Waiting on the Lord with Hope and Thanksgiving

 

Praying in thanksgiving for all who united in making the Novena(s) to Our Lady of Fatima and the Blesseds, now St. Francisco and St. Jacinta. Pondering, still, on how God often works with us in a process to meet our needs and guide us to living in His Will for each of our lives. Especially holding in prayer, those who are deeply suffering at this time when our Mother’s adversary is wreaking havoc all over the world, in personal trials, in families, in countries and in our Church. How our world needs us to persevere!

We know God hears each and every prayer, that prayer brings change and that God answers us in ways so far above and beyond our own limited thinking. My friend, Elizabeth, often speaks of God’s Infinite Imagination and I love that expression of truth. Happy to discover a recent article by Msgr. Pope, I find it to be fine encouragement for us to persevere in prayer with hope while thanking God, in advance, for whatever He is accomplishing in our lives as we wait upon Him.

In my younger years, I often prayed in ways which reflected that I was directing God in how to answer my requests. I’m so grateful for the spiritual mentors in my life who taught me the wisdom of leaving solutions totally in God’s Providence, for HE is the ONE with the Infinite Imagination and HE is the Source of Pure Love from whence our answers come. While Jesus asks, in the Scriptures: “What do you want me to do for you?” (Luke 18:41) The details of how He brings us the best-for-us answer(s) are wisely left to Him. And when He deems to respond by denying what we asked Him to do, we can be sure He is inviting us  to move through alternative doors with a threshold leading to peace and joy. Here, I think of Charlie’s image of God ever going for the triple bank shot (and beyond) to bring into our lives many more blessings for which we didn’t even ask. “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:11)

It is trustful surrender, with complete openness to His ways and answers, which allows us to bend to God’s Will and experience happiness and joy, even amidst tremendous challenges. Such spiritual muscle strengthening will serve us well in the most difficult days yet to come in this Storm. The Prayer of Miraculous Trust calls us to choose trustful surrender. Many can attest to the power of this prayer. And I have found the Surrender Novena will actually build up our trust in God, thus, immersing us in His Peace.

Before reflecting with Msgr. Pope on God’s mysteries knitted into answering our prayers, you might consider checking out two links:

*Our poor country is crazed in these days, giving evidence that Our Lady of Fatima’s exhortation to pray the Rosary, daily, for peace is as important today as it was 100 years ago. If you’re interested in a great resource for analysis of current news, consider checking out a site from which Charlie often referenced articles: National Review. When I asked him for help in this area, he especially noted the knowledgeable, reasoned, and insightful writers, Victor Davis Hanson and Andrew C. McCarthy.

*On several occasions, Charlie featured the “Walls of Jericho Prayer Project.” There is a new initiative, currently in preparation mode, for June 5-11, 2017, which can be found at the website.

Now, Msgr. Charles Pope’s article, originally posted at his site which he shares with another author: Community in Mission:

(Again, it is I who asked him for permission to reprint his work. He offers no support for the prophetic elements of TNRS site.)

 

SOME REASONS GOD LEAVES THINGS UNRESOLVED

Msgr. Charles Pope, May 10, 2017

One of the great mysteries of God’s providence is that He often leaves things unresolved or unattended to for a very long time. Despite our fervent prayers, He often doesn’t rush to fix everything and He has His reasons for this.

Perhaps it is that we often grow through struggles. We discover strengths that we did not know we had.

Suffering sometimes brings wisdom; we can learn more by living with our questions for a while rather than getting quick answers.

Suffering can spur creativity. Many movies, works of literature, paintings, and poems, are the fruit of struggle and speak to the drama of life and the conflicts we endure.

Suffering sometimes fosters growth. There’s an old saying, “Things do by opposition grow.” Another one says, “Calm seas do not a mariner make.”

Perhaps if He rushed to solve things and intervened frequently God would remove too much human freedom, which He both respects and sees as necessary for us to be true sons and daughters rather than slaves.

Finally, and most mysteriously from our perspective, fixing one thing often affects many others. We have caused a great deal of “collateral damage” in our culture as a result of trying to fix things too quickly. Whatever our good intentions, many of our welfare programs have harmed families and parishes, from which help through charity traditionally came. Some of our advanced technologies have had harmful effects on the environment. And despite our many labor-saving devices, most of us are busier than ever. Yes, fixing one problem sometimes leads to more problems, or at least brings unintended consequences.

Yes, there are mysteries to God’s providence. Despite our many and seemingly reasonable requests that things be fixed (and quickly!), God in His wisdom often delays and leaves things unresolved. He has His reasons, but most of the answers as to why are none of our business.

Be careful before you rush to fix things in your life or in the lives of others. Fixing is often required, but proceed slowly and carefully; learn patience. Learn from God, who can fix everything instantly but usually does not.

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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182 Responses to Waiting on the Lord with Hope and Thanksgiving

  1. SteveBC says:

    Thank you, Beckita. I have had a little success in my life letting problems run, more now than earlier in my life. However, it is still very difficult to wait. I’m still too much like a little kid – when I want something fixed, I want it fixed NOW!! 😀

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  2. Snowy Owl says:

    Beckita, I really liked this post, it was so good! 💖 And also liked what Msgr. Charles Pope had to say on suffering. Amen!
    The Surrender Novena is still one of my favorite novenas and so is the Novena to the Holy Spirit, (which is coming up soon) both of which I would never have known about if I hadn’t learned of them here from you and Bishop 🙃!

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  3. thankful4mercy says:

    This was a beautiful reminder. Thank you! Praying for all on here , and for you, Beckita and Charlie too. Very grateful for you both, and for the wisdom of those who follow this site. Trust- the hardest thing at times in the midst of the scariest things, but thankful that God can change the fearful into the faithful and fruitful.

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  4. erin483 says:

    Thank you for this post. I needed to hear this!!

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  5. PrayerPartner says:

    This is an ongoing lesson for me that I have still not fully mastered. Somehow the wheels of my rational mind starts whirring, I crank into overdrive, then suddenly the bottom falls out of my plan.
    Praying here for others helps me to take the focus away from myself. The Surrender Novena is great!

    Lord, forgive my periods of doubt. Help me to grow in my trust of you, Thank you for standing with me in strength and support.
    Blessings to all here.

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  6. Phillip Frank says:

    This article reminds me of how God works sometimes behind the scenes.
    To hear how a certain saint spent much of their lives working in a mission field or trying to accomplish a big task given them by the Lord, only to die before it finally happens! The quote “the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church” comes to mind. But I think martyrdom is more than being killed for your faith as we can “give up our lives” to a bloodless martyrdom and “seed” the church in this way as well. And I think we all do this seeding in big and small ways throughout our whole lives.
    As each of us goes through the death of the “old self” we in turn plant in us the “new self” in Christ. This is a slow, sometimes painfully slow, process.
    I liken it to growing up. No one sits down to a piano and starts playing Beethoven. It takes practicing -sometimes years and years of it. We developed muscle memory and we condition ourselves, creating Neuro pathways in our brains, etc. There can be pain and frustration involed, i.e.=suffering.
    Same with football practice, weight lifting, running, etc. Just about ANY discipline causes suffering in one way or another, mental, physical, psychological, etc. So, with CREATION reflecting the Creator in its function we can be assured our spiritual lives will be very similar.
    I saw a tee shirt that said “pain is weakness leaving the body”. I believe suffering, in the spiritual realm, is very much the same thing.

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Amen Phillip! 🕊
      And I just read this morning: “Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them, every day begin the task anew.” (St. Francis de Sales) A good thing to remember going through this even if we can only plod along like little 🐢🐢🐢!

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    • Joe Crozier says:

      Thank you for your wise recollections Phillip. The last one made me think of another definition of pain. On being told that pain is kisses from God one dear old old soul retorted “Well, I must be covered in love bites.”

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  7. Wonderful Reminders! What else can we do but depend on God for everything? The cyber attack currently in process effected my husband’s company and made me realize that a thing like this can cripple us quickly, as electronic-based as we are. Our focus …Be dependent on God but prudent in the things of the world. People will depend on us and we have to keep our heads when everyone else is losing theirs. Work and pray – orare et labore. The Holy Spirit is at work, friends. We must learn to see His action and respond with enthusiasm. At my parish, we are making RCIA year-round to accommodate everyone. Not huge numbers, mind you, but the whispers of the true awakening of grace. Oh Lord, please never allow me to hit the snooze alarm. Peace and blessings to all who remain here.

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  8. Doug says:

    Good refkection from you and Msgr. So true Becks!

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  9. BD says:

    Hey Steve, Just say a prayer like I do.

    Dear God, please grant me patience and I want it now…

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  10. Mona says:

    Charlies wrote a piece that fit whith this one. It was posted 17. may 2014 and was called “The Bond of Trust is Forged in Fire.

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    • Beckita says:

      Wonderful memory, Mona. This is a great sign of Holy Spirit at work in the minds and hearts of His people, reminding us of important spiritual truths. And, I add, we all must live it in the very fashion marked out for us by God. May He bless you and all here as we carry on.

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      • Mona says:

        I think you are right Beckitha. I was eating out alone and waching my phone for something to read. I was alone. And suddenly this post came out of the blue. I read it while eating and I suddenly mached it whith your post. I hope I am in tuch whith the holy spirit in some way. I would love that and hope it is so sometimes.

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        • Beckita says:

          Thanks for sharing the link, Mona. Thanks, too, for keeping in touch with TNRS. I loved the visit I made in your beautiful country so many years ago and it would be wonderful to meet you one day.

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      • Mona says:

        Here is the link
        https://charliej373.wordpress.com/2014/05/17/the-bond-of-trust-is-forged-in-fire/
        I hope I suceeded👍
        Love you all and I am in here every day, reading your posts, and your love and wisdom is helping me to stay on the track. I hope I will meet you all one day. (It is very difficult to write in a fortegn language whith a Danish spelling controle. Almost everything shal be spellt twise or more.)

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        • SteveBC says:

          Mona, you did succeed, and everyone is always happy to see you here.

          Computers all have the ability to use different keyboard configurations. See if you can get someone to show you how to select the “US English” or “U.S.” keyboard configuration. Once you know how to do that, you can select the US keyboard for entering comments here in English. When you are done with your comment(s) here, you can reselect the Danish keyboard configuration. I think that could really help you here. 🙂

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        • al chandanais says:

          Good morning all. Thank you Mona for finding this article. I remember reading and understanding this and wondering where I stood in the array of troubles that I entered daily. I remember seeing things differently and realizing that no matter what God was overseeing my life. I grew very close to God with the inception of the “Surrender Prayer” to my life. Everything became clear as I found myself reciting the prayer everynight and at anytime I become confused and or bewildered. Now my prayer includes good things leaving all in Gods hands. My life has changed dramatically in the last year, things would have stricken me to near insanity trying to fix have become Gods work not mine and I am at peace. Though my bride recuperates very slowly at the local PT/Nursing home and my body has become very broken God’s hand is in everything and I am at peace. I am so very grateful to Charlie, Beckita, Steve and all those who are part of this grand family. I come back more often than I seem to which I liken to sneaking in and seeing that all is well and leave again, not that anything I have to say changes much but because I don’t find the need to share my opinion as I used to. I am truly thankful you are here because it is like finding old friends at home with all the lights on.
          God has changed so much in me these days that sometimes a drive by is all thats needed to see all is well. May all here find that all the battles belong to God. All the needs belong to God. Ihave found as his child I just need to stand up and be counted and then turn things over to God so when he tells me to act I can hear his command. In my friend Joe’s words of encouragement “God Bless All Here”

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          • Beckita says:

            Beautiful, Al. I’ve missed you and am happy to hear from you. Your witness to faithfulness and being at peace amidst your sufferings is a sign of hope. Praying for you and your dear wife. Know what? I miss your poetry too. Are you writing these days? God bless you and your family. 😊🙏🌷

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Beautiful, Al. ❤

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          • Beckita says:

            Love your new Gravatar, Jen! Amen.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Thanks Beckita. 😉

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          • Mick says:

            Al, prayers for your wife and for you.

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          • PrayerPartner says:

            Lovely and heartfelt words, Al. We can all learn from your example. God’s blessings to you and your bride.

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          • al chandanais says:

            Here’s one I love dearly Beckita,

            In His Arms Adoration Can Breathe
            In the wee morning hours before the world wakes
            I am called to give honor, to take my place,
            To honor the heart of Him most sublime,
            To give up sleep, to give Him my time.

            I understand Isaiah and why he awoke,
            First breath of the day, when he and God spoke.
            To give clarity to those who would dare comply.
            Only reason to wake, to be rid of the lies.

            The love of the Lord blesses all who do come
            noisy at first but then I succumb.
            To the grand place of hope where reason doth stare
            I proceed through life in my Lord God’s care.

            All noise now stopped I begin to find Joy
            In His lap where I sit, His little boy.
            All wounds fade away as I take His desire
            To be loved and caressed in my Lord’s loving fire.

            In His presence, I, am graced to be
            To share in his love, just Daddy and me.
            For contentment begins and I can see
            It’s in His Arms, Adoration can Breathe.
            2010,
            From “Jesus in the Eye of the Storm” by Alfred Chandanais

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          • Beckita says:

            Beautiful, Al. I see why you love it. I do too. 😉

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            I love that! ❤

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          • Doug says:

            Nice Al!

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          • al chandanais says:

            For the church’s Birthday

            Spirit’s Wings Fold

            The warrior’s group in huddled masses,
            Forging weapons in prayer classes,
            As we prepare this glorious day,
            Pentecost near, Holy Spirit come, we pray.

            Long gone, the day’s feeling fear of him.
            Satan’s days short, for all his sin.
            Lord Jesus doth call, at attention we stand.
            Hearts at the ready for the Lord’s great command.

            Great God of Hosts will take over our land.
            He will not give up till chanced every man.
            For the child’s cry and the mother’s wail
            Has proved our Lord’s Great Will prevails.

            So God begins His Spiritual renewal,
            Calling His son’s and daughters His precious jewels.
            We spurn the lies that we’ve been told,
            As we come together the Spirit’s Wings fold.
            2011
            From the book, “Jesus in the Eye of the Storm by Alfred Chandanais

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          • Beckita says:

            Amen, Al. Thank you for sharing these beauties.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Beautiful! ❤

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          • al chandanais says:

            Audience with the King

            As the knight reached the gates of the city, the guards opened and greeted him with respect and honor.
            “The prince has arrived!” they shouted, as he entered the great and beautiful city of light.
            He loved coming here, for the city was spotless and the people were truly happy, joyful and always busy with the work they loved. No hunger here, the storehouses are always full and any and all were able to see the King as often as they wished to either praise him or thank him or to request their concern for someone outside the city.
            The knight rushed to see the King, bounding two steps at a time; he reached the massive doors they swung open, and again greeted with “the Prince has arrived”.
            “The King has requested you change before you meet with him,” said an attendant guiding the prince to a room where a bath was readied for him. The prince took off his sword and battered armor laying it at the feet of the attendants who took the armor and sword with reverence and left the prince to bathe. As he bathed, he readied himself to meet the Great King, his heart was filled with both love and great concern for his little kingdom, which was under attack, and his people were in dire consequences. The prince had sent word for help many times and requests were always met with peace and comfort but this time he was beginning to feel overwhelmed and needed to seek discernment and advice from his trusted King. As he lay in the bath, sorrow filled his heart for the wrongs he had committed, his harshness of tongue with his princess and his subjects. His failings in what he should have done and what he did not do. Peace beyond all understanding came upon him, understanding and knowledge filled him and wisdom and fortitude washed his concerns away. He started his journey with near despair and found all that was needed was in the Bath, prepared him by the Kings attendants. Beautiful robes were brought to him and a crown of gold was placed on his head, diadems were tied around his forehead to show the victories and honors he had received. Then rings were placed on his fingers, gifts the King had given him to remind him of his importance to the realm.
            He was escorted by handmaids and gentlemen to the Kings sanctuary and found the King in extreme pleasure to see him again. He bowed very low and knelt in one sweeping movement before His Majesty and tears of joy filled his eyes, while his heart was filled with awe, peace, and adulation for his King.
            “Your Majesty, Ruler of all, Great King of all Kingdoms, you who are the Greatest King of all, founder of freedom, liberty and sanctity. You who regard all you see as His own and rightly so. He who has taken me from the hands of the enemy and has given me a place of honor, I salute you and pledge my allegiance to you and all you stand for. You my King, are my very breath. My heart pumps your name with every beat and I am reminded of your goodness with every flutter of a leaf on a windy day, Thank you for seeing me.”
            The Prince felt a gentle hand under his arm lifting him to his feet, as he turned he saw the Kings Mother smiling at him, her gentleness and goodness permeated every step she took. The Kings Mother kissed the prince and then led him to the Great King of Kings who stretched his arms out and held his prince with great tenderness and love.
            “I know your needs child, before you came, I knew your troubles and concerns, but I wanted to see you again, so I allowed you to feel alone so you would come to me. Though your kingdom is far away you are a citizen of My Kingdom, you needed to come home. You needed the rest you can only receive at my hand, and bathe in the waters of Truth, Mercy and Charity”
            The King once again held his prince very close and handed him his armor once again, all the dents and dings smoothed out and polished to a brilliant gold sheen, his sword now flaming returned to him.
            “Go Alfred my child, I will meet all your needs, already my angels are on guard around your home and I am working on relieving the pressures of the world on you”.
            From the Book Jesus in the Eye of the Storm by Alfred Chandanais. 2010

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  11. Beckita says:

    Here’s an interesting gem of a story about Our Lady of Fatima curing, of all people, Padre Pio:

    http://www.ncregister.com/blog/joseph-pronechen/our-lady-of-fatima-cures-padre-pio

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  12. Doug says:

    Eileen George, a great saint among us has just gone to heaven.

    I heard her talk at my former parish of St. Rita’s in Lowell, Mass. She had a profound impact on me and my belief and understanding of heaven.

    At my old parish, the priest, Fr. Kelly, would celebrate the Triduem of St. Rita of Cassia every year. Eileen gave a talk every night for 3 days for one of these. Lambzie was pregnant with our son and had severe pain which was most likely the residual affects of a major surgery. On the last night of the Triduem, we could not make it, but a friend went. She felt this overwhelming urge to bring blessed rose pedals (roses are blessed the last night) to our home and rub them on Lambzie’s belly. The next day, the pain was gone. Our son is now a 24 year old adult and we are going through a trying time with a life style he has chosen. Seeing Eileen’s obituary has reminded me how much God is in control and looking after Lambzie and my son. It is a reminder that brings comfort to my soul. Below is the link to the obituary announcement. God bless all here!

    http://www.eileengeorge.org

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    • Beckita says:

      Beautiful witness story, Doug. I’m sure you know Eileen also had a special ministry to priests. I’ve read her three published books. Eileen was tireless in her service to others. She wrote that she was shown WWIII. I think of Pope Francis remarking that we’re in a world war with conflicts scattered all over the globe. And so we are experiencing a worldwide civil war which has been fought on cultural and socital norms. My heart and prayers continue to go out to our suffering brothers and sisters in places such as Venezuela and the Mideast. Have been praying for the repose of Eileen’s soul and for those who love her. She suffered so long with various illnesses, especially cancer. May Eileen be welcomed Home with the smiles of the saints and angels greeting her and may she intercede for us as we make our way through this Storm.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Doug, what a blessing Eileen is. Thank you for sharing your story about her. I have prayed for her and asked for her prayers for us. ❤

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  13. Thank you, B. Yet another timely and appropriate post. Yesterday, I was at the library looking at maps, looking at RN job postings, contemplating my academic career, considering my housing options, wondering about surgery, worrying about money. I often do that to myself: overthink and overplan. It was under the guise of prudence that I did this, but at its heart it indicates a lack of faith and trust. It eventually overwhelmed me, and tearfully I returned home. But praying the Rosary on my bed, I relaxed and yielded to God’s will. I must not act from a place of duress but rather from a place of calm….things will unfold naturally as God sees fit. “Pray, hope, and don’t worry.”

    Thank you for the link about Padre Pio. “The maternal anxiety of the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the souls going to hell had profoundly and completely invaded the heart of Padre Pio, who made of his whole life a great sacrifice to our Lord to snatch souls away from eternal damnation.”

    Lastly, after my Rosary yesterday afternoon, I heard what sounded like a big animal. Weird, I thought. The deer are largely silent, yet I could hear heavy footfalls nearby. Then I heard the snort. “It’s a horse,” I said to Mimi sitting next to me. I burst out of the tent and saw standing on my “Don’t Tread on Me” neighbor’s property a horse with some deer walking nearby. His backside was facing me. But when he turned his head, I saw a donkey! He watched me as he walked closer and closer with my camera. Suddenly, he turned and sprinted toward me. It is always a bit frightening to see a large animal galloping straight at you, as with the buffalo a few months back. He stopped just short of the barbed wire fence, but I still moved away as he approached – out of fear – putting a tree between us. Here’s the pix. I went back inside and showed them to Mimi, who seemed to look at the images with interest:

    What is this creature? It was as big as a fully grown horse, but looked like a burro!

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  14. Snowy Owl says:

    I received an email from Deereverywhere this morning and her husband was called home yesterday. Here is what she wrote:
    “My beloved choose to leave on the feast day of St. Isadore the farmer. Tom loved farming. I read the three beautiful prayers in the Pieta prayer book as he died. God is good. So very good. I never contemplated our Lady’s life as a widow. I will be doing so now…”

    God bless her, her family and Tom. 💖💖💖

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  15. Mary Ellen Calvert says:

    Praying in our Adoration Chapel now for my hour. Contemplating our free will choices and how wonderful the Father’s plan is. He really does want us to love Him freely. And it is sooo much more dear that way. Then thought back to a conversation with a friend and why we have been so perplexed by the hostility and anger of the liberals and the press. Pres Trump is by no means perfect but he gave up a lot to do this job. He is trying his hardest to bring the people who want to and our nation back to God. It finally dawned on me that the attacks against him by so many are only carrying out satan’s plan and that is why it is so harsh. Praying more than ever for our President, all our citizens, and especially for those most angry and hurt. Thanks for all of you too for prayers and kind words in a turbulent sea.

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  16. Matthew says:

    Beckita:
    I’m not sure if you have been following the religion news. This appeared yesterday:
    http://www.lastampa.it/2017/05/16/vaticaninsider/eng/the-vatican/medjugorje-the-findings-of-the-ruini-report-hvBaZ3ssAeDicjdmEcS3UN/pagina.html
    It appears an Italian newspaper has gotten a hold of a copy of the Ruini report on Medjugorje. This was the commission established by BXVI in 2010. While the ultimate decision will be that of the pope, if authentic, the report leans in favor of recognizing the first six-seven apparitions in early 1981 but considers the rest of the apparitions and messages to specious.
    PAX,
    Matthew

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    • Beckita says:

      Yes, Matthew. I did see this today. It was the headline on Spirit Daily. It will be interesting to see what kind of pastoral initiatives may result from the special envoy’s work now underway in Medjugorje. Hope all is going well with your studies. Prayers for you.

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      • So Medjugorje may be but a little ship covered with many, many, MANY barnacles trying to weigh her down and sink her – not to imply anything Our Lady does is insignificant.

        I won’t read into this new information too much, which is still good, good, good. Once again, Charlie’s words still hold true….

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        • Beckita says:

          It’s an interesting development on which I have many thoughts, Patrick, but these times are replete with many prophecies unfolding so I will remain mostly quiet and watchful, obeying the legitimate authority of the Church. I will say, it is no small task for an investigative commission to discern authenticity, particularly, when apparitions and/or mystical activity and input continue to alledgedly occur. The foundational undergirding of those so tasked *must* be a search for truth. If one enters the investigation process with pre-conceived biases, it is a serious error, particularly when this can lead, in effect, to telling God and/or His Mother how They may speak or act. God bless us all in discernment. Honestly, I think we’re at a point where the events themselves will validate and/or vindicate what is authentic or, as you say, sink what is false. God surely has His purpose(s) for all He allows. There is such wisdom in continuing to pray and do what we can do wherever we are planted in these days.

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  17. Bob says:

    Sounds like things are trying to unravel in DC so let us all continue to pray and to trust. I have been a bit distracted lately, with work being busy and I have been meeting with a weight lifting coach to learn barbell squats, the kind which are easier on my knees. There is something about putting a heavy weight on my back which helps me to forget everything else for a time except how to successfully move the weight up and down, or down and up in the case of a heavy squat. And yesterday the coach asked me why my attitude is always so positive? and I thought about it a bit and answered that if at 65 I can still put 200 pounds on my back and do squats I should be grateful to God as there are many 65 year old,s who can’t do these things! I told my wife when I turned 65 that this is how I am living my second childhood, but training hard and lifting weights, which I used to do in my teens, but on my non workout times I told my confessor I need to up my spiritual training too, so pray for me on that. And as for prayers please pray for my son Tim. I think he is getting into some new age stuff and is being a vegetarian and I don’t think he is doing too well with his protein intake. I can talk to him but, as it was for me, when I was into various types of stupidity, I do believe that only God can open his heart to the truth. Wouldn’t it be nice of our kids could easily learn from the stupid things their parents did and not repeat them?

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    • Beckita says:

      Hello Bob. Good to hear from you. Prayers for your son, Tim. United with you in prayer for our nation. Congrats on your physical training!

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      I agree Bob about sparing our children the errors of our ways, yet I do believe that mistakes are one of the best teachers.
      I am keeping you and your beloved in my prayers. ❤

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    • Hopenjoy says:

      Joyous greetings to Bob the mighty lifter, wow, great job! Keep it up! Re: your son being a vegetarian and your worries about his protein intake. I am a 54 y/o woman, excellent health, and have been eating a whole food plant based diet since Feb 2015 (it reduced my cholesterol and I’m at my high school weight), and feel great! If you want to learn more from a biblical perspective, investigate the Daniel Fast, which is dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan (no animal products). It is based on the book of Daniel 1:8-21 where Daniel and his three friends ate only vegetables and drank water for ten days. And they looked GREAT at the end of that period, compared to the folks eating the king’s fancy, rich food. If your son is eating a HEALTHY vegetarian diet (which he may be including dairy products and/or fish) or vegan diet (no animal products) and consuming a huge variety of healthy whole plant foods in sufficient volume, don’t worry about his protein intake. Plants have lots of protein, easily digested and absorbed by the body, and most people are misguided in terms of how much protein they really need. If he is eating a junk food diet of pop and Doritos (technically vegetarian), you might have cause for concern. Research the Daniel Fast, maybe give him a book with recipes to encourage him on this very healthy way of eating. Check it out for yourself, it’s a wonderful way to honor God with your food choices (and focus more on prayer as you simplify your life and eating habits) as you become a better steward of the gift of your body He gave you. Being a weight-lifter, you might even be interested in reading about some of the plant-based athletes and lifters eating this way, having faster recovery times and less inflammation.

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    • Don’t push him too hard, Bob. Being a vegetarian won’t hurt him – he will probably get fed up with it after a couple of years, just as I did. I followed a macrobiotic diet for 18-24 months on a couple of occasions earlier in my life, but the effort involved in cooking edible and tasty dishes without meat is considerable. Consequently, he’ll tire of vegetarianism before too long.

      On the other hand, if my father had been pushing me to quit, I probably would have carried on with it just to prove to him that I was capable of making my own decisions! Try and think back to the days when you were his age – did you not do stupid things just to prove that you could? Instead, tell him that he’s old enough and smart enough to make his own decisions …. good old reverse psychology woks every time.

      sincerely … Dave.

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    • Doug says:

      I like what Charlie has said in the past Bob. Don’t repeat my mistakes. Go make your own mistakes. 😎

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    • Mick says:

      Prayers for Tim, Bob, and for our country. I wish I could still lift weights like I did when I was younger… not. I always hated lifting. 🙂

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      • Doug says:

        Ahhh! But Mick…. As you gracefully age, you continue to lift heavier spiritual weights.

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        • Mick says:

          You say the kindest things, Doug. 🙂

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Mick, I couldn’t agree more! You know I popped on here the other day and all of sudden I see this comment from Beans 😎… “and I wash my trash” I busted out laughing and though okay now he’s done gone and lost his marbles… and so I typed something idiotic for fun ONLY to find out later on a different thread… he was serious! So what does he do- he goes along with it and makes me laugh even harder and saves me without even knowing it from a miserable situation. Doug is the best! 😊😄😃😇

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          • Doug says:

            Saved you? Not sure how. You found a way to survive even though I disrupted the rodent food chain? 😎

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Doug, I was having a hard day and you gave me a good giggle! The best part about it was that you were just being you and you’re always kind to everyone, no matter what! 🙂 You will make a wonderful Deacon!

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          • Doug says:

            Glad I could make your day Snowy. I should find out if I am accepted to formation in June. God bless you!

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          • Having Doug around with his gentle and good nature is a blessing. What I really love is that he never gets rattled, whether he’s in his comfort zone or not. And there’s a great many others here like that besides. It also makes me chuckle that you’re calling him “Beans.” What a family!

            Speaking of “comfort zone,” I’m often reminded of the more obviously joyful times from the Gospels. How many loving acts and words of encouragement shared with His Apostles! Oh, for the simplicity and comfort of that loving unity as they made their way from town to town.

            Of course that same Jesus said things like, “Get up! Let us go! My betrayer is near…” Oh, to be able comply without hesitation, returning love for Love without worry. Talk about getting out of the comfort zone.

            I’d say, “so far to go, so little time,” but I’m not fretting about either. One step at a time…

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          • Mick says:

            You’re right, Snowy; Doug is the bee’s knees. Lambzie is a lucky ducky. 🙂

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          • Doug says:

            You guys are too kind. I think I am the lucky one to have Lambzie.

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          • Beckita says:

            Truth be told, Doug and Lambzie, from how I have come to know each of you, on and off site, your marriage is the best because, by God’s Grace, you have developed the art of bringing out the best in one another AND it’s not just about you two. Your bond of marriage draws you – each of you and both of you together – to be Christ to every person so blessed to share life with you. When the Immaculate Heart of Mary triumphs completely, I envision a time when marriages like yours become the norm and a time of God’s Beauty, Grace and Truth it shall be.

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    • That is a great analogy comparing body building to spiritual exercise and growth. Offer up those eccentric contractions for Tim — because you love him so much and want the best for his soul, you’ll get even bigger pecs, glutes, and guns in no time. (Deadlifts and squats are out for me, but I can still do lunges — grudgingly).

      I find when I’m in a regular exercise program I eat better, I sleep better, I think better, and prayer is more focused.

      [Advise to our aging readers (myself included) from a former personal trainer: the older we get the more we need the gym (unless life and work can provide the resistance). Definitely walk as often and as briskly as you can, and maybe do a small/modest amount of cardio. BUT, I maintain one of the best things an older person can do as the years pass is to train with free weights like Bob. Pick up those dumbells. Cardio and crunches won’t reduce the belly fat, but squats sure will! You will improve everything faster with an hour with free weights than hours and hours of cardio. Hire a trainer if possible, learn the techniques, go with a buddy, and just do it!]

      Bob, I will pray for your son Tim today.

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      • theresa323 says:

        I am one of the aging readers… My trip to Medjugorge showed me I am really out of shape… I did climb the mountain, but I have not been exercising lately.. Women, older than me did well, because they walk and go the gym regularly. Thanks for the advice.
        I need to pick up the dumbells

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        • moreen67 says:

          Theresa you can do it!!! I have back issues just like my dad used too – I go to a trainer at a gym once a week and walk the rest of the week, however the lifting weights and cardio at the gym my back is feeling great and I think I’m going to try my tennis drills again – don’t be hard on yourself – take your time but you will be well rewarded taking care of yourself. I used to play tennis with a guy who was 90 – he was a smart player – got good shots in and making the rest of us move. Maureen

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  18. Bob says:

    One more reason we need to intensify our prayers these days:
    http://spiritdaily.org/blog/uncategorized/is-there-a-curse

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  19. Joe Crozier says:

    I have not long been awake and as usual have offered myself and my day to God. I am thinking of the first seven appearances of Our Lady in Medjugorje and their approval by The Church. I think of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit and I think of the 5 loaves and two fish – 7 pieces of food. The food of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fish was indeed a miraculous work and rich in meaning – the Good Shepherd feeding His Flock – God will provide – and apostles – the leaders of His Church – cooperating in this work despite initial doubts – “how will such little food feed so many.” Just so with Medjugorje. Just seven visits providing nourishement for millions of souls fed by the priests in confession and communion and affirmed by prayer, devotion to Our Lady and conversion to Our Lord. And now the voice of the Pope, the visible chief shepherd encourages souls to pasture in this safely graze on this land whose fecundity is unmatched in the history of private revelation. I am not long awake but have risen to a grace from the Immaculate Heart bestowed and mediated through the love of The Holy Spirit. I was never fully drawn to Medjugorje but neither did I fully reject it. I have long had Garabandal and Akita in which to believe. But it is good to know that I can now add Medjugorje. Its funny how Garabandal is the one that still awaits approval but the one that holds most promise for me.

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    • Joe Crozier says:

      I should check my English more carefully before posting – it should read “to pasture and safely graze” but I am sure most of you will have worked that out. Does bad English also release a few souls?

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      • Beckita says:

        Absolutely, Joe. Surely the Holy Souls are grateful that you have prompted our prayers for them. May they, too, pray for us.

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      • Doug says:

        Of course it releases souls Joe! For nothing is impossible with God!

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      • Doug says:

        I feed our cats every day. We recycle our cans and bottles. I have always thrown out the empty cat cans. I rebel at the thought of washing my trash to recycle it. I recently decided during lent to wash my empty cat cans and offer it up with joy each day for a soul. I am learning to make all things joyful.

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        • Then you’ll have to help me, Beans. When I see my recycle bin I sometimes think of stuff like BP in the gulf and those Japanese reactors continuing to spew in Pacific… oh, my little squashed cans. Makes me want to wrinkle my brow and spit. So much improvement needed still. So little time.

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          • Doug says:

            Yes Scooter. We all have a responsibility. We had a Japanese foreign exchange student in the 90s. Her name is Minami. She grew up within a few blocks of the Diachi nuclear power plant. We used to tease her and call her minami-sunami. She refers to me as her American father. She was in Tokyo at the time, but her parents barely escaped with their lives when the sun amid hit. They literally lost everything. As a result of Minami’s visit, we were given some family photos as well as we took our own pictures. Lambzie put together a photo album and I brought it with me on a business trip to Japan where a colleague of mine forwarded that album to the family. We later received some gifts in the mail and learned that many tears of joy were shed over the album. From my perspective, it was small gesture, but from Minami’s family, it was huge. It shows me how we should never take things for granted and every day is a treasure and a gift. I have much to learn still.

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          • Beckita says:

            Beautiful story, Doug! Amen and Alleluia to the power of seemingly little things, the small gestures of love pouring forth in thoughts, words and deeds. I dare say many are we, by God’s Goodness, who were listening to His whispers and taking next rights steps before we had this common language of actually naming them, “TNRS.” Deo Gratias for this and all of Charlie’s inspirations.

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          • Yes, Scooter. Littleness. You have it exactly with the story you shared.

            A worthy thing to contemplate, littleness. Of course it’s our humanness that is tempted with the absurdity of squashing/washing our cans for the recycle bin in the face of the seeming immensity of other challenges. Sometimes I do indeed wrinkle my brow and spit… but recycle nonetheless.

            I’m also floored by the unfathomable magnitude and mystery of creation that we plan to witness in more detail on the little red wagon tour. Probably we’ll finally be able to appreciate the Love in creation from the perspective of the intricate weaving of little things making up the whole. From “big bang” to a sprawling universe, but I think of it in terms of “The Big Heartbeat,” and a universe that is in fact comprised of uncountable little parts, and even littler parts that we haven’t begun to plumb to the depths of smallness. Gosh, it’s as if the more you move towards smallness, the more immense it all becomes.

            We share and speak of a great many things here… a great collection of our littleness really. We sometimes speak of events. Framed in the times. We watch, pray and consider, hoping to build each other up on faith, hope and love. Among the many topics, JoeCrow speaks of Garabandal. You and others have spoken of Medjugorje. Biscuitsnita is a veritable encyclopedia and marvel of perspective on those and similar happenings.

            There are immense wonders surrounding the same, but it often seems like the grand signal graces are maybe just a small part –– the part appealing to the heaviness of our humanness. Personally, I could add Our Lady of the Sierras to aforementioned mix.

            I remember a fella standing at the base of the mountain in his boots, looking up trail at the Stations of the Cross leading to the top. An ugly tarantula crawled out from behind a rock and moved into the middle of the path. Is it possible that little thing wanted to block the path? At any rate, the toe of a boot flipped it into the brush and the fella proceeded on the way. I could speak of many signal graces, culminating in the miracle of the sun witnessed from the top. There it was, positioned at the very apex of a larger mountain still, providing a wondrous backdrop to the Chapel on the Hill.

            Yes, but there was a wondrous little thing surpassing all others in sight. A waterfall splashed near the statue of Mary… tiny little drops and flying bugs of all sorts… birds singing and darting around in delight… oh, it all played in the dancing light of the sun. There was Peace there. Such a peace permeating that place and fella. Such a seemingly little thing, that it would have been entirely missed if he had relied on nothing more than his eyes and other bodily senses.

            Well, I haven’t actually worked my way up to washing the cans out yet. On the upside, my garbage man sometimes leaves me a little note of thanks when I fill up the bin. There was a span there where I just didn’t bother.

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          • Doug says:

            Sounds like you have a decent garbage man Scooter. I think one of the beauties of heaven will be endless discovery. Isn’t that what our faith walk is often? An endless discovery of the ways God declares his love for us? I think you have so fittingly observed this in nature. That is what our wagon trip will be like. I vote that you he our tour guide and sit in the front with microphone and an ear piece where God is whispering in your ear all the marvels coming up and you are sharing them with all of us. We will be kids in heaven taking in all the newness and the newness will never end. This is just an inkling of what God says we must be like little children to enter the kingdom.

            Eileen George, who just past away, said that if you picked a flower in heaven, one would immediately replace it. Take all the wonders of nature here and magnify them to untold proportions and I think that starts to paint a picture. After all, God is infinite. So it stands to reason there is infinite discovery. Blessings!

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          • Beckita says:

            Oh My Goodness, Scooter. A wagon full of kids at your beck and call. Be careful what you accept to do as this wondrous duty could become full of beans. What I mean is, as a retired educator, I think it would be wise to brush up on your herding skills and think about interventions for the wild ones. (Puns intended with fair warning: I’ve heard it said that many a teacher was the worst behaved student as a child. 😉 )

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          • Gosh. I meant, Beans, not Scooter. Got our monikers mixed up there… or perhaps I was just reminding myself.

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          • Doug says:

            😊

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          • Yes, Biscuitsnita. “My dear Theophilus…” I never thought that a curious thing any more than when our beloved YD typically addressed by moniker the same handful of people. I’m not a fan of Alan Greenspan, but can relate to this quote sometimes: “I guess I should warn you, if I turn out to be particularly clear, you’ve probably misunderstood what I’ve said.” Definitely, I’m most comfortable on the periphery in silence… or at best in the back of the wagon, head out the window, with my tongue only flapping in the breeze… thus, like Job, I repent of my words. God Bless All.

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          • Beckita says:

            Silence and contemplation you obviously love, yet, I agree with your Beans pal: You, Scooter, would be an exceptional guide. 😉

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    • I’m with you, Joe, on Garabandal and Medjugorje. The barnacles of Medjugorje used to frustrate me badly, as has the lack of official approval of Garabandal saddened me (which does carry a few barnacles of its own).

      When I pray the Rosary, I add petitions to Saint Joseph Most Chaste for purity of mind and heart, and Saint Joseph, Patron of the Dying, for those souls who will pass from this life today and for the repose of the soul of my father, Joe.

      Then at the end of the first decade I ask Our Lady of Mount Carmel to pray for us (a nod to Our Lady of Fatima).
      The second decade, Our Lady of Tepeyac;
      The third decade, Our Lady of Lourdes;
      The fourth, Our Lady of Akita or another title I may be drawn to at the moment;
      and the fifth, Our Lady of Fatima.

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      • Joe Crozier says:

        Hi Patrick and just to keep you guys up to date – the relics of St Nicholas, much revered in the Orthodox Church, are leaving Italy for a visit to Russia this May-July. It has been suggested that this could have something to do with the prophesied visit of the Pope to Moscow before the start of The Tribulation. This will be the first time in 930 years that the relics have travelled.This gesture was organized during the Pope’s visit to Cuba. Perhaps the Pope will accompany the relics to Moscow. I remember when the relics of The Little Flower came to New Zealand. I followed them around until they left from the Monastery of the Perpetual Adorers of The Sacred Heart of Montmartre (the Tyburn Nuns) in the Bombay Hills, South of Auckland. As they were driven away the Mother Superior wished her well and waved goodbye with her handkerchief and everyone followed suite waving and gently weeping as the remains of our dear friend and saint went on their way. It was just like standing on the wharf, or railway station or airport saying farewell to a real live friend or family member. Normandy will be one area that will be spared the worst of the times to come and of course Lisieux, the land of the Little Flower, is in Normandy.
        What a lovely way to say your rosary Patrick. May the soul of your dad be at peace.

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        • Doug says:

          Interesting Joe. It shows what Charlie has said many times how prophesy often can unfold in ways we never thought of or imagined. The thought of a past popes relics visiting Russia fulfilling this technically makes sense. This just emphasizes again to be careful of our expectations and not put too much stock in the prophetic as much as living our faith day to day and doing the good that is in front of us.

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          • Joe Crozier says:

            Thanks Patrick. In this world tears and love seem to be inseparable. Perhaps that is why images of Jesus and Mary still weep – they connect this world and the next, they are a continuation of love and they remind us that there is work yet to be done. Just my thoughts.

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          • Joe Crozier says:

            Thanks Doug
            I never even thought of this until I read your post and re-read mine. Just as well one of us is with it. Then it all fell into place. I suppose its heavens way of keeping me humble. I can almost hear them chortling away – lets give him a bit of wisdom but don’t let him know he is wise.
            Cheers.

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          • Doug says:

            It is the first thing that jumped out at me Joe and thought that’s what you were trying to communicate, but was not 100% sure. We keep each other humble.

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          • Joe Crozier says:

            Hi Doug
            When I posted about the relics of St Nicholas I was thinking of St Nicholas the Wonder Worker, AD270-373, the one whose name is associated with Santa Claus and who punched Arian the heretic during the first ecumenical council. It is his relics that will visit Rome. St Pope Nicholas I AD 858 – 867 was pope but I see that relationships with Othodoxy soured under his Pontificate. I like the earlier Nicholas better but the later one was known for his piety and was caninised only one year after his death. This has been an interesting look at the lives of both saints. Thanks Doug.

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          • Doug says:

            Yes. I knew about the first St. Nick and what he did, but not the second St. Nick. I get a good education when you write Joe.

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        • Interesting as always Joe.

          I remember the first time I saw a relic of Saint Thérèse. I had just returned to the faith. It was All Saints Day (Hallows’ Eve) at St. Gertrude’s in Cincinnati. I was unfamiliar with reliquaries. At the end of a beautiful procession through the church singing the Litany of Saints, we concluded the procession before a painting of Saint Dominic. There below the painting were many colorful votive candles and a dozen or so ornate little containers of various shapes and sizes. Everyone was deep in silent prayer. I whispered to someone, “What is this?” She answered, “These are relics of Saints. That one over there is Saint Thérèse of Lisieux.” As I came to understand what I was gazing upon, I wept with awe and reverence. Powerful.

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  20. Snowy Owl says:

    You are all so wonderful! You made Deereverywhere very happy with your comments and prayers! 💓It helped and lifted her heart. 😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇

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  21. Karen says:

    The Storm itself causes us to desire to pray more and so I was happy to see Judge Dan Lynch’s Novena to combat the spiritual warfare directed against President Trump, the legitimate holder of authority for all Americans, and thus the one who has received his authority from the Lord. While our revs are still up from the Nineveh 90 and the Fatima Novena why not continue pre-Pentecost with another, beseeching the intercession of Our Lady of America because She has plans for this nation and who knows and desires the Plan of God better than the Mother of God! jkmi.com

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