Some Guidance from Vassula to TLIG Prayer Groups
I take this opportunity to give you some instructions for TLIG "prayer groups":
I wish to inform all readers and prayer groups of
True Life in God how we live a True Life in God based on the Mind
of Christ, so that we become like Him and follow His ways. Inthe messages and the spirituality of True Life in God we are learning
to be: compassionate, self-effaced, little, humble, patient, tolerant,
meek, gentle, united, weak in the sense of Jesus, and totally
abandoned in Christ. We like to be like children.
You want to grow in the love of God? Repay
evil with love; love one another. Then become a witness
and you can attract thousands in the teachings of True Life in
God. Jesus taught me how to read the Bible and He Himself explained
it to me. I am His pupil. By explaining it to me He explains it
to all those who read True Life in God. Jesus gives us
what is necessary for our conversion for our times. We
noticed that those who read, by underlining passages of True Life
in God, and re-read 2, 3, 4, 5 times the messages from the beginning
each time they were the ones that today are the greatest apostles
of True Life in God, and have produced abundant good fruit
to offer to our dear Lord. They have created very easily
prayer groups because they were formed as I was formed
in the spirit of True Life in God and they stand firm.
I have noticed that the followers of True Life in God are also
people who are very, very strong. Strong in the sense of facing
opposition and persecution and of how to deal with these;
this of course is given by the Spirit.
If anyone prepares a prayer group, they should have
always in mind what St. Paul had said: "There must be no
competition among you, no conceit, but everybody is to be self-effacing.
Always consider the other person to be better than yourself....
In your minds you must be the same as Jesus Christ."
If God wants to give a charism, no one would stop
Him and He would give it. But if you desire it the evil one
might come. So, one has to be on the watch. In fact, even if we
think we have obtained by grace a charism or a mystical favour,
one has to deny it and reject it and fight against it in the beginning
and if it is not from God it leaves and if it is from God it doubles
in its power. (I had been chasing away Jesus for about 3 months
in the beginning after I had been told that it could be the devil...)
When people ask me if I have the gift of healing,
I say, "I do not have it." I do not heal, although there
are healing all the time. I am not healing even the ones that
were miraculously healed from cancer and from all sorts of deadly
diseases. I know that it is not I and I just cannot say I have
this gift. I always say: I did not heal and I have not the gift
of healing. If anyone gets healed it is because of their faith
and the Holy Spirit who is the giver of Life who has healed them...
He is the Healer, not I, I have nothing and have done nothing
and deserve nothing....
The one who imposes his hands on people should
remain small and humble, effaced, knowing that it is not in his
power this blessing but in the Spirit's power. The maximum humility
is being nothing.
I would like though to warn your groups of certain
things that can develop and destroy the group. If a group is shallow
and would never expand, but would diminish, or, would lose interest
and would start following other messages that were not even coming
from God. It could be that they have not read meditatively the
messages - and not opened the Scriptures either - to grow in sanctity
and be imbued by the love of God, and so they would dry up. They
would be of those who focused and talked only about events, dates
What made these people return to their first stage
just like before their conversion? We found out that it was those
who never were rooted in Christ, not relied on grace for inner
strength, but relied on their own strength. They never read
the messages which are contemplative and which teach you to be
in silent prayer with God and feel His presence, to which God
elevates the soul and unites it in His love. Scriptures warns
us telling us : "Always be wanting peace with all people
and the holiness without which no one can ever see the Lord. Be
careful that no one is deprived of the grace of God and that no
root of bitterness should begin to grow and make trouble; this
can poison a whole community." (Heb 12:14-15) So, imitate
Jesus. God himself has said : "I will not fail you or
desert you". Where there is love there is God.
Remember that conversion is the biggest miracle of
Vassula, December 8, 1998