Signposts – Christians Fighting Back

By Charlie Johnston

I have added a new category with this post which I call “Signposts.” Things are happening so fast and furious right now that I can either have massive “Musings” columns, pass over some important items altogether, or give you some links to a specific item of note that I can’t devote a full column to as it comes up.

I am delighted to see that the American Family Association has started noting and keeping track of the many bigoted anti-Christian advocacy groups that are targeting Christians. It has put together an interactive “Bigotry Map,” which shows where the most aggressively anti-Christian groups are located and what they do. I am particularly glad that AFA is calling out the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for the ugly center of bigotry that it is. You may remember that in 2012, a disturbed man, Floyd Lee Corkins, sought to kill as many people as he could at the Family Research Council’s offices. Thankfully, he was thwarted because of a heroic security guard who stopped him. But it developed that he had been inspired to attempt the murder’s by SPLC’s website calling the Family Research Council a hate group because of its opposition to gay “marriage.

Matt Barber has a concise piece on what AFA is doing to fight back on behalf of Christians.

I had my own brush with the ugly bigotry of the SPLC. Back in the fall of 1995 I was running a U.S. Senate Campaign. There were so many events to attend that I often spoke in place of the candidate – and I always did when we did not have a full vetting of the host group. I went to speak to a group that called itself the Domestic Policy Council, I think. Though there were only 25 people there, they were seriously ultra-conservative. Before we started, several complained to me about how often conservative candidates had betrayed them and that they had become a hard-sell on actually supporting anyone. When I began to speak, we hit a big snag when I was asked about NAFTA, then a hot topic. I told them my candidate supported it. The room exploded. People were berating me and, literally, talking about physically throwing me out of the building. One big black guy was just itching to toss me out.

I got mad. I told them, “You want to know why you are always ‘betrayed?’ Because you can’t be civil about anything except absolute agreement. I will be glad to tell you what the candidate supports. But I won’t BS you – and that means you’re not going to agree on some things. If you can’t handle that, I’ll leave and you can get somebody else here who will tell you what you want to hear and then ‘betray’ you. If you can handle it, you’re going to get a new experience: you won’t agree with everything, but what you hear is actually what you will get.” I started to storm out, but several argued that they at least ought to hear me out. The argument raged for a few minutes and then they decided to listen.

Well, it was interesting…as much a participatory argument as a speech. One guy kept insulting me and trying to get others to join him in tossing me out. Finally, his own people told him to shut the heck up and listen to the man (me). When we finally finished, the head of the group came up from the back. He reached out and shook my hand. Sotto voce, he told me, “I don’t agree with you on a lot of things, but you got one big brass pair – and I always respect that.” So much for a lively, but not particularly productive, evening.

A bit less than a year later we were barreling towards the general election. It was early fall when I got a call from a Chicago Sun-Times reporter. He told me he had heard that my guy had spoken to a group called the Domestic Policy Council and he wanted me to have him call. I told him it was me who had spoken to that group almost a year earlier, so what was the problem? He said the SPLC had listed the group on its KlanWatch list as a racist white supremacy group. I was taken aback, then laughed. I told the reporter the group was much more conservative than me or my candidate, and our meeting was awfully raucous, but they sure weren’t racist. Five people in the group I spoke to were black – and one of the most obnoxious about tossing me out was one of the black guys. They just were some intense people who took a particular point of view – and seemed perfectly glad to have anyone who shared that point of view join them.

The reporter noted that the SPLC was a venerable, old civil rights group. I told him that in recent years I had been wondering if they weren’t prostituting their old reputation to act as a left-wing smear group willing to call anyone racist who did not support the left. He asked if that was the answer I wanted to stand on.

“If they publicly apologize to this group, I will have a different take,” I said, “but if not, I will know the SPLC is just a left-wing smear machine and will never take them seriously again.”

When the story appeared the next day, the reporter pretty accurately quoted me. (The words weren’t exact, but he captured my contempt for the attempted smear). Then I got a call from a number I did not recognize. It was the head of the group I had spoken to a year earlier. “I knew you had a big brass pair,” he chuckled. Then he told me the SPLC had done this to them before. They had had some of the black members of their group call SPLC to protest but it made no difference – the SPLC continued to smear them as a white supremacist group. I told him I was sorry for that, that he and I certainly had our disagreements, but that it was obvious there was nothing racist about them. That was why he was calling, he said. Whenever it had happened before, the politician had run like a scalded dog. He was grateful I had not thrown them under the bus, particularly since they had never endorsed my guy anyway. So he said they did not want to embarrass us, but if we needed any holes covered, a precinct worked, calls made, whatever…just call and they would go out as individuals to cover those holes – because we were obviously stand-up guys…and the only ones he had ever met in higher level politics.

The SPLC, which had its roots in the Civil Rights movement and Christian ideals, has become perhaps the single most malignant anti-Christian smear machine in the country. Thank God the AFA is pushing back and standing for the basic rights of Christians and Jews in this country.

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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178 Responses to Signposts – Christians Fighting Back

  1. Centurion_Cornelius says:

    Yes–the SPLC has morphed into a bad outfit. About time we Christians stood up to lies, since we are really opposing “the Father of all lies,” who is satan.

    Too many of us have the (wrong) notion to “turn the other cheek.” My question to those are: “How are you to do God’s work when you constantly turn your cheeks or run away?” The most fundamental principle of morality is love and preservation of one’s self. Self-defense!

    Here’s what the Catechism says at 2264:

    “Love toward oneself remains a fundamental principle of morality. Therefore it is legitimate to insist on respect for one’s own right to life.”

    In other words, loving one’s neighbor means nothing if you don’t first love yourself in a rightly ordered way. After all, Jesus said, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” The instinct of self-preservation is based on the fact that life is a good given to us by God. We have an intrinsic and fundamental right to live. Therefore, we also have a right to defend ourselves.

    And I personally add this defense is moral, spiritual, physical, and against lies, libel, and slander.

    But what about defending others? Do we have a right to do that, too? Absolutely. In fact, defending the innocent is not only a right, it is a duty. We have the ability to lay down our own life for a greater good (as Jesus and the martyrs of the Church did), but we never have the right to lay down the lives of others. I can surrender my own life, but I can never surrender your life for you. The Catechism (2265) makes this clear:

    “Legitimate defense can be not only a right but a grave duty for one who is responsible for the lives of others. The defense of the common good requires that an unjust aggressor be rendered unable to cause harm. For this reason, those who legitimately hold authority also have the right to use arms to repel aggressors against the civil community entrusted to their responsibility.”

    (with thanks to God and attribution to “The Catholic Gentleman–Self Defense.”)

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    • Mick says:

      The NAACP is another organization that started off well and is now an absolute embarassment.

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      • charliej373 says:

        That is one that really upsets me, Mick. The NAACP was truly an instrument of great good and historic importance. How it sold itself out to be the palace guard for a particular ideology baffles me. It kind of hurts…when I was young I donated a little to the NAACP (and I mean very little…I have never had much in the way of fiduciary means).

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      • CrewDog says:

        “Rev. Graham: ‘Halt All Immigration of Muslims From Countries That Have Active Terrorist Cells”
        http://cnsnews.com/blog/michael-w-chapman/rev-graham-halt-all-immigration-muslims-countries-have-active-terrorist-cells

        Sadly we know that this won’t happen in our USA ’cause Muslims have replaced Jews as a “cherished” Victim Group in the Democrat Party. Once you have become so labeled you are above reproach, criticism, investigation, prosecution and are protected not only by the Democrat Party Machine but by their minions in the “Media”! The “Media” will attack, slander and bear false witness against anyone who dares to object! Is Western Europe any different .. Eh!!??

        GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • CrewDog says:

      The below came today from a Military Blog, run by an Old JarHead, I’ve been associated with for 5/6 years. We know that there has been a purge of senior Military Officers & NCOs of late and us Old Military Guys have discussed the negative impact of the Gay Agenda on the US Military/National Security since Obama has foisted it upon US. There was no doubt among us that what is happening … would happen ;-( The Catholic Church, sadly, is still suffering from The Gay Agenda, Lavender Seminaries and the loss of good people and confusion and angst in the Flock! The people that push the Gay Agenda are also big supporters of Abortion and BigBro Government ….. and anti-Christian/Jewish bigotry!
      I can’t help but believe that it’s all part of The Storm and God’s Vomiting Out!:
      2) Military losing Christians because of ‘hostile’ culture, religious freedom advocates say
      http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/apr/15/us-military-losing-christians-because-of-hostile-c/
      (SEE ALSO: “Marines of Conscience Or Homosexual Marines”
      http://thebutter-cutter.com/Marines_of_Conscience_or_Ho.php

      GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  2. Charlie, if I compare the US of 1980 and the US now, it looks like two different countries. Perhaps it looks like a country that has been occupied by a foreign race that looks a lot like the natural population but has all the opposite moral values. Sodom has taken over Jerusalem. Often I ask the Lord why is He allowing this but so far I haven’t gotten any answers. In general I think God operates this way: He makes us miss the good we had before giving it to us again. That way we can see what we had with renewed eyes. Sort of a roundabout way to teach us that the problem is in us, that we grow comfortable in God given prosperity and we start to rot.

    How far is this America from Mark Twain’s (talking about marks in time) and the country of Washington Irving. Those were the two authors that introduced the American character to me. From Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn to the astronauts of the Gemini program everything seemed bright and promising in the late 50’s and 60’s until the generation of ’68 took over and began seeing the country with the most negative eyes possible.

    By a strange twist of faith I had the privilege of spending a big part of my life in the US. Although the decadence of the later years is hard to contemplate, I thinks there’s hope. The renewal of the country has begun. The planned degeneration of the American race has had only relative success because it galvanized a Conservative movement so strong that even the GOP has trouble understanding. I think many of us miss our country, a country that knew how to project itself not as a mere race or geographical location but as the idea of a godly, hard-working, tough-as-nails group of people ready to seed the world with the idea of “liberty under God.”

    The last few readings of the Holy Mass have been about that: trust in God. Yesterday’s reading was about God redeeming the fortunes of His people. May that be the case of the US, not this morally impoverished US, but the US the Founding Fathers envision and we remember in the Pledge of Allegiance: “one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

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    • charliej373 says:

      It shows even in the simple things, Carlos. When my kids were little once on a hot night I told them when I was little we did not have air conditioning, so we just left the front and back doors open to create a breeze. One asked me how we kept the robbers and gang members out. I said we didn’t have much of that sort of thing when I was little. They both thought it was a gyp that we had let it get this way. It kind of caught me off guard.

      When I was a boy, if you were getting into some mischief in the neighborhood and an old lady popped her head out her door and told you to stop – you did, for you knew she might call your parents and then it would be trouble. Now, the old lady has to cower inside for fear she would get beaten or worse for intervening. I was a boy in a country my children have never really known. What a sorrow! But they will live most of their lives in a world most of us could not have imagined. One of the big incentives for me to live my duty well. I want them to have that world.

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      • Centurion_Cornelius says:

        Yessir! We must have grown up in the same neighborhood and not known one another “back in the day,” Charlie!

        Lock the front or back door? Unheard of. Dad would leave his keys in the car’s ignition all the time. A lost wallet or purse left in the backyard after a family gathering or party would remain there untouched until the rightful owner came to claim it.

        Dad would send us to the corner deli to buy his cigarettes or six pack of beer.. At the hardware store, me, a pre-teen, routinely bought .22 rimfire ammo over the counter from the clerk with no questions asked. We mixed charcoal briquettes, sulphur match tips and saltpetre to make our own 4th of July fireworks.

        We climbed very tall trees, usually fell out of them resulting in us getting bruises and acute knowledge in the deal: the law of gravity works. We had better obey it and other “warnings” from parents, neighbors, and other “adults.” Kids did not run the show.

        Dad’s sole sermon to us boys was: “I work awfully hard in the mills and have little time for “nonsense.” Obey the parish Priest, Cop, and Teacher (in that order) since they are me in different clothes. If you get a spanking at school and I hear about it, your hide will be tanned at home to boot. Never lie and dishonor my name. Now beat it, and I love you.”

        Mom routinely smoked and drank a little wine when she was pregnant with our large brood with no apparent ill affects (a matter of opinion by some.)

        All my boyhood buddies carried pocket knives and even a sling shot or two to school each day, where we walked miles to and from classes in rain, sleet, and blizzards (school or city bus, what’s that?) For show-and-tell at school, you could bring a WWII bayonet of Dad’s, a working carbide lamp from the coal mine, and my best friend “Chuckie,” once brought a very long and very sharp cavalry saber his kin used in the War Between the States.

        Today a SWAT team, helicopter gun ship or drone and MRAP would descend on us kids for these “crimes.” We’d be arrested, booked and tried as adults.

        And why? Because adults quit being adults. They wanted to be “liked” and a friend to mere children. As Charlie says, “time to ‘man up’.”

        …and now we are strangled with hundreds of laws, rules, regulations, and prohibitions “for the children?” I don’t get it. sorry, rant over….

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        • charliej373 says:

          Yeah, that sounds like my childhood. I laughed when I thought of how often I was sent to the little store a few blocks away to buy Mom and Dad’s cigarettes. I suppose if I had asked for anything other than Mom’s Winstons or Dad’s Camels. Mrs. Niergarten might have made a call to check.

          Even funnier, when my Dad was a boy in rural Mississippi, they had a big gun rack at school – and people often had their kids stay close on the way there and back with the kids who had guns – for those were the ones who could protect them from the random wild dog or other feral critters. Can you imagine the vapors just reading of this will cause folks in San Francisco?

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        • jaykay says:

          Centurion, apart from the ammo bit, you have pretty accurately described my own boyhood in the Ireland of the 60s/70s. It was the rock-like solidity of it all, seemingly never to change, that we kids grew up in that is practically impossible to get across to the younger ones. Yes, they understand intellectually of course, and are often very interested (and sometimes wistful that it’s not so for them, while definitely not appreciating the lack of gizmos and the Spartan quality of much of it). But the sense of security we just took for granted – God, family, neighbours – is now gone and largely can’t be communicated, let alone replicated. As they say, you had to have been there.

          Although when I drone on in this vein for too long the younger generation are laudably quick to pull me back down to reality. Nothing more devastating than a “yeah, whatever” from a fifteen-year-old 😊

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        • MMBev says:

          This world is as almost as strange to me as the one we’re in! I did grow up “free range” as the term is used today, and the parents now who advocate it get into trouble. I had a lot of latitude, and did my share of falling out of trees (smallest, and straggling behind the three brothers, determined as a wolverine). Guns! Bullets! Buy cigarettes! Beer! Where did you guys live?

          However, my poor and wonderful mother would bring up “modernism” in horror and anguish every time they drove up here to visit. I understood well enough what she was talking about, but finally I said to her, “Mom, I understand, but I DON’T know what to do about it!” I think many of us were in that situation. Yes, things were perceived, but without anyone taking charge and having a plan of attack so to speak to lead us. There most of us were, with small children and our hands filled just trying to cope with what was on our plates.

          I guess the trouble was that our political leaders, and often our Church leaders (within our speaking range and the ones who disagreed) didn’t much know what to do either. And, I wonder if any of us understood where the road was going and what things would be like a decade or two down the road. “The other side”, so to speak, who had us all using the material they planned and dispatched to us to teach our children, were the larger number. it had made it’s plans well, and had planned it’s advance so many years before, and worked cunningly to place a large number of dissenters in both areas, knowing the effect it would have on us and our society. Evil works in the dark, while we weren’t really even aware that darkness was appearing on the horizon.

          Worst of all, we were comfortable…..pretty much in all areas of our lives. Even then, you had to hunt to really see the state of the world. How fortunate I was to have a brother who dedicated his life to pouring it out with love for the poor. Without that, there might be five seconds on the TV news, quickly masked by a commercial. Zip! Past and gone from thought.

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          • charliej373 says:

            My lifelong curse has been that I do see where this road leads. Yes, there are the visitations…but a lot of my fascination with the study of history was part of an effort to see how I was wrong. But I wasn’t. Did you know democracy was one of the most volatile forms of government ever devised? It always degenerates into chaos and anarchy within a decade or two, followed by a dictatorship. It is why the Europeans so mocked the Americans. The genius of the American founders was not that they adopted a democratic form of government, but that through adopting carefully crafted republican principles, they injected stabilizers to mitigate the volatile characteristics of democracies. For over a century we have been steadily eliminating those stabilizers in the name of equality and empowerment. I could see in the 80s that we were showing signs of the beginnings of the onset of the malignancies that bring democracies down. I couldn’t find anything in my temporal studies that contradicted what I was shown by revelation – and in fact, almost all confirmed it.

            I was condemned to spend my life watching a slow-motion train wreck coming and helpless to do anything effectively to stop it. There were times when I cried bitterly about why I should see so clearly where we were headed if I was incapable of doing anything about it. It seemed a kind of torture and would be kinder not to know. But it was given to me to know there was something I could do…begin planning to assemble the ambulances. It was a brutally hard thing to reconcile myself to, but I did it. It has been a source of great consolation to me to see that now that impact has begun, so many here are willing, even eager, to man those ambulances.

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          • Mick says:

            Charlie, I dearly want to man one of those ambulances. But I tend to freak out at the sight of blood. I pray that I can “man up” when the time comes; I don’t want to let the Lord down.

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          • charliej373 says:

            No problem, Mick. Ambulances have both paramedics and drivers. So drive.

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          • Mick says:

            Thanks, Charlie; driving is something I can do. 🙂

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          • jaykay says:

            MMBev says: “The other side”, so to speak, who had us all using the material they planned and dispatched to us to teach our children, were the larger number.”

            If I might just comment again, I would say yes, there was an awful lot of that, certainly, although the degree of it would have depended on where you lived. Ireland, for example, where I am, was still a very conservative place until well into the 1980s so the “other side” did not have such a toehold as they would have had in other jurisdictions like the UK and the US, let alone continental Europe. Nevertheless, the Trojan horse was even then within the gates, although the Greeks had not yet descended to open them and let the enemy in. But the sad thing is that many of the Trojans themselves were not sure whether they wouldn’t even welcome them!

            Anyway, to abandon that rather overdone metaphor, what I mean is that even back in the “glory days” there was a hankering among people that we were living in the past and should now get down with the cool kids of international sophistication. This would have been more prevalent among the educated classes, and especially those at third-level, where the 60s/70s protest thing was in full flow. Many of our current “socialist” Government Ministers were leading lights in all that BS, fashionable Maoism and all, God help us. But since 3rd level education was relatively restricted in terms of the overall population their influence was also limited. However with the broadening of education, and the flood of new media sources since the 80s and 90s, the gates were torn open. And the sad fact is that they were torn open from within, by those who had “educated” themselves to believe that they were being freed from outworn dogmas etc etc, blahdy blah, and they fell over themselves to join in at the cool kids’ table. They are still doing this. And so, later this year we’ll have a referendum to amend the Constitution to permit homosexual “marriage”, something that appeared in no party’s manifesto at the elections. I can’t say that I myself in my younger days didn’t share in some of this because, despite a very traditional Catholic education by teaching priests, by the time I attended University I was well infected by a lot of the modernistic thought and fancied myself quite the little liberal, don’t you know. And so I voted “yes” for many of the trendy causes, thinking myself oh-so-superior. I thank God that I never fell for the liberal BS in the Church, however.

            I’m describing Irish society here, but in fact a similar process was followed within the Church in all countries in the decades since the War but more specifically since the 60s. The “other side”, as MMBev describes them, have used their materials and plans to have us all believing that we were backward peasants and the sooner we joined with them in their glorious march the better. And now they have us where they wanted us. But many of us went along with them, to a greater or lesser degree.

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          • MMBev says:

            Charlie. That was a “refining fire”.

            People willing to live that would only count up two fingers on one hand, maybe one. And not a refining fire for a day or two, or -oh let’s be extreme- a year. You lived years and years and you still look human and not like a desiccated, burnt black and unrecognizable piece of bacon.

            I call that a miracle. And you still have a terrific sense of humor. I’m surprised that when we ask some of our questions, you don’t rip our faces off.

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      • This must be the “Great Society” people used to talk about in the 1960’s (forgive my sarcasm) it seems like “Great Sodom” to me but I am a “retrograde, neanderthal,” Christian after all. You see, even when I sometimes talk with friends that should know better, one can see how Liberalism and the “church of nice” have shaped their thinking. Things that I say are considered “provocative” but we know that “provocative” thinking was the standard American thinking of forty years ago or so. A great cloud of darkness is covering the land, a cloud of arrogance, intellectual poverty, poor judgment, immorality, and arrogance. Most of all, arrogance. The ones crying “racism!” are the most racist, for instance. In their minute little heads they really believe they were educated in school, they received the fullness of the faith in church, they have a complete grasp of morals and wisdom necessary to face the complex world we live in today. But in reality our world is very simple — only its ever changing technology appears to be complicated — and those folks are blind to the very things that will wipe out their existence any time soon. If you warn them they are quick to put you in the same basket with the Millerists and Jehovah’s Witnesses if not worse. And I bet a stronger warning would cost the evangelizer his life. We are about to see that. Yet they are like the church of Laodicea described by Jesus in the Apocalypse of John: “Because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing; not knowing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.” Rev 3:15-17

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        • MMBev says:

          Carlos, your comment is truth in every sentence you have written. Things I say are considered just plan crazy. And crazy has a tendency to make people avoid you. I do use Charlie’s tactic now, of just speaking hope, but to be honest, there aren’t many to even speak hope to. For the most part, people around here are pretty much complacent, and satisfied with their lives, or the lack they feel does not steer them to see any part of reality yet. Just like the Church of Laodicea, we don’t even know we are lukewarm. And drifting away from the Church? Hay, where’s the problem?

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          • Centurion_Cornelius says:

            We all hear you, loud and clear, MMBev!

            To a great extent, we all feel the way you do. Before I retired, at work I would try to explain just a few basic things to people that I felt had inquiring minds, I would get the: “Oh, get off your high-horse ‘preaching’ to me!” or “I’m fine, just leave me alone!”

            So, I am like you–offering hope to those who need it, and, like Charlie says, sitting in the “ambulance” with the motor running waiting for my first patient who asks for my help.

            THAT is a big difference: rendering aid and assistance to those who are actually requesting it, RATHER THAN giving warnings.

            Kind of like being a back-seat passenger. Rather than tell people “Slow down here,” or watch this steep grade or curve,” I just go along for the ride and when the vehicle runs into the ditch, I just get out and put my shoulder to the back fender and push as hard as I can!

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          • That was my point when I repeated “arrogance” like a cacophony. This is not a rehearsal. Our Blessed Mother has indicated over and over that these are the end times. Pope Francis said it out loud in his last “airplane conference” when talking about Benson’s book (The Lord of the World) etc. etc. But one only has to remind someone of these simple straightforward warnings to get a lecture from the know it all in charge. This generation is looking for a special sign — they are very important you know — it has to come in the form of a text message or a TV special done just for them: “And now, Dan Rather interviews God. Is He confirming the end of the world? The answer after this announcement from our kind sponsor… Bleep This edition of 60 Minutes is brought to you by Captain Crunch.”

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          • MMBev says:

            Centurion, I guess that is what I am doing in my own way. No point in bewailing that many are not interested. So what to do, what to do? Well, the next right step. Spend some time with God, and He will point out a thing or two that is quite possible to do right now.

            Reading comments following the blogs, one can see person after person (comrades in arms?) speaking of this and that, and the realization hits that they are sitting in the ambulance waiting, or oiling the gun, or preparing the needed items for the battle. Each is preparing one way or another, as the Lord leads.

            But, and this is very interesting, no one is just sitting wringing their hands. Every single one of us has taken Charlie’s instructions to heart, and each is following the leading of God to prepare wholeheartedly for the battle. And all recognize the seriousness of what is to come….soon.

            When I think of the time frame, I am amazed at two things. First, Charlie’s competency is being clear and concise in conveying his instructions to us. Secondly, the seriousness with which each of us has responded. This truly is a work of the Lord. Holy is His Name.

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          • SteveBC says:

            MMBev, you are exactly right in your observation. I hadn’t thought of things this way, but indeed, Charlie has done a rapid and fine work here, and we are all treating the matter quite seriously (well, except for my occasional lack of seriousness, that is 🙂 ).

            You’ve given me a new perspective on what’s happening here, MMBev. Thanks!

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        • Bonnie C says:

          Charlie, thank you for the roadmap. That’s the best one yet. I just keep piecing things together, trying to make it all fit. I know a lot will be chaotic, but charting it out for us would be great. I hope you do make us something like that.

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      • connie says:

        Can you tell us more about that part, Charlie. I am trying to imagine. Did your angels give you any details of what this new world may look like? I have been given some impressions such as we will learn much and perhaps inculcate into our culture and possible incorporate much into our worship our elder brothers Jewish heritage and also I think that each and every one of us from the youngest to the oldest will have a deep and personal relationship with God, totally giving ourselves over completely to the Lord each new day and there will be many many confessionals and beautiful yet simple houses of worship. I do not know this but this is what I have been given impressions of.

        I don’t know if you have heard of Maria Esperanza of Venezuela. Michael Brown of Spirit Daily interviewed her multiple times and has written several books including many of their conversations. I have come away with the sense that the times ahead will truly be heaven coming down to earth in many ways but it is all so ephemeral in concept from what I have taken away from Brown’s writings. Have you ever been told anything concrete?

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        • charliej373 says:

          It will be a completely ordinary world, Connie. People will have to work, raise their families, pay their mortgages, the whole nine yards. It will be transformed by people’s near-universal love of God and love of neighbor…commitment to honor.

          I get somewhat concerned with people who expect angels to minister to our every need, for Jesus to reign directly over us and things like that. As I have said many times, we will not get heaven until we actually get heaven. The difference will NOT be all that God does for us, but the consistency with which we dedicate ourselves to God and turn to Him. We could have that right now if we were willing – but we are not. The Storm will teach us both that He is our only reliable source of security and He is always close at hand for us.

          I say I get somewhat concerned only because that is beyond my purview. My job is to help get people safely to port on the other side of the Storm. Once that is accomplished, my work is done, except for rallying support to begin building the Shrine. But if you want to imagine it, it’s pretty simple…the world we already have, with all the duties involved, but without cynicism and filled with love of God and neighbor.

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          • connie says:

            Well, that is pretty much what my personal impression has been, in fact I had a little dream once and in that dream, a young girl of 9 or 10 was headed off to basketball practice but before she went there she was telling her mother that she was going to go to the church first and “offer herself anew to the Lord”; my impression was that this was something that everyone did every day. When I reflected back on the dream I was surprised at how normal this all seemed for the future world that I knew this was. I got the impression that as I said earlier, we would all be truly dedicated to God and have a deeply personal relationship. That I can imagine.

            I guess I was letting my imagination run away with me after reading what you wrote. I wasn’t sure what to envision.But what the Lord I think has impressed upon me, Charlie, is just as you said and I remember you saying it before too. For a minute, when you wrote that our kids and grandkids will live in a world that most of us could not imagine, I did begin to think, Hey! Is there more here that Charlie knows that is more in the way of paradise on earth? I don’t know! But, I think God gave me a little peek in that dream that lines up more to what you said. Normal, not mystical. Hey, I’ll take NO Cynicism in my normal any day and can imagine THAT feeling pretty close to paradise. I hate cynicism. I really do.

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          • Dave says:

            I’m so confused. I thought you had said that within the next couple of years pretty much everything was going to collapse (government, economy, and so forth) and that we would be back to living off of the land and using the barter system. That is what I have been trying to explain to my five adult children and encouraging them to read your blog. One of them lives in the midwest and another on the other side of the country. They are the two that are the most devout Catholics, so I’m not overly concerned, but still, I’ve been suggesting to them that maybe it’s time to mosey on back home. Now do I understand you are saying that everything will be the same, “but without cynicism and filled with love of God and neighbor?” That sounds so much better! Don’t get me wrong. My plan is to man my post, hold fast to Christ, and pray, pray, pray no matter how things go down.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Dave, I am not quite sure why you are confused. We are talking about two entirely different things here. First is the Storm, which does involve catastrophic collapse of everything and global cultural civil war. We are in the midst of what is going to be a very intense three years. I have said we will have to form small communities…and that in the INITIAL stages of chaos – for three to six months – money will be meaningless, so barter will be needed. But I have also said – and repeatedly – that even in the midst of the Storm we will restructure, have to rise from our knees and build ourselves back up to confront first Islam and then China. That is not going to happen with a fractured nation of small farmers and woodsmen. We have BIG tasks ahead before the Rescue. When I say everything will be the same but without cynicism and filled with love of God and neighbor, I am talking about something completely different; the world AFTER the Rescue. Some are taking these flights of fancy where Jesus will reign directly and no one will ever sin again and we won’t have to make any decisions because Jesus will make them all for us. That is NOT how the world post-Rescue will be. God is not revoking our free will OR our responsibility for making choices: He is going to give us another chance to make them rightly after having allowed us to be informed of the consequences of preening vanity and rebellion through the instrument of the Storm.

            I guess maybe I will have to prioritize making a booklet available on this. This is an incredibly fast-moving and changing scenario ENDING in the description you quote. Perhaps I have not been clear, but it seems to me I have been pretty consistent. Perhaps it is just that there is no place where the bulk of it is laid out together. For me, a frustration is that often people seem to seize on one aspect of this sequence, which will be constantly evolving, and think that is the whole story and are surprised when I discuss another part of the sequence.

            Basically, now we are in rapidly spiraling crisis. That will culminate in complete crash and collapse which will usher in a period of utter chaos – which I believe will last for three to six months. Then order will begin to emerge – and it will emerge fairly rapidly, though the crisis remains. It must emerge for us to seriously confront the threat of radical Islam, which we will. At some point, political Islam will suddenly collapse, but only after we confront it seriously and vigorously. That will pave the way for mass conversions. I don’t know whether that conversion will happen before the Storm is over or after. Islam may be in a period of disorientation for the balance of the Storm or it may convert quickly and become real allies in the battle against China and its drive for global supremacy. At some point, Russia and America will become steadfast allies in the fight against China. That will ultimately contribute dramatically to the reunification of Christianity. China will discover that it has got more than it bargained for as many internally convert to Christianity and fight for the soul of their nation. China will ruthlessly and brutally suppress the rising tide of Chinese Christians. The global war will get more and more desperate…stalemated to a certain extent, like the trench warfare of WWI. The struggle will become so desperate that all will lose hope that peace, order and stability can ever be restored to the world. At the darkest moment, Our Lord will send Our Lady to rescue us, visibly and miraculously – and the Storm, while not completely over, will have lost its power and force. Then begins the process of rebuilding the world – through ordinary means as I have described.

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          • That was a helpful summary you just posted this morning, Charlie — thank you!

            I don’t see that you especially need to publish a booklet. While that would certainly be nice, that will take quite a bit of precious time to get finished and published, and then folks would have to find and order it — you already have a captive audience reading right here and now.

            As we keep hearing the same need from folks, in our earnest desires to understand, I think you could just compile one single, comprehensive feature where you lay out everything you’re allowed to tell us in one easy-to-read-and-find article — one great overview. Then we continue on from there, as time allows and we are able.

            You’re consistent, but for us, the material is scattered all over in bits and pieces, interspersed amongst contrasting subjects of features and commentary (which has become a jungle to wade through, absolutely wonderful as it is), which is why I’ve been working on compiling highlights (highlights in my mind, anyway) in one single thread over at my OBH forum. It helps me to review, as everything in life is coming at us, and we gradually digest it all.

            I think time is of the essence to get everything most critical communicated to us, as folks like me may be losing our internets before we feel ready.

            As for why people have various “fanciful” versions of what the new era will look like, you may not be aware of it, but for decades we have heard, in other places, that in this coming new era, something like the Divine Will will reign — with an enhanced closeness to Jesus in the Eucharist, as never before, and an ability to sense His Presence with us a little more tangibly. It has often been said that it will be the fulfillment of our prayer, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done, on earth AS it is in Heaven”. Not Heaven, but closer in Graces. Uhhh, not, then?

            So, not a case where angels are our maitre d’s, and not a state without any capability of sin, but a step-up in Grace and personal Communion. So that’s where some of that idea comes from.

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          • laura says:

            Charlie, after reading your response to Dave I realize I have been completely misunderstanding your term “chaos” and this doesn’t seem so bad after all.
            Can you please explain what your definition of “chaos” is?

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          • charliej373 says:

            My definition is simply the standard dictionary definition, “complete disorder and confusion.” No one is in charge for long, there is no stability, everything is in complete upheaval. What is your definition? And when governments are toppling and being overthrown everywhere, when there is no protection against marauders, when there is no effective delivery of the basic services. when many have to flee their homes in hopes of surviving the initial chaos, what were you imagining that that would not be considered “so bad?”

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          • MMBev says:

            Part of what happens when a great deal of information is given, all of which must be processed and understood reasonably rapidly, is that at some point or other is the dialogue, the brain freezes. Then a “gap” of the information is missed, and, as well, personal experience can change the meaning that the author intends. It just part of the human condition. The one must review and review, trying to find the gaps so that the “whole” can be understood. Words mean different things to different people and we don’t realize that their understanding is different than ours. Along with the information, we must practice, and become ready to fulfill the role God has planned for us.

            One reason that so many didn’t see what the “dissenters” were doing was lack of contact. One might get a glimpse, not realizing how wide spread the cancer was. In Canada, population in a small fringe along the 49th parallel and limited numbers is not an asset. Being in the United States, there was much more contact and awareness even just looking at population.

            In my personal life I missed the entire decade of the seventies. Actually I missed a great deal more than that in months here and there, but I did miss that entire decade. The care taking I had to accomplish did not allow me to see beyond the utter necessary. I looked two weeks ahead, to see what had to be done, looked six months ahead to assess the same thing. Otherwise I literally lived day to day, exhausted and trying to achieve what was need. I mean this so utterly that when Michael Jackson died, I got to see what a talented artist (disgusting, at times) he was. I had NO idea. I had never seen him perform, not even on TV. By the end of October, I had to have all Christmas presents purchased and wrapped and hidden, because I knew that if I didn’t I wouldn’t be able to achieve it before Christmas. (No word of a lie.)

            The other decades were mainly filled with work, university courses taken at nights, weekends and summers, caretaking for my husband, dealing with his alcoholism and covert mental abuse (which I didn’t even realize until the end of 2000), and my own, at times, limiting illnesses.

            El Blanko. The realization about missing “gaps” in knowledge that had to be discerned and accumulated, was when I went to see the neurosurgeon. Knowing gaps happen, I took my eldest son and husband along. When he said he was leaving a hole in my head permanently, I lost the next three or four minutes of conversation. Didn’t hear him. If the others hadn’t been with me to fill in the “gaps”, I would have remained ignorant of the important information give in my “time gap”. And when we first went into his office, both Tom and I were scanning as rapidly as possible all of the certificates and diplomas on his wall to see not just his achievements but how well he’d achieved.

            I’d lay odds that many commentators could look over their lives and see things just like mine.
            And for words, just try “democracy”. For me, Judeo-Christian, God, for my husband, majority rules (abortion, anyone?), and when Egypt was in flux, democracy for them meant Sharia Law. My extremely close friendship with my priest/monk brother allowed me to learn about the Church. Pro Life newsletters provide a picture about abortion. But until disability and increasing care for my husband forced me to quit a job I loved, I didn’t have time to hunt and learn. Once he died, I did, and used it as constructively as possible.

            This must have been your political life, Charlie. What I love most about your blog is that when we have an unclear understanding of something, we can ask, and get a concrete reply. It helps not only the “askee”, but those of us who didn’t realize we’d misunderstood and didn’t know we had. That’s why it is imperative to read the comment thread in order to full grasp your message.

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          • laura says:

            My definition, in a word, is Ruwanda. People slashing and slaying each other like madmen, completely overcome by evil and out of their minds. Governments toppling is crappy, but not “Ruwanda” crazy. No basic necessities available? Basic necessities are food, water, and shelter. We have lakes, streams, animals and gardens. These aren’t going to disappear. No protection against mauraders? Guns will still work.
            “Chaos” means no order. Many of us will still have order in our homes though. Using the outhouse and cooking on the woodstove is easy enough. I just pictured (my own fault) complete chaos like Ruwanda.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Actually, Laura, it’s kind of cool that someone finds my rather dire pronouncements a relief 🙂

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          • SteveBC says:

            Charlie, I agree with LindaSummerfield. I think a single summary post, with a link in your navigation bar perhaps next to the tab “My Purpose”.

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          • Mick says:

            Charlie, I concur with Linda and SteveBC. one post, put in a hard-to-miss spot on your homepage would be so much more expedient than a booklet on Amazon (although a booklet would be awesome, I just don’t see how there’s time). Just $0.02 from one of the 0.0002 (by the way, what’s the latest on our bumper stickers or pins or whatever?).

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  3. Michelle says:

    Oh Charlie, you are like Jesus telling us parables. Haha, how do you like that comparison? You’ve taught us that having a different opinion than others is OK. You’ve taught us that getting angry is OK. There are times when it is necessary. You’ve taught us about intellectual honesty and you’ve taught us about gratitude and respect for others, All of this in one little story.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Yikes! Well, if you’re going to use a particular technique, might as well use one preferred by the Master! Unlike the Master, though, who actually knew what He was doing, I just like telling the cool stories of things I have lived through. Some of them are hard, but have a certain grace. I was moved by the fellow’s call to me – and deeply troubled what he said previous political people had not risen to his defense. How can you not defend simple truth?

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  4. Cecilia says:

    Charlie, I hope that you are right about a new world. I cannot imagine, given the total depravity of our world and the total brokenness of every institution in our country, and probably the whole world, how people can change that much in less than three years. If I understand correctly, you are saying that the people of this world are going to suffer so much that the evil they see now as good will be turned around to where they see it for what it is, and they will see sin as sin and truth as truth, and in less than three years all the hatred will be turned to love, and the whole world will be converted? And only 26 million people worldwide are going to die in the process. Really, it is more fantastic than the most bizarre science fiction I can imagine. So I hope and hope and pray it will be so. I know we walk by faith, not sight, and so I guess I am just struggling today with this idea of a new world around the bend. It seems impossible, although I know all things are possible for God and He is bigger and more powerful than all the evil of all time. Maybe I am just bogged down in Lent and forgetting about Easter glory.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well, Cecilia, it certainly is no more fantastic than the resurrection. I go on it because I have been told true thus far, so I see no reason to disbelieve, though I have dealt with that myself for most of the years leading up to all this. Not so much in the last seven or eight, though, now that we have really reached a time of fulfillment.

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    • Cecilia, all the warnings in the world simmer to a simple message “Repent, and believe in the Good News!” No matter who echoes those words the origin of them is one and the same: Christ. So it is wise to heed warnings of that sort. I go to Mass every day — not out of virtue unfortunately but out of a healthy instinct of self-preservation. Warnings got through to me and they effected a transformation. For those who think we should be nonchalant about when the Lord comes because some lady at church told them that one should not meddle with eschatology I say: that advice contradicts Our Lord, and the many warning of Our Lady, and the whole of the Gospels, and the apostolic counsel through the ages. Sure Jesus is bigger than all evil and darkness but He wants us to fight this battle along with Him. He has given us that great privilege. Yet very few have their battle gear on.

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      • Fran says:

        Cecilia, this thought just came to me on the way home from mass today…You know how even the greatest saints have gone through a period of feeling hopeless, that all was lost, a dark night of the soul. God withdraws so the soul will realize the depths of his depravity and need for Him, and reach out with all the strength he has left in faith and trust.The thought that came to me was that somehow God may allow the world to go rapidly through many of the spiritual stages or “mansions”, some will turn to God and then immediately taken, the world will suffer(from our own doing), realize our depravity, and be purged after He withdraws, and we will go through something like a collective “dark night” , and then at the point where it feels and seems all is lost, those of us still here are to remember to reach out will all of our strength in faith and trust, and THEN He will send Our Sweet Blessed Mother to rescue us. I can believe that all of this can happen in three years, and that God has “shortened the days”, because of His mercy and his love. This is to give us hope and strength, because I think if it took a long time for the world to be converted and purged before things were different, then it really would be too much for us to endure.

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        • SteveBC says:

          I don’t know for sure, Fran, but I think the idea that the world is about to go through the global equivalent of a Dark Night of the Soul is a profoundly reasonable one. You lay it out pretty well, it seems to me.

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      • Centurion_Cornelius says:

        Wonderfully and fearfully said, Brother Carlos!

        We are with you. I am “suiting up” and putting on my spiritual armor as we speak:

        I arise today
        Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
        Through belief in the Threeness,
        Through confession of the Oneness
        of the Creator of creation.

        I summon today
        All these powers between me and those evils,
        Against every cruel and merciless power
        that may oppose my body and soul,
        Against incantations of false prophets,
        Against black laws of pagandom,
        Against false laws of heretics,
        Against craft of idolatry,
        Against spells of witches and smiths and wizards,
        Against every knowledge that corrupts man’s body and soul;
        Christ to shield me today
        Against poison, against burning,
        Against drowning, against wounding,
        So that there may come to me an abundance of reward.

        Christ with me,
        Christ before me,
        Christ behind me,
        Christ in me,
        Christ beneath me,
        Christ above me,
        Christ on my right,
        Christ on my left,
        Christ when I lie down,
        Christ when I sit down,
        Christ when I arise,
        Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
        Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
        Christ in every eye that sees me,
        Christ in every ear that hears me.
        (The Breastplate of St. Patrick Prayer, 433 A.D.)

        When St. Paul referred to putting on the “Armor of God” in his letter to the Ephesians (6:11) to fight sin and evil inclinations, he could have been thinking of prayers just like this one! We may not wear combat gear in our daily lives, but St. Patrick’s Breastplate can function as divine armor for protection against spiritual adversity.

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        • Barbara Dore says:

          when getting terrible flashes of evil or unpure thoughts, i always say Eternal Father is my life! Jesus is my Life! Holy Spirit is my life! i repeat it often until those evil thoughts disappear, very fast! It works for me.

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        • diane says:

          Oh my gosh – I love this prayer, St. Patrick is my Confirmation Patron Saint, Ihave this prayer in my desk drawer at work and begin each day with it. Also infront of my computer is a photograph of the Blessed Sacrament that a friend gave me. You can see the Sacred Heart in the midst of the Host. Love. I do.

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    • Lily says:

      Cecelia, I feel the same as you. That is the same puzzle and prayer that I keep turning over.

      It feels like the whole world has turned into a movie. Just when you think it can’t get worse or more absurd, it does. Like a movie, there is still a lot of good going on but it seems impossible to defeat the evil. Isn’t it interesting though, in most movies the build up is long, the climax is an incredible fight or disaster, and the resolution to normal (or better than normal) does happen at surprising speed. Just like that, it’s all over and everyone lives happily ever after.

      I do really like Charlie’s advice – acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to those around you. Whatever happens (even if it’s nothing, which I doubt) that is one of the best things I’ve ever heard. It has helped me focus on doing my best for the people and things around me, instead of the ‘big things’ that I can’t do anything about anyway.

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      • Cecilia says:

        Well, this reply is to thank all of you who commented on my comment. I really do appreciate all your words of wisdom, and I shall continue to ponder and pray about the Rescue. Yes, Lily, Charlie’s advice to acknowledge God, be a sign of hope, and take the next right step are always involved in my decision making now. And Fran, I can certainly imagine the whole world going through a dark night. But without the “Illumination” which Charlie does not foresee, I can’t see man repenting from all the horrible evils that he has contrived, which are too numerous to mention. Too many people don’t know they are sinning, and completely disagree if you tell them so! There is too much suffering now, more than I can even stand sometimes, and men have not repented. Good grief, I have a hard time repenting, and sometimes I am absolutely overwhelmed with all the suffering in this world and in my family. Yes, I always turn to Jesus and our Holy Mother, but my sins don’t seem to be lessening very much, either.

        I am certainly convinced about the crash and all the horrible evils that are coming; however, I remain unconvinced about the Rescue, although I am praying my heart out that it will happen! The reason I say I am unconvinced is that I had a holy priest who has been studying Luisa Piccarreta’s writings for quite some time, tell me that the gift of Living in the Divine Will was still many, many years away. Now maybe the Rescue is something entirely different? But Charlie, your new world sure sounded like the same thing. I had the idea that the Gift of Living in the Divine Will would immediately follow the Rescue. Maybe I got that all mixed up. Anyway, thanks to all and God bless each and every one who reads and comments here.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Well, maybe you are fairly new here, Cecilia, but I DO see the Illumination – though I see it fairly differently than most do. For the most concise explanation, go here. If it came the way most expect, I would be perfectly content with that, too. The Rescue is visible to all and incontrovertibly miraculous. It will be undeniable.

          But your lament touches on why I am so adamant against building detailed timelines and concordances. If the only way you can believe is if God does it exactly the way you have erected in your head, your odds of getting through it and enduring go way down. You are, in fact, relying on your capacity to penetrate these things and lay them out precisely. God will act in unexpected ways – and ways during this Storm that I do not expect. That is why I emphasize the next right step; that is all any of us are capable of – and often not even that. The more we make our plans dependent on our ability to see beyond that, the more likely we are to run aground. Keep in mind that the Saducees and Pharisees knew precisely what must happen for the Messiah to come – and because Jesus did not fit, He clearly could not be the Messiah. But He was. It was not prophecy that was ever wrong; it was people’s determination that they were so deeply insightful and wise that they knew in precise detail what prophecy portended…and so all their trust in their astuteness made them miss the Messiah – and even persecute Him – when He came. That is what the next right step means. Trust God no matter what happens. Don’t restlessly impose your interpretations on everything you hear. Rather, be still and know that He is God. There has never been a time of major upheaval that God acted precisely as the most knowledgeable expected Him to. He is always fresh and new – and acts in ways we did not expect. I know I will be surprised at many things as they come…but when a surprise comes, that will not shake my faith in God, for I already know He is beyond my capacity to penetrate…and though He may have shared as much of His secret plan with me as anyone walking today, it still amounts to next to nothing. I, too, must depend on Him for each step…and I do not demand that He fulfill His promises in a way I can foresee and understand now.

          I am not trying to be hard, but I get scared about this. It is good to contemplate…it helps train your mind to develop flexibility. But you must know your expectations will not match up with the reality that follows – and much of that reality is beyond the capacity of anyone to imagine. Who imagined that the Messiah would re-establish the Kingdom by being executed in disgrace – and then rising again. Next to no one…and when He told His disciples that they still did not understand or believe Him. If the disciples had truly trusted Christ, listened to Him and believed Him, they would have recognized the Passion as the beginning of the fulfillment of His prophecy of rescue and establishment of the kingdom instead of scattering in panic thinking it was the end and their hopes had been upended. Our minds are a thimble and God’s plan is an infinite ocean. And we insist that we must be able to contain His plan within the thimble of our minds to fully believe?! No wonder we have so many disappointed expectations. And thanks be to God that when our expectations are utterly dashed, He gently comes to show us that it was not His promise that was deficient, but our pitifully limited expectations – just as the risen Christ came to the disciples after they had scattered in panic at the fulfillment of what He told them was going to happen.

          Please, don’t believe me, don’t believe any other private revelation…but hold fast to God and stick to the next right step. He is there for you, but only in each present moment as it comes. Above all, don’t insist that you must be able to fit God’s plan into the thimble of your own understanding in order to believe He is with you each step of the way. Whoever is the most right about the way that things unfold is still going to be wrong about a lot of it. That is fine as long as they know that and trust to God for each step. It will be disaster if they trust to their own understanding, for their mistakes will shake their faith.

          I tell you these things not to upset anyone, but because I desperately want all to endure…and these compilations of interpretations of prophecy are going to cause many to perish if they hold fast to their understanding of them rather than depending on God for EACH STEP.

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          • Cecilia says:

            Charlie, you misunderstand. I really have NO expectations about what is to happen and I try to not think about it very much at all. I have done absolutely nothing further to “prepare” ever since you said that our plans and preparations would come to nothing. I haven’t even bought an extra roll of toilet paper 🙂 I am truly living one moment at a time, trying to surrender everything to my Lord, and trying to be a sign of hope whenever, wherever I see that I can be. My difficulty lies in the fact that at times I am overwhelmed by the pain from all the evil in the world, and I guess that I lose sight of hope (I am predisposed to negativity and depression). I assure you I have NO expectations about the future. But you are asking us to expect to be Rescued by Our Holy Mother, and that is what I am afraid I will lose hope over. Maybe Satan is having his way with me right now; I don’t know. I am not exactly afraid of the future, but afraid I will be unable to be a sign of hope unless I have that conviction that we will in fact be rescued. So there it is, I am worrying about tomorrow. Shame on me. It’s just that right now, I am not convinced about the Rescue, but I am praying and pondering over this, and I really do want to believe in a beautiful world to come. I know… TRUST and surrender some more. Thank you for your loving concern, for all of us.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Now that I can identify with, Cecilia. When my fears rise, they mostly have to do with the potential for me to faint and fail at my duty.

            As for the Rescue, I believe it because I have been told true all my life. BUT, ultimately it would not matter at the heart of things whether it was true or not. The bottom line is, do you believe in God. If there is no God – or if He is indifferent, there is no hope here. If there is a loving God, He will not leave us bereft. In my interactions with Him on this, I simply say that I believe, but whatever happens, once we get to early 2018, I am done with the work of exhorting and trying to uphold His people. If things are not like I expect, I will not lose hope in Him, but I will be done with my public work. And it is not that hard for me to take this attitude because for some years now, almost a decade, I have been firmly settled that I will accept death when it comes, but I will not dishonor that which I have given my life to. Whatever else my children and grandchildren may say of me after I am gone, I dearly want them to say that I both meant what I said and lived it faithfully to the end. Whatever my errors, if I live that, it will, in itself, be a sign of hope to generations behind me. And that will have been a life worth living.

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        • Fran says:

          Cecilia, I do think there will be an illumination too. I don’t know exactly how, but isn’t that what happens to a person in the beginning of the spiritual stages? That is what I meant. Before they didn’t “see”, but then suddenly they do, and have fear of the Lord, and then God may take many people to him right away after that because they will be repentant, and be saved. These were just my thoughts about the dark night and such. I don’t know how it will happen of course, but I am ready for it to happen, even though I am fearful at the same time. I don’t want my children, let alone my sweet grandchildren living in this hurting, depraved and despicable world where evil is at every turn . Sometimes I can just read the news, and it makes me weep. Sometimes, I can get a phone call from a family member who is going through a great and painful trial in his family because of the way the world is and I weep. Evil is everywhere and I think we are all feeling its oppression. I am feeling it. I know that a purging and cleansing of this world HAS to happen and that God is the only one who can do it. Charlie has been told three years, and I also just truly believe that in His mercy he will not drag it out many years as (I think) you fear, and He can do anything! “Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.” Mt 24:22. I think this Scripture is for us. Why wouldn’t God do this? The holy priest you mention who said the “gift of living in the Divine Will is many, many years away”. I am not sure exactly what that phrase is really meaning, but why do you think he can be sure of that anyway, I am wondering?

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          • charliej373 says:

            I do appreciate, Fran, that for all of you here, you have just been hearing about the 2017 time frame from me in the last year, so it is all new to you. I have had more decades than you have had years knowing the time frame and events leading into the sequence – so for me this is just the ongoing progression of a sequence that has been unfolding – so a lot easier for me to both believe and be acclimated to.

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          • Cecilia says:

            Charlie and Fran, Thank you for your words of encouragement; they do encourage me. I know God is God and that He can do all things and that He will not leave us bereft because He is a good Father and fathers just don’t do that. Fear does tend to blind me and I don’t see the road ahead, but I really don’t want to see the road ahead either. I want souls to be saved, and I so want to be a sign of hope, but when I am feeling hopelessly surrounded by such overwhelming evil just as you described, Fran, I get paralyzed, I can’t think straight, and I lose hope. If I can hold on to the Rescue, I will be okay. I really want to believe it. Holy Mother, keep us all wrapped under the mantle of your protection and love.

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  5. LittleLight says:

    I love this post–to me it shows the indomitable spirit of good in action. To me it is an excellent example of taking the next right step, and to focus on that instead of all the wretchedness everywhere. It made me chuckle, as it just goes to show how God can confound the clever and worldly wise, at every level.

    Charlie, my husband works in IT, for many years now. He is head of that for a post secondary career school. He has extensive knowledge about that sorta stuff, industry standards, database, networks, software, hardware, laws/protocols etc. Anyhoo, I asked his opinion of the net neutrality garbage that had just been passed. I shared with him your thoughts. (I hope I’ve got it all correct, lotsa techno talk that’s difficult for me to follow) He was pretty emphatic that it was much more a way for the gov. to grab a piece of the taxation pie rather than a way for the gov to spread tyranny. Also that they were too dumb to effectively control anything. He mentioned Arab spring, and when the gov there tried to shut down web content, etc, it just all moved to wireless access points, and could not be controlled. He talked about the dev. of 5G networks, which are basically (if I’m following him correctly) individual wireless access points that will be most likely developed by what were up until this point small players in the net-neutrality battle—local cable companies. (I guess it was a battle between AT &T and ?google to maintain their share of profit but that was slipping from them) He said that basically, the gov is waay too small to try to stop or control that wireless world. He told me to tell you, don’t worry, the hackers are indeed one step ahead, haha. At the end of the day the net neutrality was a shift of what industry could control wired networks.

    Anyway, I wanted to throw that out there. Speaking for myself, I have to very carefully guard me against paralyzing fear. God is so good. Yesterday out on the driveway, shoveling yet more snow, He showed me how much He loved me. This as I was meditating on the awesome neighbors we have, and their awesome friends, who for years now, with no expectation of reward, help plow our driveway. These people are charity in action. They are not religious. I know as a religious person I can learn an awful lot from them. Anyhow, I see how much God has preserved all of us, and how that is His desire. There is a lot of hope.

    God Bless you!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well LittleLight, your husband is a tech guy, I’m a political guy. He seems to completely agree with me on the tech side – his area of expertise, but disagrees with me on the political side, my area of expertise. You do not need to thwart hackers to oppress freedom of speech. All you need is registration, fines and then regulation. Will many get around it? Of course they will. But many will be stopped – many fearing the regulatory regime will never start. You may be able to make your way through the byways by stealth…but your husband would surely agree that there is a great deal of difference between making your way through there freely as a matter of right and having to make your way through there by stealth while you are hunted.

      And again, your husband does not know what the regulations are right now, unless he is part of Obama’s crack team – for no one does. They are still secret.

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      • Lily says:

        Is that like the amount of business regulations and taxes? Lots of people have great business ideas but don’t try for fear of missing a rule, and being fined or sued? I don’t know if kids can even have lemonade stands any more (or at least in certain areas) because of business licences and health standards.

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      • Judy says:

        Now that is one real transparent administration. Promises, promises. Empty promises. Made with a smile on the face.

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  6. Vivi says:

    Thank you Charlie, this post keeps reminding me of St Joan of Arc, i had trouble digesting the Duty to defend the innocent with my hands, maybe because im a woman i dont know, and the more i read it the more courage to do it. All is grace from our Lord.

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  7. LittleLight says:

    True enough! He is skeptical of all armageddon scenarios, as you have noted.

    Whenever people talk of obamacare, he is quick to point out that legislation also held tyrannical regulation (with the intent of shutting down the industry) of private post-secondary trade schools. The legislation is making it almost impossible for them to make a profit, and many are going out of business. As this is how we live, it can be daunting to me to see that happen. Yep, the gov. wants to shut down access to trades and all the sequelae that entails.

    That being said, he’s also the kind of person who lives in the present moment, and trusts God for the future. He is the kind of person, who when it all comes, will be one of the ones looking at the chaos, and opening up a squirrel diner, LOL. The thought process will be: “Okay, this is an opportunity, what can I do now?” While people like me (easily overwhelmed by chaos, like order,etc) will be rocking in a corner, whimpering. I am most grateful to God for the gift of him!

    Thanks for all you do! Also, please keep us in prayer.

    If I may also give a thank you and shout-out to Dan Lynch. I recently have been getting his newsletters. I really, heartily appreciated the one discussing the history of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Europe. I think his advice to turn off tv and pray the rosary is spot-on.

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    • Dan Lynch says:

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    • Patricia says:

      LittleLight,
      I understand the gov ‘s power grab, etc but why do you think they also want to shut down access to the trades? Scary world we live in. When I go to bed at night I often think “just three more years”.

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      • LittleLight says:

        Sorry for the delayed response, just saw this now!
        My husband said: “It’s not that they want to shut down access to trades, but rather it’s about control of the free market. They want the government to have total control of education. If they can control education they can control the populace. We already see it happening with the Common Core.”

        Obamacare = “The Affordable Health Care and Education Act” Unless one was involved in the operations of a post-secondary trade school, you would not know about the “Education” part of that legislation. It seems apparent (at least to those of us here) that it was all a slick/sick attempt to usher in more tyranny and destroy freedoms.
        Anyhow, my husband has been involved in upper management for one of these schools, and sees first hand the politics of this.

        My husband said: “It [obamacare] hasn’t touched the traditional higher education schools, but only the for-profit schools. They are being singled out. Traditional schools are not under the gainful employement rules, so they can continue to spout their liberalism with impunity. They make education so expensive it becomes a form of enslavement. It’s a transfer of wealth. Parents and kids are putting themselves in so much debt. This debt is unforgivable by bankruptcy. The money goes to the federal government. Wealth redistribution. It is codified communism.”

        They (my husband & coworkers)are always scrambling to find innovative ways to save money and beat the draconian effects of taxation and burdensome regulatory compliance the legislation introduced. The end game was to shut down the industry. It is happening except for a handful of schools that are hyper-compliant and innovative and produce valuable results for those they educate.

        My husband says: “There is a huge deficit and a projected deficit in people who are going into the trades right now, because there is no one there to educate them. It’s certainly not happening in the high schools, and the community colleges can’t pick it up because they don’t have the expertise. We can’t just be a service economy.”

        But enrollments are down because: “People can’t afford it. We’re in the middle of a perfect storm. Soon it will be difficult to find a qualified service person. On the other side, in the traditional liberal arts colleges/universities, graduates with enormous debt end up being only qualified to work at Walmart.”

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  8. LittleLight says:

    I just wanted to add, why I covet your prayers. We are at the point of launching our eight kiddos (19 y.o. to 4y.o.) So we have a rising college junior (who is planning a month in France this June in a study-abroad program, ugh, fear for Mom) and a rising college freshman (God-willing), with more to come, about every other year.

    I’m not sure how to live right now, with feeling we are at the end of all things, but at the same time needing to encourage young adults. Praise God homeschooling has given them their Catholic faith. ( It has been encouraging/hopeful to my husband and me to see our oldest being diligent about her mass attendance while at college) So, in keeping with the next right step, we keep on keeping on, doing the mundane stuff that the day warrants, hoping in Christ that there will be a future for these ones. Oh God, steady my heart!

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    • charliej373 says:

      God bless you, LittleLight. Know this: God has not just chosen you to live in these decisive times; He has chosen your children as well. They are called to be champions…to be little lights for all around them. One of my great consolations, one of my greatest motivators, is knowing that if I keep faith and endure, my children will spend most of their lives and my grandchildren nearly all of their lives in a world as God intended it. And yeah, I do nurture the vanity that they will affectionately reminisce about these incredible times long after I am gone and proudly say that Gramps held fast to his post and helped usher in the joyful renewal. It is a wholesome vanity – and I heartily recommend it to you. May our children and grandchildren call ours the greatest generation because we lived up to it! So let’s resolve to live up to it.

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  9. Bob says:

    Bill Donahue of Catholic League speaks his mind also on these things. I remember my childhood if I did something all my neighbors yelled at me and when I got home my mom did too and it if was really bad, and as I had a bit of ADD things sometimes got bad, she would say, “wait until your dad comes home”, and if dad didn’t think I was listening too well to him, when he came home, he would say “son you don’t need to answer to me but you will need to answer to God if you don’t obey”.

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  10. Dano says:

    The mainstream media, SPLC, etc have been singing the same Rolling Stones Song…”where every cop is criminal, and all the sinners, saints…”

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    • charliej373 says:

      FYI, Dano, I never call them the “mainstream” media – as there is nothing mainstream about them…and it suggests that we are the fringe. I call them the establishment media, for fringe though they are, they are the establishment in these benighted times.

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  11. Mack says:

    Charlie, what do you think about the pope appointing liberal bishops? I just saw that the newly appointed bishop of San Diego is known as one of the nation’s most “progressive.” Hmmm.. Well, since the Storm is coming anyway, maybe despite their opinions on some things they may have qualities that the Storm will bring out for the good of the faith.
    http://cal-catholic.com/?p=17414

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    • charliej373 says:

      I confess to you, Mack, that the one thing that has disturbed me about Pope Francis’ early tenure has not been the stuff that gets most people in a lather, but that he has seemed to have a distinct preference for appointing Bishops who are hostile to orthodoxy and have the whiff of hostility to the Magisterium, at least in the United States. The only appointment of a solidly orthodox Bishop I can think of was an already-existing Cardinal – Cardinal Pell of Sydney to reform and head the Vatican’s Financial Offices. There may be others, but I have looked and don’t find any in America, at least, with a cursory search.

      It is puzzling. When the preliminary session of the Synod looked to be getting afield of the faith, Pope Francis reined it back in decisively at the end. He has taken no little pains to appoint orthodox Bishops to key roles for this year’s session. He has come down firmly on Cardinal Pell’s side after the curial progressives tried a ham-fisted attack on him. Yet it is also undeniable that at least in America, the Bishops he has appointed are not known for their fidelity to the faith, to put it mildly – and some even seem to actively oppress orthodoxy.

      If he were stacking committees and such with progressives, one could reasonably peg Pope Francis as, himself, a progressive activist. But he is not, In fact, he seems to have a slight preference for orthodox Bishops in key spots. It certainly is a conundrum – and a disappointment after the marvelously orthodox appointments Pope Benedict had made. It is hard to figure what the guiding principle is for Pope Francis’ choice on Bishops in America.

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      • Joseph says:

        Charlie,
        First Chicago, then San Diego? But, give a look what is in major Archdiocese before Pope Francis: Boston and New York Cardinals O’Malley and Dolan, o.k. with Sodom and Gommorah flying their own flag in St. Patrick’s Parade!?! Prophetic: today’s Mass Scripture reading God calling His people Israel, Sodom, Gommorah!!!

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      • Mack says:

        Thank you, Charlie, for these thoughts. It’s something I’ll keep in prayer as I pray for the Pope. May the Holy Spirit guide him always.

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      • SteveBC says:

        Charlie, I was reading your comment and found myself wondering if this is a subtle organizational trick. If the Pope wanted to move some progressive bishops up and some others out, he might appoint progressives to positions previously held by progressives, retire the previous holders, and focus his conservative candidates in positions that matter more. From my perspective the positions of many American bishops look so far gone and the potential set of possible conservative bishops too small, such that more effort to save other areas than American bishoprics would be more fruitful.

        Pope Francis has said that the Church is a trauma hospital. Perhaps he knows he can’t fix all the positions and so does triage to let go of those he cannot yet save.

        This is just a thought. I’m not espousing this possibility as true. However, I am wondering whether that might be possible, and you are in a better position to evaluate the idea. Do the patterns of promotion and retirement that you see support or not support this idea?

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        • charliej373 says:

          I don’t really know, Steve. Not enough data yet, I don’t think. Certainly, it has occurred to me that Pope Francis is drawing the poison to the surface. He did that rather masterfully in the preliminary session of the Synod…drawing out all the potential rebellion, then firmly setting the terms on which the next session would be held on completely orthodox terms. For all the controversy surrounding it, the Pope’s actual actions knocked the wind right out of the sails of progressive rebellion at the end. But in Chicago, a firmly orthodox Bishop, Cardinal Francis George was replaced by a near-radical progressive, Blaise Cupich, who has had a history of suppressing orthodox expressions of faith and pro-life activism in his previous diocese.

          I have complete confidence in the spiritual leadership of Pope Francis, but I do not really have a firm grasp on what his overarching focus is as yet. But that does not completely surprise me; we are in unprecedented times.

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          • SteveBC says:

            OK, I see. But perhaps Pope Francis knows Chicago is going down and would like it to happen on the watch of a progressive and why waste a conservative there? Didn’t Cupich come over from Montana or Washington State, somewhere like that? Who replaced him, was that replacement a conservative? Perhaps he is focusing more on Washington state, with Chicago, the hotbed of so much secular and spiritual corruption, just a handy place to toss Cupich? Where did Cardinal George go, retirement or a different job?

            I realize this is not on your mission really, so ignore it if you wish.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Cardinal George is retired AND is dying.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Ah, I’m sorry to hear that, Charlie. I will assume you knew him or knew of him well, and so that is painful. My apologies for bringing it up.

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          • charliej373 says:

            No problem bringing it up, Steve. He has lived a full and noble life. I met him a few times…we only chatted once and then for only about 10 minutes. He has a wry wit. But yes, I did follow his work closely. I have every confidence that when he passes into the next world he will be advocating on behalf of this poor bleeding world. He has been a faithful Shepherd.

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          • Mick says:

            SteveBC, here’s the latest on the good Cardinal; it ran just yesterday:

            http://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/1826/0/cardinal-george-hospitalised-after-medics-run-out-of-tricks-to-treat-his-cancer

            God bless him as he fights his final good fight.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Thank you for the link to that article, Mick. He certainly seems a straightforward guy.

            Charlie, I know we can all use all the help we can get, so his presence on the other side will certainly help. However, he is still on this side and may help those around him at least in the early days of the Storm.

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      • CrewDog says:

        Speaking of Liberal Leadership. Many of our Episcopalian friends have decided to Rise-Up & say “We’re mad as hell and not gonna take it anymore!”
        “Breakaway Texas (Episcopal) Diocese Scores Major Property Win Following Dispute Over Homosexuality and Theology”
        http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/03/04/breakaway-episcopal-diocese-in-texas-scores-major-property-win-following-dispute-over-gay-marriage-and-theology-but-the-battle-may-be-far-from-over/
        GOD BLESS ALL HERE!

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  12. Bob says:

    Here are the news releases for February from Catholic League. They focus on attacks on Catholics but will be supportive of other Christians and life and family issues too.
    http://www.catholicleague.org/tag/2015-february-releases/

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  13. Bob says:

    And here is Bill Donahue’s letter to politicians in defense of our favorite archbishop.
    http://www.catholicleague.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Letter-to-California-Assembly.pdf

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  14. Pete says:

    Bob,
    thank you for posting that link. What a well written letter. The Matrix masters no doubt have Bill Donahue in their sights. But so doesn’t our Lord!
    I’ll pass on the “blue pill”, thank you very much!

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  15. Donette says:

    Oh Gee! When I began to read the responses, I thought this was going to be a “glory days” get together. Fortunately it was not.

    Charlie, did you hear BB’s speech to the US Congress? I almost flipped over in my chair when very early in the speech, discussing the number of times the Jewish people were threatened with extinction and how they were rescued, BB told the story of Esther. Esther is the archetype for Our Lady in the Old Testament! If I could have jumped through the TV and stood in front of him, I would have encouraged him to have Israel to turn to God and pray for deliverance again; that He would send a rescuer.

    And if I still had my stack of Inside the Vatican magazines that I had collected since the magazine began, I would search unceasingly for the article that was written during the papacy of St. JPII on the Third Secret of Fatima. An aging Bishop, secretary?? close to JP had read the secret at the same time JP did. He claimed it reported a supernatural manifestation was to occur. I remember our people discussing it with great excitement. God, has seen to give us clues, Charlie. Your report on the rescue seems to be the affirmation of God acting to save us.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Yes, I have followed this whole business intensely, Donette. This is vitally important.

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      • Patricia says:

        Charlie,
        Is it useless to ask you to expand on this statement?

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        • charliej373 says:

          Not at all, Patricia, but it will be in the form of a column, probably tomorrow.

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          • Esther 3 Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE) Haman Undertakes to Destroy the Jews — “In the first month, which is the month of Nisan, in the twelfth year of King Ahasu-e′rus, they cast Pur, that is the lot, before Haman day after day; and they cast it month after month till the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar.” Esther 3:7 “… Letters were sent by couriers to all the king’s provinces, to destroy, to slay, and to annihilate all Jews, young and old, women and children, in one day, the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar, and to plunder their goods.” Esther 3:13 🙂 It was the thirteenth of Nisan when the enemies of the Jews cast lots to decide when to execute the genocide. That is the day Our Lord had the last supper with his disciples. Other curiosities about this book are Esther and Mordecai have the names of the Babylonian deities Ishtar and Marduk. Ishtar is the mother of Marduk in Babylonian mythology (hint, hint …) the thirteenth day and the Babylonian “Queen of Heaven” are little markers pointing to the present realities: Our Queen of Heaven Mary Most Holy and Her Son. Some fundamentalists find fault with the Christmas story and find it “tainted” with paganism but that is not the way one should look at it. We are made for the eternal realities of Heaven, those nations of antiquity somehow recreated what they could from the imprint that God left in us when He created man. That is why the “myth” repeats over in different cultures at different ages. Osiris, Marduk, Mars, Apollo, Sigfrid, Balder … are all rough mythical portraits of Christ. But I digress … The book of Esther is a model of the end times. Each character in the story represents a heavenly (or infernal) reality. When the bad man Haman tries to appeal to the mercy of the Queen, the Emperor walks in and interprets that Haman is attacking the Queen in the royal chambers. Touching the Queen results in death for Haman, just like touching the Ark of the Covenant results in death for Uzah. In the end times the Dragon (see the dream of Mordecai) lies in wait to devour the seed of the woman but in the end he is cast down to eternal darkness. By the way, Prime Minister Netanyahu has a brother called Mordecai who died gallantly rescuing the hostages at Entebbe airport in Uganda during the dictatorshio if Idi Amin. Remember the 13th day of the last month may be a very significant date for something yet to happen.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Kind of amusing, Carlos, that long before I was Catholic, I always considered 13 my ‘lucky’ number and it was the number I always used for sports. I always thought it was just because of my contrarian streak.

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          • I meant “dictatorship of Idi Amin” there at the end. Fat fingers!

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          • Irish7 says:

            Oh thank heavens. I’m following intensely too and have been dying to trade notes with you all. The words fever pitch and crescendo come to mind. Thank you Donette for the hopeful Esther symbolism. I have otherwise felt a severe foreboding in my bones as this unfolds.

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          • Charlie, sometimes when musing over things like the appearance of that number over and over in Scripture, Tradition, or Liturgy I have been warned of not becoming interested in numbers or such things. Recently someone warned me (of all things!) the movie “The Number 23,” numerology, the cabala, etc. Well, I have no interest in such things at all beyond the fact that for some reason Our Blessed Mother appears to the children in Fatima on the 13th day. In time it will be revealed to all why that number appears so frequently always within eschatological context. For the time being I am content to think that it points at something important. For instance, this next September 13 is also the 29 of Elul, the beginning of the sabbatical year for the Jewish people. In the Bible, the people of Israel were commanded to let the land lie fallow every seven years. The last two 29 of Elul where significant to the US: September 11, 2001 (the destruction of the WTC in New York) and later, September 29th, 2008 the Dow plummeted 777 points, which still today remains the greatest one day stock market crash of all time. This year we have a “double hit” for that day falls on a 13 in our calendar, there is a solar eclipse that day, and it falls on Dies Domini, Sunday. Markets are not open on Sunday so it seems we should expect something other than the already announced financial collapse if anything happens at all.

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          • NancyA says:

            Sorry.. replying to Carlos, but the thread is too long so he has no ‘reply’ button. Carlos, I am so with you on that old and tired routine that Christianity is built on paganism. I agree that God is, was and ever shall be, that the peoples of eternity know Him deep in their hearts and the so called myths PREFIGURE the Truth! I love to see you expound on these things that are just conceptualized in my mind. You give them expression. I appreciate it!

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  16. Donette says:

    “I would like to address this comment of yours to Mack, Charlie.

    I confess to you, Mack, that the one thing that has disturbed me about Pope Francis’ early tenure has not been the stuff that gets most people in a lather, but that he has seemed to have a distinct preference for appointing Bishops who are hostile to orthodoxy and have the whiff of hostility to the Magisterium, at least in the United States”

    After JPII died and the Vatican was preparing for the next conclave, the Catholic media was doing what it usually does – going over candidates. Bergoglio was one of them. At that time, it was reported that he definitely leaned toward the progressive side. But if you study carefully history, so did JP and Ratzinger during Vatican II. But once they took office there was a change in both of them. The spiritual greatness of the one and the intellectual brilliance of the other had time to see what was happening in the church as a result of aggornamentum (sp) and the spirit of Vatican II. They both held the line and reopened the door to the Traditional Liturgy. Now look at Volpi, who lied and deceived to bring down the traditionalists, The Immaculata’s. Why do progressives hate traditionalists who have placed the majority of the saints on the church calendar for the last 2000 years? ‘Tis a puzzlement.
    I stand firmly in the camp of tradition and wait and watch which way the Holy Spirit blows never hammering any of the princes of the church. We are not called to play on the playground of the princes, but we are allowed to admonish them…like St. Catherine of Sienna.

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    • MMBev says:

      It’s just a thought carried in on a breeze, but perhaps Our Holy Father knows something that we don’t. God leads him, just as He leads us. I do not believe that his choices regarding appointments are random or have an agenda this way or that. I believe he selects as he is directed to by the One who directs all our lives.

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      • Fran says:

        My thoughts are being carried on the same breeze then, because I think so too, Bev. He is the Pope, so God must lead him in his choices (or simply allows them). So perhaps what we think are “bad” choices are part of His plan. I mean you could technically call Judas a “bad” choice, right?

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      • MMBev says:

        So help me Fran, there are times I am convinced our brains and hearts are linked!

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  17. Lily says:

    Just saw this on the news, Charlie. Can you imagine that spoon feeding someone is coming up for debate?? It makes me shudder. At least the judge ruled that people are right to feed her because she is accepting food and drinks when they are offered, shows food preference, and stops eating when full.

    http://www.cbc.ca/m/news/top-stories/margot-bentley-appeal-to-stop-feeding-denied-by-b-c-court-1.2980265

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    • Petra says:

      You know, those encouraging use of advance directives always emphasize the directive can be rescinded at any time, at will. That is supposed to even be true for a DNR order (Do Not Resuscitate). And yet, here is the reality: for a decision made long before the circumstance became a reality, for someone who cannot express themselves anymore, they argue it cannot be rescinded or changed. How cruel the hearts. How merciless the gatekeepers.

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  18. MMBev says:

    I just read the link. It makes me almost have a temper tantrum when I read about “patient’s wishes” delivered years, even days, before. I could just scream and scream and scream. NO ONE can truly determine what they want when they are healthy, full of life and have mastery of their body. Even with less than those things, we cannot know with ANY certainty!

    Had I made out a living will stating those things, and it was followed, I would have died almost fourteen years ago. I get so angry that I come close to being rendered speechless. (Yes, I did say close.)

    I couldn’t speak properly and be understood. I couldn’t see except rapidly moving colors. I had on a diaper. I could barely haul myself into sitting position on the bed, and desperately had to hang on to remain upright. I couldn’t swallow anything, not even my own saliva. I couldn’t even get into a wheelchair for some time. And this was a month after my surgery. Thank God for the feeding tube and the IV.

    No one could tell me what I might expect to regain. A month past coming back to “real time”, I lay in the bed and thought what would I be happy with in terms of recovery. What was the least that I would be extremely grateful for from God. (And, yes, I was asking for all. I got all, with glitches, which is wonderful.) And even at that point, I could not turn over in bed if I did not have light. In the dark, I was stuck/

    After some prolonged thought (and it was prolonged because it was two months after this, I began to try to increase my concentration by watching ONE football pass, or ONE curling rock thrown. That was the best I could do, and it was uphill from there), I reached what would really give me joy. It was to be able to drag myself outside in the summer and to have a terracotta pot, with a scarlet geranium, and white lobelia in it, and feel the sun. And in the winter, to drag myself into the sunshine on the rug.

    That’s miles from what any living will would have said. Literally, one must BE there, living it before one knows. So many cannot really know even when they are there, and our task is to be with them, love them, care for them as if they were Jesus.

    And those who want to die? They do not want to die. They are terrified of being alone, of being in pain, of no one caring, of what the future holds. All of us know that what we imagine is a thousand times worse than the reality. Again, it is our joyous task to assist that person to know that what they imagine will not happen and then to make certain that it doesn’t.

    After the battle has ended, many will discover that their next right step will be with people who desperately need us. I don’t care if the person is eighty seven, demented, or suffering with Huntingtons, or dying of ALS, or is our brand new infant, and the other four children who have already been born into our family. God has a “next right step” for every single person, and each and every one of us will discover that it hasn’t changed. We are responsible just as we are today, to care for and love those He puts into our care.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I read a fascinating research piece a sometime back. It interviewed people who had survived and recovered from serious suicide attempts. One of the questions it asked was if the person had regretted the attempt after actually making it and before succumbing to unconsciousness or injury. One hundred percent – every one of them – said that shortly after the attempt, they felt powerfully they had made a terrible mistake. Every one of them.

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      • MMBev says:

        I am so grateful to read what you say. With every fiber of my body, every cell I possess, I believe that it is the SITUATION the person wants to escape, even if they put the “word” death or suicide to it. At that exact point of time, maybe building and building, there seems to be absolutely no escape. Only someone who has been there can truly say that. It is being cut off from reality. It is being deprived of reason, and rationality. There is only one escape, there is only one outcome. If another sees and is able to reach through that darkness and drag the individual free, it is the only way to prevent the choice made. Choice is the wrong word. There appears to be no choice, only one single means of ending what is happening, whatever situation has trapped the person. Even when the knowledge and logic is given, and understood, the overwhelming urge, compulsion, drivenness to escape to relief is virtually impossible to resist.

        That is why those who are left behind feel such anguish. This is far more than the loss of a loved one through illness, accident or injury. It is a tragedy beyond them that rips and twists the heart and mind into a grotesque pretense of what they were. Because we know. We know. We know inside ourselves, in the same way that every group of human beings knew that life extended past death, that there was a god even if it was of their own making. As surely as God made man, and natural law in implanted within us, instinctively we know. The same is true of those left behind in the shambles of what remains after someone they love commits suicide.

        Implanted within us is that torturing question – why didn’t I see? – I could have stopped it – what were the signs?- how can I keep living, enduring this? And the only answer is that in all probability the signs were small, perhaps seen by someone who couldn’t “read” them, disclosed to a person not close enough to know, or even to a stranger. There is no answer. And often there is no relief from the tortuous pain unless the agony is bonded to Christ on the Cross.

        Time will not erase the pain. It will always remain as will the questions. Only in heaven will the answers be full known, and understood. The blessing is that with time the intervals of agony and blame grow farther apart. The greatest blessing is when the realization that God’s arms are larger than we can imagine finally dawns in our understanding, and we know, truly know that He holds all things including the one we love so much. We are only a fragment of the story, and must come to accept that and trust God’s loving Mercy poured out in abundance.

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        • Bob says:

          I am a social worker and we had a friend who died of suicide a few years ago and my friend berated himself for years wondering what he could have done to save Bob but I said the signs were not clear and as he had left a Mental health facility against advice as he was feeling less depressed on his meds we could not see that he was likely still depressed but now had the energy to carry it out. that is one reason the suicide risk of antidepressants is a reality in that some now have more energy, in their early treatment, before the depression lifts.

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      • Barbara Dore says:

        Charlie, I did try to kill myself because I could not cope with my mother’s terrible secret when I learnt after her sudden death and I got no support or counselling. I fell into despair and became deeply depressed . No one had encouraged me to go to Our lady for a help or go to the church. no one!…so many problems on my plate because of her and my siblings. I needed to get out of this situation. I cannot see the light of my tunnel.

        I wrapped a cloth around my neck and I did sense a powerful presence of evil demons slowly…approaching me as if they encouraged me to go ahead. I made a sudden decision to cancel it.

        Slowly, I found a way to the Church and I now looked back . I am still very grateful to Our lady for getting someone or maybe a victim soul to pray for me and she managed to grab me from satan. I still thank her for that grace! I am grateful that I am still alive and I must be thankful to God for giving me a chance.I got many blessings and lovely surprises from God when I follow his will.

        I now say a chaplet of Divine Mercy for those who committed the suicides because i was almost there.

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    • Petra says:

      Bev, you are spot on!! Spot on! I want to pour out my heart on this topic, but it is still so raw I cannot. We just buried my 98 year old mother (God rest her soul) a week ago. She died of aspiration pneumonia, 15 and 1/2 years after a stroke with left her wheelchair-bound, unable to dress, bathroom, or help herself in any way. She could feed herself if we filled her plate. She could drink herself if we gave her a cup. My brother and I took care of her in her home for all these years and if God had allowed, I would have taken care of her for another 15 and 1/2 years. She wanted to live. Even two days before her death, she indicated to me she wanted to live. But her body was too weak, and the pneumonia took her.

      What is raw is the battle I waged, having Healthcare Power of Attorney, not only in her last hospital stay, but for her life over the years every time she went into a hospital. They saw an elderly, paralyzed woman with atrial fibrillation and Congestive Heart Failure, whose mind was not always clear, whose children apparently couldn’t accept death. I saw a woman who, in spite of her many disabilities and health issues, had a great love of life, and love of God, who found life too precious to want to lose it, and often expressed her desire to live.

      As I read the entries to this blog, I have wanted to tell the story of what happened the last 11 days of her life, and how it seemed I was actually living the Next Right Step. I felt as if I had on the armor of God, and that I was waging battle against the most dark and evil forces that appear as angels of light. It was a very weird experience in some ways. I could not think ahead. It seemed I was always being kept in the “next little while,” only being able to deal with the situation right in front of me. Trust. Do. Love. Suddenly, a doctor was confronting me as if I was a criminal for wanting her to live, or someone from palliative care was trying to “reason” with me, smooth deadly words that could not be mistaken for anything but manipulation. I never got angry. I never became strident. But words came out of my mouth to teams of doctors and nurses facing me, unrehearsed words, defending life, telling them our Catholic position that I must, no matter what, keep every door open that God might use to heal her; to keep giving her the antibiotic, to continue nutrition and hydration, to pray. And that I must not take even one second, not even one fraction of a second, from the time God had given her to live by overdosing her with morphine to cause her death, regardless of her suffering or my own suffering watching her suffer, that only minimal amounts must be used. They thought I was nuts. They tried to trick me into signing a POLST, which I found out later would have negated my Health Care Power of Attorney, and turned over the decision making to them.

      Not only abortion, but this – what has happened to doctors and nurses who have seemed to have lost their moral compass, some of who must know what they are doing, some who just go along and believe the lie that what they do is merciful and good – it is because of this reason too I see why God must intervene and correct. My brother said God had her live this last trial to test hearts. I believe he is right.

      Please pray for the repose of her soul. She died a holy death, having received the Sacrament of the Sick, having had the prayers of the Commendation of a Soul to God said by a priest at her deathbed, and having received Apostolic Blessing, with a plenary indulgence and remission of her sins just hours before her death. I miss her terribly.

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      • jaykay says:

        Petra, be assured, you have worn the armour of the Lord and have fought the good fight. I’ll remember your mother, and all faithful departed, at Exposition and Rosary tonight. J.

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      • Mary Ann says:

        Petra, thank you for your witness. It took courage! You did an amazing job. I am so sorry for your loss. There is such joy in caring for one’s sick and aged parent, and yet no one who hasn’t done it can believe it. You are right that we are never to use morphine in overdose so as to cause death. However, our Church does teach that we are allowed to use sufficient morphine to bring relief from pain, even if there is risk of death.

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        • Petra says:

          Yes, Mary Ann, you are so right. And the secular doctors and palliative care people know our Church teaches that, and so they use that fact to convince a family the amount of morphine used is justified because it is for “comfort care,” not intended to kill, but to relieve pain. But they know the doses they give will hasten death and kill. It is really a very sinister lie they tell. Be careful.

          In my mother’s case they gave her a high dose, which put her into a stupor for 12 hours. I refused further high doses. So, they sent in the hospital chaplain, a very holy priest, to speak to me. (He is the one who prayed the Commendation of a Soul to God prayers, and gave the Apostolic Blessing.) I expect they had told him I needed counseling about the Church’s teachings. Father spoke to me, and in doing so, it was obvious I understood perfectly well the Church’s teachings, and was seeking to live them.

          So then there was a meeting: a palliative care doctor, the charge nurse, the palliative care specialist assigned to my mom, her assigned nurse, the priest, and me. I explained my position, (some of what I mentioned in my previous comment), and when I mentioned the amount of morphine they had given her one shot of (and I refused that level again, which is what caused the meeting) the priest looked at them incredulously, saying, You gave her x mgs? At that time I told them I knew medications could be administered if the intention was to relive pain, not to cause death, and I told them, it is not my intention to end her life, or hasten the end of her life, but how do I know what YOUR intentions are? They looked away. It was very telling, and the priest saw it.

          In truth, (I know this because God helped me and I was consulting with a pro-life hospice, who on the last day of her life finally took control of her care), they up the morphine telling you it is “comfort care” and they know it will hasten death. I knew this beforehand, and the pro-life hospice confirmed it to me. Because we are often ignorant of medical facts, the secular medical personnel misrepresent what they are doing. The are not honest with “informed consent.” The amount of morphine my mom got on her last day was minimal, because the pro-life hospice was able to take control of her care. She was not struggling with breathing or in any apparent discomfort on a very low dose.

          I am telling this tale because I wanted to relate how much Charlie’s instruction applies to what is already happening and I expect will accelerate in our lives as the Storm intensifies.
          Just a few examples from Charlie’s recent posts:
          On Feb. 21 he wrote:
          “Even in matters of intrinsic evil, leave some room for the repentance of those who commit it, without compromising with the evil, itself. Where intrinsic evil is not involved, it is the intention behind the act that makes it either errant or evil. To intentionally seek the harm of an innocent is evil.
          Do not shrink from confrontation for fear of being wrong. Even saints have sometimes battled other saints without either of them sinning – and sometimes with neither being right. You can enter the lists with an opponent without sinning. But if you cannot engage in contention with another without inflaming yourself with frenzied malice against them, it is better that you refrain altogether – and offer prayer for those involved in the battle while binding up their wounds when the battle is finished.”
          The hospital nurse, after the meeting, said to the pro-life hospice nurse (after chatting a while) “Maybe I’ll come and work for you guys.” Room for repentance! God’s grace!!!

          On Feb. 25:
          “I need to help you hold fast to Christ when you are under serious and subtle assault. ,,, Part of the training was learning to ‘judge righteous judgment,’ to make decisions and take responsibility for them, knowing that you will err – and sometimes badly. Making decisions is the principle way in which we stretch out our hands to God when He sends us on mission. He insists we stretch out our hands if we are going to serve His people. Doing it despite knowing we will err is how we build a truly refined trust in God, knowing that He will draw profound fruit even from our errors if we always acknowledge Him.”

          On Feb. 27
          “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.”

          I cite these from his recent writings because they apply so well to what I went through, but I have been reading his blog for over 6 months, pondering the truth of what he says, and absorbing these ideas and these are sort of a summation of his message. It seemed to me I went though a sort of personal storm with this one, and expect it was a kind of mini-rehearsal for how it will be when the true Storm is in its fury. I hope this long, long comment might help some of you get a concrete idea of what may happen and what you might face in this turbulent time. You are going to have to know where you stand and be willing to face evil and not back down, in truth and love, when confronting it.

          One last thing. Charlie has sometimes mentioned God will give final graces and take some of his faithful ones, who He knows cannot weather the Storm, before it breaks. My brother and I have considered this as well. We worried how we would care for her in the Storm. God is good.
          God’s peace to you.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Thank you for your refined living of faith, Petra.

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          • MMBev says:

            Petra, because i have experienced the strong, almost irresistible pull to end my life as my antidepressant was being slowly increased until I felt normal again, when I read what Charlie wrote I felt driven to respond. I also felt like a complete idiot after I posted, and I just prayed and went to bed. What kept me from escaping into the drifting darkness, was the knowledge that although my husband (who often, often talked about ending his own life if things got too tough, for years, in front of the son who suffered every moment of every day, knowing that each day would become more difficult), and that son, would maybe understand my action. I knew my eldest son would never, never stop questioning his heart, and would be torn apart until he died.

            I am so grateful that God held me and I did not. I guess He was hugging me and I didn’t know it. I cannot tell you how much I love you for exposing the ordeal you went through. There is such a need to learn the deviousness of even well meaning doctors and nurses. The “well meaning” is not grounded in God. As my mother was dying, in the last two weeks, one of us was with her around the clock, the overwhelming burden being on my brother who came from Bangkok. He is, among other things, a register nurse, and he made certain that morphine doses were appropriate. He slept there until her death, beside her bed. I pray for those who do not have the gift of hospice and pro life staff to care for them. So many are alone and totally vulnerable.

            Thank you so much for the courage to open your heart and expose your pain and the ordeal you underwent. How much we all needed to hear and realize what we face. And remember that God is never short on blessing a gift we give. His generosity is pressed down and running over.

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          • Jacquie says:

            I’m terribly sorry that you lost your mother.
            Your Faith, how refined! How providential that Charlie’s writings provided additional support for your decisions. How stunning the tremendous gift of grace during your ordeal! I am grateful along with you and will pray for you and your mother at Mass and Adoration today.
            Jacquie

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          • Kati says:

            Thank you very much for this sharing, Petra. It has increased my understanding about this. I have a strong focus on growing in right judgment for 2015…and this has helped me.

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        • Lily says:

          Bev and Petra, thanks for sharing.

          I work at a care home, and it is a joy and an honor to care for someone, to help them do what they cannot, and to share in various sufferings with them so they are not left alone. I think it is very true that people don’t want to die, they just don’t want to be left alone, etc, like you’ve said. I have so many special memories from such wonderful people who were otherwise rejected by the world and in some cases by their own families.

          It is terribly sad to watch someone dying before your eyes, and yet an honor to be caring for them at the same time – to present them to the LORD, somehow.

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      • Mick says:

        Petra, your living of Trust-Do-Love is an inspiration to us all. I will pray for (and to) your mother, and for your family.

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      • What a true witness to the faith. God Bless you & your faith in His Will!

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  19. connie says:

    That is why I pray so fervently for the virtue of hope for the whole world, for every soul. To be without hope is suicide for the soul.

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  20. Barbara Dore says:

    Charlie, you are dead right, 13th is not unlucky, but blessed day of Our Lady. We get many graces on 13th day of each month when we pray for her intentions ( Rosa Mystica) 13th day is a very special day of God’s mercy

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

    Such powerful, truly powerful testimonies. Thanks all for the eloquent insights to these facets of the sanctity of life. They have touched me deeply.

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  22. Jim M. says:

    The 13th Day of October, 2017 will be a special day indeed!

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    • charliej373 says:

      I want to reiterate something here. I once said to Michael Brown that I expected the Rescue would come on Oct. 13, 2017 – and he published what I said accurately. But after I said it my angel came and chided me for presuming too much: what he had actually told me was that the Rescue would come very late in 2017. I superimposed that date. Since then I have corrected many times that I do not know that that date is the day – and I rather think, but do not know, that Rescue will come later than that. Despite having made that correction many times to my presumption of about a decade ago, people still seem to believe that to be the date of the Rescue. It could be – but frankly, I think the growing widespread expectations for it will help lead to a general despair when that day comes and goes without rescue, as I believe will happen.

      Nonetheless, it will be a special day for it is the 100th Anniversary of the last apparition at Fatima. But what it celebrates may not, in fact, be the final apparition at Fatima.

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      • laura says:

        Didn’t Malachi Martin say November 2017 during an Art Bell interview?

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      • Tom says:

        How I would love to see Our Lady of Fatima return there in 2017. And how I would so love to be there in person with my wife and children 🙂

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      • Cecilia says:

        Charlie, then I would say December 8th might be a good day to hope for Rescue.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Could be, but be careful. You are doing what my angel sternly rebuked me for, using your own knowledge to leap to a specific date that seems right to you. I said Oct. 13 when my angel had only told me very late in the year. He was not happy about my leap. Any day would be a good day to hope for rescue…one of the existing important feast days – or perhaps it please God to act in a way that establishes a new important feast day. Since Dec. 8 is the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception and we will be rescued by Our Lady the Immaculate Conception, that is a reasonable hope. But since I already got my rear end kicked by an archangel for making such a leap, I will pass on the chance to do it again.

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        • SteveBC says:

          Cecilia, it doesn’t seem to me that this is about Mary but rather about God rescuing us through her. So to my mind, I think it could best be on Christmas Day of 2017. Yet your date of Dec 8 is fine, and so is Oct 13. Etc. The problem is we have so many possible dates that it could be, and it could be a *new* special day.

          I hear “very late” in 2017, and that’s really all I need to know, because to me, the date is unimportant *now* when what I really need is simply to know the Rescue will come *at all*.

          Knowing that it will come at some point in late 2017 is really good enough, and it will help me retain my equilibrium and my ability to be a beacon of hope through the Storm, when that alone will matter.

          But if it doesn’t happen before New Year’s Day in 2018, I’m gonna be really bummed! 🙂

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  23. Mack says:

    In reference to comments above about the Storm, I feel like I’m waiting to be called into action. In the meantime I go about my daily life and duties. But it feels a little eerie, like the calm before the storm, even though it is already upon us. It’s one thing to read about what’s happening to others overseas, but it will be different when we face it right here.
    About people changing, I think that certain key sectors of society like the media, the education establishment, most of the government, are under the control of secular liberals. The universities in particular are a mess and often destroy the Christian faith of students. But to change society it would involve changing these key players in particular. Once that is done, society can go on a much different course because the baneful influence of the atheists/secularists will be gone. I think most people are decent. Also, the government fosters dependence by making people financially dependent on it.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Oh yes, Mack, you are absolutely on target. Among serious conservatives, both phenomenon are well known. The former is referred to as the radicals “march through the institutions.” Almost two decades ago the serious thinkers on the right began to questions whether we could get through without a great crisis since the radical left had largely successfully taken over almost every cultural institution – and were using them as indoctrination centers rather than centers of serious inquiry. I think we have our answer.

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  24. Donette says:

    I believe you to be right, Charlie when you say you must prioritize events as you have been shown them, for it would seem, if I am reading the responses correctly, there are some out there who have not quite understood the sequence of events. What you, Charlie and some others call “The Storm” is what the traditional church taught as the “Mini- Judgment of God upon the world.” Yepper! We heard that regularly from the pulpit and the Catholic medias and the missions that would occur in every church. That has all faded away. We mostly hear now only the “Corporal Works of Mercy.

    Having said the above, I would like to share with you what concerns me. I go about my daily duty mentally scrapping with God about what you have said in regard to what happens after The Storm. I am going to count on you to understand what I am trying to say, Charlie. I’m not in disagreement with either you or God, its just my frustration with human nature.

    After the Mini-Judgment, we were made to understand that Michael would chain Satan in Hell for a period of time and then he would be loosed again. (Rotten human will the cause and I do wish I could get rid of my image of Michael in my head as Chris Hemsworth playing the Viking god, Thor.)

    Why I mentally battle is that comment you made “everything will go back to normal.” In the long run, and I emphasize in the long run, if we go back to paying mortgages, taxes and the like that means we will set up another government, (king) over us. We will be no different then the Hebrew who had been given Judges by God, but then complained and wanted and asked for a king…not God to rule over them.

    We don’t even know to any degree of exactness what happened and who the people were before the Flood, when God washed the earth clean of its iniquity. The centuries following that, left a population totally devoid of memories of the chastisement except the very little the Bible informs us and the Bible is constantly challenged today by the so called expert scientists. So, in the next period, God, Himself in the figure of His Son took our punishment and washed us clean with His Blood. Hey! Two thousand years later, few have any idea let alone accept that God did this. Even that didn’t truly change us. Now looking to the future present, we are facing a chastisement of fire. Your follow up is “everything will go back to normal.

    Gee, I was of the understanding that with this new civilization rising, God was giving back to mankind all of the gifts He had given to Adam…including the preternatural gifts. That was why given so much again, if man rebelled again, then that was it. Earth, time, everything would end. God would have all his loving children with the angels in ever lasting joy and happiness. What alone would be left would be an eternal Heaven with God for His Faithful and of course Hell and all those who rebelled would be in the pit with the devil. Human will must be jumped on, stamped on, squashed and God’s Will must reign supreme. If everything goes back to normal continues for very long, the distant generations will once again know nothing and be doomed to repeat the mistakes from the past. No wonder mankind will fall again and add the torments of the devil to that is excruciating for me to think of those far in the distance. God will have had enough.
    I pray for a true and total transformation of mankind.

    So, Charlie, should I write a letter to my grandchildren and tell them to pass on that governments are not good? In the end they succumb to human will.

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    • charliej373 says:

      No, Donette, governments do not have to be evil – but they are almost always ambitious, for they are run by people who are ambitious. A government that protects the liberties of the people who make it up while leaving them alone is a necessity.

      We will, indeed, have to choose leaders – some kings, some presidents, some prime ministers, according to national preferences…and we will have to take responsibility for making collective decisions, which is what politics, at its most basic, actually is. I maintain we do not get God to act directly as our King until heaven. This is not the end, thus it is not the advent of heaven on earth. We are being given another chance to get it right – to first acknowledge God in all things and to acknowledge and protect the freedom of all as we act.

      I honestly do not understand why so many are so eager for the sort of paradise they imagine – for the price of it is to forfeit our adoption as heirs. If God were going to revoke free will and cease to allow people to sin, there would be no need for a Storm. Just do it and be done with it. But if we do not have the freedom to choose, we are not moral agents at all. We cease to be heirs of the Masters household and become mere pets in it. The latter is, I suppose, a lot easier but it does trouble me that so many are so eager, like Ishmael, to sell the birthright that was won at such a great cost for us.

      God is going to great lengths to give us a chance to CHOOSE to get it right, to protect our birthright. The Storm will demonstrate dramatically for us the consequences of vanity and self-absorption. The Rescue will give incontrovertible proof to all that God is. Those will be powerful motivators for us to get it right. Eventually, our love will grow cold again – and that will be the end. But as long as THIS earth exists, we will die as rebels or live as heirs to the Master’s kingdom. God is not going to force us to be mere pets without moral agency – and I thank God that is His decree. If he were going to revoke our birthright as heirs, depriving my children and grandchildren of their moral agency, of the sublime grandeur of being capable to choose and choosing God, I would not give myself over to this.

      If you want to write a note to your grandchildren, tell them to judge righteous judgment, to acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to those around them. So long as the mass of people do that, the last falling away will be forestalled.

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      • bflocatholic says:

        A good observation, Charlie. God does prefer that we choose, that we follow the right and turn to him of our own volition.

        Actually, your reply to Donette reminded me of Moses’ admonition to the Israelites before they entered the promised land in Deuteronomy, ch. 30:

        “I call heaven and earth today to witness against you: I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live, by loving the LORD, your God, obeying his voice, and holding fast to him. For that will mean life for you, a long life for you to live on the land which the LORD swore to your ancestors, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give to them.”

        God, in his infinite wisdom, loves each of us enough to give us a choice. So, we must choose, and choose well.

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  25. Marita says:

    Hi Charlie,

    This is kind of off topic but it’s an important topic and I was wondering if you could give your thoughts.
    I was listening to an interview with Fr. Joseph Esper (Archdiocese of Detroit) and he was reading a section from his book “On the Brink” which deals with the storm. He was reading quotes from a Rabbi who was saying that every time the American government acted in a way that hurt Israel in any way there was a chastisement in the form of storms on the very day of the deals. He mentioned in 91 under George H.W. Bush he convenend a conference that called for Israel to give up more land for the Palestinians, that very day the “Perfect Storm” hit New England. On the last day of that conference that made Israel give up the land Hurricane Andrew hit Florida. He went on to quote many others, including in August of 05 the IDF were forced to remove the Jews living in Gaza due to American orders, on that very day Hurricane Katrina hit New Orlerans. We all know God will always protect Israel from being destroyed. Last year during the war with Hamas, there were so many miraculous interventions by God that kept Jewish cities from being hit, even the terrroritsts were saying “their God keeps blowing our missles off course.” My question is, do you have any knowledge that you can share with us about the coming confrontation between Israel and Iran? It’s got to come to a head sometime in some way Some are saying Israel will strike Iran before the Israeli elections in two weeks. if not by then, then by the 31st of March when the deadline for a deal with Iran ends. Although, every prediction that Israel will attack Iran has been false, but now we hear Saudi Arabia has given Israel permission to use it’s airspace for an attack. The only good thing out of this all is that Israel is getting a lot more help from Egypt, Jordan, the Saudi’s and the UAE to combat the state sponsored terror of Iran.

    Marita

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    • charliej373 says:

      Hi Marita,

      First of all, sorry for the delay. This got sent to the Spam folder, which I only check about once a week. I delete all the Spam and when, as with this, find a legitimate comment, I return it to the queue.

      In any case, I do not have anything to say concerning Israel and the Middle East, save that I support Israel. The Storm comes, it will be global – and unless it helps me to help people stay the course and endure, I do not seek inside knowledge on the sequence of things. It is likely to send me barking up the wrong tree…trying to prevent things that must come or other well-intentioned errors. As I have written, God expects us to use our ordinary faculties to deal with extraordinary situations, trusting in Him to guide us even as we stumble and fumble along…it is a big part of how we are called to stretch out our hand to Him. So the things I mention concerning the Middle East are almost entirely part of my ordinary judgment.

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  26. ellenchris says:

    Sorry to be pretty much off topic, but can I share with you guys something kind of interesting that happened to me today? I was introduced to Luisa Piccarreta just as her Cause for canonization was being completed and her volumes were becoming available. I first saw them at the Trappist Monastery bookstore in Georgia that I visited every so often when I lived down there. Long story on my relationship with Luisa which I will skip for now.

    What happened is this: I have a lot of books for research that I keep on my Kindle — It beats trying to lug around the 120 or so books I have been reading. One of my Kindle books is *Life of the Mystic Luisa Piccarreta* (Middle years — Part A) by Frank Rega. The way that a Kindle tablet works is that only the books you are currently reading are available right on the hard drive, the rest hang out in the “Cloud.” The books you have been reading recently stay at the front and line up in the order in which you have been reading them. I haven’t had the time to read anything about Luisa for several months, so it has been way at the back of the line, up in the cloud.

    Today, March 4, is the anniversary of Luisa’s death in 1947. I was using my Kindle for something, and exited that app. There on the screen right at the “front of the line” was the *Life of Luisa* book — already opened up to a particular page! There is no natural way for this happen by itself. That book would not normally be there at all — I would have to access the cloud to bring it up, and I would just get the front cover, not opened up to a page inside But there it was — all on its own, and open (on its own) to: “It is in the soul who lives in the His Will where He [God] will find His life. There where He finds His life, He will stop and dwell forever.”

    So, I guess it is: “Thank you Luisa.” Happy unofficial feast day of your going into eternity. Many blessings to all.

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  27. Tom says:

    and when they successfully took over the schools they checked off #17 on the list that Dr. Cleon Skousen wrote in 1958 (and continue to do so today with the diabolical Common Core initiative):
    http://disruptthenarrative.com/2013/01/08/45-communist-goals-by-dr-cleon-skousen-1958/

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  28. Nancy,
    Regarding your comment about “that old and tired routine that Christianity is built on paganism.” That is something that started with a man called Alexander Hislop (very adequate last name he has, we are still dealing with his slop) who put together a rather “sloppy” argument against certain Christian practices in his book “The Two Babylons: The Papal Worship Proved to Be the Worship of Nimrod and His Wife” a completely nonsensical theory mainly aimed against the Catholic Church (Hislop was a pastor in the Free Church of Scotland) that continues to be the basis of some doctrines of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and other fringe groups. C.S. Lewis –who knew a lot about mythology– believed that the idea of Christ is embedded somehow in the human psyche because God made us for Him. Jesus seems to be the “key” for the ultimate realization of what a human being is destined to be. Of course Lewis is developing on an older idea by St. Augustine. Both Lewis, Tolkien, and their friend Hugo Dyson made various contributions to that concept. I have to research it a little and write an article on that theme. When I do, I will post it on DELUMEN.ORG and my own personal website. I have a bunch of notes on that. Give me a week or two to get organized. 😉

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    • NancyA says:

      Thanks for the heads up, Carlos. Make it good; I’ll want to share that. 😉 (almost missed this. I don’t always manage to take time to catch up on comments! Guess I can just trust that I’ll be led to, when God wills it, eh?)

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    • connie says:

      Carlos, please do give us a heads up when you get your article up. I for one have enjoyed several articles by you and others you link to on your site. You have comd forth with several theories lately such as the dates you have been compiling and the latest on Queen Esther. I find that I look forward to you fully developing these ideas so that I might use them as a focus for contemplation.

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  29. Donette says:

    Sometimes, Charlie, I do believe words get in the way when one is trying to exchange a concept to another. I think at heart we are saying the same thing, except that I am coming at it from a different angle then you. If we were sitting across from each other say in my living room we could probably hammer out the details of our different words and approaches.

    You say ” we do not get God to act directly as our King until heaven.” If you are saying He will not take up crown nor throne and appear on earth to rule physically, then you speak Truth. I think there are many Christian denominations that do teach that. Roman Catholicism never has which I am sure you already know. I am not proposing that should be the case in my response above.

    By my using the term Mini- Judgment and telling you that this is similar to your warnings of The Storm, I thought you would understand that I know and have always known that this Storm is not the end of everything.

    I think we misunderstand each other on the word “choose which is your word and my words “human will.” The root of this difference in language, may be because of your mission which is very straight and narrowly defined in regards to those to whom you have been sent.

    The human will is very strong. It is the human will which is behind the vanity and self absorption plus a great deal more, both bad and good. “The Storm will demonstrate dramatically for us the consequences of vanity and self-absorption” which is Truth as you have expressed it.

    The choice as it has been explained to me, Charlie, by three Italian Archbishops, and multiple priests who do know where I am coming from, is to choose God’s Will and by infusing oneself deeply into the Will of God is what will bring to mankind the time when “heaven will kiss earth” as we pass through these days of the end times. Now how those words of what is to come will flower and be defined and clarified by the church has yet to be determined, if I understand correctly the words of Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI).

    “I honestly do not understand why so many are so eager for the sort of paradise they imagine – for the price of it is to forfeit our adoption as heirs.” I suppose you are referring to my comment of mankind receiving “the gifts given to Adam including the preternatural gifts.”

    Charlie, did your angel show you everything that is to take place as mankind rebuilds after the storm or is that a conclusion based on what you have seen or been told? I’ve tried to explain since I’ve joined the blog that I have never had heavenly visitors or visions or locutions. I have the Church. To understand what I struggle to impart to you, might better come from Father Iannuzzi, the priest from whom Mark Mallet has quoted. There are a number of others of similar expertise available, but possibly you would not know them and it might be a deviation from your mission and that I would not wish for you to do.

    I hope I do not tire nor distress you Charlie with my responses.

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    • charliej373 says:

      It must just have been a rhetorical misunderstanding, for I pretty much concur with all that you have written here. I have been shown a little of what is after the Rescue, but not a full exploration of what is beyond. I know that people’s love will be true for a lengthy period of time – but I do not know whether it is 25 years or a thousand before it grows cold again and they fall away. I obviously hope for the latter. But you are right that my work has a fairly narrow focus – it is to get us safely to port on the other side of the Storm, to help people to endure. Once that is done, I have very little left to do – and no substantial part in the rebuilding. So my vision is limited.

      And no, you do not tire me or distress me. It is critically important that we get the right mindset now…and so I get all the more urgent. But I appreciate the honest questions or disagreements, for it allows me to hone, to be precise, and to exhort with passion. Thanks for hanging in with me Donette. This is not easy…but I am determined to get as many people to safety as I possibly can. I will be gentle when that seems best calculated to draw the most in…tough when that seems best calculated…always, always, always, my focus is on keeping people safely in the boat so we can batten down to make it to port. It is urgent now – for it is pouring out and those who stray too far from the safety of the ship may be lost.

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  30. Donette says:

    Ellenchris, you definitely are not off the topic. You are right on. You have been blessed. Frank Rega’s work shows that he too has been in the classroom of Jesus as He taught Luisa.

    That’s why I talk and talk to Charlie and ask him questions. He is my beleaguered friend.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Beleaguered is right on, Donette! I am going to go make a nice batch of Swiss Steak and said it to simmering, then I am going to play a video baseball game, then I am going to watch some cop show before I come back to this.

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  31. Donette says:

    “Carlos, I have not read much from C.S. Lewis’s writings, but when I read this in your reply,

    C.S. Lewis –who knew a lot about mythology– believed that the idea of Christ is embedded somehow in the human psyche because God made us for Him. Jesus seems to be the “key” for the ultimate realization of what a human being is destined to be. Of course Lewis is developing on an older idea by St. Augustine. Both Lewis, Tolkien, and their friend Hugo Dyson made various contributions to that concept.

    What clicked in my memory was Teillard de Chardin’s book “The Phenomenon of Man.” That concept was condemned by the Church. I don’t believe CS Lewis received such condemnation. I don’t believe the interpretation that Jesus was the Omega Point to which mankind was to evolve held water. Perhaps I have misunderstood what you wrote. We are to Imitate Christ to become like Him, but not develop over time into what He was.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I think you misunderstood, Donette. Some things just set off our internal alarms. C.S. Lewis was an entirely orthodox Christian. His quote is about finding the fullness of truth in Jesus, which we have searched for and found in imperfect ways prior to the revelation that is Christ. He never suggests that we can become Jesus as de Chardin intimated we could. In fact, when someone seeks an introduction to what Christianity is and is not – to disabuse themselves of all the popular fictions and smears, I always encourage them to begin with Lewis’ “Mere Christianity.”

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    • NancyA says:

      Definitely misunderstood . It is more the idea that we all know deep within what is true, and even those who did not yet have the ability to know of Jesus (coming as they did before His Incarnation) have a longing and yearning for Him, the Ideal Man. Carlos can do better justice to this than I can.. oh, and I just realized Charlie has.

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  32. gdallaire1 says:

    Hello Charlie!
    This is a little off topic, however I ask this question not only for myself, but especially also for the sake of all here who read your blog. I would like to to know something—what is your perception on how we (those who read your blog, and humanity in general) are to “weather the Storm”, especially in what concerns helping others—for example, many of your readers, I would suspect, have made significant material preparations (food, water, heating and other provisions etc…) and so my question is, when the time of the Storm comes in its intensity, are we to “hunker down” with our families and place our efforts primarily in our own families survival, and letting others fend for themselves, or should our doors be wide open to welcome and help others, offering what food, heat and other provisions we may have stored up?

    My main concern in this situation is that from how I have perceived your explanation of the Storm, it appears that things are likely going to get very desperate for a period of time, and so if we are to open our doors and help others, would this not significantly increase the possibility of ourselves or our families getting robbed and/or physically harmed by desperate or predatory individuals? And also, if we are to open our doors and share with others, how can we be sure we will have enough provisions for us and also for others?
    Thank you in advance for your reply.
    -Glenn Dallaire

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    • charliej373 says:

      Yes, Glenn, a comment you sent the other day triggered the realization that I need to review some of the basics here. So I am preparing a column on it, covering both your query and several other matters. So we will go through that when the column is ready and focus on some of those things.

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  33. Donette says:

    Thank you Charlie.

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  34. ellenchris says:

    Donette: The discussion has moved on to Charlie’s next posting, but I just read your discussion with him about the period after The Storm over breakfast — I had not read it before just now, Thursday morning, and I do have to get back to work. However, for whatever my two cents is worth, I may be able to help just a little. I have also pondered quite a lot concerning Charlie’s vision of the future and have wondered how it all fits together. This is just my “take.”

    I am by no means a Luisa expert, nor would I presume to teach about her in any official kind of way. Dear Robert Lozano introduced me to Luisa in Georgia back around 1997. Since then I have been reading and pondering her writings sort of on-and-off. If you have been to any of the Divine Will conferences in Corato (which it sounds like you have), you undoubtedly know a lot more about her than I do. But I have read a fair chunk of Fr Ianuzzi’s books, and I also read all the stuff written during the great controversy that erupted in the late 1990s. About that, let me just say that according to the canons of the Church, the official competent authority to judge the life and work of a person who is presented for canonization is first that person’s own diocesan bishop, and then the Vatican. *Both* Luisa’s own diocese and the Vatican panel of theologians who were commissioned to study her writings have completely cleared her of any heresy. Any individual priest or lay person who presumes to declare otherwise is not only greatly exceeding his authority but also contradicting what the Church Herself has proclaimed. (The full statements of these facts can be checked online by “Bing-ing” Padre Bernardino Bucci and Archbishop Pichieri of Trani-Barletta-Bisceglie {I think I spelled all that correctly})

    Luisa was describing a state in which the human will becomes so fused into the Divine Will that there is a restoration of the relationship which Adam and Eve had with God before the Fall. That does *not cancel* our sinful human history, Redemption in Jesus Christ or the continued possibility of choosing to sin. It is heresy to say that Jesus did not possess and use a fully functioning human will, and Luisa does not say that. However, He was so fully and completely submitted to and filled with the Will of the Father that Luisa uses the language of, “Oneness” with the will of God. The full flowering of Redemption in Christ is the ability to live in this same Oneness, this unity with the Will of God as Adam and Eve did before the Fall and as our Lord Jesus and our Lady did. This ability to live IN the Divine Will was inaugurated by God through the “Little Daughter,” Luisa, in order to be made available to all who truly belong to Jesus Christ.

    It is my personal belief that one of the main reasons that “The Great Storm” is occurring is in order to bring humanity to the full realization of what it means to have chosen our own wills instead of the Will of God. When we come to the place where it is completely obvious that we are totally unable to save ourselves, then God will show us the full Truth, and we will desire God’s Will and turn to It. Of course, the best course of action is *not* to wait for the full blast of the Storm before doing that. I believe that there are many faithful Christians who have experienced an “illumination of conscience” already in anticipation of the world events in order to begin growing into union with God’s Will. From where I sit, it also appears that people are being allowed to experience desperate “Dark Nights” for the same reason as the purpose of The Storm: to be brought to the point of surrendering deeply, fully, completely to God’s Holy Divine Will which is all goodness, love and joy. Some are just getting a little bit of a head start.

    Early on, I foolishly thought that all I had to do was pray some prayers, and God would drop union with His Will into my lap. Oh, no. For the past 20 years or so, He has been allowing me to go through many soul-shredding experiences to get me to the place of being able to surrender more truly. I am a hard head and a very slow learner — I am not there yet, of course. But the process goes on.

    So, what might — and I mean *might* because we do not know for sure — the world look like on the other side of The Storm? I offer my guess according to what I know of what Luisa wrote: As we learn the lessons of living in the Holy Divine Will, we will become progressively more able to flow with God’s desires for our world. Nature will be relieved of the great burden of our rampant sin and therefore the planet will begin to be healed by God. A little at a time, we will find ourselves able to live in harmony with God and a restored Nature similarly to the life in the Garden. Somewhere in the Volumes, Luisa hears from our Lord that God’s Will for Humanity cannot ultimately be thwarted — so the restoration of the Garden, and the Kingdom of the Divine Will — — “On Earth AS it is in Heaven.” But this may take some time as we learn the lessons of full surrender. The words of God’s blessing and commissioning of Adam and Eve in Genesis 2:15 are usually translated, “work and keep” [the Garden], but actually the full meaning of those terms carries the sense of “protect and defend it” and “make it fruitful.” So that is God’s mandate to humanity which He will fulfill through the Gift of living in the Divine Will. Luisa herself grew into being able to live fully the Gift of the Divine Will through the difficulties and pain she suffered, and so will we.

    Immediately after the Storm, we will be picking up the pieces and trying to settle down again. But this time, the great majority of people will be striving to do this in God’s Holy Will by His Grace and direction. The short term may look a lot like it does now, but with the profound difference of the power and activity of God’s Will in us and among us. As we grow in His Holy Will, we will live His blessing and mandate which He gave to our first parents. We have been taught to pray: “Thy Kingdom. . . Thy Will. . . on earth AS in heaven,” and God will truly and fully answer that prayer however and in whatever time frame He chooses to do that. So all I can say is, “Fiat!!”

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    • charliej373 says:

      Marvelous, Ellen! Glenn Dallaire at his marvelous “Mystics of the Church” website published an article yesterday that is deeply profound. This comment by you and Glenn’s piece deeply hearten me, for they represent refined insights and breakthroughs in understanding what God is calling us to. He wants us to be friends with Him again.

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    • Fran says:

      ^^Cecilia, ellenchris’s response may be helpful. It is for me.^^ 🙂

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    • Kati says:

      Wow, EllenChris! This just resonates with me deeply. It just seems so RIGHT! I cannot explain exactly why by substantiating from other documents, etc…but it seems to concur with everything that I have read and thought about over a lengthy period of time. You have a wonderful gift…and I pray that it continues to grow. 🙂

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    • SteveBC says:

      EllenChris, thank you for this article. I’d been wondering about this and thinking we would all be much closer to God after the Storm (that’s the whole point, right?), but I didn’t have the words or concepts you’ve discussed here. I’m glad Charlie reposted this.

      I always read your comments with great pleasure and an awareness that I will learn something worthwhile.

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  35. ellenchris says:

    Thank you so much for that article, Charlie — beautiful and helpful, much appreciated.

    I have this deep sense that something happened yesterday. I am not sure what. As I mentioned, yesterday was the anniversary of Luisa’s death. If she ever gets to be declared a saint officially, yesterday or today would most likely become her feast day. My silly little Kindle is nothing important, but that Luisa book coming up out of nowhere “all by itself” really struck me. The Lord, maybe through His holy angels, (!?!) really grabbed my attention. I have struggled with Luisa’s writings over the years, but this is not the first time that something showed up from her in a miraculous kind of way.

    If you look around out there in the larger realm of things, you find several very “orthodox” sold-out-to-Jesus Christians who, a few years ago, started popping up with sudden deep insights into “on earth as it is in heaven” in a big way. Wherever the Holy Spirit is genuinely moving, that is what you start hearing in all sorts of places. It is a real and amazing phenomena. They may only have a tiny little piece of the picture, but our good Lord is speaking to them with a “get ready” kind of message. And the “getting ready” has something huge and mysterious to do with the Kingdom of God.

    Many blessings, Charlie — to you and everyone here.

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  36. Cecilia says:

    Thank you, ellenchris and Fran! This has been a tremendous help to me. May God speed all of our surrendering to Living in the Divine Will.

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  37. Patricia says:

    Charlie,
    So I was thinking these last couple of days, no need to diet anymore. We may need the extra body fat. Just thinking!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Regular exercise makes more sense than diet right now, I think.

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    • SteveBC says:

      Oh, good, Charlie. I weigh only 120 pounds, so dieting is definitely out for me. However, I have been shoveling lots of snow! We just got another 8 or 9 inches today, and I must have shoveled 3-4 tons of the stuff, all the while thinking of Joseph Cronin and dedicating my enjoyment and fatigue to his recovery (yes, I actually do enjoy shoveling snow, hard as that may be to imagine!). I’ve shoveled a lot of snow for him over the past 6 weeks. If sheer tonnage of shoveled snow were all that mattered for his situation, he’d be up and bouncing off the walls by now! 😀

      I do hope he is improving and look forward to hearing some good news about him at some point.

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      • NancyA says:

        Steve, I also love shoveling snow, and we got a heavy dumping here in So. Jersey, too. But my health does not forgive snow shoveling, So when I snuck out and tried to do some a few days ago, I first had to shoo away a good hearted young friend of my teenage son, only to have my 24 yo son pull up and hop out of his truck, chastising me and wrenching the shovel away. Sigh..

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        • SteveBC says:

          NancyA, sneaking around so that you can shovel! You are an inspiration to dedicated snow shovelers everywhere.

          Next time your son is about to remove said shovel from said hands, dump a load of snow over his head or even better down his back! Just to cool him down a bit, right? Tell him it’s good for him and builds character. 😀

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    • barb129 says:

      That’s funny Patricia! I have been trying to lose weight for months and despite the exercise and calorie counting, I haven’t lost a pound! I was telling my husband that maybe the dear Lord is making me keep the weight because I’ll be needing it to live off soon.

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    • E. Allison says:

      Well, my Lenten observance has, so far, caused me to lose 7 lbs. Another 15 by Easter would be nice.

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      • NancyA says:

        *Tongue in cheek!!* Ed, this is the beginning of an article I wrote for February: (I know it’s more than that for you!)

        Lent. Ashes on Ash Wednesday, abstinence from meat on Fridays, fasting and abstinence on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, sacrificing, praying, giving alms. Does that cover it? What does Lent mean to you? Pope Francis calls it a “time of grace” (2 Cor 6:2). In his Message for Lent 2015, he examines the ways that Lent can be a time of renewal for the whole Church, for the smaller communities of parishes, and for each individual. Our world is sorely in need of renewal and we are each given a part to play in bringing about that change. That does not mean to look for something to give up that will help you reach your weight loss goal. The sacrifice called for in Lent is one of self-mortification, a way to discipline ourselves, to put to death those habits or obsessions that call us away from God and our neighbor.

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  38. Donette says:

    I got your message, EllenChris. I’m in Pittsburgh and brought our laptop with me. I was tickled pink when I saw you knew Robert Lozano. I have worked with him since 1995. He is a peach of the very best Georgia variety. We are the best of friends.

    You did a beautiful job in explaining to Charlie in the best way you could about Luisa and the desires God expressed to her. Sometimes I wanted to spill my guts to Charlie about everything regarding the Divine Will, but I was unsure if I would be walking on ground where angels feared to tread. I don’t want him to ever deviate from his mission. I know he is a bright brain, and I know if he ever starts reading Luisa it will carry him to great spiritual heights. The information about the return to Eden is only a portion of what Jesus told Luisa and I would love for him to know all of it.
    But this is God’s work and God will determine if He wishes to lay more on Charlie’s plate.

    It took a pilgrimage led by Dan Lynch to Ireland accompanied by a priest spiritual director whom I believe is the most knowledgeable on the Divine Will to enable me to make contact with this priest and renew my “classes.” You may be aware of the hurricane that took place in those early years, but having lived through it was hair raising. I mentioned Father Iannuzzi to Charlie, because Mark Mallet has quoted him. I was aware of him when he was in Jacksonville, Fla. making a name for himself. For some, Father Iannuzzi is the only source of information on Luisa. Highly intelligent, articulate he is and he had appeared on Mother Angelica’s during that stormy chaotic time. For me, he was rather late on the scene and not the one to whom I turn for direction.

    Padre Bucci is also a very good friend and via one of the seminarians who speaks both Italian and English, he sends us emails on a regular basis. I was with him this last November in Corato. I have the 36 Volumes of Luisa translated by a woman who Padre picked to translate the writings for us. They were done directly from the Italian. The official version of Luisa’s Book of Heaven in Italian is done. We knew it was done in 2005 when we flew to Italy where there was a cast of thousands who attended the Closing of the Diocesan phase of Luisa’s Cause. I have pictures of the entire affair and how exciting it was to see the process of how Luisa’s writings were placed in a heavy box and all of the locks and seals that were placed on it and handed to Vatican officials . Thrilling to say the least.

    I don’t want to ramble. A website that you might be interested in if Robert has not already directed you to it is Luisa Piccarreta.me

    I do wish Charlie could go to the source of Luisa’s writings instead of just reading other people’s “takes” on a portion of her messages even though they are wonderfully worded. He would be swept away.

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    • W. Leo says:

      Many thanks, Donette and EllenChris, for your exchange of insights about Luisa Piccarreta’s life and writings. Your comments about the scope of her writings and the need to devote time to reflect on the source materials themselves are so very important. I am fairly new to her writings but, after discovering the richness of these writings through Father Robert Young’s weekly radio programs on the Gift of the Divine Will the past few years — which have been a Road to Emmaus-type of experiences for me — and reading and re-reading Father Iannuzzi’s book, it does appear that the time for Luisa’s has come. There are so many things I’d like to discuss, but that will have to wait for another opportunity. Do you have any idea when the critical edition in English will be released?
      Donette, in regard to the 36 volumes you received, are they available for purchase?

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  39. CrewDog says:

    Better Pray for this Bishop ’cause Ya know that the Gay Mafia will go after him .. Big Time!!! ;-(

    “Archbishop: ‘True Intention Behind’ Push for Same-Sex Marriage is ‘Imposition of Totalitarian System”
    http://cnsnews.com/blog/mark-judge/catholic-bishop-gay-marriage-has-always-been-about-destruction-family-and-creating

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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