Musings – Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark

A lengthy musing today; many things have come up. I chose Denmark as the country to highlight because, though it is a fairly small number, my readers in Denmark are consistent and sometimes contribute to the comments section here. But first…

While I give short shrift to those who see supernatural signs behind everything (as Freud once famously said, “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.”), nonetheless I believe God lays out little hints for us – not of what His secret plan is – but of things that we ought to pay attention to. None are more striking to me than things surrounding the events at Fatima. The visitations began on May 13, 1917 and continued each month until the Miracle of the Sun on October 13, 1917. My first conscious encounter with Fatima came when my angel told me how important it and the messages delivered there were – and that I should study it carefully for it was at the heart of all that was coming.

When I was told that we would be rescued miraculously very late in 2017 I understood immediately it must be connected to Fatima, for it was the 100th anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima. It was almost unprecedented to give me a nearly specific time – it was always “soon” and I had to extrapolate from there as best I could, which was often quite poorly. That suggested there was something very deep and important here that bore a great deal of contemplation. It was months later when it dawned on me that 2017 was also the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution – when the spirit of antichrist was institutionally injected into the world in a concentrated form.

Pope John Paul hikes into Mt. Meeker on Aug. 13, 1993.

Pope John Paul hikes into Mt. Meeker on Aug. 13, 1993.

It wasn’t until I was walking on my pilgrimage that it occurred to me that it was another important anniversary: it would be the 500th anniversary since Martin Luther first broke away from the Church, opening up fissures of division in the Christian body. Of course, I had noted that Pope John Paul is the pope of Fatima. Mt. Meeker, the site of the Shrine I had seen in a vision, was where I intended to go for the Novena ending my pilgrimage. I planned to go into the mountain on August 13, 2012, to coincide with my normal August Novena to Our Lady of Fatima. When I arrived, there were two big surprises to greet me.

St. Catherine's Chapel at Mt. Meeker. It was in this mountain where I spent the final nine days of my pilgrimage.

St. Catherine’s Chapel at Mt. Meeker. It was in this mountain where I spent the final nine days of my pilgrimage.

I had known that, when he came to Denver for World Youth Day in 1993, Pope John Paul had gone hiking in the mountains briefly. What I did not know was that it was at Mt. Meeker and that the path I was about to enter into the mountain was called the John Paul trail, for it was the very path that he had gone into the same mountain on. And he had done it on the very day, August 13, that I was doing it, 19 years earlier. I do not spend much time trying to interpret such things,,,I figure they are just divine invitations to pay attention, that there is something important here, so I do. But boy, a lot of those little divine coincidences seemed to be piling up and converging.

Pope Leo XIII's vision of October 13, 1884, inspired the popular prayer to St. Michael the Archangel.

Pope Leo XIII’s vision of October 13, 1884, inspired the popular prayer to St. Michael the Archangel.

Now a reader, an American couple – Bill and Stef – bring something awesome to my attention. I knew that Pope Leo XIII had a vision in which satan was loosed on the world for 100 years to ravage the Church, then would be defeated by Our Lady and chained in hell. It was this vision that led Pope Leo to compose the prayer to St. Michael, the Archangel that we Catholics frequently pray. What I did not know was the date of the Pope’s vision: October 13, 1884. That is the anniversary of the penultimate apparition at Fatima – precisely 33 years before that apparition. I have come to suspect that another name for the rescue I have been told about is the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart.

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One of life’s great blessings is to have people you love and trust close to you who will tell you candidly when they think you are off-base. I am fortunate to have an abundance of such. I called my brother, Steve, to complain about something the other night. He listened, agreed I had a point, then told me I was missing the larger point and went on to explain what the point was. He was dead-on. I delight in my sister, Kim. She often goes charging up blind alleys full speed – but as soon as she knows it, she gets right back where she should be. And she never fails to do what she believes to be her duty – even at the risk of charging up a blind alley. About two years ago, we were having a wild argument over the phone. I got so angry I hung up on her. She immediately called back. I answered with savage glee just to have the pleasure of hanging up on her again. In that particular case, she was on the wrong track, but I knew she spoke because she loved me so. In fact, more times than with any other, if God wants to rebuke me through a person, He does it through her. My son always honors me. A few years ago I publicly unleashed an intemperate blast over something. He immediately contacted me to correct me – and hung in there as I argued with him. As we ended and I contemplated, I realized he was right.

I thank God I have people who care enough about me that they will hang in when they need to ‘scrap’ with me…they honor what is best in me rather than merely ennabling what is worst. May you all have similar blessing in your life.

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We have spoken of refuges and little communities. I am pleasantly surprised to discover that this site is becoming a sort of virtual refuge. If you just read my post and not the comments of fellow readers, you are missing a lot. There is a ton of wisdom here – and a real eagerness to help build each other up and truly be a sign of hope.

I am contemplating how to mobilize people to really help others. This finding spiritual directors is going to be a bigger job than I thought it would be. When I get back to Colorado in a few weeks, I am going to see about getting people here together to help put together a practical, resource that will help others find effective spiritual direction no matter what their location or situation. I find my mind turning to ways to use the wisdom of people here to help build up the people of God.

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To the right I have a new link to Forum site hosted out of Ireland, called the Mother of God (MOG) Forum. It has a lot of worthy ongoing comments and debates going on that get deeply into the faith. I do not endorse all, some of it can get into a little bit of a wild west feel. (Oops, that’s the American in me showing. Since it is an Irish site, it might be better to say that the occasional brawl breaks out in this otherwise genteel pub). Of course, I rather like earthy things that get right to it, even if they get a little off track every now and again. I find it a very worthy effort where you will find a lot of serious – and a few cantankerous – people. Though hosted out of Ireland, it has people from all over participating in it.

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And now to Denmark…

Danish King Canute orders the waves to recede. Not, as is commonly supposed, out of vanity; but to demonstrate to his arrogant courtiers the limits of human power.

Danish King Canute orders the waves to recede. Not, as is commonly supposed, out of vanity; but to demonstrate to his arrogant courtiers the limits of human power.

My readers in Denmark complain that this once-Lutheran country is now functionally godless. It sounds like a sad state of affairs, but one that has afflicted much of the west.

For me, Denmark is home to the great King Canute, who reigned just after the turn of the first millennium. It was Canute who famously took his court to the shore of the sea to watch him command the waves to recede. This is usually cited to mock Canute’s vanity – which only goes to prove that a little learning really IS a dangerous thing. Canute knew full well that the waves would not respond to his command. The reason he did it was to demonstrate to his over-zealous and arrogant courtiers the limits of human power. It makes him a bit of a hero ahead of his time in my book. Now, next time someone recites the story to mock Canute’s vanity, you will know that they are unknowingly mocking their own vanity of thinking they know what they are talking about. Ah, the dangers of playing at intellectual when all you have is the Cliff Notes!

Denmark was one of the very first nations to formally adopt Lutheranism. It took it as its official religion in 1538, just 21 years after Luther nailed his theses to the wall. Interestingly, Denmark has been at the forefront of almost every intellectual and cultural trend in history. It was at the forefront of embracing Enlightenment ideals – and much of the thought flowing from the French Revolution (though without embracing the bloody butchery that came from it). Sandwiched between Germany and Sweden (few seem to know today that Sweden was once one of the world’s mightiest military powers), Denmark has mainly tried to stay out of the line of fire in the disputes that roiled Europe over the years. Interestingly, Denmark did perhaps the most heroic job of any of Nazi-occupied countries of rescuing Jews from the clutches of the Nazi beast.

Danish fishermen ferry Danish Jews to safety in neutral Sweden during the Nazi occupation.

Danish fishermen ferry Danish Jews to safety in neutral Sweden during the Nazi occupation.

And yet, the very intellectual and cultural trendiness of Denmark gives me hope that she might be near the front of the next big wave – the resurrection of Christian faith and values throughout the world.

About charliej373

Charlie Johnston is a former newspaper editor, radio talk show host and political consultant. From Feb. 11, 2011 to Aug. 21, 2012, he walked 3,200 miles across the country, sleeping in the woods, meeting people and praying as he went. He has received prophetic visitation all his life, which he has vetted through a trio of priests over the last 20 years, and now speaks publicly about on this site. Yet he emphasizes that we find God most surely through the ordinary, doing the little things we should with faith and fidelity. Hence the name, The Next Right Step. The visitations inform his work, but are not the focus of it. He lives in the Archdiocese of Denver in the United States.
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33 Responses to Musings – Denmark

  1. charliej373 says:

    I updated this post to include the heroism of the Danes in rescuing Danish Jews from the holocaust during the Nazi occupation. Hat tip to a friend on my Abraham’s Journey Facebook Page.

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  2. Caroline says:

    Hi Charlie! I love your writings and absolutely agree that this is a virtual refuge. I usually just remain quiet, but figured that since I was born on October 13, and have felt drawn to Our Lady of Fatima since early childhood, this post was an appropriate place to introduce myself. God bless you, I will pray for you.

    Caroline

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thanks, Caroline. Great birthday! I was born in February of 1956 – which means I was conceived in May of 1955. I like to think it might have been on May 13 but, alas, none of my heavenly friends have ever elaborated on it to me. At the least, though, I was conceived in the month of Mary!

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  3. Matthew says:

    I’m a bit more concerned about the growth of Islam in Denmark — and in much of post-Christian Europe.
    Matthew

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  4. Nancy says:

    From “The Sun Danced at Fatima” by Joseph A Pelletier:

    The apparition of a Lady from heaven at the Cova da Iria is one act of a great drama, whose prologue had been the various visits by an angel who called himself the Angel of Peace and the Guardian Angel of Portugal. Other intimately related acts of this drama are also enacted on the thirteenth of May 1917, in other parts of the world.
    As the Lady speaks to the children of Fatima about peace, the Holy Spirit descends with the plenitude of the priesthood upon a man whose name spells peace, and who has chosen for his episcopal coat of arms the dove and the olive branch of peace. Yes, on this same Sunday morning of May 13, Eugenio Pacelli, who later as Pope Pius XII will do much to spread the message of Fatima, is being consecrated Bishop in the Basilica of Saint Peter at Rome.
    And on the same spring day the spirit of evil plots against the world with all the ingenuity at his command. For years he has been weaving and warping the mind of the man whom he will use as his chief instrument, the Marxist Nicholas Lenin. The scene for today’s masterstroke is Moscow, the nerve center of Russia. The hour has come when the Russian Communists are about to abet the fiendish plans of Satan and his cohort of fallen angels. Lenin has ordered the horseman, his henchman, on their way for the first of a series of acts of violence that will eventually end in Communism’s triumph in Russia.
    Resolutely these madmen ride until they come to the Roman Catholic church where the helpless Maria Alexandrovitch teaches catechism to two hundred children. Through the church door and down the aisle they charge their steeds. Up over the communion rail they go. The altar is the first object of their diabolical fury. Next they turn on the statues along the side aisles and destroy them. Then to make sure that people will understand that this marks the beginning of an all-out struggle against God and religion, these heartless atheists vent their satanic hatred upon the children, charging and killing some of them.
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    It is also worth noting that another event occurred three days after the miracle of the sun on October13,1917.On October 16, 1917, Maximilian Kolbe, martyr of Auschwitz and Marian saint, founded the Militia of the Immaculata. In the footsteps for St. Louis de Montfort, he also taught the excellence of consecration to Mary. I am struck by the fact that our Mother never leaves us alone in the face of evil. She always provides us with weapons if we would just use them.

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  5. anne says:

    so i wonder if the beginning of the main events will happen around 2017 or before then? Will 2017 be the resurrection or only the beginning main events of the rescue and the final resurrection later?
    It is just that so much pain is occurring especially in MID EAST…….see Pelianito blog. SO true. Oh dear Lord please start enlightenment, bring the illumination soon. The pain is shocking. Lord pour out amazing graces over the whole world.

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  6. aj says:

    You made me smile today Charlie. In your description of others correcting you. It sounded so much like me. Actually, I know the Good Lord is working on me and that I am growing in holiness (not at the Lord’s pace though). I really don’t say this out of pride but out of truth. The funny thing is as He works on my holiness, my flaws are magnified in my conscience. And yes, all the “little” ones as well. This is why I truly believe that the Lord was not joking about being perfect as our Heavenly Father is perfect (Matt 5:48).

    I have a 7 year old son and for those who have been there understands that there is a lot of correcting at this age (now understand my parents predicament). The funny thing is, the Lord has started playing games with me!!! Almost every time I correct this boy, who is an angel compared to me at that age, the Good Lord immediately imprints on my mind a current scenario where I do the same thing that I’m correcting him for. Sometimes it’s funny to me, other times it’s silently embarrassing. And I do understand that the message from my Saviour is not to stop correcting him but to be patient as He is patient with me.

    Pope Francis has actually had a profound effect on “my” Christianity. Initially, I found him a little borderline in some of his comments, but he got me to going back to the scriptures to see how JESUS dealt with sinners and BAM! He was spot on. The Lord opened my eyes through this beautiful Pope that His message is Love, Mercy and Forgiveness. Reject sin and embrace the sinner in Love.

    Even my apologetics have changed. We are sometimes cultured to hold the Truth of our Catholic faith as a big stick over our protestant brothers. It is vanity however, to hold the position of Truth in almost a condescending way. I’ve become more interested in someone coming to know the Lord JESUS, than espousing the Truth of the faith which bears no fruit if it is not espoused in Love. However, I still encourage all to dive deeply into their Catholic faith it’s absolutely awesome…and it’s a love story!!!

    God bless us all as we journey to the new Jerusalem.

    “If I do not become a Saint I am doing nothing” – St. Dominic Savio
    JESUS I Trust in You!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Ah, AJ, what profound wisdom you have entered into. It is a joy, isn’t it? And what a magnificent and holy pope Francis is! He is the very model of what I envisioned would carry us through the Storm. John Paul was the designer of the rehab on this great ship; Benedict was the finish carpenter; and Francis is the captain who will steer us through the maelstrom. They are three chapters of the same book; the book of the Storm. How tender the mercy of God!

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  7. Janet says:

    Charlie, I take this to mean that you believe the era of peace, the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart will begin on October 13, 1917. But, as I understand your post (correct me if I’m wrong), this is really your extrapolation and not a definitive date given by the angel. Pardon me for playing devil’s advocate, but Fr. Gobbi thought something big was going to happen in 1998 and he had all sorts of convincing reasons why. Numerous other credible souls (and some not so credible) have given dates and all have come and gone. My question is: You have said that you have misinterpreted the angel with past revelations. How certain are you about this one? I’m concerned that if it doesn’t happen in precisely this way that people will lose faith. Thank you for being open to questions. Not that I’m doubting, really, it’s just that we have been this route before and I don’t want people’s faith to be shaken when they will need it the most. Thanks for your patience!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you so much for that question, Janet! Yes, I did once say (in an interview with Michael Brown on Spirit Daily, I think) the date of October 13, 2017. That specific date WAS an extrapolation – I was so focused on the relation to Fatima it all has. I deeply regret that and try to be more prudent now. However, what I was actually told is nearly as startling: that that rescue will come late in 2017. It was striking to me because it was so specific…and that is extremely rare. A few times, as I was being trained, I was told specific times for certain small events…but well over 96% of the time I am merely told “soon” (though since July of 2012 I am constantly told “now”).

      I have come to think that the very few times I was told a specific time during the period of hidden training was to prepare me for the one time I would be given a specific time during the real battle. Learning to translate how the heavenly host speaks of things in time into something useful here has been the single most difficult thing – and something I often am off on. But applying historical timelines to specific events in Old Testament prophets about battles and invasions and such, I found that frequently they were off by several years or more – though they were right on the substance. So I do not get particularly confident in my skills. But my angel was specific on this matter.

      Even so, there is one hedge – but I find it extremely unlikely and I think you will, too. On Christmas Eve of 1997, my angel spent a good chunk of the evening with me and told me a host of things – the foremost being that Jesus was born three years earlier than our calendar reflects – so he was actually celebrating Our Lord’s 2000th birthday with me that evening – in 1997. As I said, he told me a host of things that evening – including that the growing fears about Y2K were nonsense, that nothing was going to happen. At one point it dawned on me that if Jesus was born three years earlier than we calculate, than we were actually in Y2K then – and 2000 would actually be 2003. So I asked him if he was using that technicality ambiguously. He just grinned. But things unfolded as he had said…so I think then he was speaking of time as we calculate it. So the one small hedge is that, given what he said about the year of Jesus birth, we are actually in 2017 Anno Domini right now. I don’t see rescue coming late this year under any scenario, though, so I think that he is talking about time as we calculate it once again.

      Lest anyone think that it is mean for my angels to speak to me in such ambiguous, sometimes misleading ways, it is not. In fact it is a profound grace. It is necessary to be able, as much as is possible for one here, to learn to think (at least a little) as they think, which is pretty dramatically different than here. In this plane, I am a pretty smart fella – but in that realm, the combined intelligence of everyone in the world is less useful than a wallet full of Monopoly money is at a shopping mall here. If they were not brutally hard on teaching that, I would be of little help to anyone.

      So on most things, Janet, I offend if I get too specific – lest I make more of my interpretation than what was actually said – and I did overstep when I said October 13, 2017. But in this case, I would also offend if I was too nebulous, for he did say “late in 2017.”

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      • MM Bev says:

        Dear Charlie:
        Your angel said what he said. You have shared what you were supposed to share. That’s that. In the end, whatever. You have sure given me lots to meditate on with Our Eternal Father. It’s in Jesus that we trust. That’s all. Our Lady Mother will guide us as a refuge, leading us always to His Heart of Divine Mercy. You give us the hope He provides, leading us to her and to Him-but our trust isn’t in you, you are to give light in the dark as He provides. Our ultimate and only goal is Him. Thank you for the light He has given to you. Mary Margaret

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      • Barb says:

        Have you ever told us why you believe last Christmas was our last “traditional” Christmas? Perhaps I missed it in my reading or are you simply not permitted to divulge that info?
        I must say that reading this has really stepped me up in my prayer life and in my fasting….fasting is something I’ve always struggled with but I know that it pours down many graces and we surely do need them!
        I’ve also have found myself praying more ardently for final perseverance….

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        • charliej373 says:

          We have entered the Storm. The winds howl, not as loud as they will, but far louder than anyone imagined they would just a few years ago. Christians are under murderous assault in much of the world – and under assaults on living their faith in what was formerly known as the Christian world. With respect, Barb, I do not sit analyzing world events to make these statements – but watch the unbelievable events unfold that I have been being shown since childhood and did not believe could happen in my lifetime.

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          • Barb says:

            Thank you for answering! I think I understand what you’re saying. The storm has been increasing and it is unbelievable how quickly things have gotten worse. My husband and I are doing a few things that people should normally do to prepare to deal with a disaster but I keep thinking that what we really need to do is prepare ourselves spiritually as best we can and trust in God’s plan for our lives.

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      • June1 says:

        Hi, Charlie! I’m not sure if you’ve given this answer before but I’m going to go ahead and ask, what do you mean by “rescue?” The “rescue” is coming in late 2017 but do you know what that entails? Thank you!

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        • charliej373 says:

          Yes June, it is when Our Lord sends his mother to rescue us after it seems all is lost. It will be visible and miraculous and will usher in an age of genuine peace, prosperity and brotherhood.

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  8. Janet says:

    Yes Mary Margaret, that is one of the points I was trying to make. I know very well how we like to put our trust in what we “know”. I also know that all these things fail us at one time or another, mostly through our own obtuseness! What it comes down to and what we must all remember is the simple prayer given to St. Faustina: Jesus we trust in you! As I often tell people, pray it till you mean it! God bless.

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    • MM Bev says:

      Totally with you, Janet. I have distributed Divine Mercy pictures to people who come to participate on Divine Mercy Sunday. Our Bishop blesses them after confessions and before Mass. People take them on the way out and I am always short. Unfortunately, I am currently trying to find frames that are large enough and inexpensive enough to make it feasible to provide 50 to 75. However, Our Lady Mother takes care of all those things for me.

      I guess my reply is because I don’t think people really realize how necessary even the smallest light is or how valuable. And how we must learn to distinguish between “real” light from the Son and artificial light. I literally cannot walk without light. The first time I realized that was when my son took me to an event at the church at night. He was parked beyond the lighting. I took one step past into the dark and fell face first smack down on the pavement. It’s so fast that I am not even able to put my hands out to protect me. (Broken a few things even in broad daylight let me tell you.) I have smacked my face and head so many times on cement I’ve quit counting. (But then I did tell Eternal Father that I wasn’t into penance when I was about ten, so He’s just been into helping me.) Now if that’s real here, and our enemy is like way smarter than us, just think how incredibly much we need spiritual light–through the Sacraments, but also through Charlie, Mark, and Pellianto, and even the writings left to us from the Saints whose words have left guide posts of light behind for us.for us. We are soooooooooo blessed. By them and by each other. Mary Margaret

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  9. anne says:

    Yes Margaret. We must learn to walk by LIGHT and to discern the TRUTH, the Way. The darkness is increasing and so how much the Lord wants to teach us. Docile to Him is what He wants. Walk by His Divine Light, not our faulty,vulnerable,easily deceived human light. Boy, so much stumbling goes on for me as i am trying to be open and learn!!Only by HIS Grace can we live, breathe etc. We are so little, so weak so a second at a time.

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  10. MM Bev says:

    Charlie, I would like to add one thing. When you say “late in 2017”, it fits in my head. There are times that “I know.” It’s the same as knowing my keys are hung up on the key rack. No big deal. No bright lights. I just know and I think that it’s part of the gifts of Confirmation. It’s the same as a parent “knowing” that they had better figure out right now what that kid is up to. You just “know”, thank you Jesus. I don’t know anything about 2017, but the beginning was some time ago.

    In about 1980, I knew God was going to clean us up. And I knew that we had to form some kind of relational groups to help each other. I began watching what was happening in the parishes in the city. None of them seemed to fit the bill, including the attempt in our parish to form small groups who would meet together kind of like Vineyard groups. Long story short, I decided to learn about American politics because my daughter in law was from Michigan. I began watching the pre-election of 2008.

    It began in Berlin, with Obama’s speech. I heard it and I knew it was l936. Everything that has happened since has been planned. Your border mess was planned. I have no idea what will happen to us Canadians. If Justin Trudeau wins the next election, we will have elected a dictator. He has already said that no liberal candidate may even run for election if holding a pro-life position. He has just recently come out whole heartedly for euthanasia. The wrinkle that threw me off was ISIS. I had no awareness of (but just common sense plainly shows it) that eventually the fundamentalist Muslims would form a main group and a caliphate even though it has been a stated goal since the Middle Ages…and if you have read much history you would have a very clear and explicit idea.

    Actually, you can cut to the chase by starting in the 1200’s. Did you know that Spain finally drove the Moors out three years before Columbus (didn’t) find America? I say didn’t because he didn’t actually reach America. (l492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue..) The Hapsburg Empire didn’t end until after the beginning of the 1900’s (1928?). It was the Frankish leader Charles Martel, who stopped the Moors at Tours/Poitiers in 732 in France. And it was the marriage of Navarre and Aragon that provided the power to reconquer Spain and make it Catholic. What’s happening to the Christians over there with ISIS? …only thing different is that the area or countries (if you are not tortured and murdered) may, just may allow survival by paying a LARGE tax, living lower than animals and paying a tribute of humans, particularly our small sons.(Fought the Sultan? Your sons were his personal bodyguard, by then highly trained Muslims, while the smart ones were scholars and the rest were slaves, some rowing his ships in chains.

    Once Eastern Europe, Turkey, parts of India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and down to Egypt, all across North Africa and across to Spain (-Gibraltar, Alhambra, Cordoba-Arabic) All was under Muslim dominance. And they want it back. They feel that Western Europe has been virtually conquered by immigration and births. France, the eldest daughter of the Church, has more practicing Muslims than Catholics.

    I’m not going to talk about the girls and women. Don’t want to. Don’t want to talk about female circumcision, still practiced in those groups in whatever country Muslims are in. Best book and NOT revisionist is by Dr.Diane Moczar who is an adjunct professor of history. She also provides a marvelous bibliography for those who want to delve further. (Doesn’t hurt to know what’s potentially coming.)

    My missionary brother worked in Egypt about 30 years ago. The Coptic Christians were being herded into their churches and burned alive then. And you really believe that only the communist countries censor the press and media? Well, all that news just pours in and somebody has to decide what to eliminate and what’s important.

    And there was Iraq, asking two years ago for help, arms, drones – anything to stop ISIS while it was still a group of unformed terrorists crossing into the country from Syria.

    Pray. Especially the rosary. Mary Margaret

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    • charliej373 says:

      You have taken the time to know your history well. That is harder than one would think in these times. All these vicious men have plans. But God has a plan, too. Let us hold tight to Him. (Spoiler alert – God wins.)

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      • MM Bev says:

        Charlie, I have been blessed since the day I was born. God prepared me for each of the major sections of my life ahead of time, and introduced me to a relationship with him very early in life. I turned to Him mainly out of necessity because Protestants and Catholic children did not associate with each other. All the other Catholic kids lived too far away.
        Once I married, my second son was born with a fatal illness, and his potential life was at the longest to be maybe five. His health needs were very demanding (but he was never a “burden” to us and his illness was probably the last thing on the list of things anyone would use to describe him). I learned a wonderful mantra out of fear that is the best one I know: “Help me now, God, help me now, God” There were times I said that all night long. It’s just as applicable now as it was then – for all of us.
        My husband was covertly emotionally, and psychologically abusive as well as being a functional alcoholic. God was incredible because I didn’t realize either until after my brain tumor was removed. (Does that make me dumb as a toad?) I got my dearest wish which was to be with my husband when he died because he was not a Catholic. And I help his hand ’til Jesus came and took his other hand and they left together. An abuser knows exactly with utter certitude what the other desires, needs, longs for the most. For me it was love and affection, which I didn’t experience earlier because while a good observer, I was lousy at interpreting. Consequently, guess who filled the empty void. And that empty void is in all of us regardless of our vocation and can only be filled by God. So, man, was I ever blessed to find that out early.
        So here I am today, the kid is now 44, living on his own and working, and has been used for research for about ten years now because it’s impossible for him to be doing what he’s doing, the piece of the tumor left inside my head is doing nothing as of year nine, my priest brother, best friend, confessor and spiritual director is in heaven. We didn’t even become friends until my children were well into elementary school. He died a month after I got out of the hospital. Before I had the surgery (found one month before it would be too late to remove being the size of a small mandarin orange) Having a busy life, working at a job I loved, I had compensated for all the symptoms (which pretty well all women do for any ailment) He freaked when I told him, and emailed, faxed, phoned, they have it wrong. You won’t be home in 5 to 7 days, and back at work in seven months; it will be a long and hard recovery, but in the end you will be able to do all the things you did before. He gave me a passage of scripture: the Annunciation, with one sentence key above all – from your friend, Gabrielle. “Nothing is impossible with God”. Dead. So how am I going to know when over is over. Made a list, checked it twice. Yup, every time I thought I had completed the list, I’d think of one more thing. My recovery lasted just over 12 years. I have a few glitches, but I can do everything I did before, and I get to sleep more (bonus) because doing it is a challenge.
        Now the reason I write this is because I know that pretty much everyone who reads this is mentally saying oh for heavens sake lady. You think things were tough for you! You should have had to walk in MY shoes for a while! And they are perfectly correct. But–I am fortunate enough for God to have shown me the connections, which often people miss in their lives–but they are there, and when you see what God has done, it’s both perfect and unbelievably wonderful.
        I can’t imagine Him being an less wonderful to us during this tribulation we are now to undergo.
        My brother used to say, “OK kids, grab God’s hand. Here we go!”, and he had the courage to say that having suffered physically, emotionally, and mentally from about age three. He knew he was to become a priest at five, and they were not going to ordain him because he was so sick. Well, he was a healthy as a hog two weeks prior, so guess what! And about a month after his ordination, guess what…except that most of the time both before and after, he was given the grace to hide it so no one knew.
        Most of us in North America cannot comprehend what the other 3/4’s live like. I get to glimpse that through one of my other brother’s eyes-and frankly, I don’t really understand it. Bolivia, Chile, Egypt, Lebanon Thailand, and now Burma. When you have nothing, you don’t miss it so much when you lose it.
        And you betcha—–GOD WINS ! ! ! ! ! HANG ON KIDS, HERE WE GO.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Thank you for the testimony of faith, Bev. I think at times, of Christ carrying the Cross – and the irony of Him being the one who consoled the weeping women along His way as He lived His passion. It sounds to me as though you have tried to live His example…helping others to bear their crosses while taking pains not to impose yours on them. God sees and smiles.

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  11. marie says:

    Thanks for this piece on Denmark. I hadn’t heard the story about King Canute (only been living here 19 years 😉 ). Thanks also for your words of hope regarding the future. Do you have anything you can share about refuges in this country?

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    • charliej373 says:

      I don’t know, Marie. I know we are all to do our little part. Give a hungry man a piece of bread and you have been a little refuge that day. Do what little you can with love, and God will reach in and bless your efforts with abundance. But I do not know of any specific refuges in Denmark right now.

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  12. marie says:

    A few tidbits about DK to show the picture is not all bleak: Christian feast days are still officially observed here. Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day are all national holidays – and yes, the shops are closed. Likewise with Good Friday and Easter Monday, Ascension Thursday and Pentecost Monday.

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  13. Chris Joe says:

    Hello Charlie

    Forgive me please – I’m a slow learner.

    If I understand correctly, we are heading into a time of unprecedented tribulation. Our last “normal” Christmas has passed, the upcoming one will be clouded by these foreboding events that are unfolding. I believe you even predicted technology failing us and the need for believers to gather in refuges at some point.

    So, I’m a bit confused about the recommendations of finding a suitable spiritual director. It seems that it might likely be that soon we will have little means for communicating with each other, short of those sharing your hidey-hole or at least within walking distance of aforementioned h-h.

    Even though the health and future of our souls is paramount, the effort to find and establish a relationship with a spiritual director at this late hour seems a little, well… late.

    What about practical preparations? What are we to do? Some of us live in areas with truly harsh winter climates, yet we live in an unrealistic security whereby most people have little means to keep themselves warm and fed, with a sufficient sanitation plan to sustain themselves till cometh the season by which they can start foraging for bugs and blades of grass. Even in a warm season, if those truckloads of California vegetables stop rolling, and Wal-Mart is now a busted shell, to put it in technical terms… “we’re toast”.

    We’d kinda like to survive to the Era of Peace, but to survive with a clear conscience whereby we don’t reproach ourselves for neglecting the needs of others. That seems almost impossible as there will be so many people caught unaware.

    What are your thoughts & recommendations on this?

    Chris

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    • charliej373 says:

      To do what is good and true is always the next, right step. I know that seeing some of these things may lead people to say, “What is the point?” There have been times in my life – and even occasionally now – that I am subject to that temptation. It is to flirt with despair – and not what God intends. Rather, do what is objectively and intrinsically good BECAUSE it is objectively and intrinsically good. We are not in control of the vast sweep of history; God is. So, if you work at what is good and, thus pleasing to Him, even if other events prevent you from finishing or fully carrying it out, God is pleased that you devoted your time to the simple things that were good rather than wringing your hands in grief.

      Now, at the right hand of this page I have linked to “The Peppy Prepper,” which gives all sorts of solid, down-to-earth advice on how to prepare physically for self-sustained living. Honestly, Chris, we are not toast if we persevere. As you may know, I spent a year and a half recently walking across the country, sleeping in the woods and living a radical dependence on God. I left with $50 in my pocket. Now, I had a means of making a little money on my way, I was recipient of much kindness from strangers…but for all that, I realized while I was going through Houston that if everything crashed the next day, I could manage and survive. It is going to be a shock to many – and many will probably die in panic. But we are FAR more adaptable than we think…and we will adjust, survive, and endure. This is where my mantra, take the next right step and be a sign of hope becomes critical: while all are in panic, be deliberate. By doing so, you will be a sign of hope and help others to survive.

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  14. charliej373 says:

    Thank you, Marie. I don’t know – just what my correspondents from Denmark have told me. Glad to see there are signs of piety even in those lands where the state has worked to eclipse the faith.

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  15. aj says:

    “Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
    ― Francis of Assisi

    JESUS I Trust in You!

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  16. Maryann says:

    Just found your blog thru Spirit Daily and have spent 2 days catching up on your writings. It’s interesting to note that in Daniel he writes that when you see the sacrifice taken out of temple, know that the time has began, I think. it said 3 1/2 yrs and that would coincide with the National Cathedral just recently giving over to the Muslim service and I think it would be about October. 2017 when it would end. This seems to coincide with what Gabriel told Daniel ch.8 :11-27. Just a thought and maybe I’m overreaching.

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