Musings – China Rising, Refuges and More

God's Plan

God’s Plan

Yesterday a woman wrote me in response to my column “Hitting the Links,” with heartfelt anguish about how devastating it would be to the wonderful Msgr. Essef if it turned out the Locutions to the World (LttW) wasn’t true. It got me to thinking that people have a bit of a garbled idea of what an imprimatur and what spiritual direction is and, for that matter, how truth is developed and discerned. In the first place, most of the content of LttW is true – and verifiably so. But if that means it must always be objectively correct, it has already failed, for its predictions on the election of Pope Francis were almost uniformly off-base.

An imprimatur does not mean that everything contained in a publication is true. It certainly does not mean it comes of supernatural origin. It merely means it is not contrary to faith and morals. It has a much more humble purpose than people want to impute to it. Good spiritual direction, while preventing error and protecting against obvious fraud, can only speak to the character of the one directed, not to the certainty of their musings. The best of priests does not have a sure means of knowing whether a locution is from God or not. That is something that can only be determined by the Church – and almost always only after those visitations are complete.

The greatest of saints are almost always fooled at times, at least for a time. A big part of their sanctity lies in that they never get vested in their own will for vanity’s sake, but hold fast to Christ and so can rarely be deceived for long. St. Padre Pio, of recent vintage, candidly spoke of the devil fooling him for a time. St. Joan of Arc was wrong in her predictions almost as often as she was right. Most of the Old Testament Prophets were off by at least a few years in most of their most immediate prophecies. We never get a pass from our need for discernment. Most of the most important insights in Church history have come through natural means. Inspired certainly, but not directly from locutions. Even when there are authentic visitations involved, God always works through the authentic personality of the person visited, so there is still a filter there.

Msgr. Essef testifies that the LttW are not contrary to faith and morals. On that, he has certainly been rigorously correct. He also attests, indirectly, to the character of the locutionist. We can’t know for sure, but given the honor and rigor of Msgr. Essef, we can be pretty confident of it. So whatever happens in the future, Msgr. Essef has already done his job thoroughly and well. If honor means he must determine infallibly whether it is of heavenly origin or not, you demand something beyond his – or any other individual’s – capacity. It is like judging a man’s worth by whether or not he can lift 20,000 pounds. No man can, so it is an irrational standard. If you demand irrational standards, you are ever doomed to disappointment.

I am working on a piece entitled, “In Thanksgiving for Heretics.” It is about the way our understanding of doctrine has actually developed over the years. It is messier than most people imagine, but all the more miraculous because despite all the mud and blood that has gone into it, while our understanding and application of doctrine has developed and been refined over the millennia, the Church has never contradicted itself on a matter of doctrine. And most of the most important insights have not come from locutions, but from homely saints working steadfastly to take the next right step in a very ordinary way.

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Canada is about to ink a deal with China to conduct much of its trade directly in Chinese currency instead of the dollar. This adds Canada to a growing trend throughout the world, shifting away from the dollar and toward the yuan as the dominant currency for international trade. So far it is largely limited to trade that directly involves China. But it does establish an alternative, easily switched to if there were a sudden large-scale loss of confidence in the dollar.

I know most Americans have no idea how devastating it would be to the U.S. economy if the dollar were dropped by the rest of the world as the default currency for international trade. A big part of the reason the U.S. can artificially manipulate interest rates is because the rest of the world has a powerful incentive to prop up the dollar, for their economies are dependent on its value as well. If suddenly it was not the default currency, it could overnight become near-worthless paper. Some chuckle that China has economic problems of its own. So it does – which does not seem to be stopping it from getting itself into place to supplant America as the world’s default economy – and for others, including Canada, to sign on. I know average folks don’t quite get the implications of that or that administration officials don’t, but I am surprised the financial markets are not screaming more. A general switch away from the dollar as default currency would be more devastating than the collapse of the stock market – though that would be a consequence of it.

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I have had a few people who have large tracts of land mention they would be willing to sell it off in 50-acre parcels for use as refuges. The idea kind of flummoxed me. But what the heck, there is a couple with property in New Hampshire wanting to sell. If anyone is interested, drop me an email and I will put you directly in contact with them. I will have nothing else to do with it. But if you want to be put in touch with sellers, I will do that much. After that, you’re on your own. (And for what it’s worth, I will receive no commission, or finder’s fee or any other sort of recompense.)

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While contemplating the subject of China, Victor Davis Hanson of the Hudson Institute wrote a powerful requiem for NATO the other day. Davis is perhaps the most prominent public intellectual historian in the country right now. I thought it particularly timely, and that it would serve as a nice addendum here to my column last week about the fall of mammon.

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I very much liked this piece about the controversy between Pope Francis and Cardinal Burke. Written by Fr. Dwight Longenecker, I don’t know that I agree with all of it, but it is a rational analysis rather than the overheated proselytizing I have mostly seen so far. It recognizes that Burke had stayed a year beyond the standard term at the Apostolic Signatura and recognizes that the Pope has elevated some notably orthodox traditional Cardinals. Whatever is going on, it does not fit an ideological purge. To turn a quote from “The Godfather” on its head, it may be personal, but it does not seem to be business.

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I rather like this nun and her “Five Signs You Have Become Pope of Your Own Church.”

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Thanks to occasional – and very astute – commenter TC for this old piece from the always marvelous Peter Kreeft on “How to Win the Culture War.”

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A common theme of the mail I get these days is people wondering if they are doing any good, if they are even doing the right things, or whether it is hopeless and they have already failed. You’re in good company.

I want you to think of John the Baptist, who Jesus called “the greatest of the prophets and more…” John leapt in his mother’s womb at the mere presence of his fetal Lord. John recognized Jesus as Messiah from the moment Jesus came to be baptized by him. And yet, near the end of his life he sent from prison to ask Jesus, “Are you He who is to come, or shall we look for another?” Think about that. John lived a life of unbending fidelity, knew the Messiah from the very womb. Yet he, too, was a man of his time. Like all Jews, he expected a political and military Messiah. Jesus ministry was not what he expected. Think about the pathos of what John is really asking. He knows he is not long for this world. Looking back over his life, he is wondering plaintively, “Has my life had meaning, or am I just another nut?” If this moment came for the greatest of the prophets, surely it will come for us. If the man who was the greatest of the prophets had mistaken expectations, surely some of ours will be, too.

Then consider how Jesus answered him. He did not give any beguiling intellectual or theoretical proofs or arguments. Rather, He said to tell John what they had seen; that the blind see, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have the good news preached to them. It was a small number who are recorded as having been physically healed in Scriptures. But a multitude who had been blinded to any sense of dignity found new hope through Jesus, those who trudged without hope through the day walked with new confidence in their capacity for goodness and their neighbor, those whose ears had been shut off to all but the insults and calumny their superiors hurled at them heard Jesus’ message of God’s love, and those who had been spiritually dead found new life and zeal. It only took a few physical healings for a multitude to be spiritually healed. It was not what John had expected, but it was undeniably true. And so Jesus answered the question John had really asked but did not say: “Yes, your life has had profound meaning. The Kingdom has burst forth in your sight, but not as you expected.” And for good measure, Jesus said that blessed is the man who takes no offense at Him, despite, perhaps, whatever their expectations had been.

As you look at your life, you cannot measure it by the books published, the soup kitchens worked, the refuges built – though if you can do those things, they are good. Rather, you must judge it from the perspective of the hope you inspired, the peace you spread, the joy you engendered, the love you kindled – for these are the sure marks of the Kingdom and of God. All else is detail.

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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121 Responses to Musings – China Rising, Refuges and More

  1. Another interpretation of that passage about John the Baptist asking Jesus that question, was not that John doubted but that he only asked his disciples to ask Jesus so that they themselves would be confirmed in faith in Jesus and thus become His disciples.

    Did John the Baptist Doubt that Jesus was the Christ?

    http://newtheologicalmovement.blogspot.ca/2010/12/did-john-baptist-doubt-that-jesus-is.html

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    • charliej373 says:

      I certainly think he was shaken because Jesus was so different from what he, or any pious Jew, expected. Also, I am not inclined to be satisfied with explanations that torture the actual text in order to maintain a constant, serene piety. People have fractured almost the entire Book of Job to make it conform to some serene unwavering piety. I find it much more comforting to believe that John, too, had his moment of doubt – and my interpretation matches the actual text without any theological acrobatics required. Faith is forged in mud, blood and doubt – with fear and trembling. When we set an impossible standard, that practically none of the saints lived, except in our imaginations, is it any wonder that so many quit the field altogether because they know they have no hope of being as perfect as the plaster parodies of saints we often erect? Tell the tale and let the chips fall where they may – and broken men will find hope that men as flawed as they were able to overcome and live heroic sanctity through love and I rather think we will see more men of heroic sanctity rising from the ashes of disorder. One of the striking things about the Gospels, as opposed to other ancient heroic literature of the period, was its candor. The sons of Boanerges were portrayed as, at one point, scheming self-promoters – and they were heroes in the story. Unlike Homeric literature, Biblical literature presented the men more as they are. I think that played a role in the rise of Christianity, and the hope, even amidst trial, in its earliest hearers.

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      • MM Bev says:

        When I was first trying to determine if I believed that what Jesus claimed was true, it was the rag tag group He chose as His closest companions, and ultimately apostles who would transmit the priesthood, and capacity to be “Him” in giving His people His Body and Blood. Now both of those things are utterly impossible to understand, but He didn’t retract, modify, re-explain. He simply asked them what they would do. “Will you also leave?’ That is exactly what He asks of each of us. The apostles at times didn’t seem a lot smarter than us, until Holy Spirit zapped them. I do have to say, they showed a lot of trust and faith when they didn’t have a clue about some things. (Peer pressure and following Peter’s lead?) May He zap all of us continually during this Storm (and after, I need all the help I can get..
        Most of the early Christians were average people, not brilliant intellects, or wealthy people. And most stunning of all was their willingness to follow to death; often a horrific death, similar today to what ISIS is doing to Christian’s today. And they did’t budge. Some, it is true, were overcome by fear, and in that there is no condemnation because I don’t know what I would/will do under similar circumstances. I hope and pray that Jesus will give me the courage, because I sure don’t have it in me on my own.
        My father intellectually believed in Catholic Christianity, even sang in the Church choir. Turned out to be a bit of a surprise for my Mom when she discovered that he wasn’t when they were dating. Finally one day, he told her he was ready. He said he had met a priest who showed him Jesus was real. He had been touched “affectively”, and therein lies the difference-a genuine witness to the reality of Jesus in the life of a disciple. In the end, that is usually what sparks all of us, and that really is step three.
        In reading the gospels we have the witness in writing of four very different people and in rest of the New Testament (Covenant), we see it lived and the problems involved in trying to do exactly that. So we know before we start that we’re going to stumble often and fall splat on our face. There is always failure, practically in everything, but as the saying goes, it’s only failure if you don’t get up, learn from it and keep going. For us, that means confession and God’s grace.
        One gets a bit familiar with those who formed the “Holy Family” and when we read a ‘locution” or read about a “vision” we have something to “bounce” what we are told is private revelation against that allows us to do a bit of determining. We also have “antenna” and the more we use them the more we can “listen” to our own determination. And we always have Scripture to check the message against.
        When I discovered the Jesus was giving a locution, and He made His Mother an unwed mother I knew, however holy, sweet, nice whatever, this person was not, NOT getting messages from Jesus. Mary and Joseph were married. That is what betrothal meant in those days. That’s why Joseph in his quandary at first thought of divorcing her quietly. If not married, why divorce? So however good meaning, that person was saying his thoughts not what Jesus said. It is vital to know scripture, AND WHAT IT MEANS. And it does have a variety of meanings, the first of which is the literal, and even then, as in OT, one must know what “type” of book and what it is trying to convey And the more verbose the more suspect I become. And it MUST NEVER contradict Scripture or the Church Traditions or Dogma. (Oh, Maria, you should at least read a bit before you began to write.).
        When you see what the visionaries do with their lives as a result of their experience, you can determine a lot too. That’s why Fatima is so staggering. What those children were willing to go through because of their experience is beyond normal human reaction. There are people who condemn Medjugoje because the visionaries have married and had children. Well, I think that is a logical conclusion considering that we live in an age where marriage is under horrific attack to destroyed it. Our Lady also gave them perfect freedom to make their own choices. Even when we are drawn to the conclusion that this particular one is true, it still is less than the Church etc,, and a visionary who is unwilling to submit all to the Church determination is wrong.And it is true, often a period of “trial” occurs in direct submission to the Church. So, OK, when God is ready, and it is His, He’ll fix it.
        Sorry, Charlie, but all your pain, the twenty years of hiding, suspecting you were crazy, and then twelve with the priests, and wishing it was wrong, and being crazy enough to walk across the nation, under direction from God, makes you either utterly MAD, or correct. Now if you were illogical, dull-witted, had a message that however truthful, was stupid, you would end up saying to yourself, “What blog?”
        You have suffered enough for me to say without fear, everything I can assess against you tells me you’re right. In fact, thank you, I have more time now that I’m not paying any more attention to the convoluted contortions of the Democrats and Republicans. Don’t have to waste my time any more. Thankfully, you keep us up to date by links to, say Putin.

        One question. Ever since the blog with lots of links attached from commentators, including one to Rick Joyce, of Morning Star, my mind can’t let go of the phrase, “the Feathered Serpent.” I do know, I think, somewhere way back in my two cylinder brain, that a feathered serpent was an Aztec god. Does this phrase mean anything to you?

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        • MM Bev says:

          Sorry, Rick Joyce doesn’t personally use that phrase. His dream was about an invasion and attack on a Texas ranch coming from South of the border.

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        • charliej373 says:

          The feathered serpent was the cruel Aztec god, Qetzlcoatl. It is from that cult that Our Lady of Tepeyac delivered the Indians in Mexico. Within a decade, some 10 million Mexican Indians converted and the bloody cult of Qexlcoatl, the feathered serpent, was consigned to the ash heap of history.

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          • MM Bev says:

            I have this awful feeling that he is re-emerging. It’s probably my imagination, but I can’t get my mind to stop repeating the phrase. It’s a daily occurrence I can’t seem to stop. (Maybe irritation at the Democrats and Republicans would do it. But that would mean turning on the TV. Drat.)

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          • Fran says:

            MMBev, what you are saying reminded me of this from Mark Mallet’s post “Hell Unleashed” :
            “I have already mentioned a priest I know in Missouri who not only has the gift to read souls, but has seen angels, demons, and souls from purgatory since he was a child. He recently confided with me that he is seeing demons now that he has never seen before. He described them as being “ancient” and very powerful.

            Then there is the daughter of a very discerning reader who wrote me recently:

            My older daughter sees many beings good and bad [angels] in battle. She has spoken many times about how its an all out war and its only getting bigger and the different kinds of beings. Our Lady appeared to her in a dream last year as our Lady of Guadalupe. She told her that the demon coming is larger and fiercer than all the others. That she is not to engage this demon nor listen to it. It was going to try to take over the world. This is a demon of fear. It was a fear that my daughter said was going to envelop everyone and everything. Staying close to the Sacraments and Jesus and Mary are of the utmost importance.”

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          • Judy says:

            I am just re-reading the posts. It is truly amazing that the history books have basically white washed the cruelty of the Aztecs and their feathered serpent god. After the Aztec priests cut out the hearts of the (living) virgin children on their altars, they drank/ ate of the blood /body of those poor people who suffered a horrific death. It is thought that 10,000 innocents were sacrificed annually to meet the “needs” of their gods. While educators are so quick to point out the cruelties of the Spaniards, they fail to tell the whole story. As for me, I give thanks for the Battle of Lepanto, of which the Spaniards were a great part. I also give thanks for the Reconquest of Spain which most believed was impossible at the time. When one reads history, there is a need to fully search for the whole truth. There is no nation or tribe without its own sins. And yet God can use all peoples to do His will and to bring more and more people to the Way, the Truth and the Life.

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      • Mary A. says:

        I agree. It was a poignant moment. And a good lesson. At the end of a mission well done, and a life lived with maximum fidelity, comes a dark night and an anonymous seemingly meaningless and tawdry end.

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        • MM Bev says:

          Fran, what you have said would seem to connect the dots. From what Charlie explained, that would be to whom the Aztecs slaughtered thousands, cutting their beating hearts out of their bodies and offering in sacrifice. It was what was “written in symbols” on the picture of Our Lady that catechized that overwhelming number of people after the virtual failure of the Spanish missionaries.
          I was reading about the perspective of the image not long ago. It’s is utterly fascinating. The tilma is formed of two lengthwise pieces (which we all know should have disintegrated long, long ago). You can see the lengthwise seam. The design is unexplained from an artistic point of view. The entire “image” is on the left hand side of the tilma, but the viewer cannot detect this from how the design is fashioned. Put you hand over the right side, and you see everything of importance. Put you hand over the left side, and it comprises almost nothing of importance. The balance is created by the slight raising of Her knee, the tilt of both Her head and the head of the angel. Fascinating! I keep doing it and doing it. The balance is also created by having the right portion of Her cloak be a secondary and lighter blue, making it more pronounced to enhance the illusion of balance in the image and centering.

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    • Pawel says:

      Agree with you Jim. I also think John sent his most doubting disciples to give them a lesson. He sent the likes of disbelieving Thomas to Jesus so they could personally be convinced of His authenticity. They did not touch His wounds but they could see and talk to Him. John clearly recognized Jesus at the Jordan river. Later, Jesus told his disciples that John was the greatest of the prophets of the Old Testament. As Messiah’s precursor, John was most likely the biggest believer in Jesus after Mary and Joseph. It was prenatal John who leaped for joy in Elizabeth’s womb when pregnant Mary visited her cousin.

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  2. Patricia says:

    Charlie,
    Is it possible that the locutions are correct in the subject matter and events but that the person being given the locutions has changed his tone in relaying them?
    Thank you.

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    • charliej373 says:

      That certainly is possible, Patricia, and I don’t think it would be unprecedented. But they were verifiably wrong on the matter of the election of Pope Francis and how it would play out. But even that does not invalidate things…it is a constant temptation to exceed your portfolio. With my priests, I go through great pains to differentiate between what I have been told – because I can so easily misinterpret it, and what I have surmised BASED on what I am told. An overly political bent of mind can easily extrapolate meanings that the actual messages don’t support. So it could be an authentic but often undisciplined locutionist.

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      • Caroline says:

        Charlie, when I read the first section of this article where you spoke of prophets sometimes being off by many years, my first thought was, “Oh man, I sure hope Charlie isn’t wrong about 2017.” You’ve said it with great confidence and also were surprised that you were given a date. Having an end date in mind keeps me going… I’m praying you’re right.

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        • charliej373 says:

          It startled me, too, Caroline – and gave me great hope. And I have told the Almighty that, whatever happens, come early 2018, I’m outta here. He hasn’t told me that that will not be allowed…of course, He can be inscrutable – and knows I will obey, even if I grumble a little.

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          • The odd thing is that I am praying that this timeline is correct too. When I read that you were told it would be over in 2017 (with maybe a few years for things to play out after) I felt a great surge of hope. Because, honestly, in my eyes the most difficult thing is living in the world as it currently stands. THAT is what steals my hope – looking around and recognizing what a deep pit we are in and watching that pit get deeper and deeper every year because we are a society entrenched in sin. Wallowing in it, really.

            I know how the battle ends; I know God wins. But at the same time I have felt great grief at how far gone things are. In the days of Noah, God gave a warning of approximately a hundred years. He has done this for us as well. It began with and ends with Fatima and the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart. Only, Our Lady is the Ark this time.

            I am thankful for people who stand up and speak the truth, Charlie. I am grateful that you do not mince words and that you (and others like Peter Kreeft, Mark Mallett, etc..) understand that it is not truth that is too much for us to bear but rather the lies that come from those who want to “tickle our ears” and pretend all is well with the world. It brings me much more hope to realize that things will be changing than it does to think that things may stay the way they currently are. Even if we have to walk through extremely difficult trials to get there.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Mary Nicewarner, I had the same reaction, one of hope. 30 years of chaos seems too long to handle, but 3 years, well, that seemed something I could hang on through. Knowing we are already in it, although not in the worst of it, shored up my approach to my current life.

            Recently, though, I’ve been trying to get in my gut what I gather here is coming. For various reasons I suddenly find myself in a whirlwind of things that must be done, people I must respond to and help, tasks to fulfill, projects to advance, and I feel that it’s hard to gather breath.

            I’ve never had any significant outward or worldly success in my life to date (I’m 63), yet somehow I have had just enough to get by from year to year. That gives me hope from personal experience that I will have enough provided to get me through the Storm.

            I try to prepare but end up feeling stressed, realizing that for the most part, preparing won’t really help. Yet in the course of responding to the exigencies of my life over the past four years, I’ve ended up in circumstances that make me feel I am watched over, cared for, and protected in ways I never would have created for myself. When I prepare, I feel overwhelmed, and when I just take care of my everyday tasks, I end up better prepared almost without trying.

            It all seems strange and weird to me sometimes, then a little later it will seem full of wonder. At the moment, though, I am slowly tuning in to what the Storm may actually be like and feeling quite daunted. We really have no way to know in our gut what it will be like, but I see Greece, and eastern Ukraine, and the Middle East breaking down, economies falling apart, no work, no food, no peace.

            I don’t want that to come to my reality here where I live, but I am gathering more and more that it very well could, and soon.

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  3. Julia says:

    I find the messages on locutions to the world site encouraging.

    As far as the message about the (then) next pope and the Consecration (mentioning Russia) to Immaculate Heart of Mary; I believe it may be early days to make a judgement on Pope Francis fulfilling this role. Remember the great Saint John Paul, only requested the information on Fatima ‘after’ he was shot and while he was recuperating from the resulting surgery.

    Dear God’s timing is always and ever filled with surprises, has not Pope Francis even told us so on a number of occasions.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Insightful observation, Julia. Thank you.

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    • N. Wright says:

      As far as Fatima’s Consecration being done (totally) I question why hasn’t Heaven kept their part in it, if it was done totally – I’m being facetious 🙂 Yet it is a question I have – why has Russia continued to spread her errors throughout the world, especially abortion has continue to spread and SO many forms of evil have continued to grow. I think it is because the bishops and laity have not done their part ALONG with the POPE. Heaven always gives graces when a holy pope asks his Mother to bless the world– we were and are blessed through our holy Pope John Paul the Great’s asking. God lives out of time and time is still in need of Russia’s conversion and mine.

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      • donna269 says:

        If every Catholic is not keeping the 5 First Saturday Devotions….that would be the reason….It was the second and just as important part of the Fatima message. Convenient for all of us to look to Russia. Are you as a Catholic keeping the First Saturday Devotions? I had to step up my game three months ago….it’s not all Russia’s fault.

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  4. ellenchris says:

    Thank you for this very much, Charlie, and from the bottom of my heart. Here is what your final paragraph somehow brought to mind:

    The Kingdom of Heaven is like a woman who had 10 coins and lost one. She lit her lamp and sought diligently for her lost coin. When she found it, she called her neighbors and said, “Rejoice with me, for the coin which was lost has been found.” (Luke 15: 8 — 10). In this parable, Jesus is referring to the one sinner who repents and is found; there is great rejoicing that the person who had been lost come home. But, what strikes me here is that Jesus used a small and simple thing to indicate the great importance of the finding of the one lost. A little dime becomes the occasion for a big party. I lose things all the time. Some days, most of my prayers are: “Lord, please allow your angels to show me where to look for this thing, and to help me to actually see it when I am looking at it. The Lord is not too large and grand that He would ignore even a silly prayer from a stupid woman who goes around losing her socks. Somehow He uses the finding of my sock to bring me more surely into the knowledge of His love and goodness. So in these simple things, the Kingdom of God is found, and the lost are brought home. In the midst of all kinds of issues and goings-on, I lose sight of this and get all wound up. Thanks so much for the reminder. God’s blessings to you and all of yours with love.

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    • MM Bev says:

      Oh, Ellenchris! That is my daily life. The sneakers?, my watch?, the keys?, but I put that envelop down on the table just seconds ago, now where is it?, Please, please DON’T LET THESE LOGS AVALANCHE AGAIN!, but, honest, I really need it now!, please.
      And the constant refrain: thank You, thank You, thank You, THANK YOU. I LOVE YOU, and not just for finding everything. HONEST, Jesus.

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  5. I just read the post “Five Signs You’re Pope of Your Own Church” which was somewhat humorous but also a good reality check, because we certainly all do have our preferences. I have been thinking lately of the verse from Isaiah 30:21 – 21 “And your ears shall hear a word behind you:
    ‘This is the way; walk in it,’ when you would turn to the right or the left.” Yes, let us just be Catholic, not conservatives, and not liberals. I made the mistake, however, of reading the comments. If I were an outsider and read those comments by Catholics, I would never want to explore the Church. They were defensive, mean spirited, self righteous, tunnel visioned, and disturbing. It made me realize, Charlie, how amazing you are at the overwhelming job of keeping the comments here polite, useful, and productive. I never hesitate to read comments here, though I don’t often comment myself.
    And I also want to apologize – I also sent a link previously not knowing your policy on links. It was not a private revelation site b/c I am not so into that (in fact, I’m hoping your revelations are completely false, for selfish purposes, of course!). God bless you and thank you for your efforts, and for living your faith attractively.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thanks, daughter. It took a lot of policing at first, then people got the idea – and I think it has really been productive in the comments here. We get some significantly different points of view – and no one really clubs anyone over the head. I have only had to outright ban four people. I figure it is my duty to all to see that it be a place where arguments can be forcefully made, but must be made civilly.

      And not to worry about hoping my revelations are false…I would not be terribly disappointed either. A quiet retirement would suit me just fine. But if there must be duty, then I will attend to it.

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      • MM Bev says:

        Hope that your revelations are false? Heck, Charlie, that would just be enlightened self-interest. I bet everybody hopes a tinsy, weensy bit that you’re wrong. Alas, (I love the opportunity to use that word), alas, I suspect you’re correct. Every single one of us, and I suspect, a good portion of the population, know that things are SOOOOO bad that there is only one way to get it cleaned up. That’s the bad news…..sort of. The GOOD news is that if you are 100% dead on right, God has shortened our time of well deserved punishment to three years. All things considered, I’d toast to that!

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  6. ellenchris says:

    Charlie, excuse me, but you have said several times now, “In early 2018, I am out of here.” What do you actually mean by “out of here”? Is the Lord indicating He is planning to take you home — off this planet altogether? Or will you just be done with your job and allowed to hang out somewhere cool and green and shady for a while? If this is not asking for too much info. It would obviously be super for you to be in heaven, but the rest of us would definitely miss you a lot.

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    • charliej373 says:

      No, I love this old earth. I think God created real good – and I want to enjoy it a while longer. I am told that if I keep faith, I will indeed have several years to enjoy the grandkid and help organize folks into getting that Shrine up. So I figure if all continues to come to pass, at that time, I am relieved of formal duty and can retire having done a good job. Who knows, someone might even give me a fancy engraved watch. And if I have been wrong on the critical stuff, I’m still done…retire as a nut. (A singularly charming and engaging one, but…) The former is better for me, but I will be happy with the latter, too. Either way, come early 2018 this fella’s gonna smell the roses. (Unless God does His Columbo routine and says, “Uh, Charlie, just one more thing….”

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      • ellenchris says:

        Good to hear. Maybe we can all chip in to get you that watch. What do you want it to say? How about something like, “well, did you see that?” 😉

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      • Mick says:

        Charlie, your sense of humor is such a joy!

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      • Bob says:

        And it seems that Frodo too had a time to enjoy the fruit of his work, during a new age for Middle Earth, before he was called elsewhere. And an aside, last week I was talking to the men at our Bible study about how I am coming to believe that a chastisement is coming due to sin and was expecting resistance but then one of the men went on to describe some things which he believes are even worse than we are often aware of.

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  7. Berny says:

    I respect your thoughts on the “Locutions” and your comments that you believe she was wrong on the election of Pope Francis. I would tend to disagree, however. I had started following the Locutions in fall of 2012, and was startled at the predictions of the resignation of Pope Benedict coming true. All of her predictions of the election of an “unexpected Pope”, and how the Holy Spirit would work so strongly and quickly was certainly in the comments of all the Cardinals that spoke afterward, and that he would be a Pope very dedicated to her, was certainly true. Pope Francis’ very first actions were to drive across town to the Basilica of St. Mary Major and spend a considerable amount of time in contemplation in front of Mary’s altar (as he has many times since). Just because he did not take the opportunity to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at the world consecration he called for, does not mean he will not do it in the future, as times get darker. He is still free to make his own choices. Everything I have read in the Locutions point to Francis as being the right Pope for this time, and he will see us through to the Triumph!

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    • Observer says:

      As I too respect Charlie’s thoughts about this I must agree with your reasoning, Berny. That one “fascinating” word of description used by Jesus prior to even the announcement of resignation about this future Pope has so far sorta wrapped it up, evidenced by all the “discussion” we are witnessing now…..“he will be the game changer”. As well as the emphasis on his short papacy as surprisingly openly reflected upon by Francis himself in expecting to return “home” in 2 or 3 years. And that manner of death will perhaps be a measure of prophecy….perhaps Fatima’s….as yet to be seen. As you described in the Cardinals own remarks after the conclave about the realization of the strong working of the Holy Spirit during that process: Jesus: The cardinals must expect that my hand will be upon this conclave more than any other. I need to awaken them. They must be drawn into supernatural wisdom so they cast their ballots correctly. Even more, they must bring supernatural wisdom into their discussions with other cardinals. The whole conclave must think supernaturally.

      And this given description of future direction as a sort of “unto the breach” has certainly come to pass: Jesus: He will see vistas that are hidden from other eyes. He will see with my eyes and more important, he will love with my heart.

      As he understands the special graces of his new office, he will act more boldly, correcting what needs to be changed and elevating those who have great gifts to offer the Church.

      All of this, he will do in the normal course of his office, the tasks that he is expected to fulfill. However, I will lead his eyes elsewhere, to far away shores, for he has come from a distant land. His heart will be missionary and his mind will be on many parts of the world that are not developed.

      He knows the value of planting missionary seeds, even when the harvest will not be in his lifetime. Oh, so very much for him to do.

      And lastly…ahem! We have seen from Charlie’s own admission that even his angel would have to agree with at least this portion of these messages: ;^) Mary: People would say, “If this is so important, why does Mary not appear?” I am appearing. I am speaking to the visionaries of Medjugorje. Have your read my messages? I have promised a permanent sign. Is it faith to wait until the permanent sign is in place? Even with the sign, many will have no interest. Such is the world. It seeks signs and does not even believe when the sign is given.

      I am giving these words. This is the sign for you. Believe and take them into your heart. You will see all that they will do for you. Amen!

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      • charliej373 says:

        I do have to agree, Observer, that I may have made the same mistake I discourage others from making…insisting that it all unfold NOW. My blanket statement that almost all on the election of Pope Francis was wrong was clearly overstated. My regrets.

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    • Pawel says:

      Here are some pieces of one of the recent locutions dated Nov 6th 2014. “Putin will continue his aggressive strikes to gain lands and to destabilize Europe. The West has no wisdom or capability to encircle him and keep him contained.” It’s not predicting the future because it is an ongoing matter for the past months. Had it been said a year ago, then it would be sort of prophetic. It is like having blessed Mary citing the media or making obvious predictions for the future based on the current events ( Btw I do not think Putin is the most evil agent in the world, to tell you the truth, he may be the least evil leader of all the current leaders worldwide because he is not lukewarm. I am not a fan of Putin, however, who may be less evil in the eyes of God – Putin, who fines ( including imprisonment ) open homosexual behaviors so that they do not degenerate the youth, or Mr. Obama who is applauding such behaviors happily clapping hands on gay parades? )… “The Ebola crisis will not be solved. Thousands will die. This is the effect of widespread poverty inflicted upon the people by corrupt African governments and worldwide economic policies” – sure it won’t be solved in the nearest time, just based on the Ebola stats and trends thousands will die, it is so obvious. Had the Ebola outbreak been predicted a year ago then this message would be somewhat prophetic. These locutions seems to be sincere personal reflections based on the current events. Charlie would it be difficult for you to serve similar predictions based on an insightful observation of the current events and tracking the history? Would it be difficult to serve such predictions even in a much better form, that is, wrapped in the style of language of St. Faustina’s diary’s or Medjugorje’s messages?

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      • Putin is a complex man who has built himself a public persona. I would hesitate to put any kind of halo on him until history has revealed all. I “happened” to catch a TV show last night that shed some light on the oligarchy he has created. You may watch a preview of the show here: http://globalnews.ca/news/1606599/american-businessman-takes-on-russian-president/ . If anyone has any reason to disbelieve what the subject of the story is saying I would be interested to hear it. Here is an excerpt from the lead-in:

        “Browder’s story lends insight into what’s happening in Russia because it suggests Putin manages a deeply corrupt kleptocracy – an economy run by his pals who steal whatever they can and allows Putin to profit personally. Since the Ukrainian crisis, there has been a renewed search for Putin’s personal fortune by US authorities, which may be hidden in offshore bank accounts and could amount to tens of billions.”

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        • charliej373 says:

          Actually, Janet, I believe most of the worst things that are said of Putin, except that he is a madman. He is shrewd and savvy, ruthless and driven. That is very dangerous and needs to be taken very seriously. He is not an irrational loon like the leader of North Korea or an Iranian Mullah. That has good and bad implications. Traditional appeals to altruism will be meaningless – and may even encourage him, as it is a sign of weakness. Credible threats of loss will discourage him, as he makes rational cost/benefit analysis of his moves, unlike the mullahs or any other genuine loon. Knowing who we are dealing with would help us to handle him more effectively. I was rather pleased at how bluntly and shrewdly the Australian PM dealt with him at the G20. Would that we Americans had a foreign policy team or leader who was similarly realistic.

          I don’t have any idea whether Putin will be the leader when Russia and America ally with each other on China’s challenge. It would require a real conversion on his part. But, if he did convert his heart, his icy determination would be a real asset, just as St. Paul’s unflagging zeal was a critical asset once he began advocating, rather than persecuting, Christianity.

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  8. Mary Watts says:

    Dear Charlie.
    I am from Canada and re: Canada’s trade deal with China, Canada is not going to do ‘much of it’s trade in the Chinese currency’. And it certainly won’t become Canada’s default currency. This deal is for those companies that do business in or with China. Currently in order to deal with payments they have go through your American dollar which apparently takes time and makes things very expensive. So by allowing businesses to trade directly with Chinese companies, using the yuan makes everything much cheaper, quicker and more efficient.
    However I have to say that there are many people here who are not pleased that Canada does so much business with China because China’s human rights record is so poor .
    God bless you. Love your blog. I pray for you and your ministry.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thanks, Mary. I know that the yuan is not going to become Canada’s default currency. If I gave that impression, that is mistaken. My point is that when enough countries start using the same alternate currency for significant amounts of trade, it gets progressively easier for a sudden tumult to overthrow the reigning default currency.

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  9. “As you look at your life, you cannot measure it by the books published, the soup kitchens worked, the refuges built – though if you can do those things, they are good. Rather, you must judge it from the perspective of the hope you inspired, the peace you spread, the joy you engendered, the love you kindled – for these are the sure marks of the Kingdom and of God. All else is detail.”

    Edifying, eloquent, and eminently quotable! Thank you Charlie!

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  10. SteveBC says:

    Thanks, Charlie. The last paragraph of your post is clarifying and much appreciated.

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  11. Debbie Pirog says:

    Thank you for this post. You always give me something to ponder and pray about.

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  12. johnmcfarm says:

    One of your finest writings at the end there Charlie! I constantly look for flaws because I hold you in such high esteem. I carefuly watch for the signs of ego overtaking His Word, you have not disappointed, I believe you are a true prophet who literally suffers with his gift. Thank you.

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  13. Dan Lynch says:

    Good Morning Charlie!

    All day Friday, I was trying to discern whether I should submit a post warning about the alleged locutions on the website locutions.org. I was afraid of stirring up a hornets’ nest and getting your blog stung with replies.

    I was pleasantly surprised to see that you took the warning words right out of my mouth and that they did not stir up any hornets’ nest. The replies were charitable and reasonable.

    Three additional matters should be considered about these alleged locutions.

    First: A locution said that after the Supreme Court decision on Obamacare everything would come to light about the corruption of the administration. Just the opposite happened and Obamacare was affirmed by the Supreme Court as Constitutional.

    The locution said, “The great moment of exposure will take place when the Supreme Court passes judgment on the health care. This will force all the truth to the surface. Nothing will be able to be hidden. It will all gush forth for all to see. This decision will be so much in the limelight that no hidden powers (the behind the scenes powers) will be able to cover up the darkness that took place. When this decision is handed down it will level off the playing field. Truth will have a chance to emerge.”

    None of this ever happened.

    Second: A locution implied that Our Lady appeared to George Washington with visions for the Republic.

    The story of Washington’s Vision brought by an angel, not Our Lady, is probably not true. There is no historical evidence that Sherman, the supposed eyewitness, was at Valley Forge. According to the account of the vision, Sherman supposedly related it orally when he was 99 years. He supposedly told a story about something that he heard when he was 17 years old, 82 years after he supposedly heard it. There is no prior historic record for the supposed vision.

    According to his account, he said that 82 years prior at Valley Forge he listened to Washington speak to an officer for a half hour of “preliminary conversation.” It’s hard to believe that Washington would allow him to remain in his presence for that half hour to listen to his preliminary conversation. It’s even more incredible that Washington would allow him to remain there in his presence while he supposedly went on to relate the account of his vision to an unnamed officer.

    It’s incredible that a simple soldier could stand and listen to a private conversation of a General about a very intimate vision of his for such a long period of time and then remember it and set it forth in a narrative account 82 years later.

    See these sites debunking the supposed vision:
    http://www.snopes.com/history/american/vision.asp
    http://boston1775.blogspot.com/2006/12/truth-of-washingtons-vision.html

    Third. A locution said that the Third Secret of Fatima was not fully revealed and that the consecration to Russia was not made as Our Lady of Fatima had requested.

    Cardinal Ratzinger said that the Third Secret was fully revealed and St. John Paul II said that he made the consecration as Our Lady had requested and so did Sister Lucy, who was then the only surviving Fatima visionary.

    Sister Lucy said that on March 25,1984, St. John Paul II made the consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary that Our Lady had requested at Fatima. Twenty years later on the 20th anniversary of the consecration, the Holy Father said the same thing.

    He said, “I remember especially March 25, 1984, the Holy Year. Twenty years have gone by since that day when in spiritual union with all the bishops of the world I entrusted all of mankind to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in response to Our Lady’s plea in Fatima.”

    Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith under then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger said, “Sr. Lucia personally confirmed that this solemn and universal act of consecration corresponded to what Our Lady wished. Hence any further discussion or request is without basis.”

    Whether or not it was literally what Our Lady asked for in 1917 is immaterial if it was accepted in 1984, after many changes in the world and the need for the consecration of the entire world, not just Russia.

    The Holy Father read all about Fatima after his assassination attempt on its anniversary. He knew what he was doing and he knew what Our Lady asked at Fatima but he broadened it and he said, as in the quote above, that he did it “in response to Our Lady’s plea in Fatima.”

    The arguments against the full revelation of the Third Secret and the Pope’s consecration are fruitless. Many of them lack charity and distract others from responding to the true Fatima message of repentance, conversion, and prayer.

    Only the Pope could do what was asked of him and he said that he did it. We should not criticize the Pope for “not doing the job right.” We should practice Our Lady of Fatima’s message to each one of us to make reparation for the sins of the world by our prayer, especially the daily rosary, consecration to her Immaculate Heart and the practice of the First Saturday Devotion.

    Denying the full revelation of the Third Secret and the validity of the consecration will have no effect on Pope Francis or the Vatican to do anything. It only causes uncharitable polemics and distracts people from the true Fatima message.

    “God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in distress. Thus we do not fear, though earth be shaken and mountains quake to the depths of the sea,” (Psalm 46).

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

    Dan Lynch
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    Our Lady of Guadalupe, Jesus King of All Nations,
    Our Lady of America and Saint John Paul II
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    May Our Lady of Guadalupe keep you under the mantle of her protection and
    may the Reign of Jesus King of All Nations be recognized in your heart!

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    • Connie says:

      Hi Dan. I wanted to make a comment about your first point regarding the alleged locution, LTTW. I happened to read an article yesterday that might be of some interest regarding one locution that mentions the supreme court decision on Obamacare. In the article, which is about the recent headline news of the John Gruber controversy: http://www.vox.com/2014/11/13/7211279/obamacare-jon-gruber-controversy the article says, “Republicans have regained control of Congress, and while President Obama isn’t going to sign off on repeal, they do have a bit more leverage to demand change. There is a new and potentially devastating case headed to the Supreme Court, King v. Burwell.” . If I juxtapose that with what you wrote the LTTW alleged locution says, “The locution said, “The great moment of exposure will take place when the Supreme Court passes judgment on the health care. This will force all the truth to the surface. Nothing will be able to be hidden. It will all gush forth for all to see. This decision will be so much in the limelight that no hidden powers (the behind the scenes powers) will be able to cover up the darkness that took place. When this decision is handed down it will level off the playing field. Truth will have a chance to emerge.”, it seems it could possibly even be referring to this new development of Gruber’s involvment and comments about fraudulent portions of Obamacare with this suit filed against it.

      I do not bring this up as any argument, nor am I trying to defend LTTW because I too am carefully monitoring the locutions ONLY. One thing I have learned from Charlie is that when heaven speaks, what is said can have a very different meaning than what we may think and heaven is not constricted by time, so that what heaven says could be applied to several situations. This may be an example of where heaven is speaking and we have to just wait a bit longer to see how events play out. I really don’t know but I thought it at least is an example of heaven speaking in such a way that we cannot assign just one event to its meaning. That being said, I also think the evil one knows future events to some extent and so treading very carefully so that we are not deceived is the most prudent way.

      Dan, I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know how much I respect you and am grateful for your fidelity to your mission for Our Lady. I was able to spend some time with the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe when she visited our parish. My husband was so excited to be part of the lead in the procession we had with the image. We will probably never get to go on ANY pilgrimage, so being so close to Our Lady through the awesome image of Our Lady of Guadalupe meant so much to us, thanks to you and what you do.

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      • Dan Lynch says:

        Please read my post in answer to Observer.
        Thank you for your kind words. I am happy that Our Lady of Guadalupe came to you in her Missionary Image. May she keep you under the mantle of her love and protection!

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    • Mack says:

      Dan, I don’t wish to argue about points 2 or 3, but in regard to point 1, the scandals of the Obama administration have been made public–but only those who read more than the mainstream media will know about them, because the media keeps on kowtowing to Obama. Just to mention, the IRS scandals of targeting conservatives, Fast and Furious, the truth about Benghazi, the bit by bit revelations of how bad the Obamacare bill really is, etc. The truth is out there for those who care to look, but the problem is that many Americans just don’t care enough. Just google “Obama scandals” and even more will come up. Here is a partial list:
      http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2013/08/01/obama-dozen-scandals-counting/

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    • Observer says:

      First: A locution said that after the Supreme Court decision on Obamacare everything would come to light about the corruption of the administration. Just the opposite happened and Obamacare was affirmed by the Supreme Court as Constitutional.

      The locution said, “The great moment of exposure will take place when the Supreme Court passes judgment on the health care. This will force all the truth to the surface. Nothing will be able to be hidden. It will all gush forth for all to see. This decision will be so much in the limelight that no hidden powers (the behind the scenes powers) will be able to cover up the darkness that took place. When this decision is handed down it will level off the playing field. Truth will have a chance to emerge.”

      None of this ever happened.

      With all due respect to your personal opinion, Mr. Lynch, are you living in the same America as the rest of us?? Almost immediately after that “legislation from the bench” by Justice Roberts, creating a tax in this law where none existed nor was argued as such or admitted to for PR purposes by the Dem creators, there was the outcry against its continuing process’ revelations that is ongoing today. Since then more of the lies have been exposed in the light of day and actual experience. And the outcry heard over and over again is “did you like your doctor and were you able to keep your doctor as promised?”…..or the same for former insurance quality? All of the so-called “transparent” promises have also been realized as what they were….lies kept from the public UNTIL it was passed so then the people could not only see what was actually in it but could actually experience the poor quality of care, rather than any $2000 a year savings more like increases running around average of $1500 on just the basic care with far higher premiums for that similar prior insurance. There are still around the same number of uninsured and it is a program where the healthy pay for the unhealthy who, btw, are mostly thrown into Medicaid which has always been known to offer the bare minimum of any kind of health care. Such “discoveries” have been discovered daily since that moment of passage.

      And since all of these revelations have occurred the rest of the elephant in the room corruption of this administration has been finally noticed, from its IRS arm for persecution of its enemies list, open borders with orders to legal border authorities to disobey our laws, to its permissive dealings with the enemy (Putin’s aggression into sovereign nation’s territory and intimidating the region of our allies, to deals with the supreme enemy – of the “great Satans”, – Iran) which recently MG Vallely has spoken to as out and out treason in giving aid and comfort to the enemy. Yes, once the eyes of even the most dedicated followers of this regime were opened to the hard facts of reality of this greatest gov. control grab over freedoms pertaining to healthcare, the rest has flowed like Niagara Falls, never ending in the day by day revelations. Peggy Noonan’s latest column now labels Mr. Obama as probably the loneliest President…since Nixon. Actually this constant revelation of fraud and bad intentions with great public outrage reflects more to such Locutions as: Jesus: So, I will not protect him, I will not support him. Except when America’s good is at stake, I will allow him to walk his own path. He will not have my blessings or my protections. He is on more dangerous ground than he can ever imagine. of Mary: (several months prior to the last election which obviously stripped Obama from his congressional control cover, Mr. Reid) This moment has already begun as I strip President Obama of his power and the darkness which he has cast over America. Hopeful!

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      • Dan Lynch says:

        Dear Observer,

        Please do not use uncharitable sarcasm to demean me. Please respect my dignity as a brother Christian. Please respond to my arguments and don’t mock me personally.

        Regarding your sarcastic question as to whether I am living in the same America as the rest of you, the answer is yes.

        The issue here is whether or not the alleged locutions at the website locutions.org are supernatural and worthy of belief. Both Charlie and I believe that they are not. The issue is not whether the Obama administration is evidently corrupt now.

        The particular alleged locution that I quoted said, “The great moment of exposure will take place when the Supreme Court passes judgment on the health care. . . . When this decision is handed down it will level off the playing field. Truth will have a chance to emerge.”

        The alleged locution emphasized that the exposure would take place then and not years later. In my humble opinion this never happened. The Supreme Court handed down the decision on June 28, 2012. That was nearly 3 years ago. There was no exposure then or shortly thereafter.

        The corruption that has subsequently been exposed, and well set forth by you, is due to other circumstances and not to the Supreme Court decision in 2012.

        May God bless you!

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    • Barbara Dore says:

      Dan, it should be called as Jesus,” The” King of All Nations. Jesus always said, I am The King of all kings,

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      • Dan Lynch says:

        Thank you for your suggestion Barbara.

        However, Jesus revealed His title as “Jesus King of All Nations.”

        He said, “This image is to be a sign that I rule Heaven and earth, and My Kingdom, My Reign, is near at hand. . . . I give this image to mankind as a source of graces and of peace. My Most Holy Mother is preparing the great triumph. The triumph of her Immaculate Heart ushers in the Reign of My Love and Mercy. . . . I have come to entrust to you a message of great importance for the world. I tell you, My very little one, the days are coming when mankind will cry out to Me for mercy. I tell you, My child, that in these times only one thing will be given as a remedy. I Myself AM that remedy!!! Let souls give devotion to Me, through My Most Holy Mother, as ‘Jesus, King of All Nations’. ” (Journal 7, 14, 159-160). You may read more here:
        http://jkmi.wsiefusion.net/jesus-king-of-all-nations

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        • charliej373 says:

          I should note, too, that I completely support Dan in his insistence on sticking precisely with exactly what is given when it is given in language. I once was rather upset when my visitors more often used a direct form of communication I call ‘infusion,’ instead of language, but I am always astonished when someone suggests I change something I have been given in language. Whether we heard right or wrong, it is not our place to play at being God’s editor. And unless I am mistaken, on this particular subject, Dan IS the foremost authority.

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    • Judy says:

      I have been re-reading some of the comments this weekend and I have something to add about he consecration of Russia, which was our Lady’s explicit request.

      This is what Gabrielle Amorth (the Vatican’s exorcist) said about the consecration of 1984, and he was there. This has been reported by Mark Mallett and I believe that I have read it elsewhere. Here are the words of Gabrielle Amorth, quoted by Mark Mallett:

      “Sr Lucy always said that Our Lady requested the Consecration of Russia, and only Russia… But time passed and the consecration was not done, so Our Lord was deeply offended… We can influence events. This is a fact!… Our Lord appeared to Sr. Lucy and told her: “They will do the consecration but it will be late!” I feel shivers running down my spine when I hear those words “it will be late.” Our Lord goes on to say: “The conversion of Russia will be a Triumph that will be recognized by the entire world”… Yes, in 1984 the Pope (John Paul II) quite timidly attempted to consecrate Russia in St Peter’s Square. I was there just a few feet away from him because I was the organizer of the event… he attempted the Consecration but all around him were some politicians who told him “you can’t name Russia, you can’t!” And he asked again: “Can I name it?” And they said: “No, no, no!” —Fr. Gabriel Amorth, interview with Fatima TV, November, 2012”.

      The Pope consecrated the world in 1984 but he did not specifically say “Russia.” Politics get in the way of everything.

      As far a Locutions to the World are concerned, there are some things I find a bit odd, but I do believe that truth regarding Obamacare has been revealed to all who have eyes and ears to see. No, it did not happen in an instant but it is clear to many that what it promised has not been delivered. In fact, it has made the situation much worse for many (and I would say the majority). It was a total lie….and was recently pronounced a lie by one of its architects who said that the American people are stupid and were meant to be deceived.

      I remember one statement from LTHW that has certainly not happened: It was stated that our current president would overstep and make a huge mistake, thereby becoming a figurehead with no power. Well, the opposite party has won a huge victory in the Congress (because he supporters did not go to the polls due to the fact that they no longer have faith in him and, I think, most especially African Americans) but this president is certainly doing as he pleases as fast as he can.

      It remains to be seen whether he will lose power. If the opposing party has no courage and honor to fight against the trampling of the Constitution, then he will continue to do as he pleases. Maybe a great crisis will be created, and the American people will be made to feel there is a real threat, and he will impose martial law before the opposing party can be sworn in.

      I am not willing to state that Locutions to the World are false. I am simply an agnostic at this point, but I do believe the site shows the true love of the Blessed Mother. The Catholic Church itself is agnostic until about half of a century or more has passed to give its blessing to sites and messages. All private revelation must be discerned from every site. Humans make mistakes, even with the best of intentions.

      I have found that God ( or the Blessed Mother) is quietly guiding me after great prayer in the late summer, and after making a consecration to the Immaculate Heat of Mary. If I am confused or afraid, He confirms that He is with me. When I have helped someone in a material or spiritual way, He shows me that He is beside me. If I seek confirmation regarding a concern, He has answered very quickly. Sometimes I think that it will stop, and it does for a little while, and then He amazes me yet again. I simply say, “Thank you, Lord.”

      Actually, it happened today, and I did give great thanks from the heart to our most awesome and loving God.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Hi Judy, I understand the consecration was not done precisely as was asked in 1917, yet Lucy said it was accepted in heaven. There are reasons for that, I think. The matter of it being done late is the most significant. Had it been done early, it could have been done cleanly and precisely. By the time we had the Pope who would do it, the Vatican had diplomatic treaties with the Soviet Union that barred it from speaking plainly. The Vatican had obtained a significant reduction in oppression of Christians through those diplomatic agreements. God certainly would have preferred it be done earlier, but once the Church had given her word in a way that barred a clear consecration, it would not have pleased God had the Vatican violated its solemn promise. And it would have made promises by the Church valueless if they could be voided anytime the Church chose a different route and said that God had said to break its promise. So it was more than politics…but there is blame to be had for not acting earlier.

        On the LttW assessment of the consequences of Obamacare, as I have written before, I have respect for LttW, just doubt much is of supernatural origin. During the debate, just in secular terms, I did a better job of describing the consequences of Obamacare than LttW has done – and that was entirely from natural reason. I had done extensive research and study on the various systems throughout the world during the 2006 cycle. While it is complicated, certain consequences arise from specific decisions. During the debate in America, the Democrats studiously avoided the negative consequences of command health systems throughout the world and the Republicans never made the history and evidence such a matter. But it could be foreseen – and was – by many purely secular sources strictly from secular evidence and reason.

        I rather support any who stay faithful to the Church and try to bring people in to safety. Whether the origin is supernatural or natural, a genuine care for the welfare of others always comes from God.

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        • Judy says:

          Thank your for your informed and interesting reply, Charlie.

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          • Judy says:

            I am not the learned historian that you are, Charlie, nor am I politically savy. However, this conversation reminds me of the speech Ronald Reagan made in March 1983 in which he referred to the USSR as being evil. I have read that everyone, including his wife, told him to refrain from using that word, and yet he did so. I think that this was one of the best speeches he ever made and he was courageous. Of course, you have made some very good points about the position of the Vatican in 1984. But, yes, one can fault them greatly for having waited so very long to do the consecration. If they had done it in due time and, as asked by Our Lady, Heaven would most probably have rejoiced in it and not merely accepted it. Who knows which parts of the sad history of our world could have been avoided?

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  14. NancyA says:

    Hmm. I don’t read it carefully, or scrutinize for defects, because I don’t live according to those locutions. I take them as possible. But as for what you’ve written about the Supreme Court decision, I don’t see that as saying the court would strike it down, and I do believe it touched off a maelstrom. I think that people have begun to see the truth of this admin.

    Probably should not send this because it is necessarily abbreviated.. I must dash immediately. But that’s about the gist of it…

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  15. Dan Lynch says:

    Well Charlie, I beg to disagree with your interpretation of Matthew 11:2-3 and your apparently dismissive reply to Jim J. McCrea.

    I don’t think that he or any of the saints did, as you wrote, “torture the actual text” of Matthew. In fact, Jim is with the majority.

    St. John the Baptist was sanctified in his mother’s womb. Both the Father and the Holy Spirit revealed to him that Jesus was the Messiah. Unlike us, he had sufficient grace not to doubt that Jesus was the Messiah.

    To me, John’s plain words to his disciples do not evince any personal doubts of his own that Jesus was the Messiah, but a challenge to his disciples to resolve their own doubts with their own eyes and ears from the mouth of Jesus.

    This is the majority opinion argued by Saints Hilary, Chrysostom, and Cyril, among others.

    Only a minority of Saints Tertullian and Justin Martyr argue that St. John the Baptist did doubt whether Jesus was truly the Messiah.

    “God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in distress. Thus we do not fear, though earth be shaken and mountains quake to the depths of the sea,” (Psalm 46).

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

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    • charliej373 says:

      Dan, I understand you disagree…concerning the majority and the minority on matters of faith, the majority wanted to crucify Jesus…the majority chose to kill many of the prophets. I honestly do not understand the instinct among some Christians to explain away any honest pain, doubt, sorrow or failing on the part of saints. There are some who maintain relentlessly that none of the saints ever had to struggle with the daily temptations and sorrows we do, that they were serenely above the fray. As a practical matter, I do not see how it could possibly be inspiring to anyone to treat the saints as if they, like the angels, are of a different order of being than the rest of us. If they are, what good as examples are they to us? It may be impressive that a cougar can do a vertical leap of eight feet, but it would be useless for me to imitate it because I am not a cougar. If a saint has some disposition where he is not even affected by doubts, sorrows, or pain as I am, it would be as futile for me to try to imitate him as to try to imitate that cougar.

      I know some of the saints engaged in hagiography about their predecessors. Frankly, I dislike the violence it does to the actual text of the Scriptures and how it requires its adherents to explain that what is written is not what it actually means. In all candor, I got enough explanations about how Scripture did not mean what it plainly says during my Protestant days. One of the reasons I came into the Church was it did not seem to have trouble grappling with what is actually written. So take it as it is, but I am not going to start adding a hagiographical gloss to every saint I admire just because it pains me to think of them as actually being human. The saints are those who, through many trials, have overcome the world. If all the hurdles, hardships and doubts were removed from them so they had a clear easy path, their triumph doesn’t mean very much.

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      • Observer says:

        Once again, Charlie, to quote the homespun wisdom of Mother Angelica……she used to say that she purposefully looked for biographies about the saints that contained all the warts. She thought that the biographers who painted them as plastic angels would spend a very long time in purgatory!

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      • malachi99 says:

        For any budding exegetes out there, CORNELIUS À LAPIDE, the renowned Jesuit biblical scholar, may help in our understanding the apparent doubts of John toward Jesus’ identity that an unnuanced reading of the passage might suggest:

        http://www.catholicapologetics.info/scripture/newtestament/11matth.htm

        Charlie I do agree that some hagiographical accounts of the lives of the saints have done a great disservice in making light of the struggles and strife, doubts, temptations, and fears that are an existential fact of human existence. Indeed, it is the Saints triumph over these aspects of the human condition through surrender to God that makes them such helpful guides and intercessors as we live these such same things ourselves.

        That said I do think it important to stress the equally valid point that the experiencing of such doubts, temptations, and weaknesses etc, is not in itself the litmus test of authentic humanity. The best example I can give of this is a seminar I gave on the question “whether Jesus knew he was God”? Besides the fact that many of the students held the not uncommon but bizzarre position that he was not God but God’s son (I’m sure you’ve come across this typically greek mythological conception before), none could except that from the first moment of his existence (incarnation), He not only knew in His humanity that He was indeed God but that He also knew precisely why He came into the world. Many theologians having become enamored by pop psychology would simply not have a Jesus that didn’t “grow” in consciousness of his person and his mission. Indeed, a fundamental axiom of many Christology courses (in Catholic institutions) is simply that Jesus had a rather confused knowledge of himself and that he in the end died in anguish thinking that he might very well have been deceived all along.

        God bless,

        JPW

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        • charliej373 says:

          Yes, I am all too familiar with that error, Malachi. The biggest problem, I think, is people either try to put a gloss on things to make it like they want it to be – or fall short in being able to conceive what, without the power of the Holy Spirit, was literally inconceivable.

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      • Dan Lynch says:

        Dear Charlie,

        The Issue here is whether on one particular occasion (Matthew 11:2-3) St. John the Baptist expressed doubt as to whether Jesus was the Messiah. In the opinion of Jim J. McCrea, myself and most of the Saints who have commented on this passage he did not.

        I did not say that all Saints are incapable at all times of expressing doubts. Neither did I make a plaster statue of St. John the Baptist. I simply believe, with the majority of the Saints who have commented on this passage, that on this particular occasion St. John the Baptist did not express a doubt.

        I respectfully believe that you have gone off on a tangent here.

        You seem to have lost your objectivity on this issue and gave knee-jerk reactions to both Jim and myself. I wonder if perhaps this is something personal with you Charlie. You previously wrote that your angel told you that you would doubt during the Storm. So, are you trying to say that all Saints are doubters and that there are no saints who did not doubt, simply because you will doubt?

        May God bless you!

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        • charliej373 says:

          No, it is not at all personal. You have done good work on a lot of things, Dan, and I appreciate that. You do have a bit of a tendency at times to be unable to conceive that anyone can disagree with you for legitimate reasons – that if you just repeat your the same point with more force, people will understand and see that you are giving the only possible reasonable interpretation. I respect the work you do and the fruit it has borne. Nonetheless, I think that the instinct towards hagiography does real damage to a lot of souls. I disagree not because I don’t understand you, but because I think the text and circumstances support my point of view. Now if you want to have the last word, feel free. I have made my point and am content and will leave it at that.

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  16. Observer says:

    Perhaps OT but still important since the topic is “Musings”…..including “more”: Linked on Spirit Daily: continued from Letter 31, Robert Moynihan’s Journal; Inside the Vatican:

    November 14, 2014, Friday — Francis Has His Hand On The Tiller — And He Will Not Change Doctrine

    But before beginning those stories, I have to insert a brief “newsflash”: that Cardinal Kasper on November 11 here in Rome, speaking at a small round-table I attended, said there will not be a change in Church doctrine on the indissolubility of marriage, only an effort to make Church pastoral care for individuals in problematic or broken relationships more charitable, effective and helpful.
    Yet while they wonder, and whisper, the very protagonists of the alleged move to change Church doctrine, men like Kasper and Coccopalmerio, are saying quite openly that a change in doctrine is not in the cards.

    It is not going to happen.

    The two discussed the October Synod on the Family for an hour and a half. About 25 people were present.

    One essential conclusion of the discussion was this: that the Church will not change her established moral doctrine.

    Both men said this: that next year, when the Synod reconvenes, there won’t be any change in Church doctrine, only an effort to change the application of the doctrine in specific cases.

    Coccopalmerio put it this way: “We never wished to change doctrine, only to change the application of the doctrine to particular cases. The doctrine cannot change.”

    And this means that those who fear that the barque of Peter is sailing “rudderless,” that there is no helmsman at the tiller, that Pope Francis is falling short in carrying out his mission to confirm his brothers in the faith and in assuring the unity of the Church, are wrong.

    …..To be noted: The Synodal process and Orthodoxy

    The second essential conclusion of the evening was something few have noted: that the process of the Synod, with the Pope listening and the bishops speaking freely, had profound ecumenical implications, especially with regard to the Orthodox.

    In other words, the Synod showed that the Petrine office can function through a process of discussion with bishops, as occurs in the Synods of the Orthodox Church. The Pope did not take an “authoritarian” role, but simply listened. In the Orthodox understanding, the Pope is sometimes thought of as an “authoritarian” figure, not simply the “servant of unity” and “servant of fidelity to tradition,” that Catholics believe him to be.

    What this means — and what has largely been overlooked in the coverage of the Synod — is that the Synod may have been a landmark in ecumenical relations, and may have been intended to be such a landmark.

    That is, that the Pope, in his desire to increase the possibility of a positive movement toward Church unity, especially with the Orthodox, wished this Synod to display to the Orthodox world a way of coming to decisions in the Church more in keeping with the Orthodox tradition.

    So, while the world was focused on the issues of marriage, divorce, remarriage, and communion, there was also, on a profound level, something happening in the area of reuniting the Roman Catholic Church with the Orthodox Churches.

    much more…..a very interesting and enlightening article:

    http://www.spiritdaily.com/A1115moynihan.htm

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    • charliej373 says:

      I found this a very striking article, when I read it. Perhaps that is just because it confirms much of what I suspect has been developing, anyway.

      Also, and for what it is worth, I said some months ago that readers are invited to go completely off topic if they wish whenever a Musings article is posted. I haven’t reiterated that for a while, so I will now. Musings gives me the opportunity to cover several bases at once – and to benefit from any completely different initiatives readers want to go in for us to consider.

      Hee hee, back in the day when I was doing radio, I usually had Fridays set aside for a caller-driven day…let my listeners set the agenda. I also, once a month, did what I called “Crackpot Call-In.” You didn’t have to be a crackpot to call in that day, but if you had some crack-pot theory I would normally shut down, that was the day I indulged – and actually – encouraged it.

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  17. audiemarie2014 says:

    Good morning, everyone! Here’s to Musings! I find the courage of this woman inspiring. Am sure she’ll be called a crackpot and I know we are to love our fellow Muslims, etc., but to stand up for her belief in Jesus like this made me review my own “courage.” I pray I don’t run the other way whenever God asks me to be bold.

    http://www.wnd.com/2014/11/christian-booted-from-national-cathedral-speaks-out/print/

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    • Connie says:

      I read this too Audie, and I was taken aback at her radical stance defending Jesus. Now she doesn’t mention what she was defending to cause her husband and children to distance themselves from her, but nevertheless, she doesn’t seem daunted by being left alone in the world practically, and living out of her car, to keep going forward open to whatever she feels God is calling her to next. That is radical love. Don’t know if like you say, she may be a “crackpot” but she may also just be living out the gospel as a disciple of Jesus. Either way, I truly don’t know if I could live that radically- have never felt I had a strong calling From God to do so. So maybe she will be an example to those who have had that kind of calling to leave everything behind and “follow me”.

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      • Lori says:

        If you look at Renew America, you will find a link to a WND story about Ms. Weick. After reading the article, which was well done, I did not get the feeling that she was a crackpot-though I expected to.

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        • charliej373 says:

          I used to regard the constant emails of WND as the fever swamps. They are as feverish as ever, but the last few years reality has been catching up with them. (I actually did tell a political colleague about five years ago that I had started watching WND for early warnings – and he said, a little sheepishly, that so had he.)

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    • the phoenix says:

      Wow, absolutely inspiring! Thanks for sharing this link, audiemarie!

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  18. Luis says:

    Hi all,

    There’s a nice bunch of videos from Antonio Yague (a spaniard supporter of Garabandal) that not only studies the etimology of the names of the seers and places on the apparitions, but also the “Sacred Astronomy” as the Magi did to find Jesus and he seems to find out some time frame and its very similar to Charlie’s-

    https://www.youtube.com/user/sedes333/videos
    (there are many in spanish but some in english too)

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  19. Observer says:

    Bravo! It’s official! Pope Francis announces 2015 visit to US

    Also, besides Philly for family congress (I’m 50 min away so am thrilled) probably New York and D.C. where it’s likely he’ll address Congress….unprecedented. “Game changer”, and off and running indeed, boldly! Prayers for our Pope. He has the world on his shoulders like never before and isn’t all that physically strong, trusting in the Holy Spirit and his Mother.

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  20. Friends, last night I dreamed there was a massive hurricane coming. I was in my basement covering windows and doors when I saw someone fighting the wind to get to my door. I had to use all my might to get the door open a crack, that’s how strong the wind was. I had a feeling that the full force of the storm was imminent. That’s when I woke up.

    I feel this dream is a warning that things are going to happen quickly now with great strength and fury. Jesus we trust in you! Guide us all into the next right step and help us to be signs of hope to others. Amen

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    • Patricia says:

      Janet,
      I asked Charlie this question when he posted Oct. 17th and he passed. So I am giving you the same question if you do not mind: imminent as in tomorrow or next week or early 2015, say Jan. Understanding that you may not “know” but only feel . thank you.

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      • Fran says:

        And does anyone else have the feeling, like me, that all of this is just surreal?

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        • Fran, I have that feeling all the time! However I learned long ago that God does not warn us so that we will be afraid, but so that we will NOT be afraid when these things happen. Imagine what it will be like for those who have not heeded the warnings. Thank you Jesus!

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          • charliej373 says:

            Exactly right, Janet. So many people, when I have told them that God has work for them – to be a sign of calm when chaos breaks out, to keep their colleagues and friends steady – a look of great peace and resolve comes over their faces. That is what this limited foreknowledge is about. “YOU be a sign of hope…and YOU trust to ME for your needs,” says the Lord.

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          • Fran says:

            I know, Janet, and I believe when the time comes I will be able to do what I need to do for those around me because the Lord has been preparing me in many ways for years. I think other people here can say that too though. Jesus has called up in me a calm resolve to get up and do before, so I will trust Him to do so again. I think the “surreal” feeling is coming from watching all things and people around you behaving normally, and knowing as you and Charlie have said, that all will be changed very quickly, and the world will not ever be the same. When I was a kid and teenager, I used to have these incidents randomly where I would suddenly feel like I was looking at things around me in a totally different way, and sometimes like everything was moving very fast to me, but it wasn’t to anyone else. I never did understand it, but it stopped eventually. I don’t know if I will explain this well enough, but today I was out doing normal things. There were Christmas decorations up already and music playing in stores. People shopping, driving, talking, working, making plans, doing all kinds of things, and I became keenly aware of it all, and this realization again that I am looking at the world in a totally different way… its not the world its supposed to be, but God is going to make it right… It’s time. So it brought a moment of decision…. I’m ready for whatever comes because I have Jesus, and no matter what the chaos, He is always calm and steady and true and strong, and He is here.

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      • I can’t say for sure Patricia. The Lord does not give me time-frames, but in the dream, the bad was there but the worst was just about there. Whether it’s tomorrow or in 2 months, the Lord wants us to trust in him. Sorry that’s the best I can do.

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        • Patricia says:

          As I just wrote a reply to Charlie below, thank you. It really does help to set it out that way. I am not sure though that calm is in my personality. We shall see.

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        • Our power went out in the middle of the night last night and again this evening. With the dog frantic from the Lightning and thunder and kids sobbing from fear of the dark, my husband and I didnt handle this “fire drill” very well. And that was just last night! Tonight the power went out after dark and we quickly lit candles. My oldest son was still very anxious and whiny and I snapped at him making him sob. Then the baby was crawling on me and kneed me in the nose and my daughter in the eye, making both of us cry. I. Lost. It. Yall, the power was out for TWO HOURS. Thats all! And I was so miserable to my family!!! Lord, you’re gonna have to be more generous with the graces if it is your will to get my family through the storm.

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          • NancyA says:

            in brief: I’m right there with ya, mom…!

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          • Mommy… 🙂 that reminds me of something I felt the Lord tell me about 5 years ago: “You do not know what hardship can do, even to good people. You must pray for yourself and for all, that in dire times you will remain filled with hope and charity. Prayer is key.”

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          • Connie says:

            I have the hope that when it is the real thing, and not the drill, Jesus will give out the graces sufficient for each moment if need be.

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          • Mick says:

            Mommy, I echo your prayer. I tend not to do awesomely during “fire drills.” I bet a lot of us (especially those of us with small kids) are like that. But I think (hope, pray) that we will discover that Christ truly meant it when He said, “My grace is sufficient for thee.”

            I had to giggle, though, when I read your post. In my head, I saw a scene straight out of the Family Circus comic strip. And I gotta say, every time I see your screen name on a post, for some reason my brain reads it as “mom of the century.” Maybe Our Lord is sending you a little message through my weird brain–you, and all of us mommies, will be viewed by our kids and husbands as mom of the century if we simply acknowledge God, take the next right step, and are a sign of hope to those around us during the Storm. If we do that, He will do the rest.

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        • the phoenix says:

          Fran,

          What you describe about the “surreal” feeling reminds me of the Carthusian motto: Stat crux dum volvitur orbis, or translated from the Latin, “The Cross is steady while the world is turning.”

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    • Fran says:

      Jesus I trust in you! Amen!

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  21. Julia says:

    Janet, when I have read about the storm like a hurricane, it referred to a spiritual storm. It seemed to me that this meant we need to cling to Jesus tightly, as in, hold on to Him tightly with both hands.

    What puzzles me is, I am one of those people who were woke up at 3am for several years, and came to realize it was a call to say Divine Mercy Chaplet. This has stopped happening for the bones of a year now, and I wonder why. I still say Chaplet in the afternoon at 3 O’clock.

    Something must have changed; but I don’t know what. Maybe, I have not been faithful enough and the Lord has made me redundant for my lack of growth in His service and in my faith. Any ideas.

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  22. Julia says:

    Charlie will probably say ‘silly moo Julia’ the Lord is giving you time out, after all you’re old and tired. It’s just a much needed rest before the storm.

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  23. Mary-Louise says:

    For those of us in the U.S., the governor of Missouri has just declared a state of emergency ahead of the expected grand jury announcement surrounding the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson. There are some who believe there will be civil unrest throughout the country. This may be one of the first things that happen here as the storm approaches. Prayers are probably in order for the protestors and those in law enforcement.

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    • Patricia says:

      That is what I had in mind Mary-Louise when I asked Janet the question of what she thought was when. Many people here in my neck of the woods think that all out civil unrest is to take place across the country causing very very serious problems.

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    • Observer says:

      Yes, and there is a report of a police officer (unverified) telling people to arm themselves because they won’t be able to defend you since their own authorities have placed them under so many regulations (PC I suppose).

      I remember that video that Peter B had mentioned of Rick Joyner where Rick’s dream showed him the rise of militias in all parts of the country sorta taking over due in part to such unrest that authorities won’t be there to protect….much confusion to where people won’t know which “protectors” to trust.

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  24. Patricia says:

    I should add that some are thinking the civil unrest could be our Sarajevo. And it is not strictly prurient interest on the “is it now” question. Many of us here and elsewhere have plans to travel for Thanksgiving and Christmas. God, in His wisdom, will do as He wishes with us but I sure would like to know what He would like us to know and would hate to think we could know but did not ask. 🙂

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    • charliej373 says:

      Patricia, I am going to elaborate a little. I do not refrain from such things out of sheer pig-headedness, though I guess that is how it must seem to many of you.

      The purpose of this Storm is to get us to quit relying on ourselves and our cleverness – and rely moment to moment on God. You mention your and your family’s travel plans for the holidays. So why do you want to know details? So you can adjust your plans, of course. You think if you just knew “what” and “when,” you could plan accordingly and escape moment to moment reliance on God in the matter. I understand the instinct…heaven knows. I thank God I have been disciplined for so long – for way back when the stakes were small and little important would be lost because of it, I slyly tried to manipulate things according to foreknowledge or, even worse, tried to “fix” something that I had been told would come because it did not seem fair to me. Invariably, the disaster that ensued was MUCH worse than the disaster coming had I just been obedient and helped pick up the pieces. And often, it was people I loved who bore the brunt of my disobedience.

      I have plans – and my family have plans for travel during the holidays. Do you think if I could keep them safe I would not? And yet I know the consequences of disobedience – and of using foreknowledge God gives in order to try to thwart His larger will. I HAVE known at times family who were in the line of great peril. Six or seven years ago I desperately wanted to warn some family members about a particular situation – but I had been trained well and long enough that I knew attempting to do so could very well get them killed. So like anyone else, I had to trust whatever God did and live in the moment.

      I know the instinct so well because I lived it. I begged God not to tell me anything more than I HAVE to know. He has been kind. The last few years, in most cases, when I need to have foreknowledge, He does it in little hints. that makes it much easier for me not to pine after doing it my own way…to know the season but still trust entirely to Him. Here is what would happen if I did know the moment and told everyone: most everyone would start making specific plans to minimize the impact on them, which would thwart God’s intention that they live moment to moment depending on Him. Many would die as a result – and I would be held responsible for their deaths. I know many of you think I am being mulish. I am trying to save your lives to endure the Storm. If you really knew all the things you think you would like to know, very quickly, like me, instead of asking to know more, you would beg to know as little as possible and trust completely.

      When I can tell you something that will not endanger your life or your soul, I do. Shoot, I have told you the big one – the rescue in late 2017…the rare thing I did NOT want to tell, but was ordered to reveal. But when I do have foreknowledge because it is unavoidable, I go to great pains NOT to show it by changing plans. Already, if I change plans for ordinary reasons, people wonder if something is up. If I knew I would be flying on an airplane right at the moment all power was lost everywhere, I would not change my plans, would just figure that was where God wanted me to be when things hit – and would give me the grace to be a sign of hope to those I was with. And if it were to be my end, well, I would have been obedient to the end.

      So I don’t mind you asking…but my purpose is not to satisfy anyone’s desire or even need to know – but to get them safely to the other side of this Storm. And giving info that will trigger your specific planning instinct is more likely to get you killed than to keep you safe. The rules have changed in ways you cannot yet fathom.

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      • SteveBC says:

        In 1987 I took a solo cross-country trip in my car, a Mitsubishi Starion with about 5″ of clearance. One day I saw a sign saying a 60-mile stretch of road in New Mexico was for 4WD high-axle vehicles ONLY, but the road I could see was smooth gravel. Well, it indeed was smooth, for about 20 miles. Then I turned a corner and suddenly found myself heading down a shallow slope over torn up mud and roots. It looked like someone had ploughed it up with a giant farm tractor.

        After a second or two of shock, and the realization that I absolutely could not stop, let alone go back, I held the accelerator down and pushed through the worst of it.

        I didn’t know anything about what was coming on the remaining 40 miles. I could not go back. I had no supplies for off-roading, no winches, no wires, just a sports car with smoothish wheels and 5″ of clearance.

        I pressed on, very slowly and very carefully, one step at a time. It turned out that the worst was over, but the next 20 miles was so difficult I never knew whether I would make it. It took me five (5!) hours to go that middle 20 miles. I saw not a soul. I just went 100 feet, then another 100 feet, and so on. Twice I got so stuck I thought I was done, but I persevered, and I made it through. I drove for miles on the lips of potholes over a foot deep, that would have trapped my car if I’d made a mistake, but somehow in fields of such potholes right next to each other, I was able to drive those narrow lips past hundreds of such potholes and never fell in.

        It was without question the best, most intense, highest driving experience I have ever had, but if you had told me what was coming around that corner before I got there and had to commit, I would have chickened out. Think what I would have missed.

        This memory has been much on my mind recently, as I cogitate on preparations and foreknowledge. Charlie, your summary here comes at a good time for me, in light of my recalling this driving adventure. I think I’m finally getting why you handle this kind of thing as you do.

        I’m a slow learner on this kind of stuff and go down many blind alleys before I get whatever I’m working on. As I match the “high” of that car adventure with the possibility of a coming Storm, I’m thinking that car trip is more of a model than anything else I have to fall back on.

        I am often worried about what the Storm will be like, and lately I’ve been incredibly busy in a way that has worn me down. But if my experience in the Storm is a high like my car trek, I will in some ultimate sense not regret being in it. With the car, it turned out that I had *nothing* appropriate for the conditions I found myself in. I’m thinking I should also assume I will have little to nothing appropriate for the Storm no matter how hard I try to gather stuff that *seems* appropriate now.

        That’s actually very relaxing.

        Thank you for your patient instruction, Charlie.

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        • charliej373 says:

          The Storm will be remembered as a time of heroes – ordinary people who rose to became heroes – even as all the prominent pompous frauds sank into the swamps of history. Other than Neville Chamberlain, who is an object lesson in contemptibility, who can remember any of the other officials who fiddled while Europe was nearly lost? And yet, they considered themselves the best and brightest…enlightened men who a few month before their collapse regarded Winston Churchill with scornful derision as a primitive dinosaur of a man, an anti-intellectual cowboy. They belong in the graveyard of fatuous dreams.

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    • Patricia a couple of years back, when I was working on a military base we were hosting a volunteer event and I found myself doing dishes with the Colonel’s wife, who originally was from Bosnia. She had met her husband when he was serving there.

      I had read a book not that long before called Zlata’s Diary (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zlata's_Diary). Zlata is sometimes referred to as the Ann Frank of Bosnia. Anyway, I told the Colonel’s wife about the book and that I was struck by how suddenly their lives changed. She was a typical 13 year old, going out for fast food, listening to CDs with her friends, hanging posters of the latest dreamy teen idol on the wall. Within 2 weeks they were under siege. No food, no electricity, no communications. Snipers made it so that they couldn’t even leave their house without great risk. They lost contact with relatives in the same town, didn’t know if they were dead or alive. Everything fell apart in a matter of days.

      As I was describing the book to this woman, she began to weep. She said that was exactly how it had been. Two weeks before it had been inconceivable to think that neighbor would turn against neighbor. It could NEVER happen there–they thought.

      The book and the conversation were a real eye-opener for me. Yes things can change in an instant. But God is the same yesterday, today, and forever! Jesus we trust in you. Save souls!

      BTW unlike Ann Frank, Zlata made it out of Bosnia safely, but only after much hardship and at great risk.

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      • D Shea says:

        .. and think of the Western Europeans in the Summer of 1939. The Poles, Danes, Dutch, French, Belgians, Brits, ……. enjoying life but with those rumors of war and news reels of those silly “Nuts” in Germany, Italy and Russia …. and the Japanese in China but who really cared about those people anyway … Not to worry! … Neville Chamberlain with that Piece of Paper and proclaiming “Peace in Our Time” … Right!? …. and our USA where The Home Land has not witnessed a major Horrific War since 1865 and those memories are long forgotten except by students of history. George Santayana was correct: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. So…… horror can and will happen in the USA and anywhere else and already is, on a daily basis, in any gang plagued city, abortion “Clinic”, drug den or sex slave operation. I’m guessing that most of my friends here, even those beset with health/wealth troubles, are living a “Good Life” compared to most of present-n-historical humanity. Who wants to dwell on horror …. but it’s upon US! Five acre plots in New Hampshire or cabins out in the woods of Arkansas just won’t save you because we will be facing Satan and his disciples and useful idiots…. and we are facing a Civil War and those on the frontier fringe don’t survive well! Strength will be in numbers of liked minded Believers guided by The Holy Ghost and Guardian Angels … so … be “Scoping Out” your friends-n-neighbors for those you believe might help you weather The Storm! God Save US!

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  25. Patricia says:

    Charlie,
    I do not think you are being pig headed. I think you will say what you can and will not when you can not. I do very much appreciate what you said since it gives, at least me, a much better sense of what to expect. I have been feeling every morning that the world we are living in , as Fran said, is quite surreal. I hope every morning that all this is still a ways away and I can relax and not be on alert. (Sorry but I am what I am). And now I know I can not. Thank you.

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    • charliej373 says:

      No problem, Patricia. I have had a few family members who get irate at me. Then there was one who was shown things very briefly and instead of wondering why I didn’t tell more asked instead how I did not go stark raving mad.

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  26. NancyA says:

    I have had a different response. I am in the middle of a bit of a project to get my special needs daughter the best education I can manage to get her. We found a great school, superb, but 40 miles away. I was reluctant but the school is so good, I was sold. Then it was yanked out from under us and a different, lesser plan put into place in our district for my daughter. I am NOT pleased. I am working hard on this. Enter: The Next Right Step. hmm. What if… what if Charlie is right? What if something is going to happen SOON? (I have been expecting it for years, but you get used to that) I realized that I do not want my little girl so far away from me if an emergency should take place… I realized that ANY emergency can take place at any time. Even if Charlie is NOT right. I’ve realized that the best education is maybe not worth it in the long run. This isn’t trying to plot and plan and know God’s mind before it’s time… it’s more of a prudent choice now that I am faced with considering the “any eventuality” that might be.

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    • charliej373 says:

      That is prudence, Nancy. Seeing something that may be a greater good that what you imagined to be the greatest good, then following God’s little promptings. That, I consider, docility.

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      • CrewDog says:

        Charlie ain’t the only Guy with a “China Complex”. Remember there is “Nothing new under the Sun”! Guys like Winston Churchill and US Navy Intelligence were worried about the inevitable conflict with Germany and Japan in the early 1930s…. but, as usual, the Western “Democracies” will not be prepared ;-(
        “Navy Intel Officer Warns of Future China Conflict – Calls for telling the truth about Beijing”
        http://freebeacon.com/national-security/navy-intel-officer-warns-of-future-china-conflict/
        “The Next Great War: America vs. China?”–Julian Sneider http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/the-next-great-war-america-vs-china-12169
        GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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        • charliej373 says:

          Hee hee…but I was saying it 20 years ago. Interesting, though, CrewDog, a brother of mine had been alienated from all religion for several decades. Back in early 2009 he stumbled by accident on one of the Spirit Daily articles concerning me…and he had had no idea of these things, though he has always had great respect for and confidence in me from a completely natural perspective. He had a very high-level security clearance because of his sensitive work in the Navy. Many things persuaded him this was true, but a big part was some stuff I spoke of on such affairs that even most Congressmen are not aware of. He quickly converted and is a faithful Catholic – with a traditionalist bent. He loves the Latin Mass.

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