Reprint of an April 2009
Did you know that....? column
April 15, 2011
Originally Published on April 4th, 2009
Did you know that... when the burden of the manifesting realities begins to weigh you down, the
best thing to do, next to prayer, is to review the Biblical
Prophecies and Promises Regarding the Return of Christ. (1)
We know that those are truths, and they are indeed His promises. Do not let the evil one get you
down - arm yourself with unshakable Faith and march on triumphantly in His Most Holy Name!
Recently (Spring 2009) we received a letter from a long time reader and Family member. It follows
[edited for publication]:
I trusted in God when I feared the loss of my job. You commended
me. My job is gone.
I have 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
My car died today.
I wonder where God is, and why He has turned His back on
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
I can't afford them
I'm tired, and there is no hope, at least not for me.
His letter made miguel de Portugal (m de P) realize that perhaps far too many of our readers
thought that we spoke about Faith without having taken
it to great limits. Therefore, focusing on his particular concerns
(2), we shared with him a small part of the experiences m de P had to live
through as part of his "on the job training". m de P's response to this, our brother, was thus
[edited for publication]:
Believe it or not the man who went on to become m de P ("I"
henceforth) went through all of that and more.
Not only I faced bankruptcy - I had to file for
In the late eighties, with $ 5,000 dollars of payments
due every month, I found myself with only fifty
dollars on hand, paying credit cards with credit cards and no employment of any kind (not even as
a store clerk - I was far grossly overqualified), but I knew that God was testing me and I trusted
A very close and trusted business associate betrayed me and
defaulted on a very large debt
- and my "church going friends" of the past, as it is usually the case, turned their backs on me.
They would not even purchase an ashtray in a massive "garage" sale of all household goods the
future m de P eventually had to hold. The few "friends" who came to browse did so just to
When all was so black that I could not even see the blackness, I
steadfastly held to Him and the Rosary. I knew that He would not fail
Once He deemed that I had showed enough Faith in Him, the
faucets of plenty were opened.... and open they were!
When, a few years later, God said to me:
"Leave all and follow
Me" - I was in the best financial, professional and social
position I had ever been in my whole life - with
new high yielding engineering projects pouring in - but I trusted God and left all behind -
willingly, not because I had no other choice or nothing
to lose, worldly speaking, that is - and followed
What else can I say?
Perhaps that 20 years later I look back and have no regrets
about placing my complete trust in God.
m de P
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(1) Biblical Prophecies and Promises Regarding the
Return of Christ
(2) There are so many other areas where God had demanded that m de P prove to Him his Faith
that, a full length book could be written just covering them.
(3) The only way to recoup the enormous loss would have been a nasty law suit, but that is
not God's way - considering the alluded to business partner was the mother of my children [And 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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