A regular reader of wrote to me as follows:

“What should I do when everything within me recoils from Pope Francis as from Satan himself?

What should I do when everything within me wants to FLEE, as from Satan himself, the apostate church he is (knowingly or unknowingly) leading?

How is it possible that the Sacrament of Pope Francis is the true Sacrament? (If our Lord still comes to Francis then I too must stay).

I BELIEVE in God’s right ordering of the family, Church, Society.  I BELIEVE that God – AND Satan – work through the HEAD of any human community.  So I BELIEVE that whatever spirit is flowing through & from Francis IS flowing to & through me IF I receive the headship of Francis.  Well, I DON’T!  It’s one thing to be subject to the rule of a sinful man… (that I can absorb in prayer & reparation as an even greater sinner)… it’s quite another to be subject to Satan.

I recently deactivated my Twitter so I could focus on a life of prayer. Then, when Francis signed the Human Fraternity document in the name of the Catholic Church & ALL Catholics, I went back to publicly renounce that signing in my name.  

But now I realize that I want to renounce EVERYTHING from this man.  We’re not just talking about a fallen man – we’re talking about the ANTI-CHRIST! I want to RENOUNCE his headship over me.  I don’t want ANYTHING to do with him OR his “church.” This is how I FEEL!  I simply don’t know what to THINK!

I cleave, spiritually, to Saint Peter & the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass of All the Ages… but otherwise I am in total confusion.

All I know is, is that there are profound spiritual laws/realities in operation here & I barely know what I am asking.”


I reply:

Do not allow yourself to be plunged into despair, trust in the Lord Jesus Christ!

Remember the words of Our Lord to his disciples when, as they were crossing the Sea of Galilee after the miracle of the feeding of the 5000 with the loaves and fishes. Their small boat was caught in a storm and the disciples in terror awakened Jesus asleep in the boat.  

Matthew 8:23-27 New International Version (NIV) Jesus Calms the Storm 23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” 26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. 27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

It is natural for us to feel somewhat panic-stricken even as the disciples were panic stricken in that storm, because in many ways the storm in which the barque of Peter is now being tossed about is far worse than that storm on the lake.

I know for my own personal experience that one must cultivate trusting in the Lord for a long time before it become habitual.  If you have read my autobiography, AN ORDINARY’S NOT SO ORDINARY LIFE, you will recall the time I was alone piloting my Cessna single engine airplane on an instrument flight plan and air traffic control put me through two thunder storms at 9,000 feet and I blacked out each time.  The airplane did not have an autopilot.  When I regained consciousness each time I found that I flying straight and level BUT WAS TWO THOUSAND FEET LOWER THAN I WAS BEFORE I ENTERED THE STORMS.

Emotionally I now feel as I did then, emotionally “washed out” by what is happening.  It does not seem possible that the Church will survive the present chaos in which it finds itself.  But I believe, and you should believe also, that Christ is REALLY IN CHARGE OF HIS CHURCH AND NOT EVEN “THE GATES OF HELL” WILL PREVAIL AGAINST THE CHURCH.

My experience in surviving my periods of blackout during those two storms has enabled me to remain calm during this present crisis in the Church.  I know that Our Lord Jesus Christ is in charge and I MUST TRUST HIM.


+Rene Henry Gracida

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8 Responses to TRUST IN THE LORD

  1. texasooz57 says:

    Thank you for your guidance, Bishop Gracida. I pray for you daily.

  2. May God continue to bless you, your Excellency!

  3. Mary D says:

    What a most beautiful reply you have written, dear Bishop! You are right: JESUS I TRUST IN YOU! the prayer given to St. Faustina for these Times! We must remember that the Church..the Mystical Body of Christ must go through a Passion as did Jesus ..death and then Resurrection!!
    Glorious Resurrection!! God grant that those of us who suffer the Passion, may also live to see the Resurrection…the Triumph of Mary’s Immaculate Heart!!!

  4. Charmaine H says:

    Your reader’s despair comes by way of holding on to the false base premise that Francis is a true pope! This is simply not the case. As Fr. Paul Kramer wrote (and Bishop Gracida published this), Francis is the heretic-antipope foretold in the Third Secret of Fatima who will lead the stampede into apostasy. Isn’t it clear that this is what he is diligently working towards? Benedict XVI is still our one and only reigning Pope! Submit to HIM! Pray for him!

  5. Lois Cotterly says:

    Thank you , I needed this advice. God Bless. Lois Cotterly

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  6. Joan says:

    Thank you, Bishop Gracida ! I’m trying to get to mass every day- and as many daily Rosaries as possible! God bless you now and always!!! Joanie Meaney ( Irene and James Meaney’s daughter)

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  7. Christina Brundage says:

    I feel for this person because I have the same feeling about the pope – I absolutely reject him as an apostate and heretic, at minimum. But you are right, Bishop Gracida – we must trust. Either Christ will right this sinking ship or perhaps the Great Tribulation will come as punishment.

  8. Martha Coady says:

    Dear Bishop Gracida,
    Thank you for sharing this person’s letter. I’m sure there are so many of us Catholics who feel the same fear and anxiety as this writer’s.
    I also very much appreciate and respect the fact that you, in my opinion, shared your own concern/ worry(?) about the state of Our Beloved Church.
    I admit that many years ago, out of my own pain, anger, frustration and dismay I left the Church. I left and searched high and low for the ‘real truth’. I was determined to NEVER come back to what I THOUGHT was the Catholic Church; and after exhaustively searching under every rock and looking in every crevice I could find, I came back to Jesus, humbly, sorrowfully begging God for forgiveness. I bailed from the barque of Peter, or correctly speaking, I bailed from what I THOUGHT was the barque of Peter!!! I am only sorry that I clearly was not as well catechized as what I had thought I was, and so I spent many wasted years, frantically searching and flapping around like a lost duck…. only to find that HE whom I was searching so frantically for was doggedly chasing after ME, waiting for me simply to stop and turn around.
    I can’t stop praising and thanking God for all of his mercy. So I will pray for your reader that he/she doesn’t eventually jump ship like I did. I will pray that between your so very wise advice and encouragement, and with the help of the Holy Spirit, that we will soon witness the truth, when Jesus promised that the gates of hades will NOT prevail. Right now the the storm is raging…..
    Martha Coady

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