The Morning Star Who Never Sets

We remain at sea, while the Light of the World remains always in our midst, and a childhood rhyme lingers in these days: “Red sky at night, sailors’ delight. Red sky at morning, sailors take warning.”  

Since childhood, I have loved to imagine people all over the world, igniting bright and bold bonfires, lighting up the darkness of Holy Saturday night. As a former director of liturgical music ministry, fascinated by the Exusltet, that great prayer of rejoicing which ignites the beauty of the  Easter Vigil liturgy, I composed a setting of this proclamation of Easter and, this year, it especially struck me that it is a prayer to keep in our hearts in these days of uneasy peace with potential triggers all around us which could set us squarely in the Storm’s greatest intensity. It brings to mind a juxtaposition of great hope extraordinaire in the midst of great challenges, even as we live our ordinary way of TNRS: Christ’s Light, always and forever, shines in the darkness.

We have often discussed how this is a decisive time for choosing. It is a time for choosing in many ways… choosing to believe, choosing to continually ask for new measures of Christ’s Peace, choosing to have hope and to BE a sign of hope, choosing to daily ask for graces that we grow in the ways of loving well, and choosing to embrace the Light of Christ, even in the darkness. In another era of great darkness, scrawled on a cellar wall in Cologne, Germany, where Jewish people were hiding during WWII, were these legendary lines:

I believe in the sun even when it isn’t shining.

I believe in love even when I am alone.

I believe in God even when He is silent.

On this Easter Monday, 2017, let us take forward, as we continue in this year, the memory of the Easter fire with the burning light in the Easter candle, symbol of Christ’s Light within and all around us, always and forever, no matter how dark the dark moments become in our lives, for His Redemption is infinite and extends, personally, to each of us in these very times. Christ IS the same yesterday, today and forever. May the Flame of His Love remain ever burning in each of our hearts. May we respond to the Flame of Love burning in His Mother’s Heart by invoking her help in the aspiration she asked us to pray, for she promised it would blind satan.

Mother of God, spread the effect of grace of Thy Flame of Love over all of humanity, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

The Exsultet

 Exult, let them exult, the hosts of heaven,
exult, let Angel ministers of God exult,
let the trumpet of salvation
sound aloud our mighty King’s triumph!

Be glad, let earth be glad, as glory floods her,
ablaze with light from her eternal King,
let all corners of the earth be glad,
knowing an end to gloom and darkness.

Rejoice, let Mother Church also rejoice,
arrayed with the lightning of his glory,
let this holy building shake with joy,
filled with the mighty voices of the peoples.

(Therefore, dearest friends,
standing in the awesome glory of this holy light,
invoke with me, I ask you,
the mercy of God almighty,
that he, who has been pleased to number me,
though unworthy, among the Levites,
may pour into me his light unshadowed,
that I may sing this candle’s perfect praises.)

(V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit.)
V. Lift up your hearts.
R. We lift them up to the Lord.
V. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
R. It is right and just.

It is truly right and just, with ardent love of mind and heart
and with devoted service of our voice,
to acclaim our God invisible, the almighty Father,
and Jesus Christ, our Lord, his Son, his Only Begotten.

Who for our sake paid Adam’s debt to the eternal Father,
and, pouring out his own dear Blood,
wiped clean the record of our ancient sinfulness.

These, then, are the feasts of Passover,
in which is slain the Lamb, the one true Lamb,
whose Blood anoints the doorposts of believers.

This is the night,
when once you led our forebears, Israel’s children,
from slavery in Egypt
and made them pass dry-shod through the Red Sea.

This is the night
that with a pillar of fire
banished the darkness of sin.

This is the night
that even now, throughout the world,
sets Christian believers apart from worldly vices
and from the gloom of sin,
leading them to grace
and joining them to his holy ones.

This is the night,
when Christ broke the prison-bars of death
and rose victorious from the underworld.

Our birth would have been no gain,
had we not been redeemed.

O wonder of your humble care for us!
O love, O charity beyond all telling,
to ransom a slave you gave away your Son!
O truly necessary sin of Adam,
destroyed completely by the Death of Christ!
O happy fault
that earned so great, so glorious a Redeemer!

O truly blessed night,
worthy alone to know the time and hour
when Christ rose from the underworld!

This is the night
of which it is written:
The night shall be as bright as day,
dazzling is the night for me,
and full of gladness.

The sanctifying power of this night
dispels wickedness, washes faults away,
restores innocence to the fallen, and joy to mourners,
drives out hatred, fosters concord, and brings down the mighty.
On this, your night of grace, O holy Father,
accept this candle, a solemn offering,
the work of bees and of your servants’ hands,
an evening sacrifice of praise,
this gift from your most holy Church.

But now we know the praises of this pillar,
which glowing fire ignites for God’s honor,
a fire into many flames divided,
yet never dimmed by sharing of its light,
for it is fed by melting wax,
drawn out by mother bees
to build a torch so precious.

O truly blessed night,
when things of heaven are wed to those of earth,
and divine to the human.

Therefore, O Lord,
we pray you that this candle,
hallowed to the honor of your name,
may persevere undimmed,
to overcome the darkness of this night.

Receive it as a pleasing fragrance,
and let it mingle with the lights of heaven.

May this flame be found still burning
by the Morning Star:
the one Morning Star who never sets,
Christ your Son,
who, coming back from death’s domain,
has shed his peaceful light on humanity,
and lives and reigns for ever and ever.

R. Amen.

About Beckita

Beckita, widow, mother and grandmother, lives in Missoula, Montana. After more than thirty years of service, she retired from two careers: elementary school educator and director of liturgical music ministry in a local parish. Serving the Catholic Church in many capacities since early childhood, she now provides care for a nearly 90 year old priest of Chinese origin and collaborates with him in evangelizing the Chinese people. For more than twenty-five years, she has welcomed words from heaven concerning these sobering times in which we live and, like so many, takes seriously Our Lord and Our Lady’s call to intercede for the return of souls to God. Responding to heaven’s call for prayer, for her, included making pilgrimages to shrines in Europe, Asia and South America. She says these travels, added to her years as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa in the mid-seventies, have expanded her heart to hold dear all peoples of the world. She is a longtime member of TNRS community and when she began reading Charlie’s posts, immediately, she found that his mission and message harmonize well with Church approved private revelation of our times. In September 2015, she accepted an invitation to become part of TNRS Answers Team. As events of the Storm evolved, last fall (2016), she accepted Charlie’s invitation to become managing editor of TNRS should he need to leave the site. With great gratitude to and for Charlie, founder of TNRS, and with great respect and admiration for the lifelong experiences and God-given gifts he brought to bear on his work at this site - she knows we all know he’s irreplaceable – still, she considers it a great privilege to serve the TNRS community.
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168 Responses to The Morning Star Who Never Sets

  1. BD says:

    Beautiful, what more can I say!!!

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    • Beckita says:

      So great to hear from you, BD. Been missing you and your humor.

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      • theresa323 says:

        We have 50 days to celebrate Easter. Alleluia.

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      • BD says:

        Beckita, I’ve been lurking for the last several months as I’ve been busy trying to nurse my Dad back to health. He’s been receiving daily radiation treatments, (last one is tomorrow Praise God) and the side effects have not been pleasant.

        I for one continue to prepare for the “Storm” as the worst is just over the horizon now, yet many people still do not see it coming. I firmly believe it will not be long now, so keep up the good fight that our friend Charley started. I know it’s both difficult and time consuming, but you touch our hearts and souls nearly everyday with your efforts.

        On a more pleasant note, I do miss all of you from this site. I still have to chuckle over some of the crazy dialogues we all had and when I have more time I hope we can all laugh again… God Bless to All…

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  2. Randolph H. Hemmerle says:

    “Christ IS the same yesterday, today and forever.”

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    • Randy131 says:

      How is the smoke of Satan removed from the Catholic Church, the laity and clergy that worship GOD above man’s religions and man’s traditions, by obeying GOD’s words in the Bible over that of man’s religions and man’s traditions.

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      • Beckita says:

        Randy, with respect, I mean this in the most helpful way I can express: You have written before with complaints about religious beliefs being a problem and that people should focus on God. When you criticize, you mix religious beliefs given by God and man-made religions as one and the same while they are not. As well, you have a problem with man-made traditions. Further, you name the sole source of validity for religious beliefs and traditions as the Bible. Randy, there are already more than 30,000 Christian religions in the world based on each faith’s interpretation of the Bible.

        As before, I kindly advise you to find a priest with orthodox beliefs to help you sort out your conflicts with the Catholic Church. I think it would be most beneficial for you to be in a real time dialogue concerning your misunderstandings about the Church. I’ve not cleared your previous very long complaint because it has so many misconceptions and misunderstandings about what the Catholic Church actually teaches that it would take me an equally very long response to begin to unpack and respond, fully and fairly, to those erroneous understandings. And the interchange would be lacking the opportunity for an in-depth discussion which these topics deserve.

        I will reiterate that the Catholic Church has not used the Scriptures alone to explicate her teachings. Those with expertise, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, utilize the Bible, Sacred Tradition and Magisterial Teaching as the sources and authority from which understandings concerning teachings of the faith are presented.

        We are not here to “worry about the Storm” as you suggested in your previous comment. We are here to support one another as we make our way through this Storm. Wishing you every blessing from the Lord and praying you can find a priest with whom you can talk, in-depth, about all these matters which bother you. God bless you, Randy.

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        • Randy131 says:

          My complaints, as you call them, are simply observations of what has occurred, like the teachings that Jesus did not really multiply the loaves and fish, taught in the seminary in Baltimore, as I know for fact as first hand investigation, and probably other seminaries in the USA too.

          There is a reason that the “STORM”, as Charlie describes it, is going to occur, GOD is sending it, as Charlie deslares, so shouldn’t we know why, so we can repent and make sure the same mistakes are not made again.

          I’m sorry to inform you, but the Catholic religion has made many errors in the past, the “Inquisition” and the reason the “Latin Mass” was institued, instead of using the local language, as was always used in the past, since Christianity began, and actually the reson for the result of ‘Pentecost’, the speaking in many tongues.

          Do you have any idea how many devout Christians were beheaded or hung for translating the Bible into the local language of the country that the people were asking for it, and this was done by the Christian religions, not only the Catholic religion, but also many of the Protestant religions.

          Didn’t Charlie once mention and warn about putting our “heads in the sand” and ignoring what we are doing wrong, and against GOD’s teachings, precepts and mandates.

          Yes, there is more to the Christian religion than just the Bible, but nothing is allowed to be integrated unless the heirarchy thinks it keeps them safe, and only then allows it, which I can give very many examples of.

          Do you not understand that when the Pope warned us that “the smaoke of Satan has infiltrated the Catholic Church”, that it means we have evil among us in the hierarchy of the Catholic religion, and you want to keep hiding it by censoring what I have said? Just what harm will it cause for people to see my observations, are they going to destroy the Catholic Church, is the Church that frail?

          Nobody has more respect for those who dedicate their lives to GOD, but when violating His words in the Bible, not the only gift from GOD for knowing what we should be obediant to and for, but by far the most important, but when I see straying, I can’t help but warn, not for my benefit, but for the one’s who stray. I’m not attacking the Catholic Church, I’m exposing what some in the Catholic religion are doing, or have done, and may be the reason why GOD has sent this “Storm”, to correct and return us to His covenant.

          Ironic how you say that i’m wrong in what I say, but never point out the specific items out, and declare why they are supposedly wrong, so I that infers that you too want to explain away Jesus’ miracle of multiplying the loaves and fish, like they were teaching the seminarians to do at the Baltimore Seminary back in the mid 1990s. But I want it exposed so we all can learn the truth that humans are not perfect or infallible, and if the Pope was correct about the “smoke of Satan infiltrating the Catholic Church”, then we have a problem that needs to be corrected by searching it out and removing it, instead of once again sticking our heads in the sand. So please precisely tell me what I have written that is so bad and why, for I denigrate or denounce no one in particular, but only warn of what I observe and is happening in the heirarchy of the Catholic religion, not the Catholic Church, for unforunately there exists a great difference and chasm between the two.

          As far as finding a priest to help me, I have talked to many, and about 20% agree that they have observed the same that you want hidden by your censorship. So be it, I hate to get in these discussions anyway, for I don’t like exposing these observations, but was told that if I do, it might save some that realize their errors and change their way, but I guess you can do that better than I. If GOD wants us to seek the truth, then all priests should seek out the videos of the many priests who have had “life-after-death” experiences, and contact those proests and talk with them to discern if their experiences were true and what Jesus and the Blessed Mother wants other priests to be warned about, for GOD does work in mysterious ways, if we would just accept that condition and seek the truth from the knowledge of others, as well as from the Bible and it’s teachings, precepts and mandates, and quit teaching the laity to accept the opposite that is found in the Bible.

          Jesus questioned upon His return, if there would be any true believers left, which mean that many Catholics, and many of the Protestants, must not be true believers. Why would that be? Could it be that they are being taught improperly and against GOD’s teachings, precepts, and mandates from the Bible, because the heirarchy of the Catholic religion have found other sources that negate what is in the Bible, and now has the laity accepting nonpunishment of murders as described by GOD to Moses, or accepting homosexuality in the Church without repentance, while they boastfully repeat their sins that they are allowed to bring into the Church, to set an example for our children to follow?

          Yes, you’re right, I’m the one who needs a priest, not those involved in all my observations, which the smoke of Satan covers and hides as his errors are allowed to be spread among the faithful, destroying GOD’s laity that His priests are delegated to protect.

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          • Beckita says:

            Randy, I wrote the reply this morning with all sincerity. I’m glad to see in this comment you have stated: “I’m not attacking the Catholic Church…” In the long comment from this morning, you were attributing to the Church many things which are not at all what the Church teaches. (For example, even in your third paragraph in this comment, you state, “… the Catholic religion has made many errors…” but she hasn’t. People within the Church err.) Since I live in residence with a wise and erudite orthodox priest, providing care for him in his old age, I shared some of what you wrote in my concern to discern how best to respond to you. He fully concurred it would be a good idea to visit with a good priest to work out some of what you were saying. I was not censoring as much as serious about how important it is to be able to dialogue face to face with someone when a person feels so upset about difficult things. Randy, you also generalize by naming the problems of some clergy and laity as if all are found wanting. There are many good souls within the Church who work hard and pray hard for needed change.

            No one here has his/her head in the sand. Please read Charlie’s old posts and you will discover many of the problems you have named, have been discussed, not only by Charlie, but by many who have been part of our community. You will also discover many comments and major posts which focus on prayerful, practical solutions, such as the most recent one, the Nineveh90 initiative.

            This evening, I’m finishing the last of Mirijana from Medjugorje’s book in which she says:
            I wish I could divulge more about what will happen in the future, but I can say one thing about how the priesthood relates to the secrets. We have the time that we are living in now, and we have the time of the triumph of Our Lady’s Heart. Between these two times we have a bridge, and that bridge is our priests. Our Lady continually asks us to pray for our shepherds, as she calls them, because the bridge needs to be strong enough for all of us to cross it to the time of the triumph. In her message of October 2, 2010, she said, “Only alongside your shepherds will my heart triumph.”

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          • Well, I think of Saul of Tarsus who would later become the tireless Apostle and Saint.

            If you’re going to hold to your particular line of rationalizing, Randy, why not apply it to Jesus and Judas Iscariot? Consider the Gospels. Why bother to take Judas in as an Apostle at all? Why not head it off at the pass and avoid it altogether, or at the least, call him out early on in front of the other Apostles… point out all his deficiencies and dreadful tendencies? Why not throw him out and clean things up?

            God’s ways are not our ways.

            Perhaps it’s better to focus on the other 11 Apostles as they carried on, endeavoring to apply what Jesus had taught them and commissioned them to do. So many words and acts of charity, love, mercy, building up… etc. followed. Later, St. Paul. Oh, he’s a favorite of mine, as I’m sure he’s also a favorite of many here.

            Oh, I thought I could write on into the wee hours, but I suddenly want to ponder parts of Acts of the Apostles.

            St. Paul, pray for us!

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          • Doug says:

            Randy, I sense a bitter root.

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        • Randy131 says:

          Beckita, you need to reread my original comment, for not once did I say anything against the Catholic Church, but only the Catholic religion as controlled by it’s heirarchy, where the smoke of Satan has entered, and I made a very clear disctinction between the two, for the Church are the people and the priests who follow and obey GOD’s teachings, precepts, and mandates in the Bible. You mentioned that everything that GOD has given us is not just in the Bible, but we are taught about the constancy of GOD, so do you think those other sources are going to be contrary to what GOD has given us in the Bible, for if they are, they are not from GOD, because it destroys His constancy, and why Jesus made the proclamation in Mathew: Ch.5, Vs.17-19.

          Unfortunately many priests obey their religious hiearchy, as they did in the ‘Baltimiore Seminary’, because they are indoctrinated into obeying, as is a requirement in the Bible, but the Bible shows in the example of Acts: Ch.5, Vs.29, that they should obey the higher authority, and not go against what GOD asks and/or demands of them, as is written in the Bible. The Chief Priest of the Jerusalem Sanhedrin held the same power and position in the Judeo religion, as the Bishop of Rome (Pope) holds in the Catholic religion, so who did Saint Peter and the Apostles obey, and who did they disobey.

          Why do you think that Saint Padre Pio was locked up in the priests’ dormitory for 15 years, or why do you think he was sent home from the seminary 6 times, but returned 7 times, until they finally had to make him a priest? Miracles happened around Saint Padre Pio almost on a daily basis, and he was given great powers, as well as the Stigmata, so why was he locked up, and why did it take so very long to make him a Saint, with all the very many miracles also ocurring in his name after his death, when Saint Mother Theresa was made a Saint overnight, and with not anywhere near the miracles that occurred around saint Padre Pio.

          When you read your Bible, do you not wonder why those things occurred, what caused them, and what is it that GOD wants us to learn from their example? Have you ever wondered why GOD was unable to find just 10 righteous people in Sodom & Gomorrah, when those cities that had grown together had a total population of well over 30,000 people, had two Sanhedrins and two Chief Priests, as well as over a thousand Pharisees, Scribes, and Sanducees (clergy)? What were they being taught that destroyed any righteousness that they should have attained? They all were not homosexuals, for there were not any more than can be found in cities of the same size today.

          I love and respect all priests, and any person that devotes their lives to GOD, but I am heart sickened when I see and watch their disobedience to what is written in the Bible, just so they can be obedient to any man in the hierarchy of the Catholic religion, and only want them to be aware of who the more important to obey is, the higher authority, the ultimate authority.

          I am nobody’s judge, nor do I ever want to be, but am quite aware that we will all stand in front of Jesus and be judged, with witnesses to remind us of what we did, and I would just hope that our priests would seek out those who have had “life-after-death” experiences, their names are listed in their videos, and engage with them and learn from them, what Jesus and the Blessed Mother taught them about thier judgements, and why they were sent back. Then I would not need to say or speak up about anything, for I’m not trying to denigrate or denounce anyone, for I know I’m a much worse sinner than most, but am trying to make up for it by helping others to see the truth of what they’re doing and what their actions really are achieving and for who’s benefit.

          I know why you censored my first comment, because two people liked it in a very short time, and you didn’t want any others to add to it, for some can see and are aware of what is going on, while most of those in error or really ignorant of it, for if they knew and understood, they would certainly correct themselves, without a doubt in my mind, being lovers of GOD, and the only reason that I’ve been talked into doing this, because it does not bring me any pleasure, is that some might see and understand, and return to obeying GOD, not man, as Saint Peter told the High Priest of the Sanhedrin of Jerusalem..

          But what will happen to those who keep the truth from GOD’s people, and who is great enough to decide what GOD’s truth really is? You? Not me! I only put out what I have been taught, for people to decide for themselves what is the truth, for as the Baltimore Seminary has proven, the truth is not always coming from the Catholic religion, as there are many other examples that also prove the same, but only the people are the ones that can save their souls, not me or you, or even the priests, each individual must make the choice for themselves, but they need the chance to do that by learing what is going on, and censoring does not give them that chance, but we each must do what we must, in obedience to the ultimate authority.

          GOD definately did not create religions or traditions, man made them in order to control others, and not always for GOD’s intentions, but for the benefit of those who made them.

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      • Sean Sullivan says:

        Todays (Wed) First reading of Liturgy of theHours speaks to Mans obedience to human institutions: Emphasis paragraph 2

        First Reading
        1 Peter 2:11-25

        I urge you, my dear people, while you are visitors and pilgrims to keep yourselves free from the selfish passions that attack the soul. Always behave honourably among pagans so that they can see your good works for themselves and, when the day of reckoning comes, give thanks to God for the things which now make them denounce you as criminals.

        For the sake of the Lord, accept the authority of every social institution: the emperor, as the supreme authority, and the governors as commissioned by him to punish criminals and praise good citizenship. God wants you to be good citizens, so as to silence what fools are saying in their ignorance. You are slaves of no one except God, so behave like free men, and never use your freedom as an excuse for wickedness. Have respect for everyone and love for our community; fear God and honour the emperor.

        Slaves must be respectful and obedient to their masters, not only when they are kind and gentle but also when they are unfair. You see, there is some merit in putting up with the pains of unearned punishment if it is done for the sake of God but there is nothing meritorious in taking a beating patiently if you have done something wrong to deserve it. The merit, in the sight of God, is in bearing it patiently when you are punished after doing your duty.

        This, in fact, is what you were called to do, because Christ suffered for you and left an example for you to follow the way he took. He had not done anything wrong, and there had been no perjury in his mouth. He was insulted and did not retaliate with insults; when he was tortured he made no threats but he put his trust in the righteous judge. He was bearing our faults in his own body on the cross, so that we might die to our faults and live for holiness; through his wounds you have been healed. You had gone astray like sheep but now you have come back to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

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    • Beckita says:

      Clearing this comment so your additional comments appears, Randy.

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    • Doug says:

      Amen!

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  3. Doug says:

    Very nice Beckita! Thank you!

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  4. MarieUrsula says:

    This is beautiful, Beckita. I LOVE the Exsultet:

    It reminds me of the night I entered the Catholic Church 30 years ago. What a great adventure with God it has been and continues to be.

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  5. Beckita says:

    Thanking you who have prayed for my daughter’s healing and asking for prayer on two fronts, please:
    1. She has continued to suffer greatly and was back in the hospital twice. Yesterday her three little girls joined our priest in praying over their mommy. A breakthrough of feeling better was hers today. Thanks be to God. I’d appreciate your prayer support for her complete healing.
    2.Her husband is seeking new employment. Please pray him.

    Thanks so much for your prayer support.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Beckita, your children and grandchildren are precious in their love and care at this difficult time. I will indeed keep them all in my prayers. ❤

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    • Sending prayers your way.

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    • Praying for your daughter and the whole family, Beckita.

      Janet

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    • Doug says:

      We have been continuing to lift them up in prayer dear Beckita.

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      • Beckita says:

        Thanks so much to you, Mr. Bing, and your dear Lambzie. We can have a special spit ball party when all our kids are healed in every way!

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        • Doug says:

          Oh that would be so much fun! We can do it from our red wagon when we travel the Universe. I have to explain this to Janet when I get some more time….

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          • Beckita says:

            BOY, Doug, that’ll hafta’ be beyond the Cadillac version of the LRW! Off we go…

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          • Doug says:

            LRW? Guess I’m slow today….

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          • Beckita says:

            LRW = Little Red Wagon But, Doug, wait ’til you see Desert Sage’s latest. Don’t miss it!

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          • Doug says:

            Ok. A little slow today. I should have figured it out. Good thing this was not on my psychological test….

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            I could have thrown in my Cadillac of red walker scooters. Only our dear neighbor’s elderly mother is know the proud owner of that contraption. 🙂

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          • Beckita says:

            Love it, Jen! 😉

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          • Doug says:

            One that I bet you are glad to give up Jen 🙂

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            It is true. I did build up my biceps, triceps and deltoids like never before while using though. 😉

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          • Not to worry, B. When Doug says “little red wagon” he’s being modest.

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          • Beckita says:

            This is so perfect, MP – Desert Sage. I usually scan all comments before I start releasing them and I’m still giggling. Keep ’em comin’! Thank you for the joy.

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          • Doug says:

            I see you snuck into my shed and took a picture MP. I never should have let out the combination…..

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          • SteveBC says:

            Doug, when you explain this to Janet, you might want to include the fact that you could take more people around the universe in your LRW if you could somehow lever out The Comet currently taking up too much room in the back. It’s getting pretty crowded in here – we need more (dare I say it) space! 😀

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          • Doug says:

            Ha! Well, I swore off the comet. So no comment on the comet unless I have to comb it. But then I’m not sure what will come it. Then it might spread too much on the internet and be seen on .com, .it 😎

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          • singingjuls says:

            Y’all are wayyyyy too funny. I know I can always come here to get my giggles in for the week! 😀

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          • Doug says:

            There is room in the wagon for you SJ 😎

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          • singingjuls says:

            Thanks Doug! Maybe you could ‘borrow’ this one. (Not sure how to do the picture thing but here’s a link). You could probably fit all the NRSers in it! I really like the slide, too!
            http://www.city-data.com/picfilesc/picc19039.php

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          • Doug says:

            That’s perfect SJ!!!

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          • By odd coincidence, I was pulling out of a parking lot behind a little red car with an interesting license plate. This was about an hour ago.

            Now, I’m not a big fan of vanity plates, but I have to admit that this one caught my eye. “SHERPA1.” The fact that it was on the back of a little red sports car was a bonus.

            Of course I was grinning, right up until the time that curiosity got the best of me. Yep, I punched the gas, just so I could pull up alongside the driver’s side and get a look at the driver. Well, they must have thought that I wanted to race, because they punched it as well before I got a good look.

            Unfortunately I was a bit outgunned, but still determined enough to drive well past my turnoff in pursuit of the little red car. I was hoping for a red light somewhere along the way and some good timing. Eventually I got it.

            I can’t even begin to express what was going through my head as I pulled up alongside that car. Heck, it wouldn’t have shocked me a bit to see Charlie grinning behind the wheel.

            Imagine my surprise when I pulled up alongside and a found a little’ole lady grinning right back at me.

            Not sure what the lesson is, but there’s a lesson in there somewhere. See what you started, Doug?

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          • Beckita says:

            This is a most fun story, MP!!! 😂😂😂

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          • Doug says:

            Who me? Start something? Hmmmm. Reminds me of a scripture in James on Temptation:

            James 1:12-16. “Blessed is the man who perseveres in temptation,* for when he has been proved he will receive the crown of life that he promised to those who love him. No one experiencing temptation should say, “I am being tempted by God”; for God is not subject to temptation to evil, and he himself tempts no one. Rather, each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire conceives and brings forth sin, and when sin reaches maturity it gives birth to death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers”

            Of course, there is also the gospel that says “better to have a mill stone tied around you and cast into the sea rather than cause one of these little ones to sin. Mia culpa…….

            So I guess there is personal responsibility, but there is also the example we lead. Now, I gotta get me one of those little red sports cars 😎

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Hahaha, MP she was probably in a panic thinking, I got get outta Dodge before this crazy gun slingin’ cowboy guy runs me down! 😉
            Juls, that wagon is hysterically huge! I love it.. lol! We could all fit in that monster wagon!

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          • Judith says:

            MP
            Is that LRW loaded with SQUIRRELS !?!

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          • Snowy,
            You’re probably spot on. She had the wheel in one hand, and probably a can of mace in the other… until she saw the silly and harmless grin on my face.

            Judith,
            Yep. And not just any ‘ole squirrels. That green one is a hoot!

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          • Doug says:

            I love it. When we all get to heaven and meet this fine lady, we will have a hoot of a time.

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Beckita, how hard for your poor daughter, I will continue praying for her, and her husband to find work. God bless all of you! 💕

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      • Beckita says:

        Thank you, Dear Snowy. They are aware their own struggles have strengthened them so they may “be there” for others when the guacamole hits the fan. The doctor spoke in terms which caused my daughter to tell him he was frightening her. He said it was because he was scared for her and trying to be honest. But we know that prayer truly changes everything, right Snowy? You have certainly been a witness of praying and hoping in God no matter the struggle.

        It’s been a long, dark, lonely walk through the wilderness of the desert this Lent for me, for many reasons, but I’m really not complaining. I only wish to acknowledge God’s Goodness for He has purpose in all He allows and sends, whatever the circumstances of Life’s Journey in which we may find ourselves, even when something precious which brought such goodness and joy is taken from us. I realize many who visit here have had intense sufferings in these days as well. Makes me think of how often Charlie asked us to contemplate the Book of Job. May God strengthen and comfort every person in this community as we make our way through all that is part of these difficult times. Looking forward to Mayberry Days while not missing the opportunities to offer reparation.

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    • audiemarie2014 says:

      Beckita, joining all here in praying for your daughter’s return to good health, for the right job for her husband, for you and your entire family. God bless you all. Also, thank you for all the time, prayers and effort you put into this blog. I surely appreciate it. SteveBC, grateful for your work here also!

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      • Beckita says:

        Thank you so very much for your prayers, audiemarie. Thanks, too, for your affirmation. You’ve been such an encouraging soul here. I noticed this to be so when I first arrived and began reading all the archives with comments. There you always were, liking comments and supporting people, right and left. We have such a great community which Charlie initiated, formed and nurtured. I’m thinking those of us who have remained will be working hard at heartening the many who may well return or show up as newbies when we hit the most difficult days of the Storm. I’m confident many will continue to benefit from your encouraging ways. God bless you, audie.

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    • singingjuls says:

      Beckita, I pray our risen Lord will touch your daughter with healing through the power of the Holy Spirit. May He continue to bless you and your family as you have blessed us. Happy Easter!

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    • PrayerPartner says:

      Oh, Beckita, I did not know. Although you did not “embellish” your prayer requests, I feel the stress and worry behind them. Like so many here, I join in sincere prayer that Our Lord will put His arms of support around you and yours.
      May we all continue to ask for prayer and receive prayer. Praying together has always been such a comfort to me in visiting this site.
      Lord, hear our prayers.

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    • dianebelvs says:

      Oh my….so sorry to hear that your daughter is still sick Beckita. I have been praying for her and will continue to do so. May God heal her fully and soon.

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    • Mick says:

      Praying along with you, Beckita.

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    • Another Karen says:

      Beckita, I will pray for your daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren as they endure these trials, as well as for you as you await her return to health and a more stable financial situation for the family. God bless you and all of your family!
      Also, thank you for continuing to post these beautiful entries!

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    • vkmir3 says:

      Beckita: I took your petition for your daughter and son-in-law as well as all the prayers requested here with me to adoration yesterday. I got a little behind on reading here through Holy Week and Resurrection Day festivities. I hope all here know that all of the wonderful people here in this community and their families are daily in my prayers. Thank you for all of the wonderful postings, Beckita, especially in the midst of all that you have going on! God’s blessings to all! Vicki

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  6. Mary W says:

    Dear Lord please heal Beckita’s daughter this Easter Octave restoring her health completely so she may again serve her family who needs her so very much. Give confidence to the entire family in their great need that you will provide both health and employment letting them know their sufferings are not in vain. We pray all this in your name dear Jesus invoking your precious blood and the intercession of your Holy and Immaculate Mother Mary.

    A great thank you to Beckita for this piece and to Sr. Bear for the recording of the Exsultet, one of my favorites as well. I thank God for the grace of returning to my Catholic faith 33 years ago and for my husband’s entrance into the church 30 years ago. He never abandons us, only we Him. May we persevere to the end.

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    • Beckita says:

      Thank you for your beautiful prayer from the heart, Mary. Congratulations on this anniversary of your return to Mother Church as well as your husband’s entry. Yes: May we persevere to the end. Amen

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  7. Kathleen Murphy says:

    Beckita, I came across this absolutely beautiful novena of surrender written by a priest whom Padre Pio said was a saint. (Imagine that stamp of approval!) It’s wording leads a person from worry and anxiety to trust in Jesus.

    NOVENA OF
    SURRENDER TO THE WILL OF GOD
    (Author: Father Don Dolindo Ruotolo ✝ 1882-1970) can be read in its entirety at http://www.catholicdoors.com/prayers/english6/p03530.htm

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    • Beckita says:

      Yes, Kathleen. This novena has been promoted here for more than two years. There’s a link to it on the side of the site’s page. It IS a beautiful and powerful prayer for building trust in the Lord. The words were actually given to Fr. Dolindo by Jesus Himself… just as the words of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy were given to St. Faustina by the Lord. By God’s design, Father was also a miracle worker.

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  8. Becky-TN says:

    Happy Easter to everyone.

    Continue to read, but not posting a lot. Remember all of you on my trips to visit Jesus in the Adoration Chapel. Stopped reading/watching the news back in early February when I started the Ninevah90. Noticed a huge uptick in energy when I stopped reading the news. Don’t feel like I have to take a nap in the afternoons anymore. I didn’t see a connection until about a month ago.

    Still think Charlie was right….just interpreted wrong. Praying the 33 Day Consecration…..so awesome.

    Love to all,

    Becky-TN

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  9. Snowy Owl says:

    Prayer need… Beckita and everyone, did you see this?
    Three people were shot and killed after a man went on a shooting spree in downtown Fresno and at Catholic Charities Tuesday at Divisadero and Fulton streets in central Fresno, police Chief Jerry Dyer said.
    The 39-year-old suspect, identified as Kori Ali Muhammad, is now in custody…
    http://spiritdaily.org/blog/uncategorized/shooting-at-catholic-charities

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  10. singingjuls says:

    Thank you for this Beckita. Needed this at this time. God bless you and all here. ~juls

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  11. luvmercy5775 says:

    Dear Beckita, You’re doing a great work for the Lord through this blog. Your steady faith in spite of trials is a testimony to all — not to mention your encouraging words. I’m sure you are aware that if you’re making a difference for good, the enemy will attack. If he can’t kill you he’ll do his best to hurt you. And that often comes through those you love. Be strong in the Lord. What the enemy intends for evil, the Lord uses for good. God bless and keep you. Great is your reward in heaven.

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    • Beckita says:

      Thanks for your kindness, luvmercy, and your potent reminder that what the enemy intends for evil, the Lord uses for good. Amen. You nailed it and I appreciate your prayers so very much.

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  12. Beckita, be assured of my prayers for your daughter and her husband, and you and your family. I know you’ve sent up many prayers on my behalf, and I’m grateful.

    May I request a few more prayers from you and anyone else? The gu@camole is hitting my life all at once. It involves my job, completing this semester after losing two weeks in bed, my future in the DNP program, having to tear down my tent and relocate by Monday – but to where?, MRI and surgery, pain, money and food, and a small conflict with a wounded neighbor. My life just got very cloudy very quickly, and I cannot see ahead of me.

    I need to carefully take the next right steps that lie before me. (Remember, Patrick), one must not make hasty decisions during a desolation (where I’m at now). My thoughts at present are consumed by my situation and so prayer is very elusive — which is sad because NOW is the time I need to pray the most. I must FORCE myself to turn to Jesus and Mary, again and again, “I trust in you! Show me the next step you want me to take.” I have an opportunity for growth here.

    Ah, I forgot about your 🎼musical expertise, B. We have sooooo MUCH to talk about on Misty Mount Meeker!! And Thank you all for the prayers.

    Mimi says hi! She’s happy as can be.

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    • Beckita says:

      Oh Patrick, I’m so sorry to hear this. You’ve got the solid mindset to hang tough. Remember, please, that the very suffering you endure in the face of what is has tremendous value as prayer offered up. I’ll keep you in prayer in these developments, Patrick, as I see the process before you. Praying a PMT for a starter. Patrick, I have found simply repeating the aspiration from the Surrender Novena can bring peace: “Jesus, I surrender myself to you, take care of everything.” At times like you’re experiencing, repeating the aspiration beats repetitious worry thoughts.

      Jesus, we surrender Patrick to you, take care of everything.

      PS About musical expertise, not really so much. God granted a gift and I know just enough to run with the melodies Holy Spirit springs from my heart. But we could surely have some phenomenal jam sessions on that holy mountain one day. 🏕🎹🎼🌈

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    • If I remember right, Patrick, those moments of desolation are actually grace moments because those are the times when the LORD JESUS carries you.

      Let His Will be done. Amen.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Awe, what a sweet picture of you and Mimi. We have a gray male cat now, Shadow. He was a feral cat and years ago we fed and let him stay in our garage over one brutal winter. Our neighborhood *cat lady* took him in and is now deceased so we took him in this March. Our Chihuahua Chia and Shadow are getting along well. He is a lap cat and is so sweet and affectionate.
      I hold you close to my heart in prayers as you carry your crosses Patrick. ❤

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Patrick, I missed you! I was happy to see a post from you 🙂 I will be praying for you too. Hang in there, I pray the Lord will help you find a place to put your tent and take care of everything! He always gives us what we need and you have been such a blessing here for so many of us! 💜 give Mimi a good scratch & hug for me! She sure is a cutie.

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      • Thanks Snowy. It is so very true how Our Blessed Lord gives us exactly what we need. Things are already swinging in a positive direction.

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          Oh thank God, Patrick! I wanted to tell you you could pitch your tent here if you could not find a place there in SD.. but my home and our land is going to sink into one of those cavernous sink-holes one of these fine rainy days, though that may already have happened and I’m pretty sure I now live at the bottom of one. Sure looks like it!… I can’t even go outside and walk around so your tent would have to be converted to a floating house boat tent! Hahaha 🙃! Aren’t you glad I didn’t bring it up? 😉

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    • prayingflower says:

      Many prayers ascending like incense for you, Patrick, during this powerful Easter Season. And for your daughter and family as well, Beckita.
      Love in Jesus and Mary,
      Prayingflower
      P.S. Love that kitty! Oh, what comfort they do bring. They live for it. Meow love to Mimi, too. Wish I had one of Snowy’s emoji’s for her. She’s a beauty. Such tranquility.

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      • Beckita says:

        Thanks very much, prayingflower. God bless you.

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        😺😻🐱 there ya go, PF 🙂

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      • Mimi is one of the most fascinating cats I’ve ever cared for. She’s affectionate, vocal, and loving, and I’m very grateful for her company when otherwise I would have been alone. I’ve got so many nicknames for her I’m losing track of them all. Sometimes she opens her mouth, sticks her tongue out a little bit, looks at me and yells “Hey!” I call her Screamin’ Mimi. She’s caught 3 mice in the tent already during the nighttime. She can also sit on command, come when I call her, kiss noses on request, shake with her left paw, and I even taught her to say “water.” (Don’t ask me why – it took nine months, but she loves the bathtub spigot). They sure are smart little creatures.

        Thank you for the prayers, PF!

        Your in Christ,
        PF of SD

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    • dolordee says:

      Hi Patrick,
      I have a spare room you can use etc. I allow the tnrs team to give you my email if you’re interested to discuss the situation. I don’t want to say anymore now. God bless

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    • Doug says:

      Just remember when God provided you the propane when you needed it. Trust, trust, trust…….

      Lambzie and I are pulling (praying) for you!

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      • Wasn’t that amazing? Those tanks have been a Godsend. And there is a company here in Custer that offers half-price propane on Thursdays — 80# for $24 — about 3 weeks worth of heat. Yes, the Lord indeed provides. Thanks for your pulls! 🙏

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    • dianebelvs says:

      I’m praying for you Patrick, along with your many friends here! May God Bless You and help you through these trying times!

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    • PrayerPartner says:

      Patrick, so many times you have given comfort and strength of prayer to us here on this forum. I join our colleagues in sincere prayer for you, that Our Lord will put His arms of strength and support to you, and that you may know how many care and pray for you.

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    • Mick says:

      Patrick, I have yet to say my Rosary and my Chaplet today. I will pray for needs and intentions when I pray both prayers. Hang in there, brother; and know that when you’re having difficulty praying, your TNRS family’s got your back.

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    • singingjuls says:

      Patrick, I am praying for you that Our Lord shows you the way through this storm. Asking for prayer is one of the greatest prayers of all. Know that we all will ‘storm’ Heaven for you that God sends you what you need and lifts you up through your trials. You are such a blessing to us.
      May St. Joseph guide you in your finances and to your next home, may St. Raphael pray for your physical healing and the pain that you are in, may St. Philomena pray you through these times when it seems everything is falling apart, and may our Mother Mary wrap her Mantle of love around you as Jesus carries you through. Amen.
      You are a child of God, and He loves you. He will show you the way.
      BTW – I love your kitty, she is so cute! You two look so cozy in your picture. I bet that she gives you much comfort.

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      • Thank you SJ!

        Mimi is such a sweet little buddy. And her winter fur coat is amazing to pet. She loves bed time: she gets under the covers, does a turn-around and comes out part way next to the pillow. So then my arm keeps her in tight like an extension of the pillow. That’s our “system” for snuggling.

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  13. On another note, I do not know if this has been addressed —-had no time to go through all the posts —-but I thought I must share with you: prayers are in order for Venezuela right now.

    Eternal Father, we implore Thee to look kindly at Thy children from Venezuela who are in the Compassionate Heart of Thy Son, Jesus Christ.

    Lord Jesus Christ, Thou redeemed all through Thy Paschal Mystery. Pour Thy Blood on the souls of all Venezuelans who are dear to Thine Heart.

    O Holy Spirit, let Thy gift of peace permeate every Venezuelan heart.

    O Triune God, may Thy Will be done in all things. Amen.

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  14. Phillip Frank says:

    Gee Pat, this is not ment to be a consolation because it’s not but when we pray for God’s will part of it is the cross. I tell those who suffer that true suffering isn’t the lack of it during trials but the continued acceptance of God’s will and the experience of REAL suffering during it. If we got floated along in some euphoric bubble, it wouldn’t be REAL suffering would it? So its OK to be completely human through all of it, as long as we never dispare, loose hope or give up.
    Not knowing what will happen next is frustrating and hopeful at the same time because our nature is to want to be in control but our HOPE in the Lord is like our hope in Santa during Christmas; that he will give us every good thing even though we’re not sure what they will be!
    Your cat has the right idea, sit back and relax, since your in charge she doesn’t have to worry and contentment reigns.

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  15. Beckita, my husband and I will be praying for you, your daughter, her children and husband in this medical situation and her husband’s job as well. All this going on during this very hard lent for you! May God sustain you and bless you for all you are doing, for you family, for this blog, for your dear priest resident. Sending Hugs to you!

    Patrick, my heart goes out to you — you have been having quite a hard Lent as well! We will be lifting you up as well in our nightly prayers as you are striving to know your next right step. We hope & pray you begin to feel better very soon! Sending hugs to you also! May God bless you! Betty

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  16. Beckita says:

    Great news today: “Pope Francis on Thursday announced that the two young shepherd children from Fatima, Francisco and Jacinta Marto will be canonized during his forthcoming pastoral visit to the Portuguese town on May 13th.”

    Any TNRS folks interested in praying a novena to these two Blessed Ones, soon to become saints? I love that the canonization will be on the 100th Anniversary of that first apparition. I also love that determined posture of Blessed Jacinta. She’s a definite heroine of faithfulness, mortification and LOVE. Surely all three children were living TNRS ways as surely as we strive to do so. I’m going to invite all TNRSteppers to pray the novena for one another and our families. No one has been immune to suffering and struggles in these days and solidarity is beautiful.

    I found a novena which invokes Our Lady of Fatima and has a lovely litany. Comment readers hereby get a sneak peak.

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  17. How wonderful that they will be canonized on the 100th anniversary!! I will pray the novena for all TNRSteppers & their families. It is a great idea — it gives us something concrete & hopeful to do! 😊 Thank you, Beckita and thank you for the picture of the two almost-saints! Betty

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  18. calamity jane says:

    Dear dear Beckita. Patrick and assorted other Squirrels……just because you can’t see us – or hear from us often doesn’t mean that we are not close. I carry you all in my heart and in my prayers (you too sodakrancher…et al.). I’ve got my hands full – a move, a root canal and a broken car……seems like it never lets up. BUT I think it’s important to persevere with as much cheerfulness as possible. I am so grateful you are all here and we are blessed as a community. Even the cranky ones…..I am so devoted to our lady of Medjugorie. She keeps things simple for me – pray pray pray. All hang on – Mary guarantees the outcome!

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