The Great Divide

President Trump

How does a president who was voted most admired not get re-elected? Seventy-five million of us know how this played out.  How many more assaults can a human take? How does the media get away with one blow after another yet Trump is still standing? Allow me to enlighten you with the godly truth. President Trump is still standing because this is a supernatural act of God. No human being would be able to sustain this type of mental abuse, not one! We, as Christians who fear God, are fighting for our religious rights, and President Trump is on our side. We pray against all odds. Despite all the media’s attacks against us, we pray. Operating in the supernatural I, for one, will never give up on the promises of God. I, along with millions of others, will continue to pray for our country. In the end God always prevails.

Open Your Eyes

Recently on Facebook  a comment was made on a Catholic site. This is what one lady wrote. “We should all be happy that a Catholic was elected president. Now we have someone on our side.” No, Joe Biden is not on the side of our Catholic core beliefs. His policies will attempt to destroy what God has established as law.

Others on Social Media are crying out, describing us as poor losers who need to get over it and work together for America. Really? Are they going to work with me?  I stand for Pro life, I stand for the sanctity of marriage, and the teaching of truth. In fact over 75 million Americans feel as I do, and these insulting remarks only strengthen my belief  in God. We may have to use face masks to protect us from COVID-19, but that does not mean you can muzzle our voices. We are a powerful force to deal with. I don’t need any labels either. The only thing that I stand for is the Word of God;  if that makes me patriotic, call me a patriot.

This type of hatred is being blamed on conservatives, but in reality it is subliminally being done by the Left. You can see the subtle basis and political indoctrination encoded in a letter written to thousands of students by Common App.

Common App

Common App is used by over 900 colleges and universities to help with the admissions process. If you want to get accepted into these colleges, you must go through the Common App. This is what one of my friend’s daughter received on Friday. Mind you this was sent to all students!

January 8, 2021
Dear Student,

We witnessed a deeply disturbing attack on democracy on Wednesday, when violent white supremacist insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to undo a fair and legal election. The stark differences between how peaceful Black and brown protesters have been treated for years relative to Wednesday’s coup again call attention to the open wound of systemic racism, and highlight the work we still have to do to create a more just and equitable global society.

As students like you work diligently toward pursuing higher education, I urge you in moments like this to continue that pursuit. An educated, just, and more equitable society has never been more critical, and a college education is still the best investment you can make for your future. Our community needs bright minds like you to help us all achieve a better world.

The Common App team and I are here to support and encourage you. Please remember that we are here, if you need us, 24/7/365 to help you navigate your college application process.

I look forward to celebrating you and your success, and wish you all the best in 2021.

Sincerely,

Jenny Rickard
President & CEO

Do you think that Jenny Rickard waited for an investigation before sending out this letter? Are these encouraging words? The only thing that can be ascertained by this letter is the subtle yet systemic mind control our colleges are imposing on our young adults. This bigoted person won’t even get a slap on the hand for these remarks because she’s part of the program that fits the narrative of socialism. By the way, Ms. Rickard, this was not a fair election, and for you to portray Trump supporters as white supremacists is reprehensible because the overwhelming majority of those people were peaceful protesters. Please do not attempt to twist this story because in no way am I condoning the actions of those who stormed our Capitol. They will get their due punishment. It’s the double standard and hypocrisy in the way of how Black Life Matter protestors were treated, that we will never accept. But the truth will be exposed. Do I need to remind you how Hollywood celebrities were bailing out the BLM criminals? Was this not considered mob behavior?

Tech Giants

Facebook, Google, Apple, Amazon, Twitter, your day will come in the court of God. The arrogance of these billionaires! Their heads are so puffed up that there is no room for reason. Everything you have is because God allowed it. Be careful how you climb up that mountain of success, because it’s lonely up there. There will be insurrections among you because there can only be one king in your haughty principality.

10 For there is no sincerity in their mouth;

    their heart is corrupt.
Their throat is an open grave;
    on their tongue are subtle lies.

Fraud

I watched and listened for several hours to the testimonies taking place in the state of Georgia. Over ten eye witnesses testified about all the fraud that happened during our national election. These hearings were being held throughout the country in different states. They were all thrown out of court with no recourse for the people who witnessed the cheating. How do you think they felt? Were all these thousands of people crazy and making up stories? What about the mysterious suitcases that were pulled out after the counting was halted? Even with the proof of truth, we did not get a fair hearing. We were left with no answers and no one would hear us out. I asked God and I cried out to God. My only conclusion was that God would fix this – not the federal judges, not the Supreme Court – but God Himself would intervene. God will manifest and hear our pleas. After much prayer I have peace about Biden being unfairly elected. God will take over from here, and we will see the hand of God move over our country. When He does this, the world will know that it is He Who will have the victory.

My Prayer:  Dear Lord, we are  in a mess! The lines of division are as a great gorge. I am not a person of complacency because I understand Your Word. If you see something in me anything that needs changing, help me to become more loving. Lord, help us to meet each other in peace by exposing the truth. I praise You, Lord,  knowing that You will help us as we make our way out of the Via Dolorosa. Amen.

 

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Intercessory Prayer For The End Times

Did you know that according to the Pew survey, more than half of Americans have prayed for an end to the coronavirus? People turn to God when they cannot find answers. Prayers are effectual, and they strengthen our faith.

When you pray it lessens your anxiety and clears your mind of unnecessary worry. Prayer is sacred, and the Devil knows this. If you are not accustomed to regular prayer, the distractions of life will surface the moment you start to pray. Your mind will wander; focusing on the things of God becomes secondary. Don’t worry, because we all at one time or another have experienced this distraction. This is why when you first start to pray, separate yourself from the world.

Prayer Closet

Prayer is a simple dialogue between you and God. You talk to Him as you would a loving father. I always start by praising the Lord,  either verbally or with praise music softly playing in the background. To be in union with God is one of the most inspiring encounters you can experience. We are empty vessels waiting for our Master to fill us with His love. We empty all of our burdens and clear our minds of any clutter so that we can receive what the Lord has in store. We must be still and know that God is ever present. Our Father is patiently waiting for us. He wants to free us of all the worries, pains and the unknowns that we face on a daily basis. We seek Him because without Him we perish.

Interceding For Others

These past two weeks have been a whirlwind of prayer. I have loving friends who are suffering with COVID-19 and one from cancer. My friends are too weak to pray because their bodies are on “high alert,” fighting an internal battle. They are using their strength to combat this virus. This is when the intercessors come in. We become the Aaron’s and Ben Hur’s lifting them up in prayer. We are spiritually fighting the their battle on their behalf. They are physically exhausted, but we are fueled with the Holy Spirit to help bring them out of this battlefield.

Intercessors need to fuel up as well. My strength comes from receiving Holy Communion and attending Mass on a regular basis. I fill my ears with only Christian radio stations and watch Christian programing like EWTN. More than anything, I pray the Rosary with special intentions. At every decade I name the person or persons for whom I am praying. This prayer is done with much reverence because my heart is in each bead. Padre Pio, one of the greatest saints known to mankind, said, “The Rosary is the most powerful weapon against Satan.” Satan has his blueprints written all over COVID-19, but we have the Triune God on our side.

Churches

Closing our churches did not stop the prayer of the faithful; in fact, it made those of us who pray on a regular basis much more spiritual. This pandemic has brought us all to our knees. The more the virus spreads, the faster the spirit of God is moving. There is unity in prayer, and I thank God for technology because through calling and texting we can keep an open line to God by reaching out to those who need prayer.

My parish, St. Norbert, has remained faithful in allowing us to attend outdoor daily services. The sacrifices that our church has made are many, but we remain steadfastly faithful, adhering to all the restrictions imposed on churches. Each day faithful volunteers set up the altar, bring out the Crucifix, the candles, tables, and chairs. At the end of the service this must all be put away until  the next Mass. This is not an easy task, but at no time do you hear any complaints. The work is done as unto the Lord.

End Times?

According to Lifeway Christian Resources, Bible sales have skyrocketed; the demand has increased the sales by 62%. Why? People are looking for hope, and looking to God is a good start; however, there are others who believe we are living in the Last Days.

Many novice Bible seekers are mistakenly starting with the Book of Revelation for answers. All this will do is feed into their fears. What does the Bible say about the Last Days?

  1. Be Ready
  2. Occupy Until He Comes
  3. No one knows the day or the hour
  4.  Lawlessness  brought on by Satan

Being ready means to have your life in order; more importantly, your spiritual life. Only God knows the day and the hour of your last breath.

We learned long ago from I Thessalonians to occupy until He comes. When St. Paul wrote the first letter to the Thessalonians, his deep concern was that they were recent converts to Christianity. St. Paul encouraged them to remain chaste and charitable in a great time of persecution. St. Paul shared with them about the Second Coming, warning them that believers must be ready and watchful because Christ’s return would come unexpectedly. The Thessalonians were baby Christians who took this message to heart. The misunderstanding of St. Paul’s words caused them to behave irrationally. The Thessalonians were convinced that Jesus could return at any moment, so many stopped working for a living; hence, II Thessalonians was written to clarify the true message.

We are still waiting for the Second Coming but, unlike the Thessalonians, we live our day -to-day normal lives.

36 “But about that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.

We should not get caught up in worrying about the “Last Days.” We do need to remain watchful by keeping our eyes on the things of God.

the one whose coming springs from the power of Satan in every mighty deed and in signs and wonders that lie,10 and in every wicked deceit for those who are perishing because they have not accepted the love of truth so that they may be saved. 11 Therefore, God is sending them a deceiving power so that they may believe the lie, 12 that all who have not believed the truth but have approved wrongdoing may be condemned.

This verse is speaking of demonic powers which are meant to captivate sinners and lead them astray. This is how people start to believe that the truth is a lie. When you are deceived by Satan, you will be judged by God. We cannot accept lies over truth because with truth comes light, and with light all is exposed.

My Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, My eyes have grown weak with tears for those for whom I am praying. Lord, it is in Your hands that I place these special souls for their healing. I extend my hands to heaven and continue to intercede on behalf of all that I have been called to pray for. I praise You, and give You all the glory due Your Name. Thank you for the small signs You have given me. Jesus, I trust in You. Amen.

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The Signs of Hope

Do you see what I see?

As seen through a Telescope

Five our family members came down with COVID-19. Two have fully recovered, while the others are traveling the road to recovery

On December 21st, I patiently waited for the sun to set. Witnessing this wondrous miracle from God caused much-needed excitement. The last time Jupiter aligned with Saturn was over 800 years ago.  I joined several of our neighbors as our eyes scanned the southwest of the clear California skies. At first nothing appeared to be out of the ordinary, so we all went back to our homes. About 45 minutes later I stepped out and could not believe the breath taking sight. Our neighbor Kyle was star gazing as well. I was running around like Chicken Little; I wanted to announce this fascinating event to the whole world. I called out to all the neighbors in our cul-de-sac and, with great excitement pointed to the Star of Bethlehem. This title is fitting because the Three Kings witnessed the heavens open to reveal its special blessing to give us hope. I called my granddaughter Maddie and Sonja, my daughter. I called Helen and Sarah and ran to Lalo, our neighbor, and made his family come out to witness this once-in-a-lifetime occurrence.

I keep asking God for signs to remain optimistic about the last week of the worst year. No physicists, scientists, medical doctors have given us the hope that we need to see past this pandemic. The entire world is captivated by this elusive virus. The more it rears its ugly head, the more despair it spreads.

The Vaccine

I remain indifferent to any immunization. I understand and respect those who choose to receive the immunization, but I will not. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) it takes 10 years for a drug to be developed and approved for prescriptions. We’ve all seen countless commercials for prescription medications on television; at the end of the advertisements all the side effects are listed. It’s alarming when one of the dangers of a medication that is used for depression may cause suicide. I would consider this a paradoxical contradiction, because how does the good outweigh the bad in this situation?

I remain skeptical about the COVID-19 vaccine. Just because it has been approved by the FDA does not guarantee its safety. According to Drugwatch, drug manufacturers recall 4,500 drugs and medical devices annually. I pray that these new drugs will not have any serious side effects. To those who choose to take the vaccine, pray to the Holy Spirit before you make that conscious decision. Another great concern is the ethics in the manufacture of these drugs by the pharmaceutical companies. No aborted fetal cell lines were used in the production or development of the  Moderma and Pfizer vaccines.  This does not mean that they were operating in ethical practices because they did use aborted fetal cell lines in the testing. AstraZeneca does use the aborted fetal cell lines in their COVID -19 vaccine.

 

The beautiful Christmas Cactus bloom

The Signs

The first sign, as I’ve already mentioned, was the beautiful Star of Bethlehem. How can God not be speaking to us? This phenomenon was for the world to witness. Our earth is merely a speck compared to the rest of the universe. God created this event to offer us much-needed hope. Not a day passes without me praying for someone who is suffering from COVID-19. Before I was praying for strangers, but now its hit home; several of our immediate family members have breathed in the hellish vapors and have fallen ill. Many of my friends are fighting this invisible demon, some are  worse than others. When I pray, I naively ask God to give me a sign as to when this darkness will dissipate.

Last December I received two beautiful Christmas cactus plants. I placed them in the kitchen bay window. Much to my surprise, they produced beautiful blooms. Even though these plants are said to  bloom once a year around Christmas, this was the first time they have bloomed.  By the first week of December I noticed an abundance of white bulbs. This is another sign of  hope because God’s beauty is being restored. I smile while doing my dishes and take in the rich colors of the pink and and white blooms. The other Christmas Cactus displays more Christmassy colors of deep reds. I’m amazed at the hand of the Creator and how He can bring joy in this time of distress.

The Christmas Lights

I know that many non-Christians celebrate Christmas. If you took the time to understand the purpose of this season and why it’s celebrated, you would recognized the light of God. The first Christmas lights were waxed candles. The candles were lit for only a few seconds; this was symbolic of the “light of Jesus.” When we light up our neighborhoods we are in one accord with what the  spirit of Christmas represents. We wait with anticipation to celebrate the arrival of the Christ Child. We witness a positive change in the atmosphere and, though we are in the midst of a pandemic, our Lord’s light comes forth. As humans we are naturally drawn to the light because light expels all the darkness. This is what Jesus does: He sheds His light so that we can see with eyes of wisdom. We can experience the Holy Spirit anywhere: in our prayer closets, in our cars, or while watering our plants.  We can go to Him and ask for help or we can intercede for others. I feel a special connection to the Holy Spirit when praying the Rosary. The powerful words of the “Our Father” can break strongholds, while “Hail Mary’s” and her mighty intercession break barriers. I am a believer in asking God for all that I have. He directs my prayers as to how I’m to pray. He gives me the time and special attention that is needed for my pleas. Though the spirit of Christmas draws us to desire Him more intimately, He is always waiting for us to run to Him. Jesus is my strength in all that I do, and the Word of God says that NOTHING is impossible for Him (Luke 1:37). This means that He will meet all of our special needs.

18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,

One Family

We are a universe of numerous races, but we all belong to one family. God is our Father and Mary is our Mother. Not everyone was born with great parents, but we have a Father in heaven Who  watches over us, He wants the best for us. If you are steeped in sin, ask Him for help. If your marriage is falling apart and you see no hope, God can repair any broken relationships. If you are addicted to drugs or alcohol, ask Him to deliver you from your dependence.

2021

Make this year matter! Do not waste another Sunday without going to church and worshipping God. Become the person you were called to be, and if you don’t know what that is, ask God. He has gifts stored up for us, and they are much better than the gifts you receive on Christmas morning. These gifts come with a lifetime guarantee, and our Father in heaven wants to bestow them on each of us.

 

Our Cat Prudie is keeping the Holy Family warm.

My Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, I humbly approach Your holy throne. I lift up all those who are fighting this dreaded pandemic. Lord, hear my cries for those who have lost loved ones. Shed Your light of love and comfort over them and bring them peace. Lord, I beg You to make 2021 a year of restoration. Allow Your Holy Spirit to reign in the hearts of men. Mother Mary, I meet you at the foot of the Cross to intercede for this world. Amen.

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