The Beginning of the Triumph

Plenty of good seats remain for the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart.

Plenty of good seats remain for the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart.

(Some have mistakenly assumed that the above is a drawing of the interior of the Shrine I have written about. It is not. It has NOTHING to do with that Shrine. It is just a good illustration I found online that lent itself to the delicious caption I wrote.)

Throughout the world, many tremble in fear as disorders that were mere seedlings decades or centuries ago have reached full maturity at once. Now the noxious fruit of these poisoned trees is falling all around us. Christians, even children, are being butchered, beheaded, and crucified en masse, often with their broken bodies publicly displayed as both a malevolent celebration and a lurid warning through a wide swath of the Middle East and other places in Asia and Africa. World War III stalks the globe, roaming where it will and threatening to pounce at any moment. Pope Francis says it has begun. The darkness that has engulfed us grows thicker, like sludge. People wonder not when, but if, hope can rise again.

These days, I am wont to say, “These things must come,” whenever someone speaks to me, in shocked horror, of the latest outrage. But I have said something else about it – something I should be saying more of. Over a year ago I wrote that people should not be terrified as these things happen. It is not that the darkness is descending, but rather that the light is rising, revealing the horrors we have nurtured in our midst. The violence is the devil raging against his eviction proceedings, which have already begun.

In July of 2012, while I was still walking my pilgrimage, I was seriously wondering about what to do now. I had almost completed my course, I had lived it obediently through hard days and balmy ones. If I had more experience, I did not really know what to do next. I prayed a lot about it, for it very much troubled my mind. Walking one day, the Lord appeared to me with a wry smile on His face…really more like a smirk. All He said was, “I have a plan.” During those last weeks, He appeared twice more and said the same thing with the same wry grin. The last time He appeared, I rather grumpily responded that it would be nice if He clued me in just a little on what exactly that plan is. He just chuckled and vanished. I kept walking.

This is similar to the look the Lord had on His Face when He told me, "I have a plan."

This is similar to the look the Lord had on His Face when He told me, “I have a plan.”

In the very late fall of 2012, Our Lady appeared to me as radiantly joyful as I have ever seen her. She said nothing, but was obviously delighted. Then Gabriel appeared above, sounding his trumpet in jubilant triumph. He, too, said nothing – but was completely overjoyed. Things in the world did not look very promising to me, but my heavenly visitors were unambiguous at how delighted they were with the course of events. Their attitude was that now they had satan and his minions right where they wanted them. I could not feel it, but I have gotten in the habit of taking their word on things, and so I did again.

Though darkness seems to surround us, the Archangel Gabriel is jubilant these days.

Though darkness seems to surround us, the Archangel Gabriel is jubilant these days.

So let me tell you what is really going on: We are at the end of a prolonged era…the era of division and false enlightenment. This is the New Advent, a penitential season. In the first Advent, we looked forward to Christ. In the New Advent, we travel back to him. The Storm should have entered into deep violence before the summer of 2012 was out. But the prayers of the faithful were heard, the converts who were turning their heart to God obtained a great mercy that all will know of only after the Storm. For the sake of the faithful, God shortened the days of tribulation, the pangs of labor that herald the birth of the new era so its full intensity would only be felt for three rather than five years. And now the contractions grow ever closer, as Christ is being reborn in the heart of the world. As with the first Advent, He comes to us through His Mother.

Let me tell you what you must know about those Christians and children who are being routinely slaughtered now in an ever growing portion of the world. What you must know is that:

They live.

Even as you read this, those martyrs behold the Face of the Living God. They form a cohort around Mary, our mother. With her they intercede on our behalf. They will hold a place of honor as escorts in the procession of the Triumph of Her Immaculate Heart. They will raise, with us, a great song of thanksgiving and praise when the people of the kingdom and the people of heaven unite for that Triumph. I have heard that song in visitation and long to hear it here.

It is the murderous jihadists and tyrants who are killing themselves. They tear strips off their own humanity with each new atrocity. Every innocent they murder fills out the ranks of the Army of the Immaculate Heart. Though they don’t know it, they are committing suicide of the soul. In physical suicide, hope endures, for who knows what grace lies between the bullet and the brain? But suicide of the soul leaves no room for grace.

Go to Mary and take refuge under her mantle. There you will find bread for the Storm alongside the Bread of Eternal Life and Paradise. With confidence, begin to live the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart now in communion with all the saints – and with your brothers and sisters. Let satan and his minions rage on. In the end, we win, so long as we stay with Our Lord under the shelter of Our Lady.

At the Triumph of Her immaculate Heart, all Mary's little lambs will be re-united with her Holy Son.

At the Triumph of Her immaculate Heart, all Mary’s little lambs will be re-united with her Holy Son.

When Our Lady comes, she will lead us all to gather back at the manger, to worship in unison once again with the whole world the Babe, the Little Lord of all that is. And the New Advent will lead where the Old Advent did until we were foolish enough to think we were sufficient to ourselves; the greatest of the penitential seasons will give way to the joy of Christmas in every heart.

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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58 Responses to The Beginning of the Triumph

  1. jeanO says:

    A banner of hope, Charlie. Thank you. The storm was hard today. My heart has been so weighed down for no particular reason. Must be the enemy trying to rain on our Blessed Mother’s feast day. Now I have the strength to get up and go down to my parish’s Adoration Chapel to join in tonight’s Living Rosary. Our words can bring such power for good! Thank you for yours, and….Happy Mother’s Day.

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  2. Becky-TN says:

    This is beautiful, Charlie. Such hope. I remember reading years back a message from Our Lady via Sharon Fitzpatrick. Our Lady said evil would be “exposed and disposed”. You are right, all this has to happen.

    God Bless,

    Becky-TN

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  3. vvtaranto@aol.com says:

    This is great!!!

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  4. Lois says:

    Thank you for these beautiful words. They give strength and hope. Lois

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  5. vicardwm says:

    Beautiful, Charlie….this almost brought me to tears.

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  6. donna269 says:

    This is so beautiful….I needed this tonight. Rough day. The evil one tries to confuse, coerce and make me conform to the world. I went to mass and feel better after receiving Jesus and singing Happy Birthday to Mama….sometimes it feels so heavy, but then God relieves…..

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  7. siobhanolp says:

    Charlie, will our beloved America be saved? Your site is the only one that gives me hope because all the other sites insist that our country is doomed because she is the “Whore of Babylon”. I hold on to the hope that Our Lady is our patroness and we’ve been consecrated to her at least twice in our history. Lord Jesus, please have mercy.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well, Siobhan, think about this: the Shrine I speak of is not far from the geographic center of the U.S. – and people from around the world will come to it to give thanks. I don’t think that would be possible if American had not weathered the Storm. When I was told about Our Lady of Tepeyac, I was told that as bad as things are in America, they are even worse in Europe as far as faith is concerned. That, in fact, this time, the Old World would be re-evangelized from the New World. I regarded Pope Francis election as the beginning of fulfillment of that prophecy. America may be the Whore of Babylon – but I suspect a lot of that commentary is because America has been the big driver both of economics and liberty in the world. The Europen Union is much more corrupt and unaccountable than even the degenerate U.S. – and the single most corrupt large institution in the world is the United Nations, both financially and morally. But neither the European Union nor the U.N. are as consequential as the U.S., so their foibles are not in as much focus. I expect dramatic, actually transforming upheaval here in America. But after it is all over, I will live in Colorado and visit family in Alabama, Illinois, Wisconsin and California. I can’t say exactly how the transformation will manifest itself, but I fully expect to live here and move freely about the continent after we are rescued from the Storm.

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      • vicardwm says:

        Honestly, I don’t even care about the United States of America as a political entity any more, but I love this land. With the Triumph, either the USA will be transformed to a higher level which respects its original principles (including a more modest role that leaves the vast majority of power to the states, as originally envisioned), or whatever replaces it (my guess is, smaller, more localized political entities) will be superior.

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        • charliej373 says:

          While on my pilgrimage, I met a retired Air Force Captain at breakfast in a McDonald’s in Covington, Louisiana. We struck up a conversation and he said he had come to hate his country. I was badly taken aback and said, “Well, I love my country but I hate the government that occupies it.” He looked and said that that actually is what he meant.

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      • Barb says:

        As ever, thank you for the hope…

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      • ann says:

        This is very comforting. thank you.

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  8. Jen says:

    Thank you for this post I have been reading your blog for about a month and Mark Mallet for a few years and I have to say fear has gripped me the last few weeks I was just asking Our Lady today for the grace to be at peace and not be afraid of what is coming and wondering why doesn’t anyone every write about what it will be like when her Immaculate Heart does Triumph. Maybe know one has seen it or knows but that is our hope that is what we should focus on and if I don’t then I give power to the evil one and I find myself only thinking of the bad stuff. Please continue to encourage us if you can with ways to stay close and not fear. God Bless Jen

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  9. Hopenjoy says:

    Hey, I recognize that church, altar and pews…I assume it’s a drawing for the Shrine, but I’ve BEEN THERE already in the Spirit! I had an open vision about a year or so ago, I was walking and working my way through a great hall, like a conference center, taking part in classes and activities and lectures…finally, slowly making my way to the very end of the hall, and climbing up a staircase and entering into the back of that sanctuary in your drawing. I was wearing hiking boots, a skirt and a backpack, like I’d been on a long journey and had finally arrived. In the very front of the room, like he’d been there a long time, I recognized Ralph Martin of Renewal Ministries (who gave the 1975 prophecy in Rome) and I saw Mother Mary turn in her seat (left side middle) and wave at me. It was the powerhouse, it was the room full of Catholics in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. Wow! God is so cool!

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  10. Fran says:

    Yay!!!!

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  11. Thank you again for very powerful words of hope as these fleeting times are continuing to pass. Hope in the great Triumph of the Immaculate heart of Mary along with the Sacred Heart of Jesus! Keeping our eyes on the Prize! On the other hand, Charlie, I hope you don’t mind me asking about your take on the supposed 42 months of rule of the antichrist. I have read your previous post on this subject in which you were a bit hesitant to go any further into details but I ask as I wondered if the supposed 5 years of tribulation have also shortened the rule of this evil. I understand that God will shorten the days for if left to continue, even those faithful may be lost. You seem to indicate we may not know the antichrist until much later. Does this mean we will not clearly see him and his works to recognize him for a time? You indicate that you know who he is and I wondered if you might be a kind of “lighthouse” to us, opening our small blind eyes to something that us blind may not notice. Or is that asking for more then one needs to know? I am thinking with human reasoning but I know many who worry about this great deception. God bless you and all in this family who are fighting the good fight!

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    • June1 says:

      It’s funny you mentioned the 42 months, David. I was thinking of asking Charlie about the supposed 3 days of darkness and the prophecies of Marie-Julie Jahenny where she lists very specific things we can do to prepare for it/treat illnesses, etc.

      What do you say about both these topics, Charlie? We’d love to know!

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      • charliej373 says:

        See what I said to David, June1. Time is not counted in heaven as it is here, so it can lead to much confusion. In ancient Israel, many numbers had specific symbolic meaning (not to be confused with kabalistic mysticism, a perversion of the symbolism in an effort to divine the future). Many writing and prophecy use numbers in a symbolic sense as the ancient Israelis did. Three is the number for fullness – so the three days of darkness could mean a fullness of darkness for whatever length of time as accounted here – which might be a moment…or three days…or three months. We start wandering into the fever swamps when we start trying, in an effort at precision, to impose our limits on prophecy, for every authentic prophecy comes from eternity.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Just to clarify, David…I do NOT say that I know who the antichrist is. I know that he is a particular defiant spirit – and do not know if he will come to be personified by one person. What I have said about the man I call Menses is that he has completely and knowingly given himself over to satan – and is actively playing a growing role of deception. He certainly is an antichrist. But as far as the rule of the antichrist…I find that much more comprehensible as seen by a single spirit which infects peoples in a corporate way.

      Your question is well and properly asked. But the substance of what I have to say on the matter is that knowing who, how and when on these matters will not help us endure. Many of the faithful will be deceived for a time – but they will not be lost. I think it pleases God to reveal to us after it is over how easily we go chasing after the shadows of our own mind. I know, in watching his rise, I suspect that I, too, would be deceived by him for a time if I weren’t informed – and looked to see the fruit of the labors he is cheered for. They are remarkably barren and divisive, even as they sound orthodox. It has helped me see that the whole thing is clever enough I will probably be deceived – for a time – by others. So why would God let any of us be deceived even for a time? So that when He reveals it to us, we will be less inclined to lean on our own judgment and more inclined to rigorously submit all things to Him. Watch what the fruit is in all cases. The weight of the fruit does not lie. But I sure would not worry much about it. As a woman on the MOG forum marvelously said, we can’t slip on a banana peel and fall into hell. It has to be an act of our will to get there. But we can – and often do – slip on banana peels.

      I think God lets us know these things must come in order to encourage us to trust to Him more and to ourselves less. I will tell you that as I see deceptions rise simultaneously in several places, I have initially been shaken at how clever and seductive they really are. My reaction over the last week has been that of Chief Brody when he first saw the shark in jaws – “We’re going to need a bigger boat.” And seeing that, all it has done is make me give thanks for having been inspired with the simple way. Acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope. When you start to try to cleverly figure out how it will come – or even seek details so that you can plan and discern better, you trust more to yourself and less to God. That is a formula that will lead you to sorrow. Most will follow it until they have been led to sorrow. Thanks be to God, He does not intend us to be lost in sorrow – but He does intend to burn away the vanity – overt or subtle – that continues to keep us from full reliance on Him. The earlier you can fully adopt the simple way, the safer – and more fruitful – you will be.

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      • Rich DiClaudio says:

        Hi Charlie. The post was helpful to me, and this reply even more so. Thank you. I see myself in the traits you describe as frighten, self reliant, or a good predicter – all of it signs of my vanity. I am hopeful I can burn at least some of it away now, by the grace of God.

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  12. Ruth Ann says:

    I see a twinkle in Our Lord’s eyes! I love it! Thank you again Charlie.

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  13. Nancy says:

    Charlie, I am amazed by some people. I showed this post to my daughter (I had shown her one other that you had written–The World Enters its Passion). Her reply was, “Cool”. No fear or anxiety or ‘you can’t be serious.”–just “cool.” I don’t know if she really gets it or, if she does, she is ready for whatever happens. She has never brushed me off when I have spoken of the storm before. I must confess that I used your previous post to inform her because I didn’t think she could take it from me. You don’t know how much I appreciate what you do.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Nancy, for the last few years particularly (and even before that) I have shown no concern whether people believe me or not – and actively reassure them I do not take offense if they don’t. I often go so far as to say I doubt I would believe it myself if I hadn’t lived it. I like to make it easy for them. For the point is not to convince them, only to inform them. They remember. If nothing comes of it, no harm done. But when things start piling on, they remember – and they see it for what it is, the deeper spiritual reality behind it – rather than going into panic. So above all, I try to avoid arguments. If I get vested in proving I am right, they are more likely to get vested in proving I am wrong – and then when it is confirmed, I may have driven a soul away rather than laid the groundwork for their easy return. So I would fail my duty. However your daughter reacts now, she will remember. She will rise to the challenge when God calls her to – and your gentle witness will have helped her. God bless.

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  14. Irish7 says:

    Oh Charlie this all so helpful. I *think* (read, hope and pray) I am getting it on some small level. As a recovering Pharisee, I am finding so much meaning and treasure in pondering the layers of your admonition about “gilding the lilly”. You know, my husband who is a devout protestant once spent time with Cardinal Dolan. He remarked later to me that he was the most pastoral and kind Catholic clergymen he had ever met. And you know, they talked sports and hometowns and laughed together. That has always struck me. I appreciated this article on Spirit Daily this morning. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/theanchoress/2014/09/09/dolan-is-charged-to-model-christ-not-the-pharisees/

    Thank you Charlie.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Cardinal Dolan and I have a mutual friend who is very close to each of us. I have followed Dolan since he was an auxiliary Bishop in St. Louis. I marveled at the seeds of good he planted in such a short time in the then-terribly dysfunctional Archdiocese of Milwaukee. The attacks on Dolan are coming now because satan is so desperate to discredit one of the finest Bishops in this country. That satan is having some success is a great sorrow to me.

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      • donna269 says:

        I love Cardinal Dolan….I listen to him on the Catholic Channel on Sirius XM….he is so wise, such a great leader, Holy Man. Recently there was a post about him on Spirit Daily. He is letting gays in the St Patrick’s Day Parade. But I feel that is just what Pope Francis said….it is not for me to judge….I posted it on MOG because I really wasn’t sure how I felt about it, being honest. I have no problem with gay people….I think I am a bit liberal in most ways. What I mean to say is, I don’t judge them I guess as “gay” but love them as a brother or sister. I check it out with my spiritual director all the time and he completely agrees and says, “Donna, beware of that us verus them mentality.” Another blogger, Msgr Pope wrote a scathing article about it that was pulled (by the Archdiocese of Washington), and now a Catholic group from the midwest has sent him an open petition….You are right, he is being discredited and disparaged….God forgive me if I was one who started the ball rolling on MOG, but I sometimes don’t feel solid in my thinking and like to share with other Catholics. I support Cardinal Dolan 100% in his decision because I am sure it was a prayerfully made decision.

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        • vicardwm says:

          I am honestly struggling with this one. It isn’t just letting “gays” in the parade. It’s letting people that extol their sin as an actual good into the parade. I would also oppose having the Church march alongside the Proud Fornicators of New York, or the Swindlers of Southtown. I am not condemning Cardinal Dolan – that’s not in my pay grade – but I just don’t think it’s a good decision for the Church, and what especially made my heart sink is that Cardinal Dolan actually said it was a good decision to let them into the parade. I hope he will further explain himself, because the interpretation is going to be that the Church is dropping its opposition to sinful acts of that nature. It is leading to more confusion and blurring of the Church’s stance.

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          • joanp62 says:

            I am struggling with this too. There is also the interview with Cardinal Dolan back in March where he praised Football player Michael Sam for “coming out” as gay. Here is a quote from an article: “Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York praised University of Missouri football star Michael Sam for coming out as gay, saying he would not judge the athlete for his sexual orientation.

            “Good for him,” Dolan said in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” airing Sunday.

            “I would have no sense of judgment on him,” Dolan continued. “God bless ya. I don’t think, look, the same Bible that tells us, that teaches us well about the virtues of chastity and the virtue of fidelity and marriage also tells us not to judge people. So I would say, ‘Bravo.'”

            The link to the article: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/national-international/Cardinal-Timothy-Dolan-Meet-the-Press-Michael-Sam-Pope-Francis-249042261.html

            How do we go from “not judging” to praising a person for proudly announcing to the world they are gay? I am getting some very confusing messages from Cardinal Dolan and I have yet to hear him explain what was meant by this comment.

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          • donna269 says:

            I suppose I can only counter, hate the sin and not the sinner here…..I don’t know if these men and women are practicing gay Catholics who are practicing celibacy (I know quite a few). Also, this is a group from NBC. I doubt they will be in boas and tutus. My spiritual director taught me to be loving and open to all….not my job to judge people….not my lane.The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is not the Eucharist. There are plenty of short skirted young ladies in marching bands and dance groups who don’t exhibit holiness either. There are quite a few drunken parade members (I know, I marched in it once sober). It’s sort of like Mardi Gras in New Orleans….Lent approaching….let’s throw a parade naked and throw cheesy beads. I’m pretty sure Cardinal Dolan got to where he is today as a prayerful man. I am sure he didn’t take this decision lightly. We are a church full of sinners. On the day I think I am not, I need to take the plank out of my eye. I am not quite sure what the exact quote on gays was by Pope Francis (I don’t think anyone does), but I am pretty sure it wasn’t “make sure you keep them out of the St Patty’s Day Parade in NY this year. I am sure Our Holy Father approves. Heck, who knows, Dolan might have called him and he said……YES! They are God’s children, of course!

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          • charliej373 says:

            I both admire Cardinal Dolan as among the first and most solid of American Bishops – while sharing the concern of many whether this was well communicated by him. (In these situations that create a public kerfuffle, I always ask myself what, if I had been advising him, would I have recommended – as that is a big part of how I spent my life). I know the prelates were ill-prepared to battle effectively for Catholic conscience in the serious assaults the new health law made on us – and I do not think they would have held solid without the brilliant and steadfast leadership of Cardinal Dolan. Trust me, holding these things together is a lot tougher and more involved than it looks from the outside.

            I know him well enough to know it was not his intent to endorse a “gay lifestyle.” I know his intent is to call them gently back to Christ – and to acknowledge that they follow a different belief system without getting angry over it. But some of his statements have given some cause to wonder exactly what he means. So, I both admire him and think this is one where it would have been good if he got a chance to reboot and recalibrate.

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  15. Matthew says:

    Charlie:
    I renewed my consecration yesterday and just seem to have an attitude of trust.
    I continue to try to discern my way forward concerning a vocation to priesthood / religious life. I believe the vocation is there, just very unclear on when, where, and how. I do have a good spiritual director but any prayers or advice/encouragement you could offer would help.
    Thanks in advance,
    Matthew
    PS: Being someone who LOVES the EF Mass, it would be nice to have a santuary in the Shrine that would accomodate both forms. Having functioned in many sanctuaries more space is always better. From the drawing, the sanctuary space looks too small to have ordinations or larger numbers of clergy in choro. Perhaps it is the scale. Or perhaps it is me – I don’t much like triangular santuaries. I apologize again for being picky. I love the huge picture of Our Lady.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Hey Matthew…just to be clear, this is NOT a drawing from the Shrine I am talking about. It is just something I found online when I was looking for something on the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart. When I saw the empty seats in the drawing, my mind immediately went to the idea of there being plenty of good seats left. But this has NOTHING to do with the Shrine I speak of.

      Prayers are with you for your vocation. Take your way like I took my pilgrimage – one step at a time. Never stay stuck in one spot because you fear going in the wrong direction. You can change directions if you are moving. If you stand contemplating too long, you go nowhere. Actually, I used this principle to good effect in a lot of large campaigns. On the big ones, far too many operatives and candidates spend all their time planning and little time doing until it is too late. I always pushed my candidates to start now and don’t worry about mistakes: no one is much watching early on anyway and it will be easy enough to correct them. And all make mistakes. Those who forever plan just make their mistakes later when it has bigger consequences. By the time we got to crunch time, we had usually already learned a lot from our earlier mistakes.

      So let your motto be “Ora et labora,” pray and do.

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  16. ann says:

    This is immensely helpful and comforting. To think of it as the beginning of the Dawn and not the coming of the darkness–thank you. It’s a whole new way to deal with the terrors and wars that approach. And even as I pray for our persecuted brethren I do feel those who have died for Jesus are interceding for the rest of us around the world who may be put to the test. Those are chilling words you use to describe what these terrorists are doing to their souls. God have mercy!!!

    I was startled at the sketch of Jesus because many years ago I painted the exact same face of Christ out of my imagination on a piece of old barn wood, same expression, the eyes following you from the picture, with the cloak on His head and I called it “The Good Shepherd” because that’s what He seemed to be in the painting. My sister(who lives in another state) has it or I’d photograph it and upload it here. It gave me shivers, nice shivers. A kind of consolation. It’s so so similar.

    My anguish is for my loved ones who just don’t believe, don’t want to believe, don’t think anything is missing in their lives and scoff at my gentle (truly I try to be gentle) promptings. I trust in God because I know no one who hopes in Him is disappointed. I pray, I hope and I try not to worry, as per Padre Pio, but it is truly an anguish.

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    • Connie says:

      I felt your anguish as I read your post and many of us feel that same anguish daily. It can get to be overwhelming, and until I began reading Charlie’s writings it was my greatest pain and worry. Charlie, you have given me an injection of hope which I really needed for most of my family members are far away from Christ and caught up in the worldly. But , now I try to remember to take that anguish, give it to our Lady , and just take the next right step which frees me up from the paralyzing fear and anguish that once felt like a sinker in the middle of my soul. I have confidence that our Lady is gathering up this pain we have over our family members for their good and thanks, to you Charlie, for making hope real and practical for me so that now I can take the next right step by just doing the next thing right in front of me which is usually . very mundane and ordinary like doing the dishes, etc. You are teaching me, Charlie, to take comfort in the mundane and ordinary, which means I am better living out my total consecration to our Lady. I do look forward to the miracles we will see, esp the miracles of conversion of our family members.I am now trying to see how the Lord is working in the fresh, new, and startling ways that Charlie is reminding us is the Lord’s Way. This has helped me to be less judgemental about particular circumstances and instead waiting to see how He will manifest himself to bring about good in a situation. It means I now can “see outside the box” a little better. I have printed out most of your articles, Charlie, and am now waiting for the right moment to give them to my family members. My husband and I just last nite said the prayer of Miraculous Trust for a very serious and grave matter in our lives. It was a little scary to abandon myself to God, knowing that we may have to go through some things that may be God’s design and not mine. But in following Charlie’s “little way” ( I guess much like the Little Flower’s) I am free not to dwell on the what if’s but instead on the here and now. This really takes out a lot of worry and anxiety. In this way, I feel the Lord is preparing us for how we should be acting and feeling when our whole way of life is disappearing before our eyes. So I am grateful to God’s mercy and Charlie’s wisdom.

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      • Pam says:

        Connie, your mention of “doing the dishes” reminded me of Mark Mallett’s “Duty of the Present” http://www.markmallett.com/blog/the-duty-of-the-moment/
        Where abiding in the present moment we will find the Will of God.
        Charlie, another wonderful post. We really never know about tomorrow, one moment I can be standing there pouring a cup of coffee and the next moment I could be before the Lord and giving him a full accounting of my life!

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      • Rose says:

        Connie, thank you for your post. You have written exactly what I was wanting to say about these (Charlie’s) articles, but I wasn’t able to find the right words. I thank God for Charlie and this community.

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  17. Christina Johnston says:

    Wonderful piece dad. Love you.

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  18. Hi Charlie! I read the link that you gave me on Spirit Daily. I was wondering…..can these things that will happen from China and North Korea be mitigated through prayer? I have been praying for the conversion of the people of China and North Korea at the 3:00 Divine Mercy Chaplet at the church since reading the link you gave me. Also….can the Rosary be the prime way to lessening these things? Did Our Lord or Holy Mother give you messages on how to lesson these events and if so….what are they? Thank Charlie….God Bless you.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Hi Charlanne. The mitigation comes from turning with your whole heart to Our Lord through Our Lady – and that is primarily expressed by your nurturing of souls given into your care and your tenderness to souls you encounter on your way. The Storm, itself, cannot be held back…and cannot be much reduced over what it already has been. The Rosary is one of the best, most powerful prayers. Satan loathes it…specifically because it meditates on the Life of Christ through Mary.

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      • donna269 says:

        WOW! I needed to hear this before work today….THANK YOU!

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      • Thank you. You will be pleased to know that I having been reading Saint Louis De Monforts writings on the times we are in now. It makes perfect sense to me now. I must also mention that it was by Gods loving grace that I learned of his writings. When I read it….I immediately knew it was true. All the dots are connecting. I get it now. God is good!

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  19. Chris Young says:

    Charlie, does the image you posted look like the Lord?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Ahhh…it could be a close relative. As I have written on another forum, when the Lord appears to me he is recognizably the man from the Shroud. But while I love the Shroud because of it, I rarely look at it, for it is His lifeless face. Imagine that face filled with life and vigor, usually animated with the sly playfulness of a father affectionately teasing his child, and you will get an image of how He looks when He appears to me.

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      • Hi Charlie! Have you seen the show they aired not too long ago called THE REAL FACE OF JESUS? They used great computer sciences to show from the shroud what Jesus looked like. Even all HIS wounds. The one thing that always bugged me about it was…from the shroud….the wounds did not appear as awful as we think they might have been. It was said that HE was unrecognizable in scripture. I remember watching the show THE REAL FACE OF JESUS and crying when I saw the end result. I keep a picture of it on a table with a statue of Our Lady. I also have a miracle picture that I received on Facebook of 3 men walking. The photo was taken by a couple on pilgrimage in Palestine. They were taking pictures of some old buildings and when they developed the film…..they saw clearly 3 men walking in clothes like Jesus’ time. It is my favorite photo. Maybe I can email it to you sometime and you can give your input. I am an artist and I have yet to draw Jesus face. I like using charcoal like the drawing of Jesus you showed. I like that drawing you shared very much. Who did that? Was it you?
        Thank you as always.
        God bless.

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        • charliej373 says:

          I saw a little part, Charlanne, then dropped it. It seemed kind of like an animatronic Jesus from Disneyworld to me, which was made even worse because of the basic similarity of how he looks when He visits me. I am fine with movies where it is an actor playing Him and the similarity is merely that of an actor to his subject. The plastic look of it all just kind of set off an uncomfortable feeling in me, though. I did not draw this picture. I just found it online – and it was the closest thing I could find to the expression I wanted to illustrate.

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        • June1 says:

          Charlanne, I would love to see that picture of the men walking, if you wouldn’t mind! 🙂

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  20. Marita says:

    Dear Charlie,
    I am one of your new readers courtesy of Mark Mallett, who I have read now for five years, and who I believe is a mighty prophet up there with the Old Testement giants. I now share the same opinion of you, for your fiat to God’s mighty mission entrusted to you to warn humanity of what we have reaped with our sins. What a responsibility! I want to thank you for being obedient. I have only been reading you now for a couple of months, but what hope and joy, and knowledge you have given me regarding what is coming. I have been trying to warn my family for years about the tribulation and what to expect, and they roll their eyes. Now I can email them your postings and show them, I’m not crazy.

    I belong to a very annointed intercessory prayer group. The Lord has had the group together for over twenty years, and we do crisis work for the Lord. He has given us mighty problems to tackle in the Spirit. Lately it has been centered on the terror taking place in Iraq, and of course Syria, and we do lots and lots of prayer for Israel. I can’t tell you what a joy it was to read what you said about the recent martyrs slaughtered by ISIS. Of course, we all hope and pray that they all went straight to heaven, but it’s nice to have it confirmed for us, and to hear that they will form a cohort for Our Lady just brings me to joyous tears. The Lord has had us do much, much praying, more so for the terrorists, than the victims, because the victims have their reward, but the terrorists still have time to convert and God wants them to so dersparatlely. Our group has come under much attack individually and in our families from the enemy over this work. God will have His victory!!!
    In reading what you said about these holy martrys, I started wondering if you had ever been given any information from any of your heavenly visitors about the martyrs on 9/11? With the anniversary coming tomorrow it brings it all back and I think about the horrors those poor souls trapped in the towers had to face, do I burn alive or jump. Can any of us imagine the sufferings those trapped faced, or the people on the planes, knowing they were going to die, and then the brave firefighters and policemen climbing up only to have the towers fall on them. For years I have asked the Lord if he took their souls from their bodies before there horrible deaths, I’ve read in near death experiences that if the person was going to die a particularly horrible death, that God takes the soul before they can feel the pain. Has He ever revealed anything to you about their ordeal and how He ministered to them during that time? I am crying as I write this because it is still so raw thinking about them.

    I pray for you and yours now every day, as I do for Mark and Pelianito. Thank you for all you do for us in obedience to God.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Alas, Marita, I may no more honestly say that they will be spared pain than a doctor could honestly say childbirth will be painless. But all those who die a martyr’s death in this terrible Storm will behold the Face of God. For some, it will be a mercy they could not have otherwise obtained.

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  21. W. Leo says:

    Charlie, after reading your post — and this being the month of March when we celebrate the Annunciation on March 25th (and prior to 1969, the feast of St. Gabriel on 3/24) — I thought you and your readers might like this writing from Luisa Piccarreta on Archangel Gabriel and the Annunciation (see pages 15 and 16 of the newsletter):
    http://luisapiccarreta.co/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Newsletter-No.-154.pdf

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  23. It makes you wonder whether these martyrs have managed to shortened the duration of the Storm even further through their blood. True heroes of the faith!

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