Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
In life and now from her heavenly home, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta was and continues to be the "Spiritual Mother" for the Consolers of the United Hearts of Jesus and Mary Lay Apostolate Inc.
Millennium ... message from our Foundress
Prayers are so needed in our world... it is very important to give Jesus not only Christmas gifts but also gifts of our own heart throughout each year. If we give our hearts, we give all and do all for Jesus and Mary...
Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus" (1 Thes. 5:16-17; Phil, 4:6-7)
And whenever you pray, please do not forget all the intentions of the United Hearts Prayer Line and Consolers throughout the world...May the Lord Jesus Christ bless you and your loved ones abundantly. Amen.
In the city of Chicago, one cold, dark night, a blizzard was setting in. A little boy was selling newspapers on the corner, the people were in and out of the cold. The little boy was so cold that he wasn't trying to sell many papers. He walked up to a policeman and said, "Mister, you wouldn't happen to know where a poor boy could find a warm place to sleep tonight would you? You see, I sleep in a box around the corner and down the alley, and it's awful cold there tonight. Sure would be nice to have a warm place to stay."
The policeman looked down at the little boy and said, "You go down to that big white house and you knock on the door. When they come out you just say John 3:16, and they will let you in." So he did, he walked up the steps and knocked on the door, and a lady answered. He looked up and said, "John 3:16." The lady said, "Come on in, Son." She took him in and she sat him down in a split bottom rocker in front of a great big old fireplace, and she went off. The boy sat there for a while and thought to himself: John 3:16? I don't understand it, but it sure makes a cold boy warm.
Later she came back and asked him "Are you hungry?" He said, "Well, just a little. I haven't eaten in a couple of days, and I guess I could stand a little bit of food. "The lady took him in the kitchen and sat him down to a table full of wonderful food. He ate and ate until he couldn't eat any more. Then he thought to himself: John 3:16? Boy, I sure don't understand it, but it sure makes a hungry boy full.
She took him upstairs to a bathroom to a huge bathtub filled with warm water and he sat there and soaked for a while. As he soaked, he thought John 3:16? I sure don't understand it, but it sure makes a dirty boy clean. You know, I've not had a bath, a real bath, in my whole life. The only bath I ever had was when I stood in front of that big old fire hydrant as they flushed it out. The lady came in and got him. She took him to a room, tucked him into a big old feather bed, pulled the covers up around his neck, kissed him goodnight and turned out the lights. As he lay in the darkness and looked out the window at the snow coming down on that cold night, he thought to himself: John 3:16? I don't understand it but it sure makes a tired rested.
The next morning the lady came back up and took him down again to that same big table full of food. After he ate, she took him back to that same big old split bottom rocker in front of the fireplace and picked up a big old Bible & she sat down in front of him and looked into his young face. "Do you understand John 3:16?" she asked gently. He replied, "No, Ma'am, I don't. The first time I ever heard it was last night when the policeman told me to use it." She opened the Bible to John 3:16 and began to explain to him about Jesus, and right there, in front of that big old fireplace, he gave his heart and life to Jesus. He sat there and thought: John 3:16? I don't understand it, but it sure makes a lost boy feel safe.
You know, I have to confess I don't understand it either, how God was willing to send His Son to die for me, and how Jesus would agree to do such a thing. I don't understand the agony of the Father and every angel in heaven as they watched Jesus suffer and die. I don't understand the intense love for ME that kept Jesus on the cross till the end. I don't understand it, but it sure does make life worth living. - Author Unknown
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth in Him is not condemned, but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Jesus said, "If you are ashamed of me, I will be ashamed of you before my Father."
Please Take a few minutes, and send this on to a friend in an e-mail or as a hyperlink! After all the marvelous things the lord has done for you, can you simply say a small prayer for the person who sent you here, and send this on to other people.. This will help a multitude of people to pray to God for other people, now watch the power of God work!
Without Him, I would be nothing. Without Him, I am nothing. But with Him I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me. Phil 4:13
Love: Our Driving Force
by: Jackie Picken
When you love Jesus everything becomes love - and love becomes everything. The term "United Hearts" evokes one thought, love. Our Hearts are drawn to this love; they were made for this love. Without this love they die. But love never dies (1Cor.13) Love gives as it grows and grows as it gives.
The greatest love of all gives all. Jesus said, that no greater love exists than to lay down one's life for a friend. (Jn 15:13) He proved his love for each one for all time, when he laid down his life.
Our God deserves nothing less than our all. "You shall find me when you seek me with all your Heart." He says (Jer. 29) Jesus gives his whole heart he withholds nothing. We cannot but respond with the wholehearted gift of ourselves in return.
The Blessed Virgin Mary offered herself completely when she said, "Let it be" God found in her His Heaven of rest, full of grace and truth. From that moment on nothing could ever disturb her heart's most perfect union with the heart of God. The love which passes between the Two Hearts is Heaven itself to the soul.
When we give ourselves to this love - weak as our human love is - we are recreated apostles of love, filled with the greatest love and compassion for all this sinful, suffering world. Then, led to fervent prayer and works of mercy, we console their Hearts. Jesus gave us the image of His Sacred Heart to demonstrate to all the world the great power of his love. The image of the Sacred Heart, crowned with thorns yet enflamed with unquenchable love, gives visual expression to an unfathomable mystery. Great saints have wept for lack of words to express the height, depth, length, and breadth of this incomprehensible love. Yet we behold in wonder and awe its constant fruit in many hearts changed and enkindled by its fire.
This love is the driving force behind the rapid spread of the Consolers of the United Hearts of Jesus and Mary Lay Apostolate throughout the world. This love, which unites the Hearts of Jesus and Mary Lay Apostolate, continues to draw all people unto them.
During the Christmas Season of 1994, Theresa Maynard, Foundress of the Apostolate, wrote a letter to Mother Teresa of Calcutta asking if she would be open to praying on the United Hearts Prayer Line and consider becoming the "Spiritual Mother" of the Consolers. Within a month she received an answer from Mother Teresa saying she could pray for the United Hearts Prayer Line. Mother Teresa did not mention any decision concerning her involvement with the Lay Apostolate. Weeks of prayer by Theresa Maynard and her dear friend and co-foundress, Annette Handy followed.
Six Months later, on July 20, 1995 Maynard and Handy were overjoyed to receive a second letter from Mother Teresa granting her consent to become the Spiritual Mother for the Consolers of the United Hearts of Jesus and Mary Lay Apostolate Inc..
"For me this letter was a confirmation that I had done exactly what the Holy Spirit had prompted me to do" recalls Maynard. Mother Teresa must have prayed off and on for those six months... Just as Annette and I had, before she made her decision. What a tremendous blessing this was for the official beginning of the Consolers."
Maynard who deeply respects and admires the beloved Sisters of Charity from Romania notes... " And now that Mother Teresa is with Jesus and Our Blessed Mother, I feel her prayers continue to flow from her place in Heaven".