The Shape of Things to Come

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By Charlie Johnston

I find myself being quoted fairly frequently by other sites and their commenters lately. Most are solid – some even cut and paste actual quotes. But two or three times a week I see people citing me, then paraphrasing something I never said and don’t believe, to support their point. I would get more aggravated, but I was accustomed to seeing it both when I was in media and in politics. Unless it is particularly egregious and flagrant, I don’t weigh in, for doing so is like hitting the proverbial tar baby. You just get stuck in a sometimes hot and bitter controversy over trivial matters.

Of more concern, I see a bit of a drift away here by a few on what I have said. So let me re-iterate some of the basics while adding a little that will be new to all of you. People occasionally ask how we can rebuild our society when there will be no more money and how we will communicate when technology will be gone. I emphasize that this is NOT the end. Economies are crashing as we speak, technology will fail…but these are not permanent states. If your house burns down you don’t go off and live in the woods because it is all over for you now. You build another house. We will build another economy.

Then I see some speaking of a paradise on earth after the Rescue, complete with angels as our entertainment directors and saints as our wait staff. Not gonna happen. Think of a video battle or racing game. Every one of them that I ever knew of gives you several resets if you fail catastrophically. But when the reset begins, the game does not suddenly take over and vanquish all foes on your behalf. You are still responsible for winning or losing. The hope is that you will be better on the reset than you were originally. That is very much what will happen after the Rescue. We have catastrophically failed, badly enough to where if there were not a reset, this could be the end entirely. When the Rescue, or Triumph of the Immaculate Heart Comes, we will still have to take up the controls and build society over again. The advantage we will have is we will know God is; we will be less inclined to seek relentlessly after the dime-store immortality of fame and influence for the sake of influence. Original sin will not be revoked. We are prone, in our very nature, to feed our appetites rather than our nobler instincts – to let those appetites pervert the very virtues we are given, to turn love into mere lust; the creative instinct into mere greed; the effort to develop our skills into a quest for mere power. During the five years that I was given to live the life of Job, for the first three, God gave the satan power to test and sift me. It was horrible. Sometimes seemingly ordinary people would come in off the street to my place of business – then actively torment me on behalf of the devil, brazenly revealing who and what they were, only acting normal if someone else came along. Three years in, God did something particular that would be a great help to my coming work. A side effect of it was that to be in close proximity to me was agonizing to the demonic hordes. They would rarely risk it. I thought it meant I would no longer sin. I was wrong. Satan eggs on our worst appetites, but the reason he can is that they are there in the first place. The spirit of rebellion lurks in us even without the evil one egging it on. Chaining him will get rid of the “bad crowd” we have fallen in with for a time, but it will not eliminate the core disorders with which we must ever struggle. It will be a lot easier to master them without the demonic horde egging them on, but they will still be there. And some (a tiny fraction of  what we are currently accustomed to) will give themselves over to even the worst disorders. We have free will and are responsible for what we choose. We have screwed up badly and so the Storm comes. When the Rescue comes, it will give us another chance, but we will still be free to screw it up again. Why do you think the Storm is necessary? Since God is NOT going to revoke our free will, it is one of the few means violent enough to embed in our memories the ultimate consequence of disorder without actually destroying us.

SOME HAVE WONDERED how they are going to manage with the skill sets they have when crash is complete. Far better than you think, folks. I learned from my pilgrimage how incredibly adaptable we are. It is said that necessity is the mother of invention – and so it is. I was not an outdoorsman by any means. But when I needed something to solve a problem I was encountering, I figured out a way to do it. Then there were my fears. I worried about discovery in the night. That nagged at me for about the first month and a half. Three months in, you could set me down anywhere and I would find cover easily and confidently…sometimes within 20 feet of where people were passing by constantly. I dreaded extreme heat…the 95 degree days that I was sure I would encounter. I don’t like it real hot. I even have trouble sleeping if it is hot enough to be what most people think is comfortable. I like it very cool with extra blankets. Demonstrating His sense of humor, that first summer out I had over 100 days where the high temperature got up over 100 degrees. In Austin, Texas, for a full week it got over 110 each day. One day, in southern Louisiana I was walking into the small town of Iowa (pronounced I-Oh-Way) and talking with my daughter on the phone. I mentioned to her that, thank God, the suffocating heat had broken just as I came around a bend to see a bank sign that showed the current temperature – 105 degrees. I told my daughter and laughed…said okay, the heat hasn’t broken, my body has adjusted to it. Even better!

I did not make any special preparations for the year and a half trek. Just the basics…pack, bag, books, trail mix. I figured I would figure it out as I went along. I did. I left on Feb. 11, 2011, with fifty dollars to my name. By the Fourth of July I was in Houston. While sitting one day overlooking the eastern branch of the Buffalo Bayou, I came to a stunning realization: if everything collapsed that day, I would be fine. I knew how to fish, how to find cover in sparse areas, how to make the hard ground pretty comfortable. I would be fine.

Your biggest enemy, your biggest threat is fear and panic. Trust God. Keep walking and, like me, you will figure it out.

THEN THERE ARE THE ELDERLY AND DISABLED. I have hesitated to speak about this because people have to wrap their minds around something that is completely counter-intuitive to our current utilitarian and materialist society. A hat tip to reader Kenneth, who sent me this marvelous piece on that utilitarian culture – a culture that, thank God, is dying before our very eyes. I have avoided speaking of it because the temptation is very powerful to give merely human reassurance.

One of the greatest offenses of modern times is that, as a culture, we treat people like things. There is little respect for the inherent dignity of human life, either unborn or born. For people who have seen nearly 100 million abortions, the advance of euthanasia as a human right, assisted suicide celebrated, the legal execution of Terri Schiavo…(the most telling part of that was not her killing, but that there was a debate on it at all. People are now disposable). In that cultural setting, both the elderly and the handicapped have to be terrified that when things get desperate, they will be the first to be tossed over the side. They would be, if it were not that the culture is already being transformed – and will be further through the instrument of the Storm.

As I have said before, the Storm will not so much change people’s character as reveal it. The grasping, covetous, self-serving crowd will, indeed, quickly abandon the poor whose care they bleat so loudly about as reason to give themselves more power. But it is not the poor who will be abandoned in that…it is the grasping, covetous and self-serving. The strategies that have served them so well in the culture we have created are now inoperative and will simply lead them to destruction. But there are others, people who have had a great awakening of their faith, people who have begun to come to see that people must be treated with dignity and care simply because they are people, not because of how useful they are. These people will make caring for the lame and the elderly a priority…they will seek those who are infirm out to care for them. And God will bless those little communities that take pains to care for their infirm – while He will curse and smite those who, thinking they are clever, abandon the infirm in their midst.

Medicine is something people fear losing – particularly as many have already lost effective access to care because of the fundamental changes in the law. Yes, availability of medications will be spotty…in some cases non-existent. But you do have recourse to God – and He intends your good, not your destruction. Meanwhile, in the ashes of the civilization that once was, there will still be a host of doctors who practiced in the old order. For a very long time, they have been the subjects of oppressive bureaucratic oversight…spent more time satisfying the overseers in some cases than treating patients. For many of them, this will be a real personal renaissance. They will once again be able to live the dream of their youth; to care for the sick, to heal the wounded instead of dancing to the tune of impersonal government or third-party overseers. Most will embrace it with joyful vigor – and find a piece of their youthful joy and wonder all over again.

I know most who have asked want detailed instructions and assurances. I can’t give them to you. You will fear. God will teach you to trust Him, but through the instrument of going through the valley of the shadow of death and coming out the other side. When you emerge, you will trust in a way you never dreamed of. All I can do here is identify with you. When I was going under for my neurosurgery, I thought, well, if I’m a nut I’m not going to wake up from this. When I got ready to leave on my pilgrimage I thought, well, if I’m a nut this is going to end very badly. Sometimes, the only path to real trust leads through the valley of the shadow of death. I have been there. Many of you are headed there. Trust, and I will see you on this side of a valley I have already walked through – and I’m looking forward to meeting you.

A CORRECTION TO A CORRECTION…some time back, some people thought that, when I talked about the government falling, I was merely speaking of the president being replaced. I rather intensely said that the WHOLE government is going to fall…the Congress and the Courts and all. I gave the impression that everyone who currently holds seats in the Congress or Courts will be toppled. They may or may not. If they continue to hold office, it will be merely ceremonial and for show. Well, they might actually do a few small things. What I really wanted to get across was that the whole SYSTEM is going to be toppled. After the period of initial chaos, in which we may have a different formal “leader” every few weeks or so, things will eventually settle out after a few months – at least three, maybe six or seven.

What will emerge is the left’s fondest dream…a dictatorship. Alas, it will not be the dictatorship they wanted. I am led to believe the ultimate dictator, while exercising unreviewable executive, legislative and judicial power in America, will consider himself the “Regent of Democracy.” I expect he will clear out the brush of our overly intrusive laws and federal agencies. I think he will largely leave the states alone, so long as they don’t adopt anti-Christian legislation or attack basic freedoms – real freedoms. The most close parallel is probably Oliver Cromwell’s tenure as Lord High Protector of England, though that is not completely accurate.

This is not by direct revelation, but by surmise based on what IS by direct revelation. There will be a leader who will rally us, restore our confidence, and rouse us to fight for the traditional Judeo-Christian culture and freedoms that made Western Civilization the great blessing to the world it has been. This leader will be able to direct diplomatic efforts with other nations, for he will lead a coalition finally to defeat radical Islam. He will ally with Russia when the threat from China becomes overt. But he will likely try to keep many of the old forms on life support until the Rescue, so that what is good can be restored.

Once that Rescue comes, we will still have jobs, a monetary system (a new one, because the old one is dead), presidents, kings and prime ministers. We will have to organize society, raise families, produce goods and services, pay our bills…but we will do it under God, fully aware that he is in charge and joyfully caring for our neighbor instead of plotting how to get the better of him.

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A few links…

First, this article by Jonah Goldberg of National Review is one of the best I have ever read, period. He gets right to the heart of much our cultural disorder – and the sleight of hand used to rally eternal verities as excuses for ramping up coercive statist power.

This piece by Fr. George Rutler from Crisis Magazine is one of the better pieces I have seen on what prophecy is and is not.

I hope this piece on Pope Francis from the Telegraph of London cheers you as much as it did me. Entitled “Beware of…Francis: he ain’t no liberal” I was tickled to see that, to their deep disappointment, the chattering classes are beginning to figure that the Pope is actually Catholic.

Finally, a little piece here that may surprise and delight you. I knew all but numbers two, four and sixteen. Kudos to the Aleteia site and to Meg Hunter-Kilmer for compiling this brief, but cool list of things you may not know about the Catholic Church.

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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180 Responses to The Shape of Things to Come

  1. johnmcfarm says:

    Just a comment on the currency…when it fails it will be replaced quickly…I bet within a month or two… albeit, it may be limited to local or regional use for some time. In the meantime there will be some items which are like money that people will trade whether they themselves need them or not. Historically, cigarettes, liquor, ammo, etc. have been almost currency like. Gold and silver are not bad…but I would probably trust items people can actually use…

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    • charliej373 says:

      Ah, John, I can always count on you to get it. Of course, this subject is right in your wheelhouse. For almost a decade, when anyone has asked me for investment advice, I usually grin and tell them, “outhouses. hand-water pumps, and wood-burning stoves.” I’m joking, of course, but I am kidding on the square.

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      • johnmcfarm says:

        Food, energy and defense has been my advice…funny you mention outhouses…toilet paper is a big deal!!!! I made dang sure I have a double back up system for water supply to use the toilets(I have more alternatives for water itself)…I have been without toilets for extended time before…it is uncomfortable and would be very tough for the elderly…

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        • Mick says:

          Toilet paper would make a great barter item, although it takes up alot of space to store. Disposable lighters would also be good for barter; they’re cheap if you buy them in bulk (from Amazon, for example), and they take up almost no space.

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          • CrewDog says:

            I got another Verse today that seems very appropriate … and seems to “dovetail” with Charlie’s “Next Right Step” concept ….. I’m guessing that there may be a bunch of “dovetailing” going on around Planet Earth?
            GOD BLESS ALL HERE!

            Heartlight Daily Verse
            January 27 – Ephesians 6:12-13:
            Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
            Thoughts on today’s verse:
            How often do you forget that we are in a spiritual war? Our enemy is deceptively cunning – take away the immediacy of a threat and the danger appears gone. But he’s there, always. But rather than try to guess his plans and counter all of his moves, Paul reminds us to simply take up the tools God has given us and stand up to the evil one.
            Prayer:
            Lord of Hosts, my Great Deliverer, protect me from the evil one by your great power. Give me a sense of urgency as I face Satan and his schemes on a daily basis, but also give me confidence that Jesus has already defeated my foe. Help me to stand against this foe and show myself faithful to you. Through Jesus my Lord and Savior I pray. Amen.

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          • johnmcfarm says:

            Very good ideas Mick! I hadn’t thought about the trading value of lighters! I have a hundred or so as part of my storage…maybe I will pick up a couple hundred more..they are cheap on Amazon. I can tell you from someone who heats with wood…having a good lighter is critically important to comfort!

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        • Jacquie says:

          John,
          I get the idea that sewer systems will be hit or miss at some point in the storm. Maybe forever as a part of a much simpler world!! (Oh! I hope not!!). Can you give us some practical suggestions for creating our own? I know next to nothing and want to be as clean as possible.
          Thanks😁
          Jacquie

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          • charliej373 says:

            Jacquie, I know John reads this site frequently, but it might be prudent for you to go ask him that question on the site he runs, The Peppy Prepper. It is in the permanent links under Preparation Sites at the right-hand side of my website.

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          • CrewDog says:

            I think it’s called an Out-House … one and two hole options 😉
            There’s an historic old Courthouse turned museum nearby that was famous for it’s two hole brick outhouse that had Walnut paneling and “fancy” fixtures. People would come from miles around to marvel ….. only the brick shell remains……. Let’s Pray the Out-House phase doesn’t last long!!

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          • charliej373 says:

            I hate outhouses. My great-grandmother who lived on a hill above the trainyards in Irondale, Alabama had one and it was always scary to me. I loved staying there as a very small boy: it was much more peaceful and smelled a lot better than the Norwood neighborhood of Birmingham where we live with my maternal grandparents. (Birmingham was a big steel mill city and before the rise of good scrubbers in industrial smokestacks, it always smelled like rotten eggs). But I so loathed the outhouse that if I only had to pee, I would often disobey the adults orders and go off into the woods. I’d rather take my chances with the snakes in the woods than the giant hairy spiders who I was convinced lurked in the outhouse waiting to get me.

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          • barb129 says:

            I’ve always hated outhouses too! There was a cabin on a lake that we stayed at several times when I was a small child that only had an outhouse and I was scared to death of it. (Smelled terrible and spiders in the corners too!) My mother also told the story about one of her aunts that fell into an outhouse and ended up dying from an infection. Yuck. I read recently that cat litter in a bucket makes a good port-a-potty. I think I’ll go buy a few boxes and hope the dear Lord multiplies it!
            Lately, I’ve been thanking Him almost everyday for the blessing of running water. (and electricity, and enough food to eat, etc.!)

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          • Kati says:

            Hi Jacquie!

            You can get several very inexpensive 5 gal. buckets and put seats like this on them: http://www.amazon.com/Emergency-Bucket-Portable-Toilet-Standard/dp/B004KLY5CE/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1422399856&sr=8-3&keywords=survival+toilets
            You can also get additives that will control the odor until you are able to toss.bury the contents: http://www.amazon.com/Reliance-Products-Bio-Blue-Deodorant-Packaged/dp/B0011MXVD4/ref=pd_rhf_se_s_cp_3_8SJ9?ie=UTF8&refRID=1XDGK5H2SEZ67RECAFW1 or http://www.amazon.com/Walex-TOI-91799-Porta-Pak-Holding-Deodorizer/dp/B0006GF5SK/ref=sr_1_fkmr2_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1422400128&sr=8-3-fkmr2&keywords=odor+prevention+for+camp+toilets

            We have some acreage here and we could bury this easily. If one is in the city, it may be more difficult…but there are also special plastic liners that can be used with such buckets and then waste can be disposed of in the bag. I am sure others will be able to contribute other ideas too. MMBev is very good at this. She is a veritable wealth of information.

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          • Mick says:

            Jacquie, along with Kati’s good ideas (hi, Kati!), there is another option for deodorizing a makeshift, 5-gal bucket toilet: pulverized lime. You can get a 50-lb bag at any farm-and-fleet store or feed store/grain elevator. Tractor Supply, which has stores all over the US, sells the 50-lb bags for under $3. The way it works it this: after you do your business in the makeshift toilet, you sprinkle lime over the “business.” The lime will cut down on odor and on flies; and a couple of 50-lb bags would set you up for a long, long time.

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          • johnmcfarm says:

            Hi Jacquie, at my farm we are fortunate in having solar with battery and I am on a well pump and septic system. However, if that were to fail I think that I would probably dig a pit and build an outhouse. I hate outhouses, but if push came to shove they do work.

            There are also composting toilets…perhaps investing in a couple of these and storing them…maybe trying one out for a week to make sure you know how to “operate” it.

            Another consideration is toilet paper, I have about a six month supply on hand.

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          • Julia says:

            I just hope Charlie and those of you who enquire about human waste options won’t mind me sharing a couple of old fashioned facts on this subject.

            We had an old fashioned neighbour some years ago who used to come out each morning with his under the bed pan, we used to call them p pots. Well, this old neighbour used to throw the watery contents of his po over his vegetable patch. I was told it is good for the vegetables.

            When I was a child like others here, there were on flushing toilets. A hole in the ground with a small shed over and a seat with a hole about 10 inches across to allow the solid waste to fall down. Looks like we will have to get digging and make a new ‘old fashioned’ solid waste disposal unit. Oh dear.

            There are things called porti potti’s people use for camping and caravanning I believe. Maybe there is a chemical you can get to break down the contents before disposal. Sounds like fun N O T.

            Human waste solids I remember are no good for compost, but human urine is supposed to be a good way to water plants and vegetables. HHMMM.

            My mother RIP told me that in the old days people used to use urine and carbolic soap to wash areas affected by scabies, if they had the misfortune to get infected by scabies.

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          • charliej373 says:

            For low volume outhouses, peat moss is an excellent method. My friend, the hermitess Lucille, used it for the poustinia cabins. In fact, if you look to the left of the top picture of the poustinia cabin I stayed in, that small lighter brown building with the horizontal logs is an outhouse. Amazingly, dropping a teaspoon of peat moss in after each use left it smelling fresh and clean.

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  2. vicardwm says:

    Charlie, I am starting to wonder if you’re going viral. Our visiting priest, in his homily, mentioned a couple of times that we should take the next good step to advance in holiness. If I see him again, I’m going to ask him if he reads you.

    I certainly hope that the next “America”, whatever form it takes, will be much heavier on local authority and community – in other words, subsidiarity. Federal government has grown way out of control compared to the very modest role laid out in the Constitution.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Funny, Vicar, the principle of subsidiarity, actively practiced, would actually solve about 90 percent of what ails us politically.

      It is entirely possible your priest reads me. I have a host of priests and deacons who read me and communicate with me via email. I think I’m kind of like a very obscure famous guy: everybody knows me, but none of them knows that anyone else does. It amuses me.

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      • I’m one of those priests who reads you and has occasionally quoted you in our parish bulletin, hoping some of our casual readers might actually look you up on the web. I’m a new pastor in a parish called “Our Lady of Fatima” who felt I should know more about Fatima, being now a servant-pastor of her Son’s flock in her name. One of the quirkier benefits of web-searching through tons of tangential material is to come across something like Abraham’s Journey. So I was looking for Our Lady of Fatima and found you instead. The search goes on, but I’m glad you’re now one of my regular stops! God bless!

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        • charliej373 says:

          Well how about that, Msgr. Brubaker! Most of the priests contact me privately – and I rigorously maintain that. It has been a great consolation to me that I have been able to give heart to some of our priests. You have such heavy slogging ahead of you…and you cannot imagine how grateful I am for your fiat.

          You know it’s funny, Msgr. Brubaker, in the last month several secular sites have linked to my site. The result is almost always the same. In about the first ten comments, people disdainfully talk about how they don’t go for that sort of nonsense…then some people actually read a few things from it weigh in (presumably to build their case against the “nonsense”) and say, wait, this guy is different…this gives me a sense of real peace. And the end result is a get a bunch of new readers. Thanks be to God, I think I am giving some people a sense of peace and resolve.

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          • Becky-TN says:

            Hello Msgr. Brubaker,

            So blessed that you’re here, and I second Charlie in thanking you for your “yes” to Our Lord.

            As always, Charlie, great post. Read the Goldberg piece and burst out laughing when he described the state of his home while his wife’s away “like the mafia looking for their heroine”.

            God Bless,

            Becky

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          • charliej373 says:

            Goldberg is often hilarious – and has a fine, piercing mind.

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          • Colleen-Pa says:

            I came across your blog this past summer. I so…enjoy reading it. “The Next Right Step” really spoke to me for where I’m at right now. I too feel at peace when I come to this site. Our trials have primary been economic in nature especially for the last 6 years. My brothers, sisters, neices and nephews have been much worse. It’s easy to start worrying about the future, etc. When I come here it reminds me to just look at the NEXT step. No more than that! LOL I have trust issues with God…(I trust he’ll do what it takes to drag my sorry soul to heaven), but that’s what scares me! LOL LOL And given what I too believe is coming…it’s hard not to worry.

            A while ago I came across a message from Jesus to someone??? The timing I came across it was just what I needed to hear in that moment. It basically said, you worry about the future so much, but what your not factoring in is that I’ll be there with you. Be at peace! I re-read that all the time!

            One more story about peace…Years ago maybe 20 or so…I was in my usual state of worrying about the future. I woke up one morning and was at such peace! I wasn’t afraid of anything. If a bomb would have exploded in my front yard it wouldn’t have bother me a bit. I have NEVER known such peace. It lasted the whole day. As dusk hit I could feel it leaving me. I believe God gave me that gift to show me what we all should be working towards. And when we can attain that complete trust in God the peace it will bring is unbelievable. It was the best day of my life!

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          • charliej373 says:

            Oh, Colleen, how I wish people really would know the peace of completely trusting God. It does not so much change the trials around you, but how you see them…and what sustaining peace it is!

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        • Barbara Dore says:

          Please pray for Msgr. George Brubaker. He is a great friend of Our Lady of Fatima

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          • Colleen-Pa says:

            You know what you’re so right! I’ve been struggling with the whole idea that God wants us to go “joyfully” in our trials. My answer to God is “Just how do you expect me to accomplish that!” Reading your post about it changing our perception and thinking about that day of Peace I can easily see how that would be possible, Seem I have a lot more work to do! LOL

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          • charliej373 says:

            Don’t worry about it Colleen. I have gone at it kicking and screaming enough that one of my priests once remarked that if it all comes to pass and I am right, they ought to title the book, “Then Reluctant Prophet.”

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          • Kati says:

            Barbara,

            I will certainly add him to my prayer list. I am convinced that Fatima will become ever more important in the days ahead!

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  3. johnmcfarm says:

    The American Baptist Men’s Disaster Relief Organization has a simple creed: To help those who are unable to help themselves. I wonder how many of us will step up to that holy quest? To put their and others futures into God’s hands and trust? I pray that I may be one of them.

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  4. Those who are *necessarily* dependent on Social Security / Disability checks *will* permanently lose their internet abilities as soon as the economy crashes, I presume? Any hopeful thoughts there?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Linda, when the economy crashes, everyone will lose what they have been accustomed to, at least for a while. Some questions are designed to have me give a plan to avoid the consequences of the crash. Literally no one will avoid the consequences. We are going into uncharted territory – and the only answer is to be alert and adapt to the circumstances around us. Pay attention to the elderly and infirm around you. You may be the sign of hope for them – but it will not be because you take them back to a home where the gas heat is nice and toasty, the lights are on and you can pop in a movie. Everyone will be immediately impacted by the final crash. The only useful advice is to adopt as a matter of discipline the plan of, acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to those around you.

      I know people want desperately for there to be more than that. When I got ready for my pilgrimage I kept restlessly asking God what else was involved in the plan of taking a very long walk. I give you know the same answer he gave me – reiterating what He had already told me. That’s the plan.

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      • Judy says:

        I think your walk was very difficult and had every sort of challenge, especially for someone with neurological problems. And it serves as an example to all of us. But, Charlie, do you think you could have made this walk in the northern part of the USA? The winters are so very harsh.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Judy, honestly, I think I would have found a way if I needed to. I would not have thought that before I went on the pilgrimage, but I learned so much about how very adaptable we are that now I think that, yes, I could have. I even have in mind several ideas for how I would have done it. (Of course, reality teaches you much better, but I know how I would start.)

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      • “Those who are *necessarily* dependent on Social Security / Disability checks *will* permanently lose their internet abilities as soon as the economy crashes, I presume? Any hopeful thoughts there?”

        I just wondered if you had been told anything special about this, since I think you’re planning on helping folks bridge the storm here — on this site — but I’m doubting that I (and plenty of others) will manage any electricity or internet, once the economy is bust, being dependent on Social Security checks, and I gather that will be gone with the wind, very soon.

        I also couldn’t help but wonder if, after all these years of anticipation, I’ll get to hear those 10 secrets of Medjugorje (hah! of course, we’ll be *living* them), after the capabilities for internet connection are kaput. This is my access to news and social interaction, and I know that there are many of us sitting in that same boat. It will be a sad day to lose that connection.

        It’s not my biggest problem — there are monumental ones to face, especially regarding precarious health and chronic disabilities for myself and my husband — but I wondered if maybe you had an idea how your internet guidance might be able to continue. Maybe this gift is only for right now? I can see that God would prefer we got together in real-life flesh-n-blood, but for those of us planted out in the countryside, that’s not so easy.

        I’m printing all my support notes now, to read and to share again later, if the occasion arises.

        No, I’ve no illusions of shaping the Storm into a semblance of comfortable normalcy. I see the sky falling, and I take it totally seriously.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Well Linda, when I started this site seriously last March, I did nothing to promote it (and told God rather defiantly that I would not. If He wanted it to be a comfort to people, HE would have to handle the marketing end). It has become rather large – and worldwide – despite my indifference to the marketing end. The Lord informs me it is my duty to hearten the faithful until the rescue comes. I do not know how He will arrange it, but I trust that He will…and if service is interrupted for a time, I really do trust that He has a plan and I do not need to know the details to do my duty. He WILL make a way. You can take that to the bank.

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  5. Mjcjocds says:

    Hi Charlie, I live not too far from a city of over 8 million people. All I can picture (under the collapse conditions you are describing) is complete panic and anarchy with 100s of thousands of people fleeing the city and over-running us. Am I off base in imagining this Mad Max scenario?

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    • charliej373 says:

      For a short time, that may well be, MJ. But what the apocalyptic movies miss, too, is the presence and intervention of God – which will come primarily through the ordinary means of those who follow Him.

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  6. renonative says:

    Psst, Charlie,

    I should be praying right now. Instead I’m reading you! That’s how good you are. Sh, don’t tell… Ok, I’ll be back. God bless you!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Haha, Renonative, I’m hoping God gives you “extra credit” for reading me rather than deducting points for distraction!

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      • renonative says:

        I believe He did indeed. I was afraid you might not get my sense of humor. My daughter knows me and she never gets my jokes. Or maybe it’s the punchline, I’m not sure. At any rate, I’ve been reading you for at least 100 posts and The more I read, the more I keep saying “uh huh, ok. Whatever Lord, your will be done in me, but could you give me a hint as to what that is exactly??!! And He of course answers, nope, not me. And then I get the “feeling” I’m living His will daily as we all are. I decided to let you know I was a reader who never commented before now, and to say thank you for posting the part about the elderly and disabled. I’ve been completely confined to my wheelchair now for the past eight months (I had to count) and knew from your very first post I read, because of Mark Mallett, (too wordy) lets just say I am now, by prompting of The Holy Spirit, praying for martyrdom like our brothers and sisters who are being slaughtered in Niger, Iraq, Syria and elsewhere. Did that make any sense? I have MS and sometimes my brain gets lost between two thoughts. Oh I have to laugh sometimes at the way my words come out. This piece was timely and got my attention. I thank God for all of you daily.
        May God bless who read and write here :)))

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        • charliej373 says:

          My sister has MS. She will start to tell me something and will ask, “Did I tell you this already?” You never met anyone cheerier in dealing with it. She says she loves when I visit because we have a great time, but nobody is responsible for the other. If she needs to go lay down, she just does…no discomfort at doing so. Same for me while I am there. If neither of us talk to each other all day…no problem. And when we do both feel like visiting or playing a game together, we have us a time!

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          • renonative says:

            That’s incredibible. God is so good!!!

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          • Judy says:

            May God continue to bless your sister with her sense of humor and strong spirit.

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          • Judy says:

            I have lived through several long, tremendous challenges and deep sorrows in my life and have cried many tears with a broken heart….not just for myself but sometimes for others who needed me and whom I could only help so much. I know I have shown at times courage, faith and resolve …and that all this must have come from the grace Our Lord because of the prayers of others and, also, due my own prayers…when I could concentrate to pray. Sometimes I find myself with so many problems and decisions that I have to make that cannot concentrate on prayer. My mind keeps wandering, even though I start off in prayer. I do not know if I have ever been cheerful in the Valley of Suffering. Oh, sometimes I become silly to reduce stress, but this does not last. If your sister is cheerful, I think that she is well on her way to sainthood….. I spent time in the hospital today. I gave thanks to God for the wonderful nurses who were kind and cheerful. They lifted the spirits of the people in the cancer ward…. No, I do not have cancer but I had to join them today for treatment of my on-going illness.

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          • Judy says:

            I wonder if someone like Joan of Arc was cheerful. Eileen George (mystic of Meet the Father ministry) says that when she saw her in Heaven that Joan had a very stern type look. Maybe because her mission was to be a true warrior, not only in the spiritual sense but in this world, too? I wonder if she still carries that role in Heaven for us. I still have not had time to look for books on Joan of Arc, although I know that there were many written about her….. Is the archangel St. Michael cheerful? Is the archangel Gabriel cheerful or mostly serious? I wonder if our personalities are formed for the roles we are expected to play. I think of George Washington as leader of the American Revolutionary war, of Abe Lincoln, or even Martin Luther King. Most of all I think they were very serious people with moments of happiness or peace, but these were overridden by the burdens they were chosen to carry. Of course, I am thinking of them as they lived their most difficult years (GW…Am. Revolutionary War; Abe Lincoln….Civil War and loss of children:.MLK…his message, marches, the fight for civil liberties under duress).

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  7. Peter says:

    Hi Charlie,

    I pray that the current economic usury enslavement system will disappear with all the oligarchy. This, I believe, is what Pope Francis envisions for the future. This is what made Catholicism truly Catholic based on helping one another out of Love and not for self gain or promotion.

    Blessings,

    Peter

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well, we need fundamental reform…but you have nothing to share unless you properly respect the creative instinct involved in producing – and respecting everyone’s right to the fruit of their own labor.

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  8. The same God that made the nation of Israel out of a million brickmaking slaves sure can take care of us after He has cleaned the world for good.

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  9. Bob says:

    Maybe the simpler lives we will be called to will be good for me. I have a bit of ADD and sometimes my mind races faster then my body can follow and I forget where i put things and so need to be disciplined on putting the keys, etc the same place every time. So we will see what happens. As I am not too mechanically inclined and mostly have been doing interviewing and paperwork for work your reminder that we humans are resourceful helps. Of course some of my interests like camping and hunting may be of help. In the past getting my hunting supplies together was the hardest part. So keeping it to the essentials will be good. And Trusting God will be the most important part.

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  10. michelle d says:

    Hello Charlie from North Dakota. Did your travels take you here? Just wondering if you believe most of humanity will not survive the storm as some visionaries proclaim, along with a great change in the geographics on the face of the earth?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Alas, Michelle, I did not walk through North Dakota.

      Actually, I believe most people WILL survive the Storm, though every family will be touched by it. I only expect that 26 million will die through it all told. That may be because others are speaking of the actual final tribulation – which is not coming now. What is coming now is the cleansing before Rescue. It will be the greatest crisis in the history of Christianity to this point. But when people’s love grows cold again after this rescue, satan will be unchained and the world will face a yet greater crisis. That is prelude to the end. This is not. I make no effort to shoehorn what I am shown into some concordance with what anyone else has said. That would be to betray my mission.

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  11. Calico Cat says:

    Charlie, you described how the devil was permitted to test you, that seemingly ordinary people would come in and actively torment you, brazenly revealing who and what they were, only acting normal if someone else came along. This is astounding and somewhat alarming to me. Can you elaborate? Were these people who were posessed by demons? Were they demons disguised as people? Do I need to worry about ever encountering “people” like this in my normal, day-to-day life? If so, how do I protect myself?

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    • charliej373 says:

      I do not know whether they were actually possessed or deeply influenced. They could have been actual demons taking on human form. I don’t know. But I very much doubt you would have to face that. Before that scourging ever began I had been warned I would go through a terrible and prolonged period of trial to prepare me for the Storm – so I would not faint when it was actually “go time.” I had told my priest before it began – and he understood why I was so reluctant to give my final yes. God normally restrains their scope unless we actively invite them into our lives. I voluntarily gave up some of that normal protection as part of the training.

      But if it ever should happen the key thing is not to engage with them. Say silent prayers, hold fast to Christ and Our Lady throughout the encounter. Demonic entities desperately want you to engage with them, for when you do, you loosen your grasp on Christ – and then they have a wedge. Do nothing to protect yourself except to hold fast to Christ and ignore the provocations. The moment you think you can engage in direct spiritual warfare with a demon and prevail is the moment it has you. Hold fast to Christ.

      But I would not worry overmuch – this was a specific thing that was not unleashed on me until I was willing.

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      • waitingNwondering says:

        Like the above reader, I too, wondered about those encounters. Did they just come to your office and start swearing at you? Were you ever in any physical danger?

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        • charliej373 says:

          I don’t recall any of them swearing at me. Their purpose was to taunt me and to try to get me into conversation about such things with them. I ignored it, though sweatily. There was much more of a slyness than a threat. Trying to draw me in…start engaging with demonic forces and you inevitably let go of God. They will try to persuade you that you are mightily powerful, or alternatively to taunt you that you are pathetically weak and cannot possibly prevail…ANYTHING to get you to engage directly with them instead of holding fast to Christ.

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          • donna269 says:

            Charlie:
            Last week, I was on a long gas line at Costco. There was a man on the left side of the pump (I was on the right side) a few cars ahead of me and he was swearing and punching his trunk and screaming at someone on the cell phone that his credit card pin wasn’t working. He was angry as a hornet. In this day and age, everyone gave him a wide berth….even the gas attendants. People started honking for him to clear the pump and it made him angrier than ever….Finally we both wound up at the front pump on opposite sides, and I heard him screaming on the phone….I waited here 15 minutes this is BS….I got out of my car and handed him a 20 bill and said, here use this…. He looked up astonished….No miss, you don’t have to do that. I said, please, take it. I feel bad for you right now. He asked for my address to repay me. I said, no just pay it forward someday….Someone in need will show up in your life, and you just remember this day and take care of them and ask them to do the same. His personality changed instantly….he became teary eyed and docile…Sometimes I think people are victims of a cruel world with cruel people in it. If you treat them with the love of God, they change instantly….lessons learned for me that day.

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          • charliej373 says:

            God bless you, Donna. I have used a similar technique dozens of times to defuse similar situations. So often the answer is not to deal directly, but change the perspective.

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  12. siobhanolp says:

    “There will be a leader who will rally us, restore our confidence, and rouse us to fight for the traditional Judeo-Christian culture and freedoms that made Western Civilization the great blessing to the world it has been. This leader will be able to direct diplomatic efforts with other nations, for he will lead a coalition finally to defeat radical Islam. He will ally with Russia when the threat from China becomes overt. But he will likely try to keep many of the old forms on life support until the Rescue, so that what is good can be restored.”

    Charlie, if I may take a guess, I think Sen. Ted Cruz may fit the bill here. It’s just a feeling.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I want you to think of this, Siobhan. I tell you the old politics is dead, dead, dead and you postulate that the leader for that time is one of the people who is currently prominent in those politics?! I expect more of a Joan of Arc type figure or a King David type – an obscure youngest son of a shepherd…someone who currently is unknown to most anyone. Now it could be someone from the current crop of prominent political figures as you suggest, but that is wildly unlikely.

      Now, to be exact, I do NOT suggest either that it will be a teenage girl or a shepherd, though it could be. Those are just examples of previous times when God has raised one up for a crisis.

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  13. Just a few points:

    While I have nothing against your take on the coming Triumph of the Immaculate Heart as far as the Catholic Faith goes; it is worth noting that this does not seem to be exactly in line with what some other mystics and seers have had to say about it; most notably the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, whose revelations refer to it as a universal reign of the Divine Will to the point where it can truly be said that God’s Will shall be done “On Earth as it Is in Heaven.” A practical worldwide Garden of Eden, of sorts. Just wanted to throw that out there… Even though it is quite possible that it is simply my own erring interpretation of it that sees a contradiction where none exists.

    A quick correction as well, if I might be so bold; we are not prone *in our very nature* to sin. Might seem like splitting hairs, but I think this is an incredibly essential point, for it distinguishes Catholic thought on human nature from fundamentalist thought (i.e. “filthy rags/total depravity [false] doctrine”). We are prone in an accidental –not substantial– way to sin, and it is indeed possible (albeit rare) to be rid even of that proclivity on this earth. Consider that God does not revoke our free will in Heaven either; and yet we are confirmed in grace. Human *nature* is inclined to the good, and with the direct vision of the greatest good (which is what we have in the Beatific Vision), any sin or imperfection becomes categorically impossible. Long story short: we are inclined to sin in our fallenness, not in our nature. The fall is, by its very definition, not the nature itself.

    By the way, I just noticed that you and I were on very intense cross-country pilgrimages at the same time :-). Yours was more intense than mine. I took a greyhound ;-). (150+ hours on that was no walk in the park, though!)

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    • Observer says:

      Yes, and it seems that the theologian of eschatology, Fr. Joseph Iannuzzi, permitted by the Vatican (or the discipline in charge of this area there) to interpret Luisa Piccaretta’s writings, also agrees with that interpretation in his “Splendor of Creation”. The Era of Peace is also described as the Era of living in the Divine Will, which we pray for in the Our Father to be finally fulfilled, where the Divine Presence of the Eucharist will be fully realized as the center of this new world, something so very different than has ever passed before….even beyond the “mystical unions” of some saints. Also, since the Holy Spirit’s movement will be instilled in those of the Era there will be those gifts of healing fully realized as told to the Apostles by Christ, as are experienced in limited occasions in our time, but to a greater fullness, and permeating many of the gifts to be given for that gifted Era. Even the light itself, as described in scripture will be like no other….after all, the world will be not only purified but transformed. Beyond the trials of the tribulation caused by human initiation there will of course be the natural disasters where the earth, from its very core, will respond….more than likely from magnetic pulls coming in from the cosmos itself. Some other private revelations, like OLOEmmitsburg, speak to this in reference to a “Second Sun” which in fact has been reported upon in the 1980s by no less than 6 major news agencies, scrubbed from public consumption but again recently in the news linked to by none other than the Drudge Report.

      A reference to this is made by Sondra Abrahams, reported about on Spirit Daily several times, from her near death experiences, whom I’ve spoken with, mentions here the ruins and destruction seen everywhere, describing mountains having been moved as if the earth had tilted:

      There is also the interesting experience of the former atheist, professor, Howard Storm, in his own near death experience. Afterwards he became a Christian, eventually a minister, not Catholic though. Spirit Daily had several articles about him as well. Here is what he was told about the future of the world in this new era:

      For one’s own discernment of course.

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      • Ah, a fellow follower of Fr. Iannuzzi! Thank you for this beautiful comment. I loved Splendor of Creation and recently finished studying his Doctoral Dissertation as well — I am working on my own small book on Luisa’s revelations.

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      • radiclaudio says:

        Hi Daniel and Observer,

        I know Charlie does not need me to speak for him so please don’t think that I am. I really appreciated your comments and the two videos the Observer linked to above as well. I too have a devotion to Luisa Piccarreta, (I feel honored to have both a small relic of hers, a scrap of paper from one of her notebooks now stored in the Vatican and also a complete set of her writings.) Over recent years I have come to find Luisa’s and many other formally approved Church mystics’ private revelation are in many ways inconsistent with each other. Additionally, some of the currently not yet approved (non constat de supernaturalitate – undetermined at this time) but seemingly authentic mystics also often offer a different view of past or potential future events. It can be confusing – even maddening.

        I realize that some of this is merely the concept of 5 people witnessing an accident and “seeing” 5 similar but still different versions of the actual events. We all bring our own humanity and perspective to the retelling of the event. Regardless, the inconsistencies in various Church Mystic’s private revelation troubled me deeply for awhile. I really struggled, my logical mind did not allow these differences to compute – lol. Thank God, that through prayer, spiritual direction, and His grace, I have come to be at peace with these differences. I now realize that I was trying to use my own brain and the logical processes it produced as the standard for measuring these supernatural phenomena. That was in error. Of course, I finally was allowed to see the folly in this thinking. I now accept the difference for what they are and accept with humility that I cannot explain or reconcile everything God as produced – it sounds so funny to even read this statement as it is so obvious that the creation can never completely comprehend its Creator – lol. Anyway, once God got me to this point it became very liberating. I can now allowed myself to prayerfully trust God and not feel I have to figure Him out (as if i could – ha ha). Of course, I still test everything as we are called to. Throwing out what is bad and keeping what is good based on consistency with Church teaching, its fruits, and if it brings harmony or disharmony. And of course, I look to the mother Church for her final opinion and trust that, guided by the Holy Spirit, She will ALWAYS get it right (even if it takes awhile – i.e. Padre Pio), and that great graces flow to our obedience to Her while She sorts it out. (In these matters Christ has given Her full and complete authority. Even though we are called to test everything, in the end private revelations are not matters of prudential judgement for the faithful).

        Anyway, I caution us all not to get too caught up in the same snare I described above. I think it ends up being like us spending our days throwing stones at satan’s dogs. It may seem satisfying at first, but it has no end point and will slowly consume our time fighting over matters we should have NO expectations of fully understanding anyway. In the end it only distracts us from Christ, which, after all, is the point of satan’s dogs.

        Please don’t think my comments as being self righteous (although I am often rightly accused of such behavior). What I have written is probably much more obvious to you all than it initially was to me. It is still a somewhat freshly learned lesson for me, so I speak to you all with the enthusiasm of a new student and beg your patience if it is sophomoric sounding. 🙂 I merely wanted to contribute these lessons I have learned in reply to your comments/links for you both and all of Charlies other readers to consider.

        Charlie – feel free to not post this comment if I have step over the line.

        Your brother in Christ,

        Rich

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        • radiclaudio says:

          Whoops – it seems that the wording I used in my above comment implied that Luisa and her writings are formally approve by the Church. She is not. TJtM, Rich

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        • charliej373 says:

          No Rich, it is a worthy reflection. Yet I value, too, the deep reflections of Daniel and Observer. Certainly, in his comment on the theology of what is in our nature, he was absolutely correct. I know it can seem a little picayune to go through such things, but I do not think so in this context. Small errors, given time, develop into big heresies. You cannot know how much I treasure the counsel of those who give me the benefit of their technical expertise and those who lovingly disagree with me on some things. Almost two decades ago, I had a brief correspondence with the late Fr. Richard Neuhaus on the existence of evil. I sloppily said it is a necessary consequence of free will. He remarked that it is a consequence of free will, but not a necessary one. I think those of us who speak publicly on matters of faith have a solemn duty for a certain precision in our theology. I am not a theologian, so I am grateful for those who are who are my friends. Fortunately, one of my priests is…so I keep my errors to a minimum – but I neither fail to speak for fear of error nor begrudge those who make me better with their affectionate criticism.

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        • A beautiful comment, Rich. I couldn’t agree more! All mysticism must necessarily pass through the filter of the senses, and in our fallen state, that tends to confuse things. Only in Heaven — or at least in retrospect — will we be able to reconcile it all.

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      • aeross46 says:

        I think those two names are interesting–Abrahams, and Storm. Truth really is stranger than fiction!

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      • Judy says:

        Storm’s commentary is HIGHLY questionable and I do not believe it was a true revelation, or maybe he is not interpreting it well. I DO NOT EVER THINK people will or should decide when they will die. It is silly to think that one could simply lie down, declare it is time for he or she to die and then simply die….. because they believe that they have reached the pinnacle of what their life was meant to be. God will always decide that because He is the only one who knows what each of us is called to do here. I also do not believe that food will miraculously spring from the ground just because our minds imagine that it will be so….or that fruit might just suddenly appear on a tree. That may happen in Heaven but not on earth…….. I believe Sondra Abrahms was shown one of several possibilities for the future, a future that can be altered a bit with prayer. Ned Dougherty was also shown destruction and was told it would happen if people did not turn back to God. These two people see things in line with what Charlie has been told and, also, with the knowledge given to Mark Mallet It also dovetails with Our Lady of La Salette,Fatima and Medjugorje. As far a technology is concerned, I think that the earth will still need all forms of energy to continue its existence after the Storm because there will still be billions of people left and we will need it. We may need to start with ordinary fire during the Storm but it stands to reason that will we rebuild power plants for electricity, and need fuels such as gas or oil. Then, of course, we may need computers to help us run these stations, so in wise hands, they will probably make a comeback at some point. Nothing is evil in itself. It is only when man turns from God that some of these things no longer function for the Good in society. That is true of just about everything, from bringing up children to running communications systems, governments etc. The storm will change the heart of men and women. Their wants will change but their needs will be the same. I imagine cooperation and charity will be the core of all efforts to build good Christian communities based on brotherly love. I could be wrong in what I think will happen, but I think Mr. Storm’s interpretation is way, way off base.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Judy, I completely concur with you. I get downright cranky with people when they think the Lord is going to take all of us “good little boys and girls” into special camps where we will be exempted from the effects of the Storm and that the angels and saints will be our concierges and wait staff. We brought this on ourselves – the Lord will give us helps to get into right relationship with Him…but anyone who thinks they are so holy that they bear no respnsibility for what we have become is badly deluded. The Lord told the Israelites he would lead them to a land of milk and honey – and so He did. But when they got there, they still had to raise the bees and milk the cows. So will we.

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  14. Dorothy says:

    Thank you Charlie for this reassurance. One thing that has truly troubled me is what will happen to all those who are now in nursing homes and mental institutions. My daughter and I already talked about how we might be able to help them. We have several large nursing homes close enough to us that we could do something. I am sure there are family members and staff who would also be there to help. I guess we have to trust that God will motivate those who can to take care of those who can’t.

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    • charliej373 says:

      God bless you, Dorothy, that simple statement confirms that YOU are part of God’s plan. The thing people do not understand is that what people value now is not what most will value then. The life of all will matter.

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  15. Teresa D says:

    Hi Charlie, I know you have said that when you speak of “America” that you are including Canada unless specified. How do we Canucks fit into this?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Couldn’t say, Teresa. I expect Canada will be autonomous as always, but I know national boundaries throughout the world will be in great flux over the next few years. It seems God likes distinct national identities…something like a garden of flowers for Him, I think and He is unwilling to concede away various varieties. I don’t expect Canada to be leading any coalition, but I do expect her to be a steadfast partner in the alliance for Western Civilization.

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  16. the phoenix says:

    As for what will happen if you have no access to medical assistance, my best friend experienced a taste of this. A hurricane went through where she lived and power was cut for four days. She used an oxygen machine every night. Being without power meant she could not use the oxygen machine, and I could not call her to see how she was doing. But many people prayed for her, and I knew that if anyone would survive a hurricane with no oxygen machine, she would … and she did. Another instance was that she was diagnosed with glaucoma and needed to get back in for another appointment with the eye doctor quickly, but there was nobody who lived close enough to her that was willing to drive her to the eye doctor. Finally, after some delay, somebody took her … and the eye doctor then announced that she no longer had glaucoma. My friend’s words were simply, “God wanted me to see.” And she used her eyesight to inspire people online … she would write about suffering and resignation. Because even with these helps from God, she had all kinds of health problems and was in a lot of pain.

    Eventually, her body gave out and she died. And yet I saw God’s mercy in how He providentially arranged for her death. 1) She died with a roof over her head. 2) A family member was present at her hour of need. 3) An ambulance came for her, and the doctors tried to resuscitate her, even though she was extremely poor. 4) A priest came to the hospital to administer the Sacraments, which is what was most important to my friend.

    There were all kinds of prayers said for her … thousands, judging by the number of hits on some of her prayer threads online. She would ask for prayers all the time. She offered up her sufferings for others and always wanted the Sacraments (she was bedbound) and she would ask people to pray for her salvation.

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  17. Lin says:

    Thanks for this rich information to ponder….

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  18. radiclaudio says:

    Hello Charlie. Much to ponder today in your post and comments, and great links too. Hello to all my NRS brothers and sisters out there. You are all in my prayers, please pray for me.too. much love and affection. Rich

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  19. renonative says:

    Ok Charlie,

    I’m back one last time tonight. (Smile) I was getting ready to pray the Luminous Mysteries and this question came to me. I hope I understand but am almost certain I dont, hence the question, correct me if I’m wrong. I understand you to say that after the Rescue it is not the end? And we still need to fight evil, even though through Mary, everyone on earth will know Jesus is not just a historic character but Who is in fact the Second Person in The Holy Trinity? Islam will still exist? I have more questions on this, but as it is getting time for sleep after prayers, I thought I’d ask this one and save the others for tomorrow. Hm, is that two? Oh ,. Now I’m not sure if you said He would be “known…” or if it was Mary speaking to Elizabeth Kindleman or it’s my own wonky spin on something. Sorry about that. May we all give glory to God in our daily life. Monica

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    • charliej373 says:

      That is right, Reno, it is not the end – and we will still have to work to behave….but we won’t have satan and his minions working to inflame what is worst in us. It is the difference between living in a neighborhood overrun by gangs and living in Mayberry (the fictional idyllic North Carolina town of “Andy Griffith” days). I did not say Islam will still be around. There may be remnants, but after the west takes it seriously and conquers it, then Our Lady of Tepeyac will do what she did with another murderous, bloodthirsty parody of religion – mass conversion.

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      • Amy S. says:

        This brought a huge smile to my face! I remember reading in “The World’s First Love” by Fulton Sheen that the conversion of Muslims would come from Mother Mary. I can’t tell you what joy this thought brings me! My best friend’s husband was Muslim, after many years of prayer (especially the Rosary) and fasting, he came into the Church with my husband as his sponsor! Our Lady of Tepayac, pray for us!

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  20. Charlie, Bravo, well spoken, & well done.

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  21. Serendipity says:

    Thank you radioclaudio. The hour is late here and I must go to bed and yours right now is the last comment listed to read. It put a smile on my face, as I figured out the NRS brothers and sisters (hey that’s me too!), a prayer to my lips (for you and all the NRSers) and peace in my heart. So thank you. I must now toddle off happily to bed knowing there’s prayers swirling all around us- and that makes everything a little bit better 🙂
    ‘night and God bless.

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  22. Something I may have missed in earlier posts or perhaps you didn’t say…..but how will man change? Will there be a moment where all the world will see with our eyes Mary and Her Immaculate Heart? Or will it be the secrets of Medjugorje being revealed to the world as the visionaries tell us ? Or is it a illumination where man sees the consequences of sin and they are given to know the true existence of God? It seems to me that man is so far from God that there needs to be a unveiling of sorts for man to realize that their chance is up and to not change will mean the eternal fires of hell. Now from what I have read in your posts Charlie, is that you don’t really believe in what the visionaries of Garabandal say…..in that there will be a moment in time when the whole world will see the state of thier souls and know that God exists. Now I also know that in your posts, you believe in Medjugorje and what the visionaries say. So it leads me to believe that your belief is that perhaps the events of Medjugorje will play a large roll in the conversion of people. . The visionaries say that this is the time of grace. The visionaries do say though that there will be a very short time to convert after first secret is revealed…..but that basically once the secrets unfold it will be too late. Scripture does speak of this when Jesus was talking about the virgins and the oil in lamps…..they knocked but he did not let them in for he did not know them and the door was shut to them. I’m a bit confused on the catalyst that causes mans heart to change? Thanks Charlie. Great post. It was easier for me to understand. LOL!!!

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    • charliej373 says:

      To the contrary, Charlanne, I DO believe the messages of Garabandal. I disagree with the interpretation on them. I do not think that there will be a single moment for the whole world all together. Rather I think it will happen, as it usually does, more subtly and by stealth, so that the pious and the shallow and the stormchasers will miss it completely…and I do think it has been going on for a while – and that that phase is nearly finished. I will cheerily concede that I could be wrong – and frankly wish it would happen the way most think it will, for that would make my work a LOT easier.

      As for how man changes, Charlanne, again people want to look for some external dramatic event. Yet the biggest changes in men come unseen for a while, for they rise up in the heart. And living into such terrible times changes a person – check out the change in societies that have gone through a terrible scourging throughout history.

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      • Thanks for that Charlie. It just seems that there would be a big event that changes men’s hearts…..something great like an illumination of the soul. Conversion takes a long time for some. Conversion is a life long process and if not nurtured via the Holy Spirit with a true willingness, one can easily fall away. We are so weak. There are so many different of beliefs in the world and those who live in countries that are not Christian dominated…..how will those who do not have the truth given to them convert? Without true conversion of heart and man not surrendering to Christ, it will be impossible for man to change. When I think of a world steeped in chaos, I cannot envision man worldwide turning their hearts to Christ who have not been given baptism at least or the sacraments of the church. We cannot have a change of heart or an ongoing process of conversion without these. I know there are many good Christians out there who are not catholic and live lives for God daily , without the Mass. God gives them graces accordingly but those who are not Christian at all, I feel that this will be impossible without a out pouring of MAJOR heavenly graces. I know all thing are possible with God but there are so many who are without knowledge or for that matter are without HIm because they choose it. So having thought about the millions upon millions who do not have Christ and giving that there will be an apocalyptic storm in which the world will change for the worst……I think that there must be something more to change men’s hearts. Crisis often brings out the worst in people and many times it changes them permenantly for the worst. Look at all those who come from tragic backgrounds and who as adults are so far damaged that it literally takes a miracle to change them. The cards are stacked against them unless they grab hold of Christ and react to the lifeline of grace He gives them for conversion. It is true that after WWI and WWII when the world was a tragic mess…..societies picked up the pieces and learned great lessons. But also if we look at morality since then …..it declined into different areas of sin. Abortion became legal, drugs more rampant, homosexuality accepted…..etc.
        I think that there must e something coming that will be profound that happens to every soul at one moment in time because change doesn’t last without Christ, the Holy Spirit or the Mass and a true willingness to give your life to Christ.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Charlanne, I want you to pick up your Bible today and contemplate deeply Matthew 21:28-32. The answer to your fundamental question lies there, along with the proviso that God demands more from those whom He has given more. I assure you, there are atheists who, unbeknownst to themselves, are storming the gates of heaven and there are some religious to whom Christ will say, “I never knew you.” God is not limited by structural legalism…He knows hearts, and that is where conversion lies. regardless of how much anyone knows about the faith. In fact, from those who know more, more is demanded…and if they use their knowledge simply to lord over or condemn their fellows, how hot hell will burn for them!

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          • Mona says:

            My dear Charlie!
            This reply comforts my heart. And thank you for answering an earlier question. I hope the disabled and people depending on medication will live during the storm. We must pray for it.
            Ihave been worried sick about my tre lovely daghthers, tre lovely grandsons and 6 wonderful grandchildren. They are realy good and lovely people, oftentimes much better than me. But they do not know God and dont belive in him. Exept for one granson age 8, who became a Christian all by him self. I do not know how, but he pray to God when he have problems. He is not baptised. His great, great grandmoder gave him a childrens bible, and the parents have read it for him. He is the only Chrisian in this family of 5.

            It gives me great hope for them all, but I still pray for them all, and all of my other family. Will you help me and pray for my family.
            Mona from Denmark

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          • charliej373 says:

            Mona, the prayers of those who suffer have an especially intense efficacy. People will care for those who suffer just because the attitude of so many will be changed – but once people figure out that those little communities which care for the most sufferers are especially blessed, you might have people competing with each other to get the elderly and infirm to move there. The elderly and infirm may, indeed, be a “hot property” before this Storm is up.

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          • Charlie…… I read it and understand but my question was not that conversion is impossible…..but more of how can it be a worldwide event that all will convert. The era of peace that you and others talk about seems from what I have read ……seems to be something that the world has never experienced before. So having said that, my question is how does it happen worldwide? I saw you basically answered that below in a response to GB. You seem to think that I believe that heavy legalism is the answer but that is not what I believe. I know that God has many children in other Christian faiiths. I also believe that HE looks into the hearts of all men regardless if they are Christians or not and judges them on what they know and how much they loved. I know first hand that many who are the least will be first and the first last. Those who have been forgiven much ….love much. But there seems to be some confusion in that you believe in Medjugorje and yet the visionaries speak of a time of grace and a time where it will be too late. Perhaps this is because many will die not having converted before chaos and death is everywhere. I don’t know. But they do say to be a sign of love to those around us and little apostles of peace. Which is the same as your motto. My questions I think irritate you and you seem to not clearly understand my questions. I must I guess make them more clearly or give up asking. I just am trying to understand an era of peace without some defining moment that reaches so many. But I guess it really doesn’t matter because all things are possible with God and I must live my life pointing others to HIS mercy and love.
            Thanks. God bless.

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          • charliej373 says:

            No, your questions don’t irritate me, Charlanne – or at least they rarely do. I speak bluntly to try to get you to see from a different perspective. Let me do so again, on a point here. You are right that this has never happened before. I do not know how it will happen. Unless God decides to educate me, I am not interested in knowing how it happens. He says it will with some emphasis, He has told me true so I believe Him and I am not much inclined to demand that He explain Himself further.

            Perhaps in saying legalism, I should have said bureaucratic. I know very well that you have a gentle. loving heart, Charlanne – and I most assuredly did NOT mean to imply that you were looking at it harshly and narrowly. Bureaucratic would have been a much better word, because I do think you believe if people have not checked off the boxes in the catechism, they are in trouble – and your heart wants to help them. But if that were true, hundreds of millions would be hopelessly lost through the annals of history because they lived before Christ or never had Christ preach to them. Within the Church, people of real faith often stumble by putting bureaucratic limits on the potential of the mercy of God…but they don’t understand. God calls ALL men to salvation – and gives sufficient means suited to their station and their situation in life – ALWAYS.

            But here is a thing: why, when I tell you a whole host of things that have never happened before in history are happening now, and they will get even more dramatic and unprecedented as the crisis deepens, do you object that this has never happened before? Now maybe you mean something else than what I am understanding…but I do have trouble understanding where you’re coming for. God says, “Behold, I am doing something new.” From my perspective, you are asking me to ask Him to explain Himself on what He has said he will unveil at His pace.

            Now whether on communications I’m zigging while you’re zagging or not, you do, indeed offer a lot on these boards. Ask away on what you really wonder about – and if I come off crabby, don’t take it to heart. I’m a grumpy old man.

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  23. Barbara Dore says:

    I love chocolate so much. Hard to explain , i feel something inside me trying to tell me to eat plain food so that I will get used.

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  24. Dorothy says:

    Just a note of curiosity. This morning I was checking on my computer deleting junk mail. I had subscribed to the blog that you recommended, Abyssus Abyssum but I had not yet received any posts. Just to clear things out I opened the spam folder to clear it out. Lo and behold there was the post from that blog and also your post. Why would AOL send these to the spam folder but leave stupid posts from obvious spammers in my new mail? Just wondering!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Because AOL and all email providers and servers use algorhythms and software to “decide” what is likely SPAM and what is not. That is why they send it to a folder so you can do a quick scan rather than just deleting it altogether. Once you press a button that it is not SPAM, you should get notifications regularly. I try to remember to check my SPAM box regularly at this site, for some legitimate comments end up there. But I am very glad to have the SPAM filter because I get reams of nonsense I would have to go through individually if I did not have it.

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  25. diane says:

    Dear Communion of Saints,
    From your first writing of a new society breaking away from the old ways I have been praying and pondering how that could be given that mankind is proven over the forever of time to be an absolute mess. it seems to me that because of that part of us that is created by God especially for God we will rise up to a higher level of faith. A level that will be profoundly filled with virtues, kind, loving, gentle, a stronger faith than we have ever known because God will have the final say in that we will know He is our only Hope for all time,not just the Storm And it seems to me there will be a more joyful spirit surrounding us and leading us to be more compasstionate, patient, and more able to be who God created us to be. We will have a stronger will to persevere. It seems to me that the 7 deadly sins will still exist but our willingness to fight them will be stronger. The world will still be difficult to endure, because it will still offer us chances to be greedy and coveting and selfish – because without God that seems to be our nature, but we will have a stronger sense of God and a stonger ability to pray and ask for guidance immediatly when we feel pressure from the satan – and I see him as still trying to pry us away from God but I see us as being more astute and able to recognize his feeble attempts to thwart us. I see our new “government” as having a set of checks and balances – not unlike we are supposed to have now, but using them as a way of holdiing communities accountable –
    it seems to me that the philosophies and teachings and psychologies that have been introduced into the world via the streamline of the satan will unfold when a light shines upon them and found to be empty and meaningless. And those who held fast to them will need something to fill that void and that will be when we who are filled with the teachings of Christ will be able to gently fill the “intellectuals and elite” with the message of hope.
    The people of God will rise up and be filled with Hope for the coming generations, I am more excited about being able to be a help to the lost than the loss of what I have. My goodness to be in a world where God’s creation is finally closer to understanding the teaching of Jesus than ever before will be a wonder to behold. I mean look at how we have only been sprinkled with the wisdom of saints for 2000 years and now we can look forward to all behaviing like saints. And yes, they had their shortcomings, some were grumpy (Padre Pio), some were said to be slow learners (St. John Vianney), some were pushy (St. Theresa of Avila) – but they did get it and they got things done. I do most certainly understand that we will still have our wonderful short comings and the irritating way some of us do things, but we will get it just a bit more than we do now.
    God Bless you and stay strong because the next right steip is a big one.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you Diane. You have contemplated this and come to something true, real wisdom. Your comment is a worthy meditation, filled with love and insight.

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    • Judy says:

      I know Charlie has his doubts about Locutions to the World,but I went back to see what Jesus has to say about the Pope that would be elected (before he was elected). Jesus is quoted as saying, ” No one should sit upon the Chair of Peter unless he is close to my heart. I have not called an intellectual. I have not called a charming personality. I want one kind of pope – a pope whose heart burns with mine, whose wisdom comes from the Holy Spirit, and whose papacy will follow my direction. Anyone else is not acceptable at this moment in the history of the world and the Church.” You know, Pope Benedict was an intellectual. At this point, I think that we can say the Pope Francis is definitely more earthy and less intellectual than Benedict. In those locutions, Jesus and Mary say that they are continuing to give Benedict wisdom as an aide to Francis, who is also being lead by Jesus and Mary. So, yes, I think Pope Francis has stumbled a bit because of his manner of speaking, but he will do God’s will in regard to church matters. I often think we have the benefit of 2 popes (in a spiritual way) at this point in history and maybe the reason for that will be revealed as time passes….As a I read your posts about the shortcomings of saints, I gained hope for myself. 🙂

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  26. ellenchris says:

    In describing the current lack of value or respect for human life, Charlie said above here: “In that cultural setting, both the elderly and the handicapped have to be terrified that when things get desperate, they will be the first to be tossed over the side. They would be, if it were not that the culture is already being transformed – and will be further through the instrument of the Storm.”

    The point is purification and a return to the basic commands to love God and our neighbor. I have a story to tell.

    Back in the 1980s I was living in the Bronx, NY while going to graduate school. One evening I was driving along and saw an old woman struggling with some cardboard boxes on the sidewalk. I pulled over and asked her if she needed some help. Her name was Blanka; She was in her mid 70s and had a strong eastern European accent. She said she was going to move and needed the boxes for packing. So I put her and the boxes into my car and drove her home. She gave me tea and proudly showed me her beautiful hand-made puppets. She used them to work with autistic children who often responded to the puppets while not responding to people directly. She used the puppets to teach the kids to read, and she was very enthusiastic about this — she loved doing it.

    While we talked I noticed the blue number tattooed on her forearm. She saw that I noticed it, and so she told me her story. As a young wife and mother she had been in Teresianstadt during World War II. She and her husband and daughter had all been taken, and only she lived to come out of the camp. Eventually she remarried and came to this country using her art to teach handicapped kids.

    I said to her, “Blanka, after all you went through, how did you not become angry and bitter? You are doing something so good with your life — how were you able to do that?” I will never forget her simple answer. “Dollink,” she said, “In the camps, the bad got wvorse, but the good got better.”

    In the midst of that hell on earth, some became even more selfish and cruel, but people like Blanka used whatever they had to encourage and help one another: they learned how to love. Meeting Blanka was one of those unexpected God-appointments that He gives us every once in a while. I believe I met her not only so that I could hear her story, but also in order to pass it on. I ponder it sometimes and cry every time, as I am doing now.

    We are all given choices every single day. What we will eventually choose when the chips are down depends in part on the small choices we are making right now. many blessings all around.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you for this beautiful testimony, Ellen. The Storm will reveal hearts more than change them. As I walked, I saw a microcosm of how people’s hearts reach out to each other. I will never forget when the two people who were obviously gang-bangers pulled up to me in Baton Rouge…and handed me a bagful of goodies and snacks they had picked up for me when they saw me trudging down the road, then sped off before I could properly thank them. Our hearts reach out to each other – and they will.

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    • Mick says:

      Wow… Thank you, Ellen.

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    • Judy says:

      Wow! I will have to remember that quote. Thanks so much for posting.

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    • Kati says:

      ellenchris,

      This is one of the most beautiful things I have read. Thank you very much for sharing it. It very much tugged at my heart in several ways.

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  27. GB says:

    I can’t help but review this discussion through the eyes of the Exodus. It sounds like the renewal will be perhaps much more global, but I think the core idea of “detachment” that is present in the night of the passover and the instruction Exodus 12:11 is instructive: “This is how you are to eat it: with your loins girt, sandals on your feet and your staff in hand, you shall eat like those who are in flight. It is the Passover of the LORD.” The Jews were basically ready to leave all they’d known behind, and while many may of us may not need to flee physically (and really, so far, in the Storm it seems though those with the most to lose are losing it – the Christians in the Middle East for example, while the affluent and comfortable are not bearing much loss at all), but it’s the spiritual sense in which we will have to flee – to flee the temporal impediments that weighs us down –not unlike the chain that holds back Frabritius’s Goldfinch.

    But, also, in the Exodus we have this: Even in the sight of CLEAR MIRACLES from God, there was still doubt in the Jews, and they harbored regret for following God’s messenger (Moses) to be killed at the edge of the Red Sea, or later to die in the desert (oh, how we’d have rather remained in Egypt than die here in the desert, they would say). But wouldn’t one think, gee, if I had seen the miraculous deliverance offered by God — that is the renewal of the relationship between God and his people — I’d not be grumbling or wishing to return to my former place, I would think/hope “yes, I trust, whatever – I see you are with us”. And yet, as we know from scripture, many of the Jews were grumbling even in the face of deliverance. So, while maybe the STORM’s arrival is not apparent, maybe neither will be the deliverance per se. I hope for a complete and clear renewal, but it doesn’t seem God quite works that way–sin and lack of trust seems to show up simultaneously each time…

    So thinking of that against what Charlie is sharing with us, and not discounting that God will need to achieve a renewal through a shaking of the temporal order in Western Civilization (if not the world — but it seems that the poor in the ghettos in Rio de Janeiro will suffer less loss because they have no comfort to lose), but it sounds like the subtlety, the whisper in the wind is what we may miss among all of our supply gathering and the clamor, noise and bad news.

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    • charliej373 says:

      A deeply worthy and insightful meditation. I am told that the Rescue will be that rarity of rarities – a miracle visible to all when all will know we have been rescued by Our Lady. But other than that, I entirely concur with you. For decades I would cry that if the Lord would just show everyone what he was showing me, none of this would be necessary, for everyone would repent. For the last decade, when it is all too obvious by natural means to any who is willing to see, yet they continue and broaden their rebellion, I see that once again God was right and I was wrong. (Little tip…never play Trivial Pursuit with God.)

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      • GB says:

        But will only those with Faith see and recognize the sign as a sign from God? I once watched an episode of a show on TV that was able to give natural explanations for every single miraculous aspect of the Exodus (but, of course, just because apparently natural phenomenon can explain an apparent miraculous event, that does not exclude the work of God, and in fact the person presenting the material was a practicing Jew), so the sign could look miraculous, but be mysterious and natural, as the Dancing of the Sun at Fatima, Shroud, the Tilma of our Lady of Guadalupe, etc. Hopeful though that as the Tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe converted the whole of Latin America, this sign will be one leading to mass conversion. God knows we need it, can’t imagine the next generation of adults (todays teens and preteens) will be anything but a worse disaster, without a Storm now.

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        • charliej373 says:

          On that, GB, I am told that all will see it and it will be undeniably miraculous. And since Our Lady’s coming will result in our rescue from what all think is imminent certain destruction, it will reach fertile ground. People who were just rescued from certain death are inclined to be a little less cynical and smarty-pants about the instrument of their rescue.

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  28. Ok Charlie……you gave the answer to my question basically to GB. I was asking if there will be something visible that the world would know …..that would help change thier hearts. Such as Our Lady appearing to the world or a great visible event that happens for the world. You answered it by stating

    I am told that the RESCUE will be that rarity of rarities – a miracle visible to all when ALL will know we have been rescued by OUR LADY.

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  29. Annie says:

    Just a thought on the Illumination that I see mentioned so often here. I am thinking that the illumination is ongoing and happening to those of us open to deepening our relationship with God, taking that next right step. I am thinking that God wants as many of us prepared as He can get so when the crash comes and so many are reeling from a larger illumination, we are steady in the graces He has already given us and able to come forward in Love. Just my thoughts, Charlie. Please correct me if I’m off base.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Annie, I suspect you are relatively new here, because you are stating, rather succinctly, what I believe about it also. For which I have gotten a little grief from time to time.

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      • Becky-TN says:

        Annie,

        I believe the Illumination comprises several “things” many have stated here: yours and Charlie’s – an ongoing Illumination that some will either “see” or “miss” and some “bigger” things – Garabandal. And since we are dealing with God, I would think He’ll throw in some things we can’t even imagine to surprise us all.

        God Bless,

        Becky

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  30. Mack says:

    Thank you for this great post, Charlie. As long as the dictator isn’t Obama but someone who will restore the Judeo-Christian order, I’m fine with it. I think that’s what we need. When you said the person will likely be someone unknown, I thought of Joan of Arc too. I’ve been reading “The Retrial of Joan of Arc,” about the rehabilitation trial that took place 20 years after her death. The actions of the bishop Cauchon and other churchmen who brought about her death were utterly shameful. But God vindicated her. That is so hopeful in terms of both the Church and the world.
    I was thunderstruck when the book casually said that all the public events around Joan of Arc happened within two years. It made me think of what you said once when people were saying, “But Obama still has two years left” etc. etc. You said that when God acts, time as we tend to reckon it will not matter. God will act even if it seems like there isn’t enough time for these things to happen. But they will. Though I don’t relish the thought of the Storm, the Rescue coming gives me so much hope. I love your comparison between gangland and Mayberry!

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    • CrewDog says:

      The real villain in the St Joan saga was the weak, vacillating, dithering, incompetent and surrounded by butt kissin’ courtiers .. Charles VII. If he had not disbanded the Army that Joan had built and allowed her to continue her campaign, the Hundred Years War may have only been 80! Instead ….. ;-( Gee!! Who does Charles #7 sound like!!??
      I think I may have already mentioned that I just finished “Joan of Arc – The Warrior Saint” By S.W. Richey. It’s a concise history of her military exploits.
      St Joan be with US in The Storm!!

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    • Mick says:

      Ha, Mack, I agree on the dictator thing. When my kids complain about my laying down the law at home, I always tell them, “This family is not a democracy. It is a benevolent dictatorship, and Dad and I are the dictators.” Well, technically, I should be called the co-dictatrix; but, whatever.

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      • SteveBC says:

        Mick, you are a true wordsmith. “Co-Dictatrix.” All I can say is, “Wow.” 😀

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        • Mick says:

          Thanks for the compliment, Steve; but I have to tell you that writing has never, ever, been my forte. In college, I majored in math so that I wouldn’t have to read books and write papers for 4 years. Silly, I know… but, oh, did I worry myself sick whenever I had to write a paper!

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  31. renonative says:

    Hello Charlie,

    I hope you all had a restful night’s sleep. I have my next question ready.

    1) when do we confront China, before or after the Rescue?

    I hope you haven’t answered that before and I missed it. God bless,
    Monica

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    • charliej373 says:

      I have answered it before, Reno, but there are a lot of new people here. The desperation of the war with the Chinese government, is what leads up to the Rescue. After the Rescue, remember, comes an extended era of peace, prosperity and true Christian brotherhood. Thank God, more Chinese nationals are converting to faith (there are now more Chinese Chritians than Chinese Communist Party Members). It is sort of an ace in the hole.

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  32. Rosemary says:

    I was just wondering what your thoughts were on the “Lawless One” that St. Paul talks about. He state that it is being held back by a “restrainer”. Is this the Anti-Christ and where does he factor into all of this? I know that the spirit of Anti-Christ has always been present among us since Jesus ascended into Heaven but I think St. Paul was talking about a specific individual.

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    • charliej373 says:

      St. Paul probably was, Rosemary. But you have to understand, I really do not compare what I am told to various pieces of the Bible to try to figure out how it fits. I leave it to my priests to tell me if something I say is in conflict or is contrary to faith and morals. I have a specific job to do and pretty much stick to what is relevant to that. And if something like you mention should be important to my work, I trust my angel to tell me and direct my attention to it – just as He did about Fatima 22 years ago. I understand everyone’s normal curiosity and when I can give an answer, I do. But I do not worry about how anything factors into it unless I am directed to pay attention to it.

      I know one person was stunned when he found that I stay away from the Book of Revelation as much as I can. He thought sure it would be my favorite book and that I would have spent countless hours poring over it. I did not devise these things I tell you – I was told them. I do expend no little effort to understand and properly interpret what I am told. But I work by contemplation, prayer in action, studying normal things – like history, a touch of science, literature. Often, I get my best “Eureka” moments while watching a detective show or a movie on television.

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  33. Donette says:

    Charlie, Interesting article that I stumbled on. You may or may not be interested in reading it. What caught my attention was the title: “The Gathering Storm.” Based on Churchill’s writing. There is a comparison between the happenings prior to World War II and what is happening in the world today.

    http://www.theblaze.com/blog/2015/01/27/is-the-world-reliving-churchills-history-of-the-run-up-to-wwii-these-12-passages-suggest-we-might-be/

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you, Donette. Churchill is one of my great heroes – along with St. John Paul, Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King. The ONLY reason the whole world is not in complete panic is because it is so utterly historically ignorant. The parallels between now and the run-up to WWII are so obvious and compelling that now could be a movie reboot of the WWII franchise. And as with all movie remakes of old stories, this one comes with more dramatic special effects and explosions.

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  34. diane says:

    Charlie,
    I do wonder about the dead – especially because I seem to be with them all the time:)
    and boy are we busy this month, its like the Good Lord is calling them home to do them a favor.
    We are sticklers about records and who will do that work during the Storm – or do the bodies just pile up – and 26 million is a drop inthe bucket really when you think about it. Anyway I was wondering if you have an answer to that question.
    God Bless you All.

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  35. Do not fall prey to the false beginnings or be concerned with the times of such things. The Vile One only appears weak as he hides his face from us, but in reality he has laboured diligently 7 masterfully behind the scenes from within your borders for his quick assent into prominence. Do not be fooled by the false beginnings or plainness of events nor the rankling of wars & catastrophes. These are all but an illusionary act of Satan himself to bring down our guard. In the Heavens it is the heart & intellect not material aspects of creation that determine our willingness to be an accord with the plan of God or to be separate (free will). Satan has no power unless it is granted to him & the Vile One knows this all too well. Satan believes that he becomes God with all that comes with it if he seizes the creation & through the worship of himself by the created beings in it. This of course is foolishness but nonetheless is. Look at the Star Trek franchise storyline (the peaceful atheistic universe governed by Man) or even the lyrics composed by the Beatles (Imagine), or various eastern thought that implies a oneness with the higher power & so forth. There you will see the falsity in plain of Satan in plain sight. It is through the ordinary means that God has bestowed a path to holiness in his creatures. It is through His grace, miracles, & other Divine interventions that He assists & sustains us along the way. But if it must be known to you China through its’ many works & agents of evil has governance over the radical nations, terrorists, & certain mid-east entities whom you have already had minor confrontations with. China desires to oppose Russia first once the European continent has been irrevocably weakened. A terrible war will ensue allowing for the true unification of Europe & Russia, the Alliance with the American, & The Key that unleashes the Rescue & Second Pentecost. If I am wrong time will tell. Rather in our own lives let us be steadfast in prayer & good works. Let it be done so with hope, faith, & humility. Let it be done so in charity of heart. These are the things that bind Satan, these are the things in which we shall use to rebuild the shattered world.

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  36. diane says:

    I am sorry, I mean if there are no funeral homes, and crematories cannot function – what happens to the dead. I work at a funeral home (excuse my horrible pun about being with the dead all the time), but I do wonder if there is a lapse in business’s functioning how will we bury our loved ones.
    Is this a bit clearer?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Now I understand what you mean, Diane. Who knows whether there will be funeral homes or not after the initial chaos? But even if there weren’t, people were burying their dead before there were funeral homes or crematories. I don’t want to sound flip, but there will still be shovels – and wood to make simple caskets with. Just over a century ago, wide swaths of the American west were so isolated people had to bury their dead in the side yard. Perhaps you are worried about large numbers needing burial at the same time. Since time immemorial, people have also dug mass graves after battles and massacres. That capability is not lost either.

      You know, Diane, some of the questions I get come down to, “Hoe are we going to be able to keep doing this or that in the same way we do now.” For a lot of it, we won’t be able to. We will just have to do it differently – and we will. When I was walking, I could not go grab an extra blanket or two on an especially cold night…so I would seek shelter with good, dense tree cover. When I was thirsty, I could not go to the faucet…so I tried to keep streams and rivers close by. I don’t think I ever got more than five miles from at least a stream.

      But much of the way we have done things is passing away. Most of what we have did not exist even a few centuries ago – yet people survived and often thrived. Now we have so many things, but we have lost sight of God. Soon, we will have very few things, but will have an abundance of God again. It’s a pretty good trade-off. When we build things anew, we will be a lot more particular about not abandoning God for things in the process – realizing that things always pass away.

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  37. booklover says:

    Charlie, thank you for such an enlightening post. You have answered numerous questions, and I am much more at peace about what is coming. I feel now my emphasis should not be on the ending of civilization as we know it, but on the building of a new and better civilization. However, I cannot help but think that in order to have this new world, all the books used in public schools (and many Catholic schools for that matter) would have to be burned. Our children have been indoctrinated into tolerance and total moral relevance, not to mention being deprived of any true education. They are basically ignorant of things of any import. I home schooled three children all through high school, only to have the Universities rob them of half of what they held to be true. They are either very confused about there being moral absolutes or are no longer pursuing the good, the true, and the beautiful. It is heartbreaking, and I most fervently hope for a better world for my grandchildren. Who knows, maybe I will be a teacher in the new world 🙂

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    • barb129 says:

      I homeschooled my three children also, booklover, and had the same thing happen. It is heartbreaking but I am hopeful that the coming Storm will bring them back. I will say a prayer now for your children and for your heartbreak.
      I keep thinking that teaching little ones is going to be my job in the new world too. =)

      Charlie, your posts do give me such wonderful hope.

      Jesus, I trust in you.

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  38. Diane says:

    Thanks for clarifying – and I really think some are being called home at a faster rate – we have seen an increase of calls so far this year – and I’m just a tiny snap shot of the funeral business. God is merciful indeed. We will indeed be a better people when the Storm has passed. Love. I love .

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    • charliej373 says:

      Yes, Diane, I have warned folks to be prepared for untimely deaths right now. For everyone who is not strong enough to endure the Storm but can be brought into a state of grace, God will bring them there and pluck them from this earth, thus rescuing their immortal soul. So be glad for those who remain and help support you here, but be glad for those who go on and help and guide you with a deeply personal care from the next world.

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  39. Hopenjoy says:

    Hey, a chance to be a sign of hope to others…I just signed up for a class in our area offered at the local fire station. Psychological First Aid – this American Red Cross course is to prepare all first responders to provide basic care, comfort and support to people who are experiencing disaster-related stress. Recognize signs of stress in clients, co-workers and yourself. Learn and apply psychological first aid principles in providing immediate support; obtain mental health support for yourself, co-workers and clients. I’ve helped a few people in emergency situations and I have found myself calm and collected while praying urgently in my prayer language. Should be a good class, I hope they don’t overlook the spiritual aspects of caring and helping.

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  40. SteveBC says:

    Charlie, you might not want to publish this, but perhaps it might matter for others, too.

    My mother spends the summer where I live in the northern US. In the winter she goes south to Florida. She’s 90 years old and plays golf 2-3 times a week – very well I might add. That level of activity helps her stay well. If she were to stay here with me during the winter, she would not be able to be active.

    I want her to be able to come here for this summer of 2015 and go back safely to Florida for next winter (2015-2016 winter). However, she and I worry about her being there if/when the Collapse starts in earnest. She is capable of packing and getting her car and herself here within 3-4 days if we have even just a little time to recognize she truly *needs* to come here. I believe she will be safer with me once the Collapse begins. We can (and want to) face it together.

    I know that God will help her, and it could be that we should simply run our lives normally and trust. I myself have come some distance in my own willingness and ability to trust God in this Storm (thanks to you, for one) and am prepared to simply help my mother decide each day.

    However, it does bring to mind the idea that having several days warning that the Collapse is truly beginning would be rather helpful. The Collapse itself will likely happen rather suddenly, like an avalanche, and we are not there yet, although the instability is certainly building. I also recall that you have said that you have not actually been shown much in terms of what is actually to happen in the Storm, especially insofar as the Collapse itself is concerned.

    Do you view giving such a warning (that the Collapse is imminent – Duck!) as part of your caring for the faithful and defending the faithful, or do you define those parts of your mission differently? Will the Collapse come like a thief in the night, not even you knowing even a few days beforehand that it has been triggered? Or will you be able or even be instructed to provide such a warning to “Duck” to your readers here? Or might such come from some other spiritual source, such as Medjugorje? Or do you counsel us as you often do simply to trust and do the best we can?

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    • charliej373 says:

      It will come like a thief in the night, Steve.

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      • SteveBC says:

        Thanks for clarifying that, Charlie. I figured that would be the case, but I thought to turn over the last rock and see what was under it. Now it’s trust-do-love all the way, no excuses, no expectations. 🙂

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        • Cecilia says:

          Charlie, I thought in a much earlier post or comment you said there would be an “event” and people would have time to decide what to do. I think it was in the context of fleeing or staying put. So the event comes before or after the collapse? I am a bit confused. Can you shed any light here, or did I misunderstand the earlier statement? Thanks.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Cecilia, I think you misunderstood. I said that “events” would reveal the signs of the times. I was not talking about some supernatural or major event, but the ordinary events cascading towards crash. I do privately tell my friends that it is now time to have their “bug-out” plans in place. Since you are all my friends, read the signs of the times and be prepared not to panic. The tinder is completely dry…and one spark could send the whole thing blazing now.

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          • Kim says:

            Cecilia, I think I remember what you are referring to. If I remember right, I believe what Charlie said was that right after the collapse people will have a little bit of time before complete chaos sets in, that will enable people to get to the place where they feel they need to be at (home, grandma’s house, brother’s house etc). If I remember right Charlie said that right around the time he was telling people that it would be a good idea as a family to discuss if something major happens, where it is that their family members will meet at or if family members do get separated for a time where it is that they can reunite. Charlie, Please correct any mistakes I may have in my memory.

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          • charliej373 says:

            No Kim, you have got it down cold. Thanks.

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          • Cecilia says:

            Kim, what a memory! That is exactly the post I was referring to. Thanks a bunch.
            And thank you, Charlie for your clarification.

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          • SteveBC says:

            I think I asked the wrong question. Thank you Cecilia, Kim, and Charlie for the enlightening information. It is what I needed.

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  41. Hi Charlie! No I don’t object at all to what you say are things that are happening that are unprecedented . An era of peace and Satan chained is unprecedented . Chaos is not new. We reap what we sow. Getting to the era of peace on a worldwide level was my only question. I was curious to fault on how it comes about unless by some major event other than chaos itself. Today I got inthe car after you gave methe verse and the evangelical pastor on a non catholic radio station said this.
    God is lie an iron and we are wrinkled shirts. God uses the heat to get out our wrinkles so we can be more presentable to let others see Christ in us. god wants us looking great for him. Spotless and wrinkle free but in order to get that way …we have to go through some heat . LOL!!
    Too much heat and we burn, not enough heat and we are still wrinkled messes.
    Te pastor even used the words CHAOS on several occasions. That God uses it to bring us to where we ought to be and to show us our weaknesses and to show us that the world around us will shake but Gods kingdom is UNSHAKABLE and we are children of that kingdom.
    How’s that ! God is speaking to me Charlie. LOL!! I think it’s hard for me to see fully what you are telling us. I get confused. LOL!! I think you have me pegged wrong somehow……but that me be do to my writing or my questions etc. I love to ask questions to learn. I don’t do it to cast doubt on you. I’m like one of those kids that ask mom and dad questions all day. LOL!! It helps me. I understand though too that God only reveals to us what HE wishes and what’s est for us. I am just fine with that. Sometimes knowing too much is a burden and not healthy. But I am a convert and asking tons of questions is how I got here. LOL!!!
    Thanks Charlie.
    PS: I like grumpy old guys. I ain’t scared. Some of the grumpiest men in my family are my favorites. LOL!!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Ha! What happened Charlanne was that God looked down and said, “Ah, Charlie, you’re not quite getting through to Charlanne – so I’m gonna help you out. I know you gotta lot going, Not as much as Me, but hey, I’m omnipotent – and you’re not.” So he prompted you to turn on that radio station. See – here at this site, we back each other up.

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  42. LOL!!! I must be pretty stupid when the Most High has to reach via fm radio. Oh well! It worked!
    If you would have heard the sermon you would have rolled over laughing. It was Pastor Tony Evans …..I think thats his name. An African American somewhat loud preacher that gets the people sayin AMEN BROTHER!!! I love his sermons. I catch a little of them everyday on my way to Divine Mercy. I get catholic radio but the signal ain’t as good.

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  43. Bob says:

    And I surely hope that the supply lines for heroin and crack dealers will be quickly cut when the storm hits. After a hard day yesterday at my post seeing some fairly serious addicts I am almost ready to endure a storm if some of this filth can be purified from our world. Also you spoke of the economy recently again. More consequences of sin. We take God out of our society, more sin is permitted and overlooked, more people become disabled by addictions and by various other sins, the government is forced to support more who are no longer productive citizens and the economy becomes even more top heavy!

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  44. Lin says:

    Hi Charlie,
    You mention that those not strong enough to endure the Storm will die prior to it…do you mean those lacking physical strength, or spiritual strength?

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  45. Lin says:

    Charlie,
    One more question. Could you elaborate on your statement that the prayers of the suffering are especially effective? Why is this? Do you mean physical suffering or other types of suffering?
    Thanks!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Any type of suffering, Lin, that gets outside of itself and offers that suffering up for others, that is very pleasing in the Lord’s sight. We always seek the consolation of the Lord, as well we should. He offered up His suffering on the Cross for the whole world for all time. When we offer up our suffering to His, freely joining it to His, it is the one way where we are able to offer consolation to the Suffering Christ.

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  46. pic8 says:

    Charlie,
    You have written two articles that seem to be “spinning” for the pope. The last on his “breeding like rabbits” comment (I forget the first). For the record, I was an original member of RCF (Roman Catholic Faithful) and had Frs Charles Fiore and Martin as mentors. I am well aware of what happened in the church since V2 (or at least I think I do). I am well aware of the praise you gave Mark Mallet’s article on the Holy Father, The Thin Line Between Heresy and Mercy. People like me have been called a Pharisee in a way by the pope and others (I guess lacking mercy). I am a fan of your blog and love the lifestyle that our pope lives. However , after being rebutted about the synod and the pope’s supposed non-involvement, now we have this from a reputable source. How do you/Mark Mallet spin this?
    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/pope-francis-approved-family-synods-controversial-mid-term-report-before-pu

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    • charliej373 says:

      I don’t spin anything, Pic. I try to understand. It wearies me to get criticism that I am too critical of the hierarchy and then get more that I am “spinning” for the Pope. No matter how much others try to spin the Pope as a heretic, they have to deal with his closing statement at the Synod. They won’t, because it is a wholly Orthodox, wholly charitable restatement of what authentic Catholic principle is.

      So what if he approved the mid-term report? I have often invited and welcomed dissenting views from my own both in politics and in media. I do it fairly frequently here. So because the Pope approved documents for consideration that you don’t like, though he firmly ended by enforcing orthodoxy, we should condemn him as a heretic because he actually agreed to listen to what he ultimately rejected? That, my friend, is malicious spin on the part of his critics. Do not think God has not taken notice of all those who desperately try to spin this Pope into an heretic – when his formal proclamations do not justify it.

      If some are so all-fired determined to leave the Catholic Church and form their own “true church” with a “true pope” may they do it and be done with it, just like Luther did before them. Those of us who are faithful to the Magisterium and to the words of Christ have serious work to do. There’s a Storm bearing down on us.

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  47. pic8 says:

    Charlie,

    Yes, the closing statement was magnificent ,although as you know the synod is still ongoing. I have no intention of leaving the faith I have been willing to lay down my life for . My question to you is, are you not disturbed by the fact that the holy father stacked the committee and approved the mid-term document? This, along with global warming and “breeding like rabbits” comments (clarified again later by the fine print) are troubling to me, maybe not for you. I am keeping Joe in my prayers. Thank you for helping him and us.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I have worked with many officials whose interim statements are sometimes troubling…and sometimes what was initially troubling to me brought something important to light, so I was glad that another’s counsel held the day. It is the definitive statements that matter most to me, not the sometimes meandering route through which they get there. So I have no fundamental issue with this Pope. That he discusses some things in a different way than I would sometimes discomfits me, but what discomfits me more is when people use it to try to discredit him ultimately. I appreciate your declaration of steadfastness to the faith in the Barque of Peter.

      I very much appreciate your prayers for Joe. Keep at it.

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  48. Julee says:

    About the elderly and disabled…so many people don’t understand the tremendous effort that goes into advocating for appropriate care (or education) until they’re either faced with it themselves or are close to someone going through it. Even then, it’s amazes me when friends who commiserate with us, don’t see any relationship between the “right” to abortion, euthanasia, and assisted suicide and the reasons we’re forced to constantly advocate for our disabled son (and my elderly parents before they passed). Caring for my son is a joy, but advocacy is draining and a source of frustration and discouragement. In reading this post, I was heartened to discover you don’t anticipate the elderly and disabled being tossed over the side and there will be blessings and assistance during these terrifying times. I’m guessing the revealing of hearts will be a painful process bringing us both joy and sorrow. When my son was born, I think we witnessed a revealing of hearts to some degree. Some family and friends who I thought would be a source of great help and encouragement ended up keeping their distance, while people we didn’t even know were drawn to us and became entrenched in our day-to-day lives. I know those who chose to keep their distance cared about us, but not to the point of rolling up their sleeves and getting involved. I suspect that will be a telltale sign of someone’s heart during the storm.

    But while your insight gives me hope, I still can’t help worrying when I try to imagine the unimaginable and wonder how we will survive (if we do indeed survive) without the medicine, supplies, and equipment we’ve come to depend on. Like everyone else, we can live without electricity, but some of our other survival techniques, due to the nature of my son’s disability, will be have to be different than others. My biggest concern is food and water and having the means to feed him. He’s primarily g-tube fed and while I can switch from an electric feeding pump to a gravity bag or even a syringe, I won’t be able to feed him if we don’t have those supplies or if something happens to his g-tube. This, I know, is where radical dependence on God will be necessary big time. My husband and I take pains to make sure our boy doesn’t have even the slightest bit of discomfort, so it will be excruciating if we aren’t able to meet his needs and he has to suffer. He’s nonverbal, but he looks at us with such trusting eyes, especially when he’s hurting. I hope not, but this could very well drive me to despair. There are times even now, when I get upset because we can’t immediately figure out how to help him. These are the times I turn over to God to please fix it or enlighten us and/or his doctors. So, yeah, I still have my worries, but at least some of them have prompted me to do some planning (stocking up on syringes, formula, making cloth diapers, etc.). Of course it’s also crossed my mind that God may call him home, which despite my faith and trust, would also be exceedingly painful.

    Something my parish priest recently said about worrying has helped me, though. Nothing new–it just clicked. To paraphrase what he said: God loves YOU and wants a personal relationship with YOU. He wants to speak to YOU, so pray and listen to what he wants you to do today. Don’t waste time thinking and worrying about tomorrow because you’ll only miss out on the graces He intended to bestow on you today (that may very well help you tomorrow). And don’t be tricked into false humility; don’t think you’re not important enough for God to talk to you. He wants to speak to everyone. Trust in Him and be prepared for the amazing things you’ll hear. Remember, if you were the only person on earth that needed saving, Jesus would have still died for YOU. He is with you always.

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    • barb129 says:

      I have a friend who has a disabled son (g-tube, trach) who is thinking the same things you’re thinking (she reads this blog also). I’m praying for peace for you both….

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