The Calm Before the Storm

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By Charlie Johnston

Obviously I have been quiet this week – and probably will be pretty quiet the rest of the week, as well. Some have speculated on personal matters – and there have been plenty of those…but I have written through various crises before. People are feeling the deep dysfunction in their family, personal and workaday lives as the darkness grows thicker. It has come time for a more deliberate and intensive preparation. Following are some excerpts from an email I sent to a few people I take counsel from:

“When you are in the midst of chaos, as the whole world is now…the key is not to jump, but be deliberate…when you speak, make it tell. Things have gotten very chaotic, very complicated and very ugly very fast – at the same time that I find myself giving counsel and reassurance to a record number of people while trying to keep my private struggles private…that my crosses don’t become a burden to others. Also, I am getting far more material popping up from trolls. No biggie, but that has to be handled with a certain aplomb. Yesterday all day long was a constant phone call. Oddly, it was one after the other and no one called while I was on the line with another. We have reached a very perilous moment, dangerous times. We need to take the next step very carefully.

Right now, revolutionary pressures have gotten thick and broad throughout the country. Administration figures are intentionally trying to stoke those pressures with things like Jade Helm, to give them a justification to invoke emergency power. Economically, Greece threatens to tank the EU in a moment – and at this point whether the EU appeases it or not it could trigger disaster. The new Chinese import-export bank that everyone is signing up for could cause cascading collapse. There are a good four or five more immediate triggers. The Middle East is worse than almost anyone knows – and the west is busy with its delusions about it…such as that Iran can be an ally against ISIS. Yes, ISIS is a competing entity with Iran…but this is like a primary election, not a general. Both Iran and ISIS have the same goals…a huge caliphate that can bring on nuclear winter so as to bring forth the 12th Imam who will usher in Islamic hegemony. They are merely in an argument over who should run that apocalyptic show. Meanwhile our slackers dismiss this as nonsense because they can’t imagine it being true. Talk about temporal provincialism! Our situation now is not as if someone has their finger on a hair trigger, but as if 30 gunmen each have their fingers on a hair trigger. I can’t say with certainty that final crash comes soon…but purely temporal analysis suggests it. There are too many people in power who just want to watch the world burn. Meantime, there is a lot of churn and turmoil in the religious world – and some religious leaders are folding or, worse, turning on the very flocks they are called to defend.   When destruction comes it will come suddenly and with furious intensity. How to prepare people for the worldwide blitzkrieg assault unlike any we have ever seen? That is the question. When I begin writing seriously again, it will come in a flood. “

The plans of the statists will not go as they expect. They are tactically pretty solid but strategic illiterates. But there will be a very ugly, dicey period. They are depending to a certain extent on the military to enforce their will domestically, but more largely on the vast array of new federal police they have created in the last few years for agencies that have no need for police. The Dept. of Education has several SWAT teams. You read me right. I am not making that up. That is because as much as officials have gutted much of the honor in the officer corps, they know the culture of honor that has been ingrained in the military for centuries will likely assert itself. But that is a role of the dice. I was shocked a few years ago during the “shutdown” at how eagerly officers in the National Park Service were willing to play brownshirt and bully their fellow Americans. The effort to demonize local police forces has been a part of the effort to prepare the ground for assuming emergency powers. The most serious initial blowback federal rent-a-cops will get will be from local police forces, most of which will end up siding with their neighbors rather than the vain grab for power by federal rogues. If the administration can sow hatred of local cops it adds to the confusion and makes them less effective in defending their neighbor’s liberty.

There are things that will seem important that are actually irrelevant – and vice versa. There are fundamental issues that need to be discussed soberly, such as the legitimate duty of the Christian Citizen. There are practical matters that need to be touched on, such as what to do if ordered to evacuate or report to a relocation center. I will begin speaking of such things next week – and at my pace. In the meantime, if anyone has been wanting to pitch me a guest column, the next few days will be the right time. Otherwise I will post articles and reprints that strike me as germane to the times.

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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194 Responses to The Calm Before the Storm

  1. I usually call up the comments page to read other peoples thoughts an NO comments yet!! All I can say i am off to open the church and will be praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament very soon. Christus Vinci.

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  2. BJ says:

    You seem to be suggesting a 12-24 month period at most before storm breaks and our lives change irrevocably, or is that being too dramatic? Against that is the continuing apparitions of Medjugorge which I believe must come to an end before the full storm.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Actually, I am thinking more along the lines of one to five months.

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      • donna says:

        wow, I can feel it Charlie

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      • Mike S. says:

        If part of the Storm includes a market crash, then one to five months means May to September, two of the traditionally weakest months in stock market history. Sounds about right to me and I think Rabbi Cohn of Shemitah fame would agree.

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        • SteveBC says:

          Mike S., Cahn points to Elul 29, which this year is Sunday, September 13, the anniversary of the second-to-last apparition of the Virgin Mary at Fatima 98 years ago. This would allow the talking heads to be on the TV reassuring everyone that all is well on that following Monday and leave those folks sitting in the ashes of the old world by Friday.

          If the Collapse hasn’t happened before then, I’m going to be watching that Sunday’s news with, shall we say, considerable interest.

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        • Mick says:

          Great observation, Mike.

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        • Observer says:

          Seems to be paralleling this guidance:

          Mar. 11….”The Two Economic Events”
          “Before any harm takes place, there will be a sweeping away of protections. People will realize that former safeguards no longer exist. What they trusted to support them in need is no longer available.

          This will begin in the economic fields and in the collapse of governmental protection of currencies. This shaking of confidence will then result in actual harm. As people take steps to insure their futures, everything will tighten up. The flow of money will be restricted. Jobs will be threatened and lost. No one will be in control. Steps will be taken that are inadequate. Only as time goes on, will people see the deep divide between what used to be and what is. This is the first stage. The changes will be long-lasting but not total or deep. People will think that the crisis is over, and that all they must do is to cut back somewhat. Many will be chastened and will try to respond by some austerity.

          However, all of this is just a beginning. It is the second economic shock that will bring about the deep divide, the permanent and non-reversible change that will awaken everyone to the great reality that the past years of buying without paying, of procuring without accepting the price has led to this moment. Once these two sets of economic events take place, the first set of the warnings and the second set of the actual breaking off, the world, for the first time, will truly see the path of darkness. I say this because my words will be the only light. That is why I speak.”

          Comment: Our Lady speaks of two economic collapses, an early one which all see but is not deep, and a second one which causes a deep divide between life before and after.
          http://www.locutions.org/2015/03/6-the-two-economic-events/

          We’re at the point where no hope can be looked for via any world leaders or their solutions. Only heaven through our Mother’s intervention and “light”/Flame of Love can come to our aid….and that must be understood as well by the Church….and implored by those spreading this flame so that others will be inspired and gain hope.

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      • Gabriela says:

        It does feel like the period we are in right now is the “quiet before the storm”. Not that it’s particularly quiet in the world but there is this tension that is building up. It’s like before a really, really bad thunderstorm, you are watching the sky get darker and darker and when you think it can’t get any darker it does. There is still light but it has a creepy glow to it and the air is almost completely still. You know it’s going to start soon but you just don’t know specifically when. The ‘spitting’ has started but the crazy rain and thunder hasn’t yet. That’s what it feels like now.

        I was afraid you would say something like we have “one to five months”. I think you may be correct. I’ve been trying really hard to distract myself from what is happening but it doesn’t seem to be working. I can’t go back to putting the blinders on! My husband thinks I’m a bit of a ‘chicken little’ an extremist. He doesn’t completely discount what I have to say because of the business degrees and professional designations I have. He just can’t wrap his head around the fact that nobody he knows is talking about the financial structures supporting our world crashing and society, as a result, unravelling… except me. I don’t even broach the “why is this happening?” question. That is way out there… (in his mind)

        I guess I am just having a harder and harder time going through the motions of everyday life. So many thing seem so meaningless now. Its getting to a point where I can’t have a straight face conversation about retirement planning, business goal setting, investments, savings, budgeting, etc. It all just seems to be such a waste of time. I honestly would just prefer to play with the kids and spend the little time we have left on things that really matter (God & family) before our lives are turned upside down. All the other stuff seems so trivial, such a massive waste of time.

        I look at each day that passes by uneventfully (at least for us that thus far have not been effected in a major way) as a blessing, we are one day closed to Christmas 2017!

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        • SteveBC says:

          Gabriela, yes, I agree about the feeling and about the increasing inability to have a serious conversation about the future. Yet something happened to me today that gave me an opportunity to give the advice Charlie gives, to act with ordinary prudence.

          My friend knows this site and knows that the Collapse is coming, and soon. Yet my friend is now applying for a job. It’s with a group that cares for infrastructure. If my friend gives up on the idea of getting that job, thinking it doesn’t matter, the opportunity foregone may be to help that group get that infrastructure back up and running, a vital task, after the period of chaos. So I advised my friend to put aside all worries about the job and apply for it. If it lasts three months, there will be some short term benefit for my friend. However, if all unbeknownst to my friend, the job comes back after the chaos, then much good could come of applying now in the face of uncertainty.

          For my friend it’s an act of ordinary prudence AND an act of sincere Trust in God. I think that this way of looking at what we do now in ordinary prudence actually helps keep the day-to-day activities of our lives, even the ones that are born of optimism, even ridiculous optimism, meaningful to us and to God. That seems like a win-win to me, even as I am tempted still to toss away ordinary prudence in my own current affairs.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Thank you, Steve. I have people asking if they should continue with plans for college, expanding their business, whatever when they know it is all likely to be moot. I tell them emphatically YES. Living the ordinary has profound value – whether it is the value you intended or not…and that value will carry over after the rescue. And in fact, those people who weather the dislocations best will be those who have lived the ordinary with the greatest fidelity – PARTICULARLY knowing we are on the cusp of profound transformation. My son continues to enhance his educational training; I continue to make plans for visits and reaching more people. Nothing is lost in God’s economy – and standing our post is what we are called to do.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Happy to help, Charlie. 🙂 It just seems to me that taking the Next Right Step has to start now, not after the Collapse, and there is need to have faith that what we do when we take a NRStep will bear fruit, even if in ways we don’t expect. I owe this set of insights to you, and I am extremely grateful to you for your work. Even if the Storm were never to hit at all, my life and the lives of those I discuss these insights of yours with are still changing in positive ways.

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          • barb129 says:

            At times I have found myself thinking that it is crazy to keep on planning things as if nothing was going to happen but I have anyway. Here is a good example: In December, I suddenly had the idea to encourage my son (age 22 and single) to buy a condo close to his work. He was living in an apartment with several friends in the university section of town which is closer to us than his work. Part of me was thinking I was crazy to encourage him to move farther away from us when things are going to go crazy but I kept feeling the urge. He liked the idea and without going into all the details, we helped him through the process and it felt like God was directing the whole thing. It went so smoothly and things fell into place so easily that I knew His hand was in it. He found a great place at wonderful price less than 5 minutes from his work. He had the closing yesterday and as I was sitting there with him, it dawned on me that when things go crazy, he will likely be in a much more stable neighborhood than he would have been if he had stayed where he was. It’s much farther from the city with fewer people around. I can’t be sure of course, but I’m trusting that the dear Lord will make good come out of it and it seemed like the prudent thing to do.
            My husband and I laugh at ourselves as we sometimes talk about how we are doing things as if life will go on as usual while at the same time we are making some preparations because it’s not. We feel it coming but as the same time it seems all so surreal…

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          • Nancy D says:

            One day at a time, sweet Jesus. . .that’s all I’m asking of you. Just show me the way, to take every day, one day at a time. Yesterday’s gone, sweet Jesus, and tomorrow may never be mine. . .so give me the grace to live every day, one day at a time. Amen

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          • Gabriela says:

            For the most part, I do live my life like nothing is out of the ordinary (other than making small preparations). Every once in a while though, the magnitude of what is before us hits me like a tone of bricks and I feel like I am sleepwalking through my ordinary life. Anytime I am about to undertake any activity that has a lifespan of longer than a couple of weeks, I pause. I can’t help the pause but I do take the next right step.

            SteveBC & Charlie thank-you for reminding me that the NRS is the ordinary one. Some of us may be called to take extraordinary NRS’s but I have a feeling that the majority of us will get through by taking very ordinary NRS’s.

            I am about to start a project with two ladies that is ridiculously optimistic. We’ve been try to find something for years now and for some reason it seems God has decided that now would be the ideal time to start. You are right Charlie, ordinary may have profound value, value we can’t see, identify or intended… but God knows. Our ridiculously optimistic ordinary project may be something completely different in Gods hands. So on with the ordinary 🙂

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          • Mary W. says:

            The thoughts expressed in several posts here bring to mind what occurred in St. Teresa of the Andes life when she was told by Our Lord the exact day of her death. As is recorded, she was shaken to the core upon hearing this and then went to her priest telling him of this and then asking for a penance. He told her that her penance was to live as though she did not know this fact. I believe this applies to all of us who know and believe what Charlie has been revealing to us in this blog. Definitely not an easy task, but I am reminded that Charlie has known this for years and has had to go about his daily life the best way he can. Now is the time to persevere to the end and keep that hope and trust in our hearts and the knowledge that our Lord will not leave us bereft, as Charlie reminds us, ever so often.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Thanks for that, Mary. It has been very strange living a hidden life for so many decades. In part, I am saddened that the Storm has come, after all…but part of me delights in being able to live as I am…I feel kind of like a duck who heard tell all his life about a pond but lived in the woods. Now that, late in life, I am finally thrown onto the pond, part of me delights in it.

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        • Meriadoc says:

          Your storm analogy seems quite apt. I’ve been having the same kinds of thoughts. I was going to compare our situation to the afternoon before hurricane Ike made landfall in 2008. It’s got the same feel, except that the coming storm is spiritual and cultural, not meteorological. We’re all headed for a night on the health like poor King Lear.

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        • donna says:

          amen

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        • Lily says:

          Thank you all for sharing your thoughts and experience. I feel very similar. It is all surreal to me too. Sometimes I feel more or less ‘ready’ – or as ready as I’m going to be – and other times completely overwhelmed. It is such a relief and encouragement to be here with all of you.

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        • JJ B says:

          Gabriela- I say this with love… Please don’t interrupt your current life for your future life. You should spend time with your kids, your husband, shopping, laughing, loving… enjoying life, happily. This is how you are a sign of hope for those around you. Don’t miss out on today for tomorrow.
          Smile and rejoice in your life. You should only fret if you know you’re doing something wrong and refuse to change it.
          You’re doing good. Keep your head up, smile and enjoy life.

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      • Jean says:

        Well, this calls to mind a quote from Mark Mallett about Johathan Cahn’s book “The Harbinger”:

        From Mark Mallett:

        “He (Cahn) also noted a pattern of judgments at seven-year intervals in September 2001 and 2008 marked by the greatest crashes in Wall Street history, up to that time. The first occurred on Sept. 17, 2001, just a few days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and the second occurred on Sept. 29, 2008. Both occurred on the biblical day of Elul 29, the very day appointed to wipe out the financial accounts of a nation. The next one occurs on Sept. 13, 2015.’

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    • Remember, BJ, that the Medjugorje apparitions end when all seers receive all ten secrets. I don’t have the exact numbers in my head, but most of the seers have received all 10, and a few have received 9 out of 10. Medjugorje has been teetering on the brink of ending for a while now; it could come any day.

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      • donna says:

        had a conversation about this with Mirjana in Medjugorje in 93 with her little girl on her hip. She says it will happen in her lifetime….but not to focus on it.

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    • Matthew says:

      I admit this may start a rabbit hole so feel free to delete.
      Having visited the site and done my reading, I am morally certain that Medjugorge is NOT an authentic apparition. Thus I don’t think it has any bearing on Charlie’s timeline. I could see Pope Francis confirming the non-supernatural nature of Medugorge events and thus contributing to the chaos in the Church and even perhaps separating some of the faithful from the Church for a time.
      Regardless of the fate of the Medjugorge phenomenon I think that loyalty to the Gospel and to the Church surpasses it all.

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      • Nancy D says:

        It seems to me a dispute on this matter would be quite useless. We will all know the truth about Medugorje soon. Then we will all be in agreement as well. The Queen of Peace will establish peace in any case. . .God has ordained it.

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      • Observer says:

        In recent news:
        FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2015

        Pope invited Medjugorje promoter to Vatican

        Journalist Paolo Brosio, perhaps the most active promoter of the Medjugorje phenomenon in Italy, met privately with Pope Francis at the Vatican yesterday and gave witness to his conversion experience at Medjugorje.

        ….Brosio received a phone call from Monsignor Angelo Becciu of the Vatican Secretariat of State on March 5, informing him that Pope Francis wanted to meet him. The invitation was kept secret until yesterday.

        http://crownofstars.blogspot.com

        and there is the “scuttlebutt” about appointing Medj its own bishop wherein the upcoming visit of the Pope to the area would be enabled for his personal visit w/o the complications of going through the rather obstinate prelate who even denied JPII’s most desired visit….as well as recognizing the now international aspect to the locality designating a special status separate from the current diocese. And said talk has mentioned a bishop’s residence already begun behind the church!!

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  3. Steve Johnston says:

    Charlie, you are correct on the culture of honor in the military asserting itself, there are already grumblings within the ranks. What the authorities in power do not understand is that the honor bound in the ranks of both the military and the police force far outnumber those that serve for a sense of power and authority. Even though our so-called “officials” have filled the leadership positions with those that are only loyal to those that placed them there, they will be, rather quickly, shut down by those that have a sense of duty to those they are under oath to protect. The situation with the government shutdown was not long enough lived nor was it widespread enough for that dynamic to take hold. Once we move into full chaos, those with a sense of honor and duty will rise, because, their honor will not allow them to do otherwise. As you know, I know of that dynamic, I served long enough to know that it is still alive and well, just hidden.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Steve, way back in the mid-80s I was contemplating catastrophic collapse. There were disquieting structural signs that persuaded me there was a solid chance my visitations were empirically true. I had made studies of other societies that had underwent sudden catastrophic collapse and tried to see how America would compare, what hope there was for restoration. Already the educational institutions had largely been gutted – and the long-term outlook was that they would become little more than indoctrination centers. The mass media was not yet truly corrupt, but it was banal – and the very mediocre minds that then constituted the press corps were convinced they were intellectual giants. Such massive lack of self awareness rarely gets better until it has gotten far worse. Structurally, we had already revoked many of the stabilizing elements that protect democracies from degeneration.

      I finally came to one institution that was dramatically different than in previous collapses. While our elite classes were either entirely degraded or had the trajectory for complete, catastrophic degeneration, we had a great middle – a great, virtuous yeomanry that did not exist in such large numbers and with such a long history in any other such society. That, too, has degraded more than a little – I think the largely virtuous yeomanry is now a minority – but we have it and old habits die hard. I became convinced then that our firewall against extinction would not come from a hero from central casting, but from that yeomanry, that when the consequences of the smart set’s deluded enthusiasms inflamed them, would rise to do the little things, to help each other endure and then rebuild. So yes, I well know that dynamic is alive.

      You know, the darkest forces absolutely depend on those yeomen unquestioningly doing their bidding. Think about it: the modern elite class is perhaps the least capable in history of winning a fight based purely on force, power and will, yet they insist on having one. It is like PeeWee Herman insistently trying to pick a fight at a poker game between John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Denzel Washington and Arnold Shwarzenegger. As long as they keep playing poker, wishing he would shut up and go away, he can delude himself that he has them whupped. But when they actually rouse themselves to fight, it is over before it has begun.

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      • m&m says:

        In the late 80s, while in college, I was listening to talk radio and they were already talking about the USA crash because we were following the steps of the Roman empire.
        I’ll I know is what I was shown in dreams when I was 5~6 was that I was going to be hiding during the 3 days of darkness. Of course there was more to this than what I can write and other things had happened at the time. After I started reading you a few months ago and you posted that you were now warning us, I knew you would be correct because I was also told that I would be warned.

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      • Mary Ann says:

        I feel retroactively less lonely in the 80’s. Thank you! Everyone was happy Reagan won and I was saying, “You have no idea. They have been doing the long march through the institutions and they have captured them all.” I do think you are easy on tv in the 80’s – there were campaigns for no fault divorce, homosexuality, and “free love” (how dated that sounds!).

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        • charliej373 says:

          Do you think I am easy on TV because I was shocked at how innocent the old episode of the Love Boat was in comparison to the culture today? That is hardly an endorsement of the wholesomeness of TV then. Though I enjoyed All in the Family in the 70s, I think TV began its long downward spiral when it began to be about “important issues” rather than about entertainment. I am not shocked to find innocence in a show from the early 60s…but the point is that finding comparative innocence in the 80s is a shock as it shows how much further down this path we have come.

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          • Mary Ann says:

            Oh, no they are comparatively innocent . I took your saying that mass media was not corrupt but banal as referring to tv but see that it was more general. Still appreciate the retroactive company.

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      • Tom says:

        I completely agree. The progressives have such a inflated view of their capabilities and while we do need to stand and defend our families, friends, and priests, we also need to take mercy on some of these poor souls and when it’s time to fight back, do it mercifully. I expect most of the them will turn tail and run for safety (behind us), let them do it and I pray that they’ll learn a lesson that they will never forget and will truly turn towards God’s Truth as their misguided ideals are exposed for the tripe they truly are.

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      • Patricia says:

        Charlie,
        The great middle class of the USA may be diminished but it’s values and dreams have not. The middle class may be unemployed and it may be discouraged but I think when the collapse comes it will awaken the great number of them (us). Also, the middle class ranges from the lower to the upper and that encompasses a lot of people. Trump, for whatever reason, (and no political arguments please) seems to be the one who is exposing light to the elite’s darkness and they do not like it one bit.

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        • charliej373 says:

          It would be a lot easier for me to take if Mr. Trump had not just a few years ago pilloried Republicans for not supporting universal open borders and amnesty, or for waxing eloquent about his close friendship with Hillary Clinton. Almost everything Trump is now for he was against a few years back and vice versa. I met such politicians before when I worked it. They could say anything at any time because they did not really believe anything except that they ought to be in high office – so said whatever they believed would stir up the folksies. He is a useful tool to send a message of discontent, but he is actually a garden variety leftwing crony capitalist – and always has been. I personally thank God we won’t hold together to have a presidential election this cycle. Whatever truth Trump is speaking, he doesn’t believe himself.

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    • charliej373 says:

      By the way, as you readers might guess, Steve Johnston is my brother – the one whose email I used as a guest piece the other day.

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    • Having served 25 years with the Royal Navy, I agree with you entirely.

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    • Mick says:

      I’m so glad to hear that, Steve. Thanks.

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    • Jim M. says:

      The progressive elites have no understanding of honor, integrity, character, duty and loyalty. And the reason they do not is that they are completely devoid of those virtues. They cannot begin to understand something which with they have no association. Those who would lay down thier lives for their fellow man “suckers”.

      ” If any man make a vow to the Lord, or bind himself by an oath: he shall not make his word void but shall fulfill all that he promised.” Numbers 30:3 Douay Rheims

      “…do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservations or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God.”

      There is no expiration date on that oath many of us have taken.

      And in these times we hear another calling in line with those promises:

      “We have no more thought of using our own powers to escape the arm of authorities than had the Apostles of old. No more are we ready to keep silent at man’s behest when God commands us to speak. For it is, and must remain, the case that we must obey God rather than man.”
      Last sermon of Martin Niemoller before being imprisoned by the Nazi regime of Germany (27 June 1937).

      This time, the arms of the authorities will find sheepdogs among the sheep.

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      • charliej373 says:

        I really like that last line, Jim.

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        • Mark4:41 says:

          Yes I loved Jims last line. Many here are called to be sheepdogs. As Charlie would put it. Pick your battles were they count, put your trust in God and knock their heads off.

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          • Jim M. says:

            Just realize we will be seriously outnumbered. It will seem that the entire world is against us. But fear not, and remember:

            For the success of war is not in the multitude of the army, but strength cometh from heaven. 1 Maccabees 3:19

            Draw closer to our Lord. Pray for His strength and help. And offer your battles to God. For His honor and glory. Not ours. For without Him, we will not prevail.

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      • SteveBC says:

        Let’s see. How about “Sharp sherpa sheepdogs protect wrongly sheared sheep from further shearing.” Say it three times fast. 😀

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  4. Centurion_Cornelius says:

    Sisters and Brothers,
    Charlie speaks the truth.

    How are we to act? What are we to do?

    In this Octave of Easter 2015, recall what the Apostles did: they acted out their faith! Each one of them following in the steps of our Blessed Lord, They started to “get it.” How can we not do the same!

    From the initially dispirited pedestrians on their way to Emmaus, to the astonished St. Peter himself, they believed and acted, reinforced their belief, gave aid and comfort and helped others.

    They will be our guides in this storm we face; Jesus in our hearts will be the compass.

    He is always there, calmly resting on that cushion in the stern, as the ship battles each wave furiously breaking across the bow. He never abandons His own.

    VIVA CHRISTO REY!

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  5. MMBev says:

    And who was it that often made all the difference in the battle? There he was. Ill shod. No armor, just the usual worn and ill fitting clothing. Lucky if he had even a dilapidated helmet. The most pathetic lookinging in the army. The English long bowman. So mundane in appearance.. A bow and arrows. But God let them develop the long bow. They practiced for accuracy, and distance beyond what any such weapon achieved in the past. And at times, just filled the air with a rain of destruction in the direction of the enemy. And yet, and yet, time and again it was they who turned the tide of a battle.

    Although they looked like the least in an army, walking on foot, their fierceness and longbow accuracy was know by all enemies. Deadly and deliberate, their ranks could turn the tide to victory.

    And we shall be like them. If fight we must, then we will, as God directs. Each at his post, awaiting instructions on the next right step to take. Focused. Listening. Bolstered by prayer, the Holy Spirit and Our Lady Mother. And each who does this, will receive their instructions how to move forward. And rank to rank our silent voices will be heard as we call and pray for each other. Defend the helpless. Aid the wounded. Cling to God. Bring hope and love to all we encounter.

    Then comes a time of solid, darkness, such as has never been faced upon the earth. And when all mankind is prostrate upon the ground, screaming for God, then and only then, will the battle end.

    But end the battle will. God shall be the victor. Even if tattered and torn, the remnant that remains will sing the victorious song as we lead forward to begin the reclamation.

    Charlie, we need the tune.

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    • Michelle says:

      How about “We Are the Champions.” Haha. I like that conclusion.

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      • Mick says:

        I’m starting to feel the theme music for “Rocky” coming over me… 🙂

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        • Patricia says:

          Mick,
          The other day a friend and I were talking about waking every morning to free floating anxiety. We both give it to God and move on. But we thought it would be appropriate to wake up to the music from Jaws. We would know immediately something is coming and not have to rack our brain for a minute or two as to why we are uneasy. The music would cue the light bulb in our head and we would give it to God without having to think about it.

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          • Mick says:

            Ha, Patricia! Jaws! 🙂

            That was one scary movie, though.

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          • Petra says:

            Hey, Patricia – I had no idea others were experiencing this “free floating anxiety” every morning. Me too! I didn’t think it was because of the Storm. I thought it was due to grief over the death of my mom in February. But every morning I awake feeling terrible, with anxiety and feeling down, and I immediately begin to pray very fervently, and after I’m up a few minutes, the worst of it passes.
            Thanks for mentioning it. I will allow myself to think God is giving me a portion of the trouble to suffer for Him, and will hope my little particle of it will modify the fury of the Storm in some way.
            (Yeah, and hearing the Jaws theme would help! 🙂

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    • Centurion_Cornelius says:

      …the English longbowmen at Agincourt along with their earthly king, point to their heavenly King : “…with this acknowledgement–that God fought for us.

      “Yes–my conscience.”

      Imagine: these warriors considered their C-in-C to be their collective “conscience!” No wonder they prevailed with God always at the forefront.

      (warning: scenes of the aftermath of battle)

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      • ann says:

        I treasure this movie adaptation and this scene. “Non nobis” will be our theme when the battle finally turns. And “Te Deum”

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    • SteveBC says:

      MMBev, you are on fire today! 🙂

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      • MMBev says:

        Well, yes, Steve. I do feel a bit singed. I wonder if that is spontaneous combustion? I did a “drop and roll”, but will have to change clothes before I go outside lest I terrorize the neighbours. (Although, it might provide a good introduction to Charlie’s blog….)

        All I do know for sure is that the feathers that allow for the direction of the arrows are made by Our Lady Mother from the rosaries we say now.

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    • Mick says:

      Preach it, sister! Once again, you hit it out of the park.

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    • connie says:

      Bev, you’ve made me cry while reading this to my husband.

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    • Kathleen from NJ says:

      Remember God doesn’t need a lot – only a little. He will multiply what He needs like the loaves of bread and fishes. This is why we are to be that sign of hope – people we GET IT because we GET IT. May God keep us in His Most Pure and Sacred Heart. Amen and Keep the Joy in Your Hearts!

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  6. Ignacio says:

    Thinking 1 to 5 months. Wow Charlie…your blog today hits like a siren going off. Like a giant puzzle coming together. My prayer Not yet Not yet Lord. Prayers offered for every reader and please remember the land of the southern cross. The next right step check the oil level in your lamps the night approaches.

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  7. EllenChris says:

    My husband came out of the army in 2000. One evening in 1998 (?) we had dinner with a young captain, and we all got talking about the handwriting on the wall that we were reading even then. What would the soldiers do if ordered to move against civilian populations? He said that he had talked with other officers about this, and his answer impressed itself on me deeply:

    “Some will follow orders. Some will keep their oath.”

    A lot of water has gone under the bridge, or over the dam since then. Perhaps more will now follow orders than would have back then.

    But some will keep their oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution and the people of this country from whom the Constitution derives its power — not the other way around.

    We sent a good young man into his basic training last fall. I took him for a walk and explained all this to him. Without a moment’s hesitation he said with great conviction, “I will keep my oath.” And he is the kind of kid who will influence others to do the same. Please pray for soldiers like him.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I know more than a few who have promised to keep their oaths. I have found a few of them…more of them have found me.

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      • Mary Ann says:

        I have been amazed at how many government employees (in ICE and Justice and IRS, etc) have followed orders to ignore the law or do illegal things, instead of keeping their oaths of office. Did we stop teaching kids about the Nazis?

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      • Petra says:

        I am proud, and heartened, to hear that there are those who will keep their oaths. But what worries me is this: Will those in leadership who will not keep the oath round up the ones who will and shoot them to death, en masse, then blame the killing on a “rouge oath keeping soldier?”
        When one hears of Stalin’s reign, or Mao’s, who can doubt this could happen?

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        • EllenChris says:

          A real possibility, Petra. You are so right about Stalin, etc. Yet it is the very standing up that will give other people hope. I am counting on the idea that lots of people still remember what decency and goodness really are. Those oathkeeper guys may be forced to form their own entities beyond what is official, but they also have the ability to fight — so rounding them up might not be so easy.

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    • ann says:

      I do pray, EllenChris, I do pray. For they are going into the belly of the beast like Daniel into the Lion’s Den. God bless them and keep them. My son who was a Marine who died in the line of duty in 2009 and I often ask his intercession in this matter for I know he would be right there with those who keep their vows. And I’m grateful he’s not here to see what’s happening because his anger would flame! But now he sees not through the glass darkly but clearly and understands and so I ask him and his fallen comrades to pray for us as I pray for them. (I never assume someone’s in heaven–I figure if the prayers aren’t needed God will give them to another soul in purgatory who does need them)

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      • EllenChris says:

        Gosh. Thanks, Ann. But more importantly, prayers for continued peace and comfort to you.

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      • Mick says:

        Ann, I can’t imagine losing a child in the line of duty. God bless your son and your whole family. I will pray for the repose of his soul, and for the souls of his fallen comrades.

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        • Kim Johnston Hocutt says:

          Ann, I am so sorry for your loss, I too will pray for the repose of your dear son’s soul, and like Mick says all of our fallen hero’s. Yoi and your family are in my prayers also.

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  8. EllenChris says:

    A small sign of hope? Usually at Easter some people who have not been particularly faithful about going to church show up. This Easter Sunday, however, many more people than usual for Easter Sunday came to church here. A bishop I know who had moved to Virginia and several other local clergy all said the same — many more than expected. Not only that, but Mass here on Easter had a sense of Presence and community that was unusual. People who were there for the first time, said things like, “Wow. I want to come back to this place.” Maybe our good Lord is getting through to some. That would be great, and that is my prayer. People have different specific folks that they pray for. My “constituency” is what I call, “The Clueless” (of which we have very many in this part of the country). They are those who have never really been told, or have been lied to by the people they trust, about Who Jesus really is. They are empty and hungry; the lost sheep. Our Lord abandons no one who turns to Him in faith. Maybe the Clueless are beginning to get a clue.

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    • Jan says:

      We ran out of station pamphlets for Good Friday. Our church is fuller, too.

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    • Gabriela says:

      Something does seem to be happening… and it seems to be very good. At our church another mass was added on Sundays and another confession time during the week. I guess there are more people going to mass and more going to confession 🙂

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  9. LittleLight says:

    This is a really good article that seems appropriate for inspiring hope. Who doesn’t love Dirty Harry?

    http://www.aleteia.org/en/religion/article/the-easter-god-turned-dirty-harry-on-me-5896004071063552

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    • Mary Ann says:

      Thanks for the link. That happened to me years ago. I was attending the funeral of a young man we knew as a high school student, a boy whose later disappearance my husband in another job had to investigate. He was found grotesquely murdered. As I sat at the funeral listening to the priest talk of eternal life, I suddenly thought, “What the blank do you know?” The reality of death became stark for the first time. I was overcome with the thought that none of us present knew a thing about life after death. None of us had died and come back to tell. As the thought was forming, “Nobody has come back from the dead..” I suddenly realized that someone had. Jesus had. And the historical necessity of that for faith became clear to me. Either he has risen, or we are all fools, the worst of fools. Our belief in the resurrection depends on two things: on the evidence (primarily on the witness of those who saw him, and their credibility, and on the physical and circumstantial evidence in the Gospels, all of this being passed down in a credible chain of testimony) and, second, on the illumination of the Holy Spirit given at Baptism, who testifies not to the fact of the Resurrection, but to the presence of the Risen Lord. I guess our belief in the Resurrection depends on accepting evidence, and our faith in Christ depends on accepting the gift of God.

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      • jaykay says:

        Yes, Mary Ann, as my good mother, God rest her, used to say in exasperation when confronted with bien pensant luminaries on t.v. or newspaper doubting the veracity of the Gospels for their socially acceptable version of Christianity: “oh for God’s sake, if there’s no resurrection, there’s no nothing”. She was paraphrasing St. Paul. And well.

        But I’m constantly saddened by the classroom, kneejerk reaction of so many to Christian truths, especially on “conservative” fora,comboxes etc. They should be “on our side”, yet it seems that they think that by dissing Christianity they’re somehow endowed with added intellectuality. What civilisation do they think enabled all the progress of our modern world. Nah, it was “enlightenment” wot dunnit. In reality, they’re serving as useful idiots for the other side. But the serious point is: how much does our witness serve to convert them? That’s something I’ve had to confront in my own family/work/social sphere increasingly over the past few years. In truth, I’ve largely flunked it. I hope that when it really comes to it, I won’t. Better than that, of course, I should pray I don’t. And trust in Him. He expressed sorrow to. St. Faustina that so many don’t really trust. God, give me/us that grace on this upcoming Feast. Blessings to all. J.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Oh, I love it Jaykay! And don’t worry too much about when you have failed. God has led me into situations knowing I would fail of my own fault and allowed it…in fact, did it so it would underscore the importance of fidelity of the little things I can do so I don’t fail when the game’s on the line. You screwed some things up in dress rehearsal so now you know what to pay close attention to when the game is on the line. That moment has come…give thanks for God showing you your faults when there were few consequences that you might pay attention when there are many.

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          • jaykay says:

            Yes, Mr. J., I hear you. I mean, in terms of the “illumination” of consciences being a slow, painful, dragging of the stubborn donkey-soul towards where it really doesn’t want to go, rather than the sudden, trouble-free, ascension of the thoroughbred over the hurdle to glory at the winning-post, which is what I suppose we all feel (wish) would happen. God give us the strength for the long inglorious slog. Although perhaps it may not be so long anymore. But may we have strength, and the grace to pray for it.

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  10. Rosie says:

    It seems to me, watching people, good people turn, that contributing factors are 1. Fear and 2.The loss of power. For sure, the one element I have noticed in all this, those who I least expect to turn away from God, are doing so. Perhaps, not realizing it. And watching many Church leaders go after good and righteous people with meanness and anger absolutely stuns me. We have lost a most significant virtue in our church, Love. Not to mention Truth. And all the preaching about it, does not seem to make a difference. Which explains many of the Blessed Mother’s teachings in the last century. We have been forewarned, and for me, I was not sure how intense this would come, however. be this just the “beginning” and it already looks remarkably bleak, I’d say we need much more prayer and preparation.

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    • Momof3 says:

      Rosie, I can sure relate to your comment about seeing Church leaders go after folks with meanness & anger. Not saying I’m righteous, but my family & I are very devout, solid Catholics and our local priest, twice now, has singled me out & been rude to me. Ever since I mentioned it would be wonderful if the tabernacle could be taken out of the corner nook and put on the altar so we all could see Our Lord front & center from the pews, he has taken a great disliking to me.

      And I think some people, too, have turned from God because of the lousy example they see at Church: personal stories with no spiritual value presented as homilies, priests & religious educators thinking it’s all about them, people who refuse to scoot down the pews at mass and stubbornly cling to the end seat, forcing families & the elderly to crawl over them to get a seat. Basically, pride, arrogance & rudeness of many in Church or of those who profess to be Christians. And those people doing those mean things, well, it’s just amazing that they seem so sure of themselves. However, it’s nothing that a little introspection couldn’t fix, though, so it’s incredible why they don’t do this…

      God bless y’all. Fight the good fight.

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      • the phoenix says:

        “people who refuse to scoot down the pews at mass and stubbornly cling to the end seat, forcing families & the elderly to crawl over them to get a seat … ”

        Sometimes people who sit at the end of the pew have reasons for doing so that you do not understand and would never guess unless you took the time to get to know them. Some of these reasons can be too personal to go into publicly. That said, I agree that no one should be crawling over anyone else … the person on the end should politely stand and step aside for a moment to let the others go inside.

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      • Jean says:

        momof3, I would like to give you a different perspective of the people who stubbornly cling to the end of the pew. I often go to Mass alone because my husband is not Catholic and my kids are grown up. I have discovered that a lone person in an otherwise empty pew is often easy pickens for late comers and those with a large family. I used to try to scoot in toward the center when I came to Mass. But inevitably, it doesn’t matter where I sit, a large family will come in after the bell has rung and I am moved down one way or the other, often sliding all over the place before folks get settled.

        I have actually had a family come in one side and move me to the other section, only to have another family come in the other side and move me back down, after which I was sandwiched in tightly between two large families. What is it about large families that they can’t get to Mass on time. And don’t take me wrong; I come from a family of 13. But invariably, I am not only pressed to move one seat down, I am moved down an entire pew so I have to stand up, pick up all my belongings and walk to the other side. Notice, if they had come in the other side, they could have sat down without me moving at all. All they have to do is follow the usher’s signals or look carefully before they walk up an isle. Or if they could go to the front row, which is always empty.

        After about 3 or 4 years of playing sliding-go-seat with the late arrivals, I finally thought about what people do in an auditorium or stadium where each person has an individual seat. Do people really expect to come in late and make the whole theater or stadium row move down or do they walk around to the other side? When the seats are separate, no one expects people to give up their seats, but when people are in a pew, people think they can slide others all over the place and take their seats from them. Whatever happened to the the first one in a seat gets to keep it?

        This may seem petty but really I am laughing. It’s my pet peeve you might say. Now, I go sit in the ‘might-as-well-be-in-the-street’ seat at the very back where they take the crying babies. There are individual seats there and it is very strange: no late comer expects to have a claim over the seat I’ve been in for a half hour. It is an odd phenomena that individual seats are treated differently than a pew.

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        • MMBev says:

          Reading of your dilemma, Jean, takes me back to when my first son was almost two. I always went early enough for us to find lots of room. That Sunday, our pew began empty except for us. Tom drove his little cars back and forth on the pew seat. Mass time grew closer. The pew began to fill up. And then, boom, it was full! No more room to drive little cars. My sweet, gentle, but serious tiny boy looked up at the man who had filled up the last spot, and said to him very clearly, “I bite”. And immediately did so on the man’s back thigh.

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        • Mark4:41 says:

          Me and my wife always sit in the middle of the pew right from the start. We basically never get up once seated. Makes it easy for others too join us. I’m over judge mental on about everything, but not on this issue.

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          • Mary Ann says:

            It used to be easy when pews were wooden and you could slide. Now that they are cushioned, it is harder to move around, and people tend not to sit as close to each other to boot.

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  11. Susan Orourke says:

    Oh wow….read this! Chilling and hopeful at the same time.

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  12. Becky-TN says:

    Have mercy, O’Lord!

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  13. Bob says:

    Glad you are back Charlie. I was a bit worried, my friend, as you usually post something if only to say “I will be busy the next few days”. God Bless.

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  14. CrewDog says:

    Tyrants need a shocking incident to assume power or impose martial law. The incident can be a real deal enemy attack or an internal contrived one … like the Reichstag Fire. The USA, sadly, just had another Cop kills Black Citizen Incident. There is little doubt that the police were in the wrong here. The usual suspects are already calling for a Nationalized Police Force and inciting the ignorant. It Will Be a Long Hot Summer! As Charlie has pointed out we have all the evil pieces in place to take advantage of an “Incident”. We (USA) have a President, his Administration and fawning “Media” that has shown nothing but contempt for our Constitution/Bill of Rights and the Faith/Traditions of our Founders …… and for 6.3 years these people have gotten away with the “murder” of our Republic! There is no other way to describe it. Obama/Friends have gone “Off Teleprompter” enough times early on to “telegraph” what was coming but a, mostly, uniformed and apathetic citizenry slept on. There are so many examples of “death by small cuts” to point out that I have lost count! Fast-n-Furious, IRS, EPA, DHS, Un-Guarded Borders, DOE, ObamaCare, Green Energy Boondoggles, $$Trillions wasted on Union pay-offs and keeping the Welfare Slaves …. enslaved ….with millions more added to the Dole. The past six years is only the unfolding of 50 years of Political Correctness, Dumbed Down Education and godless Welfare State policies …. Oh!! … I guess we can’t ignore the disastrous Foreign Policies that have emboldened our enemies, confused our allies and demoralized our Military…. and the confusion/scandal perpetrated by Church/Secular “Leaders” who bear false allegiance to The Faith . If satan is not running this Op, what would he do differently!? As Christians we believe we win in the end but the path to that end ……….. ;-( I hope-n-pray that there are plenty of Good People “out-there” willing to rise-up to counter the above and react in good time to protect/guide The Flock and minimize, with God’s help, the terror that is already abroad and soon in your neighborhood! …………………… GOD GUIDE AND SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  15. Mack says:

    Just yesterday I was talking to someone about this, and the person reminded me that I’ve been worrying about such things like economic collapse, etc. for a long time. That’s true, I thought, but the day has to come eventually when things will go down. I thought of the current national debt of 18 TRILLION dollars–10 trillion added by Obama in just 6 years. That is unprecedented. Then today you have this column, Charlie, about the calm before the Storm. That’s what I’ve been feeling, that we’re in this calm but stay watchful because the Storm will break. Probably sooner than we think.

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    • Jean says:

      Well, and then there is that little issue where they are printing money 24×7.

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    • MMBev says:

      That must have been my son you were talking to. He’s been saying the same thing to me as often as possible! Since this year has begun, I’ve just kept my mouth shut, ’cause I already told them Charlie said this year. Don’t need to say it again. No, I won’t, but I will be thinking it. In fact, I think it often enough that I wonder if it counts for confession. It’s no longer just a slip of the mind.

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  16. Mary-Louise says:

    One to five months… I am eager to see your posts on the practical matters you mentioned.

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  17. SteveBC says:

    For what it’s worth (which isn’t much), my view of the coming events runs something like this (see Disclaimer at end):

    Phase 1: Sometime between May and September, the Collapse would occur. I think September is the most likely month (Jonathan Cahn’s Elul 29 on September 13 springs to mind as a real possibility), but for some reason June feels possible, too. To me, April and May appear not to be likely months. After the Collapse, chaos will reign for at least 3 months, into December, the beginning of the Jubilee Year of Mercy which starts Dec 8. I think the Dec 8 date gives us a fairly solid time for the chaos to be ending and rebuilding to be underway. That means that, if the Collapse occurs in June, the chaos will last 6 months. If it occurs in September, the chaos will last only three. So you can see that I am considering the idea that the later the Collapse occurs, the shorter the chaotic period after the Collapse might be.

    Phase 2: When the Jubilee year starts in December, we could all finally be getting our feet under us and starting to rebuild, from individual, to family, to neighborhood, to village, to city, to state, to country. This could be the time where Charlie has said we would feel like the worst is over, that we have a period to take our breath. This will last until the fall of 2016 toward the end of the Jubilee year. Looming threats may appear then, and people could begin to prepare again. Although this phase would be filled with huge difficulties, it would also be a time of grace and conversion, while the Door of Mercy is literally and figuratively open.

    Phase 3: This would run from around the end of the Jubilee year in mid-November 2016 to the end of 2017. This period would see both the struggle with Islam and the struggle with China, pretty much constant hammer-and-tongs without let-up. The Door of Mercy would be closed near the beginning of this phase, and the Door of Justice would open and stay open until the Rescue at the end of this third phase. Islam would rise first and be dealt with early on (we hope), even as China rises in the background (perhaps using the struggle with Islam to begin its own move toward domination). Then we would be in the struggle with China, increasingly aware toward the end of this phase that we will lose that struggle.

    And then the Rescue will come and the Storm will break.

    Any outline like this is obviously of use only for helping us stay the course, not getting caught up in any euphoria during the Jubilee year but rather remembering that the struggle will renew, helping us keep our hope alive no matter what is happening. Throughout, the only way to stay sane and emotionally balanced in the midst of the enormous difficulties heading our way will be to “Trust God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to others.” We can’t prepare for what is coming through our own intelligence, but we can prepare ourselves to remember and follow TDL.

    And I must enter a Disclaimer: As “they” say in the financial world, past experience is no guarantee of future performance. My poor attempt here is no better than anyone else’s would be. However, I thought that laying this out might help at least me to have a context for the Things That now Must Come, and I hope it is helpful to others without being distracting from what matters most – TDL.

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  18. Phillip Frank says:

    We are entering the Garden Of Gethsemany period.
    Jesus told Peter that Satan wanted to sift him like wheat.
    We are being sifted right now and all our weaknesses and sins are being laid bear for us and all the world to see. It is the ” Warning” in minature. It is a great grace to see where you stand in God’s eyes , both for yourself and those who know you…so we can pray for one another.
    Use this time wisely. Pray for yourself and then for those you see going wrong.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Oh, you have really got it, Phillip. The secularists think they are consolidating their gains, when actually God is separating the sheep from the goats. Woe to those who triumphantly find themselves on the side of the goats when the fall comes. The goats won’t be on top for much longer.

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  19. toddkrafty says:

    Former military here
    Share oathkeepers.org with those you know.
    Started by a former military officer

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  20. Lucy says:

    Beloved of Jesus and Mary,
    Lucy here. Been a long, long time since I posted, but I wanted to suggest something that just came out on Rick Joyner’s Prophetic Bulletin. Here is the link , and might serve in lieu of a Guest Article for your blog : http://www.morningstarministries.org/print/14348
    Just a thought.Otherwise, by the Grace of God I will be submitting to you this afternoon a text I wrote a while back. It is called the Five Abodes in the Darkness. It is basically a meditation that is focused on treasures found in the Gospel of Saint John. When the Storm is in its fullest, the People of God will find it very difficult to have access to the Sacramental Life of the Church. The Five Abodes are in fact God’s Providential Plan for us to keep our heads above the water, to move forward with the next right step and keep the Faith alive…in spite of the Church being basically “outlawed”. We speak a lot about Refuges. We consider the temporal needs we will encounter during the Storm. The text I will be sending you is about Spiritual Provisions. Deo Gratias : His Mercy and Love endure FOREVER ! Bien a vous par Marie, Mere de l’Eglise et Mere de l’Humanite !

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  21. Lin says:

    Thank you Charlie, for your words today. Does anyone know if Sign.org is an OK source of info?
    Thanks!

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    • Mick says:

      Lin. I check the headlines at sign.org regularly. One thing I’ve noticed, though… They seem (to me, at least) to often view or portray the Holy Father’s words and actions in a rather negative light. I’m not trying to badmouth the website. It’s just that the headlines and articles about Pope Francis often sound like the ones we hear from the mainstream media or from the “holier than the pope” crowd that is on the verge of–or already in–schism. So, I personally always skip the articles about Pope Francis and read the other stuff on that site. That’s just my take.

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  22. Sue says:

    “…if ordered to evacuate or report to a relocation center.” Unsettling. Presumably, evacuation means I am free to go where I will, but that I must go. Needless to say, while that would rankle me I could live with that, pun intended, to fight another day. Should I be ordered to “get on the bus” so to speak, I have already read enough concentration camp survivor memoirs. Better to resist, run, and most likely get gunned down on the spot on my terms, than suffer and die on theirs. Easy talk for someone who lives in flyover country, but I have learned the hard way. Most of the misfortune that has come my way, my biggest regrets, have stemmed from not having the courage to stand up for myself and what I believed in. May God grant me the wisdom and courage to do the next right thing, even if it is the last right thing!

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    • DanSouthChicago says:

      I did not anticipate the relocation center idea. I look forward to the article.

      God bless.

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    • Judy says:

      I am trying to figure out why one would have to evacuate. Nuclear blast? Civil war? Invasion by other armies? Catastrophic weather? Martial law and ee-education camps? Illness like ebola? Lack of basic services due to failure of our energy grid? Or all of the above? Maybe some or all of this will happen. However, I am so busy dealing with nonstop problems in my personal life that I barely have time to consider those things. On good days I am just glad that I can sleep, because insomnia is becoming a problem at a time when I truly need rest……I give thanks that the Blessed Mother and the Holy Spirit “whisper” to me more frequently, and especially during Holy Week ….signs that I am not alone and that all my labors and fatigue are appreciated by my Lord and God. I regret that my prayer life has lessened a bit. But I offer all my labors as a living prayer. I think that I understand why the Prayer of Miraculous Trust will become ever so important in the months and years ahead. I think that this short prayer may be all many of us will manage while we fight through a raging, complicated and exhausting storm.

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      • the phoenix says:

        “I give thanks that the Blessed Mother and the Holy Spirit “whisper” to me more frequently, and especially during Holy Week ….signs that I am not alone and that all my labors and fatigue are appreciated by my Lord and God.”

        @ Judy: These are definitely challenging times. Today I received a sign like what you’re speaking of, and it came in the form of the timing of literal storms. Right after I got into the building for work this morning, it started to rain heavily, after I was able to walk across the parking lot through just a few raindrops. The clouds came and went, and the heavy rain stopped just before I had to walk back and forth across the parking lot later that morning to attend a meeting. Safely back in the main work building, the heavy rain started back up right away again at lunch time. It rained during the afternoon with a bit of thunder … and the rain ended shortly before the end of the work day, so I was able to walk out to my car with maybe the drop of a sprinkle or two still hanging in the air. The timing of all this was incredible. Storms will come, and we can use trust as an umbrella.

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        • Judy says:

          God has been very good to me in the way he sends me encouragement. I am glad that you, like some others I know, are also seeing the signs and hearing the whispers. I am sure that the Blessed mother is pleading my case. The women in my family have always been dedicated to the rosary. I am thankful for such good role models…..As far as having to leave one’s home, what about the people who are too ill to journey? What will happen to the aged who are weak, the sick, and people with disabilities? Are the healthy just supposed to leave them and run? How could a loved one do that?!

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    • Donna says:

      This is my regular prayer. I hope I have the courage to defend my faith and die, if necessary, than to deny my Lord and God.

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  23. Bob says:

    This is worth reading on the mob of political correctness pushing even for what is evil:
    http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/04/who-will-stand

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  24. diane says:

    For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

    For a small teardrop from the eye
    can cause an entire evil platoon of the Tempter’s
    army to shrink away,
    like the squirming of centipedes or earthworms,
    drowning in a puddle of oil or a drop of
    some lethal potion.
    And the faint groan of a sighing heart,
    rising from the soul,
    is like a warm southerly breeze, mixed with sun,
    that melts the fiercest blizzard,
    for like storms, they are easily born and when
    opposed, quickly die.

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    • Mack says:

      I don’t think the article is terribly accurate. For one thing, it ignore the fact that both Pope Saint John Paul and Pope Benedict actually attended the Council and worked on its documents. So the idea that they tried to stop the decisions of the Council is rather ridiculous. The real problem was not with the Council itself, but with the confusion that followed, and the way many Catholics went far beyond what the Council actually called for. I think the article also has a somewhat selective reading of Francis quotes, though there are some tendencies that it seems to get right.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Thank you, Mack. Absolutely – and I do not want to replace the other sides revisionists with our revisionists. Let our yes be yes and our no be no. St. John Paul was one of the prime architects of Vatican II. That is a fact. And when it had been badly misinterpreted, he came to the papacy and proclaimed the authentic interpretation of it – the springtime of the Gospel.

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  25. Crystal says:

    Calm before the storm? God help us because it feels like a storm already to me. I feel as though everything I value is falling away. Serious marital difficulties in our family, addiction issues, adult children falling further and further away from God’s plan, and SO much dissension, even in ministry and church service. I am relying on the sacraments, the prayer of Miraculous Trust and the surrender novena and the Divine Mercy chaplet now more than ever. It seems like all of the above situations are pulling me away from my prayer opportunities. This is such a wonderful site of believers and prayer warriors. Please pray for my beautiful children, grandchildren and family members. I have been praying for all of yours!

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    • Michelle says:

      Oh I know Crystal, we’ve been stormin’ for nearly 5 years now. Do you think we are being made strong for something in the future? I”ll pray especially for you. TDL

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    • Mick says:

      I just offered up a prayer for you and for your intentions, Crystal. Thanks for your prayers for me and for mine.

      By the way, Crystal is my aunt’s name.

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  26. Donette says:

    When Charlie is quiet, I am quiet. Why am I quiet when Charlie is quiet? Because I know Charlie is thinking of something important to say. And when he speaks we all have something to say in response because this time Charlie has said something that has all our hairs standing on end. Therefore, since we need to be calm and peaceful in our hearts and souls, may I offer you this one place to go for security.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Ha, Donette…about a month ago people got excited about something here…I forget…and I asked a friend why people get so excited about little comments. She said, “Charlie, you better deal with the fact that now when you sneeze, everybody there gets a cold…so deal with it.” I loved it…sounded like the way I used to speak to candidates if they got whiny.

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    • Nancy D says:

      That was the best four minutes and forty-nine seconds of my day. Thank you.

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  27. Rosie says:

    This cannot be all there is going to be. I’ve asked this before…we are in “apocalyptic times” and if so this time after Charlie’s 2 1/2 years (ending late 2017) is just a lull in the storm, is this correct?
    Or if EVERYTHING mentioned in John’s Revelation is going to happen in just 2 1/2 years… I’m not feeling so well. Which may be irrelevant after it all begins. I mean is there not a “Antichrist” coming on the scene? The time line just is strange. Need some help here.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I appreciate your frustration, Rosie, but I will tell you candidly…if you are pre-occupied with figuring out the big picture to your satisfaction, you are not going to be of much use to anyone, including yourself. Narrow your focus to what is right in front of you, acknowledging God, taking the next right step and being a sign of hope. When battle erupts, the soldier who pre-occupies himself with wondering how this is going to contribute to the larger strategic plan for victory while the bullets are flying is going to get his head shot off. Battle has arrived. Man your post and leave it to God to sort the big things out.

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    • laura says:

      I’d recommend NOT discounting any book or chapter of the Bible. Charlie won’t say much on the anti-christ but it may be because he simply does not know. Remember that Charlie is not an oracle and cannot answer every question (though that doesn’t stop us all from asking! LOL) and has been charged with a certain task. Keep your eyes open for the anti-christ (if this is in fact Armagedon) but your body busy doing your daily tasks and your heart in the hands of Christ. 😉

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      • MMBev says:

        I have been trying very hard to follow that advice. Charlie said to do what we would normally do. So, though my house is in total disarray, the sun has been shining and it’s just wonderful. So I did what I would normally do. Now that I can do anything I want, I went outside. The task I selected was one I’ve been concerned about for a couple of years. What to do about the fence!? It’s six feet and will require replacing within two years or less. Yes, I know. Tom said it to me when he found out. But I did find the short crowbar thing, and it does pry off the boards if one works very hard at it. I didn’t know they made nails that turned into like screw things!

        Anyway, the lady behind put up a six foot wire fence about eight inches behind my fence and the next door neighbour’s fence.(They are not on “good terms” with each other). I think it is partly because of the dogs barking, and the fact that debris and dead birds lodge themselves between the two fences and cannot be removed. She is also unconcerned about the weeks that grow over the fence (really) and cannot be removed. Which is why it seemed to be the next right step. I don’t even need to put up another fence.

        At least I didn’t. There was a knock on the door. On the small deck were my neighbours, blitzed and beer cans in hand. Yes, I know it was six pm, but it is a daily occurrence. After discussing at length what I should put up to replace my old fence, and considering keeping the cost low, I have three or four concepts that my neighbours are going to help me erect. I should have the drawings by tomorrow or the next day.

        Please pray..

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        • Mick says:

          Oy… Prayers on the way, MMBev.

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        • SteveBC says:

          MMBev, I will pray that your neighbors will not be blitzed when they help you put up your new fence. Then maybe it will be straight. 😀

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        • MMBev says:

          Update:

          Thank you so much my friends! After Mass this morning, I was once again confiding (groveling and whining) to Jesus about the fence. And then, and then. The solution! Ta Da. I’m going to leave it up! I’ll just replace the few boards that are most worn, cut the vine draping itself over the top and the ever growing thicker parts that are pushing between the boards, forcing them apart and volia! A smattering of stain and done. AND NO NEED FOR NEIGHBOURS TO HELP.

          You guys must be real pray warriors. Glad I’m with you in this Storm.

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    • Lily says:

      Rosie, I don’t get it either – Daniel, Ezekiel, revelation, what Jesus said in the Gospels, what Paul wrote about…. How it all fits together, and where we are now I don’t know. I hope we are closer to the end than most people tend to think – my heart breaks at all the suffering people are going through, every where I look and across the whole world. I wish I could see more good things. Anyway, I am hopeful and glad that God might reset things, as difficult as it might be at the same time.

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  28. luvmercy5775 says:

    Following is an edited version of an article I wrote for a Catholic Charismatic publication back in the 90’s. My prayer is that it be a comfort and encouragement to the body as we face the days ahead.

    A CALL TO ARMS

    What has come to be known as the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement began around the turn-of-the-century, January 1,1901, according to some. As the story goes, a group of Protestant seminary students who had gathered for prayer and Bible study that New Year’s Eve, found themselves pondering the wonder-working power of the Holy Spirit recorded in the Book of Acts.

    Taking the question to the Lord in prayer, much to their astonishment, suddenly the group found themselves praying and praising God from the very depths of their hearts — many in languages they had never learned.

    Excited and amazed beyond belief, they returned to their churches with what they thought would be received as good news. Instead, they mostly found themselves soundly rebuked and admonished to cease and desist from this foolishness or kindly leave the church. For the most part they left. A pattern that was to be repeated many times over the next few decades.

    Undaunted and filled with the joy of the Lord, this small band set about to tell others. Spreading with the speed of a brush fire it wasn’t long before Pentecostalism became a denomination. Rejected by their own, early spirit-filled churches took the stance that they and they alone were preaching the full Gospel — members becoming notorious for encouraging others to come out of their dead churches. This, of course, only serving to further anger clergy of traditional churches, who in turn warned their congregants to stay away from those “Holy Rollers.”

    Nevertheless, God in control, opposition from those who should have known better failed to quench the Spirit. Blowing with the force of a battering ram, resist though they might, soon Holy Ghost revival began crossing thresholds of mainline denominations — Catholics included. As true of many who went before them, some left behind all they had previously held sacred and joined Pentecostal churches or non-denominational prayer groups.
    So did all this catch the Church by surprise? Did it just “happen” with no warning or expectation? I think not. For what’s not readily known among non-Catholics, on January 1, 1901, the Pope dedicated the 20th century to the Holy Spirit. This said to be done in response to a vision Pope Leo received in 1884.

    As the story goes, Pope Leo reportedly saw Satan challenge Jesus, boasting he could take His “Church” away from Him if given the time and power to do it. Jesus accepted the challenge, giving Satan 100 years to try it. The 20th century said to be the time chosen.

    And isn’t it interesting to note, that while this prayer was apparently answered immediately, the movement didn’t begin in the Catholic Church, Rather the fire started in another branch of the “body.” A pattern that appears to hold true with every new move of God. It begins outside the mainstream, takes root, matures and once grown to a viable entity, is only then incorporated into the main body.

    Today, the battle waging fierce all around us, divine purpose behind revival of “Holy Ghost” power becomes clear. “…for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows he has but a short time.” Revelation 12:12

    So we see that while Jesus accepted the challenge, he didn’t leave His people defenseless. Rather He armed them for battle with the full power of the Holy Spirit.

    The “call to arms” sounded early on, renewal in the Catholic Church didn’t get off the ground until after Vatican 11 Council, held in the 1960’s. It was at this time that Pope John XX 111 called for a new Pentecost. This time the hoped for response was achieved. Somewhat slowly to be sure — not to mention with much difficultly and confusion.

    Accustomed to priests and nuns doing it all, people in the pews were ill prepared to accept the challenge. Many still not sure what it’s all about, renewal (as Catholics prefer to call it) did indeed begin — officially recorded as having taken place the weekend of June 6-7, 1967, at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Penn. Interestingly, Holy Spirit revival is said to have erupted spontaneously in other mainline churches at about that same time as well.

    What’s mind-boggling about this is the fact that 6/7/67 marks the day JERUSALEM WAS LIBERATED BY THE ISRAEL’S DURING THE SIX-DAY WAR. This event not only ending 1900 years of separation from the Holy City for the Jewish people, but also seemingly fulfilling a prophecy Jesus said would herald the nearness of His second coming.

    “Jerusalem will be downtrodden by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.” (Luke 21:24)

    Odds against these two events coinciding so exactly, other than by the hand of God, have got to be astronomical if not impossible. So, while it’s obvious Gentiles still have time…there’s reason to believe it may be short-lived.

    Though due to immaturity, excesses have occurred and some have been offended by what rightly might be called “Charismanics” if the Church is to overcome the onslaught of evil, baptism in the Holy Spirit is not an option, it’s essential. This is not a game — it’s war.

    If the Apostles who knew Him face-to-face, who were filled with faith and love for Him, were required to wait for “power from on high” before going out to turn the world upside down, why should we expect it be any different today? God does not change. “Jesus Christ, Yeshua Ha Mashiach, is the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)

    To effectively battle the “powers of darkness” and win others for the Lord, one must first be empowered, equipped and instructed with the proper weapons of warfare. Satan is alive and well and he’s out to destroy us. Catch the vision, Jesus is coming soon.
    Note: As four Jewish Holy Days were fulfilled at His first coming:

    Passover on Good Friday,

    Unleavened bread, eight days of preparation before assuming the role of eternal High Priest,

    First Fruits on Easter Sunday with His resurrection,

    And Pentecost with the giving of the Holy Spirit, which ushered in the Church age.

    As such, why shouldn’t we expect fulfillment of the Fall Feasts of Israel towards the end of the age?

    While the following is conjecture on my part, one possible way of looking at it is that 9/11, marked the global fulfillment of Rosh Ha Shanna — the Jewish Holy Day when all pass before God for judgement — nations as well as individuals.

    Immediately following, ten days (or in this case ten years) are given to make things right between God and man. This before the awesome day of Yom Kippur — the date when everyone’s destiny is sealed. This possibly the true significance of the oft cited numerical phenomenon of 11/11. Makes sense since Sept.11,01 to November 1, 2011, equals just over ten years.

    This true,the following five years, the time we’re living in now, may be the Lord preparing His bride, without spot or wrinkle, to enter into His presence for Succot or The Feast of Tabernacles. All that is unclean and unholy weeded out beforehand
    10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it.

    11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

    12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw,

    13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.

    14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward

    If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

    1 Corinthians 3: 10 – 15 NKJV

    To God be the glory…

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  29. Bob says:

    When we consider a storm coming even if it be difficult to bear at times I am reminded of St Teresa of Avila’s words “This life is just like one night in a bad hotel and then it is over” or in a Speech Ralph Martin gave about remaining faithful to God that even the most painful and difficult of lives can be borne if we consider that life is short and the glory after we live it faithfully is forever!

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  30. shjihmhs says:

    With all that has been said, it brings to mind the final battle in J.R.R. Tolkein’s Ring trilogy. When we think all hope is lost, we should pause, count slowly to three and we will be amazed at what our loving Lord will do to win “The Battle.” The return of the King is definitely coming! May God bless us all!

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  31. Julia says:

    Charlie, I was just over saying a rosary with Denis and Cathy Nolan on Mary tv., and they are having problems with whoever likes to disrupt transmission. I thought of you and wondered if Denis and Cathy are right the satan is in open warfare against those who encourage us in our faith.

    You know Who wins the war Charlie, even if some little battles are lost in the process.

    God bless you and your efforts. God bless all good and faithful souls who seek Peace.

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  32. Julie says:

    When the Israelites were freaking out about the Philistine soldier “Goliath”, David said to him “I do not come before you with a sword or a shield. I come before you with the power of THE LIVING GOD!” WE live in the power of the LIVING GOD. WE are LIVING HOSTS. Let us remember who we are and where we come from and WHO is our sword and shield. The unified power of our prayer can do immeasurably more than we can dream or imagine when we believe.

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  33. Judy says:

    I the quote from David, Julie. It is just perfect for the times.

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  34. Colleen DeRose says:

    Love this place!

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    • Mick says:

      Thanks for that link, Rosalie. I saw it yesterday somewhere else. Turns out that I live about 20 miles from one of the selected cities. But I already live within 80 miles of the United States city with the highest Muslim population, so I figure that the government is already pumping it full of more immigrants from Muslim countries. God have mercy on us all.

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  35. Jean says:

    I just want to add some thoughts after reading through the comments.

    1. God took His people into Egypt knowing they would eventually end up in slavery because they were able to survive the famine in Egypt, whereas they would otherwise have died. He also used the vast food wealth of the Nile river to allow his people to grow into the millions. I think if we all end up in FEMA camps or something else, it is God’s way of keeping us alive, albeit with a lot of purgation along the way. While there is rioting, looting, famine, cannibilism, raping etc going on in the streets, it might not be so bad to be imprisoned behind a wall where they throw some slop out at us twice a day. If they kill us, well we’re all going to heaven right?? I for one can’t wait to see my mom and dad.

    2. In as much as I would like to think that the leading military officers would keep their oaths to the people, keep in mind that those plotting an evil overthrow already know who these officers are. Go to YouTube and type in: Saddam Hussein purge or fascist coup. Watch the video of how he called all the leaders of the Baath party together, they thinking they were there to celebrate his rise to power. They locked them into the auditorium and then read a list of names of all who were guilty of ‘treason’. These were those who Saddam didn’t like, felt threatened by, or where known to oppose his rise in some way. They took them out one-by-one and shot them. The rest of the men sweated bullets for an agonizing long time; and then proceeded to stand up and hail their new leader. Some of them were so terrorized their voices squealed when they tried to talk. Everyone was wiping their brows. The point is that this is known to have been extremely effective in silencing all dissent against Saddam Hussein. People shook in their boots at the sound of his name. Whoever tries to take over in the USA, will use similar means to quickly murder any and all perceived opposition while the vast majority of people squeal in feigned delight to save their own lives.

    3) Of course God deals with his people differently, and we know the Church will endure until the very end. But God has already shown us the way, and it is through the Cross so most of us are going the route of the cross, not the refuges that save us (that’s my private opinion). You know, it is part of our human condition, the ‘normalcy bias’ I think that makes us believe we will always be the one to come out of something unscathed. I used to think this way when I got on a jet to fly someplace. I prayed like crazy before boarding and then imagined that no matter what, somehow I would be a lucky one that would walk off the plane. But the last time I flew, the plane had a very long narrow hull so that I felt like I was in a very long tube. The walls of the plane were very thin, it seemed like paper or thin plastic. The plane took off at a steep incline so the front was high enough for me to see to the front of the plane, even though I was toward the back. All of a sudden, the entire plane began to shudder terribly as though it was going to come to pieces. I could see everyone on the plane from front to back was vibrating from the shuddering. And since I too was laid back at an incline, I could see my own body shuddering and vibrating along with everyone else. That was the moment when I realized that there are no exceptions for me in life. I am not better or worse than anyone else. I knew instinctively for the first time that no fairytale imagination game was going to let me survive that flight if that plane broke up. If one went down, we all went down. And so it will be.

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    • SteveBC says:

      Jean, I feel like saying, “Who let this Nabob of Negativity into our nice positive community???” and then I realize of course that your points are all well taken. I can *hope* you are wrong, and about some things you will be, but maybe you’ll be wrong because you weren’t negative enough! (Oooh, my head hurts just thinking about it.)

      What’s the quote, “God makes the rain to fall on the just and the unjust”? I like to think I’ll be safe, and I also increasingly believe the Storm is actually a good thing in the long run. However, I am also certain that there are going to be Storm days when I really am going to wish I had been raptured to Mars for the duration.

      I hope and pray that all here will make it through the Storm and be glad they did.

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      • Bob says:

        If even Charlie says he has been told there will be times he will wish he had died what about us. Poor sinners like me are certainly no better. So pray and I am asking for the grace of trust and even serenity in what God may allow to happen.

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    • I am so inclined to agree with you: “But God has already shown us the way, and it is through the Cross so most of us are going the route of the cross…” Like you, I am sure that few exceptions will be made. The Father did not spare Jesus one drop of blood. Our suffering, however severe, will also be the ordinary way of so many. The only real difference for us will be the love and faith we exhibit under fire. God help us to remain faithful and loving.

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  36. Charlie, I think you know I am pretty new here, having only been directed by the Dream I had on the same day you had your vision. I have loved catching up and reading your posts, particularly the one on Job. I reflect on it often. I am currently and astoundingly an RCIA Coordinator at a church in the South. I say astoundingly because I still cannot believe I ended up where I did. When I look back on my life I can see God had bigger plans then I ever knew and sometimes I feel so unworthy of the task. Anyway, I am commenting because recently I have had a few people who have come to me wanting to enter the Catholic Church and their stories are amazing. People who were completely broken, who have had a “Come to Jesus” moment. These people can see a spiritual warfare going on that they were never able to see before. But almost, as I start to work with them, illness befalls them, or they are attacked online for posting something about God. Road blocks seem to pop up. I just try to keep my eyes on Jesus and forge ahead one step at a time. Even as we approached Easter Vigil, I was stricken down with the flu, something I haven’t had since I was a child. I really was down to Okay Lord, one breath at a time, I know we will work this out together. God was willing and I was better in time for Easter Vigil for those I was working with to enter the church. I am trying, as you say, to take the next right step. I just want to say, that even with the bad things I know are coming, you give me hope. And my hope is that I, in turn, can give hope to others. It is walking in blind trust, and for awhile I felt really alone, like no one understood (except God). When you posted above that you keep your private sufferings private, I feel that way. I walk into church and put a smile on, and say, tell me your sufferings so we can help you find God, we are the “field hospital”. Some days I felt I had no one to talk to myself. Alone in my sufferings not wanting to burden anyone else. But finding your site made me realize I am not alone. I know God asked me to stop looking at myself, depression makes you focus inward, he told me to look up and out at everyone else, and to provide hope to them. You are helping me do that. Thank you. And sorry for the rambling.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Glad you are getting some hope, Veronica. Being that sign of hope also helps give you hope. We do so much better when we get outside of ourselves. There are times when I get very enthused when all sorts of obstacles pop up – I figure the satan is feeling the heat, so to speak.

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      • ann says:

        that’s what St. John Vianney used to say–when the obstruction and attacks got fierce he would rejoice because some great grace was about to be unleashed.

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    • EllenChris says:

      Welcome, Veronica. You are right on track, and you are not alone.

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  37. Charlie’s post is so ominous. It seems providential that this week I read a little book, THE SIGN OF THE CROSS: RECOVERING THE POWER OF THE ANCIENT PRAYER by Bert Ghezzi. I was already in the process of revisiting my life and practices in light of new understanding of the Gospel, and being even more conscious of the presence of the Storm, the passion into which the Church is daily more deeply immersed, I cherished the book’s message even more. Ghezzi takes us back to the most ancient practice of the church, giving us the history, the teachings and sayings of the ancient fathers of the church, pointing out the six meanings of the Sign:
    1. a confession of faith
    2. a renewal of baptism
    3. a mark of discipleship
    4. an acceptance of suffering
    5. a defense against the devil
    6. a victory over self-indulgence

    “IN THE NAME OF…” To begin with, our modern understanding of “name” does not do justice to the ancients’ understanding of it, especially of the ancient Hebrews. Ghezzi explains: “When you say the words and pray in someone’s name you are declaring their presence and coming into their presence—that’s how a name is used in scripture” [article]. Furthermore, “By praying in God’s name I am aligning my nature and substance with His nature and substance” [p. 38].

    He also explains the meanings of movements of the hands making the sign of the cross; for example, one of the six basic meanings is our acceptance of sufferings, to “pick up our cross and follow Him.” Ghezzi explains “When we make the sign of the cross we invite the Lord to join us in our suffering. We touch our forehead and move down to our breast, telling the Lord with this gesture that we want Him to bend down to us. Then we cross our shoulders in a movement that asks Him to support us—to shoulder us—in our suffering. In many psalms, David sings of taking refuge beneath the Lord’s wings, which the Church Fathers understood as a prophecy of our finding safety in the shadow of His crucified arms….The Lord’s outstretched arms pledge that He understands our suffering and shares it with us” [p. 74].

    It seems to me here that as I sign my body with the sign of the cross, I deliberately place myself under the outspread arms of the Crucified, my wings of refuge and protection.

    I can’t help but think that today we need to think deeply of this sacramental which is so basic to our spiritual practice, to enter more completely into the act of commitment and faith which we pledge with this simple sign. What a comfort, protection, and profession of faith this simple symbolic practice gives to us in the midst of the Storm! It is free, needs no technology, and summarizes our faith, illustrating to whoever sees us that we are believers. In this sign we can profess our faith and bless our families, our homes, our communities in private or in public.

    I can no longer make the sign of the cross in a perfunctory way. I make it thoughtfully, lovingly, different thoughts crossing my mind, as it humbles me with its enormity of meaning. This is the sign that announces the Presence of the Holy Trinity, the arms of my Savior spread in awesome love and protection, my constant weapon of defense and offense in the struggle for holiness of life, union with the adorable will of my God, and fidelity through all manner of trouble. The sign of the cross can see us through the storm, whatever it brings, whenever….

    [For a more detailed summary, see my blog: https://soulfoodministries.wordpress.com/%5D

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    • I liked your comment on the Sign of The Cross. It is good advice we could all do better. In my parish we have an alter server who has downs syndrome he is about 14years old and I always delight in watching him making his Sign of The Cross, it is always done slowly and methodically and I find it quite an inspiration.

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    • Kati says:

      Kathy AE, I really like everything you write and find it *interesting* that just yesterday I found this video by Fr. Mike Schmitz on “3 Things to Know About The Sign of the Cross” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRDCWacBAcY
      This segment is from a new video series (Altaration) on the Mass for teens. We have ordered it for the young people in our parish.

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    • Lin says:

      Kathy,
      How profound! Thank you for sharing this with us.

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  38. Hopenjoy says:

    My current experience with the “calm before the storm” IS pure and sweet calm. 40 days of fasting from meat during Lent & learning to cook without oil (preparing for food limitations during hard times?), mellow and peaceful and prayerful throughout the days, popping into our little rural church to visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament whenever I am in town, small attacks from the satan giving me big practice in prayer and fasting, much Scripture study, many Rosaries. Have been praying and fasting for my family, my loved ones, for those coming to our refuge, and those in my territory of souls. Job is going swimmingly but it seems like a pleasant distraction before things really hit. Most everything is ready here at our rural retreat, this week I order the hand pump for our cistern and a special hose to connect it to the waterlines which run to the house. Am relying more and more on the Holy Spirit’s guidance and words; I find myself quiet as His words and thoughts come into my mind while working, while at meetings, while making presentations, while writing emails. Fascinating. People seem stunned sometimes at what I say, like it hits deeply within them. And daily opportunities to acknowledge God, do the next right thing, and be a sign of hope. Years ago I had a vision that I was standing up in the clouds with Jesus at my side. I was wearing my armor of God, my hands resting on the sword of the Spirit standing upright in front of me, with a mantle of humility blowing gently in the wind behind me. We were looking down at my state, with a bank of clouds covering it and only the tips of the mountain range showing. “Are you ready?” He asked. “Yes, let’s do it” I replied. It’s been a long wait, seeing this in the Spirit, and now it feels like it in the natural. I feel supernaturally calm, heads up and alert for weird attacks coming from all sides, knowing that it will still be strange and unexpected and blindside me.

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    • EllenChris says:

      Thank you for this, HopenJoy — the simpler you keep things, the less stress there is. I am trying to remember that. The panic only sets in when I am trying to figure everything out. Charlie’s next right step is what you are doing, and Wow! It works!

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  39. jules 48 says:

    I am due to go to medjugorje at the end of May.Now i am habing second thoughts.scared of even more spiritual attacks sinking with the ones i have already gone through.Also worried does it show lack of trust in Jesus.shouldnt being with jesus in the blessed sacrament be all I need.was meant to be going with my teenage daughter who suffers with anxiety .Any advice Charlie ? God bless everyoneon this site

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    • ryusi says:

      HI Jules, Just before I went to Medjugorje in May 1991 with ten members of my family, a crisis arose in many of their lives. My sister lost her job, my brother’s girlfiriend broke up with him, my sister-in-law’s mother had a stroke, and I was beset with worry that my nephew’s, all in their twenties, would party. And, besides me, only my daughter was a Catholic, and a nominal one at that. I prayed, and one day while praying on a walk, I felt Jesus walking beside me. I felt reassured, but asked for a sign that it was really Him – I asked that He give me an image of Himself in the very near future.

      It was almost a miracle that we all ended up going.

      After dinner, on the first night in Medjugorje, my youngest brother gave me a small wooden box that he had just bought. On top of the lid, there was the scene of the last supper with the image of Jesus in the center, surrounded by the Apostles. For all these years, I was only focussed on the image of Jesus as a sign that it truly had been Him walking beside me. But, just now, as I looked at the wooden box, while writing this email, I noticed that only ten of the Apostles are visible – and only ten members of my family came with me (even though we had invited more.)

      The fruits of the trip were plentiful. And so I encourage you to go. I have heard from others that the satan does much to try and keep people from going. But once you are there, you will feel the effects of much grace. And the fruits came when we returned home: My mother became Catholic and a daily communicant, my brother and his wife became Catholic and had their marriage blessed in the Church, my daughter returned to practice her faith again, my niece who had been pro-abortion, was now pro-life without anyone saying anything to her about it (it was grace), two members of my family reconciled. And all of them, and these were all non-Catholic, except me and my daughter, went to more than one Mass a day, Adoration, and all said the rosary and climbed Mount Kricevac while saying the Stations. And my nephews didn’t party.

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      • jules48 says:

        Thank for ur post ryusi I will keep praying for strength to stay on course for this pilgrimage and pray for mother Mary to keep all my family safe whilst I am away and I pray my daughter will be filled with many graces to rid her of anxiety and to place all her trust in Jesus

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  40. Kathleen Wimmer says:

    I find myself somewhat with nothing to say. I know things are bad and the lack of respect for life is appalling. I find myself angry at the Church all the time now. It seems there are fat too many that are actually leading people away from the true teachings of the Church. Just how many fearless leaders of the Church do we actually have to guide us. I am looking forward to a new Grandson and fell such sadness that he is coming into a world that does not fear God.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Dear Kathy, you have always been such a champion. (For readers, Kathy has worked with me before on a mutual friend’s campaign – Judge Stephen McGlynn, a champion of Christian virtues and taking the next right step – and my best friend). I want you to remember, Kathy, that when we worked so hard in such hostile territory, you did not worry about all those cynical machine pols who seemed unbeatable, but worked to help mobilize people who believed that the faith, that traditional American values, that a commitment to justice rather than “fix is in” politics was worth fighting for and standing for – and you were a champion in mobilizing people. I was deeply touched when you and Cindy, on election night last year, after victory was certain, enthusiastically told Steve he needed to call me right away. (Yes, he told me right away – and for readers, Steve’s victory in that race was the first time a Republican had won a stand-alone judicial race in St. Clair County, Illinois since the early 1940’s – and he did it by publicly standing for faith, old-time American values, after having lived it authentically for decades).

      The answer right now, Kathleen, is the same. That there are betrayers among us is no more surprising than that there are cynical machine politicians in St. Clair County…but the way forward, to ultimate victory, is not to obsess on decrying the darkness – even though we must at times…but to proclaim the light. You and your husband have been a great comfort to me – an inspiration in many ways. (Again, her husband is an attorney who has to work in that judicial system. Though it is smaller, the St. Clair County legal establishment is more brutally cynical – and quick to “get” opponents than even Chicago. It is the worst I have EVER encountered. You dare to oppose the sitting satraps and you get serious blowback.) It took courage to stand for so long as you have…but it is not in decrying the darkness that we ultimately prevailed, but through proclaiming the light with steadfast fortitude. There are wolves both outside and inside…but it is not to the wolves that we are called, but to the sheep. When we stand, those sheep are transformed and also become champions. I know that in a very tough situation you worked to be a reason to believe for many who thought the system could not be bucked. Do the same now and all will be well.

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      • Kathleen Wimmer says:

        Charlie, thank you for your very kind thoughts. I remember upon meeting you that you were the Charlie who wrote on the state of the Church in the Belleville diocese. Remember, I asked if you were the Charlie from Chicago. I really felt lost when you had to leave, and then sadder when we lost both elections I worked on. I surprised myself when I agreed to join Steve again, Bill too as we have in the back of our minds ” who can ever beat the machine. But you know, one cannot say no to Steve McGlynn. We decide that if Steve had the faith and fortitude to try again, we had to help. I do believe that God guided Steve to victory and I have to say I felt a great sense of accomplishment and I felt your quiet hand of guidance and faith to Steve. I pray for a deeper relationship with Our Heavenly Father.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Funny thing, Kathy…Steve was a solid man to begin with. But with each cycle, he got progressively less concerned with how to win and more concerned with how to stand true. At a time when so many were progressively going further into ‘what’s in it for me’ mode he was getting progressively more ‘stand for what is just, stand for what is true, whatever the cost’ – mode. In that last one, he had decided that county was unwinnable for a Republican judge (with good reason, it having been over 70 years since one had won) but determined that he was going to be a bold voice for everyone who believed in old-time faith, family and freedom – in equal justice. So he let it fly…and won. He had been well forged in adversity and the time was right. (For readers, he was a sitting judge, having been appointed for a third time by the Supreme Court to restore confidence in a local judiciary that had been rocked by scandal, culminating in the death of a judge by a heroin overdose. Strange, brutal county that St. Clair). Of course, we talked strategy regularly, but in that last one, more of our conversations were geared towards what God would have of him in various situations. I will shut up about that, lest I violate confidences I shouldn’t…but someday I will tell the full story that people may know what a good man they have.

          As for the story Kathy speaks of, that was one I wrote for the secular publication, The Chicago Daily Observer. I was actually part of its founding editorial board. The story is here. It was an investigative piece – and I am rather pleased that it played a role in taking the steam out of the long-simmering rebellion.

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  41. Andy says:

    Whether it is 1 – 5 months or longer matters not as long as we freely and willing submit ourselves and our lives to the Lord and His will. Consecrate yourselves often my friends. Renew your consecrations daily in your own words if need be. He is our strength and our everything. Charlie, sometimes you remind me of John, that great voice in the wilderness.

    Mathew 3: [1] And in those days cometh John the Baptist preaching in the desert of Judea. [2] And saying: Do penance: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. [3] For this is he that was spoken of by Isaias the prophet, saying: A voice of one crying in the desert, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.
    Mathew 4: [16] The people that sat in darkness, hath seen great light: and to them that sat in the region of the shadow of death, light is sprung up. [17] From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say: Do penance, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

    Being on the brink of the storm should not bring fear at all but great joy! Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight his path indeed for He comes! He brings light to our darkness. I say O Come Divine Messiah! I am yours, do with me what you will!

    O my Jesus, my Lord, my God, my All, I Trust in You! Have mercy on me a sinner and teach me to love greater, to trust greater, to have greater faith, to suffer with joy and humility on this day far better than any day before. Always instill in my heart this great trust and faith that David had:

    Psalm 22 (Douay Rheims)
    [1] A psalm for David. The Lord ruleth me: and I shall want nothing. [2] He hath set me in a place of pasture. He hath brought me up, on the water of refreshment: [3] He hath converted my soul. He hath led me on the paths of justice, for his own name’ s sake. [4] For though I should walk in the midst of the shadow of death, I will fear no evils, for thou art with me. Thy rod and thy staff, they have comforted me. [5] Thou hast prepared a table before me against them that afflict me. Thou hast anointed my head with oil; and my chalice which inebriateth me, how goodly is it! [6] And thy mercy will follow me all the days of my life. And that I may dwell in the house of the Lord unto length of days.

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