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Cenacles

This series of videos, audios, and handouts is to help you learn and live the Devotion of the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.


Flame of Love Basics - Getting Started

October 17, 2019

This first cenacle presentation briefly explains the why, what, how, when, where, and who of devotion to the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  It provides just enough information to be able to participate in a Flame of Love Cenacle.


Flame of Love Basics - Mass and Adoration

January 24, 2020

This cenacle presentation focuses on the role of Mass and Adoration in devotion to the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, their power over Satan, their power to bring about grace and divinity, and their ability to give joy to our Beloved.  We also examine the great promises associated with Mass to those devoted to the Flame of Love.  Finally, there is a question about God allowing so much evil in the world.


Flame of Love Basics - Continuous Repentance

January 29, 2020

This cenacle presentation focuses on the need for continual repentance as part of devotion to the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  We explore the danger of "good person" syndrome and Jesus' rebuke of "pious" souls.  We discuss the need to "up our game" against the great attack by Satan and why we sometimes hold back.  We see how Jesus and Mary are concentrating the channels of grace in this devotion in order to produce great Saints not because we are great but because the need is great.  We note that we are to repent of our own sins, repent in order to bring others to repentance, and repent for others.  We examine how repentance brings grace and how repentance brings joy.  We finally touch upon the Sacrament of Reconciliation.


Flame of Love Basics - Complete Dedication To The Salvation Of Souls

February 12, 2020

In this cenacle presentation we discuss a spiritually challenging element of the Flame of Love devotion, viz,. the complete dedication of our lives to the salvation of souls.  We spend some time exploring how to practically approach this topic and see how Jesus is offering us an opportunity to love.  We see how this devotion calls all of us to live the life of the consecrated in the intensity of our commitment.  We quote extensively from the Spiritual Diary to see how Jesus insists that this great grace only comes through complete renunciation of ourselves and how this dedication is the needed response to the grave danger we are in today.  We see how this is the key to the sainthood to which Jesus calls us in the Flame of Love and how He insists this is attainable even in the context of family — indeed for all and especially the sick.  We read many examples of Jesus insisting that the salvation of souls must be our only purpose in life and then view several practical illustrations of Jesus' request in the life of Elizabeth Kindelmann.


Flame of Love Basics - Humility

February 19, 2020

This cenacle presentation addresses Humility as the "gateway" grace and the one attribute that makes possible our successful participation in the Flame of Love devotion.  We discuss how the gifts of grace can be spiritually toxic without humility and how humility and love are two sides of the same coin.  We describe the radical freedom of humility — the freedom from fear — the freedom to love.  We examine some of the ways Jesus and Mary use to build humility in us using examples from The Spiritual Diary.  We explore the idea of humiliation and note humility as the ultimate shield against Satan and the object of his attack.


Flame of Love Basics - Embracing Suffering - Part 1

March 4, 2020

This is the first of a multi-part presentation on the largest single topic in the Spiritual Diary, viz., Embracing Suffering.  We take a quick look at just a few stunning statements in the Diary in this regard but realize we need to establish a foundation and context before this discussion on suffering will make sense.  That foundation is a proper understanding of love.  We look at ways we misunderstand love and contrast God's love and human love to show how our human love is entirely inadequate for the eternity and forgiveness of Heaven.  We examine the impossibility of living this way without the miracle of salvation and briefly explore how this miracle happens by the action of the Holy Spirit.  We conclude this first portion with the statement that Love, Freedom, and Suffering are inseparable and that, for love to be perfect it must be perfectly free and the freedom of love is built in the crucible of suffering.


Flame of Love Basics - Embracing Suffering - Part 3

March 20, 2020

In this presentation, we briefly reviewed the last two presentations on this topic of embracing suffering to set the context.  We then proceeded to discuss the relationship between embracing suffering and grace.  We explored how grace enables us to embrace our sufferings with joy.  We discussed how a lack of humility blinds us to the value of suffering while love and humility unlock its meaning.


Flame of Love Basics - Embracing Suffering - Part 4

March 20, 2020

In this presentation, we review the relationship between grace, embracing suffering, humility, and love covered in our last presentation.  We then discussed how we do not suffer as an end but as a means.  We suffer in love:

  • ​For the salvation of others
  • To ease Jesus' suffering
  • To bring joy to God
  • For our own good and the good of others

We mentioned how, if that seems strange, we are likely thinking as humans and not as God.  Finally, we examined how and why suffering dramatically increases our growth in grace.


Flame of Love Basics - Embracing Suffering - Part 5

March 27, 2020

In this final presentation on embracing suffering as part of the Flame of Love Devotion, we quickly recap the previous sessions and continue by examining the value of sufferings as expressed by Jesus to Elizabeth Kindelmann in the Spiritual Diary.  We see how it is not an optional part of the devotion but essential for achieving the goals of the devotion and is how we partake in Jesus' work of redemption.  We next explore the parallels between this message to Elizabeth and Saint John of the Cross' Ascent to Mount Carmel and consider what this path to great grace looks like.  This leads to the topic of Spiritual Detachment.

We then move to a description of what it is like when we arrive at a state of great grace, of how it becomes our nature to pour ourselves out for others in a living or white martyrdom.  We see that the perfection of love through suffering becomes our desire.  We see this from both the Diary and Saint Teresa of Avila's description of such a state in The Interior Castle.  We note that this must always be our free choice and see that this life of embracing suffering is our life from now on but that this leads not to morbidity but great joy.  We conclude by reiterating that, for love to be perfect, it must be perfectly free, and the freedom of love is forged in the crucible of suffering — that we joyfully let Jesus live His redemptive life in us.




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