Walls of Jericho Project

In coming weeks I will put up various guest columns which take a look at serious issues like the

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The Statue of Our Lady of Akita commissioned by Joe Crozier of New Zealand, which our own Beckita will receive on behalf of her Church

direction of the Church, perspective on Amoris Laetitia and a few other contentious subjects. I will note that these articles do not necessarily reflect my personal opinion, but are worth hearing. I have asked a few people to give their respectful, well-reasoned takes on things such as this. In these times, it is important we reason together and consider opinions that take an intense view of various facets of the serious matters before us.

 

The following piece was written by Ynnette Karbiwnyk to promote a project of unity around the world, seven days of prayer this month, from May 16 – 22. Their website calls people to action now. They also have a Facebook Page to promote it.

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By Ynnette Karbiwnyk

This mission is in response to Pope Francis’ request in this Year of Mercy and is based on Joshua 6. As the walls of Jericho came down, the Israelites were freed to pursue God’s will; so we pray that our walls-that obstruct us from living God’s will in our lives- may also come down.

The mission of the Walls of Jericho project is to gather everyone from across the country and the world to pray at the same time, asking God to pour His Mercy upon us and to forgive us (not forgive them… the key is forgive US) for our sins and the sins of the whole world. Pray to consider an area (so that week all these areas will be in petition to God, at the same time, isn’t that beautiful!) that you desire to dedicate to God.

Explanation of Walls of Jericho

 

The period of time selected is from the day after Pentecost, May 16, to Trinity Sunday, May 22, 2016.

Choose an area you desire to dedicate to God

 

To accomplish this mission in unity with each other, we ask each group to do two things:

  1. Use the selected dates of May 16-22, 2016 to connect and pray together.
  2. Use the selected opening prayer (Pope Francis’ Year of Mercy Prayer) and closing prayer (Hail Holy Queen & Our Father).

 

Since the needs and manner of how we pray vary; we are leaving it up to the individual or groups to come up with the specific prayers or works (James 2:17) that they will promote in addition to those prayers listed above. A group may choose to say extra prayers, such as the Rosary or Divine Mercy Chaplet or they may perform works of mercy throughout the week. The website has a list of suggestions for prayers as well as suggestions for accomplishing the works of mercy. We strongly encourage Eucharistic Processions on the seventh day, as the Israelites carried the Ark of the Covenant, so we should process with the Word of God made Flesh.

This allows everyone to participate either as a group or as individuals, and allows each to participate according to their individual devotion or charism. This will gloriously highlight the gifts, graces, talents, missions the “who God has made us to be “(“Be who God made you to be, and you will set the world on fire.” St. Catherine of Siena), how we are uniquely wonderfully made in God’s eyes. HE delights in us and this step will highlight how we are made. So we can have different groups in one parish, working in harmony with each other. Some may want to meet and pray together as they walk, or pray together in a Chapel, while others may want to work to raise money to cover the monthly utility bill for a homeless shelter.

 

The website was designed to contain all the information necessary for a group or individual to participate including:

  • A promotional material page, which allows fliers to be easily made, edited and sent out.
  • A translation bar.
  • A list of prayers to be used, which can be printed right from the site.
  • A frequently asked question section to help with a better understanding of this project.
  • The ability to register a site to gather participants, as well as the ability for individuals to find a group near them. (This includes international access and a site for the homebound to also participate.)
  • The alternate 7 day/7 second prayer for those who may not have the time to participate more fully or for those who have an interest in the mission, but are not used to a formal prayer life.

**Lastly, the 7 day/7 second prayer:

 

Our Father, soften our hearts

Jesus Christ, have pity on us

Holy Spirit, convict us with compassion

Holy Angels and Saints, pray for us

Mother Mary, help us

 

Is a small evangelization effort in that it allows everyone to participate as well as bringing into the mind The Trinity, Mary, and the Angels and Saints, and may plant a seed of openness to God’s grace, which in turn He may use to bring them into a deeper relationship. We are encouraging people to put it on their computer, mirror, or anywhere they may see it on a daily basis.

This is very important, the 7 second prayer, we can easily print it out put it on cardstock, mail it to people we know, and ask our loved ones, here, join us. Very simple, yet profound.

How wonderful it will be that for 7 days people will be dedicating their areas to God, offering prayers and reparations.

No posters, pictures, political agendas. Our goal is to gather for the Lord, asking for sincere forgiveness, for OUR sins. We all are sinners, and we are living in the consequences of those our sins. May God tear down these spiritual walls so that we may live the life the Lord has willed for us.

YES to crucifix, picture of the Blessed Mother, Angels and saints (Intercession)

The response has been overwhelmingly positive and the question arose about next year. Yes, we will, through God’s grace, be doing this next year as well, same time period, the Monday after Pentecost.

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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91 Responses to Walls of Jericho Project

  1. Paul says:

    Thank you Charlie…

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  2. Beckita says:

    Yeah! Time for something new… Thanks for this, Charlie.

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  3. YongDuk says:

    New post, I want to be first again 🙂

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  4. Mary W. says:

    Imagine my surprise when after viewing John Bird’s film Hill of Redemption which finished with Our Lady of Akita I turn to Charlie’s latest post to see Our Lady of Akita straight away. No coincidences with God they say. Yes, the prophetic tears of Our Lady of Akita speak even louder today than back in the 1970’s and 80’s. May I ask Beckita just why this statue is headed to her church? I have all the books regarding the statue and Sister Sasagawa’s messages and all that goes with it. Our son went on a pilgrimage there in 1993 while we lived Japan. Yes, thank you everyone !

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    • charliej373 says:

      Because the New Zealander who commissioned it, Joe Crozier – and others like it for every populated continent in the world, entrusted it to me for placement on the North American continent. Beckita is a trusted volunteer assistant here, who also assists a Priest who has a great devotion to Our Lady of Akita. I wanted it in a place where it would be properly honored. Beckita fits that bill to a tee.

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      • Mary W. says:

        What great news that now North America has their own Lady of Akita. And Beckita fits many bills ! She is a precious gem who has ministered directly to me on this blog. Without breeching privacy, how do we find out just where this church is if in fact we would like to venerate her?
        As for the brave Christian minority in Japan who were horribly persecuted and forced underground for over 200 years we can take a few lessons. It is also no coincidence that the A-bomb fell on the largest Christian community in the far east on that August day in 1945. I pray Our Lady of Akita’s intercession in these times of ours.

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        • Beckita says:

          Thank you, Dear Mary. It’s been a while but I’ve made mention a few times in comments that I live in residence with a holy, Marian, brilliant priest who will be 88 in the fall and am privileged to both assist and collaborate with him in many aspects of ministry.

          His life story could seriously comprise an epic biography with incredible details such as entering the minor seminary as a 10 year old after being immersed in Confucian studies (his mother is a direct descendant of Confucius), making trips to and from the seminary on foot lasting three days each way while navigating bandit activity, fleeing his homeland, China, on the heels of MaoTseTung’s barbaric takeover with communism, heading to Spain to complete seminary training, off to Rome to graduate magna cum laude with a JUD (both civil and canon law), leaving Europe for the USA able to speak seven languages, teaching in the seminary here, earning more degrees, remaining a mouthpiece of truth thorugh thick and thin, my family has a long history of caring for him and we joined him in praying for a dream he had held all his life (go home and baptize his family) which God fulfilled one autumn afternoon 21 years ago as I became Godmother to every Wang in the clan (all multi-generational 64 people that day)…

          One of Father’s best friends was my husband and Father tended to my husband’s spirit and soul with faithfulness and tenderness as Ted’s life slipped away, while we have been on pilgrimage to many holy shrines and places I missed the trip to Akita which I’m so happy Father was able to make… we have held dear our devotion to Blessed Mother under the many titles with which She has come to us in this Age of Mary… several commenters here have already written of the significance of Mother’s apparitions in Akita, an important part of the story, illustrating the never-ending Love of our Mother as well as the prayer-filled, conversion-bearing fruit of Akita adding its contribution to why God has shortened the Storm…

          Charlie, we actually have care of a chapel right now rather than a church. In candor, there is not a church in town which appreciates the siginifance of what we are living or what Our Lady has been doing in this Age of Mary. I trust that our Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel could be Her initial place of veneration followed by a more permanent home after Rescue. No privacy breah… I’ve mentioned before my home is in Missoula, Montana.

          That being said, Charlie, I’m having second thoughts. It is such a significant statue because it reminds us of an important encounter in this process of our Mother interceding to awaken Her children. See, does it not make more sense, as YD suggested, to place this statue at Mt Meeker in the Shrine of Thanksgiving? I don’t know what has been shown to you or what you yourself envision for the interior of the Shrine. It would be amazing to have all the statues of Our Lady representing the many times and places She came to bring us back to Her Son. OK. Tears streaming, gratitude swelling and prayers rising that each of our Mother’s children responds. Thinking aloud with you, Charlie. I just don’t wish to be selfish and when I consider the crowds who will be making pilgrimage to the Shrine of Thanksgiving, I desire all of our Mother’s children to have the opportunity to know the story of Our Lady of Akita and then thank her by venerating Her via this work of art in its striking beauty. What incredible honor you show Our Lady, Joe. No matter what’s finally decided, thank you so very much, Joe.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Beckita, It will be years before the Shrine is dedicated. The first place it is going is to your Chapel, where she will be cared for – and you make sure that she gets to the Shrine in time for the dedication. You are right…that is where she belongs. But until her home is ready, I love that you have such a nice “apartment” for her.

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          • Beckita says:

            Yeah,Charlie! Yeah Joe! XO Most of all, Yeah,Blessed Mother XOXOXO!

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          • Mary W. says:

            Thank you for taking the time to write this incredible response Beckita ! So grateful for all you and your husband do and have done for this amazingly graced Marian priest referred to above. I have not always been able to read all entries here so I missed your story. So glad to know you a bit better; now more convinced than ever that the Lord has chosen you for special reasons. So He chose us also to come to know each other through Charlie’s YES ! How blessed we are. Thank you and receive an embrace from me and promises of prayers.

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          • YongDuk says:

            Amen, Charlie!

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          • Beckita says:

            Thank you, Mary, for your hug and prayers. May Our Lady bring you a hug in return as I pray for you and your family. God bless you!

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          • Joe Crozier says:

            Hi Beckita
            What a story. I love stories. I am more pleased than ever that you are caretaker of the statue of Our Lady of Akita. In our beautiful new
            Modern Church our carving is in the foyer near a internal window that looks on to the altar and the Blessed Sacrament. In Akita She is in a side chapel that has sliding doors into the chapel. In Garabandal I had hoped She would be in the chapel but She is in the centre for pilgrims. I still have to be advised of a recipient in Africa. Here in Morrinsville a faithful three or four turn up every Tuesday for the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows. In Garabandal the Blessed Mother said she liked to be close to her Son in The Blessed Sacrament.
            After reading one of the comments here I offered our PP a kneeler so that we could have the option of kneeling and receiving on the tongue. Despite my best efforts he rejected the idea. I have prayed for TRNS. I genuflect before receiving in the hands standing. Now I will receive on the tongue. Only one other person does this but it is still a sign for others. In Garabandal Our Lady told us that less importance was being given to the Eucharist. In Akita it was made plain that Our Lady wished this too. Out of self consciousness I have delayed my compliance with this request. I find it hard enough with my bad knees to genuflect. In churches that still have kneelers I see old people getting down and getting up supporting themselves on the kneeler. It always moves me. From what I remember many Popes have supported this practice and I think I am correct in saying it was never the intention of VatII to do away with it but that is virtually what has happened. I know there may come a time during the Tribulation when lay people may be the only vehicle for Holy Communion but we are not there yet.
            I am going to be late for work so have to go for now but as Arnie says I’ll be back.
            PS loved your comments on Sciwis. They made me smile. I’d be proud to have you as an honorary Sciwi.

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          • charliej373 says:

            I always genuflect before taking the Eucharist, Joe, except when I am having a rough day, and then I bow. If I go to Mass late in the day, it is always a bow rather than a genuflection.

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          • Beckita says:

            Joe, I transitioned to receiving on my tongue again about ten years ago and I, too, bow before receiving Jesus. That was after years and years in this part of the country with hand reception.

            Our chapel is located in a former convent and there are only chairs, no kneelers, so those who can, simply kneel on the carpeted floor. Our Lady of Akita’s statue will be four-five steps away from the altar and there will be many a homily given at the pulpit, on various feasts of our Mother, when Fr. Wang will invariably take two steps toward the statue of Our Lady, reverently extend his arm drawing attention to our Mama and speak of her in the highest, most exquisite terms and splendid descriptions which reflect all the veneration, love, wisdom, honor, and praise a human can possibly give to Her. Each homily about Her is delivered with depth of knowledge, conviction, freshness, fervor and appreciation, e.v.e.r.y. time.

            In my last Divine Will meeting, our priest teacher made note that Jesus told Luisa when we venerate His Image, He receives it as if it was actually Him. I promise you, Joe: We will love Our Lady of Akita all the more because of your great love for Her poured out in commissioing the statues sent round the world. Blessed be God! Ave Maria!

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          • Beckita says:

            Oh! I accept… I’m an honorary Sciwi! Wait ’til I tell my family. They already think I’m a bit off for recommending Charlie’s site to them. Now I’m a Screwy Sciwi. Please, Charlie, don’t tell TNRS Answer Service Team.

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          • Josh in ND says:

            @Joe Crozer A while back I heard an anecdote about a Baptist preacher who said that Catholics do not truly believe in the true presence of Jesus’ Body and Blood. Because if they did, they would be crawling up to communion on their hands and knees. This really bothered me and caused me to reevaluate my practices. I have since started deeply bowing before receiving on the tongue and saying “Amen” as boldly as possible to proclaim my sincere belief. I have also started bowing while kneeling at the moment of consecration. I have been too self conscious to receive while kneeling as I occasionally see others do but feel this would be very fitting.

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  5. Beckita says:

    How did I miss that b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l statue? I read the headline and was captivated by the walls and missed the photograph of the beautiful statue. Charlie what’s the height of that precious carving?

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    • charliej373 says:

      I am not sure – but she’s not short.

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    • Joe Crozier says:

      Ha ha. She is short but only in height. Her abundance of power and grace and wisdom and love and beauty raise her above all others. In Ecuador she told the nuns that on earth her real height was 5’9″. So She was a tell girl for her time. In Akita, however, the miraculous statue is about 3′. And so is this one. But as they say the best presents come in small packages. Enjoy.

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      • Beckita says:

        “She is short but only in height. Her abundance of power and grace and wisdom and love and beauty raise her above all others.” Absolutely beautiful, Joe! May ALL Her children run to Her Immaculate Heart,God’s chosen and sure Port in this Storm.

        As we were having dinner in our house last evening, Father was showing, with hand sign, his remembrance of the height of the miraculous statue before him as he venerated Our Lady of Akita while on pilgrimage in Japan. (Looked just like three feet to me, Joe.)

        Many writers attribute this Age of Mary in which we live to have begun with the apparition of Our Mother to St. Catherine Laboure. When we gather at the Shrine of Thanksgiving at Mt. Meeker, I envision us gathered round sharing our stories of faith. Surely these will include references to how our Mother came in so many places to call Her children back to Her Son and rouse them to prayer. Our Lady of Akita loves Her Son with fullness of grace and She loves each and every one of Her children with Love beyond all telling. Thank you so much, Joe!

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      • Beckita says:

        Joe when you write of Ecuador, are you referencing Our Lady of Good Success?

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        • Joe Crozier says:

          Yes I would love to go to Ecuador. If you visit the MOG forum you can see the beautiful story of a young nun, sister Clare whose funeral has taken place in Derry N. Ireland. She gave up fame and fortune as an entertainer and went to Ecuador as a missionary sister. She was killed in the recent earthquake.

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          • Beckita says:

            I did see the story about Sr. Clare , from another source, and the photos of that beautiful woman of God, guiding others to safety when she died. May she rest in peace and pray for us.

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  6. Paula says:

    This is not on the Jericho topic. But it is about walls that need to come down amidst our Protestant brothers. I recently volunteered to do a REC weekend at a local jail. I went to their orientation and they did a communion service that sent me over the deep end. I felt sorry for them, but was also appalled at the sheep who followed this untrue ritual. I sincerely be,I eve they love Jesus. The told us, catholic communion would be available at the weekend in jail. I was feeling better when I heard that, but still so freaked out by this surreal communion service, that I don’t know if I can help. Please any advise or prayerful thoughts accepted. I agree Christians need to build bridges and some walls need to tumble, but not from the side of absolute truth. Nor should the centrality of the Eucharist be diminished. Scripture says, “the Lord is not a God of confusion, but of peace.” Well, watching this communion service was not confusing, it was sad and discordant to me. What should I do? I do like helping inmates find the love and mercy of Jesus, but this way? I guess they really do not know better and I should be a friend, and maybe with the Lords help bring them to the One, Holy, Apostolic church. Hard to do with some prots. as they have learned soooo much garbage about us.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Paula, I think maybe you should read the 17th Chapter of Acts and contemplate it a while. When standing before the Pagans at the Areopogus, St. Paul did not chide them or despair over how far from the truth they were. Rather, he congratulated them on their piety.

      It is a paradox and a mystery that, though the deposit of faith is held in trust by the Catholic Church which Christ founded, the holiness of a person is not solely – or even primarily – dependent on where they are at. As Christ said in a parable, it is not those who hear or even proclaim the Word, but those who do His word. So when I see people sincerely proclaiming Christ and bringing hope, whatever I think their deficiencies are in practice, I rejoice. So should you. God will re-unite all His children through the instruments of this Storm and Rescue. Trust Him.

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    • YongDuk says:

      Paula, in additions to Charlie’s point, from the practical stand point, I take the attitude that Canon Law takes in regards to welcoming Orthodox in special situations to receive the Eucharist: Let each follow his own Church. In this case, let each respect the traditions of their respective Church or Community. A Catholic should never receive at a Protestant (or Anglican) Service even when invited out of ecumenism, nor should he or she receive at an Orthodox Liturgy without the explicit consent of the Church, such as from a Pastor. Likewise, the others at a Mass. Rather, respect the other and the norms of the Church.

      I caused consternation with Ellen Chris a while back when an invitation was made. I felt I had to speak up that intercommunion would not be possible. It should have been left at that by both sides. We both know that differences and teaching of our respective Churches/Communities. That should have been enough. There is no judgment. It is just a fact–a fact until that time that perfect union is restored.

      Therefore, in that situation, yes, if attending a service offends one: abstain from attending, but do not pronounce judgment. Speak the truth with charity if asked, giving a reason for your belief.

      I greatly respect Ellen Chris and the Lord showed me her soul, I will say, so I understand her far greater than I ever did (including her reaction to our reactions). Do I agree with her? No, not entirely. Do the Catholic hairs on the back of my neck stand up? Yes. But that is my problem, not hers. And the Lord showed me her soul to make me understand that–in so far as she is a faithful daughter of her Communion and faithful and desirous of people to come to the Love of Christ and be in personal relationship with him. So, the Lord basically said, “Leave her theological [including ecclesiastical] status up to Me and respect her soul where she is at right now.”

      It is hard… It is hard not to react when they want to say: you are being strict or rigid or a closed-minded Catholic.

      Don’t fight. They don’t understand completely — the intricacies: that if one piece is compromised, it is all compromised. Truth rests upon Truth, just as Grace builds on Nature.

      That doesn’t mean be rigid. There are many expressions of Faith and the Holy Spirit leads people down different paths. (I was a quasi-Taoist for many, many years… and I will still defend the aspects of Truth found in the Tao Te Ching.)

      In the same light, it is my Responsibility as Bishop to defend the Faith. It may not be yours. I did not mean Ellen Chris offense. But with all of our comments together we did offend. But part of that is — and I say this kindly — is on her. So, there are times we just need to suspend theological dialogue and focus on the things that unify us. Like Charlie says in the Birmingham Video, after the Rescue, we are not going to say, “I was right, you were wrong.” Rather we are going to be pouring out oil on each other joyful rejoicing on the Dew coming down on Herman (that’s a mountain, Doug) like Psalm 133 says.

      Cultivate that attitude as much as you can… and abstain if you can’t so as not to be disrespectful or cause yourself disquiet.

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      • deereverywhere says:

        My mother-in-law was nothing, then, after their divorce they were married over 40 years she went back to the Pentecostal church then moved on to Baptist. I was glad she was going to any church and, more importantly was baptized. But she had some strange notions on what heaven would be like. She more or less said paraphrasing here that you would be ridgedly awestruck (sort of a zombie for the Father) I quoted St. Paual about the ‘in my house there are many mansion s’ where she looked at me like I was nuts (doesn’t matter that she was right on that account. I am crazy) . But, when she died, I remember going to mass the following week, offering it up for the repose of her soul, then doing my natty, natty, boo, boo dance in my head because she found out I was right and she was wrong!!!……oh, no, I better go to confession…..

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      • LukeMichael says:

        YD

        That would be Mountain Dew ! Delicious!

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      • Beckita says:

        Beauty, Wisdom and Truth conveyed, YD. Everything you have written here is true and wise. What joy that it is so beautifully expressed. Even greater joy that the Lord has a Plan for all of these difficulties and more.

        in our private conversations, EllenChris+ and I have bumped into difficult places, for she is a faithful daughter and priest of the Anglican Church and I profess to be a faithful daughter of the Roman Catholic Church. EVERY time we have opened our hearts and bumped into past hurts and divisions, we have surrendered to Jesus and Mary Who preserve the bridge between us, a bridge comprised of the wood of the cradle, become the wood of the Cross, become the wood of the altar and now, for those who have eyes to see, the grains in the wood of the bridge shimmer with a new texture of beauty, revealing the rescue now underway with the promise of a New Tomorrow, united as one flock under one shepherd.

        For anyone who may have missed these, please feast your eyes and hearts on these potent thoughts so filled with Love, shared by our dear Ellen. In addition, her comments, beaming wisdom and truth fill the comment sections all over Charlie’s site:
        https://charliej373.wordpress.com/2015/11/25/happy-thanksgiving/
        https://charliej373.wordpress.com/2016/01/10/betrayal-or-trust/
        https://charliej373.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/our-pilgrim-journey-intensifies/

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        • Joe Crozier says:

          Hi Beckita
          This comment of yours reminded me of a the last verse of a Christmas poem I wrote back in the 80s:
          “Our present was a wooden stall, a manger filled with hay,
          A child within the manger; a debt we could not pay,
          A present that would change with time and save us all from loss,
          As Jesus came to be our friend, His crib became his cross.”
          When I first thought of having a statue made of Our Lady of Akita I was driven by the need to share the beauty and the power of her presence that I had experienced in my heart during my pilgrimage to her original shrine. I would sit for hours in front of her statue and it felt like minutes. When the nuns normally locked the chapel they would leave me there alone. They took me into a back room and showed me the cotton buds that had been used to wipe her tears and her blood.
          I had a horrendous car accident on my way back from the airport and people thought my devotion to her was out of gratitude for my survival. It was not. It was driven by her beauty and her power and a need to provide a sign to others that the world was in the very best of care. She asked us to pray the rosary and Her promise on October 13th 1973 was “Those who place their confidence in me will be saved.”
          I follow the example of my dad and never charge members of the clergy for my services. An old nun had attended my clinic and out of gratitude had given me a small fretwork box made of rimu and manuka wood and in which which I now keep staples and paperclips. On the base of the box was the name of its creator, Jacob A von Holzen of Te Aroha a nearby town at the base of Mount Te Aroha which means ‘mountain of love’.
          When the idea of the carving came to me Jacob was the only carver I knew. when I called him he told me he did not do figures but put me on to Kevin McCardell of Tauranga. Kevin has since done all the carvings.
          Kevin had a good friend who had recently lost his three year old grandchild in a drowning accident. The little boys grandfather previously had given Kevin two timber beams that were parts of a bridge in the gold mines of Waihi. The symbolism will not be lost to you; the podium and statue from the same tree that had been used to build a bridge. When Kevin took on the commission he asked if I minded if the work was done with the wee boy in mind. He asked if a small plaque could be put discreetly at the back of the podium on which it would stand. I of course agreed.
          As the carving drew near to completion my parish priest agreed to house it in our new and as yet un-dedicated church. From the grain and the splits in the timber the artist was fairly certain that both podium and timber came from the same tree. The statue was placed in the corner of the foyer next to an internal window that looked into the church and opposite a unique engraved window showing the life of St Joseph.
          The first reading reading of the the mass of dedication of the new church mentioned Ezra who was in charge of rebuilding the temple. At the base of the podium was the the memorial to the wee boy who had drowned. It read:
          ‘In loving memory of
          Ezra Jason Colin Tapp
          aged 3 years.’

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          • Joe Crozier says:

            I think it was the walls of Jerusalem that Ezra was in charge of building not the temple.

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          • charliej373 says:

            My word, Joe, what a compelling story. Every life is a pilgrimage, isn’t it, a journey to our God.

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          • Joe Crozier says:

            There is more but I will just finish with this for now. Shortly after the statue was installed in the church a young parishioner also drowned. She got caught under the keel of a boat while surf boarding. Our parish priest had been invited to join her family that day and he arrived just in time to bless her before she died. I asked her dad if he would like a memorial to her as well on the base of the podium. He is an atheist but said he would love it. Bring a car seeker he had many contacts in Japan. So another wee plaque was added
            “in loving memory of
            Aimee Louise Russell
            Aged 15 years.”
            I thought of the song “like a bridge over troubled waters I will lay Me down.”
            Later on Aimee’s family donated a stain glass window of Our Lady Undoer of Knots in her memory.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Wow, what a project this has been.

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          • Beckita says:

            My Goodness, Joe! I had no sooner posted a reply and this beautiful “more to the story” appeared. Really amazing. Thank you so much for sharing.

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          • Beckita says:

            Absolutely beautiful, Joe! Just WOW! Your story conveys the intricacies of how God links our lives with so much and so many… the time unnoticed as you were immersed in the Love of our Mother… the special gift of venerating the blood and tears She shed for Love of us all … the accident from which Love brought you back… your own Love expressed in living Her message … finding your way to the carver near the mountain of Love… the Love poured out in Kevin’s carving as he honored his friend, Our Lady and little Ezra… the wood of the bridge fashioned as statue, honoring Our Lady, the Very Bridge to Love Himself Whom She bore in Her Womb with Love beyond all telling, remembered in the verse of your beautiful poem. Thank you.

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          • LukeMichael says:

            I’m just reading this today at work. Office door closed. Blubbering.

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  7. aprolifer says:

    Thanks, Charlie, this is beautiful. Passing it along.

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  8. mariehemming says:

    I am curious Bekita, how do you honor Our Lady of Akita?

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    • ccdmmt103 says:

      In Japan the original miraculous statue of Our Lady of Akita wept human tears on 101 occasions ending on the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. In our parish we meet at 7 every Tuesday and say the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows. Sister Agnes was told that the 101 had meaning: 1 for Eve, 0 for God’s eternal love and 1 for Mary.

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    • Beckita says:

      Hi Marie. We honor Our Lady of Akita in the same ways we honor Our Lady under any title in which She comes: telling Her story to all who wish to hear, venerating her images, taking Her words to heart and striving to live them, striving anew to surrender to and engage in conversion with renewed faith, hope and love in and for Her Son.
      Blessed be God forever! Ave Maria eternally! May They bless you and all here, Marie.

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  9. Joe Crozier says:

    Apart from the cross beam there are no other joints. Carved from one block of Black Walnut.

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  10. Joe Crozier says:

    If you zoom in you will see Her feet in this carving are over America. She has you covered.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I had not noticed that. Great symbolism, there, Joe.

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    • Beckita says:

      Have the other statues been carved with Our Lady’s feet over different continents, Joe?

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      • Joe Crozier says:

        Yes, only the original carving has no countries marked. But this was based on the painting of The Lady of All Nations which depicts the continents. The one in Garabandal has Spain between her feet. Ours is over Australia and New Zealand. Africa will be over Africa.

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        • Beckita says:

          Aha! Nice blend of Our Mother’s Love in two apparitions. We have an image of the Lady of All Nations in our home. I was a guardian for a number of years, speaking about Her and sharing Her image with others. The efforts to promote the Lady of All Nations seemed to diminish after the disagreement concerning the original wording of the prayer which Blessed Mother gave. It was an easy fix for us: do what the CDF asked; so we changed the wording and have prayed it daily for about 25 years now. It used to be my go to prayer whenever I met students at the door after recesses. Sort of crazy but the ringing bell was a great prompt.

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  11. Vladimir says:

    Hello Charlie&co.
    I will translate this call for action by Ynnette to Slovak and distribute it here, in Moravia and Czechia, to my contacts in Poland so it will have an impact in Central Europa as well. It is great to be connected thru prayer at the same time with other people around the globe although for us it could mean praying during the night. If there are souls reading this website from Russia, Germany, Austria, please, do not wait and do the same as me. God bless you all, my friends.
    Vladimir, Slovakia

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    • charliej373 says:

      Wonderful, Vladimir. I am glad to see it as an expression of unity in the Christian world.

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    • Beckita says:

      How beautiful, Vladimir! In union of prayer with you.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Vladimir, we are united with you in prayer. Peace and blessings to you.

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    • Judith says:

      Valdimir,
      Greetings in Christ – and Our Lady of Akita
      I think the praying is not hour specific but day specific, so we, throughout the world, could , ‘from the rising of the sun to it’s setting…’, storm heaven in the heart of our Mother, Mary Most Holy.
      Judy

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      • Vladimir says:

        Hi Judy,
        thank you for your reply, you are right, but I was not sure it could be so, so anyways we shall join in a way you have suggested. May our Lord bless you and yours.
        Vladimir

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    • BD says:

      Dear Vladimir, If you make your way to Croatia, please say hello to my dear relatives there. Hvala ti.

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      • Vladimir says:

        Zdravo BD,
        I am happy to see there is a Croation brother/sister in this fantastic community. Some 6 years ago I have started to go to Hrvatska/Croatia with my kids to one and only place, the island of Ugljan, the village of Ugljan, as there is a campsite owned and run by Sisters of Mercy (a Croatian order dedicated to helping poor). They have a a beautiful sand beach there (one of very few in Croatia) so perfect for kids and families. Although I do not like hot temperatures and the buzzing cykadas in the trees.The time spent there is always a blessing for us. Once we went to Medjugorje from there with our six small kids. Oh, I wish I could share more about this, but I do not want to take too much time of your precious time. I just mention a great miracle that happened to us there – a real blessing from heaven. It was 39 Celsius in the shade and we went to Mt,. Krizevac, prayed there and went back in the full sun around 1 pm and none of us got sunburnt, not even myself carrying my youngest son. I am blond, was walking without T shirt and did not get a sun stroke either, although I am prone to it after I´ve got one in Holy Land.
        Bratko, be blessed.
        (Where are your relatives, actually?)
        Vladimir

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        • canada1nw says:

          Vladimir, I too experienced that in the heat, during the Youth Festival in August 2012. I am not a youth, but loved being there in proxy for my nine adult children. It was 40+ C,( hotter than usual),we were advised not to climb the mountains during the day. I have fair skin but did not even get slightly burned. I was out in the sun often, in the village. A friend who is very fair also has experienced this on her many pilgrimages to this beautiful place of Medjugorje. I wonder if this is a common little miracle 😇 With the protection of our Lady’s veil. I love that your name ends with MIR.The words which were written in the sky in Medjugorje, meaning “peace”.

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        • BD says:

          Vladimir. All four of my grandparents were from Croatia so I have family from Zagreb to Dubrovnik. My favorite is the Island of Pag where they vacation in the summer. Very proud and humble people. I guess that’s where I get it from Lol…

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    • deereverywhere says:

      Thank you Vladimir. What a great nob you are doing. May the Holy Spirit spread through your hands. Blessing be upon you and your mission.

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    • WOJMay2016 (@WOJMAY2016) says:

      Our wonderful computer designers read this and added Slovak to the translation bar. Wow! Thank you so much for joining this movement, Vladimir. May God bless you! Thank you for you fiat in this part of His vineyard! If you have any pdf files you would like for us to add, you can reach them on the support button on the website. http://www.wojmay2016.org.

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  12. Nancy says:

    Exactly where is Beckita’s parish? Excuse me if I should know this…did I miss something? 😚Beautiful statue….

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  13. canada1nw says:

    For those who may believe, as I do, in the messages from Medjugorje, the message from today is different and feels like a warning ( to observe well the signs of the times) along with a call (to ‘gather the shattered crosses’ and to be apostles of the revelation. )

    Here is Our Lady’s message to Mirjana Soldo of May 2nd, 2016:

    Dear children, My motherly heart desires your true conversion and a firm faith so that you may be able to spread love and peace to all those who surround you. But, my children, do not forget: each of you is a unique world before the Heavenly Father.

    Therefore, permit the continuous working of the Holy Spirit to work on you. Be my spiritually pure children. In spirituality is beauty. Everything that is spiritual is alive and very beautiful.

    Do not forget that in the Eucharist, which is the heart of faith, my Son is always with you. He comes to you and breaks the bread with you; because, my children, for your sake He died, He resurrected and is coming anew.

    These words of mine are familiar to you because they are the truth, and the truth does not change. It is only that many of my children have forgotten it. My children, my words are neither old nor new, they are eternal.

    Therefore, I invite you, my children, to observe well the signs of the times, to ‘gather the shattered crosses’ and to be apostles of the revelation.
    Thank you.

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  14. narnialion says:

    Dear Charlie and Friends,

    Here is a short documentary on Our Lady of Akita. The warning associated with this is stern, so, Charlie, I understand if you decide not to post this. However, as Ynnette calls us to reparation and prayer in her essay (Thank you, Ynnette !) so does this video.
    Also, this short and beautiful prayer that you give us, Ynnette, reminds me of the simplicity and directness of The Prayer of Miraculous Trust and the Song of Thanksgiving (both at the top of this page).

    I am so grateful for the gift of these simple, beautiful prayers/song.

    Hail Holy Queen
    Mother of Mercy
    Our life, our sweetness and our hope.

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  15. JudyM says:

    I have followed Our Lady of Akita for probably 15 years now, but many I talk to have never heard of her. And yet her prophecies are so pertinent to today’s upheavals in society and the church. Your statue is beautiful Beckita.
    BTW:I changed my tag from Judy to JudyM because I noticed there is another Judy and Judith who were here first.

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  16. The day before the Walls of Jericho project On Pentecost, May 15th, there will be an International Eucharistic Rosary March in which the Blessed Sacrament and a statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be processed from Epiphany Church through the streets of Pittsburgh while praying the rosary. Sponsored by the Legion of Mary they will start in the Church at 1 pm. It is the 79th International Eucharistic Rosary March in the city of Pittsburgh. The theme is: ‘COME HOLY SPIRIT OF MERCY.”

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