The World Needs Jesus


 

There is not only a physical deafness … there is also a ‘hardness of hearing’ where God is concerned, and this is something from which we particularly suffer in our own time. Put simply, we are no longer able to hear God—there are too many different frequencies filling our ears.  —Pope Benedict XVI, Homily; Munich, Germany, September 10, 2006; Zenit

When this happens, there is nothing left for God to do, but speak louder than us! He is doing it now, through His Pope. 

The world needs God. We need God, but what God? The definitive explanation is to be found in the one who died on the Cross: in Jesus, the Son of God incarnate … love to the end. —Ibid.

If we fail to listen to "Peter", Christ’s vicar, what then? 

Our God comes, he keeps silence no longer… (Psalm 50:3)

The Winds of Change Are Blowing Again…

 

LAST NIGHT, I had this tremendous urge to get in the car and drive. As I headed out of town, I saw a red harvest moon resurrecting over the hill.

I parked on a country road, and stood and watched the rising as a strong east wind blew across my face. And the following words dropped into my heart:

The winds of change have begun to blow again.

Last spring, as I traveled across North America in a concert tour in which I preached to thousands of souls to prepare for the times ahead, a strong wind literally followed us across the continent, from the day we left to the day we returned. I’ve never experienced anything like it.

As the summer began, I had the sense that this was going to be a time of peace, preparation, and blessing. The calm before the storm.  Indeed, the days have been hot, calm, and peaceful.

But a new harvest begins. 

The winds of change have begun to blow again.

We Are Witnesses

Dead whales on New Zealand’s Opoutere Beach 
"It’s horrific that this is happening on such a large scale," —
Mark Norman, Curator of the Museum of Victoria

 

IT is very possible that we are witnessing those eschatological  elements of the Old Testament prophets beginning to unfold. As both regional and international lawlessness continue to escalate, we are witnessing the earth, its climate, and its animal species go through "convulsions".

This passage from Hosea continues to jump off the page—one of dozens in which suddenly, there is a fire beneath the words:

Hear the word of the LORD, O people of Israel, for the LORD has a grievance against the inhabitants of the land: There is no fidelity, no mercy, no knowledge of God in the land. False swearing, lying, murder, stealing and adultery! In their lawlessness, bloodshed follows bloodshed. Therefore the land mourns, and everything that dwells in it languishes: The beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and even the fish of the sea perish. (Hosea 4:1-3; cf. Romans 8:19-23)

But let us not fail to heed the words of the prophets, that even then, flowed from the merciful heart of God, amidst the warnings:

Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of mercy; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain salvation upon you. (Hosea 10:12) 

Week of Miracles

Jesus Calms the Storm—Artist Unknown 

 

FEAST OF THE BIRTH OF MARY


IT
has been an overwhelming week of encouragement for many of you, as well as me. God has been banding us together, confirming our hearts, and healing them too—calming those storms which have been raging in our minds and spirits.

I have been so deeply moved by the many letters I’ve received. Among them, are many miracles… 

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It Is Time!!

 

THERE has been a shift in the spiritual realm this past week, and it has been felt in the souls of many people.

Last week, a strong word came to me: 

I am banding together my prophets.

I have had a remarkable inflow of letters from all quarters of the Church with a sense that, "Now is the time to speak!"

There seems to be a common thread of "heaviness" or "burden" being carried among God’s evangelists and prophets, and I assume many others. It is a sense of foreboding and grief, and yet, an inner strength to maintain hope in God.

Indeed! He is our strength, and his love and mercy endures forever! I wish to encourage you right now to not be afraid to raise your voice in a spirit of love and truth. Christ is with you, and the Spirit He has given you is not one of cowardice, but of power and love and self-control (2 Tim 1:6-7).

It’s time for all of us to rise up—and with our combined lungs, help blast the trumpets of warning.  —From a reader in central Canada

 

The New Streets of Calcutta


 

CALCUTTA, the city of the “poorest of the poor”, said Blessed Mother Theresa.

But they no longer hold this distinction. No, the poorest of the poor are to be found in a very different place…

The new streets of Calcutta are lined with high-rises and espresso shops. The poor wear ties and the hungry don high heels. At night, they  wander the gutters of television, looking for a morsel of pleasure here, or a bite of fulfillment there. Or you’ll find them begging on the lonely streets of the Internet, with words barely audible behind the clicks of a mouse:

“I thirst…”

‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’ (Matt 25:38-40)

I see Christ in the new streets of Calcutta, for from these gutters He found me, and to them, He now sends.

 

It Is Time…


Ag0ny In The Garden

AS a senior citizen put it to me today, "The news headlines are unbelievable."

Indeed, as stories of increasing pedophilia, violence, and attacks on the family and freedom of speech descend like a heavy rainfall, the temptation is to run for cover and see all as gloomy. Today, I could barely concentrate at Mass… the sorrow was so thick. 

Let’s not water-down reality:  it is gloomy, though the occasional ray of hope pierces the gray clouds of this moral storm. What I hear the Lord saying to us is this:

I know you are carrying a heavy cross. I know you are heavily burdened. But remember, you are only sharing in my Cross. Therefore, I am always carrying it with you. Would I abandon you, My beloved?

Remain as a little child. Give not into anxiety. Trust in me. I will supply your every need, whenever you need it, at the right moment. But you must go through this Passion—the whole Church must follow the Head.  It is time to drink the cup of My suffering. But as I was strengthened by an angel, so too, will I strengthen you.

Be of courage—I have already overcome the world!

Do not be afraid of anything you are going to suffer... remain faithful until death, I will give you the crown of life. (Rev 2:9-10)

On the 'morning-after' pill…

 

THE United States has just approved the ‘morning-after’ pill. It has been legal in Canada for over a year. The drug prevents the embryo from attaching to the wall of the uterus, starving it of blood, oxygen, and nutrients.

The little life simply dies.

The fruit of abortion is nuclear war. Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta 

The Dam is Bursting

 

THIS week, the Lord is speaking some very heavy things in my heart. I am praying and fasting for clearer direction. But the sense is that the "dam" is about to burst. And it comes with a warning:

 "Peace, peace!" they say, though there is no peace. (Jer 6:14)

I pray it is the dam of Divine Mercy, and not Justice.