Peace and Patience

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As we walk through our personal trials and survey our country and world, we need to steady ourselves in Christ’s Peace. Perhaps easy to say at times. Nevertheless, it is truth. Isn’t it often a matter of choosing? In the ubiquitous chaos, confusion and division of these times, it is good to remember that many have discovered new depths of Christ’s Peace by praying the Surrender Novena. (A link to this novena is found on the right side of this page.)  In my most overwhelming times, I have simply prayed the aspiration: O Jesus, I  surrender myself to You, take care of everything. If you are someone prone to worry and/or anxiety, it’s a perfect ruminating thought for it brings solace in any personal storm. May Christ’s Peace reign in each of our hearts.   

In just twelve days, we enter another Lenten Season. Perhaps it’s time to consider and then decide the aspects of spiritual growth upon which we each will focus during Lent. For some, it may be a continuance of Nineveh90. There are now 17,000+ people signed up for this prep to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the first apparition at Fatima. On Wednesday the site had 60,000 visits! It’s never to late to join and if only one unites by praying the 54 day Rosary Novena that is a great act of solidarity.

Wherever the Lord may lead each one, Msgr. Charles Pope who blogs here draws us to consider embracing patience as we journey. May patience reign at TNRS site.

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(Edit: After originally choosing to reprint Msgr. Charles Pope’s article here, I removed it yesterday in concern that it might somehow suggest he gives support to Charlie’s prophecies which Msgr. Pope does not. As a general rule, Msgr. Pope allows people to reprint his material. Thus, I will reprint the full article with the clear understanding that Msgr. Pope did not submit anything to me. I  choose to reprint it for its value to us and I consider Msgr. Charles Pope as a voice crying in the wilderness of our times. Please pray for him and all the clergy of our Church.)

Two Pictures of Patience

Msgr. Charles Pope – February 15, 2017

The readings from Mass yesterday (Wednesday of the 6th Week of the Year) give two helpful images that call us to patience. Patience is a virtue through which we are willing to endure as we look for something better that will come to pass. The word comes from the Latin patior, which means “to suffer.” Thus the virtue of patience is the capacity or willingness to suffer some difficulty for a greater good rather than for immediate satisfaction. For example, we might be annoyed at someone’s behavior and want to vent our anger immediately, but patience (and prudence) might counsel that we should wait for a better moment to discuss the matter. We are willing to suffer now for a potentially better outcome later.

We also need to learn patience in the areas of moral and spiritual growth, both for ourselves and others. Growth usually comes slowly and in stages. The term “stages” suggests that certain things need to be firmly in place before other things can happen. Jesus once said, I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth (Jn 16:12-13). In this we see the patience of God as He accustoms us to His wisdom and truth. We read elsewhere, God’s patience is directed to our salvation (2 Peter 3:15). His patience for us is no mere coddling; it is meant to be ongoing, steady work as we grow in maturity and greater conformity to the truth.

This leads to the two images of patience in Wednesday’s readings. One occurs in the Gospel; in it, Jesus heals a blind man.

[Jesus] laid his hands on the man and asked, “Do you see anything?” Looking up the man replied, “I see people looking like trees and walking.” Then he laid hands on the man’s eyes a second time and he saw clearly; his sight was restored and he could see everything distinctly (Mk 8:23-25).

It’s hard not to laugh a bit at this. Even Jesus had to lay hands on some folks more than once! We are more accustomed to seeing His miracles as instant fixes, and this is dangerous. What the miracles mean to teach is that the event described in the passage is what happens to us (if we are faithful), but extended over a longer period of time. Most of us see more clearly over time, rather than all at once. The Lord removes our blindness in stages and through ongoing healing. The miracle described here illustrates that well. Jesus works patiently with the blind man, and he works even more patiently with us.

We, too, must learn to work with others over time to restore lost vision. Sometimes in order to grasp higher truths, other supporting truths and first principles must first be understood. When a person has been in a dark room, it is usually inadvisable to turn on all the lights at once; rather, it is better to accustom him to the light gradually. Thus, patience and prudence counsel persistently working, with ourselves and others, so that progress can be made.

A second picture of patience is seen in the first reading from the Book of Genesis. Noah is “working” with a dove to assess the stages of the flood:

[Noah] sent out a dove,
to see if the waters had lessened on the earth.
But the dove could find no place to alight and perch,
and it returned to him in the ark,
for there was water all over the earth.
Putting out his hand, he caught the dove
and drew it back to him inside the ark.
He waited seven days more and again sent the dove out from the ark.
In the evening the dove came back to him,
and there in its bill was a plucked-off olive leaf!
So Noah knew that the waters had lessened on the earth.
He waited still another seven days
and then released the dove once more;
and this time it did not come back
(Gen 8:8-13).

Allow the dove to symbolize our growth and maturity, for we live in a world that is often flooded with trouble.

  • In the first stage, the dove flutters about and is so terrified by what it sees that Noah must reach out and rescue it by pulling it back into the ark.
  • In the second stage, the dove finds a sign of hope, serenity, and peace. It is able to return showing this sign of progress and peace.
  • In the final stage, the dove flies free!

This is a picture of growth and maturity for us, who in stages become free of our fears and from excessive dependence on others; eventually we fly free. As Noah patiently worked with the dove, so God patiently works with us. This is also how we should work with our own self and others.

When I was in my mid-thirties, I was afflicted with grave anxiety and was being treated for it. In a difficult and discouraging moment, I angrily said to God, “If you wanted to, you could just fix this for me in an instant!” God replied, “I will not do violence to you.” I quickly responded, “I didn’t ask you to do violence to me.” God retorted, “Yes, you did.”

Indeed, healing takes time. For example, heart surgery is a delicate work and not to be rushed. Many people want relief, not healing. Healing involves hard work; it means making important changes in our life. It usually means looking honestly at our wounds and then doing the spiritual and psychological equivalent of “physical therapy.”

This leads us back to where we began: We need to learn greater patience. But patience is not passive; it is not resignation to sin or other harmful drives. Patience involves suffering; it is a resolve to stay in an often-difficult relationship with what (or who) troubles us so as to lay hold of the greater goal of holiness and healing. Patience is not looking for a quick fix or mere relief; it is looking for healing. Healing is hard, but it is better—far better—than mere relief.

Patience!

About Beckita

Beckita, widow, mother and grandmother, lives in Missoula, Montana. After more than thirty years of service, she retired from two careers: elementary school educator and director of liturgical music ministry in a local parish. Serving the Catholic Church in many capacities since early childhood, she now provides care for a nearly 90 year old priest of Chinese origin and collaborates with him in evangelizing the Chinese people. For more than twenty-five years, she has welcomed words from heaven concerning these sobering times in which we live and, like so many, takes seriously Our Lord and Our Lady’s call to intercede for the return of souls to God. Responding to heaven’s call for prayer, for her, included making pilgrimages to shrines in Europe, Asia and South America. She says these travels, added to her years as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa in the mid-seventies, have expanded her heart to hold dear all peoples of the world. She is a longtime member of TNRS community and when she began reading Charlie’s posts, immediately, she found that his mission and message harmonize well with Church approved private revelation of our times. In September 2015, she accepted an invitation to become part of TNRS Answers Team. As events of the Storm evolved, last fall (2016), she accepted Charlie’s invitation to become managing editor of TNRS should he need to leave the site. With great gratitude to and for Charlie, founder of TNRS, and with great respect and admiration for the lifelong experiences and God-given gifts he brought to bear on his work at this site - she knows we all know he’s irreplaceable – still, she considers it a great privilege to serve the TNRS community.
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180 Responses to Peace and Patience

  1. anaverena1 says:

    Excellent thoughts and very intuitive, Beckita. A fruit of the Holy Spirit that we all dearly need.

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  2. A call for special prayers from the good people of TNRS community.

    I am currently in Malaysia, a country where the official religion is Islam. Currently under the Malay Constitution there is freedom of religion; that is to say one can worship God as a Christian, worship many gods as in Hinduism, be a Sikh, practice Taoism or Buddhism.

    There is a proposed bill in the Malaysian Parliament that has been tabled for now which implement Hudud Law, the strict Islamic penal code of Sharia Law, for all Malaysians irrespective of their religious faith and practice.

    I am asking that the TNRS community join with our Catholic and Christian brothers in Malaysia in their national day of prayer, February 24, 2017 that the lawmakers of Malaysia will make the right decision and reject the bill to implement Hudud Law.

    This is the link for the letter from the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: https://www.archkl.org/index.php/en/parish-resources/announcements-news/897-pastoral-letter-from-the-catholic-bishops-conference-of-Malaysia

    To Beckita, SteveBC and Charlie – If I have overstepped my bounds please forgive me but if we don’t stand with our brothers in Christ what right have we to call ourselves Catholic Christians? doesn’t Catholic mean universal?

    Jesus did say ‘when two or three are gathered in My Name I am in your midst’ and that ‘ask and you shall receive’

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  3. A call for prayers from the good people of TNRS community.

    I am currently in Malaysia, a country where the official religion is Islam. There is a sizeable population of Catholics in Malaysia. Currently the Malaysian Constitution permits freedom for non-Muslims to practice their own religion.

    The reason for the call for prayers is that there is a proposed bill that will be voted on by the Malaysian Parliament. The bill is to implement Hudud Law, the penal law of Sharia, which would then be applicable to all Malaysian citizens.

    On February 24, 2017, the Catholic Bishops Conference of Malaysia has asked for a national day of prayer. The link to the pastoral letter is here: https://www.archkl.org/index.php/en/parish-resources/announcements-news/897-pastoral-letter-from-the-catholic-bishops-conference-of-malaysia

    I am asking that all of us in this TNRS community join with our brothers in Christ in Malaysia on that day to pray that the Malaysian legislators will do the right thing and reject the bill to implement Hudud.

    To Beckita, SteveBC and Charlie, forgive me if I have overstepped my bounds but this seemed to me to be the next right step for our community.

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  4. RoseMarie Glynn says:

    Patience is suffering which then comes healing. I needed to hear this today and I thank you Father and God for reminding me that if we remain close to The Father all sufferings lead to Him who loves us!

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  5. Lisa says:

    Great read! Thank you for your perseverance!

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  6. zeniazenia says:

    Jeremiah 27 and 43 comes to mind today for a great meditation on likely and unlikely servants of God, inside the Church and in the world/politics, such as “Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, My servant”.
    We can all grow in the Wisdom of God. Let us never throw out the weeds for the sake of the wheat. We need to participate lovingly in the interplay between the world and the Church. One way only is of God. The other is dreaded pride…again.
    27:6 “I have made the earth, the men and the beasts which are on the face of the earth by My great power and by My outstretched arm, and I will give it to the one who is pleasing in My sight. 
    6 “Now I have given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, My servant, and I have given him also the wild animals of the field to serve him. 
    7 “All the nations shall serve him and his son and his grandson until the time of his own land comes; then many nations and great kings will make him their servant.…
    43:10 “and say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, “Behold, I am going to send and get Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, My servant, and I am going to set his throne right over these stones that I have hidden; and he will spread his canopy over them. ”
    As the Liturgy goes, so goes the nation. As simple and childlike as we prepare ourselves to be, let us not lose the quest to watch for and see in detail what God has prepared for us ‘from the land and from the sea’. St. John the Evangelist — pray for us. Our Lady, “Woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars” –pray for us.

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  7. janet says:

    Thanks Beckita for posting Msgr. Charles Pope’s wise words. 🙂

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  8. Nancy Rodick says:

    Very inspiring….praying for patience and healing in many areas of my life….as long as it takes!😚 God bless you Beckita,Msgr. Pope and all ….(Charlie too…miss you).🙏🏻

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  9. Chris says:

    Thank you, I really needed to hear this today.

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  10. Ed says:

    Patience seems to be the hardest lesson but yet if we learn to trust in God he helps lead us there. Prudence and patience fill our lives through Gods mercy. May we find it and live it Dailey. Thank you for reminding and guiding us to its fruitfulness. I for one need it.

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  11. Thank you, Beckita! This is both a beautiful and perfect meditation for us.
    And I would chime in with please join us in the Ninava90 novena….it doesn’t matter if you are late and it doesn’t matter that you make mistakes…..it matters that you pray. And joining us with prayer will make it more powerful.
    Your post brought a teaching I was given one time by a very wise old lady. I had learned a chaplet for the Holy Spirit and it starts with the Wisdom…..I thought it was upside down….that it should begin with Fear of the Lord.

    She said, “No.” ” You must have Wisdom to learn Understanding.”
    “You need Understanding to learn Knowledge.”
    “You need Knowledge to learn Counsel.”
    “You need Counsel to learn Fortitude.”
    “You need Fortitude to learn Piety.”
    “You need Piety to learn Fear of the Lord.”

    She taught all this on her fingers. The thumb was the first Gift Wisdom.
    Hope this helps someone.

    And I hope it prints out as a list…..sometimes the darn email changes all the phrasing and paragraphs. …..grumble…..😠. 😇

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    • Cheryl says:

      Thank you, anniecorrinne, for sharing the wise old lady’s teaching. TNRS laid before me has been to provide catechesis for sacraments of initiation. Such a privilege and such a challenge. Thank you, Holy Spirit, for all your gifts.
      (A note of encouragement for others: My 14 year old son asked permission to participate in Nineveh90. Inspired by his love I said yes, and joined him.)

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    • zeniazenia says:

      Hi Annie, Thanks for this list. We don’.t do enough memorizing these days. This is a good one to memorize.
      So, to your other point, if you hit the return key, just like on the old-timey typewriters, your curser should go to the next line, up against the left margin. You probably know that. 😊 Yours looks good!

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  12. Patricia says:

    Bekita,
    Thank you. And, btw, I do not understand why you were not first called for a clarification and then asked to give a clarification. Their actions appear to cause people to think ill without knowing the facts. So be it. God must have a reason.
    Again, thank you for the reminder on patience.

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  13. sodakrancher says:

    This is such a meaningful post here . Thank you so much

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  14. Doug says:

    Such a nice piece Beckita! Of course, the ultimate patience we must endure is the healing of our soul and waiting for heavens sake. Beautiful again!

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  15. Doug says:

    Of course, I have to admit, some days I want relief. Plop, plop, fizz, fuzz, oh what a relief it is……. 😎

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  16. theresa323 says:

    Thank you Beckita and Msgr. Pope. Praying the surrender novena and asking for Patience.

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  17. Vanessa Joy says:

    Gulp. This is a beautiful reflection and revelation about the process of healing. Thank you for posting this piece by Monsignor Charles Pope.
    Growth in patience with others and yourself is indeed hard work. The interior shades often blind me of my own faults and lack of charity towards others when I am tired of the sufferings I endure from others who unwittingly day in and day out do those things that tear away at my joy and peace in the Lord! God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change and the courage to change the things I can!
    Lord, give me patience and I want it now! Gulp.😬😊🙏

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  18. Katey Utterback says:

    Thank-you, Beckita, for these words of comfort. We are truly blessed to have you as our leader at this time. I will continue to pray & pray for the healing our loving God has planned for us personally and nationally. “All things work together for those who love God and keep his precepts.” And I will pray the Surrender! God bless us, every one, katey SlvtnOR *PS for Charlie* – We are not coming to Arvada as our family has moved to Lakewood. You will be ever in our prayers, nevertheless.

    On Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 9:05 PM, The Next Right Step wrote:

    > Beckita posted: ” As we walk through our personal trials and survey our > country and world, we need to steady ourselves in Christ’s Peace. Perhaps > easy to say at times. Nevertheless, it is truth. Isn’t it often a matter of > choosing? In the ubiquitous chaos, confusion an” >

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  19. Julia says:

    God bless you Bekita, and grace you and Steve with shed loads of PATIENCE.

    Just read the latest comments over on Mystics of the Church. SIGH ! Some even claim you write your own comments. My grammar should be proof of at least one other poster. LOL

    Can’t help wondering if some people confuse Faith and personal discernment with politics.

    I hope you and Steve will carry on regardless. Charlie put up with a lot if you ask me.

    God save America.

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    • Beckita says:

      Thank you, Julia. Amen to: God save America.

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    • I was thinking some of the same things, Julia, when I first read statement. We dealt with some clear ‘left’ things here in our Cleveland diocese.
      Here here! to the rest of your post.
      We must pray even harder for God’s hand to work in all this and save souls especially the ones who do not understand Our Lord’s love for everyone. ❤️😇❤️

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    • SteveBC says:

      Julia, we will carry on. 🙂 Oh, and by the way, Beckita *does* write her own comments. She just doesn’t write anyone else’s! 😀

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      • jj says:

        Wait, wait, isn’t Beckita and YD really Charlie? Can’t those people on that other site (not Julia) keep the nom de plumes straight 😀😂

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        • SteveBC says:

          Heck, JJ, *I* can’t keep everyone straight! How could they!?!? 😀

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        • YongDuk (勇德) says:

          I asked Charlie to edit my bad English, he never did and Biscuitsnita hasn’t either — although she may have changed sanction to censure in one comment. Idk.

          Too much bickering to keep up. :-/

          I am surrounded by too much bickering much Priests and Bishops for this. It’s tragic.

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          • Beckita says:

            I think your English is excellent, YD. Is it your 4th or 5th language? I did sub “censure” for “sanction” and added a comma. That’s it. Oh that I could speak so many languages. You’re amazing.

            Bickering here, there and everywhere. Division follows. Praying for you, YD, that you are strengthened and consoled and that the situations to which you must tend to will become bicker-free… or at least reduced. Deliver us, O Lord.

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          • Doug says:

            YD, Lambzie and I continue to pray for you often. I would not not want any of your posts to be corrected because that’s part of who you are here and we love you just the same.

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          • Mick says:

            YD, your English is way better than mine; and I bet you’d kick my tail in Scrabble.

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  20. singingjuls says:

    Thank you Beckita for this and for sharing Msgr. Pope’s message on patience. I especially like his explanation of Noah and the patience he had with the dove.

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  21. CRY IN THE WILDERNESS.

    Last night at exactly 3am, I was awakened by the scream of a woman that echoed among the rocks and pines of the Black Hills. The reverberations sounded like they were in a vast cathedral. Coming out of a deep sleep, I struggled to understand what I was hearing. My mind ran through all the animals I know live in the area: coyote, turkey, deer, elk. Hmm…this didn’t sound like any of them.

    Well, I took this as an indication I should pray for the dying, so I said a Chaplet while this creature continued to intermittently cry out into the wilderness. The calls went on for over an hour, so I resolved to keep praying until it stopped….but eventually I fell back to sleep.

    The sound was much louder in person.

    A friend identified this for me immediately. It was a mountain lion, perhaps calling her cubs. The sound got louder and softer as the creature went in a circular pattern from hill to hill. Hard to tell, but at one point she sounded to be maybe 200 feet from my tent. Nothing to fear from a screaming lion…when they’re hungry, they’re silent. Here’s someone’s video of another cat:

    Don’t worry…I’m at peace.

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  22. Thanks for sharing Msgr. Charles Pope’s words and your words on peace and patience.

    That meshes nicely with these two little words that have been resounding in my heart for some time: “Go Forth.” How many times have we heard that here, and how are we to act on it if we lack peace and patience?

    I know that it’s nice to find comfort among folks who share our way of looking at things, but where’s the authentic mission –– the “go forth” in that? We really only grow when we go forth, because that’s where we find folks who not only don’t share our outlook, but also oppose it. More importantly, there’s the potential for others to grow when we bring Christ to them… to be reclaimed for the Family of God. Who, where, when, how… oh, it doesn’t matter. We follow Jesus’ lead. We trust in God.

    Oh, I love a good base camp (the groups of folks and friendships), but it’s nothing compared to the joy of getting on the mountain and leaving it all out there… and I’m nothing but a “slightly odd” guy saying so.

    Regardless of who we are, let us all become guides (i.e. – authentic Christians) to the fullest extent we are called. Maybe one of the first things we’ll discover is that we no longer care about defending ourselves or fretting over perceived slights. Beyond that, there’s the real comfort of understanding that the other guides are of like mind (e.g. – Beckita is not a cupcake {or even a biscuit} precisely because of charity).

    I’d rather tell a good story, but if you look at those with more than a one dimensional eye, you should know that I’ve always been challenging there too –– pushing and challenging myself first of all.

    God Bless,
    MP

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  23. Theresa Tamborine says:

    Will include Malaysia in my prayers starting now and mark Feb. 24. As I get older my ‘Patience’
    seems to be a hard thing to maintain. Needed Msgr. Pope’s article. Thanks Beckita for sharing that. I find myself saying “Jesus I surrender myself to you, take care of everything” an awful
    lot these days. The nerves seem to settle down right after.
    May Jesus, continue to take care of everything for all those here.

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    • Beckita says:

      Ah Theresa, I understand that peace that washes over us when we find a way to truly surrender and allow Jesus to take care of us. Walking in His Peace allows me to more clearly discern and take those NRSteps too. God bless you.

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    • zeniazenia says:

      Dear Theresa,
      The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is another spontaneous prayer that serves to surrender our problems into God’s Holy Will. Meditate on Jesus’ passion as you say 5 decades.
      ‘For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have Mercy on me as I ask for Your Peace, and on the whole world’. Chance Peace to ‘guidance, Love, care, Wisdom etc. (You know what they say about praying for patience? God will give you many opportunities to practice.😊 Probably not what you are asking for at this stage of the journey)
      I will take your intentions with me today to the National Shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge. Praying for all the needs of TNRS while I am there as I do always. Love — ZJ

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  24. Randy131 says:

    Is patience just to stand by idly and pray that Jesus delivers the eneviable outcome that we desire, or to go out as Jesus sent His disciples, maybe two by two, and do what is expected of us, and spread the good word that Jesus and His Father gave us, as He had His Apostles do? Or to stand up against sin and wrong doing, or just accept it idly and pray for the eneviable, that Jesus delivers us into what He promised and we hope to be worthy of, the reward of what He has prepared for His own? Idle in prayer, or prayer through actions?

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    • Beckita says:

      Randy, your questions are good ones. I think most of us are living lives where we balance prayer and action. The heart of the message here guides us to acknowledge God which we do in praying, seeking Him and listening to the many whispers he sends each one of us throughout our days. With that connection, we can discern our next right steps, the actions we take. As Msgr. Pope notes, “But patience is not passive; it is not resignation to sin or other harmful drives.” Some of my best memories of Charlie include his constant reminder to people to focus on the little we *can* do right in front of us. As we are faced with evil so rampant all around us, I take heart in knowing my baby steps done in love have a ripple effect that actively counters the evil I cannot control. God bless you.

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    • zeniazenia says:

      Yes😊

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    • Joe Crozier says:

      Hi Randy
      I have tried three times to respond to you but each time it has disappeared. Pope Francis said “First you pray for the hungry. Then you feed them.” No hints of patience and waiting idly here. Hope this helps.
      Joecro

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  25. dolordee says:

    Hi Beckita or Steve, I just posted a very long story and it never came through as waiting for moderation. Would you please see if you can find it. Maybe it’s in the cloud somewhere, I don’t know how that works, but I would appreciate it. Sorry for the trouble.

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    • Beckita says:

      Sorry, dorodee. It’s not here.

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    • Joe Crozier says:

      Same has just happened to me dolordee. Right now I have run out of patience!

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    • Ella Cammina says:

      Dolordee, that’s happened to me a number of times. So frustrating! Now I try to remember to always write something, if it’s going to be long and/or important, in a safer place first like google docs or my email, and then copy and paste. This way if it gets “lost” I still have it and can re-submit. But God’s Will be done. Everything all works out for the best for those who love God 🙂

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    • SteveBC says:

      Dolordee, I’m sorry, but I did not see your comment either. It is true that sometimes it will list in a different place than you expect. If it was a reply to someone else’s comment, wordpress sometimes lists it as a separate new comment further down the page (it’s happened to me so I know this is true). I have been unable to figure out why that happens. Something in the bowels of wordpress’s code.

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  26. dolordee says:

    I wish I could type it again, but it took me forty min to do it, and my physical condition won’t let me repeat it now. Maybe tomorrow I can do it again. It was about how the plaque of Our Lady of Olives appeared again, this time in my house. For now I’ll leave it up to Mary. If she wants it found, it will appear. So strange how the plea asking if you found it came through, and the one right before it didn’t. Thanks anyhow for checking. And thanks for your love and dedication.

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    • Beckita says:

      I’m sorry it’s so frustrating. Maybe you can try again later. God bless you, dolordee.

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    • zeniazenia says:

      Hi dolordee, If you mean to put some deep thoughts into a reply, you might try typing and saving to a word document on your computer first. It might be more helpful too with corrections. (I have noticed my IPad is changing some words on me this morning and even now as I type in TNRS text field). Use it as you would scrap paper or the back of an envelope yet it can be deleted and used again over and over. That way you can copy it and paste again on the rare occasion that you need to do that. Word docs can be saved so they do not have the same sort of problems as typing into a reply field which can, on occasion, be lost. You could create your reply, take as long as you need and be less frustrating. 😊 Praying for God’s healing of your physical challenges. Love — ZJ

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      • jlynnbyrd says:

        And save early and save often as my DH gently reminds me. 🙂

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      • dolordee says:

        Hi ZJ, How kind of you for such a thoughtful reply. That is a great idea. Trouble is that I cant remember how to cut and paste anymore, lol. Maybe next time one of my kids visit they can show me again. My problem is with bending my head to look down, and this certainly would end that problem with writing it first on note paper. Prayers sound great also. God bless you.

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        • zeniazenia says:

          Hi dolordee, I am sure you will have a great time testing all sorts of copy/paste methods with your kids when you visit. If you wish to try copy/paste yourself, I suggest pressing the control key ‘Ctrl’ plus another key.
          1. Select ALL text in a word document by pressing CTRL+A .
          (or use the cursor+spacebar at the same time, to select any portion of the text.)
          2. Then press CTRL+C to copy the selected text.
          3. Click where you want to paste the text, and then press CTRL+V.
          Feel free to practice by replying to this comment. I’ll know what it is if I see t. Love — ZJ
          PS I know neck pain can be exacerbated by looking down at electronics. Continued prayers for your health.

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  27. God bless you, Bekita. I recently lost my beloved friend of many years, Loretta, and indeed, healing is much more difficult and long-term than relief, which I so crave. It is very tempting to search out those things that might bring relief but which cannot heal. Please pray for me. -Robert

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  28. Lee says:

    So the Archbishop of Denver DIRECTLY told you that Charlie’s predictions should not be spread, yet everyone here is still supporting them? What happened to the “obedience” that this site so often appeals to?

    “It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.” –Mark Twain

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    • Beckita says:

      The Archdiocese provided a link to its original statement, Lee. We remain as a community, supporting each other and praying for one another while honoring this caution: “… the archdiocese encourages them to seek their security in Jesus Christ, the sacraments, and the Scriptures. The faithful should also remember Christ’s words: “But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” (Mt. 24:36).

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  29. Theresa Tamborine says:

    Thanks zeniazenia. I do say the Chaplet of Divine Mercy everyday and actually have
    been able to meditate on it. Not too good at meditating on much else. Thought interruptions
    happen often and forget where I am at.
    God Bless

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  30. Thank you for this insightful reflection on patience. I pray everyday to be more patient with others and for that I need Jesus’ peace. Lent is a time to grow closer to Jesus filled with graces.

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  31. LordprotectYourlittlemess says:

    Attention if you are within driving distance of Lincoln, NE and free tonight….
    Personal Prayer and a Deep Relationship with God, A Spiritual Conference by Fr. Jacques Philippe. Monday, February 20th, 2017 at 8pm. St Thomas Aquinas Church and Newman Center. 320 N 16th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508

    https://newmancenter.unl.edu/

    Noticed that his books have been recommended many times here, and so I thought I would share this information in case anybody is interested.

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  32. Mack says:

    John Allen of Crux did an article on Charlie, which I think is pretty well balanced. While he doesn’t get everything right, he points out that movements like that associated with Charlie is part of the reality of the Church:
    https://cruxnow.com/analysis/2017/02/18/great-storm-trouble-tremendous/

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    • Beckita says:

      I read this piece today as well, Mack. My disappointment with the article is rooted in something I often see: someone writing an opinion or analysis piece without having truly investigated the topic with more extensive, in-depth research. I thought Allen did conclude well with the James Joyce quote.

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    • Christene says:

      Beckita I don’t know if you should post this comment because I do not want to, in any way, antagonize the precarious situation this precious site is in right now by referencing Charlie’s prophecies but I feel compelled to share this article and my thoughts on how it may tie in to the article Crux just ran. If this does show up in the comment feed I will understand. Do what is best.

      This is an article written by David Stockman (who served in the Reagan administration) via the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity and here is a juicy snippet;
      “As one writer for LawNewz noted regarding acting Attorney General Sally Yates’ voyeuristic pre-occupation with Flynn’s intercepted conversations, Nixon should be rolling in his grave with envy:
      Now, information leaks that Sally Yates knew about surveillance being conducted against potential members of the Trump administration, and disclosed that information to others. Even Richard Nixon didn’t use the government agencies themselves to do his black bag surveillance operations. Sally Yates involvement with this surveillance on American political opponents, and possibly the leaking related thereto, smacks of a return to Hoover-style tactics. As writers at Bloomberg and The Week both noted, it wreaks of ‘police-state’ style tactics. But knowing dear Sally as I do, it comes as no surprise.
      Yes, that’s the same career apparatchik of the permanent government that Obama left behind to continue the 2016 election by other means. And it’s working. The Donald is being rapidly emasculated by the powers that be in the Imperial City due to what can only be described as an audacious and self-evident attack on Trump’s Presidency by the Deep State.”
      http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-02-20/stockman-warns-trump-flynns-gone-theyre-still-gunning-you-donald

      Beckita, when Charlie prophesied that Obama would not finish his term, that there would be no peaceful transfer of power, and that Donald Trump would not be installed as President, everyone assumed that it meant if we had the pomp and circumstance of an inauguration on Jan. 20th, then that meant the prophecy was false. But I disagree. It is becoming increasingly clear that, although Obama is not physically in the Whitehouse and officially running things, he is still very much in control of the government. He HAS NOT finished his term because he has not relinquished his power. There has not been a peaceful transfer of power and Donald Trump is being prevented from being able to assume his rightful place in history as the 45th president. And this is not coming from the twisted, wishful thinking of Charlie’s “brainwashed, cult members” as we are so charitably portrayed by so many, but this is now being realized and voiced by people in the highest levels of government.

      I think that the article in Crux magazine is going to be pivotal in the coming days as all of this continues to unfold because it shared Charlie’s prophecies to the world at large. Charlie is going to be proven right and it won’t be because the Church put her stamp of approval on his prophecies…….the secular world will.

      Peace to all here. I continue to hold all of you, and especially our dear Charlie, and all of your needs in my heart and in my prayers each and every day.

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      • Beckita says:

        Christene, thank you for your respectful and sensitive introductory comments. It surely is a delicate balance that we must strike here. To me, one of the greatest teachings Charlie developed in his writing was the importance of contemplating the layers of meaning and, sometimes, the surprising meaning of prophetic words. “Through a Glass Darkly” is, to me, a foundational piece for getting a glimpse of God actively at work in the prophetic word.

        What you share in this news article is the truth of what we see unfolding before our eyes. I continue to notice phrases such as “deep state” and “shadow government” everywhere in reputable online news reports. NEVER in American history has an U.S. president left office only to move into a residence 2 miles from the White House, leaving all manner of new executive orders causing intended harm for the incoming president while actively working to undermine the legitimacy of the new president. I, too, consider to weigh these matters in light of all we’ve read and shared over time here.

        Still, I think it wise to respect the Archdiocesan caution as we do so. I think the Church is prudent in her ways. Rarely has private revelation been approved during the time in which it is being revealed in an ongoing fashion. I can only think of Maria Esperanza as an example of the rare exception.

        God bless you, Christene. God bless our Church. God bless this community, our country and our world.

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      • MarieUrsula says:

        Christene, here is a related column by Victor Davis Hanson, who is known to be a credible columnist.

        http://www.nationalreview.com/article/445091/never-trumpers-subvert-presidency-talk-coup-impeachment-assassination

        Over the last several years, I have often prayed that evil deeds on this grand scale be thwarted and brought to light. Only God can arrange this and bring about thorough cleansing and healing. We are certainly seeing widespread anti-constitutional corruption with this subversion of the presidency.

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        • Christene says:

          I lose count how many times a day I hear or read someone in the news utter the words, “this is unprecedented” in relation to something that is unfolding in this country. I was loathe to even broach the topic of the prophecies but the fact remains that there are people now acknowledging that there are multiple forces that cross party lines, call it the Establishment if you will, who are actively working to sabotage, take down, and prevent Trump from assuming his role as President in any way they possibly can. It is simply stunning.
          But whatever does or does not unfold around us in the coming days, our hope and our answer always remains the same; Jesus. We hold fast to our faith, take shelter in Holy Mother Church and the Immaculate Heart of our mother Mary, and cling to our Lord Jesus in word and sacraments, especially the Eucharist. Pray, fast, sacrifice, trust, do, love, read the Bible, go to Mass, confess our sins, and forgive. What do we have to fear? God is in control and His will WILL be done!! So we will rest in His peace and trust in His love and mercy. All will be well!

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      • Joe Crozier says:

        Just seen this Christene – already replied on mystics – hope that’s ok.

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        • Christene says:

          You are one brave soul, Joe! God bless you! That is one tough crowd over there. I’m praying for you……..and them 😊 One day may we all be united in love and spend our energy lifting one another up rather than tearing each other to shreds!

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        • Christene says:

          Holy buckets, Joe! How the heck did my comment I made here end up pasted onto THEIR comment thread?? And then they are addressing me like I am actually the one commenting and engaging them. That is just plain weird. And troubling. And more than a little creepy. Prayers all around because that is really, really unhealthy.

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          • Joe Crozier says:

            I understand Christene – the internet is fraught with danger. The devil never tires and there is no limit to his malice and deceit. I am learning that each day. On my own such evil is too much for me but with God all things are possible. We just have to let go and let God – not easy for someone like me. But He will take care of our enemies – either by bringing them into the light of truth or, if they refuse to go with Him in that direction, by acting on His assurance that vengeance His and that He will repay. You could write to Glenn Dallaire the owner and express your concerns.

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          • Beckita says:

            Here is wisdom, Joecro. Amen.

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          • Doug says:

            “the internet is fraught with danger”. Yes it is. It is all to easy to rant and rave when hiding behind the veil of the Internet. It may be hard for most folks to think there are real people at the other end. Would we say some of the things we say here if the other person was standing directly in front of us? It is also very easy to fire off an emotional response before thinking through. I have slowly been learning that when my goad is up, and I write a response, I sit on it for a while prior to emailing or posting. I have had my share of regrets in the past. Blessings all!

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          • Beckita says:

            Beautiful, Doug.

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          • moreen67 says:

            That’s crazy….prayers for these people who do these things. It is so strange to me to have Christians doing this to fellow Christians. We are living in strange times. Resist getting angry at people instead pray – it does give you peace – I’m dealing with something at work where after 24 plus years of service they are trying to get rid of me and feel lousy about myself and I said to God I need to pray for them – on the train it came to me (from where?) bear it with love and patience. Take care Christene. Maureen

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          • Beckita says:

            Praying for your strength and consolation, Mo, and asking Our Lady to keep you snugly in Her Mantle of intercession as you make your way through this personal storm.

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          • moreen67 says:

            Thank you very much Beckita! When people tell me they are praying for me it means so much to me! I need them and I think its one of the greatest gifts a person can give.

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          • Phillip Frank says:

            Yes Christene,
            I mentioned here on this forum how the church allows time for discernment and someone posted it there then said something to the effect that if that is the way the church does it than he wanted nothing to do with it!
            So I guess the church needs to get with this guy and figure out how it really is supposed to be done? Even the Jews in the scripture passage (Acts 5-34.), allowed the apostles time to spread their message to see if it was “of God” that if it was, they would be fighting against God but if it wasn’t, it would eventually fall apart.

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      • SanSan says:

        thank you for posting Christine…

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    • Beckita says:

      In my FB connection with Fr. Heilman, I received this in my newsfeed today, Janet. While interesting, I think it wise to be very, very, very cautious and refrain from hyper-focusing on this sort of sharing. First of all, the priest states that the “holy man” he met had a premonition. From a mere “premonition,” Father then says the man “knew” Donald Trump would lead us back to God. I find that to be a bold leap. Further, I think it’s too much to say Donald Trump is leading us back to God. I can see President Trump is a tool to change laws so that suppression of religious freedoms is eased and, eventually, extinguished. In this, I see that those with the calling and charisms of leading people to the Lord may operate freely again.

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      • janet says:

        I have to respectfully disagree with you, Beckita. The very fact we are here on this site is because of Charlie’s alleged visions. I agree we have to be cautious about everything, but you have to admit the story is pretty amazing. I mean..what was the word on DT in the 80’s? To put it bluntly, he would have been the last person many would have thought would eventually become President of the US. And then there are the donated bricks. The Masses are offered for all those intentions in the Vatican. There’s a whole lot of prayers gone up since the 80’s. David was not perfect but he was chosen by God

        Anyway what I’m trying to say is if I took your words to heart….”I think it wise to be very, very, very cautious and refrain from hyper-focusing on this sort of sharing. ” I would never have come into Charlie’s blog in the first place.

        God Bless You.

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        • Beckita says:

          I understand your points, Janet. Of course, all you say about DT being a surprise candidate and winner of the election is spot on. At the same time, I call to mind Charlie’s constant exhortation to refrain from focusing on prophetic details. I think it’s wisdom and I simply echo that caution. The video relayed an interesting story to be sure. Again, the “holy man” described in the video had a “premonition” which became something he believed so strongly that he “knew” DT would become president which impelled him to have prayers offered. No doubt, among the many prayers being offered, the 54 Day Rosary Novena undertaken by so many both before the election and before the inauguration were rising to God for good fruit.

          Amidst all of this, I still maintain caution that we not overemphasize private revelation, just as the Archdiocese of Denver has wisely issued this very caution. I have taken this to heart and it was at the root of my first reply to you. Most likely, the prophetic elements drew many people here even as Charlie constantly reminded everyone: next right steps and do the little before you which you can do. Along with much prayer, that focus remains. God bless you, Janet.

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          • moreen67 says:

            Dear Beckita – you don’t have to post this article if you choose – Father Longenecker wrote it on 2/18/17….it sums up how I feel about it (it’s balanced)…http://www.patheos.com/blogs/standingonmyhead/2017/02/critiquing-trump-cult.html?utm_medium=email&utm_source=BRSS&utm_campaign=Catholic&utm_content=160

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          • Beckita says:

            Father Longenecker writes well and makes excellent points, Mo. He’s another priestly voice whose pieces have been shared here throughout this site’s existence, and rightly so. He feeds us with perspective about our times in the light of faith.

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          • janet says:

            Hi Beckita,

            So what you’re saying is that from now on there is to be no mention of any unapproved private revelation in here at all. Yes… I can understand why you are now saying this. Though I don’t think there is a ban by the Church on just talking about them, so long as we don’t promote them as being true. I was excited about the video and wanted to know what others thought about it but you say we should be careful now about sharing such things.

            Michael Patrick posted…”First, it’s valid, because Janet –– or anyone else in this vein –– thinks it valid.”

            If you are referring to me Patrick. I never said it was valid. I thought it was worth a listen to seeing as a priest was talking about it…but saying it was valid? No I never said that.

            If we’re being honest, the majority of us came in here because we really wanted to believe Charlie’s visions were true. So even though Charlie, and you say now, that it is not about prophecy, the truth is that is what brought many of us here in the first place. We wanted to believe Our Lady was coming to rescue us late 2017. (Though I still believe this is a very special year.) So why are we still here? I can see from the posts that friendships have been made, and that’s beautiful, but what do we post about now?

            Please don’t take this the wrong way…but maybe you should write something with clear guidelines, Beckita. And maybe Charlie’s alleged prophecies above will have to be taken off?

            God Bless You

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          • Beckita says:

            Janet, I know your good will and your questions are ones I have been pondering since I moved into this role. If you can think of learning to drive a car and mastering the various skills needed, practicing them, integrating them and finally internalizing them, you can size up my process pretty well. I will take up your suggestion, Janet, and come up with guildelines for us but I’ll need several days to be as thorough as possible. Lots to think about. God bless you and all of us.

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          • Janet, I meant it in the broad sense, and I suppose you have to look at the sentence I wrote that follows there for clarity. You obviously felt it was valid to share something, whether or not you subscribe to it. I was just acknowledging that as valid.

            If some folks want to talk about A, B and C, and others want to talk about D, E, and F… well, frankly I think there’s a fine line there, considering the good will in this group.

            Sometimes it’s messy. Hey, life is messy, as painfully evident beyond the confines of this little space. Out there, seems like everyone wants to control the conversation and we can see where that’s headed.

            I think it’s pretty clear when the Triumph (Rescue, Renewal… whatever you want to call it) happens. When hearts are changed.

            What’s going to expedite that? Isn’t that what we’re all interested in?

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          • Beckita says:

            Beautiful, MP. Looking forward to the time when hearts are changed.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Amen! I used to pray for leaders in warring nations to have peace in their hearts decades ago. I sadly realized that I was praying for something that I should master before hoping others would as wars are fought between parents, siblings, neighbors, and even within ourselves internally. It occurred to me that it only takes one person to change the world, ourself, one heart at a time. I pondered what joy it would be for all of humanity to realize this, that we alone can will this. I pray now for the Illumination to enlighten us simultaneously. In the meantime may we individually/together be an example of love and light that is contagious. ❤

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          • Doug says:

            Nice Jen!

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        • SanSan says:

          Agreed Janet…….a brick with DT name on it is a fact, not premonition. I’ll take the priest(s) word on this one.

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          • SteveBC says:

            SanSan, I have a different perspective here from Beckita’s, something more akin to others here who are continuing to seek different perspectives on current events, whether those perspectives are secular, analytic, speculative or prophetic in nature. I do see Beckita’s point, though.

            With Charlie and his prophecies, we have three spiritual directors and the Archdiocese of Denver reviewing voluminous written material and staking their personal and professional reputations on its quality.

            My problem with this video is that it’s just a video by a guy dressed like a priest saying stuff that’s cool about a guy who was incredibly precise about Trump, and a brick that guy put behind a Door in the 1980s.

            Is this guy speaking on the video really a priest? Did Zimmer really exist as a hermit there? Youtube videos get made up. Heck, news organizations regularly make stuff up these days. Further, I have not seen any proof the brick actually existed and was placed behind the Door in the early 1980s. This guy can say all he wants to about this, but he gives no proof of something that should be entirely provable. Without proof from valid sources, this is merely an assertion.

            I’m not saying there was no brick. I’m saying that unless you *know* there was a brick, you cannot correctly say, “a brick with DT name on it is a fact.” You give no link to any proof. Rather, you appear to be taking this man at his word and saying the brick is a fact simply because he says so. The only fact is that he said this. Although proof may exist, *he* provided no proof that his story is correct. Even if he is sincere, he may not have done his homework, either.

            To my mind the issue is our natural human tendency to want to assume that what we want to see is in fact real. When that becomes our approach, our relation to prophecy becomes potentially harmful. When prophecy becomes an avenue for personal change and as background for insight and investigation or a framework for testing, then it can be helpful.

            So I’m asking everyone here to comment on this video in terms of proving its assertions to be fact indeed. If nobody can provide such proof, then this video should be dismissed. Personally, I’d be quite intrigued to find that there is proof. I’m not against this video. I’m just saying, “Prove it.”

            Anyone have links to proof of who this man is, that Zimmer existed, and whether the brick and its provenance are in fact a fact? Are his assertions that there is scientific proof that the house was moved by angels accurate? What else is known and proved?

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          • SanSan says:

            Fr. Richard Heilman is the trusted source……

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          • SteveBC says:

            Thank you, SanSan. I see that he was one who posted the video, which is on youtube.

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          • janet says:

            Oh I know it can’t be easy for you Beckita. What a task! As far as I know Charlie hasn’t been outright condemned, just that his prophecy concerning the inauguration failed. This was why on a previous post I was trying to find out if the warning also included CJ’s other visisons. If it does then I would know not to refer to them.

            God Bless You

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          • Beckita says:

            Thank you so much, Janet. God bless you and all here.

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          • janet says:

            “You obviously felt it was valid to share something, whether or not you subscribe to it. I was just acknowledging that as valid.”

            Sorry Michael. it was just a little misunderstanding. I got too excited anyway. I wouldn’t mind but I’m not even an American! I got all emotional a few days ago listening to someone singing God Bless America! 😭

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          • Doug says:

            I love you Britts!

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        • OK, I think this reply got lost somewhere, so I’m hedging by reposting (please delete, B, if that’s not the case). Also, I’m thankful for the recent exhortation to “save-cut-paste.”

          I ponder so many things when I read this thread, or other threads like this. First, it’s valid, because Janet –– or anyone else in this vein –– thinks it valid. And of course we all ponder events of all varieties every single day.
          I like to ponder these things in the light of an Event. The Event I refer to can be revisited starting around Matthew 26: 36, although one could say that every word of Sacred Scripture is really leading up to –– prophesying –– that Event. And it can’t truly be said that it ends there either.
          I ponder that the Apostles didn’t understand. How many questions from them leading up to that Event? Peter is so sure of himself in verses 33-35. In verse 46 Jesus says, “Rise! Let us go!” Where were they going? Oh, following Jesus, fleeing, etc… later receiving the Holy Spirit… going forth, where they would bear witness to Him amongst the many folks who agreed or disagreed to whatever degree… even opposing them (really opposing Him) to the extent that we have so many martyrs.
          Janet, I pondered recent events, and I’ll even go so far as to share some of those particular aspects. Sometimes, and it was the case with DT, I like to turn to my Guardian Angel. I thought, “You know, we’re both beloved creatures of God, but there’s a glaring difference. You merely have to glance at an earthly situation and you know the truth of it immediately.”
          Well, I honestly can’t say that my Guardian Angel gave me a clear reply, but I did find my thoughts shifting to another difference. I can call out to Our God as “Father,” and He calls out to me as “son.” There is that.
          To be clear, I don’t even compare myself to the Apostles. No, I’m more like some fella out in the countryside, finding himself suddenly awake in the middle of the night, listening to the bleating sheep in the distance, and gazing up at the stars (ok, maybe puffing a cigar too). I imagine that fella turning to his Guardian Angel, wondering and pondering what was so different about That Night. Had all the Angels been recalled to The Throne that night? Hm. I imagine that he and all the others were just mere men/women, the air so quiet that night that any answers were nothing more than a puff of wind.
          Oh. Here I am again wondering what my original point was… and I realize that I’ve lost myself once again in The Word.
          And once again, Jesus says, “Rise! Let us go!”

          MP

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      • theresa323 says:

        Thanks Janet, I just saw the video and this is a real priest, and I take him at his word.
        Let us all pray for our President, he has so many trying to topple his presidency. I was very happy to see his wife say the Our Father before she introduced her husband.. the President… God works in mysterious ways.

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    • zeniazenia says:

      Good morning Janet, I also hope that President Trump ihas a greater conversion to our Lord in the near future and that he will be called to lead unlikely forces to their own conversions. I already appreciate the change in him since his playboy days. The world might be provided a front row seat in order to watch this transformation take place with their own eyes and understand how the Spirit works.
      I like to ride my bike in Bristol, Rhode Island. Jlynnbyrd has done some fine research on the YT background actors. I may try to contact Fr. Capoverdi. What a fascinating story. I know the Pieta prayer book very well. How God draws straight with crooked lines.
      Thank you Janet, SteveBC and Jlynnbyrd for an exciting topic. Thank you Beckita for keeping it from being too exciting haha– if you know what I mean.😊 Prayers for the health and safety of all TNRS who are in receive mode for a turbo charge from our abundant God. Lord have Mercy!

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      • jlynnbyrd says:

        I love that Zenia, how intimate and enriched our world becomes when we connect with each other.

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        • zeniazenia says:

          Hi Jen, Now that I checked out the parish website, I see this parish is in Westerly, much closer. My ears heard Bristol on the YT. I think I have tried to attend Mass at this parish in Westerly once but arrived late from the beachy activities. Rhode Island is great for spending some time as a weekend warrior, then going to Mass, Confession, Rosary.(usually reverse order). Week after week, one can become familiar with the parishes, the activities, liturgies and their pastors across the state. Looking at my watch, I can tell where I need to be in the given amount of time and distance. ‘If I leave now I can be at St. ***** Church for the Rosary.’ It is similar, on a very small scale, to how tourists travel around Europe for R&R, from cathedral to church to shrine. 😊

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    • Beckita says:

      San San, I have a reminder and several thoughts for the link you have offered and which I had to remove. First of all, we’ve had a longstanding policy to share a brief description concerning why a commenter is sharing a particular link. We’ll continue with that policy.

      That said, OnePeterFive used to be a theological site to which people could link on the side of this page. It was removed as the OnePeterFive site became increasingly anti-Pope Francis. If there’s one spiritual reminder that’s paramount as the chaos, confusion and division increase, it is the truth that our safest refuge is in the Barque of Peter with Pope Francis currently at the helm as the Vicar of Christ. No matter how confused and disturbed we may be about news concerning the Pope, this site will continue to be a place where we encourage respect, support and prayer for Holy Father Pope Francis. We *must* trust Christ’s promises concerning His Vicar and Church.

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      • SanSan says:

        amazing how sharing a “link” puts words in my mouth…..and beliefs in my heart.

        I take offense that you would imply that I do not trust in My Lord Jesus…..His Vicar and His Church.

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        • Beckita says:

          It is not you personally, SanSan,to whom I attributed that implication. When I spoke in terms of “we” I simply restated the constant reminder that this site has provided: We stand with our Holy Father. It is the site, OnePeterFive, which has become riddled with constant criticism of Pope Francis, leading others to doubt his Papal legitimacy and, therefore, the link to the site was removed from the side of this site’s page. This is my premise for removing the link from your comment. God bless you.

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          • SanSan says:

            Have you read Bishop’s Gracida’s blog lately…….better remove him too.

            Examine all and truth will reveal itself.

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          • Beckita says:

            Yes, SanSan. I notice that Bishop Gracida has chosen to reprint the article from OnePeterFive. At this time, I continue to uphold the policy of not linking from this site to the OnePeterFive site.

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        • SteveBC says:

          SanSan, I understand that you might be upset if you think Beckita had put words in your mouth. I’ve read Beckita’s remarks here and do not think she was questioning your motives or assuming anything about you at all. Remember, Beckita is probably also sensitive to this “words-in-mouth” issue these days, given the news release from the Archdiocese about something she recently wrote.

          I really think she was simply talking about the issue with OnePeterFive, and it just happened to be you who linked there. I think she would have responded in the same fashion if anyone else had entered that link.

          I might add that this is also a risk when someone puts a link in a comment without explanation of why. This is one of the reasons Charlie instituted the no-unadorned-link policy a couple years ago. You might have said you endorsed the story, or you might have said you wanted people to comment on it because you found it confusing or didn’t like it, or whatever else you were thinking when you posted it. Without that kind of introduction to the link, nobody knows why you are posting it.

          It would not be a surprise to me to find that most people seeing an unadorned link in your comment would have assumed you endorsed it, but in my case an unadorned link mostly just leaves me feeling confused. I always appreciate it when someone publishing a link comments on why they are publishing it. 🙂

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      • Beckita, thank you for your level-headed comment.

        SanSan, Charlie a while ago did not post a reply I made to you that was critical.

        Please take this as fraternal correction: Beckita is right to protect Pope France and you may be inadvertently being naive while being good-hearted, as Charlie defended you to me a few weeks or a month and a half ago ago.

        That being said, we are to be here to encourage each other while the day is still today (Heb 3:13).

        I will take Charlie’s word to be true regarding your good character. That being said, perhaps you and Beckita can have a discussion together on Skype or the phone about this to see each other’s good will, but that you would grow from inadvertent naïveté to a mature–and discerning–stature within the Body of Christ (Eph 4:13).

        If you could not be open to this fraternal suggestion of openness, I would ask Beckita to search out that comment to see what I did post and send it to you personally and then would ask you to ponder it.

        Please do not ruffle your own feathers, we are to be Brothers and Sisters here.

        That being said, I would censure a site that is anti-Pope Francis, but I would be cautious to lump a site that is suggestive of some simmering problems that need be addressed, but is still respectful of the Holy Father qua Vicar of Christ, with that which is divisive and thus something of Satan.

        I leave you with the Entirety of Ephesian 4 as the Conclusion to this Correction, San San, and at the same time, I ask that if any divisiveness in the future should arise or comments leading to a tail spin ad nauseam, to please feel free to contact Beckita to have her contact me to step in with any discernment, including–and forgive me, Beckita–if any of you should disagree with Beckita.

        +勇德

        I, then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love,
        striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace:

        one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call;
        one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
        one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all

        But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

        Therefore, it says:
        “He ascended* on high and took prisoners captive;
        he gave gifts to men.”
        What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended into the lower [regions] of the earth?

        The one who descended is also the one who ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.

        And he gave some as apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers, to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry,* for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of faith and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood,* to the extent of the full stature of Christ, so that we may no longer be infants, tossed by waves and swept along by every wind of teaching arising from human trickery, from their cunning in the interests of deceitful scheming.

        Rather, living the truth in love, we should grow in every way into him who is the head,l Christ,* from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, with the proper functioning of each part, brings about the body’s growth and builds itself up in love.m

        So I declare and testify in the Lord that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds; darkened in understanding, alienated from the life of God because of their ignorance, because of their hardness of heart, they have become callous and have handed themselves over to licentiousness for the practice of every kind of impurity to excess.

        That is not how you learned Christ, assuming that you have heard of him and were taught in him, as truth is in Jesus, that you should put away the old self of your former way of life, corrupted through deceitful desires,mand be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on* the new self, created in God’s way in righteousness and holiness of truth.

        Therefore, putting away falsehood, speak the truth, each one to his neighbor, for we are members one of another.

        Be angry but do not sin;u do not let the sun set on your anger,*
        and do not leave room for the devil.

        The thief must no longer steal, but rather labor, doing honest work* with his [own] hands, so that he may have something to share with one in need.

        No foul language should come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for needed edification, that it may impart grace to those who hear.

        And do not grieve the holy Spirit of God, with which you were sealed for the day of redemption.*

        All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling must be removed from you, along with all malice.

        [And] be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ. – Ephesians 4

        http://www.usccb.org/bible/ephesians/4

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    • Sean Sullivan says:

      Awesome. Thank you YD for the healthy reminder. May all who blog, comment and reply: read, know and understand the Love, God, has for each and everyone of us.
      Jesus, I trust in You.

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  33. Roland says:

    Dear Beckita and others,
    I have followed Mr. Johnston for two years now and had the privilege to attend his conference in Medford, Massachusetts last summer. I don’t know whether he is a true or false prophet, however I have returned to an active prayer life (Daily Liturgy of the Hours) thanks to following this blog. So I will always be grateful to him for that. But I am not sure where the failed presidential prophecy, and now the latest statement from the Archdiocese, leaves us. The Archdiocese said:
    “The events of 2016/17 have shown that Mr. Johnston’s alleged visions were not accurate and the Archdiocese urges the faithful not to condone or support further attempts to reinterpret them as valid.”
    So by us “proclaiming the rescue” by the end of 2017 are we not disobeying the Archdiocese?
    God bless, and please keep me in your prayers.

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    • Beckita says:

      God bless you, Roland. We’re not proclaiming a Rescue by the end of 2017. We’ve actually put the discussion of Charlie’s prophecies to rest for now. And that’s a good thing. If our only hope was placed in Charlie, we had misplaced our hope. We each need Christ. He is our Hope. He always has been and He always will be.

      So we are where we’ve always been: looking to God, trusting in Him. That’s what Charlie focused on most of all. He always said God has a Plan. And let’s face it, Roland, this is what our Faith teaches us: God has a Plan… for each one He has created and for the whole world.

      Even in the midst all of today’s turmoil, God never ever leaves us. Please be sure to read the response I wrote to the Archdiocese. I also had a great phone visit with the executive communications director and explained that I was not stating Charlie’s prophecy was approved. I was referring to the actual Church approved messages from Heaven such as those in Fatima. So we continue to hold the Church approved words in a pondering place and continue to pray for each other and our world as we gather at this site to support one another in any way we can. As you can see from the posts which have been published here since Charlie left the site, we continue to focus on our core message: Acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope. We need that way of living more than ever, Roland.

      Finally, we take to heart the important caution placed on us concerning any private revelation: “… the archdiocese encourages them to seek their security in Jesus Christ, the sacraments, and the Scriptures. The faithful should also remember Christ’s words: “But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” (Mt. 24:36).”
      To this we give our full assent: Amen!

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    • Sean Sullivan says:

      Roland,
      Today’s (2/22/17) Midday reading (1 Corinthians 13:8-9,13) from the Liturgy of the Hours speaks to your question:

      Catholic Study Bible
      1 Corinthians 13:8-9, 13

      8 Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.

      9 For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect;

      13 So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

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  34. Beckita says:

    A dear friend listened to coverage about the passing of Norma McCorvey on his local news channel. He wrote to the station after the broadcast and I share my friend’s letter as a sign of hope for life in the womb and truth in the world:

    You have just reported on “fake news”. That can include reports that give a possible false impression by appealing to “post truth” sentiment. When something is made legal that often means it is good in the eyes of a misinformed public. Such is the case with abortion.

    This morning you reported the death of Norma McCorvey suggesting she was responsible for the legalisation of abortion through the Roe vs Wade case. In this case Norma was manipulated to say that she had been raped in order make the case succeed. Norma later admitted she had not been raped.

    So the legalisation of abortion was based on a lie. Lies and death – familiar bedfellows.

    The way you reported Norma’s death could have left the impression that she was a champion for those who support the right to terminate the lives of human beings before they are born.

    In fact Norma decided not to abort two further pregnancies and later in life became a Catholic and tirelessly campaigned against abortion presenting it as the greatest ever crime against humanity. She never had an abortion.

    In America alone legalised abortion has resulted in the deaths of approx 60 million human beings. If not human to what species do they belong? If not living how can their lives be ended? Not potential human beings but human beings with potential – just like you and me.

    Norma spent years fighting hard to have the decision of Roe vs Wade reversed and trying to defend the sanctity of life. She was not a champion for abortion but a champion of the fight against abortion.

    Thank you for putting the record right.

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    • MarieUrsula says:

      Norma McCorvey, may your soul rest in peace.

      Dr. Bernard Nathanson, who died on February 21, 2011, was also instrumental in getting abortion legalized based on lies. (That’s a long story, which he has told.) He, too, became Catholic and a fervent pro-life advocate in later years.

      Jesus said: “I am the way and the truth and the life.” (John 14:6) This covers a lot of ground, but among other things it means to me that anything based on foundational lies is not of God.

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    • zeniazenia says:

      …and the woman approached Norma for her signature on the dotted line of the affidavit when Norma was using drugs, starving and living on the streets. She so regretted all the loss of life that resulted.

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    • theresa323 says:

      God Bless Norma McGorvey, a good and faithful servant to the Pro life movement.
      May she rest in peace.

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  35. Alex says:

    Charlie, I think you are right for great many times. Not to guess a date correctly, that happened with many seers and many clerics who interpreted prophecies such as Fatima. John Paul II and card. Ratzinger were rather absolutely sure the secret was over. So was Fr Gobi. They were all wrong.

    Whether the events will take the shape you write about, or they will differ, that only God knows. Meanwhile, we should prepare the best we can. One of the most important prep is to have open mind to God’s ways not our ways…With so many secrets in apparitions, we will be totally surprised when finally we will see God’s unique plan in broad daylight.

    I didn’t know of you before the catholic media said your prophecies failed. And theirs don’t…Interesting how 100th anniversary of Fatima will unfold.

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    • SteveBC says:

      Welcome, Alex! Thank you for your thoughtful comment. Baseball’s greatest philosopher Yogi Berra is reported to have said, ““It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” Yes, we need to be open to what comes. Charlie said that his predictions about the election and Inauguration Day were in error. However, much of his framework remains of interest, particularly his guidance to acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a beacon of hope, and the full story is yet to be completed.

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    • Beckita says:

      Welcome to TNRS, Alex.

      Liked by 4 people

  36. Irish7 says:

    Beckita and Steve,
    You guys are doing such a beautiful job. Charlie chose wisely indeed. Keep up the good work.

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  37. The meditation in the Magnificat is interesting today.Feb 22, Chair of Peter. The beginning of the last paragraph,

    ‘I must therefore not allow myself to be led astray by any feelings of irritability against those decisions of the Holy See which seem to me to conflict with principles of common sense.’

    The whole meditation speaks to us in this day of so many irritations that we tend to take on.
    I had to titter a little as I read it…..and it was written in the early 1900’s. It seems nothing changes while everything changes….🙄😉😳✝

    I believe Magnificat.com has it online for those who don’t use this booklet.

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  38. Just a sojourner says:

    Perhaps a good position to take regarding as yet unfulfilled prophesy is to regard it primarily as a possibility based on the possibility of correct or incorrect interpretation of the message given. Who can know the mind of God with any certainty? If it guides us to pray for and focus on God and His guidance, whether coming from Him or His agents, it has a good effect. If it causes one to seek surety in knowing the future, it fails to bring a desired effect. It acts as a distraction. God leaves a sense of mystery so that we remain focused on and acknowledge our dependence on Him. Is it possible that The hermit of Loreto’s prophesy is true. I can see where it could be but it would have to fit in with other valid prophesies as we continue on in these most complex times. My opinion or beliefs have no control on the outcome other than the effect of my prayers and offerings to God, my acknowledgement of Him, my reliance on His help to best determine the next right step, watching and praying, praying and watching so that I can best determine the next best step after that. And try to be a sign of hope to those around us. It is important that we should be a help to each other in this NRS community. May God bless and guide us all.

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