Choose or Perish

jacob_wrestles_angelIn the Gospel read round the world in Catholic Churches today (Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014), Jesus comes to His disciples walking amidst the waves of the wind-tossed sea. He invited Peter to walk out to Him, and so Peter did. As long as Peter kept his eyes on Jesus, he was fine, but when he was distracted by the violence of the roiling waves, he began to sink. (Matthew 14:22-33)

The first reading is one of my favorites, from I Kings 19. It is the passage where Elijah is sent to stand outside on the mountainside, to wait upon the appearance of God. As he waited, the violent winds of a great storm rose up, but God was not there. Then a great earthquake struck, but God was not there. Then a fire rose up, but God was not there. Finally there was a little whisper – and Elijah hid his face in his cloak, for here, at last, was God.

I am frequently contacted by people, both those close to me and those I have just met, who are shaken by some new evidence of the ongoing complete collapse of civilization. Some are generalized, such as those astounded by the savagery of Jihadists who are on the march to a Caliphate – the latest being the systematic beheading of children with their heads being displayed on pikes in parks in parts of the Middle East. Others are more specific: financiers who have uncovered something that suggests the whole global monetary system is smoke and mirrors; military people stunned by moves by Russia and China with the quiet but systematic dismantling of the American command structure; earnest politicians shocked by some new discovery of unrecoverable systemic failure. I get at least four or five of these on a light day. Of late, my most common reply is simply that “…these things must come.”

Because of this, many presume that I am withholding many details. That is not entirely untrue, but more to the point, my interest in the details of the collapse of civilization, which I began accurately describing to my priests some 20 years ago, is very limited. When Peter stepped out of the boat to walk on the sea towards Jesus, he was fine until he began to note the size of the waves, the violence of the winds, and the fury of the Storm. Then he began to sink. I knew a Storm was coming, the most violent and comprehensive in human history. I have had the benefit of more time than most of you to get past the shock of it and to focus on what matters. And what matters to our salvation is not to know with detailed accuracy what happens next, but to keep our eyes on Jesus by being a sign of hope to those around us whatever happens next. Lose yourself in measuring the speed of the winds, the size of the waves, determining the direction from whence it proceeds and all your erudition will accomplish is to send you to a watery grave.

The early Apostles were beset with the criticisms of what St. Paul called “super-apostles.” These super-apostles ripped into the actual Apostles for not being rigorous enough, not demanding enough, and just not doing right. This was supposedly to perfect righteousness, but it actually sowed seeds of doubt, spread contention, and drew people away from the safety of the Church. In the 11th Chapter of II Corinthians, St. Paul firmly denounces these super-apostles for the dangerous, nagging frauds they were.

For most of my life, I refused to read any non-Biblical prophecy at all unless I was directed to study it by my angel or, later, my priests. I am still reticent about it. As I began to speak more frequently and publicly about my visitations and visions, I have been bemused by the vehemence and bitterness with which otherwise pious people will defend fine points of their own interpretation of a piece of private revelation. Sometimes I am amused by the distraction and at others mildly irritated by the wounded vanity of someone who has been contradicted on some little point. I am firmly convinced that truth will stand the test of examination so I generally let it rage around me without taking my eyes off Christ, staying focused on being a sign of hope as the Storm roars ever louder. But last week I had occasion to immerse myself deeply in the fever swamps of Fatima conspiracy theories and realized I have been wrong. This contention is not a search for truth, but a darkly brilliant attack on the faith and the faithful.

Most of what I know about the apparitions at Fatima and their meaning was taught me by my angel. My temporal study of it merely confirmed and elaborated on what he had already told me. The disputes over the meaning of the visitations, like all the most effective deceptions, are layered around a kernel of truth. Some critics say the consecration of Russia was never properly done. While I take the word of St. John Paul the Great, Pope Emeritus Benedict and Sr. Lucia (one of the actual Fatima visionaries) that it was, I certainly agree it would have been better had it been done earlier. But that is neither here nor there. Salvation history is one of cantankerous people who frequently slip into apostasy, yet our blindly stumbling nature does not stop God from ultimately accomplishing His will – nor His gently calling us back to His sheepfold. Our errors will not thwart the Almighty’s plan of salvation any more now than they did in older times.

But stick with the new super-apostles and things get malignant very quickly – and more sinister at every step. Some argue that the text of the 3rd Secret, which St. John Paul ordered published for the first time in 2000, is either incomplete or false. Now to believe that the consecration of Russia was never properly done you need only believe that St. John Paul, Sr. Lucia and Pope Emeritus Benedict were mistaken, deceived. However unlikely, this is possible without doing violence to faith and morals. The greatest of saints can be mistaken on points – and the holiest of popes mistaken on those matters to which infallibility has not been attached. But to believe the published text is incomplete or a fraud, one must believe that St. John Paul, Sr. Lucia and Pope Emeritus Benedict are liars: not that they are deceived, but that they are deceivers – a whole different matter.

Some arguments are merely absurd. A few super-apostles argue that St. John Paul and Sr. Lucia dissembled because they had been threatened. Ninety-seven years ago today, as a child, Sr. Lucia was being held by Portuguese police and told to recant or be boiled alive in oil. She refused. Pope John Paul entered a secret seminary in Poland during the Nazi occupation – and the penalty for being caught as a seminarian was summary execution. Can anyone believe that these two, who stared death in the face for their faith and did not blink, were suddenly going to tremble in fear that some folks might talk ugly about them? Absurd.

Other arguments are bizarre. One says that the real Sr. Lucia was murdered some time earlier and replaced with a phony Sr. Lucia, specifically to spread errors about Fatima. One could call that the “Manchurian Visionary” scenario, I suppose.

At the end of it all is naked apostasy. The worst of the super-apostles claim that the “real” 3rd Secret reveals the coming apostasy of the hierarchy, when the Church will become the seat of apostasy. If this were true, it would mean that the gates of hell would prevail over the Church, which would mean that Jesus lied when He said those gates would assault, but NEVER prevail. If Jesus lied, your faith is a vain illusion. Jesus did NOT lie, your faith is not in vain, and the Church – whatever the shortfallings of the human Bishops and Priests who lead it, will never become the seat of apostasy. The author of the lie that it will be the seat of apostasy is satan, himself, draping himself in the robes of super-piety,.

I value vigorous debate in the search for truth. So this forum will continue to welcome those who have honest, even painful disagreements with me and even with the Church on some matters as we reason together. But I will not make it a haven for those who would seduce people away from the safety of the faith into apostasy. Any discussion of the 3rd Secret – or any other matter – which does not acknowledge the authority of the Church and the goodwill of its acknowledged saints will not be suffered.

Those who are desperate to argue over the nature of the Warning or how the Illumination will come will not automatically be shut down, but I would advise you to follow Mary’s lead after the prophecies of Anna and Simeon at the Presentation: ponder these things in your heart, rather than extolling your sublime brilliance at having penetrated the one, true, interpretation of God’s mind.

What the Lord calls us to is the humble little whisper of being a sign of hope to those around us and taking the next, right step, according to our circumstances. I am told that a little more than three years from now, after suffering through the worst, deepest crisis in human history, Our Lady will be sent to rescue us miraculously. If, when she comes, you have squandered the Storm chasing after the winds of contention and the earthquakes of dispute, even if you got the details right, you are still sunk. God does not command you to figure out what will happen next, but to be an unrelenting sign of hope to those around you whatever happens next.

In July of 2000, Gabriel came to instruct me on certain matters. Though he had told me three years earlier to quit asking, I still pleaded with him that the Storm might pass over. In the only time he ever frightened me, his eyes blazed with fury, he seemed to grow to fill the room and he said, “You must tell them true – and they must choose or perish.” Though he immediately went back to his kind self I, like Job, put my hand over my mouth and just took instruction from him that day.

I have now told you true and lived my duty on this matter. Now you must choose what you will.

 

 

 

 

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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98 Responses to Choose or Perish

  1. Maria says:

    Dear Charlie:
    I’m so glad I found you…
    You speak the language of the heart and mind I understand. And to make it even better, I find myself smiling when I read your blog… Not that what you are saying is always funny, but the way you express it suits my spirit! I know I have found in you an old and dear friend in Christ. We walk the same Path home. So I’m sure we’ll meet somewhere on the way…. We are ONE in Christ!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you, Maria, and God bless. Thanks be to God, I have a lively sense of humor. If I didn’t, I don’t know how I would get through the day. But I trust the Lord. All the terrible things He showed me have been coming to pass, so I am confident that the glorious rescue He showed me will, too. And that is where my eyes are fixed.

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  2. Serendipity says:

    Hi Charlie, great post but can you extrapolate out what that means ‘choose or perish’. I am sure it was frightening but he knew that you understood exactly what he meant. I know on the surface this can seem like a really dumb question but what did he really mean? What is the truth of what we should choose? I thank you in advance.

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    • charliej373 says:

      No, it’s not a dumb question at all, Serendipity – and I surely don’t fully understand it. It scared the bejabbers out of me. I understood that it meant…A) not to ask again about the Storm passing over when I had already been firmly told it must come and B) do not let any human motives of fear or vanity prevent me from telling all I am commanded. I know it means more than this…it is a terribly enigmatic phrase. I am sure I will fully understand it in the next life, but I have no confidence I will in this. But I am confident that if I screw up in the right way, Gabriel will be glad to further elucidate on it for me. I would rather just wait until the next life for understanding, if I can manage.

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  3. June1 says:

    Charlie, how does one find the next, right step? Is it simply prayer (and the Sacraments, of course)? I feel so lost and am terrified that I will not do enough to help my family (I am the only practicing Catholic in my ENTIRE family–and I have two very young children whose souls are in my hands).

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    • charliej373 says:

      Ah, dear June, this is completely simple – and you can do it with sure confidence. When you worry about your failures, you put your confidence in yourself. Think about this…if one of your children took on a project that was beyond his abilities and asked your help, knowing it was more than he could handle, you would eagerly help him. More than that, you would be proud of his initiative. You would not expect him to di it just right: rather, you would tenderly stay with him and gently correct his errors as you went, sometimes not even letting him know you had done so. And if you are a good parent, your son would proceed with absolute trust that he was safe in your hands and that the project would come to fruition – because you are with him.

      God is no less tender a Parent – and will stay steadfastly by your side so long as you hold fast to Him. Even so, you will make an abundance of errors. But so long as you humbly hold fast to God, He will draw fruit even from your failures. So long as you humbly hold fast to Him rather than vainly trying to prove that every thought that pops into your head is right – He will use even your errors to guide you back into what is right. So the truth is, you are incapable – and you will err. But the good God will lovingly glue back the pieces you break in your clumsiness.

      That is what “The Next Right Step” means: Do not think you know the answers or succumb to delusions of grandeur – that is what got us into this mess. Neither be paralyzed by how much bigger the problems are than you are capable of even understanding, much less solving. God does not expect you to save the world, just to do the little work right in front of you. Everyone can do that.

      I used to tell people who worked for me, if they bragged they were error-free, that that only meant they weren’t doing enough. Get busy. So the things you can count on is that you are going to mess a lot of things up if you work hard enough – and God will draw fruit from them all if you keep your eyes on Him the whole way.

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      • June1 says:

        Thank you so much for your reply, Charlie. I will do my best to cling to Him; He’s really all we have in the end. God bless you.

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  4. Hopenjoy says:

    Thank you for this clear writing, keep your eyes on Jesus as you walk on the stormy confusing waters…my personal challenge is my spouse, not yet a believer, who looks at me like a nutcase when I attempt to share what God is telling me, that hard dark times are coming (and are here now)…the Scriptures about how the natural man cannot understand the things of God, that spiritual things are foolishness to him…livin’ it every day in my house. And the storm is bearing down, I feel it in my spirit, Mother Mary is now talking to me and guiding me amazingly in last minute preparations…and my spouse’s “normalcy bias” and earthly, practical perspective makes me look like the crazy loony in the house praying Rosaries and fasting and stocking up for our home to be a refuge. Sigh.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Always remember that it is not just God’s will we must be docile to, but God’s time, as well. He often withholds knowledge of certain things from people for a time that they may be more fruitful servants to Him. St. Paul was a profound example of this. His misguided zeal and passion when he did not know Jesus was Lord were prerequisites, in a peculiar way, for when the Lord did firmly tell him. I have often wondered how important the prayers of St. Stephen, as he was being martyred with Paul standing nearby, were to eventually giving us the Apostle to the Gentiles. Whether we are a Stephen who is faithful to death, a John who sees from the start, or a Paul who goes blindly charging up a terrible path until the scales are removed from our eyes, may we be fruitful servants and act in a way that brings more on board.

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  5. Rosemary says:

    Excellent advise, for those who listen to our Lady’s request daily from Medjugorge or Fatima…pray with all your heart mind and soul and keep your eye on the prize(her Son). None of this will matter in the end, except how much we wanted to enter into our Lord’s heavenly Kingdom and how many we can manage to bring with us. He will give us the Grace and we can accept or leave it, but He alone is the deciding factor, and His first and second commandment of Love of God, self and then others, will be our reward. You provide great hope, well needed and thank you for your dedication to our Lord’s messages. And thank you for sharing these. Your friend in Christ our Lord, Rosemary Burkhardt

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  6. Maggie says:

    Thank you much for your advice here. I agree. Some folks are so caught up with prophecy and chasing after messages that they forget to live in a state of grace today, to serve the Lord today. As to the Third Secret–I admit to some puzzlement. I also cannot accept that St. JPII and Pope Benedict are liars! I think the 1984 entrustment of the world was accepted by heaven but was not the complete consecration as asked for originally and so the results were not what they might have been if the Secret had been read earlier and followed more closely. We certainly do not have an era of peace at this time but rather an era of sin, death, and destruction because the world refuses not only to listen to Our Lady but refuses to honor Christ the King. This goes for many, many in the Church as well.

    Would love to hear you speak sometime. If you will be speaking on the Front Range, I hope you will post the information.
    Ave Maria!

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    • charliej373 says:

      When Moses went into the mountains the Israelites abandoned God and formed themselves a golden calf. But He did not abandon them. God’s will is not thwarted by our errors and failures.

      Thank you Maggie. I will be speaking on the front range, probably within a month – and I will announce any public meetings here.

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  7. Ellen C. Neufeld says:

    Wow. I can only add: “Amen.” At the end of the 1917 apparitions Our Lady said: “In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph.” We should be looking toward her Triumph and adding our prayers that this Triumph will indeed come as soon as possible. Thanks for the attitude adjustment, Charlie.

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  8. Stephen Maresch says:

    Charlie,
    You probably addressed this at some point but I am new so I probably missed it. I am always a little foggy when it comes to the heart of Christ and the defending to the death. I know we are called to defend our loved ones to the death and when Peter picked up the sword to leave, Jesus was fine with that, but he then rebuked Peter for using it. I also recognize God hates a coward. So under your instructions that you have recieved should we lay down as sheep? protect like a lion? or wait instructions? should we arm ourselves for both a spiritual battle, a physical one, or both?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Stephen, I have a list of things I need to address fully – and this is prominent on it. The list can be a bit amorphous because some things come up, by the feedback I get here I see some things that need urgent attention. But I will delve into this fully – and your query raises it a bit higher on my little list.

      The short answer is to arm yourself for both. Do NOT act as an aggressive revolutionary or that sort of thing, but do act decisively to defend those under your care and around you. The third prime duty I was given, “Defend the faithful,” is not just spiritual. I will cover this in the detail it deserves within the week, but I would strongly recommend contemplation of the 2nd Chapter of the Epistle of James as a starting point. Protect like a lion.

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  9. Robin says:

    Dear Charlie,

    I am new to your blog, as well as a relatively new Catholic (2007). I haven’t had the chance to read too far back, so you have probably addressed this. As a wife and mother, what kind of provisions do we need to make? Do we need to store food, water, and other necessities? How much? I am a little overwhelmed as I read what some people are doing, and I struggle with the notion that I’m not trusting God if I make a lot of preparations.

    I have a good Spiritual Director and spoke to him for the first time about this today. He thinks it is a good idea to make some preparations but even if I had a stockpile of weapons (I have none), I would be no match for the US military. He says I need to be ready to be martyred if that is what is called for. Your thoughts?

    Thank you,
    Robin

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    • charliej373 says:

      I have addressed it, Robin. I know it is a big task (and getting bigger each day with my wordiness), but I would encourage you to go back and read some other stuff. To make it more convenient, use the search feature to look up ‘ordinary preparation’ and ‘spiritual preparation.’ Sorry, I know I am still a bit clumsy and spotty on categorizing these things, but I am getting better at it – and the categories help you find specific things you’re looking for without having to read everything. Also, check out the link to the right for “The Peppy Prepper” for some solid, down-to-earth advice from a good man who has led teams of Baptist volunteers to disaster-relief sites all across the country for over a decade.

      I strongly recommend prudence as the watchword. Just do the little that you can. None of us can hide from God…and many people who obsess over preparations will find their preparations upended in an instant. People ask where they should go – and the truth is, no matter where they go, there is no guarantee they won’t have to move on quickly. Physical preparation is good, but spiritual preparation is really all that is necessary. There are people close to me who have done much to prepare – and there are people I have visited who have done much to be prepared to take in others. I support all of it. But personally, I have done nearly nothing for physical preparation. I will go where I am led, when I am led there, and do my darndest to be a sign of hope throughout.

      So please, Robin, just do what little you can without disturbing your peace. You really are in God’s hands – and your mother’s love will inspire you to heroic efforts on behalf of those you love that you cannot yet imagine. Evil men have plans – but God also has a plan. He wins. Stick with Him, Trust Him, take the next right step, though it is only a little one, and be a sign of hope to those little souls God has given into your care. That will be enough.

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  10. MM Bev says:

    Dear Charlie: Thank you, thank you, thank you! You couldn’t be clearer. You have covered most of the “stuff” floating around with the pure intent to distract us from our focus: JESUS and our trust in Him. What on earth difference does it make if we live and have our being in Him. All the unsubstantiated rumors have about as much validity as a bunch of high school girls targeting a “selected victim”. We know who instigates that and we know who instigates this – and it is’t Jesus or His Church. It’s just exponential stupidity to distract us and to divert us. satan always, always inserts a kernel of truth and then surrounds it with lies, swirling and swirling, hoping they will attract minds and lead them on false assumptions that carry them farther and farther away from where one should really be. Does he care if it’s adultery or paltry distraction? Not much, one is just as good as another if it leads us away for our primary focus and sure hope in Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart and Our Jesus.

    I won’t spend my time arguing and trying to get people lost in the stupid unsubstantiated notions to use common sense and reason and find reality. It’s a waste of my time and theirs. If a person needs to spend time mulling over the meaning of Fatima, look at St. Jacinta and St. Francisco and follow their leads. Read their lives and learn about sacrifice. That little girl – she reached heaven directly after death, and if we do what she did instead of mulling around about useless ideas chances are we might get there quickly too. It’s the Doing! Not useless swirling about nothing that counts. Whose lead do you want to follow? Chose.

    Right on Charlie, and thank God you have the courage to spell it out for all to read. (And are you right about the Angel Gabriel. God allowed my deceased brother’s warrior angel to be with me after he died. I only see colors and indistinguished shapes, peripherally in my mind. I was plain terrified at first, until I realized what the truth was. Huge? An understatement. A warrior angel can fill more than all the entire space you can see, and you feel like an ant, shaking. And then, they are the gentlest, kindest, most loving ones to have to protect you. Kyle on my left and Daniel on my right.

    mm

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  11. Tom says:

    I feel Truth seeping from your keyboard, Charlie. I did a CRHP retreat a couple years ago and I learned then to let our Lord walk with you step by step, as He is right here with us, if we just listen to Him, He’ll help us take each next right step.

    I wonder about your Obama campaign connection. I feel he’s the one sent to weaken us headed into the Storm. The kid he beat for US Senate, Jack Ryan, grew up 2 doors away from me in suburban Chicago and the Ryans and my family both attended the same church, and Masses and he younger brother and I were fellow altar servers and on sports teams. The way he was elected from that day forward (unsealing Jack’s divorce records, and all the other things from successfully sealing all of his, etc. really piques my interest on what directed his rise to where Obama is today).

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    • charliej373 says:

      Funny thing, Tom…I knew all the players in that one. I was working for one of the candidates for the Republican nomination, Andy McKenna. Some friends had tried to recruit me to Jack Ryan, but there were reasons I had serious reservations about him that I am not inclined to go into here. On the day that he filed his petitions for Senate, Obama and I chatted in line for about five minutes. I kept it brief because I had always avoided him. I had many friends on the other side of the aisle, but I felt a visceral repulsion for Obama – in part because of his unceasing efforts to kill the “Born Alive” infants bill (which would have protected babies who survived and abortion attempt. Obama’s attitude was that if a woman went in for an abortion, she was entitled to a dead baby – so if a baby did survive, it should be put on a shelf to die of exposure and starvation. One of the few men I just had utter contempt for from the start).

      In 2008, I was doing a weekly Sunday night panel show on WLS Radio. Before the financial crash, McCain had moved into the lead for a bit, after naming Sarah Palin as his running mate. Meeting with my director one evening, he asked me if McCain was going to pull it out. I told him not to be fooled by my doing my part to make the case on the radio – that was just my professional duty. “You think about it, Father,” I said. “Obama is shallow, vain and petty. He is right out of central casting to lead us into the Storm. He will win.”

      That said, I was told specifically that Obama would convert – but it would not come until long after he had left power and left the country in ashes, and I was to pray for him. And so I have, even as I often curse him. I think sometimes what a horror it will be for the poor man to live to know that it was his vanity, ignorance and arrogance that led the world into the greatest crisis in its history. Somewhere, he must have some reserves in order to endure that.

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      • June1 says:

        You know what’s funny, Charlie? Just before they killed Gaddafi, I don’t know why but I felt a twinge in my heart for him. I felt so sorry for him for an instant and suddenly felt what God must have been feeling–he is still a creation of the Lord and was loved by God, just as we all are, no matter who we are or what we do. Maybe I should start praying for Obama… and Justin Trudeau. I can barely look at the two but if the Lord made them, they are worth something and must have souls. Pray, pray, pray!

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        • charliej373 says:

          A few decades ago I was shown someone who was going to come to prominence and would be a great enemy of the faith. I was told to pray for him, for he was a dupe of the spirit of the age, which is the spirit of antichrist. Sadly, I almost never prayed for him.

          I was sorrowful at my failure – and since then, when directed to pray for someone for whom I have contempt, I do so. Even if they are completely given over to the evil one, surely it will slow them down – like tossing barrels down before someone pursuing you.

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          • NancyA says:

            I was once inspired to pray for someone as I knelt before Jesus in the monstrance at Adoration. I was actually shown his face… it was Hitler. I prayed for him. We never know the mind of God, or His unfathomable mercy.

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          • charliej373 says:

            My son once asked me if it was okay to pray for satan. As he noted, if satan converted, man, would that solve a host of problems. I told him satan won’t convert – but pray for him anyway: it might slow him down!

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  12. laura says:

    Hi Charlie. Thank you for all of your posts, including this one. I have a question that you may be able to help with. Should we be planning on sending our son to college in a couple years? This may sound like a strange question but i keep thinking “why bother with these preparations?” Will there even BE college then? We continue to prepare spiritually and believe our home may be a refuge in the future with the promptings my husband and i have gotten to prepare physically. Is thinking about a college education for our son ridiculous at this point?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Yes, Laura, you should go about your normal business. I never encourage people to do something fantastical. If things continue to go downhill, the preparations you made will not have been in vain. In God’s economy, nothing is wasted. We ask ourselves why bother in certain circumstances because we think we are in charge of results. Actually, we aren’t. We are in charge of doing everything we can and should with all the skill, love and refinement that we can muster – and then God gives the results that He intends. Should Joseph have abandoned his workshop before the angel told him to flee to Egypt? Obviously, he didn’t know until he was told – but even if he had been warned a month ahead of time, he should not have abandoned his ordinary work until the hour had come. The prophet Jonah was told to warn the people of Nineveh of their coming destruction if they did not repent. He did, they did, and then he pouted when the foretold destruction did not come. God forbid I should leave no room for error (and if somehow we were spared the Storm, I would be the happiest prophet EVER to be proved wrong…go tottering off with the grandbabies and enjoy obscurity). But God’s grace is deeply entwined with our fidelity to our ordinary everyday duties. They draw more grace when stuck to with fidelity when you think they might be temporally meaningless, rather than less. And finally, there will be a world to care for and live for after the Storm. Your efforts, well-lived, will make it all the more likely that your son will live a noble, as well as joyful, life after the Storm. Live the ordinary with fidelity and love, even when it seems senseless. It is a profound act of faith.

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      • Nancy says:

        So now I have decided that it is about time I should get all of the unnecessary accumulation of “stuff” out of my house and life. Probably should have done it before, but some of it causes me to want to avoid emotional memories. Hope it’s something I can accomplish soon. 🙂

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  13. Kent says:

    I discovered the distinction between the Tribulation and the Final Judgement a few years ago. Probably the biggest point for me is that we will never know the day of the Final Judgement BUT the tribulation is another matter. I believe we are in the Tribulation and have come across several reputable sources which think 2017 will be the end of it including Charlie. Jesus spoke of our ability to discern the signs of the times. I believe the Prophetic messages from heaven, especially of the last 100 years, give or take, speak loud and clear about chastisement for sin, wars, plagues and anti christ. For those of us who have been wrestling with these ideas over the years, about 20 for me, I think it is a blessing which has helped me and others to prepare. As best we can. I think we will not be as shocked or surprised because of this preparation and this will allow us to help others. But the time to sit on the fence is over. As an old friend used to tell me, “poop or get off the pot.” He was a bit cantankerous at times but as heart of gold.

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  14. donna269 says:

    Charlie:
    Thank you so much….I was just reading a super apostle opinion about the Consecration of Russia and Third Secret and was getting the heebie jeebies (that’s the Holy Spirit and my angel saying, NO WAY!) I got your email for this blog and read your newest blog and thought “Thank you God, you are always so good for me because I seek your answers by submitting to your Holy Will every day and your provide and nourish me and my family. Complete surrender….I can’t drive the bus, I have to let God drive the bus and get in the back with the other Bozos….

    When I read your writing, I know it is of God. I just know it. I feel peace and serenity. I also laugh when people think that JP II and Sr Lucia were part of some major conspiracy. These were living saints and would NOT have listened to evil souls. They spoke the truth. Be Not Afraid!

    I am tiring of the Talking Heads who are so sure they know more than saints, visionaries and popes. I am simple and humble and that keeps me with my eyes on Christ so I don’t sink in the roiling waves. Amen brother…..say hello to Gabrielle for me. I sure do love him Michael and Raphael!

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  15. vicardwm says:

    I have been inclined to think that the Consecration of Russia was not done properly, for only one reason. Russia did not convert immediately after the supposed 1984 consecration, or at least not in a way that it was obvious had a connection to the consecration. At best, Russia could be said to be partially converted at this point. Sister Lucia had talked about a message from Jesus that she received, in a letter she wrote in 1936, “I HAVE SPOKEN TO OUR LORD ABOUT THE SUBJECT AND NOT TOO LONG AGO, I ASKED HIM WHY HE WOULD NOT CONVERT RUSSIA WITHOUT THE HOLY FATHER MAKING THAT CONSECRATION. (HE REPLIED) ‘BECAUSE I WANT MY WHOLE CHURCH TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT CONSECRATION AS A TRIUMPH OF THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY’.”

    My inference from that is that the Lord wanted the fruits of the consecration to be more or less immediate and undeniable so that the Church had to acknowledge her power. Of course, my inference here could be wrong, but that is why I tentatively incline to think that the consecration is not fully done to this point.

    Of course, Sr. Lucia thought that is was done. As far as I have been able to determine, she did not receive this information from Heaven but just gave her assessment of the matter.

    However, you are surely right that focusing on the consecration of Russia to the exclusion of doing our daily duty and “taking the next, right step” as you say would be a great trick of Satan.

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  16. Ann says:

    Hello Charlie. I am so relieved to have found you tonight. Your words have given me much comfort. I just came back to the Church after being involved in new age, living a very sinful and selfish life. Towards the end of that “life”, I knew God was urging me to change and come back to His flock. Anyway, I, like others, am the only Catholic in my immediate family, which is mostly my fault. I am concerned about my grown sons and husband, especially one of my sons. He is lost right now. I consecrate them to Mary before each Rosary I pray. Should I be doing more? Should I send my son a rosary with instructions? I worry about their souls and so many others. Thank you. God continue to bless you!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Dear Ann, never underestimate God. Encourage what is good, what is kind, what is true in the members of your family without pushing your religious concerns. God reads hearts. If you acknowledge what is best in those around you, it waters and nourishes those very qualities. If you live joy, without pressing anything on them, it will become magnetically attractive. So you worry about being a sign of hope and joy – and God will provide the growth. Love them. That is enough for now.

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    • Janet says:

      Ann, a while back I wrote an article for the newsletter of the Brothers and Sisters of Penance of St. Francis that addressed this very thing. Here is an excerpt:

      “There are two things I often hear from people. The first is that they feel isolated in their faith walk, that in their family, workplace, or peer group. Sometimes even their parish there are few people with whom they can openly share their faith. The second thing I hear a lot is that so many people are worried about family members who are far from God. They try everything to bring them to faith, but their words fall on deaf ears. They fear for the souls of these loved ones if they do not repent.

      “In fact, these two issues are closely related and the good news is that God, in his infinite wisdom and mercy, has got it all under control. Yes, dear child of the Father, God has a plan to bring those souls he loves more than you do, back to him. The enemy thinks he has won those souls, but God has a secret weapon. He has strategically placed his agents behind enemy lines. Those agents are none other than his faithful remnant–you and me.

      “Why do we feel isolated? Because we should! God has strategically placed us in the territory assigned to us. Think of a map with pins in it. The pins are spread out so that the most area may be covered with the resources available. Is it any wonder we feel like we are in the desert? Dear soldiers of Christ, not everyone can live near the well. Someone has to go out into the desert to show people how to get to the streams of living water.

      “God has not given up on our loved ones! God has given our loved ones the gift of OUR faith. And if he has called us to increased prayer and penance, he has given us invincible weapons with which to defeat the enemy. If we have also consecrated ourselves to his Mother, we are behind the velvet-lined shield that no enemy can penetrate. In addition, we are strengthened with the Bread of Life–Jesus himself! Our only weakness then is our sin, and the more we go to confession the more we will plug the holes in our armor caused by sin. This mission–the salvation of souls–is fraught with danger. But we must
      never be discouraged in our mission, for in Christ, we are assured that we have the victory.

      “It is easy to be grateful for the gift of faith in our lives for our own sake, but do we remember to thank God for the gift that our faith is to others? Do we remember to pray a prayer of surrender to Jesus each day so that he might enlarge our territory and win more souls? You and I are pitiful little warriors, it is true, but in Christ, the mercy of God flows through us into the world, causing living water to flow over stony hearts making them soft and receptive to the love that is waiting for them in the heart of their Father. Onward Christian soldiers!”

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      • vicardwm says:

        Thanks for that, Janet. Very beautiful. Jesus also gives us the grace to have these little online oasis spots to meet fellow travelers which we may not be able to find within our physical territories.

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      • donna269 says:

        Janet I love this….

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      • Audie says:

        Janet, do you blog or have a place where I can read your articles? You and Charlie have given me new hope. Thank you.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Audie, go to the right side of my page and under “Spiritual Sites I Like” you will see “Pelianito.” That is Janet’s site. Just click on it and you will find a wealth of sound devotions and resources.

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          • Janet says:

            Praise God that we are able to encourage one another! As Charlie said there is plenty of food for the journey on my blog. I am constantly amazed at what our Lord can do with a sinner who says yes. If you want a print copy of my journal, there is a link to the books I put together (rather hastily so there are typos). Also in th Pelianito blog to go section you can download the pdf version for free.

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          • Audie says:

            Thank you, Charlie and Janet. You both have given me great peace of mind and courage. I thank God for you two. God bless you.

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      • Joanne says:

        If I may humbly add that if we want to know why many of us are “alone” in our conversion without our family members and friends, we just need to contemplate the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary where Jesus was alone in the garden while his companions were sleeping and in a daze when they finally awoke and to walk the stations of the Cross. I believe that is where the Lord taught us what it would be like for those who offer themselves up for others. Greater love Hath no man that he lay down his life (while he offers it up) for his friends.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Oh, I like that, Joanne…and we might do well to contemplate how Jesus handled their slumber. After initial disappointment, He affectionately decided to let them sleep, for He knew their time would come – and they would rise to the occasion when it did. Would that we had more such ultimate confidence in and affection for those we love – and trust in Him who will raise them.

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          • Joanne says:

            I agree. I find sometimes I long for company on this journey which can harden my heart. The company never shows, which I believe is HIS will for me. But you are so right to put our trust in God in “all” things, for “all” things. His will be done! Thank you Charlie!

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        • Joanne says:

          Oh, sorry, I forgot to add this, humbly added… The only one who was/is eternally at His side is His Most Holy Mother, whom I was told to behold from the Cross. She is always with me as well by the mercy of God. Again, humbly, the two points of reference are the Passion of Jesus and the purity and perfect trust of His Most Holy Mother which are also the Pillars to guide us through.

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  17. Ann says:

    Hi Charlie,
    There is a site sponsored by Msgr. John Esseff “locutions.org” that seems to imply that the consecration to Russia was not done. Is this site not to be trusted? I am not invested in the answer. Am just puzzled.
    Thanks,
    Ann

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    • charliej373 says:

      Hi Ann. As I mentioned in the article above, one can argue in good Catholic conscience that the consecration was not properly done. I find it deeply improbable, as both St. John Paul and Sr. Lucia must have been deceived on the matter for this assertion to be true. But this touches only on discernment rather than motive. The argument that the actual 3rd Secret was not released is the entryway into fever swamps that lead to apostasy from the Church – for this would require active efforts on the part of St. John Paul and Sr. Lucia to deceive.

      There are very few places I actually condemn, even though there are many which I think risk leading people away from faith rather than deeper into faith. That is because this is a time of great confusion…and many very good people, as they search for answers, get into confusing thickets. I am not going to allow this site to contribute to that on matters that I know lead away from the faith, but heaven knows I went tearing into enough thickets of confusion over the course of my life that I don’t want to discourage any who might find their way via a crooked path as I did. I have seen the locutions.org site. While I only check into it occasionally, I have not seen anything there that has jumped out at me as chronically harmful. I link to a site, the Mother of God Forum, that gets into some very vigorous and spirited debates, some of which trouble me…but it also brings to bear some strikingly good and important themes I don’t see adequately discussed elsewhere.

      Alas, there is no sure guide through the thickets of confusion – and as Jesus said, you must let the weeds grow along with the wheat lest you destroy wheat while pulling weeds up prematurely. Seek Christ in all things, and if a site helps bring you peace and clarity, enjoy it. If it disturbs your peace, stay away from it. Just because it disturbs your peace does not mean it does not have value – but it may not have value for you. Trust and pray. But no, I have no gripe with locutions.org – but what I have said on the matter of controversies on the 3rd Secret here I stand by.

      Above all, it is not what you figure out that will bring peace now – but what you do for those around you. Less dispute, more simple kindness and all will be well.

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      • Mick says:

        Charlie and Ann,

        I’m not sure if this will be helpful or not; but, for what it’s worth, I stopped reading locutions.org in late 2011 because of several alleged messages in which both Our Lord and Our Lady reportedly referred to the consecration of Russia as an event in the future. For me, the final straw, so to speak, was an alleged message from Mary on November 27, 2011, which I quote in part: “The popes made numerous dedications and whenever a dedication was made, I showed my response by great blessings. Yet, my request for the Consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart to be made by the pope in union with all the world’s bishops has not been made. The evil has not been attacked as I directed, so it still resides in the heart of this country which is so expansive.” As you said above, Charlie, I stopped reading that site because it was disturbing my peace: I simply can’t accept that the Blessed Mother would basically tell the alleged locutionist that St. John Paul, Sr. Lucia, and Pope Benedict were wrong.

        I seem to remember seeing many years ago an article discussing numerous papal attempts at consecrating Russia, and Sr. Lucia’s comments on them. If I remember the article correctly, it stated that when Pope Pius XII consecrated the world–and later, Russia–to the Immaculate Heart, Sr. Lucia asked the Blessed Mother if the consecrations were sufficient. Mary reportedly responded that they were not. Neither were the consecrations done by Paul VI or JPII (in 1982). However, when Sr. Lucia asked Mary if JPII’s 1984 consecration had been accepted by heaven, Mary reportedly answered that it had been. This, to me is quite convincing, and makes me very uncomfortable with what Our Lady is alleged to have said at locutions.org.

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  18. Jacquie says:

    A sincere offering regarding the Fatima controversy, and your prayerful response would be deeply appreciated. You clearly love Our Lord and Our Lady to folly!
    I’ve been praying over this. Not all is yet made clear. There is much out there, favoring Heaven’s acceptance of the Consecrations done, and the opposite. Documents can be found even to the effect of a possible cover-up. Lucia was under strict obedience to speak with no one about the events. Lucia is valiant, and obedient. Our Lady said to the children in 1913:

    “World War I will end soon. However, if humanity does not stop offending God, another and worse war will break out in the reign of Pius XI. When you see a night illuminated by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign that God gives you, that He is going to punish the world for its crimes by means of war, hunger, persecution of the Church and of the Holy Father. To forestall this, I shall come to ask consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart and the communion of reparation on the First Saturdays. If my request is heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace. If not, Russia shall spread her errors throughout the world, promoting wars and persecution of the Church; the good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated; in the end my Immaculate Heart shall triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me which will be converted, and some time of peace will be given to the world.”

    Noteworthy is Our Lady telling of the long list of events if her request is not heeded. Then She says, “…in the end my Immaculate Heart shall triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me which will be converted, and some time of peace will be given to the world.” She states that after the triumph of Her Heart will the Holy Father consecrate Russia and then it will be converted and peace will be given. This does not seem to have happened unless we are, since 1984, living in Her Triumph and Russia’s conversion is unfolding. We seemingly would be living in the promised peace. If so, what is Heaven’s purpose of so many warnings and locutions at this time? Locutions.org mentions the need for the consecration, as do other victim souls. She even mentions the silencing of Lucia in some places.

    Trustworthy priests have expressed their opinion that the Consecrations were done partially, thus partial Grace was granted. We await the consecration naming Russia for The outpouring of greater Graces, which makes sense in accord with what Our Lady originally says to the children, “in the end”.

    With all my heart, little and insignificant as it may be in the great scheme of these things of God, I trust Our Church, our holy priests, our holy Fathers, and most especially Our Lady. We’ve been warned that the smoke of Satan has entered the Church. He stirs division, confusion. Our Lady triumphs, this we know without question come what may! She and Our Lord continue to speak to us and help us as we seek to draw the fulfillment of the Lord’s Prayer, “Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done On Earth As It Is In Heaven!” We must persevere in our love, prayers and holy way of life as shown by Jesus and Mary, aiding in this cause of the salvation of souls, even unto folly. Fiat!

     

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    • charliej373 says:

      Okay, Jacquie, there are trustworthy priests who say it has not been completely fulfilled – and trustworthy priests who maintain with equal vigor that it has. A sainted pope – and the visionary who passed on the message in the first place says it has. The late, great Senator Everett Dirksen of Illinois, once asked to comment on a raging controversy that he was not involved in said, “Well, some of my friends are for it and some of my friends are against it. It is my firm policy to stand with my friends.” There is some wry wisdom here.

      Let me ask you, how would knowing with the certainty of God whether it was properly fulfilled or not change what you are called to do?” Does it change any duty you are called to live? If it does not, why spend so much effort worrying about what others are accountable to God for when your efforts are best devoted to what you shall have to account for? Do you not think the shepherds and pastors will not be called to account for their stewardship? They will. But you will be called to account for your discipleship. That for me is the bottom of it.

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  19. Sue says:

    Dear Charlie,
    Being new to this blog, via Pelianito’s site, I find much of the information overwhelming at times. Like June1, I am the only practicing Christian (Catholic) in my family, and rely solely on blogs such as this for a sense of community, since I have no one else to speak to about God or matters of faith. With that goes a profound sense of isolation and fear. Much of my life has been steeped in sin, and still is-I have much difficulty trying to live my faith because I am not sure what that looks like up close and personal, so to speak. Needless to say, trust is a big issue for me, and I think I exasperate Our Lord pretty much constantly because of this. Earlier today, I had sort of come to a breaking point on a couple of issues, one being my endless pursuits of trying to “game the system”- preparations by hook or by crook, and the other being fear regarding a painful chronic medical condition which has taken a turn for the worse recently.
    So, God has me very neatly painted into a corner in every aspect of my existence at this point, trying to teach me to trust. I fear the worst from myself given my track record, and was compelled to go to a nearby adoration chapel. As I left the house, I warned the Lord, “Jesus, here comes a fool!”, and en route considered that it was selfishness and self preservation rather than love of the Lord that were my real motives. Shame. Guilt. Having prayed a short time, and knowing what a lousy “listener” I am with all the tumult inside me all the time, I asked the Lord if there was anything He might say to me via the Pelianito Journal Blog book I had brought with me-an odd choice of books, I thought when I grabbed it on the way out the door. The Lord answered me with this meditation to which I opened at random, an act of trust in spite of myself!:
    Wisdom 10:1 (Wisdom) preserved the first formed father of the world when he alone had been created; and she raised him up from his fall.
    “My beloved, when wisdom has made her home with you, there is nothing to fear, for she herself will come to your aid even if your trouble is caused by your own sin and selfishness. As soon as she makes known to you your sin, then humbly repent before God, confess if needed, and let the Lady Wisdom take care of you and help you to recover from your fall. My child, let wisdom be your guide and you will never be ashamed.”
    So Our Lord has a great sense of humor, answering a fool with “Wisdom”, and, He answered me point for point, bang on! What a great God we have! Now all I have to do is drive this through my thick skull so it stays there! Any feedback you might have would be greatly appreciated, I get lost pretty easy without anyone to talk to about such things!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Welcome to our little community, Sue. You know, a great saint says that God writes straight with crooked lines. I love that. We are all crooked lines of one sort or another.

      There is a woman who has been a great help to me. She had heard some talk of me about a year ago, was a little bit dubious, and so came to visit with me at a coffee klatsch I regularly attended on Thursday mornings. We became great friends – in fact, she is the owner of the Full of Grace Supply House I link to at the right of this page. We were at a conference and I was visiting her at her booth during a session. She told me, with enthusiasm, “I don’t want you to take this the wrong way, Charlie (always a warning that something rough might be coming). I am convinced you are a prophet. But I am SO glad that when God decided to send a prophet, he’s just a poor schlub like the rest of us.” Oh how I howled with laughter – and told her my great ambition is to one day be patron saint of poor schlubs.

      I have a dear family member who has struggled with addiction – and the dysfunctions that go with it – most of his life. Twenty years ago, he lost near every battle. By two years ago, he was doing okay, but still losing at least as often as he was winning. Then he turned a corner. He still struggles, but he wins more battles than he loses – and life is pretty good – and he is a real help to others in that battle. We all have a pilgrim journey through this world…and the good God knows conversion is a lifelong process. The truest mark of an authentic Christian is not that he never stumbles, but that he keeps humbly getting back up and going at it again.

      So welcome to the site for poor schlubs who try to build each other up rather than tear each other down.

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  20. Michael says:

    Hi Charlie,
    Your writing is thought provoking as always!

    I have been wondering, if Mary is to rescue us in late 2017, does that mean that we have officially started the 42 month (3 1/2 year) reign of the antichrist as described in Revelation? And if so, it is my understanding that his image alone can bring harm to those who see it (Rev 13:15). There is a huge possibility that my assumptions are way off base, or even too literal. But if there is s chance that I am on the right track, then how do we avoid his image in our well connected society? I would assume that I may have seen his picture by now.

    I occasionally ask God to cleanse our household electronic devices with the Precious Blood of Jesus. Maybe I should do that more often.

    Your thoughts and guidance are appreciated. May God bless you!
    Michael

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      Hi Michael,

      It says that those who refuse to worship the image of the beast will be persecuted and slain. I think you are over-reacting to very symbolic and evocative language, though it may be better to over-react a little rather than the under-reaction that is so common. I have written that I believe the beast is an ideology that is hostile to faith…it makes sense because the mark of the beast is put in the forehead or the hand. That is how ideas are transmitted, through thought (the forehead) or the hand (books). All who refuse will, at first, neither be allowed to buy or sell. Look at how even the American government is trying to shut down businesses that will not embrace the culture of abortion or homosexuality. Look how many people have lost jobs because of the same. The beast has already risen and is prowling the streets. He is not fully enthroned, but he is working at it.

      That is what I think. What I KNOW is that God does not engage in cheap gamesmanship by which the innocent unwary may be ensnared through no fault of their own. It takes an act of the will to accept the beast or antichrist. That is not to say these are not brilliantly seductive and you must ever be on guard. Homosexual enthusiasm sells itself as “tolerance” and abortion as a “woman’s right to choose.” These things come wearing seductive masks, so I do not want to understate their danger. But a pure-hearted innocent will not be damaged because she saw a black magic picture.

      Cloak yourself with Christ, take Our Lady’s hand, then walk with confidence through the valley of death.

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  21. Audie says:

    Hello Charlie!
    I am the Ann that asked what to do about helping my family, a son in particular, by sending a rosary, etc., and have just come back to the Church. I see there is another Ann, so changed my name to Audie. Thank you so much for your reply and also a thank-you to Janet for her reply. You have a way with words that I can understand and use to help me on my journey. I do have another question. We have a new priest in our little parish and I’d been gone for a few weeks with my husband. When I went to Mass this morning, I found that he had removed the Prayer to St. Anthony after the Mass (which I guess was added by another priest who was just moved to another parish after a couple years here). The new priest said the Mass was the perfect prayer and that there are times, like after 911, where extra prayers would be needed for a period of time. My question is, do priests in the U.S. understand or see what is going on in our times? Maybe I am just wrong, but can we say too many prayers? Please adjust my thinking if needed. I know we can stay after Mass and pray this prayer ourselves if we want.

    Oh, I do so much appreciate your replies. I just reread them and Charlie you were right on when you said, ” Less dispute, more simple kindness and all will be well.” Perfect timing…

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    • charliej373 says:

      Hi Audie (formerly Ann). I love the prayer of St. Anthony – I regard him as the patron of my conception. (I know, weird, but my Dad was stationed in San Antonio, Texas, when my Mom got pregnant with me – but I never saw it until I walked through there during my pilgrimage – and I fell in love with that unique and beautiful city).

      The prayers after Mass are the choice of the priest, and I respect that choice in all circumstances. I particularly like it when the St. Michael prayer is added. But it is up to the priest. I don’t think most of them intend to offend anyone, but you literally can’t do everything.

      I know, shortly after I came into the Church, there was a place I went regularly to for Daily Mass. It was a shrine that had several priests. One liked to go at least 15 to 20 minutes longer than the usual half hour. I thought, maybe wrongly, that it was a vanity to highlight his piety. So I talked to him and told him that I had to work – and that this did not make the Mass holier for me. Rather, if it continued, it would mean I would have to leave at the start if I saw he was the celebrant, because I could not continually arrive late for work. He was very kind…a little startled…and thanked me for reminding him that it could be a burden to those who had other obligations. He still ran long on weekends, but was timely at Daily Masses after that. So I think it was a genuine piety – and a kindness to consider the needs of others.

      You are right that there cannot be too much prayer. But everything should be appropriate to people’s circumstances. Doing your ordinary work, if done with love, IS an important form of prayer. Formal prayer that does not take into consideration the likely duties of those in attendance can be an offense which drives people away from formal prayer altogether.

      I know this doesn’t directly answer your query. The bottom line is that it is an impoverished definition of prayer that only recognizes formal public prayer as prayer at all. I like a nice benediction. But it is up to the priest. Perhaps the best thing is, if you have some like-minded parishioners, get together and ask the priest if you can have a little closing prayer of thanksgiving. I always think that is a refined touch and a comforting way to finish the Mass.

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  22. Cecilia says:

    Oh, Charlie, thank you for all you have to say that gives hope, especially that it will all be over by the end of 2017. But I just can’t get a handle on how to be a sign of hope to others when the world is falling apart at the seams, and I struggle so with depression myself. The joy of suffering escapes me, though I have prayed and prayed to understand. Yet my life is filled with tears. How can I be a sign of hope? Thanks for any input. God bless you.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Cecilia, I do have some understanding. Up until about 15 or so years ago, this just flat out terrified me…all I could think of was how to stop it. And if I couldn’t stop it, then I sure wanted to find a way to get out and go hide until it was over. I mean, what a terrible knowledge to have – and to have to see it showing signs of unfolding.

      Then things shifted, but shifted slowly. I started thinking, whether I knew or whether I didn’t, the Storm would come. Did I really think I would be happier in ignorant bliss until the day the terror was upon us? If that was how it was to be, how could I make anything any better for anyone…how could I even give any real joy to my family and loved ones? I really started thinking in terms of how to do the little things that made sense. My horizons broadened as my vision shortened, in a way. I quit worrying about the big stuff…I really did, and only worried about what was right in front of me. The Storm was too big for my mind to deal with, but I could deal with what was right in front of me – and doing so would help make things a bit better for all, particularly when supplanted with God’s abundance. So I got my fears down to size and just concentrated on my daily work. Then, I knew very clearly that all of the old order was passing away – and would fall away from us. It filled me with a desire to savor the very ordinary joyful moments with those I loved when I could, without neglecting my duty. I fell passionately in love with the ordinary. Now, my main focus is on the rescue – that we will have a world that my children and grandchildren will live in that is truly joyful – better than the best of the old order that is perishing. And so I stay focused on everyday things, trusting if I do them well and faithfully, I will get a glimpse in this life of the glorious era of peace my children will inhabit. I stay focused on neglecting nothing. and I rejoice over it.

      There have been times, still are, sometimes, when a rush of furious anger wells up in me…I think, “If you people had kept just a LITTLE faith, I could have had a normal, happy life…but your apostasy is walking me to my doom.” Thanks be to God, that sort of whining and resentment rarely flares up anymore. I just put my shoulder to the plow and push on.

      I don’t know if that will help you at all, Cecilia, but it is what I think of and how I calmly face the rising Storm. With God’s help, I will be faithful to death – and there is joy in that. And if He lets me have a few good times with friends and family along the way, even more joy.

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      • Audie says:

        Again, I am so glad and relieved to have found your blog, Charlie. Thank you.

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      • Cecilia says:

        Thank you, Charlie. Yes, it helps. I often need attitude adjustments for gratitude and living in the present moment. I was overcome with sorrow and pain when hearing about the children beheaded and those suffering on the mountain. I couldn’t help but ask, where is their refuge, where is the Immaculate Heart’s protection for them? And of course, I cannot know that answer. I want to believe in refuges and miracles, I really do, but I am not their yet. I simply have to trust, something I struggle with daily. I want to be this sign of hope you speak of, I want to participate in the salvation of souls, and I want to be faithful to death, but I also know my own cowardice and how easy it is for me to take my eyes off Jesus, especially when those I love are suffering, when I suffer, or see anyone suffering. For some strange reason, their pain becomes my pain. And yes, I always offer it up and unite it to Christ’s sufferings. I want to focus on the rescue to, but I have none of your visions, if you will, of even it’s possibility, let alone its probability or its promise. Yes, I believe in the triumph of the Immaculate Heart, but the hour is late if the rescue is to be in 2017. However, I will do my best to hold on to your assurance. Would that you were able to speak more about that. I have no desire to hear details of the collapse; they will come far too soon! Thank you for your encouraging words and for sharing your own struggles that you are overcoming regarding the Storm. May we all be given the same grace to live the moment, to appreciate the ordinary, and to relish all that is truly important, especially our families. God bless you, Charlie, and thank you for being faithful to your call.

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        • Janet says:

          Cecilia I think it helps to remember that God exists in the eternal present. If we exit the present moment to dwell in the unchangable past or the unknowable future, we exit God’s presence. The “sacrament of the present moment” is made holy by the presence of God. That’s where we want to dwell also. When we feel anxious we should do a self-check. Where am I right now?

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          • mellensequoia says:

            Janet: I know this is late but I just read it. I too am one who dwells in the past, detesting the life I lived in my youth. I can’t change it. I just keep apologizing to God for it over and over. (He’s probably: “OK ALREADY, I GET IT…LET’S MOVE ON!” ) Your message helps tremendously. I am making a pact with myself that when I travel that road in the future I will try to immediately stop myself and ‘move on’. Thank you! Mellensequoia

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          • One can move closer to God of their own volition at any time, as Jesus said that He is the Truth, and the Truth has set us free; except in cases when sins are held bound

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          • Beckita says:

            Sorry, Edward, but I don’t at all understand your link in light of the point you have made. What is the purpose of the link? To me it is confusing.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Hey Beckita – sorry, that link slipped by me. It was strange and I can only think Edward accidentally put up the wrong link.

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          • moreen67 says:

            Mellensequoia – I used to do that too until one time in the Confessional – I let the priest know that I was asking again for forgiveness for a past sin that I had already been to Confession for and he let me know that he didn’t want to scare me but that the evil one wants me to rehash it as to make me feel unworthy of Christ. He told me I was already forgiven – that talk from the good priest really helped me. God bless, Maureen

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          • charliej373 says:

            Beautiful! Wise Priest!

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          • Beckita says:

            Hi Mellensequoia! In overcoming the tendency to ruminate about the past, another great aid is this novena: http://divinewilluk.com/surrender-novena God bless you.

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  23. marie says:

    Janet (Peli), THANK YOU so much for reprinting the article addressing those who feel isolated in their faith walk. You sent it to me a few years ago, but, unfortunately, I somehow lost it in the transfer from my old computer to the new one. It was and still is a source of great comfort. As others have already expressed, this online family of believers is like a small oasis. May God bless all of you.

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  24. Matthew says:

    My Dad gave me your article today and i have to say it really is helping me understand what i have to do , i am new to this blog stuff, but for a long while i have been farthest away from jesus, i swore off church until recently which is still a struggle for me,i smoke pot and cigarettes which i feel now a dark presence attached to these i have been trying to quit for years now but keep coming back ,i also spent way to much time with doomsday ,proheceis, aliens exsistence ,2012 doomsday,and other paranormal garbage until recently i faintly feel, in my own heart a voice softly repeating my name everday and i feel more aware of what is upon us , but am still unsure of where to begin am i too late i also feel that my pot smoking and wasting my time with conspiracy crap, has brought a darker presence that makes it harder to quit i have challenged this presence before in times where i have had no pot , saying ill quit even when i couldnt afford it or get it anywhere,and some how i get it no matter what. and i would waste time in fear and anger motivatied stuff. Have i given my soul to satan already with challenges like that and that the voice i hear in my heart is a trick or, is jesus calling me back im so confused and scared i have been away from my faith for awhile and i have no cristian friends to talk too and i also have a wife and a 3 year old girl who i cant lead astray and feel im dangerously close if not already there

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thanks for writing, Matthew. Yes, getting to the sensational is a temptation that ensnares many. We poor souls do like our shows and spectacles. Listen, I was a single dad, raising two children from the time they were just three and four. Oh, the times we had! Going to parks, just riding until we found something that looked interesting, hiking, camping…watching their little personalities develop and take shape…what a joy! I spent the first year worrying myself sick over how difficult it was…then figured there was no answer…so I figured I would just do the very best I could and hope God would cover all the things I couldn’t. And grace came. Love really is the key to it all. Devote yourself to your family with as to yourself and, soon enough, joy will arise out of nowhere.

      I have family members who have struggled mightily with addictions – and lost many battles along the way. We all need a refuge. If yours is pot or booze, it is not enough to quit; you have to find another refuge. When the world presses in on you, the temptation to go to the refuge you have is overwhelming. If pot is the only refuge, you have lost before you start. Develop another one. Your Dad must care for you – and the two of you at least talk. Make good use of his care for you, avail yourself of his love. Talk to your wife. Abandon all efforts to impress anyone and just dedicate yourself to the next, right step. When you stumble – as you often will – get up and start again with the determination of a toddler who keeps trying to walk even after having fallen a hundred times. Get to a church…and find a parish that feels right for you and your wife, a place where you can volunteer in small ways and begin developing candid friendships. If your Dad gave you my stuff to read, he must value what is simple and straight-forward, because that is all I am. If the emotional tie is too close for you to talk easily and candidly together, get his advice on how to get the easy, candid counsel you need….for fathers usually have some experience in overcoming some of the same problems their children confront. How did he find his balance? That would be valuable for you.

      Above all, love the ordinary. You really will fall in love with it if you work to live it. Say a prayer for me, Matthew…and I’ll say one for your family, too. God bless.

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      • Matthew says:

        Charlie your messages have spoke volumes to me and have given me the nudge i need im glad i was given your article im really noticing god tring to get back , i will pray for you also thankyou and godbless

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  25. Matthew says:

    i also forgot to mention that its the storm part the speaks to me in your article i feel i have been lost in the storm and i cant seem too keep my eys on jesus i try every day which is why i i am writing this i dont just write my personal stuff on the computer this is really my first time i dont like the internet too much it scares me these days , but i want thank you

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    • June1 says:

      Matthew, please be assured of everyone’s prayers for you who are reading this now. 🙂 We’re all in this together, regardless of individual situations or backgrounds.
      One way you could start getting back to what is important is simply saying, “Jesus, Mary, please show me the way.” I’ve always said that if you give God an inch, He will do the rest. God be with you!

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    • marie says:

      Matthew, June1 is right – we’re all in this together and we’re all praying for you . Regarding your pot smoking, perhaps you could also pray this prayer which Charlie posted recently. It’s powerful:

      Prayer of Miraculous Trust

      A prayer to abandon yourself to trust in God; to bind yourself to His will with trust rather than trying to bind Him to yours. Pope Francis called Our Lady of Guadalupe the “Virgin of Tepeyac” at her last feast day. Tepeyac Hill is where she appeared, not Guadalupe, hence the title Our Lady of Tepeyac, Mother of Conversion. At its deepest level, this is a prayer that we all convert ourselves to God’s Holy Will.

      Back of card: PRAYER OF MIRACULOUS TRUST: (This prayer is to help you turn things over to God, trusting that once you have done so, whatever He then allows is for your eternal good and that of those you love. It lets you ask what you want of God, then closes by abandoning yourself to what God wants of you. Do not say it more than once for any particular intention, as this is an abandonment to trust)

      Begin by asking for the help of Our Lady of Tepeyac, then cross yourself and say:

      By the power of Our Lord, Jesus Christ; to the honor of Our Lady, the Immaculate Conception; in service to her Immaculate Heart; I ask you Lord (state intention here and ask for the intercession of the saint of your choice). I thank you for hearing my prayer. Thy will be done. Amen.

      Cross yourself again, and give it over to God entirely with trust

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      • Matthew says:

        God bless this blog thank you for your support i will keep this prayer and say it everyday this site feels like the lighthouse in a bad storm.

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    • donna269 says:

      Matthew, I was addicted for years and have been free of substances for 14 years….replace the substance with trust in God….it is never failing.

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      • Matthew says:

        its been a long battle for me both with substance and spirituality and i now know jesus is talking to me and really trying to get my attention now i will put all trust in jesus and our holy mother thank you

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  26. anne says:

    so if the rescue is by 2017…..do we have the illumination first, or is the illumination the beginning of the rescue?. this thought came to me out of the blue while walking around the park.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Anne, I emphasize here preparation and the ordinary, rather than interpretation and speculation.

      I think of the ancient Israelites. Almost all the doctors and wise men who spent their time interpreting genuine Scriptural prophecies, while waiting for their interpretations of it to show up and manifest themselves (and there were many variations of them) completely missed the coming of the Messiah and the bursting forth of the kingdom. All their speculation and erudition did was ensnare them in their own minds. But the very simplest people, who reached out to each other – who rejoiced in Jesus’ teaching (even though it seemed to bear little relation to prophecy) – recognized and follow the Messiah and rejoiced. Taking the next right step and being a sign of hope seems the surer way to me.

      So have you had an illumination of your conscience? Have events in the world illuminated in you what you need to do? Wait not for external signs to show you what to do next. Do the simple things right in front of you with great love and fortitude and you will find the way even if the signs are too subtle for you or I to recognize immediately. I just don’t want to be a Pharisee, oblivious to the kingdom bursting forth all around me as I officiously explain to disciples and Jesus why what they do does not match up with what I know prophecy means.

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  27. SteveBC says:

    Like so many others, I have been wondering what’s going on with the Fatima consecration. I’d like to propose a simple change in terminology or structure that I believe could clear things up.

    The original consecration appears to have occurred in 1984, 100 years after Pope Leo had his vision in 1884 where Satan asked God to grant him 100 years of control or power on Earth. So it would seem to me that that consecration by Saint John Paul II had as its primary purpose to prevent Russia as the USSR from continuing to act as the hypodermic allowing Satan to inject communism into the world and spread its infection.

    This consecration was originally expected also to inject Mary’s energy into the world to replace the error and corruption of communism. However, the world clearly was not ready for that. Instead, although the USSR fell, Russia was left, not filled with Mary, but empty. A shell. Here the rest of the world could have stepped in with its own commitment to Mary, but we did not. The shell was then by default filled with chaos and criminality. after 1990.

    It seems that the 1984 consecration, done by consecrating the *world* to Mary, did not focus specifically on Russia. Including the whole world in the consecration tied all of the non-Russian world into Russia’s fate, and the rest of the world, as I said, was not ready to make its own commitment to Mary.

    We now see the Church and many others saying that the Fatima requirement has been completed. We see others saying the consecration was actually not completed, so the poison has continued to spread. The Locutions.org site, which I think has much of good in it, takes this position, largely because Mary’s “energy” has not appeared yet in Russia.

    As Charlie has often stated, and as some of the people commenting on this site know through their own experience or research, it is common to get aspects of valid prophecy wrong in some fashion. This can lead to debate, as it has done for the Fatima issue.

    What if we assume that both parties to this debate are right, but are simply seeing different aspects of the same issue and misinterpreting terminology, not substance?

    It seems to me that the Fatima consecration of 1984 did indeed complete the main goal of Mary’s intent at Fatima. It broke the USSR as hypodermic injecting poison and spreading error. That did indeed stop around 1990. (In fact, we could say that the USSR really began to change and withdraw its needle right around 1984, with the collapse of the USSR coming several years later.)

    However, it does not appear to me that this 1984 consecration in turn injected Mary’s power into the aftermath of the USSR’s collapse.

    If we want to inject Mary into Russia to trigger the time of recovery and peace, the rest of the world must be willing to participate, something it was unwilling to do in 1984.

    It appears to me that the answer to the debate is to adopt the concept, not of consecration (which requires disagreement), but *re-consecration*.

    That simple word change allows us to accept without debate that the 1984 consecration of the world to Mary did all the work it could do at the time but for reasons having to do with the unwillingness of the rest of the world to commit to Mary in turn, the consecration is currently incomplete, in process.

    We need to finish the project by choosing a moment when the rest of the world is ready to commit to Mary and *reconsecrate* the world or Russia itself to Mary at that opportune moment. Given Charlie’s guidance on what is coming, and his comment particularly that Mary would arrive in a miraculous fashion in late 2017, I would say that the world will be ready to commit in 2017. By the way. 2017 is 33 years after the 1984 consecration. Does that sound familiar? That would make the 1984 consecration the birth of something new, which matures to its full mission over a 33-year period of growth that culminates with the true death of the old system and the resurrection of the world into a new and higher state.

    The 1984 consecration provided the *negative* part of the desired outcome. It broke the USSR hypodermic. Now we need the *positive* part of the desired outcome. We need to reconsecrate to Mary to trigger the influx of her power into the world to make it anew.

    A reconsecration could be focused explicitly on Russia now, where it could not be in 1984 because Russia didn’t exist in itself. Or the reconsecration could be focused on Russia and the United States of America in order to trigger Mary’s power for the two earthly powers that are meant to be the allies in what is to come. Or the reconsecration could duplicate the original formula and be focused on the world as a whole, leaving the details to Mary.

    The key here is to alter the debate from disputing which consecration is the “real one”.

    By making both consecrations be bookends to a 33-year process of transition, we change the terminology, not the intent of the people involved in the debate. The debate disappears and a constructive partnership of both sides can coalesce.

    The Church can get on board with a reconsecration to finish the process begun properly in 1984. Those arguing that the 1984 consecration was not valid can accept that it was indeed valid and turn their full attention toward asking the Church to perform a reconsecration. Both could now work together to complete the process begun in 1984, at a time in 2017 when the rest of the world will have experienced events that help us all finally *want* to commit to Mary.

    Does this make sense to anyone else?

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    • charliej373 says:

      I appreciate the careful, respectful way this is reasoned, Steve. Again, that will not become the focus of this site, and I do not speculate myself on the matter, I wish that I saw this sort of tone and care in all such ponderings.

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      • SteveBC says:

        I’m glad you found it respectful. I was aware it was not aimed at the purpose of your site. I thought more than twice about posting it because of that. However, I felt perhaps and I am hoping that it might help people concerned about (and perhaps getting distracted as I was by) that debate to release the issue and return their focus to your major themes. I also know that you will be asking a European theologian to comment on the subject in a guest post. I thought it appropriate to pen my thoughts beforehand rather than comment to his article, which I am concerned might be found by others to distract from focus on his thesis. It just seemed right to put it here. 🙂

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  28. Anne says:

    I understand what you are saying Charlie because I really do see so much life and joy in the ordinary.live simply and delight in the little events, nature, God andHiskingdom are everywhere. ithe thought just hit me as was walking around the …….I have no idea of anything…….. I just expressed the thought that came to me.
    I believe we are meant to be like children, enjoy what is around us. God’s plan will unfold and I simply ask for the grace to stay on the path.

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  29. Not three years, 302 days.

    Today, Saturday, July 11, 2015 A.D., is the 1.033rd day in the 1,290 and 1,335 day periods of Daniel 12:11 & 12, respectively; the 1,998th day of the 2,300 day cleansing period of Daniel 8:14.

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  30. CrewDog says:

    “Christian Lives Don’t Matter”
    http://www.catholicleague.org/christian-lives-dont-matter/
    RIP MY Christian Brothers & Sisters.

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Great piece. Bill does not mince words! I worked briefly with him and the Catholic League quite some time ago. He is a strong voice for Catholics.

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    • MT Butterfly says:

      God Bless each of those faithful Christains who were willing to be martyered for their faith and prayers for thier grieving families and friends. Mother Mary keep them and us wrapped in your mantle of Love.

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  31. CrewDog says:

    YUP!!
    Be it here (USA) or anywhere else! It’s time to add: “Custodian of the Two “Holy” Mosques” to Obama’s title … ;-(
    “HUCKABEE: WHEN TARGETS ARE CHRISTIAN, OBAMA “CONVENIENTLY JUST IGNORES IT”
    http://www.breitbart.com/video/2015/10/02/huckabee-when-targets-are-christians-obama-conveniently-just-ignores-it/
    “What Franklin Graham Has To Say About The Oregon Shooting And Christians”
    http://www.faithfamilyamerica.com/what_franklin_graham_has_to_say_about_the_oregon_shooting_and_christians

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  32. CrewDog says:

    I can think of any number of reasons why The Lord would allow The Storm to engulf us but I’m guessing that one primary reason is to force us to “serve” one another, if nothing else, for our own physical survival ….. and more importantly our eternal survival?

    HeartLight Daily Verse – 6 February

    Proverbs 21:21
    He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity, and honor.
    Thoughts on today’s verse:
    Isn’t it funny that when we set off to find happiness or joy or significance or meaning, we seldom find it. Instead, when we offer to serve others and give ourselves wholeheartedly to the Lord and His work, it is then that we find what we most need.
    Prayer:
    O Giver of every good and perfect gift, I ask today that You give me a chance to serve you and others in a way which shows your kingdom and its glory. If in the process You choose to meet the needs in my own heart, then I thank You. This I pray through your servant Jesus. Amen.
    Visit heartlight.org for more
    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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