Finding Our Balance

(I am working on a big piece on the nature of the satan. It is now important. I hope to have it up tomorrow. I am grateful to those of you have sent in pieces for the “Ordinary Miracles” and other guest columns. Right now, I am trying to work on meatier pieces that have points that can help you make sense of the deepening chaos that is swirling around us, to separate the wheat from the chaff, and to keep your balance as we are tossed in the rising wind and waves. These pieces take more time and must be more carefully parsed. I know…I have had several people tell me they look forward most to when I have written. I understand, but right now it is important to me that what I write has impact to help strengthen you.

Yesterday, our friend Mark Mallett began writing a series on human sexuality, family and love. It is not just that I admire what he is writing on the subject: it is deeply connected to what I have to say in the piece I am working on. I strongly recommend it to you…both linking to his site here and reprinting in full the opening salvo of that vital series below. – CJ)

Will You Leave Them for Dead?

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for Monday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time, June 1st, 2015
Memorial of St. Justin

Liturgical texts here

FEAR, brothers and sisters, is silencing the Church in many places and thus imprisoning truth. The cost of our trepidation can be counted in souls: men and women left to suffer and die in their sin. Do we even think in this way anymore, think of the spiritual health of one another? No, in many parishes we do not because we are more concerned with the status quo than quoting the state of our souls.

In today’s first reading, Tobit prepares to celebrate the festival of Pentecost with a feast. He says,

…a fine dinner was prepared for me… the table was set for me.

But Tobit was aware that the blessings he received were meant to be shared. And so he asks his son Tobiah to “go out and try to find a poor man” to share his meal.

As Catholics, we have been given a veritable feast of truth, entrusted with the fullness of Revelation, the “whole” truth, so to speak, on matters of faith and morals. But it is not a feast for just “me.”

How could the idea have developed that Jesus’s message is narrowly individualistic and aimed only at each person singly? How did we arrive at this interpretation of the “salvation of the soul” as a flight from responsibility for the whole, and how did we come to conceive the Christian project as a selfish search for salvation which rejects the idea of serving others? —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Spe Salvi (Saved In Hope), n. 16

Tobit asks his son to bring “a sincere worshiper of God” to share his meal. That is, our mission as a Church is not to force the truth upon those who don’t want it, to wield the Word of God like a bludgeon. But through our timidity, even those who are open to truth today are being deprived and starved of that “food.” They are being deprived because we are afraid to be rejected and persecuted, and thus we seal our lips. “A person in fear,” says Pope Francis,

…does nothing, doesn’t know what to do: is fearful, frightened, focused on herself so that something harmful or bad won’t happen to her… fear leads to selfish egocentrism and it paralyzes us. —POPE FRANCIS, Morning Meditation, L’Osservatore Romano, Weekly ed. in English, n. 21, 22 May 2015

Tobit was not afraid to open his heart to the poor. But his son Tobiah returns and says,

Father, one of our people has been murdered! His body lies in the market place where he was just strangled!

Without hesitation, Tobit sprang to his feet, carried the dead man from the street, and put him in one of his own rooms in order to bury him the next morning. He then ate his meal “in sorrow.” But you see, Tobit did not do this without cost. For his neighbours mocked him saying,

He is still not afraid! Once before he was hunted down for execution because of this very thing; yet now that he has scarcely escaped, here he is again burying the dead!

All around us are the spiritually poor and “dead” today, particularly the casualties of sexual immorality. The constant promotion of alternative forms of marriage, lust, sexual abberations, graphic sex education, pornography and the like are “killing” the soul of man, most alarmingly the youth. And yet, fear, political correctness, and the desire to be approved are neutering and silencing the Body of Christ. Homilies often placate our egos, stop short of calling us to repent, and avoid the “hot button” issues that would stir controversy if not persecution. Bishops issue sweeping and elegant statements from behind their gates that are mostly ignored by the media and rarely Aime-Morot-Le-bon-Samaritain_Fotorread by the laity. And laymen close their mouths in the workplace, schools, and marketplace in order to “keep the peace.”

My God, are we not like the priest and Levite in the parable of the Good Samaritan, walking once again on the “opposite-side” of the road in order to avoid personally confronting, dressing, and healing the wounds of our dying brothers and sisters? We have forgotten what it means to “weep with those who weep.” [1]cf. Rom 12:15 Like Tobit, are we weeping over the brokenness of this generation? And if so, are we weeping because the world has become “so bad” or weeping out of compassion for others who are in bondage? The words of St. Paul come rushing to mind:

I tell you, brothers, the time is running out. From now on, let those having wives act as not having them, those weeping as not weeping, those rejoicing as not rejoicing, those buying as not owning, those using the world as not using it fully. For the world in its present form is passing away. (1 Cor 7:29-31)

Yes, time is running out on this generation—nearly every authentic prophet in the world is blowing this trumpet (for those with ears to hear). Pope Benedict called the Church to awaken to the evil that surrounds us:

It’s our very sleepiness to the presence of God that renders us insensitive to evil: we don’t hear God because we don’t want to be disturbed, and so we remain indifferent to evil.”…such a disposition leads to “a certain callousness of the soul towards the power of evil… the disciples’ sleepiness is not a problem of that one moment, rather of the whole of history, ‘the sleepiness’ is ours, of those of us who do not want to see the full force of evil and do not want to enter into his Passion.” —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Catholic News Agency, Vatican City, Apr 20, 2011, General Audience

Thus, more than truth, the world needs truth in love. That is, like Tobit, bruised and hurting souls are waiting for us to welcome them into a “room” of our heart where we can bring them to life. Only when souls know they are loved by us are they really open to receive the medicine of truth we offer.

Have we forgotten that the truth sets us free? Today, more and more Catholics are buying the lie that tolerance, rather, is the path to peace. And hence, our generation has come to tolerate, with the exception of a few brave souls, nearly every abberation that humankind can possibly conceive. “Who am I to judge?”, we say—twisting the meaning of Pope Francis’s trendy statement. And so we keep the peace, but a false peace, because if the truth sets us free, then falsehood enslaves. False peace is a seed of destruction that sooner or later will rob our souls, families, towns, and nations of authentic peace if we let it sprout, grow, and take root among us “because the one who sows for his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh” [2]cf. Gal 6:8 .

Christian, you and I are called to courage, not comfort. I sense the Lord weeping today, asking us:

Are you going to leave my brothers and sisters for dead?

Or like Tobit, will we run to them with the Gospel of Life—despite the mockery and persecution we risk bringing upon ourselves?

In light of today’s readings, I want to begin a bold series of writings this week On Human Sexuality and Freedom in order to speak light into the utter darkness that has invaded, in our times, this most precious gift of our sexuality. It is in hopes that someone, somewhere, will find the spiritual food they need in order to begin healing the wounds of their hearts.

I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security… If something should rightly disturb us and trouble our consciences, it is the fact that so many of our brothers and sisters are living without the strength, light and consolation born of friendship with Jesus Christ, without a community of faith to support them, without meaning and a goal in life. More than by fear of going astray, my hope is that we will be moved by the fear of remaining shut up within structures which give us a false sense of security, within rules which make us harsh judges, within habits which make us feel safe, while at our door people are starving and Jesus does not tire of saying to us: “Give them something to eat” (Mk 6:37). —POPE FRANCIS, Evangelii Gaudium, n. 49

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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61 Responses to Finding Our Balance

  1. June1 says:

    Unbelievable timing… especially with the huge mess my province is in with this awful new sex ed curriculum they are FORCING on public schools (Catholic schools are safe for now but, of course, it wouldn’t be surprising if the smoke of satan manages to squeeze in through cracks or just glide right in through an open door at some point).

    That second picture of Tobit carrying the dead man is just beyond heart-wrenching. I couldn’t stop staring at it.

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    • joanp62 says:

      I checked the image info- it says Samaritan. Maybe the Good Samaritan carrying the unconscious robbery victim on his donkey. Either way it is a beautiful painting.

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    • mmbev says:

      Ok, I know what province you’re in. Hurrah!

      My biggest fear is that the Catholic Schools will invite him in and give him a warm welcome. I’m at the other end of Canada, and my view of your province, (if I am correct since it is press related), has been something less than faithful to the teachings of the Church. I hope I am wrong, with all my heart. At least if we can make it as difficult as possible for the “enforcers” to bring their poison into Catholic Schools, we will be doing the right thing. Would any Catholic Schools be closed rather than sec come?

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      • June1 says:

        Hee hee. Yeah, it isn’t hard to figure out with my giant clue. ^_^

        Our whole country is honestly quickly spiraling out of control. I thought things were getting pretty bad but when Justin Trudeau (the leader of the Liberal Party in Canada, for those here who have no clue who that is) announced that if you weren’t strongly pro-choice, you should not even bother trying to run for a Liberal nomination because you would never get in, I knew the crap was starting to really hit the fan. God help us.

        Canada and the U.S. have always prided themselves on being so inclusive, for being lands of opportunity and a haven for those escaping persecution. It is the HUGEST IRONY that persecution of their own people in these countries is starting to become normal and accepted. Freedom of speech and religion? Only if you don’t offend anybody by daring to be Conservative (and especially Christian or Muslim) and talking about it. If you are atheist, pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, are “accepting” of different gender identities, and if you must have children, keep it to only one or two, then you’re cool in society’s books. If you deviate even slightly from this “new normal,” as I have heard coined earlier this week, watch out. I can’t even picture how Jesus must be feeling, what He must be thinking. Kind of makes you sympathize a bit with God when he wanted to start over and sent the flood in Noah’s time.

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  2. anne says:

    Thank you Charlie for all you do. We are big meat eaters and need a lot……as much as you can give!

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  3. jnursester says:

    What do you do when the souls you MOST need to reach are your own kids who have left the faith and completely given themselves to the immorality o f our culture? and I DO pray. ….

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    • charliej373 says:

      Same thing as I do with such members of my family: offer penance for them, trust God, and don’t let it cause you such despair that you abandon your work.

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      • Judith Johnson says:

        Charlie what sorts of penances have you found pleasing to God? I fast on Wednsedays and Fridays as the Blessed Mother requested at Medjugorje, sometimes i do little fasts of stuff like, no TV or reading fiction, or no Facebook checking…) it seems better to give up stuff that I really LIKE than stuff that I know is good for me to give up. I give all my kids to the Blessed Mother to raise and protect, as I know She will do better than I do. I usually do have the attitude not to let it cause me despair, but I just have my low moments and last night was definitely one of those. My daughter just came through that miraculous car wreck…her car was totaled, but she sustained only minor injuries and the paramedics and cops said as one voice “she should have died in that wreck”….and yet she persists in her hedonistic immoral lifestyle. Sigh and carry on, and as Mother Teresa said “smile at God”. I do, with my whole heart.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Well, Judith, I used to do extensive fasting. Once I fasted for over three months on behalf of my sister. Funny how that one ended. I was in a restaurant and saw, on the specials, a chicken dish that sounded fabulous after three months of this (and I did not realize at the time that we are never to fast on Sunday – so real meat was becoming just a memory to me). I thought grimly and glumly, “Well, I’ll just order the bloody fish.” So I did. But the waitress brought me that fabulous chicken dish. Stunned, I asked to see my ticket, thinking I might have been so intense that I said the wrong thing. She pulled it out, looked at it, and started to profusely apologize for her error – showing me that I HAD ordered the fish. I told her no problem, I would rather have what she brought after all. My fast was over.

          Then came a time when I was told that I was NOT to fast while the battle was on…that I was just to accept what the Lord sent me and He would regulate my penance. Shortly after that, my neurological problem came. It is kind of like an integrated hair shirt – and that is why I do not pay attention to any suggested cures or therapies well-meaning, kind people send me. I am in His hands – and He decides when I should do penance and when I need to be strong for the work of the day. But, before that, I did do extensive fasting…and I still do the days of fasting during penitential seasons.

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    • Barbara Dore says:

      With this rosary, I bind all my children to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for her guidance and Protection.

      Jesus, I seal my home and my children with your precious blood. amen

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    • Petra says:

      jnursester: Pray the short prayer given to St. Faustina: “O Blood and Water which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in you.” (187 in the Diary.) Jesus promised: “If you say this prayer, with a contrite heart and with faith, on behalf of some sinner I will give that soul the grace of conversion”.

      I have seen this promise fulfilled for two of my family members. I continue to pray it for others in my family with full confidence Our Lord is knocking on the door of their hearts.

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      • donna says:

        love this….guess what! My agnostic son is being sent to Lithuania for 6 weeks for his job….I pray Divine Mercy for my sons and rosary daily…..guess where he is staying?
        VILNIUS……Divine Mercy capital. That is where Faustina received the messages, wrote the diary, met Fr. Sopko, had the image painted, had the first Divine Mercy Sunday celebrated….how awesome is God…..what’s in His plan here?

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        • Petra says:

          donna: “…guess where he is staying? VILNIUS”

          Get out!!!! HA! As soon as I saw “Vilnius” of course I recognized this city is central to St. Faustina and Divine Mercy. Of course you’ll have to tell him you’d like a postcard or something from the shrine where the original painting is. How special. 🙂

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          • donna says:

            you know, it didn’t dawn on me….but Vilnius was part of Poland back in Faustina’s time but was portioned off to Lithuania after the war…..so I wasn’t thinking Divine Mercy at all….until he said Vilnius!!!!!

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        • Michelle says:

          Talk about ordinary miracles, Donna.

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          • mmbev says:

            I’ll let you guys do the checking because I am going through withdrawal from one of my (now previous drug(s), thank God), and I am not really functioning well. (penance but good because it’s like my brain woke up.)

            Is Vilnius not where the original image of Jesus of Divine Mercy was painted and where the first display of it was made during Mass? Jesus, Himself, appeared to St. Faustian at that Mass, and she saw the rays spread out and touch all of the congregation.

            Can’t do more. Thank you Barbara, Donna and Petra.

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          • SteveBC says:

            MMBev, be well! 🙂

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  4. Mack says:

    Charlie I am more and more alarmed by how people are buying into the idea that we can do whatever we want–change our sex, etc. I saw a piece about “transabled” people, who want a limb amputated because it doesn’t feel right for them to have it! I think this is a big part of Satan’s final gambit. But it goes back to the Garden–you will be like God’s! I.e.. we can do whatever we want and everyone must celebrate it!

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  5. jhoecker@comcast.net says:

    I was just wondering if I could shrink the width of your writing.  I can not read it without using the bar on the bottom to move it over.  It seems to be too wide for my computer. God bless.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Perhaps someone here could tell you how to adjust your screen. Each person is able to adjust settings on their own display. I don’t know how it works on your particular computer, but we have readers who are experts in that. It is not a problem from this end, but one from the receiver’s end, I am told.

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    • SteveBC says:

      jhoecker, there is something you can check, but the problem may not be resolvable.

      Many websites are designed to assume the visitor’s screen resolution is at least as big as 1,000 pixels wide. I believe Charlie’s site sets all its websites to 1,000 pixels wide.

      The vast majority of computer screens are now at least 1,000 pixels wide. Unless your computer screen is physically very small, it *should* be able to see the entire width of Charlie’s site’s pages.

      I don’t know how computer-savvy you are, but you will want to check the settings on your computer to make sure that your computer’s display screen is set to the highest possible resolution or to its “native” resolution.

      On a Macintosh, you would open an application called System Preferences, find the “Displays” preference pane in that window and click on it once to select it. Wait briefly and you should see a picture of your computer or its display. Look toward the right side of that window for the word “Resolution”. To the right of that, you should see a radio button labeled “Default for Display”. Click the radio button to select that. On the other hand you may see a list of resolutions, like 800×600, 1920×1200, and so on. If so, then one of those number sets should be selected already, indicating what your display screen resolution is set to. If the first number of the pair is less than 1,000, then you need to select a higher resolution, one that is at least 1,000 wide. Or click the largest number pair you can find.

      Doing this on a Windows computer will be different in detail but the same in principle.

      If you can select a larger resolution, your problem with Charlie’s site should go away.

      However, if you just have a small screen that has a native display of 800×600, you’re stuck. Take your equipment to a computer store near you, show them the problem, and ask them either to adjust your screen resolution or to sell you a display that is larger and will work with Charlie’s website and your computer. Computer screens aren’t that expensive, so get a display with a native resolution of at least 1200 pixels wide. Splurge. You deserve it. 🙂

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    • Petra says:

      jhoecker: I’m not sure but sometimes holding down the CTRL button (on the lower left of the keyboard) and hitting the – button (the minus sign button) will reduce the image on the screen. Conversely, you can hold down the CTRL and use the + button (the plus sign button) to make the image larger. At least that’s how my machine works.

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    • vkmir3 says:

      You can also hold the CTRL button down and scroll with your mouse up or down. That will change the size as well.

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  6. Picket Fence says:

    I have heard it said that it will take hundreds of years to plumb the depths of St. John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body.” It is a work that, once you enter into part of it, leaves you hungering for more. How beautiful is God’s plan for all aspects of our lives. It is sorely needed today for the generations that have lost their way.

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  7. Chris says:

    Jnursester, I understand your concern for our children who have left the faith and have given themselves completely over to the immorality of the culture. It is very painful to watch. They don’t want to hear about our God and our religion. They are so blind to the evil they are trapped inside of that they can’t see and don’t believe in a world filled with the love of God’s light. I watch them tattoo their bodies, their arms, legs, necks, add more color. It’s never enough. They don’t know they will never be satisfied because they don’t know they are hungering for God. It’s like Charlie says….pray, trust God and don’t let it cause you to despair thus abandoning your work for God’s kingdom. They will see by our examples as we keep loving them while going about our work and being good examples. I was once in the darkness and someone prayed for me.So it will be for them too. Tonight I will offer my prayers begging the intercession of Saint Monica for our children.

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  8. Vanessa Joy says:

    My heart leaps within as I cry out, we must not be afraid to get dirty as we pull out brothers and sisters from the sexual lies in our culture of unrelenting lust and profound loneliness .
    The best place to pick up the almost dead and deeply wounded souls would be to visit an abortion mill in your neighborhood. Come with a willing heart and a deep prayer within for a spirit of holy boldness. There are countless teens, catholic families seeking abortions, contraception, and a listening ear. Last week , a Hispanic man squealed out of the abortion mill with his rosary beads dangling from his rear view mirror after dropping his wife off at the mill. I pleaded , ” let’s talk, I can help your family with resources.!”
    He leaned out his Chevy can driver window and shouted at me, “hey, I don’t need any more kids, I already have 5!”

    I was stunned into silent prayer as he gunned his van down the street .
    “The harvest is plentiful indeed , the workers are few.”
    We must continually pray for the Willingness to suit up and show up and resist the zombie catholic mentality to let other gifted Catholics evangelize others is not pleasing to God to say the least.

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  9. gettimothy says:

    I usually start my day with the Bible, today the Holy Spirit prompted me to start my day with my online daily devotional and then this piece. It spoke to me in two ways.

    First reading, “Are you going to leave my brothers and sisters for dead?” prompted an unscripted “No I won’t my Friend” to God; I followed up with a prayer if that was uncalled for and to correct me if it was, and the reply was it was not. The incident has a prophetic feel to it, what I refer to as ‘one of the Holy Spirit’s’ nudges’ or ‘one of His smacks upside the head’ . fwiw, this was a nudge, not a smack (:

    Second, I have been questioning my forceful language when confronting evil. For nice men and women who are ‘just being tolerant’ they do not realize they are carrying the banner of evil and furthering it and pointing that out angers them. The very act of naming evil is shocking to many, the act of rejecting it is beyond the pale to others. While I constantly ask the Holy Spirit if I am doing ‘the right thing ™” (: and continually get scriptural affirmation that it is I, like other humans, am not always sure that drawing bright lines is helpful; it is (mildly) upsetting to upset people. This piece spoke to that mild doubt; I will trust the Lord that the confidence it gave me does not turn to hubris.

    Thx Charlie.

    God bless.

    t

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    • charliej373 says:

      You have had a window of deep insight, I think, Timothy. It kind of scared me when the Lord first told me I was His friend…even more when He started treating me like it when my sins and flaws are always before me. But somehow, it comforts me when He teases me or makes a little fun of my foibles. We know He is our friend. To have Him treat us as His is amazing…but it is what He intends.

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    • Dave says:

      gettimmothy,

      You said “The very act of naming evil is shocking to many,”

      I have always said that you will never see a greater eruption of bile and venom than when evil is confronted. And all you need to do to confront evil these days is just to identify it publicly…

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    • Michelle says:

      Yes, yes, yes. Gettimothy, when you wrote ” they do not realize they are carrying the banner of evil and furthering it and pointing that out angers them. ” Not just furthering the evil of others by tolerating or being silent but it is an evil all of their own. It’s very self serving. How in the world do you point that out?

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  10. nicky says:

    Please keep P.E.I in prayers. Moncton, N.B just offered free abortions to the island with no doctors referral. The island has also started a website on stories of women who wanted abortions here and the suffering it caused them not to have access. My dear friend has started a counter blog with courageous stories of women who had difficult pregnancies and said yes to life. The true heroes.
    Also, regarding Mark’s writings. Our children are now in public school after 8 years of Catholic homeschooling, due to little support and health issues. They’ve been taught Theology of the Body at home but the neutral sexuality is infused in the curriculum and language in school.Indoctrination even happens over the intercoms. I have no idea what the remainder of school will do to their thinking and Catholic upbringing. I praying daily for them. It is so hard letting them go into this chaotic world. Sometimes I allow despair to overtake me regarding my families salvation. Will we learn to surrender more to God? Stop depending on ourselves? Many of us Christians are still at the beginning stages of abandonment to God. Thanks for the advice above on how to handle lost family members. To trust, never lose hope, remembering God loves them more than I do.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well, the first Christians were sent into a hopelessly chaotic, pagan world, so all of us are in good company. I should note for readers who are not familiar with Canadian geography that P.E.I. is Prince Edward Island. I spent some time there in my youth.

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      • Monica Joseph of the Blessed Sacrament, OCDS says:

        P.E.I. –forever beloved as the home of “Anne of Green Gables.” I hope to visit someday. So very, very sad that abortion is being foisted upon those who live there.

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  11. Judith Johnson says:

    Thanks be to God for your love and concern for me. It reflects God’s love and faithfulness back to me.
    Blessings,
    Judy
    PS it hit me that when we lose our kids like this, we get to share in the Blessed Mother’s sufferings as She lost HER Son, dying on the Cross for all of us. She lost Him temporarily for the best possible reason in the universe, our salvation…what GRACE and MERCY to share in Her suffering! Thanks be to God.

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  12. suez1954 says:

    Our Lady’s Monthly Message to the World given through
    Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo on June 2, 2015

    “Dear children,

    I desire to work through you – my children, my apostles – so that in the end, I may gather all of my children there where everything is prepared for your happiness. I am praying for you, that through works you can convert others, because the time has come for acts of truth, for my Son. My love will work in you – I will make use of you. Have trust in me, because everything that I desire, I desire for your good, the eternal good created by the Heavenly Father. You, my children, my apostles, are living an earthly life in union with my children who have not come to know the love of my Son, who do not call me ‘mother’ – but do not be afraid to witness the truth. If you are not afraid and witness courageously, the truth will miraculously win, but remember, strength is in love. My children, love is repentance, forgiveness, prayer, sacrifice and mercy. If you will know how to love, by your works you will convert others, you will enable the light of my Son to penetrate into souls. Thank you. Pray for your shepherds. They belong to my Son. He called them. Pray that they may always have the strength and the courage to shine with the light of my Son.”

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    • mmbev says:

      This is why I am here today. I seek an answer from any. Last week I got my hair cut by a woman who has been away for about four years. I really don’t know her at all other than that. She told me about a job she wanted and I called to see if she got it. She didn’t and then went on to confide in me about her intimate relationship with a man who is divorcing his wife (not because of her). She is wondering about maybe marrying him. I don’t know her, but I do know she has, to my knowledge, no relationship with God, and is not concerned about what she is doing.

      If she were a Catholic, or even a Christian, I would know what to do – discuss Jesus’ teachings. However, I haven’t a clue, and if I say anything along that line, it may be the end of speaking with her. Period.

      So when that happens, do we do the “…prayer, sacrifice, … because speaking truth is a “shut down”, or not? (and I love whoever invented spell check it means you can read this.)(

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  13. CrewDog says:

    I think Mike Voris’ piece below fits in with this discussion and The Storm?
    “Here it comes!”
    http://www.churchmilitant.com/video/episode/the-vortexhere-it-comes

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  14. Kathleen from NJ says:

    Wow, Wow, Wow! I just gotta say WOWIE!! a/k/a Yabba Dabba Do!!

    This is such an amazing confirmation for me. I am a member of an Intercessory prayer group whose numbers have been dwindling and the group has recently been discerning whether we should stay together or go separate ways. Now last night at our meeting the verse “Cast your nets out into the Sea and into the deep water” was given to me to meditate upon. So I did so this morning and I asked the Lord “Father I am only one fisherwoman and I know I have you, but I ask in faith where is my anointing and am I anointed at all by you or am I just an instrument?”

    The Lord responded by saying to me “I know daughter it is hard for you to hear my voice over the storm, but you can hear me. You are a balance of fear and purity all wrapped in one. I need you to let go of the fear. For it is paralyzing and keeps you away from taking the steps forward. “

    There was more to the meditation, but the quote above was the main point made by the Father. So when I read this posting “Finding Our Balance” from Mark Mallet it confirmed for me what the Lord spoke to me this morning and what I need to do.

    Thank you and God Bless you for this posting.

    Final thought and this is on a different topic, but Charlie have you seen the articles on Spirit Daily about the ‘Charlie, Charlie’ website. Is this the enemy mocking you and Our Lord’s work in you? Because the use of the name “Charlie” seems rather suspect if you ask me.
    K

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    • charliej373 says:

      I just noted above how I hate it – and that when I first heard it I felt like the devil was taunting me. I am sure there are other Charlie’s he is taunting, but I am probably one of them.

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  15. rbiel2 says:

    Charlie, Charlie, are you there?

    Heh, heh just kidding!

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  16. Barbara Dore says:

    I need to know your view about the unknown novena named as ” The Double Novena of First Fridays and First Saturdays”. What do you think of it?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Barbara, as long as a devotion is not contrary to faith and morals, I am fine with it. I honestly don’t spend much time looking at various devotions – I have a few that speak to me and give me comfort…but I know that different people have different tastes and needs. If it brings you peace and clarity in closeness to God, good. If not, find another.

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      • Barbara Dore says:

        It contains 33 promises if we finish this double novena

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        • charliej373 says:

          Okay, I know the specific promises are helpful in reassuring many, so I encourage you to live worthy devotions. I have a rather stark outlook on things. To me, there is only one fundamental promise: that if we live for and in Him, we will enter into friendship with Him and live with Him in eternity. Similarly, I see only one fundamental sin: to turn our faces away from God. All our actions are merely calibrations of that single, fundamental issue.

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      • Mack says:

        I never heard of this novena so I looked it up. It’s basically doing the 9 First Fridays together with 9 First Saturdays, instead of the usual 5. I suppose the promises would need to be taken conditionally if they have been approved or not, which I don’t know. But for those of us who usually go to daily Mass, I do the First Friday and First Saturday devotions each month anyway. I haven’t been counting it but just do them every month and if I miss sometimes I don’t worry about it.

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  17. Kati says:

    Church Teaching on Homosexuality…can be something that not a great many Catholics really understand in depth. This video documentary is being encouraged by Mark Mallet today and it is truly excellent: https://vimeo.com/93079367

    Mark Mallet considers it so important that he posted it in lieu of the second part of his series. I watched it and was overwhelmed by the beauty of truth from the Church!

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