My Purpose

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(Note – to the many who have volunteered on the spiritual direction directory: Thursday night I will be speaking with a very talented man who may head up this portion of the direction project. If he agrees, I will forward your email addresses to him. I don’t want to do anything until I know what level of action he will be able to take – but if he takes it on, I like to leave full authority, with counsel, to the person who has taken responsibility for any component. Either way, you all will hear from me Friday).

Though it is only a very few, some people have emailed me to suggest I confine myself to publishing things like my encounter with the Father – or other direct messages from my visitors. Others have had other suggestions. While all are, no doubt, well-intended, that is not the purpose to which I am called or directed. I write today to explain what I can about what my purpose is.

I have not found anything quite like what I am told to do anywhere in history. I see elements of it in many types, but none that match up well. That is not so terribly surprising, for we have entered into a period, the Storm, that is unique in salvation history. Though there are prophetic elements necessary to my work, prophecy is not central to it. Though I have a multitude of visions and visitations, I am not primarily a visionary. Most of these have had to do with preparation for the work upon us – and are not for the whole world. Though it is critical that I be grounded in good – and precise – theology, I am not a theologian. As things unfold, much of it will ultimately be miraculous on its face – and I am directed to just let it develop as it does. Even with my priests, we only speak obliquely of these things. They have gathered what they have through contemplation of the central prophetic message and my three prime duties.

Before we get to that, I want to describe the trajectory over the years. At seven years old, I first realized this was not common – and that most people who saw and heard people that others couldn’t were crazy. I told my angel I would like to go through the training he spoke of, but if he ever told me to harm someone I would immediately go to a doctor and tell him what was going on. We both had some constraints – which we both eagerly agreed to – and I continued. Until about 10 years old, it was fairly easy, straightforward and fun.

From 10 to about 25, it was incredibly frustrating. I was told many things, none of which would happen as I expected, though each would match up precisely with the words I had been given. I was told things about people – both good and bad things headed their way. Many times I was forbidden to speak to them of it, even obliquely. More than a few times I disobeyed – and every time I did, worse things than I originally saw ensued. It was a hard discipline to learn to live.

From 25 to 35 I mainly doubted these things. I suspected this was just the way my mind processed a very powerful intuitive capacity – one that was very useful in my work. I did not think I was crazy any more. I had watched carefully for signs of progression or obsession and they just never developed. My visits had a rhythm – a range if you will. Sometimes more frequent and intense, sometimes quieter, but the range never degenerated into anything else. During this period, though I doubted, I did keep to the constraints I had promised – things you probably would not expect, but things the angel said were important. I figured, just in case it were true, somebody would need to have accepted the discipline.

I was received into the Catholic Church when I was 35. For almost a year after that, I was practically struck blind spiritually. Not only did I have no visitations, my intuitive capacity completely deserted me. That was a brutally difficult year with the intuition gone. But I figured if that was the trade – my special abilities for my reception into a spiritual home I could finally give my whole heart to, it was an excellent bargain.

At 36, my visitors were back big-time. My angel was very pleased that I had shown over the previous year that I loved God more than I loved being special – but now it was time to get down to serious work, for things were about to go into the final approach to the Storm. This began the period of what I call “Great Visions.” These were very detailed visions of things to come – and what was wanted from me in order to help people weather the Storm. This opened up the period where I could no longer reasonably attribute anything to intuition, for much of it was too specific – and the world was already starting to look like the dystopia I had been shown. It was the period where I began Spiritual Direction and first told another person about these things. It was when I desperately tried to find a way out and, if that were not possible, where I could advise in secret. Even after I fully accepted the work in ’97, I spent another five years trying to find a way to stay hidden on the matters. I went through a sort of miniature five-year Storm during this period, too, to bolster my fortitude, trust and resolve so I would be less likely to falter when it came upon the whole world. This lasted from 1993 to 2003.

From 2003 until the end of my pilgrimage in 2012 was the period of radical abandonment. I quit trying to escape, accepted intense instruction – including things that were very hard to swallow and had been, even just a few years earlier, impossible to swallow. And now, since late 2012, I have begun the active phase, finding my way and trying to live the early days of my work effectively.

I am sent to be a sort of sherpa, a guide through treacherous times, to help encourage and rally people to endure – to trust that rescue will come. I was not given mystical wisdom in some easy, quiet, gentle way. Rather, I quietly lived vanity and a hidden storm while everyone else lived their lives. The 15 years where I misinterpreted everything were brutally frustrating, but taught me not to trust to myself, nor to try to encapsulate God in my expectations. Once that was secure, then I limited the details of my interpretations far more, but was almost always right, though often miscalculating the times. In fact, it probably would not be too far a reach to say I was seldom right in a significant way until I was 35, and have rarely been wrong in a significant way afterward – though I am smart enough not to trust that. The biggest of the training was to learn to see less as we see here and a little more as the heavenly host sees there. As part of that, vanity and certainty in my own competence were burned and beaten out of me – and a fortitude that relied on God entirely developed. We have many surprises and terrors ahead.

At the heart of what I am called to is a central prophetic message and three prime duties. Attached to the three duties are job titles I am given. I will elaborate on the message and the duties here, though I do not care to speak of the job titles.

The central prophetic message is:

BE NOT AFRAID: GOD CALLS ALL MEN TO SALVATION.

This seems simple, but embeds some serious subtleties. How can you be not afraid when the greatest period of violence and terror in history is engulfing you? You will be swept away if you trust to yourself and your mighty strength. The ONLY way is to hold fast to God. It is a call to a radical reliance on God. The second portion is routinely violated by most of the most pious people. They think God calls all people “like them” to salvation – or that they are to teach people to be “like them” in order to attain salvation. Before this Storm is over, almost everyone is going to be broken down and rebuked – taught that we all have been tried and found seriously wanting. Many of your greatest certainties are going to be crushed and you are going to feel completely lost and alone. Then you will understand the fulness of this message: it is not that God calls you to go out and convince more people to be like you; it is an assurance when your vanity and petulance, your shortfalls are fully revealed to you that God has not abandoned you, but intends your reclamation and salvation.

The first duty is to:

DEFEND THE FAITH

This seems straightforward enough, but it entails more than defending the faith from the assaults from without. The unconscious assaults from within, borne by disordered vanity are, in many ways, more dangerous in these times. There are theologians and intellectuals who have reduced the Scriptures to a mere intellectual Rubik’s Cube. they think they have learned the essence of Christ and are its exclusive arbiters. While it is good to seek wisdom, the best of our wisdom is as flimsy as straw. There are those who impose mystical significance on everything, constantly gilding the lily of God’s work. They mean well, but they have gilded so much that outsiders see all gilding and no lily – and reasonably conclude this is of man’s making, not God’s. Too much mystical overlays have obscured the lily for those who do not already believe. Trust me, God is not pleased about this.

I am usually very hard on those who seek, with great erudition, to undermine the legitimacy of the hierarchy. A Catholic man I know asked why I am so hard on that when I so freely greet Protestant brethren as full partners in the work before us. I am on the ship of Catholicism. It does not trouble me (in fact, it soothes me) that there are many other boats in our vicinity, all headed in the same direction we are. That is a whole different thing from assaulting the ship from without or fomenting mutiny from within. I will be equally vigorous in defending the faith from either. Now if the mutineers would cease to dishonestly call themselves Catholic and get their own boat, I would be glad to have them nearby for the journey provided they also ceased their assaults.

 

HEARTEN THE FAITHFUL

This website is one of the first public steps in that particular duty. I do not write it to give you prophecy, theology, or reports of visitations, though all are incorporated into the purpose. It is to give people heart – to see that God is there, that He is close at hand to YOU, and that He asks only the simple things from you that you can do – and will reveal Himself to you as you live that with fidelity. As times go on, though, things will get trickier. God’s anger is not just kindled against those who overtly oppose Him. His anger has been kindled against almost all, for like Job’s friends, most of us have absorbed ourselves in our expectations of what God should be rather than engaging with the Living God. The biggest of those expectations are going to fall like old timber under the onslaught of a flood. As they do, many will have their faith shaken – and I will work to give them new heart – to see with clear certainty that it is merely their expectations that have failed, not God. I know many expect an undeniable, visible worldwide miracle before the rescue. I am almost certain it will not happen that way. First, it almost never does – God always leaves room for plausible doubt. Second, I am informed that while God will reveal Himself in small groups that are cooperating simply with each other under His guidance, He will seem to have forsaken the larger world for most of the Storm. That is because He intends that EACH of us fully see how pitiful our competence is, that our confidence in ourselves be crushed so that we may turn our hearts decisively to Him. After all have lost hope, then He will manifest that most rarity of rarities, a visible undeniable miracle visible to all – the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart and our rescue. It is because we will not be suited to populate the world as He intends it until all vestiges of vanity and self-will are crushed. I will help give people heart by telling them credibly what is actually being crushed – and what is being built. 

DEFEND THE FAITHFUL

This is fairly obvious, too. But it does NOT just refer to “spiritual warfare.” We in the west have lived in a coccoon of safety for several hundred years now. It has reduced our thinking on temporal battle and strife to mere formulaic platitudes. But the violence you read about with horror is coming to your door soon enough – and formulaic platitudes are not a defense. The Scripture that “…he who lives by the sword will die by the sword…” is often quoted to urge unrelenting pacifism. But it is tyrants and oppressors, those who rely on force to compel their will, who live by the sword. To defend, even with violent force, those who are violently assaulted, is not living by the sword. And now both you and nations have a great and terrible responsibility. If you attack with violence when diplomacy would have resolved the strife, you will be held to account. If you allow people to be violated when you could have stopped it with vigorous force, you will be held to account. Sounds impossible. It is. So you better trust God, do your duty, and abandon pious-sounding formulas.

 

Even in the little things, God prepares things so that all may see the evidence of His grace. There will be a time when I spend much time visiting and offering hope to many refugees who have been forced to flee their homes and are homeless. It will be a comfort to them to know that I made myself homeless for a year and a half when it was not necessary, but for love and trust during my pilgrimage – and that I come to offer them hope not as one who has not known privation and exposure, but as one who has lived by choice what they are living by necessity. It is a benefit of my pilgrimage that I did not recognize until after it was over.

With Job, throughout my life it has pleased God to take me into the whirlwind with Him. Like Job, what I have seen does not convince me how wise and clever I am – but exactly the opposite. With Job, I put my hand over my mouth for I have seen marvelous things too great for me. That, in the end, is what God wanted me to see above all. Theology, while useful, will not lead us certainly to God. Prophecy, while useful, can endanger us if we are filled with pride over our ‘understanding’ of it. Mystical experiences can come from the devil as well as from God – and will come from satan if that is what we glory in. The only safe, sure path I know to God is, in submission to the authority He established over us, to acknowledge Him, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to those around us. Trust. Do. Love. That is the sure path. To keep that reality vivid before a world in turmoil, a world falling in on itself, is what I am sent for. And when the rescue is complete, I will leave the public scene entirely except to advocate for and raise money for the raising of the great Shrine of thanksgiving for our rescue.

 

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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61 Responses to My Purpose

  1. Audie says:

    Hello Charlie,

    I’m relieved to see you back. Your words always give me consolation, as I feel the storm getting closer and closer. And I am truly thankful that God sent you to help us.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Ahh, I have neurological damage that sometimes flares up, Audie. When it does, I usually have to stay fairly quiet for a few days – or a week – in order not to aggravate it. I read and contemplate lightly during those times and it passes. I regard it as God’s leash – and the pain it involves is kind of like an integrated hair shirt. I always have something to offer up! So, I ask any of you reading as I once asked a priest who is very close to me, don’t pray that I receive physical healing. Rather, pray that God’s will be done. (Though that priest did give me a dispensation from kneeling if the pain is too great – which, on a few occasions, I have gratefully taken advantage of.)

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      • Audie says:

        Alright, Charlie, I’ll pray as you requested, that God’s will be done. I do hope you feel better very soon.

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      • jeanO says:

        my stepdaughter has neurological issues. myelomeningocele. congenital. if diagnosed prenatally she may have been terminated. my son has down syndrome and was part of a triplet conception, fertility drug induced. i refused amniocentesis, selective reduction, all the reasonable excuses named to justify giving up hope.

        you proclaim neurological issues as a justification to bowing out from us who you have sheltered a bit under your wing. i have them too. i take an SSRI for mine. what happens when the storm hits and my brain goes back to self torture because my prescription is unfillable? so many americans are in the same position. what is the name of your neurological condition? mine is anxiety and depression and trauma.

        Hildegaard of bingen was hugely gifted, terribly afflicted by migraines…

        what are your neurological issues, charlie?

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        • charliej373 says:

          They are deceptively simple, Jean. All that happened was that a disc collapsed in my upper spine 11 years ago – something that happens to many with few ill effects. But because of a congenital deformity in my upper spine, it started depriving my spinal cord of fluid. I was sinking very fast. When my neurologist finally did the surgery, he also removed a healthy disc – with my gratitude. Though it was healthy, because of the deformity, if it ever collapsed, I would be in the same boat. By the time of the surgery, the condition had deteriorated sufficiently that the best-case scenario was that I would be partially paralyzed on my right side. The scheduled two-hour surgery took eight and a half hours. there were several complications, not least of which that they lost and revived me a couple of times. (No, I did not have a near-death experience. I like to think God said, “Nah, let him sleep. We’ll talk to him again when he wakes up like we normally do).

          I got an idea how dicey things were the next day. They wheeled me downstairs for a test, but I insisted on walking – or hobbling when we got down there. As I passed one room, a nurse glanced up at me, dropped some instrument she was holding with a clatter, and exclaimed, “Oh my God! Are you…walking?” I smiled and asked her if she had been my nurse. She replied, “Oh honey, you had a lot of nurses.”

          I could walk, but the pain on my right side was enormous. My neurosurgeon prescribed Vicodin and said it could take a year and a half for the pain to completely go away. It never did. After a year when it had not reduced at all, I asked him what the deal was. He told me that the tests since the operation showed such extensive nerve damage that he really did not understand why I could walk at all. Given the circumstances, he said it was possible it would never go away. He did say he would prescribe me Vicodin or whatever pain killers I might need for life, if I needed. Shortly after that, I gave it up altogether. I did not like the fuzziness it engendered in my head sometimes. So I treat the pain with aspirin or Tylenol. Sometimes I have to use night-time Tylenol to get to sleep if the pain is barking too loud.

          The pain I can bear. It is very painful for me getting in and out of cars – and kneeling or getting up. It is the fatigue that bugs me. I have to be very careful not to get over-fatigued or I can set off an episode. Regardless of what I do, I get a mild episode every few months. When it happens, the pain flares off the charts, my head bursts into a cold clammy sweat and I get progressively more disoriented. They never gave me any medicine that was any good for that. I just have to lay down for a little, then be still and quiet for a few days, and I get back to normal. My doctor never really was able to explain to my satisfaction what that was – and I eventually came to think he didn’t really know. He was perfectly candid in telling me my situation did not fit what he expected or what tests showed it should be. So I just carried on. Walked across the country with it…and am quiet when I need to be.

          I usually grunt with pain when I get in or out of cars – can’t help it. My son and nephew one time, with that amusing grace of the young, took time out from making fun of me (which, I should add, I encourage.) to live solidarity with me. In order to make me feel less alone, they decided every time we got in or out of a car, they would do a Viking yell together with me. People looked at us like we were goofs, but I don’t think it occurred to anyone that this was to make the crip among them feel amused.

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          • jeanO says:

            This gives me even more perspective and inspiration, Charlie. Truly you are a sign of hope and courage. Walking across the country like that…..God bless you!

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        • StClare says:

          I know this is an old post but hopefully you will get this. I suffered from depression for years and then Anxiety and sometimes Panic attacks. I would also get heart palpitations which the docter said we’re normal (sure didn’t feel normal!) From my own research I found out I was actually low on magnesium. High stress and/or chronic illness will strip magnesium from your body really fast. I feel better than I have in years thanks to a Magnesium supplement. Research online “magnesium deficiency” and you will find a ton of info. There a many different types of supplements so research well. Hope this helps.

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  2. David says:

    It appears to get clearer as we get closer. At first I was upset and panicky. Now, per your advise, I am working at getting closer to my Saviour, and wondering what I can do to help my family and others.. Thank you very much for the work you do. God knows how to pick them….

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    • charliej373 says:

      I have come to think, David, it is easier to teach a complex and demanding method than something simple. I know it took me decades to get it – and I am sure I still have much of it wrong or covered in subtle vanity. Just be there for your family and others. Help when you can – accept help when it is offered, truly live as joyful brothers and sisters. Don’t neglect little games for your children or your loved ones. My family always loves to play a card game called “Rook” when we get together, jawboning and teasing each other. As I long ago realized, the game is not important…it is merely the palette on which our love is joyfully painted. Make sure you and your loved ones have many canvases to paint together – and the Lord will take joyful residence with you.

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  3. Melanie says:

    Thank you Charlie for your words. As a wife,mother, teacher, Catholic, friend I pray that I may be light for others as well. With your blog, which I look forward to daily, gives me encouragement and strength to know there are others trying to trust and lean on God for everything, in this obvious storm we are in. I am not surprised anymore when I experience unreasonable behavior from others. Rudeness and aggression I have recently experienced while shopping makes me very aware that the evil one is at work in a big way. It is important to remember we are in a spiritual battle. Onward Christian Soldiers! Glory be to God in the HIghest!

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    • Audie says:

      Melanie, I agree with you. I read Charlie’s blogs daily and they give me peace and strength too. I also get encouragement from you and the others who comment here. I hope I can do the same for my family, friends, and those I haven’t met yet.

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  4. MM Bev says:

    Charlie: Could you clarify for me exactly what you mean by “vanity”. I realize you don’t use it as the world does. Do you mean that we rely on our own intelligence and abilities to figure things out, instead of relying on God? Is it a subtle way of depending on ourselves instead of letting go of what we think and imagine and just watching and waiting for what God does? Thanks. Bev

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    • charliej373 says:

      Hi Bev. Great question! I use it very much in the sense of Ecclesiastes. A vanity is anything that leads us to an unmerited confidence in our own ability, knowledge, or wealth. Thus, some may rely on their intellect, others on their wealth, others on their position – still others that they have found the way exclusively through their ability – or that their pious practices give them a special in with God. Almost anything that leads you to believe “I know with certainty and others should follow my lead.”
      As good an example as I know is Jesus’ parable about the two men who went into the temple to pray, one who said, “I thank you Lord for not making me like other men…” then noting his own piety, learning, etc. And then the other who went in praying, “Lord, have mercy on me, a poor sinner.” We should take counsel with each other, exhort each other, but mostly help each other…and when we speak with authority, we had best make sure we speak with the Master’s authority for if it is not, He will show who the authority is soon enough.
      It is why I do not insist on my interpretations on any particular prophecy. God showed me enough how wrong I could be (for about 15 years straight), why would I insist upon what God has already shown me I can’t be certain of. It is why I teach my simple way. It never fails. If I tell you what you should do, I am subject to the vanity of playing the guru. But if I tell you that God is right at hand – and with a simple way, you can trust and feel Him walk beside you – then I have helped bring you closer to God directly rather than playing at being the intermediary myself. I have told people at times, who ask me directly what they should do, that that is between God and their conscience…that He is right at hand and that, in any event, it is they that shall be accountable for what God calls them to do, not me. I will offer advice, under those conditions…but I always respect the informed consciences of those around me. By informed, I mean what we know from objective truth through the Commandments, the authoritative teaching of the Church and such. In this Storm, everyone who gets their primary sense of security from anything other than God will have it taken from them. Now some will be surprised. Some think they get their primary source of security from God, but they actually get it from their confidence in their ability to understand theology or interpret prophecy or other things that are related to faith, but are not faith.

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  5. Phil says:

    Thanks Charlie for sharing this blog. I feel like I have gone through my own mini-Storm for several years now. Part of that has involved a painful but lifesaving journey into the Catholic Church. I used to pride myself on being “self-reliant” and “independent”, and secretly in my heart, on being a “good guy”. But the experience of the last years has shown me how utterly dependent on God I am for all that I have and all that I am. Everything is grace. My wife, who is not Catholic, often wonders why our family has experienced so many trials. After reading your blog I wonder if it may be that so we have (hopefully) learned to trust in God and abandon ourselves to His will, so that when things really turn south we can, as you say, be a sign of hope. At the same time, looking out my office window at the buildings, cars, and people of the city I live in, it is hard to imagine life changing drastically in the near future. Famous last words, right?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Phil, there is profound wisdom in your speculations. Often, when trials abound, we are being given a sort of vaccination to truly trust God. So many times, when troubles rose, I found that by slogging through as best I could, God had prepared me to help others through the same slog later – and what a glorious blessing that is! Nothing enlivens my heart more than seeing the light of hope flame anew in one who had lost it. And you can see it. I often say that those who suffer now should give thanks to God – for they will be best able to give comfort and hope to those who suffer later.

      Somehow, this makes me think of an experience on my pilgrimage. I was in San Antonio. A young homeless (she could have been 21, she could have been 30) started cheerfully chatting with me. Like many homeless, she somehow knew I was not really one of them, but she wanted to chat. She offered to share a quart of beer with me she had just gotten. I thanked her, told her I pretty much stuck to soda as beer did not much agree with my stomach – but that I would have one drink. (I liked to do that so that people knew I did not condemn them or fear getting “cooties” from sharing a cup with them). Her boyfriend was in jail for a few months for burglary and drug charges she said – and she was living outside until he got free. She was curious about what, exactly I was doing. I explained to her – and she was utterly charmed, captivated by the idea of it. We talked enthusiastically about the journey, about God, and about her hopes for life in the future. When I got ready to move on, I asked her if she would say a prayer for me from time to time because, as she knew, it could be tough outside. She suddenly burst out sobbing. I was stunned and asked what I had done to offend her. She told me that she had had many Christians tell her they would pray for her, but had never had one ask for her prayers – and did I really think prayers from someone like her would help. I had to hold back tears…in telling her they sure would – and that God sees her and loves her…and that I needed her help. Amazing how little it takes to be a sign of hope sometimes…and how letting go of just a little vanity can truly ignite new hope in our neighbor – while also gaining us the benefit of their prayer.

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      • Audie says:

        Thanks for sharing this story about the young woman, Charlie. You were both touched by something so simple. I’ve had several encounters with homeless people. They’ve always come to talk to me, sometimes gibberish, hold my hand, or sit by me for a while. They never asked anything of me, but I always felt like I got something from them. I look forward to more simple times and acts of love. I guess I can start myself today.

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        • charliej373 says:

          I will write more about it as I go along, Audie, but the homeless are a more complex and diverse bunch than most imagine. Some are more hideously dangerous than you can imagine, some are just struggling with addiction, some are just struggling – and some just don’t want to submit to the indignities of society. You know, the government tries to strangle faith-based approaches to help as imposing a burden – but I discovered an amazing (and amusing) thing. In almost every city where I met large numbers of homeless, they were unanimous in recommending various religious shelters and kitchens to me – but equally unanimous in warning me away from government-run facilities. They said the government people want you to fill out long questionnaires and try to run your life. The church groups might want you to sing or listen about Jesus – but then they gave you your sandwich or bed and left you alone unless you needed something. Who is burdening who?

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  6. Audie says:

    Very interesting, Charlie. I look forward to hearing more when the time is right for you. Thanks!

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  7. Fran says:

    While I am feeling at home and comforted by this little community, I am wondering if there may not be any online communication in the near future. Is the Lord preparing me just to be able to hear his “still small voice” and follow his next prompting? I think so. I know that you, Charlie, and others are preparing to go someplace planned ahead. I have no idea where to go right now, if we were forced to leave, so I have acknowledged God in this, and I am just preparing my home as if it were a “little refuge”. It seems like the next right thing to do. I am so grateful for these words to guide me. It has freed me not only from complete inaction from indecision, but it has also brought me comfort in that even if I make a bad or stupid decision, if I have followed these steps my Lord will still bring it around to something good. I am already seeing this. This makes my heart so happy!

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    • charliej373 says:

      You would probably be surprised, Fran, to discover I have made no preparations at all. Yeah, I know the vicinity I will go to to start – the site of the future Shrine, but I have prepared nothing, gathered no supplies, and have particular place in that region set aside. You have got the right idea. I have certainly encouraged and approved of others who are making prudent preparation. The reality is, though, that the best-prepared may have to flee suddenly. Their preparations are good in themselves, though, as whoever ends up there will have good use of those preparations. The most ill-prepared may never have to flee. The thing is, God will work intimately to bring all who seek Him what they need to rely completely on Him, while busying themselves bringing His hope to those around them. So your heart is happy because you have found peace in complete trust in God.

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      • Fran says:

        No, I am not really surprised, Charlie, since you have already been sent out with nothing as you did your trek across the U. S. and did your training in trust! 🙂 The way I believe Jesus wants me to trust right now is to do whatever I think He is asking of me (the next right step), and if it turns out differently than I expect or even all falls apart, that is okay because I trusted and had hope in Him, so He will still bring something good out of it. He is so much bigger than all of my expectations! I hope I am explaining myself as I mean to.

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  8. Lucy says:

    Hi Fran. I realized just a couple weeks ago, after reading an article that Corrie Ten Boom wrote about her time in Nazi prison-camp, that chances are pretty good I may not have a Bible in my hands, either. From her words of witness, my projected “plans” (hope and prayer) to take along only a Crucifix and a Bible were suddenly gone. How silly to imagine that even holding on to those precious “things” could be respected or granted or permitted by my (possible) captors . As if I could say to the men at the front door when they come for me : “Oh , excuse me one moment. Let me grab some stuff and I will be right back, guys !” Reading Corrie, I suddenly realized that I will have to memorize entire passages if I want to hold onto His Word. That was Corrie’s prophetic suggestion for Our Time : no one can remove God’s Word from your heart. No one can remove your memories. So memorize His Word, and it will bring Life to your Spirit ! I have decided to start with Romans 8 . The title of that chapter ? Life in the Spirit ! May we be given the Grace to pray just as we breathe…

    Jesus I trust in You. Increase my trust in You.
    Jesus I love You. Increase my love of You.
    Jesus I believe in You. Increase my faith in You.

    Servus Mariae, nunquam peribit. Serving Mary, one will never perish. Amen.

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    • June1 says:

      Wow, Lucy. I was just reading one of the books by the Duggar Family and this is what they ALL do, all 21 of them. As I read, I wondered if I should start memorizing scripture, too, for it may be beneficial someday. I guess this is my nudge from God? 🙂 Thank you for your comment!

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    • Fran says:

      I read that article and interview of Corrie Ten Boom also, Lucy. Her book, The Hiding Place, is one of the books I’ve read that I’d say has truly left a mark on me. There were things that she said that just spoke to me personally. So, I agree that it is good for us to memorize God’s word, and of course, certain prayers. Those words should be entrenched in our minds and hearts, and we just breathe them out as you said so beautifully. One that I love is Psalm 91.

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  9. aj says:

    Charlie, I think this was very important. On blogs we sometimes get into so much personal sharing that we sometimes end up all over the place and the mission is blurred. Also, when new brothers and sisters join, many times they have not gone right back to follow the journey of the blog family and could miss the meaning and mission of the blog. So I think it important that you have guided us back to the mission and reason, and will continue to do so under the guidance of THE HOLY SPIRIT.

    If others here are like me in the spiritual life, then they are like a car that needs the front wheels to be balanced. As long as I’m holding the wheel I’ll drive straight, but when I let go, the car seems to go straight for a while but slowly drifts to the left until I’m totally off course. The wheel in this case is the mission, the daily discipline and prayer.

    Friends it is also important to know that holiness isn’t reserved for mystics or prophets only. Many of the lessons taught to Charlie mystically are also being taught to me in an un-mystical way…especially removing vanity and self service and definitely becoming Love…I pray to be a better student 🙂 but my Teacher is so patient, wow! The reason I say this is because I’ve seen many people think that this special blessing of heavenly visions or visitations means that the mystic is supposed to become a Saint and we are just to be as good as we can. We are all called to be Saints and fulfill this sainthood in the way the Lord intends. I don’t think I’ve communicated what I wanted to say well, but Charlie won’t be offended (hoping he won’t) 🙂 if I just say don’t put him on a pedestal thinking he’s better than you for having this gift. GOD wants all of us to live in heaven with Him forever…we’re just given different job titles and roles to get there.

    Charlie my friend, keep guiding and reassuring us to have faith and hope in JESUS and MARY. We truly appreciate your yes to the mission and job title…

    Love and blessings my brother, and to all of my new friends!

    JESUS I Trust in You!

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    • charliej373 says:

      How could I be mad, A.J., when you have said it so well? I pray and hope to become a saint, but if I do, it will not be because I had visions and such. It will be because I lived my duty to those God put in my path with love and filled them with the hope that is in Him.

      I once angrily retorted to someone who told me that I sure thought highly of myself that how is it that I think highly of myself when what I say is that God makes me clean more stables than most? For that is what it is. God has a purpose for each of us – and each of us will have to account for how well we live that purpose. When I was living the mini-storm, I often was nearly swept away by grief and sorrow and would ask God for respite…then thinking again I would ask Him instead to give me all I could take and more – and then give me strength to bear it so I would stand strong in the Storm when it counted. I am horrified that I could succeed in giving many hope and then lose it myself – and so forfeit my salvation. Pray God it never happen.

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    • Janet says:

      Thank you for this aj. We will all be judged on how geneously we have responded to the call of God. Changing diapers or having visions, no one is off the hook for striving to become a saint. After all there are ONLY saints in heaven. If we aren’t striving for sainthood what then are we striving for?

      No one belongs on a pedestal, except for the Almighty. Our celebrity culture makes even faithful Christians suceptible to idolatry. Let us not idolize–or canonize–even those we admire. God knows every one of us is human and liable to falloff even a small pedestal. Let us all continue to pray for each other, that we will not flee from the foot of the cross, or from the cross itself, when our time comes.

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  10. SteveBC says:

    Charlie, I am so glad you have taken the time to write this post. The material here is absolutely invaluable.

    Many bloggers have an “About” tab where they give some information about themselves and their website. You don’t need that. This post encapsulates pretty much all of what everyone needs to know about you and your site.

    However, unless you highlight this post somehow, it will fairly rapidly get lost in and among your other posts. Newcomers likely won’t ever see it.

    I would like to suggest that you place a link to this post prominently in your right-hand column. One possible position would be to place the link with a bold “My Purpose” at the very top of the right-hand column, above the Follow section. Another possible place is just below the search box and above the “Recent Posts” section.

    This would make it much more likely that newcomers will see it, and those who are reading it today will be able to find it easily at any time in the future.

    Thank you for being so clear and thorough about your purpose.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thanks, Steve. I did add this to a separate page under the About section, as I figured it probably needed to be “evergreen,” and to put it in a place I could easily and quickly refer people to.

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      • SteveBC says:

        Wow, I feel dumb – I totally missed what you had already done! :-0
        Having it as its own tab at the top is perfect.

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      • MM Bev says:

        With my whole heart I agree with Steve. I not only think that highlighting your purpose under a separate page is a great idea, but the comments from everyone who has added part of their heart’s thoughts, too, have turned this particular page into something extremely special. I thank you for answering my question, Charlie, and I thank every single person who has added a comment because I have gleaned so much from each one. When I find something I want to re-read and re-read and ponder in prayer with God, I print it off. I will wait a while, because when I print this off, I want every comment too. Quite often I discover I can re-read weeks and even months later and God shows me something new. Bev.

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      • SteveBC says:

        MM Bev, I note your comment that you are glad Charlie has posted this post in a prominent place. However, instead of that link being a straight link to this post with all of its comments, it is actually a duplicate of this post, with no comments (although there is a spot to put comments).

        Charlie, I agree with MM Bev that the comments we are seeing on this post are a valuable expansion (both from you and from visitors) of your original post. The way you have worked the tab in the menu bar doesn’t actually link to this post but creates a second copy of it.

        Might you consider altering that “My Purpose” tab in the menu bar so it points at this specific post with all its comments instead of a duplicate with currently no comments? I’m not sure how to do it, but I’m thinking the permalink to this 2014/09/04/my-purpose post could be put on the tab alone.

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  11. SteveBC says:

    Charlie, thank you for the comments on defending the faithful. I have spent much time in serious thought about just this issue.

    You state that the defense of self and others is *not* “living by the sword.” Although your words do not resolve all my thoughts and concerns on the issue, they do increase my ability to discern right action in a situation that involves violence, whether spiritual or temporal.

    On that note I think it worthwhile to point out something that appears to be important or at least helpful in choosing the next right step in any moment, including in moments of great stress.

    In reading your post, Charlie, one of the things I see is a man learning to lift his awareness up out of the exigencies and petty ego-stroking of the unexamined life so that he can deliberately choose how to proceed. So many times, and particularly in intense moments, we tend to *react* to what is happening, the thoughts that bombard us, and how we’re feeling. If in the moment, in every moment, we can observe ourselves, our feelings, how we are treating someone else that moment, and so on, we have the chance to choose among a wider and better set of next steps.

    I still fail to do this myself in every moment, but I am able to benefit from this kind of meta-awareness, or conscious awareness of my quotidian awareness, more often than I used to.

    It is a skill that can be learned, and I think it is a skill worth attending to, one that can enhance one’s ability to choose one’s next right step. However, if it is not brought out into the light of day and remarked upon, its significance, and even its existence, as a possible good habit may go unrecognized.

    Charlie, I don’t recall you discussing this aspect of taking the next right step in previous posts or comments you have written. Perhaps it has become for you like water to a fish, so much a part of your experience as to be unremarkable or even invisible to you. Yet you exemplify this skill in nearly every post and comment. I hope my pointing to this skill here may help bring it up for further discussion if you or others think that would be useful to visitors to this site.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Yes, Steve, acting with deliberation, rather than reacting is important. I wrote once about two normal people I knew who suddenly had a touch of the sort of experiences I have – and were panicked and asked for it to go and never have it happen again. One dealt with them for several months (calling me six or seven times a day in fright). This person had remarked several times over my calm under great stress. After the experiences had finally ended I laughed with the person once that now they knew the source of my calm under extremis – simply a coping mechanism mechanism. If you aren’t deliberate and careful, you could easily go screaming into the night.

      On the martial virtues, it is something I just begin to touch on – for people need to think seriously about this as they will face it. It has been a long time since serious thought in Christian circles has informed the discussion in the west. I am content if people just think beyond the formulaic platitudes.

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  12. aj says:

    Heard this quote on EWTN last night and it is a confirmation of part of my lessons on pious vanity: “No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” I’m learning that, kindness, charity, a warm smile, a listening ear, do so much more than preaching theology. These are the lessons I’m learning. Being a knowledgeable Catholic makes me no higher on the ladder of sanctity. Knowing that the Catholic Church is CHRIST’S true Church can make us feel that we are in some special superior position to that of our protestant brothers and sisters. Guess what? We’re not. We will have to account for the gift of The Church though. And what we did with it (hopefully not buried it). I’m slowly learning, although I must say that the intensity of the lessons has increased.

    When we start to believe we’re superior because we fast, or we pray, the Good Lord comes and teaches us humility…it’s rough lessons sometimes…but hopefully we’ll learn. Got a rough humility lesson couple years ago for my stupidity and pride. And yet He rescued me to teach me Trust…all in the same lesson. What a King He is!!!

    You know the Lord is doing something in your life when others independently confirm He’s doing the same thing with and to them. I felt somewhat consoled when I read that Charlie is enrolled in the “depend totally on Me” class by professor JESUS; because I’m in “abandonment 101” with the same professor!!! 🙂 . And I’m reading that the class is growing in numbers. We’ll have an alumni party either at the rescue or in the Professor’s mansion (Heaven). Haha.

    Good night my friends…GOD bless us all!

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  13. BC says:

    Thanks, Charlie. Much to ponder. I will continue to keep you, your ministry and your family in my prayers each day.

    I find it heartening to “meet” people like yourself (and the other folks that add to your blog through their comments) on this journey; it is comforting to know that God is fielding a pretty good team for the Storm. Isn’t He great?

    Thanks for everything you are doing.

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  14. charliej373 says:

    Once again, I am misty reading the comments here. That so many are rising to the occasion – and in the simple way God calls for, fills me with great joy. You have all been a sign of hope to me today. I see that few are calculating careful battle plans, relying on their own cleverness – but instead genuinely abandoning themselves to Him, and thinking of how you can spread joy to those around you. You make me awfully glad to have stepped out when I positively dreaded telling the world about this stuff. Tonight, I am enjoying the smell of roses. Better yet, so is Our Lady, who is savoring the fragrance of a living Rosary of souls abandoning themselves to the care of heaven.

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  15. Hi Charlie!
    This last weekend our priest spoke to us about prophets, prophecy….etc. He was shocked to hear how many Catholics had fallen for Maria Divine Mercy and her prophecies. He then told us 3 things that the church uses to discern prophecies…etc. 1) they come to fulfillment 2) the messages or prophecies never go against church teaching or tradition and the Pope. 3) the person who is receiving the prophecies must say the prophecy because they are being strongly led to say…..almost like a fire inside them to tell…..even if they don’t want to.
    My question is ….how can we discern properly your visions if we do not know what they are specifically. I am not trying to be forceful or rude….because I truly learn a lot from you…..but I can’t discern properly if I don’t have more info. I can see there is trouble ahead without being given messages or prophecies. I know you do not go against any church doctrine….that I can see. You are humble and Wise. I guess I need to connect the last dot…..and see a fulfillment. You say that prophecy is not your mission…..but if you have been given visions of the future etc. …then aren’t you obliged to speak of them …or at some point in the future? Now perhaps you were told not to speak of them…..(future things) and you are just told how to be of help during the crisis…then I understand that…..somewhat. Are you at some point suppose to tell the messages or visions?
    I hate asking these things from you….but it is part of discernment …..especially when one starts talking about the future and that it is going to be horrible. Jesus spoke to the disciples about the future destruction of Jerusalem ….and said that when you see Jerusalem surrounded …..get out! Don’t look back and don’t get anything….just leave. I think ….I need more to go on at this time. I am tuned in though…..and loving your advice spiritually speaking. I am glad to be a part of this little family of readers. Thank you. God bless.

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    • charliej373 says:

      No, your questions are perfectly legitimate, Charlanne. As I said, though prophecy is involved, it is not the center of my work – and is not to detract from it. But you have had bits and pieces here….that the Storm will rage ever more furiously violent until the end of 2017, when we will be visibly and miraculously rescued at the hand Our Lady, the Immaculate Conception. I have touched on other specific matters, too.

      One of my priests acts as archivist and has my private writings going back 20 years. I had to laugh at your comment that you “…can see there is trouble ahead without being given messages or prophecies.” My priests and I have joked for almost a decade that it doesn’t take a prophet to see the Storm now. If they are needful, various writings can be released – but only if it helps give people strength to forge on and endure. I would prefer that they stay with the priests until after it is all over – for I see far too many people ooing and aahing over these things and trying to figure out the secret code behind it – which thwarts the purpose of what we are all called to now. I will follow whatever is properly needful.

      If it helps, I will link you to this article from Spirit Daily in 2008. There have been several there, beginning in 2003. I link to this one because it is a sentimental favorite. A friend I care about who had long been alienated from all religion and any church stumbled upon it while googling me for political reasons. He was military and had some classified knowledge – and knew I had no clearance. He had no clue about this side of me, thought it must be a fraud trying to discredit me. So he called, hemming and hawing. I realized what must have happened – and simply told him before he got around to telling me what it was that, “It’s true.” He was stunned and spent an awful couple of days. But the threat vector stuff rang true from his own knowledge – including some stuff that was not availbale to the public. And then, after several decades of hostility to all organized religion, he converted to Catholicism. He has a particular fondness for Latin Mass. I get pretty specific in this – and also in the earlier series Michael Brown did in 2003 on me. You can look things up in his archive.

      But while I will speak what is necessary, I will not give out things just for the sake of giving them out. If what I am shown is fully true, it will be obvious on its face before all is said and done. I am told to let it develop as it comes, for God has His own plans on the matter, most of which He does not share with me. If it is not true, no one will have to chase me away….I will go away in gratitude at having dodged a bullet I was never overly enthused about facing in the first place.

      So at the heart of it, Charlanne, is this: If what I write gives you peace and fills you with resolve to take the next right step and be a sign of hope, then God bless you, keep reading and let us go forth together to offer hope to a bleeding world. If it robs you of peace or fills you with consternation, set it aside and find something that does give you peace and a resolve to offer hope to those around you. The important thing is that you feel and follow the light of Christ under the guidance of the Church. Even when it is fully authentic, different things will resonate with different people. God bless – and keep the faith.

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  16. Janet says:

    I have been thinking about a dream I had in 1998 and how it was fulfilled in my personal life back then, and now I see that it has a wider meaning, so I thought I would share it here. I received this word from Our Lord (then) as I sat to record the dream:

    “Do you think I send you these trials for your discouragement? Of course not. It is so that you will lean more fully on me, that I will be your strength, and our merging will be more perfect. I long to be one with you in all things my child. Give me that joy and I will share it with you.”

    I see that the fulfillment of the dream back then was in a sense preparation for what is to come. The lessons I learned in faith, perseverance, and above all trust were invaluable.

    In the dream I knew there was a huge tornado coming towards our town, but because of the trees it could not be seen. In the dream, my husband and I lived in a mobile home so we were very vulnerable. I had the feeling that our children were elsewhere and were safe. As I waited for the tornado I saw someone plowing his field. I stopped to help him thinking, “Doesn’t he know what’s coming?” I helped him anyway. Afterwards, I tried to prepare by bottling some water, but it didn’t seem there was a safe place to put it. In the end the only thing I felt was worth doing was to make sure I had sturdy shoes on so that I would not be cut by debris.

    I asked the Lord for an interpretation. “The tornado is the tempest threatening you. There is no avoiding it. You must go through it. Be prepared and trust me. You will emerge—stronger and surer than before. Pray always that the duration will be short. This I will grant if you ask it. Pray also for peace in the world. Fast and offer sacrifice. There is much disharmony. This will worsen before my glory is revealed. Pray for the duration to be shortened. Pray, pray, pray.”

    As I think now about the man plowing his field it occurs to me that in the dream helping him was the next right step. And even though this particular field was likely going to be trashed by the tornado, helping that farmer was the right thing to do just then. Many folks don’t see what’s coming. Help them anyway. There was a pointless feel to my own efforts to prepare for what was coming. In the end I just put on sturdy shoes. As we await the storm today, our most important preparation is to stand on the firm footing of the Gospel. Ephesians 6:15 :As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace.” Lord help us to remain faithful and to trust you for all the rest. Jesus we trust in you!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you for that lovely testimony, Janet. (There are many new readers, so for those of you who don’t know, she is author of the Pelianito blog, linked at right. Each of her posts is a sparkling little gem. I rely on them.) I admire particularly your first line, “Do you think I send you these trials for your discouragement?” We should remember that God’s saints were not just sainted in what He bestowed on them – but also by what He withheld from them. St. Therese of Lisieux and Blessed Mother Teresa could not “feel” heaven. And their response was to reach out to God with even more longing and determination. Often what God denies us causes us to reach out all the more strongly and cement the union more perfectly. Marvelous insight here, Janet. Thank you.

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      • Janet says:

        I am amazed that our merging with him brings him joy. And that if we give him that joy he will share it with us. If that is the result of trial, then may His will alone be done!

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    • WOW! I get it now. Thank you Janet. I am sorry Charlie. I think your words go over my head sometimes. Janet ….you spoke words to me in this….like a mother. I have felt Holy Mother speak to me in prayer a few times. You speak like HER. Thank you. I have peace. Thank you too Charlie for not getting impatient with me. LOL!
      Thank you ….Janet
      thank you…..Charlie.

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  17. Kris says:

    Dear fellow searchers, I am humbled by reading all the comments, kind words back and forth and the ALWAYS central theme of do the next right thing. My husband and I have been talking more about this. We live in a very small town that could easily be cut off from food and transportation and we live in a cold northern climate. We wonder how we can prepare. Well over the years we have put up food and now with prices of food going to high we are eating it already. Funny. I also realize that my temptation is to always seek more information to be in the know. Well now I am just having more fun with my kids and husband, watching funny, or inspiring movies. We talk a lot, my husband and kids around our fireplace at night and laugh, read books, talk about some of the world events and how they make us feel. We always give each other strength. My twenty something kids chuckle at my husband and I because the idea of having things fall apart is a bit too much for them. But we know this is how we give them support by not talking in too many details and just being happy together. I feel we are being prepared each day to know to keep our focus on the simple. In fact, my sister and I have been using this phrase for a long time, simplify. We are detaching ourselves from so many things and just enjoying more of the present moments we have. As for having theology to rely on, well I do believe we must have an intellectual structure so we don’t fall into lies. Yet, I have also been led to focus more on truth as it comes to us from nature, beauty, the world in a state that is so beautiful with what God has created that it moves our hearts each time we just go out of the house. Beauty is my focus for it is a mirror of God.
    I could go on, but I just wanted to say these things for myself. If there is any feedback, would love to hear it.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I love, Kris, that this has led you to focus in more and cherish the simple things. All my visions and visitations have led me to cherish the ordinary – not to waste any joy. Wondering how you’ll keep food on the table is a legitimate concern…but long before there was electricity or gas heating or grocery stores, people survived and thrived, even in the wilds you inhabit. I found while walking my pilgrimage that it is amazing how quickly we adapt to the circumstances we are in if we need to and stay steady – even an old poop like me. Life, I suspect, with what you have already come to value, will take on a staggering beauty for you even amidst the trials.

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    • Janet says:

      Kris, I think the Lord is giving you a glimpse into the new era! Thanks for sharing it with us. 🙂

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  18. Kati says:

    Charlie,

    I read this yesterday and it all rings TRUE to me, precisely because it is so simple and balanced. You wrote: “The only safe, sure path I know to God is, in submission to the authority He established over us, to acknowledge Him, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to those around us. Trust. Do. Love. That is the sure path.” The WAY, or the Path has great meaning to me, since I have strayed off of that path in two great detours previously. Thank God for His great love and mercy and for those who I KNOW have prayed for me. What you share here IS helping us to focus on God, Himself and to seek first HIS Kingdom. That takes care of everything else. Thank you for your obedience and your heart. 😉

    Interestingly, I noticed an article on my home page this morning. It’s called the Sin of Keeping Silent. It has some good wisdom about how we share and warn others of what is coming. I had to chuckle at the picture at the top of the article…because it reminds me of the little cabin type house at the top of your page…similar setting and everything. Here is the article: http://catholicexchange.com/sin-keeping-silent

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    • June1 says:

      That’s crazy, Kati! The picture really is similar to Charlie’s cabin. And get this–the author of the article lives in COLORADO!

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  19. donna269 says:

    Hi Charlie:
    Thank you again for a beautiful post and glad you are feeling better. I have to tell on myself, though….when I clicked on your Spirit Daily article….I honed in on “electromagnetic weaponry” and got a bit frightened…I have a fear or an inner knowing (not sure) that North Korea or China are going to unleash an EMP over our country that knocks us back into the stone age causing civil unrest and many deaths….then, after reading all the wonderful responses I got…..Be Still and Know That I Am God…..simple…..why do I have to go complicate things. I love these exchanges….thank you everyone! You are a gift to me…..

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    • charliej373 says:

      I have to laugh, Donna. People are always telling me of specific things like that with a sense of panic that, “it’s really happening.” While I privately think to myself, “Okay, you have said you believed me, now something specific has happened that matches up with what I warned you, so why are you so surprised?” But I just say, “These things must come…” And then, even more ridiculous, I see such things played out in real life and occasionally I am gripped by the same panic that amuses me in others. So I tell myself, “These things must come…” and I calm down. We are funny critters, aren’t we?

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  20. I would like to share something that I heard today. My cousin called me today. She told me that she had been given a vision. She had a bad dream 2 nights ago and woke up because of it. She knew the enemy was disturbing her sleep….so she prayed and peace came back to her. As she laid in bed not really able to fall back asleep ….she began to see a vision ( with her eyes shut). She said it seemed to open like a circle and the into something like clips in a movie. She was given 4 distinct visions. The first….she saw women ….what seemed to be ….women of Jesus day…carrying pots and crossing over a path…but not walking on the path. The second was…..she saw Jesus from a far distance being baptized and she could sense the Holy Spirit coming down on HIM. The third was she saw….Mary and Joesph adoring the baby Jesus. She noticed how Mary never took HER eyes off HIM. The fourth was ….she saw HUGE waves crashing on a shore.
    Today we talked about the meaning and this is what we interpreted.
    There was a real order to the visions.
    1) the path to salvation is Jesus. Stay on the path!
    2) you must be baptized in the name of Father Son and Holy Spirit …..also have devotion to the Holy Spirit.
    3) KEEP YOUR EYES ON JESUS…..LIKE MARY.
    4) Do all these things…..and you will have strength to weather the storm/ waves that are coming.
    God is really pouring out HIS spirit in these times. In the last 5 years……11 people in my family have converted. I could type for hours about all the graces we have all received from The Lord.
    I know HE will never abandon us. I know HE has a great plan for all of us…..and great timing too. God is so good! If I could ….I would climb to my roof and shout it with a mega phone. HIS mercy is endless.

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  21. aj says:

    Our Lord to St. Maria Faustina: “And I will tell you one more thing take these graces not only for yourself, but also for others; that is, encourage the souls with whom you come in contact to trust in My infinite mercy. Oh, how I love those souls who have complete confidence in Me I will do everything for them” (Diary, 294) 

    JESUS I Trust in You, help my lack of Trust!

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  22. Nancy says:

    I have a tendency to look around to see who God has given me as a sign of hope. To be a sign of hope for others, I like to watch others to get an idea of how to do it. The ones who stand out for me right now are those who have gone to Africa to fight the ebola virus despite the danger of contracting it. When I saw the news conference, when the doctor was released from the hospital, I was so impressed with the fact that he gave glory to God for his recovery. I see him and his co-workers as heroes to emulate. Even though I am not called to go to Africa, I can behave in the same way to those around me. Goodness has it’s own attraction. To God give the glory.

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  23. Diane Mello says:

    I will leave the public scene entirely except to advocate for and raise money for the raising of the great Shrine of thanksgiving for our rescue. – this las line has me befuddled – if we are thrusted back into a monetary system the same as we have now – then i fear would be unlearned and fools for the worlds. Tome the article was beautiful, but for this line – It left me wondering – will we ever truly learn if we go back to the way it was after a great awakening and tribulation – makes no sensce to me.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Diane, money (or more properly currency) is simply a way to give liquidity to the value of our production. It has always been and will always be, neither good nor evil, but simply a tool to translate our labor and productivity into value. It can be used for good or evil – but it is neutral in itself. If people were simply going to stop receiving value for production and labor, then the world would become a communist nightmare, not an era of peace, brotherly love and prosperity. There will be many workman who provide the materials, the labor, all the things that will make this – and as St. Paul said, “The workman is worthy of his hire.” So it shall be until this earth passes away.

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      • Diane Mello says:

        Thank you for clarifying – I was thrown off by the last line because it seemed so carefree, but i do believe in God and know His ways to be mysterious and trustworthy. I know He is in the midst of all that occurs – in the largest of things and the smallest. This is the first time I ever put my 2 cents by a comment – Very novice at this, but do love your writings, Mark Mallet’s and Michael Brown. Confirms so much of what God has allowed me to percieve over years of loving Him and Him loving me. Kind of Fun. Thanks.

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        • charliej373 says:

          I am so delighted that you have jumped on the forum to join us, Diane! One of the things I have fallen in love with at this site is how quick readers are to lift each other up and give each other heart. I am glad to have you here. Thanks for getting up the nerve! 🙂

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