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.
We received a letter from a long time reader. It
follows [edited for publication]
trusted in God, as you recommended, when I feared the loss of my
job. My job is gone.
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
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.
afford them anyway.
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
of the experiences that miguel de Portugal had to
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 publication]
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
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
was testing him and he trusted Him.
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
just to sneer.
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
He deemed that miguel had showed
enough Faith in Him, the faucets of
plenty were opened.... and open they were!
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
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]
else could we add? Just believe!
Promises Regarding the Return of Christ.
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
(3) 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.
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