I have put up a new page for Prayer Requests at the top of the site. Hat tip to reader, Fran, for prodding me to get it done. Readers here have been wonderful at supporting each other – and this just gives another way to do that.
I will be a little light today and tomorrow. We have the first meeting of a new prayer group tomorrow, a very simple and straightforward one. I have spoken before about writing a little booklet once we get these started so others can go forward, as well. I have not put information on our inaugural effort here because it is also a sort of focus group, an initial effort at which we can look practically at what gives hope and what needs work. Next week, I will put up a video of some of it here – and the basic principles from which we begin.
Our emphasis is to receive joy by going forth and giving in simple ways. I will do the first presentation, entitled, “Family Life as a Participation in Trinitarian Life.” We have some wonderful people who came together to get this started – and I think that it can encircle the globe in a flame of love because of its simplicity and straightforwardness.
Meanwhile, a couple of things that might interest you. There is a whole lot of shaking going on. The Lord’s winnowing fan is already tossing off the chaff of those who are certain of their own self-will rather than trusting in Christ. But meantime, the wheat that is truly steadfastly set on Christ seems to be coming through a sort of funnel to unity. Already we can see a much greater unity between people of various faith traditions as the division seems to be between those who believe God is God, a God of Mercy and that His Word is decisive and among those who either do not believe or treat God as a useful fairy tale.
First, Mark Mallett repeated a marvelous piece from a few years ago on the foundation of authority in hierarchical Christianity. One of the earliest things that got me sniffing around the Catholic Church was my realization that Christ did not give His disciples a New Testament and tell them to go found a church. Rather, He founded a Church – and that Church formed the Bible that all Christians agree is binding.
Next, there is Rick Joyner, a prophetic Protestant voice that has been offering some striking commentary on what is happening in the world. A hat tip to French theologian, Peter B., for sending this on to me. Peter has a deep interest in modern day prophecy and private revelation – and has noted the striking convergence that has been developing among the best of these. Those who believe God is God are being funneled into the same territory, often from very different beginnings.
The administrator of the Mother of God Forum, Ireland’s Padraig Caughey, sent me this striking compilation of Church-approved Marian apparitions along with how they all seem to be reaching the time of fulfillment.
And finally, for cradle Catholics wanting to get a better look into the very deep, abiding faith of many of our Protestant brethren, I link to this site with just about all material from the Rev. Billy Graham. You may recall that the late Pope St. John Paul and the Rev. Billy Graham became close friends and often discussed the faith with each other. Graham is an amazing fellow, having lived public witness to his faith for nearly seven decades now. Never has there been a hint of scandal attached to him – and he has been steadfast in proclaiming the Word in season and out of season.
There truly is a great drawing together now. I think it is dawning on many that we really are all in the same boat.