Into the mist
climbing Croagh Patrick
and visiting the House of Prayer, Ireland
Because of a favor the Virgin Mary did for me I was bound to obey and go to her House
of Prayer on Achill Island off the west coast of Ireland. It was built by her servant Christina
Galhager, who bought an old convent and remodeled it into what the Virgin Mary had
requested, a "House of Prayer". Which is a retreat for people to come to and pray and
heal, it is also a special retreat for Priests to come and strengthen themselves in the faith.
It will also be a refuge in the times that are coming as the Arc was for Noah and his family.
climbing Croagh Patrick
After landing in Shannon, Ireland and getting a car for the drive out to Achill, Island I had to
get used to driving on the wrong side or other side of the road. It was always interesting when
I would be heading down the side of a street I'm used to being on and seeing someone
coming straight at me and having to swerve out of the way. The roads are very narrow over
there with no shoulders in many spots and with bushes and stone fences just a foot or two
from the edge of the highway. But I made it in one piece to a small town not to far from my
destination and I stopped in small hotel for the night.
The next day I was asking the owner where I could go to Mass before I left town and about the
area. She told me of a mountain that St. Patrick had climbed and done a forty day fast on top,
as legend had it this is where he received his instructions and fortitude from God for his mission
to convert the Irish people. So I decided to go have a look and climb the Croagh as they call
there mountains in Ireland. While it is the largest in the area along the coast it is not a large
mountain compared to others in the World. The top of the mountain was shrouded in fog as I
headed up the well used trail. There was a picture of the Chapel that was at the top but it didn't
look like there would be any pictures taken up there. The level of the fog was raising and
lowering on the mountain with intermittent showers. Climbing into the mist reminded me
of the door I was shown a few years ago, that opened and when I looked inside all I could
see was mist. From the Book of Revelation;
3:8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open
door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength,
and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
Finally after walking most of the way the trial headed straight up into the mist and I was engulfed
in the fog. The trail was easy enough to see and follow, but you couldn't see very far ahead, so
you had no real idea what was coming only what was at the end of the trail. So it is with our
journey upon the earth, we can't see very far ahead but we know if we stay on the path it will
lead us to where we want to go, to our Creator. There are distractions along the way and
sometimes we don't want to climb, but it is the way, the path the Creator has made for us to
come to Him. The path is lined with the Blood of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I made it to the top
and talked with some of the people who had made it also and then we headed back down
into the mist.
St. Patrick must have really been wondering what he was getting into coming back to
Ireland after having escaped from his captors and making his way home to England. But he
was called back to Ireland to convert the Pagans to Christianity.
I made it to the House of Prayer and found a room across the street. I went over to the
check the place out and see what the schedule was. The crowds are gone now, especially
on the weekdays. There are a few more on the weekends and the feast day of the opening
of the House draws bigger crowds. While there are still miracle healings happening, they
are rare, the people don't realize the grace and gifts the Virgin Mary bestows on all who
come to her House of Prayer, even for a single visit. She has promised to come to you at
your death and lead you to Heaven. I was alone in the chapel when John one of the workers
came over and started to tell me about Christina and the House. While he was speaking I
smelled the fragrance of roses which went away and the returned even stronger. This is the
smell that comes from Stigmata, which is one or more of the wounds of Christ that He gives
to a few of His servants. Christina Galhager has been given the wounds from the Crown of
Thorns and also in her feet, generally the wounds are not noticeable for she is uncomfortable
when they are visible, because of the attention they draw from others. Christina has
dedicated her life to helping to strengthen the Priests and is a "Victim Soul", for Jesus.
Which means Jesus suffers through her for all the injustice and ingratitude that the people of
the World show Him. She also suffers from all the people who are very rude and ignorant of
her and what she has done, so little has changed. There are several major miraculous
healings that are well documented and also several miracles that were performed in the
chapel, levitation and communion from the Arch Angel Michael. Which were both caught on
film, but people always want more signs. Jesus tells her that He accomplishes more now
in her time of abandonment which was like His when He was alone and abandoned. She is
a living saint and I would recommend and ask you to keep her in your prayers.