Musings – Despair, Prophecy and the Ruler of This World

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I had a fabulous time visiting with my son and granddaughter the last few days. Thanks to some friends who gave us the keys to their wonderful mountain cabin. Our little girl was tickled by the fox that came visiting the cabin and hung around. She is at that toddler stage where she walks a little like E.T., so on hikes she rode in a pack on her Dad’s back. We got supplies; crib, car seat, stroller, extra warm clothes, blankets, from some friends who have seven kids. While visiting them, she just jumped right in

My son and granddaughter hiking in the mountains with me.
My son and granddaughter hiking in the mountains with me.

with the seven kids, having a ball.

Though it did not hurt our visit, a deep tragedy struck while she was here. On Friday, her other grandfather died suddenly and unexpectedly. He was a good man and an anchor of stability for that side of the family. I hate to think of her wondering in her little way why that good man is not there anymore when she gets back.

I have been hearing from more than a few people on the edge of despair these last few weeks. The routine beheadings and crucifixions of children, the terrible turmoil gathering steam in my home country of America, and grave sorrows within individual families are taking their toll as it becomes more visible and obvious. I tell you again now that sorrows must come. The Storm comes for all. It is good that many people are working on refuges to be a profound sign of hope as things grow starker. But some have convinced themselves these will be oases that will protect the righteous from the fury of the Storm while everyone else gets blasted. We all get blasted. The difference is that those of real faith will help each other, entirely abandoning the cult of self-aggrandizement. We will become the signs of hope to each other or there will be no hope. When we humbly accept that, taking refuge first in the mantle of Our Lady in the light of her Holy Son, then we will have angels standing watch over us. But those angels will not act as our entertainment directors while we sit out the Storm. We must be the signs of hope to those around us or we risk having the Lord tell us He never knew us.

That means not giving way to despair as the skies darken and the Storm rises. Despair is a deception of the devil – and he is hoping to make it a most productive one, especially as many overconfident Christians discover they are not exempt from its fury. Sorrows must come. They will and they already are. But you cannot be a sign of hope if you have given yourself over to despair. It might be wise to watch the Italian film, “Life is Beautiful,” from 1998. It is about a man and his son who are sent to a Nazi death camp. The father makes the last few months of their lives a joy for his son despite the darkness closing in on them each day. Rescue will come for all of us eventually, but for some it will come in the form of death. It pleases the Lord to pluck those who have borne as much of the Storm as they can to heaven while they are in what would otherwise be their last state of grace. Grieve when it comes. Remember, when His friend died, Jesus – who was Master of life and death – wept. But then wash your face and be a sign of hope to those around you who remain here. Endure with fortitude, spreading joy, and all around you can be saved.

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I have no doubt that these are the times of Joel when many are being visited and given prompts by the Holy Spirit. Prophecy is poured out like wine now upon those who trust in the Master. Even so, I am a little concerned about how many people are writing in comments matter-of-factly about what the Lord has told them.

It is a fearsome thing to be in the hands of the Lord. To attribute directly to Him what is merely what you already believe or even your deep and hopeful insight, is a risky business, indeed. Through the ages, that technique has been used by many to lend authority to their own particular prejudices. It does not go unnoticed by the Almighty. You should not despise prophecy. Yet you must approach it knowing that the satan knows what you already believe and eagerly tries to confirm that dramatically to lure you into attributing to God what merely came from you – or worse, from him.

So what to do? Fortunately, God is not at all interested in copyrights. In fact, He wants you to take responsibility. If He gives you an authentic prompting, He is not at all offended if you state it in your own name, taking full responsibility for it. Truth will stand the test of examination and wisdom is its own justification. In fact, God values your humility in not trying to imbue authentic wisdom with His authority. In my own case, over 90% of what I am directed I take full responsibility for myself. That way, if I tell you something and you reject me, you do not directly reject God and if I am deceived on a matter, I do not blame God for the deception. God is pleased by both the obedience and the humility.

There are times when God directs me to speak directly, either delivering a private or public message in His name. Nothing so discomfits me. Frequently, it is something I emphatically don’t want to say at all. In fact, I once complained to my angel that almost everyone I hear saying what God told them are only saying what they already wanted to in the first place. How come I get told to say so much stuff that makes my stomach rumble and they get it so easy? My angel’s response was instructive. “He didn’t send them. He does send you.” It often takes me a week or more to work up to saying, for attribution, what I am ordered to say in His name. First, I go to great pains to discern the validity of it, then I have to overcome my dread. It used to take me several days once I accepted it as authentic to say it: now I try to deliver such messages as quickly as I have accepted their authenticity, for they sit in my stomach like a rock until I am unburdened of them. Fortunately, they are fairly rare. I much prefer when God just gives me prompts on which information is currently useful for people to know and that I may profitably tell them – and leaves it to me to do my job right. I much prefer for Him to correct me when I have failed than to risk saying, in His name, what He does not command.

Often times, God speaks in more than a little whisper to console you or lift you up. If you can console another with it, well and good. But beware: if you start to deliver messages publicly, you will be held to a strict accounting for them. And if you speak what God did not direct you or give you leave to publicly say, even if it is good and true, you will be called to account. It is a fearsome thing.

I tell you this so you will know that I am being very cautious about clearing comments that matter-of-factly declare content to have come directly from God. It is good that God should share so many intimacies with so many in these dark times. But He expects that we will not be as promiscuous as a teenage boy in sharing those intimacies.

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I am glad that so many are starting to think seriously about how to actively defend those around them, people given into their care. At the same time, this will not become a website devoted to technical details of defense. It is important, but outside my area of competence. When I have a guest article put together on weapons safety and use, it will not be a detailed course. Rather, it will help you find the resources you need to become competent yourself, while warning you away from those things that are dominated by overheated paranoia.

Remember, you are not called to do everything. The key is to find what you are called to as this Storm gathers and live it well. Then support others who are living their authentic calling. We are the people of God, living in community with each other. As St. Paul so profoundly put it, the body has many parts, each with its own purpose. So, too, do we who form the Body of Christ. If you are a hand, do not squander energy trying to be a foot. Live your calling well – and all will be well.

Never forget that our primary weapon is our God…use the Rosary. If you have not taken recourse to it yet, abandon yourself to God through the Prayer of Miraculous Trust. It was given specifically for these times.

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A catechist for young students asked me if I knew of a good resource on why satan is the ruler of this world that would be age-appropriate. I told him I did not, but would write a brief piece that might be helpful. This is it.

First, the Bible says so bluntly on several occasions. In John 12:31, Jesus says about the satan, “…now shall the ruler of this world be cast out.”

In John 17:14-16, Jesus elaborates on why the world hates Him and those who follow Him. It is because He is “…not of this world.”

In II Corinthians 4:4, speaking of satan, St Paul says, “…the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ…”

Perhaps even more powerful than the overt references is the scene from Matthew 4:1-11, in which the satan tempts Christ.

In the first temptation, the satan says that if Jesus is the Son of God, He should prove it by turning stones in front of Him into bread to relieve His hunger. Jesus refuses, noting that God is the source of life, and that man shall not live by bread alone. Note that satan does not offer to turn the stones into bread, himself, but demands that Christ do it to prove Himself.

In the second temptation, the satan tells Christ to prove Himself by jumping off a cliff, for the angels have charge over Him and will allow no harm to come to Him that would hinder His mission. Again, the satan does not offer to protect the Christ, but asks Him to reveal His power and anointing. It is a subtle demand to prove His faith, as well. How often do we take a stupid dare to prove ourselves? But Christ is not given to such silly displays. His power is for His work, and He will not be tempted by the idle curiosity of a being that just wants to aggravate Him.

The third temptation confirms the whole question. The satan takes Jesus up to a high mountain and shows Him all the kingdoms of this world, telling Him that if Jesus will only bow down in worship, he will give Him dominion over all these earthly kingdoms. You cannot give what you do not own, thus satan confirms that the things of this world are his. At that point, Jesus tossed the satan away – for even the ruler of this world is subject to the commands of God.

To help understand the division, it is useful to remember that everything in this world is always passing away; it is all temporary. In God’s kingdom, nothing passes away. All is eternal. Satan rules over what is dying, what is in the process of vanishing. God rules over what will last. Satan’s role is kind of like being king of the bus stop for one day. It all comes to an end when the bus arrives to take you to your destination.

It is not that the world is an illusion. Rather, the world itself, like everything in it, is dying. Jesus takes our immortal souls to Him. If we gain heaven, after all is passed away here, the Lord will re-unite our glorified bodies to our immortal souls and we will live eternally. The satan and all who followed him in this world will pass away to hell, alone, isolated, aware of God but forever separated from Him who gives life. And when this world passes away, the satan will have no kingdom at all. He will be as alone and isolated as all he deceived into following him while he had a kingdom.

People often think the things of this world are real, and so pass on love, on caring for each other to amass wealth, power and celebrity. But the most wealthy, powerful and famous of even as recently as 100 years ago are all dead – and almost all forgotten. They await judgment for permanent things. Satan knew that Jesus could make stones into bread…and water into wine. Satan dazzles people by a sort of magic, but all he can do is make bread into stones and wine into vinegar. He deceives people into embracing things that are passing away in an effort to get them to let go of the things that will last. He is ruler of this world, which is passing away. We must live in this world, but the sacrifice of Christ opened the gates to allow us to join Him in the Kingdom that will last.

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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225 Responses to Musings – Despair, Prophecy and the Ruler of This World

  1. DanSouthChicago says:

    I happened upon your website through Spirit Daily & I am glad to have been directed here. I had been involved in Charismatic Renewal in the 80s & 90s, & have heard many prophecies – whether from leaders like Ralph Martin or from the woman sitting next to me at the prayer meeting – stating that times will be getting rougher soon & that we need to hold fast to our Lord. Well, it seems that the “soon” is now “very soon,” per your writings.

    Thank you for making yourself available to The Lord for His glory & our benefit. As I said, I am new to this site. Therefore, I have a lot of reading & praying & discerning to do. Your manner of expression shows humility & lends a great deal of credibility. Thank you. However, the urgency of the message rocks my boat somewhat & I am frightened, for my loved ones, myself & the world at large. I especially don’t like to hear warnings about self-defense. However, if that is part of our Lord’s plan, I had better get with the program.

    Before I ramble too much more, let me just thank you again for your willingness to place yourself in God’s hands to help us. I need to be more trusting & keep my ears, mind & heart open.

    God bless,
    Dan

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    • charliej373 says:

      I am always glad to have someone from my old hometown join us, Dan. I spent the summer of ’77 on a wooden seat at Ashland and Waveland – my one summer as a bleacher bum. My regular seat was near Ronnie Woo-Woo, who was not locally famous then. We loved the way he heckled opponents relentlessly (he seemed to particularly love going after Greg Luzinski when he was with the Phillies), but he drove us nuts because he really did spend the whole game shouting his chant. We all called him “leather lungs” then. Imagine my surprise six or seven years later when I heard the familiar chant in my living room. I ran in and there was old “leather lungs” carrying on on the television. Now everyone knows who he is – but as fine a fixture of Cubs lore as he has become, trust me, it gets old when you sit and listen to him for a full season, nine innings at a time.

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      • Tom says:

        Psst, Charlie, I think Dan’s a Sox fan. Last place I lived in Chicago in the last ’80s prior to moving down south was 1010 Waveland (left center field) before the days of the bleachers on the roof tops. Ronnie used to wake me up Saturday mornings “Cubs, woo!, Cubs, woo!”, seemed he especially liked to do it when I stayed out late Friday nights in Lincoln Park and my head, uh, hurt. A classic guy for sure, but yes, he can get old.

        At least he’s persistent and you know what to expect, there’s a lot to be said for that these days and I feel will be good qualities to have when the fullness of the storm is upon us. You have helped me get over any sense of despair and am much better prepared to resolutely fix the jaw and be a steady force for my family, friends, and neighbors.

        Question for you and for the family here: My wife and I have both been hit for weeks for something we never noticed before. We are not clock watchers (way too busy with 4 kids and the daily duties) but we both are getting nudges from time to time to look at the clock or the phone and it’s always 1:11 or 11:11 when this happens. Anyone else getting this?

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        • charliej373 says:

          Well, I rooted for the Sox in the playoffs. I love the Cubs. but I never quite understood why if you love one you’re supposed to hate the other. Shoot, in the six years I lived in Belleville, about 12 miles from Busch Stadium, the first Cardinals game I went to was against the Cubs. After jumping up spontaneously and cheering whenever the Cubs got a hit several times, I turned to a fellow next to me and said I meant no harm, but I lived most of my life in Chicago. He said, “That’s okay. We don’t mind – as long as you’re not a Mets fan.” I laughed and said that’s exactly how we Cubs fans feel.

          I don’t know any significance to the 11 meme, Tom, though I walked through much of Alabama and Mississippi on Rte. 11.

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        • Michael says:

          I have not personally had this experience, but recently read about several others experiencing the same “time phenomena” on the Mother of God website.

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        • DanSouthChicago says:

          Although I was born and raised on the south side, I am a life-long Cubs fan. I live on Waveland, but much farther west than your old haunts. It’s nice to know our retiring Cardinal George is a life-long Cubs fan, as well.

          As I said before, this is my first visit to this site and not only are the entries much to think and pray over, but the comments are wonderful, as well. Thank you, everyone, and God bless all.

          A few years ago, I went to confession to a priest that I knew was a Cubs fan. After penance was assigned and absolution given, I asked him if being a Cubs fan is considered redemptive suffering. He laughed and said ‘go in peace.’

          Christmas blessings to all!

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        • Irish7 says:

          Yes!!!! This has haunted me for two years now. The number 11 and 111. I have thoughts on it, but so interesting to hear it is happening to others. I know it was mentioned on both Pelianito and Mark Mallet’s sites as well.

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        • Mick says:

          Tom, the 1:11/11:11 thing has been happening to me for a while (about 5 years). It’s rather disconcerting, no?

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          • charliej373 says:

            Oddly, when I was walking through Mississippi along Rte. 11, I met a politician whose campaign signs boldly pronounced “11:11”. When I asked him what it meant, he noted that the railroad tracks along Rte. 11 made it 11:11 – and everyone in his county considered that their economic corridor. It didn’t mean anything to me, except it was striking and was occasionally on my mind the rest of my course on Rte. 11. Also, my best friend from high school had the sport jersey number of 11. And very weirdly, before we reconnected, he had been on a visit to the mountains with his family when a man came looking for “Number 11.” After the man asked several times, my friend said it might be him. The man told him he would have work there someday – then left. My friend asked me where exactly the Shrine was I spoke of. When I told him he was a little shaken – for it was within 20 miles of where this incident took place. But he wasn’t too surprised. Again, he was my best friend in high school – and while I did not speak of the fullness of these things then, he well knew that I did not just march to the beat of a different drummer: my different drummer marched to the beat of a different drummer. Interestingly, I had set aside a role in the economic redevelopment after the chaos, for he has real gifts, there.

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        • luvmercy5775 says:

          Now that you mention it, yes, I have had this same experience of late. When it first began a few years ago I related it to Nov of 2011 as being a turning point. Why it’s occurring again I have no idea, but I was startled when looking at an auction ad a day or so ago to see the start date listed as : 1/1 11am (Thursday) January 1, 2015. Whether that means anything remains to be seen.

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        • narnialion54 says:

          Tom. The 11:11 and 1:11 etc. has been happening to me for about 6 years. Mark Mallett mentioned it briefly some years ago, that readers were writing him to say it was happening and what did it mean? I don’t remember what he said, but it was reassuring to know that it was happening to others.

          It can feel creepy, especially when it’s not happening to anyone else around you!, I say a short prayer, like “Jesus, I trust in you!” when I see it. I read somewhere that those numbers mean things are off balance, out of kilter. My personal belief is that God allows it as a sign just as He allows many other things as signs to nudge us to pray, spend time with Him, Make Things Right in our lives. I also feel it is a sign of warning, like “Prepare! Be Ready! Watch. Things Are About To Happen!” It also brings to mind something Charlie said in an essay a while ago: Choose or Perish!

          Also, God alerting me to the fact that He is about to re-establish His order in my life and in the universe.

          Now that I’m thinking about it, I am going to see it as a sign to practice: “Acknowledge God. Do the Next Right Thing and Be a Sign of Hope.” Thank you, Charlie! And of course always, “Jesus, I Trust in You.”

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  2. Thanks Charlie! This is all very helpful. I too have found some messages to be like a rock in my stomach, but I once felt the Lord chastise me for only wanting to pass on the “easy” messages. My spiritual director wrote a foreword to my book on private revelation that is very succinct and helpful. You can read it here: http://pelianito.stblogs.com/on-private-revelation/

    After receiving my gift in order to get some clarity on it, I joined an online charismatic forum. Their spiritual maturity was a true gift to me. One person told me I should never say, “The Lord told me such and such…” but rather to say, “I FELT the Lord say…” This wise person told me that no one is obliged to believe private revelation, so the person passing on the message should not make it a matter of faith, but leave the door open to take it or leave it. Another person told me that if you can hear one spiritual voice (God or an angel), you can probably hear others, and they may be a deceiving spirit. Discernment is KEY, and outside discernment is better than our own discernment as we are easily self-deceived.

    So glad you had a nice break with your loved ones! And thanks for the reminder about Life is Beautiful. I saw it years ago. Will try to see it again.

    Blessed Christmas to all on this blog! I include you all in my spiritual territory and pray for you daily.

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    • Bob says:

      I like your post here Janet. When I was young in the Charismatic renewal I took several “Prophetic words” too seriously as for example the one about me likely being called to the priesthood. My spiritual director at the time and my own children would likely tell you that one was wrong!! And I was told God was going to heal my sight which I took to be healing of my blind right eye when God was much more concerned about restoring my spiritual sight as I had been spiritually blind as a bat before my return. And I too have later on been taught to take these “words” much more conditionally. But my strongest ones are often an emotional impression with words attached. as when I was totally lost and was prayed over and I felt God’s love and realized He loved me and had a purpose for my life. Or more recently after going to bed praying about the need for a coming storm and if God couldn’t lessen it and I woke up with the words in my mind “The Bill is Due” and felt like God was saying since we have refused his Mercy as a society the bill must be paid in justice. So we should give more careful discernment to private revelations including and especially our own.

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      • charliej373 says:

        A comment refined by its humility, Bob. Thank you.

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      • Yes, and one other thing I learned is that when a message was too “directive” or when it was personal to me about my future or my decisions I was to be especially careful. Most of the false ones were where it pertained to me personally. The purpose of the prophetic word is to edify and build up the whole church, not to give personal insights. I made my share of mistakes too! God is patient, thanks be to Him!

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        • charliej373 says:

          I watched a video of a private talk to a group that Mirijana made in Medjugorje. When somebody asked what Our Lady has to say about Americans, she didn’t skip a beat…she said, “Oh, she says you are the best and the smartest and the strongest…” She got that far before everyone realized she was having them on. I fell in love with her right then.

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        • Bob says:

          Before I leave the prophecy part, last week in St Louis our Charismatic leaders group had a meeting I was in to discern the direction next year for our ministry here and I had shared some ideas on why I believe a chastisement or a storm is likely coming and that we may be called to help people deal with hard times, and some leaders read that and yet the group focus was to refine and improve many of the things we are already doing such as our healing and deliverance ministry, etc. Good ideas from some good people including our bishop and when it was over I suggested the leaders to table my suggestions in case of future need. I wanted to listen to see if others were hearing some of the same things to prepare, etc. and I admit I was surprised no others felt that was a need for us. I guess God will lead in His time.

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        • Irish7 says:

          Peli, are you referring to overly directive messages falsely given to you about your own life or falsely given to others about you? I am taking your counsel to heart, but want to make sure I’m understanding.

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          • Irish, I was speaking about my own messages, but any messages that are directive should be carefully discerned. It is too easy to be self-deceived when receiving messages of a personal nature that are directive. In my own case, my messages come as thoughts, but those I believe are from the Lord are more profound and complete than my own thoughts. However, you can see how when these things come to you in your own head, how easy it is to be deceived, not just by the enemy, but by your own desires. The Church is cautious in these matters for good reason.

            Speaking of discernment, someone I know uses the “rule of threes”. So you would say to the Lord, “If you want me to do this please send me three independent confirmations.” Or “If you want me to do this, let someone mention my mother to me three times in the next week.” It should be something possible and ordinary, but not usual. Not, “If you want me to do this, let me win the next three lotteries.”

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          • charliej373 says:

            I heartily endorse this. I have a set of protocols I use that I have never written down or spoken aloud – even to my priests. The devil can’t read your mind. These must be met before I will begin to consider a vision or visitation potentially authentic. I go to such extreme caution because, though the devil can’t read minds, he is brilliant and I never trust he has not penetrated my safeguards. But Janet is right…God can handcuff the devil when you ask for ordinary signs of confirmation with humility. (I have used the rule of three on certain matters – though I did not know others did).

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          • Irish7 says:

            Thank you both. So very helpful.

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          • Connie says:

            I think I had read somewhere just what you said Charlie about the evil one not being able to read our minds, and this got me thinking that in scripture the prophet Simon foretold that Mary’s heart would be pierced by a sword so that the thoughts of many may be revealed to her. So sometimes I keep somethings just in my heart just so the devil doesn’t know but Mary does. Am I thinking right about this? I ask this because sometimes some of my little thoughts seem childish or superstitious and truthfully have never had anyone to ask and also to feel safe in asking knowing that I won’t be ridiculed or looked at funny. So I am almost in tears thinking how grateful I am to you Charlie and everyone else here for only love, not judgement, shining through. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!

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          • charliej373 says:

            You are very much on the right track, Connie. Keep it up.

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          • Judy says:

            Charlie and Janet speak of the rule of threes which I find very interesting and possibly useful for future matters. I have often asked for confirmation and have gotten it in ways I could never predict, and always feel wonder and amazement. (The confirmation is always very clear) Of course, I have never been given messages and I am glad that I do not have to grapple with this type of discernment. …..Once I clearly expressed my faith that God could deliver me from a very bad, oppressive situation, if it was His will. I was also willing to continue to suffer, if that was His will. I was in church when I made my plea and I knew what time it was due to a quirk of fate. At that very time that I made my prayer, I was being delivered. Actions were being taken and I was delivered from what I can only describe as evil. I found out the next day. To my mind, it was a miracle. I am still so grateful to my Beloved Lord!

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  3. Thanks, Charlie. It is so helpful to be reminded that this world and everything in it is passing while everything in the Kingdom of our God is eternal. It helps me to let go of those things that aren’t useful and can’t satisfy because they’re temporary and only have meaning for the moment. It helps me to let go of my anxieties and worries about the future, because the future, for me, is about being prepared for eternity. As the Storm intensifies and the terrible things happening to our brothers and sisters all over the world become more and more terrible, I am heartbroken and often tearful. I find myself longing for Jesus’ return more deeply than I ever have before, because He alone will save us from ourselves, and we so desperately need saving. I cry for the people I love who don’t know Him, who are in danger they don’t see or understand. I pray for them like I’ve never prayed before. I pray for all those people I don’t know but who are also in danger but don’t know it. I sometimes find it difficult to be that sign of hope, but because of your daily reminders to do so, I remain determined to let the little light of hope that is always in me shine for everyone around me. May I never, never let that light go out, but burn brighter and brighter every day, all for Jesus. All for Jesus and the souls He loves so much. Please, Lord. . . don’t let me fail you in this.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Remember, Nancy, that the Storm is not allowed in order to destroy us, but to reclaim us. It is we who have brought it on. God allows it because we have insisted, but uses it to bring us back to Him. It is much more likely that those you love who reject Him would perish to eternity without the Storm. With it, they will again come to know their absolute necessity to rely on Him.

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    • Nancy when we long for Jesus’ return we are imitating Mary whose longing for the Messiah was perfect and called him down to earth in a very real way. Keep on longing! 🙂

      Also, please know that your fervent prayers ARE a sign of hope. They are an act of trust in God who calls us to pray because he MEANS to answer our prayers–especially for souls. You’re doing great! 🙂

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      • Something happened when I was writing a reply a few moments ago, and it disappeared.
        I wanted to thank you for your comments and say a little prayer that all our longings will draw Jesus to us very soon. Also, I didn’t really recognize that my prayers are a sign of hope, but of course they are! Or I wouldn’t be praying!
        I know that God alone is worthy of my trust, and I do trust Him with all my heart. Every now and then, though, I’m reminded by some little twinge of fear that my trust is imperfect and has not reached its fullness. A simple “Jesus, I trust in You” quickly restores my peace, though, and I am able to continue on in trust. Thanks for the encouragement.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Ha, Nancy, as I have mentioned several times before, many times during my pilgrimage, when told by someone that I needed to get something for protection, I would defiantly say, “I will fear no evil.” And then, quietly as I moved on, I would pray that the Lord make it true. Faith is, as I have also quoted a dear old priest, an act of the will.

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          • So true Charlie. And fear, like all emotions, is something over which we have no control. We can only control how we respond to our emotions. So Nancy, don’t feel bad if you feel fear. It is the act of trust that flows from your will in response to fear that counts.

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  4. Paul says:

    Hi Charlie

    Thank You.

    Can you advise why you write ” the satan” as opposed to just satan? ( I think I’ve read, either from you or elsewhere recently, that it is not appropriate to give him the honor of capitalizing the first letter of his name)

    Merry Christmas Charlie.

    Paul

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    • charliej373 says:

      I’m not sure it is original to me, Paul. I might have once read it somewhere else and glommed onto it – but it might have just taken hold in my own mind. It fits because it denies him any moral agency – he is a thing, not worthy of contemplation. My contempt and loathing for him is utter.

      I once erupted into a furious rant about him while with one of my priests, who was startled at my vehemence. But I have, on occasion, been forced to see through his malignant eyes. He is pure malice…there is not a single spot of anything but raging malice. He is delighting to see children beheaded right now. He is the accuser of men, constantly seeking to mutilate men’s hearts and souls. I have often, privately with my priests, called him simply “the bastard,” for he is the true bastard of the universe. He had a Father, a Father who favored him highly, A father who is all goodness and warmth – and he rejected that Father. I have started to write several pieces on his nature here that I had to drop because I can get too caught up in my loathing for him. I call him “the satan” frequently because it feels right to me and expresses my contempt for the loathesome thing he is without going into a rant.

      Thankfully, God has balanced forcing me to occasionally see through the eyes of the satan by allowing me to see occasionally through His eyes. How I wish people could see with what infinitely tender longing and affection He regards us. Yet that experience only heightened my loathing for the devil. He had that tender affection directed at him, but chose to live vile hatred out of jealousy for man. He disgusts me.

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      • the phoenix says:

        “How I wish people could see with what infinitely tender longing and affection He regards us.” I relate this to the long version of a secular song by The Moody Blues called “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere.” Some of the lyrics remind me of the soul’s searching for God, while other parts of the lyrics remind me of Jesus the Good Shepherd looking for the soul.

        Jane Mamax (also listed as Mamax Jena) has a YouTube video of this song, for which she’s compiled breathtaking landscape and nature scenes. She does misspell some of the lyrics, but otherwise I find it very inspiring. Am not sure if you can post the link due to copyright, but I’ll provide it just in case, understanding that you may not wish to post it.

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    • SteveBC says:

      Paul, like you, I used to say satan or Satan, but Charlie’s phrasing caught my eye, and I have adopted it. To me, the phrase “the satan” brings out the fundamental nature of satan as the adversary.

      It’s that adversarial nature of his interaction with me (or anyone else) that seems to me to be what is most usefully emphasized at the human level. He is always acting against our best interests and is therefore always adversarial. That understanding or awareness seems to me to be more important for us as people to keep in mind than his identity per se.

      It is also his adversarial relationship with God that seems to me to be the most theologically accurate understanding for me to hold in my awareness at that higher level. When it comes to God, he is always about rejection and therefore always the adversary.

      Both understandings help me eschew adversarial relationships or attitudes toward other humans and toward God. I don’t particularly care about his identity, but I definitely do not want to partake of his nature.

      Saying “Satan” focuses me on him and his identity, which I don’t need or want to do. Saying “the satan” helps me focus on his nature (as adversary and rejector), and that in turn helps me remember that I do not want to partake of that nature.

      I do find it strange how the angels and Charlie treat Satan himself, with contempt and rejection.

      Charlie, one can choose to eschew the satan’s nature without being rejecting of Satan himself. To me, although I want nothing to do with Satan himself as he stands now, I don’t actually hold him in contempt and reject him per se. Just as I feel sad and confused when my brother rejects God and becomes an atheist, I feel sadness for Satan as himself. What a horrible existence he has called onto himself!

      If Satan were to come back like the Prodigal Son, I suspect God would welcome him back, but maybe I’m wrong about that. Are you and the angels rejecting and feeling contempt for him per se, or rather rejecting his malice as well as his sins (which are legion)?

      One doesn’t need to act in anger and contempt toward an adversary while acting to stop what that adversary is attempting to do. And saying “the satan” says the “adversary,” not the “enemy.” It seems to me that having an adversary is to have a goad, while to have an enemy is to have a curse.

      I’ve always heard the phrase, “Love the sinner, hate the sin,” and Satan is the ultimate sinner. To see you and the angels apparently reject the sinner without any sign of Love confuses me. Doesn’t God love all, even those who hurt and reject him? Is Love not absolute after all?

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      • charliej373 says:

        Steve, Satan has never been deceived. He knows Who and What God is, yet it is more important to Him to hurt people than to enjoy God’s love. He delights in human suffering. At the Rape of Nanking, Chinese soldiers started playing a macabre game: They threw infants and toddlers into the air for another soldier to catch on their bayonet. They would assign points on the catch, where the knife entered the child, and how long the child suffered before death. That was a delightful party for the satan. At every step, he knew exactly what he was doing – and Who he was rejecting. I hate him.

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        • SteveBC says:

          Charlie, I do get what you say here about the satan, but I think I’m really asking about Love and hate. I’ve been taught that hate (or anger, etc.) hurts the hater at least as much as the hated, maybe more. If the satan is unsalvageable, or if your hatred just rolls off him (which it undoubtedly does), hatred on your part seems pointless, even distorting. It may even be a way for the satan to pry you away from God. Love does not imply approval. God doesn’t approve of our sins but does love us. Does God hate the satan? If he does, then how can He be Love? If he doesn’t, then why do you? No matter your experiences through the satan’s eyes, why waste on him the effort of hating?

          I was thinking about this and thought, well, maybe the satan is not a sinner but is actually an embodiment of sin itself, the essence of sin itself. In that case, hating the essence of sin might be acceptable, even desirable, for us. But that’s just an idea.

          I have been attacked by the satan, as you know. I know your experiences are real. I fear the satan and regularly request protection against his nastiness and even his very attention. But I don’t hate him. What would be the point of that? What would that avail me? It would be like hating the jet stream if it came down and blew away my house. If he cannot be anything but what he is, then the satan is more like a force of nature like the jet stream, utterly unfree, constrained to be what he is without hope of change or salvage. Like the Terminator robot, a thing to be avoided.

          Mack and Janet, I wasn’t aware that angels can never take back a choice, but that doesn’t affect what I’ve said above, which is about us and Love, not the satan. I agree that there is nothing good left in him to love, by definition. However, that does not mean we have to flip the coin and hate him from within us. That seems to me to make us partake of his nature, something I do not want to do.

          Am I missing something good about hatred in this case alone?

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          • charliej373 says:

            Steve, I wish I could help you here, but I really don’t think I can. I cannot be reasoned or cajoled out of my animus to the devil. It is not obsessive. I spend little time thinking about it. But I take cold consolation in every setback he has, for every setback means more people who live, who don’t suffer, who come to God. When he is finally cast forever into outer darkness, I will take cold satisfaction, for that means my brothers will no longer be mutilated by him. I hate him because I know him.

            If the Church forbade me from ever speaking about it, I would obey. But it would not change me internally a whit. I know him.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Actually, Charlie, “cold satisfaction” works for me, so you did help me. I tend to feel the same way. When one beats a nasty adversary, a sense of cold satisfaction seems very normal. I guess we’re on the same page after all.

            Thank you.

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          • Stephen says:

            Merry Christmas Charlie , Steve, and everyone reading this. Steve, don’t give up so fast, I was in agreement with where you were going. I cringe any time a good christian uses hate. As God is love, the satan is hate. Love comes from God ,hate comes from the satan. God rejoices in our loving (especially towards him ) , the satan rejoices in our hatred (especially towards him ).Our love could never come from anyone but the author of love and our hate could never come from anyone but the author of hate.
            This does not mean that justice should and will not prevail. Our actions should be on the side of love with justice as our backbone. For instance if we are put in a position to protect a child from an offal crime. You step in to the situation as a representative of love and though justice use whatever means is necessary to stop the aggressor from further hurting the child. If you allow a strong emotion like hate to guide your actions your brain will go on overload effecting your judgement ,your vision will be cloudy effecting your aim , your muscles will be shaky effecting your strength , your heart will feel like its thumping right out of your chest effecting your hearing. When you replace hate as your fuel with justice all your faculties are stong to best deal with the situation. Some people believe they need the hate to give them courage in these types of situations , hate will prove to be a crutch that only gets in the way and weakens you , but love with justice gives plenty of courage and actually better mentally prepares you to deal with these types of situation. Lack of hate doesn’t lesson the need for justice it only puts it under the proper authority.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Stephen, that is marvelous. It makes me reconsider whether or not I so much hate the devil as have absolute contempt for him. I have no sympathy for him whatsoever, but I never feel irrationally towards him. Perhaps what is so strong a feeling that I call it hate, in this case, is actually a particularly intense righteous contempt. I will have to ponder that a bit.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Stephen, thank you so much for the support and explanation. I want to say that I did not feel I was giving up. Hate is a hot thing and can be obsessive and last long after an encounter. Cold satisfaction is quite a different story, as can be righteous anger compared to standard anger.

            Consider this: A human goes toe to toe with an adversary who lies and cheats at every turn. Despite great odds, and while playing within the rules, the human wins the contest against his adversary.

            I think it more than appropriate for the human to feel a sense of cold satisfaction at his win and the other’s loss. That is not hot, not obsessive. It passes relatively quickly, although its memory can lend strength to that human later, in other trying times.

            What Charlie has said is a feeling of hate does not prove to be such when he actually describes it. His description of the lack of obsession, and his implacable opposition, and his satisfaction at seeing the adversary lose, well, none of that says obsessive hate. He feels cold satisfaction, and then he moves smoothly on to other matters.

            So, Charlie, I sense that you just need to change your term and eliminate confusion. It’s OK with me if you feel cold (and steely!) satisfaction when the satan loses. I feel pretty much the same. “Hate” is just a confusing label, perhaps best dropped, but that’s totally up to you. I get it now and appreciate your willingness to discuss this.

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          • Stephen says:

            Charlie, your humility in what some would consider a challenge goes a long way to prove your authenticity. Your humble responses have helped me desire to grow in humility. Thank you!

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          • Stephen says:

            Steve BC , I’m glad to hear you did not give up, but you understood Charlie’s definition more clearly than previously. You properly discerned his meaning as not being obsessive and more temporary than a “satanic” hate.
            May God be with you brother patron of the first martyr.
            Charlie, sorry to speak about you as if you were not there:) I also delight in the satans failures espesially when his epic wins get turned on him for the good( by God). How he must HATE unwittingly doing God’s work over and over. I imagine God smiling each time he frustrates evils plan.
            Fun aside this is war, and no quarter should be given to this enemy.”May God rebuke him we humbly pray.”

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          • charliej373 says:

            Hear, hear! Go St. Michael…and take care of the noble police officers while you’re at it.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Stephen, brother! Here’s some information about our name, from Wikipedia: “Stephen or Steven /ˈstiːvən/ is a masculine first name, derived from the Greek name Στέφανος (Stéfanos), in turn from the Greek word “στέφανος”, meaning “wreath, crown, honour, reward”, literally “that which surrounds or encompasses”. In ancient Greece, a wreath was given to the winner of a contest (from which the crown, symbol of rulers derived). The use of the noun was first recorded in Homer’s Iliad.”
            I’ve often wondered why God would create the first martyr with a name that carries the meaning of “crown.” Now here, I find it also means reward and that it encompasses all. I must admit that I’m not much into martyrdom. It seems an unpleasant status. Yet God named Stephen and presumably his status as literally a reward, or perhaps something that provides a crown pointing to the royalty of the new Christian tradition and its Focus. Maybe it was totally random and a coincidence. Yet his death as the first martyr set a kind of pattern in how we look at such people throughout history. Somehow it seems appropriate that the highest degree of self-sacrifice and dedication be labeled this way, as a crown pointing to someone else as royalty, or as a recognition of an act that encompasses so much of the new Teaching and Christ’s own sacrifice, brought into the sphere of the purely human for the first time.

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      • Mack says:

        Before his fall, the satan was an angel. By their nature the angels have a will that is so strong that once it chooses it can never take it back. That is why when he sinned, the satan gave himself over to evil completely and totally. His formerly angelic nature is completely corrupted by evil. He is frozen into evil, so to speak. There is nothing good left in him to love.

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        • Mary A says:

          There is a good in the devil, and that is the metaphysical good of his being. That is why God does not, can not and be true to Himself, annihilate him. It is out of acknowledgment of that good that He created, the being, that God consigns satan to the eternal destiny he chose by his evil will.

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          • Bob says:

            And the same reason God does not annihilate the unrepentant sinners but must with such sadness and yet justice consign them to share the lot with the satan and with the demons in hell. That is the price and the risk of the gift of true free will.

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        • Bob says:

          By contrast we humans are so slow to understand. That is why Jesus could say “Father forgive them they know not what they do” but he never said that of the satan. That is why God is so patient with us and gives us so many chances to learn.

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          • Bob says:

            And I trust that God will reduce the satan’s power to do harm and will chain him and the demons so that it will be easier to follow God and the ability to resist his deceptions will be easier. Let us pray that happens very soon.

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          • We walk by faith. The angels walk by sight. That is why their choices are irrevocable. Ours are made while seeing in a mirror dimly. God’s mercy allows us a re-do–seventy times seven times. That is what Jesus meant when he told St. Faustina that this is the time of mercy that precedes the time of judgment. I know Charlie does not feel the illumination is a singular event, but it makes sense of the mercy/judgment that Jesus spoke about. Once our soul is illuminated, we will KNOW as the angels KNEW that God exists and that he loves us. Then if we still choose to reject his love with full knowledge, that is the judgment we call down upon ourselves–irrevocable and eternal. If angels were capable of rejecting God with full knowledge, so are we. Free will does not end with full knowledge.

            This is what makes sense to me. Others may disagree and in the end what we think about how things will play out changes nothing. God will do as he does whether we understand it or not! Fiat!

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  5. diane says:

    in 1984 I returned to the Lord, I had 3 nights of incredible dreams of being immersed in water and the sound of angels singing. It was a feeling i did not know existed and it was one of complete surprise to my little being. My conversion back to the church after years of an Augustinian life style was powerful indeed. But because early on I found that I could be easily duped by ol’ club foot, I prayed to God that I would not be subject to (I’m not sure how to word this), but I didn’t want any more of the 3 nights I had as a welcome home that I had received. Because it frightened me and I was very afraid of misconstruing things that were from Him and things that were from my vivid imagination. He has kept His promise and I walk in Faith knowing that He is with me. I have no doubt about the Welcome Home Party the Angels had for me because of the impact it had on my conversion.
    I like your comment about the teenage boy – we have to be so very careful with locutions, visions and the like because satan can appear as an angel of light. Faith is difficult, we have to convert every day. I try to make a promise to do just a bit more tomorrow for the Lord that I did today. An extra prayer of Thanksgiving, an extra Hail Mary, an extra sign of the cross – anything that is just a bit more than the day before.
    The very best we can do is Love. That is what we are called to do. I Love.

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    • Barbara Dore says:

      Say a rosary every day and you will be protected by Our Lady! read her fifteen promises.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Yes, you will be spiritually protected.

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        • Irish7 says:

          Not physically? A mother protects spiritually, physically and emotionally. I have to think the rosary affords at least some physical protection/healing according to the will of God??

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          • charliej373 says:

            On rare and extraordinary occasions, there may be some physical protection, but generally, in that realm, we are the instruments through which God accomplishes His will. I know that in the last hundred or so years we have gotten pathetically weepy about such things. But if the Rosary was designed for serious physical protection, why did not Sts. Joan, George, Henry, Sebastian and all the other warrior saints leave the sword alone and just grab their Rosaries? Because they were not misinformed sentimentalists…they knew we are the instruments through which God generally accomplishes His will. The belief that the angels and saints are going to act as valets and bodyguards for the good little boys and girls has reached near heretical proportions. Either we had better eject all the warrior saints from the canon or we had better get serious and gird our loins. The angels will guide us, will defend us, but they are not our valets or bodyguards.

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          • Irish7 says:

            I completely agree. I guess I was referring to their physical protection on the battlefield because I lack the courage to go without them. They were with Joan and they will be with my family too. I am counting on it.

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          • Bob says:

            Sometimes physical protection too. My dad carried his rifle from Normandy to the Rhine River during WW2. He also prayed his rosary very often especially when shells were likely to come his way. He often told me that he had a sense of when incoming shells were coming even though humanly he could not have knows as they came faster than the speed of sound. He said it got to when the men with him saw him duck and hide they would do so too. And only one bullet came near him and he has the duffel bag with a hole in it and that is why I am here to tell of it!!

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      • kathy kalina says:

        The rosary is a fabulous protection, but the best of all is living in the Divine Will. Saying, “Not my will, but Your will be done in me”, and REALLY meaning it; asking Jesus to take us into His Will, to think in our thinking, listen in our listening, act in our acting, is a prayer that seems to delight him. I can tell you from lived experience that the satan and his slaves don’t want to be anywhere near the Divine Will! It’s an absolute fortress of protection. It’s also an early warning system: If the enemy pesters me, I know I’m straying out of the Lord’s will.

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        • Connie says:

          I have tried to read Louisa’s writings on The Divine Will but at this point in my faith journey it takes a lot out of me to try to comprehend it. I want to be in His Will but I have a hard enough time just saying Divine Mercy Chaplet for sinners and saying at least one rosary for Our Lady’s intentions, so I am just sticking with what I can do fairly well instead of what I seem to do poorly- not saying I don’t try to follow all the commandments, I just can’t seem to grasp being in Divine Will all the time.

          I also thought of the Cure’ of Ars and how the enemy pestered him, especially when he was about to “reel in” a big sinner. God does allow also the devil to tempt us, trouble us etc. when God wants to draw us closer to Himself, test us refine us. So I myself would get a little worried if the devil left me completely alone. What I really worry about though is being deceived by the evil one- I have learned that I can NOT trust myself, so reading about different ways to get confirmation from the Lord has been particularly helpful to me tonite.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Don’t get caught up in piling devotion on top of devotion, Connie. There are many very fine devotions, very fruitful and I reckon this is one of them. BUT, each person should choose a few that move them and do those few well, rather than treating devotions like a stamp collection. I personally say the Rosary, the Divine Mercy Chaplet and some Novenas regularly. Everthing else is on an ad hoc basis. If you are loading up with so many devotions, no matter how good and fruitful, that you don’t have time to be a sign of hope to those around you and care for family and friends. you do not please. Do what you can that moves you and don’t worry about it.

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          • Connie, living in the Divine Will can be simple. Whenever you do something, bringing Jesus into the moment. Hard to remember I know. But here is a prayer that can help (Charlie dubbed it the “official” prayer of the NRS): “Lord if you want me to do this, let’s do it together. “

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          • Barbara Dore says:

            I find the mornings the best time for saying a rosary and it makes my day fruitful after finishing it. I still say a chaplet of Divine Mercy daily, and the rosary of the seven sorrows of Mary. i just follow the flow with Holy Spirit. Yes it is God’s wish and his holy Will that we say the rosary every day. It is his will but it is up to us to do his will. I find Louisa’s writing a bit difficult to understand, but I decided to be simple in every way like St Therese. I want to be simple in my faith and I trust God’s will. full stop.

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        • Connie says:

          Thank you! Kathy,Janet, and Charlie, thank you very much. I really do want to be with Jesus and Him with me every inch of the way because I want to please Him, bring glory to him, and help Him save souls–I just tend to overcomplicate things in my head. Thank You Thank You for helping me keep it all in perspective and SIMPLE! I love you all.

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          • kathy kalina says:

            Connie;

            I totally understand what you’re saying about Luisa’s writings – I had an absolute aversion for them for a couple of decades! But as Janet said, it’s so simple. It’s not another devotion or a set of prayers. It’s asking Jesus to cover you with His will, and giving Him yours, whenever you think of it through the day. It amounts to living the “Our Father”. It’s not easy, but it is very simple!

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  6. Bev says:

    “Remember you are not called to do everything”.

    That sentence gives me such relief. It isn’t as though you haven’t said it in other ways, perhaps even as directly as that. However, defending those around me in a realistic sense is pretty much impossible since I have no weapon, and no idea of how to use one, and in Canada to get a gun licence requires specific training courses. So that’s not one area that God intends to use me.

    I still have not completed the preparations that I feel God wishes me to complete. It was a relief when you said that in the New Year you would put up more posts. These two days are stuffed full of Christmas things to do.

    That means that come “boxing week”, I won’t be in retail stores purchasing clothes or electronics, but in grocery stores. I have the most amazing idea of where to store extra supplies where they are not very likely to be found if someone from outside comes to raid. Since I would never have thought of it ever, I assuming God is giving me a little help.

    Shock after shock arrives on the television news. Just when one thinks nothing more can happen, something dreadful erupts. It is so continuous, to the point of overlapping, it seems difficult to believe that most people cannot see where this is leading, even if they cannot conceive of chastisement by God. This last year has reached a crescendo that is so huge, so devastating it seems impossible to ignore. Even wiping God off the scene altogether, what is happening is so appalling it has the impact of a hammer beating down upon America and the world.

    And for us – the most wonderful occasion. Christmas. Wherever we are, whatever our circumstances, no one can take Christmas and the fullness of it’s impact and meaning away. How bless we are! What joy is ours! So to each who reads and comments here , their kin and family; to you Charlie and all your family, may the full impact of the incarnation be yours as we travel through these years of the Storm.

    If God is for us, whom should we fear? Nothing can separate Him from us except we ourselves. Thank you again, dear Sherpa, for the wisdom and clarity you have given us. Now there’s a long term gift.

    TRUST DO LOVE

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  7. Rosie says:

    Excellent piece. Thank you. One small question, If this is not the end of the world scenario, but just the changing of an era, a purification of mankind, and the book of Revelation is about the end times, then there will be no parosia, and ‘Last Judgement’ at the end of this time, correct? A bit confused, because the Blessed Mother will crush the head of satan, so if he is cast into the abyss then what comes next? for she has promised a time of peace. Thought I had this figured out, however, upon reading-re-reading the book of Revelations, and reading the writings of Fatima, La Salette, and St. Padre Pio, (and others) then reading your time line and what you have given us as occurrences, I think we all may be thinking of 2 different Biblical events. Thank you again, and may you and your family have a Blessed Christmas.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I understand, Rosie. I had a hard time wrapping my head around some of it, too. From the beginning, back when I was a child in the early 60s, my angel was emphatic that this would not be the end. So for a long time, when my priests would tell me what I described sounded like Armageddon, I would emphatically say no. I had an intensely Protestant fundamentalist view of Revelations. But I re-read it several times and came to a different view.

      First, theologically, the end times does not refer exclusively to the end. Second, the end times began with the resurrection of Christ. Even more, the events referred to in Revelations speak of intensely dramatic events leading up to a chaining of satan, his being thrown down for 1,000 years which will be an era of relative peace for the world. As I understand it now, Armageddon is the decisive battle between good and evil that leads up to that event. The Apocalypse is the end, which happens after satan is loosed from his chains at the end of that 1,000 years. So I have largely come to agree with my priests that this is Armageddon.

      Now, disclaimer…I do not feel like I am at all expert on this, and may be still misinterpreting in some way. What I know – and believe with complete certainty – is far more narrow than many people might think. To put it in terms of my earliest understanding, the way it was first given me as a child…in my lifetime, the world would enter into the greatest crisis in history. It would not be the end, but would feel like it. If I would accept it, God had work for me that would take a lifetime of preparation. It was to help people endure that Storm, to return to Him. If I was faithful, it would help many and would lead to an extended renewal of the world. You will forgive me if I am pretty narrowly focused on my job as I understand it. I don’t spend much time trying to figure out how it all fits together, unless something really troubles me. I will do my best to defend the faith, hearten the faithful, and defend the faithful. If I endure and keep faith throughout, I am told I will get a few years to enjoy this reconstituted world with my family, to share in their joy at what we have been given.

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      • Amy S. says:

        Thank you for this clarification! I always wondered the same thing as Rosie and now you’ve answered it for us both. I know you don’t feel yourself an expert on this matter, but you’re definitely more of an expert than I!

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      • jobrower says:

        I am still catching up and would like to know which posts I should read from the archives regarding the Illumination and Garanbandahl. I know Garanbandahl has not been approved and from Janet ‘s comment about Charlie thinking that the illumination is not a singular event, am wondering if anything has been said about the healing of all who are present at the “site” of the “great miracle”? If I am off base, please let me know. About the 1,000 years mentioned above…….is this literal? I will be grateful for the re-posts! Thank you.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Jo, just go to the search feature near the upper right hand of the page and type in Garabandal and then search. That should get you to all you need. Oh, and on the thousand years, I do not know…a day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as a day to God. What I do know is that it will be an extended period.

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          • jobrower says:

            I typed in Garanbandal and got the No Result message.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Well, Jo, I tag these things for easy look-up, but I guess sometimes it malfunctions. Try it under “prophecy.” I just checked and got a ton of results. To that end, I would direct you to this article first, “Modern Day Prophecy,” which has some direct dealings with Garabandal. By the way, I have a faithful reader in Garabandal. She sent me a note recently that she and her husband are moving to a place they have prepared (also in Garabandal) that will be more suitable for very simple living. Meantime, they have three flats and a small piece of land in Garabandal that they would like to sell, in order to direct more resources to their new homesite. So…if you’re a hankering for a place of your own in Garabandal, drop me a note on email (chrljhnstn@gmail) and I will forward it on to her. I have no doubt she is legit, as she has written me from time to time since early last fall – and has said some prayers for me at the site.

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          • Jo you misspelled it in this comment. Did you misspell it in the search too?

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          • SteveBC says:

            jobrower, you are misspelling the word. It is not spelled “Garanbandal” but rather is “Garabandal”. Searching for Garabandal will net you at least four posts. 🙂

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  8. KW says:

    Just a quick video recommend- Veggietales “It’s a Meaningful Life”. It was a good lighter weight video, esp after a difficult week. Plus, it’s kid friendly. We made a family movie night of it.

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  9. Charlene says:

    Dear Charlie,
    THANKYOU for all you share with us. God’s blessings on you and your family.
    Merry Christmas,
    Charlene Edwards

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  10. Chris says:

    Thunder and lightening, heavy rain beating down on the tin roof of my little home in Louisiana, feeling peace in my heart from your words Charlie and from those who comment here.Praise Jesus.It has really been such a long time since I have felt peace. I thank you all for that and wish a Merry Christmas to you and to all of our families.

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  11. Irish7 says:

    MM Bev where are you? I have missed your comments and role. I hope you are well.

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    • Kati says:

      Along with Irish, I say “Me too.” I love to read Bev’s comments. I haven’t had much spare time due to Christmas with the entire family gathering here this year. It’s a large bunch! I imagine that Bev is also scurrying to get a ton of things done for everyone. I am reading here when I have a moment and wish Charlie and all of you here a wonderful and very blessed Christmas. There is something really different about this Christmas…REALLY. The liturgical readings, etc. are all speaking strongly and clearly. It is, indeed, wonderfully amazing.

      Let us keep one another in our prayers. I fully believe that Our Lady of Tepeyac is helping all of us at this time. 😉 It’s too bad that more do not realize how comforting a Mother she is…I see there is more nastiness in Ferguson Missouri this morning.

      One more thing: Hey Charlie…your granddaughter (from what I can see) looks to be a little doll!
      May or God grant great healing to her family at this time.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Thanks, Kati…this granddaughter has my eyes, down to the shade of their color. And she has a sometimes disconcerting and penetrating gaze, which I was often told I have, as if she is looking through you. I will have to teach her to develop a lively sense of humor to soften it – though if she is at all like my son or me, that won’t be a difficult task.

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        • Bonnie C says:

          Charlie, I noticed the eyes right away! Our babes grow so fast now. Let the time of the storm pass quickly and then slow down afterwards and let our children BE children again.

          Thank You, Jesus, for a nice day with family, and still relatively “normal.” I’m exhausted!

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    • Bev says:

      I can’t tell you, Irish and Kati, what a touching thing it was to read that you miss me. (you see, if I were really at your houses, you would be telling me to stuff a sock in it. Distance and typing does wonders!) Kidding aside, Kati pretty much covers it all. I have been reading, but it takes me so long to type a comment, I have, with extreme difficulty, refrained.

      Once I got the neck brace off, there were a myriad of things I needed to do. And would you believe that it is 1:51 am here (Christmas Day) and my sister’s and one brother’s gift are still sitting on my dining room table! Oh the semi-shame of it! (This is something that they are used to.) My way of covering myself is to say the Twelve Days of Christmas are real and if they get something during that time, it counts. But, when I have been awake, I have been an amazing flurry of activity. (To be honest, that doesn’t account for too many hours in the day, but come on, whadda ya want??) (And best of all, I didn’t do anything except smile and pay the workman I hired to power wash my patio rain gutter, leaving the most disgusting mass of stuff all over the patio and stacks of wood. (Good penance, and almost all cleaned up. No, by me.)

      Not all the kerfuffle was mine, I must say. Part of it was my eldest son’s. I had located a treadle new sewing machine on Amazon.Ca, and since I am loath to use a credit card on the internet, I, well forced is close, but persuaded sounds better) him to order it on his credit card. The moment arrived. OK. It’s a machine, alright. But no treadle. And no where that I could locate a table. Well, he went on some site and located one, just two blocks from his home; roared over there and was able to get a singer machine 1929, still working with the complete table. Today, Tom and his wife Shirley brought it over, having had it serviced in town. I’ll give it a try, as it uses the same round flat bobbins of today, and I think the needles are the same as well. (It’s my next five years Birthday and Christmas present.)

      It was an awful couple of weeks here. I found the protests in New York most disturbing, as they called for “Dead Cops”, and then two officers were shot just sitting in their police car. One of the most sickening things was the request that protests be suspended until the funerals of the two men were over. Al Sharpton, the New York Mayor, and even Obama seem to have done as much as the can to increase the division and enhance the idea of racial divide over the past months with the previous incidents with police, despite the Grand Jury verdicts in both cases.

      I accept that some police may be corrupt. But I also believe that most are not, and that without that very, very thin line of men and women who put their lives on the line each shift they work, we would live in utter chaos. And most people have no idea of how death threats affect families. My father as an RCMP Staff Sargent was in charge of the last big “man hunt” leading to the execution of the last person receiving that sentence in Canada. Since there were seven murders already, we children were each sent to a different city for protection. I will never forget the phone call that finally came and I spoke to him. They hadn’t seen my dad for three days. He did bring the man in, but for those days it was hard waiting.

      We have our own share here in this city. An officer was requested to work an extra shift one night, (called in be my son, who knew that with young children, he and his wife could use the extra money). About twenty minutes into his shift he made a routine traffic stop. The occupant of the car stepped out as the officer was approaching the car, and shot a number of times. I believe that three shots hit his vest, and the next hit below, into his lower intestines and bowel area. Not a good place..

      After being in an induced coma for a period of time, he was brought out of it, was able to talk to police and his wife, and has now been evacuated to Vancouver, where hopefully things will improve allowing him to recover enough for him to have surgery.

      My eldest son is called into situations in schools where there has been a death of a parent or child for what ever reason – and the reasons cover the full gamut. His last week of school involved six cases, as well as the policeman’s children’s school. There will be more over Christmas, so he will get to complete where he left off and have new ones to deal with.

      It keeps you on your knees. And knees not just for these situations here, but for America itself. Watching the news and seeing what has been happening and how the protesters (and looters and fire starters in Ferguson) have been so encouraged by agitators who seem to want things to get completely out of hand, does cause me anxiety. If it continues, I wonder if a situation could arise that is perfect for declaring Marshall Law, say within a month or two it things don’t return to normal.

      So I pray for both sides of the equation, hoping that events will settle calmly enough that it doesn’t provide an excuse for the above.

      And yes, indeedy, we have learned that there are things that must be parked at the door along with our boots. We had a truly blessed and wonderful Christmas (Eve – it depends on what shifts Richard works and he’s single-nights) together. I hope and pray that all of you have as joyous, peace-filled, loving Christmas as we did. And what’s insane, and just struck me now, is none of us opened any presents!

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  12. charliej373 says:

    Okay, this guy just started following my blog. I do not normally link to purely secular sites except for a particular piece of news. But I found the guy’s blog so funny, well-written, and bitingly snarky, I have to give him a shout-out. He is an “Opinionate Man” You can find him here: http://aopinionatedman.com/harsh-reality/

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    • NancyA says:

      Oh! I do hope he found you by my own reblog of one of your recent posts! He liked or followed it, I recall… I’ll be tickled if I’ve been instrumental in leading someone here! Aha! So there is a good reason for my having a blog, sparse as it may be.

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  13. radiclaudio says:

    Thank you Charlie for another instructive post. Merry Christmas. In Christ. Rich

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  14. Bobby says:

    Charlie – God Bless You.

    Just take the next right step! How simple yet we need grace to take the next right step.

    Charlie – will the collapse come pretty suddenly?

    I have known for a long time of the coming collapse but I have had no hint from above to get ready physically for it rather my preparation has been primarily spiritual to pray the whole Rosary every day.

    Am I wrong not to make physical preparations? For a long time I have relied on God to provide and my thinking is that He will still provide what we need even in the midst of collapse because I have absolute confidence in Him. He is my refuge and my strength even in affliction.

    I have 3 children (25, 24, 16) so I want to do the right thing. I know it is unfair to ask you but should we begin making physical preparation?

    Thanks in anticipation – just a brief thought will suffice.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I don’t think you are wrong, Bobby. I am making no preparations. I made very few preparations for my pilgrimage either. What would be wrong would be for you to ignore whatever you are authentically called to. Some are called to make extensive physical preparations, some are not.

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      • Bobby says:

        Thankyou for your time Charlie.

        I really love the way you write – your writing is my favourite spiritual reading at the moment. I am kind of psychologically preparing myself for the collapse, which is what I think God was doing with you on your pilgrimage in that you learnt from the hardship! Funny though the world just seems to go on as normal but it is far from ‘normal’.

        The foundations are almost gone of the present world order which is incredibly fragile and will not take much to topple. And how the world hates a vacuum!

        May the peace of Christ reign in all hearts!

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  15. siobhanolp says:

    Merry Christmas, Charlie, from Long Island, New York.

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  16. Matej says:

    Charlie, Merry Christmas from Slovenia and thank you for your encouragement and guidance in these strange times. Remember me in your prayers :).

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  17. CrewDog says:

    Hey Gang,

    It’s CHRISTmas Eve so PLEASE!!! Enjoy Jesus’ Birthday!! … but on The Feast of Stephen .. Ya Know!? .. the day Good King Wenceslas looked out? (26 Dec) it might be a good day to check out these sites found in a three minute Net-Search. Mormons, FEMA, Red Cross and other … good stuff even if we find out that Charlie is full of …. 😉
    https://www.lds.org/topics/emergency-preparedness?lang=eng
    http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit
    http://www.redcross.org/prepare
    http://www.shtfpreparedness.com/
    MerryCHRISTmas …. God Bless Us .. Everyone!!

    PS:: Nobody does Christmas like Bing Crosby!:

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  18. Bob says:

    Merry Christmas all and God Bless. I keep thinking of Tepeyac as a model for a storm and for Divine miraculous intervention except that we don’t know the nature of God’s response yet during the rescue and I’m sure it will be a surprise to Charlie also , that is how God chooses to intervene. Before Mary appeared at Tepeyac the Axtec society had been decimated by smallpox and other diseases with an estimate of 50% mortality in the population and their demonically based religious system had been toppled which it needed to be since it was based on human sacrifice to demons which was objectively true even though some may have been sincere in their false beliefs. And God through Mary found a way to give the people a sign of Divine Mercy and Divine care which the people could understand and millions were converted. So we should pray that God would find the least painful way to bring us to our senses as a world and as a society.

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  19. David says:

    Merry Christmas to all of my brothers and sisters around the world who are helped along the way by Charlie. Love and blessings. May we gaze upon the Christ Child with a new and fervent hope.

    David

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    • Connie says:

      I am nodding my head Yes, David, loving your beautiful Christmas greeting and prayer! It makes me think of little ones looking at presents under the Christmas tree with a certain expression of a new and fervent hope so I envision all us grown ups, battle weary looking at our Infant Lord truly that way with the eyes of our hearts.

      I loved looking at the photo of your beautiful son and grandaughter, too, Charlie, thank you for sharing with us. Brought a smile to my lips and hope to my heart too, because they look so carefree and full of goodness!

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  20. barb129 says:

    Merry Christmas to Charlie and everyone reading!!! We are getting ready to leave for Christmas Eve Mass and I will keep all of you in my prayers. This year I feel more than ever what a special privilege it is to be able to go to Christmas Mass and sing His praises. What joy!!!

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  21. donna269 says:

    Merry Christmas to my TNRS family….with Charlie as our patriarch! This site and the contributors have been such a blessing to me and I am so glad that God has led me to all of you. This is for a reason, I am sure. God is so good!!!! We are all so blessed to have each other for support in these difficult times. It’s like a life raft of hope in a sea of despair. May you all have a blessed and holy Christmas. Charlie, your son and grand daughter are gorgeous! Hope you had a wonderful time with them….

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  22. Mona says:

    Merry Chistmas to you all, my extended family.
    We are celebrating christmas the 24. of december in the evening. So we have done the eating, the singing around the christmas tree, the gifts and are soon ready to go to bed. We are 9 persons in the house for 4 days.
    Pray for me as I pray for you all.
    Mona from Denmark

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    • charliej373 says:

      Ah, and Glædelig Jul to you, Mona!

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      • CrewDog says:

        Blessed, Happy &/or Merry CHRISTmas to All!!
        It has been a gloomy three days in Fly-Over Country but Christmas Day is promised to be Glorious …. even if the Weather People are lying … again 😉
        GOD BLESS US …. EVERYONE!!

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        • CrewDog says:

          PS: It IS a Glorious Christmas Day here 😉 ……………….. Remember!! We got 12 more Days of Christmas .. so don’t be too quick takin’ down that Nativity Scene or Tree!! My “Stuff” doesn’t come down till 7 Jan … I don’t care what the new Church calendar sez!!!

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          • Bev says:

            Right on, CrewDog! I’m with you all the way. My stuff isn’t coming down until January 7 th either. I figure if my siblings get their present during the Twelve Days it counts…..and they have known it for years. That goes for Christmas cards too. Isn’t that part of what the Twelve Days are for? People like me?

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  23. Mona says:

    Thank you Charlie. I am so thankful that I found you.
    Thanks to Mary who is guiding me in many ways, and also in your way. Thank God.
    Mona

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  24. A blessed Christmas to everyone! If I could choose the bunch I would go into refuge with, it would be all of the lovely folks I have enjoyed meeting here. 🙂

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    • the phoenix says:

      I love how eloquently you put this, lindasummerfield! Dittos! And for some of us, this place right here, this online community, is a Christmas refuge … many thanks to Charlie for giving us the gift of his time.

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  25. narnialion54 says:

    Merry Merry Christmas, Charlie, Kim, and all,
    The wind was fierce tonight and tree branches were coming down. (Two hundred year old oak trees)
    Our electricity went out just as my husband and I were going upstairs to wrap presents, Total darkness everywhere. so we wrapped for two hours with camping lanterns. Our sons were teasing us and saying Charlie was right! It’s our last traditional Christmas and made up a poem about it!! I lit candles at midnight and the electricity came on: all the lights, Christmas tree, sooooo beautiful. Then Libera singing Christmas carols….what joy! !
    Last night I had the most amazing experience of my life. I was listening to the Moody Blues song about God seeking us and us seeking God and then….I experienced it: HIS LOVE. ECSTACY.
    HEAVENLY JOY. I was weeping and crying with joy. i have lived in terror all my life and have never really known peace or the LOVE of God. He is LOVE. FALL ON YOUR KNEES AND HEAR THE ANGEL VOICES. iTS ALL TRUE!!! Beyond what you can imagine!!!
    Praise and all glory be to God!
    Love to all of you.
    Thank you Charlie for all you have gone through to be our sherpa.
    I am full of awe, joy…so grateful for all of you…
    Baby Jesus I love you.
    Holy Mary, thank you.
    O Holy Night.

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    • All glory and praise to the Infant King!

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    • NarniaLion, your post has so affected me, I wish I could speak to you personally. If Charlie would pass on my email address to you, I’d invite that.

      You know, I often find myself wishing I could respond to people here personally — or at least contact them off-blog somehow, to carry on a conversation at length, and it’s frustrating not to be able to click on their name and send something extra.

      But, I do have the Blessed Hope forum available, if anyone else feels at times they’d like to do just that.

      Merry Christmas to all!

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      • charliej373 says:

        Well, I never give out contact info without permission – but I sent your email address to Narnalion, Linda, so hopefully you two will chat.

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        • the phoenix says:

          Once again, it looks like I am late to the party. I have also really wished in the past that I could write personally to Narnialion, feeling that we have a lot in common with my other nickname being the Queen of Narnia, my having been born near Pittsburgh and now living in Northeast Ohio, etc. but have meanwhile been hoping she would see and respond to my public messages. Dare I ask, Charlie, that you also pass on my email address to her, in hopes such a thing would be welcome?

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      • Bev says:

        Me too. I’d just love to hear more of your happiness and joy.

        OK, lindasummerfield, it is with great humility and embarrassment that I admit to not only being unable to figure out the thing that let’s one “like”, but I have tried “Blessed Forum” so many times I can’t count them—and I still can’t figure out how to get on! It seems that I can’t do even the most rudimentary things on a computer. In turn, I wonder if I will make it through the Storm. Let’s face it. I’m a clutze. (and I don’t know how to spell the word, but you all get the drift.)

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    • Connie says:

      That is so awesome! I have been praying for that very same thing to happen to people who have a hard time believing God’s love or even imagining such love. I have no doubt Our Lord will grace many souls in this way. I am so glad for you, Narnia. What a Christmas gift.

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  26. rbiel2 says:

    So Charlie,
    you wrote:
    I go to such extreme caution because, though the devil can’t read minds, he is brilliant and I never trust he has not penetrated my safeguards.”
    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    So what can the devil do?
    visually see what I am doing and saying?
    see what I am typing or writing?
    implant thoughts or suggestions in my mind, yet not read my mind or hear my thoughts?

    I’ve never run across a good article that explains these things, seems like you’d be the guy to ask.

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    • charliej373 says:

      The devil and his minions can see and hear us – and often can intuit what we are thinking from the looks on our faces or even little actions, but he can’t read our minds. Good to develop a poker face. I guess I probably ought to discipline myself to write a few articles on this subject.

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      • jobrower says:

        I love the way you give such succinct answers to your reader’s questions, Charlie!

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      • Bev says:

        I, for two, would really appreciate that information. I try not to think of him, and to focus always on God. It would sure help, though, to know what it can or cannot do. This is one topic I have never in all my years heard from a pulpit, not anything satisfactory in an article. Even when I was researching the satanist material for my friend, it never was clear what it could do, only those who called themselves his followers did or thought they could do.

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      • Irish7 says:

        So do you pray your rosary and chaplet out loud or silently Charlie? I’ve always thought voicing (even if just a whisper) would be more powerful against evil. But maybe I should rethink that. At the very least it sounds like I should contemplate keeping intentions silent. But then I suppose the saints and angels wouldn’t know them either. Thoughts?

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        • charliej373 says:

          I am told that angels are given leave that you can speak to them mentally. I don’t know theologically…but I do know I have often spoken to mine without talking aloud. And they talk back. Not sure how that works, but it does.

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          • I think it works through the will of God. He desires that we are able to communicate with our angel. He does not desire that the fallen angels eavesdrop on our thoughts. Praised be God!

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  27. Pat says:

    God Hero!!!
    Oh death where is thy sting!!

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  28. Merry Christmas Charlie! Thank you so much for all you do. God bless you and all of your dear ones.

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  29. Bev says:

    AND IT IS SO. NOW AND FOREVER AND EVER!

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  30. joanp62 says:

    Merry Christmas to Charlie and everyone here! Have a blessed Christmas.

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  31. Bob says:

    Pope Francis Midnight mass homily.
    http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/pope-francis-midnight-mass-homily
    And taking a few hours on the deer stand yesterday I had the luxury to think and pray with no disturbance, not even a deer! And I was thinking of how Zachariah prayed and the Jews prayed for God to free them from their enemies and when the Savior came he could not even feed or dress himself. And yet Mary and Joseph believed. And the shepherds, enlightened by angels, believed. And the wise men, following the star, they too believed, even though their deliverance was still in the future and for some it was not even to be experienced in this life.
    So blessed are those who believe when the storms rage and God seems so slow to act. And may God give us the grace to trust and to believe when our storms come too, in whatever form God may allow them. And yes may God lessen their intensity in knowing our weakness.
    Merry Christmas again and God Bless all!!

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  32. SteveBC says:

    Merry Christmas, everyone!

    To all who have come here to comment or simply to read over the past several months, thank you. This community has been a great help to me this year, and I deeply appreciate having been allowed to participate. May all of you have a wonderful time with family and friends today.

    Charlie, thank you for putting up with me – so far, anyway! Merry Christmas to you and yours, and my thanks for all your great work at TNRS site this year. You have changed many people’s lives here, including my own, and always in a positive way. 🙂

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  33. SteveBC says:

    I just came across a Christmas music video on youtube that I thought people might like:

    Hallelujah, by Cloverton.

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  34. Chris J says:

    Merry Christmas Charlie

    I’m wondering about preparing… I note that you have not made provisions for yourself. But what about your grandchildren? Have provisions been made for them? Have you encouraged their parents to make provisions for them?

    For the first time in my life maybe I see a blessing in the fact that I have no family, that means I have less angst than those who have kids and grandkids to look out for. Like anyone else, I would like to survive and behold the era of peace that will follow. Yet, not having family, it is far less important that I make it through. If I do make it, I want to do so with a clear conscience, not having witheld any help to others out of selfish interests. I don’t know if I can trust myself.

    Anyways, looking around at all the unsuspecting folks around and considering the climate in the north here, heat will not just be a comfort, but a necessity for survival period. I’ve been preparing for some time and have run out of juice to do anything more than buy some firewood and hope for the best. I pray to God He gives me the grace to respond to the needs of others with grace and generosity should I still be able when the time comes. If I fail at that it would have been better to make no preparations at all.

    Chris

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    • charliej373 says:

      My son is a planner. But no, I have not encouraged my children to do anything other than to be prudent, trust in God, and do what they are called to. You should know that my kids lived with me – and my abandonment to God has steadied their resolve. My son has been in several very dangerous situations in his line of work – and steadies others in the process, because he trusts God – not that God will always keep him alive, but that God is in charge and His will will be accomplished if we act with fortitude. He is a cop. We are so close that on several occasions I have had to remind him I am his Dad and some things cause me real shivers of fear…but I am proud of the resolves he has made and his willingness to live it, even if I don’t want to know too many details. His planning is due to what he discerns as to his calling.

      He did tell me recently – and laughingly – that given my neurological aches and pains, that the only reason he doesn’t worry much about me is that he figures God has my back. Amusingly, my pilgrimage had a big impact on convincing most of the family of the same, for given my level of physical fitness and problems, none of them believed I should have been able to do that by natural means.

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      • CrewDog says:

        Hey Charlie & Gang,
        I know it’s only the 1st Day of Christmas but some folks minds are already wandering back to the inevitable SHTF Moment. So after a three minute net search I came up the below sites: Fed Gov, Mormons, Red Cross and other. Most is nothing new as disaster prep has always been with us even if ignored by most … many to their sorrow ;-(
        Soooo … rather than wring your hands and lose sleep it might be good to start out with the simple and low cost preparedness first! ….. and realize that the Government and non-governmental organizations don’t dare touch the Politically Incorrect subject of self/family defense and weaponry:

        http://www.ready.gov/
        https://www.lds.org/topics/emergency-preparedness?lang=eng
        http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family
        http://www.shtfpreparedness.com/

        Merry Feast of Stephen 😉

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      • jobrower says:

        How awesome! I am thrilled to be able to tell you, Charlie, that I believe my children (I have four) would tell you the same thing about me. In fact, just today my youngest and her husband and I were discussing the future and thanking God that He has brought us to abondonment and total trust in His Will for us. We have endured much suffering for many years, but have been uniting it all to Jesus’s, realizing that we are being purified by it. Praise be to God!

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  35. Paul Rubiola says:

    Charlie,

    I have been a lurker in your column for the past several months and I have read your postings in turn with alarm, fear, understanding, acceptance. These are disturbing words for a seemingly lost generation.

    I respect your office of prophet – that of “mouth of the Lord” rather than fortune teller – and I believe that God does send warnings to people in each age who are willing to hear with open ears and hearts the signs.

    Jesus, on the road to Emmaus, took the disciples to task for being “slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke” (Luke 24:25). In another place he criticized the disciples for being able to read the signs of nature but not the signs of the times.

    I think God is using you to help us wake up and smell the lightning.

    I have read the scriptures for many years and I believe I have discerned a pattern (not a bible code!) that is perhaps a sign for the present age and I am asking you if you think this observation might be valid. I have heard no voices or seen any visions in this regard.

    The Last Supper is patterned after the Passover meal from the Exodus from Egypt. In the first Passover, the blood of the lamb saved (first born) people from death and brought about the ransom of the Israelites from physical slavery. Let’s call this the Paschal sacrifice of the Father.

    The Last Supper is a continuous action from the upper room to the hill of Calvary in which the Blood of the lamb of God saved all people from the slavery of sin. Let’s call this the Paschal sacrifice of the Son.

    I think that there was a paschal sacrifice that preceded the Exodus and this was when Abraham was asked to sacrifice his son Isaac on a hill in Moriah. The specific hill isn’t mentioned but some have speculated that it might have been Zion. Let’s call this the test sacrifice.

    My observation is that each person of the Trinity participates in salvation history. The Father saves the Israelites from actual slavery; the Son saves humanity from the slavery of sin.

    If there truly is a pattern, then there is a coming Paschal sacrifice of the Holy Spirit. In this case I draw a parallel between Jesus and His Body the Church. In this sacrifice the sacrifice of the Paschal Lamb (the Church) will save the earth from evil – the power of Satan that claims owner ship of the kingdoms of the earth.

    Again, if the first two sacrifices can be used as patterns, then the Church will experience a period of adulation by the world – just as Jesus entered triumphantly into Jerusalem on “Palm Sunday” and within a short period of time become the object of hatred and derision and then “put to death”. The church would then be “underground” for a short period of time and then miraculously reemerge in glory.

    What I have written above is not a prediction or a prophecy but rather an extension of the pattern or sign I find in the scriptures.

    I haven’t found this idea in any other web site or reading I have done but my reading is far from exhaustive. Some of the descriptions you have offered in your web site sound like some of the ideas in my discerned pattern but I have not read all of your postings yet.

    I will say that I wasn’t thinking that this was something that I would have to worry about in my lifetime, but your writings seem to suggest these things are very near in time – basically the next 2 years or so.

    Again, I’m not asking for specific predictions but rather whether my observation of a pattern is valid.

    Thank you

    Paul Rubiola
    San Antonio, TX

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    • charliej373 says:

      Paul, I don’t know whether your meditation is on target entirely or not, but it is surely a worthy effort. There are elements that are deeply profound and insightful – and it may well all be solid. What most impresses me is that you are clearly thinking in the right way about these things. You have laid the groundwork for extremely fruitful meditation that I am sure will bear much fruit. Thank you so much for joining us here on the comment boards.

      I loved visiting San Antonio during my pilgrimage. It is such a stunningly different and beautiful city – I think of it as America’s Venice. I had looked forward to it from the start because that is where my Mom and Dad lived when she became pregnant with me. But though it is where I got my start, I had never seen it until my pilgrimage. I was delighted to see some references to Tepeyac in various spots near there – told me I had been touched by that from the beginning.

      I also appreciate you understanding what the prophetic calling is. I think it striking that when everything was peaceful and calm and what I was saying was frightening, I was saying it only to a handful of people for discernment. I think one of the main reasons for that was to establish credibility and authenticity – without scaring all but a few. Then as the world became terrifying in itself, I begin to speak and saying the same things, it is reassuring. But reassuring with evidence of credibility. For now as it gets dark and people fear the end, my message is as it always has been, that this is NOT the end. I am sent to give hope, not despair…and I think it another sign of our Lord’s tender mercy that when it would have caused fear, He kept me hidden, but now that it brings hope, He led me to unveil.

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      • Paul says:

        Charlie,

        Thank you for your kind words. I was born in San Antonio and I do like it. The people, as I am sure is the case most places, are warm and generous. A significant portion of the population has a strong belief in God and there is a special reverence for the Blessed Mother. I hope it will prove to be one of those places of refuge.

        I didn’t know you had passed through SA on your pilgrimage. As I said I haven’t read through all the material on your site yet. Is it in the section under “Abraham’s Journey”?

        I appreciate what you have written concerning the coming Storm. I do believe that God doesn’t leave us unforewarned and there are many voices raising the call. What surprises me is the number of people who seem oblivious to the calls and signs both natural and supernatural. Thanks for being one of the watchmen on the wall.

        Paul Rubiola

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        • charliej373 says:

          Hey Paul, I met and chatted one day with an Hispanic architect while meandering through. We talked about what I was doing and he asked me about Beaumont, Texas…said he heard they were very racist out there. I told him I never noticed it, though a cougar did come into my camp one night. Then I grinned and said it would be very hard to be racist in San Antonio. He asked why and I told him I noticed all the Anglos there look kind of Hispanic and all the Hispanics look kind of Anglo. He laughed and said yeah, they have been intermarrying there for over a hundred years…so to be a racist he guessed you’d have to hate your cousin or your uncle…or yourself. Just wouldn’t work out.

          While in SA I made camp off a vacant lot between the Art Museum and an Amvets Hall right off the north end of the River Walk. There was a large felled tree with a big branch that almost perfectly concealed my hammock.

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      • CrewDog says:

        Well … here is something that should give all of us who live in BoobLand USA a “Warm Fuzzy” …..Not! ;-( :
        “Federal agencies ill-prepared for catastrophes, watchdog warns”
        http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/dec/26/gao-feds-preparedness-lacking-no-notice-catastroph/
        Merry 2nd Day of Christmas!

        PS: Would some expert here expound ………. I’ve always believed that 6 Jan (Epiphany/Three Kings Day) is the 12th Day of Christmas and the Feast of Stephen (26th) was the First Day … am I off …. Yeah! .. I Know!!! I lot of folks think I’m “off” about a bunch of things 😉

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        • charliej373 says:

          Well, CrewDog, I don’t know if you would be the first person I would go to if I needed a consultation on a fine point of theology, but I sure would rather have you watching my back in a foxhole than a theologian! I kind of think you are a fellow who covers his position well – holds his post – and counts on others to do the same. If we all do, we will come through this just fine.

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        • Elizabeth K. says:

          That’s how I’ve always counted it, too, crewdog. I think where it gets tricky is that the feast of the Epiphany is celebrated on the nearest Sunday; but, the 12 days of Christmas are from 12/26 to 1/06.

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    • E. Allison says:

      Paul, thank you for your comments. I have always been very interested in typology (the imperfect Old Testament prefigures the perfected New Testament). The close call Isaac had when Abraham was called to sacrifice his only son prefigures the Father’s willingness to sacrifice His only Son. The Passover lamb of the Exodus prefigures The Lamb of God, Jesus. In 1Cor chapter 5, Paul writes: For our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed. Therefore let us celebrate the feast…….
      The last supper wasn’t just patterned after the Passover, it WAS the annual Passover meal. The well scripted Passover meal had 4 cups of wine. The 3rd was called the ‘cup of blessing’. Again to 1Cor, this time to chapter 10: The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?
      After drinking the cup of blessing at the last supper, Jesus announces that he will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until he do so, anew in the kingdom (Matt 26:29). So, Jesus didn’t complete the Passover ritual in the upper room. He never drank the 4th cup. In the garden, he prayed that the Father might take ‘this cup’ away if it was His will. On the cross, Jesus is offered sour wine on a hysop branch (the type of branch to be used to spread the blood of the lamb on the door posts at the 1st Passover), and after taking it, He announces, “It is finished.” Calvary was indeed a continuation of the last supper Passover meal, culminating in the establishment of the Kingdom as Jesus drank the 4th cup. Scott Hahn (a former Protestant minister and Catholic convert) explains it much better than I here: http://zuserver2.star.ucl.ac.uk/~vgg/rc/aplgtc/hahn/m4/4cp.html
      Although I do not see the connection to a ‘Paschal sacrifice of the Holy Spirit’, I certainly agree that the Church will have to endure her own passion. As the Body of Christ, the Church will be brutalized as Jesus was. After all, Matt 16:24 says: Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.”

      God Bless all here.

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    • Mack says:

      Paul you have certainly prayed and reflected much on Scripture, and that is a great thing. While I’m not a theologian, I think you just need to be cautious about separating things too much according to one Person of the Trinity. While God can certainly act in history, the Father is not sent. As the Origin in the Trinity, the Father sends the Son and the Holy Spirit. So that is one aspect to consider, in relation to the theology of the Trinity.
      Another aspect is that the Church in the past has condemned the ideas of some people (like Joachim of Fiore) who divided salvation history into three eras according to the three Persons of the Trinity. After Jesus’ death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven, he already sent the Holy Spirit. The Church has already been living in the era of the Holy Spirit for the past 2000 years. It is not that we look forward to something different (on earth, that is; heaven will certainly be different!) And the Paschal sacrifice of Jesus is always valid; we will not pass beyond it into a new sacrifice of the Spirit. The Mass is the renewal of the sacrifice of the Cross, and Jesus continually re-presents it to the Father, making intercession for us as it says in Hebrews. Jesus “always lives to make intercession for us.” (Heb 7:25).
      With these observations I am not trying to be critical of your good reflection, but just to offer a few points from Catholic teaching that may assist you as you develop it. God bless you!

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  36. Carmel says:

    From Australia, and Wishing you, Charlie and all visitors to this site, abundant blessings from heaven this Christmastide and always. May our hearts be filled with wonder and peace.

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    • charliej373 says:

      When this Storm is over, I may very well take a pilgrimage through Australia. You guys are great – and have so much fortitude and faith.

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      • anne ovari says:

        You would definitely be most welcome to stay with us!

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      • Carmel says:

        Dear Charlie, it would be really wonderful if you could visit this “great south land of the Holy Spirit” (as it was called by early explorers). I think you probably have enough readers from here to find a comfortable bed in every state of the nation. Consider this my invitation to you to stay with my family here in Sydney for as long as you like😀

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  37. donna269 says:

    is there any way to contact MMBev to make sure she is okay? Charlie can you do that with an email or something….getting worried….

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  38. aj says:

    A very Merry Christmas my friends! The Good Lord has indeed expanded our economy of souls and will continue to do so until that great and terrible day of The Lord.

    On Christmas morning out of the blue it was infused in my mind that the Nativity was the first Eucharist…GOD bacame Body, Blood, Soul Divinity.

    May our Lord JESUS continue to open our hearts to His Love.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Indeed, aj. I think it was St. Augustine who said that men think the Eucharist was made to resemble bread, but that the truth was that bread was made to resemble the Eucharist, so that when it came it would not be fearful to us. I rather like that.

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      • This reminds me of something kind of funny that happened last week. One of our parishioners hosts a Nativity display of her collection of over 280 nativities. It is quite amazing and so beautiful. I was walking around admiring it with someone else from the parish. She said, “I heard of a chocolate Nativity once.” Right away I responded, “I don’t know if I could actually eat Jesus!” Then my brain kicked in, “Oh yeah, we do that at every Mass!”

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  39. Tarja says:

    My dream – years ago

    I had got Internet access to my home in 2002. First I did not use it much, only to write to my daughter who was in Ireland then. Sometime between June 2002 and October 2003 – I think – I saw an exceptional dream. I’m no dreamer and usually I was not interested in them… But this one really kept coming into my thoughts over and over again, after many years also quite clearly.

    In my dream I watched from a window on the second floor of our house. I saw something very different from the reality: instead of my little garden I saw enormous amount of highway ramps which were spiraling back and worth. I saw no city or houses, only roads. And there was a man walking very far from me – at least in the beginning – in some kind of monk’s robe, of greenish colour. His head was covered with a hood and he was carrying something. I was very scared of him, he was pure evil. Then I saw what he was carrying: like a little Ark of Covenant!!! But it was somehow different from those I had seen in the Net, it was smaller and this man could carry it alone although there were those shafts. I immediately knew that this thing was some kind of idol. The man was very very slowly approaching along those nearly endless roads towards my home. I knew it and I was very afraid.

    Suddenly I was downstairs near the front door and my only thought was to stop that monk coming into my home. And what was nearly unbelievable – in the dream I felt so, too – our staircase and vestibule was full of people doing the same thing as I: we were together pulling the front door to keep it closed and to keep that man away, not stepping into my house. I saw many different persons, young and old, men and women, people of different races. I don’t really remember how they looked like but I may say I remember one young woman and one older, gray-haired man. They were quite close to me but many others had backed my staircase so full that nobody could walk through this crowd. We had just the same idea in our heads and I felt fellowship with them although they were clearly from other countries, perhaps very far away. And much later I understood this: this crowd was an Internet community.

    At first I didn’t read or write on forums and when I began to do it I selected my “goals” intuitively from abroad, not from Finland. I had learned English in school and then I began to read Orthodox religious articles in English so intensively that I learned a lot of new words and was capable to participate in reading, later in writing a bit, too.

    I have somehow searched that community unconsciously but had not found it before this Charlie’s blog forum. I think this is it! Of course I can’t be 100 % sure and I still don’t know who that monk is and what he presents. Anyway, he surely presents anti-Christian power, opponent to everything real Christianity based on Bible and ancient Church doctrine in it’s fullness.(both Catholism, Orthodoxy and of course sincere Protestant faith). Once I found a picture which somehow resembles that ark, that idol. It can be found on UN site, here is the link.
    http://arkofhope.org/

    It was just frightening to find that item so much resembling the ark in my dream. Perhaps someone can make a better conclusion of what I saw, what it may mean. I’m quite sure it really means something important – for example because I am here on this blog telling this dream to complete strangers and foreigners. Who would have guessed that you are Catholic! It has been definitely a surprise to myself! Mysterious are God’s ways….And of course there were Orthodox and Protestant people in my vestibule, too. That young woman I may know and that older man….

    I just wanted to tell this dream now: after 6 months reading Charlie’s blog and when we are waiting what year 2015 will bring to us all. May God protect you!

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    • charliej373 says:

      That is downright creepy, Tarja. I leave the site you linked to up as a warning, but I shuddered as I looked at it.

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    • Bev says:

      Tarja: Some years ago, I came across something that may be what you are describing. There is an ark which was placed in a room in the UN for a period of time–a year or something. I have no knowledge of the man, but I can make a guess. The ark was representing the ark of the new world religion, to which everyone may choose to belong. It holds the “charter” for the new religion, which is a mish mash of new age, environmentalism pushed beyond limits as in man has no more meaning or right to live than a pig…or a species of forest or plants threatened with extinction. I think that the charter was also signed by–I can’t remember whom, or how many. I do know that it was designed to imitate the Ark of the Covenant, and was a covenant that was placed inside.

      The ark was removed after that period of time and placed somewhere else. It’s long enough ago that I am guessing two years, and I cannot remember where it’s permanent location is now. It has not, however, ceased to exist.

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    • Bev says:

      Maybe I should click on links first, before commenting, but I can always scream brain damage! Whatever link I found originally didn’t mention those books, but it did make clear what it’s long term purpose was, creepy is right Charlie, and they aren’t advertising it on that link.

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    • SteveBC says:

      Tarja, I hope you’re right about the community part of your dream, and “Welcome home” can be true for us all. 🙂

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    • ann says:

      thank you Tarja for sharing this–it is ominous indeed but I’m so heartened by the crowd of believers joining with you to keep it from your door. That is powerful! Many years ago I had a dream that somehow involved Padre Pio–at least he was spoken of–but I was standing on a porch with others, and many many people were walking into the yard and they all had Rosaries, around their necks, in their hands, children, old people, young people, one young couple said to me “we’ve tried everything…” and they listed all these new age things. And I said “Pray the Rosary! And ask Padre Pio for help.” ( I think that’s what I said…I know I said something about Padre Pio but it’s a lot of years ago)
      Funny that I’ve never forgotten that dream. It was comforting even though the sense was that things were getting dangerous out there. Now I wonder if I was dreaming of a refuge for people in the future?? Who knows. Only God. (or maybe I was just dreaming…)

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      • Tarja says:

        It was great to hear about your dream! I think it’s about the same thing as mine: how to see the enemy and form a defense front against it. I have many dear saints (Orthodox mostly) who help me in every day life and surely even more when difficult times come. I understand that you love Padre Pio, and I have kind of heavenly grandpa called St. Serafim Sarovskij, and St. martyr Trifon from Lampsakos to defend me strongly against evil powers. And Mother of God and Archangel Michael of course! They are mighty helpers….
        Then I have found such a treasure in our Church: akathist hymns. I translate them from Church Slavonic into Finnish. It’s a demanding and rewarding task… I think these akathist hymns can serve us Orthodox people like Rosary – they are so full of grace and miracles of God. And of course we have Jesus Prayer, too.

        Thank you that you shared this dream, I fully understood that situation!

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    • Judy says:

      Yes, this ‘ark’ is very creepy….but it is likely that with the suppression of religion, worship of the earth and nature is the likely replacement for those who are willing to accept this nonsense. It is New Age stuff which is actually very ancient. There is nothing new about it. …..That brings us back to John Lennon’s song, Imagine, which imagined an earth with “no country, no religion, too….. You may say I am a dreamer but I am not the only one, Join us ….and the world will be as one”. Pure hogwash.

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      • Judy says:

        This may be part of the plan, with the UN playing a central role, and lead by some person (not yet known to us). I have read so many negatives re the UN that I cannot imagine why the US continues to fund it.

        http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/item/18529-china-g77-tyrants-and-un-boss-demand-new-world-order

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        • Tarja says:

          THANKS FOR THE LINK! This was new information to me.
          I found tonight an interesting site of Constance Cumbey. She seems to be very good informed! I was listening Trunews Radio and there is her interview on 26th Dec 2014.

          Here is her presentation:
          News and views of Constance Cumbey concerning “Radical Middle”, New Age Movement, Communitarianism, “planetary humanism,” “global governance,” European Union, Javier Solana, Jeremy Rifkin, “New Age Politics,” law in the USA, combined with life in general — sometimes humorous, sometimes not!

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    • narnialion54 says:

      Just a heads up to those, who, like me, have come out of New Age or Occult. I clicked on the site about the Ark, and because I grew up in Vermont and it was created and began in Vermont, near where I attended college, I began reading about it, looking at the details of the Ark etc., letting my curiosity get the best of me. It was not a good thing to do. Afterwards I was severely depressed and oppressed. Still praying my way out. Might want to say a prayer of protection if you do decide to read about it. It is a Horrible thing they have done, To a secular world it will look very attractive and innocent. Jesus have mercy on us. Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Thanks, Narnia. I thought about deleting it, but I decided we who are called to keep faith must learn to trust so that we can, indeed, walk through the valley of death and fear no evil. I am not sure I made the right decision, but I think it is better for people here to know about it and what an abomination it is rather than to encounter it unknowing later and think it benign.

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        • donna269 says:

          I did not click on it when I saw the paganism in the pics….my Guardian Angel or Holy Spirit prompted me not to bother.

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        • NancyA says:

          I agree with you, Charlie. I have pondered this exact thing about that ‘ark’ and came to the conclusion that we must know of these things; we might be called upon to defend the faith/ protect the faithful against such seemingly innocuous things.

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          • Yes and while we shouldn’t flirt with these things, we need to remember that they have no power over us in Jesus Christ. We are behind the velvet-lined shield of Our Lady. Have no fear dear soldiers of Christ! Onward!

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        • Tarja says:

          I think this is most profound information of this matter, I mean this new religion. If somebody is really interested in knowing more…..maybe it is not for everyone.

          FALSE DAWN –
          the united religions initiative,globalism and the quest for a one-world religion

          http://www.leepenn.org/FalseDawn_np.pdf

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          • charliej373 says:

            This is a useful deconstruction of this nonsense. But I suspect that the real danger will come in a much better disguise, Tarja. I rather think this whole thing is mainly a distraction the devil has intentionally made clumsy to draw attention away from where he launches his serious assault. Certainly, ever since Thomas Hobbes in the 17th Century, atheist philosophers have dreamed of coming up with a single world church. Their problem is that these are designed to manipulate people, not to feed them…and the Master’s sheep know His voice better than that. These things mainly appeal to people who have lost their faith in the first place and want to attack that of others. I may be wrong and this may loom larger, but I think this just a distraction.

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          • NancyA says:

            One of the problems I see, Charlie, is that this ‘nonsense’ appeals to both atheists and theists, and can easily gather in large numbers of “spiritual” people who will see it as an ultimate good, transmitting it into a god for all. I see attraction to these concepts in all manner of lukewarm Christians, Jews and Muslims as well as those who profess no religion. It’s rampant in schools, and in so many myopic, peace loving groups. The real danger may be refined and distilled from just this sort of so called clumsy distraction. To be educated on a defense against it might be wise for those of us who find our friends and family drawn in, already.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Yeah, I know, Nancy. But I remember the counsel of a wise priest once who, when I wanted to intensely combat sin, told me that when you focus on sin, that is what you are engaged with. Concentrate on love and sin will flee. So I contemplate on how to deal best with these things.

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      • audiemarie2014 says:

        Yep, I got the same feelings, Narnia. That reminds me that someone, I can’t remember who, asked about there being any meaning to seeing the clock at hours such as 1:11, 11:11, etc. I remember that being significant in some of the new age beliefs, but can’t remember what it was supposed to mean. But guess what? It’s been happening to me since reading that. I think it’s superstitious, so it doesn’t faze me.

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  40. Apparently Americans are very optimistic and positive about this upcoming year according to several articles linked on “Drudge Report” today, like this one for example:
    http://apnews.myway.com/article/20141226/us-ap-poll-new-years-eve-c7c55d2d71.html

    According to one of the articles, only 1 in 10 polled feel that 2015 will be worse that 2014

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  41. Connie says:

    Charlie, I’m watching the nightly news, and this thought has occurred to me before- I think about it again tonight as they talk about low gas prices- do you think prices have been manipulated by the west to try to throw Putin off his course? And if so, do you think it will end badly for all? I just have been having a bad feeling about these lower gas prices. I probably would never have thought about national and worldly news much, in fact, I try not to watch the news but I keep remembering you saying(hope I’m remembering rightly) that you watch things geopolitically looking at events in a certain way differently than how people might normally look at events.( that last sentence sounds kinda goofy but I’m hoping you understand what I mean)

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    • charliej373 says:

      No Connie, they have not been manipulated by the west. Contrary to many folks fears, there is no shadowy giant secret empire that controls everything. Oh, there are giant shadowy entities that would like to, but they are far more clumsy and impotent than people think.

      What has reduced prices is the discovery that America is the most energy rich nation on the planet – and that despite the efforts of the administration to shut down all energy development on public lands, there is so very much that just using private lands the supply has exploded. OPEC, led by Saudi Arabia, is terrified by this – for continued American development cuts into them badly – and if a different administration later opened up public lands to energy development, it could overnight make sand the most valuable commodity OPEC has to trade. Their riches, which finance both their oppression and their terror could vanish in a flash.

      Actually, I knew this was coming back in 2005 – both from natural study after some supernatural prompting. I did not expect it to be clear until after the Storm was well engaged. It has become obvious earlier than I expected. But, the development of our unsuspected abundance of energy resources has long been an integral part of my thinking for getting my country and the world back on its feet economically and putting people to productive work with the confidence it brings after the final crash comes, and the chaos begins to give way to rebuilding.

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      • Judy says:

        There are people I talk with who think Saudi Arabia is trying to keep the price of oil low enough to put American energy companies out of business because, yes, they know we have enough energy to support ourselves and, perhaps, other countries as well. And what would you say to environmentalists who think energy development brings serious problems re water supply, etc.?

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        • charliej373 says:

          As a young man, I was a serious environmentalist…still am. I parted company with the populist environmental movements because they do so much damage to the environment. They literally are worse than almost any company they target I know of. When at their best, they just make stuff up. At their worst, they advocate for things that do serious damage. As an example, they lobbied against the Alaska pipeline because it would destroy the caribou herd. In reality, the caribou herd has quadrupled since the pipeline was built – gaining warmth from the pipeline. Look at lightbulbs…they destroyed the old incandescent bulb to get marginal energy savings…and coercively replaced them with the curly things that are genuinely an environmental hazard. Did you know that, legally, if you break one of the new lightbulbs. you are supposed to evacuate your house for three days and get a hazmat team in to clean it up? Then there is ethanol…which cannot be piped because it is corrosive AND the subsidies to make it used created spot famines in the world because it moved corn from the food supply to the energy sector…AND ethanol is an energy loser: when I did serious work on the matter in 2006, it took 1.27 ergs of energy to create enough ethanol to produce one erg of energy. I have utter contempt for professional environmentalists…they do not care how much damage they do to the environment as long as they can put people out of work, make everything more expensive, shut down efficient businesses and beggar the economy. They are ignorant modern-day Luddites with smug attitudes.

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          • Judy says:

            I tend to agree. Ethanol is definitely an energy loser and it is not so great on cars as well….at least my mechanic tells me so. I especially dislike those environmentalists who make millions of dollars while making speeches about the cause. If they really believed in the cause, why would they need to make so much money for their ‘moral’ stance? It is a true conflict of interest, yet few people acknowledge this. The amount of money being made is a real red flag. ……I did not know about the light bulbs. That is really scary…..I have recently read that the American bald eagle population is falling considerably because of the huge contraptions that produce energy from the wind. They are being killed or badly hurt by them, which eventually results in death.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Yes, that is correct about the eagles, Judy. I could do several columns just touching briefly on the damage the environmentalists do in almost EVERY case.

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          • Judy I have also read that the wind turbines alter local climates by removing energy from the prevailing winds.

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          • CrewDog says:

            Not to mention that alcohol fuel has ruined a bunch of garden and marine engines that were never designed for it … All brought to you by the same Liberal Know-It-Alls that forced on you those poisonous Chinese light bulbs, backyard puddles = National Waterways and 1.6 gallon toilets that don’t flush!
            Jesus, Mary, Joseph and All the Saints Preserve Us!!

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          • Judy says:

            I am going to stop buying those light bulbs for sure! At least while I can.

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  42. Tarja says:

    More of this ark of hope and it’s connections to UN and a union of religions.
    “Re-inventing the Old Testament’s most sacred treasure and presenting it to the world as a pagan icon comes close to the kind of abomination one might expect. In the wake of Middle-Eastern conflicts, the counterfeit ark with its global green covenant might even find its way into an international temple in a UN-controlled Jerusalem dedicated to spiritual unity and pagan peace.”

    http://www.inplainsite.org/html/the_earth_charters_unholy_ark.html

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  43. Tarja says:

    Picture of the ark of hope.
    Ark of Hope (2000-2001)
    More information with one interesting picture

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  44. Tarja says:

    Thanks for your answers!

    I am ashamed to confess that I first looked for Catholic robes and cloaks… because I had read about some negative aspects of Catholism in Protestant prophecies. I am very sorry and I want to acknowledge it (my stupidity). Later I found out that for Halloween aso. there are for sale green robes with a hood and they called them druid robes! I studied about this druid thing and it is quite a convincing explanation. Druids honour nature above all – I imagine.

    http://www.sacredfire.net/druids.html
    “The Druids had a very special relationship with nature. They saw that human life was but a small fragment of a much larger pattern, and that the shape of life rhythms could be worked out by the careful observation of, and the strict adherence to, an annual cycle.
    During their nine-year intensive training at special universities, where men and women alike were taught in communities of up to 3000, the Druids developed and used many techniques of augury and divination, as well as an assortment of ceremonies and rituals.
    The Druids were organized into three distinct groupings, each with specific functions and tasks to perform, and a specific regimen of training.”

    Sorry about the link, Charlie! I just can’t mention things without a link or some background.
    I have also studied The United Religions Initiative and Interfaith Community Sanctuary. The United Religious Initiative (URI) is a growing global interfaith community dedicated to ending religious violence by building cultures of peace and justice.

    This all is screepy, and it is developing slowly behind the curtains….

    Tarja

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    • ann says:

      Sounds like “Gaia worship”–and that’s so much a part of the environmental movement with many people. I actually know someone who started out a Christian (Methodist) and drifted into Gaia worship because of her intense environmental commitments. I had a long conversation with her about it–many years ago–and it chilled me to the bone. the reason she left her church? The minister was too “intolerant”–in other words he was preaching the Gospel. So sad.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Alas, many otherwise good Christians are being pulled away by modified forms of Gaia worship. I have seen people who would flee from any form of other New Age mysticism spouting absolute environmental nonsense, with nary a clue it is incorrect, merely trendy. And I wonder if that is not a soft demonic portal.

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        • ann says:

          I think you may be right, Charlie. Like the ouija board–a priest told us many years ago when we were in school to stay away from the ouija board because it could be a portal. That’s the word he used. He said most of time maybe not, but it’s that one time…
          I’ve never forgotten it. And in this day and age when the darkness grows so deep people are even more vulnerable. Janet had a post on her site about false altars and this is surely one of them. When the earth becomes an object of worship, look out!

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  45. Patricia says:

    And to think that the Ark of Hope was built for a celebration on 9/9/01.

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  46. Fran says:

    I haven’t been here in awhile, and looks like I have a lot of catch up reading to do! Christmas preparations and family visiting has kept me busy as well, but it was all wonderful family time. Merry Christmas to you Charlie, and all of you!

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  47. NancyA says:

    I mentioned this site to my priest friend, who is very active in the MMP. I mentioned the expected “rescue”/triumph? in 2017. He adamantly shook his head no, and spoke of the 3.5 /7 year necessity and the antichrist being most definitively a real individual man. He referenced Biblical proofs, and said it has not come about yet. I would be interested in responses to these posed arguments. I don’t plan to argue points, just part of my own discernment. Thank you.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well Nancy, one of my priests is in much authority over others in this country. Near 20 years ago he floated some of these things to other priests as he would travel and invariably get a roll of the eyes and an assurance that this fellow (me) was all wrong and why. Now he never gets that. As events have proceeded as I described, now when he goes out, the priests who sneered at it two decades ago come up with wide eyes and invariably ask, “What does the prophet say?” We both chuckle over it.

      I do not say the prophetic things I say from careful calculation. I repeat what I have been told as I understand it. So there is no argument to be made. Only that there are far more who, 15 years ago, knowing what I was saying thought I was aq goof who had it all wrong who now think I am the best and most accurate source of these things and that THEIR interpretations were wrong than I do have new people who confidently think I am nuts.

      As for the Biblical proofs, I do not insist either way whether one person will personify the spirit of antichrist. I will just cite II John 1:7, which says there are many antichrists already in the world. I don’t think that precludes an individual, but it blasts away supposed Biblical “proof” that it must be a particular individual. And I think it in accord with Christ’s personality that he would enjoy the symmetry. Many priests and teachers of the law expected the Messiah to be a corporate movement rather than a particular individual. Most priests and theologians now expect the antichrist to be a particular individual rather than a corporate movement. It does please the Lord to demonstrate to us how silly, childish and misinformed our most confident, certain assertions are. Best to be prepared for whatever happens and assume as little as possible.

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    • E. Allison says:

      Nancy, I would agree that the antichrist will be an individual. Desmond Birch, in his book “Trial, Tribulation and Triumph”, makes a pretty good case for an individual as antichrist using Scripture and Tradition. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it. But I didn’t think that that’s what Charlie was talking about on this site. The Storm is about a chastisement, and subsequent rescue with the triumph of the IMH. That is to be followed by a period of peace, promised us at Fatima. The antichrist does not come until after the period of peace. Am I missing something?

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      • charliej373 says:

        I don’t know if you are or aren’t, E. I think your interpretation is probably sound. Again, though, I don’t spend much time worrying about how the pieces beyond what I have to deal with fit together. What I know and accept as true is that I have a particular work, that on the larger sweep, what I have reported over the last 20 years has proven completely sound, sound enough that many priests who knew about these things and dismissed them now esteem them very highly. I know I will have to deal with a multitude of antichrists – and perhaps one definitive one (though I have not been told that is among his titles). It may be a flaw in how I approach things, but unless it has significant impact on the work I understand to be mine, I spend very little time worrying about it – and I do not begrudge anyone what they think so long as it does not lead people away from the Church.

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        • Excellent point Charlie. The Lord does not send us prophets to reveal his plan per se, but more to reassure us that he has one. Jesus we trust in you! Fiat!

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        • E. Allison says:

          Charlie, the point I was trying to make was not necessarily the chronological order of things. The priest Nancy spoke of seemed to me to be arguing against a straw man. I haven’t read everything on your blog, but I do not think that you are saying that the antichrist is part of the ‘storm’. Am I wrong? Certainly, history is full of types of antichrist, from Nero to Hitler and Stalin. But ‘THE’ antichrist, the man of perdition, is a ways off yet. The defeat of the antichrist ushers in the end of time and the general judgement. You have said many times that the storm is NOT ‘the end’.

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          • charliej373 says:

            You are right, E. I have been resistant to a specific personification of the antichrist because I have not been shown such a thing for this period. There is one very bad actor who has knowingly given himself to satan that will plague me and deceive many, but I do not see him as the “son of perdition.” So, yes, your assessment is solid. And usually when someone objects immediately to what I have said, they do, indeed, erect strawmen to object to…things they think I mean rather than what I actually say.

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          • E. Allison says:

            Great Charlie, thank you.
            Nancy, sorry I did not make my first reply to you clearer. The priest you spoke of is (IMHO), absolutely correct in what he told you. The only thing is…. those points cannot be used to argue against the validity of Charlie and his message, because they are not a contradiction of it. The storm is not about ‘THE’ antichrist, but rather a chastisement. We are rescued from the grips of the chastisement by the victory of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) and granted a period of peace which was promised us by Mary at Fatima.

            All this is consistent with Church teaching, Tradition, and approved prophecy from saints and popes over the last 2000 years. Again, I urge anyone who is discerning this to read “Trial Tribulation and Triumph”, by Desmond Birch, published in the late 1990’s.

            I hope that helps.

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          • NancyA says:

            This might likely ‘land’ in the wrong place on the thread because there’s a point where the ability to reply ends…. E. Allison, just wanted to make clear that my priest friend and I did not discuss the merits or validity of Charlie or his message. I did not really go into it much. Only that there is “A Storm” and “A Rescue.”

            Thanks for the clarification of the term “straw man” which is just what I came to understand once I reread the posts and thought through the logic of E. Allison’s post.

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          • NancyA says:

            Oh, sorry. I don’t want to mislead. When he mentioned that the 2017 date is not possible, not allowing for the 3.5 years times two, with the antichrist, etc. I did express Charlie’s concept of the antichrist being an ideology more than an individual. That was when he stated that it WAS an individual, and so forth….

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        • In 1John 2:18 St. John warns us that there are many antichrists. Just like Christ has predecessors in history (Abraham, Gideon, David are all types that represent Christ in some way) so does the Antichrist. The mysterium iniquitatis grows from the depths of history in a crescendo that ends in the last, frontal rebellion against God the Father and the “little flock.” If the Antichrist is an individual like I think he will be, he will be a bad imitation of Our Lord but that will suffice to mislead many into eternal damnation. One thing is sure: there is no lack of applicants for the post (Hitler, Lenin, Stalin come to mind.)

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    • NancyA says:

      Thank you for all replies. I’m not really finding it necessary to read or study up on the antichrist, etc. As I said, I do not plan to argue points. From these comments, really one can say that both my friend and Charlie are ‘right’ but looking at different episodes. Honestly, it makes no difference to me. I will be dealing with whatever comes, as it comes, hoping and trusting in God, and trying to do His Will. To Jesus, through Mary.

      Ps, feeling a tad silly, but I was confused and don’t really know what is meant here by ‘straw man.’

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      • NancyA says:

        Ahh, so do you mean he is arguing against a point that is not even there? I think I see. Yes.. I spoke very briefly just on the general gist of this blog, but when I mentioned a rescue by Our Lady at the end of 2017, he said not possible… he indicated that there was not time enough for what he expects would have to transpire first.

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      • charliej373 says:

        A straw man is a false argument used to distract attention from the central point, Nancy. For example, if I say God is Triune and then you vehemently argue that satan cannot read people’s minds, as if you are arguing against me, you are arguing against a straw man – an argument I did not make. It is used quite often in political discourse – and if the idiot media were not such idiots, they would see it…but as often as not, they are the ones making it. The constant refrain of “racists” every time someone argues for fiscal responsibility or restrictive immigration policies are the currently largest examples of straw men.

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    • Luis says:

      Hi Nancy,

      Regarding the 3.5/7 years, Jesus Himself told us that the times will be shortened ( I think Matthew 24:22 ), so in His Infinite Divine Mercy, the rescue in the late 2017 makes sense.

      For many years I was very obsessed with prophecy, but from a couple of years not anymore, I was moved to trust Him more and when you trust more (in my experience) you simplify things more, so I barely read a couple of website weekly.

      For me, these last month the words in my heart are “its your time to bear fruit”

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  48. jobrower says:

    I love your sense of humor!

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  49. John says:

    A very Feliz Navidad to all!! I try to live by the quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt”. Subsequently, I don’t comment much as I have so very much to learn, however I am a daily reader and as I’m sure many others do, consider myself part of this community. I find the articles enlightening and a source of peace in my life, and the subsequent comments an oasis of comfort and information. Thanks so much too all of you for all you do! I will continue to silently support this community in prayer.

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