Mammon is Fallen…And Great is the Fall

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At the homily at Daily Mass today, our priest delighted me. The Gospel reading was from Matthew 6:24, where it says you cannot serve two masters, that you cannot serve both God and mammon. Normally, I groan through the childishly oversimplified definition of mammon as money or wealth when this Scripture comes up, which mistakes a part for the whole of the matter. I wanted to stand up and cheer when our priest said that mammon is not merely money as many seem to think, but an attachment to worldly things, to a secular way of thinking.

This is at the heart of what is both good about the election results and why those results will make little difference in the progress of the Storm that is upon us. The systems we relied on to make both Western Civilization and America great bastions of freedom and opportunity are shot. They are tattered beyond repair. America was the final flowering of Western Christian thought before the Enlightenment divorced philosophy from theology, reason from faith. Barely a decade later came the firstfruits of the Enlightenment, the bloody and murderous French Revolution, which replaced one form of tyranny with another, far more brutal variety while pretending it was all for “the people.”

God, the Judeo-Christian God, is the firm foundation upon which Western Civilization was built and rests. I am uninterested in specious arguments from pseudo-intellectuals about the evils that Christian kings and rulers did through the ages. The Advent of Christianity did not usher in heaven on earth. As I have often said, we only get heaven when we actually get…heaven. From a social standpoint, what Christianity established was a framework to build upon, grounded in that which gives life. We were shown a way which, we would not fully attain to in this life, but which pursued with vigor and intellectual rigor, grounded in faith, would lead to a great advance in human dignity, in human freedom, in living together in harmony. We were given a system which, if followed, would allow each generation to get a little closer to the reality of Christ than the one before it. Each generation was able to build, brick by brick, upon the foundation and structure that was laid before it, getting ever closer to actually building a City of God.

In the first few centuries before Constantine, these were merely the claims of Christians, though the small Christian communities that dotted the Middle East, Northern Africa and Europe bolstered that claim. Once Christianity took root, it proved those claims, slowly, generation by generation. It was a way of thinking, of believing and of living that built up rather than tore down.

Now, I am going to digress for a moment to preempt the fools with a little learning who would point to the Dark Ages as a repudiation of the Christian impulse towards dignity. Modern ignorance of basic history, philosophy and theology is utterly astounding. I know that most people think the Dark Ages were a Christian phenomenon – because they have been taught that by anti-Christian polemicists near as ignorant as themselves. The Dark Ages were brought on by secular princes who feared that knowledge dispersed among the people was a threat to their power – that it should be suppressed in order to secure their ambitions and dreams of glory. Even half-wit secularists could deduce this without a great deal of study by following the logical conclusions that rise from the facts that, during the Dark Ages, the monastic movement took deep root. In the Monasteries, the monks went beyond copying Sacred Texts by hand and began to also copy out classic secular writings, the great ancient philosophers, that they not be lost to humanity entirely. It was in the Monasteries, during the Dark Ages, that the progenitors of the modern library and the modern university took shape. It has always struck me as a fine irony that, when all mankind abandoned faith en masse, it was the very home of faith that actually kept reason alive. The Dark Ages were the first great progressive movement, a determination to treat the great mass of men as dependent dogs to be ruled and cared for by a few elite princes who would decide what was best for each.

So what is good about last week’s American elections? What it reveals about the heart of the people. For generations we have steadily been pulling away from any public acknowledgment of God. That burst forth in the last decade in one major, perhaps predominant ideology, commonly called the left or progressive movement, that is openly hostile to God, Christianity, American traditions and values, and Western Civilization. We have bought almost completely into the toxic spirit of antichrist, that good can only be done without reference to God. Having marched through the cultural institutions of our society, it has reigned politically triumphant for the last six years. People have seen what it has wrought. It is not an increase in dignity, in brotherhood or in prosperity. The mass has started to reject it.

The problem is that the right is not a Godly coalition. Oh, it is not openly or even – for the most part – covertly hostile to God as the progressives are. It just thinks that God and talk of faith is ancillary to solving real problems – that, at best, God is just a brick in the wall rather than the foundation supporting the entire cultural edifice. The right will merely tinker at the edges of the corrupt edifice the left has erected. Who really believes the new Congress will firmly put a stop to the legal assault on small business owners living their religious conscience? Will anyone at the IRS and other public agencies that have targeted conservatives, Christians, and pro-lifers for their beliefs be held to account? Will a balance in powers be re-established, or will the new Congress just squeal impotently and hold show hearings if the President continues to unilaterally do whatever he feels like?

Even if the new Congress reacted with vigor on restoring a genuinely Constitutional order the nation is largely run by a bureaucratic class that has grown to beastly proportions and was removed from all accountability to the public – or elected officials – through Civil Service laws. Even if it tried to get the beast under control, the underlying financial structure is damaged beyond repair. It will crash because it has spun so out of control that government accounting measures are designed to hide the extent of the damage rather than reveal them. It will crash because there is no network of genuine collective international security institutions that are more than a facade. NATO exists on paper only. Throughout the globe, nations understand that they are on their own and must scramble, as best they can, to survive. What would happen if Russia invaded Poland? What if Iran invaded Israel? Who would stand effectively against Chinese adventurism in the South China Sea, Mongolia, even Japan? No one believes the United States would intervene effectively on behalf of any ally any more. Shoot, I’m not sure if the United States would do much more than send letters of protest if Alaska were invaded. The United States has been the prime guarantor of Western Civilization for a century now. When that guarantee loses credibility, it leaves foes looking to take advantage of the vacuum and it leaves old allies looking for new alliances that might secure their survival.

I caught a little flack a few weeks back when I noted that Russia has done nothing yet that does not make strategic sense to me. Some assumed I was praising Vladimir Putin, or that I endorsed Russian aggression and adventurism. It was neither. But I was irritated by shallow analyses that made Russian actions seem the dreams of a madman, a modern-day Hitler or Genghis Khan. To paraphrase a Chicago Alderman from the last century, “Geo-politics ain’t beanbag.” Some are horrified by Russian brutality. Well, so am I. But Russian rulers have been notably brutal going back into antiquity, whether they are Commissars, Czars, or roving bands of rival warlords. That the modern ruler acts as all Russian rulers have for almost a thousand years may be deplorable, but it is not a sign of national insanity. And frankly, it wasn’t all that surprising to me. Russia has long defined national greatness in Western terms while preferring medieval Eurasian methods of achieving its aims. It is part of what I describe as its thousand-year identity crisis.

Whether or not Russia has embarked on a mad quest of conquest must be judged on its actions within the framework of what it perceives to be its national interest. I have written before that, ever since the break-up of the Soviet Empire, there has been debate over whether Eastern Ukraine would be part of Russia or part of a Ukranian nation – both in Ukraine and Russia. It has been governed from Moscow for centuries and most Eastern Ukranians regard themselves as Russian, including religiously. While the technique used to justify the Russian invasion resembled the Nazi justification for the invasion of Poland, it is substantively different. If the American Union broke up and California became part of Mexico, an American invasion of California to take it back might be advisable or not, but it would not constitute irrational adventurism. That is roughly akin to the invasion of Eastern Ukraine. Once there was even a hint of danger that access to the warm water port in the Crimea might be at risk, invasion was inevitable. Whether good or bad, handled well or poorly, it was not irrational. It made geopolitical sense. Now if Russia were to invade Western Ukraine, that would be a different matter – more like the U.S. invading Mexico. It also would set up cultural problems, for Eastern Ukraine is Eastern Christian just like Russia. Western Ukraine is Western Christian, which would be an ongoing source of potential strife and disruption. It does not make geopolitical sense in any obvious context.

But let us take a look at the larger geopolitical framework. Vladimir Putin made a seminal speech at the Valdai Conference in Sochi last week, a speech that the western media has barely deigned to notice. I was particularly struck by the second fundamental point, that all systems of global collective security lie in ruins and that it is the United States which has destroyed them. It confirmed what I have thought about Putin going back for about a decade.

Russia, better than any other nation, understands the implacable supremacist ambitions of China – and its long-term, carefully patient strategy. For years, Putin longed to have an American Nixon to play off against, someone who understood geopolitical realities and was not put off by tough talk. The world was more dangerous and volatile than any one power could handle – and there were things, regardless of what was said, that were better off handled by others. Russia naturally wants influence in the Middle East. During the Bush years, Russia tried to advance its influence, but was largely content to let America handle it with only a few pro forma protests. Very simply, the Middle East is filled with a bunch of excitable Muslims – whose brothers are right at Russia’s door in Chechnya and other Republics. The potential for blowback was huge. While occasionally piling on, Putin was confident America would take the danger seriously and keep it contained. Russia would holler about defensive radars planned for Eastern Europe, but accept it. Why? It knew the United States was not going to invade Russia – and that, though those radars were justified as preventing Russian adventurism, they might come in right handy when China got to feeling its oats. Putin did not consider Bush a great geopolitical thinker, but he was a competent and responsible player on the world scene.

Fast forward to the Obama foreign policy as it unfolded. If you were watching for it, you could literally see Putin’s growing astonishment, dismay, and finally contempt for American fecklessness. When Obama cancelled the radars set to go into Poland within the first days of taking office, Putin was astonished. Gladdened perhaps, but shaken that the new American President did not even try to get a concession in return. In international relations, the only thing you give for nothing is nothing. It was an early warning of a new American incompetence on the very basics of international diplomacy. No one wants an incompetent dance partner.

When America allied with Qaddafi’s Libya as a useful partner in suppressing violent Jihad, then abandoned him at the first sign of trouble; when America abandoned the Egyptian ally most responsible for maintaining stability; when America ignored the rebels and sided with the Mullahs as serious potential revolt rose in Iran, Putin came to realize that America didn’t even know which team it was on anymore. When America began berating and undercutting Israel and siding with the very Jihadist warriors who were trying to destroy both Israel and America, Putin realized that while America might still have the toys, it was no longer a great – or even significantly consequential – power in world affairs.

It had to be a terrifying moment. Understanding clearly the meaning of China asserting its muscle in the South China Sea and the massive build-up of its conventional forces, Putin had to wonder to whom he was going to turn to balance growing Chinese power and adventurism. The United States might one day be a force again, but allying with it now was a good way to get toppled. A century ago, Europe was chock-full of great powers. Now it is composed of simpering eunuchs who would be useless in a real fight. (Apologies to my European readers, but your nations have castrated themselves). Japan, perhaps, but its relations with Russia have almost always been a troubled encounter – and it has enough worries with N. Korea and China acting up in its vicinity. Whatever they want to do, Africa and Latin America are not in a position to project useful power that far from home and are not likely to be any time soon. India can be a useful ally, but only if you can negotiate the knife edge between Indian and Pakistani mutual hostility. Australia is resolute and useful, but geography suggests it may want to hedge its bets with China.

The bottom line is that, at one point, Putin realized that China was rising, he was the only major world figure to take it seriously, and he stood almost alone. China needed to know that Russia had not gone soft – and Russia needed to shake up the world framework to defend its future.

It jumped into the Middle East with both feet when Obama fumbled the ball with Syria. Putin’s play might have seemed cynical, but he advanced two causes. First, he gained a foothold in real influence in the Middle East, demonstrating he was willing to be patron to other Islamic client states if they wanted it. This made sense because it was clear America was no longer effectively able to contain the volatility of that region – or even willing – and Putin always knew someone had to. Second, if the Jihadists on his borders created trouble, it would be useful to have some Muslim allies who might help dampen it down.

The invasion of Eastern Ukraine served a multitude of purposes. First, there was the ambiguity about which nation it rightly belongs with after the break-up of the Soviet Union. Historically, it is Russian. Second, the Crimea is vital to Russia’s ability to project naval power – and the lack of effective naval power is, incidentally, the only real weakness in China’s massive build-up the last few decades. Third, it demonstrated to China that it will project power if it perceives it to be in its interest – so that it is better for China to be a friend than an enemy for now. Fourth, it demonstrated to smaller countries wondering where to go given the vacuum of reliable American power, that it will exercise power to protect perceived interests and allies. You do not have to agree that this is HOW things should have been done to understand it is not just random madness. Even the Russian elder statesman most respected in the west, Mikhail Gorbachev, advised the west to take Putin’s speech last week to heart.

The real kicker is that Russia is exercising a brutal, medieval Eurasian temperament to uphold western Christian values that the west, itself,  has largely abandoned. So, American officials are counting on temporal political means to grapple with what are, at bottom, fundamental religious and cultural issues. It seems the Americans are using the right means for the wrong argument while the Russians are using the wrong means for the right argument. Meanwhile China lurks.

Mammon is falling as God rises actively in human history again. People act, advancing His purposes unknowingly. And the Storm draws force.

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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208 Responses to Mammon is Fallen…And Great is the Fall

  1. Patricia says:

    Thank you.

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  2. JPW says:

    Great piece Charlie. Just wondering if you have read the little book with Joseph Ratzinger and Marcello Pera entitled: Without Roots, The West, Relativism, Christianity, Islam (can’t do italics 🙂 )

    This is a little gem and complements well many of the points you made in this post. In fact, it exposes well the cancer that has been feasting on the heart of Western “Christian” civilisation for some time now. I can get this to you via email (I have it saved on my college moodle in separate chapters, as I used it in class a few years ago) if you would like to have a read of it.

    God bless,

    JPW

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    • charliej373 says:

      No, I have not read that, JP, although I certainly have read a little of Pope Benedict over the years. Quite the author, able to write clear, dense philosophy in a clear, readable style. I loved his “Jesus of Nazareth.”

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      • JPW says:

        Yeah I must say I am a big fan of Pope Benedict’s theology. His little book on the infancy narratives , which was the last in the Jesus series, is fantastic and well worth a read during Advent.

        God bless,

        JP

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  3. The world geopolitical scene is as complicated to me as the US tax code. You do a fine job explaining the complicated to understand the game of chess that is being played. Just want to thank you once again as your advice, teaching, and spiritual guidance are all starting to sink in a bit over being a learned student over the past year. You are truly a blessing and encouragement for today and the difficult days ahead. I intend to take what I have gained and pay it forward to help build hope and light for God’s kingdom to come here on earth. God bless!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thanks, David, though I must confess, I gave up on the tax code long again. My solution to that? Fire ’em all, abolish the IRS entirely and start over. Hee hee…I’m thinking we are going to get the chance before too much longer (and no, the chance will NOT come from Congressional Republicans).

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      • Bonnie C says:

        I second that! Abolish the IRS! Naming names might not be prudent, but speaking of Republican Congressmen, I have a hunch Our Lady is speaking about Paul Ryan in Locutions TTW as her “son” who understands the financial systems who stays hidden, working behind the scenes. I keep waiting for his name to show up on the Life at Conception Act. I haven’t checked it for a while. There is a purity about him, almost priest-like in his appearance.

        Charlie, This writing is a masterpiece. You have a way of communicating “the big picture” in terms that even I can understand! Thank you for this. I read it to my husband, and he didn’t fall asleep. Haha.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Love it, Bonnie! If I can keep the hubby interested, I am on the right track. Funny – at some public meetings I enjoy having children in attendance (I like kids anyway – they are a joyful noise to the Lord). But I always figure if I find later I have fired the kids up and enthused them, I done good!

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        • Patricia says:

          Bonnie,
          I have not read that section of Locutions in awhile but I think it is a Senate bill and Ryan is in the House unless there is also a House bill that I am unaware of.
          I was very happy Romney choose Ryan a few years back but disappointed that Ryan was willing to compromise on a few issues. Ted Cruz seems to be a great guy who does not equivocate on issues and his name at last check was not on the bill. But it would not be surprising if the Blessed Mother surprised us all with her choice.

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          • Bonnie C says:

            Yes, of course! My “hunch” made me look up Paul Ryan when the comment was attributed to her, his staying hidden – and just typing in Paul Ryan in the news, or just Paul Ryan – it’s been awhile – the headline of the very first article read something to the effect that he was working “hidden, behind the scene.” I understand the “compromise” part, BUT even in the funding for the veterans issue, I felt that he was willing to take the heat to get the “compromise” and maybe even stirred the pot to get that part changed or fixed after the deal (I might give Charlie credit for something so tricky!). Strategy.

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      • Funny 🙂
        No taxes?
        Well then, maybe there are a few perks hidden in this ole storm after all…

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  4. Gary says:

    A one minute analysis of the last 2000 years of history! Well Charlie you get 5 gold stars for this one! As you said, Russia has a national schizophrenia as to what they are, but the West had a great opportunity to work with Russia against Chinese hegemony. I think the Russian leadership was kinda hoping for that global warming to kick in so they could finally get a warm water seaport.
    Those who do not study history are bound to repeat it’s mistakes. And our government schools have not taught history but have taught that America is an evil nation.

    When the news about the Ukraine first hit, I too wondered how long Russia would act to protect her only warm water lane. Stalin like England with northern Ireland exported Russians all over their sphere of influence which created more nation identity crises for the nations under Russian domination like the Ukraine. Those poor Ukrainians underwent untold horrors in the 30’s because of the evil intent of Stalin. I am not sure of the figures but I think more Ukrainians died of starvation then in all of Hitler’s final solution work death camps, which was completely glossed over by the left wing press. I bet these left wing educators are not teaching that either. They would say it was George Bush’s fault.

    It was particularly perceptive, your comments about the Republicans. I feel pretty sure that it does not include people like Cruz or Perry or a number of other Republicans but most certainly the Republican leadership, they got it ass backwards what is ailing our nation. It is hidden to them; we are fighting against principalities and powers not the economy or even the constitution. The left wing in this nation is at war with God and people of Faith. The Freedom of perversion not freedom of Faith.
    John Boehner is a Catholic he does not see it either or it appears he is cloaked in darkness. At least Newt Gingrich a recently converted Catholic has a clue. Short of Charlie Johnston, there is no more of an astute historian/politician than Newt.

    You may have seen those 3D stereograms that have a hidden image in them. One has to focus
    their eyes in a certain manner to see what lies inside i.e., ( http://www.vision3d.com/sghidden.html).
    If you put your eyes very close to the image and then gradually pull away the hidden image becomes visible. That is the vision leaders need, to see what is happening to this world.

    Your article today Charlie should be in the Wall Street Journal or the National Review.

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  5. MM Bev says:

    Charlie, I am adding an “Amen” to you and an “Amen” to all the comments above. Now I have to go back and re-read everything beginning at the top of your entry. I may have to re-read everything twice.

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    • Connie says:

      Bev, Charlie packs so much meat into every article- extremely thought provoking and soul-searching- I have to unpack each one more than once, sometimes thrice. And I have a feeling that after the storm has diminished or is gone (however long that may be) each one will be like a jewel hidden to any who didn’t read them before chaos ensued.

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      • MM Bev says:

        Well, Connie. I’m glad I’m not alone. I read, then I re-read. Then I copy and read a few days later. In my case, and I know in many others, the fact that ignorance reigns in the family isn’t my fault, and I am doing what Charlie expressed as a better technique–be nice, don’t talk about it, and especially don’t shove it down their throats. OK, he didn’t put it quite that way, but reading between the lines…………..(that man seems to know exactly what I’m like!)

        Actually, I think that one of those priests (maybe the one keeping the archives) should have all Charlie’s material printed into the first book, hot off the first printing press available after the storm. And a copy in giant print should be installed somewhere, perhaps near the entrance, where everybody can have a look and purchase their own copy before they leave. (But if we are with them, we can’t say, “TOLD YA”, although if I am there I will be thinking it.)

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  6. SteveBC says:

    Very clear article, Charlie. The thing I notice with the Obama Administration is that their activities abroad have largely (if not entirely) guaranteed and encouraged instability and conflict. When the US went after Ukraine, I was appalled. The Russians clearly would have no choice but to reply as they have, so why put them in that position, and why now? Add that to the consistently similar record domestically, and it becomes a pattern.

    I get surprised when people are surprised when things go wrong in these matters. When 90%+ of one’s actions lead to bad outcomes, it’s time to consider it deliberate, by choice and intent. I believe you’ve mentioned before that those behind the events of the world and this administration want conflict so they can ride in on a white horse and “save” everyone. I’ve seen that same story several other places.

    There are times I really want the Storm to happen. If we were alone, without help from Someone even more aware and powerful than these people behind the scenes, we would lose to these people.

    You may not know how reassuring it has been for me to read the Locutions site, Mark Mallett’s amazing site, and recently your contributions here, so let me tell you, it is. It absolutely is.

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  7. Another stellar post Charlie! Thank you for lifting at least one corner of the veil for us!

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  8. Absolutely fascinating. Thank you for this. I do like to be able to raise my head from my little work from time to time to have a look at the big picture, and you’ve painted a beauty.

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  9. Peter says:

    Hi Charlie,

    Interesting piece, indeed. Where does one even start when discussing our geopolitical world? How much lower will gas prices drop before Putin feels the embargo heat?? India is a very key strategic partner for the US in maintaining the balance with China. Speaking of China, their economy is in serious trouble as well. Constant riots in China are suppressed and their 1 child birth policy has ‘ castrated’ their social engineered communist system- too many older people to take care of. I am not sure if Putin is a genius or a fool who may be killed at any moment by an angry oligarchy in Russia. You are correct that the West has lost its moral compass and it may be impotent at this point, but the winds of change are coming. The west is getting closer to its breaking point due to our hedonistic lifestyle. The probing question needs to be which country is seriously capable of taking over the captain’s chair from America? I just don’t see China in that role, nor can I see Putin’s 140 million and dropping population in this power vacuum.God is always one step ahead stated Emmanuel Levinas. Thank God that God is in control and keep saying the rosary!!
    Peter, the Canuck

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    • charliej373 says:

      Shrewd observations, Peter, but demography is not destiny. In most periods of upheaval, it has not been the largest which prevails, but the one with the most determined will. It usually surprises people to learn that most successful revolutions were accomplished by a determined minority.

      Then consider financial crisis…in a global collapse of currency, who copes best? Those who already have a system that mixes capability with primitivity. In America, so dependent on technology and gadgets, collapse is real crisis. In Russia, much more accustomed to hardship, it is easier to adjust. A substantial portion of the population holds within living memory seemingly unending hardship. It will merely be the return of something they know. In China, the urban cities are very advanced, but the substantial countryside is very primitive. While all will be set back, comparatively speaking, a universal impoverishment would be a strategic advantage to China – at least in the short term.

      There are many unexpected turns to come…but at least to begin with, America, Russia and China are the key players. (Yes, Islam is noisy to begin with, but it will fade quickly).

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      • MM Bev says:

        My missionary brother was in Chile when the coup happened and changed from left to right.He said the middle class was devastated, but the poor handled it very well. For them, not much in their struggle changed. (Actually, one of the remarks he made was that those in the middle class had never had to have their daughters on the streets before to make money.)

        Also: I have never seen “like”s. How do they work? (I didn’t say shut up to anyone about me being stupid!) I click on likes and get some kind of sign up thing.

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        • charliej373 says:

          I’m not sure, Bev. You might have to get a WordPress account.

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        • sarsok says:

          Yes Bev you have to sign up to do likes. I think you can sign up as just a reader.

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          • MM Bev says:

            OK. I have now tried nine times, and that’s all of my patience used up for something on the computer. Double digits – unlike.

            I like everybody’s comments and so everybody please consider that I have checked ‘like’ for all of you forever. All I get on that thing is shaking, and I can’t tell if it’s my eyes or it. (My eyes can make things go away, too, but they come back, but not on that site.) You will all have noticed that I always have errors in grammar or spelling, Until writ large I cannot tell very well. It just gives me a headache and sore eyes.

            SO LISTEN UP YOU GUYS. I’M ONLY GONNA SAY THIS ONCE: (the words my son said to us after confession, when he had to apologized for being naughty for his penance. Boy, that priest was REALLY pushing his luck with that one);

            MMBEV GIVES EVERYONE “LIKE” FROM NOW ON.

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        • Mick says:

          Ha, MMBev! I’d “like” your comment, but I don’t know how.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Mick, I am told you have to set up a WordPress account in order to activate the “Like” button. I see a few regulars here who had just been following by their email accounts have set up WordPress accounts – presumably specifically so they can ‘like’ comments.

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          • Mick says:

            Thanks, Charlie. I’ll look into it.

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      • Steve says:

        Let’s not forget warfare, as well. The Chinese are still technologically far behind the US, but understand conventional warfare far better than we do. The US decided that our technology was sufficient enough to stop practicing conventional means sometime in the late ’80s and early ’90s. How do I know? I was in the military from 1985 – 2008 and remember well the change. If/when the US is hit with a EMP weapon (or an extremely powerful solar flare), many so-called inconsequential militaries around the globe will instantly be superior to us. Then we will only have our will and God’s grace to protect us.

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  10. Gary says:

    😂 😍 😭 👌 😘 😁 👏 🙏

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  11. Sue says:

    I don’t want to start anything, and Charlie you can leave this out if you think it best, but I am not a great fan of Ryan, having watched him hedge on the abortion issue in a debate with Biden. I was stunned that he would allow “exceptions” (in the case of rape or incest), given that he had touted himself as pro-life, and spoke frankly about his “little bean”, and his deeply held belief that life begins at conception. I cynically thought that here was another guy who will say whatever it takes to get elected, rather than speak the hard truth, and let the chips fall where they may. Politically naive? Perhaps, but I got the heebee jeebees hearing that, and this from a former staunch democrat! Ultimately, I will delight in scrapping our present system. Having been a federal employee of sorts for eleven years, I could write volumes about the dysfunction of the aforementioned civil service system. Good riddance! And please, nobody dogpile on me, it’s just my little opinion…Sue

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    • charliej373 says:

      I have met Ryan and I like him okay…though I was making my departure from the scene as he began to seriously rise. There are some decent well-meaning people in the process, and I rather think I would put Ryan in that category – though for some reasons, including what you mentioned, I am more ambivalent about it than I once was. What I am interested in is the number of people who know better, yet still invest faith for real change in political officials.

      I suppose I have come to look at it in a radically different way. On the one hand, I continue to give counsel to friends in the business who ask for it…but that is out of friendship. I like some of them, have great affection for a few. But I also very much like the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bears. That does not persuade me that the Cubs or the Bears are likely to solve global problems. Few understand my profound indifference to modern politics and my absolute lack of confidence in their ability to affect positive change. That is truly over.

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      • Tom says:

        But Charlie, the Cubbies might just solve all the global problems next year!

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        • charliej373 says:

          Ah, Tom, the Cubs have not won it all in my lifetime, my father’s lifetime, or my grandfather’s lifetime. The bad news is that if you place a bet on them solving much of anything, you will almost surely lose. The good news is, you could surely get some FABULOUS odds…so fabulous that if they actually succeeded, you could probably retire on the winnings from a $50 bet.

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          • sarsok says:

            Unless the Cubs get a formal exorcism the “Biily Goat” will curse them until the end of time besides Im a Sox fan. They went to the World Series twice in my lifetime and they are 1 for 2.

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      • LJD says:

        I hope, but doubt that things will change in the scheme of things if the current political system stays in place. And when I say change, I dont mean little things, I mean fundamental and structural changes. Anything else at this point is just window dressing (Charlie has stated in other posts). Great change doesnt come until a revolution of some sort comes about. New systems can be tricky, but this one is so top heavy that it will not do to just swing from blue to red every few years. But I guess we shall wait and see if Charlie is right about all this, which I sincerely hope he is. I would love to be part of a new America built from the ground up that can have some integrity again.

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    • Mick says:

      Sue, no dogpiling here. You took the words right out of my mouth (well, right out of my head).

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  12. ellenchris says:

    Okay — you are going to have to forgive me yet again, but this is one of the top 5 of my top pet peeves.

    The Dark Ages were always recognized as dating from 450 when the Goth, Alaric, sat himself upon the throne of Caesar in Rome to 800 when Charlemagne was crowned Holy Roman Emperor by the Pope. This was the period of chaos following the final fall of Rome that was caused by marauding pagan tribes pillaging Europe unchecked by any political authority (important point: *pagan* tribes). The only partial authority left resided in the papacy which tried to exert some kind of moral suasion largely through the efforts of missionaries to convert these tribes to Christianity.

    Within the past 30 to 40 years, secularist historians have deliberately rewritten what had been the accepted understanding of the Dark Ages to equate them with what had previously been identified as the “Middle Ages.” The actual Middle Ages are properly understood as being characterized by the great flowering of learning, the arts and the civilizing effects of the spiritual and moral life of Christian culture. The secularists regard Christianity itself as an intellectual “Darkness” when in reality Christian culture made the resurgence of philosophy and science possible. The end of the Middle Ages was always understood to occur with the lesser, but still intense, chaos of the 14th century caused first by the “little Ice Age” which led to famine, which led to the Black Plague which led to wars. So the Middle Ages are properly dated from 800 to the early 1300s.

    The Renaissance was then identified as the renewal of order, stability and culture which followed upon the desperation of the 14th century. So — Renaissance begins in the 1400s. What the secularists have actually done is to swallow up the beautiful upward surge of the Middle Ages into the Dark Ages because, of course, and “Age of Faith” should be understood (in their minds) as an “Age of Darkness” as the antithesis of Reason. Only the “light” of rationalism should be considered a true Renaissance.

    So — Fall of Rome –> Dark Ages –> Charlemagne –> Middle Ages –> 14th century upheaval –> Renaissance. NOT: Fall of Rome –> Dark Ages straight through to the Renaissance of the 1400s. This era included a rediscovery of pre-Christian sources of art and philosophy. So of course the secularists glorify the movements in art, etc. which have their roots in non-Christian sources.

    The rabid secularists have completely redefined the terms to equate Christian culture with intellectual darkness. This totally falsifies the classic understanding of Western history which was accepted and taught until very recently.

    I for one refuse to buy the lie. The saying, “The winners get to write history” has become very popular. The anti-christian secularists think of themselves as “the winners,” and so they use this slogan to justify their outright falsification of history. This is not merely an effort to take some errors of church and state and blow them out of proportion. This is an all out effort to erase the accomplishments of Christian culture from the history books altogether. In their books, there are no “Middle Ages;” the medieval period was nothing but the darkness of “superstition.”

    As St. Paul put it, let me make myself look like a braggart and a fool by putting up my defense: I completed a PhD in Christian History at Fordham University all but the dissertation: “ABD,” So, I do know where-of I speak. This whole anti-Christian sham is a lie. Just for the record, Charlie, I do not at all accuse you of this. Just setting the record straight as much as I can. (and I really, really hope that folks here will take the time to read and consider this) Blessings all around.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you, Ellen. I know you don’t accuse me of this – shoot, you just seconded what I was saying, only in more detail. I am also aware that even from a secular perspective, the Middle Ages were NOT a time of backwardness, as so many presume, but actually of great technological innovation.

      The problem is that, in modern parlance, when elites speak of intelligence, they are not speaking of actual knowledge gained by lengthy study and effort, but a characteristic they think attaches to them because of adoption of transient ideological positions and smug attitudes they adopt. It is a mere fashion statement – but they believe it is real.

      Unless perhaps you thought that I was confused about the difference between the Dark Ages and the Middle Ages, I don’t see why you would worry that I had any objection to this. I appreciate you coming on and elucidating that part of the story in greater detail. And yes, it HAS been an organized effort by hostile – and ignorant – secular elements.

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      • MM Bev says:

        During the “Dark Ages”, it was Christianity that kept the light burning and saved what the world would need so that there could be a real flourishing of Christianity and learning. I’m afraid that I often think in my mind that we will be exactly that – the light burning – during this storm and take courage from that period of time.

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    • Mick says:

      Thanks, Ellen. I’m going to print this off and give it to my college-freshman son and high-school-history-buff daughter.

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    • patrick says:

      Excellent insight and typical of the historical bias against Christian thought. To think this concerted effort is alive and well in the US is repulsive.

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  13. sarsok says:

    I put the WordPress app on my iPad and iPhone

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  14. ellenchris says:

    And also — thanks for the brilliant and helpful exposition of the current geopolitical realities. It is possible to see the shifts pretty clearly at this point. Your analysis is much appreciated especially with your spiritual perspective.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Please don’t ever hesitate to share your knowledge here, Ellen – even in the rare case where I may be wrong or a little fuzzy on something 🙂

      As Ronald Reagan once said, the biggest problem with some of his opponents was not the things they didn’t know, but all the things they knew that weren’t so. We can’t make good judgments with bad information. You have the goods…by all means, flaunt it! I take some pains to get it right, but I am just one man…so occasionally I have misunderstood or muddled something. When I do, I want to know – and I want to correct it. Hee hee…my take is not that I am always right, but that between me and my readers, visitors to this site are going to get the straight dope!

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      • ellenchris says:

        Thanks, Charlie. I have great admiration for the care with which you identify and present the truth. I did not think at all that you identified the Middle Ages with the Dark Ages — I can see that you clearly understand the difference, and I wanted to make that clear. The line that got me going was: “Now, I am going to digress for a moment to preempt the fools with a little learning who would point to the Dark Ages as a repudiation of the Christian impulse towards dignity.” I agree with you completely on this point: it is the “fools with a little learning,” most of it wrong, who are muddying the waters, but it seemed to me that this sentence might be misunderstood, so I gave the historical background. The Dark Ages were caused by *pagan* tribes from the north and east who destroyed the order of Rome — the Pax Romana. It was only Christianity that — as you said — provided the basis for building a new civilization based on the love of God affirming human dignity. It was the need for self defense and the impulse toward consolidating power that prolonged the warfare. And let’s not forget that from around 700 onward, the need for defensive warfare was caused and increased by the aggression of Islamists.

        This whole rewriting of history really is a hot button issue for me. Bev is right, during the real Dark Ages, the Celtic monasteries all across Europe (pre-Benedictine) preserved and passed on knowledge and kept the light burning. I don’t give an inch or even a millimeter on this reality because the blame for “darkness” is now laid at the doors of the very people who were bringing and preserving the light. Cheers, Charlie. It’s a good and helpful article — as usual.

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        • Mary A. says:

          I remember translating Julius Caesar’s Gallic Wars and those dang “warlike tribes”. Seems all the tribes of Europe were “warlike tribes” to Caesar, and then they eventually took over and trashed the plumbing and the libraries. They were converted at great cost and length, and made for a nice robust Christian culture, but continued their warlike ways until they about killed each other off in WWI and WWII. And eastern European warlike tribes, and tribes elsewhere, have inherited the “role.”

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  15. donna269 says:

    Good Morning family!
    Charlie, I agree that America will fall the hardest in the storm due to the surviving generations not having to experience any real hardship in their lifetime. The Depression era folks (my parents) are in their mid 80’s. I have heard my parents stories my whole life and marvel at the tenacity of a family of seven not having food and working every child in the family over educating them to survive. Of course, that was indeed their education but many were illiterate due to having to stop schooling to help the family get food and heat and dwelling space. I imagine things will be much worse than the depression because I sense the electrical grid will be out causing so much havoc, we can only speculate the issues that will ensue.

    Last night on public radio, a few scientists were talking about an imminent overdue solar storm which will knock out our grid and cited one that occurred in the 1920’s…They painted horrible scenarios….things I didn’t even think about….People stuck in elevators (I will take the stairs from now on thank you). People who might live on high level floors who are elderly and handicapped and incapable of using stairs. Food rotting. Food shortage. But worst of all….not knowing what is going on because our technology would be knocked out and we would be in an information vacuum. Imagine those of us who at the flip of your Iphone, can longer communicate with ANYONE but those within walking distance. It just gives me the shivers…..Thank you Charlie, for the hope in all of this. Those scientists could not offer hope because, they never spoke of God!

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    • charliej373 says:

      And won’t those scientists be delighted, in the midst of the maelstrom, be grateful and excited to discover that God is? That all is not lost, after all? And then their intellectual discipline will go to serve the fullness of truth through their scientific study – and they, too, will rejoice at it.

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  16. Jacqueline Nevinger says:

    No wonder my Blessed Mother has asked for prayers for the conversion of Russia!! I have noted with anxiety the saber rattles of Russia. Fighters flying over Canada, along our west coast, and Alaska. Bombers in Europe over the Black Sea, North Sea, and the Baltic Sea. There are other sightings. Can’t remember. I know little of geopolitical history. I admit it. But I can see the systematic castration of our military. Men and women with experience and a sense of duty. Keep your thoughts coming. I’m learning. God Bless, Jacquie Sent from my iPad

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    • charliej373 says:

      I remember ambiguously thinking some years ago, Jacqueline, that I hated to see the way Russia was bullying others and misusing its power – and simultaneously thinking that I was also glad that it was not castrating itself because I knew we were going to – and that it would come in right handy that someone had stayed strong when the need was there, even if that someone was a bully right now.

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  17. Agnes says:

    Thank you very much for this post. It is extremely enlightening!

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  18. A quite specific question, but what do you see happening – once the storm hits – to those who are renting their homes, or those still paying off mortgages on their homes, Charlie? I fear for them because there’s just so little true -meaning not contingent upon making monthly payments- home ownership these days. Obviously once the storm hits, money will no longer be flowing like it once did, and I suspect few will be able to continue making their monthly rent or mortgage payments. I am wondering if one the one hand, they will be permitted to simply stay put, or on the other hand, if this will be a major channel of persecution, with a greatly expedited foreclosure process (unless of course they were to accept some “mark” on their right hand or forehead…) meaning millions upon millions of homeless

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    • charliej373 says:

      At the outset, Daniel, this reiterates how very difficult it is for people to envision complete collapse. You are thinking that everything will collapse for you but that mortgage houses, foreclosure courts, collectors will all go rolling merrily along. ALL will collapse. Except for maybe a few weeks there will be NO bankruptcy courts, no mortgages, no rent collectors. Things collapse for them, too. For all.

      Already a very quiet crisis is that foreclosures are NOT as aggressive as they could be. That is because in the tangled snarl of sales and resales of the paper on it, a whole host of them have lost the paper trail as to actually who holds ownership of the property you are being billed for. Investment houses desperately keep that quiet for if it became common knowledge how many properties are not foreclosed on simply because the financial institutions cannot legally establish who actually holds title to it, there would be a deeper collapse. Then there is another abuse that had gotten very common a few years back. Banks which were in trouble did not emphasize foreclosing on properties that had large balances and went into default, but zeroed in on properties that had small balances but had defaulted. It was more profitable. In fact, with the ill-consideredmark-to-market rules that had been promulgated with the bursting of the mortgage bubble in ’08, more than a few banks zeroed in on properties in which the owner had never missed any payments. The whole thing is already much more tangled than only a very few know.

      I had mentioned in a previous post that I had been directed in 2007 to seriously contemplate what complete collapse means and devise ways of getting a shattered nation back on its feet, to confront the challenges it must meet. Part of that process involved how to re-establish the concept of ownership in a just way. The paper trails are such a tangled snarl that there will be no way to trace it back to the pre-crash era with any consistency. People will know everything has been upended. What they have to know is that it is being re-established in a just, objective manner and they will be able to accept it and move forward with their lives. Possession really will become, in most cases, 9/10 of the law. It is a lot more complex than that, but that is the bedrock of the most basic cases.

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      • I think the last paragraph says it; it’s about possession. I do agree the collapse will be total — thus, whoever physically has the key will have the home. Therefore I fear greatly for renters, but not so much for those paying mortgages.

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        • Observer says:

          But then there is the danger of the “have nots” simply invading the properties of the haves; looting et al I’m afraid. There won’t be any law to keep order. While we have the example of Kibeho Ruwanda we also have the example of the village of Medjugorje where I think only a cow was injured in the Balkan wars that devastated people and property surrounding that village.

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          • charliej373 says:

            There will certainly be some of that, Observer. But again, I have said several times that people’s experience is going to be a traitor to them in these times. God is actively intervening, even if we do not see it. I have also said before that I watch the news, but look for different things than most do. This piece I wrote here was solid analysis – but it was informed by things I was told decades ago. I watched for a quiet build-up of China militarily and for it to get aggressive in territory that was considered international. It would be a good sign that what I was told was true. I watched and studied religious boundaries and how they intersected with Russia. If things continued to develop along the religious frontiers, it would be a sign that what I was shown was true. Right after 9-11 I did a short (maybe 10 pages) piece for my priests on the shape of things to come in world events. At the time, relations between America and Russia were tense. I wrote that they were going to get much warmer and more cooperative, but then they would start nose-diving dramatically and would eventually become rockier than ever. But in the end, Russia and America would be the two most steadfast allies in helping the world endure the Storm. Interestingly, when Bush and Putin had their early love-fest, one of my priests remarked that I was right again…to which I responded rather testily that I was not right until they suddenly started getting worse – and until Russia ultimately cast its lot with the west to thwart China’s effort to dominate the globe. You have not seen quite this analysis before – though to someone with a little knowledge it makes solid sense. But you have not seen it before not because I am so smart, but because I have been shown what to watch for from a different perspective than anyone else.

            I tell you in the same light, when you try to analyze these events from a rational perspective of your prior experience, there are things being added to the mix that you cannot yet imagine. Some good, some bad. On some things you will be close to the mark…but you will really and genuinely have to just take the next right step while disciplining yourself not to be surprised by the unexpected or unprecedented. (Okay, you can be surprised. I sometimes am – but if you firmly set in your head that there is much here that I don’t anticipate and I need not get too vested in any particular analysis of my own. Yes, I know some things – but there are some areas where I only know the outcome, not how it will come about…and on those things, if it does not require any action on my part to get us there, I know nothing or next to nothing on how it will come about. I really do have to live the same discipline as I tell you you must – though not on as many things now…and that is ONLY because I was willing to voluntarily submit to that discipline when no one else had to.)

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          • Nancy says:

            Not analyzing, just observing: US visas to Chinese interests have been extended to 5-10 years. Do we have any stable immigration policies?

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          • Becky-TN says:

            Observer,

            I read your post days ago and, basically, concurred with your assessment. But while doing some motherly duties this am, a thought came to mind about this specific post by you. While, yes, there are “have-nots” who turn to violence/looting, etc… in times of crisis against the “haves”, these will be times where even the “haves” will turn on the “haves”. Think about all the “haves” who turn to fast-food or that “quick trip to the grocery store” for food daily cause they either don’t cook, have no room in an apartment refrig. to store food for days, etc…. (Ok, this is not a rant against those who don’t cook, etc…). I think about my son who I try to have stock a few days worth of food in his dorm room, but basically depends on the campus cafeteria for daily food. Like Charlie wrote, the rules will change!

            Something else: Charlie talks so much about us “keeping to our posts” and Bev, you wrote yesterday, I think, about practicing being at our posts NOW. I read something yesterday sent to me by a priest – God’s grace is in the PRESENT moment – not future nor past – and we need to practice being aware of God in those moments. These are things really resonating with me today – during my motherly duties. That thought above came not reading Charlie’s blog (though I’m learning A LOT), but doing what God called me to do at that present moment (making grammar copies for homeschooling littles). Just a pondering….

            God Bless,

            Becky-TN

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      • Fran says:

        I know we are all trying to wrap our heads around total collapse. This is some of what I think you mean, and what to do… (presuming that we survive whatever comes before) These things may happen at different times but there will be no power, no water service, no communication like we are used to, no gas for cars, other transportation will cease, stores will empty quickly, banks will close, cash will be worth nothing at some point, businesses will cease to function, and then we may have to defend and protect our family and property, and people may have to band together. There will be attacks and persecution. There will be devastation, chaos, and panic at times especially if people cannot know what is happening or find their loved ones with communication down. We will have to make do with very limited resources, but Jesus WILL provide. Jesus wants us to steel ourselves and keep eyes on Him, trust Him, do the next right thing…one thing at a time. Endure! Help each other physically and spiritually. Love is daring! Do whatever He tells you. Even if you don’t understand… just do. He will be with us like we can’t imagine now. Our Blessed Mother will be directing us. Grace will be pouring down and miracles abound like never before. We can be saints. Keep hope alive BY SHEER WILL even when you don’t feel it. Point to the Triumph. Love till the end.

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        • charliej373 says:

          You’re on the right track, Fran. A lot of the rules will change. Remember the manna in the dessert. Some things will be gone for good…some things you would expect to be gone for good will only be interrupted for a while. I know I have had seven years to ponder it very deeply and think through all the potential consequences of it. I know I, too, have missed some obvious things. That was brought home to me on my pilgrimage. Some of the things I thought important to start with were almost useless – and nearly dead weight. Other things I regarded lightly were really important. If you understand you won’t fully know what you’re dealing with until you deal with it – and understand that you will adapt and…just take the next right step, you will be fine.

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          • MM Bev says:

            One of the most important things you said was on a blog some time ago. The most important thing besides the three steps is not, NOT to panic. We all know totally bizarre and unexpected things are going to happen. DO NOT PANIC. DO NOT DO THE THING THAT FIRST COMES TO MIND. Connect with GOD, really, deeply, as totally as you are able through the power of the Holy Spirit. ASK HIM what the next right step is. WAIT. Waiting is excruciating. It is one of the hardest things to do. We want, and in this society, are used to, beyond trained to expect, an immediate answer. It may take some time before you know. DO NOT PANIC. That is the worst thing you can do. Often other people intersect with you that you don’t even know, bringing part of the answer with them. In our whole life experience we are used to NOW. Our schooling, job training, social media of ALL kinds have inculcated this automatic response into us. It bypasses our brains completely. It is totally automatic. Watch your kids. There are times you even know what they are going to say because because.

            Everything we do must be FIRST placed before God. Sometimes the waiting that He asks of us is to arrange what will enable us to save ourselves and others in that particular situation. Immediately included in that first appeal is to let Him know that you TRUST Him to provide you with the solution. He knows how fast you have to have it….and what it is. TRUST is really, really hard when you are waiting. And very pain…filled….because we are trained more thoroughly to want an immediate answer than to do Charlie’s steps. That’s why we have to practice now. That’s how we show Him we are REALLY TRUSTING Him. Think of Joseph. What?You what? YOUR SON??!!! and then: UP, let’s go. Right NOW. In the middle of the night? YES, NOW. No, I’ll lead you, don’t hyper (OK, it’s really, don’t worry, I’m with you.)

            Remember that almost 93% of communication has to do with body language, gestures, hesitations, cadence, volume, tone, pitch, facial expressions. These things flash in seconds, but you pick them up unconsciously. Use your instinct and don’t dismiss it. You use it all the time with your kids. It’s something that God gives us. Remember that all the clues your gain from someone else in that 93%, they can also gain about you. Watch what you are saying to them-that’s important. Even your body stance can make a difference.

            When you are calm enough to make spit and swallow it, then you can consider taking the next right step. And amazingly enough you many not be alone and you are the one person in the group able to give hope.

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          • KW says:

            Charlie, could you give an example of something you initially didn’t think much about but it became important to you (or the reverse…something you thought was very important but it was mostly extra weight)? Our scout troop just had their first cold weather camp out of the season. A backpacking/camping lesson from you would be fun.

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          • charliej373 says:

            The single most useful tool for my purposes I did not even take along with me. I found a pair of wire-cutters along my way and picked them up. They never touched wire BUT they were very useful for quickly clearing away brush in a small clearing…for cutting through tangled vines when I was trying to find my way to a clearing AND, most importantly of all…at night a usually slept on the ground. You would have little stubbles of trees and brush that you just could not get rid of completely with a knife – and they would irritate your back all night. With the wire-cutters, I could get right down to the nub and below the ground and completely get rid of anything that was poking me and keeping me awake. Those wire-cutters were more useful to getting a good night’s sleep than anything else I had.

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        • LJD says:

          Have you read the 1990 prophecy on Spiritdaily? It’s anonymous, but sounds oddly familiar these days;)
          It speaks about all of these topics. Can be found in the archives section of the site.

          A close friend of mine is a priest close to a church approved seer. The seer’s family recommended he dig a well because there was concern water would be an issue. The priest dug 3 wells. It’s the little things that we don’t think of.

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      • Patricia says:

        Charlie,
        Should we head for the hills when the financial collapse is happening? You know the old saw about kill the messenger………………………

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        • charliej373 says:

          I don’t know, Patricia. Some should stay where they are at; some should move on right away; some should stay awhile and then move on. I don’t even know the exact sequence of how I will proceed and when. You really will have to make your decisions in the moment – having thought through some of the potential options. But you won’t know till you get there – and neither will I.

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          • Patricia says:

            Oh gosh, I did not want you to take that so seriously. My thought was that all these years we have been telling people what is to come and everyone has thought we were nuts. So when it happens the first thought of some might be “She was right” and you know what happens to the messenger.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Not to worry, Patricia. Some need to hear it. But you are right. I am a tad over-tired right now and I usually make it a habit not to respond when I am. (Ha! I just hate getting behind. But when I am over-tired, it is like I get weeds in my brain and am a little fuzzy until I have cleared them away.)

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      • Becky-TN says:

        Charlie,

        Your response about Investment Houses made me think of an article I read within the last couple of weeks about the suicide deaths of multiple Investment House brokers in Europe,etc….earlier this year. So sad.

        God Bless,

        Becky-TN

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  19. Cecilia says:

    Charlie, I have been pondering this post for the last few hours. I do not pretend to be a follower of politics or economics. So, I suppose it is natural for me to have questions. I will try to limit them.
    1. Are you saying Western Civilization is dying and can only be rescued by the Blessed Mother?
    2. I am not exactly sure what you are saying about Russia being schizoprenic, regarding whether it is eastern or western (previous post)? Does she have to return to the Roman Church to be fully healed?
    3. Our Lady at Fatima said that Russia would spread her errors around the world, and so I have believed that is what has brought us to this pretty much world-wide socialist, anti-God culture and government. However, in the speech you linked to, Putin seemed to be blaming the U.S. for all the world’s mess. How much is true and how much is propaganda? Certainly socialism is not the answer.
    4. You said that “The real kicker is that Russia is exercising a brutal, medieval Eurasian temperament to uphold western Christian values that the west, itself, has largely abandoned.”
    If Russia is communist or socialist, how can it possibly be upholding western Christian values? I thought Russia was atheistic. The State is God.
    Hope this wasn’t too many questions. I am always enlightened by your writings, Charlie. Thank you.

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    • charliej373 says:

      1) Western Civilization is committing suicide. There is no cultural confidence left in it. The Storm is the instrument by which it will be healed, so the rescue does come from Our Lady in the triumph of her Immaculate Heart.
      2) Since Peter the Great, Russia has defined national greatness in western terms, but it has always acted as an eastern power – Orthodox and Asian. To return to the Roman Church she would have to have, at some time, have been part of the Roman Church – and nationally, she hasn’t. Again, in the process of the Storm, she will cast her lot in with the west fully – and part of that, or at least a part of the fruit of it, will be a re-uniting of the Eastern and the Western wings of Christianity. Russia is the foundational state of Orthodoxy.
      3) Russia DID spread the errors she adopted with the Russian Revolution in 1917 throughout the world. The irony is that Russia largely abandoned those particular errors while the west fully adopted the fundamental error.
      4) Russia has been neither communist nor atheist since 1989. It is authoritarian, verging on totalitarian, but the way Russia is governed today is far more akin to the old Czars than it is to the old Communists. Russia has been a formally Orthodox Christian State since the fall of the Soviet Union.

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      • Cecilia says:

        Thank you, Charlie, for your lucid explanations. I am amazed at your ability to put things so succinctly. 🙂 God bless you.

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      • MM Bev says:

        And I am in total, utter awe at not only how succinctly, logically, completely sequentially and concisely you explain in both your blogs and your replies. I’d give a great deal to have that talent and ability. (Could very well be another reason why God chose you.) It borders on incredible.

        I used to watch my brother (the 93%) when I asked him as challenging a question as I could come up with. I could see that his mind was assessing the question, putting it into layman’s terms, not theology; and itemizing and prioritizing the answer from the most important point to the least. This took only seconds, but was far more fascinating to see than to learn the answer. I’d just love to see your face and body language in a similar situation.

        Ooooh. I bet he was listening and now he knows.

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  20. I am a new reader and followers of your posts. I found you through Mark Mallet. Thank you for your edifying and inspiring writing. Praise the Lord! I invite you to my blog in which I share my testimony of living in the will of our Lord. I hope you enjoy it: http://www.walkingwithourlord.wordpress.com

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    • charliej373 says:

      Welcome, Ann. Glad to have you here.

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      • Hi Charlie
        I am a Permanent Deacon In the Roman Catholic church and have followed Mark Mallet for many years. Through him I found you-Thank God! Your writings have helped me and given me real HOPE! Thank you Charlie and God Bless you my new friend!

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        • Pam Nicholson says:

          Yup, Charlie, you are my new friend also. I am very cautious about these issues which are part of our faith, but, I dare not persecute someone God may have chosen even before you were born to be one of his faithful prophets. You don’t ask people to believe you, you are the messenger, and you do believe what is being told to you. You are an obedient child only doing as the Lord has been asking you to do. People don’t have to follow you or pay any attention to you, but, that might be a little foolish considering the signs of the times. There is to be a huge wake-up call to humanity and it is a storm and it will affect all of us, and, with God’s help, and each other’s, we will be better we weathered it with Him and God help us if we try to do it without Him. God bless. pam, from NJ.

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  21. Dave says:

    This is a question that I think everybody must be thinking but afraid to ask. Are you saying that this would be a good time to buy a house under the assumption that you will not have to pay the mortgage once everything collapses? Or buy supplies you will need to survive on a credit card that you really can’t afford with the thought that you won’t have to pay it off? I’m not talking about being greedy or trying to cheat the system, I’m talking about buying what you really think you are going to need to survive.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Dave, among those closest to me, I always tell them to use the resources they have while they still have value for things that will continue to have value after money does not. BUT, I am emphatic that this must be done in a manner that allows you to meet your obligations honorably if everything settles out. If you try to use an over-sly cleverness to trick God…well, it would go poorly for you. That is what I mean by prudence. Use what is perishing while it still has value, but do it with honor so that, if I turn out to be just another random nut, you have not destroyed your and your family’s potential future – and always be honorable. God is not mocked and does NOT approve of sophomoric slyness.

      But you are probably right…many probably are thinking it…and I appreciate you raising the question. I have addressed it before but we keep getting infusions of new readers and I know it is hard to get up to snuff quickly. (It used to be easier just earlier this year).

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      • Patricia says:

        Charlie,
        I try to be honorable and decent in all my dealings but that thought did enter my head and I thought it better to not kill myself to pay off a bill if it is not going to matter. I think the difference is our intention.
        Now go to bed. You need a rest.

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  22. Mack says:

    Charlie thank you for this post. Trying to consider total collapse. That must mean that hospitals will not be there either, so many people will probably die due to lack of medical care. Or at least it will be limited. That’s a tough one to deal with. People can only do so much with home care. I’m thinking especially of medical emergencies. The elderly will suffer a lot. I guess that’s where trust in God really comes in.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Doctors will still have their medical training. You don’t know how horrible it already is. For some elderly, penalties are being set up by government entities that give incentives for hospitals to direct them toward pain mediation rather than real medical care – and without being able to tell them. Things are already far more hideous than almost any outside some government and medical precincts know – with intensely active efforts to hide it.

      Doctors will still have their training. Part of the reason I am working so hard on these prayer groups – and getting the booklets prepared for distribution is because it will be so desperately needed. In some ways…many ways actually…things on that score are going to get better than they are now…but not until after an initial phase of chaos and confusion. Pray, pray, pray. Invoke Our Lord, invoke Our lady…do not neglect the Rosary, which contemplates the life of Our Lord through union with Our Lady.

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      • Bonnie C says:

        Yes, my mom’s twin sister died after she quit gong to the hospital because she was charged $100 out of pocket for each day. She was a widow. She tried to tough out the spells, but waited too long. I still remember my mom telling me how she called to congratulate her when You-know-what CARE was passed. Mom was so happy her twin wouldn’t have to worry anymore about her healthcare. My mom is one of those New Deal Democrats. I noticed my mom’s doctor for her celiac disease has backed way off. I think they seem afraid. Not sure if it is of judgment, or Gov’t. Both, perhaps.

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      • Gary says:

        How much success have you had getting Protestants to say the Rosary?

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        • charliej373 says:

          I have been startled at how many Protestants I have helped encourage to a devotion to Our Lady, which is a cardinal act of mercy in these times. A couple of Baptist and Methodist communities have credited me with inspiring their devotion to Our Lady.

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          • Irish7 says:

            So how did you do this? I’m going to be leading a Protestant prayer group starting this month (long story). My instinct is to not broach the subject at all and leave it to the Holy Spirit. Thoughts?

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          • charliej373 says:

            There is not really a technique. I have planned a piece on Mary and the Saints for Protestants…maybe you should wait for that before you broach the subject.

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          • Fran says:

            Irish7, I just had the inspiration the other day, to post something on facebook about the Rosary, beginning it with a brief intro about a lady (a Protestant) who once told me that she thought you had to be Catholic to pray the Rosary. I said “Certainly not.” and gave her one with directions. She was delighted. So, I put this on facebook along with a short explanation of the Rosary, and link to how to pray it, and also offered to give one to anyone who would like one. I jokingly thought, “Well, Lord, there will probably be the usual 3 people who ‘like’ this, as when I post something similar.”, but surprisingly, there were a few comments I didn’t expect, and also a protestant friend who said she would love to have one and learn more…so, hey… maybe that’s all you need to do with your prayer group…just ask.

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          • Irish7 says:

            Thank you for the thoughts, Fran and Charlie. @Charlie, the first meeting was already on the calendar, but was cancelled at the last minute do to illness. So Providence has agreed with you that I should wait. The next one is not until January so Providence has also given you time to think on it. 😉 @Fran, your reply was quite prophetic also. It coincides perfectly with the prompting and gentle rebuke I am receiving in prayer. It was brought to my attention that fruit cannot grow if no one is willing to plant the seed. I have been guilty of hiding my relationship with Mary in my Protestant dealings. I’ve been cowering in the corner in response to strong reactions from strong personalities. When I reflect on my own conversion, I had the same ugly and false thoughts about the individuals that taught me about Mary that people will have about me when I share. The seeds they planted in my soul took root and grew despite my false judgments about the messengers. I am so convicted about vanity in being unwilling to do the same for Christ and others. Well…I’m praying about how this is going to look exactly and looking forward to Charlie’s pointers….but the cowering (with God’s help) is hereby done. Lord have mercy.

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      • MM Bev says:

        It’s the unbelievable total blindness that people, sensible, otherwise rational people have. I met a Dutch woman and during the conversation we touched on euthanasia because of my stupidity in fracturing my own neck. She has already decided on euthanasia for herself. I ventured the fact that in Holland there are more people now euthanized that don’t request it, than ones that do. She was totally adamant that what I was saying was just fiction, to frighten people, and not in any way real. She put that fact into at least four directly following statements in different ways. So, I just said that I certainly hoped that she was correct.

        Then I walked home, thanking God that He has given me the spiritual sight that He has, and the tangible connections to help me staunchly face what’s ahead, prepared and with a Sherpa. (Whom He has already trained for us.)

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      • Becky-TN says:

        Gifts of healing, Charlie? That was my first thought to your response of the importance of prayer groups/booklets.

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      • Nancy says:

        Charlie, you are right. I have heard doctors discussing it with residents. A prayer suggestion would be for everyone to pray for all medical personnel and medical institutions. Place them in the Flame of Love that satan be blinded.

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      • Mack says:

        Thank you for those encouraging words, Charlie. Yes, it’s true that the present system is so broken that after the initial chaos things will get better. Also, some of the drugs being given have so many side effects they are worse than the disease.

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  23. John says:

    Charlie,
    There have been so many really good postings given by both yourself and Mark Mallett, that I sometimes find it hard remembering specific facts regarding them, which caused me to ponder whether when you recall your past divine encounters do you have a kind of “perfect” clarity in remembering them or do you find yourself having to dig back through past notes?

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    • charliej373 says:

      John, I have next to no notes to dig back through. When I first began telling my priests these things, hoping to trip myself up, I gave them all writing on it and kept none for myself. (I did keep a copy of my interpretation of the Third Secret of Fatima, though). Now the priest with the archives occasionally sends me something from the old notes. It is not as important to give all my notes away any more. After 20 years, the consensus is that it is authentic (which is NOT the same as thinking that everything I say must be right).

      On some things, there is perfect clarity – I call them first principles. But, again, God does not give me completely detailed information about everything that is going to happen. He tells me some things, then tells me what I must study and contemplate, and gives me areas for action. I must stretch out my hand to Him in order to discern how to apply much of what I am given. He lets me know sometimes when He is pleased…and sometimes when He intends for me to dig deeper.

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  24. Becky-TN says:

    Charlie,

    Thank you for all you are doing. I’ve read your responses above and still am a bit confused, but I’m just going to pray that the Lord clear it up for me. Think it’s just me trying to wrap my head around things, but I think I just need to accept that I just won’t be able to.

    While I get the “material” items to prep for, There is something a bit more troubling for me. You mentioned that God will expect us to make decisions as best we can with the out right best intentions at times when “planning, thinking, etc”…there may not be a whole lot of time for that. And that if we make the wrong decision, He will gently guide us back on the right path. Charlie, what if that decision (all the while good and as best as we can) ends up killing those we love? Not by my hands, but by others who wish to do harm. Just something that’s been worrying me…

    Big hugs,

    Becky-Tn

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    • Becky-TN says:

      Boy, do I use the word “just” a lot! 😉

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    • charliej373 says:

      I am sorry to tell you, Becky, that some of the decisions we make will have errant consequences. There is no scenario under which if we just get the right formula we can make all the perfect decisions that will have no negative consequences here on earth. King David, a “man after God’s own heart,” made decisions that got many killed, including several of his own children. It did not relieve him of his duty to his people as king and to his God to care for those people.

      We tend to limit good and evil to actions in this world. But it is the eternal good we seek. Whether we are faithful or faithless, eveil and sorrow will come in this world. If we are faithful, we can help transform the evil that happens in this world in a way that leads to eternal life for us and those around us. If we are faithless, the evil around us in this world may lead souls we love to perish to eternity. But either way, there will be sorrows here, some because of our own miscalculations.

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  25. Observer says:

    Charlie,
    If you even feel like answering this question….please wait ’til tomorrow at least so you can get some rest. It’s easier to ask the questions here than to have to teach each according to their personal frameworks.

    Wondering if you’ve been shown or it has been implied to you the worth of the various recommended sacramentals to have around. Primarily in the eighties and nineties where there were quite a few healing priests/experts on healing of family tree and others familiar with their own private revelations making the rounds to various venues, things like blessed salt (with exorcism blessing), holy water, blessed oil, St. Benedict medals/crucifixes (also with an exorcism attached blessing), Miraculous medals, of course the scapular, certain special prayers, etc., were all advised for protection in these times and for future protection of homes.

    I remember it being reported that Maria Esperanza made certain gestures (some seeming unusual) for protection re: what she had seen for particular areas where near future disasters were predicted….like asking to be driven around particular areas of New York while she prayed…..several times. Such was recommended for our neighborhoods…..like gestures of sprinkling some of that blessed salt or spraying blessed water around street perimeters…..and burying some of the blessed medals in the ground of 4 corners of house properties for protection. Calling down spiritual help and protection for doing such out of obedience or showing realization of current spiritual times surrounding us as well? Thanks.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Provided it is not obsessive and is consonant with the faith, I am very agreeable to whatever devotions or sacramental suit someone’s taste. Their purpose is to help focus us on God and be a comfort to us. Which you prefer is as unique a matter of taste as what foods you prefer. And it would be wrong of me to tell everyone they should, say, eat chicken pot pies because I love chicken pot pies. Eat what YOU like, provided it strengthens you for your temporal work. I have the same attitude towards devotions and sacramentals.

      I worry about the abuse of some who collect them like power-ups in a video game, as if the more of them they pile on the more they force God’s hand. It is a spiritual gluttony that is not pleasing to the Lord. I knew one man who wore 64 pious necklaces. (Good thing he avoided thunderstorms, or he might have seen direct evidence of God’s displeasure). God is not a genie Who we can force to our will with the right formula and the right totems. Rather, a few simple devotions and sacramentals should turn us toward Him.

      That said, I did avoid some places during my pilgrimage as I went, following promptings on my way. I also have said special prayers of blessing over certain places and people. But when I do that I almost always do it when I am alone or when I am reasonably sure no one is looking. God sees all – and He is the only one you need to see such things. I have a terror (perhaps irrational) of being one of those doing showy public things trying to impress others with how holy I am. Lord knows, I have enough vanity that I don’t need to indulge any I can reasonably avoid. And any time we taint a good, pious work with vanity, we squander much of the grace that it would otherwise draw. Salt that has lost its savor. I don’t shrink from doing what is needful out of a false and obsequious modesty, but if it is not necessary to do it publicly, I don’t do it publicly.

      Always call on God. Use whatever you need to keep your focus on Him – and it will come naturally.

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      • D Shea says:

        Charlie & Friends,

        For the past dozen years I’ve been visiting many Christian Web sites and have watched many Christian TV programs … Catholic-n-Protestant. I do believe that the “Signs” seem to be Out-There and there appears to be a confluence of “What was Foretold” but … throughout the past 2,000 years there were other such times and “learned” people thought “Time Was Up”! Jesus’ Apostles and early disciples thought He’d be back in their life time. Many, if not most, met persecution and unpleasant bloody ends. The Father did not send Legions of Warrior Angels to save them in this life just as He did not send them to save Jesus from His Mission on Calvary! I’m guessing He won’t send them to save my sorry butt … or yours either! So I don’t worry or really care what some “learned” person says in Rome, Jerusalem or any Diocesan HQ or Christian On-Air and/or what utterance has been translated-n-distorted by the God-n-Christian/Jew despising “Media” … that same “Media” that doesn’t have the “guts” to attack Islam .. Ya Know! .. The Religion of Peace that ain’t!!? Nor do I get upset about which Marian Apparitions is “Blessed” or Not or if I have the right mix of sacramentals spread around my home … I have a bunch ;-). I’ll say again!
        When all else fails … What counts is The Apostles Creed, The Cross and Jesus I Trust in You … and fellow believers to “gather” with for what may or may not come. Each of us must “Pray for Discernment” and try to figure out Who/What is the “Real Deal”. I think & believe that St Faustina, MOG, Charlie J. and Mark M. fall in that category … I also believe that Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, Rick Joyner are in that Real Deal Category too …. I know much of this is USA “Stuff” but we all have the “Internet”.
        So …. Press On in Faith, Hope-n-Charity.
        As many of us pause tomorrow, November 11 – Veteran’s or Remembrance Day, to pray for those that serve/served, I’ll paraphrase what, The Grunt Padre, Fr Vincent Capadonno, said to a wounded Marine moments before his death:
        “Stay calm friends .. God is with us all today”!
        http://www.milarch.org/site/c.dwJXKgOUJiIaG/b.6597059/k.D667/Fr_Capodanno_Biography_Archdiocese_for_Military_Services.htm

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        • Mick says:

          D, I love Fr. Cappodanno and have had a devotion to him for many years. Thanks for the link. BTW, in which branch of the service did you serve? Me, I’m “Navy-by-marriage” (my husband’s grandfather was career Navy). Although partial to the Navy, I love and am grateful to all those who serve and have served. May God bless and Mary keep them (you) all, and their families.

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          • D Shea says:

            Hi Mick,
            I’m Air Force but I came from a Navy/Marine, mostly aviators, Family and I took a bunch of C*** ’cause I was the only guy in the Family with Silver Wings. I have what many people would describe as a very large Nativity Set and have made up some sets for Family. One friend said: “This isn’t a Nativity Set, It’s the city of Jerusalem! … anyway … all my Angels wear Silver Wings 😉
            God Bless You and All My Comrades in Arms this Veteran’s Day!

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          • charliej373 says:

            God bless you, Crewdog. Both my father and my son were Air Force.

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  26. Siobhan says:

    “Apologies to my European readers, but your nations have castrated themselves”. I find this statement interesting because there are many Catholic saints and mystics who speak of a “Great Monarch” who will rise out of France and rally the European people to drive out the Islamic invaders. What is your opinion of this? Also, what will be Mexico’s role. I know you said that after the storm, the people will bring the Catholic faith back to Europe, but right now I consider Mexico an enemy and a collaborator with the Obama regime in bring ruin to our country – illegals, drugs, gangs, diseases, etc.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I don’t doubt that much, Siobhan. But as I have written, the Islamic threat, while very showy, will collapse far more quickly and easily than anyone imagines once we take it seriously. China is the antichrist’s true agent in these times. One might have a European leader who rises greatly, but even if so, Europe has denuded itself of armaments, serious military leadership and national will. If one rises who is serious it will be as obviously miraculous as St. Joan of Arc. As far as Mexico being an enemy of Europe on the things you mention, probably, but you are kidding yourself if you don’t think European legislatures have led the way opening things up for drugs, gangs, illegals and such. That whole matter is like arguing about who killed Christ. The answer is that I did – and so did you. What nation does not have blood on its hands?

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  27. Bob says:

    Not a pleasant subject. several of my friends are buying guns due to the Ferguson MO fears. I have several guns and some ammo but now I would need to ask an intruder to sit down while I brought both gun and ammo together. When I was younger the thought of self defense seemed brave but now the thought of using a gun is painful and at this point I am asking my angel to protect us as our first line of defense although I live a few miles away from the area of greater risk. But still if prayer is not enough I think a gun could be necessary for some as a short term backup but I fear using it would bring the hornets in quickly so it is best to avoid if at all possible. My dad told a war story of him sleeping in a barn which was invaded by Germans and he had his hand on his pistol but knew if he had to use it he would almost certainly die but he would have been doing his duty. Also as demons are certainly involved in stirring up the hatred, anger and rage prayers to Mary and St Joseph and St Michael to bind the power of evil are a large part of my warfare here too. Comments, Charlie.

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    • charliej373 says:

      My take, Bob, is that prayer is always enough…but is usually the beginning and not the end. When Mary went to help her cousin Elizabeth it is not because she doubted that prayer was sufficient, but because she knew that usually we ARE the instruments through which God accomplishes His will. My position is that if you initiate violence, you will be held to account, but that if you do not use sufficient force to defend those in your care, you will be held to account for that, too. Once again, it comes down to the next, right step – and often you will have to decide in the moment.

      But I tell you this, Bob, it pleases God that you are contemplating it seriously and maturely – and not in some silly formulaic manner. You are imitating Our Lady, who after the prophecies of Anna and Simeon at the Presentation, pondered these things in her heart…for many years. That you contemplate it seriously makes it all the more likely that you will rise to the occasion when it matters. You are acknowledging God. Thank you.

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      • Connie says:

        i think some of what you have been saying Charlie, reminds me of some of the old TV shows I use to watch as a kid growing up in the sixties and early seventies, The Rifleman comes to mind. It is hard for me to describe but intuitively I would maybe know what to do in some situations where violence may beget violence and things could get out of control quickly without a cool head and a compassionate heart but yet sometimes what another does, sometimes is just out of your hands. Those old shows used to depict scenes like that – where morality mattered and people did the honorable thing. A quiet thoughtful man could still be a hero and still had to make hard decisions sometimes that were very bitter tasting in the mouth. But that kind of honor or morality is rarely depicted in the media these days so our imagination cannot bring up these moral insights- it is not being taught to the general public conscience. So many people are confused. A man is made out to look violent and steroid pumped as a hero by killing first and asking questions last OR a man is made to look like a wimp and think in political correctness cowering behind his super cool teenager or super “hot” wife who make all the “real” decisions. So if a man grows up in this climate, how is he going to know how to truly protect his family and make good decisions and how does his wife know how to support him in the decisions he ultimately has to make and be responsible for. Unfortunately, I think there are many confused people who do not know how to make incredibly critical life-changing deciscions. I know that a humble man who acknowledges God is the right kind of man to make those critical decisions. Like Bob and probably most if not all, the men who read this blog. But I think that there is quite a few very well meaning but confused people who may be in our midst at the time when a quiet humble man may not be listened to or respected without the Holy Spirit being invoked to help a tense situation. Anyway, I guess I let MY imagination (or maybe fear) get the best of me wondering about these kinds of situations. I do love all these questions and scenarios though, and all of Charlie’s thoughtful answers because it helps me to remember that this is coming and it is real and where is my heart truly at in all of this. I am truly grateful for Charlie and everyone sharing. So grateful. Thanks.

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  28. Jessica says:

    In light of the mortgage question, I was wondering if any of you who are more seasoned readers could give me a bit of perspective. For most of my life (I’m 28), I’ve felt that our world was just not sustainable, but thought I was a bit crazy. Recently, a friend of mine sent me to this blog – which has been so refreshing – and God really had the scales drop from my eyes. Well, now that we seem to be on the brink of disaster, I’m a little jumpy. In terms of preparing to care for a family, could anyone give some suggestions about how to keep calm and prepare rationally? I know I can’t have a compound to keep me safe, but we do have a little extra cash and would like to obtain some items that could benefit our family and neighborhood. Really, advice to keep perspective in the practical realm of things would be much appreciated.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Jessica, I know there are so many articles here now that it is like reading a novel to get through them (and rapidly rising to Tolstoyan proportions!) but you can use the “Search” feature at the upper right hand side of the page to narrow it down. Enter ‘preparation’ and it will pull up articles that specifically relate to that. If you want to narrow it further you can enter either ‘physical’ or ‘spiritual’ preparation. Also, our readers will, I am sure, have some shrewd advice for you. Further, I recommend you visit the website, “The Peppy Prepper,” linked at right for some practical physical tips. Not all in it is for everyone, but there are a multitude of things in there that can be useful.

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      • D Shea says:

        Speaking of Mammon .. Signs … Writing on the wall! I was just reading Free Republic articles and the first one up was: “Radio Shack open at 8AM on Thanksgiving Day”. This is just one of several articles I seen lately of businesses trying to outdo each other on getting that 1st 2014 Christmas $. Just another sad “Sign”! The USA has lost our sense of Godliness and Faith/Traditions of our Founders ….. and what’s really important ;-( I also fear that this, after 13 years of God’s Protection, will be the year that Islamic Terrorists and/or Occupy Anarchists wreck my Christmas … and yours! I simply don’t believe that the DOJ/DHS/DOD are “That Competent” nor do I believe the forces of Evil are “That Incompetent” and for 13+ years we have been relatively safe due to “That”. I sure Hope-n-Pray that what used to be Black Friday in deference to those who wished to give Thanks to God on Thursday will become a really, Really Black Thursday ;-(
        GOD SAVE THE REPUBLIC!

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    • SteveBC says:

      Jessica, after thinking about this issue a long time and going down some useless pathways, I’ve tentatively narrowed things down to two separate areas.

      First, Charlie has indicated that at some point there will be a period where people will panic. It appears that that period will last a few weeks. I suggest you have enough general supplies to last through that period, so that you don’t have to panic and go fight in the aisles of your local stores. Have enough to be able to stay home for those few weeks. This may include figuring out how to protect your family, not just figuring out and buying food and other “stuff.”

      Second, after that period you will need to trade with your neighbors for stuff they have or stuff they do that you will need. For that, you need to be able to produce a service or a product that others will want in difficult times. This means that you will want to have supplies and tools to do the things that you are particularly good at and enthusiastic about doing. Remember that conditions will be primitive and straitened for everyone then, electricity usually won’t be available, and clean water could be hard to come by. Try to figure out what you can do and will want to do in such circumstances and make sure you have what you need to do that thing. Then you will be able to trade for what you will need during the several months when times will be really tough. Serve your neighbors’ needs, and they will in turn serve yours. Together, you and your neighbors will have a much better chance of surviving and even thriving during that time.

      I hope this helps, Jessica. 🙂

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  29. Bob says:

    The thinking of what am I good at that I can do when the old jobs are no longer an option is a good process to work through and to prepare for. As most of our neighbors probably wont believe when we tell them of a storm coming and if we have some preparations that would help. what if I Have extra water purification supplies for example? that could be of benefit both to myself and others when needed

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    • SteveBC says:

      I’ll assume that you are addressing my post on the two areas of preparation, Bob.

      Actually, you’re addressing a subset of my first point, which is to have some extra “stuff” to be generous with, but it’s very hard to gauge that level of preparation. If someone comes to you on the first day of panic and asks to borrow a can of tunafish for the kids, you might be generous. If after 3 weeks of panic, you’re down to your last can, and the panic doesn’t appear to be abating, and someone comes to your door to ask for a can for his kids, you might react differently. So on this score, I’d say provide for yourself and a little extra, so you can be occasionally or easily generous through the panic phase.

      After that, though, it’s all about trading as we all relearn to be interdependent. You can have some extra stuff to trade, such as purification tablets. However, what I was recommending are things that help you be productive, to provide a service or product you create to others who want it. What are you good at? What do you love to do? Are you handy at minor construction? Then have hammers and nails and other construction tools and supplies. Are you handy at tailoring clothes? Have tools and supplies for that. My second area is about *you* and your skills and interests, not putting aside some extra “stuff”. You need first to consider who you are and what you love to do and are good at doing. Then get the tools and equipment that you will need to do what you love and are good at it.

      If you currently earn your money in a clean room at an Intel factory, checking chips, you’ll probably be out of a job for many months when the panic hits and passes. What do you love to make or do for others in your spare time? What are your hobbies? Look at all you know and all you have done in the past, and make sure you can do something creative and productive after the panic passes, so you can continue to earn your way in the world.

      We’re all going to have to do things with our minds, our hands, and our hearts. Things that serve others, that provide for their needs. That’s not a stack of “stuff”. It’s skills and tooling and supplies and interest and experience.

      I hope that makes my comment above a little clearer, Bob.

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      • Connie says:

        I have thought about this a little bit. It has made me a bit nervous because I don’t see myself as having all that much to offer. But the Lord has been reminding me not to compare myself with others and come up feeling lacking. I used to to be a nurse even though I have physical disabilities now, I still probably have a lot more knowledge than I give myself credit for, and still have some skills such as starting IV’s or dressing wounds. I have a patient nature and enjoy older folks and kids, so I can sit with those groups while others are more active. And even though I can’t work a garden any more or stand up cooking for a while, I can give some pointers to someone with more energy and agility who is willing to learn. So as I start thinking like this, I start feeling a little better and think that God is good and He will put my husband and I where we might thrive and that would be awesome! That would give me joy and hope for myself and to share with others.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Next right step, Connie. One of the reasons the Lord had such a grin the three times He told me He has a plan is because He is delighted how many people He is going to be able to show just how much they have to offer.

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        • SteveBC says:

          What a great comment, Charlie. I see many people who don’t really know who they are deep down and what they can do. It’s a lovely thing when someone figures this kind of thing out. It remains an issue for myself.

          Connie, my belief is that healthcare advice and assistance will be near-priceless in the Storm. The major thing you might focus on is simply helping people stay clean and keep any (physical) wounds they suffer clean. I suggest you lay in some supplies to help you help others stay clean this way and that you get ready to teach people how to do this for themselves. If you also are an example of calmness and can settle people down just by being who you are, especially when they are hurt, you will always have enough to get by yourself. Others will make sure of it.

          Mark Mallett has said to stockpile enough for God to multiply. This is a good example of that. Get stuff you can use to enhance your ability to contribute to the well-being of others, then add your care and love and calmness on top of that service.

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          • Connie says:

            Thanks for the advice, Steve. It really helped settle me down some more. I have been stocking up on some things but I will probably have to whittle down a bit to put most important things in an extra bug-out bag.

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  30. Connie says:

    That makes me grin to think of our Lord grinning, In fact, it makes me downright happy! Thank You, Lord!

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  31. MM Bev says:

    This is the most helpful. Some things I have thought of, but neither of my sons believe anything is going to happen. If electricity is gone, so is the sewage system, water, lights etc. I have purchased a katadyn water filter, and water pills. Thanks for the idea of getting extra, because I only purchased about six pkgs to share. Your suggestions are so welcome, Steve, and I would love more information. I have no Catholic friends who believes that the “Storm” is immanent, and only two that even see something coming a long way down the road. A friend of one son from childhood is on the same page, and traveled down to the US to attend a conference called “Armageddon” and their family should return soon. We plan to swap information. He has offered, bless him, to help me plan. I need a list of hand tools and other items for gardening etc. They live miles too far for me to walk, but he is very skilled with his hands. I haven’t seen them for years, and God just popped them into my life at the supermarket a couple of months ago. Our city is spread into three “arms” stretch along two rivers. Our city is the joining point and makes a bend to travel down to Vancouver almost 400 miles away, but we are still the “hub” connecting the highways to further up into the interior of the province. So I have installed an insert as I have a fireplace (it was something to see the guy’s face that I had remove the gas fireplace. He was aghast with disbelief at what I was doing) and I have about three and half cords and plan on getting two more of birch. I can’t swing an ax with my balance and eyes, but I can split slender pieces of fir using an ax placed on the wood and a hammer. I need to learn how to sharpen things. I’m back to lifting weights etc, want to get non-GMO seeds as soon as possible. Next month we will be into dead winter until at least March or April. I intend to find a Canadian Company and order a treadle sewing machine, extra belts etc and get fabrics etc and simple but essential patterns. Since no one will immediately have a currency, I wonder how people will pay for items and those on pensions won’t have them once the collapse happens.

    I would be VERY appreciative of any suggestions or ideas that would be helpful for myself, whoever comes to my home and items to have extra for neighbours. I have a crawl space instead of basement (and I do mean CRAWL space), but think it might be handy with a root “cellar” area down there and for spare canned goods (got a list off a prepper site). I want to get even garden tool needs as early as possible since there is no guarantee that the Storm won’t erupt more fully before spring.

    Anything from anyone, male and female, would be most welcome.

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    • Kati says:

      One more thing, Bev:

      http://www.amazon.com/Root-Cellaring-Natural-Storage-Vegetables/dp/0882667033/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1415716785&sr=8-1&keywords=Root+Cellaring%3A+Natural+Cold+Storage+of+Fruits+%26+Vegetables

      Our garage is under the house and we have stored LOTS of butternut, acorn, spaghetti squash and garlic there. We did this for the first time last year and it works very well.

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    • Mona says:

      MMBev. I have purchased a lot of sugar, salt, pepper and other spices to make simple food taste of something. It is easy to store and it do not take much place. I suppose other people soon will miss something like that in the storm. Buy som small and langer zippbags to give/exchange these things in. I have a lot of lighters for the same use. In second hand shops I have bought some old pots and pans that can be used to coock over fire or coal. I want to buy a hand grain mill. Dryed yeast and sourdough would be helpful while baking bread.
      I will buy old fashion dipers in cotton to use for babies and for bleeding women. Here some washclothes may be enough. A lot of them. Vinegar for washing these clothes, for cleaning and storing food. Soap for dishwash, personal hygiene. I have baught at lot of these items for exchance.

      I would like som help in how to cook without elecyricity. I speculate a lot about that. I have firewood for about 3 years use in our woodburner.

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    • Fran says:

      MMBev, I can tell you some of the things I have gotten over the years just for any power outage/emergency, but always with a more significant event in mind…a Berkey water filter, wind-up lights and am/fm weather radio, a portable butane stove, indoor kerosene heater. I have just tried to think in terms of basics like water, food, light, heat, and at least two sources for each thing. I think that’s a good place for anyone to start, and then build on if you can. For example, I have stored some bottled water, but also have the water filter. I have kerosene heater, but also a woodburning fireplace. Have some candles and matches, and a couple of windup lights. Have some extra food stored also, canned stuff, dried beans, rice etc. but don’t have a huge amount. I just get things as I can, so I have something, and then will wait on the Lord. I don’t know if any of this will be used by us, but having something makes me feel like I am being prudent….who knows though ? I have some other ideas, but I don’t want to bombard you. I have always preferred manual type kitchen tools, so I have those, and I’m the same with other tools and things. Here is something I recently came across that may be really useful though for a cooking, and heat source outside. It’s a four block rocket stove: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmDYUrVHPWc

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    • SteveBC says:

      MMBev, it appears there are many people here to help you! 🙂

      I would like to expand on something I’ve written before. Mark Mallett has said that you should have “enough to multiply.” He is alluding to the parable of the loaves and the fishes, where Jesus took some small number of things of “stuff” nature and multiplied those things so everyone had enough. And it is true that we cannot hope to be fully prepared for something such as the Storm that Charlie says is coming. Miraculous multiplication of “stuff” would be great!

      In considering Mallett’s words and thinking it through myself a bit more, I have really come to believe that our participation in multiplying the stuff is an important aspect or part of this idea.

      If each of us reaches inside and determines what we each can do for others, then we can use our efforts and our creativity to take stuff and make it more useful or more common or whatever. We are in effect partners with God and other people in the process of providing for others. We are helping God multiply stuff, not just sitting around hoping that the next time we look in our basket, there will spontaneously be more stuff in it.

      MMBev, you sound as if you are really doing well on this. The only thing I would add for other readers is to consider not just gathering stuff for stuff’s sake but also look into your skills, experience, background, knowledge, whatever you care to examine, and figure out what stuff you might need to use those skills, etc., to help yourself and others through the Storm. Primitive conditions will be the norm. “Stuff” like a treadle sewing machine is exactly the kind of thing I’m talking about, at least for someone interested in and already skilled with such equipment, but don’t forget spare parts and the tools to maintain it for a couple years.

      At the deepest level, it doesn’t seem to me that preparing for the Storm is about stuff. Just as Charlie has said, it’s about trust, about doing your part as best you can, and staying optimistic and even enthusiastic. So stuff that underpins your capacity to help others, to be creative and productive in tough times, would seem particularly useful to seek out now. And when you see yourself as contributing, as having value in your neighborhood, it’s a lot easier to stay hopeful and optimistic.

      My 90-year-old mother has become an inspiration to others here in our village because she gets out on the golf course and plays regularly. Recently, she wondered what she could possibly contribute herself to our neighborhood in the midst of the Storm. She thought she’d be pretty useless.

      After staring at her in disbelief, I laughed and told her one of the best things she could do was simply get out there and play golf. Or get out in the yard and do a little gardening, work with others on their gardens. Her skill is “doing,” and she does it with perseverance and enthusiasm. Simply be existing and being active and positive, she will inspire others to get out of bed every morning and take that next right step. She may save *lives* because of this.

      In her case, all she needs is some golf clubs, golf balls, and a few pieces of gardening equipment, and she is helping inspire people. It sounds a bit silly in the midst of a Storm, but that will be incredibly valuable here. And for the first time in her golfing career, she may not have to pay any greens fees. It just can’t get much better than that! 🙂

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  32. Kati says:

    MM Bev,

    We certainly do think alike on a number of things. Someday, I hope to meet you in person.
    Heaven would be a great place to do that! 😉 Anyway, I have also been thinking lately of how sensible it would be to have a treadle machine. Look at what I found on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Janome-Treadle-Powered-Machine-712T/dp/B001HK9KT4

    The customer reviews on this machine is very good…though the machine is a bit pricey.
    I might sell the machine I have to pay for the treadle.

    You already have the water filter. My husband is praying about this. From the preppers I know, the Berkey filter is recommended as very good and I have been shown how, using the Berky filters, you can make one for much less than the cost; Here is the Berky filter: http://www.amazon.com/Berkey-BK4X2-BB-Filtration-Filters-Fluoride/dp/B00BWIX1EQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1415713916&sr=8-1&keywords=berkey+water+filter

    Here are the instructions for making one:
    Home Made Berkey Water Filter:
    http://www.alpharubicon.com/kids/homemadeberkeydaire.htm

    Read about Berkey filters here:
    http://www.berkeyfilters.com/berkey-water-filters/black-berkey.html
    Root Cellar in a Crawl Space:
    http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/harvest/msg0318004023612.html

    I hope this helps you in some way, Bev….and maybe helps others as well.

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    • MM Bev says:

      I am so overwhelmed by the responses and help from all of you that I know when I am done this I will have to stop and just plain cry. I have felt so totally alone, and finding Charlie’s Blog was a real Godsend for me. But that people would go to the kind of trouble listing and adding pictures, sites, all the information I could need, is beyond anything I could have expected. You truly are family. I felt that way before, but this has made it so much more real and true. My own family (kids) only see my perspective as crazy, and refuse any help at all. Then suddenly I have a family given to me by God, with so may caring enough to take time out to send me such an overwhelming amount of assistance.
      I love the idea of “two” sources, and will do the same. Last night I tried to find a Canadian company that sold treadle machines. No luck, just very old ones with no way of getting spare parts. My son does use Amazon and I will try there. I have a coil book and I intend to write down every single piece of advice here. Not only that, but there are SO many people that like those before the flood-not aware AT ALL. Not that they are bad people, just that God is not on their radar, but they are loving and helpful people like my elderly neighbours. She has lupus, and he’s diabetic, and help with raking leaves etc. Your information lets me be able to provide for others as I have so longed to do. The information regarding home made water filters is especially valuable. I can’t purchase enough water pills for everyone, and this is truly a gift from God. We are a block from the river, but that water won’t be drinkable without some kind of treatment.
      If you have a fireplace insert to burn wood, you can have a piece of metal cut by a welder at a shop, that will fit between the top of the insert and the masonry of the chimney. (Make sure you purchase a chimney brush so that you can clean once or twice a year.) If it extends about nine inches in front you then have a cooking surface. I have spent a bit of time thinking about what to cook. Stew, heavy soups take only one large pot, and can contain all the ingredients needed for a wholesome diet. If you have some different kinds of soup, you can use it as a base and add other ingredients plus water. I have “tricked” my son for years making turkey soup from the carcass. I boil it to death, and strain. Add what ever veggies the family likes and some broad noodles and left over meat (usually the dark meat with my crew). Then I add a whole package of red lentils and let the stuff simmer until the lentils have dissolved and they never even know they are there. Same with stew. I cut the rutabaga the size of the onion (diced) and the veggie “refuser” has never figured out he’s eating it.
      I will have a root cellar in the crawl space while there is still electricity so I can see to dig.and create a good space. I intend to store the extra food down there too in case of looters. They can open the trap door, and it looks like no human would ever get down in there, as it’s not deep and it’s just dirt.
      Two hours ago, I felt just awful. It was dark and I couldn’t see, and was stumbling around outside trying to cover the small amount of birch still on my driveway in case of rain or snow. I was freezing and my hands hurt they were so cold even in gloves. I still have two cords to stack, although the wood is where the stacks will be. Tomorrow another cord of birch will arrive on my driveway, to be wheelbarrowed around to the back yard. I want at least five cords because this street of houses has fireplaces, but no one has wood. Some have gas inserts, but I would think the gas will be all turned off, so that hopefully they can be removed. I should be able to provide wood for warmth to others this way. Thought a lot about extending the wood if necessary. An extra spring extender bath curtain rod will extend across the opening between dining room and living room and a curtain rod will do the other open area into the hall. Clothes pins and just fabric, even unfinished would enclose a living room to provide heat to a family and a few, leaking enough heat to the other rooms. Since there won’t be water, no one will have to worry about frozen pipes. Am looking for something to do as chamber pots, and I appreciate the idea of cloth diapers and wash cloth for sanitary reasons. I’ve solved the “washing” idea. Buy plungers. I plan to get about ten toilet plungers, to hand around, because they are great for washing and rinsing. It’s the wringing I haven’t figured out yet. (And that is essential. I washed my first sons diapers by hand as we had no washer and I got to a launderette only once a week.) My hands had bleeding blisters very quickly from wringing. I still have the glass washing board, insane. If I or anyone else comes up with an idea for wring out clothes, add a comment. For sweaters and things that can be hand rung to drip dry, I have put another bath curtain rod down the center over the bath tub. I use large bath towels, place on the floor, put the sweater spread out, fold arms in and then roll the towel up from top to bottom. It’s now about 6 to 8 inches wide in a roll. Then stomp all over it and number of times. Unroll, and there’s an almost dry sweater, and a damp towel to hang in the bathroom over the tub.
      I also got rid of my beds. I bought 29 inch cots from JYSK and kept the twin mattresses, which will fit on top. Very comfy. Eight of the long containers from Walmart fit under and make a firm base. (Not the ones with wheels, as they won’t double up under, cost more and less fit under.) This gives lots of storage room for barter items, extra fabric and notions, extra food, you name it. Charlie, I think you once mentioned card games and board games etc which really will be necessary as diversion if nothing else. I need to get some children’s books too.
      I hope some of my ideas have been helpful, because the ones you, my dear, dear family, have given me is so much more than I ever expected. It’s one of those gifts from God that lead to eternal gratitude acknowledged every day–such an unexpected and utterly overwhelming gift. Thank you all so very, very much.
      I know this isn’t the purpose of your blog Charlie, but I will have a grateful heart every day until I die….and longer. All these people cared enough about me to give me tons and tons of information. And now I really do have to cry. I used to think that was so stupid. Now I am grateful that God has broken my hard shell, and that I can, because it makes me a real person. That’s what women do when they no longer have words–in both sorrow, or joy–and in joy is what mine are.

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      • audiemarie2014 says:

        God bless you, Bev. Hugs to you also.

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      • Fran says:

        I am grateful for you, my friend! I wish we were neighbors! Here are some more things that I thought of: Like you, I am also keeping in mind my family, friends, and neighbors, especially the ones with children, and I have extra supplies for my grandchildren if they are here, and for other babies and small children, like some powdered whole milk that actually tastes pretty good; its called Nestle Nido. I got it at Walmart in the Hispanic food section here in the States. I have some diapers and baby wipes also,(wipes are good for keeping your hands clean and wiping down other things too) but I was thinking about cloth ones also since they can be used in many ways. I have a few of those big plastic buckets you can get at hardware stores and a round toilet seat or two with some kitty litter for a makeshift toilet. I think there are other ideas for that though that I will look into. Soap, baby wash, toothpaste,toothbrushes…I have extra of these things too. I am glad you mentioned washing clothes because that is something I haven’t put much thought into besides having some soap, and a drying rack, and rubber gloves. Oh, and bleach. If you can boil water to purify it that is best, but also if you add 8 drops of bleach to a gallon of water that will disinfect it and kill most bacteria. So, doing both would be good protection.Doing one or both and then using a water purifier would be the best protection though! I like having alternatives for doing different things. Paper products. Duct tape.. It is very useful.I have fixed many things, and even created things with it! Another thing I have is some heirloom seeds, and a book or two about herbal remedies. I have a very good first aid kit that I put together, with some over the counter meds too. I am thinking about different ways to cook also, and have an iron skillet, and dutch oven, and also a stovetop coffee pot. I know it may sound stupid, but if I can have a cup of coffee I feel like i can endure so…much…more.
        Ok…I am reading over this, MMBev, and I know it sounds like a lot,especially after what I wrote earlier, but I really don’t have that much of any of this stuff…I kind of can’t help it though… I’ve always felt like I need to take care of people. Still maybe my family teasing me for years about “prepping for the apocalypse” is justified. 😉 *sigh*

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        • ann says:

          Fran, I just love your info here and esp. comment about the coffee pot. In 1998 we had a severe ice storm that shut down power for days and I remember that first moment when I awoke at four and heard the trees crashing out back, sounded just like cannon fire, and I realized this was no ordinary outage. Back then we had an old cast iron cook stove and I stoked it up and pulled out my mother’s old stove top drip pot and was able to make coffee. I remember saying to myself, “if I can make coffee I’ll get through this.”
          It was actually a mini rehearsal for what we’re all pondering now. We were thrust back to the pre electric age…no toilets, no water…we melted snow on the wood stove. Fortunately two months before I had a very strong nudge from my Guardian Angel when I was food shopping, and I bought all sorts of things I would never buy…it was such a pressure to do it…consequently I had bottled water and lots and lots of canned goods. God is good. He gave me the grace to prepare and I didn’t even know what I was preparing for…we’ve always burned wood, we live in t he country so we have to have alternate heat since heavy snow etc often kills the power…but that was quite an experience of faith in action and God’s care for us.l
          Bob, like you, I am pondering the use of a gun…having one and having ammo for it. I hate the idea of having to use it on someone…but I would do all I could to defend my little ones if I had to…grandchildren) I so appreciate this forum, Charlie and all who comment here. God bless all.

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          • Fran says:

            Ann, you must live in the same general area that I do, because I know the ice storm that you speak of! We all really did have to make do with what we had with no power, water etc, and you couldn’t get out, and it was so cold! And I used that coffee pot on my portable stove…so grateful for it too! That ice storm was one of the reasons that I have prepared some of the things that I have, and have been doing it for years. We had major flooding here several years ago too, and people I know were stranded for days. Tornadoes have devastated neighborhoods very near me, and people have had to rely on help from others because they lost everything. Also, after 9/11, I remember people cleared the shelves of grocery stores quickly, and there was no cell phone service, so all of these things have made me more conscious of physical preparations. Also, I saw on Mark Mallet’s website, a while back, a video that he said that the Lord told him to tell the people to make some physical preparations ( if they can and feel led to), “enough to multiply” he said. That’ s just what I feel led to do and have for a long time, maybe because I will be asked to help others. Charlie wants people to know that it is most important that we just trust God, and I don’t want to deemphasize his message with anymore chatter about specific preparations because that is the most important thing. But also while I have prayed about someplace to tell my family to meet when things happen like Charlie has said, I get nothing. I have no idea. Maybe I will at some point, but right now this is what I think I’m supposed to do. Whatever happens though, I am trusting Our Lady and Our Lord!

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      • Connie says:

        MM, I too was very lonely and isolated. I prayed to God for a friend who would have the same values that I have. I have my husband and he believes all of this, he just doesn’t really care to talk or even plan ahead much. He feels he will deal with it all when the time comes. I too am eternally grateful for all my new family here and to God for answering my prayers because I was at the end of my rope! Like the old saying goes, when you’re at the end of your rope, tie another knot and hang on. You mentioned you lived about a block from the river and as we do also, which brings up a question I lhave had and husband does not know the answer. Can someone give me an answer, it really has been bothering me esp. if kids and grandkids would come to our house for safety! If there is no electricity or manpower, what would be the scenario at a dam (we live downriver maybe a few miles). Also, mother was telling me that (she and one of my sisters go to a Baptist church) her pastor has been preparing the congregation spiritually (and I guess emotionally) and just last weekend told them along the lines of getting ready and even if they would not survive physically, to remember the eternal good, as Charlie has told us. You remind us Charlie, that there is the temporal but there is more importantly the eternal preparation also, as the good Sherpa you are:) I am very grateful to this pastor, also an elderly priest at Our Lady of LaSallette in Sulphur, La. has also been trying to prepare people in some of his homilies. My other sister, who goes there tells me he has cancer now, so I ask you, family, to please keep him in mind also- I don’t want to say his name other than Father K. I am so relieved and thankful for these brave men to be truly leading their flocks to safety but I am wondering Charlie, have the angels or our Lord ever told you if there are many others, in small pockets of the world, doing the same?

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        • Connie says:

          PS I want to give u a hug, too, MM. I love your enthusiasm!You remind me of a neighbor who has moved away – the neighborhood is just not the same without her. She had a habit of saying”hello friend” as a greeting, for some reason this endeared her to me. I guess because she just got down to the heart – so I say “hang in there, friend”, the neighborhood just wouldn’t be the same without you!:)

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        • charliej373 says:

          I call them “troops,” Connie – and there are far more than we know rising throughout the world.

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      • Mick says:

        MMBev, here’s an idea for wringing laundry (I found it on a mommy-blogger-type site that had a lot of women who used cloth diapers): You can buy a mop bucket that has a wringer that wrings the water out of the mop. You can put your clothes in the wringer, and the water will land in the bucket. Here’s a link with a picture of what I mean, because I’m sure my description isn’t very good: http://www.acehardware.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3307837. It’ll be nice and steady if you take the wheels off first.

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        • Bonnie C says:

          I have one of those mop buckets, but do you think that might have occurred to me? What a wonderful solution. Mona brought up something that I was always too timid to mention. I have been concerned for my granddaughters, more than anything else. I am “rich” – I have five. Oh, I know that the products we have now have not been around that long, but after having them, it can be quite the culture shock! Especially for our young ladies who will have so many other worries, let alone this. Of course, we already know we are in for a great change. Something like running into a wall. Thanks for the great tip.

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          • NancyA says:

            Bonnie, if I am reading you right… cloth pads have a “following”… you might want to look it up. Easily made with a bit of flannel. A small bucket of cold water with a lid is useful. They’re placed in the bucket to soak much like cloth dipes. Rinsed in cold water, then washed in hot. Easy peasy. Seriously. (Sorry, fellas)

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        • Mona says:

          A real good idea. Thank you Mick.
          Mona from Denmark

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        • Bonnie C says:

          Thank you, Nancy. This would be a nice sewing lesson/project for my girls. Funny, the littler ones are more interested. I have my paternal grandmother’s treadle sewing machine. I know how to use it. It has what I consider a “normal” bobbin. My grandmother bought that machine when my dad was a little boy, 1930, and it cost $100. Grandpa didn’t know she had it. She kept it hidden behind trunks and under blankets. He would have fussed about the money. She was a marvel. Her crochet needlework was an art form. She told me that she would not be piously praying at the Altar on her knees, as some might have thought, but counting stitches on the Altar cloths. She was Croatian. I think Goodwill stores have a website and you can find some machines on there – at least according to a woman I know who manages a store in PA. They can’t give them away in her area. The Amish are always looking for them in my neck of the woods.

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  33. Bonnie C says:

    Hello to All. I thought I would follow up on my post regarding Glenn Beck for anyone interested. Well, the announcement was not what I was thinking – in that he has returned to Holy Mother Church (but I know he is a holy man and that God loves him). Anyway, he has been very very ill. I don’t know if anyone remembers him losing his sight, then his vocal chords froze. He has several neurological issues plus autoimmune disorders. He is alive only through the grace of God and had he stayed in New York, would probably have died by now. Seizures, extreme debilitating pain, unable to use hands to the point of his wife having to tie his shoes, button his shirts. “Coincidentally” there is a leading edge clinic for traumatic brain injury just 3 minutes away from his studio. He did not have a traumatic brain injury, but their specialization has been able to help him very much. His left brain function was down to the 10th percentile when he began testing, and now back up to 90% – he couldn’t solve simple math, remember words, was having time lapse issues. All kinds of things just caving in upon him. He said the doctors in the room when they projected his results on the wall would not name him as the subject of the results, because with these results, he shouldn’t have been able to get out of bed. He was in late stage adrenal failure and I only have a small grasp on that, but his body, not being able to really sleep, or rest and was treating the adrenaline as an infection… There is much more, but suffice it to say that even though there were signs of his having health problems, he went to great lengths and pains to hide it. There is an article on TheBlaze with video. I am going to pray the Prayer of Miraculous Trust for him, and I know he has this gift (not that he doesn’t need our prayers) but he mentioned how despite what doctors were telling him, including telling him to quit, he and Tania were NOT getting that from God. He persevered, and followed God because God was not telling him to quit. So, there ya go.

    Also, as an aside on the preppy part, I bought a food dehydrator a few years back but my first attempt was a failure. For some reason about two months ago, I thought about looking for some instruction on YouTube. Wow. The dehydrator, combined with a food sealer bag system and oxygen packets (they remove the oxygen from the bags or canning jars – however you decide to seal them – and the food, if stored in a dry, cool, dark place and kept from pests will last up to 25 and even 30 years. The crazy thing is, that you can go to the store and purchase frozen vegetables, throw them on the dehydrator trays and stick them in the dehydrator. The frozen foods are already “processed”. Then, put them in jars or vacuum sealed bags and voila! – stick them in 5 gal buckets. You don’t have to worry about your freezer giving out (or the grid), they are lightweight, take up way less space than traditional canned goods, and the longevity is amazing. Just doing this has calmed my fears.

    God bless you ALL. I carry each and every one of you in my heart along with your personalities that just shine through your commentary. Don’t forget that we can have Spiritual Communion with Jesus 24/7/365. Amen.

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    • MM Bev says:

      Thank you for Glenn Beck news. I saw only seconds of it and thought I would try going to “The Blaze” site, hoping to learn more. My heart almost stopped when I read what you said about his returning to the Church. I knew he was a Mormon, but never knew he’d left being a Catholic.

      And am I excited about the dehydrator news! And frozen foods. I’m shaking. It means that a person can supply a lot of neighbours, too. May I semi-quote: “just knowing this has calmed my fears”. With all the above infor and this I can’t wait until December 4th! Oh man! Christmas during Advent! (No, no, no I did not say that! NO, I didn’t. no.)

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    • Mick says:

      Thanks a bunch, Bonnie.

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  34. NancyA says:

    ??? Dec 4? What am I missing unless you are meaning st nicholas?

    I am going to be very honest, open and exposed here: as I read of your extensive preparations, I find myself astounded, and then I realize that it shows me I’ve not truly taken this to heart as seriously imminent. While we don’t have the extra money to do better than feeding ourselves for the present, and I cannot really make purchases of preparation, I have thought about what I do have (cloth diapers, pins, even cloth ‘pads’ from a time when I used them exclusively) … but I guess I still think in terms of just in case, as opposed to ready, set, GO.

    I have much more spiritual righting of myself to do first. These readings are shining the light in my dark spaces.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I don’t want people to get all in a panic here. I have allowed people to talk and chatter on – but it will come at a moment you do not expect and you will not be prepared when it comes. I am in the same boat. Please, do not get into a frenzy as some seem on the verge of doing. That is not trusting in God. As so many speak here about the detailed preparations they are making and others worry that they are not doing enough, let me reiterate that I have NOT DONE A THING to prepare. It will come when we don’t expect it and we will not be prepared. The important thing is NOT the preparations you have made (other than giving yourself to Mary), but whether you are prepared to help others and trust God. I even see some worried about some big explosion before Christmas because I said last year that last year would be the last traditional Christmas we would celebrate for a few years. We may – even likely will – get something big before then. But if Christmas came tomorrow, it would be true. Throughout the nation, Christians are being persecuted for trying to live their faith. Christians in America are honestly having to contemplate going to prison in order not to violate their faith in this Brave New World we have created. Christians are losing their jobs and livelihoods if they don’t submit to the idol of homosexual marriage – here in America. In the Middle East, Christians are routinely being butchered simply for refusing to renounce their faith. It has begun…and is well advanced. I am sure that some will not believe it until the barbarians are at their door to cut their throats, but it has begun and it is not going to stop until we have passed through the fullness of the Storm.

      Please, please, I say go ahead and make prudent preparations and some of you are off to the races, figuring out how you can outsmart God – and others are worried that they have not thought this through carefully enough, so God is liable to outsmart them yet. I tell you, if you have given yourself to Mary and Jesus in complete humility and dependence, you are better prepared than the man who has stocked a years supply of food and ammunition who has not given himself so. I will make NO preparations other than spiritual – specifically so maybe some of you will be encouraged to rely on Him who saves. I do not object when conversation veers into some of these areas because I know people need it to work these things out in their hearts and their heads. But please, my friends, dial it back.

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      • Fran says:

        I am so sorry if I am one who has said things that are making people feel anxious about “preparations”. I am putting my trust in Jesus and Mary first, and have said that anything I have done is with other people in mind mainly, and I did most of it years ago, and it isn’t really that much. It is just the way that I think is prudent, having something, and then letting God take over… no way do I think I can outsmart God!! I will be quiet about it now though.

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        • charliej373 says:

          I really do appreciate the help and the helpful tips people give each other. I just got the feeling that people are getting a little carried away. I very much approve of reasonable preparation, even though I do none myself. Just trying to keep the horse before the cart here.

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          • Fran says:

            I understand, and thank you. This site doesn’t need to become a prepper’s site. That isn’t the purpose. I have been making reasonable preparations for emergencies for many years, long before I found this community, just because I thought it prudent and wise. I was just trying to help MMBev with some ideas because I believe, she( like me) is considering that the Lord will ask her to help or take in people as in a small refuge. If I am still here, and my Blessed Mother, who I have consecrated myself to, tells me to get up and go somewhere I will pack up immediately and leave, but if I am staying I will do my best to help my family and others endure the storm.

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      • NancyA says:

        Thanks, Charlie.. no, I think my own right next step is to keep trying to put food on today’s table, get my spiritual life a little more hardy and be ready to trust. We have many a time experienced God’s multiplication when I thought the dish would barely feed the family and then there was plenty left over. I can’t prepare ENOUGH so I will just keep to my own way. I’ve stocked up on foods before only to use it due to present need. Sometimes there is not the extra dollar for anything more than the staples we need today. I’m OK with that. I appreciate your “simmer down” calm, Charlie.

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      • audiemarie2014 says:

        I’m glad you said this Charlie. I agree with the women that we want to be prepared always, but what’s really been bothering me very recently is the spiritual attacks at my family (who are not Catholic, non-practicing Christians, new age or whatever). Some dark things have been happening and they have even attacked me for my faith. I think they are actually frightened, but not sure why? Instead of me remaining calm, I’ve gotten angry, but that seems to stop them and they themselves change their attitudes. I guess I have a bit of fear myself because they disagree with what’s happening and feel they will handle whatever comes about on their own. So, my biggest concern right now is praying for the conversion of their souls and all souls. I also have to keep my heart right, as it’s a struggle for me too. Everything is so up and down. Thank you.

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    • MM Bev says:

      Nancy, you will see that most of this stuff is cheap to buy. Each time you go to the grocery store by one extra salt, or one bag of barley (small) and before you know it, Voila. And everybody get GOOD safety pins, not those dollar store ones. Gotta use them as we have no stickcum. I love the Duct tape – I could go crazy with colors.Easy pea soup? A tin of Cambell’s, add carrots, canned ham, onion, potatoes, and other veggies and more water as required. Just keep it thick. I often use a soup as base and build on it. My personal downfall? Matches.

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  35. MM Bev says:

    Oh heck Charlie, we read that you weren’t going to prepare, so we plan to mail all this stuff to you. (hee, hee!) In answer to the DECEMBER 4 th, oh cheers, oh cheers, it is when I get my neck brace off my fractured neck. I see the neurosurgeon, x rays in tow, at one pm, and then see Teddy, the hairdresser to get a short bod at 3:30 pm. I’l be half white and half brown. Interessstinggggg.

    And remember, Charlie, we are women. Women do this. It means nothing. I think, add, another thinks, adds, then another….and on and on and on. Obviously you have never spent four or five hours sitting in women’s planning group. With men, it’s Yah, well, grumple, grumple, whack on the back, yah ok, let’s do it. That’s why we don’t share groups. We’d drive each other nuts. (We may anyhow.) WE LOVE TO DO THIS. It isn’t the Storm. It’s just us…about anything and everything We love this. In actual fact we women could use an entire blog just to do this. Only each entry would have a zillion comments as each one of us triggers the other with ideas. Which reminds me. Vinegar is a great antiseptic. When I had to scrupulously clean my sons mist tent, nebuliizer and hoses and bed every day, the system was use hot water, then vinegar and hot water, and the hot water and then drain. Since the doctors were fanatical about bacteria, they wouldn’t have used it unless it was good. jet a bunch of gallons, sorry Charlie. (My cat walks on the counters. Some people think they have trained their cat not to walk on counters. If the cats actually does not, it can’t jump up that high. Otherwise, it has trained you, and when you are not home, your cat walks on the counters. I use vinegar to clean everything, especially counters.)

    I am also the culprit regarding Advent. I have to confess that when advent began, so did Richard and I. For a mother Christmas is a whirlwind of activity and work.; Every single year beginning a week before Christmas Richard became very ill….and for a good three weeks. So since he missed every Christmas I made a very big deal of Advent with him. We didn’t let Gary know. But we started decorating the family room where he never went with Christmas lights. By the time he got sick, it was fairy land. And since a lot of time at night was spend doing postural drainage of his lungs, we did it out there where no one could hear us. Often he would be unable to breathe for about an hour before the next neds dose. Because he was on so much stuff, dose timing had to be exact or he could be overdosed. I would take him outside for that last hour. The fridge cold helped to open his airways until we could make it to the next dose. When I couldn’t carry him any more, I used his stroller, and tied the leg portion level, and the back at a 60 degree angle and pushed him (but not on our street, because it rattled a lot). We did have some interesting times, very interesting .And lots of Christmas lights! I guess people thought I was weird back then too, although not many were up at two and three in the morning. But I didn’t want him to miss Christmas. God gave him back his life that December 23/24th at seven months, and no Christmas was ever the same for me. Ever. And Jesus always gives me Christmas before Christmas, just the two of us.

    AND THANKS EVERYONE FOR THE TIPS. I CAN’T WAIT TO GET A TREADLE SEWING MACHINE AND EXTRA PARTS. The electric one can’t sew slowly enough for me anyway, with my eyes.

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    • marie says:

      MMBev you totally crack me up ☺ I haven’t done much prepping, but I love to read all your suggestions. Why don’t you start your own blog? You already have a big following here 😉

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  36. MM Bev says:

    And Charlie, you can bet that Saint Ann was helping Mary load up with stuff to take to Elizabeth before she left. They’re women. I bet Saint Joachim and Saint Joseph were rolling their eyes in exasperation. The two women, however, didn’t bother with them. They just continued their planning and an entire donkey was need to carry the stuff.

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    • Fran says:

      Hahahahaha! I almost choked on my coffee…

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    • I love reading your posts, MM Bev!

      We’re not trying to outsmart God. Nobody here is doing that.

      We’re just doing what’s put into our hearts to be prepared-as-possible for whatever comes. We’re answering the call to be the wise virgins filling our lamps with oil, so that whatever moment the Lord comes, in whatever way, He’ll find us manning (uhh — womaning) our posts, with our sleeves rolled up, ready to act on whatever He asks.

      If all goes up in smoke in an instant, then Lord have mercy. And if it doesn’t, Lord have mercy.

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    • Mona says:

      I have a proposal.
      What about making on the headline a post called Prepping like Prayer request? We are a lot of men and women who think practicly. When we can be practical, we can calm down and concentrate on what realy matter. The fear will be less and we can be of help for others. It is a good thing for us to exchange thoughts whith others. I have today learnd that the start of a god meal can start whith dryed soup f.x. Prepping sites do not have the possobility to exhange thaughts and ideas. It will also be good to gather all the information for us all and for new readers.
      Mona from Denmark

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    • SteveBC says:

      MM Bev, you are such a hoot! 😀

      If I have contributed to this over-doingness, I apologize.

      I think having a few weeks of supplies to handle a big storm like Hurricane Sandy is wise. You don’t want to be in a panic when Charlie’s kind of Storm hits you out of the blue, but that level of preparation just seems like a good idea anyway.

      Interdependence is a concept that has been much on my mind lately. After the panic we will need to be positive contributors to our then-much-smaller world. But buying tools to be productive for most people should not entail much. My mother needs golf clubs and some gardening tools. I probably need a photovoltaic battery charger or two. Beyond that I don’t see a lot to do.

      I believe it was the scientist J.B.S. Haldane who said something like, “Not only is the Universe stranger than you imagine, it is stranger than you *can* imagine.” When Charlie talks about the Storm, that’s what I think of. “Stranger than I *can* imagine.” How do you plan for that? Beyond the basics, you really can’t.

      Further, the more you plan, the less adaptable you may be, because you’ll keep trying to make reality fit your preps and your plans.

      How would you enter a carnival fun house, with a big pack of stuff on your back, or with alertness and flexibility?

      I think the following steps are worth considering. (1) Do what you need to do to avoid panicking with all the other people who will be at least as surprised as you when the Storm hits full force. (2) Think creatively about who you are and what you can do to contribute to your community in difficult and primitive times, then obtain what may be needed for you to be productive. (3) Cook up some popcorn – this will be immersive theater-in-the-round at its very best and most intense.

      After that, I must leave it to the women, as MM Bev has so clearly explained. 😀

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    • donna269 says:

      this is the truth….when I pack to go away, I pack twice the stuff than the men in my family (grown sons and hubs). When I have a family dinner, I buy twice as much food just in case someone drops in unexpectedly so we have enough food for all…My men think I am nuts.

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      • Fran says:

        I understand Donna.I am the same way. I often anticipate extra people when I am cooking, and many times have not been disappointed. I may not pack twice as much, as the men in my family, but I am the one who packs the things that someone else in the family needs later. Or i have it in my purse! Heck, sometimes even strangers have asked me if I happened to have a bandaid, tylenol, tissues, feminine pad, flashlight etc. and I usually do!

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  38. charliej373 says:

    Reblogged this on The Next Right Step and commented:

    Right after the last election, several people told me I was mistaken…because the American people had gone a more conservative route to set things right. I sadly told them that all the election would prove is how utterly impotent and pointless the political system had become. Nothing would change, though the people had spoken, because the system was already catastrophically broken – and all the election was designed to do was to bring how badly broken it is to light. I reprint this column now, as it was my gentle way then of telling you that things were continue to coarsen and get worse despite an electoral rebuke to the anti-Christian progressive movement. All is on schedule. The crash approaches. I now say the sooner the better, for the sooner it comes the sooner we can begin to rebuild in preparation for the real confrontations ahead of us.

    But be not afraid: the crash is not the end of Christian civilization. It will blow away the progressive nonsense like so much chaff on a windy day. It is the beginning of a Christian renewal throughout the world. Prepare the way.

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  39. mmbev says:

    I bet the weird preparations have not ceased since the first time you blogged this. (I know that the younger son has taken his “post” of defending to heart. He’s all in.) And for DEFENDING only. It has been God’s goodness to me that he never felt a “criminal” call.

    I spent today sorting, and bagging again; my pile for the thrift stores growing. Yes, that’s not a mistake. It is “stores”. I have to distribute to many. It’s amazing what an abundance one can buy when one determinedly puts in effort. Many shall receive.

    I love looking at columns and comments a year later, Charlie. I will be giving away enough clothes for Elizabeth, and all the female cousins my size. I’ve been pack ratting since the early l990’s. I know what you’re thinking, but he said he was going to leave me with nothing. I decided that it would be practical to purchase clothes ahead as a hedge against my future…and I did. It’s just that I didn’t stop.

    Thanks for reblogging.

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  40. Pam Nicholson says:

    Charlie, I love your commentary of what has been going on in the world from the point of view of an average American who happens to be a prophet for God. Keep ’em coming, my friend! pam, from NJ.

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  41. Linda says:

    I saw recently in a movie where two neighbors were wringing a sheet wrapped around a pole. They each held one end of the pole and turned it, squeezing the water out of the sheet.

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  42. Linda says:

    Okay, let’s try that again: the sheet is wound and draped in a u-shape and one person holds both ends. The other person takes a stick and puts it through the hole created by the u-shape and twists the sheet with the stick, tighter and tighter so that the water is squeezed out.

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