Into the Master’s Refinery

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By Charlie Johnston

Thank you all for your many prayers. The truth is I have been in a bit of a funk since December 20. I think I have been grieving for what has passed away. The old order is gone. Oh the forms remain: we argue about politics, argue about whether unilaterally releasing terrorists back to the battlefield within a week of their cohorts murdering thousands of Christians and westerners as if it is the same thing as arguing what the budget for widgets should be. I said back in November that all the last American election would show is how impotent the political system now is to confront the problems before us. And so, the president issues more unconstitutional and anti-American edicts before breakfast each morning than all his predecessors combined, the Congress howls like a tortured dog in its impotent rage, and we draw a little closer each day to the doom that eagerly seeks to embrace us. Many people still deceive themselves there is a political solution to all that is wrong in the world. I don’t begrudge them. The forms remain, the substance is dead and I say let the dead bury their dead. We have work to do – and it is faithful and cultural, not political.

Though I got noticeably physically ill on Christmas Day, I went into a lethargic depression on December 20, when I was shown a vision of a fountain of demons spewing up and spreading across the whole world. This last Saturday night I learned I was not shown a vision on that matter; I was shown what was happening as it happened. I was shown much more about what I have been contemplating for a month – and so am much cheerier today. I told you a few weeks ago, perhaps improvidently, about the line of division that would come when I reached the summit of Mt. Meeker – something that I was prevented from. In the coming year, everyone will go through the Lord’s refining fire. All will make their blunders. For those who genuinely love and hold fast to Christ, this fire will be a purification, a burning away of their flaws and vanities, that will leave them forged with the steadfast resolve they need to endure and truly be a sign of hope, another Christ, to those around them. Some very ordinary people will find a little glorification and beauty through this purging forge. For those who have made their own selves the sole recipient of their worship, they will simply be consumed by this purging fire, all to be left the fury and preening bitterness that their infernal master has formed in them. This fire will not so much change souls as reveal them for what they are. It is the final forming of the lines of battle. There will be a few surprises, some we know and think to be deep turning out to have no root within them; others we thought to be lukewarm suddenly blazing with fire for the Kingdom when their trial is through.

I won’t tell you to be joyful when your fiery trial comes. No one greets pain and uncertainty with joy. But regard it as you would emergency surgery – a little fearful that you may be too far gone for it to help and yet mostly hopeful that it will get you on your feet with steady resolve. I will tell youSilver_Melting not to gloat if you see your neighbor undergoing it first. Your time will come – and any passive malice you feel towards others only means there is more flaws to be burned from you than you would like. This year will be a great opportunity for truly learning how to live solidarity with each other.

Offer your suffering up, particularly this year, for those you love and those around you. The lines of division are being finalized. Before the year is out, all will have been revealed for what is in their hearts. As it advances, it will get steadily harder for people to cross back over from serious disorder into faithful soldier. As my son and nephew sometimes like to say, it’s go-time!

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Pelianito had a wonderful column the other day that touches on this matter from a different, but equally intense, perspective. If you have not visited her websites, I strongly recommend you do. I am re-posting her column in its entirety here. It is a gem, but when you go to her website you will find yourself at a sort of divine jewelry store. Also, Mark Mallett is ON FIRE of late. You need to keep careful watch on his site, as what he writes is very appropriate to these times of fulfillment. And now, Pelianito’s piece on Holiness:

Holiness is not optional…

Posted by Janet Klasson in holiness, prayer, self-denial January 18, 2015

Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:27)

“…cannot be my disciple.” These are harsh words for the followers of Jesus, then and now. Jesus gives us two choices: carry your cross and come after me—or don’t; be my disciple—or don’t; live with me forever—or don’t. Two choices. Seen through the eyes of faith the choice is obvious, a no-brainer.

Then why do so many, and even so many Christians, seem to be making the wrong choice? “Carry a cross? Now? Can it wait until after the game?” “Be your disciple? Sure! I’ll give you an hour every Sunday. You’re welcome.” “Live with you forever? Wow! That would be great! Come back when I’m on my deathbed and we’ll talk.”

Frank Sheed in his book Theology for Beginners says:

“As a body, we hope to go to heaven, which means spending eternity with the Blessed Trinity, and we expect the experience to be wholly blissful; but in the prospect of spending an hour with the Blessed Trinity here below, there is no anticipation of bliss.”

So many of us are like St. Augustine before his conversion, who prayed: “Grant me chastity and continence, but not yet.” Yet he was converted. Our gratitude can never come close to thanking God for the unfathomable mercy and patience he grants to sinners. What hope this gives us for ourselves and those we are praying for! St. Augustine and St. Monica, intercede for us! Beg the grace of conversion for all those we are praying for and for all sinners! Pray that all will finally make the right choice.

I have been reading the book, The Fulfillment of All Desire by Ralph Martin. The book draws on the wisdom and experience of the saints on the path of holiness. He makes this statement in the first chapter:

“Holiness isn’t an ‘option’. There are only saints in heaven; total transformation is not an ‘option’ for those interested in that sort of thing, but is essential for those who want to spend eternity with God.”

Total transformation is essential. Period. Ralph Martin goes on to point out that we must aim high to enter heaven. If we aim for purgatory and miss—well, there just isn’t a good backup plan if you miss purgatory. Aim high. zzzzsilvermakingAnd you can’t aim higher than total transforming union with the Trinity.

I found Ralph Martin’s book a few years ago after attending the annual retreat of the Brothers and Sisters of Penance of St. Francis, where we were graciously blessed to have Fr. Thomas Dubay as our retreat master. He spoke on the universal call to this transforming union through contemplative prayer, which is beautifully outlined in his book, Deep Conversion, Deep Prayer. After hearing what Fr. Dubay had to say, I thirsted for more. That is what led me to Ralph Martin’s book, which in my opinion is a must-read for all Catholics who wish to grow in holiness. One of the gems I gleaned from these experiences is that if you aim high there is no need for a backup plan. If you really desire this union more than you desire to cling to what is standing in your way, God will grant it to you. You will become a saint, for his mercy desires to give you this gift far more than you could ever desire it yourself.

St. Therese of Lisieux and all the saints who walked the way of perfection learned and taught that total trust and confidence in God was the secret to holiness. Self-reliance is death; self-abandonment is life.

One thing that gave me great hope in listening to Fr. Dubay at the retreat was that in living faithfully the Rule of the BSP, the penitent has a great head-start on the path of self-renunciation so necessary to transforming union. Devotion to the sacraments and time spent in prayer foster the deep conversion of heart that God desires from all his children in order that the words of Jesus may be fulfilled: “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.” (John 14:23)

St. Teresa of Avila teaches that there is no reason why a person who is living a good Catholic life can’t progress all the way to “spiritual marriage” in this life. Then what is stopping us? Our bridegroom awaits. What will we choose? Brothers and sisters, let us choose the cross. Let us choose discipleship. Let us enter into the life of the Trinity. It is the fulfillment of all desire, most especially God’s desires for all of us.

“I set before you life and death…Choose life.” (Deuteronomy 30:19)

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Finally, a report on a homily by Pope Francis a few days back from the Vatican Insider. Spiritually, he is working valiantly to prepare us for this great Storm which truly is, as one of his predecessors said, a springtime for the Gospels. It will help you to gird your loins.

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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235 Responses to Into the Master’s Refinery

  1. Gabrielle says:

    Your blog came just at the right time today. I just found out that we need a new roof on our house and I was ready to go into deep despair. But, I could literally almost feel my guardian angel tell me to look to see if your blog was up for today. Testing. YUP! One of my biggest flaws is that need for self -sufficiency and security. This is testing/refining that. So I guess I just need to cast my cares on the Lord and keep moving forward. Thank you for this blog!!!

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    • Judy says:

      Mark Mallett’s latest which is simple but important, and in a way, echoing Charlie’s words as well: http://www.markmallett.com/blog/be-faithful/

      I feel that the storm is already all around me and it has been for a while. I am helping many people in every conceivable way. Yet there are so many in need that I cannot get to all of them. Many are ill and lonely. There are not enough hours in the day for someone like me, who works full time and who is also suffering from neurological problems, which also seem to be flaring up. Sometimes I think God puts these problems in front of me so that I can fill up my cup with graces, because I may be going Home soon. Maybe is just reflects the state of the world. In any case, I am very tired. If God does not fill me with His Holy Spirit, then I will never get though what is to come. I feel spent today.

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      • charliej373 says:

        A wise man once told me that when there was no hope, he got up and pretended to have hope…just enough to trudge through the day. He found that if he did that long enough, the real thing would eventually rise anew in him.

        When you feel spent, you probably need to rest. It won’t help you to limp along getting weaker and wearier each day. Set a limit for how long you can go through like this…a day, maybe two, where you let everything go. Then do what you must whether you feel better or not. After a few days of that, rest again if you need. Like it says on the shampoo bottle, rinse and repeat. Eventually it will come. Remember, faith is an act of the will. One of the hardest things I often had to do was make a statewide candidate stop…take a full day and don’t take any calls except from family or me. And I would not call (though they would usually call me at some point). When you are running at 50 or even 75%, you are MUCH more likely to make a disastrous error. When you see me make an uncharacteristically crabby response here, usually it is because I am pushing myself beyond what I should – and I am irritable. Don’t feel guilty about resting when you have so much to do; feel guilty about doing what you have to do poorly because you refuse to rest.

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        • Barbara Dore says:

          very good advice! i sometimes feel burnt out

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        • MMBev says:

          Thank you Judy, for your comment and most of all to you Charlie, for your reply. I have been steadily going downhill since Christmas. Yesterday was Sunday. One sentence our Pastor said during the Mass stuck me with such horrible force. After Mass, I explained to him that I couldn’t do what he requested, that I wasn’t trying to be rebellious, but I just couldn’t. He had said, “Please stand”, right after the consecration. I can’t or won’t, I guess. Either way, if he insisted I would have to attend Mass at another Church across the city where all the priests don’t mind. I had already gotten our Bishop’s permission when he first issued this directive. The priest was amazed at my upset, saying he was just saying something and he had absolutely no objections to me kneeling until the Great Amen. Only I realized I have reached “Zero”. I am where I was at 13. I take things literally, By that time, I knew I had better or else. And that continued until my husbands death. Slip up and payback was pressed down and running over.
          Until this happened I truly believed I had overcome this in these past seven years since my breakdown. I guess not. And the overwhelming terror remains.

          Judy, you helped me realize that I am under attack, and I can’t change that. Only God can, and will keep me safe until it is over. I have tried over the years everything that I can think of, everything that I believe God has prompted me to do, and yet here I am. No where. Not one inch further ahead. Unless He does something to help me, that is where I will remain.

          Charlie your advice is invaluable. I feel like having lost so much time before Christmas, that now I must try to get so much done. Even when I do take the rest and sleep I cannot do without, I feel like a failure. But I know now what I must do, and not beat myself up for needing to sleep or rest. God has made me this way, I don’t want to be so incapable, but I need to embrace fully His desire for me. I feel as if I am beyond beyond. So I will take your wisdom, accept what is as His desire for me – read Ralph Martin’s book for my spiritual reading as well. It’s been there on the bookshelf waiting for me.

          Sometimes I think I couldn’t make it through these years at all without your blog, and the sharing and wisdom from the commentators. In fact, it’s not “sometimes”, it’s why God sent me here.

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          • SteveBC says:

            MMBev, I read all the comments here (114 of them!) and have been drawn back to yours. My heart goes out to you.

            I know you’re using one of your hands to reach out to God. I see it in your writings. Perhaps when you go to sleep tonight, you could use your other hand to reach out and hold mine across the thousands of miles that separate us. Perhaps together we can let some of the terror and sense of failure you feel leak away from you, and I can let loose some of mine. May peace and calm come to both of us as we comfort each other.

            I will add you to my prayers tonight.

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          • Serendipity says:

            SteveBC and MMBev and Judy (and everyone) : God love you! How good is our God! who has given to us His friend Charlie who has created this virtualworld sanctum that brings together the hearts and minds of total strangers who can and do embrace each other in prayer and in love! Yep, that’s one awesome God! And better than that – can’t you feel it? The love and compassion and prayers that buoys this blog even as it edifies its readers- all of us, known and unknown?! swirling around the entire planet via cyber connections and LOVE?! I for one know that I can and I pray everyone else does or will.
            Please know, and I know I am not alone in this, that my heart has been touched here so many, many times. SteveBC that was such tender heart moving imagery. I too would like to reach out my hand in the darkness, catch ahold of both yours and MMBev’s and with my other hand reach out to Judy’s hand and to anyone of us who needs a loving hand to hold. And I pray that we all lose those negative things within ourselves that keep us from loving ourselves the way Jesus does and would simply fall away into the darkness where they belong. I pray Jesus would then fill us with that sure knowledge of His love, unwavering confidence and trust that He will take care of us when chaos and crisis happen, always remembering that our Hope in Him will not disappoint; and then that we would receive His abiding peace (you know the one the world can’t figure out).
            And I make this Prayer in Jesus’ name, thru the Immaculate Heart of Mary our Mother, Amen.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Serendipity, it looks like I’ll have to get a bigger hand. 😀

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          • Serendipity says:

            🙂

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          • Fran says:

            MMBev, I’ve been thinking of you, and wondering how you were! You are not a failure, and remember that you are not alone. You may be feeling spiritually desolate, but I see many of your spiritual gifts shine through your writing…your faith, love, compassion, fortitude, wisdom, and courage. You may not see it, but I do. Do not listen to that father of lies who is tormenting you! I will be fasting and praying for you, and I love Steve’s touching imagery of holding hands across cyberspace….so I am holding hands with you too, my friend, linked together, we can hold on tight, and help each other! May God bless you and fill your heart with peace.

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          • MMBev says:

            Steve, today is Tuesday, and I am re reading through the comments. You have touched my heart so deeply. My hand will always be reaching out at night, for yours and for each one’s hand here. How incredible that God has brought us together. I truly have been at rock’s bottom, and the only relief I have experienced since it began has been here on Charlie’s blog, with him and all of you. I cannot express what your loving caring has meant to me.

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          • MMBev says:

            Fran, Sererdipity, Judy and all. Yes, tonight for the first time I really, really feel it. If we must go through this fire, then let us join hands and plunge in together, each of us as He calls us. We are all going to have to endure it from what Charlie has said. And we’ll all be better looking at the end. (Hope it doesn’t burn off hair.) One of the hardest things is to have to await heaven to finally meet each other and our families.

            Thank you Fran, because I sure don’t see those things. What I have been seeing for a long time is a total failure. Your words lift my heart; even if I find it impossible to see those things in me, I am glad that you can say that you do.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Imagine if all the people who read and comment on this website, and Charlie as well, were to get in the habit of connecting our hands together each night in a world-spanning network of connections.

            When I think of the old system, the image I get is of a vast number of *things* and people connected by a virtual web of unseen links as everything and everyone moves around the world. it’s very dynamic, complex, ubiquitous. When I think of that old system dying forever, I see all those links vanishing, and all the things and people in that web dropping out of it down onto the Earth to sit wherever they happen to be at the time the links vanish. Nothing moves. No links. Just “stuff” and people sitting on the ground where they fell.

            To build a new system, we will have to restore those gone-forever links with a new web of links. Some of the things stuck on the ground will never be relinked but only abandoned. Other things and the remaining people will be linked slowly but surely back together.

            What that new network will ultimately look like depends on how we and everyone else choose to rebuild them. The difference isn’t the links themselves but the “intent” behind those links.

            The links of the old system were increasingly underpinned by greed, fear, and death. There used to be a connection to God, but that is almost entirely gone now. And so the links are gray or even black in so many cases.

            The new links that will make up the Peaceful Land that is coming could be underpinned by love, generosity, and life, provided we build them consciously and deliberately, in light of our world’s new-found connection to God. A grid of links filled with light and love.

            I’m thinking that if all of us reading and commenting on this site were to stretch out our hands to God and each other every night throughout the Storm, then perhaps we are early in the process of building the new links that are going to be needed over the entire globe. We here may be able to set the template of how this relinking could and should take place for many others, an unseen template that could provide a backbone for others to flesh out in glory as the Storm passes.

            If so, the quality of our work here, and the size of the web we create here, depends on our being together, supportive and loving, no matter where each of us lives in the world “out there” beyond this virtual site.

            And every one of us is going to need much bigger hands! 🙂

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          • SteveBC says:

            MMBev, I’ll keep reaching out, and I’m glad to hear you are feeling better. I noticed on the “I Do Not Tweet” post and thread that you said several times that you were laughing. Laughter is wonderful medicine for the soul, but there has to be some kind of healing and an orientation toward the Good at a person’s deeper level for the impulse to laugh to come out light and positive.

            I’m thinking that your difficulties related to coping (or not) with the world, your feelings of loss and failure may come from a more superficial level of your being. Perhaps if you look *through* that pain to what is deeper in you, you may find the healed portion of you, the deeper level where you are truly oriented toward the Good and toward God. *That* is what your humor and lightness and laughter spring from and also what they point to. Maybe you could live there for a while and see how that works out.

            If you can find that deeper core, you may also find a sense of solidity, dependability, and strength you currently don’t think you have. I think that is what Fran means. Your strength flows through to us, but it appears that you don’t yet see what is actually already there.

            Every person has his or her blind spots (except for me, of course! 🙂 ). Sometimes they are errors or faults to be seen and corrected. Sometimes, as may be the case for you, they are strengths that are there to be seen and called upon.

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          • Mick says:

            SteveBC, you are very eloquently making some very excellent points. Now you’re giving ME things to ponder ponderously. I love your image of all of us stretching our hands out to everybody else in Charlie’s little family. Isn’t that kind of what we’re doing when each of us here includes all of the others in our own territory of souls? I hope so, at least. 🙂

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          • Irish7 says:

            And spread the effects of the grace of Thy Flame of Love to us and the whole world!

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          • SteveBC says:

            Hmmm, yeah, Mick, you’re right, it *is* like that. I was thinking of it in more visual and earthly terms as a forerunner or template for the System of The World that we humans are going to have to build (or have the opportunity to build) after the old system dies. Holding each other in our territory of souls to me is less evocative of the rebuilding process and the grid of links that we will need to reinstate between us and also to the *things* we decide are still important to us. However, for those who are not particularly visual, I think that considering it simply as an expanding “territory of souls” works perfectly well. Great connection, Mick!

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          • MMBev says:

            Steve, tonight I intend to “naval gaze”. Maybe all I will see is my belly button, but I think before I begin I will print off all the comments so I can keep them in mind.

            And you’re absolutely correct about laughter. On that blog yesterday, I felt like I was in with a bunch of crazies just like me. It was so uplifting to laugh–and a gift given by God.

            I’m planning on doing the hand thing until 2018 at least hoping that our link of love and light is sturdily in place holding us all together as we are now, Charlie in lead. It was awesome to read you comment tonight because I found the imagery you presented to me so comforting that I had decided that I was just going to do that every night. Now all of us know about it and all of us can participate. There are no miles for God so He will link us up together

            Now and forever.

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          • MMBev says:

            And you hit the nail on the head, Steve. (Bet Irish and Fran are too). I am extremely visual. And the image of reaching out and holding hands forms a powerful picture. More than powerful, it’s kind of a God-given picture of me, because it brings such security and comfort.

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          • SteveBC says:

            MMBev, that’s a great idea, to reach out to others every night until the Storm passes. The web of new links we can make will, I’m sure, be expanded by people we don’t know (yet), and the new more peaceful world will grow up around it, with Love and God at the center of it all.

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          • johnmcfarm says:

            At all times our Lord Savior Christ Jesus is with you, protecting you with His infinite love and compassion. He wants us to live strong, loving lives…I know you will pick yourself up or rather open your heart and let God lift you.

            Norman Vincent Peale in his wonderful book The Power of Positive Thinking recommended that when in a rut repeat the following verse…when I struggle I do this about ten times per day easily. In the morning and in the evening I look in the mirror directly in my eyes as I repeat this powerful verse. It was written for you many centuries ago:

            “I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me”

            Philippians 4:13

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      • Gabrielle says:

        Judy, thank you for posting Mark Mallet’s blog post. It was wonderfully helpful.

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        • Judy says:

          When I read Mark Mallet’s post, I felt it would ring true for many here. I know it rang true to me. I do feel scattered and broken sometimes. Lately there are people who tell me, “I miss talking to you” because I was always there to for them to hear their problems….often people who others would not (for various reasons) spend time to listen. And I have told them recently, “I am sorry, I just have too much on my plate right now. I have to run.” Today I cancelled a hair appointment and decided to sleep. I guess that I will just have to LOOK a bit scattered for a while!….One joyful thing happened today, however, as a result of something I think God planned for me. I had texted my son (after mass) that on Sunday there was a boy standing in the back of the church in his Sunday best who looked so much like my son that it made me want to cry. I told him that I wished he would come to church with me once in a while. (I have been feeling very alone lately)…… You see, my son is divorced and he keeps putting off doing the annulment papers. I had just about given up and I stopped reminding him to do a little every day. (I am also sure that it was a very painful endeavor) I was very surprised when my son announced late Sunday that it was his intention to finish the annulment papers on Monday and submit them to the pastor who is most aware of his complicated situation. I got a call from him a little while ago asking if I had the divorce decree. He told me that he only had to find that and then he was ready to submit them (and he later found the decree at his apartment) I think that perhaps only God knows how happy this has made me. ….Charlie is right about making mistakes when one has stretched themselves to the breaking point. I did and I was not happy with myself. On Saturday I was sitting with my mother at a rehabilitation center and a priest was delivering communion. He offered it to me and I instantly said, ” I have no mortal sins Father, only venial. Hs said, “Did you kill anyone?” and I laughed as he gave me communion. It occurred to me in that moment that God was trying to show me that I was beating myself up a little too much…..I will take Charlie’s advice. I have to back off a little and then rejoin the fight for the Good. “Rinse and repeat.” I will remember that because it makes me chuckle and laughter is the best medicine sometimes. Thanks, Charlie.

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          • Jim M. says:

            Judy,

            I was in a very similar place last year. While I had confessed my past sins, I could not ket go of this feeling of my unworthiness for that forgiveness. I spoke with my priest, after thinking deeply upon this. I approached him after Mass, after getting up the courage to ask whether it was a sin not to forgive oneself after we have been forgiven in confession.

            He thought for a moment and replied it was. If God has forgiven us, who are we to question His judgment and grace? Beating ourselves up is a trick of the satan, who tortures us with feelings of unworthiness, grinding us down to the point we lose faith. And hope.

            We are all worthy of our Father’s love. Don’t let that cast out former angel try to pull you down, like some envious child telling you your parents don’t really love you. The satan is misery itself and he is looking for company. Remember the words of Jesus in Matthew 6: 25-30- don’t worry about tomorrow for it will take care of itself. Remember how much greater God’s children are than the the birds of the air, who eat despite neither sewing nir reaping, or the lilies of the field, which Gid adorns with glorious splendor. God knows our needs, and will provide. Have faith, cast past sins aside, and don’t just have hope, hope and pray for the new world that awaits us after evil is purged from amongst us!

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  2. SwampYankee says:

    Hey Charlie: I apologize, but you lost me. Are you saying that your “demon fountain” vision isn’t about what you thought it was about, and have received clarity on your interpretation? Sorry, I got turned around a bit in that.

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    • charliej373 says:

      No problem, Swampy, the explanation is probably simpler than you think. I thought at the time it was a vision of what was to come. I am instead informed it was seeing what was happening right then. The demons are already spread throughout the world with the particular mission of finding and inflaming the flaws of all, paying particular attention to those of the most faithful.

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      • Judy says:

        On Saturday, I began to watch the TV movie, “Whitney”. I was appalled to see (after watching for about 1/2 hour) a scene which can only be described as pornographic. I immediately changed the channel. I simply could not believe that they put this on TV , and at an hour that kids could see. I am constantly surprised at what is now on TV, but I did not expect it from this Lifetime movie. Hollywood and the entertainment industry keep pushing the envelope. I often ponder how far TV has moved from what I used to watch as a kid……Charlie, I can see how unsettling your vision of Dec, 20 was to you. There is so much here now that is clearly from Darkness. I am sure that my imagination cannot take me to where things are going. May His angels stay close to us!

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      • aj says:

        Two things…1) Just today I was telling my business partner about your vision and that you saw this as happening already. For me it is becoming obvious that evil and murder are increasing. I didn’t realise you thought it was to come. and 2) Our Guardian Angels and GOD’S other Angels are crucial to our personal battles….for your sake use them all!!!

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  3. Mary Anne says:

    Thank you Charlie. Is the Great Storm the reason Pope Benedict stepped aside for Pope Francis? Also, are the blood moons last year and this year (April 4 and Sept 28) and the total solar eclipse (March 20 2015) part of this Storm?

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    • charliej373 says:

      I could not say with certainty, Mary Anne, but the signs of the times are all around us and should not be dismissed.

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    • Barbara Dore says:

      Dear children, with motherly love I implore you, love one another. May there be in your hearts, as my Son desired from the very beginning, love for the Heavenly Father and for your neighbour in the first place — above everything of this world.

      My dear children, do you not recognise the signs of the times? Do you not recognise that all of this that is around you,

      all that is happening, is because there is no love?

      Comprehend that salvation is in true values. Accept the might of the Heavenly Father, love him and honour him. Walk in the footsteps of my Son. You, my children, my dear apostles, you are always gathering around me anew, because you are thirsty. You thirst for peace, love and happiness.

      Drink out of my hands. My hands are offering to you my Son who is the spring of clear water. He will bring your faith back to life and purify your hearts, because my Son loves pure hearts and pure hearts love my Son. Only pure hearts are humble and have firm faith. I ask for such hearts of you, my children.

      My Son told me that I am the mother of the entire world. I ask of those of you who accept me as such to help me, with your life, prayer and sacrifice, for all of my children to accept me as a mother—so that I may lead them to the spring of the clear water.

      Thank you. My dear children, as your shepherds offer you the Body of my Son with their blessed hands, always in your hearts give thanks to my Son for the Sacrifice and for the shepherds that he always gives you anew. ”

      Our Lady of Medjugroje on 2nd October 2014

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  4. Mary Ann says:

    Charlie, thanks for this. It reminded me of when I mourned the loss of America, and other cultural losses. It seems impossible at first that something could be gone (because we see images in the gas and heat emitted by the slow oxidation of the dead thing….fire, if fast forwarded). Then it is felt as a loss and felt personally, and then, once reality is accepted, and its personal connection dropped or overcome (a hard detachment to detach from something good and designed in God’s Providence….can you imagine the Jews mourning the first Temple? or even a spouse mourning a false divorce?), then the reaction to the loss as a depression or mourning comes, which is good if expressed as a mourning, not a wanting-back, and then, suddenly, but suddenly like the dawn, where it is there and you didn’t notice the transition, a freedom and joy and readiness. Now you are prepared to help.

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    • Mary Ann says:

      Same for loss of liturgy, for loss of a Catholic culture, for everything built up since the beginning…..which makes me think that we are closer to the end.

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      • Jan says:

        Hi Mary Ann, I felt this loss of Catholic culture with my extended family this Christmas. It has been happening slowly but it just seemed to hit me all at once. They grew up in the same beautiful church I did but they all turned their backs on it. I drew closer and more in love. Jan

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        • ann says:

          Yes Mary Anne and Jan–I too feel this. For the past year I’ve been saying from time to time “I miss the world I grew up in” and that means of course Catholic culture and the US as it once was–a poignant homesickness for what once was–but we were placed in this time by God, I keep telling myself. He has His reasons for having me born to be right here right now and then I think how blessed I was to grow up as I did with the freedom and peace and plenty that I experienced, and the availability of the Sacraments everywhere. My sadness is for my children and grandchildren who will never know the world that I knew or the Church as I knew it but I trust that Jesus Who makes all things new, will take care of that. But yeah, I know what you’re talking about.

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          • charliej373 says:

            The normal world our children will eventually know will be greater than any we imagined…and they will revere those of us who kept faith for helping to bring it into being by our fidelity to the God of all.

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        • Elizabeth K. says:

          This really struck me, as well, this Christmas. I actually ended up in an argument with my daughter on Christmas Eve–completely unexpected and vitriolic, where I was trying to defend the teaching of the Church on homosexuality (in a manner that was, I think, probably too emotional and angry) and my teenage daughter angry with me about being overly defensive and for defending the teaching in the first place. My anger and sadness wasn’t really directed at her–she’s only 16, and has her questions, and is also a very faithful person–but, I later realized, about the fact that my husband has a huge Catholic family that has become Catholic in name only, if even that, for many members. I felt terribly sad about this this past Christmas. It’s hard to raise Catholic children when what seemed to be a stable religious environment–in this case, large Irish Catholic extended family–becomes decidedly unstable. It’s the world as it is right now–the surprise is that I, of all people, am the one mounting the defense!

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  5. Julia says:

    Thank you Charlie for a further update on the times we are in.
    I see on the news here in the UK the constant obsession with the threat from extremists.

    What stifles my simple understanding of human nature is how the leaders of our people think they can push the blame on the church leaders for what has happened; and somehow manipulate the faith leaders to talk their followers into submission to the government desire that no one will over react to blasphemous cartoons and blasphemous remarks by the self professed atheists and other secular minded in our societies.

    The truth is we Christians are easy prey to the government desires. We take it on the shoulder when we hear our God, Our Saviour, His Mother and other holy persons ridiculed. We don’t react violently; we just suffer in silence.

    We can’t help it if muslims don’t have this control over their feelings, when confronted with these outrages.

    When will someone let the Faith Leaders know, it is time they unite in the defence of the one true God. Catholic, Christian, Jew and Muslim leaders should stand shoulder to shoulder and demand all governments put the rightful law in place making if a CRIME to commit blasphemy. This is a justifiable reason for muslims to want to take revenge on the perpetrators.

    Our governments do have the authority to pass such a law and take one antagonistic behaviour out of society by making blasphemy (offense against God, and His prophets) punishable by a jail sentence.

    Just my take on what is consuming the news here in the UK at the moment. No doubt it is on USA media as well.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Just to reiterate, I absolutely oppose blasphemy laws – almost as much as I oppose blasphemy. The way to counter blasphemy is to evangelize btter and with more courage. If you got your way and such laws were passed, I guarantee you the state would use them to shut you up from criticizing Islam in the aftermath of their cutting your neighbor’s head off while fining or jailing you for not buying into homosexual activism and abortion. We always want to give power to a small government cadre, thinking they will do what they want. Give them that power and ultimately they use it to target us. It is NOT the government that must protect us from hearing things that offend us, it is for US to create a culture in which few want to do such a thing. Our problem now is not in our governments – that is merely a symptom. It is in ourselves.

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      • shjihmhs says:

        You are absolutely right, Charlie. When will people finally understand that “big-brother” government is what we are experiencing here in the US (and the UK) and that it will ultimately end in our destruction. A truly moral culture is the answer – not a stronger and bigger government!

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      • malachi99 says:

        The distinction between virtuous persons and good citizens is being played out before our very eyes. We have laws now governing almost every aspect of our lives, which is a direct consequence of the veritable collapse of socially acceptable norms of behaviour. Without doubt, there has been a systematic, planned, and deliberate effort to breakdown the moral resistance of our erstwhile Christian nations. As I mentioned in another post sometime ago a great and vast sea-change has taken place. Two moral worldviews cannot occupy the same space. One must cede and give way to the other either voluntarily (by subtle enticement and persuasion) or by coercive force (swelling of ridiculous and invasive laws).

        I certainly hope I will stand my post and refuse Caesar his thimble of incense.

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      • Patricia says:

        Amen.

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      • Judy says:

        Yes, things must change from the bottom up. Only then will government ‘work’ again.

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      • Kris says:

        I must tell you Charlie how much I agree with you last statement. The problem is in us. I remember when Clinton was reelected after all the scandal he had created in his first term. I remember saying out loud to my family, if we reelected this man then we are the cause of what is going to happen. We deserved him for we traded in morality for ……, you fill in the blank. It has only gotten worse. We are the ones who have done this. That is a tragedy.

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  6. malachi99 says:

    We have touches on this before Charlie so you can give me a swift clap on the back of the head if you wish : ) but I will ask again. Do you see parallels in what you have stated above and talk of an illumination of conscience; which as far as I am aware is a purgation of sorts?

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    • charliej373 says:

      The thought has certainly crossed my mind, Malachi. I do not pretend to know precisely how the Illumination will come – only that it will…and that many, maybe most, of us will not recognize it when it does.

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  7. SwampYankee says:

    Thanks, gotcha.

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  8. Irish7 says:

    This is probably a dumb question, but what should be our disposition as we “wait” for this fire? Trust right? It seems clear that we should abandon ourselves to Divine Providence, but if these are demonic minions shouldn’t we fight? At the very least beg God for protection? Or is the point that He is using (or maybe allowing is the better term) them to accomplish His will in us?

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    • charliej373 says:

      You should always ask God for protection. AS for fighting, as soon as you turn your attention to the demon you risk letting go of Christ and counting on your own power. I have on a few occasions had people smugly boast to me that they can handle or defeat a demon. Lord, how I pray when I hear this, for that is prelude to deep demonic influence and, at worst, possession. If a gnat is safe from the attack of a rhinoceros so long as he stays under the protection of a gorilla, his prime duty is to stick close to the gorilla. The minute he decides to courageously fight the rhino is the minute he is lost. Your fight is NOT with demons…it is with the flaws in you that separate you from Christ. Overcome those and a demon can only yell and holler. The demons WANT you to fight them…for it gives them leverage to separate you from Christ.

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      • Barbara Dore says:

        Many years ago. I was holidaying with Father Jean Marie Roux for two weeks in Italy . ( this priest who offered the mass for Mel Gibson during the making a film about Jesus’s Passion). I still remember his wise words. Dont pay your attention at them demons , if so, that means you honour them. Father Jean Marie Roux was called home at 99 years old last August 2014. I now realise that i was blessed to visit the holy house in Loreto with him .

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        • Barbara Dore says:

          Father Charles Roux was a very unusual priest that I ever met in my lifetime. I just realised that it was God’s plan that I should meet him some years ago. He had a very colourful life.

          Father Jean-Marie Charles-Roux – obituary – Telegraph

          http://www.telegraph.co.uk › News › Obituaries › Religion Obituaries
          Aug 24, 2014 – FATHER JEAN-MARIE CHARLES-ROUX, who has died aged 99, brought … by three Resistance leaders to dinner in a brothel, where two of the hosts fell … but in cases they are discarded a few weeks after the novelty wears off. …. British island couldn’t cope 12 years ago’ · Britain needs ‘national debate’ …

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      • Judy says:

        You know, I cannot figure out how to click “likes” on this board. Every time I do, I am sent to a complicated place for information and I can never finish it all. Or I cannot remember it How does that work, Charlie?

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        • charliej373 says:

          I think you have to register, Judy. I don’t really know. I am sure someone who does will read these comments and jump in to help.

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        • Serendipity says:

          I just click on the star in front of the ‘Like’ and it works 🙂

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          • marie says:

            Barbara, I have the same trouble, but Petra just explained about having an account (btw, thanks, Petra). I need to get my teenagers to help me 😉

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        • Barbara Dore says:

          me too, same boat! ;-(

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          • Lynette says:

            as well as myself… I’ve tried and tried. Guess it’s not meant to be.

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          • Petra says:

            Barbara Dore and Lynette: You need to be logged into WordPress.com while looking at Charlie’s blog to use the *Like* button.
            If you don’t have a WordPress account, you need to sign up for one. They will ask for an email. I created a brand new one (free at yahoo.com or gmail.com) just so I could keep it separate from my personal email account. Then I went to WordPress.com and used the new email to set up an account. Once you to this, go to Charlie’s blog (however you usually get there.) You should see a black bar across the top of the page just under your browser. Then look on the right side of the page on Charlie’s blog, a little bit under the small picture where Charlie is blowing a trumpet, and you will see a blue bar that says *Follow this blog.* Click that. You are now “following” the blog and you should be able to use the *Like* button.
            Also, when are logged into WordPress and you reply to a comment on Charlie’s blog, you should see something like *Lynette: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. (Log Out/Change)* just above the *Post Comment* button. If you never log out of WordPress, you should be able to comment and use the *Like* button, so don’t log out of WordPress when you leave Charlie’s blog. Next time you visit, the black bar should appear at the top.
            Hope this helps.
            God bless.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Petra, some people have gone to WordPress.com and found the sign-up process calls for them to set up a blog, which they haven’t wanted to do, of course.

            If people use this link:
            https://wordpress.com/start/account/user
            and fill out the fields to register a personal account with WordPress.com, WordPress won’t try to set up a blog for them, I think. It will just register the person for a WordPress.com account.

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          • Petra says:

            SteveBC: Thanks for letting people know the URL where they can sign up for an account. Since I already have an account I did not test my instructions (my bad!!!). Thanks so much for correcting this so people can use the functions they wish.
            God bless.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Yeah, Petra, I had the same problem, not wanting to log out. I had to use a different browser to figure out what to do. 😀

            Thank you for your advice on this, though. I’ve saved various comments of yours on the subject for use myself.

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        • Beckita says:

          Charlie’s right. You need a WordPress account for utilizing the capability to “like” a comment.

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  9. Irish7 says:

    On second thought, maybe you are answering this question via Janet’s writing. Our disposition should be to seek holiness NOW.

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  10. Momof6g4b says:

    Great post and right on time! Four days ago both the religion book and the history book (I home school my children) we use talked about the fact that we are all called to holiness, we are all called to be Saints. Three days ago I was on my way home from dropping my daughter off at a friends house. I glanced at the clock and it was 11:11. Right away I tend to think “the hour is late”. As I came to a four way stop there was a car to my left. The license plate was “BHOLY 11”. So now in my mind is, “Be holy for the hour is late”. Now today I find you posting Pelianito’s article on our call to holiness.

    Okay, Lord, I hear you! You don’t have to shout at me! Okay,……maybe you do. I’m a little slow. 🙂

    Anyway, definitely getting a sense of urgency to GET HOLY NOW!

    God bless all of you in your efforts to draw ever closer to Him.

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    • Mick says:

      Mom, I hear you on the 11:11 message. Three or 4 days ago, I saw 1:11 or 11:11 four or 5 times on the same day. It startled me, but it kicked my tail into thinking it’s time to really get serious about staying close to God and to the Sacraments. So I talked to my whole family (hubby and 5 kids) about trying to go to Mass on Wednesday and then going to Confession as a family. My husband liked the idea, so it’s a go.

      By the way, which religion and history series do you use? We also homeschool and tend to use whatever Seton uses for the grade in question. But I’m always looking or good books for school.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Might I jump in here to recommend the Didache Series for religion? Fr. Peter Armenio, who is a very dear friend of mine wrote the text for the History of the Church for them. After it was published but before it was in wide release, he gave me a copy and asked for a review. It worried me a little because I often get such requests – and I hate them with friends for fear it will be mediocre or bad and I will have to be diplomatic. It was by far the best concise history of the Church I have ever read. He defended the faith, did not shy away from difficult things or old controversies…and I was delighted to be able to tell him with enthusiasm I thought it was masterful. I highly recommend it. (But no, you can’t have my signed copy!)

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        • Dan Lynch says:

          Time for a commercial break. Smile. They might enjoy the chronological history of the faith in the United States through biographies of our saints here:
          http://www.jkmi.com/dan-lynch-store/saints-of-the-states-1

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        • Mick says:

          Charlie, thanks for the recommendation. I’ve heard of the Didache series, but I didn’t know that Fr. Peter authored one of the volumes. I’ll have to ask my husband to order me a copy. I met Fr. Peter once, maybe 6 years ago at an Opus Dei function in Ann Arbor, MI. My husband has known him since he (I mean, my husband) was an undergrad at NU in the late ’80s/early ’90s. If I’m a good girl, maybe my hubby will ask Fr. Peter to autograph me a copy of his book! 🙂

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          • charliej373 says:

            I guarantee you he would be delighted to sign it, Mick. He is just a wonderful man with a deep spirituality and a lively sense of humor. Originally an Italian boy from New Jersey.

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        • Momof6g4b says:

          Mick and Charlie,
          Actually, the religion book is from the Didache series, Our Moral Life in Christ. The history is from the Catholic Schools Textbook Project. We just finished From Sea to Shining Sea and will be moving on to All Ye Lands, vol. 1, probably in tandem with Christ the King, Lord of History, just so we can get two perspectives and hopefully a little richer detail.
          Charlie, you definitely whet my appetite for History of the Church – I don’t have that one yet!

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          • Mick says:

            Ooh! The Catholic Schools Textbook Project! Funny you should mention them… I was on their website just yesterday, drooling over several of their books. I have the first two, but I really want the last 3. And the teachers’ manuals. And the student workbooks. Guess I’d better start saving my pennies.

            Our two oldest kids did Christ the King, Lord of History for school. It is a superb book. Someday when I have the time (ha!), I’m going to read it (and finish reading From Sea to Shining Sea, which is the only history textbook that I actually enjoyed reading).

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        • NancyA says:

          opening both of those in a new tab to check out soon. Thanks! Always on the lookout for good Catholic reading materials for my children (tho’ I’m usually the one who reads them)

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ha, Nancy…your children are still affected by what you read. I always read to my kids at night before they went to sleep…some of their favorites (I think they made me read The Aristocats over a hundred times. But I also read real stuff to them…The Red Badge of Courage, Green Mansions, etc and played a variety of music in the evening. It tickled me, visiting with some friends when my son, maybe in second grade, came in after bedtime and said, “Dad, I can’t sleep. Could you put on some Beethoven for me?” I loved the look I got from my friends.

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          • NancyA says:

            Ah, you are so right, Charlie, although my children range in upper ages: 31, 24, 21, 17 and 13. They love to roll their eyes and mimic my “I’m reading a book, and ….” But they do either “get to” listen to me read bits to them, or they hear the synopses of important points. I’ve taken to printing out the occasional posting of yours and leaving it around to be read as well…

            When my oldest daughter lived with me, along with her daughter, who is a mere 7 mos younger than my youngest, I taught the two little girls (aged about 3 to 4) to discern the difference between Mozart and Handel! Oh, we had fun in those days. My 13 yo daughter still loves to hear a familiar piece and call out the composer, but it’s not much requested by them these days. 🙂

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          • NancyA says:

            argh. Sure wish we could just edit our own comment posts. I am showing my own CNS trouble lately in a BIG way with typos and brain blanks! For those who know your classical composers, my reference to the girls learning the difference between Mozart and Handel probably had you scratching your heads. It was Haydn, of course. I don’t even much like Handel. But it’s Mozart and Haydn that are so similar that often cannot be distinguished casually, and these little tot girls could do it, once upon a time. I was telling Betsy about it when I realized I had written Handel, and my pride makes me come back here to correct myself! lol

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      • Kati says:

        I joyfully second what Charlie has stated about the Didaque series. It is VERY well done. I purchased them for our CCD Program. Dr. Scott Hahn has been involved with this program as well. Ignatius Press also offers some of these…on sale here ( http://www.ignatius.com/promotions/highschool/ ). I also found extra copies of the books and/or the student workbooks for lower prices at Amazon.

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  11. Kevin Bowen says:

    Charlie, three months ago the demons I saw increased. They became a nuisance when I was saying my prayers. I found the St. Michael prayer and the St. Benedict prayer, said every day, were very helpful in keeping them out of my home. Kevin Bowen

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    • charliej373 says:

      There you go, Kevin…the only way to fight demons – go to Christ through His angels and His saints. Do NOT turn your face towards the demon.

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      • Mick says:

        So here’s a question, Charlie. I’m confused because I often hear of Catholics who say that we ought to pray against the demons like this: “I rebuke you in the name of Jesus and through his Precious Blood.” I have never been comfortable doing this, because I don’t think I’m in any position to be rebuking the demons. I’ve always been more comfortable praying the St. Michael prayer, asking God to rebuke the demons, rather than taking that upon myself. Am I looking at this wrong?

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        • charliej373 says:

          The particular rebuke you mention is worded so as to fully rely on Jesus. I have no problem with it. As a matter of preference, though, I generally prefer your method. What scares me is some people start to take pride in what “powerful prayer warriors” they are – and satan takes advantage of that, building their confidence and ego to seduce them into letting go of Christ. When they do, the armor they carry is the equivalent of a paper shield and a plastic sword going against the Wehrmacht.

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          • Dan Lynch says:

            My understanding is that only a priest exorcist may address demons directly or order them to be gone. We must pray to God or through the angels and saints for deliverance.
            Our Lady of America revealed her medal which is the only revealed medal that she promised would be a shield of protection against evil spirits. You may see it here and obtain it in different metallic compositions:
            http://www.jkmi.com/our-lady-of-america-1/our-lady-of-america-medals/our-lady-of-america-gold-plate-medal-large

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          • malachi99 says:

            Hi Dan,
            Even a priest must ordinarily act under lawful authority (the explicit or tacit approval of his bishop) in exercising this ministry. Moreover, the prayers of the ritual itself (as far as I can remember) make clear that the priest does not address evil spirit in his own person but that of Christ. Like all sacramentals however the strength of faith of the priest is crucially important. I may be in error on this so perhaps Charlie might shed light.

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          • Mick says:

            Thanks!

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          • I like your thoughts on this Charlie. I don’t want to take on a demon thatis for sure. I have always felt its a priests job to do that. I like prayers for protection and I am in total favor for calling on God and Mary and Saints to do this. There is a lot out there on spiritual warfare and retreats that get the laity to become little exorcists. I dont like this idea. When Jesus sent out HIs disciples …..he sent out priests ….when they returned they were excited that the demons were fleeing. He told them basically …….easy does it…..don’t get excited about that but be more excited that your names are written in heaven. Perhaps he was warning them about pride coming to roost when it came to such things. Also…..there are no references to women casting out.
            With your vision Charlie of the demons spreading out in the world……I was wondering if
            You are allowed to ask your angel …..and tell us……with such terrible attacks going on from demons worldwide……what is the best medicine when perhaps during the storm we actually come in contact with persons possessed ? I know by staying in a state of grace is the best repellant….but heavenly advise in this storm would be great……if you are allowed to ask and tell us. Thanks Charle. I loved this piece and some of your comments were very helpful.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Well, Charlanne, I wonder about some things, too, but so you understand, I almost never ask about serious things. I trust them to tell me what I need to know – and I don’t ask. I am deadly serious when I tell you that every bit you know adds significantly more of a burden and responsibility – so I repeat that on serious matters I do not ask and have asked them only to tell me what I absolutely need to know to do my work. It has been said that for everything there is a price. There is. I am willing to pay the price for what is needful. Call me frugal, but I am not willing to pay a dime for what is not. I trust them to tell me what I must know.

            On this matter, hold fast to Christ and trust in His grace and power. I have been confronted with people under heavy influence and one once who was perfectly possessed. Hold fast to Christ. That is the only advice I can give you on this.

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        • kathy kalina says:

          Here is my response to a direct attack: . 1. The Divine Praises (Blessed be God. Blessed be His holy name. Blessed be Jesus Christ true God and true man…) 2. The rosary. Our mother is terrible to the enemy as an army in battle array!

          Regarding the rebuke – NEVER start with “I”. Instead, pray, “Jesus Christ, son of the living God, commands you to the foot of the cross where you are defeated!

          The best defense from attacks is consecrating yourself to the immaculate heart of Mary, giving her your will and striving to remain in the Divine Will. The enemy will never conquer such a fortress!

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    • NancyA says:

      Kevin, please, what exactly is the St. Benedict prayer you pray? thanks, N

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      • Kevin Bowen says:

        Nancy, the St Benedict prayer is: “Step back Satan. Tempt me not with vain things. What you offer is evil. Drink the poison yourself.” St. Benedict was tempted to drink poison (I especially like the last sentence). There is a St. Benedict medal which has the first letter of each word of the prayer (in Latin). Kevin

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    • Barbara Dore says:

      Use blessed salt and sprinke it around your house and inside and outside.

      Second, for use in the preparation of Holy Water and for the use of the faithful: regular salt is exorcised and blessed and is used in the preparation of Holy Water. It is also given to the faithful for their everyday use — e.g., for use in cooking; for sprinkling around rooms, doorways and yards, to protect against evil, etc.

      Because of its exorcism and blessing, it is a powerful sacramental in keeping away demons. To obtain blessed salt, just take ordinary salt to your priest and ask him to bless it.

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      • Mary Ann says:

        If you can get a priest to bless salt and water, you have found a rare priest.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Why shoot, Mary Ann, I know quite a few. My experience may well not be typical, though.

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          • Mary Ann says:

            You are blessed! I know one, and he just moved away. And he won’t give it to many people because he says they get all destabilized since so many people are oppressed with spirits. When I ask, if they are not irritated, they just wave the hand, may God bless you in your use of this water, which is not a real blessing of the water. Then, if the priest does bless water for the font, the Church ladies keep adding water til you have a homeopathic strength! It would be funny if it weren’t such a sad commentary on the lack of faith. And now I see the comment below about specificity. One priest who died would bless salt, but he needed his old ritual book and says most priests don’t even have one.

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          • Mick says:

            Mary Ann, I’m about falling out of my chair, reading your comment about homeopathic-strength holy water! Seriously, though, it’s sad that so many people think that if you add tap water to a little bit of holy water, then it all becomes holy water. I even had a priest tell me that once.

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        • Mick says:

          Mary Ann, our pastor is a rare one, indeed. He just turned 41, I think. When he blesses salt or holy water for me, I take my missal for the Extraordinary Form of the Mass and Father uses the old prayers (in English, rather than Latin) to exorcise the salt before adding it to holy water which he then prays the old prayers over. It gives me “high octane” holy water, as I once heard another priest call it.

          Our Associate pastor is also wonderful. He’s a convert to Catholicism and has been ordained for 1 1/2 years. I think he’s 32 or 33. When my baby was baptized in 2013, I asked if he could do the blessing called “The Churching of Women” during the ceremony. He’d never heard of it, but he said, “Sure.” He did his research and then showed up at the ceremony with the Churching prayers in both English and Latin. He showed them to me and said, “Which language would you prefer?” Man, was I blown away! Not bad, for a young convert-priest at a Novus Ordo parish! 🙂

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        • Judy says:

          I know a wonderful priest who blesses the salt every year on Sept 11. I am sure he does it on other days, but usually on Sept. 11 there are words of exorcism as well.

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        • Kati says:

          Deacons also have the faculties to bless salt and water …and all the deacons I know would be happy to do so.

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      • Mary-Louise says:

        I think you have to be specific in asking a priest to bless salt. It’s not some hand-wavy blessing. I go to an abbey not too far away and ask the Benedictine monks to do the blessings of any objects for me. They get their prayer books out and take the time to sprinkle the items with Holy Water, then pronounce the blessing in Latin.

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      • Barbara Dore says:

        I bought a lot of jars of salt and bring a printed copy of this prayer for blessing salt (16 font) with me . I ask any priest to say this particular prayer. They always agree to recite it for me , then bless my jars of salt. ( I sometimes gave some jars of blessed salt to my few friends). I strongly believe that it is now necessary to buy many jars of salt as you can.

        Please google on Blessed Salt. very useful information.

        Almighty God
        We ask you to bless this salt
        As once you blessed the salt
        scattered over the water
        by the prophet , Elisha
        wherever this salt ( and water) is sprinkled
        drive away of evil
        and protect us always
        by the presence of your Holy Spirit
        Grant this through Christ, Our Lord, Amen.

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    • Barbara Dore says:

      I really, really love that prayer from US. ( American )Marine. I love to say it every day.

      The prayer to Saint Michael mentioned in the story titled, Incredible Miracle: U.S. Marine Saved by Saint Michael, seems to be this one:

      Michael, Michael of the morning,
      Fresh chord of Heaven adorning,
      Keep me safe today,
      And in time of temptation
      Drive the devil away.
      Amen.

      Angel of God Prayer

      Angel of God, my Guardian dear,
      To whom God’s love commits me here,
      Ever this day be at my side,
      To light, to guard, to rule and guide.
      Amen.

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      • jaykay says:

        Yes, Barbara, exactly as I learned it circa 1965 from the Sisters of Mercy in my school, at the age of 4-5 or thereabouts. Sister Francis Xavier, as I recall. In her floor-sweeping habit and wimple – we didn’t know it was called that back then, it was just what they wore. With stout black shoes… oh, and the cane as well. Devastating on the back of the legs, way back when boys wore short pants, winter, spring, summer and fall (or Autumn, as we’d say in Ireland). God bless her, and all the teachers who taught us the basics. It was just like breathing in those days, one accepted it as part of life, even up to the mid-seventies. Such was Ireland back then. Quomodo sola stat civitas.

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  12. narnialion54 says:

    Oh my, Charlie and Janet,
    May we, by His Passion and Cross, be brought to the Glory of His Resurrection!
    Oh my.

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  13. mll says:

    Thanks so much for your posts Charlie. The reminders to offer suffering up and to cling to God not self-reliance are so important. God Bless you!

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  14. Bob says:

    Of course, I don’t want to think about this but it is true that God tries those who He loves the most. And Teresa of Avila once when she was thrown of her carriage into the cold mud said to God “And if that is how you treat your friends, no wonder you have so few of them”. So let us ask God for the grace to bear the storms which must come.
    I have read Ralph Martin’s book and it is a good one. I should read it again!. I met him at a conference several years ago and told him the only thing which could have made his book better would have been to have included some Ignatian principles on discernment to help people discern God’s direction for their lives.

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  15. Paul says:

    Hi Charlie…thank you for clarifying that they are coming after US…the faithful…I pray for a lot of people, mostly family and friends, and sometimes lose sight of the fact that my own conversion continues apace as well…and that I also need continuing prayer.
    When I read your post today, I’m thinking the demons you reference are coming to exacerbate the faults of those who don’t yet know Jesus…after reading your clarification, it makes total sense…of course he’s coming after us…the faithful…we’re the ones standing in his way!

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    • charliej373 says:

      The priest at Mass a few days ago said in his homily that Jesus responded to the Pharisees who criticized Him for hanging out with notorious people that, “I come to call sinners, not the righteous.” Of course, there was no little sarcasm on the Lord’s part here – but it also struck me that when we start to think of ourselves as the righteous – or the remnant (for that is the righteous) – we risk separating ourselves from those who Jesus actually calls. Worth thinking about.

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      • Paul says:

        Thanks for that Charlie….
        I do pretty well thinking about my own conversion and crediting my progress to Our Lady and Jesus…knowing deep down it wasn’t me that got me out of the mess I was in…but it seems a pitfall that awaits the converted is to start thinking we’re not in “as much” need of prayer as the poor schmo that hasn’t gone thru initial conversion yet…
        Need to remember that in all the prayers in my Rosary, the prayers are for “us sinners”, not “those sinners”

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  16. Mick says:

    So in other words, Charlie, “Let’s roll!” Right? Like you and Mary Ann pointed out, the time for mourning the death of our country and our culture needs to give way to a readiness to trust-do-love. Am I reading you correctly?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Exactly, Mick. I realized the other day that the major part of what has been going on the last month is that I have been grieving, grieving the passing of the old order that I was born into. It is sad and sorrowful, but time to roll.

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      • Mick says:

        God help us, then. As much as a part of me wants to get this over with, I certainly don’t feel ready to roll.

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      • Bob says:

        And the grief of loss is a normal part of it and while we still have time, let us grieve our losses and be ready to move on. I suppose the time of battle will come when he would need to put our feelings aside for later while we deal with incoming.

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      • donna269 says:

        Elizabeth Kubler Ross……stages of grief: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance…..and you go back and forth until you fulfill them all….

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      • CrewDog says:

        For years I’ve been getting these “Verses” in my daily e-mail and I thought that this one is appropriate for the subject matter now …. God Bless:

        Heartlight Daily Verse January 20
        James 1:2-3
        Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
        Thoughts on today’s verse:
        “Hang in there!” There are few traits more important than perseverance. Most important accomplishments in life happen because of perseverance. Most luck occurs when we’ve perservered long enough for the “magical moment” to come along. Edison said it best, life’s greatest feats, the world’s greatest discoveries, his own most fantastic inventions were “1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” “Hang in there!” and see the glory of God come through in you!
        Prayer:
        Unchangeable and Unshakeable God, through the friends you have sent into my life and by the power of your gift, the Holy Spirit, help me to stand up under trial and prove my character true with perseverance when under fire. Give my faith courage and endurance so that my life shows forth your enduring strength. Through him who remained faithul unto death, I pray. Amen.

        Visit heartlight.org for more

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  17. Centurion_Cornelius says:

    Thanks, Charlie!

    At Saturday Nights Vigil Mass we were fortunate to have a very young Priest as our celebrant. His homily keyed in on one word of John1:38: “Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?”

    Our young-on-fire Priest said the word “staying” was a poor choice of translations. He preached that it is more like: ” where art thou stopping, where thou hast thy μονή [mansion, residence]. Or, as we would ask: “Where do you live?” And this is not a mere address-thing. Where does one spend one’s total being?

    Jesus, our Lord and Savior, quite literally lives “within the Father and the Holy Spirit.” All three are one God.

    Jesus will “reside” and live with us in the coming storm–ONLY IF WE LET HIM. This is our free will and choice. Give him entrance. As He said: “Become like a child” and TRUST in the Lord, as your children trust in you as a parent.

    Each act we do daily reinforces and sustains us in our personal relationship with Jesus. Only HE and not razor-wire fences, tall stone towers, or all the firearms and ammunition in the world will not protect or save us if HE is not there with us and HE in our hearts and minds.

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  18. Donette says:

    Charlie. I don’t have visions. No one that I can see visits me and/or talks to me. I have had dreams…not that frequent as you describe your visions. You speak of a fountain erupting. In a dream years ago, I saw a map of the United States. It was recognizable, but did not look like the States do on our maps today. There were eruptions of red in various locals that reminded me of the signs volcanos give when about to blow, eg. buldging summits. I had a sense that the denizens of hell were about to rise and putrify our country. I remember praying. A rolled up scroll fell on the land. It opened and I remember reading “All that will be left will be brotherhood.

    I didn’t even attempt to understand that dream or explain it and I had enough fear in me to not ever talk about it. I just knew that it was time to “Put on the Armor of God.”

    Years later during the early 80’s when the Medjugorje Apparitions were in the news, I wrote a letter to my daughter who was in Germany at the time. I told her not to worry about what she saw taking place in the world and one of those happenings might be the Decline and Fall of the United States. It was a very long letter. I advised her to make her Consecration to Our Lady. Those who had consecrated themselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary were under her mantle and she was keeping us invisible. I tried to provide my daughter an image of what we were doing as prayer warriors in those early years. I said (at that time) “We were creeping up the neck of the Dragon and he has not seen us yet. Our General and commander was a woman of highest honor. When the time for striking was ripe the battle would be fierce, but no matter how many of us fell in battle, we would succeed because of the promise of God to our General, His Mother. The Dawn of the new era will be glorious.”

    Truly if we have reached that time, I will be relieved. I feel as though we have been living under a Damocles sword for a very long time. I do not wish for it. I do not want it, but if it is to come then I must bow my head and say “Thy Will Be Done.”

    Charlie, I would not be unhappy if you chose not to post this. There was just something in this particular posting of yours that made me feel I could tell you the story of this dream.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Donette, this is simple and powerful. I thank you for it. You readers are on fire here, today!

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    • jobrower says:

      Wow! Last night I had a dream about my husband who refuses to go to Mass so, of course, I am concerned for his soul. He had a stroke 15 years ago which left him unable to speak and paralyzed on right side. At the end of my dream he leaned his head on my chest and uttered “papa, papa”. I am holding onto this. BTW, I am resting today. Finally Succumbed to the cold/flu thing being spread through our family. Thank you everyone for the great posts!

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  19. JG says:

    Charlie,
    About 6 years ago I had a dream and remembered the words” like gold you must go through the refiners fire”. I thought “yikes, what does that mean? Well, it’s been rough and it’s been just as you described Charlie. Very difficult and painful.A complete harsh detachment from MANY aspects that I had clung onto as a child – also feelings of self confidence and things which make one feel secure aren’t that way anymore. I’m only posting to encourage others who are currently going through it to “keep up the good fight”. Accept what comes as a gift from God; to bring you closer and more intimate with Him. Prayers will no longer be words we recite; they will become intimate conversations with God which emanate from the heart. No matter how bad it gets or will get with God’s grace we will get through.
    I’m grateful to God I have gone through my experiences and I’m still going through them. As this storm continues to increase speed and as more “mud is thrown in my face” I hope I’m able to understand better what and why this is happening. I pray more now than ever for the virtues of preserverence and charity. Also for the gift to “forgive them for they know not what they do”. But as you warned ” not to gloat when other go through this” I would also add: don’t get too upset while you are going though it while other appear to have a rosier lot in life. Their time will come and we must encourage them when it does.
    In regards to the Illumination: there are times when family members cut with their words, deeper than any two edged sword. In these moments of hurt God had graced me to deeply understand how I have been guilty of the same – to others and sometimes when I thought I was being righteous. But in the English language many times the word prior is, self righteous not just righteous. I find that more than ever I will have experiences of deep understanding of my self and what my actions have caused to others. If this is part of the “Illumination” thanks be to God I’m getting it in small doses because when it happens it wipes one out emotionally for a couple of days. However, it does bring about serious repentance. If what I’m experiencing isn’t mini illuminations then “Hello” I’m in big trouble and I can understand when the mystics will say some will die of fright.
    So sorry to be so wordy- I hope my comments are helpful to someone. Thank you and to all who comment, this little blog is a light in the darkness and it’s a beautiful thing to read and get encouragement from others whom we may never meet until the next life.
    May God bless everyone here!
    J

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you, JG. I guarantee your comment here will be just exactly what someone needs. I went through a brutal five-year dark night of the soul…though I would faint sometimes, then would ask the Lord instead of relieving the agony to give me more strength to bear it. It was during this period I had the heart attack I didn’t notice and was only discovered later. With the times we are coming into, God needs to help strengthen us so we are more than reeds shaken by the wind. May God walk with you every step of the way.

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  20. Paul says:

    Noted…thanks

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  21. NancyA says:

    As anticipated, the Pope has announced that he will visit NYC and DC when he makes his visit to the USA in September. Let us pray much for the Pope, who is likely very much attacked by the strongest of those demons you saw…

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  22. M says:

    Hi Charlie,
    A while back, I believe you stated that you would write a column for those who were suffering terribly (physically and in other areas). Please pray about this and consider writing soon. Those of us who are suffering want to be a “sign of hope”, too. However, the only means we may have is through prayer and offering up these sufferings, even when we are telling the Lord, ‘Please give us a break!”. Your thoughts, please…

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  23. Annie Shalsey says:

    Thank you Charlie. So much of what you have written has touched my heart. I do need God to strengthen me for what lies ahead. Just before Christmas I asked God which of my books should be read in this year coming up. Which book was I lead to? The Fulfillment of All Desire! Thank you Janet for this timely reminder. What will I be doing this evening? Sitting and reading.

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  24. Beth says:

    Funny that I originally read your description of the fountains of demons spewing up as having happened then (Dec 20) and not as a future event. ‘Funny’ might be a bad choice of words…. I am very grateful for your advice to LOOK AWAY from any demons, like in the Raders of the Lost Ark movie, and to then LOOK TO Jesus, remembering that it is Jesus in me that will handle them and not something that I can do to battle them. Humility. Meekness. (Not exactly my instinctive, go-to qualities.)

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  25. Mack says:

    Two questions, Charlie.
    1. When you say “the last American election,” do you mean that literally? If you can’t answer, though, that’s OK.
    2. About the trial we will all face this year, is it possible that some of us have already gone through it? I ask because for the past year and a half I had an inner trial that seemed to come upon me out of the blue almost. It led to my making a big blunder last year but it was very purifying and then I received a healing grace from God in the end. So though it was painful I’m grateful it happened. I guess I’m hoping that that trial was big enough to last me for a while!

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  26. Julia says:

    Thank you for your rebuke Charlie, on my narrow minded solution to the problem of blasphemy.
    Good point, well presented and taken seriously to heart .

    I do have a personal testimony of being in a situation in the workplace when a colleague blasphemed in front of me and the outcome, All hell broke loose and all Heaven joined the battle. I don’t think your site is designed to hear my testimonies. But we should not sit back silently when we encounter it. Besides, I am not articulate and waffle when I try and share things.

    I would like to share some great news with your permission for those who are expressing concern with how we need to respond in Gods’ Will in these times.

    There is a Novena for surrendering ourselves to Jesus at all times really,,, especially these times. It is found on the left hand side of the mary tv website. It is called ‘Novena prayers.’ and comes up straight away when you open it.

    The prayer; O Jesus, I surrender myself to You, take care of everything’ is said with each of the Nine little reminders from Jesus on why we need to surrender everything to Him. He will take care of us. It even says, surrender the future and don’t worry about things to come. Jesus will take care of everything.

    I did the whole nine petitions, because to tell you the truth I worry about loved ones who are not on the surface ready for Illumination, I fear some may die of heart attack, they are in such denial.

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    • charliej373 says:

      On the matter of not sitting in silence, I agree wholeheartedly with you, Julia. We should let offenders know how contemptible we find them. When my kids were little, we were hiking in a state park and came upon a young man who had a filthy, vulgar saying on his t-shirt. I ripped into him right then and there…his lack of consideration for others and especially those with children. I shamed him and told him he was old enough to know better and treat those around him with a little consideration, then walked off in a huff. My kids frequently would tell me how I embarrassed them in such situations. But, while visiting my son, he did something similar at a function we were at. I chuckled and reminded him of how embarrassed he used to get when I did that. His face reddened a little and he muttered that he guessed he is his father’s son.

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    • donna269 says:

      Janet introduced me to that the other day. (Pelianito) and it is an amazing novena. My husband and I are doing it for my youngest son who is being attacked left and right and holding his head high but not high enough to make it back to church….St Monica, pray for us….

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    • Carolyn C. says:

      Julia, this novena by Don Dolindo was given to me perhaps two years ago and I put it aside. Going through some papers the other day I found it. It seems so timely my son and I have begun praying it. It’s amazing how God works isn’t it?

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  27. Cecilia says:

    Charlie, this is about as timely as it gets. I went to Mass this morning only to learn that the pastor has taken a leave of absence. He is one of the most orthodox priests I know. In nearly every homily he has encouraged his flock to spend at least 15 minutes each day in prayer. His absence truly breaks my heart, and I would appreciate prayers for Father Mark that he will be able to work things out, be healthy, and return to his ministry as soon as possible, God willing. The demons are working overtime now. Let us pray for all of our priests!

    All these posts are deeply, deeply encouraging, and I need all the help I can get. I am so afraid I will fail Jesus and somehow refuse to walk in the fire. Jesus have mercy on us all. Holy Mother Mary, keep us all under the mantle of your protection.

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  28. donna269 says:

    thanks to all for a wonderful read today. Thank you Charlie, Janet and Mark and Dan for his commercial. I needed every speck of what everybody said. This community is truly blessed by the Father. Janet, I loved your reading today….just beautiful. Charlie, I also saw your vision as you described “in the moment” not as futuristic. Look at what is going on? Everyone of us is struggling. I will stay close to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Every night, I envision myself as a little girl of 3 or 4 years of age climbing up on God the Father’s lap and putting my head on his shoulder and feeling his protection. That is my visual….That helps me get through each successive day.

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    • anne ovari says:

      Do you know Donna, I do the same!That is seeing myself as a little girl climbing on to Our Father’s lap and just resting my head on His breast. It gives me such comfort ànd helps me get through each day as it does for you.Thank you for sharing and God bless☺

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  29. Anne says:

    We are being weaned,detached …….so Christ is restoring all things to Himself and returning all to God the the Father . Yes Charlie ….. Pope Francis is preparing us for the storm.We were warned of this on jan 1st 2012 in http://www.locutions.

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  30. Lin says:

    Your post makes me wonder if the struggles I’ve experienced lately are just a part of the crisis the whole world is enduring…I appreciate the simple remedy you lay out!

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  31. Diane says:

    Thank you and God Bless you all. This is so necessary to keep us focused and on the path of Jesus who is our only hope. Prayers and more prayers for this community. I never feel alone because of you all. Thank you. Love. I love.

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  32. aj says:

    Last night I was speaking with JESUS and Mummy MARY and asking them if I was doing something wrong in my Christian walk as I never or very rarely “feel” any Love from them or to them. I told Mother MARY that I know Love is a decision and an action of the will, but so many, if not all the Saints and holy people of GOD, witness to the Love of GOD and their emotion towards Him when they feel His beautiful embrace, caress, ecstasy, etc. I even recently head a powerful talk by Fr. Phillip Scott about how GOD the FATHER inebriated him with His Love and he felt this Love bathing him.

    So my question was Mum (MARY) what am I not doing or not letting go of in order to experience the Love of The FATHER and the SON? Her answer, and let me make it clear here…I don’t get locutions, or at least I don’t think so 🙂 . But rather, I hear kinda in my mind or heart the words and sometimes I can carry on a conversation with whom I’m speaking with (JESUS, MARY or my Guardian ANGEL but they are like thoughts). Mum said to me Allan, we have been preparing you for the Storm all these years. In the Storm there aren’t going to be any fuzzy, jubilant feelings for you. When the sadness and death is around you, you must not be crippled by the lack of these feelings. You must press on. This is what we have been preparing you for my son. You would have to bludgeon on through the storm. There is a key role for you my son (I can’t recall the exact words so I’m giving the gist of the conversation). It was very sobering and a reason for me to increase my dependency on GOD…JESUS I Trust in YOU!!!!!!!!!!

    For sometime now I have been somewhat dreary deep inside. It is as though my spirit knows what lies ahead before me. I understand for the most part what Charlie has been feeling since December 20th. I haven’t dated mine but I know things are passing quickly behind the physical screens we see. It is even more a struggle when I look at my two innocent children knowing that the battle is here. My Guardian Angel has been a very very good friend and guide. He guides me, rebukes me, points me, nudges me…with no fuzzy feelings. However, the more I engage Him the more He engages me. Speak with your Angels my friends, especially now. He will prepare you well. The key lesson is total abandonment to GOD!!! Total dependency on Him…Matthew 18:3:
    And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

    I have shared this not to say that if the Lord gives you a fuzzy feeling you must shun Him. Rather, embrace Him for that is what He wishes for you. I am sharing this for those who do not get these feelings to know that you too are being trained; you too have a role. So take the next step in Hope and Trust for we are all in training.

    GOD be with us on this journey of Faith!

    aj

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    • charliej373 says:

      It takes great faith and fortitude to stay steady without the warm fuzzies, AJ. Far too many count on them. I have had different things at different times – and there are periods where, though I get visits, I get next to no warm fuzzies. The longest of these was nearly five years. Be glad, for the Lord is building your endurance and testing your fortitude to help His people. It is a mark of His confidence in you. Children need constant reassurance. Now is the time the Lord wants us to put away childish things. You have made an excellent start.

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    • Mick says:

      AJ, excellent post; thanks for sharing with all of us. I don’t get the warm fuzzies, either. And, like you, I worry especially about my kids–particularly the two youngest, who are 18 months and 5 years old. But, like you said (in not so many words): God, Mary, and our angels have our backs. And know that everybody here in Charlie’s little family has your back, too–just as we all know that you have ours. Ain’t family grand?

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    • Of course your faith means more without the fuzzies! Those who receive consolations are not favored above others. As a matter of fact they will have more to answer for in the end. Blessed are they who have not seen but have believed! AJ, your steadfast faith is a gift to us all. Bless you!

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    • Fran says:

      I understand what you are saying aj. I rarely get any good “fuzzy” feelings, or consolations either, and I’ve always thought that it was better for me that I don’t. And in one of the rare times that something did happen, I actually interiorly “heard” a voice speak to me (while praying after receiving the Eucharist), and what was said to me either I completely misinterpreted or did not come from God because it did not happen like I thought. Especially after what you’ve said, and Charlie also, I feel like it is “training” in some way. I hope I have learned what i needed to. Thank you for sharing.

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  33. Patricia says:

    Charlie,
    Regarding your comments on the political system being part of the old order: many people I know are involved in the system and a few are aware of the situation and no longer have any heart for it. Suggestions?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Patricia, many of my closest friends are in the system – and many still call me to talk things over. I indulge them as a matter of solidarity; they all know how I feel. BUT, I encourage them to speak with passion and fortitude about what made America great and what is the foundation of peace and prosperity – dependence on God. Most still try to thread the needle. But my best friend, a judge in southern Illinois, was up for election this year in a county which had NOT elected a Republican Judge since…it was either 1972 or sometime in the 50’s. He very quietly dedicated his office to Our Lady of Fatima – told no one about it except a few close friends and some nuns. He spoke boldly about matters of faith, virtue our Christian underpinnings – and he won. The first Republican judge to win in that county certainly in over 40 years.

      So my suggestion…live their duty faithfully. Speak boldly what is true, but with charity and competence. Too many are trying to thread the needle and say what they think are “clever” things. If you are on that boat as it sinks, far better to sink for what you really do believe than for what you don’t. And if you can actually live it faithfully, you may survive and help many others to survive with you. There are some friends in key positions who have wanted to move to a place of safety – seeing clearly the strife that is erupting. Several of those I have privately encouraged to stand their post faithfully where they are at – for they may be the most important sign of hope in their region. One of these is my son, who I would desperately love to see in Colorado with me. But he is in a position where he can help a lot of people if panic erupts – and so he stands his post with fidelity. It is a sacrifice for both of us…but we will be neighbors in heaven, I reckon, and may yet get to be here before all is said and done. We won’t if either of us abandons the post God has sent us to man.

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  34. Maggie says:

    Where evil abounds, grace all the more abounds. Jesus Christ is Victor and Our Lady is our Shield. As we remain in a state of grace and do seek to follow God’s will every day and live our state in life, we need not ever live in fear–no matter what. I am recalling the words of St. Thomas More shortly before his martyrdom as he said to his son-in-law, “The field is won”. His feared conquered and as he said to his daughter that nothing would happen to him that was not allowed by God. And he won the palm of martyrdom. Ever read his book about Tribulation? It is a good one. We should, of course, keep the last four things in mind but not in fear and worry. We do what is prudent and live an intense sacramental life and be that light and example in our own little spheres. Praised be Jesus and Mary!

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  35. I write from Buenos Aires where tonight thousands of people are protesting the untimely death (by suicide?) of Prosecutor Nisman who was investigating a terrorist attack of long ago (preceded and was very similar to the US Embassy in Kenya.) We navigate a sea of political corruption that reaches everyone horizontally and vertically here. Well things are getting hot and this is a good time to remember an obscure prophecy by St Luigi Orione who described a huge uprising that will transform the country and will be extended everywhere in the world. Tonight things are looking gloomy indeed here but our trials have to come, let us welcome them. It is a great joy to join Our Lord in suffering although I wish I could pass that cup untouched it has to be accepted and we will have to drink it to the dregs. My deepest condolences dear Charlie. Let us lift up our heads though for our liberation is near. God bless you and every member of this cyberfamily and their loved ones.

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    • Mary Ann says:

      Carlos, I have been following that awful story. Glad the people are protesting.

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    • Barbara Dore says:

      I note that you come from South America? Have you heard about Doctor Gloria Polo?

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      • Yes I read her story. It is very impressive.

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        • Mona says:

          Gloria Polos story was one of the reasons that I became a Christian. I do not want to go to hell, and i was shure I would go there if I did not converte. In my way seeking thruth I found this wonderful site with all you beutifule people. I have learnd so much, and most of the times it calms me reading Charlies and your posts. Sometimes I get scared because I do not know what to eccept. I prepeare but I do not know how to prepeare the right way. I once read somting Charlie have said or written. You shall prepeare on how to die rather on how to survive.
          Mona from Denmark

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ah, preparing to live well and to die well are actually the same thing. Some of those who are dubious about what I write are dubous specifically because of how FEW I say will actually die for such a global conflagration. If you live for God, you are always prepared for whatever comes. I do not mean that most are likely to die. Most are not…but there will be much fear of it.

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        • Barbara Dore says:

          Dr Gloria Polo is very lucky.

          for other viewers who may want to buy this book…

          the books on “Struck by Lightning”, Death, judgement and conversion. I stood at the gates of Heaven and Hell. The testimony of Gloria Polo , ISBN 978-2-9810896-5-6, can be obtainable at MICHAEL Journal, 1101 Principale, street, Rougemont QC, JOL 1MO, Canada. http://www.michaeljournal.org

          it may be $7 or Euro 7 , i am not so sure?

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      • Barbara Dore says:

        terrible, i googled on this news after reading your comment.

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    • Mick says:

      Carlos, when I first read about Prosecutor Nisman’s sudden death, I immediately thought, “He was silenced, and they’re trying to make it look like suicide.” I could very well be wrong; but in the world in which we currently live, who knows? God bless you and yours, and be safe.

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      • Kati says:

        Carlos and Mick,

        i happened to notice this in the news this morning: VIDEO: Anti Government Filmmaker and Family Found Murdered. Who Really Killed Them? January 19, 2015 By Brooke McGowan: http://blessings.buzz/2015/01/19/video-anti-government-filmmaker-and-family-found-dead-who-really-killed-them

        You are right to opine that, in the world in which we currently live, who knows? He may have been into a conspiracy theory area as he was concerned about the encroaching police state and FEMA camps…but we never really know.

        However, God IS with us.

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      • This morning the coroner reports not finding any residue in the hands of the deceased prosecutor. He allegedly shot himself with a .22 caliber handgun but managed to keep his hands 100% clean… everyone here was expecting something like that. Suicides are hard to stage.

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      • Mick, Kati & al: The biblical counsel applies here “with things to high for my understanding I do not concern myself.” This world and its madness is passing away. We have to be centered in loving our neighbors and being of good cheer because the Lord is near. I personally believe the Lord is near at this time in history but He has always been as near to us as the end of our life: Jesus is always a heartbeat away from us. My work — since the Lord seems the only one willing to hire me — is to bring more souls to him through understanding of Scripture, Tradition, Liturgy, and all the treasure the Church has been accumulating over the centuries. This is out time to shine. There will be no other time than now, we are not getting minutes added to this game. This is it. We will have to answer what have we done with our treasure whether we are a high government officer or a lowly almost insignificant peon in the great game of history. The reward is the same to all: eternal life.

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    • CrewDog says:

      ………… and if some of you folks are still living in “It can’t happen here Dream Land” then Ya better Wake-Up …. FAST! … DC, London, Paris, …. any capitol or place of wealth/power you can name down to the local level has become satan’s cesspools thanks to the removal of GOD and all the rest of the PC Madness ………….. and because citizens have allowed themselves to become helpless-n-mindless sheeple. The Founding Fathers of the USA knew that this day was coming and they did there best with The Constitution, Bill of Rights, letters and speeches……and their belief in the Almighty. The Vatican is no different than other capitols and has been a Big Fat Target of satan since Day One. There are three Sainted Popes in my life time and a possible forth if Pius XII gets the nod. None of them was able to control the immense Vatican bureaucracy or dissipate The Smoke of satan therein!
      I just finished “Joan of Arc – The Warrior Saint” a book primarily written to explain the military accomplishments of Joan … the What & How of it. In the introduction a French Army officer biographer of Joan was mentioned. He said something to the effect: “After a study of Joan one must come to the conclusion that there is a God”.
      St Joan Pray for US and guide our warriors of Faith! Amen!!

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  36. Vanessa Joy says:

    Excellent post… Thank you as we all prepare to embrace the storms not only externally, but internally. As of late, our Lord is pushing me out of my comfort zone of trusting in my “good works” and not His amazing mercy. I have seen my faults, sins and terrible shortcomings with new eyes sending me to run to confession out of deepening sorrow that I have once again wounded the heart of Jesus. I see a slight compass adjustment within. I feel a deepening distrust of myself and a vulnerability to open my heart in all its depravity, yet longing evermore to grow in purity by His grace as I yield a bit more each moment. Sometimes growing up is growing down into a deeper and holy disgust for my sins. Growing in holiness truly is getting up again and again, yet growing lower and lower again and again. A paradox indeed.

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    • kathy kalina says:

      The refiner’s fire we are all enduring was mentioned by the prophet Malachi:

      “Now I am sending my messenger—
      he will prepare the way before me;
      And the lord whom you seek will come suddenly to his temple;
      The messenger of the covenant whom you desire—
      see, he is coming! says the LORD of hosts.
      But who can endure the day of his coming?
      Who can stand firm when he appears?
      For he will be like a refiner’s fire,
      like fullers’ lye.
      He will sit refining and purifying silver,
      and he will purify the Levites,
      Refining them like gold or silver,
      that they may bring offerings to the LORD in righteousness.
      Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem
      will please the LORD,
      as in ancient days, as in years gone by.”
      Malachi 3: 1-4
      (It’s a short book – just 3 chapters. I think it sheds light on what God is doing in our time).

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      • charliej373 says:

        I liken two related verses to this, too, Kathy, to help contemplate the Lord’s tender mercy as these times surround us. First is Haggai 2:19 – Is the seed yet in the barn? Indeed, the vine, the fig tree, the pomegranate, and the olive tree have yielded nothing. But from this day on iI will bless you.”

        The second is Malachi 3:10, just a few verses after what you quote: Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.”

        Both speak to God’s promise to those who keep faith with Him.

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  37. Mrs.B says:

    Charlie,
    As I’m reading about the dreams above, it reminded me that the Lord gave me three prophetic dreams this past week. Two dreams involved friends, that I later confirmed were true. I heard the actual prayers of each friend in my dreams. One asked for a sign that she was being heard and my call about her dream, the following morning my her confirmation. The last one was a moving image of Our Lady hovering over the gulf of Mexico showing me that she is protecting it. I had the sense that she was holding something back from happening there. Does this mean anything to you? I live in the northeast, so this doesn’t mean anything to me personally. As I was coming out of the dream and slowly awakened, I felt that it was Our Lady of Tepeyac. I know you mention her on this blog, so I was unsure if this is related.

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  38. Thanks Charlie for your response above. I totally get what your saying. Thank you.
    God bless!!!

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  39. Kathy AE says:

    I loved Janet’s [Pelianito’s] entry, “Holiness is not optional…” The only real plan we can have now is literally to become holy. Recognizing our own weakness and poverty of spirit in genuine humility puts us in the best place to be filled with His strength and power to trust, take the next right step, and be a beacon of hope for those around us. Reading Janet’s entry, I thought of this excerpt from one of the SOUL FOOD talks which I gave at my church over a year ago:
    ***
    “Reading in the Spiritual Diary of Conchita, I came upon this statement by her editor/biographer, Rev. M.M. Philipon, O.P.: ‘There is not one sole form of transforming union but a thousand varieties, or rather an infinity of possible realizations, according to the creative freedom of the Spirit of God and THE VARIOUS NEEDS, ACCORDING TO THE EPOCHS, of the Mystical Body of Christ.’
    ***
    What a powerful and rich statement—we need to ponder it well. I think we all realize to some extent, at least, what he means by “transforming union”. This is the pinnacle of holiness. We associate it with the great mystics and saints of the Church; we dare not think of ourselves in their company since we imagine that we ourselves are totally unworthy of such perfection or are not called to such perfection.
    ***
    Yet the whole point of Father Philipon’s statement (as does his entire discourse on Conchita’s spirituality) is to assure us that the Holy Spirit works in His creative freedom to lead all souls to union, each soul in his unique way of holiness, ACCORDING TO THE NEEDS OF THE TIMES in which each one lives. To read of Conchita is to know her as mother, wife, grandmother, and yet led to the heights of theology and mysticism equivalent to any of the doctors of the Church, a founder of religious orders, a victim of love for the sanctity of priests and of the Church which she so loved.
    ***
    But the Holy Spirit will lead us individually and uniquely to the transforming union to which God has called us from all eternity. He knew our name before we were even formed in our mother’s womb; and He draws each of us to that union in which He says to us as in the Canticle of Canticle or Song of Songs: “How beautiful you are, how pleasing, my love, my delight!” (Song 7, 7)
    ***
    When our Immaculate Mother appeared to St. Catherine Laboure, she explained that she had so many graces for us, but that most of them remained UNCLAIMED. We do not ask, so we do not receive. If you desire holiness with all your heart, ASK that the Holy Spirit lead you to transforming union with God; then follow His lead. If you are ready to give all for the Pearl of Great Price, He will grant you your heart’s desire. God longs for you in all your uniqueness; His delight is in you. Your contributions to the Church through your holiness of life magnifies the holiness of the Church and the glory of the Blessed Trinity.”
    ***
    Holiness is what God needs from us now. United with Him there is nothing that we cannot confront and survive—even thriving in His peace throughout the horror of it all.

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    • Bob says:

      None of us want major surgery for we know that it will be painful but we want the healing which will result when it is over. None of us desire the Refiner’s fire in our lives but, pray God we are all given the grace to desire holiness and the grace of desiring to know Him as much as we can even in this life. And we do not desire the pain and suffering chastisements and major storms in our world will cause but we all know and as a confessor recently told me “the way things are now is not sustainable”, that God must act for things to improve. The only hope of the sufferings is that if we all choose to cooperate and to pray that God may find a way to bring about change with a bit less pain involved, since God desires not our pain but our purification and our holiness. So will we allow the Master to gently mold us like clay or must He chip away at us like Marble which is likely to hurt far more?

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  40. diane says:

    I recently had a friend tell me of some of her woe’s and directed her to see a priest and receive the sacrament of reconcilation – let us remember to send our family and friend, those who come to us looking for a word of hope because they see us as a pillar of faith, to confession. Confession is the best cleansing available to those who struggle and who are looking for an answer. Keep our priest busy 🙂

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  41. Wannabe a Light says:

    I am a newcomer here, and am so grateful. God Bless you Charlie and all! A brief background and a question, if I may.

    Background: husband, self and kiddos (aged 19 to 3) intensely blessed by God in spite of substantial generational brokenness on both sides of family tree and significant personal failings. We were reverts after 1st child was born. My entire life I struggle with despair/anger, other such things. As a small child I watched world at war” with my Dad (original nazi footage documenting their doings, blech). This left me greatly traumatized to this day. In spite of this, no doubt God has gently led me to know Him as the most approachable, loving Person imaginable. I hear Him encouraging me, teaching me hope and authentic joy.

    My post is to continue to homeschool, to fight fear/anxiety ( Eeyore here), and be a strong light to my husband/children, and then hopefully the wider community , not sure exactly how, as we have always struggled so just to raise our own.

    Question: Is it wrong of me to beg God for physical assistance (food, heat, protection)? I am begging foremost for our salvation, as I see it hangs by a thread due to our sinfulness. But I am also asking for gifts of physical, emotional, and psychological stability during this all. Not just for me and my family/friends, but the world, us all. I have been so bad about the Holy Face Devotion. I pray I can step it up. I can’t bear the thought of watching bad happen to my children (or others, as is currently happening, a la world at war). So I stop those thoughts and give them to God as the only present I can give Him—my dreadful fear/anxiety. A priest told me Thanksgiving is a very powerful prayer. Whenever I’m overwhelmed by fear, I start Thanking God for all He has done for me. I ponder how He is a Man of His Word, how He finishes what He starts, how He loves us and our children more than we do own selves. In all of our entire lives, through much adversity, He has been Ever Faithful. Most certainly He will see us through this, Praise God!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well Light (I cannot bring myself to address you as “Wannabe”), everything you list as asking are things it is good to ask God for. Each of those things will help you be a better sign of hope to those around you – and that is a very good thing. Now if you said you were asking Him for a new Mercedes or a million bucks, I would tell you you need to get your priorities straight. But it sounds like your priorities are straight. So with St. Padre Pio, I advise you to pray, hope and don’t worry.

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  42. ryusi says:

    Thank you Charlie for this – that we should stand our post. I am a survivor of 3 + years in a Japanese Prison Camp in Indonesia during WWII. I think I accept, more readily than those who have not had a catastrophic experience, that we can lose everything very suddenly. I have received most of the healing of Post Traumatic Stress from the sacraments and from prayer in Adoration. I converted when I was 18. I didn’t know I lived in constant fear until I received a major healing in my 30’s. Now all I want to do is run and hide when I realize bad things are going to happen because fear rises up in me even with the healings. But my husband and I help with an Adoration devotion and your advice that we should stay in our post seems like advice I should heed. I pray that God will give me the grace to have child-like trust in Him to be able to do this. Please say a prayer for me.
    God bless you and all here.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you for your fidelity and trust, Ryusi. I think those who have suffered, those who have known want, those who have already lived through sudden disaster have a leg up. They know it CAN happen overnight – and also know that we are still not left without recourse to our God. You are well positioned to be a sign of hope to those in panic because they are seeing such things for the first time.

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    • Bob says:

      Ryusi, may God give you the grace to know that He is always with you no matter what happens, and for all of us too!

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  43. vparisi says:

    This blog was timely for me- I feel the Lord is really rallying the troops. I had a dream last week about my love of wine, and to be clear, I am not a problem drinker at all but we do like to go out on weekends and I have a couple glasses of wine every weekend night. It was clear in the dream and confirmed to me praying the Rosary after Mass by an overwhelming feeling in my spirit that I was to put this aside. I spent an hour in adoration later and I really felt the Lord was saying what was ok before but not His best was no longer ok for me. I have decided to give it up through Lent at least and offer it as a fast for our times. Sober and alert maybe were what the Lord was trying to impress on me? Not sure, but my party girl days are long gone anyway! I am already feeling the fruits of my decision- some of them vain as in my weight loss plateau is now overcome and I am losing weight again and some deeper, I attended a Christian music concert this weekend with my daughter at college and the preaching and the music really spoke to me in a profound way- not sure the message would have gotten in so deep without the sacrifice. The Lord wants us locked and loaded not asleep and caught up in the world’s pleasures.

    As for Fulfillment of All Desire- awesome book, think I will re-read it! I am also feeling the call to dig deeper into the Flame of Love devotions- by a happy Godwink instance, our Parish is having a program on this in one week! The Flame of Love is the Ark for our times!

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    • kathy kalina says:

      Vparisi;

      I had a similar experience over a year and a half ago. I know it was from the Lord because I REALLY like wine, and giving it up was almost effortless.

      I was able to discern that drinking alcohol leads me to lay down my will, putting me in spiritual danger. The invitation to stop drinking came with another, to learn how to live in the Divine Will. Looking back, saying yes to those two invitations opened a door that has led to the most incredible period of spiritual growth in the 26 years since my conversion.

      If there ever was a time to be sober and alert, steadfastly holding our post in the Divine Will, this is it!

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  44. Spikenard says:

    Charlie, do you know by what chief means the devils work to come after us? Through other people who, by sin, are instruments at his use? Or temptation inside ourselves? Or circumstances?

    It also seems appropro to share a prayer with you and “Charlie’s family” here, considering the mission you seem to be in charge of and the scary times ahead. I love to say this with my children and it addresses a disposition I’d love to instill in them: Dear God, thank You for my blessings today: family, food, clothing, shelter and all the good things, like….(we fill in the good things like Mass, Communion, relative visit, pizza, etc). Thank You too for the good things we take for granted in this so spoiled world of ours, so spoiled times as ours. Thank You too for the bad things, as we are worthy of Your punishment. Please help us accept all things willingly, suffer them patiently and offer them up in the right spirit of reparation for our sins, and/or to help all those for whom we pray. I’m sorry for my sins…..and we say the Act of Contrition after an exam of conscience. There are times I’ll say the prayer with them and emphasize strongly on “spoiled world” or “thank You for the bad things” but it always seems to apply to what may have happened in the day with just the right remedy way of feeling about it. And I tell them if the punishment is more than we deserve we can offer it up for those we pray for. We have a mega list of people we pray for in our Rosary, like another member here had mentioned, a decade for a separate intention: those deceased, increase in vocations, sick and suffering, etc. From all I’ve read on saints, it seems God’s greatest friends were the victim souls that suffered for others.

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    • charliej373 says:

      The primary instrument is through our disordered passions, Spike. Yes, the devil will use other to accuse us – if he knows we get quickly and easily defensive about that. He will use other people to create dissent if we are prone to argumentativeness and cannot abide disagreement. He will frequently use other people as his instruments – but always to attack and trigger our disordered flaws. So hold fast to Christ, don’t worry overmuch about what people say about you…don’t be quick to anger at being contradicted…and you rob satan of much of his power over you.

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      • Bob says:

        Our good Bishop Herman in St Louis recently commented on how Jesus from the cross said “Father forgive them” knowing they were acting under the influence of demons in taunting him and in demanding his death. He knew the demons could not be saved but he also knew those who were acting under the influence of demons did not really understand what they were acting out of. And if someone is truly acting out of a demonically induced state it is easy for us to get angry and to react to them when we should get angry at the demons who are instigating them. So if we are being attacked in an extreme way it may be good to ask if it is the person or perhaps a demon sitting on their shoulder instigating and it may be easier to be more forgiving of their actions and to even feel some sorrow for the state they are in if we consider who may be behind it.

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        • charliej373 says:

          It has been my practice for over a decade, Bob, that when someone acts with actual malice towards me (not just a disagreement – but real malice) I always go to a Church or Shrine and light a candle on their behalf as I pray for them – and for me, that I not respond in malice. Then, if it requires action, I fight hammer and tong with them – to settle the issue, but without malice. St. Joan of Arc is one of my primary patrons.

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          • Terry O'Loughlin says:

            Charlie, one of the practical graces with which God blessed Joan in her mission to rouse the heart of France was the gift of artillery placement. It proved crucial in the victory at Orleans. One way to describe it is strategic placement. Your choice to preface your rebuttals with anti-malice prayer sounds very strategic to me.

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          • Bob says:

            Praying for them is always good, both for them and for us. Recently I had confessed several times that my heart wasn’t right toward those who were causing the disturbances in Ferguson Mo and although in truth their actions were and are bad it was the resentment in my heart and other things which needed the Master’s touch. And Bishop Herman’s reminder that they don’t know what they do and that there is often other evil behind their actions helped me to more easily let it go. thanks!

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          • Beth says:

            Random Question:
            My 20-something yo sister is “married” to her girlfriend. As a child (around 3 or 4 yo), she would put on a baseball hat backwards, wear a certain boyish outfit, and insist on being called “Johnney”. A friend also went through a “Johnney” phase as a child who is not same-sex oriented. I just read that Anjolina and Brad Pitt’s daughter is also dressing as a boy and insisting on being called “John”.

            What is this??? WHO is this? What demon is attacting our daughters/sisters??? Any insight is appreciated.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Beth, when I finally do the piece I dread on satan. I had already planned to discuss that. I will do it before I finish my retreat in the mountain.

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  45. Bob says:

    And why is it recorded that Jesus often remained silent when he was accused? It is because trying to reason with a person acting under the influence of an angry or otherwise unpleasant demon is like trying to reason with an angry drunk. It us usually better to remain silent and to pray and perhaps to pray prayers binding the actions of the demons involved, praying to St Michael, Mary or to Jesus.

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    • Pam says:

      6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that in due time he may exalt you. 7Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you. 8Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking some one to devour. 9Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experience of suffering is required of your brotherhood throughout the world. 10And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, establish, and strengthenm you. 11To him be the dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
      – It seems critical that the next line after exhorting us to be humble he mentions the devil circling, looking for someone to devour. He’s looking for PRIDE!

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  46. radiclaudio says:

    Charlie, something tells me that the death of the Saudi king and the fall of Yemen both last weekend is part of the storm. This transition of power will be a dangerous time for the royal Saudi family, therefore for the mideast and entire world.

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/01/22/king-abdullah-saudi-arabia-dead-at-0-state-tv-reports/

    Rich DiClaudio 412-613-6538 mobile 281-944-3805 office direct radiclaudio@bluetipenergy.com Veni Sancte Spiritus

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  47. johnmcfarm says:

    Speaking of demons…read this story…will give you shivers, literally a ritualistic murders to honor a demon!

    http://shoebat.com/2014/11/06/man-north-carolina-murders-two-prostitutes-eats-flesh-loves-islam-supports-islamic-jihadism/

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  48. Anne E. Olmsted says:

    Dear Ones,
    Within days after reading this post, my firing began with professional and personal attacks. Years ago I did the Flame of Love consecration; as a new Catholic from a family of mostly agnostics and atheists, I wanted to everything I could for them. Also, in my former life, I offended God ten different ways many times. So I know a little of the ‘why’ but emotionally I am filled with anxiety. In His Holy Name, thank you for allowing me to post, Anne Estelle

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