Wild Orchids in the Borderlands

Young Terry knighting Fraternus

Terry Rumore Jr. knighting a Fraternus brother at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Birmingham, Alabama

By Charlie Johnston

It has been a vigorously busy time in the Southeastern United States these last few weeks after my son’s wedding. Things are getting darker around the world, but there are more than a few wild roses and orchids to be found on the borderlands of the looming chaos. I thought I would share a few stories of them with you today.

Fraternus is a fully Catholic response to the need to inculcate the manly virtues into young men and boys. With the collapse of the Boy Scouts into the fetid swamps of homosexual and transgender activism, it is desperately needed – and growing by leaps and bounds. Fraternus uses many of the classic techniques the Boy Scouts once used to develop virtues such as chastity, chivalry, honor, duty and initiative in young men.

In Birmingham, Alabama, My primary contact and great friend is Deacon Terry Rumore. Bigger than life, always active, and ever voluble, he is a mainstay of the Birmingham Catholic community. When money needs to be raised, when projects need a little help along the way, he is the go-to guy for everyone, from EWTN to the furthest Parish in the Diocese. He is affectionately called “the Archdeacon” by many in the Diocese including (I have been told) his Bishop.

Early last year his sons, Terry Jr. and Charlie Rumore, decided to inaugurate a Fraternus Chapter in Birmingham. A couple of chips off the old block, once they get going they make things happen in a big way.

I attended a Mass celebrating the first anniversary of an active Fraternus Chapter at the Cathedral of St. Paul in Birmingham, followed by an awards ceremony and dinner, served by the boys. Over 200 people attended. One of the Priests who concelebrated the Mass is familiar to many around the country – Fr. John Paul from EWTN.

I did not speak at the event, merely attended to see what my friends had put together. After dinner and the awards presentation, while chatting with various friends in attendance, I was not surprised that many of the adults recognized me. I was very surprised when a number of the boys came up to see me and tell me what an inspiration my website has been to them.

Fraternus boys

Birmingham’s Fraternus Chapter

These young men are serious about living virtue. I have to be frank: when I was their age, I doubt I would have been a regular reader of a website such as mine. (I may be wrong: the late Tom Roeser was one of my favorite newspaper columnists when I was a teenager – decades before he became one of my dearest friends).

While chatting with one group of people about how desperately our world needs a revival of the manly virtues – and what a joy it is to see someone doing something serious about it, a pretty young woman in the group smiled slyly and said, “We girls like manly men best, too.” We all chuckled.

I spent three days visiting with Deacon Terry, who shepherded me around to various private meetings. Visiting with him was Fr. Brennan, a retired Priest from Ireland who was once assigned to the Diocese of Birmingham. Fr. Brennan now lives back in Ireland, just south of Dublin, but visits for a month once each year. He said Mass for us each morning. Fr. Brennan and Deacon Terry love to poke each other and bicker. At one point, Fr. Brennan told me my job was to keep Deacon Terry in line. I laughed and said that would be too hard a penance after a confession, so I would have to confess right then I could not accomplish this Sisyphean task.

While in town, we visited a Cenacalo, a house for recovering addicts that Deacon Terry said was started at the behest of Birmingham’s Bishop Robert Baker. It is an amazing place, where recovering men live in community in a very structured setting, to bring new structure to their lives. We had lunch there, which is prepared communally by the men in residence. Deacon Terry told me that Bishop Baker is passionately devoted to pastoral care for those who suffer and to instill a sense of worth, hope and structure to all – and that he had been actively supportive of getting the Fraternus project off the ground. Perhaps most impressively, Deacon Terry said that not only did the men there know the Bishop, but that when the Bishop visits, he knows almost all of them by name, as well.

I lived in Birmingham/Irondale until I was three and a half, when my parents moved to the Chicago area. Having left when I was barely more than a toddler, it feels kind of cool to become, in my old age, a member in good standing of the Birmingham Catholic family.

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I spent Pentecost in the mountains of Northern Georgia, at the second home of my main Atlanta contact and friend, Tom Kuipers, who also administers the Next Right Steppers Private Forum. This was the property on which he discovered the “Squirrel Crossing” sign I posted last week.

It was a year ago, on May 13, when the family moved into the property. There is an old Baptist Church adjacent to the property. Seldom used any more, the community allowed them to use the Church now as a Catholic Chapel. We mounted a Eucharistic Procession from the main house to the chapel for the Mass of Pentecost. An older couple I know offered to give me a ride up to the Church – but I laughingly told them I can sit or I can walk: it is standing still in place that causes my pain to flare. The chapel is a sturdy, but rustic, old Church that is cooled primarily by breezes wafting in through the screens. Those of us near a window were struck by how often and how appropriately timed gusts of wind rose up during the Mass. Most impressive of all, at one point, sunlight came through in rays to suffuse the elevated host.

Once again, a big supper was enjoyed afterwards by all who came out for the celebration. Tom’s wife, Jessica, makes a great cheesecake. Remembering how much I enjoyed it last year, she had another on hand for me this year – which I was able to eat for breakfast, too.

North Georgia Procession

Pentecost Procession in North Georgia

 

Because of the preparations for the Pentecost celebration, Tom was not directly involved in my Atlanta talk this year, though he came down near the end to bring me back up to the mountains. At a luncheon for the volunteers, the Deacon who did handle the arrangements brought us to the finest Cajun Restaurant I have ever been to – and it was near Alpharetta, Georgia.

People in Atlanta were deeply disturbed by the fining, bankrupting and attempts to jail Christians who merely refuse to use their creative talents to actively participate in “gay weddings.” You are probably not aware of how swiftly that the prosecution of such Christians has advanced in the last year. As of now, over 1,200 Christians have been fined or otherwise punished by the state for refusing to cater to “gay weddings.” That does not count all who have lost their jobs rather than betray their Christian faith. People were even more disturbed at the president’s order that all schools must allow boys to use girls’ shower rooms and lockers without question – and vice versa – or lose their federal funding. I told the crowd that I am a great advocate of free speech, and don’t begrudge anyone holding a different opinion than I do. On the other hand, those who have abused official power to punish and oppress those who disagree with them cannot just be dismissed, they need to go to jail – the place they would send any who dare disagree with them. I said the offenders need to hope I was never in charge. This started a riff…I would ask if the crowd knew where those judges and  ‘human rights’ commissioners who had punished or fined Christians for practicing their faith would be going. Several shouted, “To jail.” I asked about those who would try to force schools to let boys shower in girls locker rooms. Same answer. I asked about the 16 state attorney generals who want to prosecute any who disagree with them on ‘climate change’. “To jail,” the crowd shouted. Perhaps the biggest, most jubilant shout came when I asked about IRS officials who targeted – and are still targeting – Christians.

Government officials think they are enhancing their power by bullying, coercive tactics. They don’t know they are actually emasculating it. Unless they stand down, all they will accomplish will be to, as General Tojo said after Pearl Harbor, “awaken a sleeping giant and fill it with a terrible resolve.”

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After navigating a torrential downpour, terrifying lightning, tornadoes, and getting through several traffic jams on the Florida turnpike, I finally made it to West Palm Beach. One of the delights there was to spend a day with Fr. Stephen Leake, a Priest assigned to St. Philip Benizi Parish in the impoverished community of Belle Glade, on the south shore of Lake Okeechobee.

Fr. Steve, St. Francis and me

Fr. Steve sitting with St. Francis and me at St. Mary’s in Pahokee

He also took me to St. Mary’s, a Church and Mission in Pahokee. There he told me the amazing story of the icon of Our Lady of Bethlehem displayed there. It deeply touched me for reasons that will become clear.

It is a bejeweled icon created by a Russian monk in the 16th Century, probably held for a time by the Romanov family – Russia’s rulers for centuries. Some years back, a Jewish Family, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Kahn, were liquidating the inventory from a store they owned in order to move operations to Florida. Everything sold except this icon, which Mr. Kahn decided to keep and dispose of later, knowing neither its provenance or its value. In Florida, he became social friends with the Priest, Fr. John, at St. Mary’s in Pahokee, After some thought, he decided he did not want to sell the icon, that it would have deep meaning for Fr. John and his Parish – so he donated it to him. Fr. John was delighted. He took it to have it appraised and its history searched. To his astonishment, he was told of its provenance in Russia – and that its value was somewhere between two and three million dollars.

Our Lady of Bethlehem

Our Lady of Bethlehem Icon

 

Since neither man had suspected its rarity or value, Fr. John contacted Kahn  and offered to return it. Though startled, Kahn declined the offer, sensing that this was intended for a Church. And so, insured by Lloyd’s of London, it is permanently on display at St. Mary’s Parish in Pahokee, Florida.

As you know, I have said that I was told that, in these times, we are to treat all faithful Christians – Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant – and all faithful Jews as full and equal partners in the work before us – that God, Himself, will see to the unity as a fruit of the Storm. I have also noted that I often think of the Storm as a new Advent, a penitential time pointing back to the manger, just as the first Advent pointed forward to the manger. So to have a Russian Orthodox icon, donated by a Jewish family to a Catholic Church in an obscure little town in Florida, rather than a great Cathedral – and to have it entitled Our Lady of Bethlehem, seems like a providential icon of these times. All that is needed to make it complete is a strong Protestant connection – but Lloyd;s of London is a prestigious firm in an officially Protestant country, so that will have to do.

My coordinator in West Palm Beach, Peggy, is a lawyer specializing in family law, touching on my emphasis on Faith, Family and Freedom. So West Palm Beach was startlingly providential, from the Storm I had to navigate to get there to the startling icon of unity in faith I ended with.

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Finally, in the beautiful little town of Sebring, Florida (near Tampa), I got the greatest cake ever. My host, Joan, at the volunteer dinner, had dessert hidden under a cover. When she unveiled it, I was absolutely charmed. It was a cake she had worked on for days, in the shape of a cabin. She got the idea from the image at the top of the website – and my frequent, fond references to the time I spend in retreat at the cabin in the mountains.

cabin cake

Cabin Cake from Sebring

They put me up at a charming old hotel, the Inn on the Lakes. Though reasonably large, every room has a view of a lake. To the east is a large lake, directly to the west a smaller one. Most delicious, though elegant and modernly appointed, they use real keys. Something about that delighted me.

I spoke at a downtown theatre where they hold all manner of community events. It had a snack shop attached, so at the break between my presentation and questions, folks were able to go get refreshments. It was a lively, energetic crowd. I particularly like it when there are young people at a presentation. This one had several, including one teenage girl who had a load of questions. I always take a little extra time to answer young folks questions – for though they may be well-formed at home, they get little cultural back-up to the faith now.

I often say that our culture now is like living in a toxic area of an inner city – and that after the Rescue it will be like living in Mayberry. I loved Sebring, for I picked up a little of the scent of Mayberry whenever the soft breeze rose.

 

 

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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231 Responses to Wild Orchids in the Borderlands

  1. CrewDog says:

    A “Good Sign”. We must celebrate victories small & large. The Thomas More Law Center is worth supporting!
    “Thomas More Law Center Wins Huge Victory for Free Speech and Unborn Babies Against Planned Parenthood”
    http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=adf1a83154acea60d091b413c&id=2f8290e418&e=3b7c597bb1

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  2. bflocatholic says:

    Thanks for the post, Charlie. Your “travelogue” posts are always such interesting and inspiring pieces. The story about the Icon was pretty amazing. Ours is certainly a God of surprises!

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  3. aaronpfoutz says:

    Charlie, Gods blessings to you and your readers. What is the source for 1200 fines you spoke of in Atlanta?

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    • charliej373 says:

      I got it off National Review. I did not have the reference handy when I wrote this and I am a little rushed, but went forward with confidence anyway, for that is a source I usually trust implicitly on the facts.

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  4. Very nice postings, Charlie. Uplifting and enjoyable, the lot of them. I can’t remember which of your followers was interested in our Eucharistic Procession so if it’s still okay I will post the info. Our Church, St. Vincent de Paul in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, located at 301 East High Street, will be held this Sunday after the 11:30 Mass. All are welcome to join!

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    • Beckita says:

      What great news, Reets. If you haven’t yet seen the site’s info on processions, you can access it via the black nav bar at the top of the page. Praying blessings upon you and all who attend!

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  5. Beckita says:

    Thanks for the update with highlights of this leg of your Journey, Charlie. Signs of Hope! Fraternus is, indeed, evidence of the process of rescue amidst the Storm. Love the icon story and its reflection of who we are becoming in God’s Plan. Beautiful!

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  6. BlessedIam says:

    You are a wonderful writer. Felt like I was there with you on the journey. Would love to see that icon though!

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  7. BD says:

    Charlie, it was great to say hello to you. Thanks for the heads up on the Icon, now I have to go to Pahokee.

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  8. I will try this again! Charlie, you must have been so happy to see so many young men embracing their faith. It is also nice to have good things to hear about, thanks for telling us about your recent activities. The cake is a real tribute to how appreciated you are to so many. I had the opportunity to attend the first Mass of a new priest on Sunday in Loveland Cincinnati. Father Eric has been the Parochial Vicar at St. Margaret of York’s parish for the last 3 years. He has so enjoed his ministry at SMOY that he celebrated his first Mass their as opposed to going over to St. Suzanna’s, his new assignment. We had many priests in the congregation with 8 con-celebrates. He has a wonderful personality and has come to the priesthood at 42; he has been a college professor. It appears to me that he will be a good priest with a traditional ministry. God is Good!

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  9. Kim Sevier says:

    Amazing journey,Charlie!

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  10. Annie says:

    Reblogged this on Annie.

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  11. deereverywhere says:

    What a tremendous adventure you had, sprinkling God’s joy like holy water from a hyssop branch! How holy and joyful! North Georgia is beautiful. That’s where my husband was born (in a house not a hospital). My father-in-law won him in a hand of poker. He bet the doctor his birthing bill in a poker game and my father-in-law won.😇

    The icon is beautiful. Our Lady’s mantel has stars on it just like Our Lady of Tepeyac. What strikes me about the icon is that the Baby Jesus is in motion. He is moving like a real kid that age. She is holding His hand back. Just as she is holding His hand of justice back now. He wants to wallop and she is controlling an irratated God. I haven’t seen any icon quite like that before.

    Now, if I may, Joan that cake is absolutely beautiful! You could go on one of those baking contests and win. You know that there is a gingerbread contest every year. What kind of cake, my favorite food, was under the icing? Red velvet? Chocolate? Lemon? Vanilla? Carrot? You did a tremendous job. Making the little doodads and such around the cabin, wow!

    Thank you Charlie.

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    • canada1nw says:

      Okay, now I am hungry and I want that cheesecake recipe!
      Deer, I love what you have said: “What strikes me about the icon is that the Baby Jesus is in motion. He is moving like a real kid that age. She is holding His hand back. Just as she is holding His hand of justice back now. He wants to wallop and she is controlling an irritated God.”
      Jesus sure does look like he is struggling to do things his way, as any little boy would try to do. I had my little grandson with me today, it can be challenging to change his plans to line up with mine:)
      Thank goodness for our Mother Mary and Jesus’ love for her and us through her heart.

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      • deereverywhere says:

        How blessed you are with a little grandson, chasing him around. You will have a good night’s sleep tonight. We are so lucky to have Our Lady and Our Lord. May they bless you and your family.💙

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      • Greg says:

        I’m sorry, but when I moved to North Carolina, I fell in love with a local cheesecake recipe that is hands down the best: see below:

        North Carolina Mountains Cheesecake

        Crust
        • 1 – 2/3 cup graham cracker crumbs (crushed graham crackers)
        • 2 tablespoons sugar
        • 1 – 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
        • 6 tablespoons melted butter

        Filling
        • 1 – 1/2 pounds cream cheese (at room temperature) i.e., three 8 oz packages.
        • 1 cup sugar
        • 3 eggs
        • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

        Topping
        • 1 pint sour cream
        • 3 tablespoons sugar
        • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

        How to:
        For crust: Mix ingredients thoroughly. Pat into bottom and sides of a 10” spring pan

        For filling: Beat cheese well. Add sugar gradually, then eggs one at a time; add vanilla. Pour into crust. Bake at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes (cook until center cracks). Remove from oven, set aside.

        For topping: whip sour cream, sugar and vanilla together, then pour over cake. Bake at 500 degrees for 5-10 minutes. Cool, then refrigerate. Serve cold.

        Enjoy

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      “He wants to wallop and she is controlling an irratated God”… Deer, hahaha! You do have a way with phrasing things…every time I scroll past; I just have to read that one sentence and crack up. You are such a hoot!

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      • deereverywhere says:

        Thanks Snowy, doesn’t it look like He is really to tear into something?

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          Deer, love your new picture! Is that your son and pitbully? Arf Arf.🐶

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          • deereverywhere says:

            Yes, I didn’t think it worked. I was having a hard time and didn’t notice that it worked. His puppy in more French mastiff at 110pounds. Hooch was his name at the pound, now it’s Butch. The white on his face either means over breeding or mix of pit bull. My kid needs a hair cut in that picture, but he is a cutie pie and could careless, in fact I think he sees it as a drawback. His eyes are green.

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  12. stormrescue says:

    What an amazing account of your travels. The story about the young men joining the Fraternus is heart warming to read. Young men who want to be true to God. I hope they inspire other young men and boys all across the country. What a wonderful thing to see happening in this culture where it’s all about “Me”. The Icon of Our Lady of Bethlehem from Russia of all places is a great story. God is helping us understand with your help, Charlie, how each one of us is important to Him. He will not abandon His children no matter where they are from, no matter what they have to offer because He knows why things are supposed to happen a certain way. We belong to Him. God bless you Charlie and may He always keep you safe.
    MarciofUtah

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  13. Alfred says:

    A question (pardon if it’s been asked and answered–the blogs are overwhelming to a newbie) about “we are to treat all faithful Christians – Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant – and all faithful Jews as full and equal partners in the work before us – that God, Himself, will see to the unity as a fruit of the Storm.” Does this apply to intercommunion? I would think not, but isn’t participation in the sacraments at the heart of “full and equal” partnership?

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  14. Cindy Baca says:

    If this is okay to post…. Anyone living near Modesto Ca. St. Joseph’s Church is having on Sunday, May 29th a Corpus Christis Procession. Be at the parking lot by 2:15 p.m. We walk approx 1 mile round trip through the neighborhood stop at 4 Catholic homes where there is an outdoor altars and Our Lord is placed on these outdoor altars as we adore in prayer and song. Rest a bit and continue our walk. Water is provided, the streets in the neighborhoods are closed so we may have a safe route. Then end up back at the church solemn benediction. If you cannot walk the full route, there are cars to transport. 1813 Oakdale Road Modesto Ca

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  15. Ah, cheesecake…it’s not just for breakfast anymore! There’s no better way to start your day.

    With all the wonderful things you wrote about here, Charlie, leave it to me to zero-in on the cheesecake.

    Was it New York style?

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    • charliej373 says:

      It was. Of course, it was Jessica’s own recipe – and she knows how to make some cheesecake!

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      • Tom says:

        Charlie, it was wonderful spending time with you again and boy was that Mass special. I’m glad you also noticed the wind soaring, especially at the end of the Eucharistic Procession after Mass when Father consumed our Lord and the wind rushed up to the sky like He was headed back up there. Just awesome.

        So when are you coming back again? I ask that selfishly not only wanting to see you again but that means Jess will be making another cheesecake!

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    • goldensun says:

      So true! I’m trying to be healthier now. The birthday cake I had for breakfast yesterday had a fruit filling.

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  16. Sandy says:

    So happy to hear that you visited St. Mary’s and saw that beautiful icon. I went with a group of women last year on a one-day pilgrimage. It is only an hour and a half north of us. The church and the icon are so beautiful, and I was also very impressed that they have a pregnancy center and health clinic on their grounds to help the many poor farm workers in Pahokee. It is a very special place, indeed. I hope to visit the Marianitas soon. I will tell them Charlie sent me;-)

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  17. little one inPA says:

    Eucharistic Procession after the 11:00 am Mass at St. Peter church Elizabethtown PA!!
    Come join us! 😊

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    • Beckita says:

      Great news, Little one! May the Blessings of the Lord pour forth as He is worshipped and adored in the procession!

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    • BD says:

      Hi little one inPA, I was from the other side of PA (the good side) but I met a man named Basil Lynch that lived about 2-hours from Elizabethtown. He painted the most magnificent Icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary that he called “Mary, Mother of God”, He produced replicas complete with the gold inlet and the decorative rubies he so lovingly placed on the original. I have one of the replicas and I truly love it. He passed away a few years back and sadly I can’t find much information about him on the internet except a link to his passing complete with a picture of the Icon. Much, much more to the story but I thought you might find this interesting. Link below:

      http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=103666187

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      • She is stunning! What a talented artist.

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        • Robert Cunningham says:

          Icons are not painted, rather they are “written” as they depict spiritual truths. So, we can gaze on them in wonder as we awe the mystery. Our Lady is normally depicted with three stars to show that she was a virgin before, during and after the incarnation and birth of our dear Lord. His birth did not stain her virginity – it purified it. Also, Jesus is often depicted not as an infant, but rather a child or even a young man. This is because the Eternal Word made flesh always knew who he was with no confusion.

          I remember Fr Groeschel saying before an icon of Jesus, “There is no more of a mysterious person in the whole human race than Jesus”. He is all God and all man. He is my best friend but is also my God. Tenderness and intimacy is found with our Lord but he is also due honor and praise.

          In IC XC

          Robert

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        • Beckita says:

          Thanks for sharing this beautiful image, Patrick. And thanks for mentioning it, BD. The colors speak to me. I’ve always appreciated shades of blue and yellow/gold together. The red jewels are as Christ’s Precious Blood. The eyes bespeak our times as they cast a serious and sad gaze upoon us. May our TDL and NRS ways immersed in ongoing prayer and sacrifice for our brothers and sisters console the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of our Mother.

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          • BD says:

            Hello Beckita. Thank you especially for appreciating this icon that has been so dear to my heart since the 1980’s. I know of your great devotion to Our Lady so many thanks. There is a beautiful story concerning the inspiration for this icon and Robert Cunningham is correct, the painting of an icon, especially this icon, tells many spiritual truths about Our Lady. I appreciate my man Patrick of SD for putting the icon in to full view for all to see. God Bless too All.

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          • Beckita says:

            Hey BD! Are you free to tell of the story concerning the inspiration for this lovely and glorious icon here? If so, we’re all ears.

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          • BD says:

            Beckita. I am free to discuss and will post it with Charlie’s permission of course.I have a letter from the artist describing both his inspiration and the meaning behind the Icon. He called it “The Synopsis of an Icon”. I want to refresh my memory before posting for accuracy purposes but some big dummy needs to locate it first. If it takes too long to find the letter I will just go by memory.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Oh, I would love that, BD. Iconography is a very specialized and spiritual art form – and I would appreciate a good piece on it.

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          • Beckita says:

            Thanks, BD and Charlie. What a great gift that will be!

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          • BD says:

            Beckita, I will post below the inspiration behind the painting of the Icon, Mary Mother of God. I was able to locate Basil Lynch’s own words describing his inspiration. I am still trying to locate his letter (might be in storage) that included his interpretation and the meaning behind the Icon.

            ABOUT MARY
            On May eleventh, nineteen hundred and eighty one, in the bedroom of my home in Kingston, Pennsylvania, I had a mystical experience. As the church bells of the morning “Angelus” rang, an event occurred that dominated and prevailed over my life in a grand acquiescence. For at precisely six o’clock that sunny spring morning, I had a vision of our Blessed Mother. It happened when I was totally awake and fully aware of what had transpired. Here are the words that I entered into my daily journal of that day.

            This was beautiful. A complete composition of our Blessed Mother, face,–very clear, with a brightness in the rear, and dressed in white. She was very beautiful, the vision occurred at the first sound of a church bell, coming from St. Mary’s’ in Wilkes Barre, (which is located across the Susquehanna River from Kingston, a mile away) I was awake for ten minutes, my eyes were open although still in bed, when without notice, the curtain ruffled in the open window, a Lady appeared within my eyes. There was no reference point. She was not (standing) in my room, but She was just there, totally along side of me, awake but not facing in that direction, our alarm went off ten minutes earlier and we were about to rise.)

            The face, filled with tenderness, as you see it now, is precisely how I saw Her that morning as the Angelus rang. She had a divine dignity about Herself that I could not misinterpret as to Her identity. She was immersed in an aura of grandeur and grace, exquisite, as the mystical golden rose. Her presence to me was as overpowering and convincing as I can state. This to my knowledge is the very first occasion in art history, that an artist, who witnessed such an event had the skill and inspiration to paint Her exactly, as She was. The inspiration and the skill along with the toil of two years, are the testimony of my indebtedness to God, which I now proclaim publicly. The work of universal value. Those exceptional circumstance now permit me to realize the fulfillment of my destiny, forever linked with our Blessed Mother, Mary, Mother of God. I wanted to paint Her so powerful that no one would dare to race indifferently to Her. I wanted to show Her tenderness to be as strong and enduring as the pyramids, I wanted Her eloquence to be as loud and persistence as the waves of a great ocean.

            For the Blessed Mother was in my vision, but I was only the eyes for you. I saw for you and the entire world. She is painted here as She wanted to be seen. She is painted here as She wanted to be known and loved. Come to Her. She loves you, what eternal joy lies within your reach. Spread your life before Her and grasp at Her tenderness, seek out Her Graces and find Peace in your heart, in your mind, and with the entire world.

            HER SOUL IS IN HEAVEN, HER SPIRIT IS HERE WITH US. A tightly stretched canvas, was the vehicle of the journey. Her image is here visible to your eyes, and comprehensive to your mind. For God pressed upon this kindred spirit the joy of revealing through art, the magnificence of His love, where each stroke of the brush was a kiss of a thousand nights and as the colors bend, the rapture and allure of Heavenly Grace.

            Basil Lynch, artist
            Mary, Mother of God

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          • Beckita says:

            WOW WOW WOW, BD! Thank you so much for this. What a very special encounter. Praying for the repose of Basil Lynch’s soul, praying he is now forever eye to Eye with our Mother, joining the Heavenly intercession for our world at this time. Looking forward to the interpretation whenever you find it, BD. Tugging at St. Anthony’s ear to help you, but don’t stress in looking. God bless you.

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          • Robert Cunningham says:

            BD

            Thanks for sharing that information about Basil Lynch and the story that you posted. I just read some things about him online and he feels like family. Considering his name and his icon, I was sure that he was Eastern Catholic.

            St Basil was a great saint among the Cappadocian Fathers in the 4th century. He wrote extensively about the Holy Spirit and is one of my favorite saints of that time period. The icon is a great gift to us and it just seems fitting that a man named Basil wrote it.

            Thank you Basil

            Robert

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          • BD says:

            Thanks Robert Cunningham. I very much appreciate the Icon myself and I am especially pleased to hear you feel the same way. Hopefully one day the Icon will be better known. Basil is a great name by the way and Basil Lynch was a wonderful and talented individual. Interesting perspective with St. Basil.

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        • Ella Cammina says:

          It is really beautiful, such a lovely face, and I love the colors, too!

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        • Doug says:

          My Lambzie is signing up for an iconography class to do St. Michael the Arc Angel.

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          Patrick, every time I scroll past this Icon I love it more. It is truly beautiful! Thank you for posting it 🌷🌹

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        • deereverywhere says:

          So when I say the fifth decade of the Glorious Mysteries, I figure since every day new people make it to heaven, there is a new ceremony for the crowning. Our Lady gets new dresses to wear each day and , of course there is new cake everyday. When the artist gets to heaven, can you imagine how thrilled he will be when she is wearing his design? Now Lambsie can write a design for St. Michael to wear when she gets to meet him. Then if I ever get there, she can show me her vision in 3D (not double D, Doug😎) It is so exciting. !!!

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      • goldensun says:

        That’s beautiful. It’s art that even those of us from the bad side of PA can appreciate!

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      • deereverywhere says:

        I grew up four miles outside of the bad side of Pennsylvania, then. I suppose definitions are revelant, or irrelevant either way, there is a reason why Charlie Daniels mentions Pittsburgh Steeler fans in his song. I was there for four of those Superbowls. And when the Pirates won the World Series one of the same years. I know what a boiler maker is, and Iron City beer. Let’s remember where the most relics are outside the Vatican, as well (St. Anthony’s chapel, North Side is the answer,btw)

        Reading that lovey article about Basil Lynch redeemed you. Thank you for this beautiful icon, an the story. I am fascinated by his description of the power of Our Lady. It is magnificent. And thank you. I stared at her for a long time yesterday. It is stunning.

        You may require St. Anthony’s assistance in finding the other documentation. He may be inviting you to the wrong side of the tracks. Maybe you should wear black and gold, just saying.

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        • BD says:

          deereverywhere, Pittsburgh is the good side of the state and where I lived most of my life until I moved out of state a few years ago. From Beaver County to Mars is where I previously resided. I still visit family quite often and was just up to the “burgh” a couple of weeks ago. I am an avid Steeler fan and Penguins as well. Can’t forget those Pirates either. I heard of St Anthony’s and want to visit there some day. I will take your advice and pray that St. Anthony takes the lead in my search. By the way I picked up a new Steeler shirt even though I don’t expect we will fully enjoy another football season,

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          • deereverywhere says:

            To true, isn’t it great to tell people you are (or have lived) in Mars? My sister and family still live in Beaver Co. My grandparents are buried in North Catholic cemetery right down from Art Rooney and family. My dad is buried right when you drive in. I haven’t been there for awhile because my mother decided she wanted to live with my family after my dad died. Now she is in a nursing home here. But I love my home town. It is full of good honest people. My husband keeps wearing his Pirate cap. He is a born Braves fan but he has too many good memories watching the Pirates with my dad. It’s his way to honor him.

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          • torilen says:

            It’s great to hear from some Pittsburghers here (even if you are former Pittsburghers! I grew up there & still live close by.

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          • BD says:

            torilen. Yens are some good people being from the Burgh. Welcome and God Bless…

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  18. Lisa Mancini says:

    Thanks for this post Charlie…I’m new to your work, but I’m grateful I found it. I love this line as it’s sentiment often has me daydreaming of that time! “I often say that our culture now is like living in a toxic area of an inner city – and that after the Rescue it will be like living in Mayberry”.

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  19. Anne says:

    Charlie, I promise I will make cheesecake (NY style) if you will come to Temecula, CA. There are so many good Catholics, Jews, Protestants and others here in this oasis in California. Loved the upbeat post. No matter what we may suffer, we cannot lose if we persevere in faith until the end.
    God bless all of you!

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  20. Linda says:

    Marvelous Charlie..simply marvelous!😇😇😇

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  21. SanSan says:

    As some of the TNRS readers know, I have been dealing with a major storm in my own household. My husband has been under attack spiritually and emotionally for close to 6 months now. I had volunteered to “host” Charlie if he could get to the SF Bay Area. I was so happy to hear that he was coming this July 13th and 14th. But, the attack’s on my husband have increased to the point that I can not do any of my ministry work, nor help with Charlie’s visit. I have found (I hope) a really good Catholic psychologist that hopfully can help my husband. I really can’t do anything but “tend” to him right now. It is very stressful. Sometimes, the next right step is right under your own roof. Prayers that Charlie is still able to come to our area (the belly of the beast) and we will be able to come see him. God save all here. I know that My Lord is with me. Thy Will be done.

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    • You are in my prayers, San San.

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    • Beckita says:

      Prayers continue for your husband and you, San San. May dear St. Dymphna remain by your husband’s side, interceding.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      SanSan, I keep you and your husband in my prayers as you face these struggles together.

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    • janet333 says:

      Praying for your husband, San San.

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    • dianebelvs says:

      I’m praying for your husband, San San, and you too! I have a dear friend who is a priest and lately he has been getting some awful comments from people that just rip into his heart after Mass. He travels to a different parish each weekend in the US and lately the nasty comments are worse than usual…..he is a very holy priest and has wonderful homilies. Of course he gets the good comments too, but the bad ones stay with him longer. The evil one is strong now….so I’m praying for all affected and for all of us!

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    • Sarge says:

      You and your husband are in my prayers San San. You are so right to say that the Lord is with you. He truly is, though you might not always recognize it! Keep praying. We all know the Lord would never give one of His children a stone when asked for a loaf of bread. The problem is, at least with me, I sometimes ask the Lord for a serpent, then get upset with Him when he gives me a fish! Hang in there, and He will provide. Not always the way we expect it or when we want it, but He does.

      Many blessings and humble thanks to all on this site.

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    • Doug says:

      Prayers for you San San. My our Lord give you grace, flood you with his peace and give you strength to endure your trials. Hang in there!

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    • deereverywhere says:

      I thought it was to be teased by YD and Mick….oh, yeah and someone else who shall remain nameless.👻

      Welcome Lisa

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  22. SanSan says:

    A huge Corpus Christi procession will take place through the streets of San Francisco this Saturday thanks to a Holy Priest, Father Joseph Illo at Star of the Sea Church on Geary St. We’ll be there to walk, pray and support everyone’s efforts and to glorify Our Lord. Amen.

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    • Beckita says:

      God’s Blessings on your procession, San San,and on all who will be there with you.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      I love that SanSan. I will pray that you are blessed as you walk, pray and support others.

      In the Joliet Diocese, we too are having a CORPUS CHRISTI EUCHARISTIC PROCESSION on
      Thursday May 26th following 6:00 pm Mass at
      St. Isaac Jogues to Notre Dame Parish

      http://sij.net/corpus-christi-procession/

      ***For those who made the historic Walk with Christ the last two years, you know the sense of peace and presence of Christ was truly palpable. We likely will never know the divine benefits we may have received personally, for our families, our parish, and our towns, by being followers of Christ in such a great public display of our Faith, but let me just share a few incredible impressions from each year’s Procession.

      2014 Procession: The day following the Procession, a woman miraculously escaped her vehicle without injury before it was struck by a Metra train in Hinsdale (we too traversed these tracks with Christ), and three days after our Procession, the abortion clinic in town was listed for sale-yes, three days.

      2015 Procession: On the day of the Procession there were the worst, violent, thunderstorms, but God gave us a brief two hour window perfectly timed so we could walk with Jesus before the skies again opened up to more damaging storms. Also as we approached the train tracks to cross into Hinsdale we encountered a long, slow moving freight train which prevented us from crossing, but as we approached the tracks the train ended and we processed into Hinsdale without stopping. Apparently Jesus doesn’t wait for trains.

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      • Beckita says:

        Beautiful sharing, Jen. In advance, praying in gratitude that in this procession and in all processions God continue to pour forth bountiful blessings upon His people and all the world.

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    • Cindy Baca says:

      Hooray for Father Illo, he is an awesome priest, had him here in Modesto, Ca at St. Joseph’s Church. San Fran, is so lucky or blessed to have such a priest.

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  23. Erin says:

    Your article gives me hope that there are still knightly men out there. I keep praying if it’s God’s will for me to get married. Being patient is the hardest part.

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    • Beckita says:

      Prayers for you this evening, Erin, that Our Lady brings you a good spouse in God’s Will for you. May He bless you!

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    • Doug says:

      Oh how we need knightly men! Yes. I believe men should treat woman differently. We should cherish them with respect, protect their dignity and treat them with propriety as if each lady was the Blessed Mother. We should open doors for them, we should honor them and do what we can to foster their Holiness. We should give our lives for them. Yup. I think men should treat woman differently…..

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    • Katherine says:

      I have many friends who are waiting patiently for a good spouse, trying to discern God’s will for them. It’s hard. I have a feeling that maybe the Rescue will bring a wonderful renewal of courtship . . . there is literally NO good place to meet with people anymore. It used to be one of the Church’s missions, to help bring people together . . . ice cream socials and whatnot . . . now people are just so jaded . . . and many have a strange idea of dating. They don’t connect it to marriage anymore, making it more of an ego thing instead of looking for a working partnership which is aimed toward Heaven. Anyway, I have a strong hope that after the storm is over and the Rescue has come there will be more opportunities out there for those looking for a good spouse, more good people to meet and more friendships to form, maybe we might even be blessed with a better grasp of what living in God’s Will means and how to stay within it. Also, it might help to know that God does not play guessing games, where you have to guess what He wants and if you get it wrong you’ll be miserable for the rest of your life. God has back-up plans, He will take care of you no matter what. God Bless.

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      • Greg says:

        Isn’t Catholic Match supposed to be a good resource? I’ve not investigated it, but sounds at least like a cut above the rest. Certainly there must be good orthodox websites out there for serious Catholics looking for that perfect spouse for life.
        http://www.catholicmatch.com/

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      • Doug says:

        Bravo Kathrine. I so look forward to this culture changing as you describe.

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      • Jersey Mo (Maureen Dombrowski) says:

        Katherine – I totally related to what you said about your friends waiting for the right spouse. I’m older now 49 and spent most of my adult life caring for my folks as God wanted me to – He gave me the mission when I was 5 years old internally and I accepted by saying “You better help me I can’t do this by myself” – only a 5 year old can get away w/being that fresh to God but that mission stayed with me even though I left God as I got into my teenage years and my twenties – unanswered prayers – I never married any of the men I dated and I would ask God (mind you no conversion yet at the time) why can’t I meet anyone? Well – He blessed me by not answering my prayer on that matter. God (Father-Abba) knows best!! I do still wish to meet a good Catholic man but only if it is God’s will be done in my life – haven’t been good depending on my on judgement – I trust in God to take care of this part and all parts of my life. God bless all here!

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    • deereverywhere says:

      My son is 25 has a full time job, doesn’t drink or smoke or do drugs loves cats and dogs, kills bugs (as any true knight) He is a little batty (literally, he builds bat houses to keep the mosquito s at bay.)is into healthy organic non gmo food. Not vegan or vegetarian. Is absolutely handsome (of course I am not prejudice) While he may at times be a little rough around the edges, he has a heart of gold. He likes to stay home. He is shy.

      I would love for him to meet the right girl while everyone is praying for matchmaking, please include him.

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  24. Beckita says:

    I know you’re working on an update article concerning David Daleiden, Charlie. It’s just great to read this news: http://www.lifenews.com/2016/05/24/explosive-new-evidence-da-that-indicted-david-daleiden-colluded-with-planned-parenthood/

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  25. radiclaudio says:

    Hi Charlie,

    Great update of your recent travels. I especially enjoyed the picture and update regarding your time with Deacon Terry in the Pittsburgh of the south. lol. Terry I know your reading this, you own me the next call or text.

    The Cenacolo (and its men) in Hanceville is indeed a special place. Praying and sing in Adoration with the men in their chapel (in Italian no less) is one of Carole and my fondest memories. Terry, do you believe Luke and his finacee, who we first met in that Cenacolo, and then again at the Cenacolo in Medjugorje has been over for dinner with Carole and me. We are having a fund raiser for Mary’s Meals next month and they are coming back. He is doing well. I am talking with the rector of a local seminary I am a trustee of to see if he can speak with the seminarians about drug and alcohol addiction.

    My only question is did the men have enough cheese? Terry will fill you in on the joke.

    Much love and affection to my dear RNS family,

    Rich

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  26. EllenChris says:

    Jut checking in to say, “Hi!” Been kind of busy lately. My sympathy goes out to the folks who have been on the receiving end of the wild weather. 😉 When Charlie came here, we had two small “freak” tornadoes in my little neighborhood within 10 days of Charlie’s visit. Dad-gum! It took me a while to put the two events together, but we just don’t have tornadoes running around here much at all, if ever. So if Charlie is coming to a venue near you soon, buy a couple of extra umbrellas. 🙂 Many blessings in you continued travels, Charlie.

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  27. Katherine says:

    Man, you meet some great people on your travels! I do not live in an oasis. I have to drive an hour to get to the nearest Catholic homeschooling co-op. I have met some really nice people nearby, but there is no way for a real friendship to grow because those differences of ideologies become rather stark and almost immediately unavoidable when there’s kids involved. I thank God every day for seeing to it that I live right next to and down the road from my wonderful sisters in law, otherwise I’d be feeling REALLY lonely out here. My sisters in law and myself are going to be leading a mom’s spiritual study at the local Roman Catholic parish (we belong to a very teeny Ukrainian Catholic Church, we are the only people under 50 in our church though so it’d be useless to have something there) and I am hoping to meet some more families and maybe bring people together through that. Our area is a hot spot for wealthy people from New York City wanting a taste of country living . . . basically the rule of thumb for living here is that you don’t ever mention that you’re a Catholic . . . you just go into hiding for the Gay Pride parades and never attend any function that claims to have something to do with the arts. It’s not all bad here, but it’s barren. A friend of mine (who has since moved an hour away and has happily found a large catholic social network) used to walk her dog every morning and a few gay couples and neighbors or just some random people would stop and coo over the dog, becoming friendly with her and waving at her every time she passed them. Then she had a baby, and everyone stopped saying ‘hi.’ Nobody ever asked to see the baby or even comment that she had a baby. That’s where we live. My family and I are doing what we can now to find people and give simple witness wherever we are. Still, I can’t help but put most of my hope in the instrument of the Storm and the Rescue, honestly, to build an even basically Christ centered society in this area. I was moved by the Fraternus group you mentioned. What a great thing. Those people are so blessed to have such things right around them.

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    • jwjohn says:

      Breaking, Paris under attack by Muslims:

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      • charliej373 says:

        John, I took the link out. I am familiar with this site. Most of the time what it prints is wildly exaggerated and often just flat made up. I know some of the video here was old stuff from last year. If you have ANY credible link, I will be glad to publish it, but not something from a site that is always inflammatory and usually just flat wrong. I have been unable to find ANY source for this other than this unreliable site – and while much of the press will cover up some things it does not like, they will not all cover up – and if you have massive casualties in a western country, even those furthest to the left cover it.

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    • justsayin392 says:

      Oh Katherine, it is a special cross to be set apart as you are. In my large ‘thriving’ Catholic Parish, I’ve been waiting more than 2 months for a response to my face to face offer to donate a processional canopy. So, I will go seek out our Jesus in Adoration again today, to keep Him company with Luisa’s 24 hours and offer it for all priests.

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    • Barb421 says:

      I feel your pain, though it’s not that bad in my neighborhood, as it is not affluent like your NYC burb..but it is depressing when over the years I’d meet people and think a friendship could form, and it’s not long before I realize their “liberal views”…and even more dismaying..I’ve watched my own extended family, cousins and even uncles, aunts..gradually subscribe to all the unholy thinking that is poisoning our society..sigh…bring on the rescue

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    • mdg2007 says:

      Katherine, are you from upstate NY? I live in the Lake George area and we’re experiencing everything you are. My son goes to Kindergarten at our local Catholic school and even though our new, wonderful bishop is working to make our schools more authentically Catholic, I have not met any devout families there (not to say they don’t exist at the school- I just haven’t met them 😉

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      • Katherine says:

        Hey, hi! I’m down in the Hudson Valley, about an hour and a half south of you, I think. I’m so glad to hear that you have a bishop who is working to make a few reforms! I wish you good luck in meeting some good families! It can feel like a hunt for a mythical animal at times . . . but I believe they are out there. Even if they aren’t, I am starting to think of those of us who are as isolated as we are as kind of like little sparks which God has scattered all over the place . . . right now it’s a challenge to simply endure, but who knows how He might use us to help set our areas ablaze in the future? God Bless!

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  28. CrewDog says:

    I think it would be very easy to re-write the below article and substitute the word Christian for Conservative. The same people who despise Conservatives despise us Christians too…… we, USA, are in the Drive Underground Stage of The Left Agenda. Next Stage is Extermination! Obama’s Buddy Bill Ayers/Wife and their 60’s Weather Underground had expected to exterminate 25% of the USA to make way for their Utopia. Ayers/Wife are still alive-n-celebrated by The Left! Is there any doubt that their “Disciples” are alive and “In-Power” in DC, Blue State Capitols, Teachers Unions, Academia … and ;-(
    “The truth behind the surge in conservative ‘extremism’.”
    http://personalliberty.com/the-truth-behind-the-surge-in-conservative-extremism/

    GOD SAVE THE REPUBLIC & ALL HERE!!

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  29. Cindy Baca says:

    Charlie, if you going to be in San Fran in July, if you have not already, you need to meet up with Father Joesph Illo. Father Illo. Father does have a blog, humble man.

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  30. little one in PA says:

    Made a mistake!!!

    Corpus Christ Procession starts after the 9:00 am Mass
    At St. Peter in Elizabethtown PA!

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    • Beckita says:

      Hi Little One. If you’d like to see this procession on TNRS Processions calendar and map, you can either post here or write the Answer Servcie and share with us the date, address of the church, local corodinator or organization, phone or email contact, and the URL or Facebook page for this great event. God bless you!

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  31. CrewDog says:

    The below is another tough one to explain for the 45% of “Catholics” that insist on voting
    for The Democrat Party of Unlimited Abortion & Sexual Perversion ;-( I’m guessing that we will see a great many more Democrat “Catholic” Trolls show-up here, MOG and other traditional minded Catholic/Christian sites in the months to come ;-(

    “House Democrats Launch Bill To Ban Religious Exemptions For Abortions, Gender Transition Services”
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/05/25/house-democrats-launch-bill-ban-religious-exemptions-abortions-gender-transition-services/

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

    PS: Get a load of this, no doubt Liberal Sad Sack at “Catholic” De Paul U.
    http://www.breitbart.com/milo/2016/05/25/depaul-president-ashamed-university-apologizes-college-republicans/
    Why do I have the feeling that he would be uncomfortable with the Fraternus Brothers movement.

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    • Barb421 says:

      you tell it like it is, crewdog

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      I don’t know how any of the people involved in these evils are going to make it. They live for this alone. The belligerence, the stench… I just can’t believe people are this lost. Are they going to see and change the evil of their ways, their thinking? Are they going to repent? They are so sure of themselves, so set in their evil and getting worse by the day. Lord have mercy, mercy mercy…!

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      • Beckita says:

        Praying so, Snowy. There but for God’s Grace go I.

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          They speak of killing babies like they are talking about killing rats or cockroaches- though I am sure they would spare a rat over a baby. They speak of the baby body parts like they are speaking of a commodity. I should have waited to post. I am not judging them personally. I am just angry about this.
          I read the links CrewDog posted…and some of the comment section… I wanted to throw up. I am confused that these people can’t hear themselves. I also fear for them that when they do see and hear, they will die from the shock of what they have become. They have become as hard as Hell.
          So I posted the O my Jesus prayer and am offering it for them when I pray the Rosary. I don’t know what else to do.

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          • deereverywhere says:

            You hit that nail right on the head with one wing, oops, swing. You go girl!!! Hooray and Amen.

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Wing haha- have you ever been whacked by a goose wing? A daddy goose protecting his goslings? Oh boy..they hit you with the knob in their wing and it feels like a sledge hammer..RUN!

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          • deereverywhere says:

            Maybe we should include daddy geese in our Catholic Survival kits🐓 they will wake the flock up!!! They will keep everybody in line.

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          • Beckita says:

            I’m with you, Snowy. I, too, am astounded at the disconnect and am horrified at the doubling down when offered the truth with its opportunity to convert. I simply could not watch the videos in their entirety – true and needed as they were/are. I will join you in prayer for these lost souls when I pray the Fatima prayer. Exquisitely beautiful idea, Snowy!

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            ..and Mass, confession, the Divine Mercy and fasting and and and…I’m just so sickened by their hardness. If only the Lord would give them a glimpse …(deleted) Mmmmm…..

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          • Doug says:

            Amen Snowy!

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need of your mercy.”

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        • deereverywhere says:

          My favorite prayer as it encapsulates everything.

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Yes, it does, I love it. Another of my favorite prayers is the Surrender novena..that also encapsulates everything! 💞

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          • deereverywhere says:

            You are true and keep hitting the nail on the head. I wrote a comment about how correct you are and, silly me, hit the wrong button and it shows up under Crew dog’s story. And it say you go girl. So now I am laughing because Crew Dog is thinking that I have had one too many, hitting the sauce, bending the elbow because I said you go girl to him. The more I type this the funnier it gets, can you see the Tasmanian devil in the pink apron holding the feather duster in the cartoon? I gotta stop.

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Oh hahahahahaa! You are so funny! And now I made comment about a goose…hahaha. What a disaster we are! LOL

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  32. Rick says:

    Love the jail reference, and I was one of those chanting the word in Canton, GA. I also think the FEMA “relocation” camps would make a fine place to put those who proposed building them in the first place. And now for a bit of good news amidst the growing storm. The conversions continue–http://www.allenbwest.com/allen/as-muslims-convert-to-christianity-in-europe-theres-one-thing-i-pray
    and http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/05/25/why-are-so-many-muslim-refugees-in-europe-suddenly-finding-jesus.html ( I really wish the garbage ads weren’t at the bottom of the link, so please try to ignore them and not give them any retinal time)

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  33. tim says:

    A heads-up that there will be a Corpus Christi procession at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Kansas City, MO on Sunday May 29th—exposition at 1 pm and procession at 2 pm.

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  34. KimS1111 says:

    Charlie – can you address all of the Transgender News lately. I know it’s part of the Storm. We can’t seem to get away from it. It’s everywhere in the news, etc. X and Y don’t change, lol

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    • charliej373 says:

      Abraham Lincoln, when things would get off into strange speculation, would often ask people, “If you call a sheep’s tail a leg, how many legs does a sheep have.” Most would answer five. Lincoln always replied, “No, four. Calling a sheep’s tail a leg doesn’t make it one.”

      They have to enact laws enforcing this lie because human hearts reject obvious lies – and when the law is mounted to enforce obvious lies, the culture is near its end.

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  35. Bob says:

    on Corpus Christi which is fast approaching:
    http://www.crisismagazine.com/2016/remembering-corpus-christi

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  36. John I. says:

    Corpus Christi procession after 9 am mass at Historic St. Patrick’s Church on west Locust St., Bloomington, Illinois.

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  37. CrewDog says:

    How many times a day do you find yourself mumbling: “I can’t believe this ****!” … Eh!!?? ;-(
    I wonder how much it costs to go to Santa Monica College per year? I’m guessing that St Monica is not amused nor or any of the other Saints that are dis-honored by the once great State of California.
    “Insane: Santa Monica College Students Married The Ocean—And Got Intimate With It”
    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2016/05/26/insane-santa-monica-college-students-married-the-oceanand-got-intimate-with-it-n2169501?utm

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • St. Paul gave us a good remedy:

      Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable –– if anything is excellent or praiseworthy –– think about such things. Philippians 4:8

      It’s a good exhortation to stand fast in all that is good on the foundation which he had laid in the name of Christ. TDL.

      “Wild Orchids in the Borderlands” is a great example of this where Charlie shares such things (Fraternus, friendship, Eucharistic Procession and Mass of Pentecost, a rustic Church, the icon of Our Lady of Bethlehem, Priests, a lively crowd… yes, even a log cabin cake and cheesecake. {Maybe the cakes in a special way, because I know that Charlie is serious about finding God in the little and ordinary –– acts of love}).

      Sure, Charlie addresses some of the disturbing realities to be confronted, but not before showing us firm footing and repeating the exhortation of St. Paul.

      I had to look up the above passage after I was prompted by another passage I was meditating on this morning:

      O Lord, my strength, my fortress,
      my refuge in the day of distress!
      To you will the nations come
      from the ends of the earth, and say,
      “Mere frauds are the heritage of our fathers,
      empty idols of no use.”
      Can man make for himself gods?
      These are not gods.
      Look, then: I will give them knowledge;
      this time I will leave them in no doubt
      of my strength and my power:
      they shall now that my name is Lord.
      — Jeremiah 16:19-21

      Yes, these students are “mere frauds,” but thank you for calling to mind St. Monica. What a noble, right, pure, lovely and admirable hope she strove for!

      God bless,

      MP

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    • deereverywhere says:

      You hit that nail right on the head with one wing, oops, swing. You go girl!!! Hooray and Amen.

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      • deereverywhere says:

        Where are the sharks when you need them….that would get everyone out of the water……Cue “Jaws” theme

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      • deereverywhere says:

        The you hit the nail on the wing comment was ment for Snowy Crew Dog, I hit the wrong button and realized what happened and your reaction at seeing ‘you go girl’ directed at your comment hense you that I got into a hysterical fit of laughter. I promise I have not imbibed any alcoholic beverage in quite some time. Oops

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Deer, see goose comet above lol

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    • deereverywhere says:

      This was encouraged, by a philosophy professor. Was college credits applied? My husband is right, sometimes all college is, is time and money. Boy if if was me paying I would want my money back. How is this going to teach a skill set to join the work force?

      phi·los·o·phy
      [fəˈläsəfē]
      NOUN
      the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence, especially when considered as an academic discipline. See also natural philosophy.

      She is dyslexic. She read the definition as the study of the knowledge of fun.

      She missed the rest of the words. Maybe she needs to get her money back for her diploma. When I went to college way back in the last century, we read a story titled the “Academician” by existential author, Albert Camus. The subject of the story was that the academician had bunches and piles of doctorate and master degrees but when asked for his bachelor s degree, he didn’t have it, rendering all the other degrees irrelevant ergo useless. Maybe this really happened to this professor. And I went to a community college, and I know the meaning of “pearl s before swine.” What would this woman do if she really had to work for a living?

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      • charliej373 says:

        For what it is worth, the classical purpose of an education was not to get a good job, but to become educated, to contemplate and learn to know how the world works and the meaning of life. Preparation for a job was handled largely by guilds, vocational training and apprenticeships.

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        • deereverywhere says:

          Yes, in the days when men were men and women were women. Only those with the means were educated. I think that the convents and monasteries were full, too. Oh to be a journeyman, trekking across the land teaching and learning.

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        • Katherine says:

          Back in the day, much of what we would today consider belonging to a good Liberal Arts college education would have been completed by high school already. The first two years of my own Catholic liberal arts education in college was basically a remedial old fashioned high school curriculum, designed to get us up to snuff on all of the basics that were thoroughly mangled or missing from our contemporary high school education. This is one of the reasons why I home school, I am determined to give my children that kind of quality education from the start. I am also so grateful that my husband and his brothers and dad run a construction company together. He will be able to teach our kids a trade as he learned the trade . . . by working under a master carpenter. I want both of my kids to learn woodworking, whether it be framing or fine work done in the wood shop, while still in high school. They can decide to do something else if they choose, of course, but I want them to learn a good marketable skill as early as possible and my husband’s job makes for an easy opportunity to take advantage of. People enjoy doing what they can do well. I really thought it would have been wonderful to have been able to go to Shop class or Home Economics in high school as my grandmother and grandfather did. I think we need a better marriage of quality education (over just quantity) and skill-building opportunities in high school. We need schools which can help churn out young adults who can think, write, articulate, recognize what is good, true and beautiful . . .and are also good at doing stuff.

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  38. diane says:

    Family,
    I just returned from visiting my mom in Green Bay – Not the best trip, her health is failing. Her home is 2 blocks from St. Patrick Church (the church I was baptized in 64 years ago), and for the past 3 years when I visited there was only one mass which was at 4:00 Saturday evening. It was very empty and mostly the elderly attended. A few times I would go to the Cathedral in downtown GB rather than St. Patrick’s because it was better for my spirit. Well, this trip totally amazed me. I was on my way to the Cathedral and on the way I glanced a sign as I past St. Patrick’s and and I read Sunday, 810 mass (I should have read Sunday, 8 & 10 mass, but it was a quick glance), anyway I missed my turn to the Cathedral and went back thinking at St. Patrick’s had an 8:10 mass (also thinking, oh isn’t that neat to begin 10 minutes after the hour so you won’t be late – sorry I was really not with it at all). When I drove into the parking lot and looked at the sign fully it read Sunday, 8 & 10 Latin Mass. When I got inside the very old beautiful church I saw that it was pleasantly filled with young married couples with their children, and many families had over 4 children. I felt like I went through a time warp. This filled my heart with joy. A community that I had watch dribble down to bare minimum was beginning to overflow. I was just there in December and this church did not offer an 8:10 mass (oops, 2 Latin masses) on a Sunday morning. The Holy Spirit can move hearts really fast. Love. I do. Diane

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    • Beckita says:

      Beautiful sharing, Diane. Praying for your mom and your family.

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    • Doug says:

      That’s wonderful Diane!

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    • vkmir3 says:

      Diane: Relevant Radio is based in Green Bay and I know that they broadcast the Sunday Mass from the Cathedral in the morning. Father Rocky (Francis Hoffman) is the Executive Director of the station and seems to have a great devotion to our Blessed Mother and encouraging strong Catholic families. Perhaps this has been factor in revitalizing young Catholic families in that area and beyond. Also, there is, I believe, an undercurrent of revitalization of the Latin Mass which (Praise God!) could be the reason for the parish growing so much. It is interesting that I see younger families with a great interest and respect for the Latin Mass these days even though that wasn’t their experience growing up as it was for my generation that did grow up with the Latin Mass. I pray that these families will lead the rest of us in the Rescue to return to a full knowledge, reverence and respect for Holy Mass

      Last year, I was often in Sheboygan, Wisconsin working on a project. I was amazed at the number of Catholic Churches (5) for a town of around 50,000 people. I had an opportunity to visit each one and they were all vibrant parishes! And it was young and old alike. So encouraging!

      Finally, last weekend, the young priest at the parish where I attended Holy Mass, departed from the usual Homily after proclaiming the Gospel. He wanted to do something special for Trinity Sunday. He wanted to relate the teaching of the Trinity to the celebration of the Eucharist. He proclaimed the Gospel, we recited the Creed and the Prayers of the Faithful, incorporating Trinitarian teaching in those prayers, he then spoke on the Trinity for several minutes and then began to explain, as the Liturgy of the Eucharist began, the meaning behind all of what happens and why, beginning with the presentation of the gifts, the purpose of the collection (gifts of our toils), where the prayers in the Liturgy of the Eucharist come from and even the “secret prayers” in between the prayers offering the bread and the wine and the washing of the hands (and its purpose) up to the beginning of the Eucharistic Prayer. And before he began that, he explained that once that Eucharistic Prayer began, it was not to be interrupted. The parishioners were so engaged in what he was saying (without any notes to refer to throughout) you could have heard a pin drop!

      This young priest is going on to a Newman Center in June. And while I am sad that we won’t have the advantage of his teachings, I have great hope that he will be able to reach the college students and inspire a great love for Jesus and His Divine Mercy and Our Blessed Mother (all of which he has a great devotion to) and, hopefully, encourage vocations. He didn’t go to seminary right out of College so he has experienced life after College. In one of his earlier homilies, I heard for the first time (I hope I get this right) that at the consecration, the priest and the participants enter timelessness and that we are standing at the foot of the Cross at Calvary as Our Lord is being crucified for our sins with the Saints and Angels surrounding the altar! And he explained that most priests do not wear watches during the Mass to symbolize that timelessness? (I hope I got that right.)

      I have such a great hope for the future of the priests being ordained and they will be so valuable in the coming Rescue.

      I apologize for the great length of this post. This is my hope and joy spilling out in the midst of so many negative things we are bombarded with. God bless all here. Charlie, you and all who comment here inspire this hope and joy within me. Praise God that I have been led to this wonderful community! Vicki

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  39. Mary Schott says:

    Charlie: It seems to me that the means Satan will use to his ends will be to simply keep attacking us but even more deeply in the ways in which we are already susceptible.  Do you agree with that??  If I tend to isolate and become somewhat despondent…he will continue to work to ensure I do not pull out of it.  If someone has an addiction…perhaps it will be harder to resist the temptations.I hope this is temporary.  I desperately want a rescue in my personal life.  It would be wonderful to have a true friend and ‘helpmate’, so to speak.  I do not want to be alone and unguided anymore.  It has been lifelong and I am tired of and from it.  It may be my cross to carry; I don’t know.  Maybe isolation is simply a temptation I fall in to and I am not experienced at resecting myself.  I’m not sure.  A guiding, loving, helping hand seems like it would be a God-thing and ideal.  Maybe it is just a dreaming delusion and I am not good at reality.Either way, I wonder what your thoughts are on my hypothesis. M  

    “If a book is worth reading, it’s worth owning; If it’s worth owning, it’s worth loaning; If it’s worth loaning, it’s worth buying again.” Me

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    • charliej373 says:

      Any competent enemy attacks at his opponent’s weakest point, not his strongest.

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    • Beckita says:

      Praying for you, Mary, that your desire for companionship is fulfilled in God’s Will for you.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Mary, I was attacked by the dark one yesterday. I am participating in a Sacred Story 40 Weeks, St. Ignatius Study Parish Program. After 15 weeks of initial preparation, I had completed the final draft of my letter to Jesus for my life confession. I was so pleased with the wording and emotion I had poured into when I had finished reading it on Monday, just before midnight. As it turned out it was exactly the maximum suggested length, 1000 words to boot. I was so content and decided that I would read it with new eyes in the morning and print it for my scheduled 7:00pm Tuesday night confession later in the day. I was settling in and while finishing my online work, my three year old laptop blacked out and shut off. At first I thought perhaps it had overheated. My dear husband, looked into it and reported shortly afterward that the computer was fried and no longer functional. I will not be able to access my mail, documents, pictures, and programs stored on the laptop for the time being and possibly not ever. Most concerning was I did not have my letter to Jesus for my life confession that I was so looking forward to after overcoming some initial trepidation months prior.
      So I trust and I believed all will be well. As the wheels in my head were spinning, I accepted that I did read the completed letter out loud, and Jesus is with me and knows my heart. I could consider that my life confession as the program indicated that an actual confession in reconciliation was optional. However I was so looking forward to meeting with my confessor and getting direction, forgiveness and penance from Jesus after I presented my letter to Him in this beautiful and sacred way.
      Well at least now I had an answer to a question I had pondered for some time. Until the Rescue, when I am attacked personally by evil although I trust God with all of my heart, will I fret? The answer is yes! I did so mildly and I cried a couple of times too. Then I got a grip and prayed for the intercession Our Blessed Mother through the Prayer of Miraculous Trust along with the angels and saints to retrieve my letter if that was God’s Will. My DH was doing all he could to see what he may be able to do to recover the letter from the hard drive beginning almost immediately with what he could do in the wee hours of the morn, without success. Later when our tech stores opened he got the equipment necessary to check and obtain any viable contents from the hard drive and transfer them to a new laptop which he also purchased so that I may continue my work and studies without too much lag time. Thanks be to God, he had a scheduled day off! I had a physical therapy treatment that afternoon, and by the grace of God, and much perseverance I had my letter in hand and presented it in confession to Our Lord at 7:30pm with joy and thanksgiving.
      Now I am having to spend time adapting to Windows 10, a new laptop with unfamiliar software and the challenge to personalize it and remember countless passwords and such. This was indeed a lesson in trust, patience, fortitude, and reliance to name a few.
      We are truly never alone with Our Lord and our guardian angel always at (and on) our side. Last Saturday, May 28th we had out first Illinois Storm gathering which I hosted with several incredible new friends. We will meet on the fourth Saturday of each month in fellowship and dedication to take the next right step and be signs of hope in the storm and sparks of light in the darkness. A few members in attendance that day had found me and arranged to join us through TNRS forum. Praise the Lord for His goodness always!!
      I pray Mary that you are surrounded and lovingly supported as we weather the Storm together!

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  40. Kim Sevier says:

    Just wanted to share this clip of Jim Caveziel–the actor who played Christ in the “Passion of Christ”. He says what Charlie says! https://youtu.be/KP4xmyB39Ps

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