Musings – The Widening Gyre

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A few postscripts on my column on the Great Apostasy, largely driven by reader comments and questions from my email box…

– When I speak of orthodoxy, I mean fidelity to both Christian doctrine and the authentic interpretive authority. Loyalty to Christian doctrine and to the Pope, individually, and the Bishops, in their collective capacity as far as the Magisterial, or formal teaching function, goes, is indivisible. Christ gave us the structure for authentic interpretations. If you claim loyalty to doctrine but dismiss the proper judges, you have declared yourself a law into yourself. If you claim loyalty to a nation, but would only submit to the decrees of its courts so long as they ruled as you want, that would be a prescription for anarchy. If you call yourself Catholic and seek to oust the Pope, you are not orthodox, no matter how intensely you claim fealty to certain doctrines.

– One fellow asked if I thought we are in schism. No, we are not. But when you see hostiles massing their forces at the borders and bringing in the heavy artillery to the front lines, you had best gird your loins or you will soon find yourself in the midst of schism.

– Some objected on formal grounds to my use of the word, ‘apostasy,’ when the term, ‘schism,’ would seem more technically applicable. I do not dismiss their critique lightly – and they are academically accurate in a way I am not quite yet. But I thought carefully and did not choose the term lightly, either. People often equate modern problems to the fall of the Roman Empire. Meh…I have long found the fall of the Roman Republic to be much more instructive. As the Caesars rose, they maintained the forms of freedom and representation while gutting them of their substance – culminating in the Emperor Caligula demonstrating his contempt for the legislature by appointing his horse to be a Senator. Age and arrogance may well have eventually felled Rome anyway, but the process was sped along dramatically by the slow, muffled gutting of its representative institutions. To keep the forms of worship while gutting the faith of the guarantors that Christ set up to interpret doctrine would be the same thing. It is far more deadly and comprehensive than people estimate right now.

– Some got the idea that the orthodox and those who revere traditional forms of worship are the problem. Big miscue! I said clearly that this last deception was designed to mimic what is objectively good. Orthodoxy and a respect for tradition engender fidelity and faithfulness – it is objectively GOOD, which is why satan chooses it for his final mask. While those who are orthodox and traditional may be most vulnerable to this deception, they are also the strongest bulwark against it when properly armed. My column was designed to help provide them with some ammunition.

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A few have asked what happened to my sister, Kim, who was going to help in the clearing of comments here. She has MS and shortly after she was to get to it, she had one of her occasional relapses, this one more prolonged than most. Now when things are bad, she can be a little fuzzy-headed and very hot tempered. Knowing herself and where she is at, she is not going to start at it until she feels clear. Say a few prayers for her.

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I am going to add a few permanent links over the next day or two. I think I will add a new category for ‘Insightful Christian Writers.’ Msgr. Charles Pope, of the Archdiocese of Washington has a wonderful piece out today. I will add a permanent link to him.

Also, our own Linda Summerfields has set up the Blessed Hope Forums. She did it in consultation with me. It has several avenues for discussion, but at the top it covers several key areas, including a forum for “Preparing for Changes.” This spot is where people are invited to go and discuss simple and homey preparations – things such as the Hawthorn Tea that many spoke of here a few weeks ago – at more length and depth. I list it among “Preparation” site links. Also, you should know that the gorgeous photo she uses in the title is one she took herself. I thought it was an art photo. It is, but she is the artist.

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A correspondent from my old home state of Illinois who converted from Orthodoxy to Catholicism let me know that Eastern-rite Catholics do NOT take kindly to the term, “Uniate.” Apparently, it is used as an insulting pejorative by Orthodox in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. I did not know that, but I will make sure to use the terms Ukranian Catholics or Greek Catholics or whatever – and will edit any comments that refer to Uniate Churches to reflect that sensibility.

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As this site has grown, so has the SPAM that comes into my box. The site segregates it automatically. Occasionally, a legitimate comment ends up there. It was originally easy to monitor it, but now I think I would need a part-time assistant to do it. I try, but sometimes it gets so huge I just have to dump it without looking through everything there.

If you have submitted comments that have not been cleared, first look at the rules on comments by pressing the “Comments” button on the bar at the top of this page to make sure you have been keeping to the basic rules. If so, send me an email at chrljhnstn@gmail.com and I will watch to make sure your comments don’t get lost in the SPAM section.

Also, of late people have been touting their favorite projects to me, often straining to somehow relate them to the faith. Some of these are good, some not so much. But this website is concerned with matters of the faith. That is its purpose and focus. I ask you not to send such submissions – and if you do, I may not be able to respond.

Also, as I do have a “Comments” policy written that sets out some basic standards. If you send some absurd conspiracy theory, if you don’t give credible references (other than to say “it is well documented” without providing some actual, uh, documentation), I will just delete the comment. I used to respond to every commenter,  by email, even if I could not clear their comment. I simply can’t any more. It is both too much time and too many are trying to slip stuff through. If you try to get stuff through without taking the time to think it through, document it, and follow the standards I will not burden my readers with it or waste time on it.

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Finally, in Ferguson, Missouri tonight the Grand Jury followed the evidence and gave no bill of indictment against the officer involved in the shooting of the young man who was trying to take his gun away. Everybody is expecting a riot. Police in my family are on heavy alert in completely different cities.

These are not protestors there: they are a lynch mob. People in it repeatedly said they did not care what the evidence or the law said; they just wanted the blood of a policeman that did not just lay down and be assaulted or die. Now, fomenting lynch mobs ultimately did not work out so well for white folks when they constituted 90% of the population, once the tide turned. I have to think it is not going to turn out any better for black folks who constitute about 15% of the population. I am surprised at how relentlessly the administration has tried to whip up racial divisions and hatreds out of nothing. They know that if there is widespread violence, there will be a widespread backlash. I can’t help but wonder why they would foment this, unless they were shopping for justification to declare a national emergency and assume emergency powers. Let’s hope this flops, too.

It is not about race, but about a socio-economic divide. The permanently dependent class has gotten very petulant. And the idiot media has been so irresponsible and inflammatory about half of them should be sentenced to life in prison.

About charliej373

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

    • charliej373 says:

      Ha, Gary, if going premium would help me clear comments or respond to emails quicker, I would. But seeing as how I mainly live poverty these days, I don’t see a benefit in it that would actually make the site better or more user-friendly.

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  1. Andrea says:

    Again, thank you so much for the wisdom that you use so wisely. Praise God! Your words and incite are such a blessing in my life. I wish I could be your assistant. Will pray for your sister and for all, health, mind, emotional issues of your readers and yourself. Thank you.

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    • joanp62 says:

      Andrea, and I mean this in all charity, I think you mean Charlie’s insight, although he does incite us to be better lovers of God, Church and others. God Bless. 🙂

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  2. MM Bev says:

    I am so terribly sorry that Kim is going through a relapse. I sincerely hope it is of short duration and leaves no permanent results. I will be praying for her. Charlie, God cannot help but know that He has chosen the best of the best. How Kim is affects every one in the family, you especially. I know from my own experiences how hard it is to “park” worry and concern to the back of the mind, and to carry on with the work at hand. And your work, especially requires such focus and attention. I do pray for you and the rest of your family.

    And with this situation in Ferguson and so many other cities – I pray that this will not create a reason for Marshall law. The police seem to be using great restraint and hopefully control will soon be accepted. The fires concern me as this is a new element. God alone can calm this situation.

    Thank you for all that you are doing for us, especially as it is causing you time and energy that you likely don’t have right now.

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  3. Barbara Dore says:

    Did you know that the Ghostly green ish horse had appeared in Egypt a few years ago. White four orbs were following him or they keep an eye on this green rider.
    What caused the green horse image in MSNBC’s Egypt coverage …

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    Feb 21, 2011 – 23 posts – ‎18 authors
    I don’t know anything about cameras, what camera issue would an image of a green horse show up? Was it a reflection of one of the horse …

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  4. Mick says:

    Charlie, I’m praying for Kim–and for you. By the way, I pinched a nerve in my back yesterday. As I was lying on my bed in agony (OK, I’m engaging in a bit of hyperbole; but it was rather painful), I thought of you and the pain you go through with your neurological condition. I gotta admit, I don’t know how you do it. I’m quite a wimp and am really glad that my back is feeling a lot better today. God bless you, your sister, and all those who have chronic conditions (especially those conditions which involve considerable pain).

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    • charliej373 says:

      The funny thing, Mick, is that you do get used to the pain. It becomes like a sort of bickering companion. It is the fatigue that drives me batty. I hate getting tired so much easier than I used to – and having to take fatigue so seriously. If I try to push myself through it, I can easily trigger a genuine episode which can put me in bed for a day to three days and, on one occasion, a week. I hate that. And then, on these wounds which you can largely hide the symptoms of, you get the dual problem of not wanting people to notice your pain because you don’t want them to baby you and nthen getting irritated when they think you’re dogging it because you have to take a nap. It is why my sister and I love visiting each other. If one walks wordlessly away to take a nap, neither cares. If we don’t feel like talking all day, neither cares. If we feel like it, we laugh and hoot – but neither cares. I feel more completely relaxed at my sister’s than at any other place in the world. God bless her…she and her husband, Brian, say the same thing about me…that they love to have me visit because we have such fun and there is no pressure.

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  5. Jim M. says:

    There is a world of difference between justice and revenge. The concept of what is just and right is an inspiration from Heaven. The concept of revenge is fueled by hatred fomented by the devil.

    In our disposable world where the masses clamor for instant gratification, the haphazard and reckless reporting by the press now serves as judgment. One accused or suspected of a crime is not necessarily guilty of that crime – it is only when facts are separated from fiction in the judicial process, where witness credibility is tested and credited or discredited, where rules determine what evidence will or will not be admitted, that an objective decision can be made on the issue of guilt or innocence.

    We lost our “free” press starting in in the 1960’s. Slowly, but certainly, the mainstream press became a tool of the progressive left. And is now positioned to sway the masses toward the abyss. Revenge now supplants justice. The state supplants religion. Freedom has given way to the false promise of security. And those that were once citizens are being herded into the corral of subjects.

    This is probably highly unfair, but a thought occurred to me this morning – what Charles Manson started, the Obama Administration seems to be finishing. Manson’s goal was to create a race war in the United States. Which, based on their actions, the Administration seems all too willing to accommodate. And the inspiration for both certainly comes not from heaven.

    Division. One of the common tactics of the devil. And a textbook tactic of the late Saul Alinsky, who counted our President and our former Secretary of State among his loyal disciples. It is telling that Alinsky makes special acknowledgement in his book, Rules for Radicals, in a last but not least mention, to that “first” radical who “won his own kingdom” – Lucifer. I forced myself to read this abomination, which preaches any means to the end, the unbridled use of division and deception, the elevation of calumny and lies to an art form, and the stirring of the masses to violence.

    What kind of man makes such a dedication is beyond me. What kind of people embrace and follow his directives are those bent on leading the United States into perdition.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I want to note that the first time I heard that Saul Alinsky had dedicated his book to satan, I thought it was a hyperbolic joke. It is not. He really did.

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      • Jim M. says:

        Kind of like liberation theology Masonic style…..

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      • Bet your boots Alinsky knows s.tan is not his friend now…

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      • Fran says:

        Charlie, I did not know that Saul Alinsky had dedicated his book to Satan, but that helps me to know that I haven’t been totally crazy in my thought that, Obama, although probably not knowingly, is being influenced or used by the devil, perhaps because of pride and thirst for power. I don’t say that to anyone usually because people just think you are nuts, but I feel like I can say it here. Before he was elected, every time I saw or heard him speak, I had this uneasy, disturbing feeling (much more than just dislike I had of any former candidate). Then when I read about Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals”, and how his teachings have influenced Obama, I was even more disturbed. As his administration has progressed, I would think back to what I had read in excerpts of Alinsky’s book. In light of what is going on in Ferguson, and what you said about whipping up “racial divisions and hatred”, I am thinking of this again.
        Here is one quote from Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” for readers who may not be familiar with it: “[You must help] the people in the community…feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and chance the future. [An] organizer must shake up the prevailing patterns of their lives—agitate, create disenchantment and discontent with the current values, to produce, if not a passion for change, at least a passive, affirmative, non-challenging climate. [You must] fan the embers of hopelessness into a flame of fight.”
        You said in another post some things about Obama and that he will, after a long time, realize his wrongdoing and be repentant (correct me if I misstated that in any way). This has helped me to pray for him, because I can only imagine what a difficult moment that will be, and the temptation to despair that may overtake him. Jesus, have mercy on our poor, wayward country, and shine your truth into the heart and mind of our President.

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          • Fran says:

            I just reread what you posted about what your angel told you about Obama. I don’t have a good memory… I had forgotten that you said that Obama was “utterly sincere”, and” believes that he is doing good”. Does that mean that if he is following teachings of Saul Alinsky that he thinks they are good? I am just a little confused about whether he may or may not be influenced or manipulated by evil forces… and so whatever I just said above may be totally wrong then. So sorry if I am confusing and mistaken….that’s me. :-/

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          • charliej373 says:

            Some are active collaborators of the satan…some are dupes of the satan. That is one of the grave problems with vanity; it makes you easily duped, even if you are sincere…and it makes you constantly angry about being contradicted.

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          • MM Bev says:

            Once again I agree wholeheartedly with you, Fran. Alinsky is a real conundrum. It is almost perverse that he should have become the man he was, from the family environment he was raised in. Often during the years of this administration, listening to the statements of many, many in the administration, one can pinpoint different “rules” of Alinsky’s, used very cleverly. It took a long, long time before those combating the statements that flowed endlessly over the years, to at last say out loud his name and book.

            What’s worse is that the Obama received his training in “community organizing” as the vile tactics are called, thanks to one of the main Archdioceses in the United States. I am hesitant to specifically say which without double checking, but Phyllis Shadfly published a book recently containing all of the information, including photocopies of the cheque he received from the Archdiocese to cover his expenses and explicitly stating what the money was for. That was Obama’s only claim to fame before he became a senator for two years before his election in 2008. (Her article and photocopy of the cheque is in an article published on “Renew America”. Listing her name and key words in the search should provide any interested party with the concrete information.) And the mass overwhelming of the border was a clear example of the Cloward-Piven Stategy. It got so bad that when I was watching certain people from the administration speaking, I could tell which “rule” they were using. Alinsky gave explicit clear instructions and simple rules on how….to take from the “haves” and give to the “have nots”. It has been used for a long time by many in the United States, and this administration is simply the flowering and fruit of his ideas and techniques. Divide, conquer and rule. I have wondered if Benghazi was a case of the “used” being eliminated. Once one discovers how “used’ one has been, they aren’t silent for long. To take a line from pirate books, “Dead men tell no tales”.

            Listening to Bill Ayers talk gives the same experience. Weather Underground, eventually a professor of law at Columbia University, and it was he who held the first event introducing Obama to the political world. I have always felt that the power behind a two year, unknown senator becoming the President of the United States of America, without any “vetting” of his background was not Jesus. Especially when one did do what checking that was able to be gained. Absolutely insane. A lot of unsavory people have had access to our young adults minds through education: Angela Davis, and a number of other radical protesters and those involved in criminal activities against the States during the l960’s.

            Former KGB Agent Yuri Bezmenov defected back in the 80’s. He tried to warn us. He clearly deliniates the four stages in beaking down a country to accept “the new normal”.
            http://www.theconservativetreehouse.com/2011/10/17/former-kgb-agent-yuri-bezmenov-explains-our-four-stages-of-the-new-normal/ This is a short video. He also has a longer one in which he tells how he escaped from India, was debriefed by the UK and then the US. That vidoe in on, I believe, Youtube, which can be found using his name. It expands on the stages.

            It was not only in politics that Alinsky made inroads. Going back years he had influence in training people both lay and priests in the Church. There was a lot of “community organizing” going on for many years. Liberation Theology also used similar ideas in organizing the poor in Latin America. We’re going a long way back now. But that was exactly the idea. Train people, let them get into the “right” positions over time, and the population will eventually destroy themselves, and do it willingly.

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          • MM Bev says:

            Grumble, grumble, growl, growl, grumble…….
            Well I enter the Blaze web address I listed, and it will be a miracle if you find the article. (Of course, almost anyone is better at those things than I am.) So then I went over the Renew America, site and tried the search there. …all ten pages, with the same result. (ditto). Then I tried the site that I got the original information from, because I have a print out but it’s not a blog, at the time of original entry it was a business site.
            So the end result, is that I have in my now quivering hand (from all that work) a hard copy that I can’t link to. Buy the book. Write her. Whatever. Meanwhile I have to retract who the Catholic prelate was that give the money to Obama unless you’d like to come up to Canada and visit me. (On your dime, of course.) and view and photocopy the original hard copy.

            I am now so tired that I am running away from home. No, not the US. Surely one tank of gas will get me to Spain, or maybe a South Sea island……yah, that’s it. A South Sea island.

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          • Fran says:

            MMBev, actually I do know about a connection between the Catholic Church, Saul Alinsky, and Obama. Before Obama was elected, I was reading and reading about him, because as I said there was just something about him that was really bothering me. In my reading, I came across the information about Saul Alinsky and community organizers and such, which was disturbing enough, but then somehow I found information about the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and that funds that were collected by unknowing Catholics were being given to pro-abortion, pro-gay and other individuals and groups, even political organizations that were associated directly or indirectly with Saul Alinsky organizations. There was a connection with Obama somehow, but I don’t remember all that I found at the time since it was about 8 years ago. I do know that what I found so upset me that I wrote to a Bishop of the Catholic Church, who I don’t want to name, to tell him what I found, and asking if it was true. He said that he did not know about this, that it was very disturbing, and he would be doing some checking himself, if I remember correctly. I do not know what he found, or did after that. I never heard anything else. The whole thing sounded so crazy that I think the few people that I told seemed to think it was too crazy and implausible to be true, but here it has come out, apparently in the book that you mentioned. Also I just found a link to a video that Michael Voris did last year that explains it all in more detail with evidence. So I have something to back this up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=481bgi5Du0s#t=2429
            The whole thing is still stunning to me.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Sadly, Fran, it is fully true. I was horrified at it at the time…wrote a few blistering letters to Church authorities and did a very subdued piece in one of the secular journals I was writing for at the time. It was stunning how deep the corruption went. I never again gave to the Campaign for Human Development, no matter how flush I was. However bad you think it was, it was almost certainly worse than that. Whether intentionally, through naievete, or through stupidity, Catholic Social Services had put the Church in America fully in bed with the abortionists and those trying to destroy Christianity. I consider it the most hideous scandal in the Church in the last 15 years as it was not just a failure, but an absolute embrace of objective evil.

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          • the phoenix says:

            Regarding the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, for several years now when they put the donation envelopes in our pews and have us fill out the envelopes during a sermon at Mass, I dutifully write my name, address, phone number, check the box where it says “No, I am not donating at this time” and then I write the following: “I only donate to organizations which are completely pro-life and follow the teachings of the Church. Please call me to discuss this.” Then I deposit my empty envelope in the collection basket. So far, nobody has ever bothered to call me.

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      • Bev says:

        Having sleep for a few hours, I now am almost human. Fran, it’s beginning to feel a little eerie how we bounce back and forth off each other. I clicked on the video link you provided, have watch just a little, enough to recognize where it is going to go. I haven’t watch Church Militant for a while, I often did. Voris is very forthright, often, it seems, isn’t liked, but always backs up his statements well and provides a link if a person wants to check further. This one I didn’t watch. I tried so hard for so many years, back to 1980, to provide people I knew who were involved in the Church (that was the only way I knew them-lectored and scheduled and trained them for 15 years, taught Sacramental Prep for First Confession and First Communion for many wonderful years, Pastor Council-) to absolutely NO AVAIL. No matter what information I had concerning their “pet organization”, they didn’t want to hear. In fact, I just sent a couple a tiny bit of information about Charlie, and said email back if you want more. Nada. People would rather be blind. Even very, very wonderfully good Catholic people (trads category). Why? I don’t understand why.
        I couldn’t verify by site what I am sure is coming on that video, and here you are, riding to the rescue providing a site I didn’t even know about. Saul Alynski did so much terrible damage to the Catholic Church (not alone, by golly, because he got the church’s blessing) and in so many other areas of institutions that affect our lives.
        So thank you again,

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        • Fran says:

          You are welcome, MMBev, but me finding that video link was more Divine inspiration because, as I said, my memory is bad, so as I was doing the search for documentation, i said a quick prayer for help to remember what key words I may have put in when I initially “found” this information. I typed in what came to me, and the first thing that came up was Michael Voris’ video, and it was even better than anything I had found before! So there you go. I too have found that people just don’t want to hear things, and that even telling people of authority doesn’t mean anything is going to happen either. This has happened to me more than once, and I don’t understand it either. I have each time just had to leave it to God, and say, “Well, I did what I could, and you know all, and control all, so I leave this in your capable Hands.”
          And yes, it is interesting how we seem to bounce off of each other…;-)
          I am so deeply disturbed, Charlie, that all of this and more is true. It really is another example of how the “smoke of satan” has entered the Church. God help us…

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    • siobhanolp says:

      Jim, the “Powers That Be” want to tear everything down so they can impose communism. That’s the real reason they have allowed massive illegal immigration – it has nothing to do with compassion or charity. They want to box us in so we can’t mount any resistance to them. What I find so depressing is how the US Bishops are going along with this and all for government money. We’re on the horizon of something very,very bad.

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    • Judy says:

      Yes, I bought and read the book myself. The dedication and quote re Lucifer is there. One has to understand what we are dealing with in the USA so I decided that reading the book would be helpful to understand the strategy of people in power and, hopefully, to actually identify the carefully crafted actions (falsely presented as good) as they were unfolding. I found the book to be ugly and, since it is a blueprint to deceive the masses, it seems like a tool for Satan. Alinsky was known to be an atheist, but he certainly seemed to have a full inclination toward Darkness. It is possible that atheism was his public persona, but Satanism might have been his private persona. Just my opinion….There are many others in the news today who found Alinsky’s writings to be very “helpful”. These are sad days for the United States and the world in general. Trust in Christ, the guidance of Holy Spirit, and Our Blessed Mother’s advocacy are what give us hope for the future. I pray all the time that Christ blesses us with leaders who will deliver us from the many evils of our day.

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  6. Mick says:

    Charlie, regarding Ferguson and the government’s attempts to whip up a frenzy there: do you remember Van Jones, Obama’s “green jobs czar”? In 2010, there was a video clip of him, in which he was discussing “top-down, bottom-up, and inside-out.” Here’s a link: ‘https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13smJ9IVjlM (this is a short link from the Glenn Beck show on FoxNews). It seems to me that perhaps the rioting in Ferguson could be the “bottom-up” that could cause the federal government to clamp the “top-down” so as to start turning America “inside-out,” causing the fundamental transformation of America that Obama crowed about during the 2008 presidential campaign. I’m not trying to sound all tin-foil-hat, but this is the way it looks to me. Maybe I’m just jaded. Thoughts?

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    • charliej373 says:

      I agree, Mick. In fact, I wrote about what I expected to happen in November, 2013, and reprinted it a month ago here.

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      • LJD says:

        Charlie, I have to be honest in that rereading that article you linked above, I had a moment of true fear. I have had a gentle peace about me these last few weeks and I feel I came back down to earth at reading your words. It is partly, because deep within me I know that is what will happen (in some fashion). The fear passed quickly but there is a certain sense of waiting for the other ‘shoe to drop’ as it were. I am in the midst of making preparations, but taking baby steps in all of it. Trusting is easy when everything is going well, its when the poop hits the fan that’s the true test. I have a sort of anticipation of something before Christmas based on another writing from last year (dont remember which one). I pray for us all and am grateful for the steady hand provided through you here in all this.

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      • Mick says:

        Thanks, Charlie. I read that article when you wrote it, but didn’t think about today’s Ferguson events in light of your article, Thanks for pointing out the connection.

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  7. Julia says:

    God bless you Charlie. It is evident both you and your sister are called to the great task of suffering for the cause of Jesus Christ in the saving of souls.

    My favourite sister now in Heaven, had MS, and offered her sufferings for the saving of her own family’s souls. She was a star and we all loved her. I’m sure when your sister is not in a difficult place with her MS, she is a star too; just like her brother LOL.
    Keep up the good work Sherpa.
    Love and hugs, from this little old sheep.

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  8. vicardwm says:

    “People often equate modern problems to the fall of the Roman Empire. Meh…I have long found the fall of the Roman Republic to be much more instructive. As the Caesars rose, they maintained the forms of freedom and representation while gutting them of their substance – culminating in the Emperor Caligula demonstrating his contempt for the legislature by appointing his horse to be a Senator.”

    Very insightful, Charlie….thanks. Nowadays, I believe we have BOTH the problem of the Caesars rising, and the problem of immorality that ultimately played a major role in felling the Roman Empire.

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  9. Bob says:

    As for Ferguson since I live in St Louis I considered it my first duty to pray that God will protect my heart from the anger and resentment which I suppose satan likes to too easily stir up when he tries too create division, hatred, etc. After that is to say many prayers of protection, deliverance for our area, etc. As Jesus said Matt 24, vs. 12 “because of the increase of evil the love of many will grow cold” thus the need to pray for the grace for us not to lose the ability to love, even those I dislike.
    I am a few miles away from the bad actions but still..
    And I will pray for Kim Charlie.

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  10. Agnikan says:

    “These are not protestors there: they are a lynch mob. People in it repeatedly said they did not care what the evidence or the law said; they just wanted the blood of a policeman that did not just lay down and be assaulted or die.”

    I think it would be better if you distinguish between the peaceful protesters (who include Michael Brown’s own parents, who especially called for calm no matter what decision the Grand Jury made) and those who were intent on destroying private property regardless of the outcome.

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    • Mick says:

      Some of the protesters are peaceful. Others are not–including Michael Brown’s stepfather. http://www.thesmokinggun.com/buster/ferguson/burn-this-bitch-down-879056 (Sorry about the swear word in the link’s address; there’s no way for me to edit it out). And, from what I’ve read, some of the peaceful protesters, who are trying to stop those who are inciting violence, are being ignored. I think perhaps the main point is that, regardless of the wishes of the peaceful protesters, the minority of violent protesters is throwing rocks and bottles (which can kill or injure people), are firing guns (which can kill or injure people), and are burning down buildings (which can kill or injure people). That is the major takeaway from this situation, and thus the intentions and actions of the peaceful protesters unfortunately become largely irrelevant.

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    • jeanO says:

      On this particular forum we are specific about the sources we have researched to come to our own insights about the events we are all wondering about. What have you read, how have you encountered convincing insights, where have you been fortified as to how righteous your conclusions are? Make no mistake as to your fate. We are all of the same source. Avoid putting undue pressure on our host and benefit by the grace you have been inclined towards. What joy you will have if you choose love by your association with us.

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  11. Mack says:

    Prayers going up for you and for Kim.
    The sad thing about Ferguson is also that in Chicago and other cities, dozens if not hundreds of young black men are often shot and killed. But they are being killed by other blacks, so nobody is protesting their deaths. How tragic this is, as if a young black man’s death is only notable when he is killed by a white police officer.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Sadly, more blacks are killed by other blacks in a few inner cities EACH YEAR today than were lynched in the whole sorry history of Jim Crow. I get so angry that left treats minorities as if they are children of a lesser god, thus fomenting ever more disorder.

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  12. jamesa718@comcast.net says:

    Charlie,

    I am sorry to hear that your sister Kim has MS. My wife’s niece, who is only 29 has it, and I have CIDP, a close cousin of MS. It has radically changed my life. Here are two sources that might be helpful to Kim, both of which are diet related. Both of these women claim an absence of MS symptoms. The eating protocol can be very challenging to adhere to, but I have found a major improvement in my symptoms when I am disciplined enough to stick to it long term.

    I hope you and your sister do not take offense to this unsolicited advice. I’m sure Kim has received much already, and has relentlessly searched for a cure on her own.

    http://www.annboroch.com

    http://www.amazon.com/Healing-Multiple-Sclerosis-Nutritional-Makeover/dp/0977344649

    Thank you for helping my wife and me to take “The Next Right Step”, we are daily readers of your blog!

    James and Maria

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thanks James and Maria. I am sure Kim (my sister) will appreciate the suggestions – and most particularly the affection with which it is offered.

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    • vicardwm says:

      Thanks, James and Maria, for posting this. Though my wife doesn’t have a diagnosis of MS, she has (maybe I should say HAD) many MS and fibromyalgia like symptoms, and this book is chock full of great medical and nutritional advice, which has helped not only my wife, but our entire family, a lot.

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      • Judy says:

        There are tons of books out there with diets which claim to cure or control MS. One can drive themselves crazy trying to find the right diet. In addition, what works for one will not work for others. I have been ill for a long time with multiple auto-immune problems and I have read a lot of books and tried a lot of things. None work. I pray and leave it up to Christ.

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        • Judy says:

          I have had many difficult trials in my life….and judging from the comments of those around me….I am told that I seem to get much more than most. I have been ill with autoimmune problems since my late twenties (The first set of problems was terrifying but finally brought under control by a doctor who was a dedicated Catholic who told me he would find a way to help me, when others told me not to come back. May God bless Dr. John O Rourke, Jr. always). When I was diagnosed with MS, I was in a state of shock, I think, and angry. Did I really need or deserve another illness? Was God punishing me for something? One day, about 8 months after being diagnosed, I was sitting at my computer on a Saturday or Sunday. I began to wonder if I had a “santo”. I never researched St. Judith before, and I chose to do it that day, May 5th. I was astounded to find that the feast day of St. Judith of Prussia was May 5th, the exact day I decided to research the matter. I thought that “this cannot be coincidence”. So I read about St, Judith of Prussia. St. Judith said that there were 3 ways to get to heaven. One of them was to suffer illness. I felt that God was telling me why he allowed me to have MS.

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    • narey63 says:

      If I may, I’ve mentioned this once before but don’t remember now if it was by private email or on a comment. I was tentatively dx’d with MS some years ago, and researched mightily, happening upon the description of an off label usage of a medication which has been very beneficial to me and many whom I know who take it. It is known as low dose naltrexone. An informative website is the words lowdosenaltrexone ( strung together that way) dot org. I started off reading a book by Mary Boyle about her husband. That book is called _Up a Creek With a Paddle_. There are now many good, informative books about it. _Honest Medicine_ is another that comes to mind. I am a huge proponent of this effective and benign medicine.

      The specialist was never able to confirm or rule out MS. I believe the medicine keeps me stable and we’ll enough. (Not well, mind you, but well enough. I do tend to hold onto the promise of happiness in the life to come…)

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  13. Dan Lynch says:

    Pope Francis said, “Europe has discarded its children. … So it’s food, medicine, clothing, cosmetics, little animals, and the life of [sexual] pleasure…. Europe, return to Jesus!”
    Pope Francis addressed the Council of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe on October 3. His unscripted off-the-cuff address was released just yesterday by Vatican correspondent Sandro Magister. Our pope has firmly disabused anyone of the idea that he is not pro-life. The following is a part of his address.

    “…Cardinal Erdo talked about the discarding of children and the elderly. And it’s true. But now there is also the discarding of a whole generation of young people. I don’t know if it is only in Europe, or in Europe and in the developed countries, that there is talk of 75 million from the age of twenty-five and down. But it’s a whole generation….

    Europe has discarded its children. A bit triumphantly. I remember that when I was studying in one country the clinics that did abortions then prepared everything to send it to cosmetic factories. Makeup made with the blood of innocents. And this was something to brag about, because it was progressive: the rights of the woman, the woman has the right over her body.

    I don’t know about here in Italy, I don’t want to say because I’m not sure, but what will happen when the state is unable to pay the pensions, because there aren’t enough young people working according to the law, because there is that black market for labor that they do, not always but… And the elderly – I’ve said this about Latin America, about my country, but I believe it’s a universal problem or of many countries or some other continents – the elderly are discarded with stealth euthanasia. The social services cover medical treatment up to a certain point, and then you’re on your own!

    A Europe weary with disorientation. And I don’t want to be a pessimist, but let’s tell the truth: after food, clothing, and medicine, what are the most important expenditures? Cosmetics, and I don’t know how to say this in Italian, but the “mascotas,” the little animals. They don’t have children, but their affection goes to the little cat, to the little dog. And this is the second expenditure after the three main ones. The third is the whole industry to promote sexual pleasure. So it’s food, medicine, clothing, cosmetics, little animals, and the life of pleasure. Our young people feel this, they see this, they live this. …
    Europe, return to Jesus! Return to that Jesus whom you have said was not in your roots! …

    The Lord wants to save us. I believe this. This is our mission: to proclaim Jesus Christ, without shame. And he is ready to open the doors of his heart, because he manifests his omnipotence above all in mercy and forgiveness.

    Let’s go forward with preaching. Let’s not be ashamed. So many ways of preaching, but to mama Europe — or grandma Europe, or wounded Europe — only Jesus Christ can speak a word of salvation today. Only he can open a door of escape.”

    You may read the Pope’s complete address here:

    http://chiesa.espresso.repubblica.it/articolo/1350931?eng=y

    “In the shadow of your wings I take refuge
    till the storms of destruction pass by.” (Psalm 57).

    “When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever.” (Proverbs 10:25).
    Dan Lynch
    Dan Lynch Apostolates promoting devotion to
    Our Lady of Guadalupe, Jesus King of All Nations,
    Our Lady of America and Saint John Paul II
    Visit our website at http://www.JKMI.com
    E-Mail Us at JKMI@JKMI.com
    May Our Lady of Guadalupe keep you under the mantle of her protection and
    may the Reign of Jesus King of All Nations be recognized in your heart!

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  14. rbiel2 says:

    Charlie, you talked about China being militarily stronger than most thought, but that Russia knows.

    This article and website address all these issues:
    http://nationalinterest.org/feature/what-scares-chinas-military-the-1991-gulf-war-11724

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  15. Julia says:

    Well Dan, Pope Francis is bang on target as they say. And I would add to what he says too.

    I don’t know what the situation in USA and Canada is; but here in the UK, I have come to the conclusion people are now making ‘shrines’ of their homes having abandoned God’s house. It is as if people are acting like little gods sometimes. It used to be the king of the castle, and keeping up with the Jones’s. Now it is changing to a form of self importance and pristine perfection with the latest and the very best of everything preferably with a designer label. There seems to be a huge sense of self entitlement among the next two generations as far as I can see.

    As for animal (pet) lovers. It is sad to say people can rely on their pets to always show love and loyalty, where people let them down. Not being a pet owner, I just get the neighbours cats using my garden as a public feline wc, and some dog owners seem to think the pavement is the perfect place for their dog to empty their bowels. So we get the bits the animal lovers don’t need. LOL

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  16. donna269 says:

    Hi Charlie:
    First, I pray you and your sister Kim have a quiet neurological Thanksgiving…
    Next, I want to comment on the Michael Brown Circus. It is amazing how everyone stands by and watches this mob of idiots looting, burning and rioting in the name of social justice. The first place hit was the liquor store…..to feed the frenzy. I think you are correct in assuming Obama and his henchmen are looking to use this as a showdown of some emergency order. That order will further Emperor Obama’s executive abilities. His cohorts (Sharpton, et al) are organizing protests nationwide….Why? So that we may vindicate? a local thug who probably under the influence of drugs threatened a police officer and attempted to disarm him. I understand fully the racial tensions in this country. But some of it is brought on by disrespect for authority and that authority keeps up safe in the streets every night…..God Bless!

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    • charliej373 says:

      My son is a cop. My youngest brother is a trooper. I think about these scenarios constantly. It horrifies me that if one of them were attacked with deadly force and used their weapon to defend themselves, many people in this country, much of the media, and this administration would demand he be if his assailant was a minority. It does much to alienate the law-abiding from both the media and the left.

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      • siobhanolp says:

        Charlie, I think this regime wants to CRIMINALIZE self-defense. We’re supposed to become sitting ducks and sheep for the slaughter. The moment they sense any stirring among patriotic Christian conservatives, the hammer comes out IMMEDIATELY. As much as I don’t want to see suffering, I hope and pray you’re right about Obama’s fall. This can’t go on.

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      • donna269 says:

        thank your family for their public service. Today, it is a thankless job. Wilson slightly resembles my 24 year old son with the blonde hair and blue eyes and he’s just a tad bit older. Wilson’s family must be furious! Can you imagine your son (who is) on the front line being treated that way? Dear God! I would move to Canada. We have to stand up for what is right in this country. This morning, I had a parent tell me they couldn’t afford health care for their child….but she had a 70.00 manicure and an Iphone….strange priorities….

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  17. patrick says:

    Dear Jesus, Mercy Mercy Mercy!

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  18. ellenchris says:

    This is partly in response to the posting about the Campaign for Human Development, but also in reference to the realizations about how bad things are becoming in the Church and in general.

    Most people have probably seen these little games in kid’s magazines: there is a complicated line drawing of a big leafy tree; the object is to find the 6 squirrels hidden in the tree. You can stare and stare without seeing the squirrels. Then you see one, then another and finally all six. The thing is that, once you see them, you can’t un-see them. It is becoming like this in the world around us.

    Reading and researching leads to one inescapable conclusion: “Progressivism” has a black, rotten heart. A commune is not a community; having the state manage the lives of people is not love. That whole agenda is merely a Lie — the biggest of big lies. The enemy of God, humanity and all that is good is the father of lies. Progressivism is *All* about getting, taking, holding and wielding Power. Power is the opposite of Love. Again, the absence of all Love is where the enemy lives. And he and his minions want to extend the territory of hell.

    Are you seeing any of the “squirrels” yet?

    We are so shocked to see them, because healthy human beings do not expect evil and betrayal; they look for the good. Which is as it should be. But, of course everything good has been infiltrated by the enemy — including the Lord’s Church which truly consists of all those who belong to Him. In St. John Bosco’s great dream, those ships were going *down*, folks. Really. Sunk. And even the Pope’s ship comes to anchor very battered, having suffered many casualties.

    We should be shocked and appalled by evil — but we should not be surprised. We have lived so long in a culture of evil that we have come to take the Lie for granted. There are people out there who are completely given to evil, and consciously or unconsciously they are furthering the agenda of the enemy. Those “squirrels” are right there in the tree, and once you see them, you can’t un-see them.

    This is why Charlie exhorts us to trust in God and do what is in front of us so that people can see some hope. The only way to do this is to develop deep trust and hope ourselves. Without deep surrender to God, *come what may* NOW, we ourselves will be swept away when things get even worse. We, too, can find ourselves asking, “Where is God; why is He allowing this; why does God not intervene to stop this?” As some folks said above here, trust has to develop and grow and harden. It does not come easily or quickly; we gain it by giving ourselves to God in the smaller hard times so that the big disasters do not overwhelm us.

    The power people, knowingly or unknowingly given to evil, are mostly running the show here already. We are not waiting for some possible future evil — it is here now. Those who want power at all costs have been operating within Christ’s Church for a long time — maybe since Annas and Saphira. We are in this for the long haul, and have to accept that the haul will be long. Lies and deception are SOP. So, let us keep our eyes on the Light — let the Light live and burn in us. The deep surrender to Christ is the only Refuge or Lifeboat. Our Lady will bring us to this. So: Prayer!! Lord, deepen the prayer of everyone here. Help me, help us to pray — to see You Who are The Light.

    When you look to the Light, the shadows fall behind you.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you, Ellen. Beautifully profound comment.

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    • Kati says:

      This is very well thought out, ellenchris. Somehow it has highlighted both readings from the Office of Readings today. I especially like that last line! 🙂

      Thank you, Charlie, for another good “heads up.” I regret that I haven’t been able to comment here much in the last week or so. I am inundated with family and other obligations at present…but please know that I try to keep up with reading everything as much as possible and do hold everyone up in prayer.

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    • audiemarie2014 says:

      Well said, Ellen. It’s a very rude awakening when we find those squirrels, but glad we did. Thank you.

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    • Bob says:

      Pelianto had a good one about learning trust in small things
      http://pelianito.stblogs.com/

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    • ellenchris says:

      Dear Janet, I could have a saved some time writing this by just referring everyone to your “Pelianito” blog for November 23. Beautiful! Uplifting and succinct. Thanks be to God for His guidance and direction.

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    • Bev says:

      I, too, appreciated your comment Ellenchris. As I was thinking about it, Charlie’s comment was next and I remembered something that he said earlier another time. It is something that I believe many of us will experience. It was about how there will be a temptation to flare with anger at something that happens between family or relatives. He said to be on guard regarding this. I think it will extend beyond even those perimeters. I had only one friend for over forty years since Gary didn’t allow me out. Others were connected to a church need like catechism, and only lasted as long as they participated, and never involved going to each other’s homes. But she and I, although she was searching, had connected because of our children’s ages and became fast friends. Our relationship was limited to a couple of phone calls late at night and coffee about once every three or four months. At the same time that my husband died, she took offense at something that happened at a meeting, and despite all efforts including those of a priest, she was determined I had offended her on purpose. There has never been a resolution, and she has absolutely no contact with me. It was extremely painful for me, because what happened had to do with my disabilities as a result of surgery and I was completely ignorant of doing anything. I knew that my husband was controlling and mean during my marriage. It grew worse as time went on. So I was used to that. It was much more devastating to have the only friend I had to completely reject me, and never speak or contact me again. I saw her some months ago at the Church Supply Store, and commented that I hoped things were alright between us. Her reply was that everything was exactly the same, with a wide eyed, happy face, as she turned away from me. Later Charlie wrote about things happening even in families. Since we were like sisters, it made an impact on me. Thankfully, because of what Charlie had written, I understood more readily what was likely happening. Things may never improve. It may change in four years should we all survive. But knowing my conscience is clear, I leave it there.

      I think we should not be surprised if events like this happen to us. It may be direct family, or friends and be totally unexpected as it was for me. It may cause a lot of anguish and pain. But I think we should be aware and prepared for things like this to happen. We aren’t as likely to start doing a lot of the “squirrel” type things, or even gossip or other obvious sins . So our attacks will come where something will make us vulnerable to discouragement, and disillusion, causing enough pain to try and get us to pray less, to focus on our hurts. Anything that separates us from each other or less contact with God, is a victory. Anything that leads to less prayer, less tolerance for meeting people where they are even if it causes us pain, or makes us “bite the bullet”, means victory against us. At all costs, we must be aware and ask the Holy Spirit to keep us alert and to prevent us from stumbling into this trap. We need His help, and we need to see it for what it is when it happens.

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      • ellenchris says:

        Asking the Lord to heal your heart. He does give us healing from such experiences. Keep on staying in the light.

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        • Bev says:

          How can I find any pain any more when I have found so many loving and dear friends on this site, ellenchris. Truly, God has blessed me. When we are faithful to Him, we receive pressed down and overflowing. Staying in the light means being with all of you.Truly, this is one of the greatest gifts of Charlie’s blog. We enter into a family built on love.

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          • Bev, I remember saying once on my blog that the reason we get along so well as a group is that we don’t have to share a bathroom! 🙂 But yes I totally agree that for those of us who feel alone in our faith walk, finding an oasis of so many souls earnestly seeking to understand and live in the will of God is a tremendous grace, one our Lord knew we would need to get us through the particular trials we are facing and will face. Praised be Jesus!

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      • Carmel says:

        Bev, thank you for the reminder that “our attacks will come where something will make us vulnerable to discouragement, and disillusion, causing enough pain to try and get us to pray less, to focus on our hurts. ” And the remedy, should we be tempted to succumb:”we must be aware and ask the Holy Spirit to keep us alert and to prevent us from stumbling into this trap. We need His help, and we need to see it for what it is when it happens.” Your warning is very timely for me – thank you so much. I’m off now to follow your advice…

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      • Barbara Dore says:

        Pray to St Anthony, He is an amazing saint! you should pray to St Anthony on nine Tuesdays. He will find you a better friend or clear this misunderstanding.

        I always get amazing surprises on Tuesdays. Tuesday becomes my lucky day since my devotion to St Anthony a few years ago . I got that bug after my husband prayed to him for getting a job. He got it on Tuesday! He started his new job the following Tuesday. My daughter got a job on Tuesday. our missing cat was found on Tuesday. My other daughter in china got a missing parcel back on Tuesday. I now pray to St anthony for my sister for clearing the misunderstanding between us. I have a great confidence in St Anthony that he wont let us down in accordance with God’s perfect wisdom.

        St Anthony is not just a finder of lost keys or a lost wallet.
        He has also been a finder of cures for an incurable disease
        finder of peace in a dispute
        a finder of a job where there is no job
        a finder of a home for those who have no home
        and he is the finder of many other answers to the more complex issues of life…

        this is why he is called man of a thousand miracles, but more important even than all these is that he can find lost faith for those who have lost their faith.

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      • Barbara Dore says:

        sometimes friends can be a bit strange. I ask Jesus to bless my friends every day. ” Jesus, please bless my friends, keep them safe. thank you for friends.” amen

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      • Tarja says:

        Thank you Bev! You talked about my life….I had asked it so many times in my mind…and my heart has broken many times – with relatives, mostly. But now I got a very good answer; of course I had a hunch but nobody confirmed it. Our Lady did this to me!!! I just asked Her for help…
        Tarja

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      • the phoenix says:

        Bev, I can certainly relate. Here’s hoping we all can find friends here.

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  19. Bob says:

    This isn’t the whole story but in Darren Wilson’s testimony of Michael Brown he was described as him looking like a “demon” and as if his angry eyes looked right through the officer. And this could have been at best a missed arrest for shoplifting or a misdemeanor shoplifting charge. And the so called black leaders are feeding demons every day by feeding racial hatred. Paul’s warning about not letting the sun go down on your anger Ephesians Chapter 4 vs 26. And some of these demons have been fed over many nights for many years. And talking to a person or a group acting under the influence of demons is like trying to talk to a drunk person. So in dealing with these issues we should pray to bind evil spirits first, as in any standard deliverance prayer, before it is possible to deal with other issues first. And I suppose the way to know if it could be demonic influence is if the person or group is unable to have a rational discussion about the issues.

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  20. Bob says:

    Ann Coulter the listed conservative writer wrote a book she called
    “Demonic how the Liberal Mob is Endangering America”, and while her analysis of party politics doesn’t go far enough her description of the French Revolution and mob action there was scarey enough.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demonic:_How_the_Liberal_Mob_Is_Endangering_America

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    • The Democrats are great at getting people killed. They started the Vietnam war and then changed their mind when they lost the elections to Nixon and became “pacifists” but they got to have 50,000 Americans killed in the process and blamed the Republicans for it. Now they have been prepping a considerable sector of black America for a social explosion. In the end is going to be excited black youths vs. militarized police. The Dems will get rid of enough poor black folks (those the Democrat’s blessed Margaret Sanger calls “undesirables”), the rest will be wiped out by handguns, drugs, and the infused practice of sodomy. Then they will blame the Republicans and the “white establishment” for debilitating the “black community.” Since the WWII the Democrat’s objective has been communism, the only difference is that now they don’t make a secret of it.

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      • D Shea says:

        Well!! Carlos sounds like the honest, though very UN-PC, TRUTH to me. From a USA perspective .. I’ve been asking this question for 7-8 years: Imagine this?
        “A foreign power/group, with a deep visceral hatred of the USA, sets out to plan and implement a 50-year program to destroy the USA. With the assistance of “front groups”, fifth columnists in the bureaucracy/judiciary/unions and “useful idiots” in the media, they attack our moral fiber, long held religious beliefs, social traditions, Military, currency, and business large or small. They then attempt to re-make US into the image of their most radical constituent elements.”
        Now tell me how my above scenario is any different from the actions of the Democrat Party these past five decades!!???
        Hey Carlos! I’ll see Ya in Obama Re-Education Camp #69 ;-(

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        • Hello D Shea! “I can see clearly now the rain is gone. I can see all obstacles in my way!” (Jimmy Cliff.)Try going back about 100 years to the Wilson administration, that is when the Demoncrats started to get dangerous. For starts they created the Federal Reserve and Income Tax … it’s been getting worse and worse since those days. Sorry I can’t attend Re-Ed Camp, I know things will get rough but we will be protected. Notice today is the Feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, and… it fell on (American) Thanksgiving. Our Lady has big plans for the US or she would have not allowed the country to be consecrated to her Immaculate Conception. We’ll have a short brawl, a few cold and sad Christmases (like those George Washington had) and then the Triumph of Christ will set things straight. Global Sodom is nearing its expiration date. Just wait and see.

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  21. Bob says:

    Before I leave the Michael Brown part of my discussion I feel within myself a type of lament like “What happened Michael that you lost control so much”? His toxicology reports came back with cannabis (marijuana) and in all my time as a drug abuse counselor I don’t recall anyone ever acting like that on cannabis. And even his casual friend supposedly commented on how different he was acting. Perhaps part of my lament is remembering that my wife had a nephew who died jumping off a tower. He had some mental health problems and was taking some strong hallucinogetic drugs and apparently thought he could fly and was into some self styled UFO cults before he died. So none of us can be sure of our family members and friends as drug and alcohol use can have such varied effects on people. That is why the Catechism is clear that abusing alcohol or using drugs for non medical purposes can be gravely sinful. And when I had just come out of my drug use and eastern religions I had a minister friend who told me of the Greek word of what Paul condemned as sorcery which comes from the Greek word pharmaceia from which we get pharmacy!

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  22. Dan Lynch says:

    Black NFLer Benjamin Watson says about Ferguson, “It’s not a skin problem but a sin problem.”
    Read his Facebook Post here, over ½ million people have liked it:
    https://www.facebook.com/BenjaminWatsonOfficial?fref=nf
    Have a peaceful and thankful Thanksgiving!

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  23. Deon Mangan says:

    Charlie, I pray for a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving for you and your sister and family. I am grateful for your generosity in writing and helping us through these challenging times. I am grateful for you and your fiat.

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