The End of Prophecy

Thanks to Reader Jacquie for sending me this marvelous photo.

Thanks to Reader Jacquie for sending me this marvelous photo.

I am very grateful for the quality of readers I have here who regularly comment. If you don’t read the comments, you really should. We have some extremely knowledgeable and erudite people here who help clarify a lot of things. It fills me with a certain confidence: what I don’t know, there are usually readers who are authoritative about, and it helps us all. I love that this has become a place where people can safely ask the questions that really touch their hearts, but that maybe they had feared to bring up for fear of being chided. We don’t tear at each other, neither do we ridicule genuine questions and concerns from the heart. I have also found in the last week that we have some very generous readers here. I had breakfast with Fr. Regis this morning and he told me to please pass on his gratitude to readers who were generous with their checks to the Julia Greeley Foundation. One fellow from out east even sent a $1,000 check. I know who it is, but don’t say here, for I would not want to violate any of my readers’ privacy. It is a source of great joy to me that this site has become the sort I had hoped it might be…where we inspire hope in each other and those around us. Thank you.

In the last week, I have been particularly gratified to get the sense we have crossed an important border here. I get far fewer people restlessly asking me via email or in comments about what is going to happen or when – and far more people speaking of what each of us can do to be that sign of hope to a world that is so in need of it. Over the weekend, I was feeling kind of like the professor from “My Fair Lady.” “By George, I think they’ve got it!” Many of you have set your jaws like flint and rather than worrying obsessively about what is going to happen to you, are actively thinking now about how you can help lift up those you love and those you encounter. There is much less arguing about ‘how many angels can dance on the head of a pin’ and far more real work being put into how to be a sign of hope, whatever happens. Sorry, but it gets me choked up, feeling like some good is coming from this. Reader Kris wrote, “I know that all my preparations may come to nothing. I may have to flee my house. I may have no electricity and I live in a cold place. I have stopped arguing with people, who I believe are like the pharisees and just want to set me up for a fall. I believe I am meant to be simpler, more quiet. I took up trying to learn the daily office of the Blessed Virgin. I am able to do the hours maybe once a day, LOL. I have tried to ponder a lot what it means to stand at my parapet and just wait, not knowing really what I am supposed to be looking for. I have stopped reading all the blogs and news sites and am spending more time playing silly games with my family. I am not taking too many things seriously right now just enjoying my time with friends and family and trying not to get too caught up in things.” I did cry when reading this. Enjoying your family, playing silly games with the kids…enjoying the ordinary, really savoring what God has wrought with joy. That is the heart of faith.

Some have asked me if I have decided to tone down information from visitations here. To an extent, I suppose. I have told you the fundamentals, which I will review shortly. But at the heart of modern prophecy is a call to action. The fullness of revelation was completed in Christ. there is nothing more to be revealed. Many people confuse prophecy with fortune-telling. Prophecy is fundamentally about what God intends, what He calls us to do. To clarify that, He may give some indication of future events – but that is ancillary, to help us DO what He calls us to and to help us see that the call is authentic. It is geared on how to spread the Good News of the Kingdom, to bring more people to the joy which is in Christ, and to help us live that call in ways specifically geared for our times and situation. So often I hear people abusing prophecy by asking “seers” what job they will have, or whether the woman they are dating is the right one for them, etc. Prophecy may, at times touch on these things, but it is never self-referential – it is a call to YOU on how to spread the Kingdom. When it is limited to fortune-telling and is entirely and narrowly self-referential, it is occult divination. It astonishes me that so many who rightly condemn New Age mysticism so eagerly practice this form of divination – while making it worse by crediting it to God, which is a form of blasphemy. There are others who restlessly want to know every detail of future events, as if they are reading a mystery novel. This is pure vanity…”I know something you don’t know” playground stuff. When it degenerates into embittered arguments over what detail is right and what is wrong, it throws a coat of malice and dissension on top of the vanity. That is not from God.

Authentic modern prophecy always entails a responsibility, calls for a response on your part. It is a call to greater love, to action on behalf of the other, not self-actualization. Once people understand that, it is easier to speak more freely about things, for they understand that prophecy is not gossiping with Christ, but a call on how to love more and to do it actively in these times.

Twenty years ago I began telling my priests about these times. When I began speaking, the economy was strong, the world was as peaceful as it had been in decades – people were talking about how to spend the “peace” dividend, since we would not have to spend so much on defense now that America was the lone superpower and history had reached its logical end. I told my priests that we were about to go into starkly terrible times, about the rise of large-scale institutionalized terror, the collapse of financial stability across the globe, ending in a great Storm, a global civil war – a civil war that was cultural rather than political…that this was not the end, but would seem like it, Rather, It was God renewing the world and reclaiming His people, for more souls have been lost to eternity in the last century than at any time in the history of the world – and we would not turn from our folly. I told them of what was ahead in much detail, often miscalculating by a year to three when certain things would happen. But I did make clear that the only time I had been specifically told in plain language was the season of the rescue, in very late 2017. Far more important than the details of all that was coming was what our response is to be, how we are to co-operate with God in bringing people back to Him, to assure them of His love for them. I have written about it extensively here – and by doing a search of the “Storm” in the search feature near the top right of the site, you can see all articles pertaining to it. I will readily concede that what I have written on this site barely qualifies as the tip of the iceberg – but what is fundamental, what to do whatever happens, I have covered very fully. That is all we need to know, and from that standpoint, you are well informed. Now, I am gratified to see so many behaving like it, discerning what is important from what is mere showy trivia.

Over the next weeks, I will speak more about things we all should be focusing on to prepare ourselves for all that is upon us. In some ways, it will be far worse than most imagine. I encourage you to study Our Lady of Kibejo and the sudden terror that erupted in Rwanda. It could happen everywhere. There will be battles, assaults. We will find ourselves in desperate situations, But in the early months of that, panic will be your greatest enemy. Acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to those around you. That will not just save others; it may save your life as it distracts you from the panic that wants to rise in you. You are going to have to make very difficult choices. Many will have to make the choice of whether to kill or be killed – or watch their loved ones be killed. Do not act out of vengeance or panic. Do not fail to act out of prissiness or a formulaic response to strife. We think we know so much. Smug moral vanity has replaced righteous judgment in many who think themselves deep religious thinkers. It has pleased God to cast all our smug assurances to the winds, to make us live what we say we believe – to adjust where we have been merely smug or to die in our errors.

People have adopted a very superficial definition of peace as hearts and minds have become more superficial and self-absorbed. Peace is no more the absence of conflict than love is the absence of malice. Peace is a positive, active state that nurtures people, encourages virtue and spreads joy. We have reached a state where the only way to get back to peace is through war. God allows this because our love has grown so cold for everything but ourselves and our vanity. As we pass through this dark valley, we will find humility again. It will be terrible, but in the midst of it we shall also find joy again. I am not just talking about the rescue. In the midst of the strife you will find joy and love and peace once more even as sorrows intensify beyond belief. I cannot well explain that right now, but it is true. I would urge you to contemplate the Messages of Fatima – but also to ponder those of Akita and Kibejo. The time has come when we need to be pondering these things, for you are going to have to look at everything with fresh – but faithful – eyes now. I will write more on specific things we all need to ponder in these final days of the old order, but remember, God is not letting you in on the secrets of a divine suspense story – He is calling you to action. Under Him, humbly, you are to take the next right step and be a sign of hope to all those around you. Once you understand that that is all any of us are competent for, you will be at the beginning of real wisdom.

Finally, reader Lyle Metsker left a comment the other day that warmed my heart. He has been following me since the first article concerning me appeared on Spirit Daily nearly 12 years ago. He did not make too much of what I said, did not impose details I never discussed. He has not assumed that this is all there is to be said – or the events that he has connected with it are all there is to it. Perhaps best of all, he quotes me accurately. I was so moved by his comment that I reprint it here:

Charlie, I’ve followed your “Coming Storm” prophecy closely ever since it first appeared on Spirit Daily years ago. The part that has always stuck out for me is the following: “We will know the nature of the battle we are in when our technology fails — and fail it will. It is not that the laws of science are going to be revoked; rather, we are almost unaware of what a fragile hothouse plant our sophisticated technological systems are.

Satan has seduced many souls by filling them with an unwarranted confidence in themselves and the work of their hands.” It is this self-sufficiency, maintains Johnston, this idea that we are our own gods, that will be broken down — at times unpleasantly.

Johnston also had warned long before the recent crisis that the storm would break through North Korea. “North Korea is the dragon’s tail,” he says. China? “You got it,” he says. “China is a very bad actor.

You’ll know for certain that the storm has broken in its fullness when it comes through North Korea. For almost a decade now I have shuddered with an unknown and supernatural dread at the mere mention of North Korea.” Now we have the cyber attacks on Sony occurring and taking a real toll on their business activities. Today’s Drudge Report headlines highlight the following article: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/technology/internet/article4295826.ece “The Hollywood studio that made the James Bond and Spider-Man films has abandoned shoots after hackers crippled its computer network, and leaked four films and thousands of documents.  Agencies filming for Sony Pictures have cancelled shoots because the problems have left it unable to process payments, a source told The Times. The attack by Guardians of Peace, a hacking collective suspected of having links with North Korea, has taken most of Sony Pictures’ computers offline.” You have also mentioned recently that this Christmas is the first of three that will include “deep and desperate strife.” Here is the quote: “Next year the world enters its passion, the time when the old order fully passes away. We have three Christmas seasons of deep and desperate strife ahead of us. And then, if the Son of Man finds a few who still have faith on earth, the Christmas after that, in 2017, will be a joyful celebration of resurrection – joy that what seemed the end was actually prelude to a new beginning. This references Thanksgiving of 2013. We have entered the passion and the world is making its Way of the Cross.” Today’s news also has the following headline: Sony Hackers Promise to Deliver Large “Christmas Gift” http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sony-hackers-promise-deliver-large-757492 The attacks focus on a film to be released on Christmas Day that centers around an assassination attempt on North Korea’s leader. The headline reads: Did North Korea order Sony Pictures hack over Kim Jong-un assassination movie The Interview? http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technology-science/technology/north-korea-order-sony-pictures-4729115 To top it all off, two news tidbits crossed my path over the weekend. First, when CNN was reporting on the hack attacks, an expert being interviewed referred to China as a “bad actor” who is working with North Korea on the attacks. Secondly, I came across a report on the big storm that hit Southern California a day or two ago and it pictured the storm as a dragon attacking the state.”

I love it when someone gets me.

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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168 Responses to The End of Prophecy

  1. Jeff Johnson says:

    Charlie, as I revealed in my recent correspondence with you I have known about you a long time, but only recently started reading your transmissions, and appreciate that you subscribed me.

    I have long thought that 2017 would be a big year, and I am relieved to see this is among your claims too. No doubt, dates and anniversaries matter in the history of the great Roman Catholic Church, and I thinks this certainty is as real as Our Lady of Fatima. Jeff

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  2. Tom says:

    I’ve followed Fatima for 20 years now. Have felt since a kid that a time would come like what we are going to enter into and I was going to have to do something, to stand up and defend and get people to safety. For 6 months I’ve followed closely and understood as the truth the words you have spoken, what the good people at the Mother of God Forum have taught me, what Mark Mallett has spoken, what Janet has offered and I have spoken to my wife and friends about this. When I have spoken about certain things over the past 6 months, I get full body goosebumps, I’ve come to understand that means I’m on the Truth about what is coming and what we are to do. I’ve not had those goosebumps lately. I just got them a few times reading your words above, Charlie.

    Be Not Afraid. it is written 365 times in some form in the Bible, one for each day of the year, and reminded to me and my family in homilies by the holiest pastor we ever were blessed with, God rest his soul. We are going to get through this together, one step at a time, trusting and acknowledging God and being signs of Hope to our family and friends, and the world will be a much better place at the back end, praise God. May God bless you Charlie and all His people. Be Not Afraid.

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  3. QUOTE: “You have also mentioned recently that this Christmas is the first of three that will include “deep and desperate strife.” Here is the quote: “Next year the world enters its passion, the time when the old order fully passes away. We have three Christmas seasons of deep and desperate strife ahead of us. And then, if the Son of Man finds a few who still have faith on earth, the Christmas after that, in 2017, will be a joyful celebration of resurrection – joy that what seemed the end was actually prelude to a new beginning. This references Thanksgiving of 2013. We have entered the passion and the world is making its Way of the Cross.” Today’s news also has the following headline: Sony Hackers Promise to Deliver Large “Christmas Gift”

    Something was given to me that I hesitate to write here but I will send it to you via private mail. Then you can mention it if you find it useful.
    Carlos

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  4. Bob says:

    And I must confess that some of my recent calm was that Ferguson in our area was calming down a bit and, while still considering in my prayer that storms are coming some of my calm has been the hope that “maybe it won’t be as bad as we think” or there is a bit of time yet. But to trust in the midst of a soon coming storm and not to rely on the psychological technique of putting it aside as it can wait awhile while I enjoy the holidays with my family, etc. will be another step in faith and trust for me.

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  5. Connie says:

    I, too, like Tom got goose bumps reading this article. You said Charlie that there will be a CULTURAL global civil war and I know you also said that the Muslim threat would not be the worst we face, but I came across this article http://www.crisismagazine.com/2014/chestertons-islamic-england from Crisis magazine which made me think. I am going to begin praying that we all have the courage to say No, this is not right and the wisdom to Know what is not right. I guess I am thinking now that the threats we face soon will not be so clear to spell danger but may be more insidious and I don’t want my guard to be down when it comes to defending what needs to be defended. Cultural wars. I am not sure I really know what that means for us here in America but I don’t want to be slowly boiled to death like the frog is what I came away with reading your article and the one I mention above. I pray Lord you give us Wisdom and Courage.

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  6. donna269 says:

    Charlie,
    This completely cements my feelings as to the happenings with Sony. Everyone is looking to Russia. Today the Ruble continues to plunge and Putin is held by our sanctions….but that’s not the big story. The Hacking of Sony is unprecedented. Imagine what could be done to our entire banking system, government system, financial system. This is a mere teaser. I thought about North Korea and China and your warnings to us about them being the true evil. I am concerned because we are 9 days until Christmas. What could possibly happen in 9 days to change the face of the world? I shudder to think about this, but I believe it can happen and hope to do the next right thing and be a sign of hope….God Bless

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    • charliej373 says:

      Donna, my friend, take some care. Enough has already happened. We often get an image in our mind and determine that that must happen for it to be really serious. If it doesn’t happen, then we deceive ourselves that all is well. One of satan’s favorite tricks after a disaster is to be quiet for a bit so we relax our guard and dismiss alerts. Then when we are there, he strikes with more fury when we do not expect it.

      So, I want to get two things across, here. If nothing else happened at all untoward before Christmas, what I meant last year has already come to pass. A faction of the Senate releases a smear report and ISIS celebrates by beheading four children; today in Pakistan the Taliban sent in shock troops to a school murdering over 100 Christians children – and burned a teacher alive before the eyes of others. Factions this year in America are trying (with success in some areas) to ban vestiges of Christmas like Santa Claus and candy canes. The world is ablaze with strife and tension. Ireland, that great Catholic bastion, has become an anti-Christian nation of intolerant pagans. I know some felt the current situation is not quite dire enough to fulfill my prediction of last year. I disagree. It already is.

      Having said that, I do NOT mean that nothing else serious will happen by Christmas. It very well may. What I mean is, the sinkhole that is opening up and swallowing the civilized world is not going to reverse itself. It may pause for a time to deceive the witless, but the sinhole will keep swallowing into its abyss everyone who deceives himself it is not there at all because it is only 20 feet wide instead of 100 feet – and so surely it will never swallow him.

      Right now it would be very good to be mindful of the injunction of I Thessalonians 5:3 “When people say, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as travail comes upon a woman with child and there will be no escape.” Frankly, right now, I would be more shaken by a sudden peace in the world then by more fireworks.

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      • Was that a deliberate misspelling Charlie: sinkhole to sinhole? Effective either way!

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        • charliej373 says:

          It was an accident, I think, Janet…but my angel is probably snickering in some corner of heaven right now,

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          • Mary N says:

            Oh my, I just caught this one! Tickled my funny bone! I am guessing that “sinhole” is actually the more fitting word! God is good at getting his message across and this slip certainly worked in his favor 😉

            Sorry, I’m not picking – I just thought it was hilarious. I guess sinkhole wasn’t a strong enough word in the Lord’s eyes! I mean what are the odds of such a perfect word from a simple dropped K?

            (Don’t mind me, Charlie, I inherited an unfortunate hilarity gene from my dad…)

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    • D Shea says:

      Donna,
      A bunch of Bad (n-Good) “Stuff” can happen within nine days. Think of the Poles from 1-9 September 1939 or France and the Low Countries in May 1940 or on the Good Side the nine days prior to the Resurrection. In your own life, I bet you can remember short spans with significant “Events” that changed your life forever. I remember August 1990 where in nine days I went from a pleasant Summer in Shreveport, LA (Barksdale AFB) to flying missions in Saudia Arabia supporting Desert Shield soon to be Desert Storm and the negatives that transpired with my family. I started, years ago, giving younger people this advice: Never pass up the opportunity to enjoy a pleasant moment or a nice day!
      Merry CHRISTmas 😉

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  7. Mary-Louise says:

    Deep and desperate strife… The Russian currency took a huge hit today, which will likely trigger economic upheaval in that country and in areas linked to Russia, including Ukraine. Today a federal judge ruled (in a criminal case) that the executive amnesty promised by President Obama is unconstitutional. If there are more rulings along that line, could Ferguson-like protests erupt in Latino communities?

    These things are like a series of embers flying through the air. Some will land in dry brush. One or two will catch. A small fire will begin and spread. The fires will merge.

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    • Brian says:

      adding to Mary-Louise`s ruble comment, Russia`s central Bank raised interest rates overnight! from 10.5 to 21%; its one thing to leave the BIS, World Bank, SWIFT global currency (aka US$ backed) and another to be “forced“—see Germany 1933; my speculation is that Russian “crash“ will be President Putin`s excuse to start issuing their own currency–my what a novel idea, a sovereign nation issuing and controlling its own money supply.

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  8. M. says:

    Hi Charley and Everyone,
    My husband and I enjoy reading this blog and find it to be very informative and full of hope.
    We, too, have been preparing for years. We left family and friends, moved away from a big city, started a hobby farm and have tried to live our lives as to what we thought was God’s will for us. We prayed and prayed, trying to discern how we were to prepare both spiritually and materially. Funny how things work out, some times.
    In the past 5 years, we’ve lost many things (job, finances, health, friends, etc.). It seems as though the Lord is stripping us of things that we think we need. Here we thought we were preparing and He still took it all away. We sometimes laugh about this.
    I don’t think anything unites a soul more closely to Our Lord than suffering does, if we hold on to His cross. In thinking about any suffering that is to come, I imagine that many souls will cry out to God and God will hear them. He doesn’t want to lose even one soul.
    At any rate, I believe that we don’t have to sweat the small stuff. Right now, there is no way that I’m going to be able to physically walk out of my house and into a refuge without some divine intervention. That’s okay. What scares my husband and I more than anything else is losing our faith. The only thing that really matters is staying faithful. We need to pray for final perseverance for ourselves, for our family and for everyone. I really believe that God will do the rest. Thank you for being a beacon of hope.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Ah yes, M, it often pleases the Lord to prepare you by stripping away from you the things that you value but won’t need so you will turn your face more fixedly toward those that you will. It strikes me the Lord has done that to you – and that you have been very docile to His will. You have prepared well.

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  9. Charity says:

    Lyle typed what could have been from my mind and heart- I too have been following your story since the first at spirit daily- tried to find you in between and lo and behold saw you again on MOGForum- I think of you whenever I see the articles of NK and China- and I too get you.
    Full circle Uncle charlie, what must be known is known.
    Blessings to you

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well, Charity, I spent most of the years since then trying to remain hidden. It is only two years ago that I decided to go ahead and let it all out for anyone to consider. You and Lyle are obviously persistent!

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  10. Mack says:

    I have been especially horrified and saddened by the killing of the children, especially by ISIS and now in Pakistan. It occurred to me that there was also the slaughter of the innocents when Jesus was born. It’s almost like the devil hates innocence and goodness so much that he delights in inciting people to kill the most innocent among us.

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    • Yes. I have meditated about that over the years. I think the only difference is the scale of the slaughter. Abortion and infanticide are rampant now. The very act of giving birth may be banned before Christ comes in glory.

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      • ann says:

        Yes Carlos. I have had those same thoughts as I read these posts. the world has been drenched in innocent blood for decades, God forgive us.

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  11. Hi Charlie! Merry Christmas to you and yours! I had a bit of a chuckle today reading about the whole Sony fiasco. You had mentioned that China…or was it North Korea was a “very bad actor” in the storm to come. I thought it was funny because this is happening in the “acting ” world…..but is serious to all none the less. Did you know that this would happen ….because of a movie? LOL!
    Very Bad Actors INDEED! 2 thumbs down!

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  12. Thank you very much for giving us this forum. It is such a relief to hear of you and others who speak so clearly of the truths of God. I live in MA and most of my family and contacts are strongly liberal and conversation with them is challenging. I mostly try to listen – and stand my ground when they try to “fix me” to think their way . Beyond being uncomfortable, it is very sad to see bright and intelligent people who seem brain-washed (as I probably do to them). But – I do love my family and friends, and so I try to focus on what is good and simple that we can share and enjoy together. At least here, I don’t feel so spiritually alone. I am trying to trust God more, to let the Spirit have his way within me. (I was struggling a bit with this letting-go of my “self” when God’s inspiration to me was that He was not the monster of the Invasion of the Body Snatchers- but the one who created me and truly loved me and wanted more than I could fathom to make this sorry self-made “self” so much better that I could hope for.) As I read some of these posts, I wonder what my next best step is. My work is very busy – so I pray, and try to love others as best I can for now. Thank you for your work.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Welcome, Marianne, we’re glad to have you here. This has become a virtual community for a lot of people who feel similarly besieged. God bless.

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      • Bev says:

        I have noticed how many who arrive here have no one in their experience who “sees” as they see. Here you can breathe, breathe. There is simplicity, honesty, caring, sharing, reaching to the other, supporting. I sometimes think that God is giving us a tiny tasty of “after” to encourage us and give us hope to trust Him, to wait on Him, to listen to His voice, so quiet that unless we stop and truly listen the noise surrounding us silences His instructions.

        Thank you Charlie. All of this is because of you. You are in disguise because God has made of youa giant of a man. Like Moses, you walk with us as we follow the pillar of fire, the cloud by day. And in our wake and with us a multitude of ones who have discovered how much they love Him, because His Holy Spirit has touched their hearts. Moses would understand your fear; wasn’t it his brother Arron he insisted speak for him? If you had refused the task, none of this would be possible. All of us would be alone, in the growing darkness, and feeling desperate.

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    • ann says:

      Welcome Marianne. I too live in liberal New England, your story could be my story. Everything you say resonates with me. Don’t lose heart. This web site and others like it are my comfort too. I thank God for all my “cyber soul mates” 🙂

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    • Patricia says:

      Maria,
      I too am from MA and I do not think people in other parts of the country understand how difficult it is to be here. Growing up it seemed everyone was a Kennedy Democrat which meant somewhat conservative. However, today, the older Kennedy Dem’s are truly blinded and the younger people are pretty much “anything goes”. And if you are not of that persuasion then life can be mean unless you have a thick skin. I have been “defriended” on facebook, (not that I said anything but when people find out I am a conservative they just think I will ), lost friends, and just generally thought of as a kook albeit maybe just a harmless kook. Being from MA, or more specifically within the 128 belt, means you know when you are out in a social situation that you will be the ONLY one who is did not vote D. And I am not talking about being in a progressive crowd just your average everyday MA resident.
      In years past, I was vocal about my views. Today I just try to keep my head down and stay close to God. As Charlie and the recent events portray, we will have all we can do to stay alive never mind be concerned about how we are fitting into life here at what a priest friend of mine likes to refer to as Ground Zero.
      Patricia

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      • charliej373 says:

        Come to Boulder, Colorado sometime, Patricia…it is kind of a Massachusetts in the mountains.

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        • ann says:

          🙂
          I believe it!

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        • Patricia says:

          I know. One of my kids went to UBoulder only a few years ago. Before we left him the first day, I hide Miraculous Medals all around his dorm room when he wasn’t looking. Then I threw holy water and blessed salt in the four corners. Unfortunately, the Boulder mentality is to do the four years in six and in our case our child eventually moved on. Thank God for small favors.

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      • ann says:

        Well said Patricia. It is “soft” persecution of a sort. People are always shocked when I say who I voted for–and why. Then shock turns to condescension. Perhaps thinking, “I never thought you were one of those…” Should toughen us up, huh? Like you I no longer get into it unless directly asked. I pray and hope and try not to worry. Ground Zero is a perfect way to describe it, for sure.

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        • Patricia says:

          The reasons why my friend calls this Ground Zero :
          1. Gay marriage started here
          2. The sex abuse scandal started here
          3.The 9/11 terrorists flew out of here
          4. Harvard is here
          For anyone wondering about the Harvard connection let me list the ways, (not trying to be funny but it is overwhelming): Obama, Kerry, Elizabeth Warren, Deval Patrick just to start. Ditto with Wall Street.

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  13. Jim M. says:

    I had an opportunity to serve at the DMZ in Korea in 1984. I distinctly recall my first thoughts upon arriving there- “My God; this is the most dangerous place on Earth.” The landscape is stark and barren. An unnatural cold lingers there. It was the first time I felt abject hatred, not dislike, distrust or revulsion, but hatred from every North Korean across the line. It is a place where evil dwells, and grows.

    Recall a couple years ago the North Koreans successfully launched a satellite contrary to the predictions of western experts. That launch came shortly after intelligence reports started coming in citing concerns that the North Koreans had successfully miniaturized an EMP weaoon (electromagnetic pulse). We to this day know little about the payload of that satellite. What we do know is that its orbit takes it directly over the middle of the US at least once, maybe twice a day. I have had a sense that this satellite is a clear and present danger to the US.

    The most dangerous place in the world is now closer to us here in the US.

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    • ann says:

      Jim–my son had more than a few deployments there himself and he used to call it “the land of the not quite right” which struck me as very funny at the time but your observations give it a deeper meaning. He said in those days even in spite of 9/11 that he thought that’s where our trouble would really come from…

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  14. David says:

    Little does ISIS know, they are pouring out the blood of Martyrs to make rich the soil for the conversion of what will be left of Islam.

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  15. Amy S. says:

    I’ ve been following your blog for the last few months, although my mother-in-law had been trying to get me to read it for quite awhile before that 🙂 I have moments where I feel great anxiety and fear and I beg for the graces to be at peace. Fortunately, I know who my family belongs to and am constantly reminded of it; 8 of my 9 children have Marian feast days for birthdays! We joke that the one who doesn’t will have his own feast day someday! Thanks for sharing with us, it is truly helping me to be a better wife and mother.

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  16. Patricia says:

    The Lord is so good to give use such a forum here. I very seldom write any comments anywhere, but I have been reading this site for a bit and wish to tip my hat to you all. When I was a child at home, my mother used to discuss different prophecies, and we grew up knowing that one day the world would change abruptly. As Charlie says, it already has. I often wonder what folks who live to be 90 or 100 think of all the changes in our culture over their lifetimes. Even since I was a child (in the ’70’s) much has been altered. What child now has a chance at a wholesome upbringing and a sense of what is normal? I grew up with plenty of good literature and relatively harmless TV programming. Just tonight we had to turn off a “PG” show because it was too inappropriate for the children–It seems only the documentaries are safe anymore! We have to homeschool because the only remaining Catholic school in the area has shrunk to grades K-3 (our diocese has forbidden any parish to open a new elementary school. Huh?) and has adopted Common Core to boot. I still don’t have the hang of teaching 3 boys in 3 different grades their lessons every day, and cook and shop and do laundry. And if anyone out there has advice on how to get kids who stay home together all day to stop bickering I would be eternally grateful to hear it. Although I am probably too pampered with the conveniences of this era, I do look forward to a simpler, more wholesome future for them. I just wonder how to get them through the rough times that are coming when I am currently challenged to get them to pray daily, go willingly to Mass, forgive one another etc.. Anyway, thanks to all who write in and help us keep the Faith. God bless.

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    • NancyA says:

      Patricia, I home schooled 3 for several years, and before that my oldest who was a senior in high school the year we home schooled (whole ‘nother story!). It is enough. It is more than enough. You are doing a huge, immeasurable service to your children. Planting and watering the seeds. Focus on yourself, too. Allow for more time to just be, read together, play together, work together. It is enough. I’m tapping on a nook reader or I’d be pouring it out. Homeschooling was the best thing for my kids. They were very positively changed by it. Be encouraged…

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    • donna269 says:

      Patricia….I think Connie Rossini had a link to a good homeschooling mom’s support site for Catholics…..look up her blog.

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    • ann says:

      Bravo Patricia! Stay with it. You are giving them a great gift even if they don’t realize it right now. If only the fact that they are not in the toxic environment of public school, but the blessings will go far beyond that. I wish I had done it. God bless.

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    • Mick says:

      Patricia, I was a kid during the 70’s, also; so I know what you mean about trying to raise kids in a world so much different from the one in which we grew up. And as a homeschooling mom, I definitely know what you’re dealing with. We have three boys and two girls, and we homeschool from K through 12 (our oldest just started college this fall, but still lives at home). As Nancy said, please be encouraged that you’re doing the absolutely best thing for your kids by homeschooling them and by giving them a solid Catholic upbringing. I know the bickering can drive you nuts (it drives me nuts, at least). But, trust me, more of what you’re trying to teach them (about coursework, faith, God, relationships, getting along, etc.) is rubbing off on them than you think. Your sons will grow up and thank you and will turn into great men and great Catholics if you just stay the course with love, patience (I’m still working on that one), and humor. And I encourage you to keep trying to get your boys to pray daily (perhaps a family rosary?). They may resist and complain and perhaps get distracted during prayers, but it will pay off someday. Keep up the great work! 🙂

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      • Nancy says:

        One of the ways I got my kids to say the family rosary was to make it an intercessory one. We made a list of all the people who needed prayers and also those who had died. One child had the “privilege” of reading the list before the rosary and if anyone knew of someone to add, they were added. Sometimes I would add patients that I knew from work (not their names, just problems). Of course, the list became quite long but the point is that they understood intercession and saying a rosary for another was worthy of doing. (Yes there was some grumbling, but definitely not as much as before we started this.)

        That being said (and my family is all grown), I have found new materials for rosaries of intercession. One is “The Rosary for Intercession and Spiritual Victory” by Fr. Andrew Miles, OSB. For example: We pray that our own conception be joined to the conception of Jesus–so that the very first moment of our existence will be made holy. We pray this same grace for______. This is one of the prayer requests for the mystery of the Annunciation (and there are many more just for that mystery). I can meditate on that one request for a whole decade. Each mystery is explained and scriptural references are included. The “teaching” can be helpful for all ages.
        https://secure.marianweb.net/shopmercy.org/product.php?PID=07170085

        And I add the flame of love phrase to each Hail Mary. And yes, because of the eternal now, going back to pray over a situation or person can be a form of intercession or reparation or both.

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    • M. says:

      Hi Patricia,
      I have been homeschooling for almost 20
      years. My adult children have kept their faith, even though there may have been some bumps in the road for them. If this is God’s Will, He will give you the graces to do this. Boys bicker–mine still bicker. You are doing so much for them by taking them to daily Mass. Good job! When we prayed the family rosary, someone would be twirling the rosary around his finger, someone would be mumbling through the Hail Mary, others might be trying to make each other laugh, etc. Now that they are adults, they pray to Our Lady on their own. If we hadn’t “made” them sit there with us and “pray” with us when they were little, they wouldn’t be praying now. I know homeschooling is difficult at times, but it is so worth it!

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  17. Barbara Dore says:

    Please read a book about Our Lady of Kibeho by Immaculee Ilibagiza. very good book…These messages is for the whole world. I started to say the rosary of the seven sorrows of Mary daily this year. OUr lady of kibeho wishes us to say the rosary of the seven sorrows of Mary on Tuesdays and Fridays, , but optional ( i say it daily because I like it so much). We would get many special graces from the hands of the Sorrowful Mary which she gets from the Sacred Heart of Jesus for those who recite it.

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  18. radiclaudio says:

    Hi Charlie,

    Thank you again for your God sent, spiritually life saving, posts (and thank God for sending you to us all). Your serious, but humorous, even joyful, wise council has helped me (it sounds like most of us here) to move from frighten Catholic pepper wondering if I have enough beans and bullets to peacefully focusing on Christ (through Mary) and His will for me moment to moment. I have slowly come to a deep deep love of God, His Mass, Sacraments and prayer. I seem to have peace now even as I know I must gird my loins with the Armor of God. I have a grace of being able to be present to the moment and take joy in simple things like a sunrise, or the smile of a passing stranger like never before. I see this grace as an incredible gift that had eluded me most of my life. I had always been rushing to MY next great thing, or so I thought – lol. I credit your guidance for helping me find this family here and I share your blog with all that will listen. Your blog is like a graduate capstone course in finding and keep faith. I am no longer afraid, even as I gain a deeper sense of the swiftness and severity of the mutual suffering we will all soon experience together, those who know God and those who don’t.

    I run an energy focused private equity fund I helped found 9 years ago. It has been both a struggle and a joy and has greatly blessed my family in so many ways. It’s taken my partner and I several years, but with God’s help we now have a Christ centered company. We now realize that it’s purpose is likely less for making money and more for building a small refuge for our small team of people. Praise Him for this gift. My point here is that my 30 years experience in private equity, focus mainly on energy, but also in all corners of the global economy, has provided some small insights to how some final pieces for the father of lie may be coming into place. Energy, or rather the swift removal of it. Imagine having to live through the next few years with limited and expensive, or even no, power. No gasoline, no natural gas, no electricity. Technology will become useless. Food, water purification and delivery, warmth, and pretty much everything else will be impacted. Our focus would turn daily to providing the most basic needs (not wants), like so much of the world now lives. Those poor souls that live in true abject poverty will be much better positioned to live and therefore be helpful bring others to Christ than me and probably most of us in the “West”.

    What has been happening in the energy sector of the global economy just in the last few years, could fill a library. In my mind most of it is supernatural (bad and good). I could go on (and until recently often did to the boredom and horror of all around me -lol). I’m not a mystic so I don’t know when, where, or how, the Storm will fully manifest (i pray it passes but no longer sense that is an option left to us). When it comes I imagine energy (or the cheap plentiful availability of it) will play a role. I don’t write this to alarm anyone. I suspect, not having electricity will not be anywhere near the worst part of the Storm. Think of the slaughter in Rwanda in just a year. Millions hacked to death by their neighbors, even family members. I am not suggesting everyone go off grid or buy solar panels. At this point, we know we have to make work what prep we have done, fully realizing we msy die or be forced to flee leaving it behind for some souls unknown to us that will hopefully benefit from our stores even while we cannot. But, a simple thing we can all consider is keep your gas tanks full. Don’t let them run below 3/4 if possible. It may provide an option to you and your family that you are glad you have. But either way, don’t worry. Be strong in Christ, and know that whatever happens, if we keep our faith in tact we will live forever in heaven.

    With this in mind, like so many voiced so well above, my biggest concern now is that I don’t get tricked into letting go of Christ, but rather continue (through His grace) to focus on Him alone and to be a mirror reflecting His light to my family and those around me (now and in the full force of the Storm). In the end we are left with little more than the simple prayer. “My God I do not understand what is happening but I trust only in you! Guide me in your ways always.”

    As always, i pray for you, your family, and our new Right Next Step family many times throughout the day. Please prayer for me, my family, and those God is calling me to help as well. With deep love and affection, your brother in Christ. Rich

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you, Rich. I think of a statement I was given from a visitation 12 or 13 years ago: “What you desire most is most effective against you. Desire God and all shall be added.”

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    • Mick says:

      Radiclaudio/Rich, thanks for the excellent information and the good advice. I’ll start keeping my gas tank full and ask my husband to do the same. Prayers for you and your family, and for everybody in Charlie’s little family here.

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    • NancyA says:

      Rich, I appreciated your candor. I have been doing just that: keeping the tank pretty full, but I’m aware that things could occur suddenly that render the car itself useless. I find my thoughts lingering just a bit on “what would I do if IT happens right NOW?” For example, I drove my little one a distance for her therapeutic riding this evening. Far up the highway.. Hmm, might we be walking home? When I stopped in a restroom: What if the lights went out? I mentally walked myself back to where she was, so I could do it in the dark if need be… things like that. Just some forethought in planning as I move through the day. It’s not a panicky thing, but an awareness for practicality’s sake.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Now that, Nancy, is a prudent way to prepare, so long as it is steady and never gives in to fear.

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        • radiclaudio says:

          Yes, I agree. Situational awareness is a big help in all circumstance and will be no less so in the Storm. Be as thoughtful about where you are and who is around you as prudence allows in the situation. But always be prayerfully balanced. (My spiritual director is a bishop here and he taught me that term, I think of it often because he said I really need to often – lol).

          One final thought. The navy seals had discovered that their best course out of an ambush was to square their shoulders to it and face it head on. It’s dangerous, but they found they take less casualties and often routed the enemy. It’s human nature to duck and hide and sometime that may be the proper course of action. But sometimes we have to square off and forge ahead. I believe this concept works well with invisible foes too. I though the battlefield knowledge may be helpful to us someday. In Christ.

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  19. I’m going to be honest; I don’t see this Sony thing as a major threat to the US. This seems to be a specific threat to those in Hollywood who care. I for one have no plans to go see “The Interview” on Christmas day – goodness no! And I for one would not be shocked or surprised to see hackers reveal evidence of Hollywood corruption and depravity – I would just yawn and continue on because it’s just more of the same. At any rate, I look forward to this Christmas and all Christmases. O Wisdom, come! God bless you all; let us hope and pray for God’s mercy on all, and let us do good while we have time.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Nor did I plan on it, Daughter, but you may be missing the larger point. If they can hack so easily and completely into the secure system of such a company, what prevents them from hacking into secure vital systems such as utilities, financial systems and governmental defense systems? For such attacks, it makes sense to have a test run on a non-vital system that people will not get over-excited about. And that the source looks very strongly to originate in N. Korea and China is very ominous. Trust me, if that is where it is coming from, they did not develop that capability to play movie critic.

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      • Irish7 says:

        I read several weeks ago that China successfully hacked into the US Postal and US weather satellite system. To me, even more disturbing than their obvious capability was our government and media’s apathetic response. I guess we just ignore acts of aggression now (unless we are falsely accusing Israel of them.

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      • Irish7 says:

        I read several weeks ago that China successfully hacked into the US Postal and US weather satellite system. To me, even more disturbing than their obvious capability was our government and media’s apathetic response. I guess we just ignore acts of aggression now (unless we are falsely accusing Israel of them).

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      • ann says:

        Yes very ominous indeed. And a government here that is basically asleep at the wheel–on purpose or just incompetence? Nothing would surprise me. We’ve gotten the leaders “we” wanted ( I put in quotes because I didn’t vote for them and I didn’t want them) and now as Bob said, the bill has come due. The most discouraging thing is the obtuseness of those who should see and don’t–friends and family who just go about their day to day stuff and think warnings are hype and fanaticism. Sigh. Like the days of Noah, eating and drinking, taking in marriage…and then the flood came and swept them all away. My hope and my prayer is that when the essential moment comes, the moment when one must choose, they will have the grace to choose rightly. May I say I pray that I will have the grace to choose rightly as well. Who knows what forces will be brought to bear on us? I earnestly pray for final perseverance for us all.

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        • barb129 says:

          You wrote my thoughts so well Ann. So many of our family and friends don’t seem to realize where we are heading either and I keep praying for the grace of perseverance for us all plus the grace of conversion for those who need it.
          When I read this “for more souls have been lost to eternity in the last century than at any time in the history of the world” it brought tears to my eyes and a lump to my throat. I am sadden to think about all of those lost souls and pray that those I love do not join them. I sometimes still get moments of fear when I read what is coming but I realize at the same time that it is needed to save more souls from falling into that eternal hell.
          I pray that we all will have the grace to choose well; to take the next right step.

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        • Bob says:

          As for those who don’t believe, I am taking the tack of providing supporting evidence of why chastisement is deserved and some of the prophetic words indicating it is due and asking people to consider the possibility just as they would consider the possibility of a hurricane if they lived in Florida. Once they consider it possible than the next steps are how to prepare beginning with the spiritual preparation. Even Charlie’s words here, we are discerning them and we consider it prudent to listen and to prepare accordingly. If what Charlie and others are hearing comes to pass we will know it in reality soon enough!!
          If not spiritual preparation is always in order as that Mack truck may have my name on it today, even if I drive carefully!! As the words, “the bill is due” which even I heard mean to prepare but until the repo man comes we don’t know when payment will be demanded.

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      • Oh yes, I agree with all that. In fact, I know I saw a story not too long ago that some latent malware, viruses, whatever you want to call them, were discovered within many of our systems. They are there, and could be activated at any time (and this may be what the other commenters below are referring to as well). I have a contact who works for the FBI to try to counter some of this foreign government-sponsored hacking, and he has said what the US is doing to counter it is a mere drop in an ocean. We are completely overwhelmed. I guess I was just saying that I personally am not too concerned about this specific Sony threat on Christmas day, 2014. However, yes, in general, the threats are real and are great. I think our only positive is that with such a global, interdependent economy, these governments know that if the US comes down quickly, we all go down. Then again, suicide doesn’t seem to bother many of those who would like to see us suffer.

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        • NancyA says:

          North Korea is not worried about our going down. China may be well prepared for it by plan by the time it is done. Honestly, every time something happens, I think this is it. The dominoes are about to go a~falling. I am more surprised when it subsides but I also know that we are not hearing but the tip of the iceberg of the truth.

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      • NancyA says:

        YEP. That’s my thinking. I wouldn’t get overly panicked at this particular hacking, however, those who are pooh poohing seem to me to be discounting the abilities it’s shown, and to be discounting the very real threat that the perpetrators have made. We certainly won’t be anywhere near movie theatres on Christmas anyway, but I’ll be warning my children and loved ones to be cautious as possible and aware of their surroundings and to use common sense. I DO think this is a test and a foreshadowing.

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  20. RJT says:

    I recently wrote a book on Catholic prophecy, The Five Beasts of St. Hildegard. She describes the 20th century with surprising accuracy. Each beast represents an historical era that precedes the Antichrist. We are near the end of the fourth era. The fifth era is one of violence and persecution, but also one of spiritual rebirth in the Church.

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  21. Bob says:

    The Bill is Due.
    I woke up this morning thinking “the bill is due”. God has offered use mercy in exchange for our admission of our sin and for our repentance but we have refused God’s offer. And so now the bill must be paid in justice because we are only as a people getting worse and worse. But even if our nation and our world must suffer including ourselves we each are still offered His most precious gift of His grace and His mercy in exchange for our own repentance and acceptance of His mercy.

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  22. NancyA says:

    Reblogged this on nareyblog and commented:
    From time to time, I will share certain posts of the blog I regularly follow. I value it highly!

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  23. Magdalene says:

    I think that no matter what happens in the world–and we have no control over the nations or the militants–we should use what we have at hand to advance the Kingdom of God. What can we do in our parishes, families, and workplaces? First of all with our intense sacramental life, we live as Catholic Christians unapologetically everywhere. For those who can, teach at the parish, visit the sick, elderly, and homebound, pray with your family, adore the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, be involved in pro-life work such as the 40 Days for Life which will give you strength to stand strong when the cost is higher. Consecrate yourself to Jesus through Mary and pray the daily rosary. These things are the best preparations we can make for, in the end, it is the things of the soul that will matter.

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  24. ellenchris says:

    For the past week I have been recuperating from an operation (doing well) that knocked me flat to a much greater degree than I had expected, so I have not been writing much of anything. But I have been reading this article over with the responses.

    Like Tom and others I had felt strongly urged (more than just led) to look for Charlie after reading his stuff at *Spirit Daily*. I googled/binged his name many times but never came up with much of anything. I had a feeling that he was trying to stay under the radar, and sure enough, that is exactly what he had been doing. This urging to find him became more intense starting last January and into the spring — and then there he was showing up at Mark Mallett’s blog. It was a happy surprise because I had been out googling/binging for weeks before Mark’s mention. “Gotta find this Charlie guy” was on my mind a lot, and then there he was!

    The following quote from this article really most deeply rang bells for me: “Modern prophecy is a call to action” and especially, “When it [prophecy] is limited to fortune-telling and is entirely and narrowly self-referential, it is occult divination.” Just because the source of the information is good or holy does not mean that our own attitude in seeking for it is okay. “Occult” means “hidden” and seeking hidden knowledge beyond what God wishes to tell us is exactly what Charlie called it: sin; such is forbidden because it is harmful to our souls. Also, ALL prophecy especially in the Old Testament has always been a call to action (pardon the phrase). The single job of a prophet was and is to call people to repentance, to return to God by putting full faith and trust in Him. The predictive part of the prophets’ missions was simply to demonstrate that they did genuinely hear from God and to give people the information that God knew they needed in order to respond. The Response is the point! Over these past 2000 years, that job has not changed except that the full Bible, OT and NT, is available to draw the definitive limits of what is to be accepted as Truth.

    So I am hugely grateful not only for Charlie but for everyone here because this kind of community is exactly what I have needed most in these days. I will not go on at length concerning what I am up against in my own context, but it is enormously discouraging at best.

    God is using my time of recuperation as a kind of Christmas Retreat. Since I can’t drive anyway, He is teaching me to be still — not only physically but spiritually as well. He has called me to rest in Him, and for once I don’t have the energy to wiggle away. This illness has been a gift (pain and all). This is the first Advent I can ever remember in which I am not stressed about everything. If we let the Lord hold us in His arms, close to His Heart, which is where Our Lady will place us, there is no room for fear. Where we are or how we are doesn’t mean much at all as long as the questions, “where and how?” are simply answered by, “In Him.” Thanks to each and every one of you who posted above, and blessings to all.

    O! Wisdom from the mouth of the Most High God. . . .

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  25. ann says:

    Dear Ellen…May God grant you His richest graces as you spend this last bit of Advent under Our Mother’s mantle. She truly is the Ark where we can ride out the storm just as Noah did in the first flood. You are in my prayers.

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  26. E. Allison says:

    Charlie, if you feel this is too inappropriate to post, I’ll understand.
    Someone mentioned ‘beans and bullets’ above. I have both. One of my fears is that I will need to defend my family with lethal force. I pray that is not necessary. If you also have both, remember to have bandages as well. Preppers always think they’ll do all the shooting and none of the bleeding.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you for mentioning bandages, E. You are absolutely right. When a battle comes, it is rarely a rout for either side, though both usually think it will be. You had best understand you are going to take some hits and give some hits. That is the attitude you should take whether the battle is literal or figurative – it will give you the fortitude to endure. If you are counting on a rout, you are liable to be chased from the field in disappointment and terror at your first casualty.

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  27. Pete says:

    ” I encourage you to study Our Lady of Kibejo and the sudden terror that erupted in Rwanda. It could happen everywhere. There will be battles, assaults. We will find ourselves in desperate situations, But in the early months of that, panic will be your greatest enemy. Acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to those around you. That will not just save others; it may save your life as it distracts you from the panic that wants to rise in you. You are going to have to make very difficult choices. Many will have to make the choice of whether to kill or be killed – or watch their loved ones be killed. Do not act out of vengeance or panic. Do not fail to act out of prissiness or a formulaic response to strife.”
    Charlie, these words in your post ” The End of Prophecy” hit me like a 2X4 across the head! I did like you suggested and did a little reading up on the warnings our Lady gave 10 years before all hell broke loose (literally) in Rwanda. To think that the same scenario could never happen in the streets of the USA, Europe, Australia or anywhere for that matter is wishful thinking at best and pure folly at worse. One of the accounts I was reminded of while reading up on the horrific events there was the killing (butchery) of over 2000 women and children inside a Catholic Church where they had fled for refuge. I remember asking an old, very holy priest what he would have done if faced with that situation…his flock (women, babies, children) being attacked by machete wielding mobs. He looked me straight in the eye and said very solemnly that if he had had a gun he would have used every bullet to defend them. The reaction some people had when I told them that was “shock”. Perhaps this is “shocking”, but these are shocking times! If the storm that is unfolding before our eyes is even half as bad as what took place in Rwanda we all better be ready to “act” when called upon. Pray, certainly, always, but as you have been saying over and over, we need to be ready to take the next right step. If that means protecting the helpless with deadly force so be it. Some people argue that direct force (using a gun, knife, fill in the blank) is wrong. I strongly disagree. I would even argue that we have a responsibility to use deadly force (if that is the only way) to protect those who cannot protect themselves. I have small children. I have a wonderful wife. She is my best friend. If anyone tries to hurt them I will, with God’s help, do whatever I need to do to keep them safe/alive.
    I pray that we all will have the courage to stand up and do the right thing. During WWII many God fearing people said and did nothing in the face of evil. They knew about the “death camps”, the mass killings and said nothing to save their own skins. Fear is a real thing. It can cause us to run, turn our eyes the other way, to keep silent. All the Apostles ran from the Garden of Gethsemene out of fear! Only one mustered up the courage to eventually make the walk up Calvary and stand by our Lady under the cross and be with Jesus. I pray that I will not run. I pray that I will have the courage to “take the next right step”. As Charlie said ” At the heart of modern prophecy is a call to action”! Our Lady warned of what would happen if people did not “act” . She still is telling us “do whatever He tells you”. I am so grateful for this forum, for Charlie’s posts. I feel like I am with brothers and sisters who want to act… who want to do the next right thing and that gives me courage…gives me hope.
    May the strength and peace of our Triune God be upon all of us!
    Pete

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    • Randal says:

      Something I think we should all be aware of and reflect on…..

      From The Catechism of the Catholic Church….. on legitimate defense
      PART 3, SECTION 2, CHAPTER 2, ARTICLE 5, SUBSECTION 1, HEADING 2
      PART 3 > SECTION 2 > CHAPTER 2 > ARTICLE 5 >
      Legitimate defense

      2263 The legitimate defense of persons and societies is not an exception to the prohibition against the murder of the innocent that constitutes intentional killing. “The act of self-defense can have a double effect: the preservation of one’s own life; and the killing of the aggressor…. The one is intended, the other is not.” 65

      2264 Love toward oneself remains a fundamental principle of morality. Therefore it is legitimate to insist on respect for one’s own right to life. Someone who defends his life is not guilty of murder even if he is forced to deal his aggressor a lethal blow:

      If a man in self-defense uses more than necessary violence, it will be unlawful: whereas if he repels force with moderation, his defense will be lawful…. Nor is it necessary for salvation that a man omit the act of moderate self-defense to avoid killing the other man, since one is bound to take more care of one’s own life than of another’s. 66

      2265 Legitimate defense can be not only a right but a grave duty for one who is responsible for the lives of others. The defense of the common good requires that an unjust aggressor be rendered unable to cause harm. For this reason, those who legitimately hold authority also have the right to use arms to repel aggressors against the civil community entrusted to their responsibility.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Thank you for this, Randal. This is exactly the sort of thing I am talking about – considering the matter seriously and with sobriety in light of what the faith actually teaches, rather than the pollyana myths that have risen up to be common knowledge in this last century. You have obviously taken the time to do some real consideration, the beginning of deep contemplation on the matter. I will write more on it next week…but we need to have serious thought on prayer on the matter rather than superficial sloganeering. Thank you for doing just that – serious thought.

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        • SteveBC says:

          Charlie, I have read that the commandment “Thou shalt not kill” was actually improperly translated. I admit that I cannot verify that, but the sources for this information have been apparently solid. The actual original wording may have been, “Thou shalt not murder.” That is quite a different meaning. As you have pointed out before about the sentence “those who live by the sword shall die by the sword,” so does this retranslation draw a solid distinction between those who kill for pleasure or gain and those who kill in defense of themselves and others attacked by the former type.

          My father was in World War 2 as an ambulance driver. I have found myself leaning more toward being a medic type of person and have decades of personal experience learning healing techniques. Although I am not trained as a healthcare person, doctors I work with respect my capabilities and understanding. I lean toward this side of things, and being 63 and 125 pounds, with no practical self-defense experience, I wonder what I can do on the defense side other than rely on my armed neighbors.

          I do have access to knives, noisemakers, and blindingly bright tactical flashlights, as well as a self-defense technique anyone can learn. However, I have a problem about having a gun in the house, in that I am concerned about visiting children and all the ways guns must be locked away and thus feeling that guns may not help if one relies on them but cannot get to them in a crunch. Too many people who have guns rely on them too much, I think, and never learn to use anything else.

          Perhaps in your upcoming post on self-defense you could address some of the logistics of storing guns properly so that an owner can get access to such guns in an emergency, without risking lethal accidents (I would rather put myself at risk of lethal attack than at risk of a visiting child getting injured or killed from my having a gun on-site). In other words, what would someone like me need to do to make guns useful while still avoiding accidents.

          With you surrounded by armed people, this must have all been worked out around you, but for those of us with no experience with guns, it is a daunting prospect which so far has led me to resist the idea of becoming armed. I’m aware that it is possible, but I don’t know how it actually works. Most people I know keep their guns locked away where it seems to me they will be unable to get them out in time in an attack. They’ll be left with their hands, their attitude, and whatever random item is near them. Legal issues, potential for accidents, inability to get to a gun at need, poor training, and other problems lead me to emphasize non-gun methods instead, but if I can see how to set up to have a gun safely and usefully, I might reconsider.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Steve, I may have my son or my brother do a guest column on that. Though I have many family and friends who have guns, I do not and I know diddly-squat about them. I am wrong sometimes, but I stay away from things I really don’t know about. My readers are smart enough and experienced enough here that if I tried to wing it, I would be called on it in a heartbeat (And I would not have it any other way!) – so I’ll leave that subject to some who know what they are talking about.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Charlie, that sounds like an excellent way to handle this. I would note that I’m not asking for a detailed how-to but rather to know that it’s *possible* to make guns both safe and useful in an emergency, and the major points that make it so.

            Did you really say “wing it” when we’re talking of gun handling? Dare I say that that is not particularly on target for our discussion here? 😀

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          • D Shea says:

            Steve & Gang,
            Guns are tools … just like power saws, drills, ladders, hammers, electricity or automobiles. The dangerous element is The Un-Trained Operator! I can guarantee that if I prop my Skeet Gun by the front door and leave for the day it will not jump up and shoot the puppy, UPS guy, postman or neighbors while I’m gone. The most most dangerous thing we “handle” on a regular basis is Gasoline and we don’t give it a 2nd thought. Most of the discomfort about firearms comes from negative Liberal “Media” and Democrat (Socialist) Party Bigs who control the once safe-n-prosperous States/urban areas. Anyway! Don’t do anything you are uncomfortable with. Like Charlie-n-Others say: Trust God and He will Provide!
            Merry CHRISTmas 😉

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          • E. Allison says:

            ” In other words, what would someone like me need to do to make guns useful while still avoiding accidents.”

            Steve, the answer is a simple one. It’s called ‘concealed carry’. Get a concealed carry permit, and be armed. Practice, and know how to use it. If it’s on your person, you don’t need to worry about a child finding it, or being able to access it in an emergency. At night, obviously, it is not on your person, but it should be close enough that you can get to it very quickly (not locked up). There are very compact handguns available which are very easy to conceal. No one needs to know you are armed.

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          • Connie says:

            I agree with E. Allison below, but I also know that we will need and want guns for putting food on the table and those guns are the kind you put in alocked gun cabinet. You can put the key close by and hidden. I will tell you though, by experience, we taught our children gun safety and they even went to classes. My husband had put his pistol hidden up in the bedroom closet, yet my son still found it and showed it to one of his friends when we were not at home. Kids will be kids. Thank God there was no tragedy for us over this. On the other hand, we lived in a house once that had a cleverly camoaflouged closet in our living room paneled wall. It was in a corner that was dark there to begin with. Once, we had an intruder that was running from the police ( a neighborhood dog fighting ring was busted and those present were fleeing police trying to find places to hide) and one such fellow was trying to force his way into our house. Thankfully, the front door was locked! But I will never forget running to that closet as my husband held back the front door yelling Get the guns!! That guy heard him obviously and ran off somewhere else hopefully to be found, but although I was scared to death to pull out a gun then, things have gotten so bad in general in this world, I have since asked my husband to teach me how to load and shoot all his guns. My neighbor told me she has a concealed weapon which for me is too scary but like Mick, I pray I never need to use a weapon like that but if I do, I pray I don’t miss!! Desperate people do desperate things but I want to be deliberate not desperate!!!

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          • SteveBC says:

            I want to thank the several people who have commented to reassure me that this all can be done. I do appreciate it. However, I want to point out a few things that affect my state of mind on this issue.

            First, I live in Massachusetts. The local police chief will grant concealed carry permits. The State is not particularly conducive to gun ownership, though. It outlaws pepper spray and tazers for personal use. There is no recognized gun culture. Those who own guns do so relatively quietly. I have no doubt that the State government would outlaw guns if it could.

            Second, this means that if a gun owner screws up, they can end up in a heap of trouble. I think you can’t carry a gun within 1,500 feet of a school or government building. If I buy a gun, I need to plan my route home very carefully. If I go to a range several miles away and take a wrong turn, or if I leave a spent bullet casing in my car by mistake and get pulled over later, the authorities can throw numerous books at me.

            Third, my house is old, built in the 1860s. Walls are thin. People are nearby in their houses or on the street. If I fire at someone coming in my door, there is a real possibility that the bullet could go out into the public sphere and injure a bystander. Although this would bring the authorities down on me for sure (if they exist at the time, of course), I am even more worried about hurting my neighbors – or of them hurting my family if they use a gun in their house. Handguns and shotguns would be better, but use of rifles would be asking for trouble.

            Fourth, I would like to point out something that has not been talked of at all on this site but which occurs to me to be somewhat likely. What about refugees fleeing violence in a nearby town? In my village we could easily have desperate people showing up asking for help or stealing garden food or tools from my garage late at night when I cannot guard everything. Taking in deserving refugees may be a necessity. Dealing with refugees who are armed but not dangerous to me, just looking for shelter or a meal, well, that could happen.

            My house is also open enough that snipers could fire on me without me being able to see them. If I go the gun route, I would need everything from a handgun to a shotgun to a high-powered rifle and proper doors and other structural changes to the house to provide full protection. I have little money and little time and not much energy for this. It ain’t gonna happen.

            My village is modestly securable but only with enough people to do so and enough guns and enough ammo. I really can’t do it alone. The indiscriminate sniping and violence that happened in Bosnia could happen here in the US and even here in my village, although I hope not. To rely only on guns and ammo in my home and not think of other ways to protect myself and others is not in my judgment a good idea. Most people I know who own guns think that’s all they need to do to protect themselves, but it’s actually only a help, only a start, not the full answer. I suspect the real answer here in my village is a militia which could provide forward protection around our periphery, but we will need to see much more deterioration in conditions before the people of my village would even think of the idea, and the younger generation will have to come home from the big cities to build and man the forward barricades.

            My own spiritual lessons over the past decades do not actually support the idea that I should be armed, although I can help the people of my village should they ask me for advice. So dealing with the gun issue is not an easy choice for me. Maybe it should be, but I don’t think so. When I face the myriad minor and major issues of gun ownership/expense/time/myhouse/villagemilitia, I tend to shy away from taking on that task.

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          • charliej373 says:

            I have thought about this a lot, Steve. If your thoughts on a subject begin to resemble a jungle of conflict, it is probably something you are not called to do. Now I know you have a propensity to overcomplicate things, but at times you speak with a simple clarity that is compelling. I think that can be made into a useful tool of discernment for you. When something brings out that compelling and simple clarity in you, it is probably God moving in you. When it gets overcomplicated, it is probably something you should step away from. Go with what you are called to.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Charlie, I think this “I have thought about this a lot, Steve” comment may be one of the most thoughtful and insightful comments anyone has ever given me. Thank you.

            In our society we are taught to join groups and to do things. How hard is it to unlearn those teachings to be able to do – or be – something else? It’s hard.

            I am a scholarly generalist. I observe, and I think about what I see. When asked, I can provide advice. I have never been allowed to join an organization for long. I am not playing the 9-to-5 game. I stand “between” many things.

            In the light of your comment, here is what I see.

            I am coming to believe that I have two primary functions from now through this storm.

            The first function is to be a Witness. Someone needs to see, to look, to understand, to seek to know the large and the small. To watch how societies, groups, and individual people act and react, to watch how God (or the satan) moves through the world. Here my ability to handle complexity is an ally, not a hindrance. Of course, much escapes me, but this is something I am good at.

            The second appears to be to provide advice from what I Witness to anyone who is prodded by God or guardian angel to ask for my advice (but *not* to anybody who does not ask). My past shows me adept at providing clarity and a focus on The Good to those who ask me for advice. People appreciate this service, and perhaps this is when God moves in me, to nudge the world a bit.

            The complicating factor that causes me so much trouble and concern is that I need to do both of these functions (which don’t include doing what will be needed to take care of myself) while I learn to trust that I will be taken care of so that I can continue to do these two functions. How my own life will work itself out in dire times is not known to me, which concerns me greatly. I’ve been assuming that I need to prepare to take care of myself and any who depend on me. However, whenever I try to prepare, I get caught up in action and worry. The jungle closes in, as you say. Stress arrives, and Relaxation fleas (er, flees).

            So thank you for your insight. Now it’s time to get out the machete. I will work on simplifying back to my two functions and (the tough one!) trusting God to provide care and protection when I cannot do that for myself.

            If that isn’t what God wants of me, I’m sure He will correct my understanding.

            Perhaps via your keyboard! 🙂

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  28. narnialion54 says:

    Dear Charlie and all,
    I have been in a deep funk for several days/weeks, almost despairing, not able to sleep, so angry about a particular relationship and living under the never ending ugly rainy gray of Pittsburgh winter. Then I come here read Charlie’s essay about the end of prophecy, the coming of terrible times (remember Kibeho), read the comments and become aware that I am surrounded by Love. That God really does love me in spite of my nastiness and my darkness. I like thinking about what you said some time ago, Charlie, about us being clumsy puppies stumbling around and how much compassion God has for us when we keep trying. Truly I felt like I had given up. But these reflections from everyone are so full of love and hope. The verse that comes to mind is: Isaiah 52:7:How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”

    Because I am beginning to realize that that when you have God you have everything.

    I think of the movie, Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King:the lighting of the beacons.. The thrill of seeing fire after fire lit in succession upon the mountains to communicate the need for help.
    ” Aragorn: The Beacons of Minas Tirith! The Beacons are lit! Gondor calls for aid.
    Theoden: And Rohan will answer. Muster the Rohirrim. Assemble the army at Dunharrow. As many men as can be found. You have two days. On the third, we ride for Gondor and war.”

    Each one of you posting here, praying here, reading here in this little community is a beacon light: saying: There is hope. Help is coming!
    Charlie, if one of your jobs is to hearten the faithful, well it just happened to me I have just found the courage to rise up and begin again. The darkness just fell away.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you, Pete. I tell everyone that if you could have defended the innocent against attack by using deadly force and do not, you are not innocent of the deaths that ensue. You made a choice. You chose to let the innocent die rather than the guilty. God will hold you to account.

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    • the phoenix says:

      Pittsburgh you say, narnialion54? I was born right near there, though I didn’t grow up there. Now I live not far away, in Northeast Ohio. And I know what you mean about grey wintry days … I’m trying to stay patient as I wait for the snow. 🙂 Also, thanks for the memory of the lighting of the fires in the Lord of the Rings movie.

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  29. narnialion54 says:

    Charlie I don’t mind if you don’t publish this either!
    E. Allison:
    I just went out and bought a 12 gauge today. And (being a former ICU nurse) I do have bandages. If you have some old 100% cotton sheets, they make great bandages and slings. You can generally find good sheets and pillow cases at thrift stores for a few dollars.

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    • kathy kalina says:

      As long as we’re talking about practical preparation – it would be a good idea to have some Vick’s vaporub. The smell of death is hard to take. An old trick of first responders is to coat the inside of the nose with Vick’s to overcome the smell. (Sorry to pass on such a gruesome tip, but I think a time is coming when it will, sadly, be quite valuable.)

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      • jeanO says:

        this remark horrified me. then i realized this was like a “handy hint from heloise” and would have come in handy tonight when my 20 year old threw up in the middle of our family’s christmas gift exchange…. we sincerely intend to be good, but are easily caught up in this world of excess…and we end up nauseated.
        There must be a lot of Vicks Vapo Rub in purgatory.
        Shoot someone? Are you serious? Story is…. In my early twenties I was one of a group of four young people working in an ice cream/light meal kind of restaurant on the five to midnight shift. In those days it was all cash. this january night we were held up at the hands of two gunmen. it was closing time and we locked the doors. we sealed the evil in with us…..
        what my body did when shocked (terrorized) by them pointing their guns to our heads, push us into a closet, scream and shout about locking us into the freezer; was to shake uncontrollably. no crying. I made the sign of the cross and began my Hail Mary’s.

        If I had a gun, that night, I would not shoot it. hands shake a lot in terror.
        My hands were full …full of prayer. just like our lady’s hands always are.

        what i COULD do, if once again threatened with a gun is to put myself between evil and good. My children would be shielded by me. For me, the best offense is a good defense.
        to think, in this civilized day and age, good and gentle people talk about these things.

        please pass the Vicks.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Okay, jeanO, I appreciate your sentiment. I wonder about your horror a little, though. You say you could put yourself between yourself and the attackers with guns. If they are people with the ISIS mentality, though, what do you think would happen to your children once they have killed you? Your children would have been shielded briefly by you until being brutally murdered after you are dispatched. I would prefer to protect the children.

          My point has been that good and gentle people very badly NEED to think about these things. All that is necessary for the bad and the strong to prevail is for the good and the strong to do nothing.

          A lot of the commentary on this subject thus far has been clumsy and awkward, but it needs to be contemplated. When my son was in his teens, the Taco Bell he worked at was robbed just after closing. He had a gun held to his head. Thanks be to God, he held everyone together and defused the situation (as both his co-workers and the police informed me). Look around you. The situation is getting more real every day. It is a source of sadness to me that most of the people who are “gentle as doves” are not “wise as serpents” and most of those who are wise as serpents are by no means gentle as doves. We have to be both. That is what I want people to contemplate. If your defense will only delay your children’s execution by 60 seconds, it is not much of a defense. But perhaps I misunderstood you.

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          • jeanO says:

            Charlie, I think you did misunderstand a little. I think it may be a male/female difference, which is exactly the way He designed it. That is a very large part of the insanity of the world today, that blurring of our very natures as men and women. Have you ever seen our Lady carrying a weapon other than the Rosary? Also, consider what we trace onto ourselves as we make the sign of the cross. It is shaped like a sword! Prayer IS my weapon. I know it seems naive and childish, but God says that is alright.

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          • charliej373 says:

            I appreciate the clarification, jean. I am assuming you are not one who would read St. Joan or St. George out of the Church because they were warriors. That is all. We all serve as God calls us to.

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          • crewdog72 says:

            CJ sez: “My point has been that good and gentle people very badly NEED to think about these things.” YUP!! When I look at the ordeal of The Great Depression of the 1930s and the state of society then vs. now … I get a feeling of extreme dread especially as I’m an oldster with all that that entails ;-( Eighty years ago the USA was largely agrarian, self sufficient and peopled with those with a strong grounding in Faith, Community, Patriotism and/or, at least, fear of Lawmen. No more! Collecting Beans/Spam/Bullets and anything else of “Survival/Barter” value has always been a wise undertaking but I believe, and I think History demonstrates, that survival is a “Community Thang”. There are a few Jeremiah Johnson types that can survive in The Wild but I’m guessing few of US here qualify as Mountain Men. It’s TIME to take a hard look at family, friends and neighbors and decide who you want to “Share a Trench” with ………… and those you don’t! If ya wait to the “Fix Bayonets” stage of The Storm it will be too late!! I’ve already got my “Radar Up” and I suggest you do likewise!
            … and I’m reading here that some folks are “arming up” with 9s and shotguns with a bunch more not tellin’ … but REMEMBER!! It’s skill and a mindset thing!! If you don’t plan to practice or use the weapons when the SHTF.. then they may well end up being used on You/Yours … and back to that Community Thang … leaders, workers and warriors ……… GOD & ST. MICHAEL BE WITH US!!
            Merry CHRISTmas 😉

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          • charliej373 says:

            When I was a young man, crewdog, I discovered that the historical Jeremiah’s last name was actually Johnston. The makers of the movie changed it to Johnson because they thought it sounded “more American.” It still annoys me.

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          • Judy says:

            Some of my family and friends are thinking of buying a gun for the home. I think a lot of people across the nation are doing so as well. Of course, one has to have some time to learn how to use it….and choose the right weapon for one’s size and strength. And, if there are children in the home, precautions must be taken. I have read once (from a man who experienced government action in another country) that a gun can protect you from looters, but it your own government has turned against you, then a gun would not do you much good for very long. Even with a gun, I would pray that God might send his angels for protection and that the adversary would see them and flee. That brings to mind the Lord of Fleas, and the pun makes me chuckle.

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          • crewdog72 says:

            Johnston not “American”? I guess the Hollywood Types slept through American History …of course one would know this from watching their movies. Two of the Confederate States most famous generals were Albert Sidney & Joseph E. Johnston!
            Hope Ya had a great visit with your kin? 😉
            Merry CHRISTmas!

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          • charliej373 says:

            Oh, did we have a grand time! A cabin in the mountains.

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  30. So much to say about all in this feature, it could have a week all by itself. For now, while the topic includes modern prophecy, I have felt moved to write a bit on the reasons for people seeking out messages and prophecies. As I often hear folks talk about people “getting caught up in” or “going running after” prophecies, I wanted to think over my own reasonings as to why I gravitate towards “heavenly messages”. Here are my thoughts.

    I see the only chance of healing for this world — within our close-blood families, our neighborhoods and communities, in our nation, and around the world — is for us to get on the same page, so to speak. As it is, we’re not even reading the same book. Until we can all agree to look upon the same goal — knowing, loving, and serving our one true God, His Son and our Savior Jesus Christ, through the practices of the Catholic faith (I dare to say), with all of its God-given truths, values, and treasures — there will be no healing, no union, no advancement of society towards holiness, only repeated chaos and heartbreak.

    Most people in our society — at least the Western Civilization version that I rub virtual shoulders with — no longer spend any time daily thinking about our God and Lord Jesus Christ, and have relegated religion to the spare closet at the back of the house, and it’s because they see such things as no longer relevant: they don’t believe that there is a God who is alive-and-well and talking to us.

    I’ve interacted with thousands of people on the internet over the past fifteen years, bringing up the faith subject often, and most truly think that “God” is any one of the following: a benign, smiling entity who winks at everything humans call “love” and “fun” (“My favorite Rock Idol just died, so now he’s in heaven playing in the band”); distant, disconnected, and mostly unconcerned / wound the clock, went off and left it (“Life is only what we make it”); a bearded, old-fashioned man they don’t want (“I don’t mind if I go to hell, all my friends will be there”); beyond paltry traditional thinking (“Om”); or simply a man-made myth (“I’m too intelligent for religion”).

    Whatever convictions they arrive at, it mostly comes down to not believing that we know, or can know, God’s mind. He doesn’t communicate now, if He ever did Once Upon A Time. It’s all dead people in ancient books. So it’s easy for them to decide that those beliefs held Back In The Dark Ages have no relevance to them now; that what “men decided” then, is not up to snuff in our modern day and age — after all, things have changed, and we are (thankfully) so much wiser and more sophisticated now.

    Christian religious practice that still held sway across America in the Forties and Fifties, when in my classroom each morning we all folded hands and said the Lord’s Prayer together, is looked back upon as childish, right in the bin with Santa Claus. The motto now is, “I’m Spiritual, not Religious” — which is socially acceptable and will enable one to have (21st century) friends. If you want to expend energy on being spiritual, there is always the latest version of New Age Enlightenment. Anything, so long as you do not venture near traditional (childish) Christianity, or worst of all, (controlling) Catholicism. I hear it all the time.

    I have watched my “Peace and Love” generation talk about religion on many internet forums: it trashes traditional faith more often than not, while those so-called enlightened do not know of what they speak, and it is a tragedy.

    Most do not believe that Christianity’s God is really here, and those who do feel called to the supernatural, lean towards listening to “advanced spiritual guides” — or pagan “gods and goddesses”, who seem more fascinating on the topside, and who allow them to believe that they are also Gods, with freedom to do what they will. We know where that comes from.

    And yet active in Medjugorje, there is the blessed Mother — Jesus’ Mother, full of Grace — trying for decades to get the message out that Christianity’s God is real and true — that He is here, is relevant, and is the answer. She calls everyone back to the Father; and she explains it carefully. I think that she is behind many other appearances around the world, calling everyone to the same. She spells it out, who God is, what He wants of us, what He is trying to give us, what we can do to please Him and be saved.

    I already believe, and I am in the Church, thanks to Mary, but I am still supported and strengthened to read — in frequent “letters” — what I believe Jesus and Mary are saying to us about our day. I have a boatload of life problems that sometimes swamp me near to drowning, and I love to read the words that God (“allegedly”) allows His people to receive.

    Does it make any difference? Yes, it does! I find letters from Jesus and Mary that change my thinking, that show me things in a brighter light, that change my actions, even if the changes advance slowly. So I watch, keep the good, and discard those that my discernment sees waving red flags. When Heaven speaks, I’m all ears.

    If Catholics would get the word out to the world about the messages of Medjugorje, the world could change. Many would sit up and listen, if they could read how God is very much alive and speaks to us today, of Himself, and through Mary and Jesus. Many more would return to the Church, or find it for the first time. I have always felt drawn to discern “messages”, and try to pass on the most credible-sounding ones (if they are not disallowed), to anyone who cares — although my personal outreach is very limited. I post them on the internet, and hope it helps someone. Anything that will help people to make best sense of this life, to grow, and to finish the race victoriously. Whatever is supportive.

    Relationships in life can be so troubling: I would wish the world to find God, to be ultimately healed; to get on the same page, of the same book, valuing the same truths and goals. I want for our generation to discover that God is ALIVE, communicating the Christian faith, so we can work towards it, in agreement. And I want for the world to learn of Mary’s role in this Plan, as I believe it is God’s will.

    Mary says that she will visit everyone, everywhere, if necessary. I think she is doing so, the Queen of Evangelism. Her messages can change lives. That includes the sobering prophetic aspects of messages. If a hurricane is coming, it seems prudent to nail up the shutters, as we are able. Physically and Spiritually.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Linda, that is as careful and refined a defense for following private revelation as I have ever read. A key is that you use a heavy dose of discernment…what builds up. Prophecy is important. My main point, as I discuss here, is that it is not to satisfy vain curiosity, but a call to action. You are absolutely right that we must speak and evangelize in ways that communicate the reality and joy of God with fresh vibrance. He is NOT whoever we want Him to be…and that is a dangerous error that is so very prevalent. I have been really happy that in the last week, I have really felt people here feeling it is a call to action.

      I did have to chuckle at one thing. When anyone tells me they are spiritual, but not religious I tell them, “What a coincidence! The devil feels the same way!”

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  31. aj says:

    Above all friends…prepare your hearts, truly prepare them…for death may be the first greeting you get in the storm, then bandages and guns become null and void. Ask JESUS and Our Lady MARY Most Pure to help us truly say “Oh Death where is your victory, oh death where is your sting?”

    YESHUA we Trust in You, help our lack of Trust!!!

    Blessings my friends!

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  32. D Shea says:

    Dear narnialion54,
    I do hope that you & anyone “arming themselves” learn the proper/safe handling of and practice with your firearms … or any tools. I’m probably more respectful/wary my my old-n-trusty chainsaw than any of my Shootin’ Irons. Be Safe & God Bless 😉

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  33. Doug says:

    Charlie, I too am another fan! First read your message years ago on Spirit Daily. Then later, for a long time, I would see if I could find you somewhere, anywhere on the internet, but to no avail.

    I’ve been in love with “Our Lady” and her messages for a long time now. I remember discovering Medjugorje after it had been going on for more than two years. I couldn’t believe how I could miss it! I mentioned to my priest friend, “How could this not have made front page news across the globe?” I bought a ticket as soon as possible, realizing that it already had lasted longer than most apparitions, and time may be short.
    It’s been a long time past. I try to persevere, still attend Mass and recite my Rosary, but I’m getting tired. I think I know the feeling of being “in the state of grace”. To me it’s that feeling of perfect bliss, almost a semi ecstasy while at the Mass, but this seems not only hard to obtain but even harder to maintain. I feel far from there today. Stages come and go. Men’s groups, Prayer Groups, and excreta all seem to serve their purpose at the time. Anyway, I just try to keep my nose to the grind stone.
    I believe what you say will come to pass. As you mentioned Kibeho and Akita, both have similar messages. Not to mention so many accounts of the Lives of the Saints, all mentioning what could be if we continue on the path to perdition. I believe we can see the effects of Communism at work in our country every day, just as our Lady of Fatima had warned us about almost 100 years ago. (2017 will be the 100th anniversary)

    Anyway, I am so pleased that you are sharing your private revelations with us. I cannot imagine how difficult it is to open yourself up to the public. I believe I’ve had a few extremely limited experiences in my lifetime that seem to defy all natural laws, however I’ve never spoken to anyone about them, except for one that I was compelled to share with my wife, (she was a primary subject of the “whatever” (message) you call it)). I made her promise that she would never repeat it to anyone.
    You are such an eloquent writer, and always seem to stay firmly grounded in the fundamental truths of the Catholic faith. Please keep reminding us not to focus on the prophetic future, but to search for and maintain that state of Grace. With that, we will fear nothing and be ready to meet every new day with joy.
    For myself your recent posts mean so much. Like a shot in the arm, I’m reinvigorated and ready to carry on the battle. Thank you.

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    • NancyA says:

      Doug, I know that you probably know this, but for those who do not: being in the state of grace does not necessarily carry an emotional feeling. That is what’s called a consolation, and often the Lord allows these for those who still need strengthening and encouragement to stay the true path. A dry period can follow, and that’s when your efforts to stay true are even more efficacious and meritorious, because then it is a true act of will. Being in the state of grace is that state of purity of soul, when a good confession has been made and attachment to sin is negligible.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Thank you, Nancy. That is absolutely theologically correct. At her trial, St. Joan’s interrogators tried to trip up this “ignorant peasant girl” by asking her if she was in a state of grace. In an answer for the ages, she said, “If I am, may God keep me there. If I am not, may God put me there.”

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    • Doug says:

      Thank you so much Nancy.
      After I wrote that note, I thought I may have used the wrong wording. I was once told that Irish people have a difficult time expressing their emotions. I suppose that would apply to me. Add to that the fact that I’m by no means a theologian, I guess I’m in pretty bad a situation here.
      I guess what I was trying to explain is when we actually “feel” like we are in a state of grace. Or maybe that is still the wrong terminology. Let me try to explain, as briefly as possible.

      First of all I have to confess that I don’t always feel totally absolved after Reconciliation. For example, one of my last confessions was the ever so popular “General Absolution”. The Priest, who I love, (in an attempt to appease us older folks I believe) mentioned that if anyone wanted to confess individually, he would stay after Mass for a bit. My wife and I were some of the few, if not the only ones who stayed. After hearing my confession, Father informed me that he couldn’t give me absolution, because he had already done that, but to be assured that my sins were forgiven.
      However, theologically, I know that I would be at that point, in a state of grace. And what a wonderful gift that is! However, I don’t “feel” like I am. I realize that is of course, my problem. Not accepting that my sins have been forgiven, is yet another grievous sin in itself. I am denying the sacramental grace of absolution, while expressing my lack of faith at the same time. I feel like I need to go right back to the confessional for it is sin itself that closes our doors to God’s grace. It just seems like that is the norm anymore, and I doubt that I’m the only one with that feeling.
      I had to chuckle while reading “The Holy Mass, as Explained to Catalina” not long ago when while at mass Our Lady spoke to Catalina. During the Penitential Rite, Catalina had a brief thought that she was in the state of grace since she had just been to confession the evening before. Our Lady quickly intervened reminding her of the numerous things that had occurred just that morning.
      What I’m trying to explain is, what I believe to be, the “feeling” that we are close to God. It’s almost impossible to explain, at least for me. What can I say, “on top of the world”, “heaven on earth” etc, etc. No words can do justice. It’s when you seem to speak with your heart, instead of just reciting some words. It’s when during certain parts of the Mass, you get all choked up. When it’s impossible to speak, and struggle to hold back the tears and expressions on your face so that nobody will notice. Something just strikes you for a second and you never want it to stop. It’s the sense that Gods mercy was like an ocean, and you may have just experienced a very small drop, but any more would be almost physically unbearable. I get the impression that I am experiencing, the actual grace of God’s Mercy, and that it is ever so slight and gentle, but at the same time from a source of endless unbounded majesty. It is extremely profound. I suppose it must be what most religious order members must enjoy every day! But I’m no saint, and I know that I would surely die of happiness if I was to experience any more of this awesome grace than I am afforded. It’s apparent to me that God knows exactly how much we can handle.

      Sorry, my words are so inadequate but that’s about the best I can do. I was in that situation for many years, but it seems to have slowly faded away. Things seem to pull me away from God at times, but I strive to discern and do his will. Sometimes it’s just life itself that gets in the way. For example, we recently just discontinued being Foster parents. For almost 4 years it was usually 8, sometimes 9 girls or women in our home, with myself being the only male. At one point, there were three of them in diapers. I found it a bit of a distraction. We also both still work. My (and my wife’s) daily personal time was reduced to about 5 minutes per day. But that’s OK it’s just a bit harder the older you get.
      Needless to say, it wasn’t easy to focus on the order of the Mass while chasing down one of the girls (Some had special needs). But I know for certain we were following God’s will for us. These children were also a wonderful grace he bestowed on us, but at the same time one of the hardest to accept.

      Somewhere along the line I lost that connection and the world seems to keep me pulled away with all the daily superficial requirements.

      So now I’m focusing on preparing. Storing food, water, and some means of protection for our family. But it all seems so irrelevant at times. It feels like we’re building a house without a good foundation.

      I feel that time is short, we need to be in the right port, (or state) but our ship is floundering.

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      • Connie says:

        Doug, it doesn’t seem to me that your ship is floundering. I would follow the flags of your ship in a nanosecond!. I have experienced what you are talking about when you explain how you don’t feel absolved. Sometimes I have felt that way – two things I have found have helped. Especially when you have no words to describe as you say you feel during Mass, trying to hold back the tears while strong emotions stir your soul. First I would say, pray the Act of Contrition slowly, after you leave the confessional. Sometimes when I am with the priest in the confessional, it is hard to feel like it is just me and Jesus- it is easier when I leave the confessional. Also, sometimes when I have no words, I turn to the psalms because they just seem to speak for me better than I can speak for myself. Psalm 139 v 23 Probe me, God know my heart; try me know my concerns. See if my way is crooked, then lead me in the ancient paths. Or Psalm 131 (humble trust in God) or Psalm 63 (ardent longing for God). Do not think God has abandoned you. He may just be doing a great work of grace silently and hidden, in your soul. I don’t if you are familiar with any of St. John of the Cross teachings on the dark night of the soul, but it has helped me to settle down when I am assailed with feelings of doubt, discouragement, and abandonment. Also, St. Ignatious and his teachings on consolation and desolation.

        I think from what you have written, and I would suspect many feel as you do in some way or another, it is what Charlie had wanted for us: good spiritual direction. I know it is sorely lacking in the body of Christ at this time, unfortunately. But maybe we can help each other. I do not want to presume on anything I have written here, Doug, please forgive me if I have. I just felt as if I know what you were describing as if I have been there also some what. But I also think that you are definitely on the right track because you seem humble searching for God and truly wanting to please Him. I suspect that you and your wife are greatly pleasing Him by taking care of orphans. So you may not have the time and quality that you want with the Lord right now, but maybe He is even closer to you right now because you are being faithful in the things He has asked of you. I have begun myself to pray about being a foster parent. I am praying for my husband too because if he doesn’t desire it and it is not what God desires for us right now, I don’t want to desire it either. So that is my prayer, because I too have often wanted foster children. I know that you have to have many graces from God though, to be a good foster parent. So I also pray for you and your wife and your kids, I pray God blesses all your efforts abundantly and I also pray He gives you the temporal and spiritual graces you need to continue faithfully in His service. God bless you abundantly Doug and Merry Christmas!

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        • Doug says:

          Connie, thank you so much for your kind words of wisdom. I will take your words of advice and start out with St. John of the Cross. You have put some wind in my sails.
          Fortunately, I don’t feel that God has abandoned me, just that I myself may be in some way distancing myself from him. As a result, he is not as near as I would hope he would be, but I know that he is always there with open arms waiting for my return. I’ve just been lured away by the things of this world I guess. I almost look forward to some of the prophecies mentioning a return to the old days without all the modern gadgetry. I need to shed some of the things of this world that are consuming parts of my day. I remember back to a day when I was younger, and single. I had decided it was a little crazy to have all the crap (sorry for the language) from cable TV piped into my house. This was in the beginning days of EWTN and it was only available on one of the old type satellite dishes. So I bought a used one, installed it, and disconnected the cable. The only channel I had was EWTN for many years. Later after marriage kids and the internet, naturally I lost the vote and we put the cable back in. I’m not sure how many people know this, but once you get free of the typical TV programming for that long, and then suddenly plug back in, you are astonished at what is actually shown. Those were some of the good times.
          Brings to mind our first America born saint, St. Elizabeth Anne Seton, and her prophesy from 100 years ago, “Every American would have a black box in their home through which the devil would enter”.
          You’re right on target I guess about looking for spiritual direction. Never thought about it that way specifically but in reality, I guess it’s the reason I am here speaking to you wonderful folks. Way out of the norm for me, I don’t do Facebook, or any of that other stuff, as a matter of fact this is one of my first times posting anything anywhere. But as Charlie said, he feels comfortable with the crowd here, and I concur. I’ve longed for a priest who I could discuss many of these things but I’ve never found one that really (as Charlie says again) “Gets it”. I suppose many of us have our own individual encounters with God throughout our lives, and have very personal questions about them. It just seems hard for me to find anyone who can relate in a deeper sense of the word if you know what I mean, rather than just the normal everyday advice. However, I trust there is someone out there somewhere, and things will be revealed in Gods time so I’m OK with that.
          I want to thank you again for your response, and if you would allow me to be so bold, I’d like to offer just a little advice about fostering. First of all, I must admit it is nothing like what I suspect it used to be back in the 50’s. As with so many other things in this world today, it seems to have been corrupted over time by the same sin that seems to permeate everything else. This, I’m sure is very grievous to our lord and savior. These poor children, who are already in such a precarious situation, are plunged into a governmental institution that is wrought with sin and corruption. Then there is our legal system which governs them with decisions purely void of morals or the real needs of the children. I used to almost laugh when I heard the standard plea “for the best interest of the children” from any of the department officials. It became kind of a trigger if you will. When I heard the phrase, I’d tell myself, Ok, here we go, they’re getting ready to pull some shenanigans again. The truth of the matter is that most of them are in it for the money I guess, can’t guess for what other reason it would be, but definitely not the best interest of the children. I could go on and on, and I don’t want to discourage you at all. Just the opposite, it’s for these very reasons that the poor children need more help than ever. It almost seems that not only did these poor children, for whatever reason, fall into desperate times at a very tender age in their lives, now they almost need rescuing from the very system that is supposed to be overlooking their well being. It is beyond sad. Please keep all these children in your prayers.
          I just wanted to let you know of some of the pitfalls and many there are. It is not a job for the faint of heart. I can relate to anyone who has reservations. All one has to do is look at how the system is designed and they would run, not walk away. Very sad but true. Just the fact that the government has the ability to take someone’s child away at any time, for just about any reason, from their natural born parents, seems to me, to be a problem. It almost seems to be “good for business” for these officials to get as many children into the system as possible. I believe there is a special, holy bond between parents and their children. I particularly remember a scene from the recent movie “Heaven is for Real” where the little boy was being introduced to the sister he never knew met before and asked her name. Jesus informed that she didn’t have a name, because his parents never gave her a name. I thought what a powerful bond that must be when heaven itself will not even override a parent’s decision. We probably all know someone who had their children taken away at one time for some reason or other, often times it seems to be from a hospital visit.
          We survived the whole experience, even getting an award from “Catholic Charities” (who has since shut down their department of child services due to the Obama laws) for Foster family of the year. Our attorney (by the way, you’ll want to have one just to voice your side of the story, especially when they utter the trigger phrase mentioned above) lauded us for being legendary, referring to our length of time. When we ended our involvement, there were tears from the girls saying goodbyes’ to al the case workers. So there are great things to experience, especially the time with the kids. However in my view there is only one right way to do it and I can’t express this enough, “Go with God”. I know that is a cliche, but it will need to become an absolute in its definition. Our situation may have been a little different than usual, but fostering was the furthest thing from both of our minds, we actually have two young daughters of our own. But when we were asked by the department of child services if we would “step up to the plate” if you will, and take these kids in, it was complete surprise. Now that is a game changer decision just when you’re planning your retirement. Remember, at least for us, your world will be changed upside down. Your home will change dramatically and the work is relentless (thank God our daughters were a great help). Of course it comes down to unselfishness and sacrifice, so if your husband has a favorite recliner he enjoys watching the news from in the evenings, that will probably become communal property now, and possibly decorated with a little chocolate or cookie crumbs on occasion. I am a simple person. My toiletries exist of a toothbrush, a comb, some toothpaste and a toothbrush. Everything neatly in its place every day. However, the thought crossed my mind about hiding the toothbrush somewhere. I wouldn’t put it past someone to just grab any toothbrush (like mine) because they had lost their own! Such are the Crosses we must carry.
          But again, we didn’t really make the decision alone, these are Jesus’s children and we were offered the opportunity to care for them for a while. I really mean that in a literal sense.
          I don’t know about you, but from my short life on this planet, I’ve come to understand that the things I determine or plan myself, usually have adverse results. It’s only when we open our lives up enough to hear Gods will and follow his direction that ends in success.
          Don’t look for these things to happen, they will happen in Gods time, when you least expect it. God always knows your family’s and the children’s needs. When the time comes, if it comes, you will know it. There should be no questioning it when it comes, and you’ll have to stand firmly on moral ground to conquer all the adversity.
          I believe also you’ll need a legion of angles to help you out with this adventure, so don’t jump the gun. I suppose they are all pretty busy these days, they may be out on assignment elsewhere. So wait until you get a sign from the Almighty, to let you know it’s your time. With God at your side it will be a wonderful experience, without him, well I can’t imagine. For that matter, one of the main reasons that I decided to accept this challenge, is because the sign and request from God was so definite, I don’t know how I could ever have met him face to face someday if I didn’t accept. It was truly a rare experience for me. Unfortunately, my poor wife never received such a confirmation. She had to rely solely on my judgment. Now she, may be a saint?
          “Go with God” and Merry Christmas.

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          • Connie says:

            Doug, I have enjoyed reading everything you have shared because a lot of it struck a chord with me. I just began to respond back to you point by point but my laptop is old and has a mind of its own, and because I am NOT computer savvy at all I struggle to navigate around, so……I am just going to share these 2 websites with you as now I am completely disgusted and frustrated and my hubby is waitng for me to finish up! Sorry! If you would like to swap thoughts on anything at all, Charlie can give you my email address. Charlie, I do not at all mean to give you more work- I too wish there was some other way to communicate directly with each other but maybe the Lord wants it this way so that all can benefit with what we share together. Here are the websites: http://www.SpiritualDirection.com which I got by watching a segment of EWTN’s Johnnett Benkovitch and her guest Dan Burke author of several books(can’t think of the name of the show right now!ughhh!!) The second website is awesome for learning Ignation Spirituality and his concept of desolation and consolation in our lives has REALLY kept me from getting discouraged: http://www.IgnationSpirituality.com . Just knowing that there are spiritual mountains and valleys that we have to traverse and also keeping in mind St .Theresa of Avila’s advise that “this too shall pass” helps me to remember that whatever is happening physically or spiritually will pass- the good and the not so good! Therefore I do not get bogged down so easily in the valleys and I do not get so surprised when I am no longer experiencing the mountaintop highs! Okay gottago.

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      • Bonnie C says:

        Hi Doug, I went to Confession several times after returning to Church. I did not “feel” forgiven, either. It was a terrible feeling because I returned to be closer to Jesus in love and obedience – but I would neither feel consoled or at peace. My confessor instructed me to forgive myself (I never thought of THAT)… That was a breath of fresh air and it helped some, but still, I didn’t feel clean. So, the next time, I told the (a different) priest again how I didn’t “feel” forgiven over my fallen away years. He asked me some questions about my family, I got the feeling that he wanted to know if I had been “fruitful”. He seemed satisfied with my answers. After absolution, he stood up and put his hands on my head. He took a deep breath and he prayed silently over me. I know it was the laying on of his hands that brought true healing to my heart. I can’t say I felt anything as he was praying, but I definitely felt “lighter” in my heart – it was like I could really breathe full breaths, and even in my step. Maybe ask your priest to pray over you.

        God bless you! God bless us all!

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  34. Bob says:

    Those who buy guns consider well their use, I think if in need I would first draw the gun but not use if the attacked saw it and retreated. If he continued the attack I would be duty bound to point and shoot if the attack did not stop. .And I would need to shoot until the attacker was no longer a risk. My hope is that if I have to show the weapon it would stop most attacks but I should only draw if I believe life is in danger and if I draw I must be ready and willing to shoot or the attacker would take my weapon and use it against myself and others.

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    • NancyA says:

      Bob, that is my hope, as well. It’s something I am trying to impart to my son. Having the gun MIGHT be all that is necessary. Showing it, and chasing away a would be evil would be preferable to using deadly force if not necessary.

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      • kathy kalina says:

        Knowing from past experience that I can’t even kill a chicken, my prayer these days is, “Lord, if I’m called to shoot someone, is it OK if I just wing ’em?” (Sorry – got to laugh to keep from crying.)

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        • Mick says:

          A couple of years ago, my husband bought me a 9-millimeter. I’m not a big gun fan; and I can’t kill chickens or deer or bunnies or caterpillars (you get he idea). Anyhow, when I took my new (and empty) gun and sighted in on one of our sheep out in the pasture, I found myself praying, “Dear Lord. please help me never have to shoot this thing at a bad guy; but if I do, then please help me not to miss.” Man, do I pray that I never need that 9-mil.

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  35. Hopenjoy says:

    The Lord has been speaking to me about the coming darkness and hard times since January 2011. In the past few months, the subject of ammo has started to come up, much to my discomfort. We are rural folks who hunt and fish, but the idea of having to use weapons against evil people makes me sad. In September I clearly heard Him say “I know you feel uncomfortable about the ammo, that is why I have laid it on (my husband’s) heart to bring it up in conversation. Unfortunately this is an area of preparedness you will need to address in short manner.” A few weeks later He said “No, you are not to carry a pistol…Yes, continue to work on the ammo, it is for (my husband), it is not for you to use.” So each month, I have been trying to regularly purchase several boxes of the various calibers we need for our guns. My husband doesn’t say much but I assume most men would love having their wife secretly filling up a cabinet with ammo! I was feeling bad about our low savings account, due to many reasons including prepping and an old farmhouse with on-going projects, and just this week He said “Better to have ammo in the basement than money in the bank when it all crashes.” So Charlie and E. Allison, it is reassuring but still challenging to hear you write of preparedness including defending loved ones and neighbors. And E. Allison, I too started out as a frantic Catholic prepper and have now become a calm person even more in love with the Lord, His Church and His Mother, with all sorts of amazing spiritual gifts developing that help others to realize how much God loves them! Yes, as the darkness comes it will be horrible, but God’s kids will shine oh so brightly for Him in this world.

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  36. Mack says:

    Charlie in a recent comment you talked about not having normal Christmases until after the Storm. Besides everything else that happened, the whole Sony hacking is more evidence that Christmas is not normal this year. It has never happened before that a major motion picture company pulled a film worth many millions of dollars because of hackers. Truly it is breathtaking. And the fact that the attack came from North Korea adds another dimension to what you said about the Storm breaking through North Korea. Whew! They could hack the financial system too, no doubt, if they wanted to. I’m reading the news in a different way. Cuba must fit into this too somehow but I don’t know in what way. As we get closer to chaos I find myself redoubling my prayer. I pray and hope I can follow your 3-step formula.

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    • The stabbing of several babies in Australia was enough to ruin my Christmas. It reminded me of the Innocents killed by Herod. My heart goes to our poor Australian brothers. They had a terrible week so close to Christmas day…

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      • anne ovari says:

        Thank you Carlos. Yes it has been very upsetting, especially the deaths of those darling children as I am a mother of 10 and just can’t fathom such a thing. It truly seems diabolical. We just have to pray for their souls and all those who have been affected by both tragedies. God Bless and may the Infant Jesus fill all our hearts with His Love , Peace and Joy this Christmas.

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  37. Bob says:

    With Sony I told my wife that “this Blogger Charlie began to believe about 10 years ago that a storm was coming and that North Korea is involved”. As she is skeptical of a major storm coming I am planting seeds to help her and am going to speak at our charismatic gathering this weekend, where we are discussing the direction for the coming year, about planning, at least spiritually for storms. I also discussed the chaos in Ferguson as another warning. As some have trouble understanding a big storm coming, and part of my job is to help those close to me to begin preparing I was thinking that perhaps your angels would allow you to know and to share some signs of the storms development so that we can help ourselves and others prepare, as much as possible or at least know it is coming. Of course Noah was asked to build an ark on dry ground and most thought he was a fool. But still some signs may help use to prepare others more easily and help them to see that this is not some scarey nonsense!!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Bob, I appreciate the request. I long ago argued that if God would just show everybody what He was showing me, all would be well. But He didn’t – and I have come to believe I was wrong. Most would have just continued in their rebellion.

      So I tell what I can when I can. Those who can hear WILL hear – but even they will hear in God’s time, not mine or yours. Keep faith. You never know what will turn the tide. Many times I have been quite surprised when it was not any of the big things that moved someone around me into conversion, but some seemingly minor thing that I tossed off casually. That is one of the reasons I am so adamant about the next right step. You never know which one will be the one that changes someone’s life. So if you do your best to make each one okay, if not perfect, it all bears fruit.

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      • Bob says:

        I trust you are right my friend. If it were best for each of us to know what God has shown someone else we would all know the revelations some of the saints have been given but we weren’t. So we need to trust God’s wisdom in what he shows us as well as what he shows someone else.Thanks.

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  38. Julia says:

    Doug, have you not been told the feelings you are experiencing are a temptation from the evil one.
    You are being tempted to doubt God’s promise to forgive your sins when you are absolved by the Priest.
    Your very doubt is a temptation and nothing more. Doubt no longer my friend, but believe.

    There is a great exercise to prove to yourself that God had truly forgiven you. As follows;

    Watch for every possible chance to forgive someone else for the slightest or other transgression against you. Every time you forgive someone else, you smack the devil down where it belongs and prove you are capable of forgiving. Then you have no choice but to acknowledge if you a mere human can forgive others why would you presume to be more generous than God. You see, He will never be outdone in generosity. And you can enjoy the peace He longs to give us all who repent.
    God be with you.

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  39. Regarding prophecy, something that happened Friday (12/19) afternoon. I had to go downtown to run a few errands. On the way back home I had to walk through a neighborhood where I took refuge briefly many-many years ago when I was only 16 years old. As I walked back home. That is Our Lady of Victories parish and something led me to enter the temple. I was hardly there a minute, all by myself trying to concentrate when the Lord talked to me. It must have lasted one second. It happened like this: recently I had a wee bit revelation concerning these “times of trouble” (I’ll keep it to myself because it is not material to this) and as I sat there in church I thought “Lord, are you going to allow the destruction of so many beautiful things?” That was my thought. It was answered immediately “Nothing goes to waste with me, you worry too much about things that are out of your control. Abandon yourself to my will and you shall see what I am able to do in your life.” At that moment I received that grace. I abandoned all to Him, it was almost like my intellectual need to understand, prepare, get ready, etc. simply melted and I UNDERSTOOD that the easiest thing was to let the Lord do it. He even showed me that I had done that sometimes in the past and it worked wonderfully. All of that came as a flash. Before I even grasped it … it was gone!
    I also noticed that the impulse to enter that church in particular “Our Lady of Victory” may have a meaning. You know, when I was first thrown out of my home at age 16, I “resided” around that area, that is in the streets. I did not know that one of my teachers, Mr Le Cuona had a small apartment around there, less than a block from the church. He lived far from the city and that place he used only when he had to stay in town. I run into him about three blocks from there on Av. Santa Fe (that is “Holy Faith” and BTW his last name means “Good Cradle” in Basque) He found me in pitiful condition after spending two months wandering the streets. So he got me some food, allowed me to take a shower at his place, got me new clothes (after 2 months of constant wearing mine looked and smelled awful) and shoes… etc. and then proceeded to go to see my parents who were really embarrassed by their own crazy actions. Anyway, I was meditating and all those things came to me: cradle, victory, good faith, and abandonment to the will of God. This is so strange, I just noticed the street’s name is “Libertad” (freedom!) May be my freedom is not far from happening and all the troubles that have been pining me down will be dissolved if I only place those problems at the feet of Mary and Jesus. That may be the message. I was also moved to share the experience with you. Someone out there is having a similar need.

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  40. The End of Prophecy, I’d rather say the beginning of the Fulfilment.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Ah, you assume my title here means the finish of prophecy. I made it purposefully ambiguous, but as you read you will see I used the word “end” much more in the context of the purpose of prophecy.

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      • The end as in the means or purpose, thus the fulfilment is the result of such. The rescue as you call it is an historical & spiritual reset by God Himself as was the Flood that came to our civilisation long ago. Though the Defiled one still resides within the borders, his appearance & betrayal will also be reset to another place in time. The Kingdom of Heaven which sits upon the Earth in the form of the Church & the soon to be established Realms in union with the Church must be given a chance to not only grow but flourish in fullness. As the mountains are made low, the valleys are filled, the continents collide during these strange times, & very foundation of the rotation of Earth is forever altered know this -Faith & perseverance in holiness will triumph as God takes of the ashes & creates all things new in Him.

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  41. Mack says:

    This week the Vatican issued the report about the apostolic visitation of sistrs’ communities in the US. (A second report on the LCWR in particular will follow.) When all that was first announced, I must confess that my first thought was “why bother with that now? That horse left the stable many years ago and there’s no going back. Maybe 30 years ago a visitation might have helped to changed any misguided ways, but now?” After thinking about this more in light of the coming Storm and all that has been said here, this too seems to fit under the aspect of the winnowing. Christ is revealing to us the state of the Church and we can see before our eyes that certain types of “renewal” have sadly led to the decline and demise of many congregations. Some will recover, probably, but others will be gone. That too could be part of the illumination. This is not to criticize the many good sisters who have faithfully lived their vocation. But there have been extreme examples (like the “Nuns for Choice”) etc. that are very scandalous. So it is like every aspect of the Church, including religious life, needs to be truly renewed and purified.

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  42. LJD says:

    It seems that we are constantly tempted to try and analyze these large problems: North Korea, slaughters in the Middle East, civil unrest and murders here, etc. our sources of information, in which we depend on to form our opinions are more and more biased. This goes for conservative and liberal sources. I read Drudge and Huffington post because I know there will be 2 sets of stories and 2 different slants on the common stories between them. I have come to really realize these last few weeks that these problems are just too big for me to take on. Internalizing only causes me anxiety and a sense of hopelessness. These issues are for God to address in His own time. I am called to do what I can in my own little universe:work, family, parish etc. There is no lack of things or people to pray for in all the rest. I truly hope it is soon! The world is burning all around and too many people in power are playing their fiddles! Merry Christmas to Charlie and all of you here!

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  43. jeanO says:

    I wanted to reply to something, but there was no option to reply after the comment. Why is that?

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    • charliej373 says:

      I don’t know, jean. As long as you are logged in, there is always a “Reply” option. If you are not logged in, you can read things but not comment. That is all I know on the matter.

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      • audiemarie2014 says:

        Hi Charlie! Hope you had a great weekend with your handsome son and granddaughter!

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      • jeanO says:

        charliej373 says:
        December 22, 2014 at 4:08 pm
        I appreciate the clarification, jean. I am assuming you are not one who would read St. Joan or St. George out of the Church because they were warriors. That is all. We all serve as God calls us to.

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        See, Charlie there is a “like” option but no “reply” button.

        I wanted to say a little something more, and I am logged in. Maybe I activated the “annoying flea” option in the WordPress Program?

        I hope you had some good family time with your son and granddaughter.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Shoot, I don’t know what the answer is, jean. Maybe someone else here knows WordPress well enough that they can give advice. Is it just the one comment you want to reply to that doesn’t have a reply function or is it all of the comments for you?

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          • SteveBC says:

            Charlie and JeanO, I hope this helps:

            It depends on how far indented the comment that JeanO wanted to reply to actually was. WordPress only allows a certain number of indents to the first comment in a thread of comments and subcomments.

            WordPress here at this site allows only five levels of comments, and the fifth level never has a Reply link under it. You must go up to the most recent 4th-level comment and reply to that one in order to have your new comment appear in the fifth level.

            For an example of this, scroll back up to the comment by NarniaLion54 dated Dec 17, 2014 at 6:30 pm and count down the levels. You’ll see five levels, and the fifth-level comments have no Reply link. To reply, you have to go up one level, to the fourth indent level, like Charlie’s fourth-level subcomment as of Dec 21, 2014, at 4:18 am and click on *that* Reply link, in order to reply to any of the fifth-level subcomments below that fourth-level comment.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Thank you, Steve. That does come in handy. See, I value both your wonkishness and your simplicity…you – and we – need both. Just have to discern when each is the most appropriate. This time we needed Steve the wonk to come through – and you did. Thanks!

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          • SteveBC says:

            Charlie, some of your comments help me see or learn something, and others of your comments crack me up.

            This one does both! 😀

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          • jeanO says:

            Thank you SteveBC, and Charlie, for taking my minor issue seriously. It seems there is a built in safeguard in WordPress called “Stop beating the horse, already!”? So now my comment is simply…”Nevermind.” You are a most gracious host, Charlie. Here I have found a good place to rest in the face of grim possibilities. I hope we do not lose one another.

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  44. I’m not sure if any of you watched The Sound of Music last night, but we watched it as a family. My kids hadn’t seen it before. They are 8, 7, 4, and 2. Today we talked about it at lunch and I asked the older ones if they had ever thought about war coming here. They said they didn’t think it was possible. I told them that it had been a long time since we had had a war here but that it was a possibility. I reassured them that their Dad and I would take care of them and keep them safe. My 8 year old asked where we would go if there was a war here, like the Von Trapp family went to Switzerland. I told her that our plan if it ever became unsafe to stay here in the city would be to go to my sister’s house in the country. And if we needed to leave there, that we had other options, too. The conversation only lasted about 2 minutes, but I’d been thinking if I should talk to the kids and prepare them even if just a little. I feel like the timing with the movie was no accident. I don’t want to create unnecessary worry but want to at least plant the seed that war is a possibility in our cozy protected lives. I also said if we were ever in danger that they would have to be perfectly obedient like the Von Trapp kids were when they were hiding from the police at the abbey. The little one in the movie was scared and asked if she should sing a cheerful song to help. Maria said it was so important that she stay perfectly silent and I reminded my kids how they had to stay perfectly still and quiet. What do you think? Do any of you have little ones? Have you talked to them at all? Where do you start and stop?

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    • malachi99 says:

      I think it all depends on the ages of the children and their own devlopment. Personally for kids around 8 or so I wouldn’t mention such things. They don’t need to know simple as that. Just be careful that you do not unduly duisturb them. I grew up in Belfast in the 1980’s and seeing army helicopters, tanks. and foot soldiers (even in your own garden) was just a normal part of life. Because we grew up with shootings, bombings, and indiscriminate violence there was no real need for parents to gently break it to their children that they could be shot, injured, or have their homes destroyed. It simply was a part of life. It was reality, and the only one that we knew. If what Charlie has been speaking about comes to pass and you are faced with slaughter and wholescale global strife you will be surprised how quickly it becomes your new normal. Believe me you wont remember much of your former peaceful existence and creature comforts. You will also quite naturally do what you need to do to protect your family and loved ones.

      I live in the republic of Ireland at the moment and a lot of the people down here are extremely ignorant of the so-called troubles in the north of the there own island. Relatively speaking the counry as a whole has not known peace since many centuries. Our people have been persecuted, murdered, land confiscated etc etc all for the crime of being faithful sons and daughter of the Catholic Church. Despite the recent surge in anti-catholic sentiment, especially amongst the younger generation (like many places the sexual abuse crisis and its mishandling has had a devastating impact here), Ireland, the North in particualr remains steadfastly Catholic.

      I do believe that God has rewarded our ancestors for their faith by not allowing the scourge of abortion, the spilling of the blood of innocents, to touch our land until quite recently (and even now it is far from open season on the unborn dur to legal complications that the death dealers are trying there best to circumvent). Unfortunately, I do think that God is going to give america over to its sins, especially for the killing of innocentas (a crime that we see from scriptures is professionally abominable to the Almighty who punished Israel quite severly for giving its self over to the sacrificing of innocents). We will all suffer for this as a community of nations who have made such death dealing such a systemic and intricate part of our global economies and culture. A truly horrifying thought.

      I attach here a link to a fantastic lecture given by Father Malchi Martin to Human Life International back in 1991. It lasts about 60 minutes and is broken up into 5 parts or so/

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      • charliej373 says:

        In Lincoln’s 2nd Inaugural (which I consider the most profound speech in the English language), I have thought of the phrase, “…if every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid with another drawn by the sword…the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.” If that applies to abortion now as it did to slavery then, we have a terrible accounting coming.

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    • Patricia says:

      Hi Mommy.
      I did watch the Sound of Music Sunday night. I also did relate it to today. One of the things I noticed was that, like today, there were people who would be aware that they were living in evil times and there were also people who would go along to get along.
      Since my children are in their twenties, I do not have the same set of issues as you. It sounds as if you have a good idea of when to start and stop with them.
      A few Christmases ago, I gave each of my kids a copy of Gone With The Wind. I asked them to read it -they had seen the movie here and there over the years on tv. I told them that it was a good depiction of life and survival when the civilization that they lived in collapsed. Scarlett, if you remember, had to shoot and kill a Union deserter when faced with robbery which would have left them without less than they already had to keep starvation at the door and possibly death.
      On a lighter note in the Sound of Music: at one point, out on the terrace, as the music manager (forget his name) is eating and the Captain is looking for his kids, the maid comes out with more strudel. The manager has another piece and the Captain looks at him and asks if he is still eating. The manager acknowledges that he is and the Captain, as he is walking by, and sort of as an aside says ( if I remember it correctly) “I guess you do not like yourself”. It is a line you could easily miss and I do not remember hearing it before even though I have seen the movie 10 or so times over the years. Anyone else catch this?? It is simple but speaks volumes.
      Merry Christmas to all.

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  45. A little something to smile about in this “prophetic times” …

    It is 1964 and Che Guevara asks Fidel Castro …

    Guevara: “When are you going to resume diplomatic relations with the US?”

    Castro: “When pigs fly!”

    Guevara: “Oh, come on! Be serious!”

    Castro: “OK. When the US elects a black President and the Church elects an Argentine Pope!”

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