You Should Not Despair - Nor Give Up
This IS Why
The purpose of this brief document is to remind one and all the Word of
God is the solid rock upon which we must build our lives. At times some
may feel that He has turned His back on them while, instead, He is
actually helping us to rise from the mire that we have fallen into and
continue to wallow in.
When the burden of the day to day realities begins to weigh you down,
the best thing to do, next
to prayer, is to review the Biblical
Prophecies and Promises Regarding the Return of Christ. (1)
We know that those are truths and they are indeed His promises. Do not
let the evil one, who God may allow to test you as He did with Job, get
you down. Arm yourself with unshakable Faith in God and march on
triumphantly in His Most Holy Name!
We received a letter from a long time reader. It follows [edited
trusted in God, as you recommended, when I feared the loss of my job.
My job is gone.
I have trusted in God to help me find
another. My wife and I are facing bankruptcy. I can find no work.
I fear my Rosaries are in vain.
My car died today.
I wonder where God is, and why He has
turned His back on me.
You once said I was obviously one of
His elect. I think mistakes have been made.
I don't even believe in the pills the
psychiatrist gives me.
I can't afford them anyway.
I'm tired, and there is no hope, at
least not for me.
His letter made us realize that perhaps far too many of our readers
think that we speak about Faith without having lived it to great
limits. Therefore, focusing on his particular concerns (2), we are sharing with our
readers what we shared with him - a small part of the
experiences that miguel de Portugal had to live through as part of the
tests he had to undergo to prove to God his fidelity and faith.
Our response to this, our brother, was thus [edited for
it or not the man who went on to become miguel de Portugal went through
all of that and more.
Not only he faced bankruptcy - he had to file for
In the late eighties, with $ 5,000
dollars of payments due
every month, he found himself with only fifty dollars on hand.
He was paying credit cards with credit cards and no employment of any
kind opened up (not even as a store clerk for he was grossly
overqualified), but miguel knew that God was testing him and he trusted
A former close and trusted business
associate betrayed him and defaulted on a very large debt (3) - and his "church going friends" of the
past, as it is usually the case with many of these hypocrites, turned
their backs on him. They would not even purchase an ashtray in a
massive "garage sale" (of all household goods) miguel eventually had to
hold. The few "friends" who came to browse did so just to sneer.
When all was so black that he could
not even see the blackness, miguel steadfastly held to Him and the
Rosary. miguel knew that God would not fail him.
Once He deemed that miguel had showed
enough Faith in Him, the faucets of plenty were opened.... and open
When, a few years later, God said to
miguel: "Leave all and follow Me - he was in the best financial,
professional and social position he had ever been in his whole life
- with new high yielding engineering projects pouring in - but miguel
trusted God and left all behind - willingly, not because he had nothing to lose
- and followed Him.
God will not fail anyone, but we must believe; we must trust in His
tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have
received it, and it will be yours. [Mark 11:24]
Until now you have not
asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy
will be complete. [John 16:24]
What else could we add? Just believe!
There are so many other
areas where God had demanded that miguel proved to Him his loyalty,
that a full length book could be written just covering them.
The only way to
recoup the enormous loss would have been a nasty law suit, but that was
not God's way in this particular case. The "former close and trusted
business associate" was the mother of miguel's children. [... if a man will contend with thee in
judgment, and take away thy coat, let go thy cloak also unto him.
Published on September 18th,
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