Musings – Mallett, Pelianito and a Tale of Two Bishops

distant storm

By Charlie Johnston

In the latest by Mark Mallett, he touches on something that is very important but little noted right now. He says we should not spend too much time scanning the news headlines and stories any more. I heartily agree. The evidence is there of what has come upon us. Getting too caught up in the news now only inflames us, rather than really helping us to effectively gird our loins. In the field of battle, once a general determines with reasonable certainty from whence the attack will come, his time is best spent preparing for it rather than trying to find further evidence of what he already knows. I now do a daily scan of the news from several different sites, but I read much less than I used to – and headlines that once would have grabbed me I quickly skim over, thinking, “These things must come.” Yes, the secular statists are determined to crush Christianity and ruthlessly punish any who practice their faith, the authorities that are supposed to defend us are too busy appeasing Jihadists to worry much about us, the American government is actively trying to repeal most of the Bill of Rights, bad actors throughout the world continue to commit atrocities in a rising tide without any pushback from the “free” world. These officials have been tried and found wanting from above. Their days are numbered – and the number is now very short. Set your mind on how to build the world anew, for the old is passing away before us. Do not be much concerned with halting the rising tide of disorder. It is ordained and allowed from above as the very means to bring down a culture that, though once was great, has become terminal.

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Our friend, Pelianito’s latest post, repeated from Epiphany, is appropriate. As the old culture dies, we begin to raise the new world, to begin the Rescue itself, by living Epiphany at every moment in the present.

When I first saw Mt. Meeker in my vision almost 20 years ago, I told my priest that I knew it was a place of epiphany – where heaven and earth meet – and that it was home to me, for it brought together the two worlds I have straddled uncomfortably my whole life.

I never told my Mother about my situation or visitations. It would have scared her, largely because of the cruel fundamentalism she had been taught and intimidated with by her snake-handling grandfather and relatives. It was a comfort to her in the last decade or so of her life to begin to think that maybe God was a kind Father rather than a brutal tyrant always on the lookout for a reason to crush people. In the last week of her life, going in and out of consciousness and coherence, at one point, with my sister, Kim, there, Mom looked at me and said, “I know who you are.” I replied that yes, I was her oldest son. With a fierce intensity she grasped my arm, pulled me close and said, “No. I KNOW who you are.” Kim’s eyes went wide and she decided to retreat to the kitchen for a bit. Mom spoke to me – and clearly knew the fullness of my mission, in ways I have not spoken to anyone. She could only have gotten it from the angels she saw in such profusion in that last week. And she was glad of it. When Kim came back after Mom had laid back down, Mom looked at her with weary joy and said, “I have just had a great epiphany.” It astonished all of us, for though Mom had “revelations” and “insights,” none of us had ever heard her use the word, “epiphany.”

Living epiphany daily is, I think, how the people of the kingdom and the people of heaven join hands and rise together in perfect solidarity.

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LifeSite News has a great piece on how two Bishops were treated dramatically differently by the Vatican in the aftermath of sexual abuse scandals in their dioceses. One, who actually covered it up and further victimized people already victimized, suffered no consequence and continues to be treated with honor and deference in Rome. The other, who acted somewhat clumsily at times, but sought from the start to protect children and families in the Diocese, was forced to resign and treated as a pariah. The one who is still treated with honor happens to be a progressive who has participated in attacks on Church doctrine. The one who was publicly disgraced is a faithfully Orthodox Bishop who has consistently defended the Magisterium.

Some have suggested that Pope Francis is in the midst of purging orthodox Bishops from positions of honor and authority. I don’t believe that for a minute. Many had similar thoughts over last year’s session of the Synod on the Family – only to have the Pope close it with a statement that was breathtaking in its firm orthodoxy and gentle charity. I do believe there is a cabal of officials in the Vatican who are trying to purge orthodoxy. Certainly, when the equivalent of an armed robber is treated with deference and testimonials while the equivalent of a jaywalker is banished and disgraced, something other than justice and fidelity is going on. But Pope Francis is a canny man. You can fool him for a time, but in the process you reveal yourself – and woe to those who presume to treat this Pope for a fool.

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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137 Responses to Musings – Mallett, Pelianito and a Tale of Two Bishops

  1. Melanie says:

    Oh my! Your blog today hit right on. I too, have come to terms and have a peace with must come. I pay less attention to the news, less worry about the public school system that are now opening bathrooms for transgender teens, elementary schools teaching that a boy can marry a boy… God must come to restore us…we have gone too far. I try my best to raise my family with virtues and leadership that may be helpful afterwards if we survive the Storm. To be a sign of hope for others. God help us.

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  2. Kathleen says:

    Charlie, why not show support for Finn, Cordelione, the Bishop in Peoria and the small handful of others who preach the true Word. Where it not for Cardinal Burke and again a very few Cardinals, we might see the Germans and there wacky theology take over. I do have Faith in God but I am so puzzled by the Pope. I am not shocked but disappointed he is to be a guest of Obama’s. No doubt we will see Pelosi, Biden and the other Champions of gay marriage and abortion receiving Communion by Cardinal Wuerl.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Kathleen, you must not have read much here, for I have been full-throated in my support for Bishop Cordileone and Finn among others. And I am not done. Or perhaps you mean the Vatican should show more full-throated support for such Bishops. On that, I heartily agree.

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    • Barbara Dore says:

      Pope Francis is unusually smart ! He knows what to do. He is so different from other previous popes and he is chosen for that difficult time and he is sailing our Catholic ship in choppy sea which John Bosco saw in his sleep ( night visions.) He needs our prayers badly.

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    • Dave says:

      Kathleen, I too am often puzzled by the Pope. I take comfort in the strong assurance that this extraordinary situation exists because God has ordained it. As Charlie has pointed out, the rebellious segments are being given power for a time in order to show their true colors, and this surely must go for the church too. Also it seems like a test to see how quickly the faithful gravitate to throwing rocks at each other. I just know that when I really dig into whatever statement the media attributes to the Pope, after the 10 or 15 pages of reading, he really didn’t say what they interpreted.

      Dave

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  3. Kathleen says:

    Hope you feel better today! It seems you do

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  4. oldsterone says:

    I appreciate this post Charlie, and all your posts. Thanks for reminding me to read Mark M.

    Here in central Minnesota, we have a seriously wayward monastery, the monks of St. John’s Abbey. So many of us Catholics would do something about the continuing scandals, the half a century of sexual abuse that has accumulated over 200 victims of predatory evil. I wrote our Bishop Donald, to no avail, warning him that we would continue to see shoes drop as they did last week when the place was in national headlines that anyone can see for themselves. More are coming forth every single year, and this seriously has harmed St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict. Administration there push back when called out on how dark secularism has trashed the Catholic ethos here, as it has in numerous Catholic colleges and Universities in the midwest.

    We need prayers on this everyone. J

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  5. Judy says:

    That is certainly a majestic mountain! Godspeed, Charlie.

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  6. Centurion_Cornelius says:

    As always, Charlie, you are so inspiring. I can’t quite seem to get the image of “La Pucelle d’Orléans,” by Eugene Thirion out of my mind. Saint Joan rose to the occasion as no other.

    In her brief 19 years, she saw what was coming and did not falter. She steadfastly and resolutely acknowledge Him, took the next right step, and was a sign of hope and inspiration to all those around her. Saint Joan of Arc, pray for us as The Storm gathers–give us your strength!

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    • charliej373 says:

      I love St. Joan of Arc. She is one of my dearest patrons.

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      • mmbev says:

        Because of what you have said on the blog, although I knew a brief outline of her life, last week I purchased a book that seems well research. I think it is the first I have seen in a Catholic Book Store. Thank you. (WOW!, is an understatement about her!)

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        • Kati says:

          MMBev,
          There is another book that I think you will REALLY like as well, based on some other things you have shared here. It is a brand new book that has to do with Fatima written by the nuns who lived and prayed with Sr. Lucia. It is called A GAZE OF MARY. It can be obtained from the International Apostolate of Fatima. It is described as a biography of Sr. Maria Lucia and the Immaculate Heart. It is directly translated from the Portuguese to English by Mr. James Colson, who knew Sr. Lucia well. Mine arrived yesterday and I can’t wait to start it!!!!!

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      • A couple of years ago we were fortunate to have asmall suit of armour which apparently belonged to St Joan of Arc on display in our Parish.

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    • EllenChris says:

      Wow! Cornelius. When I scrolled down and first glimpsed that picture, I was really shocked — I did not know what it was, and I kind of scared me. St. Joan — of course. She has what soldiers call, “The Thousand Mile Stare” knowing what would have to be faced, and yet that totally resolute fist at her heart. And that is no wimpy Holy Archangel Michael! Thank you so much for sharing this; I am going to download it for keeping.

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  7. Lynette says:

    It is not all bad news here in KC. What blogs and others are not telling is that, for now, we are being guided by a good shepherd, the Archbishop of Kansas City in KS, Joseph Naumann, who has brought forth much good fruit. I’m sure he would not want this, but I am content to remain in his flock for a good long time while the powers-that-be mull over things!

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  8. Paul says:

    Hi Charlie…I’ve had the same thought lately about following news…we can almost predict it at this point. I’ve started reading headlines sometimes, without delving too much into the story itself. Seems to provide for better mental health.
    Regarding unfair and unequal treatment of the bishops, I was thinking about Chris Christy this week. His associates caused a traffic jam in Ft Lee, and his career may be over. Our girl Hillary deletes all her email from her term as Secretary of State, doles out what appears to be gross favors to contributors of their foundation, and these are just the latest items, and all we hear are crickets.

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  9. EllenChris says:

    Every morning and evening my husband, Mike, has a news program on TV. As I pass through the room, I glance at whatever is going on, and I get a few items here and there from friends or family on FB. But I stopped paying attention to it all within this past year. There seems to be no point at all; people are just dancing on the edge of the precipice while trying to convince themselves that everything is just fine. My prayers continue to go up on behalf of “The Clueless,” those who have never actually heard or grasped the Word. Meanwhile, there is this strong sense that God’s call to us is getting much stronger, louder and clearer. A close and dear friend does seem to be receiving instruction. There is greater urgency, but also a greater sense of access to Grace: God’s presence active in spite of so much infidelity.

    The offering of Mass for you tomorrow, Charlie, and also for your daughter. I do sincerely hope that the demon of fear that came at Mark Mallett — and so many more of us in its time — has now passed you by. I believe that it painted a more dire picture of the coming trials in your own life than will actually occur. It showed you the worst possible scenario, but you chose faithfulness, and so God’s mercy will be your strength and fill you with much peace. I never thought that you needed guidance or discernment a few days ago, but some words of real encouragement which is not just sweet words, but honest feedback. The enemies can infiltrate the apprehensions of even the most faithful at times. You have your priests to guide you, but the rest of us out here do have a place in not just supporting you but also giving that feedback. I told you when I first started here that God relentlessly *pushed* me to: “Find Charlie Johnston!” I think He did this, in his gracious mercy, not only for my benefit, but for yours also in some small way. We are the Body of Christ: the hand needing the foot and the eye needing the ear, all joined together and directed by the Head.

    Pray for me too, please, as our church is moving rapidly and inexorably toward its final crash at the end of June. We are having our three year, “General Convention;” the full apostasy that began concretely in 2003 is now bearing its poisonous fruit. I was told pretty clearly in 2003 that it was going to “fall,” but it has been a slow collapse that is now culminating. Like the other news, this is almost entirely irrelevant within the bigger picture, but it does cause me sadness. It is not entirely unlikely that we may lose our bishop. But, I am quite sure that the Bride is being prepared with no more rips in Her wedding gown. So — just trusting. With love and prayers.

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    • charliej373 says:

      It is a sorrowful thing to see something you loved fall, even if it brought the fall on itself. My prayers are with you, Ellen.

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      • EllenChris says:

        I have been told by older priests that 30 — 40 years ago the “liberal wing,” which had been small and lacking clout, asked, “Can we please just have a place at the table with everyone else?” And then, “They ate the table.” Which seems to be the only way “liberals” know how to operate. I was sent, without my wanting it, to be at the 2003 GenCon to witness first hand the demise. At that time I do believe I was told quite clearly, “I am going to let it fall.” This seems to be a true “word” because I have watched it come true. I did my grieving a long while ago. It needed to fall because the people who grabbed control pushed things to a point that was irredeemable. I don’t say that lightly: the Holy Spirit really was blasphemed. But I am sad for that dreadful calling of good: evil and evil: good, and I am sad for the real, committed Christians who have been sold out by this gang of “Post-Christians” — read: anti/contra Christ. I pray for the merciful grace of conversion and salvation of those who still have the possibility of waking up. But there are so many clergy and people I know who love our good Lord so much, and who may yet find themselves dying for Him, willingly. So when I read about bishops and Pope Francis (whom I love and pray for) I think: Christian leaders everywhere have been led down that garden path for quite a while now; it ends at a bottomless cliff. Thank you, Charlie, for your encouragement in the past to keep on keeping on in faithfulness to God’s Will and not our own. Thank you for your kind understanding and prayers.

        I really hope that my other comments in reference to your situation did not offend or annoy you. I have a button called, “giving pastoral advice,” and when it gets pushed, I go into automatic pilot. 😉

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        • charliej373 says:

          Heh heh, Ellen, I understand the automatic “giving pastoral advice” button. I have done the same more than a few times when I was not being asked for advice – only comfort and solidarity. Throw a stick, and a dog will chase…speak a problem, and some among us will go chasing after solutions to give counsel. It is a reflexive habit we share.

          It is terrible to see a tree that was once dear to us giving only rotten fruit. But when it happens, it is time for the planting of new trees…for as the Lord said, “You shall know a tree by the fruit it bears.”

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        • Mary Ann says:

          I googled GenCon, 2003 and otherwise, and it is a gaming convention????

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  10. SteveBC says:

    Charlie, that is an absolutely magnificent picture. Do you know where this is?

    I have a question for you. I see that your mother said that she knew “who” you are. I note that she did not say that she knew what you are charged with. She said “who you are”, not “what you are to do”.

    “Who we are” seems much more fundamental that “what we are here to do.” In daily life we say we are a plumber or an analyst or a coachman, but that is what we do, not who we are as people here in this world. Your mother is commenting on a far deeper level than what we do to earn a living or who we are as people, of course. She’s talking about who you are at the level of Spirit, of soul.

    Do you have any thoughts as to why she said she knew who you were as opposed to the idea that she found out about your apparitions and your mission and saying she knew what you are to do? And could her response be connected to your daughter’s attempt to find out who you are at that fundamental level?

    I do have a personal reason for exploring this question, so this comment is a bit selfish. Delete or publish as you see fit.

    Have you ever considered why she spoke as she did, using who instead of what?

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    • charliej373 says:

      She had a detailed conversation with me when my sister stepped away. She did know my mission. I do not spend much time analyzing that sort of thing. I just considered it another confirmation of what I still hoped might pass over.

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  11. Diane says:

    Grifters and carpetbaggers is what we are up against. They do deserve the term of the elites.

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  12. Lin says:

    I read Mark Mallett’s post yesterday, but really needed the boost to take to heart his caution about reading the headlines these days. Thanks for re-iterating his point, Charlie. In some sense, though, I feel that knowing the headlines may be helpful in assisting others in recognizing the urgency of the hour and also in fine-tuning my own preparations.

    In order to avoid headlines, I will have to change to another email service. Mine is a literal merry-go-round of news and “news”(ie, celebrity gossip) designed to distract. Any suggestions for a “quieter” email service? I know Gmail is very quiet, but I’d like to avoid Google if I can.
    Thanks for any ideas!

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  13. Kathleen Vacheresse says:

    Charlie, I have watched the daily news as part of my prayer life for many years. But recently have asked that all sins against God’s love be made known and conversion begin for the whole world. Especially our own country and our own families. As Jesus said from the Cross. ” Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” Things are moving so fast against the faithful now. I pray the Miraculous Trust Prayer throughout the day and often at night. I am sure this is a prayer for ourown time. Thy Kingdom come Thy Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Come Lord Jesus come.

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  14. Kati says:

    For Lent I gave up the news online and since Easter, I just have not been too enthused about reading it all again. It’s almost as if to say, “What’s the point? There is no wisdom to be found there. I stay aware now as one on the periphery. I too, as many of you have mentioned, am finding
    myself strongly drawn to more spiritual things, learning how to improve my prayer life and how to cultivate more of the virtues. It is a much more joyful pursuit and I find it is helping to grow my TRUST in God even more. I am totally aware also that this is GRACE that our God is generously doling out to us all in these days. By the way, speaking of spiritual development, I can give only RAVE REVIEWS to the Avila Institute for their courses (available to us all) designed to get us closer in our friendship with God. The Holy Spirit is definitely with them!!!! You can find the AVILA INSTITUTE in the menu at the top of the page (which Charlie has linked in the right hand margin, Catholic Spiritual Direction). No one there asked me to mention this! 😉

    Thanks again, Charlie for all of your frank and wonderful writing.

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    • Torchbearer says:

      I didn’t realize that Catholic Spiritual Direction was linked here. How cool! My brother Dr. Peter Howard writes articles for them and such. It is truly a great site with much to chew on. 🙂

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  15. In times when a kingdom is about to be overrun & laid waste by brutal savages a good king readies his people & slowly removes the most precious valuables from the palace to keep them from harms way. He replaces all the valuables in the palace with that which is expendable instead. He removes his finest advisers, generals, & soldiers to a hidden place at a great distance while granting the appearance of normalcy. Without saying a word to any others he himself remains within the palace along with a few trusted ones as well as those whom he knows are already vultures seeking to plunder from within. Suddenly out of seemingly nowhere & using all of his might the fearsome enemy attacks without mercy having no regard for either the good king nor the palace nor the kingdom destroying & plundering everything in his sight. After it has all been brought to nothing except for as smouldering ash, deep from the hidden place the finest generals & soldiers come out to surround & destroy the invaders in their totality. A new king takes the throne & restores all that has been lost. Francis is far from oblivious to the times in which we now live.

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    • Kris R. says:

      R. Sey M-T, the same thought occurred to me… That perhaps Pope Francis has removed some of the best for their own protection. The bottom line?… Jesus I trust in you!

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    • Matthew says:

      R. Sey:
      I have had these thoughts before especially as we have seen much that is good, true and beautiful in the Church hustled off stage in the name of some obscure renewal. Much of my life and home has been devoted to preserving these things. In the past ten years, as a layman, I have taught more than a half-dozen priests how to say the Old Mass. I know there are many like me out there. I hold a secret hope that after the worst has past perhaps the rebuilding will happen more swiftly than many think as those who have been entrusted to hold on to the treasures emerge and join their efforts in rebuilding.
      PAX,
      Matthew

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    • Barbara Dore says:

      R. Sey-Mouree-Tissot, Do you have your blog or website?

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      • Though you are welcome to hear my thoughts on different matters I have very little to add in the richness that has already come down through the centuries in the writings of the saints nor to the wisdom & the understanding of the Church.. Better for you to go to those sources instead & enrich yourself with a prayerful immersion in them. In this way you will grow in holiness as God brings you closer to Himself without the distraction of the modern day.

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    • Fran says:

      Thank you for posting this, R. Sèy Moürre-Tissot. It is eloquent and insightful. I agree with you wholeheartedly, that Pope Francis is “far from oblivous to the times in which we now live”, perhaps he doesn’t understand completely God’s plan (like the rest of us!), but he is doing what he is told. When I read what he actually has said or written, I see truth and beauty. When I read the “spin” on what he has said, from either liberals or conservatives, it is obviously said in the way that they WANT it to come across. It is so easy for words to be misconstrued, and the same exact words can be taken different ways. He is trying to get EVERYONE to look inward, and see where we need fixing or change (as an individual and as a Church), and to not be afraid of renewal from the “God of surprises”. Didn’t Jesus say and do surprising things to the astonishment and bewilderment of “his people”? Pope Francis is often being made to look like a bumbling fool, a heretic, and many are looking to “trip him up”. Sound familiar? He is deeply humble. He shows the love of Jesus. He is a “son of the Church”, and stands by Her, faith and morals intact. I will stand by him because God has chosen him for these times, and not pay much attention to what is being said about him. God bless Pope Francis.

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  16. Patricia says:

    Charlie,
    How true about the news. I find myself doing the same thing. I am either ignoring it or glancing over it. My husband has been a little puzzled as of late when he walks by and sees that I am not watching Fox News. What is there to watch? The same old, same old.
    A question for you: At least twice, if not more, you have said that we must set our minds to how we are to build the world anew, that the old one is passing away. Would you be more specific? How am I to think about that? In what way? Do you want us to wonder how to build a house from scratch? To plant a garden? To figure out how to make a car work again? To learn to fish? To think about organizing scout parties for food? To think about how we will organize people who are devastated? To do what? To set up hospitals? Churches? Schools? Retrain teachers, doctors? I think you get my point. If we are still all mostly here, then we will know what our government used to look like and that would not be too difficult from the local village on up. A great deal of us know how to garden. Some of us can build a makeshift lean to. So I do not think it is about how to fish. But what else I am just not sure. Thank you in advance and when you ask for prayers for others or yourself I always do it and put it on my list.

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    • charliej373 says:

      You don’t get your ticket until you are at the train station ready to depart, as someone else said here. You can do all of those things or none of those things, depending on what you are called to. The important thing is to acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope. How that plays out in your particular case is not something I can know. The important thing is to shift your focus to the future, to what gives life, to walk in the company of God as the tumult of the renewal comes, rather than get stuck wallowing in the disorders of the day.

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      • Patricia says:

        Aaah, sort of like how God gently nudges us to do what we must now and it looks like little steps but when you look back you realize you’ve walked quite a bit.

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      • donna says:

        You don’t get your ticket until you are at the train station ready to depart…..famous lesson from the wise father of Corrie Ten Boom…..from the best book in the world….the Hiding Place…..read it people, we may be doing the same for each other real soon.

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    • Mike S. says:

      Patricia – You mentioned how you used to watch Fox News. As did I. I’ve switched over to EWTN’s News Nightly with Brian Patrick and I am glad that I did.

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  17. Michelle says:

    I found myself nodding and saying yes, yes as I read the first part of your post regarding the news. The news is upsetting. But, I have noticed that it makes me want to say more rosaries. So, for me, that’s one positive that comes from scanning news headlines, etc.

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  18. Mack says:

    News can be an addiction and at times that is true for me. News is to the spirit what sugar is to the body. I agree that at this point it doesn’t pay to follow it too much. The thought of the Storm has been fearful but also profoundly consoling. Just yesterday a friend told me her nephew is getting “married” to another man. The devil seems triumphant but he will not win. Jesus is our Victor king.God seems to often wait until the last moments to pull out the victory.

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  19. anne says:

    i agree wholeheartely regarding news. I turned tv off 4 years ago and only have skimmed headlines since then. I feel much more at peace. I cannot stand the tone of voice the readers of television news ……tension in every word. just skimming gives me an idea of things and occasionally i read an article.
    Yesterday i read one where someone in Abbott’s Australian Government has said that climate change is truly an error and it is a ruse for bringing in a new world order. I think his name was Mr Neuman….cannot remember. However, many are very upset with him as you can imagine.

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  20. anne says:

    Yes it is Newman….not Neuman…… articles everywhere for people to read!

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  21. mmbev says:

    I was happy to read what you said regarding the news. Some time ago I realized that since it was going to be full speed down hill, that I was only hurting myself by keeping track of where and how fast. I quit following events.

    I have realized from the blog that I have neglected to cut myself off from some of the “listening” I do with regard to the Internet on topics that are going to change soon and I don’t need any further information.

    What a wonderful gift you and your Mother received before she returned to the Father. It must have been very, I want to say ” very separating”, being unable to confide to your Mother what was dominant in your life. I chose that phrase because most of my own life was hidden from my parents.

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  22. Colleen says:

    I just scan headlines too. I’ve been doing that for quite a few years now. My husband and I use to love to discuss politics before things got so ugly I just can’t stomach it anymore. You think you’ve seen it all and then comes another shocking headline.

    I have been following the police/riot situations though. My son’s a Police Officer and I am VERY alarmed about what has been going on lately. Once he chose to go into this field, I made sure we had many long talks about becoming cynical and how easy it is to lose your soul to the devil because you are almost always seeing people at their worst; in a time of crisis. These are on going conversations because after dealing with “not so nice people” and “no good deed goes unpunished” situations on a daily basis he needs to vent and a reminder of the end game (Heaven). But what’s going on now is in a whole other category. It’s become politically correct to crucify these officers before any facts come out. From media, government officials to every day people. I hear “but did you see the video”…Years ago my son showed me a video of a suspect who the police we getting ready to hand cuff. In the video you see another officer pull his gun and shoot the suspect for no apparent reason. I was shocked to say the least. Then he showed me a video from a dash cam at a different angle. What you couldn’t see in the first video is the suspect grab another officers gun and he was bringing it up to shoot the cop. If it wasn’t for that second dash cam the world would have thought the suspect was killed in cold blood. If was a valuable lesson for me about rushing to judgment and getting all the facts. Not long ago my son showed me a picture of a large array of what look like toy guns. They were painted with nice designs…a few pretty pink ones, but ALL were real guns. He said they paint them like that to make the cops hesitate and to give them the edge in an encounter. So when I see stories that it was “a toy” gun…well there is NO WAY for a police officer to know that at a glance. I could go on and on.

    My fear is my son will hesitate and get killed because of everything that’s going on. That because it is now the politically correct thing to challenge officers my son will get killed or seriously hurt in a normal encounter that in the past wouldn’t have been a big deal. My son has had many criminals he’s arrested thank him. It makes him laugh sometimes but I remind him what they are thanking him for is because he treated them with respect. I also find myself struggling with the whole “culture” that is creating this environment; my own anger…Sometimes I think if I die in the wrong “moment” in time. I’m in deep dodo! LOL It’s been a real struggle.

    We also have mental illness and addiction in our family. The one thing I have discovered is when things are “normal” for them they have the biggest hearts I have ever seen. I have no doubt they are going straight to heaven. I often think what incredibly strong people they are to deal with their illness every day; year after year.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I know your fear. After the Trayvon Martin business, several police officers among my family and friends told me wearily that a good half of the black people stopped in the most routine stops would start by saying, “You’re profiling me.” One, who holds rank, got mad enough that he told officers under his command to treat everyone the same – but if anyone started the conversation with that phrase, they get a ticket or arrested. No breaks.

      Meantime, the closest one close to me ever came to being shot was by an 11-year-old black kid who thought a cop did not dare to defy him because of his race. How long do you think that kid will last with that sort of provocative, confrontational attitude? Great job, lefties…you did what the Ku Klux Klan could only dream of: destroyed much of the black community from within.

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      • CrewDog says:

        My son the urban Cop .. now Detective will tell you the same deal for Illegals. They have been briefed by “agents” on how to “get away with … whatever”. They know to say “No Habla” when stopped for a traffic violation or even DWI. If a Spanish speaking officer is not available then rather than an arrest they just take the perp’s car keys and throw them down a storm drain. Just another “Sign” that our once great USA is “Toast” ;-(
        GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!
        PS: I’ve been thinking that there will be many tough times and decisions to be made in the near future. One of our duties that I’d bet God expects of US is the temporal/heavenly salvation of the “least” among US and that includes illegals and any “salvageable” human being … whether they look, act, talk like US or no! Separating the sheep from the wolves will be a tough …. and dangerous “mission”!

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  23. Alphonsus says:

    Gospel music from the American south: “Just a Closer Walk with Thee”

    Just a closer walk with Thee,
    Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
    Daily walking close to Thee,
    Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.

    I am weak, but Thou art strong,
    Jesus, keep me from all wrong,
    I’ll be satisfied as long
    As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.

    Through this world of toil and snares,
    If I falter, Lord, who cares?
    Who with me my burden shares?
    None but Thee, dear Lord, none but Thee.

    When my feeble life is o’er,
    Time for me will be no more,
    Guide me gently, safely o’er
    To Thy kingdom’s shore, to Thy shore.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Oh, I love that song. I used to do jazzy interpretations on my trumpet with various groups I played with. Always start out slow, then liven it up. Totally great song.

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      • Alphonsus says:

        Given your roots, Charlie, I rather figured you’d have an affinity for it. It IS a great song, particularly good musical/vocal renditions of it. Something I noticed before posting is how much more relevant the humility embodied by it is to human progress than practically anything the politico-cultural elites are saying or doing now. The darkening of reason has been truly astonishing, to the point now where you can hardly find it anymore, anywhere.

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  24. I had a friend with whom I used to discuss these upcoming trials. We would watch the news carefully for signs and make plans on how to prepare for these things. And suddenly one night, at a relatively young age, he passed away. He was quite prepared, physically, for the trials that will soon come to the world…but not at all prepared for death. Because, you see, he wasn’t going to die young. He was going to go though the storm and he had it all planned out how he was going to survive. And well, so was I. Like a thunderbolt I realized that I too could also pass away before any of this stuff happens…by a car accident, a sudden illness, anything. I realized that the only preparation I should be doing is to prepare for death. I recalled what my father said after he had a heart attack: “Don’t get ready, BE ready.” Toward that end I asked God to give me the grace of the “Revelation of Conscience” that is reputed to be coming upon the world, the grace to see myself as He sees me. Only, I asked (being the timid creature that I am) that He give me this grace gradually and gently so that I don’t despair. He has answered that prayer and it has changed my life. Little by little, bit by bit, He has shown me what I really am and it is quite devastating. While I used to pray a lot that He will have mercy on the world I now beg Him that He will have mercy on me…and the world. Oh, I still store food and water and make other such preparations but I do it sort of automatically, without a lot of thought. I give a great deal more thought to how I can become closer to Him every day. And now I too just glance at headlines and skim the more important global news. I recall the saddest words in Scripture, from Genesis, “He (God) regretted that He had made man on the earth and His heart was grieved.” I say “Lord, just give me time to make it up to you so that when I die you will not say that you regretted making me.” The storm that is coming is not about the sins of “everybody else”; it’s about me. And it doesn’t matter if I go though it or not. It only matters that I change. Now. Because I could die tomorrow… and even if I don’t I can’t change anybody else if I can’t change me.

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    • charliej373 says:

      A worthy reflection.

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    • Mick says:

      Singingflowers, this gives me much to think about. Thank you.

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    • CrewDog says:

      I’m sorry for the loss of your friend SingingFlowers but I’m sure that his preparations did not all go for naught. The “trick”, I think, is to be prepared in All Ways as best we can! Moral and Physical with the belief that God will not allow our feeble preparations … and Prayers to be wasted!
      GOD SAVE AND PREPARE ALL HERE!!

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    • Barb Watry says:

      singingflowers, how I love that name. Thank you, for this reflection and reminder. I realize this, when I have my head on straight, but it is certainly wonderful to be reminded, because most of the time I do not have my head on straight.

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      • The name comes from a first person near-death account I saw on YouTube. The man who had died saw a beautiful landscape with trees and hills and acres of flowers. He could hear beautiful singing but couldn’t figure out where it was coming from. He also noticed that the flowers seemed to be swaying in time with the music. He bent down to get a closer look at this phenomenon and realized that it was the flowers that were singing! Unfortunately, I can’t remember which video it was and have not been able to find it again. But the happy image remains. Oh, how I want to go to the land of the singing flowers!

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    • Picket Fence says:

      Your post has struck a nerve with me. My husband and I spent time discussing and preparing for this storm with our children and other family members. It was a challenge for him to meet, physically and mentally, and he relished it. This went on for several years. He even obtained a Concealed Carry permit. He had definite plans for keeping us safe and together at that point in time.

      And three weeks later he died in a plane crash. He had just turned 53.

      The grief my three adult children and I bear is still raw and fresh after four years. I now realize that I face this storm alone, without my hero, my high school sweetheart, and dear husband of 33 years. It is enough to crush me at times. I am not smart or strong or capable like he was. I am timid and weak.

      But God is good all the time. He has shown me many things I needed to see about myself, and He deserves only total abandonment to Him and trust from me. My thinking, even my devotion to the Lord, needed to change. I have been put in place where it is only Jesus that can satisfy me, only Jesus that I need in my life. I place my trust, and my life, in Him. I keep my eyes on Him as I take hesitant steps to continue on in obedience. He carries me, He provides for me. I pray that I don’t abandon Him in the fear and terror that are coming. I can only acknowledge my weakness, and come to Him with my empty hands, and summon the courage to let Him fill my broken and empty heart.

      He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. How good He is to me! The Revelation of Conscience continues for me, and I have found myself in the grip of Mercy, unable to even move, when He pours His forgiveness over me. How sweet His love, how tender His ministrations.

      There is so much that is completely unimportant in this world. The Savior walks with me, and I rejoice!

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      • charliej373 says:

        Gosh, Picket, has it occurred to you that your dear husband may well be walking right through this with you from the other side of the veil, keeping watch over and giving you little inspirations. My late mother, with whom I often had a strained relationship in life. has been wonderfully helpful and supportive of me these last few years. Mom was always a little intimidated by me after I was grown. I remember once, a few months after she died, I was back on pilgrimage and in a tight place. I appealed to her for help. I told her plaintively, “C’mon, Mom, help me. I don’t know what to do and you’re smarter than me now.” This was NOT a locution, but I swear I heard her giggle before an answer dawned on me.

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        • Picket Fence says:

          I very clearly recall at the moment of my husband’s death a very, very strong feeling that he was needed to work “from the other side” and that the work was very important, and could only happen with him there.

          You have given me an important reminder to ask for his help! Thank you. I seem to have felt his presence a time or two, it’s a strong sensation. I love your story about your mom.

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      • SteveBC says:

        “Picket Fence” sounds like a perfect name for you here. There is simply no way your high school sweetheart won’t be right beside you the entire way through. 🙂

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        • Picket Fence says:

          That brings such a smile to my heart. Thank you so much.
          ” Picket Fence” evokes old fashioned imagery for me, and my husband and I were definitely considered old fashioned!

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      • Torchbearer says:

        Picket, your story reminds me of “The Prophecy at Rome” explained by Mark Mallet back in 2009. Ralph Martin received the following prophecy in 1975 on Pentecost in the presence of Pope Paul VI.

        ” Because I love you, I want to show you what I am doing in the world today. I want to prepare you for what is to come. Days of darkness are coming on the world, days of tribulation… Buildings that are now standing will not be standing. Supports that are there for my people now will not be there. I want you to be prepared, my people, to know only me and to cleave to me and to have me in a way deeper than ever before. I will lead you into the desert… I will strip you of everything that you are depending on now, so you depend just on me. A time of darkness is coming on the world, but a time of glory is coming for my Church, a time of glory is coming for my people. I will pour out on you all the gifts of my Spirit. I will prepare you for spiritual combat; I will prepare you for a time of evangelism that the world has never seen…. And when you have nothing but me, you will have everything: land, fields, homes, and brothers and sisters and love and joy and peace more than ever before. Be ready, my people, I want to prepare you… ”

        I believe this prophecy to be true as we see God stripping away from each of us what holds us back from clinging completely to Him. The “Supports” this prophecy speaks of can come in many forms: material goods, ideals, people, even perspectives. And as He “takes” these things away from us, He replaces them with so much more! Picket, you are living this firsthand and I can see the fruit of it — your clinging to Jesus and total abandonment to Him. That’s what He wants for all of us. If we are to live in the Divine Will, then these things must come. I pray that all of us respond as God desires when the “stripping” takes place in each of our lives.

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        • Picket Fence says:

          The Truth just cleanses us, and prepares us, doesn’t it?

          Such true words from a true prophecy, it IS reminiscent of my experience, and probably many others here. Though I am bereft, I am so much more loved, and I rejoice to have one who was so close to me on the other side.

          Thank you, Torchbearer.

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    • Torchbearer says:

      This is very true. Perhaps a lot of people thinking they will make it through the Storm will pass away before or during, and those that think they will not make it will find themselves on the other side. A sobering thought. Like Charlie says, God’s ways are so far above our ways. We really need to take an honest look at ourselves and see where we are. Pride hides itself so cleverly in each of us. May we all ask and receive the virtue of humility so that we can be useful to the Lord at all times. And whether or not we make it through the Storm, God’s plan is always for our salvation. God, our lives are in your hands. Fiat!

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  25. donna says:

    Another beautiful piece, Charlie….My husband and I will only watch 6pm EWTN news now. The other channels are skewed and sensationalized. It’s the straight skinny. As a matter of fact, as we sit after dinner, EWTN is always on in the background including 7pm mass. Usually I go to 9am mass, but it’s nice to hear the readings and a homily on EWTN.

    Since I decided to pursue becoming a third order Carmelite in December, I have been spiritually slammed. I have been suffering from anxiety and depression like no other time in my life. The last time it was like this was after the birth of my 24 year old son. I actually had to take 3 weeks from work off to decompress from stress. I carefully stayed away from bad news as it was a trigger for my anxiety. So I am already practicing what you have suggested here by staying away from the constant barrage of the horrific worldwide news. My best efforts are to pray for everyone in the world but especially those who need conversion or reversion. Thank you for this reassurance from the Holy Spirit and the story about your mom on her deathbed brought me to tears….Continued prayers for Andrew and his family.

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    • Elizabeth G. says:

      Donna, praying for your vocation and for the spiritual welfare of all here…. From a sister in Carmel.

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      • donna says:

        Elizabeth, is it normal to get spiritually attacked when you choose this path? It’s scarey.

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        • Elizabeth G. says:

          Donna, this very idea of spiritual warefare just came up in our Carmel study sesson this weekend, as we reflected on the book The Life of Saint Teresa of Avila. In her autobiography, she shares with us how she was affected. I don’t know if I would say that it is normal but people who enter the interior castle are probably more aware of it and the evil one is certainly going to try to win one for his side. Words from Saint Teresa, “I am quite sure I am more afraid of people who are themselves terrified of the devil than I am of the devil himself.” And “It is of great importance, when we begin to practise prayer, not to let ourselves be frightened by our own thoughts.” Step inside the castle, ask for His friendship and return to Him all your love. March on with confidence, as the reward is eternal life.

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          • donna says:

            oh Elizabeth, thank you for that….it made me cry….how beautiful and sassy of St Theresa of Avila to put great perspective on this topic….it’s Jesus, ALWAYS Jesus, the greater power…..

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    • Carmelite says:

      Praying for you, too, Donna. Wow, my entire community is being slammed around.
      Daily I pray for health and holiness for all my ‘families’!
      From another sister in Carmel.

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  26. L says:

    I too just skim headlines and find myself lifting it all up to the Lord and feeling incredible freedom in realizing that He is in control- total and complete control. As you have said, Charlie, these things must come. Oddly, that brings me a quick consolation when I remember that thought.

    It’s funny, but lately, it’s like my heart’s vision is already focused on the victory of a new world and yet I know we’ve just begun to enter the fiercest part of the storm.

    My children are wanting to spoil me today for Mother’s Day so I don’t have time now, but later I want to post here a poem? Reflection that just poured out of me the other evening as I sat waiting at track practice. It was breathtaking to me what flowed into my heart.

    God bless us, everyone and happy Mothers Day to all the mothers here.
    JMJ I LOVE YOU SAVE SOULS

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  27. SteveBC says:

    As I lay in bed pondering, I got to thinking about the remarks Charlie made in this post and a few others made in comments about turning off the TV, avoiding the news. It struck me that this is a slow-motion take on the story that there will be 3 days of darkness, during which people should not look outside or they would be horribly traumatized by what they see out there.

    ISIS declared its Caliphate June 29, 2014, which is about 3.5 years before the Rescue we are promised. Evil became truly manifest. Since then we have been increasingly treated to horrific scenes of various kinds of news on our TVs and computer screens, which are the modern world’s windows on the world.

    The story about the Three Days of Darkness has each family looking inward, staying at home, and not looking outside in order not to be infected by fear. What if the windows we are to avoid looking out of are our TVs and computers looking at the news? The horrific news which is designed to spread fear into you?

    Consider this from a different perspective. Your next right step is always local to you. Once the world collapses, your horizon will shrink to what is literally visible to your naked eye. What you will see will for the most part *not* be scary. There may be privation, but most of the time you will be with family and friends learning to cope with the situation you face that day, not what someone 3,000 miles away will be facing. Occasionally (more for some than others), you will be faced with crises or attacks or natural disasters, but all those will come and go, and you will be back to spending time with family and friends. The rest of the world will be dealing with horrific events on a daily basis *overall*, but like you, each person around the world will only see what they can see with their eyes, and most of the time their eyes will see family and friends coping with day-to-day situations.

    There are (at least) two ways for you to get infected with fear.

    One is legitimate: you are attacked or have a tornado or earthquake to face, or are low on food. These issues will be around, but if you work with family and neighbors to face them when they arrive on your doorstep, you should be able to move forward, trusting in God.

    The other way is through the news, through TV/radio/internet stories about people and events elsewhere in the world, thousands of miles away from you. This is not a legitimate source of fear. For the vast number of terrible news stories you will hear from this conduit, you will suffer no damage. They are irrelevant to your situation, to your heart or your spirit, provided you ignore them. If you seek them out or expose yourself to them, you run the risk of being infected with fear unnecessarily.

    Therefore, the people who have been turning off the news or surveying it through headlines are insulating themselves from the powerful “demon of fear” who is trying to create fear in as many people as possible around the world, to knock as many people as possible out of balance, create anger/hatred/panic, and thus encourage murder/mayhem/chaos.

    Some of us may be able to withstand this demon coming through the TV and be able to summarize the news and keep track of what’s going on, passing along to others the gist of things. Most people will not be able to do this. The latter group needs to take the advice provided by the story of Three Days of Darkness and pull the shades over the “windows” they currently have on the world. Turn off the TV pretty much entirely. Use the internet for knowledge or connection with friends but not for gathering news. Turn off the radio.

    I survey the news, but I do not watch “fear porn” like the ISIS beheading videos. I drill down on news about the growing number of what I have started to call “threads of instability” like the recent election in Britain. I turn aside from news I feel is either irrelevant or infective, or surf the top edge of the wave for those items. I can take more than many other people can in this, but even I find myself averting my eyes from the crazier stuff, or reacting with a pulse of fear when someone near me passes on information that is frightening but only marginally relevant. Increasingly, I find myself seeking peace and balance, considering how I will act in the new world that is coming and living that way in the present as best I can. I can do that while still to some degree keeping track of what is happening in the rest of the world.

    For most people, though: You should be taking active measures to close off your connections to the rest of the world in order to protect yourself from being infected by the increasing pulses of fear being generated and transmitted around the world through TV, radio, the internet, and even friends who seek to share horrific stories you don’t have any real connection to.

    We know what’s coming. We know we will get through it only by relying on and trusting God and by working with and supporting with hope and help the family and friends living right next to us each day.

    The rest of the world has *already* become irrelevant to most people. For general information, rely on those you know who can withstand the onslaught of scary stories and can summarize for you the stuff you really do need to know. With that exception we need to step aside and protect ourselves from “fear porn” and “doom porn” now. The powerful “demon of fear” has ways to get to you, but you can close off many of those ways and have an easier time staying balanced.

    It sure looks to me that it is time now to pull the shades over your “windows on the world” and turn inward to God, family, and friends as the Storm ramps up.

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    • Our Lord told Sister Consolata Betrone “Do no look into the windows of the houses; you will find death.” He was warning her about being curious about the sins of others.

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      • SteveBC says:

        SingingFlowers (lovely name!), I am not familiar with this story of Sister Betrone.

        It is certainly an excellent lesson in how to act in one’s life, but my sense is that it is not connected to the 3 Days of Darkness prophecies or my take on those prophecies. Rather, it seems to me that it has connections to Jesus’ comments about removing the beam from one’s own eye before attempting to remove the splinter from someone else’s eye and happens to use a similar metaphor of houses.

        If you think I have missed something, I encourage you to expand on your idea. 🙂

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        • Sure. I was agreeing with you. I was referencing your first paragraph ( people being horribly traumatized by what they see) and your last ( time to pull the shades over your windows on the world). The message Christ gave to Sister Consolata was about the terrible sins of the world that would lead to these times if they did not stop. However, His reason for telling us to turn our eyes away from our neighbor’s sins was not about the beams and splinters in our eyes. It was this: (I’m paraphrasing here – quotation marks are not literal) “If you constantly look upon the sins of others and call My attention to them you force me to exercise My Divine Justice, which I do not want to do. After all, a mother does not want to hear the neighbors complaining about how bad her kid is. She wants to hear about the good things her child has done. I know what their sins are; you don’t have to tell Me. Tell Me about the good things that souls do so that I may show mercy for the bad things.” The thing about the news of today is that it is not news. I mean, not like what news was when I was a child. I’m trying to imagine Walter Cronkite on a black-and-white TV telling the nation about Bruce Jenner’s new hairstyle. Hmmm. Nope. Can’t picture it. The news of today is an expose of the vilest and craziest and cruelest sins of the world, the sins that are bringing about this storm we are facing. These things fill our thoughts and God sees, nay, EXPERIENCES our thoughts. Is it not enough that He must see the terrible deeds being done? Must He be bombarded with our thoughts of them as well? Consolata was well-named because her role was to console Jesus and call down His mercy, not His justice. And he trained her to do this by reminding Him of why He created the world, how beautiful the world can still be, and how the spark of the Holy Spirit still resides in the soul of the sinner. I said earlier that the saddest words in Scripture were that God regretted that He made us. It was Consolata’s mission to reminded Him that He did not make a mistake. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4: 8. And oh by the way, not only does it console Jesus, it’s pretty consoling to us, too.

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          • SteveBC says:

            SingingFlowers, thank you *so* much for explaining this. You’re right, it’s perfect, but in a way I had not thought of. You’ve really expanded my mind here!

            I’m sure that I can watch more news than most without losing balance or getting sucked in. It is a skill and a strength I have. I’ve been wondering if the world needs witnesses, people who can watch what’s happening without losing balance. I could do that.

            However, what you are saying either alters how I would do that or frees me of that. If I witness, I must not only see the bad that happens but also the good that comes in its wake and over time, overwhelms the bad to create something new that is worth bringing into the world. Or maybe I can let that task go and like others, turn away from what is occurring and start living in the Peaceful Land right here, right now.

            I’m not sure how I will decide on that. You have given me much food for thought. Thank you!

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          • Lin says:

            Singingflowers,
            This meditation is very profound. Thanks for elaborating!

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          • Fran says:

            I really love this singingflowers. Something beautiful for me to ponder.
            And I love some of your monikers here….singingflowers, Torchbearer, LittleLight, Crew Dog! I’ve thought about coming up with a really awesome name too, but then you all wouldn’t know it was me unless I become “*some-cool-name* formerly-known-as-Fran”, and that’s not so cool. ;-D

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          • SteveBC says:

            Fran, Prince did exactly what you are suggesting would be uncool. He styled himself, “The artist formerly known as Prince” for a while, and lots of people thought it was cool.

            I suggest “The Commenter formerly Known as Fran” and that can morph to something like “The Cool Commenter formerly Known as Fran” and then onward from there, one word and one day at a time.

            The Sky of Coolness will expand outward toward Mars as you explore the envelope of the Cool Commenter Universe of Naming Oneself a Very Cool Name. 😀

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        • Steve BC, it’s a matter of being selective about what news we follow. For example, Charlie’s post for today (5 – 12 – 15) is a bit of news we need to know about so that we aren’t blind-sided by persecution. Also, news alerts us about what to pray for. It would be irresponsible to be deliberately ignorant. But somehow we have to also become interiorly like the Blessed Mother, a “garden enclosed”, so that Jesus has somewhere beautiful to rest from His sorrows. I guess it’s that fine line of being “wise as serpents but innocent as doves.” Not sayin’ it’s easy…

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          • SteveBC says:

            Excellent point, SIngingFlowers. We all need a balanced approach to being informed without being knocked out of kilter. Different people will find that balance at very different points along the spectrum. In thinking over the earlier point you made above, I find myself relaxing a bit in my own attempts to stay informed. Thank you!

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    • In the midst of all this, I “stumbled” upon this Prayer of St. Francis de Sales today. Very relevant I think!

      The Prayer of St. Francis de Sales

      Be at Peace
      Do not look forward in fear to the changes of life;
      rather look to them with full hope as they arise.
      God, whose very own you are,
      will deliver you from out of them.
      He has kept you hitherto,
      and He will lead you safely through all things;
      and when you cannot stand it,
      God will bury you in his arms.

      Do not fear what may happen tomorrow;
      the same everlasting Father who cares for you today
      will take care of you then and everyday.
      He will either shield you from suffering,
      or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.
      Be at peace,
      and put aside all anxious thoughts and imagination.

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      • Judy says:

        Good blog on the epiphany and good quote form St. Francis de Sales. Thank you!

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      • SteveBC says:

        Janet, thank you for this prayer. Some people (possibly including myself) need to witness what occurs as best they can, but for most, this seems increasingly to be a time for wrapping themselves in God and focusing in front of themselves on the next right step, and letting the news about the rest of the world go. This prayer you have noted here is a beautiful call to that.

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    • Torchbearer says:

      Thank you for this intriguing thought. It’s interesting, b/c I used to interpret a lot of the messages (like the Warning, 3 Days of Darkness) as literal. Most people I talk to who are familiar with these messages still believe in a literal interpretation. But after reading Charlie’s blogs and being reminded that we don’t have it “figured out like we think” b/c God’s ways are so above ours, I have kept an open mind to other interpretations. To be honest, I have not thought of these messages in a while b/c I am more focused on the 3 Steps. However, since you brought this up, SteveBC, I am curious. Is this your interpretation of the 3 Days or are you just comparing NOT watching TV these days to the 3 Days?

      And Charlie, what do you think? I remember your interpretation on the Warning being a non-literal one. Would you mind telling us what you think the 3 Days of Darkness means? I know this would only be your personal interpretation, of course. God bless all here!

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      • SteveBC says:

        Torchbearer, you ask some interesting questions! 🙂

        Like you, I’ve seen Charlie’s occasional comments on time and duration with regard to prophecy. One that struck me particularly was his interpretation of the Illumination of Conscience. Some believe the world will stop for several minutes so that all can see their souls as God sees them. Charlie’s take on it is that we are going through the Illumination constantly now, with people being shown the consequences of their choices more and more often. I’m not sure which interpretation might be correct, but Charlie’s has the advantage of being more consistent with how the world generally works.

        One of the functions of the physical plane we see around us is to separate. To separate events through time, to separate things in space, and to separate us enough from God that we actually do have free will. So considering the idea that something given as a discrete event in a prophecy may actually be smeared out over a significant period of time gives a bow to the nature of our world, and it gives time for people to see and react and choose.

        My comment above was an attempt to lay out a thought I’d had that the 3 Days of Darkness should perhaps be treated the same way, as smeared out over three years and as linked to a system which actually operates in our world, meaning the internet and the news cycle.

        I do believe that interpreting the 3 Days of Darkness prophecies in this way actually works within the constraints and by the means available in our physical world. Like Charlie’s interpretation of the Illumination, it suddenly helped clothe the original prophecies in real-world systems and events.

        My intent was to explain this concept that had popped up for me to all here, to give everyone the opportunity to see things in a new way, one that may or may not be consistent with the prophecies of the 3 Days of Darkness but which *could* be consistent. We tend to get caught up in the details of prophecy and fail to look around for how such prophecies might actually work their way into our actual, real, physical world. There is no need for a miraculous event if the satan has built the fear-spreading mechanisms he wants into the very fabric of our everyday, quotidian existence. We simply need to choose in response to that.

        Although I may very well be wrong, this way of looking at things has given me a different view of the world, and news, and how demonic fear could propagate itself to all of us – including me. This led me to want to add my own agreement to those here who have been talking about turning away from the TV and particularly from TV news. I’m hoping my proposal with give people a way to think about these matters and to explain these matters to others in a way that improves their ability to make good choices of their own.

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        • Kim Johnston Hocutt says:

          Wow Steve, very insightful!!!!!

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        • Torchbearer says:

          Thank you, Steve. I just LOVE being shown something new! Charlie reminds us that God is always new, always fresh. How refreshing it is to have a new perspective. Your interpretation makes sense. Whether or not it is true, it has opened my mind yet again to other possibilities. I used to read messages and think “this is obvious! I know what this means!” And other people would have the same interpretation, thus “confirming” my belief. Thanks to you and Charlie, I feel like my mind has been freed from being like the Pharisees who missed the boat b/c they were too caught up in the letter of the law. I have prayed to Our Lady for YEARS that I would not be misled and “miss” things as they unfolded. As a result, She has led me first to Mark Mallet and then to Charlie & this community. She is such a loving and faithful Mother. 🙂

          It’s funny, b/c I have a house with REALLY large windows, all in a row in many rooms. I used to look at them and think, “How the heck am I gonna cover these things up during the 3 Days of Darkness? (LOL) I’ll be taping and connecting those large contractor-size garbage bags together til the cows come home!” Then I look at the “Three Days of Darkness Spiritual Kit” I that purchased a while ago and think, “Maybe I won’t need that after all?” 😉

          God bless all here!

          !

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          • SteveBC says:

            Thank *you*, Torchbearer, for saying I’ve given you a bit of a hand on this.

            You know, I also have found Charlie’s reminder that God is always fresh and new in His actions helpful. Of all the things written on this site by Charlie or anyone else, it is that particular comment that keeps my mind open the most. Like a crowbar, it forces open my perspective on what is coming. Sometimes I sit and just turn that idea over and over in my head, and it always leaves me feeling like I’ve just engaged in a mental spring-cleaning. 🙂

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  28. Doug Pounds says:

    Hi Charlie,

    Sitting in an airport waiting and catching up on reading blogs on your web site. Many beautiful people responding to your blog!

    Just a little irony in line with the news, there was an article on cnn.com (search morality clause on their web site) that tipped the scales for me to apply for the diaconate. I only read the article since I was waiting in an airport and ran out of things to read on my smart phone. It is an article that clearly reflects making evil good and good evil. Basically, the diocese of Cincinnati is making teachers in Catholic schools sign a morality clause that will revise contracts and forbid teachers from — among other things — living together or having sex outside of marriage, using in-vitro fertilization, a gay “lifestyle,” or publicly supporting any of those things.

    I am hoping to uphold orthodox Catholic teaching, but be pastoral in approach (like I believe Pope Francis is doing). John 8 is what comes to mind where everyone is ready to condemn the adulterous and Jesus says “let he who is without sin cast the first stone”. I think many forget the last phrase of the chapter “go and leave your life of sin”.

    I have my own struggles I am working on and don’t know what I would do if God were not patient with me.

    Anyway, I am tired of the news too. I just thought I would share this though.

    God bless from NH!

    Doug

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  29. Kathleen Vacheresse says:

    We have Catholic Radio Ewtn T.V and I read Woman of Grace Breaking New. That is where I found out about Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Nigeria Africa. Who Jesus appeared. To while in Adoration handed him a sword and when he reached for it it turned in to a Rrosary and Jesus said three times “Boko Huram is gone”. And now they are on their way out of his country. Our son David is General Manager of Ewtn Catholic Radio and has traveled Ithe country for the last 20 yrs and watched The Holy Spirit move across the country to spread the Good News. This is all in His plan for the promise of Our Lady of Fatima to bring us through the STORM to our rescue.Pray the Rosary everyday.

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  30. SteveBC says:

    Charlie, I think May 7 was a significant date, especially for Europe. I had a dream around May 1 that gave me that date quite clearly, and I’ve been wondering why. I’ve come up with two items. This could just be too far off-topic, but I did have that dream, so publish or delete this comment as you see fit.

    The main item is that the British elections look to be causing increased instability, especially for Europe. It’s an obvious “thread of instability,” as I’ve taken to calling such things.

    I hadn’t realized this until after the 7th, but two US campaign strategists were major players for the two sides in Britain. Axelrod was working for Labour. Jim Messina was working for Cameron and was apparently a significant help in the huge victory Cameron and his party won.

    I’m not sure why, but Messina himself is the other item of apparent interest for some reason. Do you know Jim Messina or know of him? He’s been garnering a name for himself recently in political circles, but I’m not familiar with him at all except that he was apparently a major player for the Obama campaign in 2012.

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  31. Mick says:

    Doug, prayers for you as you begin your journey toward the diaconate.

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  32. christiaria says:

    For those of you with school-age kids, what are you planning on doing with regard to education during this time of crisis? I’ve been homeschooling but was thinking of putting my only child back in school in the fall because–all things being equal–I think she needs to be with kids her own age. If all of this comes to pass, though, having homeschooling already in place would allow me to keep some sort of normalcy for her, and it would allow us to pick up and move at a moment’s notice. Any thoughts?

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    • Lin says:

      Homeschooling 3 here…and I agree, if the Storm breaks as it looks it will, I definitely agree with your analysis: that it will maintain a sense of normalcy and allow us to leave at the drop of a hat. It also allows me to give them more opportunities for spiritual preparation and to be involved with our practical preparations–I often incorporate these into their studies.

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    • Sarah says:

      Christi: I would proceed prudently and have a backup plan. Are you part of a (Catholic) homeschool group? This can help provide some social activities outside the family, as well as spiritual support. However, if you register for public school, you might not need to do it this far out. (For the record, I homeschooled from 1st to 8th grade, then did public school.)

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    • SteveBC says:

      Christiaria, I think you may find yourself inundated with people who want you to teach *their* kids, too, while they do what they are good at to cope with a collapse. Everyone will have to find ways to contribute to rebuilding our world, to be part of the web of labor and creativity that brings us back. Yours is a skill few have or feel confident in starting in the midst of crisis. Your daughter may end up with plenty of classmates, just not in the way you are now thinking she will! 🙂

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      • christiaria says:

        Oh, I hope not! I’m so unqualified–just learning as I go! And yes, we have an amazing homeschool community here–hundreds of kids in Catholic programs. We do Mother of Divine Grace.

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        • SteveBC says:

          Ha! Last I checked, total societal collapses don’t happen very often, so we’re all in this together. We’ll be doing stuff we have never imagined we would ever do and learning as we go. 🙂

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    • barb129 says:

      My children are grown now, but I homeschooled mine and if I were in your situation, I would still be planning on it. No matter what happens, she would most likely be with you all the time and it would make it easier to flee. Like SteveBC says, you may find yourself helping others school their children. I have commented on here before that if I make it through the storm, I expect to be helping others school their children. That is something I would be good at.
      Do you have a homeschooling group in your area? I joined one and that helped immensely with allowing my children to spend time with other children their age plus helped me to interact with other homeschooling moms.

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    • Torchbearer says:

      I homeschool my 6 kiddos ranging from 2-16. I think it is a total gift from God during these times for the reasons you already state. Keeping them close, nurturing their faith, having control over their curriculum — all these things and more are the reasons I do it. Since you are thinking about a change, I would just do what Charlie suggests with the 3 Steps. Trust in God, Take the next Right Step that He places in front of you (whether to keep her home or to put her in) and be a Sign of hope to all around you. When you feel at peace with your decision, than trust that all will be well. God provides for everything we and our children need when we place abundant trust in Him.

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    • Lauraelel says:

      We do not know what the storm will bring to our individual doorsteps. Make your every day plans and go about putting them into action. Deal with events as they unfold. I can drive myself crazy with “what if” scenarios. Be at peace.

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  33. LittleLight says:

    I had some thoughts, that went like this: “Maybe this storm can be a happy time in that we as a family will be able to focus on homeschooling with single mindedness and not all the distractions that are currently part of life. Maybe the academics will come alive at this time, in a way that has seemed elusive.” Quickly followed by: “Remember how it was during the 2 week power outtage, nothing got accomplished!” and “Whaaaa are you thinking? That’s not gonna happen!”

    While those earlier thoughts filled me with hope, I’ve learned not to trust or give much weight to any thought that crosses my mind, haha. All this to say, who knows but Our Dear Lord?

    To answer you question about planning, while at times I am sorely tempted to enroll them in the local schools, we both feel very blessed to have been able to homeschool all these years. We have all the curriculum and most of the books. I have thought of buying the next 2 years worth of consumable workbooks for them. If we are able to do so, we will. But besides that, we will just continue to roll forward and pray for hope and trust.

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  34. Phillip Frank says:

    Torchbearer,
    You can read about the three days of darkness in the Bible.
    It happened to the Egyptians and is well mentioned in the Book of Wisdom but I’m not familiar with chapter and verse.
    Phil

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  35. Phillip Frank says:

    Christiaria,
    My wife and I homeschooled or seven children who are all married now.
    It is a fallacy and a great worldly deception to think your child will develop improperly by having adults as peers instead of like aged children.
    Our children obviously had each other as Peers but we joined other homeschooled parents and children during the week to give them outside exposure but be careful as some children are homeschooled because they are troublemakers in school and not because the parents want to shield them from the relativistic education.
    The other advantage is the curriculum is far advanced even from private schools and our children score off the charts on SAT or college placement exams because of it.
    Phil

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  36. diane says:

    and any thoughts on our pets? Dogs, cats and so forth.

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  37. Mack says:

    Although I don’t watch much news nowadays, I do still read analysis. this article is interesting because of what it says about China and Russia. Of course the writer doesn’t know about the Storm, but if war with China is going to be part of it, as Charlie says, China is more and more relevant.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/418180/russian-bear-and-chinese-dragon-are-standing-together-against-america-tom-rogan

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  38. A Quiet Person says:

    Does anyone remember a song from the 40s or 50s called “Que Sera Sera?” I was sitting on the porch on Mother’s Day and out of the blue I remembered this song my mom would sing to me when I was little. I haven’t thought of it for quite some time. One of the verses and chorus goes something like this:

    “When I was just a little girl, I asked my mother, “What will I be?
    Will I be pretty, will I be rich?” Here’s what she said to me . . .

    “Que sera, sera, whatever will be will be
    The future’s not ours to see
    Que sera, sera.”

    You would have to hear the lovely, sweet melody of this song, along with the words to appreciate how reassuring to is to accept with peaceful surrender what this songs tells us . . . that the future is not ours to see. It just isn’t. So, if fear comes knocking on my door, I don’t have to answer it nor do I need to watch the news. Maybe I can just remember this pretty song instead.

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    • Kim Johnston Hocutt says:

      I remember it well, as a matter of fact Larry, (Charlie) used to sing it to me!

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      • A Quiet Person says:

        Oh, that is so sweet. You have to go back some to remember that song and I wasn’t sure anyone could. I never in a million years would have anticipated a new meaning to lyrics from so long ago. Don’t you think it is kind of funny that Charlie was singing, “The future’s not ours to see”, even way back then?

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        • Mick says:

          I remember that song from when I was younger, too. I know that Doris Day sang it in some movie, but I don’t remember the movie. 🙂

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    • barb129 says:

      I remember it well too! My mother used to sing it to us and I sang it to our children too!

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    • Torchbearer says:

      What a fond memory you have brought to my mind! My mother used to sing that to me when I was a young girl, too! I think I’ll start adding that to my list of lullabies to my little one at night. However, he’s a boy, so I’ll just have to change the words to “boy” & “handsome.” 😉

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  39. Patricia says:

    Quiet Person,
    If you listened to the song sung by Doris Day in the movie where it was introduced, “The Man Who Knew Too Much”, you felt plenty of fear. It is one of my favorite Hitchcock movies.

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  40. Patricia says:

    In Massachusetts this past week, public school parents testified in front of a House subcommittee describing a survey their children were subjected to, I believe, in the last few weeks. It asked if they had had sex and if it was oral, anal, etc. Parents were outraged.
    One of the younger state legislators, from Cambodia or Viet Nam, said that the communists did this to them when they were young.

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  41. Julee says:

    Well, I had a good bit of news I think readers here might appreciate. The radio documentary on caregivers that my husband, son, and I participated in last year (we were one of three stories) won the Gabriel award. The Gabriel award is awarded by The Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals, the U.S affiliate of an international Vatican-approved organization for communication. I actually never heard of it before but the reporter who worked with us and the producers of our local public radio station were happy to share the news with us since our Catholic faith was prominent in our story. “The award itself is a nine-inch silver angel mounted on a polished base of wood. Gabriel raises skyward a globe encircled by electrons to symbolize the communication of God’s word to humanity.” I hope Gabriel approves! I have to say that while the documentary focused on my husband and I as caregivers of our son, part of my motivation in agreeing to participate was knowing my nonverbal son’s “message” would also be heard.

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    • Mick says:

      Praise God! I’m so happy for you, your husband, and your son! God bless all of you, Julee. Please give your sweet son a kiss and a hug from me. 🙂

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  42. Maureen says:

    Regarding the homeschool question; I thought I had it all figured out, but Our Lord and Our Lady just made it clear to me as recently as this past weekend, that the plans I had for our three youngest children (we have 7, and three are out of high school), are not in line with the Divine Plan. Long story short, they will be homeschooled next year The three youngest are girls. Our son who is in high school will stay put. At this point, only one daughter is home with me. Varying educational needs have scattered them, but I strongly sense that we are being called to “gather them in”. It brings peace, and it is in line with what my husband has asked me to prayerfully consider as well. The ability to fortify them with the fullness of the Truths of our Catholic faith cannot be matched in any Catholic School that I have found! Thank you for all who have shared. I pray for the readers of this site daily!

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