What The Next Right Step Really Means

Realizing I have a lot of new readers, many who want to know the fundamentals, I go back to this post from last year, which covers most of the most important things I have to say. I have it as its own page at the top bar under the title, “God’s Plan,” so it is always easily accessible. On this Palm Sunday, as the world gets crazier by the minute, it seems right to me that we should focus on the basics. This is fundamental.

The Next Right Step

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“What you desire most is most effective against you. Desire God and all shall be added to you.”

 

Before I ever began talking to my priests, before I was received into the Catholic Church, before I had children, before I was married I was told that a time was coming when I would not be able to see more than a step ahead of myself, a time when even that step would often be hazy, a time when I would have to completely rely upon God for every step. It was a mysterious thing to me. Like the dunce I often am, I wondered if it meant I was going to go blind. That is not what it meant (though who knows, I suppose I could still go blind). Today, I will tell you a little bit about what it means…and take you deeper into my interior understanding of…

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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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  1. the phoenix says:

    As for planning and prepping for the full force of the Storm, there’s only so much any of us can do on our own in the way of prudent preparation.

    My own life has already been spared at least three times, and I see the hand of my guardian angel in all cases. There was nothing I could have done to help myself. The first time, I was three months old and had bitten the nose off a stuffed animal in my crib and started choking on it. My mother had just put me down for a nap, but had a “feeling” she should go back and check on me … that saved my life. My guardian angel must have given my mom that feeling.

    The second time, I was in kindergarten, got off the bus alone during a snowstorm in the middle of winter and found myself surrounded by a ring of wild dogs who were looking at me hungrily … and I was a really small kid. For some reason, I knew to keep looking calmly at the dogs and not move. I had watched the Lassie TV show and by coincidence there was a collie dog named Laddie right down the street from me. So I calmly called Laddie and he came and stood next to me in the center of the circle, until one by one the dogs turned tail disappointed and left. Then Laddie walked me to my door. I believe my guardian angel helped me know how to react, and Divine Providence appointed Laddie to be there for me.

    The third time, I had a dream one morning that something happened to me while I was driving my car, and in the dream I was allowed to see the road that it happened on, but not allowed to see exactly what happened. I even told the dream to my grandparents later that day, and then got into my car and drove on that road … Well, the car caught fire while I was driving it home because the fuel line broke. Smoke started rising from it … I thought it was steam. Two men came running from a long ways off and told me to get out of the car because it was in flames and pieces were falling off. So I got out of the car, and about two minutes later, the car filled up with thick black smoke and the glass window on the driver’s side melted and exploded in. Had I been inside, I would have been shot through with molten glass. When I told a priest about this later, the priest insisted that I had been rescued by two angels. I think one of them was my guardian angel and the other one was likely St. Michael. (What a way to earn my name of “phoenix,” eh? By literally surviving a fire …)

    Now, as we’re being advised to store food, water, and supplies, I realistically look at my current situation. It would seem from a practical standpoint that the odds are against me surviving, even if I do what I can to stock up. For one thing, what if disaster strikes when I’m at work and it’s an EMP strike that makes driving the car impossible? Then all the supplies in my apartment might do me absolutely no good. And if disaster strikes when I’m in my apartment? Given where I live, I still think it would take a whole lot of Divine Protection to get me through.

    But God has in the past spared my life for a reason.

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    • Jean says:

      Phoenix, I keep thinking too that I could stock up supplies and then not even be near my home when the chaos begins. This thought has really kept me from preparing as I should and I am way behind on that front (my greatest weakness is to let fear keep me from acting at all when instinct tells me I should).

      But then it occurred to me to look at it from a different angle. I should prepare my house and property as best I can and then give it to God to let him decide who should benefit from it. In that spirit, would God not also guide me to needed supplies wherever I am? I think all Christians should be stocking supplies and planting gardens, fruit trees, fish pond, whatever with the knowledge that someone out there in this world is going to desperately need it in the future. Many are unable to prepare or don’t know to prepare; others will be caught off guard and far from home. Our aim should be to to feed the hungry masses, by preparing in advance for their coming. It matters little where we are when it starts. If we act as servants and not panic, God will put is where we are needed and despite the trials, he will give us what we need to do his will.

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      • Barb Watry says:

        Many years ago, I thought also of some sort of preparation for bad times, believe it or not back at the beginning of the Clinton administration. But I really had no ideas about what I should or could do. I ignored it for many years and finally 3 years ago, I really thought I should do something. But again, I thought what… and if I have to leave, what good would any of my preparations be. So I decided to work on gardening, canning and planting renewable plants. So far that included raspberry bushes and a peach tree. I’ve canned tomatoes and other fruits/veggies and will do so again this summer. I felt if I have to leave, it would all be there for someone else. I even thought, I’ll leave the door unlocked and just go where our Lord sends me. Now when it comes down to it, I’m not sure it would be in me to leave or leave with doors unlocked, but I hope that I do the right thing when it comes.
        I’m glad others seem to confirm that I might be heading down the right path, at least partially.

        As CrewDog always closes with something like… “God bless everyone here!”
        And from me, something I said to someone I met only once, on a plane trip (we talked the entire 2 hours after just meeting): “If we don’t meet again, here, I pray we will meet in heaven one day.” I sincerely mean that for all those whose commentary I’ve been reading over these last months and Charlie and Kim, too: “I hope we can meet someday, during or after the Storm, but if not, I pray that we will meet in heaven one day.”

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      • the phoenix says:

        Jean, You and I agree. I especially like your last sentence, ” If we act as servants and not panic, God will put us where we are needed and despite the trials, he will give us what we need to do his will.”

        The way I look at preparing for the unknown when it comes to the Storm is to try to discern how God wants me to prepare, what to buy, and how much … and of course all this prayerfully. Definitely the way to go into this is with sharing in mind. By trying to please God now, the right things will happen at the right time.

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      • Ed Allison says:

        This Spring I’ll be planting a blueberry patch out back (16 bushes). It should produce for 20 years. I hope I get to eat them too, but if not….. someone will.

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      • Nancy D says:

        Perfect! This is a leap of faith that God will honor by guiding both you and others to the place of safety and provision prepared for you. “If we act as servants and not panic, God will put us where we are needed. . .and give us what we need to do his will.” What a beautiful statement of trust. It gives my heart peace just to think of it. Thanks for sharing these thoughts, Jean.

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    • Bob says:

      And several times I was likely saved from death too. Like you Phoenix as a child I once was chewing on a small block and my mom said the next morning “something told me to check your mouth” and she did. the other times I could likely have died was due to my own stupidity, once swimming in a quarry totally drunk and once in a drunk driving accident and the scarey thing was before that happened I had gone to daily mass and the readings were last chapter of the book of Ecceisiastes chapter 12 where the author was using many references to growing old and dying. A Friend felt led to pray for me that evening as he felt I would be in an accident. So unlike you Phoenix not only was I in danger of death several times but I was stupid besides for the last 3 and probably more my angel will tell me about at the end. But God was merciful anyway, and remembering his Mercy is still good for me, especially during holy week.

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    • Ed Allison says:

      Wow Phoenix! I can relate. I too feel I have been ‘preserved’ throughout my life. As recent as late 2013, I was driving with my oldest son on route 80 in the mountains of western PA. I hit a deer and was subsequently rear ended by a tractor trailer. After bouncing off the front of the truck, the car turned sideways only to be struck by the truck again. After being pushed along a little ways on the front of the truck, we rolled off to passenger side of the truck and somehow came back into the side of the truck. We bounced off the rear tire of the cab and came to rest in a ditch on the right side. If we had come back into the truck only a few feet further back, we would have gone under it. The car was demolished, but my son and I both walked away. It was truly a miracle. I could not believe the car did not explode in flames. This is the most dramatic example, but I have others. I don’t know what purpose He has in mind for me, but whatever it is, I accept it.

      I continue to ‘prep’ with the assumption that I will have to share. That’s fine. In 2 weeks, I’ll have my breeding stock of New Zealand White rabbits. One breeding pair will have enough offspring to supply over 100 Lbs of meat per year. I figure that we may not have refrigeration, but I should have an almost continuous supply of fresh meat. The feed can be stored long term as long as I can keep it dry. And in summer, I have plenty of dandelions. 🙂

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      • Kim Johnston Hocutt says:

        Ed, WOW, so thankful you and your son walked away from that, yes God has work for you to do, thank you for accepting it,and God bless you!

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        • Mick says:

          Or you could eat the dandelions. They are excellent when cooked with pigweed and lamb’s quarters two other common weeds).

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          • narnialion54 says:

            also dandelions are good with a bit of oil, vinegar and salt, just like salad!

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          • Irish7 says:

            Awesome. The yellow head or stem or both? Raw or cooked? 🌻

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          • Mick says:

            Irish, some people, like Narnia and one of my sons, like dandelion greens raw. They’re a bit bitter for me raw. But I like to boil them either with pigweed and/or lamb’s quarters, or with some kale or collard greens. Then I drain them, add a generous amount of coconut oil, and some sea salt. Then I dig in before the rest of my crew eats them all and leaves me none!

            Dandelion stems taste awful (except to my son who likes raw dandelion leaves). However, I’ve heard that the flowers are quite tasty if you batter them and then fry them. I think I’ll try that this spring (I meant to try it last spring, but I was too busy when we had the dandelions). The flowers can also be made into jelly and into wine. Might have to try those this spring, too.

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          • charliej373 says:

            I always liked mustard greens best, Mick. Turnip greens, of course, were the most common in the south…but I never much liked them.

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          • Mick says:

            I’ll eat ANY greens, Charlie: mustard, collard, kale, turnip, radish, wild black mustard (yum!). I gotta say, though, that collards are my absolute favorite–especially when mixed with a little wild black mustard. That’s how my Arkansas-born grandfather used to cook them, with a pigtail or a piece of fatback thrown in. Man, do I miss those days…

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      • waitingNwondering says:

        Sheesh, Ed, I pull out my dandelions every year with a nifty “step on ’em and yank-em-out-as-seen-on-TV tool.” Maybe I should rethink that. 🙂

        PAX!

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      • the phoenix says:

        Well, Ed Allison … So glad that you and your son came out of your experience with the deer AND the tractor trailer unscathed! And rabbits, eh? Sounds tasty … especially with the dandelions …

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      • Kati says:

        Hmmmmm…I wonder if chicken feed could be stored the same way? Do you have your rabbit pellets in special containers?
        PS Dandelions have to be the hardiest plant known to man!!! Mark me impressed and frustrated in equal measure…hahahhaa.

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        • Mick says:

          Yep, Kati, chicken feed can be stored long-term, as long as it is kept dry. We put ours in 55-gallon containers with tight-fitting lids, to keep out the mice (and the chickens).Metal containers work best for us, but we have used plastic containers in a pinch. The feed may get moths in it; but that’s no big deal because the chickens will eat them and their larvae.

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    • Mick says:

      Phoenix, wow! What inspiring stories. Thank you for sharing them.

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      • the phoenix says:

        You’re welcome, Mick. And thank you for sharing the information about pigweed and lamb’s quarters. As a birdwatcher I can identify different bird species pretty well, but don’t really know much about plants.

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  2. Carmelite says:

    Thank you for this, Charlie.

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  3. Joseph says:

    I thought of this post when I had “my plans” on what to offer up for this Holy Week. God had different plans…it came in the form of sick children and one that did not want to sleep at all. At first I was very upset and lacked patience in 2am, but then realized this is how God permitted my Holy Week to start, which is not how I wanted it….now I have to go to confession, again 🙂

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    • waitingNwondering says:

      Joseph, I think it take a LOT of practice to be able to still the “skull chatter” in our heads at moments like that, take a deep breath and–as some folks are fond of saying–“offer it up,” as a way of joining our suffering to Christ’s. I doubt not that comforting sick children whilst one is in a state of exhaustion, can be construed as a bit of suffering!

      I for one, have yet to perfect this, but as one who practices the faith…I’m still practicing! 🙂

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  4. narnialion54 says:

    I am badly shaken.
    You would normally think I was a strong Christian trusting in the Lord.
    I had a total hip replacement last week. I was given a med (neurotin) which caused me to be confused and disoriented. The staff would not get in touch with my surgeon whom I trusted. My case was handled by a hospitalist who did not know me. She withheld all pain medications. When I knew I was clear, I asked to reassessed and given morphine. I said I am an ICU nurse. I am asking for pain med. I am clear. Please assess me. I was ignored. I could see the staff thought I was crazy. (I was crazy with pain) They diapered me. I asked for the head nurse. i asked for the hospital liason. They came and interviewed me and took notes, but nothing changed. My head was spinning. I felt like I was drowning. There were no angels. I could not pray. My mouth was so dry I couldn’t talk except to croak. My husband had left to get some sleep. I was told my nurse was afraid to give me pain meds even though the surgeon had ordered them. Eventually the Physician’s Assistant came. He said he would take care of things, that I had morphine on order. Still, when I requested pain medicine, I was given nothing.
    Eventually my husband came back. I asked for a meeting of all the staff in my room. A new nurse came on at 8 pm. I said we need a plan. You have a problem. You have a patient. with pain of 9 on a scale of 1-10. I have a problem. I am that patient. We came up with a plan for pain meds and after 18 excruciating hours, I was given morphine.
    I have asked the Lord about this. The answer I got was scary, so I will not share it until I can do so from a place of hope.
    I still have been unable to reach my surgeon after 10 days (he went on conference and the PA just said, I am sorry for your pain.)
    This is barbaric. I would say this is the decline of Western Civilization.

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    • the phoenix says:

      I still think you were and are a strong Christian trusting in the Lord, Narnialion54. I’m praying for your quick and continued healing and full recovery.

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    • Mary Ann says:

      Oh! I am so sorry! You are right! Nothing works. Nobody cares. It is barbaric. People are insane.

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      • Mary Ann says:

        You know, they may have thought the meds caused you to react badly, and theythought everything you did and said was a symptom, and were afraid for liability purposes to give you anything else. Fear trumps everything.

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        • narnialion54 says:

          Yes, you are correct, Mary Ann. They were afraid to use their God-given good judgement and gave way to fear. If they had relied on accepted medical and nursing protocols, and if they had called in other experts if they felt morally obligated to deny me pain medicine, then all would have been well. I just spent 30 minutes talking with the CEO of the hospital telling him I am going public with my experience unless my experience is reported in an incident report and a thorough analysis of the hospitalist’s and nurse’s judgement is made and submitted to me as hard copy. I do not want anyone else to go through what I went through. My surgeon is totally behind me in my speaking out.
          What is scary is reading the Terry Schiavo case just recently and realizing that it was her perceived inability to communicate according to our culture’s standards that allowed evil people to torture her to death. In my situation, even though I begged the medicalist and nurse to assess me for clear thinking, I was denied that assessment until a clear thinking nurse came along. Those in power did what they wanted to regardless of the truth in front of them. Hopefully, they will have the opportunity to ponder their judgement. It was not righteous judgement. Neither is our culture’s complacency in the face of babies right now being torn limb from limb, bloodied, burned and stabbed.

          On a lighter note, my husband and I have been watching The Andy Griffith Show since Charlie says, after we are rescued it will be like living in Mayberry. I had never seen the show, since we grew up without TV. I am so delighted with it!!! Behind the homespun speech and Carolina drawl, are some of the finest gems about life I have ever seen. What a joy! We are both laughing every night as we go through these shows that my husband saw as a 5 year old!
          By the way, Charlie and Kim, my mother grew up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, still has a southern accent and has delighted in your stories (Charlie) of pilgrimage through many of the places she knew well. She is 84 and home bound on a homestead in Vermont. I have copied all of your essays, many of the comments and bound them into books for her. She says she stays up LATE into the night reading and rereading your essays and enjoys them immensely!!! She always wants to hear about the latest happenings on Charlie’s blog, so I send my blind 86 year old Dad, the latest by email and his fancy dancy computer reads your essays aloud to both of them. It is a real source of joy for them both! 😉

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          • charliej373 says:

            Oh thank you, Narnia, what a joy to know I am giving some joy and laughter to people who helped build a culture that helped form me! Of course, if they are from Tuscaloosa, they are almost surely Alabama fans who think “the Bear” was the closest thing to a secular saint there is. (I always secretly liked the Bear because he reminded me so much of my maternal grandfather – who was a gruff, but lovable character).

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          • narnialion54 says:

            yes, Charlie, my grand dad was Dean of the Law School at Alabama (and Emory University in Atlanta later) for many years and my mother used to tell stories of “the Bear” coming over for dinner! 😉

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          • pblostivich says:

            narnialion54 said: “Those in power did what they wanted to regardless of the truth in front of them. ”
            This is what concerns me about signing any DNR or POLST document. They say the documents are revokable at any time, even verbally. But, you have to wonder, given what Narnia just went through, are they?

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  5. narnialion54 says:

    So now I will write a bit more.
    A priest appeared after I had awakened from my surgery in the hospital.. He gave me the Eucharist. The next morning, a couple appeared out of nowhere and gave me the Eucharist.
    So even though I was in agony, Jesus was with me. When I was in the middle of it, I told the Father, if you need this to save someone from Hell, I offer this to you.

    A few days before the surgery, I began crying. I felt that i was about to enter into something awful. It felt like the Agony in the Garden. I had planned out this surgery so well. What could go wrong?
    I prayed my way through it and felt that the right thing was to go ahead with the surgery.

    When I returned home from surgery, after 3 days, I asked God what this was all about. I felt He said it was a microcosm of the Storm. Everything I depended on and thought would be there was taken from me. I asked Him why? why? so terrible? I fell asleep and had a dream.

    It was after a picnic, late afternoon, people were picking up their things and going home. Someone had left a beautiful box of body cream/cosmetics under a tree. This cream was very expensive from a very good department store. I picked it up, thinking to take it for myself, since, it was going to be thrown in the trash by people who cleaned up after picnics. Suddenly, out of the surface of the cosmetic cream, a tiny baby’s tongue appeared, on fire, bloody. I was horrified and dropped the cream and ran away as fast as I could. Then I woke up.

    I knew the meaning intuitively. I had read some years ago (sorry, Charlie, no reference, please tell me I am wrong) some manufacturers have used the remains of aborted babies in their cosmetics/skin care products. So the message I got was this Storm is (partly/mostly) for the terrible sin of abortion. None of us have done enough to stop it. We have all killed Christ.
    I told my husband about this dream and my interpretation. I said. this is so horrible. I can’t tell anybody about this. Immediately there was a loud clap of thunder. (We were about to have a Spring rainstorm, I guess, but it never came, just that loud thunder). So that is why I am sharing this.

    The hope is this: as Charlie says, God has a Plan. That plan is JESUS and MARY. We will be rescued. But we must ENDURE and CLING to God even when we are spinning upside down in pain and there seems to be no hope.

    God is TRUE. God IS. HE LOVES US.
    HANG ON TIGHT!!!!

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    • charliej373 says:

      It sounds, indeed, like the Storm in a tiny miniature, Narnia – and it is a great blessing to participate in that anticipation. It prepares you better to be steady under fire when people most need you.

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    • SteveBC says:

      NarniaLion, you are correct about the cosmetic issue. Go online and search for the company Neocutis or for cosmetics that contain such material.

      Occasionally, I think I have at least a minor grasp of what the Fullness of the Storm will be like. Then someone here, you this time, says something which causes my perception of the Fullness of the Storm to unfold into something even larger.

      Thank you for the insight, and I am sorry you went through such an experience.

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    • waitingNwondering says:

      Narnia, I hope you are no longer in pain and I too, am sorry you went through such an experience. Good for you that you emerged with your faith INTACT. Sounds like it might even be growing stronger.

      PAX!

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    • Petra says:

      Narnia; I’m so, so sorry for what you went through in the hospital. I have never had a hip replacement surgery, but several years ago I fell and broke my ankle and lower fibula and had to have surgery to repair the bones (metal plates held by screws). Before surgery I was told I would have a morphine pump to be able to give myself a “shot” when I needed it. After surgery I was told no pump, they would give me a shot as needed. I won’t recount the whole ordeal, but my experience was much the same as yours with little to no pain relief. I have never had such excruciating pain. I sincerely sympathize. That you are a nurse, with experience and knowledge of hospital procedures, and this happened to you, is even more horrific. Isn’t it amazing, that even though they had orders for pain meds, they wouldn’t administer them?
      I understand your ordeal on the spiritual level too. I am so edified that even in your great pain you were able to think clearly enough to offer God your suffering for someone’s salvation. I often miss doing this, then think later, I should have offered that up. I offer it up then, at that time, after the fact, and hope God still will use it for graces, but I often wish I would think of it at the time I am going through something.
      I appreciate you began with the words “I am badly shaken.” That in itself serves as a warning to all the rest of us here that although we think we are ready, we might not be. We will indeed be shaken. But we can’t be afraid of that. Your experience I think is very indicative of the Storm; of how we are all going to go through things we can’t even imagine beforehand, that we could never have anticipated or prepared for, and we can’t fix while we’re in the middle of it. But we must not fear in anticipation or doubt God will be with us. I am convinced our job right now, the only way we CAN prepare, is making sure we turn to God in every small instance of the daily challenges we face and look to Him in every little occurrence of our day, getting into habits of trust and love of Him, as exercises of our spirits, just as we might exercise our body every day little by little to keep in shape and build ourselves up. Because as you so aptly point out, when we’re in the middle of it we can only react and follow God’s lead. We can only do the thing right in front of us. And if we are in great pain or suffering or confusion, that will not be easy. When it happens we’ve got to be already living like this: acknowledging God, taking the next right step, and being a sign of hope. We’ve got to be good at it, practiced in it, so when things happen we are already in that mode.
      Your dream also is so profound. Yes, for this massive sin of abortion, and the entire anti-life, culture of death we live in which continues to gain momentum, we deserve the most severe of reprisals. Given what we have done, what this world has done, how can we argue that God is unjust to punish us, to punish the world?
      Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. God bless you and heal you quickly.

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      • narnialion54 says:

        I am so sorry, also, for your experience, Petra. It gave me solace to know I am not alone.
        And thank you for the acknowledgement of the profound nature of my dream. It was awfully scary. I am so grateful to Charlie and Kim to be able to express my experience here and receive such beautiful support. Thank you all for being a sign of hope to me.

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    • Ed Allison says:

      Narnia, I am so sorry for what you had to endure. I am glad however, that you did not waste it. These are scary times, for sure. Get better. You will be in my prayers.
      God bless you.

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    • Mick says:

      Narnia, I am so sorry for what you experienced. You ARE strong; or, perhaps better said,
      His strength is made perfect in your post-op weakness. Thank you for the reality check. May God, through Mary, help all of us here to persevere so that we can meet on the other side.

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  6. waitingNwondering says:

    Hi Charlie.

    First off, prayers for what you’ve got going on this week.

    I’ve read again your article, “What The Next Right Step Really Means.” I also read again, your article titled “My Purpose.”

    This time I took notes on those two posts.

    I believe that if I had never visited your site before and was asked to draw a conclusion about what’s headed our way–JUST–from reading those two articles, I might think that the “something wicked” coming this way would involve

    –Nation rising against nation
    –Bishops fighting with other bishops
    –Leaders trying to undermine the faith (I assume the Roman Catholic faith) both from within and without
    –People locating and diagnosing the splinter in everyone else’s eyes.
    –God ceasing to protect us from natural disasters.
    –So much chaos that it will make our heads spin.
    –The greatest period of violence and terror in history.
    –The violence we read about with horror coming to our doors.
    –A world falling in on itself.
    –Refugees (I assume to be in the U.S.) who have been forced to flee their homes and are homeless.

    To me, at least, this all distills down to war, widespread violent crime and natural disasters. That’s pretty much a top 3 on anybody’s list of near or total extermination events. (Though I didn’t read anything about epidemics in there.)

    But you say you cannot be more specific, because it’s pointless. Our plans to escape won’t work and the only way to survive is to Trust, Do, Love (and you explain what that means.)

    Added to that, though, you also mention that some people will benefit from refuges and you believe you will be visiting some of the homeless to give them hope, based upon your own pilgrimage and survival of elected “homelessness.”

    Those are my takeaways from those articles. (I’ve probably missed a few points.)

    Now that said, in other places on the site, you mentioned that the storm will be Armageddon and the final battle between good and evil. You mentioned 23 million deaths (you don’t say where in the world), and you indicated that in advance of all the “bad stuff,” you hope we will prepare to help others.

    This is where I’m getting a bit confused.

    I’m just not sure how to prepare to help others without knowing a wee bit more about what people will need. Will they need Band-Aids? Lentils? Lamp Oil? Bic Lighters? Coats? What? Can you tell us?

    If not, are we just supposed to expect something bad in our OWN neighborhoods (WITHOUT thinking it might be something like the malevolent Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from the movie Ghostbusters) and trust that God will guide us through it AS it happens, if we T.D.L.? Is that the deal?

    (If so, I’ll stop asking for a concise recap. Well…maybe.) 🙂

    Thanks and PAX!

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    • charliej373 says:

      There is no deal. It is to do what is right in front of you as it comes. I have told you that on specifics, I often will not know beyond the step in front of me what to personally do, so how could I tell you what to do in your situation? I have told you…take the next right step ahead of YOU; be a sign of hope to those around YOU while acknowledging God and your dependence on Him at all times. And one correction: I have tried to go through and look where different things come from – and there was once a misprint some time back, but let me be definitive here: what I have seen is that 26 million will die through the instrument of the Storm. Not 23, not 25, not 2.6 – all of which I have seen attributed to me, but 26 Million. I don’t like getting that specific, but as I see so many different numbers attributed to me, I figure I better be definitive now.

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      • waitingNwondering says:

        Hi Charlie! It actually sounds like there IS a deal and “the deal” is to do what is right in front of us as it comes. 🙂

        (I use the term “the deal,” as it was used in the movie “Shadowlands,” when, after years of unexpected marital joy, the dying wife (also named Joy) says to C.S. Lewis, “The pain now is part of the happiness then. THAT’S THE DEAL.” )

        So in that sense, it sounds like T.D.L. IS “the deal.” Clarified. Thank you and as ever, please correct me if I’m wrong! 🙂

        Of course that’s rare (LOL). Regardless, I DO apologize about mangling your numbers. Thanks for setting that aright.

        PAX!

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        • charliej373 says:

          Fair enough, Waiting. You are right – there is a deal and you have finally described it well! As for the numbers, I have seen it mangled in various different sites, so I figured I needed to give it definitively.

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          • Pawel says:

            Charlie, I have been wondering that perhaps those 26 million who will die during the final stage of the Storm refer to those who will die from the heavenly perspective. As in Romans 6:23: “The payment for sin is death” where death obviously means eternal damnation because we have immortal souls, so those who die in a state of grace will live for heaven ( most of them probably after being cleansed in purgatory ) and those attached to mortal sins will actually die for heaven and will be born for hell – suffering the eternal damnation. Otherwise, if we consider the numbers and the current world population, 26 million constitute barely 0.36% which is approximately ten times fewer than the population that got killed during WW2. I do not want to speculate, but you referred once to the Armageddon battle we can read of in chapter 16 of St. John’s Revelation. Further, in chapter 17 and 18 we see the fall of Babylon the Great, and in chapter 18,11 we read referring to the fall of Babylon “The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn for her, because there will be no more markets* for their cargo”, which means Babylon the Great refers most likely to the main consumer of the goods in the world – the United States…As for my plans for the future, I will make decisions as if I had not been told about the coming tribulation, though prudent preparations are not foolish. The key is to be and stay in the grace the Lord. God bless you and all the readers.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Well, Pawel, estimates of war-related deaths in WWII range from about 60 million to a little over 80 million. It was nowhere near the 260 million you postulate. That said, after the initial shock when I first told on of my priests in the late 90s, I did note that the shocking thing about the number was how small it is considering the comprehensive nature of the conflagration – only about a third of what was lost in WWII. The difference here is that the terror is comprehensive – there is no place of safety. But I think you are very wise to make decisions as if you had no other knowledge. However accurate it is or is not, it must be regarded as speculation just now. It is given that it may be seen as a sign afterwards…not so much as a planning point now. Next right step is the only reasonable strategic framework.

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          • Pawel says:

            Charlie, I meant ten times fewer percentage-wise, sorry for not being clear,so basically those 60-80 million that got killed during WW2 constituted over 3% of the population ( which was around 2 billion ) of that age and the coming Storm would take around 0.36% of the current population. Thus I was just wondering that perhaps 26 million could meant those who will die from the heavenly perspective which would mean the damned… As for WW2, it is estimated that Nazis, and Soviets to a lesser degree, wiped out around 20% of Poland’s population and you can see a hand of God in having a German Cardinal succeeding a Polish pope – to make peace between both nations. Also, as bad as Obama might be, it is historically and morally right to have a black ( I know one may argue he is half black ) president after all those years of exploitation of the black community… If I may ask, Charlie do you think we still live in the time of God’s mercy or perhaps it has already been the time of justice since WW2?

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          • charliej373 says:

            I don’t mean to avoid your question, Pawel, but in the end, I think the time of God’s Mercy and the time of God’s Justice are pretty much the same thing. What we really speak of, I think, is the progress of consequences of our own actions and dysfunctions. In part, I don’t parse some of the prophecies the way many do (though I do not criticize that off-hand, except for some arm-chair quarterbacking. Some are called to do that – I personally think our friend, the French theologian Peter B., is one of them and I think Mark Mallett is one. It is important work they do – but it is not my work, which is more narrowly focused). What I KNOW is that God always acts to call the most that can possibly be brought to eternal salvation. If that involves indulgence at a particular time to give people more time, that is what He does. If it involves striking some He knows will not repent to relieve the faithful of temptation to stray, that is what He does. The differences are primarily brought about by our cultural behavior but are always designed to call as many to safety as can be called at that time as can be. It is kind of like driving a car – there is not a formula where you pull the wheel right for a while, then you pull it left for a certain time. You in fact, do that, but that is not the heart of the formula. You use whatever tool is most amenable in each given moment to keep the car on the road…sometimes that is to pull the wheel left, other times right, and still others straight. But an analysis of the times and sequences involved would tell you nothing because you are not looking at the fundamental point – which is to keep on the road. God calibrates His hand in the same way, to keep the most number of us on the road to heaven as possible.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Charlie, that’s a very helpful image to clarify a point that had been bothering me, as it has been of note to Pawel, as well. Thanks.

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          • Pawel says:

            I am trying to understand it in the light of the following messages given to St. Faustina:

            Speak to the world about My mercy … It is a sign for the end times. After it will come the Day of Justice. While there is still time, let them have recourse to the fountain of My mercy. (Diary 848)

            Tell souls about this great mercy of Mine, because the awful day, the day of My justice, is near. (Diary 965).

            One could think what could be a bigger wrath than WW2? Divine Mercy messages were approved decades after Faustina died and St. JP2 was clearly the pope of Divine Mercy (even died on the eve of the Divine Mercy Feast ) so my understanding is the Day of Justice refers to something worse than WW2. Is it the coming Storm? Perhaps. Anyway, all that speculation does not matter if we live in the sanctifying grace of the Lord, then death could be one the best gifts given to us if God is willing so.

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        • SteveBC says:

          Another one of your movie quotes, and a very fine one, too. I love that movie, and that quote very much affects me.

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    • SteveBC says:

      waitingNwondering, I suggest you consider the following:

      1) You’ve done a lot of work here, so you have ENERGY.
      2) You can obviously pursue a line of thought and reason things through, so you have REASON and LOGIC.
      3) You want to be ready to help people, so you have LOVE and a DESIRE TO SERVE.
      4) Your post is fun, weird, quirky, so you have CREATIVITY.

      With all of those available to you, you should do OK during the Storm and help a lot of people, even if you make no further preparations, provided that you work on the one thing you appear not to have quite enough of yet: TRUST.

      I hope that helps a bit, my friend. You’re almost there! 🙂

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      • Kim Johnston Hocutt says:

        Thank you SteveBC, again so helpful to me, and hopefully to waitingNwondering, I so love this group,this family, like I said you all are more help to me than I am to you, haha. I am so thankful for all your input on this subject!

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      • waitingNwondering says:

        Thanks, SteveBC. (By the way, is there a SteveAD here, too?)

        Sure appreciate the encouragement and you nailed the trust deficiency. I work on THAT one all the time, although I’ve been blessed to have recently been given what–in hindsight–have been an ongoing series of opportunities to trust.

        As you may have surmised, I’ve made a bit of a study of movies that have valuable “teachable moments,” that seem to ring true with the Christian faith.

        The one that comes to mind with regard to trust, is Morgan Freeman’s brief monologue in “Evan Almighty,” when “God” says,

        “Let me ask you something. If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage, or does he give him opportunities to be courageous? If someone prayed for the family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings, or does he give them opportunities to love each other? ”

        Well, it’s been my observation that when God has REALLY given me an opportunities to TRUST, he’s sometimes done it on the scale of a Cecil B. DeMille movie production. And slowly,ever so slowly…I think I’m beginning to respond the way He wants me to.

        Perhaps he does this to us all. (Might not be necessary to go out and built an Ark, though… Unless you receive an unexpected delivery of “Go-For” wood, that is…). 🙂

        Thanks and PAX!

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        • SteveBC says:

          waitingNwondering, maybe there’s a SteveADD. Things are going so fast these days that I am having difficulty getting anything done. Interruptions and requests seem to be overwhelming me. Ah, well. I must bear up!

          I nailed the trust deficiency because I have to work hard on that, too. In a way, I wasn’t talking only about you but also about me. It’s a big issue for a number of us here, but others give us good examples, do they not?

          Your quote reminds me that I will have an opportunity to see my sibs soon, and we are not all fully together. We have some issues between us. I prayed for such an opportunity over the past several weeks, wanting to have it occur before the Collapse, and lo and behold, the opportunity appeared. Your quote is actually a good help for me as I get ready to go. I need to keep in mind that my upcoming trip to see them is an opportunity for a solution, not a solution in and of itself. Thanks!

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          • Mick says:

            Ha! A SteveADD? Love it! 🙂

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          • waitingNwondering says:

            LOL at your ADD observation! Thanks for the grin this A.M.!

            With regard to sibs, my guess is that all will be well, if all concerned will agree to implement the same guidance that helps marriages last::

            “The marriage has be more important than what either person WANTS.”

            In your case, perhaps substitute the word RELATIONSHIP for marriage.

            Also, we can all agree that the past is gone forever. Cannot change it, only learn from it and–when necessary–apologize for rash statements and actions.

            Regarding the future, we can ALWAYS promise to TRY to do the things that help relationships grow and thrive. Doesn’t mean we’ll hit the mark,(flawed humans that we are) but it’s great when everyone in a relationship agrees to TRY.

            And finally, I’ve put on a “hair shirt,” when I really didn’t deserve to wear one. I did it because I thought that taking the blame would help restore the relationship and it did. I did this out of love and it helped build trust. I thank God that it worked and the relationship is now better than ever! (In part because the other person’s natural state of “defensiveness” has now receded to “background noise.” I attribute this to trust.)

            Anyway, hope this are helpful suggestions.

            Thanks again!

            Prayers and PAX!

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          • SteveBC says:

            waitingNwondering, I’m glad I was able to lighten your day with a laugh!

            Thank you *very* much for the thoughtful advice. I will keep that all in mind during my trip. I think spending fun time with my siblings is good in and of itself in terms of healing relationships that are damaged. As far as taking an active role in initiating a discussion, I have had many lessons that say to wait alertly. When the other person brings something up, I know that he or she wants to talk things over. Broaching it myself when the other person is not interested has generally led to bad outcomes. I intend to be open to any possibility, however, and will then do the best I can to respond.

            I think that marriages are different from sibling relationships. Marriages are all about sharing day-to-day life and so on. For sibs who are separated by thousands of miles, this is not possible. Often, when the last parent dies, siblings drift apart or leave because they no longer have a reason to be together (such as visiting or caring for a parent).

            My mother is still alive, so that holds us together for now, despite the damage. The four of us are attempting to build occasions for sibling-only get-togethers (i.e., without our mother) such as this upcoming visit, so that once my mother does die, we will still have reasons to see each other periodically, if not frequently. In addition, on this occasion there may be an opportunity to talk about the future we all here at TNRS website see bearing down on us, and perhaps a chance to get my atheist brother off Ground Zero.

            I prayed recently for a time together before the Collapse begins, and I received such an opportunity (and was amazed at how it happened). I actually have faith that if it is appropriate to talk about more difficult subjects, my sibs will indicate that by bringing it up when we are together. I will remain alert to such a possibility, but if it does not happen, I will assume that God and our guardian angels just wanted us to share a good time and build our intentions to repeat the time together in the future.

            Either way will feel good to me and will do good for our relationships.

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    • Mick says:

      Nice synopsis, Waiting; you saved me a bunch of re-reading. 🙂

      I understand you desire for a bit more detail in order to help you prepare for what’s coming. I spent years doing that (I’ve been preparing for the Storm, in one way or another, since the very early 90’s). But this is what I’ve learned over the years (some of it on my own, but most of it through Charlie’s blog):

      (1) We’re never going to be ready for what’s coming, no matter how much we prepare. It’s going to be THAT bad.
      (2) Hell has in fact been unleashed on earth (as per Charlie’s dream on Dec. 20).
      (3) No neighborhood, no country, no family, no individual will escape the horror that is coming.
      (4) BUT we have hope because if we Trust-Do-Love, we WILL be guided, led, and protected. That protection may mean we make it through to the Era of Peace; or it may mean that we die in a state of grace and go to heaven before the Rescue. But, as St. Paul said in Rom. 14:8, “If we live, it is for the Lord that we live; if we die, it is for the Lord that we die. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.” In other words, whatever happens, “it’s all good” as long as we acknowledge God, take the next right step, and do our very best to be a sign of hope to those around us (starting with our families).
      (5) One of my favorite passages in Scripture is Prov. 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path.” How awesome is that? Even the Bible is drilling us in Trust-Do-Love! 🙂
      (6) If you pray and really ask God to let you know what preps He wants you to do, He will let you know. This, at least, has been my experience. He’ll also let you know when you’ve done enough physical prepping (again, that is my experience, at least).

      As Narnia said upthread, hang on tight. But hang on tight with joy, trust, hope, and love. He will get us through this if we rely entirely on Him and follow His lead. See you on the other side. 🙂

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      • Kim Johnston Hocutt says:

        For waitingandwanting, thank you Mick, I was going to attempt to compile some specifics for the storm, but my brother and Mick have hit the nail on the head all you need to know is to pray,God WILL give you what you are looking for. I cannot give you personally specifics on how YOU need to prepare, that is something you will need to talk to God about, trust Him, do what you feel He puts in your heart, it is going to be different for all of us. I would suggest that you go back through the blog and read as many as you can, and maybe you will get a better understanding of the specifics,I will be praying for you and ask you to pray for me, God WILL get us through, trust, obey and take the next right step!!

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      • waitingNwondering says:

        You know, Mick, after reading your post, it occurred to me that after (or even shortly before) the malevolent Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man and his cronies are roundly-trounced, (and Christians believe this isn’t a question of IF, but WHEN) people may be able to draw some inspiration from the words of those who’ve posted here.

        If so, I’d be willing to bet you’ll be among ’em. 🙂

        PAX!

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      • SteveBC says:

        Mick, I agree with waitingNwondering, you’ve given us all a great summary and set of reminders. If we keep your summary in mind, we can all do our part to help Mary take down the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man and his cronies, with both Grace (literally) AND style. 🙂

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        • Mick says:

          Waiting and Steve, thank you for your kind words. But at the risk if revealing my cluelessness… what, pray tell, is the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man? I feel a bit like a nerd who comes upon the Cool Kids laughing about some inside joke. 🙂

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          • charliej373 says:

            Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!

            The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man is an iconic instrument of destruction from that great comedy. Rent “Ghostbusters” and you will never forget who the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man is.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Oh, no, Mick, you are clearly in the Cool Kids crowd. It’s Waiting, Charlie, and I who are the nerds (in this case, the movie nerds). 😀

            Who ya gonna call? Anyone who has the original Ghostbusters movie. It’s a tremendous lot of fun.

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          • Mick says:

            Ghostbusters?! Ha! There’s a movie I’ve not seen. I shall have to look into it. (It’s funny: I know a lot about movies made pre-1965 because I grew up watching old flicks with my parents. But I’ve seen almost nothing made after 1970.) Thanks for the tip. 🙂

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          • waitingNwondering says:

            To add to what Charlie and Steve just wrote, my purpose in originally mentioning the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man in my previous post was to begin to inject a bit of “survival levity,” into our discussions. Why? Well as prisoner of war Gerald Coffee reportedly said, “(It’s) why American soldiers used humor in the Vietnam POW camps. “Laughter sets the spirit free through even the most tragic circumstances. It helps us shake our heads clear, get our feet back under us and restore our sense of balance. Humor is integral to our peace of mind and our ability to go beyond survival.”

            Another example from The Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor: “Humor can help us survive even during horrible events like the World Trade Center (WTC) attack. One survivor reports a group of office workers who were running down flight after flight of steps, not knowing if they had the strength to make it to the bottom. By the time they had reached the 11th floor, they were exhausted and couldn’t go on. Then one woman suggested that they pretend it was New Year’s Eve. En masse they began a countdown with each flight of stairs and shouted out. “10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.” This “game” gave them the distraction and energy they needed. Encouraged by the levity, they all made it to the street and to safety.”

            In short, humor can be a tool for survival (when added to PRAYER, tents, water, lentils, Bic Lighters, etc.,). I hope I don’t forget that!

            And…for those who don’t have ready access to a copy of GHOSTBUSTERS, here…now…is SPMM’s screenplay debut scene:

            Gozer (An ancient, ultra-powerful, malignant entity from another dimension who was summoned to New York City to destroy the world) speaks to them (the Ghostbusters, Venkman, Winston, Stanz)) in a voice that can be heard throughout Metropolitan New York and parts of New Jersey.

            GOZER
            SUBCREATURES! … THE
            TRAVELLER HAS COME. CHOOSE AND PERISH.

            VENKMAN
            (shouting to be heard)
            Is he talking to us?

            WINSTON
            What’s he talking about? Choose what?

            STANTZ
            (to the heavens)
            What do you mean “choose?” We don’t
            understand.

            GOZER
            CHOOSE!!

            SPENGLER
            I think he’s saying that since we’re about
            to be sacrificed anyway, we get to choose
            the form we want him to take.

            STANTZ
            You mean if I stand here and concentrate on
            the image of Roberto Clemente, Gozer will
            appear as Roberto Clemente and wipe us out?

            SPENGLER
            That appears to be the case.

            VENKMAN
            (quickly)
            Don’t think of anything yet. Clear your
            minds. We only get one crack at this.

            GOZER
            The choice is made. The Traveller has come.

            VENKMAN
            (in a panic)
            We didn’t choose anything!
            (to the others)
            I didn’t think of an image, did you?

            SPENGLER
            No.

            They look at Winston.

            WINSTON
            My mind’s a total void!

            They all look at Stantz.

            STANTZ
            (guilty)
            I couldn’t help it! It just popped in
            there!

            VENKMAN
            (desperately)
            What? What popped in there?

            STANTZ
            (pointing)
            Look!

            They all turn and look to the south.

            GHOSTBUSTERS POV (Point of View)

            Looking south past Columbus Circle, they see part of something big and
            white moving between the buildings accompanied by thunderous footsteps of
            almost seismic proportions.

            VENKMAN

            He doesn’t know what it is yet, but he knows it’s coming.

            VENKMAN
            (desperately)
            What is it? Ray, what did you think of?

            BROADWAY AND 55TH

            The massive white shape passes behind some buildings, offering a glimpse
            of what appears to be a fat, white arm.

            STANTZ

            He’s about to go into shock.

            STANTZ
            (babbling)
            It can’t be! It can’t be!

            COLUMBUS CIRCLE

            The thundering footsteps continue to plod as the thing starts to emerge
            from behind the buildings. Now we can see part of a blue garment covering
            its enormous chest.

            STANTZ

            He recognizes the monster.

            STANTZ
            It’s … It’s … It’s the STAY-PUFT
            MARSHMALLOW MAN.

            Winston, Venkman and Spengler gape.

            THEIR POV

            They look across the roof tops and see a large, square, white, bobbing,
            laughing head atop a massive body of similar puffed white squares. The
            being is dressed in a tiny sailor’s hat, red bosun’s whistle and lanyard
            and a little blue vest with a button undone in the middle revealing a
            little white belly. It is the cute, quintessential American brand symbol,
            looming as large as Godzilla.

            STANTZ (V.O.)(Voice-over)
            (desperately apologizing)
            I tried to think of the most harmless thing
            … something that could never destroy us
            … something I loved from my childhood.

            THE GHOSTBUSTERS

            They watch the Marshmallow Man plodding toward them.

            VENKMAN
            AND YOU CAME UP WITH THAT?

            STANTZ
            The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man! He was on
            all the packages we used to buy when I was
            a kid. We used to roast Stay-Puft
            marshmallows at Camp Waconda!

            VENKMAN
            Great! The marshmallows are about to get
            their revenge.

            Of course, in the end, Mr. SPMM is vanquished, along with his cohorts. I like happy endings. Don’t we all?

            PAX!

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          • Mick says:

            Thanks, Waiting. I knew that the STMM reference was intended to be funny; I just didn’t know HOW it was funny (like I said, clueless). I see what you mean about humor, though. It also explains why a priest at a funeral (or somebody giving a eulogy) will often tell a funny story about the person who has died; it helps break the tension and, as you said, helps us get our feet back under us. After my mother died a few years ago, a couple of my kids had a really hard time. So, when they were down, I would often try to tell them a funny story about my mom (and there are many; my mom was a riot!). The stories always brought a smile to their faces and helped them feel better, at least for a while. I’m only a wee bit Irish, but I hope that my bit of Irish wit stays with me during the Storm. It will come in handy.

            And speaking of those with Irish wit: if we all get hauled off to one of Hillary’s camps (as our dear CrewDog often says), I vote for CrewDog for Entertainment and Humor Coordinator! Can I get an “Amen”?

            Oh, and yes, happy endings are the only endings worth watching or reading. And perhaps that’s the whole point of this discussion we’ve been having here: if we Trust-Do-Love, we’re assured of the happiest of happy endings. Yay!

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          • waitingNwondering says:

            Well, alrighty then, Mick!
            And…if there’s an ark in our future, maybe he could be the CREWS director! 🙂
            PAX!

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      • narnialion54 says:

        Yes, that’s right Mick. Hang on tight with JOY, TRUST, HOPE and LOVE!!!!
        I was in a bit of a panic for a while, but you are absolutely right.
        He is IN LOVE with us, His silly, foolish, panicky, scared, blind, helpless creatures.
        He TREASURES ALL OF US!!!!!
        He is good all the time!!!
        He weeps over us and dances over us with JOY!!!
        All of us.
        Yes, that means you, whoever you are who thinks well, not me.
        Yes, YOU!!!
        And by the way, Hi dear Kim. I feel the Holy Spirit hovering over this site esp. when you came on a few days ago.
        (Ok, we all know He hovers over Charlie all the time!!!)

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        • Mick says:

          Narnia, I hope I didn’t come across as criticizing you. If I did, I apologize. I am actually in awe of how well you handled your awful situation and your incredible suffering. Yes, we weak creatures tend to panic and fear and thrash about. So did Saint Peter when he was walking on the water and took his eyes off of the Lord. But as he freaked out and sank like a rock, Peter remembered to to call out to Jesus whom he trusted to save him. I believe that even if we initially panic, all will yet be well if our next step is to step out of the panic and cry out to Jesus in faith and trust.

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  7. Joseph Jalsevac says:

    This is so crucial, so very helpful. This is the most important thing I have read so far since I recently joined your readership. Thank you so much for this post.

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  8. Joseph says:

    Charlie, it just occurred to me and please excuse my slowness, but I have been stuck in the “preparation” mode, material prep mode. From what you say comparing the storm to being in canoe, going down the rapids, we can only react to the rapids not control them. If that is true, it seems like the best preparation is spiritual in specific cultivating a life a virtue which leads to a blossoming of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit; I imagine that our Guardian Angels, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the Holy Spirit, ultimately, will be speaking to us in order that we may react in the way He needs. We have to be able to hear His voice so we can react well, which comes from a life of virtue and cultivating the Interior Life (purgative, illuminative, and unitive stages/ways) ie. we have to be in union with God.

    We must all pray for each other. Thank you very much for all of your work.

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  9. Mary-Louise says:

    I too have spent a lot of time trying to think of how to prepare. And I have put away some firewood (we have a wood stove) and Mountain House food and water and water purifier. But then, I think maybe it is like living in Berlin just before the war. Or in a quiet village in the Czech countryside. How could I prepare for what was coming to that place in just a little while? There would be nothing to do but to stay in the state of grace and pray.

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  10. CrewDog says:

    Hey Gang,

    TRUST-DO-LOVE is a great Spiritual Battle Cry but … what do it mean …. Eh?!
    I believe: TRUST seems pretty easy. Trust in God and the Faith of Our Fathers.
    LOVE seems pretty easy too. With all the virtues you can muster, look after, yourself, family, neighbors and as many “heathens” as you can drag along 😉
    Now we come to “DO” and Do What!!?? Prayer for Faith, Guidance and Protection is the easy part! Then we get to the extremes of “DO”.
    1) Do nothing in the way of physical preparation and pray that God sends Legions of Angels for your protection and your Guardian leaves a CARE Package on your doorstep every morn? Probably not a good plan.
    2) Build and stock a “Führerbunker” that might be at “Ground Zero” of something nasty! Probably not a good plan.
    God has given us human intelligence, Biblical guidance, prophets/shepherds and the admonition to watch for “SIGNS”. History demonstrates that the majority of people will ignore “All of the Above” and no doubt that that % of ignorant folks is larger than ever now … and a vast % of those have NOT prepared for disaster at even the minimum suggested by godless government/secular entities. This leads me to the believe that Charlie and other’s “Vision” of a great Divine Rescue in The Storm will happen … otherwise Charlie’s 26 Million KIA figure does not compute!
    Sooo… let’s get back to the “DO” of TDL! We here are in a very few % of humanity that believes that The Period of Mercy that was revealed to St Faustina is over! There are some Protestants Out-There receiving the same message if what I see on Christian TV is true. I wish EWTN would spend MUCH more time on The Divine Mercy Message and a lot less time with boring college professors discussing the finer points of ????? that will be of little use in the battle to come ;-( I believe that those of us “Getting the Message” are obligated to do ALL we can/afford in the way of Spiritual and Physical preparation. God works with Human Hands most of the time … Right??
    · If the visions of released Demonic Spirits is true, that tells me that the Very Bad People “Out-There” will become Very Evil People. People of Faith will have to “Form-Up” with, at least, some believers that can defend the defenseless!
    · WATER!! You can survive a Long Time without food, especially if you are chubby .. like me ;-( … but only a few days without water!! I don’t recall it but my son remembers my old Marine Uncle quipping: “With ammo and water you can get the rest!” …… The Evil People know this too ;-(
    · There is talk of refuges and that tells me that a “Bug-Out” Plan is necessary for many and prayer for guidance and help to get there.
    . Evil People in Government/Otherwise WILL use water and food as a “weapon” to force people to submit!
    · One must find your place between the extremes of doing Nothing and the “Führerbunker” … Sooo …. Get On It!!
    ·
    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • Kim Johnston Hocutt says:

      Very true CrewDog, the evil among us are preparing too! I would strongly suggest as he does that everyone at least be prepared with the simple ESSENTIAL things, water, blankets, lighters, matches,flashlights, some kind of self protection, etc,etc

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    • Mick says:

      Thanks for another very practical, instructive post CrewDog. And as you say, God save all here! (Have you noticed how many of us have been getting in touch with our inner CrewDog lately? 🙂 )

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      • Kim Johnston Hocutt says:

        Haha Mick, yes I have noticed that I have!

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      • CrewDog says:

        Mick said: “Have you noticed how many of us have been getting in touch with our inner CrewDog lately?)
        Ah … Well! … I hope that’s a good thing!!!??? 😉 …. and GOD GUIDE ALL HERE!! … and HAPPY EASTER!

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        • Kim Johnston Hocutt says:

          I think it is a great thing CrewDog!!

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        • audiemarie2014 says:

          It IS a good thing, CrewDog! Happy Easter to you too and everyone here!

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        • SteveBC says:

          Hey, Crewdog, is your ID icon really the Tasmanian Devil cartoon character, or am I remembering my cartoons wrong? If it is, maybe I shouldn’t get in touch with my inner Crewdog after all. Who knows what might happen!?!? 😀

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          • CrewDog says:

            SteveBC says: “….. is your ID icon really the Tasmanian Devil cartoon character…”
            Yes Steve. My Old Sister Cookie thinks that TAZ fits me. Charlie once commented that Yosemite Sam would be a good fit. Whatever the case, we should all remember that no matter how Dark it gets we must attempt to keep our good humor….. even with these “silly things” … not only to keep ourselves “soldiering on” but to keep up the spirits of those around us!
            GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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          • Barbara Dore says:

            I think this Crewdog ( I do not know his name) is a very special person

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          • SteveBC says:

            Crewdog, I’ve tried to get Charlie to change his TDL to have a fourth step, which would be something like “and laugh – a lot!”, but he won’t bite. So I think we need to sneak it into the third step, that we be a beacon of hope to all around us. I think a sense of humor in Dark Times helps everyone retain and expand Hope and keep up our spirits.
            GOD TICKLE ALL HERE!! 😀

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          • Mick says:

            Nice one, Steve! 🙂

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        • Mick says:

          DEFINITELY a good thing, CrewDog! 🙂 Happy Easter to you, too… and to everybody here.

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    • elizmeehan says:

      Last week EWTN hosted Anthony Mullen of Myconsecration.org who spoke about consecration and the Flame of Love graces, the Noah’s ark of our time along with the graces given to us to blind satan! Spiritual graces meant for a time as this. I’ve read Elizabeth Kindleman’s diary before, but can’t tell you how happy I was to see confirmation on national TV Johnette Benkovic hosting Anthony who was telling us about the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary through this coming second pentecost, the greatest event since the incarnation of the Word!!!! The new evangelization, graces, for us. AND…….church approved! Anthony gives this book out for FREE on his website. We need to spread this to our priests/parishes as this should be a huge part of our spiritual preparation sent to us from heaven!! Thank you Mark Mallett and Pelianito (Janet) for writing about the Flame of Love and also learning of Charlie (through Mark) and his special role in helping us in the Storm! Graces abound, thank you Jesus and thank you for sending us your Mother who is our Mother and who will not forsake us. Anthony Mullen and Janet have started thedivineantidote.com just recently regarding the Flame of Love!
      God Bless Us Everyone!!

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    • waitingNwondering says:

      Now, THAT is a perfect story for the times in which we live. Who on Earth could have predicted it? Nobody. Precisely. 🙂

      THAT’s one of the major goods of keeping the unborn and barely-born alive, methinks. God does indeed work in mysterious ways.

      PAX!

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  11. waitingNwondering says:

    Charlie, I’m wondering if–with the help of anyone on this site who is somewhat knowledgeable about online communications–you’d consider a transfer of this discussion to a vBulletin based discussion board? (At $14.99 per month, it’s a great value, IMHO. I think folks here might be willing to share the cost of that, but they can chime in on this.)

    Sure would help organize things by topic and posting time. See here:
    http://www.vbulletin.com/en/vbulletin-cloud

    I’ve seen a lot of discussion sites and in my opinion, vBulletin is hands-down the best, fastest and easiest for discussion participants to use. I also believe it to be the best for keeping track of topics.

    You can actually visit the forum on that site to see how vBulletin works.

    My two cents!

    PAX!

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