Stay to the Plain Path

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Several people have asked me to do a recap of some of my old predictions. I have touched on that before and will again briefly at the end of this article. I have been troubled of late, though, that some want to make their assessment of me as a sort of glorified fortune-teller. I reckon I pass that test. Eventually, should substantial portions of the archives of my communications with my priests be publicly released, it will be clear how dramatically I pass it – and how difficult my struggle has sometimes been to understand what I was being shown.

I worry, though, that in indulging people’s curiosity about the predictive aspect, I am unintentionally bolstering people who are relentlessly focusing on the wrong thing, something completely tangential to my purpose.

The work I have does not resemble that of a traditional seer like the Fatima children so much as it does that of St. Joan of Arc. No, I won’t literally be raising armies and participating in bloody battles (I hope). That’s a young man’s game – or in the case of St. Joan, a young maid’s. Rather, during a period of great trial, I will remain right in the thick of the people to whom I am sent, living all the hardships, joys, struggle and laughter with my friends as we navigate the great Storm.

St. Therese playing St. Joan of Arc in a play she wrote at her convent.

St. Therese playing St. Joan of Arc in a play she wrote at her convent.

There has been nothing conditional in my preparation (except for my efforts to get out of it). The Lord has been speaking to me directly for over 50 years. For 20 I have been reporting it to a team of priests for assessment. If God had wanted me to give the world a warning during that time, He could – and would – have said so. Rather, I was held back, pondering things, to be sent if the world did not heed the warnings that had been the province of others to deliver. My purpose was to learn a little of this uncharted ground we would have to go through if the Storm became unavoidable, so that I could be a useful Sherpa in desperate territory. When I first began proclaiming these things two years ago this month on my Abraham’s Journey Facebook Page, it was not a warning. It was a proclamation of sorts that the Storm is here.

My purpose is to exhort, encourage, guide you safely through the wilds we MUST pass through because of our falling away. To do that, my primary objective is to credibly assure you that God is close to you, right at hand – to YOU. If all I accomplish is to persuade you that I am some sort of oracle, I have failed miserably.

When people ask me what they should do in a particular situation, I usually deflect the question by giving them some advice on how to frame the question to come up with the best answer for them. God imprints each of us with our own unique strengths and personality. My purpose is not your purpose nor is my mission your mission. God has something specific and unique for each of us. I won’t be held accountable to Him for how well you live your call, nor will you be held accountable to Him for how well I live mine. On several occasions, situations have arisen where I was instructed that another was to take the lead. When my mother was dying, I was informed my sister was in charge. Funny, because my sister is often emotionally an exposed nerve. So I deferred to her in all – and told my brothers that this was hers and we were to follow her lead. What a magnificent job she did with some incredibly difficult decisions and the care she gave every step of the way! Recently, another such situation arose where it was someone else. Used to deferring to me on such matters, he was scared. He worried about disagreeing with me. I chuckled and said I did not promise to follow his lead only so long as it matched my thinking – but to follow his lead because this was his responsibility. He worried he had made a mistake at one point and so had forfeited his leadership. Again I laughed and told him I did not agree to follow his lead only so long as he made no errors: this was his responsibility and I would follow as long as he took his responsibility seriously – regardless of whether I agreed or he objectively erred a time or two. God uses our errors to teach us – and to spread grace abundantly so long as we humbly seek to do His will. In fact, the errors we make when we seriously seek the Lord’s will are the most refined and effective classrooms in creation. I always give counsel if asked when another is charged with a certain task, for it is always good for us to take counsel. Though it may be counter-intuitive, I am also almost always absurdly pleased when someone who is approaching a task seriously and with recourse to God, seeks my counsel and then cautiously decides to do it another way than what I recommended. That tells me that they are gaining confidence that God really is close to them – and are taking full responsibility before God for their decisions. They have begun to get what it is He wants.

Some are eager to parse and collate prophecy and private revelation. For a few it is a calling; for the overwhelming majority it is a distraction. Alas, far too many think that if they could just figure out exactly what is going to happen, how it will happen and when it will happen, then they could devise a perfect plan to deal with it. This is still a reliance on one’s self rather than trust in God, albeit a little more subtle – but not much more subtle. There are so many problems with it. First, it assumes that if one only knew what would happen, one could figure out what to do. This reduces God to the role of newscaster. It leaves no real room for effective reliance on Him. Second, it involves no real reaching out to God; rather it demands he reach out to you to give you the information you need to solve the problem. God is determined that we stretch out our hand to Him at every moment, not demand He give us a briefing so we can make the decisions. Third, it assumes that we can understand heavenly things as easily as we understand earthly things. Looking at the way the world is, one would think we would be more humble about our ability to understand even earthly things, not more certain of our ability to understand heavenly ones. Historically the wisest among us have misinterpreted over 90 percent of what we are told in authentic prophecy, usually only able to see the fulness of what it meant after it is fulfilled – and often not even then. Why we are so confident of our capacity now when it has been so poor throughout history before is a mystery to me.

I am better than most at interpreting prophecy, solely because I have spent all of my life immersed in it and submitted to a couple of intense decades where I was shown much and misinterpreted almost all of it. I only started to get really good at it (for one of us in this plain), when I seriously figured out I was not near as smart as I thought I was and that, no matter how smart I ever got to be in this world, I would never be able to begin to contain the ocean of wisdom from these things in the quart jar which is the full capacity of my wisdom. The only answer was to pay attention and seek God’s guidance every step of the way. Knowing what will happen will avail you almost nothing; knowing to hold tight to God is the heart of earthly wisdom.

For most of these things, God does not intend us to understand what they mean. Rather, He sets them up as a sort of mile marker so that when they happen, even in ways we did not expect. we see His hand behind the temporal events that signify them. It is not so that we may know His mind, but that we may be assured of His love, to know He has not abandoned us when fearful things rise. So unless it is an authentic calling (which is almost as rare as an authentic visionary) an obsession with these things becomes both a distraction and a deception that leads you away from dependence on God.

This is why it is so urgent that I persuade you that God is right close to you – and ever available to you. The terrain we must cross is too hard and treacherous for any of us, even the most brilliantly talented. Knowing what will happen means nothing. The passengers on the Titanic knew it was sinking. Fat lot of good the knowledge did them. Knowing what to do is critical – and the only way to know that is to hold fast to God and wait for Him in each moment, trusting to His loving benevolence.

Does this mean you should make no plans? Of course not. But it is good to contemplate your plans in the light of how the greatest military commanders proceed. Every battle hardened commander knows that within a few minutes of the commencement of battle, the battle plan goes out the window as unexpected events take on a life of their own. Paradoxically, every commander knows that whoever produced the best, most insightful battle plan usually prevails. How can this be when every plan proves itself to be unequal to the challenge of reality? It is because it is not the plan that is the thing, the habits of mind that are developed in creating the plan are the thing. Whoever develops the best plan of battle is usually best prepared to adapt to the unexpected. If your plan of battle is to think through these things knowing that whatever you come up with will prove inadequate, but know that God is always adequate and He is ever right at hand for you – if you submit to Him rather than obstinately holding on to one of your many failed notions simply because of your pride that it is yours, you are well-prepared to endure this Storm.

A few years ago a priest I am very close to faced a life-threatening health scare. He knew that I had been frustrated by the lack of any response at all from some of the hierarchy to whom I had submitted these things, and my discouragement. I did not know of the seriousness of his health scare. He called me and spoke with great urgency. He told me that the Church has all authority over public discussion of visitations and such, but that, as a baptized Catholic, I had the absolute right to publicly discuss the faith within the boundaries of the Magisterium. He said I must not stop doing what I was doing – that my ministry had been the most fruitful he had ever seen and given profound hope to many…that if my Bishop continued to ignore me, I could continue to speak as I wished, subject to the direction of my priests – and that if he eventually responded to me and forbade me from speaking of supernatural things, I had the right and duty to keep speaking of the faith in ordinary terms and sparking hope. That outburst clued me in that his “minor” problem might be a tad more serious than he had let on. I asked and he leveled with me – for which I was grateful, because I prayed very intensely for him.

All was resolved and he is in perfect, vigorous health now. But lately I have been thinking a lot of one portion of what he said. The heart of the hope I proclaim is not dependent on revealing the source from whence the wisdom came. Wisdom is justified by her deeds. It will stand or fall on its own merits.

People get the wrong idea of how I do my work. Many think I spend tons of time scouring prophecy, both Scriptural and modern-day trying to come up with clues. The truth is I skim over it, rarely reading it at all unless directed to by my angel, a priest, or someone whose counsel I value. I may be the least-versed in prophecy of anyone on this forum. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t scorn it. But I know that even if I study it – and even with a lifetime of training – I am still going to misinterpret chunks of it. Pondering it, other than the big sweep of it, will not help me much to do my job. It is not knowing what will happen that will help me help others, but knowing what to do whatever happens, how to approach each step.

About 10 years ago a priest asked me to take a serious look at the events of Garabandal. I did – and immediately concluded it was authentic – and very comforting. Delivered in the traditional apocalyptic terms and imagery that are so often the view from eternity, I took from it the assurance that God would give everyone a real illumination of what is really at stake here. No one would be left unawares from old deceptions. I expected it would be subtle enough that many people would dismiss that illumination when it came to them, but all would be given a chance to repent. It was a real comfort to me, for it is something I had worried about. Then I noted that a whole cottage industry had risen up to interpret Garabandal from a purely earthly perspective. People were so minutely examining every tree from an earthly vantage point that they often lost sight of the forest of wisdom it revealed. I thought to myself, in some surprise, that Garabandal is going to be fully accomplished and many of the most pious will not even notice when it happens. It was very sobering for me, for I came to realize that, even authentic prophecy, if approached from the vantage point of thinking we can know the mind of God, can inflame our own vanity rather than leading us to humble wisdom.madonna-child_lamb

I wonder, of late, if I am not creating some of the same thing. My job is to assure people that God is close to them, to assure them that Christ’s promises and assurances are not in vain, and above all to help all keep to a safe path, running off neither in panic nor curiosity into dangerous places. I sense that now, some think if they know well enough what the terrain looks like, they can go running off into a box canyon that will get them killed regardless of how much detail they know about it. It is an incompetent Sherpa that encourages people to explore outside the safe path in deadly terrain, regardless of whether it is intentional or not. Right now there are a few people rising in America, and more in Europe, with very seductive – but spiritually deadly – sophisms of how if you really want to be holy, you must abandon the Church and follow them. I think of it as the “Snow White Evil Queen” deception: “Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the holiest of them all? I am!” Well, no you’re not…and if you go chasing after the magic mirror the illusion may kill your soul.

I have found – and befriended – some people who are doing very solid work from different perspectives. I have previously called Janet Klasson, or Pelianito, the Poet Laureate of the Storm. She has a magnificent eye for fruitful devotions in these times. Mark Mallett grounds wisdom and truth in the teaching of the Church and Scripture with an elegance and refinement that takes my breath away. Both carry the same message I do, from dramatically different perspectives. Stay to the safety of the Church, trust God, love each other. What gifts these people are in these perilous times.

I have been thinking seriously of not speaking directly of visitations. I know the cat is out of the bag, but I worry that by speaking of how some knowledge comes, I am tacitly encouraging people to go chasing off seeking to know the mind of God, which is something I do not dare to seek (though when I was younger and more foolish, I did. I often supplanted my judgment for God’s where it seemed unfair to me – and invariably created a mess). On the other hand, I know it is my nature to be reticent about it to begin with, so I might be indulging my own will, too. I spent all but the last two years keeping it to myself and just a very few other people. I devised ways where people could make their own assumptions about how I came to know certain things. That was comfortable for me. Speaking openly of it, even if I have gotten accustomed to it, is not. I often feel like I am crudely sharing intimacies of the marital chamber. That may be temperamental. I hate for anyone to catch me praying; I prefer to do my formal prayer when no one is looking. (My son rather delights at times in catching me at it.)

But the thing is, my job is to keep all to the safe path, to credibly assure all that God is close at hand, easily accessible to them if they will just stretch out their hand, that He will not leave them bereft. Fortune-telling is a dicey business. There is one person who has been uncannily accurate and exact about many things, but when I went to study him a little, my visitors warned me away, saying he has an unclean spirit. The devil has a profound abundance of logic and minions which allow him to make far more accurate predictions than the most brilliant futurists on earth. If that is your standard, satan can oblige there, too. The proper standard is how well you are filled with hope in God, with confidence that He is with you, in the security of life in the Church, to stick to the faith as it has been handed on to you, with resolve to do the little you can to help those around you. If that is sparked, than I am accomplishing my purpose. If not, I am failing. I would so much rather you dismiss all my visitations as the product of an overheated imagination if you would adopt my exhortation to acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to those around you than to parse the details of the former while neglecting the latter.

I mentioned I would do a recap of some of my predictions at the end here. The biggest thing, of course, is the rise of the Storm, itself. The collapse of the social institutions throughout the world, leading to economic collapse, wars, and toppling of governments, culminating in a global civil war. I know many of you are just hearing this in the last year. My priests were hearing no little detail about it 20 years ago, including the general time frame, when there was nothing but peace and prosperity as far as the eye could see. Along the way, I told them of the rise of large-scale institutionalized terrorism, that something was so desperately wrong with the 2000 American presidential election that there might not be an election at all, of a global scourging of the Church to purify it in preparation for the Storm (this began with the sexual abuse crisis), and almost the precise trajectory of various convulsions, diplomatic and otherwise, with Russia for the last 14 years. These were important. Equally important, perhaps even moreso, were specific messages given to the priests on unexpected turns their own ministries would take. But this was not the heart of the work for which I was sent. It merely served as confirmation that I was telling them true. The heart of the work is to give people heart through the Storm; to defend the faith, hearten the faithful, and defend the faithful. That is what I will have to account to God for when I stand before Him in judgment.

I will continue to try to do my best. But I am pondering for a while how best to accomplish the actual work I am given rather than what sometimes is imputed to me.

I have no complex formula for you, no system where if you follow it to the letter, God will have to let you in. All I have is simple: hold fast to God. Trust-Do-Love. That is it.

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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202 Responses to Stay to the Plain Path

  1. God bless, Charlie. Apart from anything else , a very fine piece of writing..

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  2. johnmcfarm says:

    Thank you Charlie…so glad to be able to know you!

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  3. Elizabeth G. says:

    Charlie,
    You are the “sherpa” not the expedition leader. I understand that completely. I am responsible for my own heart and intellect and how open or closed they are to the Will of God for myself. You are given the mission to help keep us on the path and ever hopeful of our future with Him. We shall both be very busy. As is said in France, “Le Seigneur est proche.” The Lord is near.

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  4. “if tongues, they shall cease, if prophecies, they shall fail… three things alone remain.” Don’t worry, Charlie, it is the same dilemma always dealt with. For example; Medjugorje’s message is prayer, fasting, Scripture, Eucharist, and Confession. The only point of the prophetic aspect is to, if you will, keep the fire under our butts. Those who obsess over the secrets should just be gently reminded that isn’t what it’s about.

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  5. sara says:

    Charlie. Thank you. For sometime my stomach has shook I did not know why but I felt GOD is going to shake us I just pray that I can stand firm in my faith. I will pray for you sara

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  6. radiclaudio says:

    Hi Charlie,

    Another excellent post. Thank you so much. Please know you are really helping us (at least me but I’m guessing many others too) to focus on the important things – prayer, scripture, sacrements. Trusting God, seeking His will, loving all. Holding tight to Christ’s cloak and not letting go.

    Happy Sunday

    Rich

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  7. donna269 says:

    Hi Charlie:
    What I love best about reading what you have to share is that I am not crazy. I don’t think you have to have visitors (although I am sure you do) to come to the realization that the world is in big trouble spiritually, economically, politically. Add a few plagues and famines to that and some incredible natural disasters and you can read the signs of the times.

    I love to read the comments section here, too. Fellow passengers on the sinking ship, perhaps. We are not so much trying to figure out how it will go down, but, are we spiritually prepared for the showdown. I can only nourish myself with the sacraments and as you say….take the next right step.

    My previous experience as a hospital nurse for many years is this…..during emergencies when things began to happen that seemed out of control they got worse when I was in charge. When I took the time to invite God into the emergency as the pilot…..things would always go much better.
    Lessons learned that can be taken into the future….Trust God, Take the Next Right Step. Will pray for you and yours and the readers here……

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    • kathy kalina says:

      When I was a hospital nurse (and a woman of very little faith), I always prayed during emergencies. Then, when things turned out well, or not as bad as expected, I always thought, “That was lucky!” An important lesson in the first of Charlie’s admonitions – acknowledge God!!!

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  8. the phoenix says:

    “There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone.” ~~ 1 Corinthians Chapter 12

    As for you, Charlie … your job is as you say, and is much needed … defend the faith, defend the faithful, encourage and hearten the faithful … and we shouldn’t expect something else from you.

    As for me, I’ve made the difficult decision of officially leaving the Eucharistic Adoration Team at my parish, having discussed the matter more than once with my Team Leader … who much to her credit does understand my position, has tried to work with me to see if anything at all could be worked out together at the present time, and has assured me that I would be welcomed back whenever I felt comfortable with returning. Basically it is an issue of me being a single female who chose a late-night hour … and all was well for about seven years. But now during the Storm, at this point such an hour does not seem safe based on what I have recently been observing surrounding my comings and goings from the Chapel … as well as the parking lot where I live.

    So I set out to find another Eucharistic Adoration Chapel … and guess what? Based on the name of the new parish that I found another Chapel in, and the fact that the Eucharist is literally exposed atop a pillar just like in Dom Bosco’s dream … Well, I just may end up switching parishes. Especially since I attended Mass there today, and ended up in tears and feeling led there to that Mass in particular. Maybe this new place is supposed to be my parish during the Storm, maybe even a refuge of sorts.

    Now the new parish seems to be more liberal than I’m used to, but as long as they stick to sound Catholic teaching, it could be that perhaps their different flavor is simply more like that of Pope Francis than what I’ve seen in other parishes. They do seem welcoming in that I’ve already been invited to join the Holy Name Society at this new parish … even though the man I spoke to knows that I’m a member of a different parish. I questioned his invitation to the group because it’s been my understanding that the Holy Name Society was restricted to male members, and was told that in this parish, females are welcome to join as well.

    So it’s up to me to pray and discern … Just like it was up to me to pray and discern what to do about the situation in the Chapel that I just left (which I feel is sad … however, maybe the Lord wanted me to move on).

    Meanwhile, I am glad and thankful to have found this website of yours, Charlie, and Janet Klasson’s and Mark Mallett’s.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Good for you, Phoenix. I have found that often, in persisting in what we think to be right from the world’s perspective, we are actually resisiting what God is calling us to. If the new parish is not right for you, you will find that soon enough. Meantime, I think it good you had the wit to “cast out into the deep.

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  9. Bob says:

    Just a few comments. I became more seriously aware of things coming, confirmed by 09/11, when I asked God what He was saying about that and I opened my Bible and it opened to Luke chap 13 vs 1-5 about the Tower of Siloam falling and 18 men dying and Jesus said “Unless you repent you will all come to the same end”. That was close and hard and seemed pretty plain, when I was watching people leaping out of the tower on TV, and people were better for a few weeks and then back to “Normal”. And I was reading Marian apparitions of Medjugorje and Kibeho Rwanda where I noted that about 10 years after a major apparition all hell would break loose in the area, but later things would get better and there would be healing. I, like most others am not looking forward to a storm coming and yet with our country increasingly turning away from God, more persons and many of our own children walking on the wrong path, I do believe it will be painfully necessary, barring a major conversion and repentance which doesn’t seem likely apart from major spankings . So I do believe that God will soon need to remove this cancer of sin which has so deeply metastasized into our culture and our lives. And it’s removal will likely be painful even though God got through to me personally with a toothpick when justice would have meant I deserved a Divine 2 by 4. And I am considering how many of my fellow Catholics who are faithful praying for family members who have left the faith. This is a further proof of how toxic our culture has become.

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  10. Siobhan says:

    Thank you, Charlie, for all that you do. We’re all in this together.

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  11. Bob says:

    I wonder how others are discussing this with family members? I am laying the foundation of explaining why America, as we live here, is deserving of God’s chastisement and how hard times are likely and I believe them to be likely and I will continue this discussion as things develop if in fact they do. As I will be responsible to lead my wife and grown children through the storm if it comes, I need to begin to think about this aspect of things too.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Lead those you love…take on a man’s responsibility before God. It is written that charity, which can also be translated as love in that context, covers a multitude of sins. You are thinking soberly of how a man must truly live love for those in his care. God bless and guide you.

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    • Barb says:

      My husband and I wondered about sharing this with family also. We have been very open, sharing the Charlie’s and Mark Mallett’s website with those we thought would be open to it and leave it up to them to discern. Some of them have read and been so frightened that they seem afraid to talk about it. I have linked to some of the posts on my facebook page in an attempt to let those who God may be calling to read it to be able to find it. I have had very few comments on those shares.
      Unfortunately, we have many close family members that have fallen away from the faith. This, of course, is heart-breaking to me and I pray for their conversion and entrust them to our dear Blessed Mother. Just like Bob, I am not looking forward to the Storm worsening but I also understand that this may be the way God will use to bring many of them back to Him.
      To some of our family members and friends I have said in a general way that I believe that dark days are coming and mentioning that we are storing some extra food and water in the house. We hope that as the Storm worsens that we will be open to God’s grace to do what He is calling us to do and to give words of hope to those who will be shocked by all that is happening. Hopefully, they will then be open to the graces of conversion…

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      • charliej373 says:

        Well, neither push nor despair, Barb. I have been astonished at times at some people who I thought had thought for a long time that I was nuts had really been pondering these things in silence and thanked me for informing them – after seeming distant or even hostile. All that can – or really should – be done is to inform. If it is false, it will die out of its own accord. If it is true, as darkness deepens people will turn to you. Be glad you didn’t push so it is easy for them to turn to you when they need it, without fear of hearing, “I told you so.”

        I hate the idea of causing fear…but now things have gotten so mutilated that events themselves cause fear. I hear far more often relief from people that this really is not the end – and often joy to know that God has work for them to do in the process of reclaiming His people. But let all come at their own pace. It is enough to let them know you are a safe harbor when they notice the Storm.

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        • Barb says:

          That’s what we’re hoping too!
          I am feeling called to reconsecrate myself to Mary…this has always been such a blessing. Three years ago when I felt such a call, I was diagnosed with cancer literally days after I finished. All through the weeks of consecration I knew something was coming but didn’t know what. It was such a consolation to me as I went through my months of treatment to feel that the Blessed Mother was there with me in a special way. I have found myself wondering lately if one of the reasons I went through my cancer ordeal was to remind me that our dear Lord is with us through all suffering and that He will be with us again in the days to come.
          If anyone else feels called to do the consecration with me, I am beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 5 and will finish on the beautiful Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of our Blessed Mother.

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          • charliej373 says:

            It is a perfect time, Barb. What I consider the single most important, informative and pivotal Great Vision came on the Eve of the Immaculate Conception in 1995. It was the one which showed me in the most detail what was ahead – and informed that very soon I would have to make a final decision. It took me almost two more years to give a definitive “Yes.” (Unlike Mary, alas, I am not quite full of grace). I have esteemed the Feast Day of the Immaculate conception enormously since then…my overlapping Novenas. Right in the center of My Novena to the Immaculate Conception I begin my Novena to Our Lady of Tepeyac. But, of course, the work of the two aspects during these times is deeply intertwined, so it is very appropriate.

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          • Bonnie C says:

            I am also consecrated to Jesus through Mary (True Devotion) – I did this several years ago. I am going to use the “33 Days to Morning Glory” book by Fr. Michael Gaitley this time to renew my consecration. My consecration date is December 12th. I have a special love for Our Lady of Tepeyac – my birthday is August 15th, and the reading on that day describes Our Lady as “The Woman Clothed With The Sun”. Also, how she brought about the great conversion to the Aztec Indians thus stopping the human sacrifices. I know one of my responsibilities in this world is the unborn. As a young (and dumb) 18 year old, nearly 40 years ago, I found myself being offered an abortion by my “doctor”. Only by the grace of God was I spared this huge mistake. By His Grace, only weeks prior to “the news” a girl I didn’t even know confessed to me her own abortion and how terribly, terribly bad she felt, full of grief and wondering about God’s love, or loss of His Love. She was seeking consolation from me. It was a warning, and a grace. I don’t think I would have had the courage to go through with such a thing, but that cemented it. It was tough, for a long time, but I have my son, and his 3 beautiful daughters! How I love my God!

            I brought up the consecration to the prayer group I attend weekly because in the Locutions to the World, Our Lady promises great gifts “according to your [their] capacity” – I can’t think of a better way to expand our hearts – our “capacity” than to be consecrated to her.

            I feel like my hands are tied most of the time. I do what I can (currently dehydrating foods and stocking up on essentials). My husband is not on the same page with me. We take care of relatively 3 high-functioning developmentally disabled late 50’s/early 60’s adults, we have 5 granddaughters – not to mention their parents, and both of our moms are almost as dependent upon us as our little people we take care of.

            I want to buy a wood stove for cooking (not to mention heat), but my husband wants none of it. We have acreage, ponds, plenty of trees and heat our house with a wood boiler (as long as the electricity and/or generator can keep the pumps running). My greatest concern might be for myself in that I can’t stand the thought of my “babes” being hungry and this pulls on my heart constantly. We do have Amish friends, real, true friends, but I think they are going to be under great duress from their surrounding communities. I am concerned for their safety.

            Every hour outside of the collapse is a grace. I pray for direction, peace and unity in my home. No “I told you so’s” will pass my lips. My husband is a rock in every other area. Once he has a problem to fix, not just to worry about, he will go into action.

            I am so grateful to you Charlie, to Mark Mallett, to Pelianito (Janet) for your cooperation with grace. God bless all.

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          • MM Bev says:

            Barb, I will be joining you. Repetition of our Consecration should continue each year. And, as I assume you are, I will be using “33 Days To Morning Glory”. The Feast of the Immaculate Conception, and The Feast of Our Lady Of Tepeyac are my two favorite Marian Feasts. On the first I was given the ability to swallow food again, and on the second, the gift of being able to swallow liquid. Some one mentioned among these comments how quickly we forget our blessings after some time has passed following the event. I was that way every time my son recovered from a bad bout of illness…only I didn’t need years, just count days.
            I am so unbelievably grateful that I have enough “glitches” remaining after removal of the tumor, that I can’t forget. When I open my eyes, when I try to walk, He is telling me all the gifts He provided me through His Mother. I don’t want that to ever change. To help my fear, He told my brother to tell me, I would be able to do all that I did before. And I can, with just a bit more effort, but with the most wonderful gift of all; His constant, every moment, help.
            And another big bonus? I sure can’t go trekking fifty miles with a pack on my back, hiding and hoping to escape anything. Here I am, and here I’ll have to stay. God decided.
            Thank you so much for you entry, and invitation.

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          • Julee says:

            I’m starting November 5th too!

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          • June1 says:

            Barb, I will join you. I have been meaning to renew my consecration for years. Things are a mess in my life right now so it’s the perfect time, I am guessing.

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          • Barb says:

            I’ll be praying for you Bonnie, Bev, Julee, and June! It is so nice knowing that others will be doing the consecration too.
            Thank you Charlie…praying for you too.

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          • Audie says:

            Well, I’ve joined you all in the consecration to Mary today. Funny story. My son’s former girlfriend who knew me from my new age times (I haven’t talked much to her in a year or so) told me today that she is doing a 21-day meditation online from Deepak and Oprah and I should check it out, and I blurted out, “I’m doing a 33-day consecration to Mary!” It wasn’t meant to be a competition, I just wanted her to know where my faith is these days. So, beginning my reconsecration tonight. I think I was given the nudge from Mary. 🙂

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          • Barb says:

            It does sound like you received a nudge Audie! =) I’ll be praying for you too!

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  12. BC says:

    Thank you, Charlie. It is in writings like this one that your star shines brightest. You are performing a valuable service in these times. I will continue to pray for you and yours daily.

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  13. amolynick@mac.com says:

    Dearest Charlie,

    Thank you for sharing. The way you explain your prayer life has been of immense help to me. I always thought if I could just be more faithful God would make it a bit clearer how I was to proceed when I had no idea how to improve situations. I feel most of the people I know intimately are “seeing” the errors in their ways (mine included) and God is so patient and kind (and funny sometimes) in showing us things we need to know. I have a fear of discomfort and the ugliness of evil and am praying more to overcome this fear. “Love casts out all fear.” We want to love God but we see it isn’t always pure and I pray we still have time to grow in this respect. But God has placed on my heart (In the 1990’s) that He was “going door to door (heart to heart”) and that I should just look around me and be hope. Also he placed on my heart that with all the “storms” we may be able to predict evil’s ways but we don’t always know the surprises of God. Now the Pope has used that saying about the surprises of God – so I feel that hope. This past year I had a three day nervous breakdown over family issues and had three days straight to pray. Many changes have taken place since then and I find myself living in what would be considered a “rough” area from a “well-to-do” area and I somehow feel at home. I’ve lost my fear of people on drugs or alcohol. Now I pray I can overcome my fear of poverty and living in sad conditions. (Having always had “everything in it’s place and a place for everything”.) I will pray for all of you and please pray for me – also I have an addiction to cigarettes and don’t know how I will kick this addiction. Obviously I still have fear. Love to you all and thank you for being there.

    May God heal all hearts and minds!

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    • joanp62 says:

      I too am addicted to cigarettes. I know I must break this attachment/addiction and I ask God to give me a strong desire and will to quit. I wonder if, during the Storm, I will be forced to quit because I will somehow be unable to get my “smokes”. Oh boy, the thought of going through nicotine withdrawal during the Storm does not appeal to me- but I could see God doing it that way to give me nothing to rely on but Him. God bless you and stay faithful.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Don’t worry too much about it, Joan. I smoked until this June and always growled at anyone who tried to get me to quit – because I liked it and had no intention of quitting. My son wanted me to try Vaping, instead. So I told him, sure, I’ll give it a shot. To my astonishment, I like that better. But if I didn’t have electricity and couldn’t recharge my batteries for it, I would pick up cigarettes again in a heartbeat. I won’t have people who fancy it is their “right” to execute their children lecturing me about smoking. Sometimes I feel guilty I don’t do it any more. Part of me thought it my patriotic duty to irritate the smoke Nazis.

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        • Audie says:

          See, this is why I trust you so much, Charlie! You are a straight talker and real. I can relate to you as a person, yet realize you have been given the huge task to lead us back to God. My head has been spinning this morning over the little storms in my family, my health, etc., etc., and I was going to talk about that here. Instead, I am going to focus on the graces I’ve been given (this blog is one of them). I am alone in my entire family as far as believing what this storm is all about. I don’t push or try to preach, but am trying to live as you advise, acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of joy and hope to others right now. I had the best anniversary a few weeks ago. My husband and I took a drive to see the fall colors and were just cruising down a road along the river, when he asked me where we should go. I said it’d be nice to go to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Cross, WI. I’d been there before, but not him and I really didn’t think he’d ever care to go. He said okay! I was so excited! When we got there, it was closed! But, we noticed a few young people had hopped over the low chained areas leading to the path. My husband said, “Let’s do it.” So, we “broke into” the area and followed the path to the shrine. It was so peaceful and I prayed along the way, thanking Mary for bringing my husband there. When we arrived at the door of the shrine, a gentleman told us they were closed. I was disappointed, but not surprised. Then, the man changed his mind and even gave us a little tour, which turned into as much information as my husband could handle. It was beautiful! I knew Mary had led us there and even allowed us to “break in”. The peace I felt was like nothing else. We then drove to a little dive and had the best anniversary dinner ever. After 33 years of marriage, this was my absolute best gift. Seems trivial to most, but to me this was a miracle.

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          • Audie says:

            I just found the schedule for the shrine and on the front it has in huge letters, “Tepeyac.” I had learned this from you in one of your past posts, Charlie. 🙂

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          • Audie says:

            I forgot to mention that my husband is a non-practicing Lutheran. That is why it was even more special for him to visit the shrine of Our Lady with me. Okay, I’m done. 🙂

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          • charliej373 says:

            How lovely, Audie. Seems to me like Our Lady of Guadalupe led you to “break into” her Shrine and in return, she “broke into” your anniversary. She is the Mother of Conversion. What a lovely day for you. The quality of mercy is not strained, it droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven…

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        • Bob says:

          As for smoking my wife once turned on a TV preacher who told her to lay her hands on her TV while he prayed for freedom from nicotine and she did so knowing that no one else was home and would not laugh at her and she never had a desire to smoke again!! But what to do when our TVs are out during the storm? Better get it now, Ha, Ha!!

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        • vicardwm says:

          Charlie, perhaps you can ask your visitors about it, but I have heard multiple solid priests mention that, with what we know about the bad effects of smoking on oneselves and others (second and third-hand smoke) health nowadays, that it is very probably grave matter. Certainly the addictive element means that even if it were grave matter, it may not usually be a “mortal sin” but I felt like I needed to share what these priests have said.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Well, I won’t dispute too much about what your priests say, Vicar…but I don’t take it overly seriously, either. First off, there are some problems associated with second-hand smoke, but they have been vastly hyped. The technical medical studies are far less alarming than the way the media hypes them. Smoking is certainly a secular sin these days…and I know far too many priests I like and respect who are also influenced by the times and spend more time worrying about what the age condemns than what the Church does.

            St. Josemaria Excriva, when he was first setting up houses of Opus Dei, put a premium of having at least one priest in each who smoked – so that all would feel welcome. Pope St. John Paul II, when he was receiving Chinese Premiere Deng Xiaping, knew he was a chain smoker – and that it was verboten for one to smoke at an audience with the Pope. But John Paul found out what brand Deng used and ordered that a pack and an ashtray be set out so that they could have a comfortable discussion.

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          • Pawel says:

            Soon to be canonized, blessed Jerzy Popieluszko, was a smoker. Saints do not have to be perfect.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Hee hee, maybe Jerzy and I can sneak out back up in heaven some day!

            Ha, once I had been asked by a friend in Congress to get some of my people and bring them to an event he was having that was being headlined by the Minority Leader. The crowd was coming in light – and we political types help each other out sometimes to bolster such events. I took about 10 to the event, which was on the 5th Floor of a Peoria Hotel. At one point, as all was going well, I decided I was going to duck outside for a smoke. Well, we smokers have a radar for each other. The Minority Leader grabbed my arm and asked, low, if I was going out for a smoke. I said yes. “Pretend you’re talking to me about something very important,” he said. So we were in intense conversation till we got to the ground floor, out the back and enjoyed a smoke before going back in. When we got back in, we solemnly shook hands and looked for all the world like we had just settled the fate of nations. The Minority Leader has come up in the world. He is now Speaker of the House John Boehner. I didn’t really talk to him about anything important, but by gum, I looked like I did!

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        • NancyA says:

          You’re human, imperfect! Are you certain you have heavenly visitors?? 😉

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        • joanp62 says:

          Just saw your reply. Thanks, Charlie, it makes me feel a bit better. I tried an electronic cigarette thinking it could just be the thing to get me off the real ones, and so far it hasn’t worked. Not sure if it was the same thing as the Vaping, but I may need to try a different kind. The idea of getting nicotine and having something to put in my mouth without the smell and ashes sounds great. Feel guilty not smoking- I like that one. I’ll smoke for the both of us, hee hee.

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          • charliej373 says:

            My sister tried the electronic cigarette and did not much like it. She liked my vape stick better. (My son says it looks like some odd pipe out of ‘Lord of the Rings’ and that I look like Gandalf using it). It is vapor and causes no odor. I use it in the house and the car without bothering anyone. Your sense of smell does return (though you may discover, unpleasantly, while driving through some cities and in some situations that it was more pleasant being able to smell less!). Had it not satisfied me, I would have stuck to the cigarettes. I actually prefer it, though. Every once in a while I get a pack of cigarettes and will smoke them over the course of a month, to see if I can tell the difference. The difference is that I like the Vape better.

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    • kathy kalina says:

      Regarding addictions – the storm will take care of those nasty habits. I heard an old mountain man laugh at a question asked of him in the hospital, “Do you drink to excess?” He said, “I’m too poor for that!” I think the only over-indulgence that will be available to us is fear and despair, and prayer is the antidote to that!

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    • Connie says:

      I am glad you wrote in Amolynick, because after reading your post I realized I share a lot of your fears. I have realized recently that I have a sort of prejudice against people with drug addictions, as well as a fear of them, probably because we have had some very weird intstances where people high on drugs have wandered onto our property. So I have been having to do some soul searching on that. I never thought to give that over to God too, until now. So thank you for sharing with us. I will remember you in my prayers.

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    • Connie says:

      BTW, Someone in another post somewhere had a link to locutions to the world (www.locutions.org) where Our Lady allegedly gives a remedy for those with addictions. She says that one should visit a church or a shrine dedicated to her and offer up prayers in her honor under the title of that particular shrine or church for a particular addiction. It is a recent message and easy to find if you go to the website above.

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      • NancyA says:

        Connie, I have watched that site off and on for some time. Suddenly, those postings are changing and becoming much more direct and personal. I am called to sit up and pay attention. I’m so blessed in having a church dedicated to St. Mary just across the way. Just today I sat three of my five children down and asked them to try to commit to a short visit every day, asking for those promised floods of graces, and her words to them if she is inclined to say anything to them. If it is not true, the fruits will still be of value. If it is true, how can we refuse??

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        • Connie says:

          yes, in reading those most recent LTTW (I, too, have monitored off and on) messages, it seems as if Mary is so urgent in her pleas that she is making the way back to Jesus through her and her promises of graces just so ridiculously easy, that I had to take special notice also. I told myself that if these messages are false, to put my faith in action according to what Mary asks doesn’t seem to be harmful, so what will I lose by heeding the messages and what can be gained- the graces she wants to give!. I cannot NOT do as she asks. Just as you say- How can we refuse? We have nothing to lose.

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  14. Mack says:

    Thank you, Charlie, for these important thoughts. I don’t want to let myself get focused on predictions of disaster, for fear that I will get bogged down in fear and not trust God enough. I think it is enough to know that hard times are coming, so that we can spiritually prepare ourselves for living through them. One thing I’ve learned is that God gives me grace for things when the time comes, not before. There is a story about Sts. Perpetual and Felicity. One of them (I forget which) was pregnant while in prison awaiting martyrdom, and gave birth there. One of the soldiers taunted her that if she could hardly endure the pains of childbirth, how would she fare in the arena? But she replied that when the time for her death came, it would be Christ suffering within her and giving her strength. Something like that will happen to us in the Storm.

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  15. aj says:

    Hi Charles, something struck me tonight about everything you’ve been saying to us and prepping us for, i.e. the storm ahead. There is a major lack in a major area of preparation…our focus on our death and the afterlife.

    I’m wondering if we’re becoming so focussed on the storm that lies ahead that we forget His Kingdom is not of this world. That we forget that all of the inclement weather associated with the storm and our seeing it through becomes irrelevant (somewhat) if we die tonight or tomorrow or in the storm.

    There is going to be a time when our next right step is into Eternity and we most importantly must remember to prepare for that as well. Focussing on life during and after the storm can give us a false sense of earthly focus and I wanted to bring that to the family’s attention.

    I also know that your role is specifically to help us through the storm but this is a loving reminder that some of us here and our family members may have our interviews and appraisals with the Lord sooner rather than later.

    So I urge all us to continue to take the next right step knowing one would be through the gate of death…hey after that step, it’s all walking at the speed of light 🙂

    I really look forward to your views on this.

    Blessings my friend and friends.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Yeah, AJ, there is wisdom. I rarely say it directly but…

      When I went in to have my neurological surgery, the reason my surgeon had waited so long was because of various complicating factors that made it tricky. He was straight with me and told me there was a small, but significant chance, I would not survive the surgery. As I pressed him, he estimated it at about 25%. I had to make a simple will – mainly make arrangements for the care of my son if I did not survive. I remember as they were getting ready to put me under, thinking, well, I’ve been shown all these things. If I am just a nut, I may not be waking up again. It was a weird feeling.

      Then, when I launched off on my pilgrimage I thought this really was a dangerous way to live for a cripple, even if he’s a lively one. Several times along my way things got dicey enough that I had to wonder – but I was determined that I would do my best until the end…and that is in God’s hands.

      In the end, once you get to the point that you are going to live your duty as best you can or die trying, literally, things get a lot easier. Your mind is settled, it is not divided. And the only motivation strong enough to sustain it is love. It always ends in the Cross. Always. Whether now or later, it ends in the Cross here. The only glory there is is in heaven…and you can only get there through the Cross. Once you get that, once you feel it in the deepest part of yourself, you are set to go.

      Some of us here will meet our appointment with the Cross while the Storm still rages. Some will not meet it until after it is over. But in every case, whether or not we enter into glory depends on whether we live our appointment with the Cross with fidelity. And so my prayer has always been that none I love will perish – that each will live his appointment with the Cross well.

      A few weeks back my son, who is a first responder, talked to me about the Ebola business, They had had some meetings about how to handle it, and their ability to protect themselves. He told me he had decided that if he was in a dicey situation, he would protect himself as best he could, but would wade in to do the work as his priority. He would leave no one feeling alone or abandoned. He hoped that would not result in the worst…and then he lightened it up and said, “Well, Dad, I intend to help you out here, but if I had to do it from heaven, that would work, too.” I was fearful, but proud. Love and trust…that is the key to it all. And when the appointment with the Cross comes, pray to live it well.

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      • cathobiblique says:

        Since I have discovered your blog few weeks ago and read through all the entries and comments, the thought that time was running out quickly is on my mind. I have 3 little ones under 4 and I feel so inadequate in preparing my family and myself for the full intensity of the Storm.
        I have been confronted to death at a very young age and always aware of this reality that we must all face one day. Now to consider that this one day may be way closer than I thought, years instead of decades, makes me rethink my priorities.
        It can be frightening and discouraging at times. However, to quote a French Dominican, the radical choice we have is between adoration or despair.
        The theological virtue of hope, often ignored, seems to me what can carry us, no matter the events we will have to face.
        I pray that the Holy Spirit would strengthen us and give us the peace that is the fruit of a total surrender to the Father’s will.
        May God bless your ministry Charlie. I am blessed to read your encouraging words and have been sharing many times your blog’s address to people around me.

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    • Mick says:

      AJ, that is a really excellent point–one that I don’t think of often enough. Thanks for bringing this up.

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  16. Mary says:

    All of your writings in their totality help me a lot. I don’t place emphasis on revelations over your guidance, one is a reminder of the seriousness of our times, one is a guidepost, both lead me to contemplate God. I can’t tell you how many times a day when things are going wrong I now think of Jesus with his wry smile, as you said, saying, ‘I have a plan.’ And then I smile too. Maybe you never know where people are going to be led to God by the things you write but I feel your balance is about right.

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  17. Joanne says:

    Charlie,
    Just wanted to quickly say that your writings and those of Mark Mallett have KEPT ME FROM from being distracted or curious. It’s human nature to want to know but it’s a super nature (supernatural) to trust in God in all and for all. I found you through Mark Mallett’s blog (which I had been reading for at least five years or so, gratefully!). Nothing is by coincidence, so I trust in what the both of you so because it is grounded in love of God, in the Magisterium of Holy Mother Church and love of neighbor. Thank you, bless you for what you have done for me! I hope to help others with the inspirations you have shared. God Bless you!

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  18. TC says:

    Dear Charlie,

    You have struck a beautiful balance with your writings – pulling the veil back a little to help us to see into heavenly things, and more importantly, helping us to see earthly things from a heavenly perspective. All prophecy is for edification – building up, for exhortation – encouragement, and for consolation – comfort (1 Cor 14:3).

    If the bugle gives an indistinct sound, who will get ready for battle (1 Cor 14:8)?

    You know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them (cf Is 50:1-11).

    God always prepares his people for what is to come, but he does it in a way that leaves ample room for faith and trust in him. He wants to let us know that he is God and that he is in control.

    The humble and honest responses from the mountain climbers in this expedition team show great promise that with this Sherpa and a God who loves us we will make it to the summit.

    When Peter saw the one Jesus loved, he said, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus said to him, “What if I want him to remain until I come? What concern is it of yours? You follow me” (Jn 21:21-22). Charlie, do what the Lord has called you to do. Let the Lord work in the hearts of the rest of us. Your mission is not to prove you are a prophet – or to indulge our curiosities about future things. Your mission is to speak the word God has given to you. It is a word for our times, and we desperately need to hear it.

    In the peace of Christ,

    TC

    Nor do they light a lamp and set it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lamp stand where all in the house can see it (Mt. 5:15).

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you, TC. I have seen from many of the commenters how we have gotten a lovely sense of hope and resolve together – and I would not forfeit that.

      I certainly am not going to start sounding an uncertain trumpet. Hee hee…get me riled and I can sound very certain and martial, indeed.

      In the emails, perhaps more than in the comments, I get questions that come from a perspective that often misses the point entirely. Some seem to want a particular sign, or a litany of old prophecies. I once thought I would seek, during this Storm, to have the priest who keeps the archives release a good chunk after he had collated them (he showed me what he had in the file three years ago and I was astounded how thick it was then) as it would give comfort to people that, since I had been right on about the nature and scope of the Storm coming when there was no hint of it that I am equally right when I tell them this is not the end, but a beginning. But I have been re-thinking that, for it seems to trigger in many a desire to stack up prophecies like coins and see who has the best and most right. But as I wrote in the piece about prophecy unfolding hidden before our eyes, we often don’t understand it as it happens. So often we do not recognize the time of our visitation until long after it has passed. And to assess such things like fish in a market gets it backward, anyway. The question is, does it make your heart burn for God, with joy, with resolve, with peace and confidence that there is heaven, right before you waiting for you to seize it and bring a hundred of your closest friends along for the journey. That is the key. Does it make your resolve to hold fast to the faith, to the Church greater, or does it make your ears itch for strange things? Here is the heart of what is good, what is true, what is for God.

      I have been thinking of late that, if all continues to unfold as I have seen and described, it would be better to hold the release of any but snippets of archives until after the Storm is over – perhaps until after I am gone entirely. The fact is that much of what is coming is miraculous on its face. So let it be…if people can see that, then they are focused on being a sign of hope. If they need to sift through what is a huge volume of material while the battle is raging, that, I think, may be a distraction. I do sympathize. I spent a good chunk of my life looking at what was not the heart of the matter, to which God would constantly tell me that I was not asking the right question. It was a frustrating, but useful, discipline. I think I will put this article as a sub in the “My Purpose” Page…and can gently direct people to it when they ask the question from the wrong perspective.

      I think it does baffle some folks. They want me to give them a formula, to tell them what to do in a very specific way. But the point of God being close at hand, of Him wanting each person to lend all the creative talent he has to the task, to take initiative and take responsibility for it, to stick to His Church and to do it all out of love and in trust…for some that is frightening. They want a formulaic answer – and none can be given. But for others, I think, it is enervating, it can free them from fear and fill them with resolve. For people who insist on a formula, I just cannot be of much help, except perhaps to free them from the desire for a formula and replace it with a burning desire for God through ministering to all His people.

      But not to worry…I most certainly did not submit to all entailed in this for 50 years to whimper away at the smell of smoke and the sound of battle. Just reviewing how to do the most good for the most people. Ha, my pilgrimage showed that I won’t let anything, stop me from persisting on my road until I reach the end (though I adjusted my route a few times there, as well). Now my route ends in the safe harbor at the end of this Storm…and I will be just as persistent in slogging on till we get there safely, too.

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      • Tom says:

        Charlie, I concur that it would be counterproductive to ask your priest who keeps the archives to release the volumes. However, have you considered asking your priests to provide a sort of imprimatur or just simply bless your work by publicly stating they have known and counseled you for many years and find you in compliance with the teachings of the Catholic Church, of sound mind (not dreaming these things up), and approve of your work? I would think that would be very helpful to having your work help more souls, including the doubting Thomas’ of us, to have the public blessing of priests who have known you for years.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Well, as I mentioned, one of them monitors this site daily and checks in if something needs clarification. I don’t know. The Church has typically been reticent about this, only bringing something like that to bear if a great controversy grows. It is particularly important to keep to that reticence when events are ongoing. We have discussed what to do if there rose a great controversy on it. Barring that, I really don’t think I would seek it otherwise. Now, they may tell me different sometime and if they do, I will accept. But the fundamentals of what I say can be judged on their own merit. But I will consider this for a while. Understand if we go that route, they can only vouch for my general character and what I have said in the past – NOT what I may say in the future.

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          • Tom says:

            I really think it would be helpful, please prayerfully consider it. For example, some folks I have led here to read your writings have wondered, but who is he and can anyone verify it? If a priest or priests who have known you for years can vouch to your general character and what you have said in the past, it would lend great credence and help validate your work.

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          • NancyA says:

            I respectfully disagree,. I do not think private priests should be pulled into the limelight that way . They, too, then become sought after personalities. I agree that the posts and musings, warnings and exhortations stand on their own merit. If there are readers not ready to believe, an unknown priest’s nod may not carry much more weight than the ideas contained do.

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          • charliej373 says:

            I rather lean towards what you are thinking, Nancy. One has prepared a summary for use by the hierarchy of these past 20 years. I could see circumstances where it would be meaningful – and my priests are willing to speak with other priestly and hierarchical authorites privately by phone. But they have a ton of work, as well. One, in particular, has already been asked several times if it is him I am talking about. He is okay with that, but they are up to their ears in work already. I don’t know that I want to put them on the spot in my particular alligator tank right now. That could change at some time, but I really rather think I will leave things as they are for now.

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          • Kim says:

            All I can say is that our parish priest is the one that told us about “Charlie”. Our priest said he knows one of Charlie’s spiritual directors and that he did vouch for Charlie’s Character. Our priest also personally knows Charlie.

            That is enough information for me at this point to at least sit up and pay very close attention to what Charlie says!

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      • Crystal says:

        Charlie, I am afraid I might have been one of those who have tested your patience and made you want to stop speaking directly of your visitations. For that I truly apologize, because the stories you have shared have brought the reality of heaven so much closer for me, and I can tell from this blog, to many others. I love the story of Jesus grinning and telling you that He has a plan. I love that the angel Gabriel has a sense of humor! I love that on your travels, the man that was mentally disturbed and threatening you with a gun saw some heavenly vision that made him run away from you. Those are just a few of the examples that have actually given me great hope that God, the angels, the saints are literally right here with us and will be with us throughout the Storm and beyond.
        When I realized that I had asked exactly the type of question which is so frustrating to you ( looking for your answer as to how I should respond to a theoretical future scenario regarding prisoners), I felt truly humbled. Just a few weeks ago, you clearly stated that you did not get into other visionaries or prophecies, and then some continued to argue with you. At the time, I thought, hey, aren’t you listening. Then I did the exact same thing. Humble pie!
        I decided this morning to get off this blog and pray instead. The Lord delivered immediately with the morning reading: “By the Lord are the steps made firm of one in whose path He delights. Though he stumble he shall never fail, for the Lord will hold him by the hand…. The Lord helps them and rescues them, rescues and saves them from the wicked; because they take refuge in Him.”Psalm 37
        Not only did it draw me back into your main message… Acknowledge God, take the Next Right Step, and be a sign of hope….. It ALSO reminded me that I am the biggest wimp there is, and there is NO way I would leave the safety of being with my family to travel four hours downstate to help prisoners…. not exactly sure what I thought I would even be doing to help them if the world was in a state of chaos anyway.
        So I hope that you don’t stop sharing because of people like me. Eventually we come around. One of my favorite lines at mass….”Look not at our sins but at the faith of your Church!”
        Thanks for all you are sharing.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Oh gosh, Crystal, I don’t mind the normal curiosity that people have. Lord knows, I was possessed of it myself for the longest time. After a while, when you discover you have to wrestle two bears and an alligator for every answer you get, you lose a lot of your curiosity.

          What I worried about most is that some people are getting a very wrong idea about what is important…wanting to focus on parsing prophecy. there is a value to it if understood properly, but for most, there is far more danger to it than value. The Trust-Do-Love is indispensable, absolutely vital. Everything else is really just support for that. That, more than anything, is what I want to get across…and I am doing some pondering about what the best mix should be. But shoot, now that the cat is out of the bag, it would be hard for me to hold back on the funny stuff my heavenly friends sometimes do to tease me. I think it probably helps far more than it hurts for people to know that the heavenly host are a homey, lively lot…not stiff and prim and severe. (Though it is best if you don’t get them riled. I only saw the angel really irritated at me once. That was more than enough to persuade me I did not want there to be a second time.)

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          • aj says:

            Actually, I too wanted to pry but realised it was a dicey area so I left it. When you mentioned you took a return trip through the universe, I would have loved to ask you to describe it best as you could so we could all partake in the wonder of GOD but I won’t ask you…unless you read through the lines and realise I’m asking you without doing so. Lol.

            Seriously though I understand your predicament Charlie. Some will take the mystical stuff and turn it into hocus pocus magic and fortune telling and others will use it to grow in faith. Can’t say I have the answer for you as it’s your blog but we’ll pray the Lord guides you to do what is right at the right time. Press on my friend…we’re family and we’re stepping together.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Thanks, AJ, I very much appreciate the prayers. I understand the curiosity…I know darned well I would feel it, too. I don’t mind so much sharing things in a sort of travelogue, but so it doesn’t spark a morbid curiosity about such things that eclipses the fundamental point. I won’t stop entirely, but I really do need to ponder how to keep it focused. Who knows, perhaps this article will be a useful palliative to send to people who venture too far into speculative territory.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Charlie, I like the comments here on this subject. For me, the overall basics of your interactions, particularly the “homey” stuff mixed in with the stories of interactions actually has helped make your experiences and the information you’ve provided more real for me somehow and drew out my trust. I see now how very important it has been in my own process of change and has altered my thinking on preparation in significant ways because it enhanced my trust at every level.

            I think that when you share that extra information, it generally enlivens my experience of the rest of your message. The world is at least 3-dimensional (probably many more!). When you share the richness of your information in all of its dimensions, it feeds my soul the way a well-balanced diet feeds my body.

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  19. MM Bev says:

    When I began reading the first few sentences, my mind began screaming, NO, NO, don’t try to prove anything. Either one does recognize truth and belileves or one doesn’t. That has nothing to do with your purpose at all. Your blog is a “distillation” that God has provided for us through you. The reason we have it now, before the really bad begins to happen is so that we can practice the three steps. Like a military instructor, we need to be drilled and drilled so that when the climb begins, we automatically and without hesitation, follow the course set out. Otherwise we won’t make it. How is not important. What is.

    There are saints who have had “wild and wonderful” experiences, mystical, fiery darts piercing the heart, stigmata, levitation, but those closest to us in time, God has let remain less mystical and mysterious. They each had to live through the dark, using their “will” as their sight, no longer able to use their senses as reliable compass.Your blog doesn’t stand on its own. It is attached at each end, even if we can’t see that. The wisdom of Saint Therese has been poured in, and Mother Theresa, and Saint John Paul the Great. Non of them had the “wild and wonderful” things happen in their lives. But think. Your steps are a distillation of their message, which was written by their lives. God “honed” the message down to three clear, simple, sure steps, that require few words, or thought. Trust – Do – Love. If we do that whether we live through or die in the Storm we reach our goal. The whole point of your life and the pain you have suffered is for this one purpose. (Well OK, the Shrine part is gravy.) (The carrot was that everyone you meet will get there come – cough – hell, or high water.) You have taken Therese’s message, and simplified it and are training us to do it without thinking, because when the hell part breaks loose in all its force, furry and terror, we should automatically respond as we have been trained. As a good Sherpa, you will watch us, keep the lines tight, make sure we are roped together, stop and rest when needed, skirt dangerous ice patches, and keep heading in the right direction when the blizzard prevents us from seeing further then three feet ahead. We’re probably here because we aren’t the brightest lot, and God figured we needed advance training.

    And the other end of the blog? Ah, Charlie, now that’s a sight to behold. You are attached to the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart which will pour out over the earth. Don’t you see that is why the long, intense, bewildering, frustrating and painful, very painful years. Only someone who has gone through God’s meat grinder can be attached to pure light itself. That’s what I was too excited about to listen to the other night. After I went to bed, though, I was still enough to pay attention.

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    • charliej373 says:

      “Not the brightest lot…” Shoot, Bev, I am coming to think you are brighter and brighter with each day. Forgive me if I am bold, but you ramble around some, yet zero in at times on what the central purpose of this site is with the deadly efficiency, speed and force of a shark striking. Ha!, I guess a shark often circles around for a good while before it strikes, too.

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  20. MM Bev says:

    I just re-read the blog entry. So here I am with my big mouth again. If people get a bit carried away trying to see more about what they consider the “supernatural” ways in which you learned what God intended, and you had never, ever referenced one single factor regarding that, they might be reading Maria Divine Mercy, heaven help us. If that’s the focus point in a heart, it can find a home anywhere. What you say is almost unnoticeable in the context of your blogs. There isn’t enough to give anyone much satisfaction (which may be why the questions). If supernatural is what’s desired, the hunt for supernatural, deceptive or not will be pursued. Dreaming after pixy dust.

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  21. radiclaudio says:

    Hi again Charlie. I re read your post this morning. I don’t want to get caught up in the detail, but what did you mean about the 2000 election? Where you referring to the SCOTUS need to intervene? Or something else?

    In Christ,

    Rich

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    • charliej373 says:

      At the time, Radi, I didn’t know. In March of that year, I started telling my priests there was something terribly wrong with the presidential election, so wrong that there might not be an election at all. But I could only speculate on what, specifically, it might be. Sometimes things are relatively clear, sometimes I see through a glass, darkly, but see something huge in it. Again, that relates to what I said about God not wanting us to know exactly what will happen and sets these things up like mile markers, signs that the specific temporal event signifies something much greater happening from heaven. I knew there was something huge there, and it was just two months into the formal commencement of the period of rumblings. It was a sign to look to Him, to not be afraid, that these things must come, but His hand was again active.

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      • vicardwm says:

        I honestly don’t think our elections in the U.S. are “on the level” any more. With the level of immorality in our country and the lack of even training in morality (how many people even know, or care, that the “end doesn’t justify the means”?), I am almost certain that there is massive election fraud going on in our country.

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        • Bob says:

          I believe I must still vote for usually the lessor of the 2 evils in most elections, but still I am beginning to feel like voting is just a matter of rearranging the chairs on the Titanic. But still we must make the best choices we have with what we are given as we don’t know the times or see the end ourselves.

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      • charliej373 says:

        I don’t know him personally, but we have a mutual friend. I like him. He has not sounded a note that has been wrong to my ears and has never shied away from something that needed doing. I like him.

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        • Irish7 says:

          Really?!? That is interesting. I agree with him on principle and appreciate the water he carries for our issues. It’s the purist and divisive politics — running others (including some good guys) out on a rail for the slightest honest disagreement. But I won’t bore everyone with useless political banter. I’ll save it up for Charlie’s Pub…and I think I might win at least a few rounds on this one. 😉

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          • charliej373 says:

            Sometime send me an example or two. I know when I was doing it, the left and the moderates often succeeded in tainting a guy for being so “divisive” and mean-spirited” without giving any significant examples. It could be very disheartening for those of us carrying water because you soon found when you were in the arena, the very people who demanded someone speak with a bold voice ran like scalded dogs rather than disagree with the “cool” kids.

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  22. Fran says:

    I prefer NOT to know too many details, Charlie! The only thing that will help or comfort me is that it will all be good in the end! Other than having a “sense” of what is going to happen, it is best not to know too much because it will not help to “take the next right step”. In fact it may cause a wrong step,if I become focused on the wrong things! I love that we can all hash things out here though, and kind of sort ourselves out because it is helping (me at least) to adjust the magnification on the lens in order to better see things, including what, individually, the Lord is preparing each of us to do.

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    • MM Bev says:

      You are right on the money, Fran. (And may I say, often are). Good thing you like me, because for better or worse, we’re all here with Charlie for the long term.
      You light is a lamp unto my feet. He didn’t say I have halogen headlights attached to your forehead so that you can see more than a mile down the road. Lamp. Ever go camping and have to use the biffy after dark? Flashlight, right. And you have it pointed DOWN. Other wise, el-trip-o. You have to see the tree roots, and stones and stuff or you’re gonna have one big fall. That’s the point of the next right step (as in ONE step). Heck, if you point the flashlight up and see a bear, you’ll be too scared to move. By the time you have carefully walked the next five feet, using the flashlight the way one should, the bear will probably have headed to the lake for water and you never even know he was there.

      Even though I threw up on the spilled and revolting contents? You have guts, lady. I want you on my side.

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      • charliej373 says:

        The flashlight in bear territory is actually a good thing. When I got into bear territory I was told that two things that bears really don’t like is sharp, loud noise and very bright light. I got a small, but brilliant, pulsating set of LED lights (I swear, you could have used them as back-ups to light a baseball field at night) and I had my trumpet. The bears left me alone…only one got close and fortunately I had my handy dandy trumpet on hand and the legend proved true. Actually, though, one night three bears came rumbling along by my tent. I was lying on my back, didn’t have anything at hand easily.. if they would have attacked the tent I would have had a hard way to go, so I just lay dead quiet, hoping for the best. Fortunately, eventually they got bored and lumbered off towards a stream to the north of me.

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        • MM Bev says:

          Not really saying anything Charlie. But how often did you hit a stream during your trek? Maybe the bears decided fish smelled better. Hee, hee, hee. Good thing I’m a long way away. I guess I’d best mind my “p’s” and “q’s”, since you hold the earasabilty in you hands. Alright, I made the word up, but it applies.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Actually Bev, it was quite eerie how easily I lived in harmony with wild animals. I had a lot of deer visit my camp. I cherish one morning when a little faun came bounding up, gazed at me quizzically, then folded its knees and sat down beside me in that elegant way deers do. It just chilled with me. I offered it a little of my trail mix.

            Birds and rabbits were also quite tame when I was alone in the woods. In Houston, a family of 13 or 14 rabbits shared camp with me each night. I told my son, in a little awe, that I thought I had some strange St. Francis thing going on. He said, “Nah, Dad…the animals look at you and think, well, this critter doesn’t look like us, but he sure does smell like us, so he’s okay.”

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          • MM Bev says:

            Well, if my sons and husband were replying to you, (oh, best through in the brothers), they would tell you that your menagerie has expanded. There are times when I’ve been told that I can have the behavior of a wolverine at times. Is this an insult? Am I safe to have around your soft, furry friends?
            Actually, you sound like an “adult sized” Richard, who fed wild birds out of his hands when he was four. Richard has grim determination and tenacity, traits you have, too, it would seem. Oh, did you say something one time about “do it or die”? Now we know why God picked you.

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  23. Dan Lynch says:

    The New Era of Our Lady of Fatima and St. John Paul II or of the Book of Eli?

    The Book of Eli is a movie about a man named Eli who has supernatural powers and carries a book alone across America towards the West. A “voice” told him to preserve the book. He is on a trek of 30 years since “the war.” The book is the King James version of the Bible, a Bible without many of the parts of the true Bible. Also, his Bible is in braille.

    Apparently, only the book survived “the war” but not the Church, contrary to Christ’s promise that he would always be with us.

    On his trek, Eli encounters many bad guys who he kills, but they can’t kill him because he is supernaturally protected. He rescues a few damsels in distress, but passes by many of those in need as he recites his mantra to himself, “Keep walking it’s not your concern.” Apparently, love of neighbor was not his concern and he did not meet any Christian communities.

    He walks alone across the carnage of an American landscape that is still devastated 30 years after “the war.” The land is populated by evil people, including cannibals, and they don’t love their neighbors.

    Eli surrenders the Bible to the head of a bad guy gang after he is defeated in the siege of a house. Apparently, his supernatural protection was removed. However, he had memorized his entire book and took his memory with him to San Francisco. They had printing presses there, he dictated his book and the printing presses rolled. Apparently, the world would go on with only the King James Bible, no Church, no Teaching Authority, every man for himself and every man to interpret the Bible as he wills.

    Some people think that the Storm might be like this. I don’t.

    The Storm and its aftermath will not be anything like the Book of Eli.

    Jesus left us a Church, not a book, the Church gave us the Bible and it wasn’t the King James version. The Church is the Teaching Authority to correctly interpret the Bible and its truth. There can be no private interpretation. As Jesus promised us, the Church will survive any storm, he will always be with us and he will not leave us orphans, but he will provide for us and protect us.

    Hopefully, through the Storm we will trust God, give hope to others and help them by doing the next right thing.

    Our Lady of Fatima promised us the Triumph of her Immaculate Heart and a New Era of Peace and St. John Paul II announced this New Era. It won’t be every man for himself. You may read here to learn what we hope the New Era of Peace will be like:

    http://jkmi.wsiefusion.net/his-announcement-of-the-new-era-of-peace

    “When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever.” (Proverbs 10:25).
    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
    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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  24. Thomas says:

    What you discuss here makes intuitive sense to anyone willing to pay attention to the world around them. When I began to mention to my wife that we should have a month’s supply of food and water in the basement “just in case”, she very quickly predicted why I thought it was needed, and it was essentially what you wrote here. Everything discussed is on the top of peoples’ minds, they are just not willing to talk about it.

    History is full of examples of great events demanding the best of men to step up. I’m thinking of Samwise Gamgee, so encouraging to an exhausted Frodo after an encounter with a ringwraith, telling him of the wonderful songs and stories that would be told one day about their journey, and reminding him of the simple joys of home. Perhaps you are like Sam was at that moment… ever faithful, ever hopeful, providing encouragement when needed, being hope in the face of despair.

    We must trust in God. He has a plan for all of us, and if we are willing to let Him work in us, we can be a part of His plan. His son Jesus has already won the victory on the Cross, and if we keep our focus on attaining the Heavenly peace that comes from accepting this Truth in our hearts, we will be ready for what comes. May God bless, strengthen, and protect all of us here for the journey ahead.

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  25. Diane says:

    Charlie, et al
    I must say that I have felt so much peace in finding this site – I have been working in that direction for quite sometime, but this was certainly the next right step for me. I am not as concerned about things that had me running to confession every month – things that were meddling and most certainly not mine to deal with anyway. My 5 young adult children have heard me say for several years now that things were going down, and they think I am a bit crazy, but then I’m mom and thats okay, so little attention is paid to my stocking water and extra food. But I have pleasantly found myself being very calm about things that may have upset me in the past, a nice feeling that God is in the midst of this calm, a nice feeling that says don’t worry about what you cannot control calm. This past week I had two overrealming incidents that made me step back and feel His presense in a way I have never before felt and it took my breathe away because I realised that God is really in the midst of all that happens – so close I felt I could touch Him. Anyway thank to you and all the commentors – for the calmness in my heart.

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  26. Bobby says:

    God uses our errors to teach us – and to spread grace abundantly so long as we humbly seek to do His will. In fact, the errors we make when we seriously seek the Lord’s will are the most refined and effective classrooms in creation.

    Charlie – love this little jewel of a teaching.

    I have fallen so many times it is embarrassing but I always get up.

    I am ever so amazed at the patience of God.

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  27. Bobby says:

    Thankyou for your reflections on the interpretation of prophecy. Your careful, balanced approach has much merit.

    I can see where you are coming from in terms of the warning of Garabandal that it might be a bump rather than a bang.

    However, there still remains the possibility that we are going to get a ‘show’ of enormous proportions.

    “Once again I will shake not only the earth but the heavens also.”

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  28. Elizabeth K. says:

    Thank you, Charlie, for your writings and reminders. I think that we (your readers) need to keep in mind that knowing whether your predictions “came true” is not the point: the point is to practice the basics as you’ve put them forth. To me, this is the truth of your message. I don’t doubt that you’ve experienced what you say, because in my experience these things really do happen. But beyond knowing the general shape of things, why worry about timing, etc.?

    When I read your writing, and Mark Mallett’s, I still find it very hard to imagine things falling apart in such a large way. And, frankly, I find myself still hoping that the vision you both have is wrong, or can be mitigated, because from a purely selfish point of view, I have a nice life, and a good job, and a comfortable home, and a wonderful family, that I really enjoy.

    BUT when I look more widely, I realize that all of the things I have worried about for a while now–what I’ll put under the umbrella of ‘culture of death’–well, I don’t see how the world moves forward under this culture. In fact, I find the thought far more terrifying than any Storm. Ever since I had children, I have felt the pull of this culture upon all of us: beneath the “nice life,” there’s a sea of, for lack of a better word, filth that infests every part of our culture. It is so, so hard to raise up faithful children in this culture. And it is so, so hard for parents all over the world who have it even harder. I can’t really see how we go on this way, and so when you tell us that we *won’t* go on this way, it makes sense to me. It makes me sad–because there is still so much goodness–but it also makes sense, for how can we have a world where the faithful are silenced and crucified, where we now advance euthanasia and infanticide as the logical outcomes of the scourge of abortion? And where we distract ourselves endlessly away from noticing the encroaching death tide?

    Have you ever read The Hunger Games? Fr. Barron has a great piece on it, which points out the paganism of the culture in the Capitol–and the Capitol is us, and the hunger games are already being played. A book for our times!

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    • charliej373 says:

      While I was still walking, Elizabeth, one of my brothers recommended The Hunger Games to me. I enjoyed it quite a lot.

      A lot of folks have concluded my message is profoundly hopeful now, for without a renewal, they can see nothing other than collapse, decay and misery within the trajectory we have been on.

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      • LJD says:

        It’s funny how these movies with similar themes like Book of Eli, Hunger Games, the Giver, etc are coming out with similar ‘lessons’ about freedom and justice, and what happens when we forfeit it. I must say that this fall I have been hit with a spiritual steroid shot for some reason and have been slowly focusing my efforts for whatever is coming to my life pertaining to this storm. I went today to the Miraculous Medal Shrine in PHiladelphia and it was such a confirming experience feeling the Theotokos (my fave title for Mary). While I can easily get scared focusing on storms, my soul within me is shouting to bring it on already because I hate looking at the ongoing decay and lack of faith in all those around me.

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        • NancyA says:

          Thank you for reminding me of that shrine! The one time I tried to go, it was closed up, so that my littlest one and I merely wandered around outside it for a few moments. I must make a plan to go. As dedicated as I have been to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal/Our Lady of Grace, I have never been inside the shrine practically in my back yard!

          You’ve also led me to mention something that has occurred to me a few times, as I’ve read this community taking shape. (I’ve read posts from the beginning thru about July, and backwards some
          time in the past week) I wondered if there might be some wisdom in connecting more ‘real~ly’ by geographical areas. Some of us might be neighbors without realizing it

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          • charliej373 says:

            Well, even I don’t know where each of you are from. I only get your email addresses. I would be nervous about putting anything up even if you sent it. Though you haven’t seen it, we have had some creeps here. I have quietly banned about five people who just wanted to maliciously attack. Most have eventually gone to haunt other houses, but there are still a couple who are clearly unstable. I don’t want to expose you to that. But if you can think of a way we can do this without exposing anyone, I’m game.

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          • NancyA says:

            Thanks, Charlie.. had not even thought of that sort of ugliness. An idea does come to mind. When I have time, I’ll email you privately to touch on it. If the time does not make itself available, that will be that.

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          • Mick says:

            Nancy, I like your idea. It would be nice to be able to connect with other members of this little family who might live nearby.

            Regarding the shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Philly, I’ve never been there (I live in Michigan); however, my parish was founded by the Vincentians that run the shrine. My parish, Queen of the Miraculous Medal, is (as far as I can tell) the only parish with such a name in the United States. The most spectacular statue of Our Lady that I’ve ever seen is in that church.

            For those who live in Missouri, there is also a shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Perryville. That one I have visited, and it is lovely. It is also run by the Vincentians.

            This reminds me: If there is anybody here who is thinking of stocking up on Miraculous Medals (perhaps to give away during the Storm), the Perryville shrine sells them in bulk for 8 cents each. That works out to only $8.00 per 100 medals; and if you request it when you order, they will have one of the Vincentian priests bless them (they are blessed after your payment is processed, thus ensuring that no simony is occurring). Here’s the link, for those interested: https://www.electiontonight.com/EAS/index.aspx: https.

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          • Mick says:

            I just noticed that I included the wrong link in my post about the bulk Miraculous Medals available from the Vincentians in Perryville, Missouri. Sorry; I’m really not very good at computer stuff! Anyway, here’s the correct link: http://www.amm.org/M002_M002-Aluminum_Miraculous_Medals.aspx?panel=3&productid=573&categoryid=34

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      • MM Bev says:

        Charlie, I hope that you skimmed the two books following the “Hunger Games”. By the time that one reaches the end of book three, we learn that Katniss is “gentle as a dove; wise as a serpent.” Many young people, even young adults won’t read the trilogy of the “Lord of the Rings”, but they voraciously consumed the three “Hunger Games” books. (It was embarrassing the way that the twenty something daughters of my friend and I – who each had one book – harassed the other to hurry up and finish so the next book could be read!) Essential, same story put in a way that people with a short attention spans can handle. Movies are good too. I intend to see the next one which is based on half of book three, and then one last one to finish the story off.
        Elizabeth, I so empathize with you. My sons are raised and gone from home. (Thankfully in the same city.) When I was working as an Education Assistant in a High School, I used to check out programs, magazines, MTV, and movies so that I was aware of what exactly the students I worked with were emersed in. They were usually willing to fill me on the drug situation etc because I often was one on one. And it was both unnerving and sad to sit with a kid in grade 8, while his girlfriend was having a pregnancy test done in the medical room. I am amazed that I do not have permanently curled hair. It seemed utterly impossible to me that our culture could have disappeared so rapidly in less than two generations. These kids were not even one generation removed from my own! When my youngest was in Grade 12, his girlfriend was allowed to stay out all night. He wasn’t and so the relationship went belly up.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Bev, when I say I have read something that is part of a series, I invariably mean I have read the series.

          My son, a police officer and 28 years old, was talking to me earlier today – and is stunned at how dramatically things have gone downhill in the generation behind me. Things are swirling around the drain. But never fear…just like the over-educated idiots at Oxford in the 1930s who publicly resolved that they would “not fight for God and King” against Hitler (they were far too smart and enlightened for that, don’t you know), this generations will become, by necessity, one of the greatest generations. They will answer the call – even as most don’t realize there is any call yet.

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  29. aj says:

    Well Charlie, you could start by asking all those that are crazy to raise their hands…see how that goes! That should clear up the problem! Hahahah 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • Cecilia says:

      Aj, I raise both hands! For being crazy that is. And Charlie, I know the details won’t help because you said a plan won’t help, the only help is trusting God to get us through. And I will be clenching my rosary and crying for Mama Mary! Does anyone have any advice on learning to suffer well? I haven’t learned it yet; I am a terrible cry baby. But I do offer all my tears for souls. I worry about the loss of so many souls! I have four neices and nephews who are all addicts and have all either been in prison or done more than one duty of jail time. They seem so lost! And how my sister suffers! I fear for them, even though I daily put them under the mantle of our dear Blessed Mother. Their lives are so broken. And there are millions more like them. Oh how I pray the storm will be shortened and the intensity weakened! On to the Rescue!!!

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      • charliej373 says:

        Well, one thing Cecilia, is that I go to great lengths never to waste suffering. I offer it up every time. Somehow, it really does transform it. I used to pray that the Storm be shortened and the intensity weakened – until I saw how many souls were perishing to eternity. And then I prayed that it be as long and as intense as we need to rescue us all and keep us focused on God for at least a thousand years to come.

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      • Mick says:

        Cecilia, it seems to me that since you offer all your tears for the salvation of souls, you are in fact already suffering well. I’m a crybaby, too; and I hate pain. But having had five absolutely horrific pregnancies and three C-sections with difficult recoveries, I have realized that God gives us the grace and strength when we need them, and not a moment before. You’ll be absolutely fine if you just follow Charlie’s advice: Trust-Do-Love.

        Oh, and I smile every time I see your name in the comments bar (our youngest’s middle name is Cecilia; and, oh, how she loves music!).

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      • kathy kalina says:

        Regarding tears and suffering:

        Years ago, I was weeping uncontrollably after learning that my husband had been arrested for his 7th DWI in one month. I heard the sweetest voice ask a simple question (I’m sure it was my angel): “Who are you crying for?” Stunned out of my tears, I realized the only answer I could give was a selfish one: “I’m crying for me!” The lesson took; I never cried for myself again.

        But tears shed over others; that may be the “gift of tears”. This is an expression of the Holy Spirit that was so highly prized in times gone by that pious women would fake it to convince others of their holiness.

        Still, weeping is best done in private. Otherwise, it’s unlikely we’ll be a sign of hope to others.

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  30. Julee says:

    Speaking as someone who clicked on your blog out of curiosity, I wouldn’t have sat up and paid attention if you hadn’t spoken about your visitations, your predictions of the coming trials, and how drastically things will change. This gave me a sense of urgency and made me delve deeper into your blog. Your testimony is what made me realize I need to cling to God more than ever, to pray without laziness, to trust, to listen, and to discern His will in my life. It made me yearn for a deeper relationship with Jesus and Mary and to renew my consecration. If nothing you’ve said comes to pass, I’m still on the right path.

    We’re all called to stay awake and to watch and pray. I can see the big shifts, but often the subtle shifts escape me. I’m too busy being a mom and taking care of my son/family. Until recently, I didn’t pay much attention to national or world news, to politics (except to hopefully make sound decisions at the polls) and definitely not to economics. My dad used to joke about me always having Andy Griffith or I Love Lucy on TV instead of the news. Now that he’s gone, I’m paying more attention and I’ve been seeking out the Catholic perspective on things and what the Church is saying about worldly events because events are so alarming. In addition to paying close attention to the Pope, I’ve followed Mark Mallet’s blog because I believe him to be an authentic watchman and “dot connector” for someone like me, who is not called to do the connecting myself, but is called to be aware (I’m guessing so I can pray and be useful in God’s plan). As I said before, I found you through Mark M. Acknowledging God, making the best decisions I can, and being a sign of God’s love is good advice no matter what. No one in my life, however, is aware of your blog or Mark’s and sometimes that makes me question. Am I seeking out knowledge I don’t need to have, regardless of whether you are authentic or not? If I was led here to be a sign of hope to my family and to make prudent plans, I’m still clueless, but trust God will answer my prayers when the time is right.

    I know God leaves me to ponder things in my heart. This past summer, out of the blue, my husband and I were asked to participate in a local public radio documentary on caregiving. We are both quiet “behind the scenes” type of people, especially my husband, so we surprised ourselves by agreeing. Long story short, our story was pitched to NPR and it went national (we knew this was a slim possibility). In my naïveté, I thought everyone would see our love for our son and how we cherish him, even though we face challenges. I thought this was God’s plan and He was working through us to make it so. I was not prepared for the comments on NPR’s web site and Facebook pages, nor the thousands of shares to various blogs. The people who used our son to make a case for abortion, euthanasia, and assisted suicide were very difficult to take, as well as those who criticized our faith. I offered up my pain and had sleepless nights regretting my decision to do the story. To make matters worse, another controversy surfaced regarding our son’s photo used on the web sites. Surprisingly, NPR addressed it by doing another story that generated thousands more comments. So much for thinking I knew the plan and we’d be insulated from hurt, we were in the thick of it! The good news is that there were also thousands of positive comments. When the second story was published, we were in our little cabin in the woods for a weekend get-away, cuddled on the couch with our son and absolutely in awe that we were being discussed across the country. Two opposing views were also published in the Huffington Post. How and why did this happen? I’m not sure except my sweet beautiful boy, who is nonverbal and non-ambulatory, through God’s grace, managed to touch millions. Amazing and never did I see it coming. It was so emotional, however, that I vowed to never put us in the public eye again! I prefer being hidden, but I’m not so sure God sees it that way. Just last week an editor from a nondenominational religious magazine with two million readers contacted us to see if we’d be interested in doing a story. Why us? Just when I think I’ve got things figured out, I realize I don’t! So again, by reading your blog, including the prophecies, I realize even more how much I need to stretch out my hand to God all the time in every aspect of my life.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I pray you will have the courage to do it, Julee. Once, when I was doing radio and had become very popular very fast in our local market, a big controversy erupted. One of the talk show hosts (I was just doing news and a taped daily commentary then – but the commentaries went viral locally) did a whole flipping week of shows about me and my commentaries. Internally, we called it the “Charlie Johnston, Threat of Menace?” series. I sat in taking calls for one three-hour stint. There were some real fans, but a lot were calling in to smack me around. I was surprised that it got so much attention…and with all the squabbling flying around as if I were some symbol instead of an actual person, I was feeling pretty lousy. I went up to the City of Waukegan in the late afternoon to meet some source at a little bar and grill one day. I was walking kind of stooped, just feeling besieged. Well, the place was right near the courthouse and it was packed since the courts had let out. When I walked in, somebody who knew me looked and said, “Hey, that’s Charlie Johnston.” To my astonishment, the whole room spontaneously stood up and burst into applause. It was one of those rare moments of unforgettable grace during a tough moment.

      The thing is, Julee, there are very ugly people out there who always want to tear down anyone who pokes their head up – and they seem more vicious these days about trying to tear down any who stand for something noble and true. But I have found that, if you stand, you really do not know how very many people you inspire in the process – most of whom need the inspiration. I have come to realize that, often I have done more good and been more help to others when I have simply lived fortitude under siege than when things have gone smoothly and easily. I guarantee that you have made a profound difference in many lives because of your fortitude and your determination for your son and your family – and the dignity of all.

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      • Julee says:

        Thanks for the encouraging story! The growing ugliness and viciousness is eye-opening to say the least. It makes me think twice about opening up our lives in the hopes of helping others and that’s a shame.

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    • Irish7 says:

      Ugh. I’m so sorry Julee. NPR is so infuriating. Your story will be an inspiration to the Christian readers in the next publication. God bless your fortitude and especially your beautiful boy!

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  31. But you do give a precise plan – Trust-Do-Love! This has become my mode of thinking about all minor and major decisions since I first read it just this summer. Thank you for your faithfulness to God and His mission for your life.

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  32. Julia says:

    Charlie, I think your mission is for USA, or do you expect UK to be in the same storm. I don’t know.
    Thank you for not dissing smokers. There is still hope for Julia…a smoker.
    I must try going to a shrine and asking Our Lady to help me quit. And promise to share to outcome.

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    • charliej373 says:

      The work is global, Julia. The whole world will be engulfed by the global civil war that comes. I know I speak most from the perspective of America, because I am an American, so that is my primary perspective. But it is global and comprehensive.

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  33. MM Bev says:

    Charlie, you hit the perfect balance of how you received the information (making US wildly thankful we weren’t chosen) and what is coming generally, and what we must do. If that were not the case, your followers would be the same number as there are members in your family..

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  34. Caroline says:

    Charlie, you’ve pointed me to Jesus. I have had a tendency to get distracted from Him by worrying about trying to be in control, specifically by worrying about prophecy timing, etc. But your writings have led me to Christ and His way. I also like how you are so “normal” seeming, for lack of a better word. For example, I wouldn’t feel weird drinking a beer in front of you. After reading some other modern day prophecy I often finish feeling rushed, afraid, confused, and isolative. But when I finish reading you, I often smile and feel like I can actually “relax” because God is right here. Thank you.

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    • charliej373 says:

      That’s kind of funny, Caroline. When I was younger, I tilted a few brews but for about the last ten years or so, I just don’t care for it. BUT, if I am with a group that knows me, I always have a beer – even if I nurse part of it along – so they know I don’t give a hoot if they drink beer. About the only time I drink now is if a manage to go golfing with my son or nephew – for they insist…and it is kind of the tradition.

      I am glad I have been of help I in focusing you on what is important – and to hold fast to Him and let the other stuff sort itself out.

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  35. Patricia says:

    Charlie,
    With regards to your comment about this generation becoming one of the greatest, which one are you talking about? Thank you.
    Patricia

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    • charliej373 says:

      In a very large sense, rather than a narrow generational cohort, I am speaking of all who live and carry the banner of Jesus, Mary and Joseph over these next few years. And prominent among them will be many who are now regarded as callow youths.

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  36. MM Bev says:

    I am so terribly thankful to know that. When I worked with teenagers, I was impressed at what their “inner selves” were like. They are like mice, they like to hide. But run into them as adults a few years after graduation and the transformation, even of the so called “worst’ of them usually proved amazing.

    I very rarely look at any of the “prophetic” sites. On those few occasions that I have, if I do not have a calm sense of peace when finished, I never go back. Holy Spirit brings us peace; one way He leads us.
    I guess that I apply that principle to just about any site I venture on.

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  37. Kati says:

    I read this piece a few days ago but I read it differently that I have read other things. It was a slower, more profound read …paragraph by paragraph. It is one of the best you have written, Charlie. I am still thinking about it and I know that I will go back to it again…and again. It is very sound spiritual advice. It fits well with the an article I read this morning about Fr. Solanus Casey who was a “red-blooded IRISH American.” His utter TRUST in God seems to make him a great example for our times. We know that all saints are *regular* people like ourselves, but many times what is written about their lives makes them seem far above the rest of us. This article did not do that. Instead, it showed him to be VERY aware “of his human status as a sinner [which] kept him safely anchored in humility, while his experience of God’s grace in his weakness continually deepened his trust in God so that by his later years Solanus was “uniquely unshaken by doubt, anxi­ety, or fear…”
    The article, which I highly recommend, can be found here: http://catholicexchange.com/solanus-casey-red-blooded-american-miracle-worker .

    Thank you Charlie, for, as I think MM Bev alluded to, maintaining our training. 🙂

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    • Irish7 says:

      I so agree Kati! Charlie’s mentorship (or should I say sherpaship?) has helped to focus and hone my trust. It has been striking me recently that the entire OT is simply a story about trust. I have been immersed in children’s Bible materials, and it’s amazing how much I’m learning from the simplified bullet points….allowing me to see from a different perspective…a broad overview without the details has brought the story more into focus and connected dots for me. The Israelites could have benefitted from an index card card in their knapsacks with a reminder to Trust Do Love. It will be in my pack. ;). And in viewing my own life story, I realize this is what would have served me best in all circumstances. I couldn’t have outsmarted the hardships (and even if I could have, I would have missed my calling and those things which are most valuable). The message is a keeper and so is the sherpa. 🙂

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    • RMD says:

      Kati,
      Fr. Solanus’ tomb is at the Capuchin monastery in Detroit, along with a wonderful center there devoted to his life’s ministry. A worthwhile visit.

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      • Kati says:

        RMD,
        Thanks so much for sharing this. I would really love to visit that monastery. It’s funny that lately I have been very drawn to monasteries and wish we had far more of them here in the United States. I live in Tennessee and we are still officially considered “Missionary Territory” here. LoL! I certainly hope and pray that, after the rescue, we will see more monastery life everywhere!!!
        After Purgatory, perhaps I can meet Fr. Solanus Casey in person. I certainly hope so.

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  38. Bless you, Charlie, for another solid post that speaks of your mission during the storm to come. I think most of the people who read your blog understand why you are writing – the title of your site itself speaks of this. New readers who haven’t read your previous posts may not see this right away but if they read the stand alone pages you have linked to under the title I would think they would understand pretty quickly.

    I love reading through the comment section on your blog. Rarely does a day go by where I don’t find myself laughing at some of the things discussed here. Loved the “smoke Nazis” comment and the ones that followed. One of the reasons I visit your blog regularly (other than reading your posts, of course) is because of the wonderful people who comment here regularly. I find much beauty, grace, and humor here. I guess what I am trying to say is that there is an authenticity here that I rarely find online. I stopped commenting on a number of large Catholic sites because the comboxes were like war zones and I always felt like I had to watch everything I said. I made the mistake of mentioning Medjugorje once and, let’s just say, it didn’t go well 😉 I mean, you would think they could put up a sign of warning for us poor folks who like the place, wouldn’t you? Like, “Caution! Only negative comments about Medjugorje allowed! All others will be shot on sight!” Lol. Seriously, some comment boxes are brutal. I never worry about that here. I see a unity here that does my heart good.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you, Mary. I really try to make this a safe place where we can examine together both what is true – and what is fundamental. I know some marvelous faithful people who believe in the authenticity of Medjugorje; I know some marvelous faithful people who don’t. We are all trying in our pilgrim way to approach the throne. It does not much bother me that someone of good will has a different perspective than me. I am glad I am succeeding at some level of making this a safe place for all of good will to safely explore what is truly in their hearts – to share what they know and learn from other’s perspective. And ha! I tell friends occasionally when discussing this website that they HAVE to read the comments, becaue they are often more deeply insightful than what I originally wrote – and that is no insult to my insight, either. Sometimes people here write things that take my breath away.

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      • Frankiegee says:

        Charlie,
        Speaking of the great comment section here, I have an “administrative” request. Could you increase the number of entries in the “readers are saying” column to the right? Perhaps going from its current 5 to say, at least 10 or so? 15 would be even better. It helps us to keep track of the conversations happening on multiple columns for those who can’t check your blog as frequently as we’d like. Thanks again for all your work – we miss you here in the Windy City, btw! [Perhaps I could send you a dozen “chicago-style” Portillo’s hot dogs to coax you back? Or maybe a deep dish pizza?(Lou Malnati’s?, Giordano’s?, Geno’s East ?, Pizzeria Uno’s ? – lemme know) I’ll bet your mouth is watering already . . . ]

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        • charliej373 says:

          I will do that, Frankie. My favorite pizza ever is from a little dive in a far north suburb called ‘The Pizza Place.‘ They make a double decker. I like plain cheese and sausage. A few years back, when I was in town for an event, I ordered one, knowing it could not possibly be as good as I remembered. It wasn’t. It was better. I linked to it here so my Chicago friends can look it up – the pizza is that good. They do have a Pizzeria Uno’s Deep Dish franchise in Denver – but I am actually a thin crust man – and mostly a Pizza Place Double Decker man. But I was at Uno’s a few weeks back – and it was heaven to get a bit of the REAL thing again instead of those cheesy breads they call pizza outside of Chicago and New York. Thank heavens, they also have Home Run Inn frozen pizzas in some stores out here – which constitutes about 30% of my diet.

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          • Frankiegee says:

            Haha. Thanks for the pizza heads up, Charlie. I’ll email pictures of my double decker pizza soon! Incidentally, that restaurant is about 15-20 minutes from Marytown in Mundelein, IL; which has one of the most beautiful perpetual adoration chapels in the country. (The Monstrance is over 5′ tall!) It was initially founded by the Augustinians but now run by the Franciscans. It is also the national shrine of St. Maximilian Klobe. Adoration, Mass and then lunch. Sounds like a plan! (P.S. The Combo with sweet peppers is my GO-TO Potillos order. To be very “chicago” have’m put giardiniera on instead of the peppers and dunk the whole thing in au jus (like joanp62 likes below!) it’s so good it’s almost sinful.)

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          • charliej373 says:

            I was a regular at Marytown for a very long time, Frankie. In fact the Sicilian friend I mentioned, his Dad, in early retirement, went and ran the kitchens at Marytown for a few years. When I was a young and talented trumpet player (and before I was Catholic) I went to St. Mary of the Lake Seminary to play for ordinations and such.

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          • Mick says:

            Frankie, I’m not from Chicago; but I was married there in the mid-’90s at St. Mary of the Angels (are you familiar with that parish?). For our rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding, my in-laws took the whole wedding party (and all of the relatives who weren’t in the wedding party) out for pizza. I wish I could remember the name of the place, but WOW was the pizza incredible! I’ll have to ask my husband which restaurant we went to (Giordano’s sounds familiar, but I could well be wrong). And I agree with you about Marytown. What a phenomenal place. When I visited there, I was blown away by the monstrance. It really seems larger than life in person.

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        • joanp62 says:

          Oh my gosh, Frankie. I was born and raised in Chicago, lived there for 30 years. I have lived in several other states and cannot find any pizza close to what we had in Chicago, thin or stuffed. Portillo hot dogs, Gonella bread, Italian Beef sandwiches, oh my how I miss it.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ah, Italian Beef with peppers. One of my best friends is Sicilian – and the family was long in the restaurant business. His uncle owned a popular Sicilian Bakery downtown. At holidays and celebrations we would have Cannoli Cake from his uncle’s bakery – and I would eat until it got sick. My friend’s dad once told me, “Jeez, Charlie, you eat like you’ve got two…” well, it would not do to quote him exactly on this site. Suffice it to say he thought I had dual exhaust pipes. Those were the days!

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          • joanp62 says:

            Luckily, some of those places offer their food frozen to be shipped all over the country. My sister, still in Chicago, has sent us the Italian beef kit from Lou Malnati’s for Christmas in the past. Comes with the beef, the gravy/juice, bread and giardinara. I like mine dripping with the juice, making the bread soggy. Mmmmm.

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          • charliej373 says:

            I liked the combos best – Italian beef and Italian sausage with sweet peppers and fries…maybe a little mozzarella from time to time. Now THAT’s a meal!

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  39. The comments at times take my breath away too. This is one of the reasons I have great hope for humanity – the goodness of people is so clear at times. I see people reaching out to each other and a deep respect regardless of whether they agree with the other person or not.

    As for Medjugorje, a number of my friends don’t believe anything supernatural is happening there and I respect their opinions. And they respect mine too 🙂 We never quibble about it because, either way, we all love Mother Mary whether she’s appearing in Medjugorje or not. What’s funny is that the very reasons that they don’t believe she is appearing there are the very reasons I do believe she is. Go figure! But there’s something so touching about the ordinariness of the visionaries and the people who visit Medjugorje. As if God wants us to see that He truly has a heart for simple, ordinary people. Oddly enough, I think if the visionaries were originally a group of “saintly” souls I would be less inclined to believe it. I guess this works along the same lines as my love for St. Peter, St. Mary Magdalene, etc… I love the bumbling souls because they remind me of most of us and I can relate to them. Besides, “saints” here on earth can be quite irritating.

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    • charliej373 says:

      It is truly love that conquers all in the Lord’s kingdom…not intellect, not ambition, not even piety…but love. Love leads you to use whatever gifts you have been given in the Lord’s service. Love reaches out with empathy and sympathy to the “other.” Love endures. Everything else passes away.

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  40. JEM says:

    Charlie, Which article is it that you write about the that the Storm would be over in 2017? I have been trying to catch up on all of your articles, and I can’t seem to find the one where you talk about that. Is this something that the angels have told you, or something you saw in a vision? Also, I just saw that someone commented (underneath your current article) that Glenn Beck has been talking about the troubles ahead and actually that is where I first began to hear that America was headed for some very difficult times in 2015 – At the time, I was thinking it was more of a financial difficulty, so we went and paid off our home (we were close to doing that anyway). Speaking of Glenn Beck, I believe he is a good man and whenever I hear him speak of spiritual things I think it is just a matter of time before he “crosses the Tiber” 😉

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    • charliej373 says:

      JEM, you might use the search feature under the term prophecy. I have said that since I began writing here, consistently, in everything. I was told it about a decade and a half ago, which I reported to my priests. It was most unusual because it was such a specific time frame. It is not in AN article; it permeates every article when I discuss the rescue, which is the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart. Oh, and I should note that the heart of the Storm will be broken then and the Era of Peace will have begun…but there will be little vestiges of the Storm for a few years following as it completely ceases.

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      • JEM says:

        Thank you very much for your reply. As a new reader, I had seen references to “2017”, but I assumed that maybe there was an initial article regarding that, and that I had just not come across it yet. Thank you for your patience and your hard work. 😉

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        • charliej373 says:

          Yeah, I know, JEM. We get a lot of new readers…readership has been consistently doubling about every six weeks. In the beginning, it was easy to refer back to specific articles…but now there are almost 150 of them. So I try to categorize them and then add tags for specific little things so that people can search for them easily. I’m getting better, but I’m not there yet – I sometimes have troupble using the search feature to find what I want. Thank you for your patience! I know it is tough to wade through as much material as there is now to find what you need.

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    • NancyA says:

      I know that if you look specifically for “traditional Christmas” or “cultural Christmas” you might find it…

      also, about Glenn Beck, I am almost certain that he was baptized in the Catholic Church, but has strayed… the saddest case, imo…but we pray for all those to be reverted. I may be mistaken; just think I read that in the past.

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      • JEM says:

        Nancy, you are right, he was baptized Catholic! I’d forgotten that! Well, then let me say, someday he will answer the Catholics Come Home call 🙂

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    • Mick says:

      JEM, I like Glenn Beck, too. Did you know that he was raised Catholic (at least nominally)? Like you, I hope and pray that he may find his way home.

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      • Bonnie C says:

        Just want to add my “I like Glenn Beck”, too. He just made comments on radio last week that he is no longer attending his church (it sounded like he said “ward” ) due to some controversy. I am not familiar with their terminology but it sounded like he said “ward”. Also, besides having been born Catholic, he went to the Vatican several years ago and I think he was searching. One time I heard him say, on radio, “Mother Mary comes to me speaking words of wisdom” – yes, I realize he was quoting Let It Be… but it intrigued me. People don’t just say that. He leaves breadcrumbs. He’s definitely got a better line to Heaven than the White House red phone, haha. He is supposed to make some type of announcement on Nov. 10th, and it sounded like it was going to be about his personal/spiritual life. I wondered, and hoped, he is coming home. Charlie, I’ll understand if you don’t post this.

        I have wondered about the 2017 rescue, and kindof figured it would be a tapering off of the conflicts. Charlie, you wrote about your reading, and your unplugging, and I don’t know how you manage it. Goodnight. God bless.

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        • charliej373 says:

          He probably did say ward, Bonnie. One of the hierarchical divisions of responsibility in Mormonism is into “wards.”

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          • Bonnie C says:

            Charlie, Maybe he has to go to the Pope regarding his marriage to Tania, his wife, like some other people we know…. (Teehee). Tania, his wife, was raised Catholic, too.

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        • NancyA says:

          Why don’t we all pray for Glenn Beck’s very public return to the One, holy, catholic and apostolic faith?

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          • Mick says:

            Great suggestion, Nancy. I’m in. How about the Prayer of Miraculous Trust, followed by a Hail Mary with the Flame of Love addendum?

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          • NancyA says:

            Mick, I’m not yet familiar with the Flame of Love, but I do plan to pray the prayer of miraculous trust for this! Glad you’re in. 🙂

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          • Irish7 says:

            I’m in.

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          • Fran says:

            I will pray the rosary with the flame of love prayer for him also.

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          • Kati says:

            I will also pray the prayer of Miraculous Trust and the Hail Mary which includes the Flame of LOVE addition. AND…of course, I will ask for the intercession of St. Padre Pio. 😉

            Nancy,
            Charlie has a link to the Flame of Love website under the DEVOTIONS category to the right. It is a wonderful tool that our Blessed Mother has given us to blind satan in these special times.

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          • NancyA says:

            Hi, Kati, thanks. I know OF the Flame of Love, and glanced at the site a little bit a few days ago, but would entail too much MORE reading than I am able to do at present…. I seem not to have as much time as Charlie does. LOL 😉

            (well, truly, I don’t… still mothering four kids at home, one a special needs daughter, and helping a married daughter who is in crisis, who has three of her own… life is busy. And.. well, I don’t have the sort of husband like those I’ve been reading posting here, or as described by the good Monsignor, so I’m sort of both parents, ….so I know I have the same amount of time, just taken up differently)

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          • charliej373 says:

            Well, fortunately, the gentleman who is the American Coordinator for the spread of this devotion is preparing a guest column on the subject.

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          • Mick says:

            Nancy, I haven’t read through the whole thread yet, so somebody else might have said this already (if so, then sorry). But the Flame of Love Hail Mary goes like this: “Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners, SPREAD THE EFFECT OF GRACE OF THY FLAME OF LOVE OVER ALL OF HUMANITY, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.” I apologize for “shouting” with the all-caps, but I don’t know how to underline or do italics when I type.

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          • Bonnie C says:

            Amen, I’m in, too! That prophecy by that Protestant pastor scared the lining out of me. Whose ranch in Texas are we going to think of? Our Lady has protected our property line from an arrogant so-and-so, we should ask her to guard our border, too.

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          • NancyA says:

            Actually, I’m not following Glenn Beck these days either, so don’t know of a protestant pastor’s prophecy or Texas ranch.. ? But human curiosity looms now, lol… and I am hoping the news will be so powerful on Nov 10, that you won’t even need to report!

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        • Mick says:

          Bonnie, since I don’t get to listen to Glenn’s radio show or watch his program, I hadn’t heard any of the things that you mentioned. If he says anything big on Nov. 10, would you please post a comment about it? I so hope and pray that he’s coming home… and bringing his wife and kids with him!

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          • Bonnie C says:

            I will keep us posted. 🙂

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          • Mick says:

            Thank you kindly. 🙂

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          • Bonnie C says:

            About the Texas ranch that is in (prophetically) danger that made me think of Glenn Beck and family: Pastor Rick Joyner Urgent Warning: ISIS Coming to America – The ‘Gate of Hell’ that has been opened. http://www.morningstartv.com/prophetic-perspective-current-events/urgent-warning-isis-coming-america-gate-hell-has-been-opened. This is the link to the story that I mentioned. I think Charlie linked this, too. There is a follow up video to this first one, and also one he wishes that would go viral about “Heaven coming to earth.” These things are to help us prepare our hearts, and mitigate them or stop them with our prayers. We really need to invoke OL of Tepeyac to guard our borders.

            Also, does everybody have the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary Enthroned in their homes? This is VERY important. You can look up the procedure online, have a priest bless the image(s) and Enthrone them yourselves (in a place of honor where you can seek their blessing every day, or every time you pass by). Or you can have a priest come to your home and do the Enthronement (very special, preferable, but not required).

            Also, I love my quilt block avatar. The arrows go counter clockwise which reminds me of a G.K. Chesterton quote. The one about dead things going with the stream. Love it. He knows (G.K. That is) how much I love him and he “arranged” this for me. Haha.

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  41. JPW says:

    Hi Charlie,
    Just thought I’d ask advice for a quavering and anxious heart. I’m a Father of a young family with a baby on the way in May, and this past week has been a real struggle in trying to focus and keep my peace. I’m feeling a bit like a rabbit caught in the head lights and I know that this is not good, but I feel isolated and unsure about what steps to take. I have no survival skills expertise and even going on the peepy preeper website has left me feeling overwhelmed. I know that this is not productive but my thought processes are not exactly firing as they should be. I have tentatively suggested to my wife that we make some preparations in the event of economic/social upheaval such as storing water, food, medical supplies etc and she has agreed that would be prudent. However, having just come across the kind of timetables that you are talking about my head is in a spin about were to begin. I don’t want to be freaking my wife out especially given her condition; and given that she is generally unaware of the situation afoot I don’t think it would be helpful. We don’t have a lot of money and we live in a city area, and as I said we have not began food stores of any kind. We have access to land and shelter in an old disused family house in rural Ireland, which I am sure could be a possible refuge for us, family members and those in need. My problem is knowing where to begin, getting the funds to start, and making those around me aware of the possible crisis that face us all in the coming few years. My family and friends are all good people but they are mostly ignorant of such problems and though none have repudiated the faith they wouldn’t exactly be practicing it either. I’m sure I share this situation with most of the friends here on this site and would appreciate all the advice you and they can give.

    God bless,

    JP

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    • charliej373 says:

      I appreciate your fear, JPW. I was once the single father of two small children, too, and many things worried my heart. But as an American President, Franklin Roosevelt once said, “You have nothing to fear but fear, itself.”

      When I embarked on my pilgrimage, I had my pack and $50 in my pocket. That was it. I had a neurological disability that meant that, some days, I would just have to hunker down. The only thing I had done remotely to prepare physically was, in the month before I left, I did a five-mile bike ride four or five times. I walked further than that with a pack on my back the first thing. The thing I had in droves was a stubborn, persistent streak – and a near complete lack of vanity about how tough I was. If I needed to rest after walking five minutes, I did.

      Now, if you whirl around frantically preparing for something that, who knows, may not force you to leave where you are anyway, you defeat the purpose. What this is, more than anything else, is to show you you CAN rely on God in the moment. So only do what you can reasonably. Don’t worry about the rest. So much of it is very simple. Maybe have a few extra blankets at hand in case you have to leave quickly….a pack with some trail mix and stuff in it…or maybe just get a few sleeping bags. If you make big, complicated preparations, God can send a bolt of lightning and upend that plan in a minute. But if you just do simple things, things that are easy for you and don’t require some big cash outlay, that is stretching out your hand to God. Leave the rest to Him while developing a holy stubbornness. If you are in the woods, find a way to make shelter for your family. If you are near a creek and hungry, find a way to get some fish. Live each moment well and you will lead your family through safely. It is really kind of like learning to ride a bike. You are afraid you are going to fall…and you start out kind of wobbly, probably do get a scrape or two…then learn to balance and start figuring out, hey, I can do this. I was in Houston when I realized, holy cow, if it all collapsed tomorrow, I would make it fine and eat okay in the process. Relax. You will learn as you go…and elaborate preparations would probably fail anyway. God is quite determined we trust Him and, in the process, learn that we really can.

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      • Fran says:

        I like your term “holy stubbornness” Charlie….ha…stubbornness may be one of the few things I have going for me. That and I seem to have a knack for “making-do” and figuring out a different way to do things. Someone suggested in a comment that we can take a good look at our “gifts” or what we seem to be good at in terms of skills, and use that to build on as far as some preparations. That makes sense to me, so I am going to think and pray on that.
        JPW, I understand how you are feeling, and if you feel led to make preparations then Charlie’s advise about just doing what you can reasonably do is good and is what I am doing. Whenever I am feeling overwhelmed with anything, I stop and tell myself, “just start somewhere and do something!”. So, you can do that, and then just build on that. Then you see progress and it helps you. And the Lord often takes the little that we do, and blesses it with His abundance anyway, so don’t worry that it won’t be good enough. (Remember the loaves and the fishes, and filling the jars with water at Cana.) Look at what you have, and build on that IF YOU FEEL LED TO…so the old house you are talking about …maybe you can prepare some things there. And I don’t think you need to discuss much with your wife if you think it will just make her anxious, just “do” for your family what you feel led to do. You will be in my prayers. One of my daughters is pregnant also with their fifth baby, so I understand your anxiety. Years ago when I was having babies, I was anxious that these times would come, and it didn’t then, but now my own children are having babies, so now I have my them and ALSO my grandchildren to be concerned about…but the Good Lord has brought me a long way with trust, and I am “stubbornly” going to cling to that and Him and Our Blessed Mother!

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        • Fran says:

          Ok, I see that it was SteveBC (below) who suggested that we look at our particular “skill, training, or knowledge” that may be in our quiver…thanks Steve!

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    • SteveBC says:

      JPW, I have a couple things to add to what Charlie has said.

      First, I have been turning over what to do to prepare for quite some time. Over and over again, I’d think “I should do this” and would pursue it for a while, but then would be unable to actually do it. Occasionally, though, something specific would hold my interest, and the resources would be there, or the person I was working on the thing with would be particularly supportive, and I would be able to finish it and feel right in doing so.

      There’s less to do to prepare than you might think. After this weird off-again-on-again process I have gone through, as well as reading this site and Mark Mallett’s, I find myself much more prepared to trust God. Mallett has said to prepare by setting aside “enough for God to multiply.” That’s a whole lot easier than having to prepare for total, multi-year collapse. So I echo the advice to relax and simply do the next right step each day.

      Second, and perhaps Charlie can add or subtract to the following suggestion, my own thoughts on preparation have focused me more on anything I might need to have to support what I am to do or be during the storm.

      Charlie has said that we are to focus our own efforts on playing our position on the team. Each of us will have something peculiar to ourselves that we are to do or be. At the moment I am focusing some thought on identifying equipment that I could use to support my contribution during the storm.

      You undoubtedly have a particular skill or training or knowledge somewhere in your quiver. Is there something you might need to have in hand now to increase the likelihood you can continue to provide that contribution during the storm if, say, the grid goes down for several months? If you can figure out what you might be able to contribute during the storm, and make sure that you gather now the tools or equipment or systems you would need to be self-sufficient in providing that contribution to others who will need it, then you can have some real hope that they will trade with you the things you will need.

      Charlie has said that the connection between what you produce and what you need from others will break down for several months (not for years!) not just because money will lose the faith we all currently give it but because many people will lose access to the systems and tools they currently rely on to create what they produce. It seems to me that one great way to prepare is to assure you have the ability to fall back to less sophisticated, more robust tools so that you can continue to produce something of value to others in the depths of the storm.

      If you play third base on the baseball team during the storm, make sure you either have an old glove in the closet or can make a glove from scratch. Much of what you and your family will need should then be available for you to acquire from the neighbors you help as they play their positions and you play yours. From that, our next economy will grow.

      Beyond that, well, God’s a pretty good ally to have by your side, don’t you think? 🙂

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      • JPW says:

        Cheers SteveBC and Charlie for your kind and supportive words. I’ve slapped myself in the face a few times, had a read of Monsignor Charles’ article and girded the loins and set my face like flint for now. Both my wife and I are in the education business, I teach theology and some philosophy, so whatever contribution God has in store for me to make wont be by way of any concrete craft or skill. Though I do make a pretty good labourer; my father is a builder so at least I’m not shy of hard work and dirty hands :).

        In relation to equipment I was glancing at some camping/survival gear on amazon and I saw this remarkable life saver family straw type water purification system which is quite amazing. I will also start putting together week by week moderate stores of food, water, hygiene, baby food/supplies, first aid/medical gear etc as many of you have said this is a prudent thing to do in any age if within your means. I know the list could be endless and one can easily fall prey to getting fixated with the physical side of things to the detriment of the spiritual but I am sure Charlie will keep us firmly in line on that score.

        My wife is the techie in our home, I merely use it, but I came across, and you may be amused about my ignorance about such things, a really cool solar usb power device (I didn’t know such things existed) which I also think will be prudent to have along with such things as wind up lamps, radios etc. I will get together some specific camping gear like tent, sleeping bags, lamps-oil-wicks etc. Please tell me if I am going overboard but like i said I have no gear at all. On the positive side my wife supports my interest in getting these things together as she has been urging me to bring the kids camping, as we used to do a lot of that when we were both younger and back packing through Europe. I have a lot of books, articles, talks (Bishop Sheen’s complete series on my computer) Shakespeare’s complete works on audio, the lord of the Rings audio book (my all time favourite which is uncanny given our present predicament-I love the fact that Tolkien had the ring destroyed on March 25th, which is a traditional date given for the creation of the world, and is also the date of the feast of the Annunciation and the traditional date for the Crucifixion of Our Lord (the beginning of the new creation), lectures, prayers and tons of music. I think it wold be wise for me to transfer this information onto a device like a kindle fire and maybe download some survival type books. Again is this going overboard or prudent forward planning. Like I said my thought processes have been a bit jaded of late but I have prayed for peace of heart and the grace of fortitude, which I’m sure we will all need in abundance. One thing I am glad about is that I am under no disillusions about my weaknesses but I now know I am lacking in a firm trust and love of God. The best thing I have loved about your mission Charlie is the fact of its simplicity. There is no one shop formula, no elaborate strategising, no gnostic self-sufficient delusions. What you have reminded us of is the fact of God’s closeness to us, of his providential care of all creation, and of the fact that He is in charge, that His concern is to deliver humanity from the path of self-destruction that it has willfully chosen. The difficult thing for me and perhaps for others is to allow God the space to use us if He so wishes, to abandon oneself to His will: to trust Him, to take the next right step, and to be a sign of hope to those around us. To bring the light of Christ into the dark places of the world when all other lights go out.

        My tact with approaching this with my wife over this last week has been largely based on speaking about the volatileness and uncertainty in the political and economic order and how we don’t want to be caught short on basic necessities should our social structures start teetering. Perhaps I will take the same approach with other friends and family who are largely ignorant of the spiritual dimension of all of this. I have found in conversations with friends and family that it would not be wise of me to speak about such things other than in an indirect manner. They know that, as Pope Francis so aptly put it, “I am a man of the Church”, they know my love for the faith, and especially my positions regarding the controversial moral issues of our day, which I don’t need to elaborate on here. What I have discovered is that when you talk to people about these issues they are generally open and willing to listen. Of course at times I have had to close my mouth and weather the abuse and calumny of friends, family, students, colleagues and others, as have most of you here; but I’m sure this will bear fruit in the end. I had a very angry disputation (I can honestly say that I remained calm and said what I said with all charity) with a bunch of teacher friends not too long ago. They completely reject the Church’s teaching on sexual/bioethical issues and made this quite clear. However, perhaps about a year later one of them came up to me in a bar and told me that they had changed their mind on the abortion issue and had come to see it for the evil that it is. I was taken aback and asked what had led to this change of heart. It turns out that they had been reading my facebook posts and commentaries on articles from lifesitenews, the population research institute etc. God does work in ways unknown to us at the time to transform hearts; all he asks for is willing instruments of his love.

        I will keep all of you and your families in my prayers; this is turning out to be some little community, the internet is a wonderful thing indeed.

        God bless

        JP

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        • charliej373 says:

          You have discovered a great truth, JP (well, a few, actually) in the attacks of some of your colleagues. Often a person is most frantic in defense of their old position just as the walls are about to crumble. I had a friend who did an overnight turnaround once after he had spent years vehemently defending a far-left position. What he told me when I asked how he changed so completely was telling. “I just got tired of defending the indefensible,” he said. You never really know what good your fortitude in standing for the faith will do and what effect it is having on those around you. But I have learned that the shriller one gets in defense of something, the closer they are to either A) a meltdown or B) a conversion.

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        • SteveBC says:

          JPW, I am laughing so hard reading your post, I almost fell off the couch. 😀

          I can’t believe you said that you have no skills because you’re a theology teacher. Man, what a hoot! Here we are, about to enter the most important theological time since the time of Jesus, and you say you have no skills that are valuable. Wow. All I can say is “Wow” as I fall off the couch laughing. Are you serious!?!?!!

          You have made my whole day, brother! 😀

          As for the stuff you mention, I think it’s great to figure out camping. Even if the storm passes you by, you can enjoy nature and teach your growing family self-reliance and other skills. It sounds as if you actually have energy to gather some supplies, but do be cautious that you gather them when they truly make sense. If you have too much, then other people will not have the opportunity to learn generosity and interdependence with you, since you won’t need them. I think it’s best to want to need your neighbors as much as or more than they turn out to need you.

          My skill is providing advice and helping people do what *they* want better than they might do it. I’m not a teacher but rather more like an advisor or facilitator. I collect a lot of information as a result and try to have some idea about what’s going on in the world.

          I’m considering buying a few cheap DVD players that run on batteries, so I can lend out DVDs I have on self-defense and farming. Then I need batteries and ways to charge them from the sun. Techie stuff. I have files on healthcare that I have collected from others and written myself. All too voluminous to print out.

          I hope to be able to design a relatively cheap way to translate the sun into small amounts of power capable of running and charging computers. I help people in my village use their computers, so this equipment can also be used to run their computers for a little while if they need to get a file from their computer for use or distribution on a flash drive. Small stuff, but it needs a bit of a techie mind to stick it all together. Buy cheap items so I can have two or more, for reliability. Charlie has said that technology will fail at some point, but I’m hoping this little system will be able to last long enough to support my ability to give aid and comfort to others, and of course this makes me dependent on others for food or other help they will want to be able to give to me in return.

          I’m going to save your comment above for when I get back home and can see if you’ve mentioned anything specific I should also consider. I actually haven’t bought all that much yet, but I did recently buy a great medical kit from amp-3.net and some material to learn how to treat and suture wounds (I already have some Manuka honey to pack wounds with – great way to prevent infection and speed healing). And I always have lots of Vitamin C on hand, literally pounds of it. It already saved my life once, literally.

          Thank you soooo much for the great laugh!

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          • NancyA says:

            Very intriguing, Steve. .. please do tell how vit c saved your life, and in what form you have it in pounds, please. Vitamin C has been on my mind lately. Thanks!

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          • SteveBC says:

            NancyA, in January 2014 I had the urge to buy a bunch of Vitamin C powder, in the ascorbic acid and sodium ascorbate versions, Nutribiotics was the manufacturer (I am allergic to C from corn and this source is clean for me). The best prices I have found for Nutribiotics are at Amazon.

            3 weeks later I was chasing a friend’s dog around her house and got a big splinter in my left foot. The next morning I had a spasm in my shoulder. I did some research that day on tetanus and found a few articles on using Vitamin C to denature tetanus toxin molecules. I also found out that tetanus is very rare in the US and that I, a 63 year old, had perhaps a 25% chance of dying in great discomfort after being in an ICU for 3 weeks and spending several hundred thousand dollars for the privilege.

            The second morning when I woke up, I had another spasm and felt sick, with head sweating and a very odd feeling in my left foot, like it was plugged into a small battery charger.

            So I got up and did an experiment. Over the next three hours I took small amounts of C until I had taken 25 grams. When I took that last dose, within 5-10 minutes my symptoms completely vanished. It turns out that C is a universal deactivator for all toxins and venoms.

            I stayed at home and self-treated. Each day I had to take more C of course, but I was able to function will little discomfort. Eventually I figured out that I needed to take an antibiotic to kill the Clostridium tetani bacteria that were active in the wound. C does not act as an antibiotic replacement. By the end of the third week of treatment the symptoms were receding and I got well. I should say here that eventually I had all the symptoms associated with tetanus including muscle spasms all over my body, and the signature symptom of tightening of the jaw muscles.

            I did go see my doctor once, and she tested for other possibilities, with negative results. That left tetanus as the only possibility remaining. One thing I found is that doctors have no experience with tetanus. They can only treat you with the standard cookbook approach, very costly and not very effective, and very uncomfortable.

            It was scary at times, as you can imagine, and I have no direct reading to prove that I had tetanus, but I did and that’s that. It took several months to recover my nerve-muscle function, which was eroded by the toxins that did get through.

            I’ve since done quite a bit of research on C and can recommend a book by Dr. Thomas Levy titled “Primal Panacea” for a good overview. Also look online for material about the use of C by Dr. Klenner, who used it for all sorts of things from the 1940s to his retirement in the 1970s I think.

            C is also a universal antiviral. I keep several 2-pound jars of the stuff, particularly the sodium ascorbate version, in inventory. Although I have great respect for tetanus and for viruses and don’t want to “participate” in a pandemic, my experience with tetanus and C has helped reduce my fears about such situations.

            None of us need to rely on the government to save us. We can help each other, use natural means to heal ourselves, and look to God for support. I did pray while I was treating myself for tetanus, and I always felt that what was happening to me was meant to be, even if I couldn’t know why just then. I was helped in my trust by the fact that I had had no C in my house for years up until three weeks before I got a splinter in my foot.

            How’s that for timing? I *knew* then and I know now that I was watched over and cared for by beings who love me. They made sure I had what I needed in order to be able to use my own intelligence and courage to get through the challenge they gave me.

            That still sends chills through me and deep gratitude.

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          • Mick says:

            Steve, wow. Thanks for the story about C. I, too, am allergic to corn and am glad to know that there is some C that is not corn-derived. Could you please tell me which vendor on Amazon is the one from which you purchased yours? Some of the vendors on Amazon seem kind of shady, and I don’t want to be hornswoggled.

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          • NancyA says:

            Thank you SO much for that succinct but complete testimony. I had wondered how I wanted to acquire a good quantity over vit c, and you’ve pointed me in a strong direction for info as well as product, I’m on it! I have one small bottle of liposomal C and directions for making it myself with x, y, and z… but not really ready to do that.

            I agree you were led and guided, and thank God for it!

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          • Mick says:

            Steve, I just re-read your post and was wondering: regarding the ascorbic acid and sodium ascorbate forms of Vitamin C, is it best to stock up on both forms? Is there an essential difference in the functioning of the two? I’m gathering from your post that the sodium ascorbate form might be preferred as an anti-viral. Is that correct? I’m thinking I need to stock up, but I’m not sure which to get (or if perhaps I should get both).

            You said that you went on an antibiotic to treat the C. tetani bacteria. Are you aware of a book called “Herbal Antibiotics,” by Stephen Harrod Buhner? It’s the second edition (published in the last 2 or 3 years), and it details several broad-spectrum and narrow-spectrum herbal antibiotics, as well as directions for preparation (teas, capsules, tinctures, etc.) as well as dosage recommendations for a wide range of illnesses. There is a companion book called “Herbal Antivirals.” They are both excellent books. If by any chance you have (or acquire) these books and are interested in where to get the best prices on the herbs discussed, I could get you that info (a few of the herbs are quite hard to find; there may be only one or two places in North America that carry them).

            Also, are you familiar with homeopathic medicine? I mention this because a homeopathic preparation of Ledum can be used prophylactically in order to prevent tetanus infection when one suffers a puncture wound. It can also be used prophylactically to prevent rabies in case of animal bites. I hope I never have to use it that way; but during the Storm, there might be few other options.

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          • SteveBC says:

            NancyA and Mick, I’m happy to see this is helpful to you.

            Vitamin C is so powerful, sometimes I think that the loss in humans of the ability to synthesize it from glucose had to have been part of the cost of losing the Garden. Without that ability we are far more vulnerable to illness and injury and suffer more than wild animals do.

            NancyA: Liposomal C may be expensive, but it is much more absorbable and less likely to trigger C’s one unpleasant but temporary side effect from taking more than your body actually needs. Learning to adjust the dose you take depending on your then-current degree of health or illness is important when taking the cheaper forms like sodium ascorbate. I tried making Liposomal C but found I couldn’t do it well, and it wasn’t significantly cheaper than buying Liposomal C commercially, so I’m sticking with the powder forms.

            Mick, when I buy from Amazon and see a product that is provided by a different merchant, I check the merchant’s rating and whether it is “Fulfilled by Amazon”. If the rating is good, I have found the merchant is good also. I buy Nutribiotic ascorbic acid and sodium ascorbate (mostly the latter) in 2.2-pound jars. These two are the best forms for large dosages during illness – I have taken up to 80 grams a day, but 25 grams seems to be the best for me when I’m fighting a significant illness. I also take 1 teaspoon of calcium ascorbate before bed daily but do not take more than that, because I minimize calcium intake. Most people take more than 500 mg of calcium a day but more than that is generally too much. Anyway, if you stick with high-rated merchants at Amazon, you should be fine, Mick.

            NancyA and Mick, please do read the “Primal Panacea” by Levy. It will help you know how to use this powerful tool comfortably and safely. 🙂

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          • Mick says:

            Steve, merci beaucoup (or as my older brother used to say when we were kids, “Mercy buck-ups.”).

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          • SteveBC says:

            Mick, thank you so much for the book recommendations. I will definitely look into them. They sound like worthwhile additions to my medical library.

            On the form of C, all forms of C are superb antivirals, antitoxins, and antivenins, and can tamp down bacterial infections while you figure out something to kill off the bacteria. I take some ascorbic acid but use mostly the sodium ascorbate form, with a little calcium ascorbate at night. The difference is to tune acidity and electrolytes. I need to take a lot of salt or sodium anyway, and i don’t have a blood pressure problem. Since the sodium ascorbate is neutral pH and provides sodium, especially if I am ill and need to take 20-30 grams of C, that is my preferred form. Any type of C will work as well as any other, but some are more easily tolerated or are better at balancing electrolytes than others. You should work out your own mix. For example if you have high blood pressure, you may want to emphasize the ascorbic acid form.

            The C I used for the tetanus couldn’t get fully into the anaerobic wound in my foot. It’s hard to get a substance into an anaerobic wound. After 10 days of trying various herbs, minerals, and so on to little avail, I needed fast and sure action, although I really did not want to use a systemic antibiotic. I’ve been on the alternative side of medicine as a patient since 1981, so I deployed everything I could of herbals etc as well. Fortunately, it worked.

            I now have Ledum in-house and always stay stocked in several other items. I also have since found out that a doc near me knows how to use ozone therapy. If I had known that last February, I would have done that instead of the antibiotic. Live and learn! I also know much more about wound care, which is the most critical preventive.

            I avoid all vaccines and have a letter from my doc confirming that. However, with rabies I will not only throw everything including C at it but will make an exception for that vaccine. The illness is far too dangerous and far too costly for me or my family to pay for. However, if I can’t get the vaccine, my standard antiviral protocol of C plus several other items will be aggressively followed, and I have some confidence that I would survive without too much permanent damage.

            On getting difficult-to-find herbs, I know various sources myself and contacts I can ask directly. However, if you want to write a reply to this comment with your top recommendations for sources for such herbs, I will write the information down and store it reliably for possible later use. Thanks for the books and for any sources! 🙂

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          • Mick says:

            Steve, I know it’s been ages since you and Nancy and I had our discussion about Vitamin C and such, but I wanted to give you a shout-out because I am finally getting around to ordering some sodium ascorbate and a copy of Primal Panacea. They’re in my Amazon shopping cart as we speak, just waiting for my daughter to place the order for me (I’m not good at Amazon). Anyhow, I hadn’t forgotten that I said I’d send you the names of some of the companies where I purchase some of the hard-to-find herbs that are detailed in the Stephen Harrod Buhner books that I mentioned some time ago. Some of my favorite suppiers are: Frontier Herbs (although their prices can be a bit high unless you belong to a co-op), Mountain Rose Herbs (nice selection and good prices), Pacific Botanicals (they have some hard-to-find stuff like baikal–or Chinese–skullcap, which is one of the best anti-viral herbs known to man), 1st Chinese Herbals (great supplier of some hard-to-find herbs used in TCM, but their prices aren’t great), and Monteagle Herbs (they’re the only place I know of which sells cryptolepis, bidens/Spanish needles, sida, elder leaf, or elder bark). Please do check out the Buhner books if you get a chance; they’re full of information that I think you’d find handy. 🙂

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          • NancyA says:

            I think this is absolutely amazing, Mick, because I just today was thinking that I never did get around to ordering the bulk Vit C and I wanted to! Imagine my surprise to find your comment on the very same just now!! wow

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          • Mick says:

            Ha ha, Nancy! This is either a case of “great minds think alike,” or we’re both a little daffy. 🙂

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          • SteveBC says:

            Mick and NancyA, fancy meeting both of you again!

            Mick, thank you very much for the list of sources. I have not heard of any but the first, so this is excellent help for me. I’ve copied them to somewhere safe, where I won’t forget them. I have already purchased the two Buhner books. As is so often true nowadays, they are awaiting sufficient free time for me to sit down and read them. I’m sure they provide a wealth of good information.

            I hope both of you get benefit from the Vitamin C as a regular aid to good health but never have need of it for anything major. It’s good to be prepared for trouble, but it’s better just to stay well! 🙂

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        • Joe says:

          JPW, great tip on the wind-up lamps!

          I don’t pretend to know anything, but through some strange set of circumstances, and I believe the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, my family was led to buy a small farm about 9 years ago. We just felt moved to start setting it up to be self sufficient. It was not rushed or out of a sense of fear or panic or anything, just little gentle movements of the heart and will. It has taken that time to get all the animals, fruit trees, garden, etc set up so it pretty much works ok. It can support quite a few people, I think, as long as they work diligently at taking care of each other. I have felt that I may never see the fruits of this preparation (although I may, I don’t really know or, to be honest, care that much – if the Master takes me home or delivers me to the hands of someone else, or has my family flee, so be it – we’ll just do our best), but I have just been called to build it. I have had the feeling it will be for others (maybe me too, I don’t know).

          I say this because I feel like maybe if you were called to make any larger plans or build a refuge or anything like that, you would have been called earlier. I think maybe you can have some peace knowing perhaps you are called to do exactly what you are doing, and nothing more. You are clearly listening to the Holy Spirit (or at least trying to) and so you can rest in the fact that the steps you are taking, in prudence and out of a sense of peace and trust, are just the exact right steps. Then, remain nimble and compliant to the Holy Spirit.

          I think maybe God has a wonderful plan for each of us as we weather this. It will be more difficult for some than others, but that’s part of the wonderful plan.

          God Bless you my friend.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Joe, great comment, very insightful for JPW’s situation. I thought the following was particularly good: “I say this because I feel like maybe if you were called to make any larger plans or build a refuge or anything like that, you would have been called earlier. I think maybe you can have some peace knowing perhaps you are called to do exactly what you are doing, and nothing more.”

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          • Joe says:

            NancyA, SteveBC and Mick, great knowledge. I hope I’m near someone like you when the lightning begins to strike close to home!

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          • JPW says:

            Hi Guys,
            Thank you all for your support, advice, and cool heads (Yes Steve I had a bit of a chuckle re-reading my post in light of your comments. It’s just that I have been the butt of many a harmless joke about the waste of time of my studies that I have began to believe them) .

            An important lesson I have learned out of this is that we must remember that we are not alone. I have to say over this last while I have felt extremely isolated. I have been deceived actually by a temptation to despair. What an awful reality that is. It has exposed my little faith and trust in God, and has shown me the futility of each step taken turned from the gaze of Christ. Charlie has been banging on (in a good way :)) about the utter necessity of placing out trust in Our Lord and I must stress again, incase any become as foolish as me, this is the most important step that we can make with our whole heart, mind, strength, will. I have contemplated my little journey into the land without hope in light of the figures of Peter and Judas. Let us pray that we all have the humility and trust of Peter in Christ’s love and mercy and throw ourselves, and I mean throw, at the feet of Christ and never let go. How it shakes me to my boots to think how close we walk to the abyss at times. Despair born of pride is a frightening reality indeed.

            Charlie you have been a great blessing for us all. Out of all that you have exhorted us to, nothing is more important, more simple, yet beyond our power alone, than the loving and trustful surrender to God. In the encroaching darkness that faces us all we must remember that there is no skill or talent that we possess that can give us the sweet grace of God’s love and protection, there is no clever plan that will allow us to break into heaven. I feel that whatever we face, this temptation to despair, to sup from the chalice of hopelessness, is going to be passed before us all to a greater degree than the mere whiff that briefly passed me by and am still recovering from.

            Yes I will make moderate, prudent provision with such things as some food and water set aside (water purifiers and those amazing family life straws), basic medical supplies, lighting, cooking facilities (camping stove), reading and music material, solar/windup lamps and chargers, blankets, hygiene, nappies, diesel etc. I know this list might sound a bit ridiculous but it will make me feel a bit more at ease anyhow. In my experience the Lord always brings people together in strange and wonderful ways so I will do what Charlie has asked us to do with a still quavering heart and place my trust in God and His Holy Mother. Bring on the Consecration and the feast of Our Lady of Tepeyac.

            God bless and keep you all,

            JPW

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          • Mick says:

            JPW, when I originally read your post, the first thing that went through my mind was that you, with all of your education and with your experience as an educator, will have very valuable skills in a post-collapse world. I mean, SOMEBODY has to be able to re-establish educational institutions (even if they be run in someone’s home) which teach the truth and the natural law. You, my friend, sound like that man.

            On a practical note: when you stock up on nappies (or diapers, as we call them on this side of the pond :)), you might give some thought to buying cloth, if you’ll have adequate water to wash them. Or perhaps you’d already thought of that.

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          • KW says:

            JPW,
            You mentioned diapers/nappies…if you haven’t looked into cloth, consider it. We do a combination of cloth and disposable normally, but sometimes go 100% cloth. There are a ton of cloth styles out there. Our current preference is mostly Flips covers with a few Econobum and BumGenius thrown in the mix for certain uses and prefolds as the absorbent layer.
            Consider adding something like a Medela Harmony to your baby prep list as well.

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          • SteveBC says:

            JPW, I think you’ve just learned the difference between knowing something intellectually and getting it in your gut. I suspect that you would not have been as good or respected a teacher during and after the crash if you had not just had this gut-level realization to underpin your intellectual work and learning.

            Now that you have been through this, I agree that doing enough to avoid falling into panic mode when things really go down hard is a good thing for you to do. However, I think you may find yourself thinking about all the things you will do to prepare yet finding yourself not doing some of them, because you will find your new-found faith will let you trust more and prepare less than you now think you will. That’s what has happened to me. I’m finding I’m focusing on a few specific things for specific reasons that make sense, rather than doing a scattershot. I don’t have children, though, which means broader preparation, I would assume.

            Just don’t forget to consider what *you* need in order to do what you are called to do during and after the crash. You are purpose-built for something. Figure out what that is and make sure you have the tools to accomplish it. Note that if you have those tools still in your possession, then they were meant for you to have. And if you lose them or have them taken during the crash, they will have served you by being the fruit of serious and deep consideration of your task, and you will still know why you are here.

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  42. JPW says:

    Thanks for the advice guys. Steve I am currently saving lectures and other material on to a portable hard drive. I also have mountains of books on a range of philosophical, theological, religious, historical topics but I will be mainly focusing on getting my computers hard drive copied to this device. To tell you the truth with the Catechism, Scripture, Aquinas, Pope Benedict’s theological corpus, St Therese of Lisieux, Lewis and Chesterton as guides, I really don’t need much else.
    Over this last three years I have only been teaching sporadically. I have mainly been a stay at home dad and believe me this experience has given me a profound love, respect and gratitude for all mothers. I had a lot of my classes cut (It is difficult to get hours teaching in these times especially when you actually believe what you teach, go figure 🙂 ) and have had nothing but locked doors in finding new hours elsewhere. It has been a very frustrating time to say the least but I’m sure I have been taught some valuable life lessons in this period despite my moaning and protestations.

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    • SteveBC says:

      JPW, you do crack me up. 🙂 You say “I really don’t need much else” and totally gloss over all the “life lessons” you’ve been racking up lately that you’ve been moaning and protesting about, which are the most important items to have in your list! Your statement that “I’m sure I have been taught some valuable life lessons” gives me the image of you rummaging through a box full of “life lessons” you’ve collected and tossed in there because you didn’t know what to do with them once you had them each in hand. Let’s see now, where did I put that life lesson about that thingamajig last month? It’s gotta be in here somewhere …
      😀

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      • JPW says:

        I’m glad to be giving some amusement 🙂 When your caught up in the thickets sometimes it’ hard to see the forest for the trees. This forum is providing a heplful vantage point above the canopy as it were.

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