Musings – Take No Thought What Ye Shall Speak

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In the early morning hours of Saturday, December 20, (2014) I was woken up to receive a brief, but intense visitation and conversation with my angel. I am still contemplating it before submitting it and the full implications of it to my directors.

At the heart of it was the warning that the satan has sent his minions now to foment despair, and that the most faithful are the primary targets. Naturally, I thought of attacks on families and disorders so violent that people went into panic. But I am contemplating another form right now. For many of the most faithful, their security comes from feeling they have this largely knocked. They know what to expect and how to expect it. Even bad things won’t usually shake them, if it is consonant with what they expected. But if they find things are not like they thought they are, they can go into despair and decide there is no God or that God has deceived them.

Contemplate Job’s pious friends, who had their expectations blown right out of the water when God actually appeared. Contemplate all the priests and doctors of the law, who thought they knew precisely what the ancient prophecies meant. Their knowledge was so certain that almost all of them dismissed the actual Messiah as a fraud when He came.

I do not write this to chide any of you, but to plead with you. If your votive interpretation of something the Church has not formally pronounced on is prickly and defensive, you probably do not trust in God, but rather trust in your interpretation of what God is. This century, which was given over to satan, is now nearly at its end – and satan has carefully mounted his final attack on those who are seemingly the most faithful. If you sit from a pious perch and pass internal judgment on those around you, this year you will find yourself in the seat facing judgment. If you are completely vested in your own judgment and interpretation, this year, God will permit satan to slap the complacency right out of you – whether your interpretation is right or wrong. If you are a brilliant theologian who has come to functionally think that Christ is man’s creation and you are master of the intricacies of this creation, rather than a humble servant of the living God, this is going to be a very hard year for you, indeed.

It is God’s will that all be stripped of human vanity before we are fit for rescue, both the subtle vanity of the pious and the obvious vanity of the impious. When the reversal comes for you, I tell you to keep your faith in God, humbly accepting that you did not know as much as you thought, rather than despairing of the possibility of God. This year, many of the most pious will enter the dark night of their passion. It is not God forsaking you, but burning away the last obstacles to pure union with Him. It will separate what is dross from what is gold…and if you are engaged with your expectation of God rather than God, Himself, you will be terribly shaken. I will touch on this more tomorrow when I write about concerning the consecration of Russia.

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I have spread the Prayer of Miraculous Trust, as it was given to me over a decade ago when I was told it would be the prayer through which God would help His people to endure the Storm. It is a prayer of abandonment to God’s will before all things. If people treat it like a magic card, it has no force at all. I have a repugnance for the misuse of such things as magic tokens – and a fear that it could be treated as such.

The heart of this prayer is abandonment – of embracing, not just accepting, whatever God’s will is. If it were treated like a magic card it would be useless, just another sensation in an age that has too many cheap sensations as it is. I appreciate those of you who have benefitted directly from it showing restraint and giving thanks to God.

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Finally, I leave you with two of the most refined links I have ever read.

First is Mark Mallett’s piece from the Feast of St. Stephen on the Christian Martyr-Witness. This brief, but powerful piece, blows away the mindless conceit of those who try to use the murderous butchery of Islamists to try to discredit Christians.

The other piece, by Pelianito (who comments by her given name of Janet Klasson here), entitled “Diamonds From Coal” is one of the most subtly sublime and refined pieces I have ever read.

My homies are on fire!

 

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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131 Responses to Musings – Take No Thought What Ye Shall Speak

  1. radiclaudio says:

    Hi Charlie. Merry Christmas. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this thoughtful insight. Your encouragement to just say; “Jesus, I don’t understand what is happening, but I trust in You. Please give me strength” is just what I need to hear right now, as I fear I’m too confident in my faith. It’s silly of me to act like “i got this”, but its in my flawed nature. So any advise to stop trusting myself and trust only God is life saving for me. I beg that God save me from my own weakness and give me complete conversion to Him and supernatural faith to love and serve His will only.

    Much love and affection. Rich

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  2. Marie says:

    You have described pretty much how I’ve been feeling now for a while. I feel abandoned by God, although I know that I am not. My heart is heavy all the time, but I go about my responsibilities and keep up a good face in public. I literally have no one to turn to but God himself, his Blessed Mother, and I have great devotion to St. Joseph, the great protector.
    Your post is an alert to me not to despair. Thank you for that – it puts things in a different perspective for me. I ask God’s blessing on you, on all who read and post here, and on my family, as we move into 2015. May He grant us heroic faith, strength and courage.

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    • RMD says:

      Marie,
      I know your feeling of abandonment by family and friends. My prayers that this Christmas would restore so much that has been lost did not happen. For a few days after I was in a real funk and felt like giving up. Even let my prayers slide some. I thank Charlie’s post for reigniting my hope in God, my abandonment to God’s Will, knowing that He will never abandon me or any of us, if we trust in Him. Jesus, I trust in You. I pray my next step is the right one and that others can look to me hopefully.

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  3. First let me say that the date of your visitation was an eye catcher for me. I received a physical healing on that day. I had a dream and in my dream a priest had a cross with a relic of Saint Therese in it. As the priest made his way toward me, the cross seemed to almost light up and it seemed to draw the priests hand to the left side of my neck. As the cross touched my neck, I felt the Holy Spirit come on me, in what I can only discribe as an intense feeling of joy and peace. I knew I was getting a healing of some sort. As the priest touched my neck with the cross, I started to speak and tell him I was not worthy. The priest touched my neck with the cross and I started to fall backwards. I was in a chair but that was the sensation I had along with extreme peace and joy. As I was saying I wasn’t worthy, the priest said ” sshhhh…….Congradulations. ” I woke up. It was such an intense joy, all I wanted to do was go back to sleep and experience more.
    When I woke up fully, I realized I had some sort of healing. I felt it was a healing of my thyroid. The doctor had ordered some thyroid tests. I had been experiencing severe weakness and fatigue. I hadnt had the tests yet because I was waiting until after the holidays. At thanksgiving, I was as tired as could be and could barely get through entertaining family. After my dream, I have had enough energy to entertain and put Martha Stewart to shame. LOL! I feel incredible! So…..there must have been something divine about that day December 20. I won’t forget that day ever!
    Second, I cannot stress the importance of asking the HOLY SPIRIT to heal us in these times. What I mean is……not to many months ago, I was in the FREAK OUT MODE. I was feeling scared and angry with the whole synod etc. I was pointing fingers and lost all my peace. I knew I was not trusting God because fear was making a nest in my soul. I prayed. I prayed to the Holy Spirit to fill me with peace. I prayed to the Saints and asked for intercession. I asked the Holy Mother to pray fervently for me. But mostly I asked for the Holy Spirit to help me. To fill me with peace, love. I was blessed with an abundance of it. I could feel a palpable difference. I have not been the same.
    Come what may, I am just a servant. No more. I accept what is given and try my hardest to carry on. I do not work alone. I have help. I have only to ask for the strength from my maker and HE assists me by HIS love. HIS love is my strength.
    Thanks Charlie. Your wisdom gave me the eyeglasses ..so to speak, that I needed to see what I was doing wrong.

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  4. marti says:

    Charlie, I read with great interest your writing today and feel you are so spot on. I’m on such a high right now getting a job working at my Church and working with awesome, faith-filled people and an incredible priest, but even some of them don’t know what is gonna hit the fan. Thankfully our priest stresses prayer and adoration and more prayer! Tonight I was listening to the TV in the background which I don’t usually watch TV, but its snowing buckets outside. A show called Ancient Aliens came on and their last line in the show which the narrator said while grinning from ear to ear,” So, if there is alien contact– sometime soon, this would do one major thing–bring down all the major orthodox religions out there….bring people to understand that there is so much more than biblical knowledge…” All the hair went up on the back of my neck and the goosebumps wouldn’t quit. So much incredible evil.

    I’m praying for simplicity and an openness to our Lady and the Holy Spirit and a ‘discerning spirit’. It seems Pope Francis couldn’t speak any louder than he is right now. He is almost yelling! HOPE! TRUST! DO NOT FEAR!

    Thank you for taking the time to remind us to take a deep trusting breath….2015 here we come!

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  5. “May God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
    the courage to change the things I can,
    and the wisdom to know the difference.”
    It never gets old, it is always timely (no matter what time it is) and it is always efficacious. It requires humility and teaches us to trust. God hears this prayer, I know He does! So don’t be afraid to pray it, and then be watchful for the answer, because it will come.
    Thanks be to God.

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  6. Charlie, I must tell you that the Prayer of Miraculous Trust has reinforced my desire to continually grow in this area of abandonment, of “not just accepting but embracing the will of God”. I have had two particularly striking results from praying it, which I will write about tomorrow and send to you via e-mail. How good God is to show us this way of deepening our conviction of His unquestionable goodness, faithfulness, kindness and supreme wisdom. We have always needed this conviction, but considering the extreme fury of the present and ever-growing Storm, how much more necessary now. . .

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  7. In the late season of the present order as the Great Dark War begins -a call to arms goes out to all the faithful across the many lands & realms. May they be steadfastly resilient in grace & holiness, may they be found in prayerful supplication & adoration, may they have great forbearance & understanding of the times in which they now live, may they remain loyal & true at the sounding of the horn, may they have no fear nor tepidity within their hearts, may they have filial trust in Him who knew them before the foundation of the world, may they be in Him as He is in them, may they be one as He is one.

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  8. stajduharmichael@gmail.com says:

    Charlie – Like many others, I came to your site via Mark Mallett, though I first heard of you on Spirit Daily. I have been following you now for six months or so and have really benefited spiritually from both your postings and the many comments. I have never commented myself because I am shy about publicly expressing myself and didn’t feel I had anything to add.

    Until now. Your mention of despair really hit me. Just after Christmas our younger son (age 31) went missing and gave every indication that he plans to commit suicide. He probably already has, we just don’t know where yet. Two nights ago, while my faith was intact, my heart was given over to despair. I thought to myself, ” I don’t even want to try to survive the Storm Charlie writes about.” Yesterday my priest gave a beautiful homily about the sufferings inherent in family life and how we need to unite that with the sufferings of Jesus on the cross. Stuff I knew intellectually but still needed to hear in my heart. Also my wife and daughters have been rocks as we have gone through this and that helps me immeasurably.

    Charlie, what you warn against, the idea of “having it all figured out” applies to me as much or more than to the many others who have commented on this. While I am not as theologically inflexible as many traditionalists, I have had the vanity of wanting to be “in the know” when it comes to the Future. Thank you so much for setting us straight on this! As Socrates said, the one thing he could be sure of was what he didn’t know. So many of us need this lesson in humility.

    I wish you and all of your readers the best in the difficult year ahead.

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    • charliej373 says:

      My heart goes out to you, Stajdu. I have prayed that the Lord will send St. Joseph out to guide and comfort you and your family through this trial – and to guide your son.

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    • barb129 says:

      I’m so sorry to hear about your son, Stajdu. I will pray for your son and your family….

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    • Sue says:

      Stadju,
      Reading about your son disappearing and his probable intent is heartbreaking. I asked Our Lady to keep you and your family in her Immaculate Heart. She know what it’s like to lose a son.

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    • Judy says:

      My prayers go out to you as well.

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    • radiclaudio says:

      I will pray for Evan and your family as well.

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    • Mike says:

      Praying for Evan and your family

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    • CathyG says:

      Stadj, My rosary and prayers will be expressly for you and Evan tonight. My heart aches for you but please take comfort in knowing that there is much love and comfort being sent your way and God does hear and answer all prayers.

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    • Kim says:

      Praying for your son

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    • Bev says:

      Stajdu-
      I have been thinking for a long time, trying to decide if I should comment. I want you to know that I am not praying for your son Evan. I have put him in my heart, and with every single beat God knows what I am saying as my heart exists because of Him, and each beat holds Evan before His Mercy and Love.
      I do not know what the end of your experience will be and right now it would seem you don’t either. But I have BEEN THERE. And because I have been there I know more really than most people what your son is probably experiencing. It has NOTHING to do with rejecting God. It has to do with a kind of escape. In a situation where there seems to be no answer and no end and the continuousness seems endless (and in the brain, the situation IS ENDLESS-THERE IS FOR THE PERSON NO ESCAPE, NO WAY OUT, it will just go on and on and on endlessly-which is untrue, but that truth cannot penetrate the brain) finally a point comes when the person just wants it to end. That’s what the thought is – just to end. No thought of turning from God, no thought of the pain you will leave other people in, JUST CEASE, JUST END, BECAUSE I CANNOT STAND THIS ANY MORE.

      It is mental. It can seem small to another person. It is not for that person. For them it is just too huge a barrier to get over.

      The first time for me was when my very ill son was three. In the morning, my first thought would be of how wonderful it would be to just drift away into darkness so all would end. After a few days, my thoughts included that I could not leave him. Then I realized that I could not leave my other son behind, that I loved them so much I had to take them into the drifting. peaceful, quiet resting darkness with me.

      That jarred me out of my thoughts. I have an 8 ounce bottle of Chloral Hydrate, and yes, what I was thinking was possible, softly, softly, gently peacefully end.
      My rational awake thoughts told me that this was irrational, so I pour the bottle contents down the toilet and I went to my doctor. After a lot of tests, (he wasn’t the sick son’s doctor) he realized I was totally and completely exhausted. He couldn’t do anything about that but God could, and He improved my son’s health just enough for me to get a bit more sleep. It took about six months to reach even keel.

      The second time was much later in my life and much more intense. Our food, our experiences, every little thing happening our lives over a number of years, even long years, can have an affect on the chemicals of our brains and on the lenses through which our eyes see. By lenses, I mean that I can have the same experience as you. But each of us brings all the baggage of our lives along to that moment and what we perceive is very different. My “glasses” may have ugly brown lenses, and yours may have soft “blue” lenses. How we understand and take into every cell of our body including our brain will be different and neither of us will likely know that. So when a person is thinking about suicide (and that’s our word, not theirs and if you ask them that they will likely say no. If you suspect as I did with my son once, it is better to surprise them and ask something like, well why haven’t you ended things? Have you chosen a way how yet? They are so surprised, they tell the truth.)

      Fortunately, my doctor could tell I was very depressed, and managed to get me into see an extremely good psychiatrist. It is so terribly difficult to get specialist often in Canada, but I ended up in the hospital because of my blood pressure, She pressed on from there until a specialist saw me since I was already in the hospital.

      After I was discharged I began formulating my own plans, because I could no longer stand the situation I was in and I could not see any end. The specialist put me on an antidepressant (which can be complicated; five were tried before one was effective) and as I am sensitive to medication, the dose was small and very gradually increased until it was effective. During that time I had come up with 13 different ways. My problem was that it absolutely had to be an accident. My youngest and my husband probably would accept things, but the eldest would be devastated for the rest of his life and I just couldn’t do that. (Did you know that you cannot get airbags taken out of the driver side of your car without a doctor’s certified reason, and granted by the government? And who wants to hit a semi or cement wall and survive, very much worse off? Even if you set off the airbag, the entire steering column must be replaced in order to drive, so you are still stick.)

      So I went from October 3 rd that year, to April 25 th of the next year before I finally agreed with myself that I wouldn’t do anything. She diagnosed what was causing the severe depression and social anxiety and it ended up including almost four years of Cognitive Behavior Therapy, one on one, for an hour and a half every two weeks. (and I did quit before I was finished, but my therapist got sick and the new one was a new age nut. Oh please, no thanks.)

      Now I didn’t really discusses the experiences that caused the depression. I had to dig them all up and mourn them properly emotionally because I never had – nasty job, but she said I would not get well unless I did. April 25 th after some good long thought I agreed. The therapy was so that I could see that my lenses were really screwy and that I had quite a few pairs on layer on over the top of one another. (Not in every situation, only my parental, and marital ones).

      Different people require chemical or talking therapy or both depending upon the situation. Some need neither. They just need an antidepressant to get them over the trauma of the situation they were currently in like my son. Different people have different needs.

      NOT SHOUTING, BUT IN EVERY CASE I TRULY BELIEVE THAT THE PERSON IS ILL. THEY ARE NOT REJECTING GOD. HE JUST DOESN’T REALLY PLAY A PART IN IT. THE BRAIN ISN’T FUNCTIONING AS IT SHOULD JUST AS IF ONE HAD A BROKEN LEG. Now if my son broke his leg and died I would not say he rejected God and had gone to hell. That would be nothing short of ridiculous.

      Please, please, please. I beg of you. Think of what I have said. If the outcome should be what you most fear, you son Evan was greeted by His Loving Lord, who understood just what was happening, and put His arms around him, and rocked him and rocked him, Loving him just as he was. God see ALL of us, not just the tiny, tiny piece of a person that we see. God loves Evan far, far more than you do. You can’t even conceive of how much He loves your son. And a little brain dysfunction will not keep Evan from God any more than a broken leg would.

      With every beat of my heart.

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      • Mike S says:

        Bev – thank you so much for sharing. I have only been able to skim your comments but they seem very true. So much has happened in the last two days and today we will know more. Yesterday which was day four, the police found Evan wandering about two hours from our home. They took him to a local hospital for minor injuries. My wife and I immediately drove down to be there but he refuses to see or talk with anyone. We are shortly returning to the hospital and beg them to take him to a mental hospital but the laws in our state may allow them to release him, meaning he will be free to pursue his mission of ending his existence.
        We are so thankful that Evan has been found and is safe for at least one more day. We appreciate everyone’s prayers and support but please don,t stop! Our immediate goal is to keep hope alive for one day.
        Our immense gratitude goes out to you, Charlie, and everyone in this community of believers.

        Mike S

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        • charliej373 says:

          We will keep praying, Mike. I was horrified once to have a loved one being released from a psychiatric facility during a period of grave trouble. At a meeting with all involved, EVERYONE knew she was not well, but they said they must release her because she knew how to say the right things. She was a juvenile, and all knew she would be gone within 24 hours of her release. So it happened. Thank God she lived to tell about it, but as Pogo once said, “We have met the enemy – and he is us.”

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        • audiemarie2014 says:

          Mike, I have similar experiences so my heart hurts for you and your family. I will continue to pray for your son, as well as for your entire family. God bless you.

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        • barb129 says:

          What a blessing that he is still alive…I’m praying for him and all of you.

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        • Fran says:

          Mike I have been wondering about Evan, so I am so grateful to hear that he has been found safe! What a tremendous relief for you even though I know you are still very concerned for him. I will keep praying! God can open any doors to get the help for your son that he needs. God bless you and your family.

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    • Pat says:

      Staju the Mercy of God is unfathomable! Trust! It is His greatest attribute, even His Justice leads us to His Mercy!

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    • Mick says:

      Stajdu, I am praying for your whole family.

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  9. As the time of our liberation approaches Our Lord commands: “lift up your heads!” It is no surprise that the enemy wants us to do just the opposite. Thank you Charlie for this most timely reminder.

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  10. tyronespirit says:

    Hi Charlie,
    It truely is important and key that we abandon ourselves completely to the will of God and trust in Him especially when times are tough. The Prayer of Abandonment which you promote is a great means by which we can achieve this. There is also a very beautiful and powerful novena prayer that I came across by an Italian priest called Fr.Dolindo Ruotolo (1882-1970), and it is known as The Surrender Prayer. It contains the line, “Oh, Jesus I surrender myself to you, take care of everything.” It truely is a most beautiful prayer and one that myself and my family have received great graces and miraculous help from in times of turmoil and hardship in our lives.
    If we truely surrender and abandon ourselves into the hands of God then we have nothing to fear. Indeed, if we live with this abandonment to the Divine Will then we will be able to face and overcome every obstacle and trial in our lives without fear. I beleive that by having complete and child-like trust in God, through total surrender and abandonment, is the best means to ride the storm!
    God Bless,
    Serena

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  11. Chris says:

    Thanks for the warning. I was blindsided by attacks for most of 2014 through the loss of love by my closest family members. Through so many tears and so much suffering I ran for the comfort of Ouy Lady and Jesus.They have heard my prayers, strengthened me and have surrounded me with new family, holy priests, nuns, friends and this website. I will begin saying the Prayer of Miraculous Trust as you have asked and will let you know of any changes in the family situation.Until then, I accept this suffering, offer it to my Lord and ask for your prayers that I may obtain final perseverance.

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  12. Pat says:

    If your votive interpretation of something the Church has not formally pronounced on is prickly and defensive, you probably do not trust in God, but rather trust in your interpretation of what God is.
    Charlie what does this mean?
    Thanks

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    • charliej373 says:

      Votive is voluntary, Pat…like a votive candle. Thus, it is not a matter of obligation. Let us take a matter like Medjugorje…the Church has neither approved nor condemned it, so you are free to do as you wish on it. But, if you condemn those who do not believe it and insist that you will believe it whatever the Church says, you are substituting a private revelation for the Church’s authority. Similarly, if you don’t believe it and you get prickly and insult the intelligence of any who do…if you insist it can NEVER be approved, you are substituting your judgment for that of the Church. In either case, you would be elevating your own self-will above everyone else – and are trusting your interpretation of God rather than actually trusting God. True faith involves humility, restraint and docility.

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      • Pat says:

        Thanks that makes sense. Sorry you may to keep it simple for me! Lol

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      • CrewDog says:

        I have thought for many years that a bunch of folks treat prayer like some sort of lottery .. That is … if I just use the “right” prayer or devotion and/or cobble the “right” words together … the more the better and better still if it sounds like a Shakespeare Play …. then wonderful things be happening! I’m guessing The Holy Trinity and Angelic Host gets a big laugh out of all this silliness … but listens none the less. I think Jesus only gave us one prayer .. “The Our Father” … and the Mass counts as a prayer too I suppose. When tough times come, I think, it’s always best to use the KISS Principle. Keep It Simple Stupid 😉
        Merry 4th Day of Christmas ….. God Bless us …… Everyone!

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        • charliej373 says:

          Prayer is truly a conversation with God. Thankfully, God knows our frailties, so usually chooses to hear what we mean rather than what we say. Good news for the clumsy who are sincere but try to be ever so formal and pious, but bad news for those who think by their spoken piety they can hide their vanity from God. Treat Him as your most trusted Friend – and He will never disappoint you (though He can be very demanding at times 🙂

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          • CrewDog says:

            “Treat Him as your most trusted Friend” …… A Big, Young, Healthy, Smart and Talented Friend who is not very talkative 😉

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          • charliej373 says:

            Heh heh, CrewDog.

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          • Murt says:

            ” Good news for the clumsy who are sincere but try to be ever so formal and pious, but bad news for those who think by their spoken piety they can hide their vanity from God. ”

            I reckon I’m one in the clumsy bracket. Seeming piety though but would like to know humility. I like that in an old Priest who serves Mass here in my parish. He has been a Priest for longer than I have been alive. Such love and devotion as he goes off on one of his usual Homily’s as the last Mass I was at he just stopped in his thinking and would just laugh a few moments and I wondered if he had fallen asleep. Such love and devotion to his Lord could only be imagined.

            Thank you Charlie for those latest musings O’ yorn. I had been thinking as to if there was any reality to this religious of mine. As my old Ma would have said which seems now so very relevant. The Lord works in His Own Ways His wonders to perform, we just need to keep the faith. I have tended to look on This Christ as a rather quiet bar-keep. I keep having relapses while He just smiles, looks on in a knowing sort of way.

            Thank you as I say as you give me a new faith with this latest meander. Blessings indeed as I hope He holds you in the hollow of His hand. May you feel the warm breath of His breathing about you. I shudder, I feel fear, I do hope I am up to the challenge which about us all………………………….

            My regards, Murt.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Good for you, Murt. If you feel fear over whether you are up to it, you begin with the right mindset.

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  13. Judy says:

    Without really thinking about it, I always expect the unexpected from Our Lord. He fills me with gratitude, love, delight and wonder. And He even has a sense of humor which often makes me smile! I cannot imagine the immense nature of the coming Storm, but I feel that He will continue to give consolations in ways least expected and at the times when we need the most encouragement. May our Trust in God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit be the center of our lives, and may Our Blessed Mother, the Woman Clothed with the Sun always be close to us in the coming months and years. May she guide and encourage us, and may she gather us into her lifeboat, especially those souls most in need of God’s mercy.

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  14. Wow. So-o-o powerful. Let it be so.

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  15. Bob says:

    And this year one of the big graces for me was my pastor to knock me with my pride and complacency in wanting to talk to others of their sins but it was coming from a smugness like the Pharisees who figured they had it figured out but my heart was not right. And I still need to pray for the grace to be right with Godt. As I work with addicts I have an almost daily opportunity to see how I am doing as the tendency to look down on them for doing the same thing over and over again is not fully purified. And I need to remember that I used to cycle with periods of pride in which I thought I was doing so good to periods of falling into my own addictive behaviors! So God has been patient with my and when I was confronted I remembered that those who had the most risk of being lost when Jesus preached, were the religious leaders who thought they had it figured out or were doing so good. Remember the Pharisee who prayed “Thank God I am not like that publican” and may God continue to have mercy and to free us from our own pride and smugness.

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    • jaykay says:

      Bob, I’m with you there. “The subtle vanity of the pious” really gave me a good kick in the shin. Combined as it so frequently is with me with the insidious – but pernicious – temptation to be a “bitter ender”, as CJ has put it. May I leave my comfortable perch at the top of the Synagogue and see where I should be… but so rarely am. At the back. With all my brothers and sisters.

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      • Bob says:

        And I sometimes tease my wife when she wants to go to the front of the church. Is that why Catholics tend to sit in the back row? I hope so and not so they can slip out early.

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  16. Judy says:

    Now, having expressed my faith (and what I have expressed is completely true), I will tell you that I would prefer to watch this storm on TV, or read about it in a book, but we all know that is not going to happen. 🙂 We are all in God’s hands. If there are many demons around us, we must remember that God also sends his angels and each one of us has a Guardian Angel. The Blessed Mother will never leave us, and the Lord will, likewise, never abandon us in the midst of sorrow or pain. May the Holy Spirit touch us greatly each and every day of this Storm.

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  17. Mack says:

    Thank you, Charlie, for this solemn warning. I hope I can take it to heart and not trust in my own self, but in God. I’ve been praying a mini-novena every morning to St. Michael for protection from the evil spirits.
    Lately I’ve also been drawn to contemplate the Precious Blood of Jesus, and if any would like to read it, I found an excellent book on the topic that’s in the public domain and free to read online. It covers every aspect of this important topic with a sound basis in Scripture. It was written 100 years ago so some language is dated, but the content is great. “Why Is Thy Apparel Red?” is the title, by Fr. Walz.
    https://archive.org/details/whyisthyapparelr00walzuoft

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  18. David says:

    Today’s reading quotes Simeon saying to Our Lady “And Thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts, thoughts may be revealed” This seems to be what we are seeing on this blog. Our Lady’s Pierced Heart has opened our hearts to write our thoughts here. We do not always agree with each other’s thoughts, but here they are, all the same.

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    • charliej373 says:

      And we grow together, working to build each other up rather than tear each other down. It is a joy to me that this is a safe place where people can speak what is truly in their hearts – and find so many with wisdom in so many different areas. We feed – and are fed by – each other. Thanks be to God.

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  19. Observer says:

    And some little “musings” for of course each person’s own discernment, but which I think, for such unbelievable times…with more to come….a good sign of NOT being forgotten by our faithful God and His Mother, by His permission,….is the latest group of messages through Msgr Esseff’s guided spiritual child. I remember Mother Angelica’s emphasis on the reality of power held within the truth of Mary, the “Woman Clothed With the Sun”, rather than the pitiful image of her created by the world as some passive “useful” instrument, used and forgotten, a plaster image only, and even denigrated further by nouveau “feminists”. Within these “messages” we are “seeing” the real intention of the Father that from the beginning has always wished to be fulfilled through the recognition by the world of His most splendid creation and what has been given through her Fiat and sufferings that accompanied that. The coming year…..2015, and beyond…..compelling the Church as well to stop the complacency towards those intentions of His; a complacency that has “permitted” a neglect of all of the intended gifts which could have given us a wholly different current situation which is obviously one of suffering rather than the rejoicing that could have been:

    esp….Dec. 23 and on: http://www.locutions.org/category/time-and-eternity/

    That gradual flooding now….but armed with forewarning and hope through, once again, Heaven’s unfailing patience.

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    • Mary-Louise says:

      I often find the words attributed to the Blessed Mother by the seer of locutions disturbing. You quote: … “compelling the Church as well to stop the complacency towards those intentions of His…” At times the seer seems to condemn the Church, which is the body of Christ — not the members of it who are ignoring their duty, not followers who are misinterpreting — but the Church itself. For example, in an earlier writing on Fatima in locutions is this:

      “What right does the Church have to set aside my commands and to keep hidden those secrets that should be revealed? What right does my Church have to falsely interpret what is revealed, as if the events have already been fulfilled when really, they lie in the future? This must end. Fatima must be placed immediately on the lampstand and the first step will be for Pope Francis to reveal the entire secret and to acknowledge that these are future events.”

      The language in locutions attributed to Our Lady is unlike her language in any accepted visitations of which I’m aware.

      It’s good to remember no Catholic is required to believe any messages from private revelation — not even messages from approved sites, much less unapproved current messages. It is not necessary to the Faith to believe anything beyond which is taught by the Church, and best expressed in the Catechism.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Mary Louise, I have stated before here (amid a minor controversy) that I consider most of the locutions from that site to be refined natural spiritual meditations, but remain unconvinced of any supernatural origins. I am dubious because they are often heavy political in nature, heavily focused on the news cycles rather than the eternal, and often very negative with a harsh tone that I find inconsistent with my own experience. That said, when it relates to a specific point here and someone links to the site, I am permissive. It has its ups and downs, I think…and is worth hearing. It may have some supernatural origin but the seer is not properly disciplined about differentiating between their own interpretations and the raw messages. I don’t know. I see things there at times that cause me to think I should dismiss it entirely, then I see things that are sublime. Take what is good, ignore what troubles you.

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        • Observer says:

          If I may and with all due respect….I’m not understanding, Charlie, what you mean by “the seer is not properly disciplined about differentiating between their own interpretations and the raw messages”. Disciplined?? In this particular situation the locutionist (not seer…different qualifications for discernment for each type) had allegedly been receiving personal messages for some time before receiving anything meant for the world and requested for such. As I understand it from one in personal contact with Monsignor the “locutionist” is a member of a prayer group in Msgr Esseff’s parish. She had been under his spiritual direction for years….he has decades (he’s now in his eighties) of such spiritual direction experience of all levels of spiritual development to include mystics…as well as being an exorcist with experiences of courageous defense of the Faith against even terrorist threats. The public “messages” were released only after a request (allegedly by our Lady herself) to pass each through Msgr Esseff for his personal discernment and then released through his permission. The commentary for each permitted “message” is his.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Well, with equal respect, Observer, I’m just going to leave this alone. I am permissive of the use of links to the site when it relates to the subject at hand, I have respect for Msgr. Essef, I have no objection to anyone having high esteem for those messages. Some of them I do, some of them I don’t. But I think I am going to decline to get involved in any serious analysis of it and just let things stand as they are. As Pilate once said, “What I have written, I have written.”

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      • Pete says:

        Mary-Louise, thanks for your post. I stopped reading the “locutions” from that website months ago. When I read posts from Charlie and the many members on this site (who I truly consider my family!) I experience peace in my soul…safety, if you will. I try to put into practice the Rules of St. Ignatius concerning the Discernment of spirits…how God is acting in my soul/life VS how the satan is also working very diligently to destroy/distract that work of God. Having said that, I am not saying that the “locutions/messages” on that website are valid or not valid. I just do not experience peace when I read them and so I do not “go there”. For me, wondering about they’re authenticity is just a distraction. I understand that Jesus is not asking me to figure anything out…that is not my job. He is asking me to watch and pray and to take the next right step TODAY as people and circumstances present themselves to me. I thank Jesus and our Mother Mary for this website because this little family here is helping me to do that and to keep my focus. I like what CrewDog said: KISS- keep it simple stupid!… “be simple as doves, wise as serpents”

        BTW, I watched with my family a movie over the weekend called “All is Lost” The trailer ad sums up the story as follows: ” After a collision with a shipping container at sea, a resourceful sailor finds himself, despite all efforts to the contrary, staring his mortality in the face.”
        Robert Redford is the only actor in the movie and there is hardly any talking at all. There is one scene when he yells out the “F” word…the storm/elements brought him to almost utter despair. I could see the word forming on his lips and it was pretty easy to distract the kids for a second. The movie was a good reminder to me that the storm we are entering will be something that will test me beyond human endurance…that the only way of survival (spiritually/physically,emotionally) will depend upon utter dependence on God, not myself!
        I won’t give it all away, but the character in the movie is, time after time, stripped of his self dependence…just when he thinks he has figured it out and has tackled all that the storm/sea can throw at him….
        I am so thankful to God that I am in the same life raft with you all. Even if we are at some point in time unable to connect via this website, I know that we will always be connected via prayer/the grace of God.
        Our Lady, Star of the Sea…Pray for us in the storm!
        Pete

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    • Marie says:

      I read these too, and find them both grave and consoling. I discovered them almost two years ago, and they have helped to put a spiritual lens on the absolute madness that this world is descending into. It is comforting to know that our Mother is preparing us, and has promised her protection to those who honor her.

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  20. Joseph says:

    Charlie,
    Please print a copy of the Miraculous Prayer of Trust. Thank you.

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  21. Patricia says:

    Charlie,
    I am so confused. My security is in God and the Blessed Mother. Now I interpret your post as saying we will have no security. I am assuming that if I ask God, do the next right thing and be of hope (help) to others I will have the security of being on the right side albeit maybe out of my element, out of my home, and/or out of peace of mind. I have been fighting despair for the last few weeks between your posts, Locutions and the daily news events which seem to follow both sites.
    What I have been taking from your posts is that we should expect the unexpected. So when I look at my wood stove,( or whatever it is I hope will help) I think ,well,maybe I will not be HERE next year and it is for someone else. Maybe I will be dead next year. Maybe I will be grieving dead family members. I contemplate all and say to myself “I hope not but if God is going to make me walk THAT then it must be for the better.” This is what I am doing. What must I do or what am I doing wrong because between fighting my normal every day sins and recently despair, I read this and think just give up and go be like everyone else who has no idea what is going on.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Pat, you worry about being on God’s side – and that is good. Too many are convinced that God is on their side…and have got it backwards. If you are humbly trying to be on God’s side, you are in pretty good shape. That is why I so emphasize the acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope…Trust-Do-Love formulation. If you live it rigorously, it eliminates most opportunities for even subtle vanity.

      I think you get caught up in scruples – a reverse problem…you frequently worry about things that do not apply to you. Read the article again. I note people who think they know what apparitions mean exactly – and are quick to denounce anyone who suggests they might have misinterpreted anything. I note people who think they have mastered all the nuances of theology. I note people who think their pious practices exempts them from any troubles. Do any of these things apply to you? I don’t think so.

      I would worry more about my own lack of clarity…but Jesus, Himself, said at one point “Whoever is not with us is against us” and then later said, “Whoever is not against us is with us.” He did not contradict Himself. Language has limitations, so you have to read things in light of the context involved. I made as clear as I can that those who rely on their own mighty skills are going to be upended early…those who rely on God entirely while doing the little they can are under His security. You are prepared to accept what He sends and be a sign of hope as best you can. I honestly struggle to figure out how you could possibly think what I wrote applies to your situation.

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      • Patricia says:

        “that the most faithful are the primary targets. Naturally, I thought of attacks on families and disorders so violent that people went into panic. But I am contemplating another form right now. For many of the most faithful, their security comes from feeling they have this largely knocked. They know what to expect and how to expect it. Even bad things won’t usually shake them, if it is consonant with what they expected. But if they find things are not like they thought they are, they can go into despair and decide there is no God or that God has deceived them.”

        Charlie, I would not be surprised if almost everyone who reads this from your post can find themselves in there. We are the faithful so we hope. Our security is that Christ has our back. But as you say maybe not as we expect. So how do I think it applies to just me? If, to give myself some peace of mind, I try to trust, do and love ( and always falling down but trying every day) but God leaves me shaken in a way I do not or will not expect then I guess I could or will become unglued. You wrote: “It is God’s will that all be stripped of human vanity before we are fit for rescue ” If we are to be “stripped of human vanities” (and we all still have those) and ……….. will enter their passion then it applies to almost all of us who read this including me.
        And no scruples for me; I am the queen of rationalizing.
        Btw, if the Pope wants to declare Medjugorje is not true, fine with me. I found my faith there many many years ago but whatever the Church wants to say is ok with me. I am just not that tied into the right or wrong with it. God will figure it out.
        Thank you for taking the time to answer.

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        • Bob says:

          If any of you have read easy things, ha, ha, like John of the Cross “Dark Night of the Soul” or “Ascent of Mount Carmel” you will see that those who want to have as much of a glimpse of God in this life as possible must be stripped of self. As the saint says somewhere most are not willing to undergo those surrenders and changes necessary and therefore most will need to wait until purgatory for their purification but after death there is no merit for purification. So perhaps God is fashioning a way for all to be more deeply purified in this life before we die during the storm if Charlie is right. So as we Catholics know we must all be purified of any attachments to sin and must be stripped of inordinate attachment to the creature before the beatific vision will be given to us. So let us pray to accept more of our purification in this life rather than the next if that is what God is asking.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Most of us will not die, Bob. In fact, more of us will wish we could at times than will actually die during the Storm. But many of us will. It is a hard thing. It is why I am so persistent about abandonment. But most of those who die will not suffer eternal damnation like it has been over the last century. And those who live will live to see their children and grandchildren live in a world of peace and prosperity and godliness that we could only imagine. Keep faith and I tell you, your children and your children’s children will call you blessed down to the 10th generation. All those who live in these times have been given a great gift – to live in God’s time of renewal of the world…to give witness to those who have lost hope – and to see their children live in a world of hope, love and joy.

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          • barb129 says:

            Such comfort in those words Charlie…thank you. I’m going to print those out to keep.

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          • Bob says:

            I wasn’t implying that most of us will die only that we will be asked to suffer more of what God often reserves for purgatory in this life. As Mark Mallett says God will permit less leeway for a careless or indifferent Christianity and there will be more rocks on the road and we will be asked to make a clearer choice for God with more purification involved. Thanks for your encouragement Charlie. And yet my past reading of John of the Cross provided me some encouragement also in that if we patiently submit to God’s purification we may be granted a bit more of a glimpse of God’s glory even on this side of the veil. But a better future for our children and grandchildren is a great hope also. May it be so, pray God.

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          • Mack says:

            I’ve started to pray the prayer for a happy death much more often. But I also have a sense that I will survive the Storm. Of course I don’t know. But I think God wants me to evangelize and help others.

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    • ann says:

      Patricia–as one who has been where you are now and then, I think “fasting” from too much information is a good thing. It’s so easy to get caught up in this “what if” cycle and that’s where trust goes out the window. I find that if I can get to Mass more than once a week and spend some serious time in front of the Blessed Sacrament I keep my focus way better–once in front of the Tabernacle I thought that Our Lord said to me in that inner voice–“keep your eyes on Me…don’t look to the left and don’t look to the right. Keep your eyes on Me.” And that’s the best advice for these days I think. In a way I guess it translates out to Trust God, Be a sign of hope, and do the next right thing, although this particular “message” came many years ago. I think you are very conscientious Patricia and that’s a good thing but I also think it can be used against you (I speak from experience) and twist you into knots. (again, been there and done that) Private revelation is just that–private. The Church is always very cautious about it and we should be cautious too. It should never get in the way of what is officially the Church’s direction. If you get a chance, read Fr. Walter Cziscek’s book “He Leadeth Me” about his time in Soviet Russia, inprison and in a labor camp. It was pretty dreadful but he moved through it with great peace, after a crisis of faith when he was in prison. He tells us in the book that we must embrace everything in our life, day to day, minute to minute as the will of God. We don’t have to go running here and there to find it or even worry about it. Just embrace that present moment as His gift, and do the best we can and offer it up to Him in union with Heart of Jesus. Simple, huh? anyway, I’m praying for you to have peace, as a fellow traveler who has walked in your shoes. God bless, and keep on holding fast to Mother Mary.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Marvelous counsel, Ann. Thank you. It is good for all of us.

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      • SteveBC says:

        Ann, thank you for the book recommendation. This is currently a major issue, maybe *the* major issue for me, so I have bought the book and will read it soon.

        “we must embrace everything in our life, day to day, minute to minute as the will of God.” I have a number of “issues” wearing me down, and every now and then, I remember that God wants me in this “place”. Your words took me close to tears, because I find it so hard and yet so necessary to hold this in mind.

        It *is* simple, as you say, but the difficulty comes from having to accept the myriad little and moderate “issues” I am dealing with these days – they seem small in themselves but together wear on me near-constantly until all I want to do is go to bed and pull the covers over my head. I want to push back, to tell God, to *yell* at God, “Oh, come on, enough already!”, and sometimes I do say that and then I have to smile because I know I can’t get away with it since I know I am right where I need to be, in God’s eyes.

        I don’t have anywhere near the jolts of massive pain that others here have described as occurring in their lives right now, but being sandpapered for 64 years has its own effects. To know that I am held in God’s hands while he puts me through failure and disappointment and limitation and pain nearly every day for reasons I only barely begin to understand, well, it seems I should not be able to relax, and yet that knowledge does just that for me. It lets me take a breather for a little while, recover my equilibrium, and start to see the love and the humor of life again.

        Thank you for reminding me of something so important. Now I think I’ll go hang out with a couple of my friends, relax a bit, and see about getting some laughter into this day.

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        • ann says:

          Steve–I think you will find Fr. Cziscek’s book really comforting. He had so many struggles before he reached that point of complete abandonment to Christ. And he’s so humble in his telling of his story of God’s presence through all the difficulties and sufferings. I’m glad I was able to mention something that helped you. I hope the book is of use to you. God bless you.

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      • Patricia says:

        Thank you Ann. I will get Father’s book. Sometimes too much information is too much.

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  22. Elizabeth G. says:

    During a very recent pilgrimage to Sainte Baume in southern France, I came to understand more fully the idea of abandonment. The Dominicans there who guard the relics of Sainte Marie-Madeleine also acknowledge the recently beatified (by Pope Benedict XVI) Father Charles de Foucauld. After a complicated modern life, Charles built a hermitage, a private house devoted to prayer, in a village in the Sahara. He wore a white robe and greeted everyone he met with Christian love. He did not try to convert the local people, choosing instead to be an example of Jesus for all. The people called him “the holy man.” Some people suspected Charles of being a spy because they saw soldiers stopping at the hermitage. Rebel forces of the time went to the hermitage and killed Father Charles in 1916.

    Charles once wrote a famous prayer called the “Prayer of Abandonment.” This very simple prayer can lead you closer to God. http://saintsresource.com/charles-de-foucauld/

    The Prayer of Abandonment

    Father,
    I abandon myself into your hands;
    Do with me what you will.
    Whatever you may do, I thank you:
    I am ready for all, I accept all.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Beautiful, Elizabeth. That sums up all we need to gird our loins for these times. Thank you.

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      • David says:

        I also worried about where to go and what to do and how to get ready. Now, thanks to prayer and the thoughts of many of your hearts, I realize that too many of us are Marthas. Mary chose the correct place . To be at the feet of Jesus. We would do well to join her and place our trust in HIM.

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    • ann says:

      I have had a great devotion to Bl. Charles deFoucould for many years. One of his followers in the Little Brothers of Jesus, Carlo Caretto wrote a wonderful book some years back “Letters From the Desert” that gives great insight into Bl. Charles and the Little Brothers. thanks for posting the prayer.

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  23. Rosie says:

    This piece has given me much to think about. Christ has been very quiet in my life lately. So I have been driven to pray with more intensity and deeper thought. … Still no sound. On Christmas eve I had a very bad nightmare, a dark person overcame a scene I was in (watching as bystander) changing the scene to deeper darkness, and then again the next night, and the next night. A person in a car was driving and trying to stay ahead of the darkness, when suddenly it drove backward and fell deep into the abyss. I watch from high above as this happened, not being able to help. Then you sent this message, and I recall the words of our Lord, “Be Still, and Know I am God.”
    Most all who aware of this end…ing are trying to do what they feel is necessary, or urgently require. Until lately, I have felt just that also. Then about 3 months ago, I realized I must stop and all that I could do has been done. That was is left is “Be Still, and Know I am God”… I ask our Lord to forgive our hilarious pride, He probably has had a great laugh, and I am sure a bitter cry yet, still loves us so. Thank you Charlie, you have given much, so many can understand. Have a Blessed New Year.

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  24. Dan Lynch says:

    St. Joseph and the Family

    Having just celebrated the Feast of the Holy Family, we should remember that God’s plan is that indissoluble marriage be the foundation of the family, which is the basic unit of society. The family has its origin in that same love with which the Creator embraces the created world. Jesus entered into human history through the family. He fully discloses man to himself beginning with the family in which He chose to be born and to grow up. Jesus appeals to “the beginning,” seeing at the very origins of creation God’s plan, on which the family is based, and, through the family, the entire history of humanity.

    Our Lady of America and St. Joseph gave the visionary Sister Mildred several messages concerning the family. She said that it was made known to her interiorly that her mission was to converge towards the sanctification of the family.

    On November 8, 1954, Our Lady spoke to her in these words:

    “It is the wish of my Son that fathers and mothers strive to imitate me and my chaste spouse in our holy life at Nazareth. We practiced the simple virtues of family life, Jesus our Son being the center of all our love and activity. The Holy Trinity dwelt with us in a manner far surpassing anything that can ever be imagined. For ours was the earthly paradise where once again God walked among men.
    As in our little home no sin was to be found, so it is the wish of the Heart of my Son and my Immaculate Heart that sin should, as far as possible, be unheard of in the homes of our children.
    The Divine Trinity will dwell in your midst only if you are faithful in practicing the virtues of our life at Nazareth. Then, you also, my children, you also will become another paradise. God will then walk among you and you will have peace.”

    On the eve of his own feast, March 19, 1958, St. Joseph made his own appearance to Sister Mildred and proclaimed the unique privilege that was bestowed on him as the Virgin-Father of Jesus. He said that all fatherhood is blest in his fatherhood. He asked that our family life be modeled on that of the Holy Family, with Jesus at the center of all its activity. He wants us to teach our children well. He said:

    “Dear child, I was king in the little home of Nazareth, for I sheltered within it the Prince of Peace and the Queen of Heaven. To me they looked for protection and sustenance, and I did not fail them. I received from them the deepest love and reverence, for in me they saw Him Whose place I took over them.
    So the head of the family must be loved, obeyed, and respected, and in return be a true father and protector to those under his care. In honoring in a special way my fatherhood, you also honor Jesus and Mary. The Divine Trinity has placed into our keeping the peace of the world.
    The imitation of the Holy Family, my child, of the virtues we practiced in our little home at Nazareth is the way for all souls to that peace which comes from God alone and which none other can give.”

    On March 30, St. Joseph again appeared and declared himself the protector of the Church and the home. He stated that Jesus and Mary desired that his pure heart, so long hidden and unknown, be now honored in a special way. He asked that we honor him on the First Wednesday of every month and pray the Joyful mysteries of the Rosary in memory of his life with Jesus and Mary. St. Joseph confirmed his enormous role in God’s plan of salvation, shared with his holy Spouse, the Mother of Jesus. (Diary 26-31) .

    One way of honoring St. Joseph’s request to model our family life on that of the Holy Family is to pray as a family. Our Lady told Sister that “Making the Rosary a family prayer is very pleasing to me. I ask that all families strive to do so.” (Diary 21) She also promised her protection to the family that honors her. Sister said that “. . . Our Lady also requested a picture or statue of herself as she appeared [as Our Lady of America] . . . to be honored and venerated in every Christian home.” (Diary 26).

    For more information click here: http://jkmi.wsiefusion.net/our-lady-of-america

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

    “When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever.” (Proverbs 10:25).

    Dan Lynch Apostolates promoting devotion to
    Our Lady of Guadalupe, Jesus King of All Nations,
    Our Lady of America and Saint John Paul II
    Visit our website at http://www.JKMI.com
    E-Mail Us at JKMI@JKMI.com
    May Our Lady of Guadalupe keep you under the mantle of her protection and
    may the Reign of Jesus King of All Nations be recognized in your heart!

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  25. radiclaudio says:

    Hi again Charlie, at the risk of sounding like a complete idiot (lol), I can’t find the actual prayer of Miraculous Trust. When I click on the link I only see the blog post and not the prayer. Where can I find it again? In Christ, Rich

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    • charliej373 says:

      No, you’re not the complete idiot, Rich: I am. With all my stuff in there, I neglected to put the actual text. Here it is – and I will go edit the page to get it in.

      A prayer to abandon yourself to trust in God; to bind yourself to His will with trust rather than trying to bind Him to yours. Pope Francis called Our Lady of Guadalupe the “Virgin of Tepeyac” at her last feast day. Tepeyac Hill is where she appeared, not Guadalupe, hence the title Our Lady of Tepeyac, Mother of Conversion. At its deepest level, this is a prayer that we all convert ourselves to God’s Holy Will.

      Back of card: PRAYER OF MIRACULOUS TRUST: (This prayer is to help you turn things over to God, trusting that once you have done so, whatever He then allows is for your eternal good and that of those you love. It lets you ask what you want of God, then closes by abandoning yourself to what God wants of you. Do not say it more than once for any particular intention, as this is an abandonment to trust)

      Begin by asking for the help of Our Lady of Tepeyac, then cross yourself and say:

      By the power of Our Lord, Jesus Christ; to the honor of Our Lady, the Immaculate Conception; in service to her Immaculate Heart; I ask you Lord (state intention here and ask for the intercession of the saint of your choice). I thank you for hearing my prayer. Thy will be done. Amen.

      Cross yourself again, and give it over to God entirely with trust

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      • NancyA says:

        It was there. I have printed out that page, and use it to make the prayer, and I notate on the back of the page what intentions I have prayed it for. I did mistakenly pray it twice for an intention for my godchild, requested by her mom, because I did not check the back first before praying it the second time. I TRUST Our Lady and her Son understand. 🙂

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        • charliej373 says:

          Ah shoot, Nancy, just today I did one that I really was not sure whether I had done before. I get so many requests, I can’t remember them all – and I do not mark them down. I have a certain contempt for those evangelists who sell physical healing as if they are an ad agency…I prefer to leave all of it to God. I would not be asking what I did here were I not directed to. But God sees our intentions…and if you don’t remember, far better to accidentally do it twice than to never do it at all.

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        • radiclaudio says:

          Yes, it’s there now (or maybe always was and I just finally found it. 🙂 )

          Either way it’s a tremendous prayer. Thank your Angel for sharing with you to share with us all.

          Please know that I prayer for you and our growing family daily, including often these days during Adoration. I ask God to lead million of more souls to your blog (at least as long as the net is up). It is very very helpful in leading so many of us to a deeper, more humble, obedient, and trusting love of God, seeking only His will. It is like a very effective crash course in Spiritual Navy Seal training. TJtM,

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  26. SteveBC says:

    Charlie, do you remember when we traded comments about “Pass the popcorn” and watch the show? I made a comment then that was essentially that at some point I would say, “What was I thinking??”

    Some of what you say above about despair has been true for me recently, but it hasn’t been quite the same as you are concerned about. I think I hit the spot where I really seriously said to myself, “What were you thinking, Steve?”

    I believe that we each have responsibility to do what we can to care for ourselves and our families and friends, and that we should do what we can to get out of the road if we see a truck bearing down on us, regardless of what God might or might not do. It isn’t normally right to expect a miracle and decide to stay in the road. Yet that appears to be what we are now called to do.

    I’ve begun to realize just how big that approaching truck is and just how limited my ability to run aside actually is (or even more so, just how little God is *allowing* me to do to prepare to run aside). I think many of your commenters are in a similar state. For a while that recognition that we are not to run aside has lead me into a bit of despair, and I have been considering how larger negative influences can accentuate that inner experience.

    I think it’s crucial to trigger that realization in as many people as possible, as early as possible, but it does give that negative despair influence you’re talking about a way inside the person who experiences the realization. After all, if I cannot learn to be calm before the worst hits, then I will likely only add to the trouble when it does hit and give that negative influence an even greater opportunity to do damage. Therefore, I view my recent experience of realization and despair as like a vaccination or a way to denature some of the inner reactions early, though it is mighty uncomfortable.

    I applaud you for bringing this up for consideration explicitly. I also want to reassure you that in my own experience your site and this community are both triggering this realization and providing the guidance and help that people such as me need when we reach this state, thus minimizing the degree to which the malign influence can affect us.

    I trust you to keep doing what you’re doing, and keep helping us all go through this. You are helping us learn *now* (and in a protected environment) how to move through the panic, relax, and turn to God, so that we can be better beacons of hope when a much larger number of people realize in 2015 and 2016 that things are going south.

    They won’t have the time or the protected environment to allow them to learn early how to move through the despair. It will hit them full force. We will need to be there for them, and that means we need to experience despair and learn to work our way through it now, possibly more than once, while here in this community’s protected environment.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Ha, Steve, about a month after I got to Colorado permanently I said, in prayer, “Lord, I think we’re going to need a bigger boat.” I still get those moments. It is an invitation to trust. As you are capable of living your faith with more steady resolve, God lets you see a little more how big it really is – and how small you really are – and how great He really is. Once you realize that our ONLY hope is to do what little we can and pray the Lord of abundance multiplies it by about 100,000, then you are at the beginning of wisdom. For as long as we know how little we are, He always multiplies the loaves. When we think we are the titans, He leaves us with the meagre work of our own hands. What a poverty it is to depend on anything but God!

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      • marti says:

        Oh Charlie! What true wisdom you speak! Even though my dear husband teaches emergency preparedness, survival training and we are stocked to the gills with ‘what if’ things for taking care of family and friends and whoever God deems to bring our way, I have always felt that that God of abundance is the only thing I need for survival. As a military wife of 21 yrs and a mother of seven kids its ingrained in me that all will fall apart two days after the husband has gone on a trip–and it surely does! Septic, broken glass, broken bones, bomb squads,spider infestations–you name it, it has happened. What we truly are afraid of is the violence of men & women when they despair and believe there is nothing but the survival of the fittest. Preparing for death is what we do the minute we are born into this world. (or should do!) That and trust that God has a plan for us. I look at the mass graves in the middle east with the Christians in them. Those people are no more special than you or I, except they died because they were Christians! Its important to tell our children about martyrdom. We are all called to red or white martyrdom at our baptism. Not all of us will die that way, but when and if the time comes, I do want my children to have the knowledge that it is a worthy death and that every single day we need to offer our will to the Father, say your prayer of Trust and live our life in a manner which would make God proud by frequenting the sacraments and praying non stop and being a light in the dark world and forgiving others. God and our Lady will fight this battle. We are not the Generals, they are! We are called to be the servants and foot soldiers. My bravery is about as long as my little finger. My hope in God’s promises is mighty!!

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      • SteveBC says:

        Hmmm. I’m visualizing myself in a very hot dryer set to “Shrink Cycle” and the shutoff timer is broken! 😀

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        • Connie says:

          You twist things around from all angles trying to figure things out! I learn a lot from you doing that and you have a great sense of humor, my brother! You bring a smile to my face frequently. Love your enthusiasm. KOKO……

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          • SteveBC says:

            Connie, I just found your comment and wanted to say thank you. I’m convinced that our smiles and laughter are enormous helps to us and those around us as we find our way through the Storm. To see you cheered by my comments and my twisty ways(!) of ponderously pondering is a blessing to me which I appreciate more than you might think.
            KOKO!

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ha Steve, you ponderously ponder more ponderously than any ponderous ponderer I know. I tell you with certainty that you are the best ponderous ponderer I have ever encountered! And sometimes, real and deeply pithy wisdom is ponderously extruded through your ponderings.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Charlie, now that I’ve laughed myself silly after reading your comment, and after pondering over your comment about occasional bits of wisdom, I recommend you ponder on blind hogs and acorns! 😀

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  27. Lynette says:

    I am a devotee of the Divine Mercy message, and the prayer “Jesus, I Trust in You” comes in quite handy as well. Personally, I struggle with the possibility of being led astray, of being tricked in such confusing times. I know this is pride, as I could not possibly know everything. I believe, I adore, I hope and I love you, Jesus. I beg pardon for the times I have not believed, have not adored, have not hoped and have not loved you.

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  28. Diane says:

    I got blind sided this morning as I was holding my youngest daughter who is in her her second year of college and home for Christmas. She was crying and I was assuring her she could tell me anything, she kept saying I can’t mommy, I can’t tell you. After much tugging and pulling she confided to me that she had been raped. Wow, I didn’t see that coming. We have 5 children, she is the youngest. All very supportive and protective of each other. My second son actually said (because of other things occurring throughout the years – whats going on mom, are we cursed. I said no, were not cursed its just an ugly world. I feel like someone blew out my candle, I feel so sad, so sad. Good thing is she has had more time to heal, it happened about 5 months ago, although she never told me, she did report it, although too late for the authorities to take action against the perpetrator, she is getting counseling and she has an older sister at the same college who she has confided to. That is good. But boy I tell you, it has been a hard hit. As a parent and there are many here on this site, you pray for your children most diligently, never wanting them to go through some of this things you went through as a young adult. But also knowing that if you did not go through what you did, you wouldn’t know the Lord as well as you do. In my heart I know this path will make her a better and stronger Christian woman, I know God is in the midst of everything, I know because of Faith. But this hurts.
    I have had a tough few weeks at work – i work in a funeral home and there have been way too many suicides, one homicide of a 22 year old man, just too many young people dying. My heart reaches out to those families. A father of the boy who was killed said, (and I paraphrase) at least now I don’t have to worry about where he is.
    I kind of get that statement. There is so much going against our young people and we cannot be there to walk them through – we have to trust that God is guiding them to be who He created them to be.
    I’m not sure what to think today, except your musings were right on and the blogs were comforting,
    Now, i have to go home to my unreasonable husband and listen to his rants…”where is your God now”…
    and I do know where He is. He is in the midst of all this.
    Thank you all – Thank you.

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    • charliej373 says:

      God bless you and keep you, Diane. What a terrible thing to find out, yet it is good that your daughter could find comfort in you. Family is our strength. My prayers go up for you and your daughter – and out of this ordeal may she become a profound sign of hope to all she encounters.

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      • Diane says:

        You know its funny – God leaves us a trail for us to find comfort, there is a young woman about 7 years older that my daughter and a faithful member of our community, she experienced the same and my daughter knows her and always admired her but never knew until I said something today about her experiencing the same and asked if it would be okay for her to call my daughter. Of course she said yes. So I called her mom and will let God work out the details. And you are right, out of this ordeal she may become a profound of hope to others. God Bless you and thank you for the prayers.

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    • audiemarie2014 says:

      I am keeping you and your family in my prayers, Diane. Your words “He is in the midst of all this” are ones that I want to remember. Thank you and God bless you.

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  29. Fran says:

    Charlie, Mark, and Pelianito (Janet), my spiritual guides, you are a great comfort…thank you.

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  30. jeanO says:

    Wonder if any of you have taken in tonight’s premiere of History Channel’s “Revelation: The End of Days” program that premiered tonight? I usually avoid most television, but caught this halfway through. Beg your pardon Charlie, if I am off topic. Musing posts allow a little wiggle room, so I introduced this one. I felt the program was worth watching, and I would like to hear what you; Charlie, and Company, think about what was presented should you tune in later. I was impressed by the circumstances under which the antichrist came to power.

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  31. donna269 says:

    I am so moved by everybody on this blog….you are an amazing group of humans and I have a tear in my eye reading through this today….God Bless everyone…Diane, your daughter is in my prayers and you as well!

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    So they think that Russian plane was taken down by ISIS. And a wise guy once quipped that it is not a good thing to poke a stick in a bear’s face, that good things seldom result. If this was a terrorist attack I wonder if that will not begin the dealing with Islam as Putin is not into political correctness?

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