Musings – The End of the Beginning

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By Charlie Johnston

It has been a very busy couple of weeks – for the world as well as for me. I planned to do a massive Musings column today…then realized getting in so much you would choke on it after having an absence of anything but the Joseph Cronin story for two weeks was not the way to go. So I will keep it to a reasonable Musings column today, followed by several more until I have gotten all off my chest that the last few weeks have engendered.

If you like your Internet, you can keep your Internet….

Most of President Obama’s commissioners to the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) kept their plans for “net neutrality” a closely-guarded secret until last week. Even now, we have just seen the tip of this ugly scheme…details being held back so as to prop up the facile fiction that it is for our own good and will make things much better for us all.

Here’s the reality: this is an attempted government takeover of the internet that will seek to regulate content of websites as well as vastly increase costs for everyone. In an effort to sound benign, websites will not be monitored for their political content – but internal links to other websites that do express political views will be regulated, in some cases assessed a fee, and all will be required to do lengthy regular reporting to the government – called disclosures and reporting – to see if any fees are required. For any of you who have ever dealt with bureaucracies in your home state or federal government on reporting political donations and expenditures, this would be even MORE intrusive – and directed at average folks. To give those who have not ever so dealt an idea of what it is like – when my fantasies get around to imagining a federal agency that should be torpedoed, the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) ALWAYS comes before the IRS.

And what, pray tell, is political in this day and age? Well, if you attack freedom of speech or religion as guaranteed in the First Amendment, that is portrayed as rational and enlightened discourse. If you defend those freedoms, you are accused of “politicizing” the argument. If you attack the right of self-defense as settled in the Second Amendment, you are supposedly engaging in rational and enlightened discourse. If you defend that right, you are “politicizing” the issue. If you say non-violent religions such as Christianity and Judaism should be oppressed and their adherents forced at the point of government coercion to violate their deepest beliefs, that is rational and enlightened discourse. If you say that adherents of the religion that has been routinely beheading civilians, crucifying children or burying them alive, burning soldiers alive in a cage are actually a “religion of peace” which should be tolerated and encouraged and understand, that is rational and enlightened discourse. If, though, you defend the peaceful rights of conscience of Christians and Jews while advocating the engagement and defeat of murdering Jihadists, you are both politicizing the issue and are obviously an ignorant Neanderthal.

America’s foundational documents, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, offer a blueprint for how to blend self-government with liberty in a fashion that can endure, but it is more than that. The Declaration, particularly, lays out the criteria for judging whether or not a government is legitimate. All the founders maintained that when a government failed the basic tests of legitimacy, people had the right to overthrow it. Several of them insisted that, in such a case, the people had a positive duty to overthrow it.

I acknowledge the coercive power of our government, but for at least five years, I have not regarded it as legitimate. I regard it as an occupying power. I no longer deal with it out of any loyalty or allegiance, but on a pragmatic basis, submitting to that which I cannot stop without great cost and which does not directly violate my conscience; ignoring it and living passive resistance on most other things – and saving active resistance for those things which carry great moral weight or directly impact guaranteed freedoms. A couple examples:

  • I will apply for and accept no disability payments from the government, despite family members and attorney friends occasionally urging me to and assuring me I would qualify easily. This is not for all, but for me. To accept such payments would be to become a co-conspirator with an illegitimate occupying force at best – and the slave of a capricious beast of a bureaucracy at worst. For the same reason, I will not accept Social Security when I become eligible for it because of age.
  • Since before my pilgrimage, I do not carry health insurance and I will not carry it. I cannot get any insurance that does not cover abortion…and when my government demands that I get insurance and demands that that insurance pay tribute to the culture of death, it demands what I will not give. I cannot stop the government from imposing fines, but I will not cooperate with them in processing those fines nor respond to any illegal and immoral demands they make in that regard. Unless I am unconscious or otherwise prevented from making decisions for myself, I will not go to any hospital that sets aside a death chamber for aborting infants. I have been moments from death on at least three occasions in my life: I find it far more acceptable than participating in the advancement of the culture of death.

I am not a revolutionary. This government will collapse under the weight of its own contradictions soon enough. I am far more interested in making provisions for rebuilding, for defending those who suffer in the crash, than I am in helping the crash along. But I have withdrawn my loyalty and submission to a government which utterly fails the test of legitimacy.

Thus, if the regulation of the internet manages to pass before collapse is complete, I will keep doing what I am doing as long as I can. I will submit no reports to government overseers, I will make no disclosures, I will not answer any summons, I will not pay any fines, I will not trim my sails to suit any bureaucrats. Their only choice will be to shut me down or jail me. I will not co-operate with them so they will have to exercise their coercive power.

Statists will, of course, dismiss this as over-heated paranoid fantasy. I am not fearful or paranoid or making an impotent statement of defiant rage. I hope it does not come to that. But these are very serious times – and things we are assured will never happen keep happening. That will continue to get worse and more dire. I say this so no one is caught unawares. We are going to have to make some very tough decisions – and already are having to. Each of us must consider how we will act when the commissar comes to enforce the state’s will over us…and each of us needs to consider it with cool resolve now…precisely so we don’t engage in impotent statements of rage we will not actually live up to when the time comes. The darkness is upon us.

The End of the Beginning

I am astonished at how far things have tumbled in just the last few weeks while I was occupied with other things. Yemen, our great ally and anchor of stability (according to the American President) has fallen completely. Organized violence runs amok in Africa and the Middle East while our president worries himself about the threat posed by roving bands of rogue Methodists and the Ladies Red Hat League. It is as if Winston Churchill, confronted with the threat by Hitler, mobilized England to prepare for the growing menace of marauding centaurs while ignoring the Nazis. That would not have ended well. Neither will this.

I was, however, grateful for President Obama’s breathtakingly ignorant, offensive and condescending lecture at the national prayer breakfast telling us Christians not to get on our “high horses” at Jihadi atrocities, for after all…the Crusades! I have been telling shocked audiences for several decades now that the Crusades were NOT Christian aggression, but the Christian counter-attack against Muslim aggression that intended to take over the world and destroy Christianity entirely. My major problem with it is that Christianity did not even get started until after Islam had taken over all the Holy Land, all of Spain and what is now Portugal, and vast chunks of Italy. I would no more apologize for the Crusades than I would apologize for defeating Hitler (both things that happened before I was born, but in which my spiritual forbears rose to defend civilization and freedom successfully). President Obama’s noxious comments caused several historians to declare, “Enough already!” and write pieces that confirmed exactly what I have been saying – and thus much of the general public is finally getting an actual historical recitation of the Crusades rather than the ignorant, fictional polemical broadsides, that have held sway now for several decades.

My favorite piece is by Jonah Goldberg, the public intellectual with a rapier wit who resides at National Review. (Even Goldberg loves the irony of himself, a Jew, rising to the defense of the Crusades). For a more straightforward dismissal of the nonsense, Ralph Peters lays out some basic facts.

On the economic front, I was a bit stunned when Jim Clifton, the CEO of Gallup (the big, establishment polling company) wrote this primal scream of a piece decrying the continuing official lies about unemployment in this country. Those of you who are regular readers can proudly say you heard it here first in this piece a few months back. A day or two after this piece appeared, Clifton said some conciliatory things in an interview – and then pointedly said he was trying to make nice because he did not want to be “disappeared,” his children need him. This is not some right-wing survivalist engaging in paranoia, but a member in good standing of the ruling class of elites. (Well, his standing may not be as good as it was before he decided to speak truth to power).

Almost as ominous was this piece from the mainstream Financial Times, revealing the level of national indebtedness throughout the world. I am not positive, but I am pretty sure we now owe more money than has existed combined through all of history. That is unprecedented.

We have had administrations and government fail and make vast miscalculations before. Such is life. But they have always reached a point where officials would get a bewildered mien and it would be clear that they knew things were not working out as they planned. Everything this administration touches ends up smashed to bits – and as they survey their handiwork, they pronounce it good. The best the opposition in Congress can mount is to argue about the type of broom that should be used for a cleanup. It is bizarre. But it is not the beginning of the end, only the end of the beginning.

Flaccid Libertines

It has been a pleasant surprise to discover that the movie, “50 Shades of Grey,” is being panned in almost all corners. Liberals hate it for the oppression of women it portrays; the artsy crowd hates it for its bad writing and exhausted themes; conservatives and Christians hate it for the soulless pornographic lust at its center.

Of all the pieces I have seen on it, this one by Kirsten Andersen at LifeSiteNews is the most deeply insightful. There is a great longing at the core of modern culture, a longing for love that is only being met by more and more mechanical lust. It leaves people empty…hollow. It is like being stranded at sea and dying of thirst. The desire to drink the brine becomes overwhelming – and it does give momentary relief. But the cost is that it makes the thirst even worse – and if you can’t obtain fresh water, it will kill you. The substitution of lust for love is the brine that is slowly killing many in our culture…and they are finally waking up to its deadly and dulling effect.

Many of the people who deceive themselves that they are hot, young and beautiful are actually leading lives of quiet desperation and despair. The living waters of Christ make up the fresh spring that can revive them…but only if we truly love. To do that we must be a sign of hope, real hope, and then exhort all who come to this fountain to go forth and do the same for those around them. If we live that with quiet fortitude, the walls of Gomorrah will crumble along with its toxic illusions.

Onward Christian Soldiers

A few days back, a reader questioned me about a comment I had made on a secular website, where I called someone “stupid and sloppy” in the midst of a debate. I am an opinionated guy – and have never been shy about sharing that opinion, nor about tossing around verbal brickbats and crowbars to do so. He suggested it was not an appropriate way to speak, particularly if I were, indeed, to be a prophetic voice.

I resisted for a bit. Verbal combat has been one of my great enthusiasms over the years…whether it be about sports, cinema, literature or politics. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that there is one area where I have rarely engaged in casual verbal combat – – in public matters in which I had real responsibility. Why? Because when I have had real responsibility on such matters, I have known that undisciplined verbal combat will often drive people away and can badly wound others who mean well but express themselves clumsily or bombastically.

Over the years, my angel has urged me to have no concern over proving myself: just stay focused on the work and God, Himself, will confirm things in His time. It is part of why I am so calm when dealing with sincere people who deeply disagree with me or doubt my veracity. I am conscious that, if I make a big deal of such things it could get opponents emotionally vested in their opposition to me – which could make it difficult for them to accept if God does, indeed, confirm the truth of what I say in some striking way. I am called to hearten everyone to endure the Storm. If I make it harder for someone to accept later, I know I will be held to account for that.

But the reader’s note brought something else to the fore I had not considered before. If there was later, some dramatic confirmation, how would that affect those who have been my verbal sparring partners in these little battles? It could cause some to go into despair when, for me, all I was doing was the equivalent of throwing a brushback pitch in baseball. I decided I will not comment on any secular sites at all, for fear of causing such delayed harm. I will not suddenly become tame, but if I speak to wound, I am going to be very careful to make sure it is what I intend and avoid any collateral damage.

I encourage you all to contemplate this as well. The Storm is upon us, but even in the midst of it, God has opened up a pathway through the wilderness. We often feel that we are under siege, persecuted and marginalized, and so we lash out in anger. That is understandable. But the deeper reality is that we are God’s army in these times. And we are on the side that will prevail. We are called to battle with courage those who would relentlessly assault their neighbor…but we are also called to lead as many to safety as can be reached during these times. We are called to be the light of the world. We must not behave as savagely embittered victims, but as what we really are: soldiers of the soon to be victorious Army of Christ. So we must behave with the dignity of that calling even now, in anticipation of the certain victory ahead. We must behave in a way that all those uncertain souls, trembling, will look to us in hope rather than in fear that they are just trading one cruel ideology for another. So let us not shrink from the battle, but let it always be as deliberate, and joyful, warriors for Christ – and so conduct ourselves so that those on the sidelines are filled with hope and the resolve that this is what they, too, want to be.

It stings when someone brings to light a part of you that is unworthy that you had not seriously considered before. As God prepares us for the fullness of the Storm, we are all going to get these stings. I will get more I am sure. But let us take these stings and be glad, as men and women of Christ, not as petulant children. It stings to get a tumor removed, but the doctor who does it deserves our gratitude. My reader identified and helped remove a spiritual tumor from me. And so I am better prepared for battle. Be grateful for those who remove your tumors.

Now, lest anyone get any ideas, I do so love verbal combat that I do not intend to give it up. But I will confine it to family and friends, where they know me and will eagerly give me a blow back. And lest you think you will now always get a gentle answer from me, let me assure you, dear readers, I consider you to be family and friends!

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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143 Responses to Musings – The End of the Beginning

  1. margaret says:

    at the beginning of your musings posting you discuss Internet regulation as a danger and further on you talk about the scourge of pornograohy. I for one would be happy to see regulation of internet pornography, and I wouldn’t care if they taxed it to high heaven. The best result would be if all porn could just be moved to a platform of its own. As things stand now, porn seems to be the major traffic on the Internet, and speaking as someone who raised 4 boys and fought what felt like a losing battle on this front for years, I think it’s past time for some kind of regulation/ control. I know you are speaking of regulation of a political nature, but I couldn’t help but speak up! Thanks for tackling the hard stuff.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well, Margaret, I don’t exactly disagree with you. In fact, it is a terrible offense that our drones in Congress and the Courts think the First Amendment protects porn but does NOT protect political speech. They of course, have it exactly backward.

      But I would grant this government NO powers. Do NOT look to government to solve problems. You give government to regulate porn on the Internet and next week, Christianity and Judaism will be officially defined as porn and porn officially defined as art. Nothing good can come until everyone has withdrawn their support and cooperation with this government.

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    • Government has a strong track record: war on poverty produced more poor, war on drugs increased drug use, war on terror … well you get the idea. Some call it the reverse Midas touch. First they create a boogieman and then they tax you to get rid of it. If we do not control our own environment no one can do it for us. Expect no help from government in the present circumstances. And talking about overwhelming creeps, just last night I bought a $0.99 piece of music from that company A—-n.com in the internet. They let me think that I was going to download an MP3 file as usual. Instead I was invited/forced to download and install a “downloader” who quickly took inventory of all the files in my computer and reported to Momma Mainframe for analysis. That will allow them to further torture me with ads and pop-ups. Result: I am not going to use that service any longer. They don’t care. They have megazillions of new customers coming to them every day. I learned my lesson.
      We are in a situation similar to what Bishop Karol Wojtyla was in Communist Poland. He could not defeat the overwhelmingly present Soviets but he could resist. Someone described it like “always pushing back” (“andare sempre in contro”) Please see that amazing DVD/Movie “Nine Days That Changed the World” (trailer here http://youtu.be/av5rc5IPavs) Resist but be aware of two things: (1) this is going to get worse before it gets better (2) Our liberation is near. Most of all DO NOT NEGOTIATE WITH THE BEAST.

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    • M says:

      Hi Margaret, I too, have four sons, three of whom are now adults and an adult daughter. I used to feel that pornography should be regulated, too. By the way, I have read that almost as many girls view pornography now as boys. I think the success of the book Fifty Shades of Grey demonstrates that this is a moral problem with both genders. I now feel that the government should not be the moral police on the internet. We are already seeing the consequences of government intrusion in this area with businesses being forced to provide abortion coverage through Obamacare, Christian businesses being fined for not baking wedding cakes nor providing reception halls for same sex couples who get “married”. If the government can penalize viewers of porn, they may decide to penalize or imprison bloggers such as Charlie or clergymen who speak the truth about homosexual acts, as the Canadian government already has. Our children are exposed to so much decadence on a daily basis in the mall, through TV commercials and at school. Even if you home educate, your child will still be exposed to these things (every parent has a different take on what is immodest or inappropriate behavior, dress, etc.) I think the best we can do is pray for our kids and provide a Christian atmosphere in the home, laying down what is and isn’t acceptable, as I’m sure you have already done.

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  2. Patricia says:

    Glad to see that you are back.

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  3. Donette says:

    Charlie, there is nothing in your musings to contest. You speak truth and with articulateness. Not a single word you wrote did not have an echoing beat in my heart. The path that you follow is the very same path I followed several years ago and am traveling on today. I gave up arguing, shouting and screaming. Caustic language only drove others away. I even had thoughts of wanting to be a second American Sniper. I now sit with Jesus and cry with Him because nothing seems to turn these people around. Like lemmings, they race to the cliff not recognizing the danger behind, around and ahead of them. I feel old, weary and frustrated and now choose to do only helpful things for my family and friends. My Lord, for a reason yet unknown to me, has removed me from the place of refuge that I thought I had prepared way back before Y2K. I now live among the many. Someday, the Lord may show me what the next right step is for me.
    In the meantime I can only pray for His interceding in a world gone mad.

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    • Centurion_Cornelius says:

      You hit the nail on the head! When Charlie speaks the TRUTH, no one should be offended. The TRUTH sometimes is very uncomfortable, and the TRUTH is not a time, place, or formula–it is a person called JESUS!

      If people are offended by TRUTH, tough luck. They would be offended by 2 + 2=4. The more fool (and poorer) they! We can’t help their invincible ignorance or free will to not accept truth. Puffed up with false pride a lot of them are.

      Hey! Pull out of that nosedive, Pilot! Your “true course” has already been set. Just live your life on “auto-pilot,” called Jesus! Like St. Paul says in tomorrow’s 2nd reading: “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God. Avoid giving offense….”

      For close to 40 years I lived and breathed in the legal/law enforcement community, thinking “the law” would solve problems. Nope. The evil and mean-spirited folks would never take my advice and the good and Godly never needed it! Go figure.

      The only help and hope we have is in our Blessed Lord and Savior. The old and tattered bumper sticker on my pickup truck: “My Boss is a Jewish Carpenter.” Live like Christ; that’s enough!

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  4. kathy kalina says:

    This illumination you experienced reminded me of a lesson I learned from a brilliant woman who ran a very necessary non-profit service agency. People were always saying, “You’re so good at this, why don’t you do that as well?” She politely and firmly declined, every time. This woman knew her mission and nothing could turn her aside from it, no matter how good or noble this other thing might be. Watching her deflect those enticing distractions and stay focused on doing what she did and doing it better than I’ve ever seen it done before was a beautiful thing..

    ,I’m so glad to be reminded of her example. In order to be useful to the Lord through this storm we will all need to fiercely man our post, as you so often remind us, and resist anything that draws us away from it.

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    • Nancy D says:

      Thanks, Kathy. I really needed to hear this today. If I am to be the calm in the storm, then I need to maintain the peace of knowing I am doing exactly what the Lord is asking of me in this moment, without distraction. I need to resist the pressure (whether within or without) to be doing something more or something “better” than what I know to be my assignment. If I just try to do that every day, it seems obvious that I’d avoid a lot of useless anxiety and guilt. I love the way Charlie’s formula of acknowledging God and taking the next right step, faithfully applied every day, becomes the anchor of a peaceful spirit which then becomes a sign of hope for everyone around us. It makes so much sense, and it really, really works!

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  5. Deborah says:

    Glad you are back.

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  6. Mick says:

    Charlie, thanks for this excellent post. As I see all that is going on around us (families being bankrupted for not making a cake for a gay “wedding,” assisted suicide becoming law in Canuckland, the government about to take over the internet, ISIS doing what ISIS does), I feel like the men, hobbits, et al. near the end of the third Lord of the Rings movie… that teeny, tiny band completely surrounded by countless fiendish, merciless enemies. And a part of me wants to just run and hide. But I have to keep telling myself, “Trust-Do-Love. Trust-Do-Love!” And then I have to tell myself to breathe. It’s going to get so ugly. Thanks for reminding us that if we stay true to God, we win.

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    • Centurion_Cornelius says:

      Mick–THANK YOU! You’ve hot on another great point, which we often miss.

      Men, REAL MEN, are men of ACTION. We here on earth are truly Soldiers for Christ in the Church Militant; there really are no “non-combatants.” As they say on the streets: “You is, or you ain’t!” Either you are for Christ 100% or not at all.

      What does “the enemy” the Satan (and his minions) want you to do? NOTHING. Yes, the Devil wants you to cower in fear, trembling, and hopelessness.

      Nope–as the Saints tell us–faith without acts is meaningless. Men ACT. And how do we ACT? Just like our Heavenly CO, Jesus would act–with love, caring, and hope.

      There are multitudes of ways soldiers “win” battles. Sometimes a frontal assault is suicide, sometimes not. Depends on the enemy and his defenses. Sometimes you hold the enemy in place (“covering fire”) while another element flanks them. The upshot here is: ACTION.

      We live our lives by, in, and through Christ. Every heartbeat he allows us is another opportunity to serve Him. That is our ACTION. A good soldier obeys; he is disciplined.

      We already know that the battle is won! Jesus told us so. Be not afraid!

      ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS!

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  7. CrewDog says:

    Hey Charlie,
    Being an old history major, I recalled Winston Churchill’s “End of the Beginning” speech. I had to look it up and it was Nov 42 … after the defeat of the Afrika Korps. That was 34 months before the end of WWII (VJ Day) … sounds like a pretty close “Time Scale” to your predictions of “Our Rescue”?
    GOD SAVE AND HEAL ALL HIS CHILDREN … young & old 😉

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    • Mick says:

      Wow, CrewDog! Very insightful.

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      • jaykay says:

        Like the WW2 comparison, CrewDog! And another one struck me as I was reading Charlie’s piece above about the Internet: there they are, our Lords and Masters of this World, issuing their grandiose diktats of Kontrol for the furtherance of their dream Reich, ignoring the coming/present economic (and likely societal) collapse, like the moustachioed one in his bunker in the wreckage of Berlin issuing commands to non-existent armies.

        Mene, mene, tekel Parsin…

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  8. johnmcfarm says:

    Thank you Charlie! Once again your words ring soundly of truth. What amazes me is how much it seems like you speak to my inner heart where my questions, doubts, etc. lie. You bring me clarity and inspiration and I am grateful to you. May God continue to bless you my dear friend!

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  9. Michelle says:

    There is a couple alternatives to the insurance which the govt is forcing…One, which we have had for a while is Christian Care Medi-Share. It is not considered insurance, but they do not cover abortion, or people who do things like drink too much or smoke. We have never had them deny us a claim. There only issue, which may be a drawback in your case, is I don’t think they cover preexisting conditions. I know there is another company, but cant think of it. I know that they are exempt from the Obamacare mandates. Thanks for getting people on board to pray for and help the young man, and for your openness to God’s plan.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Michelle, I appreciate your thoughtfulness, but there is a confluence of reasons why I do some things. ON the health insurance business, if suddenly there were an acceptable plan and someone else paid for it entirely, I still would not get it in these times.

      I have come to believe that part of what I have been led to, part of my pilgrimage, has been a leading me to do certain things voluntarily that, as the Storm deepens, many of you will be forced to do by circumstance. I have realized that it can be a sign of hope that I have already lived quite well what many will be forced to live…and then that reality may help to sustain some that they can do it. Tell me, when you have no access to health insurance and very limited access to health care, might it not help you to soldier on knowing that I had none even with a chronic neurological injury – and walked across the country and slept in the woods for a year and a half? If living this now can help others when it comes upon them, then my little deprivations are great graces and an offering for God’s people.

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      • SteveBC says:

        And I thank you for that courageous demonstration. It is already helping me.

        I also want to say that I think your decision to accept the great responsibility of your current role and alter your comments to others is a very positive and appropriate choice.

        As for arguments here, when my siblings and I were young children, we would go at each other physically in fun (mostly) by holding up our right hands with index finger pointed up and out toward our target sibling, yell “Scimitar!!!”, and then start slicing each other up with our index finger as sword. If you e-yell “Scimitar” at me here someday, I’ll know we’re about to go at something hammer and tongs! 😀

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      • Michelle says:

        thanks for the reply, I feel like I have to have something because I have 7 kids and we have one that seems to like the e.r…. The nice thing about the health coverage I have is that it is Christians pitching in to help each other, but it is kinda set up like an insurance. I know we will not be able to depend on this probably much longer. I am glad to have had it for the past 16 years, knowing that I was not contributing to any abortions… Will try to keep my eyes on Christ, at least when I finally open them. Continuing prayers for you and your mission.

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      • I love that reply Charlie. Total trust in Divine Providence and refusal to participate as a sign to others!!! This response just answered a question for me “if suddenly there were an acceptable plan and someone else paid for it entirely, I still would not get it in these times.” I’m about to have my insurance 100% (I work for a Municipality) paid yet I don’t want to participate either. I also agree about going to a hospital that aborts children. I thank you personally for confirming what I always thought was the way to go forward. God bless!

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  10. Mary Lapchak says:

    Thank you Charlie

    As I read this article, I was reminded of the scene in the third book of the Tolkien trilogy “The Return of the King” before the army was to attack Mordor. Aragon was in front of them giving them courage and hope for the battle… attempting to infuse zeal for the cause, reminding them of what this moment means and their vital role in it.
    During his speech, I believe he says something to the effect of … “Someday you will die, but today is not that day. Today you will be victorious”

    That is what I felt after I read this post. I felt, once more, energized with hope to carry on.
    Thank you for your yes.

    Mary Lapchak

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  11. Barbara Dore says:

    The granny who stood up to ISIS: Elderly woman filmed confronting militants and branding them ‘devils’ before quoting verses in the Koran that forbid slaughter

    The video, believed to have been shot in Syria, shows the woman walks up to the fighters’ car, brand them both ‘devils’ and tell them: ‘I swear nothing you have done was in the way of God’.

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  12. Paul says:

    Thanks Charlie…referencing your comment about the opposition being seemingly unable to do much to thwart those looking to overturn so much in our society/culture, it seems to me that our system of gov’t. was designed to sustain itself when all parties engaged were at least operating in good will. And that if one party wants to lie, cheat and steal, the system can be overwhelmed and ultimately brought down.

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  13. Donette says:

    My concern that goes along with Paul’s final statement of “if one party wants to lie, cheat and steal, the system can be overwhelmed” is what happens when the other party collaborates behind the scenes with the lying, cheating, stealing other party. They behave as if they are powerless or come up with a reason to be powerless. That is why I asked Charlie for his opinion on the subject and his response talked about “political will.”

    Like Charlie, I’m done with this government and its deceptive and seductive handouts.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Yeah Donette, the seemingly weekly Congressional series of committee dudgeon and outrage at the IRS alone has some entertainment value, kind of like “Survivor,” except no one ever gets tossed off the island. I still cheer when the IRS commissioners get grilled, but I feel like I’m being played for a sucker when I do. Teddy Roosevelt counseled us to speak softly and carry a big stick. Congressional Republicans routinely speak loudly but seem to have forgotten they have a stick at all. They could have defunded illegal amnesty – and promised to stop it – but once safely elected, boldly sounded retreat. They could have stopped all abortion after 20 weeks – and promised they would during election. But once election was secured, they bravely sounded retreat.

      On the left you have angry bigots relentlessly assaulting our liberties on all fronts. On the right, you have the Vichy Republicans eagerly making noise when they lack the power to do anything and then viforously retreating when they do have that power. The system is hopeless. Men and women committed to God, to taking the next right step, to being a sign of hope to those around them – that is the Army Our Lord is raising to renew the culture and the faith of the world.

      If people would just withdraw their support and cooperation en masse – and treat these official in the halls of as the gilded nonentities they are, we could shift our attention to what is needful and fruitful.

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  14. Lin says:

    Thanks for your words, Charlie. It definitely seems like a significant shift has happened, worldwide, within the last 2-4 weeks. Systems are failing, and the approach of the storm is all the more apparent.

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  15. Mrs. B says:

    Thank you for posting! Beautiful and insightful as usual. I don’t mean to sound obtuse, but I am curious why you won’t accept any money from the government such as SS? You paid into it your whole life. They are returning what is yours.

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    • charliej373 says:

      As I said, that is just for me…but I want no association with this illegitimate government that is not forced on me. In part, they use the payment of such things as a method of control. In larger measure, one of the greatest motivators is fear of loss. If you don’t have anything, you don’t have anything to lose. So I hold fast to God in a radical way. I have work before me that is daunting and even a little scary. The only thing I have to fear is losing God.

      As I mentioned, the pilgrimage itself was throwing myself on a radical dependence on God. I have lived it ever since and will live it radically until the Storm has lifted. Whether right or wrong, I believe God has appointed me to give heart to His people – and even His Church, while simultaneously being obedient to her. It comforts me to know that, whatever screw-ups I will make, my heart will not be divided.

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      • Bob says:

        And the Christians in the Roman Empire often worked as basket weavers, I am told. They weren’t considered worth the trouble of taxing and were pretty much left alone!

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      • Again, I must reply. Living with total surrender to Divine Providence with the wish to do only HIS will is the highest form of prayer, giving Glory to God in the highest. Bless you for this witness!

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  16. Julia says:

    Well dear Charlie, all I can say is after reading your post today. This here Sherpa has got one hell of a load off his chest, you must be quite a few pounds lighter on the scales.

    We have an election coming up this year in the UK. I wished there was someone who could tell us which candidates support life. I would not be surprised if the only ones to qualify were muslim candidates. How does that grab you. And I would vote for them if that was the way to keep faithful to my God. What say you.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Julia, as we just saw in the Joey Cronin situation, supporting life is not confined to being anti-abortion. I still hear no loud condemnations from institutional Islam of the atrocities committed by the Jihadists. Opposing abortion while supporting burning people alive, crucifying children, burying them alive, beheading those who disagree with you is an impoverished way to support the cause of life.

      In America, since late last decade, I have refused to vote for anyone who is not actually pro-life. That has meant I left many offices blank, because there was no candidate who supported that position. I am comfortable with that – while simultaneously working publicly to restore a sense of faith and honor.

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  17. Good article, Charlie. My feelings exactly. Pay attention to what is happening in Argentina. St Luigi Orione (if I am not mistaken) predicted that something happening in Argentina was going to have worldwide consequences during the final days. Here a special general prosecutor was apparently “suicided” the day before charging the president with a series of serious crimes. The truth of those charges is disputed but the fact is the guy is dead. It is like if Nixon had ordered the death of Archibald Cox. We are now threading dangerous and unstable ground. The next few days are crucial. We know what is going on. We are living on the days predicted on Psalm 2. There are some crazies that expect God to go away and “keep the Lord’s vineyard” for themselves. They are the “man of lawlessness” I believe the next 24 months are going to bring huge changes. I pray for the fortitude and faith to endure until the end. Thank you again Charlie!

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  18. Mary Unrein says:

    Thanks Charies may we always be family and friends . I need your input in my life. Your journey has equipped you with the wisdom and courage to view and relate the crumbling landscape we are in. I thank you for your willingness the be a warrior for Christ. May Our Mother Mary keep you covered with her graced filled mantle. You rock on!!

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  19. Fred says:

    Charlie- I was shocked the other day to read Clifton’s piece on the unemployment numbers- not because of what he said, but precisely because someone in the “know” actually said it. Of course, the rest of the elites promptly buried it for fear of letting all the rest of us peons in on the truth.

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    • charliej373 says:

      The walls are starting to crumble, Fred. Many of the elites know well this is not just a bump in the road to get past, but that our nihilistic policies now bear catastrophic existential consequences. It has dawned on some that it is not just those icky Christians and right-wing nuts that are going to go down in the coming conflagration – but them, too. The most chilling thing, to me, was when he pathetically tried to make nice in order not to “be disappeared” by followers of “The One.”

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  20. Melanie says:

    Charlie, I just felt the need to warn you and all those who are paying attention to this Storm we are in, about another movie out of Hollywood, The Kingsmen. The movie trailer was hugely misleading. It looked fun, appealing, James Bond like with humor….it was vile and so obviously the work of Satan I felt physically sick watching it, hardly believing my eyes! It was an in your face attack against Christians, (and all humanity). In particular, the Christians were called “haters” and portrayed them as ignorant and evil, they were destroyed in the movie. Sodomy was also glorified. And throughout it all, was an attempt that, it was all funny. I was stunned as I think much of the audience was. It felt like an all out attack on our very soul. God Help US.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you for tipping us off about that, Melanie. Revenues were down dramatically in Hollywood last year. One of the reasons, I think, is that Hollywood has tried so many “sucker punch” movies. Make it look like good fun, then give the audience an anti-Christian, anti-American screed. My son and I used to go to the movies once or twice a week when he was a teenager. He hardly ever goes anymore, it has become such a sewer.

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      • donna269 says:

        my husband and I got back from a film entitled “Still Alice” It is about two college professors at Columbia (beautiful couple with stellar adult children in the upper west side of NYC). Suddenly, the woman professor is struck with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. The saddest part of the movie (SPOILER ALERT) is when she first gets the diagnosis, she leaves a video of herself on her Apple Laptop that instructs her how to kill herself with a vial of pills she has hidden. So pathetic….culture of death. I thought of Joey Cronin…if you think abortion is our only fight dear people you ain’t seen nothing yet….as a nurse, I can say that with confidence.

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      • ellenchris says:

        Went to see the Christian-made movie, “Old Fashioned” last night. A little bit amateurish, but good. The vast majority of theater-goers were flocking into “Shades of Grey.” But the theater of Old Fashioned was full. It is only on limited release, but if it comes to your area, give it support. It is well worth the time to see it

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  21. José Tomás says:

    Hello Charlie, I missed you 🙂

    Your talk about being in God’s (surrounded) army recalled to me Gideon’s “300 men army”. Seems that one of God’s “personality traits” is this insistence of always going to battle with ridiculous armies – which, once again, is what we are.

    A bit off-topic, but since we are speaking of “family”: do you know this guy?
    http://www.johnjanaro.com/

    My intuition tells me that you will like him.

    It is a shame that he is so unknown. So few comments in his blog. His book “Never Give Up” was a turning point in my spiritual life. I consider him a spiritual brother – a close one.

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    • charliej373 says:

      No, I don’t know him, but I will watch him for a while, get a sense of him.

      I rather loved your comment about this being a ridiculous army. Back when I ran my first state-wide race, the first public poll put my guy at 2%. We were treated as a nuisance candidate. I loved it, because both he and I were unknown then – and I knew what the media and opponents did not then (except in my home county)…I could put an army together that wouldn’t quit. The poll at three weeks out showed us at 34% and rising….and our early supporters started calling themselves the 2% Club. I think I even had some stickers made. We won…and oh, how everyone in the 2% Club savored their part in the victory.

      I am going to have to ask my angel if he might be able to get some stickers made up. For all of you, it will have to be the .0002% Club. But victory will be ours if we endure.

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      • Mick says:

        I want one! Pleeeease? 🙂

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      • Pete says:

        Charlie,
        I too loved the comment of about the “ridiculous army”. Reminded me of a book written by Eddie Doherty on the life of St. Louis Marie DeMontfort called “Wisdom’s Fool”. Awesome, inspiring book!
        And please sign me up for one of those .0002% stickers and I will joyfully place it on the bumper of my old pick-up. I know that if I saw one on another bumper I would freak out (in a good way) and wave down my brother/sister and go grab a cup of coffee…maybe even pray a Rosary together! Just thinking about it brings a huge smile to my face!!!
        Peace my brother.

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  22. vparisi says:

    Charlie, I just wanted to tell you that it is refreshing to know that someone as yourself who clearly the Lord is using for His purposes can have the same faults as me- good reminder going into Lent to guard my mouth and my social media presence so that I do not keep anyone away from The Gospel by my words. God Bless!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Ha, vparisi, I am largely convinced that a big reason the Lord has sent me was because, in these dark times, He wanted to make it clear that ANYBODY, with a little fortitude and humility, can make it. I used to think my faults and flaws were a disqualifier: I have come to think they were actually a feature that would help give hope for this particular series of battles.

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  23. michelle ND says:

    Hello Charlie from ND again. It sounds to me what you are saying is to get ready for the mark of the beast. Which means total trust in God not those who think they are in charge. I have been trying to prepare my heart for some time now, so as not to fear when I say no to it and lose all conveniences I am used to. Thank you for your example. As I sit at my computer and muse over your column my husband asks me what I’m doing? So I share your view on SS. He says why doesn’t he take and give to fight pro abortionist. I know, no bad for good, but what a thought! Happy Valentines Day! Thank you for your love.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Michelle, your husband’s comment sounds reasonable and is good-hearted. But I have spent most of my life in politics…and the last few decades at a moderately high level. That is precisely how the satan corrupts people.
      “Since there are going to be abortions anyway, why not support embryonic stem cell research to do some good with it?…”

      “Since the money is going to go to some city, why don’t we get our share?…”

      “Yeah, it’s a useless, redundant office, but someone is going to hold it, so why don’t you just accept?…”

      I was once offered a committee chairman’s spot on a state board…paid nearly $100,000 a year and only met every three months. Hey, someone was going to get the appointment…why not me? I am sincere and would really have tried to take it seriously…why not. Here is why not…something we don’t realize as we amass possessions is that they begin to possess us. I worked with a lot of multi-millionaires…and all of them were, at some point, fearful of losing what they had and trimmed their sails in some measure to protect it. I never faced that burden. But I watched the very reasoning your husband is using corrupt many an idealistic young politician. Believe me, show a little promise and you have them coming out of the woodwork trying to co-opt you…and when you won’t be co-opted, then they try to punish you.

      As I said, my rule is not for everyone, just for me. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with SS. But I shuddered when I read it…for I have seen far too many begin their descent out of just such innocent reasoning. I would sometimes paraphrase Thomas Jefferson for my clients, telling them that the price of integrity is eternal vigilance. Many thought I was too rigorous. The one fellow who followed rigorously my lead on the matter occasionally thanks me for pushing him against accepting the offers he received as efforts were made to co-opt him. It all looks innocent, until the bill comes due…and it does.

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  24. narnialion54 says:

    Charlie
    my husband and I are flying out to Boulder for the weekend end of this month. Any chance you will be having your prayer meeting at St. Joan of Arc then? Sent you an email, but I know you must have a whole stack waiting…;-)
    Thanks!

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  25. Donette says:

    How do I express this? Charlie, some of your replies intimate the depth of your honesty and the directness of your language often sends me into gales of laughter. For example: Jose Tomas speaks of the personality traits of God showing in the ridiculous numbers in His army that He sends into battle. You, Charlie, are postulating a name for this small number of warriors.

    Years ago, I read a book by Morris West. He also wrote “Shoes of The Fisherman”. The book to which I am drawing your attention was titled “Clowns of God.” Today, it would almost read like prophecy.
    The story is about Pope Gregory XVII, who was forced to abdicate. His last words to his brethren was: “So, my brethren! It is done as you demanded. I am sure you will explain it all adequately to the Church and to the world. I hope you will elect yourselves a good man. God knows you will need him!”

    The Pontiff claims to have received a private revelation of the end of the world and the Second Coming of Christ. The question for the Cardinals was this. Was he a madman -as the Cardinals suspect- a mystic, or a fanatic gambling for power?

    The majority of the story is about Christians caught up during the terrors and chaos they find in the world. The few who remain Faithful? They go underground. They do battle in every way conceivable. They refer to themselves as Clowns of God.

    When I laughed at some of your replies as I did today, I remembered this book. You, my friend, are the leader of this particular army’s legion. We definitely are Clowns of God in our insignificance.

    I might also add that this is the way God laughs at His arch-enemy. That superior intellect goes down to defeat while God receives praise and greater glory through His little specs of dust.

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    • José Tomás says:

      “Qui habitat in coelis irredebit eos: Dominus subsannabit eos”

      Yes, God laughs at His enemies.

      Our army is not ridiculous for its numbers only. It is ridiculous for the “quality” of most of its members (though I can only speak for myself).

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    • NancyA says:

      Donette, I loved that book, and although there are sooo many books waiting to be read that I always say I never will read a book twice, you’ve made me want to reread The Clowns of God!

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  26. Lily says:

    Charlie, do you think the Canadian government is illegitimate as well? What about other world governments? Do we bother to vote? What about provincial, state, and city elections? I have been wondering about this for some time. Sometimes I find a local candidate that has good values, but that doesn’t necessarily translate to their political party acting out those values over the next several years.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I could not really speak to that, Lily, except to say a government that embraces abortion, assisted suicide and massive speech codes is not legitimate to me – and so Canada qualifies as illegitimate – as frankly do almost every other western country in the world in these times. Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin and Mao would not have feared the west as it is today – they would have embraced western officials as comrades in arms.

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      • Lily says:

        Thank you for your reply, Charlie. What else can we do then to withdraw our support and cooperation? I appreciate your example of not recieving money from the government or going to a hospital that does abortions – and I do understand that those things are part of what you are called to do. I have never thought about it like that before, and it is intriguing.

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        • charliej373 says:

          God does not want me to give you marching orders, Lily, except in a very few things. He wants me to encourage you to dig down deep into yourself, unleash your creativity and the authentic personality He gave in contemplating these things before Him, and then form a way that is true to you in dependence on Him. When you do that, you draw closer to God. He is right at hand to you – and when you stretch out your hand to Him through this sort of contemplation, He will show you the way He has set apart for you.

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          • Lily says:

            Thank you again for your kind reply. You are so very patient with all the various and helpful ways of saying ‘acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to those around you.’ It is a real encouragement.

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      • Vladimir says:

        Charlie, you are so right! Western “poli-ticians or poli-truks” are dismantling so many things today, are so in awe of themselves that they ignore what is going to hit them. But low and behold, it´s gonna be late, veeeery late to do anything about it. Just take the “leaders” here in Europe, to people without God chaos comes as an uninvited guest instead. I just hope they leave Greece go their way. The Greeks will suffer for awahile, but it will help them to start to work, to return to God, euro-neuro money will collapse (hopefully) as it is a big ripoff. Since its inception about – years ago it lost at least % of its value, and we pay more for the goods we have ever paid. Of course, there are entities who make on it like Soros, but your Johny from the street is suffering. I remember your line from January that this is a year when our dear Lord will show the characters of people. It is so true.
        God bless you all. MMBev, I have got the book. Thank you so much.
        Vladimir

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  27. donna269 says:

    I wonder if anyone here can help me out with this question. I have received the Measles Mumps and Rubella vaccine several years ago…as a school nurse, my doctor insisted I be immunized since I had only Rubella as a child but not the other diseases. I just read that vaccine comes from aborted fetuses or fetal cell lines of aborted embryos…I was HORRIFIED. Is this truth? I read this on Spirit Daily because of the upcoming Measles situation nationwide. How can we stay informed of these things? I would NEVER have received that vaccine if I had know this?

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    • charliej373 says:

      If you got your vaccinations before 2009, you may very well be fine. But either way, don’t get overworked about it. You are not held responsible for what you innocently did not know and genuinely tried to avoid. Now you know. The tentacles of the culture of death are so extensive it is hard to avoid at least some tangling in these times. Do your best, don’t worry about what is past, and earnestly work to support a true culture of life.

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    • NancyA says:

      Donna, it is true. There is a single cell line from an aborted child, from which vaccines are made. My daughter, now 13, has delays and I withheld her vaccines for a while when she was a baby. I delayed them but when she entered school, it was necessary for her to be up to date. I went as far as to write a letter for religious exemption expressing that very concern: the aborted child cell line. The school actually contacted my bishop who replied that I was not restricted from getting vaccines for my child. I was furious, and rendered powerless.

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      • Monica Joseph of the Blessed Sacrament, OCDS says:

        NancyA,

        It is heartbreaking what happened to you in being forced to get the vaccine. For future reference, if it would be any help, I was able to craft a religious exemption letter as a Catholic as a matter of conscience for me. I am aware of the Pontifical Academy for Life’s statement that parents can use the vaccine, but I felt this was a matter where I in good conscience could not. Having been pro-life since Roe was decided when I was 13 years old, I couldn’t go back on that conviction and use that vaccine. (Again, I know the Pontifical Academy concluded the vaccine could be used taking into consideration certain caveats, but I still had conscientious objections.) My pastor signed the letter and that was enough; I was fortunate our pastor had known me for awhile.

        The whole situation is a mess; some Catholic schools are more restrictive on the issue than the public schools! I did a lot of internet research to find out how to craft the letter; I may have seen a template at the Children of God for Life website. I know it it too late for the situation you mentioned, but maybe if you are faced with the issue in the future, knowing this would be of help.

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        • Monica Joseph of the Blessed Sacrament, OCDS says:

          Sigh…Sorry, NancyA, I just re-read your comment and realized you had written a letter. I am not sure why I glossed over that in my thinking when writing a reply to you. It really frustrates me for you that the bishop was contacted and then not helpful.

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          • NancyA says:

            I do appreciate your concerned attempt to help, though, Monica! It was almost ten years ago. I wrote the ‘right’ letter, yes, but I live in a very small, close and I might say “closed” community, very working class, with a few families all related to one another. Things “work” differently here. It’s too personal, too intrusive. Another town might have let it go, but there are reasons I was challenged. I had the help of my priest friend, but he was not popular among the powers that be here…. etc. And so it goes…

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    • Mick says:

      Donna, check out this link from Right to Life of Michigan. It details all of the vaccines currently available in the US, and whether they are derived from aborted babies.
      http://www.rtl.org/prolife_issues/LifeNotes/VaccinesAbortion_FetalTissue.html

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    • Julee says:

      There’s a petition asking Merck to produce an alternative to the combination MMR vaccine. Only the Rubella portion is the problem. In 2009 Merck discontinued separate vaccines for measles and mumps so you either had to get the MMR combo or none of the three if you had a moral objection. Here’s the petition link asking for Merck to offer three separate vaccines again.

      https://www.change.org/p/centers-for-disease-control-urge-merck-to-revive-single-dose-measles-and-mumps-vaccines

      We discontinued vaccines after my son, who has CP and global delays, experienced hundreds of seizures within 24 hours of the DTaP vaccine. I’m not anti-vaccine, but I would have skipped this one had I known—he’s pretty much had a seizure every day of his life since then. Even so, with the recent measles outbreak, I got worried and started researching and found out there wasn’t any ethical alternative to the MMR vaccine should we decide to vaccinate again. I was shocked! I had no idea about the fetal cell line before, either, and so he received the Hep A and B that had it, too. We have to do so much research in this world. I’m probably sadly uniformed about a lot of things!

      NancyA, sorry you didn’t get any back up. How frustrating! Instead of pressure being put on parents, pressure should be put on the companies not producing morally acceptable vaccines when they have the ability to do so!

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    • jmst says:

      I have 2 website suggestions: type vaccines into their search.
      1) naturalnews.com
      2) mercola.com
      They are reliable sources of health articles, medical news, etc.

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  28. siobhanolp says:

    Charlie,
    May I post a prayer request? There’s a small Episcopalian Church right across the street where I live that’s closing due to loss of members. I’m praying that a Catholic Order will take over this building and prevent a protestant sect, or Muslims, or God forbid, something pagan. My preference is for a Catholic Order like the FSSP that offers the traditional Latin Mass and is completely faithful or a Byzantine Eastern Rite Catholic (Ruthenian) Traditional Order. I love the TLM and the Divine Liturgy offered by both but it’s very hard to find where I live. I make my petition to the Lord, but as always, His will be done.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Good intention, Siobhan. I will just pray that truly godly people take over, remembering it would be far better for good Methodists to take it over than for bad Catholics to do so. I just hope they are Christian and mean it.

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      • siobhanolp says:

        Charlie – can you please clarify what you mean by bad Catholics?

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        • charliej373 says:

          Not much to clarify….it is better to have someone who is serious about their faith – a good whatever…then someone who is not – a bad whatever. Not a slur against Catholics (of which I am) nor a compliment to Methodists. I hear people sometimes, when hearing about someone of faith ask, “Is he Catholic?” Well, Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi are Catholic….would you rather have Biden and Pelosi do something at the center or Franklin Graham, the son of the Rev. Billy Graham, who is looking more and more like a chip off the old block.

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      • Irish7 says:

        Thank you for this Charlie. Your witness to this truth does my heart good.

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  29. E. Allison says:

    Charlie, are you familiar with “The Fourth Turning” by Strauss and Howe? It was published in 1997. Interesting stuff. It is written from a purely secular viewpoint.

    “Reflect on what happens when a terrible winter blizzard strikes. You hear the weather warning but probably fail to act on it. The sky darkens. Then the storm hits with full fury, and the air is a howling whiteness. One by one, your links to the machine age break down. Electricity flickers out, cutting off the TV. Batteries fade, cutting off the radio. Phones go dead. Roads become impossible, and cars get stuck. Food supplies dwindle. Day to day vestiges of modern civilization – bank machines, mutual funds, mass retailers, computers, satellites, airplanes, governments – all recede into irrelevance.

    Picture yourself and your loved ones in the midst of a howling blizzard that lasts several years. Think about what you would need, who could help you, and why your fate might matter to anybody other than yourself. That is how to plan for a secular winter. Don’t think you can escape the Fourth Turning. History warns that a Crisis will reshape the basic social and economic environment that you now take for granted.” – Strauss & Howe – The Fourth Turning

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    • charliej373 says:

      I have not read it, E, but that is a compelling snippet!

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    • Compelling indeed. May I add something I just commented about in my FB page when someone told me the “we should not even try to predict the end” (something I am not definitely trying to do anyway!)

      I am a bit upset at the attitude of some Catholics of the “I am your Pope” persuasion who are now issuing the Fatwah of not even paying attention to prophecy because “we should not even try to predict the end,” Who said that? Who is trying to predict the end? One thing is to become a Millerist or a Jehovah’s Witness, walking around with a sign reading: “the end is near” AND A VERY DIFFERENT THING IS to –discern the times– we are living on.

      Popes like Pius IX to Leo XIII and even Benedict XVI and the current Pope have been warning us that we are living in times that will see great changes to the Church and the world. There are books written by undoubtedly Catholic authors like “The End of the Modern World” by Fr. Romano Guardini. Are they all heretics that are trying to calculate the date of Armageddon or studious eschatologists trying to “discern the signs of the times?” Jesus warned us by example in Luke 19:41-44 lamenting that Jerusalem paid no heed to His warnings nor to the prophets sent to save her:

      “And when he drew near and saw the city he wept over it, saying, “Would that even today you knew the things that make for peace! But now they are hid from your eyes. For the days shall come upon you, when your enemies will cast up a bank about you and surround you, and hem you in on every side, and dash you to the ground, you and your children within you, and they will not leave one stone upon another in you; because you discern the time of your visitation.”

      So if you are interested in being a self proclaimed biblical authority to ban even the faintest conversation on prophecy because of some personal Fatwah that confuses a capricious prediction like “Here’s Christ!” or “The end comes Wednesday!” with the careful discernment of the abundant eschatological material appearing both in Sacred Tradition, Sacred Scripture, and private revelations to dozens of saints and even Popes … would you do me the favor of thinking a little bit and MAKE A DISTINCTION?

      The comment by E. Allison is important because it gives us an idea of how much we will depend on God’s angels to go through the upcoming changes. Otherwise –we have been warned– “no flesh would be saved.” This would be the last crisis of mankind if it was not for the loving intervention of Our Lord. That will be evident after a few days once we pass the point of no return. The world has fallen into the hands of fools but God saw it from the beginning. Pharaoh will end where the enemies of God reside, the bottom of the sea. God’s people will be on the other side safe and sound (“fear not little flock”)

      Between the iron gates of fate
      The seeds of time were sown
      And watered by the deeds of those
      Who know and who are known.
      Knowledge is a deadly friend
      If no one sets the rules.
      The fate of all mankind I see
      Is in the hands of fools.

      Peter Sinfield, ca. 1968

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    • Mike S. says:

      Thank you for referencing this book. It is based on Generational Theory (the first book was published in 1991 as I recall) and offers a look into the near future which is totally consistent with what Charlie has been presenting to us. The authors predicted a long Crisis era beginning in around 2005. For those of you who are always asking Charlie about practical ideas in preparing for what lies ahead, you might want to read Chapter 11 of the book. In addition to Howe ( I believe Strauss has died), another writer who uses Generational Theory to comment on current events is John Xenaxsis (sp.?) who offers a daily commentary on his Generational Dynamics website. Bottom line is these totally secular historians offer a view of the future that supports the scenario Charlie has presented, especially in regard to economic collapse and World War (except John X’s body count is much higher).

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      • charliej373 says:

        Doesn’t surprise me that a secular writer who sees clearly would come up with a much higher body count, Mike. In early private discussions on the matter with people, including my priests, before I went public, I would usually have to note, after their initial shock at the magnitude of the number of 26 million, that the striking thing about it was not how high the number was, given the extent of the conflagration, but how low it is.

        If there were no God, we would be in the advanced stages of destroying ourselves. But though He allows us to suffer some of the consequences for what we have insisted on bringing on, He allows it to bring us back to Him. So the death toll will be supernaturally low – even as the terror is everywhere. Most of those who die will be those who are martyred; in their final state of grace; or will not ever enter into a state of grace. Even in the death count, God will be bringing souls to heaven to help us from there or plucking tares who would never repent but only torment others.

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  30. vicardwm says:

    Charlie, I’m commenting after reading only the first part and will probably have more to add. I’ve taken the opposite tack on social security/disability, but I respect yours. I figure I should try to get as much social security and/or disability as my family would qualify for, just to try to get some of the money back that has been taken from me (that I will never see when I would reach “retirement age” in 2030)

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    • charliej373 says:

      One of the things I emphasize, vicar, is that my mission is not anybody else’s. I have encouraged friends and family members to take advantage of things that I do not. I also strongly encourage people not to try to push everyone to make the same choices in this trial. What is important to me is that we all have the same resolve about rebuilding the culture and being that sign of hope. I get aggravated that for too many people, the sole criteria for faithfulness in others is whether they are “like me.” Again, to go to St. Paul, should a hand resent a foot because it is not a hand? Or look on it as disreputable? That is why I say let us each stand OUR post. Most people who choose what I am choosing I would push to do differently than I do. I have a great gift for this purpose…I have no minor children dependent on me; I have no wife dependent on me; I have no one that is dependent on me right now. If I did, many of my choices would be different…but God has freed me from encumbrances that would distract me from MY work. Finally, in paraphrasing St. Paul…let us not argue over whether to abstain or partake. Rather, if you abstain, do it towards the Lord. If you partake, do it towards the Lord. That is unity that respects our individual conscience and mission.

      Hee hee, were it possible, I would authorize you to take mine that you might get them for yet a little more.

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      • Irish7 says:

        I absolutely love this Charlie. Amen brother.

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      • vicardwm says:

        Thanks, Charlie. I hope it was clear that I wasn’t criticizing your choice. I think it’s great! Where we are completely in agreement is in our general stance towards our current government.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Oh, I knew where you were coming from, Vicar. But it gave the opportunity to clarify the difference between unity and uniformity – and that can never be done too often. I love that I have some truly amazing readers here who have so many different perspectives and areas of genuine expertise. Yet, for example, a few weeks ago, when a boy’s life was at stake, we all acted in the little ways we could in perfect unity – and the boy is safe now.

          I like what St. Augustine is supposed to have said on the matter: “In necessary things, unity; in undecided things, freedom; in all things, charity.” Sometimes I get a warm glow when I look at how well we live that here at this site.

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  31. Jean says:

    Charlie, it’s very late and I admit I haven’t read all of your post tonight. I will finish it tomorrow.

    You know what Charlie? I’m scared. I’m scared in a way I’ve never been scared in my life. I see the massive influx of illegal aliens from south of the border, now predicted to reach numbers upwards of 25 million; this in addition to millions of Muslims being brought into our country by the UN under a law passed by Carter’s Administration. The government ultimately admitted they cannot possibly vet all those people, so you know whose coming in on that train? They will be the men in black. Evil men and women are overtaking our education system and indoctrinating our children while parents sit at home watching TV while they also conspire about how else to kill a million or so people. Obama is fundamentally changing America forever. It will never be again. Congress has no will to stop Obama and now appears almost to be colluding with him except for a few squeaks here and there. The American people have resorted to protesting from their easy chairs and two people of the exact same faith cannot even agree on the facts. I know because I argued for an hour with a brother who is still stuck on Bush’s follies so he defends the indefensible out of bitterness and anger. If we can’t agree, how will the left and right ever find common ground again, much less organize a resistance to the elites manipulating our world.

    So what am I afraid of then? I’m afraid for my grandchildren who don’t even have a sense of the high moral order I once knew, who think I’m a hater because I claim there is a truth that is applicable and knowable to all. I’m afraid for the one child who is true to Catholic teaching and willing to die for her faith, but is overwhelmed with fear of it. She said she fears having to choose b/w her faith and a loved one. She intuitively knows they will march her loved ones right out in front of her. And like another person who posted awhile back, I am afraid my relationships and my marriage are not strong enough to endure a catastrophe and will be destroyed by it (assuming I live through it). I always said I’m not afraid to die. What I am afraid of, is not living well. I don’t think I’ve done a splendid job; in fact I’ve not lived well at all. Is there still going to be time for getting it right, or like the five virgins without oil, am I going to be out of oil just when I need it the most? I keep hoping there is more time to get it right, but I fear…there is not much time left at all.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Ah Jean, you are going to feel like that sometimes. Just keep plodding on. I mean it.

      The reality is that great crises tend to focus people and bring them back to real faith. In 1933 the Oxford Union held a debate and resolved overwhelmingly that, under no circumstances, would they fight for king and country. It was laid out as evidence of how dissolute and degenerate British youth had become, even at the most elite levels. And good evidence it was. Yet the same people who made this notorious resolve, a few years later, became part of the ‘greatest generation’ who fought and defeated Hitler and Mussolini.

      There is no time left…on that you are right. If you worry that you are not as good as you should be, or that the people you see are not as good as they should be, despair will be your constant companion. Resolve that, no matter how feeble you might be, you will just do the little you can…and that when you mess it up or fail at it, you will get back up and try to do a little. Leave it to God to ignite the same resolve in others. If you do that, joy will rise, confidence will rise, and you will begin to see in hazy outline the Lord’s plan. Hearts are changing even as you read this. It will be enough. And your fortitude both draws grace down upon those you love and helps make God present to them.

      Look, I have talked with the Lord, Himself, episodically over many years about this. I have told Him, at times, in panic, that I am pretty good at a fight…but make mistakes and sometimes colossal ones…so I’m not the guy to do these things. You know what His response has been? It has never been to assure me how good I am or how solid I will be. In fact, He has grinned at times and agreed with me that I am going to make some memorable blunders before all is said and done. “Do it anyway,” He says. His power is greater than my clumsiness – and it is the free will decision of each of us to stand…stumbling and bumbling all the way…that opens the door for His sovereign power to enter the world. So quit thinking that the rescue is dependent on the quality of your clumsy efforts. Rather, know that your clumsy efforts open the door for Christ to actively intervene. So clumsy or not, keep stumbling along as best you can. Or as someone incredibly wise once told me…despite all your doubts and fears, do it anyway.

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      • Bob says:

        I was thinking last night that there were sins in my life I could not overcome without Divine Help. There are addicts I work with for whom there is no realistic hope apart from Divine Intervention, and our world has come to the point that we have no hope apart from God. It seems that God is often allowing us and our world to get into situations where we have no hope apart from God. And since I am told to do the daily office of readings by my spiritual director, it seems that most of the psalms are of David or others crying out for Divine Assistance.
        http://www.universalis.com/readings.htm

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        • charliej373 says:

          That is excellent, Bob! Often, an addict cannot begin to turn things around until he has hit bottom….and maybe bounced on the floor a few times. God is letting us hit bottom with our massive spiritual aqddiction to disorder and pride. Many addicts find, once they reach that bottom, that they have reserves they had no idea of. We will find the same.

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        • jaykay says:

          Bob, only last night my good friend who has a Rosary and Adoration group going on Wednesday nights told me of a new member they had last week. He’s a man in his mid thirties who, only six months ago, was on drugs and sleeping rough and was found collapsed in waste ground, near to death, by the single chance of a lady out walking her dog late. Only last August! He appears to have come to Faith during his rehabilitation period, not having practised before. Perhaps the lady who found him visited him, not sure, but it took my breath away just hearing it, a man who in roughly the same time I’ve followed this blog has been saved from two sorts of death and is now thriving. Glory be to God for His Mercy.

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        • barb129 says:

          This resonates with me Bob. Lately, things have been happening to me that are helping me develop more humility; making me realize how dependent I am on God’s grace to do any kind of good. I know I’m going to need big help when the Storm worsens and the dear Lord now is teaching me to depend on Him and to trust…

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      • Pam says:

        Thank you for this Charlie. I know you say it many times in different ways but your clarity and humility in this is greatly needed and I thank God for you and all your friends here.

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      • Jean says:

        Thank you Charlie, that was much-needed insight.

        “Leave it to God to ignite the same resolve in others.” Perhaps that is where my despair comes from, thinking I have to ignite their interest when few seem to care or believe what is coming. I will take your advice to heart and ‘do it anyway’ when I feel called to do something that seems on it’s own to be insurmountable or a mosquito bite on an elephant’s behind. I’m well-aware of the powerlessness of one voice in a world gone mad. But, one voice can act, and pray, and sacrifice in union with Christ and thus have infinite value.

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      • anne ovari says:

        Thank you Charlie. I hope this reply to Jean helped her as much as it helped me. Your advice is always like a breath of fresh air. I thank the dear Lord yet again for sending you to us all.God Bless

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        • anne ovari says:

          Sorry Jean Your reply wasn’t up when I posted my comment. You certainly did find Charlie’s reply helpful and your last sentence was spot on.☺Thank you and God Bless

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          • Jean says:

            Thank you too Ann for your thoughtful caring. It’s nice to find a place where the people you are engaging with are all on the same page. It’s rare.

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    • BarbW says:

      Hello Everyone… I am a new commenter. In fact never have commented on anything I have read on-line. And maybe won’t comment again. But this forum, and all those who comment are really starting to feel like a family, as others have already commented. I guess I want to be part of this family.

      Charlie … I have been reading your posts since reading about you on Mark Mallet’s posts. I have read his writings for many years and have always found much inspiration and truth in what he has to say. Your posts also inspire me, but in a different way. And that I don’t know how to explain, so I won’t even try.

      Jean, I was moved to comment after reading your comment. I too fear that I have not lived and am not living well. But for me, it is because I feel too attached to the things of this world yet. I don’t want to give things up, a way of life. But while I am too attached, here, I don’t want to deny our Lord, no matter what. I pray that I will have the humility and trust to totally give all to Him, when He asks it of me.

      When you mentioned your daughter’s fear, I thought of the passage, from Maccabees, about the woman with the 7 sons, who encouraged them all to remain faithful to God, and watched them all die and then she herself was killed for her faith in God.

      I will pray for you also, and your family.

      God bless all those who read and comment here.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Welcome, BarbW. Glad to have you here in the comment sections and I hope we see you again. We do behave like a reasonably well-bred, but lively family here…and are always glad to have a new cousin in the fold!

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      • Mick says:

        Welcome to the family, Barb! Or should I say, welcome to the funny farm? 🙂

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      • Jean says:

        Barb I only recently heard my granddaughter express such fear. Before she was always so full of sassiness and joy at the prospect of martyrdom that I was taken aback by her recent tearful admission. I honestly see it as a sign of the Holy Spirit preparing her for what is to come. She realized on her own that it could come down to choosing between Christ and loved ones. Perhaps I’m wrong, but God is preparing her for the fight.

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    • NancyA says:

      Jean, I am filled with dismay at the condition of the world, and with sorrow for those who want it to be better (like you, like me, like your daughter, and mine) but, although I do look ahead with healthy trepidation, I trust that those of us who are truly trying, truly committed, will not be lost. God’s infinite mercy must be trusted. That is not to say we ought to presume it, and throw away our good sense and the struggle for morality, but do the best you can do and trust in Him Who sees your heart’s intentions.

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      • Jean says:

        Thank you Nancy for your thoughts. Part of my issue is that my husband and I rarely agree on anything and usually butt heads when big decisions come. We are great at forgiveness and reconciliation which has kept us together for 42 years but in a disaster, I fear the worst when we can’t make one decision without contention. It will definitely take a miracle from God for that to go smoothly.

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    • Cecilia says:

      Jean, ditto, ditto, ditto. I fear very much for my marriage as well. I fear the day my husband (who is not Catholic) forbids me to attend Sunday Mass because it might be dangerous, and even now I have no idea what the “right next step” would be under those circumstances, I suppose it depends on the danger.

      Thank you, Charlie, for your reply. It gives me great hope that Jesus will somehow make up for all I lack. And I lack a lot!

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    • Cecilia says:

      Jean, ditto, ditto, ditto. I fear very much for my marriage as well. I fear the day my husband (who is not Catholic) forbids me to attend Sunday Mass because it might be dangerous, and even now I have no idea what the “next right step” would be under those circumstances, I suppose it depends on the danger. As I stated before somewhere, I also greatly fear the cold. It paralyzes me, and I guess you could say comfort is my false god. I am so glad to tomorrow begins Lent, because I need all the discipline I can muster with God’s grace and our dear Mother’s intercession to try to begin to let go of so many attachments.

      Thank you, Charlie, for your reply. It gives me great hope that Jesus will somehow make up for all I lack. And I lack a lot!

      Peace and love to this beautiful family.

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    • johnmcfarm says:

      Jean, Barb, Cecilia, and others who have expressed great fear…I feel compelled to give you a message. I am a man who lived with great fear for nearly twenty years. I did many things that were dangerous and risky. I have felt the awful, destructive power of fear, greed, lust, and alcoholism. What I have learned is that through God’s mercy and His loving grace, I don’t need to live in fear. I can turn that over to Him, because He taught me that as faithful Christians we truly do not need to fear. In the Bible I have heard that it says “do not fear” 365 time! There is a reason for that ladies!
      Our Lord gave me the blessing of having died for a short time period, when I had my second heart attack. He also blessed me with cancer and miraculously shrunk my tumor in one week from a certain death sentence to probable cure. During my experience of dying I was shown a few things…lessons, if you will. The overlying theme of which was to teach me; All true wisdom is based upon love, all else is either simply knowledge or misguidance. We have nothing to fear from death, we go to a truly indescribably beautiful place. Love, truly is all that matters. When we can fill our hearts with love we are truly with God. When we have this love in our hearts there is no place for fear or evil to grasp you.
      I am not a Catholic, however one afternoon last year I was watching the Catholic channel EWTN…and there was a show about a Marian Apparition site up in Wisconsin near Green Bay. During this show I flashed back to some evil I had done when I was young and it brought me to tears…I literally sobbed and prayed for forgiveness. I knew I need to go to this shrine and ask Mary, mother of Jesus for forgiveness of the despicable things I had done when young.
      The next weekend, my son and I made the pilgrimage to The Shrine of our Lady of Good Help. It was a holy and incredibly emotional pilgrimage for me, I was confronting the evil that was within me in a way that I had never even thought of doing. When we got there I remember entering the chapel and seeing the lovely statue of Mary…at the exact place where her apparition had come long ago. I sat at a pew as close as I could to her and began to pray. I spent what seemed like a long time asking her and for her help in asking her Son forgiveness. I cried quietly as I prayed, my soul pouring out to her and our Lord. I had not planned on asking anything, but felt led to ask for something for each of my children.
      The first thing I asked for was for my youngest daughter whom I had strongly suspected had addiction problems. She was so far gone from our family emotionally that we were not able to reach her to help her. I asked that my oldest daughter come to know and accept Christ into her life to guide her and comfort her. And, finally I asked something for my son which I cannot relate here.
      Within four weeks of this pilgrimage my wife and I got a call from my youngest daughter who was in the hospital. We rushed down that and during the next couple days, after her medical care was completed and she was able to go home, she asked to speak with me privately. She confessed her addiction and how it had harmed her life and how badly she wanted to get off drugs. My prayers had been answered! Soon after that I was on the phone with my oldest daughter who related to me that about a month before she had realized that somehow nearly all the musicians she worked with were Christian…and this is in Seattle!!! We laughed and I explained that that was God’s plan and he was reaching out to her…she has become a staunch Christian! That prayer was answered and let me tell you, she is a professional performer who has all the temptations of that industry and I think it is miraculous that this happened. My prayers for my son were also answered and I am convinced of the power of praying and asking Mary to intercede for us with her Son.
      I relate this for two reasons, first and foremost…to relieve your fears, I truly wish I could reach out right now and put my hand on your shoulder to give you emotional support. But, you have better than that…you have God at your shoulder and He will carry your burdens. The second reason is because of the fear you have for your children and grandchildren. As Charlie says, take the next right step, be a light and a sign of hope to others. You will inspire your family and friends to the truth.
      I hope that helps you, I have learned through all my fear that it truly is a wasted emotion for the most part. Worrisome fear in any event. It makes our lives unhappy and does not resolve one thing, except it keeps us from focusing on opportunity and hope.
      God bless you, John

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      • charliej373 says:

        Again, readers, John is one of the most faithful, Godly men I know. We have long been friends – though I have been friends with his mother longer: she actually did know me when I was a snot-nosed punk. As one of the wisest priests I ever knew once told me – and quite firmly – do not try to conquer sin by confronting it and weeding it out; that only engages you with sin. The only way to conquer sin is to drown it in a sea of love. It is a kind of way of saying before we can conquer anything, we must conquer ourselves. Go to Our Lady. She is eager to help.

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      • vicardwm says:

        John, thanks for the beautiful story!!! I, too, love the Shrine in Green Bay. I wish I lived a bit closer (about 5-6 hours away) so I could visit more. You almost make me wish to be a Protestant again (I’m a convert to Catholicism), as Our Lady seems to go out of her way to show her intercessory power to those non-Catholics willing to give her a chance. She helps all of us, SO much, but I have heard absolutely mind-boggling stories about Mary’s intercession for non-Catholics who ask. Thanks for all you do, John!

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  32. Dan Lynch says:

    Regarding vaccines, here is a story of two mothers.
    One mother who cared wrote to the Vatican, informed them of our immoral vaccines and research and received the first ruling in the world regarding moral guidelines for parental choice for vaccines. Her name is Debi Vinnedge and she formed the apostolate Children of God for Life. A recent article on her website said:
    “The Pontifical Academy for Life, in a statement released in 2005, said that parents could be justified in choosing vaccination. The statement did not say that this choice was preferable, let alone mandatory.
    What the Vatican did say, with undeniable clarity, was that parents have a moral obligation to insist on vaccines that are not prepared by immoral means: vaccines not derived from fetal remains. The Pontifical Academy for Life wrote that ‘there remains a moral duty to continue to fight and to employ every lawful means in order to make life difficult for the pharmaceutical industries which act unscrupulously and unethically.’
    That was in 2005. It was in 2009—four years later—that Merck decided to stop making available the morally untainted vaccines for measles and mumps. The Vatican had called upon American Catholics to fight for the development of morally acceptable vaccines. Sad to say—with the honorable exception of parents who resisted the immoral vaccines, and groups such as Children of God for Life that supported them—we did not fight hard enough to dissuade Merck from taking a giant step in the opposite direction.” Read the full article here: http://www.cogforlife.org/2015/02/03/conscientious-objection-vaccinations/
    Another mother spent over 20 years in commercial biotechnology. She is an inventor on 23 issued United States patents. She left the commercial industry and founded a pro-life biotech company whose mission is to end human trafficking in biomedical research. Her name is Dr. Theresa Deisher and she founded AVM Biotechnology.
    Help to support and produce morally sound vaccines and see her website here: http://soundchoice.org/
    Read here for the story of where we are today: http://www.crisismagazine.com/2015/efficacious-vaccines-produced-unethically
    Read here for the campaign for ethical vaccines: http://www.cogforlife.org/
    Please respond to the Vatican’s call to the “moral duty to continue to fight and to employ every lawful means in order to make life difficult for the pharmaceutical industries which act unscrupulously and unethically.” Please support these pro-life Apostolates.

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

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

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  33. Monica Joseph of the Blessed Sacrament, OCDS says:

    Dan’s information dovetails especially well in this thread as just one example of societal and government disarray. Children of God for Life tried to import the morally acceptable MMR vaccine from Japan years ago; we were a family on that list.The FDA refused to allow the import, thereby denying choice in the matter.

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  34. José Tomás says:

    Charlie, let me ask you something.

    I searched your blog to see if this was discussed before, but only found your “Denmark” post, in which you mention it only in passing.

    A am talking about the vision Pope Leo XIII had about the 100 years given to Satan.

    I always thought that the problem with trying to square this vision is that it is not clear when those 100 years are to be counted from. Obviously the starting point could not be the moment of the vision, since it is pretty clear that Satan’s grasp of the Church did not stop in 1984.

    But if we count it from 1917 (Fatima and Russian Revolution), then we get to 2017, which is consistent with your visions.

    What are your thoughts about this? How do you square Leo’s vision with yours?

    Speaking of dates, let me share something interesting. Pope Francis and a couple of parish priests recently enjoined (in homilies at Masses I went to) their audience to celebrate their Baptism anniversary. I was very embarrassed that I did not know the date I was Baptised. Neither did my mother (she was doubly embarrassed).

    I spent holidays this year at mom’s, from Christmas to late January. I was born in the city she lives in, a different one where I live. Just before I was about to come back home, I called the parish where I was baptised to ask for that date. It was Saturday, and the lady told me that they could not go after that on the weekend, since the records are not automated, and they would need to go through the books on a weekday, when the office would be open. She told me she would ask the proper person to do that and call back to me on Monday.

    Well, my Country – and my birth city in particular – are not known for their administrative competence and trustworthiness, to say the least. So, as I would not have time to go there personally on Monday (I was going to come back that day), I thought to myself: “Well, I guess they will forget all about it and I will have to go there personally next time I am here, probably in July.” (It’s a big city and the parish – actually a well known Marian Shrine sitting at the top of a rock – is at the other side of it).

    To my surprise, another lady called me on Monday with my Baptism date.

    What was it?

    You guessed right: May 13th 1967.

    Wow! I and Mom couldn’t believe it! We had discussed a lot about Fatima through the month, and she actually made me read Sister Lucia’s memoirs (which I hadn’t). We have been discussing “the signs of times” a lot these last couple of years.

    She told me that she did not remember it, inter alia because she had no particular devotion to Our Lady of Fatima at the time. So, is was simply “coincidence”, she did not pick that date on any Fatima-related reason. Looking at the calendar, I see it was a Saturday – tradicional day of the week for Baptisms here. She would not be able to choose this date if it did not fell on Saturday, anyway.

    So, I was Baptised exactly half a century after the first Fatima apparition (by sheer “coincidence”), and will complete my half a century Baptism anniversary exactly when Fatima’s first apparition will be completing 100 years! And, by the way, in the year that you were told that – by its end – rescue will come!

    How eerie is that?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Jose, before I began seeing my priests 20 years ago, I read almost no prophecy at all. I had never even heard of Fatima until 1993. Even after I began, as a matter of discipline, my priests had me avoid prophecy, including approved prophecy for a very long time. After a time, even my priests would ask for my take on certain purported prophecies – and I am free to read what I want on the matter now. But it is probably a habit that I just don’t very much. It is also a fear, that I might unconsciously trim my sails to comport with what is said by authentic apparitions. But, what I have said is so firmly implanted after many years with those who consider things, that that danger is not real important now.

      That said, I spend no time trying to “square” what I have been shown with what others say. My job is to faithfully do and show what I am told – to defend the faith, hearten the faithful, and defend the faithful. That is what I focus on. When I hear or read something that obviously coincides with what I have been shown, there is a kind of joyful recognition…but even then I do not spend much time with it. I just don’t have much interest in it (though apparently many people must think I do) and I have some fear that paying it more than the barest attention could get me sidetracked from what I am supposed to do.

      But, that sort of indifference avoidance does allow for delightful little episodes like the one you described on your baptism. When I was shown definitively that rescue would come in late 2017, I connected very quickly that that was the hundredth anniversary of Fatima. It was not until I was on my pilgrimage that I realized it was also the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s departure from the Catholic Church and beginning of Protestantism, though. I did not know until I got there that Mt. Meeker was where St. John Paul went hiking when he was in Denver. I sure did not know until the day I went to go into the mountain for my final Novena that I would enter the mountain by the same path St. John Paul did – and that I would enter on the same day, August 13, that he had 19 years earlier. These are little divine winks, I think, and markers. So I like a certain ignorance on such matters: it makes it all the more delightful when I stumble on to one of the Easter eggs God hides for me to find.

      I certainly was familiar with the St. Michael prayer – and vaguely with Pope Leo XIII’s vision. I only looked at it seriously in the last year. It just struck me that, okay, that is why so many souls have been perishing this last century.

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  35. CrewDog says:

    “Time for Clergy to “Man Up” – How the Exhortation of St. Catherine of Siena is Still Needed Today!”- Msgr. Charles Pope
    http://blog.adw.org/2015/02/time-fo…-st-catherine-of-siena-is-still-needed-today/
    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!

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    • charliej373 says:

      St. Catherine is one of my most important patrons, CrewDog.

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    • José Tomás says:

      Father Pope is one of my favourites. Read him everyday.

      But I am commenting here before reading this particular post of him. But, knowing him, I can guess what he is talking about.

      I would only like to say that one of my greatest crosses (and I am sure this is a cross to many many other people) is to accept that it is an incompetent army of mostly laypeople (together with one or two priests) that is charged today to defend the Church. Faithful, courageous, manly bishops can be enumerated in the digits of one hand. The idea that *we* must defend the church *against bishops* is, to say the least, profoundly depressing.

      It would be great is our bishops were only mercenaries. Unfortunately, most of them seem to be wolves.

      Sorry for the rant, Charlie, but if we are not allowed to vent within “family”, what would we do ?

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  36. A blessed Ash Wednesday to you, Charlie! For what it’s worth, I want to share the consolation I received in adoration after Mass this morning, in the hopes that others who are afraid of what is to come will also find it consoling.

    As I was meditating on Mark 4:35-41 (Jesus calms the storm), I asked in simplicity, “Why, Lord, did you allow this storm in the first place, which frightened your disciples so terribly? For that matter, why do you allow events that I can’t control to cause me and those whom I love great pain and sorrow? I know you have the power to stop them. So why don’t you use that power to shield from pain those who love you and whom you love?”

    He answered, “There will be many storms in your life, but they will always be followed with my abiding peace. I have already shielded you from much suffering (you won’t understand the fullness of my mercy until after your death), but the storms I allow do many good things:

    “1) They purify you of disordered attachments so that you cling only to me, the One who can save you;
    2) They divest you of the illusion that you are self-sufficient with no need of my saving help, allowing you to experience your profound need and my miraculous providence.;
    3) They provide an opportunity to advance quickly in virtue, much more than in times of relative ease (like the body, the soul is trained and strengthened by duress), preparing you for heaven;

    “This is as true for the Church as it is for you. Take courage, little one. I’ll be in the Eye of the Storm. Cling to me, and you will find me with you. And I will give you a peace that no one can take from you.”

    N.B. To me, the Eye of the Storm is the Eucharist, as well as the place in my soul where God dwells.

    God bless you, Charlie, and all of my fellow .0002%!

    Kitty

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