Although I no longer write the series of travelogues that were a feature on this site about ten years ago, suffice it to say that penance is indeed better than ever. We are very grateful for the penances that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus sees fit to sends us as they are the means by which we can make a bit of satisfaction for our sins. Deo gratias!
The principal penance facing us at this time is the threat against our lives, principally mine, made by an anti-Catholic bully who has a long and fabled reputation as the local drunk and neighborhood bully. Although it was unbeknownst to us on Friday, July 6, 2018, the Octave Day of the Solemnity of Saints and Paul, we have learned that the man has been imprisoned nine times for making threats against public safety. That’s quite an accomplishment for someone who is only in his fifties.
Things came to a head on Saturday, July 8, 2018, the Feast of Saints Cyril and Methodius, when our daughter saw the man, who is paid by absentee neighbors to care for their livestock, was skulking with a gun on the other side of a fence shared with the absentee neighbors. A law enforcement official happened to be in the area for purposes of serving a criminal trespass notice on the suspect when he got the call to return to our house a short distance away. His superior officer came within a short period of time, and the anti-Catholic bigot and local bully was taken off of the absentee neighbor’s property in handcuffs.
We do not know how long the bully will be the guest of the local detention center as he is charged now only with public intoxication at the time of the arrest, which took place around 11:15 a.m. The deputy who responded to our calls on Friday and Saturday said that the man would be charged with making a terroristic threat, but we do not know now whether this will occur before he is released. It is our hope that the more serious charge will be filed soon, although that is out of our hands. We have been rather occupied with these developments in the past week, which is why there has not been a new article posted on this site. Please continue to pray for our safety as we pray for the conversion of the man and his family.
Additionally, I lost all access to the internet after Midnight on Saturday. The problem is probably caused by an outdated satellite modem.
The earliest that service can be restored is Tuesday afternoon after the satellite provider sends out a contractor to examine the problem.
As I have no access to the internet other than on my supposedly “smart phone,” it is difficult to write e-mails, but I do want to thank the five people who have sent donations since yesterday morning. This update itself is going to be posted at a facility located twenty-five miles from us that has free “Wi-Fi”
I will continue to write as best as I can without internet access, which is helpful to provide links to various sources and articles and hope to have several new articles in the coming week, presuming, of course, that our neighbor is not released and then heads straight for our property as he is the sort of bully who always has to blame others for problems of his own making. It is always that way with bullies as they want to bully without suffering any consequences for their actions. Bullies can never be enabled or excused.
Indeed, several neighbors said to us when the man who threatened us was riding away in the police car, “We should have done this years ago.” No one should ever be afraid of a bully. We must do our duty before God, and in doing so, of course, we might be helping others now and in the future.
All to thee, Blessed Mother. All to thy Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I love you. Save souls!
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Saint Elizabeth of Portugal, pray for us.
Saint Philomena the Wonder Worker, pray for us.