351. The Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. Little Benjamin of Capernaum.
6th December 1945
And just when the sky and the lake seem to be catching fire in the blazing sunset, they come back towards Capernaum. They are happy. They are speaking to one another. Jesus speaks very little, but He smiles. They point out that if the messenger had given more precise information, they could have saved some of the road. But they also say that it was worth the trouble, because a group of little children had their father cured when death was so close at hand, that his body was already getting cold, and also because they are no longer penniless.
"I told you that the Father would provide for everything" says Jesus.
"And was he an old lover of Mary of Magdala?" asks Philip.
"Apparently... According to what they told us..." replies Thomas.
"What did the man tell You, Lord?" asks Judas of Alphaeus.
Jesus smiles evasively.
"I have seen her with him several times, when I used to go to Tiberias with friends. I know it for a certainty" states Matthew.
"Yes, brother, tell us... Did the man ask You only to be cured or also to be forgiven?" asks James of Alphaeus.
"What a senseless question! When has the Lord granted a grace without exacting repentance?" says the Iscariot rather angrily to James of Alphaeus.
"My brother has not been speaking nonsense. Jesus cures or casts out demons and then He says: “Go and do not sin any more”" replies Thaddeus.
"Because He has already seen repentance in their hearts" insists the Iscariot.
"In possessed people there is neither repentance nor will to be freed. Not one of them has ever shown any such signs.
If you go over each case, you will see that they either ran away, or they hurled themselves at us in a hostile attitude, or they tried to do both, and they did not succeed only because their relatives held them back" replies Thaddeus.
"And Jesus' power, too" confirms the Zealot.
"So Jesus takes into account the will of relatives who represent the will of the possessed person, who would like to be freed if he were not hindered by the demon."
"How much subtlety! And what about sinners? I think He uses the same words, even when they are not possessed" says James of Zebedee.
"He said to me: “Follow Me” and I had not said one word to Him, with regard to my situation" remarks Matthew.
"But He read your heart" says the Iscariot, who always wants to be right, at all costs.
"All right! But that, man, who according to public opinion was a big lewd sinner, although not demoniac, or rather not possessed, because with all his sins he must have had a demon as teacher if not as possessor, and he was dying and so on. What did he ask for? I think this is a lot of idle talk... Let us go back to the first question" says Peter.
Jesus satisfies him: "That man wanted to be alone with Me, to be able to speak freely. He did not speak at once about his health... but about his soul. He said: “I am about to die, but actually I am not so ill as I made people believe in order to have You here quickly. I need to be forgiven by You to be cured. But that is all I need. If You do not want to cure me, I will resign myself. I deserved it. But save my soul” and he confessed his many sins. A nauseating chain of sins..." says Jesus, but His face shines with joy.
"And You are smiling, Master! I am surprised!" remarks Bartholomew.
"Yes, Bartholomew. I am smiling because they no longer exist, and because with his sins I learned also the name of his redeemer. The apostle was a woman in this case."
"Your Mother!" many of them say. Some say:"Johanna of Chuza! As he often went to Tiberias, perhaps he knows her." Jesus shakes His head. So they ask Him: "Who was it, then?"
"Mary of Lazarus" replies Jesus.
"Did she come here? Why did she not come to see any of us?"
"She did not come. She wrote to her old partner in sin. I read her letters. They all supplicate him for one thing: to listen to her, to redeem himself, as she redeemed herself, to follow her in Virtue, as he had followed her in sin, and with heart-rending words they beg him to relieve Mary's soul of the remorse of seducing his soul. And she converted him. So much so, that he retired to the country to overcome the temptations of town. His disease, which was more remorse of his soul than physical trouble, completed his preparation for Grace. That is all. Are you happy now? Do you understand now why I am smiling?"
"Yes, Master" they all reply. And when they see that Jesus quickens His steps, to be alone, they begin to whisper to one another...
They are already in sight of Capernaum, when at the junction of their road with the one coming along the lake from Magdala, they meet the disciples, who have come on foot from Tiberias evangelizing. They are all there, with the exception of Marjiam, the shepherds and Manaen, who have gone from Nazareth towards Jerusalem with the women. The disciples are actually more numerous as they have been joined by other fellow-disciples, who have come back from their mission with new proselytes of the Christian doctrine.
Jesus greets them kindly but He immediately stands aloof once again, deeply engrossed in meditation and prayer, a few steps ahead of the others. The apostles, instead, mix with the disciples, particularly with the more influential ones, that is, Stephen, Hermas, John the priest, John the scribe, Timoneus, Joseph of Emmaus, Ermasteus (who, according to what I understand, is making great progress in the way to perfection), Abel of Bethlehem in Galilee, whose mother is at the rear of the crowd with other women. And the disciples and apostles ask questions and give information on what has happened since they parted. They thus talk of today's curing and conversion, and of the miracle of the stater in the mouth of the fish... And because of the circumstance which brought this miracle about, it rouses the interest of many and the discussion spreads from one row to the next one like fire set to straw...
Jesus says: "You will put here the vision of March 7th, 1944: “Little Benjamin of Capernaum”, without the comment. And you will continue with the rest of the lesson and of the vision. Go on."
So I am omitting the last sentence: "The vision ends here etc." It would be out of place as the vision goes on.
7th March 1944.
I see Jesus walking along a country road surrounded and followed by His apostles and disciples.
The calm blue lake of Galilee, which is not far away, shines in the beautiful sunshine of spring or autumn, because the sun is not as strong as in summer. But I would say that it is springtime, because the countryside is very fresh, without the golden tired hues typical of autumn.
As it is getting dark, Jesus seems to be retiring to the hospitable house and He therefore turns His steps towards the village, which is already in sight. As He often does, Jesus is walking a few steps ahead of His disciples. Only two or three steps, not more, to be alone with His thoughts, as He needs tranquillity after evangelizing for a full day. He is absorbed in thought while walking, holding in His hand a green twig, which He must have plucked from some bush and He lightly whips the grass on the edge of the road with it; He is lost in thought.
Behind Him, on the other hand, the disciples have entered into an animated discussion. They are recalling the events of the day and they are rather heavy- handed in appraising other people's faults and shortcomings. They all criticise more or less severely the fact that those responsible for the collection of the Temple tribute exacted payment from Jesus.
Peter, who is always impulsive, states that it is a sacrilege because the Messiah is not obliged to pay the tribute: "It is asking God to pay Himself" he says. "And it is not right. And if they do not believe that He is the Messiah, it becomes a sacrilege."
Jesus turns round for a moment and says: "Simon, Simon, there will be many people who will mistrust Me! Also among those who think that their faith in Me is safe and unshakable. Do not judge your brothers, Simon. Always judge yourself first."
Judas smiling ironically says to Peter, who feels mortified and has lowered his head: "That's for you. Simply because you are the oldest, you always want to play the doctor. It is not true that one's merits are judged according to one's age. Among us there are some who are above you by knowledge and social power."
They thus enter into discussion on their respective merits. And some boast of being among the first disciples, some base their preferential argument on the influential position they gave up to follow Jesus, and there is who says that no one has the same rights as he has because no one has turned so much by changing from a publican to a disciple. The discussion lasts a long time and if I were not afraid of offending the apostles, I would say that it takes the tone of a real quarrel.
Jesus pays no attention to them. He does not seem to hear them. They have in the meantime reached the first houses of the village, which I know is Capernaum. Jesus proceeds, the others follow Him discussing all the time. A little boy of seven or eight years runs tripping after Jesus. He overtakes the vociferous group of the apostles and reaches Him.
He is a lovely boy with short curly dark-brown hair. His dark eyes shine intelligently in his little dark face. He calls the Master confidentially as if he were very familiar with Him. He says: "Jesus, will You let me come with You as far as Your house?"
"Does your mother know?" asks Jesus smiling at him kindly.
"Yes, she does."
"Is it true?" although smiling, Jesus casts a piercing glance at him.
"Yes, Jesus, it is true."
The boy jumps for joy and takes the left hand of Jesus Who stretches it out to him. With how much loving reliance the child places his little swarthy hand into Jesus' long hand! I wish I could do the same myself!
"Tell me a nice parable, Jesus" says the boy skipping beside Jesus and looking up at Him, his face shining with joy.
Jesus also looks at him with a cheerful smile, which opens His lips shaded by His moustache and His reddish golden beard, which shines like gold in the sun. His dark sapphire eyes sparkle with joy while He looks at the child.
"What will you do with a parable? It is not a game."
"It is better than a game. When I go to bed, I think about it then I dream of it and the following day I remember it and I repeated to myself to be good. It makes me good."
"Do you remember it?"
"Yes, I do. Shall I repeat to you all the ones You told me?"
"You are clever, Benjamin, more clever than men, who forget. As a prize I will tell you a parable."
The boy no longer hops about. He walks seriously and as gravely as an adult, he does not miss one word or any inflexion of Jesus, Whom he watches carefully, without even worrying where he puts his feet.
"A very good shepherd found out that in a certain place many sheep had been abandoned by bad shepherds, and they were in great danger along rough roads and in harmful pastures, and were wandering about closer and closer to dark ravines. So he went to that place and sacrificing everything he had, he bought the sheep and lambs. He wanted to take them to his own kingdom, because that shepherd was also a king, like many kings in Israel. In his kingdom those sheep and lambs would find wholesome pastures, cool water, safe roads and protected shelter against thieves and wild wolves. So the shepherd gathered all his sheep and lambs together and said to them: “I have come to save you, to take you where you will no longer suffer and where you will find no snares. Love me, follow me, because I love you so much and I have made every possible sacrifice in order to rescue you. But if you love me, I will not regret my sacrifice. Follow me and let us go.” And they set out towards the kingdom of happiness, the shepherd before then, and the sheep after him. The shepherd turned round every moment to make sure that the sheep were following him, to exhort those which were tired, to encourage the ones which were downhearted, to assist the sick ones and to caress the little lambs. How much he loved them! He used to give them his bread and salt, and he always tasted the water of fountains first, to make sure that it was good and he blessed it to make it holy. But the sheep − would you believe it, Benjamin? − the sheep became tired. First one, then two, then ten, then one hundred remained behind grazing and stuffing themselves with so much grass that they could no longer move, and they lay down in the dust and mud when they were tired and full. Some went close to the brinks of precipices, notwithstanding that the shepherd said to them: “Don't do that”; and as he stood near the most dangerous places to prevent them from going there, some bumped into him trying to make him fall into the precipice and they did that several times. And thus many fell into ravines and died miserably. Some butted each other and killed each other. Only one little lamb never went astray. It ran about bleating as if to say to the shepherd: “I love you”; it always ran behind the good shepherd and when they arrived at the gates of his kingdom, they were the only two: the shepherd and the little faithful lamb. Then the shepherd did not say: “go in”, but he said: “come” and he took it in his arms, close to his chest, and he took it inside calling all his subjects and saying to them: “Here. This little lamb loves me. I want it to be with me forever. And you must love it because it is the pet of my heart.” And that is the end of the parable, Benjamin. Now can you tell Me: who is that good shepherd?"
"It's You, Jesus."
"And who is the little lamb?"
"It's me, Jesus."
"But I will be going away now. You will forget Me."
"No, Jesus. I will not forget You because I love You."
"Your love will come to an end when you no longer see Me."
"I will repeat to myself the words that You spoke to me and it will be the same as if You were present. I will love You and obey You thus. And tell me, Jesus: Will You remember Benjamin?"
"And how will You remember?"
"I will say to Myself that you promised to love and obey Me and I will thus remember you."
"And will You give me Your Kingdom?"
"I will, if you are good."
"I will be good."
"What will you do? Life is long."
"But Your words are very good, too. If I repeat them to myself and I do what they say I should do, I will be good all my life. And I will do that because I love You. When one loves, it is not difficult to be good. I do not find it difficult to obey my mother, because I love her. And it will not be difficult for me to obey You, because I love You."
Jesus stops and looks at the little face, which is lit by love more than by the sun. Jesus' joy is so deep that another sun seems to be burning in His soul and shining through His eyes. He bends and kisses the forehead of the child. He has stopped near a humble house with a well in front. Jesus sits down near the well where He is joined by the disciples, who are still arguing over their prerogatives.
Jesus looks at them. Then He calls them: "Come here, round Me and listen to the last lesson of the day, you who have shouted yourselves hoarse celebrating your own merits and believe that you will gain a position according to them. See this child? He is in the truth more than you are. His innocence gives him the key to open the gates of My Kingdom. In his simplicity of a child, he has understood that the strength necessary to become great lies in love and that obedience practised with love is required to enter My Kingdom. Be simple and humble, be affectionate not to Me only, but to one another, obey My words, all of them, also the ones I am speaking to you now, if you wish to reach the place that these innocent souls will enter. Learn from the little ones. The Father reveals the truth to them, but He does not reveal it to the wise."
Jesus is speaking holding Benjamin against His knees, with His hands on the boy's shoulders. Jesus' countenance is majestic. He is serious, not angry, but grave. As it becomes a Master. His fairhaired head is a blaze of light in the last sunbeams.
The vision ends here leaving me full of sweet happiness notwithstanding my sorrows.
[vision of 6th December 1945 resumed].
So, the disciples have not been able to go into the house. This was natural because of their number and out of respect. They never go in unless they are all invited, or one in particular is invited by the Master. I notice in them great respect and reservedness, notwithstanding the kindness of the Master and His long lasting familiarity. Even Isaac, who I can say is the first disciple, never takes the liberty of approaching Jesus unless he is called by the Master with at least a smile.
Somewhat different, is it not? to the rash almost farcical manner in which many people deal with what is supernatural... This is my comment and I feel that it is correct, because I cannot suffer people to treat what is above us with manners that we would not use for men like ourselves, if they are only a little better than we are... Well!... And let us go on...
The disciples are scattered on the shore of the lake to buy fish and bread and whatever is necessary for supper. James of Zebedee comes back and calls the Master, Who is sitting on the terrace with John crouched at His feet in loving conversation... Jesus stands up and leans over the parapet.
James says: "How much fish, Master! My father says that You blessed the nets by coming here. Look: this is for us" and he shows a basket full of silvery fish. "May God grant him grace for his generosity. Prepare it, because after supper we will go on the shore with the disciples."
They do so. The lake is black at night, waiting for the moon, which rises late. And rather than see it, one can hear it grumble and lap on the shingly shore. Only the exceptionally bright stars of eastern countries are mirrored in calm waters. They sit in a circle round an upturned boat on which Jesus has sat. And the little lamps of boats placed in the centre of the circle hardly illuminate the faces closer to them. Jesus' face is lit up from below by a lantern placed near His feet, and thus everybody can see Him well, while He talks to this one or that one. At first it is a simple home-like conversation. But it soon takes the tone of a lesson. Jesus says so openly: "Come and listen. We shall be parting shortly and I wish to instruct you to perfect you further.
I heard you dispute today, and not always charitably. I have already given the seniors among you the lesson, but I want to give it to you as well, and it will do the seniors no harm to hear it again. Little Benjamin is no longer here, standing against My knees. He is sleeping in his bed and dreaming his innocent dreams. But perhaps his innocent soul is here among us just the same. But imagine that he, or some other boy, is here, as an example for you.
Each of you has in his heart a fixed idea, a curiosity, a danger. That is: to be the first in the Kingdom of Heaven; to know who the first will be; and at last the danger: the still human desire to hear the reply: “You are the first in the Kingdom of Heaven” uttered by your obliging companions or by the Master, above all by the Master, of Whose veracity and knowledge of the future you are aware. Is it not so? The questions tremble on your lips and dwell in the depth of your hearts.
Your Master, for your own good, yields to that curiosity, although He loathes giving assent to human curiosity. Your Master is not a charlatan whom one can ask questions for a few coins in the uproar of a market. Neither is He possessed by the spirit of the Python, which assists Him in making money by divining, to comply with the narrow-mindedness of man who wants to know the future in order to decide how “to act.” Man cannot act wisely by himself. God will assist him if man has faith in Him! And it is of no avail to know the future, or to think that one knows it, if one has no means to avert the prophesied future. There is one means only: to pray the Father and Lord that His mercy may assist us. I solemnly tell you that a confident prayer can change punishment into blessings. But he who has recourse to men in order to avert the future, as a man and with human means, cannot pray at all, or prays very badly. As this curiosity may teach you a good lesson, I will reply to it for this once, although I abhor curious and disrespectful questions.
You are asking: “Which of us will be the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?.” I do not take into consideration the limitation “of us” and I extend the frontiers to the whole present and future world and I reply: “He is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven, who is the least among men.” That is: he who is considered “the least” by men: the simple, the humble, the trustful, the unaware. That is a child, or he who can make his soul be like the soul of a child once again. Neither science, nor power, nor wealth, nor industry, not even good industry, will make you “the greatest” in the blessed Kingdom. It is necessary to be like children with regard to loving kindness, humility, simplicity, faith.
Watch how children love Me, and imitate them. How they believe in Me, and imitate them. How they remember what I say, and imitate them. How they do what I teach them, and imitate them. How they do not pride themselves on what they do, and imitate them. How they do not become jealous of Me and of their companions, and imitate them. I solemnly tell you that if you do not change your ways of thinking, of acting and of loving, and you do not remould them on the pattern of children, you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven. They know the essential elements of My doctrine, as you know them, but how differently they practise what I teach! For every good action you accomplish, you say: “I did that.” A child says to Me: “I remembered You today, I obeyed for Your sake, I loved, I refrained from quarrelling... and I am happy, because I know that You are aware when I am good and You are pleased.” And watch children when they are at fault. How humbly they confess: “Today I was naughty. And I am sorry because I grieved You.” And they do not find excuses. They know that I know. They believe. They are sorry because I am sorry.
Oh! How dear children are to My heart: there is no pride, no duplicity, no lust in them! I tell you once again: become like children if you wish to enter My Kingdom. Love children, as they are angelical examples still at your disposal. Because you ought to be like angels. As an excuse you may say: “We do not see angels.” But God gives you children as examples, and you have children amongst you. And if you see a child who is physically or morally forlorn and who may perish, welcome him in My Name, because they are greatly loved by God. And he who welcomes a child in My Name, welcomes Me, because I am in the innocent souls of children. And he who welcomes Me, welcomes Him Who sent Me, the Most High.
And beware lest you should scandalise one of these little ones, whose eyes see God. You must never scandalise anybody. But woe betide three times those who soil the innocent purity of children! Let them be like angels as long as possible. The world and flesh are too repugnant to souls coming from Heaven! And a child, through his innocence, is still entirely a soul. Respect the soul of a child and his body as you respect a sacred place. And a child is sacred also because he has God within himself. The temple of the Spirit is in every body. But the temple of a child is the most sacred and intimate, it is beyond the double Veil. Do not even allow the wind of your passions to shake the curtains of their unawareness of concupiscence.
I would like a child in every family, among every gathering of people, to check the passions of men. A child sanctifies, brings solace and freshness through the simple glance of his innocent eyes. But woe to those who despoil children of their holiness through their scandalous behaviour! Woe betide those who teach children wickedness through their debauchery! Woe betide those who by means of their words and irony injure the faith children have in Me! It would be better if a millstone were tied round the neck of each of them and they were thrown into the sea to be drowned together with their scandal. Woe to the world that scandalises such innocent souls! There must indeed be scandals, but alas for the man who provides them.
No one is entitled to do violence to his body or to his life. Because life and body are given to us by God and He only is entitled to take them entirely or in part. I tell you that if your hand causes you to sin, it is better that you cut it off, and if your foot causes you to give scandal, it is better if you cut it off. It is better for you to enter into Life crippled or lame, than to be thrown into eternal fire with two hands and two feet. And if it is not sufficient to have one hand or foot cut off, have also the other hand or foot cut off, so that you may no longer scandalise, but you may have time to repent before being thrown into the unquenchable fire, which tortures like a worm forever. And if your eye should cause you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better to be one-eyed, than be in hell with both eyes. With one eye or without eyes you could see in Heaven the Light, whereas with two scandalous eyes you would see darkness and horror in hell. And nothing else.
Remember that. Do not scandalise the little ones, do not despise them, do not deride them. They are worth more than you are, because their angels always see God, Who tells them the truth to be revealed to children and to those whose hearts are like those of children. And love one another like children, without disputes and without pride. And be at peace with one another. Be peaceful minded towards everybody. You are brothers, in the name of the Lord, not enemies. There must be no enmity among Jesus' disciples. The only Enemy is Satan. Be his fierce enemies and join battle with him and with the sins that install Satan in the hearts of men.
Be tireless in fighting Evil, whichever form it may take. And be patient. There is no limit to the activity of an apostle, because there is no limit to the activity of Evil. The demon never says: “That is enough. I am tired now and I am going to rest.” He is indefatigable. He passes from one man to another as quick as thought, and even quicker, and he tempts and takes, he seduces and tortures and gives no peace. He attacks treacherously and demolishes, if one is not more than vigilant. At times he installs himself as conqueror, encouraged by the weakness of the person he assails, at times he enters as a friend, because the prey he is after, already lives as an ally of the Enemy. Sometimes, when he is cast out of a man, he wanders around and assaults a better prey to avenge himself for the affront suffered at the hands of God or of a servant of God. But you must say what he says: “I will not rest.” He does not rest in order to people hell. You must not rest in order to people Paradise. Give him no quarter. I foretell you that the more you fight him the more he will make you suffer. But you must not worry about that. He can overrun the earth, but he cannot enter Heaven. So he will not be able to trouble you there and all those who have fought him will be in Heaven..."
Jesus stops abruptly and asks: "Why are you worrying John? What do they want from you?"
John blushes and Bartholomew, Thomas and the Iscariot lower their heads seeing that they have been found out.
"Well?" asks Jesus peremptorily.
"Master, my companions want me to tell You something."
"Tell Me, then."
"Today, when You were with the sick man, and we were going round the village, as You told us, we saw a man, who is not a disciple of Yours, and whom we have never seen among those who listen to Your sermons, and he was casting out demons in Your name, in a group of pilgrims going to Jerusalem. And he was successful. He cured a man who trembled so much as to be unable to work, and he made a girl recover the use of speech, which she had lost, because she was assailed in a forest by a demon in the form of a dog, which had tied her tongue. He said: “Go away, cursed demon, in the name of the Lord Jesus, the Christ, the King of the issue of David, the King of Israel. He is the Saviour and the Winner. Flee before His Name!” and the demon really fled. We resented that and we told him that he was not allowed to do so. He said to us: “Am I doing anything wrong? I honour the Christ by clearing His way from demons who are not worthy to see Him.” We replied: “You are not an exorciser according to Israel and you are not a disciple of Christ. You are not allowed to do that.” He said: “One is always allowed to do good things” and he rebelled against our order saying: “And I will continue to do what I am doing.” That is what they wanted me to tell You, particularly because You just said that all those who fight Satan will be in Heaven."
"All right. That man will be one of them. He was right and you were wrong. The ways of the Lord are infinite and it is not true that only those who take the straight road arrive in Heaven. Everywhere, at all times, in countless different ways, there will be people who will come to Me, even along initially wrong ways. But God will see their good intentions and will lead them on to the right way. Likewise there will be some who through treble concupiscent inebriation will leave the good way to take one that will lead them far away and mislead them all together. So you must never judge your fellow-men. God only sees.
Endeavour never to leave the right way, on which the will of God more than your own put you. And when you see one who believes and acts in My Name, do not call him stranger, enemy, or say that he is sacrilegious. He is a friendly faithful subject of Mine, because he believes spontaneously in My Name, and he believes more than many among you. That is why My Name on his lips works miracles like yours, and perhaps greater than yours. God loves him because he loves Me and will end by taking him to Heaven. No one who works miracles in My name can be My enemy or speak ill of Me. On the contrary he honours the Christ and bears witness to faith. I solemnly tell you that belief in My Name is sufficient to save your souls. Because My Name is Salvation. So I say to you: if you see him again, do not hinder him. But call him “brother”, because he is such, even if he is still outside the enclosure of My Fold. He who is not against Me, is with Me. He who is not against you, is with you."
"Have we sinned, Lord?" asks John sorrowfully.
"No. You acted out of ignorance, but without malice. So there is no sin. But, since you are now aware of the situation, it would be a sin in future. And now let us go home. Peace be with you."
The dictation that follows the vision of little Benjamin (7.3.44) can put here at the end of today's vision. As you wish.
[dictation on 7th March 1944]
Jesus then says:
"I will tell you also, what I told My little disciple. The Kingdom belongs to the faithful lambs who love and follow Me without getting lost in allurements. They love Me till the end.
And I say to you what I said to My senior disciples: “Learn from the little ones.” The fact that you are learned, rich, bold, will not make you conquer the Kingdom of Heaven. Not if you are so from a human point of view. But you will conquer it, if you are supernaturally learned, rich and bold through the knowledge and practice of love. How love does enlighten one to understand the Truth! How it makes one rich to conquer it! How bold it makes one to conquer it! How much confidence and certainty it inspires!
Behave like little Benjamin, My little flower who scented My heart that evening and sang angelical music, which overwhelmed the scent of humanity seething in the disciples, and the noise of human altercations.
And do you wish to know what happened later to Benjamin? He remained the little lamb of Christ, and when he lost his Great Shepherd, Who had gone back to Heaven, he became a disciple of the one who was more like Me, by whom he was baptised with the name of Stephen, My first martyr. He was faithful unto death and so were his relatives, conquered to Faith by their little apostle. Is he not known? Many people are known to Me in My Kingdom, but they are unknown to men. And they are happy for that. Worldly fame does not add even a tiny spark to the glory of the blessed souls.
Little John, always walk with your hand in Mine. You will proceed safely and when you arrive at the Kingdom I will not say to you: “Go in” but “Come” and I will take you in My arms to put you where My love has prepared a place for you and that your love has deserved.
Go in peace. I bless you."