Last night as I meditated on one of our community prophecies from 2012, the word hidden continually appeared in many contexts, “hidden lives, hidden force, hidden martyrs of love, hiddenness of your heart, hidden victims of love”:
150– The Time is at Hand, Diary of MOC
The time is at hand when all will be called to suffer persecution for My sake. This time of persecution will divide My followers into two camps: those with Me and those against Me. Few will remain with Me in the time of the great tribulation. You, My little ones, are being prepared for this time. Your lives lived in humility and purity of heart, united to Me, will be the light in this darkness. Your lives hidden and transformed in My crucified love, will usher in the New Pentecost for the world.
223 My hidden force of spiritual mothers, as one with My Mother of Sorrows, will raise up God’s army of holy priests for the decisive battle to be waged against the principalities of darkness…
My hidden martyrs of love are the power of God to wage this war against the principalities of death. Do not be afraid to speak from the housetops what I speak to you in the hiddenness of your heart. I am making all things new through My hidden victims of purified love… Trust and suffer all with patient endurance. (2-25-2014, The Path, pp. 222-223]
I pondered how much God loves what is hidden: in the Eucharist Christ is hidden under the appearance of bread and wine; He is hidden in the tabernacle; when we pray He bids us enter a closed chamber; in the Song of Songs He loves His garden enclosed. A few weeks ago as I read her Diary, I heard Jesus telling Conchita to enter the inner sanctuary, the inner cloister of her heart where dwelt the Holy Spirit; later I heard from Him the message that my inner cloister is the perfect Fiat of my Mother.
As I meditated on the mysteries surrounding Mary’s visitation to her cousin Elizabeth, I was struck that after His conception, He remained hidden in the inner cloister of His Mother’s Fiat—in her womb. He also revealed to Venerable Conchita that from the first moment of His conception He suffered an interior, hidden martyrdom of the heart through His awareness of the Cross—thus His passion was primarily a hidden one for 33 years, beginning in the womb of Mary. [Diary 187] Jesus is the original hidden victim, hidden martyr of love.
When Elizabeth heard the sound of Mary’s voice, the babe, St. John, leapt in her womb—St. John recognized the Savior of the world, the Light of the world hidden in the inner cloister of His Mother’s Fiat. Think about what happened here: Mary simply spoke, a greeting, something like, “I have come, Elizabeth!” Through her simple word, the Power of Christ hidden in her womb touched the little person hidden in Elizabeth’s womb—she was filled immediately with the Holy Spirit—and she felt it, knew it.
When others hear our voice, may their hearts leap with joy that the Light and Love of Christ hidden in us has emerged in their presence. We have to trust that God will use the Power and Light of Christ hidden in us, in our ordinary lives, to touch the lives of those around us, even those hearts hidden from our view or knowledge—just as the baby John the Baptist was hidden from Mary’s immediate view. He was touched by Jesus through Mary in the most ordinary way, through simple speech.
As I reflected earlier this week on the word hidden as it appeared in the prophecy of my community, I wrote:
We are first of all hidden with Mary in her hidden sorrows: from the hidden force of the humble Mother & mothers emerge the powerful sons: Jesus & His priests for the decisive battle.
From the hidden martyrs bursts the power of God to wage this war.
From the hiddenness of our hearts, the message of Life and Hope will “ speak from the housetops.”
From hidden victims of love, Love Crucified Himself will make all things new.
The key is to persevere in being who we are, “Trust and suffer all with patient endurance.”
MORE on WHAT IS HIDDEN: When I first began meditating on The Simple Path to Union, I spent several days reflecting on a section on the Eucharist which reveals so beautifully the nature of the power or force of God in what is hidden. Because this section of the Path completes so powerfully what we have begun in this post, I repeat here what I wrote in my journal on Sept. 28, 2014, a condensation of The Path, 3-C-5, from a Eucharistic message revealed to one of our Mothers of the Cross [what the women in our community are called]:
Sept. 28, 2014 SIMPLE PATH The Eucharist 3D5
49: “Your ordinary and hidden life through the Cross becomes united to My Eucharistic life. Your hidden life takes on the same power as My hidden life because we are no longer two but ONE. These are My living hosts. In this union of love you enter and live in the realm of God. Through Me, with Me and in Me your most ordinary life is the power of God. Your thoughts, words, deeds, but most especially your tears and sorrows of heart, possess the power of God to bless the world. Your hidden life not seen by anyone is seen by God and through Me, with Me and in Me He blesses many. Your life as ONE with My Eucharistic life moves beyond time and space.
I am the power of the hidden life. I want to possess you with My hidden life, which is the Eucharist, transforming you into living hosts. This transformation will take place as you live your hidden and interior life united to My interior crucifixion, suffering all with Me and in Me. In this way, the power of the hidden force will intensify with the fire of the Holy Spirit (6/15/11).
“The “hidden force” is not a romantic idea. It is true suffering within the heart. At first the martyrdom of the heart comes from our own daily struggles and sorrows. As we grow in union with Christ, as martyrs of love, we drink directly from Jesus’ bitter chalice and suffer with Him the oppression of sin in our brothers and sisters and in ourselves.