Remembrance of First Things

first thanksgiving

By Charlie Johnston

A few days ago a friend suggested to me that certain important things I take for granted might have been obscured in the day to day discussions on this site. Then yesterday, one of our readers reached a staggeringly insightful understanding of what the world after the Rescue will look like – almost simultaneously with a man who operates another website who wrote one of the most important and profound columns I have ever read just a day earlier.

Now for a few first things…

  • There has been much talk of preparation here. I don’t discourage it and usually encourage it. Many are called to make physical preparation. My son is one of those; I am not. But remember the rules have changed from the way the world usually operates. Four years ago I wrote my priests, in part, “Unlike survivalists, who withdraw from others, thinking to survive by their own strength, we are to respond to terror by reaching out to others, to draw family together and form community, knowing it is in this we find the strength of the living God and co-operate in His work.” Whatever your situation, you must behave like the widow at Zarephath did with Elijah: if anyone asks humbly and honestly for help, you must help them, trusting that God will provide. By the same token, if anyone tries to take by force what you have in your community, even if you have abundance, you must defend you community. Turn away no supplicant and suffer no marauder.
  • Along the way of my pilgrimage, several of the people most taken by my journey, both offering me prayers and asking for mine as I went, were pious Muslims. One Muslim man who worked at a convenience store near a spot I stayed at for two days would not let me buy anything. Whatever I got, he paid for and put in the register. We must not deceive ourselves that radical Islam is anything but what it actually is, a brutal, murderous, tyrannical ideology that we must confront vigorously and defeat. Many, probably most, Muslims are trying to reach out to God in the way they have been taught. In fact, our politically driven “tolerance” of Jihadists has made it harder for those honorable Muslims to live their faith peacefully – for gentle Muslims are considered apostates by Jihadists and are the first target of their murderous rage. Let us boldly attack the murderous ideology of Jihad defeating all who proclaim it, while respecting the person of all who do work to live in peace with real tolerance for one another.
  • Some have speculated wildly about the way I have told you the world will look after the Rescue. Some insist on having a paradise here on earth which I always dismiss by noting we don’t get heaven until we actually get…heaven. Some are disappointed that it will be ordinary, like it is now but transformed by extraordinary love of God and neighbor. They want a fairy tale kingdom – and it isn’t going to happen that way. Others don’t see how we can go from crisis to peace so quickly. Well, if you have got a bunch of wildcats tearing through your house, the first order of business is to get rid of the wildcats. But once they are gone, you still have a house torn up by wildcats to deal with. The Rescue will rid us of the wildcats. The cleanup is our responsibility – and it is a big one. Actually, it is your responsibility. After the wildcats are banished, my public work is done. Clean-up and rebuilding is the work of those who survived – minus me.

I was near tears yesterday when our regular reader, EllenChris wrote a comment that expressed a refined understanding of what the transformed world will look like. It followed the single most insightful and important column I have ever read, written by Glenn Dallaire over at has marvelous website, “Mystics of the Church.” Besides this link, this column is important enough I reprint it in its entirety at bottom. But first, the comment from EllenChris:

“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.”

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!!”

And then, the full text of Glenn Dallaire’s incredible column:

The upcoming time of the renewed Man on the renewed Earth—Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done, On Earth As It Is In Heaven!

By: Glenn Dallaire

The sense of the nearness of God was a part of God’s Divine Intimacy with Man that was lost at the Garden of Eden, the Terrestrial Kingdom
Apart from Original sin coming into the world through the sin of Adam and Eve, perhaps one of the greatest additional losses for humanity that stemmed from their disobedience was the loss of the direct communication between God and man, along with the sense of the nearness of the presence of God. In the Garden of Eden, the Father shared a Divine intimacy with Adam and Eve that likely can only be compared to the intimacy between God the Father (in union with the Holy Spirit), and the Blessed Virgin Mary–a most intimate bond between Creator and creature. But we must realize that God’s original intention for mankind was to share in an intimate union with him, literally feeling his divine presence and conversing with Him, as a child with his loving Father.
“Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” (Genesis 3:8-10)

Oh! how close and intimate was the communication between God and Adam and Eve, and how close they felt His Divine Presence! The Garden of Eden was truly a Paradise lost!

Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven
The Lord’s prayer—the only prayer Jesus ever taught us in the Gospel—states in part “Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

But what is this Earthly Kingdom to come that Jesus is referring to in His prayer, wherein God’s Will will be done upon the earth, as it is in heaven? Apart from sin, what is there that differentiates our relationship with God here on earth, in comparison to the beings of heaven with God? While those in heaven enjoy the beatific vision of God, they also enjoy His Divine presence and they participate in open and free communication in Divine intimacy with God in an intense closeness and union. Not only do the beings and creatures in heaven see God, and gaze upon His infinite glory, they literally feel His love and closeness to them at every moment, and they communicate openly with Him.

Now while Adam and Eve did not completely share in the Divine Presence to the extent that the beings in heaven do, they certainly did have an deep sense of the nearness of God, and they communicated with Him openly, as we read in the Book of Genesis. It is because of the sin of Adam and Eve that we–as the sons and daughters of these our first parents—lost a significant part of the Divine intimacy and communication with God that our first parents originally had, along with the sense of the presence and nearness of God. However we must recognize and realize that in the story of the Terrestrial Paradise, this loss of ours was not God’s original intention, for His Will was and is based in an infinitely loving desire for an intimate, unitive, and communicative relationship with humanity, His beloved children. While He has remained ever present with us, through the sin of Adam and Eve we lost the intimate sense of feeling His closeness and nearness to us.

The new Adam and the new Eve
Jesus came as the new Adam, and the Immaculate–Virgin Mary, Mother of God–was sent as the new Eve, to open the gates of heaven which were closed through the sin of Adam and Eve. Through His passion and death on the cross, Jesus took upon Himself the sins of humanity, so that we might be forgiven of our sins and enter heaven. He did not come to restore humanity’s place in the Garden of Eden or what was lost in the fall– he came to cancel Original sin, along with our own personal sins, thereby opening the gates of heaven once again.

God’s original will for humanity will be restored upon the earth
Many theologians and scholars believe that God’s original will for mankind in the Garden of Eden, that is, His desire for his creature to feel His closeness and His Divine presence strongly, will one day be restored upon the earth.  Some even believe that all the individuals of humanity will once again be able to openly communicate with God in a renewed Divine intimacy and conversation.

The Mystics share in a special Divine intimacy with God, and therefore foreshadow the people of the upcoming Kingdom

The Mystics of the Church are a prefigurement to the people of the upcoming Earthly Kingdom
Earlier in this article it is stated: “In the Garden of Eden, God shared a Divine intimacy with Adam and Eve that likely can only be compared to the intimacy between God the Father (in union with the Holy Spirit), and the Blessed Virgin Mary–a most intimate bond between Creator and creature.”

We can also recognize how Mystics of the Church foreshadow the people who will live in upcoming earthly kingdom. In their ecstatic visions, the Mystics see Jesus, and they speak with Him in conversations so very loving and intimate. They almost constantly feel His nearness and closeness to them, and they live with a deep and abiding trust in Him. In this most intimate union, some even share in His wounds, and in their suffering as victim souls, His blood is mixed with theirs for the conversion of sinners.  And so it is that the mystics of the Church foreshadow the people of the upcoming “Kingdom come, on Earth as it is in Heaven.”

Not that the people of the upcoming Kingdom will be “mystics” in a strict sense, but they will be more mystical, because they will have the renewed sense of God’s nearness and closeness to them, but in a very ordinary and natural way. And it may very well be that they will not simply talk TO God, they will talk WITH God, as Adam and Eve did in the Terrestrial Paradise. The people on the renewed Earth will see most everything from a heavenly perspective, unlike the people of this current age in many ways. It is believed that the Kingdom come will be very much like a restoration of the way things were between God and Adam and Eve before the fall—not in all ways of course, but in many ways. And some believe also that in the upcoming earthly Kingdom, God will communicate with the individual, and they with God, much like Adam and Eve in the Garden. In other words, the people of the Kingdom will be much more closely united with God in their overall disposition than we (humanity) are now. They will sense His nearness and closeness to them in a most extraordinary way. Oh, how blessed are those who will live in the renewed Kingdom on earth!

The Kingdom on Earth—“When all will seem lost, in the end My Immaculate Heart will Triumph”
The words of Our Lady of Fatima were a prophesy: “When all will seem lost, in the end My Immaculate Heart will Triumph”. It will be the Immaculate Heart of Mary who will bring forth this Kingdom of a renewed humanity upon a renewed earth, but first will come a period of intense purification for all of humanity.  And many sense that it will likely be very, very soon. We must recognize that for this to happen—“Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”—we (humanity) will all first have to be brought to our knees, in recognition of our sins and of how far we have strayed from God and His commandments, and thus humbled, we will deeply repent of our sins and will thus draw down upon us the infinite mercy of God, and through the Immaculate Heart of Mary we will obtain our miraculous Rescue, and thus it will be the Immaculate who will give birth to the Kingdom on Earth.

Then it will be that God’s original Will and desire in what He intended His relationship and interaction to be between His beloved sons and daughters—much in the way it was between Him and our first parents in the Garden of Eden—will be in many ways renewed once again. Or to put it as a great friend of mine has stated it:
“….The world will remain perfectly ordinary and completely transformed: people will know and love God as Father – and want to be friends with Him.”

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That is it exactly: God does not just want us to act as His children or His supplicants. He wants us to laugh with Him, to play with Him, to live the intimacy of the dear friends He intends us to be.

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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200 Responses to Remembrance of First Things

  1. Kathryn Dunworth says:

    These passages speak to me. I have been receiving instruction on Theology of the Body and studying Genesis. I learned that the first covenant between God and man was the Sabbath. We renew our covenant with God when we attend the Holy sacrifice of the Mass. During the consecration the is the unbloody sacrifice of Jesus is the new covenant. Attending Mass, adoration of the Blessed sacrament, frequent confession, fasting, reading scripture, and praying the rosary will strengthen our trust in the Lord. Surrender to Him. He will take care of everything.

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  2. Msgr. George Brubaker says:

    The gift of Living In the Divine Will described by Luisa in great detail includes making “the Rounds” of creation, bi-locating the soul to appreciate and encompass creation and return to the Creator a hymn of praise, thanksgiving, and honor, as the creature gifted with a heart, a mind, and a tongue to make a return to God for all the good He has made, to care for His creation and for every one of His creatures, in effect to worship on behalf of all He has made. Until we Live in the Divine Will all creation is groaning and is waiting for us to come to full stature as true sons and daughters of the Heavenly Father.

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  3. Nancy D says:

    As in Heaven, so on earth. God’s word will not return to Him empty; it WILL accomplish the thing for which He sent it. When we finally see, by means of the Storm, the infinite Good that is Divine Will and the evils of our human will, we’ll finally be ready to give the Divine Will its rightful place of supremacy in our souls. Thy Kingdom come, Lord. Thy Kingdom come.

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  4. CrewDog says:

    MARANATHA!!

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  5. Mary W. says:

    Thank you Charlie for another beautiful and inspiring post. There is one aspect of EllenChris’ (and other of your commenters) post which is difficult to be reconciled with: namely the references to Luisa P. Our bishop ( the archdiocese) has been asked by many of the faithful if they should associate themselves with Luisa and her teachings on the Divine Will. Our pastor wrote a column in the church bulletin to dissuade the faithful from affiliating themselves with this movement. As well, one woman is known to have left her husband and children to follow what she believes to be the Divine Will for her. She is alledgedly homeless now and strives to live only on the Eucharist.

    For these reasons I tend to recoil from otherwise very stunning and inspiring columns and comments. Am I the only one?

    IN HIS SACRED HEART and HER IMMACULATE HEART I remain sincerely yours.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you for your comment, Mary. I do not know what diocese you are from, but I will quote additionally from Ellen here:

      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})

      I am only mildly acquainted with Luisa Picaretta and her writings, so I don’t know the facts. What I do know is that Ellen is theologically sophisticated and absolutely meticulous in her research. She has been kind enough to correct errors of mine at times (fortunately, minor ones). She is one of the people on this site that when she makes an assertion of fact, I take it to the bank because every time I have had occasion to check her, she has been dead on.

      It is good to view any of these things with caution and care. I appreciate your concerns, but I have absolute confidence in Ellen. That said, even the best of devotions can be abused and distorted. The woman you discuss is clearly NOT living in the Divine Will, for God does NOT call us to abandon those souls He has given into our care. This woman has clearly perverted this to follow her own self-will.

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      • Mary W. says:

        Your response Charlie is much appreciated. I have learned much from you and Ellen and will do some research with the references you both have provided. Thank you both.

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      • Mary, I have heard similar “scare” stories. While they may be true for those persons, as Charlie said, it is more likely a perversion of the true devotion. We all know how the evil one distorts all that is good and the more good it is, the more it is undermined, which is unfortunate for the well-meaning souls that get caught in the trap.

        I am no expert either, but if we stay with approved spokesperson, like Fr. Iannuzzi, we will learn a great deal about living in the Will of God. I pray the Prayer on Awakening each morning. I love this part: “And so, permit me to enter now in Your Will, what’s more, give me Your hand and put me in the Immensity of Your Will, so that nothing is done that is not an effect of Your Most Holy Will.” It is ALL him! Once we grasp that, we can begin! The entire prayer may be found here: http://www.bookofheaven.org.uk/index.php/resources/prayers-of-the-divine-will/item/84-prayer-on-awakening.

        I have also prayed the 24 hours of the Passion, which is a stunning prayer, and perfect for Lent. Here is what St. Hannibal, Luisa’s SD had to say: “I believe that if one who meditates them is a sinner, he will convert; if he is imperfect, he will become perfect; if he is holy, he will become more holy; if he is tempted, he will find victory; if he is suffering, in these Hours he will find the strength, the medicine, the comfort. And if his soul is weak and poor, he will find spiritual food and the mirror in which he will reflect himself continuously to be embellished and to become similar to Jesus, our model. The satisfaction that blessed Jesus receives from the meditation of these Hours is so great, that He would want at least one copy of these meditations to be present and practiced in each city or town.” (Saint Hannibal Mary Di Francia)

        I have taken that last line to heart and have prayed it in a few different towns as God has made it possible. I believe there is a special blessing on the place where it is prayed.

        While the writings of Luisa encompass something like 36 volumes, it is not necessary to study them to begin living in the Divine Will. Here is an excellent, simple explanation from a reliable source, an excerpt from “Proper Catholic Perspectives: On the Teachings of Luisa Piccarreta” by Fr Joseph L. Iannuzzi. (If I may post another link, Charlie!) http://www.bookofheaven.org.uk/index.php/introduction-writings/item/146-the-four-easy-steps-to-living-in-the-divine-will

        May God’s holy will reign in our hearts and in the whole world!

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        • CrewDog says:

          I’ll throw in my 2 Cents again! Target Fixation on Jesus and Salvation is the “Mission”!. If some Devotion, Icon or Holy Joe/Jane helps keep you On-Target well and good! …. but if that Devotion, Icon or Holy Joe/Jane becomes a distraction jettison that distraction and get back on course!
          1 Thessalonians 5, 19-21
          Extinguish not the spirit. Despise not prophecies. But prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
          GOD HELP ALL HERE!!

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          • charliej373 says:

            CrewDog, I love the way you fix on these things, boil it down and get right to the heart of it. I am tempted to push the cause for the canonization of General LaHire – St. Joan of Arc’s steadfast supporter and advocate after initially opposing her. I want him canonized for his own sake and because he is the perfect patron saint for you!

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        • ellenchris says:

          Thank you, Mary, for raising this issue: I think it is important to get these questions out on the table because they do need to be answered.

          Thank you, Janet, for your very clear and helpful answer. It always seemed to me that every devotion was a means to a greater intimacy with God and a way to foster love for our good Lord and our Lady. Yet these devotions were not ends in themselves — they always had a purpose beyond themselves. But, what was that purpose? I would often think, where is all this leading; what is all this *for*? Each practice, the First Fridays and Saturdays, the Consecrations to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Flame of Love, etc are all pointing to something that is the end and goal and point of it all. The devotions are the means, not the End itself.

          I have come to be convinced that the purpose, goal and point is the restoration of the Kingdom of God on earth as in heaven by means of the Gift of Living in the Divine Will. Properly speaking, this is not a “devotion” as such: we do not just praise and honor and love God’s Will. Rather, this is the heart and soul of our entire process of spiritual development. Union with God is not merely for “The Few; The Proud: The Trappists” 😉 (like the old commercial ads for the Marines) or just a select few great mystics. God calls every little soul into Divine intimacy with Himself, and longs for us to respond. He Himself gives us the means to accomplish what He calls us to do.

          I wish I were not so stubborn and wayward — I would to be further along than I am. but our good Lord is very patient and kind. He does not call us to impossible things. I have been asking for the intercession of Servant of God Luisa to help me and us all simply to surrender more deeply and truly so that His Holy Divine Will may live in us.

          Wow — How good it feels to be able (at last) to write about these things openly without any fear. I hope everyone will forgive me for running off at the mouth, or running off at the laptop. For quite a few years it was not possible to talk about Luisa without great wrath coming down on your head.

          I am heading over to the National Shrine of Divine Mercy, Stockbridge, MA in a little while; it is fairly near here. I will be praying for everyone’s intentions. much love to all, and — Fiat, Divine Will!

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          • Ellen wrote: “Union with God is not merely for “The Few; The Proud: The Trappists” 😉 (like the old commercial ads for the Marines) or just a select few great mystics. God calls every little soul into Divine intimacy with Himself, and longs for us to respond.”

            If you want a more tried and true resource for this, Ralph Martin’s “Fulfillment of All Desire” quotes approved and canonized saints showing how ALL are called to this mystical union. IMHO, amust-read.

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          • Ellenchris, I was thinking this morning how good it is to finally hear others speak (write) openly about Luisa and the teachings of the Divine Will. I am deeply grateful to you and to our Lord for opening the door to sharing this great treasure here in this forum, which has proven to be populated by the most sincere, loving, humble seekers of truth I’ve ever met.
            God has provided here a place where we can come to find acceptance, patience, encouragement, wisdom – in short, real brotherhood. I am beyond grateful for all He has given us and will give us to prepare us for the rest of the Storm and equip us with all that we need to endure. I am convinced that bringing us into this discussion of the Divine Will is of paramount importance in this moment. It is what will prepare us to enter into that very intimacy with Him which will enable us to cooperate with His Will and participate in His plan to renew the face of the earth in the new era of peace which lies ahead. How blessed, wise and holy is our God. Who is like Him??

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          • W. Leo says:

            Ellenchris writes: “He Himself gives us the means to accomplish what He calls us to do.” Let us pray that in honor of the 150th anniversary of Luisa Piccarreta’s birth on April 23, 2015 we will hear that the way is now cleared for publication of the critical edition of her writings. Jesus affirmed to Luisa the great necessity of the publication of her writings: “My daughter, it is the absolute Divine Will that these writings on my Divine Will be made known. Despite the many incidents that may occur, My Will shall overcome them all. Although it may take years and years, My absolute Will knows how to dispose everything to accomplish its its objective.” The Gift of Living in the Divine Will in the Writings of Luisa Piccarreta, n. 1.11.6. Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi

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        • Irish7 says:

          Thank you so much for the primer, Janet. I have been intrigued by all of the references to the Divine Will on your site as well, but hadnt yet found time to look into it. A summary is most appreciated!

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      • ellenchris says:

        Thank you, Charlie. I am completely abashed. I will try to live up to your trust as best I possibly can, by God’s Grace. Please always set me straight if I go off on a tangent..

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      • Fran says:

        I do not know much about Luisa Piccareta, and her writings on living in the Divine Will. Last year I did get “The Hours of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ” book after I read some mention of it, and I have used it to meditate on the Passion, and it does very intensely plunge you into praying through the Passion, but when I started looking into Luisa’s story more, I was put off by some things that I read. For example: “Luisa Piccarreta would sit on Our Lord’s left hand, while His Mother would sit on His right.” and regarding her writings “It is God’s wish that these Writings be received by the Church on an equal footing with the Old and New Testament.” Of course, I know the Lord can do whatever He wants, but just the little that I read seemed so off from teachings of the Catholic Church that I am having a very hard time with it. And if private revelations do not have to be believed then why would the Lord choose private revelation for startling teachings like this? Is what I read even correct? I am just so confused. Charlie, and all, many of you are so much smarter, and more knowledgeable than I am so I am open to learning more and understanding this, so maybe someone can enlighten me further because it just seems really “out there” to me. The website I read this on is http://www.divinewill.cc/index.htm.

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        • ellenchris says:

          You are by no means unintelligent, Fran. You are voicing the concerns that others have had. What you cited there are exactly the allegations that have been proven FALSE. Luisa did not write these things about herself at all. Others have falsely attributed them to her. She always only referred to herself as the “Little Daughter” of God’s Will and greatly exalted Our Lady about herself as “Mother and Queen. I would highly recommend taking a look at the update on Luisa at the EWTN website, and then take a look at Daniel’s excellent book for the true story.

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          • ellenchris says:

            Third line from the bottom: not “about” — “above” Sorry, my husband is starting the car for our trip – gotta run

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          • Fran says:

            Thanks for clarifying that Ellen! Why would anyone attribute something that far off to her anyway? I don’t get it. I will go to EWTN’s site and probably get Daniel’s book too, and that should help.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Yes Fran, a reader sent me this old article (from 1998) from Crisis Magazine. Some of the quotes are very off-putting. If Luisa really did say that her writing were to be considered as equivalent to the Old and New Testaments, she would be like a Catholic version of the Mormons, adding new revelation to the canon rather than just offering help geared to a particular time in salvation history. If she did write of herself as practically equivalent to the Virgin Mary, she must be dismissed. I am sure that both Ellen and our own Daniel O’Connor will weigh in on this – Daniel just wrote a book on the subject.

          Here’s the thing, though: anything contrary to faith and morals must be dismissed. We often get red flags as warnings of significant error. But the satan also furiously attacks that which is true and might do him great damage, so sometimes those red flags are actually red herrings. Now if I had just read the Crisis article, I would simply dismiss her. But the fact that both EllenChris and Daniel O’Connor have studied it deeply and support Luisa carries weight with me. Ellen, anyway, said that there have been supporters some years ago who did great damage to her and perverted much of her work. I know that happens. Just in the little political world and even on some other sites that quote me, I have found others making quotes I never said in an effort to support things I do not support. It does happen.

          I am being more careful about dismissing someone because of such signs. I had completely dismissed Vassula Ryden…for such things as the condemnation of her by her own Orthodox authorities, for some of her more extravagant claims of her unique mission and authority, and especially for the way her more ardent supporters treat her as having an infallibility and impeccability that they would not concede to the Pope. But I spoke at length to the European theologian, Peter B, who gave me some more info, his having read everything she has written. He noted that she was condemned by Orthodox authorities specifically because her writing are too Catholic. Fine…but certainly not a good reason for Catholics to condemn her. He gave me some ins and outs I could check on the Vatican’s outlook – and she does have substantial support in inner circles, but has also had a few who have targeted her from early on, not on a rational basis, but with a seeming consistent animus. Almost all the truly extravagant stuff has come from injudicious supporters. There is a hint of threats in some of her writings against those who do not accept her work, but she has had to have fortitude to carry on…and they have not been consistently over the top. There is a frustration that rises. Anyway, Peter B’s material, all of which I could spot check and found to be accurate, led me to make a reassessment. There are some things that disturb me, but she may indeed have a role to play in the reuniting of Orthodoxy and Catholicism. She is not a delicate flower – and God does not usually use delicate flowers for work that requires serious fortitude in public.

          We all use a certain shorthand to decide whether to look further into something or to dismiss it. There was a website (no Church authority involved – just a private theologian) I used to check to get a thumbnail on the authenticity of modern prophecy on whether to look further at a particular alleged seer. It seemed sound enough…but then I got disturbed when it airily dismissed Mark Mallett – and did so in a way that I thought actually misrepresented the heart of what Mallett maintains. I took a closer look at it and noted that the very few private revelations it considered to be potentially authentic were those that were utterly conventional and hardly challenging at all. I came to suspect it wasn’t really examining these things, just trying to domesticate them – like the Sanhedrin tried to do with St. John the Baptist and Jesus. Then I saw that I had been added to its list. It declared me inauthentic because I had said I talk to angels, yet I had made errors. Since an angel cannot err, I was obviously a fraud. It was obviously not even aware that I have said the angels do not give out a blueprint, but rather give information and then I am required to reach out to God by interpreting most of it and taking responsibility for that interpretation. If I err in interpretation, that is irrelevant to the credibility of the angel. He would have needed to check to see if any direct statements attributed to my angel had been errant. They have not been. I don’t mind people viewing me with skepticism. Many good people I know have done so. In fact, I think it most prudent to take the visitation parts of what I say with a grain of salt, letting time and God prove or disprove them, while taking to heart the ordinary spiritual counsel I offer. But if you’re going to indict me – or anyone else – it ought to be for what is actually said, not for a sloppy job of misquoting me or others who deal with these things. It became clear to me that the site in question made no serious effort to examine claims, just used shorthand thumbnails to dismiss any that were not fully conventional (a very different thing than orthodox).

          But it got me to thinking about my own reflexive thumbnails. I have tended to dismiss out of hand anything that speaks of a modern-day anti-pope. It dawned on me that people smearing Pope Francis as such is an entirely different thing than saying there will be one. I am coming to think there could even be more than one. Things are conspiring for some seemingly orthodox enthusiasts for private revelation to set up shop for themselves – and I am starting to get concerned that the “progressive” wing in the curia might use the upcoming Synod as a launching pad for doing the same thing. I am not at all worried about the Catholic Church headed by Pope Francis going into apostasy. I am getting concerned that there are some officials plotting a breakaway. So if I dismiss anything that speaks of an antipope, I might well be dismissing something worth considering. So I think we should be neither quick to dismiss anything that does not contradict faith and morals, nor quick to adopt it wholesale.

          Reader Alphonsus earlier suggested sticking with the tried and true devotions during these perilous times. That is pretty good and safe advice – and if you get overly troubled by these things, surely would be to your benefit. But I am also well aware that all the tried and true teachings were once controversial – and if some brave souls had not seriously examined them, they would never have become tried and true. So if you are capable of discerning without becoming obsessed with something, it could be a vital help for you to consider such things. But remember as you go that even the sanctity of the persons involved – or lack thereof – will not give you a final guide. Though Church histories downplay it, many of the greatest saints – particularly in the first few centuries – were firmly on the wrong side of some of the greatest heresies for very long periods of their public ministry. Judge righteous – and charitable – judgment.

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          • Fran says:

            Yes, I understand exactly what you mean, Charlie, which is why I am leaving a tiny crack open to understand Luisa Piccarreta’s writings. Truth be told, I was wary of you also at one time. I don’t remember why, but I had read about you on Spirit Daily, and then I remember thinking, “hmmm, I don’t know about this guy”. Then Mark Mallett, (who I had been following for years and trusted, since always had Scripture and quotes from Popes, Saints,and the Catechism etc. to back up his writings) wrote about you in one of his posts, so that is when I came to “The Next Right Step”. After, I read what you had to say for awhile, I felt much more comfortable, and even at home, since I had felt for a long time that the Lord was going to do something unique and profound in this world and in my lifetime. So,what you have said “rings true” for me. Same thing with the Flame of Love devotion, my first thought about that was ” Add something to the Hail Mary prayer?..No way!” But now I see it as a special grace for this time, and at the very least no harm in it. So, yes, I don’t want to dismiss everything that may put me off at first.
            When I read this about what Luisa said though, (and again I will leave some wiggle room here if what I read isn’t even true), there was more than a little “red flag” warning, it was more like a big door slamming!
            So, reading that ellenchris, and Daniel (whose opinions I respect as well) are giving it much credibility is really confusing to me, and I hope they do weigh in. I did go to the website that ellenchris referred to, and read some, but I was overwhelmed with how much there was. Maybe Daniel’s ebook would be better. I need simple and sure, which is why I love “the next right step”, so if this is going to take a lot of “studying” to understand “living in the Divine Will” then maybe I need to leave it alone anyway. I will think and pray on that too.
            Thank you so much, Charlie.

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          • Fran says:

            A correction… I believe I went to the website that Janet referred to, not ellenchris.

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          • Oops! Fran I did not read everything on the site, just some of the pages I wanted to highlight. If that site is off-base, I ask Charlie to remove my original comment! Mea culpa!

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          • Fran says:

            Janet, the website that was off-base is the one I put in my original post above. I don’t know if there was anything wrong in the website you referred to. My comment about that one was that I had been to it, and just found it was so much information that I was having trouble sorting through it all. Sorry for the confusion. 🙂

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          • Peter B says:

            The most thorough treatment of Luisa Piccarreta’s writing out there is Fr Iannuzzi’s doctoral dissertation ‘The Gift of Living in the Divine Will in the Writings of Luisa Piccarreta: An inquiry into the early ecumenical councils, and patristic, scholastic and contemporary theology’, which is a ground-breaking publication in terms of bringing a modern mystic into sustained conversation with systematic and historical theology. Nobody has really done that since the death of Hans Urs von Balthasar. It’s certainly not an easy read, especially the later chapters where if you’re not familiar with Aquinas or Rahner it may seem somewhat technical, but it is invaluable material, not least because of the thousands of footnotes which constitute a distillation of Luisa’s diary in accurate translations. IMHO it is also a landmark study in bringing mystical spirituality ‘in from the cold’ as far as academic theological work is concerned. Those who know Fr Iannuzzi’s work will be aware that he is by no means saying that Luisa P. is the only important twentieth-century mystic (that would turn her writing into a new form of gnosticism, which is precisely what he wants to avoid); what her diary talks about as far as a radical Trinitarian indwelling of the Christian believer can be found in other sources such as Concepcion Cabrera de Armida who, like Luisa, have hardly even begun to be explored by theologians (‘Conchita’ penned 60,000 pages, more than Aquinas…). To this I would only add that once you have grasped what Fr Iannuzzi is concentrating on in his thesis, a lot of things jump out at you when you then read spiritual dialogues such as those of Gabrielle Bossis, Elisabeth Kindelmann … or Vassula Ryden. The pedagogical emphasis of Jesus on a radical relational unity with the believer is consistent and near-identical in each case.

            As Glen Dallaire’s article makes plain, the whole point is that these mystics (and I could mention others across the denominational spectrum) are prototypes of the Church when the Era of Peace/New Pentecost/Triumph of the Immaculate Heart/Kingdom of the Divine Will arrives in its fullness. The good news is that they are not to be put on a pedestal, but understood as providing glimpses of a coming reality that we can ALL enter spiritually NOW.

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          • Alphonsus says:

            Charlie, I actually asked myself whether I would have been an early adopter of the devotions I now practice (Rosary, Sacred Heart, Divine Mercy, Eucharistic Adoration) before I replied to Mary W. My answer was “probably not”, I would have waited for the Church’s pronouncement on them. I don’t possess the discernment faculties that properly fall under the competence of the Magisterium. I don’t mean that in a sarcastic way if that’s how it reads. I just don’t. I even have serious doubts whether I would have recognized Jesus as the Messiah had I lived back then and been around Him. I might well have been one in the crowd who shouted, “Crucify him!”. That is a sobering reality for me, God’s grace notwithstanding.

            I have four sons and also have always had a very vibrant, dynamic mystical prayer life. But when it comes, and has come, to teaching my sons the faith and proper spiritual practices, I have never used my mystical experiences as reference material. I’ve always felt that would be an injustice to them. It is the Church, the Church, the Church. And I have held to that also for myself regarding the faith and spirituality.

            The LORD knows my fallibility and weaknesses, and boy do I not know them as well. When He told me to start praying for the poor souls in Purgatory, I thanked and promised Him I would, but told Him also that I didn’t want any of these souls coming around, appearing and speaking to me. As soon as that happened I would give up the practice because I would not risk the pearl of great price that He had worked so hard to get me to accept on something I knew I could not discern my way through, and had no interest in doing besides. I stay grounded and centered in what is taught and has been approved by the Church. It is an antidote to potential errors that come with being weak and fallible. My guess is that you probably understand that very well. God bless.

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          • charliej373 says:

            I do understand it, Alphonsus, and think it very wise. I have contemplated the same things – and have no doubt there are many I would have declined to accept. I pray that whatever authentic ones out there I do not accept right now I at least do not treat with contempt. You have developed a refined wisdom when you realize that we are not the first generation in salvation history to have infallible discernment.

            Some are called to tend the home fires – at the risk of missing what is authentic. Others are called to examine these things – at the risk of being duped by some false ones. Let us not count on our infallible discernment, but do the best we can, living what we are called to and trusting God to carry us through our many errors. We must trust Him to write straight with the crooked lines we are.

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          • Mike S. says:

            Charlie – Regarding that website of a private theologian which you once used as a form of short hand, I used his list as well and was likewise disturbed by his assessment of Mark Mallett. While there was nothing out right fraudulent on that site, after a while I realized it has some cult-like aspects that did not promote my spiritual welfare. Even if your interpretations of the Storm prove to be incorrect, the wisdom and insight I gain from your site way more than justify the investment of time. I also benefit in the same way from Michael Brown and Mark Mallett. Thanks again for all that you do!

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          • charliej373 says:

            Thanks, Mike. Yes, I was not disturbed by his taking a negative opinion. But I was deeply disturbed that he, in a very superficial way, misrepresented Mark’s message and then, later, did the same with mine. If you are going to undertake such a thing you have an obligation not to do a slop job. There is no fault in not doing it at all – nor any fault at doing it thoroughly and making some misjudgments along the way…but dealing with such serious matters with a sloppy lick and a promise is an offense.

            WE have some disagreements here, but I appreciate very much that just about everyone here, whether I agree with them or not, takes their discernment seriously. By doing that, we grow together and cover each others mistakes.

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          • NancyA says:

            Charlie, this comment of yours here could have been a worthy post in itself.

            I check in by clicking on a random new comment as listed in the right side bar and just ‘land’ somewhere and start to read, scrolling up and down with little discrimination sometimes as comments catch my interest. This really grabbed me!

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          • Julie Greer says:

            I am enthused to read comments of others influenceed by Louisa Picarretta. My spiritual director gave me The Passion of The Hours and that aroma of Christ perfused my prayer life from that point on. I asked him if he realized what he had given me. He acknowledged he did. I printed two coloring books off one of the Divine Will websites. Not sure which one. I gave a summary “Booklet of the Divine Will” to my spouse who is my pathfinder and prayer partner. He resoundingly accepted what he read and began asking for the gift. I wanted our son and daughter-in-law to “get it” but as you say, the concept is rather amazing (to sit in our Abba’s lap and play with Him. To run about with joy, accomplishing our Father’s will and telling the birds and clouds, all creation, to shout to the Lord praises and the glory due Him. The most beautiful part is to go backwards and forwards in time praying for souls who have lost their way). So I asked God to reveal it Himself to my son. About a week later he and his spouse and four small children came from their home an hour away to visit. At one point my son came up to me with tears in his eyes and said “Mom, God told me the most beautiful thing during adoration this week.” I started crying too because he described living in the Divine Will. I had never mentioned it to him before! I told my priest/spiritual director my concern that my son was having another child and, given the fact that world is so very far from living the Divine Will, I was worried about their future. He just threw his head back and laughed “Oh they are going to be in a BEAUTIFUL place! It’s all coming down on OUR heads!” It was then I began praying/meditating 2 hours a day before the Holy Eucharist, begging as Jesus does in the Garden that “Not ONE SOUL be lost (see Passion of the Hours). I have no need to read her 36 books to be able to understand my marching orders. So much to do and so little time.

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        • A comment certainly worthy of a post, Charlie! Couldn’t agree more.

          Fran — I’d be happy to send you the PDF of my book for free if you just shoot me an email requesting it (which can be found on my blog, linked to by my picture). I’d have a hard time summarizing my explanation in a comment here (also, I’m happy to send the PDF to anyone who would rather not buy it on Amazon. Feel free to have anyone just request the PDF from me)

          I too have come across the bad devotees of Luisa who have done so much harm to her cause — that’s why I decided to devote an entire chapter in my book to “Cautionary Advice for Prospective and Current Devotees.” Authentic Divine Will spirituality fits INTO Catholicism, not the other way around! 🙂

          God bless you!
          In Christ, through Mary,
          Daniel

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        • ellenchris says:

          Dear Fran, I wanted to attach my reply to your comment here, so that you would receive an email notice and be sure to see it. I spent most of yesterday at the Divine Mercy Shrine over in Stockbridge, MA. Just being on the property, snow and all, is a great blessing and restores the soul. I prayed for everyone who reads this blog in the shrine church at the side altar which has St. Faustina’s relics, and asked for her intercession for us all and all our intentions.

          On another comment, a little further down the list, you asked the question, “Why would anyone attribute erroneous statements to someone like Luisa?” Well, that is a sad story. I am giving you the “facts on the ground” as I know them from people who were involved.

          Just after Luisa’s “Volumes” were released, someone (who will remain nameless, although I do know his name) got hold of copies of the manuscripts by promising to publish Luisa’s writings. Although he did not know Italian, he took a dictionary and started to translate the volumes, promising to publish and distribute copies. At the time, there were no prohibitions against doing this. So he just changed the manuscripts more or less word for word from Italian to English, which anyone who knows much about languages would tell you does not work very well. Luisa spoke a dialect and used many idioms particular to her locality, so there was a whole lot of room for misunderstanding. This person then started printing up books. Although he took donations for the printing, he also charged a price for buying the books, so the whole enterprise started to become very lucrative. He was a lay person with no theological training of any kind, but he started giving conferences in which he talked about the content and meaning of Luisa’s writing in such a way as to whip up enthusiasm for her. His “conferences” were really sales promotions. He also encouraged the formation of what became something like an American Divine Will organization. When people like your archbishop talk about the “Divine Will Movement” they are pretty much referring to *some* of the people involved with this group. The Promoter made extravagant and erroneous claims about her, and allowed other people to pass on their own ideas about Luisa with no control over what was true and what was not. So some very wrong ideas got out there, particularly on the internet.

          At this point, two priests (who will also remain nameless here) confronted this “Promoter” of Luisa out of real concern. He was arrogant and belligerent and argued defensively with them instead of considering their valid criticisms of *his* statements. At this point, the two priests got together with the people at *Crisis* magazine. When it was first published, I read the whole online issue of *Crisis* that they centered around Luisa. Because they were so angry at the promoter guy, they did a hatchet job on Luisa’s writings. They misquoted and particularly pulled short phrases, not even whole sentences, out of context from a couple of pages here and there out of Luisa’s writings according to the not-so-good translation. When I checked the sources, I could see very clearly that the people who wrote the article had not actually read any substantial portions of what Luisa, herself, had actually written. They were justifiably angry at the snarky promoter, and concerned about the things he had said, but they took it all out on Luisa herself without really doing the necessary scholarship to be entirely accurate.

          The archbishop of Trani at the time (the one before Archbp Pichierri) was justifiably outraged. Volumes 1 through 19 of Luisa’s journals/diaries had been properly prepared and published by St. Annibale (Hannibal) di Francia, Luisa’s spiritual director, before World War II under his officially constituted “Imprimatur” by the authority of the archbishop of the time. There was NO problem at all with these publications. These had been properly translated into Spanish, and there was NO problem at all with Luisa’s writings throughout the Spanish-speaking world. In fact, they were apparently quite well thought of by the same Bishop Luis Martinez whose writings many people know and love. The people at *Crisis* magazine did not have the authority or expertise to pass any judgement on Luisa herself or her writings. One jolly internet blogger even suggested that her spiritual manifestations were demonic, although he himself was an uneducated layman with no direct knowledge of anything concerning Luisa. So, even if their intentions had been good, what *Crisis* did was to start a feeding frenzy. The Diocese of Trani-Barletta-Bisceglie was in the midst of preparing Luisa’s Cause for Canonization. The only thing the Archbishop could do was to shut the whole thing down, so *in order to protect Luisa’s reputation* he forbade any further publication of Luisa’s writings until they could get back some control of the manuscripts and commission properly prepared translations.

          I am telling you what I know from a source who was directly connected with the whole situation. I would not “spin” or falsify any of this narrative. However, I would never expect anyone to just take my word for anything like this. I am not the Authority — the Church is. People who have the desire to understand Luisa need to pray the whole thing through and research what is true about her. The easiest way to do this, I believe, is to access the updated article on Luisa at the EWTN website. Also, there is no special “Luisa Club” whose members get special ‘brownie points” from God. There should never be any “mystical in-crowd” that exalts itself over other “uninitiated” people. Luisa herself was extremely humble, and humility is the necessary condition for any spiritual growth at all. We should all humbly follow what our good Lord leads us into under competent spiritual direction and especially within the Magisterial Authority of the Church.

          **When he was the head of the Office of the Propagation of the Faith, Cardinal Ratzinger gave a certificate of “Non Obstare” — “no objections” — to Luisa for her Cause for Canonization to proceed and released all her “volumes” to the Diocese of Trani. The properly constituted authority of the Archbishop of Trani, Luisa’s home diocese, and of the Vatican Dicastery for the Causes of the Saints (I think that is the proper title) have both officially declared that Luisa is free from any heresy.** That is good enough for me. It is my own considered opinion that *Crisis* magazine, in the cause of truth and obedience to the Church, should take their article off the internet entirely. When people “google” or “bing” Luisa, that is most often what they see. The Church has proclaimed otherwise.

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          • Fran says:

            Ellen, I am glad that you had a good day of retreat at the Divine Mercy Shrine. Thank you for taking the time to explain all of this, and answer my question. It is not surprising that God would allow all of this to happen. It seems there is often controversy surrounding apparitions and messages like this for a time, before the truth comes out, and is promulgated. So, I will look into what Luisa’s real messages are. I thank you again!

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          • Nancy D says:

            Thank you so much, Ellenchris, for sharing your research into the truth behind the negative publicity surrounding Luisa’s life and writings. I didn’t know much of the detail you have provided, and I’m grateful for the more comprehensive picture of the circumstances. It was such a sadness when the Archbishop of Trani forbade further publication of the Volumes, since I was so desirous of being able to obtain the higher Volumes as they were released. I pray that now that it’s been officially declared that Luisa’s writings are free from heresy, the translation and publication of the rest of the volumes will be accomplished quickly. Even more, I pray that the Cause for Canonization will now go forward quickly as well.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Sounds like the Archbishop made a shrewd, effective move. Nothing could derail a worthy devotion more quickly than for a malicious mistranslation to widely make the rounds.

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    • Hi Mary, I’d be happy to send you, your pastor, and whomever else, a free PDF of an ebook I just published yesterday on this. I think it covers the most common objections to Luisa’s writings. Just send me an email asking for the PDF, and it’s yours! (check my most recent post on my blog)

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      • ellenchris says:

        Good morning, Daniel. I just hopped over to your website, and then went to Amazon. I checked out your new book, and immediately bought it and downloaded it onto my “blessed” Kindle. I can’t wait to get right into it — it looks really good. And, you just published it yesterday?! Wow. These past 3 days have been really humming. Maybe I now have a better sense of that mysterious “something is going on” feeling that I have been having. The old Log Jam on Luisa and the Divine Will is really breaking up at last. We are seeing much more of it, safely. Many blessings to you and yours, and a big, Fiat! all around.

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        • ellenchris says:

          Sorry — but just BTW, Daniel: do you still live near Utica? If so, perhaps we might bump into each other in Auriesville sometime when the weather gets nice. The Jesuits have now fenced off the Buddhist Center which used to be their retreat house from the rest of the Martyrs Shrine. 🙂

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          • Amazing things are happening indeed! Here I was just thinking I’d at least throw my 2 cents into this discussion with an Ebook; lo and behold, all sorts of other things are happening with her writings at the exact same time. Let us pray the time has come for her vindication!

            I do indeed still live near Utica — just an hour and a half away in Albany. I regularly go to the Auriesville Shrine! Hope to bump into you there indeed 🙂 How far away are you?

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        • kathy kalina says:

          I also purchased Daniel’s book, and just finished reading it. Fabulous! This book is a great starting point for anyone with a sliver of interest in living in the Divine Will, as well as good solid instruction in beginning and abiding in this way of life. For spiritual preparation for this storm, I can’t think of anything better!

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          • ellenchris says:

            Dear Daniel — I hope you see this. I live just on the other side of the Mohawk from Schenectady about 17 miles east of Auriesville. I also go regularly to the North American Martyrs Shrine. It would be great to have a picnic there and chat about Luisa and other cool stuff. WHEN the Snow melts, of course. Can’t wait for Spring!

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          • charliej373 says:

            Hey Ellen, I am sure Daniel will see this…but why don’t you send him a note at his public email address from his website, Daniel@DSDOConnor.com. I only publish that because it is already public. I am sure he would love to hear from you and then he would have your private email address.

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    • ellenchris says:

      Dear Mary, Thank you for your concern. The history of all this is pretty complicated, but I will try to keep it short. Any good Gift our good Lord gives us cannot be destroyed by the enemy, but he will always try to twist it out of shape or turn it against God’s purpose.

      There is a real difference between Luisa herself & her writings, and some of the groups which formed 25 or more years ago in an attempt to respond to the teachings about God’s Holy Will. Some completely incompetent people with no theological training and no real understanding of Luisa’s heart and mind started giving conferences and forming groups that went off the rails. (I met one in particular many years ago — scary) Of course as a good pastor, your archbishop would not want anyone to get involved with this kind of group. For this reason also Archbishop Picchieri of Trani, Luisa’s home diocese, wrote pastoral letters instructing that no one may attempt to teach groups or conferences using Luisa’s writings without official permission. There are several priests who apparently have this permission, but the only one I know of for sure is Padre Bernardino Bucci, who had met Luisa when he was a young boy.

      Some people have tried to attribute the errors of the false teachers to Luisa herself. This is the distinction which has to be made. Luisa is a true daughter of the Church, and she has been cleared of any suspicion of heresy. There are unfortunately still a few people out there, one in particular based in Florida, who pretend to teach in her name who should prudently be avoided.

      Archbishop Picchieri makes no objection to people reading Luisa’s writings privately or to using them for personal devotion and prayer. He very much encourages people to pray for her canonization, which has been received by the Vatican and is in the works.

      Luisa once wrote that she heard from the Lord that no one can try to stop anyone from desiring and striving to live in God’s Will because that would be a contradiction of everything that Redemption is all about. The caution is not to allow other people to decide for you what God’s Will is outside the teaching authority of the Magisterium.

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    • Alphonsus says:

      Mary W, for what it’s worth, I try to stick with sure-footed, tried-and-trued teachings on the spiritual life. That includes devotions. I tend to back away from novelty, private revelations, and controversy. There is too much at stake to unnecessarily risk falling into error. And besides, the Church safeguards the treasure which is our surest guide – Holy Scripture – and through her holy sons and daughters – the saints and doctors – has produced a library of reliable, trustworthy works to help us along.

      One such work is the little pamphlet written originally in Italian by St. Alphonsus Liguori titled “Uniformity with God’s Will” (or sometimes translated as “Conformity to the Will of God”). The full text can be found online in various places, including the EWTN library. I don’t know anything about Luisa P’s writings on God’s will, nor I do criticize them, but St. Alphonsus’s works have been around for quite awhile, have undergone rigorous scrutiny, have proven to contain steady and useful spiritual guidance, and he is a Doctor of the Church. That has a strong gravitational pull for me personally.

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      • Nancy D says:

        Alphonsus, that little pamphlet “Uniformity With God’s Will” was a turning point in my life some years ago, and it is still such a joy for me to reread it now and again. The thing is, though, that the very first time I read some of Luisa’s writings shortly thereafter, they were like an extension of Ligouri’s writing – a completion if you will. I said to myself, “THIS is what I’ve been looking for all of my life!” And it still is. . .

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        • ellenchris says:

          Nancy — thank you for this. I am also delighted that it is possible to mention Luisa “out loud” here without the violent storm of criticism that used to be unleashed on anyone who tried to do that. Perhaps our good Lord has determined that the long winter freeze on discussing Luisa is finally melting into a warm Spring. 🙂 Many blessings to you in God’s Holy Divine Will.

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  6. Charlie, thank you so much for being the gifted resource person that you are. This whole message is so right on and encouraging. I have experienced the Father as the end of this message describes Him, wanting us to know Him intimately, laughing and playing with Him, treating us as His beloved children. He asked me to ask Him for something…I asked Him for a nickname and He gave it to me in a dream. I did not have a relationship with my “missing in action” father. So Him giving me a nickname let me know that my Father was loving and playful and wanting to please. My given nickname was “My Delight, Beulah, Land of My Delight.” I was given the opportunity to go to the Holy Land. While attending Mass with our bishop and spiritual director at the Church of the Nativity, I was asked to read the first reading. Unbeknownst to me it was Isaiah 62:1-5…my Father again treating me like His precious child. Yes, the Father is waiting to have His long desired friendships with His creatures as it was to have happened in the beginning of His creation in the Garden. God bless you, Charlie.

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  7. Centurion_Cornelius says:

    I know it may not be possible to add a link to music here, but this posting today brought to mind a remarkable piece by Italy’s Ennio Morricone, entitled: “On Earth as it is in Heaven,: which, to me at least, captures his view of heaven blended superbly with earth. The heavenly angelic choir competing with the throbbing earthly pulse of humanity all wrapped together. Union at last.

    Performed in the magical setting of San Marco’s square in Venice with the Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark in the background and directed by Ennio Morricone himself. He has vision.

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    • NancyA says:

      thank you! You’ve reminded me of some of the most moving modern music I’d forgotten about…

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      • Centurion_Cornelius says:

        Yes, NancyA–divine music moves the soul to goodness, truth and beauty. What did St. Augustine say:

        “He who sings prays twice.”

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    • ellenchris says:

      Thank you, thank you, Cornelius. I only just now got a chance to listen to this, and the tears are running down my face. They could blow up the cathedral of St. Mark, and take away the instruments and still the voices — but all of Creation will still sing with the Angels and Saints the praises of God! And no one can prevent or stop those praises forever. Thank you for sharing this, and blessings to you always.

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  8. How extraordinary this post–it confirms several of the deepest meditations and talks which have occupied my heart this year. Then just two days ago, I had an experience during my hour before the Blessed Sacrament. Let me share what I posted to my blog: JESUS, WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN THERE? [in the tabernacle] Mar. 4, 2015
    For a year, now, I have been praying for an hour a day before the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle. I began it as a Lenten practice last year, but it has grown to so much more. I look forward to it as to a “date” with Christ, my most intimate time with Him. Periodically throughout the year, I have looked at that wooden box, wondered, then asked, “Jesus, what are you doing in there?”

    I have asked this almost as a mother would, should she open a dark closet, see her child sitting on the floor of the closet, and ask him, “What are you doing in there?” I have never gotten an answer, but I guessed, surmised, supposed all the sorts of answers that such a question might bring.
    Think of it. Jesus is hiding away in his little closet in so many lonely, isolated places on earth, in the dark of night, left alone in His little box even by day—what in the world is He doing in there? What could lead the Lord of Heaven and earth to hide His Glory in such a confined, lonely place? For what purpose?

    So today, as I prayed before the tabernacle, contemplating the Glory of God, I asked my Lord again, “Jesus, what are You doing in there?”

    I heard in my soul, in my heart, in my head, as clearly as one hears a loved one speaking, “I am knitting together the broken universe.”

    “I AM KNITTING TOGETHER THE BROKEN UNIVERSE.”

    My heart nearly stopped. My eyes welled with tears. So seldom do I hear Him speak so clearly. So simply. So sincerely. From His little box.

    Then in my mind, He continued simply: “SEE, I AM MAKING ALL THINGS NEW. I AM SIMPLIFYING EVERYTHING IN THE UNITY OF MY SACRED HEART IN ORDER TO PLUNGE THE WHOLE UNIVERSE INTO THE BOSOM OF THE TRINITY SO THAT GOD MAY BE ALL IN ALL. SO GIVE ME EVERYTHING? WHATEVER YOU DO NOT GIVE ME WILL BE EXCLUDED.”

    Several months ago, I came across this passage in Ven. Luis Martinez’ book, Under the Gaze of the Father, and was struck by how succinctly he summed up Jesus’ mission: “The love of Jesus is very pure. His Heart contains all of us, yet He loves but his Father. He walked the earth doing good, pouring out graces, giving life with generous abundance, setting the earth on fire with fire from heaven, but in reality, He did not seek anything other than the glory of God, nor did He accomplish other work than of simplifying all things in the unity of His heart in order to plunge the universe into the pure bosom of God.”

    The last part of this remarkable illumination pierced my heart, and I immediately turned it into a short prayer, one on which I have been meditating and chewing for several months now [eight months]. How beautiful that Jesus would answer this question of mine in words which have so deeply entered my soul. But the part which startled me with its reality, touched me so deeply, was, “I am knitting together the broken universe.”

    And how dire the results if we fail to give Him everything—for whatever is left out will not be knit together and healed, but forever excluded. So much to think about, to pray about.

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    • ellenchris says:

      Lovely — thank you.

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    • Pete says:

      Wow…I mean, WOW! Thank you Kathy for that sharing. Do you think Mary taught Jesus how to knit amongst a million other things? 😉
      Peace.

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      • Centurion_Cornelius says:

        Dear Brother, Pete–yes, HE DOES! Each and every electron whirling its way around its cloud in the nucleus of every atom in the universe owes its being to our Blessed Lord. Jesus orders all.

        It took me a while to let THAT simple fact sink in to this ossified old skull. The power, majesty, and awe of that was just too overwhelming to me.

        Once I realized who really controls all of the known and unknown universes, I fell to my knees, bowed my head, and began to weep in love, honor, and gratitude.

        Pleni sunt caeli et terra maiestatis gloriae tuae.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Yes Centurion, your comment makes me want to link to this post, which I like to air from time to time. It is a meditation on Job, but my description of what was seen in the whirlwind is actually from a tour I was given of creation in the early fall of 1997.

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    • radiclaudio says:

      amen, amen.

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    • Nancy D says:

      What a beautiful thought to contemplate! The great “I AM” knitting the broken universe together. . . Such mercy and tenderness are contained in those words!

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  9. A typo in my comment: “SO GIVE ME EVERYTHING!” (Exclamation, not a question mark.)

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  10. Spikenard says:

    Ok, I confess. I was confused. Being rather new here and hearing many prophesies of saints before and studying Revelations, it gets hard to know the sequence of things regarding “the end times”. My first thought of what Charlie spoke after the Storm is that with the Triumph of Our Lady, satan & his minums are defeated. So I thought maybe that period was the “new Heaven and new Earth” spoken of in Revelations. The devil’s out of the picture. The humans remaining are purified through the Storm and rank with the saints in Heaven, choosing God’s Will above their own, thus no more sin. But I see what Charlie’s saying is that it’s not that point yet. And it’s actually joyful to still have free will and choose God’s Way. That Earth is still Earth and not the “new Heaven and new Earth”. It seems the people after the Storm will be touched by God and maybe have that burning zeal you hear of in great saints, like St. Francis of Assisi. And that, indeed, does sound nice. Can’t wait….just one little question ~ do you think they’ll be electricity after the Storm? I confess again, I’m the ready-Freddy type and in preparing, I wonder if that’s a way we should be prepared (I live in cold New England)

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    • charliej373 says:

      Yes, you have it pretty much as I have seen it now, Spike. It is NOT time for the new heaven and new earth. That comes at the end. And yes, I expect there will be electricity. God is not revoking any of the natural laws – He is giving us a new chance to properly order our use of the things He has given us through the natural laws.

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  11. Kris R. says:

    Two particular thoughts keep running through my mind tonight. One with regards to physical preparation and the other in regard to spiritual preparation for the Storm. Charlie, it’s just a thought but…you said goods and services have value. When the financial crash comes, our money will have no value. Friends and I have been pondering what we should do with our money NOW since it will have no value LATER. Is it possible to begin to buy materials NOW for the Mt. Meeker Shrine? It seems that many of us would gladly contribute now rather than just sit and wait for the money to disappear. As for the spiritual… In 1998 my husband and I were living in England due to his job. My long time friend and prayer partner Nancy D. came for a visit and we took a side trip to the Divine Will Center in Corato, Italy. Through amazing circumstances we ended up being hosted by Fr. Mike Adams who was charged with translating the writings of Louisa into English. He generously took the time to give us a two day private retreat on the Divine Will (some of which we recorded ). I just retrieved the cassette tapes and will listen and share ASAP. I have a feeling that I will better hear and understand theses many years later. (Nancy, I hope you don’t mind my sharing.)

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    • Ann says:

      “Friends and I have been pondering what we should do with our money NOW since it will have no value LATER.” –We’ve been pondering the same thing. With one friend having savings earmarked for a down payment on a house, but not enough yet to buy, another with a college fund for their children still in elementary school, another with a 401k for retirement in 25 years, nobody wants their still relatively small, but hard-earned savings to just disappear, especially having the knowledge that the storm is coming.

      Being in different states, with varying opposition from family members, it is not possible to pool resources as a group or any kind of community. Everyone is wondering, at this late stage should they cash out everything and spend it all on food and supplies? Or some other suggestions have been to buy a (very cheap) piece of land somewhere out of the city and try to start from scratch, without much in the way of skills, to build a homestead off the grid? Cash out and get some elective surgery done while it’s still possible? Quit the job and the struggle to pay the upside-down mortgage and move to an apartment in a rural area and try to live on the savings as long as possible? Donate it to charity and just trust God for everything? Just leave it where it is and let it become worthless?

      These are the kinds of questions people start to ask as soon as it “clicks” that what I’m telling them might actually be real. These are mostly low to moderate income people who don’t have much. Those who believe, in addition to the spiritual preparation, want to act while there’s still time, but are stressed not knowing how to decide what to do with the actual money they have so judiciously saved. Charlie, any guidance you could give, if possible, along these lines concerning money, would be very much appreciated. I am so grateful for your faithful witness, which has increased my trust in God and my spiritual sense of peace. But I must admit, I am also still perplexed about how to proceed with some of the physical preparations, especially for people who are not in a permanent home or location, such as young single adults or single retired people, or those who could return to their parents’ home, but know that the parents are pacifists who would never defend against marauders, or, in one case, where the family is heavily into New Age and Eastern religions. Is it better to be with the family anyway, or try to find a like-minded Christian group somewhere?

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      • charliej373 says:

        Deep crisis focuses the mind – and blows away esoteric poppycock like so much chaff. People are either committed to steadfast good or steadfastly attacking what is good. Think of it in your own life experience, when serious crisis comes, the little disputes or vanities are jettisoned as you focus on dealing with the crisis. So it will be now, only for the whole world. The only thing delaying such focus is people’s blindness to the crisis. But you can practically hear the sound of scales falling from people’s eyes every day now.

        As for money, my closest friends and family I have constantly encouraged to keep enough in reserve to meet their obligations honorably if everything lifted somehow. But otherwise, direct their money toward things that will have value and use after money does not any more. One friend was very upset that his wife was adamant about not touching any of their substantial savings for things such as land or supplies. I told him not to worry about it and not to create strife in the family. Everyone will suffer loss. Instead, show her from purely natural means some of what is unraveling (and that is pretty easy to do these days) and work with her to get a few small things to hedge against it, then trust God for the rest. That is what he does since then and they are now both at peace over it.

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        • Mona says:

          Charlie!
          What about bying gold? China and Microsoft do it.
          Mona

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          • charliej373 says:

            Certainly precious metals and stones always hold some value, unlike currency. It is a useful hedge and may be helpful if barter is key for a while – as it probably will be. But a hedge is not the same thing as immunity…and on this, no one is immune.

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          • CrewDog says:

            Small denominations of gold, silver may be of value in the Barter System that will inevitability expand during The Storm … I say expand because the onerous Tax-n-Regulation System has already driven a large, the USA anyway, Underground Economy (“UE”). We don’t hear about the “UE” much anymore but around 20 years ago it was a subject of interest. My theory for the current Media Silence is that an honest discussion of the “UE” would necessitate speaking about Illegal Aliens and … well … Ya Know ;-( Anyway! Ya can’t eat or defend yourself with Gold/Silver/Diamonds. At the “In the Trenches” level, common everyday items … tools and consumables …. will be of greater value and will force us to “Work Together” as God, I suspect, has planned. As my Old Navy Dad used to say: “Keep your own council” .. don’t be blabbing about your preparations and tell your Kids that Family Business-n-“Stuff” is nobody else’s business!
            GOD GUIDE AND SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  12. Kris R. says:

    Sorry…Luisa, not Louisa.

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  13. Kati says:

    James 2:23 “….Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called “the FRIEND of God.”

    Romans 8: 19 ….. “For creation awaits with eager expectation the revelation of the children of God; 20 for creation was made subject to futility, not of its own accord but because of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that creation itself would be set free from slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God.”

    Theosis is our restoration as fully human in the way we were originally created to be… in fellowship/FRIENDship with God…and with all that He has created. It is indeed a cosmic love story.
    We are all created to follow the path to unity with the Trinity in friendship due to grace. We must all learn to do this so that it can be shared with others…with the ultimate result being our restoration and the restoration of the cosmos.

    This was the introduction give in a course I am presently taking on the Virtuous Life…its purpose, etc. This introduction was given this evening and then I thought I would take a look at Charlie’s blog before going to bed. It’s pretty much the same thing that was discussed at class!!! I am once again surprised to see how God is working this understanding and truth with so many and on so many different levels.

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  14. Wow… there are some utterly incredibly “coincidences” going on at the moment that are surprising even me (I’m pretty used to seeing them…). Haven’t wrapped my mind fully around it yet, though.

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  15. ellenchris says:

    In the parable of the Prodigal Son our good Lord makes it very clear that what the Father wants is not servants but sons. We are brought into the banquet wearing His mantle and ring — signs of being full heirs of the Father’s riches. We are family. This is why we were created in the first place. Yes, Charlie, intimate friendship, and even more. We are His Bride, and the wedding Feast of the Lamb is being prepared.

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  16. I believe it was the Karl Rahner who commented that the Church f the future would be a mystical Church or there would be no Church at all.

    Dom Michael King OSB, Abbot of the Benedictine Monastery at Camperdown, expounded on this in a sermon:

    Eminent theologian Karl Rahner produced volumes and volumes of commentary on God, redemption, the life of grace. Scattered throughout the tomes of long and often convoluted sentences are short and clear statements recognized as seminal insights which continue to be much quoted. One of those statements bears a relationship to what the Christian must be today. “The Christian of the future will be a mystic or will not exist at all” (Theol. Invent. XX, 149). By mysticism, Rahner explains, he does not mean some esoteric phenomenon but “a genuine experience of God emerging from the very heart of our existence.” He goes on to comment that the source of spiritual conviction comes not from theology but from the personal experience of God. This statement, made late in Rahner’s career, is similar to the comment reported of Thomas Aquinas at the end of his life about his volumes of theology being so much straw.

    If monasticism is to mean anything and be of any value in the coming age, it will be within this context of the living experience of God. I think we could paraphrase Rahner to say “Monastics will be rooted in contemplative prayer or they will not exist at all.” A deep experience of God, constantly renewed, will be necessary to offset the threats to faith from a defiantly secular and even atheistic culture. What is already true today will continue to be the norm in the future: only monastics committed to an intense personal prayer life beyond the communal structures will find the joy and transformation that this life offers.

    Monasticism sinks its roots into the real world of God by seeking an ever deeper union with God in prayer; this vocation is a ministry of prayer by which a community makes itself available to God as a channel of grace for Christ’s saving mission in this world.

    I have been profoundly affected by a statement of Archbishop Desmond Tutu in a sermon preached in Washington National Cathedral in 1984. He thanked Christians around the world for the help that had come to South Africa through their prayer. But he was not making the usual connection about prayers for a particular intention: he was not thanking us for including his suffering people in our prayer intentions. He was making a deeper connection: “Sometimes you may not feel like praying because your prayers are insipid. There is a dryness, and God seems miles and miles away. But because you are faithful, you say to God, `I want to pray, and I offer you these thirty minutes, God, even if its means fighting these awkward distractions,’ and because you are so faithful, someone in South Africa suddenly receives an excess of grace; inexplicably it appears.”

    Archbishop Tutu was not thanking us for remembering his people in prayer, but just for praying; for God in unseen ways uses the availability of our hearts to heal other hearts and other situations around the world.

    This is an insight from the ancient Christian tradition of prayer which understands the deeper connections beyond request and response. Though not all prayer is petitionary, because of the mystery of the Incarnation all prayer is intercessory; the divine pattern is for human beings to be channels of grace to one another.

    Monasticism focuses and concretizes this insight for the Church. Our call is to become channels of blessing for the world by making ourselves more and more available for God’s action in and through us. Through the humility of deep prayer we are able to penetrate beyond the false self to our true centre, where God is always waiting. We prostrate ourselves interiorly, offering ourselves to God for the world. And God distributes gifts in our name, without our ever knowing where or how. Thomas Merton wrote: “In the economy of God’s grace you may be sharing his gifts with someone you will never know until you get to heaven.”

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    • kathy kalina says:

      Padraig;

      This reminds me of this prayer from a hospice doctor. I ran across it years ago, and I find it running through my head these days:

      “I believe,
      no pain is lost,
      no tear unmarked,
      no cry of anguish
      dies unheard,
      lost in the hail of gunfire
      or blanked out by a padded cell.
      I believe that pain
      and prayer
      are somehow saved,
      processed,
      stored,
      used in the Divine Economy.
      The blood
      shed in Salvador
      will irrigate the heart
      of some financier
      a million miles away.
      The terror,
      pain,
      despair,
      swamped by lava, flood, or earthquake
      will be caught up
      like mist and fall again,
      a gentle rain
      on arid hearts
      or souls despairing
      in the back streets of Brooklyn.”
      — Sheila Cassidy in “Sharing the Darkness.”

      The thing is, suffering of itself has no value. For years it struck me as such a waste and such a shame, all the suffering I’ve seen in my work with the dying which was not offered as prayer due to ignorance. When I was led to study Luisa Piccarreta’s writings over a year ago, I discovered that one of the breath-taking aspects of praying in the Divine Will is the invitation to offer all of that suffering, past, present and future, on behalf of each suffering person, as if they’d offered it. Even one person, praying in the Divine Will, can ensure that all of the horrors this world dishes out will enter the divine economy and take on divine, eternal value. So simple; so awesome!

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      • MMBev says:

        I cannot remember where I learned that from, but I knew it as a child. The very best place to offer it is at the elevation of Jesus in the Host, and to ask that His blood be poured out (on us, our families) and also all of those whose suffering we offered. Actually Jesus doesn’t mind when we join the suffering of others to His, and I like to think of all the people’s my brother is working with, because they most truly know the meaning of suffering, even though I don’t think many of them would express that themselves.

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    • Mary W. says:

      Charlie, help me here. I am a trouble maker today and need to be put straight I think, if need be. Regarding Padraig’s comment: three of the names he mentioned sent out red flags for me. They are: Karl Rahner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Thomas Merton. They all fit into God’s plan, certainly, but often times they have caused confusion among Catholics and Christians. In any case, I will stick with the tried and true and disregard those which cause me trepidation….

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      • charliej373 says:

        Hey Mary, I know next to nothing about Karl Rahner. I share your discomfort with Tutu and Merton. Personally, I think Merton has done more damage than good.

        But I know Padraig’s faith and seriousness, so when he has a meditation I am glad to hear it, though his perspective may be different than mine. I have great admiration for him. But I must say I concur with your take on these figures in this case.

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        • Bob says:

          I too have heard Karl Rahner’s statement about us all being mystics, that is having personal experience of God’s love or we will not make it. His statement from Bishop Tuto was good and so was Merton’s. As for Merton, I was thinking of him yesterday. His earliest work was completely orthodox and his later work when he had gotten more interested in interreligious dialog, especially with eastern religions, was getting risky in my opinion, and I have heard a theologian on EWTN say the same thing. That said, even those who are not completely right in all aspects can have good things to say. For example, Tertullian, I think said the “blood of martyrs is the seed of the church” but later he got off the rails by becoming overly strict on some things. and was considered in error.

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  17. Kris R. says:

    Yet another correction to my earlier post…Luisa’s formal education was limited. Fr. Adams was to put her writings into proper Italian so they could be correctly translated into English and other languages.

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  18. rbiel2 says:

    Charlie, there seems to be a fresh and new organized movement within the American Church to legislate against the Death Penalty because we have the ability to house these people and keep us safe.
    http://www.ncregister.com/blog/jdemelo/why-the-register-opposes-the-death-penalty

    Might it also be true that during the Storm and collapse, that our prisons will be left unattended with prisoners roaming free.

    Also I have relatives in Arizona, an air conditioning dependent state. No electricity during the summer and lots of will people die. What are your thoughts of someone surviving in AZ during the storm.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well, rbiel, before there was electricity, air conditioning, central heating or running water, people were living and thriving in Arizona. I had two brother who, a year ago, had an opportunity for a great price on 40 acres of wooded land in Arizona with water access. Had they gotten it, it probably would have been a refuge for me for some of the early chaos.

      When I launched on my pilgrimage, the thing I feared most was extreme heat. In God’s providence, He gave me over 100 days where the temperature soared over 100 degrees. To my surprise, by early June I had already adapted. 105 felt like 85 or so. I discovered we are incredibly adaptable to the situation in which we must live. Where people have thrived before the advent of these conveniences, some will panic – and that will be the greatest early killer. Others will settle in and do their daily work as the adapt…and people will thrive again.

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      • rbiel2 says:

        Well Charlie your answer seems good enough for you but may not be for the large elderly retirement community in AZ.These people are by and large not hardy. The homes are built with a/c and effectively turn into ovens without it. The days of self cooling adobe homes are long past.

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        • charliej373 says:

          I do understand, rbiel. In fairness to me, you did not ask about retirees…I interpreted your question as being about people in good health making decisions like that. I have covered the situation with the elderly and the infirm before. People are going to have to reach out and help them – and many will. If you are aware of a need coming up that you can help with, by all means do so. BY being prepared to help others, you may very well save yourself.

          I know my answers to such questions sometimes seem a bit superficial and glib, but I do not know what else to do. I have said firmly several times that no one is exempt from the Storm. It will reach everywhere. That our means of getting through is to reach out and help each other, but that it will touch everyone. Even so, I still get constant emails that someone is old, or they have young children, or they have some chronic disease – and so can’t they get some exemption or isn’t there some way they can escape the consequences. No. There isn’t. I have young grandchildren…I have family members who are first responders…I have family members (and I am one) who have chronic disabilities. I know the fears – I have lived with them a lot longer than anyone here – which, in fairness to all of you, has given me much more time to set my jaw and resolve not to give counsel to those fears, but encourage people I love to help each other and stand their posts. Do you think it is easy for me to tell my son, who is a cop, to stay where he is rather than come to me….particularly when two cops were assassinated within 50 miles of him after the president and Eric Holder’s whipping up of hatred against cops? It is not easy at all…but my boy can be a sign of hope in dangerous places and so he should be. Do you not think I would dearly love to tell him to come here? And he would come. BUT, I know the only way to endure is to care for each other and live our duty, regardless of our fears. The rules are changing. Those who think they can save their lives by tossing the elderly and the infirm to the side will face sudden destruction. Those who risk their lives to help others will save themselves in the process. God is giving us a chance to reach out to each other, to deny ourselves. If we take it we will live eternally AND vastly increase our chances of surviving physically. If we think we are clever by spurning it and looking out for number one, sudden destruction already looms before us. The elderly and infirm will have to rely on others to help them. Their surprise will turn out that their trust is not misplaced. The central issue is that we must learn to trust God…and one of the early ways that will happen is to be in great peril without adequate means to defend against it without the voluntary help of others. Whether you weather the Storm in Arizona or Alaska or Mexico or Siberia is only marginally significant. How you reach out to others and accept their fellowship is the fundamental thing.

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          • Monica Joseph of the Blessed Sacrament, OCDS says:

            Charlie, thank you for this. It is true food for thought by its witness. Knowing your own situation is that you have counseled your son to stay where he is, when you of all people because of what you know/have been told is coming would be a person to have family come to you, sets an example of how to proceed and what that looks like for me, even when with every fiber of my being I want I could gather my adult children and their families to myself and “circle the wagons.” (Not that they would listen or could come)

            Don’t you think some of this approach comes from so long being raised in a culture where we are encouraged to make our own ways, not be dependent on others, and be competitive so as to be successful? Not that those traits are all bad, but they may have been emphasized to the point that the thought of turning for help and mutual benefit to a true community is sort of lost. The recent paradigm to me seems to have been the nuclear family is sufficient unto itself. My nuclear family because of my husband’s job had to live away from all our extended family when we raised our children, and it was HARD.

            What I love about your counsel is the fact that we are to do what we can, where we are, and not try to cover every prepper base, which is impossible anyway. But to help those around me (a good antidote to my natural selfishness) is a goal worthy of striving towards and what I should be doing as a Catholic anyway.

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          • charliej373 says:

            As often as not, heresy is more the result of disordered emphasis rather than outright error.

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  19. MMBev says:

    I feel overwhelmed by words, ideas, concepts. and while they are real and have meaning what I am experiencing is how my eyes see. At the end of the day when I am really tired all I see is visual noise. It’s like the storm is growing so powerful that a great torrent is being expressed before we can no longer speak because it has rendered us speechless. All the things written have meaning, but for me there are so many, it’s like getting a book of numerous devotions and there are so many it would take all of my time just to try to do some of them, or a book on the saints with so many that I cannot remember what I have read.

    I saw a program on TV. Only part of it. In Africa.

    The land was totally and utterly dry and lifeless. Nothing grew. As far as one could see was dry, barren and cracked earth. A gust of wind picked up the loose top soil and blew it away.

    One man, sat and contemplated the land, which had been lush and fertile and bearing in abundance when he was a boy.

    God must have talked to him somehow. He got up, and everyday, he dug holes in rows, a foot or so deep it looked like. Day after day after day. And all in the village and his friends laughed and made fun of him, and he just ignored them. But day after day he kept on. Rows and rows of holes in the dry and parched earth.

    Then he put dung into them. Termites eventually were living in the dung. Because he had just ignored them, most of the people no longer taunted him. They just ignored him. And he still kept on.

    Rain fell, but not on this land. As usual, the water did flow on to the land, but this time instead of rushing over the surface, a good amount filled the holes.

    Nothing happen. He still continued the work he had begun.

    Perhaps one or two more rainfalls in other places happened, and then some tiny fragile amounts of green appeared in the holes.

    In time, a crop was grown, harvested – not huge, but it was food. And birds came and from their droppings the first tree began to grow.

    It took two decades. Rain now fell on the land instead of somewhere else, there were trees, and grass, and crops to feed everyone. No one laughed at the man, who was now quite old. He was a hero in that village.

    Because he sat down and waited, and God spoke to him. I think he must have been like Noah.

    After the storm is done, this is how the new earth will be. We will be that man. I do not know exactly how God will speak to us then, but He will speak and we must all be like that man, and like Noah. We must help the people in our village who will want to because now they know and hear God. If we start they will hear even better ideas of what to do from God than we will.

    If I am still alive I will know how God speaks to man then. I know ways He does that now. I wonder if each of us will hear Him differently just as we do now.

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  20. Lin says:

    A fascinating and encouraging post, Charlie…I feel so blessed and strengthened by your writings and the comments from others in this community! Thanks be to God!

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  21. narnialion54 says:

    The sun is shining on snow laden hemlocks. The air is warmer, softer, The dogs are leaping and bounding in the snow. The snow is sparkling like millions of gems and the songbirds are returning. The tufted titmouse and the robin are singing this morning.

    A few years ago I was driving with my teen aged son down our busy Rte. 19. Suddenly I saw descending a luminous cloud of golden rosy mist. I pulled the car over to a parking lot, got out, raised my arms in the air and shouted Jesus is coming! Jesus is coming!
    Get back in the car, Mom, my son said. Come on, you’re embarrassing me. .

    0 My love lifts up his voice, he says to me, ‘Come then, my beloved, my lovely one, come.

    11 For see, winter is past, the rains are over and gone.

    12 ‘Flowers are appearing on the earth. The season of glad songs has come, the cooing of the turtledove is heard in our land.

    Song of Songs 2:10-12.

    Saying the luminous mysteries late last night, it seemed that every mystery related to this coming time. The heavens opening, Jesus descending into the waters, water becoming finest wine, blessed are the pure of heart, they shall see God, Jesus shining with light, Jesus coming to us as bread.

    I want to
    wake up and be in late 2017!
    Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
    Our Life Our sweetness and our hope!

    Thank you Ellen, Glenn, and all of you for this awesome sharing of Living in the Divine Will.,
    Thank you, Charlie for having this blog for us.

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    • charliej373 says:

      When running statewide campaigns when my kids were little, I often did most of my traveling throughout the state on the weekends (and yes, you political pros that read this, I did it very differently than most: I spent about four days at HQ and three days on the road. I wanted to know my people and not just be a disembodied voice over the phone). I loved Saturdays, because almost all the Churches in the state were not locked then. So I would do a traveling Rosary…I would stop at a Church and say a decade…often light a candle. I would stop whenever I saw a steeple or often at old favorites. One weekend when the kids were with me, I stopped at one of my favorites – St. Valentine’s in Peru, Illinois. Usually the churches were empty or with just a few people around. On this day, they were having some sort of a big craft/religious fair. Well, I went to pray my Rosary and my daughter struck up a conversation with a couple of ladies manning a booth. When I finished and came back into the hall, they were talking with cheerful animation. One of the women told me that my daughter had cheerily told her that I like to pray a lot and so we stopped at a lot of churches. Christie said, “Dad’s kind of a religious nut, but he’s a really fun guy.” The women laughed and told her they were religious nuts, too. They said her face lit up and she said, “Oh, you’ll get along great with him, then.”

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  22. Donette says:

    I am pasting my reply to you EllenChris on this post in case you missed it on Signpost.

    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 fear 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, and articulate, he had appeared on Mother Angelica’s TV program post that stormy chaotic time. He had an office for a brief time at Tom Fahy’s Center for Divine Will. For me, Father Iannuzzi 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 into English 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.

    In 1994, Archbishop Picherria sent, Fr. Michael Adams & Father John Brown to the Vatican archives to acquire copies of Luisa’s writings, others included were Father Thomas Celso, Father Carlos and lay person, Thomas Fahy and a married couple whose name escapes me at the moment. Problems developed because of translations in English which were allegedly not authorized. Over time, this was ironed out, but being human there were some people left unhappy. I could say more but why drag out dirty laundry that is water under the bridge.

    I don’t want to ramble. A website that you might be interested in if Robert has not already directed you to it , Ellen is Luisa Piccarreta.me Do you get Robert Lozano’s newsletter? It is in email form. If you do not you may contact him. I will wait until you respond yea of nay before providing his email address if you do not have it or if anyone else on this blog is interested.

    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 their interpretations are wonderfully worded. If he did he would be swept away.

    Charlie, there is more then just God’s desire to transform the earth; His desire is to transform the soul of His Children. I’m going to leave with you a few thoughts.

    At Mass, when the priest places the drop of water into the wine,( they have been doing this since the Mass began), a priest will say “May we share in the Divinity of Christ as He humbled Himself to share in our Humanity.” Others use the personal pronoun “tu” as they whisper the words over the chalice “May we share in Your Divinity, Lord, as You humbled Yourself to share in our humanity.” Think of what the Church has been praying for all of these many years.

    Did not our Lord pray, “May they be one in Us, Father, as I am in You and You are in Me.” You don’t often hear that said in the above manner. Today, I hear more often it said, “May they be One as You are in Me and I in You.” The last version misses the point.

    Second concept: All Catholics know or should know that the Church is the Bride of Christ. The symbol of marriage is found in the Old Testament as well as the New. Think of Hosea in the Old Testament and The Coming of the Bridegroom in the New. When you extend the Marital Concept to the spiritual level you will find the great Saints who have experienced the Mystical Marriage. Theologians, my spiritual directors have told me, have stated that the Mystical Marriage is the highest level of union with God. This is true for the First generation of the Children of Light. Marriage is the uniting of two people. Side by side they move forward in their relationship. Nothing is written or said about the next step in this union… the consummation of the marriage where “the two are joined together to become one.

    Third Concept: Adam and Eve, our parents, Fell. It is said that Adam wept bitterly when he saw what he had lost for his progeny by his disobedience. The New Adam and the New Eve will have their progeny. The first was Luisa. This is why she is called The Little Daughter of the Divine Will.
    The others are coming along and from some of the replies on this post, there are many more in the discovery level. God Be Praised!

    I am not a theologian and I await the Church to formalize the teachings of Jesus through Luisa. This is why I will not explain what I have learned of Luisa’s writings as Glen Dallaire has done that Charlie has found to increase his understanding. I do not ask that others to read or understand anything I have commented on in the above concepts that I have pondered over. God told Luisa that he would make His way “poco poco”, little by little. The Divine Will will reign! He has said it and I Trust In HIm.

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    • EllenChris says:

      Donette — I only just saw this posting of yours late this afternoon. I made a reply to you on Charlie’s short notification of March 14. I hope you will have the chance to read it. Sorry we did not connect sooner. I hope we will do so now. I have some info on my journey and a LOT of questions. Blessings to you and yours.

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      • acseibert says:

        Donette or Ellen – are there any English translations which have approval and can be obtained and read? I would like to read all of the volumes. Do you have a link to subscribe to the newsletters? Thank you in advance, Alise.

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  23. Mack says:

    I have no doubt that after the Rescue the world will be much better than it is now. But I confess that some of the above strikes me as quite fanciful. We are already in the age of the Redemption; Jesus has redeemed the world. Until we get to heaven, though, we live on earth always with the possibility of sin. The Council of Trent stated (I’ll look it up later) that though we are redeemed, God did not remove the effects of concupiscence. In other words, we will always have to struggle with sin. After all, Adam and Eve sinned and they were in the state of original justice. So the idea that everyone on earth will always be doing God’s will — while still living in the time of testing- — is not according to Catholic teaching. The possibility of sin always remains. As time goes on and people are born who didn’t go through the Storm and Rescue, the memories will diminish. Such is human life. I have no illusions that life on earth will ever be anything but a trial. Jesus promised us the Cross if we want to follow him.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Mack, I completely agree with you. I have reminded people often that we are flawed – and our flaws are not all a consequence of original sin. Adam and Eve were not subject to original sin when they committed it. We don’t get heaven until we get…heaven. I sin…wish I didn’t, but I do. Certainly my confessions are a whole lot more boring than they were 20 years ago, but I still have deep need of it. That said, I do firmly hope that all people may come to share the friendship with God that I have been blessed with. It does not erase my occasional failings, But I know that Dad will clean me up and we will have some laughs after He gets done setting me straight again. If people could live that, they would so want to keep that friendship strong and vibrant. It is a sadness to me that even the most pious don’t really seem to get that the heavenly host are some of the funnest people ever. If they got that, sin would diminish so greatly, for they are great – and such a joy to be around.

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      • Mack says:

        Thanks, Charlie. I agree with that. I just wasn’t sure what some of the other people’s statements really mean when they talk about a partial restoration of life in the Garden. But anyway, I like the comparison you once made when you said there’s a big difference between living in gangland and living in Mayberry! But even Mayberry had its sheriff! 🙂

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      • Chantal says:

        Is some of the promise not also that Satan and co be chained? Adam and Eve sinned because of his suggestion. I guess we would sin a lot less without having the serpent around always whispering rebellious thoughts to us. We would still sin but without the constant battering of thoughts that come for the serpent we would think more on our relationship with God.

        Really, it is world heading towards this promise? Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in heaven. What longing. I can see the economic destabilizing daily, the new laws removing Christian rights. Everything is getting prepared for great chaos. But I still have a hard time seeing everything getting accomplished but the end of oct 2017. We are still relatively living normally…. Paying what we need, ect. I understand that things can get downhill quickly I guess I should be grateful that it will be quick it will be a chock to wake up to, I guess that is better than living through slow destruction and adapting to it.
        But, really? By the end of 2017? That is in about 2 and a half years.

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    • Spikenard says:

      I don’t disagree with what you have written but would like to qualify about about end times. Revelations tells us there will be a new Heaven and a new Earth, also depicted as the New Jerusalem. I wasn’t sure if Charlie’s post Storm era eluded to that or does it precede it. Charlie clarified it. But yet it still begs the question, when it is the new Heaven and new Earth, will there be sin? Which I believe there will not be…would you concur? I’m no expert and am relatively new to Charlie, as well as finding end time prophecies sometimes confusing 🙂

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      • charliej373 says:

        The new heaven and new earth come at the end of time, which is not to be confused with end times. Theologically, we have been in the end times since the Resurrection. I do not believe there will be sin after that, but a theologian may have a more precise take on it.

        My emphasis, Spikenard, is to not worry too much about knowing prophecy precisely. Even if you did, you would misinterpret much of it. And it is only of limited help in what you are called to. Prophecy can be helpful to us…in a similar way to what fans cheering in the stands can do for a football team – help give it heart. But the key thing is what you do…and if you are resolved to acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to those around you, that is the sort of spiritual blocking and tackling that will carry you safely through to the end. The prophecy can augment it, but never replace it…so if it distracts you more than it gives you heart, I strongly advise you to just stick to trust-do-love.

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  24. malachi99 says:

    Hi Charlie,
    Is it your understanding that chastisments are both God allowing the consequences of our sinfulness to play itself out and God directly acting to punish? I know a lot of folks confused on this point and I am pushed for t time for research on this question. It was my understanding that the more we turned from God God obliges and gives us over to our pride by lifting as it were His protecting hand and blessing from our affairs. This holds also for the great cosmic forces of nature. Is this off base or somewhat in the zone?

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    • charliej373 says:

      I cannot speak authoritatively on this, Malachi, but I will tell you what I think:

      God sometimes does chastise directly, but that is fairly rare. It is one of the reasons we should be very careful in condemning others. If we strike with malice someone God has appointed to a task, He may directly strike us to prevent us from impeding His will. Most of the time, such things are a direct consequence of sin, itself, and God allows it. Another reason why we should pray for more love to avoid sin, for sin begets much pain and even death.

      But the matter is further muddled by our simple-mindedness. Often, what we think are chastisements are actually great blessings, designed to prune away what is unworthy in us, focus on what is good, and cause us to bear great fruit. Think of some of the times in your life that you thought were great disasters that turned out to be great blessing in the longer term. We often define a blessing as what we want and a chastisement as a contradiction of our will. But think of your own children. If you had a toddler determined to find out what happens if he sticks a knife in an electrical socket, your preventing him and swatting his hand seems like a chastisement to him, but is actually a blessing.

      So if you accept whatever the Lord allows for you with Thanksgiving, if you can recognize both temporal triumph and disaster as the same fraud wearing different clothes, you are at the beginning of wisdom and will soon find peace.

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  25. Yes, Our Lord is the Lamb of God Who takes the sin of the world. In a cosmic scale he has been doing that since the time the first humans chose to sin. Ever since then creation is groaning, working in all kinds of unnatural ways. We are meant to be in tune with the Universe and its Creator. By removing the origin of sin for a long while — jailing the tempter and slanderer where he can do no harm — God will return everything to its intended place. Then we will experience the true dimension of our freedom pretty much like Adam and Eve, although only God knows to what extent. If it was not for the tempter and our fallen nature, the ways of God are pleasant and easy “like Sunday morning.” Don’t you think so?

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    • And just when you think we can’t possibly sink any lower (ha!) you read this headline on LifeSite news: Scientists harvest organs from unborn babies for animal research. Lord have mercy! Maranatha!

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    • Janet, and E. Allison;
      I did not know what you report about. It is certainly beyond disturbing. I have to rethink my prayer routines to maximize the time of the day spent in prayer and reparation. We have to make reparation for the awful things we know about and also for the unknown practices that surely are going on and we do not hear about.

      One example: in the last 48 hours due to a fortuitous report to the natural gas co. here in the building we have learned that the site could have blown up due to some shoddy and even illegal maintenance work done in the last few years. I reported a simple malfunction (a clogged ventilation duct in the gas system) and the building administration ignored my repeated complaints — since July 2012 — When the gas co. was called to look into the matter they confirmed the problem but then on further inspection, they found gas pipes installed in such a shoddy and irresponsible way that the technician decided to cut service to the whole building immediately. When he attempted to do that, he discovered that the main shut-down valve (located on the front of the building) was misplaced and would have been inaccessible in case of a sudden emergency. After a diligent search he found it completely covered by masonry. Needless to say the service was interrupted and the admin was notified that we will have no natural gas service until all the disastrous repairs are brought up to code.

      I mention this because one cannot imagine anyone being so ignorant as to place his own life in danger in such a way. The three members of the admin committee live in the premises. The inspector called the maintenance work they did “suicidal” and the first comment was “this is nuts!”

      I had to go through a very bad moment when the admins called me and –very indignant– asked me why I had called the gas co. It never occurred to them that we could have been blown to pieces along with the whole block just because they decided to save some measly hundreds of dollars. Something is happening to the people — a form of mental darkness that is easy to confuse with idiocy — I believe that is actually the result of demonic activity designed to cause as much death and suffering as possible. The devil is the first terrorist and what some normal people are doing to dead babies and to themselves are things that even the pagans of the past would have considered reproachable.

      No wonder Our Lord said that “The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now something greater than Jonah is here.” The darkness we are witnessing now is in my opinion truly unprecedented. This world needs Christ and the sooner, the better.

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  26. Lin says:

    I wonder if anyone would care to share what steps they are taking to prepare for the Storm? Maybe there are others like me who would benefit from a joint “brainstorming” session! One thing that came to mind recently was the idea of connecting with those in the local community who are responsible for assisting during emergencies and finding out ways to help. Perhaps learning CPR and getting a ham radio license, for starters.

    I also have wondered if apocalyptic movies or books would be useful in helping others to envision the change that is soon coming upon us, opening a door for deeper discussion? Specific movies that come to mind: “The Road” (book by Cormac McCarthy and/or movie version, 2009) and “I Am Legend”, starring Will Smith, 2007. This movie (spoiler alert!) ends with a beautiful scene of a “refuge”–a place of peace and safety in a world gone mad. One book that might be useful is “Alas, Babylon” by Pat Frank, published in 1959.

    I welcome any input as to the usefulness of these resources, as well as suggestions for others!

    God Bless!

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    • Monica Joseph of the Blessed Sacrament, OCDS says:

      Lin, after kind of prepping since before Y2K, we have always had on hand extra food, some dehydrated and some canned good, e.g. twenty cans of green beans. Also, we have some water, but by no means copious amounts. We do have a septic system and well, but, funny thing — it turns out the well only works if you have electricity, so that is not too helpful in a disaster scenario. We have some guns and ammo, but we live rurally so those are almost a necessity no matter what. I got a big dog who right now only barks at other animals…maybe if we were in real danger he would protect us; his breed is supposed to. We aren’t so sure. Right now the only rescuing has been us rescuing him when he has escaped and caught his leash around the trees. 😉

      But as I mentioned above, from having tried to do this for years, it seems almost impossible to cover every contingency. I admire those who can. I think that is what I like about Charlie’s approach; I feel more peace that we have done what we can, without frantically trying to do all and feeling so stressed and a failure because we can’t do everything.

      All that being said, there have been some earlier threads and comments that had many specifics. I am not sure which ones they were, though. 😦

      I think my secret hope is that if times get as bad as I understand Charlie to say, and that God has to act as dramatically as the Storm would require, He would also in His mercy maybe multiply miracles, too, as He had done of old, such as multiplying food for the widow in the Old Testament or for Father Rizzo in the Divino Nino devotions as Mother Angelica related or as He did for St. John Vianney through the intercession of St. Philomena. Again, that is purely my secret hope; I have no evidence that that would be the case.

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      • Monica some tome ago I did a blog page with a prayer of blessing over our provisions. It is a scriptural prayer of trust and abandonment to the holy will of God. You can find it here: http://pelianito.stblogs.com/the-jar-of-flour-shall-not-go-empty-nor-the-jug-of-oil-run-dry/

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      • ryusi says:

        Hi Monica, I was in a concentration camp during WWII in Indonesia from 2-5 years of age. We were terrorized and starved. As a result, I won’t even go into Boston without a little bag of food. And for many years, I have had a stash of food. I store things like tuna fish, salmon, peanuts, canned beans and veggies, tea, coffee, soups, rice, cereals, matzos, sugar, salt, dried fruits. These are all foods that we consume regularly and most can be eaten without cooking, and I rotate them, replenishing the supply as we use it. It’s been handy when I can’t get to the store right away and I need something. But sometimes, the cans become outdated because I wasn’t careful and I’ve had to throw them into the compost. Now I’ve discovered Auguson Farms which sells dehydrated foods which will last 10-20 years. So I’ve bought a supply for about 2 months. I’ve also bought a months supply for my daughter and her family and my sister-in-law and encouraged other family members to do the same.
        We’ve also bought tablets to purify water. And we are growing our own vegetables in the summer. And for $3-$4 (and sometimes free with a purchase) at Harbor Tool you can get a handheld LED flashlight which is oval, about 1″X2″X3and 1/2″, and has a hook and magnet which you can attach to things. During power failures this flashlight has given us much comfort because even one, set up high, will light up the whole room – enough so you can function. And it is safe and lasts a long time. We have one in the car, and one in each room. They are also handy to look into dark closets, garages, etc. We’ve given them away as stocking gifts in each of the last few years at Christmas.

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      • Lin says:

        Monica,
        Thanks for sharing; I especially appreciate your mention of the Lord multiplying food for St. John VIanney and Father RIzzo. He will provide for every need in accordance with His will! Staying close to His heart is the main thing.

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    • CrewDog says:

      Read “One Second After” – William R. Forstchen for what an “After EMP Event” would be like. It, unfortunately, didn’t have any “Spiritual” aspect (PC Rules USA) but was written by an EMP Expert and I felt was pretty accurate as to what the worst case might be be. One of those novels that is hard to put down.
      JESUS I TRUST IN YOU!!

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      • Mick says:

        Great book, CrewDog. I found the ending kind of unrealistic, though.

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        • Pete says:

          Hey there CrewDog, Mick- I read that book about three years ago. Certainly a wake up call. The premise was realistic and a harbinger I thought of days ahead. In the story the EMP event took place at the hands of bad guys detonating a nuclear bomb in the atmosphere. I think a more realistic scenario would be an EMP event caused by a solar flare. Either way…EMP event bad! 😦
          Did you notice how the main character tried to always do the next right thing….helping that lady on the highway and also how he protected his loved ones with deadly force when the marauders broke into his house? Reminds me of Charlie’s comments yesterday!
          Under her mantle!

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          • Mick says:

            Pete, I really liked the book (if it’s possible to like a book about “the end of the world as we know it”), and I liked the main character. At the risk of spoiling the plot (SPOILER ALERT!), I was emotionally destroyed by the scene when he went and got his father-in-law from the nursing home, and the old veteran that they had to leave there. I was also destroyed by the scene in which he had to execute the thief who stole the medicine. What I meant by an unrealistic ending is that if things were to get as bad as all that, I can’t see the US military riding in like the cavalry to the rescue.

            My husband also read the book. His reaction surprised me. I’m usually the one who reads books like that because I’ve been a “prepper” for much of my life and have also been attuned to Catholic prophecy for quite some time. My husband has for years shaken his head at me, called me apocalyptic (not meanly, just his take), and allowed me to make a few purchases with an indulgent smile on his face. Well, One Second After really shook him. The part of the book which most moved him was the main character’s ultimately failed efforts to save his daughter with diabetes. My husband is not one who cries, but he told me he sobbed like a little girl when the daughter died. After reading this book, my husband started taking an active role in prepping for hard times.

            So, Pete, CrewDog, Charlie, Jim, Bob, SteveBC, and all you men out there: what do you think would be the best way for me to introduce my husband to Charlie’s writings about the Storm? My husband is a good Rosary-praying, daily-Mass kind of guy, but he is really not prophecy-minded. Could y’all help me out? Thanks!

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          • charliej373 says:

            Mick, I would suggest you look for some of the articles where I emphasize the ordinary. I do that a lot. It resonates with a lot of people. I have an administrators page that shows me where I am getting clicks from. There are a surprising number of sites that have linked to me – including a surprising number of secular sites, including investment companies, a metals firm, a traditional religious site, a real estate site, several survivor-type sites and more. I am able to click back and see the comments. It has gotten to where it follows a very similar pattern. The first five to ten comments generally ridicule such things altogether. Then someone weighs in with some version of, “Wait a minute, this guy is different…” then goes on to explain how. Then there are usually a series of comments that quote different things I say approvingly. The most common thing that people end up saying is that I give them a sense of peace and calm – and real confidence. But peace is the thing that is constantly mentioned.

            You know, I worried myself sick for years about eventually going public. To my surprise, it has not shaken many of my old colleagues at all…and has, in fact, heartened them. It is bizarre to hear people I thought were very secular who knew me respond to the revelation that I have these visits by exclaiming, “Oh, thank goodness. God DOES have a plan.” So I don’t know. Your husband might reject it, but he may surprise you. I had a Danish woman who thought she and her husband were heading for divorce because of her religious fanaticism. She persuaded him to read some of my stuff as an indulgence to her – and to her astonishment, he became a bigger enthusiast even then her, constantly quoting me at social events. But I know, one of the things she said was that her husband said to her with a grin after reading some, “Now that’s something I can relate to…acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to those around you. That’s no big, airy program – just straight-forward and simple.” That one stand out in my memory, but I have had 10 or 15 such testimonies mostly, for some reason, from Europe. That’s all I have on it.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Charlie, I know you haven’t wanted to make a summary post of the outline of the Storm that you have seen, and having been helped to let that go to some degree, I understand more why you think that way. However, I think that a properly written summary of that outline, if couched as a means of helping people to a sense of peace and calm, would be a truly helpful thing for all these people you mention, and many more.

            For me the key has been a sense of understanding as to why the Storm is coming. The basic outline helps me see enough to know and trust that there is actually a plan or structure to it. Most important to me has been the single piece of data that the Storm has a real and definable end.

            I think that more people would get that sense of peace and trust if you wrote a post that is aimed at creating that sense in early-stage readers and put it into your navigation bar.

            Normally, I would not have commented again on this idea, since you know my position. However, your comments on these people who get that sense from your site made me realize that any such post you might do could help even more people, provided that it was written to the end of creating that sense of peace and trust, rather than focusing on the specific elements that people would see as prophecy.

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      • NancyA says:

        I think I read that.. if it’s the book I think it is, it’s come to my mind frequently, lately.

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      • Spikenard says:

        Is there a sense that the Storm involves an EMP scenario? Has Charlie mentioned this?A close associate of Malachi Martin spoke recently stating this would fit with what Malachi was given to know re: the Third Secret and its outcome.

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        • charliej373 says:

          I do not ask for details on how it comes. What little is given to me is given because it helps me frame things to give people heart to endure. An EMP certainly could be consonant with things that must happen, but it is not necessary. There are many ways for them to happen. I just tell you they will happen. It does not bother me much that many people are focused on how the watch is made. Just understand that is NOT my focus at all. Mine is only to tell you what time it is.

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    • E. Allison says:

      Lin, when the weather breaks, I’ll be building rabbit hutches out of free pallet wood. The hardware cloth on the bottoms won’t be free, but at least the wood will be. I’m going to start raising, and breeding New Zealand Whites. One breeding pair will give you about 100 lbs of meat per year. That way, I’ll have an ongoing supply of meat without needing a freezer, and probably have enough to share. I’ve never raised rabbits, but I’ve read a lot about it, and it’s supposed to be very easy.

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      • CrewDog says:

        E. A.!! You’re gonna eat Bunny Rabbits!??! This reminds me of the first time I brought home a rabbit from a hunting trip with friends. I was 12/13? .. 50+ years ago!! ;-( Anyway! I was proud of my rabbit and Mom did her best to seem pleased 😉 … and even went to the store and bought some frozen domestic Rabbit to supplement my little White Tail. Dad and my sister wouldn’t eat any but Mom and I did. Rabbits are good eating but we in the West have forgotten that our food didn’t always come in boxes or plastic wrap. Wake Up Time coming!? When you consider our cave man and hunter-gather ancestors, I believe that you must come to the conclusion that a Divine Being was guiding and protecting them. A Human child essentially helpless for at least 6 or 7 years! Humans not fleet of foot or with the best eyes/ears and ……. Yeah! We have big brains and opposing thumbs but …!?!
        GOD SAVE ALL HERE ….. and Bunny Rabbits, Deer and Squirrels too 😉

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      • Lin says:

        Thanks to everyone for the input. I’ll definitely look into reading One Second After, Crew Dog. Ed, your plans for breeding rabbits sound great!—wishing you every success with that…and wishing I didn’t live in a community where the HOA forbids any animals except for dogs and cats….

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      • ryusi says:

        Hi E. Allison, We raised rabbits once. We had them in a regular wire mesh cage three feet off the ground on posts. Dogs were able to get at the rabbits through the bottom of the cage. If I were to do it again, I would somehow block off the access to the bottom of the cage. Good luck. Maybe we should try it again. Like you said, a good source of meat and their droppings are excellent fertilizer.

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    • Mick says:

      Lin, for over a decade, I have discerned that the Lord may be calling my husband and me to prepare a refuge for family and friends. We had already moved to the country and started raising animals (dairy goats, chickens, sheep, etc.). So then we started trying to acquiring some new skills: butchering our own livestock, cooking from scratch, making yogurt and cheese, that sort of thing. Another thing we’ve been doing is learning to manage a large garden (over 1/3 acre) with only hand tools, since we don’t own a tractor or a tiller. We’ve also been learning to can the produce and store other things in the root cellar. We have an herb garden, and I’ve been learning about herbal medicine as well as homeopathy. One skill that we haven’t yet learned is how to bring in the hay from our hay field. Right now, a friend with a tractor does it for us; but I have bought a couple of European scythes and hope to learn how to use them this summer (I’ve been saying that for the past 7 years!). The last big “prep” things that we’ve done are to put in a hand pump on our well and to store several months’ worth of staples (rice, beans, salt, cooking oil, and other things that we eat regularly). Oh, and I almost forgot: guns and ammo.

      Skills we do not have: neither my husband nor I am very handy. We don’t know how to do basic carpentry or plumbing or wiring or anything like that; so we have to trust that God will bring along somebody who does. We also are not medical professionals and therefore don’t know how to do disease diagnosis (beyond the ordinary cold/flu/chicken pox), start an IV, set a broken bone, or tend to serious wounds. Hopefully God will send a medical somebody, too.

      Last but not least, we’ve done some spiritual preps. We’ve got brown scapulars, Miraculous Medals, St. Benedict medals, holy cards, and rosaries that we can give away until we run out of them. For our own family, we have all of the above–plus bibles, blessed salt, holy water, crucifixes, and holy artwork as helps and reminders of Our Lord and the Faith. We also pray the Rosary daily as a family, go to Sunday Mass together, and try do go to Mass as a family on Wednesday night. Before the nightly Rosary, we read and discuss the day’s gospel. We eat dinner together every night, and once a week we do “family game night” and play some game together. In my mind, the spiritual preps are at least as important as the physical ones; and maybe more so.

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      • Nancy D says:

        Thank you Mick. This is valuable information and confirmation. You are so right about the spiritual preparation. To this end, I will be forever grateful to our faithful Sherpa and all who visit and comment here. To quote Brother Crew Dog, “GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!”

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      • Lin says:

        Thanks for sharing, Mick! You’ve been able to accomplish all I had hoped to…but multiple relocations for my husband’s career and other unforeseen circumstances prevented us from settling down and being able to accomplish these goals. Regarding the spiritual preps–these are great and are relatively easy for anyone to add in–no big learning curve or large amounts of money required!

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    • SteveBC says:

      Lin, I’ve found myself having altered my approach since coming to this site several months ago.

      First, I am much more in tune with Charlie’s first admonition, which is to trust God. I also remember something Mark Mallett once said, to have “enough for God to multiply.”

      I’ve ended up getting some equipment to help me create clean water. I’ve recently bought some storable food, enough for a few weeks, which seems prudent for any storm, as well as “the” Storm. I’ve gathered some other items to improve comfort or health. All told, I’ve done *less* than I would have done before.

      Second, I’ve given some thought also to helping myself be ready to help others. Everyone is going to be in a panic and will have to learn to be calm and do the next right step that lies in front of them every day. I am a decent advisor and can help people do that step better. I’ve gathered a fair amount of information and a few pieces of equipment that should help me be more helpful to others once the Storm hits.

      Everyone will need to look outward and not focus just on themselves and their own needs, substantial though those needs may be. Being able to support your own ways of helping others seems a good thing, so if you need supplies or equipment to enable you to make one of your skills practicable, then I would do that. Focusing now on community will help you see ways to prepare now so that you can help others in the Storm.

      I am also talking with neighbors and friends when I can do so about what is coming. There are more people around me now who have some sense of things they could do to help themselves and others. I don’t view the Storm as a time for me to face the crisis on my own. Instead, I see it as a time when we need to overcome our fears of having too little and reach out to help others. Community is critical.

      Third, I am trying to learn calmness, peace, and hopefulness. I feel I need to avoid prep work if that upsets my equilibrium and results in loss of sleep. If I find something worries me, however, I focus there on preps, put them in place, and then let it go. I have a picture of what is coming (thanks to Charlie and others) that helps me stay calm. I pray more now than I used to and find myself relying more on God and Mary than I used to.

      In short, I cultivate my own peace so that when the Storm hits, I can be an anchor who helps others return quickly to calmness themselves and someone who helps others define and stick to the important principles of life even as the latest crisis tempts people to sacrifice principle for a bit of food. So that I can help people look for the good in others in the midst of the Storm, I cultivate openness, friendliness, and laughter with both friends and strangers now, to make it a habit not easily lost in chaotic times.

      It’s an odd mix of things I do, but the goal of each is peace and helpfulness in trying times.

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      • Nancy D says:

        Steve, I really – REALLY – like this! Thanks!

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      • Fran says:

        Your thoughts about any preparations you do and your goal are similar to mine, Steve, and we’ve done this for many years. Having *something* for our family, and also to share and help others with, I think, not only helps us be a little calmer in a crisis, but will help others be calmer too. Then we can be thinking and praying about what God wants us to do next.

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      • Lin says:

        Thanks, Steve. Like you, I have begun to realize that this is about more than survival for me and my family–it is about us taking a leadership role to assist others in practical ways(food, water, etc.) and in finding Christ in the midst of whatever challenges may come as a result of the Storm; and also helping to with the rebuilding process afterwards. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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        • SteveBC says:

          Lin, I was thinking today of my mother’s mother, who raised my mother through the Depression. My grandparents were well off at the time, unlike so many others.

          My mother tells me that my grandmother would save old clothes and kept food ready. Men would come to the back door to beg a little food or a coat. She would give an old coat, still serviceable, to one who asked for a coat, a pair of pants to a man who needed pants. If a man came begging for some food, she would invite the man into her kitchen and feed him a simple warm meal. She made sure he ate the food. Then he would go on his way. She was never overwhelmed. Somehow there was always enough and never a crowd.

          If Charlie is right, there may be violent people around in our own Storm, but there will certainly be poor people at some point coming to my door. How will I treat them? If they are asking and not taking, and I am eating, I think I might ask them to sit with me and share my food, and ask them to tell me their stories. How things have gone for him or her. Perhaps we can work out some way to show each other some way to do something, or work together on something, or simply talk.

          Will I be overwhelmed? Will I run out of food? Will one man on one evening bring his entire family the next night? I have no idea. It’s kind of scary. Will I close down or stay open from this stress, this test? Will I trust that for me it will be as it was for my grandmother, a steady stream of need that did not overwhelm?

          Will I trust God that I will have “enough to multiply” and that He will multiply it?

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          • narnialion54 says:

            I have been getting ready for the Storm in buying some freeze dried food including organic corn meal, to make simple bread and soup for whoever comes. Also holy medals, blessed salt, rosaries. A small generator to draw water from our well, because it is too deep for a hand pump. and some wool blankets. However, I remember Charlie saying that we may make plans, but they will come to naught. (Please correct me Charlie, I am not looking up your original words!) But go ahead and make plans if that seems to be what God is leading you to do.

            So Charlie…you were right…we tried to start our generator this past weekend and it won’t start (didn’t keep up with starting it every month, and the gas now has water added to it). Then my husband said stop spending money on cornmeal, we don’t have any more money, and I ran over two extremely deep pot holes and broke the axle on my car. Now I am going to have hip surgery next week. I have whiplash from a fender bender my son backing into another car in a snowstorm, my knee is giving out, I can’t sleep and I have ulcers from taking Ibuprophen for my hip. (I’m not asking for prayer, folks, just having fun ranting!!)

            Today, as I came out of the grocery store with some frozen dinners so I won’t starve after the surgery ( my sons 20 and 22) are in charge of taking care of me after my husband goes back to work, I saw the most amazing sight.
            A woman scooted her grocery cart with running steps hopped on the back of it and came sailing through the fog and rain, down the parking lot with a big smile on her face. I yelled way to go, girl! and she flashed the biggest smile and said you gotta do it when you can!!!!
            I couldn’t stop smiling all the way home. 😉

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          • kathy kalina says:

            This is a fabulous plan. I especially like the part about listening to the stories of the people who seek your help. Especially traumatic events simply must be told in order to detoxify them, if possible, and come to a place of acceptance. Listening well to the stories may be one of the most healing, hopeful things we can do.

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          • Mick says:

            Steve: great story, great insight, and great questions.

            Now, a question for you: I’m finally almost finished reading Primal Panacea (thank you so much for the recommendation!), and I’ve got my whole family taking the sodium ascorbate from Nutribiotics. My question is, do you know a good source of the liposomal Vitamin C discussed in the book? I see lots of sources on Amazon, but I have no way of knowing which are legit and which aren’t. Thoughts?

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          • Mick says:

            Narnia, I know you were just enjoying the rant and weren’t asking for prayers; but I’m gonna pray for you anyway! 🙂

            Just a thought regarding deep-well hand pumps: have you ever looked into bison pumps? They make hand pumps for wells a few hundred feet deep. We have a bison pump on our well. They’re quite a bit more expensive than the shallow-well pitcher pumps that you can get at the plumbing-supply store; but they are extremely high-quality. Here’s the link, in case you’re interested:

            http://bisonpumps.com/deep-well-hand-pump/

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          • Mick says:

            Ed, thanks! I knew that somebody had talked about liposomal C; but I couldn’t remember who, and I couldn’t remember which thread. How’d you do that? 🙂

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          • SteveBC says:

            Mick, our mutual friend here at TNRS, Ed Allison, has it right. LivOn Labs is the maker of the lypospheric form of C. 🙂

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          • Mick says:

            Thanks, Steve!

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          • Ed Allison says:

            Mick, it’s easy. I just went back one article at a time; did a CTRL ‘F’, which activates the ‘find’ command on the current page; and searched for the word ‘vitamin’. Most articles had zero occurrences. It only took a couple of minutes to find it.

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          • Mick says:

            I’ll try to remember that, Ed. But some of us are seriously machine-challenged. I can’t even remember how to get the voicemails off of my smart phone (I want my dumb phone back), so control key functions are rather beyond my pay grade. 🙂

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  27. Diane says:

    Charlie, I am wondering if Mark Mallet and you coordinate your posts??!!! You both are talking about these same things at the same time….and not just this once, but frequently! 🙂
    Amazing! Just another confirmation that what you speak is true and Spirit-led. Thank you!

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    • charliej373 says:

      No, we don’t. We talk fairly regularly – and both he and I have been taken by how often what we are doing coincides. He just got back from a musical tour. After reading my column yesterday, he sent me a note last night telling me that he had something that closely dovetailed going up today. He closed by saying he never quite gets used to how God often speaks in stereo. I chuckled and said I think He is actually going quadrophonic.

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      • the phoenix says:

        Quintophonic? If that’s a word? Because yesterday, I happened to hear on a Protestant Christian radio station an interview where the guest was talking about Adam’s role in the Garden of Eden as Guardian and Protector as well as Gardener and Provider.

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  28. laura says:

    This is such a beautifully, well written desciption of our hopeful future. Well done Ellenchris and Glenn!

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  29. gdallaire1 says:

    Hi Charlie:
    At the beginning of this article you offered the actions of the widow at Zarephath as an example of how we ourselves are to act towards others in need during the proposed period of the upcoming Storm. It reminded me of a true story that has been well documented in the life of St John Vianney (the Cure of Ars). —Perhaps you and many others here already know of it, but for the sake of those who do not:

    St John Vianney had started an orphanage and school for poor children in his little town of Ars, France. He called it “La Providence” (or Providence House in English). St John Vianney was a very poor country priest with practically no money, and the rural country town of Ars had only poor farmers, so the orphanage and school lived on a shoestring budget with few donations.

    ON AT LEAST TWO SEPARATE OCCASIONS the orphanage/school had completely run out of food. On each of the occasions, the women who took care of the children quickly told St John Vianney about their lack of food.
    -On the first occasion, they had only a small amount of flour in the sack, about enough flour to make only 3 loaves of bread. St John Vianney told them to make the bread anyway, so they started making the bread and they kneaded it, then set it aside to rise. To their complete astonishment, the dough kept rising and rose in the trough to the amount that they normally used to feed bread to all of the children for about a week.

    -On the second occasion, they completely ran out of grain to mill for flour. The grain attic was completely empty. They had been hoping for donations but none had come. Once again, the women who took care of the poor children went told St John Vianney about it. He went to the orphanage/school and told the women to have all of the children pray together, an he himself then prayed with them. Afterwards, he then told one of the women to go up to the grain attic and bring down some grain for a meal. She obeyed, and when she went to open the door she could hardly open it, due to the force of all of the grain that was now in the attic. The attic was completely full of grain, and the news of this miracle spread like wildfire throughout the little town of Ars and abroad. Because of this, soon afterwards this miracle was seen by a quite a few people and is therefore well attested, and can be found in the biographies about the holy Cure of Ars.

    I think that this story corresponds well to the lesson that you give regarding the widow at Zarephath. God will take care of those who care for others.
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    On another note, I just wanted to say also that the article that I wrote about the Kingdom come was NOT based on any of the writings of the Servant of God, Luisa Piccaretta. I do not own any books about her or her writings, and I have only read perhaps a few little tidbits and snippets of her writings online. A few years ago I did write a article which is a brief biography highlighting her holy life and the mystical gifts that she received on my “Mystics of the Church” website, but I know practically nothing of her writings on the Divine Will.

    But, as for the Servant of God Louisa Piccarreta, recently the second theologian assigned to evaluate the writings of Luisa Piccarreta by the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of the Saints has given a positive, that is, a favorable judgement. This means that both of the official censors librorum for the cause of Luisa have found nothing contrary to the faith in her writings, and her cause can now go forward. She is currently officially considered by the Church to be a “Servant of God”.

    -Glenn Dallaire

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    • Monica Joseph of the Blessed Sacrament, OCDS says:

      Glenn, it gave me momentary chills that you posted the example of St. John Vianney and the multiplication of food, which is precisely the one I was alluding to but did not remember the exact details. Hmmm.

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    • Glenn,
      those accounts are really moving and extraordinary! In a less spectacular way I am a witness to Divine Providence. I am entering my eighth year without steady employment. On a visit to the doctor for a routine check-up I was told to lose some weight! 😉 I could write a thick book of “saved by the bell” stories that have happened to me during the last seven or eight years but I will tell you this one that happened a few years ago in a local Catholic seminary in western Argentina.

      This is a seminary very much aligned with Catholic magisterial doctrine and with the Holy Father and yet their bishop –misinformed by some envious of the abundance of vocations there– suspended all monetary support. The priests and seminarians continued to pray for the bishop and for their “enemies” that were trying to shut them down.

      One day they were informed by the brother cook that they were going to consume the last of their victuals. After that slim lunch (a cup of soup) they had nothing more to eat.

      They had just finished saying grace when the door bell rang. The cook went to check the door and there was a huge truck belonging to a well known supermarket (something like the American Publix or Safeway.) After introducing himself the driver apologized that due to some shortage of personnel he had arrived alone and now needed help to unload the cargo. So the seminarians had to interrupt their meal to unload an eighteen-wheeler filled to the rim with food supplies. They were also reminded that they had been praying for the son of a man, a kid affected by a terminal illness. Unknown to them, this man was the owner of a large supermarket chain. The man had found out a few days before that his son was miraculously cured and attributed that to the prayers of the saintly seminarians and teachers, that had been offering Holy Masses and prayers for the sick kid.

      When the doctors confirmed the miraculous cure he was so grateful he had the impulse to load a huge truck with supplies and send it to the seminary in the mountains. Many a teary eye was seen as the crew worked for several hours unloading and storing what it would be their sustenance for months to come.

      Later that religious order was placed under the protection of the Holy Father and is thriving all over the world. Some of their priests are serving in the territory controlled by ISIS and other dangerous posts such as China.

      Such is the love of Our Lord and Our Blessed Mother.

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      • Mick says:

        Hey Carlos, if you ever get around to writing that book, let me know; I’ll buy several copies. 🙂

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      • barb129 says:

        What a wonderful story!! Thank you for sharing.

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      • CrewDog says:

        I remember Fr Groshel (EWTN) talking about Fr Solanus Casey and his miracles some of which included the unexpected arrival of food supplies when the cupboards were going bare ………… and the Priests in Nagasaki saved by the Rosary when all about them was death-n-darkness. I pray The Lord grants me just a bit of that kind of Faith … especially “These Days”!
        GOD SAVE ALL HERE!

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  30. MMBev says:

    Within the last few months I have met two people who would have trouble surviving the storm along. One lives in a small place near here, and she is trying to buy a house in our city. She knocked on my door asking about a woman on our street she had met at an open house the year before who had said she was thinking of selling and moving to the States. After she left, I thought of who it must be, so there I am running down the street in my pj’s yelling at her and showed her the house. We stood in the middle of the road, and she came back to my house after. She has fought hard to recover from a stroke and flesh eating disease, and during that time her friends pretty much left assisting her. She comes into town about twice a month, has no idea of the Storm, has no faith in God, but we’ve made friends. I go to look at real estate with her and then she has lunch.

    The second person is a youngish man who became very ill and was undiagnosed for quite a long time. He is living on a disability paid by the government (I think they want disabled people to starve to death) and I see him at Mass during the week.. Friday after Mass is coffee time and I have chatted with him no and then. He is a good Catholic, but again there is no one to help him. He is in a family home which will be either sold or be his mother’s and I think he has a friend there to share expenses, but it’s not a permanent place to live. This Friday, I asked him if he had ever heard about the Storm God would use to bring people back to Him, and he said no.

    I want to explain a little to each of them, within the rational that they can understand, and let them know that if that were to happen, that they could come and live here in as much safety as I will have (hit the bad guys with 2 X 4’s) but as long as I had food and water they would too.

    Is there any reason that we can’t start letting people know now that there is somewhere they can go and not be alone (for them, IF this happens)? By the time the economy goes, or governments go, etc there may not be time to tell either of these people, never mind help them. Or are we supposed to wait and just see who turns up?

    Sure would appreciate your thoughts.

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    • charliej373 says:

      There’s not a thing at all wrong with what you contemplate, Bev – and a lot right. Even if they think you are rather goofy, they will also think you are sweet – and that act will stick in their minds – and will rise when it is needed to them. There are many things that people can’t understand at different times, but they can always understand if there is love behind it. You’re showing them the love. God bless you for it!

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    • SteveBC says:

      MMBev, I’ve been having similar issues to think about. People who are very good people, people I might want to rely on, come into my life with true generosity and helpfulness.

      Today I went out to finish shoveling out the snow bank the plow put across my driveway opening a couple days ago. I saw a guy working a big front loader down a driveway to a public parking lot. And I put my head down and started shoveling.

      Suddenly, I hear a big engine and the front loader drives up next to my driveway. The guy opens his door and asks if I would like him to use the front loader to clear out the mess!

      WOW! I bowed to him with a huge smile, and he proceeded to take four big chunks of snow away for me. Many smiles, much laughter and joking, and two times when I told him he was “a wonder worker!” And we parted friends. The next I knew he and his $37,000 machine was gone.

      I spent a little time wondering how to discuss the Storm with someone like this man. I thought, “Now, what will his fate be in the Storm? He has such good instincts, such generosity, I hope he will be fine. And would he find sanctuary in our village? Yes, if I have anything to say about it. God, send him back to me if he is in need and I am able to help him.” Or words to that effect.

      Such words go through me for people who live outside my village but who provide services to the people of my village with a true sense of service. There will be refugees if Charlie is right.

      MMBev, it seems my territory of souls expands in this way. I add them to our network of liquid gold connections. Will they come here during the Storm? I doubt they will need to. With such attitudes and generosity of spirit, these people will care for those around them and be helped by them in turn. May all such people be blessed.

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  31. anne says:

    EllenChris and Glenn…….so so well expressed, thank you.
    Janet …..you beat me to it……i must absolutely second Janet’s mention of The Fulfillment of All Desire by Ralph Martin. It is a must to have and read and re read. Written by the Holy Spirit under the name of Ralph Martin!
    Ever since i was a little girl i have always been drawn to the passage in the bible where Adam Communes with His God in the Garden. Then several years ago when i heard of the Divine Will this passage just kept coming back all the time ……and still does. That is our destiny!
    i particularly sense it when i walk in the cool of the evening most nights. The whole image is gorgeous!
    i have found the comments here most edifying …….thank you to all.

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  32. anne says:

    Hey on the light side Charlie…..i believe in a laugh. Do you sing and play guitar as well as Mark Mallett too? His latest CD ….Vulnerable is exceptional. i have bought many to give out. Great way to Evangelize.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I don’t play guitar – only the trumpet. I can sing okay, have a pleasant enough voice, but certainly not professional grade. My Uncle was a professional Gospel singer – the original bass singer in the Masters Quartet. He did three, maybe four albums before he left the group. My youngest brother, who is a state trooper, has a professional grade voice. He sang once at the Grand Ole Opry. He was a rodeo cowboy when he was young – a bull rider. I told him he really missed a bet…he could have parlayed a role as the singing cowboy big. But he never took the singing very seriously – it is just a brilliant talent he has.

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      • anne says:

        Hey thank you Charlie……so you do blow your own trumpet …… yet you don’t!
        sounds like some pretty musical people in your family. i really believe music is such a gift from God to mankind. Such a joy!

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  33. Dorothy says:

    Just amazing the little things that God will do for us! After reading the comments today I very much wanted to read more of both the Divine Will and The Flame of Love and considered looking for them online. Then it dawned on me to look in my own collection because you see I am a bit of a packrat when it comes to spiritual books and I have been gathering them for 30 odd years. Well as I went through my stash I found not only The Flame of Love, but three on The Kingdom of Divine Love. Being a hoarder of certain things does come in handy. I have the rest of my lenten reading all set..
    And just a little side note Charlie, I loved your descriptions of your relationships with your angels and Jesus. It reminds me of a book by Dean Koontz in which his main character could see and feel what his dog saw and felt. The dog was always aware of God and described this as “the playful presence” I love that thought!

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  34. radiclaudio says:

    Hi dear extended TRNS family,

    All the posts and comments are so insightful, grace filled, and thought provoking. Thank you to Ellen, Dan, Charlie, and all who have posted.

    I especially liked Jesus telling the woman above, give me everything, for what you hold back will be excluded. Also, Charlie’s constant advise for the Storm, to help and protect those around you that are in need, especially the old, infirmed and very young. How beautiful.

    We help ourselves by giving help to others through loving sacrifice. Sounds familiar – 🙂 Those two concepts, really most all posted here, just feels like something Christ would ask of us, Give Him EVERYTHING, and help/sacrifice for those He puts in your path. The two greatest commandments.

    You all are including in my daily prayers, Rosaries, and Masses.

    Much love and affection to you all.

    Rich

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    • John says:

      Thanks for the postings! I have learned and am learning much from them. And thanks also, to those like Rich above who keep all in their prayers, for prayer is what we need and I believe they are helping my family and I personally. Keep em coming! I will say a prayer for all here and their intentions at this mornings Mass.

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  35. Hello Charlie! Some questions that have been on my mind lately are……when do the Jews come in? I haven’t seen you touch on this…..so I thought I would ask. We know from scripture that the Jews come in after the fullness of the Gentiles have come in. Would thier coming in be after the era of peace or just before the return of Christ? Our priest always says that the sign that the second coming is near is when you see Jews converting in droves.
    Now another thing that is bugging me is……today on Medjugorje Today, they posted that the visionary Ivan has been told again that he could not hold his apparitions in a church or gathering. Ivan had a gathering planned with a church here in the US and now that has been cancelled. My question is…..and this bugs me…..is that the Vatican just last year sent out a statement to all bishops and dioceses that the visionary Ivan could not hold his apparitions in a church setting etc.
    Now what bugs me is …..why is he even making appointments to have his apparitions in a diocese in a church setting etc……if these restrictions have even enforced by the CCDF?
    Ivan as daily apparitions……wouldn’t the Holy Mother tell him that he is being disobedient etc?
    We know that obedience is one of the litmus tests given to visionaries. There seems to be some underline disobedience going on when it comes to Medjugorje. I believe in Medjugorje but one has to wonder why a visionary……who sees the Virgin everyday……is going against the orders from Rome on having and promoting his apparitions here in the US.
    Your thoughts.?
    Thanks Charle!!!!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Hey Charlanne. I could not say when the Jews come in. I am directed to help carry all people of good will to the safety of port on the other side of the Storm – and that on the way I am to treat all faithful Christians and Jews as equal partners in the work before us.

      If Ivan is defying the Vatican direction on the matter, his disobedience is, of course, self-evident. People may start well and fall of the rails…sometimes for a while, sometimes permanently. But the falling off of one who was given a solemn charge does not discredit the work he was sent for. If it did, Judas’s betrayal would have discredited Christianity at its cradle. I have noted before that I put great stock in Mirijana – and I do. I have not commented on others, neither in enthusiasm or dismay. As far as Ivan goes, until he demonstrates fidelity to his duty of obedience, I am not interested in what he has to say.

      Now concerning the Church, a quick note on where we are and are not called to obedience. On all matters of faith and morals, we are called to obedience. On secular matters that do not involve defying the Magisterium or intrinsic evil, the Church does not have authority over us – though we do well to give serious consideration to what She has to say, if anything, on the matter. We all have the right as baptized Christians to speak freely on matters of faith, provided we do not proclaim what is contrary to the Magisterium. If I wrote purely spiritual meditations here at this website that were consistent with faith and morals, no Church official has authority to forbid me. On all matters involving private revelation, the person who receives such is obligated to obey the Church on any public proclamation of such. Thus I do owe a duty of obedience to the Church on every matter relating to private revelation I discuss here. Finally, on all matters, whether they be a matter of obedience or a matter of personal right, the Church and its authorities have full authority over what can be proclaimed in its buildings, Churches or otherwise.

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  36. Julie says:

    So sorry! I see where my comment is. Everyone else commented two days ago. Again, so sorry. I see the activity on your website and all the comments. Thank you for helping all of us Charlie.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Ah, I deleted your previous comment and my response to it, Julie. That comment was rather prickly – and I kicked back a bit. Since all is well, I figured let’s leave it at that.

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  37. Connie Major says:

    I am interested in anyone’s thoughts regarding the following from “The Gift of Living in the Divine Will in the Writings of Luisa Piccarreta” by Fr. Joseph Iannuzzi regarding protection during the coming chastisements. “The divine justice imposes chastisements, but neither these nor [God’s] enemies get close to those souls who live in the Divine Will […] Know that I have regard for the souls who live in My Will, and for the places where these souls reside. They may be likened to the kings of the earth who have their own courts and quarters in which they are kept safe amidst dangers and among the fiercest enemies, while destroying other places, dare not [even] look at their location for fear of being defeated. In the same way, I too, the King of Heaven, have My courts and quarters on earth: These are the souls who live in My Will and in whom I live; the heavenly court crowds around them. The strength of My Will keeps them safe, rendering their enemies bullets ineffective, and driving back the fiercest enemies.” (p. 415)

    It seems to me that people should continue to make the physical preparations that they feel called to do, but that ultimately, the real protection will result from living in the Divine Will. I am not able to prepare in such a way as to be able to sustain myself in my house for anything but a short time. I do what little I can but in the meantime I have been leaning for support on this quote from Luisa Piccarreta, as I work to prepare myself and kids spiritually as much as absolutely possible.

    I am wondering what others think about this.
    Thank you.

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    • SteveBC says:

      Connie, I think you will find many here who find your comments entirely reasonable. Charlie’s own words include first to acknowledge God. Living in the Divine Will would seem to answer to that first advice.

      Like you, I’m preparing in physical matters to be able to avoid panic later when things go down, and I seek calmness now by seeing what I worry about and figuring out how to answer that worry and then move on. I have done less physical preparation than I would have if I still had the attitudes I had several months ago.

      It seems to me that one of my first and more important contributions to people in a panic as things collapse is to be calm and live as I think God would like me to, to the best of my ability, and that brings calmer waters for me now and I hope for others later.

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    • mygirl_joan says:

      Because of my Trinitarian baptism, I am grafted to the Lord of the Universe and an adopted daughter of the Father. I also take comfort in knowing that because of the promises from the 33 day Consecration to Jesus Living in Mary, Jesus and His Mother OWN me. I find it impossible to think that Jesus or Mary not take care of their own sister, daughter, or if you prefer the language of St. Louis De Montfort, their own servant or slave. That said, since the righteous man sins 77 times a day, I figure I do too, so daily I have to count on the faithfulness of Jesus and Mary. I physically prepare as best as I can for my family and the souls that God will send, and pray that I will be given the grace to trust in Our Lord and Our Lady who will make up for the the rest when tomorrow comes.

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    • kathy kalina says:

      Even though no person on earth will be spared the sufferings of the storm, I believe that living in the Divine Will provides a particular fortress against evil. This is actually how I entered this way of life. In prayer, I felt an urging that if I would quit drinking alcohol, Jesus would build a fortress around me to protect me from the enemy. I further understood why this was necessary – drinking alcohol led me to lay down my will, and open myself to the attacks of the enemy. I promptly quit drinking alcohol, and soon after, discovered Luisa’s writings.

      Since then, on three different occasions I was shown that people given to evil could not bear physical proximity to me. I believe those experiences were allowed to increase my trust in the promises of Jesus and the real effects of living in His Will.

      I also believe that consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is the gateway to living in the Divine Will. We are safe in her heart because she is the queen of the Divine Will, a title she earned by living in it the entirety of her life, and never doing her own will.

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  38. Bob says:

    On the way home from my retreat Sunday I and several friends were discussing WW2 and how it must have seemed so dire in Europe where the largest number in the millions died during the war and yet how soon Europe, which should have realized it’s need for God after that major storm has lapsed into paganism. So if a storm is to bring about more than a temporary improvement in humanity it would seem that the storm would need to also include a greater infusion of grace, knowledge of God, binding of the satan, etc. so that us stupid humans would understand our need for God for an extended period of time. I would think that what would make the coming storm, if Charlie is correct, unprecedented, besides it’s worldwide scope, would be the unprecedented work of grace which would need to take place in many human hearts. Otherwise if past history is a guide humanity would quickly relapse, perhaps after 1 or 2 generations or so, following our rescue.

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    • charliej373 says:

      That, I think, Bob, is the primary reason why the Rescue in late 2017 will be visible and miraculous. All our efforts will have failed…we will not be able to kid ourselves about that – and then we will be visibly rescued by Our Lady the Immaculate Conception. That will help honest Protestants who have been taught and still hold to animus towards Mary that Our Lord honors her – and so should they…and it will demonstrate to the whole world that it is only God who truly reigns. We will only be rescued after we have fully felt the consequences of our arrogant folly. Europe might have been a bit more faithful had Our Lord appeared to rescue them. But, it is better that we should follow Christ and love each other because we know it to be true. It is an incredible indulgence that Our Lord is both going to rescue us from our folly, but show us in unmistakeable terms that He is – or as He would say it, “I AM.”

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  39. Bob says:

    Amen to “It is better that we should follow Christ and love each other because we know it is true.” Some of use may find it easier to believe as we have been saved from our own individual folly, as was I ! The shrine will be a good thing if what you have seen is true, to help people remember what happened and there certainly would need to be a yearly feast of some kind to celebrate the rescue kind of like how the Jews were called to celebrate and to remember their deliverance to this day.

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  40. Connie Major says:

    Hi Charlie. Thank you for everything you do.
    I have a question and am wondering if you have any thoughts about it. I have been totally focused on our imminent situation, culminating with the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 2017. Once that happens, I am clear that we will not be in heaven yet. We will still be working, we will still have the inclination to sin, and we will still be on the journey home. However, I did anticipate a bit of a rest! So, I got quite a jolt when I recently came across prophesies regarding the time after the Triumph. According to Marie-Julie Jehenny, a 19th century sitgmatist from Breton, we will have a time of 30 years or so when we will be living under the guidance of a wonderful King and wonderful Pope like none others. That part sounds good. But then, according to her, when that ends then THE anti-christ will appear and we will be on the final battle ground for the end of time, not just the end of this time as we are now. This will be a period of time around 3 years or so. If this is true, I don’t think we are going to get all that much of a rest after all! There would be so much more need to sacrifice and do reparation in advance (like Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres who was a victim soul in Ecuador during the 1600’s, suffering specifically for the needs of our world today and who also brings to us hope through Our Lady of Good Success, again specifically for us, now). Also, regardless of any time-frame, if 3/4 of the world’s population dies suddenly, there would be so much prayer and sacrifice needed! After everything that is to happen, it is hard to imagine the human race falling again so low, so fast. But then, I know that is how is was with 9/11 on a mini scale – people ran to church right after the tragedy but stopped shortly thereafter. I am plenty busy with what is on my plate now, but I do wonder about this possibility of the Triumph being of just a relatively short duration and was interested in your thoughts. Thanks!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Connie, I do not know whether the Vatican has approved Ms. Jehenny’s messages or not. Perhaps someone more knowledgable on that than me can weigh in here. What little I have seen in snippets of her messages have never resonated with me though and, again, from what little I have seen, seem better at sowing dissension from within than shedding light. That could be because her message is off, because some have cherry-picked messages to advance fundamentally political claims, or that I have seen twisted versions of authentic messages. Though I say it often and though I think many just don’t believe me, it bears repeating here that I spend next to zero time pondering private revelation…so I am not conversant with most of it – and I do not intend to become so. My work is simple and straightforward: give people heart to endure the Storm and help carry them safely to the port on the other side. Then except for a few things, I am done. I do not know how long the world of peace will last after we arrive at that port…that is beyond my purview, But I don’t think I am exceeding my portfolio if I say I expect (though don’t know) it to be much longer than 30 years.

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  41. Lin says:

    I wanted to recommend three Catholic apocalyptic novels by the outstanding author, Michael O’Brien, all published by Ignatius Press:

    Plague Journal http://www.ignatius.com/Products/PJ-P/plague-journal.aspx
    Eclipse of the Sun http://www.ignatius.com/Products/ESUN-P/eclipse-of-the-sun.aspx
    Father Elijah http://www.ignatius.com/Products/FE-P/father-elijah.aspx

    Although these novels are not as pointed in terms of “What will things look like when total chaos happens” as the books we’ve discussed earlier in this thread, they are extremely rich in spiritual overtones and in presenting God’s victory over all. O’Brien obviously has a very deep faith and his writings reflect this. I can’t speak highly enough of his work!
    One final word of endorsement: He and Mark Mallett are friends! 😉

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    • Fran says:

      He is one of my very favorite authors, Lin, so I will second your endorsement! In fact, I am re-reading some of his books now. 🙂

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    • barb129 says:

      I love his books too! After I started reading Charlie’s blog last summer, I got all his books out from his Children of the Last Days series and reread them. Every time I read them, I get something new (spiritually) out of them.
      Besides the three that Lin mentioned, I also love Sophia House, another book in the series that I think is very helpful for preparing spiritually for the fullness of The Storm.

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  42. narnialion54 says:

    Hi Mick,
    I couldn’t reply to you…the reply button was used up!.
    Thank you for your kindness in praying for me. Sometimes it is hard for me to ask for help. 😉
    I guess it’s hard for all of us, more or less, to ask for help for ourselves unless we are dying or in intense pain and even then we hesitate.
    I was feeling forlorn, and your email HEARTENED me. (got the word from Charlie…;love it!)
    Thanks for the info about bison pumps. No, I didn’t know about them…I have just forwarded the link to my husband. If the collapse holds off for a while maybe we can consider it. You really have thought this whole thing through!
    Thanks again,
    Narnia

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  43. Mick says:

    Glad I could help, Narnia. But, hey, we’re family; and that’s what family does, right? 🙂

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