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February 2012

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Goodbye, First Amendment: ‘Trespass Bill’ will make protest illegal

I thought this would be an interesting article to post for your reflection. “Just when you thought the government couldn’t ruin the First Amendment any further: The House of Representatives approved a bill on Monday that outlaws protests in instances where some government officials are nearby, whether or not you even know it.

The US House of Representatives voted 388-to-3 in favor of H.R. 347 late Monday, a bill which is being dubbed the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011.”

rt.com/usa/news/348-act-tresspass-buildings-437/

Hold on to Jesus fast during the storm

When a storm hits, you grab on to something that is solid and sure. When an earthquake strikes, you hope to be safe under the wings of angels. If calamity strikes you and your family, are you close to what will be there even after your world crumbles around you? No matter how secure your earthly castles are, no matter how strong you have built the walls of your kingdom with your powerful mind, talents, and skill set, the Ocean of Mercy can send one ‘rouge wave’ and 35 years of labor can be leveled to smooth sand as if nothing was ever there. Tragedy? Not at all if it means your salvation is secured as a result.

ARE YOU READY FOR THE STORM OF HIS MERCY?

Here is a report of a dream a woman had which I want to share with you. Let the Holy Spirit bless you with this story:

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During the night of May 15th I dreamed that my sister and I were in a field and overhead was a dark and ominous cloud as if it was a storm cloud brewing and even following us. We were trying to cross a muddy field with a dirty trickle of water. There was burnt-out wilderness all around us on either side. We were looking for shelter and safety but it was a total wasteland and reminded me of the pictures of Hiroshima after the bomb, with burnt-out trees around and nothing else. It looked like a nuclear-winter wasteground really.

Then I heard public tannoys calling out, get ready, find shelter the tornado is about to hit. Run, find shelter but there was no where to run to I thought and where was everyone else? My sister and I started running over the muddy and burnt-out field and we came across a fence just waist high which hadn’t been destroyed, it looked like the only thing to hold onto. I kept saying to my sister, “If only we’d listened to the warnings.

We were given so many warnings why didn’t we prepare in time?”

The fact we had no food or water stored was worrying me. The tornado was starting to blow heavily and I told Marie to hold onto the fence with all her might, to hold tight as it was only thing around.

Then as I grasped onto the fence I saw in the distance over the fence three men walking towards us. The two “men” on either side were identical and very beautiful. I have seen them on occasions before in certain dreams. I felt the two men had gone to fetch the man in the middle and bring him to us as we were in real need and in dire straits. All three men were smiling at us and as they came nearer I realized the two men on either side were two angels I had seen before. However, I was captivated by the smiling man in the middle.

Suddenly the tornado didn’t seem that much of a big deal. The smiling man looked just like the Divine Mercy but more beautiful and radiant with light and He had a long robe on that was open at the chest. I saw beautiful flames coming out and He had a burning furnace in his chest. It was like a living walking picture of the Sacred Heart, even better than that. His beauty was breath taking and I felt such a love for Him in my heart.

I realized it was the Lord very quickly to my huge relief and his Heart was on fire and words can’t describe his peace and beauty and the peace of the flames coming out of him.

The Lord walked right up to the other side of the fence opposite me and looked deep into my eyes with such love and acceptance (more than I had ever known on earth from anyone) and spoke to me without moving His lips. I too could speak to Him without moving my lips. He was smiling and then He held out both His Hands to me over the fence. I hesitated to take hold of his hands as he looked so pure and holy and I was aware of being a mere creature in his presence, he was so majestic and awesome. Then he smiled and told me that as I received Him in Holy Communion (on the tongue) then it was no different and that I could touch Him.

However He said it pleased Him that I asked permission to touch Him and he would like me to do this silently before I received Him in the Host in future if I wished to do so but I felt perfectly free not to do so as well.

He was looking at me with such love and peace all the time I totally forgot everything else around me and all my troubles and worries.

Then I let go of the fence and put both my hands in His and His skin was the softest I have ever felt like a thousand feathers, and I felt His power and peace at the same time go through me. The Lord told me of some personal spiritual things in a very gentle and loving manner. He was very delicate towards me. Then He smiled again and I thought I would die of happiness but then I suddenly remembered the tornado and my sister. Jesus explained that as we had been speaking the tornado had been raging and we were right in the eye of the storm.

I hadn’t noticed it because I was holding onto Him and gazing into His eyes I had forgotten everything else around me but now I was worried about my sister. As if the Lord could read my thoughts He told me to look round over my shoulder.

At that, I looked to my right and sure enough my sister was there holding on for dear life not to the fence but to my clothes. Her feet were off the ground in the wind and mine were as well. Holding onto Jesus’ Hands meant we were still there and not blown away! I was relieved. I turned back to the Lord and thanked Him for keeping us safe in the eye of the storm. Then the Lord said turn around again and look closer.

I turned round again and looked and I can hardly describe it.

The wind of the tornado (spiritual or physical or both I am unsure) was so bad that I saw a line of people I couldn’t count holding onto each other for dear life behind me. The wind was so bad not one person had their feet on the ground. If they weren’t holding on to each other they would have been swept away. Then I turned to the Lord and said “thank you so much for holding both my hands so tight.” Jesus said “Hold on tight because if you let go these others will be swept away too but with me you are safe even in the very eye of the storm”.

The message was clearly hold on tight and don’t let go that other souls depend on our faithfulness too! Also I felt Jesus was showing me the responsibility to hold on tight and to pray that others will have the grace to hold onto each other in the storm and not let go or they would get swept away with us. The strength of Jesus to hold us all was amazing I thought and He was so loving and peaceful at the same time. It’s hard to put into words how wonderful He was and the peace and the flames coming out of His heart and how responsible I realized we all are for each other.

Maybe the tornado was spiritual, physical or both.

It was very destructive though and there was waste ground and wilderness elsewhere. I was especially grateful to the angels for bringing the Lord to my sister and me in our need. I pray to the angels every day and maybe this was their way of saying ‘we’re listening’ and that they are helping us all the time!

Storm of His Mercy

Homeless for 9 months, check. Hope in Jesus Divine Mercy increasing each day, BIG CHECK

As a family, we have been laboring hard for over 9  months, fasting from the comforts of a ‘house’ and re-affirming our life-long commitment to remain faithful ‘pilgrims’ who know where lies our true home.

If you just scanned over that first sentence without really pondering it, and imagining it, then you need to go back and read it again.

We have been blessed to see how our Lord has used us to  bring people back to family prayer, back to church, and back to ‘trusting completely’ in God’s providence.

He truly is able to use any of us as a powerful, personal, generous vessel of blessing in the lives of those to whom He sends us each day. His work, His pilgrimage, as always, begins inside each of us as individuals who need healing, restoration, vision, and grace and direction. He has led us to each other as married couple and as a family.

Our “Harvest Time” is here.

We have been seeing the answer to prayer intentions for people in our lives come through in ways we could have only imagined.  As we are a family for others, we have been given the privilege to serve Him by serving others. He has blessed the work of our hearts. He gets all the glory! It is the most wonderful thing to see lives transformed by the pure love poured out as Mercy.

THE HARD STUFF WE NEVER TOOK TIME FOR WHILE ON THE HAMSTER WHEEL:
The extremely challenging work of inner purification has continued to work it’s way to the depths of our souls and relationships. The purifying fire of the Holy Spirit cleanses, as well as ignites. We are seeing the Hand of God move now in specific ways that bring to mind the time of prayer when Mary and the Apostles prayed and meditated on His words, and life each day in the Cenacle… before all heaven broke loose on Pentecost Sunday!

Please join us each day at 3:00 (AM or PM) for a brief prayer of thanks that the price Jesus paid for us on Calvary more than satisfied the debt we owe due to our many and various sins. Mercy is calling, it’s the easiest thing to answer.

Those who reject the Cross are doomed to invent their own…

Question: How do you know when you are deceived?

Answer: You won’t while you are in deception, you will when you encounter “The Truth”

http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Item/994/a_dangerous_practice.aspx

Get used to it.

Just because you don’t believe the truth about something doesn’t make it untrue.
We will be seeing more and more demons expelled as the light  of Jesus Christ dawns in the hearts of humanity which has reached it’s ‘dead-end’, and those who say ‘yes’ to the light allow it’s power to expel the darkness of ignorance, pride, and yes, demons, first within themselves and their families, then in others.
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Are we listening? Really?

Our Lady Queen of Peace of Medjugorje’s February 2, 2012 Message
Given to Mirjana on the Day for Non-Believers

“Dear children; I am with you for so much time and already for so long I have been pointing you to God’s presence and His infinite love, which I desire for all of you to come to know. And you, my children? You continue to be deaf and blind as you look at the world around you and do not want to see where it is going without my Son. You are renouncing Him – and He is the source of all graces. You listen to me while I am speaking to you, but your hearts are closed and you are not hearing me. You are not praying to the Holy Spirit to illuminate you. My children, pride has come to rule. I am pointing out humility to you. My children, remember that only a humble soul shines with purity and beauty because it has come to know the love of God. Only a humble soul becomes Heaven, because my Son is in it. Thank you. Again I implore you to pray for those whom my Son has chosen – those are your shepherds.”

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