WHERE THERE IS A WILL THERE IS A MIRACLE

[ Apostle1.com's Note, Opinion & Commentary:  What follows is a true story.  There are no names placed in the story and all geography locations have been intentionally changed to protect the identifies of those involved... You see, the miracle that is spoken of, actually took place during Lent (Pascha Season) and the individual had also gone through literal 'hell' on earth and served prison time for an offense he actually did not commit, yet suffered the results as a priest too... While we can say that the "married" part is something more than one would expect, the fact of the matter is that the story, as real as it is, also shows forth the fact that God is no respecter of persons but looks at the content of one's heart and soul... ]

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Most of us live a life that seems to roll merrily along until a storm cloud appears over the horizon to rain upon our steady forward progress. And often we are more than prepared for such changes in our weather or personal environment. But where do we turn when the pothole on our path is so large and so deep that it engulfs us, body, mind and spirit?

There is that beautiful story about our footprints and as we walk across the sands of time and place, we see another set of large footprints along our own. We later learn that it is Jesus who walks by our sides throughout the best and worst of times. Who walks with us when we do not believe in Jesus or have been so long from the Almighty’s presence that Jesus is unrecognizable? Alas, probably no one. Have you ever felt that way? Abandoned, lost or minimally, most definitely alone?

If your answer is yes or even maybe, then have a listen:

Many years ago I knew a lad who was the epitome of the 60’s culture, long-haired, liberal-minded, loving sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll. The youth also had a strong spiritual heart despite appearances. As time went by, he struggled to bring some semblance of balance to the yearning for fun and the desire to know God. This inner battle at times was almost bipolar, a true dichotomy of the soul.

Many people who called themselves his friends were not. They followed him about because of his generous wallet and even more generous giving of the elements of obtaining a HIGH. It was not until the youth left the town and joined the Navy that he realized what a life he had led and the waste of time, talent and treasure he had amassed in such a short time.

Thinking the Navy would surely straighten him out, he went on active duty, sailing around half the known world, visiting many cities and seeing many wonderful sights. But, the rolling forward progress once again had a huge pothole and he fell into the hole in his dress uniform. The Navy decided that despite his terrific work record on duty, his off-base behavior was not in keeping with naval standards, and it was suggested he find another career.

Our lad was still struggling to find God’s will for his life. He went to work in the real world, married and had a family. He chased material success for years trying to avoid the ‘hound of God’ in his pursuit of betterment. However, his early years of fun and games-manship finally caught up with him. He found that he had Hep C and because he had drank heavily after the virus attacked his liver he also had cirrhosis. For over a quarter of a century, the youth, now a middle-aged man, fought the diseases and symptoms to stay alive. And still he did not understand God’s plan for his life.

He attended various churches such as UCC, Methodist, Baptist, Episcopal, Roman Catholic, even various Orthodox Catholic Churches,  and many community churches trying to find where God lived today. Sometimes the church was warm and friendly but no Spirit; other times the Spirit was willing but the people were silent and cold.

Let’s just mention, that the person in this story was well-educated at a private university in New York City, had years of graduate training and also had been that fun-loving Naval Officer, so one would think that he was smart enough to figure out the plan and execute it appropriately. Beats us, what was wrong?

During a spiritual renewal in an Orthodox Catholic Community, our friend began studying theological matters, reading well over 350 books in just three years. As far as we know he is still reading in his study at home as I share this story!

The will of God began to manifest itself in his life. He became a licensed preacher of another church outside of Orthodox Catholic Christianity as it was easier to gain and then became an ordained ‘lay’ preacher of the denomination. He performed pulpit supply duties through out the city in which he lived. He became curious about the earliest form of Christianity, first he joined a group of Cistercian monks and helped fund-raise for their new seminary. Later, he visited an Antiochian Orthodox Church and befriended an elderly Archpriest who became a mentor and friend. With his guidance, he associated himself with an Order of Saint Benedict and is now a disciplined oblate. Until one day, his business career was abruptly cut short and he went on social security stipends from the diseases that were dwelling within him. This went on for seven years before he was sick enough and had cancer to allow his name to rise to the top of the transplant list.

That next event is where we find a miracle…

The phone rang late one night. As he answered it, his first thought was which elderly parent had passed away? The voice on the line said, ‘this is the hospital, can you be here in two hours’? Yes, he said. He and his wife grabbed the satchel with extra clothes/books and raced into the night.

After lying in bed for about three hours, a nurse came by his room to declare, ‘we are sorry but the organ is no good, the liver is too fatty’. So, home he went to wait some more.

A week later, the call at 2AM. We have what we think is a good match, can you be here in an hour? Off they went once more. The first miracle was about to occur…

It was a snowy spring night, Colorado weather being what it is this could mean a heavy and wet snow. There were several organs available that night for donation, a heart, lungs and a liver all from a young donor. The doctors available for the private flight to Aspen to collect the organs were concerned about flying in such snowy conditions. But, the liver surgeon insisted his intern be on that flight and determined if the liver was in good enough condition to be used to save our man’s life. It was! It was now about 7 PM; the returning flight would make the operation happen around 11 PM. The nurses came to collect the patient as he said good-bye one more time to his loving wife.

It was a long operation and even longer post-op recovery session. He was the only patient remaining in the room when it was finally decided he could be moved to the hospital ward. The miracle of a new life was beginning, he had survived the operation, all the cancer had been removed from his body and the next 48 hours were instrumental.

He had to remain in the hospital a few days longer since his transplant surgery was a bit more complicated than the norm. So, after 10 days, he went home thinking all the way that he was leaving too soon.

Within days, he could not eat, get out of bed, and he had a fever. Off they went back to the hospital. He was immediately re-admitted. They discovered he had pneumonia, cytomegalovirus and H66A/B, another rare find. After hundreds of tests for the proper antibiotics, numerous CT and MRI scans, the doctors determined our friend had limbic encephalitis. This swelling of the brain caused delusions, confusion, motor skill impairment and on. Our lad was so ill that he had to be put on life support and spent 2 weeks in ICU. Weeks later he experienced another miracle.

You see, the doctors were not sure he could survive. The infectious disease expert really believed he was beyond repair. One night our lad had a dream or vision. He found himself in a very deep abyss, hanging onto to the side of this structure upside down and like he was a piece of lint. The bottom of this pit was unfathomable. It could not be seen. Suddenly, a voice within him and without him said, “You are going the wrong way!” “Look to the light above you!” He turned his feeble head and saw many miles away a tiny pinprick of light. He started towards it and awoke from the stupor he had been in for weeks!

The next day was Sunday so he had to wait another day to speak to the doctors. But, he was overwhelmed with gratitude, with joy, and with hope. He had been very sick and he did not realize how truly ill he still was, but now he was surely saved, God had not abandoned him. God had heard the prayers of countless people and his own. God worked a miracle. He was not only alive for the moment, he was alive to serve God’s call on his spirit and his life. Though he had sensed this vocational calling many years before, now it loomed large in front of him. The hound of God was now a simple dog at his side. He knew what must be done.

This day he is referred to by the hospital staff as a ‘walking miracle’. He still has many health issues to face, but he can do so upright and with the support of his family, with enthusiasm and faith.

You remember Simon the Cyrene who carried the cross for Christ in his moment of little strength left to give as he walked the last yards to Golgotha? Strangely, Simon continued to carry the cross the rest of his days. He lessened his burden by sharing the image of Jesus with others, by being kind and generous, by being a good neighbor and friend. Oh, that we too could be this strong of body and will to support the beam our brothers/sisters are carrying with our own broad backs. Might we be so stout that victory is ours? Might we all keep that cross ever before us as we go about our daily doings and unceasing prayers?

We ask ourselves “Have we made a difference in anyone’s life since we’ve been here?”

Each one answers for themselves this question, all I can tell you today is that you have made a difference to me. For I am that lad, that youth, and I stand here now to proclaim God’s glory and his eternal greatness to each of you. Thank you for listening…now perhaps you may be called too.

Hebrews 12:

WHEREFORE LIFT UP THE HANDS WHICH HANG DOWN AND THE FEEBLE KNEES AND MAKE STRAIGHT PATHS FOR YOUR FEET LEST THAT WHICH IS LAME BE TURNED OUT OF THE WAY RATHER LET IT BE HEALED. FOLLOW PEACE WITH ALL MEN AND HOLINESS WITHOUT WHICH NO MAN SHALL SEE THE LORD.

A Friend, Priest and Brother to you who are in spiritual need… A most unworthy repentant sinner and fool for Jesus Christ in the vineyard of this life!

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Daily News is very important to those who are true Orthodox Catholic Christians.  For without knowing or gaining information for understanding about what is happening in one's local area and around the world, you could  find yourself faced with denied services in the secular area, lack of income, even (although it sounds far-fetched) ability to worship openly for the time is not far off when all will have to decide if they wish to follow the Anti-Christ through the One World Church and One World Government as prophesied by the Apocalypse, the Book of Revelation of St. John or follow the faith delivered once and for all which will cause for many to be denied the abilities to survive under those kind of conditions, causing for one to consider other options. 

 

Many of those who subscribe to, and some who have caused or are the cause for, these things to happen are involved in or with the Roman Jurisdiction of the Catholic Church (which is not the seat of all things "Catholic") as well as its protestant daughters such as the cultic Jehovah's Witnesses, the Pentecostal Churches, the Church of Latter Day Saints also known as the Mormon Church and far too many more to list. 

 

Yet, at this web site we do provide some of the reasons about why they are opined to be the harbingers of that which is prophesied in Holy Scripture for the bringing about of the End Times which we have already entered.  It is not necessarily their individual members or parishioners that should be blamed since they are only the "Sheep" and not the Shepherds... So do not think we castigate individual people of themselves as we castigate those "money changers" who Jesus Christ chased out of His Father's House as the Bible Describes; for they exist in these present times too.

 

Events are already rushing toward that time in which this is beginning to happen and will become more fully wide-spread. In these present times all you need to really do is look around both your local and larger areas as to what is really on-going through.  Things so very little or miniscule that they are barely noticeable except to the more informed observer may become apparent. 

Those little things are the laws of the land, economics, politics, the degrading and erosion of those rights and liberties afforded by the Constitution of these United States of America and many other things such as the manner with which entertainments have taken over much of the populace, entering into and becoming a major focus in worship, and more. 

We ask you, if you don't want to believe us... Have you heard, seen or found what is termed (of the many terms being used) that there are "holding areas" or "camps" or "Closed/Fenced communities" being built by GOVERNMENT? 

Here in North America, especially in the United States of America, we must admit that what Russia has come out of (a communistic, atheist country) we are entering into.  And one last thing that needs also to be understood... Something very important to those of you who are "Catholic" in the Roman sense of its jurisdiction....   And, we believe this also holds true for many who are "Orthodox" whether "Eastern" or "Western"....

[ * Non-Denominational = Synchrestic Ecumenism, Disease of Scholasticism, altering the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ to accommodate the disease of Political Correctness and CULTIC PROTESTANTISM, and the Roman Jurisdiction (Latin Church = Vatican) of the Catholic Church) breaking of - or failure and refusal to respect and abide by  - the ancient Seven Ecumenical "Do Not" Canons which leaves everything else open to God's gift of creativity... failure & refusal to abide by and have respect for those who diligently protect one of the other Pillars of the Church, the Seals of the Confessional, but "Non-Denominational" also includes worshiping Satan's religion of Muslim, Islam by praying with them and other heretics such as 'Pentecostalism,' 'Jehovah's Witnesses,' 'Mormons,' 'Church of Christ,' any so-called church with "Community Church" in their nomenclature and others who by their false and misleading dogmas and doctrines are actually against the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ upon whom and for exacting reason we are called "Christian" in both spirit and truth from which non-denominational protestant sectarian claimants have departed from as being so-called Christian] Only a skilled spiritual father can help you!

Remember: You cannot ride two horses or serve two masters for one of them will be harmed by your thoughts, your very words and your actions which is to blaspheme the Holy Ghost (Spirit) who will depart from you.  And when the Holy Spirit departs, the great deceiver (unbeknownst to you) will rush in to fill the void under disguise of being the Holy Spirit!  Testing of the Holy Spirit to insure it is the Holy Spirit does not, for many a Sectarian Protestant and Roman, work because the Great Deceiver (Satan) is most skilled in worming and snaking his charms around your mind and heart to feign being the Holy Spirit.  Remember, Satan has the same gifts similar to the Holy Spirit but Satan's gifts are UN-HOLY and lead all who accept him (unbeknownst to you) to perdition.

 

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"I understand the idea of sodomy and homosexuality, but to say that homosexuality is not a sin is incorrect and not just in my mind but all of Orthodoxy and again, not just in Orthodoxy but all of Catholicism and again, not simply all of Catholicism but all of Christianity with the exception of those who have this in their personal life as sin or are very close to someone who does. Celibacy or Married Life is the ultimate ideal.  For both Homosexuality and Heterosexuality are truly sinful if... and below is the hard part of this understanding..." (Ed. Note: We have never said "homosexuality is not a sin or okay... however, there are those who, being homosexual, are that way for a variety of reasons.  Jesus Christ talked of these kinds as referring to Eunuchs.  The conversion tactics employed by many other groups, bespeaks of a "politics" that is not wholly honest either spiritually or even materially.  For, in their endeavors they have failed to show forth the truth that one is driven into a "closet" style of life.  It is better, we believe, to become wholly celibate, be it a homosexual or even heterosexual... and to learn what "celibacy" really means and requires).

 

If a man looks on a woman who is not his wife with lust, he has sinned. If he and she are married to other people he has committed adultery. If a man looks at a man with lust he has sinned the same as a man who looks at a woman. Sodomy does not have to enter into it, lust for someone is a sin by itself and must be removed. But people do this all day long to be sure but it is still a sin. To say that homosexuality and heterosexuality are not a sin due to their lusting, allows both heterosexuals and homosexuals to live in sin without repentance and this is wrong to do to them spiritually.

 

It is for the sake of their own soul that one has to recognize sin that is in them and not to excuse it regardless of the sin or the preference of the sinner. Sodomy is indeed a sin regardless of what any one may tell you, the act of attraction or the lust is a sin even without action and simply must be repented of by both heterosexuals and homosexuals. I must also add this; woe to all who misguide others into sin and especially those who are of the clergy who do this. For the sake of your own soul and others, you must recognize this and repent. I know that it is not easy to overcome and if it is never overcome then one must live a life of constant repentance, that is the only choice.

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