It’s Perfect – Not!

By Janice Lane Palko

It was Father’s Day weekend thirty-one years ago. Married only a couple of years, my husband and I had moved into our first house that previous January. We’d spent that spring painting, wallpapering—the things you do to get a home into shape. On Saturday of that weekend, I’d cleaned the whole house while my husband had spent the day outside trimming hedges, weeding, and cutting grass in anticipation of a Father’s Day picnic for both sides of our family—the first event in our first home.

As we called it a day, I remember looking at our neatly manicured lawn and gleaming house and thinking, “Everything is perfect.”

Then the phone rang at 7:04 a.m. Who calls that early on a Sunday morning? I thought as my husband rolled over and answered it. When I saw the color drain from his face, I knew something was terribly wrong. He hung up and stared blankly at me, too stunned to show any emotion. “That was my mom. Tommy’s been killed in a motorcycle accident.” Tommy was his twenty-three-year-old little brother.

We’d anticipated a Father’s Day picnic filled with fun and laughter. Instead, we were now faced with death, identifying a body at the morgue, and making funeral arrangements.

So much for perfection.

Flash forward to June seven years later. I’m sitting in a counselor’s office after suffering for months with panic attacks. “From what I’ve observed,” the kind therapist said, “You are very hard on yourself. You need to allow yourself to be human. You think you have to be perfect.”

As you can see, my dance with perfection has been filled with missteps. From Tommy’s death, I learned that life is not perfect and never will be, and through my joust with anxiety, I learned that I am not perfect and never will be.

So, how does someone who’s had these types of reality checks with perfection square them with Jesus’s words in Matthew’s Gospel where He instructs us to “Be perfect just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

To a perfectionist, His words area a recipe for disaster. You may have heard the adage “Perfection is the enemy of the good.” Well, when we perfectionists get rolling, we tend to discount anything, however good, that does not meet our level of perfection. We get tangled up in being immaculate. I’ve worked hard not to be a perfectionist, so when I came across that bit of scripture again recently, I, once again, reacted to it with disregard and confusion—not a good way to react to scripture.

I know perfection is impossible and shouldn’t even be pursued lest I become paralyzed in my quest to be flawless. There is no perfection on this side of eternity. I know I cannot be perfect, I made myself sick trying. Why would Jesus impose such an impossible directive on those He loves?

Ah, but I’ve also come to learn that when Jesus commands us to do something, He always promises to provide us with the grace to achieve it. His words in John’s Gospel provide the key. “Apart from me you can do nothing.” Apart from Him, I cannot reach perfection. Apart from Him, the world wallows in sin and destruction. Perfection in the way Jesus means is a work of transformation and something for me not to achieve but to surrender to. Through Jesus and His act of redemption, we reach perfection. Paul in his letter to Philippians gives us this assurance: “I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.”

I’ve learned that Jesus is working on me, and that sounds absolutely perfect to me.

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Rejecting “Common Sense” has caused the Rejection of the Golden Rule

It seems that the fear of litigation has triggered the ongoing evaporation of common sense.  What triggered my need to defend common sense are three separate incidents that I experienced over the past month. As you will see, each of these incidents, though simple and uneventful,  not only rejected the use of common sense, but the collateral damage from these rejections was the trashing of the Golden Rule.

Incident 1:

My wife was in the hospital during the middle of March. She had been taken off life-support and was in a room breathing on her own but unconscious. I was there with her and her head was bent over onto her shoulder. I thought I might try to lift her head and make her more comfortable. However, I was unable to do it by myself as she had a large CPAP mask strapped on.

Just then a young lady came into the room, gave me a big smile and asked, “Is there anything I can do to help you?”

I was thrilled at her timing and I explained how I just needed a bit of help repositioning my wife to make her more comfortable. The young lady shrugs and sheepishly says, “Oh, sir, I’m sorry. I’m a volunteer and we are not allowed to touch the patients.”

I quickly found out that the volunteers could not feed anyone, touch anyone and can basically do nothing more than be a “gopher” for the nurses or get me a cup of coffee. As far as helping the woman in the bed, NOT allowed.

Incident 2:

I am an EMHC and I bring Holy Communion to about a half dozen seniors in an assisted living facility on Sundays. One of my communicants had five or six newspapers in front of his door. I picked them up and headed to the main desk where a security guard was stationed. I dumped the papers on the countertop and said, “Hey Tony, what’s going on down in 103? There is no answer and all his newspapers are outside his door.”

“Oh yeah, Mr. A is in the hospital. They took him earlier this week.”

Tony refused to tell me what hospital. So I asked, “How come no one picks up all these newspapers?”

He shook his head and shrugged, “We are not allowed to touch anyone, including their stuff. In fact, if someone falls right in front of my desk I am not allowed to help them up or touch them. I have to call 911. If I touch them I will lose my job.”

In my standard inbred NYC manner I say, “C’mon, Tony. Gimme a break–whaddaya mean you can’t help them? That’s ridiculous.”

He reached under the countertop and pulled out a sheet of paper. It was the rules and regulations from the facility. “Here, you think I’m making this up?”

Everything he told me was on that sheet of paper.

Incident 3:

I have been getting three to four calls a day from a number in area code 954. I have no idea where that might be and I do not care. In addition, the caller(s) never spoke. They just disconnected. I never answer the phone unless the caller identifies themselves but the relentless pursuit from area code 954 eventually beat me into submission.  I caved and answered the phone. A pleasant, melodic voice floats into my ear saying, “Is this Mr. Peterson?”

My immediate response (I love to get a bit flippy) was, “Ya think. You have been calling me over and over and over never leaving a message and now you want to know who I am? Who are YOU?”

“Heather” introduced herself and told me she was calling to see if I wanted to renew my newspaper subscription. “Heather, are you telling me that different phone solicitors from your paper have been calling me three to four times a day and not one of you left a message? Do I have that right?”

“Uh, yes, I’m sorry Mr. Peterson. We are not allowed to leave a message.”

There is nothing I can add to that. These professional people will call folks up all day long and never leave a message. They are not allowed. Whew! That, to me, that is harassment. Yet, it is justified because it is a rule or policy of an invisible entity called a company.

Natural Law, present  in the heart of each man and established by reason, is universal in its precepts and its authority extends to all men. It expresses the dignity of the person and determines the basis for his fundamental rights and duties.” CCC1956


I don’t know about you but if I see someone fall I will (if possible) help them up. If I lose my job because of my actions–so be it. If I call someone and I hear a recorded response, I will leave a message.  The Golden Rule and common sense go hand in hand. This other stuff is madness.

Copyright 2017 Larry Peterson

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CWG Prayer Chain Post: June 4, 2017

The CWG Prayer Chain Post is a weekly post for members to include their special intentions by adding a comment.

John 20:19-23

In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you,’ and, after saying this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy at seeing the Lord, and he said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. ‘As the Father sent me, so am I sending you.’ After saying this he breathed on them and said: Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; if you retain anyone’s sins, they are retained. 


The power of prayer and the power of people praying.


JUNE INTENTION PRAYER 

A Prayer For a Family

O dear Jesus,
I humbly implore You to grant Your special graces to our family.
May our home be the shrine of peace, purity, love, labor and faith.
I beg You, dear Jesus, to protect and bless all of us, absent and present, living
and dead.

O Mary,
loving Mother of Jesus,
and our Mother,
pray to Jesus for our family,
for all the families of the world,
to guard the cradle of the newborn,
the schools of the young and their vocations.

Blessed Saint Joseph,
holy guardian of Jesus and Mary,
assist us by your prayers
in all the necessities of life.
Ask of Jesus that special grace
which He granted to you,
to watch over our home
at the pillow of the sick and the dying,
so that with Mary and with you,
heaven may find our family unbroken
in the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Amen.

Please leave a comment with your intention. If you have problems adding an intention, email it to Mike Hays at coachhays(at)gmail(dot)com and I will add it.  God bless.

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CWG Prayer Chain Post: May 28, 2017

The CWG Prayer Chain Post is a weekly post for members to include their special intentions by adding a comment.

First Peter 4:13-16

But in so far as you share in the sufferings of Christ, be glad, so that you may enjoy a much greater gladness when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for bearing Christ’s name, blessed are you, for on you rests the Spirit of God, the Spirit of glory. None of you should ever deserve to suffer for being a murderer, a thief, a criminal or an informer; but if any one of you should suffer for being a Christian, then there must be no shame but thanksgiving to God for bearing this name.

 


The power of prayer and the power of people praying.


MAY INTENTION PRAYER 

Mary, Mother of God

O Mary, Mother of God, as You are above all creatures in Heaven and Earth, more glorious than the Cherubim, more noble than any here below, Christ has given You to His people, firm bulwark and Protectress, to shield and save sinners who fly unto You. Therefore O Lady, all-embracing refuge, we solemnly recall Your sweet protection and beg Christ forever for His mercy. Amen

Please leave a comment with your intention. If you have problems adding an intention, email it to Mike Hays at coachhays(at)gmail(dot)com and I will add it.  God bless.

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The King’s Prey, by Susan Peek

Terrible but true, Princess Dymphna flees Daemon, her father who, in his madness believes her to be his late wife, Odilla. He demands that Dymphna marries him. With the aid of her confessor and a few companions, Dymphna flees across Ireland and eventually reaches Belgium.

Susan Peek stays true to the Lives of the Saints’ outline for St. Dymphna. She fills in the gaps with a fast moving tale of her companions, especially two brothers, Brioc, her minstrel and Turlough one of her father’s soldiers. Like the fog of war, confusion and misinformation plague Dymphna’s escape. Peek amplifies tensions and leads her characters into conflict, danger, and excruciatingly painful decisions.

Although the words Irish and Catholic seem to be welded together, Dymphna’s story shows her not only as a Christian but a consecrated virgin living in a pagan household. Her father’s druid companions ignore her religious values and agree to the king’s intended incest.

Dymphna’s plight resonates with many young women in society today. She suffers attempted sexual abuse in her home. She becomes a homeless runaway, a refugee, and a victim of violence and the uncontrolled mental illness of her father. Through all of her flight, she places her hope in God and takes consolation in His protection. She submits to God’s will. In the end, through her intercession, God showers blessings on her friends. She remains a patron of those troubled with mental illness.

Turlough and Brioc dominate the novel. Their entire family dies of disease and famine. The older brother, Turlough makes a desperate choice to save the young Brioc, setting them at odds for many years. Turlough cannot persuade Brioc of his love. In fact, every attempt to help Brioc convinces the younger brother that Turlough plans to kill him. Throughout most of the book, Turlough attempts to reconcile with Brioc. His attempts are thwarted by conditions related to Brioc’s own mental illness. Dymphna brings the brothers closer.

 

Susan Peek writes for the younger readers, a word that will rouse them. She has devised a clever, perhaps labyrinthine tale, a tragedy of errors on the part of Brioc and his wife, Ethlynn. They experience a difficult life, and their role in Dymphna’s escape only deepens their pain. Peek delivers a spellbinding tale of suspense.

 

The King’s Prey should appeal to young, religious Catholics, but would engage people of other faiths and ages. Victims of family sexual abuse, runaways, and refugees can see in Dymphna a courageous companion. Hers is a heroic tale and will grip the reader’s emotions.

 

Since I am a fan of Saint Dymphna, I wanted a greater focus on her life and thoughts. Unfortunately, little information is available. The story of the brothers, although fictional, did have an impact. The most powerful moments came in the last chapters of the book where Dymphna rewards her friends, and the brothers have a chance to untangle their relationship.

 

Of all the characters, I liked Turlough the best. He always loved Brioc, made difficult decisions to save him, and responded to Brioc’s rejection without malice.

 

Susan Peek’s mission is to bring to light some of the forgotten saints such as Saint Magnus, the Last Viking, and Saint Camillus de Lellis. The King’s Prey clearly brought attention to Saint Dymphna. I would like to see more research into her life and her patronage extended in a world that is in woeful need of her strength.

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The Twelve Steps to being a Spiritual Writer

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Step Eleven – Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our writing by seeking a conscious contact with God – praying only for the knowledge of His will for our work and the power to carry that out.

 

I have always loved the term that the early Christians used to describe our faith. They called it “The Way.”  I love it because it denotes action. It points to a journey, a path. When we want to go somewhere we check a map, or put the address in our Garmin. (Although my children say this ages me!) We don’t head out on a trip without knowing where we are going.

So it is with our writing journey. We are more than just writers. I once belonged to a writing group headed by a very talented writing professor from Princeton University. I felt so inadequate because everybody in the group was highly educated and held Ph.Ds in Literature and English.  Here I was with a nursing degree and a talent I didn’t know how to use. When I read my positive stories of faith I could feel the animosity and silent mockery of some in the group. Discouraged, I was ready to quit. Instead, that wonderful professor took me to the side and said, “You can learn the skills you need to be a writer! The difference between you and the others is that you have something to say!”

Those words propelled me forward. I couldn’t have been a writer in my youth. I wasn’t that smart. It wasn’t until I found my lost faith in God that He gave me something to say. Anyone can learn the art of writing. It is only a precious few whom He calls to be Spiritual Writers. It is a small niche. It is a tiny genre. We are called by the world to seek worldly riches and acclaim. There is nothing wrong with these things, but when we start to make worldly success our goal we lose the very thing that makes our writing unique and special. We are writing for the Kingdom of God. Our riches lie in another world. And yet doesn’t He always provide.

So we must follow the path. We must live The Way.

“The strength of a man consists in finding out the way in which God is going, and going in that way too.”… Henry Ward Beecher

I want to follow The Way. And I am blessed because our Catholic Church clearly outlines how to do that. It is so simple and yet it is the hardest thing I have ever done. I need to turn my will, hopes, dreams and writing over to Him. When I do, I experience such a sense of peace and contentment. I am no longer burdened by my own desires. I can live simply. I can follow the Church’s teachings. My writing reflects my faith and I am hopefully following His Will. It is only when I start to play tug of war with the control of things that I get lost.

My gift requires more of me than I am always ready to acknowledge. My gift was given to me to heal the hurting and lost children of the world. I was once (and often still am) one of those children. Oh, at times it might be easier to ignore the gift of words and the hurt and rejection that often accompany it. But how would I stand before Jesus at the end of my life and explain that I buried the talent out of fear? How would I explain all the healing and inspiration that didn’t occur for the rest of my brothers and sisters because I decided to write what was popular or trendy? I have to follow His Way.

How do I do that? I can only do that by turning myself and my work over to God. I learn His Will by daily prayer. I meditate on His Words in Scripture. I meditate on the mysteries of the rosary. I do a daily examination of conscience for myself and my work. I ask Him to speak to me and He often does – in Eucharistic Adoration or even in my dreams. I need to have the Holy Spirit around me. I need to look for God in the faces of others, in the sacraments, in the small miracles and unexpected coincidences of daily life.

To be a Spiritual Writer seems like a paradox of extremes. We need to be humble enough to know it is all His. Yet, we need to have enough faith and self-confidence to use the words He gives us.  But know this: Living The Way for us is both special and wonderful. The path can be dark and scary and, yet at times, we are graced with such brightness and joy it overwhelms us. The journey is isolating and lonely, yet the end result is the greatest connection to others that anyone can ever experience. To learn that someone in a distant state or country came home to God because a character in your novel touched them is a grace that fills your heart. To see the smile of a child – to know that they have found joy in goodness – is beyond any confirmation you will ever need. God gives each Spiritual Writer just the right words to reach the lost soul. It doesn’t matter what genre or type of writing you do. It is for one of His lost souls. And in saving that soul, you save your own.

You may stumble or lose your way. God knows that I have. You may be lured by the world or by the devil himself. Don’t get discouraged. Look ahead – see the light. He will light your way – His Way.

Karen Kelly Boyce is a mother of two and grandmother of two who lives on a farm in N.J. with her retired husband. She and her husband love to camp and take ‘road trips’ around the country. She has published four novels and three children’s books. Her website is www.karenkellyboyce.com

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CWG Prayer Chain Post: May 21, 2017

The CWG Prayer Chain Post is a weekly post for members to include their special intentions by adding a comment.

First Peter 3:15-18

Simply proclaim the Lord Christ holy in your hearts, and always have your answer ready for people who ask you the reason for the hope that you have. But give it with courtesy and respect and with a clear conscience, so that those who slander your good behaviour in Christ may be ashamed of their accusations. And if it is the will of God that you should suffer, it is better to suffer for doing right than for doing wrong. Christ himself died once and for all for sins, the upright for the sake of the guilty, to lead us to God. In the body he was put to death, in the spirit he was raised to life.

 


The power of prayer and the power of people praying.


MAY INTENTION PRAYER 

Mary, Mother of God

O Mary, Mother of God, as You are above all creatures in Heaven and Earth, more glorious than the Cherubim, more noble than any here below, Christ has given You to His people, firm bulwark and Protectress, to shield and save sinners who fly unto You. Therefore O Lady, all-embracing refuge, we solemnly recall Your sweet protection and beg Christ forever for His mercy. Amen

Please leave a comment with your intention. If you have problems adding an intention, email it to Mike Hays at coachhays(at)gmail(dot)com and I will add it.  God bless.

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No Man Left Behind

9e01a87d8d3ebe806f12faae5d1807c3a96f4bef[1]Pentecost approaches. We are in the middle of “the 50” and the life of the Church looks forward to the reminder.  We remember the day that it was all too, too real and God chose to put  a final rest to all of the doubts we grudgingly hang on to.  Those are the doubts about who we are and what our place in the world is. About our faith and its realities.   When you think about Pentecost, what is the first thing that comes to mind?  For me it is the chaos of it all, wind, shouting, astonishment, the crowd, the shock of it as it registers on each of the faces of the disciples, that this is the “It” that Jesus talked about.  The power of the Holy Spirit!

What must Thomas have been thinking at that very moment?  After all he was the one who was determined to get himself away from all of this craziness in light of the leader who lied, the one who promised victory and then died in a shameful way anyway. “…if you are the son of God, come down from the cross.”  (Mt. 27:40)  That was a crush to his heart which was impossible to deal with.  So much so that he left the crew.  In his woundedness, he decided he was done. He would never give his heart to another who promised the joy of living with the love of God present and at arm’s reach 24/7.  It was something he could touch daily.  He knew that particular  life and then found out  it was all untrue and too brutal when it ended.  So he was not there the moment the God who loved Him came for him.  To heal, wipe his tears and show that He was real, not a figment of any one’s imagination.  To teach the truth  that death lost!

Now he was in the middle of it all again.  Driving wind , fiery visions, this cacophony of foreign languages, this unmistakable desire to preach, this falling away of all fear, this unearthly energy never experienced before.  The Holy Spirit propelling it all in a way that couldn’t be denied. It was just as Jesus had told them.  Maybe Thomas wondered if this was one more lie, a house built on sand that would simply fade away. Maybe, but his wounded spirit could not deny that even despite his bruised, self-centered spirit, The Master came back for him anyway.  Ego does that, even in the midst of a life changing crisis for others, we think about ourselves!  Thomas was that guy!  But he was also the guy who was: “No man left behind.”  At any one moment of life each of us is a puzzling mix of self and outside of self.  The record of Thomas and Jesus should be something we turn to often.  It is perhaps one of those meditations to last  a lifetime.

Jesus did not have to return to the disciples, He had already made his spectacular point by appearing in the upper room and chiding them to touch him in order to prove he was not a ghost.  Once was enough to demonstrate that!  None the less, in a week he returned and aimed his miracle squarely at Thomas as per Thomas’ own claims. (Luke 24:39) What was Thomas to do?  Should he have called Jesus a liar while his own hand was in the wound of Jesus’ side?  Clearly Jesus was there because of Thomas’ skepticism.  Jesus was well aware of the future and he wanted to make sure there was no man left behind.  He needed Thomas’ skill for the future of the Church.  Tradition and architecture support his presence as a potent evangelist in India. To this day cultures and groups re-tell stories of his presence and his skill as a builder.  In Palayooy India an ancient  Church stands with it’s construction directly credited to St. Thomas the Apostle.

Are you mad at God? Do you have your doubt? Are you angry because of a woundedness you think God has caused you?  You can go through the list of excuses for not being present to Him or locking your door with your fingers in your ears. You can’t deny the record, though.  No matter how deep your wound or disappointment, God always has you in his sights.When the time comes, he will make sure you are the next: “no man left behind”.  Don’t you want to speed that up just a little?  Pentecost with its extraordinary promise and total confusion waits for each of us!  …and YES, you want to go there!

 Copyright© 2017, Kathryn M. Cunningham

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Failure, Fatima and Fasting

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I teach math in a public high school. Like any job, it provides daily challenges. Sometimes, though, education creates situations that really test me, both professionally and personally. For six years, I have taught Calculus III to a collection of the brightest minds in our building. The students in this course receive college credit for their undertaking. I recently administered the three-hour final exam. The next day, an administrator informed me that several of my best students had sent the questions electronically to a sister high school where the students were testing a day after us. I suffered the pain of betrayal and the poor reflection placed on me as their mentor, but upon interrogation of the cheaters, a far greater scandal emerged; none of the culprits thought they had done anything wrong. “I didn’t give answers, only the questions,” was the claim. The longer that declaration of innocence echoes in my head, the darkness of the cheating event fades, and the horror of realizing that these children are navigating life without a moral compass becomes clear. Alas, if only this mindset was limited to them. Instead, the soulless attitude infects the denizens of all high schools like a powerful virus. Where can we turn to combat this moral malaise? Fatima.

You probably have, and will likely read, much about the Fatima Apparitions during the centennial celebration. I have been meditating on the Fatima secrets off and on during my life, but have returned my attention to them with more intensity this year. Of all of the wondrous phenomena, the thing that always amazed me most was the immediate fulfillment of Our Lady’s prophecy that Russia would spread its errors throughout the world. The children of Fatima could not have known much about the political situation in Russia. Paupers living in a remote village on the other side of Europe would not have kept up to date with revolutionary ideologies nor understood them. Almost immediately after the great miracle of the sun in Fatima on October 13, 1917, the Bolsheviks took power in Russia during what historians call the October Revolution. They would spend a great part of the next century spreading the greatest error the world has ever known, atheism.

This returns us to my students and perhaps other children you know. In opposition to any religious instruction, today’s media and culture have raised our youth to reject absolutes in truth and revel in relativism. In the aftermath of the cheating incident, my school’s principal lamented a lack of understanding about why children have the attitude that blatant cheating could possibly be okay. I took a gamble in pointing out to her that they have grown up in a world where what is wrong one day is no longer so the next. I did not risk my job going into specifics, but I could have articulated that these seniors will graduate high school having seen marriage redefined as freshmen and gender redefined as sophomores. While the church calls upon Christians to defend the truth, society works to dismantle it. How long can the sins of the Earth cry out to the heavens before justice prevails? As Our Lady calls for at Fatima, pray that it is longer.

The First Secret of Fatima reminds us that there is a hell. In 2015, according to a Pew research poll, 72% of Americans believed in heaven but only 58% believed in hell. In the Nicene Creed, we state a belief in “all things visible and invisible.” Live your belief in that statement and never stop defending it. The Second Secret of Fatima spoke of turning to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. How many people know of the terrifying fulfillment of the prophecy of World War II occurring as predicted by Our Lady at Fatima in 1917? She told us that if hearts did not convert, a greater war would devastate Europe. There is too much controversy about the Third Secret. I leave it to you to read about and meditate on.

In a world of moral ambivalence, the ends do justify the means. What we would once call cheating is now just another way to get a desired result. Abortion, transgenderism, unholy marriages, and research on embryos are all hallmarks of this continuance of the “errors of Russia.” Obviously, those errors existed before 1917, and they continue to plague us long after the fall of the Soviet Union. To break the unholy fog that blankets the conscience of the world, Our Lady of Fatima has called us for one hundred years to turn to her Immaculate Heart. In one vision, an angel called out, “Penance! Penance! Penance!” Make reparations for yourself and for those who are ignorant of their need to make their own. In the words of the Fatima Ejaculation, “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are most in need of Thy mercy.”

© Mark Andrews 2017

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CWG Prayer Post: May 14, 2018

The CWG Prayer Chain Post is a weekly post for members to include their special intentions by adding a comment.

John 14:1-12

Do not let your hearts be troubled. You trust in God, trust also in me. In my Father’s house there are many places to live in; otherwise I would have told you. I am going now to prepare a place for you, and after I have gone and prepared you a place, I shall return to take you to myself, so that you may be with me where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going. Thomas said, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’ Jesus said: I am the Way; I am Truth and Life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father too. From this moment you know him and have seen him. Philip said, ‘Lord, show us the Father and then we shall be satisfied.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? ‘Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father, so how can you say, “Show us the Father”? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? What I say to you I do not speak of my own accord: it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his works. You must believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe it on the evidence of these works. In all truth I tell you, whoever believes in me will perform the same works as I do myself, and will perform even greater works, because I am going to the Father.

 


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MAY INTENTION PRAYER 

Mary, Mother of God

O Mary, Mother of God, as You are above all creatures in Heaven and Earth, more glorious than the Cherubim, more noble than any here below, Christ has given You to His people, firm bulwark and Protectress, to shield and save sinners who fly unto You. Therefore O Lady, all-embracing refuge, we solemnly recall Your sweet protection and beg Christ forever for His mercy. Amen

Please leave a comment with your intention. If you have problems adding an intention, email it to Mike Hays at coachhays(at)gmail(dot)com and I will add it.  God bless.

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