Musings – Links, Links and More Links

Dr. Evil

Dr. Evil

By Charlie Johnston

Today I catch up with a whole host of links that have intrigued me as I slogged along hoping to get to feeling better. The first is a secular link from the astute Kevin Williamson of National Review. He succinctly explains market forces in gasoline pricing for the conspiracy minded. I am troubled that so many serious Christians are so quick to jump to wild conspiracy theories to explain what they do not understand.

There are wide conspiracies from time to time, but they are extremely rare and are almost always found out before they can succeed. There are rarely dark earthly forces pulling the strings and making events happen just the way they want. Even the most sinister forces are far more incompetent than you think – and causing massive changes is far more difficult than most imagine. Most bad things are a matter of bad, ill-informed decisions, stumbling and bumbling by vain people determined to stay the course even after events have proven their theories to be poppycock.

Besides the damage it does in terms of understanding what is really happening, a penchant for conspiracy theories often leads otherwise good people to eagerly bear false witness against others. That is not a matter of indifference to God. I think it is easier for us to believe that the bad in the world is caused by organized, evil forces…to create a scapegoat. In tyrannical societies – such as most Muslim countries, leaders constantly invoke the malicious influence of outsiders, trying to whip up xenophobic flames, to distract people from their own errors and failures. The old Soviet Union constantly blamed “wreckers” for its constant failures. In Nazi Germany it was “saboteurs.” Shifting blame for failure and disaster is comforting at some level, but mainly, it allows us to deceive ourselves that our choices have nothing to do with the consequences we reap.

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Back in July, I wrote a column firmly criticizing Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski  for elevating a mere preferred approach on public policy to the level of a faith imperative. I rather snarkily said I hoped he was as bold and unambiguous about proclaiming the fundamentals of the faith, such as the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist as he was about his political ponderings, but I doubted it. Well, I take it back. No, not my criticism about playing as if there is only one acceptable policy option on immigration, but my doubt over Wenski’s courage in proclaiming the faith.

Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski - (photo by AP)

Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski – (photo by AP)

When Florida legalized homosexual “marriage,” Archbishop Wenski sent a memo to employees of the Archdiocese telling them they represent  the Church and are obligated to stay faithful to Church teaching. He warned that any who publicly began to support gay “marriage” could be fired. In short, he insisted on staying faithful to the Church’s teaching. This cannot be an easy thing to do in Miami, one of the trendiest and most libertine cities in the country. Abp. Wenski clearly has the courage to stand his post. People who live their duty faithfully in what is actually their responsibility have a lot of latitude in my book. Abp. Wenski is an inspiration to all Christians called to stand their post.

This has been a great couple of weeks for Bishops named “Tom.” Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois – part of my old stomping grounds – ordered every Church in his Diocese to return the tabernacle to the center of the sanctuary. It has been shameful that so many Catholic Churches in modern

Springfield, Illinois Bishop Thomas Paprocki

Springfield, Illinois Bishop Thomas Paprocki

times moved the tabernacle (which holds the consecrated Hosts, which Catholics believe to be the True Body of Christ) into hiding, as if it is some sort of shameful relic. Huzzah for a Bishop who insists that Christ be front and center in our worship throughout his Diocese.

Even as darkness thickens, there are signs of hope rising throughout the Church.

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Our faithful reader and rising young theologian, Daniel O’Connor did an interesting post at his blog the other day on When the Devil Does  Damage Control. Some may find some points arguable, but I think it is a rather impressive examination of conscience we could all benefit from in these times.

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While Miami’s Archbishop acted as a profile in courage defending Christian teaching on marriage, Atlanta’s Mayor fired the city’s Fire Chief for publishing and privately distributing a booklet on the same subject – and daring to defend Christian teaching. This was not a situation where the chief used his position to force his beliefs on subordinates…it was a private matter that was completely outside of work, Ah yes, the time has come when you may neither buy nor sell unless you give fealty to the beast – and the beast has many acolytes.

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Here a stark and concise report from the Catholic World Report on the advance of Jihad. Reality spoken here.

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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119 Responses to Musings – Links, Links and More Links

  1. CrewDog says:

    “The old Soviet Union constantly blamed “wreckers” for its constant failures. In Nazi Germany it was “saboteurs.” Shifting blame for failure and disaster is comforting at some level, but mainly, it allows us to deceive ourselves that our choices have nothing to do with the consequences we reap.”
    Now Class! Who might this remind us of in the United States? …. Anyone!!??
    Glad you’re in “The Pink … another Old Timey Expression …. Oh!!! ….. is that un-PC!!??
    GOD BLESS!!

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  2. I am honored by the link! I usually get things wrong, so I certainly take no offense at your observation that some of my points may be arguable ;-). Just pray for me that I may take my own advice; as usual, when I admonish on my blog, it’s simply because I know full well I commit all those things I admonish against!

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  3. Hi Charlie! I am happy to hear you are feeling better. Don’t over do it.
    I value your opinion on many things . I posted a link to you earlier about a piece Glenn Beck was doing on Russia. I paid the 1.00 for a trial period so I could watch the piece on his show. I will cancel tomorrow my trial. I learned what I wanted to know…..sort of ……and it only cost me a buck LOL! My question is …..what are your opinions on Glenn Beck …..not as a person but his views? What I learned from his piece on Russia was…..mostly about a guy who Glenn thinks is very dangerous……a hitler type of guy……who is advising Putin and others in power.
    His name is Aleksandr Dugin. Anyway…..with your knowledge of history and people…. I was curious on your thoughts.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Charlanne, I think Beck is both brilliantly insightful at times, erratic, and dangerously unbalanced at others. I don’t ignore him because he often comes up with deep insights few others on the public scene have, but I don’t follow him carefully because he also frequently comes up with pure, overheated, paranoid nonsense.

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      • Thanks for commenting back Charlie. I don’t follow him either. Sometimes I catch something he writes on FB. Have you heard of this Dugin character?

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        • Tarja says:

          Hello. I know something about Dugin. In Finland last year he made big headlines because of his doctrines and big talks. Even one quite respectful journal published his story and “teachings”. He even said that Finland belongs to Russia’s territory! In my opinion he is a freak who unfortunately has had real influence in Russia’s political life but I can’t imagine how seriously he has been taken…. Putin has listened him but how far he could go in following Dugin’s advices… This man is the king of exaggerating. In my opinion Putin is a clever man who listens and after that ponders what to do. If Dugin’s doctrine pleases Putin he may follow it but if this man goes too far he may have a lesson. Namely soon after his big talks of Finland belonging to Russia this guy came to visit us and explained to Finnish media that he really did not mean it so seriously! I wonder who sent him, it was kind of a apology.

          Of course he is dangerous with his occult past and his fascism admiration is a real surprise! But I think all culminates in this: is Putin is a pragmatic man or a fanatic? He makes the decisions.

          Sorry that my language skills is not good enough to explain this thoroughly…

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        • You know the world is in real trouble when Glen Beck begins to make sense!

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        • charliej373 says:

          I am familiar with him but have not, at this point, paid any special attention to him. I will probably pay a little more.

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      • donna269 says:

        agreed….there is an underlying emotional imbalance but he can be really dead on sometimes….

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    • CrewDog says:

      I can only speak for Me but ……. the American Left hates-n-fears Glenn Beck so that makes him My Kinda Guy!!
      GOD SAVE THE REPUBLIC!

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      • charliej373 says:

        Oh, there have been several brilliant but erratic guys that have done great service. Winston Churchill was one…thank God when the time came he was steady and resolved. Newt Gingrich is a modern iteration. I admire his brilliance but am glad there is little chance of him holding executive office. Beck is brilliant – but I think his eruptions of emotional imbalance are far more frequent than Gingrich’s/ It is good to have him as a public voice in these times…and equally good he is not in charge of anything.

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        • CrewDog says:

          Considering what you are telling us be coming … I’m thinking we need all the God Fearing-n-Republic loving brilliant but erratic guys we can get. Speaking of God Fearing brilliant-n-erratic guys! Would someone here please explain the inexplicable, continuing behavior of the Pope!: “Pope Francis on Climate Change: It’s Mostly Man’s Fault”
          http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/pope-climate-change-real/2015/01/15/id/618711/
          Does he not know that much of this Climate Change hysteria is BS!? Does he not know that the well organized and funded environmental fringe is a Huge Supporter of the Left political parties, US-n-Europe, that are also invested 100% in Abortion, Perversion and BigBro secular Government!? We just “celebrated” the fact that “only” 45% of Catholics voted Democrat this past election …. this $@*& *%$#@ ain’t gonna make that % better ;-(
          I can only assume that it’s All part of God’s Plan.
          GOD HELP US!!

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          • charliej373 says:

            Well, CrewDog, I would refer you to the second item in this post from a few days ago. If Pope Francis jumped in on some secular approach that is not within his purview, I would comment on the matter. But I really do think he is very shrewd and draws people in to let their own malice work against them when all is said and done. I just don’t think Pope Francis is as dumb on the matter as some orthodox Catholics fear or as many enemies of the faith hope. So I will wait and see if he has done a “Roadrunner” number on those wily coyotes again.

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          • Perhaps the Holy Father will tell us that it is man’s fault BECAUSE we are greedy. We are over-consuming everything and the whole economy depends on it. It’s a broken system. He’s right it is our fault. But there’s really only one way to fix it and our Lord is looking after that. When our hearts are ordered to His will, everything else will fall into place. Jesus we trust in you!

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          • CrewDog says:

            PS: Well Charlie and Janet … I sure hope and PRAY that Pope Francis is guided by the Holy Spirit and is just doing a “Jedi Mind Trick” on all his naysayers and Catholic Haters in the World but as I’m just a poor chump with no “Insider Info” I will, like Reagan, “Trust BUT Verify”! Charlie has spoken about the “Faithful & Pious” being hardest hit-n- demoralized during the upcoming unpleasantness …. why is that? Perhaps it’s because they have become what I call “Superstitious Catholics” … that is … those that have become so wrapped up in what the Pope, their Bishop or Parish Priest does/says or which Marian Event is true/false or which Devotion to practice …or which Medal to carry around like a lucky rabbits foot or ……… forgetting that the entire catholic, Yes!, small c, Church was instituted by Jesus to bring US to Him and the Triune God…….. Period!! The Cathedrals, Magisterium, Catechism and Catholic “Bells-n-Whistles” all …. Yes Janet, it all boils down to Jesus I Trust in YOU!! ….. Oh! I do get pained when people throw around the Term Greed-n-Greedy … usually aimed at My USA which thanks to it’s “Greedy Capitalism” has provided countless $$$ Trillions to feed the destitute and tank cars of blood to liberate all the enslaved …… in all those nice not-greedy capitalist places!
            Milton Friedman explained it to, what’s his name, best:

            GOD SAVE US ………… EVERYONE!

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          • charliej373 says:

            I agree with you, CrewDog that it is horrific that people generally smear those who have done most to help their neighbors and feed the world as greedy. Frankly, I think it is one of the satan’s more successful gambits.

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          • Well Crewdog, greed is still on the top seven deadly sins list, so it can’t be in God’s plan for humanity. We are all greedy in some way. Most of us consume and waste more than is our right. That is the greed I was referring to and perhaps I said it unclearly. Temperance and prudence. We have not done well as a society when it comes to those two virtues.

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        • CrewDog: Thank you for the video. I was watching TV to learn English about that time!

          When one evaluates the different kinds of government around the world — I say this having actually LIVED outside the US in various places — NOTHING comes even near the perfection of the Constitutional organization of a Christian United States. I have read quite a bit about the early days of the American British Colonies and the American Revolution. I believe it was a miracle that God arranged to save the world from the savagery of the French Revolution and all that came after that era (the Terror and the Napoleonic Empire.) Now here in the US we have lost our moral compass and there is no Constitution or wise group of men that can run a country this big without Christ’s grace assisting them (He said: “apart from Me you can do nothing”) The wheat and the weeds are now there for all to see. The harvest is coming to an end. The fiery furnace is ready to burn the weeds with unquenchable fire. We are about to be purified. Pray that we can stand and give a good witness like so many brothers and sisters around the world are giving even unto death. Let us all pray much because we won’t make it through without Him.

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          • CrewDog says:

            Yes Carlos … and AMEN!! Don’t forget that it was the French that assured our victory in the American Revolution …. now, of course, it was mainly to “Poke England in the Eye” but I must believe that GOD was guiding it all ………. and He must be VERY disappointed with US pissing it all away … 45+% of Catholics voting for “The Transformation of The USA” ;-(
            GOD SAVE US & THE REPUBLIC!!!

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          • Those were CATHOLIC French, not the Republican French that came after. Most of the nobles that supported the American Revolution were beheaded by the French Revolution barbarians.

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          • Mick says:

            Excellent point, Carlos (and it’s one that you never, ever see in the history books).

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    • Maryj says:

      Huh…that’s funny. I just popped on to see if Charlie had anything to say about “The Root” on The Blaze network. Beck kept repeating the words “the storm” yesterday. Always have to remember his networks tag line..a fusion of news and entertainment! I used to subscribe to him, but the three of them make way too many anti-catholic comments. I chuckled yesterday during his show when he made the comment about Catholics and Christians…it’s two different things to him. And I agree that he can be brilliantly insightful and a lunatic at the same time!!

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  4. Obviously a crypto-Communist-Masonic-Zionist-Illuminati-Alien inspired piece!
    Oh meegosh! You’re one of THEM! 😀

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  5. Here’s the link……of some of the piece. He can’t be too off base because he says a lot of what you have said Charlie……I think.
    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/01/14/what-are-russias-future-plans-beck-war-games-the-possibilities/.

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    • Kati says:

      That an interesting piece of speculation, Charlanne. Did anyone notice that Putin has invited the North Korean leader to visit Russia….and the invitation has been accepted?

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  6. Speaking of conspiracies…and because this is a musings piece with a Dr. Evil pic at the top…and because we all need to lighten up once in a while…and because you all probably have pre-conceived notions about me…I thought I’d share this true anecdote about my first ever drink of scotch last Christmas…

    I had my first full drink of scotch over the holiday. Three pudgy fingers of it. Every drop imbibed (and I gamely finished the glass) was a deliberate exercise in good manners, a courtesy to the kind elderly gentleman I had just met who, on his way from the living room to the bar, forgot that I had asked for wine and brought me a generous helping of his best scotch. It seemed the mannerly thing to do, to finish it. Those in the room who knew me well, took note of my every sip, gave me meaningful glances full of suppressed giggles interspersed with periodic virtual pats on the back. You go girl!

    Now that I have had a full drink of scotch, my world view has shifted somewhat and I feel an expert on almost any subject. I certainly feel well-qualified to opine that scotch is undeniably VILE! As if some Scottish warrior who had not bathed since weaning dropped his socks and flashes one night too close to the goat pen, which were subsequently eaten and excreted, the next day burned, and finally fermented into a perfectly vicious brew.

    I am astonished that so many people seem to enjoy scotch. Is it a conspiracy? If so, you can all stop pretending to like it now—I have had a drink of it and the joke is over. You can all go back to ordering pina coladas. Nothing more to see here folks…

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    • charliej373 says:

      My son loves good single-malt whiskeys. I agree with you, Janet. I don’t get it. Actually asked him once if he was just pretending because it was “cool.” He said no, it was like drinking delightfully rich wood. I don’t get it. But, on the other hand, I may be one of only three people on the planet who actually loves fruitcake. I don’t understand what there is not to like about them. A slice of fruitcake is like a tasty, delicious meal in itself. My son helpfully informed me that the best of them are soaked in whiskey.

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      • CrewDog says:

        Single-malt whiskeys!!! Cops must be gettin’ paid pretty good these days 😉
        I splurge for St Patrick’s Day and buy a bottle of Jameson Irish. I like it ’cause it doesn’t taste like Scotch. Otherwise it’s just plain old Kentucky Corn Squeezins for me!
        If it wasn”t for Whiskey, the Irish would rule the World!
        Jesus, Mary, Joseph and all The Saints preserve us … Amen!!!

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        • CrewDog says:

          PS:
          Here is Michael Voris’s take today .. Now! …. I’m not a huge fan of Mike’s ’cause he reminds me too much of some So. Baptist “Born Again” Know-it-Alls that have given me a big pain in the butt over the years … but …?
          http://www.churchmilitant.tv/platform/?today=2015-01-15

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        • jaykay says:

          Oh we do rule it, CrewDog, we do. Haven’t you seen the inexorable advance of Irish pubs across the globe? Mwahahahaha (hic!). ‘Tis all part of our cunning plan, begod. And soon we’ll be after demandin’ ONE MILLION DOLLARS from yez all, so we will. Now, where’s me white cat gone tah, the little bug*er?

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          • Mick says:

            LOVE IT!!! Especially the brogue. 🙂

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          • CrewDog says:

            We American Irish Catholics ain’t gonna give it to Ya! …… I figure I’m 75% Irish and 100% Celtic……. and don’t be callin’ us Yanks ’cause us Sons of the South take exception to that nasty term ……….. actually my Great Gramps Dan Shea got off the boat in 1860, joined the Union Army in 61, got shot in the hip by one of A.P. Hills Carolina Boys at Antietam in 62. He mustered out of a big hospital in DC and married an Irish Catholic Maryland Gal named Mary Flynn who hated Brits and Yankees, Love Overcomes All … Ya Know!? Mary claimed Dan really got shot in the ass 😉
            Hey Ya’ll! Remember Now! Everybody is Irish on St Patrick’s Day 😉
            Erin Go Braugh!

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        • malachi99 says:

          If we ever get the chance to meet up crewdog a bottle of single malt Bushmills Irish whiskey and cigars are on me. I might even go a pipe 🙂 Catch ya back in the Shire

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          • CrewDog says:

            Malachi & Carlos,
            Bushmills tastes too much like Scotch ;-( … Perhaps we can compromise on a bottle of Tennessee Sour Mash!?? 😉 I don’t like Coffee or Fish either …. but the way things are going I mighthave to develop a taste for Fish as I live on a big Corps Lake!!??

            GOD BLESS …… All Here!!

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          • charliej373 says:

            Don’t worry too much about it, CrewDog. I can tell you from my pilgrimage that once you’ve gone for over two days with nothing but trail mix to eat, EVERYTHING tastes good – that isn’t trail mix or a weed. One of the most delicious things I had was while I was in the mountains of Los Padres in Southern California was a can of DelMonte mixed vegetables some soul who stumbled upon me while making nature pictures gave me. It – and a few juice boxes, was all he had. Having never much liked canned mixed vegetables, I was amazed at how fabulous these tasted…drank every drop of the juice out of the can, too.

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        • Crewdog: Try Bushmills. It’s more Catholic. Or if you can still find Paddy. If you drink one pint you get a full absolution. The honest truth! 🙂

          I was told this once by a Dubliner. There were two men drinking at a pub, one was born in Ireland and the other in Scotland. Of course the Scot affirmed that Scotch whiskey was excellent, etc. and the Irishman was ready to swear on the Bible that nothing was better or stronger than Irish whiskey. “In fact” he said “last Saturday me wife and I had a pint of Irish whiskey and the next morning we attended 7 AM Mass and went to Confession!” The Scot responded: “I am moved but you have to admit that lots of people have a pint of whiskey on Saturday night and go to Mass the next day!” To that the Irishman responded: “Yes! But we are JEWISH!!!” 😀

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      • ann says:

        After commenting about Janet’s post, I forgot to add that I love a good fruit cake. Seriously.

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      • Mick says:

        Fruitcake… ick.

        My grandma used to make a walnut rum cake from walnuts off of her own trees. The walnuts were exquisite; the rum, not so much.

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      • aj says:

        You guys really need a good Caribbean (specifically Trinidad) Christmas trip. All our fruitcakes are soaked in rum or brandy. And when I was a child people would have all the fruits for the Christmas fruit cakes soaking in rum for the year…what wonderful memories.

        Oh by the way Janet, we drink our scotch with coconut water….it’s wonderful to the palette!!! 🙂 Not the coconut water you guys get…that tastes awful. Fresh from the nut…that’s the real thing…my wife finds it awful in any form mind you hahaha!

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        • CrewDog says:

          My Dad was the CO of the US Navy Air Station in Trinidad when I was 6 to 8. I remember my parents threw a Christmas Party and a bunch of Bigs showed up including the Archbishop … I embarrassed myself ’cause I couldn’t tell him the names of all the Nativity People 😉 I had a miniature Steel Drum … still don’t know what became of that … and Fr Burns of the Holy Ghost Fathers was Dad’s buddy and had some kind of British sports car that I got a ride in … did the Holy Ghost Fathers change their name to Holy Spirit Fathers?? I’ve wondered about that over the years … and Bean Vincent the old RAF Air-Vice Marshal who took me fishing … AJ it’s all your fault this Trinidad Trip Down Memory Lane … almost 60 years ago 😉
          God Bless!

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          • Mick says:

            CrewDog, the Holy Ghost Fathers and the Holy Spirit Fathers are the same order. I prefer the name “Holy Ghost Fathers” meself. Funny thing: at Mass during the Creed, whenever we get to the part that says, “And by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man,” I always mess up and say “Holy Ghost” instead of “Holy Spirit.”

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    • Oh my gosh I am rolling! It is indeed “vicious brew”, it’s like drinking burning death.
      As for fruitcake, I grew up with my grandma’s “whiskey cakes”. I have no idea what the cake actually tasted like but my brother and I had fun trying to eat it…
      I’m personally quite fond of Menudo, which I have to eat outside because the family does not appreciate the smell…
      Thanks for the humor break!
      pcj

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    • Work is the curse of the drinking class. God invented whiskey so the Irish wouldn’t rule the world!

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    • After I posted this I thought how awful it was to add to Charlie’s workload for such a trivial post! Please do not reply to this comment. I feel bad enough already. I would not like this to blossom into a discussion on the merits or lack thereof of the earthly “spirits”. Let’s focus on the heavenly ones.

      Just wanted to give us a chuckle. Moving on…

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    • ann says:

      Very amused by this–thank you! I had to smile because I really can’t stand scotch (and I’m a Scottish extraction) and your description of it was hilarious. (goats, socks and all) I can’t even stand the smell of it. My husband got into single malt scotch through our son and loves it–it is his preferred drink. go figure.

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    • Mick says:

      Janet, I’m laughing so hard that I just woke up my baby that was almost asleep on my lap!

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  7. Kathy AE says:

    ON ISLAM
    Thanks, Charlie, for the link to Catholic World Report on the advance of Jihad. It summarizes so well some of the central issues of Islam so hard for the Christian world to understand. I would also recommend these talks by Father William Marshner, S.T.D on the Institute of Catholic Culture website. I have spent several hours this month trying to understand better what it is that we are up against. I have spent MORE hours praying for muslims. Let us never forget that it was at the feet of a young man named Saul that those who stoned St. Stephen, the first martyr, lay their cloaks. Yet Christ intervened directly into Saul’s life, making him our wonderful St. Paul.
    ***
    HISTORY & ORIGINS: http://www.instituteofcatholicculture.org/islam-origins-history/
    THE CRESCENT & THE CROSS: http://www.instituteofcatholicculture.org/islam-the-crescent-the-cross/
    THE CLOSING OF THE MUSLIM MIND: HOW INTELLECTUAL SUICIDE CREATED THE MODERN MUSLIM: http://www.instituteofcatholicculture.org/the-closing-of-the-muslim-mind-how-intellectual-suicide-created-the-modern-islamist/
    ISLAM: YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND TOMORROW: http://www.instituteofcatholicculture.org/islam-yesterday-today-tomorrow/
    ***
    ON PERSEVERING IN PRAYER AND HOPE
    As the Storm heightens, many are afraid, but we need to persevere in prayer for those whose lives we touch—our “territory of souls.” I have never forgotten two little stories which I read on Janet’s blog several years ago. The images made a powerful impression on me and have stayed with me since Feb. 2012. Let me share first the story which Michael Joyce wrote in on Pelianito’s Blog (Janet Klasson) in Feb., 2012:
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    “I feel prompted to share an experience that happened to me over 20 years ago and it has been a tremendous help to me to persevere in prayer even when it seems an impossible task. And so perhaps it will assist others as well.
    I had gone to my aunt with a problem I was having and after listening to me discuss it with her, she simply asked if I was praying the rosary. I replied no and she told me that I should be and often, and so I began to do as she asked. After praying the rosary for some time, I was actually developing “a list” of people to pray for. Eventually after realizing that I was beginning to forget some of the names, I mentioned to Jesus that I would from now on pray for the intentions of His Most Sacred Heart. I will now share the experience.
    I was in the bath relaxing and decided I should pray the rosary (on my fingers). I prayed for a short while and then stopped because I could not keep my mind on the mysteries of the rosary. Suddenly, on the wall at the end of the tub, I saw an imagery of an old fashioned steam locomotive!!! I could not for the life of me understand why I was seeing it. I began to pray again when I saw it and that is when The lord spoke saying, “You are the steam locomotive.” “I don’t understand”, I replied.
    After a few moments He spoke again. “My Holy Spirit drives the steam locomotive.” I was able to relate to that comment because in the imagery, I could see a raging fire in the firebox under the boiler. I immediately thought of The Fire of The Holy Spirit.
    Next, I was shown passenger cars behind the engine, filled with people. I remember seeing skis and ski poles and different items which I later understood to be things that people use in different aspects of life. I still did not understand the reason for being shown such an imagery and told The Lord so. He replied to me and said, “You have told Me that when you pray the rosary, you pray it for the intentions of My Most Sacred Heart”. “Yes”, was my response. He spoke again and said, “Do you see these people on this train?” “Yes”, I said. He replied. “These are the people you are praying for. What happens when a train stops?” I responded by telling Him that I thought people would get on and off the train. His reply was ” What I am trying to impress upon you is that if you stop praying, people will get off the train. IF YOU don’t want these people to get off the train, YOU don’t stop praying whether you think you can meditate or not”.
    I understood that to mean that if The Lord gives us the grace to pray, we need to respond and simply do the best we can and give all the distractions over to Him. I later asked Jesus “Where does the train go? Does it go to God The Father”? I felt that He responded by letting me know that Calvary was like a huge train station with all kinds of trains coming to The Cross. This makes sense to me because Jesus is the way to The Father and Our mother stands at the foot of The Cross.
    A few years later on Holy Thursday night, I was reminded about the train while praying the sorrowful mysteries and asked Jesus if He would let me see my rosary train coming to The Cross. Immediately, I could see a train travelling along the shore of a huge body of water. The engine rounded a corner and went out of sight and behind it was a very very long train of passenger cars. Instantly, I saw the engine of the train stop right in front of an upright timber of wood that was covered with something red. I did not see Jesus on the cross, but I assumed that what I was seeing was the base of The Cross. Next, I saw people walking beside the stopped train and come up to the doors of the passenger cars to help people down off the train. They all went to the front of the train near the engine and stood there looking up at the timber of wood, moving their heads to get a better look. I recognized one person whom I had been praying for, for almost 20 years. He died a couple of years after I saw this particular imagery.
    I share all of this to encourage everyone to pray and know that even when we feel that it is useless to pray, it is not!!! We all have a prayer train and we all have the capacity to carry the entire population of the world because The Holy Spirit drives the locomotive. Please pray for me too. God bless you. Michael Joyce.”
    ***
    The day after I read the comment above I found on Spirit Daily [the link no longer available] a confirmation about our territories of souls and those we pray for. Two dreams are recounted by a reader; it is the second dream which touched me so much. The speaker is in a barren field with her sister, and a tornado is coming. Christ, the Sacred Heart with his heart on fire, accompanied by two beautiful angels, comes to her; and He bids her to take His hands. All the while she is talking to Him, the tornado is raging. Suddenly, she remembers her sister and asks Christ about her. When He tells her to look over her shoulder, she sees her sister holding on to her clothing, her feet lifted off the ground by the wind. Her own feet are lifted from the ground by the storm as well. But all is well as long as she holds on to Jesus.
    Then Jesus tells her to turn around again and she sees many other people clinging together to her, their feet lifted from the ground. Jesus says, “Hold on tight because if you let go, these others will be swept away too; but with me you are safe even in the very eye of the storm.”
    Doesn’t this dream remind you of the steam locomotive and train? If we stop praying, many people in our territory may be lost.

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    • Mick says:

      What amazing stories. Thanks for sharing them, Kathy AE.

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    • ann says:

      Kathy AE thank you so much for this. I had forgotten this post by Michael Joyce. Just the encouragement I (many of us I should think) so much need, especially today. The image of the tornado and the steam locomotive–well, I’ll never forget them from now on. God forbid I should stop praying and those I’m praying for get swept away or get off the train. And the Rosary is the beautiful prayer to keep all of us connected to the fire in the engine. 🙂

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    • Yes, thank you Kathy AE, for posting that dream again. A few months ago all my 14,000 comments were deleted, so that was lost. Glad you saved it! Marino Restrepo is the one who first introduced me to the concept of our territory of souls. If you have never heard of him, you should do a YouTube search on his name. He has an amazing testimony. One thing I remember him saying is that God calls one person in the family to “save” the rest, so to speak. He says, “Save yourself, and you save your family.” Praised be Jesus! Charlie, when Jesus told you he had a plan, could it not be that through a few pitifully weak, but persistently faithful souls he will save a multitude? That is his MO throughout Scripture after all. What a humiliating rout for the enemy! God uses the weak to shame the strong every time. Alleluia!

      (FYI Kathy has a terrific blog herself called Living Christ Webs.)

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    • Connie says:

      I remember reading that also, about the woman and Jesus in the tornado! I call it to mind very often. About 15 years ago, my second son was going through a crisis and I was very troubled when he told me about it and really did not know what to say when I blurted out “hang on tight to Jesus and don’t let go” or words to that effect. It surprised me and realized it was not me but the Holy Spirit speaking. I often think of that and know it to be the best advice I have ever given anyone!

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  8. chris j says:

    Janet, your gracious manners must`ve liberated a buncha souls from perogatory that night. Rum is pretty terrible too.

    True Story regarding placement of Tabernacle. Several years ago I dutifully returned to my hometown of Lethbridge Alberta for Christmas. I went to the Catholic Church on the west side of town for Mass and couldn`t see the tabernacle anywhere.

    I was walking around looking and looking… Finally I asked a 20 something young lady. She looked puzzled, I asked her if she knew what I meant and she indicated “no”. I then went on to describe with hands and words “It`s usually a gold box about this big, on a stand with a red candle or light close by. It has a lock and it holds the Eucharist in it… you know, the Body of Christ (making a circle about the size of a host) which is left over after Mass. People genuflect in front of it to show respect, I said, simultaneously dipping my knee as I tried to communicate the last clue that would hopefully yield recognition on her part. She continued to look puzzled. Finally she responded “I don`t think we have one of those here, at least I`ve never seen it if there is one”

    Sometimes its disheartening to see young people zealous for islam, or young mormons going about in their suits door to door, and then try to motivate young Catholics to get more involved and most times it simply does not interest them.

    I teach catechism and often get parents cancelling out for hockey or dance practice and I ask myself why they aren`t cancelling out of hockey or dance for the sake of catechism.

    chris j

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    • Mick says:

      Chris J, perhaps consider adding that young lady and the hockey/dance parents (and their kids) to your “territory of souls.” Perhaps,by God’s grace, it may be your prayers that save them.

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  9. malachi99 says:

    Hi Charlie,
    Glad to hear that you are getting the old grit back and are ready to march us onward to the edge of ruin. Just a quick comment on your last link (which I have not yet read). Marcello Pera (former president of the italian senate and a professor of philosophy) made the astute observation over ten years ago(in a now famous exchange of ideas with Joseph Ratzinger aka Papa Benedicto 🙂 ) that we would be fools if we considered the terrorist maulings and bombings of jihadist islamists as isolated incidents of an extreme lunatic fringe. No, for him, and I am inclined to agree, terrorism is an “instrument” of war that will be and is being waged with ferocious fury on the West, and we have all but made ourselves impotent to stop it.

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  10. donna269 says:

    point well taken about conspiracy theories….I admit to getting pulled into it at times….but if I truly believe in the will of God in my life, none of it really matters and none of it should impact my behaviors….Janet gave me a beautiful Novena to do and my husband and I are doing this for acceptance of issues with my son….so helpful, so soothing to know Jesus is asking for my direction in things but waiting for me to allow Him to take direction of things….

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  11. donna269 says:

    that is Jesus is NOT asking for my direction in things, but waiting for me to allow HIM to take directions of things….it is called Novena to the Surrender to the Will of God….just beautiful. Janet, thank you again for the peace you bring into my life….

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    • Connie says:

      Yes,Donna it is beautiful. I too thank you Pelianito for sharing that novena. I printed it and plan on sharing it when I hand out prayercards of Miraculous Trust Our Lady of Tepeyac – they seem to go together perfectly although I will be sure to tell those I share with that the prayer intention for PMT is to be prayed only Once for any intention. To me, I just think the novena helps me to conceptualize the Divine Will of God an abandonment to it.

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  12. Beth says:

    Just an idea, Charlie:
    You might want to add to your first blurb that follows each post with your bio info 2 things. First, your TDL mantra. Second, an “if you’re new to this site” blurb with maybe your top few posts to read first including your mission, and also instructing readers to read the comments. It might help…

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    • charliej373 says:

      That may be very useful, Beth. Let me think about how best to get it done.

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    • SteveBC says:

      Beth, I think you’ve hit on something good here. I know when I recommend Charlie’s site to newcomers, I have to tell them to start reading from January 2014, because I don’t keep a list of the best posts.

      Charlie, I hope you can figure out how to do this. One way is to put a few links in the area Beth points to. However, that will be cumbersome.

      Another way is to create a new post that lists the key posts (and perhaps a few key comments) on the site after a brief introduction to the reader, then link in your “first blurb” to that page. That can be a list of links with a sentence describing each, just listed. Or it could be a list of basic subject areas with one or more links to posts that cover that subject in some fashion.

      I think your posts are becoming so numerous, and so many of them are so worthwhile, that establishing a focused “table of best contents” page to help newcomers get up to speed on the Best of Charlie would be hugely helpful. Then I can tell people I meet who want more info to go to that page and read the links there.

      I also think this could help old hands like me. Sometimes I want to go back and read something, but it can be hard to find that item.

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  13. Bob says:

    I used to like Jack Daniels straight out of the freezer, cold going down and warm later but as I did too many drugs in my day I stay away from alcohol now as I react to it as a mind altering drug which isn’t good for me. So I will never know the joys or the sorrows of Scotch unless they develop a non alcoholic variety which isn’t likely, I suppose.

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  14. Bob says:

    I was struck by the phrase in todays first reading from Hebrews:
    “the deceit of sin”
    “Take care, brothers and sisters,
    that none of you may have an evil and unfaithful heart,
    so as to forsake the living God.
    Encourage yourselves daily while it is still “today,”
    so that none of you may grow hardened by the deceit of sin.”
    How easily we and our world can be blinded once we surrender ourselves to sin, and once doing so don’t quickly repent of it!

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    • Sr M Lorraine says:

      That phrase struck me too, Bob. In fact all of these readings we’re having now from Hebrews seem very appropriate as the Storm unfolds. It has encouragement for the discouraged and words of warning to those who would forsake the faith.

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  15. Kati says:

    Charlie,

    Thank you so much for these links…particularly to that of the article by Fr. James Schall…who is one of my most favorite Jesuits of all times! 😉 (What a shame that his courses in the area of Political Science were not REQUIRED by all Georgetown students! It is so sad to see what has taken place at that once great Catholic univeristy…sigh).
    Since this is a Musings thread, I will also let you know that I am getting VERY excited at the prospect of the Prayer Group booklet that is soon to be ready. Our parish is READY for this, especially after the Parish Mission we just finished. The anticipation for that booklet is great because people are actually EAGER to grow in their relationship with God. Hooray!!!!!

    Ohh…and I am very happy that you are finally feeling better. My own normal appetite has returned and I believe that my hubby is only a day or two behind me in his own full recovery. It IS interesting to see how the negative occurrences in our lives are causing our trust to grow!!!!! Yipeeeee…
    (Yes…it’s hard….but worth it <—-and easier to say that after it's over…ha ha ha!)

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  16. narnialion54 says:

    Dear Charlie,
    Thanks for all these resources to keep us grounded in these shaky times. You know, when you wrote about the Crusades earlier on, I thought you were just giving us a history lesson for its own sake. We have been watching the series, “The Bible” on Netflicks which shows that our salvation history was filled with violence to establish the Kingdom of God. My husband is fascinated with it. When I was a teen, I was hanging with a Jesus Group and they said read the Bible, so I opened it up to The Old Testament and began reading about the gruesome details of one of the battles to take the Promised Land. I slammed the Bible shut and said I can’t read this stuff and didn’t for many, many years. I used to think the Crusades might have been wrong and that the “Church Militant” was only a spiritual reference.
    Now I am beginning to understand. Jesus death on the cross was an unimaginably bloody and violent event. What is happening to Christians in the Middle East is shaking many of us to our core. Your reference to The Catholic World Report on Islam is very helpful.
    Also, if you hadn’t told us that Pope Francis is the pope to guide us through the Storm, I would be totally confused right now by what he is doing. By walking us through the process of the Synod, I can see that there are many things that I may not understand, but to hold fast to the Rock of Peter.

    Hi Daniel,
    Your essay on “When the Devil Goes into Damage Control Mode” is very good. It made me think of a condensed version of The Screwtape Letters (C.S. Lewis) for our times. Wow. I have some thinking to do!
    I am impressed with your essay on “Sober Minded Preparedness” also. I have been slowly gathering supplies ever since I began reading Mark Mallett (with the idea of sharing with neighbors) (also realizing that God may choose to use the supplies for an entirely different purpose) and been researching this for a while. It is easy to become overwhelmed when you start searching the web, so I appreciate your focus on the essentials. (Some of which I had not thought of!!) I am going to forward to this to some friends just starting to think about this.

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  17. narnialion54 says:

    I just noticed we are on a lighter note here, so I will share, thanks to your opening Janet, that I had my first taste of West Virginia moonshine on New Year’s Eve. Now I have to tell you that it was coffee flavored and a delightful experience!!!! I SIPPED  I also chose to accept a shot of the real stuff from a neighbor when he offered it. I was ready to refuse, but he was Head of the local volunteer fire department and cheered May God have Mercy on us! and I couldn’t not drink to that!
    but UGGG 

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  18. narnialion54 says:

    Oh dear, My smiley faces didn’t come out right. 🙂

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  19. Mary-Louise says:

    Charlie, I just finished reading the article at your last link, on the advance of Jihad. I remember your writing that North Korea became the arms merchant to the Middle East after a nuclear test just a few years ago. I wondered when I read that if the jihadists will be the first to set off a nuclear device during the Storm.

    That fear was reinforced as I read Mark Mallett’s post on “The Black Ship – Part 1” in which he wrote about the coming of an (The) antichrist. Among the factors leading to the rise of the antichrist, Mallett listed nuclear war. (“Will the world, reeling from nuclear war, natural disasters, economic collapse, and open chaos refuse one who appears to successfully put it all to an end?”)

    I can see the use of nukes tipping the world into chaos overnight.

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  20. Observer says:

    Since it’s once again “Musings” today….it looks like Pope Francis is doubling down on the human aspect portion of climate change, and, once again, has a lot of people riled up! Pretty bold guy!

    POPE ON CLIMATE CHANGE: MAN HAS ‘SLAPPED NATURE IN THE FACE’

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_REL_POPE_ASIA_CLIMATE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2015-01-15-08-14-58

    also….my dad worked for a cooperage company for bourbon. He used to say that scotch was “burnt whiskey”.

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  21. MMBev says:

    I have found all the comments delightful and enlightening. I have to admit I am in “awe” of the scotch drinkers. I am not a drinker. At best, I used to have a cooler.

    When I was about 23, the neighbour across the street, (Scottish to the core) invited me over to join a group of ladies enjoying the sun outside. I was new to the neighbourhood and was pleased. I went over and she didn’t give me coffee, she cracked open a beer and set the bottle in front of me. I hate beerl. ( And franky, whiskey must have been invented by you know who.) It took all I could muster to drink the thing down, planning to exit as soon as it was finished. But…before I got it finished, she cracked open another one and set it down before me, too. Well, It took more than I could muster to down it, but eventually I did, and made sure I didn’t get a third.

    I is with shame that I admit I almost crawled across the street to my house. Immediately upon entering I headed for the “white throne”, and grasping the bowl with both arms, as I knelt on the floor, I told my three year old to tell Daddy that mommy wasn’t making dinner. After a period of time, I lay on my bed hanging on for dear life as it spun and spun around.

    I am not a drinker.

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    • Connie says:

      Bev, I’m not a drinker either, although once in a blue moon I like to have some rum. All these comments reminded me of the time My politeness to drinks offered got me into trouble. After moving into the neighborhood a few years ago(we were spending weekends here and I an occasional week before moving permanently) a neighborhood couple invited me over for the evening since I was alone and waiting for Husband to arrive the following day. Drinks were given and I was offered some expensive rum which I don’t remember and never get “the good stuff” for myself anyway. Well, I thought I would do fine “sipping” all evening. We had very animated conversation and the night was enjoyable until it all hit me fast and furious. How I got back with the golfcart and opened my own door I will never know. I , of course, was in agony until I was able to finally get to sleep. My husband kids me still about my calling him in the wee hours of the morning urgently warning him “please don’t go to *** and ***’s house- they will get you drunk!” which of course I don’t remember doing!

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  22. Rose says:

    Thank you, Daniel…your article is very thought-provoking…read it last night and am still thinking of it today. Love that you admit your struggles with many of the things mentioned…makes me feel not so alone when I recognize myself in many of them also. God bless you.

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  23. Swiss Franc is up. Swiss bank’s interest rates are in negative territory. You know that means they smell war, possibly a Muslim insurrection in Europe. What H. Kissinger called “the Lebanization of Europe” is afoot. Pope Francis calls it WW3. I call it the first winds of the coming storm.

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    • E. Allison says:

      The SNB (Swiss National Bank) has decoupled the Swiss franc from the Euro. Europe is in recession and Draghi is about to ramp up QE. (Draghi is the head of the European Central Bank, and QE is Quantitative Easing, a.k.a printing money)

      2 Greek ‘systemic’ banks have requested ‘Emergency Liquidity Assistance’. There’s bank runs in Greece.

      We’ve moved a little closer to the edge.

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  24. Mary Ann says:

    http://supertradmum-etheldredasplace.blogspot.com/ A view from an American living temporarily in Europe…..I think you will find the latest 2-4 posts very interesting.

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  25. Gary says:

    If he doesn’t know then how can he say people are largely responsible…

    The Green Pope
    http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=23742

    News Flash.. the Vatican just announced it is a mortal sin to start your gasoline engine car.

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    • Kati says:

      Gary, you joker…the Pope said nothing about starting your gas engine being a mortal sin. 😉

      Though I did see this from the article: “Questioned about climate change, the Pope answered: “I DON”T KNOW (my caps) if humans who mistreat nature are fully responsible for climate change but they are largely responsible for it.”

      “We have exploited nature too much,” the Pontiff said. He spoke of deforestation, a one-crop system that depletes soil, and other offenses against the environment. ”

      I also know how the PRESS tends to frame whatever the Pope says according to what THEY want him to sound like.

      Before our children grew up went off to college and then moved away (no jobs for them in our very rural surroundings), we lived on a working farm. We have always rejoiced in God’s creation. It is a great gift of beauty that He has given us. The truth is that we have abused this gift pretty badly. Unfortunately, those with a Marxist bent, are attempting to USE the resulting situation to their advantage to CONTROL all of us. Thus, there is a great conflict among humans. Only God can solve this conflict in wisdom. Let us pray daily for Pope Francis and all of our clergy.

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  26. MMBev says:

    Since this is musings….. I sent a friend an article from Lifesite News regarding the new strategies being used against Pregnancy Counseling Services in the US. She just emailed back that our Pregnancy Counseling Service here is currently under attack. Will get more info after Mass tomorrow. I was surprised because our ProLife Society has not had a lot of problems…..so far.

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    • Kati says:

      I came to this website looking for you this afternoon, Bev. I think it was you who mentioned the book, *Fatima, Russia & Pope John Paul II,* by Timothy Tindal Robertson. I ordered it and it finally arrived yesterday. I set it on top of my Bible and when I went to take a look and skim it (because I had been thinking about Fatima), I was surprised to discover a small gold medal scotch taped inside the front cover. It turned out to be a medal in Portuguese from the Fatima Sanctuary. I was quite happily surprised to find it and had the distinct impression that Our Lady had arranged this for me and feel that this book is very important! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  27. MMBev says:

    Sorry, I am not clear regarding the two. They are separate entities. ProLife Society does not receive a lot of donations and our primary aim is directed at TV ads which have had positive results, Life Chain and providing information.

    I was hoping that the Pregnancy Counselling Service might slide under the radar for a while. Again, it has been a successful venture here, although we have not been open for more than a few years. People have been relatively supportive and not just Catholics.

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  28. MMBev says:

    And once again in the continued effort to “meld” Canada, the US, and Mexico” into one:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-lHUqniQa4 The Fast Track.

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  29. MMBev says:

    New attempt to put up correct website: Once again in the continued effort to “meld” Canada, the US, and Mexico” into one:

    http:”www.wnd.co/2015/01/coalition-blasts-idea-of-giving-obama-more-power/ The Fast Track.

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  30. Judy says:

    Gary, I am also concerned at the Pope’s recent comments. According to the news reports, there is no mention of the violent atrocities, only the statement that one must not poke fun at another’s religion. There is no courage in this statement. Additionally, it is very easy to send criticism westward. We are tolerant and will not murder anyone for it. If my child were murdered for not converting, I would very, very, very upset with these weak statements. I would also be upset if my reporter son or my policeman son or daughter had been murdered for free speech that offends someone. Jesus gave us free will, and that means the freedom to speak the truth and have debate….He should stay out of climate change, since it is not proven, I think. If I have missed some courageous statements, please point them out to me.

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    • Mick says:

      Judy and Gary, please read the attached link regarding what the Pope actually said (ignore the headline, which is not accurate):

      http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2015/01/15/after-charlie-hebdo-pope-says-free-speech-has-its-limits/

      Once (twice?) again, the media are distorting the pope’s words; and, sadly, too many people are falling for this dishonesty. The Pope did in fact condemn the violence committed in the name of God; and he did not, in fact, say that man is mostly responsible for climate change.

      I don’t necessarily agree with everything our dear Holy Father has said; but if we’re going to disagree with him, let’s at least make sure we’re disagreeing with his actual statements rather than with mere caricatures thereof.

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  31. m&m says:

    That’s great that Bishop Wenski is upholding th faith. However, I live in his old diocese of Orlando and I haven’t been happy with any of the Florida bishops for the past year and a half. Bishop Curtis and the others have gleefully accepted common core for all Catholic schools in Florida. The diocese school superintendent won’t even accept criticism of CC. At a home and school meeting we had in May, he would consistently interrupt anyone who was against CC, but gave the microphone to someone who supported it!
    Worse than this, though, was after school started in 2013, letters were sent home to parents saying that ALL student attending Catholic schools MUST be vaccinated to attend or leave. The bishops would not accept a religious waiver because they accept vaccines. They would only accept medical waivers. We were fortunate to hear of a wonderful Catholic doctor who said he would sign any medical waiver for Catholic school children, so my kids are still in school. My daughter has been excluded from her computer class, along with 2 others until they started vaccinating, since the teacher was pregnant because my daughter might make her sick. They have taken away my rights as a parent. Since then we have been discerning taking our daughter out of Catholic school. There is one public IB school We can put her in and a charter school opening thatI’ll teach classical education.
    No one Wil report this.
    Our priest we had in NE sent us a letter from the Vatican stating that they this was not allowed.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well…the establishment press praises them extravagantly when they say something really stupid and contrary to faith…so I figure I ought to stand with them and say it when they take a courageous stand on behalf of the faith.

      I have never forgotten at my first radio station when Planned Parenthood and its ilk started a campaign to get me fired. The station got some 400 written complaints. Not one pro-lifer EVER spoke up on my behalf during this siege. Fortunately, I was the top-rated personality at the station…and the pro-aborts lost at least one volunteer assigned to monitor my program who converted. That is what stopped it, not the support of pro-lifers. Now you may say they failed, because I was never in any real danger…but they didn’t fail. I was at lunch one day with a young woman who was a colleague – and was surprised to discover she was solidly conservative. It didn’t come through at all in her on-air work. I asked why. She referred back to the PP effort to get me fired and said, “You’re bullet-proof, Charlie, but any of the rest of us would lose our job – and not one of the people you always stand up for ever spoke up for you, so they sure wouldn’t speak up for us.” I realized she was absolutely right.

      One of the troubling problems with conservatives and many Christians is, if you stick your neck out publicly proclaiming the truth of what they say, many take it for granted…and if you find yourself under assault for doing so, very few rise to your defense. There is a price to be paid for that…and many of the people who are quick to complain about the lack of courage of people in the public eye can look in the mirror to find a big part of the problem. I know from experience when you are out on a limb and under assault if you are a conservative or Christian traditionalist, you are pretty much on your own. So I make it a point to publicly stand with such people when they publicly stick their necks out on behalf of our beliefs.

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      • Barbara Dore says:

        we are now living in very difficult times ..remember the messages of Akita and Garabandal about those bishops and priests etc…we are called to pray for them every day. Our Lady will repay us as promised.

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        • m&m says:

          I go to church most days, when I don’t have to work early. I do pray for priests and it’s hard when our priests here are so liberal.

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      • ann says:

        Wish I knew how to click “like”–your reply is so true. Few of us are bullet proof and I bet there’s many more of us who hesitate to speak out.

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      • Gary says:

        Thing are different here in Lake County.. Bonnie and my wife are defending many here at the LCRTL that are under attack, the unborn and the born, traditional marriage the martyrs in Iraq etc. But it is very troubling what you have said. This was when you were at WKRS?

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        • charliej373 says:

          Yes, it was, back in the early 90’s, Gary. The turning point came when I started reading verbatim excerpts from Margaret Sanders toxic book, “The Pivot of Civilization.” I encouraged listeners not to take my word for it, but to go to a large library and find a copy of the book and take Sanger’s word for it. Planned Parenthood has tried to get rid of access to that book, as it is such eugenicist, racist, murderous filth that completely destroys the myth that Sanger was a “woman’s” advocate. At least one of the women assigned to monitor me took my advice and did just that – and called to tell me she had resigned. She said some others had done the same, but she was the only one I heard from. I believed her though, because shortly thereafter the effort just mysteriously ceased.

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  32. E. Allison says:

    Yesterday, Russia shut down natural gas pipelines to 6 Eastern European countries. the pipelines go through Ukraine, and Russia claimed that Ukraine was siphoning off gas.

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  33. malachi99 says:

    Hi Charlie,
    Thought you and the gang might appreciate this little beauty which the mighty Mark Mallett has just fired up: It really encapsulates the essence of your message particularly the Psalm verse.

    “A lot of people write me and ask if they should move out of the U.S. or stock up on food, etc. But forgive me if all I can seem to utter these days is be faithful. Scripture says,

    Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light for my path. (Psalm 119:105)

    A lamp, not a headlight. If you are being faithful to God in each moment, if you are following the light of His lamp… then how can you miss the next step, the next turn in the road? You won’t.”

    I just love the “a lamp, not a headlight” emphasis.

    Now being Friday and all I’m gonna spoil you kids with this little beaut from the Great John Henry Cardinal Newman…enjoy:

    The Pillar of the Cloud

    {156}
    LEAD, Kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom
    Lead Thou me on!
    The night is dark, and I am far from home—
    Lead Thou me on!
    Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
    The distant scene—one step enough for me.

    I was not ever thus, nor pray’d that Thou
    Shouldst lead me on.
    I loved to choose and see my path, but now
    Lead Thou me on!
    I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
    Pride ruled my will: remember not past years.

    {157}
    So long Thy power hath blest me, sure it still
    Will lead me on,
    O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till
    The night is gone;
    And with the morn those angel faces smile
    Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile.

    At Sea.
    June 16, 1833.

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    • One of the wise things my spiritual director has told me is, “LET it happen, don’t MAKE it happen.” So be docile to the promptings of the Spirit and if God really wants you to move, he will make it clear. If it’s not clear, as Charlie says, step out in good faith. “Lord I don’t know if you want me to do this. I think you do, so I am doing it. Then, let’s do it together.” God can fix our mistakes. He’s had a lot of practise!

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    • Connie says:

      Sublime.
      A goody from you Malachi and one from Janet. What a Friday night! And I haven’t even read the next post yet…..

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  34. E. Allison says:

    “The level of corruption and manipulation that characterizes US economic and foreign policy today was impossible in earlier times when Washington’s ambition was constrained by the Soviet Union. The greed for hegemonic power has made Washington the most corrupt government on earth.” – Paul Craig Roberts

    This is not coming from some wild conspiracy theorist. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under Ronald Reagan.

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  35. malachi99 says:

    Hi Charlie,
    I had just been on the MOG forum and there is a thread active entitled Luz de Maria or some such. I’ve never heard of this person before not that that is of any significance however 🙂 . Nonetheless, having read a few of these purported locutions, or what have you, I must say I would be quite confident in stating that they are not authentic messages from heaven. This may be a problem of poor translation but I think not. The content of the messages, the language used, the specificity etc just doesn’t sit right with me. Have you heard of this lady? The reason I mention is because your friend Peter B has posted some of the links.

    God bless,

    Malachi

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