A Cry for Mercy


We woke up in the early hours just past midnight with a strange thought. It had to do with our little, orange mouse-friend whom we call “Herman Nootks.” We’ve been working hard on writing and illustrating Porch Stories that include this little superhero of the faith. But the message in our dream was startling.

It was about Fatima. It had something to do with warnings from Our Lady. Of course, I was already familiar with that history, which goes back to 1917. But like so many others, I couldn’t actually recall all the particulars. Nevertheless, since I felt prompted in the dream to connect our Porch Stories more closely to Our Lady’s warnings and admonishments for the Church, I decided I would do a little research — later today, after I had gotten a good night’s sleep and finished the more pressing items on my morning’s “to-do” list.

Since “E.B.” (my wife, best friend, and ministry partner) was having a significant dental procedure this morning, we agreed to pray our rosaries together — in different places today. She would do hers as she drove into town, and I would do mine at our little “cabin.” That’s where this story starts to get interesting.

I turned on YouTube and played a rosary that I enjoy praying with. During the rosary, I asked Our Lady to intercede on our behalf, both for “E.B.” and for the Catholic Roads apostolate. I asked for more insight into whatever that dream last night was all about — wisdom!

As always, at the end of this video (and my rosary), another video showed up in the queue. I don’t usually pay much attention to those things, but this one had a picture of Fr. Michael Gaitley. We have long respected his ministry and the work of the Marian priests (Shrine of Divine Mercy) in Stockbridge MA. So, I thought, “Okay … why not!” Of course, I didn’t realize that the video was more than 30 minutes long when I started to watch it.



Fr. Gaitley is absolutely correct. These are crazy times. We are being visited by evil in ways that compare with the times of Noah. And understanding that our enemies are not the people around us (Eph 6:11-12) but spiritual principalities, we absolutely must have mercy!

I won’t regurgitate the contents of the video. You can watch it for yourself, and Fr. Gaitley does much better explaining it than I ever could. What I will say is that, if you’re a believer, and if you are concerned with what you see going on in the world around you, you really should invest 30 minutes to watch this video. If it doesn’t change your life, it will certainly change your day today!


Well, I still don’t know what to do next with “Herman Nootks” and Catholic Roads, but I know that I need to ponder this message very carefully. There is truth in this video. And in this video, there is also divine mercy!

Oh, by the way, it is several hours since I first wrote this article. In the interim (and after the rosaries), the oral surgeon decided there was nothing she needed to do with E.B. No, it’s not “healed,” but it doesn’t require surgery either. So E.B. left the oral surgeon and headed down the road to have a pedicure instead.

Not bad … she went into town for oral surgery and ended up with a pedicure! We can’t say that you’ll always get results like that when you pray the rosary, but prayer really does always work!


That’s our story, and we’re sticking to it! It’s cool to be Catholic. COOL2B …

In Christ!

4 thoughts on “A Cry for Mercy

  1. Thanks Frank, your openness to the promptings of the Holy Spirit is a blessing I truly thank God for. It’s been quite a while since I spent time with Fr. Gaitley., and I am very thankful for your prompting. God bless you, and thank you my Brother in Christ.


    1. As usual, it’s a privilege and honor to have you as a friend and brother. I hope you had a good time with your family last night. God bless you


  2. Thank you Frank! I really needed Father Gaitly’s message this morning. It was like slipping away to a garden retreat to renew myself with the Holy Spirit and the message of Divine Mercy before the days work started. You are truely God’s servant and i thank God for the gift of you! May God bless you and your family!


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