Jesus: the WAY out of Every Storm, the TRUTH and the LIFE

(Thanks to our reader, Marisa, for nudging us on to part two of Msgr. Pope’s wisdom, so rich in this piece with reflection on storms. The very first lesson in this segment is rooted in the etymology of the word, “obedience,” something I discovered in recent years which reinforces Charlie’s constant exhortation to contemplate. How tempting it is, in our busyness and haste, to read and react when the reading and savoring, with contemplative silence, allows space to listen and, then, hear God.

While I have nodded at each lesson explicated by Monsignor, I especially find renewed hope in these gems from his writing:

“…while God has not allowed him [St. Paul] to be without trials and difficulties, He has always permitted those difficulties only so that a greater good be achieved. St. Paul has learned that God’s power reaches perfection in human weakness; it is able to stand in the gap. God can make a way out of no way and write straight with crooked lines.”

and 

“But as it always does so beautifully, Scripture shows how they must go through a process of sorts in order to achieve saving trust.”

and 

“Our faith is often tested in waiting. If we persevere, it grows stronger. Faith becomes the basis of truer and deeper healing than would just having a particular situation worked out.”

and

“It is as if the Lord is saying, “Do you see what a little trust can do? Keep growing in trust and you will see greater things. Try me in this; prove me in this!”

These are exactly the kinds of thoughts which will serve us well, and those around us, in the most challenging days yet to come in the Storm, as we live the ordinary way of TNRS. Together, with Our Lord, Our Lady, our local support group and this community here, we can do this.

Msgr. Pope includes a rendition of Willie Nelson’s “Stand by Me” at his blog – and please remember, you can access his blog by clicking on the title of his article. I’d like to give a shout out to our readers from all over the world with the version of “Stand by Me” here.

Two additional links:

*Another superb analysis by Victor Davis Hanson, here.

*If you scroll down here, at the Susan B Anthony List’s FB page, you can see Tucker Carlson interviewing David Daleiden.

Continuing in prayer with you, for our deeply troubled country and world, as we move forward, navigating these increasingly stormy waters of transition. Jesus remains with us at sea. He does. And He’s given us the Surrender Novena for those times when we are tempted to fearfulness, anxiety and despair. Each of us is actually the gatekeeper of our own thoughts. One brain researcher estimates that the average person has over 30,000 thoughts a day. Why should any of us give worry and anxiety a repetitive hearing which only activates the mental quicksand of sucking us into deeper darkness? We are a people of choice. We could choose to ruminate with a simple prayer, such as: “O Jesus, I surrender myself to You, take care of everything!” or a favored scriptural verse such as those highlighted by Msgr. Pope. Such aspirations are worthy of memorization to restore complete reliance on God, replacing ruminating ruts of fear with life-giving hope and courage in depressing, downtrodden or dicey times. Recall, too, the efficacy of the PMT in moments of great difficulty. Finally, consider bringing your most pressing needs to our TNRS community for intercessory prayer. We are here for one another: paddling, praying, pouring on encouragement, probing for insight, pulling each other up, and persevering in solidarity. We are blessed!  ~Beckita)

Overcoming Life’s Storms: A Teaching from St. Paul to Storm-weary Souls

 Msgr. Charles Pope • June 5, 2017

This is the conclusion of a post that I began yesterday. In the midst of a great storm (described in Acts 27), St. Paul finds himself among desperate and defeated people. Though the storm comes from nature, their problems are of their own doing and are rooted in a foolish refusal to listen to either natural warnings or God. All of this foolishness was described in yesterday’s post. Is there a way out of their situation? With God there is, but only by turning to Him in obedient faith. As long as we live, conversion is possible; things can change. Let’s consider how St. Paul, good pastor that he is, shepherds his doomed shipmates through the storm and to God, who can make a way out of no way. You can read the full text of Acts 27 here.

I. The Problem Described – Paul then came forward among them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me, and should not have set sail from Crete and incurred this injury and loss.

So much of our trouble comes from our failure to listen to God, to obey Him. Of course God seldom speaks directly. He speaks through His revealed words, in the book of Creation, and most clearly through His Church in her defined teachings and dogmatic proclamations. Managing the weather is not usually among the Church’s dogmatic missions, but allow this storm to represent the moral and ethical storms that face an individual, a society, or a culture, that forsakes God and refuses to listen to His revealed truth.

The word obedience is related to hearing. The etymology of the word is said to be from ob (with or related to) + audire (to hear). Thus to obey is to listen with docility and compliance. Many if not most storms in our lives and in this world can be avoided if we just listen (obey). God laments, Thus says the Lord, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am the Lord, your God, teaching you how to prevail, leading you on the way you should go. If only you would attend to my commandments, your peace would be like a river, your vindication like the waves of the sea, Your descendants like the sand, the offspring of your loins like its grains, Their name never cut off or blotted out from my presence. … But there is no peace for the wicked, says the Lord (Isaiah 48:17-19,22).

II. The Prognosis Declared – I now bid you take heart; for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. For this very night there stood by me an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I worship, and he said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar; and lo, God has granted you all those who sail with you.’ So take heart, men, for I have faith in God that it will be exactly as I have been told. But we shall have to run on some island.”

St. Paul bases his prognosis that everything will be all right not on mere wishful thinking, but on the firm experience of God in his life. Paul’s experience has been that while God has not allowed him to be without trials and difficulties, He has always permitted those difficulties only so that a greater good be achieved. St. Paul has learned that God’s power reaches perfection in human weakness; it is able to stand in the gap. God can make a way out of no way and write straight with crooked lines. Paul has been in worse jams than this before! As he says, Five times I have received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. Three times I have been beaten with rods; once I was stoned. Three times I have been shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been adrift at sea; on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brethren; in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure upon me of my anxiety for all the churches (2 Cor 11:24-28).

Yet here he stands before them, not speaking as one who has never had trouble, but as one who has experienced being delivered from troubles. In effect, St. Paul is saying, “When you’re finished trying your gods, come and try mine. Stop telling your god how big this storm is and start telling this storm how big my God is.”

St. Paul also speaks based on the firm conviction (which God put in his heart) that he must and will appear before Caesar; therefore, he and his shipmates will make it to Rome.

Having tried everything else, and now chastened by their own foolishness, Paul’s shipmates finally seem to be willing to listen to him. But as it always does so beautifully, Scripture shows how they must go through a process of sorts in order to achieve saving trust. We can’t go from 0 to 100 immediately; we have to go through stages to get there.

III. The Process of Deliverance – Having secured their attention through suffering and their sense of helplessness, God, through the shepherd St. Paul, strengthens their meager faith.

Testing – When the fourteenth night had come, as we were driven up and down the sea of Adria, …

At first nothing seems to happen. The storm keeps blowing, the ship is adrift, the crew and passengers are seasick and unable to eat. What good is this faith to which St. Paul has summoned them? Yet Scripture says, I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord (Psalm 27:13-14). For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength” (Is 30:15).

Our faith is often tested in waiting. If we persevere, it grows stronger. Faith becomes the basis of truer and deeper healing than would just having a particular situation worked out.

Trying – … about midnight the sailors suspected that they were nearing land. So they sounded and found twenty fathoms; a little farther on they sounded again and found fifteen fathoms. And fearing that we might run on the rocks, they let out four anchors from the stern, and prayed for day to come.

At midnight, when the night was perhaps darkest, there comes the sense that land is near. Having tried God, they now sense a change. The water is getting shallower; surely land is nearby. It is still too dark to see, but the evidence of a coming deliverance is beginning to mount.

We, too, start to get what we call “signal graces” in our journey of faith. Perhaps we see God rescuing someone else. Perhaps we hear the testimony of someone’s deliverance. It is like Jairus, who was on his way to ask Jesus to raise his daughter from deathly illness when he saw a woman healed merely by touching the hem of His garment. Perhaps some smaller blessings come our way. It is as if the Lord is saying, “Do you see what a little trust can do? Keep growing in trust and you will see greater things. Try me in this; prove me in this!”

Trusting – 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.” Then the soldiers cut away the ropes of the boat, and let it go.

Ah, but some of the sailors—the ones most responsible for this mess—are stealthily trying to escape in a lifeboat that is just big enough for them. What cowards! St. Paul confronts them for their lack of faith and warns them that they and others with them will be lost. Faith is not just personal; it is also communal. Even if individuals in a dying culture have faith, it will not usually be enough. Faith has to grow in us all. If our very leaders exempt themselves from the sufferings that some of their own decisions have caused, they will surely be lost, and many of us along with them. Paul gives them a stern rebuke and warns of the consequences. Thanks be to God that his rebuke had the desired effect and they instead stayed at their posts.

So must we, especially the leaders among us such as priests and parents. Escape is appealing, but it shows cowardice. Although escape may win the moment, it seldom wins the day.

Toughening – As day was about to dawn, Paul urged them all to take some food, saying, “Today is the fourteenth day that you have continued in suspense and without food, having taken nothing. Therefore, I urge you to take some food; it will give you strength, since not a hair is to perish from the head of any of you.” And when he had said this, he took bread, and giving thanks to God in the presence of all he broke it and began to eat. Then they all were encouraged and ate some food themselves. (We were in all two hundred and seventy-six persons in the ship.) And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, throwing out the wheat into the sea.

They had found it difficult to eat and many were seasick, but they were going to need strength to get to shore.

So do we. We need food for the journey. The Lord gives it to us in the Holy Eucharist and in His Word. If we do not eat we will not be strong. Jesus reminded the Jewish people that God fed their ancestors in the desert and that if they had not eaten that food they would not have made it to the Promised Land. He said to them (and to us), This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh. … Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me (John 6:50-55).

These people in the storm needed strength to make it to the shore and so do we. The Eucharist is our viaticum (a Latin conflation meaning “I am with you on the way” = via+te+cum), our food for the journey.

Tenacity – Now when it was day, they did not recognize the land, but they noticed a bay with a beach, on which they planned if possible to bring the ship ashore. So they cast off the anchors and committed themselves to the sea, at the same time loosening the ropes that tied the rudders; then hoisting the foresail to the wind they made for the beach. And striking a shoal they ran the vessel aground; the bow stuck and remained immovable, and the stern was broken up by the surf. The soldiers’ plan was to kill the prisoners, lest any should swim away and escape; but the centurion, wishing to save Paul, kept them from carrying out their purpose. He ordered those who could swim to throw themselves overboard first and make for the land, and the rest on planks or on pieces of the ship.

So here it comes. It’s all or nothing, but they’ve been getting ready for this! The text says that by casting off the anchors and anything that might hinder them (even though they were depending on it), they commit themselves to the sea and the wind. It’s all in God’s hands now, and the God of wind and sea drives the ship ashore. Some final courage is still necessary, however, as they must swim or float the final distance. We, too, must finally cast aside all that we are depending upon in this world and commit ourselves wholly to God; surely for our final journey, but even now in increasing degrees. Only God can save us from our foolish storms and from this hellish world with which we have compromised. Increasingly, we learn to cast everything aside and to lean on and trust Him entirely. This dying to self and the world can be frightening as we close the final distance and swim ashore.

Triumph – And so it was that all escaped to land.

Yes, here is the end of the story for all who respond to the call of faith: all escape the storm to land. Consider the foolishness that brought them into this storm, and then consider the wisdom and faith that brought them out.

A little lesson for us as individuals, for the Church, and for our soul-sick culture.

“… spread the effect of grace of Thy Flame of Love over all humanity…”

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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156 Responses to Jesus: the WAY out of Every Storm, the TRUTH and the LIFE

  1. I loved Msgnr’s reflections. It is easier to remember and apply the lessons with picture images and a story. I won’t forget them.

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  2. RoseMarie Glynn says:

    Thank you for this beautiful message of instruction teaching us again to trust in our God with everything that comes our way. It certainly isn’t aeasy but when we trust and pray things work out and we make it to shore! Thank you, Jesus and thank you MOther Mary for your love throughout our lives!

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  3. Annie W. says:

    Just those four quotes at the beginning, Beckita, are wonderful nuggets! They are just what I need today as I get bombarded by thoughts of discouragement over a physical problem. Then I spent the day with tears near the surface every time there was news of more than one shooting in D.C. etc., in disbelief and sadness that our nation has changed so much in my lifetime.

    It’s difficult to imagine how much worse things will get, as it all plays out, and I suppose it’s best not to try to imagine it! I’ll just keep being a prayer warrior, praying my family into Heaven and safety. That seems to be my role for the time being, although it may change later.

    I wish some of you were my neighbors! Those of you who live close together are so blessed to be able to have gatherings. I know, however, that we are each right where the Lord wants us.
    God bless and protect you all.

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  4. Tanya says:

    Thank you Beckita for the encouragement and for posting Msgr Pope’s blog, something we all need to hear. I must say I’m tired of all the seasickness of the personal and massive storm of the world. It isn’t easy, but by the grace of God it is possible to weather. I need a holiday! So I guess I will celebrate Corpus Christi 2 times, once tomorrow and then on Sunday. Please pray for my family, we just had a new addition to the family tree,a new darling granddaughter from my youngest daughter and my eldest son will be married this Saturday! A lot going on, and I sense I am living in the time of Noah. Praise be to God in all things! Hallelujah! To everyone here, I pray for you each time I get a notice, and I thank you all for the prayers you have often said for me and my intentions. My love to all, Dearest Jesus enkindle our hearts,Mary my sweet Mother take care of your children. Tanya

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    • Beckita says:

      Thank *you,* Tanya, for your prayers. Congratulations on your new granddaughter and many blessings on the soon-to-be newlyweds.

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      • Tanya says:

        Thank you. going go adoration before the big event sacrament of matrimony. I will keep you all in this morning meeting with the Lord..my new granddaughter is precious .Keep my daughter in your prayers please, she has so highish enzymes in her liver. They are dropping but the kept her a bit longer in the hospital. I had to come back home for the wedding and hated to leave the little family. My daughter’s name is Bernadette.

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    • Karen says:

      Yes, thank you Tanya and back at you! As Annie says above, “I wish a some of you were my neighbours” it would be so nice to duck next door and ‘compare notes’ but really, we know we could not be any closer spiritually than in our prayers – what a tremendous blessing it is to have this blog. Thank you to Charlie, Beckita, Steve, Jen and others for making this facility possible! Thank you Lord – You know what You are doing, here amongst all of us and in the wide world – and we trust You. I am assuming that everyone here is going through similar intensity of storm as I am, so I wish to both empathasize with all of you and say that, with the Lord and in His Will, I love and thank you for all your struggles and the graces you are bringing to our poor world!!!

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      • jaykay says:

        We’re all neighbours here, Annie, Karen, Tanya and all here, except you don’t duck under the fence, you duck into (or under) the Net, InterWebs, whatever (thank you, Al Gore, for inventing it, them, whatever). God bless yiz all. And please keep us here in Ireland in your prayers for the success of our Rally for Life in Dublin on 1st July. I know you do. “They” would just love a mediocre turnout to “prove” we’re a busted flush, because it would seem to “them” to be the last gasp of Catholic Ireland, once so strong, not so long ago (just over 30 years ago), enshrining an actual constitutional protection for the Unborn. They really want to undo that, and so many Judases in our politico/media establishment want to curry favour with their masters to be seen to do so. God enlighten their craven blindness before they take that step, which I honestly believe will be the final spit in the face to the God who gave us so much, if not in terms of worldly wealth (because we never had that, until we started to follow the wrong path) then certainly in terms of spiritual wealth, which we went out and shared with the world. After that final spit, like the High Priest gave to Him, we’ll deserve all we get.

        If I sound slightly (heh😏) apocalyptic it’s because I’ve been feeling that way for some time now. Not despairing, certainly not, and anyway His judgements are just. But we’re inviting them. Not saying a massive turnout on 1.7 will portend a Nineveh moment, and not despairing if it’s not all that great either. Certainly not. Giving witness counts, and if it should be small… then we’ll shout louder! And smile. Louder. 😁

        In other news, we had a lovely ordination on Sunday in our parish church, a very sound young man. God bless and strengthen him for the tough years ahead. Fr. B. M., ad multos et laetantissimos annos.

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    • Doug says:

      Congratulations Tanya!

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  5. Phillip Frank says:

    And now we have bread for the journey.

    Oh Lord, strengethen us through the storm so by Your help and protection we too may continue to serve You in the days and months ahead. May your protection and clear guidance be safe harbor for us and may we, like Paul, give clear instruction and hope in the trials ahead to those who are storm weary and in nead of Your truths.

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  6. madkatmomma says:

    I thought about printing this out and highlighting parts of it, but it would be all yellow as every word is so moving. Thank you for posting this Beckita. I was going to put a prayer request in on the prayer board, but it for some reason I couldn’t so I’ll post it here. Please pray for a homeless woman who (I’m ashamed to say) I’ve been watching her for over a year begging on a corner near my home. She is out there wind, rain or shine, has gotten horribly sunburned in summer and is becoming more and more hunched over and now has a bad limp. I finally got up the nerve to park my car, walk over and talk to her. She was actually quite delightful. I gave her a little money and a phone number to Catholic Charities. please pray for her that they can help her find a home. She didn’t appear crazy, drunk or addicted – but you can never tell–in fact if she had been cleaned up she’d be just like any of us. Homelessness in this area has skyrocketed and our county is slow to help these people. I am not sure what exactly to do, other than pray and support the charities that support the homeless. I’m praying that she gets the helping hand she needs. Her name is Debbie. Thank you.

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    • Beckita says:

      Praying for Debbie, madkatmomma. Thanks for bringing her here to our prayers. I think posting prayer requests in this area is a great idea as more people are likely to read them here.

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    • singingjuls says:

      Praying for her, Madkatmomma, and praising God for the courage He gave you and your willingness to take that NRS! What a beautiful witness.

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    • PrayerPartner says:

      Agree, any one of us could be thrown into similar circumstances. I join in prayer for Debbie. Lord, guide her steps to you in safety and security.

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  7. Centurion_Cornelius says:

    Beckita: many thanks for these two by Msgr. Pope! He has truly rendered yet more valuable service to Holy Mother Church. He richly deserves his honorific title. Thank you, Monsignor.

    For those of us who have actually experienced the sheer terror of peril on the deep sea, his words ring true, as do those of St. Paul. I offer a verse of the Navy Hymn:
    O Trinity of love and power!
    Our brethren’s shield in danger’s hour;
    From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
    Protect them wheresoe’er they go;
    Thus evermore shall rise to Thee
    Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

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    • Beckita says:

      Beautiful, Centurion! Thank you.

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    • Annie W. says:

      Beautiful, Centurion! I cannot count the times I’ve heard the Navy Hymn, and it always brings a tear. We often heard it after Mass at the base chapel. We’re a family of “airdales”, so my favorite verse is …….. ” for those in peril in the air”.

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      • Annie~
        “Lord guard and guide the men who fly, through the vast reaches of the sky,
        Be with them traversing the air, in darkening storm or sunshine fair.”
        God is always with us, blessed be God forever.

        (I’m a little behind as I’ve been on retreat)

        God bless all here, katey in OR

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  8. Nancy says:

    Beckita,
    You are a “BREATH OF FRESH AIR” in this dark and dying world!!!! I do, however, hope Charlie is faring well, and miss his ‘SPIN ON EVENTS’!!!! In this DARK and DYING WORLD, it is easy to lose hope. Especially with the INSANITY of those KILLING one another because they disagree with our President, or other, even MORE DISTURBING reasons. Again, Thank-You for your take on events, and pray for us, on this LAST LEG of our ‘JOURNEY’ before the Father FINALLY INTERVENES to SAVE HIS CHILDREN from the ‘CLUTCHES’ of The Globalists!!!!

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    • Beckita says:

      God bless you, Nancy. I miss Charlie’s constant presence here as well. If you haven’t visited the National Review site, please do. You can find it here. When I asked Charlie about a reliable news source this is one he recommended. Especially valuable are the writings of Andrew C. McCarthy and Victor Davis Hanson. Praying for you, Nancy, and us all as we journey on together.

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  9. I love, love, love this. Amen! Thank you, Beckita, for postin Part 2. As I reread it, it strikes me as remarkable that St. Paul survives this storm and leads his shipmates through it, heartening them all the while, with God’s promise that he was going to Rome to be put on trial for his Christian faith. How amazing to have the Holy Spirit lead him through this storm as a witness to others so that he would face his own trial and death for those very same beliefs. He knew what was coming before he had even set sail:

    “…in one city after another the Holy Spirit has been warning me that imprisonment and hardship await me.” Acts 20:23

    Why does the Holy Spirit warn us? Why did Charlie start this apostolate? Why do our Bishops encourage and teach us how to open up the Scriptures? And especially, why did Our Lady threaten her children with the falling sun in October 1917? To Prepare Us.

    We shouldn’t be afraid. Pope St. John Paul said it too many times to count, “Be not afraid!” We must just soak in the sea of Scripture and let these words become part of us and continually ask the Holy Spirit to deepen His virtues in us.

    Finally, consider that, after St. Paul and his shipmates arrive on the beaches of Malta, a viper slithers out of the dead wood he had just collected for a fire and bites him on the hand. (Acts 28:3) Everyone expects him to swell up and die but St. Paul just shakes it off. His faith that he was going to stand trial for Christ kept him alive. When we, too, feel the stings of resentment and betrayal, when all around us expect us to just give up and keep our religion to ourselves, we need to shake it off. Shake that viper off. Peace and blessings to all who remain here.

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  10. singingjuls says:

    “Stop telling your god how big this storm is and start telling this storm how big my God is.” My favorite line from this whole article. As our storm continues to grow stronger we know that our God is bigger than it. Jesus I trust in you, take care of everything!

    I will be with our yearly youth camp next week and am blessed to be able to be with Jesus in Adoration every day. I would like to ask for prayers for all our leaders and the junior high kids as we encounter Jesus throughout the week in daily mass, teachings and fun activities. I especially ask for prayer for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Tuesday as the kids receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Wednesday when they encounter Christ in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. This is a powerful night and is the one that many of the kids say is their favorite part of the whole camp! Our camp has grown into many camps throughout MN and WI. Jesus is the vine and these camps are just some of the branches. We are praying to continue to bare much more fruit through this ministry,

    I will bring you all and your intentions with me in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament and ask our prayer team kids to pray that you all have a beautiful week in the Lord. Mother Mary wrap your Mantle of Love around my NRS friends and keep them safe in the arms of Our Lord.

    ‘See’ you next week! Special blessings and ‘Happy Father’s Day’ to all you dads and grandpas out there! ~juls

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  11. Dorothy says:

    Please pray for my daughter my 15 year old daughter Diana!
    I just found out she will be admited to hospital again.
    I know God is healing her !
    Thank you for your prayers …

    Dorothy

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    • SteveBC says:

      Dorothy, I’m sending up a PMT for your daughter. I trust she will be in good hands and recover swiftly and fully this time.

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    • Doug says:

      Prayers Dorothy. Is it OK to share what she is admitted for?

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      • Dorothy says:

        Doug it is a neurological problem that started at the begging of the year. Piano teacher noted weakness in my daughter fingers and she was not hitting keys. Then muscle loss and changes in her memory were just excruciating and painful for all of us .
        She spent 9 days in the hospital in February ( lots of tests ) and made some progress …on Monday we are going again to the hospital.
        I believe God will bring healing, she is just a wonderful child.
        We did see doctor Isam Nemeh in Cleveland (catholic doctor who” heals “trough prayer. God heals trough him !

        My personal storm will get better I believe it !
        Somehow God wants me to deal with things alone because even my dearest friends are disappearing.
        I remember Charlie saying true hearts will be reveled
        So I learned to relay completely on God.
        Some days it seemed like I would just pray and take a breath pray and take a breath ….
        School teacher told me today story about her mother and her favorite psalm 121 she read constantly. I read it and it is just what I needed to hear !
        I am not alone …
        When we get to hospital on Monday I will be praying for all my TNRS family, specially our wonderful Becita and Steve .

        Thank you 🙏🏻❤️😀🙏🏻❤️😀

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        • SteveBC says:

          Dorothy, you are so generous, thank you for carrying us all in your prayers. We are all praying for you and your daughter, that we will hear positive news from you soon. 🙂

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        • Doug says:

          Well, Dorothy, first, you get a bing 😎

          Second, God bless you! It must be a challenge when you see this and doctors can’t figure it out. I am going through this now with Lambzie and random BP spikes. She was hospitalized last month.

          Anyway, you have such a good attitude. I offered more beads for you today. I really firmly believe there is dignity and a huge value in suffering and it can only truly be understood in the context of our faith through the Catholic church. I am confident that greater good will become of your trials. I do not wish and pray for the trials though. I hope for healing! God bless you!

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        • Beckita says:

          Thank you so very much for your prayers, Dorothy. What a storm you have been through. May Jesus, through Blessed Mother’s intercession, restore your daughter to full health.

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        • PrayerPartner says:

          Joining in prayer for you and for your daughter.

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    • audiemarie2014 says:

      Dorothy, I’ll pray for Diana and you. God bless you all.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Dorothy, I praying for your dear Diana. ❤

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  12. That’s a good image accompanying this post. Maybe some folks can also relate to this one:

    It’s one of my favorites by Winslow Homer (The Gulf Stream, 1899). Sure, the small rudderless boat without mast and sails… the sharks, squall, etc., but that fella looks determined. Maybe even directing some anger into positive determination. I like it.

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  13. Doug says:

    “Our faith is often tested in waiting. If we persevere, it grows stronger. Faith becomes the basis of truer and deeper healing than would just having a particular situation worked out.”

    This and so many nuggets dear Beckita. Many thanks for your fiat to take the helm here and guide us on an escort ship through the storm!

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  14. jlynnbyrd says:

    madkatmomma, I will keep Debbie in my prayers. ❤

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  15. jlynnbyrd says:

    Love you too Karen! ❤

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    • Beckita says:

      When I shared the above link with Joe Crozier this morning, he wrote an inspirational reply. Since he’s away from his computer, I’m posting his words here for us all. Thanks Joecro.

      One of the things rolled out too often is that the Church is not a democracy. Well, in the beginning it was. I feel this attitude engendered by Church leaders gave obedience a bad name and allowed it to be used as a means of control. It fettered the faithful rather than freed them – laity and clergy alike. Thus the one condition of love specified by Jesus has lost its true benevolence: “If you love me keep my word.” This loss of value even finds reflection in contemporary reluctance and refusal to promise to obey in marriage. I understand that attitude because many men have abused their power in the past but this abuse like the abuse of power in the church has come about through lack of true consideration and appreciation of the needs of the other: lack of democracy. No wonder so many marriages fail.

      St Paul’s expressed opinion demands reciprocity but even this is rejected because the perceived order gives primacy to man’s authority rather than responsibility. Thus the promise to obey is seen as subjugation rather than conjugation. Obedience should elevate and enhance choice but nowadays its abuse, more often than not, destroys its true value and demeans its subjects. It takes away its grace.

      There is an undeniable order in creation that is demonstrated by St Paul and obedience is simply the best way to maintain that order. No wonder St Paul came in fear and trembling. It would take a brave priest to suggest without compromise or reinterpretation that Paul was right. So often his teaching on the role of obedience in marriage is watered down with the excuse of custom and historical context. Of course his understanding of the mystery of marriage and how it reflects God’s relationship with us finds its best presentation in a true understanding of obedience as the best way to freedom. Try telling that to men and women of today.

      I wonder if the education we will be given in the correction of conscience will help to reinstate the role of obedience as truly intended by Jesus. If so I hope this extends into the life of the Church – “If you love me feed my sheep, feed my lambs” and “If you love me keep my word” are the one and same lesson. And the Warning will certainly teach us a lesson.

      Just as the abortionists have conferred the ultimate perversion on the right to choose so the opponents of the faith have perverted the need to obey. But in many ways the Church has facilitated this abuse by its attitudes and actions.

      In the old days the pulpit was said to put the priest six feet above contradiction. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. People were afraid to speak out and this resulted in the cover up of child abuse which is absolute corruption.

      Perhaps this reintroduction of the laity in the process of selecting bishops will go some way to reinstating the true role of obedience in marriage between husband and wife, between Church and people and between God and mankind. I am and always have been amazed at the enormity of the task and mission undertaken by Pope Francis. He is the Good Shepherd’s best Shepherd. What a man.

      When I give the physiological and anatomical explanations of pain, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis it is important to use lay terms and not to blind the patient with the language of science but to empower whenever possible with a better understanding of the condition and its remedy.

      Over the years the Church has published many beautiful and wise encyclicals but their appeal, sadly, attracts an extremely limited audience. The fault perhaps lies in part with the language of the Church which has developed a way of speaking that is incomprehensible to the majority of Catholics who are blinded by its Churchiosity. It falls on ears, not that are deaf, but which belong to hearts that beat to a different drum and tongues that speak in a different way. The vast majority of Catholics do not even know the word ‘encyclical.’ We just don’t talk like that.

      Thank God Pope Francis is dealing with this. Without good communication there can be no meaningful cooperation. Sometimes I feel this is the basis of the so called confusion that Our Holy Father is said to cause among Church leaders and some of the more “educated” members of the laity. The language he speaks is new to them but not to us. We the people are not confused by what he says because he speaks our language – the language of the heart – and we understand. Without good communication there can be no obedience and without obedience there can be no love. We know all about the joy of love: amoris laetitia.

      To involve the laity more in the selection of bishops then makes perfect sense. It is a marriage made in heaven.

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      • I appreciate these thoughts, Joe. God is powerful beyond reckoning, yes, but He truly is simple. Too many forget that. The difficult doctors with their heavy, credentialed language are not simple by contrast. No wonder they make such a ruckus and find Pope Francis to be so baffling.

        Here is the wife. Love her simply and deeply. How heartening to see the married couple sitting together quietly on the back patio underneath the stars. Maybe neither says a word, but everything is already said.

        There is a simple obedience and sublime beauty in that that defies words.

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      • Anne says:

        thank you Joe. We are in the time of Mercy, time of correction…. All of us being bought back into right order. The pope is cleaning out the cupboards…. Making a mess…. Getting rid of mould…. To start a fresh.

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    • Doug says:

      My initial reaction is that of mixed feelings. It depends on how this plays out. What defines the laity that is allowed to participate and to what extent? Binding? Non binding? This has the potential to get very complicated and potentially ugly very fast. Also, what of the role of priests in the dioceses? Do they have a say? If not, why would we go to the laity first?

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      • Beckita says:

        All great questions and concerns, Doug. My impression is that the discussions on this topic have just begun. The article’s title uses the words: “Laity MAY start to have greater say…” Not the *only* say or the *final* say. Sounds like input gathering to inform the decision-making of the clergy involved.

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      • Joe Crozier says:

        Hi Doug
        Yes I shared some of your concerns after I wrote my comment. I then found an interesting article on a site that I had not previously visited: uscatholic.org
        You can use their search engine for the article ” Lay people should have a role in choosing their bishops.” The author, Professor Nicholas Calavardi seems to have good credentials – well much better than mine anyway 😜 – and he writes in a clear and simple way.
        As ever I am on my phone as I don’t have a computer at home otherwise I would have simply posted the link. Today is First Communion Day in my combined Parish. Last week the children had their final presentation to the parish and there was standing room only. I remember being very clear about the sacrament when I was a child. Holy Communion was Jesus, plain and simple, looked and tasted like a kind of bread but was no longer bread having become Jesus by the Words of Jesus repeated by the Priest in the Consecration. Simple as that and thank God I have never for one second lost the simple faith that Communion is Jesus. The laity play a part in the selection of children who can receive. This role is perhaps more important than the selection of bishops. Just a thought.

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  16. CrewDog says:

    “Good Catholic” Grandma, SanFran Nanny Pelosi will, no doubt, disagree vehemently but the Good Catholic Padre has it Right!!:

    “Jesuit Scholar: Islamic Extremists Are the True Muslims”

    http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2017/06/16/jesuit-scholar-islamic-extremists-are-the-true-muslims/

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • Doug says:

      Boy. That is a good article CD. In the past, Charlie has alluded to dear Pope Francis making a blunder and it could very well be that this is what it is. I personally trust that in spite of this, God will raise the right saint or do whatever is appropriate to protect the integrity and the teachings of the church. With all my heart, I believe it is God’s church and not man’s church even though it is run by men. This is a mystery and I think very difficult for many folks to grasp. Blessings!

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    • Doug says:

      By the way, I’m saving thus article CD. And there is an even bigger surprise and that is it was written by a Jesuit😎

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  17. Joe Crozier says:

    Hi CD
    The good Catholic Padre speaks true but there is a chain of command.
    Matthew 5:44
    Luke 6:27-28
    It’s hard.
    I wonder how well I will do when they are on my door step. Will I be too busy begging for mercy to bless my enemies or to pray for them. Will I give them the same benefit of the doubt that was given in the cross “for they don’t know what they are doing.”

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    • Joe Crozier says:

      Don’t get me wrong CD – I will do what needs to be done to defend those who need help. I will not hesitate. I just worry how I will react if I am on the receiving end. I want to go bravely.

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    • CrewDog says:

      Yes, Joe
      But the Scripture has also warned us of “Bad Apples” and Unlawful Orders.
      The days of Critical Discernment and prayers for Divine Guidance is … NOW!!

      GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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      • Joe Crozier says:

        Well put CD – I could not agree more. As you say NOW is the time to stay awake and be alert. Recently in an email to my nephew who is serving in Iraq and was on his first night shift I used these very words “Stay alert” and he replied “Will do, uncle Joe.” (Thanks for all the prayers from TNRS for him)

        But the good Catholic Padre, author of the above article, is a but our Padre, not our Holy Padre, who is protected by The Holy Spirit from teaching error in matters of faith and morals. In this ranking the Pope teaches him, he does not teach the Pope. In such matters we need only follow and fathom the ways of Truth.

        By the grace of God our Faith is in The Almighty not in Allah. Our Pope is All In for Christ and Christianity – no other. Rather than Discerment in matters of guidance that is already qualified in the person of The Pope by The Holy Spirit, we may need to pray rather for clearer vision and better understanding and the correct action and reaction especially in the heat of battle. “Holy Michael the Archangel, defend us in the day of battle etc”

        Because of a few bad eggs the Crusades of old have been given a bad name but they preserved the world from a take over by Islam. Today the Rosary Crusaders will do the same. But we may also be asked to sacrifice our lives in defense of the defenseless just as the crusaders of old. We will see.

        Great store is put on the fact that Muslims pray five times a day. But they pray five times a day to a God who Abraham came to see was misrepresented. God intervened to preserve the joy (Isaac means laughter) in his life. Isaac was Abraham’s Joy of Love – his Amoris Laetitia.

        Abraham believed that the God of the Chaldeans/ Mesopotamians was the true God and as such had to be obeyed no matter how great the sacrifice. There is much evidence of human sacrifice demanded in the culture and creed of Abraham’s early circumstance. As far as Abraham knew he was doing the right thing and obeying God as he understood him. He needed the gift of Understanding and through that he came to see the truth: the conception in whom he had placed his faith was not God. It would be many years before the Immaculate Conception would reveal the fullness of Truth.

        Abraham’s faith was put to the ultimate test and taken to the wire as we often are in times of crisis. How often have I stopped short and missed that moment of truth sometimes through fear and often through fatigue. “Could you not watch one hour with me?” More often than I like to admit through straightfoward disobedience when I did not listen to the whisperings of God.

        The Muslims claim that The God of Abraham is also their God but the God of Abraham revealed that He would not demand the type of Sacrifice demanded by Abrahams earlier faith. He showed his true face to Abraham by the action message of His Angel. A precursor perhaps to the Annunciation.

        Thus Abraham became not only the Father of Faith but The Father of Faith in the One True God who went beyond even what was asked of Abraham and freely sacrificed his Only Son for the good of the world. He was the Only One qualified to make this type of sacrifice. And only this sacrifice was good enough for us. He made Himself known to Abraham as the one true God and gave him the gift of faith by sparing the life of his son and preserving his hope and love.

        Introibo ad altare Dei.
        Ad Deum qui laetificat juventutem meam. (Same root word as laetitia)
        I will go in unto the altar of God.
        Unto God who giveth joy unto my youth.

        The ‘ God’of the Muslims has never had a human Son who is “God from God, Light from Light, True God from True God” whose love saved and saves the world from sin and perdition. In our Catholic faith we have The Son of God against The Son of Perdition. This is the stuff of Armagedon and the Storm that is about to intensify will give us a taste of what lies ahead. God preserve us.

        Corpus Domini Nostri Jesu Christi custodiat animam meam (tuam) in vitam aeternam. Amen.
        May the Body of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve my (your) soul to life everlasting. Amen
        (This was said by the priest to every communicant in the old Mass. )

        And He will through the Grace of The Immaculate Heart of Mary that will win in the end and lead the charge to ultimate victory over sin. There is a mention in the old testament of this victory with the surprise of a woman taking on the male role of protector and also the story of Judith who precurses the role of Mary. Judith renders the enemy powerless and cuts of his head. Mary defeats Satan in battle and crushes his head with her heel.

        I believe that far from crushing the heads of those who follow the precepts of Islam, the Hearts of Jesus and Mary will touch their hearts and turn them to Catholic Christianity in great numbers after The Warning and they may yet, like the prophesy about Russia, teach us a lesson in conversion. According to reliable witness many are already converting and dying for their faith. Conchita has confirmed that Our Lady told her that the prophesied conversions from the experience of the Warning and the Great Miracle will be to the faith of the Catholic Church not any other denomination. It remains to he seen, however, how long the converts will persevere in their new found faith. How long will we?

        (I started typing into my phone again and could not stop. Blame CD ha ha)

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    • I try not to let complex scenarios, phantasms really, play out in my head. Keep it simple. Love is simple. Left to ourselves, we ought to know full well we’re not up to the challenge. But we’re not left to ourselves.

      Saw this scriptural passage on Saint Joseph’s Abbey Blog today:

      We hold this treasure in earthen vessels,
      that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us.
      We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained;
      perplexed, but not driven to despair;
      persecuted, but not abandoned;
      struck down, but not destroyed;
      always carrying about in the Body the dying of Jesus,
      so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body.
      For we who live are constantly being given up to death
      for the sake of Jesus,so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
      – 2 Cor 4

      I was accompanied by this commentary:

      “The vessels that Paul is referring to in this passage were apparently very fragile clay containers used for lowly purposes, and they were prone to cracking and easy breakage. Amazingly Paul says that is what we are. Truth be told, our own experience often verifies that, indeed as Paul would insist, we are fragile- too prone to sin and self-absorption.

      The good news is that this knowledge of our weakness combined with a desire for God’s grace-filled healing makes us perfect candidates for God’s overwhelming, loving presence and action in our lives. With Saint Paul then we can rejoice in our weakness because it grants us availability to the grace that God in Christ always longs to lavish
      upon us.

      We long to be more and more transparent to the powerful presence of Christ Jesus within the earthen vessels that we are.”

      Gotta love those Monks.

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      • Great observation, Michael. Reminded me of what God tells us that He made us from;

        ” … the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.”

        It never occurred to me before, but perhaps Paul was relating back to Genesis 2, that God formed us from the dust of the ground (earth), when he calls us “earthen vessels”?

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        • Phillip Frank says:

          I read somewhere that all of creation was made from nothing….but man.
          Adam was made from dust, or I think the true translation was “slime” ( Primordial ooze for the Darwinist!)
          This, it is claimed, was to keep man humble being that we are the highest form of vmcreatiin and might let this go to our heads!
          Now Eve, being made from the rib of Adam, was created, not from dust, but from the highest form of creation. Thus it is considered (obvious to most) that women have a higher dignity than men!

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          • Joe Crozier says:

            Now you’re just ribbing us Frank!

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          • Doug says:

            Grrrrooooooaaaaannnnnn!

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          • Doug says:

            Ha!

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          • I’d like to insert a comment made by Servant of God, Bishop Fulton Sheen: “God made Adam and then He said, ‘I can do better than that!’ and then He made Eve.”

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          • Doug says:

            Ha!

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          • Beckita says:

            Beautiful, Phil. I appreciated this homily highlighting harmony, that is, “Pope: Women Bring Harmony That Makes the World Beautiful.”

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          • The literal truth of man’s creation from “the dust of the ground” is a scientific possibility since ALL the elements found in a human body are also found on the surface of the Earth. See the following breakdown of the major elements of a human body, all found in the dust of the earth;,

            Oxygen (O) 61%
            Vital role in breathing and metabolism. Nutrient compounds, inside of the cell, are oxidized through complex enzymatic processes.

            Carbon (C) 23%
            Virtually every part of the body is made up of molecules based around carbon chains.

            Hydrogen (H) 10%
            Critical component of water and other hydrogen bonds. Stomach acid (hydrogen and chlorine) allows digestion, therefore absorption of elements. Many chemical reactions that make life possible involve the hydrogen ion.

            Nitrogen (N) 2.6%
            Your body digests Nitrogen and makes it into energy. Nitrogen can be obtained from eating plants or from animals that eat plants (herbivores).

            Calcium (Ca) 1.4%
            Structure of bone and teeth.

            Phosphorous (Ph) 1.1%
            Structure of bone and teeth. Rebuilding of red blood cells.

            Potassium (K) .20%
            Major electrolyte of blood and cellular fluid. Required for maintenance of pH and nervous system.

            Sulfur (S) .20%
            Element of the essential amino acids.

            Sodium (Na) .14%
            Major electrolyte of blood and cellular fluid. Required for maintenance of pH and water balance. Vital to the transmission of impulses from our brains to muscles.

            Chlorine (Cl) .12%
            Major electrolyte of blood and cellular fluid. Balance of pH and water.Used in balancing electrical charges in nervous system.

            Magnesium (Mg) .027%
            Important in bone structure.

            Silicon (Si) .026%
            Essential nutrient for healthy bone metabolism.

            Iron (Fe) .006%
            Contained in blood, required for oxygen transport.

            Fluorine (F) .0037%
            Helps the body strengthen the bones and teeth.

            Copper (Cu) .0001%
            Contained in enzymes, which regulate iron transport.

            Zinc (Zn) .0033%
            Growth and repair of tissues. Required for DNA binding. Creation, release, and use of hormones. Sight, taste, and smell depend on zinc.

            Aluminum (Al) .00008%
            Involved in the action of a few enzymes.

            Manganese (Mn) .00002%
            Supports the immune system, regulates blood sugar, involved in the production of energy and cell reproduction. Deficiency can lead to improper bone formation.

            Iodine (I) .00002%
            Used in production of thyroxine which plays an important role in metabolic rate.

            Selenium (Se) .00002%
            Helps our immune system produce antibodies, keeps the pancreas and heart functioning properly. Needed to make our tissues elastic.

            Molybdenum (Mo) .000007%
            Assists the processing of iron and nitrogen.

            Chromium (Cr) .00002%
            A cofactor in the regulation of sugar levels.

            Cobalt (Co) .000004%
            Contained in vitamin B12 which is necessary for the formation of all cells, especially red blood cells.

            See here for a discussion of the above;

            https://answersingenesis.org/human-body/from-dust-to-dust/

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          • Beckita says:

            Totally cool, Dave!

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          • jlynnbyrd says:

            I love that! ❤

            🙂

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          • Beckita says:

            Ha, Jen! 😉

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          • Doug says:

            I love it!

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          • Doug says:

            That’s pretty cool Doc.

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    • SanSan says:

      From Father Z
      Some of you will ask…

      “What must we do? What is our role in this Battle?”

      First, examine your lives and consciences and GO TO CONFESSION.

      Next, lay people, start forming your own “base communities”, in which you read together and study the classics and the solid documents of the Church’s perennial Magisterium. Do not lie down mute before heterodox teaching: ask questions. If you aren’t satisfied with the answers, ask the questions again.

      Pray and offer mortifications for your pastors and each other. Offer acts of reparation for the sins of priests and bishops who act like hirelings.

      Embrace our traditional devotions and our traditional sacred liturgical worship.

      Be ready to suffer. Ready yourself for the Cross. Be willing to stay on that Cross as long as it is offered. Get your head into a mental place where, when the suffering comes, you will have the interior resources to bear it.

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  18. theresa323 says:

    Just love the writings of Msgr.Pope, especially the last paragraph, the end of the story, all who respond to the call of FAITH, ALL ESCAPE THE STORM TO LAND.
    May we all through our FAITH, escape the oncoming STORM.

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  19. Joe Crozier says:

    My favourite line from Msgr’s article “Although escape may win the moment, it seldom wins the day.”
    It makes me think of Scott Peck in his book “The Road Less Travelled” when he suggests that the avoidance of legitimate suffering is the cause of neurosis.
    Surprisingly “Pick up your cross and follow me” really is the best way to escape. But there again we are dealing with The God of Surprises. Thank God for friends and family who help keep me on The Way.

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  20. CrewDog says:

    Not that I needed anymore evidence to convince me that the “leadership” of The Church has been infiltrated by the same Marxist, fringe environmental, pro-abortion, Gay “rights” and Open-Borders Activists that have taken over the political parties of the US/EU …… but …. ;-( … “Something is rotten in the State of Vatican”!

    “Merkel: Pope Wants Her to Fight to Save Paris Climate Deal“
    http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/vatican-climate-change-angela/2017/06/18/id/796684/

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  21. pattyami says:

    Charlie would be pleased that we had a wonderful Corpus Christi procession from the church up to the near by park where Father Justin stood on the band gazebo and blessed us all. Then we continued down another street back to Saint Michael’s Church in Brattleboro, Vermont. We prayed the rosary as we processed and stopped traffic several times as we crossed the streets. Father said we were doing this for the town, to show our love for the Lord.

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Pattyami, I love that! I attended our Corpus Christi Procession around the Parish grounds. Please pray for our Spiritual Fathers and our Holy Father.
      Our Pastor, Father David has us both laughing and crying today. He is a married priest and convert with two children. This weekend is his last at our parish as our Pastor. He is being transferred to another Diocese Parish as he has been with us for 19 years/15 as Pastor. He was a few minutes late for our 12:15pm mass. He is presiding over all masses today and having a reception afterwards and was tied up. He shared that this was his first time ever being late to begin a mass. During the Homily, he had his IPhone to read/quote articles relating to several Eucharist miracles around the world. During the Homily, he lost his voice and asked the Deacon for his water. At this point during the Homily he said, “I was late, I brought my cell phone into Church so why not have a drink too!” At the end of the Mass, before our blessing, his voice cracked many times and he was in tears. It was a bright and beautiful day for a many celebrations. God is good and with us through it all.

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    • Karen says:

      That’s great Pattyami. Our Procession went off very well also. We have our two Parish Priests and the MMP Priest for SA, who also offers Latin Mass in our Parish once a month, hymns sung in English, Polish, Malayam and the Neocatechumenal Way with their guitars and drums. There are three Altars along the way where we stop for an appropriate Gospel Reading, one English, one Polish and one Latin, and other prayers of adoration and thanksgiving. The Holy Mass preceding the Procession is the one Mass in our Parish each year that is multicultural in the Liturgy of the Word, the Prayers of the Faithful and Hymns. The Procession is followed by a BBQ lunch. The bright sunshine overpowered the fog of the morning and warmed up our chilly fingers and toes. Rose petals strewn and National Costumes. Beautiful day! Praise and thank You Jesus and Beautiful Mother!

      Children always come out into their front yards when they hear the music as we pass by. This time I also noticed a gentleman come right up to the roadway and he did not take his eyes off the Blessed Sacrament the whole time – obviously remembering a tradition from his earlier days. Who knows what his next spiritual move might be – only the Good Lord!

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  22. Anne says:

    Thank you Beckita for helping us to stay awake in the Light.Stay awake…. Do not fall asleep in the darkness of sin. Gradually we become drowsy…. Then asleep. The pope is trying to shake us awake.

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    • Beckita says:

      Thank you, Anne, for your affirmation and for your presence. It is heartening to be cyber-gathered with all who remain – including our silent readers. Each of us has a lightbeam to shed on our conversations and prayer requests – for personal needs as well as for our Church, country and world. In the simplicity of children singing:

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  23. Joe Crozier says:

    Beckita needs our prayers

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  24. jennifer gamba says:

    Beckita,
    May the Grace of God pour down on you and your family washing away every little thing that gets in the way of his mercy. And lift up all your family into the flame of love for healing and restoration. In Jesus’ name Amen

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  25. Annie W. says:

    Oh yes, prayers for Beckita and her family! Well said, Jennifer!
    Regarding what you said above, Karen, that you have an MMP priest, I have “holy jealousy”. How wonderful! God bless and strengthen us all.

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  26. Nancy says:

    Praying for Beckita and all here.

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  27. luvmercy5775 says:

    Healing prayers of heart, mind and body offered for Beckita and all those near and dear to her. May she feel the Lord covering her and her loved ones with a blanket of love and mercy.

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  28. dianebelvs says:

    Sending up prayers for you and your family, dear Beckita. May all be well … and soon.

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  29. audiemarie2014 says:

    Have been including Beckita and all here (Charlie too) in the Sacred Heart Novena as well. God bless us all.

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  30. Beckita says:

    Thank you so very much, Friends, for your love poured out in prayers and words of support. For two reasons, I’ll hold the tender details of what has transpired in my family. For one, some scenarios are better left unsaid in a public forum. And, to honor healthy boundaries, I like to leave the relaying of the story in the discretion of the person or people who are at its center. Well, there’s a third thought: This is a scenrio that’s complicated and evolving.

    None of us is immune from the storms, are we? And you can bet, in these days of difficulty, I’ve been reflecting on Msgr. Pope’s insightful lessons concerning storms. I was finally able, yesterday afternoon, to spend time laying low and I look forward to a full day of it to regain equilbrium in Him Who strengthens each one of us in all our trials. Not a bit of suffering is wasted and I am dwelling on the good God will surely draw from all that is.

    Easter Sunday always follows our Good Fridays, be they long or shorter sufferings. Most often, at least in my life and in the lives of the saints – not at all saying I’m a saint, but I’d be striving to be one right along with all of you here – God allows intense suffering as a preparation for a great work (and we know the blessed “ordinary” on earth can look “mighty great” through the heavenly lens).

    My continuing love, gratitude and prayers to all in TNRS Family as we sail on with our Master unfolding His Plan while we focus on Him and His Mother – She has promised, again and again, to be a safe refuge in this worldwide Storm. Next Right Steps, day by day and, sometimes, just moment by moment.

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    • Karen says:

      Dear Beckita, thank you for your example and uplifting words. As you say “not a bit of suffering is wasted”. Each day brings a fresh batch and if it wasn’t so ‘personal’ I could be really irreverent about it and split my sides with laughter! Who is writing this ‘script’? This is not a Storm – this is a Mighty Hurricane! What are the odds that a person or a people could be presented with a new tragedy or travesty with each passing week? Oh how wonderfully Our Blessed Mother has prepared us for these times! How tender, thorough, good and patient is this Mother! I should be utterly horrified, stunned and despairing – instead I feel, as numb as I am, as if I am being carried through it all while being privileged to share in Christ’s suffering – my little bit matters! ‘My yoke is easy and my burden is light’! I’m not sticking my chin out for more and I’m not saying with Clint Eastwood “Make my day”. Just yesterday I was hit in the emotional solar plexus and I am wearing the pain today but I know ‘this too shall pass’ and how I thank Jesus’ teachings to St Faustina because I have learned to trust! With CrewDog I sincerely say ‘God Bless All Here’

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      • Beckita says:

        Profound, Karen. Thank you for this FAITH-filled refelction. Prayers for you as you carry the crosses.

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      • Doug says:

        Last Sunday, I was talking with a man, named Dave, in church who just finished a bunch of rounds of chemo. Dave has had cancer in and out for the last 10 years. He said the most profound thing to me. “Jesus suffered more than anyone, but Jesus also lived more than anyone”. Every day is a gift from heaven whatever it may bring. Blessings Karen!

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    • Phillip Frank says:

      I was talking to someone today how joy can be found even amongst suffering. I likened it to Hope. As we go about our lives, there are things we look forward too; a vacation, a trip to the beach, a nice evening out , a good movie, etc. Now we may be at work, or wrestling with kids, or sweating out doing yard work, but inside, we can feel gladness from the hope towards these joys we intend in the near future. I liken this joy for how I feel about going to heaven. I can feel a heavenly welcoming, a loveliness, a blessedness of things unknown but hoped for, things believed in even while enduring the trials of this life. It’s a trust in He who is trustworthy. The women internally bleeding for 12 years “trusts” that if she but touches the hem of Jesus’ cloak she will be healed.
      Power issues forth and instantly heals her. People were being healed all around her and she had hope and faith and trust that He could heal her too. Scripture says Jesus did nothing towards her. He made no eye contact, said no words, had no interaction other than walking by her. The woman had “faith” and did everything. She thought, “if I but touch his garment”. She follows behind and reaches out with intent and touches it. She believes. She is healed! Jesus tells her that her faith healed her, pure and simple.
      I like that I too can have “blind faith” in my God and trust in Him. I don’t need heavenly visions or angelic voices singing God’s praise to believe. I trust in Him and this hope in our future together brings me joy immeasurable! Even though “no eye has seen nore ear has heard” what is instore for us in heaven, my hope in it causes me great joy.
      And so, as I suffer for a little while here in this “vale of tears” I still experience some heavenly joy now while I await the the eternal joy to come.

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      • Beckita says:

        Amen, Phil. Amen and Alleluia! The tears fall, the gut wrenches in knots (Remember Mother Angelica’s famous line? “Lord, I DO trust You but my stomach doesn’t know it yet.”) and, still, there is space for joy and smiles. When the smiles and joy seem impossible to find, we need but ask for the graces. Our Lady will deliver. Or, as Joecro reminded us recently about one of Mother Teresa’s favored prayers:
        “If you ever feel distressed during your day — call upon our Lady — just say this simple prayer: ‘Mary, Mother of Jesus, please be a mother to me now.’ I must admit — this prayer has never failed me.”
        –St. Teresa of Calcutta

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      • Phillip Frank says:

        “Here too we see as a distinguishing mark of Christians the fact that they have a future: it is not that they know the details of what awaits them, but they know in general terms that their life will not end in emptiness. Only when the future is certain as a positive reality does it become possible to live the present as well… The dark door of time, of the future, has been thrown open. The one who has hope lives differently; the one who hopes has been granted the gift of a new life.”
        Pope Benedict XVI

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      • Doug says:

        Philip, this just really hit home; the part where the woman suffered for 12 years. Makes me realize never to give up. I am praying the St. Bridget 12 year prayer for special intentions. Affirming……..

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  31. luvmercy5775 says:

    Joe Crozier says:”Now Eve, being made from the rib of Adam, was created, not from dust, but from the highest form of creation. Thus it is considered (obvious to most) that women have a higher dignity than men! ”

    I have a different thought regarding why things were done in this order. Ancient sages say Adam was created complete. Both male and female aspects of God’s image originally incorporated into his being. Since God decided it wasn’t good for him to be alone, I believe God removed the rib so He could form the woman and present her to Adam as his “heart” revealed. This why couples often refer to each other as their other half. 🙂

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  32. Dorothy says:

    Asking God to send you relief dear Beckita!

    🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

    Veronica offered Jezus a cup of water when he was down…
    I ask heaven to send you “Veronica” with cup of water mixed with joy,
    Helping hand, soothing of any physical or emotional hurt,
    Just a sip of relief from any storm that is trying to disturb your peace and cause you pain.
    We love you dear Beckita❤️!

    Ps flower for you 🌺🌷🌸

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    • Beckita says:

      Thank you so much, Dear Dorothy. You write with such kindness and it means a lot especially knowing all you’ve been through with your daughter. I drink deeply the sip of water and appreciate the love with which it is offered. I’m praying the Surrender Novena and have joined with all who have offered prayers for my family. Praying in gratitude for you, Dorothy, and all in our community. Praying, too, in petition for your needs. ❤️🌼🌹🌸🌻🥀🌺

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  33. Dear TNRS family,
    Although I was gone on retreat, not one day goes by but you are all in my prayers. Beckita, you & Charlie by name and all the others as brothers & sisters along the Way.
    The retreat: “Loving Jesus with the Pure and Devoted heart of Mary
    Celebrating the Centennial of Our Lady of Fatima”
    We prayed all the mysteries of the rosary, prayed in Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, we learned about the “Spirituality of the Little Shepherds,” and “Fatima and the Holy Eucharist.” We have the opportunity to pray the Office with the monks 5 times a day. It was a silent retreat that was far from silent in as much as we prayed and prayed – and always, on the 4th decade I remember my “TNRS family.” If I learned nothing else, I did learn that you cannot pray too much and that everything you do and are can be a prayer when offered to Jesus through Mary for the greater glory of God.

    GOD BLESS ALL HERE~
    katey in OR

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  34. patriciaacmg says:

    O Beloved Beckita,
    Your intentions are paramount in my prayer intentions these days. When you and yours hurt, we all hurt. It is something we, too, can “offer up”.
    When we were in a desperate situation a few years back, God let me know that “He knew; and that was enough!” And it was…Trust kicked in and deep Peace settled in our souls. I keep saying over and over again lately: “God has a plan — so much more good and glorious than we can ever imagine. “Harden your heart with HOPE and again, our daily prayers especially when we celebrate the Holy Eucharist at our St. Therese Little Flower Church.
    Love you and all our TNRS families, muchisimas! Pat

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    • Beckita says:

      Tears falling, gratitude swelling. Beautiful aspirations of prayer. God bless you, Pat. God bless, keep and uplift every hurting heart in our TNRS community and families this night and always.

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  35. James Ignatius McAuley says:

    Prayers for all here and your families and your intentions. Please pray for my family and intentions. One big happy spiritual family here!

    Trust in God. I am learning that lesson, over and over, as if I am being prepared. But let me tell you a story. I need to go to confession. My Guardian Angel said to go to my old family church. So, I did. I walked around in the church, and prayed. Spent time before the Blessed Sacrament. Walked out and there was a priest friend coming in. So I had my much needed confession. God is good.

    Pray for all newly ordained ministerial priests. Forgive your enemies. Trust in God.

    A year ago, I told everyone about my garden. Well, a lot I planted did not come to fruition and Charlie teased me, saying God wanted me to grow Tomatoes and Peppers. Add to that Potatoes and Pumpkins and the plants are growing like weeds. The Pawpaw tree is the interesting one. Last year it flowered and fruited, but all of the fruit fell of my now. Well, here it is mid- June and the little fruits are still hanging on. It is in the Father’s hand whether they will ripen. Again, trust in God. His will be done.

    The Surrender Novena is quite a help with trusting our good God. Highly recommended.

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