Musings – Trolling for Armageddon

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By Charlie Johnston

I have come to believe that elements in the administration are intentionally trying to foment a crisis that would allow them to justify a declaration of Martial Law. They think they would easily and quickly prevail in subduing the entire population to their imperial will in such a confrontation. It won’t work out that way, but I understand why they are doing it. What I do not understand is why so much of the establishment media and celebrity blacks so gleefully join in the toxic, racist narrative they push in the Ferguson case.

Both the media and many black celebrities would have you believe that black folks are mainly thugs and bums, easily provoked into a murderous rage, who must be indulged when they riot and burn. This empowers the actual thugs and bums, who quickly pick up that there will be no consequences for their behavior, but victimizes anew the great majority of black folks who want their families, homes and stores protected from criminals. It also locks away the notion in most minds, whatever they say, that inner city blacks are deadly dangerous and to be avoided – a lesson that middle class and upwardly mobile blacks are taking to heart, too, however quietly. It teaches all but the most selfless of cops that, if they get a call of a confrontation in a rough section of town that might involve blacks, they would be well-advised to find a speeder to stop. For if they go to the confrontation, at best they are going to be called racist; at worst, they will have to use deadly force to defend themselves and lose either their life or their job and good name in the media frenzy that follows. That only means more blighted neighborhoods will be left to the wolves.

The formula the president, attorney general, and media propose for their “conversation about race” would make every predominantly black neighborhood in America into East St. Louis and Detroit. In the process, it cements a vicious stereotype that black folks are dangerously unstable maniacs who insist on the right to riot at will and to raise a lynch mob if someone is so presumptuous as to try to protect the rest of the community from their rage. In the end, it will be black folks in rough neighborhoods who are most victimized by the toxic racism of the media and black celebrities and the administration.

It is not to the advantage of anyone to enforce the law in a way that indulges rioting, violence, thuggery and looting. That is not “black” legislation. That is “thug” legislation – and it primarily victimizes black and other inner-city folks who want to raise a family, protect their homes and shops, and build a working community. For the administration, it provides the hope of provoking a crisis they can use to assume emergency authority – and callously does it on the backs of black families. But what is the advantage to the media to foment this vicious racial stereotype, to encourage the mob? Both the administration and the media might benefit from a little history. They would learn the lesson of Robespierre, that when you call forth the mob, it ends by consuming those that called it forth. Robespierre played a critical role in introducing the terror and the guillotine into revolutionary France. The terror ended when Robespierre was sent to the same guillotine he summoned forth.

Here is a useful little piece by our own Dan Lynch on the subject.

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The left is now mocking what looks to be the Republicans surrender to the president on his massive imperial grant of amnesty to illegal aliens. It seems all the sound and fury Republicans made about enforcing the law and curbing the president’s imperial ambitions really did signify…nothing, except to gain the perquisites of office in a dying empire.

The Bishops in America enthusiastically supported the president’s power grab in this case. After having served as co-conspirators in foisting the health care law on us, a law that has driven thousands from the medical profession, sent the cost to patients through the roof, denied coverage and care to millions who had it under the old system, and reduced access to care for all but the richest – while serving as a useful cudgel to attack religious faith and institutions, one would think the Bishops might have learned that wishing a happy thought does not make it so. I take them at their word that they thought the health care act would give everyone health care.

Teenage beauty queen contestants always wish happy things. But there is a reason we do not entrust policy-making to teenage beauty queens. It requires hard-headed analysis and the confrontation of hard questions to form policy that actually accomplishes happy ends. Turns out that giving government more power, money and control in the field of health care does not actually result in better health care for anyone – and results in less freedom for everyone. But our Bishops, the optimistic dears, are not to be deterred by experience. Though concentrating huge power to a central government did not work out so well in health care, surely supporting a huge grab of imperial, unreviewable power on immigration to a president who has always been caustically hostile to Christianity will solve all problems with immigration and lead to prosperity and peace for all. What could go wrong?

I don’t much question our Bishops’ good intentions on matters of political policy. I just wish they had more insight into the consequences of various choices than your average teenage beauty pageant contestant.

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What is commonly called “crony capitalism” has nothing to do with market capitalism. It is just an acceptable term for the sort of economic fascism that was the system used by Mussolini’s Italy and Hitler’s Germany. The term is doubly useful because it both hides its origins while smearing capitalism. The American Spectator’s Ross Kaminsky has an edifying piece on it.

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The American Spectator also has a marvelous piece by Hal Colebatch on the breathtaking cultural suicide in Great Britain. Once the forward outpost of Western Civilization, Britain now leads the way of surrender.

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Finally, William Doino Jr. puts together the most balanced and insightful article I have yet read on what Pope Francis is about over at First Things Magazine

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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125 Responses to Musings – Trolling for Armageddon

  1. ann says:

    This is the most cogent analysis of the situation facing us right now with Ferguson et al. Thank you.

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  2. johnmcfarm says:

    We cannot crash without the drive towards the crash. The momentum grows each month. The various triggers are simultaneously being pulled.

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    • Judy says:

      I believe that the powers that be in the USA are planning events which will usher in Marshall Law for the ‘protection of its citizens’. A crisis will be created. It will be a pretext for taking control of everything. Just look at the executive orders that have been written to take control of energy resources, food, farms, and every other thing one can imagine. These orders are the blueprint for tyranny.

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  3. Bob says:

    I consider that much of the racial hype is merely feeding demons. As Paul said in Ephesians chapter 4 vs. 26 and 27 not to go to bed with unresolved anger or the devil will have a chance to work on you. And how many of our so called black leaders have helped to carefully feed these demons with years of resentment, rage, for years and years? And along with sending our children to godless public schools in an increasingly godless culture, God alone can help us. And I don’t recall any of our political leaders in St Louis or elsewhere saying any of us need God’s help. I fear that God will make us realize our need for His help in painful ways.

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  4. vicardwm says:

    Charlie, very insightful article on Ferguson. I totally agree with you on the bishops. Their political skills are so laughably bad that even likening them to a teenage beauty queen might be giving them too much credit. This makes them and the whole Catholic Church look bad. My guess is that they have bad advisers at the USCCB level leading them astray, because nobody smart enough to rise to positions of authority could be that stupid on their own.

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  5. Bob says:

    And after the incidents in Ferguson that Monday after it came down I needed to pray a long time with my first intention that my own heart would be right and be freed of my own anger and resentments, before I could fall, at least somewhat peacefully asleep. How hard it is for me to trust God. And these are just the first outer winds of the storm, perhaps.

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  6. vkmir3 says:

    I have been following your writings for a few months now, Charlie. I found this site via Mark Mallett. I have been following Mark’s writings for a few years and I feel fortunate to have had the Holy Spirit lead me to both.

    What you have written in this post is so spot on and what many people have felt in their hearts lately. I have to admit I was not as aware of the Bishops’ part in the health care issue, but I can see how the “powers that be” used them to their advantage. I have personally experienced the effect of the administration’s foisting of the health care law onto the American public.

    Thank you for all that you do and for this community. I will keep you, Charlie, and all in this wonderful community in my prayers daily.

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  7. David says:

    After reading this last post all I can say is “come Jesus, come. How long must we wait?”

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    • Mick says:

      Exactly, David! Just a couple of days ago, I was reading something or other about the horrible things that the powers-that-be are doing in order to get complete control of all of us; and I found myself praying, “Come, Lord Jesus!” I know that the Storm, when full-blown, will be terrible. But I can’t help thinking, “Just bring it on, already.”

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  8. Patrick says:

    My wife is a Chicago Police Officer in area that has a high murder rate. It is all too obvious what the motive is with respect to the Ferguson case. Amazing how the chief of the executive branch fails to support those who enforce the “executive” authority. My wife is a minority, (dislike that term), but by virtue of putting the uniform on is hated. It is way too easy and expeditious to make it a white-black issue.It’s a stressful job and is a shame that the PD has so little support.
    What do I say to the broader issues? We must Love, and show Mercy at every opportunity. We will walk through the doors of Mercy or Justice, it is our free will as a people to exercise.
    I spent six years in the military and almost 20 years in the fire service. As much as I try to be a patriot and rally around nationalism and to close our border’s I quickly am disarmed. 1st we are citizens of the kingdom of which we are in communion with, are we not? We are also in communion as brothers and sisters with the living “pilgrimaging” together towards our real home. It is good to be patriotic, but 1st we are Catholics”universalists”, over and above, republican, democrat,….etc. 2nd. St. Joseph, Mother Mary had to cross over into Egypt as a refugees. In event of what I keep reading about here and the forthcoming persecutions, I may have to take my four kids on the road to Canada or Mexico. In the end it may be the mercies shown to the immigrants that save us. Open wide the doors of Mercy!

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    • charliej373 says:

      There are ways to do it, Patrick…but they involve taking responsibility and doing it in ways that will work and are charitable – without just collapsing the system. You are not charitable to the poor by uniformly opening your house to those who need help and opportunity AND those who just want to burn the house down. Follow that strategy and soon you have nothing for anyone. That is what I mean by it taking more than wishing a happy thought.

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      • Kris says:

        This clarity is so needed. I am in agreement as to why our Bishops have rose colored glasses on. They have no real experience with being in the trenches, have lived in well to do surroundings (in this country at least) and have been reading very tainted theology on what catholic social teaching is about. The sad thing is what is called social justice is sadly tainted by marxist ideology. This does not mean the bishops are marxist, just tainted by mismanaged thoughts. I feel like we are in a whirlwind, far more dangerous that that which is hitting the Phillipines at the moment. At least those poor people can call the typhoon a real danger and take steps to protect themselves. When we are blind to the danger and call it good, we invite it into our homes and our churches. Truly our enemy has entered the sanctuary. I really believe that our Lady has been sent to let us enter into the only sanctuary that will keep us safe, her Immaculate heart.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Most of them mean well, Kris, and many are very theologically sophisticated. On how policy relates to the actual theology, well, their level of policy sophistication is about what I would expect from your average competent county board candidate. The problem is, because of their theological sophistication, they think they are brilliant in more mundane, practical matters, as well. So their intellectual pride prevents them from seeing how often their preferred policy initiatives undermine rather than support their beliefs – and how often they are their own faith’s worst enemy, supporting poverty programs that expend and entrench poverty, immigration ‘solutions’ that would collapse the system and raise hostility to all immigrants while opening all to the exploitation of the cynical, health care solutions that collapse the system and are useful mainly as a spearhead in an assault on Christianity. It is a time for all to awaken – and for each of us to stand to our post, while exhorting those around us to do the same. I maintain if our Bishops had stood their post with more fidelity and resisted the urge to play at politics, there would never have been a serious sex abuse scandal, and our approach to poverty, immigration, health care, all taken in the light of Christ, demanding it be done in a manner that preserved dignity and charity, while not neglecting the vital principle of subsidiarity, we would have done much better at ameliorating this problems – and without the Marxist twaddle that often sounds good but destroys both life and faith.

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          • NancyA says:

            Yes, bishops can and should speak to the Catholic ideal in all things, without presuming to know precisely how it should be applied in governmental spheres. Point out the absolutes, and call on those who understand to enact.

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          • malachi99 says:

            “The marxist twaddle”:
            This is precisely the problem. I can say from experience that all the so-called theological sophistication in the world counts for nothing without a solid philosophical foundation. I believe we are reaping the fruits of the abandonment of the perennial philosophy so sublimely articulated and defended by Aquinas, Lagrange et al.

            This is a real problem. And its effects can be seen, in what our Pope emeritus called the naivety of large sections of the conciliar documents of the second vatican council. Now I’m not saying that we throw the baby out with the bath water. I’m merely making the point that our analyses of and solutions to the problems of the modern world are seriously compromised and undercut by erroneous philosophical premises which inevitably distort one’s vision of the world and of God.

            I think it was Anaxagoras who purportedly stated the maxim: “What appears inwardly hinders and obstructs the extraneous”. In other words we see the world as we are. Such is the man, such is the end which appears good to him (Aristotle?).

            At the end of the day much of the cultural desolation, in whatever form it manifests itself, that we are witnessing at this time, is principally due to the rejection of God and the moral order that are the very foundations of so-called western civilization. Many of the philosophies that gave birth to this atheistic nihilism have in different guises borne rotten fruit in other areas of human thought and action.

            So many of our theologians, clergy and lay alike, have been led astray in their thinking by errant philosophies that are not only incompatible with the faith but with reason itself. Today we are simply witnessing the consequences of a godless and amoral system that will in the end devour itself. As Pope Benedict once stated THE CLAIM TO ABSOLUTE FREEDOM IS NOTHING BUT AN ANARCHICAL FREEDOM WHICH IS NOTHING BUT THE NEGATION OF FREEDOM ITSELF. THERE CAN BE NO FREEDOM WITHOUT TRUTH.

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    • Observer says:

      I believe that “universal” love has the ring of force placed upon an individual’s free will which must be engaged for any true act of love. The “system” is actually forcing those who have been waiting while hiring legal assistants now for years, going broke and discouraged, when they are attempting to escape their own personal hells from all parts of the world….to enter a freedom from a supposed “melting pot”. They obviously respect the rules of law of this possibility above any freebies alone offered en masse but are shown that any desperation can only be remedied these days within any normal time range by joining the law breakers. When we speak of “immigrants” in our country that term is never supposed to be used to be selective and biased against those groups now considered politically undesirables. I never knew that an end justifies deplorable and expedient means no matter which angle of this current “set up” you look at.

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      • charliej373 says:

        I did set up a program proposal ten years ago. The climate was not right and I was working for a Republican in a 60% Democrat District. I could not, in good conscience, push it. But I will write about the principles involved in the next week. You
        CAN do this effectively and compassionately. We may have so muddied the waters that you can’t without firm action first, now, but you can do it.

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    • Carlos says:

      Patrick, your heart is in the right place but the US is not an island where every wronged and suffering person in the world can take refuge. One thing should be done for those who are oppressed by regimes that do not allow them to get out of poverty: help them learn to apply the truths that made the US such a prosperous nation. But most politicians won’t even hear such things because they think they will be growing future commercial competitors, just as it happened with Japan in the second half of the 20th century. In spite of such shortsightedness we must insist that there are certain principles that made the American way of life successful for nearly 200 years. When the great Moloch of Liberalism is defeated (and I mean Liberals of the left AND right) America will have to lead the way to rebuild the world by rebuilding the US first and then setting a positive example for others to follow. That almost happened in the 50’s when even a kid like I was then would dream of the Gemini project, Elvis, and all things American although I was living closer to the South Pole than to the nearest point in the US. What we are contemplating is the sickening apotheosis of the Modern Age. It is in the nature of a culture of death to die, even spectacularly. Our job today is to give witness and save as many souls as we can. That is what the first Christians did as the Roma Empire collapsed all around them. Have no fear, this is only the beginning of Christendom 2.0 it will be over before the blink of an eye.
      By the way, I have just finished building a new web page for the good people of the Obra Social Pablo VI. They build hostels for the homeless in Uruguay. They are a busy group and they take the words of Our Lord seriously: “I was a stranger amongst you, and you took me into your home.” That is their motto, Hospes Eram Et Collexistis Me.

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  9. Joseph says:

    Charlie,
    Thank you for the post on Trolling for Armageddon, on which you have expressed so very well what I have feared since that unconstitutional fraud gained entrance to the White House. I believe that a nation which has rejected God by legislating laws which are contrary to His divine and natural laws, will be chastised by those whom they have chosen to lead them. The (man) will do everything in his power to prevent a lawful election and declare martial law by which he will maintain control indefinitely. We will be safe in the storm to come, trust in the Providence of God, stay very close to Jesus Christ in the Eucharist and the Rosary of His Blessed Mother Mary.

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  10. Bob says:

    And I have said for years, after reading the first and second book of Kings that one of the most common ways God uses to punish a sinful people is go give them bad and stupid leaders.

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  11. Bob says:

    As for why the media goes along with the same notions which reinforce black prejudice and black crime, Charlie, I remember you saying your angels told you that those behind the scenes are pushing for disorder. And aren’t the media conglomerates, educational elites and most other institutions infested with these same destructive moles?

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    • charliej373 says:

      That is true, Bob, and you have good cause to be angry. But you should temper your anger with the knowledge that for every person that is consciously trying to do this, a hundred supporters are mere dupes – shallowly wanting to be part of the cool kids. Then remember that God wants them back, too. When we work effectively to renew, we do it for the sake of those that fight us as much as for those who suffer.

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      • Irish7 says:

        Thanks for keeping us on track Charlie. I am struggling with the temptation to bitter resentment and judgement toward the dupes. Your exhortation to be mindful that we ALL crucified Christ is needed daily, nay hourly, for me. As a mother, I am finding my fiery protective heart more quickly and easily provoked. There is genuine need for the passionate protection of innocents, but from a heart ruled by love and mercy. Mary is my model. I think the flame of love prayer is helping to channel this fierce mother heart into the work of rescuing all of God’s children instead of condemning them with my anger….but oh how I struggle.

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      • Bev says:

        I’ve only read this far, so perhaps someone has logged this already. I watched all of Ferguson, New York, Seattle, and have listened to all the rhetoric on both sides from Obama on down. There is an insanity happening even without any of all of that happening (and yes, it might be built into a reason for Marshal Law), and yes, a lot of the results are deliberate and planned. That includes the National Guard not being allowed to protect the business that were looted and then burned, as well as the “professional agitators” used in the other cities to ignite protests. I follow reasonably well what the House and Senate members are saying, as well as I can, and what they determine might be their strategies.

        And I watch in the middle of this destruction of America, Black Friday, Cyber Monday which both are not limited to one day. I heard the announcement that China has now surpassed the economy of America, making her number two. Then I watched a young man (whose paid job on a program) is to ask predetermined questions of average Americans. The question was selected for the purchasers over the Black Friday event. He was asking people with bags what they had bought (as gifts–for others or themselves), what they had. All were most eager to show him. His question was, “Where was it made?” After an initial blank stare from the purchaser, he would turn over the item which read in every single case, “made in China”. Even one, the only one, who was concerned with purchasing American made items (and what he bought had been advertised as such), had been made in China too.

        This utter disregard for an economy that everyone knows is not doing well, without any political inference, or religious affiliation etc. boggled my mind. Even as the economy drowns, it appeared as if not one person in the buying frenzy that could have helped the economy grow, bothered or gave any thought to what they were doing. (We’re no better here in Canada, and we have adopted “Black Friday” and it’s frenzied purchasing without even having Thanksgiving attached to it!)

        It’s like, let’s go to hell in a hand basket, blind, stupid, and dumb. Both our nations have been so “culturized” that we don’t even know or recognize it even when we think we do.

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  12. Observer says:

    BTW, speaking of “where’s the beef”, where’s the executive order???

    Did President Obama just set up Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to be a candidate for impeachment instead of himself if conservatives convince the Republican majorities in the House and the Senate that his “executive actions” on immigration are unconstitutional?
    ……“The entire implementing authority involves a memorandum published by DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson that changes the immigration law, directing federal money to be spent that has not been appropriated by Congress,” he said.
    ….Fitton said DHS “is being hijacked to implement actions Congress has neither authorized nor appropriated funds to accomplish.”

    http://www.wnd.com/2014/12/amnesty-shocker-the-secret-behind-obamas-order/#XXcjQaSK7OlDc8eT.99

    And then we have “just who appropriated the funds for THIS?”:
    Homeland Security already hiring 1,000 employees to carry out Obama amnesty
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/dec/3/dhs-hiring-1000-employees-carry-out-obama-amnesty/

    Please, somebody, take the tax payers’ credit cards away from this reckless “wreckovating” teenager! Then again, this has been his own modus operandi since his hidden means of entry into Occidental and onward!

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  13. It’s a travesty all around. I do hope you’re wrong about the objective being martial law, but unfortunately it makes perfect sense. I hate that many of America’s blacks are being victimized once again by a heartless government bent on destroying our constitution, taking power which does not belong to them into their own hands, and implementing an agenda for the majority that benefits themselves alone. May our good God lift the veil for all those who are presently blind to these injustices, and let us persevere in prayer and action to bring the light of Truth, which is Jesus Christ, into our world.

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  14. narnialion54 says:

    Charlie
    Thanks you for this essay.. Even as I am afraid, I feel heartened by your presence with us on this site.. It is comforting to have others say yes, there really is a terrible storm approaching when you can see it, but everyone is ignoring it. Your photos and paintings at the top of your essays speak to me even more than words. Just as the photo depicting a terrible storm is frightening, so I remember so clearly your picture of Mary with the full power of God crushing the serpents head, in the essay on : Musings: Immaculate Conception.

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  15. narnialion54 says:

    And I love your photo of the log cabin above all which represents to me: safety in the hearts of Jesus and Mary.

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  16. Tom says:

    How was Michael Brown’s stepfather not immediately cuffed and hauled off for inciting a riot for getting up and repeatedly screaming “burn this * down” and then that’s what the people promptly went and did?

    Last week I read that last quarter we printed $1 trillion from the Treasury and it all went to . . . pay debt. Good gravy, this country is so far off the rails only God can fix it

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  17. narnialion54 says:

    Dear Charlie and all,
    I said I was afraid and God heard me!

    http://www.markmallett.com/blog/so-why-are-you-afraid/

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  18. donna269 says:

    and now Staten Island NY….mayhem. Just put the riots into NYC and watch this like toilet water flushing down….that’s when martial law sets in….a big city like NY. In the name of the world financial system and marketing and big business, mark my words. Things are about to get ugly real fast. If I have to look at the ugly mug of Al Sharpton inciting hatred and anger on the main stream media one more time, I will be ill. Cannot believe he is a church man….Satan’s anger spews out his pores…..the spirit of the AntiChrist….wreaking havoc everywhere he shows up. And Obama entertains him like some serious statesman. Give me a break….this is comical from afar. See the writing on the wall….we are well on our way to Civil War in the country.

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    • Observer says:

      That original plan seems to be coming together with the help of “minister” Holder and the elitist WH circle of “advisors”:

      Obama’s “Civilian National Security Force”

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      By J.D. Longstreet July 5, 2012 | Comments| Print friendly |

      Four years ago this month—on July 2nd, 2008—Obama delivered a speech in Boulder, Colorado in which he promised the creation and establishment of a “Civilian National Security Force.” He further promised it would be “just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded as the US Military.”

      It is well known amongst dictators, the world over, that a private army is necessary to control the great unwashed masses over which they force their rule.

      We have seen Obama steadily assume dictatorial powers over apathetic Americans in just three and a half years. He has all but hushed the people’s voice in government, the US Congress, by simply by-passing them and ruling by executive order—just like any other two-bit dictator. Some feel even the US Supreme Court has lost the steel from its collective spine under withering pressure from our budding domestic dictator, Obama.

      If one did not know better, one would think there is a move afoot to institute a complete Marxist insurgency in America with Obama at the top—and —at the leading edge.

      “The things done in every Marxist insurgency are being done in America today.” … Retired Lt. General William G.“Jerry” Boykin says in a new video he has just released . Boykin is a decorated former Delta Force Commander, US Deputy Under Secretary for Defense, and a recipient of the Purple Heart.

      General Boykin is troubled by Obama’s promise of a “Civilian National Security Force.” Boykin says the formation of such a force is included in the thousands of pages of the Obamacare Law, AKA: “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” Boykin says such a police force would be at Obama’s disposal and is similar to national police forces socialist tyrants used to complete their revolutions.

      Then—there is the expected drive by Obama to regulate private gun ownership within the US, plus the nationalization of some leading industries, and even stricter regulation of key financial sectors of the US economy—and a pattern begins to emerge.

      Boykin says all these moves by Obama fit the model used by societies when they move to Marxism.

      http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/47844

      And since then we’ve had the dismissal of a number of reputable traditional Generals/Officers (allegedly those who would refuse to shoot American citizens), reduction of the military at a time with more hot spots than ever before, and the social engineering of the ranks for acceptance of all kinds of disreputable permissiveness, breaking good order and discipline.

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      • Observer says:

        P.S. The Cloward Piven strategy for overwhelming the country’s services….economically, socially, local governments, et al…..seems to be the method now for overwhelming local policing, putting our local protectors on such a defense themselves that they are beginning to be asked to attempt to control overwhelming forces beyond their normal abilities with the excuse then for the Feds to move in. Just saying!!

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    • NancyA says:

      I do not watch any tv, so don’t see coverage of news.. I do get CNN breaking news emails ( which can be useless when the majority of them seem to relate to sports scores or spot celebrity antics) and just read one that says a group marched on Fifth Ave in NYC making demands related to the chokehold death of Eric Garner!

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      • donna269 says:

        I want to respond to Eric Garner…..that was a horrible incident. Truly that chokehold killed the man who you can tell was in precarious health by his sheer size…it was ugly to watch. Fr James Martin wrote a beautiful piece. I cannot voice this eloquently…(this seems to be a rare talent held by people like Charlie and James Martin) so I will put the link here…..it’s a beautiful synopsis of an ugly event. http://www.americamagazine.org/content/all-things/eric-garners-death-cry-justice

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        • NancyA says:

          Donna, thank you. Just read it. I have not and will not see the video, so appreciate that article. Succinct, moving, honest.

          And hopefully, these protesters remain peaceful. It can turn in a blink.

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          • donna269 says:

            Nancy, I am a fan of Martin….his book Jesus: A Pilgrimage is a beautiful journey through the places Jesus walked while on earth. I have heard him frequently on the Catholic Channel on Sirius XM and admire him very much…..

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        • Bev says:

          I was reading further down, my mind still holding the video, and I wondered what training the police in the US have to go through. The RCMP members have to experience pretty much what ever they are going to do to a criminal. I guess they skip getting shot. However, when my son was an auxiliary member, he was Tarazed, and pepper sprayed in the face and eyes etc. Someone you are trying to bring in may use anything you use, and you have to know how it feels, and how to react, because it could well mean your life if you don’t. I was only panicked about the pepper spray because he had Cystic Fibrosis and severe asthma, and I wasn’t too keen on the idea even if he was.

          Charlie you mentioned a direct relation involved in the police force, I think. Also, anyone else that knows? Is it different for each city? I know about the RCMP, but I don’t know about the city forces. They are mostly in Quebec, I think. Vancouver has their own force. RCMP training is something that most people are not aware of.

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          • charliej373 says:

            It varies, depending on what police entity you enter. Some police forces have certified officers, all of whom must graduate the state’s police academy. My son graduated from the Georgia Police Academy before he began work with a certified department. All officers, if they further their career professionally, go to further advanced training, BUT, there are some small departments that are not certified and are very spotty about training. That situation would not apply to either New York or to the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

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          • D Shea says:

            “But I think you should change your screen name to “Yosemite Sam……”
            My Old Sister refers to me as TAZ …. Tasmanian Devil of LoonyTunes fame 😉

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          • charliej373 says:

            That’ll work, too.

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  19. Maybe I shouldn’t comment on political matters about the US however what happens in the US affects all of us too. I agree with all what Charlie said- very sensible. Many of us have worked with criminals etc and tried to bring God’s forgiveness, love and mercy to them. But that doesn’t mean we want to stop punishing crimes or protecting the innocent from them. Too many Bishops are quick to side with a political solution rather than hold back and let the lay Catholics be the voice in the political arena. We look at the Bishops at the time of Henry VIII and we see that only one Bishop in the end remained true to the principles of the Church-the rest gave into the will of the state – not a very good track record. One can be kind to true refugees but it is important that genuine refugees are helped not those who are not and even may be dangerous. Large numbers can disrupt and cause serious problems if not handled in a prudent way. Emotionalism does not help but we are the generation of emotional superficiality.

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  20. Thank you for your reflections on today’s challenging news. I have some major scars in my life from my foolishness in “wishing happy thoughts” and acting on my idea of what would be “nice to do”. But in each case, I was led by my prideful, self-glorification rather than taking decisions to Jesus in prayer and humbly asking for direction. My wrong turns were made when I was focused more on having others think I was an admirable person, than being focused on God’s will. I struggle with responding to all the headlines. So much in the news is deceit and spin, and requires careful discernment.
    When I was in college, my freshman year was the “student strike” against the Vietnam War. At U Mass, Amherst, we had every group stoking the students – Black Panthers, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), etc. So we acted and boycotted classes and shut the school down a month before classes were to end (conveniently avoiding final exams). I remember feeling enthusiastic and empowered. But, when we came back to school in the Fall and the consequences of all those incomplete classes presented us with academic problems, there was a different reality. And all those student “leaders” had moved on – the high emotion of rabble rousing was gone. I felt betrayed and resentful, but I learned a valuable life lesson – never follow an angry leader.

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    • charliej373 says:

      People who stumble on some VERY old material of mine are, occasionally surprised to discover I was once a crusading lefty. I got wise in the summer between my junior and senior year of high school, when I was schooled by a ROTC cadet. I prevailed over him in the public argument, but I knew I was propping up self-absorbed lies. I repented. Had a few slips along the way, but I have neither followed the crowd nor been a mindless contrarian since. Truth will stand the test of examination.

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  21. Stephen Maresch says:

    I believe Obama’s first objective is not Marshall Law but to so discredit the law enforcement structure so as to take over the law enforcement institutions, and create a national law enforcement agency run from the White House. This will make implementing Marshall Law much easier.

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    • charliej373 says:

      That’s already been done, Stephen. The federalization of policing has been accomplished through adding police adjuncts to utterly innocuous agencies. The Dept. of Education has four SWAT teams. This has been done because they don’t trust the military to give up its traditions of honor – and well they shouldn’t. Even though a host of senior officers have been purged – with concentration on those who are openly Christian, the enlisted men remain firmly committed to the tradition of honor – and the forces of darkness do not think they can be relied upon to fire on or arrest citizens en masse. With the disgraceful illegal conduct of park service rangers, the administration feels its federalizing of police forces to federal agencies is a success. But they have a couple of problems. The honor culture of the military has not changed, regardless of their efforts. They are patriots first. Second, all the local and state police would be asked to persecute people who are their neighbors, friends and family. All the social climbers who will follow whatever orders are in the federal police agencies and adjuncts.

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      • Carlos says:

        The Man of Lawlessness finally showed up: “Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us—whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter—asserting that the day of the Lord has already come. Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.” 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5
        Then compare with Daniel 11: 36-45 (observe that Libyans and Cushites, etc. are the followers of the last king, suggesting he will have great influence and will be followed by Africans)

        “The king will do as he pleases. He will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will say unheard-of things against the God of gods. He will be successful until the time of wrath is completed, for what has been determined must take place. He will show no regard for the gods of his ancestors or for the one desired by women, nor will he regard any god, but will exalt himself above them all. Instead of them, he will honor a god of fortresses; a god unknown to his ancestors he will honor with gold and silver, with precious stones and costly gifts. He will attack the mightiest fortresses with the help of a foreign god and will greatly honor those who acknowledge him. He will make them rulers over many people and will distribute the land at a price. At the time of the end the king of the South will engage him in battle, and the king of the North will storm out against him with chariots and cavalry and a great fleet of ships. He will invade many countries and sweep through them like a flood. He will also invade the Beautiful Land. Many countries will fall, but Edom, Moab and the leaders of Ammon will be delivered from his hand. He will extend his power over many countries; Egypt will not escape. He will gain control of the treasures of gold and silver and all the riches of Egypt, with the Libyans and Cushites in submission. But reports from the east and the north will alarm him, and he will set out in a great rage to destroy and annihilate many. He will pitch his royal tents between the seas at the beautiful holy mountain. Yet he will come to his end, and for him there will be no helper.

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  22. Bob says:

    With Ferguson, for me the issue is more lately the scare on if I should move further out from the more urban areas in hopes I can be further from the area if there are future uprisings and the awareness that with a Godless government, Godless schools, angry black leaders and white reactions feeding demons,broken black and increasingly broken white families, etc. etc. I am feeling discouraged as there seems no human hope for things to get better. So I suppose Charlie will say the answer is to Trust God and take the next right step and be a sign of hope but I am having trouble feeling hope myself now. Oh you of little faith. Just whining a bit I suppose.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well, Bob, I have led people through furiously competitive trials, where many were out to get them (crushing careers and reputations – not military stuff). The first thing you have to do before you can do anything is burst the fear and panic. When you are gripped by fear and panic, all you can do is react and swing wildly. That’s a good way to get your head knocked off. Once there is some steady resolve – both recognizing the magnitude of the problem and simultaneously not panicking or reacting to it, then you can begin useful strategic efforts. There are things that can be done beyond what you think I would say…but anyone who cannot internalize those and lock them away is NOT someone I want in my foxhole covering my back. We have only begun here.

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      • Bob says:

        And I have so far learned the most time I need to spend is to get my heart right and learn to trust first.
        Thanks!

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      • Kris says:

        I would truly love to hear more ideas. Quite honestly I am in the stage of just keeping calm and working on More Trust. My daily prayer is to increase my trust dear Lord. to help me to increase my trust and to keep peace in my heart. But as to ideas to help not just giving up, well, ?????

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    • Barbara Dore says:

      Our lady of Medjugroje gave us a message recently. She is very aware of many are beginning to lose a hope. She reminds us that Jesus is with us always.

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      • Barbara Dore says:

        Dear children, Remember – for I am telling you – that love will win.

        I know that many of you are losing hope because around you, you see suffering, pain, jealousy, envy… but, I am your mother.

        I am in the Kingdom but am also here with you.

        My Son is sending me anew to help you.

        Therefore, do not lose hope; instead, follow me – because the victory of my heart is in the name of God.

        My beloved Son is thinking of you as he has always thought of you.

        Believe him and live him.

        He is the life of the world.

        Ps i am not able to paste the longer version, click on medjugorje websites

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  23. I believe the best explanation for the media’s glee in promoting all the ill-will, is simply that it is diabolical. The best explanation is in Revelations 13: “The beast was given a mouth uttering proud boasts and blasphemies…It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling and those who dwell in heaven.” Is not the mainstream, secular media this “mouth” of the beast in these days? Even many alternative media sources have become jaded, provocative, and spread ill will and division. I have largely withdrawn from reading news, blogs and commentaries lately because it disturbs my peace too much.

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    • charliej373 says:

      That, alas, is a very shrewd comment, daughter. In times of great trial and division, there is often a great irrational and passionate frenzy. Often people come out of the state and wonder why they did the horrible things they did. I have long thought that is satanic, in nature. It is why I go through each of the comments here. I give a wide leash…I have probably only deleted 15-20 comments since I started this site, but by keeping it a place where we do not degenerate unremitting vitriol. I try to make it a safe place for people who are serious about their faith, about our culture and want to make serious arguments. The wide leash allows some venting of steam occasionally without dropping the site into a sewer culture. When people have been gripped by an irrational, violent frenzy, their memory of why they did it – or even what they did – is often hazy after it lifts. I think a lot of people, including almost all our media, are going to look back in bafflement a few years from now at what they were thinking.

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      • Yes, I agree, Charlie! That looking back and wondering “What was I thinking/doing” reminds me of Immaculée Ilibagiza’s account of the aftermath of those involved in the horror of the Rwandan genocide – there were what most would consider “good people” who suddenly started killing their neighbors! Thank God, we have not reached that point yet, but the state of our society honestly scares me. I have read those who warn that Rwanda was a “microcosm” of what can happen worldwide – a true horror to ponder. Truly, love has grown cold. Your site, with the obvious lack of such vitriol, is such a blessing.

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        • Irish7 says:

          I was thinking the same thing!! And noted that the media (in that case radio) largely incited it all! Mouthpiece indeed!

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        • donna269 says:

          I went to see Immaculee two months ago….mostly because I knew listening to her experience will strengthen me for the hard times that face me ahead. I believe Rwanda was a warning to the world of what will be….her advice is to pray the Seven Sorrows Rosary as requested by Our Lady of Kibeho. Immaculee is a beautiful soul.

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          • Barbara Dore says:

            Our lady of Kibeho messages is still a warning for the world, not just rwanda. It can happen or snap in many different places if we do not love God. Our neighbours or friends can turn against us for no reason, out of the blue like snap, snap and snap. everything is getting snap! unexpectedly… I pray the rosary of the seven sorrows of Mary every day since March 2014 and the graces are amazing…I love that special rosary so much!…

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      • Bob says:

        And my priest in his homily last week reminded us to not be taken by media frenzy but to seek what the mind of Jesus is toward these things. And Jesus was sleeping peacefully in the boat while his disciples were frantically seeking His help!1

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  24. Mack says:

    Charlie, I agree with you about the social policies promoted by the bishops through the USCCB. One gets the impression that a Catholic must have liberal ideas on these matters in order to be a good Catholic. I understand that good people can have different ideas about how to help the poor, etc., but it seems that the bishops are promoting liberal social ideas, except in the matter of abortion.
    Even if martial law is imposed, I got the impression from your other articles that the current president will not last as a leader through the Storm, though his actions are certainly helping to initiate it. You said the whole government will fall, and the way things are going, though it will bring chaos in another way it will be the first right step toward restoring sanity.

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  25. diane says:

    Charlie et al,
    I remember reading something years ago that basically said, when Satan is through manipulating, deceiving and using you he will throw you to the gutter on the side of a road, believing he has full command of you, never knowing that God’s Grace can pull you out of that gutter – he is long gone and unto another victim. When some of these people wake up to the truth I pray they will not be so ashamed to not ask for prayers and a way back to the light. God’s mercy is so grand and so abundant. oh how very blessed we are.

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  26. Gary says:

    And you wonder why I am cranky!?!

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    • charliej373 says:

      You’re not allowed to be cranky this week, Gary. Your guest piece was a hit, so you have to be enjoying a warm glow. You may resume crankiness next week 🙂

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      • Gary says:

        Ok I start Monday at 0000 hundred hours. You have expressed the same observations that Rush, Mark Levin, and others see. Any one of these scandals are impeachable crimes and misdemeanors, yet the left defends them without principled reasoning and with extreme dishonesty. Had a republican administration spied on reporters like the current administration they would have clamored for impeachment yet oddly they continue to support it. I guess useful idiots never see their own demise coming.

        It is quite clear our political leadership is under demonic oppression. When you as a political analyst extrapolate the precedents being established it is not hard to see where our nation is headed. I am just so surprised that it is not obvious to the politicians. Immorality always leads to anarchy and our nation is deeply compromised morally and ethically. All the while our Catholic leadership compromises with the world (i.e. cranky). One can not make a deal with the devil. Christ did not “dialogue” with the Pharisees. Our nation stands on a precipice and we were brought there by Catholic cardinals and bishops who did not heroically defend Jesus but rather sought dialogue.
        You may have remembered that townhall on ABC when Father McBrien and a evangelical preacher where there to defend the unborns from abortion. While McBrien equivocated about the womans’s right the evangelical preacher was staunch in his defense of the right of the child to live. I was sickened, angered and cranky. Helen Alvare was pulled last minute to give the Catholic position in favor of McBrien (from Notre Dame). Helen was a staunch Catholic defender of the unborn. But the appearance of McBrien, made Catholics look like they supported abortion. The Media played it perfectly and another Catholic was played.

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        • charliej373 says:

          I was sickened by McBrien, too. So many Catholics from Notre Dame have tried to baptize the disorders of the day that it has made Catholics look like we don’t believe anything in particular. It infuriates me that it is still considered the premier Catholic University in the country – when I don’t even think there is much about it that is Catholic, at all, except the name. In fairness, there are some serious undergrads that are trying to re-establish a real Catholic presence there, and some priests who are quietly tilling the ground. But the university itself busies itself harvesting donations from Catholics while living a hideous apostasy.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Theologians 2,000 years ago were largely unimpressed with that Jesus character out of Nazareth. Those that took notice of him at all were almost universally hostile to Him – and those that felt real sympathy to Him tried to keep it to themselves so not to be drummed out of their jobs. One would think it would inspire a little more humility. But the Lord sent Pope Francis to inspire a little more humility in us all, I think.

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          • Gary says:

            Here Notre Dame’s infamous Father Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C sought to divorce the Catholic Faith from the life of Catholic universities in the Land of Lakes Conference, of which I had read Ted Kennedy had some influence upon it. http://www.catholichistory.net/Events/LandOLakesStatement.htm

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          • charliej373 says:

            Well, one might call me cranky for saying it, but the Land of Lakes Conference is something that should go down in as much infamy in Catholic American history as Pearl Harbor does in secular history. It was a blasphemous effort by come clerics to overthrow Catholic doctrine while keeping the faithful funding their perquisites and privileges. I have had a few (thankfully very few) prelates try to defend it to me, but I ain’t buying it. It was apostasy, pure and simple.

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          • Gary says:

            No Charlie, righteous indignation! 😜

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          • Gary says:

            I’d rather call it righteous indignation😎

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  27. patrick says:

    Martial law from a practical point of view in the U.S. Is highly unlikely. I’m sure there are those who thought it.
    Chicago has almost 10,000 sworn officers and yet can hardly handle it. The massive planning, training, $, etc… Is prohibitive. I can see a total breakdown of governance, an anarchy if you will.

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  28. Gary says:

    And in this corner Nikolaos the Hammer.
    Another Ann Barnhardt Jewel

    http://www.barnhardt.biz/2013/12/06/starting-friday-off-right-3/

    Starting Friday Off Right

    Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

    Nichols-Punch-Meme-2

    December 6th! The feast of St. Nicholas! The story of St. Nicholas can never be repeated too often:

    Today is the Feast of St. Nicholas, who died on December 6, ARSH 343. Saint Nicholas is well-known by his Dutch moniker, ”Santa Claus”. Don’t be fooled by the crass, commercialized image. Saint Nicholas was a stone-cold butt-kicker for Christ and His Church.

    Early in the Fourth Century, there was a terrible heresy in the Church put forth by a very persuasive man named Arius. Arius contended that Christ was not fully divine, but a creature, created by the Father. This heresy was threatening to schism the Church. (Back then everyone understood the truth that any schism whatsoever was totally and completely evil and thus unacceptable – the Church is ONE. Christ has ONE Bride, not a harem. There is ONE Truth. Not multiple “”truths””. As soon as you start saying that there are ”multiple truths”, what you have done is denied Truth Itself, of which there is only ONE.)

    So, the First Council of Nicea was called in ARSH 325 to hash this out and put the Arian heresy down once and for all. Arius was at the Council, of course, and was called upon to defend his position on the inferiority of Christ. Being a bishop, Nikolaos of Myra (in present-day Turkey) was naturally in attendance. Arius’ nonsensical, destructive and insulting lying contentions about Our Lord became too much for Bishop Nikolaos, who stood up and proceeded to haul off and go all Manny Pacquiao on Arius with a left jab directly to Arius’ piehole. (See image above.)

    Everyone was alarmed by Bishop Nikolaos’ righteous beatdown of Arius, and he was immediately summarily stripped of his bishopric. In those days, the two things that designated a man a Christian bishop were a personal copy of the Gospels and a pallium, which is like a stole. Now you may taken aback by the “personal copy of the Gospels” thing. Well, of course! How could a bishop NOT have the Gospels? But you must remember that the printing press wasn’t invented until ARSH 1439. Before that, if you wanted a book, it had to be written out BY HAND. And what were you going to write on? Try vellum. Every piece of vellum had to be harvested from an animal and made. So you see, for a man to have a personal copy of any written text was a HUGE, and frankly EXPENSIVE, deal. So, poor Nikolaos was stripped of his Gospel and his pallium AND thrown in the hoosegow.

    Now here is where it gets really good.

    While Nikolaos was in the clink, he received a visit from both Our Lord and the Virgin Mary. Our Lord asked Nikolaos, “”Why are you here?”” And Nikolaos replied, “”Because I love You, my Lord and my God.”” At this, Jesus then presented Nikolaos with his copy of the Gospels, and Mary put his pallium back on him, thus restoring his rank as a bishop. When Nikolaos was discovered sitting calmly in his cell, still under guard, with his Gospel and his pallium, which the other bishops had locked away themselves far from Niklaos’ prison cell, Nikolaos was released, welcomed back by his brother bishops, and rejoined the Council. The heresy of Arianism was struck down once and for all, and the Nicene Creed (which we still recite at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass today) was authored.

    The anti-Arian part is this:

    ”. . . Et in unum Dominum Iesum Christum,
    (And [I believe] in one Lord Jesus Christ)

    Filium Dei Unigenitum,
    (the only begotten Son of God)

    Et ex Patre natum ante omnia saecula.
    (And born of the Father, before all ages.)

    Deum de Deo, lumen de lumine,
    (God of God: Light of Light)

    Deum verum de Deo vero,
    (true God of true God)

    Genitum, non factum, consubstantialem Patri
    (Begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father)

    Per quem omnia facta sunt.”
    (by Whom all things were made.)

    I post this because it speaks directly to our question of love and defense of Truth and defense of those we love. Arius was attacking Christ and His Church with his heresy just as viciously as if he had been leading an army – and Nikolaos stepped into the breach to defend his Beloved. PHYSICALLY. The reason Nikolaos stepped in was because Arius was attacking CHRIST, and His Bride, the Church, which is made up of Nikolaos’ fellow human beings – whose immortal souls were being put at risk by Arius. We are in no way taught by Christ to stand by and watch as our loved ones are attacked, either their bodies or their souls. The miracle in Nikolaos’ cell is proof of this. Nikolaos did the right thing by going all Pacquiao on Arius and dropping him on his heretical keister before God and everyone.

    “”Why are you here?””

    “”Because I love You, my Lord and my God.””

    Go Santa.

    saint-nick_lightbox

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  29. Observer says:

    A bit humorous if it wasn’t so true….Francis addresses the theologians:

    “Together with all Christians, theologians must open their eyes and ears to the signs of the times,” Francis said.

    …….Francis has frequently complained that theologians are holding back the church in its mission to evangelize and work with other Christian communities. Just this past weekend, returning from Turkey, Francis spoke about the need for the Catholic and Orthodox churches to walk together on the path of unity.

    “What are we waiting for? For the theologians to reach agreement? That day will never come, I assure you,” Francis said. “I’m skeptical.”

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_REL_VATICAN_THEOLOGIANS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

    And this just may turn out to be a decent biography of Francis:

    http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2014/12/04/how-pope-francis-made-waves-in-the-catholic-church

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    • NancyA says:

      I am currently reading ( along with 4 or 5 or 6 other books) _Bergoglio’s List_ by Nello Scavo regarding the heroic work our Pope accomplished during Argentina’s Dirty War.

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  30. Julia says:

    Reading the awful behaviours of fellow human beings in USA lately has left me sad and ready to stop reading these things.

    One or two people mentioned Rwanda, and the terrible genocide there. And I have read even some Catholic Priests took up arms and attacked their parishioners who were not of their tribe; so don’t fool yourselves about who can be trusted once satan gets his claws well into any community.

    I always feel that the worst offenders in any of these situations are also souls Redeemed at the cost of Jesus Life on Calvary. There was no list of exceptions ever mentioned on Calvary. In other words, we need to pray for those who are stirring up trouble at home or abroad.

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    • charliej373 says:

      We would do well to emulate the examples of St. Joan of Arc and of Abraham Lincoln – both who fought needful battles with complete resolution but without malice or animus. And we would do well to remember that the Lord, when He was preparing His disciples for His physical departure from this world, told them, “Let him who has no sword sell his mantle and buy one.” (Luke 22:36)

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    • Bob says:

      Several months ago I began to feel some resentment towards my wife and I looked and realized it was nothing she had done so I decided to pray for a time, realizing my own humanity and the evil one would like to stir up resentments in my home. So I prayed and was able to soon, by God’s grace, get my peace back. Pope Francis recently said that too often hour hearts are like open marketplaces where any evil thing can enter so we need to remember to examine our conscience and to discern what comes into our hearts and minds to see if it is of God or coming from a bad place, either from ourselves or from other evil. So I need to start there and then pray for others too.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Division is the fertilizer under which demons thrive. Knowing their time is short, they are trying to sow as much of it as possible – not because of anything they might gain, but in hopes of causing more people to be lost. Beware of anger over trivial things, of disputes over trifling matters. This does not mean that you need cheerfully acquiesce to what will cause real damage. But it is best to try valiantly for a peaceful, gentle resolution of differences. Whenever you do so, you have thwarted demons. Sometimes, as even Jesus said, you must take up the sword – but know that whenever you do, even if only rhetorically, demons gather in hopeful eagerness that they may be invited into the fray.

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  31. Observer says:

    A pretty good explanation on the topic:

    What’s Really Going on with Holder’s Civil-Rights Crusade against Police Departments
    Federal investigations of the Garner and Brown cases are just a pretext.
    By Andrew C. McCarthy

    http://m.nationalreview.com/article/394116/whats-really-going-holders-civil-rights-crusade-against-police-departments-andrew-c

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well, you beat me to it, Observer. I was going to link to this in the next week. What the federal administration is up to is trying to drive a pre-emptive wedge between locals and their local police departments. It does not mean they are planning hostile action against the populace BUT if they were, local police would be the first line of defense against federal attempts to seize emergency power.

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      • Bob says:

        Charlie, I read this link to what this administration and Holder is up to and I think if I was an activist I would try to get everyone involved in realizing what this admin is up to and try to do something about it but if I really believed 100% that We are in for judgement and a storm is really coming than I would be less active in trying to act and spend more energy preparing for the storm and letting people know what is coming. As if I could do much about this dumb admin anyway! So I suppose I am asking myself how much hope do I hold for some change yet vs. putting up the plywood to prepare?

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        • charliej373 says:

          Well, I was an activist, Bob, and a paid operative at that. I watch our governmental follies with bemusement. I am putting up the plywood.

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          • Bob says:

            Thanks! It is hard for me to be bemused as I keep thinking of those who will suffer due to these stupid policies. And our St Louis charismatic office will soon have a meeting to discuss the direction for our ministries. Today I told my wife that I am going to ask them to discern the prophetic words about chastisements and storms coming and ask the leaders to discern the need to help people prepare for hard times while not overly frightening people.

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      • Observer says:

        Charlie, the way I’m seeing things it appears to be a finely honed pattern for this regime and practiced for decades now by the anarchists. They seem to be practicing the same tactics at home now as they’ve shown themselves to be using with our enemy terrorists abroad. They simply send signals to the enemy while using pin prick type annoying tactics that show them that they won’t really do anything to stop them in any meaningful way….in fact they’ve shown them that they will even support them monetarily and militarily while any real sanctions taken will be against our “allies” of the area like Israel. At home they talk DOJ investigations with all the moves taken in support of one side only without the facts/forensic evidence et al even mentioned in any equal type support of the other side. That sends the message to the instigators of violence/riots to continue vicious taunts and other attempts to draw the law enforcers out and set them up for more reasons to investigate and for big brother to step in and tie their hands. The trouble for the country could be that in certain areas if the normal line of defense of the citizen is cornered too much or disabled by violence that is encouraged by the top that the militias may then answer in their own self defense.

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  32. Fran says:

    I’ve been reading this in several places….http://fox4kc.com/2014/12/09/pope-declares-animals-will-be-in-heaven/. What do you think about this, Charlie?

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    • charliej373 says:

      I don’t know, Fran. St. Paul spoke of different levels of heaven. It seem perfectly reasonable to me that, while only those with a soul can fully behold the beautific vision, it does not seem unreasonable that animals might enjoy some perfect, but ordinary, happiness. I don’t know and have given it no great theological effort – but I have long harbored the wish to be re-united with some of my pets, one dog in particular. Of course, I also pray occasionally that there will be baseball in heaven. I trust God. And I don’t begrudge anyone their hopes on the matter.

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      • D Shea says:

        Why would God create Earth (& us in it) if Heaven was not Earth-Like but “improved” beyond our imagination!? For us who are animal lovers, Heaven without our beloved pets would be unimaginable …….. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen

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      • Fran says:

        Charlie what you said, “while only those with a soul can fully behold the beautific vision, it does not seem unreasonable that animals might enjoy some perfect, but ordinary, happiness.” doesn’t make sense to me. I am trying to square that with Catholic Church teaching. Human beings have immortal souls. Animals and plants have a kind of soul because they have life, but it is not rational and is not immortal. So if animals don’t have immortal souls, then when they die they are just dead. How can their soul “go” anywhere? If it could, then that would mean their soul is immortal too, so what you said would be contradictory. Am i missing something?
        In one of the other articles about what Pope Francis said on this (supposedly), it also said that Pope Benedict had made a clear statement that animals are “not called to eternal life”. So, I am not sure if we have two popes contradicting each other, or if they are being misquoted again. There were other odd quotes I’d never heard before, one by Saint Paul about a dog…
        http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2862498/Pope-s-penchant-DONKEY-milk-Francis-admits-drank-baby-presented-two-animals-Christmas.html
        https://metro.co.uk/2014/12/07/all-animals-go-to-heaven-according-to-the-pope-4977281/
        I love animals too, and had many pets, but I’ve just never felt I needed them to be in heaven with me like a lot of people do. I’m not sure why.Now, I do wonder if God would create new animals when there is a “new earth”. That would make sense to me, but the whole idea of animals going to heaven with us just doesn’t make any sense to me theologically or for other reasons. I mean if that is true then are all the insects, sea creatures, and dinosaurs there too? What was the point of Jesus becoming man to save us, if all animals go to heaven? Just doesn’t go with what I know…that’s all I’m saying.
        I think part of the reason that this bothers me so much, is that there are so many people now who treat their pets like they are human beings. Sadly many couples prefer to have pets and not children, so the pets become their “babies”. I even know of parents who will spend time with their dogs over spending time with their child…sad. We spend exorbitant amounts of money in this country on pet food and pet care products. It just seems as time goes on animals are being elevated to the status of human beings while human beings are being lowered to the status of animals now, so they are “expendable”. Hmmm…I wonder “who” would want that to happen??
        I didn’t mean for this to get so long, and I am not writing it to start a debate, but I would be interested to know what other people think, or if they can enlighten me. Maybe it will help me sort this out. In the end, though, I will trust and believe whatever God says on the matter. 🙂

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        • charliej373 says:

          Fran, as I recall a conversation I had with a thoroughly orthodox theologian some years back, a soul has moral agency and man has a soul. Though they are commonly confused, spirit and soul are not the same things. An animal has a spirit but no soul. Whether a spirit that is not a soul is immortal or can be is not a question I am versed on. I am not sure the Church has made a definitive statement on it. Neither Pope’s comments on the matter constitute Magisterial teaching and are just pondering on their part. Popes are entitled to their speculation when they are not teaching Magisterially, provided it does not contradict defined doctrine. I have not seen the morning address the article references, but I am aware of the the passage that Pope Francis is almost certainly referring to – and when St. Paul spoke of different levels of heaven, it does allow for speculation that lesser beings might have a place for eternal natural happiness.

          I am not going to get into any arguments over this. As I said, I do not begrudge anyone their hopes on the matter. If someone has something serious that will add light to the matter, I will gladly clear it. But as I understand (and again, I have not made myself expert here), there is nothing contrary to defined Church teaching in advocating either position.

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          • audiemarie2014 says:

            I had read a few years ago that St. John Paul II had said he thought animals go to heaven also. I had just lost a beloved pet, so was searching and that just gave me the comfort I needed. 🙂

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          • Fran says:

            Thanks, Charlie. I don’t want to get into any argument either, believe me, and there are much more important things going on right now in the world to be concerned about I know. I am just such a stickler for truth, partly because I was told things earlier in my life that were not Catholic teaching by people in authority. So when I began to homeschool my children, and also teach faith formation at our Church, I was very particular about getting it right, and only from reliable Catholic sources. So, my comment using the term “animal’s souls” came from Thomas Aquinas, and experts at EWTN for example, and the teaching that animals don’t go to heaven because their souls are not immortal came from sources like that as well. I just used the best sources I could find along with the Catechism itself. And some say that it is possible that our favorite pets and other animals will be recreated after the General Resurrection when God makes a “new earth”. I am perfectly fine with that, so I will leave this subject now and go pray my rosary…:-)

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          • Connie says:

            My personal opinion on animal in Heaven is this: God can do whatever He wants and He may give us our desires which may be to have our pets reunited with us in Heaven. How this happens is up to God- He may give them new spirits or a new soul or may reincarnate them. I personally hope they get new capabilities like telepathy and ability to communicate with us as I have often wished this for my pets here on earth kinda like Dr. Doolittle! I have heard account of people who allegedly got glimpses of Heaven and animals were there. One in particular I remember of a person who saw people training horses for God’s Glory( maybe for pageants or parades in Heaven?). I also think that it is not necessary that ALL life forms be present in Heaven. I think that those we find repulsive here on earth need not be in Heaven. So because God can do whatever He wants however He wants to, it is plausible that animals may be in Heaven and there are several ways we can imagine that to be and there may be ways we cannot yet even imagine!

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          • charliej373 says:

            Hee hee, Connie…I do rather hope that heaven is a mosquito-free zone.

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          • As long as the mosquitoes give up their vampire habits they will be welcome. I read the other day that mozzies (as we call mosquitoes in Australia) did not bite humans or animals before Noah’s flood as they got what they needed from the more nutrient rich plants.

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          • Barb says:

            I like the thought of seeing our beloved pets in heaven but I believe that whether they’re there or not, I’m going to be happy because that is what God has promised!

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          • malachi99 says:

            Now I can’t provide a reference for this but i’m pretty sure that the common doctor St. Thomas Aquinas stated that if it contributes to our happiness in heaven there is no reason why our beloved pets (btw I have never had a pet, i’m alergic to cat, dog hair etc, though I do love animals) will not also be there if God so pleases.

            Without going into much detail I will draw attention to a few aspects of this question for your consideration:

            1. We must remember that man too is an animal. Yes, an animal of a unique kind. We usually speak of man as a rational animal and for good reason. Human nature is a composite of form and matter, or more specifically body and soul. The soul is, as its etymological origin suggests the “animating” principle. It is the very principle of our every movement be it at the vegetative (processing foods etc), sensitive (our sensory powers, sense consciousness etc) or intellectual (movements of the intellect and will, i.e that which moves us toward truth and goodness) levels.

            2. Whilst the ancient and scholastic philosophers make distinctions between these three dimensions in the human person it is important to remember that we do not have three souls but one. Again, man is a unity, he is, as St. John Paul aptly put it, a body-person. We stand on the horizon as it were of the material and spiritual worlds (source?)

            3. You may heave heard of organisms such as flowers and trees etc as possessing vegetative souls. In other words their manner of existence is limited to nutrition and growth that is all. Animals however possess a higher degree of life. They not only have vegetative powers but they can bring the entire sensible order within themselves (as well as the ability to move) and respond to it in their own manner. Surely we have seen dogs show affection, happiness, fear, excitement etc. The human not only can do all these things but he does them to a significantly higher degree. Moreover, because he has an intellectual, spiritual soul, man stands infinitely above all other bodily creatures, next only to the angelic substances. We can not only bring the sensible world within us but also the intelligible world. We can know and understand the entire material order. We can know the natures/substances/essences of all of God’s good creation. We also have the power of freedom, which means that we can order ourselves to our proper ends. This ability to know and choose the good, makes us responsible for our acts and gives to us a dignity and excellence that no other creatures possess save the angelic substances.

            4. My final point is simply that even though animals do not possess spiritual immortal souls this is no reason to fear or doubt that the God who made heaven and earth cannot make it be that our beloved pets will be with us in heaven. Remember, though we might say that their is an infinite gulf between men and animals, words crack and strain to express the gulf between the divine life and that mode of existence belonging to mere creature like us. Put it this way, imagine you found yourself incarnated as a slug or some kind of pond life, and you had to live this life, and suffer its degradations, even whilst knowing and possessing all of your faculties belonging to your human nature. We are now on our way to coming to understand what it meant for the Creator of heaven and earth to take upon himself our nature, and to suffer and die like a worthless piece of humanity. Now the good God not only assumes our nature but He also makes it possible for us to share in His own divine life. This is something infinitely above the life of the Angels. The supernatural life of grace so far exceeds the gulf between men and slugs that our only response should be one of awe and thanksgiving. This indeed is an awesome thought. We are loved, each and every one of us, and especially those of us who continue to crucify Him daily by our sins and ingratitude.

            Mary mother of God pray for us.

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          • charliej373 says:

            As always, Malachi, you illuminate the conversation.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Pope Francis just weighed in on this issue on pets in heaven:
            http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2014/12/12/pope-francis-dogs-can-go-to-heaven/20296955/

            He says essentially, yes.

            I gather that numerous Near Death Experiencers have met their pets. Also, some have met wild animals, but the descriptions there are of beautiful, earth-like surroundings, like a forest for example. You can find some videos on this topic on Youtube.com. It seems that the places that people experience pets and wild animals are not likely to be the higher levels of heaven, but hey, that’s OK, too. 🙂

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          • Fran says:

            Steve and all~ I just don’t understand why Pope Francis would say that because of this:

            CCC 1703 Endowed with “a spiritual and immortal” soul,5 the human person is “the only creature on earth that God has willed for its own sake.”6 From his conception, he is destined for eternal beatitude. (363, 2258)
            To me the Catechism is crystal clear….so I am troubled.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Fran, I must confess I do not see what you do to be so crystal clear about this. Yes, it is crystal clear that man is formed with a unique and unrepeatable dignity – in God’s own image as it also says. Yet it does not say that other creatures cannot enjoy eternal happiness – or even, for that matter, that they may not enjoy the beatitude (though I don’t think they do). Your interpretation goes way too far for even standard legal interpretation.

            I do not argue the Pope is right or wrong here – this is NOT a matter of Magisterial teaching, but an opinion on his part. It should be given weight. What I argue is that what you have cited does not refute him at all. It just notes the unique position man is in.

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          • NancyA says:

            Fran, and Mick. Man made for his own sake. Animals made for man’s sake. Heaven is only joy. If animals bring man, and God!! joy, God in His Omnipotence may choose to provide us and Himself with that element of joy in Heaven.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Fran, here are a few thoughts I have.

            First, having animals in at least some portion of heaven does not make you or any other human less special in the eyes of God.

            In fact , God has always made sure that humans have been surrounded by animals which both challenge and love us. Adam and Eve were surrounded by lots of animals in the Garden of Eden. How many people have come to love God by starting with animals, working up through humans, and ending with love for God? Prisoners in jail given animals often settle down and heal. K-9 dogs give their lives for their partners sometimes. The fruits are good here, so why not in heaven?

            Second, if God has a Kingdom, which he does, He has also granted a kingdom to us. He gave us dominion over the animals. It was humans who always knew their true names and named them to the Angels when asked. Why would God deny us our kingdom in heaven? They are our responsibility and often have our admiration and our love. Why would God allow the gate of death to separate us from those that were given into our hands here?

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        • Mick says:

          Fran, I agree with you completely, for all of the reasons you articulated (way better than I could have, by the way). If you’re missing something, then I am, too.

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      • Fran says:

        I appreciate everyone’s input. I have still been hesitant to believe that Pope Francis even said this, because I now totally distrust the media. I seriously think they are just making stuff up. I looked in the archives at the Vatican website for the Pope’s general audiences (where this supposedly came from), and found the recent one in which he spoke of heaven. This quote is what I think the media has distorted and run with:
        “At the same time, the Holy Scripture teaches us that the fulfillment of this wonderful design can not also affect everything around us, and that came out of the thought and the heart of God. The Apostle Paul says explicitly, when he says that “the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God” ( Rom 8:21). Other texts the image of the “new heaven” and the “new earth” (cf. 2 Pet 3:13; Rev 21.1), in the sense that the whole universe will be renovated and will be released once and for all from all traces of evil and death itself. What lies ahead, as the fulfillment of a transformation that is actually already in place from the death and resurrection of Christ, is therefore a new creation; therefore not an annihilation of the universe and all that surrounds us, but bring everything to its fullness of being, truth, beauty. This is the plan that God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, always want to accomplish and is building.” Pope Francis general audience Nov. 26, 2014
        Now this quote makes sense to me, that God would transform all of creation when he makes a “new earth”, then I can see animals with us…awesome. It has been the idea that animals who have died here on earth are in heaven now that was troubling me, since only humans have immortal souls.
        I have yet to find this quote attributed to Saint Paul when comforting a child:
        “One day we will see our animals again in eternity of Christ,” Francis quoted Paul as saying. (Mail Online News) Maybe he didn’t even say this. Anyway I feel better now. 🙂

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        • charliej373 says:

          Now there, Fran, you hit on something absolutely definite: it has gotten so bad in the establishment media that you can’t know for sure whether he said it or not. For a long time, their ignorance was the fundamental problem. Now, they just make stuff up to support their biases.

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        • barb129 says:

          http://www.ncregister.com/blog/jimmy-akin/did-pope-francis-say-animals-go-to-heaven
          Teresa Tomeo posted this morning that the NYTimes has issued a correction. Pope Francis didn’t say animals go to heaven.

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          • D Shea says:

            Hey Gang,

            I told you people Right-Off that I’m a Skeptic Renegade… Right? So .. as much as I would like to see all my friends/family, animal and human, in the next life I really don’t have any say in the matter. I believe that Almighty God can do as he pleases in agreement with or contrary to whatever some over-fed/aged and/or “Educated Worthy” has to say in Rome, Diocese, Pulpit or Blogosphere! If The Father wants pets in Heaven or wants a 10th Choir of Angels composed of aborted babies I ain’t gonna be the guy to run up and say: “Wrong-O Buffalo Breath” …. I’ll let one the Worthies do that ;-( Speaking of worthies .. I know it’s a European Royalty Thang … I’ve always wondered what Jesus thinks about Bishops and Cardinals calling themselves Excellency and Imminence? I sure hope I’m not standing behind a soiled Imminence at the Pearly Gates! I’d hate to get hit by friendly fire ;-( Anyway! In the warplane business Target Fixation is a good way to end up in a smokin’ hole. In the salvation business it might be what “Gets Ya In”. My point is: It’s nice to be diverted with pleasant things in dangerous/unpleasant times but “Keep your eyes on the Target”. That would be Jesus, Salvation and The Path to get there.
            Merry CHRISTmas 😉

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          • charliej373 says:

            Well, D, I LIKE the hierarchical structure of the Catholic Church. I just want my Bishops and Cardinals to live up to the honor of the titles with which they are adorned.

            On the other hand, I like your orneriness, too. But I think you should change your screen name to “Yosemite Sam” – irascible, but lovable….someone you could both count on in a pinch AND count on him to complain about it the whole time he is risking his life for you. Thanks, “Sam”!

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        • Mick says:

          Fran, take a look-see: http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2014/12/13/pope-francis-says-all-dogs-go-to-heaven-not-so-fast/ and http://www.getreligion.org/getreligion/2014/12/12/tin-foil-hats-at-nytimes-as-fake-jp2-quote-on-animals-becomes-conspiracy-fodder You should go get a job at the New York Times; you’re a better researcher than the guys they have working for them now! 🙂

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          • charliej373 says:

            Nah, Mick, Fran couldn’t get a job at the New York Times…they don’t want people who are competent researchers.

            Excellent job, Fran!

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          • Fran says:

            haha…thanks, but while I have been known to get to the bottom of something, this didn’t take much checking for heaven’s sake! It just goes to show how lazy, biased and unprofessional the press has become…geez. :-/

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        • SteveBC says:

          Wow, Fran, good job! Give me a second while I wipe the egg off my face. 😀

          Also give me a little time to give the media yet another demerit, as I reward myself with a mud-star on my forehead for letting myself be taken in as a credulous ninny.

          Nonetheless, I hope there are lots of animals in heaven. I will miss them if they are not there. There simply has to be a way to smuggle them into the party. 🙂

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  33. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-30416288
    Huge waves (100 ft/ 30 meters high) reach the coast of Scotland, Orkneys Is.
    Reminds me of predictions of Our lady of Akita.

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