes from the Cross, we will encounter the Cross, the very heart of Christianity. Wisdom comes out of desert spirituality. Our former Holy Father John Paul II said, “To listen to the Word of God is the most important thing in our lives.” Can you imagine that? He was saying that to the whole Church. To listen to the Word of God is the most important thing in our whole lives. We want to spend some time in responding to that, in listening to the Word of God. We know that to surrender to God’s Word is the highest form of wisdom. As we surrender to that wisdom, we come into union with Wisdom Himself. We come into the full power of God, the Holy Spirit and Jesus, made flesh within us. Jesus is Wisdom Incarnate.

We are devoted to Our Lady and the Holy Spirit. Together, they bring forth Jesus. She could not have done it without Him. He could not have done it without her. Lady Wisdom Herself and the Holy Spirit together will teach us to prepare the way of the Lord.

"Rather, blessed are those who hear the Word of God and observe it." (Lk 11:28)

Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine


“So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come.” (2 Cor 5:17)

The Holy Spirit calls us into the New Creation, the New Jerusalem, the New Covenant. He is the New Wine. At Cana, when the tremendous miracle of the new wine first came forth at the intercession of Our Lady, it produced tremendous joy (Jn 2:1-10)! But, it was three years later that Jesus, Mary, John and Mary Magdalene were treading the wine press on Calvary to produce the new wine of the Spirit. We see the bitter and the sweet. We want the new wine to come forth in the Church. We want the new Pentecost. But who will produce the wine?

The beautiful thing about wine and Pentecost, the beautiful thing about the Holy Spirit, is that the fruit is always joy. It is always joy. Joy is the infallible sign of the Presence of God. That was the sign when the apostles came out of the Upper Room at Pentecost. People thought they were drunk because they were so intoxicated with joy. They were filled with the new wine of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit changes us constantly from glory to glory to glory (2 Cor 3:18). Our faith walk is always in stages. Abraham went in stages. He moved from stage to stage. We do too. This is how God moves us if we allow Him. And what does He use primarily to move us from one stage of glory to another? When I use the word “glory,” I am speaking of Life. St. Irenaeus said that “man fully alive is the glory of God.” Man fully alive is the glory of God. A person, fully alive, is full of the Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life. And that is the glory of God.”

“I came so that they might have Life and have It more abundantly.” (Jn 10:10)

Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine

“ With joy you will draw water at the fountain of Salvation” (Is 12:3)


When Mary was overshadowed by the Holy Spirit She experienced the fruit of joy – tremendous joy. She sang it out. “My spirit rejoices in God my Savior” (Lk 1:47). This is the well of Salvation – the Holy Spirit. This joy is the fruit of the Spirit; it is our strength. It comes with connecting with the Lord. “Draw your strength from the Lord and His mighty power” (Eph 6:1). In our prayer, it is important to connect with the Lord. God knows how to make us connect with Him. And once we begin to have this constant deeper experience of His Presence, no matter what happens, we will be used to drawing from His strength and His power.

When we draw our strength from the Person of the Holy Spirit, we are drawing from His energy, which is uncreated. He never runs out. We are drawing from His hope, in the Gift He brings. When we speak of promise, we speak of hope. We might not have the promised gift in its fullness. It means there is always more. There is always tomorrow. We can hope for it. The Holy Spirit will give us the direction; He will help us to focus. We can expect that He will give us an answer. He will let us see the right strategy – go this way or not that way. There is always something happening in our prayer life when we make this connection. He knows that we need to become these very strong little prayer warriors and that we must draw our strength from the Lord and His mighty Power (Eph 6:1).


“ God indeed is my Savior; I am confident and unafraid. My strength and my courage is the LORD, and He has been my Savior. ” (Is 12:2)

Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by Nadine Brown

 

“And the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us, and we saw His glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.” (Jn 1:14)


Grace and Glory go together. Grace is something that is almost intangible; it is hard to define. We know it when we receive it. We know it when we experience it. We know it when we see it. But to really talk about what it is, sometimes is a little difficult. When most of the theologians and the saints as well, speak of grace, they speak of life – God’s life. God’s life has so many dimensions to it! There are so many ways of viewing it. The Little Flower used to say, “Everything is grace!” And in the context that God’s life to us is gift, she would say, “Everything is gift!” That is true. Everything. In the New Testament we read that every good gift comes from above. Every good gift comes from God (Jas 1:17), because only God is good. Only God is good (Mk 10:18).

Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (Jn 14:6). When we recite the Creed we proclaim that the Holy Spirit is the Lord and Giver of Life. Life is what the Holy Spirit gave to Mary! He Himself came and impregnated Her with Life, with the Word, with God! He gave this to Her and She, in turn, has given this great gift to the world now and to all of us. Jesus said that His Words are words of Spirit and Life (Jn 6:63)!

What part of the armor is this great gift of grace, this great gift of life, this great gift of Jesus for us? It is the Sword of the Spirit! Most of the armor we read about in Ephesians is defensive armor, meant for our protection. But the Sword is more the offensive armor. The Sword of the Spirit, Paul tells us, is the Word of God (Eph 6:17). But the Word of God is Jesus Christ. So the Sword of the Spirit is Jesus!

What happens then when Paul says to put on this armor and take up this Sword? What he is saying is, “We now must become Jesus.” We must allow that Word that impregnated Our Lady to impregnate us as well. We must become these life-bearers. We must become pregnant with Life. We must be filled with the Word of God, Jesus Christ. We, too, now need to be full of grace, full of love, full of life, full of God, full of Jesus!


“I came so that they might have Life and have it more abundantly.” (Jn 10:10)

Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine

“He came to what was His own, but His own people did not accept Him.” Jn 1:10


It is costly to speak truth. It’s costly to be true to oneself. It’s costly to be true to what Jesus is telling us. It’s costly in our society, because it brings light into darkness. And right now, with so much darkness, truth stands out, doesn’t it? You can spot a true Christian from a mile away. I wish there were more. I wish there were more. We need Truth. America needs a new outpouring of Truth. There is so much deception. There is so much darkness. The enemy is everywhere. We need the Spirit of Truth (Jn 15:26; Jn 16:13). But we have to go to the Cross for these kinds of graces. This is what we call the Office of Intercession. This is the burden bearing. But this is where the power is. It takes love power. There is no power like love. Nothing is comparable to the power of love. Jesus said, “I have power to lay down my life…Greater love than this no one has” (Jn 10:18; Jn 15:13). That is power. That is the power of love.

We can all do many things. All of us can be busy, all of us can be in ministries and we can do a lot of running. But to lay down our life, to sacrifice, is costly. Yet, this is the thing to which we are called. We are being called to sacrifice with the Lamb. We are being called to become Eucharist. Look at the cost of becoming Eucharist. We can be walking around dying inside and nobody knows it. Yet, Christ is alive and hidden within us and power is going out – Christ’s Calvary power is going out through us. Power goes out more in hiddenness than any other way. The more hidden it is, the more powerful it is. Look at the power that came forth from Calvary and is still reverberating throughout the world today. It has changed everything, hasn’t it? It has changed us forever. We will never be the same because of the Power of the Love of one Person. And now He wants to do it again within us.


“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal Life.” Jn 3:16

Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone.” Is 9:1


Saint Paul tells us to, “Put on the armor of Light” (Rom 13:12). I always think of Our Lady as having that armor on, when we read about Her in the Book of Revelation as “The Woman clothed with the sun” (Rev 12:1). She is wrapped in Light. The part of the armor is the shield of faith (Eph 6:16). Faith is a gift of Light. It is a very precious gift. It is also a gift of Life, because when we have Light, then we can choose Life.

We also see Our Lady as the “Woman of Faith,” praised by Elizabeth but not because of the pregnancy. This is interesting. “Blessed are you, Mary, because you believed” (Lk 1:45). There is the power of the gift of faith. It is a most powerful gift. Our Lady, this Woman of great faith, is our role model.

There must be action with faith. Just to know a truth isn’t enough; it has to have an action to it. This is an important part of the Holy Spirit’s action within us. Faith without works is dead (Jas 2:26). There is no faith at all. It is a matter of believing God when He tells us something, when He speaks. His Word, the Bible, is filled with truth, wisdom and knowledge. But, unless this gift of faith is operative within us, we have not really understood what He is saying.

The Holy Spirit uses the gift of understanding along with the shield of faith to help us.
When we receive this gift and begin to understand what He is talking about, what He meant in different Scripture passages or what He is saying to us right now, then our faith level gets very strong. Then we begin to move. Now we have the light, the truth. Once we believe something, we can stand. We have the strength to be true to ourselves. In Ephesians 6:11, Paul tells us, “Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil!” That’s the kind of faith we’re talking about.


“Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled” Lk 1:45

 

Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine

“So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come.” 2 Cor 5:17

The Holy Spirit calls us into the New Creation, the New Jerusalem, the New Covenant. He is the New Wine. At Cana, when the tremendous miracle of the new wine first came forth at the intercession of Our Lady, it produced tremendous joy (Jn 2:1-10)! But, it was three years later that Jesus, Mary, John and Mary Magdalene were treading the wine press on Calvary to produce the new wine of the Spirit. We see the bitter and the sweet. We want the new wine to come forth in the Church. We want the new Pentecost. But who will produce the wine?

The beautiful thing about wine and Pentecost, the beautiful thing about the Holy Spirit, is that the fruit is always joy. It is always joy. Joy is the infallible sign of the Presence of God. That was the sign when the apostles came out of the Upper Room at Pentecost. People thought they were drunk because they were so intoxicated with joy. They were filled with the new wine of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit changes us constantly from glory to glory to glory (2 Cor 3:18). Our faith walk is always in stages. Abraham went in stages. He moved from stage to stage. We do too. This is how God moves us if we allow Him. And what does He use primarily to move us from one stage of glory to another? When I use the word “glory,” I am speaking of Life. St. Irenaeus said that man fully alive is the glory of God. Man fully alive is the glory of God. A person, fully alive, is full of the Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life. And that is the glory of God.”

“Glory to God in the Highest and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests.” Lk 2:14

 

Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine

"Behold, I make all things new." (Rev 21:5)


Pope Paul VI wrote a beautiful encyclical on evangelization. He captured the very heart of evangelization beautifully. The very heart of evangelization is centered on the Holy Spirit. In fact, the Holy Father brought in a priest that we know who was, at that time, head of the Holy Ghost Fathers to assist him in writing that encyclical, because it was so centered on the Holy Spirit – the Sanctifier Himself. In it, Paul VI said that there can be no effective evangelization unless mankind is first re-generated from within. He is speaking of the Kingdom within. That is the hiddenness of the Spirit within – the Living Water regenerating this kind of power within.

In the L’Obsservatore Romano, our Pope John Paul II also said that there can be no evangelization without contemplation. Isn’t that beautiful? Headlines –right across the front page: “NO EVANGELIZATION WITHOUT CONTEMPLATION!” In other words, these two Popes are saying there can be no effective witnessing without contemplative spirituality. I had to ask the Lord about that one time. “Why? Why?” And He said, “Because, I am the Sanctifier. I am the One that is reproducing the image of Jesus upon each person’s soul. And He is the One to Whom you are witnessing – Jesus Christ. So Jesus must be reproduced in each soul by Me. Then, each soul becomes My witness.” Then your whole life and lifestyle becomes a living witness to Jesus. You become, literally, Jesus – extensions of the Lord Himself. Isn’t that beautiful? This is the tremendous work of our God. He does not want us to miss. He does not want us to be left alone floundering around down here. He is not going to take any chances. “I am going to put My own Spirit within you (Mt 12:18) this time to make sure you make it. I want you to come Home. And I want you to look like, to become, My Son, Jesus.”

This is an attribute of the Holy Spirit – He is the Sanctifier. He is the One who makes us saints. The saints are rejoicing with the Holy Spirit, thanking Him because of His great work within them. But of course, they allowed Him to do that work. He is a divine artist, but we have to constantly surrender to that paint brush, don’t we? We can resist, or we can choose to let Him have His way.


“You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb. I praise you, so wonderfully you made me; wonderful are your works!” (Ps 139:13)

Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M.  Nadine

“Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.” (Mt 5:8)

In pondering the helmet of salvation (Eph 6:17), I asked, “What does that really, really, mean?” The Lord showed me very simply that salvation is Jesus. Jesus is the Savior. This is who He is. He is Salvation. The helmet of salvation then is the Helmet of Jesus, Himself. This is what Paul spoke of when he said, “The mind of Jesus is the helmet of salvation.” The mind of Jesus. Then I asked, “What really is the mind of Jesus – the very bottom line of His mindset? I was led to Scripture over and over and over again which helped me to understand. Jesus is Son; He is Child. He is not the Father. He makes this very clear. “The Father is greater than I,” He tells us in Scripture. “The Father is greater than I” (Jn 14:28). Even when Jesus taught us to pray, we hear Him say, “When you pray, say ‘Our Father’” (Mt 6:9). He is letting us know that we are to pray to the Father together with Him. God is our Father. “He is greater than I,” Jesus says, “I am the Son.”

That was God’s design when the Word, the Second Person of the Trinity, became flesh. He became flesh in our humanity as Child, Son of Mary. Child. He chose this. This is His mindset. Once you understand this is always His mindset, you understand so many things which He says in Scripture. You understand then the meaning of the helmet of salvation in a different light.

In Scripture Jesus tells us, “I do always what pleases the Father” (Jn 8:29). He always knew the mind of the Father. That is the perfection to which we are called: always seek to know God’s mind and do it. It is not easy, but Jesus tells us how to do it. “Blessed are the pure of heart. They will see God.”


“For a Child is born to us, a Son is given us; upon His shoulder dominion rests.” (Is 9:5)

Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (Jn 1:5)

It is the light of Truth that sets us free (Jn 8:32). Now, here is what can happen at this point when you accept this. God then is free to use your life any way He wants. We do not go out and seek the burdens we’re going to take on and all the crosses we are going to take on. We begin to realize that God knows what He is doing better than we do, and we just let Him handle it. He knows the kind of cross I can carry. He knows what I can’t. All the decisions now we must leave up to Him. He is in control.

When Jesus went into those waters at the Jordan, it is very important for intercessors to understand that the Trinity was there. The Spirit came in the form of a dove and rested upon Him. The dove and the pigeon were symbols of sacrifice. Remember that Mary and Joseph had to purchase two pigeons, two doves, for sacrifice in the temple. The Holy Spirit did not come in flames, in wind, or in other ways when He rested upon Jesus at the Jordan. He comes in the form of a dove. “This is My Beloved Son” (Lk 3:22), the Father said, in Whom I am well pleased.” This is the Lamb. This is the Sacrificial Lamb. His ministry is beginning now. He is taking on the sins of humanity now. Jesus was baptized into sin – into us now. He took on sin. Scripture says, “He became sin” (1 Pet 2:24).

As John the Baptist’s father said, “And you, o child, shall go before the Lord, giving His people an experience of salvation in freedom from their sins” (Lk 1:76-77). This is our mission. You may be saying to yourself, “I don’t know if I love people that much. I don’t know if I want to pay that kind of price.” That is okay. That is where we are lots of times. I used to moan and groan a lot to the Lord, “This is such an ugly ministry, Lord. It’s dealing with sin all the time. No wonder you don’t have any intercessors. Who wants this kind of ministry?” But then you think of the fruit of it and the life that comes to those who were spiritually dead. And you know, as Scripture said, “When a child is born, when a baby is born, you forget the pain because of the joy, that you have presented God with a soul” (Jn 16:21).

This is what He wants. If you ever want to give Him something for Christmas ask Him what He would like for a Christmas present. His answer will always be, “Souls, souls, souls…”


“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal Life.” (Jn 3:16)

Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine

“ Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” (Lk 2:10)


Jesus said, “I have chosen you to go forth and bear fruit, so that all that you ask the Father in My name He will give to you” (Jn 15:16). The words, “In My name,” mean in union with Jesus. He is the Intercessor. He said, “The harvest is ripe,” and it is. But He also said, “The laborers are few” (Lk 10:2). For us, that is a very significant word – “laborers” – because to go on the Cross is truly a labor of love. It is labor pain. Paul knew this: “Oh my little children,” he said, “I am in labor again, until Christ be formed in you” (Gal 4:19). These labor pains are for men and women! These labor pains are so that we can give new life to the Church. These labor pains are so that Jesus can be born. We want to bring forth Jesus to the world once again in union with Our Lady, She being the prototype of the Church. We are the Church. Through our sacrifice of love, when we go on the Cross with Him once again, we give birth.

We do not choose our own little way of dying. We allow ourselves to be counseled by the Holy Spirit. He chooses. He is a Counselor. He knows how to release that love and life within our hearts. He knows how to lead us best – very specifically, very individually. This is what we call the third level of humility. We do not choose our own crosses anymore. But what we do choose is His choice. This is the highest form of choice. It is the highest form of humility there is. “Lord, I choose simply what You choose.” Then I know it is the best and most effective form of sacrifice.


“ For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal Life.” (Jn 3:16)

Excerpt from New Covenant Power
Talk given by M. Nadine

“And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father's only Son, full of grace and truth.” (Jn 1:14)

God has given us His Word, Jesus, and now Jesus has to grow within us. Scripture tells us that Jesus grew in wisdom and grace. It is amazing that Wisdom Incarnate, the wisdom of God made flesh, had to experience the process of growth. The Holy Spirit wants us to understand that spiritual growth is a process. Jesus grew for nine months in Mary’s womb and now He grows within our hearts. Mary is Lady Wisdom, and this is why it is so important for us to remain within Her Heart. Scripture says that wisdom is the spotless mirror of the power of God (Wis 7:26). We need to remain within Her Heart just as Jesus remained in Her womb, so that we too can reflect the majesty and beauty of God’s love. We need to let Him grow in our hidden, interior life, just as He did at Nazareth. God’s power is hidden and protected in the silence and solitude within.

When Jesus was born, Joseph received a word, “Take the Child and His mother and flee into Egypt” (Mt 2:13). Joseph obeyed. We have to flee into the interior silence and solitude of the desert within, because the spirituality of the world will try to kill the life of Jesus within us.

There are two kingdoms; satan’s kingdom which is the kingdom of darkness, and God’s Kingdom which is the Kingdom of Light. One brings death, the other, Life. No wonder Jesus taught us to pray, “Father, your Kingdom come” (Lk 11:2). The Father’s Kingdom comes when the Father’s will is done. It is simple, though maybe not easy. It is sacrificial, but it is that simple.

Jesus said, “I am with you always” (Mt 28:20). Sometimes we forget what Jesus taught us. “Father, where I am, there you are” (Jn 17:21). The Father is always with Jesus, and Jesus is with us in the power of the Spirit. He connects us to the Father. He is the Way. No wonder we cannot cry out, “Abba, Father,” except in the power of the Spirit. When the Spirit comes, He brings Jesus; He brings Life. When we are connected to Jesus we are also connected to the Father.


“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal Life.” (Jn 3:16)

Excerpt from Fires of Hope
Talk given by M. Nadine

"Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests." (Lk 2:14)

The Bethlehem message, the star, the angels, and particularly the word to the shepherds was, “This shall be a sign to you. You will find a child lying in the manger” (Lk 2:12). We are called to witness, aren’t we? We are called to witness to God’s love, to the spirituality of our baptism, by being a spiritual child.

This past year, when I was in prayer, I received another little light about Bethlehem. It happened to be when Joseph and Mary were looking for a place to have the baby. There was no room in the inn. I was feeling kind of sad about the Mother of God being turned away. All of the sudden, the Spirit started to enlighten me and so did Jesus. They said, “No, no. Mary knew. This is the ‘Lamb.’ This is the Lamb of God. Lambs are not born in inns. Lambs are not born in hotels. Lambs are born in stables. She knew it. She knew it.

I used to think I had to have this squeaky clean heart for Jesus to come into it. Well, I think He would like that. But, if it’s stinky and smelly like that stable, He will come. That gave me hope. He meets us where we are! And then, He brings us where He is. That is hope, isn’t it? We do not have to be perfect. We do not have to have it all together. We can hope in the Lamb of God, this great Gift of the Father because He comes to us in the stables of our hearts.

And so, we, now with Him, are called to enter into this world of ours and it is kind of like one big stable, isn’t it? And, we now can make up in our bodies what is still lacking, Scripture says, to the sufferings of Christ (Col 1:24). Why? For the sake of His Body, the Church. This all takes place in our humanity, just like it took place in His. But, He hasn’t any other body now, except ours. “Father, a body you have prepared for me (Heb 10:5). Behold, I come to do Your will.” And this is the perfect will of the Father: to set us free so that we can be lifted up into that beautiful, intimate daughter/son relationship with the Father again.


“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal Life.” (Jn 3:16)

 

Excerpt from New Covenant Power
Talk given by M. Nadine

Almost all of the covenants mentioned in the Bible were broken. The last covenant referred to in the New Testament was fulfilled only when the Holy Spirit descended on Our Lady after She had given Her fiat. We are living in that New Covenant now, because Jesus, the Eternal Word, is the New and Eternal Covenant. He is Life Everlasting. There is a line in the Magnificat which says, “He has remembered His promise” (Lk 1:54-55). Mary knew Scripture. She knew the prophetic word spoken by the prophets in the Old Testament, of the Messiah who was to come. Now, when she realized that the fulfillment of God’s promise to mankind was to be accomplished trough Her, She was in awe, and the words of the Magnificat reflect that awe.

If we go back to the beginning, to the Book of Genesis, we see that God spoke all of creation into being in six days. For six days, God said He would created a certain thing, and then He would do just as He said (Gen1). On the seventh day, He rested (Gen 2:2). We are now in the seventh covenant, and God rests in us. He is here, the fulfillment of everything that was spoken in the Old Testament. First, He sent the angel Gabriel who announced God’s plan of salvation to Mary. When She gave Her fiat, Her yes, “Be it done unto me according to Thy word” (Lk 1:38), He sent the Holy Spirit to overshadow Her, and the New and Eternal Covenant became enfleshed in Her womb. The Holy Spirit, as we learn in the Creed, is the Lord, and Giver of Life. He always brings Life. He always brings Jesus. We see this throughout the New Testament, especially in the upper room, at Pentecost. Jesus said, “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life” (Jn 14:6). This Life comes to rest now, in covenant union within each of us.

“The Virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.” (Is 7:14) “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev 22:20)

 

 

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine

Wisdom is surrender and the highest form of surrender will always be the wisdom of the Cross. This is a hidden battle that almost no one will know about. It is going on inside of me; it has to do with the interior life. It is the healing of my heart. Our heart is wrapped in many fig leaves because of many hurts. To open to this grace, to this kind of vulnerability, can be difficult at best. It is a process which takes God’s love and grace. It is what God really wants for us – to have this wisdom of the heart. God is a heart person. He wants us to communicate with Him Heart to heart. He desires that we become one with His Heart, that we have His Heart. He knows that our hearts must be healed. We need to desire this union, to beg for this grace for surrender. Everything is a grace. We just have to ask. Remember, with God all things are possible (Mt 19:26).

Fear is probably the biggest block to surrendering to God. It seems that at the beginning, even Our Lady had some fear. The first thing the angel said to Her was, “Do not fear, Mary” (Lk 1:30). If I can identity a voice inside of me that is saying, “I am afraid – I am not going to have control – I don’t know You that well, Lord – You are going to take me where I do not want to go – You are going to take me to something unknown – What am I going to hang on to, Lord, if I let go and just surrender to You? then that is where I begin. We have many fears. We begin where we are. We do not have to go where God is. He will come to us where we are. He is always the God Who comes.

Surrender is an inside job. The Kingdom of God is within. Jesus taught us to pray, “Father may Your Kingdom come.” May it come in me. Through me may it come to others. This is a way that we can gain territory for others. We must beg for these graces, these lights, these gifts. There is a close relationship between being a child and being surrendered. Children are surrendered. They hold up their arms to be picked up, not wanting to hang on to anything. They are incredibly free. This is what we want – to be free and surrendered as a child of God.


“ The Virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.” (Is 7:14) “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev 22:20)

 

 

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine

In Mark 2:17 Jesus tells us that He did not come to call the virtuous but sinners. In our culture we are getting away from the very heart of the Gospel. It is all about love, about allowing ourselves to come to Him as sinners and allowing ourselves to reach out to others, loving them as they are with no conditions. That is why our spirits can rejoice with Our Lady in God, Our Savior (Lk 1:47). We need to remember that Jesus is the Savior, the Lamb, Emmanuel (Mt 1:23). He has many wonderful titles but we need to remember that He is Savior. He came to save me from myself, my false self, so that I can be reborn into the Kingdom and become the child who God created me to be. This is the wisdom of the desert. Psalm 2:7 says, “This day, I have begotten you.” This day, God wants to bring us forth into the true child of His that we really are.

The main block to this process is unforgiveness. It is impossible to forgive without God’s power, without His love. To forgive is divine; it is not humanly possible. But, it is possible with God.

Intercession is the ministry of reconciliation. We unite man and God. We prepare the way, through intercession, for God to come and take up residency within souls. We must prepare the way within ourselves as well. We are a house of God too and must be reconciled with Him. This is inner healing; to prepare the way of the Lord to come into my heart. He said, “I give you a new heart; I promise you a new spirit. I want to put this within you” (Ez 36:26). “I will take out of your flesh, your heart of stone,” your heart that is not really loving, that is not really kind or patient or forgiving. “I will remove this heart and give you a heart of flesh” (Ez 11:19). In other words, “I will give you My Heart, My Spirit. I will set you free. But come to Me so that together, we can set things right” (Is 1:18).


“A voice cries out: In the desert prepare the way of the LORD!” (Is 40:3) “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev 22:20)

 

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine

In 1 Peter 2:5 we read, “You are living stones built as an edifice of spirit into a holy priesthood offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus.” This is our ministry. This is who we are; this is what we do. The Lord showed me that through the four pillars of contemplative prayer, which are also the four marks of the Church, come forth diamonds of faith, if we allow God to work with us and speak to us and love us in the pillar of silence. From the pillar of solitude come forth emeralds of hope. If the world needs anything today, it needs hope. Through the pillar of prayer come forth living stones of rubies, which are pure love covered in the Blood of the Lamb. From the pillar of penance comes forth tremendous zeal – pearls of wisdom. It is a wisdom that will always surrender to the power of God’s love.

We are a people whom God claims as His own to proclaim the glorious works of the One who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Pet 2:9). Wisdom is the gift of light, of love and of everything, when you think about it. In this light and love we stand in the gap, bridging God and man. We prepare the way of the Lord. We are rebuilding the Church, restoring God’s house to a house of prayer. In this way we go forth in the power of the Spirit with the Woman Herself clothed with the sun (Rev 12), as Church now, clothed with the sun, clothed with His light, to meet the dragon in combat to set others free. We are always called to set the captives free.

We prepare as St. Bernard has said, the second coming of the Lord, where God can come and dwell fully within His house. Then His house, His Church, becomes a house of prayer for all people (Is 57:6).


“ The Virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.” (Is 7:14) “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev 22:20)

 

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine

Suffering is so rich. It has the power of the Cross. The greatest tragedy is not suffering in itself, but suffering that is wasted – not used to help others receive graces they need.

Paul said, “I fill up now in my body what is still lacking in the sufferings of Christ for the sake of His Body, the Church” (Col 1:24). This is what we are talking about. Do not let a headache be wasted, do not let heart piercings be wasted. Do not let any suffering be wasted. Paul said, “I rejoice now in my suffering for your sake because you are getting grace.” Even though there will be days when we really drag, we can rejoice! “Thank You, Lord!” Grace is going out; power is going out. We do not have to worry, thinking, “Is anybody going to be praying for me?” God will take care of us if we are taking care of His needs.

What we are doing is allowing Jesus to be the intercessors within us. We are allowing Him to continue being the Lamb within us to distribute these graces from Calvary, these graces from the Cross, through us. There will be travail. There was much travail in Jesus’ life. Jesus wept over Lazarus. He wept and groaned. Something deep – very deep – was going on within Him. The Father and the Spirit were taking Him through this travail. Then, they took Him back out of it. “Lazarus, come forth” (Jn 11:43). Resurrection can come out of travail. Paul knew this too. Paul was in deep travail many times. He says, “O, my children, my little children, I am in labor again so that Christ may be formed in you” (Gal 4:19). If you are having travail, labor pains, heart piercings, burdens, then rejoice! But we must remember that the grace may not be received by the one for whom we are praying. We must allow for people’s free will. The grace is going out – hopefully it will be received.

Travail, heart piercings, Calvary, territorial intercession can produce miracles, absolute miracles!

“Mary said, ‘ Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your Word.’” (Lk 1:38) “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev 22:20)

 

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine

The Holy Spirit, as one writer mentioned, is God’s birthing agent. When we pray, when we are in travail, when we let God and the Spirit have Their way, the Spirit goes out and breathes new Life into people (Gen 2:7). When He moves, hovers and overshadows, He is the Lord and Giver of Life. We say that every time we say the Creed, “I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life.” This is how we are parenting. We are giving Life through the Spirit in this spiritual ministry of intercession through heart piercings, through our love. It is all about love. We give birth to Jesus –always Jesus. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life” (Jn 14:6). What the Holy Spirit was actually doing in Genesis when He breathed over those waters was giving birth to God’s new creation, to the earth. This is exactly what He continues to do now. He gives birth to God’s new creation – to earthen vessels.

Our Lady knew the power of the Holy Spirit. She knew His mission and what He wants to continue to do today. He wants to continue this birthing process in, with and through us, now. He wants to go far beyond anything we can imagine. What you read about Abraham and Sarah (Gen 21: 1-8) was not just about them. It started with them. The Holy Spirit birthed a whole nation through these two. He can start with just one or two of you. He can start with a little intercessory group. It can birth a whole parish, a whole city, a whole country. All things are possible with God.

In Scripture we are told that when Peter came out of the upper room, his shadow was healing (Acts 5:15). It was not really Peter’s shadow that healed; it was the Holy Spirit hovering over him. The pure Light which created the shadow was the power of the Holy Spirit. We are living in the age of the Holy Spirit. Intercession is His ministry. He wants to be set free, through us and by us. He wants to give birth, to give Life over and over again, right now.


“The Virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.” (Is 7:14) “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev 22:20)

 

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine

Suffering is so rich. It has the power of the Cross. The greatest tragedy is not suffering in itself, but suffering that is wasted – not used to help others receive graces they need.

Paul said, “I fill up now in my body what is still lacking in the sufferings of Christ for the sake of His Body, the Church” (Col 1:24). This is what we are talking about. Do not let a headache be wasted, do not let heart piercings be wasted. Do not let any suffering be wasted. Paul said, “I rejoice now in my suffering for your sake because you are getting grace.” Even though there will be days when we really drag, we can rejoice! “Thank You, Lord!” Grace is going out; power is going out. We do not have to worry, thinking, “Is anybody going to be praying for me?” God will take care of us if we are taking care of His needs.

What we are doing is allowing Jesus to be the intercessors within us. We are allowing Him to continue being the Lamb within us to distribute these graces from Calvary, these graces from the Cross, through us. There will be travail. There was much travail in Jesus’ life. Jesus wept over Lazarus. He wept and groaned. Something deep – very deep – was going on within Him. The Father and the Spirit were taking Him through this travail. Then, they took Him back out of it. “Lazarus, come forth” (Jn 11:43). Resurrection can come out of travail. Paul knew this too. Paul was in deep travail many times. He says, “O, my children, my little children, I am in labor again so that Christ may be formed in you” (Gal 4:19). If you are having travail, labor pains, heart piercings, burdens, then rejoice! But we must remember that the grace may not be received by the one for whom we are praying. We must allow for people’s free will. The grace is going out – hopefully it will be received.

Travail, heart piercings, Calvary, territorial intercession can produce miracles, absolute miracles!

“Mary said, ‘ Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your Word.’” (Lk 1:38) “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev 22:20)

 

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine

In Hebrews 5:5 Christ says, “A body You have prepared for Me. Behold I come to do Your will.” It is very important to understand that He comes to do the Father’s will. He is looking for people like us so that He can enter into our temples and continue doing the Father’s will. This is how He is coming against sin, against the enemy. This is how He is taking back the Father’s kingdom for the Father. The fruit of His action will always be peace – peace on earth, peace in our earthen vessels. We, now, are those of good will. When we are one with God and remain in His will, a silence comes into our lives automatically because we are resting in the Lord. This is a very deep level of contemplation.

Every surrender, every “yes” will bring Jesus. He is the God Who comes. When we are baptized, we are baptized priest, prophet and king. We enter into the mystical priesthood of Jesus. Every “yes” brings Jesus more and more into my heart. It can also bring Him into others’ hearts because we are standing in the gap for them, for the Church, for God’s people. We become, literally, the heart of the Mystical Body. We are not in this alone. Wherever we are, personally, with God, all those that have been given to our care will follow. “Draw me! We will follow you eagerly!” (Sg 4:1) We may never know who they are in this lifetime, yet they will receive that same grace. Our “yes” is not just a personal “yes” any more than Our Lady’s “yes” was personal. It was for all of us, for the world. She is still giving Jesus to the world. Likewise, every “yes” we give brings Jesus into the hearts of all mankind.


“Mary said, ‘ Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your Word.’” (Lk 1:38) “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev 22:20)

 

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine

“Be imitators of God as His very dear children” (Eph 5:1).

We like to imitate others from the time we are very little children and even onto our adulthood. We always want a mentor. We are always looking for role models. And here He is – God, Himself. When we are really aware of our identity and know that we are children, we are going to imitate Jesus. We are going to want to imitate God and Our Lady. These are experts, our Role Models. “Follow Me” (Mk 2:14), Jesus said. You do not have to lead. Just follow Me. This is a very simple directive.

Jesus was always speaking to children. Children love to play follow-the-leader. They do not have a hard time following. Yet, we have a hard time following when we become adults. Following can become very difficult for us because the mind, the rationale, takes over. Children follow. Wisdom will follow. That is the wisdom of surrender. Every fiat, every yes, little or big, becomes extremely important. It has power especially if we can say “yes” with joy and not just grin and bear it. Paul said, “God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor 9:7). So, give it all you’ve got!

We must allow Jesus to have the freedom within us that He loves. Wisdom will grow if we allow ourselves to be led by the Spirit as Jesus was. He is the Lamb, Wisdom Incarnate, and He is modeling for us. When we allow ourselves to be led, we have wisdom at its best.


“Wisdom instructs Her children” (Sir 4:11) “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev 22:20)

 

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine

In Proverbs 8:32-33 we read, “So now, children, listen to Me.” Wisdom addresses Her listeners as children. When Jesus spoke, even to the apostles, He called them children. Wisdom speaks to children because children can receive. In the gospel we hear Lady Wisdom say, “Do whatever He tells you” (Jn2:5). At Cana, the public ministry of Jesus began; so did the public ministry of Our Lady. She was called. Jesus called her “Woman.” “Woman, what is that to you and to Me?” (Jn 2:4). The Lord, by that statement, placed Her right in the context of the Woman of Genesis. Her mission had begun.

The first thing that Lady Wisdom does with Her mission is to repair the sin of Eve, who disobeyed. Lady Wisdom says, “Now you do whatever He tells you.” Very interesting! At the prompting of the Holy Spirit, she is asking us to do whatever. She never asks us to do something that She, Herself, did not do. Mary said, “Be it done unto me (I am the receiver) according to Your Word,” Your wisdom, Your way. She asks us to do what She has already done Herself. It will bear the same fruit in our life as it did in Hers – Jesus!


“The Virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.” (Is 7:14) “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev 22:20)

 

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine


“And Mary said: "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior.” (Lk 1:46-47)

Mary gave herself totally. She gave everything that She was, everything that She had, everything that She really is. And She received a hundredfold. She received the fullness of Life and the fullness of Light, the fullness of Love. She received the fullness of the Trinity. She said that God had made Her the most blessed of all and that Her spirit rejoiced in God, her Savior. Joy is always the infallible sign of the presence of God. Satan can imitate almost everything else. He can do so much imitation but he cannot imitate joy because joy is God Himself. It is the presence of God Himself.

Can you image what it will be like when the Church really goes into the desert again, really becomes contemplative again and really starts receiving the enfleshment of the Word, experiencing the joy? Can you imagine the evangelization that will go forth? People are drawn to happy people. Joy is contagious. You cannot camouflage joy, can you?

We want to be people of joy. We want to be Pentecost people. At Pentecost, Our Lady was with the disciples so that they could have the same experience in that upper room which she had at the Annunciation. Out of the climate of silence, authentic prayer really begins. Here is where revelation and contemplation comes. As we are fed, we become quieter, more silent. We start to gaze. The more we gaze, the more we become like the One at whom we are gazing – Jesus!


“The daybreak from on High will visit us to shine on those who sit in darkness and death's shadow, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” (Lk 1: 78-79)

“Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev 22:20)

 

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine

In Her Magnificat, Our Lady says, “All generations shall call me blessed” (Lk 1:48). When you pray through the Magnificat, you see all the Beatitudes coming to life in Her beautiful exhortation of thanksgiving. When we live Her Magnificat, we will share in that blessedness. We too will be called blessed. We too will be happy. We need to be happy! There is a strength that comes with joy. That does not mean that there will not be sorrow, but joy and sorrow are friends. They can live side by side in the human heart. Our Lady knew sorrow; she also knew joy. In her litany we say that she is the Cause of our Joy. We want to be the cause of other people’s joy as well. If the world needs anything today it needs joy.

The Lord gave me an image one time of a very busy street. It could have been any big city. I was just watching the people coming and going. The sidewalks were packed and hardly anybody paid any attention to anybody else. It was all hurry, hurry, hurry! I asked the Lord, “What is it that You want me to see in this image?” He said, “Look at their faces.” I said, “Lord, they are not happy! There is no joy.” He said, “No. They haven’t any wine. They need the New Wine. They need the Spirit.” The joy of the Lord is our strength.

Intercessors need joy because we need strength in this combat that we are in all the time. It is gift and it is fruit. We may be treading the wine press one day, yet we are still experiencing joy right along with it. Jesus said that when the birthing has occurred, when that grace comes forth and is given, there is no joy like it. The intercession lifts and you know you are no longer treading the wide press. You know that someone has received Jesus. That Pentecost has happed for somebody somewhere and that Jesus Christ is born!


“ The daybreak from on High will visit us to shine on those who sit in darkness and death's shadow, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” (Lk 1: 78-79)

“Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev 22:20)

 

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine

“And Mary said: ‘My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.’” Lk 1:46-47

Lady Wisdom wants our whole being to proclaim the greatness of the Lord and to mirror His image. When Peter, James and John came down from Mount Tabor scripture tells us, “They saw only Jesus” (Jn 17:8). We want the Father to look upon us when we leave these Mount Tabor-like moments in prayer and see, within each of us, only Jesus. However, we come from broken and unhealed selves that have been deeply influenced by our cultures, by the way we have been taught, by things we have heard. Here, in America, in our culture, it is so important to perform. Our self-worth is somehow determined by what we do. This is not the Gospel at all. Mary did not say that what she does magnifies the Lord. “My being,” she said, my whole personhood, “magnifies the Lord.” We must get out of the lie that our self-worth comes from achievement. This can deeply affect our relationship with the Lord because it moves us away from the importance of relationship. Yet, it is key. This is the most important thing to God – relationship. It is not what we do that is important to Him; it is our relationship with Him that matters. He calls us to relationship.

In Matthew 6:33, Jesus tells us, “Seek Me first (My kingship) and everything else will be given.” God has priorities. He wants to be first. When we go into the desert, day after day, seeking Him first, everything else will fall into place. He will take care of our ministries. He will take care of our families. He will take care of our problems, our worries, our needs. But we need to seek Him first.

Prayer is a journey from our brokenness to wholeness, from our sinfulness to holiness, from our separateness to unity, from being just one, in isolation, to being with God. When we are one with God, we become so much more one with each other. We go from our darkness into light. We go from one kingdom into God’s kingdom. God says, “You are either with Me (totally in My kingdom) or you are not” (Mat 12:30). Ponder this. It will help us make the crossover to the threshold of God’s Presence and of His way. Mary, full of grace, with her whole being magnifying the Lord, is asking that of us. She is interceding for these graces for us all the time.


“The Virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.” (Is 7:14) “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev 22:20)

 

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine


“He has looked upon His servant in her lowliness.” (Lk 1:48)

Our Lady thought of herself only as God’s servant, God’s handmaid. So too, our thought life, and how we see ourselves in relationship to God, is very important. We call it humility. It is truth, isn’t it? It is pure truth. Yet, we are dealing with the terrible sin of pride rooted so deeply within us. We walked away from the garden with it. We must constantly beg for this gift of truth, this gift of humility to really know that we are not gods. Satan tried to tell Eve, “God wants you not to eat of this fruit, because if you do, then you will be like gods.”

“Blessed are the poor in spirit” (Mt 5:3). Our Lady is Lady Poverty. When we are empty and divested of that little unholy trinity – me, myself and I – when we are poor, we are automatically detached from our own will. We must ask for the kind of attitude of mind and heart that Our Lady had. We must ask to be handmaids, to be the servants, to be totally receptive, to be totally available to God for whatever. That means being poor in spirit. St. John of the Cross calls this “the summit of perfection.” He understood that when Jesus said, “The kingdom of Heaven is yours,” it is only in our extreme poverty that we can be rich.


“The Virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.” (Is 7:14) “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev 22:20)

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine

In Wisdom 7:26 we read, “Wisdom is the spotless mirror of the power of God, the image of His goodness.” That is something to ponder. Wisdom is the spotless mirror of the power of God, the image of His goodness. “My being magnifies the Lord” (Lk 1:46), Mary sings in her Magnificat. There is the spotless mirror! There is the one who images God’s whole identity, reflecting God in His entire goodness. Our Lady is the spotless mirror of God’s power, of His love. When God looks into her heart, into her soul, He sees Himself. It is Our Lady’s desire for us that when God looks into us He sees Himself. We are to reflect His image and goodness!

We must have the purity of heart which Our Lady, the Immaculate Heart, had. “Blessed are the pure of heart” (Mt 5:8). What is the promise for the pure of heart? “They shall see God.” If you want the gift of discernment, there it is. When we can see God in anything, when we recognize Him, we can let go of everything that is not of Him. To see God, we need purity of heart every day. Adam and Eve were filled with Light and wisdom in the beginning. They could see God in each other. When the sin came, they lost the light. That is when they knew they were naked. They had not been aware of it previously because they were so filled with God’s presence.

God is holy and pure. God has said, “I want you to be holy because I am holy. I want you to be like Me.”


“The Virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.” (Is 7:14) “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev 22:20)

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine


Knowing our identity is important. If we do not know who we are, satan will tell us who we are and we can easily continue to live out that lie. So many in the Church do not really know how beautiful they are, how good they are and that they have been made in God’s image and in God’s likeness.

We look to Lady Wisdom; She knew her identity. She knew she was the daughter of the Father. She knew she was the Mother of Jesus. She knew she was the Spouse of the Spirit, the temple of God. All this was revealed to her in the silence. In the Annunciation scripture we hear, “The power of the Most High shall come upon you.” When the angel came to her he said, “Blessed are you!” The Lord was already with her. It must have been something when Heaven was able to look down upon earth and see one person after the fall who was filled with light, filled with the presence of God. This is amazing, isn’t it? She needed to know this because at first she was fearful. The angel said, “Do not fear; you have found favor with God. The Lord is with you.” Is this not what we all want to hear? Everything somehow is all right when we know the Lord is with us. We need that consolation. It is in the silence that we hear this.

If we hunger and thirst for this relationship with the Lord, then the promise that was given to Mary is also given to us. Then the child to be born, the child that is being spiritually conceived in us day by day, shall be called Son of God. When we go into the desert, when we enter this desert atmosphere, this desert spirituality, we are receiving what Mary received in the desert silence. We are receiving the Son of God Himself enfleshed now within us. Everything about Our Lady, everything that she received from God, she wants us to have. All mothers want their children to have good things. Mary wants us to know who we are. She wants us to know our true identity.

Jesus asked His apostles, “Who do you say that I am?” We must ask the Trinity this very same question, one at a time, “Father, who do You say that I am?” I know that I am made in Your image and in Your likeness; I need to hear from You to know who I am. Jesus, who do You say that I am? Holy Spirit, who do You say that I am?” We hear in the Genesis scriptures that we are made in the image and likeness of God. “Let Us make man in Our image and in Our likeness” (Gen 1:26). We must dialogue with the Lord about that to find out who we truly are. We will know our true identity when we know our relationship to each person of the Trinity. They will tell us; They want us to know.


“The Virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.”
(Is 7:14) “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev 22:20)

 

 

 

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine

In Luke 1:31-33 we read, “The Holy Offspring to be born will be called Son of God. He shall be called Jesus and shall save His people from their sin.” Right there the name and mission of Jesus is given. We must identify with Jesus, the Lamb of God Who takes away sin, Who is constantly distributing these graces through us for His people. Mary, Lady Wisdom, invites us to be her holy offspring, to be Jesus and to continue His redemptive mission of taking away sin. But there is a condition. We need to eradicate sin in our own lives every day.

Everything in the spiritual life is a process. We would like to get there all at once, to be healed instantly. We live in a generation of instant this and instant that and we have seen instant miracles and healings, but more often the process goes around and around as we go deeper and deeper towards the goal. God knows where we are, what we can handle and when. There is an appointed time with God. He makes all things beautiful in His time and we must allow for His leading. We will never be totally satisfied in this life. We will always need Him and have a deep desire for Him.

We are here today because He chose to give us life – to bring us into existence. He said, “I chose you to be holy and blameless, sinless in My sight” (Eph 1:3-4). Our Lady, the Immaculate Conception is sinless. She wants us to be sinless as well. In the end her Immaculate Heart will triumph. When the Church has that Immaculate Heart, that kind of love, then we will conquer sin. That will be the triumph.

The condition for participation in this redemptive mission is conversion – change. God wants to change us so that we can participate with Him in His mission. Yet, He is a respecter of our free will. He wants our consent, our permission. “Come let us set things right” (Is 1:18). Everything about God is incarnational. He is not going to do it without us. He set it up that way. That is why intercessors, in union with Him, have a power. His whole redemptive ministry is done in, with and through us. He distributes these graces through each one of us. Holiness is very important so that nothing within us is blocking the Mission of the Lamb.

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign: the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.” (Is 7:14) “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev 22:20)

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine

In Luke 4:17-18 we read, “Jesus returned from the desert, in the power of the Spirit.” Power comes in the desert! The power behind anointed intercession is the power of the Holy Spirit.

Intercession is prayer to the Father in union with Jesus through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. It is a charismatic gift of the Spirit, which means that it is a gift that is to be used for others. We have gifts of the Spirit, which are primarily for ourselves and then there are gifts of the Spirit that are called charismatic because these are for others.

The Holy Spirit makes Jesus visible. Jesus said, “He will bear witness on My behalf” (Jn 15:26). This is why John could point out, “Behold the Lamb” (Jn 1:29-36)! The Spirit is trying to do the same within each one of us so that we can point to one another with the recognition that comes from the Spirit and say, “Behold the Lamb! There goes Jesus walking down the street.”

The Holy Spirit is a director. He will direct our footsteps in paths that we might not wish to take. Jesus was led constantly by the Spirit. He was led out of Nazareth, led to the Jordan, led into the desert. The Holy Spirit led Jesus directly into satan’s camp and made Jesus visible to satan. As intercessors we should not be surprised if the Spirit leads us right into the enemy’s camp. Do not be afraid because He is leading. One thing we have found out is that the enemy is scared to death of Jesus Christ. He hates the Spirit and he has a deep hatred toward the Father. Jesus taught us to pray, “Father, deliver us from the evil one.” The Father is the last person the enemy wants to tangle with. It pays to be little; that is the wisdom of the desert. That is the wisdom of conversion. It is wisdom when Jesus says, “You must change and become as a little child.” (Mt 18:1-3).

Vatican Council II teaches, “We, the Church, must remain pupils of the Holy Spirit.” We must be children. We must be teachable children, pupils of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit will keep filling us and then keep giving us away. He is a giver. That is what love does. So make room for God! Let Him have His way. He wants to live and move and have His whole being within us. We become His temple here on earth. There is no need to fear. He is so incredibly gentle. To hear Him we need the silence because He whispers; He whispers because He is Love.


“Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev 22:20)

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine 

“ Silence, all mankind, in the presence of the LORD! for He stirs forth from His holy dwelling.” (Zech 2:17)

In Revelation 12:14 we read about the woman who was given gigantic eagle wings so that she could fly to her place in the desert. The Church needs eagle wings. They represent contemplative prayer. Eagles soar and they ride the wind. That is contemplation. Wisdom is given in contemplation. Knowledge is given; understanding is given, if we will only be still and know (Ps 46:10) and experience that He is God. This is the experience that Paul prayed for. “I pray, Father, that they may experience Your love, the height, the depth, the width, and the breadth that surpasses all understanding” (Eph 3:14-19). Paul knew that we all have to become mystics.

This is why silence is so important. We might have to find special times in our day for silence. It will produce such a richness in your life that you will never regret any time you give exclusively to God. The silence of this kind of prayer is the silence of the heart. It is the language of love. It is union. You are in God’s presence. He is love and now He can pour forth His love. He can pour forth His instruction.

All of these beautiful gifts of the Spirit start to grow and develop when we listen. “Listen,” Jesus said in John 10:10. “Listen so that you may have Life.” “Listen,” He is saying, “so that you may have Me.” Out of this comes tremendous union. The Father says this again to Peter, James and John on Mount Tabor, “Listen to Him” (Mt 17:5). Listen to Him. He has the words of eternal life. “Every morning, He opens my ears to hear” (Is 50:4). Are we allowing Him to do that for us?

Wisdom Incarnate came forth at the Annunciation in silence. He came forth visibly at Bethlehem in silence. Scripture tells us that during His years at Nazareth, Jesus grew in the silence (Lk 1:51-52). He grew in wisdom and grace. How important it is for our interior life to develop and grow. The fruit of wisdom is peace. The more peace there is in a soul, the more silence there is in the soul. It is a wonderful circle of divine intimacy. A heart that lets Jesus come is a peaceful heart, a silent heart, because there will be quietness and stillness within.

“Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev 22:20)

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine


When we look at Mary we see what the Church is called to be. She is prototype of the Church. That means when we look at Mary, we also see what we are called to be. Vatican Council instructs us to look at Mary as our model, as Church. She is not just to be admired. She is to be imitated; she is to be followed. In order for God to rest and to be at peace in Mary means that her will was in perfect conformity with His. When our will comes into perfect conformity with God’s then He rests within us as well.

In the meantime, the Holy Spirit is active within us, constantly housecleaning, making more and more room for Himself, for the Word of God. Every time the Holy Spirit finds a Mary heart, He enters there and He brings forth Jesus. These are the words of St. Louis de Montfort. We must desire to have a heart like Mary’s. When the Holy Spirit sees a heart like hers, He hovers, He empowers, He overshadows, and the Word becomes more and more enfleshed within that soul.


“The Virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.”
(Is 7:14) “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev 22:20)

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine


Jesus said, “If anyone loves me, he will keep My word and My Father will love him and We will come to him” (Jn 14:23). This is a God who wants to come in a special way to each of us individually and, in a deeper way, through us and through our intercessory prayer for the whole Church. The Spirit and the Bride are always saying, “Come, Lord Jesus.” He replies, “I am coming. I am coming soon” (Rev. 22:20).

In Hebrews it says, “A body You have prepared for Me” (Heb 10:5). He is speaking of the Church, of His mystical body. He is speaking of us individually as well. How do we prepare a body for the Lord? In Isaiah we read, “A voice cries out: In the desert prepare the way of the Lord” (Is 40:3). In the desert, prepare the way.

Because the power and the wisdom of God comes from the Cross, we will encounter the Cross, the very heart of Christianity. Wisdom comes out of desert spirituality. Our former Holy Father John Paul II said, “To listen to the Word of God is the most important thing in our lives.” Can you imagine that? He was saying that to the whole Church. To listen to the Word of God is the most important thing in our whole lives. We want to spend some time in responding to that, in listening to the Word of God. We know that to surrender to God’s Word is the highest form of wisdom. As we surrender to that wisdom, we come into union with Wisdom Himself. We come into the full power of God, the Holy Spirit and Jesus, made flesh within us. Jesus is Wisdom Incarnate.

We are devoted to Our Lady and the Holy Spirit. Together, they bring forth Jesus. She could not have done it without Him. He could not have done it without her. Lady Wisdom herself and the Holy Spirit together will teach us to prepare the way of the Lord.


“The Virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.”
(Is 7:14) “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev 22:20)

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine


Jesus said, “If anyone loves me, he will keep My word and My Father will love him and We will come to him” (Jn 14:23). This is a God who wants to come in a special way to each of us individually and, in a deeper way, through us and through our intercessory prayer for the whole Church. The Spirit and the Bride are always saying, “Come, Lord Jesus.” He replies, “I am coming. I am coming soon” (Rev. 22:20).

In Hebrews it says, “A body You have prepared for Me” (Heb 10:5). He is speaking of the Church, of His mystical body. He is speaking of us individually as well. How do we prepare a body for the Lord? In Isaiah we read, “A voice cries out: In the desert prepare the way of the Lord” (Is 40:3). In the desert, prepare the way.

Because the power and the wisdom of God comes from the Cross, we will encounter the Cross, the very heart of Christianity. Wisdom comes out of desert spirituality. Our former Holy Father John Paul II said, “To listen to the Word of God is the most important thing in our lives.” Can you imagine that? He was saying that to the whole Church. To listen to the Word of God is the most important thing in our whole lives. We want to spend some time in responding to that, in listening to the Word of God. We know that to surrender to God’s Word is the highest form of wisdom. As we surrender to that wisdom, we come into union with Wisdom Himself. We come into the full power of God, the Holy Spirit and Jesus, made flesh within us. Jesus is Wisdom Incarnate.

We are devoted to Our Lady and the Holy Spirit. Together, they bring forth Jesus. She could not have done it without Him. He could not have done it without her. Lady Wisdom herself and the Holy Spirit together will teach us to prepare the way of the Lord.


“The Virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.”
(Is 7:14) “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev 22:20)

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M Nadine

“ The Virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel. ”
Is 7:14


“And so they went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee….to the city of David that is called Bethlehem….and She gave birth to Her firstborn Son…” (Lk 2:4,7) Holy Virgin Mary, Ark of the New Covenant, Mother of Our Savior! How grateful are we, the children formed in your Immaculate Heart, to be drawn once again by the quiet of your maternal care, into a new season of Advent longing. In this place of holy desire, we experience so powerfully, in your heart, the sublime beauty of perfect docility, the fair radiance of simplicity and the exquisite brightness of your purity. It is the magnificent triumph of sinlessness over sin, obedience over disobedience, and humility over pride, that we celebrate in you, the beautiful Morning Star who ceaselessly ushers forth, into every soul, the Light and Peace of Bethlehem.

Unspeakable gratitude fills our hearts as we ponder, together with Baby Jesus, the tender kindness we have experienced in your most patient maternal womb of grace, as you have taught our own hearts to rest deeply in the radiant light of humility and truth. It is your virtue which swaddles us in your grace; your fiat which gives us courage to pass through the Advent night, and your surrender which brings forth a new birthing of your Son, Jesus, enfleshed now within human hearts.

Thanks be to God, that through this surrender of a Virgin, Mercy continues to transform human frailty into a Vessel of Pure Love, Ark of the New Covenant, and Bearer of Glad Tidings, which triumphantly carries forth the Blessed Offspring of New Life and Hope. We follow you then, Blessed Mother of Hope, on this Advent journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem, watching eagerly, in grateful expectation, for the marvelous transformation of Advent longing….into Bethlehem birthing; the Christ Child being born again and again in all hearts! Obtain for us the grace, Dear Lady, to see your Son in all people, to know He lives in every life, and to experience His love in every heart.”


“ Come, Lord Jesus! ” Rev 22:20

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine


“I, the Lord have called you for the victory of justice.I have grasped you by the hand. I have formed you and set you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations.” (Is 42:6-7)

Jesus, the Light of the world, is calling us now individually and collectively as Church to be a light to all the nations, to “open the eyes of the blind, to bring prisoners out of confinement and from the dungeon those who live in darkness”. This means bringing people out of deception, out of all kinds of bondage. This is the power of intercession. We must use it, distribute it, and send the Holy Spirit out on visitations. He loves to visit people, parishes, chanceries, dioceses, nations. He wants us to send Him. This is the power. Jesus says in Luke 4:18, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me. He has sent Me.” This is God’s power moving now through each of us. He is sending us, through prayer, to all these different areas in people’s lives for the needs of the Church.

Our Lady has also been telling us that the time is now. This is new for us. In the past we have always heard, “I’ll let you know.” We waited, as Jesus told us to do. “Wait until you are clothed with power from on high” (Lk 24:49). But this time Our Lady is saying, “The time of waiting is over. The time is now” (Rev 10:6). “Ask Me for the nations” (Ps 2:8). He wants to give us the nations when we ask Him. That means there will be intercession, there will be the wine press to tread, there will be the Cross. There is a price to pay. There is a cost to Pentecost. There is a cost to souls. We are here so that God can use us so that the nations can receive Him in His wonderful mercy. He said, “I want to pour out My Spirit upon all mankind now” (Joel 3:1). Now! This is high noon. Not tomorrow, not next year. It is now. God has called all of us here to experience this “now” ministry. God is present with us now.

Like Mary, we want to receive His Word like sponges and then, like Mary, we want God to begin making visitations, so that others can receive what we have. You cannot give something you do not have. The more we receive, the more we can give without worrying about being emptied out. God never runs out. The whole principle of intercession is to receive and give, receive and give. We must be devoted to prayer so that we can receive. We must be devoted to the ministry of the Word, which is the ministry of intercession, so that we can give Jesus to souls!

“The Virgin shall be with Child, and bear a Son, and shall name Him Immanuel.” (Is 7:14) “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev 22:20)

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Prepare the way of the Lord!” (Is 40:3)

Jesus said, “If anyone loves me, he will keep My word and My Father will love him and We will come to him” (Jn 14:23). This is a God who wants to come in a special way to each of us individually and, in a deeper way, through us and through our intercessory prayer for the whole Church. The Spirit and the Bride are always saying, “Come, Lord Jesus.” He replies, “I am coming. I am coming soon” (Rev. 22:20).

In Hebrews it says, “A body You have prepared for Me” (Heb 10:5). He is speaking of the Church, of His mystical body. He is speaking of us individually as well. How do we prepare a body for the Lord? In Isaiah we read, “A voice cries out: In the desert prepare the way of the Lord” (Is 40:3). In the desert, prepare the way.

Because the power and the wisdom of God comes from the Cross, we will encounter the Cross, the very heart of Christianity. Wisdom comes out of desert spirituality. Our former Holy Father John Paul II said, “To listen to the Word of God is the most important thing in our lives.” Can you imagine that? He was saying that to the whole Church. To listen to the Word of God is the most important thing in our whole lives. We want to spend some time in responding to that, in listening to the Word of God. We know that to surrender to God’s Word is the highest form of wisdom. As we surrender to that wisdom, we come into union with Wisdom Himself. We come into the full power of God, the Holy Spirit and Jesus, made flesh within us. Jesus is Wisdom Incarnate.

We are devoted to Our Lady and the Holy Spirit. Together, they bring forth Jesus. She could not have done it without Him. He could not have done it without her. Lady Wisdom herself and the Holy Spirit together will teach us to prepare the way of the Lord.

“The Virgin shall be with Child, and bear a Son, and shall name Him Immanuel.” (Is 7:14) “Come, Lord Jesus! ” (Rev 22:20)

Excerpt on Silence from Hearing God’s Voice
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Morning after morning He opens my ear that I may hear.” (Is 50:4)

This is Isaiah the Prophet, but all the prophets, when you study them in relationship to God, were very pure-hearted and very silent souls. They were mouthpieces of the Lord, because they could hear Him. Remember Elijah in the cave (cf. 1 Kgs. 19:9; 11-13)? He heard that soft, gentle wind. That is a heart that is very purified. It is a heart that has spiritual ears that knows how to listen interiorly to the movement of God. It is a silent heart. All of the prophets know how to listen interiorly to the voice of the Lord, morning after morning, and they expected to hear.

You can expect to hear from Him, too. Tomorrow morning when you wake up, you can expect God, if you want it, to open your spiritual ears so that you may hear. Then, if you expect it and desire it, you are going to be listening, waiting, expecting a reply, a directive, a message, an insight, some kind of communication. Sm 3:9 says, “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.”

There are different kinds of silence, all important, all lived out by Jesus. There is the silence of Bethlehem. It is so amazing and so paradoxical that the Word, the Word that spoke and everything was created through that Word, the Second Person of the Trinity (cf. Jn 1:1-14), becomes enfleshed in a small baby and doesn’t say one word. Did you ever think about that? The very silence is the silence of the Word Himself. Ponder this in your prayer. When Shepherds came, they looked upon this Word become flesh and they rejoiced exceedingly (cf. Lk 1:8-18). What did they hear? What did they experience? What did they learn? There is tremendous revelation that takes place in silence.

At Bethlehem we see Jesus as Prince of Peace. Our Lady is asking all over the world for us to pray for peace. Peace in the heart, in families, in nations. Peace throughout the world. We see this Word becoming flesh, the Prince of Peace, coming into peaceful hearts. A heart that has let Jesus come in should be a silent heart, because where there is peace, there is rest, there is quietness, there is stillness, and there is silence. So I believe that silence is the fruit of peace, but peace can also be the fruit of silence.

“Be still and know that I am God” (Ps 46: 10 or 11)

Excerpt on Silence from Hearing God’s Voice
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Silence, all mankind, in the presence of the LORD! for He stirs forth from His holy dwelling.” (Zech 2:17)

Silence is primarily a state of mind, a state of heart. It is this inner room that Jesus talked about where we enter to pray to the Father in secret (Mt 6:6). In the presence of God, we are in the presence of pure Love, and we become very silent because we are communication love to Love, heart to Heart, spirit to Spirit. We need places of silence in our lives, but you don’t want to associate silence with that place. It is a state of mind, a state of heart. You can be in the noisiest of places, in the marketplace, at home busy with children, at the workplace, and still enter into this phenomenal silence within. It is an awareness of that Presence within. You are listening all the time and you are focused with your attention on the Presence within. That is a silent soul. A noisy soul is one who would be doing a lot of talking to oneself, a lot of replaying old tapes.

Charity has a lot to do with silence and maintaining silence. If we are harboring uncharitable thoughts, we are probably having a bit of noise within and a lot of chatter within. You can be in total solitude in your home, and if you are not quiet within because you are not handling certain things that need to be dealt with, you can be very noisy inside and not coming into that presence of God in that immense silence of prayer. So, we need to cultivate and ask for this kind of silence that teaches us how to love, because it provides the climate to listen.

In silence, we hear revelation. The Father reveals in silence, “This is my beloved Son.” Then the Father says, “Listen to Him” (Mk 9:7). The Father is revealing Jesus to us in the silence.

Some of the fruits of silence are found in Is 55:3, “Come to Me heedfully. Listen, that you may have Life.” In this atmosphere of silence, and remember silence is listening prayer, we listen and the fruit of listening is Life. In Jn 10:10, Jesus says, “I have come that you may have Life and have it to the full.” So, we see that silence is one of the ways He gives us Life, because we listen, we hear, we connect, we seek, and we receive Life. Then we have it, Jesus says, “to the full.”

“Silence in the presence of the Lord GOD! for near is the day of the LORD” (Zeph 1:7) 

 

 

 

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine

“You are living stones built as an edifice of spirit into a holy priesthood offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus.” (1 Peter 2:5)

This is our ministry. This is who we are; this is what we do. The Lord showed me that through the four pillars of contemplative prayer, which are also the four marks of the Church, come forth diamonds of faith, if we allow God to work with us and speak to us and love us in the pillar of silence. From the pillar of solitude comes forth emeralds of hope. If the world needs anything today, it needs hope. Through the pillar of prayer comes forth living stones of rubies, which are pure love covered in the Blood of the Lamb. From the pillar of penance comes forth tremendous zeal – pearls of wisdom. It is a wisdom that will always surrender to the power of God’s love.

We are a people whom God claims as His own to proclaim the glorious works of the One who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Pet 2:9). Wisdom is the gift of light, of love and of everything, when you think about it. In this light and love we stand in the gap, bridging God and man. We prepare the way of the Lord. We are rebuilding the Church, restoring God’s house to a house of prayer. In this way we go forth in the power of the Spirit with the Woman Herself clothed with the sun (Rev 12), as Church now, clothed with the sun, clothed with His light, to meet the dragon in combat to set others free. We are always called to set the captives free.

We prepare as St. Bernard has said, the second coming of the Lord, where God can come and dwell fully within His house. Then His house, His Church, becomes a house of prayer for all people (Is 57:6).

“For my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.” (Is 56:7)

 

Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine

“With joy you will draw water at the fountain of Salvation” (Is 12:3)

When Mary was overshadowed by the Holy Spirit She experienced the fruit of joy – tremendous joy. She sang it out. “My spirit rejoices in God my Savior” (Lk 1:47). This is the well of Salvation – the Holy Spirit. This joy is the fruit of the Spirit; it is our strength. It comes with connecting with the Lord. “Draw your strength from the Lord and His mighty power” (Eph 6:1). In our prayer, it is important to connect with the Lord. God knows how to make us connect with Him. And once we begin to have this constant deeper experience of His Presence, no matter what happens, we will be used to drawing from His strength and His power.

When we draw our strength from the Person of the Holy Spirit, we are drawing from His energy, which is uncreated. He never runs out. We are drawing from His hope, in the Gift He brings. When we speak of promise, we speak of hope. We might not have the promised gift in its fullness. It means there is always more. There is always tomorrow. We can hope for it. The Holy Spirit will give us the direction; He will help us to focus. We can expect that He will give us an answer. He will let us see the right strategy – go this way or not that way. There is always something happening in our prayer life when we make this connection. He knows that we need to become these very strong little prayer warriors and that we must draw our strength from the Lord and His mighty Power (Eph 6:1).

“God indeed is my Savior; I am confident and unafraid. My strength and my courage is the LORD, and He has been my Savior. ” (Is 12:2)

Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine


“No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends.”
(Jn 15:13)

As we progress in our journey of faith, we begin to understand the Scripture that says, “I make up now, in my body, what is still lacking in the sufferings of Christ, for the sake of His Body, the Church” (Col 1:24). Paul tells us that we become distributors of this tremendous grace. We begin to feed people, to give them Life. It is all done mystically through the beautiful, mystical priesthood of Jesus Christ. It is the Lord within us doing it. 1 Cor 6:20 tells us the same thing. “You have been purchased at a great price; glorify God now and bear Him in your body.” We become, individually, the Body of Christ. Collectively, we become the Body of Christ, the Church. It is so simple. We all are the Body of Christ, carrying Jesus with all of His glory, which is this Cross within us. He is constantly carrying out His redemptive, saving mission for the greater honor and glory of His Father.

When we first become conscious of the invitation to become a victim lamb, we often pull back a little bit because we don’t know what it will bring. People have different ideas of victimhood. The Lord in His mercy took me straight to the writings of the Little Flower which are so beautiful. She understood perfectly what it meant to be a victim of God’s love.

God is looking for people to love. He is looking for people who will allow Him to love them; who will allow Him to send forth His Presence and His Son and all of His gifts. He is looking for someone with whom He can establish a relationship. He desires to be, He tells us in Scripture, “with the children of men” (Pr 8:4).

Sacrifice and oblation, He tells us in Scripture, is not what He wants. He wants our love and that we should know Him. He wants a relationship with us. God is love and He wants us to experience His love. He wants us to be saints. He wants us to be full of love. That is what a saint is. A saint is someone who is full of God’s love.

“As the Father loves Me, so I also love you. Remain in My love.” (Jn 15:9)

 

Excerpt from Powers and Principalities
Talk given by M. Nadine


“We thank you, God, we give thanks; we call upon your name, declare your wonderful deeds.” (Ps 75:2)

God wants us to experience the beautiful indwelling Gift of His presence alive and active within us. This is what Baptism is all about. We must become the message, the Good News. Baptism is Good News. When others see us, they must see the Light within. We need to let this beautiful New Covenant love shine through us. It is the love that says we are special, that we are loved. Jesus said, “Let your light shine before others” (Mt 5:16).

We are all called into transforming union, into the inner life of God. As Jesus draws us deeper into His Sacred Heart, we will in turn become, as Saint Paul says, “qualified ministers of this New Covenant” (cf. 2 Cor 3:6). We are not only called to experience His love ourselves, but to bring It to others. Your intercession will begin to have a power it never had before. You will be empowered to send forth this love all over the world so that other lives can be changed and touched, other hearts can be healed and renewed, and others can be set free and brought into the family of God so that everyone can cry out, “Abba, Father.”

Jesus died for all, and the beauty of intercession is that it can reach all if we remain connected with the Source. Jesus came that “all may have Life and have it in abundance” (Jn 10:10). He is counting on us to be Life-bearers, channels of His grace, His peace and His love. What you have freely received, you must freely give.

“Keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus Who Himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" (Acts 20:35)

Excerpt from Powers and Principalities
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me” (Gal 2:20)

Like John the Baptist, we too should be able to say to one another, “Behold the Lamb” (cf. Jn 1:29) alive and made flesh in you. That is what the Mystical Body is all about – Jesus Christ, risen and alive. Our testimony, our witness must always be to Jesus, the Lamb Who was slain. The Book of Revelation has a lot to say about the Lamb Who was slain. The Lamb is now empowered, and He is coming (cf. Rv 22:7).

Being in union with the Lamb will always involve sacrificial love, because remember, the Lamb is a victim Lamb, a sacrificial offering. Sacrificial love calls us to enter more fully into the whole Pascal Mystery; into the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. It invites us to make it a living reality in our life, so that we can defeat satan by our testimony (cf. Rv 21:11). “Behold, here is the Lamb.” Here is our Weapon, our Power.

One of the ways we do this is through the spirit of the Beatitudes, which are so special, even though we do not often hear about them. The Beatitudes are so filled with virtue that each one is like a sword. Each one calls us to a positive, “Be happy” attitude. The one thing the enemy cannot imitate is joy. The Beatitudes are promises of tremendous joy and joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God. There can be even a false peace, but never a false joy. When Jesus gave us the Beatitudes, He wanted us to see them not only as a defense, but also as offensive weapons against the enemy. The first one is extremely important for prayer warriors. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven” (Mt 5:3).

We are all involved in a deadly conflict between the kingdom of satan and the Kingdom of God, and Jesus promises us that when we are poor in Spirit, then the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to us. “Spirit” of course refers to the Holy Spirit. We are not in satan’s kingdom if this beautiful spirit of poverty is visibly present in our lives.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven” (Mt 5:3).

 

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine

“No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends.” (Jn 15:13)

Love wants to please the beloved. It can be a suffering love as it was for Our Lady. There was a tremendous cross for Her in Her obedience to God. We see it fully at the foot of the Cross when the prophetic word was very visible, “Your own Heart a sword shall pierce” (Lk 2:34-35). It is the Sword of the Spirit, the Sword of Love. Love is always what pierces our hearts. Have you ever noticed that when you are in the most pain, it is from people you love? It comes from people you love, animals you love or children you love, someone close. Only love can pierce the heart and there is power that comes out of that kind of piercing. It happens when God’s Spirit leads us into situations where we would rather not go or to do what we would rather not do. But this kind of love (God’s piercing) covers a multitude of sins (1 Pt 4:8).

“Greater love than this no one has,” Jesus said (Jn 15:13). If your heart is being pierced know that you are being used deeply by God. You hardly even have to pray. You are just living fully in intercession, in the full power of intercession. That pain might be coming from one person but it might be used for hundreds of others. God can apply it to many people or He may just use it for one. That is up to the Lord. Your surrender will bring forth God’s love. It casts the Fire upon the earth that He so desires to go forth from the piercing of the heart.

Love wants to please the beloved. “Love one another as I have loved you.” If we simply live out that commandment and nothing else, we will become tremendous intercessors, powerful intercessors, surrendered intercessors. We will be bringing forth agape love, the power and the wisdom of God, not only to ourselves, or to our community or to those we love, but to the whole world.

“I have come to set the earth on Fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!” (Lk 12:49)

 

 

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine

“And Mary said: ‘My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.’” (Lk 1:46-47)

In Luke 1:31-33 we read, “The Holy Offspring to be born will be called Son of God. He shall be called Jesus and shall save His people from their sin.” Right there the name and mission of Jesus is given. We must identify with Jesus, the Lamb of God Who takes away sin, Who is constantly distributing these graces through us for His people. Mary, Lady Wisdom, invites us to be Her holy offspring, to be Jesus and to continue His redemptive mission of taking away sin. But there is a condition. We need to eradicate sin in our own lives every day.

We are here today because He chose to give us life – to bring us into existence. He said, “I chose you to be holy and blameless, sinless in My sight” (Eph 1:3-4). Our Lady, the Immaculate Conception is sinless. She wants us to be sinless as well. In the end Her Immaculate Heart will triumph. When the Church has that Immaculate Heart, that kind of love, then we will conquer sin. That will be the triumph.

The condition for participation in this redemptive mission is conversion – change. God wants to change us so that we can participate with Him in His mission. Yet, He is a respecter of our free will. He wants our consent, our permission. “Come let us set things right” (Is 1:18). Everything about God is incarnational. He is not going to do it without us. He set it up that way. That is why intercessors, in union with Him, have a power. His whole redemptive ministry is done in, with and through us. He distributes these graces through each one of us. Holiness is very important so that nothing within us is blocking the Mission of the Lamb.

“He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before Him.” (Eph 1:4)

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine

“Father, Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as in Heaven.” (Mt 6:10)

It is very important to understand that Jesus comes to do the Father’s will. He is looking for people like us so that He can enter into our temples and continue doing the Father’s will. This is how He is coming against sin, against the enemy. This is how He is taking back the Father’s Kingdom for the Father. The fruit of His action will always be peace – peace on earth, peace in our earthen vessels. We, now, are those of good will. When we are one with God and remain in His will, a silence comes into our lives automatically because we are resting in the Lord. This is a very deep level of contemplation.

Every surrender, every “yes” will bring Jesus. He is the God Who comes. When we are baptized, we are baptized priest, prophet and king. We enter into the mystical priesthood of Jesus. Every “yes” brings Jesus more and more into my heart. It can also bring Him into others’ hearts because we are standing in the gap for them, for the Church, for God’s people. We become, literally, the heart of the Mystical Body.

We are not in this alone. Wherever we are, personally, with God, all those that have been given to our care will follow. “Draw me! We will follow you eagerly!” (Sg 4:1) We may never know who they are in this lifetime, yet they will receive that same grace. Our “yes” is not just a personal “yes” any more than Our Lady’s “yes” was personal. It was for all of us, for the world. She is still giving Jesus to the world. Likewise, every “yes” we give brings Jesus into the hearts of all mankind.

“A body You have prepared for Me. Behold I come to do Your will.” (Heb 5:5)

 

Excerpt from God’s Armor
By M. Nadine


“Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in Her Heart.” (Lk 2:19)

We also see the desire of God’s Heart as we come to know Him in Revelation 12. We see the reference to the Woman being Our Lady, but the Woman also being prototype of the Church. God wants to give the gift of contemplative spirituality again to the Church. Contemplative spirituality has always been in the Church, but it’s going to come in a fuller way now because the Church is being called to come into the desert, into the silence, into this level of prayer.

We are being called into the silence to hear God, to know Him, and to experience Him. God is trying to prepare us, the Church. The Church has always been prepared in the desert and has always been renewed through desert spirituality. These desert experiences are nothing to be afraid of for they will bring strength and vitality to the Church through this union with the Trinity. This is what God is trying to do now.

Jesus wants His Church to hear His words. He wants His Church to once again become a prophetic Church, a Church that teaches His Word, a Church that speaks His Word, lives His Word, and witnesses to His Word. In Ezekiel 37:4 we read, “Then He said to me, ‘Prophesy over these bones, and say to them: Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!’” The contemplative John said “What we have seen and heard we proclaim in turn to you” (1 Jn 1:3). This is witnessing first hand, not recounting what we read about. People know when we know the Lord. They can feel the fire and love from deep within us. It just pours out and they receive.

God wants us to have the experience of Him so that we know what’s He’s like. He wants us to have the experience of Him so we understand what He is saying. Once we know Him, then we’re going to tell others. We’ll tell the whole world. Evangelization will be easy!

So let the Word, Jesus, become enfleshed within you and grow. Do not stifle the Spirit. Do not stifle Scripture. Let them speak to you. Let Jesus communicate again with His Father through you. Let Jesus continue to surrender and be led by the Spirit because He wants to live His life again in each of us.

“So shall my Word be that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it.” (Is 55:11)

 

 

Excerpt from God’s Armor
By M. Nadine


“Take … the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God” (Eph 6:17)

There is a lot of mystery to be found in the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. We will never exhaust the depth of the mystery. When we think of the Word of God, we are thinking primarily of the Second Person of the Trinity, Jesus. “In the beginning was the Word; the Word was in God’s presence, and the Word was God. He was present to God in the beginning” (Jn 1: 1-2).

We need the strength of God and the power of the Spirit, but we need the sword of the Spirit to actually do the fighting, the combat itself. The Spirit uses the Word of God, enfleshed now in us, to fight this battle. If we are in union with Jesus, we have become the sword of the Spirit.

Silence is so important in developing this union, but it is difficult to find in our world today. But it is in this silence that God can speak to us. When God is going to move in power, in tremendous gift, in tremendous revelation, He moves in the atmosphere of silence. So we need to look at our days. What kind of time and space have we carved out to develop and nurture that silence so we can listen to the Father?

There are many Scriptures encouraging us to come into this silence. “Silence in the presence of the Lord God! For near is the day of the Lord” (Zeph 1:7). We need to come into this deeper silence because God is getting ready to move in a sovereign way. John the contemplative alludes to this sovereign movement of God as the seals are in the process of being opened. “When the Lamb broke open the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour” (Rev 8:1). This is a tremendous mystery. I urge each of you to go into the silence and receive the revelation that the Lord wants to share with you. God loves the silence.

“Be still and know that I am God” (Ps 46:10 or 11). It is in that kind of stillness and silence that we have the experience of God. Our God so desires to speak to us and to have us know Him.

“So I will allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak to her heart.” (Hos 2:16)

Excerpt from God's Armor
By M. Nadine


“See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God.” (1 Jn 3:1)

There’s a beautiful Scripture in the Old Testament, “For it is love that I desire, not sacrifice, and knowledge of God rather than holocausts” (Hos 6:6). God is saying, “I want love. I want you to experience Me.” God keeps encouraging us, “Seek and you will find. Knock and it will be opened to you” (Mt 7:7). There is always a deeper level of God to experience, and all He is asking us to do is to try to know Him. His wants us to take one little baby step at a time and experience Him.

Contemplative spirituality is pure gift. All we need to do is want it, desire it, and ask for it because this is what He wants. St. Paul tells us God’s perfect will for us is to “attain the fullness of God Himself” (Eph 3:19).

In the Old and New Testament God said, “My house shall be called a house of prayer” (Lk 19:46; Mt 21:13; Mk 11:17). He wants each of us individually to be a house of prayer. This means union, communication.

God doesn’t need numbers. He doesn’t need huge crowds, but what He needs are faithful ones. He needs little ones whom He can use His way and His time. Our Lady prayed, “Be it done unto me.” There’s no control there but total openness and total receptivity. “Let it be done to me as you say” (Lk 1:38). Your way, Your plan, Your time. It takes a lot of trust, but look at the fruit. Look what happened to Mary. She was full of life, full of love, full of Jesus. This is the kind of prayer and lifestyle that God is calling each and every one of us today.

“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to Your Word.” (Lk 1:38)

Excerpt from God's Armor
By M. Nadine


“Blest are they who hunger and thirst for holiness; they shall have their fill.” (Mt 5:6)

We will always thirst because that’s how God is enticing us, always luring us to come for more, to constantly be refilled. If our energies are constantly going forth in this battle, in warfare, in ministries, in loving, and in giving, then we have to be filled ourselves. We can’t give something we don’t have. It’s that simple.

In the Bible story of the woman and the dragon we see this need to constantly be filled. “She gave birth to a son… The woman herself fled into the desert, where a special place had been prepared for her by God. The woman was given the wings of a gigantic eagle so that she could fly off to her place in the desert” (Rv 12:5-6, 14). The eagle is a symbol of contemplative spirituality. John the Beloved, the evangelist, is always symbolized as the eagle because he rested and leaned upon the heart of Jesus. He knew how to listen. He knew how to receive, and in this kind of love, he was lifted up in to the heart of God. Contemplative spirituality is resting upon and being lifted into the heart of Jesus.

St. Paul said, “May He strengthen you inwardly through the working of His Spirit. May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith, and may charity be the root and foundation of your life. Thus you will be able to grasp fully, with all the holy ones, the breadth and length and height and depth of Christ’s love, and experience this love which surpasses all knowledge, so that you may attain the fullness of God Himself” (Eph 3:16-19). This is the very heart of contemplative spirituality: To experience the love that comes from the heart of God.

This is why we see all this joy at Pentecost. They were being loved as they had never been loved before. The Holy Spirit was pouring forth, filling them with God’s love. This is where the strength and energy come. It’s the Holy Spirit who energized us. So when we are filled with God’s love, it is then that we are strong because it’s His love that is permeating and filling us.

“We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us.” (1 Jn 4:16)

Excerpt from God's Armor
By M. Nadine


“Draw your strength from the Lord and from His mighty power.” (Eph 6:10)

When we think about the armor, we can recall the helmet, breastplate, and shield, but no matter how fully clothed we are or how many weapons we have, if we don’t have the strength and the power of the Lord, we are not going to win the battle.

So we have to be prepared. We have to be out there in strength, but we are so very little. We can’t do this by ourselves. This is key because when we are weak, it’s only then that we are strong (2 Cor 12:10). Only the little ones call on God for His strength.

St. Paul prayed, “For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that he may grant you in accord with the riches of his glory to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self (Eph 3:14-16). It’s the Spirit who gives us our strength within.

St. Paul also prayed, “May He enlighten your innermost vision that you may know the great hope to which He has called you, the wealth of His glorious heritage to be distributed among the members of the Church and the immeasurable scope of His power in us who believe” (Eph 1:18-19). This power is the same power which He showed us when He raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in heaven. This is tremendous strength, and it comes especially from the Holy Spirit.

We see this at Pentecost. The Church itself wasn’t engaged in the battle. They weren’t ready yet. It was Jesus who was in battle. He had the strength. He had the power. He is the strength. Yet after the descent of the Holy Spirit when the Church received this power, then we see the Church engaged in battle. There are harassments, killings, and crucifixions, and it was during this battle that evangelization was at its best. This could happen because they were prepared now. They had been told to wait there in Jerusalem until they were “Clothed with Power from on high” (Lk 24:49). This is the same thing we do as prayer warriors: we wait until we are clothed with Power from on high, and then, and only then, we go forth.

We constantly wait upon the Lord for that fresh outpouring, that new anointing, that green light. We always wait for the strength of the Holy Spirit and His permission to take on the enemy again in whatever way that God is showing us. We need His power; we need His strength. We need to be in a posture like the apostles and Our Lady were in: waiting, open, and expecting the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1: 14).

“Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created; And You will renew the face of the earth.”

Excerpt from God’s Armor
By M. Nadine


“This is how you are to pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name’” (Mt 6:9)

Not too long ago I was meditating on the Our Father where Jesus said, “Father, deliver us from evil,” and it occurred to me that the way the Father chooses to deliver us is through Jesus and His Sacrifice. Jesus is the Deliverer. Jesus became a victim of His own intercession. When we pray, we do, too. We sometimes become the “victim” of our own prayers. Many times after asking God to do something, it seems like our whole life starts to fall apart. We wonder, “My God, where are You?” He’s right there, probably answering our prayers but now we have become the victim lambs of our own intercession. He is asking us to carry part of the burden. He is using our sacrifice to make up for the lack of love. It’s powerful. Jesus became the very One that would be the answer to the prayer, “Father, deliver us from evil.” The Father answered the prayer, “I will deliver you from evil, and it will be through You, My Son.” Now, through Jesus living in us, His Body here on the earth, we, too, will be victims of our own intercession.

When we’re involved in this kind of ministry, the evil can seem overwhelming at times. If we’re not careful, we can have the tendency to take on the burdens ourselves and try to bring about the answers to these prayers through our own actions. This is why we constantly have to come back to this relationship with the Father and let Him be in charge. This is how we stay little. We take it to the Lord; here we can rest. In our humanity we can get our focus off like poor Peter. He was walking on the water, but then he took his eyes off Jesus and began to sink (see Mt 14:28-33). This can happen to us, too, and everything will seem to go wrong; the washing machine overflows, the kids are fighting, and your appliances and cars break down all at once. There is always going to be that last straw that breaks our backs, and we cry out, “O, Lord, where are You?” Then we can start to sink if we’re not careful.

We’re little; we’re just little ones, thank goodness. It is in our littleness and weaknesses that we are strong (cf. 2 Cor 12:10). When we’re little, we draw on the strength of the Lord, and the battle is the Lord’s. We sometimes forget this because we tend to get so involved in whatever we’re doing, but we need to remember that the battle is the Lord’s. There is strength in knowing that we’re never alone; the Lord is always with us.

“Let the weak man say, ‘I am a warrior!’” (Joel 4:10)

 

Excerpt from God’s Armor
Talk By M. Nadine


“Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil.”  Eph 6:11

The prayer of a warrior is really the prayer Jesus taught us, the Our Father. The focus of the prayer of a warrior is particularly the part, "Deliver us from evil" (Mt 6:13). Some translations say, "Deliver us from the evil one." When we give a face to evil and refer to it as the evil one, we are alerted that this evil is a power that is active, not just a nebulous concept. When we say the evil one, we mean that there's a personality here. The evil one is a spirit with a specific mission of his very own; there's no doubt about it.

The Father has the power to deliver us, and He wants us to share in this power. In 1 John 4:4 we are reminded of this: "For there is One greater in you than there is in the world." Now satan knows very well that because of our relationship with the Father, we have access to Him and His power. We are the ones who tend to forget there is One greater within us. The greatest power that we have is the Father and our relationship with Him. Our number one weapon for spiritual warfare is our Abba, our Daddy. It's beautiful!

Therefore, our relationship with the Father is key. It is very important to have a relationship with the Father, particularly for prayer warriors; we need a relationship like Jesus had with His Father. Of course this relationship will develop and deepen as we grow more and more into union with Jesus. This relationship is important so that when we're praying, we're not just reciting a prayer. Rather, we are asking Someone we know personally, Someone we belong to, Someone who is our Daddy, to deliver us from evil. This is essential.

I urge all of you to work at developing your relationship with the Father. Many of you might already have a relationship with the Father, but if you don't, it's a special gift that I encourage you to ask for. It is pure gift, but this is the mission of Jesus, isn't it? His whole mission is to take us to the Father. He said, "The Father is greater than I" (Jn 14:28). Jesus is never going to be enough for any of us, particularly for prayer warriors. Towards the end of Jesus' life, Philip, who had been with Jesus for three years, said, "Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us" (Jn 14:8). So our relationship with Jesus will come to a point where it won't be enough. Our relationship with the Father is essential, particularly as we pray to deliver us from this constant evil. God is so powerful, and He has a tremendous strategy!

“See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God.”  (1 Jn 3:1)

Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by Nadine Brown

“So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come.” (2 Cor 5:17)

The Holy Spirit calls us into the New Creation, the New Jerusalem, the New Covenant. He is the New Wine. At Cana, when the tremendous miracle of the new wine first came forth at the intercession of Our Lady, it produced tremendous joy (Jn 2:1-10)! But, it was three years later that Jesus, Mary, John and Mary Magdalene were treading the wine press on Calvary to produce the new wine of the Spirit. We see the bitter and the sweet. We want the new wine to come forth in the Church. We want the new Pentecost. But who will produce the wine?

The beautiful thing about wine and Pentecost, the beautiful thing about the Holy Spirit, is that the fruit is always joy. It is always joy. Joy is the infallible sign of the Presence of God. That was the sign when the apostles came out of the Upper Room at Pentecost. People thought they were drunk because they were so intoxicated with joy. They were filled with the new wine of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit changes us constantly from glory to glory to glory (2 Cor 3:18). Our faith walk is always in stages. Abraham went in stages. He moved from stage to stage. We do too. This is how God moves us if we allow Him. And what does He use primarily to move us from one stage of glory to another? When I use the word “glory,” I am speaking of Life. St. Irenaeus said that “man fully alive is the glory of God.” Man fully alive is the glory of God. A person, fully alive, is full of the Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life. And that is the glory of God.”

“I came so that they might have Life and have It more abundantly.” (Jn 10:10)

Excerpt from The Uncreated Gift
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Behold, I make all things new.” (Rev 21:5)

The Holy Spirit is longing, really longing, for the return of Jesus. Our Lady is longing for the return of Jesus, and the Father is longing for the return of Jesus. Jesus can return in us through the power of the Spirit. The work of the Holy Spirit is to bring about life in union with God. Isn’t that beautiful? In the fullness of humanity – this is the miraculous work not in the spirit like the angels, but in the fullness of humanity.

Paul talks about this transforming process, “All of us, gazing with unveiled faces on the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory” (2 Cor 3:18). St. Irenaeus said, “The glory of God is man fully alive, the glory of man is the vision of God. The Holy Spirit tries to bring each of us fully alive with God’s life, with God’s grace.” We go from “glory to glory” as we let in more of God’s life. We go to another level of glory as we let more of God’s life take possession of us.

There will be different fruit in our lives; we see by the fruit. This is very important for intercessors. “The Spirit and the Bride (that’s the Church, that’s each one of us) say, ‘Come!’” (Rev 22:17) “Come, Lord Jesus. Come in the power of Your Spirit. Let the Spirit transform me into You.” It’s the identical Spirit that lived within Jesus that has been given to us! Can you imagine? He has given us His very life, His very Spirit. This is a tremendous mystery, and He is drawing us more and more into becoming Jesus. I think this is the beauty of Confirmation – the powerful movement of the Spirit that makes us into Jesus. Then we become one: one Body, one Spirit, one Lord.

Along with the Spirit, let our prayer this coming week be, “Come, Lord Jesus. Come in the power of Your Spirit and form me into Your image so that the Father can look upon me as He looked upon You and see only You, Jesus. Amen.”

“The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come.’ Let the hearer say, ‘Come.’ Let the one who thirsts come forward, and the one who wants it receive the gift of Life-Giving Water.” (Rev 22:17)

 

Excerpt from Battle Power: Agape Intercession
Talk given by M. Nadine


“So shall my Word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but shall do My will, achieving the end for which I sent it.” (Is 55:11)

Jesus is the Sword of the Spirit. St. Paul tells us that “the Word of God (Jesus is the Word of God) is the Sword of the Spirit” (Eph 6:17). Jesus is the Word of God. When we are aware that we have this Word of God within us, then in union with Jesus, we become the Sword of the Spirit. The Spirit will enlighten us. The Spirit will guide us. He will lead us and show us how to pray so that Word goes forth. The Spirit uses us as His Sword. This is the power of intercession and the service role of intercession that the Church desperately needs today.

It is a double-edged Sword. Two things happen when we pray. We either are setting a soul free from bondage or addiction, connecting them with God, or we are setting a soul free from the bondage of the enemy. Either way, it’s a double-edged Sword that’s going to set someone free from Satan or from other attachments. Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me” (Lk 4:18), and now we can say the same thing because the Lord lives within us and the Spirit is upon us today. The Spirit is overshadowing us.

And what is the Spirit saying to us? He is saying the same thing that He said to Jesus. Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me … He has sent Me to bring glad tidings to the poor” (Lk 4:18). Mother Teresa of Calcutta especially taught what true poverty of spirit meant. So many people don’t know God. So many people are estranged from God. So many people are starving for God’s love, joy, and compassion. God loves to come and bring His Good News to the poor, proclaiming freedom to the captives. Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me … to proclaim liberty to captives” (Lk 4:19).

We know many people who are in captivity. God wants to release everyone from darkness, deception, and bondage. He wants to heal the broken-hearted. Only God can go into the human heart. We can’t. We can be there to console, but through our prayer, God can enter into that broken heart and heal. We may be a mouthpiece, but the One who actually goes into the heart to heal is God Himself. He heals those in the shadow of death. Jesus said that this is why He has been sent, and He is still doing it today.

“Yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me” (Gal 2:20)

 

Excerpt from Prayer Warrior Summit Formation
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.” (Jer 1:5)

Each of us has heard God calling us by name. He called Moses by name on Mount Sinai and his response was, “Here I am” (Ex 3:4). This is to be our response, too. We begin our Summit meeting on Mount Sinai where Moses received his call to be a prayer warrior and a tremendous intercessor, but first and foremost, he was called to be a prophet to listen and dialogue with God. This is where he received his instructions.

We are called to the very summit of love, to transforming union, to be so totally one with Jesus, especially Jesus Christ Crucified, which is the summit of agape love. Jesus is the Prayer Warrior; Jesus is the Intercessor; Jesus is the Mediator. Jesus is the Beloved Son, the One who the Father listens to. So when Jesus prays in, with, and through us, we know we have the Father’s ear. We also have received a call, a mission, and it is like Moses’ mission, but first and foremost it is a call to relationship with the Lord.

God is saying, “I will send you.” He is talking about sending us forth now as prayer warriors right into the enemy’s camp to lead His people out of Egypt, out of paganism, out of the desert, and out of all the places where they are confined right now. He promised Moses on Mount Sinai, “I will be with you.” Jesus Himself also said, “I am with you always.” This means we need to believe it! If a prayer warrior doesn’t have that belief that God is with us, then we’re going to go down fast because Satan will know right away that we’re not really sure, particularly when the thick of the battle comes and the clouds get dark. God is telling us, “You’re not going to go into battle alone because the battle belongs to Me. It’s My battle, but I need to fight it through, with, and in you now. I will be with you.” Our response is “Lord, I believe You. I truly believe in You. I know You wouldn’t call me to this kind of ministry and mission if You weren’t true to Your promise.”

“Say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and fortress, my God in Whom I trust.’” (Ps 91:2)

 

 

Excerpt from Prayer Warrior Summit Formation
Talk given by M. Nadine

 

“The night is advanced, the day is at hand. Let us then throw off the works of darkness (and) put on the armor of Light” (Rom 13:12)

Before St. Paul tells us to put on the armor of Light, he says, “Let us throw off the works of darkness” (Rom 13:12). Once we cast out deeds of darkness and God’s light comes into us, then Satan doesn’t have a platform anymore. So the Light is our number one weapon to dispel the darkness and uproot Satan.

Sin will always be an infraction of God’s love in some way. It will always make us somehow love God, ourselves, and others less. It will always strike against Love with the weapon of fear. The Lord indicated to us, “I want sin rooted out now. I don’t want any more band-aids. I want it rooted out so you can be totally free from Satan’s camp, free to live and move and have your being in Me.” In the Gospels, Jesus talks so much about fear, “Fear not. Fear not, little flock. Do not fear. Fear is useless.” He was giving us a weapon, His love, God’s love, to come against fear. “Perfect love casts out all fear” (1 Jn 4:18). Only God’s love is perfect love. God is the Deliverer and He will uproot the fear with His love. When we are with Jesus, adhered to Jesus, we are on firm foundation because Jesus is the Rock, and nothing can shake a house that is built on Rock.

When a room is totally dark, all you do is walk over and flip on the light switch, and the darkness is gone instantly, not gradually, but instantly. This is what God’s light will do to our darkness. We want to invite Him to bring His light into these areas of sin, darkness, and unhealed emotions. When He comes in Truth, “the Truth will set us free” (Jn 8:32).

“While you have the Light, believe in the Light, so that you may become children of the Light." (Jn 12:36)

 

Excerpt from Desert Warrior
Talk given by M. Nadine


“So I will allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak to her heart.” (Hosea 2:16)

Let’s briefly look at some of the fruits of desert spirituality. The fruit of this desert spirituality for Our Lady was Jesus. She listened. She heard. She did ask a question (which is fine), “How can this be?” (Lk 1:34). Then she gave Her “yes”. She made a definite choice, and she chose and surrendered to God’s will. “Be it done to me (no conditions here) according to Your Word” (Lk 1:38). This means – Your way, Your time. Have you ever given a “yes” to the Lord but with the condition of “tomorrow” or “not yet” or “I don’t think I’m quite ready”? What joy to give a surrendered, unconditional “yes” to the Lord like Our Lady!

Another fruit of the desert spirituality is that it feeds us. We need to be fed by God personally. We need God’s Word; we need God’s life. One time when Mother Teresa came to America and saw the spiritual poverty of our country, she said that America had the worst spiritual poverty of any nation in the world. We were the poorest of the poor and extremely hungry for the Divine, the spiritual. So we need this Daily Bread. Every day we need to be fed something from God. We can’t give something we don’t have. We need to receive more Love if we are going to live the New Commandment of Love. We need to receive more of God if we are going to share Him with others.

Another beautiful fruit of desert spirituality is revelation. God initiates. It is a gift. God initiated the presence of the entire Trinity to Our Lady at the Annunciation. God will always reveal Himself because He takes the first step. He is Love (1 Jn 4:8). He is the Lover –we are the beloved –and so He always initiates.

When we have this intimacy with God, another special fruit of desert spirituality is it will help us to resist temptation. There can be a lot of temptations, evil, and dangers in deserts, but when Jesus was tempted by Satan to turn the stones into food, Jesus didn’t waver because He was already being fed by His Father. One time I asked God, “Where did Eve make her biggest mistake?” We can’t stop that first insidious voice of Satan, that first accusation or that first temptation, but we do have power over the second step of how we are going to react. The Lord showed me, “She didn’t check it out with Me.” All she had to do was talk it over with God. And so, we must remember to always check it out.

“Mary said, ‘Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your Word.’” (Lk 1:38)

 

Excerpt from Prayer Warrior Summit Formation
Talk given by M. Nadine


“He made of me a sharp-edged Sword and concealed me in the shadow of His arm...” (Is 49:2)

“Declare this among the nations: proclaim a war, rouse the warriors to arms! Let all the soldiers report and march! Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak man say, ‘I am a warrior!’” (Jl 4:9-10). We are being prepared for battle. Our intercessory tools are going to develop into more prayer-warrior tools, you might say. As we come into this deeper covenant union with Jesus we become the Sword, and we become the very weapon the Spirit is looking for right now so that He can come forth with this warfare.

When He calls us, when He asks anything of us, there’s nothing sweeter. There is absolutely nothing sweeter than to hear from Jesus Christ, to have that Word come alive within us. But sometimes the message and the content of what He is asking or saying is hard to digest. As prayer warriors, what He’s asking of us is very sweet, but yet it’s a very difficult ministry. Even though we know God is with us, there are times when we might be tempted to say, “Lord, choose someone else. Help! I just want to sit under this tree and rest.” But God calls us to mountaintops, into His presence, into places of union with Him.

God is beginning to reveal His mysterious plan, this New Covenant that He wants to establish now, this New Jerusalem, His glorified Church, people fully alive and filled with the presence of God. He is calling prayer warriors into preparing His Second Coming. He is coming as the Prayer Warrior Himself. He is coming as the Warrior King. He’s coming for the final confrontation with Satan. He Himself is preparing in, with, and through us, for this covenant relationship, for this New Covenant, this deep union, this Glorified Church where He’s fully alive.

“Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rv 22:20)

 

Excerpt from Healing Power of Intercession
Talk given by M. Nadine


“When you call Me, when you go to pray to Me, I will listen to you.” (Jer 29:12)

We can see that in intercession, distance has nothing to do with it. That’s the beauty of the ministry. It can go anywhere, anytime. God always give us His ear. Intercession is always directed by God, and so we never know where it’s going to take us. We never know. It is good to be directed by God because it releases us from any prejudice that we might have. Sometimes it’s difficult to pray with people if we have certain opinions about them or certain notions or if we know certain things that people have done.

Intercessors rise above that; we go into neutral. We pray for everybody and anybody according to the direction of the Lord. A Scripture that He gave me to back this up was from Jonah, the reluctant prophet who kept running away from God. Remember when Jonah was running away from God and was on a boat and this big storm came up? Now those men on that boat were pagans, and yet they came to Jonah and said, “Rise up, call upon your God! Perhaps God will be mindful of us so that we may not perish” (Jon 1:6). And so we pray for all people. We pray for them to our God that they may receive the full fruit of Jesus Christ. We want all of God’s people to come Home.

One time at Medjugorje, Our Lady said that the problem with churches and religions is primarily here on earth. She said that in Heaven there are no walls; we’ll all be together. And so intercession rises above all countries, all nationalities, and all religions. So there’s a healing power of unity, a healing power of reconciliation, and a healing power of miracles. It’s a healing power of spirit, soul, and physical healing, and it’s all because this is the ministry of Jesus Christ Himself.

“Therefore, He is always able to save those who approach God through Him, since He lives forever to make intercession for them.” (Heb 7:25)

 

 

Excerpt from Healing Power of Intercession
Talk given by M. Nadine


“I am the Good Shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (Jn 10:11)

The Lord showed us that intercession is a prayer ministry where there is absolutely no focus on oneself. Maybe this is one of the reasons why there are so few intercessors – it’s not prayer for self in any way. It’s always prayer for others that is directed by Him. It’s more of an interest in the concerns of the Heart of Jesus and the Heart of Mary. Intercession is very selfless, but the beautiful part is that when we forget our concerns, problems, and needs and become interested in the needs of God’s family and His concerns, somehow He takes care of all of our concerns. I don’t know if He calls on other intercessors, or if He’s just so grateful that we can lay aside our own concerns, but we have found that the more we intercede for God’s children, the more He does for us. May it’s because He will never, ever, be outdone in generosity.

In conclusion, there is tremendous power in communal intercession. Jesus said, “Where two or three are gathered in My Name, there I am in their midst” (Mt 18:20). This gives intercessory prayer another level of power. We can intercede privately, but we have found that it is in communal intercession that the power lies. We have more direction from the Lord and word knowledge operating. So, if you can, always try to find one or two or three prayer partners. It doesn’t take many. Maybe Jesus know there never would be a lot who would gather together to pray. So He said “if only two or three are joined in My Name, there I am in your midst” (cf. Mt 18:20).

So intercessory prayer will always put God into action. It’s the ministry of the Holy Spirit. God is calling us now to really be “qualified ministers” with Him in this beautiful ministry of intercession. So “fear not, little flock, because it truly has pleased your Father to give you the Kingdom” (Lk 12:32).

“Not that of ourselves we are qualified to take credit for anything as coming from us; rather, our qualification comes from God” (2 Cor 3:5)

 

 

Excerpt from Healing Power of Intercession
Talk given by M. Nadine


“I am the Good Shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (Jn 10:11)

The Lord showed us that intercession is a prayer ministry where there is absolutely no focus on oneself. Maybe this is one of the reasons why there are so few intercessors – it’s not prayer for self in any way. It’s always prayer for others that is directed by Him. It’s more of an interest in the concerns of the Heart of Jesus and the Heart of Mary. Intercession is very selfless, but the beautiful part is that when we forget our concerns, problems, and needs and become interested in the needs of God’s family and His concerns, somehow He takes care of all of our concerns. I don’t know if He calls on other intercessors, or if He’s just so grateful that we can lay aside our own concerns, but we have found that the more we intercede for God’s children, the more He does for us. May it’s because He will never, ever, be outdone in generosity.

In conclusion, there is tremendous power in communal intercession. Jesus said, “Where two or three are gathered in My Name, there I am in their midst” (Mt 18:20). This gives intercessory prayer another level of power. We can intercede privately, but we have found that it is in communal intercession that the power lies. We have more direction from the Lord and word knowledge operating. So, if you can, always try to find one or two or three prayer partners. It doesn’t take many. Maybe Jesus know there never would be a lot who would gather together to pray. So He said “if only two or three are joined in My Name, there I am in your midst” (cf. Mt 18:20).

So intercessory prayer will always put God into action. It’s the ministry of the Holy Spirit. God is calling us now to really be “qualified ministers” with Him in this beautiful ministry of intercession. So “fear not, little flock, because it truly has pleased your Father to give you the Kingdom” (Lk 12:32).

“Not that of ourselves we are qualified to take credit for anything as coming from us; rather, our qualification comes from God” (2 Cor 3:5)

 

 

Excerpt from Church Alive
Talk given by M. Nadine


“In the same way He took the cup, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the New Covenant in My Blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me. ’" (1 Cor 11:25)

St. Peter said, “You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation” (1 Pt 2:9). We have been made into a kingdom of priests (Rv 5:10). So if we really believe that we are priestly people, and we are, then doesn’t it also mean we have a priestly mission and ministry? This is a mystical priestly ministry that we are being called to share with the eternal High Priest. This is the ministry of the New Covenant. St. Paul tells us it is the ministry of the Holy Spirit (2 Cor 3:5-8). So thanks be to God, we have the Holy Spirit within us, directing us, teaching us more and more about this ministry, and empowering us to lay down our lives.

Jesus was and is Priest, but He also is victim. He was Priest and victim. He consecrated and was consecrated. So we enter into this priestly ministry with Jesus, the High Priest, but we also are the victim. We are the victim lambs. We are the victims of our own intercession as Jesus was. Each of us carries within ourselves an altar upon our heart. The victim upon that altar is Jesus, the Lamb Who was slain. He resides within us as the Lamb, laying down His life as a victim of God’s most merciful love.

When the Holy Spirit comes upon the bread and wine and consecrates it, the bread and wine are changed through that priestly ministry into Jesus. This is what happens to us when we are consecrated by the Spirit. The Holy Spirit comes upon us and begins to change us day by day by day into becoming more and more like Jesus, and so we become the victim lamb with the Lamb Himself. His ministry is to take away the sin of the world; His ministry has not changed. He is driven by this ministry. So He comes to live within us to continue His priestly ministry, His Lamb-of-God ministry, of taking away the sin of the world.

“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. ” (Jn 1:29)

 

 

 

Excerpt from Healing Power of Deliverance
Talk given by M. Nadine

 

“All of us, gazing with unveiled face on the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, as from the Lord Who is the Spirit.” (2 Co 3:18)

The dream of the Father is for all of us to become transformed. The Seventh Mansion of Teresa of Avila is to become totally transformed into Jesus. This is the great grace of Pentecost. When Jesus breathed the Holy Spirit into the Apostles in the Upper Room on Easter night, He gave them the power to forgive. Then He appeared to them quite a few times in healing, but the actual transformation came upon them at Pentecost. When they came out of that Upper Room, they weren’t the same anymore, were they? Peter, who was totally uneducated, was now preaching and teaching. He was being Jesus Christ, and what Power went through them! They had received the power to heal, the power to set people free, the power to bring people now into relationship with Jesus because they were witnessing to Jesus.

The joy! The joy in the persecution, the joy in the suffering, the joy when they were thrown out of the temple – that’s all the grace of the Holy Spirit. The Church had begun! The Body of Jesus Christ was alive! He was alive again in men and women. This is what the Christian life is all about – transformation into Jesus. When this happens, the part of God’s Armor that we really put on then is the Sword. The Sword of the Spirit is the Word of God, the Second Person of the Trinity. Then the Word of God becomes so enfleshed within us that with Him we become the Sword of the Spirit. Now the Spirit can use us in this tremendous battle against evil.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us … persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith. For the sake of the joy that lay before Him He endured the cross, despising its shame, and has taken his seat at the right of the throne of God.” (Heb 12: 1-2)

Excerpt from Healing Power of Compassion
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Remember your compassion and love, O LORD; for they are ages old.” (Ps 25:6)

The power is right there in the Cross of Jesus Christ. That’s what compassion is all about. This is where the real power of intercession is. We’re not going to find too many intercessors at this level of intercession. Remember that Jesus didn’t find too many at the foot of the Cross either. But God doesn’t need many people. He can use each of us for the birthing that’s needed now for the entire Church if we, with God, will enter into this healing ministry of compassionate love – of compassionate intercession.

We can’t talk about compassion without talking about the Cross because everything about the Cross is passion. It’s passionate love. It’s love at it’s very best. Jesus said, “Greater love than this no one has” (Jn 15:13). It’s the epitome of love. So as we grow in our love relationship with the Lord, we will be growing more and more into the mystery and beauty and joy and power and wisdom of the Cross.

The word compassion basically means “with passion.” This means that we need to identify with the one that we love. It always speaks about identification. “God is love” (1 Jn 4:8). The very nature of love at any level is to seek union. Love must unite whether it’s love at a friendship level or at a deep marital level or at this relationship with God level. God’s love within you and His love within me must unite. That’s Church; that’s community. So it only stands to reason that those who would be deeply in love with Jesus would have been there at the foot of the Cross, identifying with the One they love, in His passionate love affair with the Father and all of us.

“I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” (Jn 13:34)

Excerpt from Healing Power of Compassion
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Bear one another's burdens, and so you will fulfill the law of Christ. ” (Gal 6:2)

Long ago the Lord told me, “When you hurt, I hurt.” Then He reversed it – when the Lord hurts, we hurt. When we pick up the pain in the hearts of Jesus, Mary, the Holy Father, or the servants of God, we hurt. We hurt when those we love are hurting.

So it’s not only identification for us, but it’s entering into the mystery of the redemptive love. When we suffer in union with Jesus or when we suffer in union with Our Lady at the foot of the Cross, it’s redemptive. It has a power that no other kind of love has, that no other kind of intercession has, and we call this “The Office of Intercession,” the burden-bearing level of intercession. We enter into the mediation of the priesthood of Jesus, the High Priest, suspended, you might say, between Heaven and earth.

To be suspended is to be on the Cross. This is the kind of mysticism that is real mysticism. Jesus said, “If I be lifted up, I’ll draw all men to Myself” (Jn 12:32). This is the power of evangelization. Sometimes we can’t reach a whole world instantly, but we can reach a whole world by identification with Jesus Christ crucified and allowing ourselves to be lifted up with Him on the Cross and draw all men unto Him.

Sometimes we think of evangelization only as going out – touching, reaching, and speaking out, and it is. But there is a power in evangelization of drawing that Jesus is showing to us in His great mystery of Calvary’s redemptive love. Intercessors come into this level to draw others to Jesus.

“And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men to Myself. " (Jn 12:32)

Excerpt from Desert Armor
Talk given by M. Nadine


“My strength and my courage is the Lord, and He has been my Savior. ” (Ex 15:2)

The gift that I’m going to briefly talk about is the gift of fortitude. We need courage in the Christian walk because it takes courage to be a Christian. Christianity is not natural; it’s supernatural. It’s above our natural inclinations. This is what Baptism did for us. It is not always easy to stand firm, to stand fast, and so St. Paul said, “Use this gift and draw your strength from the Lord and from His mighty power” (see Eph 6:10). We go into the desert to do this. We go into that intimacy. We go into that relationship with God and draw His strength because otherwise we’re going to run scared. We don’t naturally have that kind of courage, particularly when we’re up against the enemy. We need to have tremendous fortitude. It takes courage to be holy.

God said, “I want you to be holy because I’m holy” (Lv 20:7). He gave us His reason: “I want you to be like Me. I made you in My image and likeness. I want you to look like Me.” Isn’t that beautiful? But it takes courage. It takes courage to speak Truth. We can be rejected. We can be confronted. We can be chastised. All sorts of things can happen. Jesus was put to death for speaking Truth. Pilate asked Him, “Are you a king?” It took courage to say, “Yes, I am. My Kingdom is not of this world. But I am a King” (Jn 18:33-36). He knew it would cost Him His life. It took courage for Mary to submit and surrender to God’s will for Her. She wasn’t married. She knew the law would mean stoning. Mary risked Her own life. That took courage.

Every “yes” takes courage. It takes courage to witness to Jesus. It takes courage not to listen to certain jokes or not to see certain films or not to be at certain parties. These choices are in our lives every day. Fortitude is the gift that the Spirit has given us so that we can stand firm and draw our strength, courage and hope from the Lord.

“Even when I walk through a dark valley, I fear no harm for You are at my side; Your rod and staff give me courage. ” (Ps 23:4)

Excerpt from Healing Power of Intercession
Talk given by M. Nadine

 

“If you ask anything of me in My Name, I will do it.” (Jn 14:14)

Isaiah 55 gives us another insight into the power of this ministry of intercession. Isaiah tells us that God’s Word goes forth, It is sent forth, and It truly accomplishes what It was meant to do (see Is 55:11). So when we pray according to the Mind and Heart of God, we are literally sending that Word forth to do whatever it is that God is showing us that He wants done. There’s a prophetic dimension to the ministry because we’re trained to listen and hear God’s direction. When He says to us, “This is how I want you to pray for this situation,” we simply pray it right back to Him the way we heard it. That’s how the prophetic word works in intercession, and then He does it. In this way, it’s empowered by the Word, the Second Person of the Trinity, Jesus Himself.

Jesus said a very prophetic word to Peter about intercession. It was the scene that we call the “fish fry scene” after the Resurrection when they were out fishing. Jesus called out, “Have you caught anything?” Of course, they hadn’t, and so He said, “Cast your net on the right side” (see Jn 21:5-6). The right side is the feminine side of us; it’s the receptive side; it’s the contemplative side. Go down into contemplation again and get the direction from the Lord, and you will have a net full of souls. You will become literally “fishers of men.” Why? It is because we are praying according to the Mind and Heart of the Father. The Spirit of the Father always directs our prayer.

Jesus said that He was sent to bring the Good News to the poor (see Lk 7:22; Mt 11:5). Jesus is Glad Tidings. He is the Good News, and He is the Word that is always sent forth.

“As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring (the) Good News!’” (Rm 10:15)

Excerpt from Sacrament of Love
Talk given by M. Nadine

“These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes…” (Rv 14:4)

We have a mission to carry on with Jesus, the Lamb. “Behold the Lamb of God, Who continues to take away the sin of the world” (cf. Jn 1:29). Jesus taught His Apostles this. He said, “When you pray, wherever you go, in My Name preach penance for the remission of sins.” (cf. Lk 24:47) “Preach the Cross. Tell My people not to be afraid of suffering because this is how we eradicate sin. This is how we take away sin.”

We’re called “to live Jesus and His Cross” because this is living His agape love to the fullest. Pain is useless if it’s not united with the pain of Jesus. So with any kind of pain or suffering, physical, or especially of the heart, unite it with the suffering of Jesus and then the pain becomes powerful to save souls. It becomes redemptive.

Jesus Himself speaks to us at Mass. When that Chalice with the Blood of the Lamb is lifted up, He says, “Do this in memory of Me.” In other words, You do this. You lay down your lives now for others. You love one another as I have loved you. You do this in remembrance of Me.” Love makes us vulnerable so our hearts will be pierced from time to time at this level. There is no protection for a heart that’s loving and open to receive love, and so we will experience the piercing of the heart, but we can use it as it was used on Calvary. When the Heart of Jesus was pierced and the Blood and Water flowed out, He was giving Life. He was giving Life to all the Sacraments of the Church. He was giving Life to humanity again.

“Remain in Me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in Me” (Jn 15:4)

 

Excerpt from New Covenant Power
Talk given by M. Nadine


“And the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us” (Jn 1:14)

Revelations 19 describes a beautiful image of the Rider in a red cloak, riding in power upon a white horse. It says that the Rider’s cloak was dipped in Blood, and that His name was Word of God (cf. Rv 19:11-14). The Rider is the Lamb Who was slain, the Word of God, Who comes now in power to take up residency in us. His presence within empowers us to be the Lamb, to lay down our lives for others. It is no wonder, then, that Our Lady said at Cana, “Do whatever He tells you” (Jn 2:5). She understood the power of obedience. Consecration to a life of obedience means we are consecrated to a life of intimacy with Him, because obedience always brings us to union and intimacy with God. Being in union with the will of God always brings us phenomenal peace. The angel at Bethlehem proclaimed peace on earth to those of good will. “Good will” is God’s will for us. Satan hates it when we are in this union of obedience because intimacy with God also brings us tremendous joy – another thing satan does not have.

He challenged Adam and Eve with his lies in the Garden of Eden because he envied the beautiful, intimate relationship that Adam and Eve had with God. All he wanted was to destroy this beautiful relationship. The Old Testament tells us that satan entered the world through envy (cf. Wis 2:24). He envies our intimacy with God, something he lost through his disobedience.

Contemplative spirituality is necessary for each and every one of us because it builds our relationship with God, and this relationship is everything. Jesus said, “Blessed are they who hear the word of God and live it out” (Lk 11:28). To hear His daily Word for us, we need to be listening for it on a daily basis. God said, “My words are Spirit and Life” (Jn 6:63). We need to be fed daily with His Word. It is through our relationship that we will grow to love God more and more each day. We are made to be loved and to give it away. There is always more and we will never run out of the love He has to give us.

“In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Gal 5:22-23)

Excerpt from Powers and Principalities
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me” (Gal 2:20)

Like John the Baptist, we too should be able to say to one another, “Behold the Lamb” (cf. Jn 1:29) alive and made flesh in you. That is what the Mystical Body is all about – Jesus Christ, risen and alive. Our testimony, our witness must always be to Jesus, the Lamb Who was slain. The Book of Revelation has a lot to say about the Lamb Who was slain. The Lamb is now empowered, and He is coming (cf. Rv 22:7).

Being in union with the Lamb will always involve sacrificial love, because remember, the Lamb is a victim Lamb, a sacrificial offering. Sacrificial love calls us to enter more fully into the whole Pascal Mystery; into the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. It invites us to make it a living reality in our life, so that we can defeat satan by our testimony (cf. Rv 21:11). “Behold, here is the Lamb.” Here is our Weapon, our Power.

One of the ways we do this is through the spirit of the Beatitudes, which are so special, even though we do not often hear about them. The Beatitudes are so filled with virtue that each one is like a sword. Each one calls us to a positive, “Be happy” attitude. The one thing the enemy cannot imitate is joy. The Beatitudes are promises of tremendous joy and joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God. There can be even a false peace, but never a false joy. When Jesus gave us the Beatitudes, He wanted us to see them not only as a defense, but also as offensive weapons against the enemy. The first one is extremely important for prayer warriors. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven” (Mt 5:3).

We are all involved in a deadly conflict between the kingdom of satan and the Kingdom of God, and Jesus promises us that when we are poor in Spirit, then the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to us. “Spirit” of course refers to the Holy Spirit. We are not in satan’s kingdom if this beautiful spirit of poverty is visibly present in our lives.

“But Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to Me, and do not prevent them; for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.’" (Mt 19:14)

Excerpt from New Covenant Power
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your Word." (Lk 1:38)

In the Book of Hebrews we hear Jesus speaking to the Father, “A body You have prepared for Me” (Heb 10:5). The body He refers to is His Mystical Body, the Church. “Behold, I come to do Your will” (Heb 10:7). The words speak of sacrifice and of being consecrated by the Spirit to a life of obedience. The early Christians understood the power of obedience, and how it takes away sin. “They defeated satan by the Blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony” (Rv. 21:11). It is the testimony of Jesus because He is the Word of God.

“Yes, Father, Your will be done.” Satan hates this because it strips away his kingdom of sin, of disobedience. God’s Word, enfleshed now in Christians saying, “Yes, yes, yes”, defeats satan by the power of the Blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony. We each ought to be able to say, “Behold the Lamb of God in me!” We ought to be able to continue the Lamb’s mission, this beautiful mission of taking away the sin of the world through our own obedience. If you are in relationship with the Lamb of God, you are automatically in relationship with what He does. He continues His mission in us as we allow ourselves to be consecrated by the Spirit to a life of obedience.

The Lord showed me the power of Our Lady’s “yes”. It brought God from Heaven into a human body. Every time we surrender, our “yes” has the power to bring Jesus not only into us, but also into others.
Surrender carries the phenomenal power of intercession. Right now, you might be holding some people in your heart. All you have to do is say, “Yes, Lord,” to whatever He puts in front of you each day. Keep giving Him your “yes” and He will come to them. It is such a simple, beautiful way to pray. Today, more than ever, the world needs Jesus Christ to descend into people’s lives, bringing light, freedom, healing, and intimacy with God.

“I, the LORD, have called you for the victory of justice, I have grasped you by the hand;
I formed you, and set you as a covenant of the people, a light for the nations” (Is 42:6)

Excerpt from New Covenant Power
Talk given by M. Nadine

 

“One thing I ask of the LORD; this I seek: To dwell in the Lord’s house all the days of my life, to gaze on the Lord’s beauty, to visit his temple.” (Ps 27:4)

God is calling us to immerse ourselves in the life of the Trinity. I really believe that listening to the Holy Spirit can become the highest form of prayer. There is no greater power than Trinitarian power. In this way we become a house of prayer. We call Mary the Ark of the New Covenant because she housed God. That was the purpose of the Ark (cf. Ex 25:8). We, too, are a house of God. Throughout the Old and New Testament, we hear the cry of God, “I want my house (His Church) to be a house of prayer for all peoples” (Is 56:7). He wants His house to be a house of prayer filled with the Trinitarian life of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We now become the seventh covenant, and just like He did on the seventh day in Genesis, He rests. It is contemplation at its best, prayer power at its best.

As you allow the Holy Spirit to direct you, your life will begin to change. You will realize as Paul did, that the life you live now, is not your own (cf. Gal 2:20). It came as quite a shock to me to realize that my life is not my own. We are called to live His life, and to let Him continue to live in flesh and blood within us. Paul recognized this and said, “I live, no not I, but Christ lives within me” (Gal 2:20). He made an even stronger statement when he said, “For me to live is Christ” (Phil 1:21). Can we say that? The life I live is not my own. You will see changes, especially in your prayer life. It will have tremendous power. It will have the prayer power of Jesus who said, “The Father always hears Me.” That is why Jesus said, “Ask the Father anything. But ask Him in My Name” (cf. Jn 14:13-14). Remember that it is not the words that make the difference, but the relationship we have with Jesus. We have His Name because we are in relationship with Him. When a woman marries, she has her husband’s name. We now have God’s name because of our union with Him.

With Jesus alive in us, our perspective will change. We begin to see through His eyes, and as a result, we react quite differently. Jesus said, “I do only what pleases the Father” (cf. Jn 5:19). We can converse with the Father everyday because Jesus is in union with the Father. In that light we see light (cf. Ps 36:10), and we learn what does or does not please the Father. Life in the Spirit, the Trinitarian relationship, begins to direct our course and our discernment. Discernment comes forth from God’s light and we too will know, because we are children of the Light, His children.

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of Light” (Eph 5:8)

Excerpt from Pillars Album; “Charism, Transforming Union”
Talk given by M. Nadine


“I also saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her Husband.” (Rv 21:2)

Scripture says, “The foundation of the city wall was ornate with precious stones of every sort” (Rv 21:19). That’s us – precious stones, living stones, foundation stones. God is beginning with us. It’s important to realize it’s the foundations of the city wall. The wall is always depicted as where the intercessors are. In Isaiah we read, “Upon your walls, O Jerusalem, I have stationed watchmen” (Is 62:6). We “see” for many reasons, but it’s mainly for prayer and for whatever God wants. So we are living, precious stones. God is beginning to build this city for the New Jerusalem.

Believe it or not, He’s building it with those basic four pillars upon which all authentic contemplation rests. Out of the pillar of silence come emeralds of discernment. We know. We see. We understand. Hope comes out of silence because of this discernment gift.

Out of this pillar of solitude come pearls of faith. Solitude is not a means to God –silence is. Solitude is where God dwells. When we’re in the alone with the Alone, we are always united with God. In that solitude we hear, we learn, and we know, and our faith is enkindled. Our faith is so electrified that nothing can shake it because now we are resting totally upon God Himself and His Word. This is the great fruit of solitude.

The great fruit of the great pillar of penance is diamonds of Wisdom. This is because penance will always take us to the Cross, and that is the fullness of Wisdom. Scripture says that all wisdom and power comes from the Cross (1 Cor 1:18-19). The Cross is the epitome of surrender because it’s the fullness of Love. Love always surrenders, and this is wisdom at its best.

The pillar of prayer produces beautiful red rubies of contemplation. These rubies cost us our lives. The German theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, said that “when Christ bids a man to come and follow Him, He bids him to come and die.” But who gets to live then? Jesus.

Another Scripture that is saying this but in a different way is from Chapter 37 of Ezekial. “Thus says the Lord God: From the four winds come, O Spirit, and breathe into these slain that they may come to life … and the Spirit came into them; they came alive and stood upright, a vast army” (Ez 37:9-10). These four spirits are prayer, penance, silence and solitude. When they are operating in our lives, we will come into that full resurrection. When the Church comes into these four pillars of contemplation again, it will also come into resurrection. We will be then a mobilized army ready to move forward with God, “a vast army,” as Ezekial says.

“Come to Me heedfully, listen, that you may have Life” (Is 55:3)

 

Excerpt from New Covenant Power
Talk given by M. Nadine

 

“One thing I ask of the LORD; this I seek: To dwell in the Lord’s house all the days of my life, to gaze on the Lord’s beauty, to visit his temple.” (Ps 27:4)

God is calling us to immerse ourselves in the life of the Trinity. I really believe that listening to the Holy Spirit can become the highest form of prayer. There is no greater power than Trinitarian power. In this way we become a house of prayer. We call Mary the Ark of the New Covenant because she housed God. That was the purpose of the Ark (cf. Ex 25:8). We, too, are a house of God. Throughout the Old and New Testament, we hear the cry of God, “I want my house (His Church) to be a house of prayer for all peoples” (Is 56:7). He wants His house to be a house of prayer filled with the Trinitarian life of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We now become the seventh covenant, and just like He did on the seventh day in Genesis, He rests. It is contemplation at its best, prayer power at its best.

As you allow the Holy Spirit to direct you, your life will begin to change. You will realize as Paul did, that the life you live now, is not your own (cf. Gal 2:20). It came as quite a shock to me to realize that my life is not my own. We are called to live His life, and to let Him continue to live in flesh and blood within us. Paul recognized this and said, “I live, no not I, but Christ lives within me” (Gal 2:20). He made an even stronger statement when he said, “For me to live is Christ” (Phil 1:21). Can we say that? The life I live is not my own. You will see changes, especially in your prayer life. It will have tremendous power. It will have the prayer power of Jesus who said, “The Father always hears Me.” That is why Jesus said, “Ask the Father anything. But ask Him in My Name” (cf. Jn 14:13-14). Remember that it is not the words that make the difference, but the relationship we have with Jesus. We have His Name because we are in relationship with Him. When a woman marries, she has her husband’s name. We now have God’s name because of our union with Him.

With Jesus alive in us, our perspective will change. We begin to see through His eyes, and as a result, we react quite differently. Jesus said, “I do only what pleases the Father” (cf. Jn 5:19). We can converse with the Father everyday because Jesus is in union with the Father. In that light we see light (cf. Ps 36:10), and we learn what does or does not please the Father. Life in the Spirit, the Trinitarian relationship, begins to direct our course and our discernment. Discernment comes forth from God’s light and we too will know, because we are children of the Light, His children.

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of Light” (Eph 5:8)

Excerpt from New Covenant Power
Talk given by M. Nadine

 “You are My friends if you do what I command you.” (Jn 15:14)

I was drawn to the passage in the Gospel of John, which reads, “Little children, it is the final hour”
(1 Jn 2:18). We are in the final hour today, and the final confrontation has begun. We have the power to face it head on. This power comes from the Spirit. It is in the meek, loving, obedient little Lamb of God Who comes in power because of a simple “yes”. “Be it done unto me according to Thy Word” (Lk 1:38). The Lamb is always upon the altar of sacrifice and that altar is now within our hearts.

There is a consecration that goes on within our hearts because we are a priestly people, as Peter tells us in 1 Peter 2:5. By virtue of our Baptism, we are called to offer spiritual sacrifices, consecrated by the Spirit. The Spirit Himself will let me know what sacrifices (yeses) He desires from day to day. They can be very simple, yet so powerful. It is as simple as hearing form the Lord, and then responding with the words that allow His power to shine forth, “Yes, Lord!”

This is the power of the New Covenant Blood. The power comes when we allow ourselves to be consecrated by the Spirit to a life of obedience. Our affirmative response, “Yes, Lord,” will bring us to deeper intimacy with God each time. If He has not taught you this, He certainly will.

In Luke 22:19, we hear Jesus’ words to us, “Do this in memory of Me.” What He is referring to is sacrifice. He recalls His sacrifice for us and calls us, in turn, to lay down our lives and die to self, with each “yes”. Jesus once said that He had the power to lay down His life, and the power to take it up again (cf. Jn 10:18). We too have the power to lay down our lives and the power to rise again, in Him. It is a win-win all around.

“They cried out in a loud voice: ‘Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches, wisdom and strength, honor and glory and blessing.’” (Rev 5:12)

 

 

Excerpt from New Covenant Power
Talk given by M. Nadine

 “As the Father loves Me, so I also love you. Remain in my love.” (Jn 15:9)

Jesus, Who is perfect Love, casts out all fear (cf. 1 Jn 4:18). Love is our weapon, and it has power. Satan does not have this weapon, because satan is fear. Fear is his only weapon, and he uses it a lot. God uses love. The Holy Spirit is a great Gift of God, because He clothes us in Power, wrapping us in love. After He has wrapped us in love, He gives us away. Perhaps you were not expecting to hear that.

Paul said, “The life I live now is not my own” (Gal 2:20). You might be a little bit afraid to give yourself to the Holy Spirit, because He will give you away. It is what the new commandment is all about. “Love one another,” Jesus says, “as I have loved you” (cf. Jn 13:34). Jesus loved us fully in the Spirit. The Spirit gave Jesus away on the Cross. The Spirit will give Jesus away in each one of us every moment, everyday, if we let Him. Even so, we will never be empty, because He will keep refilling us with His love. He never runs out of love.

Look at Corinthians 13 and find out all those things that describe what Love is. It can serve as a wonderful examination of conscience. Am I always kind? Am I always patient? I need more love, more of You, Lord. We actually get to the point where we need God to do all the loving. We get out of His way only when we begin to realize we cannot do it on our own. Jesus knew that. He set up the new commandment so that only He could do it. “Love one another as I have loved you” (Jn 13:34). There is no way to keep that commandment, except to allow Him to keep it Himself, within us. He deliberately made us this way so He would be part of this whole redemption process.

“This is how all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." (Jn 13:35)

Excerpt from New Covenant Power
Talk given by M. Nadine


“This is My beloved Son, with Whom I am well pleased; listen to Him”  (Mt 17:5)

In John 1:14 we read, “We have seen His glory!” It is the glory of an only Son coming from the Father filled with enduring love. We have seen His Son overshadowed by the Spirit. “Holy is His Name” (Lk 1:49). We too can say we have seen His Son. We can say, “We have seen the Lord” (cf. Jn 20:25).

The Kingdom of God is one of eternal Life. That is the promise and we are to know the Father and the One Whom He sent. We will know the Father and Jesus, the One Whom He sent, by experiencing Them. We can only experience Jesus and the Father if we listen to them. Go into your inner room and listen, that you may experience His Word more fully, and that the Kingdom may come more fully in you. This will empower you to ask God to have His Kingdom come in others.

This is beautifully illustrated in the prophetic words spoken by Zechariah in the first chapter of Luke, recited each day in the Benedictus, the Morning Prayer of the Church. Zechariah was struck dumb for nine months, while new life grew in his wife, Elizabeth. In a way, new life was also growing within Zechariah. It was his new life in the Spirit. When he finally opened his mouth, he could speak! He had learned so much in the silence. One of the things he learned was that the Holy Spirit, the Light of God, the Dayspring from on High, will visit us in His mercy (cf. Lk 1:78-79). He will give His people an experience of Salvation in freedom from their sins (cf. Lk 1:77).

“Father, your Kingdom come!” (Mt 6:10)

 

 

Excerpt from New Covenant Power
Talk given by M. Nadine

 “Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Heavenly Father.” (Mt 5:16)

We are in a spiritual battle because we are still surrounded by the darkness from the fall. We have inherited it. Each of us has darkness within, and we must attend to our “fall” housecleaning. The battle begins here, and it is a battle between the kingdoms of light and of darkness, between good and evil, between God and satan. God tells us to let our light so shine before men as the stars shine before Him in Heaven (cf. Mt 5:16). God wants His light to shine through each one of us so that others will see it even in the darkness. The darker it gets, the brighter our light will shine. Even a tiny flashlight will shine ever so brightly when it is really dark outside. Imagine the tremendous light that would beam out into the world if each of us little ones have the Light of the World within us! Together, we could light up the world, right from where we live!

Imagine God looking down on us, thinking, “Goodness! I thought My Heavens were up here. Look at all the stars down there!” It would be a new Heaven and a new earth. He said, “I formed you and I sent you as a covenant to the people, a light for the nations” (cf. Is 42:6). He forms us through the prayer that He taught us, the Our Father. You might call it His formation program by which He forms us into contemplatives, bringing us together as one people, one Light for the whole world.

Remember the Book of Genesis, where He said, “Let Us (the Trinity) make man in Our image, in Our likeness” (cf. Gen 1:26). It is what He always intended. In fact, that is what He did in the very beginning. Adam and Eve were filled with light. They were so filled with light they did not know they were naked. They were naked but without shame because there was no darkness in them (cf. Gen 2:25). That was the first Covenant. We are now in the seventh Covenant. We come into our new birth now, in Jesus, because God has chosen us in Him.

“He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before Him.” (Eph 1:4)

Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine


"I have come to set the earth on Fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!” (Lk 12:49)

When the Fire of the Holy Spirit has purged and burned and has finally completed its purpose within us - if we allow it - then that same Fire will burn within us without the fuel of sin and it will be very sweet. Then the soul, as St. John of the Cross tells us, will be in sweet communion with God, because the purification process at that level has taken place. This does not mean sin cannot come back – this is a day-to-day battle. But the real deep purification process is over and the resistance is gone. The Fire of God will burn sweetly within us. This is the beauty of solitude! It is a double-edged sword. The same Fire that burns away what has to go is the very same Fire that burns and sets us on Fire with love and zeal for the greater honor and glory of God. And it all happens in the solitude.

It may sometimes be difficult for us to find that alone place or that alone time with God; it is a discipline. We must always remember that the four pillars of contemplative spirituality, or desert spirituality, are disciplines. Each one is a choice. Each one is a decision. Each one is a choice of love. When we love someone, no matter how busy we are, it will become a priority for us to spend some time alone with that person. It is a choice to make time alone with God.

It is in this “alone time” that all the facades melt away and all the fig leaves are gone from us and we are our true and honest selves. That is when things begin to happen. We can then have an encounter with God. “Wash me, Lord. Cleanse me, purify me, Lord. I want my heart to be right with Yours” (Cf. Ps 51). A conversation process begins. The false self starts to go more and more.

In God’s point of view, we find that solitude is very key. In the Song of Songs, you hear Him say to the soul, “O, My dove, in the secret recesses of the cliff (in those deep inner secret places of the heart), let Me hear your voice. Let Me see you” (Songs 2:14). We have to come to Him. He is calling us into this intimacy. He is calling us into this alone time. Everything about God is relationship. God is not nearly as interested in ministry as He is in relationship. That is why He made us in His image and His likeness, so that we, too, would be interested in this relationship. That is number one with God. And He wants it to be the priority with us as well.

“My Lover speaks; He says to me, ‘Arise, my beloved, my beautiful one, and come!’” (Songs 2:10)

Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine


“For our sake He made Him to be sin who did not know sin, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (Cor 5:21)

Through the Breastplate of Righteousness (see Eph 6:14), the Holy Spirit teaches us to use and to draw upon the gift of Fear of the Lord. This is a beautiful gift. It enables us to have a deep hatred of sin.

There is a little song which speaks of putting on the armor. Sometimes I wish that this was all there is to it – saying the little prayer and singing the little song. But the truth is, it is God’s armor and He has to clothe us in it. He does this by using His gifts, but leaving us free at all times to choose to use the gifts that He is offering to us. He gives us this gift of Fear of the Lord – this gift of hatred of sin – so that we can be clothed in the Breastplate of Righteousness.

Some translations of the Bible call it the Breastplate of Justice. That is another beautiful description. I think the word “justice” has an even deeper connotation because the justice of God has to do with the crucifixion. It has to do very much with redemptive suffering, with the ministry of Jesus, the Mediator, the High Priest, the cleansing in the Blood of the Lamb. That is the justice of God. In fact, there is a beautiful Scripture in Isaiah 42:6 in which we read, “I have called you for the victory of justice.” He is calling us to the Cross now to tread that wine press so that we can continue this redemptive mission in, with and through Jesus, producing the New Wine and taking part in the tremendous cleansing in the Blood of the Lamb.

“For you have been purchased at a great price. Therefore, glorify God in your body” (1 Cor 6:20). Isn’t that beautiful? That is what it means to have on the Breastplate of Righteousness. We glorify God and bear Him in our bodies. We learn a lot about it from Our Lady. She has a sinless Heart. She had the Breastplate on Herself, didn’t She? Her Heart was pure. It was sinless.

“Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.” (Mt 5:6)


Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine

“I also saw the Holy City, a new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” (Rv 21:2)

When we look at Mary, we really see what the Church is called to be. We see what we are called to be. She is the model, the prototype of Church. The Vatican Council tells us that Mary is not just to be admired; She is to be followed and imitated. Every time the Holy Spirit finds a Mary heart, He enters there in a very special way; He rests there. This brings forth Jesus. This is Wisdom.

“I want My house to be a house of prayer for all people” (Is 57:6) – for all nations. Wisdom is building her house of prayer beginning with us (Prov 14:1). Individually we become a house of prayer, a temple of God. Collectively we become a Church of prayer. In Revelations 21: 1-5, we read, “Now the dwelling of God is with men and He will live with them and be their God. See? I am making everything new!” He is making us new. We are the Church; stone by stone, we are living stones. God is rebuilding His Church. And He is beginning with us. We are the New Jerusalem. We are His new creation.

In Revelations we also read, “The foundations of the city walls were decorated with precious stones, living stones, foundation stones” (Rev 21:17-21). It is good to remember that we are foundation stones and the foundation of that building is hidden. We are the hidden foundation stones, precious stones, Scripture tells us. “I have called you by name. You are precious in My sight” (Is 43:1-4). We are precious stones. We are precious in His sight.

Wisdom builds her house on the four pillars upon which all authentic contemplation, all authentic prayer must rest – silence, solitude, prayer and penance. Because of Baptism we can contemplate the Trinity within. This is how we become, within ourselves, a house of prayer – in the silence, enjoying that inner mystery, that inner, divine Triune Love within.

“And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age." (Mt 28:20)

 

Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it." (Mk 10:15)

We need to learn to ask questions like children do. We need to learn to know we don’t know anything. And we really don’t. We ask God all the time, “What do You think, Lord? Father, what is Your mind? What is Your will? What should we do? What shouldn’t we do?” He wants us to know. He wants us to be led just as Jesus was always led by the Spirit. This is another incredible mystery. Jesus was Incarnate Wisdom and yet He was always led by the Spirit. Incarnate Wisdom being led by the Spirit of Wisdom. Isn’t that amazing? He didn’t do His own thing – ever. He didn’t make His own decision. He did only what the Father wanted. “I only do what pleases the Father” (Jn 8:29). Jesus went off into the deserts. He went to mountain-tops. He had that time alone. He was not in the dark, was He? He knew what the Father wanted at all times. We too are constantly led by these beautiful gifts of the Spirit.

The pillar of contemplative spirituality which is very important here is the pillar of prayer itself. This pillar forces us to go to God constantly in prayer – to ask, to listen, to learn. There is no way we can carry out Our Lady’s mandate at Cana if we are not listening. She said, “Do whatever He tells you” (Jn 2:5). Whatever. And to do this we must be asking and listening constantly.

When we say that the pillar is prayer, we are talking specifically about contemplative prayer. Contemplative prayer is listening prayer. We don’t do the talking. We are in the presence of Someone so much greater than ourselves. We want to learn from Him. We want to know His thoughts now – His mind, His ways. And this is what He wants also.

The New Testament is filled with Jesus telling us what to be doing and what not to be doing. It is all based on love. The fruit of this kind of love is obedience. So if we really love God, we’re going to be doing what He says. That’s love power at its best.

“He said to them in reply, ‘My mother and my brothers are those who hear the Word of God and act on it.’” (Lk 8:21)

 

 

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine

"Behold, the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world.” (Jn 1:29)

In Luke 1:31-33 we read, “The Holy Offspring to be born will be called Son of God. He shall be called Jesus and shall save His people from their sin.” Right there the name and mission of Jesus is given. We must identify with Jesus, the Lamb of God Who takes away sin, Who is constantly distributing these graces through us for His people. Mary, Lady Wisdom, invites us to be Her holy offspring, to be Jesus, and to continue His redemptive mission of taking away sin. But there is a condition. We need to eradicate sin in our own lives every day.

We are here today because He chose to give us life – to bring us into existence. He said, “I chose you to be holy and blameless, sinless in My sight” (Eph 1:3-4). Our Lady, the Immaculate Conception, is sinless. She wants us to be sinless as well. In the end her Immaculate Heart will triumph. When the Church has that Immaculate Heart, that kind of love, then we will conquer sin. That will be the triumph.

The condition for participation in this redemptive mission is conversion – change. God wants to change us so that we can participate with Him in His mission. Yet, He is a respecter of our free will. He wants our consent, our permission. “Come let us set things right” (Is 1:18). Everything about God is incarnational. He is not going to do it without us. He set it up that way. That is why intercessors, in union with Him, have a power. His whole redemptive ministry is done in, with and through us. He distributes these graces through each one of us. Holiness is very important so that nothing within us is blocking the Mission of the Lamb.

“For She is the refulgence of eternal Light, the spotless mirror of the power of God, the image of His goodness.” (Wis 7:26)

 

 

Excerpt from Wings 
Talk given by M. Nadine

“But you will receive Power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses… to the ends of the earth.”   (Acts 1:8)

When you really meditate on Pentecost and what happened there, pondering the great outpouring of the tremendous Gift of the Holy Spirit upon those gathered in the upper room, we sometimes just focus on what was happening to them.  But look deeper.  There was another gift being poured out in abundance to the people outside the upper room (Acts 2:5-12).  Three thousand people who heard the apostles speak that day were baptized.  The gift of repentance was being poured out!  This is a tremendous gift where I am given the grace to actively use my will now to choose – to choose God’s preference – to choose God’s will.

The more we fall in love with anybody or anything, the more we desire fine-tuning.  We want to know and to choose the preference of the Beloved.  We are talking about a love that desires to defer to our brothers and sisters because it is one with the Mind and Heart of Jesus Christ.  It identifies us with Jesus.  This is one thing that happens in transforming union – we want to become one with Jesus, the One we love.  We are seeking our best self.  We are seeking our true self.  This is who we really are. 

 We are speaking here of the birthing of Jesus in each and every heart.  This is what we truly desire so that Jesus can come forth, so that He can live, He can grow, He can increase.  John the Baptist knew this so well.  “He must increase,” John said, “and I must decrease.”  One translation I love is, “I must disappear” (Jn 3:30).  That is what we want – to disappear totally into God, don’t we?  Every time I say, “Yes” to God, I am saying, “No” to myself.  I am choosing less of me so that there is more of God coming into my life.  It’s a win, believe me.  It is happiness, it is joy, it is freedom.

 “All of us, gazing with unveiled face on the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, as from the Lord who is the Spirit.”  (2 Cor 3:18)

 

                                

Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Upon Him was the chastisement that makes us whole, by His stripes we were healed.” (Is 53:5)

There comes a point where we realize that it is so worthwhile to go on the Cross and plead, along with Our Lady, along with Jesus, for the mercy of God, for the cleansing, for the forgiveness, for all the graces that souls need so that they can be free from bondage – the bondage of sin, the bondage of pain, the bondage of all sorts of hell which they experience deep within themselves. We want them to be free and know the Father as we know the Father. We want all souls to soar, to receive these gifts, this new Life, this new Love, and particularly, this Peace.

This is our mission. And the price is high; it will cost us our lives. Almost every day, it will cost us our lives. But you’ll never know it, because the reward is so great. You’ll never really know how poverty stricken you are as you are getting these graces for others. You will really never know the pain very long, because the love we experience is so immense and intense! God pours it out on us because He is so seeking little victim lambs to enter into this redemptive mission with His Son. So if you get depressed, if you get angry, if you get headaches, if you get stiff necks, if you get confused, if you get all these things, pray for people who are going through the same thing. You will be getting those graces for somebody else.

You cannot go wrong with this beautiful gift of intercessory prayer. This is the call of the Suffering Servant which we read about in Isaiah 53. It is the mission of the Lamb led to the slaughter so that God’s people can be healed. Now it is our turn to share those stripes and those wounds so that our brothers and sisters can be healed all over the world.

“ … I have been crucified with Christ; yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me” (Gal 2:19-20)

 

 

Excerpt from Church Alive Album
Talk given by M. Nadine


“… God is Love.” (1 Jn 4:8)

I think St. Paul gave us one of the most beautiful ways to examine our conscience when he gave us the beautiful definition of Love in the First Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians. It’s so beautiful! It’s such a wonderful way of seeing who God is, what He wants, and who we are called to be. It helps us to know what we are not. Let me go through his definition of Love. I encourage you to incorporate it into your own personal prayer life.

“Love is kind. Love is not jealous; it does not put on airs, it is not snobbish. Love is never rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not prone to anger; neither does it brood over injuries. Love does not rejoice in what is wrong but rejoices with the Truth. There is no limit to Love’s forebearance, to its trust, its hope, its power to endure” (1 Cor 13:4-7).

Sometimes we can do really well for a week or a month but we have our limits. “Lord, this is enough. Enough is enough.” God will say, “No. Draw from My Love. You’re trying to go on your own strength and your own power again. I’m the Lord, your God. I’m the One who is pure Love. You’re limited. I am not. Draw from Me – then you can love without end, without limits, without conditions.”

St. Paul said, “Do you not know that God’s kindness, God’s love, is an invitation for you to change” (Rom 2:4). God is saying to us, “Love everyone. If you don’t find any love there, you put it there.” This is loving unconditionally. Whenever we don’t do that, we will find our sin. Paul says, “Seek eagerly after love” (1 Cor 14:1). We might say, “Lord, how do I do this?” And He says simply, “By following Me. I am Love. If you follow Me, you are obeying Me. You will be Spirit-led.”

“No one has ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us, and His love is brought to perfection in us.” (1 Jn 4:12)

Excerpt from Your Kingdom Come
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Zeal for Your House consumes Me” (Ps 69:10)

Jesus was on Fire with zeal for the Father’s greater honor and glory and that His Father’s House would become a House of Prayer. We remember how upset He became one time when He went into His Father’s House in the Temple. He overturned the tables. He was upset that people were doing all sorts of other things in His Father’s House but prayer. And so, we have to be on Fire as well and zealous that the Father’s House becomes again a House of Prayer, soul by soul by soul.

There, in that house of prayer within each one of us, Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father. St. Paul says, “In a far more excellent ministry – that of intercession.” We must stop and ask ourselves, “Am I really aware that the entire Trinity is within me? Am I really aware that Jesus, now, within me is in that far more excellent ministry at the right hand of the Father? When Jesus is at the right hand of the Father He is in ministry. He is in intercessory ministry. He is in deliverance ministry. He is empowered. Because we are with Him in this Covenant relationship, we are at the right hand of the Father.

Look at the gift He has given us through Baptism! It is the gift of the whole Trinity. This is our common vocation – together we participate in the ministerial priesthood, and the mystical priesthood. This is why we at Bellwether wear these particular crosses. They are Trinitarian because they are symbols and reminders of Baptism. This is our vocation. That is what we have all been called to and that is what we, together, are living out – for better or for worse we are in it together.

The Lord has said, “I have set you as a covenant of the people” (Is 42:5-7). “I have called you now to be a light to the nations. I have called you now to open the eyes of the blind and to bring prisoners out from darkness and to set the captives free. You can do it now. You can do it with Me because, together, we are at the right hand of the Father.”

“For My House shall be called a House of Prayer for all peoples.” (Is 56:7)

Excerpt from Pillars
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Come to Me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest ”  (Mt 11:28)

Contemplation is heart language, and if it was ever needed in the Church, it is needed now. John the contemplative said, “God is love” (1 Jn 4:8). Of all the ways he could describe God, St. John summed it up in those three little words, “God is love.” So the fruit of contemplative prayer is always union. It’s God’s gift to us. He initiates it; He calls us. God is love; we are the beloved. John the contemplative referred to himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loved” (Jn 13:23; 19: 26). John experienced Love. Contemplative prayer is a Heart-to-heart communication of Love.

St. Augustine said, “Our hearts are ever restless till they find rest in Thee” (The Confessions, Book 1, 1-3). “Rest” is a very contemplative term. When we are at home with God, when we are being loved and are experiencing His Presence, there isn’t anything more to say. We are satisfied. Love is touching us, we are touching Love, and are hearts are resting in His.

In the Song of Songs, God invites us, “Eat, friends; drink! Drink freely of love” (Sg 5:1). He knows what we need. He knows who we are. He has made our hearts like His. He is always seeking union because that’s the nature of Love – it has to have union. So He has made our hearts restless so we too would seek that union with Him.

“All you who are thirsty, come to the water!” (Is 55:1)

 

 

 

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine

“It is the Spirit that gives life…The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and Life.” (Jn 6:63)

The Holy Spirit, as one writer mentioned, is God’s birthing agent. When we pray, when we are in travail, when we let God and the Spirit have Their way, the Spirit goes out and breathes new Life into people (Gen 2:7). When He moves, hovers and overshadows, He is the Lord and Giver of Life. We say that every time we say the Creed, “I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life.” This is how we are parenting. We are giving Life through the Spirit in this spiritual ministry of intercession through heart piercings, through our love. It is all about love. We give birth to Jesus –always Jesus. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life” (Jn 14:6). What the Holy Spirit was actually doing in Genesis when He breathed over those waters was giving birth to God’s new creation, to the earth. This is exactly what He continues to do now. He gives birth to God’s new creation – to earthen vessels.

Our Lady knew the power of the Holy Spirit. She knew His mission and what He wants to continue to do today. He wants to continue this birthing process in, with and through us, now. He wants to go far beyond anything we can imagine. What you read about Abraham and Sarah (Gen 21: 1-8) was not just about them. It started with them. The Holy Spirit birthed a whole nation through these two. He can start with just one or two of you. He can start with a little intercessory group. It can birth a whole parish, a whole city, a whole country. All things are possible with God.

In Scripture we are told that when Peter came out of the upper room, his shadow was healing (Acts 5:15). It was not really Peter’s shadow that healed; it was the Holy Spirit hovering over him. The pure Light which created the shadow was the power of the Holy Spirit. We are living in the age of the Holy Spirit. Intercession is His ministry. He wants to be set free, through us and by us. He wants to give birth, to give Life over and over again, right now.

"Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to Your word." (Lk 1:38)

 

Excerpt from Church Alive
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Love is the fulfillment of the law.” (Rom 13:10)

Truly the Holy Spirit has written His law of Love on our hearts. The Catechism has many names for the Holy Spirit, and one of the names given throughout the Church’s history is “Finger of God.” The Holy Spirit is the Finger of God on the Father’s right hand. The Father’s right hand is the Power. Isn’t that beautiful? The Finger of God is what wrote the Ten Commandments. Now it’s the Finger of God that’s writing this new law of Love within our hearts, and He’s writing it with the Father’s right hand. It’s engraved in our hearts. It’s there as a Person – He is the new Law. So we have the Love power, but there’s always a struggle. We don’t always die so easily, even though Jesus said, “I want you to take up your cross daily (see Mt 16:24). I want you to die daily. I want you to decrease daily.” We struggle, and God lets us struggle, but in the struggle, we grow stronger.

It’s really like living the Passover of the Lord at all times. We’re passing from death at one level to Life. We’re passing from darkness within us at one level to Light. We’re passing from negativity or hate or anger at one level into Love. We’re passing from bondage within ourselves into freedom. We’re always experiencing the Passover of the Lord because the Lord within us is carrying us over the threshold.

Jesus said to the Father, “Sacrifice and oblation you did not desire, but a Body you have prepared for Me … Then I said, ‘As it is written of Me in the book, I have come to do Your will, O God’” (Heb 10:5,7). Not just an individual body, but all of us together form that Body. God the Father has prepared a Body, a Mystical Body for Jesus to come again, so that the perfect will of God can be done in, with, and through Jesus who has taken up residency within us. Scripture tells us that we are temples of the Living God (1 Cor 3:16). The Father says, “When you live in accordance with My Word, when you allow Jesus to lay down His life within you and come into union with Me, in, with, and through Him, then I will welcome you and be a Father to you. You will be my sons and daughters.”

“God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.”  (1 Jn 4:16)

 

 

Excerpt from Your Kingdom Come
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Zeal for Your House consumes Me” (Ps 69:10)

Jesus was on Fire with zeal for the Father’s greater honor and glory and that His Father’s House would become a House of Prayer. We remember how upset He became one time when He went into His Father’s House in the Temple. He overturned the tables. He was upset that people were doing all sorts of other things in His Father’s House but prayer. And so, we have to be on Fire as well and zealous that the Father’s House becomes again a House of Prayer, soul by soul by soul.

There, in that house of prayer within each one of us, Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father. St. Paul says, “In a far more excellent ministry – that of intercession.” We must stop and ask ourselves, “Am I really aware that the entire Trinity is within me? Am I really aware that Jesus, now, within me is in that far more excellent ministry at the right hand of the Father? When Jesus is at the right hand of the Father He is in ministry. He is in intercessory ministry. He is in deliverance ministry. He is empowered. Because we are with Him in this Covenant relationship, we are at the right hand of the Father.

Look at the gift He has given us through Baptism! It is the gift of the whole Trinity. This is our common vocation – together we participate in the ministerial priesthood, and the mystical priesthood. This is why we at Bellwether wear these particular crosses. They are Trinitarian because they are symbols and reminders of Baptism. This is our vocation. That is what we have all been called to and that is what we, together, are living out – for better or for worse we are in it together.

The Lord has said, “I have set you as a covenant of the people” (Is 42:5-7). “I have called you now to be a light to the nations. I have called you now to open the eyes of the blind and to bring prisoners out from darkness and to set the captives free. You can do it now. You can do it with Me because, together, we are at the right hand of the Father.”

“For My House shall be called a House of Prayer for all peoples.” (Is 56:7)

Excerpt from Church Alive Album
Talk given by M. Nadine


“I have come to set the earth on Fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!”
(Lk 12:49)

There was an action that took place on Pentecost in the Upper Room. There was the driving wind, God breathing, literally blowing His wind, His breath into them. Scripture says, “Tongues as of Fire appeared, which parted and came to rest on each of them” (Acts 2:3). The word “rest” is very anointed in Scripture, particularly for contemplatives because that is contemplative prayer at the very beautiful, full degree. When we are at this level, we rest because the Spirit is resting upon us. We rest so that God can do all the action. At this level of prayer, we become receivers. So the Holy Spirit came and rested upon them on Pentecost.

Whenever that Fire comes to rest upon us, It begins to drive us into the desert as It drove all the prophets into the desert, and as it drove Jesus into the desert as well. It drives us into the desert because many things happen in the desert, especially intimacy – union, aloneness with God – so we can begin to allow that Word within us to take root and grow.

Prophets come from the desert because this is where they hear God and learn what He wants to do. Then a prophet does with that Word whatever God is indicating. For some, like the prophets in the Old Testament, it might be to speak that word out. For intercessors, we hear the Word and then we pray it out. For all of us, that means to take that Word and live it out. So we need to go into the desert. We need to have the Holy Spirit drive us there every day because we need to become prophets. We need to become a prophetic Church. We need to receive His revelations again. Jesus said, “The words I spoke to you are Spirit and Life” (Jn 6:63).

“So I will allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak to her heart.”
(Hos 2:16)

Excerpt from Church Alive
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled." (Lk 1:45)

One of the gifts we receive at Baptism is the gift of faith. Oftentimes these gifts can remain dormant. For example, the gift of faith that we received at Baptism could still be in that seed form. We might not have any more faith twenty years later than we had when we first received the gift if we don’t allow it to grow.

The gift of faith is such a special gift. St. Elizabeth commended Our Lady for this gift. She said, “Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled." Elizabeth is praising and commending Mary for Her faith. Faith is the key gift. It opens all the doors to the other gifts and treasures.

Faith allows us to speak freely to God. With Jesus we can ascend, if we believe that Jesus truly ascended; if we believe He is the Son of God; if we believe He is within us; and if we believe that with, in, and through Him, we can go right to the throne room of the Father. Look at the power of intercession when we know, that we know, that we know, that we have direct access to the Father. Knowing we have direct access to the Father gives us tremendous confidence.

This is the kind of believing that Queen Esther had when she was given the courage and deeper gift of faith to tell the king, “I beg that you spare the lives of my people” (Est 7:3). We need to go to the Father in the same way. Whichever way the Spirit is telling us to pray, we can ascend freely to the Father and tell him, “These are my people. This is my country. Don’t let any harm come. Send Your Spirit again. Send Your grace. Set them free.”

“And whatever you ask in My Name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (Jn 14:13)

 

 

 

Excerpt from Your Kingdom Come
Talk given by M. Nadine


“But God proves His love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.” (Rom 5:8)

At the Baptism at the Jordan, which is the First Luminous Mystery, Jesus is actually identifying Himself with sinners. We think of Baptism as washing away sin, taking everything away that is not of God. And it does. But at the Baptism at the Jordan, it almost seems to be the opposite. Sinners were going there and Jesus identified with sinners at the Jordan. I think that is very significant because Jesus is the bridge, isn’t He? He is the bridge to cross that Jordan for us. He is the bridge for all of us into the Promised Land. It was not by chance that He was baptized in the Jordan and was taking on sin. He became sin so that He, identifying with us, could set us free.

The Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan is very much “mission.” His public ministry was definitely beginning. There He was – the Lamb of God! “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world” (Jn1:29). Now we, in this baptism are also baptized into His life, His death, His resurrection. We now must identify with Him as the Lamb. We identify also with His mission. This becomes our identity as well – who we are and what we do. This is what intercession is all about – helping the Church today cross over the Jordan, into the Promised Land, into the Kingdom. This is what it is all about. This is why we are here.

“For the Lamb who is in the center of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to springs of Life-Giving Water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes." (Rev 7:17)

Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine


“No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends.”
(Jn 15:13)

As we progress in our journey of faith, we begin to understand the Scripture that says, “I make up now, in my body, what is still lacking in the sufferings of Christ, for the sake of His Body, the Church” (Col 1:24). Paul tells us that we become distributors of this tremendous grace. We begin to feed people, to give them Life. It is all done mystically through the beautiful, mystical priesthood of Jesus Christ. It is the Lord within us doing it. 1 Cor 6:20 tells us the same thing. “You have been purchased at a great price; glorify God now and bear Him in your body.” We become, individually, the Body of Christ. Collectively, we become the Body of Christ, the Church. It is so simple. We all are the Body of Christ, carrying Jesus with all of His glory, which is this Cross within us. He is constantly carrying out His redemptive, saving mission for the greater honor and glory of His Father.

When we first become conscious of the invitation to become a victim lamb, we often pull back a little bit because we don’t know what it will bring. People have different ideas of victimhood. The Lord in His mercy took me straight to the writings of the Little Flower which are so beautiful. She understood perfectly what it meant to be a victim of God’s love.

God is looking for people to love. He is looking for people who will allow Him to love them; who will allow Him to send forth His Presence and His Son and all of His gifts. He is looking for someone with whom He can establish a relationship. He desires to be, He tells us in Scripture, “with the children of men” (Pr 8:4).

Sacrifice and oblation, He tells us in Scripture, is not what He wants. He wants our love and that we should know Him. He wants a relationship with us. God is love and He wants us to experience His love. He wants us to be saints. He wants us to be full of love. That is what a saint is. A saint is someone who is full of God’s love.

“As the Father loves Me, so I also love you. Remain in My love.” (Jn 15:9)

 

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine


“So shall My Word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but shall do My will, achieving the end for which I sent it.” (Is 55:11)

Jesus said, “If anyone loves me, he will keep My word and My Father will love him and We will come to him” (Jn 14:23). This is a God who wants to come in a special way to each of us individually and, in a deeper way, through us and through our intercessory prayer for the whole Church. The Spirit and the Bride are always saying, “Come, Lord Jesus.” He replies, “I am coming. I am coming soon” (Rev. 22:20).

In Hebrews it says, “A body You have prepared for Me” (Heb 10:5). He is speaking of the Church, of His mystical body. He is speaking of us individually as well. How do we prepare a body for the Lord? In Isaiah we read, “A voice cries out: In the desert prepare the way of the Lord” (Is 40:3). In the desert, prepare the way.

Because the power and the wisdom of God comes from the Cross, we will encounter the Cross, the very heart of Christianity. Wisdom comes out of desert spirituality. Our former Holy Father John Paul II said, “To listen to the Word of God is the most important thing in our lives.” Can you imagine that? He was saying that to the whole Church. To listen to the Word of God is the most important thing in our whole lives. We want to spend some time in responding to that, in listening to the Word of God. We know that to surrender to God’s Word is the highest form of wisdom. As we surrender to that wisdom, we come into union with Wisdom Himself. We come into the full power of God, the Holy Spirit and Jesus, made flesh within us. Jesus is Wisdom Incarnate.

We are devoted to Our Lady and the Holy Spirit. Together, they bring forth Jesus. She could not have done it without Him. He could not have done it without her. Lady Wisdom Herself and the Holy Spirit together will teach us to prepare the way of the Lord.

“The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come.’” (Rev 22:17) “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev 22:20)

 

Excerpt from Powers and Principalities
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Let the weak man say, "I am a warrior!" (Joel 4:10)

Sometimes we tend to forget that we are a militant Church, and that the Body of Christ is an army. We, as Church, are God’s army, constantly in battle against powers that are unseen to us, though not to God. We are His army and the battle belongs to Him.

The number one weapon He has given us to fight the battle is militant intercessory prayer. There is no more powerful weapon against the enemy, because intercessory prayer moves God’s hand. In Hebrews 8:6, Paul tells us that Jesus, Who sits at the right hand of the Father, has entered into a far more excellent ministry, that of intercession. Paul was aware that he was involved in a battle. He had probably received insights into the militant nature of intercessory prayer. He considered himself a soldier, and all his letters reflect this insight.

In Exodus 15:3, we read, “The Lord is a warrior.” This same image is repeated in many places throughout Scripture. Saint Paul uses this imagery in his letter to the Philippians 2:25, “I suppose it necessary to send you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labor and fellow soldier.” Do we think of each other as fellow soldiers? In 2 Timothy 2:3, he says, “Bear your share of hardship along with me like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.” Though we are more comfortable with the idea of Church as family, Saint Paul likened the Church more to an army than a family. We must get comfortable with our identity as a militant Church. I looked up the meaning of the word “army”. Here is the dictionary definition of the word: ‘A body of persons organized, armed and trained for war to advance a cause’. That sounds a lot like what God wants to do with us. We too are a body of persons. We are preparing for battle.

Look at the Church again, in the light of its identity as a militant Church. Is the Church organized? Is this massive Body of Christ organized? Yes, it really is, because it has a Head, a Commander, and the Head is Jesus Christ. Though the Church is made up of many parts, we are in fact, one Body.

“Then war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon.” (Rev 12:7)

Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine

“As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in My love.” (Jn 15:9)

The driving love for us is the Father. That is what drove Jesus. Yes, He loved us, but His driving love was for the Father. He knew it meant everything to His Father to have us come Home. This is why He came – to bring us Home. This is what the name “Bellwether” means – the lead Lamb – Who brings us Home. If we cannot do this for our brothers and sisters, if we can’t do it for anybody out there, we can do it for the Father, can’t we? We can do it because the love of Jesus Christ burns within us. And He, within us, is continuing to love the Father. He, within us, continues to go on the Cross. He, within us, continues to say, “Father, not My will but Yours be done” (Mt 6:10)!

The Spirit Himself begins to pray within us. That is the power of intercession. The Spirit Himself knows how to pray as we ought” (Rom 8:26). This is why we ask Him, “How do we pray about this? How do we pray about this marriage? How do we pray about this illness?” Once you know, it changes our prayer totally. It helps us endure the sacrifice, because we know it is just a matter of time. The light will come for that person; the healing, the freedom, whatever grace was needed. And when it does, the burden will lift instantly from me.

So we become distributors of God’s beautiful grace. The graces for Salvation have been won! But now God needs us to distribute them to His people. That is what we do as intercessors; we distribute these beautiful graces to everybody.

“Therefore, He is always able to save those who approach God through Him, since He lives forever to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:25)

 

Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine

“With joy you will draw water at the fountain of Salvation” (Is 12:3)

When Mary was overshadowed by the Holy Spirit She experienced the fruit of joy – tremendous joy. She sang it out. “My spirit rejoices in God my Savior” (Lk 1:47). This is the well of Salvation – the Holy Spirit. This joy is the fruit of the Spirit; it is our strength. It comes with connecting with the Lord. “Draw your strength from the Lord and His mighty power” (Eph 6:1). In our prayer, it is important to connect with the Lord. God knows how to make us connect with Him. And once we begin to have this constant deeper experience of His Presence, no matter what happens, we will be used to drawing from His strength and His power.

When we draw our strength from the Person of the Holy Spirit, we are drawing from His energy, which is uncreated. He never runs out. We are drawing from His hope, in the Gift He brings. When we speak of promise, we speak of hope. We might not have the promised gift in its fullness. It means there is always more. There is always tomorrow. We can hope for it. The Holy Spirit will give us the direction; He will help us to focus. We can expect that He will give us an answer. He will let us see the right strategy – go this way or not that way. There is always something happening in our prayer life when we make this connection. He knows that we need to become these very strong little prayer warriors and that we must draw our strength from the Lord and His mighty Power (Eph 6:1).

“God indeed is my Savior; I am confident and unafraid. My strength and my courage is the LORD, and He has been my Savior. ” (Is 12:2)

Excerpt on Silence from Hearing God’s Voice
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Be still and know that I am God” (Ps 46: 10 or 11)

Silence is primarily a state of mind, a state of heart. It is this inner room that Jesus talked about where we enter to pray to the Father in secret (Mt 6:6). In the presence of God, we are in the presence of pure Love, and we become very silent because we are communication love to Love, heart to Heart, spirit to Spirit. We need places of silence in our lives, but you don’t want to associate silence with that place. It is a state of mind, a state of heart. You can be in the noisiest of places, in the marketplace, at home busy with children, at the workplace, and still enter into this phenomenal silence within. It is an awareness of that Presence within. You are listening all the time and you are focused with your attention on the Presence within. That is a silent soul. A noisy soul is one who would be doing a lot of talking to oneself, a lot of replaying old tapes.

Charity has a lot to do with silence and maintaining silence. If we are harboring uncharitable thoughts, we are probably having a bit of noise within and a lot of chatter within. You can be in total solitude in your home, and if you are not quiet within because you are not handling certain things that need to be dealt with, you can be very noisy inside and not coming into that presence of God in that immense silence of prayer. So, we need to cultivate and ask for this kind of silence that teaches us how to love, because it provides the climate to listen.

In silence, we hear revelation. The Father reveals in silence, “This is my beloved Son.” Then the Father says, “Listen to Him” (Mk 9:7). The Father is revealing Jesus to us in the silence.

Some of the fruits of silence are found in Is 55:3, “Come to Me heedfully. Listen, that you may have Life.” In this atmosphere of silence, and remember silence is listening prayer, we listen and the fruit of listening is Life. In Jn 10:10, Jesus says, “I have come that you may have Life and have it to the full.” So, we see that silence is one of the ways He gives us Life, because we listen, we hear, we connect, we seek, and we receive Life. Then we have it, Jesus says, “to the full.”

“Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled." (Lk 1:45)

 

Excerpt on Prayer from Hearing God’s Voice
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the Kingdom of God like a child will not enter it." (Mk 10:15)

We want to go to prayer with an attitude of a child, to be taught by God. He is telling us to learn of Him. Jesus also said, “Learn of Me. I am meek and humble of Heart” (Mt 11:29). He wants us to know His Heart because He is a God of revelation. He reveals hidden things, not only hidden things about Himself, Heaven, the world, or prophetic things, but the painful part, the hidden things about ourselves as well. That’s why a lot of us run from this kind of prayer (contemplative prayer), because He might ask me to change. It’s a kind of mentality that “Ignorance is bliss.” If I don’t know, then I don’t have to do it. If I don’t hear or listen to Him, then I don’t have to change.” If you find yourself skipping prayer time, and making excuses of more important ways to spend thirty minutes a day instead of with the Lord, maybe you’re running. If we want to know His Will, then we will be true to our daily prayer time with Him to stop, look and listen! It’s only in His Perfect Will that we can have union with God.

The mission of an intercessor and a prayer warrior is to be there with Jesus at the right hand of the Father, in His Throne Room. In Rv 3:21-22, the Lord says, “He who conquers I will grant him or her to sit with me on My Throne, as I myself conquered and sat down with My Father on His Throne. He who has an ear, let him hear the Spirit’s word to the Churches.” This is what happens when we come into the inner castle of the soul, into the inner room, the Throne Room. It’s the special dwelling place of the Father, and He has taken up residence there within each of us. We are His earthen vessels. We need to allow ourselves to be led into the Throne Room stage-by-stage, day-by-day. That is where intercession is at its best, because there is power there and, even more importantly, there is Presence there. Intercession has power when we enter into the full presence of Love, and that is what we all seek, love and union! It’s in that room where all these other voices of the “self” stop clamoring for attention. It means our intellect has stopped clamoring, our memory isn’t bothering us anymore, our will is totally surrendered and at peace, and the emotions are resting as well. Everything is resting, and this is where God reveals Himself and His Will, His Word, His Love, His Peace, all within.

Prayer is a journey, a journey from our brokenness to wholeness, from our sinfulness to holiness, from our separateness to unity, from being just in isolation to being now with God and with each other. All the Lord asks from us every day is that daily response, “Yes, Lord. Here I am Lord. Be it done unto me according to Your Will.”

“Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.” (Mt 5:6)

 

Excerpt on Prayer from Hearing God’s Voice
Talk given by M. Nadine

“Now this is eternal life, that they should know You, the only true God, and the One whom you sent, Jesus Christ.” (Jn 17:3)

Prayer is a gift, a gift to obtain Life. Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the well, “If you but knew the gift of God” (Jn 4:23). Jesus is equating Life and prayer; worship being the highest form of prayer. This is the very heart of Jesus’ whole message.

In Genesis 19:17, Lot is told, “Flee into the hill country or you will die.” To flee into the hill country for us means to flee into an area of the heart – away from the noise and the busyness. It is to come apart into an area of the heart where God is, where the air is more purified, and into His presence, so we can hear. Prayer happens when we are in the hill country, because there is nobody else there but God. That is when we have the encounter with Life.

Jesus Himself said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life” (Jn 14:6). Jesus is Life, and He also said, “I have come that you may have Life and have it in abundance” (Jn10:10). Prayer is the way we receive this Life in abundance. I see that it is my very lifeline, and it becomes a lifestyle. This is even more necessary for those of us who are in the world (but not of it). Mother Teresa of Calcutta saw the level of spiritual life in our country, and told us that the worst poverty she had ever seen was in America because of our spiritual poverty, the lack of Divine Life alive in our souls.

Paul says that we need to experience “the height, the depth, the length, the breadth of His love.” He said, “This is the experience of all the saints” and “This is why I kneel now before the Father, and I pray that you may have this experience” (cf. Eph 3:18-19). This is contemplative prayer, a gift of God’s love and life, the very gift of God Himself to us. It is communication, conversation, relationship, and encounter. It’s union! Jesus talks about this in His last priestly prayer when He prayed: “That they may all be one as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they may be one in Us.” (Jn 17:21). He is praying that we may have this gift of union.

“As the deer longs for streams of water, so my soul longs for You, O God.” (Ps 42:2)

 

Excerpt from New Covenant Power
Talk given by M. Nadine


“As the Father loves Me, so I also love you. Remain in My love.” (Jn 15:9)

Jesus asks us the same question He asked Peter “Do you love Me” (Jn 21:16)? Of course, we say, “Yes, Lord! I love you.” Yet Jesus asks us, “But do you love Me more than yourself, your own way, your own life, your own thoughts, your own attachments, whatever they may be?” (cf. Jn 21:15) He will start to show us what those things might be. Are we willing to let them all go? Is He enough? We are called to lay down our lives for one another. We are called to love one another as He commanded us. We are called by Jesus Himself through His words in John 15:9, “Live on in My love.” He is speaking of His Holy Spirit love, His Calvary love, His agape love. All things are possible with God, because it is, after all, God’s love.

Paul tells us to follow the way of love even as Christ has loved us. We learn from the Book of Hebrews and other books of the Bible that Jesus is the Mediator of the New Covenant (cf. Heb 9:15). He has access at every moment to the right hand of the Power, the Right Hand of God the Father. And He has obtained now a far more excellent ministry of intercession (cf. Heb 8:6). It is far more excellent because He is at the right hand of the Father. John says, “We have in the presence of the Father now, Jesus, an Intercessor Who is just” (cf. Heb 9:11-14). He is an offering not only for our sins, but for those of the whole world. The Lamb needs our bodies to continue His redemptive love through obedience and sacrifice.

In 2 Corinthians 5:17, Paul says, “This means that if anyone is in Christ, He is a new creation.” God, in His mercy, has reconciled us to Himself, and He has given us the ministry of reconciliation (cf. 2 Cor 5:18). There is only one Mediator, one Intercessor, one Reconciler. It is now in Him, with Him, and through Him, that we are qualified ministers of the New Covenant. We qualify, because we are temples of the Spirit, a house of God. We qualify because we let the Spirit love us to death and give us away. We especially qualify because with Jesus, we have access at any time of the day or night to the right hand of the Father, Who is within us. We live on in His love because He is within us. “To Him whose Power at work in us can do immeasurable more that we can ask or imagine, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations” (Eph 3:20). Truly, as Our Lady said, “His mercy is to all generations” (cf. LK 1:50).

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His mercy endures forever.” (Dan 3:89)

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine
 

“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to Your Word.” (Lk 1:38)

Mary gave Herself totally to the Lord. She gave everything that She was, everything that She had, everything that She really is. And She received a hundredfold. She received the fullness of Life, the fullness of Light, and the fullness of Love. She received the fullness of the Trinity. She said that God had made Her the most blessed of all and that Her spirit rejoiced in God, Her Savior (cf. Lk 1:46-47). Joy is always the infallible sign of the presence of God. Satan can imitate almost everything else. He can do so much imitation but he cannot imitate joy because joy is God Himself. It is the presence of God Himself.

Can you imagine what it will be like when the Church really goes into the desert again, really becomes contemplative again and really starts receiving the enfleshment of the Word, experiencing the joy? Can you imagine the evangelization that will go forth? People are drawn to happy people. Joy is contagious. You cannot camouflage joy, can you?

We want to be people of joy. We want to be Pentecost people. At Pentecost, Our Lady was with the disciples so that they could have the same experience in that upper room which She had at the Annunciation. Out of the climate of silence, authentic prayer really begins. Here is where revelation and contemplation comes. As we are fed, we become quieter, more silent. We start to gaze. The more we gaze, the more we become like the One at whom we are gazing – Jesus!

“And (behold) I am sending the Promise of My Father upon you; but stay in the city until you are clothed with Power from on High.” (Lk 24:49)

 

 

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine

Behold, the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world.” (Jn 1:29)

In Luke 1:31-33 we read, “The Holy Offspring to be born will be called Son of God. He shall be called Jesus and shall save His people from their sin.” Right there the name and mission of Jesus is given. We must identify with Jesus, the Lamb of God Who takes away sin, Who is constantly distributing these graces through us for His people. Mary, Lady Wisdom, invites us to be Her holy offspring, to be Jesus, and to continue His redemptive mission of taking away sin. But there is a condition. We need to eradicate sin in our own lives every day.

We are here today because He chose to give us life – to bring us into existence. He said, “I chose you to be holy and blameless, sinless in My sight” (Eph 1:3-4). Our Lady, the Immaculate Conception, is sinless. She wants us to be sinless as well. In the end her Immaculate Heart will triumph. When the Church has that Immaculate Heart, that kind of love, then we will conquer sin. That will be the triumph.

The condition for participation in this redemptive mission is conversion – change. God wants to change us so that we can participate with Him in His mission. Yet, He is a respecter of our free will. He wants our consent, our permission. “Come let us set things right” (Is 1:18). Everything about God is incarnational. He is not going to do it without us. He set it up that way. That is why intercessors, in union with Him, have a power. His whole redemptive ministry is done in, with and through us. He distributes these graces through each one of us. Holiness is very important so that nothing within us is blocking the Mission of the Lamb.

“And Mary said: ‘My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” (Lk 1:46-47)

 

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine

“You are living stones built as an edifice of spirit into a holy priesthood offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus.” (1 Peter 2:5)

This is our ministry. This is who we are; this is what we do. The Lord showed me that through the four pillars of contemplative prayer, which are also the four marks of the Church, come forth diamonds of faith, if we allow God to work with us and speak to us and love us in the pillar of silence. From the pillar of solitude comes forth emeralds of hope. If the world needs anything today, it needs hope. Through the pillar of prayer comes forth living stones of rubies, which are pure love covered in the Blood of the Lamb. From the pillar of penance comes forth tremendous zeal – pearls of wisdom. It is a wisdom that will always surrender to the power of God’s love.

We are a people whom God claims as His own to proclaim the glorious works of the One who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Pet 2:9). Wisdom is the gift of light, of love and of everything, when you think about it. In this light and love we stand in the gap, bridging God and man. We prepare the way of the Lord. We are rebuilding the Church, restoring God’s house to a house of prayer. In this way we go forth in the power of the Spirit with the Woman Herself clothed with the sun (Rev 12), as Church now, clothed with the sun, clothed with His light, to meet the dragon in combat to set others free. We are always called to set the captives free.

We prepare as St. Bernard has said, the second coming of the Lord, where God can come and dwell fully within His house. Then His house, His Church, becomes a house of prayer for all people (Is 57:6).

“For my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.” (Is 56:7)

 

Excerpt from Battle Power: Agape Intercession
Talk given by M. Nadine


“Yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me” (Gal 2:20)

We’re being called to come into transforming union with Jesus – for our bodies to carry Him around so the Word can become enfleshed again within us. We see that this is the deepest desire in the Heart of Jesus in His last priestly prayer where He said to the Father, “I pray, Father, that they may be one as You and I are one” (cf. Jn 17:11). Jesus has a very specific condition of how He wants this union: He wants us to have the same union that He has with the Father. He wants us to have that beautiful relationship that the two of Them have. Then He prayed, “That they may be one in Us” (Jn 17:21). That’s unity; that’s family; that’s community; that’s Church. When we all can come into that spiritual marriage, that phenomenal spiritual union with Jesus, then we can be one with Him and have the same relationship with the Father that He has with the Father in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Our battle weapon is prayer, but it’s prayer in union with Jesus. We see this many times in Scripture. One time in particular was when Peter’s mother-in-law was ill with a fever. Jesus went to her, and Scripture says that Peter and those who were there “interceded with Jesus” (cf. Lk 4:38). That’s the power – when we intercede with Jesus. We never pray on our own – we always pray with Jesus. When we pray, we may sometimes wonder, “Is anybody listening? Is God at home?” We need to go into the Heart of Jesus. We need to pray with Jesus, and Jesus will take us to the Father, which will produce the kind of fruit that we want. Union with Jesus is absolutely key. It’s the heart of the Church, and it’s the very heart of prayer.

“And whatever you ask in My Name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (Jn 14:13)

 

Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine

“I have baptized you with water; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit." (Mk 1:8)

The Holy Spirit, as one writer mentioned, is God’s birthing agent. When we pray, when we are in travail, when we let God and the Spirit have Their way, the Spirit goes out and breathes new Life into people (Gen 2:7). When He moves, hovers and overshadows, He is the Lord and Giver of Life. We say that every time we say the Creed, “I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life.” This is how we are parenting. We are giving Life through the Spirit in this spiritual ministry of intercession through heart piercings, through our love. It is all about love. We give birth to Jesus –always Jesus. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life” (Jn 14:6). What the Holy Spirit was actually doing in Genesis when He breathed over those waters was giving birth to God’s new creation, to the earth. This is exactly what He continues to do now. He gives birth to God’s new creation – to earthen vessels.

Our Lady knew the power of the Holy Spirit. She knew His mission and what He wants to continue to do today. He wants to continue this birthing process in, with and through us, now. He wants to go far beyond anything we can imagine. What you read about Abraham and Sarah (Gen 21: 1-8) was not just about them. It started with them. The Holy Spirit birthed a whole nation through these two. He can start with just one or two of you. He can start with a little intercessory group. It can birth a whole parish, a whole city, a whole country. All things are possible with God.

In Scripture we are told that when Peter came out of the upper room, his shadow was healing (Acts 5:15). It was not really Peter’s shadow that healed; it was the Light of the Holy Spirit within. The pure Light which created the shadow was the power of the Holy Spirit. We are living in the age of the Holy Spirit. Intercession is His ministry. He wants to be set free, through us and by us. He wants to give birth, to give Life over and over again, right now.

"I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the Light of Life." (Jn 8:12)

Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine

“Behold, I make all things new.” (Rev 21:5)

Pope Paul VI wrote a beautiful encyclical on evangelization. He captured the very heart of evangelization beautifully. The very heart of evangelization is centered on the Holy Spirit. In fact, the Holy Father brought in a priest that we know who was, at that time, head of the Holy Ghost Fathers to assist him in writing that encyclical, because it was so centered on the Holy Spirit – the Sanctifier Himself. In it, Paul VI said that “there can be no effective evangelization unless mankind is first re-generated from within.” He is speaking of the Kingdom within. That is the hiddenness of the Spirit within – the Living Water regenerating this kind of Power within.

In the L’Obsservatore Romano, our Pope John Paul II also said that there can be no evangelization without contemplation. Isn’t that beautiful? Headlines –right across the front page: “NO EVANGELIZATION WITHOUT CONTEMPLATION!” In other words, these two Popes are saying there can be no effective witnessing without contemplative spirituality. I had to ask the Lord about that one time. “Why? Why?” And He said, “Because, I am the Sanctifier. I am the One that is reproducing the image of Jesus upon each person’s soul. And He is the One to Whom you are witnessing – Jesus Christ. So Jesus must be reproduced in each soul by Me. Then, each soul becomes My witness.” Then your whole life and lifestyle becomes a living witness to Jesus. You become, literally, Jesus – extensions of the Lord Himself. Isn’t that beautiful? This is the tremendous work of our God. He does not want us to miss. He does not want us to be left alone floundering around down here. He is not going to take any chances. “I am going to put My own Spirit within you (Mt 12:18) this time to make sure you make it. I want you to come Home. And I want you to look like, to become, My Son, Jesus.”

This is an attribute of the Holy Spirit – He is the Sanctifier. He is the One who makes us saints. The saints are rejoicing with the Holy Spirit, thanking Him because of His great work within them. But of course, they allowed Him to do that work. He is a Divine Artist, but we have to constantly surrender to that paint brush, don’t we? We can resist, or we can choose to let Him have His way.

“All of us, gazing with unveiled face on the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, as from the Lord Who is the Spirit.” (2 Cor 3:18)

Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine

“So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come.” (2 Cor 5:17)

The Holy Spirit calls us into the New Creation, the New Jerusalem, the New Covenant. He is the New Wine. At Cana, when the tremendous miracle of the new wine first came forth at the intercession of Our Lady, it produced tremendous joy (Jn 2:1-10)! But, it was three years later that Jesus, Mary, John and Mary Magdalene were treading the wine press on Calvary to produce the new wine of the Spirit. We see the bitter and the sweet. We want the new wine to come forth in the Church. We want the new Pentecost. But who will produce the wine?

The beautiful thing about wine and Pentecost, the beautiful thing about the Holy Spirit, is that the fruit is always joy. It is always joy. Joy is the infallible sign of the Presence of God. That was the sign when the apostles came out of the Upper Room at Pentecost. People thought they were drunk because they were so intoxicated with joy. They were filled with the new wine of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit changes us constantly from glory to glory to glory (2 Cor 3:18). Our faith walk is always in stages. Abraham went in stages. He moved from stage to stage. We do too. This is how God moves us if we allow Him. And what does He use primarily to move us from one stage of glory to another? When I use the word “glory,” I am speaking of Life. St. Irenaeus said that “man fully alive is the glory of God.” Man fully alive is the glory of God. A person, fully alive, is full of the Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life. And that is the glory of God.”

“I came so that they might have Life and have It more abundantly.” (Jn 10:10)