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11 thoughts on “God loves you, and has a wonderful plan for your life”

  1. Hilary White says:

    I have no idea. Why don’t you ask a priest.

  2. Joe says:

    My wife and I are expecting our third child. I’d like to commemorate the c optic martyrs in the child’s middle name. Two questions, traditionally I don’t think it is appropriate for Catholics to take the names of non Catholics… do you think that since we’re in the age of aquarius, ummmm I mean mercy, that it would be ok? Second, I’d like to commemorate the group as a whole, not sure how to do that in a name. … any suggestions? Btw, long time lurker, first time poster!

  3. louiseyvette says:

    Exactly!

  4. Hilary White says:

    Treasa, Do a little googling of the “grace of the martyrs”. It’s not them being brave in natural terms. It’s an extraordinary grace that is granted to true martyrs at the time. This is something that more and more people are wondering about, and I’m happy to say that it is encouraging people to become more aware of and devoted to these great saints. But a lot of people look at the horrors they endured and think, “I couldn’t possibly…” but the point is not that you could, but that He will.

  5. Hilary White says:

    Yeah, I keep looking with increasing longing at the Copts. And for all these reasons.

  6. Eugene says:

    When the Muslim butchers beheaded the Coptic men I was so upset and moved by it, I reached out to a local Coptic group who recently built a most beautiful church. I attended their divine liturgy, BTW they hold the sanctuary and Eucharist in such reverence that the priest and deacons do not wear shoes, but a form of cloth foot coverings and the chalice and patten are inspected twice by the deacons after they are cleaned by the priest.
    Not being able to partake of communion, at the end of the liturgy it is their practice to give all a piece of blessed bread which I was offered and consumed during a time of fellowship where I heard such stories as a lady being spit upon by Muslims in her home town in Egypt for not wearing a head covering. Knowing that I was Catholic one man in particular told me he could not understand how our Pope could support the invasion of Europe by Muslims whom he said you cannot trust.
    Another lady made a comment about our Catholic liturgy, she attended Mass a long time ago in a beautiful local church and she found it reverent similar to their liturgy, but then she attended Mass recently and she couldn’t understand why it had been changed, it was how she remembered and especially very rushed (their liturgy takes almost 3 hours). Dumbfounded I did not know what to say to this beautiful lady.
    God bless and protect these beautiful people who heroically live the faith while our RC church accomodates the world.

  7. Treasa van Ommen Kloeke says:

    And I wonder will I be strong enough when the time comes? The time is rapidly coming closer when many of us will face similar fate. How to feel so confident in one’s bravery … You are bringing it home to us Hilary. God Bless you.

  8. SAF says:

    But, really:
    May the killers of these men convert and may they be forgiven, for the glory of God. May the souls of these murdered ones be granted every heavenly glory- and may they intercede especially for the persecuted, and for (I dare ask it, though I do NOT deserve it) sinners like me!

  9. SAF says:

    Aaaaand, she’s back!

  10. JohnK says:

    I had already thought this post devastatingly meaningful, harrowing and horrifying and truthful, worthy of profound reflection and penitence, but Anne’s comment above has made it so much more.

  11. Anne says:

    That’s right Hilary. If you turn your life over to Him, no matter what happens, you will find complete joy!!! It is the complete reverse of what this world strives for.

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