Deep and Abiding Trust

Council meeting from the Lord of the Rings

Council meeting from the Lord of the Rings

By Charlie Johnston

Fairly frequently people ask me for specific details, precise timelines or prophetic concordances of how things will come – and even for their own particular situations. I usually don’t know such details and even more frequently can’t say. This is not out of mulishness, but primarily because even if I could, it would not help and, in fact, might do much harm.

Think of a commander preparing his troops for an anticipated desperate battle on the morn. If a soldier asked who exactly would attack him, what angle the opponent would attack him from, and at what precise time he should expect that opponent to reach him, the commander would not only be unable to answer, but would fear that this particular soldier was doomed. God revokes no one’s free will, neither yours nor the enemy’s for this battle. Often, the enemy will come at you at a time, in a place and in a way you do not expect. He will do – and has done – the same to me. I cannot give you a scripted narrative of the battle. If I could, I would not unless I knew with certainty the enemy’s free will had been completely revoked.

Such a scripted narrative, were it possible, would not only be useless, it would be terribly dangerous; probably deadly. It would persuade you that you know what you are doing, but as soon as the unexpected happens you would lose your faith, at best, or even be mortally wounded. It is not detailed information that is necessary to navigate the battle, but certain habits of mind and heart.

Here are three such habits necessary to begin well:

  • Humility: The first thing you must settle on is that you do not know near as much as you think you do. Men far more knowledgeable than you or than me in the law, in Scripture and in prophecy have routinely used that knowledge to prove that the saints who were around them were not saints at all, that even as prophecy unfolded before them it was contrary to Scripture, and that Jesus, Himself, could not be the Messiah because He just did not match up with their certain knowledge of prophecy, Scripture and the law. It astounds me that despite the most learned and publicly pious of every generation being almost universally wrong in their interpretations and understanding of salvation history unfolding before them, each succeeding generation of the learned does not take from this that they are asking the wrong questions, but is confident anew that they are the special ones who have finally penetrated the mind of God with absolute certainty. And each new generation of the learned and most publicly pious are largely consigned to the ash heap of those who tormented the saints and misled the faithful.
  • Discernment: God does not give us prophecy so we know His mind with precise certainty. He gives us prophecy so that we know when to “be still and know that I am God.” Some who hate the faith regularly impute ordinary causes to supernatural events. Others who are given to a religious mania impute supernatural causes to every ordinary event. Both extremes are a failure of discernment. God gives indications so that we recognize His hand behind certain events. We do not then know how those events will unfold, but to wait on Him with alert awareness, ready to act as He guides us. If we deceive ourselves that we know precisely how it must all come down, we depend on our own cleverness and will be, as so many throughout salvation history have been, brought forcefully either to real humility or to ruin. If on the other hand, we pay attention and wait for Him, resolutely acknowledging Him every step of the way, taking the next right step knowing that we can see no further than that and must depend on Him to guide each step and correct any missteps, and resolutely be a sign of hope to those around us, we will have made profitable use of prophecy.
  • Trust: This is the most important of the three qualities of mind and heart necessary to cast off into the deep. We will be faced with many things we did not expect. Situations will develop which will look more dire than we thought they could ever be. People we love will go apostate or attack us or the faith – and we will be tempted to deceive ourselves that unless we can find the right words to save them, all will be irretrievably lost. Trust-Do-Love, knowing that the satan will try to pull you into relying on your own talent or cleverness at every step…and that as soon as you do, you have forfeited the grace you won and must start anew. If you do the simple things that you can, never neglecting those little things and never pretending that you can do it all, God’s grace will fill the gaps and come to rest upon you. When things look hopeless, take the next right step. When those you love assail you, take the next right step and be a sign of hope. When you master this, knowing that you will fall and resolve to humbly get right back up when you do, then you shall be a profitable servant in the household of God.

A regular reader named Karen sent me this note which encapsulates what the beginning of trust really is:

“Dear Charlie,

I wanted to share what happened today. Every morning I read a short passage of scripture. Today I read in Matthew 18 where it says if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by My heavenly Father. 

As I read those words, it occurred to me that although my husband and I have been discussing your postings, and trying to plan accordingly, we hadn’t actually prayed for God’s guidance. I explained to him about the Prayer of Miraculous Trust, and we prayed it together asking for God’s protection from evil and guidance for our family as to where His Perfect Will would place us for this coming Storm. 

I then left for daily Mass. The priest is a very young, holy priest who is sort of (in)famous for his meandering and long sermons. However today he gave a 4 sentence homily. It had nothing to do with the readings, but God’s Spirit powerfully used him. He said, “I am thinking of Noah. He followed God’s directions, and what did his neighbors think? They thought he was crazy.  But God saved his family and why…because of his TRUST in God.” (And he strongly emphasized the word trust). 

When I came home and told my husband he, too, felt it was very unusual and a confirmation from God. I wanted to share this with you. Perhaps you could encourage your readers to pray the prayer for this intention. Maybe they all already have, and I’m a little slow. It seems so obvious, but it hadn’t occurred to me to do so. I feel such a sense of peace that our heavenly Father heard us and is arranging everything perfectly–whatever that turns out to be.

God bless you. You, and all this community, are in my prayers.”

 

I send you once more to the Prayer of Miraculous Trust, which is a place to ask God what you will, but to give your will over truly to Him and follow Him rather than trying to get Him to follow your lead.

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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138 Responses to Deep and Abiding Trust

  1. Thank you, Charlie for sharing Karen’s letter. Last night we had another rolling blackout here and we were without power from 8 p.m. to about 1:30 a.m. in the morning. This part of the city was dark, of course. It was somewhat hot but breezy, so I stood by the kitchen window to get some relief from the heat. A cool breeze began to blow NE to SW moving the clouds in that direction in the moonless night. In the darkness I saw how a small cloud -roughly shaped like the top of an open umbrella- moved very fast through the sky. At that moment it was almost the only cloud on a large sector of the sky. Under it there was a much smaller cloud shaped like a flying seagull. They moved across the heavens in just about five minutes and the impression I got was that the larger cloud was “protecting” the bird-shaped little cloud. Soon both were just a dot in the distance. Then I had a thought that my days here in BA were completed and soon I was going to return to the US. Wishful thinking on my part perhaps. But less than 24 hours later I got an email from the lawyer and the news were good. We had been granted an appeal that makes things much easier. March will start in a good note after all.

    All of this long story to agree with you on the matter of trusting God. Observing lighting in slow motion one can see that a small electric discharge comes from the ground FIRST and then the big discharge from above follows. God is so respectful of our free will (a great grace!) that He requires our trust in order to bring us relief. Our trust calls His mercy. Malachi 3:10

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  2. radiclaudio says:

    Excellent idea Karen. My wife and I just prayed it together as you suggested. Thank you and God’s peace to you and your family (and our entire TRNS family too) 🙂

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  3. barb129 says:

    I just read this post to my husband and we loved Karen and her husband’s idea of praying The Prayer of Miraculous Trust for this intention. We immediately stopped and prayed, calling on the intercession of St. Joseph who seems perfect for this situation.
    Thank you so much for sharing this.

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  4. Michelle says:

    Pelianito blog. November 18-23, 2014.
    “My children, if you are being tested now, is it not a great mercy? Is it not to build you up in trust? Why then do you complain so bitterly? Accept with gratitude what the Lord sends, so that when you are more severely tried, you will have a foundation of trust to build on. Persevere, my children. Do not spend time worrying about things that may or may not come. Take the opportunities I give you to build yourself up in trust. For the trust you build up in smaller trials will serve you well in larger ones. Have I not told you that I am with you always—to the end of the age? Believe, hope, trust. Then you will have peace even when things around you are in turmoil.”

    This one really hit home for me.

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  5. David says:

    This made me think, Charlie, about my dogs. When we go to our little get-a-way, they notice us getting ready and start jumping around in anticipation, because they love to go. Sometimes they misread what they see me doing and start getting all excited as if we were going to our cottage. They grab their leashes and whine and cry. Then they get very distraught when we go away without them.
    When we think we can out guess God, we get upset with the outcome and sometimes want to throw the towel in and give up (and whine and cry). It works out best when we just keep our eyes and ears open to the Master and be always ready to follow His lead.
    You are great at explaining things, Charlie and always give me plenty of food for thought.
    Many Blessings,

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  6. anne says:

    Thank you Karen. I too called on St Joseph whilst praying.

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  7. Nancy D says:

    Thank you, Karen. I prayed. I trust. I really do TRUST. My prayer is already answered, I know.

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  8. radiclaudio says:

    Hello all. Is anyone else creeped out about this blue black/white gold dress phenomenon that is tearing up the Web the last few days? My wife, Carole, typically has good spiritual instincts and she is convinced this is a combo purposeful distraction of evil plus a training or conditioning by evil and that it is basically drawing battle lines. That it’s disharmony is rooted in evil rather than an innocent diversion. Carole is very devout and holy Catholic, she never speaks this way. Her instinct on this has me keen to hear from you all. Charlie or anyone else, thoughts?

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    • charliej373 says:

      I am not quite as culturally hip as once I was. I have no clue what you are talking about, so I will leave this entirely to others.

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    • carmelite says:

      Rich, I thought that was you! My spiritual Father (David) has been ill for quite some time, so I don’t make it down to the Oratory anymore, tho’ I do still watch his postings. But God in His mercy led me to Charlie’s site. Now I have a new community, although I remember and pray for my ex-G+ community.
      I have learned so much from Charlie’s postings, musings etc. and also from the comments left by so many faithful Christians. The evil attacks are becoming so much more intense .. some days I really don’t know from whence has come this thought or that feeling of anger!
      Prayers and God’s blessings to all of you!!!

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      • radiclaudio says:

        hey. yes. this is Rich (and Carole) very often at the Oratory. who is this (if I’m permitted to ask) first name and initial is fine

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    • Alli says:

      radiclaudio, my first reaction was also a feeling of fear, but I didn’t know why. Such a strange story. The explanation of how we see the dress differently has a scientific explanation, but like I said, my first gut reaction was a creepy one.

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  9. marie says:

    Thank you, Charlie and Karen. Those of you who are able to pray as husband and wife are truly blessed. There seem to be so many commenters on this blog who are able to discuss spiritual matters with their spouses. What a wonderful gift. 🙂 Unfortunately, my husband and I are, to say the least, not on the same page in anything regarding faith or spirituality. So, I prayed the Prayer of Miraculous Trust immediately after reading this, and asked my Guardian Angel and St Joseph to be my prayer partners. Not sure how it fits with ‘two on earth’, but I hope and pray that God will hear my prayer. God bless you, Charlie, and all the family here on this blog; you are all in my daily prayers.

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  10. ellenchris says:

    My husband was a chaplain with the US Army Infantry. In the Infantry they have a saying about battle:

    NO PLAN SURVIVES FIRST CONTACT

    No matter how thoughtfully, carefully or well the battle plans are made, the actual situation on the ground will always be different from what was anticipated. On D-Day at Normandy, whole platoons were wiped out just as they hit the beach, leaving maybe one or two guys. The American genius was that those guys and a few other guys from a different squad would quickly link up, re-form as a new group and make a quick assessment of the situation to do what they could together. This kind of behavior surprised the Germans and even the British, but it consistently won the day.

    That having been said, as I have said before — the waiting and anticipation before the battle begins is the hardest part. The need is to do *something*, anything, because the imagination is often worse than the reality — bad as the reality might be, at least it is specific.

    I am away all day today at a diocesan conference. Will pray for us all at Holy Eucharist.

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    • Judy says:

      ellenchris: I think that this is a very good description of every kind of battle, both temporal and spiritual. Thanks for the post……The best thing about battles, especially spiritual battles, is that God is often the One who surprises the most. He gives us aid and solace when we least expect it and in ways that astound and inspire our spirits to keep on going when we would rather sit down and give up.

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    • Nancy D says:

      Maybe Jesus had the element of surprise in mind when He commanded us to love our enemies, do good to those who hate us and bless those who persecute us. If we do this, perhaps the Holy Spirit takes advantage of that brief instant of surprise to pierce that person’s heart with transforming grace, and to overtake him when he least expects it.

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    • mmbev says:

      I’ve been “away” from the Internet and thus this blog for at least a week.

      I made a comment, and a description on a previous blog in which I said Trust – Do – Hope, instead of Trust – Do – Love. Charlie gave me the most gentle, understated reprimand – well, it wasn’t even that, a kind of loving reminder than a correction.

      Because my “arrangement” for prayer for specific requests from people has, since I tried first physical suffering, and then just spiritual/mental suffering, I asked God to please kind of split it up with first one and then the other because months of just one kind was very difficult to sustain. He must have been in agreement, because that is what has happened for quite some time. I would have a period of physical suffering for the intention, followed by spiritual/mental, rotating until the situation requested about was resolved.

      So since I had just finished a period of spiritual/mental, I expected (and frankly kind of dreaded since the last one was a fractured neck) a bout of physical to occur. Charlie has told us we would all be sifted. This may seem off topic, but EllenChris’ comment about no initial plan surviving seemed a good place to say this. Expect what Charlie said, and maybe more than once. (I already knew about the plan thing and gave up planning in my early twenties. Utterly hopeless to try that, it will never work. Useless time wasted.)

      So did I get surprised and sifted. And unexpectedly as I have already had a couple skirmishes and I was attacked in a way never encountered by me before. Each of us on our walk with God, finds certain “things” that seem to be His way of giving us a message. Each is individual. For me there seem to be two predominant ways – one by just “knowing” something and it is no more exciting that knowing where the matches are in the cupboard. This is usually minor, for someone else, and is no big deal. And I never say God told me, because who knows?

      The other way that I feel God speaks to me is in pictures, stills or moving. Again, it’s just my feeling, so I never make a statement that it’s something that God has given me. If it is something I actually “make” concretely as in a picture or whatever, or describe, usually other people really relate and like it. But, let’s face it, maybe they just like it, and that’s all. Usually on those occasions if it seems to be not just for me, I relate it, as I did on the blog. (And it was appreciated.) (Wrong though it was.)

      It is true that Charlie often relates “hope” prior to love in his material. But the saying is Trust – Do – Love. Well, I was devastated. I have NEVER made a mistake like that before. And I mean DEVASTATED (underline, underline, underline, underline fifty times more.) I felt badly because of Charlie, but I cannot tell you how I felt about having messed up what I thought was God’s message. I was a wreck, and a very wretched one. It took a day and a half before I was able to get thinking rationally about it. And I realized God knew I wouldn’t ever want to make a mistake, which it was, not a deliberate act of rebellion (yes, I have been known to do the odd tiny thing like that) (I said tiny, in my eyes.) And once I realized how stupid I was being, POOF. My tremendous wretchedness, overwhelming sense of depression, the whole messy kit and kaboodle vanished. Gone. Disappeared. Instantly.

      Expect unexpected. Unreasonable. From a place you don’t even know about. A place you cannot protect or expect. And start with TRUST, which is what I should have immediately done, despite my feelings. Disregard feelings. Normally I do, but, man, did I get sucked. Expect to get suckered, and TRUST instead.

      And no plan works for anything, thank you EllenChris. Since then things have been just crazy overriding all my plans every day since. Past midnight and Sunday tomorrow. My hands reach out as I sign out. Goodnight. (Watch getting suckered. If it’s as public as mine just was, expect Charlie to be just as gentle and kind and thoughtful as huge snowflakes drifting down from heaven, and know that it is a “sign”.)

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      • charliej373 says:

        Gosh, Bev, I am surprised that it got you so upset. What you thought was the formulation was perfectly lovely – and got to the heart of what is intended. It just wasn’t my formulation. But if someone comes up with something as lovely as you did, Bev, it is a sign they are on the right track.

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      • aj says:

        Bev, we’re basically stupid in comparison to GOD’S ways…don’t be devastated for something that may be GOD’S Will. One of the greatest lessons I’ve learnt about GOD is that we can’t and shouldn’t try to contain Him in our little ways.

        I am not saying for sure, but it came to me as I read your post that the Good LORD wanted His message of Trust Do Hope for your audience when you posted it. You may have possibly been an instrument of Hope to someone or someones when they needed toHope more than anything else. A message of Love may not have been as appropriate…so Trust in GOD to accomplish His will in those who Love Him.

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    • Jacquie says:

      Ellen
      I so very much agree about doing *something*. It seems so quiet. There are rumblings in the distance, there are terrible battles far way. But here it is quiet. I keep thinking of Pippin in the ‘Lord of the Rings’.

      Pippin: “It’s so quiet.”
      Gandalf: “It’s the deep breath before the plunge.”
      Pippin: “I don’t want to be in a battle, but waiting on the edge of one I can’t escape is even worse!

      Remaining in prayer,
      Jacquie

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  11. vicead@comcast.net says:

    Charlie, Thank you so much for this post. We have to continue to say the Miraculous Trust prayer and truly believe we will be directed by Jesus and Mary to get through whatever is to happen. God’s peace and blessings to you, Patty

    Sent from my iPad

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  12. Julia says:

    radiclaudio, I think the dress attracting so much attention even on the mainline news is just another sales gimmick.
    You have got to give the dressmaker credit for being able to compete for prime time news with the middle eastern psychopaths oh sorry they like to be called jihadists.
    What a sad little rock this poor world has become.

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  13. malachi99 says:

    To all in our little fellowship:
    “In friendship…we think we have chosen our peers. In reality a few years’ difference in the dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another…the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting–any of these chances might have kept us apart. But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking no chances. A secret master of ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,” can truly say to every group of Christian friends, “Ye have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another.” The friendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others.”
    ― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

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    • CathyG says:

      I love that quote, Malachi. I like to think I have been led to this community through God’s will and, although I don’t post often, I feel great affection for and a sense of camaraderie with everyone here. My thoughts often turn to “how will we find each other when the internet is no longer an option.” Of course, I trust now that we will. Those buttons of Charlie’s will surely be helpful!

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      • vkmir3 says:

        I feel the same way, Cathy. I have only posted a very few times; however, I know that I was led here by the Holy Spirit. I check the site a few times a day and look forward to both Charlies’s posts and all of the comments. I have learned so much in a short period of time and I am trying to share these words of wisdom and hope with friends and family. I love all the different points of view here. I pray for all that are part of this community, lurkers and non-lurkers alike! 😀 God bless!

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    • mmbev says:

      Well, I got it to “like” but I still have done something wrong!

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  14. Donette says:

    Wonderful, Wonderful, Wonderful Post, Charlie. I am immediately going to copy and paste it and send it on to my children and grandchildren.
    Thank you Ellenchris for the “No Plan Survives the First Contact” info. The example of the Normandy Landing reminded me of my uncles and male relatives who fought in that war. You were correct about the ability of American men and women to think outside the box in acting and surviving and defeating the enemy. Those were the days when America Believed In God; when America Prayed to God and when America Trusted in God. Can we say as much for America today? We have such pitiful leaders now; unfit to command. They kill off our bravest and our most innocent with their unending search for money, authority and power and are able to lie, cheat and deceive at the blink of an eye. One can only hope and trust that God will be merciful to America and remember His Faithful Remnant who live there today.

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  15. Michelle says:

    When I was saying my rosary today, the thought came to me to place all of you here as an intention with the three beads of faith, hope, and love. Is it alright to put an intention there, Charlie? I’ve only placed intentions between the decades before.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I’m sure it is, Michelle, though a theologian or authority might have a refinement of that. My private Rosary is ridiculously complicated and loaded with intentions. I have described it to my priests before in some detail, but I don’t like to talk about it much lest people think they need to do something as complicated. But I can attach so many intentions – and without troubling anyone. When I did describe it to my priests, they had no objection or correction to offer me, so I think you’re good.

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      • Bob says:

        And I know some who at mass and in their prayers offer many intentions, good ones for many people they know, but I usually pray and, apart from my wife and family who I have a duty to offer to God consistently, will trust if a person or concern comes to my mind I should pray for that and I do. So often I pray for just a few things, but I trust we each have our own ways which are all good. I don’t think we should get too obsessively caught up in remembering everyone we said we would pray for, lest we have no time for praise, thanks and a brief period of resting in God.

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      • Judy says:

        I ask the Holy Spirit to pray with me very frequently because only He knows what is needed most. Yes, I made my petitions, but I know that the only God (through the Holy Spirit) really knows what the world, my friends and my family and I need. I fully know that what I see is only partial and, therefore, flawed.

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        • charliej373 says:

          That is one thing I really love about the Prayer of Miraculous Trust. In the last two lines we thank the Lord for

            hearing

          our prayer and then surrender ourselves to HIS will.

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        • mmbev says:

          Lied. Not in bed yet, but on the way. It’s fascinating how each of us is different. I pray for people in “pictures”. So I flash a whole family, group, and situations which is a lot faster than I could say it. I’ve never thought about if I should be doing it another way. My brother said to me that I should name my intentions, and this seemed the fastest way to get everything I wanted to sqqueeeeeze in.

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    • connie says:

      What I do Michelle, is begin by offering up my husband then my children for an increase to have an increase in faith, hope, and love then I immidiately feel guilty and offer up the three for everyone in the world. My mind gets easily boggled with so much and so many to pray for, though in general that I pray with so much more ease and no guilt that I may have let someone out, that for along time now, I offer all to Our Lady that she may best apply them to the interest of Jesus’ Sacred Heart. Although I do also intercede specifically for others as to maybe say one rosary or other special prayer for them, for my daily rosaries in general I just have to have my own system so I can pray without addling my poor brain!!!

      On another note, I know that we will be soon thinking about and discussing an examination of conscience. I found this thru Spirit Daily on the subjects of levels of pride and levels or degrees of humility also, and thought it might be a good addendum to share. It begins with comparing to the twelve steps program. http://www.aleteia.org/en/religion/aggregated-content/a-medieval-monks-12-steps-of-sinful-pride-5884596973469696

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      • Mary N says:

        Hi Connie,
        Thank you so much for the link – it was an excellent article and very helpful. I love everything Msgr Charles Pope writes!

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        • connie says:

          Oh, Mary N. thank you for giving Msgr Pope credit, I was in such a hurry & distracted I forgot to acknowledge the author of the articles. I love his articles too- they are generally very easy to read and understand. Some articles I read are have very good content but are not easily read and comprehended for a more universal audience.These 2 articles I found so easily comprehensible for such subtle and complex subject I am printing out copies to give away.

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  16. kathy kalina says:

    Dear Sherpa,

    If you never write another word, this post will suffice as all the marching orders we will ever need. Thank you for your fiat, for your submission to the Lord’s will.

    I have prayed the prayer of miraculous trust that all here will give their firm, permanent, joyful fiat to the Lord and will walk with certainty in their individual assignments during the storm.

    To quote a powerful warrior in our cause, “Who is like unto God?”

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  17. Kris R. says:

    Twenty years ago I felt I was given knowledge of certain things that would happen in my family. After much prayer, spiritual direction and discernment, I embraced what I thought I knew. For years and years after that I tried to make them happen. I prayed, begged, pleaded with and even accused the Lord. Why would He tell me these things then not have them happen? I even accused God of torturing me with the wait ( though I knew this was not possible). One day I was going through my usual internal rantings – why?, when?, why not? – when I interiorly heard “Do you really want to know?” In that single question I understood so much. I understood that it was not in my best interest to know, that I really didn’t want to know. I understood that God is in charge, not me. I understood I would not be able to handle knowing at that moment. And suddenly I no longer wanted to know and I stopped asking. Conversion is a process. Life lived on God’s terms rewards. But for the joy placed before Him, Christ endured the cross. I still believe. I still hope. I still wait. I trust- but I trust His way, not mine. Thank you Lord, for forgiving this poor soul of mine. Thank you for not giving up on me. Thank you for loving me.

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  18. BarbW says:

    Thank you again for focusing us on what is really needed.

    I don’t know why, but I’ve avoided praying the Prayer of Miraculous Trust. But as I think about it, it is for the following reasons, the 1st being that it should only be prayed once for a particular intention and I have the tendency, and I like to, continuously pray for some intentions. But probably the most important, is that I struggle to completely let go of trusting in myself to handle what needs to be handled, and letting go and completely trusting in God.

    A few days ago, I believe it was Nancy, wrote that she didn’t feel that she was doing the right things to prepare, but that she WANTED to be all that God wanted her to be. I commented that I felt the same way and that she put my thoughts into words so well. So today, after reading this posting, I decided, for the intention of being there for others in the Storm and never separating myself from Him, I did pray the Prayer of Miraculous Trust.

    Another thought, just a thought, I’ve had for a long time, is that nothing is going to happen as people expect. I had that thought after watching some dumb movie about the end of the world (I like really dumb disaster, armageddon, such movies). But the thought has been persisting in my mind as of late, even as I try to think about what should I prepare for?

    I continue to pray for this group and all God’s prophets… that we/they remain courageous and strong in proclaiming God’s truth.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you, Barb…and so many of you. I am sent to prepare God’s people to endure. Sometimes I feel I am making a botch of it, just not getting through in the needed ways nearly fast enough. Then I get something like your comment and that of Kris right before you and I think, “Lord, I think we’re going to have some troops really ready, after all.” It heartens me.

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      • vkmir3 says:

        Charlie: You are not making a botch of it. We are childlike and need to be spoon fed or we will gobble it up and not be able to savor this food. We can also be like an impatient child who asks “why” or “when” or “how come” and the parent knows that, if given the full details, it would be too much to take in. I appreciate you and the entire community.

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        • Mick says:

          Charlie, we are children and we like candy and Fruit Loops. You are giving us meat and potatoes, which will stick to our ribs and not rot our teeth.

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    • connie says:

      Yes, I am agreeing with all postings so far, and it is a struggle to try to whittle or fears and foibles down to try to grasp what really is essential and how do we put our selves in step or alignment with God’s will. I too, have been trying to find the right words to prepare those loved ones (esp my children) who don’t even have the info or the inclination to welcome the info that I have regarding the coming collapse and getting spiritually prepared as well as physically. I have been praying but truthfully Charlie, after reading your post of yesterday, my heart was burdened and I made the leap to talk with my oldest son about all this. I was thinking, I don’t want to overburden him, don’t want to scare him off, I just want to get him thinking about these things so that when the time comes, he will acknowledge God and take the next right step and be a sign of hope for others, and just maybe he and his little family will be okay. Well, we had the talk and it went surprisingly well, to my relief and mild surprise. He told me actually that he and one of his neighbors and talked a little about different scenarios on how they may protect their families and I was able to remind him that a deep trust in the Lord would also be vital because He would direct my son if my son were in the mindset of believing in God’s providence and if my son was ready to adapt easily to what may be a changing situation. So adaptability and trust in God was the thrust of my conversation with him. I also talked to him about our plan(me & husband) to have our country house as a rallying point with a communications system at our house- basically a jar with pens and notepaper will be put in a secure spot where all in the family know its whereabouts so that all who may come to our spot of potential refuge may know who was there and left and for what reasons. So it is a beginning. Now I have laid some groundwork with one son, I mean to send him a few of these posts- nothing I hope that may push him away. And so I will continue to pray and try to convey these things to my other 2 children as I am doing with other members of my family. But I am telling them also, that things will get much better, although they may be very rough for a while. The one thing that weighs on my mind is, I don’t want anyone coming back to me saying, you knew about these things but didn’t warn me. But I guess it really is like that in any age, we have some responsibility as recent scripture readings have said, we must warn others when we can or we bear some of the responsibility for their souls. It just takes much discernment and courage, I think to know when and how to go about it. Well, I don’t know why I am rambling on, giving my 2 cents. Guess I am just relieved to have had some kind of meaningful conversation with at least one of my kids about all this.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Just be matter of fact, Connie. I worried about the same thing you did when I launched on my pilgrimage. I had to have over a thousand people ask me why and me tell them that the world was in a lot of trouble – and we weren’t going to get out of it this time. To my astonishment, almost everyone, from the architect to the economics professor to the state patrol commander, let out a whoosh of breath when I said it, often dropped their head and said, “I know.” Out of the more than a thousand people I said it to, less than a handful disagreed with me. I think saying three disagreed would be one too many. But it is important that you speak rationally and reasonably. People are scared enough…if they just encounter another “monster shouter,” they are not going to react well. I have come to think the reason it was so easy for people to speak with me and agree that they had this deep fear is because I am just naturally cheery and easy. Be the same.

        You gave me chills when you said you didn’t want anyone saying you knew and you didn’t warn them. Near the end of my critical visitation on the Eve of the Immaculate Conception of 1995, after I had been shown great detail of what was asked of me and told I would soon have to make a final choice, I had been told this work was a specific mission – and that rejecting it would not mean I would forfeit salvation, only the mission. I asked what would happen if I declined. I was immediately suspended over a great abyss. All around me, people were swirling and falling into the abyss – and all were cursing me, screaming in agony the accusation that I had known – and yet done nothing. It haunted me. The visitation of Dec. 20th where the fountain of demons went spewing into the world had the same desperate feel to it. I know how you feel. Keep steady and calm anyway. You are not just called to warn those you love; you are called to do it effectively.

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        • narnialion54 says:

          Charlie,
          Rick Wiles of Trunews (a protestant radio host) who I have been following for years had the same vision you did when the Lord asked him to take on his mission. It meant giving up all he had known, but when he saw all those people (skeletons) swirling around him, he said YES,LORD, i WILL TELL THEM (my caps).

          After reading Mark Mallett for several years, I felt a burning in my heart to tell my brothers and sisters that the world was in terrible trouble and that God was calling them to His love. But I was heavy handed about it (even though I printed it out on flowered letter paper!) and it turned them off. The only one who accepted it was my brother Tom, who was found dead in his bed on Christmas day, 10 months later. (he had just entrusted himself to the Blessed Mother a couple of weeks before). So now I just pray for them and commit them to God’s heart (I am so grateful for the Prayer of Miraculous Trust)

          Karen, thank you for your beautiful witness. I am going to ask my husband to pray with me tomorrow as you did.

          And by the way, I started saying the Flame of Love addition to the Hail Mary (when Peli introduced it) and thought it was so clumsy…I almost couldn’t bear it. I said, Holy Mary, why would you want us to add this when the Hail Mary is so beautiful as it is? No answer. So off and on I would try it until it started flowing. Then I introduced it to my sons, and one of them, who has a flair for language, said, oh no, that ruins it! But I explained to them how it would blind Satan and so we kept at it. Long story short…we are all now saying it, and it flows!!! 😉

          On another note, I keep thinking about the Lord of the Rings Council illustration at the beginning of this essay. As I remember it, for various reasons, none of the great ones can carry the Ring to Mount Doom even though some of them REALLY want to!. But Frodo finally steps forward with a very small voice and says I WILL. The others look on in astonishment and wonder and finally agreement that the “least” among them should do this. I think this captures so well, humility, discernment and trust that you speak of.
          Thanks for preparing us for the very difficult road ahead. I think ahead to the beautiful scene (from the movie) when Frodo and Samwise have delivered the Ring to destruction and he and his friends are all back in the Elvish Kingdom, waking up on a sunny morning in their beds, with Gandalf and the Elves, laughing and shining with light.

          Thy Kingdom Come! Thy Will Be Done! On Earth as it is in Heaven!

          The people of the Kingdom
          And the people of Heaven….
          Charlie, I can’t wait for the music to start singing it!

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          • charliej373 says:

            Narnia, I had to laugh at your “heavy-handed” messages delivered on flowery paper. The last day I worked at my original radio station, the director of sales came up to me and said the mail was going to get a lot more boring after I left. To my obvious puzzlement, he produced a piece of paper and said, “We just got this Fax.” On it was printed, “Charlie Johnston!!! Do you know I could have you killed?” It has always stuck with me amusingly that there was also a big hand-drawn smiley face on it as well. I have always wondered why the smiley-face?

            AS for the general mail, there was someone who would send letters almost every week – that usually had insults scrawled on the envelope, too. Some of them were fairly clever – and it got to where when one would come in the receptionist would leave it in a special place at the front desk so that everyone could take a look at the envelope, anyway. I obliged by leaving it there until the day after it arrived.

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          • kathy kalina says:

            Regarding the “flame of love” prayer. I came across this devotion over 20 years ago and have been adding it to my private rosaries ever since (I even forgot where it came from until Peli brought it up on her blog).

            Because I love words, and the prayer seems to clumsy to me, I pray, “Send the grace of your flame of love to all mankind”. If the Blessed Mother minds my editing, she hasn’t mentioned it. 🙂

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        • connie says:

          Yes, I agree- to do it effectively- or they may be lost because I didn’t . I do not tend to take on things that are not mine to take on. But I too have had dreams where and I was shown things that would deeply impact my loved ones, many other souls possibly( these dreams are something I largely have to interpret also) and these things were indeed haunting. For a long time I thought that all I could do was pray and sacrifice(and even in this I know I have not been as faithful as I really could have been, but I rely totally on the Lord’s Mercy in this). So I grapple with what to say and how to say it on things of this nature. But time is short, my reluctance may cost dearly. I don’t want to be responsible and found wanting. But I am grateful for the advice to be more “cheery and easygoing” and to let a natural flow go because you can probably tell, I can easily tend to be serious and intense, esp. when things go deep with me. That’s why it brings me great consolation to have that image in my mind of Jesus smiling and saying that He too has a plan. It helps me to take a deep breath, let out a long sigh, and say okay Lord, let’s do this together- and then smile and find my joy again.

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          • connie says:

            Btw, Charlie, after reading the above in your post: “I asked what would happen if I declined.I was immediately suspended over a great abyss”. I think I am finally realizing just why you have great reluctance to ask your angels for any more information than is absolutely necessary. Kinda like a kid who only has to be warned once that something is hot when he has decided he must know for himself how the fire feels!

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        • Mick says:

          Charlie, if I remember correctly, St. Faustina also had a vision very similar to yours when she was shown her mission.

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  19. Sr Lorraine says:

    Humility, discernment, and trust–those are indeed great virtues and the foundation we all need.
    The above comment that things won’t happen as we expect is so true. I was thinking of St Joan of Arc. When in prison, her voices told her she would have a glorious victory. She thought it meant she would be released and finish her earthly task. But it meant her martyrdom, which was a glorious victory indeed. It’s happening right now in the Middle East. The Coptic Christians who were beheaded were just ordinary men trying to make a living. But when tested, they stuck to their faith in Jesus Christ. May it be the same for all of us.

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  20. Bob says:

    Musings. Today I was thinking of my work with addicts and with my own addictions. There are times I must do certain things and other addicts must do them too to get over their addictions, avoiding people places and situations, saying no to some things we know aren’t good for us, but there is a kind of obsessive thought which leads to addictive behaviors, in which fighting with the will is useless. When that time comes I must pray like the church daily office. “Oh God come to our (my) assistance,Oh God make hast to help use (me)” and at those times instead of fighting the addiction or obsession directly our duty is to reach up to God and ask him to free us from the “abysmal swamp” referred to in Psalm 69 vs 1 and 2. So we must grab the rope of salvation from our problems which God offers us. That is our duty of trust at those times.

    As for battle preparations, no soldier knows what the battle may bring but all are trained in basic to have a good level of physical as well as mental fitness. Those of us who are gifted with healthy bodies, I believe, have a duty to get and to keep them in top shape, both for our health and so that we would have the energy we need. If major events do come. I believe that God will expect us to have the physical as well as the spiritual energy we need to deal with them. I am speaking to myself here in your presence as I have gotten a bit careless in my fitness and need to take these steps to be better prepared. And I must admit after going to the gym yesterday, I do feel better when I exercise the body as well as my mind and spirit but need to overcome the sloth and resistance to taking the next step to getting there.

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  21. Alli says:

    I am a little confused by the prayer of miraculous trust only said once for each individual intention. I thought the parable in the Gospel about the widow asking again and again is meant to teach us to never stop asking and praying for something in particular. (Luke 18: 1-8 ) Are you able to clarify Charlie?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thanks for asking, Alli. We have covered it before, but we get periodic waves of new readers…and the site has gotten too big to easily find some things.

      The instruction is NOT that you must cease praying for the particular intention after saying this prayer (though that would be a refined act of trust, too), but that you must not say this prayer more than once for a specific intention. Why? Because there is a great ill in our times that restlessly seeks our own will without taking time to consider God’s will…that we say the words but don’t really believe. This specific prayer is designed to steadily increase actual trust and abandonment to God’s will. Once is enough…and then truly trust. The trust, itself, is another form of prayer – and one much neglected in these times. That is the specific purpose of THIS prayer, not all prayer.

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  22. Lin says:

    Thanks so much for clarifying this, Charlie! I had the same question/concern as Alli. And Alli, thanks for asking!

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  23. Luci Holloway says:

    Where is Father Mike’s email? Luci

    Sent from my iPad

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  24. Kati says:

    Charlie,

    This article is another great incentive to really request more faith (trust) from our God and then practice it 24/7. Although I cannot remember the source, it has been impressed upon me that, that which causes some of the worst agony for our Heavenly Father is our lack of trust…even with the smallest of things. Also, regarding the Prayer of Miraculous Trust, I wondered if the prayer cards are available yet in Spanish? There was a beautiful Hispanic couple at Mass this morning and they understand how evil is growing in the world at present. I know them well enough to know that, if they had the card, they would use it. The wife understands a bit of English, but the husband does not.

    Again, thank you for such a wonderfully written push to TRUST Him Who is trustworthy.
    Now, I must print it out for hubby. 🙂

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    • charliej373 says:

      Yes, Kati, the card is now available in Spanish. Just go to the same Full of Grace Supply House. Just go here.

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    • connie says:

      Hi Kati, Jesus may have talked to other saints about how a soul’s lack of trust wounds His heart, but I know he did talk to St Faustina about. Since this post is about deep, abiding trust, I thought this may be the perfect place to share this excerpt between Jesus and His secretary of Divine Mercy. Jesus I Trust in You!!!

      “The flames of mercy are burning Me. I desire to pour them out upon human souls. Oh, what pain they cause Me when they do not want to accept them!… How painfully distrust of My goodness wounds Me!…

      The graces of My mercy are drawn by the means of one vessel only, and that is trust. The more a soul trusts, the more it will receive. Souls that trust boundlessly are great comfort to Me, because I pour all the treasures of my graces into them. I rejoice that they ask for much, because it is My desire to give much, very much. On the other hand, I am sad when souls ask for little, when they narrow their hearts (Diary, 1074, 1076, 1578).”

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  25. Cecilia says:

    Charlie, if we had to choose one post to link to for our friends and family members who are absolutely clueless, which one would you suggest? You’ve written so many wonderful pieces, and I don’t want to overwhelm, just give them a glimpse and a little push to prepare, especially spiritually, and not be taken by surprise. I am trying to heed the Lord’s exhortation to be a watchman who warns others about the approaching danger, as Connie said above. I sure don’t want to be responsible for having this knowledge and not sharing it with others, even if as you say you turn out to be a nut, which is what I wish more than you can imagine, well maybe not more than you can imagine. God bless you for your faithfulness to the task of trying to teach us to be faithful in manning our posts when the Storm hits, and even now.

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    • charliej373 says:

      For now, Cecilia, it might be best to go to the Blessed Hope Forum and look under the “Charlie Johnston” sections. The proprietor there, Linda Summerfield, has done a more exhaustive job of categorizing these things than I have at this point. Right now, I am working on a couple of significant projects that I really must finish. When I am done, I expect my next serious project to be editing some of these into a small book form by categories. I will make that booklet available on Amazon. Unfortunately, I can’t do a book format from this site….and I can’t publish through Amazon without a fee. I will keep it to the minimum when I do get it done. But for now, Linda’s site is undoubtedly the best place to go to get the material you are looking for most easily categorized.

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    • If I may offer this: for newcomers to this subject — or for anyone else wanting a refresher — consider showing this thread from the Our Blessed Hope forum:
      http://blessedhope.yuku.com/topic/139
      I have put together one thread of condensed material (a three page collection so far) containing just excerpts of many of Charlie’s features — a sort of starter overview of the central messages.
      I’ve slowly been adding overviews of some other prophetic and Catholic spiritual information, too; just look around, it’s interesting, and I aim to keep things as simple to browse through as possible. All with links back to the full features.

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      • Carmel says:

        Linda, thank you so much for the compilations on your blog. I hadn’t seen the videos of Charlie’s talk before and watched them all. I think they are an excellent introduction to Charlie’s work for members of my family and also friends. It is then up to them, after seeing and hearing Charlie, whether they look into the writings.

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        • Lin says:

          I don’t see the videos of Charlie…can someone please direct me to them?
          Thank you!

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          • Yes, Lin, go to this thread that contains the index to all of Charlie’s 2014 and 2015 features, and the three videos of Charlie talking are at the very bottom of the page:

            http://blessedhope.yuku.com/topic/103/4-CHARLES-JOHNSTON-INDEX-2014-2015-Links-Blog-Features

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          • mmbev says:

            Lindasummerfield: I simply cannot express my gratitude to your for putting the two links in. The first I pasted into emails to my sons, so if and hopefully when they want more information they have a link handy. It is also more than handy for me. I have tried to find my way around Blessed Hope Forum without luck. I’m just too inept. The links have made a world of difference to me. I had no idea of the videos either until you added this. As soon as I am able tonight, I am going to go and watch all three. The task you have undertaken with such expertise is invaluable, not only to the “new to site” but the “old”, me. I guess that I have been on here almost since the beginning, and while I have run off most of the blogs, the condensed version really helps much more.
            And I never even knew that videos had been done by Charlie! I can’t thank you enough. Love the links and plan to make good use of them as they are now on my fav’s. (I vote for more links any time you want to add them.)

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          • SteveBC says:

            LindaSummerfield, like Lin and MMBev, I am grateful for all the work you’ve done to pull together so much of Charlie’s work. It was a useful review for me to go through the material again, and if I need to hand info about Charlie to someone else, I have a few links to give them and they’re off and running.

            Thank you!

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  26. You beat me to it, thank you, Charlie. Going back through all of your features, it was almost like reading them for the first time, and I was happy to rediscover so many gems of info and advice. But it can be overwhelming at this point, to wade through it all. The book idea is excellent, I’ll be looking forward to that. But in case time runs out, I’ve printed that thread. I’ve been printing a lot of good materials — so much to choose from.

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  27. Paula nz says:

    Charlie, when I am praying for my ‘Territory of souls’ I often pray for those that are lukewarm or cold along with those that are warm and devoted and on fire. Thinking on this today I could sense that a bunch of ‘warm ones’ could surely help to heat up the others! The same could be applied to the Flame of Love prayer, heating up the coldness of the world. I read a while ago that before the ‘storm’ comes we (the warm ones) would be in the right place at the right time, the place designated to us from the beginning of our lives. We have all been led here to read your words, from all over the world, a Great Army gathering.

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  28. Donette says:

    Charlie. I am a little unsettled. Bear with me on this. I don’t want to say a lot, because this happened to my husband. He knows little about your blog although I do mention certain things to him about what you say. Nothing frightening or scary. He is a faithful Catholic man, a long ago altar boy and says his rosary daily since he retired ten years ago.

    Last night around 2:40 AM I was awakened by my husband talking very loudly in his sleep and his legs were thrashing about. It was like he was in a fight. I had difficulty making out what he the words were that he was crying out. I finally woke him. His behavior was frightening me. He was shouting, “Get off of me, Let me go. Let me alone.” It was near 3AM and I began the Divine Mercy Chaplet…never finished it. I fell into a deep sleep. I never have done that. My husband had left the bed. I don’t know when he returned.
    This morning when he was shaving, he said to me “I had the most terrible dream last night. I said nothing about what I heard nor what I did. I wanted him to have the freedom to talk but only if he wanted to. He said no more. We went to Mass this evening because of the threat of yet another major snowstorm in our area and we didn’t want to miss Mass because of the distance we drive for Mass. On the way there my husband repeated what he had said in the morning about having a terrible dream. I asked if he remembered any of it. He said yes. He went on and said, “I saw horrible black clouds all over the sky and they were above me and followed me and I couldn’t get out from under them. I knew they were filled with evil and points of black funnels would dart out of the clouds at me. I fought them off and they wouldn’t stop attacking.” He told me no more then that and I didn’t want to push him. I have a sense that there was more but it was too terrible for him to tell me.

    What disturbed me was this man never has religious themed dreams, nor warnings. There was a point in our married life when he said he never had dreams. I have been told by priests and particularly those who I have met via the Pittsburgh Center for Peace, that Satan’s minions attack those who pray faithfully. Dr. Petrisco would have an exorcist come into the Center on a regular basis and have the entire offices exorcised. I’ve never told my husband any of these things. I believe he is being shown the darkness that is covering the world in his sleep. Do you think I am off base?
    If we ever stop getting these continuous snow storms where the roads are knee deep in snow and ice, I think I am going to try to get him to go to daily Mass with me.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Hi Donette. I know it is frightening.I have had several people go through that sort of situation. I have begun to wonder why the satan does it, for it has always, in my experience, turned out bad for him. Some people I know who have been fairly pious suddenly would get these sorts of things which would frighten or depress them…and they would tell me. I always noted that when it comes right down to it, all the devil can do is run a spook show…that if you grab all the tighter to Christ the satan has no power over you except to show you scary images.

      In one case, demons manifested and taunted someone close who did not want to believe in them or see them. She knew that I dealt with such things regularly – and that I was a heck of a fellow if a little “excitable” about religious matters. I chuckled, told her welcome to my world – which she did not appreciate at all – and walked her through it, holding her hand. She would call three, four or more times a day for six months in a panic and I would calm her down and tell her all they could do was put on a show…stay steady. They finally departed – or at least back into hiding. It was my sister. She has told me several times since then that had it not stopped, she might have been unable to keep from suicide. That’s what the demons want = to so spook you that you will act irrationally or go into despair. I got the fringe benefit that my sister came to be right glad she isn’t me – and asks me sometimes how I can possibly stay so calm and steady dealing with that sort of stuff. I just told her it’s been my normal throughout my life…that being deliberate is the safest way to deal with it…and that they really have no power except to rattle some bones and show you a spook show. For my sister, it soothed her that throughout this I got so much obvious amusement from it. She understood later that I knew my amusement would soothe her – that it would distract her, get her a little mad that maybe I wasn’t taking it as seriously as she even though I completely knew it to be true…but also getting that if I considered the devils ridiculous and silly, that meant that they were NOT as dangerous as she feared.

      For your husband, you know his personality so you know what will help soothe him. But regardless, you can underscore that these things have no power except the power to spook – and that when you hold all the harder to Christ because of their efforts, they eventually give it up as a bad tactic, back off, and try a new means of attack. My prayers are with you both.

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      • I had a similar problem when I moved to the place where I am staying now. I won’t elaborate but it was bad. I consulted an older priest here who is also an exorcist. He blessed several medals St Benedict, A Crucifix, and an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe that I had. He used the Old Latin Rite for all the blessings (also blessing some salt and water.) He then instructed me to have the house blessed by my parish priest, which I did, then place the medals on all windows and doors, pray the Rosary daily, attend Mass, pray the Chaplet of St Michael. There is peace here now. Certain characters that used to show up here every now and then ceased to visit. There were no more spooks.
        Re: the black clouds. I remember the climate here in BA was quite benign compared to say Philly or New York. It was a Catholic city — not perfect but quite Catholic — Now it is closer to Gomorrah, I won’t elaborate on that either. What I find really eerie are the new storms. The sky covers with black clouds and there are those funnel-like clouds like pillars of dark smoke that seem to stay at the edge of the storm. Where I live is one of the highest points of the city and I live in a highrise, on the sixth floor. The view of those storms is scary and the wind howls at night almost constantly –something I never noticed when I lived here years ago.
        Donnette husband’s dream reminded me of the storms we have here so frequently now.

        The image above IS NOT Photoshopped …

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        • Barbara Dore says:

          very interesting. A man from Malta told me that it is important to get a priest to bless our house every year, after Easter, not just one off, but every year. I often use Blessed salt around my house.

          My three cars were robbed within 8 months. I live in a good area. I had a dream that I saw my husband’s brother who was a priest (deceased) and I found the jar of blessed salt landing on my open hands. I woke up and I never heard of Blessed Salt before , I googled on it and it really hit me. From this strange experience, I started to use Blessed Salt often.

          I encourage my friends to get many jars of Blessed Salt. Blessed Salt is compulsory for every home! I am not joking!

          Blessed Salt – Powerful Stuff – DiscoverThe Center
          discoverthecenter.com/files/Blessed_Salt_oil.pdf
          Blessed Salt – Powerful Stuff In these times of increasing evil and diabolic disturbance Blessed Salt is an absolute must for every home.

          It can be used in cooking, or many uses. or even in a bath.

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        • Fran says:

          Wow, Carlos! That is stunning and frightening at the same time!

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      • mmbev says:

        Charlie, I am so glad that you related this. Knowing that Kim had this experience makes a sense of relief and calm spread through me. During the time following surgery, I said that my brother had said “a very long and difficult” recovery, not about six months like the doctors said.
        It would be. It was 12 years long, plus a sort of nine month period of “subtle changes” in my mental abilities like prioritizing, remembering tasks, etc. The hardest and most painful part of the twelve years was that every day less about two a year spread out, I wished, so utterly totally that I was dead. At times when with someone, the feelings and thoughts could be diverted, but as I am almost always alone, it was a bit difficult. All of the physical suffering pales into insignificance compared with that. Being here on this blog, allows me to know that I am not alone, that other’s here have related experiences, though different, that encumbered them, which they also had to fight against.

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        • SteveBC says:

          MMBev, you have made a place for yourself here. If you leave, there will be a big “MMBev” hole in our community, so please stick with us!

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    • radiclaudio says:

      Hi, in addition to Charlie’s great advice, you could ask you husband to consider, in prayer, what God wants him to learn from this experience since it can only happen with His permission. Much love and affection.

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    • Let us not forget the Flame of Love prayers, which are promised to blind satan. Holy Mary, Mother of God, spread the effect of grace of Thy Flame of Love over all of humanity, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

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  29. ryusi says:

    Paula nz, you wrote “from all over the world, a Great Army gathering.” It reminded me of an article on Spirit Daily about the battle we are facing and that we were destined and chosen to live in this time. The article stirred me and filled me with hope and purpose to engage in this coming battle.
    see link below…

    http://www.austincnm.com/index.php/2015/02/angels-dragons/#.VO6OM7PF_RK

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  30. Anne not says:

    Linda ….thank you so very much for what you are doing.i went into the link …. This will be so wonderful for several people I know …. The condensed version! Wow ….. A team is developing here!!

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  31. aj says:

    Friends, let us continue to pray for one another throughout this lenten period that we grow in abandonement and Trust. My Lent started off with a bang!!! Will expatiate a bit later…but I’m starting to think it’s all about total abandonement and dependence on Him…that may be the lesson for me this lent…a sneak preview into my later post would be …my daughter’s pup has died from Parvo (puppy ebola) and my largest dog of about 6 years had to be put down in the space of 1 day…it has brought sadness especially for my daughter…and that’s just the beginning.

    Will continue later GOD willing…

    JESUS I Trust in YOU!

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    • mmbev says:

      My heart so goes out to your daughter, and to you. Our pets are part of our family. Each one has such a wonderful personality, and gives so much to us. I wish that I could give to both of you the comfort that you have often given to me on this blog.

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  32. https://scontent-mia.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/10441415_413981082099507_1744415231276746048_n.jpg?oh=3582db682a08fd139ad3071be4008fb5&oe=557D943A

    (Carlos, I have let you and Gary get away with posting links to pictures unattached to any comment in the last 24 hours. I knew when I allowed it in response to a question that I would get more. They are lovely pictures, but this is the last. If you want to put up a link in your comment, there must also be an actual comment. It can be very short…just a brief note on what it is. But this will be it for allowing unattached links.-CJ)

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    • Actually that was a mistake! I was going to post some text and I forgot I had a pic from my facebook page in it! Please feel free to delete. Besides it is an ugly looking link although the pic is nice but it can be seen in my FB. God bless!

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      • charliej373 says:

        Ha – and I just thought you were feeling your oats, Carlos!

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        • We need an “edit” function! 🙂

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          • charliej373 says:

            I agree with that, Carlos, so you could edit your own posts. It would be a convenience for you and would spare me the occasional requests. It is trickier to go back and edit someone else’s comments than you would think. I actually tried to see if this platform had the capability, but I could not find that it does. If anyone smarter on such things than me knows something, let me know – because I would allow that in a heartbeat.

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          • mmbev says:

            SSSSSSSSSSteeeeeve! Steve? Where are you, you genius computer whiz? I’m with Carlos. Can’t say how many times I have thought, oooooooooooooooooo, could have left that out! Is there any way you can help Charlie? Since we’re all holding hands at night I figure I have the liberty to at least ask!

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          • NancyA says:

            Unless it has changed since this was posted, it is possible, and the directions are here: http://www.wpbeginner.com/plugins/allow-users-edit-comments-wordpress/

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          • SteveBC says:

            To all and sundry, the answer is no, but there are several reasons that you might not know for this stance by WordPress.com.

            This is a link to WordPress.com’s support page for the different roles. We are viewers and followers. Charlie wears several hats, including moderator which comes under the Editor hat.
            https://en.support.wordpress.com/user-roles/

            One issue for allowing the possibility of editing a comment for say 15 minutes after you hit the “Post Comment” button is that that would hugely complicate Charlie’s role as moderator.

            First, he would have to age all comments by 15 minutes before moderating them, or he would approve one version of a comment while you would be adding a second, possibly only subtly different version, to his list of comments to moderate. Huge time-waster for Charlie.

            Second, now if he approves your comment and provides a quick reply taking umbrage at something you wrote, and then you went back and edited your comment to remove or soften what you wrote that ticked him off, people coming in later would see him ranting over a comment from you that looks mild. His rant would look totally inappropriate.

            There are other problems I won’t go into, but I think you get the picture. Really, it is actually best to have the original dumb or mean or contrary-to-Church-Doctrine comment published as is for all to see. Then Charlie or others get to call you on the egregious error you have made in ways that explain why it’s an error, so everyone after that learns something worthwhile. And you get your opportunity in a later post to grovel in misery before the world for your idiocy. So you learn lots of great lessons about humility, about apologizing for your errors, or how to bear up with humor when others call you on something thoughtless, mean, or whatever.

            In short, people learn to be careful to edit their comments before they post them or to apologize nicely if they fail that care. And Charlie only sees any particular comment once.

            I hope this helps, even though I can’t give you a pointer to what you want. 😀

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          • charliej373 says:

            Haha…I hate doing totally inappropriate rants! 😉

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          • Michelle says:

            Haha. You crack me up.

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          • SteveBC says:

            NancyA, you are correct, but I believe that applies only to sites running WordPress software independently, where you can install that kind of mini-application yourself. Of course, I could be wrong.

            Charlie hosts his site on WordPress.com, which as far as I can tell does not allow the installation of such mini-apps and does not have a provision for editing comments. I think the WordPress.com people want to avoid getting complaints from people about the issues I mentioned, so they stick to a strict approach. Given the problems that can arise on a moderated site in particular, I can see why they do this.

            Besides, Charlie has to know that all of his rants will never look inappropriate after the fact! 🙂

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          • charliej373 says:

            I know folks here sometimes get a bit unnerved when I have a bit of a rant, but in my biological family, there are some who work to trigger a rant from me because it so amuses them. And I must admit, when I launch into one and they start laughing in triumph I, too, am amused at having been had.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Like your family, we are getting to know you well enough to begin to cherish your rants. 🙂

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          • SteveBC says:

            Charlie, I just noticed that you used the term “biological family” in the comment just a couple above this one. I think it’s kinda cool that you feel you have to explicitly distinguish your two families. That says a lot, you know.

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          • charliej373 says:

            I love it when people notice the little things I sneak in.

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      • Petra says:

        Wow Carols, thank you! I immediately made this photo my desktop background photo (replacing St. Francis of Assisi, no less!) because it will remind me every day whose intercession I seek. By the way, when I prayed the Prayer of Miraculous Trust for protection and God’s perfect will for me and my family during the storm, I asked the intercession first of Our Lady (because she is the most caring and tender of mothers and watches over me), then St. Joseph (because he is like a father to me) and then St. Anthony of Padua (who is like a best friend. I go to him often for all kinds of assistance.) So, I felt free to ask for the help of more than one intercessor, but each for very good reason.

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  33. vparisi says:

    I agree, Linda I also just joined your site as Lifesong which is my name at Mother of God Forum. Looks like a terrific resource!

    Val

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  34. Karen says:

    Hi Charlie, Thank you for sharing our story. I was so touched that it inspired many of the TNRS family to do the same. Praise God!

    While my husband and I were praying The Prayer of Miraculous Trust we came to the point in the prayer where you ask the intercession of a saint of your choice. I mentioned St. Joseph because he is our dearest saint-friend, but then also mentioned St. Pio to whom my husband is very devoted. Almost comically my husband stopped me and said, “No– just pick one… It says ‘a saint’.” (Can you guess which one of us is an attorney?!). But this does bring up my question: Is there a special “trust” factor to asking the intercession of one saint or may we include more than one in the prayer?

    My love and prayers to all here, Karen

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    • charliej373 says:

      I just included three in one of my prayers for someone I know. Your husband is right that, in my instructions, I say ‘a saint.’ But what the heck, I like to have a little soiree with some of my closest friends from time to time, so you should feel free to do the same. The only thing is that, in this one, I think it is better not to make it into a litany. Keep it intimate and personal. And thanks for the lovely note that has, indeed, sparked some joy in some folks here.

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  35. Donette says:

    I can’t make up my mind who to respond to first. To LindaSummerfield a big thanks for your site. I have it in my Favorites. To you Carlos for your long comment and picture. To respond to you will take a bit longer. Yes, I hold dearly to my Traditional Catholic upbringing: the house blessed, a blessed medal over every window and a blessed Crucifix over every door in remembrance of the blood of the lamb to be on the lintel of every Israelite door in preparation for the Passover of the Angel of Death.
    During the decade of the 1980’s we were forced to move from our home city of Pittsburgh because of the sell out of the American steel industries by the powers that be. I had grown up on a farm and I found living in a small town with close neighborhoods a misery… no privacy. After seducing me to move from my happy life in Pittsburgh, a move that I fought, with the promise that I could build a house to my liking; a promise that was never fulfilled, and finding how difficult it was for me to become settled in due to the timing of my middle years, my husband purchased a farm of 83 acres. The house was huge, I was thrilled that I was in the Steubenville Diocese…I loved my Bishop and my pastor and at last I was happy again. There was room for my children and grandchildren when they would arrive from the various parts of the states and the world for holidays and visits. Mother Angelica of EWTN’s fame came from the closet town and I was a constant visitor to the home of Rhoda Wise, a location that Mother would always recommend on the Family program and where she had experienced a miracle. I became close to its present Curator and was included when all of the people one used to view on TV arrived. It was a place where Jesus had come to visit the stigmatist, Rhoda Wise and the Little Flower frequently was His companion. (Yes, the Bishop knows and approved and gave permission for a small shrine at the location. and there are prayer groups that meet there.) Everything that you suggested, Carlos, was completed in that house. I have learned during my years of being in God’s University to live trusting in God, that the Beloved has a sense of humor with His children. He also wants their constant attention and He upsets their applecart if they wander off into lala land.

    Three years ago, I had the rug pulled out from under me. My husband put the farm on the market and it was sold in two days. I knew this was the hand of God. When one truly looks, one can see the working of God in their lives. He didn’t permit me to get the little condo that I thought would be best at this time in our lives…none available and I was not permitted to move to Texas …some place warm. It was no, no, no. My will was not God’s Will. I know this, you see, because I was not making the decisions no matter how much chatter I contributed to the decisions. But God did keep me near where he wanted me. You see, Jesus told Rhoda way back in the ’40’s that there would be a Shrine built on her property…a Shrine to the Sacred Heart. And He told her that it would be a place of refuge when the storm came. In those days, the ladies I talked to who saw and took pictures of the brilliant light that would stream to the outside from Rhoda’s bedroom window when He arrived had no idea what that meant. World War II was in process. I understand deep in my soul what Charlie is talking about when he discusses how “mysterious” (my word) God is when He takes care of us.
    On earth, He fills our baskets, and then empties them and then once again He fills them. Heaven is going to be and Eternal Easter. How wonderful He is.

    After I have rambled this long, it is going to take another ‘Reply’ to respond to Charlie.

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  36. Donette says:

    Charlie, When I told you about my husband’s dream, I wanted to say that it wasn’t the dream or who I suspected was behind the dream that frightened me. It was seeing my husband’s fear while battling the dream that scared me. I’ve never seen my husband express fear openly, not in 53 years of marriage. I think it is the male suppression of emotion in play here; not that men don’t have emotions…strong ones…but it’s the “big boys don’t cry” theme that still holds reign of his generation. That picture Carlos uploaded? That is what I imagined my husband was seeing except it was closer.

    What I wanted to say to you, Charlie, was you have been given a gift. I am not talking about the gift of heavenly visitors, or the gift of prophecy, or guidance. The gift I am referring to is the gift of writing from the heart. You have the ability to express what you see, what you hear and how and what you felt from your experiences clearly enough that a person attuned to you is able to almost stand in your shoes and experience it right with you. It is presented to the point that someone like me would like to share and confide in you their own spiritual experiences, which one day I might actually begin to tell you except this is such a public forum… and I don’t even like to tell my priest.

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    • Barbara Dore says:

      yes, Donnette , you describe brilliantly! about charlie’s great gift of writing and he makes me feeling that I am in his shoes experiencing his adventures etc. He writes beautifully.

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      • charliej373 says:

        That’s funny, Barbara. I was talking on the phone to one of my granddaughters about a year ago. We spoke of where I was (she and her brother watched my pilgrimage with no little fascination). I told her I was not in the swamps right now, but in the great mountains – and described them. She paused for a moment, then said, “You have a lot of adventures, don’t you, Poppy?” I laughed and said indeed I do. She asked that I take her and her brother on another adventure with me soon.

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    • Bob says:

      as for the personal sharing part, I keep my name first name only as it gives me a degree of anonymity in case I want to share personal sometime and for me I would limit it to if I believed it would be of benefit to others too otherwise I would keep it for my director or for Charlie in private, although have no problem with Charlie knowing my identity from my mail. And most are good people here but I don’t know who’s reading.

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    • Fran says:

      I understand what you mean, Donette, about “it is presented to the point that someone like me would like to share and confide in you their own spiritual experiences”. This is the only public forum I have posted on like this, and I am a very private person. I just read for a little while at first, ( I was a bit leary ;-)) before I emailed Charlie to ask him a question and kind of “introduce” myself. He didn’t have that many followers yet last year when i started reading, but I was still surprised when he responded right away! After that, and as I began to read other’s responses, it just felt like a comfortable, welcoming place. If you feel comfortable doing it, please continue to share your experiences. I was interested in everything you had to say.

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  37. connie says:

    Love that image, Donette, of the way Jesus “fills our baskets”. I will forever think of Easter just a little differently. It is already my favorite holiday and you have made it that much more appealing to me. I did not quite follow you on where you live now. Have you settled in yet? Or did I miss the point of your story(quite possible as I tend to sometimes get a little fixated on one point at times…)

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  38. Donette says:

    Connie, Mother Angelica who established EWTN located in Irondale, Alabama is from Canton, Ohio. It is from there that she made the First Right Step to becoming a Franciscan and followed the Lord to become The Great Communicator. It is there where the Shrine and the House of Rhoda Wise is located and it is there where God has placed me. I no longer try to settle in. Charlie has convinced me that I must keep my powder dry and my backpack packed. One never knows what adventures in travel the Lord holds for us.

    http://rhodawise.com/

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  39. vparisi says:

    Well I have a praise report- I prayed the Miraculous prayer of trust yesterday for one of my children who needed it and she is much better today! God is good all the time!

    Blessings,

    Val

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