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Be still, Pray, and Have Hope (pt 3) – Putting it all together

Imagine it is, 1917, and you live in Portugal, somewhere near a little town called Fatima.  You’ve been hearing rumors of something strange happening there – three shepherd children who claim to see visions of the Blessed Mother.  They say that they’ve seen her every month since May of that year.  The officials, and even one of the girl’s parents, don’t believe any of it and think the children are lying.  And yet . . . . what if they aren’t?

The children say that the Blessed Mother promised a miracle the next time she appears – on Oct. 13.  Part of you doesn’t want any part of it – no sense borrowing trouble or getting mixed up with a bunch of lunatics who believe everything they hear.  But the other part of you . . . . can’t help wonder . . .  and hope . . . what if?  What if she really is appearing to these children?  What if God really is reaching out to us and has something important to tell us?  What if?

That’s where we are now.  If you were in Fatima, on Oct. 13, 1917, what would you have done?  Would you have gone to the Cova?  Even if it was just out of curiosity, would you have gone out to the field to see the miracle that was promised?

“Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”  Luke 21:36

How watchful are you?  We spend our days running on autopilot, never stopping to look at the sunrise, the flowers, or just sitting and looking at the stars, but then, when something happens, or when we need to make a big decision, what is the first thing we say?  “God! Send me a sign!!”  How many signs does he send us, and we don’t even pay attention?

Many of you have heard of Fatima and the appearance of the Blessed Mother to the shepherd children in 1917.  If you haven’t, it’s worth your time to read about it, or watch the movie, The 13th Day.  Next year, on Oct. 13, 2017, it will be exactly 100 years since the Miracle of the Sun occurred in Fatima.  It had been raining all day and the huge crowd of people (over 30,000 at the lowest estimate) were drenched, standing in the mud.  When the children arrived, they told everyone to put their umbrellas away.  The crowd complied and, shortly after, the sun came out from behind the clouds and appeared to start spinning in the sky!  It spun, “danced,” and then plunged toward the earth!

The stunned crowd looked on in silence.  A moment later, the sun returned to it’s normal position in the sky and stood still once again.  As the people looked about them, they realized that they were dry.  Completely dry!  And the ground, moments before saturated and muddy, was also dry.  In addition, the Miracle of the Sun, was reported up to 40 km away from Fatima, and covered in local newspapers.

The people who braved the rain, and the scorn of their friends and neighbors that day in 1917, didn’t know what they were going to see.  All they knew was that there would be a miracle; that God was going to show them something – and that something, gave them hope.

We don’t know what the next year is going to bring. It might be a scary time, and we might see some horrible things, things we never expected to live through  . . . or maybe not!  I believe though, that God is trying to tell us something.  Are we being watchful?  Are we paying attention?  More importantly, are we living each and every day in accordance with God’s will for our lives?

We have the total eclipse in August, 2017, the constellation of Virgo, crowned with 12 stars like the  Woman of Revelation, in September, and the 100th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun, in October.  Like I said at the beginning of this series – I think this is going to be a very interesting year!

Do not be afraid.  We are His people and He is our God!   He has a plan, He is with us now and always, and He is showing us His great love and tender mercy.  Be at peace.  Be still, pray, and have hope.

See you after the election!

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Be Still, Pray, and Have Hope (pt. 2) – Signs in the Heavens

Be Still, Pray, and Have Hope (pt. 2) – Signs in the Heavens

In my previous post, I alluded to signs and events that will be happening during the next year.  I want to repeat – I am no prophet and don’t claim to have any special knowledge.  Through various articles and blog posts, I have heard about these things and am simply “connecting the dots.”

I share these things with you because I am saddened and deeply troubled by what I see around me.  So many people seem so upset – in a panic, almost – over the upcoming election and what will happen afterwards.  We have to keep our eyes and hearts on God!!   He has a plan and I believe that He is giving us signs, reminding us that He is with us and that everything will be ok.

What are these signs?  I’m so glad you asked!  Let’s get started!

The first date to take note of is, Nov. 20, 2016.  On that date, in just a few short weeks, several things happen.  First, it is Christ the King Sunday, the feast day on which Catholics honor Christ as our King, Lord of the Universe.  Second, it marks the close of the Year of Mercy, declared by Pope Francis last year.

Third – and this is the big one – on this day, the planet Jupiter (also known as the “king planet”),  will enter the constellation, Virgo, “the virgin.”  Jupiter will remain in Virgo for 9 1/2 months, exiting on Sept. 23, 2017.  On that date, the sun will rise directly behind Virgo, the moon will beat her feet, and above her head will be the 9 stars of the constellation, Leo, along with Mercury, Venus, and Mars, making a crown, of 12, “stars.”

If none of this sounds familiar to you yet, check out the book of Revelation, chapter 12: “And a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars: And being with child, she cried travailing in birth, and was in pain to be delivered.”

“So what?” you may be asking, “What does it mean?”  Obviously, we don’t know exactly what it means.  What we do know though, is that Revelation describes visions seen by John, describing the end of the age and the second coming of Christ.  John’s vision of the woman crowned with twelve stars has numerous interpretations.  Like all visions and prophesies, they are often recognized in hindsight.  We won’t necessarily know what it means until after it happens.  That doesn’t mean though, that we should ignore the clear parallels between the vision in Revelation and what will be happening in the stars this year.

I feel like I should clarify, I am not talking about astrology – something strictly condemned by the Catholic Church.  Rather, just like the wise men who took note of the star in Bethlehem, 2,000 years ago – God occasionally sends messages to us through His creation, including the stars.  We are not using the stars to tell the future.  We are simply recognizing the possibility that God is using the stars to tell us something important in a direct way.

So, we have potential signs in the stars this year, but that is not all.  Our next date of note is, Aug. 21, 2017.  This is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Knock.  You can read about the miraculous occurrences in Knock, Ireland here.  On that day, the United States will experience a total solar eclipse.  This will be the first total eclipse to go directly across the entire continent in 99 years.

Again, we can ask ourselves – What does it mean?  Why does it matter?  Couldn’t it just be a cool thing to watch?  Sure it could.  Maybe it will be.  Maybe it doesn’t mean anything.  But . . . . what if it does?

I’ll leave you with that for today.  Let’s all think and pray on this information.  We don’t know what any of it means, but the more we learn, it seems like it has to mean something.  For now, God bless you and keep you, and God’s will be done.

 

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Be Still, Pray, and Have Hope (Part 1)

Be Still, Pray, and Have Hope (Part 1)

My heart aches these days.  Every time I go on social media I see posts from people I know – good, honest people with strong faith – in a near panic over the future.  “We HAVE to vote this way – it’s our only hope!”   “But  you don’t understand – we have to think about the Supreme Court!!”  “Our lives are at stake if she wins!”

 

It hurts me so to see people so upset and anxious.  This is not how God wants us to live.  He wants us to be at peace, to have joy, to trust in Him, not some candidate or political party.  He wants us to have HOPE.  As Christians, we need to carry in our heart the hope that comes with knowing God is always with us and always has a plan.  Even if things get dark and ugly – which they may – if we keep our eyes on Jesus, we can be assured that things will work out according to God’s Holy Will.

So now, you may be asking  yourself, “What makes her so sure?  I know we’re supposed to trust God, but shouldn’t we be doing something?”  Well, as a matter of fact, yes, we should be doing something – we should be praying, we should be living our faith, and we should be doing just what the Bible says – being watchful and always ready for what is to come.  Spend some time with Luke 21, and you’ll get the idea.  ;o)

Before I say anything more, I want to clarify.  I am no prophet.  I don’t claim to have any special knowledge or understanding, I haven’t seen or heard any heavenly messages, and I don’t claim to know what is going to happen.  That said, however, I have come to believe that the next year is going to be very interesting.

The last several months, I’ve heard about various things that will be occurring over the next year.  All I’ve done is connect the dots.   Throughout all of history, God has spoken to us through signs.  Why would He stop now?  It is reasonable to assume that He is still giving us messages today.  The question is, are we paying attention?

Over the next several blog posts, I will share with you what I have observed.  I promise you, there is good reason to hope.  We don’t have to be afraid and we don’t have to panic.  God has got this!  Even though things may get very difficult, He has a plan and we don’t ever have to worry.  Rest in Him and He will give you peace.

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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