Fractured Expectations

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Sometime over 15 years ago I told my priests that my angel had told me that when the Storm set in, the most important power satan would have is that of deception, that is, the power to lead people into rebellion by actively mimicking a sort of pious orthodoxy. For many decades leading up to the period of ‘the rumblings,’ his most important power was seduction – to persuade people that objective good was actually evil and objective evil a positive good. The rumblings began in 2000 – and during their brief period (about a decade), I reported, satan’s most important power would be that of terror – which would manifest itself as large-scale institutionalized terror. We have entered the period when deception is the primary tool. As usual with things I am told, it is taking some turns I had not expected.

I am rather baffled why the death of Joey Lomangino a few months ago has set so many advocates of the Garabandal apparitions (http://www.garabandal.org/) in such turmoil. Garabandal was a series of Marian apparitions in a remote Spanish hamlet for four years from 1961-1965. The heart of the messages was that great turmoil was coming upon the world, that at some indeterminate point in the close future there would be a Warning, or Illumination of Conscience from heaven so that all men would know the state of their souls. After that would come a Miracle, which will be marked by a permanent visible supernatural sign above a grove of pine trees in Garabandal. If the world does not repent of its grievous offenses after the Miracle, a great and terrible Chastisement will be visited upon mankind. Four girls were visionaries of this series of appearances. All but one, Conchita, ceased to have visions after the last visitation in 1965.

Joey Lomangino, who was incurably blind, died on June 18, 2014, on the 53rd Anniversary of the first apparition at Garabandal.

Joey Lomangino, who was incurably blind, died on June 18, 2014, on the 53rd Anniversary of the first apparition at Garabandal.

Joey Lomangino was an American man who was profoundly moved by Garabandal and became a tireless advocate for it. Joey was incurably blind. Conchita told him in a letter that Our Lady had told her in a vision he would be given his sight back and the first thing he would see would be the Miracle. Conchita said that her understanding of the term, “new eyes,” used in the vision was eyes as we know them and “not necessarily spiritual vision.” Since Joey died without having been given new eyes, those who opposed the messages of Garabandal are enthusiastic and many who believed those messages are shaken. The Church has not approved the apparitions, nor has it condemned them. Contrary to what many think, that is the way the Church (properly) handles almost all such events. Some it condemns outright. Those that are potentially authentic are rarely approved until long after the events are over. In fact, the “fruit” of such a potentially authentic event; conversions, vocations, renewed lives, healings are an important part of what the Church uses to discern a positive disposition as to authenticity – and that takes time. Thus, the faithful are free to believe or disbelieve an event the Church has not condemned. Though the Church has not made a formal ruling on Garabandal, several great saints of recent vintage, including St. Padre Pio and St. John Paul, held it in much respect and affection.

I am firmly in the camp of those who believe in the authenticity of Garabandal, though I also believe it the most misinterpreted set of apparitions of modern times, even by the remaining active visionary, Conchita. No, I do not think there is deception in her. A major purpose of prophecy is to extend our vision, which is so short-sightedly fixed on what is passing away, into the eternal. Let us suppose that, as a boy, George Washington was visited by an angel and told he would become a great general. If, hearing that, Washington went to bed that day convinced the prophecy was a lie because he had not become a great general, the fault would lie not in the prophecy, but in the scope of his vision. (This did not actually happen. I made it up to illustrate a point). Many of the most intense visions come with extravagantly symbolic images and language. When an authentic prophecy is accomplished, it is accomplished both on earth and in heaven. It may very well be that it is accomplished in the day-glo colors in which the visionary saw it in heaven, but it usually comes in pale pastels here.

Ancient Jews used to speculate on the magnificent raiment of the Messiah when He came, the stunning impressiveness of His physique; the armies He would raise and how all would fall in terror and awe before Him. When He came He looked and acted like…a man. And in His glorious magnificence He was…a common tradesman, a carpenter. He did not hang out with the pious and the learned, pondering fine points of the Torah or the Law, congratulating them on their learning and piety. No, He was rather dismissive of them, often rebuking them for their vanity, occasionally humiliating them, and sometimes blistering them for robbing ordinary people of hope. Even worse, the people He did hang out with were largely from the ancient equivalent of biker bars and red-light districts – and He made these His most trusted disciples. He defied every single expectation they had for what He would be like. Rather than learn from Him, they held fast to the expectations they had erected – and crucified Him as an obvious fraud. Even most of His trusted followers lost hope and were scattered for a time after the crucifixion, for this defied even their modified expectations of the Messiah…until He rose again…and His disciples saw that their impoverished expectations could not have begun to imagine the reality of Him until He came and accomplished all.

In the Book of Job, Job’s pious friends spend the whole book defending God against Job’s complaints and urgently scolding him to repent of his sins. When God comes, He is so angry with the friends that have seemed to defend Him against Job’s complaints He refuses to even hear their prayers – and insists they must ask Job to pray for them before He will forgive them. With all His complaints, Job was actively engaged with the Living God. His friends were merely engaged with their expectations of what God should be like.

The frustrated expectations over what should have happened at Garabandal seem not to have led to much humility, but the exposition of even more arbitrary expectations expressed as iron rules.

One says the mark of authenticity in a prophet or visionary is that he is never wrong. This is said in order to disqualify the visionaries involved. Well, that would disqualify a host of Biblical prophets, too. Years ago I did a timeline on Old Testament prophecies and when they were fulfilled. Often a prophesied battle, victory, or event would be correct but off by three to five or more years. I took a little comfort in that, as time is what I have struggled most with in interpreting what heavenly visitors mean. St. Joan of Arc was wrong almost as often as she was right. But the things she was right about were so ridiculously improbable it is like criticizing someone who successfully predicted the winning lottery numbers only 60% of the time. Her work required her not only to be passionate, but to inspire others to passionate resolve. Trust me, telling people, “Well, we usually win, but today we are going to get our clock cleaned,” would not have helped her win battles. Sometimes, she had to rouse herself to belief in things she was not certain of in order to inspire others.

Then I read people writing about what an authentic saint must be like, once he embraces God’s purpose – in order to dismiss potentially authentic visionaries. Those descriptions are remarkably monochromatic, usually resembling the life of the speaker’s favorite saint – and would require the dismissal of a host of existing saints from the canon. Which begs the question, what is the purpose of God revealing a canon of saints to us in the first place?

Contrary to popular belief, the Church has no power whatsoever to confer sainthood on anyone. What power the Church does have is to infallibly recognize some small few saints God has made and proclaim them to the faithful. A saint is not honored by the recognition nor is he dishonored if he is not among those so infallibly recognized. Saints are already in heaven. Our reverence or scorn for them here affects them not a whit – though it can affect us dramatically. I cheer when a John Paul is recognized because it validates and confirms something that rings powerfully true and meaningful to me. That is how it is with any saint that is recognized. Those who had advocated him are honored and take heart – and those who had not known or paid attention learn. That leads us to the heart of the answer. God leads the Church to recognize and reveal some few of the abundant saints to us to comfort and to guide us – and to teach us God’s way. The canon of the saints is not for them, but for us.

The variety in the saints is simply astonishing and abundant. There are virgins, parents, children, martyrs, warriors, contemplatives, kings, peasants, hermits…their temperaments range from the gentle to the tart-tongued to those who struggle constantly with a hot temper. Some are stunningly pure from childhood, some are reckless rakes until they find God, some retain a certain bold streak of wildness all their lives. Some are just flat out mysterious. Consider King David, a man who God, Himself, said was a man after His own heart. And yet, except for writing Psalms, David spent almost all his waking moments throughout his life warring, wenching or wining. The variety in saintly types mirrors the variety in mankind, itself. God shows us that He can and will use our authentic personality whatever our circumstances to lead people to Him. When you empty yourself of vanity and fill yourself with God, you do not lose your personality; you enhance it. Every saint’s soul lives the Magnificat: their soul magnifies the Lord – and in the process, the Lord magnifies their soul.

While yet a teenage girl, St. Joan of Arc was sent by God to rescue France from annihilation.

While yet a teenage girl, St. Joan of Arc was sent by God to rescue France from annihilation.

How often then does God defy expectations by doing something new, by calling and sending precisely what is needed just when it is needed? When France was about to perish from the earth, God called forth and sent a teenage girl, St. Joan of Arc, to rouse and rescue the nation. When men were overcomplicating theology or abandoning it altogether, God sent a little cloistered nun, St. Therese of Lisieux, to show a Little Way and help the world fall in love anew. When the Church was being torn apart by strife and war, God sent a tough nut who ministered to popes with kindness – and sometimes with a verbal cane – in St. Catherine of Sienna. You can go on and on. God always fits whom He sends to the age and needs to which He sends them. He is always startling, fresh and new. And all He sends follow Mary’s lead…for whatever their personality and temperament, their souls magnify the Lord in ways that ordinary people feel, relate to and rejoice in.

So we often fail to recognize authentic visionaries, saints or prophecies not because they are not what they should be, but because our vision is too constrained and our expectations are not what they should be. When we get vested in our own expectations, it tempts us to pride AND to disobedience. I know this from experience. From about 10 years old until my mid-20s I was given many visions about unimportant things. On almost all, I completely misinterpreted them, recognizing them only when they happened. God did not do this to be cruel to me…but to pound into my thick, vain skull that His ways are not our ways…even His ways of seeing – and to teach me to look beyond this veil into eternity to see what was important in such things – and what they meant at the heart of the matter. It taught me to be very careful and deliberate in interpretation, not to go running off after the first, second or even third thing that popped into my head, to be aware, knowing that I probably would be wrong about some parts of it – and that even when I wasn’t, I probably would not understand the fulness of what I was shown, even in little things, until I have passed on to the next life. Given that discipline, it startles me now to hear people talk with such confident certainty about such things – particularly given our poor race’s very poor record of understanding such things throughout history.

In the case of Joey’s death, Christians are nearly unanimous in believing that when we pass on to the next life, we leave our infirmities behind. Unless you will see no further than this life, Joey is no longer blind. The first thing we see when entering eternity is whatever Christ wants us to see – and when we enter eternity, we are not bound by the constraints of time. Joey can see now – and it is between Christ and him whether the Lord showed Him the Miracle that is to come. I don’t know…I just know that there is nothing in Joey’s death that is contradictory to that particular prophecy. There have been failed pronouncements, such as that a certain deceased priest’s body would be found incorruptible at the site. It was not. There are bonafide miracles, particularly a Eucharistic one that was filmed. Most believers wait for the Warning to come in a blazing moment. I think it has come and is nearly finished, without people recognizing it for what it is. People get caught up in time…but time means something different in heaven than what it does here – and language must be assessed as to whether it is literal or symbolic. Unless I am told a specific time – such as the rescue coming late in 2017 – I do not assume a day, an hour, a week, or a month to mean what we mean here. At Easter of 2008 at the Vigil, the Lord appeared to me and said, “Now the hour of darkness comes upon the world. But be not afraid. The darkness shall not prevail.” I was given an image of the Garden of Gethsemane, the sense that this was prelude to the world’s passion. I did not assume that meant the world would be plunged into darkness within a few days. The few problems with Garabandal have all been problems of interpretation and our own myopia, unable to see past the boundaries of this world.

Our determination to defend our expectations can – and often does – lead us into disobedience. Just over a month ago I wrote a piece criticizing our Bishops for often wasting time making pronouncements on purely political matters that are the proper purview of the laity’s prudential judgment, responsibility and authority. Many were heartened by that column. But then the shoe was on the other foot. Shortly after that article I got briefly caught up in controversy over the 3rd Secret of Fatima and whether a proper consecration of Russia had been made or not. I never did quite get across what was the center point of my objection to the controversy raging over it. I am not terribly curious about whether Pope St. John Paul and the Bishops were objectively right in how they handled it. I am chiefly concerned with whether gave it careful, prayerful consideration and acted in good faith. If they did, then God will correct any errors they made in time just as surely as He corrects our own in our little work when we acknowledge Him. More to the point, such matters are properly within the Bishops’ purview – their prudential judgment, responsibility and authority – not mine. We all can advise each other. I have asked priestly friends for advice on purely political matters – and some priestly friends have asked my advice on purely spiritual matters. But in each case, we knew and respected who had prudential responsibility for such matters. When laymen, at the top of their lungs, seek to correct the hierarchy on matters that legitimately are its responsibility and in which it has acted in good faith with due consideration, it is the equal and opposite abuse of Bishops opining with terminal authority on purely political matters.

It is important because we are in serious times. Everyone needs to get to their battle stations and perform their duty with love, fortitude and resolve. Every time someone abandons their particular station to go tell someone at another how to do their job, it opens up a fresh vulnerability. If enough do it, we are sunk. With various controversies flaring up and raging between some very pious people, I see now that the devil is using an imitation of piety, itself, to lure people away from their battle stations. It is not so that we will make better political decisions at the behest of our Bishops – or so that our Bishops will make better spiritual decision at the behest of the loudest of the laity – but so that satan may more easily ensnare those who have left their duty station and forgotten their lawful obligations.

So I tell you two things. First, resolutely man your duty station. Do not be lured into contentious arguments over what is not your job in the first place. Second, be a bit less certain of your expectations. If a prophesy or visionary is not what they should be, they shall have to account to God for it. But if you loudly attack them because your expectations are not what they should be, you will have to account to God for it. And again, it is why I say over and over that you should stick to the safe course of a simple way: take the next right step and be a sign of hope to those around you.

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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97 Responses to Fractured Expectations

  1. anne says:

    interesting timing of this article. Friday night i re read only one of Mark Mallett’s pieces……cannot even remember how i came to it rather than any others. Called “Call of the Prophets” and an old one of November 2007. It really spoke to me of NOW.
    Then read Charlie’s article above re Expectations. The words regarding “man your duty stations” rang true especially as i immediately thought of Our Lady’s Army and how the little ones form the “heel”.
    After Charlie’s article i read Mallett’s latest….Small Matters. ALL are Echoes of the same.
    Just follow the “little way”. Do not get caught up or sidetracked in anything else. Be attentive to the Holy Spirit and be obedient. just follow behind our leader, Our Mother Mary.

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  2. anne says:

    just re read the “Call to the Prophets”, Mark Mallett again after the posting above. I linked into The Great Awakening, June 2007. Very interesting in light of Charlie’s comment in the above article “Most believers wait for the Warning to come in a blazing light.I think it has come and it is nearly finished.”
    Come Holy Spirit Come and renew the face of the earth.

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  3. aj says:

    Yes, I too have learnt that interpreting God’s prophetic words to me have always been for confirmation after the fact. That’s why focussing on dates can get us really really sidetracked. For example, and I’m just saying, so no need for further interpretation of my “example” of interpretation 😁. The Angel tells Charlie the rescue comes in 2017 and so in late 2017 our beloved brother Charlie dies and becomes a saint (he goes to heaven). Isn’t that a rescue for him? Indeed it is…but we may be spun in turmoil and cry ohhh, another false prophet!

    Friends, as Marino Restrepo (a lay missionary with a mystical experience) says, let our prayer be simple everyday, every morning, Lord, make me a Saint.

    If you are becoming holy then your marriage will start becoming holy, and your office, and neighbours, and eventually your Church (we Church people usually get it last because we ain’t looking for it)☺

    Lord make every single person in this blog family a Saint…and their families…let us all become Your Love here on earth…Mummy Maria give us the grace to see Your JESUS as You do and to Love Him as You do, amen! I think this is a good next right step. What say you?
    God Love us!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you for your kind thoughts, A.J. What you say could happen (and I surely hope the going to heaven part does happen). As this Storm grows in fury there are many temporal matters I will have to deal with to give people hope and heart. I am told that if I keep the faith (pray that I do) I will live to see the rescue. But when the rescue comes I am to leave behind the temporal duties I had accepted – and then go about exhorting people to support and expediting the building of the great Shrine of Thanksgiving. As I said in my article on that, I am led to believe that I will not be in this realm for the dedication of it (though you better believe I will be there to joyfully live – or re-live – that glorious day. One of my priests tells me he will have a chair set out for me. And I’m gonna sit in it!) but I will see much of it built from this side of the great divide before I am called on. So I pray to keep faith and go every step of it with you and all the faithful.

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      • I think AJ makes a valid point-charlie obviously has his own expectations and understanding of what the rescue means-AJ has his. Charlie’s ideas of the rescue may be different to what actually happens but I think there are other options than Charlie’s death. Time will tell. It may be that God has revealed this mission of Charlie during the Storm period leading up to a rescue and after he may reveal a new mission for Charlie. God only reveals on a need to know basis- we have to be led by that kindly light amid the encircling gloom not knowing where we are being led but trusting in Divine Providence.

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        • aquiness says:

          Charlie…Do I have this right? You will be moving around during the ‘storm’ trying to help people by giving them hope….telling them to trust in God in all of this chaos. I wonder then if we will have someone here and in other countries who will also do this. I am almost afraid to ask what will become of England! 😦 Also will there be various weather disasters taking place throughout the world due to a comet or some other factor? The reason for my questions is because of the many many writings I have read over the years, which turned out to be false..so now I am very confused.

          Thank you and God Bless you for your patience.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Aquiness, I don’t go into much detail because I often say knowing what will happen is over-rated. Our plans usually fail it anyway – so even on those things I know I speak sparingly of, lest I end up triggering people into focusing on what will happen rather than the only thing that will really avail – how to behave under God whatever happens. Acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope is solid counsel regardless – and those are the only things I insist on.

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    • For more than 30 years I’ve been paying attention to signs of the times and I wish I had a dollar for every time I formulated a seemingly rock solid opinion, then later had to revise or scrap my thinking altogether. Honestly, I think that it’s only been in the last year or so that I finally recognized that the lesson/training for me was about becoming as simple, nimble, spontaneous and trusting in The Lord as I could be. What a relief!

      It may be that every “next right step” is a step into the great unknown for us, but it’s a step taken with Jesus. There. Now on to the next one.

      Jesus, we trust in You.

      God Bless,

      MP

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      • aquiness says:

        Forgive me for those silly questions Charlie. As you know I’m quite new here, but on reading your posts and watching the videos I think I’m beginning to understand where you’re coming from now. I’ve been quite brainwashed over the decades with the nonsense coming from the false prophets….It’s not easy trying to start over with a clean slate…but I’m getting there. 🙂

        God Bless You

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        • charliej373 says:

          Not a problem, Aqui. It is a totally different framework to de-emphasize what is going to happen and instead emphasize how to behave whatever happens. People sometimes dismiss me before hearing me because they assume I will be another of those spouting the same old stuff – then are pleasantly surprised when they find what I actually say. Then there are those looking for the latest sensation – then are often disappointed when I don’t oblige them. But it is sweet when someone has been barking up the wrong tree and is happy that I have redirected them away from it. God is active in the world. I say acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope. That is easy enough, but I have to explain over and over and from many different angles what that simple phrase means – and that is challenging. But what joy when I see the light in people’s eyes as they realize the peace and confidence that it brings.

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          • Beckita says:

            Again, so well said, Charlie. Thanks be to God for your wisdom and your gifts in facilitating connections between people who make this site their home! Thanks too for your patience which only seems to increase with each new wave of followers to your blog.

            On Sunday, I began a journey where I have started with your beginning article and will, day by day, make my way through reading your past posts and the equally helpful comments in which much shared insight and wisdom is revealed.

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          • aquiness says:

            I’m so glad I found you. Coincidence? I think not! 🙂

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  4. kathy kalina says:

    Bravo, Charlie! You expressed so beautifully what has been ruminating inside of me all day. It breaks my heart to see believers tripped up so easily and entangled in useless arguments. Much of how I spend my time these days is tinged with a selfish motive: regret prevention. I know a time is coming very soon when I will regret every second I did not spend “manning my battle station” in the ease and comfort I currently enjoy.

    There are two prayers that are in my heart constantly for those who are whole-heartedly seeking the Lord and His will in this hour:

    “Give us all the grace not to disappoint You, especially when it matters the most”, and
    “Make us Saints and big ones and quickly!”

    Peace –

    Kathy

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    • charliej373 says:

      “Make us Saints – and big ones – and quickly!”

      Now there is an admirable and holy ambition that is much needed in these times.

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    • MM Bev says:

      Kathy, I relate to you on soooo many levels! After my surgery, I had hallucinations for a solid month. I remember most of them – some hilarious and some awful. One I called the “Cave of Wasted Time”. I was on a ledge, on the side on and enormous cliff, with the opening to a cave in front of me. When I went inside, it looked absolutely incredible. I don’t know where the light was coming from, but it was like mounds and mounds of gold, rose colored, silver, and shining and sparkling in the light. At my feet were some empty bags, sort of like bank bags. I kind of sat in the middle of this glittering stuff, all the pieces ranging from the size of a pea to about a silver dollar. I was fascinated. It went as far into the cave as a person could see.
      And then I knew inside me, that all the pieces were the pieces of wasted time from all the people on earth. And worst of all, I had to pick out my pieces from among all of them, sorting and sorting and putting the pieces into the bank bags, until I had collected all, ALL, of my pieces before I could go back out onto the ledge again. I spent a long, long time hunting for the shape of my pieces from the overwhelmingly vast piles! It felt like forever. I don’t remember that hallucination ending.
      Regret prevention! Regret Prevention! I feel like making big signs and putting them on my walls to keep reminding me. Thank you so very much. I had forgotten about the cave.

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  5. b says:

    Charlie,
    This is one of the best explanations of prophecy I’ve ever read. I so appreciate that you are sharing your experience and wisdom on these topics. A BIG “Amen” to “manning one’s station” and “being a bit less sure of one’s expectations”. Thank you, and God Bless you!

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  6. Vladimir says:

    Excellent, Charlie.
    Vladimir, Slovakia

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  7. MM Bev says:

    Each comment here has given something to me. My heart can certainly echo the prayers. Truly they are ones we need to say often during the day.
    In your article, as soon as I read that Joey had died, I thought, well big deal. He got eternal eyes and he probably saw the sign, read further and I’ll be darned, guess what you said. I truly believe that things do not have to be sequential as we experience them locked into time and space. All time is “now” for God. At some point people will see themselves and their sins as God sees them (is that the warning?). Well, He’s sort of already done that to me about a year and a half ago. I wasn’t at all like I would have expected, because it wasn’t like seeing all my sins or whatever. I was just yelling and ranting out loud (you can when you’re alone) forgetting that I had a six month old kitten in the room. I looked up and I saw it’s face. I don’t know quite what’s earth real for a little after that, but on that kitten’s face I saw what I was. And I saw what people,s wounded hearts were like when I sinned and hurt them. I was just utterly appalled, horrified and sick. And I knew, just knew, if justice was served out to me, where I should go. I started crying and saying “I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry”, because Jesus was behind me and He had felt everything. I knew too that rooted inside of me were things I didn’t even know were there that were disgusting to Him, and I didn’t know how to get the stuff I could see out, never mind the stuff I didn’t know about. I only turned slightly and the front door was open, and I could see such dark, thick, dank darkness through the door. I knew there was no light, that if a person stretched out their hand, they would be unable to see it, the darkness was so thick. And there was an “aloneness” out there that was terrifying. I knew after seeing what I was, that I deserved to go out the door. I was still crying and saying I was so sorry, and moving towards the door to go out, when a hand reached passed my side and pushed the door closed so I couldn’t go out. And then I was just kneeling sitting on the floor in front of the door in my living room, crying and crying because He had closed the door because He loved me. And the kitten came over to lick my hand. I don’t know if He could make it any clearer for me if there is a special time for “a warning that shows the state of your soul”, but that shook me up enough that it probably couldn’t make me feel any different than I did then.
    Maybe God picks the best time for each of us to experience these things. Only it’s in His “now” time instead of chronological time. Personally, I hope so because once was enough for me, thanks.
    Saints…..Big Ones….Quickly.

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  8. Wow! This was something I needed to hear. Garabandal was something that really helped me in my conversion. I know that sounds funny….but it’s true. When I was converting to Catholicism from a very anti catholic background…..watching the videos of the young girls of Garabandal with thier heads tilted back and their faces smiling as they looked at their vision….I was so moved. I saw in them what I wanted to be. I wanted to be a child looking towards heaven. When I learned Padre Pio was a believer of Garabandal….I knew this was something worthy of my belief too.
    Padre Pio was also a HUGE part of my continued conversion after I became Catholic. He came to in a dream with Pope Saint John Paul II. Neither of them spoke to me …but they didn’t need to. Padre Pio or Pope John Paul gave me Holy Communion and held up a monstrance for me to see. I can’t remember now with certainty who gave me the Host but it doesn’t matter. Before the dream I was not 100% into the whole Adoration part of my faith. I had doubts. Well….after the dream ….I high tailed it to Adoration and with excitement. The dream was true. I know because it lead me to a closer union with The Almighty. I now go 5 days a week + when I attend Mass. Padre Pio is a big part of my life. He is a saint that I know is leading me a guiding me to a deeper devotion to God. Padre Pio answered a prayer I had about Garabandal ….he answered me by setting it up so that I could meet one of the visionaries of Garabandal. I was so happy ….I could have popped. i was invited to attend a prayer meeting with Jacinta Gonzalez. It was a very intimate day since the prayer meeting was held in someone’s home. It was more than I could have dreamed of. After meeting her…..I grew a little more in my devotion to God. I had joy and more love to spread. I was also graced with another day with Jacinta. That one better than the first….if that was possible. The second time I was with Jacinta….I was able to purchase a shawl she crocheted. She makes them and sells a few when she is invited anywhere…..which is not very often. I loved buying this shawl because …..the hand that crocheted it…..held the baby Jesus. I slept with it every night….until LAST NIGHT. Yes last night…..I moved it for the first time since I bought it. WHY? Because since the death of Joey….I lost my zeal. I lost something that I had……belief in the messages. DOUBT was nesting in my brain. I know that we don’t have to believe in Garabandal….it’s not a dogma or anything. But when Joey died…..I WAS FLOORED! What was going on? Major confusion set in. I soon became very skeptical. Last night….I think I was not a believer anymore. Then today for the first time..I watched a video someone sent me. It was a video of Mari Lolis sister being interviewed about the events that happened when Our Lady appeared there. I had a spark of enthusism enter my heart again. Since Joeys death …I haven’t watched a video of Garabandal or much of anything relating to Garabandal. Also just before I read this tonight, I was watching a show on ETWN about Padre Pio. Then…..I find this. I think my sweet friend Padre Pio…..is telling me something through you Charlie. Gods ways are not our ways…..and HIS timing is better. Tonight…..I will put my special shawl back on my bed and send a prayer of thanks to Padre Pio….for you Charlie. Thanks for this. I needed it.
    God bless you.

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  9. Barbara Dore says:

    better to be simple in every way like St Therese. I am sad for Joey. He was a great advocate for Garabandal. Better to be safe by obeying Our Catholic Church and respect the Archbishops’s views towards many apparition sites. Lourdes,Knock, Fatima and Kibeho are “approved” by Our Catholic church. It is safe to visit these approved shrines. I am certainly sure that Medjugorje may be approved one day.

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  10. Nancy says:

    Good post. It gave me a new insight into what I had always thought of as the Illumination. Frankly, I haven’t studied about many of Our Lady’s appearances except for Lourdes and Fatima. ( It’s not that I don’t believe; it’s that we humans can insert our “expectations” into the messages to a greater or lesser degree. We are not inspired by the Holy Spirit to be inerrant and infallible.)
    Anyway, I cannot differentiate between the warning or the illumination. I have been experiencing something I would call an illumination. God has been working on me solidly for the past five years and more intensely for about the last year. I am NOT complaining. 🙂 While ii is not easy, it is so freeing. Perhaps it is an extension of a conversion I had in preparation for my husband’s death. No matter–I am a work in progress.
    It is getting so that I know immediately when I have disappointed God. No, I am not being scrupulous. It does make confession easier, though. Now, something new. I am starting to be more aware of other people’s unhappiness, even when they mask it. It makes me want to hug them and tell them that God loves them so much–can’t do that.
    Marino Restrepo talked about our “territory of souls”, the ones that are yours to pray for, make sacrifices and reparation for, “stand in the gap.” They are the ones that, when you meet God, He looks behind you and asks, “Who did you bring with you?” I want to be a little saint with a huge crowd of saints following me.

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    • MM Bev says:

      Nancy, I have had that urge like you….and was too chicken to say anything. Then, at a one day talk given in our parish, at lunch the woman beside me tore a strip off of me because I had entered into parts of the discussion, while she just wanted quiet reflection from everyone. She commented that it was getting so that she wanted to just leave the Church because of people intruding on her need for quiet. I apologized and during the afternoon session said not one word. I didn’t hear anything of the speaker’s words either. I just became intensely aware that this woman was in incredible pain, and I didn’t know what to do.
      At the end I just took the bull by the horns, and said may I tell you something about myself, and she reply yes.I told her that all I could feel was absolute agony inside of her, that it wasn’t people, community, or the Church that was the problem, because I had experienced that kind of wild anxiety too. And she started to cry, and I put my arms around her. I told her I was taking medication and it had changed things completely for me, but the doctors had had to give me quite a few different kinds before finding the right one. She said she was on medication too, and I said it doesn’t seem to be working from what I am feeling from you. She said her husband had been trying to get her to seek another opinion, and while I was still holding her, I said wouldn’t you at least maybe give it a try? She was embarrassed by the crying, so I moved just a few feet to her husband, and told him that his wife was in awful pain. He said he knew and wanted her to go for another opinion, and I suggested that he ask her once more, telling her that it was because he loved her so much and couldn’t bear to see her in such pain.
      I slipped away then, but I learned later that he’d done just that, and she had agreed. I also learned that they had recently lost their son in a drowning incident.
      Since then, I have been more confident in responding and begin by laying the whatever on me to begin with. I haven’t done it often, but so far, each time it has been a leading from the Holy Spirit. I figure what’s the worst that can happen? Someone might think I nuts or a kook? Big deal, often I am. Why not give it a try?

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      • Nancy says:

        Bev, I work in a hospital and I see people at their worst, but I am never alone with them. Often, they are surrounded by people working on them. Other times they are in waiting rooms with family members. I see them and I know what they are going through because I went through it with my husband. Actually, that is why I work at this hospital. The personnel took such good care that I wanted to work there, too.
        Only once have I told a family member that I would pray for her grandson. We were on an elevator and she seemed to appreciate that. I also have to avoid HIPPA violations.
        That being my situation, I add them all to a list of people I keep in my head and another that only describes a situation in a code that only God knows. These people become my “territory of souls” and are remembered to God every day, in every rosary, mass, morning offering, etc.
        My consecration to Mother Mary actually places them directly into her care. My territory of souls become hers. I just go out and find more for her to take care of. She can handle it–better than I can. Needless to say, the number of these souls (and their entire families) is increasing quite a bit. I hope I am not being presumptuous when I expect Our Lady’s intercession for them.
        I know that not all of them will survive the reason for their presence in the hospital, so I have an ongoing and of long standing devotion for the dying– again with Our Lady and Divine Mercy.
        I am probably too afraid to actually say anything if given a chance, but I think that somebody needs to be praying. I feel like a “gatherer” for Our Lady.
        Another thing that I have noticed is that there are so many more sick people, with more serious problems than ever before. I wonder if this also part of the storm. I used to think that I didn’t mind working weekends because they were not as busy. Now Sundays are almost as busy as any other day of the week. Jesus did heal on the Sabbath, though.
        You are right about the Holy Spirit. Thank you for your comment. It has given me an example of a leap of faith that I shouldn’t be afraid to take.

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        • MM Bev says:

          There is no question that your are hampered by the restrictions placed on your job. I am touched and amazed at the insightful way you have solved the problem. You ARE a “gather” for Our Lady! And what a wonderful job you are doing. Your list will likely get longer and longer–that’s what happens when you respond the way the Holy Spirit wants you to. I’m not sure if in your job you are allowed to touch people. (A touch on the shoulder, or hand on hand.) I worked at a public school and couldn’t even do that. If you find opportunities, and you can, realized that non-verbal communication makes up about 93% of what’s actually said. Even speaking with your EYES lets a person know what your heart is saying. I had to reintroduce to high school classes those students who were so disruptive that they had to be removed to a special school for some time first. I had to “read” them without any words being spoken and get them out of the room if they were about to explode. The more you use your eyes, even without a touch, the better you will become. You’ll be an expert at conveying love, and empathy and, for many, the acknowledgement of prayer, just with your eyes. I’ll be praying for you and for your success. Keep gathering. It’s a wonderful task Our Lady Mother has bestowed on you. Realize that you have been placed where you can do it, can actually give them something tangible, And pray for them on Our Lady’s List. She must trust you very much. And you won’t believe the hope you give them, even if a loved one should die, Oh, Nancy, how much Lady Mother must trust you and love you to have given you such a special job.

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          • Nancy says:

            Thank you, Bev. You make me feel special but I am only Our Lady’s servant–no more than that.

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          • Nancy says:

            Bev, seriously, I did not make this known about myself to make myself look good or anything else. If we are consecrated to Mother Mary, then we are supposed to be working for her. Everything belongs to her. I only revealed it so that others would do the same thing. You can too. Place all of your students and their entire families in the Immaculate Heart, consecrate them. Here is the prayer I use:
            http://vultus.stblogs.org/index.php/2013/12/immaculata-hope-of-thy-childre/
            Charlie, I am sorry if I’m taking away from your discussion.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ehhh Nancy…If it got too far afield or people started treating it like an Instant Messenger service, I would rein things in. But I am finding there is a terrible sense of isolation among many Christians today. If this little site can be a place where people can warm their feet by the fire a little before going back out in the cold, I am inclined to err on the side of hospitality and fellowship.

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          • MM Bev says:

            I just read you’re continuation Nancy. Thank you, and you can bet I will hit that site. Your idea is fantastic! Had you not shared, how impoverished we would be. Each of us is given a “spot” in the line. We shouldn’t be shy or hesitant to share in this forum. It gives light, to light, to light.
            And Charlie – you can’t believe what a HUGE THANK YOU I am sending your way. I live in a situation in which I am fairly isolated from seeing other people except at Mass. The “family” here is exactly that and you have been kind enough to allow it. No one, including my own sons, will even let me talk about what is happening, going to happen – just total close down. That is so hard for me to accept on a continuous basis. Knowing that you are giving us what St. Gabriele has provided for all, being willing to step out and lay it out takes a lot of courage. And the comments people give make me feel “normal” when if I say anything to anyone about what is happening, and will come to pass or why, I have learned that shunning is the response. Only one person recognizes the desperate situation the world is in, but has gotten caught up in the thicket you see on other sites and refuse to allow on this one. (Thank God.)

            Bev, whose gratitude to you, Charlie, and to all who post here is boundless. And just think – take the next right step, following, following, staying at our post and we all meet in heaven.

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        • Julie says:

          That was expressed beautifully Nancy

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  11. ellenchris says:

    So much great stuff to ponder. I wish I had time to respond more. One point: In the Infantry soldiers are strictly taught: “Hold your Post!!” You may see an “important” skirmish going on near you, or someone who seems to need help, and the temptation becomes extremely strong to go somewhere else and do something different. But, Hold your Post! Because, if you do leave your post, then there is a hole in the line — that piece of ground is abandoned and opened up for the enemy to move right through. Battles have been lost because a post was not held, and the enemy used the gap to their advantage. Gettysburg (sorry, dear Southern brethren) was won for the Union because the brigade from Maine did not abandon their post at Little Round Top even after they ran out of ammunition. “The men of Maine held! As daunting as it may be, we each need to do the same. with love —

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  12. Chris says:

    This has been such an enlightening post including all the comments.I too have had a similar experience of deeper conversion or perhaps a “warning” of sorts in 2011.I saw my sins and how much they hurt others and I am doing all I can to make reparation for them, as much as is possible, forgiving myself and forgiving others, still struggling to forgive others when new betrayals are happening in the present, and with God’s grace I want to forgive them quickly as I know I must.

    I too was a bit shocked and confused upon hearing of Joey’s death but felt it was probably my lack of understanding of God’s timeline, and thank you for confirming this Charlie.Thank you also for this post, I have so much joy in my heart from reading this post and the comments that I can’t stop smiling.

    I send my love to you all and ask God to bless you, your families and the whole world.

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    • Janet says:

      Chris, I have an ongoing situation in my life that causes me regular pain due to another’s behavior. I have found this prayer to help me greatly: “Father do not hold this sin against them.”

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      • Christy Bodenheimer says:

        Janet, thank you for this prayer. I will practice saying this when I am experiencing this pain with my family. May God Bless You and everyone out there.

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  13. BC says:

    Thank you, Charlie. Another solid effort. I am a member of the Mother of God Forum and the back and forth over Garabandal on the forum over the past week or so has grown tiresome. A microcosm of the issues that you speak about in this article.

    Your final paragraphs relating to the importance of manning one’s duty station particularly resonated with me. Many years ago, I served as Damage Control Assistant (“DCA”) aboard a naval destroyer. One of my primary jobs was to coordinate shipboard efforts to deal with a fire or flooding, or some other sort of damage to the ship. Fortunately, there was never a full blown emergency on the ship that required my efforts, but we did conduct drills on a consistent basis. Nothing could derail a drill more quickly then when one of the sailors stopped performing their assigned duty. Everyone on the ship had a particular job in a “General Quarters” (GQ) situation and each was expected to man their duty station and fulfill their assigned task. If a firefighter decided to man the helm or a sailor assigned to man the communications at a repair locker decided to hang out in emergency steering, it would seriously effect our efforts to communicate, coordinate and combat the damage. From my perspective as DCA, I depended on each sailor to fulfill their position every time we went to GQ. There was no room for error — and we drilled constantly so that all of us could understand the importance of our individual jobs and be in a position to perform our specific duty should the need actually arise.

    Spiritually, I think we are in a “GQ” situation and God, through his angels, is coordinating efforts to combat the damage. We all have a role to play in those efforts. I pray that we all have the strength, courage and wisdom to play our individual role to the best of our ability.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you, BC. Yes, I think manning our duty stations is among the most critical matters we are called to going deeper into crisis.

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    • Steve says:

      BC, I love your analogy! I too was in the Navy (retired after 23 years!), and was a member of the Damage Control Training Team (DCTT) while onboard the USS Fife (DD-991). I remember spending countless hours, both in port and underway, conducting drills to prepare the entire ship for any number of potential emergencies! Our drills constantly helped us hone our skills and proved to us that even one small deviation could have dire consequences. Once we were running a drill that we secured from because it had went awry. Within minutes, the alarm came across for a fire again, in the same exact location of the drill, so we were all in disbelief that they were starting the drill again so quickly. Come to find out, we were experiencing an actual fire, in the exact location and of the same nature as the drill! Of course, even in our disbelief, we responded as we had been trained, and, this time, with a real emergency, we were able to successfully extinguish the fire with a minimal amount of damage! By responding quickly and appropriately, we were able to prevent the actual emergency from getting out of hand. I believe that, in our spiritual battle, we are called to do similar things, and we need to respond every time as if it is the real thing. God may drill us, but he also holds us accountable to responding true to each call. I pray that I man my station and respond every time as if it is the real thing, because I believe that we are moving very quickly to where we have more actual emergency calls than drills! God Bless!

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  14. Sue says:

    ellenchris-
    You mentioned Gettysburg. Being a Minnesotan, I can’t myself, I have to recall the 1st Minnesota Regiment’s daring charge to fill a gap presently breached by two brigades of southern troops. They rushed headlong against overwhelming odds, and suffered the highest casualty rate (82%) of any regiment in the entire war, but held their ground (taking fire from three sides!) until reinforcements arrived, thus preserving the integrity of the Union line. May we all serve as honorably!
    Charlie-
    As to the death of Joey, wasn’t it said at some point that before the warning something would happen that would cause many to lose faith in Garabandal? I know many regard the exhumation of the not-so-incorrupt priest to have fulfilled that prediction, but could not Joey’s death also fit into that category? Also, didn’t one of the visionaries say the warning would be sudden and simultaneous? I guess ultimately it does not matter, since my present business is to clean up my act so that I am ready to meet God today and every day. Which, btw, I am not, but hope between my poor (and sometimes non-existent) efforts and God’s mercy (think of the Good Thief!) “all will be well”.

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    • janet333 says:

      “….. that before the warning something would happen that would cause many to lose faith in Garabandal? I know many regard the exhumation of the not-so-incorrupt priest to have fulfilled that prediction”

      Hi Sue….Re Fr. Luis Maria Andreu

      On the 8th August, 1961, he was among the crowd observing the girls at the pine grove where the visions often took place. Suddenly his face became tense and falling on his knees, he cried out loud : ‘Miracle, miracle, miracle, miracle!’
      The four girls could see Fr. Luis, even though normally when in ecstasy they would see only the vision and each other. The Virgin told them that the priest was seeing her and a miracle, too. Conchita later wrote in her diary that the Virgin seemed to say to him, ‘You will soon be with Me.’

      Fr. Luis left by car that same night with his travelling companions. They paused for a while at Cosio, three miles down the mountain road from Garabandal, where he went to meet the parish priest and said : ‘Don Valentin, what the children are saying is true, but I ask you not to repeat what I have just told you, for the Church can never be prudent enough in this kind of event.’

      On the way home it was clear that Fr. Luis was overwhelmed with joy, repeating the words : ‘I am so happy! What a wonderful favour the Virgin has bestowed on me! How fortunate we are to have a Mother like that in Heaven! There is no reason to fear the supernatural life. The girls have shown us how we must act with the Blessed Virgin. There’s no doubt in my mind that the things involving the girls are true. But why should the Blessed Virgin have chosen us? This is the happiest day of my life!’ The final time he said this, he lowered his head to his chest, made a slight coughing sound, and then died.

      Our Lady told Conchita during a locution (a voice without an accompanying vision), that on the day after the Great Miracle, the body of Fr. Luis will be removed and found to be as incorrupt as on the day he died. A statement that caused no little controversy, for in 1977 his tomb was opened and all that was found was a skeleton. But, it has been pointed out, Our Lady’s prophecy concerned only the day AFTER the Great Miracle. (emphasis mine)

      Mystics of the Church

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  15. Kris Viens says:

    Dear Charlie, I am not one to listen to ‘dates and times’ because the bible warns us about ‘knowing’ when the Son of Man will come since this knowledge is only known by the Father. So when I first read your words about the end of 2017 being when Mary would intervene in a miraculous way I at first squirmed. But then I remembered several other holy people who have said very similar things. Josef Terelya , the Russian mystic who survived the Gulag and was living in exile in Toronto Canada stated before he died that ‘the dust would be settled by the end of 2017. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, on his trip back from Portugal was interviewed about the third secret and made some interesting statements regarding us living in the message now and stated we should pray that the era of peace promised by our Lady would be given us on the 100th year anniversary of the great miracle. How interesting is that since that would mean the end of 2017, October. So I have pondered this and keep this in mind. I pray that I and my family will remain true to our small tasks as well and just keep doing the next right thing. Bless you. Kris

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    • charliej373 says:

      I understand, Kris. It was startling to me, too, because it is so incredibly rare for my angel to tell me a time that is something other than just “soon” or “now.” But, I figure I have to report what I am told or refrain altogether, so I report it. Actually, it is somewhat soothing to me. I figure, if we get to say, mid-2018 with no relief, I can retire from the field as a failed prophet and enjoy the grandkids more. And if it is fully true, well, the entire world can enjoy their grandkids more after 2017. Kind of what you call a win-win proposition. I realized immediately upon being told that that it was the 100th anniversary of Fatima, but I have also since noted it will be the 500th anniversary of Luther’s break and the subsequent divisions in Christianity.

      A woman – I thought it was the woman who comments here as Janet and runs her own website as Pelianito made what I thought was an incredibly canny observation on this. (Pelianito tells me it is not her who said this, but I figured I would leave the internal link up anyway – she says a lot of other smart stuff). Any way, some other insightful woman I know said we cannot know the day and time, but it does seem to please God to show us the season.

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  16. charliej373 says:

    Several people wrote to ask how I interpret the Warning – and what I mean when I say I think it has already come and is nearly finished. First off, I am most certainly not the final word in interpretation of prophecy – not even of what I am given. Several times people close to me who have had no mystical experiences have cleared up something in my own prophecies that troubled or confused me. God wants us all to support each other – He is our only Rabbi.

    It struck me while talking to one of my best friends last year on the Kermit Gosnell abortionist case. Gosnell was the one in Philadelphia who gleefully decapitated and twisted the heads off living babies. He ran a charnel house. The establishment media, you may recall, tried to hush it up as much as they could. My friend, who is a judge, was wondering why this horror wasn’t making people turn away from the murderous reality that is abortion. I said to him that, it was vitally important regardless, for “though proponents of abortion may still advocate for it, when they stand in judgment, they will not be able to say they did not know what they were doing.” Suddenly, it dawned on me that with each rumbling, another mask was falling. With each mask that fell, more people were confronted with the reality of what they served as master. The effect of what the Warning is supposed to be was being accomplished. Some were turning back to God or deepening their conversion. One prominent progressive reporter had her “Aha!” moment over the Gosnell case. Others, filled with determined pride, were digging their heels harder in ever more defiant rebellion. But the lines were being drawn so that no one could say they did not know what they were doing.

    I know many Garabandal advocates quote some very specific language to support their certainty of how exactly it must be accomplished in this world. Fair enough. Sometimes we get a striking display. the sun did dance at Fatima. More often, what starts as a thunderclap in heaven sounds only as a whisper here. Early enthusiasts for Fatima all explained that the prophecy of a great light in the night sky which would be a harbinger of the tribulation of World War II would manifest itself as a brilliant light in the night throughout the world. When that did not happen, they settled on a particularly striking display of the Aurora Borealis, a naturally recurring phenomenon, as sufficient fulfillment of that prophecy. I generally look to these things with attention to the verisimilitude of how they describe social trajectory, their fidelity and submission to the Church – and then the fruit of conversions, vocations and new hope sparked. If the details are not worked out as I had expected but the fruit is there, I figure my expectations are probably impoverished and I have to look deeper. Sanhedrin critics of Christ might well have argued that the prophets said unanimously that Elijah must come again, not that a prophet (the Baptist) in the manner of Elijah would come first. They could have argued that the prophets said the Messiah would restore the kingdom, not just have a wildly popular ministry. I know many expect a dramatic showy fulfillment, that all the Churches will be filled. Yet the ancient Jews were certain that when the Messiah came, they would unanimously rise behind him in glorious unity. When He actually came, probably as many were violently opposed to Him as supported Him. No Christian would accept these rules of analysis as discrediting Christ – but if they applied the same rules they insist upon for analysis of modern prophecy they would be hard-pressed to explain why those rules didn’t disqualify Christ as fulfillment of Messianic prophecy.

    God does not coerce our hearts – and in such things His spirit is magnified. So to those who seek hope, hope is renewed with vigor. For those who seek their own superiority or will, outrage is sowed. The prime failure of prophetic analysis, I think, is that we seek to yoke God with the constraints of our limited vision – when what He is doing is inviting us to look more deeply, to see through His eyes into eternal things. Jesus told followers if they would have life within them, they must eat His flesh and drink His blood. Many were so horrified that they threatened to leave. Jesus could have soothed them quite easily by telling them it would be in the form of bread and wine. But He did not do that. He let them and their cramped imaginations leave. Those who stayed did not show any signs of understanding this any better than those who left. The difference was, they chose to trust the Lord and follow where He led, humbly conceding they did not understand – but did know that He had the words of everlasting life.

    In the end, I think Garabandal will be a very special blessing. Those who have opposed it will find that, despite the acuity of their criticisms, it is true. Most of those who support it will have many of their expectations confounded and will be shaken before discovering it is fully true even though their expectations were not. I think God has decided to relieve all of us of our complacent reliance on our own intellect and invite us to follow Him deeper into a place we don’t yet know, to “Be still and know that I am God.” But I could be wrong.

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  17. ann says:

    I have to say that in my very limited and humble experience, God never ever answers prayer the way I expect Him to–and He has answered some big prayers over the years–some even bigger ones He’s not answered yet. but in every case He showed me He knows best, His timing is perfect and my understanding is very very very limited. I trust Him to do what must be done in the way it must be done on the timetable He chooses. Hard, very hard. It’s a level of trust that only years of foolishly “kicking against the goad” have finally produced. I think of BC’s post about doing our duty, standing our ground–and the military imagery is absolutely correct I think. like St. Paul says in Ephesians 6. Put on the full armor of God that you may stand your ground in the evil day. (paraphrasing but sort of like that) I was watching Lord of the Rings yesterday and was so struck at how apt an allegory it is for what we are going through right now. Outnumbered, unready, up against savage evil, but with God’s grace, being a sign of hope for others and taking the next right step.
    Also I too think the Illumination has been happening to various people–certainly to me–God keeps peeling away layers, revealing levels of disobedience and wrong attitudes, even self righteousness. But always with love, always gentle but always insistent. A very great great grace.

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  18. Jason says:

    Remember also that Joey died on the exact anniversary day, June 18th of the two public messages (61 and 65) of Garabandal. Joey’s passing on this date is pointing us to the messages of Garabandal. Joey’s death like his life point to the messages. “Think of the Passion of Jesus”!!!

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    • charliej373 says:

      I find that striking, too, Jason. Again, there are profound areas of resonance on this matter that seem very consistent to me to God inviting people to look deeper. You have begun to do that.

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  19. Ruth Ann says:

    Im beginning to understand ¨exposure¨ is another form of the illumination. Exposure for myself, people I know…its seems to be accelerated lately when ones secrets were once hidden but now exposed. My opinion, but experience also. Our beautiful God is so very mysterious, I give up on trying to figure Him out. I just love Him…how could we not?

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  20. Rich DiClaudio says:

    Hello, I just began to follow your blog. I have read a few so far and find them very easy to follow and insightful. Thank you. I particularly benefited from today’s writing (8/30). What you wrote had been kicking around unformed in my head for sometime now. I couldn’t verbalize it but I knew in my heart it is true. Reading it here was such a great joy for me. Anyway, God bless you and may His love reign in all our hearts forever.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you, Rich – and welcome to our little community! So often, simple truths are like that…you aren’t convinced of something you didn’t already know. Rather, you recognize with a start what you already knew but could not yet express. It happens often to me. In relation to the phenomenon, I think of Our Lord’s assurance that “…My sheep recognize My voice.”

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  21. Janet says:

    Charlie, I am one that is of the opinion that the Warning/Illumination will be a dramatic worldwide event. I believe that there have been rumblings, that God is indeed unmasking evil bit by bit, but just like at that volcano in Iceland, these rumblings are precursors to the main event.

    A couple of years ago a friend of mine had a dramatic illumination of her soul. It took her a week before she could even speak to me about it. Eventually she sobbed out the words to me, and asked me what I thought had happened to her. I told her it sounded like an illumination of conscience, which she had never heard of before. It helped her to know what God meant by it and after that she was always afraid of hurting Jesus in any way and confessed every small sin, knowing how much it hurt him. A couple of weeks later, she was visiting a relative (non-Catholic) who after a dramatic night without sleep had a similar life-altering story to tell. She too had been shown all the ways she was hurting Jesus. My friend was then able to pass on her understanding to this relative. The second person died not long after, so it was a great mercy that she experienced this Illumination and was given the help to understand it ahead of time.

    Where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more. I believe the Warning will be a one-time unprecedented grace that is offered to the world. However, there is a great danger here. The Warning will shine the light of undeniable truth into every heart. We will KNOW that God is, and we will know what we are in relation to God. If after that, we reject him WITH FULL KNOWLEDGE, it will be like the fallen angels–no turning back! As St. Faustina says, it will be the time of mercy before the time of judgment.

    That is why our prayers and sacrifices for souls are so important. That is why the Flame of Love devotion is so important. Our prayers and sacrifices are the gentle rain on the hardened hearts of those whose souls are in danger. We must not let up on our prayers! Jesus, Mary and Joseph we love you. Save souls!

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    • charliej373 says:

      I very much hope you are right, Janet. It would be a great mercy, I think, that could gather in some recalcitrant souls who would otherwise be lost. If it comes that way, I will cry tears of joy and thanksgiving. If it only comes in the small way we already are seeing, it won’t alter my conviction that Garabandal is authentic and very important in these times.

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      • aquiness says:

        I am admin of the Garabandal group on Facebook. Since Joey’ death we are still being inundated with requests to join. There are now 16 700 members. 🙂

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        • charliej373 says:

          Interesting, aquiness. Joey Lomangino’s death did not phase me at all. As I have often said, even when prophecy is authentically reported, it is usually misinterpreted. I think Garabandal is both completely authentic and the most frequently misinterpreted set of prophecies of the modern age. But God is going to teach us all. I pray that those who have vested themselves in a particular interpretation, rather than waiting and watching, don’t miss it when it comes just because it does not match the interpretation they have built up for it.

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          • aquiness says:

            I understand what you’re saying Charlie…What worries me is that many of them think we will have a warning before any bad events happen..and then the world will be just fine, and all will be back to God. I think most don’t realise that we will be going through a ‘storm’

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          • charliej373 says:

            Some, who think they are the smartest, will indeed miss it altogether…and God will ask them why they were so vested in a single interpretation that they did not pay attention to the signs. But not to worry overmuch…so it has ever been…human history has been replete with people thinking such. God allows it, then pulls back all who can be pulled back.

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        • BD says:

          Aquiness,
          A very amazing and Saintly woman I knew from the Pittsburgh area told me back in the late 80’s perhaps early 90’s that she was shown that Joey would see the miracle mystically. She didn’t expound on it any further. I all but forgot about that conversation until I read of his death. She too mentioned things consistent with what Charlie describes as the “Storm”. Charlie, thanks for re-awakening me. God Bless.

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        • janet333 says:

          An Update
          There are now over 27,000 members since last August. People are sensing something is about to break.

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    • vicardwm says:

      I think God is exposing lots of secrets, like the Gosnell case, etc., bringing the truth to the forefront, as a way to try to prepare us for the global event of the Warning. I know that God is working on my wife and I with a “greater zeal” lately. I think that he wants to remove as much of the shock of the Warning as possible for people, especially for those close to Him, so they can man their duty stations and help others who will be flocking back to churches after the Warning happens. We shall see, though.

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      • Janet says:

        He is all mercy! Yes, he is helping anyone who has “eyes to see” so that they will not be so shocked when their sins are laid before them. Marino’s testimony is quite graphic in that regard.

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        • vicardwm says:

          Hi Janet, do you happen to have a link to Marino’s testimony on that subject? God bless!

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        • aquiness says:

          Hi Janet,

          I also think the Warning will be a worldwide event. Conchita says first we will see it in the sky..like two stars crashing. There will be a lot of noise but they won’t fall down (paraphrasing) I have also read of the many testimonies where people have experienced what could be the warning experience. I wonder if they are being prepared beforehand in order to help others?

          God Bless

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  22. anne says:

    Janet and Charlie…..i think the warning comes in 2 ways. Gradually, we are in an awakening NOW and it builds to a Finale! Like a piece of music, it gets a little louder, louder, then BOOM. The final outpouring of MERCY on all. ALL.
    No wonder Our Lady at Medjugorje asks us to start now. Every day is an opportunity to listen, respond, prepare.
    This morning i sensed ……we have been given the Flame of Love from Mary’s Heart now because everythng is being done to extinguish the Light of Christ in our hearts. Like the little ones in the catacombs we have been given this extra Flame of Love……which is Light and Warmth…..for these days and ahead. We are to pass on the Flame to each other. Pass on in the darkness descending upon us.

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    • Kati says:

      Anne,

      Your perspective on this very much resonates with me as well. I also see the Flame of Love likened to the Flames of the Holy Spirit hovering over the heads of the Apostles on Pentecost. A new outpouring of the Spouse of Mary Immaculate is greatly needed to build up and guide the Church for the days ahead…Because I believe that many will be the number of those who find themselves running to the Church and wanting to learn how to repent and grow into holiness. Let us pray for laborers for the harvest! 😉

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  23. MM Bev says:

    I have found everything, every comment fascinating. Lots of ideas that are presented are new (like the military imagery of “holding your post”., and the “both/and” being correct with regard to Garabandal. There is so much for me to ponder, and reflect upon that it will take me a number of days before I have gleaned what God is saying through each person. To me, this is what is truly wonderful about this site. Charlie, you always provide food that is nourishing and worth consuming. But you are truly right when you say that without the comments, so much is lost. People are focused on the topic, and add in morsels from their own lives that are amazing. This makes an “entire whole” that is so grace filled. I feel like Alice in Wonderland, who discovered a whole new world she didn’t know existed. Every person who comments is vital to the whole. It’s like music. All the notes are needed, with a conductor who starts the whole thing and, as you do Charlie, keeps his baton leading the ensemble. This is creative in the most unbelievable way. And light giving light, a path through darkness. I recognize that God has blessed me by letting me be a tiny part of this. Bev

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  24. aj says:

    “O Jesus, my Love, may my heart be consumed in loving Thee; make me humble and holy; give me childlike simplicity; transform me into thy holy love. O Jesus, life of my life, joy of my soul, God of my heart, accept my heart as an altar, on which I will sacrifice to Thee the gold of ardent charity, the incense of continual, humble and fervent prayer, and the myrrh of constant sacrifices! Amen.” (St. Paul of the Cross)

    What a wonderful prayer for us to emulate until we truly mean it…maybe take me a lifetime ☺.

    YESHUA, I Trust in You! Help me Love you all!

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  25. June1 says:

    Oh, my goodness. I keep meaning to post this. You guys won’t believe what happened to me two Sundays ago. My kids and I walked into church and were handed the regular Sunday bulletin. We sit down and since there was still a bit of time before Mass was to begin (and the kids were fairly quiet), I opened it up to see if there was anything special going on that day or in the coming week. I was surprised to see a little leaflet with several prayers to St. Michael sitting in the middle of the bulletin. I thought, oh, that’s nice! Maybe St. Michael is drawing me closer to him (since I recently taught my 5-year-old son the prayer and we say it every night). But when I turned it over, I froze. The leaflet was published by the Garabandal Center in the U.S.

    I frantically looked around to see if anyone else had it but NO. This is how freaked out/excited I was: I scooped up the kids and went over to one of the ladies giving out the bulletins and asked her if there were any inserts that day. There were not. She said she would go and check just in case but when she came back, she confirmed that there was nothing that day! I was the only one who received the Garabandal-produced leaflet of prayers. Who put it there?? I thought surely my church wouldn’t be propagating it since it seems to err on the side of caution and only encourage approved apparitions (although once I heard one of the priests briefly mention Medjugorje in a homily and my heart jumped).

    I wouldn’t say I have a devotion to Garabandal but I have definitely followed it the last couple of years from afar and I do attribute both Garabandal and Medjugorje to the fire that was lit under me to get serious about my faith again (it was actually the concept of a terrifying warning that could suspend time that was really what gave me a huge shove).

    What do you guys think is going on? Just a fluke? Maybe a person who really likes Garabandal threw it in one of the bulletins while getting them ready to try and kindle a spark in the heart of the person who would find it? Maybe the Blessed Mother is trying to tell us something? Should I post a picture of it for you to see? Sorry for the rambling. I just thought it was so cool (and timely! This post came soon after! 😀 ).

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  26. charliej373 says:

    Reblogged this on The Next Right Step and commented:

    This is another of my favorite columns, as I think it gives a pretty clear explanation of how we often misconstrue things that are truly and accurately told us…how we confuse our own expectations with God’s promises. If we could learn, with the Psalmist, to “be still and know that I Am God,” – as he was told by the Almighty we would learn to wait for Him in real trust.

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    • Jeanna says:

      Thank you for this safe haven on the web Charlie. Your blog has been a respite for me. God love you!

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    • A Quiet Person says:

      I don’t know Charlie. Maybe “how we confuse our own expectations with God’s promises” could be applied to the Pope. We know that the gates of hell won’t prevail against the Church. However, the Pope is confusing to me, whenever he does anything anymore, whether or not I perceive it as a positive or negative. That’s because I have had expectations about him to be and say things in a certain way. My expectations though don’t have anything to do with God’s promise. I ran out of energy to figure it out anyway. I’ll just stick with God’s promise and try to get some sleep.

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      • janet333 says:

        If I ever have a problem with what Pope Francis has been reported to have said I check the original transcript and find it isn’t how it’s been reported by the media at all. I’ll give you an example….Remember the headlines regarding Atheists going to heaven?
        Pope Francis said…’The Lord has redeemed all of us … even the atheists’

        It is true the Lord has redeemed all of us with His Blood including the atheists, but not all will accept salvation.But can atheists be saved? St. Paul tells us that a person’s conscience will accuse or defend them at their judgement…. “The gentiles who do not have the law, do by nature the things of the law. They show the work of the law written on their hearts.” Romans 2:14-16 He is telling us that those who have not known God yet have lived according to the law of God can be saved! Early Church Father, St Justin Martyr explains this further..If a man accepted that law, even though he doesn’t know that it’s God that writes it, he is in effect following the Spirit of Christ.

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  27. Charlie, a few years back I heard of “the Warning” on a site called the warning, that has now been exposed as a fraud by some Irish lady, but it was actually her site that led me to reading about Garabandal. I had prayed to know if the Warning was true and I opened my bible to Jeremiah 13:15-19 and the Chapter heading said “A last Warning” in my bible. The verse goes on to state, Give ear, listen humbly, for the Lord speaks. Give glory to the Lord, your God, before it grows dark; Before your feet stumble on darkening mountains; Before the light turns to darkness, changes into black clouds. If you do not listen to this in your pride, I will weep in secret many tears for the Lord’s flock, led away to exile.

    I had a discussion with my husband that I thought the warning had already happened or was happening. He dismissed me because he feels the prophecy is clear it will happen at a singular moment in time to everyone. I told him I disagreed, that I had had my warning. When Veronica was murdered, I sat in the stillness crying and God laid my soul bare to me. I was SO ASHAMED of all my sins. So unworthy I barely could breathe. I felt God working with me to conform my will to his) I couldn’t believe the state of my sinful soul, when all these years in my pride, I thought I was good. I had been comparing myself to others, instead of looking to God and seeing what I would bring before him. After that, there was a spiritual blindness that was lifted from me. I could see a spiritual warfare in the culture that I did not see before. That was a miracle to me. I don’t know about the miracle in the sky at Garbandal, but I do feel as though there are signs everywhere if you are open to seeing them. The “darkening clouds” Jeremiah speaks of and the tiny miracles I see everyday. I knew my warning had come and God was telling me to get my house in order. To pull the planks from my own eyes and to start looking at others with love like I never had before. My husband also had a transformation during this time period, but he still disagrees with me about the warning. I suppose if God willing, I make it to the other side to heaven we will then find out. Thank you so much as always for your insight.

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  28. Mack says:

    I wonder if the Warning could come in both ways. I’m speculating but I think it has been already happening, and some people have indeed had an interior revelation of their own state of soul that’s tantamount to the Warning. Some saints have had this too. St Catherine of Bologna experienced it while she was going to confession. She was so shaken up she couldn’t continue but went home for three days to process it. Only then could she go back to confession.
    But maybe there will be a big event too, which will get everyone’s attention. In any case, the unmasking of evil with the Planned Parenthood videos certainly reveals what’s going on. It’s harder for people to deny that, just like with Gosnell.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you, Mack. I try to get people to understand I am not just offering an alternate interpretation…that it might be both…that it may be (and often is) something none of us have yet thought of. My point is not to get vested in a single interpretation to the point that you deceive yourself that you infallibly know the Mind of God. That has been a formula for blindness throughout Salvation History.

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    • I can tell you the people coming into see me to convert to Catholicism are less and less there because of their wife or husband making them come, and more and more because they have had an interior experience. Some of them are now so passionate for Christ it is awesome to see. I suspect you could be right Mack that it may possibly be both. And yes, the unmasking of evil is being seen more clearly.

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  29. Julia Meredith says:

    Lovely post Charlie. Glad you reposted as I had not read it before. I thought the same as obviously others did i.e. oh, he did not get to see with human eyes. But my next immediate thought was he can certainly see now in heaven! What got me the most was his faithfulness, despite not receiving his bodily sight. Perhaps he questioned as well but carried on promoting Our Lady and Garabandal regardless. Will always be grateful to him for sending me a rosary with a tiny bit of paper in from a missal, which Our Lady kissed on one of her visitations to Garabandal.

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  30. Sally says:

    Thank you for putting in to words the numerous revelations given to you, to give the faithful more clarity, to aide in understanding our own personal prophetic sign posts that God is giving us in our daily life I thank God for allowing me to know about your work, even though I feel like I’m being sent in the game during the last minute remaining, thankfully on the winning side this time. I will be praying for you and hope Our Blessed Mother saves me a seat at the Shrine next to you and your group.

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  31. I think it is just as you see it, Charlie. Joey already got his new eyes and a whole new body to match. We always understand prophecies as if they were expressed in our terms, forgetting that they are coming from a different realm. I think Garabandal was left unapproved because of Our Lady’s denouncement of bad priests in 1961. At the time no one could imagine that the likes of Marcial Maciel had been abusing the priesthood for decades. It all became quite clear when the Boston Globe exposed what was going on. Our Lady was quite right and God gave those wrongdoers plenty of time to repent. It won’t be long before we know for sure but while we wait let us also acknowledge that Our Lady was right also as for the confusion that the Church is now experiencing. I do not know about you but I am seeing a level of ill will, malevolence, and willful ignorance that is very far from normal. One more thing to remember is that we have to see Joey Lomangino’s new eyes. How that is going to happen I honestly do not know but I know that prophecies are a public witness of God’s power and they have to be fulfilled publicly. I have a hunch that we are in for a year filled with amazing events. 🙂

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  32. Doug says:

    Carlos, I like your insight. My wife experienced cancer 3 times, it was cut out by her doctors, but experienced healing in her soul. Less body parts, but more whole than ever….

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  33. Prophecies are never fully understood until they are fulfilled. We see them through the mist of time going forward and with total clarity on hindsight. I do not have any supernatural advice although personally I have had a few dreams that were somewhat premonitory in nature and very precise. Garabandal seems authentic to me. The witness of the four young seers throughout their lives is spotless. The most obvious thing that could have happened, that they or the town try to profit from a false miracle never happened. I was personally moved by the testimony of life of Joey Lomangino because we have similar upbringings. His confession to Padre Pio is a very moving confession and it could have been easily one of mine. Then there is the testimony of Fr Jorge Loring (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_eKYRR7Sro in Spanish) that I will try to translate into English and present it in my website casorosendi.com. Now Fr. Loring was one of the great apologists in the Spanish language, his book Para Salvarte (To Save Yourself) is a classic, and his life truly recommend him for sainthood. If such a respected, capable, well formed priest, with a lifetime of following the Garabandal experience in person .,, if that man believes I think there is no harm in praying and waiting until the Church approves those apparitions.

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  34. Gabriela says:

    Charlie, for the first time, I am becoming genuinely scared, more accurately, terrified. In the past you have talked about how things are getting bad and they are going to get worse. I honestly can’t believe how bad they are getting and I really hope they don’t get much worse, although I fear they will.

    I look around and I feel like we are living in some sort of twilight zone. People are calling for the death of a dentist who killed a lion but defending Planned Parenthood which kills millions of babies. People are congratulating Airlines for prohibiting the transportation of hunting trophies but nobody is talking about ISIS blowing up people on video. Journalists are bending over backwards trying to sell the unveiling of a statue of baphomet in Detriot as a great thing while the attendees sign over their souls to the devil and chant “hail satan”. What is going on?

    Your vision last December is right on Charlie, all the demons have been released out of hell and loosened upon the earth. Evil is spreading so fast it’s blinding! Good people of doing horrible things, thinking they are doing good things. Good cannot be done without God because the definition of good changes without God.

    We are living in the times our lady in Garabandal and the visionaries spoke about. Our lady said that the confusion the girls experienced (when they denied the visions etc.) will be the same confusion that the Church experiences and by extension the whole world. Everything seems so convoluted, so confusing, so hard to figure out. Nothing is simple anymore.

    I really hope God takes pity on us and makes the next two and a half years go by quickly.

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  35. Kristen says:

    Thank you, Charlie! So if a family member like a young daughter or so has a medical condition that requires daily medication to stay alive, should we trust God completely or stick up on months of medication? My inclination is to trust God in a miracle for him/her but is this presumptuous of me?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Make the prudent provisions you can, Kristen. so long as God’s ordinary natural means are available, you should make use of them. But do not think all is lost when they are not available. I have taken no medication for my neurological condition since 2007 except over the counter pain medication. I am working on a significant piece on this subject – and it will be the next meaty piece I publish.

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      • Kristen says:

        Thank you, Charlie! That is hopeful! I don’t know if the pharmaceutical companies will allow me to buy months of these life-saving medicines but if they don’t it is good to see this as God’s hand. He will either provide the means to obtain the medicines beforehand or during or he has another plan I haven’t thought of beforehand. Your messages bring much peace- just to think that some day there will be an end to the moral confusion and there will be true peace and truth will be definite and not relative. I am so glad that you shared the messages with us. So many are so discouraged at what is going on and now we can be assured that no matter how hard things get, there will one day be an end to the confusion. It is what the Bible and Church have spoken of but it is great to have additional encouragement that further highlights the truth. Thank you!

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  36. jeanO says:

    Why do you choose to say “neurological condition”?

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    • charliej373 says:

      That is what my doctor called it when he wasn’t calling it severe nerve damage. The situation left me with apparently permanent nerve damage. My doctor told me 10 years ago it was extensive enough he was surprised I could walk at all – so the pain would probably always be with me. It is not a neurological disease…it was caused by a confluence of a congenital deformity in my upper spine that created near-catastrophic consequences when I had the mundane episode of a disc collapsing. Because of the deformity, it deprived my spinal cord of fluid. It is neither the result of a disease nor an accident, just a perfect storm of two relatively innocuous situations combining in a way that nearly killed me. That is the only description I know to be accurate.

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      • Beckita says:

        Praying for you, Charlie, this health issue and for all your needs.

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      • SteveBC says:

        Charlie, this may seem an odd way to look at it, but obviously your problem was programmed in from the start of your life. Perhaps if you had *not* said yes to your mission, you would not have lived through your operation. And the reason why you were pressed to make a decision by 1997 was not because your mission required your decision by then but because your angel knew your health crisis was coming due. That would mean you had to make your choice before that crisis, and that depending on your choice, the crisis, like a fulcrum in your life, would either have set you free to heaven (if you said no) or left you to learn through suffering so that you could do your mission (if you had said yes).

        Although you obviously have suffered, sometimes, if one sets aside the pain, one can be awed by how everything fits together.

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  37. Joseph J Collura says:

    good info and makes one think clearly

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  39. jzreparatrix says:

    I do not accept Garabandal for this reason: about 1974 there was a video that showed the seers. When one of them spoke,the voice was deep, male and guttural. The hair on my neck stood up, and I was sure it harmonic.

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