Go to the Mattresses

Some men just want to watch the world burn.

Signposts

By Charlie Johnston

Longtime reader Marti McCullough of Wyoming sent me this very ominous new “Terms of Service” fragment a friend of hers received from her bank. Given the pogrom being waged by government and the culture against people who actually live their faith as if they mean it, this could be the beginning of forcing Christians to keep their money in their mattresses. Note the text that I have italicized. Since various courts are defining Christian speech as hate speech, this is ominous, indeed:

“Acceptable Use. You agree that you are independently responsible for complying with all applicable laws in all of your activities related to your use of the Services, regardless of the purpose of the use. In addition, you are prohibited from using the Services for activities that: (a) violate any law, statute, ordinance or regulation; (b) promote hate, violence, racial intolerance, or the financial exploitation of a crime; (c) defame, abuse, harass or threaten others; (d) include any language or images that are bigoted, hateful, racially offensive, vulgar, obscene, indecent or discourteous; (e) infringe or violate any copyright, trademark, right of publicity or privacy or any other proprietary right under the laws of any jurisdiction; (f) impose an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our infrastructure; (g) facilitate any viruses, trojan horses, worms or other computer programming routines that may damage, detrimentally interfere with, surreptitiously intercept or expropriate any system, data or information; (h) constitute use of any robot, spider, other automatic device, or manual process to monitor or copy the Service without our prior written permission; (i) constitute use of any device, software or routine to bypass technology protecting the Services, or interfere or attempt to interfere, with the Services; or (j) may cause us to lose any of the services from our service providers. We encourage you to provide notice to us by the methods described in section C.22 below entitled “Errors and Questions” of any violations of this section or the Agreement generally.”

On the other hand, going to the mattresses is not going to turn out as well for the cultural warriors as they think. Even if they do disguise their hatred as “tolerance” and their bigotry as “enlightenment,” God is not mocked.

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As money has gotten tighter, the taxman is coming up with innovative schemes – ensnaring ordinary Americans in laws originally designed to ensnare racketeers in organized crime. Russ Caswell owns a small independent motel in Tewksbury, Massachusetts. By all accounts, he has been a law-abiding citizen and supporter of local law enforcement. That did not stop a mindless, greedy and corrupt government from seizing his property. Thankfully, he fought the law and HE won. Unless, of course, the greedy forces of corruption are so angry at having lost to a little guy that they figure out another way to take him down.

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Meanwhile, down in Fairmont, North Carolina, Lyndon McLellan had $107,000 seized from his convenience store’s bank account by the IRS because…well, I’m not really sure…the color of his eyes, the length of his hair, the cut of his jib…the IRS does not seem to care about making excuses for persecuting people at random and seizing their assets – particularly if they live in the Bible Belt where they may be conservative or religious or a veteran or some other thing the government does not approve of these days. The government isn’t arguing he did anything wrong – but are demanding he prove he didn’t in order to get his money back. This government can – and will take all you have – unless you can prove you are innocent of anything, including any thought crimes. Ah, poor Mr. McLellan. He might have a defense if he can bring in his primary voting record and show he is a Democrat – and if he will swear that he is not now nor has he ever been a Christian.

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Why bother with these stories? Two reasons…first, if you are a Christian, you had better have something other than cash in the bank if you don’t want to suddenly find yourself stripped of all you have. Second, for those who still think nothing is amiss, even 30 years ago any one of these – or hundreds of otherangel-blowing-trumpet stories similar to them, would have provoked national outrage. Now Lois Lerner eats bonbons, IRS officials boast that there is not a thing Congress can do to them, and little folks get crushed in the maw of the machinery of government that was formed to be their servant; not their master – and certainly not their destructor. May the trumpets sound.

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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140 Responses to Go to the Mattresses

  1. Becky-TN says:

    Scary…..but, honestly, not surprising…

    God help us!!

    Becky

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  2. Becky-TN says:

    Just a thought….charitable contributions written via check/bank credit card. Hmmmm

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    • barb129 says:

      That’s what I was thinking too! Will it be a hate crime to give money to my church? Pro-Life organizations? The list goes on….

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  3. I guess it wont be long before they pull the carpet out from under us for following this website and any of the ones listed down the right hand side !

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  4. SteveBC says:

    I had heard that numerous small businesses were having their bank accounts seized. The claim by the IRS was that the people involved were guilty of “structuring” but what was really going on was that these owners were taking out and putting in relatively small amounts of cash for perfectly reasonable retail needs. I heard recently that the IRS has apologized for doing this and said it would stop. Who knows if they will.

    It is a deliberate attack against cash, trying to force people, especially small businesses which often uses a lot of cash, to minimize cash transactions. I have not seen any stories that this program to seize cash like this was directed at Christian businesses. It seemed more a war on cash than on out-of-favor groups. However, maybe I missed some stories that show this program already is doing such targeting. It certainly *could* be so oriented, if not now, then tomorrow or whenever.

    I understand that the IRS is *still* delaying tax-exempt status to some conservative and religious groups, even after the Lois Lerner affair broke open.

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  5. SteveBC says:

    For those interested, the Institute for Justice has a very large program to defend people like Russ Caswell. They are seeking to rein in or even stop asset forfeiture laws all over the country. Excellent people, as far as I can tell and worthy of support.

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  6. Lin says:

    Ahhh, now I see more clearly how the issue of “same-sex marriage” will lead to being unable to “buy, sell, or trade”…the immediacy is unsettling. Thanks for warning us! I’m guessing that terms of service like these will hit Christian ministries and businesses hard.

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  7. Dave says:

    From Daniel 7
    21 As I looked, this horn made war with the saints and prevailed over them,

    From Revelation 13
    6 It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven.
    7 Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them. And authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation,

    It seems we are well into the process already. The common wisdom is that there will be some sort of “over the top” movie going on, with Industrial Light and Magic special effects when we are actually in the end times. In reality, we have gone a millimeter at a time into real craziness without actually seeing it.

    I have only relatively recently seen the message from Charlie (and others are saying similar things too) that there will be a period of revival and peace and that gives a lot of hope and comfort.

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  8. Observer says:

    They are already watching those who wish to take out larger amounts of cash from their own accounts. Banking is a license to steal. They use your money for decades giving practically zero interest and then put you on a watch list when you wish to use some of it yourself …other than in their terms of electronic type manipulation and transfer.

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  9. rbiel2 says:

    some of this is being blown out of porportion. A term of service is a way for the bank to decline to do business or continue doing business with you. It is not a license to sieze or freeze your money.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Yes, that is what a term of service is. But what, after you agree to those terms, if you remain a Christian and they catch you? What is the penalty? Who enforces it? Does the bank just drop you? Or does it report you – as so many banks are doing now – to the federal gov’t for disposition? If so, what fine does the gov’t assess? Are there criminal penalties involved since “discrimination” is involved. I respect you rbiel as you have made many good contributions to this site. But I am not in a mood to be told anything is blown out of proportion because, since I was doing radio, I started in the early 90s describing where various innocent sounding policies would lead us. I was often told I was blowing things out of proportion. I was right EVERY TIME. One of my priests sent me a pdf of the handwritten note I sent him in the summer of 2000, telling him to beware, that new anti-“discrimination”, hate crimes, and tolerance laws were NOT what they seemed – that it was the weaponization of ideology which would be the spear-point in an assault on Christianity.

      Three years ago if I had told you that a baker who refused to actively participate in a lesbian “marriage” would have their business taken and personally bankrupted, even though the baker had never – and never intended – to discriminate against homosexuals, only not be forced to participate by contributing their creative talent to the celebration…if I had told you a florist would be subjected to the same…if I had told you that chaplains and military officers would be tossed out of the military for teaching from the Bible…you would have told me I was blowing things out of proportion. But instead, it understates the case of today’s reality.

      Now I hope you say this simply because you HOPE it is not so. But before you tell me I am blowing something along this line out of proportion you really ought to wait until I have actually been wrong one time in my assessment. In reality, I have occasionally been wrong – but only because I underestimated how viciously and venially authorities would interpret seemingly innocuous provisions such as this. This is the camel’s nose – and it is poking under the tent.

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      • It’s Lucifer moving pieces on the chessboard…a policy here, a law there, a lawsuit over in the corner…each relatively innocent-looking by itself, but moves that will converge in our destruction in the end…oh, wait, except that the Blessed Mother is playing this game as well.

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        • charliej373 says:

          And she is much better at it.

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        • connie says:

          I like to think of it as God trouncing the satan soundly and dealing the last blow by the Blessed Mother’s hand and how that hits him where it hurts the most-his pride! TKO by a woman-THE Woman!

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          • Mick says:

            Connie, I love the boxing reference! Now I’m imagining the Blessed Mother, in all her glory, beauty, and femininity, wearing golden gloves (because, naturally, she’d have to be a Golden Gloves champion, right?). I’m envisioning her nonchalantly beating the tar out of the satan with her left hand (southpaw!), while with her right hand she spreads her mantle over all of her children. And all the while, the satan is wailing, “No mas! No mas!”

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      • radiclaudio says:

        Earlier this year the WSJ reported that the US government quietly modified it’s banking laws to change the $10K limit for suspicious activity down to $5k AND established quotas for banks on reporting a mininum number of “suspicious” transactions and or clients. Failure to do so will result in fines, penalties, and maybe even loss of charter. Essentially, the government has turned the banking system into a secret policing organization and no one griped or barely mentioned it.

        We are all frogs in a pot that has been heating for some time and it appears about to boil. I guess some folks have more tolerance to heat than others but higher tolerance does change the temperature it just delays the frog’s recognition that their in trouble.

        But these things must come and we must pray that we are give strength and grace to survive, to be helpful to those around us, to die with Jesus on our hearts and lips if that is our own fate, and for God’s mercy to shorten the days of the Storm for us all.

        Much love,

        Rich

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  10. SteveBC says:

    On another issue, I just saw on Drudge that the Democrat senators turned against Obama on ObamaTrade. Here’s where it gets really crazy: McConnell and the Republicans are trying to help Obama recover and get what he wants. I can’t even begin to list all the reasons this is crazy, but here’s one:

    Has anything that Obama has ever really pushed been good for the country or the Republicans?

    Rooting for the Democrats and Elizabeth Warren has my head spinning. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Maybe I should just turn off the news and spare myself the insanity. 😀

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    • audiemarie2014 says:

      Steve, do you remember that workout guru, I can’t remember her name, but she’d pull her hair on TV and scream, “Stop the insanity!!” 😉

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    • Jean says:

      People are under the false assumption that the Republicans are better for us then the Democrats. It’s just another sort of hell, IMO (though I’ll take them over any liberal on the scene today).

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      • SteveBC says:

        And this certainly proves it, Jean. I have leaned Republican all my life, but this makes me act like the Susan Powter character mentioned above by audiemarie and Lin. 😀

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    • Barbara Dore says:

      who is Drudge? what about him?

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    • Dawn Walker says:

      I believe the Republican Party also has been taken over by Progressives.

      Can you see it? Has anyone noticed? They’re just laying back. They’re not as hysterical as the Democratic Progressives.

      They do-nothing, and let it rage.

      +Pax Christi.

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      • Jean says:

        My theory is they are all just reporting to the same boss.

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      • SteveBC says:

        Dawn Walker and Jean, of course you both have fine takes on them. I would like to add that I think there is an element of Stockholm Syndrome. The Republicans have been so relentlessly and viciously hammered by the Democrats and Obama for so long. Here the Republicans have the opportunity to (quite inappropriately) rescue one of their abusers and be seen as willing to work together (even though Obama has always taken advantage of them when they do this kind of thing).

        It’s pathetic, really. They’ve lost their moorings politically, morally, spiritually, and constitutionally, so they don;t know when to say yes or when to say no based on any objective sense of right and wrong.

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  11. malachi99 says:

    Ratzinger (Papa Benedicto) pointed out long ago in a critical essay the contradiction that is becoming ever more apparent in the western world. On the one hand the right of freedom of speech is considered an inviolable value that ought never be called into question (a contradiction in itself). On the other hand we are witnessing a swelling as it were of the concept of “discrimination”.In the final analysis the prohibition on so-called discrimination (read hate speech etc) is increasingly transformed into a limitation (often self-imposed due to fear and the pressures of social conformity) on the freedom of opinion and religious liberty.

    In a statement that bears all the hallmarks of his depth of perception and intellectual acuity he went on to say that very soon it would no longer be possible to affirm that homosexuality (as the Church teaches) constitutes an objective disordering in the structure of human existence. Prescient indeed…

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    • connie says:

      I am so grateful to God to have been witness to three Great Popes in my lifetime. Each has their uniqe qualities fitted for a unique space in time. We could probably start a new post just on the accomplishments of each one. But Papa Benedict I just mourn that we had him for so short of time, yet I SOAKED UP all that I could from his writings, teachings befor and during his papacy. Pope Francis is so startling and makes you stop and think, perceive things in a new way at times, he is, I think, exactly who we need in these times when as Charlie says, the Lord is going to and is even now acting in new and surprising ways. Papa John Paul the Great-wow! We were blessed to have him with us as long as we did. But our beautiful, sweet, innocent-faced German rottweiller, Papa Benedict – Well, I am still mourning his going from us, though I sense he does much for the world in his his monastic living. We have been blessed to haveso many saints among us, popes included.

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  12. A reader says:

    I used to snidely smirk at the commercials on TV which talked about buying gold, but as I began to consider more and more the likelihood of an upcoming financial crash, I realized that the American dollar will likely become worthless. So in light of this, what good would it do to take one’s cash out of the bank and stuff it under one’s mattress to try to salvage one’s finances against an imminent bank and financial total collapse??

    Yet gold has had a significant value since the dawn of civilization. This is not to say its value, for a time, might be significantly lessened, but eventually it will very likely once again be the basis for any upcoming monetary system, because it has always remained even to this day as THE precious metal that is valued throughout the world. Ultimately, the American dollar is simply a piece of paper, whereas gold is a physical commodity.

    In light of the potential for an upcoming “Storm” with its economic collapse and chaos, perhaps at this point the BEST things to do with one’s money is to purchase significant food supplies and other means for survival during an economic collapse (think the Great Depression, but likely much worse). Don’t just sit back and say “God will take care of me and mine.”
    -Yes, He will, but first we must do all within our means to help ourselves, given the information we here on this website have been given, and then once we have prepared both spiritually and materially for ourselves and our families as best as we can within our means, then God will make up for what else is needed in addition when the time of severe privation comes.

    If like me perhaps some of you happen to be in the latter part of your career and have been fortunate enough to have saved up at least some significant amount of money in a retirement account; well the prospect is that it will likely become worthless. So, I personally have done the only thing that I think one could do in this circumstance and that is to take out as much of my savings as I could and purchased gold. Who knows?? for when all is said and done after the Storm and civilization begins its recovery, perhaps gold might have at least some value. But then maybe it will not. But one can be quite certain that after the Storm the American paper dollars in our banks and under our mattresses will not have any value ever again, because no one will ever put there trust in it again.

    What say you Charlie?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Precious metals and stones have an intrinsic value based on scarcity that endures despite systemic upheavals. They can go up and down, but they never become worthless.

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    • jobrower says:

      Please continue this conversation. I am in a situation wherein I am head of household because my husband had a stroke many years ago and is unable to comprehend now. I have absolutely no idea what we should do, so am relying on you/this community to help me figure out what we should do. We have substantial savings. Thank you.

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      • joanp62 says:

        Hi Jo, this is Joan in Las Cruces. I see you at Mass at the Cathedral on Wednesdays. Hope to see you today. God Bless.

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      • Patricia says:

        jobrower,
        I know a number of people who have cashed out of their IRA and 401 K’s. They paid the tax penalty and they either reduced or paid off their mortgage and other debt and/or they bought gold and silver coins. Each person who did this did it in a different manner depending on their circumstances. One couple did not pay off their mortgage thinking they would need money (gold) down the road if cash went south. Another man said that he realizes his American Eagles (gold) might only be useful in the very end to help rebuild his business but he thought it better to have than to lose it in paper investments. Another middle aged woman, who is on her own with two college age sons, put some cash in her cookie jar for day to day bills and the rest of her retirement in pre-1964 silver dimes, nickels and quarters.
        I think you have to sit down and pray and ask God to help you make a decision. Since you are reading Charlie, then you probably believe that paper money will be worthless shortly. That being so, your issues would be do you need backup food, supplies, pay off credit card debt, and/or are able to buy some precious metals so you will have a beginning when we begin again.

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        • CrewDog says:

          What to do with my “Stuff” is a concern for me as well!
          If the worst unfolds, THEY will do what THEY have always done throughout history and that is pass more confining Rules-n-Regs, Print Money, Confiscate Wealth (Your Stuff), ID a Scapegoat (Jews/Christians/Evil “Rich”/Veterans/Tea Party/Pro-Lifers …), take control of the “Media”/merge it with the State’s Propaganda (Spin-n-Smear Machine), dismantle and/or marginalize military/police, libel-n-ostracize political opponents, organize a “Security Force”, disparage traditional religion/values, use a real or orchestrated “Crisis” to convince The Ignorant Masses to demand Government “Action”….. HullyGee!! … this is beginning to sound/look familiar ;-(
          Just read short histories of the French/Russian Revolutions and Nazi/Red Take-Over of Germany, Austria, China, Vietnam, Korea, Cuba, Cambodia …. and the recent history of any, long controlled by Democrat Party Machine, USA Urban Area in the USA to see how IT all unfolds. History repeats itself Gang .. it be happen’ now …. Here-n-Europe!
          I’m no Bible scholar but, as I recall, we are told to prepare for a time when Gold/Silver (Stuff) becomes worthless and the living will envy the dead ….. and The Lord will be our only Salvation … Remember the Jews in Europe, 1938-1945, who thought that hanging on to their “Stuff” was more important than….??….!
          Sooooo… I don’t know what to tell anybody to do as our current situations are different. Yesterday I had to visit my Foot Doc again and a Long Hike for me is not an option. Many/most of my neighbors are elderly but, like me, can fix bayonets, share our “Stuff” and, perhaps, Hold Out …. and, I hope, become a refuge for others? Ya can’t eat or defend yourself with gold/silver but Ya can buy/trade it for “important stuff” for yourself … and some extra .. if Ya can .. for others! I do believe that The Good Book also tells US that in the End GOD is our real-n-true Gold/Silver ….. Right!!??
          GOD SAVE AND GUIDE ALL HERE!!

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      • Mick says:

        Jobrower, I will pray that God guide you in making the right decisions, expenditures, etc. for your and your husband’s particular situation. God bless you.

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    • Dave says:

      In some instances, I’m sure it makes a lot of sense to buy precious metals, but for folks like me, there are a couple of problems. First, do I actually physically own it, or do I get a certificate? If I physically own it, how do I store and protect it? When the storm comes, I can’t eat it. I live in a rural area so for me, my best direction, besides food and water, is to amass tools that will be useful for fixing and building things. For me, being able to live in a world that has lost all of the creature comforts, and be able to help and teach others is where I feel I need to be. I have always been oriented to self sufficient living, long before any doomsday scenarios were dreamed of. Some of you may remember the old Mother Earth News magazine (before it was sold and watered down and eventually went away). Back in the day there was a community of people oriented to living off the land in harmony with nature. I now feel it was God’s direction all along to direct me to where I am now. People living in cities will of course have a complete different set of circumstances and constraints. Do what you have control over and give the rest to Jesus. My brain can’t handle worrying about things I can’t control.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Now that is a wise attitude, I think, Dave. For about a decade I have jokingly told people who asked me what I thought was aq good investment to get into outhouses, hand-pumped water wells and wood-burning stoves. (One fellow in politics – a good friend – told me once he knew I was “kidding on the square.” I do enjoy it when people get me.)

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    • Mick says:

      I saw this also, Carmelite. Although I don’t look forward to the fullness of the Storm, my thought is “Bring it!” at this point. There’s no other way to bring down the evil power- that-be and to usher in the Era of Peace. Come, Lord Jesus.

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  13. mary l. says:

    my Husband and I just cashed out our 401K to pay off dept. its ironic when he told my Dad about it he didn’t freak out because my Dad also thinks hey if money is about to be worthless then better get some ducks in order. other than that I got some rice and beans and God! I’m too poor to buy gold and totally trust that God will help us no matter what we go through hey isn’t this exile anyways? its just a blip on the screen concerned eternity. can I get an Amen!

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  14. Anne says:

    And what about the very poor in the world ……. The ones just trying to put food on the table today??? …. Do you suggest they try to look in their dirt for gold . Sorry westerners ….. This is painfiul!!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well, Anne, be careful not to think as the world does – which resents and covets what it does not have. I have no gold, no assets, not much of nothing. But I am glad for people who do, for there is a role for them to play in getting the world back to its feet by re-establishing an economy that can work and produce – and reward work and production. We must banish all covetousness and resentment, including the sorts that normally are looked upon as “okay” by the pious. Those who have “more” can do more – and if they do, they are blessed.

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      • Eric says:

        Rock solid comment.

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      • Eric says:

        Rock solid comment and refreshing to hear.

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      • Anne says:

        I understand what you are saying but let us not forget those in many places who really are on Prvidence now!

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      • My daughter recently said, “Oh, first world problems.” and it has bothered me and not settled well with me for weeks. I understand what she meant, that there are many people on our planet with problems that are so basic it is hard to imagine, lack of food, water and clothing. Yet I am also concerned about this comment and the roots of it. You see we don’t live in a 3rd world country and our problems, struggles, crosses, etc are ours. Yes, there are times when we whine about the ridiculousness but you don’t think some kid running around on the banks of Congo has ever complained about something that maybe he should step back and be thankful for? We are all where we are and must be put back on the path of “the Way” whenever we stray whether it’s in the first world or the 3rd. We must look at our means and our hearts and give accordingly, love accordingly, encourage, offer, support, sacrifice, raise up, honor, respect, and the list goes on. We are a family of ten with no retirement, savings, precious metals, stocks, bonds or investments. We live on God’s providence and what we have to offer is what God created us to be. We have our home and it has open doors. We trust, we are grateful, we strive to live in God’s will. We put our best foot forward, we imagine, we aim to inspire, we work hard, we love, we praise, we create. We do have much, much more than those in a third world and we hope to share the love!

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        • charliej373 says:

          You are on target, Planting. We are each called to care for the problems we have – and not avoid them because they don’t seem as dire as someone else’s. When the Germanic tribes started running skirmishes, Rome had what was then a first-world problem. It didn’t take care of it and collapsed. When the Jacobins rose, France had a first-world problem. It didn’t take care of it and the King lost his head. When a failed artist started rousing the rabble in Germany, the rest of Europe had a first-world problem. It tried to ignore it and near 80 million people were consumed in the conflagration that followed. When someone in the third world has a problem and cannot deal with it, several die. When people in the first world have a problem and ignore it, millions die. I hope your daughter would not laugh off a diagnosis of diabetes just because it wasn’t cancer. For each of us, we are held accountable for the problems that we can deal with, not the ones that someone else has to deal with.

          We have more blessings we could share…but when we fall, great is the fall and great the fallout for all the world.

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          • LittleLight says:

            I once read a blog written by an Argentinian man who lived through his country’s economic crash. One of the things he said was very valuable for barter was small amounts of precious metals—not unlike small pieces of jewelry, even broken jewelry.
            For example he said that it was better to have less valuable, smaller items, because not many could make change for a large gold coin.

            This gave me hope, and I thought I’d pass it along. Unfortunately for us, we have debt. But I long ago surrendered this to our Lord. I am confident He and Our Lady will lead me and mine through this shadow of death as we strive to hope, love and trust. Praise God!

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        • Petra says:

          What “first world problems” really refers to are complaints about trivial frustrating things as if they are important (such as not having a wifi connection when you want), or bragging about wealth in the form of a complaint (such as, I can’t decide whether to go to a FIgi resort or hire a yacht for our month vacation this year.) It is often used to shame people who complain about trivial things.

          I don’t know the context where she said this, but her offhand comment would nag at me too, because it seems to reflect a world view that there is a huge safety net in first world countries that will catch you if things go wrong, but the truth is many of us are just one major illness or accident from bankruptcy or even homelessness. The risk is not minimal, and as one of the grown-ups who must know and manage that risk for your family, it’s not something trivial. But then, your daughter’s young, and she might realize she’s lucky she has only first world problems! 🙂 God bless her. I’m sure she really meant nothing by it.

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    • Michelle says:

      Ha ha, Anne. My husband just recently said, “We just don’t know what will be valuable when our economy crashes. Maybe it will be dirt!”

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      • I believe Pere Lamy made the same prediction many years ago !

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        • Michelle says:

          Ascot, I didn’t know who Pere Lamy was, so I spent the morning reading about him. What a wonderful holy priest and mystic. Thanks.

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          • Mick says:

            Michelle, your husband’s comment immediately made me think of Pere Lamy; and then I read Ascot’s comment. It’s interesting that we both thought the same thing.

            By the way, I have a book on Pere Lamy, if you’d ever like to read it. It’s not too long (a couple hundred pages). His bishop described him as “another Cure of Ars.” (It was this book that, oddly enough, got me thinking about moving to the country and buying a farm.)

            Let me know if you’d like me to send it to you. 🙂

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      • Jean says:

        Well that is funny; but I think it will be…a friend.

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    • Patricia says:

      Anne, maybe I am only opening up an argument with you but I am truly confused as to how you got from people moving their retirements to safety (which is their savings they worked all their lives for) to thinking that anyone here would snidely suggest that the very poor of the world should look in the dirt for gold.
      Btw, my mother told me years ago, some Jewish mothers were able to send their children to safety because they had sewn cloth over small gold coins and used them as the buttons on their coats. The “buttons” were snipped off , f needed, to bribe the Nazi’s. The point being that precious metals have a value and use that you may not foresee but others might. It does not make them selfish, nasty nor ignore of the woes of others.

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      • Mick says:

        Patricia, I may be wrong (it happens a LOT); but I took Anne’s comment very differently. It sounded to me like she was asking whether the poor should consider prospecting (looking in their dirt for gold, the way they old-timers did it). Perhaps her comment was hyperbolic or tongue-in-cheek, but I don’t think she meant any harm by it. Just my take.

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    • EllenChris says:

      It is my not-nearly-humble-enough opinion that people do have real “gold” in their dirt — the ability to grow food. Gold does have intrinsic value, but only where there is enough food grown by a few people to feed a lot of people — that is, a “surplus.” Food surplus leads to specialization which means that some people do not grow food at all but rather make useful objects such as pottery. The next level occurs when some people do not produce goods but carry out services which people find helpful, and at that point you have an economic system. If the whole world is in chaos, and I have a plot of land which is growing food, I would be more likely to trade you some of my food for a really useful object than for some gold which I cannot eat or use. But, hey, that’s just me. 😉

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      • Patricia says:

        Ellen Chris,
        It is true that land that houses a garden will be worth it’s weight in gold. And, if you have surplus food and everything else that you need in life at the moment, it is not a bad thing to take gold from someone in payment for your food.

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        • EllenChris says:

          If I actually had surplus food in a situation like that, I would not take any payment for it. Particularly someone’s grandma’s ring because that was all they had. I am hoping to be able to allow God to turn my head around to an entirely different way of thinking about wealth — of which I have none anyway. So. moot.

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          • Michelle says:

            Oh, that made me laugh, Ellenchris. It’s going to be such a reset. We’ll all have nothing but after some time we’ll have more than we did before. I can’t quite put it into words but I’m not talking about material things. Friendships, closeness to family, honesty will be important again, trust will be important again and so much more, but I can’t seem to put it into words.

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          • Patricia says:

            EllenChris,
            I debated about whether to respond to your post but here it is: “it is not a bad thing to take gold from someone in payment for your food” was meant exactly as I wrote it. As it stands, the statement is fine. Payment in gold may be just what you need because you have “everything” else. It may be that you have no room left to put another piece of equipment or food and a tiny gold coin is easily put away.
            People who have the means to pay for food will want to. Self-respecting people want to pay for what they receive, if they are able to. I expect we will be in many situations where people will not be able to and will be happy to be given what we can and we will be happy to give. And, of that situation, I was not speaking.
            The entire conversation about gold and silver relates to people who have savings and retirement. The issue is do they leave it in paper or move it over to something physical they can hold in their hand. Well, the Bible tells us that a prudent person sees the storm coming and takes shelter. Precious metals are shelter for your savings, if you have any. Some of us do. I do not. Our retirement paid for college educations. But, if I had any retirement left, it surely would not be in paper.
            Also, it is entirely possible, and more than likely, that precious metals will be of no use until and ,even then, the time we go about rebuilding a devastated society.
            Surely, the Magi must have thought that the Blessed Virgin Mary would have a use for gold because it was one of the gifts they gave to Her for Baby Jesus. In Her flight to Egypt it might have come in good use.

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          • EllenChris says:

            Thanks for getting back to me, Patricia — no problem. 🙂 I understand what you said, and was not second-guessing it. Paying for things does help to keep a person’s dignity. I was involved with a second-hand clothes “closet” some years ago, and people were asked to pay a little bit for what they took. They would go to the cash register and feel that they were buying something — for just a dollar or two — rather than taking a handout. If a farmer or gardener is growing food, they should expect to be able to sell it and be fairly compensated. But what I said is also just to be taken at face value. I would not accept someone’s heirlooms in exchange for being able to eat. I would hope not to have to face someone demanding my wedding ring in exchange for some potatoes.

            My husband and I do not have a food stockpile; we do not have a retirement fund or a sizable bank account or anything like that. We don’t even own the house we live in and could be evicted any time. We are both enrolled in a retirement system, but we have suspected for a long time that we will most likely get little or nothing from it. I am not criticizing the prudent provisions of anyone else. Doing what is fiscally responsible is, indeed a virtuous thing — seriously. Myself, I am just not really concerned about it. Our good Lord has never left me out in the cold in spite of some scary adventures. It’s okay. I am trying to do a little bit of prudent planning as I am able — the rest I am leaving to Him.

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          • SteveBC says:

            I would like to add a point here. One thing Charlie mentioned is that on his walk through the US, he learned very quickly to accept gifts from people. In the case of someone needing some food from you, EllenChris, you do not have to charge someone their gold ring (or whatever). However, if they offer it to you in appreciation for what you give to them (and they might!), then I suggest that you should accept it graciously. Write down who gave it to you in your journal, and once the world has gotten back on track, give it back to them. It’s also possible that that gift to you of a ring (or whatever) might turn out to be exactly what you need to handle an emergency of your own later in the Storm. If so, you can pass on the name of the original owner to the person you give the ring to. Perhaps that ring will go back to the original owner someday from the ultimate receiver of it.

            Another comment I’d like to make is that we are going to have to rebuild our economy from the neighborhood level on up. A few months ago I mentioned that I thought one of the best kinds of preparation work to do was to collect now any items or tools or supplies or literature you might need in order to create value in your budding neighborhood economy after the Collapse. Each of us has skills and likes to do certain things. If we have the tools etc needed to be able to pursue those skills and interests, we can contribute to the rebuilding, each in our own special way.

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          • Mick says:

            Michelle, I agree wholeheartedly (and I think you did a great job putting those thoughts into words). 🙂

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          • Lily says:

            Agreed, Steve. I see everyone I know moving out of town, but God seemed to move us into town. Being a part of the neighbourhood rebuild seems to be where we’re headed, or else the forest. Lol!

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  15. Erin says:

    Charlie and all,
    I have a trumpet to sound as well. I was in my local grocery store last year, and I had this creep follow me around and tell me twice that I “would be moving soon.” Now what to make of that? It was just plain weird. There is not a shortage of goofies right now. If it’s government I figure they already know where I live. No I’m not a crazy person. And being a woman, we have this sense that “something is not right.” Be aware of your surroundings. Just a heads up!
    God bless,
    Erin

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    • charliej373 says:

      Yeah, there are, I think, more than the normal amount of crazies out there.

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    • Michelle says:

      My husband and I have learned to look everyone in the eye when we are out and about in public. Weird that we had to teach ourselves to do that. It’s a good way to be friendly, but it is also a good way to know what is going on around you. A mugger is less likely to go after someone who could describe them.

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      • Mary Ann says:

        Good idea, and counter to the “custody of the eyes” and “modest downcast look” that young Catholic girls were always taught. That school of thought is enjoying a resurgence. Of course, underlying it is much good, but reality is reality and ladies aren’t kept indoors or in castle towers anymore.

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  16. Working on a talk for my SOUL FOOD ministry, I came across this lengthy quotation from 2012 or so. I copied it from Pelianito’s blog, a comment which resounds so strongly with me today–even more than it did three years ago:
    —–13. I recently read on a Catholic blog which I follow: “There is no doubt about it: we are at war. Our Lady is the Commanding General of the army of God’s children. The Woman clothed with the Sun, just as we read about in the passage from the Song of Songs chapter 6, made famous by the Catena Prayer of the Legion of Mary: ‘Who is this that comes forth like the dawn, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army in battle array?’

    14. “I think we are being asked to look at intercessory prayer in a different way, in the strategy of the Holy Spirit. Our Holy Father used this exact image recently: the Church as a field hospital! For those of you in this family who have been called to be prayer warriors, I sense that these words will resonate strongly and clearly. It is a charism that will find a place more readily in the hearts of our men perhaps, those who may have studied strategic warfare and combat. Or those who have been part of deliverance ministry. The spiritual realm is a reflection of the temporal realm. When we can see the ‘movement of troops’ on the ground, we can also know that they are present in the air. The Nine Choirs of Holy Angels (and the fallen ones) have very specific missions and fields of action with a perfect structure of hierarchy.

    15. “I truly believe that the Lord desires to give this special understanding of strategic intercession to His prayer warriors, each soldier having his or her perfect position on the field. Some are to maintain supply lines of constant prayer (those in perpetual prayer of the Rosary and the DMC). Others are to work reconnaissance and help maintain visibility from above (Contemplatives). Yet others are to work in operations, the menial tasks of repairing and preparing in the field, tasks that often seem less glorious but without which no battle could possibly be waged (those who suffer persecution, illness, and all forms of vexation, those who minister actively and suffer direct retaliation for it). I was once told that for every soldier in battle on the field there are at least TEN people working in the background to make it possible! Each soldier has a perfect role to play in this battle and our prayers must become more ‘strategic’, more ‘operational’, following the lead of the Holy Spirit as He grants great power to Our Lady, Queen of Angels.”

    16. On my personal website, LIVING CHRIST, I posted this statement on Nov. 2, 2011, All Souls’ Day: “I came across this quotation in St. Teresa of Avila – INTERIOR CASTLE, 7TH CASTLE: ‘I told you elsewhere that the devil sometimes puts ambitious desires into our hearts, so that, instead of setting our hand to the work which lies nearest to us, and thus serving Our Lord in ways within our power, we may rest content with having desired the impossible. Apart from praying for people, by which you can do a great deal for them, do not try to help everybody, but limit yourselves to your own companions; your work will then be all the more effective because you have the greater obligation to do it.’” (254 OR 255).

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    • Mike S. says:

      Kathy – This comment of yours really resonates with me. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Sonya says:

      Thank you Kathy, I recently went on retreat given by Annamariea Schmidt. She had an important message to give us. It was about being intercessors for our people, our country and our Church. We need courage Like Queen Ester. She was an intercessor for her people. She prayed and fasted for 3 days, trusting in God. She had courage to go before the king and she saved her people and the enemy was killed. The Holy Spirit and Our Lady will help us. The rosary is our weapon. We need to pray always and to put on the armor of God. Worry and fear need to be cast out. They will make us weak. Our Lady and the Holy Spirit will form us into the image of Jesus. We will share in His suffering, peace,and joy.

      St. Teresa’s quote is helpful to keep the focus on how God can do all things and NOT me. Some problems feel overwhelming because I am trying to solve them. Annamariea really stressed “Being still,” and asking the Holy Spirit to give us light. He will direct us in the truth. It’s amazing how the Holy Spirit works. If I can just stay out of the way.

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    • Mick says:

      Wow, KathyAE! Thanks for putting this up. It really spoke to me, especially #16.

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    • Mary Ann says:

      “Who is this that comes forth like the dawn, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army in battle array?’’

      I saw this once. I was praying silently in front of Planned Parenthood abortion facility, and suddenly a spiritual WHOOSH and I saw invisibly, which is hard to explain, Mary arise from her throne beside/behind me. She rose and strode forward like a battle queen in great brightness and strength, She was huge, and arrayed like a Queen of Persia, and it seemed as if a bright host accompanied her. She advanced on Planned Parenthood. Thanks for giving me an opportunity to share this. I have often thought of painting a picture of her as this queen with this unique crown.

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  17. Things to remember:
    “give us this day our daily bread” Jesus of Nazareth
    “if I have Jesus, I have everything” St Francis of Assisi.
    “Let nothing disturb you, Let nothing frighten you, All things are passing away: God never changes. Patience obtains all things. Whoever has God lacks nothing” St Therese of Avila.

    I think I told this story already (may be more than once, hey I’m getting old!)

    I a dream I saw this delicate feminine hand (a left hand) doing the “stop” sign to a group of very bad people who were all behind a glass wall. They could not get through, I could not even hear them but one could tell from their gestures that they wanted to do me harm. That delicate left hand coming from under a mantle with a gold edge was — I guess — Our Lady of Fatima’s.

    The left hand is usually the weaker hand, the hand of a woman is weaker than the hand of a man. So I understood that the weakness of God is stronger than the strength of men. We are safe, people, we have nothing in this world. We have everything waiting for us on the other side, Even the things we may have some disordered affection to in this world, Sanctified and clean they wait for us to arrive.

    The greatest thing of living through the storm is to see how the power of God will reduce to nothing all the ambitions of men. We have been travelling in time since the early 1500’s to reach this moment. The storm has been gathering for a long time. What an exciting couple of years to live! Let us be strong in the Lord and offer even our lives in earnest. The walls of Jericho are crumbling … GIVE A MIGHTY SHOUT and tell those poor slaves out there what the Polish people told the Communist government that sunny day when John Paul II stopped talking to hear them sing:

    Christus vincit! Christus regnat! Christus, Christus imperat!

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    • EllenChris says:

      Thank you, Carlos. Seems to me this is the point.

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    • Mick says:

      Carlos, thanks for telling us this. We all need this encouragement, which you stated so eloquently and movingly.

      Although, goofy person that I am, the first thing that crossed my mind when I read this was, “Sweet! The Blessed Mother is left-handed!” (Yeah, I’m a southpaw.) 🙂

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      • Irish7 says:

        Love lefties! Are you an athlete? One of my daughters is a southpaw, and I’m so excited. So helpful in sports.

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        • Mick says:

          Irish, I’m not an athlete any more (unless chasing a toddler around counts!), but I was a very serious athlete in former days. But I didn’t play a sport in which left-handedness is an asset; I was a runner… specifically, a hurdler (I did, however, lead with my left leg, which is rather unusual). 🙂

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          • Irish7 says:

            Somehow I knew you were an athlete Mick! And hurdles….awesome! Me too (very formerly)….and I’m right there with you chasing a toddler…minus agility, flexibility and speed and plus a pair of rickety knees. Yes yes yes to STUBBORN, quirky (and I think bright?) lefties. So I’m dying to know where your brother coaches, but won’t ask on line. And I agree Michelle…if stubborn can be “harnessed” it is a fierce asset for good. Or so I pray during my equally stubborn resolve to harness my lefties. Love that you’re a baseball family Charlie!

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          • Irish7 says:

            I somehow knew you were an athlete Mick!! Me too (very formerly) …and I hear you on chasing toddlers …. now minus much needed agility and speed and plus a set of rickety knees. Hurdles…wow…so cool! I’m dying to know where your brother coaches, but won’t ask on-line. Yes yes yes on stubborn, quirky (and I suspect bright) lefties!!! I agree with you Michelle about strong wills being a powerful force for good if harnessed correctly. Or so I tell myself…. as I stubbornly try to harness my lefties. Charlie, I love that you’re a baseball family!!

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      • Michelle says:

        Haha, Mick. Southpaw?????? I never heard that before. One of my boys is left handed, also. Does a southpaw make you stubborn?

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        • Mick says:

          Hee hee, Michelle! I first heard the term “southpaw” when I was a little kid. If I remember correctly, I first heard it used in reference to left-handed boxers, although it can also be used in referring to left-handed pitchers. Being a very sports-minded and athletic family, we watched a lot of boxing and baseball (and football, and tennis, and golf, and…); and being left-handed myself, I remembered the term.

          I’d never thought about it before; but, now that you mention it, all the southpaws I know also happen to be stubborn. Hmmm…. Most of the lefties that I know are also fairly quirky. 🙂

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          • charliej373 says:

            My Father, also named Charlie, is a southpaw. I am right-handed. My son, also named Charlie, is an odd sort of partial ambidextrous. Basically, standing up he is right-handed. He pitches right-handed, bats right-handed, shoots his weapon with his right….everything you do standing up he does with his right hand. Sitting down, he is left-handed. He writes with his left, favors his left when eating. Of course, getting extensive use from both hands, he claims is evidence that he has perfected the Charlie Johnston line. Perhaps, he is the best pitcher I have ever faced – even better then a Triple-A guy I played against in a game. But he is a spotty hitter. Never understood it. I am slightly built, but could hit the snot out of the ball when I was young. My son is cut, brutally strong and tall. When he was little, I salivated over how good of a hitter he would be, he had such a pretty swing. Alas, he usually doesn’t square the ball up precisely – and when he does hit it hard it is usually right at someone. Now he had a shot at going pro…I never did. He is fast, deceptive on the bases, fields effortlessly and with panache and is an astoundingly good pitcher…everything I had to labor at to be average or below he does brilliantly. But he can’t hit consistently – and I could. This may trigger a response from him about how he is better at everything athletically than I ever was. If so, he is telling the truth – except the part about hitting a baseball. (Hmmm…maybe I should have had him hit from the left side).

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          • Mick says:

            Wow, Charlie… I wish I could’ve seen your son play. Sounds like it would’ve been a real treat.

            My older brother played baseball until the summer after eighth grade; he switched to basketball in high school (he is a college basketball coach now, so I guess he made the right choice). He played first base. In his last season, he got his wrist stepped on by a batter running to first early in the game. He said it hurt, but he played the rest of the game. Turns out that his wrist was broken. That was the end of his “career.” He would’ve played in his cast if they had let him, he was that competitive (or boneheaded; not sure which!)

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          • Michelle says:

            Most people think of stubborn as being a negative quality, but you know Mick after our conversation that day at McDonalds that I think stubborn can be a wonderful quality. So you parents who are raising a stubborn kid, don’t be discouraged, just keep training them up in the way they should go and they will. He was also athletic as a kid but he quit all team sports in high school (directly related to his stubborness) and took up snowboarding (no coach telling him what to do). It was really something to watch him going over jumps and doing spins and tricks in the air. Pretty awesome stuff. Now he has five kids of his own and he thinks that they are stubborn. NOPE!!!!!!!

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  18. Francine says:

    These comments simultaneously make me cringe and smile. A decade ago I would have found this entire thought process ridiculous. And now it’s part of part of our daily reality. As a mother of a large family, we’ve vascilated on the appropriate response to these difficult times (more of that coming in a future post!) Our older children have seen the need to invest their small cash savings (birthday money and such) into something more substantial than bills and coins. Two nights ago our practical thirteen year old boy was discussing the heritage pig business with an eight year old sister. As of today, mom and dad are in on the pig gig with two sows coming to the small homestead. We were impressed with the children’s ability to see a future need regardless of the coming economy and storm, while also being prudent and providing a route to be generous. And a child will lead them…..

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    • charliej373 says:

      You know, Francine, several decades ago Lily Tomlin said, “No matter how cynical I get, it’s hard to keep up.” Who knew she was being a prophet at the time? I am mighty glad your children have responded to our cynical age with something other than cynicism!

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    • jaykay says:

      Well, Francine, both Michael Brown since about 2000 and Mark Mallett since 2006 have been calling this one. Mark, probably more specifically in that his blog is different to Michael’s in that it’s been sounding a definite warning call (see posts since 2007 on “Trumpets of warning”, “To the Bastion” etc.), whereas Michael’s is a more general news-site. I have to say I took both to heart and followed them.

      Am I “prepared”, in the physical preparation sense? Nope, definitely not. Am I “prepared” in the spiritual sense? Yes, more so, in a way I wouldn’t have been had I not read them. Probably not enough, of course. Am I afraid? Yes, but not as much as I would have been had I never read them. And do I know why I shouldn’t be afraid? YES! And that’s thanks to the aforementioned and, of course, to our gracious host here.👍

      Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us. “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph”. So I’ve/we’ve got to take this to heart, trust it, act on it and “be not afraid”. Blessings to all on this Feast. J.

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      • SteveBC says:

        I’m with you on this, jaykay. Definite thanks due to the few who have been so helpful to both of us and many others.

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      • connie says:

        Both Michael and Mark are modern prophets and I too am eternally grateful to them. For the years around 2003 to 2009, some of the members of our old prayer group, with me alongside them, began warning friends and family about what was coming and how to prepare. We thought(wrong, of course) that things would definitely go south before 2010.

        Well, it did for my husband and I. I am only guessing that prayers and ;penance and the immense Mercy of God has delayed the storm to this point. I learned many valuble lessons during our own mini tribulations. I trust God more and myself much less. I don’t try to outplan God so much, less attached to anything, and I don’t really care if people think I am nuts but I am afraid that I may warn people and if nothing happens they will not believe anyone trying to warn them and they may have a false sense of security because of it.

        Sometimes I myself, look around at people( such as family or neighborhood gatherings) and I think to mysel;f, “Look, everything is fine, don’t bother these people- things will go on as they have been”. (well, maybe it’s the evil one telling me these things). I have been very tired, just as Quiet One has described in another post. I have told the Lord,” I need a break! Then I say to Him, Well, Lord, you kow me better than I know myself- you tell me when I need a break!”

        Carlos, you have been writing beautifully about the battle, battle strategies, and your response to it all. It is so consoling and strenghthening for me as well as many others i would bet.

        Kathy A-E, your words sent chills up my spine, but also strengthened me greatly. I write all of this in hopes that others may find resonance and comfort and am so grateful to God for all of you who have the courage to pour out your hearts and minds for the benefit of all of us here. We are truly comrades in arms.

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    • Mick says:

      Francine, your kids sound awesome.

      We live on a small homestead, too; and our kids are such a huge help with the garden and the livestock. They are always teaching me lessons about hard work, perseverance, and faith.

      We don’t have pigs, although my husband occasionally floats the idea. But here’s a question for you: when you guys do your butchering, are you planning to render the fat so as to have some lard to put up? Lard would be such an incredible thing to have, both for the concentrated calories that it could provide in the diet, and for its value for making soap (which, in the coming days, I imagine would be a great barter item).

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    • CrewDog says:

      ” …… discussing the heritage pig business ….” …!!!????
      I’m reporting YOU to the nearest Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR) Chapter and THEY will, no doubt, refer YOU to the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division ….and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) … Just Kidding … I hope!!?? 😉
      I’m waiting for the Usual Suspects to start Hootin’-n-Hollerin’ about the the Arkansas Razorbacks like they are doing with the DC Redskins ….. then the 2nd Civil War will really be “Under-Weigh”!1
      GOD SAVE ALL HERE …….. and help US keep up our Good Spirits!!!

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  19. Lin says:

    I wonder if we will someday be subject to the same terms of service from our internet providers…thinking in particular of email–will be face penalties for sharing our Politically Incorrect viewpoints via email? Or even just writing to Christian ministries?

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  20. Jean says:

    Well, I didn’t see any of this stuff listed as some of the most valuable things when the economy goes south, so I will list a few of them here so – if you can’t afford silver and gold, you can stock up on these every time you shop. Keep a few of everything for yourself and your family; then package the rest in small containers or packages for barter. The lighter and less bulky, the better. The good thing is that no one is likely to break in to steal this stuff, it doesn’t spoil, and will not attract much attention by the hungry mobs looking for food. If life goes on as normal, you can always use this stuff someday.

    As mentioned above, the most valuable thing will be at least one good friend.

    Next, IMO, highly valuable , collectible items for barter (besides the obvious of food/water):

    bullets
    seeds
    reading glasses
    tooth brushes/tooth paste/toilet paper
    plastic bags, baggies, zip-lock bags, paper bags, sacks with handles
    bleach/peroxide/aspirin/pain relievers/antibiotics/first aid supplies etc.
    chemicals/cleaners-sanitizers/
    tools/silverware/knives hand-bottle openers/can openers etc.
    tents/tarps/plastic/bags/containers/cooking items
    blankets, boots, snowsuits, hats, gloves, mittens, sleeping bags
    string/rope/clips/hooks/stakes/carts/wagons/rolling suitcases
    travel size shampoo, hair rinse, hand creams, Q-tips, soaps
    needles, thread, fabric, patterns, buttons, snaps, scissors

    It might seem weird to put the bullets at the top, but believe you me, they will run out of bullets and then they will be like gold. However, I cannot in good conscience buy or sell them so I guess I’ll have to be satisfied with Q-tips or something.

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    • Jean says:

      I forgot…..MATCHES! Yikes…don’t go anywhere without matches.

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    • I have been trying to find out what a financial collapse looks like to the average guy on the street who lives paycheck-to-paycheck. I found this video on YouTube that describes what might happen for the average person. It starts out with geo-economics but at about 14 minutes in it describes what will happen to you and me. It’s an opinion from analyst Bill Holter but it is an educated opinion:

      “Greece, Bond Market & What to Expect When the Economy Collapses”

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    • Hey, I was just in our local Canadian Tire store. (An iconic Canadian hardware et al retail chain.) I saw a Cuisinart wood-burning outdoor oven/smoker. It got excellent reviews online. Not exactly something you can put in your go-bag, but if you have a little secluded refuge it might be worth looking at. http://www.cuisinartbbqs.com/en/outdoor_oven.php

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      • Have you seen the Wonderbag? It’s a non-electric slow cooker. It was invented for developing nations where fuel for cooking fires is limited. You heat up a pot of stew to a good rolling boil then put the pot into the Wonderbag and close it up. It looks like a fabric pumpkin. It’s stuffed with some kind of super insulating material that keeps the pot so hot that it will continue cooking for a few hours like a slow cooker. Here is an article and video about it.
        http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/02/wonderbag-slow-cook-video_n_4532485.html
        Might be a great item for hard times. Available at Amazon.com.

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        • Mick says:

          Thanks a bunch, Singingflowers. We made something similar to this (using a large plastic Sterilite container with lid, some clean rags, and old baby blankets) for making cheese and yogurt. It works OK and was cheap (around $6), but it doesn’t retain heat as well as I would like. I’m definitely going to look into the Wonderbag.

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        • SteveBC says:

          The All-American Sun Oven which I recommended a while back can act like a Wonderbag, shifting to slow-cooker-like status under certain circumstances.

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    • A Quiet Person says:

      Hi Jean. Thank you for these suggestions. At this point I do not have clear direction as to where we will go or even if we will go. Meanwhile, I live in a very modest neighborhood. We do not know each other well but we are friendly and I think that we are all glad that we have each other as neighbors. Of course I do not know how we will hang together when chaos strikes but I can imagine the 7 or 8 houses immediately surrounding ours pulling together. Who knows? We’ll see soon enough. Anyway, while I was reading this I was thinking about how much fun it would be putting together a little Christmas package for everyone, in case we are here. I remember last year we gave the little girl across the street some toys my daughter had outgrown because they were going through some difficulties. It was so much fun for all of us. This coming Christmas will be different, to be sure. Will we have money to go to stores or even stores to go to? How about the cars to get there? Well, I am already planning on having a good Christmas. It gives me joy just thinking about surprising people. Maybe I will include rosaries along with some of the smaller items you have listed, along with little jars of peanut butter and other food items plus some fun food as well, like candy canes and chocolate. We will most certainly barter, but that will be for another time. It might be underground, but at least in my neighborhood I’m planning on having a Merry Christmas.

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  21. Sharon McKee says:

    Dear Charlie,
    These IRS persecutions remind me of the Kent Hovind case. Perhaps you are familiar with it but for those who are not, Pastor Hovind is a well known Christian PhD creationist who was convicted in 2007 for a number of structuring charges and was sentenced to 10 years in a Federal prison. After serving close to a decade in prison -100 months, he was charged with mail fraud from prison before his release date and now faces another Federal trial with the possibility of life in prison. The details of his IRS troubles and persecution can be found at freekenthovind.com. Whether one agrees with Mr. Hovind’s opinions on evolution or not, he is truly a kind and righteous man who seems to have been persecuted by the IRS for his ideology rather than any real crimes. His trial is May 18th so please keep him in your prayers.
    Thanks for all you do Charlie and may God bless you!
    Shari

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  22. CrewDog says:

    I think this is worth a read. The American Left despises this guy so that automatically makes him a friend of mine 😉 From Erick Erickson:
    “The Believer In the Public Square”
    http://www.erickontheradio.com/2015/05/the-believer-in-the-public-square/
    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  23. Ignacio says:

    Dear friends. My mum passed away on 14may feast of the Acsension. Her funeral is taking place at this moment in Ireland. Prayers requested for family many without faith. God bless all.

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  24. Chris says:

    I am so sorry for your loss Ignacio. My family and I will do a Divine Mercy chaplet for your mom and family right now at the 3 o’clock hour.

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  25. Mack says:

    I just saw an article at Crisis magazine that the Irish referendum for gay “marriage” is being heavily funded by American businessman Chuck Feeney. It is depressing that so many of these billionaires are giving their money to bad causes like that. Let’s pray that the Irish people won’t let themselves be bought out by these lobbyists.

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  26. Ignacio says:

    Thank you all for prayers. God bless each one.

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  27. CrewDog says:

    I’m thinking that the “Soft Despotism” of which the Bishop speaks, below, is rapidly becoming Hard! If the Supreme Court OKs Gay Marriage it will trigger The Deluge!!

    “Top Catholic Archbishop: Americans ‘Increasingly Subject to a Soft Despotism”
    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffrey/top-catholic-archbishop-americans-increasingly-subject-soft-despotism

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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