Don’t Become Lion Food

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I have written about the different ways God talks to us. Some people call them signs, some people call them miracles, I use the term signs. One of these signs is dreams. Dreams can be tricky because you need to be able to discern between this that are from God, Satan or bad chili.

Since I began my journey I have been giving signs a lot of thought. I believe the ones I need to pay attention to are the recurring and ones I will remember for a long time afterward.

I have written about what I call the “Door” story and what that dream and the resulting actions meant. I am now going to share an excerpt from the book I am writing, about another dream I was having and the message it sent me.gas station

I had this dream many times, it was always the same, although once or twice it had some minor differences. This dream involved me walking through a business district in a small city or a large town. I couldn’t identify the town, as far as I know it wasn’t anywhere I have ever been or even one that exists. It is like many other towns and cities throughout New England (and I am sure other places as well). With brick buildings, none over four stories tall, most with a storefront on the ground floor. There are people walking around, nothing out of the ordinary. I walk along the street, sometimes on one side of the street, sometimes on the opposite side. Sometimes I am alone, sometimes someone is with me, although always ahead of me.

As I walk I come upon a certain side street. I know if I take it it will be a shorter way to where I am going. The side street, more of a wide alley, leads to an area of abandoned buildings. There are no people, no cars, just all these abandoned buildings. Now one thing you should know about me is that I love old buildings. I love the history and I love the architecture. I love to picture what they were like back in the “boom times” of the town, around  1880’s to 1920’s. While there are no people I can hear voices and I can also hear music playing.

One of the buildings I see is an old vaudeville theater. Now vaudeville is another of those things I love. I approach the theater and I come to what I assume must be the stage door. It isn’t the main entrance with the ticket window, although I can see that as well. His door is open and I look into a short hall with stairs leading up to the next floor. There are some old theater bills there, some sheet music on the hall floor, and a few other artifacts from the era. I can also hear music coming from the top of the stairs, it sounds like there is a show going on. On two or three occasions someone I know is at the top of the stairs. They are telling me I need to come up and see what is happening in the building. This is usually the same person I was following.

There is one light, a bare bulb at the top of the stairs, and I head up. At the top of the stairs, there is a long, dark hallway that I start to walk down. There are doors on both sides, I assume they are rooms, hotel rooms. I go along the hall and when I get to the fourth door on the left it is open. This is where the voice and the music is coming from. I enter the room and I am grabbed from behind and attacked. This is when I begin to have difficulty breathing, feeling like I am either suffocating or choked. This is also where I wake up. Each time I had the dream it was always 99% the same. There were some minor differences, but  it was the same dream; the same town, the same buildings, the same ending. Except for the last time. The last time it was different.

The last time the dream was different. I had spent the day reflecting on it and trying to figure out what it meant. I asked God to help me figure it out. I realized what the dream was telling me was that the voice I heard was Satan. He was luring me into his world. He was tempting me to sin and then once he had me, this is when the life would leave me. That night I had the dream again. This time I heard the voice that was drawing me to the alley.  But, it was like another voice was there telling me, “You know what will happen if you go down that alley. Don’t go, go straight instead.” That is what I did and I haven’t had the dream again.

This convinced me that I was right about recurring dreams come from God. I was right that they contained some kind of message. And it confirmed to me just one other way God helps me when I ask him to.

The lesson from this dream is that you can resist evil, you can resist temptation. You can escape the snares of the devil, and God will help you do it.

Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.resist him, steadfast in faith, knowing that your fellow believers throughout the world undergo the same sufferings. The God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory, through Christ Jesus will himself restore, confirm, strengthen and establish you after you have suffered a little. – 1 Peter 5: 8 – 10


Sunday Reflection: Duty to Live in the Light

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Every once in awhile I come across a passage in the bible that hits me, like a two by four. This happened last night when I read Ephesians 5: 6 – 20. I wish I had read this forty years ago. Maybe if I had I would have this whole thing called life figured out and would not have strayed off the narrow path like I did.


He Did it Again

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I have to admit that the last few months have been tough on me and especially on my faith. I was beginning to head back down a road that would lead me away from the church. I was losing faith because it seemed like God wasn’t there. And then He did it again…


Priests are People Too

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I just got back from Mass, the first time I have been in some time. And once again I kick myself for not going every week because I really enjoy it. No matter what kind of week I have had I always leave feeling better. There is a certain kind of peace that comes over me. More

John 1:38 What are you looking for

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It has been awhile since I have done a Sunday reflection, but then it has been awhile since I have done any reflecting or even much writing. So here goes…

“What are you looking for?”

This is what Jesus asks the two disciples of John the Baptist when they begin to follow him. (John 1:38) This is a question we all should ask ourselves.What are we looking for in our lives? Are we looking for the right things?

We should be looking for Jesus and spending the rest of our lives with one goal in mind: Getting to heaven and spending eternity with God. That really should be our purpose in life, the end goal. After all, we all start out the same, made in God’s image and without sin.We establish an “intimate and vital bond of man to God” when God creates us. But as we learn from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 29:

But this “intimate and vital bond of man to God” (GS 19 # 1) can be forgotten, overlooked, or even explicitly rejected by man. Such attitudes can have different causes: revolt against evil in the world; religious ignorance or indifference; the cares and riches of this world; the scandal of bad example on the part of believers; currents of thought hostile to religion; finally, that attitude of sinful man which makes him hide from God out of fear and flee his call.

If you recall the “Parable of the Sower” (Matthew 13:1 – 9, 18 – 23) you will remember it is about a farmer who spreads his seeds and they fall in four different places: John 1:38

  • The path
  • The rocky ground
  • Among the thorns
  • The rich soil

The only seed that flourished was the seed that fell onto the rich soil. All the rest produced nothing. God is the sower, the seed is his love for us, given to us when he creates each of us. We all have this love and wisdom, but so many of us lose it. Why? Because we are going after the wrong things. Instead of keeping the end in mind, the next life, we are too focused on this life. This leads to us spending all our effort collecting material things, getting more and more “stuff”. And like the seed that falls among the thorns, we begin to grow in Jesus but soon the thorns choke us out. Some of the thorns are listed above in the paragraph from the Catechism.

Where do these thorns and weeds come from? We only need to look at Matthew 13:37 – 39:

He said in reply, “He who sows good seed is the Son of Man. the field is the world, the good seed the children of the kingdom. The weeds are the children of the evil one and the enemy who sows them is the devil.”

Satan is the one who comes along and sows the weeds. We don’t see him, we don’t hear him, but he is there. He sows the seeds of temptation in us, things like greed, lust, envy, pride, and this leads us to sin. If we let these weeds grow, like in the first parable the good seed won’t grow, it will eventually die, it will not bear any fruit.

But the good news is that this doesn’t have to be. Unlike the man in the second parable, we don’t have to wait until the weeds have grown before we get rid of them. We are able to tell them apart as soon as they begin to come out of the ground. Even when they are fully grown it is not too late to pull them out. And like the weeds in my little garden, they will come back, but the more you pull them, the less they return. They may never completely stop growing and coming back, just like Satan, but you can keep ahead of them. We need to catch them early enough before they take over.

When Jesus asks where we are going listen when he says “Come and you will see.” (John 1:39)

Two Ways to Fight Planned Parenthood

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I know I have been writing a lot about the latest Planned Parenthood butchery, but I feel it is important. I have been thinking a lot about abortion lately and how wrong it is. I admit at one time I considered myself Pro-Choice, although I never thought abortion was right, but I felt that a woman had the right to do it if she so chose. I don’t feel that way any longer.


How Low Can We Go

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I am so glad to see we have our priorities straight. Finally, there is outrage throughout the world about needless, senseless, and horrible death. The mainstream media has covered this extensively. All the news channels have had their say expressing horror that this could happen. Even late night talk show hosts have broken down on the air over this. More

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