Musings – Immaculate Conception, Spirit Daily, Pope Francis

The Immaculate Conception

Today begins my most cherished Novenas of the year, the overlapping Novenas to the Immaculate Conception and to Our Lady of Tepeyac, or Guadalupe. As I have written, final rescue from the Storm will come miraculously through Our Lady the Immaculate Conception. Throughout its progression, just as she was when she freed the Aztecs from their bloody death cult, Our Lady of Tepeyac is the Mother of Conversion. On the fifth day of the Novena to the Immaculate Conception begins the Novena to Our Lady of Tepeyac, right in the center of it. And the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception comes on the fifth day, the exact center, of the Novena to Our Lady of Tepeyac. I hope you will pray them with me this year, that we will all take the next right step, that we will all be a sign of hope to those around us, and that we will all endure to celebrate together the new era of peace that will arise from the ashes of these terrible times.

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A few friends have sent me notes addressed to “Dear Alleged Seer.” It is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the fact that, when Michael Brown links to a column here at his Spirit Daily site, he invariably heads it as something an “alleged seer” has said. One told me he gets the sense that Brown is uncertain about me. I chuckled and said I think Michael thinks I am either significantly errant or significantly consequential – and does not want to come down firmly on either side just yet.

That, actually, is part of what makes Brown and his site so valuable and indispensable in these times. He covers the gamut, neither despising prophecy nor swallowing anything that comes along. He exercises discernment with humility and prudence. I was told some time back that he is an authentic chronicler of these times and so I should always be open to him. That makes a lot of sense to me. Brown has been covering these things at Spirit Daily since the 90s. It takes a lot of courage to publicly deal with these kinds of questions seriously in this cynical, smarmy age – and makes it pretty tough to work at much of anything else.

The compilation he makes each day is a monumental achievement. Think of it: you have done a lot just to read each item that appears on his site each day. There are probably three times (or more) as many things he has to read through each day just to choose which he is going to put up for consideration. Oh, there are a few things that occasionally make my eyes roll, and I am sure some that make his roll, as well. But I am fairly confident that nothing of any significant import is being missed there. As Jesus said, let the tares grow alongside the wheat and He will separate them at the time of reaping. And from the occasional wacked out letter I get here, I shudder to think of some of the things Brown must sift through that come across his transom. It is a triumph just to sift through all of this and not become cynical or formulaic – and he has been doing it for about two decades now.

I have thought a lot of that term, “chronicler of these times.” No one is in a better position than Michael Brown for that. He has seen it all…the false starts, the true starts, the deceptions, the graces – and has it all in his archives. When the Storm is finally over, he will have the definitive wealth of information on how it rose, progressed and ended. Frankly, I hope I am around in this world to read the definitive book on this era that he alone will be uniquely positioned to write. He is a great treasure and resource in troubled times.

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How about a couple of the reasons why Pope Francis is so fitted to the times we are in. First, he gave some very blunt talk to Europeans last week. No cheap flattery there. Then, in his morning homily a few days ago, he exhorted Christians to keep their heads high even in difficult times – for we truly are called to be the light of the world.

Meantime, I think some statist leftists are starting to figure out that, gasp, the Pope is, after all, actually Catholic.

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Our reader Linda Summerfields has gotten off to a nice start with her Blessed Hope Forum, intended to help with ideas and tips for basic preparation for difficult times. I hope that more will go there, I think it could become a hubsite for home remedies, tips on how to prepare food in challenging conditions – to get food in the same, to revitalize the home crafts of making clothes and supplies. Depending on how you use it, it could become an important resource for building little communities that work together and help each other.

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Here is a piece from Ed Feulner, founder of the Heritage Foundation. It is a secular piece, but I think it nicely captures the sickness of the spirit that is infecting America and the Western World. He also liberally quotes Alexis deTocqueville’s Democracy in America, one of my favorite primers on the unique genius of the American system as it was originally founded.

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Finally, I have to wonder, what kind of health care reform is it that has a record number of people putting off getting care for illnesses at all because it has become too expensive under the new law? I know this is America-centric, but I really do not remember the promise that this health reform would price people out of the market entirely. Hope you have a doctor in the family. (I don’t, but I do have a Navy Corpsman).

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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123 Responses to Musings – Immaculate Conception, Spirit Daily, Pope Francis

  1. “I hope you will pray them with me this year, that we will all take the next right step, that we will all be a sign of hope to those around us, and that we will all endure to celebrate together the new era of peace that will arise from the ashes of these terrible times.”

    Amen!

    I’d like to insert a little explanation behind the reasoning for the Blessed Hope forums. I have been bowled over by the caliber of thoughts and questions expressed here on Charlie’s “Next Right Step” blog; this has become a unique and valuable stop on all our daily internet rounds, there’s nothing else quite like it. I want to express my thanks to Charlie for letting us have the option to respond in a comments section. How often I’ve wanted to write something on Mark Mallett’s and Michael Brown’s sites, and others.

    I suppose many writers shy away from allowing comments sections, as here it is obvious that Charlie’s mail box is swamped, and of course that is going to escalate as word spreads amongst Christians who are on the lookout for information and insight concerning these precarious times. That’s a good thing. My thought was to offer an “overflow” discussion community where the readers of such things as Charlie’s blog, Michael Brown’s Daily Spirit, and Mark Mallett’s blog — and others — could (1) have more room to expand outwards in talking about these topics with each other, and (2) build an archive where those discussions could be kept arranged by topic, and found again easily by readers, always ready for new inclusions on those topics. So much in the readers’ comments are valuable, and I go back to find something, but the jungle is too thick.

    The Mother of God forums already have this kind of community going, so I don’t want to infringe on that, the BH forum is just another style and flavor for branching out, for anyone interested. So I have offered the framework, and examples of what can be done there (creativity can abound on those kinds of boards). I want to stress that it’s not about me (other than overseeing the environment, I prefer to take a backseat, or at least “middle of the bus”), it’s about everyone networking, as many readers do have a lot to share regarding information, insight, and caring support, over a wide array of faith-related life topics.

    The idea is not to take a thing away from here, but to build another home in the neighborhood where some could interact in a community of like-minded souls, where even our everyday lives can be shared, and opportunities to support each other can take place, while it’s possible. A lot of us feel alone in this “Special Times department”. But it is flexible and can evolve according to needs — or not… it’s just an idea, and I’m fine with letting whatever be, that should be. As always: God’s will be done… we’re just grateful workers in His fields.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well Linda, as the Psalm says, “My cup runneth over…” so I am mighty glad to accept the help of anyone who can bring another cup to bear.

      I well respect and concur with most who do not offer a comments section. I have told several who write now that they should not worry about that…it might interfere with what they are called to. I do like to put an occasional Mark Mallett column up whole…I like him to see how important and with what affection he is held by many. But his stuff is so finely crafted – and he has a large family to care for, that I fear adding comments would take away from the pearls he so consistently produces.

      I always knew, as my son and some of my close friends could tell you, that when the time came for me to speak publicly on these things, part of my calling was to respond personally and individually to as many as I possibly could. I am grateful that this has become such a safe, nurturing place for those who are serious about their faith and the times we are in. And I am grateful for any help I am given such as Linda has offered.

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      • I used to have comments on my blogs but I got too many nasty antisemites and others. I also didn’t have the time or energy to answer the queries so I decided to get rid of them. But I love he comments section here.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Ha, Brother Gilbert…I left the comment section open without moderation for a day and a half after this got bigger than a hundred visits a day. I had to go back in and delete several – and figured if I was going to shape this into a forum where people could speak cadidly, but must be reasonably civil and tied to reality, I would have to moderate them all. It requires vigilance, but once people see what you are doing, the serious folks are grateful and most of the trolls move on to other sites that are easier for them to infest and create havoc. But there is no doubt it is a bit labor-intensive.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Charlie, something you might not have considered in your moderation efforts is something that I have noticed in myself — that I am a little more free with my comments, in their subjects or wordings because I know you will cull any comment that really does not fit your site and your approach. I trust you to do that, and I find that that helps me to be more open than I otherwise might be. I’m not relying on you to keep me from saying dumb or inappropriate things, which remains my responsibility, but rather just things that don’t fit. Looking at this community and its free-flowing contributions from others, I suspect that others may be more open and participatory for similar reasons.

            I can imagine the time and effort you have to put in to provide this service to all of us, and I know it’s considerable. Speaking for myself, I am very appreciative.

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          • NancyA says:

            Thank you, Charlie. I often think about how difficult and labor intensive this is for you and I appreciate it very much.

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        • anne ovari says:

          Hello Charlie, I hope you don’t mind, but I’d just like to say hello to Brother Gilbert whom I just met a few months ago (in person, yes I’m a native Taswegian) and to say how pleased I am he has found you and the wonderful family of faith that has formed here to share with, pray for and support through the coming storm. (Sorry for the long sentence).You can be assured of some more prayers for yourself and everyone from good old Tasmania!
          Thank you for all you do. God bless and may His Kingdom come soon to reign on earth as it does in heaven.

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          • charliej373 says:

            I don’t mind at all, Anne…in fact, I’m downright pleased. It makes it feel a little more homey here.

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          • Hi Ann. Hopefully we can catch up again soon. Brother John Joseph is not well (but getting better) at the moment so no meeting this week. Next week maybe I’ll give you a ring. Looking forward to discussing Charlie and the Storm with you. cheers Br Gilbert

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          • anne ovari says:

            Hello again Brother Gilbert, I will pray for Brother John Joseph for a speedy recovery. Looking forward to catching up with you.☺

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          • marie says:

            Didn’t know people from Tasmania were called Taswegian ☺. I’m a Glasgow girl myself, Glasgow, Scotland, that is – could it have been some Glaswegians who bequeathed the name?

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ah yes, I like this…bringing the world closer together…one commenter at a time!

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          • anne ovari says:

            Hello Marie from Glasgow (the world shrinks in cyberspace!). Taswegian isn’t official we’re reallyTasmanians.☺God Bless

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          • marie says:

            Well, Anne O, I thought it was a little tongue-in-cheek 😉 We actually have a Tasmanian girl called Mary here in Copenhagen, where I live. She’s married to the Danish Crown Prince.

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          • anne ovari says:

            Yes Marie, many Tasmanians were delighted about the marriage of one of our own into a royal family. I actually live near the suburb that Princess Mary grew up in, but then everywhere in Tassie isn’t that far away!😄

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          • Ann is a native born Taswegian and I am a native born Sandgroper (Western Australian) and Perthite now transplanted to Tasmania. Perth is the capital city of WA but there is one in Tasmania too as well as Scotland. By the way I live next door to the High School Crown Princess Mary attended.

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    • Barb says:

      I, too, am grateful that Charlie allows us to comment. If you want to comment on Mark Mallett’s posts, you can do so on his facebook page. I occasionally comment there and share his posts that way.
      I look forward to checking out your forum, Linda. Thank you!

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    • Nancy says:

      So Linda, the lighthouse on your forum’s home page sure looks like Split Rock Lighthouse to me 🙂

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  2. The Office of Readings today had a gem from St. Augustine. It speaks quite well to what we are discussing on these forums…trust, trial, hope. This line leapt off the page for me: “When you are put into the oven therefore, keep your thoughts on the time when you will be taken out again; for God is faithful, and ‘he will guard both your going in and your coming out.'” Later on it says, “You should sing as wayfarers do–sing, but continue your journey. Do not be lazy but sing to make your journey more enjoyable. Sing, but keep going.”

    Trust, do, love. Amen!

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    • Jim M. says:

      So true, Janet!

      I have mentioned several times that given the coordinated timing of “feelings” or messages people are getting, together with the similarity in content, it appears we are being synchronized for an upcoming event.

      And your thoughts above parallel thoughts and feelings I’ve been having. Padre Pio’s comments in temptation. I never knew of St Pio before a couple years ago. He was a late gift in my struggle back to the Faith following my “St Paul” experience. My path was not the road to Damascus, but to Perdition. Jesus himself pulled me from thst abyss.

      St Pio speaks of temptation as a test. Granted, we must achieve a certain level of faith to consider temptation as a test rather than something our weakened state renders truly soul threatening. God is always there.

      When we achieve that level of faith, God allows us to be tested. Our resistance to each serving as a hammer blow to evil, and a purification of our souls as metal is purified by heat and the forge.

      I have felt recently as if I am training, like in boxing. Here comes a left to the head, deflect it. A right to the chin, block it. The difference this time is that the temptation is being used for “training”. I used boxing as an example because I boxed a little in the past, and you get trained to deal with possible blows from every angle. How to defend and counter them.

      Like I’m being prepared for the big fight. Or, like being prepared in an oven to handle things once the timer goes off and you’re all done.

      We all know things will get worse in the world soon. Much worse. As will temptation. It too will become more intense, much harder to resist. Thus is satan’s last shot at picking off the faithful, and he will not hold back.

      Trust, do and love, and be strong. All with all your might.

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      • kathy kalina says:

        I totally agree. What we are experiencing these days is training. This is not a test!

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        • Bev says:

          Jim and Kathy: I have been in “training” forever. However, it reached a new peak this week. By Friday, I just told God to do whatever; as in whatever He wanted because I didn’t care, and II was going to sleep. I was so exhausted by the previous days, that’s exactly what I did. I had done everything I possibly could regarding what I understood He wanted and there was nothing more left in me to keep going. One thing I will say for God-He sure doesn’t fool around. He wants to train, He trains!

          Once He gets me to that point, then He usually sends in help. I am very tenacious and ornery, so I have to get to where I can’t move much anymore before I will quit and give in. Trouble is that I am so ornery that I am grateful that we don’t have that kind of “go around” too often now. And I have gained enough ground that I don’t sleep for more than two or three days. Since God is training me both physically and spiritually, I have decided that in order to survive the training I am going to have to get myself in the best physical shape that I can. If the training is like this, I hate to even think about what is coming.

          I am hoping that we get to take next week off. Like not off, off. Just not quite so intensive and exhausting. So cheers, it seems that He’s doing it to all of us.

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  3. Anthony Mullen says:

    Been working (inspiring is a better description) with Mark Mallet on a Flame of Love/Immaculate Heart message that he will release soon. If you agree, we should post that first, and then I will submit a shorter Guest Column that will exhort the readers to come together in filial unity to execute God’s Plan through his Mother to get every Catholic consecrated, living it each moment and then desiring and accepting the Special Grace of the Flame of Love to grow and persevere in the interior disposition necessary to more perfectly imitate Jesus by imitating her. Fiat!

    Sent from my iPad

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    • jobrower says:

      Please let me know. I have been adding her requested addition to the Hail Mary for so long that now I have to check myself when I pray in a group setting! Made the deMontfort consecration 30 years ago. Am so grateful I stumbled onto this forum as a result of Bishop Gracida!

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      • Jobrower when I am praying in a group I mentally add the prayer, ‘Holy Mary Mother of God spread the effect of grace of thy Flame of Love over all of humanity,’ while the leader is praying thier section of the Hail Mary. It takes some practise but I believe it is very efficacious. St. Louis de Montfort tells us that as we pray in a group everyone’s prayers are elevated so that all are praying as well as the one praying in the best way at any given time. I think adding the FoL prayer in a group takes the best advantage of the principle of group prayer. God makes it easy in the Divine Will.

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  4. JG says:

    Thank you Charlie for all your hard work and guidance in these difficult times. Your work really is appreciated . For many of us, your words of encouragement help us to persevere and and guide us through the dark tunnel of this current age towards the “light” that is shining at the end.

    Please forgive if I’m saying something everyone is probably aware of, but another beautiful novena prayed at this time is the Christmas Anticipation Novena to St. Andrew. I thought I’d share since St. Andrew is the Patron Saint of Russia. Since you have informed us of Russia’s role to play maybe some would like to pray this too?
    Under Our Lady’s Mantle,
    JG

    Saint Andrew Christmas Novena or the Christmas Anticipation Novena

    Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born Of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of His blessed Mother. Amen.

    http://www.catholiccompany.com/blog/st-andrews-christmas-novena-november-30
    or at
    http://www.ewtn.com/vexperts/showmessage.asp?number=522628&Pg=&Pgnu=&recnu=

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  5. ellenchris says:

    Dear Charlie, I have been reading Michael Brown’s website since about the first few months of its existence. He has a policy that only messages or reported visions that have the direct approval of a bishop (at least — if not a whole tribunal or the Vatican) are treated as reliably true. For example, there had been a spate of visions reported by many people at a Shrine called “Betania” in Venezuela (I think). The central figure in this event was a woman named Maria Esperanza. Probably a lot of the folks here know her name. Michael Brown is very big on Maria herself; he knew her, loves her and highly esteems her. The local bishop gave his full approval to the visions at the shrine, but he never gave any opinion on Maria Esperanza’s reported locutions and predictions. So Michael will always say: “The apparitions which occurred at Betania,” but then “The *alleged* prophecies of Maria Esperanza.” So, don’t take it personally 😉 Michael is very strict about using the word “alleged” until and unless a bishop has pronounced his judgement. If you have a bishop identify you as “Okay” then and only then Michael will drop the word, “alleged.” Kind of like getting convicted in court: you are an alleged perpetrator until the judge bangs his gavel.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Oh gosh, no, Ellen. I think the world of Michael…and I very much value his careful approach. Lord help us if we had someone who was gullible doing his job! I was just engaging in a bit of wry humor to introduce the subject. I saw some folks criticizing him recently for offering the special reports at a (ridiculously) nominal fee. Once you get started with this, it is very difficult to do anything else – and a man has to eat. I guarantee you that if Michael wanted to get rich, he’s smart enough that there are a lot more effective ways he could do it. He has done us all a real service for a lot of years – and I mainly just wanted to gently pay tribute to what he does…and assure people that it is a lot tougher than it looks.

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    • NancyA says:

      A short digression.. The cause for beatification of Maria Esperanza is open; the vice postulator is a priest of my diocese. I met her on a couple of occasions. Once she stopped me and blessed my children. On another occasion, she repeated several times, “pray for the pope!”

      Hmm, I have a number of amazing experiences related to saints, popes, saints to be, and extraordinary holy men and women. We do live in striking times!! (If I sound like it’s just hitting me, why… yes, it is!)

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  6. Lauraelel says:

    My husband is self employed. When the ACA impacted policy prices we were forced to enroll into Obamacare. The insurance company sent a letter last week indicating that in 2015 a family plan will have a family deductible. Their new plan has a $10,400 family deductible-nothing is paid until that amount is hit. The monthly premiums are $1,100+ a month. In 2014 the policy had $2,000 individual deductibles. Before Obamacare we had a catastrophic policy that had a $10,000 deductible and was $500 a month. Our children may qualify for Medicaid but not sure if we do. After being diagnosed with heart failure in March I no longer qualify for health co- ops. Doctors think I have thyroid cancer now. I have no idea what I will do January about continuing care. Very sad as I have 6 children the youngest is 4 months old.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I have asked Our Lord to send St. Juan Diego to deliver a bundle of roses from heaven for you and your family, to guide you through these trials.

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    • ann says:

      Laura
      I can only begin to imagine what this is like for you. I will include you and your family in my Rosary this evening for Our Lady to make you a way where there is no way.

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    • Barb says:

      I’m so sorry Laura. =( We too are stuck with a high deductible plan with $1100 a month premiums. I don’t qualify for the health co-ops either because I had cancer three years ago.
      I will keep you and your family in my daily prayers. May our dear Lord bless you with His peace and comfort and may our dear Blessed Mother wrap you all in her mantle of protection.

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    • the phoenix says:

      Lauraelel, Please know that you are in my prayers as well.

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    • NancyA says:

      I am so sorry to hear the details you are facing, Lauraelel! You remind me that I must check where ours stands now that I saw an email come in regarding re enrollment. This past year we have been paying over 25% of our income in premiums with rather high deductibles, leading to our not really being able to afford actual doctor visits, either. I have a chronic illness, my youngest has a genetic disorder, etc. I’m sort of ready to drop the coverage and face the consequences…

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      • charliej373 says:

        I’m sorry to hear that, Nancy. Unfortunately, a lot of people are having to do the same. I knew this would happen…not from any prophecy, but because I had studied the law and how nationalized systems worked elsewhere. This could never do anything except weaken and ultimately crash the health delivery system in America. That is why I have been intense about working on these prayer groups and why I released the Prayer of Miraculous Trust last year. The need is urgent, the time is now.

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        • NancyA says:

          Thank you. Yes, many of us knew it would happen…. then there are those in Congress who didn’t ? ? ? or who knew and pressed on anyway. It’s been alternatingly unbelievable and inescapably believable.

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          • charliej373 says:

            It is almost impossible to adequately describe what happens on the Hill these days. There has always been a certain amount of cupidity and hard elbows…but astonishingly enough, I think the majority really did NOT know what was going to happen. First off, many, probably most, have substituted an ideology for serious study. They think it is a way to be smart on the cheap…just let your ideology decide. So the level of intellect is FAR lower than people can imagine…and they think because they are rigorous with the ideology that they are, thus, smart. On the left, they have completely divorced policy from results, evidence and reason. Only intentions count…and whatever problems there are, just give it long enough and it will right itself. On the right, things often get very reactionary. They are a little bit more intellectually sophisticated and rigorous than the left, but fall back on slogans way too much and overly simplistic interpretations. The left seems to love complexity for complexity’s sake – and sometimes the right loves simplicity for simplicity’s sake. Hovering above it all is the motivation that is NEVER far from the surface – what option will give ME more influence and make ME look more important.

            Which is a very long-winded way of saying that, unbelievable as it is, most really did not have much of an idea how this would work in practice. The left just thought it would be good because it would give them a lot more money and power to play with, centering more decisions in government. The right thought it would be bad, largely for the same reasons. The right was right in this case…but even so because that is what their ideology told them, not a detailed examination of how such a thing could work. If the Founding Fathers had been this degenerate and narcissistic, wqe would all still be British subjects – and still would have lousy health care.

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          • audiemarie2014 says:

            Besides, you have to pass it to find out what’s in it. 😉

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          • Bev says:

            Charlie, I remember you saying that the Pray for Miraculous Healing would be needed for this exact reason sometime ago. So far in Canada, we are not confronted with such large numbers of people needing doctors and/or treatment and medication who are unable to get it. There are growing numbers of people who cannot access a general practitioner as “their” doctor, and have to access emergency and the long wait, or for less traumatic needs, a clinic that takes patients, which means you never see the same doctor twice. I am hoping that the Catholic Goods Store here will access the store you list and provide the prayer card and information because once the economy crashes and chaos ensures God’s intervention through His Mother will be so necessary. Thank you so very much for making that information available to us. I know that I will not be able to get the medication I require, nor will my son…and without God’s direct intervention, it will mean his death.

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          • NancyA says:

            A nod to the synchronicity idea, as well as a confirmation of your comments, here, Charlie: today, I received Hillsdale’s Imprimus. Topic: Effects of the Affordable Care Act on Economic Productivity. Hmmm.

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      • Carlos says:

        I am adding your intentions and Lauralelel to my novenas from now on. We had a miraculous remission of a terminal cancer a few days ago (see http://prodigalcatholicwriter.blogspot.com.ar/2014/11/news-flash-anthony-begins-cancer-in.html?spref=fb ) God’s mercy is as deep as high is His majesty. I quote Padre Pio: “Pray and don’t worry.” Let us offer our suffering to the Lord for the conversion of many souls for there is not a lot of time left.

        Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.
        Inspired by this confidence, we fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, our mother; to thee do we come, before thee we stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not our petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer us.
        Amen.

        God bless you,
        Carlos

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    • Mary A says:

      I am so sorry for what you are experiencing. It is unjust. Be sure and write or call your senator and congressman. They are exempt so need to hear real stories.

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    • Mick says:

      Laura, my family and I prayed for you and your family when we said our family rosary. I’m so sorry for what you are going through. We will continue to keep you in our prayers.

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  7. Mick says:

    Charlie, everybody who’s ANYBODY knows that the word is properly pronounced “corpse-man.” Don’t you know ANYTHING? 😉

    Seriously, though, thanks for the invitation to pray the two novenas with you. I will be joining you and will pray for the intentions you mentioned. Also, a post or two ago, you asked for prayers for somebody (it was after you asked for prayers for your sister). I can’t remember who it was, but God knows. Anyhow, I’ll offer up the novenas for that person, too. Do you recommend any particular prayers for the two novenas, or should I just look up some Immaculate Conception and O.L. of Tepeyac/Guadalupe novenas on the internet?

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  8. Chris J says:

    I don’t want to embarrass you or anything, but I read somewhere in Michael Brown’s commentary that you had been mistaken before- that there was a time when you had predicted a Pope’s death – I’m thinking maybe it was Benedict, but I’m not sure. So maybe that’s why he’s on the fence about your “alleged” prophecies. I don’t like to bring this up, and I’m not sure if you would like to respond.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Oh no, doesn’t embarrass me at all, Chris. It happened about three years before I met Michael – and I am the one who told him about it. It was St. John Paul…and in 2000. I was pressing matters, was very weary of this stuff. I thought that would get me out of things. Instead, after it was over, I did receive a rather stern lecture from my director not to do that again – and that I hadn’t gotten out of anything. I did quit trying to forced things after that…and I have not been like a cat on a hot tin roof anymore. I figured it is what it is and no sense trying to push or prove anything. That overwrought miscue played a big role in developing my philosophy of acknowledge God, next right step, be a sign of hope; Trust-Do-Love. If all continues to unfold, someday that director can tell the tale of how desperately I was trying to escape at the time, to find a way out and to be left alone. My sin was in trying to test God. So, that led to my near complete surrender. (I did try a few different types of gambits…didn’t really completely surrender until the middle of the last decade – but not that type any more).

      I have always felt if this is true, nothing will stop it anyway. If it isn’t, it should be stopped. In the last decade or so, I have gotten very wary that if I say too much or speak out of turn, go beyond my portfolio, as it were, I might drive people away because of my tantrum…and then I would be held accountable for it. This is a hot seat that has taken a long time to get used to and to deal with with any sense of real acceptance. I still have a lot of sympathy for Greta Garbo’s old line, “I want to be left alone.” But I try to do what I believe I am supposed to, without testing God.

      It felt – and sometimes still feels – a lot like being trapped in a cage. If I pitch a fit and disqualify myself when it was real, I have defied God and will be held to account. If I don’t weigh something seriously and cause someone to lose heart when I could have given them heart, I will be held to account. Yet I still instinctively sometimes try to find an escape hatch. In some ways, it makes it easier – for if I was honestly dismissed I doubt anyone would be more relieved than me. So I slog on. But if it was going to embarrass me, I wouldn’t have told about it in the first place.

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      • My three sons are running in circles around me so fast they’re about to turn into butter, so Im distracted and just skimmed this, but what does it mean when you say you were pressing matters? I have a friend with amazing spiritual gifts who has spoken prophetic words and been “wrong” when his human interpretation is off the mark. What he was told was never wrong, just what he thought it meant was wrong. Is that what you mean? Off to bathe my buttery boys!

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        • charliej373 says:

          No, that’s not what I meant. I was in a place where many of our readers are now…wanting something decisive NOW. So I took some things I had been told, cobbled them together into a scenario rather defiantly, and basically dared God to prove me wrong. He did. It was a false slyness…but I didn’t mean it slyly, but I did at the same time. I had always said if I was objectively wrong about such a thing I would never speak again on it. That lasted for about a month – and during that time I was pretty relieved – and would not speak of such things. But one of my priests pressed me, suggesting that I had sinned by trying to force God to my will rather than submitting to His. I did whine a little that I just wanted to be left alone. He told me I could just opt out…just say so honestly. Both he and my closest friend then emphasized how much I had illuminated for THEM…and the number of people I had had a profound effect on without discussing this. My friend said if I wanted to quit, I should just do it honestly and not try to set up scenarios like that. It is hard to explain all that went on in that…but one thing that is not hard to explain is that on that occasion, I was objectively wrong. Period. It was not a matter of interpretation, but a matter of stubbornness.

          Bottom line, though I am ashamed to say it, on that occasion I demanded that God make it so because I said it; not that I repeated what God had said accurately. But it was before I was saying this to anyone but the priests and a few very close friends.

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      • Bev says:

        What you are experiencing is a horrible trial…and you’re right. A continuous hot seat, from the very beginning. Every part of you, mentally, physically, and spiritually is demanded as an holocaust offering. Because you accepted and are helping us at such a great price, Our Lady’s Triumph can be attached at the other end of the cable containing light to be poured out at the proper time.

        So many of us would not be able to be signs of light during this time, whether or not we make it thorough the Storm. And many more of us would panic, thus losing our physical lives when God intends that we should follow your steps: Trust – Do – Love. You have helped so many of us grow closer to God, and have enabled us to know how to help others to do the same.

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  9. Bill Freeman says:

    I too have been follwing spirit daily for a long time.
    I believe it will be there where I will learn when all of the Medjugorje seers have their ten secrets.
    He has been an incredible blessing for my faith development with the many varied articles on Catholic faith.

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  10. I love spirit daily too. It is the news site I visit before all others. I wouldn’t worry about Michael’s use of alleged seer or visionary as he says that about everyone who doesn’t have formal Church approval. The fact that he mentions someone usually means he is open to their authenticity.

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  11. NancyA says:

    Charlie, may I say I so appreciate the art with which you adorn the heading!

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  12. W. Leo says:

    Charlie, I thought your readers would enjoy a reflection presented by Father Robert Young on the Immaculate Conception based on the writings of Luisa Piccarreta (printed out below).
    Listen to Week #2, Volume 15: http://www.divinewilltallahassee.com/radio-archives

    December 8, 1922
    On the Immaculate Conception.

    I write to obey, and I offer everything to my sweet Jesus, uniting myself to the sacrifice of His obedience in order to obtain the grace and the strength to do it as He wants. And now, oh! my Jesus, give me your holy hand and the light of your Intelligence, and write together with me.
    I was thinking about the great portent of the immaculate conception of my Queen and Celestial Mama, and in my interior I heard, being said to me: “My daughter, the immaculate conception of my beloved Mama was prodigious and all marvelous; so much so, that Heaven and earth were stupefied and made feast. All Three Divine Persons competed among Themselves: the Father poured out an immense sea of power; I, the Son, poured out an infinite sea of wisdom, and the Holy Spirit, an immense sea of eternal love, which, merging into one, formed one single sea; and in the middle of this sea the conception of this Virgin was formed, elect among the elect. So, the Divinity administered the substance of this conception, and this sea was not only the center of life of this admirable and singular creature, but it remained around Her – not only to keep Her defended from anything that might shadow Her, but to give Her, in each instant, new beauties, new graces, power, wisdom, love, privileges, etc. So, Her little nature was conceived in the center of this sea, and was formed and grew under the influence of these divine waves; so much so, that as soon as this noble and singular creature was formed, the Divinity did not want to wait as usual with the other creatures – It wanted Her embraces, the requital of Her love, Her kisses, and to enjoy Her innocent smiles. Therefore, as soon as Her conception was formed, I gave Her the use of reason, I endowed Her with all sciences, I made known to Her Our joys and Our sorrows with regard to Creation. And even from the maternal womb, She would come to Heaven, at the foot of Our Throne, to give Us Her embraces, the requital of Her love, Her tender kisses; and throwing Herself into Our arms, She would smile at Us with such delight of gratitude and thanksgiving as to snatch Our smiles. Oh! how beautiful it was to see this innocent and privileged creature, enriched with all the divine qualities, coming into Our midst, all love, all trust, without fear. In fact, sin alone is what puts distance between Creator and creature, breaking love, dispersing trust, and striking fear. So, She would come into Our midst as Queen who, with Her love, given by Us, dominated Us, enraptured Us, put Us in feast, and captivated yet more love. And We let Her do it, delighting in the love that She captivated from Us, and constituting Her Queen of Heaven and earth.
    Heaven and earth exulted and made feast together with Us, having their Queen after so many centuries. The sun smiled in its light, and held itself fortunate in having to serve its Queen by giving Her light. The heavens, the stars, and the whole universe smiled with joy and made feast, because they were to gladden their Queen, showing Her the harmony of the spheres and of their beauty. The plants smiled, which were to nourish their Queen; and the earth too smiled and felt ennobled in having to provide the dwelling and let itself be trodden by the steps of its Empress. Only hell cried, and felt itself losing strength because of the dominion of this Sovereign Lady.

    But do you know what was the first act that this Celestial Creature did when She found Herself before Our throne for the first time? She recognized that all the evil of man had been the split between his will and that of his Creator; She trembled, and with no delay She bound Her will to the foot of my throne, without even wanting to know it. And my Will bound Itself to Her and constituted Itself the center of Her life, so much so, that all currents, all relations, all communications opened between Her and Us, and there was no secret which We did not entrust to Her. This, indeed, was the most beautiful, the greatest, the most heroic act that She did – to lay down Her will at Our feet; an act which made Us, as though enraptured, constitute Her Queen of all. Do you see, then, what it means to bind oneself to my Will and to not know one’s own?

    The second act was to offer Herself to any sacrifice for love of Us. The third, to render Us the honor and the glory of the whole Creation, which man had taken away from Us by doing his own will. And even from the maternal womb She cried for love of Us, in seeing Us offended; and She cried with sorrow over guilty man. Oh! how these innocent tears moved Us, and hastened the longed-for Redemption! This Queen dominated Us, bound Us, and snatched infinite graces from Us. She made Us incline so much toward mankind, that We could not resist, nor did We know how to resist Her repeated petitions. But whence came to Her so much power, and such great ascendancy over the very Divinity? Ah! you have understood: it was the power of Our Will acting in Her, which, while dominating Her, rendered Her dominator of God Himself. And then, how could We resist so innocent a creature, possessed by the power and sanctity of Our Will? It would be as though resisting Ourselves. We could see Our divine qualities in Her. Like waves, the reverberations of Our sanctity, the reverberations of the divine manners, of Our love, of Our power, etc., poured out upon Her; as well as Our Will, which was Her center, drawing all the reverberations of Our divine qualities, and making Itself crown and defense of the Divinity dwelling within Her. If this Immaculate Virgin had not had the Divine Will as center of life, all the other prerogatives and privileges with which We so enriched Her would have been, in comparison, an absolute nothing. This is what confirmed and preserved for Her so many privileges; even more, It multiplied new ones at each instant.

    Here, then, is the reason why We constituted Her Queen of all; because when We operate, We do it with reason, wisdom and justice: She never gave life to Her human will, but Our Will was always intact in Her. How could We say to another creature: ‘You are Queen of the heavens, of the sun, of the stars, etc.’, if instead of having Our Will as dominion, she were dominated by her human will? All the elements, the heavens, the sun, the earth, would have withdrawn from the regime and dominion of this creature. All would have cried out in their mute language: ‘We do not want her, we are superior to her, because we have never withdrawn from your Eternal Volition – as You created us, so we are’. So would the sun have cried out with its light, the stars with their twinkling, the sea with its waves, and everything else. On the contrary, as soon as they all felt the dominion of this excelling Virgin who, almost as their sister, never wanted to know Her own will, but only that of God, not only did they make feast, but they felt honored to have their Queen, and they ran around Her to form Her cortege and to pay obsequies to Her – the moon, by placing itself as footstool at Her feet; the stars as crown, the sun as diadem, the Angels as servants, and men as though in waiting. Everyone – everyone paid Her honor and rendered their obsequies to Her. There is no honor and glory which cannot be given to Our Will – whether acting within Us, in Its own center, or dwelling in the creature.

    But do you know what was the first act that this noble Queen did when, coming out of the maternal womb, She opened Her eyes to the light of this low world? As She was born, the Angels sang lullabies to the Celestial Baby, and She remained enraptured; Her beautiful soul went out of Her little body, accompanied by angelic cohorts, and went around Heaven and earth, gathering all the love that God had spread throughout the whole Creation; and penetrating into the Empyreum, She came to the foot of Our throne, offered Us the requital of the love of all Creation, and pronounced Her first ‘thank You’ in the name of all. Oh! how happy We felt in hearing the ‘thank You’ of this Little Baby Queen. And We confirmed in Her all the graces, all the gifts, such as to make Her surpass all other creatures together. Then, throwing Herself into Our arms, She delighted with Us, swimming in the sea of all contentments, remaining embellished with new beauty, with new light and with new love. She pleaded once again for mankind, praying Us, with tears, to let the Eternal Word descend in order to save Her brothers. But as She was doing this, Our Will let Her know that She should descend to the earth, and immediately She left Our contentments and joys, and departed, in order to do… what? Our Will. What powerful magnet Our Will was, dwelling on earth in this newborn Queen! No longer did the earth appear alien to Us; We no longer felt like striking it, making use of Our justice. We had the power of Our Will which, in this innocent child, restrained Our arms, smiled at Us from the earth, and turned justice into graces and sweet smile; so much so, that unable to resist this sweet enchantment, the Eternal Word hastened His course. Oh! prodigy of my Divine Will – to You everything is due, through You everything is accomplished, and there is no greater prodigy than my Will dwelling in the creature.” http://catholicdivinewill.blogspot.com/2008/06/divine-will-volume-fifteen.html

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    • Beautiful! May we pray with Immaculate Mary in the Divine Will: Fiat mihi! Secundum verbum tuum!

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    • Kati says:

      WOW!!! This is absolutely beautiful. How interesting that I would read this today after watching the movie, Heaven Is Real, last night. It is the film about the little 4-year old boy who was taken to heaven in the midst of emergency surgery for a ruptured appendix. The description of angelic singing is VERY similar to what this child shared about what he heard and saw.

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    • I just remembered there is a moratorium on most of Luisa’s writings while her cause for canonization continues. Because there have been problems with the translations of her writings, there are only a few who are authorized to promulgate them. Some writings have been approved for general use, such as the 24 hours of the passion. You can read a letter from the Bishop of Trani here as well as an update as of 2012. https://www.ewtn.com/expert/answers/luisa_piccarreta.htm

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      • We must be careful we don’t get caught up in the new clericalism that is sweeping the Church. Pope Francis is warning us against it.The Archbishop of Trani’s authority is only over his own subjects. That he was limiting those who speak and teach about Luisa in the name of the postulatum (I think this phase is finished now anyway) doesn’t mean other people whether priests or laity can’t speak and teach about Luisa as long as they are not saying they are doing so with the approval of the Archbishop of Trani. The publishing of Luisa’s writing has more to do with copyright laws and privileges than canon law. That being said it is good advice to have a priest involved as they are trained in philosophy and theology and can keep people on track.

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  13. Anne says:

    Charlie …just read first 2 articles of Michael Brown’s about you on Linda’s website. when were these interviews given……recently or quite awhile ago?

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  14. Dan Lynch says:

    Here are novenas for the feasts of the Immaculate Conception and Our Lady of Guadalupe that you may pray through her in answer to Charlie’s hope that “you will pray them with me this year, that we will all take the next right step, that we will all be a sign of hope to those around us, and that we will all endure to celebrate together the new era of peace that will arise from the ashes of these terrible times.”

    Novena to Our Lady of America, the Immaculate Virgin, for True Change and Hope for America
    http://jkmi.wsiefusion.net/prayers-1

    Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Queen and Mother of America
    http://jkmi.wsiefusion.net/prayers

    “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 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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  15. LJD says:

    Charlie, Pope Francis and EP Bartholomew seem to be truly laying the groundwork for a coming full restoration! Makes my heart truly glad to have such a humble pope. It is the only way to mend the fences. Humility and not “I am the prince bow down to me” mentality. The chess pieces are certainly moving into place.

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  16. Julia says:

    W Leo, thank you for sharing such a beautiful introductory at the start of Novena to honour feast of Immaculate Conception. Perfect.

    I hope God will forgive me for making this Novena in petition for my son to find a job to support his family.

    Thank you Charlie for posting.

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    • Carol says:

      Julia: From one mother to another you are not alone; doing the same thing. It is very upsetting for us moms, one of mine with a college degree in engineering and still can’t find a job; why he has no experience. I will pray for your son as I pray for my own two sons. Have a blessed Merry Christmas.

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    • Fran says:

      I am praying for a similar thing Julia. Many young people and their families are having a tough time making it. Joining my prayers with yours.

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    • NancyA says:

      And I, as well.. these days, perhaps in all days, it is a mother’s (or father’s) lot. When we pray for our own, let us join consciously with all parents praying for the salvation of errant children!

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      • NancyA says:

        Ahh, my apologies. I put this in the wrong place. Was thinking of the prayer requests, which I saw on email and have not gotten to yet.

        Still, in all needs, it would be good to include all who are praying for the same type of intention.

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  17. Lyle Metsker says:

    Charlie,Here is a link to Michael Brown’s “Prophecy Index” I thought you might enjoy:http://www.spiritdaily.net/zprophecy.htm#The_1990_Prophecy_Lyle

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  18. Bob says:

    I google Pope Francis daily homilies or Pope Francis daily meditations for a fuller account of his homilies than Zenit usually gives
    This on his last one you linked to Zenit on.
    http://www.news.va/en/news/mass-at-santa-marta-depression-or-hope-2

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  19. Brenda Heyman says:

    This is a blog I get now. Tap on blessed hope forum. Some interesting prophecy read by Charlie

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  20. Julia says:

    Boo Hoo. Hoo. I signed in and paid the $12 on Spirit Daily and can’t get in to see the special reports.
    I got a hunch the 1990 prophesy person is none other than Charlie. I did what they said and created password. But is says ‘no access we don’t have you listed.’ When I try to create new account again it says already there. Boo Hoo. Hoo. I feel rumbled and can’t see no jungle.

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  21. Maybe this will help Julia (and others) get into Michael’s Special Report. I was confused at first, too, as you have to jump through several hoops.

    When you click on Special Report and get onto the page where the article is started, find where it says in red: “please log-in”; the next page will have a place that says: “My Account”, then below that, “Sign In”. The next page has the log-in form — THEN, you find yourself on the article.

    There really ought to be a better way — if they could just be emailed, like these features are emailed.

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  22. LJD says:

    Well there goes that theory! Ha! On a more serious note and off topic-has anyone else felt repelled by the over stuffing consumerism this holiday season? I have been trying to reorient myself and just see the opposite of the spirit of Jesus in all the debt, narcissistic spirit of gift giving that isn’t about giving a gift anymore. It’s how many. It’s what to give people who have so much that they lack nothing at all. I’ve told my son to choose a charity that I will donate to in his name. Sorry, rant done.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I must confess that I love it all. I have always been mesmerized by Christmas…my parents and siblings were struck by it from the time I was a tyke. I love the sights and sounds, music and smells. Dad used to like to tease various of us kids. He would take one who wanted a particular present – and would have that present hidden away, to make the kid think they had been disappointed after all the gifts had been given and their heart’s desire was not among them. But he said I was impossible to disappoint when it came to Christmas. One year I wanted a bike. He pulled his little stunt – but I was as enthusiastic as ever, setting up board games with my brothers and hooting and carrying on. Finally, he figured he would give it up and pull out the bike. He said when he did, rather than delight, I glanced over, said, “Thanks Dad!” and went right back to the board game that my brothers and I were already in the midst of.

      Some years later, my children, who also noted my mania for the holiday. went into a revolt. On July Fourth, they confronted me and told me that now I really HAD to take down the Christmas Tree. I sulked, but I did it.

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      • LJD says:

        I may have expressed my rant in the wrong way(shocker). Christmas is my favorite holiday. What I was getting at is what it has become. I love the music, tree, and the rest! what I just don’t like is the consumerism that has seemed to have swallowed it up. Kids are generally overindulged in our society and there is not much of the longing for that one particular thing, like Charlie’s bike. When something is desired, it is immediately addressed and given-so appreciation goes out the window to a certain degree. Others ecorrientes may be better-and I hope they are! My hurdle seems to be to keep Christ in Christmas and the spirit of Him, of thinking of others as opposed to the almighty ME.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Oh no, you expressed it just fine, LJD. I am just a nut about it…and no matter how absurd it gets, I just see the magic. Shoot, I am even a closet sucker for the formulaic Hallmark Christmas Movies.

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        • E. Allison says:

          LJD, you are right about the children being overindulged and I am guilty of doing it myself. I remember when my youngest was about 10, and was on the fence with regard to believing in Santa. His friends were starting to make fun of him for still believing. We talked about it, and he said the funniest thing to me, “My friends say it’s you, and there is no Santa. But that can’t be true. I know YOU would NEVER get me that many presents!” He’s a man now, and I still smile every time I think about it.

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      • Bev says:

        Now this is really NOT fair! I posted that away up higher where it belonged. You were discussing your one attempt to get God to start things up.
        I wanted to add a comment about Christmas, and when I clicked on reply part of my previous comment appeared. So I pressed “post” and wham! It appeared here!

        I was such a shock that I have forgotten what I was going to say. (Except maybe that my first memory was of Christmas. I was looking up and up and up a long, long way and at the top of the decorated tree was a star. It was so far up, but it was beautiful and I have always been glad that Christmas is my first memory.

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    • LJD my family has been adopting a charity every year. Sometimes it is a family member, sometimes it is a registered charity. A couple of years ago I got my dad an outhouse in Africa! He was thrilled–just waiting for someone to ask him what he got! 🙂

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  23. NancyA says:

    I also LOVE Christmas giving. My kids are NOT among the ones who get what they want when they want it, and it is blessed to give. I love that ability to really BE Santa. My youngest always has a little something she would like but knows that I can’t find it for her.. but maybe SANTA will have one. (I admit I’ve set this up by coming through so many times) Fact is..in this day of internet, Santa CAN and does come through. Last year, it was COAL! lol She wished she could see coal! Of course Santa wrote her a note explaining that she certainly did not deserve coal but he could show her a piece. She keeps it in a special box, now. 🙂 I already have this year’s unattainable wish. hee hee. (and I’ve done your dad’s trick a lot of times, too, Charlie!)

    There is such a spirit of innocence behind all that… But I do understand the conflicting feeling of dismay of all that you describe, too, LJD.

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  24. Re: Michael Brown…I went on a pilgrimage to Medjugorje with him last year. He is a devout, simple, extremely intelligent true believer. His talks were great…we took a few walks together and had some in depth conversations that convinced me he is the real deal. Thank you for your good words about him.
    I may be in northern Alabama (Decatur/Falkville/Cullen area) visiting family and when I do that I go to the EWTN daily morning Mass at the Hanceville Shrine. Any chance you are close to that area?
    thanks
    Judy Johnson,

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    • charliej373 says:

      I have been there, Judy. Much of my family lives nearby – about 70 miles northeast of Birmingham. But now I am pretty much set in the Denver area. By the way, I edited out your city from your comment, just because I figured you probably wouldn’t want to take a chance on any surprise visitors.

      Michael Brown is a good man who takes the work he does seriously. I’m glad you got to know him well. Though we have talked over the phone a few times, we have never actually met. A brother of mine went to one of his retreats in San Diego and chatted with him.

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      • Mick says:

        Charlie, my grandma was born in Talladega. I still have tons of relatives down Birmingham way. Gorgeous area, but too blasted hot in the summer (and those huge thunderstorms that seem to come out of nowhere are quite intimidating).

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        • charliej373 says:

          Ah, but Alabama thunderstorms, while quite showy, are a transient thing. They come out of nowhere and pass almost as quickly as they came. Up in Chicago where I lived most of my life, sometimes the rain sets in for a week. Thanks be to God it is almost never as heavy as Alabama – if you got Alabama intensity combined with Chicago endurance, there would be a bustling market for arks.

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  25. Julia says:

    Thank you for your friendly help with my sad little grumble, finding access in Spirit Daily.
    On a lighter note. Our family all love Christmas, even if many of them don’t include the real birthday Boy anymore.
    It is safe to tell you a little secret. I have bought a joint Christmas present for my son and his wife. It is a pair of good quality pillows. LOL. It wraps up as a big thing to go under the tree, and I know they are short of pillows from the last time I visited. Got them half price, so a bargain to boot. LOL
    All the presents I give are under $10 because like someone else pointed out most people don’t really NEED anything at Christmas.
    I have bought an annual membership of RAC (motorist breakdown cover) for my son and daughter the last few years. It has to cover Christmas and birthday as you can imagine, because I can’t be drawn into buying trivialities any more.
    I have been planning to get a bottle of fabric conditioner for the Bottle bags if I get them again instead of booze. And this is how I plan to spend on prezzies from now on. LOL
    Once again, thank you all for your help, it really does feel like I have friends out there who can help.
    God bless all here.

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  26. Bob says:

    Charlie your Immaculate Conception Novena was a good suggestion. The IC has special meaning for me in that it shows that God is able to free us from our sins. Mary was freed before she fell into any pits and we can be freed from falling into any more pits if we wish to be set free!!

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  27. Patricia says:

    Charlie,
    This falls under musings but relates back to a comment you made awhile ago about an aerospace engineer using his skills to farm or fish or something like that during or after the storm. Are we to think that the type of jobs available after the storm will be different than what we do today? I understand that during the duration of the storm it will be about quelling panic, praying and being of hope to people but you have said we will go back to “ordinary” lives. Am I misunderstanding you in that the engineer may find work once people start to rebuild or is it that the engineer will probably not in our lifetime do that again.
    So many people work at jobs that did not exist twenty years ago. Think Google, Apple, Netflix, Facebook, never mind all the college grads that are working as wait staff in restaurants. Illumination????
    Thank you.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Patricia, I know almost nothing about what happens after the rescue. It really is only two things: one, that it will be normal again. It will not be some sort of glorious heavenly thing with an enlightened ruler or anything like that. It will be completely normal – except for our attitudes. We get a chance to rebuild and do it right. If you have the technology and the need, I imagine after the Storm many will go back into the former line of work they had to leave during the Storm. The second thing is that I will spend my time exhorting and working to get the Shrine of Thanksgiving for our rescue built.

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  28. Bob says:

    Here is the Opus Dei meditations from St Josemaria for the Immaculate conception Novena
    http://www.josemariaescriva.info/docs/novena-inmaculada_engl.pdf

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  29. Connie says:

    Thanks to you Bob for the link to the Immaculate Conception novena of Opus Dei. It is beautiful. Although I had to run to catch up since I only realized today that the novena started yesterday, I will be doing the novena to the Immaculate Conception then (and overlapping) the novena to Our Lady of Tepeyac. Oh how I wished I would have already ordered a ton of Miraculous Trust cards to give out to people in Louisiana when I go soon! Well I didn’t so maybe it was just meant to be that way at this time, but I will as soon as I can catch my breath.

    Charlie, I was rereading your article Stay to the Plain Path and was wondering if you could explain what you meant when you wrote: ” Right in the center of My Novena to the Immaculate Conception I begin my Novena to Our Lady of Tepeyac. But, of course, the work of the two aspects during these times is deeply intertwined, so it is very appropriate.” You were answering a comment to Barb about something and this was your last two sentences. How is the work of the two aspects deeply intertwined? For some reason I thought it may help me(and all of us) to meditate more deeply while praying and talking to Our Lady during these novenas. Thank you for calling attention again to these novenas as to me it seems such a wonderful way to get into the spirit of Advent.

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  30. NancyA says:

    Advent. I came across a reference to a book called _Advent of the Heart_. (Delp, S.J.) Because I am drawn to all memoir from the WW I I era, I took a look. I think it might be my meditation material for this Advent. I invite you all to read this essay which gives a glimpse of the thought of Father Delp, and seems to be applicable for our time also.

    http://www.baylor.edu/content/services/document.php/125865.pdf

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    • NancyA says:

      Charlie, the first meditation that comes in the book is one written by Fr. Delp while imprisoned by the nazis in 1944. At a later time I will transcribe some of it for you. He speaks of three images of people needed.. the voice calling in the wilderness, the angel of annunciation and the Blessed Mother. Very powerful; I felt sure you would be moved. You are one of these images he speaks of, and you call us to be also.

      You’ll see. Can’t tap it out here, now.

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  31. Nancy says:

    From St. Padre Pio:
    … Oh my Mother, how ashamed I feel in your presence, weighted down as I am with faults! You are most pure and immaculate from the moment of your conception, indeed from the moment in eternity when you were conceived in the mind of God.
    Have pity on me! May one compassionate look of yours revive me, purify me and lift me up to God; raising me from the filth of this world that I may go to Him Who created me, Who regenerated me in Holy Baptism, giving me back my white stole of innocence that original sin had so defiled. Dear Mother, make me love Him! Pour into my heart that love that burned in yours for Him! Even though I be clothed in misery, I revere the mystery of your Immaculate Conception, and I ardently wish that through it you may purify my heart so that I may love your God and my God. Cleanse my mind that it may reach up to Him and contemplate Him and adore Him in spirit and in truth. Purify my body that I too may be a tabernacle for Him and be less unworthy of possessing Him when He deigns to come to me in Holy Communion. Amen.

    from “Meditation Prayer in Mary Immaculate” by Padre Pio (Tan Books and Publishers, Inc.)
    Rescue and Conversion

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  32. Donette says:

    I would like to thank Brother Gilbert Joseph for his words on Father Young. Yes. Fr Young is a Francescan priest. We brought him to our area to act as translator for Padre Bernadino Bucci, the last living person who knew, saw and spoke to Luisa Picarreta. When he was here we celebrated his birthday. Yes, a very kind, gentle and spiritual priest is Fr. Young.

    And I would also like to thank Brother Gilbert Joseph for his explanation in regard to the writings of Luisa Piccarreta. There has been so much confusion in the States over Archbishop Piccheri’s words and concerns to the people who study the writings. In our area, we followed his instructions to the letter, got the approval of our Bishop and have priests who act as our spiritual directors during our study groups. We have never had an ounce of a problem as I have heard other groups have had. Many in the states are now looking forward to attending the April Divine Will conference in Corato, Italy at the invitation of the Archbishop.

    BTW somewhere in one of the guest postings an individual was speaking about God is Love.
    Through Divine Will readings, we have learned that Love is one of the great attributes of God, but His essence is Divine Will. Some years ago, I almost rejected Pachi’s message from Our Lady when Our Lady identified herself as “I am who am in the Trinity.” Now I am not so negative. Through Luisa’s writings, we learned that Our Lady lives in the Divine Will. I don’t hope to ever become a theologian in these matters. I always bow my head and say to the Lord, Fiat!

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    • Dear Donette, That is great.

      I was told that the Archbishop of Trani and others became concerned because certain groups and people especially in the USA were almost turning Divine Will into a new religion Instead of it being rooted in Scripture and Tradition and the teachings of The Church and its development. Some misuse Luisa’s teachings to create their own sect -like groups to build their own personal spiritual fief or kingdom rather than the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of the Divine Will. Others do this with distortions of Marian or charismatic etc as well. It is wonderful to have differents group with different emphasises if we remain in unity with others-unity in diversity rather than uniformity.

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    • anne ovari says:

      Hello Donette, How wonderful that you have met Fr Young in person, I have only seen a couple of his talks on DVD. I am however very blessed to know Brother Gilbert who has moved from Perth, Western Australia to here inTasmania. He is very knowledgable and on fire with the Holy Spirit. God Bless you and may His Kingdom come soon to reign on earth as it does in Heaven.

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