ON FEBRUARY 25, 1976 AT 12:40 AM


“My beloved children, I am Saint Augustine.  This child says that man has an emptiness in him, around him, and I say, ‘Yes, I, too, was acquainted with the emptiness that men portrayed in every act of every day.’ I was a part of this, and suddenly one day I began to realize that there was an emptiness surrounding my whole being, determined by the selfishness, the lack of self–discipline, and my thinking in every way.  The child has the wisdom to know that the obstacles presented to her are for man’s good right now.  The emptiness is, to please men, to show men what men understand — the monetary glow.

This place1 must be fixed according to The Father’s Will.  The child knows, but in this challenge, there is no happiness for this child, for she knows that one day it will be taken apart, and all the energies that have gone forth into preparing for certain things were only to attract certain men and touch certain men’s hearts.  She says to The Father: ‘Why must I go through this? Why must others take part in it, when the Purpose of this Great Love You have come to the world with and for is to help Souls? Material things cannot help the Soul, God.  Why do You insist?’ And He says to her: ‘Do I not attract children to the Heavens because of the Beauty of Them? Do I not attract children to the Beauty of Me, the Perfection I Am, because it is what children strive for? Do I not attract children with progress, challenge, light, hope? Is this not what this place will give when it shows a brightness in it, a laughter in it, a liveliness in it, and a hope in it? Will it not make men think, that to love The Father, love Me, love all that is right, is good?’

There are so many, many things in this world the child is aware of that she does not discuss with you.  There are so many things that could affect other men’s thinking regarding this Great Miracle, that the child keeps silence upon, for the good of a Soul.  There are men now discussing the validity of this child.  There are men now who would like to be with her, to find out, to determine how much she truly stands for The Father and in His Way.  There are men who say, ‘I hope it is true, God, for if it is, it will give life to the world and will open doors to the Heavenly Way.’

Some man stands by.  He does not realize the Magnitude in which this child walks, but in his heart he feels the sincerity, the tiredness, the love, and the desire to please God alone, the humility of so many things, and yet the determination to follow through what must be for all mankind to see.

This place was chosen.  All things were not easy, to attain them and it, but this place was chosen because of its position on the land, strategically, so that men would look to, accept, and perhaps even believe in a project far beyond man’s comprehension, desire or love.

I, Saint Augustine, walked the earth.  The child is beyond the exhaustion men know.  I, too, one day, in the throes of exhaustion, interiorly said: ‘Where am I going? What am I doing? How do I truly feel? What am I giving? What am I accepting? What am I all about?’ And then, I immediately said, ‘I have this depression because I am tired; I think I will go to bed.’ But when I awakened on the morrow I felt more of the same.  The night had not cleared away the dilemma, the concern, and the thought of my way.

So I began to think deeper, stronger, of all these things, and they would eat at me and I would contemplate, trying many ways to cast them away.  But, as these things ate into my being, every fiber of my body began to desire a change: a change of what, to what; a change in what, for what? A change — how could I come about this? I was a man in the world.  I was a man born of flesh and blood.  I was a man born of desire, needs.  I was a man born with great sight for monetary value.  I was a man born with a love of life, for life.  I was a man born to the world and I was to live each day of this life, but there was a gnawing, there was a grasping at me that I could not determine what it could be.

And as I began to succumb to the answers that were given to me, I began to see that when men live selfishly, men live with only the aim of themselves in mind, there’s an emptiness, a sterility; and then I said, ‘This sterility I see is not the purity that is determined to be.’ And then I realized that the material gain was not a sin if you treated it accordingly, and the material love that men have for things is good, for you see, there is All Beauty in the Heavens.  Why can there not be beauty upon the earth — a pleasure for men to feel and to enjoy?

But there is a distinct line between enjoyment of the beautiful things and sin.  Remember this line.  For, beautiful things are God–given: things to enjoy, things to feel, things to see, things to participate in, and the liveliness of the human way.  But then, that thin line, that hairline that throws men into the pits of Hell — selfishness, self–love, a lack of self–discipline.  The beauty of beautiful things is to enjoy them for the pleasure they give, the usefulness of each thing, and yes, to give others the pleasure of comfort, without sin.

There are so many things I would like to discuss with you, but the child’s physical is beyond what you know.  As you are tired, of the physical way, I ask you to multiply your tiredness a hundredfold, and then perhaps multiply it again by that total, another hundredfold.  You, perhaps, will come to a closer determination on the tiredness that this child stands in.  Men say, ‘God, have her do her job,’ and she says to The Father, ‘Do not allow me to fail them.’ And He says, ‘Child, it is not they you will fail but I, your Father,’ and she says, ‘I do not want to fail You,’ and He says, ‘Then do as I say.’

So I, Saint Augustine, come to this room and I say, ‘Do not forget to receive Him for He will give you the strength to go on, and with the determination that each of you have and the beauty of your will to desire only God’s Way, you will accomplish the mission intended to be, for men of every way.’ Many tasks are ahead, many oppositions to meet, many obstacles to cross, and yes, many men to meet.  And oftentimes, the most insignificant man or woman will be the most important one to God.

Do not eliminate the little man, for in his littleness he can repeat his love for you that you gave to him, in a small way.  And, in the extension of this love, he will reach the ones you cannot, that God intends to have a part of this Great Miracle.  Do not forget, the sands are all around and each child is but a granule of sand.  You are His little granules; but, another way He describes you, His little seeds: His seeds of life, His seeds of hope, His seeds of desire, His seeds of need, His seeds that He has cast upon the earth, and He says, ‘Do not forget, only I can make these seeds grow.’  So be it.”

1  Refers to the temporary residence in Rome for Mother Frances and the workers.

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