Saint John Bosco’s Dream

January 30, 2019

There is one dream of Don Bosco’s that Bob and Penny Lord used in all our talks, to accentuate the focus of our ministry and what we believe has to be the direction the Church has to take, in order to survive.  He shared this vision with his boys, on May 30, 1862.

Dream of Saint John Bosco

Dream of Saint John Bosco

“A few nights ago I had a dream.  True, dreams are nothing but dreams, but still I’ll tell it to you for your spiritual benefit, just as I would tell you even my sins – only I’m afraid I’d send you scurrying away before the roof fell in.  Try to picture yourselves with me on the seashore, or better still, on an outlying cliff with no other land in sight.  The vast expanse of water is covered with a formidable array of ships in battle formation, prows fitted with sharp, spearlike beaks capable of breaking through any defense.  All are heavily armed with cannons, incendiary  bombs and firearms of all sorts – even books – and are heading toward one stately ship, mightier than them all.  As they close in, they try to ram it, set it afire and cripple it as much as possible.

“This stately vessel is shielded by a flotilla escort.  Winds and waves are with the enemy.  In the midst of this endless sea, two solid columns, a short distance apart, soar high into the sky: one surmounted by a statue of the Immaculate Virgin at whose feet a large inscription reads: Help of Christians; the other, far loftier and sturdier, supports a Host of proportionate size and bears beneath it the inscription Salvation of believers.

“The flagship commander – the Roman Pontiff – seeing the enemy’s fury and his auxiliary ships’ very grave predicament, summons his captains to a conference.  However, as they discuss their strategy, a furious storm breaks out and they must return to their ships.

“When the storm abates, the Pope again summons his captains as the flagship keeps on its course.  But the storm rages again.  Standing at the helm, the Pope strains every muscle to steer his ship between the two columns from whose summits hang many anchors and strong hooks linked to chains.

“The entire enemy fleet closes in to intercept and sink the flagship at all costs.  They bombard it with everything they have: books and pamphlets, incendiary bombs, firearms, cannons.  The battle rages ever more furious.  Beaked prows ram the flagship again and again, but to no avail, as unscathed and undaunted, it keeps on its course.  At times a formidable ram splinters a gaping hole into its hull, but immediately, a breeze from the two columns instantly seals the gash.

“Meanwhile, enemy cannons blow up, firearms and beaks fall to pieces, ships crack up and sink to the bottom.  In blind fury the enemy takes to hand-to-hand combat, cursing and blaspheming.  Suddenly the Pope falls, seriously wounded, He is instantly helped up, but, struck down a second time, dies.  A shout of victory rises from the enemy and wild rejoicing sweeps their ships.  But no sooner is the Pope dead than another takes his place.  The captains of the auxiliary ships elected him so quickly that the news of the Pope’s death coincides with that of his successor’s election.  The enemy’s self-assurance waned.

“Breaking through all resistance, the new Pope steers the ship safely between the two columns and moors it to the two columns; first, to the one surmounted by the Host and then to the other, topped by the statue of the Virgin.  At this point, something unexpected happens.  The enemy ships panic and disperse, colliding with and scuttling each other.

“Some auxiliary ships which had gallantly fought alongside their flagship are the first to tie up at the two columns.  Many others, which had fearfully kept far away from the fight, stand still, cautiously waiting until the wrecked enemy ships vanish under the waves.  Then, they too head for the two columns, tie up at the swinging hooks and ride safe and tranquil beside their flagship.  A great calm now covers the sea.”

Most of Don Bosco’s dreams were realized during his lifetime.  He made  predictions about the events of the Franco-Prussian war, which were so accurate, it was as if he read a script.  He also predicted the death of Pope Pius IX.  But the dream about the two columns has struck us from the first time we read it, as being more for today’s church, then for the time of Don Bosco.  Could Don Bosco see what would be happening in the Church of today, how we would be floundering so badly in a violent storm, not knowing what to believe, or who to listen to?  Was this dream or vision or prophecy to help us see clearly, what and where our loyalties must be, if we are to save the Church?  We like to think of this vision as being a directive to follow the great strengths of our Church, the Body of Christ, in the Eucharist, the Mother of Christ, through the Vicar of Christ.

After Don Bosco shared his dream, he asked his priests and students to comment on its meaning.  None of them, not the priest, nor the students, said anything at that time, about one Pope being killed and being replaced immediately by another.  Was that a prophecy of an event that took place in our time, when Pope John Paul I died after only 33 days in office, to be replaced immediately by Pope John Paul II?  Or was the Lord telling us through Don Bosco that the Papacy does not depend on a man, but solely on God?  Was that prophecy for Don Bosco’s time, or for a hundred years later?



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Pilgrimage to Ireland

January 29, 2019

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Pilgrimage to Ireland

Spiritual Director Father Darrin May

July 22 – August 2, 2019




Our Lady of Knock

St. Oliver Plunkett

Venerable Matt Talbot

St. Brigid of Ireland

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Hill of Tara

Old Mellifont Abbey

Trinity College

Church of Adam & Eve

Kilkenny Castle

Jerpoint Abbey

Holycross Abbey

Rock of Cashel

Gougane Barra

Blarney Castle

Cliffs of Moher

Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

Ballintubber Abbey

Kylemore Abbey

Croagh Patrick and more…

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Pilgrimage to Poland

January 29, 2019

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Pilgrimage to Poland

with Fr. Tim Forget

June 11 – 20, 2019



Journeys of Faith Italy Pilgrimage

  • Warsaw – Blessed Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko – St. Faustina’s motherhouse

  • Niepokalanow– City of the Immaculata – St. Maxmilian Kolbe

  • Glogowiec – Birthplace of St. Faustina

  • Plock- Convent where St. Faustina had her first vision of Jesus

  • Czestochowa – Shrine of Our Lady of Jasna Gora

  • Auschwitz – the infamous death camp of the Nazis

  • Krakow– Shrine of St. Faustina

  • Wawel Cathedral – where Pope Saint John Paul II was ordained Bishop of Krakow. This is the shrine of St. Stanislaus, patron Saint of Poland – St. Mary’s Church – A very special place for pilgrims. Listen to the silver trumpet of the bugler of St. Mary’s

  • Wadowice – Birthplace of Pope Saint John Paul II

  • Kalwaria – One of Saint John Paul II’s favorite Shrines, the Sanctuary of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, which dates back to 1601

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Pilgrimage to Italy

January 29, 2019

Bob & Penny Lord’s Ministry

Journeys of Faith®St. Peters Basilica in Rome

Pilgrimage to Italy

Spiritual Director Father Andrew Walshwalsh

June 24 – July 7, 2019


St. Peter’s Basilica

St. Mary Major Basilica

St. Paul Outside the Walls

St. John Lateran – Scala Santa

Vatican Museum – Sistine Chapel

Pope Francis General Audience
St. Rita of Cascia

St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi

St. Clare of Montefalco

St. Veronica Giuliani

St. Joseph of Cupertino

Our Lady of Loreto – Holy House of Loreto


Padre Pio

Cave of St. Michael

St. Gerard Majella

St. Philomena

Our Lady of Pompeii – Bl Bartolo Longo – Ruins of Old Pompeii

St. Benedict

St. Maria Goretti and more…

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Saint Thomas Aquinas

January 27, 2019

Thomas AquinasSaint Thomas Aquinas is one of the greatest minds Our Lord Jesus gave to the Church. He was a tremendous logician, using an uncanny gift for cutting through jungles of verbiage to come to a simple conclusion, especially about our Faith. This was needed sorely in the Church of his time, and possibly more so in the Church of our time. Most seminaries, following the teachings of the Magisterium of the Church, use Thomas Aquinas’ teachings as part of their curriculum.
Thomas’ walk to the Lord was not an easy one. Well, let me rephrase. It was never a problem for him. He knew exactly what he wanted, and what the Lord was calling him to do. The problem was his family’s. They never agreed with Thomas’ decision to enter the Order of Preachers. They pictured him as spending the better part of his life as Abbot of Monte Cassino, the famous Benedictine Abbey.
To give his family some credit, they were from the upper class. He came from a long line of counts. Of noble lineage, his father was a knight, and his aspirations for Thomas were to follow in his footsteps. It is believed he was born in the year 1225. When he was a child, lightening struck the house during a violent thunderstorm and his little sister was killed, but Thomas was left unscathed. However, it was a very traumatic experience for the young Thomas, which resulted in his being nervous during thunderstorms. Because he was spared, there is a popular devotion to him as Patron of thunderstorms and sudden death.
His family obsessed on the Benedictine community at Monte Cassino. From the time when he was a young boy, it was pretty well decided this is where he would spend his life, and as we told you before, they had great plans for him to spend his years as Abbott in essence a Bishop. So, when St. Thomas was five years old he was entered as an oblate in the Benedictine Abbey of Monte Cassino, and remained there until he was thirteen.

From there, Thomas spent five years studying the arts and sciences at the University of Naples; and it is there he became attracted to the Order of Preachers. Friars watching him highly absorbed in prayer said they could see rays of light shining above his head. One of them told him, “Our Lord has given you to our Order.” Thomas expressed his ardent desire to join the Preachers, but as his family would object strenuously, he felt it wiser to wait. Three years passed and at age nineteen Thomas attempted to join the Dominicans.
Thomas had been right. Although they did not mind him becoming a religious, they objected rigorously to his becoming a mendicant friar; the Benedictines were more to their liking. His mother set out to persuade him to leave the Dominicans. But the friars took him away before she could come and spirit him from them. Then his brothers and some soldiers set out to abduct him; and abduct him they did. They caught him resting by the roadside and after failing to rip his habit from his body, brought him to the family’s castle. He was refused any visitors except his worldly sister. During his imprisonment St. Thomas studied a book by Peter Lombard, memorized a great part of the Holy Bible, and even wrote a treatise on the errors of Aristotle.
Failing at all their attempts to dissuade him, the family sent a lady of ill repute to seduce him. When he saw her, he brandished a hot iron and chased her out of the room. There is another version, and it is up to you which you believe; but this recounting tells of his sister coming into the room to persuade him to leave and he not only converted her, she not much later joined the Benedictine Order as a Nun and finally became Abbess, which is very possible, because it would have made the family happy, and also would have encouraged them to leave Thomas alone.
He was held captive for two years before his family threw up their hands and gave up. They allowed him to return to the Dominicans. He was sent to study under St. Albert the Great; and because he remained silent during many of the disputations, they conferred on him the nickname, “dumb Sicilian ox.” One of the students, feeling pity for him began tutoring him. But one day when his tutor became stumped and could not explain a lesson, St. Thomas elaborated on it so brilliantly the student brought it to St. Albert’s attention and the next day he gave Thomas a test in front of the whole student body. His answers were so brilliant, his instructor said, “We call Brother Thomas the dumb ox, but I tell you he will make his lowing heard to the uttermost parts of the earth.”
But as brilliant as he was, he was that much more pious. When he celebrated the Mass, during the Consecration, he became so enraptured, he was moved to tears. His biographer, William da Tocco wrote ìwhen consecrating (the bread and wine) at Mass, he would be overcome by such intensity of devotion as to be dissolved in tears, utterly absorbed in its mysteries and nourished with its fruits.î

Although he was sent to Paris where he received his “doctor’s chair,” they would soon lose him to Rome, where he taught as “preacher general” in the Papal School. His new position took him to many parts of Italy where he imparted his wisdom.
St. Thomas Aquinas was involved in the compelling mandate of the Lord to have a Feast Day instituted in honor of the Blessed Sacrament. Jesus dazzled the world of the Thirteenth Century by giving them a Miracle of the Eucharist which began in Prague, Czechoslovakia, and ended in Bolsena, Italy, to focus our attention for His need and desire for a Feast Day in honor of the Blessed Sacrament.

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Scenes from Saint Paul Outside the Walls

January 26, 2019

We want to share these scenes from the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls in Rome

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Saint Paul’s Conversion

January 25, 2019

St. Paul the Apostle

“May I never boast of anything
but the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ!”
Gal 6:14St. Paul Outside the Walls

In the history of our Church, no man stands out more clearly as a zealot and role model, than does St. Paul, the Apostle. The Church as we know it today, the Church of the Gentiles, would not exist were it not for the unceasing pursuit of Paul to bring the Gospel to the four corners of the earth. He took to heart, Jesus’ command, “Go into the whole world, and proclaim the good news to all creation.”
Paul has always impressed us by his singleness of purpose, his unflinching courage, his relentless drive, and his ability to stir men’s hearts, whether by his public speaking, or by his writings. Luke has chronicled the experiences of Paul in the Acts of the Apostles. They read like tales of high adventure. Paul’s letters have inspired the greatest minds of our Church, including, but not limited to St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony, St. John of the Cross, and St. Teresa of Avila. Read about any of the great Saints; you’ll find the teachings of Paul. Of all the Apostles, for us, he is the most touchable, the most approachable, the most identifiable. From this, you can gather that we are great fans of St. Paul.
We feel very close to Paul. Although we are born Catholics, we consider ourselves converts, or rather, we are converting. It’s a never-ending process. When we first came back to the Church, we were overwhelmed by all the exciting people and things she had to offer. We were like kids in a candy store. There was so much more than we could absorb; so we didn’t key into Paul, and his powerful role in the Church, right away. It wasn’t until our first pilgrimage to Rome that we met Paul in a very personal way.
I think it’s important for all of us, just once in our lives, to go to the places of the Saints, so that we can soak up their spirit, which never leaves these areas. There is such a strong sense of the Saints at their shrines. It permeates your skin, and goes deep into your soul.
That’s what happened when we went to the Church of St. Paul Outside the Walls, in Rome. Paul was martyred in this area. After the Church was legitimized by Constantine, his bones were brought back to this spot, to be his final resting place. When we walked through the gates of the courtyard, a formidable statue of St. Paul loomed high above us. He wielded a huge sword; he stared deep into our souls. He was so strong! We asked our guide why he was buried outside the city walls. The guide raised himself to his full five feet, two inches, and proclaimed, “It was his right as a Roman citizen, Signor. The Christians were fed to the lions in the Colosseum during the persecution. But Paul was allowed to die outside the city walls with dignity, as was his birthright.” That didn’t make any sense. He was a Pharisee from the Holy Land, as best we knew. He was converted in Damascus, knocked down off his high horse, so to speak. How did he get to be a Roman citizen?Mamertine Prison in Church on Roman Forum
Then we went to the Mamertine Prison in Rome. This was Paul’s home prior to his death. We walked down, deep into the dark, damp hole of the cave, There was a dim light from a bare 30 watt bulb, dangling from the ceiling. An exhaust fan made a feeble attempt to suck out the foul-smelling, humid air, which permeated the prison. It was damp and gloomy, a very depressing scene. And that was now, in the twentieth century! We could not begin to imagine how it had been when Paul was imprisoned here. Our priest was well-versed in Scripture, and the historical background of the Gospel. He shared with us the ending of Paul’s letter to the Philippians. He shared Paul’s last testimony to Timothy. They are the most touching, uplifting, beautiful letters Paul wrote. And they were written here, in the stinking bowels of the earth. We had never known much about this pioneer and martyr for our Faith, but here in this cell, we came to love him very much.
That’s how they get you, these Saints. You ask a little question; you discover something that doesn’t quite fit in, and the next thing you know, you’re deeply engrossed in the life of the Saint. This is how we began to learn about Paul. We didn’t do it to share with anyone. We were in love with Church. This man was our Church! We had to know more about him. Who was he? What made him turn so completely towards Jesus and the Gospel message, at the height of his persecution of the Church?

We know now, why the Lord gave us the gift of being able to search out and study this man. Jesus wants us to know about those who struggled and died for us; He wants us to be proud of our ancestors, and never forget them! He wants us to follow in their footsteps.

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Want to be happy?

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Then you want to become a Saint?

Many, many times Bob and Penny Lord would remind us that in times of crisis, Jesus would raise up Saints. Certainly we can see that our entire World is in a crisis. We need God in our lives.

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Here are the Seven Foundations to become a Saint quickly:

1. Saint Louis de Monfort – To Jesus through Mary – True Devotion – Predicted the future Saints

2. Saint Therese of Lisieux – The little way

3. Saint Faustina Kowalska – Divine Mercy

4. Saint John Paul II – Encyclicals

5. Saint Teresa of Calcutta

6. Saint Ignatius of Loyola – Spiritual Exercises

7. Bob and Penny Lord – Lives of the Saints

Saint Faustina’s Prayer:

“O God, one in the Holy Trinity, I want to love You as no human soul has ever loved You before; and although I am utterly miserable and small, I have, nevertheless, cast the anchor of my trust deep down into the abyss of Your mercy. 

In spite of my great misery I fear nothing, but hope to sing You a hymn of glory forever. Let no soul, even the most miserable, fall prey to doubt, for, as long as one is alive, each one can become a great Saint, so great is the power of God’s grace. It remains only for us to not to oppose God’s action.”

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