25 Oct – “This day is called the Feast of Crispian…”

Today is the Feast of Crispin and Crispinian.

The 3rd c. martyrs Crispin and Crispinian were killed in Soissons.  They converted people as they plied their trade as cobblers and they were generous to the poor.  Eventually they were persecuted by the local governor and eventually beheaded around on 25 Oct 286 in the time of the Emperor Diocletian.  A different version has them in England, in Faversham, which is surely the version Shakespeare worked with.   St. Eligius made a reliquary for the head of Crispinian.

How could we go without some samples of the great speech?

Henry V (1944) directed by and starring Lawrence Olivier

Henry V (1989) directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh

Richard Burton’s version:

Tom Hiddleston from the Hollow Crown series. US HERE UK HERE


Renaissance Man with Lillo Brancato, Jr.

Here is another, from the well-reviewed Globe production.

Happy Feast of Sts. Crispin and Crispinian.

And let the revival of our liturgical worship continue.

The numbers of Holy Masses in the Extraordinary Form are growing, though but slowly.    Also, I fear that the number of bishops, priests and laity who accept what the Church teaches about marriage is shrinking.

For now content us saying “the fewer men, the greater share of honour”.

And remember… Latin is tooooo haaaaard for children.

They can’t possibly be expected to put on different clothing and recite something lofty from memory.

And then there is the blind 6 year old, but… for some reason my eye got all watery and I couldn’t see the keyboard any more.

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Connect the dots. The attack on the Vetus Ordo is also an attack on John Paul II, not just on Benedict.

I learned today that Francis appoint Jeffrey Sachs – who is seriously into population control (gosh! I wonder how they want to do that?!?) – to the Academy for Social Sciences.

That, from the guy who issued the cruel Traditionis custodes. That will be his legacy. His very own Plessy v. Ferguson document and it is all on him.

If you think these two data points –  Jeffrey Sachs and TC – are not connected, think again.

Meanwhile, we read at Messa in Latino that Polish bishops, during their ad limina visit, brought up TC with the Congregation for Divine Worship.

Warsaw’s Archbishop, Kazimierz Card. Nycz, says:

“In the Congregation it has been admitted that the question has been resolved too harshly and instead of serving unity, in individual cases, it could lead someone to leave the Church”.

“too harshly”

Uh huh.

And we are still waiting for the other shoe to drop: an instruction on how TC should be implemented.

Connect the dots.

Remember that Francis and crew have been systematically attacking and destroying the magisterium of John Paul II.  The JP2 Institute for the Family is but one instance.

People associate the freeing up of the Traditional Latin Mass with Benedict XVI and rightly so.  But the groundwork was laid by John Paul.

Think it through.  The so-called “Ecclesia Dei” communities entrusted themselves, first, to John Paul II, who made provisions for them.

While JP2 himself wasn’t all that interested in traditional worship, in his pastoral concern he extended himself to these people.  He implored, even commanded by his Apostolic authority, from bishops a generous approach to people who desired the traditional forms.

The attack on the Vetus Ordo is also an attack on John Paul II, not just on Benedict.

It is an attack on their persons not just their policies.

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes: 22nd Sunday after Pentecost (30th Ordinary – N.O.)

Too many people today are without good, strong preaching, to the detriment of all. Share the good stuff.

Was there a GOOD point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass for your Sunday obligation (or, maybe still none), either live or on the internet? Let us know what it was.

What was attendance like?

Tell about attendance especially for the Traditional Latin Mass.  I was getting reports that it is way up.

Any local changes or news?

For those of you who regularly viewed my live-streamed daily Masses – with their fervorini – for over a year, you might drop me a line.  There are developments.

I have some remarks about the TLM – HERE


ACTION ITEM! Fascinating VIDEO about a common phone scam and big time payback with glitterbomb traps, stink bombs, and law enforcement – UPDATED

UPDATE 24 Oct:

This is pretty funny. This afternoon in a space of an hour I got four scam phone calls which went to voicemail (because my phone doesn’t ring for non-contacts).

Here is one of them.  Each one is a bit garbled, but in the conglomerate they say that $729 was charged in my Amazon account from “Dayton, Ohio” and “for dispute this charge” I am to “press one”.

I am really tempted to call and torture one of them.

UPDATE 22 Oct:

I have a confession to make.

I’ve been watching videos on YouTube of “scambaiters” torturing scammers, wasting their time, completely controlling and frustrating them in their greed.  The scammers can get pretty violent in their reactions when they reach maximum frustration.

Usually the scambaiter will, in the end, reveal that this has been cat and mouse role reversal and then, perhaps far more kindly than I would, suggestthey find something else to do.

In the meantime, I’ve learned a lot about the types of scams that are being run and their techniques.

I wonder if we might not create an order of Cyber Knights – the Order of the Cyber Knights of St. Dismas – which would have Virtual Machines and VPNs by which scammers could be taken in and taken down.

Someone needs to fight back against this sheer evil industry.

Perhaps with the help of the Catholic Signal Corps!


Originally Published on: Oct 20, 2021

This is really important to watch and spread around.

My mother has received these calls.   However, mom was a cop.

Apart from being informative – how the scammers work – it is highly satisfying.

This guy is amazing.

I wonder if he could do something about Jesuits.

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CQ CQ CQ: Ham Radio – #ZedNet reminder – 24 October ’21

Fellow hams, here’s a reminder about ZedNet for Sunday 24 October ’21 – evening at 2000h EDT. (0000h ZULU Monday).

GREAT net last week!

NB:  WB0YLE says that there is now a second Wires- X room: 83466

We now have the site running:  http://zednet.xyz

Zednet exists on the…

  • Yaesu System Fusion (Wires-X) “room” 28598, and 83466 which is cross-linked to
  • Brandmeister (BM) DMR worldwide talkgroup 31429 (More HERE)
  • Echolink  WB0YLE-R

Fellow hams who have access locally to a Yaesu System Fusion repeater, a repeater on the BM network, or a multi-mode hotspot registered with BM can get on and have a rag chew…. 24/7/365

Want to get involved? WB0YLE provided a Bill Of Materials, with links, for what you need. HERE  THIS WAS UPDATED on 22 March 2021

I created a page for the List of YOUR callsigns.  HERE  Chime in or drop me a note if your call doesn’t appear in the list.

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WDTPRS – 30th Ordinary Sunday: “In His will is our peace.”

In the Novus Ordo this Sunday it is the 30th Sunday of what an old friend of mine (rest in peace) called “Greater Meatloaf Season”.

Let’s look at upcoming Sunday’s Novus Ordo Collect.  This prayer has a precedent in the 1962MR as the Collect for the 13th Sunday after Pentecost. It was also in the Veronese and Gelasian, ancient sacramentaries both.

Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, da nobis fidei spei et caritatis augmentum, et ut mereamur assequi quod promittis, fac nos amare quod praecipis.

OBSOLETE ICEL (1973 translation of the 1970MR):

Almighty and ever-living God,
strengthen our faith, hope, and love.
May we do with loving hearts
what you ask of us
and come to share the life you promise


Almighty eternal God, grant us an increase of faith, hope and charity, and cause us to love what You command so that we may merit to obtain what You promise.


Almighty ever-living God,
increase our faith, hope and charity,
and make us love what you command,
so that we may merit what you promise

Today we pray to God the Father for an increase of the theological virtues: faith, hope and charity.


By baptism we were endowed with a supernatural life. As the German writer Josef Pieper (+1997) wrote, a supernatural life can be described as having three main currents.

First, we have some knowledge of God surpassing what we can know about Him naturally because He reveals it to us (faith).

Second, we live by the patient expectation that what we learn and believe God promises will indeed be fulfilled (hope).

Third, comes our  affirmative response of love of God, whom we have come to know by faith, and also love of our neighbor (charity).

While natural human virtues are acquired through education and discipline, the three theological virtues faith, hope and charity are given to us by God. They are fused into us with grace at baptism.

Looking at the positive development of the theological virtues, we can say that faith logically precedes hope and charity, and hope precedes charity.

From the negative point of view, considering their unraveling and loss, we lose charity first of all, and then hope and, last of all, our faith. Charity is the greatest of the three, followed by hope and then faith.

As an aside… there are many believers out there who have fallen away.  They need your help to return.  Faith is the last thing to go. Many who lead quite dissolute lives still believe.  A tiny coal preserved in the ash of a dead fire can be fanned to life with exposure and a little TLC, a few puffs of reviving air.  But I digress…

The theological virtues perfect and elevate everything virtuous thing man can do naturally. They can be considered logically, one at a time, but are all three intimately woven together. St. Augustine (+430) says, “There is no love without hope, no hope without love, and neither love nor hope without faith” (enchir 8). The goal of the virtuous life, as we read in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1803), is to become like God. Living the theological virtues concretely reveals God’s image in us as well as the grace He gives to His adopted children. Today we pray for their increase.

This Sunday we also pray to love what God commands.

Doing what another commands is not always pleasant. Our wills and passions rebel and we prefer to command rather than be commanded.

It is easy, from the worldly point of view, to think that by being the commander, rather than the commanded, we can find peace. Surely each one of us desires peace and happiness and we seek after the means to attain them. If we attach our hopes to the created, passing things of this world to find peace and happiness we are inevitably disappointed.

All created things, including people, can be lost. They cannot be the foundation of lasting peace. Even the fear of their loss lessens our peace in this world. God alone gives the peace and happiness we seek. He alone is eternal, unchanging, forever trustworthy. We cannot lose God unless we ourselves reject Him. And, in the end, God, the source of peace, remains in command.

Esolen’s translation is very good.

In Canto III of the Paradiso of the Divine Comedy the poet Dante is in the Heaven of the Moon. He encounters the soul of Piccarda. Dante queries her about the happiness of the blessed in heaven wondering if somehow, even in heaven, souls might be disappointed that they do not have a higher place in celestial realm.

In response Piccarda utters one of the greatest phrases ever penned and or recited (l. 85):

In His will is our peace.
It is that sea to which all things move,
both what it creates and what nature makes…

We are all made in God’s image and likeness, made to act as God acts. He reveals something of His will to us. When we obey Him we act in accordance with the way He made us and what He intended for us. In obedience we find happiness and peace, even amidst the vicissitudes of this troubling and passing world.

Our Collect prays that we “love what you command”. This is a prayer for happiness. The theological virtues provide the key.

E ‘n la sua volontade è nostra pace.

In His will is our peace.

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23 Oct: St. Severinus Boethius (Yes, you read that right.)

“A man content to go to heaven alone will never go to heaven” – Boethius

Today is the feast of St. Severinus Boethius (+525), the author of the Consolation of Philosophy.  He was a pivotal figure at the cusp of late Antiquity and what are called the Middle Ages.

Boethius was a member of an ancient Roman family.  Among his accomplishments were translations and commentaries of Aristotle’s works on logic in Latin along with Euclid’s Elements.  He also wrong on arithmetic, geometry, music, and perhaps astronomy and he coined the term quadrivium (four-fold way), the basis of education for centuries, now revived in a way in homeschool circles (thank you, Dorothy Sayers!).

Boethius was an important figure in the court of Theodoric the Ostrogoth.  Theodoric would eventually come to believe that Boethius was conspiring against him and threw him in prison before executing him.  While he was in prison, he composed the astonishingly influention Consolation of Philosophy.

Here is his entry in the Martyrologium Romanum:

6*. Papiae in Liguria, commemoratio sancti Severini Boetii, martyris, qui, scientia ac scriptis praeclarus, in carcere detentus tractatum scripsit de consolatione philosophiae et Deo usque ad mortem a Theodorico rege inflictam cum integritate servivit.

Who wants to take a crack at the Latin?

Take note that the entry calls him “Saint” Boethius.  So does the official Vatican Curia’s calendar.  He is celebrated as a saint in Pavia.

You may be interested to know that Boethius’ tomb is in the crypt of the same church where St. Augustine’s remains are interred:  San Pietro in Ciel d’oro in Pavia, south of Milan.

Here is Lady Philophy explaining God to Boethius in the guise of 15th c. France.

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HEMSTED, NY – Saturday 23 Oct – Prayer Vigil with Sacred Relics at Planned Parenthood (aka Big Business Abortion)

For those of you in New York…

Join Fr. Carlos Martins of Treasures of the Church and relics of over 150 saints in a prayer vigil at Planned Parenthood’s abortion mill in Hempstead, New York

A peaceful prayer gathering invoking the intercession of the Saints to stop the slaughter of the most innocent and vulnerable members of society.

Saturday, October 23rd from 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Planned Parenthood
540 Fulton Ave, Hempstead, NY

Anyone interested. The vigil will be led by Fr. Carlos Martins. He will be accompanied by the Pro Bikers for Life (www.probikersforlife.com) and Knights from various Knights of Columbus Councils.

To be a voice for the unborn and to join our voices to the voices of those in Heaven.

On a personal note, I’ve seen what Fr. Martin has and know his apostolate well.  I’ve also heard about the many miracles that have been worked by God through contact with these relics in his apostolate.

If you can’t attend, then pray at the time of the rally and perhaps make a donation to Treasures of the Church.

¡Hagan lío!

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A dying Catholic school reborn and flourishing

At Crisis there is a wonderful piece about the revival of a dying Catholic school through the application of – dare I say it – Catholic common sense.  HERE

The school is attached to Sacred Heart parish in Grand Rapids, MI where Fr. Robert Sirico (also of Acton Institute) was pastor until his recent retirement.

When he arrived the school was moribund.  When he retired it was thriving.   They even opened a high school!   People are moving there because of the school.  Fr. Sirico talks about the changes they made.

Perhaps priests with parish schools and lay people involved in them should read this article and carefully weigh the implications.



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Gower Abbey with a new disc- Christ The King At Ephesus

The wonderful Benedictine nuns of Gower Abbey in Missouri, who were the victims of  drive by shootings a while ago, who are award winning recording artists, have a new disc of sacred music coming out.

This is one of the most wonderful monasteries of Benedictines … anywhere.  I was at the consecration of their abbey church and the consecration of Abbess by the late, lamented Bp. Morlino.

Christ the King at Ephesus from Benedictines of Mary on Vimeo.

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21 Oct – St Gaspar del Bufalo – “Il martello dei Carbonari… Hammer of Freemasons”

Today is not only the anniversary of the time travel scene in Back To The Future via the souped up Delorean, it is also, and more importantly the Feast of St. Gaspar del Bufalo (+1837), “Hammer of Freemasons”.

I have interest in St. Gaspar as one of my Roman patrons because I exercised ministry as a seminarian and then deacon at the basilica in Rome where he helped to found devotion to and the Confraternity of the Most Precious Blood at San Nicola in Carcere.   He had a tense relationship with the state (Napolean’s police were after him) and Masons tried mulitple times to assassinate him.

His answer to the French commissar asking him to sign his submission to emperor should be the motto of every pope and bishop requested to yield to the world:

“I can’t, I musn’t, I don’t want to.”

That’s how a Roman priest says ‘No’ when he wants to be talkative.”

It’s better in Italian.

‘Non posso, non debbo, non voglio!’

I wonder if Pius VII’s “Non debemus, non possumus, non volumus” didn’t come from St. Gaspar.

These days it’s more like, “Volumus! Possumus! Debetote etiam vos!

His tomb is in the little S. Maria in Trivio, tucked away behind where the more flashy Trevi Fountain is collocated.  His bronzen tomb is not set off by glass and the hand of the image of the saint is extended outward so that you can graps it.  It is quite moving.

It seems that St. Gaspar had ways that really could irritate, as many saints.  For example, he could sense satanic objects and would charge into peoples homes to sieze and destroy them no matter how well hidden.

When he was young, he grew up across the mighty Church of the Gesù where his father was a cook for the Jesuit college there.  When Gaspar was very young he had a malady of the eyes that threatened blindness.  He was cured through the intercession of St. Francis Xavier, whose tomb is in the Gesù.  As a priest of Rome he was critical of the Papal States which got him into hot water.

St. Gaspar, Hammer of Freemasons, pray for us.

My 1st class relic of St. Gaspar.


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Registered here or not, will you in your charity please take a moment look at the requests and to pray for the people about whom you read?

Continued from THESE.

Let’s remember all who are ill, who will die soon, who have lost their jobs, and who are afraid.

I get many requests by email asking for prayers. Some are heart-achingly grave and urgent.

As long as my blog reaches so many readers in so many places, let’s give each other a hand. We should support each other in works of mercy.

If you have some prayer requests, feel free to post them below.

You have to be registered here to be able to post.

I ask a prayer for myself.  I’m dealing with a lot of challenges right now.

Also, please pray for PT mother of 11 with advanced cancer and very little time remaining in this life.

Also, a neighbor, M, just diagnosed with cancer.

Also, for those recently bereaved.

And let’s not forget Fr. Dana Christensen, who has advancing ALS.

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STOP what you are doing. Go to First Things. Read Archbp. Chaput’s latest about the “courtiers” of Francis.

This post’s title says it all.

Go to First ThingsHERE

For those of you who dawdle, a couple tastes:

Bernard of Clairvaux, the great 12th-century saint and Doctor of the Church who renewed the Western monastic tradition, once warned that “The most grievous danger for any pope lies in the fact that, encompassed as he is by flatterers, he never hears the truth about his own person and ends by not wishing to hear it.”

Every pontificate has its courtiers. The current one is no exception; quite the opposite. Thus, St. Bernard’s words came easily to mind as I read a recent Austen Ivereigh article for America magazine.

He calls them “courtiers” which is polite.


Conflict, a lot of it, both within and beyond the Church, comes with the job of every bishop. The bishop of Rome is not excused from that unhappy burden. And EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo, whom Ivereigh seems to regard as a special tool of the diabolos, does not pose quite the same fearsome threat to the Church as, say, China’s Xi Jinping. Or significant figures in America’s current leadership.


Massimo Faggioli’s sunny assessment of Joe Biden and Biden’s seeming common ground with Pope Francis—his recent book is Joe Biden and Catholicism in the United States—certainly qualifies him for courtier status, despite his text being rudely dismembered by veteran religion journalist Ken Woodward in a Religion News Service critique. Prof. Faggioli’s relentless commentary on the United States, American Catholics, and so much more—he arrived in our country in 2008, apparently knows everything about us, and currently teaches at Villanova University—makes up in astonishing breadth for what it lacks in depth. In December of last year, Faggioli suggested that “the parallel between [Biden] and the late Italian pope [John XXIII] certainly offers hope from a historical point of view.” Or maybe not so much. Any parallel between the two men might be news to the saintly dead pope, since the Democratic party has effectively sacramentalized abortion, exterminated pro-life Catholic witness in its ranks—ask former Congressman Dan Lipinski—and our “Catholic” president has signed on fully to the party’s slash and burn campaign.

Neither Ivereigh nor Faggioli measures up, though, to that zenith of melodrama and ill will achieved in 2017 by Antonio Spadaro and Marcelo Figueroa.


Are you ready to go there yet?

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Bp. Provost of Lake Charles implements ‘Traditionis custodes’, Francis ‘Plessy v. Ferguson’ legacy document

The motto on the coat-of-arms of Most Rev. Glen John Provost, Bishop of Lake Charles (Louisiana), is Pro Futuris Serit… He sows for the sake of those to come.  His CV is HERE.  A quick scan suggests that he is a cultured man.

Bp. Provost issued a decree for the Diocese of Lake Charles about Francis’ Plessy v. Ferguson legacy document, the cruel Traditionis custodes.

Frankly, the best reaction from diocesan bishops would be to ignore it.  But…

Bp. Provost put out an explanatory letter with a decree.  The letter sets the context for the diocese: recovery from hurricanes, flooding, pandemic.  And now, Traditionis custodes.

I am issuing this Decree for the implementation of Traditionis custodes in compliance with its prescriptions. As a pastor and a bishop, I am aware of the needs of the flock and address them. We do so liturgically for numerous groups that require special attention, such as our University students, the Hispanic community, and the hearing impaired. Our pastoral concern extends as well to those who worship in the usus antiquior, that is with the Roman Missal of 1962, and who have done so since the establishment of the Diocese. I am unaware of anyone in this community who has expressed opposition to the Second Vatican Council, much less denied its legitimacy. As well, those who have chosen to discuss with me their devotion to the usus antiquior have insisted upon the validity of the reformed liturgy. With this in mind, I would be grossly negligent, if not callous, to implement any restrictive law while at the same time ignoring these realities.


The whole thing breaks down into.

  • We are up to our neck dealing with disasters.
  • And now comes this document when we have real problems.
  • I’ve not experienced the negative things that are claimed about Tradition oriented people.
  • People are just trying to do there best here.

The decree.

  • The bishop is invoking can. 87 to dispense from TC art.3 § 2 and Masses in the Vetus Ordo will continue at parishes, which are now designated at locations for the Vetus Ordo.
  • There is no prohibition of the administration of the other sacraments.
  • The bishop will grant the faculty to any priest who is idoneus.  This is  for private celebration (which I don’t think a priest needs) and publicly at approved times.
  • Pastors should seek permission to begin new Masses.
  • Priests can use the Breviarium Romanum and Ordo for confessions.
  • New priests should ask for the faculty.
  • He appointed a priest to be moderator for all of this.
  • The Institute of Christ the King can continue as before.

This is minimally invasive and, all things considered, about the best application of the cruel and unnecessary Traditionis custodes we have seen.

Fr. Z kudos to Bp. Provost.

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Beautiful Pontifical Mass with Bp. Athanasius Schneider in Detroit – PHOTOS

This last weekend in Detroit there was held the annual Call To Holiness conference, with which I have been involved in the past. This year, Bp. Athanasius Schneider was a speaker and the celebrant for a Pontifical Mass at the Faldstool at the beautiful Assumption Grotto Church.

I have some photos.

I am particularly proud to share these photos here because some of YOU READERS contributed to have them made. I commissioned them from Gammarelli in Rome for the TMSM, the Tridentine Mass Society of Madison, of which I am still the president. The TMSM was happy to loan out this green set, which had not yet been used for a Pontifical Mass. We have also additional dalmatics for a Mass at the Throne and an antependium which they decided not to use at Grotto for this Mass: their altar is far wider than it is.

The TMSM is a 501(c)(3) organization, and accepts donations.  I am still involved.  We are NOT giving up or giving in, so keep on giving!  That way we can expand and help groups working to maintain the beautiful Traditional Roman Rite!

I received a collection of photos from the conference and the Mass and after the Mass when Bishop Schneider was meeting people. Do NOT tell Beans but there were… shhhhh, this is secret… NON-WHITE PEOPLE there! Again, don’t tell Beans. He put the lie about that only white people like the TLM, suggesting that you, we, are all racists.  HERE

The music for this Pontifical Mass at Grotto was the Missa Princeps Pacis by William Lloyd Webber.

As you look at the photos, you can hear the Mass.  It’s short and lovely and in the best English tradition of sacred choral music.

Some select shots.

First, the church.

During the sermon, Bp. Scheider said:

We don’t yet know. Maybe it will come a time, when the celebration of the traditional Mass will be very much limited. In such a situation there could arise a chain of catacomb-Masses, as happens in times of emergency and persecution. Maybe many Catholics of our day shall live through a time similar to that described by St Basil the Great, during the persecution of traditional Catholics by the liberal Arian episcopate in the fourth century. He wrote:

“The mouths of true believers are dumb, while every blasphemous tongue wags free; holy things are trodden under foot; the better laity shun the churches as schools of impiety; and lift their hands in the deserts with sighs and tears to their Lord in heaven. Even you must have heard what is going on in most of our cities, how our people with wives and children and even our old men stream out before the walls, and offer their prayers in the open air, putting up with all the inconvenience of the weather with great patience, and waiting for help from the Lord.” (Ep. 92)

Do NOT give up.

DO NOT give up!


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