The Writing on the Wall

mene, mene

(Today turned into one of those spent mostly on the phone. So I put up this piece from my Abraham’s Journey Facebook Page from early November, 2013. It seemed appropriate and fitting for now, and may fill in a few holes for people.)
Today, I speak of some very specific things, a little taste of what is regularly placed on my plate. I thought to leave all these sorts of specifics for the record to be opened after the Storm is over and I have passed from the scene. But I think speaking of a few of them may help steel you to the reality of the whirlwind of chaos about to make landfall, to steady you, and prepare you to receive with magnanimity and grace the tsunami of penitent prodigal sons who participated in conjuring the chaos. All of this to be done even as you defend the faithful with steady resolve against the assaults of those bitter-enders who are beyond repentance.

For over 150 years political factionalism could co-exist peacefully, if often uneasily, in America because politics was an important, but minor, part of civil discourse and society. Like a traffic light, it was designed to maintain order as you made your way to the destination of your choosing in the vehicle of your choice. If, over time, traffic officials presumed to prescribe both your destination and vehicle, you would work to set things right. You would be furious if, while they poked their nose into what is exclusively your business, they simultaneously quit maintaining traffic lights and allowed roads to fall into ruin. If those traffic officials described your efforts to defend your proper prerogatives as ‘…injecting politics into traffic law…’ you would recognize it for rank insolence. It is the same rank insolence that characterizes faithful citizens’ defense of rights endowed by their creator as ‘injecting religion into politics’ and vice versa. Rights enunciated in the Declaration of Independence and defined in the Bill of Rights are not the proper subject of political debate. They are the very foundation of the social contract in America. Now the confrontation between advocates of faith and rights and the advocates of governmental supremacy has become an irrepressible conflict.

When the advocates of governmental intrusion into every corner of daily life complain that any defense against the intrusion is political, they are both right and disingenuous. When everything is politicized, everything said or done is political. But who politicized it? The question now is: are we to be a free people, under God, bearing both moral rights and moral obligations to each other? Or are we to be a subservient people, under government, assigning to it both our rights and our obligations? Don’t call me Ishmael. The two worldviews cannot be reconciled. The latter believes that winning an election confers the power to impose your will on everyone. The former believes that winning an election merely confronts you with the obligation to maintain the traffic lights.

In January of this year (2013), while walking through a Georgia wood after dark, my angel visited me. He had two things to tell me. He was quite amused over the first. He told me I was, indeed, being monitored by government entities, but that I should not be alarmed. I was one of many – and then he broke into a broad grin and told me that while I was a subject of particular interest, they did not take me seriously because I am mostly involved with that superstitious religious stuff. He was much more somber about the second matter. I had long been baffled by the seeming incompetence at the highest levels of government that seemed to be bumbling towards confrontation and crisis. I have been a partisan, but I have also worked with people in both parties at the state and federal level – and much of the internal maneuvering just no longer made sense to me from any perspective. My angel told me it is not bumbling: that there are sinister forces in high seats of power that are bent on triggering an internal conflict. Before I go on, I have to note that Barack Obama is not one of them. He is shallow, vain and petty – qualities that make a man in political life very easy to manipulate. But he is also utterly sincere. That is not a helpful public quality in a man marked by the former three traits, but he genuinely does believe he is doing good. I was told in midsummer of 2008 that he would win the election, that he was the man chosen by God to lead us into the Storm. But I was also told then about his sincerity – and instructed to pray for him each day – for, in the end, long after he has left power leaving the country and world in ashes, he will have a true conversion. He is not destined to be pharaoh, but a sort of Paul, but only after it no longer makes any difference to anyone but him.

But back to now. President Obama is not in command of the government he nominally heads. My angel continued. The darker forces around him, though systematically purging as many men of traditional faith from the top levels of military leadership as they could, still did not trust the military; as the culture of God, duty, honor and country are so long and deeply ingrained there. Neither did they trust local police forces, which have deep ties to the communities they police. So they had vastly expanded, armed and militarized the federal police forces. (It was after I was told this that I saw Homeland Security boasting on its website of having bought 2,600 new armored vehicles for domestic use and its plans to have 30,000 domestic drones in the sky by the end of this decade). Those dark forces had calculated they will win any confrontation – and they need it to secure the gains in authoritarian command. The Constitution, feeble as it has become, is a serious impediment to long-term control. Severe crisis is the only way to topple it entirely. But the darker forces also need to be seen as responding to crisis rather than provoking it, in order to freeze the great mass of people long enough to secure the new order. And so, violent internal conflict will come to America, not because it is inevitable, but because some dark advocates of the supremacy of the state who hold transient power are bent on it.

If they have a plan, so does God. In fact, they are unwitting players in His Divine plan. The most seductive, corrosive evil in mankind is vanity, the belief that we are sufficient to ourselves and masters of all we survey. In the last century, vanity has ascended to power even in this, the former home of the free. If God had forsaken us, He would just let it take its course and it would be the end. But in His love and decision to reclaim us once more, it is God who has brought things to a head, that we may turn back to Him. Those who would supplant God with the state will succeed in calling forth the maelstrom. But it will not go as they plan.

There will be great upheaval – and perhaps two or three transitional “leaders” as various governments fall here and we are reduced to the stability of a banana republic. I know what the entry to the fullness of the Storm looks like and I know what it looks like when we start to pull free from the wreckage, but I am only given a few details of the period of transition from collapse to the beginning of renewal.

The purpose of all the rumblings that surround us now has been to unmask the reality of the assault on God. You can continue to be an advocate for government supremacy, but when the day of judgment comes, you will not be able to say you did not know it was really about overturning God and had nothing to do with compassion or charity. God extends the period so that as many as possible who have been honestly duped because of their lack of wisdom may return to the fold – and so those bitter-enders who are more in love with their own sense of superiority will have no excuse left. It is a drawing of the battle lines.

There is a peculiar pause in people’s attitude of outrage now. It is not a pause in events, which continue to disintegrate with stunning fury, but an awakening of wisdom that we will not be able to skate by serious crisis this time. People are girding their minds and spirits as well as their loins. I tell you it is the beginning of our reclamation – and as the terror envelops the world, know that you will be judged simply by how well you took the next right step and acted as a sign of hope to those around you. Do not be alarmed or frightened – be focused and understand that some of the heroes of the storm will be called from among those who are now enemies of the faith – and some who are now regarded as examples of piety will quickly become betrayers of their neighbor. There are many surprises ahead as Our Lord separates the sheep from the goats.

About charliej373

Charlie Johnston is a former newspaper editor, radio talk show host and political consultant. From Feb. 11, 2011 to Aug. 21, 2012, he walked 3,200 miles across the country, sleeping in the woods, meeting people and praying as he went. He has received prophetic visitation all his life, which he has vetted through a trio of priests over the last 20 years, and now speaks publicly about on this site. Yet he emphasizes that we find God most surely through the ordinary, doing the little things we should with faith and fidelity. Hence the name, The Next Right Step. The visitations inform his work, but are not the focus of it. He lives in the Archdiocese of Denver in the United States.
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98 Responses to The Writing on the Wall

  1. MM Bev says:

    Charlie, this is incredible! I was reading this entry in my binder where I have your blogs. (Actually two binders.) I am just amazed! I remembered reading it earlier, especially the reference to Obama, and I was so happy when I first read it. I knew then that he was sincerely trying to do what he believed was right, and that he survived the storm and saw how wrong he was. I was so happy that he realized that he was wrong. God looks at man’s heart which we can’t do. He is ssoooo unpopular right now, because everything that he chooses makes things worse. It doesn’t matter what area he selects, the result is the same. Wrong. Wrong. Too late. Wrong. People’s deaths. Wrong. Too late. Chose to let them die instead of advancing and eradicating. A true repentance–I cried when I read that, for we could not belong to God, and want any human being to end in hell. I knew when I first saw him before the 2008 election as he spoke in Berlin, that it was 1936, he would win and the end of the era was on it’s way. For me, that was the signal. His track record is so consistent with choosing the exact worst thing for America, I finally was sure it was probably deliberate or inept, or a puppet with orders. Petty and shallow probably won’t keep a person from heaven. But after a true repentance, there isn’t vanity any more. I was so happy. And like us, if God can get him there over his two terms in office, He can clean up anything else He needs to. Thank you for running this selection again. It was amazing for me to close the binder, turn on the computer and press “The Next Right Step.” It’s a confirmation for me about something, but I’m so excited I can’t stop to listen to what!
    But I am so happy, first to have found the blog entry in my binder, and then to see it here on my computer. Yah! Yah! God is amazingly wonderful! And Obama repents, thank You Jesus.

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  2. Bonnie C says:

    Even though I can’t stand the man, I am glad he will eventually convert. I made a prayer card using one of his pictures next to St. Michael. Whenever I happen upon it, I turn it over so I don’t have to look at his face and “turn it over” to St. Michael. I am THAT repulsed.

    Yes, it has been confounding to witness everything being torn to shreds and all the time wondering about the deafening silence from the press. I heard a speaker quote Martin Luther speaking to the bishops over changing scripture. According to the speaker, he told them they looked like a bunch of cows staring at a gate. That is exactly how I have felt, like one of those cows. I have lost count as to how many times I have repeated that quote to myself.

    God bless you Charlie.

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    • Kathleen from NJ says:

      Hi All,
      When Obama was first elected in 2008 I was sick to my stomach because I knew he was really bad news for the country. And when he was re-elected I said to myself are Americans really that dumb and man oh man we are in deep doo doo now. Game over!!

      I, myself, could never look at him, but I have to say that recently I have gotten over ‘myself’ and now when I look at him I actually feel so very badly for him because he just doesn’t get it. I also see a man who thinks and believes he is doing the right thing, but hasn’t had an awakening yet. While unfortunately, and in the mean time, he’s running us straight into a ditch! It is a relief to know from what Charlie has written that Obama will be converted (thanks be to God!) and that some of my thoughts about Obama are right on. In addition, I’ve given a lot of thought to the fact that Pharoah’s stubborness and hardness of heart were used against him in order for the Lord’s plan to go into effect and to get His people out of Egypt. God can use anyone He wants to use to have His will done and the fact that Obama will eventually be converted does fill me with hope that God will achieve His purpose through him and then set him free. Thereby freeing the rest of us!

      I’ve also been praying for our service men for a long long time now, and recently have added Obama, our government leaders, police, fire and rescue personnel throughout the world to my list. They are going to need these prayers! Please add them to your prayer lists. Because when this all hits the fan there will be many many angry people and the thoughts of men alone can cause more damage to another person’s soul than we can possibly imagine. I believe that we will be praying solidly for the protection of our leaders when things get really bad.

      Jesus Son of David won’t you please have pity on us poor wretched sinners.
      Amen and Alleluia!

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      • charliej373 says:

        Actually, Kathleen, Obama will have nothing to do with our rescue. He will be long gone from power, probably living in a sort of isolation and disgrace. His conversion will affect his soul – maybe some of his former acolytes, but it is as personal and private a grace as one done for any of us. Yes, he was the instrument through which we are led into the fullness of the Storm…but God loves and longs for each of his children to come to him. I am told Obama will, but it will not be until long after he has any effect on public policy.

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        • Any comment on the fact that Obama will hold the Presidency until 2017 which is the same year of our rescue? It is my understanding that by the time of the Triumph everyone alive in the world will be converted fully. In other words, the cleansing will have rid all that is of evil or doubt for the “reign of peace”. If Obama only has a conversion long after his leaving of office, he would have to have left office early or lost power prior to his terms end. Forgive me as I have other preconceived notions of events mostly based off of my Medjugorje experience and knowledge.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Understand, David. I have said several times that the government in America will fall, ushering in the period of chaos there. The government will fall, but not the nation. Those who hold office right now – and not just Obama – are almost entirely irrelevant to how we will deal with the battles ahead. Almost all currently holding federal office will be out of power. Mene, mene, tekel upharsin.

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    • Bonnie C says:

      When I have listened to Obama speak, especially lately, he sounds like he is trying to speak things into existence – no matter how ridiculous it is – he sounds like he believes he can make it happen just by speaking it. I noticed it once and now it seems like every time I listen to him it sounds the same way. I’m wondering to myself as I hear him – is he is so narcissistic that he believes those who he actually listens to that he is a god and he CAN speak things into existence? Then, last week I was listening to a cd on Genesis by Dr. Scott Hahn, and he says this Hebrew word that sounded like “ba-rah” (Barack without the ck sound) that means to speak something into existence. I wondered if I got some kind of affirmation on my question.

      I pray for him and his wife and daughters as a discipline because we’re not just supposed to pray for our friends. His support of the slaughtering of innocents is a knife in my heart and I think of him as Herod. It sickens me. Praying for him is serious penance for me.

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  3. MM Bev says:

    From the day that I saw Obama’s speech in Berlin, I began watching on TV and reading on the Internet because of what I knew. The most jaw dropping event was the Democratic Convention for the second Term. God had been totally eradicated from the Democratic platform, and I guess that someone had the wisdom to realize that Americans weren’t quite ready for that one. The M.C had the huge overhead with the statement relating to God in the policy displayed with God back in there. He called for a vocal vote. First the Ayes, and then the Nays. Clearly, even over TV the Nays trounced the Ayes. The look on his face clearly showed dismay. So he said, “I need to call again, to hear properly”. Again the Nays won. He looked totally bewildered, and turned to look off stage, and a woman came out and spoke to him unheard by the people. There he stood, again at the podium, with the huge overhead clearly having already put God back in His place (really?). Once more he called for the vote, heard it and it was the exact same result, and he quickly raised his hands and said,”The Ayes have it.” The people representing the party, calling Nay, became a horrible, screaming, vicious looking crowd. The TV panned over them, and I was horrified to see the total hatred on their faces. It took some moments before things could continue.
    I wondered then if God would really dust His hands and let what would happen, happen. Even when He saw the same faces that had screamed for His Crucifixion 2000 years ago once again, He still forgave. He refused to leave us to the consequences of our actions. We weren’t screaming at the Democratic Convention that night, but we’ve all done our screaming one way or another.
    It is so, so It’s wordless. All one can do is bow down, prostrate one’s self and cry.

    He is coming to the world again, with His Mother, as He did so long ago, to bring us to the fullness of life here and to Life everlasting in eternity. Oh Jesus, Oh Jesus

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    • charliej373 says:

      I was struck at that convention on the resonance of it all: the delegates voted thrice to deny God. All they needed was a rooster to crow twice to make the image perfect. I had just flown into St. Louis to help a friend when that happened.

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    • Mack says:

      I remember that too. It was very chilling. And a few years ago I heard a speaker, a local pro-life Democrat, who told of his experience at the last Dem. convention he had attended. He said when the point about upholding abortion came up on the platform, there was such a swell of cheering and screaming for abortion that it was as if the Devil himself was leading it. Unbdoubtedly he was.

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  4. Chris says:

    It was a shocking moment to watch God be denied 3 times. In my very limited amount of understanding of these matters, I cannot comprehend how the dems went along with this, some in power are my close family members.It has taken me years now to forgive them, many confessions and by the grace of God, I have forgiven them.I remind myself of Jesus words on the cross “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do”.Still I am baffled by their actions, we were raised Catholic, taught to fear God.I forgive them, but it hurts me deeply still.

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    • charliej373 says:

      It shocked me, too, Chris. The man I flew in to help had formerly been a high party official in the State of Illinois and was now a public official official. We both watched the newsclips in stunned amazement. I first saw it at the airport. He was the one who looked at me in bewilderment and said, “Charlie, they just denied God three times.” It was a somber ride back to the house.

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  5. ellenchris says:

    On the morning of election day in 2008, I was standing on line waiting to go to a voting booth, and I was praying about whom to vote for and for the whole election. I believe I heard quite clearly and forcefully: “Obama will be elected — he is My judgement upon your nation.” So I prayed about and pondered this over the next years; it has turned out to be so terribly true. Through him, we are receiving the judgement we have brought upon ourselves. I believe that he was groomed for this position in order to bring us down because the beliefs that have been inculcated into him are so ludicrously false.

    In June of 2013 I heard and saw: “The people of this world have forgotten that I am God; but, they will know [that God is God] when they see My Hand extended.” At first, I thought that His hand extended meant His wrath, but later He began to show me that He would extend His hand over His people in such a way that unbelievers would understand His loving Providence, and some would be brought to faith. I am — and have been for quite a while — firmly convinced that the point of all this is to renew the world into a new and beautiful expression of His Kingdom. As Pelianito recently posted, this can only happen if all the corruption is purged out first. THY Kingdom come, good Lord, THY Holy Will be done, on earth AS it is in Heaven.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Ellen, I constantly marvel at the perfect gems of wisdom Pelianito publishes. I have come to think of her as the Poet Laureate of the Storm.

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      • Fran says:

        I believe that you are right, Charlie. That is the perfect title for her. I was thinking yesterday how Mark Mallett, you, and Pelanito have each provided something to us from your individual gifts that together is truly remarkable and comforting in its resonance. This is just a taste of what God has in store for us, I believe, and why He tells us not to be afraid.

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    • Carol says:

      Ellenchris, I couldn’t agree more. I too am firmly convinced everything currently happening in this world today is to clean up the mess that mankind has created and most sadly, allowed to happen. All will be better in the end. May we all have the wisdom, patience, trust and faith we need to weather this storm.

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  6. Jim says:

    On October 13, 1884, exactly 33 years to the day prior to the great Miracle of the Sun in Fatima, Pope Leo XIII had a soul shaking vision:

    “The guttural voice, the voice of Satan in his pride, boasted to Our Lord: “I can destroy your Church.”
    The gentle voice of Our Lord:”You can? Then go ahead and do so.”
    Satan:”To do so, I need more time and more power.”
    Our Lord:”How much time? How much power?
    Satan:”75 to 100 years, and a greater power over those who will give themselves over to my service.”
    Our Lord:”You have the time, you will have the power. Do with them what you will.”

    in 1898, The Socialist Party of America, a group that embraced Marxism, was born. The Russian Revolution, beginning in 1917 and ending in 1923, ushered in the era of communism I that nation. China entered the Marxist camp in 1921.

    Here in the US, communism gained a small foothold, inching its way into the fiber of our government through a creeping gradualism. Up though WW II, communism was rebuffed for the most part, although the seeds had been sewn for a future harvest.

    An excerpt follows from an article written two years ago that I shared with Charlie (Charlie, I hope you don’t mind but as the fog lifts the conclusions in the article appear to be spot on). The article was written as more of an intelligence assessment of the movement of the US toward a Marxist paradigm, but with hindsight, it appears it was undertaken with just a little divine inspiration:

    “Religion is simply not compatible with Marxism. As Marx wrote:

    ‘Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.
    The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness.’

    Marx believed communism required an atheist state in order to take root:

    ‘Communism begins from the outset with atheism; but atheism is at first far from being communism; indeed, that atheism is still mostly an abstraction.
    The philanthropy of atheism is therefore at first only philosophical, abstract philanthropy, and that of communism is at once real and directly bent on action. ‘

    Lenin’s application of Marxist principles expanded on the subject:

    ‘So far as the party of the socialist proletariat is concerned, religion is not a private affair. Our Party is an association of class-conscious, advanced fighters for the emancipation of the working class. Such an association cannot and must not be indifferent to lack of class-consciousness, ignorance or obscurantism in the shape of religious beliefs. We demand complete disestablishment of the Church so as to be able to combat the religious fog with purely ideological and solely ideological weapons, by means of our press and by word of mouth. But we founded our association, the Russian Social-Democratic Labour Party, precisely for such a struggle against every religious bamboozling of the workers. And to us the ideological struggle is not a private affair, but the affair of the whole Party, of the whole proletariat. ‘

    The United States has been slowly transformed into a country promoting an atheist state. Our religious institutions have been systematically marginalized, with the latest threat warning them to moderate the preaching of Biblical concepts lest they run afoul of new “hate speech” laws. The assault on religious freedom can be traced back to 1947.

    Everson v. Board of Education (330 U.S., 1947) the Supreme Court stated in its majority opinion: “The ‘establishment of religion’ clause of the First Amendment means at least this: Neither a state nor the Federal Government can set up a church. Neither can pass laws which aid one religion, aid all religions, or prefer one religion over another. Neither can force nor influence a person to go to or to remain away from church against his will or force him to profess a belief or disbelief in any religion. No person can be punished for entertaining or professing religious beliefs or disbeliefs, for church attendance or non-attendance. No tax in any amount, large or small, can be levied to support any religious activities or institutions, whatever they may be called, or whatever from they may adopt to teach or practice religion. Neither a state nor the Federal Government can, openly or secretly, participate in the affairs of any religious organizations or groups and vice versa. In the words of Jefferson, the clause against establishment of religion by law was intended to erect ‘a wall of separation between Church and State.’”

    In the 1948 case of Illinois ex rel. McCollum v. Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that religious instruction could not be conducted in public school buildings. Justice Hugo Black declared: “To hold that a state cannot consistently with the First and Fourteenth Amendments utilize its public school system to aid any or all religious faiths or sects in the dissemination of their doctrines and ideals does not, as counsel urge, manifest a governmental hostility to religion or religious teachings. A manifestation of such hostility would be at war with our national tradition as embodied in the First Amendment’s guaranty of the free exercise of religion. For the First Amendment rests upon the premise that both religion and government can best work to achieve their lofty aims if each is left free from the other within its respective sphere. Or, as we said in the Everson case, the First Amendment had erected a wall between Church and State which must be kept high and impregnable.”

    In 1961, in Torcaso v. Watkins, the Court held that the state of Maryland cannot require applicants for public office to swear that they believed in the existence of God. The Court unanimously ruled that a religious test violates the Establishment Clause. See Article VI., Clause 3, of the US Constitution.

    In 1962, in Engel v. Vitale, the U.S. Supreme Court forbade public schools to require the recitation of prayers. Because of the prohibition of the First Amendment against the enactment of any law “respecting an establishment of religion,” which is made applicable to the States by the Fourteenth Amendment, state officials may not compose an official state prayer and require that it be recited in the public schools of the State at the beginning of each school day, even if the prayer is denominationally neutral and pupils who wish to do so may remain silent or be excused from the room while the prayer is being recited.

    In 1963 Abington School District v. Schempp, the Court prohibited any state law or school board to require that passages from the Bible be read or that the Lord’s Prayer be recited in the public schools at the beginning of each school day — even if individual students may be excused from attending or participating in such exercises upon written request of their parents.

    The 1971 Lemon v. Kurtzman case established the three part test for determining if an action of government violates First Amendment’s separation of church and state: 1) the government action must have a secular purpose; 2) its primary purpose must not be to inhibit or to advance religion; 3) there must be no excessive entanglement between government and religion. (Real Audio)
    In the 1980 case of Stone v. Graham, the Supreme Court ruled that the Ten Commandments cannot be posted within the public schools. The ruling stated that the Kentucky statute requiring the posting of a copy of the Ten Commandments, purchased with private contributions, has no secular legislative purpose, and therefore is unconstitutional as violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

    In Wallace v. Jaffree, 1985, the high court voted 6-3 to strike down an Alabama law requiring public schools to set aside a moment of silence for meditation or prayer. Justice John Paul Stevens wrote: “Just as the right to speak and the right to refrain from speaking are complementary components of a broader concept of individual freedom of mind, so also the individual’s freedom to choose his own creed is the counterpart of his right to refrain from accepting the creed established by the majority. At one time it was thought that this right merely proscribed the preference of one Christian sect over another, but would not require equal respect for the conscience of the infidel, the atheist or the adherent of a non-Christian faith such as Mohammedism or Judaism. But when the underlying principle has been examined in the crucible of litigation, the Court has unambiguously concluded that the individual freedom of con science protected by the First Amendment embraces the right to select any religious faith or none at all.”

    In the 1992 Lee v. Weisman case, the Court ruled that public schools may not sponsor invocations at graduation ceremonies. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote: “The First Amendment’s Religion Clauses mean that religious beliefs and religious expression are too precious to be either proscribed or prescribed by the State. The design of the Constitution is that preservation and transmission of religious beliefs and worship is a responsibility and a choice committed to the private sphere, which itself is promised freedom to pursue that mission. It must not be forgotten then, that while concern must be given to define the protection granted to an objector or a dissenting nonbeliever, these same Clauses exist to protect religion from government interference.” http://www.stephenjaygould.org/ctrl/courtrulings.html
    Our courts have taken the concept of freedom of religion and turned it into a mandate for freedom from religion. A mandate found to be the polar opposite of the intent of religious freedom under Constitution. The departure of the US from the original intent of the Constitution in the area of Freedom of Religion is a perfect example of the legislative and judicial corruption of individual and collective rights and liberties.'”

    The attack on religious freedoms above focuses on the direct attacks by the Supreme Court leading to the elimination of God in government. It does not include the ramifications of decisions like Roe v. Wade.

    Attacks that came not from an elected representative body, but from men and women in black robes having no allegiance to the people. A devilish scenario.

    But let’s take a closer look at what has happened in the US since 1948. We have not won a war since WW II. Despite having the best military even to walk the earth, we have been drawn to stalemates and bested by opposition that one would characterize as relatively primitive. Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in 1973, and Saigon soon fell.

    There is ample evidence that we were losing God’s grace in our rejection of Him. And we continue to ignore His please to return to His embrace.

    I leave you with the thoughts of Pelianito who I believe goes by Janet on this blog: http://pelianito.stblogs.com/2014/10/23/if-a-sliver-of-corruption-remains-it-will-soon-infect-all-that-was-rebuilt/

    An interesting observation here: Many appear to be getting the same message at the same time. Daily. That is hardly coincidence.

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    • A stunning confirmation is that the Holy Father spoke about corruption on the SAME DAY as I recorded my message: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/10/23/Pope-Francis-Corruption-Is-a-Greater-Evil-than-Sin . The Holy Spirit has ceased being subtle! He is NEAR!

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      • Jim M. says:

        I also noticed that, Janet! It’s like we’re all being, synchronized. That’s a poor term but the sense is along those lines.

        I also noticed that the daily readings and Gospels seem to say what many of us are thinking and feeling that morning ir the day before. And I see things that you, Mark Mallet and Charlie post, to name just 3, that seem like they were coordinated with precision close to the same time. And often times put into words what I and others sense or feel at the same time.

        I’m not implying in any way that I’m in the same class as those I just mentioned, but it is true that the sheep know their Shepherd’s voice. I spent close to 25 years turning my back on Jesus. Pushing Him away when He tried to reach me. I was in the embrace of evil and far down the road to Perdition. Jesus never gave up me, when He had every earthly reason to do so. Thank God earthly reasoning is not used by the Lord. I got knocked down off that high horse I was riding and lost almost everything. And I thank God for that every day. I started to read that old dusty Bible that seemed to calk to me. Once. Twice. Thrice. That third time I was reading Matthew 6 when it happened. It was if the Word spoke out to me. It was I had eyes before but never really saw, and ears that never really heard. This time, those words became a part of me. I felt them in my heart.

        At that very same time, on the television, white smoke arose from the Vatican chimney signaling the election of a Cardinal from South America as our new Pope. I was and am, so very Blessed. The Prodigal Son is more than a parable. I lived it.

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  7. Patricia says:

    Charlie,
    You may not be able to answer this but how is it that senior, well-meaning Americans, who grew up Democrat and still vote that way because Republicans are the enemy, could watch the denying of God at the convention and still vote Democrat and not be concerned???? And for everyone reading this, they do exist. I know them. They are not Progressives but old-fashioned traditional, Roosevelt, Kennedy-type Democrats. Not, btw, that the upper echelon Republicans are all that great.
    Thank you.

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    • charliej373 says:

      It is a mystery of sorts, Patricia. Some just do not see it…I think it is a perversion of a certain grace. When we love someone over many decades, when we look at them, we still see the vibrant, young person we first knew them as. Once, when my kids were little, I was describing a particular shade of dark brown. They pressed me to be exact. I said it was exactly the shade of their Poppo’s (my Father’s) hair. They were completely befuddled – and my daughter finally said, “But Daddy, Poppo’s hair is silver.” It surprised me because I, of course, knew that…but in my mind’s eye I still saw him with the dark brown hair he had when I was a boy and he was my Daddy.

      A lot of those old folks look at this monstrosity and see the party of Kennedy or Truman or Roosevelt…back when both American parties had their issues, but both had room for God. Now the Democrats have no room for God and often the Republicans look suspiciously like many of them are considering evicting Him. Neither understand that God is in the process of sending them all packing, for all the good they have done of late.

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      • Patricia says:

        Thank you – good explanation.
        As much as I am concerned and frighten by what is coming, as an empty nester, who misses her kids terribly, I will certainly not be bored.

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        • charliej373 says:

          One of my favorite candidate clients who became a dear friend was Andrea Zinga. She ran for Congress twice in Illinois 17th Congressional District. She had spent most of her life as a television anchorwoman – and had a marvelous literary sense and of humor and that just clicked perfectly with mine. She was the anchor on duty for CNN when the Olympic Park bombing happened in Atlanta – and won a national Emmy for her spot reporting that night.

          Anyway, once when she was speaking to a group she said, “Let me close with an Irish blessing: May you live in interesting times.” When she got down by me I leaned in and told her with a sly grin, “Andrea, that is not an Irish blessing; it is a Chinese curse.” She howled with laughter – and often used it when confronted with a hostile crowd.

          Now we all live in interesting times.

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  8. Dawn Walker says:

    From the Daily Mail: The woman in Connecticut who lost both her parents and her 3 little girls in The woman in Connecticut who lost both her parents and her 3 little girls in the house fire Christmas Day last year? This is part of her conversation with Oprah..”…She told me not to be afraid-that there was nothing to be afraid of and that love was the most important thing in the world…”

    Love is. For Love IS God.
    +Peace in Christ. -Dawn

    From the Daily Mail:

    Ms Badger says she starting intensely crying in the bathroom one day, when she looked in the mirror and thought: ‘Wow that woman is in a lot of pain’.

    She says her daughter Sarah then appeared in the reflection along with the other victims of the fire.

    ‘Then Sarah came to me and Lily and Grace and everybody was there,’ Ms Badger told Oprah, ‘And Sarah talked to me and she told me not to be afraid – that there was nothing to be afraid of and that love was the most important thing in the world. And that dreams are more real than this life.’

    Ms Badger immediately called her friend, to tell her of the ‘mind-blowing’ experience.

    ‘I said: “This is real, It is real, it is real. You know I’m not making this up. They’re really talking to me.’

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2810481/Someone-knows-happened-Woman-lost-parents-three-daughters-Christmas-Day-house-fire-reveals-suspicions-three-years-on.html

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  9. ellenchris says:

    Last year I took a course on mission and evangelism with William D. Taylor who is an old war-horse missionary and a saint of God. He has written a book, with Antonia van der Meer and Reg Reimer called, *Sorrow and Blood: Christian Mission in Contexts of Suffering, Persecution and Martyrdom.* The following is my summary of his charting of the process of persecution. Persecution does not just break out all at once; it progresses by steps which can be put on a spectrum as follows:

    1) Normal Relationships – Total Freedom
    People who are different from one another live together in peace
    2) Tolerance
    The dominant group(s) feel somewhat uncomfortable with certain other group(s), but allow them to live in peace by making an effort to overlook their differences
    3) Intolerance
    The divergent group(s) are mocked and held up to ridicule. They are the butt of jokes and are not included in “polite society.” The dominant groups begin to exclude the “dissenters” from their social circles.
    4) Marginalization
    The unacceptable group(s) are increasingly overtly excluded from participation in public and social life. They lose jobs, position and esteem in society. It is considered virtuous when other people subject them to criticism. Their own defense of themselves is discounted.
    5) Harassment
    The unacceptable group(s) begin to be denied work opportunities, business and publishing opportunities, inclusion in academic institutions. They may be subject to local beatings or minor punishments.
    6) Persecution
    The protection of law is withdrawn; when brought to court their pleas or testimony are discounted. Hatred and physical and emotional harm against them is permitted or even encouraged.
    7) Total Persecution
    The dominant culture and government institute laws against the lives and liberty of the persecuted group: jailings, beatings and torture;
    Execution and murder — actual martyrdom.

    All these stages exist in our world now. Notice that “tolerance” is already a step on the way. I would put the USA probably somewhere between 4 and 5. Are we praying for grace to get ready for 6 and 7? No fear — just total trust in God.

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    • charliej373 says:

      A marvelous and accurate list, Ellen. You can follow that trajectory throughout history – against almost all persecuted groups. One of the nuances the list doesn’t touch upon is that, as step four begins in earnest, the group doing the persecuting almost always justifies itself by claiming to have been victimized by those they are persecuting. Hitler claimed the Jews were impoverishing and cheating good Germans; Stalin claimed whichever group he was persecuting was viciously persecuting him; in the French Revolution, they gleefully beheaded aristocratic children because they were “persecutors.” The persecutors always try to claim the moral authority of victim to justify their homicidal rage.

      I think we are somewhere between five and six right now.

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      • ellenchris says:

        Yes, Charlie. That is how it is done. No one wants to be the bad guy — “*We* would never hate or hurt anyone, but we must protect those whose “rights” are being violated by those bad people, the __________.” First you have to demonize the group you hate. The same kind of demonizing and stereotyping that was used against Jews in Europe before WWII is now being applied to Christians. I keep hearing the phrase, “The Haters. . . .” Just who are these “haters” supposed to be? We know that term does not apply to us, but the marxist/progressivist gang hangs that tag right onto Christians, trying to make us look like the bad guys. That is an added reason why we need to let our light shine: to show clearly just what a lie it is to call us “The Haters.” It is long overdue to name bigotry against people of Faith as actual bigotry. But, we also need to demonstrate the truth: they will know we are Christians by our love. There should never be any evil talk or backbiting among us, or we give ammunition to the enemy.

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        • MM Bev says:

          Ellenchris: Your words chime a chord in my heart…”to let our light shine”…
          One of my favorite passages in the Old Testament is from Baruch: Ch 3:32b

          “He who dismisses the light, and it departs,
          calls it, and it obeys Him, trembling.
          Before whom the stars at their posts
          shine and rejoice;
          When He calls them, they answer, “Here we are!”
          shinning with joy for their Maker.
          Such is our God;
          no other is to be compared to Him.”

          I love this passage. We are all stars; each of us large or small, reflecting back the only light we have–like mirrors before our Maker. And truly when He calls we must answer, “Here we are!”
          We must shine and rejoice filled with joy for our Maker. And as Charlie stresses, we must be steady in our post, the place He has put us. Such is our God, no other can compare to Him.

          In this darkness this is what we are called to do. Only then will those in darkness see His light and return to Him.

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  10. Diane says:

    A true opium of the people is a belief in nothingness after death – the huge solace of thinking that for our betrayals, greed, cowardice, murders we are not going to be judged. Czeslaw Milosa

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  11. Observer says:

    A bit off topic I suppose but from a conservative Cardinal who maintained his dignity and thus had and continues to have great influence on the happenings in the Church and for the people of God. He did this with respect for his brother Bishops and especially for the Pope himself. And by his own words and behavior he elevates himself far higher than those on the fringes who attempted a type of mutiny to gain some kind of upper hand, notice, and self service from their personal “constituencies”. This Cardinal is one we are fortunate to have and to trust when the ship is being attacked from all sides and from within. IOW, he isn’t a “hysteric” when questions are raised. The informative entire homily is worth reading.

    Cardinal Pell: ‘Today we have one of the more unusual popes in history’

    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/c…have-one-of-the-more-unusual-popes-in-history

    “The story of the Popes is stranger than fiction, but the contribution of the many good Popes far outweighs the sins and mistakes of the minority,” Cardinal George Pell wrote in a homily delivered on his behalf in Rome’s parish dedicated to the traditional Latin Mass. “Today we have one of the more unusual popes in history, enjoying almost unprecedented popularity.”

    The homily was delivered at Ss. Trinità Church to participants in the 3rd annual Summorum Pontificum pilgrimage in Rome by the Cardinal’s secretary Fr. Mark Withoos, as the cardinal was prevented from celebrating the Mass because of bronchitis.

    Pell, one of the pope’s most senior cardinals and the one to whom the pope entrusted the reform of the Vatican’s finances, was an outspoken voice of orthodoxy during the Synod as a so-called ‘radical’ minority of Synod fathers attempted to push through reforms that would open the door to acceptance of homosexuality, cohabitation, and other changes to Catholic moral teaching.

    In the homily, focused mainly on the importance of the papacy, Cardinal Pell wrote that it is “one of the most amazing institutions in history,” and emphasized the Church was built by Christ on “Peter himself, despite his faults and failings.”

    “Pope Francis is the 266th Pope and history has seen 37 false or anti-Popes,” he said, adding that Francis “is doing a marvelous job backing the financial reforms.”

    Turning to the fallout of the Synod, Pell wrote: “We all have an important task during the next twelve months i.e. to explain and build a consensus out of the present divisions.”

    “We will be counter productive if we have anger or hate in our hearts, if we lapse into sterile polemics against a surprisingly small number of catholic opponents.”

    He reassured his hearers that doctrine does not change. “Doctrine does develop – we understand truth more deeply – but there are no doctrinal back-flips in Catholic history.”

    Cardinal Pell’s full homily is available here
    https://s3.amazonaws.com/lifesite/Iuventutem_Pilgrimage_2014.pdf

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    • charliej373 says:

      Yes, as is probably obvious here, I have become quite4 an admirer of Sydney’s Cardinal Pell – and our Australians in this community are delighted with his rise – and his obvious worthiness for that rise. He is a man suited to these times.

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    • vicardwm says:

      Wow, you really don’t like Cardinal Burke, do you? The post is supposedly about Cardinal Pell, but then again, not really. Cardinal Burke may have made a mistake – I’ll leave that up to God to judge. If he did make a mistake, it was out of love for the Church.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Thank you, Vicar. I do want to reiterate that, despite my disappointment with certain things at the Synod, I remain an admirer of Cdl. Burke. He has done much good for the Church – and particularly much good for the Church in America. I think it really is important to look at the fullness of a man’s life…and Cdl. Burke has borne abundant fruit. I do think he erred in his judgment of how to handle things at the Synod, but I do agree with what Vicar says that any errors were a matter of judgment how to fully express his love for the faith. And I think the Church is much richer for Cdl. Burke having played such an abundantly fruitful role for so long. Though I wrote and believe that both he and Cdl. Kasper muddied the waters of the Synod, I do not think there is any equivalence between the two. If Cdl. Burke erred as I think, it was an aberration. For Cdl. Kasper, erring is just business as usual in my estimation.

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  12. Bob says:

    Thanks Charlie for your reminder about praying for Pres Obama. I have forgotten the command to pray for kings and all in leadership and we should pray that as many as possible be saved, and for each leader individually as God loves them. God forgive me for my lack of trust, and especially after the mercy He has shown me when I was so undeserving!

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  13. lynnfiat says:

    Charlie, I was amazed when I read what you said about “the reality of the whirlwind of chaos about to make landfall, to steady you…” Back in July, 1995 during Adoration, Our Lord said to me, “Soon there will be a whirlwind coming. Hold on to me that you may not be swept away by the wind.” As I lived in Florida at the time (I had just come into the Church two years prior, in 1993), I immediately thought He meant a hurricane, but interiorly knew it meant something else. I now understand completely. Thank you, Jesus! May we all hang on tightly to Our dear Lord and Mother Mary and never let go!!! In the Heart of Jesus & Mary.

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  14. Dan Lynch says:

    “In the stormy sea in which you are sailing, hasten all to my Immaculate Heart.”

    These are the first words that Our Lady spoke in a hopeful message to Father Gobbi of the Marian Movement of Priests on October 13, 1982 at Fatima. I was the lawyer for the Movement in the United States at the time. It is also a message for our times.

    Below is the full message (No. 252 which has an Imprimatur) in which Our Lady says, “These then are times of chastisement and of salvation, of justice and of mercy.… If the Church is, in its human reality, darkened and wounded, these rays [from my Immaculate Heart] will open it … to the full witness of its unity in holiness….I am the dawn which precedes today.…. All creation will know the new and long-awaited time of its perfect glorification of God.”

    “In the stormy sea in which you are sailing, hasten all to my Immaculate Heart. I came down from heaven to give you this anchor of salvation. Cling to the anchor which has been prepared for you by my merciful love.
    Come to me, children, never before so menaced by the cold of sin, by the torment of hatred, by the tempest of rebellion against God and his law, by the earthquake of moral disorder, by the danger of war, destruction and famine.
    In this world, which has become worse than at the time of the flood, you are truly running the danger of being lost, along the wicked roads of sin and infidelity, in this life, and the threat of perdition for all eternity, in the next.
    How many souls there are, in fact, who go each day to hell, because the request I made of you in this very place, to return to God along the road of prayer, of penance and of interior conversion, has not yet been acted on.
    These then are times of chastisement and salvation, of justice and of mercy. In view of these times, I prepared a secure refuge for you where you must gather together to be comforted and saved.
    This refuge is my Immaculate Heart!
    From my Heart there issue in ever increasing reflected strength, the rays which come forth from the Heart of Jesus, so that you may walk along the way of grace and of holiness, of love and of mercy, of truth and of fidelity.
    If the world is filled with the darkness of sin, these rays descend like a dew, and they urge it to open itself to the radiant noonday of its renewal. All creation will know the new and long-awaited time of its perfect glorification of God.
    If the Church is, in its human reality, darkened and wounded, these rays will open it to the light of the Gospel of Jesus, to the custody of the deposit of faith which has been entrusted to it alone, and to the full witness of its unity in holiness.
    I am the dawn which precedes the day.
    My light, which shines out in the night which still enwraps the world, is you who are consecrated to my Immaculate Heart, you who are totally entrusted to me that you may listen to me and follow me. Increase in prayer, in humility, and suffering and in confidence.
    Soon you will see the great day of the Lord, prepared for by so much sorrow and so many tears, by so much love and so much hope, by many prayers and by unceasing suffering.”

    To learn more about the Marian Movement of Priests and the call to Total Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, you may click the link below:

    http://jkmi.wsiefusion.net/dan-lynch-store/the-call-to-total-consecration-to-the-immaculate-heart-of-mary

    Dan Lynch
    Dan Lynch Apostolates promoting devotion to
    Our Lady of Guadalupe, Jesus King of All Nations,
    Our Lady of America and Saint John Paul II
    144 Sheldon Road, St. Albans, VT 05478
    Phone: 802-524-5350 – Fax: 802-524-5673
    Visit our website at http://www.JKMI.com
    E-Mail Us at JKMI@JKMI.com
    May Our Lady of Guadalupe keep you under the mantle of her protection and
    may the Reign of Jesus King of All Nations be recognized in your heart!

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  15. jaykay says:

    Thank you for calling that post up again, Charlie. It was one of the first I read, actually, when I first became aware of your blog and the reference to Pres. O quite took me aback because, even though I’m not in the US, well, y’know… and then I could never find it again, when I wanted to show it to a good friend, so it’s great to have it. And the warning to the “bitter enders” was very timely as well, because there can be a heck of a lot of that tendency in me.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Lord, save us all from lingering resentments that mainly serve to create fresh wounds!

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      • jaykay says:

        Oh Charlie, do we here in Ireland who have made an industry out of dwelling on past hurts ever know that? How does it go again? “… as we forgive those who trespass against us”. Most difficult thing in Christianity, IMHO. Pride.

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        • charliej373 says:

          I know, I know…my primary ethnic makeup is a blend of Irish, German and American Indian. The Indian tribe was a relatively peaceful one in Georgia, so it is the calmest of all the major influences. I am amazed that somehow my ancestors somehow managed to pair off rather than just kill each other. (And for anyone who wants to correct me that it is Native American, someone tried that once when I was doing radio. I growled “I am a native American because I was born here. I am part Indian because that’s what my great-grandfather was. And don’t tell me what I have to call myself, paleface.”)

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  16. Irish7 says:

    If they are tracking you, then your readers and commenters as well, yes?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Monitoring me, not tracking so much. I think it is safe to say they regard you as a bunch of superstitious ninnies, too. But with the revelations that came out in May of 2013, they are gathering info on EVERYONE. I think it safe to say they are targeting groups that touch on code words like militia, revolt and such things. But frankly, if you are conservative, Christian, pro-life, a vet, pro-gun, anti-tax or any of a host of other traditional American beliefs and have emailed about it, it is pretty safe to say you are on a government radar screen. They have publicly and officially defined pro-lifers, Christians, pro-gun folks and anti-tax advocates as potential terrorists in Dept. of Homeland Documents and in military training brochures. So you are kind of stuck unless you want to abandon all your beliefs and become a good little comrade.

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      • anonymous says:

        yes Charlie, you are so right again. this might be off subject, i dunno, however….my mother passed away recently and she had a stockpile of guns that my dad used to collect. he passed away years ago. anyhoo, one was a submachine gun…my sister “took” it and said she would contest if i didnt sign the gun over, i did because, well i dont need a machine gun….long story short, ATF has been at my door twice asking questions about my sister….

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  17. Mack says:

    I’m very happy to hear that Obama will be converted. I have been praying for that. I remember in 2008 that I had joined an online group specifically to pray for the election. I’m Catholic but it was mostly evangelicals, and I was happy to see how fervent they were in their prayers. I knew that many other people were praying. So when Obama won, though I also knew it would be a disaster for the USA, I had a very clear feeling that God wanted him to win. My speculation was so that this nation would reap what it had sown, but like you say, Charlie, that through it people would be brought to conversion. I felt the same thing the night the Obamacare bill passed Congress. It was like the perfect storm. And I guess it was–for the purpose that the real Storm might unfold. It has been very painful to watch the decline of this once great nation, formed under God.

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    • Fran says:

      When Obama won the election…I thought the same thing too, Mack, that we had gotten the President that we deserved, and we will reap what we have sown. But if that was going to be how our country was converted then it must be. I am happy to know that he will eventually have a conversion, and right now I feel sorry for him.I mean my heart is literally hurting for him. I never thought I would say that. Sometimes the Lord does that for me though with someone. I think it is so I will not judge. Obama may be shallow, vain, and dishonest, and made some bad decisions, but he has been used as a puppet also, and once the realization of that and what part he played in our country’s demise hits him , it will be extremely painful and perhaps he will be in deep despair for a long time, so we definitely should pray much for him. Thinking of him like this is really going to change the way I pray for him.

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  18. Mrs.B says:

    Charlie,
    Did your angel tell you that these people in control of the leaders are actually evil or just obsessed with control?

    You wrote many times about your angels. Can you describe how they look or behave? Are the archangels different from the guardian angels? Did you name your angel or does he have a name? I’ve never seen one so I’d be interested to know more info about it.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Hi Mrs. B…there was a religious group that abused naming angels that may or may not have existed a few years back, reducing it to a sort of superstition. So the Vatican forbade publicizing private devotion to or naming of angels not referenced directly in Scripture. I obey that. As I have said here before, though, the primary angel who has worked to prepare me since childhood is St. Gabriel. You will forgive me, but I am not inclined to answer much in the way of questions about that beyond what I write outside of dealing directly with the priests who direct me and their superiors.

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      • D Shea says:

        Since I don’t know my Guardian Angel’s name I call him/her DA …. D’s Angel 😉 I’ve told him/her, over the years, that I think he/she sleeps on the job too much and/or needs a bigger 2×4. It’s my private belief that children that die young make up God’s Guardian Angel Legion …. I’m looking forward to meeting mine!

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      • Mick says:

        OK, I’m confused. My husband and I, over the past 15 or so years, taught all our kids to name their angels so that when they pray to them they have a name to call them. It’s not for superstitious purposes, but rather to facilitate their development of a personal relationship with their angels. Is this sort of “naming” forbidden by the Church? Do I need to tell my kids, “My bad; you need to ‘un-name’ your angel”?

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        • charliej373 says:

          No Mick. It was in response to a particular abuse that was growing by a group. What you did for your kids was good and tender. Now if you started holding public meetings and teaching others the ‘names’ of these angels and promoting devotion to them, that would be a problem. But a tender kindness like you did for your kids, that makes it more intimate and personal for them, not a problem.

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          • Mick says:

            Thanks for clearing that up, Charlie. That’s a pretty hilarious image: Holding prayer meetings to encourage devotion to my kids’ angels. Ha!

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          • Jim M. says:

            I would hazard a guess and say that part of the concern with group out there promoting devotions to named angels was the prospect of someone bringing the name of a fallen angel into the mix. You don’t want to give demons an invitation to share your space ir presence. And invoking them by name does just that.

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          • Jim M. says:

            I would hazard a guess and say that part of the concern with a group out there promoting devotions to named angels was the prospect of someone bringing the name of a fallen angel into the mix. You don’t want to give demons an invitation to share your space or presence. And invoking them by name does just that.

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    • According to traditional Catholic theology (and actual Church teaching), angels are pure spirits. This means that they do not have matter and form as do material objects. They do not exist in space and do not have physical bodies, so that one individual cannot be distinguished on the basis of what body it has and the particular enclosure of three dimensional space it occupies (it is said that an angel is located only on the basis of where it is active, not where its being resides). They are distinguished by essence alone – as essence is the holistic “what” of a thing – “catness” for cats, “chairness” for chairs, etc. (essence is transcendent to what the physical sciences study and is an objective reality in its own right – it is the objective reality of essence that renders something intelligible to an understanding). As a result, each angel is its own species. They are not bodies with a particular form, occupying a particular place, but are pure species independent of space (the imagination cannot picture this, but the intellect can form a concept of it). Only the type of species differentiates one angel from another. The type of species of angels is completely dissimilar to the type of species of physical things, and is a complete mystery to us in this life. When they do appear to us, they take on a form that we can recognize – but it is only an assumed form, not their true nature.

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  19. Mrs.B says:

    Fair enough. I wouldn’t want you to answer anything that you are uncomfortable with. I was discussing angels with a group of friends today and I thought you would more than us. I don’t know much about this subject, but would like to understand more.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thanks, Mrs. B. I hope I didn’t give you the idea the question upset me. It didn’t. Curiosity is natural on such matters. There are just some things I can speak of and some I really shouldn’t. I don’t take offense at any honorable question reasonably asked. Let me try a few simple things.

      Angels are a different order of being than men. Popular culture often makes humans after they have passed from this life into angels. Not so. Angels are a separate branch of creation. They are greater than us as we are here, but we are greater than they are in our glorified form. They guide us, like regents did minor kings in ancient times. They are spiritual beings.

      There is a fictional story I did that reflects my impression of angels. If you have a Kindle, you can get it from Amazon here. It will cost you 99 cents. Sorry – but hey, if you don’t like it you’re just out 99 cents.

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      • MM Bev says:

        My handicaps, especially my double vision and no proper sense of balance, would prevent me from living alone. My guardian angel helps me often all through the day. I can’t imagine not living without his help. Years ago, before I had any handicaps, I wanted to know his name, and I had a dream that he told me. I even remember the name in the morning. I was aware by that time in reflecting, that he had saved my life three times, It’s a name I didn’t like, so in an effort to remedy that I looked up the origin. It’s Irish, as a quarter of me is. That mollified me a bit. I have a brother who is a missionary brother. He has worked in a number of countries, and has learned a lot of languages and cultures in order to do that. (Charlie, when he enters Burma, he has two men who follow him the entire time. He calls them “minders”) He knows Arabic well and when he was working in Egypt, and came home I asked him what the name was in Arabic. He paused for a moment, looked at me and said that in Arabic the pronunciation would be slightly different and it meant “Friend of God”. That completely changed my mind about the name, which I think is splendid now. I don’t see him (him, only because he has a male name), but I would have to have a “minder” of my own if it weren’t for him.
        As an example, and yes, Kyle has a marvelous sense of humor, I had my younger son over for a visit. He was about to leave and asked where his keys were. So I asked Kyle where Richards keys were. (He finds my keys and my purse and the pills I’ve dropped and other things all the time) There is no speech; I just get a thought in my head. In this case it was by the front door. I have a small tray there and often set them down instead of hanging them on the key hooks. So I trotted to the front door and … there were my keys. So I laughed and said that I didn’t need mine; Richard’s, as I carried them to hang them up. And there in place of my keys on the hook, looking just like mine, were Richard’s. I ;just love Kyle.

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      • MM Bev says:

        Charlie, I didn’t have any knowledge about not telling anyone your guardian angel’s name, or what the Vatican said. Everyone and their dog know my angel’s name, because I talk to him out loud when I ask for his help, even when we are alone together. I guess it’s too late now. I have found that people who were aware that I did, turned for help from their own guardian angels too. We should, you know. I know they help us even if we don’t ask, but they help a lot more when we do. As a child I was taught the simple prayer to our guardian angel, and was encourage to seek his help, so I did. I didn’t name him, just addressed him as “angel”.

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  20. Hi Charlie,
    I don’t even know where to start when it comes to commenting on this post. I guess at the top. “Mene, mene, tekel, upharsin” is a biblical verse I am very familiar with: over the years I have received a number of words of knowledge along with a series of extremely vivid dreams pertaining to the spiritual state of this country (which is grievous indeed). I know that the US has been “weighed and found wanting” and your post (a number of them actually) is similar in nature to what I have seen, though yours is in a much greater manner. In 2009, one of the words described America as “Babylon”. I’ve shared a number of these words online over the years but this particular word took me aback because it clearly referred to America as Babylon. The word I share below was different from the words I usually get. I had received words previously that God was “calling people out of Babylon” but Babylon was symbolic for the spirit of the world. Not this one though:
    America!
    Where are your children?
    A treasury of graces I have poured upon you, but you have turned your back on the Author of Life and in your pride your once great country lies in ruins.
    Fallen! Fallen! Is Babylon the great!
    Your streets run red with the blood of the innocent.
    Blood on your hands!
    A leader of the nations I appointed you.
    No more! Enough I say!
    A bowl of wrath I pour upon you.
    You have been weighed and found wanting.

    When I told the Lord, “I don’t know if I can write that, Lord. A bowl of wrath? I mean, really! They’ll think I’m a nut!” he directed me to the read Daniel Chapter 5, The Writing on the Wall. ” This is the writing that was inscribed: Mene, Mene, Tekel, and Peres. These words mean: Mene, God has numbered your kingdom and put an end to it; Tekel, you have been weighed on the scales and found wanting; Peres, your kingdom has been divided and given to the Medes and Persians.” Daniel ch. 5: 25-28

    What caused the downfall of Belshazzar? He did not humble his heart. ” You had the vessels of his temple brought before you, so that you and your nobles, your wives and your entertainers, might drink wine from them; and you praised the gods of silver and gold, bronze and iron, wood and stone, that neither see nor hear nor have intelligence. But the God in whose hand is your life breath and the whole course of your life, you did not glorify.”

    When I read these words from Daniel I understood that the days in America (as we know it) were numbered, so strong was the the witness in the spirit after reading these words.

    2009 was an odd year. I received more words and dreams than any year previous to that. Most of the dreams were of widespread civil unrest in this country. In most of the dreams I would see these unusual vehicles, a type of armored truck. I didn’t think too much about these vehicles until last year when I caught my first glimpse of one in an article about the Boston bombing. I saw them again recently in articles on the riots in Ferguson. The ones in my dreams were a dark gray though some were a dark brown. They weren’t being used FOR the people but against the people, sad to say.

    I also saw people being put in detention camps and in some of these the faces of our attackers were Chinese. People were being placed in the back of dark brown trucks (that looked a little bit like the smaller UPS trucks where the back doors open side to side, not straight up). These trucks were taking men, women and children of all ages to what I believe were detention camps.(And doing worse things, as well.) I always wondered why I saw civil unrest in some dreams and in others attackers from China but after reading your blog I understand it’s because we are going to see both.

    (If you feel that this is unsuitable to post here I understand. I just wanted you to know that what I’ve seen very much follows what you have said here on your blog. I guess part of me was hoping that what I saw was wrong.)

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    • Nancy says:

      Mary, I don’t receive messages as such, but I have a little voice that I am learning to pay attention to. At adoration on Sunday, I opened my bible and asked to be shown what I must read. I opened it to Jeremiah 50, The Judgment Against Babylon. I am still reading and contemplating that chapter, but verses 4 and 5 filled me with hope: “In those days and in that time, says the Lord, the people of Israel and the people of Judah shall come together, weeping as they come; and they shall seek the Lord their God. They shall ask the way to Zion, with faces turned toward it, saying “Come, let us join ourselves to the Lord in an everlasting covenant which will never be forgotten.’ How beautiful is that.
      Interestingly, I decided to read the Lord of the Rings trilogy again (I have a very hard time reading fiction anymore) and I came across something I had marked that I feel is appropriate to this time:
      All that is gold does not glitter,
      Not all those who wander are lost;
      The old that is strong does not wither,
      Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
      From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
      A light from the shadows shall spring;
      Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
      The crownless again shall be king.

      🙂 I want to be a sign of hope

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      • charliej373 says:

        I love that passage, Nancy. Thanks.

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      • Irish7 says:

        Beautiful Mary! Thank you.

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      • Irish7 says:

        Oops I meant Nancy!

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      • Beauty from the ashes 🙂 God does this all the time! Thanks, Nancy!

        God brings things to the surface in order to heal them. I believe the chaos we see in society today is actually a great grace and a mercy – a sign of great hope. Have you ever heard of the term “black grace”? I think Archbishop Fulton Sheen coined this phrase but I am unsure. This is when God draws his people through having them face the horror that is their sin. According to Dr. Peter Kreeft it is revelation by darkness rather than light. It’s happening everywhere. God allows it when there is no other way of reaching people and it is a mercy (which we often find out afterwards…lol).

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  21. Mark says:

    This statement makes not sense in relation to what you have said in other posts. In speaking about Obama you said, “But I was also told then about his sincerity – and instructed to pray for him each day – for, in the end, long after he has left power leaving the country and world in ashes, he will have a true conversion. He is not destined to be pharaoh, but a sort of Paul, but only after it no longer makes any difference to anyone but him.

    “long after he has left power leaving his country and world in ashes, he will have a true conversion”. Now you have said that you have also been shown that the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary comes later in 2017. Obama is out of office in January of 2017. Does “long after he has left power” mean months later, cause one would think it meant years. Or does his conversion come long after the Triumph?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Mark, I know these things can be hard to really wrap your mind around, but I have said in several posts – and several recent ones – that the government – all of it – is going to fall. I understood people getting confused when I say the nation will survive. But I would think it would be clear that when I say that the government will fall, that means the head of that government will not finish his term – as well as most other federal officials. It will be up to others to rally us to weather the Storm.

      I really do understand it is hard to wrap your mind around all the implications of it, but I hope you can appreciate my frustration that when I say things like EVERYTHING is gping to change, the whole government is going to fall and other such things, people say that they understand but then come back with a statement that, “but wait, Obama does not leave office until 2017.” EVERYTHING is going to be upended. EVERYTHING.

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      • Mack says:

        Charlie, it is hard to wrap my mind about that. I feel kind of relieved to think that Obama won’t finish his term, but maybe what’s coming will be worse! In any case, in my own circumstances there’s not much I can do to prepare except prepare spiritually, which in the end is the most important thing. But just knowing that things will radically change, while scary, is also somewhat of a consolation because in the end things will be completely renewed. Even without knowing particulars, having a sense that things will change is good because it can help us to be more detached and to trust God.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Forgive me if I sometimes sound a little flustered, Mack. I have had 50 years to wrap my mind around this stuff. Just remember…this IS the New Advent. Oh, how I long for the renewed devotion to the Child of Bethlehem!

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          • jaykay says:

            And surely the journey to Bethlehem was not easy, not just stepping on a bus. They walked, most likely with the donkey (ass) for Mary. And when they got there after a long hard journey it didn’t become a bed of roses in a four-star hotel either. But the Son of God was born and Angels rejoiced and told the Shepherds. The lowest of the low were the first to see. And they believed, and returned praising and blessing God. Our Advent is just beginning, it seems, and we’re going to have to travel a hard road. The Kings also travelled long and hard, and didn’t find quite what they expected, perhaps. But they knew as soon as they saw Him. And then the exile in Egypt. Yeah, from what you say, Charlie, our Advent is beginning and it won’t be easy. God give us strength and faith for the journey – even if it’s not a journey in the conventional sense. I don’t normally think like this but it does all make sense, the only sense there is really.

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  22. aj says:

    Actually D Shea…Angels are Angels and people are people. Children that die young make up the army of the Saints. All the Angels have been created before man. What is so amazing to me is that The Father created DA specifically for you so many thousands of years before you were conceived and “he’s” been patiently waiting all that time for you. Isn’t that amazing? When we cross over and meet him face to face it is only then we will understand the devotion, commitment and Love our Angel has for us…speak with him often and he will reveal himself and give you much counsel and insight…Trust me on that.

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    • D Shea says:

      Thanks AJ but I’ll stick to my silly misconceptions 😉 I don’t waste time arguing about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin ……. too much bad S*** is “Goin’ Down Now” for that!! God Bless!!

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      • NancyA says:

        You really do not want to be sticking to your silly misconceptions on articles of faith… if you’re Catholic, you’re bound…

        Charlie, I’ve had a growing unease about an Irish Catholic woman who has become very popular by writing and talking about all the angels she sees… she even blesses people at her appearances and talks. I had no idea about the info regarding the Vatican’s stance on that. Thank you… I’ll have to research that! I just felt like this woman is leading people to focus too much on angels and not on God Himself…

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        • charliej373 says:

          In these times, Nancy, there are, I think, many who are getting a real sense of the eternal. The veil grows thin. But the satan send more to his minions, too, both to confuse and to discredit the very purpose of prophecy. In all things, I thing the key is to stick with what is true to the Church and the sense of peace it gives you. If something is good, it will show itself to be so, regardless of whether it is prophetic or not.

          I worry that people are setting themselves up with the wrong standards…confounding prophecy with fortune-telling. The devil makes a great fortune-teller. He is privy to the rumblings far beneath the surface of the earth, knows the quakes and the disorders to come, understands the patterns of the weather and is privy to the spoken conversations of men, even in their private councils. If fortune-telling is what you seek, he can send his minions to dazzle you. But he cannot discern the things or the plans of heaven, or simple love or peace. Prophecy turns your eyes towards heaven, towards the eternal. It is a wonder in our eye, neither to be fully grasped even as it sets our hearts afire with fresh devotion and deep peace.

          Jesus says His sheep know His voice. If you hear what you think to be a strange voice, don’t follow it.

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  23. Maria says:

    It is interesting that you write of President Obama’s conversion at a later time. In June of 2008, I was in Medjugorje on pilgrimage with Michael Brown of Spirit Daily and a large group of people. One of the young men staying in the same house as I and my friends was an assistant of Phyllis Schlafley (I’m not sure of the spelling of her name.). At any rate, one morning he came down to breakfast all excited. He said he had had an amazing dream the night before about presidential candidate Obama. He told us that in his very real seeming dream Obama had come to Medjugorje and was converted. We all laughed and said we hoped it happened right away. Perhaps it was a prophetic dream after all.

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  24. Julia says:

    Wow Charlie, you are talking about a very big wig Angel in St. Gabriel. This is the Angel who brought Gods’ message to Mary. WOW. Isn’t he one of Gods’ ambassadors?
    I have heard St Gabriel is the guardian angel of Mary our blessed mother. WOW.

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    • charliej373 says:

      He didn’t identify himself until about 15 years ago – and then only when I started to think he was someone else. He worked with me for some 35 years in which he did not identify himself and I did not press. I have thought about that sometimes. I think he probably didn’t identify himself for so long because, even as a boy, I might have been intimidated or gotten a big head. It was better that I got used to having him around before he told me that. But it also made sense. I see the Storm now in terms of a New Advent. Gabriel was in the thick of the original Advent. This is not the end, but a return to the joy of the Babe in the cradle. It makes sense to me that he would be allowed to continue what he was sent to announce in the first place. And I am used to him now – and know also that anytime I have gotten a little proud, he has gently (and on a couple of occasions, firmly) corrected me.

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  25. ellenchris says:

    Here is a little sign of hope in reference to what has been said about the role of Russia in the future:

    http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/commentandblogs/2014/10/22/russia-has-experienced-a-spiritual-resurrection/#.VE52mzNqNe0.email

    In the early 1990s I had a talk with a young Russian priest who was over here studying. He said that after the USSR fell, all the clergy did from morning until night, day after day was baptize people. Those who had not had the opportunity to be baptized previously came in droves.

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  26. Mark says:

    Charlie, thanks for the feedback. I have come to understand the total colapse of every structure since I read/heard Ralph Martin’s 1975 prophecy at Rome. If Obama was to ‘enter the light’ it would be of the greatest miracles ever, as he is surely one of satan’s greatest useful idiots today. Our family pray’s for our leaders every evening.

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    • charliej373 says:

      “Useful idiot,” that old Soviet term for suckers it got to help advance its agenda against their home countries out of a false sense of idealism and a preening sense of a superior intellect, is precisely the right term here.

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  27. Patricia says:

    Mark,
    Could you explain Ralph Martin’s prophecy?? Thank you.

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    • Bob says:

      Here is a link to the Rome prophecies from Ralph Martin’s Renewal Ministries
      http://www.renewalministries.net/files/freeliterature/Prophecies_Pentecost_Monday.pdf

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      • Bob says:

        The history here is that the Catholic charismatic renewal had been having yearly conferences and in 1975 they wanted it in Rome to show the unity of the renewal and it’s desire to be in submission to the church and these prophecies were given at, I think, their last gathering of that conference in the summer of 1975.

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        • charliej373 says:

          It is striking, Bob. I appreciate seeing that material from the early, vibrant days of the Charismatic Movement.

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        • Bob says:

          And when I first read these prophecies I was a young Christian and thought how good it would be to suffer for Christ, experience persecution, etc. and now with a wife and kids I am less eager to desire suffering. Incidentally, I once read a book by Thomas More “The Sadness of Christ” which he wrote while he was waiting in the tower of London to lose his head. He commented on how the disciples didn’t think they needed to “watch and pray” when Jesus asked them to and so they lacked the courage to follow Jesus to His cross at that time.

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  28. Thomas says:

    Thank you for your very thought-provoking posts. May our Lord keep us humble, patient, loving, and full of joy and trust in Jesus on our journey of faith. Just curious here, but the picture at the top of the article, “Mene, mene, tekel upharsin.” What does it mean? Tried to look it up in Google Translate and it detects Norwegian or Finnish, but only translates “mene” as “flows”. Can’t get a translation on the other words. Your pictures are usually provocative, so just wanted to know. God bless.

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  29. Alex iretonn says:

    Hi Charlie, I’m new to your blog and find it very interesting. Do you endorse storing food and water. If so for how long? I keep getting in pray the word prepare. Alex

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    • charliej373 says:

      I endorse any reasonable, prudent preparation Alex. On the type of specifics you ask, I encourage you to go to my friend, John McConnell’s site, The Peppy Prepper. He has done volunteer disaster relief for over a decade – and has been there for every major disaster in America since Katrina, quietly helping people. He knows what is needed in such situations better than anyone I know.

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