Who Will Stand?

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By Charlie Johnston

I got folks pretty excited yesterday when I commented about the possible need to prepare for government moving people to evacuation centers. It may not come to that, but things are getting dicey enough – and there are too many red flags popping up – that it needs to be considered now. I see more establishment sites, usually called mainstream, talking about the possibility of Martial Law. Most things I have seen on the subject tread so delicately around the subject that they don’t really see how it would come. It does not start with tanks rolling down the streets. Anyway, I am working on a piece that I hoped to get up last night on the subject. It is a bit more complicated than I thought. I am laying out how it would most likely come, some practical tips gained from my experience on pilgrimage on how to endure if you must flee for a time, and how to survive FEMA camps if you must be there. Hopefully I will have it up tonight. Like I said, it is more complicated than I first thought – and longer. Like St. Joseph when the angel came to him in the dream to tell him to take the family and flee to Egypt, you will have a little prior warning. But like St. Joseph, once the warning comes, you will have a small window of time in which to act, so you had best not dither. I will explain in the piece I am working on.

I want you to remember, keep foremost in your mind, that what is happening is not what it seems. I know it seems that the forces of darkness are ascendant and that freedom and faith are under assault everywhere. Actually, the Lord is busy separating the sheep from the goats. Part of that process is to allow the goats to be on the ascendant for a time, the better to get all the goats to reveal themselves. We have already seen some religious leaders, some we counted on, aligning themselves with the side they think is winning. They will have their reward. Thank God for men like the Rev. Franklin Graham, who are boldly proclaiming the Word, both in season and out. Don’t just be fearful…look around you. I have always said we will be surprised at the

The goats will not be on top forever.

The goats will not be on top forever.

courage of some we did not expect and disheartened to find some we admired have no root in them when things get rough. God is giving us all a great grace, a preview of who we can count on and who we cannot. Pay attention and remember – for some of the goats, when it becomes apparent the tide has turned, will seek to leap to the front of our side. Have none of it. They have made their choice – and will be welcome to return as penitents, but not as leaders.

Over at First Things Magazine, Robert P. George Has written an elegantly brief and powerful statement on what is happening and to what we are now called. It is plain and true. Please read it. I took the title of his piece and used it for this one, as I think it really is the fundamental question now.

Finally, I will close with a powerful sermon on Naaman, the great military commander who had leprosy and came to Elisha seeking healing. Naaman was angry when Elisha told him to simply bathe in the Jordan River. Naaman wanted something great and showy: he was insulted at being instructed to do something simple and homely. The sermon was delivered by a Canadian Minister, the Rev. Coleman Glenn almost four years ago. May we all be as the repentant Naaman was.

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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139 Responses to Who Will Stand?

  1. connie says:

    The scripture” He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.” Luke 16:10 KJV keeps coming to mind. May we all be faithful to the little thing right in front of us, one step at a time, Lord.

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  2. CrewDog says:

    “Thank God for men like the Rev. Franklin Graham, who are boldly proclaiming the Word, both in season and out.” I find it, kinda, sad that Catholic “Bigs” don’t easily come to mind when we discuss “Who Will Stand”!! with US in The Storm!! ;-( A few nights ago on FOX/Bill O’Reilly they were discussing all the Anti-Christian going-on in our USA. Bill put out a request to the National Conference of Catholic Bishops for an input and they didn’t have the decency to return the call ….. that should tell US A-Lot!! I’d bet a month’s pay that the NCCB Gang would fall over themselves to comply if a bidding came from the Christian/Conservative despising ABCNNBCBS-NPR Gang. Soooo … My Catholic Friends! I wouldn’t be discounting our Protestant/Jewish Brothers/Sisters in the upcoming Fight ….. or you might be real sorry!!

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • charliej373 says:

      I have said emphatically before that all faithful Christians and Jews are to be seen as full partners in the work before us. There are no junior partners…and if we live it well, God will see to the unity, which will be one of the great fruits of the Storm.

      Also, I should note, I now know of a double handful of Bishops who regularly read this site. I also am in contact with a lot of Priests, Deacons and Protestant Pastors. There are some very showy sellouts out there, but there are a whole host of solid men and women, trying their best to see the way forward and stand in these terrible times. It gladdens my heart that I feel I am in contact with some who are going to be – and already are – heroes of the faith. Who knows, your Pastor or Bishop may be one of them. But yes, it does trouble me a little that much of the Catholic establishment is still playing it safe.

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  3. Mary-Louise says:

    Charlie,
    In the upcoming articles, could you draw the distinction between what you know through your visitors (or have a strong inner conviction of) and what you assume according to your best human estimate? When you “tell us true” I know you are speaking with spiritual insight from above. The “one to five months” I suspect comes from your best human reading of the signs of the time.

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    • charliej373 says:

      No, Mary-Louise, I cannot. From the beginning, I was told I had to learn because I must take full personal responsibility for what I say. There are some things that are emphatic that I may attribute directly to the Divine Source, but mostly, I take full responsibility for what I say on my own shoulders. That means that some things I tell you are directly from above, without my saying so. Other things are my best interpretations. I am wrong in some of my interpretations – but even on those things in which it is entirely me, I am informed by a lifetime of experience and training. The one thing that I have been told directly that will become a cherished relic in future times was my interpretation of the Third Secret of Fatima written right after it was released in 2000. Interestingly, there was no visitation or vision involved in that – it was entirely my interpretation, though informed by what I have been shown and taught. I know that makes it frustrating for you and many others, but it pleases God that I should take care and responsibility for what I say and do – and that you do the same. I think one of the reasons is that many people are too eager to turn their will over to another who claims to have direct direction. You will be held accountable for the acts you do just as I will be. There will be no excuse that “but Charlie said” or “but LttW said” or any other. You must give your whole will, judge righteous judgment, then take full responsibility for what you do. God wants you to turn your whole will to Him – and to be morally accountable for what you do.

      The great joy, the great freedom in that is that once you do and so long as you persist, you really are bullet proof. Oh, you will mess up, make plenty of mistakes. But God knows our frailty. When you acknowledge Him in all things – then act as best you can, MAKING A DECISION WHEN A DECISION IS NEEDED, God will bless and draw fruit even from your errors – and will not let you persist in them for very long. When you think you have got it knocked, even your triumphs will turn to ashes. The heart of all I say is that God is close to YOU. So much of people wanting direct messages from a seer or other is an effort to evade responsibility – to let someone else take responsibility for what you decide to do. God will not accept that. You decide. Once you do, He can show you what a loving Father He truly is by how tenderly he corrects your errors and consoles you in them…and like the proud Father He is, He delights when you take the initiative, even if your efforts are lame. What parent is not delighted when his child tries to do some little project on his own that is beyond his competence? What parent does not gently correct the little errors along the way while still encouraging his child to forge ahead? What parent does not delight in his child’s faltering efforts to become fully mature and responsible, helping them along often in a hidden way and consoling the child when he gets scraped? What parent is not discouraged when his child will not do anything, take any initiative or responsibility unless specifically directed by the parent? God is no less a loving and solicitous Father. Delight Him by taking both initiative and responsibility.

      So, on some things I may tell you directly that it is from above; on others I may tell you it is solely me; but on most I must maintain the public ambiguity that will encourage you to act as a moral agent of your own accord. And let me say that one who criticizes me for honest, well-considered reasons, has done me a favor and lived faith with God even if it turns out he is objectively wrong, while one who follows my lead to evade responsibility for the moral choices that are theirs dishonors God. God is close at hand to you.

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      • Gabriela says:

        Charlie, I would really like to read your interpretation of the Third Secret of Fatima written right after it was released in 2000. Do you have a link or can you post it here? Thank-you!

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        • Gabriela says:

          Charlie, I just realized you responded further down to the same questions. I will follow that link. No need to repost.

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        • charliej373 says:

          I put a link to it in an earlier comment here.

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          • Donette says:

            Charlie, if your interpretation of the 3rd Secret suggests that it is JPII all through the vision given, particularly the part that I have quoted below in regard to” the terror beginning”

            ” The cross at the top of the hill is the end of the pope’s mission on earth. It represents both his triumph and his death to this world. He kneels before it offering his work to Christ. It is after this triumph that the terror begins. It is the body of the pope’s work that the soldiers fire at. That they are in uniform shows that it is an organized effort. These are the legions who have given themselves over to Satan.”

            There is a book titled Papal Primacy in the Third Millennium, copyright 2000 by Russell Shaw. The title of the first chapter is Who wants to Tame the Pope?
            It is a conversation between a Vaticanologist and the author that begins at the restaurant in Rome called Roberto’s. A paragraph on pg. 13 states:

            Vaticanologist: “In any case, this pontificate is now in its final phase. John Paul will die, and then it will be, ‘The Pope is dead, long live the Pope!’ Nothing he has done will outlast him. Not the Catechism. Not Veritatis Splendor. Certainly not the document on the ordination of women.”
            It continues talking about how the Papacy will be changed. Another interesting comment by the Vaticanologist. He began to utter warnings. “After this pope is dead, Opus Dei and the ‘movements’, as they’re called Communion and Liberation, the Neo-Catechumenate, and the rest-had better watch out. As Machiavelli said, it’s a dangerous thing to be the favorite of the Prince … … ….They’re in for a good kicking-around when JP is gone…..”

            The book goes on to discuss the ways on which the papacy will change, on how the Pope will be elected, the purpose of the multinational Bishop Conferences, Synods of Bishops and the General Council of Bishops. Finally, the Pope will be elected for a 10 year term after which he will resign and a new Pope be elected and it won’t be by election of the Cardinals of the Church.

            If you ask me, this is why Benedict XVI resigned and why Pope Francis has said on many occasions that he will not be Pope for long. Charlie, This is an all out assault on the Church and its structure and for me it brings an understanding of the visions of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerick of the attack on the Church. Since I’ve had this book for a long time, I don’t know where this program stands but it does seem to be moving ahead as planned ….eg. the Synod of Bishops.

            It is also the reason why I brought up to you about Opus Dei in a previous reply and I questioned, Are they under attack?

            I can’t possibly put all in this reply what is in this book but it was put out by Our Sunday’s Visitor Publishing Division, Huntington, Indiana.

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          • charliej373 says:

            One of the important pieces I am working on concerns Popes St. John Paul, Benedict, and Francis. They are three chapters of the same book, the book of the Storm. St. John Paul was the one who rehabbed this ship, pulling off the rotted timber of intentional misinterpretations of Vatican II, replacing errant practices that had grown like weeds with seasoned finished wood, like Centesimus Annus and Veritatus Splendor, along with dozens of other weighty, solid teachings. Pope Benedict was the finish carpenter, putting the fine filigrees on the sturdy hardwood John Paul had installed. And Francis is the captain of this ship now that it must cast off to sea.

            A few folks at another site suggested I had to be wrong because I said St. John Paul was the Pope of Fatima – and he died before the Storm was finished. What they do not know is that, in the archives my priest holds, I said from the beginning, that a grace given to John Paul was that he would die before the Strom begins in earnest, after he had made the ship seaworthy – and that he would spend his heaven interceding for this poor bleeding world and the poor, bleeding Church as it made its way through the Storm he had prepared it for. St. John Paul IS the Pope of Fatima…and Popes John Paul. Benedict and Francis are the Popes of the Storm. This will be told in just a few decades as an epic tale, a great saga of good versus evil…and the triumph of faith.

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      • Gabrielle says:

        I am sorry to be late to the party on this one but can someone please direct to the interpretation of the third secret of Fatima that was mentioned above? Thank you!

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        • charliej373 says:

          Okay, one more time, Gabrielle. If you use the search feature and type in the terms you seek, you can find most anything here. If you just type, “Fatima,” it is the second article down. If you type “third secret of Fatima” it is the first article that pops up. I know navigating websites is tricky – but if you practice using internal search feature on this website and any that has them, you can quickly pull up just about anything you need.

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          • Gabrielle says:

            Charlie, I had used the search engine on the site. And, I had found it. I just wanted to be certain I was reading the correct item. Also, Gabriella is a different person from myself. I am sorry that we both bothered you about this at the same time.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Oh dear…sorry if I seemed testy, Gabrielle…I was a bit testy, but this was, I think, the fourth request, and I had just finished a shouting match with my sister on the phone. I would like to never come off testy – but when I do, I don’t mean it. When I’m really mad, I make no effort to hide it…and it would be a terrible thing for people to quit asking reasonable question for fear I might be a crab-butt at the moment. I am sometimes crabby, but it never sticks and, alas, just like my constant singing to myself, most of the time – particularly if I am thinking of something else – I am not even aware I am doing it until someone points it out to me. I try to do better but, alas, I am also absent-minded, particularly when mentally engaged with a thorny problem.

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          • Gabi says:

            Hi Charlie, yes, there are two of us; Gabrielle and Gabriela (me). A minor difference in spelling. When I read your comment, I thought that’s what may have happened. What can I say, we all have a million questions and we sometimes ask them at the same time 🙂

            To make it easier, going forward, I will change my ‘post’ name to Gabi. Hopefully, that will eliminate some of the confusion.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ha, if you are Gabi should I presume you are the talkative one?

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      • MMBev says:

        This is one of the wisest, and most necessary instructions or directions with which you provide us. Completely apart from a spiritual standpoint, I watch my mother once I was an adult, consistently be unable for whatever reasons to make decisions. The result was that in the end, the opportunity to have a choice regarding her own life passed by time and again, and she was left living out the only “choice”? left – someone else’s determination with regard to her life at that point. It was terribly sad, at times even heart breaking, but one cannot assist a person engrain by a lifetime of behavior once they reach old age. Avoidance to take responsibility for your own life, physical, or spiritually brings disastrous consequences.

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        • MMBev says:

          I don’t know how I ended up here. I was intending to follow your reply concerning not expressing how you reached your decisions. Go figure! Typical me. Rabbit hole.

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  4. Centurion_Cornelius says:

    I STAND WITH JESUS.

    I not only STAND with the Lord (passive), I SERVE the Lord (active.)

    “…as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

    Jesus knew that his followers would face ridicule and anger as they tried to confront evil. And his words came as a sharp challenge: no matter how fierce the resistance, followers of Jesus should never hide their faith in God.

    Near Caesarea Philippi there is a cave that pagans venerated as “The Gates of Hell.” It bore deep into the earth and they practised unspeakable rituals there at the mouth of the cave to entice their underworld “gods” to return each year and grant them worldly benefits. (“free stuff” even back then!)

    No wonder our Lord took his disciples there to physically show them that these literal “Gates of Hell” of a pagan world would not prevail against Him. Jesus chose to deliver a sort of “graduation speech” to his disciples at this cave near Caesarea Philippi. In that pagan setting, he encouraged his disciples to STAND and to BUILD a church by faith in ACTION that would overcome the world’s worst evils–if only they stood with Him.

    Jesus presented a clear challenge with his words at Caesarea Philippi: He didn’t want his followers hiding from evil: no, not just merely “standing,” He wanted them to storm the gates of hell. Our faith is a call to action!

    Standing near the pagan temples of Caesarea Philippi, Jesus asked his disciples “Who do you say that I am?” Saint Peter boldly replied, “You are the Son of the living God.” The disciples were probably stirred by the contrast between Jesus, the true and living God, and the false hopes of the pagans who trusted in “dead” futile gods.

    Jesus continued, “And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church,* and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.”

    http://www.followtherabbi.com/journey/israel/gates-of-hell/

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    • luvmercy5775 says:

      While I agree with all you write, you don’t mention the fact that disciples of the early church went forth in the full power of the Holy Spirit — signs and wonders following.

      They knew to bind and take authority over evil in the name of Jesus and by the power of His shed blood. They knew the power of praying and praising God in the Spirit/tongues. They healed the sick and even raised the dead.

      They walked into and through the battle knowing that He who is in us is greater than he who is in the world. “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.” Rev. 12:11

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  5. Rosalie Dancause says:

    Hi, Charlie,

    What you said about the Lord separating the sheep from the goats, I have thought from the beginning that that was what was happening at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, whether or not Pope Francis intended it that way (and I think he did!) Did you have that in mind too?

    Rosalie Dancause aprolifer@gmail.com

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    • charliej373 says:

      Yes, I did…though I will confess I had some moments of doubt.

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      • NL says:

        When I read about Pope Francis and the way he encouraged the bishops to speak without fear, a couple of things came to mind. One, how better to find out someone’s true feelings? Encourage them to speak their mind, and then they’ll no longer hide their true thoughts from you, and you can figure out how to handle them. Two, now that you know their thoughts, you can begin to figure out if they are misguided, or deliberately (with full knowledge) heading down a sinful path. Perhaps they are just misguided, and as a teacher may sometimes do, you ask them questions to show them the result of their thinking. So while sometimes a teacher cannot get thru to a student by merely stating truth, a teacher can thru logic show the result of a false position. The student then realizes they are wrong, and they learn from this. One can hope that Pope Francis is able to do this with the bishops who are headed down the wrong path. If, however, the student (bishop) rejects the truth after being led to it, then the Pope knows who is with him and who is not. I forget what phrase Pope Francis used when he summed up the conference afterward, but it was a phrase that gave me chills. Something to the effect that God guarantees to the Pope that he will not divert from the true faith. Just a small sentence, but it meant everything to me. As for those who are running the conference and distorting the issues . . . that’s a whole different issue. I guess Pope Francis is learning a lot about their true colors too.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Here is true wisdom, Niki. I had a staffer once tell me that people listened when I gave a lecture at a staff meeting…but they only got nervous when I started asking gentle, but persistent questions, for it was then that the real rebuke was coming and I had a knack for drawing it out of them.

          (Okay, I fibbed just a little…the one thing that was guaranteed to create raw fear was if I gently opened with the phrase, “Just a couple of things…” I did this when I was furiously angry so as not to dishearten people, but noticed after a while how tense and quiet the room got when I said it. So I asked – and was told that was my signal that people were about to get their heads torn off. My sister and daughter both later confirmed that the most terrifying words that ever slip from my mouth…that make them want to RUN…is when I say, “A couple of things…” I would have thought they were exaggerating – but both of them shuddered when the phrase came up. I have tried to come up with a new phrase…but I am an old dog now and don’t learn new tricks as well as I used to)

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          • kathy kalina says:

            I am an old dog, too. But here is the truth – it’s not that old dogs can’t learn new tricks. Old dogs don’t WANT to learn new tricks. This storm will certainly cure us of that!

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          • MMBev says:

            OK. So now watch how ever single one of us turn off our computers when you begin a new blog entry with…”A couple of things…”

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        • Petra says:

          MMBev: LOL!! 🙂 (that when we see Charlie write, “a couple of things” we’ll be switching off our computers…) Hysterical!

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  6. siobhanolp says:

    It’s interesting that you bring up the Flight into Egypt. Whenever I say the rosary of the seven sorrows of Mary, that particular one always makes a great impression because it seems prophetic for our time. We could very well have to flee in the middle of the night with just the clothes on our backs to escape “Herod” and his “murderous army”. And where we will be lead will be anyone’s guess. It will require great trust and obedience, confident that our Father knows what’s best for us. Mother Mary and St. Joseph, strengthen us and guide us.

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    • Lily says:

      This is at the back (often the front!) of my mind too. I think someone here mentioned about Jesus saying to pray that our flight wouldn’t be in the winter.

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  7. Jim M. says:

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

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  8. ViVI says:

    Charlie, i read the sermon of Naaman. This is wonderful for all of us!! i needed this today, to remind myself i need to dip in the river seven times. I have been dealing with frustration, “routine’ and so daily life…. yes to dip another seven times… I do confess I see people at work not moving to the Light, more frustrating extended family!! I do have learned that God is in control, and i have learned the hard way, God gives us daily graces to move towards the Light, and rejection of that daily grace is having serious consequences in our midst, and near future. We pray for them and we have to trust, trust because God is not deaf at all . Yes God is not deaf!! We dont have to fear how He will respond our prayers as HE always responds in such generosity that it is not hard to believe because He is God.

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  9. mll says:

    Hi Charlie, as always thanks for all you do to be a sign of hope for all of us. My memory is foggy on this, I was looking for a posting of your interpretation of the third secret of Fatima that you mention in your comment. When I looked under the Fatima tag it sent me to the guest column by Peter B. Where would I find this? Take care and God Bless.

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  10. EllenChris says:

    My one piece of “practical” advice: Do NOT get on any government buses. Do whatever it takes to avoid it — but, I can tell you that I would WAY rather go out here and live off the land than depend on any government for any kind of “Help.” Once you get on a bus, you have no more control of where you are going. (Or a train, either for that matter). Jus’ sayin’.

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  11. EllenChris says:

    Charlie, thanks for getting back to us. There is a question that I have been wanting to ask you for the past week or so. This is NOT a political question about the relative merits of various parties or candidates.

    So all politics aside, assuming it is actually possible to have a presidential election in 2016, would you be inclined to cast a vote for Rand Paul — or not? This is NOT an “endorsement of a candidate” kind of question — just your take on him as a guy who is out there. Thanks, and continual blessings to you.

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    • charliej373 says:

      From a purely political standpoint, the two I could get enthused about are Ted Cruz and Scott Walker. I would have trouble voting for Paul…over the last century, reflexive pacifists have gotten more people killed than any warmonger in history. Paul believes, with most of the left, that if you leave the world to its own devices, it will never come back to bite us in the rear end. That is, in my mind, a deadly dangerous delusion.

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      • Donette says:

        Yee gads, Charlie. When I read you or when I see a response like you just gave to Ellen Chris I think to myself we must be twin souls. There is very little you say or do that I haven’t walked in those very same steps; but no heavenly visits, voices or guides. This does not mean that I don’t believe that I am not divinely guided. Too many things have happened to me over time that make me believe that I am. (And I don’t know why other then I must be loved which is amazing to me.) I am down to those same two candidates also and leaning heavily toward Walker once I learned that Cruz’s wife, because of her banking job was on the CFR. Sorry , I can’t remember where I read that. And that is if either one can break through the big money of the establishment to be out front. Otherwise I seriously am considering on not voting in the main election, for I am beginning to think the choice is a foregone conclusion.

        I just returned from confession and when I got home I found my updated passport in my mailbox. Hopefully it won’t come down to being necessary if what you have said on today’s post holds true.

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        • charliej373 says:

          I should mention I don’t vote any more: it just encourages them. Actually, I don’t because the power of government to fix anything in its current state is already broken…and to pretend it is not is futile. I make an exception if a close friend is on the ballot…but then I vote only as an act of solidarity with my friend, not as an assertion that I believe broken government is any longer competent. We might as well look to the starting lineup of the Miami Marlins to solve our problems as to the administration or Congress.

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          • connie says:

            I am really glad you said that , Charlie. I haven’t voted for quite a while because I really did not want to “choose the lesser of two evils”. Sometimes I would feel very guilty about that but I really had no options it seemed so I just left it alone and prayed.

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          • Bob says:

            I still believe I have a duty to vote even if it just slows the slide down a few days. Padre Pio felt he needed to vote but those were different times I admit.

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      • Kati says:

        My husband and I have chosen those two as well, Charlie….though we are fully aware that politics is not the solution to our nation’s ills. We especially like what we have heard from Ted Cruz. He sees the connection to God that will be the strength of a nation.

        We also haven’t forgotten what you said about the possibility of several different leaders for relatively short periods of time either.

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      • NL says:

        Does anyone else like Dr. Ben Carson? I’ve read a few of his books, and I find his story so inspiring. And he really relies on God, from way back thru today – and sees what’s wrong (spiritually) with our country. I’m at the point that I don’t think political experience matters at all compared to being faithful to God. In actions, not just words. And I’ve started to notice and like Gov. Bobby Jindal. He seems unafraid to speak out in defense of Christianity. Not that we may get to have a real election, but I do like seeing leaders I can admire.

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        • charliej373 says:

          I like both of the men you mention, NL, and think them to be good men. Dr. Carson is brilliantly accomplished. I do not think political experience is the only experience that counts, but experience of raising and rallying many people to a particular large cause, then sustaining it through the inevitable conflicts and dissensions that arise are important. Also, I would that all had faith, but there is worth in doing your work well and with competence…in fact, that is one of the cracks through which God can come if you work to live excellence. And I would not so quickly discount competence. If I am going to get on a plane and I find that today’s pilot is a good Christian man who has much faith but has never flown a plane before, I am getting off that plane. Faith is a fundamental attribute that transforms every skill – but it is not the same thing as the skill.

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          • Amy S. says:

            I was very concerned when Dr. Carson said he didn’t think there should be any religious or philosophical exemptions from vaccinations. I don’t want to reignite the vaccine debate, but a candidate that seems to be insinuating that he’s for mandatory vaccination is not a candidate I would trust to uphold our freedoms.

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          • charliej373 says:

            On that, I agree with you. Why it should be mandatory I do not know – and those who speak of the larger public health hazard…well, isn’t their vaccination supposed to protect them from infection? If so, what’s the problem – and if not, then they are demonstrating they do not have quite as much confidence as they pretend to in the efficacy of vaccines. It was NOT mandatory, though it was widespread, when we effectively wiped out smallpox. I know of no current scourge worse than that – and if we could wipe out smallpox while not denying religious liberty, I don’t see why it should be made mandatory.

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          • Petra says:

            Charlie, so ironic you used the analogy of a pilot who has faith but no skill for choosing a candidate to vote for. I used a very similar analogy about Obama for the 2008 election trying to get people to see he was not qualified and to not vote for him. I told them, if there was a guy who looked great in the captain’s uniform and greeted you warmly at the door of the plane, all smiles, but you knew he never in his life piloted a plane before, would you get on the plane? Most of course had the look on their face that no, they would not. But I doubt it convinced them.
            It has helped me to read here that several people feel he is God’s judgement on us.

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      • EllenChris says:

        I do see your points very well here, Charlie. I do not expect to see an election. A regular media type said out loud on a Fox morning show a couple of months ago: “. . . . IF there is a presidential election in 2016. . . . .” And he said it with a perfectly straight face.

        The reason I asked is because there is something about Rand Paul that just really give me the creeps. I looked at his eyes in a picture the other day, and — well, I don’t know if I can describe it. Struck me as kind of like reptilian in a way. (I am not referring to “alien types” here 😉 ) Thanks for the input.

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        • charliej373 says:

          When Ron Paul ran for president in 1980, I did a two-hour in-studio interview with him. I liked the guy. He was very courtly and had a wry sense of humor. I largely agreed with him on his economic stances, but disagreed deeply on his foreign policy outlook. Interestingly, we jousted on the subject without animus…I rather think he enjoyed it as much as I did. At one point, his aide ran across the street to get us both a couple of burgers. When the Ron Paul movement grew over a decade later, I was struck by the difference between the smart, affable and funny man I met who was courtly in debate from the intemperate howling mob of supporters he ignited. Strange.

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  12. Mary-Louise says:

    Charlie,
    I don’t believe any of your readers would blindly follow the word of Catholic blogger to the point of ignoring their own moral judgment and discretion. I wouldn’t. (In fact, I’ve gotten into hot water here for questioning Fr. Groschel’s judgement in statements on sex abuse, as well as the locutions blogger 🙂 Part of my process of discerning what I read, and discerning what messages God may possibly be sending us these days, is to try to pick out His Voice among all the static. That motivated my question to you.
    In the past Our Lord and Our Lady have chosen the littlest ones to convey their messages, children who would repeat the words (“I am the Immaculate Conception”) without knowing their meaning. The Fatima children thought Russia was an evil woman. But you are a journalist, a political consultant and a Catholic convert. Your writing gives evidence of all that background. It is harder for me to discern your posts because of that. I was hoping for guidance.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I understand, Mary-Louise, and respect that. It is why I often tell people I am not primarily a prophet or seer, though some of that plays a part in my work. I am NOT called to tell you what God says, except in very specific instances at specific instruction. My job is to get people safely to port on the other side of the Storm. All tools that are useful for that are at my disposal, but that is the sum of my job. There are other voices out there who speak more directly about such things. I have great admiration and respect for the messages carried by Mirijana. I think both Mark Mallett and Pelianito have some profound and inspired things to say. But though now I write, my work is primarily active rather than passive. That will become clearer as time goes on.

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  13. elizmeehan says:

    Charlie, may I ask what was your interpretation of the third secret of Fatima?

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  14. Becky-TN says:

    Praying for everyone here….

    Lord, have mercy!

    Becky

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    • Mick says:

      Right back at ya, Becky (the prayers, I mean).

      How are the kiddos?

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      • Becky-TN says:

        Hi Mick,

        Kiddos are well. Samuel is walking now – so, so sweet. I’m feeling better and more “at ease” with the food allergy stuff now. He tested negative to wheat, soy, milk and corn – Praise God! I must trust the Lord. He loves Samuel (and all my other littles) more than I ever could. My priest kinda had a “come to Jesus” talk with me about it all in Confession last week. And while I left a little hurt by his honesty (my pride was wounded), later the Lord comforted me with the thought of, “would I have told you any differently?” I chuckled and said to myself, “No, Abba, you would have said the same!”

        God Bless, Mick!

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  15. Bob says:

    And reading this:
    Now the change did not take place after dipping once in the Jordan, or twice, or three times. You can imagine what Naaman may have been thinking as he went into the Jordan again and again and saw nothing being washed away. Is this really going to work? And the same thing can happen if we make a commitment to shunning some everyday evil in our lives – it can seem at first like it really makes no difference at all. A person who is fighting an addiction to pornography, for example, might force himself to stop, and to shun that as a sin against God – but still at first not notice any difference in the way he relates to his wife or his girlfriend or people of the opposite sex in general. But if he keeps at it and continues to shun it, after months or even years, if he looks back to where he was before, he will notice that his life has changed.
    And looking back at how my life has changed after a confessor said he would stick with me and believed I could get the grace to overcome sins of lust. The change from then to now is great thank God, but I must continue to shun evil even now, as it still tries sometimes to come through any cracks it can.

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  16. Lizzyjane says:

    I am new to this blog and I’m sorry that I cannot find a way to post a prayer request, so if you might forgive my posting it here, I would so appreciate your prayers( and advice on how to post properly!)
    Request:

    I’m a mother to two sons, age 25 and 28, who has left the faith. Both are intelligent college graduates who were taught the faith from the earliest age, attended “catholic schools” and now gave great distain for the faith, especially after graduating college. I believe that a lot of what they were taught by me about the faith was so undermined by bad teachers in the catholic schools, that the liberal college experience just furthered their negative view of faith and God himself. Both now insist that there is no God.

    As a parent who is deeply in love with God and my faith, I am deeply distressed about the condition of their souls. I attend daily mass, pray the rosary and chaplet of Divine Mercy daily and have complete confidence that through my prayers, God will save their souls through His mercy. I may not be alive to witness their conversions, but I’m confident that our dear Lord will exercise His great mercy at some point to bring them back.

    While recently discussing the existence of God with my youngest son who has other personal issues, he asserted that the bible is nothing more than a old book that proves absolutely nothing. Accepting that any discussion relating to the bible was not netting any credibility with him, I pointed to church apparitions such as Fatima and Lourdes as more recent proof and examples of the existence of Jesus….God…..and the Blessed Virgin Mary. I reminded him of Fatima’s miracle of the sun witnessed by over 70 thousand faithful and to non believers alike. He said, ” well, I never witnessed it”! I responded, you are like Thomas….unless you can see and touch, you do not believe….

    I went on to tell him about St. Padre Pio. He knew about his stigmata and claimed that it was a result of self inflicted acid to his hands. He must have googled him and found one article that claimed this to discredit St. pio. I asked him to explain then how thousands lined up to his confessional and he would know what their sins were before they could open their mouth? How he could know personal events about their life that no one else could know? His response was, well, that’s just a unproven claim as far as I’m concerned.

    I asked him what it would take for him to believe….he answered, if He saw an apparition or a priest could tell him something about his life that either no one else knew or could know. He said he would change his life around and would believe and change his life….he would return to God.

    So as you see, I have a very doubting Thomas here. I think he really does want to know that there is a God, but because he is also gay, it would mean ending a lifestyle that would be difficult for him to give up. My soul aches for him, as this issue has made his life very difficult and I have told him that I can never approve of it as I would be condemning his and my soul if I did. He has been very angry with me for close to fifteen years now because of this conflict. He knows I love him and would give my life for him in a minute, but because he believes that he was born this way, that I’m rejecting HIM….he’s deeply hurt and his anger is evident.

    I cannot change that issue for him, but that is temporal. I am most concerned for his immortal, eternal soul. I will exhaust every means available to help him return to the faith.

    So dear people of faith, I humbly ask for your prayers today to God Our Father to intercede in the lives of my two sons who have left the faith and who no longer believe in God. I will be on my knees for the rest of my life either in prayer for this intention, or in thanksgiving to God for hearing and answering a mothers plea for the immortal souls of her sons.

    Please pray for my boys….

    God bless all of you and especially Charlie for this beautiful blog ( that I just discovered). I’d say I just found it by accident, but then again….I know it was no accident +++

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    • charliej373 says:

      Lizzy, if you look at the top banner of the site, in the black bar that extends beneath the picture of the cabin are links to several pages here. One of them is for prayer requests. Just click on that and you are at the page.

      The most important witness you can give is the witness of your life. Be joyful, welcoming, but steadfast in your integrity. Open in your faith, but not worried about talking about it a lot – just living it. It is the joy that comes through when you live comfortably and unapologetically in your own skin that draws people WHEN they are ready – and God’s time is almost never your time. Part of trusting is waiting. When I converted way back in 1990, I had no idea it would kick off a slow-motion conversion of the great majority of my extended family. I never pushed anyone to do anything except live honorably…I was just the same brother and son who enjoyed visits with the family. When my son, at about 14, told me he wasn’t sure he believed in God, I told him that was fine…he didn’t need to decide then; just do the best he could, be thoughtful of people around him, and leave room for the possibility. I didn’t quit talking to him about religious things…he didn’t even ask to be released from the Mass obligation. It is just like a tomato seed…given time, nurture and sunlight, you will have tomatoes. But if in your desperation to have them RIGHT NOW, you pull the immature plants up, you never will.

      What I worry about is your son talking about wanting a miracle to prove it – and then he would follow. Many people believe that, but they deceive themselves. As Jesus truly said, even if one came back from the dead they would not believe. So many people want God to stand in the docket before them and prove Himself. Not gonna happen. You do not see, then do in spiritual terms. You must do…and then you begin to see. In fact, I think I will post a piece tonight on that subject.

      Oh, and I prayed and asked the Lord to send St. Peter to watch over and guide your family.

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      • Lizzyjane says:

        Oh thank you Charlie. Such beautiful advice. I try to be an example of faith rather than preach it, but I use any opportunity if they make a comment on a faith issue. I know that lectures do more harm than good.Thank you for the amazing post on this tonight….I am sure that not only I, but many others will benefit from it too.

        I love reading all of your post….this is like a little treasure chest for me. I have been seeing everything that you are writing about and now have found a source in you that can discern it in the context of faith that is necessary for me personally. This was no accident…Divine providence! Thank you.

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        • MMBev says:

          Lizzy, you don’t have to find the way. God already knows it. Just pray, be a loving, gentle and joyful example. That pretty much covers it. My son too, needs to return. It was such relief when I grasped Charlie’s meaning about leaving things in God’s hands, and do the above. My son as your sons, knows what I believe. When the Holy Spirit sees or causes the right moment, they know who they can come to because I just don’t “create situations to talk about it”, or use something they say to talk about it. I just live and love, and they know. And I know that you are well aware that the prayers, the rosaries, the aching heart He enters when you receive Him, are the desires that are already within His will.

          Our relationship had a blossoming once he knew he could just “be” with me. That in itself was a large step forward….for both of us.

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          • barb129 says:

            I, too, have two children who have fallen away. My oldest son doesn’t go at all and my daughter and her husband go “when they have time”. It absolutely breaks my heart and for a while I had a difficult time spending time with them because it just made me more sad and worried because I didn’t know how to act with them or what to say but I have taken Charlie’s advice here and the advice of a priest and have simply tried to maintain a relationship with them. They know very well how I feel about my faith. I homeschooled them because the faith was so important to me. I am praying and fasting and trusting our dear Blessed Mother to bring them back home someday.
            I will be sure to pray everyday for the fallen-away family member of everyone who reads Charlie’s blog. Please pray for mine too…

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    • Mick says:

      Welcome, Lizzyjane! (You’re not a Jane Austen fan by any chance, are you?) 🙂

      I have asked St. Monica and her son, St. Augustine, to intercede for you and for your sons. As St. Ambrose said to St. Monica, “A child of so many tears cannot be lost.” I believe that Our Lord will save them through your prayers, tears, and perseverance.

      A thought came to me: are you familiar with the Miraculous Medal miracle involving Alphonse Ratisbonne? If not, here’s a link with the story (I know nothing about the site; I only include it because it has the story):

      http://www.marypages.com/ratisbonneEng1.htm

      Would your son be willing to wear the Miraculous Medal for 9 days and say the Memorare daily? If so, perhaps a miracle would happen for him the way it happened for Alphonse Ratisbonne.

      God bless you and your sons.

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      • Lizzyjane says:

        Dear Mick,
        Thank you so very, very much!

        St. Monica and her son are my hope! I know how long it took before St.Monica’s prayers were answered, so I know I may pass from this life before their conversion. I know I don’t need to witness it, but I know it is my duty to plead for them and their souls.

        I have two miraculous medals waiting for them to wear….along with a St. Benedict crucifix. I just can’t find a way to get them to agree to wearing them. I also have two items kissed by the Blessed Mother at Garabandal….if I could just get them to agree to carry them, great graces would come. Sadly, God may need to break their heart to take their heart….

        Please pray that I find a way Mick….bless you for caring.

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        • Mick says:

          Lizzy, I will pray. And I’ll do something else, too: I seem to have pulled a muscle in my shoulder, and it hurts when I try to move it. Whenever my shoulder gives me a pain, I’m going to offer it up for you and for your sons.

          Alphonse Ratisbonne put on the Miraculous Medal and said the Memorare twice a day for nine days after a Catholic friend basically dared him to do it. If you get a chance, please do read the link that has his conversion story. It might give you an idea of a possible way to ask your sons if they’d be willing to wear the Miraculous Medal. Just a thought. God bless. 🙂

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          • Kati says:

            I read that link, Mick, and learned something new. I had never heard this story before and found it to be fabulous. I had begun to seek the assistance from our Mother (the Mother given to us by Jesus Himself while on the Cross) some years ago. I took blessed miraculous medals and shoved them as far as I could get them under the King mattresses of two of my daughters and their spouses’ beds and simply asked her to bring them (all of them) to her Son. I fully believe that she will do this! 😉

            Thanks for the link, dear sister in Christ!

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          • Mick says:

            You’re welcome, Kati. And I’m giggling because I stuffed a Miraculous Medal under my parents’ mattress years ago, and one in the “junk drawer” in my dad’s desk. At my brother’s house, I pushed a medal down into the soil of a giant houseplant that he and his wife have had for a decade or two. 🙂

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ha, back when I was in radio, one day my program director, Nick Farela, called me into his office, his face ashen. Nick was a wonderful man and had become my biggest fan. He was solidly ethnic Italian, a man full of life and a Catholic like you might see in a Godfather movie. He also trained generations of media people in Chicago – a lot of the major talent working there got their start with Nick…earthy man but brilliant at his craft. I figured I had created some major new controversy and would have to explain why threats of lawsuits weren’t going anywhere. Before I sat down, he quietly instructed me to shut the door behind me. I knew…ooo, this is a big one. When I finally shut the door and sat down, he just sat and stared with real agony for a few minutes. I thought, “My God, he’s going to fire me.”

            Finally he gulped, reached into his desk, pulled out a Rosary and asked, “Is this yours?” I was delighted…it was…I had been working in Nick’s office the day before (he let me use it if he was out when I was making confidential calls on investigative reports) and had been missing it since. When I told him, all the wind came out of him and as he handed it over he said, “Oh thank God. I found it on the center of my chair this morning. I thought it was a message from God…then I realized it might just be a message from you.” I laughed and told him how did he know it wasn’t a message from God sent through me?

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          • Lizzyjane says:

            Hi Mick…just now am seeing this! Yes, I’ll try getting them to wear it as a challenge….they will think that they will prevail and I’ll finally give up and leave them alone….and that will never happen.

            I hope your muscle is feeling better…but if it isn’t, God bless you for offering it up!! When you get to heaven, you will meet the souls you helped save.

            As a side note….my beloved fathers nickname was Mick…..every post of yours reminds me of him….he prayed all day long…God bless him….God bless you.

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        • Michelle says:

          Look into the green scapular. It worked amazingly fast for my brother. (Though admittedly not yet for other family members.)

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          • Lizzyjane says:

            If they would only wear it Michele! I have a box with sacramentals for each of them…my prayer is that someday they will embrace them….even if I’m not alive to see it.

            Thank you!

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          • Michelle says:

            Lizzyjane, that’s the beauty of the green scapular! You can hide it in their room or house or something if you think they won’t take it! Then you say the prayer for them each day! I had my mom hide the scapular in my brother’s room, as he was back living at home at the time. Kinda sneaky, but he doesn’t complain now that he’s been converted!

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    • Mary Ann says:

      I will pray for your sons. I have found that antipathy to religion is usually the result of moral choices rather than of an intellectual event. We find beliefs that make us comfortable with what we do.

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      • Lizzyjane says:

        You are so very right Mary Ann. I believe that it is easier for them to dismiss God rather than accept the limits that faith entails….especially for the youngest son. I also think that the apostasy that was predicted at Fatima has found a home in today’s youth. I believe that God will make a much needed correction in our world….and in the end, many souls my find their faith through the fire.

        God bless and thank you for your prayers…..

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        • Mary Ann says:

          And often the moral choices aren’t really free choices but conditioning and peer pressure and the infection of society. I don’t mean to blame the boys, only point out that people are uncomfortable with the contradiction of religion, the limitations as you say, which conflict with every authority they know, except for Mom of course! 🙂

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          • Lizzyjane says:

            Yes Mary Ann…I tried so hard to teach them the faith and I cannot honestly understand what happened along the way. I stood up for our faith at every turn, and still this happened. My hope is that their conversions will be a testament to the power of prayer. I ask everyone. If they come back, all those who prayed them back will get a mothers hug when I meet you in heaven!

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    • Melanie says:

      Lizzy, I would recommend taking your son to a Healing Mass. We have some phenomenal Priests with Charismatic gifts…Father Mike Barry, Father Struzzo and Father S. Hampsh are 3 that I have met. Fr. Barry has the Gift of Knowledge and the other two Priests are also very wise and carry and touch the Cross of the True Relic to your forehead in prayer and blessing… I have personally had great experiences with these Priests… I don’t know where you live…but, you could google Catholic Healing Masses in your area or Catholic Charismatic Healing Mass… and of course praying to Our Blessed Mary… God Bless You

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      • Lizzyjane says:

        Dear Melanie….thank you…I have been looking for sources such as this! You are an answer to a prayer……please pray that they will go!

        God bless you for taking the time to share this!

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        • connie says:

          If they don’t go Lizzyjane, you can go – and stand in for them as if they instead were there. Our dear old priest, Father George(Please pray for him), use to say Mass and invite us all to stand in for those loved ones not present for healing. Our wonderful God and Saviour is not limited to space and time. Also, Charlie often reminds us that those who are far from God now may be the ones most on fire for Him soon. God has allowed the situation for your sons and Trust in Him to bring good out of it. I will pray for the boys, and I ask you, please, when you pray for them would you also pray for my son-in-law’s 2 brothers who are also headed down the wrong path. Let us pray for one another! Let us Trust in the Lord!

          Oh, Lizzy, I don’t know if you have placed your cares for your son’s under Our Lady’s mantle esp. by saying the Miraculous Prayer of Trust asking for Our Lady of Tepeyac but I can say that for me, I literally placed paper with a very urgent and serious need of my husband’s under the prayer card and everytime that i would catch myself worrying about this problem I would remember that Our Lady basically “had our backs” and I would drop my worrying and go on to something more productive. Well, I am giving a praise report to say that the problem basically dissoved into nothing!!!!!!!It was a very serious matter that literally fizzled out! Thank You Mother and Thank You My Lord!!!!! We have promised to do a specific act if this matter came to a happy ending.

          Also, I have been trying to remind myself that when I am burdened, to go to Psalms and find some verses that praise God so that I might praise Him when things look dark and gloomy. That brings God Glory because it is an act of Trust in the middle of your sorrow. Besides, it always brings me courage, solace, joy, and peace when I do remember to do this.

          I will place your son’s myself, right now, under Our Lady’s mantle.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Thank you, Connie. I am a bit troubled that there seems to be a little enthusiasm growing for “tricking” people into converting. I don’t much care for that. I certainly profoundly believe in indirection – make a joyful home, be open about exhibiting some interest in the things your friends and family have a real interest in that are licit, neither hide nor constantly propound your faith – and witness will take root. But subterfuge makes me nervous. We are children of the light, not prowlers in darkness. Worry less about converting people and more about praying privately and giving effective witness through your actions and all will be well. Rarely have I met anyone who was tricked into converting to anything where the conversion lasted very long.

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  17. Lin says:

    I look forward to learning more…

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  18. SteveBC says:

    Last night I watched Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” for the first time. During the section covering the scourging by the Roman soldiers, I found the scenes effective in a way I had not expected. The soldiers do a lot of laughing, nasty laughing, and at one point I found myself starting to grin in response. I realized at that point the power inherent in The Mob: Most humans want to be the same as the people they are with. It’s known as the herd instinct, of course, and its human roots are powerful. That moment when I found myself starting to grin even as I was fully aware of the horrific nature of what was being done was when it clicked for me, that here was at least one of the sources (or possibly *the* source) mechanism of the Rwandan massacre. Harnessed for evil, this mechanism can do massive damage and deal death to many.

    Charlie, when you speak of the upcoming time of chaos, you say that this is when most of those who will die in the Storm after the Collapse will die. It appears that the reason is the ‘passionate intensity’ of those days, where people get infected by anger or fear or panic and lash out at others or by failing to act deliberately, bringing themselves into an unsurvivable situation.

    I have been involved in situations that were in the process of spiraling out of control as a mob mentality began to gain influence over the people near me. One time, in a small group, this process began. I grabbed my friend, who was himself starting to spin out of control, and told him that we were going home. I literally dragged him away physically. The next morning he called me in gratitude for saving him from the fate of those we left behind. He had found out that the others had gone on a vandalism spree and ended up in jail later that night.

    Yet even I am subject to peer pressure and can be gathered in by scenes of nasty laughter. Though my usual tendency is to move against a tendency toward a Mob, even I can get caught up, be it by scenes of nasty laughter or some other such influence. Last night I was chilled to see how it had snuck up on me.

    This tendency can be used constructively, as is the case for Charlie’s guidance to be a beacon of hope for others during the Storm, which will help us help others. More to the point, however, is Charlie’s advice to be deliberate in choosing our next step and to choose and take that next step while acknowledging and trusting God.

    I think we budding sherpas need to remember at all times that we are in part called simply to be the anchor stabilizing those around us so that they do not fall headlong into the maw of the Mob, toward which their desire to belong and be safe will draw them inexorably when all about them are filled with that fatal passionate intensity.

    Who will stand? Every individual in the world who can see his or her own tendency to fall toward the Mob and who can resist it with conscious intent and deliberate choice to do Good, as God helps them to see the Good. Those who are capable of standing in these particularly chaotic winds of the Storm will stabilize others, perhaps one or two, or dozens, or hundreds of others. We in this community can view ourselves as linked by a web of golden connections of prayer and good will. Our connections here should help each of us stand wherever we each are located on our planet. Each of us is called to take hold of the people near us, people not in this community (yet), and pull them back from the Mob and its baleful influence, to help our families and our neighbors stand and find their own footing in the Storm.

    I hope I am one of those who stands once the Storm hits in all its fury. However, I know I have that fateful weakness under influence just as much as anyone else, and I must consider that perhaps I will fail after all. I’m going to have to work on standing every day, so it will be an unshakable habit when the Collapse comes.

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    • Mick says:

      Steve, everyone here is praying for you; and we will help you stand… just as you will help all of us stand through your prayers. That is the beauty of this little family of Charlie’s: we are all helping, and will continue to help, each other to Trust-Do-Love.

      Dear Jesus, through the intercession of Your Mother, please help all of us here to stay faithful until the end, so that we can be with You and with each other on the other side. Amen.

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      • MMBev says:

        Echo, echo. That’s exactly why we are in such need to pray for each other, even if a time comes when communication in interrupted (I hope only interrupted for a short time).

        I had never seen fireflies until we drove across the United States to Michigan for our son’s marriage. One night my husband called me out onto the walkway of our motel. It was breath taking! I’ve never seen anything like those incredible tiny, winking lights and realizing that God had made them and they were more wondrous that any fireworks display I’d ever seen. They were alive! And that is what in the darkness of the storm we will be like. Each of the steps causes us to send out light signals, messages of hope and love. True love, the kind that draws people irresistibly to God. And yes, Steve. We will cover the world with our web because it is Our Lady Mother who, with joy, links us one to the other.

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      • SteveBC says:

        Thank you for your prayers, Mick. I’m both surprised and heartened by your response and the others I’ve received below. It has helped me greatly. 🙂

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        • Mick says:

          You’re welcome, Steve. Always remember that we’ve got you covered. In fact, I’d offer to ride shotgun for you; but CrewDog or Jim W. are certainly better shots than I am. 🙂

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    • kathy kalina says:

      I’d much rather be beside you in the storm, Steve, than others who are SURE they will never disappoint the Lord.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Ain’t that the truth!

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        • Mick says:

          Charlie, why are you still up? Go to bed, man!

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        • malachi99 says:

          Charlie just a question for clarities sake. When you state that 26 million or so will die in the storm can you elaborate how there is not an incongruity between this statement and the fact that you also state this will be the worse crisis in history that none can escape from. Of course 26 million is a lot of poor souls but in the context of what you term a global upheaval with possible chastisements from above as well as those fashioned by men it doesn’t seem to add up. As an aside, in this context of the Fatima revelations I do understand that from the vantage point of eternity it is the loss of souls that is truly the most devastsing feature of this spiritual war

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          • charliej373 says:

            Good question, Malachi, though I have spoken of it numerous times. Even with my priests, when this was all private, I took pains to note that this was an unusually SMALL number for such a comprehensive conflagration, not unusually large. The difference is that there is no place of safety this time – the terror is ubiquitous and worldwide. No family will be left untouched by the Storm. There will be no ‘Fortress America’ or neutral Sweden to hide in. This time, it truly is global and comprehensive in scope. Were it not for God’s restraining hand even in the midst, it would be perfectly normal to expect a death toll ten times as large for this type of crisis.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Malachi99, the way I have come to think of this number is that the Storm isn’t about killing people off. It’s about getting us all to turn to God with great faith. We can’t do that if we’re dead, and if we do turn to God as He wishes, then there is no point to killing us – we need to be about our Father’s task of rebuilding our world.

            Charlie has said he believes that he will wish to be gathered up but will not be allowed to leave. He has also said that each of us will have at least one moment when we will believe we will not make it. If God killed us off at that moment, we would lose our best opportunity to turn to Him in trust.

            The fact that the number is so low seems to say to me that His plans will bear much fruit and be almost completely successful.

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      • SteveBC says:

        Thank you, Kathy K. You have helped brace me with your kind words. 🙂

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    • CrewDog says:

      For some reason while reading Steve’s Post and comments the phrase, from the tattered recesses of my old brain, came to mind about about “keeping one’s head while all about were losing their’s” …. so I decided to find where it came from. I think the below might be appropriate here and for the “Troubles” ahead. As Charlie has pointed out, of the three modes of preparation — Spiritual, Mental and Physical — the Physical may be of the least importance ……….. Though I believe that physical prep for those with the wherewithal is important too!

      IF – Rudyard Kipling

      If you can keep your head when all about you
      Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
      If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
      But make allowance for their doubting too;
      If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
      Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
      Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
      And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

      If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
      If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
      If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
      And treat those two impostors just the same;
      If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
      Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
      Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
      And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

      If you can make one heap of all your winnings
      And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
      And lose, and start again at your beginnings
      And never breathe a word about your loss;
      If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
      To serve your turn long after they are gone,
      And so hold on when there is nothing in you
      Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

      If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
      Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
      If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
      If all men count with you, but none too much;
      If you can fill the unforgiving minute
      With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
      Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
      And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my so

      GOD BLESS & GUIDE ALL HERE!! …. St Faustina, Pray for US!

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      • SteveBC says:

        CrewDog, this brings back memories. When I was growing up in the 1960s, I went to a private school for boys near Boston for my high school years. The principal would start our day by reading something inspirational or otherwise good, then send us off to classes. It’s been many years since then, but my memory informs me that he read this poem once every year. I always felt stirred by it. Thank you for remembering it for me.

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    • Kati says:

      For your information, Steve, I personally believe that you will be a terrifically balanced *STANDER* even at the height of the storm. Unfortunately, I don’t think you are probably near my state…because I am sure everyone here would fully enjoy your presence with us! 😉 May our God keep you dressed in His armor, my brother in Christ!

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      • SteveBC says:

        Kati, thank you so much for your kind words and your confidence. I was shaken by my experience. I certainly intend to be a Stander as you call it, but I’m a bit more humble about it than before that little lesson. It was a bit sobering.

        If we are not physically close, our links to the liquid gold web of spiritual connections that unites all of us here will bring our best features to everyone else’s side. Mine to yours, yours to mine, at need. I believe that will be a powerful way to help each other stand, all of us dressed in His armor, spiritual arms interlocked for strength. Again, thank you.

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        • MMBev says:

          That was a God given moment, Steve. We all, every single one of us, have that potential within us – or some response that is worse. Better to learn it now, than in the middle of the Storm. Your experience will save some of us some real inept, stupid blunders later on.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you so much for this, Mick. I have been preparing to launch a broadside…and prayed that I might be spared. In this, the beginning of serious battle, many are going to make missteps, just as St. Peter did, but their grief over their very error will lead them back to be true champions of the faith. I hope that Bishop Bootkoski finishes his tenure as just such a champion.

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      • Mary Ann says:

        But they did slap her one more time in the statement of reinstatement.

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      • Mick says:

        Charlie, you’ve inspired me… I’m going to go pray the Prayer of Miraculous Trust right now, for the intention that Bishop Bootkoski be a true champion of faith during this Storm. I will pray through the intercession of St. Peter.

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      • Jim M. says:

        The school’s rationale for this mess:

        “From the beginning this was a personnel and not a theological issue,” said the statement. “We are now and always have been united in our understanding and commitment to the teachings of the Catholic Church. ”

        The doublespeak, misdirection and ham handed attempt at justification is mind blowing. This tells me they did not and do not agree with her reinstatement.

        Thank the Lord for the solution, and for the sign that there is still much to fear from within.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Well, Jim, I have always lived by Abraham Lincoln’s dictum on how to the treat the south after it had been defeated: “Let ’em up easy.” When people feel the sting of defeat, even in what they have been clearly in the wrong on, a little defensiveness is to be expected – and is best ignored.

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    • Bob says:

      Here’s what I Posted below on this article:
      What about respect in this society? I would not ask a Hindu shop owner to sell me beef and I wouldn’t ask a Jewish or Moslem to sell me pork. I would have some basic respect for the integrity of their beliefs. And why has this needed to be such an issue? It is time for we Christians to demand basic respect in our culture for the integrity of our faith. And marriage between one man and one woman is a sacred sign of, as Paul says, showing a bit of the relationship between Christ and his church. We should not allow the culture to ask us to desecrate this sign any more than we would ask the above to defile themselves by asking them to do what they believe to be wrong.

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    • Alphonsus says:

      I thought Jeff Mirus at Catholic Culture had a well-reasoned and insightful take on all of this as it was unfolding.

      http://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/otc.cfm?id=1282

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  19. Mack says:

    I just re-read the interpretation of the Fatima secret. It struck me more now, in saying that the Pope’s work would be attacked. One thing that troubled me at the time of the Synod last fall was that the Pope’s work on the theology of the body was largely being ignored. That work is so important for a correct understanding of marriage as a sacrament. It seemed so strange to me that it was hardly mentioned. But that makes sense in light of the Fatima secret. I believe and hope that in the future this important work will be given the full recognition it deserves not just by the lay people who are promoting it now but by the priests and bishops of the Church.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Oh Mack, in the 90s I often said that St. John Paul was the greatest, most profound theologian since St. Thomas Aquinas. Shortly after the turn of the millennium, I revised that and began saying that St. Thomas Aquinas had been the greatest theologian until John Paul. In fact, his prodigal output was one of the signs that I needed to finally talk to someone. In the visitation of March, 1993 what I call the First Great Vision, after being told that John Paul knew what was coming, I was shown him working with furious intensity at his desk and told he was preparing the Church for the Storm. That as a grace to him, the Storm would be forestalled until he had passed to heaven, where he would intercede on our behalf until we had safely gotten through it. Over the next few years came the beginning of what will ultimately be seen as the most extravagantly bountiful flow of critically important Papal Encyclicals in history. Five hundred years from now we will still not have fully plumbed the depths of what John Paul did.

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      • Mary Ann says:

        When I was in college and after I used to pray for a new St. Thomas who would integrate contemporary thought with Catholicism, and recognized him when JPII began his first Wednesday audiences that became the Theology of the Body…..I thought, great!, now I can relax and go to sleep, everybody will sign on and the crisis will be over. Ha! It was decades before his theology became popular, and I even got fired for promoting it at one parish. God’s timing is sure different.

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      • Mack says:

        Thank you for sharing that, Charlie! It has made me determined to pray for his intercession during the Storm. It’s consoling to know that he was preparing us for what is now upon us.

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      • malachi99 says:

        Well Charlie I often agree with much of what you say but I would have to say that as a theologian John Paul II wouldn’t have a patch on Benedict. As a philosopher he managed to bring into a certain harmony the perennial philosophy and some elements of modern and contemporary philosophy and this I think was his greatest achievement. Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying he wasn’t a great theologian he just wasn’t that great and certainly no were close to the likes of Aquinas in terms of profundity and clarity.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Certainly, I think Benedict was more refined and precise – but John Paul moved a mountain of error away and laid a profound foundation that was more prolific and extensive than anyone at any particular period in history.

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          • malachi99 says:

            John Paul was a Thomist and sure he managed to build a bridge of sorts between the philosophy of consciousness and the Thomistic heritage. He produced marvellous works such as his theology of the body, his love and responsibility, veritatis splendour,evangelium vitae etc; however, I think we are too close to him to anyway compare his thought and influence to that of Aquinas.

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          • Mary Ann says:

            Yes, true. He resolved the Cartesian conflict in one fell swoop.

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          • malachi99 says:

            Okay Charlie I’m winding my neck in a bit having gone over past notes, lectures, and talks and realising how much of my thought has been shaped by the teaching and thought of St. John Paul. It truly is a breathtaking body of work that he has produced and will be discussed and developed well into the next millennia. He is a giant standing on the shoulders of giants.

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          • charliej373 says:

            When I was told ahead of time, then watched so much of it unfold, it was breathtaking. I don’t want to trivialize it, but those of us from Chicago knew we were watching a unique and breathtaking artist and genius watching Michael Jordan play basketball – and knew we would not see his like again when he was gone. For me, it was the same watching the heart of St. John Paul’s work unfold. With each new brilliant encyclical I thought..well, this will be the clunker – or at least the ordinary one – and instead another work of genius and artistry. It actually was one of the key reason I came to conclude what I was being shown was authentic.

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  20. Andy says:

    I will standwith the weapon of Our Lady in hand as these courageous men did in Argentina last year.

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  21. anne says:

    charlie i did not see a reply spot under your comment on Popes and Storm and the piece you are writing for us. I just want to say……please write and print as just the small comment you made above re St John Paul and the storm etc really ignited much in me. A bigger picture of what we have already been through and brings us to THIS moment in time, in the storm. I encourage you to share it as soon as possible.
    Mark Mallett started writing in earnest in late 2005 and consistently in 2006. Our Lady in Blue Book mentions a period of 10 years……i would have to look it up again as to exact reference. It is 10 years and a week since St John Paul died on eve of Divine Mercy.
    10 years ago to June of this year a very saintly priest started a Chapel of Perpetual Adoration in a parish that was on the verge of closing. It is going very strongly and is the one i drive to. He has at least 7 hours of confession a week…..more because many make private appointments. He gives his people 2 Masses a day everyday. He has helped another priest start MANY Chapels of Adoration in Indonesia and now they are “self sowing” and more popping up.
    I just see it all together and look forward to your article.People are so busy surviving, be entertained ……whatever. the bigger picture can be forgotten. And let us not forget that Pelianito started putting up her blog nearly 10 years ago but took a couple of years before people noticed and started commented. so much on both sides has been going on for so long. so here we are now!

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  22. Gary says:

    Cardinal Burke in tonight’s talk at the Institute for Religious Life talked about martyrdom.The Witnessed, the Persecuted and the Bloody Martyrdom, referring to Father Hardon’s cry in the wilderness at the apostasy of his Church and modern culture. Years ago I kissed the hand of a future saint Father Hardon. Tonight I kissed the ring of another. Behind the eyes of Cardinal Burke there is a furnace of kindness and devout love.

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  23. Petra says:

    I don’t know what makes me more sad: what has happened in our society, in our world, over the last 60 years, or what is about to happen to fix it.
    When I was a girl in high school, just as I was graduating (early 1970’s), I had a kind of state of mind that my generation (the Baby Boomers) would be able to actually make the world the Kingdom of God, because we had had the advantage of having learned of Him, and knew the truth about God, and also had the advances of science and medicine to help us help the world. In my heart I thought we, my generation, would use our belief in God to serve Him in our chosen fields, and He would enlighten us on all things, and the world would become a most beautiful place to live, for every country on Earth.
    Then I went to college. After not even a year, I saw that evil had entered the hearts of so many, the very brightest ones, and they had no goal but material success. Amoral and ruthless even at that age, I reared back in horror of them. I saw the professors had a different plan, to destroy belief in God and God’s plan – and to promote, or at least never protect from, every vice.
    And when my generation took the reins of power, they themselves advocated for every vice against our training, having given up morality. I may understand what happened to some degree, both in the historical sense, and in the spiritual sense, but my dream of a utopia led by God was dashed to pieces.
    But then I have heard what Charlie and others have said here, about the rescue, and how life will be after the rescue, and I pray to God I will live to see it, because it sounds like my hope of so long ago, of a society building the Kingdom of God on earth. I hope I can bear the chaos of the Storm, and can bravely do what is required of me, and live, so I may at least see the fulfillment of the hope He planted in my heart so long ago.

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    • Lily says:

      Thank you for posting this, Petra. It is lovely. I’m sorry it didn’t work out that way, but maybe it will after the storm. It’s not too late for your generation, and I know a lot of people in mine that want to work for that too.

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  24. j.bunte says:

    Robert P. George’s article was very good, but it’s great to know that the people of Indiana answered the “Mob” against the O’Connors, by raising almost $850,000 in only a few days. “Take that you punk liberal mob!”

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  25. Melanie says:

    Charlie, I give thanks for you, taking the time to guide us…. I am so aware of the evil around us and concerned for my children… by reading your blog, it reinforces that it’s not just me! It really is as bad as it looks! It is a challenge to look ahead with my kids who are planning out their lives from high school, to college, to future jobs….knowing that it can all change in a blink of an eye! I pray daily for the Holy Spirit to fill and guide me to make good decisions for my family, to give thanks for all that God provides. I am thankful for this community of believers. God Bless You All!

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    • charliej373 says:

      I had to laugh at part of your comment, Melanie…Good news! It really is as bad as it looks! Not a sentiment one hears every day. But yes, your fundamental point is rock solid…when the establishment media is constantly haranguing you not to believe your lying eyes, it is good news, indeed, to know that you’re not alone in noticing the emperor has no clothes.

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  26. Gabrielle says:

    This is a reply to several posts up. Charlie, no worries about being testy. Thank you for your help. Happy Divine Mercy Sunday!

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