The Eve of Joy

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Enjoying family time down south. One of our readers did this great photoshop and I’ve been looking for an excuse to run it. Now I have one.

By Charlie Johnston

 

Tomorrow my son gets married to a wonderful woman. Last night I had dinner with the new in-laws and some of the wedding party. Today, all my family gathers in town. Tonight we have the rehearsal dinner. and tomorrow the wedding. What a joy! I will be notably light in posting this weekend – and will try to get back to it first thing next week.

My next public meeting will be near Birmingham next Thursday at:

Birmingham, AL

Thursday, May 12, 2016

7:00 pm:  72 Highway 400 Shelby, AL 35143

Contact:  Susan at  oilsofyahweh@gmail.com

Volunteers needed

Four days ago, Dan Lynch wrote a piece, “Did Pope Francis Open the Door for Communion for the Divorced and Remarried?” It is notably harder than other critical pieces I have printed or linked to on the subject of Amoris Laetitia, more bluntly critical of the Pope. Though the reasoning and conclusions are significantly different than my own, I am glad that someone I know and trust so much wrote it. As I mentioned recently, I have great sympathy for those who are on a bit of a hair trigger. After several generations where many clerics and activists HAVE abused whatever they can twist to abuse, it is reasonable to be concerned with something that has ambiguities that practically invite abuse by many who are so inclined.

While I think Pope Francis has made a good beginning to finding an approach to draw people back from disorder into a renewed fullness of the faith, I also think those who urgently ask for clarification and assurance that this will NOT be another occasion of inviting distortion and abuse are well justified. So any fruitful pastoral approach must do more than merely condemn those who have ensnared themselves in sin, but it must do more than merely condemn those who seek clarification as Pharisees. It is a good time to consider the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32). People usually focus on the son who went astray and came back, forgetting the son who was offended at the killing of the fatted calf to celebrate his brother’s return. Let us not forget that the father in this story did not just rejoice in his prodigal son’s return, but also went and ministered to his faithful son who had never strayed and was offended by the party. May our hierarchy minister to all, that none might be lost.

I enjoyed this piece by Dennis Praeger in the National Review on the dark, Godless times that are upon us.  Even better was this piece by David French on how we reached this point. It struck me reading it that the “path of least resistance” is actually the highway to hell – and that we got here because at millions of moments, good people did not resist the next wrong step because, after all, it was just one step. To paraphrase Thomas Jefferson, the price of integrity is eternal vigilance.

Confusion will continue to rise, at an ever dizzying pace. We have entered into a time of fulfillment. Rather than just get disoriented or go into despair, again, we really have to Live It with steady resolve.

See you next week!

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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260 Responses to The Eve of Joy

  1. Wonderful first post!, Friday 6 May 11:23 p.m. here, after my subscription confirmation just 3 hours earlier. I couldn’t think of a better first post! God is good, the only one who is, He is great, the greatest. It was also an eve of joy just for me. From Saturday to Friday I had turned over things to God with trust with the Prayer with a unique intention each day, making me grow in trust and abandonment to trust. From the beginning I had planned to go to Confession, Mass, Communion the next day, First Saturday. (It is even listed as number eight after the intentions in my draft of the Prayer.) I rarely go to church, to the Sacraments. Everytime my working assumption is that it would be the last before hopefully the Last Sacraments. The last time was the rare day of Feb 29th last; I wanted to make it even more special. All that is because I have become a disedifying presence, anti-eucharistic, even to the mass of people who don’t even know me, in the usual sense of the word. In addition to many other things, that has greatly limited the things I can do. I hope that inspires you to pray for me. Hence because of those events there and here it was for me a many-splendored eve of joy.

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  2. Manny says:

    P.S. I, too, have a hankerin’ for fried chicken, particularly the one by the food company whose initials sound like those of the Knights of Christ.

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  3. Congratulations to your son and his bride!! May God bless them abundantly.

    Am I the only one who had their peace rattled after reading Mr Mallet’s post? I know I’m a total Pollyanna, but I had to put some blinders on after reading that, recent er myself and get busy taking my Mrs and being joyful.

    I don’t know if I want to read over there again. I don’t know that I can afford to.

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    • YongDuk says:

      Which one are you referring to BE?

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      • Oh I’m sorry, this last post of his, the one on judgement.

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        • YongDuk says:

          Yeah, I don’t much worry about timelines or events.

          If the Rescue comes, great. If it doesn’t, I will carry on.

          If the Anti-Christ comes, sort-of great. If he doesn’t, I will carry on.

          In other words, neither will significantly impact me if they do not happen. My Trust is in God and our Lady. I think Gobbi was good for that: 1998, 1999, 2000 came and went and yet all of us who know (or knew of) his writings are aware of these current times and we are not bothered if they don’t play out, just as many of us weren’t bothered when 2000 came and went, because by that time we had been formed to take Refuge under our Lady’s Mantle and we see this time as borrowed time or a time of mercy.

          It doesn’t really matter. God is God and we are His Children and we should be working for the Kingdom no matter what.

          I mean we could hang our hats on that Pope JPII, BXVI and Francis are a Trilogy of Popes as Charlie says that Bosco’s Dream really meant, but what happens if there is a Pope after Francis before any of these Events come to Pass?

          Does it obliterate Bosco’s Prophecy? Or Leo XIII’s? Does it change Faustina’s Message? Does it make Padre Pio’s Gifts or Mother Teresa’s Witness any less real?

          I think a lot of us hope Charlie is right, not because we want an escapist relief, but that we see how bad the World is and we know Scripture and we feel like Rev 6:9-10:

          When he broke open the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slaughtered because of the witness they bore to the word of God. They cried out in a loud voice, “How long will it be, holy and true master, before you sit in judgment and avenge our blood on the inhabitants of the earth?”

          I think a lot of want to re-Christianise the World and we see our work constantly thwarted by neo-paganism and rampant unbridled sexuality and ultra-Fundamentalism.

          (Speaking of which, I am starting to see the Fundamentalism in the reactionaryisms regarding AL. People are repeating the same sound bites over and over and over again without thinking through the aspects and perspectives in a healthy doctrinal and pastoral way.)

          We should not wait for the Events to unfold, but we should act now: Fasting, Penance, Witnessing. I don’t think a lot of us are waiting, even if some of us have gotten into the bad habit of “I fasted for years during [n.’s (e.g. Gobbi’s)] time and then stopped, since it really didn’t matter now did it?”

          No, it matters.

          Look at Lourdes, Fatima, etc. Remember what St Peter says about God’s delay: The Lord does not delay his promise, as some regard “delay,” but he is patient with you, not wishing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

          Anyway, MP and Doug are thinking that I am waning eloquent again, so I better stop.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Act now…that is the key, YD, and thank you for emphasizing it.

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          • Beckita says:

            Amen, YD!

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          • Doug says:

            Well. At least I can understand this time 🙂

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          • Doug says:

            By the way, I agree with you YD. Although, I have to admit, I do put a lot of trust in Charlie. So it will certainly be a let down if things don’t happen. Aside from the trials, i find the thoughy of a escue very appealing. But then, disappointment can be a tool to refine us and teach us humility. I have to put away my spit balls now because Lambzie told me so. Oh the pains of humility…..

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          • Doug says:

            Let’s try this again: I find the thought of a rescue very appealing. But then….

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          • Beckita says:

            Rereading, YD, and you have again captured so much in your reflections, such as:
            * “…we had been formed to take Refuge under our Lady’s Mantle and we see this time as borrowed time or a time of mercy. It doesn’t really matter. God is God and we are His Children and we should be working for the Kingdom no matter what.”
            * “I think a lot of want to re-Christianise the World and we see our work constantly thwarted by neo-paganism and rampant unbridled sexuality and ultra-Fundamentalism.”
            * “We should not wait for the Events to unfold, but we should act now: Fasting, Penance, Witnessing.”
            * And a crowning statement: “Remember what St Peter says about God’s delay: The Lord does not delay his promise, as some regard “delay,” but he is patient with you, not wishing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”

            Thank you.

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          • Doug says:

            Good advice YD. You want a ride in my little red wagon?

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Doug, I’d love if MP (hint-hint) made one of his pictures of this. The 3 of you sailing through the Universe in a Red-Rider wagon- the old fashioned ones with the wood sides and all the usual funny things… tin foil hats, chili peppers, capes, hair extensions, squirrels, Mai-Tais etc. Dodging a comet and some falling stars. Charlie could use it as the picture for one of his posts. I’d love that! lol okay well…it was just an idea.

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          • janet333 says:

            Words of wisdom from our Bishop. 🙂

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    • Beckita says:

      Briana, Charlie mentioned he will make a few comments about Mark’s piece… coming soon. In the meanwhile, we continue to trust that however God’s Plan completely unfolds, it comes from Pure Love, always Pure Love.

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    • deereverywhere says:

      Let nothing disturb you, nothing frighten you all things are passing, God never changes!!! Bri, do you remember that picture of the elephant that Charlie referenced awhile ago where the blind men are touching and coming up with all the different descriptions. All the descriptions are true but in different parts. Charlie has stated that he and Mark have different jobs. That is why prophecy is so hard. Remember the piece through the glass darkly? That is why Charlie had to be trained his entire life. That is why he had to go through everything he went through so, for that one message where Gabriel showed himself his true presence, to Charlie and said ‘you must tell them true’ It was only for that one message. The one message. A whole life of ups, downs, and all arounds so that Charlie knew, with utter and total confidence that the angel that told Mary, would come once again and tell Charlie, so there would be 20 years of documentation. Pope Leo 13’vision of 100years. Fatima. Fatima!!!!! It would be just like the devil to say I want my 100years to start at 11:59 on December 31. Sister Agnes and the prophecy in the 1970’s.

      Did you know that psychology is named after psyche which is a butterfly. Our minds flitter here flitter there. They flutter everywhere stay in no one place very long. That is what our minds do. Keep your butterfy in the garden of God. Know that He is working in the garden and it is your job to remain calm an pollinate, so you can be a sign of hope and produce fruit. Roses, rosery, see how the rose is in rosery. Look at the garden and send roses to it via the rosery. Pray, hope and don’t worry. Send our Mother roses on this mothers day with the roses she wants which is your mind on her Son and your fingers on he rosery. Get those hand working in God’s garden and fear no, I bring you tiddings of great joy.🌹

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  4. I was autocorrected into incoherence, sorry! * recenter *NRS

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  5. moomba1 says:

    Charlie, I hope it was a day full of beauty and blessings for all of you, as I’m sure it was. Such a special occasion! May God bestow great blessings on your newly formed family.

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  6. Joj says:

    Charlie, I was with you in spirit today! Offered my Mass and rosary for your son and his bride… and watched the Andy Griffith show with my kids!

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  7. Robert Cunningham says:

    Friends

    A few thoughts . . .

    After Jesus had ascended into Heaven he told his followers to wait for the Holy Spirit, which he would send. This first Christian community waited and prayed with Mary even as the scripture says, “All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women, and Mary the mother of Jesus” (Acts 1:14). Some translations render the Greek of “one accord” as “one heart”, which I believe is a veiled reference to the Immaculate Heart. It is interesting to note that the number of those waiting for the Holy Spirit in the upper room was 120, which is the number that the Jews required to start a new synagogue. However, with Pentecost this was not just another synagogue or community, rather it was the birth of the Church. It only seems natural that just as Mary was necessarily present at the Incarnation and the birth of our dear Lord that she would also be present at the birth of his body the Church. She is the Mother of God but also the Mother of the Church. As the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, Mary cooperates with God in a singularly unique way and our Lord, taken from her own flesh, is conceived when the Holy Spirit overshadows her. So, it is fitting that now in the upper room on the cusp of the 21st century we who love Christ are gathered again around his mother prayerfully waiting. She in and sense calls the Paraclete to come and introduces the followers of her Son to Him who will make their hearts burn with love.

    In the near future the Holy Spirit will act in a powerful way according to many saints and prophets. It is fitting then that we devote ourselves to prayer with one heart around the Immaculate Heart, the New Ark of the Covenant. God has desired that the Rescue come through her in a visible and miraculous way late in 2017. We are in a sense now between the Ascension and Pentecost waiting and praying a novena gathered around Our Lady who will introduce anew her Spouse to her children.

    Jesus . . . you ascended into Heaven but you did not leave behind the pure heart that loved you most. Rather, you lifted her to be with you even as the Psalmist says, “Lord go up to the place of Your rest, You and the ark of your holiness” (Ps. 132:8). How marvelous and mysterious are all your works.

    Robert

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    • Beckita says:

      Love it, Robert! Thank you. Most grateful to be gathered in the Oneness of this community around the Immaculate Heart of our Mother.

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    • janet333 says:

      “It is interesting to note that the number of those waiting for the Holy Spirit in the upper room was 120, which is the number that the Jews required to start a new synagogue.”

      Thank you for this information, Robert. I hadn’t known this.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Come Holy Spirit.

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    • deereverywhere says:

      I didn’t know that about the 120. Father Kirby says that’s where praying for souls in purgatory comes from. In the synagogue the names of the dead were written on the walls of the vestibule and kept there for a year so the people would pray!!!!

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      • janet333 says:

        Thanks Deer

        ..”.. Father Kirby says that’s where praying for souls in purgatory comes from. In the synagogue the names of the dead were written on the walls of the vestibule and kept there for a year so the people would pray!!!!

        This is called the Mourners Kadish..though I am sure they pray for only 11 months. We pray for the dead because we have read the truth in Scripture and the Church teaches it ” For if he had not hoped that they that were slain should rise again, it would have seemed superfluous and vain to pray for the dead,” Machabees 12.. Hence the reason Luther decided to omit this book. Jesus also told us…”Amen I say to thee, thou shalt not go out from thence till thou repay the last farthing” And then we have Paul…”If any man’ s work burn, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved, yet so as by fire.” 1 Cor-3

        Purgatory is a great act of Mercy given us by God. 🙂

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        • Robert Cunningham says:

          Deer and Janet

          The Jews also believed that the soul stays near the body for three days after death. It is just my opinion, but I believe that was why Jesus waited to raise Lazarus from the dead until the fourth day to show all that Lazarus was truly dead and not even his soul was near the body.

          Numbers also have symbolic meaning in scriptures, not in some esoteric way but in the intent to enforce or reveal a truth. The number 4 in Hebrew is Dalet and means “door” (or hinge). It seems interesting that our dear Lord who chose the fourth day to act says of himself, “No one comes to the Father except through me” (Jn 14:6) and again “I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved” (Jn 10:9).

          Our passage in Purgatory (or Final Theosis as it is known in the East) is also a type of passing through something on our way to Heaven. Some of the Russian saints refer to this process as toll-houses. St. Seraphim of Sarov states that, “Two nuns, both former abbesses, were dying. The Lord revealed to me their lot beyond the grave; how their souls were led past the aerial toll-houses; how at the toll-houses they were tortured and then judged. For three days, I, the poor one, prayed, appealing to the Mother of God. The Lord in his graciousness, by the prayers of the Mother of God, has mercy upon them. They passed through the aerial toll-houses and received forgiveness from the merciful God”

          Robert

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          • janet333 says:

            Thank you Robert. Thank goodness the saints have been allowed to show us why we must avoid purgatory, if at all possible. Even though we know that many saints must have passed through it…some more slowly and some more quickly than others. Still if it wasn’t there where would many of us be? 😦

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          • deereverywhere says:

            Wow Robert you are really smart. You must have been named for St. Robert Bellarmine who headed up that council that I can’t remember right now. Thank you.

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        • Doug says:

          Oh yes Janet! It is a great act of mercy.

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        • deereverywhere says:

          I knew that that was why that rascally rascal Luther threw out Maccabees. I had all the new testament references to purgatory in my old “New American Catholic Bible”. It sort of fell apart (bye bye book of Daniel) I like my Ignatius version better. I remember getting the purgatory references fro Mother Angelica and I think there was also one in Colossians. I agree with you that mercy is called purgatory. How great our God is to allow us this purification.

          I remember I was explaining purgatory to a Baptist friend when she said, “I don’t believe in that, eveyone goes right to heaven” I was flabbergasted. It left me speechless, (which is hard to do). I had already given the biblical reasons, and still… I can only pray for the light to shine.

          I mentioned Father Kirby because although I knew the other stuff, I didn’t know about the synagogue thing, nor did I know about the 120 count to begin a new synagogue. I wonder if that was only men or if it was both men and women. If it was only men that were counted, then there was a whole bunch of people in that upper room. Without air conditioning or running water. Wonder if they had the current cultural war of letting transgendered men into the ladies room? …please, God have mercy on this current generation of ridged necked cold hearted Israelite’s…

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          • janet333 says:

            “Wonder if they had the current cultural war of letting transgendered men into the ladies room?”

            Did they even have bathrooms? Hehe

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          • deereverywhere says:

            That’s funny

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          • janet333 says:

            I was explaining purgatory to a Baptist friend when she said, “I don’t believe in that, eveyone goes right to heaven”

            I think some have a spiritual blockage Deer 😦

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          • deereverywhere says:

            Too true.

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          • Doug says:

            Deer, 1 Cor 3:10 speaks indirectly about purgatory

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            * According to the grace of God given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building upon it. But each one must be careful how he builds upon it,
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            for no one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there, namely, Jesus Christ.
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            If anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or straw,
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            the work of each will come to light, for the Day* will disclose it. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire [itself] will test the quality of each one’s work.f
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            If the work stands that someone built upon the foundation, that person will receive a wage.
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            But if someone’s work is burned up, that one will suffer loss; the person will be saved,* but only as through fire.

            We cannot stand before God unless we are pure. Fire is used to purify metal. So we must go through some sort of purgation fire whether here or after death. I presume here is better and more important since the this may mean there will be more of the essence of who you are in heaven. In other words, greater reward for going through purgation before death. Those are my thoughts. Blessings!

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          • deereverywhere says:

            Great thoughts. I always believed purgatory to be Mercy. I think it is the only way many people are ever going to get to heave, including me, the one with the beam in their eye. When I see those poor souls in the nursing home, they must surly be paying a price. But Got is good, all the time.

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          • deereverywhere says:

            Isn’t she amazing! Then there is that prayer in the Pieta where the nun offers the Sacred Heart to the Father with all it’s merit, suffering and love 1. Expiate, 2. Purify 3. Supply

            http://www.ourcatholicprayers.com/prayer-for-daily-neglects.html

            Our God is truly awesome! Yeah God. Three cheers for God. Yeah God!!!!

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          • Beckita says:

            Cheering with you, Deer: Yeah God!

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Janet, “I think some have a spiritual blockage Deer” (I copy/pasted what you said because I don’t know if this will go to the right place)… anyway, one thing I would like to say about Protestants not believing in Purgatory is they have had zero knowledge of this and no teaching on it nor on the absolute perfection of God. They take the Scriptures literally because this is all they can do. They are ignorant, they lack the wealth of teachings given to us through the Saints etc. When they die and find out Purgatory IS..they are eternally grateful to God for this incredible mercy!! I have spoken with so many and it is very foreign to their way of thinking and understanding- whic I know you know! Seems God alone can correct this… another reason to be thankful for the Storm & Rescue!😊

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          • Robert Cunningham says:

            Snowy

            When I graduated college many years ago I taught 5th grade for one year before getting into my profession. I remember that I would ask the class a rhetorical question like ….. hmmm, who would ever know the answer to that question? I would see the immediate response of half of the students raising their hands. They were so eager to be picked and answer and please me. I remember Emmanuel would almost come out of his chair, his hand was raised so high.

            I feel the same way when God says rhetorically to me, whom shall I send? I raise my hand so high that I am half way out of my chair. I feel him then say in my heart, “If I send you, it may be difficult”. Yes, Lord I’m all in. “It may involve suffering or you may be rejected by others”. Yes, Lord I’m all in. “It may be very small in your eyes and of seemingly of no importance to anyone”. After a pause . . . yes Lord, I’m all in. “Good, now I will send people on your path. Love them. Pray for them. Stay small. Don’t worry about results. Accept people as they are. Share the gifts that I have given you”.

            In the end, if we have learned anything like the truths about Purgatory, the Sacraments, Our Lady etc it is because the Master has taught us well in his divine school of love. Others will be coming and they’ll learn too. You may even meet them on the playground.

            Robert

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          • Beckita says:

            Absolutely beautiful Robert! As ever!!! Better share some of your Toll House Chips with YD!

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          • Doug says:

            Nice analogy Robert.

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Amen, Robert!

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  8. Doug says:

    Hi Charlie, I lit a candle for your son’s wedding and YDs friend Who has pancreatic cancer. Hope you take some good time off. Blessings!

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  9. Beckita says:

    In light of one of the fruits of the Storm being the unity of Christians, I continue to be amazed at how God works through a process as well as in distinctive events in time. There is the ongoing numbers of Muslims converting upon receiving visions of Jesus or Mary. This morning, I discovered this news: http://www.christiantoday.com/article/q.what.country.hosts.the.worlds.fastest.growing.christian.community.clue.mount.everest/85598.htm

    From another highlighted prophecy, that of the future unity between the US and Russia to defeat Islam, I found this to be a significant event in the process: http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/russian-patriarch-kirill-proclaims-holy-war/ri14249

    On another interesting note, I was pondering where the process of conversion might be in Russia and happened upon an article by Austin Ruse whose work I have long appreciated: http://www.crisismagazine.com/2014/conversion-russia-look-like

    God’s Plan continues to unfold. Blessed be His Holy Name!

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    • janet333 says:

      Thank you for posting these links Beckita…God’s plan is certainly unfolding. 🙂

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    • justsayin392 says:

      Bekita, Thank you so much for sharing your myriad sources with us – there’s nothing like a glimpse through the wide-angle lens to remind us that while our little provincial provocations loom large in this moment, God is at work throughout His Creation unceasingly – even within each of us! Need to pull out that Litany of Humility. . .good one to keep in the active rotation.

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  10. Mary says:

    Hahaha that meme made my day. Thanks for the laugh Charlie.

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  11. deereverywhere says:

    Happy Mother’s Day🌹. I must go to mass and see our mother then I have to go to Publix to get my mother requested french pastries and take them there.

    While the long tailed cat may be nervous in a room full of rocking chairs, it is nothing compared to the reception area of the nursing home with people in wheelchairs in various states of dementia. What your toes, I will be carrying pastries.

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  12. zeniazenia says:

    Good Evening, I just happened to be attending Mass at this parish today as part of my Mother
    s Day festivities. I love God’s coincidences! I copied the following ad from the website … “14th Annual Diocesan Wide Eucharistic Rosary Procession to be held on Sunday, June 12th. It will begin at *The Pilgrim Church* of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish 99 King St., Northampton, MA 01060. Let us spread God’s mercy by praying the Rosary and processing through the streets of Northampton with Our Lady and her Son, Jesus.
    Our Guest speaker, Fr. Chris Alar, MIC, Director of the Association of Marian Helpers. Stockbridge, Massachusetts. (Fr. Chris is the third new ‘superstar ‘ Marion priest with Father Michael Gaitley, MIC,, author, and Father Donald Calloway, MIC, Vocation Director. ) will begin his talk at 1:00 p.m. Also, at that time, the sacrament of confession will be available. Fr. Alar will speak on the significance of the Holy Doors, the message of Divine Mercy, and how we can live out that message so as to enter into the merciful heart of Jesus, during this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.
    The Rosary Procession (transportation will be available for those who are unable to walk in the procession.), the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will follow Fr. Alar’s talk. The service will conclude around 4 p.m.
    All are welcome to attend a reception at 10 Hawley Street following the service.
    “Before the Day of Justice, I am sending the Day of Mercy” (Diary of St. Faustina, 1588)
    Saint Pope John Paul ll said, “Our faith in the God who took flesh in order to become our companion along the way needs to be everywhere proclaimed, especially in our streets and homes, as an expression of our grateful love and as inexhaustible source of blessings.” (Apostolic Letter, Mane Nobiscum Domine-Stay With Us, Lord. Oct. 7, 2004)
    http://www.eucharisticprocessionnorthampton.com/
    LET’S REACH OUR GOAL OF 1,000 PARTICIPANTS THIS YEAR!

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  13. zeniazenia says:

    THIRD DAY Novena to the Holy Spirit (7th Sunday of Easter or transferred Ascension)
    Thou, of all consolers best, Visiting the troubled breast, Dost refreshing peace bestow.
    The Gift of Piety
    The gift of Piety begets in our hearts a filial affection for God as our most loving Father. It inspires us to love and respect for His sake persons and things consecrated to Him, as well as those who are vested with His authority, His Blessed Mother and the Saints, the Church and its visible Head, our parents and superiors, our country and its rulers. He who is filled with the gift of Piety finds the practice of his religion, not a burdensome duty, but a delightful service. Where there is love, there is no labor.
    Prayer
    Come, O Blessed Spirit of Piety, possess my heart. Enkindle therein such a love for God, that I may find satisfaction only in His service, and for His sake lovingly submit to all legitimate authority. Amen.
    Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.
    Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts
    http://ewtn.com/Devotionals/pentecost/seven.htm

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  14. Amy says:

    I love it! LOL!!!

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  15. Jose says:

    I have a question but I’m not sure where to ask it! Since we have a few priests and at least one bishop, I’d like to try here.

    I recently bumped into some websites promoting online Eucharistic Adoration. What about this? Can somebody please explain the theology behind this and how it compares in terms of graces/fruits/etc.? Thank you!

    If I should be asking (or reading the answer to) this question somewhere else, please gently point me in the right direction. Thanks!

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Jose, very interesting, and good question. I have never seen or even heard of this before!

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    • Doug says:

      Well, I’d rather be in the same room with my wife rather than face time her from across the country.

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      • Beckita says:

        Surely, Doug, yet for someone unable to be in person, very elderly or very ill, I think, “Thanks be to God!” for this beautiful use of technology.

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        • Doug says:

          Oh yes Beckita. I agree. I have no problem with either. Just expressing an analogy that I think illustrates the differences. Now, I think I would rather focus on a very artistic picture of the Eucharist in a monstrance before watching it on TV. That’s just me. Blessings!

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Jose, my parish offers *Virtual Adoration.* http://smip.org/VirtualAdoration
      Since I have been homebound for a time, I have relied on it for prayer time and reflection.
      I pray a spiritual communion daily too – http://www.ourcatholicprayers.com/spiritual-communion.html
      The link above has some great church history that you might find will satisfy your curiosity.

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      • YongDuk says:

        I think St. Faustina mentions something like that. I cannot remember where. Towards the last Third of her Diary.

        I know when I was in the Holy Land as a Seminarian and was staying in a Jewish section on the First Day, I went out to the Beach facing West and did my Holy Hour in the Vatican where I knew Adoration was going on in that Little Chapel on the Right as you go in.

        Was it ideal? No, I love to stare at Jesus.

        Was it great? Yes, it was Great!

        I guess for the Indulgences–or the question of the Indulgences received–I would say God is generous, but better to know the physical place and observe that in that case as oppose to a random unknown place (i.e. why I imagined the Adoration Chapel in St. Peter’s) so as to meet God somewhat half way 😉 , but God cannot be outdone and loves to meet people with the Grace they desire.

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    • Joj says:

      Jose, while Jesus is substantially present in the Blessed Sacrament, the appearance is simply of bread. And since a video image can only represent the appearances of bread, and not the substance (Jesus whole and entire), it cannot truly represent the Blessed Sacrament. Thus watching the video cannot give the same graces as adoration before the Blessed Sacrament.

      However, a streaming video makes a person think of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and helps the imagination to think about being in our Lord’s True Substantial Presence. Like looking at a prayer card or statue, it can be a valuable aid to prayer. In this way it can bring graces.

      This is also the case with Spiritual Communions. They are a source of grace, the grace from longing to be united to Christ out of love. But they don’t have the power in themselves to effect this union, while reception of the Blessed Sacrament does have that power in itself.

      It is the difference between the Sacrament and the sacramental effect, distinguished in the Catechism of the Council of Trent. Again, Contrition can give the sacramental effect of confession, but receiving the Sacrament itself gives a guarantee of forgiveness and grace. The sacraments are the ordinary means He has chosen, but God is not bound by them.

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    • leslyek says:

      I feel like it blesses the room to expose it to the exposition of the blessed sacrament even through a tv type screen.
      I even touch it and bless myself sometimes feeling that such a Presence can surely confer itself through one of it’s creatures, especially if ‘asked’! 🙂

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      • Robert Cunningham says:

        Jose

        Joj provided a good catechesis on substance but allow me to provide a few thoughts on intention. If you were on the way to Mass one Sunday morning to the only Catholic church in the area and got a flat tire and missed Mass would your obligation be fulfilled? Again, if you were ready to leave the house for the only Mass and your child was sick and you had to stay home and take care of her would your obligation be fulfilled? The answer is intention.

        There is Sacramental grace as Joj discussed quite well but there is also actual grace, or grace of the present moment. I like to think of this grace of the “sun shines on the good and the bad” (Matt 5:45) but only those who are open to receive actually receive. Some may have their umbrellas of indifference, hatred or selfishness up and receive nothing but darkness under their self-imposed cover while others bathe in the light of their dear Lord. The point is to do what you can and the Lord will do the rest. As YD said, he will meet you halfway.

        Robert

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  16. CrewDog says:

    We must take our “Joy” any way we can ;-):

    “Liberal NYC Mayor DeBlasio Calls For Chick-fil-a Boycott, Gets Ignored”

    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2016/05/10/liberal-nyc-mayor-deblasio-calls-for-chickfila-boycott-fails-miserably-n2161113?utm

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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