Renew a Steadfast Spirit within Me

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As we embark on another Lenten Journey, let us resolve to live Psalm 51 anew: “Have mercy on me, O God; according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy… Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me… The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” Is this not a cry for each of us and an intercessory prayer for all human hearts?

In our recent comments, holding on to TNRS as sustenance and support while we make our way through life’s personal storms amidst the Storm in our world has been a constant theme.  Thanking God for Charlie who founded this community and fostered the message we have taken to heart, let us continue to pray for him. Let us, too, acknowledge that God often waits upon our intercessory prayer to act and that every good work which the Lord blesses flourishes on a bed rock of prayer. To this end, let us keep our community in prayer that God will bless us and that we become who and what He wishes us to be.

Now, with gratitude, I welcome and share with you the following Lenten reflection from our own JT Brannigan.

Lent begins again.  Even though it is not particularly early this year it seems to have crept up and taken me by surprise.  I don’t know if it’s the present craziness in the world, or the busyness of our family, or the unnamed respiratory issues that plagued me for almost a month.  Whatever the reasons, I was totally surprised and taken aback when my assistant innocently informed me that Ash Wednesday would be upon us in less than a week. How can that be?  New Year’s seems like yesterday.

I like Lent. It ties the Church of my childhood to the present.  It brings to mind the purple shrouds, darkened churches, lit by candle light, Latin chants, pews of people with heads bowed in fervent prayer. In my mind Lent occupies a place that is ancient as the faith itself.  Here is a practice first done by Jesus himself, passed down to us through a hundred generations and cultures.  Something medieval and modern, past and future, all at the same time. A time, set aside from time, to seek to be closer to God, to better understand the love of Jesus and the intercession of Mary.  A time to allow the realities of our faith to become more integrated, ingratiated, into our hearts, minds and lives.  It is a time to prepare our souls to accept the incredible, wonderful mystery of the resurrection.

This year Lent has a special meaning for me. About ten months ago I first encountered TNRS. In that time the participants at TNRS, have without fail championed the Blessed Virgin, urged people to say the rosary, supported the magisterium of the Church, supported the Pope, prayed for and consoled each other.

In my life, contact with TNRS has brought a renewed outpouring of the Holy Spirit. This freed me from bondage to my secular view of a coming upheaval and collapse and from the false belief that if I gathered enough food, water, medicines and guns I could save myself and my family.  Since last April, reading the postings of the many good people here has inspired me to repent of my lukewarm Catholicism, to renew my prayer life, to bring devotion to the Blessed Virgin back into my life (actually, to bring it into my life in a meaningful way for the first time), to work on those stubborn areas of sin which still clung to me, or I to them.  I find myself being more prayerful, more peaceful, more respectful of family and friends, more concerned with the status of Jesus’ church in the world and less worried about my fate and that of my family.

My sense is that coming troubles are very real.  I could see this on a purely secular and physical level long before I had heard of TNRS and long before I had a name for what was happening. The present order, which opposes God on so many levels, will not bring peace and security.

The powers that engaged in struggles of the election are not gone.  They are regrouping.  I have shared with a few others that I believe the election results were a temporary blessing, possibly a change of course due to the prayers of millions of people, but it is not the final battle.  We have been given some added time, free from persecution (which has been slowly increasing and which I believe would have begun to increase even faster if the results had been different) but this is only a temporary calm.

The irrational, emotional, bitter and violent reactions of the losing side are, I believe, a tiny fraction (and foreshadowing) of the emotions and evil that will be released should there be an economic or social upheaval or collapse. There will be tremendous need for people who have been physically, mentally and spiritually preparing for that day and who will be able to calmly approach others with the faith and certainty that this too will pass. People who will witness that God and Jesus, and Mary the intercessor, stand with us.

Who will be signs of hope to the frightened society?  Who will proclaim that Mary intercedes and Jesus is with us?  Who will proclaim that God wants our salvation?

Back to Lent. The Christian writer C.S. Lewis called the autobiography of his early years “Surprised By Joy”.  Taking cue from his great intellect, I find in my life I have been surprised by Grace.  That is what happened to me this past year.  A chance comment from a brother brings me to TNRS.  My encounters here open doors that had been closed for a long time.  I look back and realize God was pouring out his Grace long before I was aware of it.  I was at a place where I didn’t even realize the need to ask, but God in His Love provided for my unrecognized needs.

My prayers for Lent will be to ask God to make me more open to his attempts to “surprise me” by giving me Grace; even Grace I may not be consciously seeking.  I will also be praying for everyone at TNRS and for guidance as to where we go from here.

I, for one, would like to see the site continue and grow. I have learned much here. I believe I have received many graces from my contact with the other contributors.  What we will become is in the Lord’s hands.  If we put ourselves at His disposal I believe He will show us what we need to do.

Many here are facing these questions and have begun to open themselves to be God’s instruments in difficult times ahead. I hope that TNRS website and local groups will continue.  For anyone who believes God does and will continue to work through TNRS I am willing to begin that journey with you and see where God calls us to go.

My hope is that my thoughts and musings will be an encouragement to you.  If these words speak to you, I thank God.  If these words do not speak to you, or do not seem correct, that is fine. Pray for me. I do not intend to put any burdens or concerns on anyone.  I speak only for myself and my own sense of what God is saying in my life and I humbly submit these thoughts to you for your own discernment and hopefully your edification.

I have learned much from my time with you all. My prayers are for everyone here. My prayers are for Charlie. My prayers are for Beckita and Steve and the team.

My prayers are for God’s peace and Grace to all who come here.

Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.

JT

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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148 Responses to Renew a Steadfast Spirit within Me

  1. Bob Gutendorf says:

    What is TNRS?

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  2. Annie W. says:

    Beautiful, JT, wonderful thoughts and plans. I’ve been pretty quiet lately, but still here with all of you, praying.

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  3. SteveBC says:

    Brilliant, JT. Simply brilliant. Thank you.

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  4. RoseMarie Glynn says:

    Beautiful, helpful and faith_building! Thank you and God bless!

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  5. madkatmomma says:

    So eloquent JT thank you!

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  6. Venny Villapando says:

    Thank you JT, very timely message to reflect on a day before Ash Wednesday.

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  7. Flora Potter says:

    Thank you J.T. I have come to a realization that Lent well lived, is not a time for ‘giving up’ but instead it is a time for ‘giving in’ and ‘giving out’. Giving in to the will of God in my life…surrender. Giving out all that God has given me…the blessings, the graces, the love and the mercy that never cease. My history shows me that He has never left me alone, that He has forgiven me over and over. That He is the Lord who loves me when I have deserved no love…from anyone. I ponder the spectacular eye candy He gives me freely every single day…smile, look up and trust. That’s it! Nothing more. Give out what Jesus Christ has given me…love to the other. If there is anything that I can ‘give up’ it’s my ‘conditions’. The, ” I love you if…”. I pray that this Lent will bring His death, resurrection and glory more clearly to me, and to all of us.
    God bless you Charlie and all the TNRS brothers and sisters.
    Peace
    flora

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  8. “By their fruits will you know them.” Charlie, wherever you are out there, the Hidden Force of our prayers is with you–see what this little blog has wrought.

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  9. sheralyn80 says:

    Great post JT, I loved it!

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  10. Patricia says:

    Thank you JT! I concur!

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  11. jlynnbyrd says:

    Thank you Beckita and JT for your words of wisdom to begin our Holy Lenten Season. May God bless our TNRS family as we offer our prayers, fasting and almsgiving in our anticipation. ❤

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  12. kris says:

    Wow JT, what a loving invitation to all here current readers and new, to be a set of spiritual friends in the great Aristotlean sense of what a true friend is to be . I have sense a ‘longing’ for a renewal here and you put into words what I only sensed. To build here a community that seeks to be open to the surprises of the Holy Spirit , to pray for each other. To continue to be building community where ever each of us lives. What a wonderful synopsis of the spirit that began this site. I certainly will pray for all here as well.

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  13. Simone says:

    A wonderful reflection! Thank you.

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  14. Mary Ellen Calvert says:

    I have been a TNRS squirrel for over two years and have read some amazing words here. This post just spoke directly to me. Grace indeed! Faith and prayers in this crazy upsetting world of ours. Thank all of you for being courageous and beautiful examples of the world I want to be a part of with Christ. MeMe

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  15. Anne says:

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing from the heart.

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  16. Christene says:

    Oh my, JT……… you have pierced my heart with this heartfelt post! What a glorious way to begin this beautiful season of Lent………..with tears. Thank you!! I echo each and every sentiment you have so exquisitely expressed in this comment. This, indeed, is going to be a Lent for the ages and I can’t wait to journey through it with the beautiful people here!
    And they echo perfectly the last paragraphs of Archbishop Chaput’s book, which I finished right before I read your entry. I will close by, once again, shamelessly plugging this glorious, timely gift to the Church;

    “Each of our lives lifts up or drags down the soul of the world. Each of our lives matters. What we do has consequences for our own eternity and those around us. In a City of Man that banishes God to the margins, it’s little wonder that men and women, the work of his hands, are foreigners to each other and themselves, and aliens to their own nature. We were made by God to receive love ourselves, and to show love to others—love anchored in the truth about the human person and the nature of human relationships. That’s our purpose. That’s why we were created. We’re here to bear one another’s burdens, to sacrifice ourselves for the needs of others, and to live a witness of Christian love—in all our public actions, including every one of our social, economic, and political choices; but beginning with the conversion of our own hearts. Every such life is the seed of a dozen others and begins a renewal of the world. Who is man? What is his destiny? What do our lives mean? The questions aren’t new. O Lord, our Lord, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him little less than the angels, and you have crowned him with glory and honor.” (Ps 8: 1, 4–5) The Word of God testifies to the goodness of creation, the gift that is life, and the glory of the human person. With this glory comes a duty. We are born for the City of God. The road home leads through the City of Man. So we are strangers in a strange land, yes.
    But what we do here makes all the difference.” from “Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World” by Charles J. Chaput

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  17. LL says:

    Beautiful. Thank you.

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  18. Linda says:

    Beautiful.. Happy Lent all TNRS😇

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  19. zeniazenia says:

    Happy Lent TNRS.
    I have been contemplating my — our– covenant with Jesus since Randy’s questions a few days ago. What is a Covenant? We don’t have an understanding of what a covenant is anymore. We have lost it. A basic definition is a covenant is an agreement between two parties and in an ancient Near East custom, that does not only include the Hebrews (descendants of Eber Abraham’s forefather) or the Jews (descendants of Judah son of Jacob) and Israelites ( are descendants of Jacob) Let’s not confuse the groups. This is true for all ancient civilizations.
    A covenant had 5 parts and elements in it.
    1 Identification of the parties. They are introduced to each other and are listed.
    2 Historical prologue and the deeds of the dominant party are established. One is in the dominant position. Worthiness of the dominant party is listed.
    3 Conditions of the agreement. It is not a free for all agreement.
    4 Rewards and punishments in regard to keeping the conditions.
    5 Each party receives a copy of the agreement. (Think two tablets of the ten commandments.)
    When a covenant is established it cannot be broken. If the dominant party is God, He is perfect and His worthiness will never be denied. The purpose of a covenant is to increase ones family and is sealed. The purpose of a contract is to increase one’s possessions.
    Now we read the beginning of the Book of Revelation. Ch. 1 a covenantal letter

    8
    “And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: `The words of the first and the last, who died and came to life. (Introduction and historical prologue) (each party receives a copy)
    9
    “`I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich) and the slander of those who say that they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. (Introduces the other party)
    10
    Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life. (Conditions of the agreement)
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    He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who conquers shall not be hurt by the second death.’ (Rewards and punishments)
    Thanks to all who keep the New covenant with Jesus.

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    • Beckita says:

      May God, Who is always faithful, grant each of us the needed grace to remain faithful.

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    • Jeffrey Kingsley says:

      A covenant is an exchange of persons, a contract is an exchange of things. A marriage is a covenant. A husband gives himself to his wife and a wife gives herself to her husband. What is so amazing, is that God covenants with us! God gives Himself to us, we are supposed to give ourselves to God, in a relationship of Love. How awesome the Catholic faith is!!!!!!

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      • zeniazenia says:

        Amazing when we see how abundant God is in our lives. I think of the loaves and fishes, the wedding feast at Cana. In response and after all those signs and wonders, His fearful friends could only return the abundance when they covered him with 75 pounds of spices!! … back to His virginal tomb (a look back to His Mother’s virginal womb). It was customary to use ounces of spices not pounds. What a meditation! Jesus was their loving, beloved Bridegroom. I so agree with you Jeffrey, it is so awesome to be included in the New and Everlastng Covenant of Jesus.
        The Burial of Jesus John 19
        37And, as another Scripture says: “They will look on the One they have pierced.” 38Later on, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus (but secretly for fear of the Jews), asked Pilate’s permission to take away the body of Jesus. Pilate granted it, so he came and removed His body. 39Nicodemus, who had previously come to Jesus at night, also brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.…
        We might be fearful too, but Jesus tells us, “Fear is useless. What is needed is trust” 😊

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        • jaykay says:

          Two beautiful meditations there, zenia, with much interesting information too. And I love the parallels you draw between virginal tomb and our Mother’s virginal womb, and the funeral spices in return for all His abundance, even unto death. Thank you! J.

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  20. Linda says:

    I see the storm a rising with great ferocity..I’m often afraid, then I remember the sacraments, esp the sacrament of reconciliation…. And when mike and I are up in the middle of the night we sing songs to Jesus… Say one Hail Mary, and she s at our side, call out to Our Heavenly Father, and you can feel His presence. Jesus is Lord. Whom else shall we fear….God is large and in charge…let us rejoice and be glad😊

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  21. Meriadoc says:

    “My sense is that troubles are very real. I could see this on a purely secular and physical level long before I had heard of TNRS and long before I had a name for what was happening. The present order, which opposes God on so many levels, will not bring peace and security.”

    Yes, JT Brannigan, I believe that too. I don’t see any way out of the current impasse without some sort of upheaval. Then again, it’s seemed that way to me for many years; and yet ‘this old world keeps spinnin’ round’ and nothing seems to change the general trajectory of things. Oh well, no reader of this blog needs to be reminded that “this prophecy thing isn’t as easy as it looks” as Charlie said.

    Ah Charlie! I imagine him fighting a Balrog off somewhere in some obscure corner of the spiritual world, while we hobbits emerge from the mines of Moria and struggle on as best we can. I still think titanic struggles await us. The dark forces are on the ropes, but they won’t go away quietly. Who can say what forms these struggles will take? I just know that water won’t run uphill forever, and the world order we’ve been living in has unsustainable foundations.

    May everone have a blessed lent!

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  22. Gina says:

    Today’s thread resonates deep within me. I’m grateful to have this forum to read, learn and grow.

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  23. In regard to JT’s mention of C.S. Lewis’ book, Surprised By Joy, an autobiographical sketch of how he changed from an atheist to a Christian, here’s a link to the free Gutenberg version;

    https://www.gutenberg.ca/ebooks/lewiscs-surprisedbyjoy/lewiscs-surprisedbyjoy-01-h.html

    I just happened to be reading a chapter a couple of nights ago, so it was fresh in my mind. If you’re on a laptop with a large screen and the lines seem too long to read comfortably, a simple way to shorten the length is to click on the little box (down-size) in the upper right corner of your screen. It’s the box between the “-” and the “x”.

    Dave

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  24. Rose H Wright says:

    Wonderful post. I also believe THEY are regrouping. We were blessed that no liberal was elected. When we had to put up with Obama for 8 years, we certainly didn’t turn hateful and violent. Our prayers have been heard and will continue to be heard. We trust in Jesus and Mary and continue to TNRS.

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  25. Another Karen says:

    JT, this reflection is just beautiful. Thank you for sharing it, and thank you for your prayers. All of us praying for each other – doesn’t get better than that!

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  26. billbad42 says:

    JT, thank you for this post. My heart contains these same feelings and my soul the same hope!

    Oh Mother Mary, bring us all to Jesus at the foot of the cross. Pray for us!

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  27. madkatmomma says:

    I ordered Archbishop Chaput’s new book – thank y’all for the recommendation. Started off Lent as the first lector at the 6 a.m. “Masslet” (not a full Mass) and am doing so-so with the fast. Was very energized after the President’s big boy speech to Congress last night and I’m actually feeling pretty good about Lent and all things spiritual and material. Tonight we start team formation for our May Women’s Cursillo – so for any of you who are familiar with Cursillo, please send your prayers and palanca to our men’s and women’s teams and the candidates. I’m going to try not to think to much about the bad stuff and concentrate (for a change) on the blessings, graces and beauty of spring.

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  28. dianebelvs says:

    Thank you JT for your beautiful and heart-felt words. They touched my heart. I agree that this is a very special community and I am honored to pray for everyone here, every day, including our Charlie and the team that keeps us moving ahead. May we continue to TNRS as time moves along, no matter what it may bring. God Bless You JT, and all here.

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  29. Judy says:

    JT, your words really touched my heart. Since I discovered Charlie and his TNRS message more than a year ago, I felt that God was giving us hope in this sad, violent, misguided world through Charlie’s writings, and his message of a rescue by Our Blessed Mother toward the end of 2017. Charlie truly brought hope to us who followed his TNRS messages faithfully. I found him to be a faithful Catholic who is practicing the true teachings of the Church. I believe, also, that his predictions about Obama leaving office before his term was finished and that neither Hillary nor Trump would be the next stable leader of our country did not happen because of the prayers of many people, delaying the strength of the storm a little longer. He was right about Hillary though, and no one was more surprised than her. But a lot could take place before the end of this year. Charlie wants us to keep praying and keep trusting Jesus. The rescue will come.
    Judy

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  30. Mick says:

    Bravo, JT! God bless you and yours. 🙂

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  31. Doug says:

    Beautiful JT! It is a joy to know you and have you here. A friend of ours named Celeste, just found out she had cancer return. If you could say an extra Hail Mary or simple prayer of Miraculous Trust for her, that would be greatly appreciated. Blessings all!

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    • Beckita says:

      Joining in the prayer for your friend, Celeste, Doug.

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    • jtbrannigan says:

      Doug: Thanks to you and all the others who have commented.

      I will pray for Celeste. My wife’s oldest (from the first day of kindergarten) and one of her dearest friends had breast cancer about twenty years ago. It went into remission but reoccurred about five years ago. Since then she has waged a noble struggle and, with God’s grace, carries on. We also received news last night that a women who had been a good friend when we were in a community a number of years ago, and who we still counted as a sister in the Lord, passed after a several year struggle with the disease.
      In my own life, the man who was my greatest mentor in the Christian life, died from a virulent form of brain cancer at way too early an age.
      The disease is truly a plague in our time. I will renew my prayer efforts for all victims of the disease and for their friends and families, who are often left wounded and broken from watching the struggles of their loved ones. May Mary’s intercession bring healing and lighten all of their burdens. May God protect, nourish and raise up the nurses, doctors and scientists who care for cancer patients and who will, in His Name, find the cures to free us from this scourge.
      JT

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      • Mick says:

        JT, I will pray for the repose of your friends’ souls.

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      • Beckita says:

        Joining in prayer for the repose of your friends’ souls, JT.

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      • Doug says:

        Thank you JT! God bless you too! It is no fun to go through it, but oft, there are many hidden blessings that come out of these experiences when seen with the eyes of faith. It is a mystery. Christ’s suffering and death was a mystery. We probably will not fully understand these things until the veil is lifted in heaven and then it will all make sense. After that, we will go on a little red wagon ride around the Universe and explore and get so lost in the beauty that we will not think much of what we went through, but it will still be there and it will make sense. I imagine that we will also have a much greater sense of appreciation of being there.

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    • Mick says:

      Praying for Celeste, Doug.

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    • jaykay says:

      Have done that, Doug. God bless and strengthen her. J.

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      • Doug says:

        Thank you Jaykay! Irish blessings to you (whatever an Irish blessing is 😎)

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        • jtbrannigan says:

          Hey Doug:
          Irish blessings tend to run like this:

          May the road rise up to meet your feet, may the wind be ever at your back, may the sun shine upon your face, may the rain fall gently on your fields, and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.

          My Irish grandmother (the Brannigan) used to say “May God keep you, now.”

          My Irish grandfather (the Walsh, descended from horse thieves (according to the Brannigan) and more of a comedian ) used to say “May you be safely in heaven for an hour before the other side knows you’ve died.”

          Just a sampling of the thousands of Celtic blessings.

          JT

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          • Mick says:

            Love it, JT! Horse thieves… hahaha!

            The variant that I’d heard was, “May you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you’re dead.” It was a line spoken by an Irish cowboy in the movie “Crossfire Trail,” which movie was based on a Louis L’Amour novel of the same name. 🙂

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          • zeniazenia says:

            Hi jt
            ‘May the Lord keep you now’ is a smart prayer of a smart grandmother. I love to meditate on the last sentence of the Hail Mary, ‘Now and at the hour of our death.’ Those are the only two pieces of time that mean anything really, and really makes sense to a person seeking to do God’s Will. Forget the past and the rest is just– now. 😊 Thanks

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          • Doug says:

            These are great JT. Ironically, I was told my grandfather’s uncle was a horse thief. My Dad’s ancestral family extends back to the Tennessee area.

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          • jaykay says:

            jt, yes, that’s one of them. “Go néirigh an bóthar leat”, in Irish. Literal translation: “may the road rise with you”. As it happens, we sang a lovely version of that (arrangement by James Moore, in English) at the funeral of the husband of one of my former choir members just last week.

            Doug: Irish “spiritual” blessings can be triple-distilled, in a pot still. 😋 Blessings to you in your diaconate preparations. Dalmatic Doug, eh?

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          • Doug says:

            Triple distilled… Hmmmm. I can celebrate that on St. Patrick’s day. Since there are so many Irish descendants in the North East U.S., we typically get a dispensation from lent on St. Patrick’s day.😎

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        • moreen67 says:

          There are many Irish blessings – this is one of my favorites….May the road rise to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face,
          The rains fall soft upon your fields and, Until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand. Maureen O’Dombrowski (ha)

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          • Doug says:

            That’s great too O’Mo. I love these O’blessings. God bless your O’heart!

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          • jaykay says:

            Another lovely choral setting is “Gaelic Blessing” (Deep peace of the running water…”) by John Rutter – very famous composer over on this side of the big pond. In choral circles it’s widely referred to as “Garlic dressing”. Very irreverent lot, choristers…

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    • singingjuls says:

      Prayers going up for your friend, Doug. May God bring her strength, understanding, peace and healing.

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    • sheralyn80 says:

      Hi Doug, I will pray a PMT for Celeste. I am sad when I hear of someone diagnosed with that horrible disease. Sunday was the 14 year anniversary of my moms death from non-hodgkins lymphoma,and last Friday was the 9th anniversary of my dads death from liver cancer. Please pray also for my friend Naomi who was just diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer, and Candy who has stage four colon cancer. Thank you and God bless.

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  32. Cindy says:

    That was beautiful JT! Thank you and God Bless!

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  33. Christene says:

    Well, JT, you were spot on. It is now clear that Obama is soon to emerge to lead the brigade of the Elites of the Washington Establishment who are determined to bring Trump and his entire administration down with this STUPID Russian narrative, facts and consequences be d@mned.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4271412/Obama-confidante-Valerie-Jarrett-moves-Kaloroma-home.html
    This is BEYOND unprecedented and since the plan was enacted well before Obama’s term in office was to expire and has been unfolding ever since, it is patently clear that;
    a) Obama has never relinquished his power and therefore his second term as president is indeed NOT finished.
    b) there was NEVER a peaceful transfer of power and…..
    c) Trump will never, except by the grace of God, be allowed to assume his rightful place as the 45th POTUS.
    So, troops, get ready, because this is about to go nuclear.

    Eph. 6:10-17 “10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

    Peace to all here. May we help all those in our own little corners of the world find shelter in the Immaculate Heart of Mother Mary and the PEACE that will only be found in the love and mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ in the coming days.
    Stay strong and PRAY!!

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    • Beckita says:

      Just seventeen days before Obama left office, Attorney General Loretta Lynch signed new rules created by Obama for widespread dissemination of intelligence data. This created access, previously contained to only the NSA, to include and empower far more agents and officials to search through raw intelligence data. The leaks are real and were made possible with nefarious intent:
      https://aclj.org/national-security/is-the-intelligence-community-trying-to-subvert-our-national-security

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    • sean sullivan says:

      Spirit Daily posted an article published in 1947 from Bishop Sheen on the times we live today. It relates dirctly to the lack of morality, communism etc here in the USA. Whom we are fighting and what to do about it. Eph 6:10-16

      http://the-american-catholic.com/2017/02/26/fulton-sheen-on-the-anti-christ/

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    • Mick says:

      Right on, Christene; looks like it’s about to get really, really ugly.

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    • SteveBC says:

      Again, I must counsel accuracy of terms and situations.

      First, the tactics being used here by those resisting the Trump administration show they intend to use scandal to force a sitting president to resign or be removed via impeachment, or to so neuter his power as to make him unable to discharge his duties as president. “To force a sitting president.” These tactics clearly show that the opposition is quite aware that power transferred from Obama to Trump on January 20th. They took action before Inauguration and continue to take action now in underhanded ways to undermine a president they know to be legitimate. That does not make their overall intent anything less than a coup d’etat. But their recognition of Trump’s position has clear implications for this community in relation to Charlie and his failed prophecies surrounding Trump’s inauguration.

      Second, the Archdiocese has cautioned everyone here, not just Beckita, to avoid reinterpreting Charlie’s failed Inauguration Day prophecies in an attempt to make them “unfailed.” This is something Charlie himself has also called on us to do. It is crucially important that we realize that power did transfer, albeit somewhat rockily, to Trump and that Charlie’s prophecies related to Inauguration Day did fail.

      We must all remain clear here, not just about what is going on in DC but also what is going on with Charlie’s prophecies related to this transfer of power. Attempting to make Charlie right in this when he was clearly wrong prevents us from moving on in a clear-eyed fashion here in this community, to move on with Charlie, with the rest of his prophetic framework which remains intact, and with his (and now our) mission.

      A clear-eyed view of the world and of our continuing mission with Charlie is increasingly important as we see the Old System of the World truly starting to tear itself apart. Do not get roped in on any of this, or you are at risk of being drawn into becoming a part of the collapse of the Old World (with all the anger and fear and violence inherent in such a process), when your mission is to lead others out of that Old World into the New.

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      • Christene says:

        Thank you for that clarification, SteveBC. I truly respect and understand what you are saying. I’m sorry I broached that taboo topic but I also am trying to put the unprecented events daily unfolding all around us in this present moment in some coherent context and that is honestly my interpretation of the information that is being reported. It is simply mind blowing. To have a sitting president formulate a plan, set in place persons and procedures, marshal the power of various government agencies to covertly spy on and gather information on an incoming president and the members of his administration and then leak that information to the media for the express purpose of delegitimizing, destabilizing, and ultimately unseating that president AND his entire administration before they even have a chance to officially be installed……this is simply beyond unprecedented. And while I fully respect and, believe me, am desperately trying, to be humbly obedient to the assessment and admonition of the Archdiocese and Archbishop Aquila regarding Charlie’s prophecies, I also think it is dangerous to minimize what is going on because it might somehow be viewed as trying to lead credence to those prophecies. I gotta call it as I see it as I daily try to get my bearings.
        Having said all that, I fully agree that this is a time of moving forward and I will do a better job of censoring my comments from now on. I truly apologize. I want to be a contributing member of this blog that is building up rather than frustrating the plans the Holy Spirit has for this wonderful little community. Mea culpa.
        Peace

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        • SteveBC says:

          I’m sorry, Christene. I must have been unclear in my comments. I did not in *any* way mean to imply that you cannot or should not cover or discuss the deeply evil and anti-constitutional actions of the people who are Choosing to remove the legitimate president of these United States, tear up the Constitution, and harm the People. Please do continue to bring items here so that all of us can see and know what is happening before our eyes.

          My point, though, is that the very tactics being used indicate that this evil group does itself know that Trump is the legitimate president. Since their actions show this, then Charlie’s Inauguration Day prophecies which stated power would not transfer as it has always done in the past were wrong. By attempting to make the efforts of these evil people to undermine a sitting president into an already successful denial of his power and authority, you are not only incorrect but also failing to recognize that Charlie’s prophecies related to Inauguration Day failed to be accurate. You are also placing President Trump in a position he is not in. He has many avenues he can pursue to root out those in his administration who are attacking him, to remove the last-minute actions Obama took, and to successfully resist this attempted coup.

          If this community is to follow this situation with clear-eyed understanding, we must not remake in our minds preparations for sabotage before Inauguration Day and activation of plans to sabotage after Inauguration Day into something not even this evil group believes to be so. What we are seeing now are efforts to unseat a legitimate, sitting president by a group who knows their efforts are not legitimate and not coming from a position of superior power.

          This is an *attempt* at a coup d’etat, and so far it has been unsuccessful. It is an attempt to regain power that was lost, not to extend power that was never given up. It involves people both inside and outside the current government, and it is treasonous. For the first time in our history as a country, we are seeing a titanic battle between our currently legitimate president and his administration on one side and a shadow “president” and his group of conspirators who are attempting to unseat it. As such, Charlie’s prophecies were objectively wrong.

          I am sympathetic to the idea that *elements* of Charlie’s prophecies related to Inauguration Day may eventually prove accurate, but we don’t currently know that that will be so. We must wait on the Lord, and we must watch and witness to the events unfolding.

          As for you helping us cover the titanic struggle unfolding before our eyes, I truly hope you will continue to do so. Please don’t self-censor on this part of your efforts. I’m certainly not asking you to censor yourself. All I am asking is that you not try to make Charlie’s Inauguration Day prophecies appear right, when Charlie and the Archdiocese are asking you not to do this one thing. Charlie is happy with his current circumstances, is working very hard on this next phase of his mission, and has moved on. To honor him and to properly carry forward our own part of this community’s mission, we can do no less.

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          • Christene says:

            God bless you, SteveBC! You have the patience of Job, the wisdom of Solomon, and the diplomacy of JPII!! I have been on a tear lately in commenting and I just posted a comment that I am going to take a breather. I had been like Beckita and just perusing the news headlines, trying to fly above the fray but wouldn’t you know it…….they sucked me in like tar in a tar pit this past day. As a recovering political junkie, that requires a monumental effort on my part and until I get that back under control I’m not sure I trust myself to be rational.
            Don’t worry, if my Lenten fasts of the past are any indication, I’m sure I will comment at least a few times before Easter! Lol

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          • Beckita says:

            Giggling, Christene, at your closing remark. God’s Peace as you fast.

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          • al chandanais says:

            I concur Steve, Concerning charlie’s prophecy, God’s mind is greater than ours, through the millennia prophets have spoken for God and are often off with what God is telling us, excluding St. John the Baptist whom Jesus called the greatest Prophet. The prophet is to remind us God is still on the throne and watching over us. If we lose faith in God because his Prophet is wrong we are truly void of faith in God’s perfection and man’s imperfection.
            This being said President Trump has requested plans to destroy Isis from his generals and as of yesterday Fox news reported that the President is considering armed response to North Korea for it’s building inter ballistic missiles and their test firing them in direct actions to threaten not only their neighbors but the United States as well.
            My point is things charlie said may not be exact but the world is getting very small and angrier in the last year.

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          • Bob from Dearborn, MI says:

            Just a quick question. I started following Charlie about 18 months ago, saw him twice, and have read a lot of the blog but have never asked this question. At 1 point there was a blog posting I think where there were I think 6 major events which had been prophesied and stated as the major events. The election/Inauguration was not a part of that day’s posting. So I never understood why that was elevated so highly in Charlie’s mind. Whether you believe Medjugorje or not, the 10 secrets described there have already been change due to prayer and fasting. I realize that Charlie has taken himself out of his mission due to the Inauguration for further discernment. So I take his other prophecies with a grain of salt but there are plenty of other approved and not yet discerned prophecies which line up with the general themes of Charlie and of course TNRS is basic faith, hope, and love so I applaud this blog and community and Beckita’s work, but I still don’t understand why Charlie gave himself a timeout for a non-major part of the message?

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          • Beckita says:

            Thank you, Bob. I think there are many dimensions of what has transpired which we can’t yet fully understand. We do know that Charlie stated he could not have not prophesied as he did *and* he could not have not stepped into watchful retirement after the inauguration transpired as it did.

            Perhaps this reminder will help in your contemplation of events: In his major post, “Reality Check,” he conveyed he had been forewarned that he would be incorrect on something this year. He said: “Sometime in the next year, I will be significantly wrong about something. It won’t be the Rescue, but it will be something. When it comes, it will not be a test of me, for I already know that God is good and seeks our reclamation. It will be a test for some of you, to see whether you have put your faith in me or your faith in God. If it is in me, your faith was always ill-placed. God is good, all the time, whatever the circumstances – and works to call us all back to Him. When I am wrong, I will accept the correction with gratitude and more wisdom. I will not leave the scene unless it is one of the fundamentals, and then, in full obedience to Holy Church, I will wait on the Lord, knowing that He will strengthen my heart and that it serves His purpose to call all His children back to Him.”

            God bless you, Bob.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Christene, you are always a welcome presence here, so please do return whenever you want to. 🙂

            Al Chandanais, you are right about the world. In fact, some of the elements in Charlie’s prophecies may yet pan out, though the overall prophecy failed. God’s Mind is far greater than ours, so we can follow Charlie’s lead on this and wait on the Lord for instruction and clarification, should He decide we need that. 🙂

            Bob from Dearborn, you have got a good picture of things as they stand. However, I do want to make certain you understand that Charlie has not “taken himself out of his mission …” Yes, he has retired from his *public* activities, but he has many other duties falling within his mission and is still quite active in pursuing those. In fact, the necessity to withdraw and discern has also been an opportunity to pursue needed tasks previously left fallow due to the time required to handle those public duties. He’s happy and productive, still pursuing his mission, and glad we are all pursuing what is now our part in that mission. Sometimes, what appears to be a loss is actually a gain, though that can take some time to become clear. Be at peace. Charlie – and we – are fine. 🙂

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          • Doug says:

            Yes Steve. I have been fortunate to have always had good priests in my life and when God has wanted me to grow, he transferred my priest. In fact, the person who lead me to Christ, as a protestant, and a great man, was a real mentor to me and my wife. After a few years, he transferred from Massachusetts to the other side of the country. My wife and I were crushed. As I reflect back on this from over 25 years ago, I would never have been lead to Medjugorje and to within the Catholic Church and now applying to be a deacon if not for his leaving. There is much more as well that has transpired to deepen our faith. At some point, we all have to be kicked out of the nest and fly. Blessings to all here!

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    • theresa323 says:

      Totally agree Christene, Obama is still in power… Valerie Jarret is living with the Obama’s. What Charlie saw, is coming to Pass. Praying to Our Lady of Fatima in this the 100th anniversary of the apparations. Also remember to pray to Francisco, Jacinta and Lucia, the three little Saints from Fatima for their intercession..
      President Trump is surrounded by church going Catholics in his cabinet. You can see the hand of our Mother in this.
      The Gates of Hell shall not prevail against us..

      God Bless

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      • Beckita says:

        While it’s true that no former president has remained in Washington DC after leaving office as Obama is doing with the efforts he proclaims are necessary. At the same time, the Archdiocese has cautioned us not to reinterpret the inaugural prophecy. SteveBC has spoken precisely and well in this thread concerning this issue.

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  34. maryopl says:

    Thank you JT for your wise words and thoughts about Lent. I think Charlie has done his 40 days in the desert since January 20th and I pray Lent will bring more fruits for him as well as for all of us and will continue to help our nation.

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  35. Prayerpartner says:

    JT, I join the many brothers and sisters on this site in thanking you for your beautiful post. It did indeed spoke to me as we begin this very special Lent. Thank you so much for posting.

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  36. Mary says:

    Praying for Charlie to come back to us. I loved all his writings. I think we are blessed and we prayed so hard that we were saved from what was going to happen, but we need to continue to pray during this storm it is not over this is just the beginning of what is yet to come. God bless you and we are praying to hear from Charlie.

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    • Beckita says:

      I’m pretty sure we all miss Charlie, Mary. As SteveBC recently reminded us: “Charlie is very much still active in many ways, but he is not posting any more unless circumstances change, and then he will do it through Beckita. Charlie will not retire until July 5, 2018, and continues to advance his mission until then. He is working as hard as before but on different activities, ones that are not public in nature.”

      God bless you, Mary.

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    • Doug says:

      I’m with you Mary. I miss him here too.

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      • zeniazenia says:

        Good morning TNRS,
        I don’t miss Charlie. He isn’t gone. I know he is doing what he believes God is directed him to do. I also know he is with us here too, just like all the other beloved readers who do not comment.
        This may be a great lesson in faith. Trust in and receive from the goodness of what is unseen (as 99%of life is unseen). It may also teach us something about ourselves and how we want to ‘possess’ God’s gifts of family, friends, property, activities, position etc. Our theme here, ‘Surrender’ is similar to the old fashioned, ‘Let go and let God.’ Our family and friends may thank us if we loved them without being clingy. It would trouble me if I knew my loved ones were unable to accept the freedom of others. Free Will is an amazing gift of God, and we must learn to live in peace within it.
        Hi Charlie– Hope you have a consoling and holy Lent ! 😊 Love ZJ

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  37. madkatmomma says:

    Here is a sign of hope! I believe someone on this site posted about the young girl, Teresa Johnston of Irvine, suffered serious brain injury when a tree fell on her during our deluge. I think PAtrick Madrid also asked for prayers. Well, she’s not out of the woods yet but things are looking much better! God is Good! Prayer works. Please keep up the good work and prayers.

    http://www.ocregister.com/articles/johnston-745424-family-teresa.html?utm_campaign=OCR%20Top%20Stories%20Curated&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=43723815&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_TFwAqn-Bn9C9-Vu8l8df0h0Weyt8TlgGC1MsHDOuLQoCksxp8HVS1PSctf__THjGlQqreOkdKeirhyLoo6IFnwZ3Axw&_hsmi=43723815

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  38. moreen67 says:

    Just like when I come to this blog and feel and read mostly positive things like people praying for each other and wishing the best – I also feel that way when a message from Our Lady comes through (always leading us to her Son). Real positive message here folks (pray pray pray) latest message to Mirjana….- March 2, 2017

    Today, March 2, 2017, Our Lady appeared to the visionary Mirjana Soldo and delivered the following message:

    “Dear children, with motherly love I am coming to help you to have more love and that means more faith. I am coming to help you to live with love the words of my Son, so that the world would be different.Therefore, apostles of my love, I am gathering you around myself. Look at me with the heart, speak to me as to a mother about your pains, sufferings and your joys. Ask me to pray to my Son for you. My Son is merciful and just. My motherly heart would desire for you also to be like that. My motherly heart would desire that you, apostles of my love, speak of my Son and of me to all those around you with your life; so that the world would be different; that simplicity and purity would return; that faith and hope would return. Therefore, my children, pray, pray, pray with the heart, pray with love, pray with good works. Pray that everyone would come to know my Son, so that the world would change, that the world would be saved. With love live the words of my Son. Do not judge, instead love one another so that my heart could triumph. Thank you.”

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  39. janet says:

    Thank you JT… a very thought provoking post.

    “The irrational, emotional, bitter and violent reactions of the losing side are, I believe, a tiny fraction (and foreshadowing) of the emotions and evil that will be released should there be an economic or social upheaval or collapse. There will be tremendous need for people who have been physically, mentally and spiritually preparing for that day and who will be able to calmly approach others with the faith and certainty that this too will pass. People who will witness that God and Jesus, and Mary the intercessor, stand with us.”

    I pray to God I will stand strong so that I can be a benefit to others.

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  40. singingjuls says:

    JT, I join you in prayer for this community that is so heartfelt and uplifting to me. Thank you for sharing your observations and wisdom about these troubled times and your renewed spirit during this season of Lent. May we all be surprised by grace.

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  41. Christene says:

    I think I have commented more on this blog in the past month than I have in all of the previous 3 years. I have definitely been on a tear. That is probably not a good thing the more I think about it. I do not need to share every “brilliant, blazing” (sarcasm) insight that pops into my little pea brain. Not everything is a diamond. I have begun thinking of this cozy little group we have here as a group of dear friends that I could gather with each day to talk over the crazy events of this world like a coffee klatch at the local Starbucks. It is neither so little nor so cozy nor it’s purpose.
    So I am adding this comment thread to my list of social media Lenten fasting. I will still be here reading and praying each and every day but I am taking my own advise and zipping my lips.
    Have a wonderful, blessed, Spirit-filled Lenten journey everyone. May Christ’s love and peace accompany each of you every step of the way. See you on the other side!
    Peace!!

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    • Doug says:

      Oh, but Christine, you bring much wisdom here. Funny too. I’m sitting down and having a nice cup of coffee while I read your comment. I went to Mass this morning and the first reading talked about what a true fast is. So I endeavor to loose the bonds of those captive to despair and discouragement by writing and encouraging. I hope and trust you have a blessed day and may your heart be filled to over flowing with God’s love!

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    • maypeacebe says:

      I’m a reader and rare writer:) but I had to say… you’re too funny, Christene. Cracking me up:) You’re also an incredible inspiration! Hope to meet you on THIS side someday!

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    • Beckita says:

      Lovely and powerful, mdasteel. I love Taizè music and liberally used it in my 30+ years as Music Director in a local parish. Thank you for heartening us with this beautiful melody with apropos lyrics.

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  42. moreen67 says:

    Today is the feast day of St. Katharine Drexel. St. Katharine pray for us. A few years ago I visited the National Shrine of St. Katharine in Bensalem, PA (not far from me) and it was so peaceful and got to know a lot about her. She had such a good example in her stepmother growing up in Philly…I got this online because I couldn’t remember everything from my visit to the Shrine ….”Twice weekly, the Drexel family distributed food, clothing and rent assistance from their family home at 1503 Walnut Street in Philadelphia. When widows or lonely single women were too proud to come to the Drexels for assistance, the family sought them out, but always quietly. As Emma Drexel taught her daughters, “Kindness may be unkind if it leaves a sting behind.”[4]”

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  43. singingjuls says:

    Hey Beckita, I received a new post in my email titled Strangers in a Strange Land saying it was posted here. I came here to read it but it isn’t on this blog. Did the big bad web monster eat it or did you take it down? Just wondering…

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    • Beckita says:

      Oh singingjuls! There are cub reporters and there are cub managing editors. I am defintely a cub ME. Ole nimble fingers has been up to it again by inadvertently publishing too soon. BUT, I have a new trick I’ve just placed up my sleeve to avoid such confusion in the future. All is well. 😉

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  44. Linda says:

    Sort of cool.. Just went to a much needed confession this morning and my penance was to read Psalm 51. Lol

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  45. jayatoups says:

    Beckita, I know this is a random comment off the Lenten topic. I am wondering if in some ways Charlie might have been right about President Obama not leaving office. Perhaps he just saw it in the wrong way. It does appear as if he is trying to run a shadow government. Wondering.

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    • Beckita says:

      No problem with changing the topic, jayatoups. One caution we’ve been taking into the pondering and processing of the failed inaugural prophecy is the Archdiocese of Denver’s exhortation to refrain from reinterpreting the prophecy. Perhaps a reminder about something Charlie shared right after the election may help in your contemplation of events: In his major post, “Reality Check,” Charlie conveyed he had been forewarned that he would be incorrect on something this year. He said: “Sometime in the next year, I will be significantly wrong about something. It won’t be the Rescue, but it will be something. When it comes, it will not be a test of me, for I already know that God is good and seeks our reclamation. It will be a test for some of you, to see whether you have put your faith in me or your faith in God. If it is in me, your faith was always ill-placed. God is good, all the time, whatever the circumstances – and works to call us all back to Him. When I am wrong, I will accept the correction with gratitude and more wisdom. I will not leave the scene unless it is one of the fundamentals, and then, in full obedience to Holy Church, I will wait on the Lord, knowing that He will strengthen my heart and that it serves His purpose to call all His children back to Him.”

      God bless you, jayatoups.

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  46. singingjuls says:

    I’d like to share a little Mary miracle that happened today. I was ‘surprised by grace’ so beautifully when I was praying the Rosary! I have been struggling with prayer lately and feeling pretty low spiritually and struggling with my Lenten journey, but I really felt a calling to pray the Rosary this afternoon. There is a 54 day Rosary Novena site that I came across a couple of weeks ago that I really like, so I decided to follow it while I was praying.

    http://www.prayerflowers.com/54DayNovena.htm

    I was finishing the last decade of the Joyful Mysteries, and the prayer at the end says, “I bind these snow white buds with a petition for the virtue of obedience to the Will of God and humbly lay this bouquet at your feet.” No sooner had I finished when I looked up, and outside the window it started snowing. What was so unusual about it was that the snow looked like all different sized small styrofoam beads falling from the sky! I was so intrigued by them I took a closer look and some of the beads resembled little white buds! I have never seen snow like that in my life! The funny thing is there was nothing in the forecast for today that suggested snow, just wind advisories, and the sun was shining so bright!
    I know this is crazy, and some may say it wasn’t a miracle, but I felt so much joy and hope when I saw this unusual snow I started thanking Mary and Our Lord for such a beautiful sign of their presence. I was truly, “Surprised by Grace!”
    ~juls

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  47. Let us pray with all our might. Amen brother/sister.

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