Let Us Pray Anew for Pope Francis and Our Church

With a heavy heart, I invite us to join anew in prayer for our Holy Father and our Church. Never in the history of the Church has there been a conference focused on the topic of how to depose a heretical pope. On March 17th at Life Site News, it was reported that canon lawyers and theologians will hold a conference in two weeks in Paris, entitled: “Deposing the Pope: Theological Premises, Canonical Models, Constitutional Challenge.”

This news evoked such sadness that I reached out to Yong Duk, asking if he would write for us on this development. We are so blessed with his wise and heartening shepherd’s voice:

Let me pray on this, Beckita.

My heart is telling me that we have hit a junction that Charlie has spoken of before which the Bible speaks of time and again.

Recall yesterday’s Gospel (Friday of the Second Week of Lent: Mt 21:33-43;45-46).

The Pharisees and the Chief Priests.

We saw it under John Paul II from the one side and now we are seeing it from the other side under Pope Francis.

Where is the docility? Yes it is the responsibility of the theologians to speculate and to ponder tough questions but always under Docility to the Holy Spirit and, thus, also to the Church.

Many have spoken on the need that there has to be a necessary Hardening of Hearts. That is God’s way. Look at yesterday’s Office of Readings (Exodus 19:1-19;20:18-21). The same with the Pharaoh. The same with the Pharisees and Chief Priests. The same Today. Then look at the Second Reading from St. Iraneus’ Against Heresies: the Covenant of the Lord.

To go to Hell, one need be perfect in one’s choice, have chosen freely, and to have known what was chosen. The Perfection of a Soul in a radical Choice, a Moral Act, against Charity, against Love, against the Holy Spirit, against Communion and against the Communion of Saints. 

That is the Hardening and it is necessary again within the Body of Christ, just as it was 2,000 years ago against Christ.

Then the Crucifixion. Then the Resurrection. The Church is necessarily going through the Same.

Pace Bene

O let us pray anew for Pope Francis and our Church!

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260 Responses to Let Us Pray Anew for Pope Francis and Our Church

  1. Am here with you, Beckita.

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  2. Christene says:

    I read about this and was heartbroken beyond words. And as we approach the most Holy Week of our faith……
    The hour approaches, and like St. Mary Magdalen, St. John, and the other holy women who stayed with our Lord until the bitter end, we will walk this Way of the Cross of the Church by clinging to our Blessed Mother. Let us pray for hearts to be touched.
    Mother Mary, pray for us!!

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  3. madkatmomma says:

    Beckita, I am very woried about the hateful rhetoric directed toward Pope Francis, however I dont think Life Site News is a very reliable source. This site is not mainstream and have been up in arms over amoris laetitia for a while. It is unfortunate in these times to have this intrnal backstabbing going on. In a world that is coming apart at the seams over truly heinous things like abortion, christian martyrdom, refugees with no where to turn, sex trafficking, and general moral decay I dont think giving the holy Eucharist to divorced and remarried couples is something the church leadership should be using to ” take up arms.”

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    • Beckita says:

      For years, Life Site News did a great job of reporting on pro life developments. However, four years ago when Pope Francis was elected, this news agency became one of many poor Catholic sites which began to seemingly relish denigrating Our Holy Father and his papacy. Because of it, even before Amoris Laetitia was published, I quit reading there. That said, madkatmomma, this talk of naming the Pope a heretic has been buzzing for many months in many places all over the internet. Because of this, I’m not surprised to see the plan for this conference. We must discuss to understand and YD said it best: “Where is the docility? Yes it is the responsibility of the theologians to speculate and to ponder tough questions but always under Docility to the Holy Spirit and, thus, also to the Church.”

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      • madkatmomma says:

        I agree with you which is why, with the exception of this site, I rarely visit so-called Catholic sites that are not church sanctioned. For all I know they could be sponsored by anti-Catholic or worse bent on spreading dissent and causing folks to lose site of the truth. Thank you for all the work you do dear Beckita…you are such a kind soul.

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      • To be frank with you, Beckita, had I not learned from Charlie that it was perfectly OK to respectfully disagree with the Pope on matters secular, I may have become one of those nay-sayer Catholics who speak out against him today. Some of his ideals sorely challenge my ideals. I wouldn’t be extreme about it since I see his election and authority as legitimate, but my attitude toward him might be far more negative and obstinate. Thankfully — and almost solely because of Charlie’s correction and reassurances — I love Pope Francis and offer prayers and small sacrifices for him and his papacy. No doubt he (Pope Francis) is the Man!

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    • wpsahm says:

      Receiving Holy Communion while in a state of mortal sin is sacrilege. Doing so and being encouraged to do so from the Seat of Peter, which a significant contingent of Catholic scholars and theologians see by the Pope’s silence to the dubia among other things, isn’t a serious enough problem for you MKM? By this new standard, my eldest who is shacked-up with his long term girlfriend, in a current state of mortal sin, is eligible for absolution and reception of Communion. Sinner that he is, lapsed as he’s been, even he knows it’s sacrilege.

      Let’s examine what Pope St. John Paul II said specifically on this issue:
      “However, the Church reaffirms her practice, which is based upon Sacred Scripture, of not admitting to Eucharistic Communion divorced persons who have remarried. They are unable to be admitted thereto from the fact that their state and condition of life objectively contradict that union of love between Christ and the Church which is signified and effected by the Eucharist. Besides this, there is another special pastoral reason: if these people were admitted to the Eucharist, the faithful would be led into error and confusion regarding the Church’s teaching about the indissolubility of marriage.”

      So did that Pope teach error or is the current Pope teaching error, for they both cannot be in error and their teachings on this are in direct opposition.

      Let us be clear and understand that the foundational premise for this Pope’s apostolic exhortation is that God (via the Gospel, the Bible and the Magisterium) has given us commands that are unattainable for all, and are nothing more than ideals to shoot for, and should we fall short, have no real consequences. This premise is far worse than false or cheap mercy.

      Surely we are confident that what the Council of Trent taught is still true. This Council even specifically addressed the above issue clearly:

      ON JUSTIFICATION
      FIRST DECREE
      Celebrated on the thirteenth day of the month of January, 1547.

      CHAPTER XI.

      On keeping the Commandments, and on the necessity and possibility thereof.

      But no one, how much soever justified, ought to think himself exempt from the observance of the commandments; no one ought to make use of that rash saying, one prohibited by the Fathers under an anathema,- that the observance of the commandments of God is impossible for one that is justified. For God commands not impossibilities, but, by commanding, both admonishes thee to do what thou are able, and to pray for what thou art not able (to do), and aids thee that thou mayest be able; whose commandments are not heavy; whose yoke is sweet and whose burden light. For, whoso are the sons of God, love Christ; but they who love him, keep his commandments, as Himself testifies; which, assuredly, with the divine help, they can do. For, although, during this mortal life, men, how holy and just soever, at times fall into at least light and daily sins, which are also called venial, not therefore do they cease to be just. For that cry of the just, Forgive us our trespasses, is both humble and true. And for this cause, the just themselves ought to feel themselves the more obligated to walk in the way of justice, in that, being already freed from sins, but made servants of God, they are able, living soberly, justly, and godly, to proceed onwards through Jesus Christ, by whom they have had access unto this grace.

      […]

      CANON XVIII.-If any one saith, that the commandments of God are, even for one that is justified and constituted in grace, impossible to keep; let him be anathema.”

      So in conclusion…..YES we all must pray for Pope Francis and the Bride of Christ! Prayer and fasting are our primary weapons against this infernal confusion! But let us do so with our yes meaning yes, and our no meaning no. With our eyes wide open and our minds clear about what this crisis is about: Pope Francis and his attempts to move the Church away from the Gospel, the Bible and the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. May God have mercy on us all, and most especially Pope Francis.

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      • Beckita says:

        Respectfully, wpsahm, I don’t see that Pope Francis is trying to move the Church away from doctrine and dogma as developed from the three foundational sources of Scripture, Sacred Tradition and Magisterial Teaching. He has never formally declared a change in doctrine and dogma.

        His intent is to reach out to the masses now ignorant, the uncatechized, so these children of the Lord may discover how much God loves each one of us – just as we are. He loves us so much, He will draw us into a better life with Him by keeping His Laws. Pope Francis is asking the clergy to meet individually with couples for the sake of drawing them to Christ, just as Jesus Himself dined with sinners.

        Pope Francis well knows the clear, profound teaching of his two predecessors. Upon the foundation of the outstanding writings of Pope St. John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI which confirm, in the language of our times, the Church’s unshakeable doctrine and dogma, God has brought forth this papacy to do something new as Pope Francis exhorts us to reach beyond our Church walls, seeking the lost and forsaken, bringing Jesus to them and them to Jesus. It’s as if Jesus is repeating to Pope Francis, the very words He spoke to His Apostles: “Throw out your net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you’ll get some!” So they did, and they couldn’t haul in the net because there were so many fish in it. (John 21:6)

        Amen to God having mercy on us all. God bless you and all here.

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        • Tony says:

          If that were true, Beckita ,Pope Francis would have no problem answering the dubia. True, he has not officially declared, in understandable and clear words, a change in doctrine. So as Cardinal Mueller, the head of the CDF, says, we should all interpret Amoris Laetitia as if it had not made any such changes. But Pope Francis seems to NOT be in agreement with that course of action, because he wrote a private letter to the Argentine bishops, who DID think he had changed something, and he said their interpretation was the correct one. So we are stuck on the horns of a dilemma. The Pope has said something that needs to be cleared up, but he will not answer those who asked him to do so. Some bishops interpret this as a change in church doctrine, the Maltese bishops going so far as to say that one can be in an objective state of mortal sin, but so long as they are “at peace with God” before taking communion.

          Furthermore, Amoris Laetitia has been interpreted as allowing priests to give final rites to those who end their own lives by suicide, by Canadian Bishops. And, some see it as abrogating much of John Paul II’s teaching in Veritatis Splendor.

          Yes, we must pray hard for this Pope, because he has caused a lot of confusion, and he seems to be basically telling people to ignore doctrine. Hopefully that is not what he meant.

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          • Beckita says:

            Tony, I especially appreciate your closing remark after you have expressed your honest concerns. In this confusion, there is much we do not fully understand. We really must “wait and see” how the Lord will work all of this out as time goes by.

            I do not believe Pope Francis would ever, in his heart and mind, convey to people that they should ignore doctrine. I know he is protected by the Holy Spirit from changing doctrine and dogma. He has certainly urged the clergy to go beyond the confines of their churches, out into the world, to meet people right where they are. Isn’t that what Jesus did? Wasn’t the Lord scorned for such radical love and mercy? Wasn’t Jesus crucified, in the end, because the religious leaders were hard-heartedly hammering the law, refusing to believe this was the Son Whom the Father had sent? Now, I’m not suggesting the Cardinals who presented the dubia are hard-hearted. Not at all. I don’t understand why there hasn’t been the dialogue following its presentation. But my lack of understanding does not lead me to disparage Pope Francis. (Not saying you are, Tony, but too many are.) Not understanding does not lead me to doubt that God has purpose(s) for allowing this. May we remain patient and trust in the Lord. God bless you, Tony, and all here.

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      • madkatmomma says:

        Spare me your sanctimony wpsahm, I will pray for your son who obviously has a much heavier cross to bear than his living arrangements.

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      • zeniazenia says:

        Holy Father is asking everyone to accompany the unfortunate person, perhaps in a dangerous part of the world, who finds herself in a troubled, irregular and complicated family situation. This accompaniment may take years of spiritual direction and after that the pastoral help should never end. The previous Popes held a similar pastoral style which they did address, but did not focus on our current problem in their preaching. This is the work prepared for our current Holy Father. This is the reason we all pray for him daily. Do most critics know how difficult it is these days to find an orthodox spiritual director? This is now everyone’s job.
        The Doctrine remains and the actual love for our brother is a lifelong effort. It is both/and, never either/or. A quick answer would take many of us, including clerics, off the hook. Holy Father is holding our feet to the fire. Good.
        The person who has Hope now, but did not have Hope until Pope Francis engaged, will no doubt find Jesus, because Jesus has already, through Holy Father’s love, called him. Praise God. ‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will grant the right to eat of the tree of life in the paradise of God.’😊

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  4. Very sad to see indeed. We must pray more intensely for our beloved Pope and the Church.

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  5. MarieUrsula says:

    The seas are getting rougher. Hold on tight to the railings of the barque, friends.

    Beckita, I share your heaviness of heart, and also your hope. Thank you, YD, for being with us.

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    • Beckita says:

      Amen, Sr. Bear. You know, after reading the book, Bergoglio’s List, and discovering the heroic acts of virtue expressed by this Holy Father as he placed his own life at risk, again and again and again, to save others, I believe he’s been steeled to weather this Storm. Of course, he deserves our prayers for strength. At the same time, I’m more concerned about the souls of those who persist in persecuting him. There are reasonable concerns being raised in some circles. But it is the persistent attacks on Pope Francis which began with disdain that he wasn’t wearing the red shoes and has spiraled down to this conference’s topic that pricks the heart to remember Our Lady’s pleas for souls and our duty to our brothers and sisters fallen in the battlefield of these times.

      Ellen Chris once wrote a post and reminded us of this:
      “A little over a year ago Charlie had a powerful and frightening vision of a sort of spiritual exploding volcano which was spewing out demons like lava and sparks from an eruption. Charlie posted this statement on January 1 and again on December 27 of 2015: “I have been deeply concerned with the visitation I briefly referenced from the early morning hours of December 20 [2014]. In part of it I saw a great multitude of demons, spewing up as if from a great fountain and spreading across the whole earth. Their primary target in this year, knowing their time is short, are those who are most overtly pious and faithful. If they can cause despair here, they can destroy many. Their primary method of causing despair is to reveal to the most overtly pious that things are not as they thought they were. Think here of the crucifixion.”

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  6. Brad J says:

    Yuck….
    God bless you Bekita.

    Jesus I Trust in You

    Brad

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  7. jlynnbyrd says:

    Retired Father William Barrocas from India commented to me online in reply to the posting of this article:

    Oremus pro Pontifice Nostro Francisco. Dnus conservet & Vivificet eum & NON TRADAT Eum in animas inimicorum Ejus

    Online translation – Let us pray for our Francisco. God will continue to give him life and not surrender him to the will of his enemies. ❤

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  8. Allan says:

    To the Next Right Step, Pope Francis isn’t my favorite Pope especially when putting Catholic orthodoxy front and center. However even Cardinal Burke doesn’t want to create a schism. I would look to St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila on how to interpret and witness to visions and predictions. You don’t have to send me any more emails. Don’t mean to be rude. In Christ, Allan Murray

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    • Beckita says:

      Allan, I know it’s been a challenging time for all as we progress through this Storm. Certainly, one major area on which we can all agree is to pray for our Pope and our Church. God bless you.

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    • SteveBC says:

      Allan, I’m assuming when you talk of sending you emails that you mean updates about new posts from the site. We do not have access to your preferences on this. If you wish to stop the emails, look to the bottom of the email in question and find and click on the Unsubscribe link. This can take a few days to become complete, depending on how you signed up for them in the first place. You can also go to the top of the right hand sidebar and see if “You are following this blog.” If so, Unfollow it. And if you have a WordPress.com account, you can also go there and change your preferences.

      Sorry to see you go. Please know you will be welcome back here, should you decide to return. 🙂

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  9. Allan says:

    To the Next Right Step, Who is Yong Duk ? Related to Watchman Nee? I’ll stick with the saints. Allan Murray

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    • Beckita says:

      Yong Duk is the screen name for a bishop in America who has often commented here, providing erudite instruction, exhortation, and insight while challenging, heartening and praying for us at his Masses. We are most grateful for his wisdom, inspiration and care.

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      • Another Kaaren says:

        I am grateful that Y.D. is still accessible to our community and also, most especially, for his prayers. Thank you, Beckita for reaching out to him, and thank you, Y.D. for your thoughts on this situation. Though I am admittedly perplexed by Pope Francis, I will continue to be obedient to the Magisterium and to pray for him daily. The extent of diabolical disorientation inside of our church (as well as outside) is very disheartening, so I appreciate all of our faithful vicars who help put all of this controversy into perspective. Too me, there is never any excuse for the disrespect or vitriol that I see regarding Pope Francis even when one disagrees with him. I truly believe that some of the faithful opposing the Pope really believe that they are doing God’s work, which is why this is all so much harder to bear. Many are truly orthodox, faithful Catholics believing that they are defending the deposit of faith. For me, I will just keep my mouth shut on the subject since I find some of his statements mystifying (if they are truly his vs. inaccurately translated or taken out of context), continue to stay close to God through the frequent reception of the sacraments and prayer, and pray that God will bring all of this turmoil to light SOON! Doing anything else is above my pay grade! May God protect us all and keep us walking in His light.

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  10. Joe Crozier says:

    How can a comment from this poor sinner add to what our own Yong Duk has said? How can I contribute to the good his comment brings to each of us? Yet Christ died for me while I was still a sinner. Just so Our Holy Father is a sinner and benefits from the death of Jesus.

    How hard it is when we are brought low and isolated by sin. How hard it is to live a holy life. But no matter how it feels, His grace is sufficient. So really we have no excuse. We are free to make the wrong choices. And we do. In a homily I heard that we may not be loved equally but we are loved sufficiently. Just so this sufficiency is available to Pope Francis.

    Some time ago I suggested that Pope Francis was going through a long Holy Thursday. Now the pack of dogs is tearing at his clothes trying to drag him off his seat and lay him low before He is held down to abuse and held up to ridicule. As they did to Jesus. As I do to Jesus and His Mother when I sin.

    What a terrible thing is mortal sin. How terrifyingly close it is when seen in the stark terms expressed by Yong Duk. There but for the grace of God. Grave matter from which grave there is no resurrection. For sin against the Holy Spirit, so clearly described by Yong Duk, there is no forgiveness. Just as forgiveness was not available to Satan and the fallen angels.

    If today you hear His voice harden not your hearts. If today you see His face do not turn away.

    How much Pope Francis needs our prayers. Not only is he vulnerable to his own imperfections but also to the sins of others and just as Jesus took on himself the sins of the world so now Pope Francis follows his example. God give him strength.

    Stopped ears, hardened hearts, covered eyes and loud bad unconnected mouths.

    The final hymn at mass was Abide with Me. The Darkness Deepens in the first verse but we are pointed to the skies in the last. Just so Jesus tells us to look up and see that the fields are already white. Will they soon be red? The harvest is nearer than we think. It is already here. The hardening and the harvest.

    No wonder Charlie said we must be a sign of hope for others. Hope will be a rare and precious commodity in the days to come. As my brother used to say “we have to give it away to keep it.”

    The necessary docility is indeed lacking and in its place will come degeneration, disaster and war. And as we all know the first casualty of war is truth. But in the end Her Immaculate Heart will triumph and The Truth will set us free.

    God from God, Light from Light, True God from True God and He gave us Francis, a man for all seasons but especially for this season. One day the eyes of the blind will see the goodness that the Holy Spirit works in him. The ears of the deaf will be opened to the Wisdom that is His through Christ Jesus . And Peter will speak with the Power of the Most loving of Fathers and His Authority will once again be acknowkedged. Those who are God’s friends will listen and be blessed with peace as the angel said on that first Christmas eve and the angel of peace said in Fatima.

    I have not checked this long stream of consciousness. Hope it has helped someone.

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  11. Lisa says:

    First, I am disheartened since Charlie needed to step away, there appears to be no comments. It appears quite clear then that people were following Charlie and not the heart of his message. Let us not be caught off guard. Second, since the despising of a pope is being discussed, are there implications that this discussion is going to be applied to pope Francis? We probably should be more prudent not to make assumptions no matter what we are thinking. Thirdly, our area has been scandalized as planned parenthood, LGBT and transgender coalition are gathering for a town hall meeting on the grounds of a Catholic Church in Riverhead , NY. In the meantime our pregnancy care center was not invited to speak, or parish outreach, or youth leaders etc.

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    • Beckita says:

      Lisa, I’m sure there are many reasons why the comments section has been quiet. There’s a natural attrition when a major shift such as what we’ve been through happens. I know many silent readers who continue to read silently. It’s also a common Lenten practice for people to go offline. I can only imagine that some are simply taking a break. Perhaps, when the Storm hits breakneck speed many now away shall return.

      My attitude, since Charlie asked me to become the managing editor here, is that this site is totally in God’s Hands. I can tell you, it was no small thing for me to encompass all the details involved in taking on this role, particularly, after all Charlie brought in the breadth and depth of his prophetic role and his life’s work. And all of this was expressed as a true art. I miss his presence as much as anyone. But the Storm rages on and I am especially grateful to SteveBC who has helped me beyond measure and I am still learning. I am grateful, as well, to the whole TNRS Team and all who continue to engage in discussion here, for we are ALL IN so that when the Storm frightens and challenges us at the max, we will be here in solidarity with all who weather the toughest parts of the Storm.

      As for the comments concerning Pope Francis, Yong Duk has spoken with great wisdom to help us understand and his words evoke inspiration for prayer.

      Lisa, I’m praying for your area and the concerns you have shared.

      Finally, I share again a long quote from Charlie, written just after the election last November:
      “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.”

      Thanks be to God for Charlie and may we continue to pray for him.

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    • MaryT says:

      Lisa, I am still here! I am just laying low and absorbing everything here and watching with prayerful discernment what’s happening in the world. I think there are many who are doing similar.

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    • Sean Sullivan says:

      Lisa,
      I also would be tramatized hosting PP and other groups directly opposed to the teachings of the Church. Yet, todays second reading speaks (to me) on this matter.

      “Second reading
      Romans 5:1–2, 5–8
      The love of God has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

      Brothers and sisters: Since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith to this grace in which we stand, and we boast in hope of the glory of God.

      And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. For Christ, while we were still helpless, died at the appointed time for the ungodly.

      Indeed, only with difficulty does one die for a just person, though perhaps for a good person one might even find courage to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.”

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      • Sean Sullivan says:

        Further, Todays Gospel and Divine Office provide extra insight onto the workings of Jesus. Soft, slow, direct movement opening the persons heart for the Word. By the way, this Gospel is probably one of my favorites. Jesus announces He is the Christ.

        Gospel
        John 4:5–42
        The water that I shall give will become a spring of eternal life.

        Jesus came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there. Jesus, tired from his journey, sat down there at the well. It was about noon.

        A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” His disciples had gone into the town to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to him, “How can you, a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?” —For Jews use nothing in common with Samaritans.— Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God and who is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you do not even have a bucket and the cistern is deep; where then can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us this cistern and drank from it himself with his children and his flocks?” Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again; but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.”

        Jesus said to her, “Go call your husband and come back.” The woman answered and said to him, “I do not have a husband.” Jesus answered her, “You are right in saying, ‘I do not have a husband.’ For you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true.” The woman said to him, “Sir, I can see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain; but you people say that the place to worship is in Jerusalem.” Jesus said to her, “Believe me, woman, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You people worship what you do not understand; we worship what we understand, because salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth; and indeed the Father seeks such people to worship him. God is Spirit, and those who worship him must worship in Spirit and truth.” The woman said to him, “I know that the Messiah is coming, the one called the Christ; when he comes, he will tell us everything.” Jesus said to her, “I am he, the one speaking with you.”

        At that moment his disciples returned, and were amazed that he was talking with a woman, but still no one said, “What are you looking for?” or “Why are you talking with her?” The woman left her water jar and went into the town and said to the people, “Come see a man who told me everything I have done. Could he possibly be the Christ?” They went out of the town and came to him.

        Meanwhile, the disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat.” But he said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” So the disciples said to one another, “Could someone have brought him something to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of the one who sent me and to finish his work. Do you not say, ‘In four months the harvest will be here’? I tell you, look up and see the fields ripe for the harvest. The reaper is already receiving payment and gathering crops for eternal life, so that the sower and reaper can rejoice together. For here the saying is verified that ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap what you have not worked for; others have done the work, and you are sharing the fruits of their work.”

        Many of the Samaritans of that town began to believe in him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me everything I have done.” When the Samaritans came to him, they invited him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days. Many more began to believe in him because of his word, and they said to the woman, “We no longer believe because of your word; for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the savior of the world.”

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        • Sean Sullivan says:

          Liturgy of the Hours- Divine Office
          Second Reading
          From a treatise on John by Saint Augustine, bishop
          A Samaritan woman came to draw water

          A woman came. She is a symbol of the Church not yet made righteous. Righteousness follows from the conversation. She came in ignorance, she found Christ, and he enters into conversation with her. Let us see what it is about, let us see why a Samaritan woman came to draw water. The Samaritans did not form part of the Jewish people: they were foreigners. The fact that she came from a foreign people is part of the symbolic meaning, for she is a symbol of the Church. The Church was to come from the Gentiles, of a different race from the Jews.

          We must then recognise ourselves in her words and in her person, and with her give our own thanks to God. She was a symbol, not the reality; she foreshadowed the reality, and the reality came to be. She found faith in Christ, who was using her as a symbol to teach us what was to come. She came then to draw water. She had simply come to draw water; in the normal way of man or woman.

          Jesus says to her: Give me water to drink. For his disciples had gone to the city to buy food. The Samaritan woman therefore says to him: How is it that you, though a Jew, ask me for water to drink, though I am a Samaritan woman? For Jews have nothing to do with Samaritans.

          The Samaritans were foreigners; Jews never used their utensils. The woman was carrying a pail for drawing water. She was astonished that a Jew should ask her for a drink of water, a thing that Jews would not do. But the one who was asking for a drink of water was thirsting for her faith.

          Listen now and learn who it is that asks for a drink. Jesus answered her and said: If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, “Give me a drink,” perhaps you might have asked him and he would have given you living water.

          He asks for a drink, and he promises a drink. He is in need, as one hoping to receive, yet he is rich, as one about to satisfy the thirst of others. He says: If you knew the gift of God. The gift of God is the Holy Spirit. But he is still using veiled language as he speaks to the woman and gradually enters into her heart. Or is he already teaching her? What could be more gentle and kind than the encouragement he gives? If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, “Give me a drink,” perhaps you might ask and he would give you living water.

          What is this water that he will give if not the water spoken of in Scripture: With you is the fountain of life? How can those feel thirst who will drink deeply from the abundance in your house?

          He was promising the Holy Spirit in satisfying abundance. She did not yet understand. In her failure to grasp his meaning, what was her reply? The woman says to him: Master, give me this drink, so that I may feel no thirst or come here to draw water. Her need forced her to this labour, her weakness shrank from it. If only she could hear those words: Come to me, all who labour and are burdened, and I will refresh you. Jesus was saying this to her, so that her labours might be at an end; but she was not yet able to understand.

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          • Sean Sullivan says:

            As I paraphrase my Pastors homily, the woman is the First Evangalizer. She is at Jacobs well, at noon when no other woman is near. She is an outcast, yet Our Lord approaches and speaks to her. She notices three things: first a Man, becoming a Prophet and then The Messiah.

            The woman drops her bucket, runs into town (forgetting her earlier life) and announces to all whom is at the well. She forgets herself and leads others to Jesus.
            *****
            Are we not, all present to ‘reap’ what we have not sown? Are we not all sowing seeds for others to reap and gather? Thank God He works in such mysterious ways!

            This site, commenced by Charlie, is such.
            Cheers!

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          • Mick says:

            Sean, this explication of Sunday’s gospel is incredible. Thank you for taking the time to type it all up.

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    • PrayerPartner says:

      Lisa, I’m still here as well.

      For me, sometimes the topic shared is so beautifully informative that I don’t immediately comment. But I often comment after I have read comments left before any I might offer.
      As with this most recent post by Beckita, the post hits me with sadness and sorrow. I was glad that Beckita asked Yung Dok to comment, and he gave a thoughtful answer. Yet, my heart ached as I thought of the brazenness of this attack on our Pope, and the threat to the very foundations of our belief. Frankly, I leaned on the hope that by reading our fellow TNRS colleagues’ thoughts, I could better manage my own feelings.
      Without this site, I would feel isolated and unable to acknowledge my feelings. I know Charlie is working in a way not visible to us, but I continue to seek the strength of solidarity that I have come to find here.
      So let us stand together, drawing strength and support from each other, as we navigate the Storm. May Our Lord bless every one of us who visits here.

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      • SteveBC says:

        Yes, PrayerPartner, Charlie is still very much working, just not commenting here. Rest assured, he is doing well and doing good! You’re right that this community works to help all of us move forward. I’m happy you’re here.

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    • Karen says:

      Just a comment about your second point Lisa “since the (deposing) of a pope is being discussed, are there implications that this discussion is going to be applied to pope Francis?” I decided to check up on your question. There seems to be very limited information in English about the Paris Conference.

      I usually respect the presentations of UK journalist Damian Thompson who writes for The Spectator Magazine – they are generally objective, truthful, but colourful. His recent article ‘The plot against the Pope’ seems to suggest that this ‘plot’ is hatched by Pope Francis’ friends and not his ‘enemies’. Towards the end Damian says that the University of Paris-Sud is not openly suggesting that Pope Francis is acting heretically and therefore we can assume that this conference is not going to be specifically about our Holy Father. I would also like to point out that it appears that Cardinal Burke has been in no way associated with this conference.

      Since I was little I have always been aware of the offering of the first prayers of the Rosary for the Pope. The MMP intentions are very much directed to the support of the Pope. Yes, we can always increase our prayers for Pope Francis – there is no better way than to pray in the Divine Will, whether it be Holy Mass, the Rosary or any brief ejaculation.

      One last comment here – from the eternal optimist: Could it be at all possible that such a conference topic could be entirely beneficial for the Church in her future? In my sometimes unreliable memory sits a (possible) comment made by His Holiness from about the time of his birthday last December. In response to a question about the next pope, he said, maybe jokingly, ‘I hope he is Catholic!’. I googled it but can’t find any reference.

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      • Beckita says:

        We shall see, Karen. I *do* know there are too many problematic Catholic websites and blogs that have been accusing Pope Francis of being a heretic. I read Damian Thompson’s article (Thanks for naming it.), “The Plot Against the Pope” and found that he suggests former supporters of Pope Francis have gone publicly silent and wish to remove him. We shall see. Thompson’s article surely reinforces the need for prayer and fasting.

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    • mbrandon8026 says:

      Lisa

      I see that others have acknowledged their quiet participation in the still wonderful articles that appear here under the direction of Beckita.

      My recollection is that Charlie instructed us to man the battle stations, and so that is what I have been doing. Dear Charlie might have not been totally correct about events in January, but as we see things unfolding, he may well prove to be far less wrong on essence, even though the dates don’t quite work.

      Particularly since the New Year, I have been focused on writing music for Praise and Worship, as I feel inspired by the Lord to do. Any times that I try to jump ahead and write what I want to write, it fails, and I go back to writing what I am given, I hope.

      As well, we have been running an Alpha programme for about 200 folks at our parish. We have witnessed much depending of faith for practicing Catholics, and rekindling or kindling of faith in others present. We have been nurturing an outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our parish, and it is delightful to see so many welcoming the Spirit into their lives. With what is going on here in Canada, as well as America and the rest of the world, time is short, and faith is needed.

      So, I have been lurking here, and appreciating the faith present, and the desire of all to acknowledge God, take the next Right step, and be a sign of Hope for others. That is what I hope I am doing here where I am at.

      God Bless all who come here.

      Michael Brandon

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    • Hi Lisa….I’m still here albeit uncharacteristically quiet. A change in my location and daily routine and the demands associated with that have made it a challenge to keep up with posts and comments. Not something that I prefer…hadn’t planned on giving up TNRS for Lent. Hah! Hope to be back to full swing sooner rather than later. Good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise. (That was for you Snowy 😊!!). I pray always for all here. And Beckita, you are doing a difficult service and minister to us with tremendous grace. Thank you dear one.

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    • Audrey S. says:

      I’m still here as well… just silently reading and praying ❤

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  12. zeniazenia says:

    Happy Feast of St. Joseph,
    Thank you YD. I pray for you and with you for docility to God’s plan. And I pray everyday for the Holy Father.
    My son and daughter in law sent me some talks by their friend Father Robert Barcelos, OCD: Mt. St. Joseph Carmelite Monastery in San Jose, CA.
    I listened to the first episode, Fire of Love #1. This one was his personal testimony of conversion and anyone can appreciate his docility as God began to speak to his heart. There are many talks, series and novenas on their Facebook page.
    https://www.Facebook.com/thespeakroom/.

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  13. Anne says:

    Holy Spirit come and renew all hearts.

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  14. Dennis says:

    What’s going on with the Vatican pro life academy? Is it true that the new president assigned by Pope Frances is doing this?
    http://bit.ly/2mAXEae

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    • Beckita says:

      I’ve seen the mural in question, Dennis, and I must agree with the criticism of it. Nude figures are nothing new in the history of art, of course. It’s hard to imagine a renaissance or classical artist who did NOT depict a nude form, but the defense of classical nude forms has always lay in the intention of the artist. Classical artists depict the body as a beautiful creation, but never depict a nude form with the intent to arouse an erotic response. The intent of the artist is not difficult to discern. In the Cathedral mural, I believe the artist intended to depict nude figures with a subtle intent to eroticism. For this reason, I’m among those who believe the mural is a tragedy and should be removed immediately.

      That said, I do not agree with the message or tone of the article from LifeSiteNews. If, because of the mural, the commenter wishes to impugn the integrity of the Holy Father or the Pontifical Academy for Life, I believe he has fallen victim to a logical fallacy. It’s impossible to cross-reference the claims made by LifeSiteNews because they are the only ones reporting the story. All other news outlets simply reference LifeSiteNews.

      I would not attempt to defend the mural but, rather, I would emphasize that we the faithful must be very reluctant to assume the erotic intent of the mural is the direct or indirect will of the Archbishop. As Alice Von Hildebrand (widow of Dietrich Von Hildebrand) once said, “We must correct the actions of Bishops respectfully and regretfully.” It seems to me that LifeSiteNews is neither respectful, nor regretful but, rather, willing and eager to defame a prelate and, thus, sow division among the faithful.

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  15. Watchtop says:

    How do you know Pope Francis is not heretical? Either he has the power to change the church’s teaching on communion or he doesn’t. He’s confused alot of people including me. I think this change would be a good one for it would allow many separated brethren to join the church. But if the pope does not have the power to do that then it is heresy.

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    • Beckita says:

      Watchtop, it is a confusing time everywhere – outside the Church and in the Church. You write: “Either he has the power to change the church’s teaching on communion or he doesn’t.” In all my Catholic training and reading, I have been taught the Holy Spirit will protect a pope from teaching heresy. I now provide care for an aged, orthodox, Marian priest who is a canon lawyer and he affirms this.

      We had the profound teachings of Pope St. John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict to clearly guide us through the onslaught of modernism. Even in the face of that clear teaching, many are they, both clergy and laity, who have acted in disobedience to Magisterial teaching. In fact, Pope Francis has not taught heresy but Pope Francis is reaching out to draw all sinners back, just as Jesus did. Those whose hearts were already set in disobedience have pounced on this time to more publicly promote disobedience, hence some bishops have errantly declared that people living in irregular marriages may receive the sacraments. This is *not* what Pope Francis has taught. From the other extreme, there are those who, in all their piety and orthodoxy, think they are holier than our Holy Father. There is certainly nothing wrong with a conference to discuss and understand but as YD says: “Where is the docility? Yes it is the responsibility of the theologians to speculate and to ponder tough questions but always under Docility to the Holy Spirit and, thus, also to the Church.”

      In all the chaos, confusion and division, I believe in Christ’s promise, Watchtop: “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Mt 16:18)

      I also believe in the prophetic words about our times given via apparitions with messages from Our Lord and Our Lady which are fully apporved by the Church. What drew me to this site was reading Charlie’s words about this Storm in which we find ourselves. His writings harmonize well with already Church approved apparitions. Let me be clear, Charlie’s prophetic words have not been investigated to determine authenticity. At the same time, the broad sweep of what is to come is synonymous with other Church approved private revelation. Tough as it truly is, as Charlie often said, these things must come. Our safest place is to remain in the Barque of Peter, trusting the Holy Spirit will guide us through this Passion Time in our Church.

      God bless you, Watchtop.

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      • wpsahm says:

        It is more accurate to say that the Holy Spirit will protect the CHURCH from a Pope teaching heresy, because historically we have had Popes who did so.

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        • Beckita says:

          wpsahm, as mentioned previously, I provide care for an orthodox, holy, Marian priest who will soon be 89. He studied in Rome for his JUD (lawyer of both civil and canon law), was raised as a Confusion scholar in his homeland, China, taught at a seminary and a university for most of his working life and has continued his theological studies his whole life long, delving especially into mystical theology and Mariology. Whatever he studies, he does so with the seriousness of a scholar. To his knowledge, and it is eridute, there has never been a pope in Church history who was a heretic. Certainly, we have had popes who had personal moral problems, but never a heretic.

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          • wpsahm says:

            Yes Beckita, it is technically true that no prior Popes have successfully, directly taught heresy. The two that come to mind are Pope Honorius and Pope John XXIII regarding Monotheletism and escatology respectively. The former did not correct an erroneous teaching promulgated by multiple bishops and was condemned for it 40 years after his death by Pope Leo II in the Sixth General Church Council. Pope John XXIII eventually recanted his erroneous teaching upon correction.

            Our current situation almost mirrors that of Pope Honorius, as many pleaded with the Pope to clarify the teaching but he refused and never did. Many scholars and theologians find a lot of problems with Amoris laetitia, but the confusion with regard to Communion to those in ‘irregular relationships’ is contained in a footnote, and not likely penned by Pope Francis. Still, he continues to refuse it as did Honorius.

            This quote gives me a modicum of comfort, “The lesson to be learned from all this is that popes do make mistakes, but sooner or later the Church corrects them and continues on safely under the care of the Holy Spirit.”

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          • Beckita says:

            Praying for that day when confusion is extinguished, wpsahm. Come Holy Spirit!

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      • MarieUrsula says:

        Beckita, this is just one of many of your insightful and charitable replies on thorny subjects.

        To go down the road with a crowd trying to depose a Pope seems to me quite spiritually dangerous for the person who decides to do so and for the people he leads astray.

        On a positive note, here’s that great quote from GK Chesterton in Orthodoxy:

        http://www.pagebypagebooks.com/Gilbert_K_Chesterton/Orthodoxy/The_Paradoxes_of_Christianity_p13.html

        Although GK doesn’t mention the Pope in this quotation, we all know that each Pope is the Vicar of Christ on Earth. The driver of that heavenly chariot entrusts the reins to him.

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    • Sean Sullivan says:

      In his Jesuit manner of thinking, Pope Francis has inadvertently (perhaps intentionally) opened up points of discussion. To those who may think he should have been direct (myself included) he would have ‘shut’ that door to discussion. Thus, in my belief he has allowed all to see what (or whom) is inside them. Their beliefs, wants and needs etc.

      Opening Communion to all is anathema. Not to be allowed. Communion is Christ: The most Holy Body, Blood, Soul, Divinity of which sin knows no bounds and is prohibited. A person in full knowledge and intent to sin is not allowed to partake and if so is in dire straits.

      However, Confession is the key. Those souls knowingly who have committed sin, confess their sins to a Priest who provides absolution for these sins may participate in reception of Holy Communion. They at this time do not have sin, have rejected sin and are clean of impurities. The key words: ‘at this time’. Upon their act of contrition, they have stated their intent never to sin again. IF in their mind they do intend other, the absolution from the confession is null as demonstrated by their lie, deception etc. Only God knows the hearts of man.

      I am a sinner. I detest sin yet find myself continuing to sin. It is a struggle and as told by my priests:” to continue to come to confession. Do not get discouraged. Jesus is All Merciful.” Pointedly, it sucks but the grace received from this struggle will be given in abundance as Jesus stated no one gets tempted beyond their capacity.

      To those divorced, remarried etc. To whom do you love more? (Hopefully Jesus) Converse with your spouse, seek our Lord Jesus and walk in His footsteps, albeit a millimeter at a time. Commence a relationship with your Parish Priest. Progress is slow but the struggle is worth your effort. Live as Brother and sister. If you fall, rush to confession and renew yourself at the Well once again. Don’t hesitate for a moment, as salvation is pending upon your actions. Jesus abounds in unfathomable mercy, all you need to do is ask.

      Jesus, I Trust in You.

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  16. SteveBC says:

    I have seen this hardening taking place since the election last November and have viewed it throughout as a difficult but necessary time. It makes me think of the passage where Jesus says He has brought a sword, to divide. We here in the world are dividing in earnest now. Our Time of Choosing is finally here. Trump since his election at the secular level, and Pope Francis increasingly at the spiritual level, both have presences and say and do in ways that force Choice at more and more levels. I had not thought of this process as YD has now laid it out for us but can deeply appreciate his words on it.

    Since the election I have spoken of a Dark Delusion covering those shocked by Trump’s election, a Dark Delusion that could spread into other portions of the political spectrum the more people become irritated and angry and upset. I recall another biblical passage that says God will send a strong delusion that those whose hearts are hardening will find their choice made even more stark. A last chance for these to see what they are beginning to Choose and to change their mind and say they do not want that hard rejection after all.

    As sherpas, even though the number of our active members here is smaller than it was, it’s our job to reach in peace and love over this border that is increasingly sharply defined and grab hold of those whose hearts are not yet hardened, those who are seeing their Choice more and more clearly and not liking it, and gently draw them back to the side of peace and trust. I find this increasingly difficult to do, not because I am hardening against those who are but because of the nature of this time, that hearts are hardening.

    Despite the declining odds of success, we must nonetheless continue to pray and to reach – and to be extremely careful not to end up on the other side of the divide ourselves.

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    • Well said, Steve. These are times like no other. The beginning of Hebrews 12 comes to mind in circumstances such as these;

      “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

      For the JOY that was set before Him – amazing words since He knew full well what He was about to endure before He reached His eternal reward. But there is joy too, set before each and everyone of us who truly knows the Lord Jesus. I suspect that we may be close to a period of testing, of Choice as you wrote Steve, but whatever the test is, the answer for us is to cling close to Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.

      “Because of the multiplication of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold. But the one who perseveres to the end will be saved.” Matthew 24

      Dave

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    • Beckita says:

      Amen, SteveBC. Amen. As well, I hope that those who may choose to leave our community, as we continue to support our Holy Father, remember they are always welcome to return at any time. The porch light is on and the door remains open.

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    • Irish7 says:

      Thank you for this Steve.

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  17. CrewDog says:

    I’ll say what I’ve believed and spoken of for some time now. Pope Francis is playing the role assigned him. I don’t understand his role nor do care for it but I, most assuredly, believe that The Lord is directing the current “Divine Play”. I don’t understand what’s ongoing on with the rest of Planet Earth either … but as we used to say in the old AF: “We are Flying Outside the Envelope” and that ain’t a good place to be! I awoke at O-Dark Thirty this morn, as usual, and one of my random thoughts was that Election 16 was “The Fort Sumter Event” of USA Civil War II. The EU is in turmoil with talk of Break-Up and religious civil wars. Both the USA & EU are arguably fiscally and morally bankrupt and all the while, N. Korea, Iran, China and Russia are busy, BUSY!! ;-(
    History tells us that when the best that humankind can offer fails miserably, people turn back to God ….. it’s …. The Way It Is!

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • wpsahm says:

      Bingo Crewdog. I see it more as God allowing all of this to happen rather than guiding it directly. Pope Francis is Pope NOW for very specific reasons, this I trust to God, because I certainly cannot explain why, though I have a few theories.

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  18. moreen67 says:

    Even if I didn’t like Pope Francis (I do love him though) my duty as a Christian would be to pray for him – internally I am being taught over and over again to pray for all souls. That humans are made in the image and likeness of God. So now I pray for the people attacking the Pope. Love (which is God) is the only way to counter evil. Maureen

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  19. dpb3737 says:

    So are you saying he, the Pope, is NOT being heretical? He has been teaching and expounding heretical teachings since he was elected Pope. I think it is very, very wrong to demonize those who have seen this truth from the beginning. Forgive me if you are not saying this. Anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear will know this to be true. There is great division now in our Caatholic Church precisely because of His teachings.. This the Lord forwarned us about. Yes, I believe he needs prayer, but don’t demonize those who see the truth for what it is, no matter how uncomfortable it may be.

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    • Beckita says:

      With great respect, dpb3737, no, Pope Francis is not being heretical. He has not changed any doctrine or dogma. Do some of his comments cause people to scratch their heads, roll their eyes and gasp? Yes. Are there forces attempting to distort and misinterpret his messages? Absolutely. Is there great confusion, chaos and division because of this? Indeed. Our Lady of Akita told us these times would come:
      “The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see Cardinals opposing Cardinals, Bishops against other Bishops.” She did not say the Pope would cause this division.

      There is nothing wrong about calling a conference to discern and discuss, with sincerity, difficulties within the Church. But there is a clearly expressed agenda for this conference.

      I do not call for demonizing anyone. I do advocate for prayer. Let us all ponder carefully the above comments in my post from our bishop who writes with the screen name, YD. Please, let us all take the time to read the scriptures and readings recommended by YD. Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. As throughout salvation history, hearts are being revealed in these events as they are in the Church. May we each choose well.

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      • Kati says:

        VERY well said, Beckita!

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      • Phillip Frank says:

        We also must be careful to not become “super apostles”, like those who abrogate rightful authority in this particular instance. I tell people that if the devil cannot push you he will pull you. This is what is happening. Some are overstepping thier ability to see truth in its entirety and taking advances in questions they have no rights to. The enemy “pulls” them right through the point of grace to another side of sinfulness….presumption.
        Docility is obedience to that which one has no authority/clue of.
        Theologians and cannon lawyers do not have authority in this way. Neither do we.
        This is a matter for the magisterium, after all, they have been doing it without our help now for two thousand years!

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  20. Snowy Owl says:

    Amen Bishop YongDuk and Beckita, and thank you. I love Pope Francis. 💔
    Some quotes from the Holy Father~
    “Whenever one is tempted to use the church for pursuing personal ambitions or to be arrogant, pray to feel ashamed, Pope Francis said.

    When the competitive bug strikes, reflect whether one can “see my Lord on the cross” and still be capable of wanting “to use the Lord for moving up” the ladder of success, he said Feb. 21 during his early morning Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

    “May the Lord give us the grace of shame, that holy embarrassment — when we find ourselves in that situation, with that temptation,” he said.
    The desire to be a big shot pushes people along a path of wordiness, which is why people must ask God for “the grace of feeling ashamed when we find ourselves in these situations.”

    In the same Gospel account, Jesus is aware of what the disciples argued about and confronts them saying, “If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.”
    Vatican City (CNS)

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  21. Annie says:

    I am glad of this convention. Pope Francis is a heretical Pope who causes confusion and refuses to clarify his own teachings. The church is already in schism, he has just made it more than obvious. He preaches mercy, but he is not merciful in his own dealings. He has done so much to divide the church it is time for this disastrous pontificate to end.

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    • Beckita says:

      I understand the frustration and anger in this confusion, Annie. Actually, Pope Francis has not officially declared any changes in doctrine and dogma. As the Church sorts all of this out, it is imperative to remain in the Barque of Peter as YD so potently said, “…under the Docility to the Holy Spirit and, thus, also to the Church.”

      For all who are frustrated and angry, I urge caution lest one’s heart becomes closed and hard. The Responsorial Psalm at today’s Mass calls us to this wisdom. God has a Plan in the midst of this Storm and it includes Pope Francis, our current Vicar of Christ.

      I remind us all that Charlie, in his piece, The Divine Symphony, said: “The time will come when Pope Francis and Cardinal Burke become affectionate allies. This will be a sign to you. When it happens, you will know we are fully underway to Rescue.”

      Rather than clinging to anger which can readily cement into resentment, let us, one and all, pray with renewed fervor for Pope Francis and our Church.

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Amen, Beckita! I have recently read two articles- one from Pope Francis saying (very clearly) he is not at all upset with Cardinal Burke and that they are not enemies! Also, I read something from Cardinal Burke basically stating this same thing. I thought immediately of what Charlie had said. I’ll look for them 🔎
        I wish I had saved them… aaarg.😕

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  22. Rose says:

    Beckita,
    I don’t feel that Charlie was wrong about anything. I truly don’t think the transition was exactly peaceful. I feel that Obama is quietly behind the turmoil coming from the left. It’s hard to believe what is happening to our world and our government. Charlie was right on and I believe he is still getting messages. Praying for him, you, and Yong Duck as well. We just can’t pray enough for all that is going on in this world. Peace be with you, Beckita.. You are a blessing to us all.
    Please tell Charlie there are still lots of us who still believe in him!!
    God bless you and thank you for all you do.
    Is there any way to send you or Charlie a private email?

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    • Beckita says:

      Thank you, Rose. You can use the TNRS answering service to reach me: TNRS.Answers@gmail.com

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    • Just a sojourner says:

      It is my understanding that Charlie has been given “messages” from the age of 8 but very few were meant to be given to “the world” in any direct fashion but were meant for his personal guidance. Therefore there is no reason to think these “messages” have ceased now that Charlie has withdrawn. I am sure he is still being guided. I have no doubt that Charlie will not hesitate to communicate with us again if and when God should call him to do so. It is all in God’s plan and in His good time. God will not abandon us in this growing time of need. We are all called to patience and endurance. May the Holy Spirit continue to bless and guide us.

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      • Beckita says:

        Just a sojourner, indeed, God will not abandon us. He never has and never will. And, yes! God’s Plan with its timing and details is perfect. We know Charlie is in a watchful retirement, not simply silent. Full retirement from the work does not begin until next year. We can see so much on the brink of major change with so much yet to unfold. As you say, may the Holy Spirit be with us as we put our hope in Hope Himself while standing ready to do what He asks of each of us.

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  23. Colette says:

    I am a silent participant in this group, not sure my words would be of any inspiration. I gain encouragement from those who keep the voice of truth and discernment. When I first heard Charlie’s talk, it resonated with me because of other private revelations I had learned, especially from Medjugorje. Thank you to all who have shared your wisdom, especially to our in house Bishop. Pax Christi!

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  24. Yes, I feel like we’re living Jesus’ third year of public ministry from the Gospels. Thanks for your wisdom and guidance, YD. Miss your vocal presence here.

    For those still feeling the chill, I wanted to share some warm pics from yesterday. Instead of a complicated trek, I just headed out back yesterday and into the desert to get up close with Spring and see how it’s progressing. Here’s a link to a video and photo gallery I put together.

    http://sweetwaterhaven.com/spiritual_adventures_photo_gallery_17.html

    The video might seem about as exciting as watching rocks (my head cam is generally pointed at the ground where I have to be careful of my steps), but you might find the perspective familiar and there was a little critter encounter at the end.

    With all the talk over the years of the worst draught in the American Southwest in a thousand years, I think Our Lord has something else to say about on this 100th year anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima.

    Of course I took my TNRS river stone along and remembered you all in my prayers. I was also surprised to discover a little collection of stones that someone else had left up at the cairns. Seven stones shaped like hearts.

    God Bless,
    MP

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    • SteveBC says:

      Thank you, MP!

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    • Beckita says:

      Grateful for your prayers, MP.

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    • Mick says:

      Ha, MP! I was loving the video until you came up to that cliff; then my heart about stopped (I’m afraid of heights, even in videos). Scary vantage points notwithstanding, it was a beautiful video. Thanks for sharing it with those of us in the frozen tundra. 🙂

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      • You’re all most welcome. When I was actually in the frozen tundra of Alaska for 3 1/2 years, folks from home used to send me pics of Arizona. It always ‘warmed’ my bones, gave me hope… and firmed up my resolve to move back to Arizona after the tour of duty and never leave again.

        Sorry about the heights. You may have noticed that I wanted to veer off to the cliff edge at one point for a dizzying view, but decided against it. I was up there to share a useful vantage, not one that was scary.

        Also, I meant “drought” not “draught.” Maybe I was thinking of Cave Creek Chili Beer at the time. They’re the only beer in the world with a whole chili pepper in the bottle. Their motto: “We don’t need no stinkin’ lime.” (Note to self: bring some Chili beer along to Mt. Meeker so YD and CJ have something to wash the pie down with.)

        I don’t normally explain my comments, but I’ll add a few details. My youngest found the way into that spot when she was about 7, which is why I quoted that particular Proverb. God is full of surprises. No sooner had I plopped down in the front of the cave, that little hummingbird showed up and buzzed me about 3 feet in front of my face.

        I wanted to share that vantage of the canyon and area above the cairns. Instead, that hummingbird made me focus right in front of my face. I may have mentioned it before, but hummingbirds always remind me of Our Mother. Seemed like a simple and good lesson, considering all the recent discussion.

        Right after the hummingbird flew away, I headed back down and shot all the pics of the desert in bloom on the way home. Yes, I was rejoicing too! God is awesome and beyond comprehension… but He sure has a way of keeping the conversation simple with me.

        God Bless,
        MP

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    • Great shot of the hummingbird, MP! I miss seeing them – used to have feeders for them in Tucson. Nice to see the beautiful desert southwest again with flowers starting to bloom.

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    • audiemarie2014 says:

      MP, thank you for sharing the beauty you encounter in your area. It’s breathtaking!

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  25. RoseMarie Glynn says:

    This site gives me such hope because we are all praying together for the same thing; for each other with the love of our Lord. No matter how difficult the times to come May be, we can weather anything as long as we know God is always with us, loving us and giving us His strength!
    Pope Francis is our Pope for these times. Let us remember to pray for him every day!

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  26. ashalsey says:

    I am one of the silent readers. I have only posted a few times and those quite a while back. I am very heartened to you, Beckita, for keeping this site up and running in Charlie’s absence. I am also very grateful for all who post here regularly. Even though you don’t know me, I feel as if I am with friends who are very loyal to our God and His Church. Thank you all. You all keep me focused on taking the NRS. You are all in my prayers. Annie

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  27. Becky-TN says:

    I’m here, guys. Reading. Praying. Just not commenting.

    I’m kinda with CrewDog. So much said is above my level of thinking and education. I’m staying with the Barque of Peter. Since Francis was elected, I’ve stayed quiet about him. I’m usually pretty outspoken, but on Francis something changed. Not bad, just contemplative.

    Finding the Lord pulling me forward toward internal change. For the better, I pray Lord. Still hard, though.

    Love and prayers to all,

    Becky

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  28. Thankful4mercy says:

    Thank you Beckita and Young Duk! Yes, prayers for peace and unity in our one holy, Catholic Church. There are many who love Pope Francis and are trusting in the grace of the Magisterium. prayers for kindness and love to prevail and the attacks on him to end. There can be questions and asking for clarification- yes, but the unkindness and the call for hateful actions should not be part of this. God bless you, Beckita and Charlie too. Your prophetic words about this time for the Church are ringing true.

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  29. sheralyn80 says:

    This makes me very sad. I know people on both sides of this fence, one is a priest.😢

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  30. Kris R. says:

    Hell will NOT prevail…!

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  31. carlos says:

    Now that Charlie has gone does that mean all his prophecy is false? He said we would have economic collapse and money is worthless. He said there would be a war with China and alliance with Russia. He said there will be civil war. All these prophecies not true any more? He also said we would be rescue by the Virgin Mary this year. Is that false too?

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    • Beckita says:

      Carlos, we are living a civil war being fought on cultural lines. One article to which we have referred is Dennis Prager’s piece on America’s Second Civil War, here. As Charlie remains in watchful retirement, we, too, watch and we pray for mitigation and conversion of all peoples. It is God’s Plan to which we surrender. We remain here at TNRS to accompany each other with encouragement and prayer.

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  32. pvaldez7 says:

    Beckita,

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention. I had missed the posting. Thank you Yong Duk for your prayers. We must all pray and help each other to persevere during these times.

    Paul in Katy

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  33. Patricia says:

    I’m chiming in as a silent reader. I have been confused lately as many others. This post has helped me tremendously! Pray for the Pope and our Church. Stay in the barque. Got it! I love clarity.

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  34. Joe Crozier says:

    “God gave to the people separately through Moses the commandments that enslave: these were precepts suited to their instruction or their condemnation. As Moses said: The Lord commanded me at that time to teach you precepts of righteousness and of judgement. The precepts that were given them to enslave and to serve as a warning have been cancelled by the new covenant of freedom. The precepts that belong to man’s nature and to freedom and to all alike have been enlarged and broadened. Through the adoption of sons God had enabled man so generously and bountifully to know him as Father, to love him with his whole heart, and to follow his Word unfailingly.”

    St Iraneus form the readings suggested by Yong Duk

    How closely Pope Francis follows these precepts, this procession of faith.

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  35. Judith says:

    Haven’t left you guys here at TNRS. I’m here in the weeds, just watching and waiting and praying (like He asked those in the garden). Yep, I get confused – and irritated at time by some of Pope Frances’ choice of words, BUT, then it comes quickly to my heart that I am to pray for the person I’m at odds with. This seems to be happening more frequently lately and in different circumstances (Trump, et al) Starting to say to self: Uh, Judy, where might you be wrong here. It’s a tough struggle right now. I pray for you; pray for me.

    Thank you Beckita, Bishop Yon Duk, SteveBC, Charlie, and so many others for your positive, helpful thoughts. The Taize community has a beautiful record on youtube: “within our darkest night, you kindle a fire that never dies away”. Peace of Christ to all.
    (sorry, don’t know how to put up web sites despite SteveBC’s instructions to others)

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  36. Mike says:

    I am still here, just keeping silence. In the time I have followed TNRS, I have developed just one philosophy/way of life: place ALL my trust in God, His Son Jesus Christ, and Our Blessed Mother, Mary. That is it. Whatever God does He does for our good. If this is just plan, then who am I to criticize it. If it isn’t them He will bring good from it. I don’t pretend to understand it. Every day I say a rosary and the day’s intentions include the pope, cardinals and bishops. I say a prayer for the pope and his intentions. God is in charge. I am staying clear! God bless us all!

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  37. Randy131 says:

    Was the Pope who claimed that the “smoke of Satan has entered the Church” lying? Does the Holy Spirit require “Docility’ in the face of evil? Isn’t this situation just asking how to determine procedures of investigation? Doesn’t investigation just expose truth? Are we now afraid of learning the truth? Why have American Seminaries taught their Seminarians that Jesus really didn’t multiply the fish and bread, but the real miracle was that all present shared their food on hand with everyone else? My wise old grandmother who was raised in a convent told me over and over again when I was a young child that Satan would tell a thousand truths to get people to believe just one lie, would a Pope do the same? What is the Pope saying that makes others believe an investigation is needed? So many questions, and “Docility” seems to be your only answer. Does GOD not want us to confront evil, but just be docile and seek not the truth?

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    • Beckita says:

      Randy, the recommended docility is to the *Holy Spirit* and the *Teaching Magisterium.* No one has advocated for docility to evil. No one has suggested that we not seek truth. All the problems you have named in your comments are reasons why we need the Storm which is upon us and intensifying. God has a Plan amidst this chaos, confusion and division.

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  38. Murt. says:

    Can’t help but notice what a grand job you are doing here Bekita. I’m reasonably sure Charlie would be proud of you if he were reading from afar.

    I think he left us in good and capable hands with you ;-}

    As a by the way you are right as to a lot of posters of old on here. We are still hanging aboot like the ever creaking door so to say. For my part since Charlie left I just come here to catch up, and maybe get some guidance from some very sound advice from people on here. We have to try to have more faith though I will posit and try not get into bickering of all things. I wish I could say to have more faith, but then we seem to be living in trying times.

    Dia agut a cara, Murt.

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  39. Christene says:

    On Sept. 16, 2016, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is quoted as saying this about Pope Francis;
    Munich, Germany, Sep 12, 2016 / 04:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has said he is satisfied with the papacy of Pope Francis and sees “no contradictions” between their pontificates.
    “Yes, there is suddenly a new freshness in the Church, a new joy, a new charisma that addresses the people, which is something beautiful. Many are thankful that the new Pope now approaches them in a new style. The Pope is the Pope, it doesn’t matter who it is,” Benedict said in his newly published collection of
    In Benedict XVI’s own words, he sees “no breach anywhere” between his pontificate and that of his successor.
    “New accents yes, but no contradictions,” he told Seewald. “He is a man of practical reform. And that is the courage with which he addresses problems and searches for solutions.”
    Benedict praised Francis’ “direct affection for the people.”
    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/how-pope-francis-new-joy-surprised-benedict-xvi-24696/

    The Catechism of the Catholic Church clearly states this about the office of the Pope;
    890 The mission of the Magisterium is linked to the definitive nature of the covenant established by God with his people in Christ. It is this Magisterium’s task to preserve God’s people from deviations and defections and to guarantee them the objective possibility of professing the true faith without error. Thus, the pastoral duty of the Magisterium is aimed at seeing to it that the People of God abides in the truth that liberates. To fulfill this service, Christ endowed the Church’s shepherds with the charism of infallibility in matters of faith and morals. The exercise of this charism takes several forms:
    891 “The Roman Pontiff, head of the college of bishops, enjoys this infallibility in virtue of his office, when, as supreme pastor and teacher of all the faithful – who confirms his brethren in the faith he proclaims by a definitive act a doctrine pertaining to faith or morals. . . . The infallibility promised to the Church is also present in the body of bishops when, together with Peter’s successor, they exercise the supreme Magisterium,” above all in an Ecumenical Council.418 When the Church through its supreme Magisterium proposes a doctrine “for belief as being divinely revealed,”419 and as the teaching of Christ, the definitions “must be adhered to with the obedience of faith.”420 This infallibility extends as far as the deposit of divine Revelation itself.421

    So, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has clearly given his unequivocal support to the Papacy of Pope Francis. I have to wonder if those who are so determined to bring down Pope Francis and brand him as a heretic have considered that they will also, in effect, be bringing down their beloved Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and be branding him as either a liar or a co-conspirator of a heretic. For what other conclusion will be able to be made about him?? And if Pope Francis is labeled a heretic, and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is then labeled either a liar or a co-conspirator in his Papacy, then what can possibly be made of Christ’s promise in Matthew 16:17-19?
    “17 Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood* has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.
    18 And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church,*and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
    19 I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.* Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
    except, of course, to conclude that our Lord, himself, was a liar.

    Ahhhh……what a tangled web we weave when at first we practice to take upon ourselves the office and job of Pope. You know, there is a lot of talk about the spirit of Anti-Christ. I believe what goes hand-in-hand with that spirit currently raging in this age of ours is a spirit of Anti-Pope; a million little armchair popes so filled with pride and arrogance that they actually believe that it is THEY who are now charged by the Holy Spirit HIMSELF to declare what is dogma and doctrine of the Church. And, of course, THIS TIME is will all turn out so differently than the other attempts of the past 1000 years!!
    So can someone please tell me what their master plan is after they have effectively destroyed the office of the Papacy??

    Be careful my Conservative brethren…..be very, very, VERY careful. You are setting sail into dangerous waters and the Storm has not even begun to unleash its fury. I am afraid you are going to find yourselves adrift in a dingy ill-equipped to handle the the raging waves and ferocious winds and when you find it is about to be swamped and you cry out for your Lord to save you, He will be nowhere to be found.

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    • Beckita says:

      There is danger if one leaves the Barque of Peter, Christene. As the Storm continues to intensify, may our prayers and encouragement help all to remain in the safety of our Church.

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      • Christene says:

        Quite honestly, Beckita, this entire “not my Pope” campaign that has been raging within the conservative wing of the Church since the moment the white smoke puffed out of the chimney and Pope Francis stepped out into St. Peter’s square has now become so unhinged that I think it may be time for them to do just that. Seriously. We have entered an “all hands on deck” moment in the Church and if the only contribution that they are going to make as the Barque of Peter enters the fury of the Storm is to run around the deck trying to foment mutiny, then they need to grab the nearest lifeboat and disembark. Bon voyage and God speed. We will keep you in our prayers.

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        • Beckita says:

          I’ve noticed this as well, Christene. As I mentioned in an earlier comment, I observed from the moment Pope Francis was presented to us on the loggia, accusations were made rising from assumptions. Initially, it was nitpicking about his chosen humble garb with evil intent assigned to our Holy Father as he spoke for the poor in every way he possibly could. This manner of thinking and expressing by the critics of Pope Francis then evolved into a habit of attacking him without respect or regret. Now there are many Catholic sites willing and eager to defame this Vicar of Christ, often making mountains out of molehills.

          At the same time, there are real concerns with honest questions being asked. There is true confusion, invoking anger and frustration. To cast everyone aside, wishing they would go away, could easily lead us into the temptation to judge hearts before we know who is actually entrenched in anger with prideful thinking, only wishing to pick a fight, from one who may be angry and searching to understand. It is a delicate balance worth consideration for our words could become a lifeline for one who may be ready to jump ship.

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          • Christene says:

            Oh, please don’t misunderstand me. Number one, I am not referring to simple, humble lay Catholics who are simply trying to find some stable footing and shelter as this earthquake shakes the very foundations of their faith!! No, I am referring to those in positions of authority, whether theologians, canon lawyers, those who appoint themselves as teachers, those in the media and even, sadly, maybe some Bishops and Cardinals who NEVER accepted the Papacy of Pope Francis and have been working to delegitimize it from the very beginning. It is those whom I am referencing and have lost patience with.
            And there is a DESPERATE need for CALM, RESPECTFUL, HUMBLE, CHARITABLE dialogue to take place within the Church to address the questions and confusion that are currently swirling, but because of their antics for the past four years the atmosphere for that to take place has been utterly poisoned.

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      • Christene says:

        Beckita, there is a curious turn of phrase in a prophecy that Our Lady of Success made about these times;

        But Our Lady promised Her intercession at the very moment “when the evil will appear triumphant and when the authority abuses my power.” This would “mark the arrival of my hour, when I, in a marvelous way, will dethrone the proud and accursed Satan, trampling him under my feet and fettering him in the infernal abyss.” These words harmonize perfectly with the message of hope Our Lady delivered to the three children at Fatima in 1917: “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.”

        That phrase, “when authority ABUSES MY POWER” struck me like a thunderbolt. I have no doubt that this conference will invoke the intercession of our Blessed Mother, asking for her assistance in their efforts to depose Pope Francis. It gives me chills.

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        • Beckita says:

          Your observation, Christene, is synonymous with a common thread in prophecy for our times. We often hear that it will *seem* evil has won. Actually, we’ve experienced that in many ways already, such as the rule of law being dead in this country, the scourge of abortion even in the face of the revealing Planned Parenthood videos, and the so called “same sex marriage” becoming law. This will continue to intensify.

          When I recall Charlie forewarning us that even he will lose hope in what lies ahead, I think of the concept that it will seem evil has won. This is why it is critical for each one of us to be well practiced in *choosing* to believe, to trust and to hope. We will then be better prepared to sherpa those around us in this manner of response to events in the times of greatest darkness.

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  40. Monica says:

    Thank you, Beckita, for keeping this site going. I’m sure it is a sacrifice for you. I appreciate your wise, patient, and merciful insights and also the links to other relevant articles. I’m one of the silent readers–just wanted to let you know because I’m sure there are many more. I try always to read your posts, but life is too busy right now for me to respond. I enjoy everyone else’s responses when I have time to read them. Thank you, thank you!!

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  41. shjihmhs says:

    Beckita – Thank you for all you are doing! Prayers for our Pope is a definite MUST, for he is the Vicar of Christ. As to those of us who are silent, we are in the wings watching and waiting. Charlie definitely did all that he could up to the point of the election; but now we must carry on an do what he told us: AG,TNRS,BSH! So the number of comments might be down – but we are still here reading your comments!!!! (On a side note – when the Storm reaches its pinnacle, we may not have the internet to keep in touch! All of us just have to “hang in there” no matter what!) God bless; and, all of you stay safe!

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    • SteveBC says:

      shjihmhs, please know that Charlie is still very busy, just not being public. He and Beckita regularly converse. Please feel free to come in any time and add a comment. We’ll be happy to hear from you. 🙂

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  42. Nancy says:

    Rarely post, but still read as often as I can: lent is for minimum screen time, usually just for the weather (hate news and everything else.)
    Happy St. Joseph feast day and happy family news: Matt and Amy had their tenth and all is well. Please let Charlie know.

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  43. circuitrighter says:

    There is a difference between deposing a Pope and correcting a Pope. The latter is what the Cardinals of the dubia had in mind as a last resort. As we pray for Pope Francis in docility to the Holy Spirit, among the things we should pray is that he hold to the Faith. I say this because Christ told Peter, “Simon, Simon, behold Satan has demanded to sift you all like wheat, but I have prayed that your own faith may not fail; and once you have turned back, you must strengthen your brothers” (Luke 22:31-32). Pray for him to hold the Faith and to turn, lest we be sifted.

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  44. Julia says:

    I watched a utube with Michael Voris in which he talks about His Holiness Pope Francis. And Michael says people confuse what the Pope says with what is Doctrine.

    Every word that comes out of the Popes mouth is not Doctrine. We need to stand back and realise a lot of what Holy Father is reported as saying is his opinion, and we should not make the mistake of accusing him of changing Church Doctrine in these matters. He has not changed anything.

    Most of the people who are confused and angry over what Holy Father is saying are not making the distinction between the Popes opinions which are not binding on us versus Faith and Moral defined issues. The Pope is not obliging anyone to sin and receive Holy Communion.

    I hope the above is articulated in a charitable and simple fashion. My response to what I have heard or read about what Holy Father may or may not have said is. Well ok Holy Father, but thank God I am not going to have to change my beliefs.

    Jesus came to save the lost, the sinners. And Jesus warned us about the log in our own eye when we chose to take the splinter out of our brothers eye.

    I will continue to try and live within the 10 Commandments, and advise anyone, particularly children or grandchildren, not to receive Holy Eucharist until they are able to receive absolution for any mortal sins they may carry.

    Beckita beautifully sums up what I feel in my heart about the whole situation going on in discussion these days. Thank you Beckita, and thank you Steve. God bless you for your ‘sherping’ LOL

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  45. Julia says:

    I was just thinking earlier today how honest Jesus has been with us all. He told us we are His sheep. He knows His sheep, and His own know Him.

    It occurred to me Jesus was saying, I know you are all dim witted. You are easily let astray, you readily join the herd and graze with them regardless of your own wellbeing and Redemption.

    We know we will all have to be immersed in the eternal sheep dip one day (the Ocean of Mercy or Purgatory). Yikes.

    And lets face it we need to be fleeced (alms giving etc) from time to time to be able to start all over again to accumulate a new coat ready for the next season.

    We all need to stop thinking like shepherds and face up to who we really are…the sheep.

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  46. Simone says:

    Still here too. arctic hugs to all.

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  47. jlynnbyrd says:

    On the Feast Day of St. Joseph, I thought this prayer from JohnofGod@Catholiclist.com was lovely and I wanted to share it with all here. Happy St. Joseph Day, Viva el Papa!

    PRAYER FOR THE CHURCH AND HOLY FATHER

    Most Powerful Patriarch St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, which has always invoked thee in anxiety and trouble, from the exalted seat of thy glory cast a loving glance upon the whole Catholic world. Let thy fatherly heart be touched at the sight of the Mystical Spouse and the Vicar of Christ overwhelmed with sorrow and persecuted by powerful enemies. Oh, by the bitter anguish thou didst experience upon earth, dry the tears of the venerable Pontiff, defend him, comfort him, intercede for him with the Giver of peace and charity, that, all adversity being removed and all error dissipated, the entire Church may serve God in perfect liberty. Amen.

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  48. sodakrancher says:

    Praying for all here . And thank you Beckita and Steve for your patience and guidance .
    Jesus said while still here on earth ” That the gates of hell would not prevail against his Church . ” Jesus did not say things he didn’t mean folks . The Catholic Church has endured and grown for over 2000 years and withstood countless challenges . God and his Church WILL prevail . No other institution or country or government has even come close to lasting so long.

    For those who are claiming Pope Francis is a heretic ? Think of all the liturgy we have been hearing in Lenten services and will be hearing especially during Holy Week.

    Didn’t the Sanhedrin and Pharisees and all those attacking Jesus and trying to trap him and finally who killed him? They were saying the same thing about Jesus . Why? Because he was turning everything they believed and had been taught on its head .

    All I’m saying is be patient and calm and trust and have faith in our Lord . He is not going to allow his Church to lose this battle . But it will not be the imagined intelligence of those of us who believe somehow we know better than the shepherd our Lord chose to lead us at this time . It will be the prayers and faith and the humility of those who trust in him and the Church his Son established as it always has been that will strengthen his Church and his mercy . God will take care of these problems in his time, in his way.

    Trust

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      That was beautifully said, Sodakrancher!

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    • calamity jane says:

      Most of the discussion about Pope Francis makes my head spin – it is confusing and divisive. This is one of those times when it is a relief to admit that I’m not the brightest bulb in the pack. I have more than enough to accomplish in keeping Lent. That’s my area of responsibility – and what I will have to answer for.
      I am grateful to have this blog to muse on – it broadens my perspective and I am thankful for the prayers. It is a community that blesses me. Thank you everyone and be assured of my prayers for you.

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    • moreen67 says:

      Thanks for this comment Soda – I have a saying…God’s got this. He’s in control. He wants us to trust in Him (and for all of us to pray for each other).

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  49. Gummy says:

    I have continued to read the emails sent to me from TNRS. I have rarely commented because everything has been so well said by so many. What popped into my head as I read these comments is the bible passage that has been part of my life since my conversion in 1995 through Our Lady of Medjugorje: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He will direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3: 5-6
    I rely on this Word from the Lord to get me through life, since I know what it is like to not know Him, love Him or serve Him…..and I never want to go back to that condition of separation from Love and from the One Whom I can fully Trust. God’s protection and blessings to all!

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