Trust to the God of Abundance

(This is a guest column, graciously written by one of the administrators of the Mother of God Forum I link to at the right. It is a marvelous testimony of how well-placed our trust in God is if we only turn things over to Him, do what little we can and care for those around us. Hmmm…living testimony of a woman who found how fruitful it is to acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to those around her.)

These flowers are sometimes colloquially called "Ladies." They usually bloom in profuse abundance.

These flowers are sometimes colloquially called “Ladies.” They usually bloom in profuse abundance.

By Marti McCullough

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19

I thank you Charlie for allowing me to write on your forum! What a grace! I am not any brilliant theologian nor am I prolific and eloquent writer like you are. I am a mom of seven children and my husband and I have been married for 33 years and we have homeschooled for 16 years. I try to give God glory with the stories of my life and how He has impacted my family and me. Hope is a verb in my life. It’s an ever moving target of needs and wants within my big family and those we come in contact with, allowing God to work through my husband when decisions need to be made. (Sometimes with me holding my breath!) I would like to share with your audience about God’s abundance and his providential ways.

When I was young my mother used to say I could find lost things. As I got older my desires turned to Jesus and Mary and I began to ask for things in prayer for others. As a young military wife in Germany in the 1980’s I saw a need for unwed soldiers and young families over there. There were no thrift shops and the turnover in personnel was great. Young women soldiers would come over and some became pregnant living in the barracks. The only answer the military had was to kick them out to live in the German villages, many times without a car. They struggled to get to and from work on buses, didn’t speak the language and when their child was born (if they weren’t aborted), they would have to designate a stranger as guardian for their child while they were out in the field, sometimes weeks at a time training. I started an organization called Help for Unwed Mothers in Bamberg, Germany. I got people to adopt these women and help provide for them through donations of food and money and material needs. People would tell me what they needed and I would write it down in a book and pray about it. I did the same thing for the lower income families whose soldier was gone for weeks at a time.

The first time I did this someone had called me and asked me for a mattress for their baby bed. I, being the mother of three at the time and now a mother of seven was always very practical and all my babies slept with my husband and I. Never did it occur to me that a baby could not sleep in a dresser drawer sitting beside a bed. Wasn’t that a bassinette? I stood by the window and looked out onto the parking lot of the military housing complex. My prayer went something like this, “Sweet Jesus, this person has come to me and asked me to get them this mattress. I don’t have one, but in all your riches I know you do. I beg you to provide this for them, not for their sake, but so that your generosity might be glorified and that when I tell them that you provided and that you provide everything we need, their heart might be opened and they might give praise and thanksgiving to you and your abundant heart! Have mercy, Lord.”

Just then, a car pulled up next to the dumpster in the parking lot. A man got out and pulled a baby mattress out of his backseat and leaned it up against the dumpster and drove off. I laughed out loud and squealed like a little girl as I ran down the staircase to the dumpster. I looked the mattress over. It was covered with a zip up mattress cover and I took it upstairs and examined its perfection. I took vinegar and water and wiped it down and called my friend who needed it. It had been 15 minutes! Soon, people were calling me every day. The lists were longer and the people wanting to give me items and get them items were huge. There were even cars given to me! It was so beautiful and miraculous that it embedded in my heart a love for God’s abundant love for us and his desire to provide everything for us if only we would ask with a humble heart.

I became a professional ‘Junker’. In Germany they tax homes by the number of doorways a person has in their home so people do not have closets. There is limited space and they do not have thrift shops. On designated days entire towns would put items next to the curb that was not trash. I went in search of items and never came home without them in my Buick station wagon. Before we came back to the States the women of the battalion nicknamed me ‘Potential Bag Lady’. I found it fitting because I was a dumpster diver and because I saw myself as just that; totally reliant on God and his providential ways. When I came back stateside I continued to ask God for those items that we needed and wanted. Making lists and crossing items off in bright colored highlighters so our children would exclaim, “God provided again!”

Five years ago, in prayer our Lord told me we needed to get off of the Pacific coast. We had lived in the Pacific Northwest for seventeen years so I went to my husband who is the head of our family and my rock and I told him to pray about it. He was in a job he loved, our older children were moved out, married or going to school there where we lived. He said that ‘If it was God’s will, doors would open, if it wasn’t they would close.’ We just needed to move forward. Every single door opened. So much so that when I went to visit a priest friend in Missouri I wanted him to bless our statue of St. Joseph at the altar of St. Joseph in St. Louis Cathedral. He asked me where I was moving. I replied that although we had many applications for jobs all over the place, none had come through. He asked if I had prayed over a map. I shook my head no and he proceeded to get a map out and we prayed over it. He then said, “You are going to Montana. Have you ever been to Montana?” My eyes were big as I said, “Nope! We don’t even have an application in Montana!” He then prayed again with me and said, “You are going to Billings. I hear that is a nice town!” I laughed out loud. Then we headed out to the Cathedral. As we were standing at the altar of St. Joseph, my husband called on my cell phone and said, “Are you sitting down?” I whispered, “No, I’m getting St. Joseph blessed by Father.” He said, “Someone just called me and wanted to know if I was interested in a job in Billings, Montana…what do you think?” I whipped around and looked at the priest and burst into tears trying to stifle a “Yes!”

The priest said, “I see a small grove of trees in the backyard, a giant rock and the word ‘Hawthorn.”

Sure enough, my husband didn’t even know these details when he picked out our home and called me to get on a plane to come look at his dream home. The small groves of trees were there, the rock and the street next to ours is Hawthorn. I greedily prayed as I walked the property for our Lord to give me one more sign that this was the place he wanted us. I was leaving my children on the coast coming to a town where I didn’t know anyone. I was bringing my father who has Alzheimer’s with us so I could take care of him. It was such a huge act of faith! There on the pathway in the yard was yellow brick and the writing on the brick was ‘AP Green, Mexico, MO’. I smiled and yelled at the top of my lungs to the heavens to make sure God heard me. THANK YOU GOD! THANK YOU FOR PROVIDING SO BEAUTIFULLY! That company is where my father and my grandfather worked when my father was a young man in Missouri!

In thanksgiving, we now take needy families into our home for up to six weeks at a time. We have priests stop by and stay and we are an open door to passersby. Our Lord says that my children will come here. He says he will provide. He showed me a vision of our Bishop walking in our backyard. I came in and said to my husband, “The Bishop is coming to our house!” He laughed and said, “Well, you better get to cooking and cleaning!” Two years later, the Bishop did come, along with most of the priests in our diocese and we had 11 priests stay with us from out of town. This summer they came again.

Recently my husband and I were talking about saving water from the roof and creating a water system out of gutters. He stated that gutters would be needed for two buildings and that he wanted white gutters for our home and brown gutters for the other building. He complained, “But gutters are expensive, it’s not priority.” I smiled and said, “But God is rich…if he wants us to have it he will provide it!” Two days later, my husband was gone and I got on the computer and was checking craigslist for the free items and lo and behold someone had put on white and brown gutters! I called, put my dad in the truck and went over and got them. When my husband got home I made him close his eyes and I told him, “Don’t ever think God doesn’t care about the smallest detail of our lives. He gets great joy in providing for our every need!” He opened his eyes and we laughed until we cried in amazement.

I have so many stories and so much proof of God’s grace and miracles. God’s mercy is his greatest attribute and as our creator he has never quit wanting to provide everything and desires to see us reach out to him in faith and thanksgiving because he is truly glorious and rich! I know that the times we are living in are testing us in this fire called life. I will share with your one more story that moved my soul to contemplate his glory and realize that poverty of spirit is such a great gift and even if I have lots of material items this doesn’t make me rich or poor, just as a lack of items doesn’t make me poor. There has to be a willingness to trust in great expectation, be patient in God’s time; not ours and give humble thanksgiving to a God who loves to spoil us with beautiful mountains, sunsets, and rain to grow food and flowers and colors galore! He humbly gives us himself as our daily bread from heaven and He will continue to do so as times get tougher.

My prayer partner of 23 years died recently of three kinds of cancer. He was 73 and I am 53. He was a brother I never had and we argued and laughed like brother and sister. Our conversions coincided and we became great friends. He died at home with his lovely wife and I got to sing to him and pray over him and say goodbye to him in Virginia. I was at home on a Saturday when his wife called and said, “Paul is dying and can’t talk, but I think he is hesitating to go, would you talk to him?” I took the phone and said, “Paul, I love you. Today is the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. You have hit the winning jackpot of Marian days! I promise you I will never quit praying for you, I pray that you will pray for me when you come into the kingdom! May God have mercy on your soul my sweet brother in Christ!” His wife and I were crying as I hung up. I went to take my daughter somewhere and I was praying along the way wiping tears of joy away for Paul. He was the lucky one.

Statue of Our Lady of Abundance referenced in this article.

Statue of Our Lady of Abundance referenced in this article.

On my way home I noticed an estate sale sign and ever the bag lady, I reached in my pocket and all I had was three dollars. The woman there said they were closing up and most everything was gone. I went room by room and it was very bare, not even worth spending three dollars. I walked into a room with one bookshelf and on the bookshelf was one thing; a statue of the Blessed Virgin holding the Child Jesus. I stood there and I knew Paul was dead at that moment. I walked up and picked up the statue and said, “Thank you Blessed Mother, thank you Jesus, thank you Paul!” I kissed it and then looked at the price tag. It was $3.00. I handed the money to the woman and went home. As I walked in the door Paul’s wife called and told me Paul was gone and that she had walked outside and experienced a beautiful rainbow and felt him hug her. I told her about the statue and later I looked the statue up on the internet. It was hand carved 12”made in Italy and I’d never seen one like it. I got an email from the company and they said it was worth $600 and hand carved in 1957 and very few had been made. I asked our Lady what her name was since she was holding something in her hand and Jesus’ hand was on top of the something in her hand that she is offering. She very sweetly said, “I am our Lady of Abundance. Tell everyone of my abundance and to trust in Jesus andme to provide everything!”

About charliej373

Charlie Johnston is a former newspaper editor, radio talk show host and political consultant. From Feb. 11, 2011 to Aug. 21, 2012, he walked 3,200 miles across the country, sleeping in the woods, meeting people and praying as he went. He has received prophetic visitation all his life, which he has vetted through a trio of priests over the last 20 years, and now speaks publicly about on this site. Yet he emphasizes that we find God most surely through the ordinary, doing the little things we should with faith and fidelity. Hence the name, The Next Right Step. The visitations inform his work, but are not the focus of it. He lives in the Archdiocese of Denver in the United States.
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89 Responses to Trust to the God of Abundance

  1. LAS says:

    That was beautiful, thank you Marti.
    Two weeks ago or so I went off the rails and all my books, pamphlets, cards, sacramentals, books, rosaries, crucifix, holy cards, pictures, everything is sitting in a pile of grocery bags in the corner of my room.. I just can’t shake the question of graven images, “adoration as worship of Mary” and I think I just went down. I feel kind of broken hearted. I just can’t take anymore news about the Pope or Bishop, gay parading, I just don’t care- I feel over it. All I manage is a “Good morning Heavenly Father” and asking to be good to the students and coworkers at work. I don’t even feel it proper to say at night “Angel of God my guardian dear..” because aren’t I praying to an angel and NOT God? Can you relate, probably not, but thought I’d ask and I guess I really just wanted to talk to someone. It’s hard being alone with no family.
    LAS

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    • charliej373 says:

      Hi LAS,

      Certainly some folks can go off the rails and start treating saints as petit gods, which is an abuse, or start treating holy cards and other such things as if they are magic tokens to be collected in a video game.

      Properly understood, our prayers with the saints are simply full use of the communion of the saints. All are alive to God, and it is good that we should ask those who are in heaven to pray for us as well as asking those who still occupy these shadowlands with us. It is an abuse to treat saints as petit gods, but it is the equal and opposite abuse to scorn the communion of the saints. Pray that the Lord keep you in a plain path.

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      • Nancy says:

        Dear LAS, Please don’t throw away those holy reminders. That is why God provided them–and He did. He understands that our in our everyday life, it is impossible to constantly focus on Him, so He sends us things that cause us to think of Him. That is what St. Therese said about prayer–even a fleeting thought that rises to Him.
        These things actually bring us closer to God.
        Have you ever heard of The Divine Praises? There are 14 of them and they are always said in front of the Jesus in Eucharistic Exposition (in front of God!). The fourteenth one is “Blessed be God in his angels and in his saints.” But before we praise God for giving us angels and saints, we praise Him for other gifts: His holy name, Jesus Christ , the name of Jesus, his Sacred Heart and Precious Blood, the Holy Spirit, Mary most holy, her Immaculate Conception, Assumption, Saint Joseph, etc. God is praised when we honor and thank Him for His gifts to us. You would surely thank someone who gave you a gift and you would love to be thanked by someone to whom you gave one. So God would like to be thanked for what He has given us.
        The funny thing about praying “to” Mother Mary, our guardian angels and our favorite saints is that they are so in love with God, that when someone asks them to do them a favor, they turn around and ask God to take care of it. On their own, they can’t do it. They always have to go to God. That makes them good ambassadors or intercessors.
        As far as the news about the turmoil in the church, I would not clutter my mind with it, if I were you. That anxiety is drawing you away from God. If I may suggest, start your day with a morning offering that gives everything to Mother Mary to give to Jesus so that all can be offered through Him, with Him and in Him in the unity of the Holy Spirit to the glory of God the Father and the salvation of poor sinners. Build a territory of souls and make sacrifices and offer prayers of intercession and reparation for them and give all to Mary to give to Jesus to offer to the Heavenly Father. Probably be a good idea to include Pope Francis and the bishops in that territory as well.

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      • ellenchris says:

        Most people are not aware that the Puritans were the fathers of the Unitarians. By so harshly insisting that there could be NO images of any kind — even crosses — they pried themselves loose from a vital connection with Jesus Christ, Son of God and Man, and they came to deny His divinity altogether. The Second Ecumenical Council of Nicea declared that doing away with images is actually a heresy. When we contemplate the holy Face of Christ, in a sense, we are truly contemplating the holy Face of God our Father. Ikons and statues convey the truth that humans are truly created in the image and likeness of God, and that true image and likeness were re-created by Jesus in His Incarnation. Also, it is a true saying: “you cannot have the Son without the Mother.” So of course His Incarnation was only possible through a mother: therefore, Our Lady is inseparable from her Son. So fear not. All we do when we honor her is honor Jesus and the Father through Him.

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      • LAS says:

        Charlie,
        Would you delete my recent responses to Marti and the one to BB that talks about my scooter, I feel they are too personal and I am uncomfortable about them. Please.
        Thank you

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        • charliej373 says:

          Sure I will – and have, LAS. If you want to, send them on to me again at the email address under the “contact” button and I will be glad to forward them privately to Marti and BB. That is, of course, entirely up to you.

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          • LAS says:

            Thank you. Hey, I thought this would be the best way to reach you. I listened to an archived radio interview over at TruNews tonight of Rick Wiles interviewing a pastor who has called his flock to a 30 day fast and he was asking the radio audience to join by either turning off the tv and a fast of one meal per day. Is it ok to give you the link and you can delete this after. It’s the Thursday, 9/25 program http://www.trunews.com/listen/ I’m excited about joining it 🙂

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    • joanp62 says:

      I also wanted to add that we do not adore or worship Mary. That is for God alone. We honor and reverence her as the Chosen Mother of God in the Flesh, Our Lord Jesus. Jesus honored her as a good Jewish man faithful to the 10 Commandments, even though He was also God. Should we not honor her as God’s most perfect creature?

      Ask God to show you in prayer what is true and to help you stay on the right path. I always as God to enlighten my mind and heart and to correct any false or erroneous ideas, opinions or beliefs that I may hold- and sure enough, things will happen to either correct or confirm my ideas, hopefully keeping me well grounded in His Truth. God Bless you.

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    • Joe says:

      Las, Hang in there my brother (or sister). Hang in there. Pray through this. Like I ask my mom to pray for me, I also ask my Blessed Mother to pray for me. Like I ask my friends and family to pray for me (and have pictures of us doing memorable things around to remind me of them), I ask my friends and family in heaven (the angels and saints) to pray for me (and I keep pictures of them around to remind me of them). Stay out of the dark. You are not alone.

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      • LAS says:

        Thanks for the advice and love Joe, EllenChris, and Joan. After reading the posts I left for church. Got there in time for Confession, saying my rosary, and then Mass. I’m now answering your kind posts late after putting everything back up. I am thankful to God that I didn’t throw them away. By the way, as I walked into church I saw a picture of Mary that someone left on the table and it was unlike any I have ever seen. I felt like it was meant for me and I picked it up and carried it with me to Confession. The priest thought it was for me too. It shows her heart ringed with roses and a sword with a little flame on top and her right hand is raised up like giving a blessing and her other hand is placed underneath her heart. She has on a red dress and blue mantle with gold trim. I really love this picture and just feel so relieved. Thanks to all of yous.

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    • Marti says:

      Being alone with no family and no support is lonely. Loneliness can lead to idleness or self pity. Been there–done that. Even in a crowd! Everyday before your feet even touch the floor the devil says–OH NO! THEY’RE UP! Say the St. Michael the Archangel prayer, then say 10 things you are grateful for. AND MEAN IT! (I seriously was so thankful for coffee this morning I almost kissed the coffee cup!) Keep your sense of humor. God isn’t done with you yet! Are you walking? Are you talking? Well shall we compare that to some of the horrible things going on in the world right now??? No. God has work for you to do. The evil one is trying to bring you to his level. Even if you have to walk blindly through darkness…God is there. Pinch yourself. You are made in His image and there is a purpose to your suffering. If you don’t understand something about the faith, I am asking you as a sister in Christ–get off your duff and read a book, Google Catholic Answers, go to a GOOD RCIA class and find people of faith. Latch onto a good priest and go every other day to confession if you have to and ask him to bless you with holy water, find some ‘Healing fo the Family Tree’ books and prayers (spiritdaily.com has great books on this) and also find yourself a conference to go to to lift your spirit high. Do not let the evil one run your life. Ask yourself about your last ‘valley experience’. Did you come out of it and look back and say, “Whoa! That was hell….don’t wanna go there again! Sure glad I’m on a high right now and I plan to stay there FOREVER!” AND now here you are again in a valley experience….trying to claw your way out…in the dark and scared.
      Welcome to this forum LAS. This is your ladder. God has provided for you again! Praise HIM! Now, prepare for the next valley with the weapons Jesus has given you!
      love and peace my friend–
      marti

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      • charliej373 says:

        LAS, later tonight I will put up a post on the basic rules we have begun for our new prayer group we just had the inaugural meeting of this weekend. I firmly believe people dramatically try to overcomplicate things – and then love to argue that their overcomplication is the best while looking down on anyone who does not submit to the authority of their particular variety of overcomplication.

        I have come to believe it is much easier to teach people something detailed and full of complications and contradictions than it is to teach something simple. All involved with our first group were very pleased with the results of the first meeting – and almost everyone stayed for an hour afterwards. Your head can start to hurt from all the claims and counter-claims made by various “prophets”. We get rid of the extraneous, and focus on going to Jesus through Mary, with the assurance to people that God is close to you, right at hand. Just go to Him. I think it may be something that will be helpful to you.

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        • LAS says:

          Thanks, Charlie.

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        • i LOVE YOUR REPLY HERE….WE ARE PLANNING ON STARTING A NEW PRAYER GROUP HERE IN TUCSON, ARIZONA, AND WOULD LIKE SOME FOUNDATIONAL SUGGESTIONS FROM YOU….I HAVE READ YOUR COLUMN FOR A LONG TIME AND THE MOTHER OF JESUS, MARY, IS ONE OF MY BEST FRIENDS…I WOULD WELCOME ANY AND ALL SUGGESTIONS THAT YOU MAY FEEL YOU CAN SHARE WITH ME ON HOW THIS PRAYER GROUP SHOULD GO….LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR REPLY….

          YOUR NEW FRIEND….HARRIET

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    • BB says:

      LAS: It sounds to me as if you are being attacked by something evil. You are being tempted to rid yourself of many helps and items that are sacramentals, that is, objects of holiness, many probably blessed, that are a hindrance to the devil and which he does not like. Put them back where they were, and rebuke this evil spirit by saying often, whenever the repugnance comes to you, “I reject you Satan, and all your works, and all your empty promises. You are a liar, and the father of lies.” Then say a Hail Mary, (or many Hail Mary’s) and refuse to reject these prayers, because the Church promises they items are not graven images, and rely not on your own feelings or impressions, but the teachings of the Church. Sprinkle holy water around your house, blessing your home, and yourself. Pray deliberately to Our Lady, the saints, and the angels, in defiance of that which is tempting (despairing) you to leave off of them.
      Realize you are suffering this way because God is allowing you to suffer for the sake of those who hate Him, allowing you to feel the awfulness of what they live, and suffer it on their behalf (taking up some of this Cross), so they may receive graces to come to Him.
      Resolve to deny these lies, and hold to the truth, no matter what your internal feelings are. Pray for souls needing God’s mercy.

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      • LAS says:

        Thank you, BB. I put everything back up except replacing an ANF pix of Mary (that somewhat reminded me of eastern goddess statues) with a new one that was left on the table of the church entrance this past Friday. I have read your post carefully and will employ your combat suggestions.

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  2. Vladimir says:

    Marti,
    our Father is so, so beautiful… Although I am a man, I had tears of joy in my eyes reading your story and am not ashamed of them. I trust Him the way you do and He helps us in so many ways as well. We have six kids 12-4 yrs. old to take care of, and He helps us with their upbringing too. I will translate your text to my wife and kids as soon as I can so thay too will be touched by your beautiful testimony. God bless you even more. Could you put the picture of Our Lady of Abundance on the net? Thank you.
    Vladimir, Slovakia

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    • Marti says:

      Vladimir, Thank you for your kind words! My heart is touched. Your wife is a lucky woman! God surely showed Adam and Eve how to make a fire after he kicked them out of the garden. He provides all! God bless you!

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  3. Barbara Dore says:

    Amazing! thank you for a beautiful story, Great blessings she has!

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  4. June1 says:

    What a stunning testimony. Trying not to weep here at work…
    God is so good. You are very blessed, Marti, to have a sweet, understanding family and to have been able to receive so many signal graces. Thank you for being open to His every call to you. 🙂

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  5. anne ovari says:

    Thank you so much Marti for sharing that beautiful faith-filled story. I felt a connection to you as I am a homeschooling Mum of 11 children (one in heaven) and have known the goodness and generosity of Our Lord on my journey Home to Him.He is so good to those who trust in Him. Thank you also Charlie for this site.May God bless you.

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  6. laura says:

    Thank you MS3 for your personal testimony! I’ve read bits and pieces on MOG but have not heard all of it. You are an inspiration to mothers and your story motivates me to trust more, rely more on our Lord and Lady, and be that sign of hope for others. I struggle with the fact that in my small town we don’t have any noticable poor people to help out! I’m always on the lookout for people in need and sometimes it’s as simple as pulling someones car out of a ditch or helping load an eldery lady’s groceries but I wish I could do more. So praying for the conversion of souls is my primary duty right now and with that I must be content. God bless!
    Little Me

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    • Marti says:

      Laura, praying for the conversion of souls is of the utmost importance. Living in the Divine Will and allowing God to put the graces where he sees fit is always best, because some need it more than others. Like the saying goes, we wouldn’t want to carry another’s cross because ours was made just for us! I’m sure God will put in your path those who need you. My family laughs and says they come out of the woodwork and find me! God knows your heart–just make sure you protect the purity of your intentions. Bless you for your work to save souls!
      marti

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  7. aj says:

    JESUS I Trust in YOU!

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  8. Rose says:

    Thank you for this beautiful sharing…brought joyful tears…not a usual thing for me. God bless you all!

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  9. Carol says:

    Wow Mama S,
    So timely, so inspired, so needed, so beautiful. You are a blessing to us all! Thx Charlie!
    Charity

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  10. Rich DiClaudio says:

    Hi Charlie and Marti,

    thank you both for this lovely awe inspiring love story to and about God. I needed to hear it this morning. May the love of God continue to reign in both if your (and EVERY BODIES) hearts’ forever. Rich

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  11. ellenchris says:

    Thank you so much for this testimony. It is very timely, and I really needed it.

    I went out on the internet to see if any images of Our Lady of Abundance were available. I found the story of Cursi, but unfortunately, there were no pictures although there were quite a few references to hindu goddesses and what not. Would it be possible for Marti to take a picture of her special statue and post it here or somewhere linked so that we could see it.? If it is not too much trouble, it would be greatly appreciated. Many blessings to all.

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    • Marti says:

      Ellenchris;
      I have sent pictures to Charlie and hopefully he can post them somehow. It really is an interesting statue. Hand carved, hand painted. Very Italian and the sweet baby Jesus’ hair is so darn cute! His curls make up his halo! The fruit or whatever is in our Lady’s hand is being held by them both. Jesus is almost jumping out of her arms to grab it and give it to you! I was amazed at the detail of their fingers and toes. Minute carving is an art and someone did this with the utmost love and skill. Their profiles are perfect and their limbs look like they could easily bend! Amazing!
      marti

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  12. Stephen Maresch says:

    A beautiful story so often our nature is to lead first, when we should ask first, wait, and follow.

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  13. Noreen says:

    Thank you! So beautiful and encouraging. God Bless!

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  14. Kati says:

    Wow! Just….wow! Dear Lord, please grant us the gift of FAITH in greater abundance. We know that You are so happy when You see us trust You and when we really exercise the faith that you have given to us. Please enlarge our faith. YOU are so LARGE, Lord. Thank you also for blessing Marti even more for having shared this with us. 🙂

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  15. Irish7 says:

    Lovely Marti. Thank you for teaching through sharing.

    LAS, I once had a very similar experience! It was during an extended pilgrimage to Lourdes of all places. In hindsight (12 years later), it was so obviously a demonic attack, but at the time it was a dark, thick and disorienting haze. I was a recent convert at the time, and still have all of the passages of Scripture underlined that were jumping off the pages to condemn my decision to choose Catholicism. It became nearly impossible to pray. I experienced nausea when I saw statues or processions or anything involving images. These are hard to avoid at Lourdes (to say the least 🙂 ) so I spent a lot of miserable time in a dingy hostel room trying to pray and read the Bible, but could find no peace…only doubt and fear and nausea (so bizarre!). I tried to seek solace in Confession, but the priest was dismissive (rude even). My beloved and holy friends who had travelled with me suddenly seemed creepy and strange (they had never before or since) and the other pilgrims as well. It was as if everything Catholic…my devout friends, priests, images (especially images), sacramentals, etc took on a dark and foreboding hue. I *still* get a pit in my stomach when I think about Lourdes (sad!). I just kept telling Jesus that I needed Him to clear my mind and show me the way to go (that I only wanted His will), and that I would always follow the truth as He revealed it to me. It also helped to rebuke the feelings (darkness) by saying or thinking along the lines of…”I am doing my best to discern the truth and God is pleased with me. I will choose my doctrine according to how he leads and reveals truth to my mind over time. He will protect me from error” The cloud passed after several weeks. It seems like insanity to me now, but I can still read my tortured journals from that time period and remember the total paralysis. I want to encourage you to hold on to Christ tightly no matter what feelings and thoughts are thrown at you. He will show you and clear your mind. Also, a great miracle (which lead me to my current vocation) happened shortly after this test or temptation or whatever it was. Be encouraged and stay the course!

    Also, I am a mother of young children and am feeling a bit of paralysis of my own regarding the discernment of future conception. I know obviously that God has a specific answer for me, and I am seeking His face on it, but wondered if any of you are getting any specific direction or insight that would help. I would love more children, but can’t shake the feeling that we are on the precipice of calamity (Charlie indicates before Christmas, and I feel this too). I struggle to find the balance between trusting God and acting with prudence. I do trust God and marvel at the miracles He has performed in my life already. That said, prudence is a virtue, and He has taken the care to warn us in advance, and I believe I am accountable to that information…to plan and act wisely. My pregnancies entail quite a large amount of disability and medical care. Thoughts? (And no, I would never contracept so that is not the nature of my question).

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well, Irish, let me say that I think having a child right now is a profound act of faith that is pleasing to God.

      As for calamity, I remain a little baffled. It is here. I sometimes think people will not accept that it is here unless someone is at their door ready to cut their throat. More Christians are being murdered throughout the world right now than any other particular group. A caliphate is rising in the Middle East – and we are dithering. Russia threatens Europe – and we are dithering. China threatens all its neighbors, including Japan – and we are dithering. Our southern border has collapsed – and we dither. Ebola threatens to claim as many people as a million by the end of January – and to escape the bounds of Africa. Calamity has come. Either things must begin to get better, or the ongoing collapse of all the social institutions that sustain order in the world will continue to rise. And I haven’t even touched on the already scorched monetary system.

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      • Irish7 says:

        I think most of your readers understand that. I was referring to the fact that *for the moment* I have access to life saving medications and a C section. With the way things are progressing this may not be the case 9 to 12 months from now. But it sounds from your answer that you advocate faith over caution (which I think could lead to a slippery slope of trying to read the tea leaves of the future anyway) in this matter…that God would not be displeased that I failed to heed the warnings that everything is falling apart.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Yeah, I think that captures it. You get to a line there. While I was on my pilgrimage, a troubled young man apparently watched me go into some woods to make camp near Lake Charles, Louisiana. He came in after I was settled and pulled a pistol and started waving it around at me. I was steady, kept up a talking patter. Finally, he looked as if he saw a ghost, panicked and went running off – for no visible reason. (Yeah, I figure an angel showed himself). Anyway, I started to break camp and move. But before I got going seriously, something furious rose in me and I thought, I’ll move tomorrow. Tonight I’m going to sleep right here – and I’LL SLEEP GOOD. I did. I’m still not sure whether it was a terrible act of presumption or one of faith. I think we each have to decide based on what is least likely to rob us of peace in trying times.

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        • Irish7 says:

          Joe I had the exact same thought. Charlie you answered my question perfectly with the story of your pilgrimage. Profoundly helpful. Thank you.

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      • Joe says:

        I read your post above “unless someone is at their door ready to cut their throat” and then I flipped to a news site and caught the tragic report from Oklahoma. I’d say the juxtaposition of your comment and the breaking of that news is pretty unlikely to be a coincidence.

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        • charliej373 says:

          It was kind of creepy, Joe. I saw the report not long after I had written that. I worry that many good people still think they are going to watch the Storm unfold and be ultimately resolved from the television in their rec room, like a season of “American Idol.” We have gotten so used to being spectators and consumers I fear many are really not prepared to see this for what it is. And there is a certain selfishness out there. People figure, hey, as long as my bank account has not been wiped out (yet), all is well. It is not. For heaven’s sake, read Matthew 24. The signs of the times Jesus recites are all around us in a striking way – and He doesn’t say it in the context of when you see these, grab some popcorn, pull up a chair, and watch the show. He tells us so we can gird our loins and prepare. Better start girding, if you haven’t yet. And go ahead and grab some popcorn if you want…rumor has it it may soon be in notably short supply.

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          • Elizabeth K. says:

            Nooooo! Not the popcorn! Anything but the popcorn! My youngest will *not* be happy about this–better stock up! 🙂 Thank you for your wise words, Charlie–you say the world’s been dithering, I feel like I’ve been doing a bit of the same. It’s hard to know what the best steps are for taking care of a family in these days. It’s also hard to fight one’s normalcy bias. So I’m doing a consecration, and getting my work done at home and at the uni, and then spending as much time as a whole family as possible. Beautiful things coming from that last one, and I thank you for for your several reminders of the importance of spending time with our kids. God bless you, Charlie.

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    • Marti says:

      Irish, I think every mother in the world is thinking what you are regarding pregnancy right now. I certainly did. Early in my conversion while in Germany I was reading Fr. Gobbi’s book from front to back and doing the ST. Bridget prayers and saying the rosary in the apple orchard in back of our rented building. I was ignorantly still using contraception and trying to figure out why I wanted to be a Catholic and was totally in love with the Blessed Mother, but figured she’d talk to her son so I didn’t have to. I would pour out my heart to her. The Iran thing was going on. We were bombing Libya and we had one two year old daughter but had ‘planned’ on having at least 13 children because we had met on Friday the 13th on a blind date….lol My husband came to me and said lets get pregnant…and I couldn’t even look him in the eye because I was so scared! My fear was that in my mind I could survive in the woods with one child…but with two? No way! I begged the blessed Mother to help me. Help me be open to life. Help me with my fears. Martyrdom wasn’t even in my vocabulary yet! One day, as I was praying about this she spoke to me in the apple orchard. She said for me not to be afraid. That all my children were HER CHILDREN. I would know where they were. AND SHE TOOK AWAY MY FEAR. I went inside and suddenly realized that of all the things the church taught that being open to life and living with trust was THE HARDEST thing the Church had to teach, and that even if I mastered all the other things this would forever be the elephant in the room in my life. IF I conquered this being open to life thing then all the other teachings would fall into place. I ran in and threw away my birth control and nine months later my son was born. I never used it again. TODAY, he left on his seventh mission to Afghanistan. He is married and has three sons of his own. He was never mine. I consecrated him in my womb to our Lady and I simply had the pleasure and the heartache to raise him and love him. JUST LIKE OUR LADY DID FOR JESUS….SO, I, as a mother understand. I had four c-sections and three regular births. No matter what happens, God is with you. Our Lady is with you.

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      • Marti says:

        Dear Lord, I do not ask to see the path. In darkness, in anguish and in fear, I will hang on tightly to your hand, and I will close my eyes, so that You know how much trust I place in You, Spouse of my soul.
        -Blessed Mary Elizabeth Hesselblad (1870-1957)

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      • BB says:

        I think this is the best answer to Irish7. Go ahead with LIFE. Don’t be afraid to move ahead with God’s will. If God doesn’t not want you to conceive, you will not. If He wants that child born, it will be born. Don’t try to second guess Him or the times to come, and dangers you may face. Just trust, as Marti says, and place yourself and your children in the care of Our Lady. All will be okay.

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      • Irish7 says:

        Thank you thank you thank you all for your generosity if spirit in sharing your experiences and insight. The Holy Spirit spoke to me mightily through you all. After pondering your thoughts, it occurred to me in prayer tonight that Mary’s pregnancy and birth weren’t exactly safe. Her government was endangering her family too (mandatory census..how annoying…then Herod…the first reigning antichrist). Needless to say, it put things in perspective. Bless you all.

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    • LAS says:

      Thank you so much for sharing your story, Irish, and I am going to borrow your prayer: ”I am doing my best to discern the truth and God is pleased with me. I will choose my doctrine according to how he leads and reveals truth to my mind over time. He will protect me from error” AWESOME!

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  16. Ann Marie says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful faith and trust in Our Lord and His most loving Mother! I believe that every time a situation arises that we must, in faith, place all our trust in Our Lord, He uses these difficult times to show us how much He does love us. Our love, faith and trust increases and pulls us through the next difficult situation. May our journey always give glory to divine providence and hope to those the Lord places in our path.

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  17. Katherine Bailey says:

    Hi Charlie; I’m a longtime follower of Mark Mallett who began to read your great blog. when he included you as a favorite and trusted site. I would like to call your attention to a source for spiritual direction training although it is a while since this came up. I graduated from Our Lady of Divine Providence Cenacle in Clearwater, FL. in 2012. Just happened to be living closeby when the Lord sent me on this incredible journey and I will be forever grateful. The Cenacle adheres strictly to the magisterium and certification upon completion of the program is through Franciscan Univ. Training is a series of 3 on site sessions with teachers such as, Sr.Briege McKenna, Fr.Andrew Apostoli, Fr. Timothy Gallagher, and Fr. Richard McAleer. There is a 6 month practicum and in my case, a 30 day silent Ignatian Retreat .There are also individual or group retreats on these holy grounds. The majority of the students are priests and religious from all over the country. The Web page is http://www.divineprovidence.org. Email: marianservants@juno.com. I look forward to your writings Charlie and will hang in there during these next 3 years until Our Blessed Mother comes to rescue us in 2017. Just knowing that brings such great comfort, along with the gift of Peace the Lord has given me, I have the strength to continue on taking “the next right step”. God Bless you and keep you !

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  18. Audie says:

    Oh Marti, thank you so very much for sharing your stories of God’s love for us. What a beautiful way to live. I want to live like that and by your sharing this, you’ve also taught me what it looks like to trust our Lord. So simple, but so amazing. You, your husband, and family have such kind and loving hearts. I see the obedience to God also. Thank you and God bless you all.

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    • marti says:

      Thank you! My husband wasn’t always on the same page. Lots of prayer & begging God. We are trying mightily to be and go where God says to go. Hindsight is a good kick in the rear!

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      • Audie says:

        Wow, I just came back to reread Charlie’s blog and these comments, and then found you had replied to my comment. It’s so inspiring because you said your husband wasn’t always on the same page. Well, mine surely isn’t and it has made me sad at times, but I keep praying for him (and us)! God bless you, Marti!

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  19. Teresa M. says:

    What a beautiful post! It reminds me of experiences I had when I first returned to the church 8 years ago after an absence of nearly 30 years. Every time I had a question, or concern, or was afraid, God placed someone or something in my path that clearly led me to Him. Shortly after my return our new Bishop was to be installed and Vespers was held at the Cathedral the evening before his installation. I wanted to go but was afraid to walk in by myself because I had never been to Vespers and didn’t know what to expect. I drove around the block twice trying to get up my nerve to park and walk inside.

    Finally, I said to God, “If you want me to go in the church, I need a parking spot by the front door.” I knew this wasn’t likely to happen as by that time the church was crowded and all parking spots were taken for blocks in every direction. On my third trip around the block, there was my open spot directly in front of the doors to the cathedral!

    At that point I conceded that God had won and I parked and went inside and was given the last seat in the back pew. That service was one of the most beautiful I have ever seen with over 100 priests, bishops and cardinals chanting Vespers.

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  20. donna269 says:

    Marti: this is a beautiful example of living in Divine Providence. Better yet, you have taught others exactly how to do the same. We must learn to trust that God will provide every little detail of what we need. Your story just demonstrated it happens. But first we have to ask and next we have to believe! God is so merciful and provides us with what we need. God bless you and your family! Miss the forum….aka Bonaventure

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  21. lynnfiat says:

    Thank you Marti for a beautiful story of trust! This is about the Hawthorne:
    19th-century mystic named Marie Julie-Jahenny who said she was told on August 5, 1880: “There will be a grave illness which human science will not be able to alleviate. This illness will attack firstly the heart, then the spirit, and at the same time, the tongue. It will be horrible. The heat accompanying it will be a devouring fire insupportable and so intense that the members of the body affected will be red — an unendurable fiery red. At the end of seven days this disease, sown like a seed in the field, will spread everywhere rapidly and make great progress.”
    Went on Jahenny: “My children, here is the only remedy which could save you. You are familiar with the Hawthorn which grows practically in all hedges. The leaves of the Hawthorn, not the wood, can arrest the progress of this disease. You will gather the leaves, not the wood. Even dry, they will keep their efficacy. You will put them into boiling water and leave them there for 14 minutes, covering the receptacle so that the steam remains therein. At the onset of this disease, one must use this remedy three times a day.
    “This disease will produce a continual vomiting and nausea. If the remedy is taken too late, the part of the body affected will become black and in the black there will be seen a sort of pale, yellow streak.”

    Maria Esperanza of Betania, considered to be one of the greatest mystics of our time, received a remedy from Jesus before she died, according to Wendy Benedick, who worked with Esperanza for over 14 years. “I am going to give you a remedy for the illness of infants (and small children}. You must take the leaves from the hawthorn plant and steep them into a tea for 8 minutes. Then administer the tea orally to the infant {or child} 1/4 cup at a time, continually throughout the day and night, until the ravages of the illness subside. The symptoms will be flu-like, with a high fever, purple-blackened color to the lips, jerking and flailing like convulsions.”

    This remedy was given to Maria Esperanza for the times we are living. Esperanza told her that this plague would take many babies and children and there will be no ordinary remedy, or medicine that will work.

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    • marti says:

      You can order it online or grow your own. I’ve been using it for years. It works! Even for colds.

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      • Nancy says:

        Marti, where can I get the leaves or plants and how do you use them? Is there a website? do you have advice for their use? Thank you for posting here. You are a source of hope and trust.

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        • Marti says:

          I don’t remember which company we got #10 lbs. of Hawthorne leaves from…sorry. Here is a site: http://natural-healing-guide.com/Therapeutic-Teas/Hawthorn-tea.htm that might help you understand a little better. I steep my leaves for about 14 minutes. (I like to use a french press) If you go onto spiritdaily.com and go to the archives in the little purple box on the left you can put the word Hawthorne in the search engine and get more info. The leaves do something totally different than the berries. The berries are for your heart and arteries. My husband has a friend who has trees and pays his kids a few dollars to fill up zip lock bags full of leaves and then I wash and dry and crumple them into another zip bag and label. Hawthorne brings down (or up) the mucus in the body which is why any ‘respiratory ailment’ would be good to use it.
          Blessings! Marti

          Here is the outline in Spiritdaily.com

          Mysticism and natural healing
          The Imitation of Mary, by Abbe Alexander de Rouville. No sooner had the incomparable Imitation of Christ appeared than the faithful began to spontaneously …
          http://www.spiritdaily.net/esperanzahawthorn.htm
          fluandprophecy
          Spirit Daily. Talk Of Epidemic Has A Prophetic Link To Visions Both In Ancient And Modern Times. All the talk about epidemics raises the question of its potential …
          http://www.spiritdaily.net/fluandprophecy.htm
          Angels Appear As Scripture Says, As ‘Strangers’ – Spirit Daily
          Take the case of Karen Spruck from Hawthorne, New York, writes us about a time when she and her family were traveling the New York State Thruway when …
          http://www.spiritdaily.net/angelfeedback1.htm
          Case closed: psychiatrist documents possession
          … M.D., a board-certified psychiatrist in private practice in Hawthorne, New York, and associate professor of clinical psychiatry at New York Medical College.
          http://www.spiritdaily.net/demonfrequency.htm

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          • Marti says:

            The alleged recipes from Maria Experanza: “I am going to give you a remedy for the illness of infants (and small children),” one person who met her reports that Esperanza said before dying in 2005. “You must take the leaves from the hawthorn plant and steep them into a tea for eight minutes. Then administer the tea orally to the infant (or child) 1/4 cup at a time, continually throughout the day and night, until the ravages of the illness subside. The symptoms will be flu-like, with a high fever, purple-blackened color to the lips, jerking and flailing like convulsions.” According to this person, the remedy was given for the times we are living. Esperanza told her that this plague would take many babies and children and there will be no ordinary remedy or medicine that will work, while Marie-Julie Jahenny said: “You will gather the leaves, not the wood. Even dry, they will keep their efficacy. You will put them into boiling water and leave them there for 14 minutes, covering the receptacle so that the steam remains therein. At the onset of this disease, one must use this remedy three times a day.” In another ecstasy on 24th April 1880, there was mention by Jahenny of “a plague which would affect people as well as animals (cattle). This calamity will spread in more northerly parts. Crops will also be affected.”]

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          • Nancy says:

            Marti, thank you so much!

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  22. Ruth Ann says:

    LAS, i feel youre being attacked. The answers here are a confirmation. You need affirmation and confirmation. Im with you and pray.

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  23. I love when you write MS7 my friend and read your story before and happy to do it again. When I get some time I will share my reversion as well. Charlie you asked me if I wanted to so I will but it does not need to be its own guest message. I will just do it in here. I miss you Marti and the rest of Our Mother’s family. 24 days!!

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    • Andy H says:

      Ok, so I began to write it down and got quite long winded as usual. I sent it to Charlie and if he wants to add it somewhere I leave it up to him.

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    • marti says:

      Thank you kindly Andy! I feel the same way about you! This beautiful forum of Charlie’s feels like a big living room and we are in soft over stuffed easy chairs! Its mighty comfy! I’m full of hope and gratitude for kind souls and praying for you all!

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  24. Marti, I was so touched reading your story. What a beautiful example of God’s love and care for us. It did my heart good to read this!

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  25. Ro says:

    So very beautiful and amazing gifts from our Lord and Lady! The stories were such a gift and witness of our Lord’s abundant Mercy. Thank you for sharing.

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  26. Mike says:

    Thanks for sharing your testimony Marti- I had picked up done of this from MOG- but not the details you shared above. It’s a great testimony to faith- which being more inclined to the “doubting” Thomas side of life, is something I’m working on. You don’t talk much about it, but I admire your husband as well – for him to work with you in these stops of faith is an awesome example.

    Charlie- thanks for creating this site and for posting up these examples of faith, hope, and trust.

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  27. Nancy says:

    I think now is the time for increased devotion to St. Joseph. God the Father shared His Fatherhood with St Joseph by calling him to be the foster father of Jesus. What I so much like about him as the patron of fathers and families is that he is also called the terror of demons. 🙂

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  28. Marti, God’s provision for me today wasyour magnificent testimony of His Goodness in All things at All times! I live in Missoula MT and you may know of it’s reputation of extreme liberality in many things. I have been struggling at work with extremely unjust labor practices for which there has yet to be resolution. It has been more intense of late but an ongoing dynamic for 16 years. Could you pray for me and my fellow coworkers in this matter? Some are suffering a great deal emotionally and health wise. Thank you so much for your testimony. I pray to St. Michael everyday and you are on the top of my ‘I’m thankful for…’ list’ today. Perhaps God may arrange for us to meet in person one day. I have a good friend who lives in Billings that I will need to visit soon. May God continue to bless you and your family abundantly!
    Peace,
    Teresa

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    • marti says:

      ow! Thank you Theresa! Did you happen to go see Stella Davis when she was here? I was there. I will pray for your intentions. You are welcome to come visit! We probably have a lot in common! Email me at potentialbaglady@yahoo.com. There were some prophecies given to Stella and Becky–Fr. Wang’s friend about Missoula. Its suppose to be the center of evangelism for the state. Like Charlie said, many from other faiths will convert. There’s also an evangelical pastor from Florida who was told by the Lord to move to Kalispell, Montana. He left behind friends, a mega church that he built and a radio broadcast ministry to move 17 members of his own family. Some were doctors and Lawyers who walked away from their practices. ..I know someone who was told to get out of San Diego 15 years ago. Her entire prayer group of 8 women weretold to get out. She was the only one who listened. The first wave of fires came and burned their homes. Now we are in the 15th wave of fires…Bishop Roman Danylak used to tell me that this was God’s Divine Mercy. …tryn to get peopleoff the coast before everything hits the fan.

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  29. marti says:

    I just reread my text…Stella was In Missoula. ..

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  30. Art Lourenco says:

    Thank you Marti. That was beautiful. Our God is a wonderful and awesome God!

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  31. Kelly says:

    Hi Marti,
    This was an amazing post. My husband and I are in southern California and for some time have felt we should move to northern Idaho or MT. We just had the opportunity last week to have him visit Coeur D’Alene and he loved it. Your sharing about how you moved to Mt really touched me and I felt I should reach out here. I almost never post online. If you would pray for us. Our major obstacle is we have a business here that has tied us financially. We need an angel to buy us out so we can pay off our debts and leave. Nothing is impossible for God I know. I wanted to add this to Charlie’s Prayer request too. We may get to visit Mt. If so may I email you? Thank you! In God’s Grace.
    Kelly

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    • Marti says:

      Of course Kelly! Please keep Audrey in your prayers for her to get off of the East coast too! Continue to go forward and TRUST and wait for doors to open if it is God’s Will. My husband would LOVE to go to live in Coeur D’Alene. I know families there that travel in to Spokane Valley to the Byzantine Catholic Church. Very tight community there! Lovely!
      Fr. Bill celebrates a beautiful Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. Try it!
      Peace to you–marti

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  32. Kris says:

    Thank you Charlie for this wonderful article. Some days I lose hope, some days I just see how weak I am. Some days I see my faults so clearly, all I can do is ask for God to help me and just don’t let me fall through the cracks. I am so insignificant and I know it. Yet, as I heard the readings from today’s Sunday Mass, read this blog entry and , already had read Mark Mallett’s , all hell breaking loose, I am revived once more for the daily battle. I would love to ask for a prayer to be added to the prayer list. How does one do that? Kris

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  33. specklebean9 says:

    This is such a great blessing worth more than gold! I do not believe Americans are ready to experience the loss of goods and comfort. But you have such a testimony to what is a real economy which is God’s economy will keeps us in prayer…lol

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  34. Marti says:

    Dear, Dear LAS–
    I, in no way meant to underestimate your pain.
    You said,
    ” Can you relate, probably not, but thought I’d ask and I guess I really just wanted to talk to someone. It’s hard being alone with no family.”

    You sound so lonely and I only meant that I have been lonely also. I took the last line of your letter and felt that you were reaching out and needed a ‘mom’s response.’ Well, I ask forgiveness if I was wrong. The ‘pull up your bootstraps’ approach was wrong of me. I should have been more compassionate and I should not have assumed you did not fully know the faith.
    Peace, my friend.
    marti

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  35. marie says:

    Dear Marti, many thanks for this beautiful and inspiring post. I have a question for Padraig, but perhaps you could answer it. I’m sorry if it’s already been asked and answered a hundred times, but is there any particular reason the MOG forum is called ‘motheofgod’ as opposed to ‘motherofgod’?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Marti can give the definitive answer, Marie…but I am going to guess it is because ‘motherofgod’ was already taken. I have initiated websites for quite a few candidates – and it is often tricky to get something that is NOT already taken. Something as obviously of interest as ‘motherofgod’ was probably taken about three minutes after the internet was invented. But it is clearly the Mother of God Forum.

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    • Marti says:

      It is my understanding (and please correct me if I am wrong all you who have been there longer than I have) that first site got hacked and Padraig did the best he could to have it similar. Thank you for the nice compliment! I need it, today I’m feeling kinda down and out. I have been thinking to much and ‘belly button gazing’ as they say. I need to get out of my own head and when I do I’m a much better person. Finding somewhere in scripture that I can relate to Jesus and Mary is always the best remedy.

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  36. Maria Luisa Salvador says:

    Alleluia! Praise the Lord for he is good! What a great posting.Thank you.

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