Sunday, August 7, 2022

Heed My Call

 Heed My Call

Originally posted November 28, 2020. As requested some time ago by our Parochial Vicar, I am reviewing the messages received since November, 2020, noting the meanings of words not in my normal vocabulary, adding scriptural references, where appropriate, and notating events that  have subsequently occurred that I believe validate some aspects of the message.

My children, you must heed my call and amend your lives.  In these troubled times, which fit into my plans for you and this world, I have called you to be set aside, and to conform to My Will for you.

Though My Word often provides you comfort, and solace; at its deepest, it is to bring you to a deeper conversion.  My word is like the sharpest of blades.  It is there to cut into and excise the deepest sins hidden in your heart, that keep you from total commitment to me.  

My word is strengthened by the intercessions of your holy Mother Mary, her earthly husband St. Joseph, the communion of Saints, triumphant and suffering, and your guardian Angel.  They all intercede at all times for you to surrender totally to my plans for you.

This world has lost the knowledge of the evil of sin, how it debilitates souls and influences others.  It is pernicious (harmful) not only to the sinner, but to those who witness it.  Sin is never private.  When you sin, it changes you from the inside, making you susceptible to other sins, and changes your attitude to yourself and others.

Remember how I told you not to lead little children into sin.  Yet, here we are.  Little children, and you are all my little children, are committing atrocious (horrifyingly wicked) sins against Me, with impunity (exemption from loss or penalty - in this case sinners perceive there is no penalty they will face for their sin), as they are led astray.  It is for this reason that I am allowing the fruit of the sins of the world to come forth now, at this time.  

I have lifted the restrainer from the earth, having removed much of my angelic protection, that has prevented so many disasters in the past.  As chaos runs rampant on the earth, things will get much worse.  Blame will be assigned by the powers of this world, particularly to my chosen ones, and vengeance will be sought for the ills of the world. (Example - largely unsubstantiated report of “Mass” graves at residential schools out west, in the press in May, 2021, with subsequent burning of Catholic Churches and acceptance of guilt by and against Catholics)

But, I call you to be like your mother Mary.  At the wedding at Cana, she presented simply a petition.  She did not presume to know the mind of God, but trusted in me to do what was best in the circumstance.  So, I produced the finest wine, from water.

I call you to trust me likewise.  Be humble like your heavenly Mother.  And like her, conform your Will to mine, by prayer and sacrifice.  

When you are presented with a difficulty of some kind, you jump into action, and when you have mucked things up sufficiently, you remember to call on me.  You lean on your own understandings, when I, your Saviour, am always ready to assist you.  Can you possibly in your imagination, come anywhere close to imagining what I am capable of? 1.

As this world darkens, your only recompense (compensation for the losses incurred) is in My Divine Will.  Lean on me!  Trust in me totally! Surrender to My Divine Will in all things.  Follow the example of your holy Mother, and be humble in all things and at all times. (Jesus repeated the call to humility this second time for emphasis.)

  1. Proverbs 3:5-6 RSV-CE

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight.

6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Trust Me My Loved Ones

 Trust Me, My Loved Ones - George Sebok

March 2016

My Dear People, you need to allow my Spirit to move freely. Do not step in front of my plan that is in motion. Let go of your ego, your personal plans and allow my Spirit to move freely. 

Are you worried that my direction cannot be discerned? Do not fear but listen to my guidance and I will enlighten the way. I am the sovereign one. 

I am always doing the best with what you have chosen to do. Even though what you choose may be imperfect, perfection will come through my guidance. 

Why are you afraid? Cast that fear away in my name. Take captive your thoughts and ask for my Spirit’s gift of discernment and of wisdom and My knowledge. 

Your heart is right. Do not be deceived. I have shown you what is going on in other people’s lives and thoughts. Do not be afraid to challenge them to listen more deeply to my Spirit.  

The root of sin in your lives must be dealt with in order to hear me clearly. Try your best to remain in the state of grace. 

Ask for my help. I have you on the right path and I will show and enlighten to you My ways. 

But Lord! What is your way? 

Have you not heard me? I am the Way, the truth and the life. My spirit in you will guide you through My many blessed gifts. Ask and it will be given you, knock and the door will be opened. 

Enter into this new realm of thinking. Do not be intimidated by the evil one nor be discouraged. In your weakness I am strong. I am there to help you. 

The evil one knows the weakness of each one and uses it to bring turmoil and confusion, doubt and hesitation. 

When you see weakness, challenge each other in love and don’t fear. The worst fear is fear itself so speak in love and the barriers will come down with good results. 

Trust me my loved ones.

To A Precious Child

 To A Precious Child

June 22, 2022

My Dear Precious Child, I have been calling out to you for all of your life. When My Son Jesus, hung dying on the Cross of Salvation, He called out to YOU personally, when He said: “I thirst.”

It was you He thirsted for. It was you He called into intimate relationship with Him, your Lord and your Savior.

My Child, you have been given many gifts, which were to be used for My Glory. However, the evil one, the great deceiver, was able to sneak in to your life through choices you made to go what you thought was your own way.

Though you were unaware, by following his deceptions, you were rejecting the call I have placed upon your life.

I call you now to surrender your heart and mind to Me alone, the triune God. I call you to humble yourself before me, and imitate your precious, Holy Mother Mary. Let her be the model for your life, from this moment forward.

I call you to receive the abundant Love I have for you, which you have so often rejected. Return to My Church. Return to the sacraments, first the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and then to the Sacrament of the Eucharist, the heavenly food that will strengthen you and sustain you on the journey I have called you to.

Invite My Holy Spirit to fill you with my manifold gifts, and use them for my glory alone. 

Place yourself beneath the mantle of protection of your Holy Mother, and come near her Immaculate Heart, which will triumph over the evils of this world.

Sunday, May 1, 2022


 Take Courage

April 19, 2022

Joshua 1:9 Behold I command thee, take courage, and be strong. Fear not and be not dismayed: because the Lord thy God is with thee in all things whatsoever thou shalt go to. - Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition

Luke 11:23 He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters. 

Jeremiah 17:5 Thus says the LORD: "Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his arm, whose heart turns away from the LORD. 

I saw in the Spirit, the evil one’s hooks into the lives of God’s Children. These hooks were what I understand to be gaffing hooks, which are spears with large hooks on them to land big fish. There is nothing gentle about the way the devil gets his hooks into people. There is also nothing gentle about the way he drags people through their earthly lives to do his bidding. 

The devil is intent on landing our loved ones, and all on the earth for their eternal destruction.  

But, catching fish, big or small is the duty of the Church, and God is not allowing the malicious fish capture of the devil’s to happen unfettered. 

I saw a particular instance of a Child of God in prayer, surrounded by flames. The flames were the Flame of Love of Mary’s Immaculate Heart, and the fire of the Holy Spirit. The two flames were coming together like an oxy-acetylene torch, and when combined became the Flame of Divine Mercy.

This combined flame was melting the gaffing hooks that are dug deep into the bodies of people, who have been under the evil one’s influence, and held captive.

As the flames melt the gaffing hooks, they soften, and release their grip on the ones under the influence of the evil one.  

It is our duty, as Church, to help bring them to safety in the arms of the Church, by praying for the release of this great conflagration over our loved ones and all mankind.

John 3:19-21: 

And this is the verdict,

that the light came into the world,

but people preferred darkness to light,

because their works were evil.

For everyone who does wicked things hates the light

and does not come toward the light,

so that his works might not be exposed.

But whoever lives the truth comes to the light,

so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.

Special Devotion to My Mercy

St. Faustina’s Diary 1074

The flames of mercy are burning Me. I desire to pour them out upon human souls. Oh, what pain they cause Me when they do not want to accept them!

My daughter, do whatever is within your power to spread devotion to My mercy. I will make up for what you lack. Tell aching mankind to snuggle close to My merciful Heart, and I will fill it with peace (Diary, 1074)

Flame of Love Diary

Elizabeth Kindelmann 

For God So Loved The World
“My little one, I want that not one soul be damned. You should want this together with me. For this purpose, I place in your hands a beam of light that is the Flame of Love of my heart.” (Mary) (January 15, 1964)

Thursday, April 14, 2022


 Will You Enter Into My Passion?

April 14, 2022

My precious children, I invite you to enter into My Passion, My Death and Resurrection in a special way this year. I call you to enter into My Heart, as I enter yours in Eucharist. 

I call you to offer all your sufferings big or small in Union with My Sufferings, and the torment of our Mother’s heart, and that of My faithful Disciples who watched with me as I breathed my last.

I invite you into the depths of My Being so you can experience my pains, but far more how I endured all, and embraced all to bring you My Salvation. I embraced all the tortures inflicted on my body, and my mind, for you, My Beloved Children.

Come and see in a new deeper way what I have done for you individually and corporately.  

On Easter I desire that you celebrate My Resurrection more fully than ever, and that you shout with even greater joy: “Hallelujah, He is risen, IN DEED!”

Then, with even greater joy in your hearts, regardless of the circumstances of your world, go boldly into the world, bringing and preaching My Salvation to all you encounter.

Will you stay with Me, during My Passion and Death, comforting me for all those who reject My Love Offering, so you may receive in the depths of your being My Easter Joy?

Monday, April 11, 2022


Tell Them That I Love Them

March 12, 2022 

A soul, very dear to Our Heavenly Father, had the following conversation with Him. In our recent communication, I had commented that: “I have noticed that the Father is more openly talking with children who will listen to Him. He speaks differently than Jesus.”

This soul then commented that: “Yes, there is a definite distinction between the voice of God the Father, and Jesus.  The Father has a firmer voice and more commanding, yet kind and full of love. Jesus is gentler, and touches one’s heart deeply.” 

Place yourself in the discussion with the Father. Let Him speak these words to your heart.

My Dearest Father, You know how I dislike putting my thoughts down in writing. It makes them permanent. I can’t ignore them or try to hide them when I put pen to paper.

“You try to hide your relationship with Me! Why? The thoughts and answer to this question flows through you at this moment . You will always have doubts... until you surrender completely to Me, My Divine Will.”

I’ve been trying to do that for how many years now?...

“No, you are making progress little by little. You have grown, just look back to the past ten years even.” I have always and forever been with you my little one, since before you were born, I chose you, you are Mine and I will never let you go!”

I never want to be away from You my God... I love You!

“I have placed that love in your heart, even when you have tried, you could never not love, because I Am Love. I have given you a special Grace imbued within you to love, because the world has forgotten how to love.”

But, my love has always been rejected, abused, used, cast to the side by people I had given my life to; vowed to love as long as I lived.

“Don’t cry, I have always loved and cannot, not love you. You, my little one, have experienced what My Son experienced during His life on earth. Your experience has helped many people heal. You have shown them love. You have helped them heal. Your experiences have and will be used to show people the truth, what My Son Jesus has suffered for love of humanity. Our love is so immense: We created this universe to share this love with humanity. Humanity was created to share in Our Love: Divine Love, Immeasurable, Uncontainable, Ever expanding, Enveloping, Changing, Burning Love!”

Father, I don’t know what You want from me. I am a nothing, the broken vessel in my dreams. 

“You know the answer, my little one.”

I know, because I need to be a nothing so that You can shine through me. It is You that gives life. We get in the way, as I have done throughout my life. I have taken so many wrong turns in my life. I feel I have failed You.

“No, you are here now, today, in the place I want you to be. Surrendered. It has been a long trial for you, a long journey and a desert, beaten and broken so I could recreate you for My purpose!”

Now that I am Yours, what do you want from me, for I have nothing left to give you but my love, small and insignificant?

“Exactly what I want from you. There is nothing you can give me except your love freely given, for I have created the Heavens. But, you my little one have the most important thing in all of Eternity.

Free will I gave humanity when I created you, the world and the universe! How can you know love if, in any way, it is not given freely! That IS the essence of love! You, among my children know this well because of your life’s experiences. You have gone through these experiences, to know beyond a shadow of a doubt the meaning of love, all kinds of love. The many expressions of love; agape love, filial love, friendships, parental love and names of love that can not truly express the meaning of what love truly is.”

But why now Father, why not years ago, when I was younger, healthier?

“They would not have listened. Their hearts were closed, their hearts are cold, hypnotized into false beliefs. They have turned away from Me. They are lost, snatched up by Lucifer’s demons of greed, lust, hate, envy, power, control. This world has fallen. There is more sin in this world now than at any time in the past. Not Noah, not Sodom and Gomorrah and not even their father Adam. Sin has multiplied exponentially since the beginning of time”.

“The time forewarned has come for Me to gather My children to come home to Me. This has been a great trial for the world. I have those who love Me. I have gathered them and they are waiting for my remnant to come home. It is time. Your job now is to help gather those still here and those who freely choose, to be my children to ask forgiveness for their transgressions and come home. I am giving My children one last chance: The Warning! One last chance to repent and come back to me and I will not turn anyone away who returns to Me. But it must be their free will with a contrite heart, their true desire to come back to me. 

Tell them of My love for them! Show them My love for them. Heal them, free them from the grasp of the demons.”

“Tell them that I LOVE THEM!” 


 What You Must Do To Enter My Kingdom

March 21, 2022

This prophetic message came from a soul devoted to the Will of God in all things. It is a good message to contemplate in this Holy Week penitential season.

“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart and with thy whole soul and with all thy strength and with all thy mind: and thy neighbour as thyself” Luke 10:27 Douay-Rheims

To enter into My Kingdom, you must forgive those who have hurt you. There can be no hate, anger, bitterness or dissension in your heart towards anyone, not even your enemies. Do not fall into the trap Satan is setting up for you. This is not about them, this is about you. Do not judge lest you be judged. Forgive, even those who have deeply hurt you; wounded you to the core of your being. You must forgive everyone. Only love can be in your heart. This is not easy. Become love. To have only love in your heart gives you the ability to be in My Heart and in My Divine Will. You must be love to enter into love and my Heart IS Love, my Kingdom IS love.

Children, repent while you still can: ask for forgiveness and forgive others, for I LOVE YOU onto death; My death I suffered for you and for all humanity. Let those who have ears to hear listen to Me now, for many people will hear but will not understand the depth, urgency and importance of My words.

Love, Love, Love!

Your Jesus

Sunday, April 10, 2022


 Vision of Mary 

March 25, 2022 - Feast of the Annunciation of Our Lord/Motherhood of Mary

Peter Schroeder, a long time prayer partner, received the following vision. It is both profound and prophetic. I believe that’s its timing is post Illumination, post end of this age. It appears consistent with the New Eden on earth, that Luisa Piccarreta wrote about.

The Vision

There are many images of Mary, the Mother of God, but none can compare

in size and beauty to what I saw while in prayer: She filled the entire sky with her 

mantle spread out. She looked awesome and majestic, loving and powerful,

but not intimidating. On the contrary, She was gentle and inviting - inviting 

all of us to come under Her mantle for protection. We all felt the Spirit of God in Her, and saw a holy aura about Her.

As we came into Her presence, we experienced the graces flowing from Her

Immaculate Heart. We were all purified and sanctified. The people coming under Her mantle were from all races, nations, cultures and religions, but there was no

disunity and no fighting. We experienced great peace radiating from Her presence.

She was very pleased to see so many people coming in trust, joy and gratitude

to Her Motherly protection. It was a holy atmosphere, and we were all growing 

in love for each other.

The Vatican also was under Her protection, right at the feet of Our Lady.

Peter Schroeder

March 25, 2022

Peter shared this vision with me on April 8, 2022. 

Valeria – Peace Will Be Eternal

This prophecy from Mary to Valeria Copponi on April 6, 2022, was posted on Countdown to the Kingdom on April 7, 2022, in total.

This excerpt urges us to pray for unbelievers. This call upon us is to help bring unbelievers to faith in Jesus, in part, through our prayers on their behalf.

“Pray for unbelievers that they might feel my presence and that of paradise. Do not be afraid: war will come to an end, like all earthly things, but peace will be eternal in duration. With Jesus, neither pain nor wickedness will exist, but only goodness and peace. I say to you: believe, pray, fast – you will not regret it. I am always with you; I hold you by the hand and sustain you in every need. My dearly beloved little children, I will make you feel my nearness in this time as never before. Be calm, turn to your Mother at all times and in every need.”

First Reading for Mass on Saturday, April 9, 2022

The vision also appears to be a fulfillment of the First Reading for Mass on Saturday, April 9, 2022.

Reading I Ez 37:21-28

Thus says the Lord GOD:
I will take the children of Israel from among the nations
to which they have come,
and gather them from all sides to bring them back to their land.
I will make them one nation upon the land,
in the mountains of Israel,
and there shall be one prince for them all.
Never again shall they be two nations,
and never again shall they be divided into two kingdoms.

No longer shall they defile themselves with their idols,
their abominations, and all their transgressions.
I will deliver them from all their sins of apostasy,
and cleanse them so that they may be my people
and I may be their God.
My servant David shall be prince over them,
and there shall be one shepherd for them all;
they shall live by my statutes and carefully observe my decrees.
They shall live on the land that I gave to my servant Jacob,
the land where their fathers lived;
they shall live on it forever,
they, and their children, and their children’s children,
with my servant David their prince forever.
I will make with them a covenant of peace;
it shall be an everlasting covenant with them,
and I will multiply them, and put my sanctuary among them forever.
My dwelling shall be with them;
I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Thus the nations shall know that it is I, the LORD,
who make Israel holy,
when my sanctuary shall be set up among them forever.

Saturday, April 2, 2022


 The Approaching Darkness

April 2, 2022

Excerpts from readings from 5th Sunday of Lent, Cycle C. These reading excerpts provide context and confirmation for the vision and prophecy received earlier in the week, which are below.

First Reading - Isaiah 43:18-21

Thus says the LORD, . . . 
“Remember not the events of the past,
            the things of long ago consider not;
see, I am doing something new!
            Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?

In the desert I make a way,
            in the wasteland, rivers.
Wild beasts honor me,
            jackals and ostriches,
for I put water in the desert
            and rivers in the wasteland
            for my chosen people to drink,
the people whom I formed for myself,
            that they might announce my praise.”

Psalm 126:3-5

R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy. 1.
Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
            like the torrents in the southern desert.
Those that sow in tears
            shall reap rejoicing.

Second Reading - Philippians 3:8-14

Brothers and sisters:
I consider everything as a loss
because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.

For his sake I have accepted the loss of all things
and I consider them so much rubbish,
that I may gain Christ and be found in him
not having any righteousness of my own based on the law
but that which comes through faith in Christ,
the righteousness from God,
depending on faith to know him and the power of his resurrection
and the sharing of his sufferings by being conformed to his death,
if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

It is not that I have already taken hold of it
or have already attained perfect maturity,
but I continue my pursuit in hope that I may possess it,
since I have indeed been taken possession of by Christ Jesus.
Brothers and sisters, I for my part
do not consider myself to have taken possession.
Just one thing: forgetting what lies behind
but straining forward to what lies ahead,
I continue my pursuit toward the goal,
the prize of God’s upward calling, in Christ Jesus.

Verse Before the Gospel

Joel 2:12-13

Even now, says the Lord,
return to me with your whole heart;
for I am gracious and merciful

On March 31, in prayer I saw what I thought was a repeat of a vision I had last Fall. In the earlier vision, I had seen a darkness coming over the whole earth, like a blanket. At the time, I also saw bright lights coming from the earth, which were the light of Faith of God’s chosen people, those who surrendered to Christ, and took up their cross, and the light of Faith.

In this recent vision, I saw a much deeper darkness, that was also much thicker coming over the earth. This darkness was putrid, and induced fear in many of those who were carrying their light of Faith. Many of those filled with fear surrendered their light, and walked away.

Those who had been strengthening their light of Faith by growing more daily in their spiritual practices, were buffeted by the darkness, but their faces became like steel as they refused to be overcome by it, and their lights continued to grow in intensity.

My Beloved Disciples, the darkness that has been approaching has now formed, as the evil one proceeds unfettered at this time towards his goal to destroy the Father’s Creation.

He will not succeed, but will wreak much havoc on the world, and upon my chosen ones, for whom he has the greatest hatred. 

Many will flee from the destruction in fear. But, unlike the apostles, who all fled, many will be able to stand. The apostles did not have the Holy Spirit, as I have sent to you. They also did not have 2,000 years of Church history and teaching to gird them.

Like the apostles, who later all returned except for the betrayer, many, though not all of those who run away in fear, will return, at an appropriate time. 4.

This is the hour of the Passion of My Church. Stay with me, throughout My Passion. Meditate on My First Passion and Death, as My earthly body, the Church goes through her passion. 

The apostles could not grasp that I must die, before there could be new life in the Resurrection. You have the knowledge that My Death on the Cross, though tragic on its own, was necessary for the Resurrection and the new day.

My Mother did not abandon me for an instant during My Passion and Death, and was the first one to whom I announced My Resurrection. Remain beneath her mantle of protection throughout these trials. 5.

Her Immaculate Heart will triumph over the evil one!

“When we find ourselves in some grave danger, we must not lose courage but firmly trust in God, for where there is the greatest danger, there is also the greatest help from Him Who wants to be called our "Help" in times of peace and in times of tribulation.”

― St. Ambrose


  1. “We are filled with joy. Father Sam Johnston, whose funeral we celebrated recently, often said in difficult times: “I may not be happy, but I am joyful.” This provides further context for the difficult times we are in, and for the message above from Jesus, which confirms the times, but also the triumph of Mother Mary’s Immaculate Heart.
  2. In the prophecy, we may well lose all Things, but beneath Mary’s mantle of protection, we can cling to our hope in her triumph, and in remaining faithful to Jesus.
  3. In the prophecy, many will turn away like the apostles, and may return like them, as well. He is gracious and merciful to those who come to Him, because it is His desire that none be lost.
  4. This reminds us of the selection of the 300 warriors for Gideon. The ones who did not make that final cut, as it were, were called on to rout the foe, after the initial battle fought by the 300.
  5. Beneath Mary’s mantle of protection, is the Rosary, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and the Sacraments. We may again lose access to the Sacraments, but the Rosary and Chaplet we will have with us always. 

Monday, March 28, 2022


 Welcome Home Father Sam

March 28, 2022

What follows appears to be about Father Sam Johnston, and on the surface that is true. But, above all, it is about what and who Father Sam cherished most, his and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is about the boundless Mercy of God, which He animates in His Children who seek it, and choose to live it.

Since Father Sam Johnston, my Spiritual Director, friend to me and my wife, and spiritual father, passed away on March 24, 2022, he has been much in our minds, and prayers.

When I would travel regularly to Ridgetown to meet him, there were two things he would say from time to time, and they are a part of this story. 

In our discussions we would touch on the state of the world, the state of life of the people of Uganda he so dearly loved, and individuals he cared about, of which there were a great many. He would often say: “I may not be happy, but I am Joyful.”

As my wife, Tina, and I have thought of him, interceded for him, and asked for his intercession these last few days, we have not been unhappy at all. Instead, we have been filled with more joy than we have ever known. We have held a certainty that he is in heaven, and is acting like a funnel of grace from heaven to all those he loved on earth.  Our home and our hearts are so full of joy right now, that we can hardly contain it.

This was confirmed by a vision I had last evening, with more details in prayer this morning. But, as often happens to me, when I see something so unusual, like what I saw in this extended vision, I hear a voice telling me that I made it all up.

So, this morning in prayer I received a confirmation of the visions from the redoubtable St. Faustina.

First, here is the diary entry from St. Faustina that was in my morning email.

Today I was in Heaven  - St. Faustina Diary 777

November 27, [1936]. Today I was in heaven, in spirit, and I saw its inconceivable beauties and the happiness that awaits us after death. I saw how all creatures give ceaseless praise and glory to God. I saw how great is happiness in God, which spreads to all creatures, making them happy; and then all the glory and praise which springs from this happiness returns to its source; and they enter into the depths of God, contemplating the inner life of God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, whom they will never comprehend or fathom.

This source of happiness is unchanging in its essence, but it is always new, gushing forth happiness for all creatures. Now I understand Saint Paul, who said, “Eye has not seen, nor has ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man what God has prepared for those who love Him.”

Now, here is what I saw.

I saw Thursday morning, just prior to Father Sam’s death. A very large crowd was gathering at a particular place in heaven. They were there because they were excitedly talking among themselves that: “Father Sam is coming home.” They were overjoyed to see him and meet him, many for the first time. There was a giant banner that said: “Welcome Home Father Sam Johnston”.

I saw at the front of the crowd some of his dearest friends, and all his siblings and parents. I saw also those whose funerals he had conducted whether they were friends, or members of his congregations throughout our diocese. I saw people there whose confessions he had heard from around the world, at Medjugorje, in Columbia, in Uganda.  

But what was also very exciting was that I saw my Mom and Dad. They were there to thank Father Sam for all he had done for me over the years to draw me closer to Jesus. But it wasn’t just my parents. There were relatives of the living here on earth who had been touched by his ministry. Like my parents, they wanted to be part of the welcoming, and show their gratitude for what his ministry had meant to their loved ones. They were from all over the globe.

When Father Sam arrived, they cheered, and welcomed him. It was a very joyous cacophony. Father Sam had arrived dressed in his priestly black shirt, and pants, with his collar glowing white.

Then it became suddenly quiet, and the crowd parted making a pathway. Jesus came through the parting, with a broad smile on his face, and took Father Sam, who he dwarfed, into his arms and gave him a big hug . . . even bigger than Father Sam’s famous hugs.

Jesus had tears of joy as he welcomed his precious child and brother home. Father Sam wept for joy, and there was not a dry eye in the crowd. Another time the crowd parted, and Our Blessed Mother came through the parting and wrapped her arms around Father Sam, kissed his forehead, pulled her head back a bit, and looked at him with a mother’s love.

Though I did not see it happen, Father Sam was now in a beautiful white robe.

One of Father Sam’s favorite expressions is: “Praise the Lord Anyway”, or “PTLA” for short. He was so filled with joy, he wanted to shout it out, but realized that “Anyway” was redundant, and he shouted out: “Praise the Lord,” and was joined by the whole crowd as they gave praise to Jesus.

I did not get to see any more of the celebration, as the vision ended.

But, I was reminded of another Father Sam aphorism, his definition of JOY - Jesus, Others, You.

This is how he lived his life, and it brought great joy to so many. As he imitated Christ and our Mother Mary in his daily life, may we too live our lives for the Glory of God.

Father Sam was a holy man, but he also was a sinner like us. He went to heaven immediately, in part because God called on people around the world to pray for him, and at least one particular individual to suffer redemptively for him.

A favorite song in our household is Scars In Heaven by the Christian music group, Casting Crowns. As beautiful as this song is it took on new meaning for us this week, as so many of our thoughts and prayers were about and for Father Sam.

The second verse and refrain struck me as particularly poignant. The song is linked below.

I know the road you walked was anything but easy

You picked up your share of scars along the way.

Oh, but now you're standing in the sun, 

you've fought your fight and your race is run

The pain is all a million miles away.

The only scars in heaven, they won't belong to me and you;

There'll be no such thing as broken, and all the old will be made new.

And the thought that makes me smile now, even as the tears fall down

Is that the only scars in heaven, yeah, are on the hands that hold you now.