Part 3, Why Many Catholics Still Won’t Leave: Signs and Wonders

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

Part 1, “Introduction”       Part 2, “Family and Institution Grooming”

Therefore in Christ Jesus I have found reason for boasting in things pertaining to God. 18 For I will not presume to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me, resulting in the obedience of the Gentiles by word and deed, 19in the power of signs and wonders, in the power of the Spirit; so that from Jerusalem and round about as far as Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ (Romans 15: 17-19, NIV). Emphasis mine.

TWO KINDS OF “SIGNS AND WONDERS” Continue reading

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Part 2, Why Many Catholics Still Won’t Leave the Church Even Though Sex Abuse Scandals Explode: Family and Institutional Grooming

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

Part 1, “Introduction”       Part 3, “Signs and Wonders”

“Give me the child until he is seven and I’ll show you the man.”

Ignatius Loyola, Founder of the Jesuits

FAMILY AND (CATHOLIC) INSTITUTIONAL GROOMING

In the parlance of sexual crimes, the concept of “grooming” refers specifically to training a victim, in this case a Catholic child,  for the purpose of preparing him or her for a sexual relationship. This grooming often includes interactions with the child’s family, friends, and neighbors as well. Continue reading

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Post Script to Part 1, Introduction to “Give me a child…”–Why Catholics Still Won’t Leave the Church Even After Sex Scandals

Angela, of the YouTube channel, “Yeshua Said My Name” has featured my ex-Catholic posts on a recent video. I have linked it below. Readers and viewers may wish to watch her other videos on this and other topics. She speaks with clarity and from solid research.

Here is the link to the specific series I referenced to her, which also appears to the right in my “categories” list: https://pnissila.blog/category/out-of-the-fire-on-leaving-roman-catholicism/ and beneath her video. I include similar topics there as well as in another categories section: https://pnissila.blog/category/ex-roman-catholiccatholicism/ where there are many others, also related.

 

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“Give me a child until he is seven…” Why Many Catholics Won’t Leave the Church Even Though Sex Abuse Scandals Explode: Part 1, Introduction

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

INTRODUCTION

Part 2, “Family and Institutional Grooming”        Part 3, “Signs and Wonders”

 “Give me a child until he is seven and I’ll show you the man.

The quote above is often attributed to the founder of the Roman Catholic Order of the Jesuits, Ignatius Loyola. I chose this as the opening to this series of posts on what puzzles many non-Catholics I talk with and read about, lately, who struggle to understand why Catholics remain loyal to the Church in light of the Church’s abysmal–and arguably mostly non-existent–record of bringing the child molesters and rapists in its midst to justice.

This “outsider” frustration is discussed more often now, when so much of the abuse going back years has finally been disclosed and recorded and where the lawsuits against the clergy criminals have begun. Continue reading

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On the First Phase of the Rapture: “God’s EMP”?

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

By the word of the Lord, we declare to you that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will be the first to rise.  17 After that, we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord…

(1 Thessalonians 4:15-17, NIV)

With all the talk of Electromagnetic Pulses (EMPs, sometimes with an added “N” for Nuclear) and the kind of global panic they could cause, here is what I’m conjecturing: perhaps it won’t be man’s, but “God’s EMP” that marks the first phase of–the Rapture. Continue reading

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The Storm Before the Calm: Is Corruption/Sin Disclosure Part of A 4-Part Prophecy Pattern? Are We at Part 3?

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

It seems that each day one or several new and awful discoveries are revealed in the press concerning corruption in high places in the political, social, and religious spheres.

Although some might be manipulative news “leaked” from dubious “anonymous” sources crafted for political and/or propaganda purposes, other news is properly vetted and reported. None of it is pretty, however; much, fearful.

Those who track biblical prophecy, however, are not quite so dismayed. Continue reading

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On Wagon Wheels and Ministries for Such a Time As This

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

royalty free wagon wheel image

Living on the West Coast of the United States, as I do, formerly known as the “Wild West,” one sees rusty, crusty old wagon wheels in many places. I saw some today.

Such wheels transported “Oregon Trail” pioneers from the decidedly more civilized Eastern and Midwestern U.S. during the nineteenth century. Some of the old, iconic Conestoga wagons hitched atop the wheels are now displayed in museums while others are slowly disintegrating on old farm lands, their skeletal remains hearkening the imagination back in time.

What brought the wheels to mind to share here was how the spokes affixed to their hub serve as a good visual representation of  Christian ministries affixed to Jesus Christ, He Who is the central figure of our salvation. Continue reading

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