(Raymond received this message on Good Friday of 1996).
Every padlock has a key, and every door has a lock that can be opened only by its key. Death has closed heaven’s door and sin has locked it. The cross is the key that undoes the padlock of sin, strips the lock of death, and opens heaven’s door. The Cross is the key to heaven’s door; there is no other key.
Heaven’s door is where heaven and earth meet, at the summit of Golgotha. This door is clear, tangible, and visible, and every man with eyes can see it. Some think it has no lock and opens to whoever pushes it. But when you approach the door, you will realize that it has a lock and it can only be opened with its proper key.
The true key cannot be recognized unless you put it into the padlock. There is only one true key: The Cross of Christ. Do not weary yourselves searching for keys aside from this Cross that opens the door of heaven, and do not in vain make another key. Many are the people who waste their lives in designing their own keys; they cast and strike keys reflecting their own designs, believing that these keys will open the door for them. Many are the people who mock the Cross of Christ. But at heaven’s door, the truth will be revealed, and all other keys will fail.
All the journey of your life is a trip toward this door; at the end of this trip, you either have the key and you will be able to open the door, or you will stand there holding keys on which you have wasted your life, and which now have failed and disappointed you. Take up the cross of Christ, and you will hold the key to heaven’s door.
Take up the cross of Christ with joy, determination, and courage. Do not heed the mockers, do not stop and cry with the wailing, and do not lament when you fall along with the lamenting. Neither weeping nor lamenting make the history of salvation, nor do beating on the chest and wailing open heaven’s door. The history of salvation is made through tears of true repentance. One tear of repentance opens the door of heaven. The tear of repentance will roll down only on the cheek of the courageous faithful.
Take up the Cross of Christ and walk in His footsteps, then the Blessed Virgin will be by your side as she was by His. Every time you are wounded, say: "With the wounds of Christ!" Every time you suffer pain, say: "With Your passion, O Jesus!" And every time you are persecuted, mocked, and insulted, say: "For Your glory, O Lord!"
Your Weakness is there for you to overcome and not to use as an excuse. When you take up the Cross of Christ, pain will not bend you, nor will fatigue crush you, and you will walk with firmness, patience, and silence. When you arrive at the door, the joy of your crossing over its threshold will exceed by far your pain and the exhaustion from your trip, and the happiness of your arrival will exceed by far the suffering of your journey.
Your way to Golgotha is very long in this point of the world, and the Cross of Christ in the East is upon your shoulders; you have many enemies because they are the enemies of the Cross. Do not make them your enemies. Speak to them always in the language of the Cross, even though they are your enemies because of it. The coming months and years will be very difficult, hard, bitter, and as heavy as the Cross.
Endure them with deep prayer from faith, with patience from hope, and with love from the Cross. Violence will fill the earth, the planet will be wounded by the knives of ignorance and hatred; all the peoples around you will stagger under the pain, fear will be over the whole earth like a wind, and sadness in the hearts of all people. Ignorant and hate-filled people will control the destiny of their peoples and lead them to misery and death through blind hatred, which they will call justice, and through dark ignorance, which they will call faith. Hatred and ignorance will prevail throughout the world. But you, remain firm in faith and love.
The face of the earth will be changed; you, retain the face of Christ. Borders, communities, and human systems will be wiped out and written anew, and peoples will falter under fire and steel. Let your love be without boundaries, your community be the Church, and your rule, the Gospel. Be the anchor that guides the ships straying in the raging seas, and let your hearts be harbors of peace for those lost, homeless, and seeking help. Through your prayers you will invoke mercy, and shower love on earth. Pray that hardened hearts will be softened, dark minds will open, and calamities and horrors will be reduced. Do not be afraid, in the end the light of Christ will rise, the sign of the Cross will shine, and the Church will radiate light.
Remain firm in your faith in Christ and do not be afraid, and trust in the God of the resurrection and life; His glory is ever coming.
8/6/2022 08:33:34 pm
Nancy L Brady-Fiore
2/23/2023 11:58:16 am
thank you for the aware beginning
11/4/2022 03:42:21 pm
I pray for the Grace to live this way. Please, Jesus. St. Charbel, pray for us.
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