Saturday, April 6, 2019

ST. JOSEPH IN GOD'S TIME -- FOR *OUR* TIME!


Excerpt from The Book of Joseph
 
... one day with the Lord is as a thousand years,
and a thousand years is as one day (2 Peter 8 ESV).

For centuries, St. Joseph has remained hidden in the background of the greater picture, only periodically emerging when he was needed. But everything is done in God’s time and ultimately His Divine Will is accomplished exactly when He sees fit.

One could say that the first millennium was reserved for the sole exploration of who Jesus Christ was and continues to be for His followers. It was a time for discernment and meditation on the Word of God, Who came to save humanity from sin so that eternal life may be given. The Church was given insights into the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ to understand God’s plan for mankind and the realization of the person of God in Him, as the second person of the Most Holy Trinity, defined as truth. Jesus is the New Adam who came to fulfill what was written in the books of the Prophets and to lead His people into new life. He gave the Church the gift of the Holy Spirit to continue His saving work on earth, to sustain His Mystical Body, the Church.

For as by the disobedience of one man, many were made sinners; so also by the obedience of one, many shall be made just
(Romans 5:19 DRV).

The next millennium would be focused on knowing Christ more intimately through those closest to Him. Who better to show the Church how to love Jesus than His own mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary? These years were given to teach how to emulate her, and to be led by her example of humility, in true love for Christ. She is not a stumbling block on the way to Christ — she leads straight to Him. Our Lady guides the faithful to her dearly beloved Son, who is always ready to receive sinners, especially from His mother’s hands. Let it be known that Jesus is the only mediator between God the Father and man. Since Jesus is the only one begotten of the Father as both God and man, Mary’s role is to draw His people to closer to union with Him, for she is His greatest disciple. Her intercessory role echoes that of Queen Esther who pleaded before the king for her people in the Old Testament. In the Gospel of St. Luke, someone from the crowd praises Mary for giving birth to Jesus, but Jesus says instead that she is blessed because she has heard the Word of God and has held true to it. Jesus says this to show that anyone among them may be called “blessed,” but only in holding steadfast to the Word of God as she does.

“Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts that nursed You!” But (Jesus said) “Blessed rather are those who hear the Word of God and obey it (Luke 11:27-28 NRSV).”

The current millennium seems to be open to St. Joseph, the Guardian of the Redeemer, who up until recently was hidden in a way. The faithful are discovering his role not only within the pious walls of the Church, but also within the story of Salvation! Why is this important? Why does one need Joseph? Why should the faithful honor him? Because Jesus does.

Joseph has remained hidden up until now because now more than ever a human father is needed to teach mankind how to live. A human father is needed to show what life really is and how to respect it. It is in this millennium that the ethics of life are under attack more than ever. Abortion is rampant and is seen by many as an acceptable alternative to taking responsibility for one’s actions in creating a life. If by Divine Providence God hadn’t willed the safety and protection of Jesus, by the person of Joseph, then Jesus would have died as an infant. In current times, children are being murdered not only right after they are brought into this world, as it happened in Herod’s day, but now even before they are born! Who protected the unborn child within Mary’s womb? Joseph, by the grace of God. Who made sacrifices for his family and put their needs above his own? Joseph. Now more than ever, the “just man” is needed to lead by example, how to live in the truth. These excerpts from the Proverbs of Solomon describe the just man, which well represent St. Joseph:

The blessing of the Lord is upon the head of the just … He
that walketh sincerely, walketh confidently … The work of
the just is unto life … The expectation of the just is joy … The
strength of the upright is the way of the Lord … Where pride
is, there also shall be reproach: but where humility is, there
also is wisdom. The simplicity of the just shall guide them.
The justice of the upright shall make his way prosperous …
The just is delivered out of distress … The fruit of the just
man is a tree of life: and he that gaineth souls is wise
(Proverbs 10, 11 DRV).

Monday, February 18, 2019

ST. JOSEPH CONSUMED BY DIVINE LOVE



Excerpt from "THE BOOK OF JOSEPH"
by José A. Rodrigues

St. Joseph was constantly faithful in his devotion to his Lord and Lady and would often experience ecstasies as a reward; his heart constantly aflame with love that it consumed his whole being. As he became more and more affected by love, he began to yearn for the day of his death, while asking the Lord to envelop him completely in this fiery love. This divine burning grew so intense that it began to radiate outwardly in Joseph's physical appearance.

During the latter days of Joseph's life, Jesus would often visit with him, caring for and encouraging him, especially during the violent bursts of ecstatic love within his body and soul. Servant of God Mother Cecelia Baij and Venerable Maria de Agreda reveal these moments:

The love of God attained such an intensity within Joseph, that his body was affected by it. His heart became as a volcano of fiery divine love, so that he would often exclaim: “Oh, God of love! Put an end to my life! Oh, if this fire of love now burning in my breast would only consume me completely!” Joseph began to have the desire for death by being consumed with divine love. … Joseph’s heart was on fire, his body was radiant, and his eyes sparkled. Mary was delighted as she looked at Joseph, for he seemed to be more like a creature of Heaven than of earth (C. Baij, 1997, pg. 307).

Joseph, in his final years, was weakened from the fire of his ardent love which was so vehement, that the flights and ecstasies of his most pure soul would often have burst the bounds of his body if the Lord, who vouchsafed them, had not strengthened and comforted him against these agonies of love (M. Agreda, 1912, p. 143).


Thursday, February 14, 2019

ST. JOSEPH REVEALED


In "ST. JOSEPH REVEALED" author Joe Rodrigues (The Book of Joseph: God's Chosen Father) discusses three theories related to St. Joseph of Nazareth including Joseph's Sanctification in the womb, his Virginity, as well as his possible Assumption into Heaven. Rodrigues backs up these theories by quoting the Saints of the Roman Catholic Church.

Other topics of discussion include Joe's personal testimony of "adopting" St. Joseph as his spiritual father at a young age, as well as his struggle with pornography addiction and the role St. Joseph plays in his battle against it.

This talk was recorded on August 25, 2018 at the 17th annual Marian Eucharistic Conference held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

** To obtain copies of his talk on DVD / CD, please contact The House of Loreto: loreto@mts.net Proceeds go towards funding the conference. **


Tuesday, October 23, 2018

NEW APPROVED ST JOSEPH APPARITIONS


Since 1991 Larissa Baptista is said to have been receiving messages from Jesus, Mary and Joseph. The phenomenon occurs in the form of an inner locution when she prays. Larissa is also said to receive interior visions which she says are imprinted on her soul and intellect. Inner locution is common in the Church. Saints Catherine of Sienna, Tereza D'Avila, John of the Cross, and many others are examples of how God manifests Himself and continues to act through internal visions and locutions. On August 27, 2018, these visions and messages were given Church approval by Archbishop Sergio Eduardo Castriani. Below are the messages pertaining to St. Joseph.



ST. JOSEPH - Manaus, 08/03/2016:


"Peace be with you and with your family. I, Joseph, come from God to exhort you to trust in my Son as I trust. I come to help lift your spirits in the face of despair. In these times when the children are particularly mistreated, persecuted, I come as an effective aid to fight against Herod who continues to dissipate the children. Your sons and your daughters are in danger, your children are leaving the family very early to throw themselves into the world that kills them without mercy. Yes, the children are dying in their innocence, in their purity.


I come then to introduce myself to them as an effective help in these times of great danger. I also wish to be known as the father and protector of children. As I have defended my Son from the womb of the Immaculate, so I desire to defend and protect your children. I am the defender of the defenseless little children, I am the great and present warrior that fights the old Herod. Make me known as the protector of the children, I will keep them in my Heart which is united to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary - pulsating together with the desire to make your children holy."


ST. JOSEPH - Manaus, 09/03/2016:



"Peace be with you and with your family. I come again to tell you God's desire that I become known and loved among children. I wish to be their protection in moments of danger. I desire that everyone, even children,  recognize my Chaste and Virginal Heart as your safe haven.



Boys who are consecrated to me ...

1. Will receive from God the grace to be His joy on earth as I was.

2. Will receive special graces to follow their vocations with fidelity to God without ever departing from their laws.

3. Boys who have a particular devotion to my Chaste Heart will not offend God with the sin of impurity and will reject all kinds of filth that the world tries to cover their souls with.

4. These children will have the grace, if it is the will of God, to become exemplary parents and husbands faithful to the Divine laws.

5. They will have the grace, as I do, to be fathers, protectors, and caretakers of their families.


Consecrate your children to my Chaste and Virginal Heart."

Larissa: And the girls, Saint Joseph? What do you have for them?

1. "The purity of soul and body. They will be as wives of the Lord and will follow their vocations, belonging to God in their innocence.

2. The girls who consecrate themselves to me will have my paternal protection until the end of their days.

3. They will be comforted by me in their afflictions and will never see the days of darkness without my protection.

4. Daughters who consecrate themselves to me will have strength, courage to face all kinds of situations without ever losing their patience, courage and faith. I myself will carry you on my lap as my Divine Son.

5. I will comfort you and watch over your physical and spiritual integrity. I will be your protector on Earth and  in Heaven.

Propagate, my daughter, this salutary devotion of the children to my Chaste and Virginal Heart.
I bless you with the blessing of peace."


OUR LORD JESUS - Manaus, 10/03/2016:



"My daughter, I promise to whoever devotes themselves to Joseph a particular wisdom not granted to those who do not place their confidence in him. Behold, though I am God, I submitted to his teachings to show that this is a sure way to reach Heaven. Joseph's Heart is an inexhaustible source of grace because it is nourished by my Sacred Heart and by the Heart of the one who accompanied me in submitting to Joseph: Mary. Have complete confidence in him who loved me on earth and who does not leave my presence in Heaven. Saint Joseph is a strong presence in these times of danger. Many graces will be attained for those who seek them from his Paternal Heart."

Larissa- Lord, is St. Joseph as holy as your Mother?

"Indeed. Just as my Mother reflects my light, so too does he reflect hers' and mine."


ST. JOSEPH - Manaus, 18/03/2016:


While praying the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary, I saw the boy Joseph who held a lit candle in his right hand and a cross in the left. St. Joseph said:

"My heart was full of innocence, not a childish innocence, but an innocence that surpassed the wisest of the earth."

At the fourth mystery, I saw Jesus, Mary and Joseph - all three as children. I realized that Joseph was taller than Mary and Jesus. Jesus was much lower than both. At this moment I remembered the great humility of Jesus, that by being Great, He becomes the smallest out of humility.

At the fifth mystery, as I meditated on the loss and finding of the child Jesus, I felt a pain in my chest, a sadness, then I heard St. Joseph again, saying:


"During the moments when my Son was lost, my Heart bled. I realized my smallness in taking care of the Son of God. I could not do it without His grace."


God allowed me to see St. Joseph's great humility before the mystery to which he was invited to participate. I then knelt down and I saw Our Lady, as an adult, who gently placed her hands on the back of St. Joseph and pushed him gently forward, as if introducing me. He wore a light green tunic with a golden collar. His face was thin, his hair was light brown and wavy. He carried a large lily in his hands. St. Joseph spoke:


"Peace be with you, daughter of the Most High, peace to all mankind! On this day, honored as Patron of the Church, I come to tell you that I am truly the Protector and Guardian not only of the Church of Christ, but also of the church that is your home.


Holy as I am, by the power and goodness of the Most High, I wish to sanctify your homes, leaving with each family a piece of the Heaven that I lived in Nazareth. I am the patron of your family, I want to help you live the in the ways of the Most High, as I have lived. Be therefore docile, in these times when the Church of Christ is vilified, be docile to His Word.


I want to reveal to you the sweetness and simplicity of my boyish Heart. I received from God at an early age the grace of wisdom that surpasses the wisest of the Earth, a gift that God has communicated to me which I  communicate to the Church. Today my Heart holds you, Larissa, and I want you to reveal my Heart to the world without fear. I have, and always did have, an innocent heart: innocent in love and pure of spirit. There is no innocence without true love for God. I had an innocent heart from an early age. Cultivate this innocence as a child and you will see God. Communicate to the people that I establish with them my eternal friendship."


 

ST. JOSEPH - Manaus, 31/08/2016:


"I give to you an effective formula for consecrating your children to me:

O Glorious Saint Joseph, loving Father of the Child God. I give to you this day my life and everything that belongs to it. Take care of my body (+) so that I never lose childlike purity, take care of my ears (+) my eyes (+) and my mouth (+) so that they will perpetually maintain innocence in their natural acts. Keep me from the adversaries of my soul so that I may keep and persevere in the faith. Above all, St. Joseph, guard my heart in yours and I will keep my innocence, that I may reach Heaven. Saint Joseph, father of Jesus, and my friend, guard me.

This consecration should be done after three days of meditation on the footsteps of my life. Write down:

1. Joy I had in knowing that Mary begot the Son of God and consequently that I would have Him in my arms

2. Joy I felt when I saw Him wrapped in swaddling clothes, and placed in my parental arms.

3. Joy I experienced with Him after three days of cruel pursuit by Herod's soldiers.

Let them meditate on my steps and pray. At the end of three consecutive days consecrate themselves to my Heart."



ST. JOSEPH - Manaus, 09/09/2016: 


"Come, my daughter, and write what God wants to speak, through me, as a gift to humanity. Three are the most perfect virtues that have adorned my Heart, three perfumed lilies that put the demon to flight. I want you to honor my Heart as a balm for suffering humanity.



My Heart has three stars upon it: The first star honors my holy birth. The second honors my life with my beloved spouse: the Holy Virgin who perfumed my days on earth and now in paradise. The third star honors my death and definitive encounter with my Savior. All these perfected my life on earth and guaranteed my life in Heaven.


My Heart holds, in its center, the cross of my Son Jesus who is the center of, and only reason for, my life. He was born in God and for God. The birth of the God-Child brought to my Heart the divine flames which issue forth from it. The Holy Spirit came into my Heart so as to prepare me to receive the One who would save mankind. I am the child who was sanctified by the Spirit in love."



ST. JOSEPH - Manaus, 10/09/2016:

​​"Peace be with you, little one, do not be frightened, I let you sleep a little longer. I thank you for what you are doing for Heaven. God will reward you greatly. You were chosen, by God, to bring to humanity to the knowledge of my Chaste and Virginal Heart and all that it wishes to reveal.



Be glad! Today, I will reveal to you the graces that are poured out on humanity every time my Childlike Heart honored:

1- I will never cease to hear your prayers and, if it is the will of God, to grant those petitions through my Chaste Heart.

2 - You will be strong when faced with tribulation and I will defend, with the purity of my innocence, all those who call to me through my Chaste and Childlike Heart.

3. My Childlike Heart is a sure source for salvation, for I carry Christ in my Heart.

Two virtues are intrinsic in my Chaste and Virginal Heart: chastity and virginity, I never wanted to lose these qualities, not that those who no longer possess these are not good, but it was God's will for me to retain these. 



ST. JOSEPH - Manaus, 10/09/2016: I want to teach you this little Rosary, this Chaplet, for the children pray every day.

You will begin to pray the Chaplet as you would the Marian Rosary, with the Sign of the Cross and the Apostles' Creed.

On the large beads you will pray:


Hail, son of David, you are my refuge and my protection. Save the children of the whole world.

On the small beads you will say:

First ten - Hail Joseph, my friend, protect the children from the evil one.

Second decade - Hail Joseph, my friend, save the children from the evil one.

Third decade - Hail Joseph, my friend, restore the childhoods lost by the evil one.

Fourth decade - Hail Joseph, my friend, heal children who have been sickened by the evil one.

Fifth decade - Hail Joseph, my friend, defend the innocence of the children which the evil one tries to destroy.

In the end you should say: St. Joseph turn our children towards Heaven, by your Chaste and Virginal heart. Jesus, Mary and Joseph our children are yours'. Amen.

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ST. JOSEPH - Manaus, 10/09/2016: Prayer taught by St. Joseph:



O Joseph, chaste and virginal man. Your Childlike Heart is a refuge for my Soul. Your Holy Childhood inspires my life that, in this vale of tears, I may always strive for salvation.



Joseph, teach me your faith so that I will always escape anything that is contrary to my salvation. Joseph, teach me the virtue of purity and chastity to please God in soul and body. Joseph, Childlike Heart, restore in my life the innocence of a child that pleases Heaven so much. You are my fragrant lily, you are my inspiration. You are the delicacy of all the Saints.


You are my strength in moments of danger. Joseph, with the Heart of a Child, defend my soul from the assaults of the devil. You are the beloved child of God. Saint Joseph, model of all virtues, help me to go to Heaven. Amen.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

ST. JOSEPH TALK AVAILABLE ON DVD & CD


In "ST. JOSEPH REVEALED" author Joe Rodrigues (The Book of Joseph: God's Chosen Father) discusses three theories related to St. Joseph of Nazareth including Joseph's Sanctification in the womb, his Virginity, as well as his possible Assumption into Heaven. Rodrigues backs up these theories by quoting the Saints of the Roman Catholic Church. Other topics of discussion include Joe's personal testimony of "adopting" St. Joseph as his spiritual father at a young age, as well as his struggle with pornography addiction and the role St. Joseph plays in his battle against it. 

This talk was recorded on August 25, 2018 at the 17th annual Marian Eucharistic Conference held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

To obtain copies of his talk on DVD / CD, please contact The House of Loreto: loreto@mts.net

To obtain a copy of "The Book of Joseph: God's Chosen Father", please visit Ad Te Beate Ioseph by clicking HERE.

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THE BOOK OF JOSEPH


THE BOOK OF JOSEPH: GOD'S CHOSEN FATHER
COMPILED BY JOSE A. RODRIGUES
PUBLISHED BY AVE MARIA CENTER OF PEACE 

Using the words of Popes, Saints, and approved mystics, The Book of Joseph, aims to dispel the common belief held by many that nothing is known about the saint other than what is mentioned briefly in the Bible.

This work presents the life of St. Joseph beginning with the faithful prayers of his parents to conceive a son, to his birth and childhood, harassment by the devil, his marriage to the Blessed Virgin, the birth and life of Christ, through to the circumstances of his death and glorification in Heaven.

The book concludes with a section on apparitions, a series of prayers, scriptures, and feast days. Beautiful color images. 160 pages. Softcover. Available HERE.


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Sunday, October 14, 2018

"One of the BEST Books on St. Joseph!"

Fr. Don Calloway, MIC
Recommends
THE BOOK OF JOSEPH 
 

Fr. Don Calloway, MIC - Prodigal Son, Priest, Public Speaker, Author

"'The Book of Joseph' is one of the best books I have read on St. Joseph! There are many academic works that have been written on St. Joseph but sometimes the scholarship gets in the way of devotion, making for a boring and dry presentation. That’s not the case with this book! Jose Rodrigues definitely knows and loves St. Joseph! This book is scholarly but also very pious and devotional, appealing to the heart and offering the best of Catholic tradition on St. Joseph. I highly recommend this book!"

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THE BOOK OF JOSEPH: GOD'S CHOSEN FATHER - Using the words of Popes, Saints, and approved mystics, The Book of Joseph, aims to dispel the common belief held by many that nothing is known about the saint other than what is mentioned briefly in the Bible.

This work presents the life of St. Joseph beginning with the faithful prayers of his parents to conceive a son to his birth and childhood, harassment by the devil, his marriage to the Blessed Virgin, the birth and life of Christ through to the circumstances of his death.

The book concludes with a series of prayers, scriptures, and feast days. Beautiful color illustrations, 160 pages


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Saturday, October 13, 2018

ST. JOSEPH APPARITION ☩ FATIMA PORTUGAL ☩ OCTOBER 13, 1917




FATIMA, PORTUGAL – 1917 Witnesses: St. Jacinta Marto, St. Francisco Marto and Servant of God Lucia dos Santos

From May to October 1917 three shepherd children beheld apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary atop a small holm-oak tree. During the course of these visions, the seers were given secrets, were instructed to pray the Rosary and to offer penance for the conversion of sinners. In the September apparition, Our Lady told them:
“Continue to pray the Rosary in order to obtain the end of the war. In October St. Joseph will appear with the Child Jesus in order to bless the world. God is satisfied with your sacrifices . . .”

On October 13th over 70,000 people gathered around the site of the apparitions. All night it had rained non-stop and up till the moment of the Virgin’s arrival, the people had stood in the water and mud. After Our Lady appeared to the three children the rain suddenly stopped and the dark clouds parted. Thousands of people from different walks of life (including atheists who had gone to mock the children) witnessed what is now famously known as “The Miracle of the Sun.” During the Miracle of the Sun, the three shepherd children were witnessing what the Virgin had promised them in September. Servant of God Lucia dos Santos recounts what they saw: 
“Our Lady having disappeared in the immensity of the firmament, we saw, beside the sun, St. Joseph with the Child Jesus and Our Lady clothed in white with a blue mantle. St. Joseph and the Child Jesus appeared to bless the world, for they traced the Sign of the Cross with their hands.”

Here is St. Joseph, no words are spoken by him, but his actions speak. St. Joseph, holding his Son Jesus, blesses the world by tracing the Sign of the Cross with his hand. This is a powerful statement regarding his place as head of the Holy Family as well as his position in the Church. He holds Christ in his arms, making a statement about true fatherhood: “Fathers, love your children, take your place at the head of the family and protect those entrusted to your care.”

The act of St. Joseph blessing the crowds shows his power in the Church, as intercessor and Patron of the Universal Church, as proclaimed in 1870 by Pope Pius IX.

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Monday, October 8, 2018

THE DEATH OF JESUS' PATERNAL GRANDPARENTS / ST. JOSEPH'S PARENTS


Taken from THE BOOK OF JOSEPH:

For any accounting of the deaths of Joseph’s parents, Jesus' grandparents, the only source of information comes from the revelations of Mother Cecilia Baij, as no other venerable or saint has appeared to come forward with such details.
 
It has been revealed that St. Joseph was eighteen years of age when his parents died. His mother was first to die due to illness. It was Joseph, who would one day become the Patron of a Happy Death, who ministered to her in her last days. In her final moments, she experienced such happiness and consolation in the presence of her holy son:

Joseph was eighteen years of age when, his parents departed from this earthly life. He waited on his mother, strengthening and comforting her in her pain, begging God to give her patience in her agonizing illness (C. Baij, 1997, pg. 39).

The holy youth spent many nights watching over his mother and praying for her. He never tired of serving and comforting her with his holy love. Joseph remained with her until she expired. He was a great help not only to her, but also to his father, who was sorely grieved over the loss of so virtuous a companion in life (C. Baij, 1997, pg. 40).
St. Joseph, suffering the loss of his mother, had little time to grieve, as it was soon after her departure that his father had become ill. He would continue in his role as devoted son to his father, just as he had done for his mother, ministering to him in his final moments:
 It was not long afterwards that Joseph’s father became deathly sick. Joseph himself had been weakened considerably during the period of his mother’s painful illness, to which was now added his father’s serious affliction.

 … Joseph tended and served his father affectionately, both day and night, and encouraged him in the patient endurance of his sufferings and anxieties. As his father’s last hours arrived, Joseph attended him lovingly, encouraging … and consoling him. Then fully resigned with a firm hope of obtaining eternal life, Joseph’s father finally expired. Once his father had breathed his last, Joseph withdrew and allowed himself to find relief in tears. Indeed, he had every reason to be sorrowful, considering what a generous and loving father he had lost (C. Baij, 1997, pg. 41).
After the departure of his father, the image of eighteen-year-old Joseph falling under the weight of his tears is shown, not only allowing himself to grieve the loss of his parents whom he loved so dearly, but also commending himself, with filial trust, to the care of the Heavenly Father. Mother Cecelia Baij continues:
Joseph fell upon his knees, and in tears, besought the Divine Majesty for aid with these words: 
 “Oh God … Look down upon me, deprived of both father and mother. I     beg You, that in Your goodness You take me entirely under Your protection. I give and surrender myself entirely to You. … Since I am no longer subject to anyone but You, my God, give me the needed grace, so that I too may be able to say with the royal prophet:

‘My father and mother have left me, but the Lord has taken me up’ (Psalm 27:10). Do with me as it pleases You. May Your holy will be accomplished in me (C. Baij, 1997, pg. 44).”