Here’s something else I came across
These are words that Jesus Christ said in a vision to Sr Josefa Menendez, in the early 1900s.
"He explained to Josefa the different responses of mankind to God’s offer of love.
'Some have truly known Me, and urged by love, have ardently desired to make an entire sacrifice of themselves to My service, which is that of My Father. They begged to be told the greatest thing they could do for Him, and My Father answered thus: ‘Leave your home, give up your possessions, and having surrendered self, come, follow Me, and do whatever I tell you’.
Others, moved by all that the Son of God had done for their salvation, offered themselves to Him, endeavouring with good will to make a return for His goodness, by working for His interests, but without entire renunciation of their own. To these My Father says: ‘Observe the law which the Lord your God has given you. Keep His Commandments, and erring neither to right nor left, live in the peace which belongs to faithful servants.’
There are others again who have little understanding of God’s great love, yet they have an upright will and live under the law, but without love. These servants have not volunteered to carry out all God’s orders…yet a slight indication of His Will is often enough to enlist their service, since they are men of good will.
There are yet others who submit to their God, not so much through love as through self-interest, and only fulfill the law as far as is necessary to ensure their salvation.
Yet, do all men offer God their service? Are there any who through ignorance of the great love of which they are the object, make no response to all that the Son of God has suffered for them? Alas! …there are many who know and despise it… but a far greater number are entirely ignorant of it…’
For each of these Jesus Christ has a word of love:
'I will speak in the first place to those who do not know Me:
My sons, who from infancy have lived apart from your Father, come, I will tell you why you do not know Me… for once you realize the affection I bear you, you will not resist My love. It is often the case that those brought up far from their parents have little affection for them: but when by chance the sweet love of father or mother is manifested to them, there awakens a keener appreciation of this warm devotion than is found in those who have never left home.
To you, who not only do not love, but hate and persecute Me, I say: 'Why this hatred? … What have I done to deserve persecution at your hands? … There are many who have never asked themselves this question. Today when I ask it, they will perhaps say: ‘We do not know’. Behold, I will answer for you:
If from childhood you have never known Me, it is because no one has ever taught you about Me; and as you grew up, nature also was developing in you love of pleasure and enjoyment, a longing for wealth and freedom. Then came the day when you first heard of Me, and how to live according to My will; that to do so you must love and bear with your neighbour, respect his rights and his goods and gain a mastery of your own nature, in a word, live subject to a law. Hitherto, subject only to your own natural inclinations, if not to your passions, not knowing even of what law there was question, to you I say, is it to be wondered at that you should protest, should wish to enjoy life, to be free, and to be a law unto yourself?
In this lies the beginning of your hatred and persecution of Me. But I, your Father, love you, and even as I see your blind revolt, My Heart is filled with tenderness for you. So the years in which you led this life sped by, and they were, perhaps, many… Today I can no longer restrain My love for you, and the sight of you at war with your best friend compels Me to enlighten you as to who I am.
Dearly loved son, I am Jesus, which name signifies Saviour! why else are My hands transfixed with nails which fasten them to a cross? On it, for love of you, I died. My feet are wounded, My Heart wide open, riven by the lance after death… Thus do I stand before you that you may know who I am and what My law is. But do not fear - My law is one of love… and in knowing Me you will find peace and joy. It is sad to live as an orphan: come, My sons, come to your Father.’**