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She Will Hold Your Hand


From the XIII Station of the Cross, by Fr Pfettisheim Chemin

 

 

“WOULD you pray over me?” she asked, as I was about to leave their home where she and her husband took care of me during my mission there in California several weeks ago. “Of course,” I said.

She sat down in a chair in the living room facing a wall of icons of Jesus, Mary and the saints. As I placed my hands on her shoulders and began to pray, I was struck by a clear image in my heart of Our Blessed Mother standing beside this woman to her left. She was wearing a crown, like the statue of Fatima; it was strapped with gold with white velvet in between. Our Lady’s hands were outstretched, and her sleeves were rolled up like she was going to work!

At that moment, the woman I was praying over began to weep. Read more… »

Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MARY | on June 8th, 2012 | 2 Comments »

California and Ohio

 

 

IF you’re in the area, I hope to see you at the following events!

  • June 29 – July 1: 20th Annual Marian Conference, Crowne Plaza Conf. Centre, Foster City, CA, USA (details here)
  • July 2: Encounter With Jesus, St. Agnes Parish, Concord, CA, USA, 7pm
  • July 28 & 29: Marian Conference, Ohio Dominican University, Columbus, OH, USA
  • July 30: Encounter With Jesus, Windsor, OH, Servants of Mary: Center for Peace, 7pm
**Please note that the event on July 1 at St. Dominic has been cancelled.  Read more… »
Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, NEWS | on June 6th, 2012 | No Comments »

Finding Time

 

 

I think we’re all in the same boat when it comes to time: there doesn’t ever seem to be enough. Such has been the case the past few months. In between traveling and recording my next album, it has been difficult and at times impossible to write you. That said, there are some important things I’ve been working on related to The Last Hour, and I can only seem to find a minute here and there to work on them. And it’s been six months since my last webcast, I know! This apostolate now reaches tens of thousands each month, and so I thank all of you for your patience. Of course, there are many writings here that I hope you will take the time to read as the Spirit leads you, especially the ones that I make footnotes to. They are as relevant as the “newest word” here.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, NEWS | on May 31st, 2012 | 1 Comment »

The Hard Truth — Part II

 

 

 

WHY? Why would the Catholic Church be against love?

That is the question many people ask when it comes to the Church’s prohibition against gay marriage. Two people want to get married because they love each other. Why not?

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE HARD TRUTH | on May 14th, 2012 | 2 Comments »

Control! Control!

 

 

This word has been strongly placed on my heart again this past month. We are seeing it come to fruition before our very eyes with increasing government intervention into our basic freedoms for the sake of “safety”; interference into what we may eat, what we may teach our children, what information we should hear, and more and more, what we should think. First published April 19th, 2007:

 

WHILE praying before the Blessed Sacrament, I had the impression of an angel in the mid-heavens hovering above the world and shouting,

“Control! Control!

As man tries more and more to banish Christ’s presence from the world, wherever they succeed, chaos takes His place. And with chaos, comes fear. And with fear, comes the opportunity to control.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, SIGNS | on May 13th, 2012 | 1 Comment »

Arcātheos

 

LAST summer, I was asked to produce a video promo for Arcātheos, a Catholic boys summer camp based at the foot of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. After much blood, sweat, and tears, this is the final product… In some ways, it is a camp that portends the great battle and triumph to come in these times.

The following video portrays some of the events that occur at Arcātheos. It’s but a sampling of the excitement, solid teaching, and pure fun that happens there each year. Further information on the specific formation goals of the camp can be found throughout the Arcātheos website: www.arcatheos.com

The theatrics and battle scenes herein are intended to inspire fortitude and courage in all areas of life. The boys at the camp quickly realize that the heart and soul of Arcātheos is love for Christ, and charity towards our brothers…

Watch: Arcātheos at www.embracinghope.tv

Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, WEBCAST & VIDEOS | on May 10th, 2012 | No Comments »

A Sliver of His Light

 

 

DO you feel as though you are an insignificant part of God’s plan? That you have little purpose or usefulness to Him or others? Then I hope you have read The Useless Temptation. However, I sense Jesus wanting to encourage you even more. In fact, it is crucial that you who are reading this understand: you were born for these times. Every single soul in the Kingdom of God is here by design, here with a specific purpose and role that is invaluable. That is because you make up part of “the light of the world,” and without you, the world loses a little color…. let me explain.

 

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, SPIRITUALITY | on April 19th, 2012 | No Comments »

Entering the Prodigal Hour

 

THERE is much on my heart to write and speak about in the days ahead that is serious and important in the big scheme of things. In the meantime, Pope Benedict continues to speak lucidly and candidly about the future the world faces. It is no surprise that he is echoing the warnings of the Blessed Virgin Mary who, in her person, is a prototype and mirror of the Church. That is, there should be a consistency between her and Sacred Tradition, between the prophetic word of the body of Christ and her authentic apparitions. The central and synchronous message is one of both warning and hope: warning that the world is on the very precipice of disaster due to its present course; and hope that, if we turn back to God, He can heal our nations. I want to write more about Pope Benedict’s powerful homily given this past Easter Vigil. But for now, we cannot underestimate the seriousness of his warning:

The darkness that poses a real threat to mankind, after all, is the fact that he can see and investigate tangible material things, but cannot see where the world is going or whence it comes, where our own life is going, what is good and what is evil. The darkness enshrouding God and obscuring values is the real threat to our existence and to the world in general. If God and moral values, the difference between good and evil, remain in darkness, then all other “lights”, that put such incredible technical feats within our reach, are not only progress but also dangers that put us and the world at risk. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Easter Vigil Homily, April 7th, 2012 (emphasis mine)

And thus, the world has arrived at The Prodigal Hour: a period of both hope and warning…

 

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, TIME OF GRACE | on April 12th, 2012 | 3 Comments »

The Useless Temptation

 

 

THIS morning, on the first leg of my flight to California where I’ll be speaking this week (see Mark in California), I peered out the window of our jet at the ground far below. I was just finishing the first decade of the Sorrowful Mysteries when an overwhelming sense of futility came over me. “I am just a mere speck of dust on the face of the earth… one of 6 billion people. What difference could I possibly make??….”

Then I suddenly realized: Jesus also became one of us “specks.” He too became just one of the millions who lived on earth at that time. He was unknown to most of the population of the world, and even in His own country, many did not see or hear Him preach. But Jesus accomplished the Father’s will according to the Father’s designs, and in so doing, the impact of Jesus’ life and death has an eternal consequence that extends to the very ends of the cosmos.

 

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, SPIRITUALITY | on April 10th, 2012 | 1 Comment »

The Rescuer

The Rescuer
The Rescuer, by Michael D. O’Brien

 

 

THERE are many kinds of “love” in our world, but not all triumph. It is only that love which gives of itself, or rather, dies to itself that carries the seed of redemption.

Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life. (John 12:24-26)

What I am saying here is not easy—dying to our own will is not easy. Letting go in a certain situation is hard. Seeing our loved ones go down destructive paths is painful. Having to let a situation turn in the opposite direction we think it should go, is a death in itself. It is only through Jesus that we are able to find the power to bear these sufferings, to find the power to give and the power to forgive.

To love with a love that triumphs.

 

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, SPIRITUALITY | on April 7th, 2012 | 2 Comments »

The Great Vacuum

 

A vacuum has been created in the souls of the youth generation—whether in China or America—by an onslaught of propaganda which centers on self-fulfillment, rather than on God. Our hearts are made for Him, and when we do not have God—or we refuse Him entry—something else takes His place. This is why the Church must never cease to evangelize, to proclaim the Good News that the Lord wishes to enter our hearts, with all His Heart, to fill the vacuum.

Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. (John 14:23)

But this Gospel, if it is to have any credibility, must be preached with our lives.

 
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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE GREAT TRIALS | on April 5th, 2012 | 7 Comments »

Persecution! …and the Moral Tsunami

 

 

As more and more people are waking up to the growing persecution of the Church, this writing addresses why, and where it’s all heading. First published December 12th, 2005, I have updated the preamble below…

 

I will take my stand to watch, and station myself on the tower, and look forth to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint. And the LORD answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain upon tablets, so he may run who reads it.” (Habakkuk 2:1-2)

 

THE past several weeks, I have been hearing with renewed force in my heart that there is a persecution coming—a “word” the Lord seemed to convey to a priest and I while on retreat in 2005.  As I prepared to write about this today, I received the following email from a reader:

I had a weird dream last night.  I awoke this morning with the words “Persecution is coming.” Wondering if others are getting this as well…

That is, at least, what Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York implied last week on the heels of gay marriage being accepted into law in New York. He wrote…

…we do worry indeed about this freedom of religion.  Editorials already call for the removal of guarantees of religious liberty, with crusaders calling for people of faith to be coerced to acceptance of this redefinition.  If the experience of those few other states and countries where this is already law is any indication, the churches, and believers, will soon be harassed, threatened, and hauled into court for their conviction that marriage is between one man, one woman, forever, bringing children into the world.—from Archbishop Timothy Dolan’s blog, “Some Afterthoughts”, July 7th, 2011; http://blog.archny.org/?p=1349

He is echoing Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, former President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, who said five years ago:

“…speaking in defense of the life and the rights of the family is becoming, in some societies, a type of crime against the State, a form of disobedience to the Government…” —Vatican City, June 28, 2006

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE PETALS | on March 21st, 2012 | Comments Off