Notes From the Edge of Armageddon

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By Charlie Johnston

I am feeling a bit of a warm glow right now. The response to my piece the other day, A Joyful Noise, was amazing. I saw sites that excoriated the Pope for what seemed to be a gaffe; I saw sites that snickered with glee over the seeming insult, I saw sites that mocked everyone this side of the line between faith and the Culture of death. But this was the rare site where commenters added real wisdom to the discussion – and with compassion for all. People came at it from all angles but, for the most part, were charitable to whomever they were agitated about – recognizing the full humanity of all involved. Along the way, some deep insights were added to the discussion. Yes, big Catholic families are under constant siege from the world – and often even by their Catholic friends. But there are also large Catholic families who adopt a holier than thou attitude to Catholic families which have few children. We can all hurt each other. Let’s take more care to build each other up instead of tearing each other down.

I also have noticed that many people are now invoking a particular saint when offering prayers up for others. That actually was a part I added on to the intercession portion of the Prayer of Miraculous Trust I was given. My angel was not upset by my add-on: that was a portion that we are each called to generate individually. In fact, he was quite pleased by it. It is said that we are known by the company we keep. It seemed right to me to routinely use the whole Church – the Church Triumphant as well as the Church Militant. What better than to ask saints, who already behold the beatific vision, to join in our prayers of invocation? And now many, maybe even most of you, are doing the same thing. We are keeping good company these days.

In the song of triumph celebrating the Rescue that I was shown…the baseline ostinato (repeating pattern) of the lyrics are:

And the people of the kingdom,

And the people of heaven,

Shall rise together,

Shall rise forever,

And God shall rule.”

There is a melody I have not been shown – and won’t be – until the actual Triumph of the Immaculate Heart. But It has been striking me over the last few days that the faithful gathered here have already begun to live that prophecy – we are rising together with saints we constantly link arms with in all our prayers. In a peculiar way, I think the onset of the deepest of sorrows of the Storm is also the beginning of the Triumph. And you, my friends, are in the vanguard with me. Lord Jesus, we trust in you. Holy Mary, pray for us who have recourse to you.

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Right after the American election, I wrote here that, despite the joy many felt (including me) it did not change the fact that politics as we know it is already dead. There is no political solution to what our problems are. We must go through the instrument of the Storm to renew our culture. In America, Christians sometimes rejoice over the craven cowardice of the Republicans simply because it is so much easier to bear than the active malice and assaults we get from the Democrats. But the Republicans are not going to fix anything.

The first thing Republicans did after taking over both legislatures was scream loudly over the president’s unconstitutional executive order on amnesty for illegal aliens. (For any trolls out there who want to tell me it was actually an executive memo, I  know. But people easily understand executive orders – and the difference between the two is technical, not substantive). The second thing Republicans did was agree that they were not going to actually do anything about it. House Speaker John Boehner promised to maybe do something big at a time to be determined later.

Then, a week after the Paris Jihadist attacks, led by Yemeni-trained Islamic terrorists, the president unilaterally released five terrorists from Guantanamo Bay to be sent to Yemen. Again, Republicans squealed but again, they agreed there was nothing they could do. The president said there was no danger – that our protocols with the Government of Yemen would prevent the terrorists from going back to the battlefield. Less than a week after Obama gave that assurance and the terrorists had already been released, Jihadist savages overthrew the Yemeni Government and took over. Maybe I missed something, but I have yet to hear a Republican even ask how those “protocols” are going to work now that the Jihadists ARE the Government of Yemen. I know it is hard to keep up with all the daily disasters under this administration…but really!

The Republican House had, in the last session, passed a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks, as the science has shown that the fetal children feel agonizing pain by that point. They promised to press the issue hard after the new Congress was seated and there was a majority in the Senate as well. Sure, Obama would veto it, but it would keep the pressure on – and help people generally get a better view of the humanity of the unborn child. It was smart politics, for all polls show over 60% support for it. The support is a majority even among those who are otherwise pro-abortion. AND it draws even bigger margins of support from the young millennial cohort than among their elders. It was a no-brainer. Alas, on Tuesday at the State of the Union Speech, the president re-iterated that he would veto the bill. So, on Wednesday, demonstrating they have as much brains as they do courage, the Republicans unilaterally withdrew the bill, selling out pro-lifers, their base, the majority of voters who support the initiative – but most of all the unborn children who will have to undergo agonizing butchery as they die – without official protest or comment from the party that pledges to defend their interests. Charles Cooke of National Review writes the definitive piece on both how cowardly and stupid this was. His line about the “extraordinary incompetence” of the Republican leadership was priceless.

If you are waiting for these Republicans to defend you against the assaults of the statist left, you would have a better chance of counting on the Vichy French to protect you from the Nazis. So trust yourself to the Vichy Republicans if you must: I will trust myself to God, who I believe intends renewal to rise from the ground up. Politicians are irrelevant now. Let the dead bury their dead.

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The more I think about it, the angrier I get about the “I am Charlie” meme that popped up after the Jihadist massacre in Paris of cartoonists at a satirical magazine. No, I have not suddenly become less than the near-purist about free speech I have always been. It is not the demonstrations of solidarity I object to. What is infuriating me is that as tens of thousands of Christians and Jews have been slaughtered at an accelerating pace throughout the world over the last few years, in the most cruel and barbaric ways, both our governments and our media have counseled us that we need to be understanding and measured – and sympathize with those committing the barbarities.

But when 12 far left-wing journalists who made their living mocking Catholics, Jews and Muslims savagely are killed, suddenly the whole world (except Obama) is marching arm-in-arm in Paris proclaiming “I am Charlie.” So the Christians and Jews routinely need to suck it up when their friends and loved ones are tortured raped and butchered and keep quiet!? Where were the “I am Benjamin” or “I am a Nazarene” marches? If the elite had done something like that, taken Islam seriously, there may have never been a Paris slaughter.

Here’s an idea for the vicious left trying to ban Judeo-Christian practice: Christian Lives Matter. And as for the Jews, the slogan, “Never again!” really was meant to be operative for a little longer than 70 years.

It is going to be a shock for our government and media elites, who think they are exempt from history and that Jihadists are just coming after Christians and Jews. They’re coming for you, too. And when the walls with which you surround yourself fall to the onslaught of the savages – we Christians and Jews will actually defend you. We will NOT tell you to suck it up when your loved ones are butchered. We will not tell you you need to understand the savages trying to behead you. We will fight them, on our behalf and on yours. When we talk of solidarity, we mean it for all who face murderous aggression – whether they agree with us politically and religiously or not. Enough of the rant. I could go on all day. Christian Lives Matter. ‘Nuff said.

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Over the next few days, I will likely post briefer articles and more links. First, I have a lot of links you should take a look at. Second, I am determined to finish the piece on the nature of satan I have spoken of and struggle with before I leave these mountains. So that is the priority.

The first site I will send you to, which I am going to make a permanent link at right, is the website of Rene Gracida, who is the Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi, Texas. I first found him when he occasionally put up links to Gracidasome of my articles. A few weeks ago, he said some nice things about me. But as much as I appreciate anyone spreading some of my message, I have come to value his pieces and reprints from others. He posts almost every day – and often multiple articles. His website is titled Abyssus Abyssum Invocat, which means “Deep Calls to Deep.”

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Finally, a quote from St. Augustine which I think should be our motto and operating principle for the year:

“In necessary things, unity.

In undecided things, freedom.

In all things, charity.”

Thank you, dear readers, for beating the rush by already striving to live St. Augustine’s advice.

 

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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199 Responses to Notes From the Edge of Armageddon

  1. Gary says:

    But Charlie.. YOU ARE CHARLIE…🙌

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    • charliej373 says:

      Ha Gary…if there should be a movement of a million people marching chanting “I am Charlie” in reference to me, it would either be because I have been killed for the faith or because they have suddenly wholeheartedly embraced, life, the faith, the sanctity of marriage, and taking the next right step. If that should ever happen, it would truly be a contribution to a better world!

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  2. Donette says:

    Oh, Wow, Charley! Every word you printed in this post was a beat echoed by my heart. I had to go back and read The Preparation for the Mass of the Ages which petitioned the Most Holy Trinity using the words of Psalm 42 recited by the priest, who from the sad exile of this earth is about to ascend the mount to offer the divine sacrifice.

    “Give judgment for me O God, and decide my cause against an unholy people, from unjust and deceitful men deliver me. For Thou, O God, art my strength, why hast Thou forsaken me? And why do I go about in sadness, while the enemy afflicts me.

    Send forth Thy light and Thy Truth; for they have led me and brought me to Thy Holy hill and Thy dwelling place. And I will go in to the altar of God, to God, the joy of my youth.”

    And during the Confiteor we, Charlie, confessed to almighty God, to blessed Mary, ever virgin, to blessed Michael the Archangel, to blessed John the Baptist to the holy apostles Peter and Paul, to all the saints… … We called upon the entire Church Triumphant to aid us in this battle that we face both within and without. Few if any churches call upon St. Michael anymore. I have been fortunate to be in a parish where my pastor began the call to St. Michael more then a year ago at Mass. Those that attend that Mass truly sound once more like the militant warriors that we are called to be.

    And to make public my weakness, let me say that the words of Sarah Palin about the Republicans could have been said by me. “The problem of deflated balls does not only reside in the Patriots.”
    It could be said about many in the political arena today.

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  3. “And the people of the kingdom,
    And the people of heaven,
    Shall rise together,
    Shall rise forever,
    And God shall rule.”

    AMEN!!! Love it! Fiat!

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    • charliej373 says:

      I saw and heard it in a vision of the time of Rescue. It started soft and low…I didn’t know what it was, In fact, I was in the power of the man I call Menses in my vision. He had finally gotten me after I had worked unendingly to keep the faithful safe. I completely lost heart in my vision…just wanted him to get on with my execution and get it over with. There was a murmur at the window. He paused to go look – suddenly he was in despair. A multitude of people and saints were coming up to the big house in the mountains where he had captured me. In the vanguard, leading them, was Our Lady, suffused with joy and triumph. The chorus rose steadily and relentlessly, until the people and angels were singing it with triumphant joy. I cried copiously. I get very misty remembering that glorious, triumphant chorus.

      I certainly regard this vision as figurative but, oh, how I hope that gorgeous chorus is really sung and fills the earth at the Triumph. I am almost certain it will…and I eagerly await hearing the melody that goes with it- hopefuly sung gloriously by Our Lady, herself. You cannot imagine what a consolation this has been for me over the years.

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      • Nancy says:

        “in the mountains”–scene of the triumph?

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      • “And you shall be my people and I shall be your God.” Scripture repeats this deep cry of God’s heart over and over again. Fiat!

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      • MMBev says:

        There is no reason that we cannot each begin singing it each day to a melody that the Holy Spirit give us individually. Since the Triumph is assured, we could be in the vanguard with the angels, who I suspect are practicing it beautifully now.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Oh no, Bev…the melody of it is perfect. Now I will have to have a short video made and uploaded here where I will limp through singing it. If you are going to sing it, you must have the right melody.

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          • MMBev says:

            Right on! Go for it Charlie! Then we can all do it and be ready when the moment arrives. Can’t you just hear it! What a blast-and the angels will make the song so sweet it won’t matter if our singing isn’t quite what we’d hope.

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          • MMBev says:

            And get your trumpet ready.

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          • “…the melody of it is perfect. Now I will have to have a short video made and uploaded here where I will limp through singing it. If you are going to sing it, you must have the right melody.”

            I say, let’s do it! Sort of a trusting, prayerful, pre-emptive strike. 🙂

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          • Irish7 says:

            Yes please!!!

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          • Mick says:

            Seriously, Charlie, please do it. I would love to have the melody so that I can play it on the piano and sing the words.

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          • Kati says:

            I can’t wait to learn this. I just want to yell, “Me too….Me TOO!” This is one song that I want to begin singing NOW!!!!! Thank you AGAIN, Charlie. 😉 I will watch for you to post this video soon.

            PS Hi Bev! 🙂

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          • CrewDog says:

            Ya don’t want me singin’! The Nuns told me to Lip-Sync during choir practice ;-(
            I’m glad God gave us radios to hear singin’ on …. so I don’t have to 😉

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          • tropico129 says:

            I want to sing it!!!

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          • narnialion54 says:

            Charlie,
            I think I remember a short video on your Facebook; Abraham’s Journey, where a small group (I remember children especially) is singing it (almost like a whisper) with you. I played it over and over until I could figure out the words. I think there is a balloon that goes floating off into the sky. Anyway, I have been singing those words for about a month now to the tune (more like a chant) that was on the video. It is soooo beautiful. When I sing it I am filled with so much JOY!
            (repeating the words, in case this comment gets separated from the conversation)

            “And the people of the kingdom,
            And the people of heaven,
            Shall rise together,
            Shall rise forever,
            And God shall rule.”

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          • charliej373 says:

            Yes, it was a children’s Rosary and balloon release. It did not sound quite like I had wanted though. The children were eager, but uncertain – and the balloons were a much bigger attraction for them.

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          • fergocds says:

            Charlie, in the above post you wrote, “There is a melody I have not been shown – and won’t be – until the actual Triumph of the Immaculate Heart” but in the above comment you wrote, “…the melody of it is perfect”. Please clarify. Thanks.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Yeah, my bad…there is a melody of sorts, but it is the musical baseline. The main melody, the main song that goes over that baseline I do not know. You know three-part harmony? I got the Bass line chant – which is perfect and gorgeous in itself, but I do not have the main melody or song. Someone suggested I talk to Mark Mallett about it. I will. Who knows? Once he hears the bass line melody he may have an inspiration himself.

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        • Bob says:

          and one morning I woke up thinking of this scripture in Habakkuk Ch 2 vs. 14.
          “For the earth will be filled With the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, As the waters cover the sea.”
          I too have lost my faith on politics long ago after Bush’s promise to add more pro life judges to the court and how impossible it was. But as earth as a whole has never seen a major triumph of grace, with always weeds among the wheat with the weeds seeming always to have more stature and notice, humanly I can’t conceive of such a thing, but hope anyway for any work of grace which God wishes to manifest, and especially that He may weaken the power of evil.

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      • Mary-Louise says:

        Charlie, you describe “Our Lady, suffused with joy and triumph,” coming to the Rescue.

        Dare I ask, what did she look like? Like Our Lady of Tepeyac? I remember the description in my Scriptural Rosary book (forget where in the Bible), “Fair as the moon, resplendent as the sun, terrible as an army with banners…” I have always loved the different images of Mary.

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        • charliej373 says:

          She always appears the same to me…but I think she can take on various aspects, staying within a general range, depending on what culture she appears to and for what purpose. I wrote a physical description of her once for one of my priests, but you will forgive me if I refrain here. I know I described Gabriel physically – but that is just because he is sometimes so comical with his hairstyles. I am a little concerned that, the last few years, his hair has been much more conventional. Maybe he was just tired of my teasing (though he seemed amused) – but maybe because it is “go” time. All creation is girding its loins.

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      • Becky-TN says:

        Read this post earlier this morning, Charlie. Started pondering…..

        You mentioned in a post months back that a time would come that during the worst of the Storm, you would “want, wish, ask for” (can’t remember the word you actually used) death, but it would not come. Is this maybe the reason why?? You will be blessed with actually the above (though, for the record, I don’t one bit like the Menses part!!!!)

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      • SteveBC says:

        Charlie, one of your biggest “helps” to all of us is your statements that there will be a Triumph, or that God wins, and so on. This is a lovely addition to that set of contributions to us.

        You know, I’ve always wondered why the Shrine is to be at Mt. Meeker in Colorado. It could be anywhere, and arguably should be elsewhere, Fatima, Garabandal, Medjugorje, Rome, Jerusalem, and so many other sites. Yet it’s to be Mt. Meeker.

        It would seem here in this vision that the Triumph is sourced in “the mountains” but perhaps the mountains here are actually the slopes of Mt. Meeker. Keep up your helps to us, and we will all be in that crowd. 🙂

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        • charliej373 says:

          Steve, the main feature of Fatima, Lourdes, Medjugorje and Garabandal BEFORE events transpired there were that they were all remote, boring hamlets in which nothing ever happened of note. The answer to your question is not to think of them after they became internationally known, but ask the question that contemporaries of the event asked (and used as an argument why they couldn’t be true): Why backwards Lourdes instead of Rome or Jerusalem? Why Fatima….and on and on.

          So the answer to your question is that God obviously has a thing for remote outposts that few have ever even heard of. I don’t know why Mt. Meeker – but it does fit His well-established pattern in these latter-day times.

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          • Kim says:

            Mt. Meeker is truly a very special place. I too have wondered “Why Mt. Meeker? and pondered what glorious things may take place there! It is remote & very beautiful, the stunning “Chapel on the Rock” is located there and it brings to mind “Upon this rock I’ll build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Not to mention that Mt. Meeker is pretty close to being located at the center of the America’s.

            That Chapel holds a special place in my heart. We came upon the Chapel on the Rock by accident 4 or 5 years ago during a very dark time for our family as one of my children was severely depressed. My husband had a conference in Estes Park and we made our teenage son go with us as we could not trust him to be alone. We went for just a random drive in the mountains, trying to find some peace from the pain we were all going through. All of a sudden our son said “I know this place, there’s a church up here somewhere that you would really like”. Sure enough the road we were on led right to the church. I was in awe of that church built on that rock, I had never heard of it or seen it. The Church doors were open but there was not another soul around the whole time we were there. I can tell you there were some very heartfelt prayers said in that church, from some very distraught parents and I did not want to leave. There is just something special and loving and peaceful about that church! My son took pictures of that beautiful church for us that day, and they are displayed on our wall as a remembrance of that day and of the hope and peace we felt there.

            My husband and I have went there yearly since then, but the church has always been locked. This past fall my husband had another conference in that area. We called and invited my son to join us and go hiking for the day. He did join us but we realized he was really struggling again in a way that we had not seen for a long time. I was completely distraught again and so so worried and heartbroken. Our son left that evening, I could not sleep all night and the next day we went to the Church on the Rock. This time once again the church doors were open!! This time quite a few people were there coming and going, so we prayed and then went outside. I did not want to leave yet so I wandered over to the area where the large statue of Jesus is on the hill and where people place flowers etc. I really felt drawn to pray there and make a small cross on the ground for some reason (do you know if there is a specific reason people place flowers and such things there in that spot).

            Anyways….. while we were outside I could hear music playing. It was playing very softly kind of like not being able to tell if the music is within you or where exactly it is coming from because it is clearly there but then not completely there, if you know what I mean. It was beautiful church music but kind of mournful. It seems I was the only one that could hear it… so I don’t know exactly what that means but……. I know at the time it helped me find some peace knowing that God was indeed involved with everything that was going on. It may have also been a reminder….. that I had completely placed all my children under the loving care of Jesus and the mantel of Mary and I was not holding up my end of the bargain again!

            Charlie, your mountain is such an amazing place. To be honest we considered moving somewhere around the Allenspark area but that doesn’t really seem very feasible and God seems to want us to be right here for now.

            God Bless Charlie, and thank you to all those that post comments here. I learn so much from everybody.

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          • charliej373 says:

            There is clearly something special about it. One of my brothers who has struggled with some personal issues brought me to Colorado when I finally came to settle there – with his fiancé in their motor home. This brother is a kind soul, but he had many struggles and really had many doubts about what had gone on with me. It is natural to doubt, but people who are very close to me also almost uniformly say there is something very different about me…so for this brother, it was a torment. He was not comfortable with dismissing my situation, but he was not comfortable accepting it either. He went wandering off by himself for a while as his fiancé and I chatted in a shady spot. When he came back, his face was white and he was so obviously shaken his fiancé asked him what was the matter. He hemmed and hawed for a bit…and finally said that, while he was walking, a voice said plainly to him, “From this mountain I will renew the faith of the world.”

            One might say it is an overheated imagination – but he has been pretty doggone steady since that visit.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Charlie, that is a *very* good point. He also was born into a manger, so He really does seem to prefer the quiet, humble areas and situations, and they always surprise so many of us. You’d think we’d catch on by now, but we keep looking for pageantry, even as He demonstrates the humility He is trying to get us to learn. And your brother’s report of what he heard is good reason to believe that something will happen there that will be unmistakable even to me.

            Kim, thank you so much for telling your story to all of us. It really lends credence to what Charlie is saying here, and it was kind of you to pass it along to us. I hope you have some peace on this issue these days.

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  4. Jacquie says:

    I saw that piece in the paper. The Republicans sold out our babies! And why? It was clearly stated in the article that it was because they were worried about getting enough votes for reelection! How much lower can we as a country go? Yes, Charlie you are so right in your article.

    It doesn’t matter if Obama vetoes it. We as a country need to to show our God that we don’t want abortion!
    I’m so angry right now…..gggggrrrrrr. I want to say more but GA says I’m done. 😏. I might start calling them cowards or self service industry but that wouldn’t be making nice….
    Jacquie

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    • charliej373 says:

      Restraint is good, Jacquie, but it is hard for me to believe that calling a brazen coward a coward is a terrible offense. IN this case, it actually seems like a bit of an understatement.

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      • Judy says:

        I have come to believe that almost all are cowards in the Republican controlled Congress and it is very hard to witness. No, the landslide by the Republicans has incredibly seems to have effect on the trajectory of the nation. So, they will not take action for the Good if they think O will try to veto. Then, why do they think that they were elected??? It is expected that they would raise their voices and try. Take a stand! With a little faith, God might arrange for the rest to all work out. ..There may be a small group in Congress recently elected who are trying to do the right thing, but it does not look like it will come to pass and I am no longer hopeful. I am very sadly watching my country die before my eyes. Besides the incredible internal problems, I feel we are prime for an attack from terrorists because we have no strong leadership, as well as open borders. Our enemies know it and will take advantage and will probably hit the targets they tried to hit in 2011 because these are so well known and centers of power in the USA….. We are also a nation divided and fighting among ourselves. The division is almost 50 / 50. As for the Storm, I will do my best. I am very tired have certain symptoms. I may seek some time in the hospital next week if the symptoms do not let up. At the right time the Blessed Mother may advocate to give me some energy, healing, and wisdom through the grace of God the Father and Son, and and anointing of the Holy Spirit. She has done it before for very brief periods….so that I might go to conferences that she surely wanted me to be able to attend. If it is God’s will, it will happen again for a longer period. I think that this will be true for all of us. We will all need her great love and protection, through the graces of God, so that we may be witnesses for Christ. I pray that I may never fail Him when there is the greatest need to hold fast to Truth.

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        • Now all the GOP has to do is to nominate Terry Schiavo’s “keeper” the Catholic former governor of Florida who allowed her to die of thirst while having a good number of GOP members in Congress, his brother in the presidency, and a good number of favorable judges in the Supreme Court. I won’t even write his name here but it starts with J like in Judas. Forgive my being so “judgmental” about it.

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          • charliej373 says:

            In speaking of final things, the Lord tells us to judge not lest we be judged. In speaking of earthly things, the Lord tells us to judge righteous judgment. You have fully obeyed His commands here, Carlos.

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      • Susan says:

        Charlie thank you very much for your writings. I am a mother of 10, grandmother of 4 (1 little angel in heaven born at 18wks). Getting all the news of the Republican sell out, my heart is broken as I sit here in the NICU watching our 23wk grandson fight for his life. I’d like to invite our elected officials to join me here. My consolation is Our Blessed Mother, holding us together as she joins us at the foot of our cross. God have mercy on us all.
        Peace.

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    • CrewDog says:

      Jacquie,
      DC is a cesspool and probably always has been! Before God was removed from the Public Square 50+ years ago there was, at least, some decency and and fear of Divine Retribution … or at least retribution from decent citizens. PC and the societal corrosion of these past decades has essentially silenced the decent and the Federal/State Bureaucracy has become so massive-n-corrupt that nothing less than a Civil War/Revolution will correct this unhappy situation. I’m sure Ya didn’t, really, need Charlie or the rest of The Watchmen to tell you that some kind of Storm would come. Human History, Scripture and Our Founders warned US long ago. Change the above wording a bit and Same-Same for the States of former Christendom ;-( GOD & Grassroots Community is the only answer …. just like in the past …………. but this time We Hope-n-Pray that the Triune God gets involved in a Big-n-Obvious Way as was the case in ancient Israel!
      GOD SAVE ALL HERE!

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      • Jacquie says:

        Thanks CrewDog…It was so disheartening to see the small amount of pressure by the pro-abort lobby cause Republicans to cave. Sickening! As it is no other reason save their own skin. As Charlie says….that will not stand but I grieve in the meantime for the tortured babies.
        No, I did not need any watchdog to tell me that justice is coming but as usual Charlie has a way of putting things into an additional perspective. So important now, to give Hope where we can. It doesn’t seem like much but Charlie says it is very important. So I am obedient where possible.
        God Bless You,
        Jacquie

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  5. Jacquie says:

    But your writing is sublime and fills my spirit with good. I’m very upset about being sold out but I needed to take to heart your words and not get on a rant. God Bless You and thank you, very much. 😊

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  6. Mick says:

    Vichy Republicans… If that weren’t so tragic, it would be funny.

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  7. Donette says:

    Charlie, I was thinking about your being in the power of a man you call Menses. Isn’t that the name of an organization of “brainy people”, who think of themselves as intellectuals? The symbolism of the name acted as a possible link as to some of our problems today.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Actually, Donette, the name of that organization is Mensa. But you are right to note there is a great similarity there – similar enough that I am glad I did not accept invitations to join. It seemed a silly, pretentious organization to me even when I was rather pretentious myself.

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      • MMBev says:

        One of the best things you’ve said! When a person has to join an organization to let the world know the wonderful gift that GOD BESTOWED on them, you’re belly crawling.

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  8. Donette says:

    I should have added to my reply that Faith and Love always triumph over the pride of intellectualism.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Yeah, the satan is sublimely brilliant. Yet he cannot contain his malice, even when he knows it will do him great damage. He would rather see a person suffer agony and himself lose much in the process than to advance his cause but not torture humans.

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  9. Centurion_Cornelius says:

    WOW! as usual, Charlie, you blasted one “out of the park” with this one!

    Let me add my .02 by agreeing with you 110%. It seems everyone is caught up in this sports mentality of “beat the other team,” or “yay, go team.” The Ds did this, so the Rs gotta do that. (ad infinitum) Pretty juvenile if you ask me and totally unproductive to boot. Utter nonsense.

    Why waste one millisecond of your precious time here on earth fooling around in a child’s sandbox of today’s pop culture. It’s like walking down the midway of the County Fair and on opposite sides you’ve got competing carnies bellowing at you: “Step right up….win yourself a prize. A winner every time.”

    Can we even imagine our Blessed Lord sitting down with The Twelve each night around a fire and grousing: “Diya see what Pontius Pilate did today?” or “Whoa! see what Caiaphas said to Annas at the Temple today? I’m gonna fix them….” THAT, dear friends, is politics. Our Lord saw through it all. Steer way clear of it. Your time, energy, and efforts will be wasted.

    Charlie keeps us focused on what counts: The Father’s will as always expressed by Jesus.

    Each of us has such a wealth of talent (hidden or otherwise) to enrich The Church. Every day our actions and restraints should focus on furthering The Kingdom. Let us act as Christ wants us to act daily. St. Augustine’s words are priceless, as are words of our “Little Flower:

    “I can nourish myself on nothing but truth”
    ― St. Thérèse de Lisieux

    …and TRUTH is not a country, is not a political party, is not a media–it is a person–Jesus Christ.

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    • Paul says:

      Excellent Cornelius…and always excellent, Charlie

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    • SwampYankee says:

      Cornelius: That was a great statement. I get caught up the politics of the day and just end up chasing my tail over this or that. Stupid. You are right, we don’t read in the Bible where Jesus complained about some new dictate from Pilot or the political games played by the Temple priests. He let them play checkers while he played chess. Thanks for that.

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      • “My Kingdom is not of this world…” It is a mistake to seek a political solution to a spiritual problem. Jesus we trust in you! Take care of everything!

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        • jaykay says:

          Thank you Centurion Cornelius and you other three for really putting it in perspective for me. Over here in Ireland we’ve had abortion literally foisted on us by a totally rigged-up process, based on lies – yes, actual lies – about one particularly unfortunate case, and now the next thing will be gay “marriage”. It is literally breathtaking how swiftly this has all come about. It’s so easy to give in to bitterness and nasty carping – one of my weaknesses – rather than just trusting and giving good witness. So I’m going to remember what you just said in the increasingly difficult months ahead, and try to live up to it. J.

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          • jaykay says:

            I was feeling pretty down yesterday, and maybe that comment reflects that – although I genuinely want to avoid the self-referential trough of bitterness. And then… today’s Mass readings! The sinful city, Nineveh, dons sackcloth and repents, and is spared; St. Paul reminds the Corinthians not to become engrossed in the world, because the world “as we know it” is passing away. And finally, in the Gospel, Jesus proclaims that the Kingdom is at hand, and calls us to repentance (although John is is prison, where of course he will be killed because of his witness). And there was a wonderful post-communion reflection in the Mass leaflet about dealing with the World but not getting overwhelmed by it or accepting its false premises. I think I’ve regained a much better sense of balance now, and all through Mass. Now was that not a gentle prompt from Somebody, or what? 😊 So have a blessed Sunday, everybody, and may God guide us all during the week… to take the next right step!

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  10. radiclaudio says:

    Thank you Charlie. Excellent, uplifting, and heartwarming post and replies once again. I love you all my brothers and sisters in Christ and feel your faith, charity, insights and joy sustain me much as I pursue the deeper love of Christ he calls us all to with Him.

    In spirtual direction yesterday the priest challenged me to go deeper in my efforts to know Christ. To stop dancing around the edge of His invitation to know and love Him more fully. I ask you all to pray for me that I am shown the way by our Lady and the Holy Spirit to do this. I want it so much but am not sure of the way. The priest said I have to stop managing Christ like it’s my company and surrender fully to Him. Pray for me for the strength to get out of my own way. Come O Eternal Wisdom, Come. Please come to us.

    Next, my wife and i were near the front of the March in DC this week. What a beautiful day. After Wednesday shameful failure to even symbolically take a stand I recognize that a solution to the horrible self inflicted scourge that is abortion will not come politically, but rather spiritually. I prayer when the Storm is over so is abortion. How could it not be?

    At the end of the March, Carole and i watched the scrum with the NOW women, and listen to the Silent No More people’s moving stories of conversation and mercy in front of the supreme court steps, and then we headed over to the Russell building to meet with some congressmen and senators. But we were so upset with them and no longer see them as a solution so when we got there we decided to skip those meetings (in past years we always left them feeling very much handled, managed, and moved on) so we instead stood on the steps of the Russell and watched for almost 2 hours as the joyful, youthful, unashamedly God loving crowds marched by. Many many many Catholics, with many denominations mixed in all arm in arm. Our hearts sang with joy and love of God. Short of the Mass, this seemed a small glimpse of heaven. We were grateful for it and hope that memories of it help sustain us in the thick of the storm. It really was beautiful. I wish you all had been there with us.

    Finally, I have been following the death of the Saudi king and the fall of Yemen last week with some interest. I sense those events are somehow linked and mark an intensified of the storm. Thoughts?

    TJTM, Rich

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    • charliej373 says:

      Hey Rich, sounds to me like you have a very wise priest director there. Follow his advice and don’t worry too much about having tried to manage the Spirit instead of letting It manage you. I think the toughest thing sometimes is to “be still and know that I am God,” as the Lord says. Even when I got back from my pilgrimage, my nature is that I always want to be doing something – and the Lord sometimes wants me to be still when I want to be wiggling. So he gave me opportunities to learn patience. You can feel guilty about not doing what you think you should sometimes…when the Lord actually wants you to be still for a time. That’s what makes it so hard. You think what you want is the “right thing to do” rather than knowing that what the Lord wants of you at any time is actually what the right thing to do is. Let Him show you. Somehow, I think that is critical for all of us in these times. Quit wiggling and listen for the thousand little whispers each day.

      Abortion will be over before the Storm is. People will already have come to see that abortion is part of the toxic fruit we sowed that has produced such a bitter harvest.

      “Nations will fall…” Yes, the death of the Saudi king and the fall of Yemen are linked to the intensifying Storm.

      “Wait on the Lord. Be of good courage and He will strengthen thine heart. Wait, I say, on the Lord.” – Psalm 27, closing verse.

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      • radiclaudio says:

        Thank you Charlie, for the confirming good advise. I will honestly try to stop wiggling, be still, be quiet, and listen. It will be a miracle, but I trust in God!

        Thank you also for the uplifting info about abortion’s end. Thank God!

        I hope your retreat in the woods is going well. TJtM, Rich

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      • ` says:

        Over and over your words keep singing in my ears! How LONG we have waited for that moment! It takes my breath away. Oh, Charlie! Oh, everyone!

        “ABORTION WILL BE OVER BEFORE THE STORM IS.”

        “ABORTION WILL BE OVER BEFORE THE STORM IS.”

        “ABORTION WILL BE OVER BEFORE THE STORM IS.”

        I want to make huge posters, enormous banners, have planes dragging the message behind them! Before the Storm is over abortions won’t exist any more.

        “ABORTION WILL BE OVER BEFORE THE STORM IS.”

        Oh dear God, that is worth dying for.

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  11. Carolyn C. says:

    Thank you, Charlie, for sharing the lyrics to the song. I will memorize them, how’s that?, but I won’t sing them …yet. 😊 Going to the Adoration Chapel before Mass this morning – you will be especially in my prayers that you can write your piece to share with us.

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  12. donna269 says:

    Charlie: thinking of your hymn, my mind went right to the ending of the Broadway play, Les Mis…
    that fantastic ending:

    Do you hear the people sing!
    Singing the song of angry men?
    It is the music of the people
    Who will not be slaves again!
    When the beating of your heart
    Echoes the beating of the drums
    There is a life about to start
    When tomorrow comes!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Ah, Donna, I have already been there in spirit when this rises. There is nothing angry about it…no hint of the petty but often savage human triumphalism so common to earthly victories. In this, there was overjoyed relief, triumph, jubilation, joy at being rescued through Our Queen…the joy of a kidnapped child being re-united with his loving parents.

      I know it was symbolic in its imagery, but I am sure it was entirely true in how it will feel…on how WE will feel at that moment.

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  13. Meriadoc says:

    “There is no political solution to what our problems are.”

    I’ve been saying this for many years. I’m glad I found your site, Charlie. It’s a “clean, well-lighted place” in the encroaching darkness. A beautiful dawn will come, but grave trials await us. It’s good to know that we’re not alone.

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  14. the phoenix says:

    “But there are also large Catholic families who adopt a holier than thou attitude to Catholic families which have few children.”

    It’s far more of a challenge being a single woman. In the past, I’ve prayed to God asking if He would exchange the gifts He’s given me for family, friends, and a normal life instead. The answer has been no.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Ha, Phoenix…back in the early 90s, I was walking through a waiting room and saw a TV spot from the Oprah Winfrey Show asking single mothers to give a call if they wanted to talk about their trials in a future show. It struck me the wrong way, so I called and said, “Hey, I know we are rare, but signle father face a few challenges, too. Why don’t you talk about the challenges PEOPLE face rather than group grievances?” So the producer invited me on the show. A year later they called me and asked me to do another show.

      Sometime after that, I was griping to some people at work about sappy homilies…and irritably said Mass should be an encounter with Christ, not an encounter with Oprah. One of the women who was a close friend, smiled and asked with sweet sarcasm, “And how many times have you been on Oprah now, Charlie?” My face reddened and I huffed, “Well, you know what I mean.” My friends love to ruin my rants with a well-placed jab. I would get irritated, but I love the artistry of a well-placed jab.

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      • MMBev says:

        Some years back I began to notice something new taking place in the Church. I bet every person here can relate. There are certainly a goodly number of “single” moms or dads, raising children. But there seem to be more and more single, single people called to remain single, without that necessarily being their original intention. Years ago they became sisters or brothers, like my brother. Now they are single in the world. At the beginning of this adventure they are wringing their hands over what their vocation is. Marriage, Priesthood, what!? Often I have seen them struggle and struggle, desperately trying to find God’s will for their lives. Well, turns out it is to be single, loving and faith-filled in the Church, living an example at their jobs in the world, or selecting jobs with less pay than the world would offer to provide for needs God has drawn them to. It seem sort of brand new. I have not seen as many men as women, but I could be just short sighted. At least five of the women that I know have caught on. They realize their vocation is what they are living….and find joy. Men struggle harder before acceptance. They’ll each ask me privately to pray that they will find their vocation, and I always agree, with the comment that perhaps they already have.

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      • Irish7 says:

        Do you have clips of this? Pleeeeaaaasssseee?!?!! 😎

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  15. Donette says:

    Hurry up Charlie. Upload that music you promised. We need to begin to practice.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Sorry Donette, it won’t be for about a week. I have no reception in the mountains, so I can’t upload anything here – and I would prefer to have it done by someone who can do it with reasonable quality.

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  16. Lyle Metsker says:

    Charlie, in your post, you mentioned that “House Speaker John Boehner promised to maybe do something big at a time to be determined later.” Well, earlier this week it was announced that Boehner had, without involvement from the White House, invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress in March regarding the Iranian threat.

    According to Haaretz, Obama’s team is livid with the Israeli leader for accepting, and quoted them as saying, “He spat in our face publicly and that’s no way to behave. Netanyahu ought to remember that President Obama has a year and a half left to his presidency, and that there will be a price.” Haaretz also reported that Obama had directly warned Netanyahu to stop urging U.S. lawmakers to back legislation teeing up new sanctions against Iran and that the president will not meet with Netanyahu when he makes his visit.

    Charlie, this reminded me of one of your quotes in Spirit Daily when you said, “Because of a mistake in judgment by America (the president), the wrath of the nations will come against America. This will mark the beginning of a sudden and dramatic economic collapse that America will never fully recover from. The sphere of influence will shift from America to Europe. Economic disaster will engulf the whole world.”

    Not meeting with Netanyahu in March could just possibly be that mistake in judgment!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Ha Lyle! There are so many mistakes in judgment in the government these days that trying to figure out which one triggers chaos – even after it happens – would be like trying to isolate which particular snowflake started the avalanche.

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      • Mary says:

        Given that all of this is coming, I am prayerfully trying to discern what to do with a little extra money that I have saved. Over and above my tithe there are some needs that I could help with. Mark Mallett says that the government will confiscate our savings accounts in one of his writings. If that is true, I suppose I should step out in faith. I would appreciate your thoughts. And thank you so much for your writings, they have encouraged me beyond words.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Mary, though the signs are all around us, I still really urge you to keep enough to care for yourself and pay your debts in the unlikely event it turns out that people like me are, actually, mistaken. If you have extra that you can afford, I recommend three possible thoughts…

          1) If there is a priest you really trust or a social group you are deeply involved in, ask quietly if there is someone or some family that is facing some significant difficulty…and if so, give some help anonymously (taking care to make sure they get the money). Direct help for those you know who are in trouble is an underrated effort in these days when people, like Ebenezer Scrooge before his visitation, ignored the needs around him thinking it the government’s business. When you give to these quietly the Lord will reward you openly.

          2) There are several organizations listed at the right of this page in the links under the “Go Forth” section. They are all doing good work without vainly sounding the trumpet of how great they are. For each of them I have some direct experience and know that if you give them a little, it will go to those who need it – and not to stroke the ego of some twit who wants to feel good about how noble and heroic he or she is for administering a charity.

          3) I am going to add the New York-based Sisters of Life to the permanent links under the Go Forth column. I met a bunch of the sisters about a year and a half ago, including the Mother Superior of one of the houses, when they were on a retreat at the Shrine I often go to Daily Mass at. They were wonderful, joyful, completely devoted to helping mothers under pressure to get an abortion and helping to rescue fetal children. Just days after the Republicans betrayed those children (and I specify the Republicans and not Democrats because the GOP promised to defend what the Democrats seek relentlessly to destroy), it would be so nice for them to get a little bump in donations to help save some of those children.

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  17. diane says:

    To the Church Militant – Love and blessing to all – Praise be to Our Lord Forever!
    I was reading the first part of the writing to my husband about the Church Triumphant and he said you sounded like St. Thomas Aquinas:) He rarely pays attention to what I say about the coming Storm, but he is starting to perk up a bit. But my, my kudos to you, St. Thomas Aquinas is a great writer and the Doctor of Angels.
    One interesting law i note is that in the State of Florida is that when a mother looses a baby (Stillborn) after 23 weeks pregnance we (Funeral Home) have to bring the baby into our care and file a fetal death certificate. Generally, the parents are very upset at their loss and treat the loss with dignity and love. Unfortunately, if the baby is earlier than the 23 weeks, we never hear about the loss. I always found if fascinating that a 23 week preganacy is recognized by law as a death and still…oh the sadness of our world.
    in 2006 I was able to understand that the very earth was covered in darkness and perceived angels
    lifting the darkness as if like a blanket and pulling it away from the earth. And as that Blanket of evil was lifted many things were revealed that I believe are being revealed now. The true colors of our representives and showing up quite brightly now that the cloak of evil is torn away. Better to let the law go that to fight for the lives of our babies.
    Upon perceiving that image I was given a prayer that I still pray often and have passed it on to others.
    May the veil of oppression be lifted from the earth, may the darkness be shattered.
    So that the Holy Spirit can decsend upon the hearts of all mankind. And every knee will bend and every head will bow at the name of Jesus Christ, the true Divine Son of God, who is the Way the Truth and the Life. Our only hope and salvation.
    As the veil if lifted and the darkness is shattered, may Mary the Mother of God command St. Michael the arch angel and his mighty army of angels to gather together the unleashed spirits and send them to the foot of the cross of her Son Jesus, so they may no longer harm God’s creation.

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    • Judy says:

      I lost a baby very early on, maybe at just a few weeks. If often have thought about why there are no religious services for these souls. Lately I have been wondering what name I would given him or her, and I will make that decision. When I meet him / her, I would like that soul will have a name in advance of the meeting. 🙂

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      • Mick says:

        Judy, we lost two little ones early. We have named them already: Francis Mary (just to cover both bases), and Philomena Marie Therese. Even though there were no religious services for our babies, there is a pregnancy bereavement apostolate run by a lady from our parish. They have a columbarium at a local cemetery, and parents can have engraved upon it the names of their children who died in utero. It’s such a comfort to me, knowing that there’s a memorial to them and to the other little ones whose parents love and miss them. Oh, how joyful will be the reunion on the other side!

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        • Judy says:

          Mick: I have already chosen a girl’s name (Lauren…meaning Victory of wisdom) and a boys’s name, Colin (meaning victory). Names appropriate for the times. Who knows? I might have conceived twins. 🙂

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          • MMBev says:

            Judy, our children know each other.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Bev, sometimes you are right on, sometimes you are way out in left field…and sometimes you stagger me with your simple, but deeply profound insight. You staggered me with this.

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          • Irish7 says:

            I hope they are laughing and playing with my Micah Joy.

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          • barb129 says:

            And perhaps they know our Anthony Mark who we lost in my fifth month. I cried too about my baby not being baptized but several years later I read a quote from St. Bernard of Clairvaux to a mother who had lost a baby before baptism….St. Bernard said, “Your faith spoke for this child. Baptism for this child was only delayed by time. Your faith suffices. The waters of your womb — were they not the waters of life for this child? Look at your tears. Are they not like the waters of baptism? Do not fear this. God’s ability to love is greater than our fears. Surrender everything to God.”
            I love this and I love thinking that our children in heaven know each other….

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          • Fran says:

            Like you ladies, I’ve had miscarriages and then also a stillborn baby who had Trisomy 18, when I was in my 8th month. I named them Steven, Joshua, and Frank. Now I have a grandchild recently miscarried too. Barb, I love the quote by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux. I’ve always believed this was true, and in praying for something in “God’s time” as Bev said. So, I can pray about something that has happened in the past, because in “God’s time” it is always present. The mercy of God simply stuns me. It is also a very profound thought to perceive how all of our children in heaven already know each other, and we are just getting to know each other through this very imperfect, human means of communication. It lifts the veil… just a little.

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          • Andy H. says:

            And my Leah, who died at age 17 months after her short life long battle of Aicardi Syndrome.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Prayers for the soul of Leah, who undoubtedly is watching over and guiding you right now, Andy.

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      • MMBev says:

        Me too. Very very early on. I chose a name that would suit a boy or a girl. I was beside myself that my baby had not been baptized. Then I figured that I am mostly water, so I prayed in God’s “now” and baptized my baby. After all, my child was emersed in water, and God can do anything. If nothing else He could call it baptism of desire, because He certainly knew my desire.

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    • Mary Ann says:

      Diane, I am so glad to know that Florida does that. In our diocese, the remains of 20+ week old miscarried babies are (but only if the family wants) kept by the Catholic hospital and then buried all together in one casket once a quarter in a special service in a Catholic cemetery, a service led by a lady waving hyssop branches of (presumably) holy water. I love that they have a burial for these remains, but if they are remains they deserve a Catholic burial service. And why the 20 week cutoff?

      I have given retreats for parents with miscarriage loss. The effects are real, and impact parents individually, marriages and siblings, but too often even Catholic hospitals have no way to properly treat either the remains or the family. It is a ripe field for pastoral workers, and, I would hope, deacons at least, if not priests.

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  18. Judy says:

    Phoenix, I understand that the challenges of being a single Christian (probably Catholic) woman are very big in the current environment and it often feels like a lonely life. To many you stand out as an oddity, and I understand that feeling completely because I feel it, too, very often. But consider that God’s answer might be “Wait just a little more”. God has wonderful plans for you, just as He has for me and everyone else who give their ‘fait’ to Him and to Our Blessed Mother. Trust is often hard when we do not see the path before us, but there is a path made just for each one of us. Each of us has a role to play. May God bless us all to see that role clearly, and may he give us the faith to stay true to it.

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    • the phoenix says:

      Judy — Thank you for your thoughtful reply. I suppose I’ve been very naive over the years thinking that being a Catholic was enough in common with other Catholics in a parish so that if you reached out, joined groups, went to Donut Sunday after Mass, surely you would find someone to be friends with, and that being married, single, number of kids, or no kids, shouldn’t matter because we are all part of the Mystical Body of Christ. What I learned after having been rejected by clique after clique is that it was a far better use of my time to go out alone into nature with my camera after Mass rather than show up at Donut Sunday where people would talk around me rather than with me. I think I’ll show up at the next Mass wearing my artist clothes.

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      • Judy says:

        Phoenix: We have a Mardi Gras (not completely sure of spelling) celebration scheduled soon at the church. I will not go since I will have to go as a single, divorced woman and I am sure it will be all couples since there is a band. I was single for a long time and I have an idea of what you are feeling. (I married around late age 29 and divorced around age 38 largely due to the persistent alcoholism of my spouse; my toddler deserved a more Christian life, and even my priests told me that as they learned details. I do not think that people look down upon you in the least. I just think they do not understand where you are at. But, truly, I know that God has a marvelous plan for you and at the end of that road there is joy beyond our imagining. Maybe we will meet there one day. 🙂 By the way, I find the older women in the church prayer groups are often very wise and welcoming. Perhaps they are not your age, but they can be wonderful friends. I am sending you a big hug because I completely understand where you are and what you are feeling.

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        • the phoenix says:

          Judy – In my younger days, I’ve been known to attend Irish festivals dressed head-to-toe as a leprechaun, complete with a blackthorn walking stick that I purchased in Ireland. Whenever the band played a reel or a jig, I would get up and dance in front of the crowd. It was either that or hide under the bed waiting for a man who never showed up to safely walk me out to the car in the parking lot. There were men who were interested, but I insisted on following the teachings of the Church.

          I’m sorry to hear of your divorce but glad to hear that you and your toddler went on to a better Christian life with the help of good, sound spiritual direction… putting God first is so important! 🙂

          Whether people are looked down upon or are simply not understood … the result is the same: being unacceptable to society. Apparently, people do not want to take the time to understand or get to know anyone who is different.

          As for my age … I’m not young. But I still dance. There’s even a YouTube video … 😉

          Thanks again for your kind words.

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      • MMBev says:

        In an earlier comment, I spoke of exactly what you are experiencing. Some of the women who have realized their vocation, meet together for various reasons. Prayer, a retreat they set up, pizza, to go the Wild Life Park……….in other words, a variety of social and prayerful activities. Even a good (did I really say that?!) movie occasionally happens. Maybe look around and see if you can spot any. Catholic school teachers and young women in the Chancery seem to fall into this category.

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  19. Mary Ann says:

    Phoenix, i would like to thank you and other single Catholic women for your witness. Many Catholic women, rightly taking their inspiration from matrimony, nevertheless, in an interpretation of submission that is entirely fundamentalist (and, I think, often carried over by converts), deny their own identity, or suppress it, or find it too much in their husband or in their role. (And then they blog, but that’s another story). You are a witness to the individual identity and mission of every woman on her own, as a human being called by God, with a strength and holiness and purpose which should be brought to marriage (or not) and not just found within it. Thank you.

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    • CrewDog says:

      In my limited experience as a long divorced man, I’ve found that Catholic Churches do not do a good job of dealing with singles be they never married, divorced or widowed. I’m sure there has been some effort to deal with the Single Problem but I’m out of touch at the local level. I’m guessing that the plethora of popular Christian TV (Radio?) may well be connected to the inability/unwillingness of all denominations to address the needs of singles??
      GOD BLESS US SINGLES 😉

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      • Crewdog, while it is true that ‘it is not good for man to be alone’ we singles must be grateful for the opportunity to “marry” the evangelizing effort. Having the time and energy to do good things is nothing to sneer at. St Paul praised that kind of single Christian who looks up to Heaven for marriage. St Francis Borgia, the second Superior General of the Society of Jesus was moved to serve God after seeing the remains of his beloved wife. He decided then to love Christ and serve Him Who knew not corruption. Being single can be a great cross but also a great opportunity to a closer relationship with God.

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    • the phoenix says:

      Mary Ann – Thank you … you make it sound kinda glamorous.

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  20. Mary Ann says:

    To be fair, it is not just fundamentalism that is at root. It is also the fairy tale romanticism of our concept of love. But that, too, is another story.

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    • MMBev says:

      Is it only me, or has anyone else noticed THAT THE PEOPLE OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH ARE VERY LOUSY AT A LOT OF THINGS. Sometimes we have to bite the bullet and find those like us and take the lead.

      When my first son went to U Vic in Victoria, I sweated for a bit. The Vineyard Pastor hired him to lead their youth group, lead the music for their Sunday Services, and as part of the payment, he lived with them for the year. Now one thing that Protestants come times get wonderfully right is the way they welcome people, include them so they feel part of that community etc etc. I’ve seen many Catholic parents leave the Church and head to another denomination for exactly that reason.

      It’s a lesson we HAVE to learn and learn well.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Well, Bev, I had one person who complained of that to me as an excuse for skipping Mass. He said no one welcomed him. I replied that we ARE the Church – so who, pray tell, did he welcome? And how many people left feeling unwelcomed because HE went through in sullen silence waiting for his needs to be attended to? He was speechless…and said he would go next week and be welcoming rather than just waiting to be welcomed. He must have done something right – for he was recruited when he went to fill in for an usher who was out.

        But, I know what you mean…we could use a refresher course on it. And there are some things that various denominations do better. One thing I love from my old Protestant days is some good, soulful, country Gospel music. I also love the high Church Music so often done exquisitely in some Catholic Churches. When I was the trumpet player at the Cathedral in Belleville, though, I told the music director after an attempted soulful rendition of “A Closer Walk” that we should definitely stick to Catholic and High Church Music. Catholics do a lot of things well, but they are usually AWFUL when they attempt country Gospel. On the other hand, I shudder at the thought of what Billy Bob’s Lighthouse Salvation Church would have done with the chorus from Handel’s Messiah. But good ole’ Billy Bob had the good sense not to try it.

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        • Richard L says:

          Charlie – I was given a short and swift correction when having tormented excuses to not attend specific Mass by a certain priest in my parish: The answer was swift “… Hey! Mass is not about you but it is about HIM.” Words of wisdom I will never forget.

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        • MMBev says:

          Just referring to a comment from up above….. Waddaya mean I come out of left field. I played that position in baseball. Left field is a good place to be. Some of the very best things in life are found in left field. We left handers experience a LOT of penance trying to live in this world of right handers who have insisted that everything be their way and if you buy something made for left handers you have to pay the earth, not dirt, diamonds! Anyway, those are rabbit holes. I’m positive. Was that an indication that I make mistakes?

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          • charliej373 says:

            Why Bev, didn’t you realize I was just using my “prophetic gifts” to compliment a fellow baseball player? 😉

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          • Mick says:

            Ooh, yay Bev! A fellow leftie! Here’s a question for you: who taught you to tie your shoes? The leftie lady up the street had to teach me, and my rightie mom taught the neighbor’s rightie daughter. Amongst my own kids, I taught my leftie daughter, but my rightie brother and sister taught my two rightie sons.

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        • Mick says:

          Charlie, Catholics may be awful at country Gospel, but they are even worse at Negro Spirituals. No offense, but whenever our parish choir attempts one, my husband snickers at me while I mightily fight the urge to weep and gnash my teeth. Next time I go to Louisville, KY, I want to go to Mass at the black parish that my sister sometimes attends. She says that the choir rocks the house every Sunday. 🙂

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          • Mick that reminds me of the time my husband and I attended a Sunday morning gospel jam at an outdoor music festival. Most of the musicians were black, most of the audience was white. Well, the Spirit was moving the performers and then it spread into the crowd. People were standing and clapping and singing hallelulia! As I scanned the crowd I said to myself, “O my goodness, we clap like white people! No wonder the musicians are smiling!” I’ll never forget it. Yes there is a gift to it for sure! 🙂

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ha, Jan, when I was in my early 20s I was in a Blues Bar in Memphis. Since I was a kid, I have had a certain renown among a few people for the dead-on Louis Armstrong impression I do – trumpet and all. Well, I was more than tipsy – and the band (all black) did a Louis Armstrong number. At their break, I drunkenly but cockily went up to the guy who sang and said I could do Louis better than he could. He chuckled at this skinny, pasty little fellow and said with a grin, fine, you come on up and do it when we come back. I said I would. And I did and he let me. After I was done, before I got offstage, he pulled me over and said, “Dam…you do do it better than me. You got some brother in your blood somewhere down the line?” I chuckled and said, who knows, my family is from the deep south and there may have been someone way back.

            Alas, though, I sure do dance like a white guy – and I’m not talking Fred Astaire here.

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          • Mick says:

            Janet, I’m laughing so hard that I’m about to choke: “We clap like white people”! It is absolutely true that black people and white people clap differently. In my experience, white people tend to clap on beats one and three, whereas we tend to clap on beats two and four. Whenever my children (who are half white) clap on one and three, I instinctively correct them. They usually shoot back, “We don’t have to clap on two and four; we’re only HALF black.”

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      • I think if might be because they are looking for peace and consolation from creatures, but it’s a Peace that only God can give. I think if more Catholics knew what is taking place in the Mass, they would offer themselves in union with it instead of desiring to get “something” out of it. I had a few people who told me they were thinking of leaving for the reasons stated above. Boredom etc. I give them a copy of “The Holy Mass” from the Michael Journal. Once they picked their chins and their contrition off the floor, they remained and are now educated. After my conversion, one day I asked the Lord to help me to understand the Holy Eucharist. The very next day this paper was handed to me. It’s an excellent tool. God Bless you all!.

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  21. Sr Lorraine says:

    This morning right before Mass I found out one of my nephews committed suicide yesterday. Please pray for Victor — also his wife Erika and their two little boys. He was a West Point graduate and had served several times in Iraq. Maybe the war was too much to bear. I feel now like the Storm has hit full force at least in my family. There was never a suicide before that I know of in my family. Surely satan is working overtime to bring sorrow to people. But no matter what happens, “Jesus, I trust in you!”

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    • Prayers for Victor starting right now. My condolences for your loss but also my gratefulness to Victor and his family for his service and their sacrifice.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Prayers going up for the repose of your nephew’s soul, Sr. Lorraine. It is agonizing for those left behind.

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    • siobhanolp says:

      Sr. Lorraine – please assured of my prayers. My eldest brother committed suicide many years ago so I understand the terrible pain you and your family are suffering. May the Lord have mercy on Victor. May God rest his soul.

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    • marie says:

      Dear Sr Lorraine

      I am praying for Victor and the family he left behind. May God have mercy on his soul.

      I know the tragedy of suicide in my own family. It is heartbreaking. I echo your prayer: “Jesus, I trust in You!”

      I am praying also for you. This is so painful, I know.

      Please know, dear sister, you are not alone in this grief. I’m sure many of us here are praying with you and for you, even if we don’t post.

      God bless you and all of your family.

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    • CrewDog says:

      I pray for Victor and all my Comrades in Arms! God keep you Brother and bless your Family!

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    • the phoenix says:

      Sr. Lorraine — Joining you in prayer for Victor and his family. Please accept my condolences on your loss.

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    • MMBev says:

      Your son Victor, suffered so much from his experience he could not find anyway to escape it. He did not decide “to end his life.” He want to find peace, and this was the only way that he could see that he could do that. God is total Love and that is a verb not a noun. I believe that with all the pain Victor suffered, he is now in the arms of his loving Father, praying for you, Erika, his boys and all the others that he loves, as he sees what you must endure. People who commit suicide are not looking to end their lives. They are caught in a situation, often not of their making, which they cannot endure any longer, and cannot see any escape or relief ahead. They are really choosing peace, rest and an end to what they can no longer endure. Since that is what they are asking for from God, that is what He gives them, in His arms.

      I know. I’ve been there. The only difference between your son Victor and myself is that God provided earthly intervention that got me out of the situation instead of embracing me immediately in His arms.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Suicide is a terrible sin, but I read of a wise pastor who once counseled parents who were grieving that their son, who had shot himself, would be eternally lost. The pastor conceded it was a deadly sin…”But who knows,” he asked, “what grace lies between the bullet and the brain?” Who knows, indeed.

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        • MMBev says:

          I guess I am going to lay this out flat out naked. I take an antidepressant It took the Psychiatrist about five tries of different meds before finding one that corrected the chemical missing in my brain. I secrete the medication (even though it is a “24 hour” lasting one) so quickly that I have to split the dosage into two parts. If I am out, or whatever, and I forget to take the second dose on time, within two hours (no lie), I begin almost immediately to feel worthless, despondent, useless, a burden, hopeless, and so I know-oops, I forgot to take my meds and do so. If I go one day without my medication, I begin to wish I were dead. I hate to think what would happen if I went a week without.

          That is why I almost burst into a thousand fragments when you first posted “The Miraculous Trust Prayer”.Once no medication is available, I will be on my knees praying for a miracle for my son (he’ll have no meds either) and for myself. One way or another, I am just going to TRUST JESUS. I know as well as anyone that at some point I won’t be able to get my antidepressant and I clearly know what will happen. Having already considered thirteen extremely good methods when my doctor was trying to gradually increase my dose (which is just the normal amount), none of which included guns. My way of getting through that time was to plan ways and then to plan the very best and cleanest method for the person who got the job after. My youngest son has has that job, so I asked him to fill me in on some of the more unpleasant aspects, not including why, of course..

          Now my brain operates just fine on the meds (most of the time except apparently when I am in left field) but quits pretty much completely when I don’t have the medication. And it seems to be strictly chemical. (Don’t let them cut your neurons, messes things up. No, that’s only part true, My doctor knew I was depressed about four or five years before they cut only I wouldn’t take meds.) After surgery, I was severely depressed apparently (Little snot pig that I am.)

          Anyway, this would seem to rule out total free will. Another component in this is that depression, even when I am on my medication totally properly, can be “trigger” by something- an event or a word, expression- that causes a painful reliving from my past. That one just suffers through, knowing the cause and recognizing that it will pass sooner or later. Just get darn busy and do something, preferably for someone else. Someone with PTSD can’t do that. And I know, KNOW that not every person diagnosed with PTSD can have it completely treated.

          My brother was diagnosed, treated and years (nearly thirty) following, after my mother’s death, when we were able to talk before I went back to the mainland, I asked him how it was treated. Less that five minutes after he started telling me (and all seemed fine – it was the treatment not the events), he suddenly jumped up and ran into the kitchen just around the counter. You can see through a “open area” into the kitchen. At first I thought he was having a grand mal seizure. He wasn’t. He was having a reaction to what he had said to me and the events which must have come into his mind.

          Frankly, I was freaked to see his reaction. After it was over, he came back and we started talking about something else unrelated and pretended it never happened.

          So only God can figure out the free will part. We can’t even try. But one thing I do know. No person in their right mind would ever, ever choose either one of those situations.

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          • Oh Bev! Words fail. I place you and yours in the Flame of Love. Our Lady of Tepeyac, place Bev and her loved ones under your mantle of safety and unending love. Jesus we trust in you!

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          • jobrower says:

            Bev, being one of few words anyway, I can find none to say now, but would like to duplicate Janet’s beautiful petition above. Love and prayers!

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          • Kati says:

            I wish to add my AMEN to this prayer for Bev.

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          • aeross46 says:

            Hi Bev, I just wanted you to know that I’ll be praying for on this. My daughter (oldest) was diagnosed with depression a few years ago–as you express, this seems to a purely chemical thing with her (which isn’t surprising, as it runs in the family). Therapy doesn’t do much. Buproporion does. I’m sure you’ve tried other things, but I did find that when I started getting depressed about her depression (including feelings of being under spiritual attack–real? I don’t know. Felt very real.) using a book called “The Depression Cure” helped me a lot. Of course, I wasn’t having a major depressive episode, but the recommendations of fish oil (omega 3), sun, exercise, sleep, and learning to stop rumination did help me to manage (NOT cure) the anxiety and depression. Like I said, I’m sure you’ve tried lots of things, and I don’t want this to come across as some kind of Pollyanna “just eat right and you’ll feel fine” nonsense. I know how hard it is. I just wanted to throw it out there, just in case. Again, I’ll be praying for you–please pray for me and mine as I worry about the same thing.

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          • Elizabeth K. says:

            That’s Elizabeth K, above, BTW. Something went awry with my login.

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          • luvmercy5775 says:

            Reading through all the comments left me with an overwhelming sense of sadness. Humanly speaking, I had no words…so I prayed and asked the Lord to give me a “word” that would comfort and encourage everyone. The verses He impressed upon me, both written and sung are copied below. To God be the glory! His mercy endures forever.

            PS: Phil Driscall can really play the trumpet. If you haven’t already had the pleasure, you might want to listen to him sing and play “I Exalt Thee” and the “Lord’s Prayer.”

            ? “Wings As Eagles” ? Phil Driscoll ? – YouTube

            Isaiah 40:28-31Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)
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            Have you not known? Have you not heard?
            The Lord is the everlasting God,
            the Creator of the ends of the earth.
            He does not faint or grow weary,
            his understanding is unsearchable.
            29
            He gives power to the faint,
            and to him who has no might he increases strength.
            30
            Even youths shall faint and be weary,
            and young men shall fall exhausted;
            31
            but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
            they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
            they shall run and not be weary,
            they shall walk and not faint.

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          • Try not to worry too much about it, Bev. When those times come, we will all be relying upon – counting upon – a miraculous outpouring of grace. You, who already have sanctifying grace in your heart, will be far better off (even without your meds), than the vast, vast majority of civilization.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Ah, MMBev, it may be hard for you to see this, but this comment is why the rest of us think you are wonderful. We know you have a difficult time every day. We know you will have an even more difficult time during the Storm and the Collapse. Yet every tough day you get up and function. You do it every day. In the midst of your own suffering and worry, you help others, you write difficult and sublime comments here, then you go out and help somebody else, go to bed, and get up the next day and do it again.

            You are the epitome of what Charlie teaches. In the midst of great suffering and uncertainty you trust God, you take the next right step as best you know how, and you not only are a beacon of hope to others but create “helps” for others.

            I’ll bet there are only a very few of us here at this site who feel they are living the life they would choose if they had been asked just after being born. However, *every*one*of*us* chose our lives and much of what has happened to us when we were standing with God just before we entered our mother’s womb.

            We are purpose-built for the lives we lead and for the Storm. MMBev, you *did* choose the basics of your life and you are purpose-built for it. And despite tremendous difficulties every day, you get up every day and do what you are here to do.

            So stop whining! 🙂 You must have reserves of strength I can’t even imagine. I have nothing like the difficulties you face. I am not being refined in God’s holy fire the way you are. You make me grateful for the lessons and sufferings I have had, for I do not know if I could take on yours and survive. Yet you clearly not only survive but still have something left over for others, and thus, you are an inspiration to me to stand up myself and be counted in the coming hard times of the Collapse. I suspect others feel the same way.

            You remain an integral part of the network we are creating here with Charlie’s guidance. Don’t let go.

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      • siobhanolp says:

        Very true Bev. Most people who commit suicide don’t want their lives to end but want their pain to stop. They’ve fallen into a “black hole” and they don’t “see” any other way. My brother endured physical and emotional abuse as a child and never recovered. That the Satan attacks these poor souls when they are most vulnerable and pushes them into this state of despair demonstrates again why he is the wicked bastard of the Universe. I long for the day when Our Lady will finally crush his head.

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    • donna269 says:

      sr. Lorraine, I am so sorry for your loss. My husband and I went to see American Sniper last weekend and thought….how do these guys come back to America and be normal? They see way too much and perhaps can’t work through it. God holds him in the palm of his hand….you must be seriously mentally ill to take your own life. Self preservation is primal….he must have been suffering so. God bless Victor.

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    • Oh Sr. Lorraine, what a tragedy! War is hell and that is why the souls of those touched by it are damaged. May our merciful God embrace your nephew. I immerse him in the Flame of Love and will pray the DM chaplet for them today. Peace to you and yours dear sister!

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    • Mick says:

      Prayers for Victor and for your family, Sister.

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    • barb129 says:

      I’m so sorry to hear about your nephew Sr Lorraine. Praying for his soul and for all of your family…

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      • Sr Lorraine says:

        Thank you to everyone for all of your kind comments and most of all for the prayers. That is so important and it means so much to me and my family. God bless all of you!

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        • Bonnie C says:

          Sr. Lorraine, A friend of mine said one time, and it made perfect sense to me: (Paraphrased but close). “God anticipated all of the prayers that would be said for his soul. He is with God.” In Locutions to the World, Our Lady (allegedly) calls the darkness that envelopes these souls “weeds” but that she makes/keeps just enough room for that soul to ask for/receive the grace to be saved. You might want to look that up because it was very consoling and meant for the ones left behind.

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    • Dear Sr.Lorraine. Your nephews soul is may not be totally lost. God is so very merciful. Your nephew will have much to suffer in purgatory but he will be assured of Heaven. If you can read a book called GET US OUT OF HERE by Nicki Eltz it is very helpful onthis issue. A woman living in a remote area of Germany, for many years helped the poor souls in purgatory. Its a Q and A form book and very insightful. I will pray for his soul and for those grieving this tragedy.
      God bless.

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    • Fran says:

      Sr Lorraine, post-traumatic stress syndrome is a very real and difficult cross to bear for a military person. I will certainly pray for Victor, and for his family. I am so very sorry for your loss.

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  22. Charlie,
    These days there are many that roll their eyes when one points at the signs of the times. They have been conditioned by decades of preachers sounding the alarm in vain, too early for anyone to discern. But now if one is paying attention to the appalling state of this United States and the world in general it is not hard to notice the times they are a-changin’. There is no need for a degree in theology to figure out who is the false prophet of St John’s Revelation (hint, he wears a turban.) And what about the Beast … the great Leviathan now being worshiped worldwide to whom so many even sacrifice their children born and unborn? Things are getting more and more clear. Some may find this kind of talk a little bit ‘off the wall’ and dismiss it. Recently I shared with my friends a simple fact that I found in Revelation 11. Most of them remained silent — there was no response — but a few pushed it politely aside saying that I had a “sense for numbers.” Which is true, I pay attention to numbers but I can’t make them up like some accountants do. So when faced with warnings and discernment please observe the objective facts behind them. I believe that is why Monsignor Gracida pays attention to this blog.

    To clarify this point I’ll use something we are all familiar with. In John 21 we learn the disciples caught 157 fish after Jesus instructed them to throw the nets one more time. That number happens to be the sum of all numbers from 1 to 17. That is an objective fact. It did not come out of my mind, it is not an “interpretation” or something someone dreamed. It is a simple fact. The meaning of such number in that context is open to interpretation but 157 is neither 156 not 158. It is a solid, nice, identifiable number that did not come from my “sense for numbers.” For Pete’s sake its been written there for twenty centuries!

    In the same way the two witnesses of Revelation 11 were not made up by anyone. The fact that we have two popes (one Pope and one Emeritus) that actually get along and are in accord, is a unique historical circumstance. The fact that two witnesses are sufficient to establish something faithfully (see Deuteronomy 17:6) is also a biblical fact. From those hard facts a number of logical consequences follow and those consequences do not come from anyone’s imagination. That is why one should better be very respectful of those who post a warning in God’s name, most specially when their warning is tied to hard objective facts.

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  23. Phillip Frank says:

    A quote from the above post from diane
    “in 2006 I was able to understand that the very earth was covered in darkness and perceived angels lifting the darkness as if like a blanket and pulling it away from the earth. And as that Blanket of evil was lifted many things were revealed that I believe are being revealed now. ”

    I told my children a long time ago that when they sinned, this was a test from God to allow them to see exactly where they stood in their walk to Holiness to see if they were found wanting and the specific weaknesses that they may not have even known they had if it had not been for this trial and error. The mess it causes, the embarrasments, the hurt, anger and shame are all mini judgements and pergations to help them prepare for the final judgement.
    Facebook is a great place to see this effect in real time. If my children post a pro-life link on their page, they then spend the next several days defending their stance from every imaginable attack as to why they are wrong. I tell them to take note of all the people offended and how strongly they are offended, than put them on your prayer list since they have now reveald to you exactly where they stand in their faith walk and what they may need prayers for.

    I see the Pope’s actions and words bringing us out of ourselves into the light to see exactly where we stand upon the moral relativism we have adopted as our own world view of what is right and wrong.
    The spirit of charity that Pope Francis exudes is of the highest order I have ever seen in a human being. I use his same spirit of charity when I read what he says and it helps me see the great love he has towards his flock. If I feel a pinch in his words, and it is the same pinch I might feel from another person of faith ( or lack there of) it is usually something I do not agree with which may cause a shifting in my personal world view. Change is hard sometimes.
    Charlie you do a good job of “spining” the problems we discuss here around and coming at them from a different perspective thus balancing them out for all the different world views that frequent this forum. I know this has enlightened me thoroughly.
    Thank you.
    Phil

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you, Phil. I have tried very hard to make this a place where we, genuinely faithful, can listen to each other instead of yelling at each other. We both learn and build each other up by doing so. Our way is sometimes like a precious gem with many facets. Sometimes, when we think we are disagreeing, we are just seeing different facets of the same gem. But we can’t know for sure unless we listen more. I love this little community where we all learn so much from each other. I think it has broadened all of our views on things. Many tell me it gives them a sense of peace. Reading through the comments, it gives me a sense of peace. One of the things I was supposed to do was to raise up troops – but troops to the Lord, troops that would help each other and help the stranger, to be a soothing balm when the troubles came. For many years, I would grieve over that, thinking I had produced an exceptionally meagre harvest. But here there be troops – scattered all throughout the world. God bless all of you.

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  24. MMBev says:

    Charlie, what is used to rally the troops? A violin?, a guitar?, a tambourine, perhaps a group of swirling pretend priestesses, bearing incense? NO. A TRUMPET. How long is it going to be until you figure that one out? A TRUMPET. And how long have you been playing? You should be conversing with Kim more. She’s a woman. (no offense intended.)

    Although, I do think that you should bear in mind what King David did when leading the Ark to it’s resting place. Just saying……. I think that was the Lord’s leading, cause it sure wasn’t his wife’s. (Although from what you explained to us, your ex sounds extremely tolerant. How would your policeman son react.? I donno, but maybe you should warn the family of future possibilities. Is there going to be a parade when we are all singing the song of the Triumph? Aren’t you glad I’m not part of your family?

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  25. ` says:

    Ah, decisions, decisions. The hardest job is to be the Sherpa. And every once in a while you get a really strange one like me. Whadda you do? And there’s God, not giving you any help.

    Just a comment to be DELETED.

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  26. Donette says:

    Charlie. This is going to sound like 20 Questions to you, but honestly, this is not a test. I was wondering. Sometimes you directly name Gabriel as the source of some things you speak about and other times you use the words “my angel”. When you use the term “my angel”, are you talking about your guardian angel or are you referring to Gabriel?

    Do you ever ask Gabriel questions like this? Was he the angel in charge of the Holy Family when they were in Nazareth? Theologians, I have read, seem to believe he was the one. And was he the angel who warned Joseph about Herod in a dream? Did he comfort Jesus at Gethsemane during His agony? When I immerse myself in God’s Will, I sometimes like to sit with Jesus at that rock under the tree. I would like to know if he offered Jesus the cup from which to drink. And finally, was he the angel who announced Christ’s resurrection on Easter morning to the attending women? Or, when he is with you, does communication of information come to you as oh, say, infused knowledge? I do wish such information was given to the Faithful instead of there always being a middle man. Sorry, Charlie. I don’t mean to be insulting. Believe me when I say it is not just curiosity that makes me ask these questions. I guess it is my yearning to be home and among the heavenly inhabitants and the desire to learn everything there is to learn about God with this pea size brain that He has provided me.

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    • charliej373 says:

      You do not insult me, Donette, and I understand your curiosity. Usually, whenever I speak of my angel, I am referring to Gabriel. He is not my guardian but he is, kind of, my drill sergeant – and friend I should say. I rarely ask him questions, instead trusting him to tell me what I need to know. I do understand the curiosity, but if you knew what this really is, it would cure you of a lot of your curiosity, It is not what we know that is important to our salvation, but what we do.

      The reality is that every bit of information given – whether requested or not, comes at a cost and entails a heavy responsibility. To try to imagine what this really is, imagine that the price of every question you got answered was getting a red hot railroad spike pounded through you. If that were the case, you would be more interested in what you are supposed to do and much less interested in getting answers to such questions.

      I have asked that my friends from above not give me a dollop more information than I need for my work – and agree to embrace every bit of info that is given.

      I do not wish to insult anyone either, but I do occasionally weary of folks thinking this is just like two buds kicking back at a sports bar while sharing the secrets of the universe. It does not work that way. Think of what I said and before you ask for such things in this life, consider whether you can bear the price of them. Your questions – and mine – will be answered in the next world. That is enough for me.

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      • DanSouthChicago says:

        Charlie, a while back, you mentioned that after your angel understood that you “got it” – and I don’t recall the details of this particular story – he was practically giddy, he was so overjoyed for you. In my head, I know that my guardian angel loves me. In my head, I know he is pleased when God is glorified by our words/deeds/thoughts. In my head, I know that my guardian angel doesn’t hate his job as if he was babysitting his stupid kid brother on Saturday night. In my head, I know. But your story bumped that head knowledge down to my heart. Thanks for sharing that story.

        God bless,
        Dan

        P.S. May our Lord have mercy on Ernie Banks. Did you ever see him play?

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        • charliej373 says:

          Did I see him play?! He was my childhood hero. I wiggled my fingers on the bat – because that’s the way Ernie did it. I got two autographs from him – one on a baseball. I saw him play many times. He didn’t hit towering home runs; he hit seemingly effortless line drives that sometimes kept on rising all the way to the stands. Ernie was “da MAN!”

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      • jeanO says:

        You have vividly described something I never understood, Charlie. “Embracing your Cross”. I get it. I feel it. I see how Prophets are not fortune tellers, they are interpreters, clarifiers. They clear up the glass through which we see darkly, functioning like a windshield wiper, sweeping away the confusion and debris that obstructs the clear path. Imagining politically, it is like being at a press conference where the person at the podium gives you the truth. Shared power, trust, unity. What confidence is engendered.
        Freedom from the thwarter!
        When we question like children, you are true in your mission.
        Saint Francis de Sales, Saint John Bosco, Saint Therese,
        Pray for us.

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      • “The greater my wisdom, the greater my grief. To increase knowledge only increases sorrow.” Ecclesiastes 1:18

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      • Barbara Dore says:

        i personally feel that God does not like us asking questions. We just accept his messages. full stop. I think I read somewhere. the Seers of Medjugorje asked Our Lady, why me? Our Lady simply said, “dont ask”.

        ELizabeth’s husband asked Gabriel some questions after receiving good news about having a new baby. He became mute for nine months because of his doubts.

        If I see any being from Heaven, I would demand them to kiss my blessed brown scapular. if they flee. it is not from heaven! They are “shapeshifters” and “voiceshifters”

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        • Barbara Dore says:

          Charlie is already marked as a prophet before he was born. He is chosen before the creation of Earth. God saw Charlie in his mind.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Well, God has a mission He intends for each of us…and before He ever knit us in the womb, He knew us…from the beginning of creation. But not all accept the work God intends for them. What you say of me is true…but it is equally true of everyone who embraces the work God intends for them.

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        • charliej373 says:

          By gosh, Barbara, that is pretty solid on asking them to kiss the scapular. Also, if it should ever happen to you, ask them to praise Jesus by name. The demons are pretty crafty and will say pious sounding things like “Glory be” or Praise be” and such without offering that praise to Jesus.

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          • Barbara Dore says:

            Charlie, I got an unpleasant experience. I was holidaying and we rented the caravan. My husband was out. I laid on the bed and saw a few beautiful colours like ” blue orbs” or something like hologram orbs hovering above me. It is difficult to explain or describe these demonic manifestations…I showed those orbs my brown scapular and suddenly those orbs changed into ” shining black star” fleeing into a thin air! I note they hate brown scapular. I made a mental note if I see Jesus and Holy Mary or angels and I will demand them to kiss my brown scapular .

            …Please note that i am not mystic or visionary.

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  27. DanSouthChicago says:

    Between all our family members, we take meds to battle depression, thyroid problems, high blood pressure, ADHD and other things. I have also wondered what will happen during the storm when the pill bottles are empty.

    Then I remembered a story of a priest who used vacation time to visit a priest friend who ministered in a dirt-poor area of northern Mexico. On Sunday, the local people came to Mass and stayed afterwards for prayers and talk. The visiting priest was astounded, as he saw people being healed, heard stories of sparse food being multiplied, etc. After the people dispersed, he talked excitedly to the priest friend he was visiting. His friend told him that this was not uncommon. He explained that the people were so poor that they had no one to rely on but God and God always came through for them.

    Perhaps that is how we will get through the storm, by trusting in our Lord when things seem hopeless. (I hope I remember to trust at the time.) And if He decides that we should go home, we will have a good view of the Triumph from the skyboxes. Anyway, that’s my .02.

    God bless,
    Dan

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  28. Paula nz says:

    Paula N Z
    I am reading the comments and have reached the ones about babies who died before birth. This is something I do quite frequently at daily Mass. I ask my Guardian Angel to find all the babies from our family that died before birth or before Baptism and bring them to Mass to sing with me the Holy,Holy…and spend the time with us in Adoration for the rest of the Mass. This is my first comment here.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Hi Paula, you will probably have to go back and re-register. Your screen name had your full name. I edited it out, as I surmised you did not want your full name up. Welcome to the comment boards. We are glad to have you here.

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  29. Tim says:

    Well, that is a huge concern for me, too, as we head toward tougher and tougher times: I rely on a high-blood pressure medicine and one that deals with both blood pressure and anxiety. How will I stand fast in Our Lord when I (conceivably) can’t access that medication? How will I help my wife (several chronic illnesses) and others during the storm? I think a huge number of people are going to find themselves in this very rocky situation. For me, I can only try to dig deeper into God’s loving heart and ask Him to help me trust Him more–in every possible circumstance–and without losing too much focus on my duties of THIS DAY. God bless everyone in this little community.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Tim, you are given an opportunity to trust. Use the natural means for as long as you can and they are available, but God will not leave you bereft. I have not filled a prescription in at least six years – and I have chronic neurological issues. Don’t do what I do until you have to…but to a certain extent, I have been sent before you to help you trust that when it is all gone, God’s mercy and grace will remain and will suffice.

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    • Mack says:

      I’ve been concerned about that too since I also take blood pressure medication. Lately I’ve been trying to see how exercise can help too. I’ve tried this Peak 8 thing and it really works for me. My blood pressure comes down significantly when I do it. I figure that exercise if part of the natural means we can use. If you’re interested this link has good info on it; not a religious site but a medical one.
      http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2010/06/26/10-minutes-of-exercise-yields-hourlong-effects.aspx

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  30. Peter says:

    Hi Charlie,

    Just a clarification that it is the Houthis, a Shiite pro-Iranian sect, that took control over the capital of Yemen not ISIS. Al Queda in Yemen is probably going to counter and voila the 5 Guatanamo terrorist come back into play. There is a big, big conflict coming between Sunni-Shiite sects and their affiliates soon. Why do you think Obama is going to Saudi Arabia over the next few days? The Christians in Africa and the Middle East better create a defense force or they will be slaughtered and very few will care in the West.

    Peace and God Bless,

    Peter

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  31. Julia says:

    Mbev, do you know Saint Maria Faustina had a sister with bad depression. I remember reading Saint Faustina begged Our Lord to heal her sister. Our Lord said something to the effect “you don’t know what you are asking” The saint persisted and I believe, her sister was healed.

    Anyway, the fish oil with omega 3 is definitely a good option. I have read modern foods lack essential nutrients for maintaining good health both mental and physical. And also in modern food processing, added chemicals cause health problems. May God be gentle with you and all those who carry the cross of anxiety or depression. Consider it as an allergic reaction to modern food production and processing, and be patient with yourself. Bless you little sister in Christ.
    Natural foods are safest, I go for organic if possible.

    BLOOD PRESSURE can be improved, ie lowered with regular use of beetroot or beetroot juice in the diet. There are other helpful foods for blood pressure but beetroot juice is the best.

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    • donna269 says:

      not sure if everyone here knows that Niacin is a natural anxiety reducer (watch Food Matters to find out how ridiculously stripped our food system is). I started taking Niacin supplements and feels ever so calm now. You have to take them until you flush. Once you flush, you have reached your right dose (actually sl over it). Don’t take sustained release or time release. Go to Andrew Saul, Food Matters for info on Niacin. It’s an amazing thing and cheap and you can stock up on it…..

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    • SteveBC says:

      Julia and Donna269: Excellent advice, although the Niacin stuff with Andrew Saul is supported by a number of other nutrients.

      Of note is that some recent research I just read indicates that depression may have underlying inflammation as a major cause. I had a depressive break in the late 1970s (probably due to an infected cavitation in my jaw after having four wisdom teeth removed), and nothing really helped. In 1983 I did a full fast (supposed to be five days but I only lasted three) and found that I had many severe food sensitivities. After the fast I reintroduced each food with a test meal. I found I could duplicate every symptom of my “depression” with a specific food. When I took those foods out of my diet, my body’s level of inflammation dropped dramatically. I began improving immediately. I’ve since had to get rid of massive levels of mercury and lead, cure a severe TMJ problem, get rid of intestinal parasites, get onto a med for hypothyroidism, treat a methylation gene fault, and about a dozen other issues, but dumping the toxic foods was the big first step.

      This does not sound like MMBev’s issue, however. Personally, I hope and pray that in the midst of the Storm, when her meds run out and hope appears forlorn at best, God will step up for MMBev and her family in wise and unexpected ways. It just seems she has too much to offer to others who will be panicking in the Collapse for her to be taken Home just because her meds run out. After all her courage and work and trust over the past years, that would just seem wasteful. But it is not for me to know.

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      • E. Allison says:

        Steve, inflammation is a huge problem that leads to many others. Our diet is instrumental in causing, or preventing inflammation. My family and I take daily turmeric supplements. Turmeric is an asian spice, and is a super anti-inflammatory and natural pain killer. Look into it. We buy a supplement that is formulated with black pepper, which increases the effectiveness of the turmeric. We buy ‘Youtheory’ Turmeric (with black pepper) at Costco. I take one 2-3 times a day, one with each meal. It has made a huge difference in my every day aches and pains.

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        • SteveBC says:

          E. Allison, yes, I take turmeric, too. Great stuff, and it helps reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s late in life. Nature is bountiful.

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  32. JG says:

    Charlie,
    Have you ever thought to ask Mark Mallett to sing the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart song? I’m sure if you hummed him the melody he’d do a beautiful job. Then we could all practice and be in tune. I always liked the idea of man singing with the angels. Even with my poor pathetic voice – creation isn’t complete until we all ( visible or invisible) sing together. I’m sure everyone here would buy it then we’d also be helping Mark in his ministry too. Just a thought.

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  33. Pawel says:

    Charlie, today we have a confirmation from Medjugorje of your recent vision of demons being unleashed in the world. “…Now, as never before, satan wants to suffocate man and his soul by his contagious wind of hatred and unrest….Hatred and war are growing from day to day.”. (I have been following Medjugorje’s messages for many years, and I cannot recall such a serious warning.)

    http://www.medjugorje.com/medjugorje-messages/43-latest-25-message/10094-our-lady-of-medjugorjes-january-25-2015-monthly-message-for-the-world.html

    Also today we have powerful mass readings in the Catholic Church:

    Reading 1, Jon 3:1-5, 10

    “Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed, “
    when the people of Nineveh believed God;
    they proclaimed a fast
    and all of them, great and small, put on sackcloth.

    Reading 2 1 Cor 7:29-31
    I tell you, brothers and sisters, the time is running out.
    From now on, let those having wives act as not having them,
    those weeping as not weeping,
    those rejoicing as not rejoicing,
    those buying as not owning,
    those using the world as not using it fully.
    For the world in its present form is passing away.

    Gospel Mk 1:14-20
    After John had been arrested,
    Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God:
    “This is the time of fulfillment.
    The kingdom of God is at hand.
    Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

    As Charlie says, it’s time to gird our loins.

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  34. Kathy P says:

    Amen and amen. I am new here and only wish to express my profound gratitude to Charlie and this lovely community. Every day I wait for new posts and comments that sustain, bring joy, tears and hope. I will share more as I am able. God Bless you all.

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  35. DonnaM says:

    Hi, I’m an Aussie and I’ve been following this blog for awhile and I’ve finally decided to comment. I’m not Catholic but my mother had an NDE & spiritual experience in 1976 which led me to do some research on apparitions (including Catholic ones) because I figured “if my mother had an experience like that, then other people must have had them too”.

    In my research I found out about apparitions like St Faustina, Fatima, Garabandal, Medjugorje, and Charlie too, and I believe in them. Unlike most Protestants I don’t have any problem whatsoever with honouring the Blessed Mother and I don’t think it’s “Mary worship” (I try to tell Protestants I know that it’s not “Mary worship” but they never seem to believe me). I’ve even said the rosary. My mother never became a Catholic (my father would never have allowed it anyway)
    but she did say the rosary near the end of her life and she found out about the Divine Mercy devotion just before she died (I prayed the chaplet for both my parents in the hour of their deaths).

    In May 1976, my mother was dying of total kidney failure in the Royal Melbourne Hospital and she had a Near Death Experience. She said she came to the door of heaven and looked inside (she said it looked like a beautiful park or garden). Or maybe it was the top level of purgatory?

    She said she couldn’t see anyone in the heavenly garden but a big hand came & gently pushed her out the door and told her it wasn’t her time yet and that she still had things to do. After she came back to her body, Jesus appeared to her in the corner of her hospital room at 12 midnight on a Friday night (21st to 22nd May 1976), and He had a big rough wooden Cross behind Him which had rays of light shining from the 4 points of the Cross onto her forehead. And it was reported on the news the next morning that at midnight astronomers in Canberra had seen a ray of light shining through space towards the north of Melbourne (where my mother was) but they couldn’t find the source of the light with their telescope.

    My mother said the experience seemed to last about 10 mins in total but the clock on the hospital wall was on 12 midnight the whole time. She said Jesus spoke directly into her mind and told her many things like He wants His love & mercy to be emphasised, He said there is a Chastisement coming but it will be by Fire next time not by Flood, and He said Asia will be a threat to Australia in the future. Mum said Jesus had asked her to write a book but sadly she never did it cos she didn’t think people would believe her. She told me that people would think she was “nuts”.

    That night Jesus did give my mother a partial healing (which nephrologist Professor Priscilla Kincaid-Smith called “a miracle”) and Mum was able to survive with partial kidney function for awhile but eventually she had to go onto dialysis which she was on for the last 10 years of her life (she died in Feb 1988).

    For some reason, kidney disease has gone through my family like wildfire. My mother had it & was on dialysis, Mum’s sister & niece had it, and both my sisters and I have it. And I have 2nd and 3rd cousins with it as well.

    My eldest sister has had a kidney transplant for 15 years, I was on dialysis for 6 years and I’ve had a transplant for 3 and a half years (I’m now 48), and now my other sister is preparing to go on dialysis. I never married or had kids (I’ve got social anxiety disorder plus I’m too much of a tomboy LOL) but it’s just as well cos most of my family end up with kidney failure.

    I have 2 nieces and they’ve decided not to have kids cos they reckon it’s the only way to stop this disease from passing itself on. Doctors reckon it’s caused by a faulty gene. One doctor even suggested that we get this faulty gene identified so all family members can be tested and he said that “unviable fetuses” (who have the faulty gene) could be aborted. But I’m against abortion and so are all my family (although most of them do believe in contraception). My mother was dead set against abortion and she risked her life to have my eldest sister and me (although I had to be removed by caesarian 7 weeks prematurely).

    I worry about what will happen to my family during “the Storm” because my sisters and I are all on a ton of medications (prednisolone, tacrolimus, mycophenolate, blood pressure pills, etc) to keep our transplanted kidneys working. If we can no longer get medications, our transplants will stop working and we’d need to go back on dialysis (which may become unavailable during the Storm).

    Without dialysis, a person would die in about a week. With a transplant, I’ll be able to last a bit longer as long as I have my medications but so far I’ve only been able to stock up on a month’s worth of pills. If the Storm happens, then I may no longer get be able to get medications. I’m hoping God may multiply my medications for me. Or maybe even heal my own kidneys.

    I also worry about being able to stay on my vegan diet during the Storm (I’ve been a vegetarian & vegan for about 25 years). And what might happen to my pets (I’m a crazy cat lady, LOL!) And I worry about what may happen to the people I know who do dialysis at my local dialysis unit. I suppose I’ll have to pray that God will look after us all. I guess I’m too much of a worry wart and I need to learn to trust in God more. Jesus I trust in you, but help me to trust in you more!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thanks for joining us, Donna. Your worries are something I will address in the piece I am working on right now.

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      • DonnaM says:

        Thank you Charlie, I was hoping you would address this subject in more detail because
        with my whole family relying on dialysis machines or transplants & medications,
        it’s something which concerns me greatly. God bless!

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    • audiemarie2014 says:

      Welcome, DonnaM!

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      • DonnaM says:

        Thank you, audiemarie!

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        • anne ovari says:

          Welcome DonnaM from a fellow Australian! Thank you for sharing your story and your Mum’s wonderful spiritual experience.We go to the Melbourne Royal Childrens Hospital twice a year with our youngest son,Joseph, for regular check ups (he was born with half a heart). I know how you feel as I worry about what will happen to Joe during The Storm.It is going to be a BIG test of letting go and placing ALL OUR TRUST IN JESUS. I will pray for you and all your family Donna. God Bless

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          • charliej373 says:

            I love you Aussies! While I love what France and Ireland once were, they are probably even worse than the States now. If I were live in another modern-day country, I believe I would want it to be Australia. You have your problems…but it may be the only redoubt of western civilization left that doesn’t consider one to be a potential terrorist for living the manly virtues well and following traditional Christianity faithfully. I love the Aussies. And you Aussies obviously like me – you are consistently among my top five countries visiting the site each day.

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          • anne ovari says:

            There was no reply to your message Charlie about us Aussies so I’m just going to reply from my own message with a good old Australian saying, “Good on ya Mate!” Seriously though I know Australia is one of the best countries to live in and I feel very blessed that God has placed me and my family here. This Aussie girl definitely likes you and thanks you for being a guiding light in the gathering darkness. ☺

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          • DonnaM says:

            Thanks for the welcome & for the prayers anne. And be assured of my prayers for your son Joseph. God Bless!

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          • DonnaM says:

            Yes, Australia is a wonderful country to live & grow up in. I too consider myself blessed to be here. We’re the Great South land of the Holy Spirit!

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    • Irish7 says:

      Welcome Donna! Thanks for sharing your mom’s amazing story. Have you ever read Healing of Families by Fr. Yosefu? It was featured on Spirit Daily and has some interesting insights about family predispositions to illnesses and how to combat them.

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      • charliej373 says:

        I should note that Fr. Yosefu’s program is under review in several diocese’s for potential doctrinal errors. Take what it good and helpful to you from it, but take it with that in mind, too.

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        • Irish7 says:

          Yikes! Thanks Charlie. I’m so glad you told me. I’ve given that book to a number of friends. Grrrr. I failed due diligence on that one. I’ll let them know too.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Don’t worry overmuch about it, Irish. It is not condemned, but is under serious and intense review. I suspect parts of it will be condemned, but there is much that is, I think, useful in it. I think the most damaging thing in the current controversy is that Fr. Yosefu, when he was directed to make changes to it in his home diocese, ignored that directive and just took it to another diocese. That bespeaks an overweening pride that undercuts the project badly. Just be aware of its unsettled status.

            (In these times, it is terribly difficult to do enough due diligence on everything. Just do your best, knowing you will err from time to time, and trust God to guide you rightly. So long as you hold first – and fast – to Him, He will.)

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      • DonnaM says:

        Thanks Irish7. No, I haven’t read Father Yosefu’s book (I’ve never heard of him before) but I have often wondered if there’s a spiritual root for my family’s kidney disease.

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      • anne ovari says:

        Thank you Donna for your prayers for Joseph.Jesus we trust in You.

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  36. Joe says:

    Bev, just know that you are loved. Prayers for you now.

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