Praying for the Chinese People

A great fire burns in the great land of China. Ignited by the Holy Spirit, it impels ordinary Chinese people who have encountered Christ to engage in living faith with ardor so strong, they are compelled to bring Jesus to others. Please pray for the catechists in training who go, two by two, in missionary zeal, knocking on doors of homes that they may share stories of faith with all who will listen.

Assisting and collaborating with a dedicated priest of Chinese origin, Fr. John B. Wang, I have had the privilege to, personally, share the faith with our Chinese brothers and sisters. In 2015, upon our return from the most recent trip to China, Father was inspired to begin writing catechetical materials for evangelization. Fr. Wang’s life story could readily become material for an epic biography and it is filled with events and experiences which seem, at first glance, to be isolated, interesting pieces of one man’s life.  On deeper reflection, one can see how God has threaded and woven the pieces, essential parts of the whole, to fulfill His great and beautiful purposes for one person’s life. Not to be overlooked, I firmly believe each of us either knows or can discover this to be true about our own lives.

The pieces of Father’s story which brought him to begin writing the catechetical materials involve the time when he was asked to establish the Chinese department at the University of Montana (UM) where he was a professor teaching the Spanish language. (Are you wondering how it came to be that a Catholic priest of Chinese origin was teaching Spanish at a secular university in America? I told you it was an epic biography. Father, a direct descendant of Confucius, was a little boy of 10 when he entered the minor seminary after being trained as a Confucian scholar.  As a young man in 1949, he fled his homeland and went to Spain. Mandarin Chinese was his first language, Latin his second and he became fluent in Spanish as he finished his seminary training. After a year as parish pastor, on to Rome went he to earn a JUD, both civil and canon law. I won’t give details about his PhD’s and additional five languages he speaks so we can fast forward to his arrival in America where he began teaching in seminaries before taking a job at UM while being welcomed and incardinated into the Diocese of Helena for consultation in canon law. Father taught during the week and spent most weekends on the road, providing substitution so that his brother diocesan priests could get away for a variety of reasons.) When he was asked to establish the Chinese department, Father went on a scholarly research quest into Chinese history, culture and customs. This very knowledge, gained nearly 50 years ago, became the springboard of connecting Chinese culture and customs to Catholic Christian teaching as Father authored the catechetical writings to introduce his people to Jesus Christ. To date, Father has written six small books for the Chinese people.

The first book, Spiritual Light on the Human Life, is being distributed throughout China and requests for this book continue to come from all over the country of Father’s birth. My peanut part was editing the original English text and gathering beautiful images, reflecting a dimension of each of the teachings and stories of faith. I giggle every time I see my name snuggled in the midst of all those Chinese writing characters in the introduction of the books. (The Chinese love and giggle when I entertain them with my pathetic Chinese speaking.) Two additional books have been published and are also circulating throughout the nation.

I have wanted to share this good news with you for some time now for it is yet another example of what Phillip Frank wrote:

“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.” 

Please, do pray for the Chinese people, the priests, the many catechists and the many good, ordinary people who do not yet know Jesus. Please pray that these materials written by Fr. Wang reach the hands, heads and hearts of countless Chinese people.

I also share this news to ask for your prayers, at this time, for dear Fr. Wang, a truly holy, faithful, Marian priest, erudite and wise, yet little and lowly with a heart that loves all so blessed to be in his presence. On Saturday night, I took him to the ER and he was admitted into the hospital with pneumonia. It’s well known that this disease in someone who’s nearly 90, can be a serious health issue. Many a night and day, Father and I have prayed, together, for Charlie and all the community of TNRS. And as much as Father is a spiritual father to me, he is also more than a friend; he is as a natural father for me. My heart is heavy yet I know God has a plan for Fr. Wang, for me, for you and for our world. May God bless, strengthen and heal Fr. Wang.

Finally, I share with you a little more of Father’s epic story. He has lived TNRS his whole life long, even in the greatest times of darkness. The following footage was produced at the outset of embarking on our China Project, as we like to call our evangelizing efforts. His dream conveyed in the video has been altered by God’s design and it continues to bear great fruit. Father didn’t like the feeling of talking to a camera so he requested that I sit across from him as the audience. Having the greatest expertise in peanut parts, I was delighted to do so.

 

Addendum: People have asked about the church to be built. The video was produced in 2014 and Our Lady Help of Christians  Church was completed in 2015, the first Catholic church built in Shandong Province since WWII. It was dedicated when we were in Zhanghua in May 2015. Just before the Lenten season this year, the parish “graduated” from being a mission to welcoming a permanent pastor so the growing number of Catholics received ashes for the first time and experienced all the beauty of Holy Week in their parish, inviting hundreds of non-Catholics to join them.

The focus, now, is on the distribution of the books Fr. Wang has written. In this is evidence of God at work in His process of gathering us as one flock under one shepherd. At the end of the video, you see information for making tax deductible contributions to this effort as the Diocese of Helena has opened a line for this purpose through their foundation office. If you are interested in supporting the distribution of the books, simply make a check out to: Diocese of Helena, POF-China and mail it to: Fr. John B Wang, 425 Ford St., Missoula, MT 59801

Father loves to, personally, respond to each one who contributes before depositing the checks in the Propagation of the Faith Account for China. Granted, he will be recovering for a while, but I have actually lived in residence with him for the last ten years, shortly after the passing of my husband. I’m ready to take up nursing duties as my NRS and have long assisted Father in everything from correspondence to editing and I fill the barber role pretty well without drawing blood. Our favored collaboration is daily and nightly prayer while dreaming aloud of the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. I tell Father we are as Simeon and Anna waiting in the temple for God’s Plan to unfold in our time as surely as it has from every generation to another. Maranatha!

As you reach nearly the end of the video, hit pause when you see a photo with three clergymen in the front row. To the left is Msgr. Joseph Wang, former vicar general of a diocese in Taiwan and he is Fr. John Wang’s biological brother. In the center is Bishop Joseph Ma, now deceased, of the local diocese in Shandong, China. On the right, of course, is Fr. John. Just behind them is the only Caucasian in the group. This was taken in 1995 when I accompanied the Fathers Wang to their home village to fulfill a dream for which they had prayed for 50 years: the baptism of all in their family. I became godmother to the entire Wang Clan (minus the Fathers’ generation) one beautiful October afternoon. Fr. John and I actually took baptismal names from the Litany of the Saints for each family member.

My hope is that we all gain inspiration from Fr. John B Wang’s unfailing trust in God’s Will and His Providence as we move forward in the Storm. Onward!  Onward with the ordinary way and next right steps immersed in prayer, not only of petition, but also of thanksgiving for God is always near to the brokenhearted and He has taken care of each of us in every life circumstance. “For I know well the plans I have in mind for you – oracle of the Lord – plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope.”  (Jeremiah 29:11)

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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163 Responses to Praying for the Chinese People

  1. Jeannie says:

    Oh!!! How beautiful!!

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  2. Mary W says:

    Not being able to sleep at this 3 am hour I came to read your beautifully written piece Beckita about dear Fr.Wang and the Chinese project. Prayers go out for his full recovery from pneumonia, a dreaded malady of which I am aquainted; and for the Chinese people and all those in Asia who, once finding Christ, become the most ardent and powerful adherents of the faith, in my opinion. Prayers as well for the one big peanut, Beckita, who God has chosen for several far-reaching missions and ministries. Hopefully you can tell us more about Fr. Wang’s edifying life in a future piece. (I look forward to watching the video you included.)

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    • Beckita says:

      Thank you so much, Mary. 🌷

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    • Hopenjoy says:

      Mary, I have noticed that the Holy Spirit oftens awakens His people in the middle of the night, especially that 3am hour, for prayer for needs we often do not know about. Rosaries, Divine Mercy chaplet, singing praise songs, using your prayer language…what an honor to offer intercessory prayer for others’ needs.

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  3. Prayerpartner says:

    Thank you, Beckita, for sharing this most lovely story of Father’s life.
    I join you in prayer that he return to good health.
    What an example of a life lived in glory to God!
    Please continue to share, as Father permits, his writings and his teachings.
    A bright beacon of light in the growing Storm, not only for the Chinese people, but for all of us.
    Strength and grace to you, Father.

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  4. leel004 says:

    Beckita, i feel such kinship to this story due to several of the Chinese Christians I have met here.
    With broken English some of the stories they share are heart wrentching , but remarkable.
    Thank you for sharing, and thank you for a bit of glimpse of Charlie, even if it is a quick mention of prayers for thise here. Let him know he is missed.
    I will pray for Fr. Wang continued success in evangelizing, and conversion. How he makes our Mother smile!
    God bless

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  5. Sue Krizmanich says:

    Where could I send some money to Fr John Wang?

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  6. Karen says:

    I can see you love gathering images Beckita. I started to watch the video but was interrupted – was that you, the curly brunette helping Father with the Baptisms? Being a catechist I am very interested in Father John’s books – you mentioned your English translation, is there an English version available? My Parish Priest has asked me this new term to help prepare an eleven year old boy for baptism. He has a learning difficulty and I am very keen to work with him so I ask for prayers – it is his parent’s desire that he be baptised but the young man is adamant that the world that he sees around him came into being of it’s own accord – Big Bang and no plan of any God. A challenge for me on many levels.
    It truly is amazing and a privilege to see how God works in any person’s life – how He draws that person into the overall tapestry that is the plan of God. I am so glad that you have decided to let us in on Father John’s story Beckita – and Father himself, I’m sure you only proceed with his blessing. I can imagine that you are bursting to enlighten us on all that you have experienced in the amazing moments with this priest. It is very hard to capture and portray everything but you are certainly giving us – with the excellent video included – an important account historically speaking. Many years ago I read a Columba publication about Catholic life in China at the beginning of Communism entitled ‘Toward a Second Spring’. I was in my late teens, early twenties – it was eye-opening!
    I hope Father is comfortable at this moment – as you say, pneumonia at this age is dangerous. Was it not pneumonia that Luisa too experienced as her only illness?

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    • Karen says:

      I think I was auto-corrected. The book that I read in my early life was promoted, if not published, by the Columban Missionaries – not Columba!

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    • Beckita says:

      Beautiful, Karen. I will figure out a way to make the English translation available. The first book was written for the Chinese intellectuals, as Father would say. Perhaps your student of concern would like to read it. Prayers for you in your vital ministry. May I also suggest the work of Fr. Robert Spitzer at his site: The Magis Center? He has developed materials targeted for students such as yours and these materials interweave faith and reason in the best of ways.

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    • Mick says:

      Praying for you and the little boy, Karen. And Beckita, I join you in prayer for the Chinese people.

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      • Karen says:

        Thank you for prayers Mick and Beckita. Much time put in and effort can be absolutely useless unless supported by prayer. Time and loving steps are so precious to the Lord in His Plan of gathering the harvest.

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    • singingjuls says:

      Karen, I pray the Holy Spirit guide you in helping this young man. May the Spirit open his eyes that he may see, open his ears that he may hear, but most importantly open his heart so all the love Jesus poured out for him will be received by him.

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  7. ILona Binns says:

    Dearest Beckita,
    I firstly wish to thank you for all your patient time concuming and most importantly faith inspiring posts since Charlie has stepped back. I am a resent addition to this TNRS group of faith-filled bloggers/readers, especially when I cannot sleep and awake to pray the “Rosary of The Unborn” with The Sacred Heart of Jesus & The Immaculate Heart of Mary (the United Hearts Holy Love Ministry-). They both shed so many tears of blood even for the Unborn victim children to abortion which happens now before, during, and even after birth in so many countries around this troubled world,
    On a more uplifting note,…oh what a most blessed, Holy Spirit-filled Priest you have introduced us all to here who walks in the Presence Of The Lord Our God fulfilling His Almighty Will with every breath of his entire life-long journey of faith….. especially since his Ordination in Communist China over sixty plus years ago! I was soooo glued to his every word in the attached you tube interview but wondered if there was a transcript of his autobiographic dialogue you could somehow attach to this email as his words are so difficult to hear with any clarity and full audible sound.

    I would be most excited to hear a more detailed account of this Father’s incredible life journey escaping Communism in his homeland for so many difficult years as a youngster of ten years. All this fascinates so many of us here in North America – specifically in Ontario, Canada, as personally, my own immigrant parents also experienced similar life-threatening challenges of faith in their home country of Hungary back in the nineteen thirties and forties before planning their escape from Communist oppression.
    We their children have so very much to be greatfull for as we all now have inherited this blessed right to practice our Roman/Greek Catholic faith in total freedom and peace(to some limited degree these days with all the attacks on our personhood and conscience rights lately)..
    Thank you so much for this faith inspiring post – a true example of Christ walking amongst us in this blessed humble devoted dedicated priest of Chinese origin, Fr. John B. Wang!
    God Bless,
    ILona

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    • Beckita says:

      Welcome to commenting, lLona. Beautiful reflection. God bless you and your family and all here.

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    • Mick says:

      Welcome to the TNRS family, ILona! I’m wondering, have you ever heard of a Sister Cecilia who ended up in the United States after fleeing from Hungary after the Communist takeover? She co-wrote “The Deliverance of Sister Cecilia,” her life-story which was published in 1954 (and made into a movie the next year). The book is an incredible read… it is a harrowing story of a true Catholic heroine.

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    • Moses Foo says:

      Ha, ha, ha…that is what I meant by the interview with Fr Wang brought back memories for me…the manner of speaking, their Chinese English, their affection for the people that they meet and even the odd idiosyncracy in them. I remember one priest who came from Shandong province also.

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  8. Centurion_Cornelius says:

    Remarkable! How fitting this story is today on the feast of St. Mark, Evangelist!

    Fr. John, the Evangelist, needs our prayers and support.

    “Tend your sick ones, O Lord Christ.
    Rest your weary ones.
    Bless your dying ones.
    Soothe your suffering ones.
    Pity your afflicted ones.
    Shield your joyous ones.
    And for all your love’s sake. Amen. ”

    –St. Augustine–

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  9. JayG says:

    Beautiful story. Well done!

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  10. Homebody in NY says:

    What an awesome interview! Thank you for sharing Father’s story here. Prayers going right up for his health…

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  11. littleone says:

    God bless you and Fr. Wang. This is very inspiring about his life. Thank you for sharing.

    Is there a way you can give us an update on Charlie?

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    • Beckita says:

      Thank you, littleone. Charlie is doing well, busy with various projects, such as reading, writing, contemplating and offering wise counsel as we all wait on the Lord’s Plan unfolding before us. God bless our dear Charlie.

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  12. Phillip Frank says:

    God bless you/has blessed you/will bless you both.
    I guess we can now substitute our little mustard seeds with peanuts parts.
    I know squirrels like peanuts over mustard any day!

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  13. Anne says:

    Amazing! I have only ever heard that all had to be underground ….. Quite different to this.
    So I was stunned in fact. Can you comment on this change a bit more?
    I gather that there are still 3 books to be published. Are the 3 books that are over there going in huge quantities… There are so many Chinese!!!
    Thanks peanut!

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    • Beckita says:

      The struggle with the Patriotic Church and underground Church continues, Anne. There are forces fomenting a chasm between them. It’s good to recall that both Pope St. John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI worked with the government in selecting bishops. They made this unusual concession of engaging in this process because of the political situation in China and out of desire to ensure Chinese Catholics would be able to receive the sacraments. There has been a big chill between Beijing and the Vatican in recent years. Even so, both underground and Patriotic churches minister to the people. Our prayers are for a healing of the division and rapproachment between Beijing and the Vatican. Persecution continues yet it varies in intensity depending on local governing forces.

      Yes there are three books awaiting publication. It’s why we continue to seek support for the efforts of printing and distribution. So much and so many to be rescued. May the Immaculate Heart of Mary soon triumph.

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      • Anne says:

        Thinking out loud…… So the battle is growing within China….. Like USA…. And everywhere. Division! Light,darkness. With millions and millions waking up your request for books must be enormous and increasing. When at uni years ago my friends who majored in history did European as their final unit. For some reason I thought no … Do something different…. So I chose Chinese history. Very few in lectures and even fewer westerners! I never ever was given a history class to teach ……. So forgot much but really enjoyed studying it. I ended up in English teaching….. Then relief after the 4 children and then music.!!’ So very interested in this article. The harvest is huge!!! May money pour in and books flood out.

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  14. erin483 says:

    Wow!! Thank you for the uplifting story!! This is beautiful

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  15. billbad42 says:

    Beckita, thank you so much for sharing Father’s story! I am praying for him, you at this time, and all retired (and present) priests. That was a fabulous video on Father’s story. You are blessed to be so close to such a kind and wise soul. You can tell his life was all about TNRS, you can feel it.

    Let’s all be like Saints today by taking TNRS! God bless!

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  16. Doug says:

    Beckita, this is so touching and heart warming. Is the diocese still accepting donations for the church that Fr. Wang wants to build?

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  17. Doug says:

    Just so amazing!

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  18. Oh I am praying for our dear Father Wang and for you my friend.

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  19. Katey Utterback says:

    Dear Beckita, I began praying at your request for Fr. Wang and now he and his ministry will be included in my daily prayers. Thank-you so much for this “window” into another part of our Catholic world. God bless us, every one, katey in OR

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  20. Sandra Kizior says:

    Please look up The Cardinal Kung Foundation for information about an underground Chinese Cardinal who spent 30 years in a Chinese prison for refusing to deny the Pope as the head of the Church. He was eventually released and came to the US to live with his nephew, Mr. Kung and Cardinal Kung died here in the US. We visited the room he died, at his nephew’s home in the Eastern US. This foundation also supports the Underground Chinese Roman Catholic Church.

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    • Beckita says:

      Yes, Sandra. Well aware of Cardinal Kung and his foundation with their good work. Both the Vatican and many within the Church are open to both Patriotic and underground Church efforts.

      For the last year, I have been editing papers for a Chinese priest from the underground Church as he studies in this country. When we visit, he reports to me the progress and the challenges in attempting to unite these factions.

      Without naming him, I personally know a bishop in the Patriotic Church who sent a private letter to then Pope John Paul II with the bishop conveying his heart was always with the Magisterium. There was return communication. It has been an excruciatingly difficult balance to achieve.

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Sandra, I read this and all about Cardinal Kung last night, a very moving and amazing story! God bless these amazing people and His suffering Church!

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  21. Snowy Owl says:

    Beckita, this is so beautiful it made me cry. I promise I will continue praying daily for the Chinese people and Father Wang. Just beautiful! 💘 and what an incredible blessing that you have him in your life! God is so amazing! 🔥💗

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  22. Another Karen says:

    Wow, just wow, on a life so well lived……and I mean that for both of you. Please be assured of my continued prayers for Fr. Wang, for your family, and for you, Beckita. So much on your plate, and yet so strong a faith in God during these turbulent times. You are an inspiration to us all.

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  23. audiemarie2014 says:

    Beckita, thank you for sharing some of Father Wang’s life with us. What a blessing for you to be a part of his truly amazing life and also a blessing for him to have you participate as his spiritual daughter. I offered today’s Mass for Father Wang and you. God bless you both. XO

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  24. Anne Olmsted says:

    A glimpse of another member of the extraordinary TRNS family. Thank God in His Most Holy and Divine Will. FIAT!

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  25. What a beautiful priest of God! How perfectly God arranges disparate pieces into a seamless Unity!

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  26. Andy14 says:

    Thank you Beckita, beautiful testimony of a beautiful life, very inspiring for us TNRS`ers!

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  27. Shirley Waselk says:

    Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy- a most powerful prayer for Father…..He sounds so saintly!

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  28. Theresa Tamborine says:

    Hi Beckita,
    Thank you for this posting. At the moment I have a question. I have been racking my brain
    trying to remember where I read something about, if someone gives you something do not
    refuse it. I believe it was Charlie when he was on his walk. A couple offered him help, he refused
    but then stated that you shouldn’t refuse what someone offers you but graciously accept it?
    I was wondering if you could tell me in what posting I can find this. I have an elderly woman that
    gave some chocolate to the father of a foster family for his children. She admires them for what
    they do and loves to see the children at church. The father’s comment was “Why do you keep
    doing this? We have all that we need.” This completely stunned the woman and she is hurt.
    My husband and I are like second grandparents to this family and I would like to show him
    Charlie’s comment. If you could help with this I would appreciate it. Thank you
    Theresa

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    • Beckita says:

      Theresa, take a look at the transcript of the visit video of the Birmingham Dinner. At the end of page 4 and the beginning of page 5, Charlie recounts the story of the young couple who wanted to help him. I’m sure this is what you’re trying to remember. God bless you and all here.

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  29. dianebelvs says:

    Praying for dear Fr. Wang, Beckita. And thank you for the wonderful video.

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  30. Mark Job says:

    Please pray also for the Christians in North Korea who are being persecuted on a daily basis for the love of our Lord.
    In 1917 at Fatima our Blessed Mother asked us to pray for the conversion of Russia to Her Immaculate heart. What was spreading at that time was Communism, which we know know takes the light of God from everyone under it’s rule.
    And with the dimming of the light that comes from God, humanity is loosing it’s bearings at an accelerated pace. This is now true of every Nation on this earth as this storm escalates.
    May the peace and Love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all of us during these times.

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  31. I will add Father Wang to the list of priests I pray for every morning.
    Christus Vinci

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  32. Joe Crozier says:

    Whenever me and my brothers were bickering in the back of the car dad would gently chide, “Birds in their little nests agree with Chinamen but not with me.” I remember very clearly my first Chinese meal in the coastal town of North Berwick. I was very young but wanted to try the things that looked most exotic to my boyhood eyes – shark fin soup, chop suey and lychees (with ice cream off course.) On another occasion I did try bird’s nest soup and must admit it was a one off. It is a luxury I could no longer afford. I have even eaten hens feet – again, a one off. I remember my first Chinese joke – “Why are there no telephones in China? – Because there are so many Wings and Wongs you might wing the wong numba.” Fr Wang’s name is pronounced Wong.

    I have only met Fr Wang briefly over the internet a couple of times when he has blessed me abundantly. I could not imagine a more gifted, agreeable or erudite gentleman. A good and holy priest after the order of Melchisedek. Ten lives are packed into his one but it is evident that there is still plenty of room in his big warm heart to minister to the faithful and build the Faith as he continues to go out to all nations.

    . As has been said. Becks is highly blessed to have him in her life but I have no doubt that Fr Wang would say that to have her in his life is the greater blessing.

    Few martyrs were as brave as the Catholic Chinese martyrs, 14 year old Ann Wang – I wonder if she was a relative of Fr Wang – refused to apostasize and as she was about to be beheaded called out in joy “The door of heaven is open to all” and repeated the name of Jesus three times. 18 year old Chi Zhuzi was tortured, had his right arm cut off and was flayed alive but would not deny his faith. He told his murderers “Every piece of my flesh, every drop of my blood will tell you that I am Christian.”

    “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church” and ill though he be, nowhere stronger does this blood course, than through the veins of Fr Wang. He has truly given up his life for Jesus and in his latter years Becks has been his Simon of Cyrene.

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    • Beckita says:

      Thank you, Broseph. Your dad’s rhyme brings laughter in this morning. And oh! How often people have played with the Wang name: “He may be wong for others but he’s just wight for us.” Thank God for the technology of Skype and Face Time and that priestly blessings are never confined by time or space whenever Father has raised his hand to bless you – Tuesday here, 7K miles distant, is Wednesday for you, while the Missoula-Morrinsville Pipeline of Grace never ceases to flow. Nearly daily, Father continues to ask: How is Joe doing? What’s new at TNRS? And all of us are encompassed in his priestly heart of prayer as we wait in joyful hope for the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

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    • Joe, I couldn’t glean the meaning of your expression “one off”. Is it good or bad?

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      “(Fr Wang) He has truly given up his life for Jesus and in his latter years Becks has been his Simon of Cyrene.” Amen, Joecro, I love the way you see things! It’s amazing!

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    • singingjuls says:

      Joe, what a wealth of information you are! I never knew about these martyrs and their stories. I am going to look them up and read more about them. I also love, love, love the analogy of Fr. Wang and Beckita as Jesus and Simon of Cyrene. So true.
      You are braver than I when it comes to trying new dishes. I was watching the Food Network one time when on Chopped a secret ingredient was chicken feet. Even while watching them eat it my stomach felt queasy. I don’t know why but I cringe whenever people talk about eating things that are unusual to me. Even the idea of frogs legs gives me the willies! I think the most strange thing I have ever eaten is calamari, and that was after I tried it and they told me what it was! Sneaky family!
      God has been showing me a side of me I never thought about before and that is about culture shock. I have been invited to go with my church to visit the Holy Land in a couple of years, and I am still sitting on the fence about it. I have until the end of May to decide. I am not a fan of flying, especially over the ocean, (I have a problem with the idea that there is nowhere to go but down if something happens, and I am afraid of heights). The more I think about my hesitation though, the more I realized that I don’t know if I could handle the culture shock. Please don’t get me wrong, I am fascinated by people that live a different way of life than mine, the customs they have and the rich histories. I love reading about them but to actually visit those places, I don’t know. I never realized that I lived such a sheltered life until I started to think about this trip. Even going downtown sometimes makes me nervous. I have never ever thought of myself as prejudice, because I believe we are all brothers and sisters, but I also have never been around people with such different cultural backgrounds from myself. (I know, I need to get out more)! And to actually visit where Jesus and Mary lived? It is something so sureal to me I can’t even imagine!
      Anyway, I’d like to ask for prayer from everyone as I make my decision. I know it’s not as important as the many needs of all friends here, but it is one that a mentor of mine said would change my spiritual life dramatically. Funny, I’m not so worried about the cost as if God wants me to go, He will show me a way to pay for it. I only worry about being here for my husband as his health declines and the above things I mentioned. Sorry I got a little winded, thanks for reading. ~juls

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Praying for you, Juls! The Holy Land… wow!

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      • Doug says:

        I think your mentor is right Juls. Lambzie and I went about 7 years ago and it was profound. We cherish the experience. For me, it was very emotional when I went into the church of the nativity and touched the very spot where Jesus was born. I wept for my and all of our families.

        On the lighter side, one time when I went to Japan on a business trip and in one restaurant, my Japanese compatriots ordered live squid (yes, live). They brought it out on a plate and it was clearly struggling as it could not breath out of water. It changed color as it struggled with each pulsating gasp. I would not touch it. Nope. Would even think to eat it. As I ponder, I could not think to live without my faith in God. Nope. Could not breath without him. I am happy and content to be in my faith.

        Back to the Holy Land for a minute. My older brother is a pilot for American Airlines and he recently said that there have been no fatalities on any U.S. carrier since 2009. So flying U.S. carriers now a days is about as safe as it gets. God bless you as you discern!

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        • singingjuls says:

          Oh my! That poor squid! I wouldn’t have eaten it either. If that had happened to me I probably would have put it in my water glass to relieve it from it’s misery!

          I couldn’t think to live without my faith in God either. Thanks for the encouragement. Much to discern in this. ~juls

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      • jlynnbyrd says:

        singinfjuls, I am praying for you and for us all in our discernments. To echo Charlie, God knows where we are and nothing is lost in His economy. ❤

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      • Mick says:

        Juls, you don’t strike me as the kind of person to be prejudiced at all; I think that it’s natural to be a bit wary regarding the unfamiliar… heck, I ate calimari ONCE (only because it was batter-fried and I didn’t know what was). Never again. Family lore has it that I ate chitlins a few times when I was a kid; don’t even ask because you don’t want to know.

        I will pray for you as you discern about the Holy Land trip. 🙂

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        • singingjuls says:

          Thanks for the prayer and understanding, Mick. Regarding the calimari, it’s funny how something that is so unusual to us is so normal to someone else. I am willing sometimes to try other things, as long as I know what it is and it isn’t moving (like Doug’s squid), when I eat it. Makes me think of what John the Baptist lived off of when living in the dessert.

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      • Juls, GO to the Holy Land for those who can’t. Jesus spoke about going there in one of His messages to a mystic and He encourages those who have the opportunity to do so. I have a friend who went there and she said that it made her faith so real. Just like one receives grace when going on a pilgrimage, so a visit to Holy Land brings immeasurable blessings. I intend to bring my entire family there, God willing.

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        • singingjuls says:

          Thanks for the encouragement joyinthelord. What a beautiful idea. I think I am close to making a decision. I am going to make a pros and cons list, but I think the Pro is going to beat out all the cons every time. 😉

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  33. sodakrancher says:

    Beautiful . Thank you both for your beautiful ministries . Daily prayers for you both and this entire community

    Liked by 6 people

  34. crewdog says:

    I don’t know what kind of credibility this site has but it is interesting ….. and These Days ….. ;-(
    “What One Rabbi Predicted 22 Years Ago About Korea’s Role in End-of-Days Will Shock You”
    http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/87017/one-rabbi-predicted-22-years-ago-koreas-role-end-days-will-shock

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  35. Luke Michael says:

    What an amazing priest! What faith!

    Liked by 8 people

  36. katherine says:

    Wow! Just amazing.

    Liked by 5 people

  37. Moses Foo says:

    Hi Beckita, thanks for sharing the story and mission of Fr Wang.

    Our Malaysian Church, particularly in the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur, is blessed by the presence of several priests who escaped the persecution of the Cultural Revolution, both Chinese priests and French Foreign Missionary Fathers. The Chinese priests had to escape China and continued their seminary training in Malaysia and eventually serve the multi-ethnic Catholic community in Malaysia. All the priests from that generation are now gone home to the Lord.

    Even though it is difficult in China right now, what with the tension between those faithful to the pope and those with the Church approved by the Chinese authority, may the wisdom and plan of God bring the joy and building the Body of Christ in China to its fruitfulness eventually.

    I am a Malaysian of China descent. I am familiar with the style of such priests and watching the video brought back memories. I was surprised that such holy priest blessed America too. What I meant was, that these priests and story came to America. Do pardon my ignorant because America has always many holy priest, just that very often western features 😀

    God bless everyone here.

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  38. Nancy says:

    I remembered this prayer from then Pope Benedict:
    http://w2.vatican.va/content/benedict-xvi/en/prayers/documents/hf_ben-xvi_20080515_prayer-sheshan.html
    May Mother Mary rescue all her children.

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  39. erin483 says:

    Can Charlie comment to us again on what’s going on in N. Korea….China…Russia….like he said years ago this is where conflict would start….would love to hear his thoughts on the recent escalations .

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    • Beckita says:

      Charlie remains in watchful retirement, Erin. I, too, miss his presence, analysis, guidance and insight. I can tell you, he is a reader of National Review and respects the work of both Victor David Hanson and Andrew C. McCarthy. Do consider researching their recent articles. Here’s one to get you started.

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  40. Snowy Owl says:

    Can everyone please say a prayer for our Deereverywhere, her husband has been diagnosed with a cancerous tumor of the liver that has made its way into his heart and he was given 1-2 weeks to live. She asked me to post this.
    Thank you, everyone! God bless!

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  41. Kathleen Vacheresse says:

    Does anyone here know about Father Romano Zago OFM retired living in the Holy land he has written a book about Aloe Arborescens Cancer can be Cured It has been researched and studied this information is in his book they call this plant God’s Pharmacy . Just want to pass this information on God bless. Kathleen

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  42. singingjuls says:

    Wow Beckita, what a beautiful testimony to love Fr. Wang is. I look forward to reading his biography one day, along with yours. I will keep Father in my prayers for healing his lungs and for a return to good health so you both can continue your mission in spreading the Word. Thank you for sharing this important mission with us. St. Raphael, Mother Mary and St. Bernardine of Sienna pray for Father Wang’s healing.

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  43. dianebelvs says:

    Praying for deereverywhere’s husband and for her and her family. God Bless Them and keep them in His tender care.

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    • Phillip Frank says:

      I tell people who have a major chance happen to them that when God closes a door he opens another.
      For Deer’s husband as his earthly life closes his eternal life opens! Not a bad trade-off.
      Praying for another miracle of his physical healing too. Thy Will be done.
      Love to you both.
      Phil💝

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    • Phillip Frank says:

      I tell people who have a major change happen to them that when God closes a door he opens another.
      For Deer’s husband as his earthly life closes his eternal life opens! Not a bad trade-off.
      Praying for another miracle of his physical healing too. Thy Will be done.
      Love to you both.
      Phil💝

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  44. Doug says:

    Here is a good article by Matt Walsh which bears a lot of similarity to what it was like when Lambzie and I had our twins who are now turning 30 this year.

    http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/matt-walsh-we-couldnt-afford-to-have-kids

    My only regrets are I wish we had more kids. Blessings!

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  45. crewdog says:

    Pastor Steve Cioccolanti is a Protestant Evangelical born in Thailand and living/preaching in Australia. He has developed quite a following. His below video is interesting and parallels much of what many others of Faith have been saying. He is not too positive about Pope Francis but it would probably be best not to ask my opinion on that matter. More truth than not here, methinks.

    “North Korea Red Alert – 2017”

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  46. The body of Christ in China is built on humble servants of the Lord Jesus, just such as Father Wang. Some 30 years ago, I was fortunate enough to meet with another born again Chinese believer who had gone through trials galore in his homeland, maintaining his strong faith throughout. He had been persecuted by a particular Chinese KGB agent and held in prison, separated from his wife, for many years.

    If I remember it correctly, he was held captive for a full 8 years, all the time being pressured by the KGB agent to simply abandon his faith in return for release from prison and being reunited with his wife. This brother in the Lord refused to give in, so eventually the KGB man told him that if he continued to persist in his faith, he would remain locked up for the rest of his life.

    However, God spoke to the brother, and told him that he would indeed be released from jail, despite the threats of the agent. Not only that, but it would be the same man who was persecuting him that would be the one to sign his release papers! Before long, all this came true. The agent came to him in his cell and told him that the government had decided that he was a hopeless case, beyond hope of reform, and that they had decided to expel him from China. The agent was the very one who signed the papers ordering his release, telling him that he would never see his wife again, as she was going to be held in China to punish him..

    All this was told to me as I sat across a table from him in a Wendy’s restaurant here in Kansas City. But this brother also told me that his wife was in process of being freed from China and would soon join him in the USA. We are indeed very blessed to live in the country that we do, despite all its failings and moral decline.

    Dave

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  47. Prayers for Deereverywhere, her husband and for all here. God bless. katey in OR

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  48. Amazing, Beckita.

    This is certainly one of the best posts I have read here in TNRS. I am biased because the Chinese people are dear to me. Here is another Chinese joke from a Polish priest:

    Why do we know God loves the Chinese people?
    Because He made so many of them!

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  49. Sheila Hurd says:

    So beautiful and awesome! Fr Wang is a light in the darkness! It is a privilege to know him and pray with him for the Chinese people to know Jesus Christ and be baptized into his Body,
    Thank you Beckie for your hard work and dedication to this mission and care for Fr Wang.

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  50. Amazing what God is doing!

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