Lessons in Weathering a Storm

(Once again, I reprint a piece, filled with insight and instruction, by Msgr Charles Pope. I do so having sought his permission to post his work. He does not endorse the prophetic elements here. This is an apropos piece, both as a spiritual examination when pondering the storms of life and as an assessment of the times in which we are now living. ~Beckita)

“And no small tempest lay on us …” – The Story of a Storm That St. Paul Endured and What It Has to Teach Us About Sin

Msgr Charles Pope – June 4, 2017

With yesterday’s feast of Pentecost, our reading of Acts suddenly ends and hence we miss some important stories of Paul’s journey to Rome. This is perhaps another reason to restore the Pentecost Octave, which was dropped in 1970. Doing so would give us eight more days in which to savor the Acts of the Apostles. Among the stories we miss is that of the storm and subsequent shipwreck of St. Paul, who was under armed guard while on the way to Rome. To make up for the loss to the lectionary, let’s consider the story here and learn its lessons. It is beefy enough to take two days to savor. Because this reflection is long, I’ve created a PDF of it (here) for you to print out and read later. I know that reading long posts on the screen can weary the eyes!

It is interesting that St. Luke devotes an entire chapter (27) of Acts to describing the storm at sea that St. Paul endured. The level of detail is high, signaling to us that such details are important. The Holy Spirit has something to teach us here about how we get into trouble and how we can get out of it.

Storms in life are often beyond our control. Perhaps they come from nature and the sudden vicissitudes of this world. Sometimes God permits storms in order to test and strengthen us. Sometimes, too, others drag us into storms and we suffer on account of their poor decisions. Some storms come from our own foolishness and poor choices.

In the story we are about to examine, St. Paul is dragged into a storm by the stupidity and poor choices of a military official and a ship’s crew. Paul was under arrest and being sent to Rome for trial before Caesar. Therefore, he was in the custody of a military officer. Of all the people in this storm, St. Paul is the only one who is innocent of the foolishness that made them endure it. In the end, only he can show the proper way out. The storm we are about to study shows in great detail what can happen to us as individuals and as an overall culture when we defiantly and proudly resist God’s will and common sense. This is a storm that has a lot to teach us about ourselves. Let’s look at a storm that Scripture calls a Euroclydon (a Nor’easter). You can read the full text of Acts 27 here.

I. The Coming Danger – God sends many warnings: from the natural order, from the Church, and in our own consciences. Note how often these are systematically ignored.

Whys and Wherefores – And when it was decided that we should sail for Italy, they delivered Paul and some other prisoners to a centurion of the Augustan Cohort, named Julius. And embarking in a ship of Adramyttium, which was about to sail to the ports along the coast of Asia, we put to sea, accompanied by Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica. The next day we put in at Sidon; and Julius treated Paul kindly, and gave him leave to go to his friends and be cared for.

St. Paul was under arrest and had appealed his case to Rome. He was put in the custody of a Roman centurion named Julius, who seemed a decent enough man but was a poor judge of both weather and the professional qualities of a ship’s captain. This appeal to Rome was Paul’s right as a Roman citizen. God had told him that he would testify in Rome and to have courage. Such words would be necessary for Paul to cling to, for he was about to be dragged into a very foolish journey by those who simply would not see the danger despite repeated warnings. This probably sounds familiar because it is of course part of our human condition to act foolishly and recklessly and refuse to recognize danger. It is also an unfortunate characteristic of our Western culture, which has steered us into a great oncoming storm.

Warnings And putting to sea from there we sailed under the lee of Cyprus, because the winds were against us. And when we had sailed across the sea which is off Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra in Lycia. There the centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing for Italy, and put us on board.

So here are the initial signals of danger: the wind against them and a poor time of year to sail, chancy conditions at best. It was common in the winter months to stay off the Mediterranean and remain at port and to make longer journeys by land. The sea was very dangerous at this time of year and whatever sailing did take place was done very near the coast. Despite the danger signals, the centurion does not appear to be alarmed; he is determined to get the task done.

Worsening We sailed slowly for a number of days, and arrived with difficulty off Cnidus, and as the wind did not allow us to go on, we sailed under the lee of Crete off Salmone. Coasting along it with difficulty, we came to a place called Fair Havens, near which was the city of Lasea.

More danger signals! Now the centurion’s determination becomes defiance. This is typical of many a sinner. He sees the warnings but decides that he will not be just another statistic; he will be able to escape the dangers. Cultures think this way too. Defiance is the sad result of hearts that are growing hard and wills that are growing stubborn. With necks of iron and foreheads of brass, sinners sally forth and cultures set out on campaigns of self-destruction.

II. The Continued Defiance – In the verses that follow, there is quite the list of the elements of a poor and rash decision. Let’s see what Scripture teaches us about the diagnosis of a bad decision. Together, these elements contribute to a foolish defiance and a failure to heed warnings. There are five elements:

Precipitousness – As much time had been lost, and the voyage was already dangerous because the fast had already gone by.

In other words, they are at a critical time. The window for safe sailing, if it even still exists, is closing fast. It’s now or never! But hasty decisions—made more out of concern for time than what is wise or right—are usually poor ones. This is rampant in our culture today. Urgency seems to permeate most things. News crews love to create a sense of crisis and urgency. Suddenly everyone has opinions on what must be done … and quickly! Sob stories and other emblematic but highly selective crisis situations are put before us by the media and politically savvy organizations. Swift and draconian decisions are often demanded. Sometimes unhappy mobs protest and legislators respond by making hasty fixes to what are complex problems. Careful deliberation is underappreciated. There is a failure to recognize that rushing often leads to the development of poor “solutions.” But in our culture, most people follow the priority of the urgent more so than that of the important.

Preferring worldly wisdom Paul advised them, saying, “Sirs, I perceive that the voyage will be with injury and much loss, not only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives.” But the centurion paid more attention to the captain and to the owner of the ship than to what Paul said.

Yes, what does this religious zealot know about sailing or weather? Never mind that Paul had sailed before and had known rough seas and shipwreck. What does this preacher have to offer? The captain and the owner of the ship are the experts. Today, many say that the Church has nothing to offer, that priests cannot speak to marriage, family life, or sexuality; only scientists, doctors, and other professionals can really have anything valuable to offer. To be sure, all these experts do have much to offer, but it is dangerous to rely on them alone to set a course for this world. Worldly wisdom can still, at best, procure for us a worldly grave. True wisdom pierces the heavens and seeks the voice of God, who alone can save us. Disregarding the voice of faith is perilous indeed.

Passions PreferredAnd because the harbor was not suitable to winter in …

Now here is a serious issue as well. Too often we allow our passions to trump our better judgment. They want to risk the storm to get to a “nicer” port. They want to spend the winter in comfort and so they take foolish risks. Here, too, in an age dominated by an excessive need for comfort, many are willing to take terrible risks, make foolish decisions, go into debt, risk disease, and even act illegally. Some are willing to steal, use drugs, enter dangerous relationships, and the like. All for the hope of the comfort that such things might—just might—provide. Yes, our passions, individually and collectively, inspire a lot of bad decisions and lock us in defiant attitudes that refuse to recognize the obvious.

Populism … the majority advised to put to sea from there, on the chance that somehow they could reach Phoenix, a harbor of Crete, looking northeast and southeast, and winter there.

Yet another common problem is thinking that the results of a poll will always lead to the right decision; it will not. It will tell you what is popular but not necessarily what is right. Very often the crowds are wrong; they are not pooling their wisdom but their ignorance. Jesus warns, “Woe to you when all speak well of you, for thus their fathers treated the false prophets.” Today there is almost a religious demand that polls should direct all things. Many are practically indignant that the Catholic Church’s teachings do not reflect the views of the “most” Roman Catholics. But the Church does not exist to reflect the views of her members. She exists to reflect the views of her head and founder, Jesus Christ. At the end of the day, what is popular is not always right and what is right is not always popular. Polls and votes are usually poor ways to discover what is right. And as we shall see, it is certainly not a good way to predict the weather!

Presumption And when the south wind blew gently, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, they weighed anchor and sailed along Crete, close inshore.

Very often, because there are not immediate negative consequences to a bad choice, people leap to the conclusion that they have decided well. In this instance, despite repeated warnings (from St. Paul) and the difficulties of sailing at a bad time of year (e.g., contrary winds and little progress possible), one breeze from the south causes them to presume that there will be no consequences. Presumption is a sin against hope. Hope is the confident expectation of God’s help in attaining eternal life. Presumption is taking something up ahead of time (pre (before) + sumere (to take up)). But who hopes for what he already has? Hence presumption tosses hope away on the pretext that one can get what one wants now, on one’s own terms. Those guilty of presumption think that no harm will ever befall them. The speeding teenager thinks he will never crash but then wakes up paralyzed. The drunk driver thinks he will never be caught but then sees the red flashing lights in his rearview mirror. The sexually promiscuous person boasts of having “safe-sex” but then contracts an STD. Just because consequences do not always happen immediately doesn’t mean that presumption is a good idea.

III. The Cost of Disobedience – Sin and disobedience are very costly. Satan promises ease, comfort, and pleasure today, but the bill comes due tomorrow! Let’s see what this storm teaches about the cost of sin. Five descriptions of the cost are given:

Control Lost But soon a tempestuous wind, called the northeaster, struck down from the land; and when the ship was caught and could not face the wind, we gave way to it and were driven.

St. Augustine famously taught regarding sin, For out of the perverse will came lust, and the service of lust ended in habit, and habit, not resisted, became necessity (Conf 8.5). Habitual sin leads to bondage, to a loss of control, to being driven. The first cost of sin and disobedience is the increasing loss of control, the increasing loss of freedom.

Crushing Labors And running under the lee of a small island called Cauda, we managed with difficulty to secure the boat; they took measures to pass ropes under the ship to hold it together; then, fearing that they should run on the Syrtis (sands of North Africa), they lowered the anchor, but were still driven.

We see that their defiant pride has now humbled them with heavy work, not just the work of sailing, but of even holding the boat together. Sin leads to heavy burdens. Consider the man who has been promiscuous and now sees his income drained by child support paid out to several different women. Consider the glutton who has gained 100 pounds and must now work for months, even years, to lose the weight. Consider the spendthrift who has run up the balance on his credit card and must now work for years to pay it off. Sin makes for crushing, burdensome work.

Compounding LossesAs we were violently storm-tossed, they began next day to throw the cargo overboard; and the third day they cast out with their own hands the tackle of the ship.

As already stated, sin and disobedience inevitably lead to dissipation. So now they are throwing their precious cargo overboard. Suddenly the riches of the world are not enough; they are now even part of the problem! Perhaps with us it is our money that is dissipated, or maybe our strength, or our health, or our family. But when you stay in sin and disobedience, you can expect the losses to compound.

Ceding Lights And when neither sun nor stars appeared for many a day, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned. … And fearing that we might run on the rocks, they let out four anchors from the stern, and prayed for day to come.

The ancients steered by the stars and the sun. This self-inflicted storm has darkened the lights. All the navigation points are lost, and the way back (out of sin) is difficult to find. Sin clouds our intellect and makes it difficult to see our errors, let alone the way back. Many people are in such darkness that they actually celebrate what God calls sin. How do some of us become so blind and confused? Yet another cost of sin and disobedience is a darkened intellect. St. Paul says, they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish minds were darkened (Romans 1:21).

Cowardly Leaping And as the sailors were seeking to escape from the ship, and had lowered the boat into the sea, under pretense of laying out anchors from the bow, Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, “Unless these men stay in the ship, you cannot be saved.”

So much for all the expert sailors, the captain, and the centurion, all of whom ignored Paul and the obvious warnings of a coming storm! Now they are seeking to jump ship, to escape in lifeboats and leave the passengers behind. So it is with many sinners today who seek to escape the consequences of their acts. Some escape to drugs and alcohol; some just hide or blame others. Rarer are the sinners who admit their fault and take responsibility for what they have chosen and done. In a therapeutic culture it is easier to blame others: “It’s not my fault; my mother dropped me on my head when I was two … I’m not depraved. I’m deprived.” A lot of this amounts to escaping in a lifeboat and leaving the others to experience the disaster. Where are the “experts” who gave us such awful advice during the sexual and cultural revolution? Most of them headed for the lifeboats and left the rest of us (who were foolish enough to listen to them) to go down with the ship.

Yes, the cost of sin and disobedience is high.

This storm really has a lot to teach us. It shows how easily we ignore the coming dangers and continue, in defiance, to make poor decisions. Then, it shows the costs of foolishness. Life really is a lot easier when we obey God!

But the storm is not done teaching us yet; God uses it to instruct us and to call us to discipleship. More on what St. Paul teaches tomorrow.

 

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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90 Responses to Lessons in Weathering a Storm

  1. Rosalie Dancause says:

    Gmail won’t print out the PDF that Msgr. Pope offers; could you please give us a link to his original post?

    Thank you.

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    • Beckita says:

      Hi Rosalie. I edited out your email address and some of the article which your reply included. You can actually click on the title of Msgr.’s article and it will take you to his blog where the article was originally posted.

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  2. Mark Job says:

    Thanks Beckita for sharing a most excellent summary of Saint Paul’s teaching in regards to Pentecost and the storm that we are now in the midst of.

    This brought to mind a prophesy that was given to Ralph Martin by Jesus which he shared to Pope John VI on Pentecost Monday at ST. PETER’S BASILICA – May 1975

    “Because I love you, I want to show you what I am doing in the world today. I
    want to prepare you for what is to come. Days of darkness are coming on
    the world, days of tribulation….Buildings that are now standing will not be
    standing. Supports that are there for my people now will not be there. I want you
    to be prepared, my people, to know only me and to cleave to me and to have me
    in a way deeper than ever before. I will lead you into the desert…I will strip you of
    everything that you are depending on now, so you depend just on me. A time of
    darkness is coming on the world, but a time of glory is coming for my church, a
    time of glory is coming for my people. I will pour out on you all the gifts of my
    spirit. I will prepare you for spiritual combat; I will prepare you for a time of
    evangelism that the world has never seen…. And when you have nothing but me,
    you will have everything: land, fields, homes, and brothers and sisters and love and
    joy and peace more than ever before. Be ready, my people, I want to prepare
    you…”

    Blessings to all of you

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    • Beckita says:

      Thanks for sharing this prophecy, Mark. It’s one I’ve read many times and it is filled with the hope of pouring out the Spirit during the difficult days to come. God bless you and all here.

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    • Joe Crozier says:

      Hi Mark
      This brought to mind the time in 1966 when Conchita was called to Rome and on the instruction of Pope Paul was questioned extensively by Cardinal Ottaviani. In obedience she revealed the date of The Great Miracle of Garabandal to the cardinal and the pope’s secretary to be passed on to the Pope. Conchita then had a private – truly private – audience with the pope but only after he been fully informed by his cardinal. In obedience again she has not revealed the matter of this exchange but was allowed ti confirm that Pope Paul blessed her and said her story – a story he acknowledged to be of the utmost importance – of Mary’s second stay on earth, as he put it, and the messages She left, must be made known to the world. When Ralph Martin shared his prophesy with Pope Paul it must have brought to mind all that he had been told by Conchita. To have been privy to such information must have brought peace to Pope Paul knowing that God’s plan for the Church was on course but also perturbance knowing how much darkness lay ahead. I believe that Pope Francis has been given the information that Pope Paul was given and that this knowledge has influenced the course on which we have been led under his pontificate. In my view the approach of Pope Francis to the state of the world and the needs of our souls is born in large part of this knowledge. He knows that time is of the essence more than ever before.

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      • Annie W. says:

        Great comment, Joe! I truly believe in Garabandal, but had not read this story about Conchita. Additionally, I have always admired Cardinal Ottaviani for his “intervention” in changes to Holy Mass, but alas, he was not listened to. How amazing that someone else was given the date of the Great Miracle. How I hope it is soon and part of our Rescue!

        Beckita, how appropriate is Msgr. Pope’s analogy to our world today. He’s a wonderful voice in the wilderness!

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        • Annie W. says:

          PS Beckita, I have mentioned before that I say the prayer of The Lady of All Nations after every decade of my rosary each day. Glad to see you reminding everyone of this necessary prayer.

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    • Janet says:

      Thank you Mark…..Ralph Martin’s prophecy always cheers me up.

      ” And when you have nothing but me,
      you will have everything: land, fields, homes, and brothers and sisters and love and
      joy and peace more than ever before. Be ready, my people, I want to prepare
      you…”

      Thank you also Beckita…Another wonderful article. Looking forward to the rest of it now. 🙂

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  3. Joe Crozier says:

    First I thought of others who could learn much from this. Then I saw that it was me who could benefit most from this. Then I had a little sadness at some of our liturgy cargo like the Pentecost Octave that has been thrown overboard – that was our ballast. Then I found faith and hope and confirmation that I am in the right place: staying in the ship. And I found new understanding of the sin of presumption. I had prided myself in the meaning and mechanism of sin. I was wrong. I had a light bulb moment and my mind was tossed and thrown back to Charlie’s advice “Desire God and all shall be added to you.” And I saw that that my desire must be tempered with patience trusting in God’s time wherein I have a place and a part but whose ownership resides always in Him. He starts my time and ends my time. My sense of urgency is often really a drive for instant gratification which is impatience coupled with the arrogance that I know better. And all this on one reading. I look forward to hearing the reactions of others …..soon:-)

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    • James Ignatius McAuley says:

      Joe,
      The Pentecost octave may be gone in the Novus Ordo, but it is still found in the Extraordinary Form and the Anglican use Ordinariate. A great article on the old Parisian use is found over at the New Liturgical Movement blog by Gregory Dipippo, titled: An Old Parisian Sequence for Thursday in the Octave of Pentecost. Check it out – you might like it and print in off to place in your prayer book.

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  4. Anne says:

    This is exceptional!!!!!thank you. I know a priest who will not read mons Pope. I do not understand why? He thinks he is rigid??

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    • Beckita says:

      How interesting, Anne. In reading Msgr. Pope for a long time, I surely don’t find rigidity in him.

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      • singingjuls says:

        I agree with you, Anne and Beckita. I love Msgr. Pope’s teachings. Us little padawans still have so much to learn! I think there are many people these days who confuse rigidity with truth. We have a priest in our parish who sometimes brings some hard realities to his homilies, and because certain people don’t like what he preaches they complain that his sermons can be scary or too harsh. I don’t find them too harsh. In actuality he is preaching truths about our faith that people have just said no to or have not thought about for a long time. It’s the, “I don’t agree with that so I am going to believe what I want” thinking instead of the truths that Jesus taught.

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  5. Anne says:

    Beckita, neither do I. I am so grateful for him.

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  6. I have never read this blog but it reads of truth. Sinners falling on the sward of their own sin is our hope at this point in history.

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  7. Simone says:

    I feel like the disciples on the road to Emmaus. The Word is alive for me. Thank you for choosing this piece, sweet Beckita.

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  8. CrewDog says:

    Speaking of Storms!!
    In spite of all the Spin, Smear & BS to the contrary, Trump is still standing which means that The Global “Elite” Left will become even more unhinged, enraged and violent in the weeks to come! Then we have in GB an obviously inept/incompetent PM May who has really “stepped in it” politically and has created months of turmoil there. Reichsführer Merkel of the “Christian” Democratic Union Party continues to do her best to aid-n-abet the Islamic Invasion of Europe while undermining what’s left of EU Christendom ….. meanwhile in Iran, China, North Korea and any number of other unpleasant places we have ……….;-( …. and the usual spineless USA/EU, civil & religious, suspects are … well … being spineless! :
    Ya still think that the 2017 SHTF Moment is unlikely? … Eh???

    “Gingrich: Mueller Investigation ‘Poisoned Fruit’ After Comey Testimony”

    http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/James-Comey-Newt-Gingrich-Robert-Mueller-President-Donald-Trump/2017/06/10/id/795270/

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • Beckita says:

      My pondering often takes me to your opening line as well, Crew Dog, with the inevitable: “Ya still think that the 2017 SHTF Moment is unlikely? … Eh???” God bless you, CD, and all here.

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      • David McCracken says:

        Hi Beckita.wonderful homily.if I may ask you a couple of questions.do you concur with Charlie’s prophecy re the number of deaths which will occur in the storm.i think he said the number that will be killed will be one third of the number of deaths in world war 2.also do you reckon that we will be rescued by the end of 2017? Blessings! Dave

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        • Beckita says:

          Dave, some of the prophecies given to Charlie we see unfolding before us. At the same time, Charlie gave us a powerful look into prophecy unfolding in his piece, Through a Glass Darkly. Further, Charlie always said he didn’t know exactly what will unfold after Rescue as his mission at this time is to carry us through to the shores of Rescue in whatever ways he discerns, with his spiritual directors, the Lord is calling him *and* that his prophetic input was mainly for him, to guide his work *and* that we should not get hung up on the details for God Alone knows the details, such as what will be mitigated or not mitigated, and what He will interject that will surprise each and every one of us. As I continue in contemplation, I see Rescue, and what follows this intervention by Our Lady, as a great mystery for us to enter before we comprehend its full magnitude and meaning. For now, I choose to keep my focus ever on Our Lord and Our Lady, living TNRS Way, and striving – while asking for graces – to grow in loving well with the intent of participating as co-creator with Abba in His precious gift of life as we move through these chaotic, confusing and divisive days of the Storm. God bless you, Dave, and all who are part of this community.

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    • jaykay says:

      “Reichsführer Merkel”. I love it😋 When you think of it, two delusional women in charge of Europe’s two major states, and a momma’s boy in charge of the (wannabe) other. And not one of them, or all together, able to fill even one shoe of the Iron Lady who, with St. John Paul and RW Reagan, helped to bring down the satanic scourge of hyper-leftism. Well, we know who really brought it down, of course (as did JPII) and it’s slithering up again for another go, this time from within – but we know who’ll finally crush its filthy head!

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  9. Thank you Steve, Beckita and Doug! 😊 Wonderful article and comments! It is heartening to read Ralph Martin’s 1975 Prophecy again. The Lady of All Nations Prayer
    and the rosary are our antidotes for th coming storm and the helps to get us through them and to usher in the era of peace sooner is one way I think of them. Yes, Crew Dog, God Save All Here! Betty

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  10. Sean Sullivan says:

    All,
    The storm has hit my family the day this article was posted. My ninteen year old neice and Goddaughter has announced (with her Mom’s ok) to her Grandparents and myself, she is venturing on a roadtrip to Yellowstone from NYS. Alone.

    I broke down in the confessional yesterday relating my anxiety, lack of trust in Jesus etc. (feel better now) but my folks are getting hit pretty hard. Needless to say, this article is on point and the following quote holds true:

    “Storms in life are often beyond our control. Perhaps they come from nature and the sudden vicissitudes of this world. Sometimes God permits storms in order to test and strengthen us. Sometimes, too, others drag us into storms and we suffer on account of their poor decisions. Some storms come from our own foolishness and poor choices.”

    Please pray for my family and neice.

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    • Beckita says:

      Praying a PMT, Sean: May St. Raphael accompany your neice, keeping her safe, and may Holy Spirit prompt her to call you as she journeys to my state and may Jesus imbue you all with His Peace.

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      • Sean Sullivan says:

        Thank you. I had a heartfelt conversation with her Mother who mistook this article in the wrong way. But She lives the message of ‘Jesus, I trust in You’ more than I. Her life and actions live in the moment, as God lives in the moment and trusts fully in Him. So, I guess, the prayer really is for ME, to let go of anxieties and live in His will without worry and rest assured He has ‘got me’.

        Thank you, for your support.
        Sean

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    • Mick says:

      Praying for your family and your niece, Sean.

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    • Doug says:

      Storm could be the very thing to bring her back. My prayers are for my kids to experience the storms because this can be a wakeup call. My other prayers are Lord, please don’t let anything happen to them in the process. I extend those prayers to you Sean.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Sean, I will keep your niece and family in my prayers. ❤

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    • singingjuls says:

      PMT going up for your niece and your family Sean. Also for you. Ditto what Beckita prayed. May God bless you and St. Dymphna help you through the anxiety you and your family are feeling.

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    • James Ignatius McAuley says:

      Praying for you and your niece, Sean.

      You wrote: “I broke down in the confessional yesterday relating my anxiety, lack of trust in Jesus etc. (feel better now) but my folks are getting hit pretty hard.” The storm surges and hits us in waves – but before you know it you will be in a lull between waves again and all shall be well with your niece.

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    • CrewDog says:

      As I’m listening to FOX News whilst reading my not approved by DNC news sites, it strikes me that Comey built a Big Pile of S*** and then belly-flopped into it. He, like the rest of the DC Elite, figured that the Trumpster didn’t have a prayer in Election 16 and acted in his own best interests! When Trump won & big, he then joined the treasonous opposition to obstruct him .. a Duly Elected President and His Administration!! He is nothing but a rogue FBI Agent, corrupt and slimy politico who guessed wrong, acted stupidly and covered for the wrong people … like AG Lynch, Billary and The Boss. If I were to watch ABCNNBCBS-PBS-BBC or read the Global Left Controlled Rags, I would still be hearing nasty Trump, Russians and obstruction of.. ??? .. What’s today’s Fake-News? … anyone!?
      The Global Left, still, does not understand that the Producer Class USA has turned to Talk Radio, Internet and FOX …. though FOX these days …???
      Former AG Lynch, Billary and Comey still have lots of ‘splaining and spin to do about any number of things. Comey’s Big Pile of S*** will only get deeper-n-wider. The last I heard from Lynch she was Inciting Riot!: http://nation.foxnews.com/2017/03/05/loretta-lynch-we-need-more-marching-blood-death-streets
      Sooooo ….. we are back to paraphrasing Sen Baker’s Watergate Question: What did Boss Obama and his Henchpersons know …… and when did they know it!? ……. Eh!!!!?????
      Make NO MISTAKE!!! Trump is still “In de Fight” standing and The Global Left will only go more Berzerker!. Dangerous Times Ahead!! Ya Ready!? This Florida Sheriff is calling his producer class constituents to Arms: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/06/10/this-is-war-florida-sheriff-urges-citizens-to-arm-themselves-in-case-attack.html
      Our, hated by The Left, Founding Fathers knew this day would come and thus insisted on The Bill of Rights before they would ratify The Constitution in 1787! Ownership of arms being #2 behind religious-n-speech rights!! ….. and The Left absolutely HATES!!! The Bill of Rights … Ah … except, of course, for The 5th Amendment! ;-(

      GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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      • SteveBC says:

        Crewdog, this is quite the rant for a family site, but it’s also accurate. I would add to it that when Sessions and crew fired Comey (when Comey was 3,000 miles away), they took *everything* in his office, and all that material now is under the control of Jeff Sessions. I think Comey did his “modified, limited hangout” thing (remember that phrase?) at his recent interview and blew the Russian narrative out of the water because he had no choice. (Did anyone notice the appearance of huge bags under Comey’s eyes when he showed up at the interview – I think he’s not sleeping well.) Now I think Lynch and the rest are reduced to what you point out here – violence in the streets. Their “narrative” is done. What do they have left but violence?

        I would add that the Trump administration remains very active at rolling up the pedophile rings from the bottom, with literally thousands of suspects arrested already, as far as I read. This reminds me of the tactics used in the Iraq war, to get computers and witnesses lower down and use the gleaned info to go after the higher-ups as fast as you can build the cases. I suspect those high up in these rings know that the troops are rolling up toward them, so they have to do something to stop that, and that thing now has to be more desperate than the slyness of the Russian meme. I do expect things to go hot soon, as the Summer of Rage appears to be becoming their only possible way out of the net closing in on them.

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        • Beckita says:

          Sobering truths here, Crew Dog and SteveBC. An incredible witness to truth in our time with depth of knowledge and insightful analysis is Victor Davis Hanson, both brilliant and humble. Charlie often provided links to Hanson’s work. Here’s an interview Tucker Carlson had with VDH.

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          • CrewDog says:

            Yup, Beckita! VDH is a smart guy who I hope is, carefully-n-frequently, Checkin’ Six!
            I say again! I believe that the Ft Sumter Event of USA Civil War II was Election Day 16!
            I developed a theory a week or so ago about these politico hate Trump Types that you see
            attacking The President daily in the most strident and unpleasant manner. I’ve come to think that they are setting up their own legal defense for when the Marshal Dillion arrives with search warrants or arrest orders. DC is a Corrupt Swamp where the Elite of both parties have wheeled-n-dealed. slapped one another’s backs & lived large on TaxPayer/Lobbyist $$$$. Now Rich, Famous and Outsider Trumpster shows and The Elite are runnin’ scared. “Apple Carts-n-Rice Bowls” are being upended and there is a Great Fear that the DOJ might, once again, become the Department of Justice and not Just-Us. By attacking Trump in the way they do they can holler that Trump is just inflicting political revenge ’cause we all know what a meanie he is. Right!?!? …. Just ask ABCCNNBCBS-NPR/NYT/WaPo. Get Ready!! This ain’t gonna end well ’cause while we are entranced with this DC Reality Show, Iran, NK, China and…………………………………. ;-(

            GOD GUIDE & SAVE ALL HERE!!

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        • jlynnbyrd says:

          Sad but true. They may collapse the market, start a hot civil war, and/or shut down grids. They are losing power and control and will stop at nothing to shield their elite selves from any consequences of their misdeeds, at any cost. They can run, but they cannot hide from the Just Judge. Their days of further destruction are numbered. ❤

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      • Kathy says:

        CrewDog, Try OAN (One America News.) It is MUCH better. LIz Wheeler, The Tipping Point, is exceptionally good. She really goes after Planned “Parenthood” with a holy vengeance. 🙂

        Like

    • Doug says:

      Sick! Absolutely sick!

      Liked by 4 people

      • Beckita says:

        This is so perverted, Simone, Doug and Jen.

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        • jlynnbyrd says:

          The oppression, enslavement and genocide of people throughout the world is appalling. Decades ago, I would have never imagined it could ever happen to us and our neighbors to the north in Canada. We are like frogs in in pot. The water is near boiling, and now what? Trust, pray, and act with the knowledge that this too shall pass. We were born for this.
          Only God can intervene to stop the evil as we cooperate by acknowledging God, taking the next right steps and being signs of hope with courage; Joan up! ❤

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    • I read the article too, Beckita. Without the true God as the founding rock in a society, there’s literally no limit to where the forces of darkness will push it. Nothing is too evil for their fallen angelic masters. Witness the religion of Ba’al where the first son in any family was burnt (alive) to death in the heated metal arms of their god. The first born daughter would be stuffed into a jar of honey and buried under the foundations of the family’s home, also to gain favour in the eyes of their god Ba’al.

      Unfortunately, Ba’al is still alive today, although the sacrifices take a different form. The recreated Arch of Palmyra is making a tour of the world at key ceremonies, most recently at the G7 summit in Italy. Incredibly, this ancient Arch, so much admired and revered today, was actually the entrance to the Temple of Ba’al in Palmyra, Syria.

      http://www.theflorentine.net/news/2017/03/arch-palmyra-installed-g7-off/

      Dave

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    • singingjuls says:

      Let’s just confuse our kids more than they already are, shall we? Grrrrrrr….Come Lord Jesus and save these little innocent ones!

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  11. Doug says:

    “But the Church does not exist to reflect the views of her members. She exists to reflect the views of her head and founder, Jesus Christ”. Speaks volumes to me. Love it Becks.

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  12. luvmercy5775 says:

    I almost “liked” every comment that was posted but decided to just say “thank you” to everyone for a truly inspiring read –that beginning with the article and then continuing to get better and better within the comments section. Truly we have entered the times when men call evil good and good evil. Nevertheless, we know our redeemer lives and He won the battle at the Cross 2000 years ago. God bless and keep everyone in His perfect peace.

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  13. luvmercy5775 says:

    OK everybody! Time to lighten up. Copied below are songs by my friend Rabbi Tuvia Bolton. I promise you. His music will make you smile.

    He writes: If you want you can post my music. Here are two songs the first is called Elokut (G-dliness) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfF8H9BMKXE

    The second is a parody on Man of Constant Sorrow… I changed the words to ‘Man of constant smile”

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    • Beckita says:

      Why thank you, luvmercy. What a joyful way to bring home the message that our thinking can lead our feelings. Brings backs memories of some sassy strutting I used to enjoy with young students. 😉

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  14. Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! Monsignor Pope’s observations in this half of the article are inspired. And Part Two is even better. Perhaps you can include that link, too, if Msgr. Pope gave permission for the whole. My favorite quote from Part 2, “Stop telling your god how big this storm is and start telling this storm how big my God is.”

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    • Beckita says:

      Msgr Pope is truly gifted and surely, from the outset, I’ve intended to post part two at just the right time. 😉 God bless you, Marisa, and all here.

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      • Ah, yes. I must confess that holy patience in me is often overcome by a need to feed the holy. Thanks, Beckita. And thanks, also, Luvmercy, for posting your enthusiasm. It is this type of praise that I am working on in myself, building it up ’til it just spills out over everyone God brings into my circle of influence, especially the teenagers.

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    • luvmercy5775 says:

      My favorite quote from Part 2, “Stop telling your god how big this storm is and start telling this storm how big my God is.”

      My feelings exactly Marisa! Our God is an awesome God! Greater is He who is in us then he
      who is in the world. Let’s start taking authority over the powers of darkness, bring His light into the world and claim the victory. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us….

      To God be the glory, honor and praise! He is worthy to be praised!

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  15. Eve says:

    Without prayer and choosing a new and better direction, we are lost. I thank Our Lady for her holy and pure intercession and pray for her triumph. God bless you, I pray. Eve

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  16. Diane says:

    For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. But the one who restrains is to do so only for the present, until he is removed from the scene. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord [Jesus] will kill with the breath of his mouth and render powerless by the manifestation of his coming, The one whose coming springs from the power of Satan in every mighty deed and in signs and wonders that lie,and in every wicked deceit for those who are perishing because they have not accepted the love of truth so that they may be saved. Therefore,
    God is sending them a deceiving power so that they may believe the lie, that all who have not believed the truth but have approved wrongdoing may be condemned. From 2 Thessalonians – Just praying for the darkness to be rolled back and the light to shine through and I read this verse, what struck me as to the power of our God is: Lord [Jesus] will kill with the breath of his mouth…
    Praying for the storm to be driven from our midst by the rescue from our Immaculate Mother quickly and swiftly with the breath of His mouth. Wow, what a God we have. Love. I do. Diane

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