Thank you, one and all, for your prayers for the success of my spiritual retreat.

From my perspective it was a great success, thanks in no small part to your prayers.

I returned home in Sinton, Texas late yesterday after six wonderful days in the Texas Hill Country.  Having spent most of my life along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico at elevations varying from minus ten feet below sea level to twenty feet above sea level the mere act of ascending hills and mountains is more than symbolically  “going up” to meet the Lord as Moses did.  

I had 24 hours a day to do nothing but pray and reflect on the Trinity of Persons in God, Our Blessed Mother and my relationship to each of them.  Because the 100th Anniversary of the greatest of the miracles of Fatima occurred during my retreat I read and reflected in particular on Our Blessed Mother’s messages to the Church and the world.  The mystery of Fatima deepened for me but even so I found myself more deeply in love with Our Blessed Mother than ever before.

I also gained some further insight into the nature of the present crisis in the Church and with a lot of help from the Holy Spirit I hope to be able to share the fruit of my reflections with you in the future.

The only downside to my spiritual retreat is that upon returning home upon turning on my cell phone and computer I found that I now have almost 1,000 email and other messages waiting for me.  In my cabin in the Hill Country I had neither cell phone, internet or television service so I was really alone with God and our Blessed Mother.

Please be patient with me as I try to catch up.


+Rene Henry Gracida





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I am a retired Roman Catholic Bishop, Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi, Texas
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7 Responses to THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU !!!

  1. God’s blessings for you and for all here.
    Looking forward to your reflections.
    Ongoing prayers 🙏🏼✝💜
    katey in OR

  2. Welcome back Bishop Gracida and sounds like a well deserved retreat. You continue to be a voice of hope, logic, and reason. You are kind and it is evident by the many missed messages that you continue to be this voice. We all need to disconnect once in awhile. It is important for all of us to continue to use the internet to win this spiritual batter. We must do so kindly, with peace while boldly declaring the Truths of Faith as you have taught me and so many others. It is not always easy with the devil, who desperately tries to sow so much confusion and discord. He is desperately trying to make a mess and you are a strong voice leading us against what the Devil sows, and that includes the promotion of wicked heresy, lies, smoke screens, by various clergy. The devil also loves confusion, making people and clergy into “opponents” to block the fidelity to Our Lord Jesus Christ and all of Our Lord’s teachings, which include Kindness. The Holy spirit is the help for us all especially during this time of crisis. God be with you and everyone here.

  3. Jane Griffin says:

    I prayed for you often and am SO glad it was fruitful for you. You are so dear to us, dear Bishop !Jane

  4. gellerman55 says:

    Whew…so glad to get this. Stu sent us a family text to let us know. We knew you were safe but the radio silence was a bit unnerving. I’ll text Brenda now.

    Re: your reflections, when I think about what Mother Mary told various persons, I am fearful; not for me and John, but for our children and other young adults we love who are still in the middle of their journey to find God. As we were at the beginning of our own journeys, they are more willing to accept Madison Avenue’s version of the truth, Hollywood’s and media personalities’ version of the truth but when told about the The Truth from someone truly in the know, their supposedly open-minded brain closes like a steel trap.

    At this point, I can only follow your advice from 40 years ago: 1. don’t force it to the point of losing them and 2. stay in prayer. Like W and C, we did not/do not let them bully us into silence, with the rolling eyes and comparisons to Westboroesque preachers. I still speak my opinion when asked and freely admit from whence that belief springs. How can I not? And I pray for them, one-by-one every night.

    During the day, if something happens on the world front that reminds me of the end-days prophecies and I start to get down, I listen to the Chill-out-I got-this Psalm 46. I just hope all of them get to the real truth sooner rather than later.

  5. 3names1God says:

    Welcome back Bishop. We missed you. We kept you in prayer but to answer a thousand emails means more prayers for you. That surely is a mountain to climb. Also looking forward to your shared reflections .

  6. Gertrude says:

    A blessed time undoubtedly..

  7. Very glad you had a rewarding retreat. Your posts were very much missed!! Thank you for all you do.
    The Wiggins

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