Today is the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, herself newly pregnant with God Incarnate, to her elderly cousin, heavily pregnant with John the Baptist, St. Elizabeth.
The Visitation is the Second Joyful Mystery of the Rosary, the fruit of which is “fraternal charity, love of neighbor”.
I write this as I have just come off a major manifestation of fraternal charity from YOU to me. The June Barnhardt subscription development drive was, as these things always are, humbling. I cannot thank everyone enough for your staggering munificence of both financial support AND prayers and kind words of encouragement.
I was especially touched by the requests for prayers for spouses, children, and family and friends who are outside the Church, and suffering from various trials (both spiritual and… experimental injection trials, shall we say). While I can’t as policy reply to every message, I want folks to know that I see those messages and prayer requests as they come in, and I pray for that donor and their intention immediately by name. Then the intention goes of the Big Barnhardt List, which is curated by God Himself and the Blessed Virgin who is the Mediatrix of all graces, which makes my part quite easy. Mass is offered daily for ALL Barnhardt Benefactors and Supporters, for their intentions, and for the salvation of their souls. And, I pray for my benefactors and supporters after every Mass, and with every Rosary.
The Communion of Saints transcends the entire Church – the Church Militant on earth, the Church Suffering in Purgatory, and the Church Triumphant in the Beatific Vision – dwelling INSIDE the Trinity. Consider: EVERY person in Purgatory has been enjoined to pray for YOU. Even more, EVERY person in the Beatific Vision, and EVERY ANGEL, of which I suspect there are at minimum in the QUINTILLIONS, not only know who you are, but lift you up in prayer at the foot of the Cross every day.
So you’ve got that going for you, which is nice, as the man once said.
But seriously. Never feel alone. Never feel abandoned. You have no idea how much you are loved not only by God, but by so many other dazzling rational intellects, both human and angelic, who are rooting for you, and always have been outside of anything to do with me. But, the Barnhardt Benefactor and Supporter List is a very real little corner of the Communion of Saints.
The move is totally done however I’m just waiting now on three main things: clothes storage furniture (dressers, chests of drawers – it’s awkward not being able to unpack and stow one’s clothing, but it’s fine now that I have access to a washing machine), showers (although my camp shower game has now reached expert-level, which is a good skill to have), and WiFi installation. The WiFi delay has to do with the fact that my dwelling is in a rural mountain area, and WiFi is by line-of-sight antenna (NOT satellite, NOT Elon Musk), and a contraption has to be installed on my roof, and technicians are spread VERY thin. I have 4G signal on my phone, which I can use for writing and browsing, but is insufficient for recording podcasts. I know. I’m itching to record as much as the listenership is itching for content. It will happen when it happens. Which hopefully is soon. Patience… patience… 🙏🏻
Otherwise, the move has been a massive success and is yielding tremendous joys and benefits already.
I simply cannot thank everyone enough in words, because those words don’t exist. All I can do is echo what several donors have written – I pray that we meet in heaven, and then we can tell each other everything face-to-face.
Happy and Blessed Feast of the Visitation.
And blessed art thou that hast believed, because those things shall be accomplished that were spoken to thee by the Lord.
Et beata, quae credidisti, quoniam perficientur ea, quae dicta sunt tibi a Domino.
Luke 1: 45