Christmas in the Trenches

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“First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a communist;

Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a socialist;

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a trade unionist;

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Jew;

Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak out for me.” – Martin Niemoller

By Charlie Johnston

Several people at different sites have pondered whether I erred in saying that the Christmas of 2013 would be our last traditional Christmas until the Storm ended. I consider it to be so, but I was going to say it would not at all offend me if anyone regarded it as an objective error. I was firmly rebuked on the matter, though, for I was reminded that a part of my work is to get people to see a little more from the perspective of eternity rather than the perspective of this world.

We are so self-absorbed that we usually do not concede there is a problem until it shows up right on our doorstep. The familiar prose poem from World War II at the top illustrates this. Tyranny and trouble did not begin when they came for the narrator; it began when they came for the first group and all who were directly unaffected did nothing. When evil rises and you deceive yourself that all is well unless they come for you, you are well deceived. Evil does not stop until it is stopped.

Across wide swaths of the Middle East and Southeast Asia, Christians are being murdered en masse, children beheaded and crucified, people burned alive. In much of the west, people are being fired or forced out of business if they won’t swear fealty to the “homosexual” agenda. In many countries of the west, reading verbatim passages from the Bible qualifies as hate speech. Some traditionally European Christian countries have ceded swaths of their territory to brutal sharia law. This last year, anti-Christian activists in America targeted such innocuous symbols of Christmas as candy canes and Santa Claus. In the American military, Christian chaplains and officers are under siege. The Federal Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) quietly acted last October to propose rules that would effectively end private outdoor Christmas lighting in America. The comment period just ended with few even knowing it was proposed. If it is not stopped, the bureaucrats will have established a rule whereby you can be fined and ordered to take down your outdoor Christmas decorations.

You may ask what could we do about such things. We once could have demanded that our nation stand up for the oppressed rather than for the oppressors. But now American government overseers care little about what the folksies think. We once could have tossed out politicians who constrained our freedom. But now unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats file regulations that carry the rule and penalties of law regardless of what we think. We were seduced by tyranny coming with the sweet promise of kindness and care as long as we gave away the power of free men and women to them first. We were chumps who cared more about our comfort than our faith or what was right. We won’t get western civilization back until a great crisis has been reached and passed…we have already let it slip away. Politics has become irrelevant and impotent, except as wielded by those who would further destroy faith and freedom – and then only to lead us closer to the abyss.

In America – and much of the west – Christians are treated with wary official intolerance and hostility by both the government and the culture. The American Dept. of Homeland Security lists Christian “fundamentalists” as potentially dangerous terrorists, while dismissing fears about Jihadists. I have two police officers in my family. American police are now having to carefully choose where they will park, taking care that their site-lines are unimpeded so as to avoid ambush. They are having to rethink how to answer calls, so as not to be pulled into an ambush. They are pulling down their pages on social media so as to protect their families from targeting. The Mayor of the largest city in the country and the President and Attorney General, as well as the establishment media, all encourage and make excuses for those who target the police. Everyone who still believes and lives traditional western and American values is under siege today – not tomorrow, not later, but today. The government and the culture have gotten so big and unresponsive that it seems there is little you can do. To formally complain is more likely to get you on an enemies list than to enact change. Our governments and the media have become an occupying power with values alien to most who just want to live in peace – and hostile to any hint of faith or traditionalism. In the Newspeak that is current, tolerance demands rigidly enforced conformity to what the elite occupiers want.

So what can you do? You can withdraw your allegiance to the government and culture that surround you – and do it in support of your nation. Every community has an organizing principle. It is our fault that, for several generations, we have progressively built that principle around an overweening government and the television set. It does not have to be so. Build your community around your neighbors and your church. Ignore the government, except where it coerces you (admittedly, in many areas). Support your local police. They will be your bulwark if, in its panic, the central government tries to impose Martial Law to quell the crises it has created. I often suspect that is precisely why local police are being so relentlessly vilified by top officials and the media – they know local police will not turn on their neighbors in obeisance to a federal order – so the feds try to create a wedge now between the people and those best poised to defend us.

The federal government is making many mistakes in its efforts to stamp out Christian and traditional cultural practice. The vilification of police was one case. They knew what they were doing. They backed off a little when they got some blowback from the ambush murders of police in New York, Los Angeles and Florida…but not much. With every overreach they think they are getting more powerful and closer to being able to seize command authority. But with every overreach, the mask falls a little further and more people see what has been wrought. You can begin to form and offer allegiance to the smaller more intimate communities that will have to give us all succor as the central government succumbs to its madness and falls apart.

Do not be seduced by false dawns or false promises. I see many were enthused by the closure of a lot of abortion facilities in the last year. I sympathize with the enthusiasm, but it is not what it seems. What is happening is abortion is moving slowly away from the disreputable little clinics that were easy to identify and protest against – and going mainstream, moving into more and more hospitals at a vigorous pace. That was an intended effect of the Obamacare legislation. A few years ago, one of my closest friend’s daughters landed on a prestigious list of the 50 most promising medical students in the country. But she was a serious Catholic and had to consider moving to another field – for some proposed regulations associated with it would have required medical students to be trained in how to safely perform abortions before they could be licensed. The regulation eventually was softened to give some limited rights of conscience, but it was clear that the administration wanted to move abortion out of the abortuaries and into hospitals. Call your hospital and ask what “reproductive services” it offers. Do not be challenging…better to sound as if you may be seeking an abortion. If you call 10 hospitals, you will be shocked at how many are now offering “reproductive services” that include “termination of pregnancy.”

In World War II, the great majority of people never even had to leave their homes. Oh yes, a large minority was killed or displaced, but the majority only had to worry, without ever having the beast descend upon them. It was because of the human propensity to consider nothing really wrong so long as the beast is not in their living room that caused so many tens of millions of people to have to die in that conflagration.

Now, I pray and expect that whatever happens in the next two Christmases of the Storm, I will celebrate it with joy and gratitude. I even hope to have a place to keep warm and, maybe, a tree. But while Amnesty International elevated Christians to the single most persecuted people in the world this last year, while my government defines Christians and pro-lifers as potentially dangerous terrorists, while my government is in the process of trying to ban outdoor electrical Christmas displays, while Christians can be fined, fired, jailed or have their business seized for failing to be sufficiently enthusiastic about homosexual “marriage,” while the American military’s officer corps is being purged of soldiers who do not hide their faith sufficiently well, while you cannot get health insurance without financially subsidizing the execution of infants as a human right, while increasingly you cannot be sure the hospital you go to for treatment does not have a death chamber for infants down the hall, while swaths of the formerly Christian west are being ceded to the control of murderous Jihadist maniacs and their murderous sharia law, while the highest officials in the land are putting targets on the backs of the men and women charged with protecting their communities, I will NOT pretend that this is business as usual and a traditional Christmas.

If your definition requires the beast to be in your living room, by all means, count it as error on my part. I do not know if there will be anyone to speak for me when they come, but until they do I am going to keep speaking for those under siege rather than pretending that because I still have a warm bed, nothing serious is amiss.

When I studied the events leading up to World War II there came a time when I realized that, if the world had heeded Winston Churchill in the mid-30s, there would have been war and probably 200,000 would have died. Each year that they ridiculed him as an alarmist and warmonger, the price went up. In the end, good estimates have 86 million people dying in World War II. It was certainly the aggressors who caused those deaths, but they were enabled by millions and millions of people who insisted that, as long as the butchers were not at their door, nothing serious was wrong. In doing so, they enabled the butchers. What a horror.

I have been heartened this year by how many readers at this site have abandoned their fears, have set aside paralyzing doubt, and just started actively being a sign of hope to those around them. That IS the path to reclaiming and rebuilding our culture, simple as it sounds. I know, though, that at least a hint of my disquiet and anger comes through today, for many are still acting as if they are the audience at a particularly gripping drama, giving thumbs up or thumbs down at what pleases and displeases them. You are not the audience; you are the players. How it turns out is dependent on you. Given all that has happened in the last year, if you still believe our culture had a normal, traditional Christmas season because you were not deprived of your fireplace, tree or eggnog, then you will likely remain in denial until the barbarians really are at your door – and by that time you won’t be able to be a sign of hope to anyone.

You don’t need to believe anything about my visitations to see the signs of the times. Dismiss it all…but please, acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to those around you. If you will just do this, whatever happens, you will help rescue the world.

I have refrained from writing of late largely because I am trying to figure out how to convey the urgency that is already upon us. I’m stupid in many ways. It frankly surprised me that anyone would argue that this Christmas was culturally traditional in any sense. I am working to try to convey better what these things mean…but for heaven’s sake, if you have to have a smoldering meteor in your living room to think anything is really wrong at all, I don’t know how to get the message across. It truly is the last hour. And if somebody notes, an hour after this is posted, that we are all still here, I am going to scream.

May we all get up on our hind legs and behave like men and women of the Most High God, men and women who were chosen to be the signs of hope that would reclaim His people in these times. Remember that God chose you to live in these historic times. Stand your post and justify His confidence in you.

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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292 Responses to Christmas in the Trenches

  1. Mark says:

    Charlie just keep doing what God asks you to do, much of what God does for people is often seen in 20/20 hindsight. While many may not appreciate a timely message, many will understand when it is obvious and instead of panicking will know God was and is talking to them. That alone can be a great sign of hope. While I am grateful that my families Christmas celebration was traditional in my home proper, I agree that in the world there is evil like we haven’t seen in a long time if ever and on a larger scale.

    Thank you.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thanks, Mark. I have been deeply contemplating how to deal with the times we are in. They are intense. I don’t want to put anyone in fear, but I am just flabbergasted at how differently so many perceive normal from how I do. I will keep at it. Stand my post, you know:-)

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      • radiclaudio says:

        Amen, amen. We (i) sometimes remind myself of the Hobbits that lived in the shire, unaware, or acting unaware that the forces of evil had gathered and we’re fixing to wipe all middle earth away, including them. But they still went about fussy over tobacco and beer, because, as you say, it hadn’t yet hit their front porch. God give us all strength to stand our posts and take the next right step for God, Church, country and family. Much love. Rich

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      • Barbara Dore says:

        My Aunt in law aged 92 said to me recently that she now dislikes to read the daily newspaper or watch TV news. She said It gets worse every day. I read a newspaper twice or once a week, enough for me! I am confident that God will look after us and our families during the difficult times…

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  2. The righteous lamentations you offer in this post are wonderful. Honestly, I ate this post up.

    And I completely agree that Christmas of 2014 was not traditional in any sense. I agree with your surprise at anyone who would assert that it was.

    But I must say: I’d be equally surprised at anyone who would assert that the Christmas of 2013 was traditional in any sense.

    The storm is coming soon, no doubt. We do not know when though. I say this not to dampen the sense of urgency; please ignore anything, dear friends, that dampens your sense of urgency! I say this only to discourage anyone from neglecting great plans and pursuits for the Kingdom of Heaven based on the reasoning “oh, it wouldn’t have time to bear fruit anyway… the storm is clearly going to start within 3 [or however many] months.” Oh how much treasure in Heaven we will forego the enjoyment of for all eternity if we take that approach! Please, continue to marry, have kids, start Catholic schools, engage in apostolates, evangelize, run for office on a God-fearing platform, start ministries to the poor, etc. etc. etc.! You are Catholics, now go and conquer the world for Christ!

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    • (In this regard I’d just like to leave you all with a quote from Pope Francis: *”… weighted down by mediocrity… we must not resign ourselves to the monotony of everyday life, but cultivate large-scale projects, going beyond the ordinary: don’t let your youthful enthusiasm be stolen!”* And also a beautiful excerpt from Evangelii Gaudium: “This principle enables us to work slowly but surely, without being obsessed with immediate results… [be] concerned about initiating processes rather than possessing spaces…. What we need, then, is to give priority to actions which generate new processes in society and engage other persons and groups who can develop them to the point where they bear fruit in significant historical events”

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    • charliej373 says:

      Now that is shrewd, Daniel. I had expected some to tell me that traditional cultural Christmas celebrations have been absent for a while now. I was utterly gob-smacked that people thought everything is fine right now. It has caused me some meditation. How can I effectively convey a message if so many people’s perceptions of the most basic things are so diametrically different than my own. It is like speaking to a crowd in the wrong language – and I am a little flustered by it.

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      • It flusters me as well. I think that those who say all is well (I recently saw a *ridiculous* article linked to on NewAdvent.org asserting that we’re living in the best, safest, and most normal of times. How could a Catholic website endorse such a view?) are really just exposing their own selfishness. They probably have a comfortable job, a comfortable house, and an enjoyable family life. If they grant that we are living in unprecedented, perilous, and apocalyptic times, they’d have to recognize they have a call to heroic virtue; a call they do not want to respond to.

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        • ann says:

          All that you have said Daniel and especially Charlie is so spot on–it is such a human need to impose “normalcy” on truly un-normal circumstances, and explain it away until the meteor is bursting in their living room. I just watched The Gathering Storm about Churchill and his constant warning and the ridicule he endured leading up to WW II. I keep thinking of ancient Cassandra (good analogy for you Charlie in some ways) who stood on the walls of Troy and warned and warned and warned–don’t take in the horse, don’t do it, it will destroy you–and the Trojans called her a pessimist, a kill joy etc. and in their great desire to believe that everything was fine and the war had ended, pulled the horse within the city gates and we know the rest. For some years I have known this was coming, and other devout Catholic friends have known, we’ve all known, we’ve felt the pulse beat, like a train thundering closer and closer until now the light of the train is blinking behind the bend, soon to come roaring through. For awhile, twenty or thirty years ago I hoped we could recapture the culture, but we’ve gone beyond the tipping point and now you cannot it seems, tell anyone. they just dismiss it. I have just come to the conclusion (and you gave a name to it, acknowledge God, be a sign of hope for others, do the next right thing) that all you can do is live Christ to the best of your ability and gently remind where you can that normal no longer exists and serious choices with serious consequences await us. We are in a whole new paradigm and burying heads in the sand will achieve nothing. Charles Dickens in A Tale of Two Cities refers to the ‘ancien regime’ as having “the leprosy of unreality” and wow does that fit our time. They simply didn’t see the shadow of the guillotine and continued their decadent, profligate ways. Leprosy dulls the pain mechanism so that you don’t know when you’re hurt. A leprosy of the spirit is horrific. You don’t see the destruction you’re headed toward….much much much intercession needed, and thank God we’ve got watchers on the wall like you Charlie and so many here at this blog. There was nothing normal about this Christmas! And this morning I read about a massacre at a French newspaper–12 killed. This is what is becoming increasingly “normal” and I think the wisest thing we can do is be prepared to die at any moment but live and plan and give and love as if we had all the time in the world. (keep your suitcase packed, but not the dishes and the furniture:-)
          God bless all here. Thank you Charlie for trying to communicate the seriousness, the incomprehensible challenge, the dire path that lies before us.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Wow, Ann, profound and deeply insightful.

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          • Katherine Bailey says:

            Very profound Ann; I have been searching for a term to describe what I and many others, also very devout, have been feeling and your phrase, “we’ve all known, we’ve felt the PULSE beat”, seems to capture the experience perfectly. This is a very visceral “knowing” for me and although I do believe we must all make every effort to use proper discernment in all manner of situations, I also feel that because it is so extraordinary and shared by so many who respond here, that we would not be remiss in thinking that the Lord is allowing us to remain alert and awake to events so that we can “stay on our toes” and not be lulled into accepting the belief that all is well and we don’t need to be concerned about things taking place right now. All will be revealed in God’s due time . GOD BLESS you and all who visit here.

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      • Jim M. says:

        Charlie,

        I suppose one’s perspective depends on the path they now walk. Those who have embraced the world see a rising stock market and believe not their inner voice but the words of those telling them all is well. That is the view from their perch mikes away. Those on the narrow path see what is before them from their view from feet away from the events.

        Those on the path of this world devour all the bread and cheer at the circuses that create a convenient diversion from reality. When I speak of reality I speak of God’s eternal kingdom. The permanent reality. Not the fleeting vapors and and mirages of this world; the sanctioned concupiscence readily available in this new world where man has become his own guiltless diety.

        I believe you mentioned something to me before about there being two kinds of people in the world today: Those that have lost their wealth, position and worldly trappings, and those who will soon lose those things. None of us can ascend to heaven if we are anchored to the world.

        I agree with you that the cognitive dissonance we are seeing today is unbelievable. But the satan is the ruler of the world we walk, and it is clear to me that his power has grown so strong that he blinds most to the events, and certainly the consequences of those events. Bread and circuses.

        Pope Francis said we are in a third world war. The Blood of new martyrs flows daily. Our faith is under seige. The chess pieces move into position for the final battle. There was a hollowness this Christmas, for lack of a better term. As if grace and mercy were rushing out of the world with the closing of the door of mercy.

        When that door shuts, our true purpose begins. To serve as a light to others to lead them away from the abyss.

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      • Jacquie says:

        Prophets of the Old Testament were sent to warn those who thru their sins were unable ‘see’ that they had abandoned the protection of God and the Covenant. This loss of protection brought Israel to physical danger in the form of enemies both without and within their communities. They were blind. Unaware of the danger that would ultimately befall them. You have only to read the scriptures to sense the prophets frustration. They felt as you do. Annoyed, shocked at so much spiritual blindness. (Count myself blind here).
        Blessed Mother as a prophetesses of our times warned, for example, in Kibeho that if people did not stop sinning a terrible disaster would come. Their lives changed in a heartbeat. Into rivers of blood.
        She weeps….at our blindness and sin.
        Yours is a very difficult task.
        Not sure where you read the posts mentioned in your most recent blog but, here, this community is slowly coming to understand you. For myself, your writings have had a profound effect on my spiritual life. Yes, my knee jerk reaction was to take care of the physical needs. I panicked, I despaired. But you continued to teach us that what is spiritual is the primary point of your messages. Can’t speak for anyone else but this has taken me several months of processing and prayer. It is series of actions that is needed to get my heart to…Trust. Do. Love. When we begin to see with spiritual eyes and heart we can see how scewed and debilitated our culture has become. And ‘Christmas’ becomes nothing more than a buying frenzy. Which distracts us from the Spiritual Beauty intended.
        Thank you for all of your efforts in writing and your prayers for us. Please do not be discouraged! You are getting through to us!
        We awaken slowly…if at all.

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      • Gary says:

        Welcome to my world. A stranger in a strange land.

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      • Judy says:

        I also feel that I am somehow odd (like a loner) in my work world and, sometimes, in the after work secular world. I have felt this way for a long time. I am very much aware that I see events in the world through different glasses. Of course, prayer group friends and I are much at home with each other. Thanks be to God for the comfort.

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      • Judy says:

        As you once said, Charlie, God always finds a way. God will take care of growing the understanding and illumination in the right time.

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    • We are already in the Storm and we have been for a long time. Pope Francis said we were already in World War 3 and he is right in my opinion. However I think the intensity of the storm increased in this last year and will continue to increase over the next few years. Thanks Charlie for this message it is so easy for us all to fall asleep. “Could you not watch one hour with me?”

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  3. Fred says:

    Charlie-

    I am somewhat new to your blog, but I find the vast majority of what you write to be spot on. I must admit, your warnings about the “Storm” are somewhat intimidating, but, at the same, time, they ring true to my heart. That said, I have to disagree with one thing about today’s post. I do not believe that 2013 was the last “culturally traditional” Christmas. Based upon the metrics included in your post, we have not had a “culturally traditional” Christmas for a very long time. Things have been changing in this country at a rapid pace over the last two decades- indeed I would say since the early 1990’s. Before that, I remember my parents lamenting that the relatively less extreme cultural decline of the 70’s and 80’s saddened them as compared to what they experienced in their youth. Now, I am saddened that I hardly recognize the county that I learned to love as a child, and I am wounded that my children have to grow up in a culture that I cannot accept or support. I fully intend on being a light and comfort to those around me when the need arises. However, I cannot help but feel a sense of resentment and righteous anger toward those who have led us to where we are now- both the protagonists and the mindless herd that have followed them.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Now that, Fred, is a criticism to which I can say “Mea Culpa.” The official hostility to Christians and faith took a giant leap forward in the last year in all areas of culture and government – but I have serious doubts we have had a peaceful culture-wide Christmas celebration since the 70s. Even look at the movies. As a kid I saw such gems as “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “The Bishop’s Wife,” and “A Christmas Carol.” Now we get such monstrosities as “Bad Santa” and “Scrooged.”

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    • Fred I am with you. I think this Storm began at the time of Desert Storm War in the Gulf in 1991 and has been building since then. In 2001 we enter a more intense phase of this Storm.

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  4. Sherri says:

    Hi Charlie, I thank you for this and I agree with you 100%, Christmas has been put on the back burner for some time now. This year it really felt like people where buying and spending money for toys or objects, than about our Dear Lord Jesus Christ our Savior. I said Merry Christmas and if i was lucky I got two back but mostly, you to and not very many Happy Holidays either. I am sad and wish for the Ghost of Christmas past to return. Our President and politicians are all playing us for fools, I am losing my trust in them. They get involved with black against white issues and as you said, turn on our police force. I am sure there are cases of abuse but not like they have made it out to be. I pray for them and our country and the world but like Jesus said, if the days where not shortened, not even the elect would be saved. Thank You for your post

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  5. Tom says:

    Charlie I think you need to understand the context in which you said that 2013 was the last traditional Christmas until our rescue in 2017. So you were saying that 2013 was traditional and that 2014 was not. But for the vast majority of us 2014 was not that different from 2013 so how could 2014 be traditional and 2014 not traditional? Many of the same problems were occurring in 2013 so how was it traditional and 2014 not?

    The next very important part for you to consider is the context of your other statements juxtaposed againgst the 2014 Christmas prediction. You’ve said that we are in for very very severe times that our entire society including the government and all of our support structures such as technology will fail. So when all these things are still working, i.e. the govt has not fallen, etc during 2014 Christmas then I think that made many of us think “well that wasn’t so bad or different from 2013, 2012, etc

    Make sense?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Fair enough. That does make sense, Tom – though I think change has come so fast that people have become benumbed to it. Official and cultural hostility to Christian and Christian values took the biggest single-year leap in a long time this last year.

      Let me ask, is government significantly relevant to you any more? I don’t mean bothersome or intrusive…but do you see it as even potentially able to rectify what has come upon us? I’m not being sly there…I just think it has completely lost its bearings and there is no chance of it recovering until the great crisis has been reached and passed. In theory, a year ago, I could have laid out a path out of the thickets – though without any faith that we would have the political will or resolve to manage that narrow path. Now, I do not see even a theoretically possible path that does not involve complete crash. I really do want to communicate in a way that conveys better what I mean, so appreciate any feedback you have.

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      • vicardwm says:

        Agreed, Charlie. I feel we crossed a point of no return last year. I don’t see any path to recovery any more, except the path which involves a complete dissolution of the existing order. To be honest, I knew it even a year or two ago, but then there was at least a theoretical path, even though I knew it wouldn’t be followed.

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        • We were traveling back to Perth and to Queensland last year (2014) for a couple of months we didn’t see the news and when i did sit down and read it I was totally shocked with the rise of ISIS and the new caliphate etc. I knew then that everything had drastically changed in the world and that many prophecies were being fulfilled and others drawing much closer. So I agree with Charlie- the exteriors for some of us remained similar (but not for the Christians of the Middle East) but the world we celebrated it in was drastically different to the world of Christmas 2013. I even felt under the joy of the day a sadness and heaviness in the world this Christmas.

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      • Tom says:

        The federal govt has been an albatross for years now but it’s definitely only become worse. Good gravy, look at today’s debacle of all those reps we elected on their promise not to vote for Boehner promptly went up there and capitulated on day 1. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Love the reference, Tom. Some of us won’t get fooled again.

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          • Pete says:

            “No,no” 🙂
            Thanks Charlie. It is amazing to me that the majority of people that I rub elbows with on a daily basis believe the article that was referenced above… (*ridiculous* article linked to on NewAdvent.org asserting that we’re living in the best, safest, and most normal of times.). Your recent post immediately brought to mind the images/videos of the 2004 Tsunami. People were actually strolling around on the beaches and even towards the ocean as the tide went way out. Things seemed a little weird, but it wasn’t directly effecting them. Then, all of the sudden, the wave came out of nowhere! Panic, ruin and death ensued.
            I have tried to warn my immediate family and friends of the dangerous waters we are in. They think I am an alarmist. I need to stop being so “negative”, they argue. I tell them that I am not a “Debbie Downer”. At heart I am an optimist because I know in the end the victory is already won in Christ, but in the same breath I am a realist. Things really suck right now. Talk about rose colored glasses! They are not prepared spiritually, mentally or physically. Even my parish priest has the attitude of “business as usual”. His homilies are filled with “feel good” platitudes and the message week after week of the dire importance of giving to the diocesan financial drive. Of course he doesn’t add that the Diocese filed for bankruptcy a few months ago because of the law suits filed against it for the sexual assaults of “wolves dressed as sheep”. Any mention of Christians being butchered? Nope. Children being killed in our hospitals? No sir, not a word… all is good don’tcha know! Forgive me if I sound like I’m “going off” here. I’m not. Well, maybe I am. Sorry. I’m just frustrated that the Church militant is, for the most part, not engaged in the battle. Maybe I’m not being fair in my assessment, but that’s the way I feel. The storm is upon us and so many of the laity, priests and even bishops seem to be just “rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic”! I know that I must take all of this to Jesus and surrender it all. My job is to do what Charlie has been advocating on this site: “acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to those around you.” I know that it is easy to point the finger in another direction. I need to point the finger at myself and take responsibility for my part in the battle. To stay engaged myself in the ordinary circumstances of my daily life…to remain at my post and with Our Lady’s help remain faithful at the foot of the cross.
            To my family on this site…may the peace of Jesus envelop you and your families in 2015 and beyond!

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          • charliej373 says:

            Hey Pete, feel free to go off! I hereby declare today to be “I’m mad as hades and I’m not going to take it any more” day. (I like using the word, “hades.” It is much more intense than “heck,” doesn’t quite come off as cussing, and has a slightly comical overtone that blunts some of the intensity). One woman sent me a private note telling me, “I like p*ssed off Charlie. Gets our attention and keeps it real.” Perhaps, but like jalapenos and tabasco, it is a spice to be used sparingly.

            I understand about some of the “phone it in” homilies. Once a priest I liked gave a really cloying feel-good homily and was silly enough to ask what I thought. I told him irritably that I come to Mass for an encounter with Christ, not an encounter with Oprah. Fortunately we were good enough friends that, after his initial reaction, he busted out laughing – and used the line when he sometimes had a tough message to deliver.

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      • Stephen Maresch says:

        Charlie,
        I think the frog in the water analogy is pertinent here, if you put a frog in water and slowly increase the heat the frog will not move he will just sit there and die. I think that is where allot of us are today. We don’t want to recognize that our world is crumbling we just keep going on as if everything is just fine. Like the ostrich with its head in the hole!

        Stephen,

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      • Crystal Sullivan says:

        Tom laid out my thoughts very well. I think in my mind many of the circumstances you cited in your blog were already present at Christmas 2013 and well before that. I know that in my own life, the negative impact of the homosexual agenda and healthcare were rampant for many years. But I am not a historian and didn’t appreciate that 2014 had the biggest single leap in hostility to Christian values. What did confuse me was your statement that some would still celebrate Christmas the way people did in Communist countries. Because of that I was expecting the kind of Christmas where for some reason churches would be closed and and the faithful could only celebrate in the safety of their homes. Now I know for some this is already happening. And I thought for a minute there that the whole Sony?North Korea thing would be the excuse for it. And I know that 2014 has been a brutal year. But your statement that you would miss celebrating a “traditional Christmas” as you did in 2013 led me and apparently some others to go in a different direction. This shouldn’t surprise anyone, especially you. You have written often that heaven has said one thing and in your analysis you thought things would turn out one way and from heaven’s perspective they went another way. You have also said that you don’t write much of what you know, and that heaven gives you that discretion. It is REALLY hard for someone who knows ALOT to share information but just enough to inform and not so much as to cause fear. But sometimes, too little information gets even more confusing.
        Charlie, I’m going out on a limb here trusting in your last statement: ” I really do want to communicate in a way that conveys better what I mean, so I appreciate any feedback.” So there is your dilemna. How much of what you know should be shared to help us? I think everyone here on this blogsite (myself included) believe in the near-term total collapse as we know it, based not only on your insights, but other prophetic voices as well. We all seem to agree that we are in for some very frightening times. But if we need to see things from the heavenly perspective, please help us know straight out more directly what that will look like. For example, you might have said… the world will be so hostile to Christians in 2014 that although we may enjoy the usual practices, the sufferings of our fellow Christians will impact all of us. (OK, I don’t know what you could have said… maybe what you said in this article).
        I for one actually appreciated everything good about Christmas this year, precisely because I was aware that it might not come. Every mass, every joy of family gathering, every effort I saw on the part of our parish to focus on the real meaning of the celebration, was not taken for granted. I thanked God for the blessing of each day, each moment, each mass, each holy hour.
        But back to what might be helpful. At the beginning of the article, you wrote: “I was firmly rebuked on the matter, though, for I was reminded that a part of my work is to get people to see a little more from the perspective of eternity rather than the perspective of this world.” Who were you rebuked by? Your angel? Jesus? Mary? Some saint? Then for heaven’s sake (LOL) do what THEY want, as they know far better than me what is best. If all we need to hear is this time is fleeting. Acknowledge God, take the next right step, be a sign of hope. OK. We are all trying to do that. We live in a world where “news” is propaganda. Many of our fellow Christians wouldn’t dream of believing any of this. We can’t get it anywhere else, but from you, a few other prophets, and our private prayers.

        If we need to know more specifics, please tell us. There are so few voices that can. (Also, please tell Mark Mallet and Janet they are also my heroes!)

        I must honestly say there is so much love for you from everyone on this site. We are all keeping you and your work, in prayer. I also deeply appreciate so many of your followers and their insights and comments! You are doing a great job, but that rant left me a little shaken. We ARE listening Charlie!

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  6. Lily says:

    You Speak well …..lots of food for thought. Bottom line ,at least to me is, grow In faith grow inward with Christ….know Him….live Him….serve Him and stay always vertical. As He prepares us in our growth in Holiness His Light shines out to others. We are those vessels He directs and leads
    Simplicity all simplicity ….out “Yes” to God puts all good into action

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  7. Mary says:

    Agreed heartily with all you said here today, Charlie, and am grateful for your giving/conveying much that is sound, and strengthening, to us.

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  8. Bonnie C says:

    Hi Charlie. My Christmas, although “normal” in number of guests, food prepared and served, gift giving – I even did more than I usually do because I wanted the children to remember it. I pray they do. I was grateful for the reprieve, yet the whole time, my heart was not in the moment and I felt like I was mourning the loss of my dearest loved one.

    Fill your lamps! Fill your lamps with the oil of prayer. Do not ponder insults in your hearts and lick your wounds! Offer them up! Fill your lamps. We are really going to need that oil. I have been under attack for months with awful things said to me, by people I want to respect, by people who are not only dear to me, but near to me. It has been awful! I feel like I am constantly pleading the Blood and Wounds and the Name of Jesus on one situation or another.

    I am grateful for every precious moment the meteor ISN’T in the middle of my living room! I am grateful for the gifts given to those who can communicate them effectively.

    Dear God, prosper my hands! Prosper my words! Prosper my footsteps!

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    • Becky-TN says:

      Bonnie C,

      I felt the same way. Felt sad most of the time. I tried to stay positive for the kids, but inside felt like such a hypocrite. It’s hard to be joyful when babies and children are being murdered on the other side of the world.

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      • CrewDog says:

        “I felt the same way. Felt sad most of the time. I tried to stay positive for the kids……”.
        Bonnie & Gang,
        Even when Death & Darkness Gathers All Around Us … it is critical to maintain a sense of normalcy for the sake of children, grandchildren and those “weak of heart”! One of Napoleon’s axioms stated: The moral is to the physical as three is to one. He was no man of great Faith but stating a true fact. Those with discipline, faith in themselves/comrades and proper training/preparation can overcome three time their own number. With God, Faith filled comrades and simple preparations, I’m believing that satan and all his useful idiots don’t have a “prayer”!
        Jesus I Trust in YOU!!!

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    • Bonnie C says:

      Thanks Becky and CrewDog, I guess in our way, we were minding our posts! This waiting! It’s kindof like sitting at the bedside of a dying person and waiting for that last breath. Not a lot we can do, we know it’s coming, we aren’t sure how or if we can handle it, but… “It is finished!” To quote our Beloved Lord. Then, “Father, into Your Hands I commend My Spirit.” (Acknowledge God) and take the next right step. Abandonment.

      Charlie’s thank you for correcting us. Kindof like Driver’s Ed. You have to grab the wheel once in awhile and get us back on the road. You do it well, and your analogies are humorous and galvanizing. As Janet-Pelianito stated, the post she submitted for you, she wrote to bolster her own spirit. And, as you say, being a sign of hope to those around you keeps your mind off of your own sufferings.

      There is a loving solidarity here that is encouraging, edifying, educating. Thanks to everyone.

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    • ann says:

      Well said Bonnie–I think you’ve just described the holidays for many of us.

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  9. Many people may think this Christmas was normal but if you are God and Holy Mother looking down on our world and you saw what try see……we would die of horror. Much of te media controls what we see and know. What we see is bad but it’s much much worse than we can imagine.
    Also we live in this world and as much as we hate the thought, many of us are desensitized to much of what is happening.
    We are frogs in a pot being slowly warmed up so we don’t jump out.
    But we must be wise toads and jump out now and stand our ground.

    Did I get this one Charlie? Did I get an A ?

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    • charliej373 says:

      I’m giving you an A+, Charlanne. (I would give you a double + but there were some minor proofs needed!)

      Actually, you have hit at the heart of a lot of it and what I am contemplating. It is a gift to see a little from eternity, but it is a dramatically different perspective. Things we thing are big are often trivial there and things we don’t even notice are huge, with fireworks and thunder and all. So while it is a gift, I think I am not doing as good a job communicating as I should. I’m supposed to translate. I need to do better.

      But I am also thinking of times I was able to give warnings to people privately. On several occasions, people would inflate some silly thing I said, ignore something serious I warned about in intense terms, then when it would come ask me, “Why didn’t you warn me?” When I would point out I had, they would proclaim they had not understood. It is literally the last hour now. Fill your lamps with oil!

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      • ann says:

        For years now, I’ve been praying that the Lord would give me the grace to keep my lamp full of oil! Funny how we’re all having such similar thoughts and prayers. (The Holy Spirit breathing over the world )

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  10. I will accept a poor grade on my proof reading . Terrible. I really need to double check before I post.

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  11. Mary W. says:

    How often I am told to stop being so negative when telling about the horrors of abortion, the horrors of Christian persecutions,etc. I spoil the party mood in other words. These same people come running to me when they realize something is amiss and they need help when in fact they do not intend to see reality for what it is but want to continue in the comforts they once enjoyed not realizing that the people they put into office are greatly to blame for the discomforts at hand. Shall the blind see one day? We pray fervently that be the case. Heartbreaking and very frustrating are these times. Obviously the Storm must come.

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  12. vicardwm says:

    Charlie, I think that many can’t see it because they’ve lived their whole lives as frogs in the “slowly boiling pot.” Since the proverbial temperature only increases by a few degrees a year, many people can’t really detect the difference. I think a person of a certain age can see it more easily. I’m almost 50 and that is barely old enough to see that the whole world has turned upside down since my youth, and even then that is only because I know some history. What really scares me is that 100 years ago and more, the Popes were already decrying the evil creeping into the world. What would those Popes say now?!?!?

    Anyway, I would regard your prophecy as being fulfilled for a few main reasons. Even though we have not really lived in a Christian society for some time, and the pot is boiling slowly, this year we had some things happen that made it clear that our civilization and world are unraveling:
    (1) The mass murder of Christians in the Middle East, and the Western World more or less turns a blind eye – indeed seemingly more worried about pro-lifers than the Jihadist thugs.
    (2) The slow creep of lawlessness and the decline of the rule of law as, with the subtle aid of the federal government and some media, police are portrayed as the enemies and are now being ambushed and killed.
    (3) Homosexual “marriage” made huge leaps last year and what was the province of a few states at the end of last year is now defacto the law of the land….at least that’s how the Supreme Court seems to be seeing it. This is the last nail in the coffin for the family…there will be no recovery of our (or any) civilization without a correct view of the family. It wasn’t so long ago that giving a child to two homosexual “parents” would have been considered child abuse. Now it’s considered a crime not to.

    God bless you, Charlie, for doing what God requires of you to the best of your ability. You are a great example for us all.

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  13. Mrs.B says:

    The Lord is outpouring a fire of his mercy and love upon the earth. We are called to be the salt of the earth and beacons of light. Personally, I have been feeling a profound working of the Lord in my life, even through all the chaos, in the last two years. I sometimes am in a crowd of people, like in a stadium, a mall or at my kids’ school. In that vast space, I feel the Lord calling me to pray for the crowd and realize that I may be the only person there to pray for all these people; many that may never go to church or even believe in Jesus. I feel the Holy Spirit moving through my being in shocking ways, that I never thought existed, until recently. In testament to the greatness of God, this all happened after I consecrated myself, started trusting in Him, and let go of my will.

    To quote Father Michael Gaitely:
    “In some ways, we’re living in a time of unprecedented evil. The good news is that God is not outdone by evil, and that in a time of extraordinary evil, God offers extraordinary grace. (See Rom 5:20.) This good news is the message of Divine Mercy. It’s a prophetic message for our time whereby God wants to tell us, “Be not afraid! My mercy is more powerful than evil. Turn to me. Trust in me. I long to give you a peace that the world cannot give.”

    (BTW, I highly recommend his Hearts Afire books/dvd retreats, including the consecration. We just did the first two at our parish and are about to start the third. They have really influenced my life in such an wonderful way)

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  14. aj says:

    Hi Charlie, don’t be flabbergasted…remember scripture, at the time of Noah they were eating, drinking getting married up until the rains came. I do not even want to present myself as holier than Thou and one being so intuned that I can say we are on the same page Charles! I too at times await the meteor but I Trust I GOD’S Love and Mercy above my stupidity!!! This is why we are The Body of CHRIST…you help me when I stray and I help you when you fall. This is the true spirit of the next right step…we’re walking along together my friend. Even JESUS used the analogy of 1 stray sheep…the question is why would 1 sheep not follow the other 99? Because he was stupid, arrogant or just slow…the end result is to give hope and bring back the one sheep my friend…just like what you’ve done here tonight. We have to keep each other vigilant, and if what you describe is around the corner, there’s gonna be much more intense to-ing and fro-ing to bring hope to us and us to you!

    May Almighty GOD bless you and keep you
    May He shine His Face towards you
    May He be Gracious to you
    May He turn His countenance to you
    And may He grant you His Peace!

    GOD Love you my brother!
    aj

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you, AJ. Sometimes I just feel overwhelmed and have to let out a primal scream. This was one of those times. I will get better at this. Pray, hope and don’t worry as Padre Pio liked to say.

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      • aj says:

        I know the feeling my friend! I think He’s getting me better at it. A good night’s sleep normally helps me!

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        • ann says:

          Oh Charlie, I know what you mean. God bless you. How horrible to see it coming to know it is coming to cry out a warning that it is coming and to meet with stone silence or ridicule or yawning. But you keep on telling the message and that takes courage for sure. Many of us are listening, many of us needed someone to confirm what we intuited, and this blog gives a place to shore each other up–at least it helps me in that way. So thank you.

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          • Irish7 says:

            I completely agree Ann! And us intuitive types are being girded by this blog to stand our posts. There are a lot of less sensitive, but strong as oxen inside and out types that are faithful and brave “doers” that will benefit later from our “knowing” and instruction shared here. Together, I pray the body of Christ can be a portal of the Kingdom of heaven on Earth during the storm.

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  15. E. Allison says:

    Bravo Charlie! The sleeper(s) must awaken!
    I have seen the collapse coming for several years now, from a purely secular viewpoint. The financial crisis that began in 2007/2008 has set in motion an unstoppable freight train which continues to gather speed and momentum. The bridge is out up ahead for sure. Nothing that caused the 2007/2008 crisis has been fixed. It has only been covered up and smoothed over. The next crisis will make 2008 look like a walk in the park. And it will be global in scale. Most of my friends believe that I am a tin foil hat lunatic and conspiracy theorist. No one wants to hear it. The sheeple are asleep. As long as the next episode of Dancing with the Stars is coming up, everything is fine.
    Say what needs saying Charlie. Be true to your mission, but do not concern yourself with waking people gently. There’s no time for that.

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    • charliej373 says:

      You are very right. My priests and I have chuckled for a decade now that you don’t have to be a prophet any more to see what is coming. But it is no laughing matter any more.

      When I was younger I foolishly pleaded with God that if He would just show everyone what He was showing me, it could all be averted. Almost all would turn back. But here it is live and in living color and the aggressors just double down while many of the faithful demand brighter fireworks and louder explosions before they will believe. Boy, was I naieve!

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      • E. Allison says:

        Did anyone notice that the DOW was down (substantially) 4 days in a row now? Do you know that that didn’t happen even once in 2014? In my little circle of wacko conspiracy theorists, it got noticed. I don’t know if we’ve reached the edge of the gorge, over which the bridge is out. Frankly, I’m amazed how the ‘powers that be’ have held it together this long. We’ll see. Fasten your seat belts folks. Say that rosary and hold fast to the 2 pillars of the Church that St John Bosco saw in his vision: The Eucharist and Mary. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Yeah, E, but I am not sure that there aren’t any false dawns left to beguile the beguiled. It is all held together with paper clips, rubber bands and Elmer’s Glue. The last time the stock market was this exuberant was in 1929.

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        • E. Allison says:

          Correction: It was the SP500, not the DOW that has been down 4 days in a row. That’s what did not happen once in 2014. The DOW has been down 4 out of the last 5 sessions. Sorry.

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      • Bob says:

        There are times when it is hard to know what to say. I suppose if I were watching the Titanic sink and had no access to lifeboats or ships to pick up the drowning and could only pray and watch, it would be hard to know what to say.

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      • ann says:

        Well said! As I read this I remembered Jesus telling us in the parable of Dives and Lazarus–“they have the law and the prophets–so even if a man came back from the dead they still would not believe” And Jesus rose from the dead and the Pharisees, Saducees and most of the Jewish nation still did not believe. So even if God showed everyone what He showed you, I’m afraid that many would “still not believe.” Dante says in The Inferno that they loved their sin more than they feared it. Maybe that’s a clue.

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  16. Marita says:

    Dear Charlie,

    Very powerful posting, as always. Sunday night I took a long last look at our beautiful Christmas tree, which was so much more beautiful this year than ever, and all through the holidays I was trying to figure out why this year, when it was decorated exactly the same as several other years. When I was taking that last look at the tree I was asking the Lord if this was the final year of having the tree for a long while, He didn’t answer, but I felt it in my soul that it was. The next day I was at my parish church planning a Memorial Mass for my brother who died on December 2nd, and I asked Fr. if the Christmas decorations would still be up for the Mass this Saturday and he said yes beacause the end of Christmas is officially The Baptism of The Lord. Well I felt like a big fool, I thought Christmas ended with Ephiphany! Now I want to go and get my tree out and put it back up to enjoy it one last week, but it’s too much work so I need to let it go. I miss our beautiful tree.

    I don’t want to put you on the spot about anything because I know you’re not supposed to be our “answer man”, but I seem to recall in one of your prior posts you were commenting on health insurance and that we might need to just rely on God alone to keep us healthy and well because the insurance now pays for so many evils and it is so expensive that we consider taking a big leap in faith and go without it. Did I imagine that or did you write something like that? That is the decision I face now with my insurance notifying me that the price is going up $60.00, which is impossible for me to pay. I am willing to let God take care of me, I just need confirmation first, but I always ask for three confirmations. And if I may ask one more question. How would you suggest we support our local police department? I totally agree, I just wonder how to show them the support they need.

    God bless,

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    • charliej373 says:

      Marita, the health insurance matter is not for everyone. I personally do not have it and will not get it under this perverse regimen. I have gone without medication for my disability since well before my pilgrimage. But when my sister was contemplating the same, it created great concern among her children and husband – and I strongly urged her to stick with it for now. We should not disturb the peace of those we love to make a point. And God noted her faith…it will still be there when the entire health system lies in ashes. It is why I encourage people to trust – and particularly to use the Prayer of Miraculous Trust in these times. Hang on as long as you can, but when the time comes that you must make a choice like you will soon, know that God will not abandon you (though He may send you a scare or two to prove your trust.) Don’t be shy about asking friends to pray for you – and pray for people whether they know it or not.

      As for police, a simple show of solidarity will help. Bring a cake or pie or box of doughnuts up to the station – or just a note to the chief or sheriff letting them know you support and appreciate their efforts. These guys are under siege right now. A kind word does wonders. It hurts to be so treated.

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  17. Ann says:

    I appreciate your posts, Charlie. They give me alot of hope and encouragement in God. The 3 steps have been helping me alot. Thank you!

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  18. Amy S. says:

    What you say is truth. My family (husband and 9 kids) has not been able to celebrate Christmas with our extended family in years. My oldest sister left her husband to start living her life as a lesbian and living with her partner with complete approval from the entire family, except my father who is struggling alone. (My children are 16 and under, so we have to protect their innocence.) The other side of the family is made up of mostly lukewarm Catholics who don’t want to be around us “crazy” Catholics, we might influence their children, and my dear mother-in-law has so many crosses including a job that schedules her for nearly every holiday. Yeah, I don’t think there are many families who are truly able to celebrate the joy of Christmas without persecution from without (society, government) or within from their own families. The days of celebrating a traditional, Christ-centered Christmas as a society have long since passed.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I don’t know how old you are, Amy – or want to know. But I hope you are old enough to remember a truly community-wide joy of Christmas…back when in the public schools we did a Christmas Pageant and joy was everywhere. You know, the old Cary Grant version of “The Bishop’s Wife” conveyed the sense of what Christmas was once like as well as anything I have ever seen. If you are too young to remember when it was truly a cultural-wide celebration, get that sometime.

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      • Becky-TN says:

        Oh Charlie, I love the Bishop’s Wife. I’m 41, but my daddy brought us up on all the old classics in my childhood on Sunday mornings watching TCM. Cary Grant, Henry Fonda, Audrey Hepburn, Bing Crosby, Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne, the list goes on. I complained as a child always having to watch those movies, but now it truly is one of my fondest memories of my entire life.

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        • charliej373 says:

          My son and I watched a lot of old movies together. We both thought Audrey Hepburn was one of the most beautiful women in the world. At first, he did not care for some of the old movies…then he got entranced. He told me once, “They didn’t know how to do special effects in the olden days, Dad, but they were a lot better at telling a story than they are now.” His favorite singer of all time is Bing Crosby. Once, when he was in high school and we were going on vacation he told me, “Dad, whenever Bing comes to St. Louis in concert you have GOT to take me.” I told him I had bad news – and he said, please don’t tell me he’s dead. I told him he died before Chaz was born. It gave him another incentive to get to heaven – to get a command performance from Der Bingle.

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        • Mick says:

          Becky, I think you just described my childhood! One difference: my brothers and I loved the old movies and TV series. I watch some of them with my own kids now, but they don’t enjoy them as much as I do/did. Sigh.

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      • ann says:

        Yes! how i love that movie. I just sent it to my sister for Christmas. It really shows what it used to be like, what was expected, appreciated, applauded. I miss the world I grew up in 😦

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      • Amy S. says:

        I will definitely watch it Charlie! Amazon has it to rent. We lived in a small town growing up, so there was somewhat of a Christ-centered Christmas at my public school, but I was raised by a very secular mother where religion was only for Sunday. I am grateful though that she made sure we went to Mass, it could have been much worse. Hopefully I’ll make it through the storm so whatever is left of my family will be able to celebrate together a Christ-centered Christmas for the first time! Thank you for the movie suggestion 🙂

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        • charliej373 says:

          So you know, Amy, there are significant religious elements in it, but I recommended it primarily because it FEELS like the Christmases of my childhood, Christmases where when you said Merry Christmas you got a hearty response…and where people just lived the joy of the season and savored it rather than constant carping over who was offended.

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      • Judy says:

        They still do Christmas songs at my school….both the band and the chorus.

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  19. Regina Mary says:

    Thank you Charlie for your wise words, all so very true. What break’s my heart is that only my two daughters and I in our large extended family believe what is really going on in this world and how God is also working and the awesome Blessing He is giving our family. I pray that sometime soon their eyes will be opened.
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    • charliej373 says:

      Pray for them, Regina. Do penance for them. Offer up your sorrows for them. Stand your post. And when the time is right, they won’t forget what you have lived.

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      • Regina Mary says:

        Thank you Charlie, and may God Bless you always.

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        • Connie says:

          They won’t Regina. My husband and I are the only ones in our families. My kids think I am a little cuckoo for coco puffs but I am the one they call for prayers when a crisis presents itself. Husband asked me the other day,”why don’t you ask Charlie to put you all in touch with little groups living close to each other?” I told him why did he think it would be easy to find people thru Charlie when we ourselves have had a hard time finding like-minded souls all these years. I often wonder why the Lord has us spread out so thin. All I can think of is for His Greater Glory. In my weakness He is strong.

          Charlie, I love your spit-fire posts. I especially love reading them out loud as I get to raise my voice and pound my fist.(just kidding- I don’t get THAT animated!) Have you ever thought of how St.Paul might have sounded? I mean, with some letters you have to put a little vim and verve or vigor or however the saying goes. My sympathies for you as a translator of heavenly things to earthly things. I pray for you and offer up my meager little sufferings for your mission. I know you have said that we all will be held accountable, just hope you don’t get to be too hard on yourself. You have to know there is something of the heavenly going on here, we are all in good hands, in the palm of God’s hand. I guess you have a taste of what the Lord had to put up with….”Have I been with you for so long?” Sometimes we are no brighter than Peter and co.

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          • charliej373 says:

            I was surprised at how many people told me they LIKE “ticked-off Charlie.” Well, thankfully, you will only get him in small doses. I suspect he would wear thin mighty quickly if you got regular rants from him.

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  20. Bureaucracy is Satan’s way of inflicting discord within governing institutions & the way in which the Impure One will seize control of your land. It is his quickest & easiest path to usurping control & offering the deception of peaceful prosperity. This vile creature must be stopped. The Age of false Enlightenment is now ceased & God in His infinitely great mercy has given us all a choice much like in the time of the first Deluge. We can remain on the current path which would result in the completion of Time as seen in the Apocalypse with all that it entails or we can choose an Age of true Enlightenment which grants us 11 more centuries. Ones filled with new graces & blessings not seen before, the Church purified & made whole, peace among the nations, & most importantly the Second Outpouring of the Spirit. I suspect the Rescue as you call it must be acted upon by the faithful, this implies that God wants all of us to participate each in their own capacity, each with humility & gratitude. Did not Noah build a ship in his time? We are not being asked to build a ship rather we are asked to repair the one we are on & prepare to bring into battle as it is brought into port to evict the former ruler of this world.

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  21. Leonard J. LeBlanc says:

    AMEN!

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  22. laura says:

    Thank you, Charlie. This was a bittersweet Christmas for us. We’re appreciating the fact that we still have Mass and our children but weep for our persecuted brothers and sisters throughout the world. We’re girding our loins. Keep up the good work and God bless.
    Little Me

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  23. Mack says:

    Charlie I also thought of Noah like aj said above. Everyone thought he was crazy until the flood came and it was too late. After the 2008 financial crisis I read a lot of books about what happened and it was scary. Few people realize how close the whole system came to collapse, literally. I have been awaiting the coming collapse and sometimes feel it’s taking a long time in coming.bUt it will happen. I have no idea how it will play out but can only trust in God, like you say. I have an eerie feeling often that we are in a strange twilight, even before I started reading your blog, but you ha confirmed this.

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  24. Scott says:

    Charlie
    My family and I had one of the best Christmases ever and your part to blame. By reading your post made me double down to make sure my family focused on the true meaning of this season. As a police officer I call the advent season the silly season because the brokenness in people really comes out. I actually enjoy it it because I enter some many homes and lives and am able to bring Christ’s peace with me. Cops are anointed to be peacemakers. This year was definately different than years past as far as the brokenness and desperation in people. Along with your prediction was the conversation about North Korea, China and the hacking of Sony. I always felt that the Edward Snowden leaks were much more significant then what was being portrayed. My gut or the Holy Spirit told me that Russia and China gained intell on our systems that leaves us very vulnerable to them and is part of some of our poor decisions of late in dealing with them. It also seems we’ve entered a cybor war with china using North Korea to show us what they are capable of. Maybe I’m being to conspiratorial with that but none the less I think your pointing on the map of God’s time line to be pretty accurate. Thank you for your posts, your insight, and guidance.

    Scott.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you for the work you do, Scott. It is tough. Along my pilgrimage I prayed almost every day for the police. Of course, I have some in my family. but I have always admired the courage of people who take on this difficult – and often thankless task. You see things that are very troubling. A cop who is doing his job IS a peacemaker. The brokenness and desperation is slipping its bounds – and you officers are the canaries in this particular coal mine. Thank you for standing this most difficult post with faith and hope.

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    • Connie says:

      Thank You, Scott. I like how you said cops are anointed to be peacemakers. Now I will ask the Lord to give all peace officers an anointing with the Holy Spirit for each and every new situation they find themselves in. I pray that we all find a way to show our appreciation and gratitude for what you do. My brother is a city policeman and I do not want to see him suffer burn-out or become jaded(for lack of a better word). I have been thinking of doing just what Charlie said we should do, just didn’t know what might be best. But I guess it doesn’t matter so much what to do just do something. Think I’ll bake some sweets to take to the local sheriff dept.

      Like you, I too wonder how much damage can be done by a cyberwar waged by China. My Christmas this year was different too because for the past few years I hardly decorated due to my disgust with how the focus is so little on the Christ Child. But this year I became defiant and lighted up the outside and inside. In my heart I was saying I will show the world His light and I will be a light in this darkness. I also took time out more often to adore Baby Jesus in his Purity and Innocence and prayed for the return of such in the children who have been robbed of theirs and for all souls who have lost this. I pray for you, Scott, for Charlie’s and my family members , for all cops everywhere to experience joy and peace and divine protection in the line of duty.

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      • charliej373 says:

        I rather love that determination to defiantly be the light, Connie. My favorite decorations are outdoor lights and a crèche. Have you noticed the last few years how few and far between Nativity Scenes have become even as outdoor displays have gotten gaudier?

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        • CrewDog says:

          My Crèche is still “up” but this year but this year I only put out my Fisher-Price Lil’ People Nativity scene that goes in my kitchen. This set is made for small children to play with so over the past couple of years… my inner child .. Ya know? ….. I’ve added pieces from other Lil’ People sets that .. sorta … fit. I’ve got Mr & Mrs Noah, Robin Hood and Maid Marion and Aladdin and Jasmine …. and … Yes! … Santa, Rudolph and an Elf are peeking out of the barn 😉 I have a big “formal” Crèche for my living room …. I just didn’t feel like putting out all my decorations this year ;-( ………….. a also left outside and operating my Cross made from a from a foam pool “noodle” cut in half and wound with red-n-green lights. I’m waiting for one of my godless/liberal neighbors to comment on it ……….. I’ll bet $10 I know who it will be too ………….. every neighborhood has one ….. The Liberal Know-It-All Busybody!! This might be a good year to “Keep Christmas in Our Heart” ….. All Year?
          GOD SAVE US …….. EVERYONE!!

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        • Connie says:

          Someone stole Baby Jesus out of the beautiful outdoor creche the church had a few years ago and I count it as a small miracle no doubt to prayers that the baby was returned!

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        • barb129 says:

          We’ve noticed that too and decided after reading the article about banning Christmas lights that we’re going to leave ours on until at least this Sunday. So far, two of our neighbors are still turning theirs on every night too. We have several thousand lights plus a large lighted Nativity scene with a big star so it’s pretty noticeable! =)

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          • charliej373 says:

            Yay, Barb! I was a fanatic about keeping the Christmas tree up. Sometimes drove my kids crazy. In my worst year, the kids ganged up on me and told me enough was enough…time to take it down. I guess they didn’t like the little American flags I added to celebrate the Fourth of July.

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      • Mary Ann says:

        It is good to remember that children cannot lose purity or innocence when they are led astray…it just hides under an outer shell.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Oh yes, Mary Ann…yes, yes. Both in matters of faith and in politics, one of my firmest beliefs and frequent quotes is that we live in a cynical age. But I think when you scratch the surface of a cynic, nine times out of ten you will find a disillusioned idealist looking for a reason to believe. Our call is to BE that reason. Don’t just talk about it…live it…and you will be amazed at how many people are inspired. And if you saw how many people are inspired by your acting with dignity and grace when under assault, you would see assault for the blessing it actually can be.

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  25. Momof6g4b says:

    Charlie, i want you to know how much i appreciate you and all the efforts and struggles you go through to wake us up and get us on the right path. I have followed Mark Mallett’s blog almost since its inception and have always appreciated his ability to pull things from Scripture, the writings of Saints and popes, history and the world around us and bring them together to create a clear picture of where we are and where we are going. Now as a reader of your blog i find you and Mark to be like two currents in the same river. I see the same flow of truth and increasing sense of urgency. And yet, as you said, i definitely have had a sense of God creating us for this time. He has brought many circumstances into our lives that have taught us to trust Him more and more completely.
    i cant tell you the amount of agreement and confirmation i experience with your posts and many of the responses. I feel like an idiot because I just keep wanting to say “Me too! Me too!” Thank you for your leadership and encouragement, and for creating a place where we can all gather and find real community. I feel like a blithering idiot, unable to get my thoughts out coherently. Probably because there are so many of them rolling around in my head!😊 What exciting times we live in! Can you believe God chose us to live in these days? It actually makes me feel kind of special (and i have spent much of my life being down on myself) that he would count me worthy to face these coming trials. It is all His Grace. I am weak, scared, foolish and incompetent, but i have confidence in God’s ability to overcome ME. I have seen His hand clearly in our lives. I know He is there and that He loves us. I just pray that I can have enough humility to actually be useful to Him.

    I know, too many rambling words. Thats why I dont comment very often. I just wanted you to know i feel at home here and I’m so grateful for who you are and what you do. God bless you Charlie.

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  26. the phoenix says:

    Well Charlie, to my mind it appears you are not alone regarding Christmas, and how it relates to the present state of the world, and wanting to get through to people about it. At the Christmas Eve Mass that I attended this year, right around the time when the choir was singing “Mary did you know that your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand?” after Communion … There came a mighty “WOOOMPH !!!” sound that made everybody jump (well, made me jump anyways) as a huge gust of a wind-driven downpour suddenly crashed against a large glass window on the side of the Church like a sudden explosion. It sure sounded like Jesus rapping on the window to let us know that the storm was here, as a matter of fact, and did we know?

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    • charliej373 says:

      We are now in the last hour. I wish I had done a better job in preparing people…but the Lord is the Lord of abundance and He multiplies our feeble efforts unimaginably when we stand our post.

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      • laura says:

        Charlie, this statement says alot. It implies the time of preparation is basically over and your job of helping prepare us has come to an end. Am I reading it correctly?
        Thanks in advance.

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        • charliej373 says:

          No, sorry to have given that impression. My job is to help all get through the Storm, to endure. So my job is not done until after the Rescue. If it is possible, I will be able to quite the scene in very late 2017. There may be mop-up operations necessary in the immediate aftermath and I would not leave anyone in the lurch. But as quickly as I can transition into a quiet retirement, I will after that, so sometime in 2018, surely, I will be done with public work, except rounding up support for the Shrine. The outward nature of my work will change several times as we go through the fullness of the Storm, but always it is to help defend the faith, hearten the faithful and defend the faithful – to endure until the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart, the Rescue. I have no intention of quitting my post until then, so you know the term. I do not think I could bear to think of living it much longer than that. Rounding up support for the Shrine will be a joy afterwards.

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          • audiemarie2014 says:

            So, can we still be friends? 🙂

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ha ha, Audie, I hope that, after it is over, I can travel around some and spend time with those who endured with me. In one of my longshot big races, my guy was given NO chance. The first poll that came out showed him to be a nuisance candidate at 2%. Well, he won, and those who were among the first to publicly support him when he was unknown or joked about, we took to calling the “Two Percenters” – and treated with respect and affection as family by those of us who launched this seeming suicide mission. All you good folks here will be my new Two Percenters. So, nah, we’re too close to be friends: we’re family.

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          • laura says:

            Ok, so when you say we’re in the last hour do you mean the last hour before the “crash”? The last hour before the FULLNESS of the storm? The last hour of preparation? Can you help me understand what this last hour means?

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          • charliej373 says:

            With regard and affection, Laura, I have said what I have said on that. You may be interested in what I have in tomorrow’s column, but on this, you just have to take it as you will take it. I suggest you make sure you have oil for your lamps, as the parable speaks of.

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          • Mary Sill says:

            Charlie, you seem to know that you will live through and beyond the great tribulation with a certain purpose–and that’s wonderful. I just wonder what you know, then, of the numbers of us who will not make it through (but, hopefully are gone quickly to our reward.) You have spoken of these things somewhat, and I don’t necessarily expect you to speak with any specificity on what I’m ‘teasing’ from you. Just…as always, your words of encouragement are appreciated. “The next right step” really says everything.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Many will die, Mary, but not near as many as some of the apocalyptically minded think. Only about a third as many as perished in WWII will die through the Storm. It is not a strikingly high number, but a strikingly low number for the size of this conflagration. The real horror of it is that there IS no place of safety – and everyone will be touched by the Storm. When I call it a global civil war on cultural lines, if you contemplate that, you can imagine the terror involved. The particular grace is that, already, far fewer souls are being lost to eternity than over the last horrible century. After the Rescue, very few souls will be lost to eternity at all for a prolonged period of history.

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          • SteveBC says:

            “Ha ha, Audie, I hope that, after it is over, I can travel around some and spend time with those who endured with me.”
            Now I have a *real* incentive to stick with your website! It would be a pleasure to hang out with you for a bit after the Storm has passed. The day after a hurricane can be about the most beautiful of all days.

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  27. GB says:

    My personal takeaway is something more mystical is ALSO going on with respect to the Storm (in addition to the obviously insanity engulfing the world). The signs of the times are there, and I am going to imagine a certain number of folks were left disquieted— moreso that ever– at THIS Christmas. The frogs in the water analogy seems on point here and that things are much more subtly moving…next thing we know, everything will be boiling, but some frogs will enjoy, indeed, bask in the hot burning love of God (they were engulfed by fire, but not consumed).

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  28. Irish7 says:

    I appreciate a good primal scream these days. I think you are translating beautifully. Truly.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I remember once my mother was extremely frustrated about something. She was not given to vulgarities at any time, but she was so frustrated she very clumsily said a cuss word. Dad, who always enjoyed egging things on, hollered, “Boys, come quick! Your mother’s having a cussing fit!” He was grinning his big goofy grin, she was looking fit to kill, then started giggling as we all rushed up. I have felt the last few days somewhat like how she looked when we first arrived on the scene that day. But you folks have almost got me giggling again.

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  29. Patrick says:

    Ok, for the past thirty years I felt something was going to happen. So I guess I ll be the one to say for now, I m just not convinced it will be this year. I suppose The Lord has not let me in on it yet. My wife is A Chicago PD in a rough southside area. I have been in the fire service for twenty years. I also served in the military for 6 years. I ve seen much.
    I suppose the skin has been calloused. So sorry to say this, but the stock market is not an indicator on the ways of The Lord. The only thing we can do is prepare to meet The Lord. However that introduction is fostered, bullet, car accident, take your pick. The “END” comes everyday for someone.
    I do believe justice looms, but everyone please know the harder you try to convice people of this the farther you have to go. It seems to me an inverse relationship. That comes from experience. Everyone here seems to Love The Lord. Love Him good times or bad and that is the best we can do. How’s does Heaven judge our time? The nutz and bolts of it is simply the economy of salvation. How many souls are being lost? What does The Lord need to do to maximize return of souls?
    If nothing cataclysmic happens in the next year or two, still Love and keep the faith. Finally, prudence is relevant. Take it from a guy who learned some very harsh lessons from being imprudent. Peace to all

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    • charliej373 says:

      Excellent counsel, Patrick.

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    • Dawn Walker says:

      I cannot remember-right here, right now-but there was a devotion somewhere along the line (in my later half of life) that I accomplished-I KNOW my life will not end quickly. It may not be drawn out, but it won’t be sudden. I was thinking it was maybe the first 5 Fridays or first 5 Saturdays, but I just looked them up-and no. Maybe the True Letter? http://www.catholictradition.org/Christ/true-letter.htm No, that’s not it either. Anyway, somewhere along the line-I knew (know) it won’t be sudden. Any help out here? Lol!

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    • E. Allison says:

      Patrick,
      I wholeheartedly agree with you that the stock market is not an indicator of the ways of the Lord. I did not say, or mean to imply that it was. I also agree that the only END that anyone is guaranteed to see, is their own end. Preparation for that eventuality should be paramount. But Charlie has said many times that the storm that we are entering is not THE end. It may very well be the end for some of us, but it is not the end of time. So, yes, being prepared for your own end is prudent.

      Charlie has also said that the chastisement, or storm, is not so much natural disasters or ‘wrath of God’ stuff, but things that humanity will do it itself, which God allows. Charlie has also said that it will resemble a global civil war. What could possibly cause the entire world to enter into such turmoil all at once? There must be some catalyst that throws the entire world into chaos. In my opinion, that catalyst is a total, global financial meltdown. Today’s economy is global. It is no longer isolated within the borders of individual countries. Most folks don’t have a clue how the financial markets work, or even the scope of the exposure the big banks have today. They are more leveraged today than they were in 2007. The large financial institutions have not reduced their risk since 2007, they’ve multiplied it many fold. The national debt recently crossed $18 trillion. That is an unfathomable number. But the exposure of the US’s large financial institutions are many times that. I’ve seen estimates as high as $500 trillion. This exposure is in the form of derivatives. Most people don’t even know what that is. Did you know that the most recent spending bill passed in Congress expanded the FDIC umbrella to include certain derivatives? It does not include ALL, but over $100 trillion of them. This is financial suicide. There can be no bailout that large. The dollar would collapse along with world markets. The US government would collapse under the weight of it. And that’s exactly what will happen, IMHO. It’s no longer a matter of ‘if’, but of ‘when’.

      So, while the financial markets are certainly not a spiritual barometer, they may very well be the catalyst that pushes the world into chaos, and ultimately, into civil war.

      God Bless you and your wife for your public service. God keep you safe.

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      • NancyA says:

        ugh, my son (17) was insisting that the funds in the banks are ‘insured.’ He cannot wrap his head around a total collapse and the true worthlessness of money in the bank. And the boy is a particularly logical young man… but when money is dead, it’s not ‘insured.’ sigh

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        • charliej373 says:

          Well, Nancy, unfortunately people are going to have to wrap their minds around a lot of things that seem unimaginable to them right now.

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        • E. Allison says:

          Nancy, do you remember what happened in Cypress in 2013, when they had their own little financial crisis? It was reported on in the West. The big banks there didn’t get bailed out…… they got ‘bailed in’. What that means is that the govt didn’t just print money and give it to the banks (like the US does). What happened was that the banks simply absorbed depositor monies to cover their losses. Google it and read up on it. This was the canary in the coal mine, so to speak, and is now the blueprint for how things will be done worldwide in the future. I can point you to US Treasury documents, which state that that is precisely what will happen in the US the next time one of the ‘too big to fail’ banks become insolvent. When I get home tonight, I’ll find the links to those docs and add them here. Show them to your son.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Lest anyone doubt this, I know it to be completely accurate. At the time, I discussed the long-term implications with a number of my old political clients and friends. The implications then were HUGE, but few wanted to speak out much about it because it was so scary. But yes, the precedent has been established in the west that if a government or its crony capitalist banks get in serious economic trouble they can heavily “tax” (that is blatantly steal) money from your existing accounts.

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          • E. Allison says:

            I found the links:
            Quote from Treasury Secretary Lew, of April 17, 2013:
            “We are advancing comprehensive regulation of OTC derivatives markets, an orderly liquidation framework, and recovery and resolution plans so that the largest most complex financial institutions can be wound down in an orderly manner without burdening taxpayers.”
            http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/jl1899.aspx

            Quote from Undersecretary Miller, of April 18, 2013:
            “…[I]t is important to be clear about what people mean when they talk about financial institutions that are too big to fail. … A common use of the too-big-to-fail shorthand is the notion that the government will bail a company out if it is in danger of collapse because its failure would otherwise have too great a negative impact on the financial system or the broader economy.
            With respect to this understanding of too-big-to-fail, let me be very clear: it is wrong. …[A]s a result of the comprehensive reforms passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama, no financial institution, regardless of its size, will be bailed out by taxpayers again. Shareholders of failed companies will be wiped out; creditors will absorb losses; culpable management will not be retained and may have their compensation clawed back; and any remaining costs associated with liquidating the company must be recovered from disposition of the company’s assets and, if necessary, from assessments on the financial sector, not taxpayers.”
            http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/jl1902.aspx

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          • CrewDog says:

            I can’t remember if this has been discussed here? The Democrats already floated a trial balloon back in 08 Crisis over the Feds “taking over” IRAs and other retirement plans … to “protect them” .. and for the “children” … See!!?? Seems like I read recently that the amount of US Citizens Savings Accounts is just about the same as the current “claimed” National Debt. Any fool knows that the Employment, Inflation and Economic #s are “cooked” and just as many other times in History De Gubermint can and will confiscate your “Stuff” ;-(
            http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-12-12/presenting-303-trillion-derivatives-us-taxpayers-are-now-hook

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          • NancyA says:

            Much appreciated. I’ll share the linked info with my children . If I could only get the husband to ‘get it.’

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  30. rbiel2 says:

    The prediction “Christmas of 2013 would be our last traditional Christmas until the Storm ended” I think is much of a failure not an insight or a true event. Although on the Catholic Calendar, Christmas may not be quite over until Jan 11th. Look on your Catholic Calendars and see.

    Sure the secular humanist cultural snowball(mans rebellion against God) thats been rolling downhill at us for the last 50 years gaining strength, speed and mass, advanced some more, but it didnt advance beyond the same rate its been moving all these years. Surely that snowball has not kablammied into the West with full force and fury has yet. That snowball, that storm is still coming and our senses weren’t overly alarmed using the same heightened Catholic/Christian/cultural warrior eyes, nose and insights. Maybe the case can be made that in 2014 the snowball picked up some additional girth and mass beyond what was expected… but Christmas season?…I dont think so. Even Maria Esperanza a gifted mystic predicted that in 2004, things will start happening, great graces. I cant’ think of anything prominent about 2004 relating to this. Although the Indian Tsunami occurred in that year followed by a lack of unusual heightening or speeding up of the storm. However, Maria Esperanza died in the year 2004, so some or much of what she expected in 2004 may be muddled from her inability to distinguish general messages that in reality pertained to perhaps her personally with her death for that year.

    Charlie didnt define “Christmas of 2013 would be our last traditional Christmas until the Storm ended”, but with the penning of this article he has defined it. We know the storm that is coming, well it advanced. Did we expect any less. We all know what is going to befall us. But Charlies prediction wasn’t all that. There was no Dec 26, 2004 (Indian Ocean Tsunami) or Sept 11, 2001(Catastrophic Civilian Attack) type of event occurring during Christmas time. War and destruction is occurring where there has been war and destruction going on for a while now. Nothing linked to the timing of or around Christmas 2014. America/U.S., the great babylon, has not been hobbled economically and down for the count yet.

    Although I find Charlies insights very valuable and I learn from them. I’ve also learned from Mark Mallet who has stated that those with timelines are invariably wrong. Even so, Charlie is one insightful ,good to learn from, straight down the line orthodox Catholic. I further look forward to his writings and insights.

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  31. I have seen so many Christians vilify Christmas on forums and they do so saying that it is a pagan holiday that was Christianized since Jesus Christ was not born on the 25th of December.
    I do not understand their reasoning and have given up trying to.
    As to the police situation, we have had racism bubbling under the surface for several years on both sides and I have lived where civil rights were ignored by the police with “the ends justify the means”
    and anger and blame have begun to erupt. Christians have not salted the land as was needed.
    The thing is, worldliness has created worthless Christians who do not know how to pray and who do not know how to be servants to the least of these.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Yes, Melinda, the pseudo-intellectual babble you describe in your opening line demonstrates why a little learning is such a dangerous thing. Of course many Christian customs were once pagan. Christianity was, from the start, an evangelizing religion. The earliest Bishops urged missionaries to keep what local customs that could be kept without doing violence to doctrine in order to welcome the converts and make them feel at home – while simultaneously enriching the cultural expression of Christianity. It was the doctrines that they preserved and defined; the customs were subject to a form of “baptism” into Christianity. This was a feature from the very start – as St. Paul was emphatic on not subjecting non-Jews to Jewish dietary restrictions or circumcision. So they are right that many customs – Christmas trees, Easter eggs and more – originated in pagan practices – but entirely miss the point that this was an integral part of the plan of conversion. Spoiler alert: the plan was phenomenally successful.

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      • Dawn Walker says:

        Anybody who doubts Jesus Christ wasn’t born on December 25th-needs to watch the DVD: The Star of Bethlehem-whom my old online friend Greg Cring told me about: http://www.amazon.com/Star-Bethlehem-Frederick-Larson/dp/B002RBHDFK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1420625621&sr=8-1&keywords=dvd+star+of+bethlehem Fascinating. If Jesus wasn’t born on December 25th, He sure did make the planet alignment 2,000 years ago-make His case!

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        • Dawn Walker says:

          I posted the link-mainly for the comments section at the bottom.

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        • ann says:

          In the studies on the tilma of Our Lady of Guadeloupe obstetricians have determined that she was almost completing her 9th month of pregnancy–her womb was of the size and shape of a woman about to give birth in a few weeks! (she appeared on Dec. 9-12th) so Dec. 25th works for me. If the Church proclaims it, and science confirms it with a miraculous image, then what is the problem? I think it goes back to puritans wanting to purge everything that smacked of “romanism” from Christianity. Sad.

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          • narnialion54 says:

            Hi Ann and Charlie and all,
            This is a link to the blog of Rene Henry Gracida, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Corpus Christi. In his blog: Abyssus Abyssum Invocat, he presents an essay on the extraordinary features of the tilma of Our Lady of Tepeyac (Guadaloupe) (to which you have referred, Ann.)

            Charlie, he also presents your essay above! (I’m sure you know, but I was so happy to see it!)

            I met with some beautiful Catholic women this morning for brunch, Charlie, and for the second time, they let me share all about you and Do The Next Right Thing. They nodded their heads in affirmation. The thing that surprised them was the separation in time between Armageddon and The End. (They have done Scott Hahn’s Bible study on The Book of Revelation.) I said this is not the end! We are to be a sign of HOPE! When I said the Rescue of Our Lady of Tepeyac will come in late October of 2017, again, they nodded their heads and one said, The 100th anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady of Guadaloupe! The leader of our prayer group wants 100 copies of The Prayer of Miraculous Trust to pass out to the Bible Study.

            Here is the link:
            http://abyssum.org/2013/08/25/the-image-of-our-lady-of-guadalupe-poses-such-a-threat-to-atheists-that-they-will-go-to-extraordinary-lengths-to-discredit-it/

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          • charliej373 says:

            Yes, Narnia, I follow Bishop Gracida’s website. He has some incisive things to say there. I was very touched at some kind things he had to say about me the other day.

            Briefly, while Our Lady of Tepeyac is the Mother of Conversion and guides us through the Storm, the final Rescue comes through Our Lady the Immaculate Conception. Also, I have NOT said the Rescue comes in late October of 2017, but very late in the year of 2017. I do not know precisely when it comes, but I think it will be after October – so I avoid that lest people get the idea that that is when and lose heart when it does not come in that month. Things will be quite precarious then, anyway, and I would not want to cause people despair by them feeling false hope about October. It may come then, but all I know is that it comes very late in the year.

            Also, 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. It will be the 500th anniversary of Luther’s leaving the Church to found Protestantism. And it will be the 486th Anniversary of the visitation of Our Lady of Tepeyac to St. Juan Diego. I think there is an old Spirit Daily article where I was quoted as saying the Rescue would come in October of 2017. Michael Brown quoted me accurately there…but I had leapt to the conclusion that late in 2017 meant the anniversary of OL of Fatima. My angel later rebuked me for that and told me he had NOT said that date, just very late in 2017. I am glad you are spreading the Prayer of Miraculous Trust. It will be a great comfort and help to many in these perilous times.

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  32. SteveBC says:

    Charlie, you have accomplished something over the past year that is critical. You have successfully built a web-based community with people who are actually getting it. I’m now totally freaked out and stressed out, but nonetheless I am helping people in my circle to TDL and to start building the right kind of communities and networks here in my area. Having that base had to be your first priority.

    Did you honestly expect to persuade everyone by 12/31/14? If you did, you are hopelessly optimistic. Yet, and this is a huge “Yet”, you *did* persuade hundreds and hundreds of readers and commenters like me to start working toward preparation for a Storm and living the new way that is coming.

    That is an extraordinary accomplishment, and one that I firmly believe is helping spread your message to many more people through the people they trust and know, like me in my community.

    It is true that you need to get better at what you do, but you need not berate your readers and commenters and feel that everyone is missing the point of your guidance. Or berate yourself for failure to persuade when you are surrounded by those you have persuaded.

    Most people don’t change until they absolutely must, and to blame yourself for this oh so human predilection is making it too much about you, I think. 🙂

    The vast majority of people use the life technique called “muddling through.” They rarely set about making a deliberate change over a long period of time. Those you can persuade are the ones who come here and stay and read and comment. Those who can be persuaded by the ones like me who come here will come to me and the other commenters for what they need – and you will not see those people we are helping. In turn, those people we persuade and help will spread the word yet again in ways neither you nor we will see.

    We have not had a Poland Moment yet. Until we do, the vast majority of people will muddle through their day, paying attention only to their daily grind, their daily next step, and ignoring the larger world. It is the nature of man and woman.

    And God knows that. When those who have been muddling through need your information, it will be there waiting for them, in website form or through the people you have already touched here.

    The only thing I can think of that would help wake people up is occasional posts on something specific that is happening in the world or about to happen. You changed my perception of the Church and the way the satan is generating apostasy with your post on that subject. This post today explains and points to many differences, which help make the trend toward the Collapse more real to me. If that kind of thing works for me, I think it will help others.

    A while back you said that you wanted to get away from talking prophetically. You didn’t want to have your readers make the mistake of looking for nuggets of future news that would help them lean on their own efforts to prepare and skate through. I agreed then that that could be a serious concern, and I benefitted from your self-limitation and guidance to us. However, I disagreed that discussing what was coming or what is here from Heaven’s perspective was to be avoided because of that concern of yours.

    I would like you to reconsider that choice. I think the people who come here will understand your desire that they avoid focusing on preparation for the sake of preparation. Keep that point in front of our eyes, but start analyzing current events and what you have been told is coming so that your posts meld everything into a rich multidimensional tapestry of understanding and inspiration. I really think you should not hold anything back, even as you warn of proper use of what you present to us. If you find yourself not wanting to say something because you think it will distort our efforts, don’t self-censor. I suggest that you consider saying it differently instead of not saying it at all.

    Here’s what I think:
    Trust us to follow your warnings about not “desperately seeking prophecy.”
    Trust us to see the true value of what you have been shown, and show it to us as fully as you can.
    We will do the rest.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Wow, Steve! That is a brilliantly conceived and brilliantly delivered rebuke on many levels. In part, I had a bit of a temper tantrum today. I won’t apologize…I needed it – and you don’t know how much it has cleared my head and cheered me. You are most assuredly right that here I am griping to people who do, indeed, get it – and are working with real love and fortitude to be signs of hope.

      Your comment on not having an invasion of Poland moment yet hit home profoundly. I have long pointed politicians I worked with to one of the most astounding 48-hour reversals in history. One day, Winston Churchill was the most reviled man in Europe, treated with contempt by his own party for his “war-mongering” ways. Then came the invasion of Poland and within two days, hand-crafted signs went up throughout all of England demanding “Churchill Now!” and similar slogans. The man reviled by almost all the day before had become the indispensable man overnight. The truths he told were no less true the day before the invasion than the day after – but it took the invasion to cause the scales to drop from people’s eyes to what had been right in front of them all along. So I always advised my political charges to stick with the truth, because it prevails in the end – and all those who supported a lie or acted in malice out of expediency are left behind and shunned when that moment comes. Don’t be one of them.

      As for what to post here, I am still sorting out the visitation from the early morning hours of Dec. 20. I cannot adopt the schedule I planned, for the hour is at hand – and the need is urgent. I will muddle on, doing as always and focusing on the work. I will have a nicer, though perhaps equally intense, post tomorrow.

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      • SteveBC says:

        Charlie, you often make me laugh! 😀 Temper tantrums that lead to this kind of a post seem like a good idea to me! Glad to hear you are apparently mended and back on track.

        But why do you say things are urgent, the hour at hand? I see a rising slope of change and rising evil but no sudden change of state for a while yet. It doesn’t look to me that we are at a point of fracture quite yet. What hour is here? What am I missing?

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        • charliej373 says:

          Please read Mark Mallett. He is speaking of this better than I am right now. Read first this article, The Smoldering Candle, and then the next one he publishes. He has not given me a preview of it, but we talk about these things and I think he is more precise than I am right now. I have a feeling his next piece is going to be a doozy (Not to put any pressure or anything on you, Mark 🙂

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      • kathy kalina says:

        One of the song/anthems your son claimed for you has been running through my mind. “Something’s happening here…what it is ain’t exactly clear, there’s a man with a gun over there, telling me I’ve got to beware…Stop children, what’s that sound? Everybody look what’s going down..” Then I had one of those “scales falling from my eyes” moments. I stopped to get gas in a low income neighborhood this evening, wearing my nursing scrubs. Waiting in line to pay, I started joking with the people in line who were all black. The women all adopted grim, angry faces, intently staring at the ground. One man laughed several times, all the while trying to stop himself.

        I’m used to going to all kinds of “scary” neighborhoods, but my nursing uniform has always paved the way to a fairly warm welcome. Today it was crystal clear that they considered me their enemy. I was loving them, sharing humor, and they were actively hating me. It felt to me like a sign that there is a race war just a blink of an eye away.
        And a warning as well, that manifesting love in the face of hatred is only possible in the Divine Will, because I’m not capable of it on my own.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Please be careful, Kathy. The dark times are upon us.

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        • Dawn Walker says:

          I, for one, know what you mean. I have been a checker in a (the largest) Grocery in the State of Texas-for almost 2 years now. I have quit wearing my wedding ring set to work, and wear a “washer.” (A (blessed) Crucifix ring on my right ring finger. Yes-I have had small insight moments, where I have had little inklings into what’s really going on. Some people are hurting. Some don’t care. Others-have an underlying anger. When this all boils over, will I be in the middle of the pot? I know I am where I am-for a reason. A couple of desk jobs opened up, and I prayed to God-should I apply? He gave me several indications of His Will-He wanted me where I am. I believe I was visited by an Angel one evening-through my line. Oh, they are here alright amongst us. This was the 2nd encounter I believe I know of. Anyway, with my free will-I tell my Lord-I choose His Will!

          Thanks be to God-for Charlie. Meet Y’all in Heaven!

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        • Barbara Dore says:

          Remember Our Lady of Kibeho. It is a powerful warning for the whole world.

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        • Irish7 says:

          Oh Kathy. This makes me shudder. I had a similar rude “de scaling” awakening. We moved from DC (where I sid not feel safe) to a Mayberry-esque town in middle America. I have considered it a great blessing to feel secure as I raise my children in this community. The crime rate is less than 1% and violent crime a fraction of that. Recently a large shopping had to close for an evening because of a large teen age brawl which included gun fire. This center is just 10 miles from my “secure” family friendly oasis. This suburban mall is not accessible by public transportation. I find the existence of independently MOBILE and armed angry mobs of teens to be terrifying.

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        • NancyA says:

          Kathy. I don’t know why, but that song was in my head as well; you’ve jogged my memory but not quite. I’m not sure what to make of it. But I second Charlie… things are not the same now. Take special care. I am trying to warn my children, these flare ups can occur at any time, anywhere. There was a huge brawl of young people in a mall recently. They also staged “die ins” at malls. My daughter works in the mall… I am mindful that we are ripe for anything to happen. Now.

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          • Barbara Dore says:

            look at kibeho and so many people got killed within three months…people turned against each other out of the blue and for no reason, out of pure madness…it may be possible to have repeated kibeho (es) in many places around the world if they do not love God enough.

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          • Connie says:

            This insane hatred threatening the horizon is one of the reasons I have added “spread the effect of grace of thy Flame of Love over all humanity” at the end of the “Hail Mary” prayer from the Flame of Love devotion according to Elizabeth Kindelmann.

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      • Pawel says:

        As for Poland moment at least Poland expected it and held off Nazi forces much longer than assumed both by Poland itself and its allies. Poland’s role was to hold down the fort for about two weeks until allies would come to aid. All help that Poland received during that time was the British planes dropping leaflets with words of encouragement and sympathy. No wonder Stalin attacked Poland from the east 17 days after German invasion began. Poland was holding off two mighty armies, more than two million troops, for way over two weeks. Words of sympathy did not make it, actions were needed. Unity and courage are needed to face evil. It seems to me that St. Faustina was invoking God’s protection and blessings so efficiently for her country that WWII could not break out as long as she lived.

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      • Bob says:

        Before I get back to my assigned reading I had a discussion with my wife Betty 2 days ago and discussed discerning moving further from the Ferguson area as there are suburbs where more Catholics live and with a bit more religion and a bit less family fragmentation, when things blow up there might be a bit less chaos but I told her that I do believe purifications are necessary and we can’t be sure that we can be sure of being safe and we would need to rely on God and not in ourselves. She is slowly seeming a bit more opened especially when I reminded her that God’s purpose is to save as many as possible and if chastisement is needed to bring more to be saved God will allow it. Which brings me to an acronym she had developed FROG. Fully Rely On God and she had a picture of a small tree frog hanging by one foot on the edge of a branch on her computer for awhile. I suppose we will all need more frogs in our lives.
        Also my wife’s mother died, yesterday, not unexpected and so pray for her siblings, some of who claim to be atheists, that they will be converted. My mother in law will be fine in God’s eyes I am sure.
        It is a bit cold here and when my dad was alive every time we had some really cold weather he would begin to discuss how cold it was at “The Battle of the Bulge”. and every year the cold seemed to get a bit more bitter in his description which, from reading history probably wasn’t an exaggeration. So maybe my dad Bob can say a few prayers for us in our battles.

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      • Mick says:

        Charlie–not to sound completely obtuse, but what do you mean by “I cannot adopt the schedule I planned”?

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    • Fran says:

      Charlie, I like what Steve has said here, and I just want to add that your site here (and I include all the commenters) has helped me grow spiritually in many ways. One profound difference for me is that while my lamp was lit and on the stand, and sometimes brought to others, now I have started picking it up and I’m carrying it around in the dark and bringing it where the Lord leads me! And I am doing what Janet has said…saying to the Lord each day, “Let’s do this together.” I have been pushed outside my little comfort zone, and I am excited for where the Lord takes me! That’s huge, Charlie, huge! 🙂

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    • I’m with Steve — everything he said. 🙂

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  33. Josephine says:

    Thank you, Charlie, for giving voice to my very own perceptions and sentiments about much of what is discussed here. You have my prayer support. May the Lord guide and protect you, and give you all the graces necessary for your mission, through the intercession of our Blessed Mother and St. Joseph.

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  34. Please allow me to introduce myself to this group. My name is Dave and I have been following this site since it’s beginning. I have taken great comfort from the postings and from the subsequent comments. It grieves me greatly at the seeming ambiguity of most human life during this most tumultuous time in the history of mankind. Have we not learned anything from our past? Are we condemned to continually repeat the same rebellious behavior, rejecting God and all that he calls us to? The formula is simple and will provide for an abundant life of tranquility, resting peacefully in the knowledge that our Heavenly Father has taken us into His care and provided for us those things that we could never have provided for ourselves. The oft repeated mantra here by Charlie, acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to those around you is all that is required. Eternity awaits us. The choice is ours to make. I have stumbled greatly during the course of my life. I have stubbornly refused the simple disciplines that would create a life of peace and passion. I received my reward. Yet there remained life in me. Many times I wished and even prayed for the end, but it did not come. Through the fires of disobedience was forged a great resolve within me. A resolve to live as He would have me live. The greatest gift one could attain during these troublesome times would be, in my opinion, the gift of desperation. Desperation for the heart of the living God.
    My best friend was killed this Christmas Eve. His name was Buddy, he was a joyful and playful and loving companion, full of life and enthusiasm. I called his name out everyday upon arriving home from my days work. He gleefully danced around me and basked in utter happiness for a full 10-20 minutes. I never felt greater joy than those times. Buddy is my dog. But he was so much more than that. I learned many lessons of a life well lived in my time with him. Many may not understand the fullness of that relationship. It was not based on money or reward or want. It was based on loyalty and love. He was a stubborn and adventurous fellow. He would escape his yard anytime he felt the urge to go wandering. It scared me when he did because I knew the dangers, so I would scold him when he did that. He knew how to leave the yard anytime he wanted, but most times he chose to stay, other times he chose to go. A car got him Christmas Eve. I was devastated, but understood his urge to wander would overcome him at times and he had to go. I picked him up and took him to his final resting place. I tearfully said goodby to my friend and acknowledged that one day I would be placed in my final resting place and that maybe some would mourn my passing. But the real lesson came when I realized that God must view us in much the same way that I saw Buddy. My eternity awaits. I pray that if I can’t stay in the yard that my life will be that sign of hope for any that observe me, and that God will be glorified.

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    • charliej373 says:

      For any wondering, Dave is my younger brother. In fact, he is the one I spoke of the other day who, invited to help Mom with the Christmas baking when he was around six, said when she poured the batter into the pan, “That’s not a cake. It’s a mess.”

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    • Patrick says:

      Having lost your dog you loved I’m sure is very painful. Your right about how God sees us. I have four children at various ages and can’t help but believe that I have learned more from them than they me.

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    • Jacquie says:

      I understand your love for Buddy. And I am so sorry for your loss.
      Don’t they teach us what unconditional love is like? How I wish I were more like my dogs!

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    • CrewDog says:

      Dave,
      Sorry for your loss! People who are not dog/cat lovers can’t understand the loss. and grieving process, of a beloved pet. I had to put down a very old friend in October ;-( …. and was going to wait for a time but on my way to re-cycle I passed the Humane Society where their Sign read: “Puppies and Kittens 1/2 Price”. Soooo … on the way home I thought I’d Just-Look … Right!? Anyway, I picked out a five week old puppy to be picked up the next week. Sheba actually picked me out as she was the only pup to come check me out while I was ‘talking” to her mom. My old friend Jamie, like me, was going deaf/blind and just perhaps it is a blessing for me to have a young/healthy friend as I/we enter The Storm!?
      GOD SAVE US …………….. EVERYONE!!

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    • audiemarie2014 says:

      Hello Dave. I am sorry you lost your friend, Buddy. That was my Dad’s dog’s name and he loved him so much. I’m glad you are here and I appreciate your analogy. I’m trying to stay in the yard too. God bless you.

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    • ann says:

      I’m so sorry about Buddy. Anyone who has lost a beloved pet knows it is a kind of grief that is akin to losing a child. I have suffered both so I know what I say. Your analogy to God is very beautiful too. Our dog used to do foolish dangerous things but there was no training him–it seemed–to be prudent. He’d fall into the same “temptations” again and again. I’m with you Dave. Let’s stay in the yard!

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    • Pete says:

      Hi Dave. Sorry about Buddy. I am one of those who believe that “all dogs go to Heaven” and that we will be reunited with them again. We have two dogs and they are true members of our family.
      On another note…isn’t God our Father so great? I am so happy that you have found the resolve to live as He would have you! Me too. May God always be glorified!!!
      On another, another note…bake any cakes lately? 🙂
      Peace.

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    • NancyA says:

      Dave, you remind me of my brother, for whom I am praying. His “Buddy” is “Elvis”. He is separated from him now, while attending a rehab. Just left this morning. He took along some of my offerings (a small prayer book and a book on Catholicism). I’m sorry for your sad loss of your best friend. God bless you; will you say a prayer for my brother, Ray? Thanks!

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    • jobrower says:

      Dave,
      What a beautiful, sad story. I am also so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  35. jennhunter90 says:

    It was Christmas 2013. I was visiting my family in Philly, getting the house tidied up for our annual Christmas Eve dinner. My mom had the Comcast “contemporary” Christmas music station on. I was only half-listening but then I found myself saying, “What? What did she say? No… What?!” It was the Lady Gaga song,”Christmas Tree”. It was the defining moment for me that Christmas, as I had always held it in my cultural consciousness, had been eradicated. And then when I saw your post,Charlie, on your Facebook page, a week later about that being the last, I had to agree. Everything about Christmas had been corrupted and emptied of its meaning. Nothing sacred. And things once so beautiful, like the Christmas tree of my youth that I had enjoyed gazing upon for hours, had become the subject of vulgarity. It was like I was immediately transported to an alternate universe. And this year the satan got even bolder and demanded a satanic holiday display at the FL capitol! Come on, people!

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  36. MMBev says:

    We are unable to know anything that we don’t know that we don’t know. Even when we know we are learning something new, we bring our own perspective, perceptions and glasses with us. Our glasses all have lenses from our experiences in our past life and everyone, even those with the same parents in the same family, have different glasses. Now, Charlie has been given the opportunity (not that he was thrilled about it) to see things totally differently than the rest of us. (The price has been extremely high, extremely.)

    If you don’t give out a good primal yell, Charlie, every now and again, we won’t know that we don’t know and that we need to.

    This Christmas was different than any other. At no time in my life or in my parents lives have I known of the things that are being done to our brothers and sisters. My parents didn’t know about the crucifixions in that picture. I do. I know about children being buried alive, having their heads cut off, not swiftly, but sawed off with a dull knife, just because they are Christians. I have never seen one or both of my sons heads stuck on a pole. I have never known that my beautiful God-daughter has been forced into “marriage’ with a jihadist or a 60 year old Muslim man who can beat her at will, or tied naked to a tree, to be used by any jihadist who wants to use her.

    I put up nothing. Not one light, not a tree, not a decoration inside or outside the house. I didn’t even go to Midnight Mass although I know it may be the last opportunity I will have in this life. God must have wanted me to have a manger, because the lady who takes me to Mass, give me an acrylic plastic one that lights up with a LED bulb and truly looks wonderful. That’s it. I did have Christmas dinner with the kids, on Christmas Eve as Richard has to work the next day. It was truly wonderful. The best part was we forgot to open presents.

    Charlie says the beginning was in 2009 in North Korea. It began for me in 2008, when I heard Obama give his speech in Berlin in 2008, before the election. Once the election took place, basically, for all intents and purposes the Republic of the United States ceased to exist. There has been just a tiny time lag. It could well be that Canada no longer exists either. For me, it ceased to exist quite some time ago. It ceased when the Constitution (vomit) was signed by Pierre True-dough. You have been fortunate. We have been paying for abortions (via taxes), up until the second the head of the baby is out of the birth canal, since about 1983 ish. I think I keep blocking that date out of my mind because I can’t stand it. I know that abortion became legal in 1970, but it took a few slow, slithery wriggles before it made it that far.

    I wonder if we will have different country names after the Storm is finished, and it draggles out for a few years after 2017, I should think, although you have said it will be over. But setting up a new civilization will take a bit of time. We will have technology though, because the Shrine looks pretty massive an undertaking even if we are not back to the pyramids. (And we don’t really know how they did that stuff.)

    KEEP YELLING. KEEP YELLING, CHARLIE. I have this vague, monstrous idea that there is a lot I don’t know that I don’t know about.

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  37. DanSouthChicago says:

    Thank you, Charlie, and God bless!

    It is late. Now go get some sleep! – : )

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  38. mezza49 says:

    Thank you Charlie! A friend emailed one of your postings to me and now I have the full blog to read. I have had a sense of growing disquiet and alarm for 20 plus years. Your blogs are mirroring my observations although I definitely do not have the benefit of visions! The anti Christian/ especially anti Catholic, sentiment in the news and entertainment media has taken a stranglehold on government and public decision making. Public sentiment would have it that is better to be a homosexual or Muslim than a Christian. Dear Lord above, have mercy on us all.

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  39. Murt says:

    What a well written piece you have here now Charlie. I had been sort of looking forward to what you would have to say as of that last post and the Consecration of Russia. Seems to me there seems to be a lot of loss, sadness, where do we go from here sort of thing going on in this latest bit of thinking on the part of the writer. Alas this scribbler would not think himself all that good of a writer, the mind not having fingers I often think is somewhat of his own disability.

    This writer being a bit of a history buff would take umbrage somewhat though at the mention of Mr Churchill. That particular person is not all what he would propose in my history. He of course in my history would be the father of modern ” Orangeisim ” in my country. He, like Hitler and any number of miscreants I often wonder of as to the next life. I did mention Judas in a previous post to you and wonder of how those people meet their God. It would appear to some I suppose this would leave me on another planet, but hey, I am thankful judgment is not part of my job description.

    They came for me you say and there was no one there……………….How very true is all I may add to that statement. I could only try to write as to my own country, and perspective. It is the story of all of the parishes of the world though if you care to broaden horizon. Getting near the century mark in my time I can only observe that which I recall. I could try to say something of those two Islands on the coast of Western Europe, but as I say, I am more a remember than a writer.

    Four countries, four peoples, One God basically, just a few different ” isms” of divisions. A white races of people who could be trained to kill withe more and more horror. This plan has only just come into it’s own though in the latter part of our last century. There has always been a hotch potch of killing of different peoples of different places about the parish of the world. It really came into it’s own though in this our last times though. I have always thought of this killing, training, guiding on those islands being some form of training/experiment for the world parish, but then that would be just silly now.

    Those last few years of our times have just become that bit more easy for those who observe and plan things I think. Those Churchill’s, Hitler’s, Stalin’s are all but bit players in some form of plan. The world looked idly by as new laws were introduced in my country as world police controllers sent their sent their employees here to overview new policies which could immune sensible world senses through well crafted media. Let them eat cake in the bread and circus as that great Lady never said. They came for me indeed and there was no one there to care……………..

    Thankfully I do’t really know the answer to all this. A tad above my pay grade I suppose, but then that is the way it was designed by someone with a few more smarts than I was given. I do sincerely hope though that this God on here a lot of you people seem to have found is keeping a weather eye on me. I try to tend my own business now for the most part. Being mad in the world of today does have it’s advantages People and Priests I meet on my daily doings tend to not have time to talk to me. When I am asked for my opinion it is usually not the answer required, but I am a stubborn old fool who would persist on his own path. The world does always seem to cast a cold eye on most of what I say. I do however try to talk to My Holy Mother and try to draw comfort from Her…………….A Prodigal son hopefully……….

    A nicely written piece I think Charlie as you can only do what you can only do. We are all given talents I would suppose, we can only use those talents as we see fit. You do seem to have an edge on things though from my perspective. I could envy that in some regard, but then each soldier will be given the kit which is due to him. You can always offer to help others along the way to help with another’s kit. Just carry what you have as best you may.

    Safe journey.
    Murt.

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  40. Elizabeth says:

    Charlie, your article is beautiful and an eye opener I am new to your site what can I do to help defend the faith that I love other than pray. Are there any steps we can take to help?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Hi Elizabeth. Yes, the steps I call for are simple: acknowledge God, take the next right step as best you can, and be a sign of hope to those around you. That is the little way, the safe way, the sure way that I encourage, as you will see when you read throughout this site.

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  41. Dan Lynch says:

    US/Russia/China Personal Report from Moscow

    US/China/Russia relations are not very happy. I quote below from what Dr. Robert Moynihan, editor of Inside the Vatican magazine, wrote on January 3 and 4 from his retreat in a monastery in Manoppello, Italy, about a Skype conversation with his friend in Russia. He wrote, “I don’t know what to do.”

    I say, let us pray the Novena in Honor of Jesus as True King for the intention of world peace and our protection. Jesus asked us to pray, “Protect, O Lord our King, our families and the land of our birth. Guard us, we pray, Most Faithful One! Protect us from our enemies and from Your Just Judgment.” You may copy and paste it from here:

    http://jkmi.wsiefusion.net/the-prayers

    Here is what Dr. Moynihan wrote on January 3:

    “When I [Dr. Moynihan] returned to my room, and opened my computer, the Skype icon appeared and a call came in. Again, it was from Moscow.

    “I am thinking that no one is very happy right now,” my caller said. “Russia is certainly not happy, with the ruble collapse and the price of oil cut in half, and the sanctions. But I don’t think the United States is very happy either, with Russia turning toward China. That can’t be seen as a good thing… There is clearly the danger of a direct confrontation, and that will not be good for anyone, especially the simple people of Ukraine, no matter who may win… We would like to try another way…”

    “And so?” I asked.

    “And so, just as in the past, so now. A concert. Something everyone can support, everyone with human feelings. Verdi’s Requiem. Invite both Putin and Obama, and Merkel, and representatives of the Jewish community… to commemorate all those who died in World War II, and to express the hope of never entering into another so destructive war.”

    “And do you really think Putin would attend?” I asked.

    “Putin would attend,” he said. “The question might be Obama…”

    Around the monastery, an evening wind began to howl. I shook my head.

    “I don’t know what to do,” I said. “It seems like such a small gesture, futile. The great powers are already moving, everything is gamed on supercomputers, and we can do nothing to stop the unfolding events…”

    “On the contrary,” said my friend. “All it requires is a small act of faith. Do you believe enough to take one step?

    “What step would that be?” I asked…”

    On January 4, Dr. Moynihan wrote:

    Early this evening, I received a third Skype phone call from Moscow.

    “Bob,” my Russian friend said. “How are you? I was just wondering whether you had contacted Rome with the proposal for a concert…”

    “Not yet,” I said. “I’ll send a note this evening.”

    “Please do it,” he said.

    So, I wrote an email, explaining the idea of a great Requiem concert to commemorate all of those who died in World War II, with the intent not only of remembering all of them, but also of signifying our hope that no such war will again engulf us. And I sent the email to someone in the Vatican, asking if it might be possible to bring the matter to the attention of Pope Francis himself.

    Within moments, to my surprise, I received a response.

    It said: On January 6, the Feast of Epiphany, I had already planned to come to Manoppello. We can meet there at the shrine… ”

    So, let us pray (and sing) for peace:

    http://jkmi.wsiefusion.net/the-prayers

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

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

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

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    • charliej373 says:

      I have come to be an admirer of Dr. Moynihan. Yes, there are loud voices counseling hate and strife, but there are those steadfast, quiet voices who work for peace, for hope, for unity – and Dr. Moynihan is one of those doing honor to the faith and the faithful.

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    • Barbara Dore says:

      Hard to imagine that all of us come from just one father, Noah!!!!…all different tribes came from Noah, our great grandfather… Jesus, The King of All nations , have mercy on us.

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    • Julia says:

      Dan, as a supporter of Jesus King of all Nations. I love the prayer you include in your post and try to say it daily with the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory be. I think this prayer is the secret behind the Muslim conversions we hear about.
      I also love and can testify to the miraculous outcome from the Chaplet of Unity Novena in this devotion. And recommend it all the time.
      My mother RIP made the Novena of Holy Communions for an urgent family problem, and it was answered on the 9th day. It was another miracle from this noble devotion.
      God bless and happy New Year. Sorry Charlie, I’m getting trigger happy with posting!

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  42. aj says:

    You know Charles (like calling you that at times) with all your rants you make me smile and laugh at times. I just don’t post it to crowd your already filled inbox. This time it was when you said that it is the final hour and that you would scream if someone after an hour said nothing happened. I found that very funny because I’m guessing that pre-emptive comment saved you some responses an hour later.

    I’ve said this before but I’ll repeat it. Many will look to you to be perfect and always correct in your analysis, predictions and interpreting the times because you’ve been visited mystically. Guys, Charlie is as normal, broken, impatient, limited and dumb as we all are at times! Much of his visitations if not all have not been for him, but for us all (I think he recognises this now). He still has to work daily at his personal sanctification (holiness) just like you and me. Our walk of holiness is so similar to waves against the shoreline…backwards and forwards but continually eroding what is ahead of us.

    After Mass New Year’s day I was having a conversation with some Catholic friends outside the Church. The point of the discussion was that we ain’t doing too badly. My point was to look at the guys who spent day in day out with JESUS for 3 years, that’s 365 × 3…almost 1,100 days and over 26,000 hours (minus some sleep). Could we even contemplate the Wisdom, Clarity and Graces they received? Constant communion with GOD. And yet, at the first sign of serious danger they “all” fled, disappeared, denied. Only one eventually came back and my personal view is that he came back because he sought shelter from our Mum, MARY Most Pure. So we push on, muddle on, struggle on but “on” we go.

    Charlie I see you as a close friend (an older one mind you 🙂 )and will continue to pray for you and this whole family as we all take our next right step.

    May Almighty GOD bless you and your Guardian Angel continue to bring the Light of GOD to your soul!
    aj

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  43. Lois says:

    Dear Charlie, You are trying to tell us the truth but many don’t want to hear it. I have experienced the same with family and friends. I sincerely thank you for trying to help us. You really are a gift to us from God. If people prefer to keep their head in the sand, we can only pray for them and when they are finally ready to listen. do our best to help them. Thank you and may God bless you. The problem is obedience and humility. Lois

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  44. Anne says:

    Some music to enjoy ……… Jackie evancho. To believe. Appropriate lyrics ….hope amidst despair

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  45. Anyone who thinks this was a “normal” Christmas should watch this 16 minute clip from CBC (Canada) news feature called Turning Point: Focusing on the Future – What we can expect in 2015. It is a panel of foreign policy experts that discuss what they see as major threats in the coming year. As you will notice, there are so many things to be concerned about there is no repetition. If this had been held in 1939, the whole panel would be saying, HITLER. Today, throw a dart at the world map and you will find a trouble spot. Nothing normal here folks.

    http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/TV%20Shows/The%20National/ID/2646309973/

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  46. Luis says:

    It was the first minutes of 2015… and I was hugging my wife and wishing happy new year for all the family present in my house, then I started to look each one of them in the eyes and I really feel truly sad and worried for the next years ahead..,

    But then a spark of hope arises ” there are less than 3 years ahead for the rescue!” my mindset changed from victim to a man enduring for my family waiting the victory ahead.
    ( I dont know if I would “see” this victory from the earth though 🙂 but Gods knows and its enough for me…)

    What is coming is surely tough, but we need to see further (trusting in God)

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    • I don’t think it is three years. This is acceleratins as we approach the final storm. Remember the times will be cut short.

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        Well, Carlos we can certainly pray for cutting it short!

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      • Bonnie C says:

        Carlos, You touched upon what has been going through my mind. Time is speeding up. It is like the days of the week are all bundled into one. Last year, it seemed; Sunday, Tuesday, Friday. Now, it’s like – Sunday, Friday, Sunday. I pray for time to accelerate. Of course my grandchildren are the first I think of, but for all.

        “He has cast down the mighty from their thrones and exalted the humble.”

        “Who is she that cometh forth, as the morning rising, luminous as the moon, brilliant as the Sun, terrible as a army set in battle array?”

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        • Bonnie, Judy — I think this is the time to be brave and raise our heads to look for the appearance of Our Lord in the world. We may see terrible things because the devil is pretty much a terrorist trying to scare us into running away from God. We must not fear those who can only kill the body, we have to fear God who can kill body and soul in unquenchable eternal fire. This is something politically incorrect to say these days but that is a warning from Our Lord. When you see these things happening raise your heads for your liberation is near! Fear not little flock! said John Paul II: “non avete paura” do not fear. Just keep the utmost purity of heart, receive Communion often and revere every second of it. Go to Mass. “Not forsaking our assembly, as some are accustomed; but comforting one another, and so much the more as you see the day approaching.” Our Lady and Our Lord know that our lives are precious before the Father and so is our witness. We are living the culmination of history, we will be telling this story to generations to come. Even our bodies and our environment will be changed in a transformation similar to the springing of life in the Garden of Eden. What a glorious time to be alive, the days the prophets would have given their right arm to witness in person!

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        • Bonnie, I remember reading somewhere that a process speeds up as it is reaching its conclusion. I think the principle applied to chemical reactions … may be someone with chemistry knowledge could explain this better. We do not even know exactly what time is and may be prevented to know its properties since we live in it. For instance, it would be very difficult for some intelligent fish to study the river around him and learn what it really is. It would have to get out of the river and observe how it flows. We know God is outside time and He is not subject to circumstance, no one can “surprise” Him. But we live in time and we can sense changes in its flow through observation of certain processes. It takes longer to wait in line for a piece of cake than to wait in the dentist’s office for a root canal for most people.

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  47. Mary Ann Parks says:

    Charlie, when people believe that Christmas 2014 was the same as before, it is because for them it is – a generation has grown up in secular society and think Christmas just is the way it is now. You and I and others our age tend to read the past into the contemporary situation, especially since there are so many reflections or leftovers. But my children in their 30’s and 40’s don’t really expect anything other than a private family and Church Christmas, and for the Church Christmas they expect practically nothing – no plays, no solemn liturgies, not even nice carols, just one or two familiar carols redone in dissonance as is the style now. So don’t feel bad. You and those who disagree are talking apples and oranges.

    As for the campaign against Christmas by fundamentalists, remember Cromwell and the Puritans. They outlawed Christmas. It is hatred of the incarnation, which logically involves sacraments, esp the Eucharist, which means the Church. It is hatred of Catholicism. They have a religion of the word only, which means a mental religion. Sometimes made up for by expressionism and sentimentality, sometimes not.

    On the popular level, this year, there were about a third the houses lit here as in years past, but the few that were lit were over the top. I got only two Merry Christmases in stores, and one was hostile (and both were in response – usually people respond to MC with HH, as if they have been ordered and are scared). And more than half the Christmas cards I received were just pictures of people and their families.

    I live in San Antonio, which has taken a very dark (and organized) turn in the past few years. Our government is hostile to Catholicism.

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    • charliej373 says:

      How sad about San Antonio, Mary Ann…the home of the Missions. Without the Missions, San Antonio would not be what it is. My Dad was stationed there in the Air Force when my Mom got pregnant with me – but I did not see it until my pilgrimage. I consider it the Venice of America. May it turn resolutely back to God.

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      • Mary Ann says:

        The missions were given to the administration of the National Parks Service and the educational programs at San Jose are now politically correct untruths. And the church is gussying them up, but they look phony. I remember an 11th century church in Pamplona to which I went to daily Mass in 1969-70, San Nicolas. When I went back in 2000 it had been sandblasted and “reformed” and all the old art and altarpieces removed and it looked like a Hollywood set for a Robin Hood movie in the 40’s..

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        • charliej373 says:

          That hurts my heart, Mary Ann, but it sounds just about par for the course. The Disneyfication of our heritage. I always loved James Michener’s wonderful, sprawling historical novels – historically sound and compellingly crafted plots and characters. They ARE fiction, but true to the spirit of what happened. Might I suggest his “Texas” to get a good sense of how vital the missionaries – and the missions – were to Texas history?

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    • Mary Ann, I had the same thought about the young experiencing Christmas as usual bc Ive never experienced the Christmases Charlie feels so nostalgic for. I’m 35 and didn’t think this Christmas much different from others. I’m ashamed to admit that but it’s true.

      I have a hard time remembering all the things that happen over the course of year with my mommy brain, and to see them listed by Charlie was sobering indeed. I feel like I’m very aware of the changes in the world around me on a day to day basis, reading Spirit Daily and Mark Mallett as well as the news apps, but don’t feel the first hand effects of most of the things I read about. Ugu! I think I may be the person described in the poem at the beginning of this post. Intellectually, I read about assaults on Christianity but haven’t experienced much of it here in Catholic New Orleans. I also surround myself with other faith-filled families which I’m sure insulates me from subtle or overt persecution others are experiencing.

      Im afraid I’m somewhat like the frog in warming water. And I think a part of me still thinks I’m nuts for believing that something drastic is going to happen. If I even hinted at what I believed to most of my friends, even my close practicing Catholic friends, they’d give me uncomfortable smiles and best. I thank God every day for 3 of my sisters who are practicing their faith and believe a change gonna come. But maybe were still holding out hope that were crazy?! Anyone else get what I’m talking about??

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      • A battle line is being drawn in my province of Alberta, Canada. The Catholic School Boards (which get public funding) have decided not to allow clubs to be formed called “gay-straight alliance” clubs. The reason is that they are handling bullying in a way that respects all students, no matter who they are. HOWEVER, there are many parents, teachers, students and members of the public who are outraged that the Catholic Schools are not allowing GSA’s. I can see things heating up. Lord Jesus have mercy on us and on the whole world!

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    • Julia says:

      Mary Ann, I know of one person in San Antonio who got a proper holy Christmas card, complete with sparkle too; which was blessed by my parish priest here in the UK; with the intention of blessing all the unseen hands it would be handled by and blessings on the home it was sent to….my lapsed Catholic brother. San Antonio means Saint Anthony. May this wonderful saint pray for the people there.

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      • Mary Ann says:

        Thanks! It also blesses those who know of it!

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      • My mom converted (on her deathbed) on St Anthony’s day, the 13th of June 2009. She died a few days later. St Anthony is the Patron of Portugal where Our Lady of Fatima appeared on the 13th day of the month from May to October. Watch that 13th day of the month for supernatural signs. Our present Pope was elected on 13th March 2013 (check this if you add all the numbers of that date, they add up to 13!) It’s like a wink from Our Lady saying “I am running the show here, don’t fret!” :o)

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        • charliej373 says:

          Funny, my number for sports was always 13. Some considered it unlucky – I always considered it my “lucky” number. That was before I was Catholic. Not sure whether there was any unconscious insight there – or just that I am sometimes I am something of a contrarian.

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          • When I became an American citizen I was instructed to keep a certain place at the swearing ceremony and remain there so in the end, when receiving our certificates those would not be out of order. I had a hunch that my number was going to be the 13th. I was directed to a seat with a yellow sticky and — you guessed it — it had the number 13 on it. I still have that sticky inside my prayer book! Similar things have happened to me over the years. I do not know what they mean but I take them as a sign of Our Lady’s care. Of course you are in receipt of a private e-mail where that number appears prominently. All of that came to me and I am still astonished about those coincidences. They seem to mean something but I am afraid I can only keep an eye on those, just in the unlikely event that they turn out to be accurate in some way. I was very interested in your opinion on that matter. I hope I did not shock you!

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          • Barbara Dore says:

            13th is lucky number. 13th of each month is a day of great graces from Our lady. Google on Rosa Mystica. Also Our lady of Fatima too. 13th day is linked to Queen Esher. I think Our lady tries to tell us that she is the second Queen Esher in a different way. She appeals to her beloved Son who is the king of all nations.

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          • 13 is my favourite number too. My birthday is on 13 June too. 13 is the number of Divine Mercy in Judaism and the number of Queen Esther.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Someone told me recently that we are all called to be the 13th Apostle. I like that.

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          • CrewDog says:

            13 is IT! .. Eh!?! … I’m runnin’ out to buy a Lotto Ticket … NOW 😉

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          • SteveBC says:

            Jesus plus the 12 apostles = 13.
            Mary plus the 12 apostles = 13.
            The 12 apostles plus the replacement for Judas = 13.
            According to Charlie, is angel said Jesus was born on 12/25/3BC. These numbers all add up to 13.
            Those are some impressive 13s.
            Here’s another one: My birth month plus my birth day = 13. That must mean I am incredibly, really amazingly, holy and miraculous! 😀

            But then, aren’t we all in some fashion or another miraculous at our very core, made in the image of God? We’re all 13s!

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          • charliej373 says:

            Steve, I give you an A – Absurd, Amusing, Amazing…you crack me up.

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        • marie says:

          Carlos, I love reading your comments here. You are a great sign of hope. Thank you. Likewise, I feel the same about your comments on These Stone Walls. I’m certain they are a great consolation to Father Gordon. Que Dios te bendiga.

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          • Thank you, Marie. I feel greatly for Fr Gordon. I was unjustly incarcerated in my youth after being put on the street as young boy by those who were supposed to raise me and care for me. Fr Gordon and I share sort of parallel lives and I feel greatly for him. I am convinced he is a saint, a soul suffering for the sins of many in the Church.

            BTW my FB is open to receive all friends. I plan to work more through FB this year to get to know as many of you as possible. My modest ministry is growing and I have a hunch that this is going to be a busy year for us Catholic bloggers as we approach the final confrontation between good and evil in our time.

            https://www.facebook.com/casorosendi

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          • Kati says:

            marie,

            I also like Carlos’ comments and I was happy to notice that you are aware of These Stone Walls. I discovered Fr. Gordon via Fr. Charles Byers’blog…which simply disappeared some years ago. I was saddened to lose reading his blog and never found out exactly what happened to it.

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          • marie says:

            Hi Kati, I also found Fr Gordon through Fr George Byers’ blog.☺ I was mystified as to why his blog suddenly disappeared, but read fairly recently on TSW that he is fine and is doing background work to help Fr. Gordon’s legal case. TSW, after Charlie’s, Peli’s and Mark’s, is one of my favourite Catholic sites. So many inspirational stories, so many signs of hope.

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        • amazing 1+3+3+2+1+3 = 13. In jewish gematria the word for love ahavah also adds up to 13 and so does the word for one or unity echad.

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          • Brother Gilbert, Our Lord gave us the Holy Eucharist on Holy Thursday which was the 13th day of the month of Nisan. He died for us on the Cross on the 14th. Pope Francis was elected on 3-13-2013. If you add the numbers of that date 3+1+3+2+0+1+3 they add up to 13. Pope Francis was ordained to the priesthood on 12-13-1969.
            A very good friend of mine converted to the faith a few years ago. He was called to the Church by Our Blessed Mother in person. As a result of his conversion 33 former Jehovah’s Witnesses returned to the Catholic Church (mostly his relatives.) Without being intentionally pre-arranged him and his wife were received, confirmed, married in the Church, etc. on dates 13. A sign that Our Lady had a special preference for them.
            His conversion story can be read here in Spanish. it is an amazing array of miracles:
            http://casorosendi.com/espanol/261-un-dia-tendras-que-venir-a-maria

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          • Dear Carlos,
            Sounds great but Holy Thursday evening and Good Friday are the same day in Nisan as the Jewish day goes from sunset to sunset. I do not believe the Crucifixion happened on the 14th of Nisan but on the 16th of Nisan. Some think it was the 15th of Nisan and others the 13th. see my blog articles on this http://aronbengilad.blogspot.com.au/2014/11/nisan-16-and-wave-tenufa-and-heave.html

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          • Another coincidence related to the number 13. The Costa Concordia was wrecked off the coast of Isola del Giglio (transl. Island of the Lily) in Italy on 13 January 2012. It was built with 13 decks and had a chapel with an image of Our Lady of Fatima in it. The “giglio” is the flower traditionally associated with Our Blessed Mother in Italy. The image of Our Lady was extracted a few weeks after the wreck.

            Curiously enough — 13 days after that disaster — we had a building collapse here in south America. The building was located in Rio de Janeiro (which means River of January in Portuguese) in Avenue 13 October 1300 (Avenida 13 de Outubro #1300.) I still believe both events were symbolic warnings of the impending storm. Both events made it to the front pages of newspapers all over the world.

            This following Monday is the anniversary of the Costa Concordia disaster.

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          • I understand the way the Jewish day begins and ends. In my case the Church says that the Eucharist was instituted in Holy Thursday, that what Holy Tradition has affirmed so I believe in it as I am obliged to do. Holy Thursday was the 13th of Nisan, in a standardized calendar that would be Thursday, April 2 of 33 a.D. We know from Scripture that it was “dark outside” so, technically Friday had begun. Why the Church affirms that the Eucharist was instituted on Holy Thursday? I guess that is something we will know when we get to Heaven.

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          • dear Carlos, Not sure you understood me. I too believe that the Last Supper was on the night of Holy Thursday of the Julian calendar. However in the Jewish calender this is the eve of the following day so you can’t say the last Supper which occurred in the evening is a different date in Nisan than the events on Good Friday. In the Julian calendar they are two different dates but in the Jewish not. I believe that the Last Supper occurred most likely on the second Passover night (Thursday on the eve of 16th NIsan) in a Passover Havurah and that the Crucifixion occurred on Friday the 16th of Nisan most likely in 31 AD.

            In your scenario the Passover Seder Lamb would be killed in the Temple on Thursday Nisan 13 and then after sunset on Thursday Nisan 14 would begin in which the Last Supper was held and then on Friday which is still Nisan 14 at 3pm Jesus is crucified.

            The problem with this is that the first Passover night is on 15 Nisan as the Passover Seder lambs are killed on 14 Nisan not the 13th. Are you saying you don’t think the Last Supper occurred during Passover but before?

            My scenario is that on Wednesday the 14th of Nisan (31 AD) the Passover Seder Lamb is killed in the Temple (sometime between 1.30-5.00), then after sunset on Wednesday the eve of 15th Nisan began in which Jesus with his Mother and family and probably his disciples celebrated the strict Halachic Passover Seder meal and Night according to the Law. Then on Thursday the 15th of Nisan Jesus sent his disciples to prepare their Passover Havurah. (A passover Havurah was a meal during the intermediary days of Passover celebrated with a group of 10-15 men which keep some of the ritual but was more flexible to add other customs and practices according to the purpose of their Havurah). When the sun went down on Thursday it became the eve of Nisan 16 and Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with his disciples and the next day still Nisan 16 but Friday he was crucified and died at 3 pm at the same moment that the daily lamb sacrifice was being offered. Then after sunset the 17th of Nisan began which was a special Sabbath as it was the Sabbath within Passover. after Sabbath finished at sunset the 18th of Nisan began on Saturday night and Jesus rose probably at 3 am on Sunday morning still the 18 of Nisan. By the way 18 is the number associated with Life in Judaism.

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          • NancyA says:

            Tuesday, not Monday is the 13th of January. I know because my little Betsy will turn 13 on WEDNESDAY, January 14. (Brother Gilbert, she was baptized during a cenacle on the day before Ash Wednesday, by her godfather, Fr. R Murphy. She’s the one I’ve described has a scent of holy chrism.)

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          • Thank you, Nancy. I was looking at the wrong calendar!

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  48. Lyle Metsker says:

    Charlie, When a space ship is about to be launched there’s a countdown that starts at the 10, 9, 8 mark and really gets exciting at the 3, 2, 1 mark. If we use your date of late 2017 as the moment of blast off, the 10, 9, 8 countdown begins with 2008, 2009, 2,010 and the 3, 2, 1 count lines  up with 2014, 2015, 2016, a perfect match for the three non-traditional christmases in question. Recently, the Sony hacking by North Korea that put the release of the movie “The Interview” on Christmas Day in the headlines, thereby  fulfilling your word, “You’ll know for certain that the storm has broken in its fullness when it comes through North Korea”, was right on the money.  Using the same approach of  being on the alert for news relative to some particular nation, I believe that the following quote by you is the one to watch for in 2015: “As America and the world begins to wash their hands of Israel, there will come a great collapse in the America dollar, the stock market and the property market. Because of a mistake in judgment by America (the president), the wrath of the nations will come against America.This will mark the beginning of a sudden and dramatic economic collapse that America will never fully recover from.” Your uncanny accuracy combined with your total commitment has won me over to make my approach to the future match your declaration that, “My mission is to reassure people of God’s loving presence in these things when it manifests. I used to be scared to death of these things, but what must come, must come!” Keep up the great work.Lyle

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    • Julia says:

      Lyle, thank you for your comment. It has put a certain clarity on the things I read here in Charlies articles.
      I am sure most readers see things in the way you do, tying things together. As for me, I am just learning to Trust God, groping around for what may be the next right step, and learning to love, in a sincere effort to respond to the Sherpa’s advice.

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    • Mick says:

      Lyle, in which of Charlie’s posts is the quote about Israel, the dollar etc.? I’d like to re-read that post, but I can’t find it. Thanks!

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      • Patricia says:

        Me too. Thanks for asking for it Mick.

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      • Aric says:

        Did this ever get a response or clarification issued to it ?

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        • Mick says:

          Aric, looking back (it’s been a while), I can see that my question remains unanswered. Beckita is the unofficially Official Mistress of the TNRS Archives; so, Biscuits: do you have any idea which article Lyle was referencing? If anybody can find it, you can.

          BTW, Aric, how’s things? 🙂

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          • Beckita says:

            Thanks, Mick. My head seems to hold more readily the recent details. Too bad Lyle didn’t reference his quotes, because we haven’t heard from Lyle in forever.

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          • Mick says:

            Thanks anyway, Beckita. You’re right–Lyle hasn’t commented in a coon’s age.

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  49. Raembi says:

    Hi everyone:
    Just starting the year and we have this Paris attack. Let´s pray for the departed souls.

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  50. Sr M Lorraine says:

    In regard to “big” events, I was thinking that sometimes the real triggers can go under the radar for some time. On June 28, 1914, the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand was probably just a tiny item in that day’s news. Probably no one in America paid much attention. Yet it had catastrophic fallout, eventually. Or take the discovery of DNA. At the time people probably had no idea what would follow. But now we have scientists trying to alter the very genetic structure of people and animals, to turn them into something different as if they were God creating new beings. And, on the plus side, news about an apparition happening in a little town in Portugal, Fatima, didn’t travel very far in 1917. But it was crucial to the plan of God. When a collapse comes, it happens because there was instability all along, but things finally got to the point of no return. It seems sudden but in reality there was a long but hidden buildup.

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    • Barbara Dore says:

      Sr. M. Lorraine, I fully agree with you. Now we have a powerful technology and the news travel faster than before…via twitter, facebook, internet, etc. We, Catholics now are becoming well-informed than ten years ago due to this advanced technology network.

      For example, i never heard of Our Lady of Kibeho until I googled on Spiritdaily a few years ago. I start saying the rosary of the seven sorrows of mary last year. Technology is not evil but it can be unfortunately used for evil purposes by the users.

      We, the alert prayer warriors need to be updated now and then , also we get a lot of amazing support from each other, thanks to this technology. I am aware that it may not be for ever.

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    • ann says:

      Yes, Sister Lorraine. Exactly! I remember reading somewhere that when Jesus was born the big news was Caesar and the census and all the politics of the Roman Empire. No one was looking in the tiny village of Bethlehem where the Savior was being born. Under the radar, consequential immense things were happening, world changing, eternal things and most people had their eyes on the movers and shakers (so to speak) and missed the real story. It has ever been thus. Sometimes I wonder if it will be the same this time around?

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      • Sr M Lorraine says:

        Thank you, Barbara and Ann, those are great points! I also started praying the rosary of our Lady of Sorrows recently, even if not every day. I first read about it on Pelianito’s blog, and I think, Barbara, it may have even been you who were talking about it. Thanks for that!

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      • Bob says:

        And sadly the other way, in the 6th century when things seemed peaceful in the middle east a movement in Saudi Arabia by a little knows man named Mohammud would shake things soon and continuing into our time, sadly.

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