The Joshua Initiative

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Procession Around Planned Parenthood near Denver, March 5, 2016

By Charlie Johnston

It was prayerful, it was peaceful, it was profound.

On Saturday, March 5 at 10 a.m., almost 2,000 Catholics gathered at the Planned Parenthood facility in Stapleton, Colorado. We were to be led by Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila in a Eucharistic Procession that would march seven times around the facility in quiet – often silent – prayer. My prayers were for the babies, for the mothers who would walk out of the facility with a hole in their heart – a wound that does not heal except through Christ, for the deformed consciences of those who think executing infants a matter of moral indifference and a prime opportunity for commerce, and for the raging divisions that have visited and ravaged our society since the U.S. Supreme Court imposed abortion on our society in 1973.

The gathering was stunning. At the front, Archbishop Aquila carried the monstrance in which the Blessed Sacrament was displayed. Escorted by a contingent of the Knights of Columbus in full regalia; a whole array of Priests, Nuns, Seminarians and we, the Lay Faithful, followed him in silent witness to our faith and our hope in Christ.

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Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila (with sunglasses holding the Monstrance) leads the Procession

 

 

I was so proud to be publicly Catholic that morning. Archbishop Aquila had emphasized in his original announcement that there was to be no shouting, no arguing, no haranguing. Before the Procession began, Fr. Scott Bailey, assistant to the Archbishop, re-iterated those instructions. We were to walk together in prayer, knowing that the battle is in the Lord’s hands, and to give silent witness to His truth as we processed behind Our Lord’s True Presence, elevated in the Eucharist.

Seminarians readily worked with local police to keep traffic unimpeded – no small task with so many people. I have been to a few protests at abortion clinics where there was an abundance of shouting, haranguing and bitter recriminations. At times, the behavior of fellow pro-life activists has offended me. What a joy it was to be among nearly 2,000 people who were actively displaying the faith we proclaim. You cannot effectively proclaim the joy and peace that is in Christ while your face is contorted with rage. This gathering did not engage in the frothy waves of contention; rather it was the quiet, irresistible tide of authentic faith in action.

There was only one sour note. One man set up a position where he harangued us all at the top of his lungs, helpfully explaining to us that all Catholics are going to hell, that our Church is a “whore” and our Pope the anti-Christ. I was grateful even for this. He wore his anti-Catholic bigotry with such pride he made it clear to any who were watching that the sole soul present given to bitter hectoring was NOT Catholic. As we marched around, I was proud that not one Catholic I saw took the bait and returned his invective. I heard one man quietly invite him to a Bible study. But it also helped reveal to me that we, indeed, had some Protestants of very good will marching with us that morning. I met and spoke with several. One even took the opportunity to quietly apologize to me for the man’s ugly behavior. All but the one man knew that it was about the Lord and about the babies – and the souls in peril.

The Eucharistic Procession was designed to evoke Joshua’s march around the walls of Jericho.

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The crowd gathers before the Jericho Procession

As described in the first six chapters of Joshua in the Bible, Joshua, the successor to Moses,  and his men set out to besiege the intimidatingly fortified city of Jericho. At first thinking in strictly human terms, they contemplated conventional plans of battle. But the Lord had a different plan. He commanded them to walk around the city once each day for six days. On the seventh day they were to march around the city seven times, sounding the trumpets – and the Lord would deliver the city into their hands. This was not a plan that made a lot of sense to these battle-hardened warriors – and God did not explain to them the why, only the what. They obeyed, undoubtedly remembering the bad results from their days in the wilderness when they chose their own counsels over God’s often inexplicable commands. When they finished the march on the seventh day, the seemingly impregnable walls of Jericho collapsed and the city was delivered into their hands.

 

We are called to act, but to act in faith, understanding that God’s ways are not our ways – and sometimes He chooses to act in ways strange to us to demonstrate that it is by His power that good things are accomplished and restored. What is most necessary is people who will trust in Him as they act, relying on His power rather than their own strength.

For too long, many religious leaders have been timid in confronting the Culture of Death. And the Culture of Death has grown. Some who have confronted it have relied almost solely on purely political and temporal means. But the rot that threatens to overtake us is spiritual and cultural – and so we must confront it at the spiritual and cultural level.

I am proud that my Archbishop, Samuel Aquila, has boldly taken a lead on this – and that he has done it precisely on that spiritual and cultural basis. Oh, that you would have been there to see that crowd of Priests, Nuns, Knights, Seminarians, and a multitude of the Faithful and their Families! I could not help but think it a foreshadowing of the Song of Rescue…the people of the kingdom and the people of heaven joyfully rising together, that God might rule all our hearts.

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Van Parked for the Procession

 

 

This is the rising tide that will lift all the faithful – and carry many who had lost hope to new hope in its wake. For the balance of Lent I am working on how to provide resources so that the prayerful Eucharistic and Marian Processions rise as a great tide across America and the world, joining all the faithful in grateful collaboration with our spiritual leaders, our Bishops and Priests, in the renewal of the Culture of Life.

It will be prayerful. It will be peaceful. It will be profound.

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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135 Responses to The Joshua Initiative

  1. Kim sevier says:

    My guardian angel loved it! : )

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  2. Marge Rolen says:

    We can process with the Divine Mercy image also when there is no Eucharist. And, with an image of Our Lady. Jesus and Mary win the day. It is good to have small holy cards to give to interested bystanders in our smaller ventures through the towns.

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  3. YongDuk says:

    I myself would like to start a Jotham Initiative for revitalising our politicians… Mandatory Processions on Public Holidays seven-times round their respective jurisdictions or at least the Building. (Confer Judges 9:7-21)

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    • charliej373 says:

      Ha, YD! Some of these things only come out with much prayer and fasting. But, by gum, I’m with you!

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      • YongDuk says:

        Let’s make it happen then… just imagine and in a holy way… like the Liberty Bell that gave its life for This People…

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        • Beckita says:

          Please, YD, explicate the Jotham Initiative with some exegesis on Jotham. Thanks in advance.

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          • YongDuk says:

            Oh, Beckinita, it’s called a Baldachin.

            Not much to offer. I have been speaking on Jotham and Buckthorn for a while.

            A lot can be gleaned from this article, nevertheless–and while seemingly disparate, it indeed is not:

            http://www.mercatornet.com/above/view/what-happened-to-the-presumption-of-innocence/17712

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          • Doug says:

            Sure. I have a baldachin every time I shave ☺

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          • Beckita says:

            I KNEW Baldachin might put you over the edge, YD. With no intention for disrespect to anyone, I absolutely giggled x1000 when I saw that correction for you. And I’m laughing at your comments which reflect your goal of remaining humble about it. Over these last months you have shaped comments which reflect the rich dimensions of your life.

            But still, not everyone is aware you’re a bishop or that you are steeped in knowledge of everything Catholic, YD. Just for starters, I can barely fathom the breadth and depth of your studies in BOTH Latin and Eastern rite liturgy. (And so much more I am certain – but exactly what we know not – honoring your wish to be as minimally biographical as possible!) Add to this, the incredible opportunities with which you’ve been blessed for expansive studies in theology (only you know how many branches thereof) and history and umpteen additional specialties. Then there’s your own mystical life! It is also clear to me, the Lord gifted you in musical intelligence. And all of this connected to the gift of general intelligence imbued in you by Abba! God and you,via cooperation in your Fiat, have fashioned a veritable walking, talking encyclopedia of the Church.

            Beyond the knowledge is that ability which every teacher wishes to activate in students. Ever heard of Bloom’s taxonomy? You catapult through the levels at warp speed, instantaneously, to meet the demands and/or needs of your current audience. (Me thinks you’re a professor as well but you don’t have to answer that at all. I have the greatest respect for the boundary set around your biographical self. Amen.) Some of your comments have been breathtakingly heart-piercing… holy fodder for extended meditation bearing new life and taking us all spiritually higher. Some interjections have been brimming with wisdom beyond compare. Other interjections have been so off the wall that joy and laughter have been the immediate and intense reply.

            Isn’t it glorious to be nothing? All of us need to sincerely know that joy. Perhaps your greatest and most amazing attribute is to be so brilliant while enjoying, with abandon, the children’s section.

            Now I need to take some responsibility to actually read of Jotham and Buckthorn for I am weak in this. I also need to spend more time with Job. Thanks for the link. I will read it.

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          • YongDuk says:

            Baldachin, Doug! Too funny and thanks, Beckinita… I too have a baldachin when I shave–but mentioning how often I shave to satisfy the question you asked the other week would just be unfair.

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          • Beckita says:

            Unfair you say YD! Why is it unfair to unhair?! I mean you’ve got a partner in crime with Doug so shave away, Gentlemen!

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          • Doug says:

            Beckita, if YD was to tell us he shaves, that may prove too biographical. I just read the article and it is a sad state of affairs. It is the enemies objective to hit as hard as possible at the highest levels of clergy since the reprocussions will trickle down to many souls abandoning the faith and being lost. This is why I believe Jesus was quite hard on the pharisees. As clergy, the responsibility is elevated. I envision that all these types of sins are why Jesus was scourged. The truly authentic leaders are being scourged in modern context for the sins of hypocrisy. I would say again that YD and his fellow bishops have more responsibility than Charlie. YD, I often pray for clergy. As a lay faithful, I hope I encourage you to take heart and stay true without malice or bitterness. I am excited about the prospect of processions and the peaceful silence witness that hopefully will move many hearts with love and inspiration.

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          • Doug says:

            Oh. I almost forgot. Beckita, I so echo your thoughts about YD. Very eloquently said. And Patrick, YD has been around a while and there are probably so innuendos from previous posts that are assumed that may make following difficult at times. I too have to look up words often as a result which I welcome the challenge. I consider this part of my formation.

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          • Why, when you guys are bantering with YD, do I feel I’m missing half of a conversation? (Rhetorical, please don’t answer that!) While I do recognize the language as most often English, I usually have to look up at least a couple of words per YD post, and the rest of the time I just scratch my head and go “huh?” 🙄

            Someone suggested to write to an eighth grade reading level for public consumption, although the TNRS bunch is a unique group of very interesting, smart, and diverse folks…OK, maybe I sometimes push my posts up to an undergraduate level just to try to impress everyone….(of course, it takes everything I got, especially a thesaurus).

            Well, the article on Cardinal Pell is interesting and sobering…and, yes, I was able to follow it. 🤓 So, what is the MercatorNet site about — which I liked — who makes it and for what audience? (Yes, I had to look up “Mercator”. I knew what it was just not that it was called that). And what’s a baldachin anyway? Thanks for indulging me.

            I agree, Beckita, YD could very well be a university professor and PROBABLY has multiple doctorates.

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          • Beckita says:

            Why Patrick ,a Baldachin has several pronunications, such as the dictionary’s /ˈbȯl-də-kən, ˈbal-/ when referring to the beautiful canopy which covers the Holy Eucharist in a procession. Yet Doug’s pronunciation is more Dakotan, ala Lawrence Welk. You know, “Abald ah chin!” Happens every time you gentlemen shave.

            Agree wholeheartedly that, “…the TNRS bunch is a unique group of very interesting, smart, and diverse folks.” And you make me LOL, Mr. PhD material: “I sometimes push my posts up to an undergraduate level just to try to impress everyone….(of course, it takes everything I got, especially a thesaurus).” LOL!!!

            A bit of background on Mercatornet: http://www.mercatornet.com/info/our_ideals Seems to me the crux of the matter with Cardinal Pell is: “IN THE 1980s and 1990s, Pell was deeply unpopular amongst many of his fellow priests. They were intimidated by his bluntness, his loyalty to Rome, and his reforms in the Melbourne seminary.” And part of the closing: “I don’t know of many men who have the charity and strength to hold a frank and cordial conversation with his fiercest critics straight after four emotionally and physically exhausting days. Pell is a man who talks the talk and walks the walk.” I continue to pray for dear Cardinal pell, for our whole Church and for all here.

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          • Oh brother! I had to repeat it about a dozen times, envisioning my hero Lawrence Welk, and, finally…I got it. That *is* funny! I can be a bit slow.

            Well, YD, I decided I should press ahead with my doctorate (it’s not a PhD but a “practice doctorate” which does have some research and an oral defense). I do enjoy your writings for this blog, even if I do miss some of it – more than I’d care to admit. Honestly, sometimes I’m just too lazy to bother Googling your occasional obscure references d/t academic burn-out.

            I’m sure you wish only to enlighten us and don’t intend this to happen, but sometimes I read your posts and feel an awful like Cletus:

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          • Barb129 says:

            Know what you mean Patrick! I always feel like I’ve missed half the conversation and find myself wishing I were a bit more witty…hehe….

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          • YongDuk says:

            Beckinita… You asked if I had a beard. I said that not many do–just South Asians–and that would be too biographical–or unjust–to answer.

            As for the other questions, I have already answered before, Patrick and Beckinita, but I add that taught in a Pontifical University Seminary. I guess one could say I have multiple degrees beyond a doctorate or more safely, like grace building on nature, just that one built upon the other. And yes, in an Eastern Rite Seminary and just as the Western. But it doesn’t matter much unless those I taught are holy and bear fruit for the Kingdom, not to mention that that pales in comparison that I want to hide in the Kid’s Section and travel the Cosmos with MP and Patrick and whomever else wants to join us unstagnant in the Beatific Vision!

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          • Beckita says:

            To be clear, YD, I had, and have, no intention of fishing for info. Amidst all the fun, the boundaries you set on biographical information deserves nothing but respect.The observations I wrote in response to the Baldachin correction for you were simply observations of what you have shared over time here. Forgive me please if it seemed otherwise.

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    • the Karbis says:

      You can do this in your own area! Walls of Jericho May 16-22, 2016 check out our website
      http://www.wojmay2016.org so far we have at least one group in all 50 states that are participating. Help us spread the word.

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      • Kati says:

        the Karbis,

        I really like this 7 seconds prayer from the website:

        Lord God, forgive us.
        Jesus Christ, have mercy on us.
        Holy Spirit, lead us.
        Mother Mary, help us.
        Holy Angels and Saints, pray for us

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  4. madkatmomma says:

    What a beautiful witness. Other than the one hater, were there other pro abortion people there? How many total participated in the procession?

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    • madkatmomma says:

      now I see the nearly 2000 attendees. sheesh.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Strangely enough, there was no counter-protest I saw. All was peaceful and calm – truly prayerful. It was deeply moving. Sometimes these protests can seem like a food fight. This was stately and dignified – all the more profound because of the HUGE crowd and the faithful decorum with which all acted. This is the beginning of something big.

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      • madkatmomma says:

        I pray you are right Charlie. In my work I am involved with a lot of local politics and crisis communications. I’m an advocate by nature, which is both a blessing and a curse sometimes. I had a scuffle at my parish last week over girls scout cookie sales after Mass. The woman in charge told me straight out that a portion of the sales went to Planned Parenthood for sex education classes. I love the girl scouts but I am extremely troubled by their funding PP. All during Mass I prayed about it, and at the conclusion (after the blessing) I made my displeasure known. I am not sorry for speaking up, but I need to keep the Archbishop’s directive to be prayerful and respectful in mind. Pray for me!

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        • “I’m Mad Kat Momma…and I ain’t gonna take it anymore!!” 😡 Keep turning up heat on this issue, Momma! We will pray for you!

          I’m sure you all can imagine the looks I get from the parents when their cute little daughters ask me if I’d like to buy Girl Scout Cookies and I reply like a teacher: “I never buy Girl Scout cookies because they support abortion of babies.” The girls look confused and the moms glare at me with nothing short of murder in their eyes.

          Well, what comes around….parents during Bill Clinton’s reign had to explain to their young daughters what oral sex is, so now I corner these liberal moms into having to explain what “abortion of babies” is!

          Believe me…the moms get the stink-eye right back from me.😜

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Pat on the back for you Pat!! I love that. I did indeed have to explain what a Lewinsky was to my daughter during Bill’s presidency when a friend asked her a question at school that she did not understand the meaning of. This by the way was asked by a fellow girl scout. It breaks my heart.

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        • al chandanais says:

          this is the first i’m hearing about this Madkat, I will boycott the cookies too and let them know why. thank you.

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      • Other than local Catholic … was there any media coverage of the event? The reason I ask is that I am in the business of marketing and production and moving forward, I think there should be organized efforts to promote these events to secular media and they should always be recorded to video by the local organizers.

        It’s good to see at least some video for the Denver event at that YouTube link but it’s not the quality needed for media. With today’s technology, it’s not difficult to get one or two video cameras to record broadcast quality footage – just about any modern camcorder sold today will do the job. The idea being – even if media doesn’t show up, it doesn’t mean they won’t accept video for a story they didn’t cover live.

        And of course the video can always be put online. And if any pro-death people cause trouble, there is also video evidence. Rule number one for whoever shoots the video is to- always, always use a tripod – and then not to forget to use a tripod! Rule two – never use the zoom control unless absolutely necessary: If you want to get something close up or closer – get yourself and the camera closer … always keep the camera zoomed out to the maximum. And if for some reason sound is important, getting closer obviously makes all the difference.

        We all know there is an adversarial relationship when it comes to most secular media … the “drive by media” as Rush calls them … but being negative doesn’t get anything accomplished. The secular media, both local and national, might not accept and use the vast majority of what is sent their way, but we can be guaranteed they won’t use something they don’t have.

        We need to show the nation and world this prayerful and charitable face of the Bride of Christ and we can’t rely on secular media to show up – so I encourage everyone to make this kind of effort to provide local and national media outlets repeated views of these kinds of events to show the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church in prayerful action! And if there is any who would like to consult with me about specifics on getting this kind of thing done correctly, you know where to find me … 🙂

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  5. narnialion says:

    I really like the sign on the truck: “THE BEGINNING IS NEAR”!

    “Prayerful, Peaceful, Profound” The Beginning of the Kingdom.

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  6. David says:

    I saw the Denver Catholic posted an article but did any secular media outlets report this event?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Not that I’m aware of. I am checking with a few sites today at which I have contacts to see if they might put something up. But if we keep doing it all across the country, it will become something none can ignore – and that multitudes can take comfort in which will spark new zeal and new hope.

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  7. Blanca Pena says:

    Thank you for the article and the pictires. I was browsing the intenet fir info about the march but found nothing. God bless Archbisop Aqiina and co tinue giving him the strenght and wisdom to guide the flock.

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  8. Lilia Florentiae says:

    Your description of this procession has given me hope. Thank you.

    Lilia

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  9. Karen, OCDS says:

    Our parish still uses the ombrellino and the baldacchino. It is one more sign of respect for the Blessed Sacrament on procession. If anyone is considering organizing a Eucharistic procession, here is a good link to some traditional practices to consider. http://www.fisheaters.com/eucharisticadoration.html#processions
    Thank you for spreading the devotion of public processional veneration of Our Lord.

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    • James Ignatius McAuley says:

      Excellent suggestions, more detail is found in Volume 1 of the Roman RItual by Philip Weller. The oldest references to Christian Procession involved images or symbols placed on cloth on a device called a labarum, or sometimes known as a vexilium. Personally, I would love to carry a labarum with the CHI-RHO on top and on the banner having an image of our Lady the Immaculate Conception.

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  10. SteveBC says:

    Charlie, last year you went around the country making presentations so that people not only could meet you and hear you speak but also so those same people could see that they were not alone, that there were about 100 people around them who were there, too.

    I see this picture of the crowd before the march, and I am amazed. A hundred has become 2,000.

    I do wonder if Archbishop Aquila came up with this idea on his own, or whether he was following your site since the beginning of this year and saw you make the decision to encourage processions. In either case: Lo and behold, 2000.

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  11. Mona says:

    I think it is amacing.
    Mona from Denmark

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  12. Theresa says:

    I literally got chills reading this piece. Thank you for sharing it with us, Charlie! What a great witness of our faith to those in darkness. May God bless Archbishop Aquila and may the light of Christ shine upon the whole world. God save all souls!

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  13. Jeff says:

    Outstanding. I am working on convincing my pastor in Minnesota to initiate one of these.

    And I have been thinking about yesterday’s business with your Bishop’s announcement, and playing with numbers. Charlie, you straightforwardly say the rescue comes in late 2017. This makes sense…

    Yes, no one knows the hour, but for some time I have been mystified about why Our Lady of Fatima chose 1917 to be the year of her six visits. The Mystics of the Church site yesterday reminded me that October 2017 is also the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 theses publication.

    But he did that on October 31st in 1517! Do you see what may be God’s little joke? Just as we flip the numbers to get the “13th,” so too will Our Lady reverse the destruction wrought by the reformation.

    Jeff in Minnesota

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  14. deereverywhere says:

    My mum always says ‘ no one puts on a celebration like the Catholic’s’ In this day and age to see a bishop in his miter, priests, deacons and alter servers in their vestments and the Knights of Columbus with the plumed hats, gloves and swords, marching with the Eucharist and cross, you would think that you would have to hold the media back from such beautiful pageantry. Praise God! Thank you, Charlie!

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  15. Barb Watry says:

    Dear Charlie…
    Thanks so much for this. I have forwarded it on to our parish Respect Life Ministry for forwarding on to others.
    I particularly loved watching the video (tried to find myself, but couldn’t 😦 ). I found the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia (at the 9-9:30 marks). They teach at our parish school (St. Vincent de Paul) as well as at one of the high schools.
    About the man complaining about Catholics…I noticed that after awhile (I don’t know which time around), the only words he was speaking were to thank us for being there and standing up for the babies and that God bless us. I leaned over, at one point, to tell him the same.
    I wish I could have met you there… but some other day, if God wills.
    God bless all here.

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  16. We need more Jerico processions. I am thankful for this movement which I pray expands nationwide. We must stop this genocide

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  17. Magdalene says:

    Hi Charlie,
    I hope you will not mind but I am going to share this excellent article with the Fort Collins 40 Days for Life Catholics. I was there too but did not take pictures. I know the man who was screeching at the Catholics. I won’t write his name. I did greet his wife and gave her a hug as I know her as well. It is a shame he has become so virulently anti-Catholic and he wasted so much energy hollering at the peaceful marchers. But at the end–did you hear this?–he was shouting, “God bless you! You are standing up for the unborn! I will pray for you!” It was a change in tune as the thousands quietly walked by him and did not cease in their prayer.

    What is also so impressive– and something for which we are most grateful to God for– is that when our good archbishop calls forth the faithful, many respond. We are so blessed in this active archdiocese that has stayed faithful and orthodox and so has given birth to many ministries and apostolates. I am blessed in the parishes I attend and the holy priests in my area.

    Ave Maria!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thanks be to God, Magdalene. No, I had not heard that at the end, but I sure am glad to hear it now. That was a powerful witness Catholics gave…it speaks volumes about who we are in a way that all the carefully mounted arguments you can imagine could. God bless you and tell the good people in Ft. Collins I said hello.

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  18. diane says:

    A few weeks ago I forwarded your first post regarding the processions to our Deacon. His reply was I got your email and I’m thinking about it, but I have a bad knee. Than last Saturday he said, your prayers are being answered, I have been approved for surgery on my knee. I just smiled and said just think of the impact this would have on the community. Now, I just forwarded this post to him and will keep praying for quick in and out surgery and quick recovery so we can start marching. Praise God. This is so very good, it gives me a warm fuzzy squirrelly feeling. God Bless you NRS Family. Love. I do. Diane

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  19. BD says:

    What a Blessed sight to behold. Two thoughts occurred to me. This is truly Spiritual Warfare and one should not underestimate the power of the Eucharistic Procession witnessed in Denver. This could be the shot heard around the world…

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    • charliej373 says:

      So funny you should say that, BD. I was thinking at the time that this would be little noticed for now – studiously ignored by the secular media…but I had the overwhelming feeling that this would become, precisely, “the shot heard round the world,” when the Culture of Life began its return. Certainly, this is how it should be done.

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      • Bob says:

        My friend Charlie, it seems to me you once said in your post about the ways of God that What our media and others in “power” think important God hardly notices but things like the simple humble prayers of simple people have a great impact on heaven’s account”, or other such words. Thanks for sharing this. I will share it with others in our area.

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  20. madkatmomma says:

    I pray you are right Charlie. In my work I am involved with a lot of local politics and crisis communications. I’m an advocate by nature, which is both a blessing and a curse sometimes. I had a scuffle at my parish last week over girls scout cookie sales after Mass. The woman in charge told me straight out that a portion of the sales went to Planned Parenthood for sex education classes. I love the girl scouts but I am extremely troubled by their funding PP. All during Mass I prayed about it, and at the conclusion (after the blessing) I made my displeasure known. I am not sorry for speaking up, but I need to keep the Archbishop’s directive to be prayerful and respectful in mind. Pray for me!

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  21. Becky-TN says:

    Awesome!

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  22. Deborah Seiter says:

    DEO GRATIAS!!! Hoping to do something like this in our diocese(Kansas City/St. Joseph in Missouri).

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  23. anotherSue says:

    Reading this was like a breath of fresh air. Immersed as I am in a myriad of trials, mostly involving those closest to me, I was, for a moment, raised above all the tumult, and given a different perspective. Hope is alive and well. Love and prayers for all. Sue

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  24. Kateri says:

    Our local 40 days for life have had two euchristic processions. The last few weeks we have had a weekly Jericho march. Every campaign has included one. Our bishop a few years back was not in favor of having the Euchrist exposed that way. He may have changed his postion. I haven’t been on the committee for 40 days in the past two years.

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  25. leslyek says:

    Ok, I just forwarded this Procession post to pertinent Parishes’ people requesting discernment about proposing our/their Priests or Deacons might expand or prolong the coming Palm Sunday Eucharistic Processions already planned; I shall ask one or two Priests personally this weekend.
    Next opportunity is the Divine Mercy feast…God seal the good begun in these things!

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  26. Linda says:

    That procession is just awesome!!! … And God shall rule! 😉

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  27. “I was so proud to be publicly Catholic that morning.” Or in other words “Ackowledge God…”

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  28. radiclaudio says:

    🙂

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    • EllenChris says:

      Hey there, Radiclaudio, nice to hear from you. I was thinking just the other day, “I wonder if Radiclaudio is still around and how he is doing.” Hope to see more of you, old buddy.

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  29. slbrenner says:

    Thanks go out to you Charlie because I would not have attended this procession if it were not for you. I was delighted to get to see you, seemingly welcoming the crowd, as we completed our first time around the block. I couldn’t help but wonder if your angel was standing there with you. 🙂 I gave you the “Woo hoo I know you Charlie!” smile and nod just before happening on our very verbal friend. His poster brought tears to my eyes and I found myself struggling to believe my ears as verbally attacking a prayerful crowd was his priority. As others have commented, I too heard him change his message. The last two times around, he was thanking us for being there, saying that fewer babies died that day because of us and that he would pray for us.

    One of the gentlemen from my parish commented, before the procession started, that it would be incredible if there were enough of us there so that the front of the procession would meet the end of the procession after finishing the first lap. And that we did! And we were not walking single file. There were so many of us that we were instructed to also walk in the street, but as close as possible to the cars so that we would not inhibit traffic. At one point I saw someone taking a picture off of the balcony of the hotel to the east. He was high enough that he would have seen the entire procession. I’d love to see that picture! I feel grateful for being able to be a part of this beautiful quiet prayerful procession. Oh if only the “PROUD” would have been taken down from the Planned Parenthood window. Again, thank you. I have been intimidated and cowardly in the past. But with your encouragement Charlie, was blessed to attend.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well God bless you, Sandy. I had been with some friends – and then I was looking for some other friends (who have seven children, all with them) – but that gave me a chance to get a sense of just how BIG the crowd was.

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  30. Lisa says:

    This is so impressive! Especially the impact it had on the heckler! I know our Bishop in Pittsburgh has led a procession in front of PP and I hope he plans to do it this year, of all years.

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  31. Is there such a thing as holy envy and jealousy? Because I think I’ve got it.

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  32. Deon says:

    What a wonderful sign of hope this procession is!

    I have shared with my pastor and others already. Thank you for the pictures, article, and witness. I was in prayer with you all in Denver.

    I like Yong Duk’s idea of praying while processing around legislative houses. Washington would be good. Also Sacramento, near us.

    The beginning really is near! as the sign on the van says. The Rescue and The Triumph are on the horizon.

    Thanks be to Our Father, Our Lord, the Holy Spirit, and Our Lady!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you, Deon. I could feel the tnrs family walking with us in spirit. It was a little odd. I usually avoid abortion clinics because I usually get nauseous in their presence…and It struck me that I felt no ill effects this time except for a flare of pain from the slow walking pace – and I always get that if I stand still or walk at a forced slow pace. I guessed at the time that it must be all the extra guardian angels who had joined us from the tnrs family.

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      • Beckita says:

        And those guardians angels must surely have been singing, “Glory to God in the Highest! For these walls of death are coming down in Denver and all over the world!”

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      • audiemarie2014 says:

        Charlie, I sent my guardian angel to walk with all of you. I must say, I was a little jealous that I couldn’t be there too! 🙂 What a grand procession of profession!

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      • YongDuk says:

        (Methinks people thinks my Jotham was a typo and miss the political commentary. But that’s okay, especially here.)

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        • Susan Graham says:

          YD–Is your reference to the rise of Syria during Jotham’s regency? Or that although Jotham himself was viewed as one of the more Godly rulers, the state of the state tended to be oppressive and corrupt during his regency?

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          • YongDuk says:

            No, Susan, sometimes a tree is just a tree to quote the great Sandra Day O’Connor… oops, I mean Flannery O’Connor.

            Imagine a Canopy of Trees… ugh, I mean a Baldachin of Trees!

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      • I did send mine to adore the Lord for me! My angel could be hovering after Archbishop Aquila because I want to see always the Eucharist at the elevation during Mass.

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      • Mark says:

        Since the Eucharist is far more powerful than the enemy it is no wonder you didn’t get sick at the event.

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    • BD says:

      Deon, a noose would come in handy for the politicians as well. Oops my bad…

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  33. Bob says:

    The Cardinal Newman society is leading a petition to oppose Georgetown inviting PP head to be a speaker:
    http://georgetownscandal.com/

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  34. Lisa says:

    Charlie, do you recommend the apostolate of confession to get people ready for the Storm? I haven’t seen much conversation about that on this site. Tonight was the Light is on for You in our diocese. It seems like a really necessary push at a time before chaos is going to break out, doesn’t it?
    Thank you for all you are doing!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Maybe I assume too much, Lisa, because I get that question from time to time. I also don’t push hard for people to receive Communion regularly, go to Mass on Sundays, or read their Bible – but only because I assume that if you are serious in your faith you are already living the Basics. To emphasize that seems to me like it would be to constantly emphasize to a class of experienced drivers that before you can start your car, you must put your key in the ignition.

      Again, maybe I assume too much, but I just don’t think reiterating the obvious would help make me look like anything other than a scold who condescends to readers.

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  35. Hopenjoy says:

    I shared this story with my non-believer husband, who then asked “Well, did the wall fall down?” and I had to say no, but sometimes these things take awhile. I described how having Adoration Chapels across the street from abortion centers had spiritually helped closed these centers down, and his response was “Well, it’s just like an Indian rain dance…dance long enough and eventually it will rain” and he walked out of the room.

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  36. Anne says:

    Just a film ……. The Finest Hour…… Based on story in 1952 off coast of Massachussetts.
    Many men were rescued from the storm!
    Courage, a scene where there was prayer for some gone…….. And doing the next right step andgiving others hope.
    Really enjoyed it……. And of course the parallel!!
    Lots of photos or real characters at the end.

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  37. Karen says:

    Charlie, thank you for this marvelous and uplifting report. I have also watched the linked video clip and read the report on the Archdiocesan website. As you say, prayerful, peaceful and profound! Yes please, more processions for the Prince of Peace and the Queen of Peace.

    Charlie, you and my fellow-readers here may well know of the promotional DVD ‘Peace Through A Woman’ which expounds on the call for a proclamation of a Fifth Marian Dogma. The Denver Eucharistic Procession and your plan to work on providing resources for us all to encourage both Eucharistic and Marian Processions wherever we live somehow reminded me of the Apparitions that are known as ‘The Lady of All Nations’ and the 14th century Eucharistic Miracle and subsequent processions in Amsterdam.

    The following extracts are from ‘Peace Through A Woman’ website http://www.amsterdamapparitions.com/the-eucharistic-miracle-of-amsterdam/
    “…
    The Eucharistic Miracle of Amsterdam took place on March 15, 1345, exactly six hundred years before the first apparition of the Lady of All Nations….

    The Solemnity of the Blessed Sacrament was then established as an annual Feast Day – not only for the Church, but for the whole town as well – including the yearly repetition of the solemn procession….

    In 1578, the annual procession was forbidden by Amsterdam’s Protestant town council, and the chapel was made inaccessible to Catholics. The processions, however, continued in secrecy and silence, and thus did the so-called ‘Silent Procession’ come into being.

    Revived and permitted in 1881, the ‘Silent Procession’ has ever since occurred on the first Saturday night following March 15th. Still every year about 10.000 people from all over the Netherlands participate in it….

    ALREADY IN THE SECOND MESSAGE (referring to the ones in the linked webpage) MARY SHOWS THE VISIONARY THAT IN THE DISTANCE A PROCESSION IS PASSING BY. “THAT IS THE MIRACLE PROCESSION OF AMSTERDAM” (21.04.1945)

    BY THIS SHE DOES NOT MEAN THE ‘SILENT PROCESSION’ BUT A PROCESSION IN WHICH THE BLESSED SACRAMENT IS BROUGHT. MARY DELIBERATELY CHOSE A ‘EUCHARISTIC CITY’ TO SPEAK TO ALL PEOPLES….

    Note: A few years after the ban was lifted, a solemn Eucharistic Procession took place on the Feast of Corpus Domini, June 13, 2004 in the streets of Amsterdam for the first time since 1578.”

    (I added the uppercase as a way of highlighting Blessed Mother’s thoughts and words about the importance of Eucharistic Processions to HER).

    There are many beautiful word images in the visionary’s experiences and here is a link to see Our Lord’s JOY in a vision that Ida experiences showing the glory of Mary: http://www.amsterdamapparitions.com/11th-february-1976/

    How He must delight in our processions!

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    • Beckita says:

      Thanks for the links, Karen. Love our Mother under her title, Lady of All Nations, and her image is venerated in our home as we daily pray the prayer she gave to us. Dr. Mark Miravalle has tirelessly promoted the effort to gain signatures, seeking the declaration of the fifth Marian dogma and I do visit Mark’s website, Mother of All Peoples, quite regularly but I was not aware of the site to which you linked so I very much appreciate being introduced to it.

      Having read the messages, steeped in Eucharistic references, I was initially struck with an exhortation from our Mother which I continue to contemplate: “Let everyone come back to the cross; only then can there be peace and tranquility.” I remembered these words from our Lady when you, Charlie, beautifully made the point, many posts ago, to not only endure the Cross but embrace it. Amen.

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  38. rightbill says:

    Reblogged this on The Catholic Me… and commented:
    This is exciting!

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  39. Karen says:

    PS. I can’t help thinking of the Two Witnesses of Revelation 11 when picturing the two processions of the people of the kingdom amidst the people of the world!

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  40. zeniazenia says:

    Good morning!! Dear TNRS and all we pray for today,
    May Our Lady of Tepeyac help us.
    In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit Amen.
    By the power of Our Lord, Jesus Christ; to the honor of Our Lady, the Immaculate Conception; in service to her Immaculate Heart; as we all pray for the grace to forgive and for conversions, we ask, ‘How long will it be until ?; You Lord, avenge the unrepentant powerful for the murder of babies, for the mothers who would walk out of the abortion facility with a hole in their heart – a wound that does not heal except through You Lord, for the deformed consciences of those who think executing infants a matter of moral indifference and a prime opportunity for commerce, and for the raging divisions that have visited and ravaged our society since the U.S. Supreme Court imposed abortion on our society in 1973. We ask for the intercession of St. Archangel Raphael to teach us about the gift of healing, to teach us gratitude, to watch and listen with us as we fast from worry. We thank You for a new day, for Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila and all the magisterium. Thy will be done. Amen.
    We give it over to God entirely with trust.
    In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit Amen.
    🙂 consecration day 10

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  41. Doug says:

    Absolutely wonderful and heart warming Charlie! A great example.

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  42. CrewDog says:

    I don’t think that it is an accident that most here who “found” this site and others like Mark Mallet, MOG and Janet’s sites. Jesus gave all of His Followers a mission and that was, simply, to bring others to Him. I believe that The Church is in trouble ’cause the “rank-n-file” have not followed that command of Jesus! We have allowed, been taught really, that all of that should be left to the good prelates, priests, sisters and brothers and we were, like that old adage about children, to
    “Be Seen and Not Heard” …. and throw $$$ in the collection plate. Considering the hi-jacking of Vatican II by 60s Marxist Radicals, never ending homosexual predator scandals, confusion, anger, angst and “drop-out” rate among clergy and laity alike ………….. just the aforementioned, it seems to me, is plenty of reason for The Storm? Throw in a World Gone Mad and can there be any doubt that Evil This Way Comes?
    Anyway!! My point is: I expect that Thee & Me …. one day soon? … will be expected to, again, follow Jesus’ orders to bring others to Him without all the trappings of Mother Church but with the basic knowledge and simple facts of Christianity that were instilled in us …. and with, Please Father, the guidance of the Holy Spirit. AMEN!! Below might be a good-one for my “Rant” today?

    HeartLight Daily Verse – 10 March

    1 Peter 3:15
    In your hearts, set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.
    Thoughts on today’s verse:
    We are to be ready and able to tell folks about the hope that Jesus has brought to our lives! But when we share this hope, two things are important: our credibility — is Jesus really Lord of our hearts — and our character — do we show gentleness and respect in our approach. The goal is not to win arguments, but hearts to the God of character!
    Prayer:
    Holy and Loving Father, thank you for speaking your grace in Jesus. I’m not sure I would have heard any other message. Give me the conviction I need to share my hope in Jesus, but in a way that reflects your grace. Through my Living Hope I pray. Amen.
    Visit heartlight.org for more

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  43. Joj says:

    Crewdog, yes we are the mystical body of Christ, His hands, and His feet, etc…may He use us as His instruments. And our Holy Father the Pope is the head of the Mystical Body, Christ’s visible presence on earth. Guaranteed infallibility when speaking in that office on faith and morals.The bishops and priests by their consecrated hands, are ‘in the person’ of Christ and bring Him physically to the world in the form of bread and wine. Heaven forbid that we should so deserve by our sins as to be denied Christ’s teaching and guiding presence through His clergy! And be denied His presence in the Blessed Sacrament which can only be consecrated by their hands! Thank you Lord for our priests, unworthy though they be.

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  44. Donette says:

    The March for Life began on Jan. 22 1974. It continues despite heavy snows, and freezing temperatures ever since.

    My most memorable march around a Planned Parenthood Facility was in Pittsburgh, PA. on Liberty Street The date escapes me, but there we were; hundreds of us who gathered during a Steel City Conference which was in reality a Medjugorje Conference, a name we were called upon to no longer use….Bishop request. No Eucharist present and no Bishop.

    We did have Judge Lynch and his image of Our Lady of Tepeyac, and Dr. Tom Petrisko of the Center for Peace and his statue of Our Lady of Medjugorje and I’d have to check my old pictures to identify all of the pictures and images of the Saints and Angels that accompanied us carried by those who processed that day.

    The Pittsburgh police came flying up in patrol cars, and men in yellow vests raced up and down Liberty St. putting big wood horses and yellow ribbons on each side of the street to prevent us from blocking traffic. I, while saying the Rosary with the hundreds, did worry about how I would explain to my husband how it happened that I and my daughters ended up in jail when we were supposed to be attending a conference. Never the less, that didn’t happen. What did happen which I thought was miraculous was when a cry went up among the crowd to look above. There on a day of blue skies and blinding sun were three white doves circling high above us and there they stayed for the longest time until we began to disperse, returning to the Conference.

    I do love the idea of the seven trips around the PP Centers. Unfortunately, all are not located where a circle march could be accomplished. Perhaps we should approach our Jewish brothers and sisters and ask them if they could help us in finding men who blow the shofar.
    May their walls fall into the everlasting dust of history as surely as the walls of Jericho.

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  46. Beth Londino says:

    How very beautiful and heartening this is! A wonderful witness to the Catholic faith and to the fact that the battle is the Lord’s. Thank you!
    Beth, Jackson TN

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