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The Day A Charismatic Woman Gave Me A Message From Jesus

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It was 2014 and I had heard of this healing service taking place inside a local church one day. It was during the ordeal of my wife and her cancer although I think she had just been given the all clear at this stage.

From day one in the chemotherapy room she had met and became friends with a lady called Lucy. A very quiet and lovely woman, Lucy was a homosexual who lived with another lady I had known my whole life.

Lucy had ovarian cancer and although many efforts were made to rescue her from this, unfortunately she was given the news that the treatment will no longer save her.

I’ve no idea what went through her mind but she had resolved to remove herself from the treatment and just let the cancer take its course.

I recalled a year she was at the stations of the cross which is a theatrical performance that takes place in the streets. I played Jesus that year under invitation by some local Roman Catholics.

With this in mind I thought I’d invite her to the healing service. She was in St.James Hospital, and, encouraged by me, my wife who conversed with Lucy more frequently and so sent her the invite.

She was that close to deaths door that she didn’t think that permission would be given to come but the nurse took her down.

We arrived and I allowed God to do the rest. I watched Lucy from a distance in her wheelchair by now totally unrecognizable. A priest I have great admiration for, quite frankly the only one in the diocese with some salt in him, approached Lucy.

She was having her confession heard. Towards the end of the service, the Charismatic Lady I am not sure who she is but came all the way from Australia. Apparently she converses with Jesus, and the small number of people there all lined up along the altar was approached by her for her to pray over them with a personal message from Jesus.

I always wondered what it was she said to Lucy.

When my time came she said ”Jesus says ”You have come here today to honor Me, but I have come to honor you for your loyalty to Me”.

That was back in 2014 and I’ve never forgotten what was said. I won’t lie and say I believed it to be true and I’m the most disloyal personal I know so I came home confused. Why would the Lord praise me or extol me? It seems unlikely that if this message was from Jesus that he was say such a thing to me. Praise doesn’t normally come from the Lord.

The other part of me thought it made sense as every day I was struggling to remain in the Catholic Church myself. However that still didn’t mean Jesus was talking to me as many the times the devil often knows your situation too and will often say things that sound good. Not that I’m saying I know if it was Jesus or not, I always like to play the safe card and say I ultimately don’t know.

Whatever the case may be, following the service I met with Lucy in the wheelchair. She could not really speak so I nervously just shook her hand by now so weak and fragile. A few days later Lucy fell asleep in the Lord at home.

We attended the wake and the funeral Mass. Lucy never allowed anyone know what was going in her heart but her actions of coming to the stations of the Cross, having her confession heard and receiving the anointing of the sick in addition to organizing a Catholic funeral spoke louder than any speech she could have written.

It was clear that the Lord, although he did not heal her of the cancer that day, gave her something much greater than any of us here could imagine. Jesus gave Lucy forgiveness, himself and a place in his Kingdom.

That my friends is the ultimate prize, to know and love God both here and in the hereafter with the Blessed Theotokos and all the Saints and Lucy in her last moments was given that opportunity and she took it.

We stand there and think ”God didn’t heal her that day how sad” and yet how wrong we are, he certainly did.

Eternal memory to Lucy who was Loyal to her calling to come home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Be Careful How You Behave With A Newcomer To The Catholic Faith

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A person who is a newcomer to the faith has one big stamp written on their forehead and that is FRAGILE, HANDLE WITH CARE.

Here’s my guide to newbie or revert to the faith.

Do not invite them along to a Charismatic meeting.

Charismatic meetings are all about a relationship with God and praising him which is great and I’ll revisit why this is important in a bit. However the whole speaking in tongues and things that go on there like many coming over to lay their hands on you may be spiritually too much for a ¬†fish just fresh out of the depths of darkness in which his mind has been sullied and conditioned by secularist philosophy.

Like when you jump into icy cold water and feel the ”shock” you’re going to either want to get out right away …or…stay put and get used to it. Same happens when someone is exposed to too much spirituality. The devil uses this opportunity to suggest all sorts and will violently attack him. As a result of the attack a fight or flight response takes place and what I’ve found is the inevitable flight will happen and he’ll run a mile.

Remember beforehand to try to get a feel for his temperament when taking him anywhere. If you’re thinking of taking him to a prayer group full of intellectual yuppies who speak with a few ”marbles” in their mouth and he’s grown up in a poor area that’s deprived of this, then I wouldn’t bother.

Plunging him into such an environment the devil may suggest to him this is an uncomfortable situation and the church is full of these people only. You don’t want to end up like that do you? If change requires becoming like them then I’m outta here. All these conflicting thoughts will arise within him. He will feel terribly awkward to be succinct about it.

Therefore take him to a place you know he’ll be comfortable. If he likes rock music, you may think this will be a good environment for him in which there’s a retreat you know of that plays music he loves replaced with the words ”I LOVE YOU JESUS”.

Don’t do that because he may just end up hating the fact that you would use this music purposely to evangelize people like him. He’ll see through it and whilst you’re bouncing to the music and looking at him smiling, deep inside he is suffocating and can’t wait to get home.

Take him to a monastery or retreat where there is Gregorian chant or byzantine chant instead and at the very least choral music. This music is neutral. It’s why most public elevators play classical music, because it’s generally something everyone can appreciate and the music fits within the context of who the church is.

Don’t have spiritual conversations about the churches social teachings or at least try to avoid them. Often newcomers who like the idea of Jesus and going to church are still trying to reconcile their belief in gay marriage, homosexuality, sex outside marriage and contraception with this new-found environment.

Because it’s been so heavily programmed into him by the Film, government, and media industry, it’s not easy letting go of this and beause it’s the last thing he’ll let go of, its the first thing we should avoid talking about.

This leads me back to what I said earlier about revisiting the relationship with the Lord. It is more important that you try to get the man you’re trying bring back to church develop a relationship with the Lord first. why? because you always become what you love. When I was first coming back to the faith I thought masturbation , sex outside marriage was fine. One could be a Catholic and have a healthy belief in these things.

However, the more I developed a relationship with God through the Sacraments, prayer and listening to the priests homilies the more I began to Love God. The more I began to love God the more his teachings made sense. Why? because Love for God brings with it a response of Grace necessary for conversion.

Remember that until we are dead to ourselves we are not converted. Until we repent with hot steaming tears of our sins and no longer cry for our own sins but for Jesus crucified on the cross THAT is when conversion takes place. therefore leave the intellectual battles out of it if you can help it.

A new comer says to you ”So I think its ok to masturbate I mean it’s not much of a sin”. Right ok so he’s cornered you. but there is a way out of it. I simply respond. ”I understand why you would feel this way, and many others do, but just keep going to confession, Mass and praying the rosary whenever possible and sure that will suffice for now.”

I always try to avoid any conversation which will get us into a heated debate. This is a trick of the devil who is constantly trying to discourage both you and your friend. Don’t fall for it. Look for a way out of it immediately . Now if he is the kind of person with a temperament and who seems like the kind of guy who you can argue with and you know you’ve an answer for him then by all means go ahead but such people are rare in my opinion.

Don’t police the new comer either. Don’t wander around telling him he’s kneeling wrong or forgot to cross himself as he pass the tabernacle. Remember, he’s just tipping his toes in the water and you’re coming along with a giant sledgehammer for what is the mere breaking of sand. No need to do that. Again your ability to convert someone will also depend upon you’re own relationship with God and your closeness to Christ. This will determine your success in planting seeds. Remember that those who are close to God will cunningly gather the flock whilst the well meaningful traditionalists often scatter the flock and this is because the beam in their eye ( conditioning of the world ) has yet to be fully removed and so like a blind man leading another blind man they end up falling into the pit and going around in circles and never really getting anywhere in terms of progress.

Aim to be a well-rounded Catholic. St.John Paul II was this kind of man as is Pope Francis. It’s why the youth loved John Paul and why they love Francis. If you do this then like the tree in the gospel many will be attracted to you and come to rest in your branches seeking guidance and shelter.

Conversion is a mixed bag of tricks. Sometimes a good argument may help, other times taking them to a beautiful retreat or church. But there must be one we put emphasis on even though all three are workable. The emphasis on a relationship with God is prime because it’s here the most Grace will be distributed and then all the other stuff just falls into place then and everything will make sense for the friend you’re trying to evangelize.

Therefore try to instill within them a relationship with God. These are broken people so handle with care because you don’t want to be the person who harms one of them. Jesus already told us what happens people who scandalize the little ones. Try not to be that rigid Catholic or progressive type. Aim for the narrow path.

God bless

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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