Musings – Kitty Cleveland Takes a Look

 

Kitty Cleveland

Kitty Cleveland

By Charlie Johnston

Yesterday afternoon, magnificent Christian and Jazz singer Kitty Cleveland and her husband took the Thanksgiving Song of Rescue and laid out a chord structure. Kitty sang it and sent me the recording, telling me she had the beginning of an idea for an overlaid melody. It gave me goose-bumps. Alas, this website does not support the type of file she sent, so I can’t share it with you just yet. Of course, by the time she puts a melody to it, I am sure we will get some sort of file that can be supported.

Her wonderful efforts triggered a couple of thoughts, though. First, I am going to put up today a new category of links – for Music and Musicians who are friends of this website. I’ll start first with a link to Kitty’s website right here before I add the permanent link. Now the song is actually an ostinato, or what is commonly called a bass-line (though it does not have to be bass, just a repeating foundational pattern: witness Ravel’s Bolero). That was what was given to me…and I have always assumed that the melody would come at the time of rescue. But as I mentioned, my angel had a sly, pleased look when he said it was okay for people to do their own melodies now, using this particular ostinato.  Several decades ago, I got in the habit, particularly when saying a Novena, of giving thanks for the answer to my intention before it was answered. That did not mean that I got what I asked for – or even expected to. It was an act of trust that once I turned it over to God, whatever He sent me was for mine and other’s good. It is a refined way to pray, I think. At least it has been the source of many blessings for me – often unexpected blessings. I suspect that writing melodies for this is along the same line, a sort of prayer giving thanks for our Rescue now before the Rescue has come. I love that. So rather than guard this ostinato carefully, I put it out there, inviting any to adapt it and add a melody atop it. I like the idea of a thousand songs of rescue, all united by the same bass-line, could be going up as we go through the Storm. The only thing I ask is that if you write something, note that the ostinato either came from me or was given to me. You don’t have to say this came from an angelic source – but you need to mark it from me so it can be traced back to the source. If you’re uncomfortable with the nutty stuff – no prob…I’ll take that. Let’s make some music as a confident and joyful prayer of trust and triumph right now. But man, I can’t wait to figure out how to get this so you can hear Kitty’s take. It knocked my socks off!

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Jim Geraghty of National Review had an awesome rant in his “Morning Jolt” column today. After President Obama said, in response to the Baltimore riots, that “I think there are police departments that have to do some soul searching. I think there are some communities that have to do some soul searching. But I think we, as a country, have to do some soul searching, ” Geraghty tartly responded that:

“No, we don’t!

This is not a time for the usual “Socialism of Blame” where responsibility for what happened gets spread far and wide and equally to everybody.

Why do we have to do some soul searching? We didn’t do anything to Freddie Gray, the man who died after being arrested. The police actions are being investigated. We didn’t set fire to a senior center under construction. We didn’t run into a CVS and grab everything we could. We didn’t set police cruisers on fire, or jump atop smashed police cruisers.

 

You know who’s responsible for the punctured fire hose? The SOB who reached down with a knife and stabbed the fire hose!

All over Twitter Monday evening, people linked to that video and asked, “Why would he do that?” as if the answer were unimaginable. He did it because he didn’t want the firefighters to put the fire out. He wanted the businesses to burn. He wanted the buildings to burn. He wanted to destroy. This may reflect his inability to create anything of value in his life so far, or it may reflect an anarchic desire to see destruction, which motivates many arsonists. After a while, the “why” stops mattering that much. It pales in comparison to the need to stop a guy like this.

“We, as a country, have to do some soul searching”? I’m sure there’s a significant chunk of you who have never even been to Baltimore.

We can shut down our entire chain of soul stores and do a complete inventory, counting what’s on every shelf, and it’s not going to change one fact on the ground in Baltimore.

Absolutely awesome rant! I, too, am sick of hearing, every time some goofy progressive plan goes belly up and reveals its inevitable consequences, the left NEVER takes responsibility for its failure, but demands those of us who had nothing to do with it do some soul-searching. Search your own souls, progressives.

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In a closely related topic, Kevin Williamson makes the observation that the biggest most dysfunctional cities are, in fact, the laboratories of progressivism. They have had complete operational control of the worst of them for over a half century in most – and a full century in some. Detroit, Baltimore – this is where the left wants to take all of America. Even with the evidence staring them in the eyes and hitting them over the head with a brickbat, they still cannot and will not own up to what they have wrought and make a course correction. The kindest thing that can be said of them is that they are slow learners.

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Our friend, Bishop Rene Gracida has a marvelous piece on his Abyssum website concerning the injustice done to Fr. Gordon McRae. It is an amazing case. Everyone involved, including the former prosecutors, knows that Fr. McRae is innocent and the victim of a malicious huckster. Yet still he sits in prison. Is it any wonder that respect for the law is in such precipitous decline when even when everyone involved knows with certainty of a massive injustice, still no one will correct it. In America justice has often become a blind, ravenous beast. How I anticipate the crash

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Tomorrow I will publish parts of my letter to Pope Francis concerning, in part, the dismissal of Bishop Robert Finn. I like to take time to craft such letters, giving them a chance to have some impact rather than merely act as a primal scream. On a few occasions, well-crafted private letters have had a surprisingly hefty impact. I hope, at least, it opens up some avenues of thought going forward.

Meanwhile, one of the foxes let me pet him today. It was only briefly – and in return for the privilege, he demanded the right to nibble gently at my fingers for a bit. We were both content.

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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50 Responses to Musings – Kitty Cleveland Takes a Look

  1. Joseph Jalsevac says:

    I hope somebody makes a version of the song that satisfies my artistic tastes. It would be wonderful to have a divinely-inspired musical companion to carry through the darkness.

    In other news, I caught a garter snake today… and it crapped all over my hand. Is this a sign?
    Seriously though, I am constantly amazed at the therapeutic effect of time spent with nature. It makes me realize that we are intrinsically a part of the natural world. Artificial environments are too often an exchange of human wisdom for divine. From what you tell us, I’m guessing that a renewed appreciation of our place in the natural order will be one of the benefits of the Storm.

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  2. Charlie, just a note on something that happened when I opened your blog a few minutes ago. I was shocked by the picture with the words “God will provide”. Since my arrival here in BA in 2012 I have been under attack (legal and physical) by one of my siblings who is mentally unstable. Miraculously we are all alive after being under siege for almost three years. Today I am facing the last part of the battle: the judge has great news for me today, all motions are suspended until my disabled sister has a court-designated curator. I am still surrounded and I am still penniless but somehow at every turn something happened that allowed me to pay timely and keep advancing towards the resolution of all these problems. Today I received the good news but that implies that I have to put my sister through a battery of medical tests to legally determine the obvious fact that she is disabled. I was worried at the expense considering that my balance is the usual: zero. To take my mind off those useless anxieties I opened your blog and I saw the pic with the words “God will provide”. A small miracle and some undeserved consolation from the Lord. Thank you for posting this, Charlie. And thank you Lord for letting me find it at the best possible time.

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    • Barbara Dore says:

      Carlos, . Please hide Carlos in the flame of Love of Sorrowful Immaculate Heart of Mary…. I am doing a novena of tears ( mass, Holy Communion, a chaplet of tears of Our Lady, a rosary for Holy souls ( charitable work) for my friend and her husband for nine days and it will be finished tomorrow. they greatly suffer from a lady who is determined to get money out of them due to a car crash. It is still not sorted out for four years…Hopefully after this novena, my friend will get some good news.

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      • Barbara Dore says:

        Carlos, i lit a candle before St Anthony for you. said some prayers for your intentions. I personally feel St Anthony may be a patron saint for legal cases. He was bi located to Portugal from Italy to challenge the Judge at the court. He won the court case…

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      • Thank you, Barbara. Years ago (I told this here in a previous post somewhere) Our Lady told me I was going to be surrounded by people wishing me harm but Our Lady also assured me that none of them could hurt me. Please include my disabled sister in your prayers because she is the one whom these bad people want to dispossess. In the last few weeks my sister Maria has been reading about the Virgin Mary and appears to be willing to be baptized (just an impression I have, I may be wrong) and I am sure that she will experience a miraculous cure. Call it wishful thinking if you want but I am developing a strong feeling that she will recover from her mental illness through the intercession of Mary Most Holy. Maria was born on May 31 and, as she was being born, there was an apparition of Our Lady on the slopes of the mountains (our hometown is located in a valley by the Southern Andes mountains) that was seen for hours by many people. Some small miracle also happened last week: Since the beginning I have trusted my legal troubles to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. A few weeks ago someone came to inquire about my services here, the man saw the MM on my door and asked if I was devout. Later he told me he had been baptized in the local shrine of the Miraculous Medal, his parents were married there and also his siblings were all married there. I thought that “coincidence” was a wink from Our Lady to let me know everything will turn out fine. Thank you, Barbara and I extend those thanks to all those praying for these intentions. God bless you all.

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    • Kati says:

      Carlos,

      I am going to pray a rosary today for you. I fully believe that our God WILL provide for you. Great graces are being poured forth at this time. Y…que nuestra Señora de Tepeyac te ayude con todo… 😉

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      • Thank you, Kati. I am also sure of the undeserved help of Divine Providence. For many many years I could not get myself to truly trust God in everything. That was an issue present in all my confessions and I must admit it was more of a confidence problem that came from my upbringing. I had difficulties accepting God as a father and I must also admit that in my youthful years I secretly envied those friends of mine who had good loving parents. In time — very recently — I realized that I must accept the cross that God has put on my shoulders, I have to trust Him and let Him help me carry it. It may seem a simple thing to many reading this but it was a great threshold for me that took me many years to overcome. My “lesson” is now complete, God has put me in a place that is really tight. I am under siege, with no power, no money, no work, no near affections of any kind. And yet I have a roof over my head, I am fed daily, and have a modicum of money to get by. Sure it is poverty but it is part of the lesson. Once trust is learned God will bring me back to my former life, I have no doubt. So I am aiming for perfect trust now. Thank you very much for your thoughts and prayers.

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        • Mary Ann says:

          Carlos, thanks for the reminder that trust is an act of the will, not a feeling, and not a sense of security from good parents.

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    • Mick says:

      Praying for you and your sister, Carlos.

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      • I am truly grateful for your prayers, Mick. I hope to have good news for all of you soon if it is God’s will. When two or more ask the Father for a grace in the name of Jesus, He blesses those prayers.

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  3. Mack says:

    ‘Speaking of the crash, Drudge has link to story about bond rates in Europe going negative. Writer says “what comes next is anyone’s guess.” Even secular writers see it coming.

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  4. Beth says:

    Kitty Cleveland sang at my sisters wedding several years back, and I have heard her sing at a women’s retreat. I can’t think of anyone better to take on such an important song. Her voice makes nature sing:)

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  5. Chris says:

    This is really getting exciting Charlie. First you give us the song and now you tell us Kitty Cleveland will put a melody to it. Kitty has a beautiful voice. I agree with Beth…I can’t think of anyone better for such an important song.

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  6. luvmercy5775 says:

    Visiting Kitty Cleveland’s website, I enjoyed listening to her inspiring testimony regarding the Lord’s work in the life of her father. While humanly speaking he didn’t have an easy time of it, in the end all things worked together for good. Praise God. His mercy endures forever. 🙂

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  7. mmbev says:

    There is a LOT in your blog. First, speaking of primal scream, thank you for the deletion a few blogs ago.
    Next, I think you have been granted a marvelous idea about the Thanksgiving Song Of Rescue.and eagerly await the opportunity to hear Kitty sing it. (And I hope we have the chance to hear some of the other versions that will be sent to you.) Meanwhile, I just keep hitting that song on the favorites bar.

    Thank you for Jim Geraghty’s “rant”. Although Obama is very skilled at using Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals”, many Democrats are not familiar with the ideas and haven’t been trained as he was. The interesting thing is that many of them have just absorbed the behaviour simply by hearing it used over and over and over. It’s gotten so that I can practically state the rule used as I hear it. How refreshing to hear a sane person speaking the truth. It is so refreshing that it’s like a cool breeze blowing from the computer, leaving the reader speechless at actually seeing what was said and thought (rationally!!!) IN PRINT, in the National Review. (With which I am not familiar, but certainly should be.)

    Carlos, I truly appreciated you comment, and for a variety of reasons. The main one is, of course, to hear how the Lord is blessing you as you walk (with trepidation, I fear), through situation after situation after situation resulting from something you didn’t cause and you have no control over. I will pray that the means for the tests comes so quickly that it makes your head spin.

    I have no idea why, but I have NO pictures. Last night I was struck by a truth that has left me trembling (literally, and it hasn’t stopped-trusting God’s providence should do it.) I really needed to hear that God will provide. It is truly possible that all I have done regarding preparation for the storm (oh, I know, Charlie) is an illusion. Well, so be it. Whatever God wills and does is ALWAYS the best. He will show me the way.

    And Charlie, I will never, never tell Rick that you PETTED a fox, who then nibbled your fingers. It would cause him such envy, it might stop him breathing . His grandfather could feed wild birds with his hands. Sooooo. And it was decided that if he lay on the remaining ice on the cement patio with his arms outstretched and seed on his hands looong enough, birds would come and feed. Richard is where he is because God gave him ten times the normal amount of determination. He was four years old. Yup, it wassss a long time. Yup, the birds did come and feed. And every year, when thaw came and the birds returned, he would stand under the berry trees and feed them out of his hands. He continued his career, and in Jr. High, made friends with a crow, who then began to meet him at lunch at school. He was standing in his shorts outside and sharing his lunch with his buddy. When he finished the food, the crow was so mad it bit him on the back of his leg which bled.

    I look forward to tomorrow’s blog.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Ha! My son said most people have pet Collies, German Shepherds, maybe the occasional Labrador – but it would be so like me to end up with a pet Fox.

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      • CrewDog says:

        I remember watching a show … 10 years ago? …. about a 50 year Russian study/program to domesticate Foxes and actually come up with a dog like breed. They managed to do it but it took decades! They did it by breeding the ones that were the most docile and ones that remained the most juvenile. After watching, I wondered what the process was with Wolves to Dogs and Wildcats to PuddyCats 😉 Perhaps, in simpler-n-better times The Lord just made it happen …. as we Hope-n-Pray that He does to assist US ……. Soon!!!

        GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  8. Jim Geraghty ……sounds like a man after my own heart !
    Bishop Garcida ‘s article is indeed marvelous, Father Gordon and all other fellow sufferers are in my prayers. Bon Courage .

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  9. BJ says:

    power in simplicity your osinato …music is indeed food for the soul and often from the soul, ‘prayer’… look forward to your music board Charlie hope you got my contribution …..

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  10. Dave says:

    Your comment from above – “I, too, am sick of hearing, every time some goofy progressive plan goes belly up and reveals its inevitable consequences, the left NEVER takes responsibility for its failure, but demands those of us who had nothing to do with it do some soul-searching. Search your own souls, progressives.”

    I think it’s worth mentioning that the Russian supply capsule for the ISS that spun out of control and was lost….named Progress.

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  11. Bob says:

    Any suggestions about how we can help Fr. McRae? When we know a man is innocent and the system knows it and he remains in prison anyway, that is EVIL!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well, Bob, you can go to his blog, “These Stone Walls.” I already have it permanently linked at the right of this page. The Wall Street Journal has covered it extensively, as well as other publications and tried to press for some action…but to be blunt about itm the state just doesn’t give a hoot, it seems, even with the scrutiny of some serious national media.

      One thing is for sure, when the final crash comes and the walls surrounding Fr. McRae’s come tumbling down, we will have a pastor who has been tested by the fires with us.

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      • Bob says:

        I suppose with her testimony of her dad being freed after his unjust imprisonment Kitty would be a good one to lead ongoing prayers for Fr McRae’s deliverance.

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  12. waitingNwondering says:

    Hey Charlie, if the fox likes you, you must be doing something right.

    HOWEVER, might be a good idea to wear a heavy glove. Sometimes these cute little critters harbor rabies. Happened to a lady near me who was feeding a squirrel. Ouch!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well, while it is a bit unusual while I am not on pilgrimage, you would probably be astonished at all the animals I petted in the wilderness. When I was just a mere toddler, my Mom and I lived with her parents in the Norwood (or slum section) of Birmingham. I had quick hands and used to catch mice running by the holes in the walls. I was never bitten. But alas, one day I cuddled with one when I went down for my nap. It went to sleep with me – but my Grandma caught me sleeping with it curled under my arm and had a hissy fit. I told her they were my friends and never bit me…but she would have none of it. So crying profusely, I promised I would not catch them any more. It made me very sad.

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  13. LittleLight says:

    Charlie, you’ve inspired me and given me hope! It is an answer to my prayers! I now know what interior disposition God wants of me. Thank you, thank you! Let me ‘splain, the good the bad and the ugly. It is long, I’m so sorry.

    My whole life I’ve struggled greatly with anxiety, fear, anger, despair; all this when the world seemed relatively stable, and life was good. We have some hum-dinger ancestors on both sides of the family tree. I joke that some of my ancient ancestors must have been reaaalllly baaad, like the temple prostitutes or something, urg. By studying the works of both Father Hampsch and Harriet Lerner, the Lord has revealed to me that this is mainly a spiritual struggle. This has greatly helped.

    When I was a little girl of about 7 years or so, my Dad and I watched The World at War documentary footage of nazi round-ups and exterminations. It left me traumatized. To this day thought of such things brings racing pulse, difficulty swallowing, rubbery knees and feelings of nausea. I remember when I first started learning about all the problems Mark Mallet succinctly outlines in the piece he wrote about America. This process started for me 19 years ago. Even back then no sane person thought we’d be confronting a similar reality. The overwhelming paralysis was especially strong when I tried to discern how to protect those God gave to my care, my husband and children. It was back at this time, around 19 years ago, that I started begging God for protection for my family and us all. I can’t begin to adequately describe to you how this begging for us all was placed on my heart.

    Of important note here is an intense spiritual experience I had while attending a noon mass at college. This was before I met my husband. I will never forget, it is burned in my memory the homily the priest gave. He spoke of all the students he ministered to who were utterly broken by abuse, addictions and childhood trauma and the ongoing pathology such evil creates. He said to us: “Let us resolve, by the grace of God, to let this ugliness end in us. Let us not carry this into future generations.” I made that resolve then and there. It was a defining moment.
    Fast forward to the present moment, it is very evident that God has poured out His blessings on my family. Someday, everyone will know His goodness and the miracles He has wrought. If only I had words to convey, I could write novels! Novels! Still, I’m sure I’d forget something. Nonetheless, I see I am very broken. I see in spite of my best resolve and efforts, brokenness is all I can ever give God. I know that me, myself—apart from any specific ancestor–deserves the worst for my own sins. So it is with trembling and holy fear I beg for us.

    When I first started reading your blog this past November, I knew and feared what you wrote could not be dismissed, because it is also what I hear God tell me in my heart. TDL, living in the present moment, which St. Augustine says touches Eternity, was the remedy for the paralysis I felt in not being able to adequately prepare for what’s coming. But still I was hung up. Like a dog worrying a bone, something, something, ooh what is it, Dear Lord? How do I arrive at Your Peace and Joy? How do I do this given my brokenness? How do I cast aside these paralyzing fears that keep me from TDL? I know I am so very small, Praise You for showing me this! I must Trust you but I don’t know how! I long to say I Love you, but I know I serve You so poorly I serve those in my daily sphere so poorly, I know it would be a lie to say this!

    The answer to all this agony, I read above from you, Dear Charlie. I know you to be spot-on in your advice to Praise God for favors not yet received! I am doing this. Nineteen years begging, I KNOW that prayer was/is heard, LOL. I am also praying for resolve to act in faith and thus hope when all temporal hope fails. (I read that great blog you wrote; it eliminated a lot of confusion for me.) I’ve told my wonderful husband about this all and he was in agreement. We will be praying like this. Please pray for me to make a good confession tonight. God Bless you! God bless us, everyone (thank you CrewDog)

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    • charliej373 says:

      God bless you, Little. A great battle has broken out – and each soul is the battleground. Thank God you are pinning the enemy down on your battleground. Keep it up. T-D-L.

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    • Bob says:

      God Bless you “Little Light” and if we know that we are little and God is Great that is the beginning of wisdom! Thanks for sharing the generational healing God has given to your family. That is a great grace.

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  14. Kati says:

    Charlie,

    A few things…
    When I was a child, my Mom used to play Ravel’s Bolero on our Telefunken stereo and I would just dance around the living room with that music. I LOVED it. I think I am going to like your ostinato even MORE. I especially like singing about the fact that He will RULE!

    My husband and I also receive great peace while being outside here. We have a couple of wild turkey hens that have made themselves quite at home here. They are pretty much unafraid of us except when when we are walking our big Akita. We also have a beautiful and very healthy doe that always has a fawn or two here each Spring. She is missing the bottom part of her right hind leg. Either it was shot off or she was caught in a trap…but she manages very well. I have asked St. Francis to watch over her and he has done so for several years now. We also have red foxes and 2 years ago, I used to watch the kits play in the field across from our garden. I had to watch via my binoculars though. They are supremely leery of humans…but then we do have some homes up the road with boys who hunt and target practice often. THAT makes them wary of all humans. When foxes make their dens here, it is because the rabbit population is numerous. When it is no longer so…they move elsewhere. The older rabbits here though are unafraid of us and you can walk quite close to them. As Joseph Jalsevac says above… being outside with all that is VERY therapeutic and I am constantly aware of how much God loves beauty and how wonderful HIs creation is…even though it has also been affected by the disorder of original sin (ticks, chiggers and poison ivy are signs of that disorder to me….hahahha). There are also many wonderful birds here, purple martins that return each Spring from Brazil, many hummingbirds and one of our most comical is a Mockingbird that performs all sorts of antics regularly and always builds a nest in my Major Wheeler honeysuckle. She is almost tame too and very predictable. Merely from observing these things, one HAS to logically conclude that there IS a God and that God is very GOOD.

    On another note, I am also very aware just how much the storm strength is increasing. It is happening so quickly. I was gone for 5 days (and thanks for the prayers and intercession of all here and St. Anne….they WORKED!) and we did not turn on the TV even once. When I got home, my husband remarked something about the riots in Baltimore and it was a complete shock…so I turned on the news, then looked on the internet and was simply astounded at the NUMBER of major events that had taken place in just that small number of days. Amazing! I knew things were speeding up…but I guess I had gotten used to seeing so much taking place. It had become the ‘new normal.’

    God is at work to bring back healthy order!!!!!!!!! Yeahhhhhhhh….

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    • charliej373 says:

      Funny, when I was on my pilgrimage, all but one of the many foxes I saw were grey foxes. Here in the mountains, it is the red ones – which I like best. Nice to know you have some similar experience with wildlife. I like to think it would be so for all of us once right order has been re-established.

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    • mmbev says:

      I don’t care, I am not telling Richard about any of the foxes!

      The reason that we like outside so much, especially if it is ‘wild” is because this is God’s First Book. The Second Book is the Bible. I don’t think people were ever meant to live in hige cities surrounded by concrete. And even in big cities, the design doesn’t have to be that way.

      Paradise, Garden of Eden, didn’t have any houses. Hummm. no houses, no clothes. I wonder if winter was part of the punishment, but just not mentioned at the time?

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  15. Quoting: “Absolutely awesome rant! I, too, am sick of hearing, every time some goofy progressive plan goes belly up and reveals its inevitable consequences, the left NEVER takes responsibility for its failure, but demands those of us who had nothing to do with it do some soul-searching. Search your own souls, progressives.”

    Yes indeed! In 1945 Hiroshima was just a collection of crumbling piles of smoldering ruins. At the same time, Detroit was a vibrant city full of life with theaters, stadiums, schools, great neighborhoods, you name any good thing they had it for they were the most affluent city in the WORLD where whites and blacks could make a living, commerce, learn, have a home, a car, etc.

    See Detroit and Hiroshima now. The two cities traded places. Detroit looks like an A-bomb was dropped on it. As for Hiroshima, if it was not for the dome remembering the 1945 bombing one could not possibly tell the whole of it was leveled. It is a lovely city too.

    There was no air raid on Detroit. The weapon used against that city was American Liberalism. No city has protected Labor Unionism more than Detroit, few cities can boast of a longer ruling by Democrat administrations. People are beginning to see that the “wars” of Liberalism are always lost: war on drugs, war on poverty, war on trash, etc. I wish they’s declare a “war on prosperity” because that would probably makes all millionaires in no time.

    Here in BA we had primary elections last Sunday. I noticed that the “progressives” did regress to a distant third place followed even more distantly by the ridiculous left (the only kind of left we have here.) Yes, people are beginning to see that when the progressive left is elected suddenly everything slows down, prosperity flees, misery moves in, stupid laws proliferate, everyone is made more ignorant, and one cannot talk about what’s going on without breaking some rule imposed by the new dictators. For that is what they are: crazy dictators who do not know where they are going but insist they are the only wisdom in town,

    If the last seven years did not show the American people that voting to the left is useless, may be another seven years will do. I cannot understand how anyone could even think of voting for the former Secretary of State (I won’t name her) but apparently it has been decided that “it’s her turn” and now if God allows such an atrocity to take place please do not call me for reconstruction for I will be too old to be of any help.

    Take a lesson from Argentina: descended from being the 6th economy in the world to the 158th place thanks to endless repetition of the populist formulas of government. A country ruled by lawyers and military officers (except for one physician who administered the country brilliantly and was ousted by the military and the influential media.

    Wake up from the Liberal nightmare! Please!

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  16. EllenChris says:

    I went over to check out Kitty Cleveland’s website and listened to “In the Breaking of the Bread.” This is, I think, the most beautiful song for Holy Eucharist that I have ever heard. Brought tears. Take a few minutes to listen — it is a “soul feeder.”

    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Kitty+Cleveland+In+the+Breaking+of+the+Bread

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    • anne ovari says:

      I agree wholeheartedly EllenChris. The song touched my soul so deeply I just burst into tears. I think I was thinking about all those poor souls who don’t know about God , who deny His existence or have turned their backs on Him. I just felt overwhelmed by God’s love for them. If only they could experience this Love in the Holy Eucharist, to realise that Jesus would be truly alive in their hearts. I also thank God for the beautiful voice He gave Kitty,it truly is heavenly.

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  17. Bob says:

    When I find myself singing your little tune to myself lest I sound bad to others and my thoughts have no bad sounds, I find myself saying “And God will reign”. I Like reign better than rule as any leader can rule but only a Great King can truly be said to Reign.

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  18. Mona says:

    Charlie
    Will you pleace write the song so I can translate it to danish? There is a word that I cannot figure out how to spell, and therefore I can´t translate it.
    Mona

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    • charliej373 says:

      Sure, Mona…the ostinato – or bass-line is:

      And the people of the Kingdom,
      And the people of Heaven,
      Shall rise together,
      Shall rise forever,
      And God shall rule.

      Also, had a note from Kitty Cleveland waiting for me when the Internet was back up. She has written a melody she will put atop it…and as soon as she is over the cold that she has had, she will record it with her husband and give us a file we can display here.

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