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Part of the reason I have found it difficult to find the time to write on this little blog for God lately, is due to the investment of time filming my first documentary in service to the call to witness to our Christian faith.

In my last writing, I shared this initial documentary in segments.  It was also screened in Ottawa on December 8, 2016 and was well received to a larger audience than I had expected.  This tells me people are thirsting to hear of the things of God to help them in their daily walk of faith – through times that seem to be extra hard and dry for many lately…myself included.

To that end, Charlie (my young, talented reporter friend) & I have started filming our next documentary and have decided to launch a Youtube show to share it in short manageable segments, with another screening in Ottawa when it is finished. Our new show is called Cross†Talk, and we have decided to focus on ‘the dark side‘ for the initial series, “The Demonic Interviews”.  This series, which will be amalgamated into our second documentary, will be an expose of sorts on Satan, demons and the occult.  It will include not only the many dream experiences of Satan and demons that God has allowed me to experience, but also my experience of Hell, and the witness of several other Christians.

According to the Catechism of the Catholic church, we are all called to witness to our Christian faith with our lives, as a natural outcome of our Christian Baptism:

The baptized have become “living stones” to be “built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood.”74 By Baptism they share in the priesthood of Christ, in his prophetic and royal mission. They are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that [they] may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called [them] out of darkness into his marvelous light.”75 Baptism gives a share in the common priesthood of all believers. 1268

http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p2s2c1a1.htm

For me this was very strikingly confirmed by a supernatural experience at mass February 1, 2008 where I saw Jesus’ right arm came out from the Host during Eucharistic Adoration and felt it rest on my head.  Then I heard him speak to me a brief shout command:

GO!!!  Preach unto the nations!”

It was a powerful confirmation of my call to ministry which has been exercised in a more direct way these past eight years or so.  This call is no different today than it was in the times of the first disciples.  Witness the example of St. Paul:

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy scriptures, the gospel concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be Son of God with power according to the spirit of holiness by resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for the sake of his name, including yourselves who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.” Holy Bible, NRSV

Occasionally I’ve experienced spiritual dream experiences of some of these great witnesses to the truths of our faith and will share them here today for your discernment.  They in their own times and own ways served as heroic witnesses to their deep relationship with the hidden God and His Son, Jesus Christ.  Almost everyone knows of the witness of Mother Teresa in our own time, who was canonized St. Teresa of Calcutta in 2016; or the long history of witness of Sister Lucia of Fatima, whose cause for beatification just passed the first stage this past week (while her co-visionaries at Fatima, Francisco & Jacinta Marto, were beatified by St. John Paul II on a Fatima anniversary, May 13, 2000).  In his role as head of the Catholic Church,  Pope John Paul II witnessed with his life, service and office to the truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Then there is this little witness by a Catholic wife and mother…and the testimony of countless others who are using new and varied methods to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

How desperately the world needs those willing to carry on the call to witness to the truth of our faith.  Pope Francis indeed is calling all the faithful to use every method to fulfill their call to evangelization;  a call to literally go out into the streets and minister to the people where they are.  This is a call Mother Teresa fulfilled by serving the poor in the streets of Calcutta, and this simple burning desire to serve others and Jesus resulted in her sainthood. And what else is the essence of sainthood but the practice of love – putting one step in front of the other in service to the needs of those around you?  The truth is that we are all called to sainthood – and all called to witness.  So…with over 7.5 billion people on the planet, the world could really use your sainthood…and your witness.

Yet many feel that recent years feel more like the scourging at the pillar than sainthood.  But it is precisely this stripping and scourging that peels away the layers of sin and worldly attachment and leads to the beautiful core of love in a uniquely crafted human persona known as you.  Holiness.  Sainthood.  Witness. A recent re-post by Janet Klasson of the Pelianito Journal Blog that came at the same time as this writing illustrates my point:

My beloved, do not imagine that the journey of my faithful ones is so different from the journey of their Lord. On the contrary, I AM the way and all paths lead through the cross. Remember, my children, that each cross is tailored to the soul. Each is unique, as unique as the soul that bears it. The only similarity in all crosses is that I am with you all in your passion. You need only turn to me and all the strength I had in my passion will be made available to you. This is especially true when one is being persecuted for my sake. Would I abandon that poor soul? Would not the Father see me when he looks at him? When I say that your reward will be great in heaven, do not imagine that I am being trite. Those who suffer on my behalf will be eternally grateful for what that suffering has purchased for them. Indeed, it will seem a far greater reward than the soul feels he deserved for it. In comparison, the trial will seem a small thing—even a large trial. My children, you cannot possibly imagine with what magnanimity your infinitely generous God can act. Be therefore consoled. All that happens in this life is as a passing shadow, over in the blink of an eye. Endure all with faith, fortitude, and great trust. I am with you through it all. Shalom.” Jesus to the messenger, Janet in alleged message from https://pelianitoblog.wordpress.com/

So to aid you in your continued climb and call to holiness, sainthood & witness I share the following:

March 4, 2008

I experienced a very brief dream of St. Paul with words spoken as I rose from sleep:

The world tests you so that your strength might be revealed in Christ Jesus.”

For me this helped illuminate the scourging and stripping…for the purposes of being a fantastic witness for our God, while attaining the goal for ourselves at the same time – sainthood, holiness and the wholeness that we were originally created for as God’s creation in His image…the image of love.  I am sure there are many images of love who have faithfully walked with faith and witness and thereby illuminated their little corner of the world with the light of heaven, yet remained hidden and unknown to most of the world – even in posterity.  And yet, occasionally, God makes some of them into bigger lampstands, so that His work, His love and their witness might be of broader reach.  Such is the case with Sister Lucia of Fatima, whose life is getting more attention now than ever since her death on February 13, 2005 – especially in this the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Fatima.

I can’t say I fully understood the following dream of Sister Lucia from 2008 at the time, but lately I feel like it is starting to make a lot more sense…and perhaps will more so as time goes on.  I leave this to the discernment of the reader:

Saturday, March 15, 2008

I had a long drawn out dream that started with a chase scene.  I was helping children escape from evil forces who sought to catch and kill them. I was helping people flee, procuring hiding spots etc.  Then I came upon a large room set up for students with circular tables set up in a large circle around the edges of the room.  There were math games/questions to test/occupy students while something was being set up – like an exposition.  I was asked a question at the second table – to describe the property of something.

Then I was in a different location.  It seemed an outdoor alcove on a street or something and no-one was around me at all.  I was secluded in a recessed corner of a building on the quiet end  of a street.  I had been given a tape recording and an orange duotang or folder of Sister Lucia (Fatima visionary) speaking.  Reference was made to the fact that the world did not really have at this time a great religious ‘beacon’ like Mother Teresa, etc. to look up to.

Then I saw like a vignette moving picture of Sister Lucia speaking on a page and she said it was time/part of her mission for her words to be spread in talks to the world – something about her speaking to the world.  She and her words were to start moving through the world.  I saw the light of her candle flicker.  It suggested the start of movement of her candle as this announcing/talking of hers was to go throughout the world – from place to place.

Indeed her life, mission and witness go forth in bigger waves of light as time goes on from the lampstand God continues to make of Sister Lucia.  We are each called to be light in this world of darkness by our witness and our committed lives as Christians.  This means staying the course on the uphill climb and trusting God completely along the way.  In His Mercy He prunes, refines and strengthens us for His purposes and our good.  If we allow Him, then He can truly use us to shine the light on the path to aid our fellow men – by literally making us into beacons of light that shine in a world steeped in darkness.

May this little beloved song from my childhood be for you a simple reminder of this call, which in the end is peace, beauty and harmony with our Creator, as we shine with His Light:

Jesus bids us shine with a clear, pure light,
Like a little candle burning in the night;
In this world of darkness, we must shine,
You in your small corner, and I in mine.
Jesus bids us shine, first of all for Him;
Well He sees and knows it if our light is dim;
He looks down from heaven, sees us shine,
You in your small corner, and I in mine.
Jesus bids us shine, then, for all around
Many kinds of darkness in this world abound:
Sin, and want, and sorrow—we must shine,
You in your small corner, and I in mine.
Jesus bids us shine, as we work for Him,
Bringing those that wander from the paths of sin;
He will ever help us, if we shine,
You in your small corner, and I in mine

Karen

 

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