A More Excellent Way

(I asked our reader, Phillip Frank, if he would consider writing a piece for our community. When I first read his beautiful reflection, I had goosebumps because I’ve been having these thundering whispers, coming from multiple sources all around me, connected to loving well. With thanks to Phil for agreeing to write for us, I now share his reflection.) 

 

“According to the Lord, the present time is the time of the Spirit and of witness, but also a time still marked by ‘distress’ and the trial of evil which does not spare the Church and ushers in the struggles of the last days. It is a time of waiting and watching.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 672).

I have noticed what seems to be a shifting. It’s as if the rescue is awakening, that the birth pangs of the new dawn are starting to manifest, that the old order is breaking up and the new order starting to shine through. I have a fruit tree that has never produced fruit before, which is now in full production. I also have a banana tree that usually gives bananas at the end of summer, now with a large bunch near full size. Our very own MP mentioned an unprecedented blooming of the desert near him. Our Snowy had a great gift given to her and her husband with a miracle and his conversion.

Maybe it’s the “false dawn” Charlie mentioned or the “eye of the storm” Mark Mallet talks about? As so many people have said, things haven’t really changed that much.
At any rate, not yet…

The Catechism tells us that…“a sound Christian attitude consists in putting oneself confidently into the hands of Providence for whatever concerns the future, and giving up all unhealthy curiosity about it.” In other words, to remember God is in charge!

Snowy Owl posted this quote from St. Faustina: “As I was praying before the Most Blessed Sacrament, my physical sufferings ceased suddenly, and I heard this voice in my soul: You see, I can give you everything in one moment. I am not constrained by any law.” (Diary, 1150).June 24,[1937].

And a similar quote posted by Mark Mallett;
“…these evil plans can yet be avoided by you, the dangers can be evaded, the plan of God’s justice always can be changed by the force of His merciful love. Also, when I predict chastisements to you, remember that everything, at any moment, may be changed by the force of your prayers and your reparative penance.” —(Our Lady to Fr. Stefano Gobbi, #282, To the Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons, 18th Edition.)

We have been promised a period of peace by Our Lady of Fatima….“in the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph, and a period of peace will be given to the world”.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI suggests we can get a little piece of heaven right now, here on earth: “…every day in the prayer of the Our Father we ask the Lord: ‘Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven’ (Matt 6:10)…. we recognize that ‘heaven’ is where the will of God is done, and that ‘earth’ becomes ‘heaven’—i.e., the place of the presence of love, of goodness, of truth and of divine beauty—only if on earth the will of God is done.” —POPE BENEDICT XVI, General Audience, February 1st, 2012, Vatican City; cf. Hymn to the Divine Will

Fr. Thomas Merton, wrote: “To say that I am made in the image of God is to say that love is the reason for my existence, for God is love. Love is my true identity. Selflessness is my true self. Love is my true character. Love is my name.”

A person who had a near death experience said that he was asked by the Lord how well he learned to love. Not how many times he went to church, or fasted or how much he tithed, but how much he LOVED. This makes perfect sense to me as our Lord came to earth not just to tell us how, but to SHOW us how to love one another. “Love one another as I have loved you.” (John 13:34)  “….but the greatest of these is love.” (1 Cor. 13-13) “Love never ends.” (1 Cor. 13-8)

It is taught that since we are incapable of loving God the way He deserves to be loved, He gave us each other and judges us by how well we love one another. In Matthew 25:31-46, Jesus speaks that how we treat others is how we treat Him. And in the Our Father prayer, we ask Him to forgive us the same way we forgive others.

I have noticed the more I give of myself to those in need the less they (and I) suffer and the better the results of His gift to me and to those to whom I give. If I share their burden, the need becomes less for us both and seems to dissipate more rapidly than if I refuse to help. It is not unlike a leaky roof. If I do the repair early on, the result is better and the fix sure. The longer I put off fixing the leaky roof, the more the leak damages the house and a greater effort is needed when I finally do fix it. When I step lively to a task the Lord seems to take over and amazing things begin to happen. It is as if a mere natural effort on my part becomes a supernatural one on His.

St. Thomas Aquinas wrote “a person in the state of grace, or divine friendship, possesses certain enduring powers, the infused virtues and gifts, that raise him to an orbit of existence as far above nature as heaven is above earth, and that give him abilities of thought and operation that are literally born, not of the will of flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”

Now I’m no saint…but I do have faith.

Scripture says that if we but have the faith the size of a mustard seed we could command a tree to be transplanted into the sea and it would obey. I understand that we are not using OUR power of faith to send the tree to the sea, but God is using our faith so HE can transplant it into the sea and thus we become part of His great work. “He who trusts himself is lost. He who trusts in God can do all things.” (St. Alphonsus Liguori)

Faith, in itself, is evidence of the supernatural for…..“faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”(Kings 11:1)

Supernatural manifestations in the lives of the saints are extraordinary visible signs of God’s actions to assure us of the similar but hidden actions of God occurring in the normal life of the world. We who live the mundane, receive these same gifts, but hidden in the “unseen” actions of God. We may receive the physical “seen” manifestations of healing, conversion, peace, feelings of overwhelming love, etc., but we do not have the exceptional visions, voices, locutions or the charism to “wield” God’s power miraculously as do the great saints. None the less, God is very active in our lives and through our prayers He gives us the driving force of our actions in the Church, both the tangible and invisible ones.

St Augustine writes,
“To live well is nothing other than to love God with all one’s heart, with all one’s soul and with all one’s efforts; from this it comes about that love is kept whole and uncorrupted (through temperance). No misfortune can disturb it (and this is fortitude). It obeys only [God] (and this is justice), and is careful in discerning things, so as not to be surprised by deceit or trickery (and this is prudence).”

The temptation to be more than just a regular Joe is all around us. Wanting to be famous, even as a saint, is a temptation. These are worldly ideals, not heavenly ones. Lucifer was jealous of man, Adam and Eve were jealous of God, Cain was jealous of Abel, the Nephilim were “giants” (famous), men of renown, Jacob’s elder sons were jealous of Joseph, Judas was jealous of the other apostles. All wanted to “make a name for themselves” by their pride and not do the will of God. St. Augustine says to live well is nothing other than to love God, with all one’s heart, with all one’s soul and with all one’s efforts. Most of us will do this through a very normal mundane life…filled with the unseen- not seen- gifts from above.

“That the presumption and pride of worldly wisdom is more powerful in its devotees, than humility and true self-knowledge is in the children of light.” (Mary of Agreda,The Mystical City Of God.)

True saints think that they are the greatest of sinners. This is because the thinner the veil becomes between us and God, the more accurately we see ourselves in His light. And in comparison to Him, we are great, great sinners!  True self-knowledge is worth contemplating during this time. Not only will we see ourselves as we really are, but our ability to love others will increase as “those other people” won’t seem so different from us, after all, as we recognize we have these same weaknesses too and would be acting them out but for God’s grace and the gift of faith. As my mother would say…“But for the grace of God, there go I.”

Beckita posted:“As we continue on our Journey, praying, watching,  waiting on the Lord and living our lives as sherpas…”

I think we need to be practicing this Love.

Love for our God and all that is good and holy.

Love for our Church which carries the fullness of truth and in this is trustworthy.

Love for Our Mother Mary who God has given to us in this special period of time to defeat our spiritual enemy through her intercession.

Love for one another, even those who offend us, especially since we are to “love our enemies, to do good to those who persecute us.” Our Lady told one visionary that “they are my children too.” ( everyone we think could NOT possibly be!) And don’t think it is harder to forgive than not. Jesus said that his yoke is easy and his burden light (Mt 11:28-30), not because he would ask less of us, but because he knew that love renders suffering bearable and even joyful. So we still carry a “burden” to be His disciples, an “easier” one, but still a burden. Mother Teresa said of love: “Love to be real, it must cost — it must hurt — it must empty us of self.” Which is to die unto self…” Unless a grain of wheat (us) falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat (we in our fallen nature), but if it dies (to self) it produces in abundance (by supernatural grace.”)

Jesus told us in the parable of the mustard seed that great things can be accomplished by our act of faith. So let us set our little mustard seeds in with the Great Harvesters trove to become supernaturally burdened as His hands and feet and help accomplish the works of God.

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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160 Responses to A More Excellent Way

  1. Linda says:

    Beautiful & amen amen😇

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  2. What a gem! Thank you for posting this.

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  3. Paul says:

    Why is this blog still up after the archbishop admonished it? What do you have to say about that?

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    • Beckita says:

      Giving you the benefit of the doubt, Paul, and answering you, although I know if you read the posts since Charlie went into watchful retirement, you could honestly see why we continue in support of one another in these times. The current post captures the very essence of why we are here. I direct you to consider the Comment Policy. Take particular notice of the closing line: “… all is designed to build up the people of God, not to tear each other down.” To this end, I will not clear your comments if they are simply drive-by criticisms and challenges to the good purposes of the existence of this blog.

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    • just a sojourner says:

      Paul, Your comments clearly show a judgement against this effort and website beyond the Archbishop’s cautionary directions which are being complied with. Much good work is left to be done to bring us all to the will of God in these increasingly difficult times. I would encourage your contributions toward positive and helpful support of this continuing apostolate. Please go back and prayerfully reread the Archbishop’s words. May the Holy Spirit continue to guide and protects us all and bring us to all holiness and truth.

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      • Beckita says:

        Beautifully said, sojourner. May our own efforts and prayers to grow spiritually under the guidance of our Church become a source of grace which Our Lady, Mother of the Church, can dispense to souls where needed.

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    • Sean Sullivan says:

      I came upon this article from Charlie published one yesr ago. Time to time, I like to refresh my thoughts and pick a keyword on the right margin and be guided by the Holy Spirit…at least I hope so. Today’s keyword: St. Peter.

      After reading this article, two issues came to my mind, first this article relates to the current one above:

      “…According to the Lord, the present time is the time of the Spirit and of witness, but also a time still marked by ‘distress’ and the trial of evil which does not spare the Church and ushers in the struggles of the last days. It is a time of waiting and watching.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 672).”

      {BREAK}

      Second, toward your comment Paul, here is Charlies answer along with the link to the page.

      [“…When my Archbishop, Denver’s Samuel Aquila, issued his formal statement concerning my writings and presentations, I received notes of congratulations from several officials from other Dioceses whom I have become friends with. They understood the formal language of the Church and that this was about as positive a statement as I could get at this stage of things. My favorite was a sort of prose poem built around a Gospel passage, sent to me by an official from an Archdiocese on the Coast. It read:

      “Just read your post. Your attitude about the Archbishop’s determination is perfect.

      Mt. 11:6 And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me.

      You are not endorsed and not condemned.

      Blessed is the one who takes no offense at me.

      Christ himself would have considered this a victory! Still free to spread the Message he was sent to proclaim.

      Blessed is the one who takes no offense at me.

      While the ruler of this world holds sway, a little freedom can go a long way.

      Blessed is the one who takes no offense at me.

      Every grace and peace in Christ, Charlie.”]

      https://charliej373.wordpress.com/2016/04/18/the-fullness-of-the-storm-the-springtime-of-the-gospel/

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    • Jim says:

      Paul, the Archbishop did not admonish this blog nor request that this blog be taken down. He certainly could have made that request and If he did I think Charlie would have been obedient. However the Archbishop did say Charlie’s messages had no supernatural basis and warned the faithful to be wary.

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      • Beckita says:

        Thank you, Jim. Just one correction though. The Archbishop did not definitively say Charlie’s mystical experiences had no supernatural basis because the commission was not tasked with making such a decision. Only a more in-depth investigation would make such an assessment. Instead, the Archbishop gave an important caution which we respect and take to heart. From the original March 2016 statement from Archbishop Aquila concerning Charlie:

        “After hearing concerns and inquiries from Catholics throughout the United States and within the Archdiocese of Denver itself, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila decided to launch a preliminary investigation to advise him on the content of Mr. Johnston’s writings and presentations. It should be noted that the commission’s mandate did not include determining whether Mr. Johnston’s messages are divine in origin.

        After reviewing the commission’s findings and in keeping with his pastoral office, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver has decided to strongly advise the faithful to exercise prudence and caution in regards to Mr. Charlie Johnston’s alleged divine visions and messages. As has been demonstrated with other alleged apparitions, the danger exists of people placing greater faith in a prediction than in Christ’s words and promises.”

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        • Phillip Frank says:

          The Catechism tells us that…“a sound Christian attitude consists in putting oneself confidently into the hands of Providence for whatever concerns the future, and giving up all unhealthy curiosity about it.” In other words, to remember God is in charge!”
          This line from the catechism cuts two ways.
          For those who “follow” such things and those who “disavow publicly” such things.
          Remember, it says “unhealthy” curiosity not “all” curiosity otherwise how can we “test” everything and keep what is good or reject what is not?
          That’s our walk as individuals, each one in his own way, at his own pace, etc.
          I think that the majority of people who visit this blog see a community with a “healthy” relationship with God and are lead to a greater relationship with Him through their experience and comradory here.
          And my God save all here!

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          • Beckita says:

            Well said, Phil. May we all continue growing in a healthy relationship with God for our own conversion and so that building each other up brings new resolve to continue praying for conversion for people all over our troubled world. May this site ever be known as a place where people put their trust in and focus on Jesus Christ and His great gifts to us: the sacraments and the Scriptures.

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  4. Joe Crozier says:

    Hi Phillip.

    “The temptation to be more than just a regular Joe is all around us.” (Philip Frank.)
    That line caught my eye. Wonder why?

    Thank you for your insights and all those inspiring quotes.
    It seems to me also that we are in a watching and waiting time.

    On the one hand we have Our Lady saying in Akita on October 13 1973,
    “If sins increase in number and gravity, there will be no longer pardon for them.”

    On he other hand we have Her saying to Fr Gobbi in message 282 on Jan 21 1984
    “when I predict chastisements to you, remember that everything, at any moment, may be changed by the force of your prayers and your reparative penance.”

    Looking for understanding in this seeming contradiction I found this perspective:
    “clearly the message shouts loudly that we must never cease praying….we must continue to hope.” Or as you say we must never stop loving.

    I am tempted to try to be a clever clogs now but remember that I am just a regular Joe.

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  5. Centurion_Cornelius says:

    Thank you, Beckita, for publishing Phillip Frank’s wondrous piece here!

    Peace and Blessing to all here!

    HE.
    IS.
    RISEN!

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  6. moreen67 says:

    Wow what a beautiful way to start our day w/this reflection – thank you Phillip Frank and thanks for asking him Beckita. So positive. Maureen

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  7. Kim in Ohio says:

    Thank you. I really enjoyed this post. It was just what I needed. God bless everyone here.

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  8. What a beautiful testimony on love. It is so true. I ask Our Blessed Mother every day to show me how to love my spouse as she loved her spouse St. Joseph and how to love those who are in most in need of God’s mercy. She always leads me to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament where love abides. Praise be Jesus.

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  9. This dying, dying to self, is so important. Many times, when someone shows a lack of faith, I have to overcome a natural inclination to let the opportunity pass, to not say anything so as not to appear self-important or superior. After all, I myself am a terrible sinner and so this self-knowledge, for me, becomes a wall I can hide behind and hold my peace. But then grace calls and I speak my peace (which is the truths about Jesus and His Church) and a small seed gets planted. I leave the growing to God. It has happened a few times that people will return to say that the words which I have long forgotten made an impact. And I have to admit that it wasn’t my words but the action of the Holy Spirit. The discouraging part sometimes is that the seeds fall on the stony path of some human hearts.
    All of us must remain open. What Charlie planted here, he cared for and cultivated for a long time and still waters by his prayers. I am glad to see how God gives the growing. Great job, Phillip!

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  10. tawalker99 says:

    Wonderful meditation, giving us much to reflect upon.

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  11. Diane says:

    Just the right words to contemplate – after a long and difficult Lent this was good. Thank you.
    Love. I do. Diane

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  12. sandy12225 says:

    Thank you. This is what I need right now.

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  13. Charles LaFleur says:

    RE: “Lords Prayer”
    The answer to all questions anyone may have
    “HIS WILL IS”

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  14. SteveBC says:

    Phillip, thank you for this gem. It is wonderful.

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  15. Snowy Owl says:

    “I have noticed what seems to be a shifting. It’s as if the rescue is awakening, that the birth pangs of the new dawn are starting to manifest, that the old order is breaking up and the new order starting to shine through.” Beautiful, and so beautifully written, Phillip! Amen!
    On a sadder note.. my husband did not have a conversion and has told me today, he has absolutely no interest in coming back to the Catholic Church . He has decided what he saw was “natural. lol” The Lord showed him another beautiful, miraculous sight a week ago… a road made out of beautiful orange light leading up to Heaven, right in front of his eyes, but he is ignoring this as well and just told me this as I type.. He is watching me type this… haha!
    So on my knees I stay! NO giving up because every soul is loved by God more than we can even fathom! I know Jesus will continue to call him and all souls, because His Mercy is beyond anything I have ever known! He is Pure Love and Mercy! I love and trust Him with my whole heart and soul and have complete confidence in Him! 🙂 Some nuts 🌰 are just harder to crack! lol 😀
    Okay he just read my comment and said…I like it! See what I mean? What a maroon!

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    • Beckita says:

      You have a great determined spirit, Snowy. Praying with you for this intention and for all our families.

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    • Phillip Frank says:

      It is the mass calling of the people, Snowy.
      Evil is calling, God is calling. Time is of the essence.
      Pope Benedict mentioned pure naturalism being the new god. (Your case in point.)
      Dude, what is more fantastic in nature than super-nature? God SHOWS you His nature within the natural and you lower it to just natural phenomenon? He is calling YOU in a very personal way. Congratulations, never happened to me before. I’m jealous!
      I have quoted absolute WONDER throughout this post, all from outside sources nothing I have experienced personally except in the mundane walk of life.
      But I believe.
      I believe in Love.
      God is Love, so I believe in He who is love.
      I believe I love you and Snowy because I am to love my neighbor,( hopefully you’ll be my neighbor in Heaven one day too!)
      I believe in miracles because the scientific evidence about them is underwhelming!

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Amen, Phillip! You will certainly be my neighbor and I am hoping all of us here will be together in Heaven one day as neighbors, and be filled to overflowing with nothing but pure love! How wonderful will that be? How much fun it will be! I catch myself asking the Lord to please hurry up! Patience is a virtue I desperately lack!
        And I love your last line. Science and underwhelming… haha… and in so many areas too! The way it is currently abused is sad and almost always underwhelming, because many have made themselves, while abusing it, their god! Real science is the study of the stuff that God created to lead us to Him and His love for us! To show us and say, see? This is how much I love you! Look at what I made just for you! And if one is honestly looking and learning, all of His creation is a grand miracle and leads right to Him!
        Anyway, now I’m blathering again.. I just simply can’t wait !!!

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        • moreen67 says:

          Snowy your comment is very timely for me as I get on this blog this morning. I was watching MSM (which I believe is probably unhealthy) and they were interviewing a scientist who is marching in the protest today and quite openly complained about the cuts to PP saying (not verbatim) tell the people suffering from RA and other ailments that we shouldn’t do research on fetal tissue – it has contributed to cures, etc. I felt sick to my stomach and had to shut the TV off. Hearts and minds have to change and that doesn’t come from just changing the laws. We need Jesus and Our Lady in this country and the world like never before. In this day and age when information is readily available I just see that people are being fed information instead of discerning it. There were 3 major power outages yesterday morning I. NY, SF and LA approximately at the same time and only one online website reported it – so I went on each local news for the cities and it was confirmed. People on twitter noticed but it was not reported on MSM. Man we are living in strange times. We have brought this storm on ourselves. Our hope is in the Lord and our Lady and a future of love, compassion and understanding. In the meantime I keep praying for conversions. Maureen

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          • Beckita says:

            I wonder at the major power outages in the major cities as well, Maureen. With information, misinformation and disinformation tangled throughout communication, confusion abounds. All eyes on Jesus and Mary as the waves slap and chop about us.

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          • Sean Sullivan says:

            Maureen,
            Further, yesterday, April 21st, the Federal Government held a joint exercise titled Gotham Shield consisting of a Nuclear strike upon nYc. Zero Hedge is reporting:

            http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-21/total-chaos-cyber-attack-feared-multiple-cities-hit-simultaneous-power-grid-failures

            hymm…

            For me, staying within a constant state of Grace is helpful to my wellbeing. Divine Mercy Sunday is tomorrow. In this great time of evil, God’s abundance of Grace is present. As Charlie has said in the past, the worst thing which can happen is the loss of Souls forever.

            http://aleteia.org/2017/04/18/when-is-divine-mercy-sunday/
            Quote:
            ” On one occasion, I heard these words: My daughter, tell the whole world about My Inconceivable mercy. I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment.

            On that day all the divine floodgates through which grace flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity. Everything that exists has come forth from the very depths of My most tender mercy. Every soul in its relation to Me will contemplate My love and mercy throughout eternity. The Feast of Mercy emerged from My very depths of tenderness. It is My desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy. (Diary 699)”

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Amen, Maureen! I agree with you and Beckita- the outages are strange, I wonder if they are testing people to see if people will panic. And I hear you about feeling sick to your stomach, I can’t tolerate the news at all. 99% Very bad opinions mixed with pointed lies, gossip, slander and noxious false news- who needs it!
            Praying for conversions is what Jesus told St. Faustina pleases Him most! So Amen!

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        • leel004 says:

          Wait one minute there you🦉 hooter 🦉… i thought we were ALL going to meet up on Mount Meeker some time in the future while still on ⛪️ earth????
          I still like dream of the camp 🔥fire and meet ⛺️up, even if it is virtual.
          Till we do that, THEN we can dream of our Heavenly 🏘 neighbors!
          God bless each of you…including Mr. 🐿 Charlie, who happened to be more right than wrong, but I digress. Aloha and God bless twice

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            I hope so Leel! But virtual? Well sigh, okay if that’s our only choice… but you have to bring pineapples 🍍🌱 and coconuts! And of course Spam so we can have fire roasted Hawaiian Spam burgers 🔥🍔 with roasted coconut and pineapple. Then you can do the Hawii-wii 🌴 hula dance for us 💃🌸👠 hahaha.
            Ke Akua i hoopomaikai mai Leel! Oe no laila, i hawawa!

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          • Doug says:

            And keylime pie for dessert!

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      • Doug says:

        Yup! Lots of room in the wagon. I’m anticipating y’all be there.

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    • Joe Crozier says:

      Hi Snowy.
      You seem like a great example and are loads of fun too. How can he resist! How can he not convert! You are such a brave trooper. He says, “Absolutely no interest”, methinks he doth object too much. One of my favourite quotes of Thomas Merton is “Divine strength is not usually given until we are fully aware of our weakness.” Maybe he just needs to be a little weaker. I don’t know. I know very little about relationships and little about religious conversion. But every now and then my eyes are opened and my ears unplugged. Maybe the God of surprises will do the same for your fine husband. Praying for you and him comrade.

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        JoeCro, the cult he is involved in has everything to do with this…it is all about fear, anger, judgement and very anti-Catholic-you know, all the fun things in life ;). Under all of this, he has the heart of a child and a good heart, a big heart! He’s seeing the difference, he is fighting a losing battle… and he knows it. 🙂 He loves being happy and he loves love and peace, he even laughs about it, then runs away yelling and carrying on (and comes right back for more) hahaha. He’s watching and processing everything, and that takes time. No worries- seriously, who can resist Jesus?
        The way I see it, if we want the conversion of a soul and ask Jesus for it- how much more does Jesus want it? Infinitely more! 🙂

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Joe, I hit post too soon! Thank you, thank you for your prayers! Please keep praying, the prayers of the people here are so powerful!!

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    • There is absolutely no nut that Our Lord cannot crack!

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    • sandy12225 says:

      Will pray that someone or something will get his attention.

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    • prayingflower says:

      Snowy, you are a saint in the making. You so inspire me, my sister.
      Prayingflower

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        PF, my sister! (love that) We are ALL called to be saints! every single single one of us, because God loves each one of us! And Jesus Himself said it! Be perfect as Your Heavenly Father is perfect- He wouldn’t ask that of us if we couldn’t do it through Him, His mercy, His grace, all we have to do is say YES!! Ask and you will receive. I believe with my whole heart that every person here is trying and will make it, that’s all He asks of us and He does everything to make sure we get there! God bless us all! 💘

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    • MarieUrsula says:

      Perhaps your dear one’s expectations are inaccurate?

      One thing that brought me to faith in God more than 30 years ago was not seeing The Impossible done before my eyes. Rather, it was noticing the highly improbable confluence of circumstances that I could never have planned or orchestrated. Such a thing happened just the other day. Thank you, God: I noticed!

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Yes, Sister Bear, they are, because of what he is involved in. So I’m trusting in Divine Mercy! Jesus said it is the last hope and that gave me hope! 🙂

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    • Snowy, I have felt this same pain. Eventually, I saw his conversion but it only happened after some terrible suffering offered for him, and some harsh sacrifices. In my case, I did not get what I wanted – to live with my husband in the peace and sweetness of Jesus – but after we parted, he realized his great need for God and has remained Catholic. He has told me that he is thankful for everything I taught him about the true faith. I will make sure to make some specific prayers for your husband. Perhaps the Rescue will be all the impetus he needs. Let’s pray together. Count on me.

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Thank you, Marisa! 💖 and I’m sorry you had to go through that… it’s a heavy cross either way and it finally comes down to praying for their eternal salvation, not much else matters!! The Lord has given me His peace to be okay no matter what happens, and so I am trusting Him.

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    • Mick says:

      Snowy, you’re making me giggle! “What a maroon!” Now I’ve got Bugs Bunny on my brain:

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  16. steve1310 says:

    Wonderful thoughts for meditation. We need this kind of bolstering as opposed to what the world has to offer. Beautiful!

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  17. Chris says:

    Beautiful…thank you…God bless all

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  18. Sean Sullivan says:

    Beckita,
    A good follow up article on Love. https://charliej373.wordpress.com/2014/12/10/on-love-and-evil/
    Written by Mark Gaylord, published by Charlie December of 2014. I think it is an excellant representation on our role today and especially this weekend of Divine Mercy.

    A couple quotes: “…Love is the active participation in the will of God”

    “…Before I was given the definition for Love I thought that the opposite of Love was hate, and I was wrong, it is evil. Appling the definition the opposite of Love would be the “Active non-participation in the will of God”, and that is mortal sin, and mortal sin is evil. “Hate” is a sentiment often expressed from an Evil disposition (but not all hate is evil).”

    “…The “non-active non-participation in the will of God” is venial sin. This can be from ignorance, laziness, carelessness etc. but it is not the absolute willful separation from God that mortal sin entails. Original Sin is the separation from the will of God we are born with from the Sin of Adam.”

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  19. Thanks, PF, and all, and we praise God for His mighty Wisdom!

    One wonders how many different ways we can ponder and express the same Heartbeat. Clearly, as many ways as there are faithful souls… and that’s not even scratching the surface. Indeed, love is the way through. Infinitely much more productive to build-up!

    We certainly don’t have the benefit of reviewing the history of our time from a faraway vantage in the future, and with hindsight. I don’t know either, but tend to think in cyclical terms… like concentric circles on the pond… with increasing repercussions. Sometimes something important happens, just as God said it would. We always have His Promises to cling to.

    PF, you mentioned the Southwest desert bloom. Funny, but for as unprecedented as it seemed, so few seemed to take notice here and in the media. Just a quick blurb, then move along to endless distractions and worries.

    Already the heat strikes, withering the beauty. Soon, the temp will get unbearable here for many (the snowbirds fleeing), and those once lush shrubs full of yellow flowers will be dry and dead tumbleweed rolling across the ground. Ah, the seasons. So be it. Still, there will be those who are still working up a sweat outside, undaunted by the harsh conditions. Stinging in the eyes. Mouth full of grit. Cramping from thirst. But determined and peaceful. How? Oh, who can forget the gift of the desert in bloom this year?! The mere remembrance of it is enough to carry a person through to the next.

    Snowy (and all the weary), take heart. Springtime is closer than ever! Our Mother’s Immaculate Heart will Triumph! All tears will be wiped away. The Bride and Groom together at last –– forever!

    For now, praying for all while we continue slogging through the dust. Ah, but we can make the best of it. I might even lay down in the hot dust this weekend and make a sand angel for good measure.

    God Bless,
    MP

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  20. What a beautiful article, filled with hope and reassurance. False dawn or eye of the storm…I was unable to come up with that explanation to myself as I have watched pastures grow lush, the best calf crop we have ever had, flowers blooming profusely and trees blossoming in such splendor as I have ever seen….and when I read this article, it was clear as a bell as to why the world looked so brand new compared to what we see on the news and around the world. Reading this article is the affirmation we all need to be ever watchful and constantly prepared, oil in our lamps and prayers on our lips, ready to take the next right step and to recognize God’s hand in all of it. Blessings and peace to all here.

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  21. Sean Sullivan says:

    This message reply is originally geared to Snowy & Phillip but it truly is for all to review. It consists of the readings and Psalms for Today’s “the Liturgy of the Hours” / Divine Office. I had the first reading in mind (St Peter), but the entire selection is worth contemplation. Of course, the copyright is displayed on the bottom, I do pray more readers find the Word of God in these messages and join me in my daily prayers. Cheers.

    *****

    Saturday 22 April 2017

    Easter Saturday

    Office of Readings

    Introduction (without Invitatory)

    If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, use the version with the Invitatory Psalm instead.

    God, come to my assistance.
    Lord, make haste to help me.
    Glory to the Father and to the Son,
    and to the Holy Spirit:
    as it was in the beginning, is now,
    and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia.

    ________

    Hymn

    Love’s redeeming work is done,
    fought the fight, the battle won.
    Lo, our Sun’s eclipse is o’er!
    Lo, he sets in blood no more!

    Vain the stone, the watch, the seal!
    Christ has burst the gates of hell;
    death in vain forbids him rise;
    Christ has opened paradise.

    Lives again our victor King;
    where, O death, is now thy sting?
    Dying once, he all doth save;
    where thy victory, O grave?

    Soar we now where Christ has led,
    following our exalted Head;
    made like him, like him we rise,
    ours the cross, the grave, the skies.

    Hail the Lord of earth and heaven!
    Praise to thee by both be given:
    thee we greet triumphant now;
    hail, the Resurrection thou!

    ________

    Psalm 144 (145)
    The greatness and goodness of God

    “You, O Lord, are the One who was and who is, the Just One” (Rev 16:5)

    The Lord is great and his greatness is without measure. Alleluia.

    I will give you glory, O God my king,
    I will bless your name for ever.

    I will bless you day after day
    and praise your name for ever.
    The Lord is great, highly to be praised,
    his greatness cannot be measured.

    Age to age shall proclaim your works,
    shall declare your mighty deeds,
    shall speak of your splendour and glory,
    tell the tale of your wonderful works.

    They will speak of your terrible deeds,
    recount your greatness and might.
    They will recall your abundant goodness;
    age to age shall ring out your justice.

    The Lord is kind and full of compassion,
    slow to anger, abounding in love.
    How good is the Lord to all,
    compassionate to all his creatures.

    Glory to the Father and to the Son,
    and to the Holy Spirit:
    as it was in the beginning, is now,
    and will be for ever. Amen.

    The Lord is great and his greatness is without measure. Alleluia.

    ________

    Psalm 144 (145)

    The Lord has revealed the glorious splendour of his reign. Alleluia.

    All your creatures shall thank you, O Lord,
    and your friends shall repeat their blessing.
    They shall speak of the glory of your reign
    and declare your might, O God,

    to make known to men your mighty deeds
    and the glorious splendour of your reign.
    Yours is an everlasting kingdom;
    your rule lasts from age to age.

    Glory to the Father and to the Son,
    and to the Holy Spirit:
    as it was in the beginning, is now,
    and will be for ever. Amen.

    The Lord has revealed the glorious splendour of his reign. Alleluia.

    ________

    Psalm 144 (145)

    Let all men bless your holy name for ever. Alleluia.

    The Lord is faithful in all his words
    and loving in all his deeds.
    The Lord supports all who fall
    and raises all who are bowed down.

    The eyes of all creatures look to you
    and you give them their food in due time.
    You open wide your hand,
    grant the desires of all who live.

    The Lord is just in all his ways
    and loving in all his deeds.
    He is close to all who call him,
    who call on him from their hearts.

    He grants the desires of those who fear him,
    he hears their cry and he saves them.
    The Lord protects all who love him;
    but the wicked he will utterly destroy.

    Let me speak the praise of the Lord,
    let all mankind bless his holy name
    for ever, for ages unending.

    Glory to the Father and to the Son,
    and to the Holy Spirit:
    as it was in the beginning, is now,
    and will be for ever. Amen.

    Let all men bless your holy name for ever. Alleluia.

    ________

    God raised Christ from the dead, alleluia,
    – so that our faith and hope would be in God, alleluia.

    ________

    First Reading
    1 Peter 4:12-5:14

    My dear people, you must not think it unaccountable that you should be tested by fire. There is nothing extraordinary in what has happened to you. If you can have some share in the sufferings of Christ, be glad, because you will enjoy a much greater gladness when his glory is revealed. It is a blessing for you when they insult you for bearing the name of Christ, because it means that you have the Spirit of glory, the Spirit of God resting on you. None of you should ever deserve to suffer for being a murderer, a thief, a criminal or an informer; but if anyone of you should suffer for being a Christian, then he is not to be ashamed of it; he should thank God that he has been called one. The time has come for the judgement to begin at the household of God; and if what we know now is only the beginning, what will it be when it comes down to those who refuse to believe God’s Good News? If it is hard for a good man to be saved, what will happen to the wicked and to sinners? So even those whom God allows to suffer must trust themselves to the constancy of the creator and go on doing good.

    Now I have something to tell your elders: I am an elder myself, and a witness to the sufferings of Christ, and with you I have a share in the glory that is to be revealed. Be the shepherds of the flock of God that is entrusted to you: watch over it, not simply as a duty but gladly, because God wants it; not for sordid money, but because you are eager to do it. Never be a dictator over any group that is put in your charge, but be an example that the whole flock can follow. When the chief shepherd appears, you will be given the crown of unfading glory.

    To the rest of you I say: do what the elders tell you, and all wrap yourselves in humility to be servants of each other, because God refuses the proud and will always favour the humble. Bow down, then, before the power of God now, and he will raise you up on the appointed day; unload all your worries on to him, since he is looking after you. Be calm but vigilant, because your enemy the devil is prowling round like a roaring lion, looking for someone to eat. Stand up to him, strong in faith and in the knowledge that your brothers all over the world are suffering the same things. You will have to suffer only for a little while: the God of all grace who called you to eternal glory in Christ will see that all is well again: he will confirm, strengthen and support you. His power lasts for ever and ever. Amen.

    I write these few words to you through Silvanus, who is a brother I know I can trust, to encourage you never to let go this true grace of God to which I bear witness.

    Your sister in Babylon, who is with you among the chosen, sends you greetings; so does my son, Mark.

    Greet one another with a kiss of love.
    Peace to you all who are in Christ.

    Responsory

    ℟. If you can have some share of the sufferings of Christ, be glad,
    * because you will enjoy a much greater gladness when his glory is revealed, alleluia.
    ℣. Happy are you when people hate you on account of the Son of Man,
    * because you will enjoy a much greater gladness when his glory is revealed, alleluia.

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    Second Reading
    From the Jerusalem Catecheses
    The bread of Heaven and the cup of salvation

    On the night he was betrayed our Lord Jesus Christ took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples and said: “Take, eat: this is my body.” He took the cup, gave thanks and said: “Take, drink: this is my blood.” Since Christ himself has declared the bread to be his body, who can have any further doubt? Since he himself has said quite categorically, This is my blood, who would dare to question it and say that it is not his blood?

    Therefore, it is with complete assurance that we receive the bread and wine as the body and blood of Christ. His body is given to us under the symbol of bread, and his blood is given to us under the symbol of wine, in order to make us by receiving them one body and blood with him. Having his body and blood in our members, we become bearers of Christ and sharers, as Saint Peter says, in the divine nature.

    Once, when speaking to the Jews, Christ said: Unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood you shall have no life in you. This horrified them and they left him. Not understanding his words in a spiritual way, they thought the Saviour wished them to practise cannibalism.

    Under the old covenant there was showbread, but it came to an end with the old dispensation to which it belonged. Under the new covenant there is bread from heaven and the cup of salvation. These sanctify both soul and body, the bread being adapted to the sanctification of the body, the Word, to the sanctification of the soul.

    Do not, then, regard the eucharistic elements as ordinary bread and wine: they are in fact the body and blood of the Lord, as he himself has declared. Whatever your senses may tell you, be strong in faith.

    You have been taught and you are firmly convinced that what looks and tastes like bread and wine is not bread and wine but the body and the blood of Christ. You know also how David referred to this long ago when he sang: Bread gives strength to man’s heart and makes his face shine with the oil of gladness. Strengthen your heart, then, by receiving this bread as spiritual bread, and bring joy to the face of your soul.

    May purity of conscience remove the veil from the face of your soul so that by contemplating the glory of the Lord, as in a mirror, you may be transformed from glory to glory in Christ Jesus our Lord. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

    Responsory

    ℟. Jesus took some bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, This is my body which is given for you.
    * Do this as a memorial of me, alleluia.
    ℣. When your children ask you, ‘What does this ritual mean?’ you will tell them, ‘It is the sacrifice of the Passover of the Lord.’
    * Do this as a memorial of me, alleluia.

    ________

    Hymn
    Te Deum

    You are God: we praise you;
    You are the Lord; we acclaim you;
    You are the eternal Father:
    All creation worships you.

    To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
    Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise:
    Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
    heaven and earth are full of your glory.

    The glorious company of apostles praise you.
    The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.
    The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.

    Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you;
    Father, of majesty unbounded,
    your true and only Son, worthy of all worship,
    and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

    You, Christ, are the king of glory,
    the eternal Son of the Father.

    When you became man to set us free
    you did not shun the Virgin’s womb.

    You overcame the sting of death
    and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.

    You are seated at God’s right hand in glory.
    We believe that you will come and be our judge.

    Come then, Lord, and help your people,
    bought with the price of your own blood,
    and bring us with your saints
    to glory everlasting.

    The final part of the hymn may be omitted:

    Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance;
    govern and uphold them, now and always.
    Day by day we bless you;
    we praise your name for ever.
    Keep us today, Lord, from all sin;
    have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.
    Lord, show us your love and mercy;
    for we put our trust in you.
    In you, Lord, is our hope;
    and we shall never hope in vain.

    ________

    Let us pray.

    Lord God,
    you increase and multiply your faithful
    by your abundant gift of grace.
    Look now on your chosen people,
    and clothe forever in the garment of eternal life
    all those who have been reborn in baptism.
    Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
    who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, for ever and ever.

    Amen.

    ________

    Let us bless the Lord.
    – Thanks be to God.

    Copyright © 1996-2016 Universalis Publishing Limited: see http://www.universalis.com. Scripture readings from the Jerusalem Bible are published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc, and used by permission of the publishers. Text of the Psalms: Copyright © 1963, The Grail (England). Used with permission of A.P. Watt Ltd. All rights reserved.

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Thank you for posting this, Sean. I love reading and praying the Liturgy of the Hours! Each time I do it changes me and love goes deeper!
      And I so love the Psalms!
      This, wow…this is beautiful: “May purity of conscience remove the veil from the face of your soul so that by contemplating the glory of the Lord, as in a mirror, you may be transformed from glory to glory in Christ Jesus our Lord. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen. 💖

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  22. Doug says:

    Beautiful Philip Frank. It it home in a new way for me. I see it not so much as we are sinners as what we do wrong per se when we think of ourselves before God, but it is our lack of love that we see through self knowledge. This is where we see how small we are before God. So it is not so much what we did, but what we did not do. Thank God for his mercy!

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    • Phillip Frank says:

      Exactly Doug, we are replacing what we SHOULD do with what we SHOULDN’T do.
      We were created to Love and serve in this world and all else us folly.
      Self knowledge is the clarifying of what we truly are and what our true vocation as a child if God is. This is the “lack of knowledge” that cause My (Gods) children to perish.

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      • Doug says:

        Have you read Saint Catherine of Siena Dialog Philip Frank?

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        • Phillip Frank says:

          A little bit Doug, but all of St Mary of Agreda’s Mystical City of God.
          Over 6000 pages of it!.

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          • Doug says:

            I was curious because St. Catherine writings expressed the gift of intellect and of possessing self knowledge which we have been given to reason and first discover God. Our faith discovery typically starts with this. I think it is this nourished with love that most turns our hearts.

            6000 pages. Hmmm. Not a light read.

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          • jaykay says:

            Not a light read indeed, Doug, (and Phillip – and thanks Phillip for your wonderful post here) but great to “dip into” at certain times of the year, particularly now. There’s a lovely part of it where she meditates on Good Friday how Our Lady, at the Cross, co-operated with Our Lord in thrusting Satan down to hell, and his utter confusion at Her power. All in co-operation with Her Son, I hasten to add! And then how he set about his schemes to ruin the Church, all the time knowing his doom, but in utter malice. Also, she (Mary of Agreda) meditates on how Our Lady helped the Apostles in composing the Credo, how She is the Mother of the Church, truly. Yes, I know, inspired meditations… but how inspired! Wonderful reading.

            We had a beautiful 3.00 p. m. Divine Mercy chaplet and Mass and veneration of the image (with relic of St. Faustina) in our local Dominican church here in Ireland, and then a planning meeting for a Parish procession through the town on May 13th. Many young people there, and so many at the confessions. Deo gratias.

            God bless. J.

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          • Doug says:

            Jaykay, as I read your comment, my heart is filled with wonder and awe for our church which has endless depth to its beauty and love.

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          • Phillip Frank says:

            Yea Doug, reading it was like eating cheese cake, so thick and rich you can only consume it a little at a time. I read it over a three month period. I wasn’t working, so it was a daily adventure reading it all hours of the day and night. My wife went out of town to help my daughter with the birth of my grandson so I had free range to read it like a love struck school kid. One of the most beautiful, inspiring, grace filled oeriods of my life! The writings are all about Our Lady and Her mystical relationship with God and Jesus. It is through these books that my love for Our Lady has become indescribable!

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          • Doug says:

            Rich like eating cheese cake. Sounds like a good description. The works sound inspiring. I will have to check them out.

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  23. Another Karen says:

    Philip, you have a wonderful way with words – what a lovely – and timely – reflection. On this eve of Divine Mercy Sunday, I truly hope that all of us here and all of those that we can convince to join us avail themselves of the indulgences attached to this day. I am always so grateful to receive the Sacrament of Penance each week (Snowy, I join you in needing to strive for a more even temperament!) and am always grateful for the opportunity to receive this particular plenary indulgence. As I always tell my family, I am not shooting for purgatory, but since I am far from sainthood, I’ll take all of the help I can get to work towards Heaven (where I pray we all will be reunited)! I am glad that we all still gather here to build each other up as we meet the challenges of these times! I for one, need the encouragement!

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    • Sean Sullivan says:

      Karen,
      I hope you are ‘shooting’ for Sainthood… direct to Heaven. I know I am. Divine Mercy Sunday is the key for me. It is the one “ZERO” day where we may obtain not only His forgiveness of sin but absolution of punishment aka Justice via purgatory.

      Soon after this zero day, my daily regiment commences with obtaining (hopefully) a Plenary Indulgence per day and a lot of partials. Frequent confession and daily reception of the Eucharist. As said elsewhere, store up treasures in the hereafter. Continue until the next Divine Mercy Sunday and renew once again.

      Isn’t God Grand? Glory to God in the Highest! {Tears in my eyes of thanksgiving}

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      • Another Karen says:

        I am most definitely shooting for Heaven, Sean! I try to offer up daily plenary indulgences (that I place before Blessed Mother Mary in Mass each day) for souls in purgatory , and take advantage of Divine Mercy Sunday for myself. I’m grateful for the mercy as I am not worthy – it is all Him and his remittance of punishment that I so rightly deserve! I’m looking forward to one great reunion in the Kingdom of God!

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Karen, what? you don’t like being like a yo-yo? Hahaha! Up and down, up and down! What if being steady all of the time is boring? Hmm… if nothing else it keeps us on our toes! 😉

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      • Another Karen says:

        Funny, Snowy! I am a yo-yo, and my biggest struggles/tests (God gives me MANY) are with both slow pokes and bad customer service. They both give me chances to be patient AND merciful, but I don’t always pass the test. I will keep trying though!

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          Karen, i was just having fun… and from what I have read from you, it surprised me! You seem very even tempered to me and I always love your comments here.

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          • Doug says:

            Karen is a hoot. She is a lot of fun.

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          • Another Karen says:

            Snowy, I know you were having fun with me…me, too! I hope you continue to do so as I would not want it any other way! Thank you for your kind words, be even tempered I am not…..definitely a type A personality! I have improved over the years though. I try to think of the kind of ripple effect my words or actions will have on a person and try to make both positive. In my thoughts though, that is another story and I have the occasional grunt under my breath as well, especially behind slooooow drivers or as I wait endlessly on hold for a representative who really cares about me as the customer (not!)! A work in progress, I am!

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          • Another Karen says:

            Thanks, Doug! Hope all is well with you, Jacki and clan and I hope you are headed for the diaconate, having passes all of the tests and interviews with flying colors. Meanwhile, if you are ever in the area when headed down to the beach, stop in for a little wine (Catholic, of course!) and cheese!

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          • Doug says:

            Oh Karen, I love your invitation! I just had my followup interview with the psychologist and diaconate vocations deacon. This was my last formal interview and now a committee will decide and make their final recommendation to the bishop. I will know by mid June at the latest. I am praying for a positive outcome.

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      • Doug says:

        The fire swamp keeps you on your toes too. It’s not boring there 😎

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          Hahaha..fire swamp? What the heck is the fire swamp? You crack me up, Doug! 😄

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          • Doug says:

            Ha Snowy! You must not have seen the movie “The Princess Bride”. I think you and your husband would love that movie. It is a real classic and all ages can watch. I have seen it more than a dozen times.

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Doug, I have seen it many times! I especially love Inigo Montoya! 🙂 you must have missed that I remembered… see above.

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          • Doug says:

            Yes. I saw your comment just after I posted mine. “My name is Inigo Mantoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die”

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          • Mick says:

            Watch out for the ROUS’s, Doug! 🙂

            I was just talking about The Princess Bride with a friend today; I was remembering Billy Crystal as “Miracle Max,” proclaiming that Wesley was only “mostly dead” and then riffing upon the MLT with the mutton nice and lean… “They’re so perky; I love that!”

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Mick! I was going to ask where you’ve been yesterday and here you are!
            Those two were hysterical! 🙂

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          • Mick says:

            Hee hee, Snowy! I’ve just been tied up a lot. It’s springtime in full swing here on the farm, which means spending a good bit of time helping my just-turned-18-year-old make cheese. We (actually, my three oldest kids) are getting about 3 gallons of milk per day from the goats, so my daughter is making some sort of cheese pretty much every day. But I help only with the cheddar, which she makes 2 or 3 times per week.

            Spring also means being outside whenever Little Miss I-Want-My-Mommy will let me out of her sight (which isn’t often… she knows that if I disappear, I might not be back for 2 or 3 hours; so she keeps a watchful eye on me, haha). My elder daughter is actually doing the hard work in the garden; I’m doing the fun stuff like harvesting violet flowers that we’re drying for use in teas and herbal syrup for winter. It’s going to rain over the next couple of days, and then I’m going to harvest a bit of our bumper crop of stinging nettles which have take over a corner of the garden. That’ll be fun as long as I have on sturdy jeans, a very thick sweatshirt, and some good garden gloves.

            Oh… and we’re trying to finish up school before May 18 when the family (minus kid #1, who will be taking summer classes at his college) is road-tripping to DC/Maryland for a long weekend. My hubby and our 18-year-old will be riding a 12-hour bike race in Maryland; the three youngest kids and I are going to be lazy slugs and hang out at the hotel or in a park. We’ll spend one day doing the DC tourist thing, and we’ll spend a few hours at Gettysburg on the way home. It’ll be a good educational experience for the kids, but I don’t want to have to come back and hit the books for another week or so. So we’re trying to speed things up a bit. The boys (3rd and 10th grade) are grumpy about it, but they’ll thank me later, right? Right? 🙂

            Your humor and chipper attitude in the face of maroonish adversity are both inspiring and entertaining. Thanks for the good example and for the chuckles. God bless you and your hubby… he’s such a goner and doesn’t even know it, as the Hound of Heaven will never let up. 🙂

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Wow Mick, you have such a fun and interesting life! Farming is the bomb- but a lot of work, good thing you have so any helpers! Love it! Your cheese sounds wonderful, YUM!
            Studying + boys = LOL. period 😂

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          • Mick says:

            Snowy: 🙂

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          Ah-ha! I remembered-Princess Bride! 🙃

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  24. Katey Utterback says:

    Oh, MY – I have finally caught up with all the postings and all the responses – and it is perfect to be on the eve of Divine Mercy. I was out of town (San Diego to visit my sisters) and then came back and went to an oblate retreat for 5 days and there, in a random drawing, I received a prayer card for Our Lady of Guadalupe – and I have prayed it every day after the evening Office for this group: “Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mystical Rose, help all those who invoke you in their necessities! Since you are the ever Virgin Mary and Mother of the true God, obtain for us from your most holy Son, the grace of keeping our *faith*, sweet *hope* in the midst of bitterness of life, fervent *charity* and the precious gift of *final perseverance*. Amen” ~I think it says it all, doesn’t it? ~ Also, when I read of a prayer need – know I’ve prayed. 🙏 And thank-you to PF for this very thoughtful writing – very thought-provoking. Thanks. Oh, and I must comment to Patrick in SD – I too received a healing (facial nerve) and, unrelated to the healing – re-read *The Hobbit*. Perhaps I was looking for a win against all odds? I know I found it very satisfying, as always. AND (last “and”) THANK-YOU BECKITA, FOR KEEPING THIS GROUP TOGETHER. THANK-YOU. Blessed Easter to all, katey in OR 🌹

    On Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 8:06 PM, The Next Right Step wrote:

    > Beckita posted: ” (I asked our reader, Phillip Frank, if he would consider > writing a piece for our community. When I first read his beautiful > reflection, I had goosebumps because I’ve been having these thundering > whispers, coming from multiple sources all around me, co” >

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  25. Anne says:

    I am laughing at myself….. All this Snowy bit had me confused….. Because I was linking Snowy with Doug!!!! What on earth is going on I thought….. Til the name Lambzie hit me. May many souls be released from purgatory.
    Happy Feast day to all
    And my wonderful dad have a happy 93 rd in heaven! We are expecting a storm so the Angels will be rolling the beer barrels around as mum used to say! My daughter said there will not be too much thunder as pop only drank shandys….. Beer with half lemonade.!!!

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    • Doug says:

      Ha! Lambzie and I have been hanging out for 37 years. Met when we were 18 and freshman in college. We went through a breakup where I found God as a protestant. We got back together and have now been married for 32 “wonderful” years (we always say wonderful together). She is a great gift to me as are all here great gifts from God. I hope and pray all here realize what gifts you are. Have a blessed Divine Mercy Sunday!

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  26. From the Old Testament: Proverbs10:12 “Hatred stirs up disputes, but love covers all offenses.*

    From the New Testament: 1 Peter 4:8 “Above all, let your love for one another be intense, because love covers a multitude of sins.*

    I think both of these Bible quotes fit in nicely with Phillip Frank wrote.

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  27. Beckita says:

    TNRS Family, we need your prayers again please. The dear priest for whom I am blessed to offer care was admitted to hospital last night with pneumonia… his very first hospital stay in nearly 89 years of life! He’s walked the corridors there, many a time for more 55 years, bringing the Holy Eucharist, anointing the sick and dying as well as hearing confessions for thousands of God’s children. Please pray with us for his healing and I would ask that you give his name and ask for prayer to any and all apostolates of prayer at this time. Thank you so much. May God, Who’s Will is always perfect and rooted in the Perfect Love that He is, have mercy on Fr. John B Wang.

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    • Doug says:

      Hey Beckita, lit candles for Fr. Wang after Mass today and also for your daughter and SIL. God bless you, Fr. Wang and your family!

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    • kat3116 says:

      I’m heading to a Divine Mercy holy hour soon. I will keep Fr. Wang and all here and their families in my prayers. 🙏💕

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Praying for Father!!!

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      I will ask others to join us in prayer for Father Wang. ❤

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    • audiemarie2014 says:

      Praying for Father Wang!

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    • Another Karen says:

      Beckita, I will pray for your beloved Fr. John. I will also put his name in front of Our Lady of Lourdes now.

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    • PrayerPartner says:

      Joining in prayer for Father John

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    • Prayers offered for you and Fr. John up at the Cross of Cairns on Sunday, B.

      A desert sand angel as a sign of hope and joy for all NRS’ers (although I seem to remember snow angels being a lot easier to pull off when I was a kid):

      A rock outcropping that I noticed above the cairns (reminded me of a bear, so I dedicated it to Mama Bear and Sister Bear who are united in prayer with us):

      God Bless,
      MP

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    • Karen says:

      Beckita, I am sorry to hear of Fr Wang’s illness, I will have Mass offered for him today. What a privilege to be able to care for this wonderful priest. I have known his name for many years (yes, even here down under!). I pray he recovers quickly.

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      • Beckita says:

        Oh My Goodness, Karen! You’ve piqued my interest and Father will be curious as well when I tell him of your comment. Please tell more about how you came to hear of him, if you can. We have stories which go back more than thirty years, such as my kids (37 and 35 now) growing up calling him “Grandpa.” Our family joined in praying for him to be able to return to China to baptize his family. When God fulfilled that 50 year long prayer request, I journeyed with him and became Godmother to the entire clan one afternoon. They were my first 64 Chinese Godchildren. Can you imagine 75 people all down on their knees and then kowtowing in gratitude that my family had adopted Father and planned to tend to him into his years of old age? Whenever we have returned to China, I seemed to collect more Godchildren for whom to pray. Two years ago we traveled throughout his home province evangelizing in ways only God could have blessed with doors that opened in surprising ways. I traveled with music to many prayer services and often ended up singing for two hours, non-stop, and could keep my hands on the keyboard as those beautiful Chinese people gathered around to stare and smile and press water bottles to my lips to keep me hydrated. I love their style of singing and accompanying. It’s just so different from our typical western liturgical music. They were fascinated with the difference. I drew the line at no autographs but I cannot tell you how many parents placed their child next to me for a photo together. So many journeys with so many stories of faith to share, collaborating in ministry with Father. The overarching line these days is that Father now has a Mother Superior in residence. : )

        It was tough last night and today and we both appreciate the candles and prayers, NRSteppers. Please keep them coming.

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        • Karen says:

          Perhaps ‘your’ Father is not the same priest who I am thinking of Beckita – according to the bio on the website where I know the name Fr JB Wang it states that he was born in China in 1932 which would make him a sprightly 85. This particular priest has apparently begun around 80 cenacles at the time of that bio, among other things. Do you know the place and ordination date of ‘grandpa’? The bio states that Fr Wang was ordained in 1954 at the Basilica of Our Lady of Pilar (Spain!!!!).

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          • Beckita says:

            It is the same exact priest, Karen. (I am smiling.) Thank you for sharing. The year of birth in the bio is incorrect (should be 1928 – and even he knows not the exact date because of the lunar calendar and poor recording) but it’s my Papita who works with Beckita. On one pilgrimage we visited his seminary and the Basilica of Our Lady of Pilar. In 1949, the Spanish people were still healing from their own civil war and welcomed those young Chinese seminarians with open arms comprised of empathy rooted in their own experiences of the pain in losing dear ones martyred for the faith.

            On that same pilgrimage, Father and I made our way to Avila and dedicated ourselves and our ministry work to St. John of the Cross and St. Theresa of Avila.

            Sounds like an MMP resources for your info, Karen. Father ended up establishing 93 MMP cenacles. He is one mission minded priest. His Chinese name means glorious, industrious one. Perfect one for this servant of the Lord. I am just completing a piece about him and our current work which I’ll post before turning in for the night. God bless you and all here.

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    • MarieUrsula says:

      Prayers going up now for Father Wang. I feel that he is a member of TNRS community and am deeply grateful for his presence. May God bless and keep him in His tender care ~ and you, too, Beckita.

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    • Mick says:

      Praying for Fr. Wang, Beckita.

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  28. Snowy Owl says:

    Beckita, when did you put your bio up on the site? I just now, today saw it – it’s really good, wow! What an amazing life you’ve had!!! 🙂

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  29. prayingflower says:

    Jesus, Mary and Joseph, please keep Fr. Wang in your Hearts of Love and give him your perfect peace. Thank you.
    Prayingflower

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  30. jtbrannigan says:

    Praying for Fr. Wang. May the Lord heal him and bring him joy.
    JT

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  31. Brenda Cavallaro says:

    Wow what an awesome writing this is!!! I will certainly share it. It is wonderful to have those who are willing to write and share the important lessons we can all glean from our Lord and His Holy Spirit in these times of anticipation and uncertainty. I appreciate Phillip’s time and gift! Brenda

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  32. singingjuls says:

    Beautiful…thanks Phillip and Beckita.

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  33. Joe Crozier says:

    We had a great homily on Sunday from a visiting priest. He talked about mercy and forgiveness and the grave sin of holding a grudge. A grudge is a prison. Forgiveness is of essence to the Holy Spirit. “Receive ye the Holy Spirit. Whose sin you shall forgive it is forgiven. Whose sin you shall retain it is retained”. “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” To refuse forgiveness is to refuse The Holy Spirit. Therefore to hold a grudge is to sin against the Holy Spirit. There is a difference between forgiving and letting someone off without consequence. That is where mercy is tempered by justice. Mercy has to come first. Justice is God’s work. Who am I to judge. He said we always have to forgive. He said that even Judas was forgiven. He still had to account for his sin. “Better he had not been born” . I found all sorts of hidden grudges in myself (murmurings as in the people of Moses) – not only grudges against those on earth – after listening to his words. Know The Truth and The Truth will set you free.” I hold the key to the prison and it always has two prisoners: the grudger and the grudgee – locked out and locked in. Thursdays child has far to go.

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    • Beckita says:

      First time I’ve heard: a grudge is a prison. Aptly stated. Thanks for sharing this sermon, Joecro. Its point about forgiveness is a key to loving well. I think, too, in our day and time, self-forgiveness is another essential key.

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  34. Luke Michael says:

    Thank you Phillip Frank for a beautiful meditation! Praying for Father Wang. What a blessing he is for you Beckita and what a blessing you are for him and all of us TNRSers! It’s the little things in life that are so precious especially the constancy of friends. I loved Michael Patrick’s sand angel (must have been a little rough in the making) especially because it reminded me of making one this winter in deep wet snow with two of my grandchildren. The 65 year old guy got stuck and had to be helped up!

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  35. Joe Crozier says:

    Praying for Fr Wang today. What an inspiring life given for the greater glory of God.

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  36. singingjuls says:

    Wasn’t sure where to share this but I thought it was really interesting since we are approaching the 100 year anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima.
    http://spiritdaily.org/blog/uncategorized/7248

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