The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC-2599) teaches that "prayer is the living relationship of the children of God with their Father who is good beyond measure, with his Son Jesus Christ and with the Holy Spirit...Thus, the life of prayer is the habit of being in the presence of the thrice-holy God and in communion with him. This communion of life is always possible because through Baptism we have already been united with Christ."
St. John of the Cross experienced that true prayer begins when we say: "Lord, I love you" and we listen attentively to God's response: "I love you too, John." Reflecting on the lives of the saints who trusted and communicated with the Lord through signs, wonders, and messages, all Christians can be assured of God's transforming graces of compassion and companionship. When Michael Altschuler began sharing these locutions from God the Father, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the Blessed Mother, I directed him to record them so that together we could discern how God was transforming him into Christian discipleship. It became evident that Michael was responding to the initiative of the Trinity leading him into deeper prayer and a greater commitment in charity to his family, friends, and foes.
The goal of reflecting on Michael's personal locutions is to help you believe that God desires to speak to all his children. Be assured that Michael's personal messages are faithful to the teaching of our Catholic faith. Also, they can assist you to heed the Holy Spirit's gentle whispers or a commanding voice gifting us with his grace and guidance. May Mary, the Mother of the Word made Flesh, inspire you like the profit Samuel to go before the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament and pray: "Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening." (I Sam 3:39-10)
Monsignor Ralph J. Chieffo, Pastor
St. Mary Magdalen, Media, PA