A sherpa is faithful to his post while ready to spring into ordinary, sundry tasks at the summons – even a whisper, gentle or compelling – to tend to a need, calling to be met. Such sherpa behavior develops from a foundation built on habituating the ironclad wisdom in acknowledging God and taking next right steps. Thereby, the sherpa allows God to make of him a sign of hope, hope surely shining from God’s Light, beaming from within to those nearby. From God’s Infinite Goodness, His Light within us penetrates all of creation, piercing the darkness with His Love, giving renewed life to the dictum:
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21)
For we know:
“The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:15) and “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)
We, at sea in this Storm, are called to BE Christ’s Light in the darkness.
In pondering all of this, I think each of us has had times or projects in our lives when we have focused, gathered determination and thrown great energy into a special project at hand, everything from spring cleaning, to preparing and playing a sport for a season, to studying for a degree or some sort of certification, to practicing for a performance or spiritual event, to writing an article or book.
I like to think of navigating the Storm as a very special project of Olympian proportion in its spiritual import. Our prayers – including the prayer of accomplishing ordinary duties and tasks, offered with love – have worldwide influence, albeit, they are hidden in the bosom of the Church. For those who remain in this community, I am determined to honor what Charlie began by abiding with the Holy Spirit, seeking guidance and light for ways to encourage that we not be overcome by weariness, sleepiness, or suffering in the current darkness. I, personally, continue to believe in the broad sweep of things to come as expressed in the archives of this site. At the same time, just how every detail plays out remains totally in God’s Providence as Charlie conveyed in his piece, Through a Glass Darkly. Remembering, too, how often Charlie expressed that if people dismissed the prophetic elements and embraced the core message as a way of life, those people would be well prepared for what we are now living as the world becomes darker and darker, saturated in growing chaos, confusion and division.
These thoughts lead me to an invitation for your consideration, a special project in which to consider engaging in this season of intensifying Storm. The prayers and practices for the project are named in the following video of a talk given by Anthony Mullen, the National Director of the Flame of Love Movement in the United States. In these last months as I have been blessed to communicate with Tony, I have discovered a person deeply mission-minded, working tirelessly to urge others to embrace specific prayers and practices given through Church approved sources. When I listened to his talk, presented on Divine Mercy Sunday, I asked him for permission to post it here. He granted that permission without endorsement of the prophetic elements at this site.
I especially appreciate Tony’s description of how he came to faithfully fast from meals… he started small – one meal – asked for the gift, the grace to continue and, then, incrementally added more fasting. So it could be for us with the practices and prayers about which he speaks: Begin where we are and, gradually, add another and another, for these gems given from heaven win souls for Christ and are accompanied by promises, such as true and lasting peace and the hastening of the full Triumph of Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart.
I came late to consistently praying the Flame of Love prayers and have become very grateful for them. When I was inspired to pray the aspiration given by Our Lady and personalize it with the dear one’s name, I wrote to Tony asking him what he thought about that. His affirmative reply stirred greater fervor for he wrote: “Yes, you can and should do that. Our Mother wants to show the power of the Grace, so by all means use it to blind Satan’s influence on (the person of concern).” So, I have been praying: “… spread the effect of grace of Thy Flame of Love over _____ and all of humanity…” And I witness to God’s Goodness as I see Our Lady shift attitudes and details in the lives of those for whom I am invoking her promise in the power of the Grace. Amen. Alleluia!