Change is Coming…to This Website

Shoot-the-rapids By Charlie Johnston In November of 2013 I realized that I needed more than the functionality my Facebook platform gave me to accomplish what I wanted in writing about these things. That led to me starting this website in January of 2014, and launching it seriously a year ago this month. It took a great leap in July of last year when Mark Mallett wrote his “Meeting in the Clearing” piece – and has grown steadily, with regular big leaps since then. Sometime in the next few days, we will surpass a million visitors since July, and over 14,000 comments. I can keep up with the website and emails…but only if I do nothing else. Oh, it doesn’t take all my time writing and such, but it requires a lot of contemplation. I am looking for some inspiration from above, for it is important to build on the intimacy and immediacy with which we have built so far. But my job is to prepare and fortify people to endure the Storm. These writings are a critical part of that, but just a part…and I need to not neglect the other things that are a part, too. Certainly, nothing big will happen until mid-April anyway…and maybe not until sometime in May. But I am going to get more people involved here, so as to free up time to do the other things that will be more necessary as we get into deeper water. It will not be a matter of getting people who will do just as I would do: the key to building successful movements is to lay out some groundwork, then unleash others’ creative force from their authentic personality, as God made them. Unleash that, and you have a force that can move mountains. I want to let you know I am thinking and praying on how to move to the next level in a way that deepens everyone’s involvement while preserving and building upon the sense of community that is our strength here. We have begun well here in the last year. It has become obvious to me that many of you have really internalized the determination to acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to those around you – to live the ordinary with extraordinary devotion. It is time to expand our mission. There are a whole lot of solid missionaries here. Time to figure out how to put everyone to work.

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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126 Responses to Change is Coming…to This Website

  1. Charlie, I am writing this at 2:23 a.m. while my tea warms up so I can have an extra dose of paracetamol that will allow me to sleep for the next four hours. A tropical flu is not fun to have but it is a great “natural purifier” as lots of water goes through one’s system. That is why I am up at this ungodly hour reading your godly thoughts! 🙂
    The thoughts I am “getting” lately have a lot to do with catechizing lots of people and that seems to be an imminent task if I am understanding things well. Huge signs from Heaven may move millions to accept Christ and the Church. This is a battle for souls and Christ is going to win the battle. So I dare to say Christ is about to catch many, many fish in His net as the barque of the Church nears the shore. That seems to be the underlying message of St John’s Bosco’s prophetic dream, and also of the last apparition of Our Lord to the disciples described in the Gospel of John when the nets would not burst in spite of the abundant number of fish caught in it by the Lord’s instruction.
    The Lord has to catch us working in feeding His people at the proper time. Happy are those doing so when He arrives. The conclusion seems obvious to me.

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    • Kati says:

      I absolutely agree with you about this, Carlos. Maybe we could all share regarding resources that we are presently using or know to be very effective. Something we are now looking at and hope to get is the Symbolon course Produced by the Augustine Institute. We may integrate this into our RCIA program for next year. We know people who are using it and LOVE it….not only for RCIA but to renew the faith of the entire parish. Here’s a link: http://www.symboloncatholic.org
      We have also used excerpts from Fr. Barrons’s CATHOLICISM video series. You can find it here: http://catholicism.wordonfire.org

      It would also be important to have an intercessory prayer group to support all catechetical endeavors in the parish! 🙂

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      • Kati, thank you for letting me know about the Symbolon. I am going to look into it too. Christians of the early ages of the Church used what they had at hand to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ, i.e. the Roman roads, and the primitive mail system that allowed people to communicate from Britannia to Asia Minor, from Belgium or Germany to Palestine. It was Christians who invented the codex that eventually became our books, a bunch of pages of the same size held together by strings on one side, forming a spine. That was a revolutionary invention. St Paul in the Areopagus of Athens took his turn to speak to the men of Athens who regularly assembled there to hear various speakers. Thinking of that I wondered where are the “empty spaces” we can use today just like he did. I detected a few and then designed a way to get to those spaces effectively. It would be long and technical to describe this but it is available to all. Simply contact me through Facebook or through my website (http://casorosendi.com) using the CONTACT feature and I will pass it on to you. It is really a simple idea and anyone can do it to the extent of their own resources.

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      • audiemarie2014 says:

        Our Bible study group just finished the Symbolon course and it was great. It taught me (still fairly new back in the Church) and the others so much. Highly recommend it too!

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  2. Kris R. says:

    I have waited for this moment of action for oh so long now. Not to get to it, but rather to get through it. I am praying for that needed steadfastness. Here I am Lord, your servant is listening. Use me as You will.

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  3. Vanessa Joy says:

    Change indeed is coming. Most people sense it in the air. I love to encourage others to step out and plant seeds and let God cause the growth. The harvest is indeed plentiful and as Jesus says, the workers are few.

    I am a Catholic convert from the Protestant faith…I was a 25 year old Bible only Protestant and I converted to the fullness of faith in 2002. . God has graciously given me Holy Boldness to evangelize. I ask simple questions of others and thank them from my heart for their service, I look for something good and encourage them and then take the opportunity to invite them to experience a life changing tip! . I have amazing stories of absolute miracles on the sidewalk,in restaurants, grocery stores, malls, with these spiritual business cards. With each order,, I always have a Priest pray over my business cards and use holy water as well..

    I might ask the strangers in my everyday moments, after I chat a bit about life this question, “Would you like a TIP to help you along your journey in life? We all need great tips everyday!” I state with joy and sincerity in my voice.

    GUESS WHAT? 85 percent of everyone I meet,takes my “spiritual business card.” . The few who don’t take my card, often say, “I am an atheist.”

    Are you a truth seeking atheist? That’s the best kind of atheist to be, open minded.. Take one for later. You might just become a more ardent atheist or you might begin to believe you are loved by God. Sometimes they take them with a smile.

    I began handing these quality printed spiritual business cards about 4 years ago. I use extra firm slick paper. It is not easy to bend and not easily trashed. It is a lovely design with an image of Jesus pointing to the left of all these great Catholic Websites to visit on the front and back! I actually entitle my card, “websites to visit” with my favorite quote by Augustine just below, WEBSITES TO VISIT. “The God who made you without your cooperation will not save you without your cooperation.” I have the following websites and free catholic apps listed on the front and back of the card. You can make your own and give out the websites that the Spirit might want you to share with others. For example I printed: , “Catholicscomehome.org,
    Catholic.com- facts, lovematters.com- dating tips, The realpresence.org- Miracle.., directionforourtimes.org, goodconfession.com, maritalhealing.com-, NFPandmore.org
    The last quote I have on the back side, is my second favorite quote, “Nothing is far from God.”
    Saint Monica.

    There are too many hungry, lonely, desperate souls all around us who are knocking at the door of the brothel, seeking something more. We need to step out of our comfort zones and be that something more. THE BUILDING IS ON FIRE, and most people are living their lives as ZOMBIES looking for the next feel good hit. I love that famous quote by Chesterton. “The man who is knocking at the door of brothel is a lot closer to the heart of God than the man who is in the pew thanking God that he is not like him.”

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    • joanp62 says:

      Vanessa, those spiritual “business” cards sound like a wonderful idea. I wonder if Charlie would let you post a photo of them.

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      • CrewDog says:

        The Business Card idea is great but, IMHO, be careful about becoming too pushy or preachy … Yeah! … It’s a tough line to figure out. As a Renegade Catholic growing up in the Bible Belt South I’ve run into too many smug Born Again Know-It-Alls that give me a pain in the ………. and this goes for you … I’ve always lived in a Catholic Womb in Boston and I know it all! Here is something simple that I’ve been doing lately when running into neighbors or folks at the grocery store/gas station when the conversation turns to “Hard Times Coming”. I’ll say something like” Yeah! … but I believe that The Father, Son and Holy Ghost is in control of …. whatever .. and see what reaction I get.
        GOD GUIDE AND SAVE ALL HERE!! 😉

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      • Kati says:

        I also like the idea of seeing a picture of this card. By the way, THANKS, Vanessa!!!!

        And, as CrewDog says, we have hopefully asked God to grant us His Divine appointments with those He wishes us to speak to during the day. With discernment always…..though most I believe, would be far more likely to be a bit timid and holding back. We need to know our personality and then trust and place ourselves in the hands of God.

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    • ellenchris says:

      So good to hear from you, Vanessa. You go, girl!

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    • Pat says:

      Wow you are an inspiration Vanessa! Thank You! What a great idea, I would venture to say that you might put those cards in an envelope when you pay your bills. Somebody at the other end will open it! God Bless our converts who are on fire for the Lord!

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    • Nancy D says:

      Beautifully written, GREAT idea, inspiring results. I am thanking God for the wonderful gifts He has given you and the souls He is busy saving because of your “Yes!” Keep on keeping on, sister!

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    • Connie Major says:

      I love this idea of spiritual business cards! Also, I’ve been thinking it would be a good idea to have a supply of rosaries with instructions on how to pray them if (when) the time comes when we do not have easy internet access as we do now.

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      • Kathy P. says:

        Connie…we are with you on having a supply of rosaries. Our daughter dreamt recently that Jesus asked her to buy 50 rosaries for future use. We are doing just that! She is disabled and blessed with many graces, so we have learned to listen. She also plans for instructions and miraculous medals…all blessed of course. Thanks to everyone here!

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        • Connie Major says:

          Kathy, that is an amazing dream your daughter had! A few years ago I heard a priest say that he was fully anticipating being in the confessional for 18-hour stretches in the near future. Once people come to the full realization of their great need to repent they would seek an opportunity for confession desperately. I envisioned having rosaries available then. I guess we will see pretty soon.

          In thinking about preparation I am reminded of a situation in my neighborhood from a few years ago. I live in a very modest neighborhood in a not so affluent town. Every year when the weather warmed up, swarms of kids would come out of nowhere (sometimes from surrounding neighborhoods) and hang out. And they congregated, not always but often right outside my house which is on a corner. It was annoying, sort of scary, dangerous, and really weird because there is nothing there – no store, no park, no nothing, not even an empty lot. Just my house. I and my neighbors called the police any number of times over the span of a few years. One night there were about 100 kids right outside my house! Then, a couple of years ago a few women knocked on my door. We chatted a bit and I found out that they were neighbors who were members of one of the protestant churches in the neighborhood. They too were tired of all these gangs of kids making life miserable for everyone else. So, a small but mighty contingent of them had started walking up and down the streets, praying for the neighborhood. Somewhere, between the power of the police and the power of prayer, the hordes of kids disappeared! I think just praying through whatever neighborhoods or routes we travel every day, as we go about our usual business will help when our business becomes not-so-usual in the near future.

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          • marie says:

            🙂 ‘like’ and ‘Amen!’

            “I think just praying through whatever neighborhoods or routes we travel every day, as we go about our usual business”

            I try to do this myself – as often as I remember 🙂 Thanks, Connie, for the reminder.

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        • Mick says:

          Kathy, perhaps you already know of somewhere to get Miraculous Medals in bulk for a good price. If not, here’s a link to the Vincentians in Perryville, Missouri. If you buy more than 10 medals, the cost is 8 cents each. After your purchase, the priests bless the medals before sending them to you.

          http://www.amm.org/M002_M002-Aluminum_Miraculous_Medals.aspx?panel=3&productid=573&categoryid=34

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      • Mick says:

        Connie and Kathy, if you would like to be able to give a way the maximum number of rosaries for the lowest cost, you might consider making them. Our Lady’s Rosary Makers, a small organization in Louisville, KY, sells supplies for making cord-and-plastic-bead rosaries for the missions. They sell the supplies at cost so that people can afford to make rosaries to send to mission territories. Since the whole world will soon be mission territory, my family has stocked up on rosary-making supplies. The rosaries are easy to make: it takes about 15 minutes per rosary, at a cost of 11 cents per rosary. Even young children can string the beads, if somebody older can tie the knots for them. Anyhow, the instructions provided are simple, and the resulting rosaries are quite sturdy. If you’re interested, here’s the link:

        https://www.rosarymakingparts.com/item-details.php?invid=CBK&category=N

        This link is for the beginners’ kit. It is $6.90 and has everything necessary to make 50 rosaries. This works out to about 14 cents per rosary. This is a bit more expensive per rosary than if you were to buy the bulk components separately, but it’s a great way to get started for a minimal investment.

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  4. marti says:

    Build it and they will come! I’m thrilled for you that so many have come to read about your mission and the storm that is coming. We have so much to offer for this lent…may my small sacrifice add to your fruit basket an abundant harvest and many blessings my friend.

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  5. Julia says:

    Well Charlie, I am keeping my head down, just in case you pick on me LOL!

    I pray for your successful plan to appoint other Sherpa’s though.

    God bless you and all those who feel they can get on your team of leaders.

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  6. Anne not says:

    Briefly told a friend about your site but did not mention the word storm. she commented ….oh you talking about the storm before the calm!

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  7. LJD says:

    Ehem…Mid April, May? Dont suppose you just like to tease things like that and leave us all to our Hollywood themed imaginations on what that means. I hope you are inspired to something inspiring (for lack of a better word)! My biggest dilemma right now is the calm placed before me while watching other people’s boats take on water. I want to help, but I feel the Lord telling me “Wait, not yet.” So He is allowing more tests and temptations in the mundane dily life to keep me busy until I am needed. Dont really know what any of this means in the big picture, but if anyone understands it I figured it would be you. It was good to talk to you live the other day Charlie. Keep on fighting the good fight! LJD (Of the Cross)

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    • charliej373 says:

      Ah, the “Wait, not yet.” Story of my life, LJD. And yes, I enjoyed our chat, too.

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    • Lily says:

      Yes, I feel that too. My storm has been the last 4 years, or 7 or 12 depending on how you count it. Sometimes I could hardly breathe, and just when I thought I couldn’t go on, there was the grace to continue. God’s training is incredible. I can do things now I never thought possible. Now my life is fairly easy, in some ways, and yet trying in others – but not swamped with misfortune that I see so many others going through. But I’ve also seen myself at my worst.

      As far as doing anything to help, I am waiting too.

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  8. Charlene says:

    Dear Charlie,

    The marching order are very clear. I hope you don’t mind if I repeat this quote (acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to those around you – to live the ordinary with extraordinary devotion) end quote
    Missionary assignments are clear. Thankyou and God Bless your day.

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  9. Centurion_Cornelius says:

    How to do it, Charlie? Simple:

    Point people to the Cross.

    Our Lord Jesus on the Cross says it all.

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    • charliej373 says:

      With respect for your usual insightful comments, Centurion, isn’t that a bit of a platitude? If I just say, “Look to the Cross” is my work then done so I can quit the field and enjoy the grandkids? Every once in a while at political strategy sessions someone would exuberantly say the way to win was to get the most votes, substituting the goal for actual effective tactics and strategy to achieve that goal. Again, your comments are usually insightful and deep – but this simply states the goal, not how to effectively accomplish it.

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      • EllenChris says:

        There is a new Christian movie coming out (with Sean Astin and Mira Sorvino) called, *Do You Believe*. It starts out asking the question, “Do you believe in the Cross of Christ?” When the main character says, “Yes,” the other person then says, “Then What are you going to DO about it?” The movie opens in a limited engagement on March 20. Sounds like it would be cogent for us to see it. 🙂

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  10. Susan says:

    Charlie, please pray for me for discernment. I have never felt that I had any sweet skills like others. I think many times I make Gods head itch. (my dad is a very sweet, gentle dad, never raised his voice when we were growing up, but you knew when he had reached his tolerance when he vigorously scratched his head). Most times I see Wisdom and Prudence hiding just around the corner. Prudence is very sweet and always wants to rescue me from myself, but Wisdom grins and says, “Not just yet, she’s too fun to watch.” So as I muddle through life here’s my motherly 2 cents worth….Those who are planting a garden, be sure to plant extra for those in need. And the Solemnity of The Annunciation is just around the corner. Great time to start a Marian herb garden and have your seeds blessed. Our parish Respect Life Committee is hosting a pot luck dinner on the Annunciation. Waffles are the Traditional Feast Food! We’ll be making the waffles and everyone else will bring the toppings! Great time to gather the community. I am deeply touched at how much God loves us to give us several Solemnities in the middle of Lent. A loving Father for sure. I will try much harder not to make His head itch! Peace.

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    • Mick says:

      Ooh, great idea about having the seeds blessed, Susan! I’d forgotten all about that. When we lived in rural Illinois years ago, the Bishop had an annual Mass for the blessing of seeds. People would drive from all over the diocese to get their seeds blessed. There is no such Mass here in Michigan, so I’d forgotten about the practice. I’m going to pack up all my seeds and take them to my parish and ask my pastor to bless them. Thanks for the timely reminder.

      And you are so very right about planting extra for those in need. There are going to be so many hungry people! I believe that God will indeed multiply what we have if we are willing to share. What better way to show that we are willing to share than by stepping out in faith by planting a few extra rows of whatever?

      And in my ne’er-to-be-humble opinion, I think your advice is worth a bunch more than 2 cents. 🙂

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  11. radiclaudio says:

    🙂

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  12. Diane says:

    Charlie,

    Might I suggest a forum to have these discussions? I love reading the comments here and have found much grace and wisdom in them. However, they are not always as easy to follow or to go back to and perhaps a forum format where there can be several threads/discussiohs would be helpful.

    Just a thought.

    I am praying for you and all those in this family. I don’t comment much but my heart and prayers are here with all of you nonetheless. 🙂

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    • Ann says:

      A simple way to do this is open a new gmail account just for this blog. Then enter that gmail address in the box above on the right were it says “Follow Blog via Email.” That way, you will get every new post in that gmail account. Be sure and also check the boxes at the bottom of this list of comments, where it says, “Notify me of new comments via email.” Then just sign in to that account whenever you have spare time to read them. You can then delete each one after you read it, and the unread ones will still be there. Or, if you want to save any, you can sort them into folders. Or, just keep them all, as you choose. They will be in order according to when they were posted.

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      • Diane says:

        Thank you, Ann, for your thoughtful suggestion. I agree that would be helpful, but I do think a forum offers other advantages. For instance, I would like to ask a question about Living in the Divine Will to the others of the group, a forum would allow me to do that. Or if I wanted to pursue a further discussion about using some of the suggestions for my Type 1 diabetic daughter (a discussion in the comments on another post), I could do so under a thread just for that purpose so that not all members of the group who aren’t interested in that discussion would have to read it. As our group grows, I think these things would be more and more helpful.

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  13. anthonymullendivineantidote says:

    Come Holy Spirit! We beg you for your Seven Gifts especially Wisdom and Counsel!

    You may want to select up to three people who will be comments moderator whom you trust and who have the necessary experience and kindness. They can handle all the comments they choose. You would handle only those you must and only after some important issue was raised. People will understand that there will often be a delay in Charlie commenting.

    I would also urge that those who feel called to spread the Flame of Love and Divine Mercy have a separate group. I am willing to take that on as your Alliance Partner, since this is what we have been called to do. Perhaps, you could take a look at divineantidote.wordpress.com to see what we are doing to help people grow in Grace and Holiness. May God’s Will be perfectly done! Fiat! Love in Christ, your brother, Tony

    Sent from my iPad

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    • EllenChris says:

      Anthony — I am very glad to see that you are up and around and feeling better after your bout with the flu. Thank you for this and for your previous comments. Many blessings to you, Ellen

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  14. Nancy D says:

    We’re all in this together, thank God. You and me, we’re comrades-in-arms. The fact that I’m not alone – that none of us are alone – keeps me going. God has the plan, so I don’t have to. I just have to be available, and that I am. I have to keep my focus on Him and follow Him in “all those footsteps He has prepared for me to walk in”. I have to acknowledge Him in every moment, take the next right step He puts in front of me and be a sign of hope to those whose paths I cross on this journey. I will try to be faithful. I am determined to be faithful. Oh God, help me to be faithful.

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  15. waitingNwondering says:

    Recently I’ve had the recurring thought that– if Our Blessed Mother has indeed been appearing to visionaries on earth these many years–it’s possible that her requests to pray more, fast, read the Bible, go to Confession, attend Mass regularly, etc., might be intended to strengthen our faith so that we can walk a rocky road and help others do likewise.

    Vanessa, speaking of helping others, you might do well to add to your list of Websites this marvelous audio series called ‘RCIA for Catholics.” Once you listen to the first installment, you will understand the title. The site where the series can be downloaded in .mp3 format is here:
    https://www.avemariaradio.net/archive-categories/christ-is-the-answer/page/47/

    You may want to bookmark that site, because the entire series is difficult to find using the site’s search engine, or any search engine, for that matter. After downloading the first installments, one then must click on “newer entries” on the bottom right side of the page, to see and download some of the remaining installments. Then, “rinse and repeat.”

    Fr. John Riccardo is a wonderful speaker and priest. I believe many people will actually ENJOY listening to his efforts to help us grow in faith. (In other words, it won’t be like brushing one’s teeth, i.e., something to do because “it’s good for you.” It’s more like the candy BEFORE the brush!)

    Hope this helps someone!

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    • Kati says:

      This is terrific! Thanks, WaitingNwondering. 😉

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    • Mick says:

      Fr. John Riccardo rocks! His parish is about an hour from where I live. When my daughter had heart surgery 17 months ago, we were talking to the surgeon immediately after the surgery. In the course of the conversation, not only did we find out that she was Catholic (I had been praying for weeks that whoever performed the operation might be Catholic), but that she and her husband are good friends with Fr. Riccardo as well as parishioners at his parish. Boy, was I jazzed about that!

      The surgeon told us that their parish stopped listing which priest was saying which Masses throughout the week. The reason: so many people were showing up at Fr. Riccardo’s Masses that there wasn’t room in the Church for everybody.

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  16. Carmelite says:

    For those sitting on the fence, you might take a look at this: http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2015/March/Miracle-Survivors-Tell-of-Boko-Harams-Unspeakable-Evil/
    “These are people who have lived their lives in abundance and all of a sudden they have been stripped of all their belongings and they are living in places that are not their homes at all,” said Mark Lipdo, who has helped thousands through his Christian human rights group Stefanos Foundation.
    May we stay close to Our Lord and Our Lady. God bless all.

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  17. Leslie R says:

    I (and my wife) are fairly new to your site, and I give thanks to Our Lord that we have found it. It is truly a joy to link up with like-minded Catholics (though not sure if all are Catholic). And, re: Luisa, for instance, I find it interesting how Our Lord has groomed you, Charlie, to be our guide. I give thanks to Him and you for your wisdom and understanding.

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    • charliej373 says:

      While it is majority Catholic here, we do have quite a few Protestants and a decent number of faithful Jews as well. I am in private communications with several Protestant pastors. Alas, no rabbis just yet. God is calling all His faithful to live solidarity in the work and the trials before us.

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  18. Lin says:

    Looking forward to “the unveiling” in April/May!

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  19. Regina says:

    Yes excuse me, but I would like to know what you mean by “the storm”. From the quick changes in the world, I would say we are already in a storm. It seems to me that you are saying to prepare for the storm…..could you please explain. Thank you.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Regina, I must ask you to go to the search feature at the upper right hand of the page and put in the search terms, “The Storm.” It will pull up all posts related to this subject, which has been the most extensively discussed of any here. But yes, you are correct, we are already in the Storm, but nowhere near its full fury yet.

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  20. narnialion54 says:

    Wow, Charlie! I used to whitewater canoe and kayak in the South back in my days in Atlanta. Nantahalla, French Broad, Nollichucky, Chattooga, and here, in Pittsburgh, the Youghiogheny (the Yough pr. yock). Mostly class 2-3 and some 4’s and 5’s. Got pinned underwater against rocks a number of times, many wonderful adventures. However, that is some serious whitewater in your photo above. Class 5-6, maybe? As my instructors used to say, don’t grab for the gunwales (sides of the boat), which is the first instinct. . Hang on to your paddle and paddle HARD! O how I miss those days 😉

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  21. Tom R says:

    A Few buddy’s and I got together Saturday night and were looking for a movie to rent. We decided to get Exodus on Comcast and it was really good with a little different spin on things. I keep thinking the way the movie was written . God came as a little boy to Moses and He told Moses it will take a generation to free your peoe the way you are doing it. Moses then asked “what do you want me to do” and God said nothing just watch and I will take care of it, it’s in his hands now That statement makes me feel like we are in the same times. The storm hit Egypt and a storm will hit us soon and we must be ready.

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  22. Gabriela says:

    Charlie, I want to thank you for that much needed that reality check of “nothing big will happen until mid-April anyway…and maybe not until sometime in May”. It’s not that I don’t believe we are in the Storm and it is going to get much, much worse but sometimes it just seems like such an abstract concept so far away somewhere in the future. It often doesn’t seem real! The idea that our lives are going to get tossed upside down seems so foreign. I’ve been thinking about doing small prep stuff, we have 4 kids between 2-6, so it would seem prudent. But I, like I am sure a lot of people out there, tend to procrastinate with these things. Reading your words this morning about something happening mid-April/ May made things very, very real. As I was out running errands I decided to start getting some small things for an emergency kit (band-aids, advil, tweezers, etc.), extra water, candles, etc. the things that stores always run out of when there is an emergency. I started making a list and will make this more of a priority, picking up a couple things here and there when I am out and about. I have a time line now, which always helps move things along 🙂 Thank-you Charlie!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Oh dear, Gabriela, I hate to disappoint, but the only thing I was talking about happening in mid-April or sometime in May is me changing up how things are done here. I have gotten very reticent about giving signposts about such things here any more. After having given what I thought were dead-on accurate predictions about the progression of things, I found people are invariably dismayed when the nuclear winter they imagine I meant does not come to pass…so I just stick pretty closely to general signs of the times and emphasizing what to do whatever comes. That does not mean that nothing will happen in that timeframe, just that I was only talking about how I will be handling certain things.

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      • waitingNwondering says:

        Hi Charlie,

        I just saw your response above to the “April-May” event confusion, so I want to amend my question below.

        Allow me to replace “April-May” with 2017. If that year comes and goes–and the world looks very similar to today’s world– how might you explain?

        Thanks again!

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        • charliej373 says:

          It may surprise you, but I don’t occupy my thoughts with that at all. I have spent some 50 years being told things – and seeing them come to pass. For the last 20, I have shared them with priests who have seen the same thing. My whole focus has been to help people to get through these troubles. If I succeed and I am right, then I will retire and enjoy my family. If I am wrong, I will retire and enjoy what I can. But even if I have been misled somehow, anyone can see now that our troubles are not going to go away. As my priests and I have joked for a decade, you don’t have to be a prophet to see where we are headed now. In either case, what I am doing is helping many people to be steady and deal with the crises that already surround us. I can meet my maker having done that and trust Him – for I have done something brutally hard with faith and fortitude.

          I have long since had all vanity purged from me about being “right” about such a thing. I promised if this Storm came I would step up to help people endure. It is upon us and I am living my promise from when I was a child in the early 60s. I have been told the Rescue comes in very late 2017. For 50 years I have been told true. I was specifically told to publicize that – when I would much rather have just kept it to myself. I have obeyed. I have done many things wrong over the course of my life…but I have kept faith with my promise. That is enough for me. If in this final instance, I was not told true, you would not see me trying to “explain” at all like some mealy-mouthed politician. If we are still under assault, I will do my best to rally the troops. If we are under assault and the delay discredits my usefulness, I will quit the field with no little gratitude for not having to worry about it any more. If we have been delivered, I will rejoice with the rest of you – and be grateful I can retire. I expect the latter, but leave room for either of the former.

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          • pblostivich says:

            Charlie, so many times you mention that after all is done with, you are going to “retire” and enjoy your family, and work on the shrine.  I always smile when I read this, because I think, ‘Well, pal, we’ll see.  God may have other plans in the works for you that you don’t know about yet…’  🙂   God’s funny like that…(ha, ha funny I mean.)

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          • charliej373 says:

            Oh Lord, I hope not. I have been hurting since my neurological surgery 12 years ago, I fatigue easily, like a wimp I have to rest a lot so as not to trigger an episode of disorientation and worse…I can live with all that and press on, even intensely. One of the nicest things about the pilgrimage was that, for all its hardships, I was responsible for no one but myself. I look forward to that easy freedom again…it is kind of the other shore for me in the deep waters I am in now.

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          • Mary Ann says:

            It strikes me that you were told much like the apostles were told: the Son of Man will be given into the hands of men and suffer and die, and rise on the third day. That’s all. The rising on the third day (rescue in the third year) part is to sustain their hope. Funny, they did what we do. They began to discuss and debate what rising meant!:)

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          • charliej373 says:

            Oh my…that is a deeply profound insight you have, Mary Ann.

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        • SteveBC says:

          waitingNwondering, I think I would like to chime in by saying that the world from 2018 on will look *at first* much like what our world looked like a few years ago, with people working at many of today’s companies, paying bills and mortgage payments, going to the beach, driving cars. The difference will be that everyone’s *attitude* will be transformed, suddenly and irrevocably. They (We?) will be living more for God than themselves or their own egos.

          Those new attitudes will cause us all to make much different decisions and choices from early 2018 on. The changes will start quickly, but the results of those changes may not be apparent in many cases for years or decades.

          Very few people live according to God’s Will these days, and the results are apparent, are they not?

          Now imagine a world where almost *everyone* lives for God and their neighbor. Those with new attitudes will slowly but inevitably transform our infrastructure and our organizations to conform to the new attitudes, and the amount of change will accelerate as time goes by. A couple hundred years from now, the world will be amazingly different from what it would have been if we were to continue until then with our current attitudes.

          Attitudes can change overnight. The “stuff” of our world will take longer to change, but it will.

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          • charliej373 says:

            When you have a pack of wildcats tearing through your house, the first order of business is to get the wildcats out of there. That is akin to the Rescue. But after that is accomplished, you still have a house just torn up by wildcats to deal with. I deal with the wildcats…you deal with the cleanup.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Who, me? I’m looking around wildly to see if there is someone else you are talking to, Charlie. 😀

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          • waitingNwondering says:

            Thanks to ya’ both for such thoughtful responses! Happy I was wrong!

            From my POV, it’s hard to imagine a world populated by folks who ALL believe that God exists. What a wonderful world that would indeed be!.(Thanks Louis Armstrong for the inspiration!)

            ‘Guess I believe that there will always be “doubters,” even in the face of hard evidence. An “otherwise wise” priest I know once said that usually, the only one who is converted by a miracle, is the person to whom it happened.

            Curious regarding your take on that? Doubting Thomas’s even after what happens happens?

            Thanks!

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          • SteveBC says:

            Yeah, waitingNwondering, I would say there would still be doubters and bad people.

            Before the Crucifixion the ratio of corrupted to genuine apostles was 1 out of 12 even in Christ’s physical presence, so I’d say there will still be sinners and the occasional bad person after the Rescue. Unlike now, the bad persons just won’t be numerous enough to run things into the ground as they appear to be doing now.

            Once word of the Resurrection got around, the doubting/believing ratio among the remaining apostles was 1 out of 11, was it not? I’m sure there will be room for doubters after the Rescue, but they won’t be outweighing those who do not doubt.

            Of course, that begs the question, will the Rescue happen?

            Here’s another: Do you doubt it will happen?

            That latter is an interesting question, of course, since even Charlie is not sure it will happen until it actually does, so for now we are all doubters. Or we are hopeful, which is in some ways the other (positive) face of doubt.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Well, I do have better reason to believe than you folks…50 years better. And some close to me have 20 years worth of reason to believe.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Charlie, that’s good, I’m glad to hear you are solid on that. You and I have traded comments about being bummed if New Year’s Day of 2018 comes without the Rescue having happened. I take your comment here to mean you may joke about that but do not in fact doubt it come. That helps me get more solid about it myself, because you have great credibility with me by now. And I have less than a year with you so far. 🙂

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      • MMBev says:

        Like Gabriela, I took the time frame to refer to Storm Warnings. I had just prayed the pray of Miraculous Trust that my son and daughter in law would be able to come back from Maui where they are headed next week. My heart hit a rollercoaster ride, as I first read, incorrectly, your words, and now your reply to Gabriela. Hummm.
        And there I was thinking, I will have time to paint those two bedrooms after all… Well, I think I will anyway. It will either be hilariously funny, or I will get them done. It just proves that I am trusting totally in God, because just before that prayer, I prayed one for me, that He will enable me to live in a “normal routine”, which I really desperately need. I am not hesitant to pray for others, but I haven’t asked Him for me. This blog and comments has inspired me to do so. Since my husband died at almost the end of 2008, I have not been successful doing this AT ALL.
        I’ll just take your words as prophetic or not, Charlie. Either way it’s ok.

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      • Gabriela says:

        Hi Charlie, thank you for the clarification and my apologies for jumping to conclusions. Re-reading the article, my interpretation does seem to be out of context! On a positive note, at least this got my procrastinating read end moving 🙂 Not just in terms of the physical prep but also the spiritual prep. My initial thought (when I miss-interpreted the timeline) was sadness. I thought about all those people that couldn’t be saved because there wasn’t a lot of time left to pray for them. I am glad to hear that you didn’t actually say what I thought you said… it means we may have more time to pray 🙂

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    • Lily says:

      Hi Gabriela, please forgive this brief post, but I couldn’t go to bed without leaving a short reply. I have 4 kids under 7. I am a procrastinator too. My current next right step is to see that I am providing for my immediate family of six as best as I can. My job is feeding and caring for them, regardless of whatever happens. Anyway, to make a long story short, we are doubling our garden from last year for ourselves, and doubling it again to share with others. We are in process of completing our quarterly ‘stock’ of all non perishables, soaps, frozen bread and frozen vegetables. In particular, we will be buying quite a lot of rice, various lentils, coconut milk, salt, spices, peanut butter, jam, olive oil. I feel like this gives us a good starting point, so that I have something to feed my kiddos in the initial chaos that has a lot of calories/nutrition and little prep work. What will happen afterwards, I trust God for. Anyway, I don’t mean any criticism, only solidarity as one mother of littles to another! 🙂

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      • Gabriela says:

        Hi Lily, thank you for your post. I am glad to see that there are other mom’s on here in the same position. I did not take your post as criticism 🙂

        The garden is a great idea. We tried it a couple years ago but snails pretty much ate everything. I was planning on giving it another shot this summer, I bought some organic heirloom seeds and will be doing a bit of research re: the snail situation. I would also like to plant a couple fruit trees. I love the idea of having fruit in a garden.

        We have also started stocking up on non-perishables. We are stocking pretty much what you are stocking. I completely agree with the requirements being little prep work and high calories/ nutrition. I also like the bean soup mixes and instant oatmeal, not sure if you thought about those.

        The two major things on our list are a gravity countertop water filter (we are close to a little stream) and a wood burning stove (we back on the a little forest). Our neighbourhood is fairly new so there aren’t many homes with wood burning stoves and it gets quite cold in the winter (I live is south western Ontario, Canada). I figure if the power goes out, we can stay warm and our neighbours can join us.

        So like you, I am trying to focus on the basics shelter (warmth), food, and water. I figure God will take care of the rest. I think I will add to my list rosaries and “how to” booklets to my list though, like one of the commenters above suggested. I think when things start to unfold a lot of people will be turning to God but won’t know what to do. Given the power of the rosary, it will be a good start.

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  23. Bonnie C says:

    Charlie, Thank you for helping us prepare our hearts!

    My husband suggested that we ask our neighbor, a HAM Radio enthusiast, for his contact information so that we might give it to our son who is in the Navy, “just in case” he needs to contact us off the grid. Thought maybe someone else here might think this useful. Also, sorry if my suggestion is redundant.

    God bless!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Not redundant at all, Bonnie. In fact, that is the sort of down-to-earth practical suggestion that is most valuable as these times advance. Avoid large, complicated schemes, take little things like that that can have real value, and trust God. That will do it.

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  24. waitingNwondering says:

    Hello again, all!

    Charlie I’ve wanted to ask you a question for a long time and–to borrow a cliche– I figure “now is as good a time as any.” No need to answer, or even post this comment if it makes you at all uncomfortable to answer, or–for whatever reason– you CANNOT answer.

    Earlier you wrote that you anticipated that something big would happen (I’m paraphrasing) in April or May of this year. My question is: If July arrives and world events don’t look very different from those taking place at the moment, how would you explain that?

    I believe you to be sincere (in addition to being a gifted writer) and I believe you would have the humility to admit that you misinterpreted what you had been told, or offer up another plausible explanation for “the storm” looking more like a regular rain or even a lovely summer day full of the “same old same old.”

    Can you speculate–or are you be WILLING to speculate about a possible answer to that?

    Thanks!

    P.S. By the way, I’ve been searching my mind for a possible acronym that will help me commit to memory the three steps you talk about. They are good steps to take in ANY crisis. I think that perhaps T T T might cover it:

    1) Trust (God)
    2) Take (the next right step)
    3) Testify to hope

    No doubt someone can come up with something better, but I like the concept of using the letter T, because St. Francis apparently believed that it was more like the cross upon which Jesus was crucified, rather than a cross with a vertical top extension. That is why the Tau is known as the cross of St. Francis.

    Thanks!
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    • charliej373 says:

      No, I didn’t, Waiting. I said I am going to change the way I do things here. As I have said before, I have gotten very reticent about speaking about such things, as people’s expectations are vastly different from what I actually say. As an example, I said I am going to do things in a much different way here by mid-April or in May…and you are the second one to interpret that to mean something huge is going to happen in the world, when I said nothing at all about that. I once talked about collapse and gave some timeframes…the world is aflame with Christians and children being burned alive and crucified en masse, the financial system is visibly held together now with paper clips and rubber bands, Europe is like a row of dominoes with an itchy Islamic finger pushing them all while Russia growls menacingly, Christians in America are faced with fines, confiscations and loss of their jobs and businesses for living their faith – and people honest to goodness tell me that nothing has happened. I must be wrong. Well, there are none so blind as those who will not see…and since so many will not accept that big things have and are happening unless there is a hail of nuclear detonations, I am much more inclined to let things happen as they will and exhort you all to handle it however it comes.

      AS for an acronym, one that has gotten common here is T-D-L: acknowledge God (Trust), take the next right step (Do), and be a sign of hope (Love). I think Bev came up with it originally – but it has become a pretty standard abbreviation.

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      • SteveBC says:

        Charlie, maybe you should edit the title of this post to “Change is Coming … To This Website”. The ellipsis gives everyone an opportunity to freak out, and then they read the rest and relax. 🙂

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        • charliej373 says:

          Done, Steve. Holy cow, folks…sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, as Freud was reputed to have said.

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          • MMBev says:

            I’m on the floor! Especially after my own assumptions! Steve, that is just hilarious. Just think of the panic as all the regulars hit the site and found a name change. Squealing and shrieking and yelling and screaming…..it would be heard all over North America. Charlie, I think you should go for it. Make it a surprise though, because we’re expecting this one.

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          • Mick says:

            🙂

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    • waitingNwondering says:

      Can we have an “acronym contest?” A poll? Ha! (we could then get bumper stickers and buttons. I’ll bet Charlie knows JUST where to order them!)

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  25. Crystal says:

    I know you are going to find a great way to get this done, Charlie. We are all praying for you! I would like to make one suggestion which you have probably already considered, but I have learned not to assume 🙂
    You have some amazing people who contribute on a regular basis, and every once in a while a newcomer who throws out a ‘gem’. Occasionally , in response, you make a statement such as “Now you are coming to true wisdom” or something to that effect. It might take a herculean effort, but could one of the regulars go through and pull these out? Put out general big topics, then the relevant comments…maybe something like Common Questions and Answers. Frankly, sometimes I find that the comments section is as insightful if not more so than the article, because this is where clarification comes in. But it gets all mixed up in all the comments and it is almost impossible to find answers quickly.
    This might be just one little slice of what you are packing in our backpacks for the climb, but it would be very helpful. Thxs!

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    • charliej373 says:

      I think that is a great idea, Crystal…but a daunting one. I know I am not going to tackle it. As I mentioned, there are now over 14,000 comments here alone since last summer. I really did not expect this to grow as explosively as it has.

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      • Crystal says:

        I completely agree that it will be a daunting venture, but honestly, it would be a true blessing that someone (may one who is homebound?) could take on for the rest of us. I wasn’t thinking it would be you, Charlie. I would throw out names of those whose names appear regularly and seem to be right on target, but I am hoping that the Holy Spirit will call someone forth. You, of course, would have final say before anything is posted on your website. This might actually be a JOY for someone who is committed to helping others through the storm but is not able to be on the front line.. more like editing a climbing instruction manual versus leading the hike.

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        • waitingNwondering says:

          I think that’s a wonderful idea! You’re nominated for the work!

          (Seriously, perhaps you could divide and assign month-by-month?
          Thanks for posting your suggestion for an FAQ (or something like that).

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      • Charlie, remember the words of Our Lord “You will do greater things than these” tempered by “Without me, you can’t do anything.” So, off the boat, eyes fixed in Jesus, one step at a time over the raging waves we go. We can do anything in Him.
        Last December when I mentioned that idea to you (remember?) I forgot to mention how its modularity helps to make it more like a virus. One can launch many projects and they will take a life of their own. That idea has been used slightly differently to promote various things. I really hope to be able to implement it one day. I believe it was a gift from the Lord.

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      • Mick says:

        I like the idea. If perhaps 50 of us could go through 300 comments apiece, we’d be done. I’d be willing to do that; and I bet 49 other people would be, too. Thoughts?

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        • Crystal Sullivan says:

          That’s what I was hoping for, Mick! I would certainly be “in” but only if Charlie thinks its a good idea and only if he thinks we would be the ones to do it… I couldn’t help noticing that Petra seemed very internet savvy…. sure would love to have someone with that kind of “internet talent” on board to make our job easier. I’ll keep praying!

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  26. A cooperative of faithful acting in consort with the Church at a grass roots level to instil hope & mercy to wandering sheep. Employ the resources of the Church itself, that’s what they’re there for. Perhaps your priest confidants can assist in this, Padre Pio was effective in this, perhaps through his intercession he may assist you.

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  27. donna says:

    sheesh, Charlie, you are talking about getting help in April or May to answer and write the blog and I think people here are thinking you mean something is going to happen in this timeline about the storm…..maybe you can clarify?

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    • charliej373 says:

      I have tried to clarify three times now, Donna. At this point, I have said what I have said and if people insist on imputing a meaning to it I never gave, I can’t keep spending time explaining it. Let your yes mean yes and your no mean no, as our Master once said.

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      • luvmercy5775 says:

        In an effort to “get you off the hook” Charlie, seems something BIG will be occurring in April. Take a look at this.

        Passover Blood Moon Preceded by Exceedingly Rare Solar Eclipse – Israel News

        What’s more, as is often “NOT” the case, this year, Holy Week lines up exactly with Passover. The evening of Good Friday is the time when Jews around the world will hold Passover Sedars.

        To God be the glory…worthy is the Lamb that was slain.

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      • joanp62 says:

        If I may, the way you wrote it in your post, it wasn’t clear what you were speaking of when you wrote “something big happening in April or May” – the Storm or your blog. “But my job is to prepare and fortify people to endure the Storm. These writings are a critical part of that, but just a part…and I need to not neglect the other things that are a part, too. Certainly, nothing big will happen until mid-April anyway…and maybe not until sometime in May.”

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        • charliej373 says:

          Point taken, Joan. I used to counsel high-profile politicians about being very careful about public comments lest they be misinterpreted. Physician, heal thyself – or myself as the case may be.

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          • CrewDog says:

            Charlie & Gang,
            I must admit that when I read this Post sans the ..”.. to the Website” addition I figured that something unpleasant was coming to ruin my April B-Day … getting my Medicare Card was depressing enough ;-( ………….. considering today’s, Middle East, Ferguson, MO and on-going Malfeasance of former/current Obama Administration Operatives, News …… Armageddon by Midnight is not such a far-fetched expectation.
            Stay Calm and Carry On!!

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  28. Kati says:

    Hmmmm…interesting, luvmercy….

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  29. Julie says:

    “All is wasted if it is not offered up to God. “St. John Vianney. As a disabled person going through significant pain and struggles my commitment toward this effort to enhance the efficacy of Charlie’s website is to offer up my pain and struggles for the souls who will be reached through the efforts of those participating in this website.

    A simple thing that would help me personally with the comments section would be to number them as they come in. If comments are numbered I could keep track of those which particularly move me to grow. It also would help me to mark where I left off, as I am often not able to get through the entire comments section in one reading. So many of the comments are packed with gems of wisdom that I need to mull over. This is just a a simple change that would enhance the website without much effort. Julie

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    • SteveBC says:

      Julie, I don’t know if WordPress.com is able to number comments as you would like.

      One way to log or save a comment that you particularly like is to click on the Date and open the comment itself which does indeed have its own URL. I use a Mac, so I hold down the Command key and click on the Date link to open the comment in a new tab in my browser. Then I can save that URL as a bookmark along with the URLs of any other comments I want to save.

      Unfortunately, you cannot “mark” a place on a page of comments and be sure you will then start there later and get all the comments that have been posted while you were doing something else. Charlie and other people reply to comments above where you stopped, and you will miss those comments when you come back to where you stopped. People also comment on other posts than the most recent post even months after Charlie published them, and you will miss all of those.

      The only way to get most or all comments from all the different posts Charlie has on his site in real time is to use the RSS feed for the comments. I realize this is perhaps mysterious to you, but if you have a person knowledgeable with tech, they will know what to do with the RSS feed for the comments here at TNRS and can get you set up. That feed is:
      https://charliej373.wordpress.com/comments/feed/

      You need to enter it as an RSS feed into your browser’s or mail program’s RSS process (if it exists), or probably best, into a dedicated RSS reader program. It will then show you all the new comments, and you can check off those you’ve read. This is confusing, however, so you will have to practice how to read the comments. I find most are self-explanatory, and those that are not I open in a new tab to read the comments around it to get its context. It took practice, though.

      I use a service called bazqux.com, and I can get all the comments from all the posts in real time either in my browser at that bazqux site by signing into my account, or in that site’s iPad app called Mr. Reader.

      I realize this will likely seem just too strange, but it is the only way I know to get all the comments. Charlie has already done all he can, I believe.

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      • Julie says:

        Thank you Steve!! That was very helpful AND kind of you to take the time to give a simple yet thorough explanation to my question. God bless!

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    • Petra says:

      Julie, I too was having trouble trying to see all comments that I hadn’t read, plus I realized I was missing comments being made on previous posts I wasn’t looking back at. So first I created a new email address in Yahoo just for The Next Right Step comments, so they wouldn’t overwhelm my regular email inbox and I could read them when I had time. Then I created an account in WordPress.com using the email address. Then in WordPress under *Reader* (on the top banner; click it) and *Blogs I Follow* there’s a little star like object to the right of the words *Blogs I Follow*. Click that. In the search box enter *The Next Right Step* and the blog should appear. Click on the word *Follow* to the right. Then, under *Edit Blogs I Follow* you should see a small word *Edit* on the line with The Next Right Step. Click the word *Edit* and you will see the options *Send New Posts By Email*. Click your choice, then you’ll see *Send New Comments By Email*; click your choice. Once you do that, all new posts and comments will go to your email, and you can follow them better there. They come in batches and the heading in your email tells you follow them better there. They come in batches and the heading in your email tells you what post the comment is on. You should be able to figure it out.
      I found if I get confused, or somehow didn’t see the comment someone is responding to, I can go to the actual blog and easily find the entry by using the Find function to look for a key word or for the person’s username to see it.
      Hope this helps.

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      • Julie says:

        Petra, Amazing the ingenuity when one wants to keep and read comments which expand on and add clarity to already vey pithy posts by Charlie. I am deeply grateful to you Petra for taking the time to teach me how to do this. God bless!

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      • SteveBC says:

        This is brilliant, Petra, thank you. I never thought of it. I saved your explanation in case I ever need it elsewhere.

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  30. Julie says:

    PS. Of course each comment has a date and time but a bolded number would be a bit easier.

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  31. Marita says:

    Hi Charlie,

    For a split second when reading about mid-April maybe May comment, my overactive imagination immediately thought, is it the financial collapse? Then I reasoned that since the article was about the changes coming to the website that it had nothing to do with future events. Although, there is a lot of talk, such as Trunews, that April will be the beginning of the big collapse, culminating in September when we’ll be financially wiped out. Also, the fact that Johnathan Cahn, is also predicting something similar all connected to the blood moons. I’m not asking you to comment on any of that, I am just making the point that if everyone is as curious as me as to the timeline of events you need to expect overreaction to some of your wording.

    Also, are you still working on a post about Israel and Iran that you commented to me on last week?

    God bless.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Ellen suggested to me I need to be careful…that when I sneeze everyone here gets a cold. I guess I need to get some more hankies!

      Yes, I will have the post up, but I do not have a deadline on that until the 17th.

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  32. MTbutterfly says:

    Dear Charlie,
    I have been reading your blog for a couple of months now. I have followed Mark Mallet since 2006. It took me quite awhile to read all the back blogs. It took me awhile to adjust to the date of the Rescue in late 2017. I had always wondered if this would happen in my lifetime and now I guess I have my answer! My husband and I live in a town of about 30,000 and for some time have felt that God is calling us to be a place of refuge. If that is God’s plan for us we are ready, if not we await alternative orders! I have told God for quite some time that I can only do this with his help because right now I am pretty shy and quiet. You have given me great hope with
    Acknowledge God
    Do the next right thing
    Be a sign of hope to those around you.
    and
    Turn away no supplicant.
    And suffer no marauders.
    I also like the quote: “You don’t get the ticket until you get on the train.”
    I do have a couple of questions. I seem to have missed in my reading what the initials TRNS mean?
    In your post of October 17, 2014 Be Not Afraid: God Has A Plan, are all of these events to happen between now and the Rescue? I am writing a letter to two of our children and thought that would be a good post to help them understand what I am talking about.
    Thank you so much for this website. I look forward to each new post and all the great comments by so many of your readers. I wouldn’t be any good with a gun, but I sure know how to pray! God Bless you.

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  33. bflocatholic says:

    So, um, what major change is coming to the universe in mid-April? Can you explain what you were referring to???

    Just kidding.

    Thanks for all you do, Charlie!

    And may God continue to bless all the good and faithful watchmen here!

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  34. CrewDog says:

    Hey Charlie,
    I don’t want to add to your workload but maybe a Home Page category “button” labeled Good News would be a useful addition? Like the article below that shows the Faithful demonstrating that “We are mad as hell and not going to take it anymore”!
    “More than 40,000 rally for Navy chaplain accused of being anti-gay”
    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/03/12/more-than-40000-rally-for-navy-chaplain-accused-being-anti-gay/?intcmp=latestnews

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!

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  35. eightlambs says:

    Amazing you had that picture, Charlie. Just the night before I had a dream that a tsunami was approaching us. It ripped our house off the foundation and moved us a mile away. We were not hurt, nothing came off the shelves and there was no water damage……I take it to mean that something is going to happen, but we will be fine…..just relocated…! Jesus I trust in YOU!

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  36. Interesting proposals here. Before thinking of acronyms and logos 🙂 one should think about OBJECTIVES and once we have the objectives we should find out what is the INVENTORY of things we have and what are the OBSTACLES we need to overcome. That of course has a COST and with that cost has to come a way to FINANCE it. Too many well intentioned Catholic ministries depend on the good will of their donors entirely. Is it possible to revive the Catholic ingenuity of the monasteries of the Middle Ages that tried to be self sufficient and even productive to the point that they could help other communities with alms and gifts, or good works such as draining a swamp (Benedictines dried mile after square mile of swamps around Rome in just a few centuries, of course there was no EPA then!)
    It seems to me that one general objective is to go to everyone and teach them the Gospel. It is a life saving work! How do you make that self-sustaining after start up?

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    • Mary Ann says:

      Great post. Too often I get solicitations in the mail for money so that some good group can give away some resource to others. I am thinking: Why do you not sell it????? The person donating cannot even buy it. I have always thought as you do about this. Why do some religious groups intentionally live on nothing but donations? And what you say about teaching people the Gospel is also the answer to this situation: Protestants have learned that teaching the Gospel also teaches the values that help people be self-sustaining, not perpetual victims for charity work. Whereas I think Catholics love to go do good works for ‘those poor people’. We love to take them fish, or fish for them, but we often overlook teaching them how to fish. I know student groups who have been going for 20 years to the same villages to build and rebuild houses and wells. Something does not compute.

      Question for those who have read “One Second After” – As for the suffer no marauders, deny no supplicants, what if the supplicants were to be as in the book, hordes? I found the sealing-off of the town troubling, but I guess it makes sense if each location is a nation to itself under martial law.

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  37. Rosalie says:

    Charlie, I just want to let you know I see it happening too, and I had begun to think I never would, on this side Jordan. I have been a Catholic exactly 52-1/2 years — next week — and my family of birth had never had the slightest interest in following me into the Catholic Church. My brother had asked me some questions years ago, but when I answered them he didn’t respond. Well, he is the third of three siblings near my age, all of whom had or have cancer; his was discovered about the same time mine was, and he has many other health problems, just as I have, maybe he’s beginning to see the possibility of his own mortality, something Protestants don’t grasp like we do, because they don’t hear about the Four Last Things, they are used to being their own God (in that they decide for themselves what Truth is, that’s the foundation of their religion), and they never go to Confession. Long story shorter, the last time I spoke to him on the phone he said he was interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith!!! Which, when I recovered from the surprise and the joy beginning to percolate, set me on a quest to find him reliable instructions (he lives in CA, where the Church isn’t always reliable, so I hesitated to tell him “just go to the nearest parish church and ask for RCIA.”) Well, it’s amazing how many possibilities in that line the Holy Spirit has suggested to me in the last two weeks. Our own parish was the first place I looked, but they were no longer making available recordings of their own excellent RCIA program — but there are more other possibilities than I have been able to follow up yet. (Regrettably, I’m old and slow, as is my computer, I’ve just been wondering if I’ll be able to keep following you, because it takes so unbelievably long just to load your web page.) One of which is Opus Dei, which I just very recently got hooked up with thru Fr. McCloskey — they have a retreat center not too awfully far away, which I had never heard of until he told me, and they gave me a place at a retreat in April — my first since 2007!

    Please pray for my brother, his name is Rick, and for his 2nd wife Karen, both good-hearted people, and Karen, in particular, knows her Bible well. And may I ask for one more: prayer for my “adopted brother” Bob. He has already outlived every other male in his family of birth and also outlived doctors’ predictions by about 20 years, but his health is very dicey, and his parents were active in Masonry, so he has all the prejudices and ignorance that go with that. (The nearest relative Rick and I had who was a Mason was our grandfather.)

    Thank you so very much for your prayers, and for this website. I’ve been marveling for years at how many connections there are among faithful Catholics, this is just one more example of that. Thanks also for taking time to read all this stuff. I don’t know how you do it.

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