Musings – For the Elderly and Infirm

Once you have been anointed, go forth and do the same.

Once you have been anointed, go forth and do the same.

By Charlie Johnston

I take a certain pride in personally responding to all emails I receive. Yeah, it often takes me two, sometimes even three weeks. But man, some of you folks ask some complicated questions or are working really hard to bear some intense pain or grief. I try to give serious, carefully thought-out answers to serious questions. Of late, I have been being hit with some malicious nonsense from some backwoods preacher types who use the Bible as a bludgeon to beat people down. These I have just started to delete rather than to respond. Clearly, they have some sort of semi-organized effort to spam me and waste my time with mere tendentious arguments. There is another type I have decided to just automatically delete – and some are from people who mean well, so I thought I would notify you from here.

I get four or five emails a week questioning my authenticity or demanding I prove myself. Some are silly, wanting me to do magic for them or be their psychic friend. Others are of the “gotcha” variety, trying to discredit based on some expectation they have that I don’t meet. A very few touch on some serious matter of faith or theology that is worthy of consideration. While I will continue to respond to the latter, I am going to start deleting the silly and the “gotcha” requests without a response at all. I had been growing more and more frustrated with both the silly and the gotcha varieties, but it came to a head when a semi-regular reader the other day questioned how I could be authentic when I give “scary” advice on things that might happen…that that is not allowed in authentic visitations. This was just plain bizarre: had he never heard of Fatima, Akita or Kibejo, all approved apparitions that are, at times, utterly terrifying? I think he meant well, just desperately trying to find some way to convince himself there will be no Storm, even as it is already raining all around us – and that rain is taking on a driving, pounding quality. I understand that, but as I get more deeply swamped, it is a distraction for me to keep responding to what I have already responded to.

I have emphasized that the heart of what I have to say is encapsulated in the formulation of “acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to those around you.” I have encouraged people to be skeptical of the visitation portion of what I say, but take to heart the practical center of my message. Anyone who does that seriously will do well and have a growing faith regardless of what happens. The visitations are useful support to what I say, but are not central to or even really necessary for the fundamental message. I could continue propounding exactly what I do without publicly referencing them at all. I considered doing just that last fall. I ultimately decided against that course because it seemed that, for many, the few parts of the visitations I do choose to share have been a comfort to most here – and the readers were growing wonderfully in focusing on what is really important, which is mostly contained in the ordinary.

One of my priests reads every post and comment I make, in order to fulfill his duty to direct me. I am gratified that I hear privately from a large number of priests from around the country and Canada every week, who have taken heart from this site – and a few Bishops who read regularly. I have plenty of serious people watching me. As I said, I will still respond to serious theological inquiries on the matter – with particular attention paid to any comments from authentic clerical authorities. I have deep affection for our Priests, Bishops and Deacons who are both gulping and girding their loins to defend their flocks – and I am heartened to know there are a LOT of them. But my primary job is to help give people – and clerics – heart to endure this Storm and get safely to port on the other side of it. I resolved decades ago that if this time came, I would be directly responsive to all. Now certain sorts of inquiries are distracting me from the primary job. So, with some fear that I may occasionally be deleting inquiries from serious people who are just scared, I let you know I will not routinely respond to such questions any more. You don’t have to make a decision on whether my visitations are authentic to assess whether my advice is sound. If the latter gets dicey, no amount of claims of such things support it: if it is sound, they are not even necessary, only consoling. So that is how I will handle these things going forward.

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Several readers have persisted in asking me to be more direct about what happens to or what advice I have for the elderly and infirm if final crash should come. In times of great crisis in the world, the most vulnerable are always at most risk, specifically because they are most vulnerable. I have said, emphatically, that YOU are God’s plan for helping the aged and infirm. Put bluntly, if you do not help and make them a priority, as your circumstances allow, many will be martyred. (When I say as your circumstances allow, I do not mean whether it suits you – but whether you are reasonably able to do so without neglecting your first duty to your family. Parents with several young children must always put their children first. Always live first your duty to those souls God has put directly in your care).

Oh, there will be a few startling miracles – but even in those times most abounding in miracles, only a small handful of people are directly affected. The most important miracles are the ordinary type, the miracles of the heart, people resolving to be steadfast in helping others. My reader, Petra, yesterday brought tears to my eyes with this statement of trusting docility to God and courageous resolve:

“I live in a large city (Chicago) and I sure don’t want to go to a relocation center, and I don’t know if I’d be able to escape to a rural area in time, but your post got me thinking — if I can’t get away, maybe I’ll walk myself over to a nursing home (I can think of a Catholic one and a Lutheran one, each within a mile of my house) and volunteer to care for the elderly. Surely they are not going to try to evacuate nursing homes or people who are working there, because of the level of care needed for the patients, and I have tons of experience having taken care of my paralyzed mom for 15 years in her home. Although I have no formal training, I know a lot about wheelchairs, and bed sores and positioning and swallow problems and incontinence and even a little about suctioning and feeding tubes, and am not shy about getting my hands dirty. So, maybe that’s where I need to be, and if others run for refuge, or are taken away, I’ll be needed as a kind of nurses aide.
I think I’d feel safe and happy there – doing what I know how to do and not being corralled, as long as martial law doesn’t include extermination of those who can’t help themselves. Oh my! Lord, have mercy!”

He thought seriously and deeply about these things and came up with a magnificent decision fitted to his specific circumstances, That, above all, is what I am trying to trigger. I don’t have all the answers for all the details – but when you put your creative problem-solving capacity to use, collectively we all do.

Earlier CrewDog, another reader and popular commenter, put up a piece from a friend of his, encouraging older veterans to network with each other, with younger friends and make what preparations they can. It was a marvelous, straight-forward piece of practical advice as I reprint here:

“This came in my e-mail today posted on MILINET blog. Written by a retired Special Forces Chief Warrant Officer that I thought might be interesting and food for thought even for non-veterans. Ideas here that can be useful in your home, neighborhood, civic groups or Church. We will have to band together to survive the worst.
GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

2) 2nd Resp “Ciudad Juárez neighborhood scoffs at report of Islamic State terror cell in its midst”
http://www.dallasnews.com/news/nationworld/mexico/20150418-mexican-border-town-scoffs-at-terrorist-cell-report.ece

Gents, I’ve been thinking about this for a while. That’s why I have a special list of friends I forward this email to everyday. What I’d recommend is that you keep in mind that regardless of how many aches and pains you have as older combat veterans and military veterans the bad guys don’t care. If you whine about it you are a soft target. If you do something about it you will become a hard target.
I’d suggest you take a special interest in making new friends by joining a local VFW, AMVETS, or Marine Corps social club. You can even join your local Special Forces Association Chapter as an associate member.
Remember the buzzword for the computer age since the 1990s for getting great high paying jobs is networking. You need to spread your wings, get out of the house and socialize. When you meet people of like minds you get together, have cook outs, enjoy your favorite beverage be it ginger ale, diet Pepsi, or something of the frosted hops or malt or single malt variety on ice…but the main objective here is to meet people who you can eventually exchange phones numbers and email addresses with and call in the event of an emergency.
Produce a monthly social calendar and schedule things like going to the local sheriff dept or law enforcement shooting range and get to know the deputies and officers who patrol or drive through your neighborhood. Become friends with them. Donate 25 bucks a year to the local sheriff’s or law enforcement support group and place the yearly bumper sticker they send you on the bumper of your car, on your mailbox, on your garage and even on the front door of your house.
Of course you know not to rush right up with your heart on your sleeve and shout a bunch of craziness like you’re out of control…feel people out and drop a few hints in conversation while making small talk. Be alert that there is another level of law enforcement that believes veterans are a bigger threat to national security than Muslim extremists. So be cautious that you avoid being black listed by the DHS or the scoundrels of the current administration.
The main thing is figure out who you think you can trust and start a list and start a back up plan for if things go to s*** in your neighborhood. When you go to the store buy an extra case of bottled water and start a stack in the garage…call it your rainy day stack. Buy a few extra cans of your favorite beef stew, spam, whatever you like and put them aside in a foot locker or storage box in the garage or basement. When you go to Wal-Mart or where ever pick up an extra box of ammo every month or so and squirrel that away as well. A big bag of oriental rice is cheap and a couple of twenty pound bags of rice can go a long way especially used as extender to go in the same pot as your favorite big can of stew.
Another thing to do is start attending your local city council meetings. Take an interest in your local politics. Those meetings also draw the leadership of the local subversive groups so keep an eye out and pay attention to what people say at those meetings. After a couple of visits you’ll start to get to know people and figure out who in the city government you can count on and who doesn’t think like you so you can keep your eye on them as well.
The bottom line is get involved in your community, interact with others and find like minds to create a support net so you’re not caught with your pants down.
Although your days of running a six minute mile in combat boots and fatigues is over, make the commitment to firm up your personal combat chassis. You’ll feel better once you get moving and you’ll appreciate knowing that you’re not alone and you won’t be alone in the event that a natural or man made disaster takes place where you live…finally keep vigilant.
You’ll be perceived as a hard target and that often times is good enough to keep the punks and small time bad guys away from your door and you’ll be ready to face the wolf if he ever shows up. Now, watch this video and think about it. Then make a plan to help yourself and others will naturally want to get on board with your program. While you may not be surrounded by a fire team of Marines, you will have the friendship and support of people who will watch your back and cover your six.
We are over inundated with information about an up coming fall of the dollar, a crash on Wall Street and the economy and quite frankly, we don’t have Al Gore’s money and stock pile of gasoline, food, water, back up by professional security. But having the support of a few well intentioned friends who are willing to pull their own weight and watch your back are worth their weight in gold. So watch this seven minute video and think about it. Then follow your heart. Godspeed!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNEaCesnXss&index=3&list=WL
Yours in the brotherhood and Semper fi,
Patrick ******
CWO4, USSF, Retired”

These two comments encapsulate much of the heart of what can be done. Older folks – network with the younger, healthier people you know. Younger folks – do the same with the older people you know who may need special help in crisis. Everyone, do what you can wherever you find yourself to be a sign of hope to as many as you can – and contemplate the magnificent sort of plan Petra came up with – but fitted to your own circumstances. The hard but simple truth is that God calls you to be the miracle wherever you are. If we do not respond, we will have a meager harvest of miracles. Go forth.

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Just recently, our good friend, Mark Mallett, had some difficult news that caused him to contemplate his mission in a very deep way. As with noble souls throughout history, his troubled contemplations led him to create one of the most magnificent pieces he has ever written. Given the superb quality of his work generally, that is high praise. Sharply pruned, he has not withered, but responded with fresh, vigorous new growth.

I am kind of amused. Whenever I get an email notification of a new piece by Mark, the notification looks exactly like the personal emails I get from him. I have got to be one of the few people who, when I get a notification of a new piece, am slightly disappointed it is not a regular personal note. In this case, my disappointment only lasted until I had read the marvelous piece.

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If you are not reading Pelianito’s Blog, you really should. She has been on fire lately. Her pieces have such a striking combination of delicacy and strength, inspiring one to want to rise to the occasions while simultaneously giving them real consolation and hope. I love almost all of her gems, but this recent piece captured me. There does seem to be a striking convergence of prophetic voices these days. (By the way, I loathe being called a prophet. There are certainly prophetic elements to my work, but I see the work in more homely terms – the Good Lord has hired me on to help encourage His people and help give all heart to endure the Storm and carry them safely to port on the other side. That is how I see myself…the other stuff is just tools to help me get the job done.)

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I know many people deeply want to believe that dire things cannot happen where they live. Understand, most people who lived through dire times did not think it could happen where they lived  –  until it did. I tell you, it has already begun. This story of how a morally bankrupt Milwaukee prosecutor abused the trust he holds to tyrannize, persecute, and terrorize innocent people for their political beliefs is hideous. It is more evidence that not only can it happen in America, but that more and more it already is.

I do not have much respect for laws that make cabalistic rules handcuffing the police’ hands in catching criminals. More and more, if  police do not say the precise “magic words” at just the right time, thugs and murderers are set free. That offends justice and rips at the fabric of social cohesion. But intentional betrayal of public trust to criminalize dissent and assuage one’s own power and ambition is beneath contempt. These people are the equivalent of the serial killers of social cohesion. Sadly, it is more and more common. It enrages me that people like this prosecutor, the prosecutor in the Duke LaCross case, IRS Commissioners who predatorially stalk people for their political beliefs and smirk at Congress when called on it – that these people, at worst, if called to account, lose some of their privileges. Is it any wonder that public confidence in our institutions of justice have collapsed when the law is routinely used to protect actual criminals and to persecute political opponents? People who hold the public trust and use it as a bludgeon to try to jail political opponents and dissidents need to spend some serious time in prison themselves. They better hope I am never dictator – because that is where they will find themselves. I have a list.

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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179 Responses to Musings – For the Elderly and Infirm

  1. Mark Gaylord says:

    You should consider throwing some of the obvious (to you) spam to your readers in a musings column from time to time to let us tear it apart, analyse it and post rebuttal. Getting people thinking will only help them grow instead of just feeding at the trough. So if a “Bible-only” self appointed non-denominational “bishop” says “Confession isn’t biblical” turn it loose here for answers. The answers are sure to be from many angles, we will all learn, have some fun and may take the fire out of future rounds when they are seen as the duds they are. Just as your last two columns were “Whatcha Gonna Do when They Come for You” realize they are, and the answer is the same as it is for the larger storm, work with and lean on each other. Did I mention it might be fun?

    As always may God bless you and your family.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I have thought of that, Mark, but considered that it would only distract us from serious matters and perhaps set off some of the absurd heated but lightless debates that so mar so many comment sections in these times. I also think of St. JoseMaria Escriva who once wrote, “Do not waste time to stop and throw stones at the dogs who bark at you on your way.” It could amuse, but I don’t think it would edify.

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      • Bob says:

        I agree Charlie. My wife used to try to argue and debate with atheists online, thinking she could influence some of them but most of the time she wasted time she could have better used in prayer or even doing the dishes when it was her turn!

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  2. Bob Diorio says:

    HI Charlie,
    I don’t think you should be so reticent abount being termed a prophet. One of the roles of a prohet is to bring greater understanding and timely application to some element of what is already in public revelation. Just as St. Faustina was inspired to emphasize and bring forward God’s Mercy for our time, or St. Therese, the way of humlity and childlike trust in God. I have always felt,as I read you that you were called to bring that kind of emphasis in our day to the three theological virtues: Faith (aknowledge/trust God), Hope (Be a sign of hope to others) and Charity (Take the next right step before you). The way you present them shows how we should be living them out in current circumstances and in the fulness of the Storm, but always from a view of what public revelation has always told us.That is prophetic. That is the aspect of your writing that has always resonated most with me, and for which I am most grateful. Mark Mallet has written recently on this aspect of prophecy as well: http://www.markmallett.com/blog/silencing-the-prophets/.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well, I am ambivalent, at best, Bob. First, there is the business of “what…me? You sure you got the right guy?” I have strengths and weaknesses, virtues and flaws…and I like what is ordinary. I have been coming to see how inspiring that can be to people when you just step up and try to do a workmanlike job, but it is still a bit unnerving. Then there are the strange expectations people have. I suppo0se I would have them, too, if I hadn’t just lived it always. I was very happy to overhear my son talking one time with someone – and heard him irritably say, “My Dad’s not a fortune-teller. That’s not what this is about.” For me, it is a lot easier to think of it as has been given an, admittedly unusual job and then just concentrate on the work. You know, next right step.

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      • Mary N says:

        Ah! But God loves choosing the “ordinary” and authentic people the most! Gives Him great joy to choose real people, flaws and all. (If this wasn’t so we could forget about the Church – we wouldn’t have one.) I find your words about taking “the next right step” and “trust-do-love” brilliant in their simplicity. Like arrows heading towards a target, if people really understand the depth of this message they will become saints. God is holy simplicity itself in his dealings with humanity – we are the ones who complicate things.

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  3. SwampYankee says:

    Charlie: Whew, I just read Mallett’ s piece after reading your’ s. You two are definitely playing off of the same sheet of music.

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  4. Barb Watry says:

    I sent the article about the WI prosecutor to my sister, who lives in WI and she had not even heard of what was happening.
    My thoughts on some of your e-mails and comments, especially about what will happen to the elderly and infirm. I will admit, right up front that I have this following fault.
    I think some of us want to see a way out, so that we don’t have to be responsible for others in this way. As I mentioned previously, I like to think that if I ignore something I don’t like, it will go away or not happen. But I know our brothers and sisters will need our help, when we can. I absolutely was brought to tears also with what you shared from Petra. I seriously need to think about that for myself. I have no children and no one that I am directly responsible for, just me. So elderly parishioners from my parish, nursing homes that seems like it could be where our Lord could call me, also. I just need to open my heart and ears to Him.
    God bless you and all here.

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  5. radiclaudio says:

    Hi Charlie and extended TRNS family. this may be the post of yours I have gained the most from, which is saying a lot as I (we) have benefited much from your words and prayerful insights, and also from so many who follow your blog, like the few you reposted above and so many others. Thank you. (all)

    PS. congrats on figuring out you where wasting too much time throwing stones at satan’s dogs. even if you hit one now and then, two take its place immediately. It helps us all realize the time we waste on our own versions of of these trolls. 🙂

    Much love and affection,

    RAD

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  6. Lily says:

    Perhaps if there is someone you think is serious but scared, you can send them a link to this post?

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  7. Elizabeth K. says:

    A funny thing happened to my husband and I last fall. I should preface this by saying that my husband does not give a lot of credence to prophecy, etc., and is not one to worry overly much about the state of the world. We were at a community event, and I saw my husband talking to an old friend of ours; afterwards, my husband was very upset, as this friend had been telling him about his fears that the world is going to fall apart soon, and inviting us to join a group of people to form a kind of commune should these things take place. My husband was especially upset with me when I didn’t feel that our friend’s fears were all that crazy. But he said something important in that conversation–which was that if things were really that bad, he wasn’t going to turn his back on everyone around him, our whole family, all of our friends and neighbors, and just run away. We would do whatever needed to be done, at the time it needed it.

    I tell this story simply to underscore what you’re saying, Charlie–we don’t have to believe that your visits are real, heck, we don’t even have to believe that the Storm will come to pass. But each of us should develop the resolve that we will open ourselves to God’s will at every moment, and perhaps most of all in any moments of dire crisis that come our way. I don’t think we should worry about convincing people, or ourselves, that you’re right–that isn’t the point. I am comforted by the fact that while my husband would think talk of “the Storm” is downright crazy, it doesn’t matter–because trust, do, love is what he’s already all about.

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    • charliej373 says:

      There are people I know who believe nothing about troubles ahead (or at least so they insist) but who I know will be champions if it comes and they must be. Already, I give thanks for these people. They are people who care for and sacrifice for their children…who truly give of their time to their neighbors. They will be heroes. Some choose to take up their Cross, some have it imposed upon them. It matter not how it comes, but how you carry it if it does.

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  8. Dorothy says:

    Charlie,

    I understand the people who are giving you hard time. They are just very scared!!
    What you are preparing us for is truly incomprehensible …
    That is why they want proofs…
    I know God led me to your site and I will prepare ….but there is this little hasitation
    “How can this be” because I do not have your eyes … And I did not see what you saw!
    I trust God is preparing me trough you …
    People are scared and wounded, maybe try a bit longer with some of them ..
    Sometimes couple sentences filled with wisdom may help them. Their anger maybe just a cry for help.
    I can imagine you are tired with answering emails ( you did mine so beautifully)
    but Charlie you are kind of unusuall prophet in this time…
    Your message is simple and beautiful but really grand in content… Sometimes it is
    Hard to grasp the magnitutude of it.
    Yet, I am so greatfull to know !!!!
    I am so greatfull I found your site.
    I find myself praying for every person passing me by and tears do come to my eyes!

    Charlie you are worrying about us how we will react and withholding certain things for our sake but I get the feeling that soon you will have to tell us more
    And we will be ready!
    I do not get scary dreams but few months back I had one that scared me so much
    I was running and something was chasing me there were dead people to my right and left I remember my heart was pounding like crazy when I got to the top of the building and prayed heard Gods voice trust and jump I did and suddenly I had wings and flew to safe place still shaken up by what happened. The dream seemed so strange so reall I woke up in tears .
    People are scared they will tell you silly dreams like I just did and overhelm you with their problems, just endure for a little longer with them ..
    You maybe their last chance!!!!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Oh, I don’t mind the dreams and such. It takes time and effort to respond to all, but I can see it help people focus on what is productive. Nonetheless, there are limits to what I can do.

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  9. bflocatholic says:

    Mark Mallett – Charlie Johnston – Pelianito: the Catholic version of the “Big Three” (think WWII)?

    Also – and this is a far less regal grouping of three – but as a long suffering Buffalo Bills fan, when I read this piece and thought of famous groups of three, I couldn’t help but think of a brief period back in the late ’70’s when 3 Buffalo Bills defenders (DT Fred Smerlas and LB’s Shane Nelson and Jim Haslett) were referred to as the “Bermuda Triangle”, because that was where running back went, “never to be seen again”. Clever, no? Appropos of nothing, I suppose, but it made me smile to think of it. Perhaps we can think of Mark, Charlie and Pelainito as our “Bermuda Triangle” for these times – where fear and lack of trust go, never to be seen again?

    Regardless, I think all well-meaning, thoughtful men and women will owe a debt of gratitude to Charlie, Mark and Pelianito before all is said and done. Thank you – and may God continue blessings on each of your ministries!

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  10. Tom says:

    The latest from Janet at Pelianito’s Blog really really spoke to me as well. The Graces are flowing and I certainly know it’s not because I deserve it, but because God needs us to step up our games, as it were. Ready and willing, Father!

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    • anne says:

      Yes Tom. Her latest is a stunning gift to all. When praying the rosary yesterday,pondering how open Our Lady was to God’s Grace……the words in pels’ message really hit me……remember graces are showered on those OPEn to the graces. Prayer, sacrements, denial of self…..opens us.
      i pray that all may open themselves.

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    • donna says:

      Pelianito, Mark Mallett, Charlie and MOG forum…..God is speaking loud and clear to we fortunates who give heart to listen.

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  11. the phoenix says:

    The following quote from this post has sparked a memory: “trying to find some way to convince himself there will be no Storm, even as it is already raining all around us – and that rain is taking on a driving, pounding quality”

    It happened back in April of either 1993 or 1994, at the 12:15 p.m. Sunday Mass at St. John the Baptist Church in Lockport, New York. Father Joe Gullo was the priest celebrating the Mass.

    As I drove to Mass, the sun started going behind the clouds. As I entered the church, it started to rain. The deeper into the Mass we got, the darker the skies got, the stronger the winds blew, and the harder the rain pounded.

    Then came the consecration. Father held up the host and said, “This is My Body.” And immediately the lights in the church flickered once off and on, accompanied by a sustained long, low rumble of thunder that slowly trailed off.

    Then Father held up the chalice, saying, “This is My Blood.” And once more, the lights in the church flickered once off and on, accompanied by a sustained long, low rumble of thunder that slowly trailed off.

    Of course, everybody attending that Mass witnessed what happened.

    Meanwhile, at the same time, a small tornado touched down on a nearby street there in the city of Lockport, uprooting a small evergreen tree … my mom happened to be on that street and saw the uprooted tree … and don’t worry, mom had gone to a different Mass that weekend … I think the Lord wanted mom to see that tree for a reason.

    So basically, Jesus is in the storm, and in the storm, the place for us to be is in the church.

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  12. MT Butterfly says:

    Thank you Charlie for this marvelous blog and for the reference to Mark and Pelianito’s blogs.
    I have found myself praying for different people or events lately at the drop of a hat. It’s like God instantly says, “Pray!” Not big prayers, a Hail Mary Our Father or Glory Be or the Fatima prayer. It must be the graces that are flowing.
    I was very touched by Petra’s message.
    Prayers that each of us will all be able to hear God as he speaks to us in the coming weeks and months.
    I look forward to your list of “house rules.”

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  13. Monica Joseph of the Blessed Sacrament, OCDS says:

    Well, Charlie, I would wish you are not right, because it means everything we have sacrificed for during our thirty-plus years of married life by practicing regular savings, delayed gratification and living below our means will be destroyed.

    Yet, I see something as a mark of authenticity in you: it is your suffering. St. Teresa of Avila stated genuine mystical gifts are never given without concomitant suffering. Your neurological suffering seems to me to be such a sign. Furthermore, you do not ask for anything or ask us to buy anything — no material help whatsoever. You live radical evangelical poverty. That is very rare.

    Now, I still have some reservations. You see, I did not find you from any other website I had been following and already deemed credible. (I don’t remember how I found this site exactly.) And, not intending to start a controversy or off-topic discussion here — this my personal opinion, nothing more– but based on what I have read, I am pretty convinced the apparitions at Medjugorie are not genuine. (For just one reason already stated, I don’t see the type of suffering genuine mystics endure in the seers, but there are other substantive reasons,too.) The fact you find them (at least Mirjana) credible gives me pause. However, your attitude in all this is a refreshing: “if I am wrong, I am wrong.” (I have the same attitude about Medjugorie.)You are not defensive nor do you try to beat anyone over the head to prove what you are saying. That kind of detachment seems a sign of authenticity to me. You use your real name, so you have attached your good name and reputation to what you are saying. And, your message is valid whether your visions are not, just as you say. Your being in Opus Dei and submitting to their direction is a good sign — I have always found Opus Dei people to be sober and quite orthodox in their Faith. Your fight for Joe Cronin was well done and quite real and genuine.

    So, you are a conundrum to me. I would love for there not to be a Storm, while at that same time how could there not with the evils swamping over us? I would love for there to be a way my children and grandchildren could live in Mayberry, as you have described the world after the Storm, for if there is not a supernatural intervention, the dark ages that are upon us are too dark indeed to contemplate. (And, I realize my personal preferences are irrelevant as to whether there will be a Storm or not!) Also, I find value here in what you write and in what those who comment add, apart from any supernatural origins. There are many times I have commented to family members when learning of another of the seemingly now daily horrific evils in the world, “I hope Charlie is right.” And, I do think you experience your visions as you say you do. It’s just the ancillary topics (like Medjugorie) that make me wonder sometimes. But, as you have pointed out, someone who receives messages is filtering them through his or her own humanity, wherein misunderstanding can creep in (not saying in your case that is has; just citing a general principle).

    So, I thank you. On balance, you give hope that a rescue and “reset” is coming and that we can endure. And even if not, one could do far worse than Trust-Do-Love. It is good advice no matter what.

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    • Monica Joseph of the Blessed Sacrament, OCDS says:

      Oh my! I should have emphatically stressed: not that you need any validation from me!!!! These were just musings/observations from me, an insignificant reader of your blog, that arose upon reading your post about the emails you receive.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Oh no, it was perfectly fine, Monica. I love it that we talk straight here without malice. And none of it bothers me. Even the greatest saints were deceived for a time about some things. Hee hee…I’m only wrong about five percent of the time…trouble is, I’m never sure what five percent it is. So we slog on through together – and build each other up rather than tear each other down. I have yet to see any comment from you that tore anything down. Keep at it!

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      • Bob says:

        The beauty of our faith Monica is that the church gives great freedom in discernment. Some of us believe Medjugorie is likely valid but we can disagree and are not bound unless and until the church rules on it.

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        • charliej373 says:

          I love the old quote from St. Augustine: “In necessary things, unity; in undecided things, freedom; in all things, charity.” We could all use a bracing reminder of this in these times.

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        • Gwen says:

          Bob, you are so right! Oh the beauty of our Catholic faith! There is so much priceless gold here, with something for everyone! For some, Our Lady’s various apparitions call to them, for others particular saints, each with their own ways or philosophy that all lead to the same summit. For some service to others, for some worship and contemplation of the Almighty, or devouring the Word of God and the Early Church Fathers. It really is breath taking seeing the fullness of the Lord here in our faith. Sometimes in awe I wonder of the beauty of heaven, considering all the beauty God has created and inspired here!

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    • donna says:

      Hi Monica….I love what you shared….I can’t change your mind but I met Mirjana one on one during the Bosnian Conflict in ’93. She is the real deal. She is so humble and beautiful and lives a simple life of humility. To say she does not suffer is not true. She knows how the end will occur and when the end will occur and will give a parchment to Fr Petar to read and they will fast and pray 10 days before the event. I asked her (with her 3 year old on her hip at her fence to her simple home) how difficult that is to know the time and the hour and what will happen. She got tears in her eyes and said “Blessed Mother comes and comforts me when it is too much, I am not to focus on this but I am human”…..She was clearly overwhelmed by this knowledge. Can you imagine living your entire life with that knowledge, forbidden to speak of it. What a cross. Maybe not physical sufferings but certainly emotional and she carries it with humility.

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      • Monica Joseph of the Blessed Sacrament, OCDS says:

        Thanks, Donna. It would truly be a great cross to have such knowledge, something like what Charlie has lived with. You know, Charlie said something once along those lines that made me think that Mary had to be immaculately conceived, and it is this: he mentioned how fatigued he could get after an intense visitation. Think, then, what it took to bear God in one’s womb for nine continuous months and to be forming the Body of the Son! Only someone immaculately conceived and sinless had any chance of surviving this, it seems to me.

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    • CrewDog says:

      For ALL of US worried about losing all our possessions in this life, it might be good to think about the verse that arrived in my E-mail Box today:

      Heartlight Daily Verse …. April 24 … 1 Peter 1:18-19

      You know that is was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.

      Thoughts on today’s verse:
      If value is determined by price, we are incredibly valuable. God took the most precious treasure of heaven to buy us out of sin and death and adopt us into his family. Silver and gold pale in comparison to that value.

      Prayer:
      Holy God, may I live today constantly aware of my inestimable value to you. May my words, thoughts and actions be permeated with a sense of worth. Not so that I may seem important but so that I may live in holiness and honor to your precious gift to me. Through him I pray. Amen. Visit heartlight.org for more

      GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • SteveBC says:

      Monica Joseph, I would suggest that if your choice to believe that the alleged apparitions at Medjugorje are not genuine stems from what you believe about the necessity of suffering and that none of the six are suffering (yet), that perhaps you need to rethink Time.

      As an example of timing that would not meet your criterion, note that Charlie did not suffer until 1997 when he agreed to take on his task, yet he had already had apparitions for decades (about 30 years) and was under spiritual direction for them. His major apparitions appear to have happened *before* he chose to take on his task with its concomitant suffering.

      I have met a man, an alcoholic, who went to Medjugorje a few years ago and had a personal vision which helped him greatly. So many people have reported similar helps. The fruits of this appear to be unreservedly positive. Popes have wished they could go there.

      Perhaps you should consider this: perhaps the cost these six alleged visionaries must pay is not to be paid until the events occur. Time is a tricky thing. Perhaps Mirjana’s reaction as Donna describes is only for the world, but it could just as easily include Mirjana’s own fate as well. Each of the six alleged visionaries has predictions in hand for themselves. And their lives have been forcibly moved into paths they would never have chosen the day prior to the first apparition. That is in and of itself a sacrifice.

      Perhaps your belief that suffering always comes with gifts is correct, but your human perception of time, of timing, and of cause and effect are too limited to see clearly here.

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      • charliej373 says:

        And also consider that you do not know what is in the interior of another. We just recently celebrated the feast of St. Bernadette. One of the chief complaints of her detractors was that she had not suffered. Turned out, to their shame, that she had suffered enormously for years from the disease that eventually killed her, but suffered without complaint and with cheer. We do not know such things and should not assume we do.

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        • donna says:

          you took the words right out of my mouth….scorned for not suffering, St Bernadette suffered greatly and they were shocked at how she hid her suffering for so long.

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          • vkmir3 says:

            I do remember that the visionary Vicka of Medjugorje has suffered greatly with, I believe, severe headaches and back pain, for which I also believe she may have had some surgery(ies), but always greets pilgrims with much joy and love. Another thought is that the Medjugorje visionaries have been living their lives since they were quite young with much opposition and threat from a communist government until the 1990s, along with rigorous psychological testing in the early years, through a brutal war in the early 1990s and now as they raise their families living under a magnifying glass, all the while trying to give their families as much normalcy as possible. I have not yet heard of any complaints concerning their lives from any of them, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened.

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          • Monica Joseph of the Blessed Sacrament, OCDS says:

            Yes, St. Bernadette did suffer, and she suffered from poor living conditions and asthma before Our Lady visited her. Being the mother of an asthmatic, I shudder to think of the suffering of not being able to breathe and living in cold conditions, which aggravate asthma. I believe St. Augustine was an asthmatic, also.

            And, actually, the issue of suffering is a more minor quibble about Medjugorie; you are correct. I do not have that kind of knowledge about each of them. Although, it seems some of them do a fair amount of international travel. I have more substantive reservations, as I mentioned. However, this is not the forum to explore those. I am comfortable letting the Church decide. I have friends who believe in their authenticity and have traveled or want to travel to Medjugorie. Good Catholics all, like many of you here. 🙂

            CrewDog…that was a great reflection. Thanks.

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  14. Jim M. says:

    “By the way, I loathe being called a prophet. ”

    Better to be called a prophet, than a loss.

    😉

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  15. As the first winds of that which you call the Storm begin to converge together across the world, even the forces of nature below the Earth will begin to act in unison. Eventually as the lights go out & the technology fails we will see our own fragility, this will stoke great fear & trembling to the usurpers who presently govern the nations. We will see them remove their masks & react impulsively in their decisions & actions. The Vile One will immediately take advantage because It goes against our fallen nature to be virtuous & trusting of Divine Providence under such extreme circumstances, but we must do exactly that. The Storm will not be just centred in the United States & Canada, it will be global & is already global. Neither will it be short, but of fair length as there is much for God to cleanse upon the Earth & in the hearts of man. He is granting to all of us to partake of it through virtue each in our own way, each within our own means & not beyond. Nonetheless we must still in humble obedience place ourselves in the hands of God who will see us through it all. Charlie, as you can see I do not question your authenticity nor your mission. I support it fully, may others do the same. Know that you have a friend who also has a mission to complete. When the Storm has seen its course & that which you call the Rescue has long been completed I hope that it is within the the will of God to afford me the opportunity to extend out to you an invitation to visit the place where I must go to fulfil the obligation that I must undertake. There I will shake your hand & give thanks to God for aiding & assisting some of the people that will have by then long since aided & assisted me at the proper time to complete my own obligation.

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  16. Marita says:

    Dear Charlie,

    Thank you for the advice about taking care of the elderly and infirmed and sticking with them no matter what. For the past five years I have been the full-time caregiver for my 94 year old mother, it’s the vocation God has chosen for me until he takes her, and I try my best not to fail her or Him. My older brothers and sisters help out to, but I live with her so the brunt of the responsibility is mine. God already told me years ago that “when you see everyone fleeing, you are to stay put.” Now I really understand why. If they come to get us I can’t be running down the street pushing my mom’s wheelchair as fast as I can to get away, no we have to sit and pray and if they come knocking at the door to take us, we will go with joyful praise of God on our lips. Although, I have to say that at times my mom and I can hardly stand to be around each other, because we’re almost always together 24/7, sometimes the thought of having to be imprisoned with her is too much to bear so maybe those people chasing us can just shoot me and I’ll gladly go home to the Lord. Oh but I guess mom will have to come as well. Hopefully we’ll get separate mansions. HEE Hee!

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    • Kim Johnston Hocutt says:

      Marita, this made me laugh and cry at the same time, God bless you and your Mother!

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    • Petra says:

      Marita, I also took care of my elderly mom who was disabled until she passed away earlier this year. I’m going to keep you and your mom in my prayers, because I found when someone was praying for me, I could feel it. I got a little more strength, patience, cheerfulness, and the ability to be more positive when someone was praying for me. I could actually tell the difference when someone (notably, my brother, and also a friend who was taking care of her own mother in law) was praying specifically for spiritual and temporal endurance for me in those circumstances.
      I also will pray you and your mom (and in general, for everyone here who is in a similar situation) will be given added protection and assistance in the troubled times and during the trouble that lies ahead. I too worried mightily how I would be able to take care of her during the Storm, or what we would do if we were ordered to evacuate, because she could not have endured it. I knew we would have to stay put. There really would have been no other option, unless the Lord showed me one as things unfolded.
      Occasionally, although I wasn’t sure it was alright, I asked God to please take her if she would suffer too mightily during the Storm, and although losing her has been more difficult that I ever imagined it would be, He did so. It has been a consolation of sorts to know she is safely home with Him.
      LOL when you said, “…sometimes the thought of having to be imprisoned with her is too much to bear so maybe those people chasing us can just shoot me and I’ll gladly go home to the Lord. Oh but I guess mom will have to come as well. Hopefully we’ll get separate mansions. ..” Been there; done that!!! 🙂
      I’m going to pray that the holy angels and Our Lady surround your home as a shield. (When I pray this, I often envision 2 giant angels, 100 ft. tall, each kneeling toward the house, one in front, and one in back, and bending over the roof toward each other, spreading their wings down and around the house, covering it with their bodies. And then I envision, the Blessed Mother as she appears as Our Lady of Grace, also 100 ft. tall, standing over them, her hands pointed down toward the house, showering her graces of protection on it.)
      If Our Lord has told you to stay put, He means to protect you, and so you can have confidence all will be well. God bless.

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      • Marita says:

        Dear Petra, What an awesome prayer!!! Thank you so much for your wonderful, comforting words. I am sorry about your mothers death, but at the same time I rejoice that she doesn’t have to go through the Storm. My mom is so fed up with this life, and she prays every day that the Lord takes her home. We lost my dad in 1973, and in 98 and 99 two of my brothers died very unexpectedly, and just this past December the oldest in the family, my brother Jim died after a short battle with cancer. She went downhill fast, but has since rebounded, much to her disappointment. I trust in the Lord completely and have no fear about what lies ahead for her, my family, or me. He is in control, and with Our Blessed Mother also at the helm, we can’t lose! God bless you!

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      • JG says:

        Very beautiful Petra. I agree one does feel the effects of prayers. I too understand what you went through and your prayers for your mom. I have been there and am still there. I too had the same prayers for my mom. Recently, I realize she’s still here to keep me grounded and to prove to me I do have heavenly help. She is still evangelizing by her daily fiat. Oh if only us busy bees could accept with grace, dignity and peace their daily crosses it would be a completely different world. Thanks Mom for being a good example. Ditto to Marita on the humor. We need to learn to laugh at ourselves more. God the Father has to have a tremendous sense of humor – after all aren’t we made in his image?
        God bless you Marita & Petra

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    • barb129 says:

      We’re dealing with similar issues Marita. My father is 94 and my mother is 91 and are housebound. I don’t live with them thankfully (though we’re only 3 houses away)! I know we can’t leave either because they could never live out in the wilderness. My dad is cold all the time even when his house is over 80 degrees! I can’t begin to tell you how much my husband and I want to be able to flee if things get bad but my husband always just says that we will probably just have to stay here and live community with our neighbors and family that stay.
      My parents both can’t understand why they are still here. My mother handles it well but my father has no faith and it makes it very difficult.(I just keep trusting in God’s Divine Mercy!) My husband and I do have bags ready in case something happens to my parents and we can flee but we also are preparing our home to stay as best we can. Fortunately all of our family lives nearby and we will probably just all band together when bad times come.

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      • Petra says:

        barb129: “…my father has no faith and it makes it very difficult.”
        After my mom’s stroke, I took care of both my mom and dad in their home. My dad was never a devout Catholic, but he always attended Mass, ever since we were kids. He never went to communion or confession and he didn’t sing or say the prayers out loud at Mass. I always thought he believed in God, but he seemed to have no relationship with Him. He was a good man, but I worried for his soul.
        In about 2002, I began to pray a prayer for my dad every night as I said my bedtime prayers. It was a prayer I found in the diary of St. Faustina’s book, Divine Mercy in my Soul Here’s what the passage says:
        “Call upon My mercy on behalf of sinners; I desire their salvation. When you say this prayer, with a contrite heart and with faith on behalf of some sinner, I will give him the grace of conversion. This is the prayer:
        O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of Mercy for us, I trust in You.”” [186]
        I would pray this prayer for my dad each night. I honestly didn’t worry too much about it, I was really trusting in God over this.
        In 2007 I took my dad to the ER for what turned out to be a G.I. bleed. They could not find the source of the bleeding, and gave him multiple transfusions. After about 7 days, the news was dire. The bleeding wasn’t stopping itself, and they only could offer as a last hope to use a colonoscope to find the source and cauterize it, or to remove his colon completely (which due to his age, 85, he probably wouldn’t have survived.) They discussed these options with us, and he was obviously shaken that he was probably going to die of this.
        We opted to try the colonoscopy and cauterization, and the next day when I walked into his hospital room in the morning, my dad, my strong and stoic dad, burst into tears! He blurted out, “I went to confession!!” I was floored!!! I sputtered, “wow, that’s great dad.” He told me a priest had come in to offer communion and after talking a bit, offered the opportunity for confession and my dad did it. After probably more than 50 years of not going. He received communion and the sacrament of the sick as well.
        The next day he had the colonoscopy, but they still could not find the source of the bleeding. But, much to everyone’s surprise, the day after that the bleeding stopped by itself. A few days later he came home.
        He was changed. At night we could hear him praying in bed, something I never heard him do all my life. He would pray many Our Father’s and Hail Mary’s. At Christmas we got word one of his grandnephews was being treated for a brain tumor. My dad told my brother, “Jesus told me to pray for a boy named Evan.” who was the sick boy. My dad never talked like that. We were surprised, and wondered what that meant, since he did know about Evan’s illness. (Evan recovered and is cancer free, and graduated from college with a degree in engineering a few years ago.)
        A year later in July 2008 my dad’s rheumatoid arthritis really began to flare up. He was given steroids, which didn’t help much. It was obvious the illness was taking it’s toll, and I once again took him to the doctor, who did tests and prescribed a different dose. One morning a week later he just wouldn’t come to full consciousness, although it was apparent he could hear us. He did take some juice and ate some applesauce we fed to him. As I was getting ready to take him to the hospital (he was sitting at the kitchen table), he suddenly exhaled in a long sigh, and just like that, he was gone. They said it was a heart attack.
        The date was August 2, 2007. It was exactly one year and one day since his G.I. bleed began. And in an even more surprising coincidence, St. Faustina had received that message and prayer from Our Lord on August 2, 1937, 70 years to the day of my dad’s death.
        I have always believed Our Lord gave my dad one extra year to do penance.
        barb129, pray this prayer for your dad (and any family member you fear for) and trust in God. God will give him the grace he needs to be saved.

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        • barb129 says:

          Thank you Petra for sharing this! What an amazing story! Would you believe that on Divine Mercy Sunday I was at church in the afternoon for Adoration and I was reading St. Faustina’s Diary and I read that very passage you just quoted to me?! I’ve been saying it since. Thank you for the confirmation!

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        • June1 says:

          I’m stunned by this incredible story. God is good! As the only practicing Catholic in a very hardheaded family (ha ha ha!), this hits home. All jokes aside, I will definitely be storming Heaven with that prayer, maybe even the full Chaplet of Divine Mercy? My family’s lack of belief has really been messing me up lately, permeating every aspect of my life and sending me into a deep depression. Maybe this is part of the answer? Thank you so much for sharing.

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        • Petra says:

          Sorry, I got the year wrong when St. Faustina was first given this prayer. It in 1934, not 1937.

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          • Petra says:

            Boy, did I ever mess up on the dates on my posting! My dad’s trip to the hospital for the G.I. bleed was Aug. 1, 2006. His arthritis flare up was in July 2007. He died Aug. 2, 2007. St. Faustina first mentions this prayer on Aug. 2, 1934, but after looking at it again, it’s not clear when she actually received it. My apologies.

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          • Mick says:

            Petra, that’s OK; it was still an awesome story. 🙂

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        • Mick says:

          Petra, thank you very much for sharing this story about your dad. It has given me hope that my dad will one day return to the Church through the prayers of my family.

          The Divine Mercy connection is astounding. On Divine Mercy Sunday in 2009, my son, Joseph, made his First Holy Communion at the Latin Mass parish in my diocese. My father, who has been away from the Sacraments since 1967, nonetheless attended the Mass. He was sitting in the pew behind me, and was sitting with Joseph’s godparents. After Mass, Joseph’s godmother approached me in tears, but with a huge smile on her face. “Did you see your dad? He said all of the Mass responses, in Latin, without a missal! And at Holy Communion [which he did not receive, by the way], he knelt the whole time and had tears streaming down his face!” I could hardly believe what she was telling me; but it filled my soul with joy that Jesus was touching my dad on Divine Mercy Sunday.

          Saint Faustina and St. John Paul the Great, you two giants of Divine Mercy, please pray for my father’s return to the Church and for everyone here (and their loved ones).

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          • barb129 says:

            I’ll add your dad to my prayer list Mick…it is heartbreaking to watch. My dad is 94 and so angry. =(

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          • Petra says:

            Mick – Wow! Tears streaming down his face! That sounds like a man that loves God very, very much, and misses Him very much. Wouldn’t it be great if he could find a parish near him to go to a Traditional Latin Mass on Sunday? It might be the Novo Ordo changes that made him stop going.
            Your story reminds me never, ever to judge the state of someone’s soul, because we can never really know (unless they express horrific blasphemous things about God, I guess) if they are a smoldering wick, or a bruised reed, and at the right moment, in God’s time, He will heal them. But we always need to pray for them, so they receive the graces they need to make the leap back into His arms possible. I’ll pray for your dad. He sounds like a good man.

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          • Mick says:

            Thanks, Barb. I’ve added your dad to my territory of souls; so he will be included in all of my prayers from now on. And I have an encouraging story for you.

            Last night, we had some friends over, and they told the story of their friend whom I’ll call Wilma. Wilma’s elderly father (let’s call him Hugo) has been angry and hostile toward Christianity his whole life. Wilma became Catholic decades ago, but that didn’t soften up Hugo. Very recently, Hugo became ill; and within a few days it became clear that he was dying. So Wilma’s husband went out on a limb and asked Hugo if he’d like to be blessed with some holy water. He surprised them by saying yes. A few minutes after the holy water, Hugo stunned his family by asking for a priest! Wilma called their pastor, who hightailed it over to the hospital. After talking to Hugo briefly, Father asked Hugo if he would like to be baptized. He said yes! He was baptized, confirmed, and given the anointing of the sick. Almost immediately after the anointing, he lost consciousness. It’s only a matter of time until he dies, but he’s going to die a Catholic Christian.

            So, be of good hope regarding your dad. If God could reach Hugo (and St. Paul, and St. Dismas, and St. Augustine. and…), then he can surely reach your dad–and mine. God bless you and yours.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Who knows what people see when death approaches? When I lived in Belleville, Illinois, my neighbors downstairs were an elderly black couple, Odell and Miss Billie. We had become great friends. He was diagnosed with terminal cancer right around Christmas one year. For any who have dealt with a terminal loved one, besides the grief there is the fatigue you suffer from always being on edge. I frequently would go downstairs and watch TV with him so Miss Billie could take care of errands and get a little time away, too. He loved old westerns…John Wayne, Gary Cooper and such. I did, too…as I used to watch them as a little boy with my paternal grandfather on Saturday mornings a lot. We all talked religion at times, but only generically so.

            One day, Miss Billie knocked on my door, her face uncharacteristically befuddled. “Mr. Charlie,” she said (that is what she insisted on calling me), “Could you get a Catholic Priest to come see Odell.” I told her sure, but asked why. She said he had insisted that if he was going to die, he wanted to die in the “true Church,” and he was convinced that was the Catholic Church. I was surprised and asked her was there any Catholicism in his family. That was why she was befuddled. There was none, but he had insisted out of the clear blue that this was what he wanted. So I got him a priest, who gave him last rites and blessing. Everything happened too fast for him to be buried in the Catholic Church. I was asked to speak at his funeral – at a Baptist Church in a terribly blighted area of E. St. Louis. I nearly cried at what they had done for Odell. His desire to convert baffled his Baptist family, and they weren’t sure how Catholics did this – but draped over his casket was a St. Christopher medal and a Rosary had been put in his hands. Such tender mercy and respect for a beloved one of their own.

            God knows…we do not.

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          • Mick says:

            Petra, thanks for your prayers for my dad. He is a prince among men. He and my mom were married for 41 years, the last 20 years of which he was her caretaker after she had an incapacitating stroke at the age of 49 (a non-Catholic, she entered the Church a decade before she died). My mom was divorced with two young boys when my parents got married. My dad adopted the boys. Dad and Mom weren’t married in the Church; but they took us kids to Mass (without themselves receiving Holy Communion, of course) every Sunday until I was in the 6th grade, when one Sunday after Mass, somebody confronted my dad and said, “I have learned that you weren’t married in the Church, so your family isn’t welcome here.” We never went back. But he always comes to Mass when one of my kids is receiving a sacrament.

            You’re right… my dad loves God very much, and his belief in the Holy Eucharist is strong. But he is a very bruised reed.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Pray for the poor, malicious soul who bruised the tender reed of your father’s heart, Mick. How hideous. But then again, Jesus would be ejected from many modern churches if He came incognito – and Mary Magdalene…don’t even get me started.

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          • Mick says:

            Oh, Charlie, now I have tears in my eyes. What a touching story. Mr. Odell, please pray for us all.

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          • barb129 says:

            Thank you Mick!!
            Another story I have is that my dad was married prior to being married to my mother and he had a son who was 15 years older than me. My dad was raised Lutheran and so was my older half-brother. Eight years ago this brother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, stage 4. He lived about 700 miles away from us so we didn’t see him often but about 7 weeks before he died, some of our family went down to see him. I had been praying the Divine Mercy chaplet and the rosary for him through his illness. Several weeks after we were back home, he asked my youngest brother by email for directions on how to say the rosary. We were thrilled. When he died, my sister-in-law asked us if we wanted our rosary back. She said that after we had left after visiting him, there was a beautiful crystal rosary hanging on his bedpost and they thought we had left it. I hadn’t and we asked everyone in the family who had gone with us and none of us had left the rosary. When we went to his funeral, I walked up to his opened casket and he was holding the rosary. My sister-in-law decided to have him buried with it. I was stunned. It was a beautiful expensive rosary, not a cheap one. I felt like it was the answer to my prayers…that our dear Blessed Mother and Lord were telling me that my brother’s soul was in a good place.
            We never did figure out where the rosary came from but I would like to think our dear Blessed Mother left it there herself. =)

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          • barb129 says:

            Oh Mick! I’m so sad that someone said that to your parents! How awful! My parents were not married in the Church either because my father was divorced. My mother faithfully took us all to Mass every Sunday and Holy Day but never went to communion either. My mother was never told she wasn’t welcome there and the pastor knew our situation. Five years ago my dad’s ex-wife died (my dad was 89 and my mom was 85). I asked Mom several months later if she would like to get married in the Church but she was nervous about asking the priest so I took care of it, getting all the necessary paperwork and such. Our pastor was wonderful about it. Three weeks later, my mother went to confession for the first time in 56 years and then we went to the Saturday Vigil Mass where she received the Eucharist for the first time in 56 years. My siblings and all of our children were there and we all cried for the joy of it! None of us had ever seen our mother go to Communion and we knew how she longed to. After Mass, Father married my parents in the Church. That was one of the happiest days of my life.
            God, have mercy on the soul of the person who told your parents they weren’t welcome…what a horrible thing to do.

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          • A Quiet Person says:

            Hi Mick. There must be a good reason why all of these moving stories are being shared with you now . . . to help you keep that hope. Here’s my story of hope for you. My family bought into a lot of the 60’s stuff and let’s just say it did not work out well for us. I am the only person who came back to the Catholic Church. Several years ago my mom had a massive stroke and in that last week of her life it was like we were moving in slow-motion to the rhythm of a very sad yet beautiful tune. Things, big and little just kept falling into place in ways we never could have anticipated let alone planned. The Lord was so clearly directing that tune. On her last day, I was by her bedside praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. In the middle of it she gently passed away. What exquisite timing and how reassuring. I will join my prayers with the others for you and your dad.

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          • charliej373 says:

            I misted up with tears over this, Quiet. The last week of my Mother’s life was amazing. Almost everyone who was witness to it came away with their faith profoundly deepened. I sang her to sleep on the night she died. God bless you and keep you.

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          • Mick says:

            Charlie, thanks so much for suggesting that I pray for the person whose comments drove my father from the Church. It’s weird: in all the years that I’ve been praying for my father, it never even occurred to me to pray for the “perp.” I don’t know why not, because I’ve prayed for lots of bad people and mean people and rude people in my lifetime. So, thanks for the prodding. I’ll add that person to my territory of souls right now.

            By the way, myy dad and I also love old westerns. He, my brothers, and I would watch all the old movies and series (Rawhide, the Virginian, Bonanza, etc.) over the weekend when I was a kid. Just a couple of weeks ago, Dad and I watched Hondo when my family was hanging out at his house after Sunday Mass. Kind of sappy, but a fun movie nonetheless.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ha, my mother had the biggest lifelong crush for Hoss on Bonanza. My Dad did not mind, so long as she didn’t mind his crush on some blonde bombshell whose name I forget (Obviously, she did not much impress me).

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  17. Dorothy W says:

    Dear Charlie, yes you are a prophet. I always thought of a prophet as a witness or a watchman. You certainly are that.
    I like your title since as of my recent birthday I was told I am technically “elderly”. Don’t feel like it though.
    A sentence or two from Mary’s message from April 25, 1992 in Medugorje during the war “therefore little children pray and by your life give witness that you are mine and that you belong to me because, in these turbulent days, Satan wishes to seduce as many souls as possible. Therefore, I call you to decide for God, and He will protect you and show you what you should do and which path to take”. I don’t know what will come but I will trust that God and His mother will show me the way.

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    • Ed Allison says:

      ” I was told I am technically “elderly”. Don’t feel like it though.”

      Dorothy, this made me smile. I was at Lowes over the weekend getting things for the garden. I had bags of topsoil, a big bag of peat moss, and some lumber to rebuild a raised bed. The woman at the register asked if I was going to need any help loading all this stuff in my car. I said, “No thanks. I only look old.” She laughed, which was my intent. I take great pleasure in getting a clerk or cashier to smile or laugh. I hope it brightens their day.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Ha, Ed! My paternal grandmother once was telling me about her bizarre experience at a family reunion. She said she looked around and wondered, “Who are all these old men and women here?” She was startled to realize a bunch of them were her kids. In a piece of wry wisdom she told me that “Getting old isn’t so bad. Shoot, you can say whatever you want and people just have to take it because you’re old. But it is hell to watch your kids get old.”

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        • Ed Allison says:

          Charlie, years ago, when my father was first going into an assisted living facility (he had a debilitating stroke 10 years before that), he was very nervous. I tried to reassure him. I told him that he would have lots of new friends to tell his life’s story to, which is something he loved to do. Then I added….. And you can tell them all again tomorrow, because they won’t remember that you already told them!

          I also have a good friend at work, who constantly says,
          “Don’t get old. There’s no future in it.”

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      • Mick says:

        Ed, way to go with “being a sign of hope to those around you.” 🙂

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  18. A. Nonny Mouse says:

    Charlie, when I read the title of this post, I thought, at last, he has some words of advice for people like me, who aren’t able to walk out of their houses and away, at least not far enough to get out of danger. Maybe a quarter mile through suburban, well-sidewalked areas? Alas, I got fooled. Unless I completely misread what you were writing. I went further and discovered you weren’t talking to us, the incurably ill, who are physically and financially unable to move to another area, whose children have all but one moved far away, who live in a neighborhood which is increasingly unsafe (“Drugtown” and a mosque within half a mile of us) and who don’t even go to Mass in the same county they live in. You were still talking to the able.
    In a way I’m just pulling your chain; I don’t mind being the elderly, ill, and endangered, if it were just me, but it’s not. I borrowed a lot of money, almost half on behalf of my children, from my sister, against her house. If I don’t repay, she could lose her house, and she’s much younger than I am, so that matters, so I can’t die till I’ve repaid her, which depending on what happens to the economy, I may or may not be able to do. Well, you can say this for it, it’s a situation calculated to build your faith by making you depend completely on God, because it surely is just about hopeless from a human point of view.
    BTW thanks for including the link to Mark Mallett. His also is a situation calculated to build one’s faith thru adversity. I’ve been appreciating him for years.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I wish I had something more comforting to give you, Nonny.

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    • Petra says:

      Nonny, pray that God will send someone to rescue you. Pray, if it’s His will, some neighbor or good person (a pastor?) or someone will come by and offer you a ride or assistance to a place of safety. And surely your child who still lives nearby will come to help if they are able. You too can get a bag prepared with things that are essential to you (maybe a small rolling suitcase with a handle), and have sturdy shoes and very warm clothes (flannel lined pants, thermal underwear, thermal jacket, wool hat and gloves) to wear. If you are ready to go, you could go. If God wants you to stay, you will stay, and be okay.
      God will also take care of your material needs too. He is aware of your trials. Hang on.

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    • NancyA says:

      Nonny, depending on what happens to the economy, your sister might not need repayment. And you might very well find that you don’t need to flee. Trust. I cannot afford to buy the suggested items, and don’t feel at all called to prepare in that sort of way. I just trust that I will be able to do what God intends for me. Be prudent, practical and prayerful. You’ll be ok. Or… maybe you will suffer, or maybe called to God. It’s all according to HIS Will, and our cooperation. God bless you.

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    • marghfi says:

      Nonny, God is with us and He will take care of each one of us in the way we most need Him to. He is calling us to trust in Him completely. We must surrender to Him, even though our situation seems impossible. He will not abandon us. We must believe this truth with every fiber of our being, even though we feel so weak. You are in my prayers.

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  19. Julee says:

    I know I’ve mentioned this several times before, but my son is severely disabled (and seriously cute). He doesn’t walk or talk and is g-tube fed. From his first day he’s been the light of our lives, a source of joy that I can’t adequately describe. He recently turned seventeen and while we’ve had wonderful teachers and therapists come into our lives, my husband and I have pretty much been alone in caring for him. It’s an isolating life but that’s okay because in putting him first and embracing him as a blessing rather than a burden, we’ve been able to shed many of the unimportant trappings of today’s society. This, however, has given us a perspective that isn’t easily understood by others. Both my husband and I were raised in close-knit families, but with the exception of my mom and dad when they were still alive, no one in our extended family has ever learned how to interact or care for our son. They love him and give my husband and me tons of praise, but have wrongly concluded we’re saints and they could never do what we do, even in a supportive role. In other words, they think we’re great, but it’s not for them and they leave us to it. This extends to us taking care of my learning disabled older brother who needs assistance on a daily basis. So, I guess what I’m trying to say, is that it will be a miracle, indeed, if people end up supporting us with hands-on help during the storm, rather than leaving us to fend for ourselves, even if they are able to do so without neglecting their own immediate family. I say this because, in seventeen years, very few people have gotten involved in a meaningful way even when they could have done so. Perhaps this was God’s will for our personal growth, I don’t know. It just seems to me that if people are running scared, it would be even less likely for them to lend a helping hand, except through God’s grace. I hope I’ll be blessed to witness these ordinary miracles, just as I pray I can do my part. My plan is to prudently plan, pray, take each day at a time and trust in God for the rest. While it isn’t impossible for us to at least “bug out” to our cabin in the mountains, we have other people depending on us, too, and like everyone else will have to pray and discern God’s will. If my son is martyred and I’m still alive, it could very well drive me close to despair. I know we’re not going to get a “pass” in this and it’s a sobering thought. No matter what happens, I’ll do my best to be a sign of hope, but it would be naive to think there won’t be sorrow. Thanks for all your posts, Charlie. I wished I believed you were just another crackpot, but I don’t….

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    • charliej373 says:

      I know the fear, Julee. I can see to the heart of people many times – and often to where they are headed long before they get there. But some people (including most priests) are hidden from me. To my great fear, my son was hidden from me when he was young. Before he ever had a clue about my situation when he was in his early teens, he had one dream that was striking to him – so striking he said he was not really sure it was a dream As it turned out, it matched up almost perfectly with a vision I had some three decades earlier when I was a child myself. The big difference was that, at the end, when the light came out of the heavens, I had to stay in the house for a time, but in his dream he was taken up into the heavens by it. It terrified me, I thought it meant he would be taken from me. I groaned in agony, telling God that I had withheld nothing else…yeah, I had been contentious, but I had accepted everything else – but I could not bear this. Give me an answer. Nothing came. My son remained a book closed to all but my natural senses. Finally, after some years, I bitterly said if this, too, was demanded, I would live my duty so as to be rejoined in heaven with him and the others I loved, but that my life would be an unending misery and that I would appreciate being given death as soon as my work was finished. Then I had the vision of the Shrine. I was taken down into it on the day of its dedication. I was so mesmerized by it that I did not recognize the significance of some of the details. One was that a priest I knew presided over its dedication. I was amused because his nearly black hair was almost snowy white when he celebrated the dedication. It was at Mass one day when I was thinking about it that I realized the significance of it. Looking at my son, I thought how handsome and rugged he would look when he would be at the Shrine. Then I realized the significance of that. I had chosen my confirmation name of Abraham very well, indeed.

      My point is that God can be demanding. I saw nothing concerning my son until I fully put him in God’s hands, as well as all other things. It is hard. God bless you, Julee. I will pray for you and your family that you will get what you need and find joy.

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      • Julee says:

        Charlie, thank you for sharing your experience and for your prayers! I’m happy you finally envisioned your son at the shrine! Due to uncontrolled seizures, I live with the knowledge God may take my son any time, but I can’t say I’m prepared. I’m especially not prepared for martyrdom due to whatever events are in store for us in this storm. My faith tells me to surrender him to God and accept his will as best, but my heart flutters. I’ve given my “yes” regarding my desire to do God’s will, but I’m nervous about what that means. I hope God understands.

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        • Petra says:

          Julee: Whenever I see I post from you I read it with great care, because from the first time I read a comment from you I could relate in a small way to what you endure each day, and the mixture of sorrow and joy that goes with caring for a disabled person, and the worry and fear of facing a society in turmoil and how it would impact you and your son’s medical needs. My heart goes out to you so very much. You write so beautifully, and with such patience and control, but I hear the agony amidst the joy of what you are living. Praise and admiration but no physical help from family members doesn’t go very far when you are caring for someone with such great physical needs.

          It is easy for me to say at a distance for you to trust God, but it is essential you practice this. I recall He told you to immerse your son in His Sacred Heart. Keep doing that, and yourself as well.

          Julee, in God’s view life and death are not impediments to His Will. He holds you while you are on earth and embraces you at death. There is no difference or gap. How can I tell you what I mean?

          What use is it for a small child to fret mommy and daddy will forget when the first day of school is? Or will forget to buy food? Or will forget he has outgrown his boots and needs new ones? Children do not worry about these things, especially if they have good and loving parents. They trust the parent is looking out for them. God is that parent to us.

          We grow up and we know God ups the ante, so to speak, and expects us to work to build structures in our life we live within, all within His commandments. He sometimes appears to leave us on our own, and it is grueling, because we become scared children who think He has forgotten about us, and what we need, and is leaving us totally to our own devices. We are so wrong, because if we look back at our past, we see by some miracle we came to be where we are today, and we never planned it out, or conceived it ourselves.

          You were given a child who needs extensive care. But He has made caring for him possible up to this day. He will make it possible again tomorrow. And the next day.

          I don’t know the future. I myself have been challenged in this past year to move to a deeper level of trust, and to have to give up my expectations of how I hoped my future would be. Sometimes against my own will I say, “God, please grant such and such, yet not mine but Thy Will be done.” and mean it. I want God’s will, even if in human terms it looks like disaster. It’s a hard leap to make, I find it very hard. But I know, I KNOW, His will is perfect, and I have to believe He knows what is best. He has guided me to safety in the past, and I believe He will in the future. Yikes! Trust is the issue. Jesus, I trust in You.

          Julee, I especially will keep you, your husband, your son and your brother in my prayers. I feel a spiritual kinship to you. I will try to support you with prayers, so you may endure. God bless.

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          • Julee says:

            Oh, Petra, thank you for your prayers! Your advice and encouragement is comforting and brought tears to my eyes. You’re right, God has already provided for us and will continue to provide according to his will and it’s up to us to trust and do our best to cooperate no matter what our circumstances are. God bless and I will be praying for you, too.

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        • JG says:

          Julee,
          May God continue to hold you in the hallow of his hands. How can one say something more beautiful to you than Petra. While reading your post I had the words so often spoken by St. JPII “Be not afraid” float in my head. He warned us that some would be called to be martyrs and strongly encouraged us to frequent the sacraments especially confession.

          In the book the “Song of the Scaffold” the Carmelite sisters of Compiegne were advised by the mother superior to pray for the gift of martyrdom. The sisters were horrified but obedient. Martyrdom is a scary thing to think about but the mother superior said to pray for the gift . Their bloody sacrifice ended the reign of terror.

          The priest who comes and gives my mom the Eucharist said he’d loved to be a martyr. Shockingly I said,” But what about us? We need you to bring us Jesus. Martyrdom is scary. Hopefully your martyrdom is that you will not be given this gift so you can feed us with the Word of God and the Eucharist” ( yes very selfish of me) He said,” Don’t be afraid- martyrdom isn’t so bad- you bypass Purgatory and you know you made it to Heaven”. Hmm, guess when you look at it that way it isn’t so bad. I’m a whimp when it comes to pain. Now I find myself focusing less on my own concerns and now focus on doing my job and trying my best to live in the present moment. I’m trying to put those concerns into prayers for those suffering persecution now from radical Islam. My prayer is for them is to be given the grace of final perseverance and charity to forgive their persecutors. What could be more horrible in this world than in the end of ones life to forsake Jesus and lose ones soul? What happens here is just our journey to get “there”for truly we are just strangers and sojourners.
          You as well as all who are in the same boat are in my prayers.

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          • Julee says:

            Thank you JG! I appreciate your prayers and kind words. Setting aside our worries about tomorrow in favor of praying for those in dire need today is a wonderfully charitable practice! Many blessings to you.

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    • A Quiet Person says:

      Julee, I am a teacher of high school kids who have similar challenges as your son. Sadly some of the parents have expressed the exact same feelings as you – that their extended families love their children but when it comes to actual hands-on help they are not there. It is a challenge being a teacher but it pales in comparison to what I imagine it is to be a parent of a child with special needs. I do not think anyone has wrongly concluded that you and your husband are saints. I think you probably are saints now, or at least close enough so that your halos are being fitted for you even as you read this! I am also the mother of two teenagers and at the top of my list of many concerns is that they persevere in the Faith. I am trusting in the Lord’s mercy, we have all been consecrated to Mary, I pray and pray and pray. But as Charlie said in one of his posts . . . we are not in Heaven until . . . we are in Heaven. No matter what the Storm brings to us, your son though has a more direct line to Heaven than most of us. I think the same about my students. I am reminded every day that I am most certainly looking at future residents of Heaven. No doubt this has occurred to you many times as well but I just wanted you to be reminded of it. In the meantime, please be assured of my prayers and in some way I hope you can lean on that.

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      • Julee says:

        A Quiet Person, thank you so much for reaching out to me. Your words reminded me of the same thing a Sister of Mercy told me on my way into church one day. She said I didn’t need to worry because my son is blessed and his place is assured in heaven. In that sense, as a Catholic mom, my job is easy because I don’t have to agonize over the most important thing of all. In fact, I think the roles have been reversed and it’s been his job to teach my husband and me how to rely on God and grow in faith for the salvation of our own souls. I’m so glad God entrusted him to us to love and cherish and to tell the world his life is worth living. Thank you for the work you do and I will be praying for you and your family.

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  20. Anne says:

    Thank you to all for exposing yourselves in honest sharing . Thank you all.
    I am especially touched as Charlie has expressed earlier with Mallett’s latest.Raw honesty ….a sure indication of Mark’ s humility….. A willingness to give his all …. Asure sign of hope to others.May we not forget to open our hearts to him and his family in anyway way we can ……prayers, finance.
    Thy kingdom come.

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  21. Alphonsus says:

    The most forlorn and without a sense of hope are the 20 somethings. The very people who command all the powers of grown up youth. They are the strongest with the quickest minds and greatest reproductive energies. Yet, during their short lives so far they have seen nothing to give them hope for their future. They have been enormously abused spiritually and mentally. When you run into one of them, keep in mind that the majority of them want to be good, to do good, and to fulfill their destinies. They simply don’t know how to get there and they don’t know anybody they trust who can teach them.

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    • Mike S. says:

      Alphonsus – your comment perfectly describes my younger daughter. Studies indicate that the Millennial generation began rejecting religion during their teens, perhaps due to the sex abuse scandals but also because their Boomer and Gen-X parents didn’t have that much faith to pass on to them.

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    • SteveBC says:

      Alphonsus and Mike S., I’m sorry to hear your experience with Millennials. All is not lost. My two nephews and my niece are among the happiest, most enthused people I know, as are many of the millennials here in my village. One of my same-age friends here has named the entire crew of these kids the “Young Americans” because they are often best viewed as such a cohesive group, and happy and enthused in all things. They are amazing and will be a great source of help for all us older folks when times go really bad.

      They are the equivalent of the Hero Generation that fought in World War 2. My belief is that they have a sense of what their lives will mostly be like after the Storm. We Boomers have grown up knowing in our hearts that we would eventually experience privation, loss, and penury in our old age. The Millennials I know seem to be able inside to look past the few years of the Storm to the world to come, in which they will spend most of their lives, and that feeds their optimistic outlook.

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  22. June1 says:

    Oh, my gosh… Marita’s comment up there about if “they come knocking at the door to take us” just jolted me because I suddenly remembered that I have had four dreams about martyrdom over the past three years and in two of them, martial law/mass extermination/re-education was being imposed on cities. I actually posted both of these on Pelianito’s blog and shared with everyone and now, if it’s all right, I would like to share with you. Here are the dreams that I have saved in my e-mail inbox:

    “April 30, 2012
    I had a terrifying dream last night. I dreamed that some sort of martial law had come into effect in my city, but it seemed more than that; it was an extermination. Our police officers were nothing more than SS officers. They were making everyone line up and if they felt like you were doing something they didn’t like (argue with them, look at someone the wrong way), they would shoot you on the spot. I was in the midst of this. I had been part of a group but then I ended up separating from them and trying to find a safer spot. The next thing I know, I’m approaching a church and I suddenly turn into the priest there. There were very few people in there, praying (less than ten). The only thing on my mind was that we were all about to be martyred. Terror filled me, but only because I felt I wasn’t right with Jesus. I wanted confession so badly but it was too late. The only thing I could do was beg Him to have mercy. I was practically screaming under my breath, “Jesus, please! I’m so sorry. Please, Lord. Please, God. Let me enter Your Kingdom. Jesus, PLEASE!” I went into the backyard of the church and there were three soldiers in a truck with their leader, I guess. They were laughing at me and yelling that I was going to die. I wanted some sort of blessed object to have on me, but couldn’t find a single crucifix. The only thing that was hanging on a clothesline outside was some sort of cloth with a religious saying on it (couldn’t make out what it said exactly). I grabbed it and tied it around my head, Japanese-style. As the men drove closer to me, pistols pointing at me, I thought to myself, I should run, that way they shoot me and this is all over with quickly (I was afraid of being tortured). I managed to make the sign of the cross before I took off, and then I felt a bullet hit me in the left hip, but no pain. I remembered being kind of frustrated that it was taking so long. They weren’t accurate and missed.”

    “August 15, 2014
    Dream last night. So vivid… I dreamed that martial law was imposed in all of North America and NO ONE was allowed to leave the U.S. and Canada. More than that, though, a sort of reprogramming campaign was started where people were being rounded up and kidnapped off the streets, then injected with something that basically erased who they were, changed their DNA, erased their souls, and made them subject/zombies/slaves to the government (sound familiar? Oh, Lord…). In the dream, my husband had been injected and I was sort of playing along to avoid suspicion but there was a moment where I said I had to use the bathroom, went in, and wept desperately and prayed to Jesus for strength because I knew I was facing martyrdom shortly. I was going to go down kicking and screaming rather than accept that injection. What a terrifying feeling, knowing the end is near.”

    Has anyone else had similar dreams??

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    • charliej373 says:

      In times of great turmoil, June, these are pretty common atavistic type dreams. That is not to say they are not meaningful. We also have a surplus of apocalyptic type movies being made today. A commenter the other day made the canny observation that, whatever people say, the art of their time reflects both their deepest fears and greatest hopes. I think, like animals in the forest before an earthquake, we feel it coming before we recognize it – and that fills us with dread. The dread has become deeply worldwide and now barely below the surface. But we here know to what we are called – and I have great confidence that people are going to live their calling with noble steadfastness, honor and faith.

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      • CrewDog says:

        Firstly! Just ’cause I’m paranoid doesn’t mean that THEY are not all out to get me!! 😉
        I find the talk of dreams and Doomsday Media interesting. Dreams can be explained away but all the “apocalyptic type movies” …. Now!? I remember reading a year or so ago a Blogger thinking these movies/media were part of a “Set-Up” to get the populace thinking Hard Times, Declining Standards of Living or Catastrophe are the New Norm and only in The Government, strict obedience thereto, will one find Salvation. The 20th Century provided ample proof of the power of State Controlled Propaganda. Does anyone doubt here that Hollywood, ABCNNBCBS-NPR and most cable companies have become nothing but mouthpieces for the Far Left Big Government Agenda … & ALL that that entails …. and why they loath and disparage Talk Radio, the Internet and the few bright spots Out-There like FOX and The Blaze Networks … and why they scheme, constantly, to control or destroy same! Considering the past 20 years I’ve come to believe just about any $#@&*^ Thing ;-( …….. Below is another example that tells me that the “Fix is In”:
        http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/04/23/exclusive-empirical-vote-data-shows-democrats-still-control-us-senate-harry-reids-office-rejoices/
        GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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        • Patricia says:

          “Just ’cause I’m paranoid doesn’t mean that THEY are not all out to get me!!”
          Love that line Crew Dog. My husband often mentions that I am paranoid and yet he does not know the half of what I think is happening and will happen. But I am going to use this line from now on – and with friends and family that say the same to me!!
          I forget where the following comment belongs but I will put it here: I am trying my best to constantly remind myself that God does have our back. While making coffee this morning and saying the rosary at the same time, it occurred to me that if I look back on my life, God ALWAYS took care of me IF I LET HIM. Yes, I had to suffer the results of bad decisions but when I prayed and asked for help and/or to do my daily duty, He always took care of me and my family in His own way and time. Frankly, it cured my anxiety (for today).

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    • SteveBC says:

      June1, you should consider the idea that these are not dreams about you.

      In the 100 days before 9/11/2001, I had 90 nights where I dreamed for hours about being in desert warfare. One side had a few Marines and other US personnel. They wore desert robes. The other side were men also wearing desert robes. The warfare was in a desert area with occasional scrub trees. I would literally dream these scenes all night. On the Sunday 9/9, I awoke with a terrible feeling of impending disaster. Then it dissipated and the dreams stopped. Then the planes hit the Towers on 9/11.

      When Bush sent advisors and special forces into Afghanistan, I realized that that was what I had been dreaming about of the previous 3 months or more. It had nothing to do with me per se, but I had picked up the “vibe” of the time and the major change that was coming to the world.

      I had several dreams before the Iraq War, one of which was of the US forces entering Baghdad very quickly after the initiation of the invasion. As our forces motored down a main street into Baghdad, I saw the road lined with Iraqis. I realized that about a third of the Iraqis were ecstatic that we were there, another third were not sure and feeling very mixed feelings, and a third were very angry. Then I looked up into a dark window on the second floor of a building and *knew* that a deeply evil man, a true Man of Darkness, was in there looking down and plotting to do great harm against us, without mercy. (I later figured tentatively that this man was Zarqawi, the man who founded what is now ISIS.) When Rumsfeld called the first bombers “bitter-enders” I knew he was very wrong and that conditions would get terrible. And they did. But none of those several dreams were about me.

      June1, it is possible to be “sensitive” to what is coming for all, or for others, or for oneself. It can be very difficult if not impossible to tell who such a dream applies to or to understand the significance or meaning of such a dream. For those like you who can have these dreams and remember them, you can consider that you are both open and strong enough to have them. Most people suppress such dreams. Just remember that they may be dreams that are picking up general themes and not specific to you. You can remain open to them and witness to what may come, or you can pray to have such dreams tamped down so you no longer have them.

      I must note that I have not yet begun to have dreams I would associate with the Collapse. Something so powerful and general in impact would normally trigger dreams for me beforehand. Either the time to the Collapse is more than a couple months, or the Collapse is so horrific even I am suppressing such dreams, or there is no Collapse coming after all. We will see.

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      • kathy kalina says:

        I vote for option number 1. This is great – when your dreams start, we’re about 90 days out from collapse. You can be our canary in the coal mine! 🙂

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        • SteveBC says:

          A not very dependable canary, I think. 🙂 All of us tend to suppress knowledge of what is coming when it directly affects us. It’s for our protection, I believe, since most of the time we need the lessons associated with tough times, and if we had warning to turn away, we risk losing those lessons. What is coming falls into that camp for all of us, I suspect. So we get help from folks like Charlie and Mark Mallett not on how to avoid the tough time but how to go through the tough time with grace. Nothing I might pass along holds a candle to what they are providing for us.

          However, if I do start getting such dreams I’ll consider passing a few on, as people occasionally do here, always letting Charlie or Kim take a look at them first.

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      • June1 says:

        Thank you all for giving your two cents about my dreams. 🙂 I feel like I must tell you, though, that the other two dreams of martyrdom that I mentioned but did not post here had a much different tone. In those dreams, I was not terrified and panicky because God was giving me grace and strength to joyfully stand up for Him, for the faith. It was incredible to “experience.” Here is one of them I think you guys would like. Kind of lines up with our times and accepting sin as part of our everyday/treating rejection of sin as “intolerance.”

        “August 14, 2012
        I dreamed that I found myself about to participate in some kind of pagan ceremony. There was a pretty white statue of a goddess and people were lined up in two rows in front of it. All we had to do was kneel or bow down and lay a couple of flowers at the statue’s feet. There was such an air of “no big deal” about it. Those in charge gave off the impression that it was nothing, just a little token and that we wouldn’t be selling our souls by doing it. The moment it was my turn to lay my tiny bouquet of dried flowers down, I hesitated and a voice in my head let me know it was now or never, that this would be the moment of my damnation or redemption. Praise God, I made the choice to throw the flowers aside and say out loud, “No.” IMMEDIATELY, some of the higher-ups descended upon me and without hesitation, told me I would be taken away to be hanged. One person approached me and said something like, “You’re willing to lose your life for THIS?” He was holding up some sort of round medallion but thinking about it now, I’m sure it was the Blessed Eucharist because the moment I saw it, I became euphoric, dropped to my knees and said “That is the Sun!” (Son? 😉 ) Those around me grumbled and were disappointed. They grabbed me by the shoulders, stood me up and started to march me off to die. There was only part of me that was scared and sad this was the end, but I was miraculously sustained by God to continue giving glory to Him and to even be excited about my sacrifice.”

        Whether or not I may actually face this in the future, I will be praying to the martyrs and Our Lord to give me the supernatural grace to NEVER reject Him or let Him down if and when my hour of decision arrives. Even if nothing drastic like someone threatening my life for my belief in God happens, there are constant moments DAILY when we have to choose between good or evil, like maybe laughing and nodding along to a blasphemous joke someone tells, for example–little things like that that may seem innocuous but they really aren’t… they will mark your soul.

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        • SteveBC says:

          Thank you, June1. This dream has a good lesson for all of us. I’ll be trying to be more conscious of such moments in the future.

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    • Marita says:

      Hi June,
      Back in 1978 I was a freshman at a Catholic high school and had a Religion teacher who was in the charismatic renewal and through her I came back into a close relationship with Jesus and back to Church in general. After going through the Life in the Spirit Seminars I started having dreams about being arrested because of my faith and locked up. Some of the dreams the soldiers were German SS, some of the dreams they were Roman soldiers, and still others they were Asian or Hispanic soldiers. I had those type of dreams off and on through the 90’s. I haven’t had any of those in years about me being arrested, but I did have a few dreams within the last few years about Chinese soldiers arresting my family members while they couldn’t find me. They were trying to draw me out into the open to see if I would go looking for my family, but the Lord was telling me to stay hidden, so I have no idea if any of these things are prophetic, but I will be prepared for the worst.
      On another dream note I have had dreams of nuclear bombs destroying Detroit. I live just outside of Detroit. I survived the destruction, but I couldn’t find any family. Now that is scary. Lord have mercy on us all!

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      • charliej373 says:

        Well, with respect to my readers in Detroit, the city proper there is such a mess you would have to have it rehabbed just to get it in shape to be condemned.

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        • Marita says:

          LOL! Charlie, I was expecting the jokes about the destruction of Detroit, but I didn’t expect it from you! You are so right though, what a mess the city is in. Do you have any plans to swing through this area? Wear body armor. Just kidding!

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ha, Marita, I lived in Belleville, Illinois for six years – less than 10 miles from East St. Louis. Detroit is a step up from E. St. Louis. When I first moved there, I was amazed. The Illinois Press had made Belleville sound terribly racist – for trying to keep people from E. St. Louis out. I was astonished to discover that the people most adamant about keeping E. St. Louis residents out of town were black folks who had escaped it. They would say in dark, knowing tones, “You white folks don’t know how bad it really is.” The father of one of the kids on the summer baseball team I coached was a black fellow who was a postal carrier. We chatted a lot and he told me one day he had told the post office he was quitting unless they got him a route outside of E. St. Louis. In six months, he had found three dead bodies. The final straw was when he saw some kids kicking around a weird soccer ball – and on closer inspection discovered it was a human skull. He said if he was not out of there by New Year’s Day, he was taking another job – and had told them that.

            I will get there sometime, but nothing is tentatively scheduled on it yet.

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          • NancyA says:

            Sounds like where I live.. a formerly predominantly white working class community beside what has been called The most dangerous city in America. We live right off the main drag that takes the upper class right through to get their fixes. Those that can escape that town settle in our town. Who can blame them? (But many do…)

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        • Mary N says:

          Now THAT is hilarious!! I burst into laughter reading your comment about Detroit!

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        • A Quiet Person says:

          Charlie, that made me laugh out loud because it is so true! Oh, Lord help us all – and especially me right now because I work in Detroit! Parts of Detroit are worse than you can imagine. I have often had the feeling that I am seeing there what you all will be seeing soon enough. In one neighborhood I worked in recently, there would be only 2 or 3 inhabited houses on a block with all the rest of them abandoned, boarded up, gutted out, or otherwise vandalized. There is block after block after block of devastation. Kids in my school would find dead bodies in houses from time to time. A few years ago someone propped up a dead body on a front porch. It is bad. Then you get to school and everyone jumps all over you because the students aren’t learning. Really? The corruption there is bold and vicious. And it can be scary too when so many of the Stupids hold the power. I have really been struggling there and on a recent post I was actively seeking your help because it is such a hostile environment for me. I know the Lord put me there. (It most certainly wasn’t my idea!) I am trying to be calm but oh, the thought of somehow getting stuck in there scares the bejeepers out of me. That brings me to one of my questions – do you anticipate that schools in big cities will simply close? Or, thinking about Petra and a few others who plan on volunteering in nursing homes, do you think teachers might come in just to try and do what little can be done? I live 45 minutes outside of the city so I’ll tell you right now, that won’t be me but I do wonder. And living in an area surrounded by several large universities and colleges, what would your best guess be about them? Will they just shut down too?

          On other recent posts people have commented about how the Storm will actually be welcome. That would include me when I think about Detroit.

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        • Mick says:

          Ha, Charlie! This comment of yours made me think of the following video by Steven Crowder, who, among other things, is a FoxNews contributor. This video is a humorous and yet serious take on Detroit, and how it got to be the way it is:

          It’s 13 minutes long, but well worth watching. It certainly taught me a lot of things I hadn’t known about Detroit, and I’ve lived about 80 or 90 miles away from Detroit for most of my life.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Mick, that was an amazing video. I decided to see if I could find an area in Detroit that looked like what was on the video. I went to maps.google.com with my browser and selected the Satellite picture set. I could not at first find any area that looked devastated.

            My first observation was how few cars were on the road. Maybe the satellite pics were taken on a Sunday. A number of businesses had cars parked outside of what obviously were office buildings, so I have tentatively decided that it was a weekday. Is the traffic in and around Detroit on a weekday pretty sparse?

            I did finally get down on the deck, so to speak, at the highest possible magnification, and suddenly there it all was. I could see building after building with holes in the roof. This is the area around John R St and Brush St along Eliot St, Erskine St. and Watson St. Many buildings obviously uninhabited, roofs caving in. Weird.

            I sure do hope that doesn’t spread to other cities.

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          • Mick says:

            SteveBC, I have no clue what the traffic is like in Detroit on any occasion. I’ve only been to Detroit a handful of times in my life, and haven’t been there at all in probably 10 years. A Quiet Person would be able to answer the traffic question, because she works in Detroit. Frankly, I am afraid to go there, and I worry about my husband and my kids when they go there once a year to watch the Tigers play the White Sox.

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          • Mack says:

            Detroit hasn’t had a Republican mayor since 1962. Just sayin.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Mick, I’m not much of a city person anyway, but I doubt I would volunteer to go to Detroit either.

            I note your comment about family going to the Tigers-White Sox games. I just saw that authorities temporarily locked fans in at Baltimore’s Camden Yards baseball stadium because of violent demonstrations outside it this evening (April 25, 2015). Another bit of weirdness to add to the increasingly long list of strange things that are happening these days. Tempers are flaring already, and it isn’t even into the heat of summer yet.

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          • Doug says:

            It’s finally nice to see cause and effect relationship between left and reality. It’s a Sad truth.

            Doug

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          • Ed Allison says:

            Remember the old ad campaign that said…”This is your brain; This is your brain on drugs” ? I’ve seen that recreated for Detroit, saying, “This is your city (looking at an old picture of Detroit in it’s prime); This is your city on Democrats (looking at the now ruins of Detroit).

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          • Mick says:

            Mack and Ed, my earliest memories of Detroit are from when Coleman Young was the mayor, about 30 years ago. As bad as the city was then, it seems like the good old days compared to the hellhole that it is now.

            SteveBC, I hadn’t heard about the lock-in at Camden Yards. We lived in the DC area for a year (1996) and took our then-infant son to his first ball game at Camden Yards that fall. He is 18 now, and he and my husband went to a Tigers game a couple of weeks ago. Scary.

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          • charliej373 says:

            One of the marks of the Storm, which I told my priests long ago, was that while the actual casualties would be unusually low (once you get past the size of 26 million and realize how small it truly is in relation to the size of the conflagration) is that there IS no place of safety, of refuge in the world, save under the mantle of Our Lord and Our Lady. It is truly comprehensive.

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          • Mick says:

            Doug, the saddest thing to me is that there are still many good people who, for whatever reason, are stuck in the hellhole that Detroit has become. When the city inevitably goes to you-know-where-in-a-handbasket, those people will be trapped. Lord have mercy on them.

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          • A Quiet Person says:

            I am not an expert on Detroit but I am now there every day because of work. I am not afraid to go there, just cautious as is everyone who comes here. Lots of people come into the city to work. You just do what you have to do and fear really can’t have much to do with it if you are going to get through the day. Certain areas may have very light traffic but the expressways I travel on anyway are just like any other place. There are many, many amazingly wonderful people who live here and some of them I have met at work. There are lots of people throughout the city just quietly going about trying to make their little corner better. The Lord has a plan for them too. The city itself is corrupt but people are not just going to be wiped out because they live in Detroit. The Lord in in charge of all that and I have to believe that He will take care of His people in Detroit too. Just last week I was talking with two people here whose pastor is actively preparing them for the Storm, both spiritually and in a practical sense as well every bit as much as we are preparing ourselves here.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Thank you, Quiet Person, for telling us not only about Detroit nowadays, but also for reminding us that the people of Detroit are trying to do well even as we are and are no different from us.

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    • A Quiet Person says:

      Yes, June1, not as specific as yours though. And not quite so hopeless either, though I do think they relate to these present times. When I was 7 years old and feverish with the measles I had a terrifying nightmare that only now, over 50 years later can I connect to the Storm. The nightmare does not speak to anything in my personal life. In my childhood and adolescence the nightmare reoccurred many times, sometimes with flashes of it during my waking hours. In my dream I was casually watching several trains that were approaching my direction but were still far off in the distance. I slowly realized that all seven or eight of these huge trains that were coming in from different angles were going to converge at the exact same point. As the trains got closer, their speeds seemed to increase dramatically. There was no stopping it. With terror I witnessed these massive trains colliding and crashing into each other simultaneously resulting in an unimaginable tangle of horror. The worst part of the nightmare for me was the realization that even though I had seen the danger I was still totally powerless to stop it. In a way it seemed to happen suddenly but I cannot escape the fact that I saw the trains from a distance long before they crashed. And somehow because I saw it coming I should have been able to stop it. That was a lot of guilt for a 7-year old to carry.
      Now though I see these “trains” as all of the various evils that are coming our way, and though we do not know the order of the various events to unfold, it will feel like they are all crashing down on us at the same time. If we had truly followed the Lord, we could have stopped it. That was not the choice we made though so, here we are. But we are still here together with Jesus, Mary, and all of the saints and angels and we can still pray. That is where the hope lies.

      When I got older that dream morphed from the image of trains into threads. I dreamed I was mindlessly fussing with threads – tying little knots in them until I had created several little balls of knotted thread. It seemed harmless to me really until I was made aware of the need to undo all of those knots. This awareness came from an absolute and crushing authority. The situation was horrifyingly clear to me . . . I tied the knots, so now I must undo them. I tried to explain how impossible that was. You know how hard it is to undo a single knot in a shoelace? How could I possibly undo dozens if not hundreds of knots in threads? The fact that it was impossible was meaningless to this authority. I tried to explain that even if I was successful in undoing one single knot, the thread would likely break and an infinitesimal particle of that thread would be swept away by the wind. The solution? I had to search the universe for that particle of thread and incorporate it back into the exact place it was before I broke it off. I could not rest until all the threads were laid out perfectly straight before me. It felt like I was sentenced to Hell. It was the worst nightmare I ever had because I realized it was true. I was guilty. It took me many years to realize that the knots were all of my sins. It took me many more years though to realize that Jesus already took care of that for me. There is hope there.

      The Storm will ultimately undo all of the knots in the world, and our part will be to cooperate with the grace that is available to each of us individually for whatever knot in our territory we are responsible for straightening out.

      Mary, Undoer of Knots, Pray for us!

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      • SteveBC says:

        Wow, Quiet. Those are some kinda dream. I thought about hitting the Like button, but it’s hard to Like such oppressive dreams. I think the literally saving grace is your comment that Jesus helped you out of this by undoing the knots for you, I’m sure with your participation.

        You’ve given us a wonderful image of the Storm, as undoing all of the knots of the world, with each of us responsible for those in front of us. That we can do, I believe! 🙂

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  23. Anne says:

    Alphornsus and Mike ……… I agree they have been very short changed. They are exploited in their jobs….. I have noticed this for sometime. The have good hearts and energy but have been given little if ant of theTruth. it breaks my heart.

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  24. Becky-TN says:

    Morning Charlie,

    I don’t know why I still, after all these years of reading Mark, still find myself surprised when he writes about feeling despair, doubts, etc. Likes he’s (or you or Peli or anyone else that has heard from or seen Heavenly visitors) any “less human” than the rest of us. The Lord told him “keep going”. That’s no different than your “endure”. Peli’s “sacrament of the present moment”. Or Winston Churchill’s quote that when going through hell, what do you do “don’t give up, just keep going”.

    Makes me think of St. Faustina’s Diary: “My child, know that the greatest obstacles to holiness are discouragement and an exaggerated anxiety. These will deprive you of the ability to practice virtue. All temptations united together ought not disturb your interior peace, not even momentarily. Sensitiveness and discouragement are the fruits of self-love. Have confidence, My child. Do not lose heart in coming for pardon, for I am always ready to forgive you. As often as you beg for it, you glorify My mercy. (Jesus to souls striving for perfection and holiness – 1488).

    If you’re reading this Mark, we’re all here for you – we love you and your family!!!! We need you!!!!! Keep going!!!!!!!

    God Bless!

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  25. Ed Allison says:

    I too, expect to have to stay put. I do not think it possible to slog through the woods carrying my 24 year old daughter, who has cerebral palsy. I doubt her wheel chair would be much use off road. So, I will continue to prepare my home to be a place of refuge for my family and friends/neighbors. I now have rabbits, 1 male and 2 female, which I will be breeding for meat. By the end of the Summer, if all is still well, I will also be raising quail for eggs and meat. Both breed quickly and provide fresh meat without refrigeration. Hopefully, God will allow us to remain in our home and help those around us. If not, His will be done.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Again, marvelous, Ed…I love it when people make plans precisely fitted to their circumstances with real trust. May you be a light, a guiding star to many!

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    • Julee says:

      Ed, we are in similar situations and I pray your home is a safe haven where you can provide for your daughter and loved ones. I wish we could team up, but if not physically, then through prayer! May God bless you and your home.

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      • barb129 says:

        I will be praying for both of your families Julee and Ed (and everyone else in this situation!). We are in a similar situation where we can’t leave because of my elderly parents. We also have friends who have a severely disabled 15 year old son who won’t be able to flee either. We have discussed our situations many times together and feel as if we are in these situations for a reason. We both have that first reaction of wanting to flee but know we can’t and so we’re planning as best we can to stay where we are and to take care of our family members who can’t take care of themselves and to help those around us. Psalm 23 will be our comfort…
        Jesus, I trust in You.

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        • Ed Allison says:

          Barb, thank you. I am always amazed at the number of families on this site with disabled children, or similar circumstances. It is a service of love. May you store up treasures in heaven! God bless you.

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      • Ed Allison says:

        Thank you Julee, you and all here are in my daily prayers. It would be nice to be able to team up and combine efforts, but unless you’re in SE PA, we’ll have to settle for the spiritual connection and support.

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    • torilen says:

      Thanks for that tip on quail, Ed. I’ve got plenty of room here & want fresh meat & eggs. I’ve got chickens, but am a little nervous to have a rooster around my children (around myself, too, truth be told). If we reach the point that I can no longer order new chicks each year, it might be really helpful to have an alternative.

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  26. Dorothy says:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uSv4vBcFyvo

    Very powerful video just posted on After the warning site!
    This is a tribute to these young men who gave their life for faith in Libya !

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  27. Kathleen Vacheresse says:

    Kim I lived in B’ham area for years our son and his family are still there we went to St Thresea in Leeds. What parish are you in ? I will be visiting this summer I hope to meet you.

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  28. Carmelite says:

    Didn’t the OT prophets loathe being such??? They all wanted to just die rather than be prophets, no? They all complained. Poor Jonah had to be swallowed by a whale before doing his job 🙂 Yes, Charlie, you are a prophet, and we love you for doing God’s will!
    On another note, has anyone seen this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSv4vBcFyvo
    Who Would Dare to Love ISIS? (A Letter from the People of the Cross)

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  29. Some related news from the southern hemisphere. Here in Buenos Aires we are witnessing the arrival of the ashes from a Chilean volcano (see the map, BA is about 1,200 miles from the eruption near Puerto Montt in Chile.) The eruption happened on Earth Day and was followed by an earthquake of 8.5 Richter pts. in New Zealand. Here the ashes arrive on the eve of primary elections. We are having general elections (president and everything else) in December. I wonder personally if the world’s political system will survive past the early autumn of this year. God knows what can happen, given the circumstances. Everyone seems to be going about “business as usual” but things are really messed up all over. It will only take a small spark. For us here the ashes arriving seem like quite an ominous sign.

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    • CrewDog says:

      We know that the Yellowstone Super Volcano will “Blow” one day. All of our Real & Imagined fears may become the least of our worries if it happens soon. Talk about millions of folks having to Beat Feet in a hurry … and not ’cause of Jack Booted Thugs. I live 1100 miles from Yellowstone Park but in ancient times one of Yellowstone’s “Blows” covered this place in a foot of ash.
      “There’s Something Hiding Under Yellowstone ‘That Has Never Been Imaged Before’…Until Now”
      http://www.theblaze.com/stories/201…uld-fill-the-grand-canyon-more-than-11-times/

      I remember a WWII quote of Winston Churchill’s that went something like this: “The current unpleasantness reminds me of the old man on his deathbed who said he had a lot of trouble in his life. Most of which never happened.” Now!!. .. Unfortunately we know that unpleasantness is upon us and how it will affect each one of us personally is the big, somewhat, unknown. I say somewhat because History is full of examples/lessons of economic collapse, war, terror and natural disaster … in just the last 100 years!! All the worry, plans and preparation may well come to naught …… and the message of Charlie and many others these past 5,000 years of Biblical unfolding is … In the End we must believe God will make it right for US and we should Pray that all our “preparations” will be used for His Best Purposes!

      GOD BLESS AND GUIDE ALL HERE!!

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      • MT Butterfly says:

        Crew Dog,
        If Yellowstone erupts we will be toast very quickly :).
        In the 80s we lived near underground missal silos. If they had ever been attacked we would have been toast.
        Lots of reasons to Trust Do, Love.

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        • CrewDog says:

          Yup MTB,
          I started out my AF Career as Cold Warrior in the old Strategic Air Command flying B–52s.
          We used to joke that if we happened to be “off” at our quarters and saw the Alert Force take-off. It was time to head to the Fridge, grab a beer, then a lawn chair and sit out and watch the “Show”. With only about 10 minutes to “start time” one beer was about all most folks needed. All silliness aside, perhaps it’s just me, but 40-50 years ago people seemed to be much more attuned to the “Dangers of the World” and more prepared physically and spiritually for those dangers!? We need, as best we can, to spread the “Gospel” of Next Right Step and TDL ……. ’cause … sad sacks that we may be ….. I think we are The Watchmen on the Wall and The Lord expects us to do our jobs!!

          GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • Correction: the New Zealand earthquake was a 6.3 still a good shake.

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  30. LittleLight says:

    So many here speak what I too, feel in my heart. Julee when we had that big Oct snowstorm/2 week long power outtage a few years back, it was very much what you described, eveyone for themselves. It seems hard to break through that.

    With 8 kiddos, the every day stuff is so insanely overwhelming. This is when things are lovely! It is just not possible to cover all the bases. Any good done is badly done. My husband volunteers & get stipends for a local youth athletic club. 6 kiddos playing, some of these have jobs (being referees). These are blessings, but I feel God picked the wrong mom for all this. Charlie, I know you would believe the level of vitrol parents heft at all the volunteers, when things go wrong or they don’t get their way. It takes starch out of people.

    One dream I had I was at the bottom of a sandy ocean, the sun was shining. I was watching a lady on a backhoe digging a hole. At the bottom of the ocean! It was crazy, but she was happy. Then I saw, off in the distance, a wild boar, set his sights on her and charged. I wanted to warn her, but couldn’t. The boar charged, and there was a lot of blood. It got dark. But, It was still okay. Until a sense of bigger dread. I then noticed a big shark, who sensed the blood. He was all set to make the final charge and did. I realize I was the person digging a hole in the bottom of the ocean.

    I’ve begged my husband to ditch the sports for the kids, but I get it, it is important and does have value, etc. It is difficult to find balance. It is insanity with ceaseless activity and exhaustion, no down or quiet time for an introvert like me. I’ve been doing for years now, but feel without strength now. Add on top of this homeschooling academic obligations, financial woes, college age kids in state univs. where transgender re-education is plastered everywhere including put inside bathroom stalls (my child keeps her head down, I thank God she has her faith) This past week I handled 7 well child checks. They added a lovely psych eval (Sandy Hook). I love my pediatrician but don’t trust her like I used to. It is war—I see the fear in her eyes by they way they heavy-hand push vaccines and yearly check ups. I know it is state mandated. When I was a kid, I can count on one hand the times I had a check up.

    It seems as if the ability to TDL is being taxed at an every-day level, outside of any pending crash scenarios. Perhaps this is part of a purification?

    As CrewDog says GOD BLESS ALL HERE!!!!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Oh yes, Little, I know the vitriol. It is why I speak with such contempt of those who sit on the sidelines and critique everyone who is actually doing. In politics, one of my key roles in most campaigns, whatever my title, was chief strategist. It is considered a “sexy” position in the business, and I was constantly besieged with people – many just plain loudmouths who had never risked anything – who were constantly telling me what I should be doing or what I did wrong. I developed a pretty good tactic for turning it around on them. But every once in a while, one of them, with their brilliant strategic minds, would actually decide to run for some piddling seat like a county board or something. I loved it, for they invariably got thumped in humiliating fashion. There is an old saying…I think Chinese…that made me laugh when I first read it: “The empty drum sounds the loudest.”

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    • Lily says:

      Little Light, thank you for sharing. I think you must be amazing, though I understand you might not feel it. Sometimes people say that about me, and i dont feel it. I am just trying to walk out as best as i can what God has given me, even though i get in my own way sometimes. i have 4 kids, and sometimes wonder what it would be like to double that. I am also an introvert, and sometimes it just wears me out. I love them dearly of course, and I am trying to take Charlie’s advice of creating a joyful home. What I want more than anything is for them to have their faith and the fruits of the spirit. Love to you, from one mom to another. ❤

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      • LittleLight says:

        Wow but that is so sweet and surely made my day! If you only knew all the nasty mean thoughts I’ve been fighting lately, and not well at that. I’m Surly, Lol.

        I think many here must have said a prayer, ’cause just when I felt for sure that mean shark won, I see he missed his mark.

        Many prayers & Love right back atcha, Lily! Mommies of the world, unite! The crazier and more nuttier the world becomes, the more obvious it becomes Our Dear Lord is protecting us. Because if He weren’t, we’d surely all be crushed.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Ha, Lily! When I was in my late teens and into my 20s, I hated it when people asked me what I hoped to be. I often grumpily responded by saying that I hoped to live to be “an old curmudgeon.” Then if they were taken aback, I would give a big grin and say I was already practicing up. Mission accomplished. So have a nice day, Surly!

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        • Mick says:

          Little Light, I’m a little late to this party; but I gotta say that you sound like a terrific mom to me. I laughed at your line, “Mommies of the world, unite!” Count me in. 🙂

          I can’t resist making a really lame reference to a really lame movie that had a few good lines in it:

          “Surly you can’t be serious.”

          “I AM serious. And don’t call me Surly.”

          You can throw the rotten tomatoes now.

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  31. Joe says:

    Charlie, Just loved the 7 minute video where the guy is talking about buying body armor v. just getting in shape. I have always been a competitive athlete at some level, but have completely let myself go the last couple years, because of a variety of distractions. A couple days ago, one of my co-workers came in and said I should join cross-fit with him. Then I watched the video and the guy says rather than buy body armor, join cross-fit. Loved it! Practical, and fits my situation. I’m walking up the street this afternoon to join and get my saggy bones ready for some physical exertion. So I can help where needed!

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    • charliej373 says:

      My son is BIG into crossfit. He got a bunch of police into it and got a town subsidy as an official method of getting officers in solid shape. I understand the Colorado State Police use it extensively, too. I hung out with a bunch of crossfitters with my son for a while. Let me tell you folks, if you are confronting someone who is serious into crossfit – back down. They are incredibly fit and strong.

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  32. Kathleen Vacheresse says:

    March 24-25th2010 I had this dream. Throughout the night I wad awaken from sleep several times through out the night and into the morning to pray.each tim I would find myself in the mist of a earthquake, tsunami, war, andssoforth. I was always with many people trying to escape or just trying to survive.Many people were helping other and praying outloud . There was much fear around us. This did not seem to always be in the same place, but there was much distruction around us. I have always felt it was a call to pray for world peace.

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  33. Mary N says:

    Hi Charlie,
    I think I read in one of your comments that you’ll be visiting NH and Mass.? Will you be posting a schedule for your speaking engagements here on your blog? You may have already listed this information somewhere but I probably missed it. I’m behind on my reading because my daughter loves to share the cooties she brings home from school with her and we’ve been hit with viruses all month…lol. (No wonder I can’t wait until summer when school gets out…)

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    • charliej373 says:

      No, I have not formalized the schedule. I will post it here – and set up a new page for upcoming events so that everyone can find it easily at any time. I don’t want anyone to miss it just because they’ve missed a few days or weeks of reading the website. Ha! Mark Mallett told me sheepishly a few months ago that he doesn’t read everything I write. I interrupted him and laughed, saying, “Mark, if I didn’t actually have to write it all I wouldn’t read everything I write.” We both laughed. I know it needs to be in a spot where people can find it any time – so it will be its own page with a link in the top bar.

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  34. Mary N says:

    Thank you, Charlie. I tend to read all the articles here but I sometimes fall behind because I enjoy reading the comments too and you sure get a lot of comments! I find them inspiring, plus many of them make me smile – it’s funny how strongly some folks’ personalities come through in their comments. It makes me really appreciate how uniquely made people are and I love reading what they have to say. I can’t say I’ve ever enjoyed reading the comment section of a blog as much as I do this one. The lack of malice and the goodwill here are amazing as far as blogs go. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. (And I’ve read a lot of different blogs over the years – the antipathy in some comboxes makes me cringe and I walk away with a sick feeling in my stomach. Never here though.)

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  35. Barb Watry says:

    I just saw this on another web-site: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSv4vBcFyvo
    It is not quite on topic, but it is really an example of love, as our Lord calls us. I don’t know why, but I think of St. Paul, when I watch this, particularly after today’s 1st reading at mass, about his conversion. This video is “a letter to ISIS, from the People of the Cross”.

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  36. Barb Watry says:

    I apologize, I had posted the video, before I read the comments and now just saw someone else had also posted.

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  37. Petra says:

    Charlie said, “Just recently, our good friend, Mark Mallett, had some difficult news that caused him to contemplate his mission in a very deep way.” I saw this video today and just had to share it. This is by Rabbi Johnathan Cahn: Keys to Spiritual Preparedness. It’s short – about 11 minutes. I found it very, very consoling, and I really needed to hear this today. Praise God!

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  38. Doug says:

    Hi Charlie, I am a recent subscriber to your blog. I appreciate the very practical advice. The nature of our culture today reminds me of when the ancient Isrialies thought they could flee to Egypt to avoid Nebuchadenzer. That did not turn out well. I think in this country, we think we are some how ammune to tragedy. A lot of us will be suprised.

    I am a Catholic convert at age 30. Married 30 years and journeyed with my wife through 3 bouts of her having cancer. I don’t wish it on anyone, but what a blessing struggles can be! I think struggle and suffering can only truly be understood in the context of Catholic teaching. I am applying for the diaconate in NH this fall. My journey into the Catholic Church was largely through Medjugorge. I am not sure of your view on Medjugorge. If you find it in your heart, please pray for me.

    God bless!

    Doug

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    • Mick says:

      Welcome to Charlie’s “family,” Doug! Like you, I am a convert (in 1994, at the age of 26). And I agree with you that struggles can be a blessing but can only be truly understood via Catholic teaching.

      I will pray for you, for your family, and for your journey to the diaconate. God bless you.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Doug, I love praying for Priests, Bishops and Deacons – and those who seek to assume such responsibilities. Thank you for your generous resolve. I am deeply endeared to Medjugorje primarily because of the fruits – but also because back in 1993, two years before I shared these things with anyone, while I still thought Medjugorje was a carnival tourist trap, my angel that “Lourdes, Fatima and Medjugorje are all manifestations of a single event.” When I objected about Medjugorje, he chuckled and said, “It carries the barnacles of these times, but it is authentic.”

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      • Doug says:

        Thank you Charlie. God has moved me through very small simple miracles that most people probably would not get. Life is so short and precious. I am no saint, but am so grateful for the graces he has given me. I am an introvert by nature. My specific prayer is to really fall in love with people and see past the surface of their brokenness and hopefully see them as God sees them and be able to console.

        Doug

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        • Fran says:

          What you’ve said is similar for me too, Doug, and I love your very specific prayer. Thank you for sharing. I feel called in this way too, so I will pray for that as well. Once the Lord did this for me. He let me “see past the surface of the brokenness” of a person, and it was an awakening that brought tears to my eyes.

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  39. A Quiet Person says:

    Charlie, I have a significant fear that keeps tripping me up so I was wondering if you could clarify something. I have been trying to read all of the posts and catch up on earlier ones, but maybe I have missed something. I understand how the government could want to round up people in a crisis (real or not) and then order them to FEMA camps in order to gain control. I also understand how the more rebellious people would be segregated from the more docile ones. However, I cannot see any compelling reason for them to release anyone. My fear is that this would be the point where the government would force the Mark of the Beast on people, maybe as a condition of their release. I have never read of this being a possible scenario but it seems very plausible to me. Why would they go through all of the trouble to round people up only to let them go in a while? I also remember that you wrote that the Mark of the Beast could be more of an ideology than anything else. I wonder about that though too because the technology for what would function as the Mark of the Beast has been in existence for some years now. Reading some of the dreams that others have recently posted sort of exacerbated this fear I have been carrying around. I would not mind at all if you said my imagination has gone into overdrive and that if I took a nice long nap I would feel better.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Even the most vicious regimes have almost always released many from general population after they have solidified control. So the best reason is the historical record that that is how it is usually done. Now it is a different matter when involving what is determined to be “enemies of the state.” In this case, if they try to establish control through that means, they probably won’t release much of anybody – but not for the reasons either you or they think, I say, emphatically, that when crash comes, it is the beginning of THEIR demise, not yours. If it is an emergency/camp scenario, within two weeks thinks will visibly begin to go south for them, culminating in their complete loss – rather than consolidation – of power. It is the faithful, patriotic cohort that would do the releasing.

      As for the mark of the beast, please read todays post. As I note in it, I have believed for two decades that the mark of the beast is fealty to an evil ideology. Now that may be wrong or not completely right BUT it cannot be something that can be imposed or forced on you. As a reader here once said deliciously, “you cannot slip on a banana peel and fall into hell.” God does not condemn anyone for something that is imposed on them or forced on them. It takes an affirmative act of the will. We are nearly blind here, so we reduce these profound truths to childish banalities many times. In the heavenly realm, your character, your choices glow on you with intense visibility – but all are blind to them here. Someone who has accepted the mark of the beast will be blindingly clear to all heavenly visitors, but invisible to us here. When you are contemplating these things always consider First Things: in this case, God is just. That is certain. Anyone who would condemn others for things that were forcibly imposed on them is unjust. God is just, thus you can’t accidentally stumble into the mark of the beast. To consider things otherwise is to imbue the divine comedy with all the moral stature of a cheap video game.

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      • A Quiet Person says:

        OK. Thanks for your response. I think the historical precedent has some value when trying to anticipate how things could likely go, and then with that information we can make the most prudent decisions while trying to be prepared for surprises at the same time. But when you qualify what you say by “almost” always releasing many, that seems a little different to me than “always.” The “almost” leaves some room for concern. Also, how do we know that we won’t be enemies of the state. We are already considered enemies by virtue of the fact that we are Christians. Anyway, from what I have been reading, there is no real historical precedent for this Storm. We are in new territory. Things will be happening that have never happened before, on a scale that has never happened before in an order that no one can anticipate. That’s why I think it is in the realm of possibility that the physical microchip could be part of this unfolding drama, at least at some point between now and the rescue. Maybe not at the beginning which was the scenario that I was fleshing out, but possibly at a later time. And I also understand that the FEMA camp scenario might not play out whatsoever anyway.

        I’m not talking about stumbling on the mark of the beast. I do understand that evil ideology cannot be forced on anyone because that flies in the face of everything we know about free will. And I understand that our eternal fate is not determined by what someone else does to us. And I also agree that one aspect of the mark of the beast is fealty to an evil ideology such as the situation you described in your latest post about the people who caused a family to lose their bakery business because of the gay agenda. It is the microchip that could conceivably be forced on people that concerns me. If the technology is there, which I had already read about some years ago, I can’t help but think that there is a possibility that somebody somewhere is at least planning on using it sometime on somebody. Again, the issue is not that someone would be condemned if that was forced on them, but that the microchip, from what I have read, could be a way to control society. In any case, I am done speculating here. Pretty much done with writing. I am done with fear too. What I will do is to continue in prayer, quietly.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Quiet, I used to tell candidates I counselled to never give counsel to their fears. Once you begin, there is no end to it – and that way lies madness. At best, all it does is paralyze you and make you more likely to be taken down by something completely ordinary. At its bottom, focusing on specific things that could happen becomes a refusal to trust God. I do not say that bad – and often horribly bad things could happen. I DO say that, in all cases, the answer is to trust God in the moment and simply take the next most right step you can think of.

          I do understand. If one of my kids was late getting home, I could often have my morbid imagination take fearful flight. But I knew what it was, and did my best to stay steady regardless. With your last lines, you have begun to do the same.

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