The Great Shaking Commences

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Since I first began describing the Storm to my priests when I finally broke silence 20 years ago I have described it as a global civil war. It is why it is such a horror: because there is no place of safety and it will pit brother against brother across the globe.

This spirit of division and rebellion infects the highest levels of the Church and all Christians – both Catholic and non-Catholic. Bishops will be pitted against Bishops, pastors against pastors and denominations against denominations. Some work with great fortitude to bring the faith to the world, constantly trying to calibrate the message so that more will hear and listen – and that more may be gained. Even when they err, these are doing the work of the Lord to the best of their ability.

Satan has two camps of saboteurs in our churches. The first are those who try to conform the faith to the world rather than the world to the faith. That camp has badly infected the Mainline Protestant denominations and the Progressive Movement within the Catholic Church. While it has done damage to the world, that damage is eclipsed by the devastation it has wrought on the institutions it has infected. It believes itself to be more inclusive, more relevant to modern times. In fact, those infected with it have been dying on the vine. In the Mainline Protestant churches, which were once the bulwark of faith in the United States, attendance has not just declined over the last 50 years, it has collapsed – to the point that some venerable old denominations are on the verge of extinction. Among Catholics, it is no accident that in those dioceses led by a Progressive Bishop, vocations to the priesthood and new converts being received at Easter are sparse and tepid.

The only places in the United States where growth within Christian communities is strong are among Evangelical Protestants and Orthodox Catholics. Whatever differences they have, whatever mistakes they make, both believe that God is actually God – and that what He says is decisive. This should be no surprise: a hallmark of satanic activity, no matter how innocuous it seems, is its sterile barrenness. Those who busy themselves trying to conform the faith to the world have been eaten away by a sort of cancer of the spirit that ravages their institutions even as it saps their faith. But it has had an effect outside the doors of its dwindling institutions. First it gives aid and comfort to the cultural forces that seek to marginalize and ultimately destroy Christianity in the name of statist supremacy. It plays the role of ‘useful idiot,’ those people the old Communists used who were not actually Communists, to unwittingly advance their cause. Many of these current ‘useful idiots’ were surprised when various states banned their social service arms from helping to facilitate adoption because they would not place a child with a homosexual pair. They were also surprised when the health care law sought to force them to provide both birth control and abortions for their employees, despite their objections of conscience. They thought that by using their religiosity to provide cover for progressive politicians, they made themselves exempt from the assaults normally directed against serious Christians. If they read more history in more depth they would know that when a secular power becomes malignantly ambitious, the first thing it targets once it feels it has sufficiently consolidated its force is the very useful idiots that helped it consolidate its force in the first place. Every time.

It also has played a role in the rise of New Age and Pagan Mysticism. People always search for transcendent meaning. When they stumble upon a faith that is as barren and sterile as the Christian entities I have described, they reasonably infer that all faiths bearing the Name are similar. Is it any wonder that, finding it empty, they go in search after strange gods? There will be an accounting.

As destructive of fruitfulness as this using of the forms of faith to empty it of its content has been, it has been merely the plowing up of fields that could one day bear fruit again; clearing the ground for the main assault. Rational, observant people are well aware of the results of this bulldozing of the fundamentals of the faith. But their bitter experience has led many to a hyper-vigilance against it, a paranoia that sees signs of apostasy in every outreach, every appeal to sinners and all those wounded and ravaged by a culture gone mad, with no standards save low standards, as an effort to dilute the faith. This is an effort by satan to salt the fields. Rather than just rip up what is there, it seeks to prevent anything from ever growing there again. Followed to its logical conclusion, this paranoia would destroy Christianity by attrition, for it seeks a purity that would transmogrify even the smallest error into outright apostasy. It is forever in retreat: casting leaders and those who do not toe the line into outer darkness. It seeks apostates to banish rather than sinners to convert. If all we have are those who would conform the faith to the world and those who retreat in horror from the battle, we are, indeed, doomed to ultimate extinction. We cannot allow the abuses of a real apostasy to merely create the equal and opposite abuse of a paranoid, crippling Stalinist purge.

So what is a faithful Christian to do?

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First, recognize that we are not in control. Jesus Christ, the Lord God of Hosts, is in command. Victory is not dependent on us. It lies entirely in His hands – and He cannot be defeated. He is ever victorious. The only question is whether we will comport ourselves to His commands. Satan knows he will not and cannot prevail against Christ. That is not his objective. Rather, satan’s objective is to separate as many from Christ as he possibly can – to maximize the number who will be lost to eternity with him. Though he has an overarching strategy, satan does not have a simple array of formulaic tactics, like a general in a war. He assaults every single person at their weakest point, ever flattering their vanity, shaking their confidence, enflaming their anger – all for the same end: to get them to let loose of Christ. If they are weak-minded enough, he prefers that they give him homage, depending on spirits and gods (which are actually demons) as a source of power. In this category are those taken with the New Age, which is a polyglot mix of paganism, pantheism and barren mysticism that centers on the self. But it is sufficient to his purpose that people be persuaded to depend on themselves, to believe they are sufficient to themselves. This, in fact, is the most productive manner of seducing genuinely faithful and religious people – to convince them that Christ is dependent on their might and skill for His defense. It is how he convinces people to put greater esteem in an apparition than in obedience to the Church; or that their penetrating intellect has mastered theology and the secrets of the universe and, thus they are the central figure in a great epic saga which reduces Christ to a supporting role; or to forswear any pretense at obedience to join with a self-appointed heresy patrol…a sort of Cheka of the Spirit. Any of these will do for satan’s purposes.

How then, do we hold resolutely to Christ, turning neither to the right out of fear or false tolerance nor to the left out of anger or malice? How do we walk in a plain path?

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First, we must cloak ourselves with humility, understanding that we are not the titans and need the protection of Our Lord and the maternal guidance of Our Lady every step of the way. Then, I think three things are key to keeping us focused – and the trick is to balance all of them at all times, for overemphasizing one at the expense of the others loosens our grasp of Him who saves.

Obedience: Christ set up a structure to govern the Church He formed. He was emphatic about our duty to His apostles, telling them, “He who hears you hears Me, and he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me.” – Luke 10:16. The Lord made it clear that we are not to be a loose coalition of free agents, deciding for ourselves. That said, the teaching we are obliged to obey is the Magisterial teaching on faith and morals. It is not that we are to follow every whim of every Bishop, or even the non-Magisterial teaching of the Pope. But we must accept the Magisterial teaching of the Church and recognize that only the Pope and Bishops are authorized to form that teaching. Neither individual sinners nor even great saints can supplant the teaching authority that Christ, Himself founded and vested in the successors of His original Apostles. Meanwhile, to live their fidelity to Him who sent them, the Bishops are to apply themselves to matters of faith and morals and be exceedingly sparse in their commentary on what is the proper sphere of the laity, which is the administration of everyday life and politics. Ideally, except in extraordinary circumstances, Bishops would confine their social commentary to when an intrinsic evil is involved or to the ultimate effects of various political systems in securing the freedom of conscience and action that a free people, under God, are entitled to. So the duty of obedience goes both up and down. One of satan’s more productive gambits is to get people to play at being Bishops and Bishops to play at being politicians. Those who do either have let go of Christ. To disobey the Magisterial authority of the Church is not to doubt the capacity of the men charged with forming it, but to doubt the promise of Christ that the gates of hell will not prevail against His Church. But to doubt – or even to dispute with – a Bishop who has set himself against the Magisterium or taken to himself temporal authority that is irrelevant to his calling, is not disobedience. In some cases, it may be necessary to live proper obedience.

Fidelity – We are to live and convey the fundamentals of the faith truthfully and with courage. This is terribly hard if we have a Bishop who does not emphasize those fundamentals or a priest who no longer believes them. I was received into the Church in the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1991. I fell in love with the Catholic Church, especially in studying intently her rich deposit of faith in the writings of the Doctors of the Church and the documents of the councils. It was tough, though, for Chicago was no model of fidelity to the deposit of faith. I listened to three priests give homilies overtly stating there was no real resurrection – just a resurrection in the hearts of the disciples. One of those priests helpfully explained that Jesus’ body was probably eaten by wild dogs. I heard quite a few priests who did not teach it overtly, but spoke (wink, wink) about the “resurrection event” rather than the resurrection. I heard priests publicly abuse Marian devotees from their pulpits as superstitious ninnies. I listened to a nun explain to a group at a seminar arranged by the Archdiocese that she really wasn’t sure about all the “God stuff,” but entering religious life was a great way to get into social work. I did not sit quietly through all this. I had a method of evangelizing my fellow faithful and, privately, many of the priests I encountered. In fact, I once wrote a furious letter to then Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, complaining of abuses and archly telling him that I had fled many anti-Catholic bigots in my old faith tradition only to find new, more malicious anti-Catholic bigots in my new home – and that most were running purportedly Catholic institutions. To his credit, the Cardinal looked past my intemperate fury and invited me to make an appointment with his secretary to have lunch with him. Alas, just over a week later he was first diagnosed with the pancreatic cancer that would eventually kill him, and the lunch never came off. Other than at St. Mary of the Angels Parish, I never heard the Real Presence preached or a pro-life homily until after Cardinal George took over – but they were pretty scarce then, too. For all of you laboring in dioceses or parishes that have effectively abandoned the faith, I understand. I have been there. But there is a way to push on without venturing into disobedience,,,and I will elaborate on that in my next full post.

Love – Christianity is an evangelical faith in a completely radical sense. We are to proclaim the Good News with our words, but even more emphatically by our actions – to feed the Master’s lambs. We are not just to love those who agree with us and are converted, but even those who actively oppose us. To give people heart through the little, mundane loving actions of everyday life is a specifically Christian command. This does not mean we should be doormats. Far from it. We may take a useful cue from St. Joan of Arc. She tearfully pleaded with English soldiers before a battle began for about an hour to surrender or withdraw. She would have been perfectly happy for them to withdraw from the French positions they held; she bore them no animus. Usually during that hour she would be recipient of the most vulgar and obscene taunts. Once she was satisfied she could not persuade them to live in peace, the battle commenced and the girl who had been tearfully pleading a few moments earlier was all hammer and tongs. She loved her enemies…would have been perfectly content for them to withdraw to their own territory and live in peace. But she was not going to enable their aggression or suffer it to enslave her French compatriots. Our love is not for the faint of heart. It demands patience, genuine tolerance, and charity to all regardless of whether they agree or support us. But it does not insist on accepting oppression – in fact, demands that our love for our brothers lead us to their defense when assaulted, without initiating an assault on another just because he rejects our faith. It is demanding, particularly that we do the little things for others, things with no overt relation to faith, such as feed them, bind up their wounds, give them a heartening word regardless of how they view us. And they will know we are Christians by our love.

Now a great shaking has begun, one that engulfs the whole world. It is the great Storm I first told my priests about 20 years ago. I told them from the beginning that we will not prevail in the battle that is before us. Matters will get worse and worse (though we will have one brief moment when we think we have prevailed), until all have lost temporal hope and think the end is at hand. It is at this moment that we will be rescued. It is our Christian faith that looks beyond this world and sees, however darkly, into the next that is our sustenance. Our aim, then, is to endure to the end. My aim, specifically, is to give people heart to endure to the end. If satan can get people to emphasize one of the three duties I mention above to the exclusion of the others, he has successfully pried our hands from the safety of Christ. So how to keep steady when the world is aflame with strife, when even the hierarchy of the Church is set against itself, when perhaps your own shepherd is busying himself with things that avail nothing – and perhaps even jeopardize the faith?

Understand that reflexive cynicism and reflexive credulity are not opposites, but flip sides of the same coin of ignorance. Reflexive credulity discerns nothing but takes everything at face value. It takes no responsibility, but leaves every decision to others. It is an excuse to not apply your mind to your faith, but simply entrust it to others. But the Lord says you shall love your God with all you mind, heart and soul. There is no escape from the responsibility each of us bear. Even so, among the reflexively credulous are some perfectly innocent souls who may be saved by that innocence – though it is a dangerous path for anyone who can do more and does not. Reflexive cynicism, however, has no saving grace whatsoever. It avoids having to think by simply seeing the bad in everything. It is a lazy man’s way of playing at sophistication. It is an acid that eats away at the soul, for it does not just deny the good, but the very possibility of good. If there is a blindness to reflexive credulity, reflexive cynicism sees the world through satan’s eyes, ever accusing mankind.

That means that no matter how the world or the earth is shaken, you must judge things for what they are. Over the last week I have written vigorously in defense of the orthodoxy of Pope Francis and Cardinal Dolan, even as I have welcomed considered but often hard comments from others who take a dim view of some of their recent acts. When looking at what an official has done, you must take it in context of what their history has been. If that history has been faithful and orthodox, you ought to be mighty slow in condemning them even if you are quick to criticize a particular decision.

Yesterday I got early word of the appointment of Spokane Bishop Blase Cupich as the new Archbishop of Chicago. I immediately began some research – and was disheartened to find one of his first acts as Bishop of Spokane was to forbid priests from participating in prayer vigils outside abortion clinics. I read a very flattering article from several years ago in the Inlander, Spokane’s urban alternative weekly newspaper (you know the type, particularly if you live in a city – invariably hostile to the faith with a hard left political position on everything). It was flattering to him because it credited him with a penchant to suppress traditional Catholics while cozying up to and empowering those who are hostile to the faith. I was going to put up the link to the archived article but, mysteriously, today it has been removed from the paper’s archives. It could be that Archbishop Cupich is going to be a real champion of the faith. History is not destiny (though it is the thoughtful oddsmaker’s best friend). But the same history that leads me to defend those I have defended this week makes me awfully glad I do not live in the Archdiocese of Chicago any more.

The bottom line is that satan has been unleashed for some time and is doing everything he can to fray and sunder the fabric that holds both the Church and society together before rescue comes. Now we are caught in the great winnowing fan. Remember that no one has any power over us except that which God allows. Each of us will be held accountable for how well we live the little work assigned to us. If your priest or your shepherd is faithful to the Magisterium, support them even when they stumble. If they are not, live your faith according to the Magisterium and endure the affliction. They cannot forbid you – and even if they got that far, you have the right of appeal. If you accuse falsely, you will be held to account. If you don’t live your work faithfully out of fear, you will be held to account. If you occupy yourself finding splinters to point out in others eyes while ignoring the beam in your own, you will be held to account.

triumph-of-christianity-detail-gustave-dorePerhaps you see why I so relentlessly repeat the sure way of simplicity: acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to those around you. Trust-Do-Love. It is hard to be pulled astray if you confine yourself to that. You neither play at things too big for you nor get paralyzed by the fearful shaking that surrounds you. Let your work be of the type that helps repair the tattered bonds of faith and fellowship rather than adds to the fraying. If you do that, when the Son of Man comes, He will find faith on earth.

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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219 Responses to The Great Shaking Commences

  1. Niki says:

    I have thoroughly enjoyed this website once I found it (maybe a month or two ago). If I start to worry, I remember (from reading Charlies’s posts) that we should be through this by some time in 2017, and the future will be SO much brighter then. I had a feeling that 2017 would be a big year in some way. Because it will be 100 years since the Fatima apparitions, and other ways that year keeps coming up. I converted to the Catholic faith around 20+ years ago, and I count the gift of that faith as the greatest gift God as given me. Interestingly, I had a grandparent on both side of my family who were raised Catholic, but who either left the faith or did not pass it on for various reasons. It seems like coming full circle to me. My parents were not happy about my conversion, because they had been raised with biases against the faith. Since was was an adult, it did not matter that they did not approve.

    Sometimes I worry that although I tend to be well prepared for some types of problems (if we were snowed in for a week, we have plenty of supplies), I haven’t yet tried to find a way to get clean water if our municipal supply were to stop working. That somehow seems to be too much to try to plan for, so I’m hoping it won’t happen, and I hope that I’m not being foolish in not looking for a solution.

    As for the articles about the various cardinals and all the worry about if they are true to the faith, I pretty much discount 99% of what the press says about them. The press is not their friend, and the values pushed by the press are so anti-Christain they will twist everything they can to make it sound like the cardinals have gone over to the wordly point of view. One generally needs to read an entire article, or a homily, written by the cardinal and printed in full, in a Catholic publication, to get a real idea of what they think. Usually it’s not at all what the press has said.

    When I have a family member, or a friend, or myself find we are getting mad at someone, and seeing many faults in that person, I try to make it a point to ask myself (or ask the family member or friend) to think about why God has placed such an annoying person in our life. Clearly, God does not make mistakes, and there are no accidents (everything is part of God’s plan), so it must be that God is calling me (or my family member or friend) to pray for this incredibly annoying person. So that would be the annoying neighbor, the annoying co-worker, the annoying family member, the annoying classmate, teacher, public figure (elected officials, etc). You get the picture. If they upset me that much, they probably upset a lot of people. And it they are not liked, then who will pray for them? It must be me. Because praying for them is good, and the rest of my attitude toward them is not. (So if they are bad influence, I’ll avoid their company, but I’ll still pray for them.)

    I have to add, we live in the Arlington Diocese, in northern Virginia. It is absolutely wonderful! So many faithful priests, including our own pastor. We have confession Monday thru Saturday. We have daily mass. We have Eucharistic Adoration on Fridays, starting after the 6:30 am mass and continuing until the 9am Saturday mass. We have a Holy Hour with the Blessed Sacrament on Fridays at 7pm, at which we pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to move away from our diocese. We love it too much to risk leaving it. We don’t have the Latin masses, but I think if we were too, we’d need to have some instruction. As a convert, I would be completely lost, and most children in our parish have not grown up with it. Maybe one day it will happen, but in the meantime, our diocese and parish are wonderful. And vocations are flourishing. Daily intentions in the mass always include ending abortion, and respect for all stages of human life. The homilies are good, and our diocesan newspaper, the Arlington Catholic Herald, does a good job of teaching the faith and informing the faithful about the various problems with the current laws. We are truly blessed.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Ha Niki…I spent decades scared to death of the whole thing and begging for it to pass. When I was given that specific a time frame, I have figured, what the heck, I have gone this far, I can manage that much further. But you will excuse me if I tell you plainly I have told the Good Lord that come early 2018 (there will be some clean-up to be attended to immediately after the rescue), I am retired! I don’t think He minds as He just grins – though the intention is to devote what time I have left after that to getting the Shrine built. Obviously, if I have been wrong, there will be no need for that. If I have been right, it will be the great joy of my life. Either way, early 2018 and I’m taking the grandkids fishing.

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    • Julie says:

      To Niki: I just read your post and wanted to let you know about a water filtration system that is very good and reasonable priced. It requires no electricity or batteries (it works using gravity) and very affordable compared to most systems.. It is the Berkey Water Filtration system. We just bought one recently because of the above stated reasons, and that it filters everything (rain water, pond water, stream, etc.) but not salt water. If you go to their site (just google Berkey water filters) you can see all the information, they even have a scratch and dent section – reduced prices! – where it is just cosmetic blemishes, not the integrity of the filtration that compromised. Also, I too struggle with family members, friends that cannot see “what is what” and I do my best to say a Hail Mary instead of being angry with them.

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    • June1 says:

      Niki, I recently stumbled upon a website that will tell you where the closest natural spring is in your area so you can go with containers and fill up and store! 🙂 Maybe this might be of help. All you have to do is put in your location information using the drop menus. The cool thing is that there are usually pictures of each spring and comments from people who have been there, tasted the water, even pH tested the water.

      findaspring.com

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  2. Mark says:

    Unfortunatley, we have been given ‘baby food’ theology now for 50 years by most bishops, priests and nun’s teaching our faithful. Because of this, few understand, as Father John Hardon beat in to my head in his many retreats I attended, what the difference is in regards to Church doctrine vs. Church discipline. I know Michael Voris is a controversal figure for some, but he had a great episode today on this very subject (although he does not define doctrine/discipline), but he speaks loudly of it in his message http://www.churchmilitant.tv/daily/vort.php

    I might add, back in 1985 I picked up a set of 3 short books to be read in a series called “Defending the Papacy”, ‘The Crisis of Dissent” and “What the Catholic Faithful Can Do” by a priest who remained unnonomous because of political reasons (used a psudo name of Gerard Morrrissey). They were printed by Christendom College Press. Maybe you can still find these on Amazon. They are however, 3 of the best books I have read that hit the nail on the head in defining Church doctrine/discipline/papacy and the development of such. I always wondered if Father Hardon wrote these books, because they were written much like Father Hardon spoke.

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  3. Charlie, my husband and I have always lived meagerly with our 4 kids out of necessity and trying to look ahead and be able to put whatever little we have left over at the end of the month toward retirement. Recently, I’ve started watching several kids and an am bringing in enough money that I could cover our mortgage each month! I don’t think the timing is coincidental with all the seems to be just ahead of us. I’m wondering what you think we should do with this money – we have been doing small, fun things with the kids more often like you recommended in a previous comment – really enjoying our beautiful city, and putting the rest away. I read the Peppy Prepper’s site and was overwhelmed at the long-term projects suggested like a vegetable garden. I really don’t feel called to that. I’m wondering if there are other things you suggest? I’m open to practical things like a water purifier, etc or a weekend trip to the beach or continue saving just like we’ve always been doing. Thinking that money may be worthless in the not too distant future, I don’t want to regret being overly frugal. Thanks so much!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well Moms (sorry…I’m too old and grizzled to call anyone mommy) it honestly sounds like you are using your head. I really like doing things with the family while you can. The long-term projects you mention on the Peppy Prepper are going to be profoundly useful to people in a position to prepare their land for refuges – and many, thanks be to God – are doing just that. But most are not in a position to be able to do that. Putting away a few storable food stores that will keep makes sense to me. But I really think the most important thing is to enjoy life with the family and friends, do a few prudent things, and manage it so you would not be in great trouble if all of a sudden things miraculously got better. The bonds of fellowship and solidarity are, by far, the most important things to strengthen, though. So I honestly think you are behaving in a sound, balanced – and joyful manner.

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  4. Mary says:

    I’m glad I found this site. God always gets me where I need to go, this is the third modern prophet if I may use that word, I have found that seems truly authentic, (all lay people I might add) so I think I will just absorb for a while and ponder this newest treasure. Directions For Our Times, Ireland I think, a lay person named Ann and Locutions To The World are the other two. Thank you.

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  5. June1 says:

    Just came across this via sign.org. Another confirmation (they actually use the word, “Shaking” in the article!!!).

    http://www.wnd.com/2014/09/shemitah-starts-at-sundown-are-you-ready/

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  6. vparisi says:

    June I have been reading the Shemitah book by Jonathan Cahn- he also wrote The Harbinger- very interesting. He writes from the Messianic Jewish perspective but nothing I can see inconsistent with the Catholic prophecy I have read about the signs of the times.

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    • June1 says:

      How are you finding the book so far, vparisi?

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      • vparisi says:

        It is fascinating- if you read the Harbinger it is very similar pulling out references in the book of Isaiah and the Old Testament and relating them to current events and how to know when a nation is under judgment. Jonathan Cahn believes we are under judgment due to abortion. It is a very interesting read- I would love to take some of Jonathan’s work and put it side by side with Fatima as I believe while coming from a different perspective the predicted outcome and chastisement or judgment are consistent. God is God and he is telling us to be ready!

        Val

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    • donna269 says:

      Val, the Harbinger was amazing….I love Rabbi Cahn

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  7. Tom says:

    Charlie, the last couple of commentators talk about Jonathan Cahn who I’m familiar with. Have you read or listened to Joel Rosenberg as well? Also, any comments on the 4 blood moon prophecy and it’s tie in with what has happened to Israel during the last 4 blood moons. Interestingly, the 4th blood moon occurs on my birthday, Sept. 28th 2015 and I’ve always felt a strong spiritual connection during full moons ever since I was a kid.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well, Tom, I think most such striking signs are indications to “…be still and know that I am God,” as the Master says. In most cases, I think they are an indication to slow down, shut up and pay attention. I believe the blood moons are, indeed, that type of sign. I honestly don’t spend a lot of time trying to figure out what such signs mean…I figure God will show us when we need to know and almost all such speculation turns out to be wrong after it has happened. I figure such signs are a call from God to pay attention – and then wait on Him to show what He intends. I am paying serious attention these days.

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      • Tom says:

        Very wise. Hushing up here myself and listening. I was on the treadmill doing a rosary a couple days ago and He talked to me about something I need to do much better at, and it set in because I was listening (old days I’d have some classic rock going to keep me motivated to push forward on the workout). This is why I think it’s also wise Padraig shut down MOG for a month. Now we can all reflect, listen to God, and not keep rehashing what we’ve felt is coming and “argue” over relative minutiea.

        I also feel the urging of the Holy Spirit that it’s important now to listen to you, Mark Mallett, and Janet as God is speaking to us through you 3 modern day prophets. I am very thankful for the 3 of you, and thankful to Padraig for building that forum which led me to find the 3 of you.

        You will be in my prayers and on my beads, Charlie. God bless!

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  8. Joe says:

    Hi Charlie, I just recently began following the site (after Mark Mallett posted a link). Just as a warning, you may not want to let this get to the public thread, but it’s up to you. I just wanted to give you some feedback. Your posts are helping me be patient. Let me explain. I was married to a woman for 22 years who, when we got married, was a moderate to conservative, Republican, Roman Catholic. We had 2 children. When we got divorced (about 7 years ago), she was a liberal, Democratic, Jewish, lesbian. She renounced Christianity in a public ceremony. She is now dating a woman who also has 2 children with her former woman partner, and the children were conceived using the sperm of the brother of her former partner. I’m not making this up. It’s the truth. Anyway, my heart breaks for my two children who are trying to figure out what they think of all this. They are in their late teens and early twenties. I have been sort of thinking why can’t our merciful Father start this already so people don’t have to suffer so much any longer. Why can’t He re-rack this whole world? Let’s get this pain started so we can get through it already – and begin to heal again. I realize it won’t be pleasant. I realize I have many faults, myself. It will be terrifying. All will lose hope. I understand that but I was thinking, so let’s get it started. How much worse will He let things get? My faith is in my sweet Jesus and one day, through His Mother, I hope to see Him face to face. If I do, I will run to Him and grab him and hug Him so tightly I might suffocate Him. Some of the writings here have been an aid in focusing on being, as you say, a sign of hope, while still preparing. It seems to be calming in that way. Perhaps it brings me back to a prayerful rhythm that I was losing. I don’t know, but I just thought it was worth a note to you.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I have had several people who were once fearful about all this comment that, if there is not some sort of reset, all we have to look forward to is ruin. So whatever it takes.

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    • Gary says:

      Pretty heavy load Joe.. I am adding you to my list..Be tough and unflinching and spit in the eye of the tiger!

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    • SteveBC says:

      I’m with you guys. I read or hear about something horrific, and I feel appalled or sad or worried, but always now there is a significant part of me, slightly outside my direct conscious awareness, that just says, good, this is good, let’s get on with this and get it over with. This part of me *likes* what’s going on but definitely not out of a desire to see pain. This part of me and I are both quite aware that at some point the pain or fear or discomfort will be right here in front of me, and that makes me *more* aware of what’s going on for the folks in trouble now. But this part of me is seriously relieved that the waiting is over. What we’ve all been consciously or unconsciously preparing for is finally here, we’re as ready for it as we will ever be, and if we can last through what is coming, the bad times will be over and we’ll be fine, indeed more than fine.

      During the build-up to a big game you’ll be playing in, you get nervous and antsy, but once the game is truly afoot, you just get to it, your trust your teammates, you play the next right play, and then according to Charlie God wins, and if you’ve done your part, you do, too.

      I realize it sounds a little weird and twisted, but most of the time that part of me seems more right than wrong. Pass me the popcorn, please!

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      • charliej373 says:

        That is exactly it, Steve. I have much sympathy for those who are scared because I spent decades feeling that way. But now, it really is, okay…I don’t know exactly how things are going to go. I know at times it is going to look pretty dadgum dark. But, enough of the preliminaries…let’s just strap on a helmet and get into the game. We know the outcome – even if we don’t know exactly how we get there.

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        • Joe says:

          Ok boys, I guess it’s time to bring it! This reminds me that I had opportunities to talk to my nephews about God when they were younger. I used to tell them, when things get tough being a Catholic, remember that no one wants to have a clean uniform when the game is over. They want to lie bloody and exhausted on the field of battle and, by God’s grace, victorious. It is a privilege to deploy forward and take some shots in defense of the King. Utterly reliant on Him to lead, direct and carry you. Time to take my own advice. Incidentally, 5 of my nephews went on to play NCAA division 1 sports – football and Lacrosse 🙂

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          • charliej373 says:

            Joe, I flat out LOVE that image…playing our hearts out with complete abandon! That’s what God calls us to – and with no cheap fouls, but good, hard clean play! And then we will savor all the more the victory of our Master!

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          • BC says:

            Thanks, Joe. A brilliant connection. Coincidentally, I have the complete quote from Vince Lombardi (the legendary coach, who was also a faithful Catholic and, I believe, a daily communicant) framed in my office. It is as follows:

            “I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle, victorious.”

            Let’s leave it all out there for Christ!!

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      • June1 says:

        Oh, wow, Steve. I have been feeling this way for months and months. When ISIS started threatening places other than America, I had a twinge of, “Good, let it all come so He may hurry and come in glory.” Like a mother going into labour, you just know that eventually, there WILL BE an end to the pain and the end result is glorious and full of life; the mother just doesn’t know how many hours labour will be. 😀

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        • SteveBC says:

          That’s exactly right, June1! The men talk sports and the women talk labor, but when you get right down to it, it’s exactly the same “right stuff.”

          Thanks for all the comments on this, folks. Now instead of feeling weird, I feel energized.

          At least, right up until the world falls on me. Then I’m going to be saying, “What the heck was I thinking!!” 🙂

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      • Tom says:

        Also agreed, ready to strap it on and roll. As long as we are in God’s Grace and keep ourselves close to Jesus through Mary, and follow where they lead us, we will be fine. There is a reason God put some form of Be Not Afraid in the bible 365 times.

        Charlie, for our little group of men and women here I’d say so far you are accomplishing your mission to be a sign of hope for those of us. I know you have said it’s going to get a lot rougher, that’s ok, nothing worthwhile is easy, right? As my dead departed dad used to say “if getting into heaven was easy, then everyone would get in”

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        • charliej373 says:

          Hee hee, Tom, when young staffers would moan how hard professional political work was, I often told them, “If it was easy, anybody could do it – and I wouldn’t have to pay you so much. So be glad it’s hard.”

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    • Michael says:

      Joe, you have to entrust your children to the Lord, and hold Him accountable to it. That is trully trusting that no matter what happens He will take care of them!

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      • Charlie , with all due respect and gratitude I share your belief in Jesus Christ and His Eucharist ; like Ann Barnhardt these are the only reason I still attend Mass . Organized religion is a crutch to entrap those who control the state in a false hope that just doesn’t exist . Superstitious mumbo jumbo . I know my God and dread the day I die for I believe in the truth of things and I do not deserve a drop of water lest it comes through Jesus’s mercy . I took the handles of my yoke in hand a long time ago , while all those around me lost themselves . There is no time for 2nd chances once you muck them up ; the cost is way too high . If anyone ever deserved to be in HEAVEN it is Joey Cronin ; Jesus would tie a mill stone around their necks/casting them into the sea of damnation . When He threw the bankers/lawyers out of the temple , HE called it righteous indignation and it was Godly anger , just anger . The same anger given to those perverts at Sodom . Anger in the face of child neglect is more than appropriate , it’s necessary you can not allow disobedience to run rampent ; but now I’m no longer just mad ; I ‘m disgusted by those who still claim innocence .

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  9. Ruth Ann says:

    Slow down, shut up and pay attention. Oh goodness. My shutting up part is rather hard. Today, on the Coast of Mississippi, it was absolutely beautiful. Wind, leaves falling, cool..birds….beautiful.
    I shut up.

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    • Michael says:

      Remember that Nature is always following God’s will, we can get a lot of peace by just listening. i have to remind myself this when I’m depressed. I’ve got to believe that there are many prophets out there today. People who have been watching things unfold over the years, knowing that its going to happen what is suppose to happen in order for everything to get back to God the way its suppose to be. Some of you may laugh at what I’m about to say regarding “trusting in God” We have to believe in what we say.
      Its like flipping the light switch on, the light turns on. God smiles and says we got another one. Everything coming is all about putting our Trust In Him Who Is

      We are all in this together I Love you God is Good—All the time—God is Good

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  10. Fran says:

    Will it be a time of great miracles, spiritual AND physical??!! What do you make of this, Charlie?..a report of two dead Ebola victims who resurrected! http://allafrica.com/stories/201409240829.html

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    • charliej373 says:

      I feel kind of like a fellow watching a movie with a friend who keeps asking what is going to happen. Wait and see. You won’t be disappointed in this movie.

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      • Fran says:

        haha…I bet you do feel like that, Charlie! Well, I am sitting next to you at the movie with my eyes wide open, just totally expecting the unexpected! I keep thinking of that wry smile you said that Jesus gave you when He turned and said “I have a plan.” Many people are sad, discouraged and have such sorrows, sufferings, and disapointments, and I think Jesus is wanting us to know that we just need to “hang on”! With great evil, always, always there are even greater graces, and miracles! Hang on friends! Help is on the way!

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  11. Brenda says:

    I live in Central Florida and have actually felt this a couple years ago…if we can’t do much, we can pray and prepare the best we can. I feel,for myself anyway, to be the calming presence in the storm to grand kids and anyone who freaks out..God Bless..Brenda

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  12. Brenda says:

    I noticed recently a site called Catholic Preppers

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