I don’t know about you, Friends, but I’ve been commenting to others that I feel a great sense of expectancy. It reminds me of the homilies I’ve heard during Advent which have acknowledged the atmosphere in times when Our Lady gave her FIAT and Jesus was conceived. The Jewish people were abuzz with vibrancy concerning the pending arrival of the Messiah. Then, as the Lord embarked on His public ministry, the Scriptures tell us, people were asking John the Baptist, “”Are *you* the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?” By the grace of the Holy Spirit, the people intuited, first, that the Messiah was near and, then, that he had come. Emmanuel.
Expectancy. In these days, I’m feeling as I did when the birth of each of my children approached. I know there will be great suffering when the Storm breaks in its fullness yet I also hold dear the promises of rebirth, renewal and rescue with the arrival of the baby of babies, the dream and fulfillment of the neverending intercession of our Blessed Mother as she has come under many titles, to many places in this Age of Mary: the return of so many brothers and sisters to God and His Ways.
Our reader quietpathways described these times, yesterday, in an image which, I think, characterizes just how decayed and degenerate are societies and cultures, all over the world, when he commented:
It’s good to be reminded of what this current administration is up against, as well as ourselves. Lets not sit back and think, ah, Trump is working on it, the swamp will be drained. The recovery of a country does not survive on Trump alone, but by every next right step of it’s people 🙂
I do wonder how long before we understand that human action won’t be enough. Right now it feels like we’re in a very slow motion train-wreck. There are frantic attempts to put the wheels back on track, but many of the other wheels have already had their lug nuts removed, and are being held to their bare bolts, solely by the grace of God.
Still, we cling to hope for God DOES have a Plan which continues to unfold before us and, as quietpathways exhorts, each of us has next right steps to take in order to accomplish the little we each can do, wherever we are living and loving. We CAN do this. We *can*choose to carry on, filled with hope as we Trust.Do.Love. In God’s economy, that little we can do has great purpose and value. Placed on the Cross with Christ, HE magnifies its effect as it ripples to invigorate all people and places of the world. As hearts are being revealed, the effects of evil choices are being revealed as raw evidence of the breadth and depth of societal and cultural depravity is reported. Please take heart! We remember: “Where sin abounds, grace abounds the more.” (Romans 5:20)
An action item to consider involves signing a petition that all charges against David Daleiden and Susan Merritt be dropped. There are many such initiatives. If you haven’t yet signed such a petition, here’s one promoted by the Manhattan Declaration.
Please continue to pray:
*For David and Susan
*For Charlie and God’s Plan for him as he remains in watchful retirement and we swirl in the ever choppier waters of chaos, confusion and division
* For our Syrian brother and sisters. Such evil and heartache for too long! As Cardinal DiNardo says, It “shocks the soul.”
*For the developing story surrounding the news of the latest use of chemical weapons in Syria. Here, I remind us of the “broad sweep” of events wherein the U.S. will ally with Russia to beat back Islam. Let us ask Our Lady to crush any efforts that attempt to obstruct the establishment of such an alliance.
*For our country and God’s Plan to be fulfilled as we observe the “slow motion train wreck” of its implosion.
*For every country as the world is on fire in many places, fraught with dangerous possibilities. For some solid enlightenment on this reality, I point you to this piece by Victor David Hanson. As you may know, Charlie has great respect for some of the writers featured at National Review. Hanson solidly captures the issues of the day surrounding “the U.S. effectively reasserting itself in world affairs”:
“Rightly or wrongly, China, Iran, North Korea, Russia, and Middle East-based terrorists concluded after 2009 that the U.S. saw itself in decline and preferred a recession from world affairs.
In that void, rival states were emboldened, assuming that America thought it could not — or should not — any longer exercise the sort of political and military leadership it had demonstrated in the past.
Enemies thought the U.S. was more focused on climate change, United Nations initiatives, resets, goodwill gestures to enemies such as Iran and Cuba, and soft-power race, class, and gender agendas than on protecting and upholding longtime U.S. alliances and global rules.
In reaction, North Korea increased its missile launches and loudly promised nuclear destruction of the West and its allies. Russia violated its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and absorbed borderlands of former Soviet republics. Iran harassed American ships in the Persian Gulf and issued serial threats against the U.S. China built artificial island bases in the South China Sea to send a message about its imminent management of Asian commerce. In Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State killed thousands in medieval fashion and sponsored terrorist attacks inside Western countries. Amid such growing chaos, a return to former (and normal) U.S. deterrence would inflame such aggressors and be considered provocative by provocateurs.”
Be sure to visit National Review and read Hanson’s suggested, “few old rules for these scary new crises on the horizon.”
*Please remember the prayer given by the Lady of All Nations. Her special prayer reveals she knew these times were coming and, in God’s Plan, she has provided a prayerful antidote to the current evil:
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Father, send now Your Spirit over the earth. Let the Holy Spirit live in the hearts of all nations that they may be preserved from degenration, disaster and war. May the Lady of All Nations, the Blessed Virgin Mary, be our advocate. Amen.
*For North Korea, in particular, at this time. We know its current alliance with China. We know the prophecy concerning the struggle we face with China and the promise that Our Lady will intervene when all seems lost. In my personal and group encounters with Maria Esperanza, one of my spiritual mothers, I heard her repeatedly warn concerning future struggles emerging with some of the Asian governments. Naming this reality is not meant to induce fear for it is the evil one’s tactic to induce fear. No. This is to evoke prayer while focusing, with great confidence, on God’s Plan.
*Not as a prayer taskmaster, but as a reminder of truth and a purveyor of God’s Hope and Concrete Assistance in this time of real need for us and all peoples, I encourage us to make use of the gifts given by Our Lord and Our Lady in the Flame of Love Prayers:
Prayer #1: Jesus told Elizabeth:
“A great battle awaits you, but you will conquer in the sign of the cross. When you make the cross, think of the three Divine Persons. Make the sign of the cross five times, while thinking of my Five Wounds. Always look at my eyes bathed in blood. Tell everyone all that I tell you.”
Prayer #2: The Unity Prayer about which Jesus said : “Through this prayer, Satan will be blind and souls will not be led into sin… The Lord explained, “Satan being blind signifies a worldwide triumph of my Sacred Heart, the freedom of souls and a full opening of the road of salvation.”
May our feet journey together.
May our hands gather in unity.
May our hearts beat in unison.
May our souls be in harmony.
May our thoughts be as one.
May our ears listen to the silence together.
May our glances profoundly penetrate each other.
May our lips pray together to gain mercy from the Eternal Father.
Prayer #3: Elizabeth Kindleman said, “For a long time, I did not dare to record Our Lady’s petition, “When you pray the Hail Mary, include the following petition, ‘Spread the effect of grace of thy Flame of Love over all of humanity.’” When the bishop asked why this should be done, Jesus explained, “Because of the Holy Virgin’s efficacious pleas, the Most Blessed Trinity granted the outpouring of the Flame of Love. For her sake, you must place this prayer in the Hail Mary.” Mary said, “I want to awaken humanity by this petition. This is not a new formula but a constant supplication.”
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee,
blessed are Thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of Thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,
spread the effect of grace of Thy Flame of Love over all of humanity,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
How often Charlie reminded us that these things and these days must come. I have long pondered that without God’s Justice we humans are capable of totally destroying ourselves. It is fitting to remember: God’s Justice, wherein His Mercy is embedded, is NOT upon us because He is doing this to us. WE have provoked His Justice by concocting this stinky stew, suffused throughout the world. In the first reading proclaimed at Mass today, we heard Abba clearly convey to Abraham: “On your part, you and your descendants after you must keep my covenant throughout the ages.”
God is ALWAYS faithful. It is we who have failed in keeping our part of the covenant. God is the same yesterday, today and forever: He is the Source of ALL Goodness. He ONLY acts from Pure Love. He EVER provides the ways back to Him. For these reasons and for all His Goodness and Glory, we praise and thank Him, even in the darkest nights.
Blessed be God forever! Ave Maria eternally!