Violence, Hatred and Wars Will Grow Yet Greater – Dan Lynch

(A piece from Dan Lynch apostolates)

By Dan Lynch

In the light of the recent satanically inspired slaughters of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge; the hundreds killed or wounded by a Militant Muslim Jihadist terrorist in Nice; the failed coup against the increasingly Islamist regime in Turkey; and the ongoing Militant Muslim Jihadist attacks; we should remember that Jesus has told us, “Let not your heart be troubled.” (John 14:1). “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33).

Baton Rouge MemorialMemorial for the three police officers who were shot and killed in an ambush on July 18 in Baton Rouge, La. – CNA/Sean Gardner/Getty Images

 

Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil (see 1 John 3:8), so we should not be fixated on the media reports of these evils. They should inspire our hearts to open in prayer and fasting for the victims and their families and not lead us to craven fear for our own safety. Jesus told us, “Fear is useless; what is needed is trust.”( Luke 8:50).   We should not fear the works of the devil or chastisements that God may allow, but pray for their aversion or mitigation and the grace to endure them. We should embrace the devotion to Jesus King of All Nations and focus our hope on the promise of Our Lady of Fatima for The Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and a New Era of Peace. “There is hope for your future, says the Lord.” (Jeremiah  31:17).   However, Jesus King of All Nations told us:

 

Violence, wars and hatred will grow yet greater until finally mankind will bring upon himself a great punishment, then will follow the chastisement that will fall directly from Heaven. Heed my warnings oh my people. Turn from your sinful ways at last before it is truly too late.   Embrace My devotion of Jesus, King of all Nations for it is a great Mercy given by your God for these most perilous times. Contained within it are gems of all-manner of grace given through the mediation of My Immaculate Mother. Graces of forgiveness, healing and renewal of minds and hearts. Why are my people not taking advantage of this gift of Mine?   Yours is the choice. I leave you free to accept or reject both My admonition and My gift. (Journal 375, 376 379).

 

So let us accept both His admonition and His gift.  Please click here to learn How to Practice the Devotion to Jesus King of All Nations. Click here to pray the Litany for the Healing of Our Land. During the summer months our donations fall as families take well-deserved vacations. However, our work continues and we still need your help! In our Summer Campaign we must raise $130,000 by the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel, September 29. This is just for our normal quarterly operating expenses of maintaining our Apostolates’ Center and paying our modest salaries. There is no surplus in our budget, which does not include any special projects, needs, or savings.   Our needs are basic, bare-boned and very real. We truly need your help. Please help us. Click here to see how we put your donations to work.

 

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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159 Responses to Violence, Hatred and Wars Will Grow Yet Greater – Dan Lynch

  1. Doug says:

    Just back from Mass this beautiful Sunday evening. I give thanks for God’s graces and beauty through my wife’s gentle spirit. She is a treasure and a gift that I am graced with for a season. Thanks be to Jesus who is the giver of all good gifts.

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  2. paulaokeefe says:

    We started a home rosary weekly and have new prayer groups starting at the church. We all need to beef up the prayers. For our own fortitude and for others who desperately need prayer.
    http://www.paulaokeefe.net/2016/07/23/do-your-prayers-get-answered/

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    • EllenChris says:

      I have a friend who is a priest with a strong and effective healing ministry. He likes to say, “ALL prayers are heard, and ALL prayers are answered. Our part is to discern what God’s answer is.”

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  3. Vogel House says:

    Dan Lynch who is asking for the money NOT charlie

    This is What are Devotions? Dan Lynch Apostolates promote devotions to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Jesus King of All Nations, Our Lady of America and Blessed John Paul II through the following forms of popular piety: veneration of their images; wearing of their medals; holy hours of prayer; consecrations; rosaries; novenas; litanies; and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. We also coordinate Visitations of their images and produce books, audios and videos to promote devotion to them. Images are only paintings or statues, regardless of their beauty. However, they can be signs of Jesus, Mary or the saints and the mysteries of our faith, a means of reminding us of them, and ‘vehicles’ of God’s graces.” Jesus King of all Nations said, “To enable My children, who are feeble, to come to Me the more easily, I give them ‘reminders’, images of Myself, in one form or another. The image of Myself as ‘Jesus, King of All Nations’, is a gift of Love from My Heart to My children, intended to put before their minds the remembrance of Me and therefore help them to hold Me close in their hearts as My Most Holy Mother did so perfectly when she was on earth. When in the mind, the ‘image’ remains but an idea, but once the soul allows it to take root and grow in the heart, it becomes a living faith, a living reality, a living love.” (Journal, Preface). Devotion means to show love, honor and dedication for another person. Devotions of the Catholic Church are ways of showing our love for the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), the Blessed Virgin Mary and the angels and saints. Authentic popular devotions are an invaluable means of promoting an increased love of God. Devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the angels and the saints differ from devotion to the Holy Trinity. We worship and adore only the Holy Trinity. We honor and give special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the angels and the saints. We do not adore them. “This very special devotion . . . differs essentially from the adoration which is given to the incarnate Word and equally to the Father and the Holy Spirit, and greatly fosters this adoration.” (CCC 971). Devotions are a form of popular piety whereby the religious sense of the faithful is expressed outside of the liturgy from which they have their source and to which they lead. The liturgy includes, above all, the Eucharist and the other six sacraments, but also other actions of the Church such as the daily prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours, the rites of Christian burial, and the rites for the dedication of a church or for those making religious profession. The Second Vatican Council pointed out that the spiritual life “is not limited solely to participation in the liturgy. St. Paul said that we must pray without ceasing.” Popular devotional practices play a crucial role in helping to foster this ceaseless prayer. “Besides sacramental liturgy and sacramentals, catechesis must take into account the forms of piety and popular devotions among the faithful. The religious sense of the Christian people has always found expression in various forms of piety surrounding the Church’s sacramental life, such as the veneration of relics, visits to sanctuaries, pilgrimages, processions, the stations of the cross, religious dances, the rosary, medals, etc” (CCC 1674). The United States Bishops’ Conference asserted that an increase of popular piety is evidence of the Church’s influence on society. They issued a document on November 12, 2003 entitled,Popular Devotional Practices: Basic Questions and Answers. “First of all, by introducing the Catholic faith, the Church transforms the culture, leaving the imprint of the faith on the culture,” they said. “At the same time, however, the Church assimilates certain aspects of the culture, as some elements of the culture become absorbed and integrated into the life of the Church,” they added. “This twofold process can be seen in the development of popular devotional practices.” Both the liturgy and popular piety have a role in this transformation, the bishops wrote. “While this inculturation of the faith takes place in the liturgy, popular devotions carry the faith a step deeper into the everyday life of a particular culture,” they said. “When properly ordered to the liturgy, popular devotions perform an irreplaceable function of bringing worship into daily life for people of various cultures and times.” “Since the liturgy is the center of the life of the Church, popular devotions should never be portrayed as equal to the liturgy, nor can they adequately substitute for the liturgy,” they wrote. “What is crucial is that popular devotions be in harmony with the liturgy, drawing inspiration from it and ultimately leading back to it.” Pope Pius XII said, “The purpose of popular devotional practices is to attract and direct our souls to God, purifying them from their sins, encouraging them to practice virtue and, finally, stimulating them to advance along the path of sincere piety by accustoming them to meditate on the eternal truths and disposing them better to contemplate the mysteries of the human and divine natures of Christ.” Blessed John Paul II referred to popular devotions in America and said, “These and other forms of popular piety are an opportunity for the faithful to encounter the living Christ.” All of the forms of popular piety promoted by Dan Lynch Apostolates are approved by the Church. Popular devotional practices include the veneration of saints who live in heaven and can intercede and help us with their prayers. Moreover, by showing our love and devotion to the saints we can imitate them and grow in holiness. The most exalted saint is the Blessed Virgin Mary who was immaculately conceived without original sin, never committed any actual sin and was chosen to be The Mother of God. We honor and venerate the Blessed Virgin Mary because she is full of grace, the model of holiness and perfect discipleship and helps us to grow in holiness and become more like her Son. True love, honor, veneration and devotion to the saints and the Blessed Virgin Mary is not worship and does not interfere with our worship of God but increases it. Her maternal role as our intercessor does not detract from the unique mediation of Jesus Christ of humanity to God, but rather shows its power. She does nothing of her own power and she seeks nothing for herself. All of her power is from God and is used for God as she cooperates with him in the salvation of the human race. Blessed John Paul II mentioned in his Apostolic Exhortation The Church in America that popular devotions can lead to our conversion, communion and solidarity and an increase of virtue and holiness to confront our modern secular culture.

    Dan Lynch who is asking for the money NOT charlie

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    • charliej373 says:

      I do offer support to those whose ministries I admire, as I know that it does take money to keep the good work they do afloat. I very much admire the work of Dan Lynch and his steadfastness in living it, so it pleases me to give him some space to extend his appeal. My situation is unique. My needs are few and I have several people who help meet them. That in the $300 stipend for public presentations funds my travel to do this. But mine is a unique situation – and just because very little money in involved in my work does not mean that people with other forms of ministry need as little. If the work is worthy and they live it, I am glad to offer support to extend their reach a little.

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      • Dan Lynch says:

        Thank you for your kind words Charlie. I did not expect that you would publish my monetary appeal with my article and, as you know, I did not request that you do so. However, I am pleased that you did and I appreciate your support.
        In Jesus,
        Dan

        “Let us move forward steadfastly together into the storm…keep calm and carry on!” (Winston Churchill).

        “In the shadow of your wings I take refuge till the storms of destruction pass by.” (Psalm 57).

        Dan Lynch Apostolates promoting devotion toOur Lady of Guadalupe, Jesus King of All Nations, Our Lady of America and Saint John Paul II
        Visit our website at http://www.JKMI.com
        E-Mail Us at JKMI@JKMI.com
        May Our Lady of Guadalupe keep you under the mantle of her protection and
        may the Reign of Jesus King of All Nations be recognized in your heart!

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        • charliej373 says:

          God bless you, Dan! I got the sense that you were not looking for me to do that, but it struck me you might be headed for a shortfall – and you are one of the people here I am glad to offer some help to in my little way when I can.

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        • susan0409 says:

          Dan, what is the difference between the Devotion to the Most Precious Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ and Jesus King of all nations?

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      • Josh says:

        Charlie, I really have the same concerns as Vogel House. When one uses religion to make money out of it, it is not a good thing (you have Jesus throwing out the sellers out of the temple with a whip). You should be very careful that thix mixture of religion with money, if you don’t explain it well, does not scandalize some of your readers. I know that there is a lot of business and money going on around religion anyway.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Josh, I think there is a significant difference between profiting off religion and raising the money to support a religious work. It is an area which must be dealt with with great care. My standards have been that I must have direct personal knowledge of the work of someone who makes such an appeal, I must know that they live what they preach and it must be worthy. I have put up appeals for Mark Mallett’s work, for Dan Lynch’s work now, for the Marianitas Nuns, for the Julia Greeley home and for a few others. I know the humble way each of these apostolates live and their steadfast dedication. There have been many scandals over the years of people perverting the faith to make big profits…but I think it is equally scandalous that so many who are Christians expect genuinely good works to just find the money to support them in the air out of no where.

          I have sometimes been a little saddened because my standard that I must have direct personal knowledge has prevented more than a few of what I think are probably worthy causes not to get mentioned here…but it does make it less likely that a fraud would get through. Even with this set of standards, I may well make a mistake sometime. I try hard not to, because I know if I did, it would hurt the worthy causes I have championed. I am still amazed at how quickly folks here got the money sent for those malaria nets…giving the folks almost four times what they needed for the month to keep the work going – and so extending the work for over a quarter more. With Dan, it was pretty easy…everyone here knows his work. Some like him, some not so much…but everyone knows the money will go to the apostolate.

          You note a valid concern and one over which many have gone aground. I would be a coward if I just took a formulaic approach that banned all such things here…but I know that any time I discuss a thing I am navigating potentially treacherous waters.

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        • madkatmomma says:

          Jesus never told people not to give to the Temple. I think there are also references that could be interpreted that Jesus and the apostles must have taken donations and/or “passed the hat” as Judas was the keeper of the funds for the group. The funds must have come from somewhere as Jesus and company were poor. Supporting good ministries of the church falls under the same category. Throwing out the sellers from the temple was not about stopping support of the temple, but about using the temple to exhort funds for private profit.

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  4. Mrs. B says:

    Please give detail on what the journal referenced is and where it is from.

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    • Paul says:

      I found this when researching the Jesus Lord of All Nations devotion

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      • charliej373 says:

        I deleted the link, Paul, because Catholic Planet is banned here. The writer, Ron Conte represents himself as a theologian, but has no credentials whatsoever and says he doesn’t need any. He considers himself the one true prophet and makes bizarre statements that never come true…and then blithely moves along, working to discredit anyone he considers a rival. He is a moonbat with a website. Lest you have any doubt, here and here are links to things HE has written. Also, here is his statement about why he doesn’t need no stinking credentials to be a theologian.

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        • Beckita says:

          Thank you, Sherpa and Gatekeeper, Charlie!

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        • Ha, glad to hear it. I once contacted Conte around 2009 about a woman in nearby Kentucky who claimed to see Mary (another bogus claim like Holy Love), and he was kind enough to respond but haughty in his reply. After following his writings for a brief time, though, it was obvious his “predictions” were always inaccurate yet he continued as if it didn’t matter (like you say). These kind of people (Moonbats with books to sell) can actually do harm to the faithful.

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        • Stephen Maresch says:

          Amen, Charlie I have read his stuff years ago and I found he has a very high opinion of himself and some how he thinks he can determine what seers are true and those that are not and he has never been to visit the sites or meet the seers.

          I am glad you pointed that out!

          Steve Maresch,

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          • jaykay says:

            Strongly agree with you, Patrick and Stephen. That poor man has problems, not the least of which is pride. Well, we all do, in ways, but we don’t set ourselves up as a mini-Magisterium as he has unfortunately done.

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  5. Dan Lynch says:

    This link explains the origins of the devotion:

    http://jkmi.wsiefusion.net/origin

    and this link contains the revelations in the Journal:

    http://www.jkmi.com/jesus-king-of-all-nations-1/books-booklets/the-journal-of-the-secretary

    See more here: http://www.JKMI.com

    In Jesus,

    Dan Lynch

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  6. This brief article is about how America has lost its way due to abandoning God. There are three biblical quotes referencing how lack of God is the downward fall of society. I had never read these biblical quotes so thought I’d share with others. It’s also a pretty basic article to share on Facebook, Twitter with others who are less faithful. It’s a good start to get the dialogue going and Segway into this website. After all, I don’t jump into cold water. I have to always ease myself in.

    Author is Cal Thomas Fox Political correspondent, source Apple news online.

    Opinion: We have lost our way, America. Only God can help us get back home – Fox News
    https://apple.news/A32HpJtLdS5irwMiawrTuHA

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    • johnjwblog says:

      The DNC is in disarray, the sheeple, I mean people, don’t trust them, they’re booing everyone, we aren’t seeing the kids lying down in front of the stage blocking everything, how can these Hollywood elites and politicians tell everyone to vote for Hillary, they think the people are stupid, the kids are not giving up, good for them, I see signs of hope, not buying this BS, even the comments people on the leftist CBC in Canada can see through the lies – amazing.

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      • diane says:

        Yes, the kids are not giving up, but they are not giving up for a Socialist – they are still looking for hand outs, bigger hand outs than what Hilary said she would give them. It is not good to see them in a fight for a worse government than what we already have. I would and will love to see these same kids not give up on a search for Truth, and fight for that Truth which is Jesus, the Truth, the Way and the Light.
        Charlie, I am noticing the fires of California are smoking up Las Vegas, weren’t you just there, just saying. Love. I do. Diane

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  7. frjunar says:

    Thank you for sharing this..this gives us hope and great inspiration especially with all the evil going around these days.. God bless you abundantly in your ministry. Donation on the way. Xenia Maye

    Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

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  8. Kathleen from New Jersey says:

    Hi Dan – The post on the Litany for Healing Our Land is excellent! I have been meditating and praying to the Lord for the last 2-3 days on:
    2 Chronicles 7:14 – if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

    I will now incorporate this litany in my morning prayers.
    Thank you
    Kathleen

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    • Dan Lynch says:

      Thank you Xenia and Kathleen. Hope is the confident expectation of divine blessings. Let us keep up our hope!
      In Jesus, Dan

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    • ann says:

      Kathleen–Frances Hogan (from ewtn) has a wonderful talk on youtube called “the Path to Healing Our country” and though she speaks of Ireland, she could in many ways be speaking of us. It’s well worth the listen.

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  9. Sarge says:

    Completely unrelated topic, but I value the opinion of many on this forum.

    I have been asked to be the best man at my brother-in-law’s wedding. He is not Catholic, and it will be a non-religious ceremony. The new couple are both great people and I am honored to be part of their ceremony. (This statement should in no way be interpreted as me saying that being Catholic is a pre-requisite to being a good person).

    He asked me to read “a poem, a passage from the Bible, or something appropriate.” as part of the ceremony.

    I remember hearing Cardinal Dolan once advise a mother whose son was being married in a civil ceremony that she should be happy for the new couple, that she should be happy they are being married at all, as opposed to just playing house as many do these days, and that she should pray that the couple grows in love towards eventually being married in the church.

    I would like to say something at the wedding that invokes God’s blessing on the new couple, and encourages them to deepen their love with the hope that one day they will decide to enter into sacramental marriage.

    I will be the only Catholic there, and I do know that many of the attendees are the progressive type that are overtly hostile to religion.

    If I say some mindless, secular platitude about love, I don’t feel that I’m doing my duty to witness to the faith or to ask God’s blessing for their marriage.

    If I say something “preachy” it’s only going to cause eyes to roll, or worse. I am not under the illusion that I am going to win any converts with my golden-tongued sermon.

    I’m thinking along the lines of some brief advice from my own marriage and closing with a line from the Greek Orthodox ceremony (my wife’s family is Greek) saying “May your joys be doubled and your sorrows be halved, and may God bless you and your marriage always.” I would like to work the 128th Psalm in there as well (may your wife be like a fruitful vine and your children be like olive plants around your table.) I will probably take flak for that because it is misogynistic or something to say a woman should be like a fruitful vine, but whatever.

    I would appreciate any serious advice.

    if your best advice is that I should refuse to participate in a non-Catholic ceremony, please keep that to yourself.

    Thank you in advance and God Bless.

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    • charliej373 says:

      There should be an invocation for the blessing of God from you, I think, Sarge. They asked you to be part of the wedding and do this – and they know who you are. Make it gracious and to the point…and bear whatever groans come. It may be lifeline for some as the Storm deepens. I will pray for you to have wisdom and be both true and gracious.

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    • Beckita says:

      I agree 100% with Charlie, Sarge. I, too, am praying for you. May the Holy Spirit descend upon you and anoint each soul present to receive God flowing from your heart, immersed in His Love. Have fun!!!

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      • Phillip Frank says:

        Sarge,
        It is not an accident that you are being asked to say a few words at this wedding.
        God’s word never goes out and returns void.
        You need to recognize that it is He who is speaking through you, you will be like that microphone in front of you, just an instument for His use.
        Be not afraid! Speak what you are prompted to say.
        In Eternity you will be amazed to find out what really happened to the crowd upon hearing your (God’s) words ……despite all the “eye rolling!”
        Joy to you in this ! What a gift!

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    • Jennifer Mary says:

      Sarge, you sound like a simple, holy fellow. Just keep asking Jesus to “take over.”

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    • Sarge says:

      Now I have the opposite problem… I don’t know what to say because there were too many good suggestions! Just kidding, that’s a good problem to have. Thank you all! I knew I would get some good guidance from this community.

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      • Alfred says:

        Sarge, 1Cor13 is picked by many Catholic couples at their wedding. One of St. Paul’s most famous writings. Along with a blessing it will give them something to remember and a thread to explore as they mature.

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  10. EllenChris says:

    Hey, Sarge: If you don’t mind pirating a little bit from the Book of Common Prayer, you might read St. Paul’s Letter to the Colossians chapter 3, verses 12, 13 and 14. Also, our “Prayers of the People” for a wedding (normally read by a lay person) includes the following, which you could edit a little if need be:

    Eternal God, creator and Preserver of all life, author of salvation and giver of all grace: Look with favor upon the world You have made [and for which Your Son gave His life] and especially upon this man and this woman who are made one flesh in Matrimony.

    Give them wisdom and devotion in the ordering of their common life, that each may be to the other a strength in need, a counselor in perplexity, a comfort in sorrow and a companion in Joy.

    Give them grace, when they hurt each other, to recognize and acknowledge their fault, to seek each other’s forgiveness and to readily grant that forgiveness.

    Give them such fulfillment of their mutual affection that they may reach out in love and concern for all others around them especially those in need.

    Grant that all married persons who have witnessed their vows may find their own lives and marriages to be strengthened and their commitments confirmed.

    Grant that the bonds of our common humanity, by which all Your children are united to one another, may be so transformed by your grace that Your good Will for us may accomplished on earth as it is in heaven.

    Because this is not a Christian marriage, I left out the sections that specifically call for the blessings of God through Jesus Christ since it would inappropriate to ascribe these to those who reject them. But I think that anyone can ask for God’s blessings, and the rest of what I quoted here could at least be a good model for you.

    Prayers for you and the bride and groom that they will come to know the Source of all Love.

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  11. Kathleen O'Brien says:

    Sarg.
    Paul’s letter to Corinthian’s 13 “love is patient, love is kind…” The people at the the wedding may not even know it is from bible. It is good advice, and you can crop it to the proper length.

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  12. Mary Ann Parks says:

    Sometimes the violence wears a “benevolent” face. Our local DA just gave a probation deal to a young man who says he shot his wife as a mercy killing because of her Crohn’s disease, and that she wanted him to. Catholic prof says no worry, this is not doctor-assisted suicide. Local media is sympathetic. No outcry from Crohn’s patients. No response from local Church. DA is confident he made the right decision because of the circumstances. Move along, nothing to see here.

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  13. EllenChris says:

    Especially for you, Charlie: a friend of mine posted this on her facebook page this evening. I am hoping that the picture itself shows up and not just the address. Since you sign yourself this way, I thought you would like to have access to it. (If it doesn’t come up, please check it out.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you so much, Ellen. I LOVE this. I have been signing my emails that way for over a decade…almost two. I see us as being at sea and I always count on Our Lady, the sweet star of the sea, to guide us safely to the shore of Rescue. Ave Maria, Stella Maris!

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    • jaykay says:

      What a beautiful image, EllenChris. It reminded me strongly of a great Catholic charity for sailors, the Apostolatus Maris, the Apostolate of the Sea, also known as the “Stella Maris”. I often pass its office here in Dublin, so the association came to mind straightaway with that lovely picture. This is from Wiki: “AoS provides practical and pastoral care to all seafarers, regardless of nationality, belief or race”. Lord knows, so many of them need it now as much as ever, particularly those signed up to companies registered in not-so-good nations and still horribly exploited and abused, and in poverty when they dock in strange cities, with wages owed and fly-by-night companies going into liquidation to avoid paying them and leaving their employees utterly bereft, very far from home. Very worthwhile supporting the AoS, I think.

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  14. leslyek says:

    I have been devoted to Jesus, King of all Nations through the devotion presented by Dan Lynch for years. It begins my every Adoration and part of my nightly prayer. It is true and powerful. Godspeed to Dan in this ministry.

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  15. janet says:

    Pray friends…Another attack in France. A priest killed and nuns taken hostage!

    Maranatha!!!

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    • Kathleen from New Jersey says:

      Awful!
      When I went to mass this afternoon I was blown away by the first reading from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah 14:17-22.

      “Let my eyes stream with tears day and night, without rest. Over the great destruction which overwhelms the virgin daughter of my people, over her incurable wound. If I walk out into the field, look! those slain by the sword; If I enter the city, look! those consumer by hunger. Even the prophet and the priest forage in a land they know not. Have you cast Judah off completely? Is Zion loathsome to you? Why have you struck us a blow that cannot be healed? We wait for peace, to no avail; for a time of healing, but terror comes instead. We recognize, O Lord, our wickedness, the guilt of our fathers; that we have sinned against you. For your name’s sake spurn us not, disgrace not the throne of your glory; remember your covenant with us, and break it not. Among the nations’ idols is there any that gives rain? Or can the mere heavens send showers? Is it not you alone, O Lord, our God, to whom we look? You alone have done all these things.”
      The word of the Lord.

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      • charliej373 says:

        The daily readings for almost all summer have blown me away.

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        • SanSan says:

          yes, daily Mass readings have been very heavy…..

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        • Charlie, agreed about the daily readings! Wow. Question: as this blog continues to increase in size, I miss stuff on my small iPad — Have you made any significant mention about Israel? Next to the U.S. and the Vatican, this is a country and region I have keen interest in.

          (At this point, I assume first that I missed what you wrote, or that you either choose not to mention it or you may mention it in good time. Thanks.)

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          • charliej373 says:

            I have said very little about Israel. I am a big supporter of the Jewish state, but most of what it is called to in these times is hidden from me. Do not make the mistake of thinking it is unimportant because of that. Most things I am told come because I am unaware of their larger significance and need to have my attention directed to them. I am already aware of the temporal and spiritual significance of Israel – and focused on it….and I have often asked not to be told anything beyond what I need to do my work.

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      • janet says:

        Oh praise the Lord, Kathleen. 😱🙏

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  16. Father Jacques Hamel would rather participate in Mass than in retirement. Rest in peace, Father.

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    • Mick says:

      Amen, Patrick; and may God speed the day when Islam is crushed and Muslims convert en masse to Christianity.

      It’s too bad that no one at the church was armed.

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      • …but armed with what?

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        He died while celebrating Mass. I can’t imagine a better time or way to go home. Maybe at some point the local police in the larger cities will have to place an armed officer(s) at each Mass until ISIS is taken care of.
        That said, I can’t wrap my head around killing a person or especially during Mass… what a position to be put in- Lord have Mercy!

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        • Doug says:

          My understanding is being a Martyr like that for the faith can result in canonization without requiring the two miracles. If I am mistaken, I imagine our resident Bishop will set me straight.

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          • YongDuk says:

            It depends historically what period of the Church you are speaking of.

            In current times, this all falls under the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. The first Miracle can be waved and the Holy Father can make of Decree of Martyrdom resulting in Beatification.

            Such a decree subsumes the fact of heroic virtues in that Martyrdom is held as being a Grace, as if a “Miracle” – even Miraculous – such as the Early Christian accounts of the Martyrs reflect, not to mention that of the Protomartyr, St. Stephen in Acts 6.

            I posit the Martyrdom of St. Maximilian M. Kolbe will tell in Heaven as being such a miraculous one.

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          • Doug says:

            Thank you YD.

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          • LukeMichael says:

            Of special interest to us all is that Father Jacques Hamel was killed in the church of St Etienne of Rouvray. Etienne of course is French for Stephen. St Stephen was the first martyr.

            God bless Father Hamel. Father Hamel pray for us!

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        • Like Blessed Archbishop Óscar Romero of El Salvador who was assassinated during morning Mass — these men and countless other priests have received the Crown of Martyrdom.

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        • Yes thought that too…a witness for Jesus and those who attended, read or were in any way affected by this evil act. Had an image of him running into the embrace of Our Lord this am when reciting the rosaRy and DM chaplet. Eternal rest grant unto him O lord…

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      • ykc says:

        My husband has a concealed carry permit and is always armed at mass in case the “unthinkable” happens. Unfortunately today, the “unthinkable” has become reality. There are others at mass who are also armed. We pray that he will never have to defend anyone at mass with anything but prayer.

        St. Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, And do thou O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, cast into hell, satan, and all evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

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        • charliej373 says:

          My son, a policeman, often goes to Mass in uniform. I worry sometimes that it makes him a target, but it is the only way, as Catholic authorities in his Diocese have banned even concealed carry permit holders from carrying in Church. So they are defenseless, unless an armed and uniformed policeman is in attendance.

          The flambouyant James O’Keefe did some interviews at the Democratic National Convention where he offered signs saying “This house is a gun-free zone” for free to delegates. Hilariously, when it was their own safety at issue, most of those delegates did not want to advertise in front of their homes that they were defenseless.

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        • Beckita says:

          Amen, ykc. Echoing, St. Michael the Archangel…

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        • Mick says:

          Ykc, my husband also has his concealed-carry permit and would carry at Mass except that our otherwise excellent bishop has forbidden firearms on diocesan property. It’s so frustrating that all the world knows that our diocese and all the churches therein are gun-free zones full of a bunch of sitting ducks (and I do mean the whole world, because our bishop’s ruling on this issue was blasted over several websites, printed in several newspapers in our state, and even made a major UK newspaper’s website).

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          • YongDuk says:

            Mick, the last two days you have been really focused on firearms.

            I mean you have before then, like that dude with the weird creature for a photo is focused on meal worms (I am bad with names, Bob vs. Dave).

            Anyway.

            Did you ever hear of that Priest, Franciscan I believed, who walked between gangs and even had bullet holes in his habit?

            I mean I heard Charlie and Mitch Pacwa in the Birmingham Video, but is stocking up firearms under one’s jacket sort of not just the same as stocking up provisions to do it yourself?

            I am not saying all or none, but calling you out on this for sure to take a look at the change from rat dogs to concealed weapons.

            please say a prayer for me.

            pax,
            +

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          • Ed Allison says:

            I feel the same way Mick. I too carry concealed, and said to my wife just last night that I may have to now include mass as one of the places that I carry. I have no idea if my diocese has any rules forbidding it, but I’m going to find out.

            YD, the strange creature that is my avatar, is Quisp. He was the little alien that graced the cover of Quisp cereal boxes in the 70’s. It was my favorite cereal as a kid, and since I’m a little on the silly side, I use it as my photo. I have used it other places as well. BTW, I don’t believe I am focused on meal worms at all. I raise them as supplemental feed for my quail.

            As for firearms…… with all due respect, Jesus may have said to be sheep among wolves, but He also said that a time is coming when he who doesn’t have a sword had better sell his cloak and buy one. I see self defense, and of my family, friends, and if necessary, my priests, to be not only a God given right, but an obligation. I’m perfectly willing to be a sheep among wolves as long as they remain at arms length. But if they attack me or my loved ones, am I not obligated to do my best to repel that attack, with whatever means I have at my disposal?

            Charlie has talked at length of our responsibility to defend those in our charge. As a husband, I am called to love my wife even as Christ loved the Church. Even if that means meeting my end in her defense. That’s not hubris, IMO. God bless that Franciscan that had bullet holes in his habit, but as a married man, that’s not my calling.

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          • Mick says:

            Praying for you as always, YD. 🙂

            Regarding my recent comments on guns: Yes, I have made several gun-related comments recently. Some of them were in another thread in which a few of us were having a bit of fun discussing various firearms, which are a hobby for some people (especially for people like me, who live on a farm in the boondocks). Other comments, like the ones in this thread, have been serious commentary focused on the legitimate use of a firearm in order to protect oneself and others from an unjust aggressor. I have not stockpiled firearms myself, nor have I advocated than anyone do so. But I do believe that people whose life situation is similar to mine do not err in prayerfully considering whether owning and concealed-carrying a firearm makes sense.

            Personally, I have my concealed-carry permit; but I do not carry my firearm on my person (it’s neither convenient nor prudent to carry a handgun when I’m carrying my Little Miss Cuddlebunny, which is pretty much all the time). But I am in a different situation from the courageous Franciscan whom you mentioned. He, being a religious, didn’t have children who depended on him for their safety and protection; I, on the other hand, have five. My husband travels a fair bit, so it is not unusual for me to be home alone with the kids. Our nearest neighbors aren’t close by (about a quarter-mile away, through some trees). And we live in a township which since late 2008 has had virtually no police protection. Let me explain.

            In 2008, our county sheriff (a liberal Democrat who has now been sheriff for about 30 years and who has a history of wasting his tax-funded budget on things wholly unrelated to law enforcement) wanted a budget increase. The populace was not willing to endure a tax increase in order to meet his request. So he threatened that if the increase were voted down, he would gut the sheriff’s department; and that’s what he did when the voters stuck to their guns (no pun intended) He laid off 75% of the deputies, so that in any 24-hour period, there are only two deputies on duty… for a jurisdiction which covers 420 square miles. And they do not come when they are called unless someone is on your property and is threatening you, in which case it may take hours for them to arrive. Example: a few miles from us, a lady was home alone during the day. She heard someone break into and start going through her house. She hid in the shower and called 911, but it took the deputies five hours to show up. Thank God she was unharmed; but she could well have been injured or killed, because she was unarmed.

            My husband and I have a duty before God to protect ourselves and our children when law enforcement can’t or won’t. When my husband is out of town, that responsibility falls solely to me. In my view, trusting God doesn’t mean that my children and I need to be defenseless in the event of an attack by evildoers. So I practice regularly with my preferred firearm, praying all the while that I never have to shoot at an unjust aggressor, while also praying that I not miss if I do indeed have to shoot.

            You mention “stocking up provisions to do it yourself.” I must admit that I’m a bit fuzzy about what you’re getting at. I don’t think that you intend to imply that prayerfully considered, prudent stocking of food and water, as God leads, is somehow inappropriate. If one intends to use those resources for the good of one’s family, neighbors, and others who humbly ask for help, then I should think that our Lord would be pleased by the obedience and generosity of the one who prepared. I maintain that the same is true about firearm/ammunition acquisition and use: If one intends to play Rambo, then that would be a problem; but prayerfully discerned preparation for defense of self and others through the use of of reasonable, even if deadly, force is not.

            I don’t know… maybe it’s an American thing; or maybe it’s a Midwestern thing, or a rural thing, or a mother-of-scads-of-children thing. But I believe that I have a duty to consider these issues and then to do what God leads me to do. If that means that someday I buy Patrick’s Sig Sauer (please, God, please 🙂 ), then blessed be God. If it means that I have to use my 9 mm to neutralize a threat to my family, then blessed be God. If it means that part or all of my family ends up being gunned down at Mass because our bishop has forbidden my husband and others from packing heat on diocesan property, then blessed be God. But in these times in which we live, I believe that these issues, and firearm ownership and use in general, should be prayerfully considered and prayerfully discussed.

            Also, what are rat dogs; and what do they have to do with guns?

            All this typing has made me hungry. Let’s go get a pizza at Pizza Bob’s, my treat. (I won’t even complain if you want those infernally hot peppers on them, and I like anchovies anyway.) 🙂

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          • YongDuk says:

            Thanks, Ed!

            I was in a grumpy mood yesterday and I was thinking about that Priest killed at the Altar.

            Some Priests and Sisters dream of that Grace!

            Mick and Ed and Everyone here, when it comes to yourself, I am sorry, I did not disagree, rather I agree you can choose to turn the other cheek, when it comes to Family, Families, the Polis, and Society you do have an obligation. (Ed, I love your comments so that dude with the mean worms was actually meant to be affectionate, as I see your post like MP and Doug and My Two French-speaking witnesses, and extra stop.)

            I would rather die at the Altar as a Martyr, if I could just because of the Grace for my Flock, if God willed it!

            Ask your Parish Priest before you deprive him of that Grace 😉

            P.S. Mick you taught me about rat dogs. Cats don’t go always after rats they just watch them. You get a dog which will dig them out. Rat dog. Maybe it was Rat Terrier. I had never known that dogs dig out rats. That’s brilliant of God!

            Sorry for seeming excessively critical.

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          • Doug says:

            We love you YD!

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          • Mick says:

            No worries,YD; it’s all good! 🙂

            Oh… now I see what you meant by rat dogs. Wow… I’d forgotten about that brief discussion of some months (years?) ago.

            I know that the Servant of God, Fr. John Anthony Hardon, S.J., prayed for the grace of martyrdom for nearly 80 years. I find that to be simultaneously mystifying and edifying. May God bless all those who are being and will be martyred.

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          • Doug says:

            YD, you are already a Martyr since you have given your life in faithful service to God and the church. If I understand correctly, repentance occurs before we walk into the confessional. We celebrate it when we actually walk inside and receive the graces. You just have to wait your turn, there may be a long line in front of you (I hope for I am selfish). Blessings!

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          • Ed Allison says:

            No worries, YD! Be assured of my prayers for you, usually twice! Once when I pray for all those here at Charlie’s blog, and once more when I pray for all Priests and Bishops.
            I think it would be a strange thing indeed, if my priest said he would rather accept Martyrdom. “Ed, please wait until AFTER he slits my throat. Then you can take him out.” I’m not sure I could.

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          • I think you’re really being gracious here, YD,

            A couple of things…

            This is a prime example of one of those threads that begs for careful and serious contemplation (as evidenced by the careful and serious contemplation going on in our members).

            First, I want to repeat something Charlie recently shared: “…I think the dynamic tension in the confusion will ultimately refine all of us. This is one of those historic, weighty periods where, I think, God is doing something beyond our understanding. It is important to speak the truth as we see it, with due respect and well-formed consciences – and look to see that there is much we do not understand, trusting that we ultimately will, through God’s grace.”

            I repeat this because I think it is a vital insight that will help us navigate these confusing waters so we can safely reach our destination. The imagery of the hiking party on the gentle slope below the towering peak is perfect. Any way you slice it, that’s going to be a treacherous climb that pushes every one of those hikers to the limit. One of the other things I notice in that image is their packs.

            For some time, I’ve gotten in the habit of breaking ‘things’ out into two categories: things we’ll find in Heaven, and things we will not. Or, at other times, I may just be thinking in terms of things in my ‘pack’… trying to distinguish between things that will help me get to Heaven, and things that will not.

            I’m contemplating that oft quoted passage from Luke 22:36 (…and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one). Ed just referenced it, and shared a reasonable interpretation as it applies to his circumstances. There’s some larger context there, obviously, where Jesus is talking about strengthening them for the trial, sifting, denial, fulfillment, etc., ending in, “See, Lord, here are two swords.”

            “That’s enough!”, He replied.

            Other themes I see in those passages: a rebuke, and consequences. Yes, those denying and aligned against The Christ would take up weapons against His Children and look at all the horrific and tragic blood shed over the centuries! And yes, His Children would also have to take up arms to defend themselves, sometimes in an imperfect manner.

            Some years ago I met Immaculee Ilibagiza at a gathering for Our Lady of Tepeyac. She’s got a great story that’s worth a read if you haven’t already had the opportunity. Her story includes the horrors of slaughter in the Rwandan tragedy and her miraculous deliverance from those evil forces. Her weapon? Forgiveness.

            Finally, I was thinking of a particular trek I took a couple of decades ago. I headed into the Grand Canyon on a 40-mile loop with a pack weighing about 60 lbs. Descending to the river wasn’t too bad, but coming back up was a bear. By the time I returned to the top of the North Rim, that pack hardly had anything in it. Of course the first thing I did when I reached the top was to thankfully drop that pack on the ground. Heck, I might even have kicked it for good measure. In hindsight, though, maybe I should have thanked it instead.

            I kinda like to stay nimble when it comes to my own thoughts. For starters, what do I know? Also, I don’t want to come to pieces every time I get shaken off those thoughts.

            God Bless All,

            MP

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          • Doug says:

            Slow and study wins the race. Thanks MP.

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Mp, what can I say (and will it make sense? The mystery of words 😉 ) Each time you post your eloquence waxes and shines 1000times brighter. Amazing!

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          • CrewDog says:

            I thought of Mick when I read the below question and responses in the below post ………. may be of interest to some here?:

            “A pacifist husband and non-lethal self-defense”

            http://www.backwoodshome.com/blogs/ClaireWolfe/2016/07/29/a-pacifist-husband-and-non-lethal-self-defense/?utm

            GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • Beckita says:

      Amen. May Christ’s Perpetual Light shine upon you, Father Jacques. May the Lord console those who love you. Intercede for us, please, as we traverse this Storm, surrendering to Abba’s Great Plan for us.

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  17. Josh says:

    Charlie, Thank you for your honest answer. Last year, when I was looking for a Precious Blood Rosary (to pray for my deceased girlfriend – she died in October 2014), I realized that not all providers really care about the religious devotion of their customers, they also think in terms of business profits. An Italian provider told me that he couldn’t send me the article I was looking for, on the ground that shipping costs would be too expensive for me (I think that he preferred to ship only to his Italian customers), so I had to look elsewhere. I also want to apologize if my comments and personal concerns may sometimes look a little unsympathetic, I will try to improve on that.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Nah, Josh, you brought up a legitimate concern. It allowed me once again to discuss the standards I use in these situations. I would much rather people honestly voice their concerns than wonder in silence. Occasionally, you get the crank that is just trying to find a thing to criticize…but the honest questions of good people help refine things. I have never sensed anything but candor from you.

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    • Mick says:

      Josh, I am sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and for the repose of your girlfriend’s soul.

      Did you ever find a Precious Blood rosary? If not, I’d be glad to make and give you one.

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      • Josh says:

        Thank you Mick for your comment. I have tried to answer you yesterday from my tablet, either it was a technical problem, or my comment did not not make it (it is frustrating sometimes). Yes, a found a Precious Blood Rosary (7×7 structure). God Bless You

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    • Beckita says:

      Joining in prayers for the repose of your girlfriend’s soul, Josh. Praying for you and all your needs as well.

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    • janet says:

      Praying for your loved one, Josh.

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      • Josh says:

        Thank you Janet and Beckita. My best friend from Canada, who is a priest, has told me repeatedly that I have done so many prayers for her, that she is already in Heaven.

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        • janet says:

          The Mass is the greatest prayer when offered up for a soul. Your dear one will be praying for you now. 🙂

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          • Josh says:

            You are right, Janet. If we pray for souls of the departed, and if we really love them, we can increase their degree of glory in Heaven (at least the “accidental glory”), it really has been my intention by praying for her. (*Now, it is really me who needs some indulgence and forgiveness from God, this is how I feel lately.)

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          • janet says:

            Believe me Josh we all need that. I need to know that past sins that I have committed have been paid for completely by my ‘works’. Better to do purgatory time on earth rather than in purgatory.

            God Bless you.

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        • Beckita says:

          Then into the Great Treasury of Grace go those prayers, Josh!

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  18. CrewDog says:

    At least a bit of Good News sorely needed “These Days”

    “Anti-abortion duo behind Planned Parenthood videos cleared”
    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/6246f88b36324923b5045378058cd06b/last-charge-dropped-against-anti-abortion-duo-behind-videos

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  19. richbru says:

    Good news here:
    BREAKING: Texas dismisses felony charges against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt
    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/breaking-texas-dismisses-felony-charges-against-david-daleiden-and-sandra-m

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  20. Father Jacques Hamel

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    • ann says:

      I have prayed for Fr. Hamel although I suspect his martyrdom sent him directly to the Lord and yes with some difficulty I have prayed for the souls of the murderers as well as the other victims, one of whom was badly injured. but the war like psalms of David resonated for me today. “Let God arise let His enemies be scattered, may they disappear as wax before the fire…” “Blessed be the Lord my God who trains my hands for war…and my fingers for battle…my rock, my fortress my God…”This is an unspeakable thing that has happened, unspeakable! And I guess we all know there is worse to come since evil is unleashed upon us. Oh France, please wake up and return to the Holy Catholic Church at once!!! America please wake up!! Christendom wake up!! Those words of Jeremiah from today’s readings just sear the heart.

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    • Barb421 says:

      this was such a horrific act against an innocent man of God, I am so angry and pray that he did not suffer but was in the arms of God before he knew what happened

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Rest in peace, faithful servant.

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    • CrewDog says:

      YUP!! ………………. Nappy Time is over!!

      “A Christian Duty in the Face of Terror” by Fr. George Rutler

      http://www.lifezette.com/faithzette/christian-duty-in-face-of-murder/

      GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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      • janet says:

        You never think it will happen on your own doorstep but this morning I was reminded that our church has it’s doors open all the time… and a few yards away is a mosque! Not that I’m saying that all who go to the mosque are terrorists but it only takes one with connections to Isis… or someone who is unbalanced.

        Keep praying folks!

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        • ann says:

          Oh Janet yes I will pray for you. It is a great blessing to have an open church. For years they have locked the Catholic churches around here, except for an Adoration Chapel that is open until 6 PM every day. But now how differently we will all look at that vulnerable space. St. Michael protect us!

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        • Doug says:

          Janet, there is more of a connection that most realize. Maybe not ISIS, but radical Islam. Serioisly, check out the link I keep posting. http://www.politicalislam.com

          Book section and then Audio buck section. Select 14 part audio series. $10, but we’ll worth it (may cost a little more for you since Brexit ☺).

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          • janet says:

            I checked out the link last time you posted..lots of information there. Thank you.

            Re books I never have time to read now. I blame the internet. haha I have lots of reading matter for when the storm is at it’s fullest. Candles are ready too. Excited or scared? Both!

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          • Doug says:

            I have my storm.books ready to go too 😊

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      • Doug says:

        Good article Crewdog. I would like to add for all here. A good place to understand Islam is: http://www.politicalislam.com

        Click on the book section and audio books. For $10, the 14 part series is well worth it. It gives very, very good insight into Islam. I have listened to it about 5 times to catch the details. It is packed with information and easy to comprehend. When I see things like this, I no longer say how or why. I say yup, just doing what their religion teaches. No surprise.

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    • janet says:

      A letter sent to Archbishop Vigneron on behalf of the Michigan Muslim Community Council(MMCC). “We condemn in the strongest terms such a barbaric act. Islam calls for the protection of Churches and priests, not their murder and destruction of houses of worship…. Father Hamel devoted his entire life to serve the people. We pray that his devoted life in this world will be rewarded in the next with peace and joy.”

      http://aleteia.org/blogs/deacon-greg-kandra/detroit-imams-send-messages-of-condolence-solidarity-to-archbishop-vigneron/

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  21. CrewDog says:

    This, I’m sure, has no meaning about anything but this morn I awoke with the tune from “The Saints” in my mind!? I have not heard the song in decades though it was a popular Jazz Hit before I was born and I heard it in “The Old Days”. I did some research and found out that it was an old Gospel Hymn from the 30’s that was made into a popular hit with many versions. Anyway here is Ol Satchmo ….. and one of the “standard” Lyrics:

    O When the Saints Go Marching In
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/When_the_Saints_Go_Marching_In)

    Oh, when the saints go marching in
    Oh, when the saints go marching in
    Lord I want to be in that number
    When the saints go marching in
    Oh, when the drums begin to bang
    Oh, when the drums begin to bang
    I want to be in that number
    When the saints go marching in
    Oh, when the stars fall from the sky
    Oh, when the stars fall from the sky
    I want to be in that number
    When the saints go marching in
    Oh, when the moon turns red with blood
    Oh, when the moon turns red with blood
    I want to be in that number
    When the saints go marching in
    Oh, when the trumpet sounds its call
    Oh, when the trumpet sounds its call
    I want to be in that number
    When the saints go marching in
    Oh, when the horsemen begin to ride
    Oh, when the horsemen begin to ride
    I want to be in that number
    When the saints go marching in
    Oh, when the fire begins to blaze
    Oh, when the fire begins to blaze
    I want to be in that number
    When the saints go marching in
    Oh, when the saints go marching in
    Oh, when the saints go marching in
    I want to be in that number
    When the saints go marching in.

    Oh Lord I want to be in that number … along with all here!! 😉

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  22. Alfred says:

    The journalist Andrew Sullivan is hardly a person after whom any faithful Catholic should model his/her life, but it’s interesting to read his take on the current political landscape. I just read a longish article he wrote in the May 2, 2016 of New York Magazine (“Democracies end when they are too democratic”) in which Sullivan warns of dire consequences regardless of who gets elected to the presidency. I don’t buy all of his analysis, but the dire consequences he describes don’t conflict with Charlie’s prophecies.

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  23. CrewDog says:

    I know there are people here who will vote Democrat this year and that is your right … but …. I know …. Let’s all just get along & Sing Kumbaya … NOPE!! …. Supporting a Political Party/People that are Allowing, Supporting, Celebrating and Facilitating ABORTION is PURE EVIL ….PERIOD!! ….and supporting EVIL PEOPLE that describe the Pro-Life Movement as having a “disturbed Worldview” is Evil squared………. and that’s just One EVIL of Many that the Democrat Party USA is Allowing, Supporting, Celebrating and Facilitating!
    “His policies {Trump} aren’t just frightening, they’re rooted in a disturbing worldview.”
    “Abortion Queen Calls Donald Trump’s Pro-Life Stance ‘Disturbing”
    http://dailycaller.com/2016/07/26/abortion-queen-calls-donald-trumps-pro-life-stance-disturbing/

    GOD SAVE THE REPUBLIC & ALL HERE!!

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    • Doug says:

      You got that right Crewdog!

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    • ann says:

      Amen, Crew Dog. I think any believing Christian and certainly any serious Catholic cannot, cannot, I repeat cannot vote for a candidate that is so proactively for abortion and threatens to add to its accessibility. The issue of innocent life is the issue that transcends all others.If you don’t get the life issue right, how can you get anything else right morally speaking? And beyond that any candidate who deliberately obfuscates the truth or out right lies rather than tell the truth is unworthy to be President regardless of what your party affiliation is.
      I guess the question is what to do about it. At this juncture I have to vote for the one who at least pays lip service to protecting innocent babies. Maybe he won’t do anything to actually protect them but he says he will appoint justices who will follow in the steps of Justice Scalia. He has taken a public stance for life in the face of searing ridicule and criticism by the MSM. So…in effect I have no choice whatever his warts are.

      I think it’s worth mentioning that a very holy elderly woman I know who lived under the oppression of Nazism and Communism and saw more than her share of martyrs including her own family who died rather than deny Christ, has said to me more than once that by voting pro life you are marking your door with the Blood of the Lamb. To vote against life by supporting a candidate who advocates for abortion is to leave yourselves unprotected and your soul at terrible risk She said it in a very sober, very sad way. So there’s my two cents worth.
      Of course if there isn’t going to be an election than all of this is moot. 😉

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  24. Mary T. says:

    Amen, Ann, and I agree! God help us. And I believe He will, and has!
    My door has been marked for a long time now.

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  25. Patricia says:

    I am rather late to the game with this comment but am interested to hear what Charlie and others think. As many here do, I have a concealed carry permit in one of the most liberal states in the union. Consequently, it often means I could be one or one, of only a few, who would be carrying at any particular time when I am in my home state. It is due to the combination of people thinking they would never own a gun and the difficulty in obtaining a concealed carry permit.
    So if a Bishop were to declare his diocese gun free, what obligation do we have to obey him? If we are running around all day and want to go to the noon Mass, it would be a difficulty to go into the church unarmed. I would be inclined to go to Mass armed knowing I am concealed carrying and only God would know. So does that mean I am in direct disobedience to the Bishop? Or, are we not required to obey the Bishop because the edict is not one of faith and morals and is putting us at peril in today’s troubled times? Or, is it, because the church owns the property per se, and since the Bishop is the head of that corporation. he has a right to made that rule which must be obeyed?
    The reality is that, regardless of the legality of it, a Bishop who does this is uninformed and not very discriminatory. If he were, he would know the truth about people who carry legally and he would be able to slice and dice through the liberal media’s campaign to help disarm us.
    When I am in Texas, which is quite often, it seems as though, if the shotgun is not visible in the truck, then I can assume the person is carrying. Even my son’s grandmothers -in-law have small revolvers in their purse, they just grew up that way.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I will defer to others…but on property a Bishop controls, I think he is absolutely authoritative. On such a temporal matter, it does not mean he is always right, but he has a right to set standards for property he controls. It is a legitimate exercise of his legitimate temporal power.

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      • YongDuk says:

        Yes, you would be in disobedience for sure.

        From a letter to Polycarp by Saint Ignatius of Antioch, bishop and martyr (Office of Readings, Saturday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time)

        Avoid evil practices; indeed, preach against them…

        Hear your bishop, that God may hear you. My life is a sacrifice for those who are obedient to the bishop, the presbyters and the deacons; and may it be my lot to share with them in God. Work together in harmony, struggle together, run together, suffer together, rest together, rise together, as stewards, advisors and servants of God. Seek to please him whose soldiers you are and from whom you draw your pay; let none of you prove a deserter. Let your baptism be your armor, your faith your helmet, your charity your spear, your patience your panoply. Let your good works be your deposits, so that you may draw out well-earned savings. So be patient and gentle with one another, as God is with you. May I have joy in you for ever!

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      • Doug says:

        That begs the question as to what what property does a diocese own? All Catholic Churches or does it vary?

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    • Doug says:

      Good question Patricia.

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    • prtx says:

      I am in Dallas but unfortunately our Bishop is not Texan and has declared all parish property gun free areas. This makes it really difficult to tell father that we “have his back” if something happens at our parish.

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  26. CrewDog says:

    Speaking of Unpleasantness, “Dark” Times to come and Prepping for same. I was doing a “Shelf-Check” at Wally-World today and happened to pass through the Toys Section. I saw a shelf filled with some of the old fashioned Board/Card Games that I recall from long ago and it occurred to me that the old games that don’t require batteries or electricity might be of great value one day in the “Times” ahead!?? Something to keep children amused …. and oldsters too. Flea Markets might be a good place to find bargains??

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • Beckita says:

      Great idea, CD!

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    • Mick says:

      I’m with you, CrewDog. In fact, the last 3 Christmases I have bought lots of board/card/dice games like Yahtzee, Aggravation, Connect Four, Scrabble, Uno, Phase 10, and a host of others that I can’t remember right now. I also bought several decks of playing cards. So when the stuff hits the fan, at least we’ll have some entertainment that we can enjoy all together. 🙂

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      • charliej373 says:

        I have always been fond of “Risk,” the game of global domination 😉

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        • Ed Allison says:

          Risk has been my favorite game since I was 12 years old. Start out with Australia and/or S. America, then Africa, N. America; then Europe and finally Asia to win!

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          • charliej373 says:

            When I was a teenager, two friends left me with one army in Australia and decided not to wipe me out. Within 15 moves, I had taken over the world. After that, they ganged up to wipe me out whenever they could – and THEN would declare world peace with each other.

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        • prtx says:

          My family enjoys playing board games. I find it helps develop more interaction within the family. However, sometimes the competition can get too much. My solution to that is a group effort game called “Pandemic”. You have to work together to win it.

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  27. CrewDog says:

    A good verse to dwell on today …. especially for for folks like me!!! 😉

    HeartLight Daily Verse – 3 August

    1 Samuel 16:7:
    The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.
    Thoughts on today’s verse:
    Have you ever wondered how many friends you may have lost simply by judging them on their first appearance or impression? I’m amazed at how the first impression very seldom tells us much of substance about another. We’re not really going to be able to evaluate people properly until the Lord reveals at judgment what is really in their heart. Don’t you think that we should give them time for their heart to show before we make a decision about them, too?!
    Prayer:
    Father, who alone knows each heart, help me be more patient with others before forming an opinion about them. Please give me eyes to see them as Jesus does. Through him I pray. Amen.
    Visit heartlight.org for more

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  28. God Bless you for your work through Jesus Christ, In our Body as a whole, shining your light before all men and women, nations and the world as a whole. God bless you. Come also visit, let us share each others, word and gift from God, Let us fill the hearts of others. I encourage you and bless you. Let Gods anointing flow through you and place you higher and higher in your calling from God.- Daniel Byzewski
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