Prayer Amid Sorrow

(My first few days of private meetings in northern California have been busier than I expected. I hope to take either Saturday or Sunday off nearly completely in order to get some important things done – or at least started – here.

Prayers go out for the police and their families in Dallas – and for our poor, bleeding nation and world. Proverbs 11:29 says that he who brings trouble on his own family shall inherit the wind. I would say I have had quite enough fundamental transformation of our once-great country, but there is sorrowfully more to come.

For now, in these terrible and worsening times, I encourage you once again to internalize the Prayer of Miraculous Trust. It is brief, it calls on the help and friendship of members of the Church Triumphant to those of us who must struggle on in the Church Militant, and it focuses on binding us to God’s will even as we seek to live it, rather than a pathetic effort to bind God to our will. I say it a good 20 times a day for the various intentions I make and requests I receive.-CJ)

Prayer of Miraculous Trust

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We all need prayer. In Catholicism, we speak of the communion of the saints, which means that all the faithful – both here and departed – are fully alive to God, and we have access to the faithful departeds’ prayers if we only ask. (for those who have any theological doubts on this point, please see Matthew 22:32, Mark 12:27 and Luke 20:38). But the prayers of the Church Militant, that is the faithful still on earth, for each other are crucial – and even more crucial in these times.

Right around the turn of the millennium, the archangel, Gabriel, gave me a prayer and told me the time would come when we would need miracles – and many miracles would be wrought through the faithful use of the prayer.

Right now, many things are collapsing before our very eyes.

When the normal means of healing are easily available, you should always take advantage of them. When God has provided abundant means of normal medicine, it is a presumption to demand only His supernatural medicine. Ideally, it is best to take advantage of both. But soon (and it is happening far more rapidly than I expected) availability of normal services will be spotty – and if you have something chronic or are elderly, much will not be available at all as surviving doctors start working under an implicit triage mentality because of the shortages of supplies and equipment. God will not leave you bereft.

Along with this posting I have linked to a religious supply house that has printed up thousands of prayer cards containing this prayer and instructions on how to use it. It is the Full of Grace Supply House which is also linked at the right hand of this page. The woman who owns it gave me most of them to give away. I always carry a supply with me. I asked her to carry them in her inventory, so that as many as possible might have access to them.

Now, if you treat these as some magic object, I have utterly failed my duty to you. There is no magic in the card, nor magic in the prayer. Rather, the instructions for the prayer teach you how to align your will with that of God. Having said that, there have been many startling results from the proper use of this prayer. Let me explain.

First, the Lord often acts to confirm His intentions. I tell you to acknowledge Our Lady of Tepeyac, which is Our Lady’s proper title in this image, though she is commonly called Our Lady of Guadalupe. I know this because she told me long ago. She is sent as the Mother of Conversion in these terrible times. It pleases Our Lord that you acknowledge, then spread devotion to His servant and mother in this role He has given her for these times.

Second, prayer must begin with faith, the knowledge that God is in control of all things. But it must not end there. The demons in hell know that Christ is Lord, they know Scripture better than you and all the greatest theologians combined and, as James said, they tremble because of that knowledge. If all you have is faith, you have nothing more than the demons in hell.

Faith must lead to trust, the trust that once you acknowledge and follow Him, whatever the Lord allows to befall you is for your benefit or instruction or that of another that you may give witness to, perhaps never knowing until judgment the witness you have given by your trust. Many Christians treat prayer as the cloth with which they rub the magic lamp to bind God to their will. Prayer is to bind you to God’s will – and to begin to understand it. That cannot happen unless you trust, knowing that His ways are not your ways. Some purported faith healers teach that God will always heal those who trust Him. They are right, but not in the way they think. Their imaginations are so impoverished that, whatever they say, the only good they can envision is of this world. God always heals for eternity – that you may have abundant life with Him in heaven. If that means you must suffer some here to quell your rebellious yearnings, than suffer you will – if you trust God. If you are a particularly useful soul, God may allow you to suffer in penance for others who do not know they need penance, that more might be saved. Trust.

Trust will lead to abandonment. That is giving yourself entirely and willingly to whatever God wants of you. Gabriel came to Our Lady, Holy Mary, and told her she would get a great honor if she accepted – become the mother of Our Lord in His human incarnation. But there was a catch, This would happen in a way that would subject her to shame and, perhaps even a brutal execution. What incredible faith, trust and abandonment she lived to be able to say almost immediately, “I am the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done unto me according to your word.” Of course, as Gabriel noted when he first spoke to her, she is “full of grace.” It is hard to get outside yourself. Some years ago, I was undergoing some serious suffering – and it would not go away. I begged and begged to know what I was doing wrong so I could correct it and escape my sorrows. Finally, the Lord, Himself came and said, “This is not about you.” Then He told me who it was about – someone I dearly loved who, unbeknownst to me, was in great spiritual danger. The Lord asked was I willing to accept this penance on the person’s behalf, for he desperately needed it. Foolish and self-centered as I was, I am proud I said yes – and soon was rewarded by seeing how much it was needed. Abandon yourself to His will – and don’t feel bad when He shows you what a silly, little fool you are. He only does that to those in whom He sees great promise. Be glad of your rebukes.

Finally, it is good to have prayer partners. It is even better to have one who already beholds the Face of God, for the saints’ faith is assured and will not fail. Take full advantage of the communion of the faithful. We are really going to need all hands on deck.

Know that with God, the intention is the action. Keep your prayers of petition short. It is not the length of them that aligns you with God, but the trust behind it. If you had perfect trust, all your intentions would merely be stated and then you would accept perfectly what God sends you. If you pray long in petition, you risk deluding yourself it is the Herculean nature of your efforts rather than the effortless grace of God that brings light, and thus become vainglorious. And yet, do not begrudge those who must make long, moaning prayers of petition. A struggle between lack of faith warring with hope can make long prayer necessary. Brevity is not for all prayer. Prayers of worship, praise and thanksgiving – and those that involve the will of another, may be said at great length, either privately or in community. Remember that St. Augustine was bathed in a lifetime of his mother, St. Monica’s, prayers. Also, when a demon is involved, prayers of intercession may go for weeks, but that is best left to priests under most circumstances.

Do not say this particular prayer more than once for any specific intention. To do so is to fail in trust – and defeat the purpose of this prayer, which is abandonment to God’s will. Certainly, God knows how needy we are, so you may say other prayers for the same intention if the need arises, but not this one. In fact, following the lead of St. Monica, you should pray frequently on matters involving the will of another – but only once for this prayer, which is for abandonment to God. If you can, it is best to say it and then let it go, trusting that whatever comes of the matter now is for your eternal good regardless of what happens

Here are instruction and the text for the prayer:

A prayer to abandon yourself to trust in God; to bind yourself to His will with trust rather than trying to bind Him to yours. Pope Francis called Our Lady of Guadalupe the “Virgin of Tepeyac” at her last feast day. Tepeyac Hill is where she appeared, not Guadalupe, hence the title Our Lady of Tepeyac, Mother of Conversion. At its deepest level, this is a prayer that we all convert ourselves to God’s Holy Will.

Back of card: PRAYER OF MIRACULOUS TRUST:  (This prayer is to help you turn things over to God, trusting that once you have done so, whatever He then allows is for your eternal good and that of those you love.  It lets you ask what you want of God, then closes by abandoning yourself to what God wants of you.  Do not say it more than once for any particular intention, as this is an abandonment to trust)

Begin by asking for the help of Our Lady of Tepeyac, then cross yourself and say:

By the power of Our Lord, Jesus Christ; to the honor of Our Lady, the Immaculate Conception; in service to her Immaculate Heart; I ask you Lord (state intention here and ask for the intercession of the saint of your choice).  I thank you for hearing my prayer.  Thy will be done.  Amen.

Cross yourself again, and give it over to God entirely with trust.”

I saw a pithy saying last week I will end with: “Don’t worry about tomorrow. God is already there.”

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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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201 Responses to Prayer Amid Sorrow

  1. Tom says:

    Now more than ever, we need to come together as Americans because those carried out and spurred on this evil attack in Dallas last night are trying to foment chaos to tear us apart. Don’t let them.

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  2. BlessedIam says:

    Love the pithy comment. We are in Tomorrowland for sure.
    May God protect us all!

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  3. Becky-TN says:

    God help us…and SAVE ALL HERE!

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  4. Please also consider studying a few homeopathic remedies as they are inexpensive and can be used sparingly during times of crisis. As you mention, Charlie, about not considering prayers/sacramentals as magic charms, it is important to consider medicines prayerfully. While a sense of gratitude for helpful material items is always good, frantic greediness with supplies is selfish. There are greedy people, but there are those sharing their knowledge and supplies at low prices or for free. Homeopathy has been a true blessing for our family for over a year now. Thank you for the reminder of the urgency for me to do my little part now and not put things off for later. Please pray for a special intention of our family’s.

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  5. Tom says:

    Charlie, last year you wisely asked those so inclined to reach out to their local police departments and offer our words of support and prayers. I did that then and did it again this morning. I encourage all to do so, call your local police and sheriff and let them know you have their back in prayer and in deed. I got immediate answers back from our local County Sheriff and Town’s police. Here’s each reply, write them, they need our support right now and going forward as the chaos widens:

    “I want to thank you for the email. You have no idea how important and meaningful it was to us to hear words like that from citizens. Thank you for your support and prayers.”

    “Thank you Tom. Tough times in our country right now. Emails like this help keep us going. Thanks again.”

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  6. radiclaudio says:

    Amen, amen.

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  7. Thomas Augustine says:

    Definitely praying for our Law Enforcement Community and those they are sworn to protect, whether those people realize it or not. I’m a volunteer fireman and my wife, son and daughter are volunteer EMTs. We have numerous family and friends in Law Enforcement in the Philadelphia and South Jersey region, including the woman whom I’ve been requesting prayers for over that past couple of weeks. Folks we are all in this together. Be safe, trust in God and pray for us all, including the misguided who resort to violence in the belief that it is justice.

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    • charliej373 says:

      A police officer in Valdosta, Georgia was ambushed, too. This was less than 50 miles from where my son works.

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      • jlynnbyrd says:

        Charlie, that is so tragic for that officer and his/her beloved. I have prayed for them all and this day I have prayed the Prayer of Miraculous Trust for your son’s protection and asked for St. Joan of Arc’s intercession on his behalf.

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      • ColleenW says:

        As soon as I heard about those two police involved shooting I though “oh no, here we go again!” But I never thought to see a Dallas situation. Watching the coverage that night I was horrified, angry but most of all deeply saddened. My heart hurts for the families and that whole police department.

        My son is on vacation right now, when he gets back I want to make sure he’s aware of the Georgia ambush too. But you can be aware, take precautions and bad things can still happen. In the past, I have given him a few Blessed St. Michael medals and he lost them. I think I’m going to buy a bunch and pin them in the pocket of ALL his shirts. That way he won’t lose them! Police Officers need all the prayer and protection they can get right now.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Amen, and what a blessing you and your family is in service to others! ❤

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  8. Lisa says:

    Dear Charlie and the TNRSers This may be a stupid question and a bit selfish (& I know you said that THERE are most certainly stupid questions, on one of your videos😉) but I’ll ask anyway…

    We are from central FL and every summer we spend a month or more if possible in Colorlado, Keystone to be exact. We Love the area, break from the sweltering fl summer, best of all is an awesome parish …Our Lady of Peace(Silverthorne)/St. Mary’s (Breck).

    We plan to drive out arrive August 8 and stay thru Labor Day. My question is now that being as the state of things are declining especially lately with our Orlando area tragedy ….& with all and the obvious rapidity as ‘calamities’ daily in many cities and town globally start popping….my question is should we go ahead with “life as planned” and take this trip west. Also, was thrilled when I saw your email stating a Denver Aug 20th meeting is scheduled …my heart leapt for joy that I may be able to attend. Of course knowing anything can happen and that meet up could change, any insight you may offer is welcome … My faith is strong, I work hourly on my Trust and abandonment which is likely true with 90% of us. As My husband, our Great Dane and I prepare to make this road trip vacation next month, I want to make it a bit of a retreat or pilgrimage to prepare spiritually for times ahead …but not sure if that’s wise to be away from home as Dwayne cannot stay all month due to his job…so he planned to stay a week, then come back for a long weekend later and again to drive with us home.

    Are you inclined to proceed as normal with plans as God sees fit, or is hunkering down some part of Gods will in this brewing maelstrom.

    Thanks! if you get exasperated with my question… I’m going to welcome this rebuke as a gift from God for humility …and if you see fit to relate your take on how we should go about day to day life while it will be a blessing

    May God continue to bless you and May Our Lady’s mantle cover you and your loved ones always🙏 Lisa Jenkins JMJ

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    • charliej373 says:

      God knows where you are. Use normal prudence in your planning – and trust God if anything extraordinary happens. I continue to travel and spread the word…and there is at least a 50% chance that all will come down while I am on the road somewhere. If so, I know that God knows where I am and He will give me what I need to take the nexst right step in extraordinary circumstances. Live the same confidence in Him and your peace will be solid.

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      • Lisa Jenkins says:

        Thanks Charlie for your insight….much appreciate that fist bump of faith! It’s comforting in a unique way to hear you are dealing with the same reality but also see you soldiering on. Funny how that peace that true faith in God gives us….i was always present and collected in many life challenges prior …just lately trust seems to be taking a hit….the “old boy” isn’t going to make it easy on any of us huh!

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        • charliej373 says:

          Oh, how I worry…and always encourage my son to be safe, resolute. and aware (all of which he lives anyway, but it comforts my worrying father’s heart to say it). I am proud that he chooses to serve and protect, even when national leaders and the media busy themselves strapping a target on his back. I have to be careful not to let the full extent of my rage against top national leaders and the corrupt media who keep inflaming things get the better of me.

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    • Doug says:

      Hi Lisa, my wife and I are planning to drive across country into August. We think about that too, but we trust we will be where God wants us at the right time as long as we continue to trust in him. God bless you!

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      • dianebelvs says:

        Hi Lisa, and Doug and Charlie, After having our house for sale for about 3 years it has just sold and will close in the next couple of months. We have found a place to live about 4 hours north of here so we are packing up, etc. I keep watching the news of the world, keeping one eye on Charlie’s blog, and praying. If it should happen that we are in between two homes when the feathers fly, well, we will just trust in God and do all the things that Charlie keeps reminding us to do. Ha…..I used to think….well at least we are secure in our own home with friends and family and church nearby. Oops. There goes THAT security! We’ll be on the move, but with God leading us, I believe that we’ll be OK.
        Please pray for us as we continue to pray for all of you. God Bless You.

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        • mvislander says:

          Hello Diane, the feathers are flying. Keep trusting in Him and live your life. Whatever comes our way He will give us the strength to bear it. Will pray for your successful move!

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        • Doug says:

          Well Diane, God has a plan. When we moved to NH, I prayed our house would be number 37 (like to ask God for a sign). The number 3 and 7 have a lot if biblical meaning. Well, we got 31 (meh!). We stepped out on faith anyway and made the change to uproot from Massachusetts. Nine months later, our next door neighbors house was being built and I went over to see how it was doing. I saw our builder there and he came up to me and said he had some bad news. Due to the 911 emergency restructuring, they have to change your house number. I thought, oh? I asked what the new number was and he said: 37. I surprised him when I expressed my joy and excitement 😊. I learned a valuable lesson that day. Often, we ask God for a sign and then say we will step forward. God often says no. Trust me, step forward on faith and then I will give you the sign. I have gained so mich by that experience. God bless you and keep you on your move!

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      • Lisa Jenkins says:

        Hi Doug, thanks for the joyful reply….that’s great to know that many of us here are being bold and really putting our trust in the Lord! Maybe we will cross paths on the highways….my husband and I joked we may be hunkering in the middle of Kansas somewhere but that there are some beautiful Catholic Churches on those plains!
        I appreciate everyone’s comments in all these conversations and I’d “like” them all if I could figure out how 😉 Immaculate Heart of Mary pray for us, Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on us all!

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        • charliej373 says:

          So you know, it is mighty windy in Kansas and good cover for the night can be tricky to come by. At least that’s my takeaway from my pilgrimage.

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        • Doug says:

          Lisa, one of the things we like about traveling is visiting all the various Catholic churches for mass. I try to never miss my Sunday committment (because we love to go). I was in Japan and arrived late Satuday night and was wondering how I was going to find a church for mass. I was tired and exhausted and when I got to my hotel room, I peered out the window and straight in front of me was the top of a cross on a Roman Catholic Church. I knew in an instant the Lord provided. A different time I was in Japan at another location and I asked the hotel clerk if there was Catholic Church around. She gave me directions to a small family church in an obscure location (not any place you would find Americans). When I walked in, there were children passing out brochures that had the mass in English. The only English people there were me and my coworker. It was like God was expecting us. I am always astounded at how he takes care of us. And he does it in such beautiful subtle ways. I say often that luck is God’s way of remaining anonymous. You have a safe trip and my our Lord protect and keep you!

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          • YongDuk says:

            God is Good, Doug! That reminds me of the time I got to the Hotel, opened my luggage and *poof* right there was my Mass Kit right on top!

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          • Doug says:

            You make me laugh YD. Speaking of which, can you perform mass with no one else but the priest? i.e. no other people. Is that caninically legal in any circumstance? If I get an answer, I promise to respond in less than 8 months.

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          • LukeMichael says:

            At least it’s not hot air!

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          • LukeMichael says:

            Doug

            My wife and I experience this frequently. This recent latespring we travelled out of town for a wedding. Had to get up early to go to Mass and walk two blocks in the rain to get there.

            Ha! It was a church with doors of mercy, beautiful Marian iconography, and a 15 year old or so young woman cantor with an angelic voice leading us in very traditional music, some of which was in Latin.

            We are so grateful for how God takes care of us!

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          • Doug says:

            Oh yes LM. It’s wonderful! Neat!

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          • YongDuk says:

            Well, Doug, I abuse my Power as Bishop with special Indults from the Holy Father (mostly joking, you CIC/CCEO types) and set up Chapels wherever necessary to make the caninically ridiculous canonical.

            I also abusively (playfully said) erect Stations of the Cross the same way as John Appleseed did appletrees just as appleseed-small as they may be to gain an easy Plenary Indulgence daily!

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          • Doug says:

            Ok. I think I got my answer pretty clear 😑

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          • Doug says:

            A very entertaining answer to say the least….

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          • lambzie37 says:

            It’s one of the things I enjoy most when we travel together. I am looking forward to visiting some new churches when we travel cross country to CA (Soon I pray). YD I am knitting you a hat so you can hide those hair extensions if need be. Would you be able to make do with pink and yellow. I seem to be out of red yarn. 🐏🐏🐏🐏. 😜

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          • YongDuk says:

            wait!

            you better consult with me on my colour palette as I am particularly picky and not very generous. I said to Rome, “You best make me a Cardinal and with an earth-toned red “’cause I ain’t wearing that amaranth!”

            hmmph. Not sure I can recover from this commment if I hit post

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          • lambzie37 says:

            Too late YD, pink and yellow it is. A fitting penance for your remark. Oh wait I have it backwards– your supposed to hand out penance. Well then, purgatory points will have to do. Besides, I finished it already. You wouldn’t want to upset the wife of your one day partner in cosmic travel throughout the universe in search of comets. I wonder what color I should make MP’s hat? Charlie gets a perfect mix of squirrel gray with just the right touch of squirrel brown and for Snowy a fleck here and there of squirrel white? Whaddaya think?

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          • Doug says:

            I love it Lambzie! We all get to wear TNRS knitted hats in our red wagon while traveling the Universe.

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          • YongDuk says:

            pink and yellow will do fine, then, just don’t let MP catch on before Heaven

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        • Barb129 says:

          Lisa, my husband and I just returned from driving from Cincinnati to Denver to visit friends. I must admit that I was a little nervous about going but we just kept telling ourselves that we would be where God wanted us to be!
          There are beautiful Catholic churches along the way! We stopped in Victoria, Kansas to see the Cathedral of the Plains…a beautiful stone church in a tiny town! We lit candles there and spent an hour praying our rosary and enjoying the beautiful stained glass windows.
          We also saw many large Divine Mercy images and prolife signs along Interstate 70 through Kansas…another beautiful witness to the faith along the way. What a comfort!

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  9. diane says:

    God Bless you Charlie, I say that prayer each day for protection for this TNRS Group and you – I ask for that days protection only and then I can pray again the next day. One day at a time for this group because you are all so dear to my heart and stuff is happening so fast is all our lives that it would only seem fair to pray each day as a separate day. God is in the midst of all this and is surely allowing things to cascade rapidly in order for us to clearly see Him and each day brings a new tug at our hearts, a new groan and a new cry. Charlie, when you say things like – I only hope we get it right .. that kind of startles me, because I want to believe that we can get it right, I want to believe that God knows this will be the new beginning for us, that we will be a people with the veil a bit removed so we can see Him in all things and live our lives with dignity, and not be so easily tempted by the satan, the world and ourselves. That the world not be so enticing as to draw us away from God, but be a world that reflects HIs image, His goodness, His Love for His creations and a world that draws us closer to God. I’m tired, I cannot live without the hope that this Storm we are in will be strong enough to cleanse us. I remember after Hurricane Andrew came through, we were able to see places we never saw before because there were no trees, no fences, no camouflages to hide behind, then after a good few years of growth, the places were hidden again by the trees and fences. I pray that once God allows that veil to be thinned and we see Him more clearly that we will not camouflage our Love for Him and that our the sins not contaminate the world again, but that we will be bold enough to call out our sins and cry out for justice. So I will pray that Yes all this suffering that we are all going through and will continue to go through till the Rescue and thereafter will indeed make us a better people, not a stumbling bunch of zombies. We were created for these times not because we could endure the suffering, but because we could be the people to Love and Adore our God with all our mind, heart and soul. We are the people who will recognize Christ in each person, who will be able to serve as well as to be served. That’s why were here in this now, in this time. Love I do. Diane

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    • Doug says:

      Hoo Rah! Soldier on Diane!

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    • lambzie37 says:

      Bash 🐏🐏🐏🐏🐏 Maranatha our Lady. Such a baahutiful post! Love I do too.

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      • Doug says:

        Knowing you so well dear Lambzi, I am sure you meant baah and not bash. I imagine your wonderful dumb iPad could not recognize what you were trying to do. Oh. And it is a privilege and a grace to have you in my life. It is a great treasure to walk together in our faith journey. There is an infusion of love that can only come through the Holy Spirit from our creator. How blessed I am!

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        • lambzie37 says:

          Sorry Diane I did mean baah not bash. I am blessed by you too dear Hubble. YD cover your ears and hole onto those extensions. Was there ever a woman so utterly loved by her husband as I am? I pray that one day all brides will be loved as much if not more. Our relationship constantly reminds me of the love of our heavenly spouse for each of us.

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  10. Simone says:

    Sad. I am praying for the city of Dallas, it’s police force and its citizens. My sister-in-law and her young family returned to that after our lovely family reunion in cape cod. On a weird and insignificant note ( in light of the very serious going ons) I also prayed the miraculous trust for an end to bugs in our family. We came back with lice and stomach bug to a house infested with fruit flies ( from the one bag I overlooked with an old school lunch in it) and ants on our counter. Ugh!

    God bless all here and help us shoulder our individual burdens.

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  11. moreen67 says:

    Yet another one to print and keep with me. Thanks for this Charlie. I actually felt it was the right time to share with a co-worker who is older and very nervous about these times. I think this will give her comfort. I actually thought of her when I read it – she is an ovarian cancer survivor since 2004 and she (before I read this) was talking to me that she talks to God about being a survivor and that it’s because He has a mission for her (work yet to do). She’s actually a walking miracle. Her cancer doctor even said that. So – thanks for this. God bless everyone.

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  12. SanSan says:

    Love the PRAYER OF MIRACULOUS TRUST–calling to Our Lady for intersession.
    Desperately needed right now by those I love.

    My husbands’ depression all points to a lack of Trust in God’s love and mercy. I pray that soon he will be able to Let Go and Let God.

    And, the “trial” (malignant cancer) now in front of my son-in-law and daughter, will illuminate their hearts and minds to trust in treaments being offered, but most of all to the healing only possible by the Divine Physician, Our Lord.

    Come Holy Spirit come, fill the hearts of Your faithful, enkindle in us the fire of Your love, and we will be re-created, and You shall change the face of the earth. Amen and thank you Jesus.

    p.s. today out of “no where” (ha!), during the 5th decade of the rosary, I called out to specific Saints for their prayers of intersession–then I read you fine post Charlie!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Beautiful! The souls in the Church Triumphant want so much to help us – and they can do so much more when we ask them.

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    • Chris says:

      I join you in Prayer San San for our family members suffering with depression.Their suffering can be debilitating and it’s difficult to watch.Try not to be drawn down with it. I have suffered with it a lot myself, offering it up for the salvation of souls, when I can pull myself together by the grace of God. I am reading a good book that a wonderful priest Father Philip Scott recommends and it is helping me a lot with my struggles. It is called “My Only Friend is Darkness” by Barbara Dent. I am going to pray the prayer of miraculous trust right now for your husband for an increase in trust in God’s mercy.

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  13. jtbrannigan says:

    Charlie:
    Thanks for the words this morning. They were sorely needed. Just as I feel I am about to be overcome God sends you like the energizer bunny to say God’s Word to strengthen the weak.
    The word about not using prayer as magic was also something I really needed to hear right now.
    Trust in God. May He bless us all in the midst of chaos.
    JT

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  14. BD says:

    Charlie, thanks for accepting the tutoring position to educate, encourage and therefore lead us through the “Storm”. I am going to begin carrying one of those cards you personally gave me and start reciting the “Prayer of Miraculous Trust” on a regular basis. Eyes wide open now…

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  15. mbrandon8026 says:

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

    We are in those times prophesied by Joel where the Holy Spirit will be poured out on all mankind. This is happening throughout the world, as God empowers us and fills us with love. “God has not given you a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, love and self control.”

    Those of us who have faith must expect God to move miraculously and sovereignly. We must not be fearful that God won’t do signs and wonders, as it suits His Plan for our salvation.

    I have had such an expectancy in my heart that God wants to heal us of our sicknesses and dis-eases, and to move supernaturally in other ways as well.

    Many years ago, I had crippling arthritis when my kids were small, and God miraculously healed me at the time and I wrote about it six years ago on my blog at the link below.

    http://freethroughtruth.blogspot.ca/2010/05/are-you-in-need-of-healing.html

    So, about 12.5 years ago, when I was in a car accident and sustained a serious concussion, which was about my 10th one lifetime, I was disabled and never returned to work again. I prayed to be healed, but did offer it to the Lord for His Purposes. I was never physically healed, but my marriage was, my faith was, and so I figured God knew best and gave me what I needed.

    But, one thing I missed in my life, was being able to play the piano. I had led Praise and Worship in prayer groups and had played in choirs over the years, but after the accident I could never sit down at the piano for more than a few minutes without getting a serious headache, so did it about once a year to test if maybe God had healed that for me.

    This week, I had pulled out a book of my favorite praise and worship songs from when I was active, and put it on the piano. On Tuesday I tried unsuccessfully to play and quit after my usual five minutes.

    But, Wednesday I went to morning mass, and did not initially recall that Father Bob anointed anyone who wanted, with the anointing of the sick on the first Wednesday of the month, during the mass. I was not going to go up, but stood there and looked at those who were heading up, begging expectantly for God to bring healing to them in the natural world.

    I did decide to go up, and received anointing from Father and returned to my seat. After Mass, I headed home, and thought I would sit down at the piano for a couple of minutes. I played music I have long loved for about an hour, and had only a tiny headache after I was done, no show stopper as usual. It felt, aside from some obvious rust, that it was like days of old.

    For some time our charismatic prayer group has been looking for someone to come in and do the music ministry, but no one has stepped forward. I had been praying just the day before about two men in particular that I thought would be excellent to do it. Though the other leaders of the group know I was worship leader several years ago, none of them ever bothered me about it.

    I wrote our pastor and told him what happened and that I would like to get back to leading the music again. So, next week, we will have some live music for the first time in years at our prayer meeting.

    In these times we are in, if you expect little from God, you may not be disappointed, but you may have very little to use to point to Him as the author and finisher of your faith. But, if you abandon yourself to God and His infinite Compassion, Wisdom and Love for you, those you hold dear, and even those you don’t, you will not be disappointed either. In fact, if you look with your eyes of faith, you will see that “Our God is a Mighty God.”

    God Bless all who come here.

    Michael Brandon

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  16. Anniecorrinne says:

    So horrid….and so planned and calculated against the police. God give courage and comfort to all the families and friends of these men. Amen.
    The Prayer of Miraculous trust….a perfect prayer for all.
    And to those who prayed for me …thank you so much…this blog means so much to me. I have a journal for notes from posts and comments. You are all so precious in God’s ❤️ Heart.

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  17. Mack says:

    I’ve been praying today for the officers and their families in particular, and also for everyone involved. Yes, the Storm deepens.

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  18. Pat says:

    I have just a wee-bit of a problem with the Prayer of Miraculous Trust. It is this – we are taught by Christ to petition God with prayer and to not give up, are we not?

    Christ uses the parable of the persistent widow. She kept asking the judge until he gives in to her request (Luke 18:7 – “And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night”). This seems to imply that we aren’t supposed to just ask once and hand it over, but continue asking.

    Paul asked three times for his “thorn of the flesh” be removed. While it wasn’t, Paul asked more than once.

    I’m sure I’m missing something here. Could you help me understand? Thanks!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Pat, I have explained repeatedly that it is JUST for this prayer, which is designed to build trust. In fact, I noted in the very same article here (did you read the whole thing?) that St. Augustine was bathed in the unceasing prayers of his Mother, St. Monica – and encouraged people to do likewise…that the injunction of only once for a particular intention was for THIS prayer, not ALL prayer.

      Now while we are at it, I want to encourage people to read and contemplate the whole Bible. In Matthew 17:20, Jesus chides the crowd for their little faith – and tells them that if they had even as much faith as a mustard seed, they could move a mountain just by asking it…the prayer would lead immediately to the action. Does this mean that people who pray much have little faith? Of course not…but if you take a snippet of Scripture as if it existed in isolation from all else, you get a fractured sense of the Gospel. It is like pulling a single thread from Joseph’s multi-colored coat and confidently announcing that that is the color of the whole cloak – and this little thread proves it. God gives us a great weaving with Scripture. It is good to know the threads…but better to step back and see the fullness of it all.

      If we trusted fully…on matters that do not touch on the will, the prayer would lead to the action. On matters involving the will of another, even with complete trust, many prayers would be called for. There are many different types of prayer. On this one to build trust, this is the way to do it.

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      • Doug says:

        It’s simple. God got mad at Moses when he struck the rock more than once.

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      • Sarge says:

        I think that is an important caveat – matters of the will.

        I have prayed the Prayer of Miraculous Trust for, for lack of a better term, the conversion of loved ones. As this is a matter involving the changing of a person’s disposition through utilization of their own free will, I have also said many rosaries, etc. for this same intention.

        Oh how I wish this person would have a “Road to Damascus” moment! I’ve no doubt with their intellect and their great love and big heart (albeit often misguided in my opinion – denial of the truth in the name of tolerance/ compassion as Charlie often refers to) they could potentially be a St. Paul!

        However, that may be my own laziness and lack of faith. Perhaps this person’s road is more along the Augustine model, and I have many weeks/ months/ years of playing Monica’s role ahead of me. If that is my lot, I accept it, but strengthen me Oh Lord!

        For me, the Prayer of Miraculous Trust lets me know that it will happen somehow, not on my time or in my way, but somehow. I don’t know how it will happen, sometimes I think it can’t unless Charlie’s angel leaves him be for a minute to come bop this person over the head, but it will happen…

        In the meantime, I just try to Trust/ Do/ Love the best I can.

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      • jlynnbyrd says:

        “God gives us a great weaving with Scripture. It is good to know the threads…but better to step back and see the fullness of it all.” – Charlie Johnston 7-9-16
        Officially now quoted in the Twittershpere! 🙂

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  19. Doug says:

    Today at breakfast, at a bagel shop my wife and I frequent, a local police officer came in for coffee. I walked up to him and told him in light of the bad press, I appreciate what he does. I hope and trust I made is day better.

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    • Anne says:

      So Doug….. Did you pay for his coffee as a treat? Or added a bagel?
      Sorry…. Could not resist.

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      • Doug says:

        Ha! I did not, but I should have. Actually, one of the two owners, which are two woman, her husband is a cop. They give free coffee to the local police that come in. We see many officers there often which is a sight to behold. My next door neighbor is also on the force in a different town. Last night, I shook his hand and told him I got his back covered. 😊

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  20. CHADPRO123 says:

    I just realized…the presidential election (that probably won’t happen) is exactly 4 months out from today.

    Also, incredibly, American stock markets are somehow nudging up against their all time highs.

    I know that the transition in the United States from the current corrupt order to the new benevolent (for some) dictatorship will be as bizarre and unpredictable as when young Joan of Arc led the French back from the brink all those centuries ago. But still, as of right now, with a mere 120 or so days until the election, i just don’t see how the most dramatic power shift in American history is going to happen. I trust that it will happen and i am making a few small, prudent preparations in my life. But my imagination can’t conceive of scenario that can play out that quickly. (then again i’m a damp log in the Yuletide fire when it comes to imagination 🙂

    Enough rambling, starting today i plan to incorporate the Prayer of Miraculous Trust into my daily prayer routine.

    If I may improvise a little on CrewDog’s sign-off:

    GOD BLESS ALL HERE!!!!

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    • Paul says:

      Hey Chad

      I’m in the commercial real estate business…and I remember very distinctly the recessions ( in the case of our business, they were more like depressions) that occurred in 1989 and 2008. They were both extremely sudden and severe, both having occurred over the course of about a week, where the entire atmosphere of the business did a complete turnaround, and the banks closed up shop. Without financing, our business stops on a dime.

      The reasons were the collapse of the savings and loan business in 1989, and in 2008 the collapse of the sub-prime mortgage market.

      All happened VERY quickly…again, over the course of about a week. Once it became common knowledge that these two industries had become thoroughly corrupted, financing came to a screeching halt and the commercial real estate business was stopped dead in its tracks.

      Things can happen VERY quickly in our world. In the scope of a week, our financial sector, which from many perspectives is quite frothy and corrupted, could be easily flipped on its back.

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    • deereverywhere says:

      You know that the first and second Gulf wars were won in a few weeks. We are still trying to win the peace. It hasn’t worked. It won’t work. The six day war, between Egypt and Israel lasted, oh right around six days. In 120 days we could win 40 wars. Peace on the other hand, needs a Prince. I really don’t understand, how so many commenters don’t see how things change in the blink of an eye. North Korea is using submarines to shoot missiles. It doesn’t take a giant tnt explosion to cause an EMP, which, by the way Iran is talking about. The bomb just has to be high enough to explode. Everything in the horizon will lose electricity. We will be back to the mid 1800’s. Let’s pretend that Iran takes out the east coast and North Korea takes out the west coast. Hopefully China hasn’t given them the plans it has for a weaponized super emp. If you have ever had to deal with a murder, like that lady in MN, you realized things change in the blink of an eye. Just because you cannot fathom your world change, rules and all, doesn’t mean it can’t a n d won’t happen. I will go back to The Lord of the Rings, I don’t care that It is fantasy, how long did it take Frodo and Samwise to make it to Mt Mordor? A few months?

      Jesus, I trust in You.

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    • deereverywhere says:

      Sorry if I sounded a bit like I got up on the wrong side of the war. Most of the casualties in the Spanish American war (and Civil) we from disease. The Spainish American war didn’t last long either. Yellow journalism, the Maine is now considered to have had faulty systems which blew it up. That was a wag the dog war.

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  21. Lily Malakooti says:

    Thank you Charlie I needed this so much. Was in despair and plowing thru but when I read this ( which I have heard from you before) it really touched my soul. Very very deeply. Thanks again for helping us all to be ready interiorly!! Most important part

    Lily

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  22. Jeff in Minnesota says:

    I recently needed to get an off season permit to take a beaver that has been plugging an important pipe on my little farm (didn’t need it, as I improvised a fence instead).

    How sad I was to observe the conservation officer was wearing body armor…he says he never leaves home without it because of the times of chaos we live in.

    Our Lady of Fatima will save us. Not long ago Charlie said we would have to “go through some nonsense first” and I now realize that remark was the stuff of euphemism.

    Try this out everyone on these pages to help you catch your breath. Arvo Part is one of the world’s great composers, and is Orthodox. Some years back the Pope invited 200 artists to the Vatican, and this great and gentle man was front and center. God bless you all…

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  23. Monica Joseph of the Blessed Sacrament, OCDS says:

    My (black) son-in-law just graduated from the police academy; I only mention his race because it obviously touted as an essential aspect of all this civil turmoil. His training at the academy was a rigorous program, run like a military boot camp, and we are very proud of him for pursuing this career. He is hoping to be on the road soon. It makes me so sad that this type of environment is what he will be dealing with. He and my daughter have a beautiful toddler daughter (our second grandchild). I pray for holy members of the military, law enforcement and first responders and their families as an intention with every rosary I pray (amongst other intentions.) (As an aside, he was also baptized and became a Catholic while dating my daughter;I am his godmother).

    Charlie, if I remember correctly, your son is in law enforcement? It is interesting you state you know of many looking for other lines of work, and that follows on the heels of the Dallas Chief of Police saying his officers often don’t feel supported. I know I have been trying to express support via social media and personally to my son-in-law; Tom, your reaching out to the local law enforcement was wonderful. I live in the region around Ferguson; when all that unrest was going on, local citizens collected items for officers working long shifts like snack packs, bottled water, etc. Much of it was later donated to food pantries when the unrest died down, as there was such an outpouring from the community that way more was collected than was used.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Yes, my son is an officer – and an officer just a few towns away was ambushed yesterday.

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      • Thomas Augustine says:

        Charlie, I will definitely pray for your son. I saw that there were reports of police ambushes across several states yesterday. We lost my wife’s first cousin in the line of duty back in 96. Violence is like a disease that tends to spread. People take their cues from their leadership. If they perceive that laws don’t apply to the rulers, then they will see no sense in obeying the law themselves. Resentment builds and the cycle begins. I don’t believe it was a coincidence that this happened on this particular week. We need a moral and upright government.

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      • Monica Joseph of the Blessed Sacrament, OCDS says:

        Charlie,
        Thanks to him for his service. There was an officer ambushed in our St. Louis region yesterday, too, as I imagine you are aware. There has again been an outpouring of food gifts to the local police agencies; there are pictures posted on Facebook of the generous support of gifts from the public. It is a “sign of hope.”

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Monica, the story of your SIL and his/your family is so sweet. I will keep all first responders in my prayers for them to be safe, honest, humble, and holy in a climate that easily make them callus and untrusting. ❤

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      • Monica Joseph of the Blessed Sacrament, OCDS says:

        Thanks, jlynn, and what a lovely set of petitions to pray, and such a great insight about their work climate — I had not thought in those terms, before, but now I will. 🙂

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  24. aaronpfoutz says:

    Charlie, Aaron here again.

    “True freedom is a wonderful gift from God, and it has been a cherished part of your country’s history. But when freedom is separated from Truth, individuals lose their moral direction and the very fabric of society begins to unravel.” St. John Paul II

    I just posted this 11 days ago but we continue to see this being played out in our United States. St. John Paul II spoke these words while visiting St. Louis, MO. What will it take for us to understand God has another plan for us? A plan of freedom, freedom from sin, freedom from strife, freedom from fear.

    “For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2

    I also have a question. I actually understand the concept of the prayer of trust. Fr. Michael Gaitley speaks of trust in Jesus Christ often in his series on Marian Consecration (33 Days to Morning Glory) and “Consoling the Heart of Jesus.” Of course he got most of his information from the great Saints like St. Faustina, St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Saint Therese, “The Little Flower”, St. John Paul II, and many others. In “Consoling the Heart of Jesus” he actually how trusting in Jesus actually consoles his Sacred Heart. That on the cross he looked out into all eternity and was given consolation by the who trust in Him. My question comes in your statement of continual prayer for the same intention we have prayed for in the Miraculous Trust Prayer. If we are indeed trusting our Lord to hear our prayer and answering in accordance to His will why do we have to pray more?

    Thanks again for indulging me in my questions. May our Lord continue to Bless you, your family, followers, readers, and of course those in Dallas and the whole world. Jesus we trust in You!!!!

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    • charliej373 says:

      I was actually there for that visit in St. Louis, Aaron.

      As for why we pray more than once for things close to our heart, it is for the same reason we tell our spouse and our children more than once that we love them. I don’t think I have ever finished a conversation with my children without telling them I love them – or my brothers and sister.

      As for why we do not pray this Prayer of Miraculous Trust more than once for a particular intention, it is for the same reason that when we ask a loved one to help us and they agree, we do not nag them about it but trust that they will do it.

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      • Doug says:

        Amen again Charlie. Third time is a charm 😊

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      • Monica Joseph of the Blessed Sacrament, OCDS says:

        I was there at the pope’s visit, too, Charlie, with my then 3 small daughters and my mom! It is interesting to think of your being there! We ended up being able to go at the last minute — we did not live in St. Louis at the time.

        I almost didn’t get off the bus when the doors opened to drop us off at the venue — I had never seen such a crowd of people — just an absolute solid wall of humanity! We somehow randomly got behind the Carmelite nuns passing by who had left the cloister so as to see the pope, and the crowds parted before them as they passed through. At a certain point, we of course could no longer follow them, as they were escorted to somewhere we were not allowed to go, but it was a great “gig” for awhile. 🙂

        It has come to my mind recently that it may very well be that the conversion of two of my daughters to devout Catholicism (one still to go:( — all three were being raised Lutheran — long story, it was the 80s 😦 ) may very well be due in part to the intercession and prayers of St. John Paul at the time, that and their being blessed with a first class relic of St. Faustina some years ago. I have taken to thanking both those Polish saints for their intercession as I continue to thank God so much for their conversions and strong Catholic faith.

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        • Kim Sevier says:

          We were there too, Monica, traveling from Memphis. It was so wonderful. We were quite close when he rode by in the pope mobile. What a joy!

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  25. Lisa Hanson says:

    I like the prayer and have prayed it once but for the life of me I can’t remember what my intention was. This is my problem with this prayer. I have a horrible memory and wouldn’t be able to recall what I’ve prayed it for and what I haven’t. 🤔

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    • charliej373 says:

      Don’t sweat it, Lisa. I wrote above about your intent. God certainly is not going to smack you for praying it twice for the same intention because you honestly forgot you prayed it the first. Rectitude of intention is crucial…then live the spirit of the law without getting overly entangled in the letter of it. If I am not sure I have prayed it for something, I pray it again and don’t worry about it.

      What happens if it is uncertain whether you were baptized while young – and there is no documentation available? You are provisionally baptized. Don’t neglect what you may not have done for fear that you might have already done it. Rectitude of intention. Our God is not Allah, who would crush you for an honest error. He is the true God, who knows His children are forgetful, and loves them anyway – especially when they live charity well.

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  26. Linda says:

    What a very sad day in America.. i know all this must come to pass for the fullfillment of Our Lady’s Triumph. .but it still makes our souls bleed with sorrow for the slain and their families and for the so called..rule of law..NOT😢

    I keep a running list on back of my printed prayer of miraculous trust so I don’t forget i already prayed for a certain intension. Thanks for reminding us about this prayer from St. Gabriel. ..timely…seems like the rubber’s hitting the road about now.

    Incidentally Dan Burke put up a good video tonight on facebook in regards to the correct positioning of our hands in our vehicles should we ever get pulled over. Our poor police are going to be jumpy from now on and rightly so…

    As crew dog says GOD SAVE ALL HERE😇

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  27. dianebelvs says:

    Thank you for being here for us, Charlie. I came here hoping you would have a comment after the horrors in Dallas last night. Thanks for always reminding us that God is here for us too!
    God Bless all who linger here.

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  28. Anne says:

    Charlie….. You must keep a list of who you have prayed for re miraculous trust!
    Otherwise you may pray it more than once as you have forgotten whether you have prayed it or not for each person!

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    • charliej373 says:

      If I have honestly forgotten, there is no ill intent so there is no culpability. And I may pray it many times for a single person…for many different intention. Or I could pray that they have a fruitful day today – and repeat it each day, just for the day.

      When Jesus came, he rebuked religious officials for reducing the faith to dry regulations while losing the spirit of it. If you speak and act with serious fullness of noble intention, though you make many errors, your prayers bear more fruit than if you do everything technically correctly but lack the fire and intensity of sincerity that gives it life.

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    • Anne says:

      I was thinking more that you must have the memory of an elephant!

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  29. lambzie37 says:

    Our neighbor is a police officer. Finding out his occupation did not lead me to think with disgust, “Oh I have a vigilante living next to us.” Rather my thoughts were turned to thankfulness to God that he would provide us with such immediate and visible help in the fullness of the storm by giving us someone who would help protect us. And we will also be there for him and his wife should they need us.

    When did “Officer friendly’ become “Officer foe?” I truly believe ALL life matters. Black lives, blue lives, unborn lives, young lives, old lives, infirm lives, ALL LIVES, God, and only God creates life, it is the will of the evil one to maim, to kill and to destroy. Let us then be blessed to work with God to heal, to co-create life, and to protect and defend life. Let us seek to build each other up, to love as if our very life depends on it–for in these times, more than ever before, it does!

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  30. JG says:

    Been praying and shedding tears for these men & their families.
    Please let’s not forget to keep our fire & military men and women in our prayers. During the LA Riots when the Rodney King garbage happened many fire men were also attacked. Anyone in a uniform was a target.
    Gosh there’s so much hate lately! Makes me think about what Our Lady said in Kibeho, Kibeho is a warning for the world. May God have mercy on these sick buggers who encourage such disgusting behavior.They know what they are doing and continue stirring up the pot. Upon hearing how awfully these Black Lives Matter people behaved, when they heard the police were killed – made me ill -disgusting, this isn’t normal human behavior. What sicko rejoices at the murder of anyone? oh yeah Hillary does – Gaddafi. My bad.
    Lastly, can someone please buy a muzzle for Obama or superglue his mouth shut. Actually the superglue would be best – we can give him an IV for water or a peg tube for food. Trash the IV – he can get H2o via the peg tube. See – I’m not wishing him ill. He gets food and water. I just want someone to nicely shut him up. Charlie – you said no one would listen to him anyway after he has a conversion so why can’t we permanently seal his lips now? It’d save lives. Obviously I’m joking but I am sick of him mouthing off and acting like an idiot whenever there is a tragedy. OK enough rant better get back to praying – sorry people….
    Welcome back to crazy California Charlie – the land of fruits and nuts. Hope you have a good harvest.

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  31. the phoenix says:

    About prayers with trust being answered regarding the Storm … A few days ago on July 6, about an hour before sunset, beautifully fierce storm clouds started rolling through, lighting up the whole sky with an eerie glow. So I prayed to thank God because the clouds were beautiful. Then the clouds broke and hard rain possibly mixed with hail came gushing down, and I prayed to thank God because the rain was beautiful, and said, “Please cleanse us really good in this Storm, because we need it.” Then the rain stopped, and a double rainbow came out. Many times, rainbows can fade quickly within minutes, but this one stayed nearly a half hour, and I was able to take some cool photos from my balcony, of both the double rainbow and the single rainbow as the first one was fainter and faded. (If only I could figure out how to share them here.)

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  32. Theresa says:

    After rescue: Mayberry; before rescue: The Twilight Zone!

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  33. BD says:

    Hey Charlie, For clarification purposes, would it be correct to say that praying The Prayer of Miraculous Trust to enrich our lives with earthly treasures would not be within the spirit of the prayer at all? Following that logic perhaps asking for deliverance of things that have crept into our lives may best suit the intended intentions of this wonderful prayer. If correct what would your thoughts be if I petitioned to reverse 25 years of aging, shed 20 lbs., eliminate a couple age spots, and a few thousand dollars of debt. After all, they have crept into my life for sure. I am confident others have pondered the very same but were bashful to ask.

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    • charliej373 says:

      As I said, BD, it is not magic – and not designed to bind God to our will, but to bind us to God’s. If someone is caught up in such materialist things, they are far from the will of God in the first place. But even then, it would help them shed some of that, for only a third of it involves your specific petition: two-thirds of it involves your surrender to whatever God chooses for you.

      It is one of the things that really struck me after contemplating when it was given me: that even if said with an initial selfish, vain prayer, a primary effect of this prayer is to surrender to God’s will and accept it with docility. It recognizes and accepts that, with even with the seeming noblest of intentions, God may have something else in mind. Instead of petitioning, “Daddy, you have to give me that bike,” it says, in effect, “Daddy, I really want that bike, but I know you love me and that you know best.”

      So yes, I think even in those circumstances, though you would not get your petition, you would be drawn closer to God. And God would get a little amusement out of your request. Funny thing…God is charmed by even our silliest requests when they are accompanied by a sincere avowal that “I know You love me and that You know best.” (And besides, if your proposal worked, I would be young, studly and able to hit a 95-mile-an hour fastball. Ah well…’thy will be done.’)

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      • BD says:

        Haha Charlie, hit a ninety five mile-an hour fastball is an interesting wish for sure. But I am not the least bit surprised to hear you say that. Glad that we can at least dream and jest what could be or could be again. Incidentally Charlie there is no truth to the rumor I petitioned to win the Mega millions. Anyways off to 4-o’clock mass.

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        • charliej373 says:

          If your name pops up as the winner of the Mega Millions, you better give it to God – and He doesn’t take checks!

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          • DanSouthChicago says:

            Which reminds me of a joke (sorry):

            God appears to someone, who is immediately awestruck. “My Lord, You are so beautiful, so great. And I am so small. Why, a million years to You must be like, like. . .” “A minute,” God replies. “And, to You, a million dollars must be like, like. . .” “A penny,” said the Lord. After a brief pause, the person says, “Say, Lord, uh, could You give me a penny?” Our Lord’s response: “In a minute.”

            Things are getting rough and quickly. It feels like a bandage getting ripped off the skin. God bless.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Good joke, Dan! Love it.

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  34. Diane says:

    Family,
    This weekend our parish (joined with others in the area) is having a Men’s Emmaus Retreat for Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters, it began last night and will continue through Sunday up to the 5:30 pm mass. Keep this group in your prayers. Could not have been planned for a better weekend in light of all.
    JG – I love your comment, it made me smile. Love. I do. Diane

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  35. aaronpfoutz says:

    You are loved!!
    There is no winning in killing anyone or even hating anyone. We will lose if we hate and kill, like those who put Truth to death on a cross and gave up on love we will lose. It has to start with me and how I love Jesus Christ my savior and then how I love you. What will your response be? Will you hate someone who is trying to love you? Will you continue to hold on to the grudge against that person in your family who “hurt” you or the guy/woman at work who wronged you? See it starts with me and you. We have to change our “world.” The one we live in everyday.

    You are loved and I am loved, all men and women no matter what color, or faith are loved by God. The God, the Father who loves you so much that He gave us his only Son. A Son who loves you so much that He would suffer humiliation at the hands of men. Men who could not stand His message of love that they put Him to death on a cross. Death had no hold on Jesus he rose from that death to show us He was who He said He was. Jesus is our Savior. If we follow Him and His commands we can have peace if not in this world at least in the next. So what is is left for us now? “So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1Cor13:13

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  36. Patricia says:

    Charlie,
    This week, Archbishop Chaput made his statement regarding marriage and all that went before it and then Archbishop Cupich, probably the most leftist Bishop in the states, was appointed to the Vatican’s Committee on Bishops, meaning he will have a large say in who is appointed a Bishop in the USA. Would you kindly state what you think about this in light of the statements you have made in the past that this Pope will lead us through the storm.
    My defense of this Pope to others, some of them worried priests, based on what you have said, is that it would appear that this Pope may be wobbly at times but the Blessed Mother can and will use whomever when it comes time to lead in the rescue and he will rise to the occasion. If I am off base, please correct.

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    • charliej373 says:

      You are right, Patricia. For what it is worth, I was upset that Abp. Cupich – who delights in punishing, oppressing and silencing anyone who exhibits a hint of orthodoxy – was appointed to this key position. I regard him as an anti-Catholic bigot.

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      • DanSouthChicago says:

        After our Cardinal George, Archbishop Cupich is quite a change. I pray that he will be whomever Our Lord wants him to be and that he will do whatever Our Lord wants him to do. But he is a tough pill to swallow. Come to think of it, I am probably a tough pill for some people to swallow. It’s a good thing that God is in charge. God bless.

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      • Frank says:

        I think you should walk that back, Charlie. Maintain the course.

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        • charliej373 says:

          I seldom write about him and that is how it will remain – for that is exactly what I think of him. Should he decide to quit belittling or punishing Priests who want to protest against abortion, should he quit denouncing and ostracizing any who make an orthodox expression of faith, I will consider it. He prides himself on “listening” to all but spews venom at any who express an orthodox understanding of faith.

          I disagreed with Cardinal Bernardin on many things, but I respected and bore some affection for him when he was my Archbishop. I thought his heterodoxy did some real damage…but he did not try to stomp out any who disagreed with him and, in fact, made room for those who seriously disagreed with him. He actually valued those who disagreed with him and treated them with respect. In fact, I was supposed to make an appointment to have lunch with him the week he got word that his cancer was terminal.

          Abp. Cupich is utterly intolerant of those who do not share his heterodoxy. When he ceases to act as an intolerant bigot against those who are orthodox, I will walk it back. Not a minute sooner.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Sorry, I have a more viscerally negative reaction to Abp. Cupich than to any other Bishop in the world. I have extensively researched him and found nothing to soften that reaction. I will not expand upon it further, unless it became truly necessary. So I will not comment on him at all in the future.

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          • YongDuk says:

            I am staying silent on this one… missed it and many others, as I have twenty tabs opened trying to catch up and Doug replying to posts from October and November ain’t helping none!

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          • charliej373 says:

            Hee hee…I should have stayed silent on it as well. There is an old rule for Bishops – that if you don’t HAVE to speak of something, you shouldn’t speak of it. I may need to adopt that one for myself.

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          • Doug says:

            Good rule. I learned that from my in laws. Now, if the conversation goes silent, it makes me wonder…..

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          • Frank says:

            My suggestion was not for Abp. Cupich’s sake, but for yours. I’m on your side.

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          • charliej373 says:

            I know, Frank. I was wrong. I won’t try to kid you that I feel different, but I know the drill. When I was writing for the three big political journals in Illinois, there was one politician in state politics I had a very negative and visceral reaction to. I had the good sense not to cover him at all, unless it was absolutely necessary…and then be as dry as I could about him so as not to fully show how deeply I disdained him. That has been my policy for this Archbishop…but boy did I slip badly in the last few days. I was furious that he is now the major domo in choosing new American Bishops. It shakes my confidence in who those Bishops will be. I thought of apologizing in a regular column – but those get about four times the readership as the comment, so I would just make it worse. So I will simply apologize to those who read the comments here and have already seen it. You were right and I was wrong.

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          • Kim Sevier says:

            We here in Memphis are so dismayed at Cupich’s appointment, as we have been waiting over a year for a new bishop.

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          • YongDuk says:

            I keep turning Memphis down, Kim, now I just don’t sign for the certified letters from the Vatican’s DC Branch and screen my caller ID.

            sorry about that

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          • Kim Sevier says:

            😭

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          • YongDuk says:

            Rest easy, Charlie, it is nothing we don’t know already.

            (We meaning we Bishops especially any who hold any water.)

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  37. Maryskid says:

    Casting Crowns wrote a song on that very theme, Charlie, called “Already There”:

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  38. Carmelite says:

    Came across this article that sounds a bit like TDL.

    “Unless the Church steps forward collectively to fulfill its God-given role of influencing the conscience of our culture, our country will keep spiraling downward into the depths of fear and hate.
    We must do better. We must unite. We must stand together and commit to one another that we will usher in a wave of change, justice, life, safety, rightness, equity and dignity for all. And above all, we must not let fear or hatred divide us. Peace, unity, love and nonviolence should be our rallying cry and the catalyst for change in our nation. Through this, we can seek to transform the remnants of tragedy into the foundation of a stronger, more equitable future.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/07/09/americas-current-violence-can-be-traced-to-christians-failures/

    God bless all this family!

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  39. Patricia says:

    umm, stronger than I expected. thank you.

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  40. Jann says:

    I’ve just been reflecting on my own expressions in speaking of our prelates. Would you have any guidelines as to respectful/disrespectful speech as regards this?

    BTW, I see that Putin has just cracked down on religious freedom in Russia:
    http://www.forum18.org/archive.php?article_id=2197

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  41. victura98 says:

    I just finished a rosary walk around my neighborhood, at twilight. All through the Glorious Mysteries, I was keenly aware of how much peace, and even joy, I have in my soul, despite the absolute chaos that is happening all around me. Thank you, Charlie, for saying “yes” to the Lord’s call. 🙂

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    • moomba1 says:

      Charlie, Victura98, YongDuk, Friends with experience,

      Leaving Mass today, I noticed everyone laughing, talking, going about life as any other day or time. The Parish Priest & Deacon were as friendly as ever. Everyone giving the impression that all was right in the world as they made their way to whatever Sunday adventures they had planned. It struck me that either most people have a tremendous amount of Trust and/or little to no understanding of what is going on around them. Yes, life can be hectic, over-planned, a roller coaster of sorts. At the weekly coffee hour, I did not hear anyone speak about the chaos happening all around them, yet I know full well, that I cannot be the only person to see that the world is crumbling in front of us.

      I would very much like to make an appointment and ask the Priest why there isn’t so much as a hint uttered about what is so clearly happening. Would this be something any of you would feel is best left alone? I don’t want to appear rude or going beyond boundaries as I would never feel it right to do so.

      So many readings at daily Mass provide an open door for our Priests to speak in terms of what each and every Catholic should be doing. Silence, that is it. I think about all the people, everywhere, who need to hear the Truth. I know how hard it is for just me to work daily on Trusting, doing, and trying to be, (and often failing miserably), the best person I can be. I’d appreciate anyone’s thoughts.

      Blessings to All

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      • victura98 says:

        Moomba

        The purpose of a homily at Mass is to dispose the soul to receive the Eucharist devoutly. This is done, firstly, by drawing from the liturgical readings of the day or the prayer texts of the Mass itself. I agree that most Catholic preaching is woeful, but it must be noted that many faithful expect the homily to be something other than what the Church intends it to be. Namely, many expect the homily to be a weekly editorial on current events, when its real purpose is to focus the hearer on deepening his relationship to Jesus Christ and surrendering to His grace.
        My best estimation is that two things are happening simultaneously, in most parishes. First, many priests do not try hard enough to prepare a good homily, because it is very VERY difficult, and fallen human nature being what it is, sloth often wins the day. The people suffer because of this, and it is unjust. Pope Francis especially has tried to rectify this injustice. Secondly, many lay faithful have expectations that set them up for disappointment, especially if they expect a priest to focus on temporal events such as politics or economics. Such subjects may be mentioned in passing, but only as a means to an end…the end being the proclamation of a deeper surrender to Christ.
        Personally, I have often thought that one of our best tools of evangelization is to remain joyful and upbeat, despite the chaos around us. It makes people wonder, “what makes them tick?” …a question that might lead others to a change of heart!
        Hope that helps. 🙂

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        • Beckita says:

          Beautiful, Victura!

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        • YongDuk says:

          Thank you, Victura98!

          I have mentioned this before, but an elderly 90 year-old Southern Black African-American woman once came up to me and said, when I was a Seminarian, that she has no clue what I am saying half the time, but that she loves listening to me preach [after-Communion meditations in place of the “Homily”].

          I have always remembered that and I have never altered that knowing that the Holy Spirit worked in even the worst of what I said.

          I don’t taylor my Homilies to what I think the People want to hear.

          I walk miles composing my Sunday Homilies, finding myself smiling all the while…

          And I rejoice knowing that the smallest child and the oldest Adult, if pure and simple, will gain something from it.

          I preach Christ Crucified and the Joy of the Sacred and Immaculate and United Hearts of Jesus and Mary and the Angels and the Family of God and from the Perspective of God’s Hope and Jesus’ Hope and the Holy Spirit’s Action of Hope.

          Oh… Let the dross fall. It will fall.

          To touch a heart… and I fold my Wings and hope

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      • I’ve been contemplating Victura98’s comment and your apparent dismay, moomba1, since yesterday. At a glance, one would think that what he is describing and what you were observing after Mass were probably the same thing, but obviously a person can’t rely on limited human observation alone to get anywhere near the heart of the matter. God’s vision has no such limitations.

        That’s not to say that some of those folks at your Mass weren’t living the authentic peace that V98 shares with us. Our spiritual eyes and other spiritual senses, which are far more trustworthy, should tell us as much.

        You’re not alone in feeling dismayed. That’s been going on since the Garden –– the battle for mindset, or more accurately, for hearts –– and only God can truly know it down to the smallest detail.

        I was thinking of the apparent mindsets involved in the recent Dallas events which seemed to consist of the protestors (the dominant part) and the supporters of law enforcement (the scanty part). There were also some observers in the the crowd, idlers, merely curious, confused, uncommitted, etc. Interesting, because everything seemed to instantly morph to a mass of panicky running, screaming…. fear…. once the shots started ringing out, so I think it’s fair to say that there was more fear just beneath the surface than anything else, regardless of the apparent mindsets.

        Sure, there were also solid people who also rose to the occasion. I’ll also wager that somewhere in that crowd was a person (or persons) solidly anchored to authentic peace… maybe with Rosaries in hand. What about the rest of us? Well, folks like you and Victura98 weren’t completely detached from those events. Christ assures us that all people of good will are united in Him. An apparently small force, but one to be reckoned with nonetheless. The events in Dallas could have been a whole lot worse.

        I was contemplating that faithful clergy everywhere are constantly reminding us of The Truth. Even so, it’s up to us how to best act, as we are called. I was also contemplating
        (not fretting or brooding) about those Dallas events and events in the rest of the world. Oh, clearly the times remind us how very much we all need God, and Charlie reminds us that only a direct, miraculous intervention by God will change hearts.

        I’m getting better at focusing on the work assigned to me. If I’m honest with myself, that workload is, and will be, performed in a very small area in human terms. Oh, what are human terms to God. Nothing. So, don’t place limitations on Him.

        T.N.R.S. is really just that. Just one small step at a time. Truly, it gives one hope… a hope to be shared. That can start by looking at oneself beneath the surface. Is there fear there? Anger? Confusion? Empty out useless things and fill up on God alone. Trust. Hope. Love. That will give you what you need to see YOUR next step clearly.

        God Bless,

        MP

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        • Doug says:

          And I might add that sitting on your porch and feeding the squirrels bird seed helps too.

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          • moomba1 says:

            I’m laughing, Doug. I have spent a lot of time feeding our squirrels bird seed lately. I keep wondering what they did with their acorn collections, wondering how they would feel if the birds invaded their food? Perhaps I should contemplate squirrel vs. bird feeding before writing anymore!

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          • Doug says:

            Well, Yesterday, the guacamole hits the fan. I accidentally left a large bag of sun flower bird seed on the porch and while I was away for the day, the squirrels broke into it and had a veritable feast. I think they will be plumper and slower today. Now I am left to clean up thousands of little sun flower seed shells…. I wonder if I can get souls out of purgatory for aligning this with the cross? sigh…..

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          • YongDuk says:

            That really all depends Doug on where you stand with the initial first theological proposition regarding this whole Sciurine Mystery compared to where MP stands.

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          • Doug says:

            YD, you just have way too much fun articulating in sesquipedalian and loquacious style.

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          • Ever see the movie “Gremlins?” Whatever you do, don’t leave the Twinkies unattended. All I can say is, “PLATYPODES GONE WILD!”… [shiver].. and I can’t shake the vision!

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          • Doug says:

            Never saw that movie MP.

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        • Beckita says:

          Beautiful, MP!

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        • SteveBC says:

          Indeed, MP, you’ve hit on something I will meditate on and share with those around me. When crisis hits, do we find ourselves at peace although perhaps responding vigorously, or does the crisis uncover a deeper level of fear that is set to catch us up in a vortex of panic and poor responses?

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  42. cyanrota says:

    Of course it’s been unexpected Sir , here in California we have strained away from the Truth. Love You. Agape………

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  43. bthanntrm says:

    First thank you Charlie as you stoped me from sinning. ( Proverbs 11:29 says that he who brings trouble on his own family shall inherit the wind ) and Prayer of Miraculous Trust gave me strength to say no to my temptation in fixing things myself. Thank you God for your tool Charlie he is very helpful.

    Second My maiden name was Herley and all of us Herleys were always called Squirrely Herleys so TNR’s love of squirrels made me feel that this was the site for me. Some part of me will always be squirrely.

    Third I went to the St Louis Papal Mass also. During the Mass did any one notice the quietness of everyone even children during the Mass. To me it was a miracle since not even with a smaller crowd is it ever that quiet..First thank you Charlie as you stoped me from sinning. ( Proverbs 11:29 says that he who brings trouble on his own family shall inherit the wind ) and Prayer of Miraculous Trust gave me strength to say no to my temptation in fixing things myself. Thank you God for your tool Charlie he is very helpful.

    Fourth Thanks for reminding me to thank our Local Police. Hopeful they Will never be ask to go against the people they were hired to protect
    Love you-keep praying

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