Light in Darkness

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!

 

 

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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107 Responses to Light in Darkness

  1. Lucy Rivers Patier says:

    Hey Beckita !

    Yes ! And I have found myself using the Flame of Love aspiration for entire countries, categories of people and situations as they come up . For example :
    “…and spread the effects of grace of the Flame of Love over FRANCE, now and at the hour of death…” OR “… and spread the effects of grace of the Flame of Love over ALL PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS, now and at the hour of death”. ETC.
    I take note even further to say that I have come to enjoy the Rosary even MORE through the addition of the Flame of Love aspiration! The battle is truly one of LIGHT vs DARKNESS , and Truth vs Deceit/Lies. The dynamic of the actual battle lines is very clear and this prayer given by Our Lady really encounters the spiritual needs perfectly.
    WE ARE SO BLESSED TO HAVE THIS MOTHER OF OURS !
    GLORY BE TO GOD!

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  2. Sheryl says:

    Link to the video???

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  3. pvaldez7 says:

    Thank you Beckita. I to “continue to believe in the broad sweep of things to come as expressed in the archives of this site”. Hopefully everyone will notice that Tony’s talk is only on the browser viewing of your posting(at least for me it was) and not on the email.

    Blessings as always,

    Paul in Katy

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  4. leel004 says:

    B, i have not yet listened to the video part, but will later today, although I have a question regarding the article.
    IF…it is acceptable to add a specific name in the D.L. Prayer, would it be also acceptable to add more than one at the same time? I dont mean to be legalistic here, but am a “hog” at times with so many lost souls , and a feeling of URGENCY.
    Thanks a d God bless

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    • Beckita says:

      Absolutely go for it, leel. Sometimes, I do just what you have asked. Our Lord and Our Lady know our hearts and They know our times. Besides, we’re already asking for the effect of the grace to be spread over “all humanity.” God bless you and your hogginess for souls.

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  5. James Ignatius McAuley says:

    Laugh out loud! I should take up the fasting again – one, like me, can gain weight eating vegetables, like tasty butternut squash soup and hummus.

    Now, for a little treat from my friend, St. Germanus of Constantinople, Homily on the sash (belt) of the Theotokos (Mother of God):

    “And guard our faith unshaken, Oh, all pure Sash of the all pure One, guard unharmed from any kind of insult your inheritance, your people in upright faith, and save them through the godly life. May we have you as strength and aid, a wall and a tower a harbor and a safe refuge.
    But you are to me, oh most pure, all good and most compassionate Lady, the consolation of Christians, the warmest encouragement of the afflicted, the ready refuge of sinners, do not forsake us orphans of your aid. For if by you we should be forsaken, then to whom shall we flee? And what shall we become, oh all holy Theotokos, the breadth and the life of Christians?
    Therefore certainly your help is a power for salvation, oh Theotokos, and no other mediator is needed before God. This we know, and have experienced in many requests and your warm response; ungrudgingly we have received the answers to our petitions, and we flee to you, your people, your inheritance, your flock the one which is adorned by the name of your Son. There is truly no end to your magnificence and there are no boundaries to your help. Your good works are innumerable. For no one is saved except through you, oh holy one. No one is ransomed from bad things, except through you, all blameless one, no one receives gifts except through you, all holy one.”

    From Paradox Beyond Nature by Father Gregory Roth, an Orthodox priest.

    Germanus writes beautifully between 715 and 730 and only Bernard of Clairvaux and Bernadine of Siena become so effusive.

    How are we saved through Mary? Because she is the vehicle of a our salvation through her son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. No Christ, no Mary. No Mary, no incarnation. No incarnation, no salvation.

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    • Beckita says:

      Beautiful, James. Thank you. Blessed be God in His Mother!

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    • Be careful, friends, before you accept the above statement; “oh Theotokos, and no other mediator is needed before God.”

      We have to personally find the one and only bridge to eternity. As Jesus told us, we must know Him before we can “enter through the narrow gate … that leads to salvation”. In Acts it states;

      “Salvation exists in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

      “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus”.

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      • Beckita says:

        Thanks, Dave, for calling us to reflect.

        Oh yes and truly, the personal relationship with Jesus, Our Lord and God, is essential and Jesus Christ in THE One and Only Redeemer. He is just what you have quoted from the Scriptures.

        At the same time, the quote which brings you to caution us, when considered in its context and in Scripture, makes sense to me. St. Germanus, from the outset, addresses Our Lady as a subordinate to God: “…the all pure Sash of the all Pure One.” And St. Germanus, prayerfully, asks Blessed Mother to guard us, her children, as he names us, “your inheritance.” Jesus gave her to all of us at the foot of His Cross through St. John. St. Germanus says, “Therefore certainly your help is a power for salvation, oh Theotokos, and no other mediator is needed before God.” In this, I understand Our Lady to be the epitome of all *human* mediators before God, for we all do mediate, that is, intercede as did Mary and all the saints before us, by praying and offering sacrifices to place on the Cross with Jesus. He asked us to do this: “Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24) In following after Jesus, we become coredeemers with Him. In a great mystery. St. Paul speaks of this as well: “Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church.” (Colossians 1:24)

        In a right relationship with Our Lady, a person allows her to do what she desires: she always points us to her Son. What she is she did not seek for herself. It was God Who chose her to become the Mother of His Son. It was the Father Who created her in such a fashion that the Scriptures tell us: “And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.” (Luke 1:28) Because she agreed to allow God’s Will in her life, the Holy Spirit overshadowed her to receive Jesus in her womb. What a unique relationship she had with each Person of the Holy Trinity!

        It makes sense to me that God the Father would prepare, in an extraordinary way, a special daughter to be the Mother of His Son. We honor her, venerate her and, as James concluded, we reverence her, for because of her cooperation with God, Jesus became man. That Son and Mother had the epitome of a close relationship. Many writers say Their Hearts are inseparable. Ultimately, Jesus, as any grateful Son would, loved Her with all He had. In imitating our Redeemer, we, too, can love her with all we are. And by God’s Design, she is an incredible intercessor in speaking each of our names to God and asking Him to meet our needs. God bless you, Dave.

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        • Doug says:

          Of course Jesus is the only mediator between God and man to bridge the gap to heaven. This is because he was fully human and fully divine. The first man, Adam, brought sin in the world. Thus, sin entered through the one man. Hence, Salvation comes through the one man, Jesus (Romans). Mary was immaculately conceived and Jesus saved her as one who did not fall into a pit as opposed to the rest of us who fell in and needed pulling out. Even though Mary is pure, she cannot save us because she was created and not divine unlike Jesus. She is the new Eve as she came from man as did Eve. She is the arc of the covenant who like the arc of old comtained the mana (bread of life), Aaron’s rod (great high priest) and stone tablets (word of God). Mary held in her womb, the bread of life, the great high priest and the word of God. She is the pure vessel that carried Jesus our redeemer. Like the arc of old, we treat the new arc with great veneration.

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            Interesting Doug! I have previously done Father Gaitley’s 33 Days to Morning Glory which I love. I really enjoyed St. Louis de Montfort’s 33rd Day Total Consecration which I did for the first time in the Nineveh 90. Last week’s 33rd day readings was an insightful conclusion to the many readings for reflection:

            True Devotion: Nos. 261-265
            We must do our actions in Mary.
            Our Blessed Lady is the true terrestrial paradise of the New Adam, and the ancient paradise was but a figure of her. In this earthly paradise we have riches, beauties, rarities and inexplicable sweetness, which Jesus Christ, the New Adam has left here; it was in this paradise that He took His complacence for nine months, worked His wonders and displayed His riches with the magnificence of a God. It is in this earthly paradise that there is the true tree of life, which has borne Jesus Christ, the Fruit of Life, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil, which has given light unto the world. There are, in this divine place, trees planted by the hand of God, and watered by His Divine Unction, which have borne and daily bear fruit of divine taste. It is only the Holy Ghost, Who can make us know the hidden truth of these figures of material things. The Holy Ghost, by the mouth of the Fathers, also styles the Blessed Virgin the Eastern Gate, by which the High-Priest, Jesus Christ, enters the world, and leaves it. By it, He came the first time, He will come the second, by it.
            Finally, we must do all our actions for Mary,
            we must take her for our proximate end, our mysterious means, and our way to go to Jesus Christ. Supported by her protection we must undertake and achieve great things for Christ. We must defend her privileges, when they are disputed. We must stand up for her glory when it is attacked; we must draw all the world, if we can, to her service, and to this true and solid devotion. We must pretend to no recompense for our little service, except the honor of belonging to so sweet a Queen, and the happiness of being united through her to Jesus, her Son, by an indissoluble tie, in time and in eternity.

            Then there was St. Louis De Montfort’s Prayer to Jesus, wow!

            O most loving Jesus, deign to let me pour forth my gratitude before Thee, for the grace Thou hast bestowed upon me in giving me to Thy holy Mother through the devotion of Holy Bondage, that she may be my advocate in the presence of Thy majesty and my support in my extreme misery. Alas, O Lord! I am so wretched that without this dear Mother I should be certainly lost. Yes, Mary is necessary for me at Thy side and everywhere: that she may appease Thy just wrath because I have so often offended Thee; that she may save me from the eternal punishment of Thy justice, which I deserve; that she may contemplate Thee, speak to Thee, pray to Thee, approach Thee and please Thee; that she may help me to save my soul and the souls of others; in short, Mary is necessary for me that I may always do Thy holy will and seek Thy greater glory in all things. Ah, would that I could proclaim throughout the whole world the mercy that Thou hast shown to me! Would that everyone might know I should be already damned, were it not for Mary! Would that I might offer worthy thanksgiving for so great a blessing! Mary is in me. Oh, what a treasure! Oh, what a consolation! And shall I not be entirely hers? Oh, what ingratitude! My dear Saviour, send me death rather than such a calamity, for I would rather die than live without belonging entirely to Mary. With St. John the Evangelist at the foot of the cross, I have taken her a thousand times for my own and as many times have given myself to her; but if I have not yet done it as Thou, dear Jesus, dost wish, I now renew this offering as Thou desire me to renew it. And if Thou seest in my soul or my body anything that does not belong to this august princess, I pray Thee to take it and cast it far from me, for whatever in me does not belong to Mary is unworthy of Thee. O Holy Spirit, grant me all these graces. Plant in my soul the Tree of true Life, which is Mary; cultivate it and tend it so that it may grow and blossom and bring forth the fruit of life in abundance. O Holy Spirit, give me great devotion to Mary, Thy faithful spouse; give me great confidence in her maternal heart and an abiding refuge in her mercy, so that by her Thou mayest truly form in me Jesus Christ, great and mighty, unto the fullness of His perfect age. Amen.

            ❤ ❤ ❤

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          • Beckita says:

            Beautiful, Jen.

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        • Joe Crozier says:

          Just a thought – I am no theologian – perhaps no mediator other than Mary is needed between man and God the Son, and no mediator other than Jesus is needed between man and God the Father. The Holy Spirit unites the Father and the Son in love. “Through Him with Him and in Him in the UNITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, all glory and honour is Yours Almighty Father, one God forever and ever, Amen.” – and this same bond of love between the created and the uncreated Immaculata I.E. between Mary and God, forms the bridge that leads to Jesus who is the bridge that leads to God. For Catholics this is the only way. Without Mary there is no bridge either to Jesus or His Father. The mediation of Jesus is Salvation itself. The mediation of Mary brings forth the grace that facilitates Salvation. Ultimately there can only be one source therefore there can only be one mediator. It was God who chose Mary. It was Mary who chose Jesus. It was Jesus who chose us. Mary is in the middle. She is not only a mediator. She is The Mediator.
          There is one iwi (Maori tribe) in New Zealand that has always believed in God being Father, Mother, Son and Spirit. Near the ancestral land of this people is a waterfall called the Madonna Falls. Mary is said to have appeared here and cured a paralytic boy as he bathed in the waters. The boy identified her as The Madonna.
          Mary has indeed a special place in the life of the Holy Trinity even though we believe in Three Persons, not four. As Jesus reunites man to God so Mary unites man to Jesus. The Holy Spirit unites the Holy Trinity; The uncreated Father to the uncreated Word to the uncreated Spirit to the action of the the Word being made flesh mediated by Mary and her word – her Fiat through which the Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us. So to summarise Jesus mediates Salvation itself and Mary mediates the grace of Salvation.
          Again just a few uneducated thoughts that I am sure you have all pondered long before me. As St Paul says we preach no clever philosophy but only the love of Christ crucified and the love of His Mother given to us on the cross. I would appreciate correction if my thinking is off the mark. Better stop now, my head is hurting.

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          • Doug says:

            Hmmmm. This is a good one for Yong Duk.

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          • James Ignatius McAuley says:

            Joe,

            Your response is marvelous. You hit the nail right on the head. You are breathing with both lungs (east and west) with this answer. And this is why Mary is mediatrix, but Christ is the mediator. If you want more, all of this is tied to the mystery of the incarnation and Christ’s service as the eternal high priest in the Letter to the Hebrews. Do not think with your head, but with your heart and it will not hurt.

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          • I’m no theologian either, Joe. I often just think of my ma. What could I tell you about her? You could tell me about your ma. Oh, how much we would have to say, but probably never running out of ways to express our love for these two great ma’s. Probably we’d run the course trading anecdotes, a sort of back and forth banjo playin’ with “Yankee Doodle” and “Bonnie” rifs until it bloomed into a full blown “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” with everyone joining in.

            When it comes to Our Mother, I simply go to Jesus and ask Him to tell me about Her, then I get quiet.

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        • James Ignatius McAuley says:

          Superb answer, Beckita. See what I wrote to Joe, below. All of it is tied into the beautiful glorious mystery of the incarnation and Christ as the eternal high priest.

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          • Beckita says:

            Absolutely, James. Mary’s fiat and her Son’s incarnation are as inseparable as Their Sacred and Immaculate Hearts. While set apart, by God Himself, for her exalted role, Blessed Mother was also redeemed by Christ as surely as every child of God. What is so natural for us as Catholics in our relationship with the Mother of God, can be baffling to non-Catholics. Here, I think of the scripture, “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” (John 21:25) This is, in part, why we listen to the Patristic writers who, in living so close to the time when Jesus walked the earth, received the oral Tradition from the Apostles to which we give heed. Still, when a non-Catholic person asks and wonders at the significance of Catholic teaching, I feel the burden (better said: the respectful concern) of telling true while honoring the other’s questioning process. A dear friend is writing about this very topic at the moment. His words have pierced me to the core with contemplation about these matters as I enfold these thoughts into the reality that we are equal partners in navigating this Storm and sooner, rather than later, God will find a way, HIS Ways, to unite us as ONE in HIM as Jesus prayed: “Iam not asking on behalf of them alone, but also on behalf of those who will believe in Me through their message, that all of them may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I am in You. May they also be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. I have given them the glory You gave Me, so that they may be one as We are one.” (John 17:20-21) In the meanwhile, praying daily for God’s Grace to be infused in all the discussions here.

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          • Doug says:

            Beautiful Beck’s. I think of our Catholic faith as a shmorgishboard with so much to eat and digest, it never ends. How deep do you want to go? It is another sign of the immensity of God’s graces. Blessings!

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          • Beckita says:

            Amen and Alleluia!

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      • Doug says:

        Amen!

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      • Joe Crozier says:

        Good comment. Thoughtful as ever. Cheers Doug.

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      • Joe Crozier says:

        Stimulating comment Doc. Thanks for cranking my brain into gear.

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        • Phillip Frank says:

          I love talking about Our Lady!
          Scripture makes a few exciting revelations about Our Lady. They reveal some important mystical aspects about her. She is visited by an Angel who “hails” her and claims her “full” of grace then charges her with a mission which, after a single question to the angel about her vow of perpetual viginity, she accepts with her fiat.
          Next, we have her proclaiming in her magnificat that her “soul magnifies the Lord”.
          Then we have her bringing Jesus to the Temple where Anna and Simeon prophecy over Jesus AND her, Simeon telling her that a “sword will pierce her heart so that the thoughts of many will be revealed”.
          Now these truths were told us about Our Lady BEFORE she was assumed into heaven and given her crown of Glory and Queenship. The next phase of her life in the church would have to be revealed by the following generations through revelation, this being accomplished through the saints and confirmed by the chuch magisterium. The magesteriums proclamations then promote and impower these revelations as worthy of belief, veneration and dissemination and does not purely entail dogmatic pronouncements.

          Beckita makes an important quote about there being much unrecorded in the Bible. But the mystics where given the task to record much about Our Lady’s life and even though it doesn’t carry the same weight as The Holy Writ, weight it does still have! We must remember this, in these days of chaos and deception, the idea that “we don’t have to necessarily believe in private revelations” is being used as a secularised broom to sweep the sweetness of our canonized saints words out the door of the Treasures of the Church. “Throwing the baby out with the bath water” comes to mind here.
          So when Our Lady proclaimed through (now) two canonized saints that ” Jesus wishes to make use of you to make Me known and loved. He wants to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart”, that these words carry weight for the church faithful and are a true and important call from heaven.
          So much more could be said that I think the words would fill the internet!
          One day, may this be so.

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  6. Miki says:

    Beckita thank you for continuing Charlie’s work. I feel his presence through your words. But mostly I’m grateful for all I have learned here at this site. Taking the next right step has been a life changer for me. God bless you as you continue to help guide us home!

    Miki

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    • Beckita says:

      Welcome to commenting, Miki. I remember you from the days when I was a facilitating a prayer group which was studying the messages given to a chosen soul for these times. At some point, I would like to direct people to the words from heaven imparted to her, for they now carry the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur of her local ordinary and the words of encouragement from our friends in heaven, contained in the volumes, are heartening. God bless you as well.

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  7. Barb421 says:

    has anyone else seen this? it’s very upsetting to see this happening, I was not aware!

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    • Beckita says:

      I had to delete the link, Barb. The assertions are comprised of conjecture and projection of the author’s ideas. While the altar and setting of the canonization Mass for Sts. Francisco and Jacinta were created with a more modern artistic influence, the man who wrote what he did has definitie biases. As I looked at the books featured on his other site, it is obvious to me, he is fascinated with darkness. The stern look on the faces of the new saints reflects the actual countenance of each one in their real life photos. When I saw the modern monstrance which the author criticizes, I thought of the Miracle of the Sun as I immediately saw what seemed to represent rays emanating from the Son of Mary in His Eucharistic Presence. How beautiful it was to see Pope Francis bring the Holy Eucharist, individually, to the sick as part of praying over them after the Mass. Further, he extended that blessing to all who who listening or viewing by whatever means they were able to do so. It was a beautiful celebration for all in the Church.

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      • Barb421 says:

        thanks for responding promptly, Beckita, these are sure confusing times we are in, I find the faithful trust of those here at this site to be a constant , hopeful good in my life and I appreciate your input

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      • James Ignatius McAuley says:

        Honestly, Beckita, and I know I am not helping here, but when I saw the monstrance I thought of the aliens from H.G. Well’s book The War of the Worlds.

        That being said, I am glad Francisco and Jacinta are canonized. The Pope has a great love for Mary. That homily he gave on Mary was one of the best he has ever delivered. Well worth re-reading.

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        • Beckita says:

          Hahaha, James! Love it. God bless you for being true to your preferences. Coming from a man who worships surrounded by the awesome, awe-inspiring beauty of icons, I’m not in the least surprised. I, too, love to gaze at some icons of tremendous beauty which are in our home… to enter the mystery and get lost in contemplation. God has given me this spirit that looks for the best in situations and people. I think, too, traveling the world and seeing so many ways of living and worshiping has kept me in a space as St.Thérèse expressed: I want it all. 😉 I’m happy to pray at a Charismatic Praise and Worship service as well as to adore in the silence of an Eucharistic Chapel.

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      • I have this picture framed and on my desk. I have often wondered at their stern expressions.

        These children were bombarded by the curiosity and accusations of the people of their day, and this was a great suffering to them. That suffering can be seen in their young faces.

        But the serious matter of their charge is also clearly there too, looking ahead at us through time, it seems, while looking down upon us now from Heaven. They show concern for humanity, especially those ungrateful souls who ignore or reject God, whose fate will be hell if they do not repent or if others do not make sacrifices for them. Lucia’s face conveys this best. The salvation of souls is deadly serious business.

        Francisco shows his compassion and sadness for Jesus because of man. He knows he has many Rosaries to pray and wishes to console the wounded and unloved Heart of Jesus. I ask for Saint Francisco’s intercession the most.

        And Jacinta, “the Little Miracle” I call her, with her hand on her hip like a scolding mother, has a look that tells those who see her to stop sinning and offending the Lord, to repent, and to pray.

        Saint Francisco and Saint Jacinta, pray for us. Sister Lucia, pray for us.
        Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.

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        • Love this Patrick! Especially the part about Jacinta.
          I remember reading, many years ago, that the children were in fact not happy with the camera and did not want their pictures taken. They well understood the serious nature of the task they had been entrusted with as well as the state of mankind and the sorrow of Our Lady. I believe your comment hit the nail squarely.

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        • Phillip Frank says:

          One time I read they had that look on them because the pictures were always taken with the sun in their faces! They needed plenty of light back in those days for a good exposure.
          This story makes sense to me, I see this look on my grandchildrens faces if I take their pictures on sunny days if the sun is in their faces too!

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          • Perhaps, PF. On October 13th, though, the children looked directly at the sun 🌞 with their brown eyes where they saw the reflection of Our Lady on its surface (obviously with supernatural assistance). I have trouble in bright sunlight even if it’s at my back because of my blue eyes and blonde retinae. We are fortunate to have modern technology that can capture on film living Saints for us to behold. 😎

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          • A picture below of the children actually in harsh glaring sun…the picture I posted above appears to be during an overcast day as the shadows on their faces are gentle.

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        • Doug says:

          I like this picture too, but, to me, they look mad or like they don’t want bothered in this picture. Hope I don’t burst your bubble……

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          • I’ve got pretty thick skin, Doug, though I am a rather sensitive person. Always have been.

            Mother Teresa strongly disliked having her picture taken because she never wanted her mission to be about her but rather Jesus. Always Jesus and the greater glory of God. So she offered the sacrifice of having her picture taken (thousands of times) to Our Blessed Lord.

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          • Doug says:

            You and I sound similar Patrick. I think Beckita has an interesting take. There appears to be an intensity on the children’s faces for whatever reason. It can be for many reasons and used in many ways to reach into hearts. Blessings!

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          • Beckita says:

            I see intensity with hearts that are firm of purpose to make reparation and be part of saving souls. The children had been shown some very sobering images, as Our Lady told them in July: “You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart…. Pray, pray a great deal and make many sacrifices, for many souls go to Hell because they have no one to make sacrifices and to pray for them.” These children, with fervency and passion, were on a mission. 😉

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        • Joe Crozier says:

          A wonderful contemplation Patrick on suffering and struggling humanity, the seriousness of salvation and the innocent honesty of children. Thank God they are not portrayed in the sickly sweet way of many saintly portraits. This is real. No need to gild the lily. The gilding would only hide the truth.

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        • Joe Crozier says:

          It was once suggested to me that PhD stands for “piled deeper and higher.”
          At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.” Matthew 11:25

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          • Doug says:

            That’s right Joe. That’s why we are the TNRS kids and plan to travel the Universe in our little red wagon train. Can’t wait!

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          • Beckita says:

            Hey Doug! I think this one could manage most of TNRS with an opportunity for recreation when we need to make stops along the way.

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          • Doug says:

            Oh yaa! I love it! We can get all the TNRS gang in that one. Drool…….

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          • Joe Crozier says:

            Oops better apologise to Fr Wang who has several PhD s In his case it stands for prudent, honourable and distinguished.

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          • Beckita says:

            😂😂😂😊🙃🤗 He will laugh with gusto when I share your comment with him tomorrow morning, Joecro. Poor guy will then have a short coughing fit but I know he’ll agree it’s worth it. (He’s been ribbed aplenty by his sassy daughter who has teased with the piled higher and deeper explanation for the acronym.) It’s all good, Joe.

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          • Doug says:

            I like that Joe!

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          • Phillip Frank says:

            Funny Joecrow, a PhD degree is the right to teach and to be acceptable in the scholastic area of your degree as an equal to other PhD’s in your field. This right allows you to deviate from the “accepted” consensus in any given field but still be recognised as a leader in it. This deviation may or may not be readily accepted by your pears….ever, but its what gives root to long standing theories like Darwinian evolution, eugenics, abortion logic, etc.
            As a Christian, I get a similar, even better, charge than these. In baptism, I become priest, prophet and king! So, I too, have a mandate to teach, of even higher things, than the PhD.
            It may be true of the acronym “piled higher and deeper”, as much in the field of science is mere theory and the contention that it is all a pile of ._._._._, is not all that far fetched. But “theories” are “educated” guesses made up of a series of theoretical constructs to put a logical face on an idea.
            I like to use the analogy that Star Wars makes sense, but it’s still just a fantasy!

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          • Beckita says:

            In the mind and heart of an erudite scholar, faithful to God, someone with a PhD can also bear great fruit, such as sharing in-depth knowledge and information which edifies and inspires. As any gift from God, a PhD can be abused or used for good. I’ve been blessed to experience Fr. Wang, drenched in humility and love while both genius and scholar, freely share his precious gems of knowledge to build others up and draw them closer to God while remaining fully open to the reality that there are many others who have knowledge which he does not. His holiness gives such glory to God. (And he would kill me if he knew I was writing this.) 😉

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          • Joe Crozier says:

            Hi Phillip Frank
            I am obviously not that bright as I can’t work out where to reply here because sometimes it tells you to reply and sometimes it does not. My little jibe at PhDs wasn’t even really a dig at “know it alls. ” It was just something said to me to help me feel better at the time. Of course the academic point of difference in order to gain a PhD is that it introduces something new in its subject matter that must be proved, defended and tested to the satisfaction of other PhDs. It’s actually a remarkable acheivment. In spiritual terms we have Big Tess and Little Tess (Avila and Lisieux) – both Doctors of the Church but quite different in their paths. They do have something in common that is reflected in a maxim from my own profession – “give me anything but a theory which you cannot demonstrate.” In other words they are practical. They are also pleasing to The Lord. This is their proof and this is confirmed in their canonisation. Its hard work getting a PhD and its hard work becoming a saint. One requires new knowledge the other, heroic virtue. Thankfully both knowledge and virtue are available to every Catholic as we try to convert more and more to Christ. Heroic virtue leads to new knowledge. We get to know Jesus better as it says in today’s readings. The Trees of Knowledge and Life are both good in the sight of The Creator but Life must still come first. Isaiah 58 : 6-9 tells us how to achieve our spiritual PhD. “You will cry and He will say I am here.” So thanks again Phillip for your stimulating thoughts, thanks for your light in the darkness.

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          • Doug says:

            I’m going for my PhD in red wagon engineering😎

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          • Beckita says:

            Perfect! In the meantime enjoy your sports car, Doug. 🏎 🏅🤗

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          • Mick says:

            Best Radio Flyer EVER, Beckita! 🙂

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          • Beckita says:

            It’s gonna be a fun time, Hambone!

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  8. Judith says:

    “Light bearer”! message on my favorite t-shirt

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  9. Judith says:

    I received an e-mail from The Dan Lynch Apostolates concerning satanic spells against Pres. Trump by witches ( next one is set for 23 May at 1159) ,and our weapons against this are prayer and fasting. He urges us to pray Our Lady of America Novena ( http://www.jkmi.wsiefusion.net/prayers-1
    AND adding to that, as Beckita encourages, the Flame Of Love aspiration given by Our Lady is “spot on”. I have felt very discouraged of late but these two encouragements have reignited my determination. Thank you for the inspiration. As someone reminded me yesterday, “there are no coincidences ” God bless us all.

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  10. Uplifting encouragement, Beckita!

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  11. Another Karen says:

    I heard Tony speak at our church last year and he is amazingly committed to the Flame of Love movement in his love for the Blessed Mother. In addition to fasting, Tony talks about prayer groups (per the desires of Mary as relayed to Elizabeth Kindleman). Perhaps those of us here who are interested can, in spiritual union, form a Flame of Love Holy Hour prayer group per the guidelines if the Prayer Cenacles of Reparation found on Tony’s website ( http://www.flameoflove.us ). It can be very powerful with this group of prayer warriors! Just a thought….
    Beckita, thanks for your perseverance here, and I hope things are better with your own family and Fr. Wang. The power of prayer! Know that I keep your prayer requests and all here(along with their prayer requests) as part of my Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet intentions.

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  12. Julie of WI says:

    The Flame of Love prayer is my go to when I can’t sleep, when I garden, when I do housework, etc. Thank you for the idea of inserting specific prayer intentions. Before I start the prayers, I thank Elizabeth Kindelmann for accepting the task to pass this prayer on to us earthlings to give glory to God by praying for not only the souls in purgatory, but for love and peace on earth . Such a comprehensive prayer!

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  13. tunaonfriday says:

    Thank you, Beckita, for this add-on which is so simple & natural in the spiritual order (but that I never thought to do) as Our Lord and Our Lady are always desiring that we include and love others more and more, as They do.

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  14. Theresa says:

    How’s Charlie?

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    • Beckita says:

      Theresa, Charlie is very well and working as hard as ever. He’s faithful to living TNRS as much as any one of us while ready to spring into action whenever the Lord calls him to it.

      Don’t know about anyone else here, but I have doubts about how we can sustain any semblance of functioning government with the RESIST agenda ramped up into high gear. It brings total peace in such chaos to know God has a Plan. Victor Davis Hanson, who writes with great knowledge and insight at National Review, was on Tucker Carlson’s show this evening and Hanson characterized what we see developing as a “slow coup.” From a purely natural view, I wonder how long before our government institutions crumble. And I’m praying from the stance that whatever God wants, I want. If recovering order in the current government systems is what God desires, so be it. If crumbling brings us to our knees and wins souls, so be it.

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  15. avaeadie says:

    Some how, over 20 years ago, I learned to say the prayer in this way, “…send forth the Grace of your Flames of Love to all mankind.” I love the thought of placing the name ( or names) of certain individuals specifically within the prayer.

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  16. Doug says:

    I start by washing my trash…..

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  17. Monica says:

    For everyone’s encouragement! On May 13th, a parish from our city took a bus to Redeemer Farm in Bloomington, Indiana to spend the day commemorating the first apparition of our Lady to the children in Fatima. It was a day long event with talks and prayer. On their way home, someone looked out of the bus window and saw the miracle of the sun! She pointed it out to the others and everyone on the bus saw it! I thought it was a lovely encouragement from our Mother as we battle the darkness.
    I did not go on the trip, myself, because I attended a local live-streaming of the New Evangelization Summit. I hope some others from the TNRS community were able to attend this wonderful conference. The event was held in Canada and was streamed to 39 cities across America (and also in Guatemala!) It was very, very good! Bringing the gospel wherever and however we can is not optional. Precious souls are being lost in this battle. And we are talking about eternity!!! Jesus has commissioned us to share the Good News—in season and out of season—and today the Good News is not in season! The final talk challenged all of us to make Mary’s fiat our own each and every day—“Let it be done to me according to your word”, meaning we give God our all, hold nothing back, go where He tells us and do what He tells us. Jesus is Lord and our Mother is helping us. Let us be good sherpas and faithful prayer warriors. We are living in a time of unprecedented evil and yet, look at the good things God is doing through His people! We have every reason to hope.
    Thank you, Beckita! You are doing a great job!

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  18. Julia says:

    Great article Beckita. The video is awesome, thank you for sharing it.

    I don’t post much these days. Funnily enough, I have lost interest in TV and internet. But I check in to read the articles which always inspire and encourage. God bless you and the other helpers who keep this lovely site going. Send kind regards to Charlie.

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  19. Monica says:

    I watched Tony Mullen’s video last night. It is great! I’m forwarding it to as many people as I can.

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  20. Hi again everyone.

    I haven’t been paying much attention to this site after what happened with Charlie and the election and all (not that I was ever a “follower” of Charlie; I personally don’t think he wanted anyone to be). But I just felt it would be a good thing to come back and say hello and give an update about myself.

    I think it’s a good thing if people are continuing to be encouraged and prepared by the content on here, as long as people aren’t getting too caught up in specific prophecies and dates and controversies and so forth. Anyway, some of you might remember the post that I made quite a while ago which Charlie “promoted” to a full post. I was surprised at how much some people were helped by it. I took that as confirmation that God wants to use my voice to console and encourage others. For this reason and others I decided to started my own blog (as part of a more encompassing website); I thought some of you here might like to know:

    http://www.divinewillschool.com

    Of course, you are welcome to link to or copy anything from there if you think it is relevant. As far as encouraging and consoling and preparing people for the Storm goes, the purpose of this website here and the purpose of my own blog are similar (though of course my writings have no relation to Charlie the individual).

    In my mind, teaching people about Divine Will spirituality is the most direct way of equipping people for the Storm, so naturally, that’s what my site is about. It combines more theological teaching with spiritual reflections. My latest entry is on the importance of staying attuned to the rest of God.

    https://www.divinewillschool.com/blog/the-rest-of-god-the-madness-of-the-world

    In respect to Beckita’s promotion of the Flame of Love devotion: I whole-heartedly agree, having read Elizabeth Kindelmann’s writing myself. The Flame of Love, the Coming Reign of the Divine Will, the Eucharistic Reign of Jesus, the Coming Era of Peace, the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart–these revelations all converge on the same promise!!

    Blessings in God’s Will,
    Brendan

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    • Beckita says:

      Welcome back, Brendan. I remember when Charlie used your comment as a guest post. Congratulations on your new blog and thanks for sharing the links. It IS amazing how so many prophecies and promises are converging in these times. Roman 5:20 fits this reality: “Where sin abounds, grace abounds the more.” God is so generous. Studying the Divine Will spirituality with one of the priests who was allowed to continue teaching it during the moratorium has been a great personal blessing as are Luisa’s Volumes of the Book of Heaven which are being released as official Vatican editions. Quite a few people who are part of this community have commented, over time, that they are studying and striving to live in the Divine Will. God bless you, your family and your blogging. FIAT

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Brendan, thank you for returning to share your story and blog! God bless you and yours! ❤

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    • Karen says:

      Brendan, I tried to comment on another site where you began a discussion defending Fr Iannuzzi. For whatever reason, most likely my own doing, it didn’t appear, so may I say here that your patience, perseverance, and respectfulness against quite a number of opponents was admirable and is very much what we appreciate here under the capable management of Beckita, Steve and co-workers. May the good Lord use your thoughts and words to soften their hearts and enlighten their minds if it be His Holy Will.

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    • Mick says:

      Great to see you again, Brendan Peter Thomas! Yes, I remember your prior posts. They were always insightful and rather poetic. 🙂

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  21. CrewDog says:

    I’m thinking that this verse was appropriate for today’s Church Confusion, Angst and Division. Get back to The Basics of Our Faith! The Apostle’s Creed and Jesus, I Trust in You! .. and much less about Vatican politics, anonymous sources and rumours …… or whatever extraneous “things” that distract you!
    …. and a shot aimed personally at this old curmudgeonly CrewDog. 😉

    Heartlight Daily Verse – 20 May

    Romans 15:5-6
    May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Thoughts on today’s verse:
    Unity comes from God’s Spirit as we follow Jesus. But unity has a purpose much deeper than our getting along with each other. Jesus prayed that we would be one so the world would know that God sent him (John 17). We want to be united so our praise can bring glory to God. Unity is far more than a goal, it is a process through which the world learns of Jesus and we glorify the Father who sent him and saved us. Can you think of anything more fundamental to our faith than that!
    Prayer:
    Great and Almighty God, Eternal Strength for all who call on your name, I apologize and ask your forgiveness for everything I’ve done and every word I’ve spoken that has hurt someone in your family and brought a wound to the unity of your Church. Please bless my efforts as I seek less of my will and more for your glory and the encouragement of others. Through Jesus I ask it. Amen. Visit heartlight.org for more

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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