(Though I do not normally put up columns dealing with dreams, there are some people who, by the consistent quality of their work and faith and the depth of their study and prayer over an extended period of time, I will put up just about anything they submit – including when it takes a dramatically different perspective than I do. Among these are Janet Klasson, better known as Pelianito, who is our guest columnist today; Mark Mallett, Anthony Mullen, Dan Lynch, Daniel O’Connor, Glenn Dallaire, the French theologian Peter B., and regular readers EllenChris and TC. There are others, but these have built such an established, sober credibility with me that I am pleased to have them appear here and with a very wide latitude for what they say. – CJ)
At times I have dreams that I feel are significant. Usually I post them to my own blog but last night’s dreams were definitely more about Charlie and the Storm, so I thought I’d post them to a guest column. I learned a long time ago that the main interpretation of any of my significant dreams is that they are a call to prayer for whatever I feel the dream is about. With that in mind I will share the few brief but clear dreams I had last night.
First of all I dreamed of Charlie. He was standing next to a yardstick. I felt in the dream the yardstick represented the “full measure” of suffering he would undergo very shorty in the Storm. I ask you to stop reading right now and pray the Prayer of Miraculous Trust for Charlie and his family, that they will be given strength and every grace they need to endure all that must be endured to fulfill the plan of God. Charlie, I entrusted your cause to Sts. Honoratus and Emmeram. I feel the obscure saints are just waiting to be asked, and very eager to help. These two were my “patron saints of the year” some time ago, and now are my special friends. (See http://yourpatronsaint.blogspot.ca/)
The second dream was equally brief. It was a cherry tree infested with tent caterpillars. I feel this is a dream to pray for the food supply, and to ask God to mitigate the punishment due to sin that would affect the food supply in the Storm.
In the third dream I saw a financial balance sheet. Most of the numbers had been replaced by asterisks. I felt this was a call to pray for the financial crisis that is coming, that again, the effects of it would be mitigated to a degree by the mercy of God, and that people will not lose hope, but will make it through the Storm to the Era of Peace.
The Storm is coming, but I believe these dreams are an indication that we can still pray that the effects of the Storm will be somehow mitigated through our petitions to the Divine Mercy. If you have not prayed the Hours of the Passion as given to Luisa Piccarreta, please make an effort to do so as there are promises associated with it, unique blessings for the town or city where it is prayed. May God grant us every strength and grace we need to weather the Storm.
I will close with Jesus’ own prayer for Simon from Luke 22: 31-32: ‘Simon, Simon, listen! Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your own faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.’
(Certainly, the sufferings of these times are as nothing compared to the joy we shall have if we endure. I get a lot of people in deep agony over troubled family relationships. I respond to them with equanimity and, I hope, sound counsel. I don’t speak much of it, but I have three family situations that are deeply sorrowful and agonizing. I trust God to set things right in His time – and I don’t believe I will move that time forward by a moment by neglecting the work I have. In each of the three cases, I have little or no contact. I do not do this out of spite, but so as not to forget who they are at their best and to avoid risking damaging my love for them. I feel the best thing I can do for one who has determined to set their face against the family is to protect my love for them, pray for them, and be open to their return in a properly ordered fashion. That does NOT mean they have to believe as I do, but only that they have to be genuinely caring and sharing in family life without constantly trying to impose anti-Christian values and ideologies on others. I bring this up because there has been an unusual uptick of such things in my mail…and I think it may help you to remember that even here, you must first trust and, second, do not fail to take the little steps your work entails. Do not let your grief seduce you from your duty (See 2 Samuel 19:1-8) – CJ)