Thus says the Lord: When Israel was a child I loved him, and I called my son out of Egypt. But the more I called to them, the further they went from me; they offered sacrifice to the Baals and set their offerings smoking before idols.
I myself taught Ephraim to walk, I took him in my arms; yet they have not understood that I was the one looking after them. I led them with reins of kindness, with leading-strings of love.
I was like someone who lifts an infant close against his cheek; stopping down to him I gave him his food. My heart recoils from it, my whole being trembles at the thought.
I will not give rein to my fierce anger, I will not destroy Ephraim again, for I am God, not man: I am the Holy One in your midst and have no wish to destroy. Hosea 11: 1-4, 8-9
I have come to you with open arms in order to take you into my embrace, under my mantle. I cannot do so as long as your heart is filled with false glitters and false idols. Clean your heart and allow my angels to sing in it! At that time I’ll take you under my mantle and I’ll give you my Son, true peace and happiness. Do not wait, my children! I thank you! Medjugorje message to Mirjana, August 2, 2005