ONLY GOD WILL NEVER LEAVE

“Where would I be without my friends? I’d be a beginning without an end. I’d be a way in with no way out. I’d be a foundation without a house…” This is the beginning of a poem I wrote a long time ago and it’s words have come back to my mind recently. It is so true that man will always fail us. We fail ourselves! We betray ourselves with self sabotage and by our sins of yesterday and today. I do not say tomorrow, because there is always the hope that we can correspond to the grace of God and escape the traps our fallen nature would have us trip in the future. “Save us from the time of trial…” which is one translation of “Lead us not into temptation.” The good Lord would have us always pray that we escape our own natures so as not to fall into evil and the horrors it always brings.

So, we are betrayed by ourselves. We are betrayed by our loved ones. We are betrayed by our friends. We are also betrayed by society and there are always the forces arrayed against us in the realm of the spirits. Add to this that we fail ourselves and our friends and family. They are hurt by our actions as we are hurt by them. What is one to do when faced with all of this? There is only one thing a Catholic can do. Run, do not walk to the Heart of God! To the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of His Blessed Mother! It is there that we will be comforted. It is there that we will be accepted. It is there that we will be forgiven and learn to forgive and also release that which no longer serves the greater good. He alone never leaves us or forsakes us. He alone is our help and our salvation. He alone wants to fellowship with us always and everywhere. He is the Friend that never leaves. He is the Father that never abandons His child. He is the spouse that never betrays. He is always there. He is the unseen Guest at every meal and the silent Listener to every conversation. He knows how to heal a broken heart and He longs to do so. We have but to ask.

So many people are hurting in our world. They come begging and bleeding from the wounds inflicted by life and hurtful people who have forgotten how to love. It is up to each and every one of us who calls themselves a lover of Christ to be there for them with a prayer and a hand, when possible. We must remind them that there is nothing that can happen to them that God will not give the grace to bear and transcend. God wants us to be happy. He wants us to live in joy and know the sweetness of His Heart. He gives us the sacraments as the normal way of grace but also His Love and Presence are everywhere and can be accessed anytime through a willing heart. People need to be reminded of this in these times when true and valid sacraments are hard to find. God’s grace does not cease until the end of time. Right now we are in the world and I believe that while there is still breath within us there is the possibility of Divine change and miracles. God has no hands but ours. We must be His voice. If we call ourselves Christian we must never forget that it is not up to us to condemn but to bless. “Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us!” Our Blessed Lord would have us believe that and act on it.

Today I renew my pledge to forgive all who have wronged me. To ask forgiveness of all whom I have wronged and to remember that I must give others what I would have given to me, an understanding heart and the hand of friendship. This Thanksgiving remember those who are hurting and suffering. Those who are being tortured and persecuted for their beliefs, especially for the Church in exile and suffering around the world. Right now priests and nuns are being martyred. Right now our neighbor is suffering and trying to survive hard times. Pray for them. Be there for them. Do what you can, where you are and how you may. I love you all and remember you at the altar of God and in my prayers. I send you my priestly blessing from my little oratory and lift the Holy Relics to send the Love of God and His protection to you and those you love. Happy Thanksgiving! God send His Holy Angels to keep you safe in motion. Pray for me and thank you with all my heart.

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Alleluia!

Christ is risen, Alleluia!  He is risen indeed, Alleluia!  Dear friends, I am off to the Abbey of Christ the King in Alabama as I right this for a much needed time of prayer and counsel with the good Lord and to live for a time among the true Benedictines of the remnant Church.  You will all be in my prayers and I thank you for all the feedback that this humble website has received already!  Each and every communication will be answered and every prayer request will be honored.  Keep in mind that the website is being built a little at a time and the finished product is still a ways away but we have a very gifted and talented webmaster and there will be some beautiful things coming your way.

Pray and sacrifice for yourselves and the world, always uniting these to the Cross of Christ and to Him and His merits in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass… all through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.  Our Lord is never outdone in generosity and can refuse His Mother nothing!  With confidence be grateful for the Catholic Faith.  Be fearless and joyful and happy, for this is the mark of a Christian!

One recommendation I make to you is to read some scripture every day and inspiring books.  This is so important.  Guard what you put in your mind!  It becomes your consciousness and we are the sum total of our consciousness at any given time.  Christ must increase and we must decrease.  This can happen without pain if we but choose to love with joy.  If you do not have it ask it and it will be given you.  You do not have because you do not ask.  Ask Our Blessed Mother for the graces and strength necessary to fulfill our daily duty.  Small acts filled with love avail not much but everything!  Do not worry about feelings.  Sentiment can be a trap and feelings are not facts.  The fact is that God loves you and wants the best for you and will give you the kingdom.  All He asks is willingness.  Sometimes just the willingness to be willing is all we can muster.  God honors this and knows how to best help you.  Trust and love.

Till next time remember:  God is still on the throne and prayer changes things!

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