The Flaming Sword of Judgment


By Charlie Johnston

“I felt my spirit inundated by a mystery of light that is God and in Him I saw and heard: the point of a lance like a flame that is detached, touches the axis of the earth, and it trembles: mountains, cities, towns and villages with their inhabitants are buried. The sea, the rivers, the clouds, exceed their boundaries, inundating and dragging with them, in a vortex, houses and people in a number that cannot be counted. It is the purification of the world from the sin in which it is immersed. Hatred, ambition, provoke the destructive war. After I felt my racing heart, in my spirit a soft voice said: ‘In time, one faith, one baptism, one Church, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic. In eternity, Heaven!’ This word ‘Heaven’ filled my heart with peace and happiness in such a way that, almost without being aware of it, I kept repeating to myself for a long time: Heaven, Heaven.” – A vision of Sr. Lucia from 1944, as reported by nuns who lived with her in an excerpt from the new book, “A Pathway Under the Gaze of Mary”

 (The following are excerpts from an email exchange I had earlier today with a regular reader here and a man whose counsel I often seek. I identify him only as “Monroe”, which is not his name or even close to it. His comments are all in italics and mine in bold italics – CJ)


 If I understand things correctly, the Great Storm that you foresee consists primarily of a global economic collapse, along with regional wars between the West and Islamic groups, and then also a bit later the West against China. But what I am wondering is this: Some purported private revelations—most especially the one allegedly from Sr. Lucia of Fatima on January 3, 1944 where she was reportedly shown an Angel with a flaming sword striking the axis of the earth, causing an imbalance in the earths rotation, thus resulting in global earthquakes and global tsunami/flooding. (As you may have seen, this information has been widely reported on the Internet due to recently released book about Lucia and the visions in Fatima entitled  “A Pathway Under the Gaze of Mary”.)

So my question is this: Have you been shown any such cataclysmic natural disasters on either a regional or global scale, other than natural disasters that occur in a regional area under normal “naturally” occurring circumstances? I normally take such prophesies very lightly but since this particular one reportedly comes from Sr. Lucia, I tend to take it more seriously than usual. ” – Monroe
I think it would be useful in considering this for you to contemplate sacraments. A sacrament, technically, as I was taught, is a visible sign of God’s invisible grace. At every Mass in the world, a truly earth-shattering event happens, but we only see something relatively mundane. In eternity, fireworks, choirs, huge things are set off with every earthly Mass – but we neither see nor feel any of it. On the other hand, as I learned clearly on my tour of creation…some things that seem quite dramatic here are not even a fizzle in heaven, while others that seem like a disaster here are actually profound blessings. Even so, we still need to process things through those feeble, insensitive filters that are our senses and our perspective.
When I first talked to Michael Brown 12 years ago (publisher of Spirit Daily), he asked me if I had specifically seen great disruptions in weather and earthquakes and such. I honestly told him no, though I had seen great shakings. His instinct on the matter was right on target. Since then, there have, indeed, been unusual weather patterns and such – but those are merely small signs of much larger disruptions in eternity. They are not the essence, but the residue, of the reality.
People remain insistent on imposing a mere temporal interpretation to large, incredible spiritual events. For most, even among the most pious, it is all they can really imagine. Now, in my visions, there has often been terrifyingly apocalyptic imagery used to underscore certain events. I know that that imagery ALWAYS indicates the spiritual significance of the event – and that it may not even be noticed here. Sometimes, it may also be a foreshadowing of temporal events. I am reticent to tell people it will not happen physically as they think, for it may – or there may be a striking physical residue of the reality of the gigantic spiritual event. But even if there is, it is NOT what the vision means. It is NOT its essence.
flamingswordangelNow the angel with the flaming sword is very important to me. I know this image from my own experience. The temporal axis of the earth may or may not be changed with the resulting disaster movie effects. I don’t know – and it is not particularly important to me, nor is it relevant at all to whether Sr. Lucia is correct. She already is; it has already occurred; and it has already been visibly fulfilled. The mass falling away from faith by man caused great convulsions in heaven, consequences which we have begun to feel. For at least a millennium and a half, Christianity has predominated the civilized, western world. Even when people have not believed, they have behaved under Christian assumptions. 
In 1517, there was a great convulsion, as a big chunk of Christians broke away from the Church Christ founded. It set off centuries of civil wars within Christianity. Yet the world continued to operate largely under Christian assumptions. Fourteen years later, God sent Our Lady to Tepeyac Hill in Mexico to partially correct that disruption, initiating events that, within a decade, would wipe out the old, bloody religion there as the natives converted en masse to Christianity – interestingly, it replaced in numbers almost precisely what had been lost in the Protestant revolt. But the Protestant Revolution set in motion later convulsions – unending civil wars in England and then into Ireland, a splinterization of Christianity in Germany, a mass apostasy in France that would sweep Europe even as their temporal revolution ultimately collapsed on itself. None of these were the great event…they were mere products – consequences – of the great event. Now they have led to their culmination. Interestingly enough, an event you mentioned in a previous note had, when it happened, caused me to think that “the sword has been loosed.” It was the election enshrining “gay marriage” in Ireland. In America and various other precincts, such had been imposed on an unwilling populace by elite authorities. In Ireland, the people chose – and chose in landslide numbers. Let me tell you what that really means:
It is clear-eyed, knowing apostasy. It is an embrace of not just what is contrary to the faith, but what is opposed to the faith and must ever be at war with the faith. It calls forth a judgment, both on men who have set themselves against the faith that nurtured them, and on a notably corrupt national clerisy that betrayed the faithful to protect their sinecures. What it means is that Ireland no longer operates under fundamentally Christian assumptions, but under fundamentally pagan assumptions. The elites in the rest of the civilized world are hailing what has been done in Ireland. The flaming sword touched down in Ireland and already has begun sweeping the globe like a raging fire, consuming all in its path….or like a great flood destroying everything before it. For the first time in a millennium and a half, we have re-entered a functionally pagan culture.
So this is what happened: The axis on which world culture has turned for a millennium and a half has been Christianity and the assumptions inherent to it. That axis was formally shifted last month back to paganism and the assumptions inherent to it – and we are at the beginning of the floods, fires, and famines that signal the temporal effects of that spiritual catastrophe. It may please God, in His wisdom, to shift the actual temporal axis of the world…but even if He does, it will not have nearly the catastrophic effects of this shift in the spiritual axis around which the world’s culture has so long revolved. And whether He does or does not, what Sr. Lucia saw has already begun and been fulfilled. Pray, that like St. Juan Diego and the peasants at Tepeyac Hill, you may be part of the restoration, of setting things right, to counterbalance the terrible convulsion that has already touched down. – CJ
“…you touched base precisely on what the nuns in Lucia’s community stated in the book stating that on one occasion, as she was meditating, Sister Lucia, who virtually never spoke about the messages, had “let slip” that “…if Portugal does not approve abortion, then it is safe, but if approved it will have much to suffer. For the sin of the person, the person is responsible and pays for it, but for the sin of the nation all the people pay for it because rulers who enact unjust laws do so on behalf of the people who elected them.” – Monroe

The foundations of a society are not its buildings and such, but its religious, social and cultural institutions. A building collapses and you can rebuild it. When the institutions that give you the capacity to build, to know, to love collapse, you cannot rebuild because you have lost the ability. Again, I am very familiar with such apocalyptic imagery from personal experience. It is why I sometimes have to translate…because people will think of buildings and such when the destruction is much more comprehensive and dire than that.

The destruction of the World Trade Center was beheld by all…yet it only killed a little over 3,000 and changed a few policies. The destruction of our understanding of marriage, of family, of covenant will kill untold millions and leave us incapable of stopping the destruction…unless we turn away from our terrible course. The devil has accomplished an amazing thing…convinced us to destroy ourselves, anesthetizing ourselves all the way with soothing nostrums. It is a self-replicating process that would destroy the whole world if there was not a faithful remnant willing to suffer and proclaim the truth. I tell you that this destruction of the very concept of marriage, of gender, of family, has more destructive power than all the nuclear weapons ever built combined. If they were unleashed, over time, they lose the force needed to continue destruction as those who wield them are destroyed. As this is unleashed, it gathers force over time as the destruction, itself, is cited by those who unleash it as success rather than destruction.  From eternity, the heavenly beings see clearly what has real destructive capacity and what is merely transient – and describe it properly.
I realize that can be hard to see. Right now, I both understand and appreciate better why, for the particular work given to me, I was trained from childhood. I used to get terrified by some of the stark imagery of little things I was shown for practice…and then saw it wasn’t so bad after all – that what I was shown had mainly to do with the spirit. And then I realized, with more wisdom, that what I was shown WAS the reality – and far more terrible and devastating than any little physical damage that could be done. -CJ


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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99 Responses to The Flaming Sword of Judgment

  1. A few weeks before the Irish referendum, I took a place in a pew I usually do not sit in at daily Mass. As I knelt down I was immediately struck by the stark image in front of me (I was in the massive, beautiful Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception here in Albany) –the flame of one of the sanctuary candles was, from my vantage, perfectly in line with the tip of St. Michael’s sword in the grand stained glass window of the Last Judgment. I knew it was a Divine reminder to me of the times we were about to enter. Keep oil in your lamps, my friends (Mt 25).

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    • Lily says:

      I hesitate to ask, if this is a stupid or obvious question, but in these times, what does it mean to keep oil in our lamps? It it anything more or different than Charlie’s acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope? Thanks in advance.


      • charliej373 says:

        Not to worry, Lily…it means the same thing, but with the admonition to be prepared…don’t neglect anything.

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      • Here’s Haydock’s Commentary on that particular parable:

        The wise took oil in their lamps, the necessary qualifications of grace and charity, joined with divine faith, and an additional supply of oil in their vessels; i.e. they laid up in store for themselves a solid foundation of good works. S. Gregory teaches, that by the lamps, faith is meant; and by the light, good works. Hence he concludes that the bad, although they have lamps, i.e. faith, no less than the good, shall be excluded; because their lamps are out, i.e. their faith is dead, without charity and good works to enlighten them. hom. xii. — S. Augustine also declares, that these lighted lamps are good works, viz. works of mercy and good conversation, which shine forth before men. ep. 120. c. xxxiii. — And, that this oil is a right inward intention, directing all our works to the greater glory of God, and not to the praise of ourselves in the sight of men.

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        • JoyInTheLord says:

          Thank you for this exposition via St Gregory and St Augustine the meaning of the parable. For quite a while it disturbed me.


    • Mick says:

      “Keep oil in your lamps, my friends.” Love that last line, Daniel.

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  2. Stellar Charlie! In more ways than one!

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  3. Great piece Charlie. Thank you. While I was reading it I kept thinking of Bible verses that speak of God’s judgement. In most all of the wording… speaks of Lightnings and thunders and great earthquakes….etc. Even in Revelations it is worded like this. But this does not mean that those things actually happened. It is worded like imagery to convey that God is very upset and all of heaven too. There are destructions that come… the destruction of the temple in 70 A.D. and the burning of Jerusalem and the diaspora. God did often punish in real visible ways….such as plagues, famines, war…etc. but I completely see what you mean. It makes perfect sense.
    In the writings of Flavious Josephus it talks about the time just before the destruction of the temple and Jerusalem. It was written that strange things were heard in the air. It was recorded that voices could be heard in the sky that said LET US DEPART FROM HERE. There were also recordings of the huge gates being opened or closed ( I can’t remember ) that were absolutely impossible unless done by many men. I believe God allowed certain visible signs to be seen so people would take notice…..that something is coming and GOD is angry. REPENT!

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  4. SteveBC says:

    And perhaps this explains why the noticeable beginnings of the Storm should begin soon after the Irish vote – there is no more benefit for God to wait to give us more of a chance in mercy to turn back to Him. In fact, any further waiting simply allows the tidal wave let loose by that vote to have more time to sweep away more cultures around the world.

    The Irish (who I always felt were the most Catholic of countries) voted for gay marriage on May 22. On May 30th I had my first dream that might be imagery of the Storm. In our local harbor I saw huge waves coming in from an impossible direction, a direction blocked by land. First, 20-foot waves, then 25-footers. I noticed that it was pouring rain, just *pouring* down, sheeting off the houses nearby. Then I saw a wave 30 or more feet high, and I began to run. Then I woke up.

    I have from the date of the vote felt that the vote was a great dam bursting, an event fundamentally different from any that had gone before. Charlie, you’ve put it in a new way for me, and this way of looking at it resonates with me strongly.

    I still don’t understand what may come for us on this Earth. I still can’t see how to distinguish between what happens here and what happens in the spiritual realms. What strikes me now, though, is that there no longer appears to me to be any reason for God to maintain His restraining influence on our world.

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    • SteveBC says:

      As an addendum, I don’t see how you get 7 billion people to come back to God from where we are right now, unless a whole lotta pain and suffering occurs. It seems to me that at least in our current time, a transmission of upset from the spiritual realms into the physical realm in very obvious and painful ways seems pretty much a necessity.

      Have I got that wrong somehow?

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    • EllenChris says:

      Steve, it was several years ago that Mark Mallett heard: “The Restrainer is removed.” Things are falling out in the wake of that removal, I believe. Is it ever just too late for God’s mercy? I don’t think so. “For God does not desire the death of the sinner, but that he turn from his sin and be saved.”

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      • SteveBC says:

        Thank you, EllenChris. I have been recalling Mallett’s writing about this from several years ago. My own feeling has been that, as is often the case, the time of its removal is smeared across our physical world’s time. Like the Lord’s Day is a thousand years, etc.

        I think Charlie’s comment that the Irish referendum was a return of paganism in a way not seen before is profound. It certainly echoed my internal feeling that a Rubicon had been crossed. Things simply feel different since then at a very deep, root level in me. I have felt recently that that referendum would force the removal of any remaining restrainer leftovers. There is no reason to restrain the volatility of this world or protect human culture and the Old System of the World once paganism truly breaks through the dam of christian doctrine that has restrained that dark force for so long.

        Some of what Charlie wrote above in his post felt confusing to me, thus my rather plaintive question. Charlie has since straightened things out via words with Matthew in another thread here, so I am settling a bit. I should also say that I am suddenly seeing a significant rise in stress and interruptions and other disturbances in my life and in some around me. I think it is a reaction to that referendum and to the loss of the remaining restraints, but I could be wrong – and it won’t be the first time, of course. 🙂

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  5. Thanks for your help with Joseph Paul ; I hear he is doing better .

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  6. EllenChris says:

    On Trinity Sunday, the Offertory hymn at mass was “St. Patrick’s Breastplate”: I bind unto myself today the strong name of the Trinity.. . . . Christ within me; Christ before me; Christ behind me, etc. In thinking of St. Patrick’s conversion of the Irish people, I was overcome with a deep sadness so badly that I was beginning to cry. I offered all the prayers of the mass for the re-conversion of Ireland and the “British” Isles — all of whom are in various degrees of apostasy. Yet there are still, as always, a faithful remnant. May forgive, heal and restore.

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    • Lilibet says:

      I have also felt an inexplicable sadness since the Irish referendum. All I know is that I wanted to throw myself on the sanctuary and cry bitter tears of disappointment.
      If you want to talk about the fire spreading, look no further to Australia. No sooner were the results of the referendum announced, our leftist politicians started pushing once again for “marriage equality”. I couldn’t believe with all their posturing about how unfair the government was on the poor “battlers” of our country, that their first instinct was to jettison these same poor battlers for “marriage reform”. It makes me sick and sad. Please pray for our leaders that they may see where the real need is.

      If you are into ironies (and I am) then here’s one for you…
      Those in the US will recall that this year’s St Patrick’s parade had openly pro-gay people in the parade- headed by a laughing Cardinal Dolan no less. I wondering if he is laughing now, knowing that Ireland the land St Patrick converted from paganism has gone right back to where it started from.

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      • Petra says:

        Lilibet said, ” No sooner were the results of the referendum announced, our leftist politicians started pushing once again for “marriage equality”.

        Have you noticed that these pushes for the homosexual agenda come in fits and spurts in different countries? Earlier this year in the US the media was full of stories and reports about gay marriage, which has quieted pending the decision from the Supreme Court on a key case (supposedly coming this month). Right now the buzz all about Jenner and transsexualism, which is the “T” in LGBT, but gay marriage issue is not being talked about at all. The focus switched to Ireland and I’m sure the people there were inundated about this issue via the media until the referendum vote was taken. Now Lilibet says Australia is getting another push.

        This makes me think this idea for “gay rights” must be a well funded worldwide campaign to get laws changed in every First World country, because it’s certainly not the general population of these countries clamoring for these changes. When I ask myself why this would be happening, I speculate it’s a campaign to de-Christianize laws.

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    • Nancy says:

      I believe that God always plants seeds of hope and restoration:
      These wonderful Benedictine monks are transplants from the US–Oklahoma.

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  7. Mary Ann says:

    I want to be a beaver as in Narnia, and be able to have an underwater house to give aid to travelers.

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  8. mezza49 says:

    Charlie your piece today resonates with me and shakes me to the core of my soul. It all makes sense that the messages are metaphorical and the time for the Storm is definitely NOW! I have been alarmed for years by the spiritual decline (and now vanishing) in our Western and previously thought Christian cultures. I see how the heavens must view us and of course there will be consequences. We must respond with personal repentance and deep prayer for the conversion of all sinners. St Michael defend us in this time of great battle. Holy Mother of God stay with us and give us strength. May God bless us all.

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  9. aj says:

    More and more I’m understanding that GOD is indeed strongly connected to all of creation…the universe. Just as our bodies and souls are intimately connected there seems to be a connection between the physical world and the spiritual one. Reading this piece sort of confirms the truth that when the soul is sick, the body too becomes ill. The soul of the earth (collective mankind) is rotting away and so too is the Earth. Sometimes I wonder if GOD The FATHER will once again be heart broken at ever creating man and tears fill my eyes…I can only ask HIM to look at our MOTHER MARY Most Pure and see what we could be…Genesis 6:5-6 ” [5] And God seeing that the wickedness of men was great on the earth, and that all the thought of their heart was bent upon evil at all times,[6] It repented him that he had made man on the earth. And being touched inwardly with sorrow of heart, [7] He said: I will destroy man, whom I have created, from the face of the earth, from man even to beasts, from the creeping thing even to the fowls of the air, for it repenteth me that I have made them. [8] But Noe found grace before the Lord.”

    My friends let us turn to MARY, she who also found Grace before The Lord because He filled Her with it. She will be our Noah and carry us to the promise land in safety.

    GOD Bless us all!!!

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    • Torchbearer says:

      I like to believe that God would not reach the point of lamenting of His creating man. For Our Mother has taken great pains in gathering Her army of consecrated souls. And just as one victim soul can change the course of history (including the likes of St. Faustina and Pope John Paul the Great) thru their FIAT, just imagine how this army of souls delight Our Father and the Heavenly Realm. Just as the darkness increases, the lights of those consecrated souls shine all the brighter and will help change the course of history still. God is so merciful and always makes a way when there’s seem to be none.

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  10. Mary Unrein says:

    Revelations 3:16 You were lukewarm, neither hot nor cold so I will spit you out of my mouth.
    That verse has resonated with me for some time. It’s all about Mercy now.

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  11. pat2bdubes says:

    What a strange dichotomy, between the shocking decline of values with its embrace of wickedness, vs the promises that were made to the saints regarding the upcoming time of mercy, triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, reign of the Eucharistic King, etc. Steady, friends! Remember that Jesus is now a man, and the Lord will never obliterate mankind (whew!), and yes, “our tainted nature’s solitary boast”, who is Our Immaculate Queen, is now perpetually before God’s eyes, too. Who could fail to be moved by such beauty? Surely not the most perceptive one of all, the Eternal One. You are so right, aj, about whom we can look to. If such fundamental questions arise, such as, what does it mean to be human, to be a man, a woman, to be made in God’s image, and given in marriage, we have the most perfect example before us, and let’s keep looking at her. How blessed we are to see the contrast of her light against the backdrop of the blackening horizon.

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  12. Carmelite says:

    “It is clear-eyed, knowing apostasy. It is an embrace of not just what is contrary to the faith, but what is opposed to the faith and must ever be at war with the faith.”

    Oh, Charlie, how true you speak in this post! And Lilibet, I saw that about Australia.

    Our well paid ‘elite’ love to speak out, as this actor: ‘Colin Farrell says the Catholic Church got it wrong when it criticized the recent decision by voters in Ireland to legalize gay marriage.’

    “It is clear-eyed, knowing apostasy. It is an embrace of not just what is contrary to the faith, but what is opposed to the faith and must ever be at war with the faith.”

    Our God will not be mocked. Pray, my dear family, pray. TDL

    God bless all!

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  13. Mary W. says:

    We can only wonder what will be the outcome of the up coming vote in the US Supreme Court regarding gay marriage, especially in light of the Irish vote. There is a Rosary Crusade taking place Saturday June 13 in various areas throughout the US to plead for Our Lady’s intercession for this cause. Our hearts are heavy with sorrow. If we had not our heavenly intercessors to aid us, we would cease to exist, as we would most certainly be at each others throats. Be merciful oh Lord. Our hope is in your infinite love for us.

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  14. Vijaya says:

    Thank you for these correspondences/reflections. This ties in very nicely to the things that cry out for vengeance (murder, sodomy, defrauding the laborer his wages, oppressing the poor) and these have nothing to do with God per se but how we build our society and maintain it. Abortion is the greatest evil; when we can kill our own children, anything else seems permissible. Seems like we’re already in the “storm” for 50 yrs. Many countries have already legalized abortion, the seeds of which were sown during the sexual revolution. The family is constantly under attack, and now the very personhood — God created them male and female — but now people are choosing to be male or female according to their whim?

    Our priest preached on the fact that God creates. Just look around. So much beauty. So much variety. What has the devil created? Nothing. He cannot. He can only distort and destroy. But I think of that beautiful hymn: Lift High the Cross. Christ has won. As a new convert, I always remember that. No matter what, a faithful remnant remains to rebuild the Kingdom of God. Fiat voluntas tua sicut in caelo et in terra …

    EllenChris, I love St. Patricks Breastplate too.

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  15. gwen5559 says:

    This Charlie is your most important writing! You have clearly explained the difficulty of prophecy, the spiritual devastating choices of sin while perfectly explaining Sr. Lucy’s vision. Charlie, I admire you so much. You continually put yourself out there, open to all kinds of criticism and pain. You do this for us, to help us. I thank you so much for your devotion and sacrifice. You have created a beautiful space here. This writing calls us forth to prayer and bands us together to fight spiritually. God bless you.

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  16. Pawel says:

    Something optimistic. Newly elected Polish president catches falling Host.

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  17. Marie says:

    This piece has eloquently articulated what I have been unable to speak. As an Irish person, now living in the US, I was beyond horrified by the gay marriage vote. The jubilant scenes of young and old rejoicing in this event, literally left me in a profound silence. It’s not that I didn’t see this coming – the faith has been ebbing away in Ireland for the past four decades, and to read the quotes of priests who announced that they would vote “yes’, and then the mind-boggling statement of the Archbishop of Dublin, pronouncing before the vote, that he did not want to push his religious beliefs down people’s throats, just placed the apostasy of the once Catholic Ireland, firmly at the feet of the clergy.
    My grandparents were saintly people who lived their lives firmly rooted in the faith, and died holy deaths. My parents, still alive in Ireland are good and holy people who handed on the faith to me and my siblings. Most of my cousins voted “yes”. They and their children belong to the new generation of the lost.
    What has happened is truly cataclysmic, and your piece puts it into a global spiritual perspective. I have been sort of spiritually looking at Saint Patrick with a “now what?” question to him. The answer is, he – the Church – the remnant – has to start all over again – pagan Ireland needs to be re-evangelized. May God look to down to us all in mercy and may all the Irish who are among the saints of heaven, pray ceaselessly for the once, and now no more, “island of saints and scholars”.
    My heart is shattered.


    • Domingo says:

      Marie, I am not ashamed to tell you that I cried for Ireland the day after I learned the vote. To your consolation, some of the finest priests I’ve known were missionaries from Ireland.


  18. Mary Anne says:

    “It is a self-replicating process that would destroy the whole world if there was not a faithful remnant ‘WILLING’ TO SUFFER AND PROCLAIM THE TRUTH”. From the entire article, this is the line God spoke to me. (Pray pray pray!!!).

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  19. Dave says:

    A few weeks ago, someone (maybe Charlie) alluded to the connection between the abomination of desolation spoken of in Daniel, and homosexual sex. It is certainly an abomination, and desolate (lifeless). Of course abortion is also another candidate, but when Jesus refers to Daniel’s abomination of desolation, he also adds “standing in the holy place”.

    Mt 24:15 So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place

    It seems to me that saying homosexual sex should be elevated to the status of holy matrimony is indeed having it stand in a holy place. The scary part is what follows in verse 21.

    21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be.

    It seems to me that we are at the doorstep of The Storm. It is truly intimidating!

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  20. rosebamor says:

    Dear Charlie,

    I am part of an aliance of communities. One is the Little Ones of Jesus Crucified in Conyers GA directed by Jacki Rychlicki who you will be visiting. I understand you will be coming thru Cleveland, so I am simply offering hospitality. We have a hermitage and chapel on our property and would love to offer you a place for r&r if you would enjoy that.  Our Community of St. Therese consists of both lay and religious who come together to study the Little Way of St. Therese and take it back to our respective homes and communities.  We also have a hermitage especially for use by priests and religious in need of rest and recharge. I am a Lay Ecclesial Minister of the Diocese of Cleveland and we are approved by them.

    So, if you would enjoy meeting some of us and having a good meal and maybe having some rest, please feel free to join us.

    Hope you enjoy Jacki’s place and Holy Spirit Monastery!


  21. Mack says:

    This explanation really resonates with me, Charlie. After the Irish vote you said in a comment “it is not what it seems.” I’ve been pondering that and your thoughts here express it exactly. It is a return to paganism. No doubt the US Supreme Court will rule in favor of it too.
    But then now that the spiritual destruction is all around us, the Storm of temporal things will have to descend also to wake people up. It’s often struck me that people today think they can do anything they want, morally speaking, without any consequences. They think they can define their own reality and make up their own morality, or rather lack of it. Until now we haven’t much felt the consequences that always follow sin, so people are lulled to sleep. But the consequences will come, even temporally. Keep reading the Bible and do what is in God’s Word.


  22. Barb Watry says:

    Thank you again Charlie for reminding us of spiritual versus temporal. I still keep going back to the thought I had about nothing will happen as we think it will. Yet I keep imagining all sorts of scenarios here on earth, something that will get people to wake up, including me. Thank you for speaking of the spiritual impacting the temporal and how a disruption in the spiritual realm will “leak” into the temporal, in ways we don’t even recognize or expect. I hadn’t thought of it quite that way, but it makes the most sense. I pray to keep that always in mind.
    God bless all of us and keep us on the path of true discernment of His will, protection in the Storm and love and help to each other. TDL.

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  23. Is voting for gay marriage a sin?


    Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dusted off her Catholic credentials Friday on MSNBC as she bit into Marco Rubio for opposing homosexual “marriage.”
    Pelosi is one of those politicians I like to think of as a Kerry Catholic. Back when John Kerry was running for president in 2004, he tried to appeal to conservatives and liberals alike by touting his Catholic background but assuring everybody that he could take off his religion like a coat when he got to work in Washington.

    In other words, Kerry’s professed beliefs aren’t really a part of him, just something he wears for show. At least, that’s what I took away from that exchange.
    Pelosi is the same sort. While she’ll happily trumpet her membership in the Catholic Church, by virtue of being raised in a Catholic family and, one supposes, attending a Catholic church, the reality is that she feels the rules about being Catholic don’t apply to her.

    Pelosi is Catholic the same way that Lucifer is an angel. There’s a history there, but her work has been to lead the world down a path away from God.
    So there she was on Friday, castigating Rubio for not supporting LGBT(ABC, easy as 1, 2, 3, do re mi) marriage and, by extension, lecturing conservative Catholics that the world has allegedly changed and there’s no room for believing the Bible’s prohibitions against homosexuality.

    IMO Satan could never advance his agenda as far as he has without cooperation of evil acting within the Catholic Church. As promised, he will be denied his endgame and will never prevail. It is absolutely critical that Catholics be well-grounded in their faith and pray constantly to discern its teachings

    Is voting for gay marriage a sin?

    Is voting for gay marriage a sin?

    Is hiring some to murder another person a sin?

    Is telling someone it is ok to use God’s name in vain a sin?

    Is telling someone it is ok to go to a fortune teller or to worship an idle a sin?

    I could go on and on.

    The answer to all the above is YES IT IS A SIN!

    IN doing so you are participating in the sin, therefore you are part of the sin.

    Now you may say who are you to judge?

    And you may say the Pope said “Who am I to judge”.

    Well the Pope, you and I have a mind, an intelligent, and reasoning.

    We cannot judge ones heart or soul. Weather they are condemn or saved.

    But we can judge if someone is doing right or wrong, if they have sin or not. Do you not judge your children when you correct them. Why do we have laws and courts? How can the courts and laws work if we can not judge?

    We have an obligation to correct anyone who is sinning. Our reason tells us. If we do not correct them someone will get hurt. And the bible tells us.

    See Exodus 23
    1 ‘You will not spread false rumours. You will not lend support to the wicked by giving untrue evidence.
    2 You will not be led into wrong-doing by the majority nor, when giving evidence in a lawsuit, side with the majority to pervert the course of justice;
    Ezekiel Chapter 33
    7 ‘Son of man I have appointed you as watchman for the House of Israel. When you hear a word from my mouth, warn them from me.
    8 If I say to someone wicked, “Evil- doer, you are to die,” and you do not speak to warn the wicked person to renounce such ways, the wicked person will die for this guilt, but I shall hold you responsible for the death.
    9 If, however, you do warn someone wicked to renounce such ways and repent, and that person does not repent, then the culprit will die for this guilt, but you yourself will have saved your life.
    10 ‘Son of man, say to the House of Israel, “You are continually saying: Our crimes and sins weigh heavily on us; we are wasting away because of them. How are we to go on living?”
    11 Say to them, “As I live — declares the Lord Yahweh — I do not take pleasure in the death of the wicked but in the conversion of the wicked who changes his ways and saves his life. Repent, turn back from your evil ways. Why die, House of Israel?”
    12 ‘Son of man, say to the members of your nation, “The uprightness of an upright person will not save him once he takes to wrong-doing; the wickedness of a wicked person will not ruin him once he renounces his wickedness. No one upright will be able to live on the strength of uprightness, having once taken to sinning.
    13 If I say to someone upright: You are to live, and then, trusting in this uprightness, he does wrong, none of the uprightness will be remembered; because of the wrong-doing, he will die.
    14 If, however, I say to someone wicked: You are to die, and he turns back from sin and does what is lawful and upright,
    15 if he returns pledges, restores what he has stolen, keeps the laws that give life and no longer does wrong, he will live and will not die.
    16 None of his previous sins will be remembered against him; having done what is lawful and upright, he will live.
    17 “But the members of your nation say: What the Lord does is unjust. But it is what you do that is unjust.
    18 When an upright person gives up being upright and does wrong, he dies for it.
    19 And when a wicked person gives up being wicked and does what is lawful and upright, because of this he lives.
    20 But you say: What the Lord does is unjust! I shall judge each of you by what you do, House of Israel.” ‘
    21 In the twelfth year of our captivity, on the fifth day of the tenth month, a fugitive arrived from Jerusalem and said to me, ‘The city has been taken.’
    22 Now the hand of the Lord had been on me the evening before the fugitive arrived; he had opened my mouth before the fugitive came to me the next morning; my mouth had been opened and I was dumb no longer.
    23 The word of Yahweh was then addressed to me as follows,
    24 ‘Son of man, the people living in those ruins on the soil of Israel say this, “Abraham was alone when he was given possession of this country. But we are many; the country has been given us as our heritage.”
    25 ‘Very well, tell them, “The Lord Yahweh says this: You eat blood, you raise your eyes to your foul idols, you shed blood; are you to own the country?
    26 You rely on your swords, you engage in loathsome practices, each of you defiles his neighbour’s wife; are you to own the country?”
    27 Tell them this, “The Lord Yahweh says this: As I live, I swear it, those in the ruins will fall to the sword, those in the countryside I shall give to the wild animals for them to eat, and those among the crags and in caves will die of plague.
    28 I shall make the country a desolate waste, and the pride of its strength will be at an end. The mountains of Israel will be deserted and no one will pass that way again.
    29 Then they will know that I am Yahweh, when I make the country a desolate waste because of all the filthy things they have done.”

    Matthew 18:15-20
    “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. …
    Matthew 16:15-19
    He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
    Romans 2:1-29
    Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. …
    Matthew 18:15-19
    “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.
    Matthew 16:17-20
    And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.


  24. Matthew says:

    As I mentioned on a previous thread, for some reason I have found the visual of Bruce Jenner on the cover of Vanity Fair to be even more disturbing although I understand the large-scale free will choice made in Ireland is objectively more significant. Perhaps in Ireland we have the choice and in VF we have the “icon” / “idol” of that choice. Here is “Tashlan”.
    I am a little confused about some of what you say about the relationship between prophetic image and this-world fulfillment. No offense, but how is what you suggest different from what the Jehovah’s Witnesses argued back in 1917. Their prophet predicted that the end of the world and the Second Coming of Jesus would occur in 1917. When it did not, they simply “spiritualized” the prophecy, saying that the prophecy had been fulfilled but in heaven and not here. The Scriptures seem to tell us that we judge a prophet based on whether his prophecies come true. Now I am not a person who has any special window into the eternal perspective, nor am I one who trusts too readily in emotions / feelings / internal senses since I know from personal experience these can be deceived. I DO understand that there is a certain amount of imagery / symbolism built into prophetic writing. How am I to know that a prophecy has come true when the prophet can “spin” things in interpreting them? So in theory a prophet could prophecy some great, traumatic, catastrophic event is going to happen next week and when nothing happens simply tell me that the pin that dropped yesterday was the this-worldly echo of a great celestial event.
    Any words of wisdom for a (sometimes) Doubting Thomas?


    • charliej373 says:

      I’m a little startled at this question coming from you, Matthew, as you usually exercise such precision. The difference between me and the Jehovah’s Witnesses is that they predicted a specific temporal event not just in 1917, but five or six more times after that – and after it did not happen, tried to recapture all the booklets in which they made the predictions and tried to claim they meant spiritual.

      I speak to you of the relationship between the spiritual and temporal realms and try to make some fine distinctions. It is often hard…but important – and the source of some confusion. However, I speak of certain temporal things and tell you they will happen temporally…the crash of the world economy, a global civil war, specific events. Before I ever went public, I told my priests of the coming startling rise of terror – that the Bishops assembled in Dallas to address the sexual abuse crisis would scarcely acknowledge Jesus Christ in their public ruminations, early last decade that our then-chilly relations with Russia would significantly warm, then get rockier than ever going into the Storm. I tell you flatly that the Rescue in late 2017 will be miraculous and visible to the whole world. Because I tell you that things have different relevance in the spiritual and temporal realms – and try to explain how they interact – that is not at all comparable to someone making a false, dire specifically temporal prophecy and mealy-mouthing his way out of it when it proves false. I am many things…sometimes wrong, often testy, sometimes engage my tongue before my head…but I am not a mealy-mouth…and I make public distinctions between the temporal and the spiritual and how they interact BEFORE these things come to pass. Up until recently, I hoped that the temporal aspects of what I have to say did not come to pass so I could go home and enjoy myself quietly. That has only changed because things are now so dire that any who will see can see that if we do NOT have the Storm, we are headed for the actual end or a very brutal new Dark Ages.

      This comment was imprecise enough – and ignored enough evidence you already have – that I can only think one of three things sparked it: A) You’re off your game this morning; B) you were intentionally being tritely provocative to provoke a clearer answer from me or; C) the magnitude of it all is hitting you hard enough that you reflexively reach for a desperate, ill-considered reason to dismiss it. At various times, I have done iterations of each of these three approaches. But you are a very smart man…so make your next provocative question more precise – because that is what we have come to expect from you. Now, if you want to offer a tart rejoinder to this tart response, go ahead…the body of your steady and thoughtful comments has earned you the right to give me a good, hard elbow. Just deliver it effectively, not sloppily.

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      • Matthew says:

        Thanks for the lengthy response. Of course A is always a possibility but I think it is mostly B with some D thrown in. D is an aspect of my character that may or may not surprise you. I have a strong history of skepticism regarding these phenomenon. My friends, with whom I occasionally share your posts (and those of Mallett), think it hilarious that I read you and Mark. Due to some strong personal issues I am extremely leery of the emotional and the sensory. This includes most experiences of mysticism that involve any emotion or sense aspect. On the other hand this can lead to a desire or fascination on my part with extraordinary phenomenon, since my heart wants to know God not just intellectually but biblically. I can sometimes challenge these things because I WANT THEM TO BE TRUE. Maybe a part of me wants to get you in a corner, where, come January 1, 2018, I will know for certain that you have spoken true. (This would be the “B” aspect.) Perhaps the old custom of biting into a coin to check its value is applicable here – I “bite” in because I want to test its truth.
        Oremus pro invicem!
        PS: Thanks for the challenge. I do think I dashed off the original comment here without really thinking it through and kind of stuck with the superficial. I hope the above remark clarifies things.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Now that’s the Matthew I know and love! Yeah…I appreciate the skepticism. I am largely a skeptic, myself (the irony, I know. I think it amused the Holy Trinity to no end to make me a skeptic along with everything else). Even after waiting 30 years to tell anyone about this, I chose an honest priest who was a towering intellectual – a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law before he became a priest – and one who had a reputation for not wanting to hear such things…even in the rare case they were authentic, let someone else deal with them. When I first brought it up, he told me out of hand to dismiss it. I was delighted – thought I had safely made my escape. My angel told me between visits, though, that I had not played fair…that I must tell him the synopsis of a vision from March of 1993 – and that if he still told me to dismiss it, I was honorably released. When I told him, he chuckled and said, “Fine, let’s get this done and then we can move on to more important things.” About halfway through, I could see from his countenance that this was not going as I had hoped. Sure enough, after a few moments of silence after I finished, he said, “Well Charlie, you better keep me informed after all.”

          I don’t mind being contradicted or questioned…but a prefer that when it comes it be a good, well-executed shot. It eases the discomfort for me to admire the skill with which it was delivered.

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          • Matthew says:

            I presume you are aware of the old joke:
            What are the three people that no parish priest wants to see in his parish?
            The bishop’s attorney,
            The bishop’s accountant.
            The Blessed Virgin Mary.
            All of them spell trouble! LOL!

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          • charliej373 says:

            Now that’s hilarious!

            One of my priests is a man in some significant authority. Once, during a significant crisis, he was going to be visiting a Bishop who was at the center of it. My priest asked my permission to suggest that the Bishop speak to me. I said sure. Well my priest came back and told me he had spoken with the Bishop on the problems – and then told him about me and said he really thought he ought to speak privately to me. He said the Bishop looked at him, rolled his eyes and said, “Just what I need right now…a prophet!”

            I looked at him and started laughing…said with all the political circuses I have had to manage before reporters, I could completely identify with the Bishop’s sentiments. With a sly grin, my priest told me he didn’t bother to be diplomatic because he thought it would amuse me just as it did.

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  25. Bob says:

    I remember a few years back one on the Irish seers saw it as spiritually significant that Ireland had manipulated it’s people to sign on to the Maastricht Treaty which allowed it to Join the EU with it’s increasingly pagan philosophy.


  26. Mark says:

    A further erosion of the basics of faith is the recent gender nonsense that is filling the news cycles. Facebook lists 56 genders. The absolute ridiculousness of it on its face is hard to fully grasp. This attacks faith from its foundations.

    Genesis 1:27
    “God created mankind in his image;
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female* he created them.”

    Genesis 5:2
    “he created them male and female. When they were created, he blessed them and named them humankind.”

    If there are not 2 genders the above would be false, and the belief it is false will further erode faith and belief in proper marriage.

    Mark 6:6-9
    “6 But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.
    7 For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother [and be joined to his wife],
    8 and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh.
    9 Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.””

    2 Timothy 4:3-4
    “3 For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine but, following their own desires and insatiable curiosity, will accumulate teachers
    4 and will stop listening to the truth and will be diverted to myths.”

    It is oddly funny, but the first Sin was the desire to know good and evil, and now people can not differentiate the two.


    • Monica Joseph of the Blessed Sacrament, OCDS says:

      Mark, you have hit on a pet peeve of mine. The word “gender” was a grammatical term, and “sex” was used to delineate between actual males and females, as on all the old forms we used to fill out. Then, the word “gender” started to be substituted for the word “sex” (it was a colloquialism but not widely used) so as to lay the groundwork to allow all sorts of self-identification beyond simply male and female. I learned this from, I believe it was a radio talk show host, who pointed out how the word “gender” was being misappropriated, some years back. I suppose Facebook’s 56 categories show the full flowering of the insanity, or I should say, rebellion.


  27. Barbara Dore says:

    Isis statute at Saint Michael’s church, Sneem, Co Kerry.

    Sneem – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Sneem (Irish: An tSnaidhm) is a village situated on the Iveragh Peninsula (part of the Ring of Kerry) in County Kerry in the southwest of Ireland. … is located in the grounds of St. Michael’s Church and the goddess Isis donated by the people of …


  28. My Experience in Conyers Georgia

    Another event that happen is when my wife, my daughter, my sister, my sister’s daughter in-law and I went to Conyers , Georgia in November, 1993, where a lady name Nancy Fowler claims to be having mystical experiences, receiving messages from our Lord Jesus and His mother Mary, and having visions, etc.. On the 12 of Nov. we went to what is called the holy hill, located behind Nancy’s house. There are several large statues of Mary and a large crucifix of Jesus, and an altar below it with a kneeler, a well that Nancy says has been blessed by Jesus and a priest. While we were on the holy hill, I along with my sister’s daughter in-law was able to look at the sun and see the Eucharist, (host), it was blocking the sun, spinning and pulsing, several other people, also saw this. I was standing listening to people tell about their conversions, when someone said look, and everybody started to look at the sky, we saw a corner of a rainbow, which was very colorful, and for several minutes it just kept fading in and out. Now it had not rain, although it was cloudy. Next I was standing talking to a young woman and a man, I looked about at the people walking around and I saw that their hair was having a gold tint, and then it seem as if the gold started flowing down over everyone and on to the ground. Everything looked gold, except the man in front of me. I asked the woman and man if they saw anything, the woman said that everything was gold; the man said he did not see anything. Later I asked my wife, daughter, sister and her daughter in-law what they saw, my wife and sister said they saw everything turn gold, but my daughter, and my sister’s daughter in-law did not see it. While we were there I knelt on the kneeler before the crucifix and was praying when I felt a wind go through me and I felt great peace and a few large tear drops flow from eyes, which I could not control.

    The next day, Nov. 13, we were sitting out side the house that has the room were Jesus and Mary appear to Nancy, while people are praying the rosary. There were 90,000 people there that day according to the news. We were all praying the rosary, but not in unison, when the man leading the rosary, said that Mary was a appearing to Nancy. Someone said “look” everyone looked at the sun and several people around me, including myself saw the host in front of the sun, spinning and pulsing. Then there appeared a huge rainbow, 360 degrees way out, all the way around the sun. This lasted just a few minutes. Again it had not rain, although it was cloudy, and I have never seen a rainbow like it. After the rosary, Nancy came out to tell us the messages that Mary, the mother of Jesus gave us. I don’t remember it all, except that she said, “her children were not unified, just as we were not in saying the rosary”.


  29. Bob says:

    Regarding the eternally most important things often not being seen for what they are I suppose God works that way too, as least He often has up to this point in history. One child is born in an obscure village in Israel and another criminal is crucified and the world hardly seems to notice until later his disciples claim a certain Jesus of Nazareth is risen!

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  30. Donette says:

    A bolt from Heaven to enlighten our understanding, Charlie. That is what your post was today…a light from Heaven.

    I read what Mary Anne said: “Be willing to suffer and Proclaim the Truth.”
    Charlie, this is my stumbling block: proclaiming the Truth. In my old age, I can say that I have written letters to the Bishops about their silence numerous times to the point where some of those letters became somewhat “shouty”. When Mother Angelica asked us to write to the NCCB we did in huge numbers that the postal service delivered them in giant bags to the doors where the Bishops met. The only thing that accomplished was to get the visual medias out of the meetings and we ended up with a panel of Bishops that were set up to answer questions, none of the questions being relevant.

    For years, letters were sent to the Congressmen who represented what ever state I happened to be living in at the time. That was before I learned from internet reading that those letters simply get deposited in the furnaces of the Capital Building. Why should I be surprised? They don’t even read the laws that they pass. Now we get letters asking our opinions on the most insignificant problems controlling the subjects that they wish to discuss.

    I’ve spent time in front of Abortion Clinics with my daughters and when the police pulled up and put barriers around us, I kept praying my rosary and wondering what was I going to tell my husband if he had to get us out of prison.

    I’ve said to women in Church, “Quit talking to each other and spend more time talking to God who deigns to stay in our midst.” That didn’t go over very well with them particularly when I went on to say to lectors, “Your dress is too short. You are giving all of us a picture of what we don’t want to see.”

    More examples I don’t need to tell. It is not suffering nor the proclaiming of the Truth that bothers me. It is the everlasting blindness of those who ignore what you are saying that frustrate me.
    Sometimes I wish I could be like Isaiah or Elijah and call down fire from Heaven on them, but then I would be as shocked to the extreme as then if that actually would happen.


    • charliej373 says:

      For what it is worth, Donette, when I was working in politics and government, every letter that was individually written DID get read by someone at a high level. In the last few decades, there has been a movement to send form letters in massive quantities to Reps – and those did get tossed, even when they were cleverly disguised with personalized fields. (We were not dummies, we did this every day for a living and could figure out even the cleverly disguised form letters). Going out on the road speaking to groups, I often told people that a single letter – written by a real constituent – got far more attention from the Congressman or Senator and staff than 10,000 form letters. I can’t say it held true for everyone, but those of us who worked as operatives often griped with each other about the massive waste of paper with form letters. And I know of many occasions where someone’s thinking was influenced by a real letter. I can’t say how it is now…everything has degenerated so quickly.

      As to rebuking people, I had a wonderful – and truly amazing – Parish Priest when I lived briefly in Galesburg, Illinois and went to Immaculate Heart of Mary. His name was Fr. Ernie Pizzamiglio. He was completely orthodox…and oh, he would say what was needed whenever, rebuking us. He would tell people at Sunday Mass that they better live modesty at Mass…and then be specific on what he was talking about. He wouldn’t call anyone out the first time, but would warn that after that, he would send people who violated those rules home. He rebuked me for something from the pulpit at a Daily Mass one time (a political matter). But here is the amazing thing about him: his love for his parishioners was so obvious and unaffected that everyone loved him. Many thanked him for his rebukes. The day he rebuked me, afterwards we went to get some breakfast together and he was falling all over himself apologizing for doing that in public. I laughed after a bit that he had rebuked me and I was busy consoling him over it. He gave parishioners compliments on their virtues…but it was NEVER a “one-size-fits-all” compliment…they were always cutom tailored to the actual personality of the person he was complimenting him. In my mind, when I think of St. John Vianney, the mental image I always get is of Fr. Ernie. Priests CAN be faithfully orthodox and intimately consoling. God bless those who succeed and those who try.

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      • CrewDog says:

        Speaking of “Be willing to suffer and Proclaim the Truth.” and politics I have heard Glenn Beck and author David Barton recently discuss the Black Robe Regiment .. .. which is a USA movement to get pastors to speak the Not Politically Correct Truth from the pulpit. The NYT and all the rest of the usual Lefty Suspects despise Beck and Barton which automatically makes them comrades of mine 😉 I have a NM Pal that has sent me Black Robe Regiment newsletters over the past few years and have seen nothing that I disagree with nor have I seen anything unacceptable in Barton’s American History videos seen through a Christian “lens”. I don’t expect to see too many Catholic Pastors join up with this movement as, sadly, 50 years of lavender seminaries, “Marxist” ideology and sex scandals have caused most of our clergy to hide under their desks and/or driven others to vote with their feet. There are a very few exceptions that are brave enough to face the Lefts “slings & arrows” but …..!? I’m guessing that the Black Robe Regiment movements, led by the Holy Spirit, might will be a “template” for the recovery after The Storm?


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        • charliej373 says:

          CrewDog, I think you would be surprised by how many faithful clerics there are – and I hear from many of them privately. Like everyone else who is serious, many are scared…but I think some will be very surprised at how many pastors step up to the plate when everything is finally on the line.

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  31. nicky says:

    I have to share a great book called, The Different Drum: Community and Making Peace by M. Scott Peck,M.D. In light of the chaos unfolding everywhere a few of us are forming a study group using this book. .

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  32. Lin says:

    Learning much from this intriguing discussion…thank you!


  33. rickie says:

    Dear Charlie, Thank you for explaining these mysteries. God is Spirit. We can never make God human, only ponder the mystery of His existence. God used Moses to be the middle man in the old testament. Getting a glimpse into the depth of that mystery is scary indeed and I kind of feel like the Israelites who were filled with the fear of the Lord when they were at the foot of Mt. Sinai, but they had Moses to lead them. Oh God, remember your people. Jesus is our Mediator now, so let us cling to him now more than ever. Thank-you Lord for giving us such insights through your chosen disciples.
    . This morning at mass we learned a good thing just happened in Poland from our Polish priest who just returned from there while the elections were happening. He was so relieved to tell us that the man who was elected is pro-life !! He is also fairly young, in his forties. He remarked that he rejoiced to learn that the newly elected official made a trip right away to Poland’s national shrine to give thanks to Our Lady, the Black Madonna. Praise God for His goodness. I’m thinking that maybe our new saint John Paul II interceded both while alive and now from heaven for his native Poland. One victory earned in sweat and tears. Praise God !


    • Monica Joseph of the Blessed Sacrament, OCDS says:

      Rickie, I was just reading about the new Polish president. After the Irish debacle, this was good news, indeed, and made me proud of my Polish lineage. It was Polish leadership that saved Christendom from the Muslims at the gates of Vienna, and it was the Polish Pope who stood against Communism. Perhaps, Poland is to lead once again as what was once Christian Europe seems to be in its death throes.

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  34. Rosie says:

    I think all will merge…spiritual, temporal, physical, metaphysical, etc when God is ready to make His point loud and clear. Those things that we take as figurative, will also become literal, actually
    manifest and we will see fully what God has ready for us, allowing good and evil. Keeping our Lamps full is chocked full of meaning, and each time you think about this expression, Scripture, in a different light, you come closer to what the Holy Spirit is telling you. It is an expression I use constantly on my grandchildren. And as our lives become so much different, changing, ( soon very soon) we will realize the mindfulness of our Lord’s presence. Close ~ so very close! How much we have hurt our Lord, how very sad and so very blind. May the scales fall from our eyes.


  35. Jim M. says:

    The Irish vote is more than aopsasty. It is a desecration of the Trinity. And blasphemy against tge Holy Spirit. The Irish Constitution will be amended to embrace and, by consent of the governed, allow homosexual unions. Legitimizing acts declared to be abonominations to God.

    The Irish Constitution begins with these words:

    “In the Name of the Most Holy Trinity, from Whom is all authority and to Whom, as our final end, all actions both of men and States must be referred,
    We, the people of Éire,
    Humbly acknowledging all our obligations to our Divine Lord, Jesus Christ, Who sustained our fathers through centuries of trial,
    Gratefully remembering their heroic and unremitting struggle to regain the rightful independence of our Nation,
    And seeking to promote the common good, with due observance of Prudence, Justice and Charity, so that the dignity and freedom of the individual may be assured, true social order attained, the unity of our country restored, and concord established with other nations,
    Do hereby adopt, enact, and give to ourselves this Constitution.”

    Ireland, home of my ancestors, has judged itself.


  36. gettimothy says:

    For the first time in a millennium and a half, we have re-entered a functionally pagan culture.

    This clarifies a lot of things.
    It explains why so many things are being upended all at once.
    It explains the futility and impotence of politics and the law to contain or stop these changes.
    It explains the ‘overwhelming’ aspect of these changes.
    It explains the behavior of those ‘leaders’ who lie to us (their allegiance, although unarticulated, is elsewhere; they are foreigners at the most basic level)
    It explains the sorrow that so many feel as they separate themselves from other humans who have chosen evil over God.

    Charlie, is it correct to say that The Storm will re-orient the axis?

    God bless.


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  37. Joseph Jalsevac says:

    Thank you this was very helpful and illuminating. It is really the same principle for the interpretation of Scripture – the spiritual meaning is the primary one, the temporal meaning is secondary.


  38. malachi99 says:

    I think as an Irish man I will briefly make some clarifications on the “Irish situation”.
    Firstly, the Irish situation is not parochial this is the terminal point of a road long since travelled by the western community of nations. Any judgement on Ireland is a judgement on your country also, wherever that may be. Yes I am slightly defensive and I will bite your hand of if you attempt to scapegoat Ireland as some kind of pariah .

    Secondly, and I do not hesiste to say this, whilst most nations in this world have been busily cracking open their children’s crania Ireland has largely opposed descending into such barbarism. This will set Our Beloved Nation apart come the end.

    Thirdly, Ireland and Irish people are a strange bunch. Just over three million were eligible to vote in the refernedum. 1.2 VOTED YES, ALMOST 800.000 VOTED NO. Over a million thought it a non-issue apparently. There is a lot of political apathy in our country in general.

    Fourthly, I would like to clarify that Ireland is not to be equated with the artificial political entity otherwise known as the “Republic of Ireland”. In the North of the island the Catholic faith and its cultural expression is much stronger and more alive than in the “Irish free state”. Again, this is perhaps largely irrelevant as the judgement has come upon the nations in general and not in particular but I though i’d clear up the confusion for those operating under the misguided notion that my beloved Eire has completely gone to hell.

    Fifthly, the media spin, political manipulation (state sponsored facism), and largely American funded propaganda machine have so twisted the whole referndum issue that the people were mere pliant tools of this social engineering project. Of course, there was a lot of anti-catholic animus and many just voted in revolt of the Church. Notwithstanding the puerile reactionary voting most are oblivious to the spiritual, social, moral, and cultural impact of this transposition of the poles of reality.

    You have to know something of the Irish psychology here to understand. We generally make sure to welcome everyone and being a subjugated nation for so long we react whenever a particular group is seen to be “excluded” or “discriminated” against. Our political class along with the whole gaggle of social commentators and pseudo intellectual elite know the Irish psyche and played it to the tee. Rememebr the effective re-defining of marriage that has just taken place was billed as an equality issue. Nothing was being re-defined, nothing was being changed (smoke and mirrors); this was about “extending” the reach of a public institution to include those unjustly disenfranchised. Equality, equaluty, equality was the mantra being pitched to the hapless masses.

    C.S Lewis stated 70 years ago that the problem in western cultures is that we have forgotten the natural moral law. That there will be no effective re-evangelisation, nigh such is doomed to failure, without a “remembrance” of the basic principles of the moral order. The nauseating moral platitudes, the even more nauseating presentasion of the faith that has constituted Catholic education this past 50 years or so has decimated not only the light of faith in the hearts of men but also any sense of the binding force of the moral law-of the objectivity of good and evil. This is a supra-national phenomenon that has swept the globe and believe me there is a cloven hoof behind it all.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you for your spirited defense of Ireland, Malachi. I always like it when someone speaks up for family, hearth and home. But the horror of what happened there is not that it is anomalous – some strange thing different from everything else – but that it is a harbinger of who we have already become. And it is striking that the first domino to fall should be a land that has been such a notable fortress of faith.

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      • malachi99 says:

        Cheers Charlie. As per usual you have brought to the fore the underlying message radiating out across the world at electric speed. Ireland a beacon of catholic identity and faith has accepted the new order. Watch the rest fall like dominoes. A masterful strategic victory it must be said.

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        • Mack says:

          I’m part Irish and grieve over this. As the saying goes, the corruption of the best is the worst.


        • mvislander says:

          I was waiting for an Irishman to throw some punches around! SAOIRSE! I don’t think we have seen the end of Catholicism in Eire. My grandparents had tremendous faith despite many trials and tragedy in their lives. Up Cork!


          • mvislander says:

            I do whole heatedly agree with Charlie that it is a very important harbinger. Also, the recent death of Fr. Nicholas Gruner also struck me in the same way. This tremendously hardworking priest was called home possibly indicating that his work was finished and our collective failure to listen means that we must now face the storm. May he rest in peace.


    • Mick says:

      Bravo, Malachi!


  39. Charlie, all you write in this piece makes perfect sense. Such an enlighting conversation on your thoughts. Thank You!


  40. Alphonsus says:

    I’ve been thinking a lot about the Irish vote to make homosexual marriage a right in the Irish Constitution. It is not the unexpected novelty and new calamity it may seem. It is simply one of the many monsters that has exited the Trojan Horse of contraception. And I view contraception just that way, as a devil-inspired Trojan Horse delivered to, and gleefully welcomed by, an overwhelming majority of humanity beginning nearly 60 years ago.

    Contraception is the evil from which all others have sprung to attack understanding of the natural law regarding the nature of man and woman, their meanings and purposes as dual forms of the same being, procreation, the family, human community, and even human life itself. It is pan global. It transcends geography, political and social philosophy, economic status, and culture and religion. It is an attitude of heart, a poisoning of the heart – the heart being very center of man. It is on the same level as the original sin, in my opinion, in its gravity and effects. What has sprung from it should be no surprise.

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  41. narnialion54 says:

    ok folks…a friend just sent this and I think it is just right for Sunday morning street preaching!

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  42. Carmelite says:

    Love it, narnialion54! Thanks :-)))


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  44. CrewDog says:

    I think the below is worth a read. It reminds us of why the USA was founded and why the USA/former Christendom is in trouble today and why ……. THE STORM:

    From: “The American Thinker”

    The Purpose of America By Bruce Walker – November 21, 2015

    There is a myth about the founding of America and a myth about the purpose of America when it first began as a nation. This myth muddles all debate about immigration, and especially the current debate about allowing Syrian Muslims into America. Debunking this myth is crucial to our victory against menacing and wicked enemies who seek our end. America, beginning with those colonies that would become America, was founded not to promote some general ideal of religious freedom, but rather to specifically protect serious Christians from the religious persecution they had suffered in Europe. Several of the colonies – Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland – were created to allow groups of persecuted Christians like Puritans, Quakers, and Catholics to have a specific home polity. Other colonies like Rhode Island and Connecticut were founded to allow Christians to practice faith as they chose outside Massachusetts. Virtually all the colonies were populated by profoundly serious Christians. It was not the free practice of “religion,” but the free practice of Christianity that the early Americans fought and died for. This mystified Europe (it mystifies Europe to this very day), because Europe at its most religious was never as religious as America. It is a stunning fact, almost always ignored by secular historians, that before the twentieth century began, writers were noting the profound irreligion or even atheism in much of Europe. This was most pronounced in Germany, where books published during this period consistently note that even clergymen often did not own Bibles or believe in God. This cavalier attitude toward Christianity permeated nearly every nation in Europe. America was intended to be the Israel of Christianity, and commitment to that ideal explains the obstinacy of the rebelling colonists, who shed blood, lost treasure, and risked everything for freedom. The purpose of America was never to protect its citizens from Christianity, but instead to protect Christians from the oppression of the state. This is the reason why, until the middle of the twentieth century, no one in America even dreamed for many decades that the First Amendment could in any way have prevented the established state churches, which half of the new states had, all of which were gradually disestablished by the state government on their own. This aim included from the very beginning a subordinate purpose. Americans intended their land to be not only a haven for Christians, but also a haven for Jews. This new land was, from the earliest English settlements, welcoming to Jews. AntiSemitism in America, unlike everywhere on Earth, was condemned and repudiated. Jews were elected to colonial and state political 11/21/2015 Articles: The Purpose of America 2/2 offices from the very beginning. Christianity was the very soul of the antislavery movement (as it was in Britain). The words in the Battle Hymn of the Republic, “…as He died to make men holy, let us live to make men free, our God is marching on,” showed the clear Christian character of America. The official hymn for our centennial, “God of Our Fathers,” likewise shows a close intertwining of Christianity and American government. The goodness of America flowed directly from that Christianity, and it is this profoundly Christian nature of America that leads Europeans to scorn her – and also to the deep and close friendship between America and Israel, which is most strongly supported by Christians in America. It is also a principal factor in Islamic hatred of America, Christianity’s Israel, just as the Jewish homeland itself appalls Muslims just as passionately. Every malignancy in modern world affairs is ultimately rooted in hatred of JudeoChristianity. Although it seems odd to us, the angry of this world see all devout Christians of every denomination as being more or less the same and see Christians and Jews of every variety as also being more or less the same. That is the real explanation for Iranian leaders calling America the “Great Satan” and Israel the “Little Satan.” Those two nations have never warred upon Iran or occupied Iran. These hate our country not for anything wrong that it has done, but for being what it is.


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  45. Annie says:

    Reblogged this on Annie.


  46. SteveBC says:

    I’ve thought a lot about life and the taking of it, trying to work out how to answer those in my family and those of my friends who have thought equally hard about abortion and euthanasia and come down on the side of accepting these exceptions to life. Some people need killing, while others need protection. Where to draw the line and how to formulate the way to think about it?

    If we draw the line in ways that allow marauders to prey on their targets, we fail in our defense of those in need of defense (including ourselves, who have a right to life). If we draw the line to allow certain kinds of societally acceptable deaths/killings, we again fail to defend those who need defense.

    Yet some in my family have seen elders go through enormous suffering or senseless decay and now believe euthanasia is a mercy to be used in certain circumstances. Those who defend abortion do so oftentimes with feelings in conflict and choose one side to defend, as the best of a bad situation. None of these people are psychopaths or lack empathy. Indeed, in many cases it is their sense of empathy that leads them to support such desperate actions, and they may view any who counsel against these acts as callous.

    It seems to me that we must choose to protect all human lives, except those who, living by the sword, use that sword against others. Those must be met with equivalent responses overwhelming enough to gain victory, but not with excessive response.

    This would mean that we have the right to self-defense against attackers, whether they use physical weapons or verbal or emotional abuse, provided we defend in kind and with justice.

    It would also mean that the unborn and the elderly or infirm would always be protected, since they are not living by the sword. Even though watching the deterioration of elderly parents can be desperately hard or involve great suffering on the part of both the elderly and those who care for them, the elderly cannot be euthanized but must be loved and aided in what ways we are able to provide. So also for those who wish to die to escape difficult lives, and so also for the unborn. None of these lives by the sword, so they require our love and protection.

    So it seems the formula is: “God will hold us accountable to protect the lives of those who do not live by the sword. We must protect all who live, except those who, choosing to live by the sword, use that sword against others. In any way we can, we need to help the former to live until natural death releases them, for in this decision we are not adequate substitutes for God. We must bring the latter to quick and fair judgment, or in life-threatened extremity and without rancor or grudge, incapacitate or kill them in defense of self or others.”

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    • Mick says:

      That sounds good to me, SteveBC.


    • Beckita says:

      I love your pondering mind, SteveBC. Thank you for this refelction. May I add these thoughts to your pondering? Having embraced the understandings conveyed within this writing, I can attest to the reality that walking my husband through his Via Dolorosa as he made his Final Journey Home was hard, heart heavy, horrific, heartwarming, holy, heroic, healing, and honorable. In my experience, redemptive suffering is life-giving.

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Amen, SteveBC, we will surely have to fight, but we will not be alone!
      I just read 4Kings 6: 15-23 (Douay Rheims). Charlie and many of the Saints have said we will witness many miracles! This would be my prayer! Imagine seeing the Heavenly Army of God’s Angels fighting for us! Or at least knowing this is so.

      “And the servant of the man of God rising early, went out, and saw an army round about the city, and horses and chariots: and he told him, saying: Alas, alas, alas, my lord, what shall we do?
      But he answered: Fear not: for there are more with us than with them.
      And Eliseus prayed, and said: Lord, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the servant, and he saw: and behold the mountain was full of horses, and chariots of fire round about Eliseus.”

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    • Spoken as a true Catholic, Steve. As a hospice nurse who’s contemplated the ethics of death and dying, and having met many good people wrestling with such tough questions, I wholeheartedly agree with your fine post.

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