Deeper Into the Vortex

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By Charlie Johnston

Something downright weird is going on at the Vatican. In the warm-up to the release of the Environmental Encyclical, almost all top Vatican officials who speak about it are notably petty, arrogant, spiteful, malicious and defamatory. They are also notably determined to avoid any discussion of facts and evidence. I have noted before that Pope Francis seems a little soft on some of the technical temporal matters he deals with. But one thing he is NOT is mean-spirited. I would truly be shocked if what he came out with was as short on logical argument as his staff is and as shrilly hysterical. It makes me wonder if the officials who are taking this shrieking approach are, like the progressives who wanted to abandon Church doctrine at last year’s session of the Synod, less informed about what the Pope intends and more involved in trying to push their own agenda. They, too, claimed to be speaking for the Pope, only to be smartly rebuked when he actually spoke. The Pope may well share their position on the environment, but I don’t believe for a moment that he shares their sneering contempt for all who question them. Whatever, I expect Cardinals, Nuncios and other high Vatican officials to behave with a little more dignity and grace than a shrieking MSNBC panel. Their snotty attitude has been scandalously shocking.

Austin Ruse of Crisis Magazine writes compellingly about the bizarre behavior of Vatican officials here.

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Some people tell me they don’t read much of any article I write that touches on the politics of the time, but only when I talk directly about Jesus and the saints. Perfectly reasonable – particularly in normal times. But these are not normal times…and the progressive statists have made everything a political issue – including your right to practice your faith with fidelity. If the old ethos of leaving the politics largely out of religion – and most other cultural and social institutions still held, that would be a prudent course. But I tell you that right now, if you completely ignore the political and social and only pay attention to those pieces where Christ is the direct focus, you are going to miss some important signs of the times. I chuckled today as I thought about it: I could hear some telling Jesus, “Hey, I don’t want to hear any of your stories about kings and princes. If it isn’t about Jewish Law, don’t bother me.” Any who said – and meant it – would have missed a lot.

Anyway, National Review’s Jonah Goldberg wrote a piece today that compellingly explains why you better pay attention to the politics of those who want to run your life and destroy your freedom to practice your faith, for they are paying intimate attention to you. I reprint part of Goldberg’s marvelous piece below:

“Dear You Guys (I apologize for this break in protocol. Normally I would begin with the traditional salutation of “Dear Reader.” But now that “you guys” is under assault, I felt this was, quite literally, the least I could do),

If I’ve made one point over the last 20 years, it’s that you can never put too much cheese on anything involving meat. Coming in a close second is that the reason I’m a conservative is that I believe conservatism and libertarianism are only partial philosophies of life. Obviously, this is even more the case for libertarianism than it is for conservatism, but both schools of thought set relatively clear boundaries for what politics should touch. Not so for what we call liberalism.

The progressive vision sees all of mankind as clay to be molded, sheep to be herded, a third-grade diorama to be diorama’d. There are no safe harbors from politics because the personal is political.

The problem with saying “the personal is political” is twofold: You politicize what is personal (“Everyone must celebrate my lifestyle!”) and you personalize the political (“Your opposition to the minimum wage hurts my feelings!”).

This is how you un-think yourself out of a civilization; When politics becomes a fashion choice and fashion becomes political. If you wear your politics on your sleeve, it usually means you don’t keep them in your brain where they belong.

This is at least partly why so much of what passes for politics these days is really lifestyle branding. I loved David Brooks’s BoBos In Paradise, but its biggest flaw was in underestimating how much of the so-called bohemian-bourgeois lifestyle came pre-loaded with very political features. In 1997 Brooks wrote in The Weekly Standard that “one of the striking things about Burlington [Vermont] is that it is relatively apolitical.” I really don’t think that was true. More likely: Burlington was — and is — so uniformly liberal that even an astute observer might confuse stultifying political conformity for apoliticalness (not a word, I know, but like they said in Fast and Furious 3, you get my drift).

It’s telling that when Phil Griffin predicted MSNBC would overtake Fox News by 2014 (Stop laughing!). He said he wanted to do it by turning MSNBC into a “lifestyle” network. “It’s a mistake for us to limit ourselves to news,” he told The New Republic. Instead, he wanted to build up something he dubbed, “the MSNBC lifestyle.” This is the sort of thinking you fall into when you can’t see where politics ends and “lifestyle” — i.e., life — begins.

I’m not a big fan of generational stereotyping, but it’s fair to say that a large number of Millennials constitute the first big cohort of kids to be fully raised within this lifestyle-ized politics.

What’s been the effect? Well, funny enough, I have a theory about that.

There’s a lot of evidence that being too sanitary, i.e. too clean, causes allergies. If you’re not exposed to dog hair, dirt, bugs, nuts, CHUDs early in life, your immune system doesn’t know how to recognize these allergens later on and deal with them in a healthy way. It turns out if you give babies peanut butter, they are much, much less likely to get peanut allergies when they get older. Unfortunately for my kid’s generation, this news came too late. And while she doesn’t have peanut allergies herself, enough kids do at her school that all you have to do is whisper “peanut butter” and the place becomes like that scene in Monsters Inc. when the creature has a human sock stuck to his back (“23-19! We’ve got a 23-19!”).

As I’ve been arguing for quite a while, I think America is going through a kind of autoimmune crisis. We’re increasingly allergic to our own civilization and as a result we’re attacking once-healthy organs of the body politic.

Frankly, I have trouble seeing all this “trigger warning” shinola (no, wait, the other stuff I always confuse for shinola) in any other context.

Consider this:

“America is the land of opportunity,” “There is only one race, the human race” and “I believe the most qualified person should get the job” are among a long list of alleged microaggressions faculty leaders of the University of California system have been instructed not to say.

These so-called microaggressions — considered examples of subconscious racism — were presented at faculty leader training sessions held throughout the 2014-15 school year at nine of the 10 UC campuses. The sessions, an initiative of UC President Janet Napolitano, aim to teach how to avoid offending students and peers, as well as how to hire a more diverse faculty.

Now, if you suffer heart palpitations, feel light-headed, or in some other way manifest symptoms of panic because you hear that “America is the land of opportunity” or “there is only one race, the human race” you have an allergy to America and its ideals.

The danger is that if we cater to these allergies, they become worse. “A man may take to drink because he feels himself to be a failure,” Orwell observed, “and then fail all the more completely because he drinks.” We fail our kids by giving them these allergies and then fail them all the more completely by catering to them.

Miss Piggy America

Anyway, as I was saying, progressivism sees no safe harbor from politics because it doesn’t see politics as distinct from lifestyle. There is no limiting principle for what passes for liberalism, because liberalism has simply become defined as whatever liberals believe in today. Hence the once-gold standard of liberal thought — “there is no race but the human race” — is now offensive and should be avoided lest it set off some kid’s allergies (a point of view I could better understand if there were a lot of skinheads in the classroom).

One upshot of this that drives me batty is the injection of politics into areas that should remain politics-free. To pick examples near my heart, Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica were corrupted by politics. A few years ago, the Children’s Television Workshop started mucking around with Cookie Monster. Suddenly Cookie Monster was talking about how “cookies are only a sometimes food.” This is true — for humans. But for it to be true of Cookie Monster is to erase his identity. As I wrote at the time:

Since my copy of Meditations by Marcus Aurelius is in storage, let me explain by paraphrasing Hannibal Lecter’s famous dialogue with Clarice Starling in Silence of the Lambs. Imagine Lecter isn’t a superhuman cannibalistic serial killer and that, instead of being a doe-eyed feminist naif in the FBI, Ms. Starling is a doe-eyed feminist naif at the Children’s Television Workshop.

Lecter: “First principles, Clarice. Read Marcus Aurelius. Of each particular thing, ask: What is it in itself? What is its nature? What does he do, this creature you seek?

Starling: He entertains children . . .

Lecter: “No! That is incidental. What is the first and principal thing he does? What need does he serve by entertaining children?

Starling: Social acceptance? Personal frustration?

Lecter: No: He craves. That’s his nature. And what does he crave? Make an effort to answer.

Starling: Food?

Lecter: No! He is not a “food monster!” He is a cookie monster!

But not according to the well-meaning social engineers of PBS. After three decades, they’ve announced he’s not a Cookie Monster at all. In the interests of teaching kids not to be gluttons, CTW has transformed Cookie Monster into just another monster who happens to like cookies. His trademark song, “C is for Cookie” has been changed to “A Cookie Is a Sometimes Food.” And this is a complete and total reversal of Cookie Monster’s ontology, his telos, his raison d’être, his essential Cookie-Monster-ness.

If the Cookie Monster is no longer a cookie monster, what is he? Why didn’t they just name him “Phil: The Monster Who Sometimes Likes to Eat a Cookie”?

(I should note that it is my understanding they didn’t ultimately change Cookie Monster’s song.)

A bit further from my heart is the more recent case of Miss Piggy. Someone thought it would be clever to give her a feminist-icon award. The stupidity of this is not infuriating in of itself. People are free to make fools of themselves and such antics will not hinder the arrival of the Sweet Meteor of Death so much as make it that much more welcome.

But what is infuriating is the way MSNBC handled its interview with Miss Piggy. Anchor Irin Carmon, sitting next to Gloria Steinem, asked a man’s hand wrapped in cloth that resembles a pig whether “she” was pro-choice. Miss Piggy responded, “I am pro — I am pro-everything.”

Now, I have some sympathy for the felt pig (Not to be confused with the poignant children’s book about bestiality, Sympathy for the Felt Pig.). Once asked the question, it would have been difficult to answer in a way that wouldn’t throw her into the abortion debate (though hardly impossible). But only someone who lives in the lifestyle bubble of MSNBC liberalism would ask a character for children whether she was pro-choice or not. Still, I would respect Carmon so much more if she had the courage of her gauzy convictions and followed up with, “Are you for any restrictions on abortion, or do you believe it is your right to have your piglets vacuumed from your belly right up until the day before they’re born?”

But no. Being pro-choice is such a sunny and uplifting thing it’s of a piece with being “pro-everything.”

I would be just as disgusted if a Fox News anchor asked Miss Piggy, “Are you pro-life?” For that matter, I’d be enraged if over at CNN Jake Tapper asked Spongebob Squarepants what he thought of Caitlyn Jenner or if Chuck Todd grilled Fozzy Bear about Dennis Hastert. Tonight on Special Report: Bret Baier sits down with Barney the Dinosaur and asks him whether Barack Obama is losing the War on Terror.

People decry a polarized, politicized country and then they go and politicize things that don’t need to be politicized. Football is great, until some yatch starts telling you that such violent ground-acquisition games are in fact a crypto-fascist metaphor for nuclear war. Few things make me want to downgrade an actress more than hearing them explain that their moving portrayal of a limbless ballerina demonstrates why we need to pass the Lilly Ledbetter Act.

The whole point of a free society is to reduce the number of things that are political, particularly at the national level. When everything is considered political, the totality of life is politicized. And that’s just a clunky way of describing totalitarianism.”

 

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 Deeper Into the Vortex

  1. CrewDog says:

    I can’t figure out what’s goin’ in Rome either but …….. if what you & me think be comin’ … Rome will shrink to insignificance when it comes to our daily survival and Salvation ……………… Now!! to the below Folks … …………………………..
    “Some people tell me they don’t read much of any article I write that touches on the politics of the time, but only when I talk directly about Jesus and the saints.”
    I’d “Bet the Farm” that the vast majority of these Folks are Yellow Dog Democrats who, quite simply, don’t want to admit that their cherished Party has become the Party of Abortion, Sexual Perversion, Surrender to Terrorists and “In Your Face” BigBro Socialism!!! ;-(
    When the “Balloon Goes Up”… We will dismount and fight on foot ……. and Trust in The Lord!!!!

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!!

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    • Kati says:

      CrewDog…I just simply LOVE your posts! My hubby enjoys them too. 😀

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    • CrewDog, I hope I am not repeating myself.
      The water has receded way past the point of the lowest tide. The wise know what to do and they are hurrying to high ground. The fools are wandering on the still wet sand, looking for shells and clams left behind.

      A few years ago somewhere someone shouted “It’s a free for all!” and each fool went to his own little vice, finally the old limits were no longer in place — “we can do what we want now” they say without paying any attention to the distant rumble that keeps getting closer and closer.

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    • CrewDog says:

      With all the problems on Planet Earth I believe that “Climate Change” should rate 3 notches below Whale Poop on the “Scale”! I simply can’t figure out why the Vatican is getting involved. It is not only causing confusion amongst Catholics but is giving “ammo” to all the “Evangelical” Catholic Haters “Out-There”! I’ve always thought that Lord Monckton was/is a Good Guy … The Left despises him so that’s a Big Plus … before you start hollering anti-Catholic … He is a Catholic and a Knight of Malta.
      “CLIMATE EXPERT: MARXISTS, GLOBAL WARMING EXTREMISTS CONTROL VATICAN”
      http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/06/13/climate-expert-marxists-global-warming-extremists-control-vatican/

      GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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      • aquiness says:

        Hi Crew Dog,

        Maybe the following can help?

        A PAPAL PRECEDENT

        Francis is extending the work of his predecessors. Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI both spoke of environmental protection as an urgent moral concern and placed the issue the context of church social teaching on helping the poor and promoting the common good.

        In 1990, John Paul II said Catholics had a special religious obligation to protect God’s creation from damage caused by “industrial waste, the burning of fossil fuels, unrestricted deforestation” and other practices. Benedict was dubbed “the Green Pope,” for his frequent calls to stop ecological devastation and his efforts to bring solar power to the Vatican city-state. “Can we remain indifferent before the problems associated with such realities as climate change?” Benedict said in 2010.

        Both pontiffs advocated for conservation as part of a “culture of life” that includes ending abortion. Francis has done the same in his remarks, decrying a “culture of waste” that devalues human life.

        Encyclical on the environment… Pope Francis slams attacks against human life such as abortion, embryonic experimentation and population control – saying that respect for creation and human dignity go hand in hand. “Instead of resolving the problems of the poor and thinking of how the world can be different, some can only propose a reduction in the birth rate. At times, developing countries face forms of international pressure which make economic assistance contingent on certain policies of ‘reproductive health’.”

        It is a grave crime to require the sinful spread of contraception and abortion as a condition for reception of humanitarian aid.” The Pope explained that “a sense of deep communion with the rest of nature cannot be real if our hearts lack tenderness, compassion and concern for our fellow human beings.” Pope Francis.

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        • CrewDog says:

          Thanks Aquiness,
          I understand the “angles” and why the Popes would take their positions on this issue …. but… outside the rarefied air of Vatican City their exists the Real World of 2nd/3rd World corrupt &/or godless nations where they care nothing for the environment or their citizens welfare or how many abortions they have. China .. Russia … anyone! Places where they are adding Dirty fossil fuel power plants at the rate of one a week whilst the USA/West is closing down their clean power plants and/or making it impossible to build Nuclear. Onerous taxes, regulations and incestuous couplings between politicians and labor unions have driven countless industry/jobs out of the West and into the lands of the above. I notice you are from England. I still treasure my Made in England Raleigh Bicycle that I bought in 1972 ($117 .. was a lot of $$ on a 2LT’s pay then). I don’t think England or USA makes bikes or much else anymore ;-( Bankrupting the West to fulfill all the wet-dreams of the Socialist Left will not have a good ending …. I think it’s all academic now anyway…… as many of us here believe …. the good ending will come after The Storm!! …….. Coming SOON!
          As I posted on MOG the other day: I am TRULY WORRIED about Pope Francis’ visit to the USA next month. The godless-n-Catholic Church Hating American Left will be out in force pretending to have a “Love Fest” with the Pope and attempt to use him as a photo-op prop to bolster their stupid Catholic base for election 2016. Their “Media” will use every trick in the book to parse his words, edit his media footage, crop the photos and “Spin” his entire visit to make it appear that the Pope/Church supports the Democrat Party Agenda of Abortion, Gay “Rights”, Undefended Borders…. and “CLIMATE CHANGE”. I can guarantee that every “Catholic” Democrat Politician is lining up for an audience and photo-op ………. aided-n-abetted by the Left-n-Sweet Clergy ;-(

          GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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          • audiemarie2014 says:

            So good to see you again, Crew Dog. I also appreciate seeing Aquiness here! God bless you two and everyone here.

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          • aquiness says:

            “Their “Media” will use every trick in the book to parse his words, edit his media footage, crop the photos and “Spin” his entire visit to make it appear that the Pope/Church supports the Democrat Party Agenda of Abortion, Gay “Rights”,…….”

            No doubt about it Crew Dog! 😦

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          • Mack says:

            Crew Dog, undoubtedly the media will spin it. But don’t worry about it, because there’s not going to be an election in 2016 anyway, as Charlie has said. So they’ll only be spinning their wheels on ice, not going anywhere.

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  2. Mark says:

    Ecclesiastes 10:2 “The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.”

    The Nature of True Liberty (Libertas Praestantissimum), ENCYCLICAL OF POPE LEO XIII (1888) “But many there are who follow in the footsteps of Lucifer, and adopt as their own his rebellious cry, I will not serve; and consequently substitute for true liberty what is sheer and most foolish license. Such, for instance, are the men belonging to that widely spread and powerful organization, who, usurping the name of liberty, style themselves liberals” (Libertas Praestantissimum, n.14)

    “followers of liberalism deny the existence of any divine authority to which obedience is due, and proclaim that every man is the law to himself; from which arises that ethical system which they style independent morality” (Libertas Praestantissimum, n.15)

    There is a great little book, written by a Spanish Priest from the late 1800’s republished by Tan, “liberalism is a sin” that still reads as if it were written today. It is well worth reading. An online version is at: http://www.liberalismisasin.com/

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  3. Mark says:

    Charlie,

    A better link for “Liberalism is a sin” is https://www.ewtn.com/library/theology/libsin.HTM
    the first seems to have some material that might be thought as additions etc., as the original chapters are followed by other materials without distinction. If possible please replace the link in the first post with this one from EWTN.

    Thank you

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  4. Patricia says:

    Charlie,
    I can’t figure out what is going on in DC. People I thought I would trust like Ted Cruz have sided with the President on fast tracking the TPP . And people I can barely stand to even see a picture of voted it down. aka Pelosi and Lizzy Warren. Although I do think Pelosi did it for nefarious reasons and Warren might have actually done it on principle.
    Enough of the trade treaty has leaked out that we know IT IS BAD FOR THE USA. Or another way to put it is any potential trade agreement that remains a secret to the people is in and of itself bad for the people.
    There appears to be one promising result locally from the vote and that is that my family is beginning to get an idea that all is not well in OZ.
    Not that I want to discuss Locutions.org here but it should be mentioned that the site stated quite awhile back, maybe a few months after his reelection, that the President would stay in office until his term ended and that scandal after scandal would unfold lowering his popularity rating or something like that. The point that is important here is that it also said that his administration would charge along until the Dems would walk away from him on an important situation. I was hoping it would be Benghazi but they did it on this and we are not quite sure why. Pelosi and Warren say it is bad for the working man and the unions but that was true of all the trade agreements in the last 25 years.

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    • Mack says:

      I enjoy reading locutions, too, but I don’t think they’re actual messages from heaven. Too many of their predictions have been off. Anyway, in a previous column on the final crash, Charlie said that when chaos hits the USA, Obama will not finish his term. I’m going with that, but of course we will find out when events actually happen. In the meantime, the chaos in Washington is of great concern. It seems like the government is completely sputtering out of control.

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      • TLM says:

        ‘like the government is completely sputtering out of control.’ As the Church seems to be as well. Prophecies of the Blessed Mother come to mind: ‘Bishop against Bishop, and Cardinal against Cardinal.’ I have never seen such chaos in Rome, but then again, that’s just in my lifetime, seems we’ve been there before. One thing Bishop Athanasius Schneider said a while back that seems to be spot on: ‘We find ourselves in the fourth great crisis of the Church.’

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    • Regarding the treaty: if Nancy Pilosity does not like it it may have something good in it.

      A note on this prez finishing his term or not. I have in mind the limits set in the prophecy of St Malachi — which I hold to be true, in my humble opinion — and some other limits in time set by other reliable seers, i.e. Sr Lucia of Fatima who said she received a promise from Our Lady: “You shall see the beginning of the end time” (paraphrased) in 1947 if memory serves me well. Sr Lucia lived to a ripe old age and passed away in February 13, 2005 only weeks before the death of Pope John Paul II. That is slightly more than 10 years ago. Back then according to Malachi of Armagh we had two more popes to go. Pope Benedict XVI came and then Pope Francis who turned out to be a “second Peter” in many ways. His rubric, according to Malachi, is that of Petrus Romanus who will shepherd the Church in times of extreme tribulation (any disagreements there?) Malachi (or a pseudo Malachi) then goes on to say criptically: “… quibus transactis civitas septicollis dirvetur, & iudex tremẽdus iudicabit populum suum. A city of seven hills will be destroyed (Rome? Jerusalem? Lynchburg, Virginia?) it does not say which city but one can assume safely the seven Roman hills are a good candidate. Then the terrible Judge will judge his people. Remember that “iudicare” in the biblical sense is not always “to judge” in the judicial sense but also “to rule” or “to divide (i.e. war spoils) with authority.” Now placing all of these things together … one could also consider that these are perhaps the times of the last king mentioned in Daniel 12:

      At the time of the end the king of the south shall attack him. But the king of the north shall rush upon him like a whirlwind, with chariots and horsemen, and with many ships. He shall advance against countries and pass through like a flood. He shall come into the beautiful land, and tens of thousands shall fall victim, but Edom and Moab and the main part of the Ammonites shall escape from his power. He shall stretch out his hand against the countries, and the land of Egypt shall not escape. He shall become ruler of the treasures of gold and of silver, and all the riches of Egypt; and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall follow in his train. But reports from the east and the north shall alarm him, and he shall go out with great fury to bring ruin and complete destruction to many. He shall pitch his palatial tents between the sea and the beautiful holy mountain. Yet he shall come to his end, with no one to help him.

      If this king is our fearless leader … hmm..once can imagine why Lybians and Ethiopians may follow him (some versions say Cushites, an ancient way to refer to all Africans, the sons or family of Cush) Edom and Moab roughly correspond to the Palestinian regions around Israel now, and the Ammonites are the Jordanian Kingdom. What is most mysterious is this “coming to his own end” which suggests he will have a special end suffered by no other king before. An American military adventure (i.e. against Israel) promoted by our current leadership is very likely to count with NO international support whatsoever. Therefore “he shall come to his end, with no one to help him.” As we progress towards the final stages of this process I can see all these elements becoming part of a much more clear picture. Of course this is not in any way a revelation, just mere conjecture on my part. But still quite interesting. I believe things will accelerate greatly during or after September 2015, that is only a few months away… Should we lift up our heads?

      In the meanwhile two small details: reports that the Magnetic South Pole has traveled north – northwest a distance of a little over 230 miles (roughly the distance between Boston and New York) and one personal observation: here in the southern hemisphere the sun appears to have drifted slightly eastward. How do I know? I remember the position of the south in the autumn-winter in the 1970’s as observed from my balcony looking north-northwest Now it sets closer to the riverside than before. A strange thing is that the Inuit and Eskimos report a similar drift. Something of huge magnitude is happening to the earth crust. Again those are the observations of a mere civilian with no training in astronomy at all. I do not know why scientist are silent about that. May be I am imagining things. 😛

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      • mvislander says:

        Oh Carlos! How I have wished that we are only imagining things and that we could be locked up in the looney bin with Charlie being our Randle McMurphy. Unfortunately, we know something wicked this way comes.

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        • charliej373 says:

          We would have some great outings, I promise you! – And make life miserable for Nurse
          Ratchet.

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        • MVIslander: I am listening to a radio program connected with an article I published today (you can see it here http://tinyurl.com/pdskype). As I listened and learned what the devil is doing among ordinary people I had a thought regarding the final king described in Daniel 12: that he will not have the help of the devil, no help whatsoever. May be that verse indicates that the devil will be put away just slightly before the nations are brought to order. In that sense the last king will be left alone, without any natural or supernatural help.

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  5. Kathleen Wimmer says:

    Charlie, loved your piece today and you are so right. They really cannot be separated; faith and politics are entwined. I suggest Christ’s own manner of relaying His messages were influenced by the politics of the time. Jonah’s piece was great.

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    • Matthew says:

      Kathleen:
      Spot on. We forget that at the heart of culture is cult – CULTure. The god we worship and how we worship that god will determine much of our politics. There is a reason that most Islamic governments are of the strong-man / president-for-life / dictator variety. (We presently see once-moderate Turkey being pulled back into the gravity well of tyranny that is Islamic theology.) This is the kind of god that allah is.
      There is a reason that regulated monarchy, and later some styles of republic, grew up in Christendom. It is also why democracy, strictly speaking, is not a Christian form of government. We worship the true God who is Trinity-in-Unity and Unity-in-Trinity. There is an inherent respect, built into sound Christian theology, that makes the Christian a respecter of persons. As a result there is also an inherent respect for ordered hierarchy.
      You CANNOT have a culture without a cult and you cannot have a COMMON culture without a common cult. It is useful to note that the USA was born a kind of Janus – with two faces. One face, the biblical Protestantism of most of the early colonists. The other, the face of the French Revolution: Liberte! Egalite! Fraternite! For nearly two hundred years the Christian Faith of the majority of Americans kept the more rabid aspects of the Revolutionary Face under control and provided the revolutionary impulses with guidance and a framework. In the waning of the Christian Faith in America (at least among the ruling elites). the rabid aspects of the Trinitarian revolutionary god of Liberte! Egalite! Fraternite! have said “Non Serviam” to the true Trinitarian God of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
      The founding of the USA was always a tension. De Tocqueville seems aware of this tension already in the mid-19th Century. I believe he remarked in “Democracy in America” that the US would end up either Catholic or Revolutionary.
      To quote Someone famous “You cannot serve both God and Mammon”.
      Which g/God do we serve?
      Oremus pro invicem!
      PAX,
      Matthew

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      • the phoenix says:

        Wow, great post!

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      • Irish7 says:

        Fantastic. Thank you!

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      • I think the US Founding Fathers thought of a Republic (not a democracy) under God. That is a system of government that would last until God completed it — see that symbol of the Trinity completing the truncated pyramid in the US dollar bill. I am convinced that God will not let the US wander too far from the intentions of the Founding Fathers. They trusted their project to God because they knew they were not going to live forever but their project was going to outlast them many centuries. They trusted the future of the new nation to God. And those who trust in God will never be disappointed. No number of deceitful politicians, traitors, or slackers are going to force the Lord out of the picture. 🙂

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        • Matthew says:

          Carlos:
          Most of the Founding Fathers were Deists. As for the symbolism on the dollar bill that is almost entirely of Masonic origin. While the All-Seeing-Eye has been used by mainstream Christians it is also used in Freemasonry and the unfinished pyramid is a reference to the origin mythology of Masonry.
          I must admit I remain puzzled by the embrace, by some, of the Protestant mythology surrounding the founding of the USA. The USA is a political reality, a nation-state. No more or less blessed by God than was France (the Eldest Daughter of the Church) or England (Mary’s Dowry) or Catholic Spain. Each of these nations at one point in their history embraced and strove to live the Gospel, albeit always imperfectly. Each eventually put aside the Faith as a guideline for public life. You seem to imply that the USA holds some unique place in salvation history – a sort of modern day Israel that God will never abandon no matter what her sins.
          Every nation is a passing, transitory reality that cannot claim our ultimate allegiance. Our Lord Jesus, while on earth, founded the Church which we today call Catholic. This Church, not the USA nor any other political reality, is the “City set on a Hill”, the New Jerusalem, the New Israel. She alone is guaranteed to last until He comes.
          PAX,
          Matthew

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          • Matthew, the Masons claim a relationship with the American Revolution but they are really the fathers of the bloody and cruel French Revolution, an anti-Christian revolution if there was one. I based my idea of the US as an exceptional nation on several observations that would be too long to develop here. In a nutshell the most important is the conversion of George Washington to the Catholic faith, something that is finally emerging although it is also strongly resisted. There are reports of GW’s vision of th Virgin Mary that resemble the visions of Fatima but were reported about 40 years before Fatima in 1860. GW’s slaves decried his going to the “harlot of Babylon” in his deathbed, he kept a picture of Our Lady over his fireplace, there are numerous other details down to his having contacts with Jesuits early in his military life, and also his policy of toleration towards Catholics forbidding the celebration of Guy Folkes day, and also making the burning of the Pope in effigy a crime, etc. But there is more, the 13 colonies were thrown into a war with Britain at the worse possible moment when the British were extraordinarily strong. This happened because a strange combination of stupid moves and bad communication on both sides that — in my opinion — reveal the intervention of an invisible hand that was moving the geopolitical pieces at the time. Without and American Revolution the fruits of the French Revolution would have been much worse. It seems to me that God actually “annuit coeptis” blessed the American enterprise to further the Christian cause. Of course this is a matter of opinion, it depends on how we see history. I as an adopted American, thought long and hard before taking the oath but by the time I received my citizenship something happened — a small miracle of sorts — that confirmed my thoughts. I am convinced now that the US is under the special protection of Our Blessed Mother. It is not just another nation that will pass but a nation that will somehow be used as a model of the world to come. Of course the enemies of God have worked hard to hijack the ship and will succeed to a point, trying to destroy the nation through various sins particularly abortion and sexual promiscuity. Those temptations were tried in the past against Israel (i.e. Balaam) and their application betray the interest of the devil who concentrates especially on God’s people. I cannot utter a prophecy on this but my best guess is that God is in control and will punish those who are doing wrong and will save those who are living an upright life in the midst of this awful era. In time we shall see and marvel at the power and presence of God in History.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Well, I have to say I regard the supposed vision of General Washington as pure and utter hokum and wishful thinking. In actual source documents, I have never found a record of it before about 90 years after his death…and then given third hand having supposedly originated from someone who was almost certainly not in a position to see or be told of such a thing. It strikes me as nothing but wishful thinking and pure fantasy. In the writings of Washington, I find NO indications of any sort of conversion in his later years, though he did have an emphasis on tolerance and seemed to look down on the anti-Catholic bigotry that was common in his day.

            That said, I think there is something to be said for the founding of the US being the final and finest flower of the marriage of faith and reason before the errors of the Enlightenment took bloody hold in the French Revolution and have continued apace in Europe ever since – to greater and lesser degrees.

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          • Charlie, In understand Joseph Pearce is working on a book about Washington’s conversion. I have looked into it and there are a number of elements that seem to point towards it. The story is that Father Leonard Neale, S.J, was called to Mount Vernon from St. Mary‘s Mission across the Piscatawney River four hours before Washington‘s death. Tradition also holds that shortly after Washington‘s death Father Neale sent a heavily sealed packet to Rome. If this be true, it may yet turn up in the Vatican archives, or it may have been lost during the Jesuits’ hidden years. Washington’s body servant Juba is authority for the fact that the General made the Sign of the Cross at meals. He may have learned this from his Catholic lieutenants, Stephen Moylan or John Fitzgerald. At Valley Forge, Washington forbade the burning in effigy of the Pontiff on “Pope’s Day.” Several times as President he is reported to have slipped into a Catholic church to hear Sunday Mass. I left some of those records in Virginia and I do not have them here. I will share them with you when I return to the US — hopefully soon. Regarding the second-hand accounts of that vision there are elements in it that clearly resemble Fatima but the earliest account of it appears right before the Civil War, several decades before 1917. There is more to it but all my thoughts (not conclusions) are based on the analysis of a text and nothing else. It can be as you said, wishful thinking.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Well, I would be more open to evidence of a conversion than of the vision. I thoroughly researched that and found it to be nothing but wishful thinking. Certainly, a conversion to Catholicism in that period in America by a high official would be something they might do with some discretion…and Washington is one of the few historical figures that, no matter how much I study about him, I am unable to get a clear sense of his interior life.

            I get sensitive to assertions that make the already converted feel great, but are completely unsupported by actual evidence. I know people who engage in that think they are propping up the faith. What they actually do is erode the credibility of Catholic advocates in general. when this happens, people may more easily dismiss Catholic claims as idle superstition or wishful thinking – and that gives such people excuse NOT to seriously examine the many things that are either miraculous or striking…so I have long thought that asserting happy thoughts without solid evidence is one of the more subtle ways the devil has of diminishing faith in all. But Washington certainly was notably more protective of all creeds than most. He was also striking in that he practiced his Anglican faith straight through to the end of his life, attending services. Many of the avowedly Anglican founders largely neglected attending services or receiving Communion after their public life was largely ended.

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          • Mick says:

            Carlos, I had never heard that Washington may have converted before his death. That is really interesting. At some point after you return to the US and have your papers at your disposal, perhaps you could write and article about Washington’s conversion at your de Lumen site. I for one would be very interested in reading such an article.

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        • Mick, I hope I can return soon but I can write something about this with what I have here. I have an article written in Spanish [http://www.casorosendi.com/espanol/114-la-vision-de-george-washington] that can be translated. I do not have any sensational revelation, I only analyze several known facts and what it looks like when weaved together with the alleged vision. For instance the Battle of Trenton, a small but pivotal battle during the American Revolutionary War which took place on the morning of December 26, 1776, in Trenton, New Jersey. If the alleged vision was received on Christmas Eve, that could explain why Washington acted so daringly and so out of character, for he was a very prudent commander not given to risky moves. On the other side there was a small miracle: the British commander was surprised by the action –he was very busy fornicating with the wife of one of his officers– and was killed when he hurriedly jumped from pleasure into action. In his pocket an unread message was found: “GW attacks to-night!” That message hanged with his pants all night while Washington crossed the Delaware. Was Washington encouraged to fight against all prudence by supernatural awareness that the American arms were favored by Heaven? I ask the question, I do not want to force any conclusions. In a previous combat in his youth eight bullets went through his uniform and hat, while two horses were shot and killed from under him. Does that indicate that he was being protected in a supernatural way. Dis he have a destiny in God’s plans that no one knew about? Again, just asking.

          Now regarding the “Annuit Coeptis” in the dollar bill, comes from the Eneid by Virgil “Juppiter omnipotes, audacibus annue coeptis” meaning “may the almighty Jupiter favor our daring enterprise” (Liber IX, verso 625.) there is a similar one in the Georgics. The usual interpretation as a masonic connection is false. Same goes to the repetition of the number 13 (I guess that has some significance in masonic teachings) that simply represents the number of colonies that signed the Declaration of Independence. To that I add that 13 is a number heavily connected to the Fatima apparitions and also to Our Lady Mystic Rose as Mother and Protector of Catholic priesthood. It is remarkable that smack in the center of the early US map there were two colonies “Mary-land” and “Virginia” (although Virginia was named after a false “Virgin Queen” the coincidence remains) and later the District of Columbia (named after Columbus who introduced in America the devotion of Our Lady of Guadalupe –the one located in Extremadura, Spain– was located between both states. Columbus was a seriously Catholic man and he named the island of Guadeloupe after that devotion after being saved from a wreck.

          Well, coincidences or not there are some amazing things that came up after doing a textual-historical analysis of that prophecy. THAT DOES NOT MEAN that the vision is true, only that the textual-historical analysis provides with some fascinating elements that may appear suggestive to some. The whole thing may very well be the product of somebody’s fertile imagination … or not.

          Give me a few days and I will write a short paper on that matter.

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          • I must add a CORRECTION/CLARIFICATION the alleged vision was reported (in 1880!) to have happened on Christmas Eve 1777. The crossing of the Delaware and the battle of Trenton happened in 1776 about a year earlier. I will add more in that article still to be written.

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          • Mick says:

            Wow! Thanks, Carlos. I’ll go check out that article, and I look forward to the short paper to come. 🙂

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      • Meriadoc says:

        Insightful comments, Matthew. I’ve come to the view that the founding of the US was the best humanity could do in the post-reformation era of history. The theological consensus that held Christendom together for all those centuries was gone. You couldn’t have a professed, official religion anymore in the public forum anymore in North America. What you had were populations that were usually devoutly religious, but often held erroneous beliefs. They tended, however, to be generally moral in their day-to-day conduct. So the various populations in Europe and North America were still Christian in varying degrees, but there was no theological consensus. There was, however, a moral consensus (which in the USA held sway up until the late 1950’s). The U.S. constitution was an attempt to deal with that world-historical situation. People gotta live together somehow, right? And you have the American founders and their attempt to deal with this situation in largely secular terms as best they could.

        We have always been quite a mish-mash of beliefs, habits, moral judgements and behaviors, that were bound to kind of bare-minimum morality, whose constitutional expression is like the Windows operating system: not perfect by a long shot, but “just good enough.” The constitution served us well enough for a couple of centuries. We managed to hold the country together and be force for good in WW II. We managed to be the back-stop of the West in a geo-political sense for the duration of the Cold War.

        Now, however, all the stuff we fought so hard against in the great world wars is nested down in our own society. The moral consensus lies in rubble, like the German cities at the end of WW II. It calls into question the foundations of the whole post-reformation outlook: can you have a stable civilization without a foundation in theological truth? I think we are seeing that, yes, you can for a couple of centuries, but not forever. The King of Kings must be acknowledged, and not just informally by a majority of the population, but formally in our governments. And the acknowledgement can’t now be something true but vague (e.g., “nature’s God”, the “creator” etc), it will have to be theologically explicit. Christ has revealed Himself. There’s no stepping back from acknowledging the fullness of that revelation.

        Well, that went on a lot longer than I expected. Gotta run! I’ve may have talked a lot of nonsense, so I welcome those who know more than I do about these things.

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        • Meriadoc, the King of Kings is recognized in the Constitution of Ireland which starts thus: “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 …” Ireland acknowledged God both formally, publicly, and privately yet in the last few years failed to live up to those standards by allowing some obvious abominations. If Israel failed, if Christendom failed, and then the nations that emerged from Christendom failed too, one cannot expect the US to do any better. That is on the human side. The way I see it, God has used the US as a barrier to slow the growth of those ideas and movements that lead to the French Revolution, Marxism, Fascism, etc. One can deduct this from the actions of the enemies of the US. Outside the US the leftist radicals and the one-world-government proponents both hate three things: the Catholic Church, Israel, and the US. They don’t care if Brazil, or Japan are capitalists countries. They hate the tools that God is using. They can’t hurt God but they want to hurt those whom God is using.

          In the past God even used pagan nations like Egypt or Assyria to accomplish certain things. One could argue, for example, that the Roman order provided all the elements needed to spread the Gospel quickly and yet the Romans never consciously intended to do that. In the same fashion the American order was instrumental in stopping the advance of anti-Christian movements around the world. “Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather” — Matthew 24:8. The American Age now coming to an end would have been an unparalleled age of darkness and oppression if the the US have never been there. In that sense the US worked too well to be a mere masonic project.

          The enemies of the American Union have been working hard for many decades to destroy it by attacking the US allegiance to God. They have succeeded to a great extent, using the same trick that Balaam used against Israel: the temptation of sexual immorality. My idea is that such temptations will be used to purify the nation. The US may emerge after the great crisis as a true “nation under God” and a model for other nations to imitate or join in peace. “To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance.” — Matthew 25:29. The US has used its talents much better than other nations. I trust that God will burn the chaff and keep the good for further use.

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  6. Lynette says:

    I’m reading this as my son is heading off to take the ACT for the first time. We try to ignore this game, with its over-arching, yet pale importance. However, even solid Catholic universities feel compelled to take the easy and conformist way and make the scores part of their admission process. It is part of the Borg-think that we have to drag our children through, although my children, at least, have some idea of what is really up, which is some ways make it all the more irritating. The test is shocking in its ferocity to teach distorted values, these “fashions”, and the student is compelled to choose false answers. Going to Mass and offering it for him this morning. All prayers for him and all students enduring this trial are welcome. St. Michael, the Archangel…

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    • LittleLight says:

      It is so daunting, I’m right there with you—8 kiddos, one a junior in college and another entering in the fall. Six more coming up rapidly. Around these parts it’s the SAT. Same pile of ‘shinola, eh.

      I just wanted to throw this out there in case you had not seriously considered it as a viable option. There is more than one way to to get into a univ. If you/your child wants to go the traditional route, than yes, unfortunately those standardized tests are indicated. However, a nontraditional route, can be going to local community colleges. In our state, any credits taken there must transfer to the state university, and a good student is guaranteed admission. No standardized tests needed. If a kid wanted to go to a private school, once admitted to a state univ, they could transfer. As far as transcripts/resumes are concerned, only the school of graduation matters, for the most part.

      I have a friend who chose community college for high school classes for their kids. The kids earned dual credits—towards both high school and college. This worked well for them.

      It is all a game. So much less about education than indoctrination/assimilation. Unfortunately, it does open doors and give kids opportunity. Maybe after the storm all this won’t be necessary. Ah, that would be lovely!

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      • Mark says:

        It is important to remember that the only school that really matters is the last one you go to. Take Community College and transfer the credits and the last place is the one that counts. Go on to Grad School, its still the last place that actually matters if it matters at all.

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    • Karen says:

      Hi Lynette, One of my sons is taking it for the first time today too. Sending prayers for both our boys, and all the youth. If there is one strongly positive thing I keep in mind about the Storm it is that God will re- order our world to conform to His Will. It will be a much, much better place for them.

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  7. EllenChris says:

    Hey — I really, really need to hear what Barney the Dinosaur thinks about Obama’s failure to successfully wage the War on Terror — no, really. 😉 😉 What a great article. He really hit all the nails on their heads — oh, wait! Am I supporting violence against nails?!

    Charlie, you said somewhere not too long ago that the liberal/progressivists are all set to take all the marbles, but they will be utterly defeated much sooner than they could imagine. That is what I am hoping and praying for.

    And the Vatican and all branches of the Church will be purged of all those who, instead of furthering the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, merely play at political games. That is also very much my hope and prayer.

    Last night my area passed through three back-to-back violent thunderstorms with tornado activity in the first of them. We are all fine here. This morning the air is swept clean, the sun seems brighter and the grass and flowers are sparkling wet after several weeks of very dry conditions. This puts me in mind of where we are really headed: purified, well-watered and made new. “Morning has broken, like the First Morning. . . . . “

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    • Michelle says:

      So glad Ellenchris that you stuck that song in my head for the day. Here’s the link if anyone feels like listening to some Cat Stevens.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAdIyNePYxs

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    • Last night I watched a 2 hour video of Fr. Iannuzzi’s teachings on the Divine Will. He spoke very clearly on “natural disasters” and how the first natural disaster was the disobedience of Adam and it led to all other natural disasters as creation rebels against our rebellion. He lays the blame on Adam directly as he had been given DIRECT instructions by God not to eat the fruit of that tree, and Eve had not. Also, as head of the human race he had been given the mission to glorify God in all creation and after the Fall was not able to complete his mission.

      This talk of Fr. Iannuzzi’s is amazing; he is authorized by the Vatican to translate, teach, and spread the Divine Will writings of Luisa Piccarreta. In fact he says her 36 volumes are not meant to be read by the laity but by theologians and then disseminated to the laity. His doctoral dissertation is a 400 page book that summarizes with excerpts Luisa’s 6000 pages of writings on the Divine Will.

      Anyway, I will leave it to him to explain it to you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWjIuQU_pyw . There are a few add-ons in the video that you may find distracting, but if you stick with it to the end, you will be glad you did.

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      • W. Leo says:

        Janet, thank you for posting Father Iannuzzi’s youtube video. I join you in encouraging others to view the complete video. This past April, the Fourth International Conference on the life and writings of Luisa Piccarreta took place in Luisa’s hometown in Corato, Italy. The retired Cardinal of the congregation of the Saints and 3 other Bishops participated, along with a large number of priests and lay faithful. The Critical Edition of Luisa’s writings has been under way for 3 years. The Holy See (Vatican congregations) wants the this work to be concluded as quickly as possible so that the writings can be available to those who want them.

        Each week Fr. Robert Young, OFM, explores the life and writings of Luisa Piccarreta in a radio program. Father Young provided an very interesting overview of the Fourth International Conference (which coincided with the celebration of Luisa’s 150th birthday) in the attached program: http://radiomaria.us/may-09-2015-vol-17-week-11/

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      • TLM says:

        I watched this video in it’s entirety this morning. It was really amazing. I am interested to read some of Luisa Piccarreta’s messages. They appear to be really in depth and solid theology. I did from there go onto some of Fr.’s websites and also saw that he seems to be promoting another seer as well: Vassula Ryden from Greece, an Orthodox Christian. Her messages didn’t seem to resonate with me. There are conflicting reports with her (but then with all seers there seems to be) but the messages themselves didn’t feel quite right. In the messages from Jesus, he says that all religions are the same? That He wants ‘unity’ among religions but doesn’t give a direction as to ‘how’ to bring other Christians into the true fold? And that didn’t matter so much as just LOVE each other? Also I saw a message from the Blessed Mother that said that anyone who did not take these messages to heart and live them would be judged very harshly. I have never seen a private revelation by an approved seer that says anything close to that. What happened to ‘free will’ and the Church’s stance that you could either believe or not believe in ‘private’ revelations? The messages from this seer gave me inner turmoil which tells me something is not quite right with the messages. They don’t quite mesh with the magesterium of the Church. Oh yes, also that the Church was making up ‘man made’ dogma? They are really ‘off’. You really have to be careful with seers that don’t have Church approval. There is a reason the Church ‘approves’ and ‘disapproves’. Just FYI.
        Blessings to all

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        • charliej373 says:

          I don’t dismiss Vassula entirely, TLM, as she has some stuff that is striking. But I have been very offended by the threatening tone she sometimes claims the Blessed Mother and the Lord have for any who do not accept her. That is completely contrary to my experience. I spoke to a theologian I much respect who has read everything she has written…and he thinks there is some validity there. It could be that she is a bit clumsy in conveying these things – and sometimes misinterprets herself. The essential unity is, I think, true. I have been told that all Christians and Jews are to be full and equal partners in the work before us…and that God, Himself, will see to the doctrinal unity when the Storm is over. That is a VERY different thing than saying all religions are the same…for they are not. The Deposit of Faith is held in trust by the Catholic Church. We may, at times, do a sloppy job of it, but there it is. To believe otherwise is to disbelieve Christ, Himself. So yes, I have most of the same problems with Vassula that you do, but do not dismiss her entirely. Thanks be to God, every word I write – including in these comments – is read by one of my priests…who will tell me if he thinks I have gotten off base. God forbid if I should ever say anything contrary to what the Church teaches on faith and morals…but should I ever so blunder, take the Church’s word, not mine.

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          • TLM says:

            It’s complicated to validate seers. I do think that some of the messages can be false, owing to a number of factors. (misinterpretation either by the seer or by translation, and even given by Satan) Satan is very cunning. Even he knows truth and will give true prophecies but mixed with small inconspicuous lies. I think this is the reason the Church has to be very careful in studying new apparitions and new locutions. I do think it is unusual that one of Vassula’s messages from Jesus was that we need to change the date of Easter so that all Christians might celebrate together, and now Pope Francis is calling to do just that. Not that this in and of itself would be wrong, but it gave me the impression that the Pope is reading her messages, whether he really is or not would be impossible to say. And I do know that after the storm, we (or whoever is left) will be one. Somehow, though, upon reading the messages, they didn’t ring true to me, especially the part about being required to follow the directives or else! Other things as well. I would have to have a solid determination from the Church to follow her. And, I didn’t see anywhere that we need to bring other religions into our fold, but that we need to compromise with them. I just cannot see the Holy Spirit ‘changing His mind’ on Dogma and Doctrine after 2,000 years in order to ‘bend’ as Jesus told her,’ to meet them’. I saw red flags all over the place.

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        • TLM you should bring those concerns about Vassula to Fr. Iannuzzi. Even if he is mistaken about her it does not discount Liuisa or her writings as presented by him. Luisa was known in her day to be a very holy and humble person. She lived for years on the Eucharist alone. Whenever she would try to eat food out of obedience to the priest, she would always vomit. Never with the Eucharist though.

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          • TLM says:

            No, I’m not discounting Luisa, Janet. It does sound as if (by the video) she is solid, and I would love to read more about her. I have heard of her in the past, but have never actually read or heard much about her in depth until I watched the video, except that she lived on the Eucharist alone for many years. Vassula is a different story.

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          • TLM to find out more about Luisa’s writings, it might be good to order Fr. Iannuzzi’s book “The Gift of Living in the Divine Will”. Apparently it is available on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble.

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      • Kati says:

        Thank you for this video. It is clearly a teaching for our time. I would also encourage everyone to see…ALL of it.

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    • Donette says:

      Those storms hit my area too, Ellen. Trees in surrounding neighborhoods came down not counting the number of huge branches that covered yards and roads. They took down electrical wiring to a large portion on the city. Strangely enough, It was very quiet and peaceful in the place where we had gathered for 24 hours of prayer and Adoration. By the time the next morning I zigzagged my way home in the car, I found my property completely clear of any storm damage or debris.

      Since you, I believe, have read The Passion written by Luisa, you will see in the early pages that those who read The Passion as found in the writings, Jesus promises to protect those areas. Me thinks I may have just seen a fulfillment of that promise.

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  8. Judy says:

    This is extremely fine writing by J. Goldberg in the national review. Great post.

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  9. Jennifer says:

    CrewDog, I agree with your assessment of the Democratic party, though it’s definately blunt. The problem with the Republicans is they are ready to throw the poor under the bus. And many of us who were not poor before the first recession are now. Also, the Republican party has lost it’s moral capitol in many respects for caving on issues like abortion, ignoring the poor or demonizing them, and generally being wimps when it comes to protecting the constitution or individual liberties. Many of the most damaging policies from the Obama administration have been greatly helped or not hindered by Republicans. I’m thinking of many executive orders, Obama Care, and especially this Tran Pacific Partnership deal and the sleezy fast track issue. Can you tell I can’t stand either party? This may also be a factor in not wanting to participate in politics for some.

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    • Patricia says:

      Jennifer,
      I can not agree with you regarding the Republicans. The opposition uses the line about the Republicans throwing the poor under the bus to discredit us. As Charlie has so often said both parties are dead man walking, however, I would like to address this issue since it is so commonplace. The Republicans are not one race, one political persuasion. It is made up of the establishment types and the conservatives, who are not really welcomed but they need us. Most of the conservatives I have found are former dems like me or are working people and no matter how hard they work they keep getting behind. .
      So often I have asked my aunts and uncles to consider the issues before they keeping voting for the Democrats. The first thing they say ALWAYS is that the Republicans are evil and that they will not help the poor ( I guess I am an evil person in their eyes). I try to point out that the Democratic National Party platform supports abortion until the day the baby is born with NO RESTRICTIONS ever. But that extremely important point goes right over their heads. The Republican National Party platform is pro-life. If we never discussed another political issue, but the abortion issue, that alone should cause one to pause and think and do the right thing.

      With regards to the poor line: I could give you so many reasons that is not true we would be here all day. Suffice it is to say that the Republicans believe that the local governments, the churches and private charities should be helping the poor not the state or federal government. Yes, we have safety nets like social security but you must realize that food stamps, state housing, federal housing, welfare, disability, etc etc is rife with corruption. The President’s illegal aunt was in state housing in MA with food stamps and an EBT card (welfare). She was better dressed than most Republicans. We saw photos of her on the front page of the Boston Herald when it was discovered. Enough said.

      When the Republicans try to rein in the excesses, the Dems yell that the Republicans hate the poor and that it is the party of the rich. Hillary is quite rich (30 million at last count) and supports abortion rights till the day the baby is born but somehow that escapes the average person. One final thought: in the 2000 elections, one smart reporter looked at the tax returns for the candidates for national public office. Lo and behold, Kerry gave about $2500 to charity and the Bushes thousands and thousands more. The same held true for the entire national scene. I remember that one because I am from MA as is Kerry but I know people do this now for all the elections and it is quite striking that the R’s give a heck of a lot more money to private charity than the D’s.
      Just my three paragraph’s worth to defend myself not that I would give a “bucket full of spit” for the party this year.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Patricia, I do love the sense of humor of former basketball star Charles Barkley. He told the story some years back about how his mother was shocked to discover he was a Republican. “They’re for the rich, Charles,” she said. Barkley responded, “Ma, I’m rich.”

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ha Patricia, you piker. One governor under indictment…four Illinois governors in my lifetime went to prison. I was well acquainted with two of them. In Illinois, you are more likely to go to prison if you are governor than if you are a street gang member. The great thing about getting the bulk of political training there is that you sure do learn how to navigate your way through the sharks – but you can’t accomplish much honorably when it interferes with their regular feeding frenzies. And we were definitely an equal-opportunity state…while Democrats hold the lead in official corruption, the Republicans (like the old Avis car rental slogan) try harder. The late columnist Mike Royko said the state motto for Illinois should be “Ubi Est Mea?” – which is Latin for, “Where’s mine?”

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      • mvislander says:

        Good job Patricia, the Republican party certainly has many blemishes but it is all we have RIGHT now. I am so tired of hearing that they are against the poor while the Democrats are intent on making everyone poor. When Davy Crocket was in Congress he made a famous speech about tax money not being the governments to give away. The gubmint has been working hard to negate religious charity groups because it hates the competition but also knowing it is their rightful domain. While the Democrats are fairly unified in their zeal for secular socialism the battle for the soul of the Republicans is between the establishment types who are like the Scottish lords in Braveheart who are most interested in protecting their thiefdoms and the Clans led by William Wallace (Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Greg Abbott, Ted Cruz, Jeff Sessions, etc.) who want FREEDOM.

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        • SteveBC says:

          “Thiefdoms” is a great word, mvislander! 🙂

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        • Patricia says:

          Thank you mvislander.

          Charlie, me a piker? No way, our last three Speakers of the House, and I know all three, are convicted felons and our current Speaker is an unindicted co-conspirator. Truly, I am not making that up. That is what he is referred to when last year’s probation scandal is discussed. The only reason he was not is that the then current AG was running for Governor and that would not be nice.
          And James Michael Curley was a rascal but he did help the poor and downtrodden. Not that it excuses him just that it does help to know he was compassionate. And if you want to put Illinois toe to toe with MA, remember it is our Mr. Curley who said never write if you can speak, never speak if you can nod and never not if you can wink. Although it is often attributed to Martin Lomasney, another rascal of note from Boston.

          This former Governor? Arrogant. Defiant. Uninformed and inexperienced. It could not happen to a nicer guy.
          Although we just elected a liberal Republican in the same vein as Romney, Celucci and Weld, all since 1992, it is the Democratic legislature that is taking the lead on this mainly because it is sooooooooo egregious. Even they can not look away since the R Governor will make hay out of it if they do not.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Okay…I suppose you can play in my league, corruption wise. Funny, those of us in Illinois, Louisiana, and New Jersey almost take a perverse pride in our respective states’ corruptions…we seem to want to be notably the worst – and now Massachusetts is joining the competition. Funny, if any state were as clean as Illinois, Louisiana or New Jersey was just a generation ago, it would be a notably CLEAN state in today’s climate. How far we have fallen.

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    • CrewDog says:

      I get it Jennifer!! The Republicans are emasculated and the Democrats are only famous for creating more Poor People to vote every two years, promoting Abortion, Gay “Rights”, Open Borders and denying God Three Times at their last convention ;-(
      GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!!

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  10. Kathy Falls says:

    An FYI on colleges, Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Mi is the only liberal arts college in the US that does not take money from the government. That way it can be truly unbiased. They produce a great newsletter that is free called The Imprimus. It is also a conservative school.

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    • charliej373 says:

      The Wall Street Journal just did a great, short piece on Hillsdale College. Hillsdale is not so much a conservative college as a classical one – it emphasizes the classics in literature and philosophy rather than following all the trends. Even so, the feds are trying to force it to become politically correct or shut down by using accreditation boards now.

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      • KarenM says:

        Wyoming Catholic College also takes no money from the government. It has a Catholic Classical curriculum similar to Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, CA and Thomas More College in Manchester, NH. There are the ONLY schools I would send my children to!

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        • cookieb13 says:

          Unless something has changed in the last year or so, Christendom College (faithful small Catholic liberal arts college) in Front Royal, Virginia also does not accept Federal funds of any kind.

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    • Mick says:

      Hillsdale is a fantastic college. Too bad I can’t afford for my kids to go there. 🙂

      We’ve pretty much decided that our kids will do 2 years at community college before transferring to a state school.

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  11. SteveBC says:

    “Something downright weird is going on at the Vatican.” Liberals have received more than two centuries of validation for the belief that if they say something often enough, loudly enough, and overbearingly enough, the people they are targeting will consciously and unconsciously morph their own thinking until it looks like the thinking of the liberals doing the talking beforehand.

    It’s *hard* for most humans to stand up to that kind of pressure, with its implicit and sometimes explicit threat of excommunication from the liberal in-group of cool kids. And I use excommunication deliberately here. I cannot now find the article I read 10-15 years ago in which the writer discussed a book published around 1850 by a Polish author. I believe that book lauded the growing movement toward socialism as “the religious impulse made secular.”

    If you view the conduct of those liberals now discussing global climate change in the light of that phrase, you realize that they are responding to internal uncertainty (perhaps of Francis, perhaps of their own squishy understanding or even cognitive dissonance about climate issues and science), their own fear of loss of identity, and their centuries of behavioral learning about what works to get what they want.

    Since this behavior has worked so often before, they are responding pro-actively with liberal-faith-based threats of apostasy and excommunication before the announcement that they care about. The behavior has become ingrained, because it has been successful for so long and because any tactic that obtains the cult’s goal is both acceptable and indeed required.

    Charlie has pointed out that our current times are designed to separate the sheep from the goats. Think about what you would do for your God. So it is for these people. They are close to the center of the Catholic Church, very close to the summit of God’s institution on Earth, but their tactics are proving beyond any doubt that they worship a different god.

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  12. Mack says:

    The Vatican bureaucracy, like any other, is bound to have some bureaucrats. My own theory is that under Pope John Paul and Benedict, they knew that any far-out ideas they had would not be given credence. But they think that Francis is a liberal who would support their ideas (even though in reality he doesn’t, I think). So they feel like their star is rising, which is making them act in unpleasant ways. It’s like what happened after Vatican II, but this time their star is actually descending though they don’t know that (yet!). Like all bullies, their day will pass, and rather quickly.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I think you are right, Mack. You would think they would have learned to be a bit more cautious after the embarrassment they suffered at the end of the Synod. But I think it pleases God to reveal hearts. Funny thing about leftist progressives…they always think that shrieking shrilly is what will get them their way and never seem to learn that even if it works for a time, it carries the seeds of their own doom within it.

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    • Observer says:

      It just may be a question of Satan’s influence now going beyond just “smoke” entering into the highest places, knowing that his time is limited and things literally “heating” up! Remember that the controllers also didn’t know what to do with JPII’s independent ways and then we had the embarrassing incidents of those who were supposed to serve entering into the very private quarters of Benedict to steal personal documents and releasing them to the media. Now the “fleshing” out is taking place in order to reveal much more than just covered over intentions and game playing behind the scenes….iow, a schism in the making before the public’s eyes. And yet Francis pushes on….”too old now to change his ways”. They’re blatantly showing their cards before God Himself! The atmosphere now is one pushing for the ultimate power struggle. It’s now or never!

      I remember a talk given by Fr. Gobbi relating to those prelates in Rome (and elsewhere) who carry their celebret in one pocket while holding their freemasonry membership in the other!!

      And in “some quarters” we are admonished to listen well to Pope Francis’ words as he speaks before the numerous venues of state this September…..as if the Blessed Mother’s own words were going forth from him. These are indeed times like no other.

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  13. Thanks for sharing Jonah Goldberg’s article and his rallying, biting wit. He reminds me of a modern Mattathias of sorts, brandishing the lifeless puppets of Miss Piggy and Cookie Monster, smacking the sell-outs across the face with them, and striking their insanity down at the ‘altar in Modein’. Make no mistake about it. Asking a pig puppet on national television whether it’s pro-choice IS insanity, and we’re surrounded by the like.

    I believe the T.D.L. mission is at the heart of the matter in both genuinely spiritual and practical terms. I journeyed through Pelianito’s blog (which I find to be a real poetic love in action), and was eventually introduced to Charlie’s blog through that route. I think Charlie shares with us more of a practical love in action, bringing to bear a unique resume including the political, but refined to an extent I can’t fathom in the fires of Love. Keep in mind, there’s also a real history of suffering on that resume as well.

    Again, make no mistake about it, when the freight train of today’s politics comes crashing through our front doors, we’re all going to really appreciate that practical love as well. The enemy won’t just be content controlling the obvious facets of our lives, stripping away our freedoms and liberties, and making it difficult to practice our faith with fidelity. Oh no. He wants to subjugate the very thoughts in our heads with this host of lunatics, and the doors of the asylum are clearly sprung of their hinges.

    With regard to ignoring politics, I was reminded of this scene from “The Devil Wears Prada.” At the same time that it reminds me of something right out of the “The Screwtape Letters” (C.S. Lewis), I think it has a nugget or two for some to consider: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-4J5VKmCIc

    Jesus, we trust in You!

    God Bless,

    MP

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    • charliej373 says:

      Yes Michael, Goldberg has been good for a long time, but in the last year I have come to think that he and Kevin wWilliamson are the most insightful young commentators out there. Amongst the older generation, I go with Victor Davis Hanson, Andrew McCarthy and Thomas Sowell. As for me, I have come to understand several important reasons for my training in politics and such. It will become very helpful for many in the days ahead in ways that will eventually become apparent.

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      • Meriadoc says:

        I’ve had the same reaction to the recent writings of Goldberg and Williamson. They’ve brought a lot of insight to what’s going on in politics. They even remind me of the good, old, WFB National Review. Ah, for the good old days of Firing Line….But we live in a very different country now. When WFB died in 2008, it was almost like an act of mercy; he was taken away before Obama–a man who represents everything he fought against– won the presidency.

        I’ve always thought NR was essentially a Cold War mag, and that when the Wall came down in ’89 the magazine started to decline. I stopped reading a few years back. Goldberg and Williamson have peaked my interest again.

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        • charliej373 says:

          There are some writers who are so good that you don’t care whether the title sounds interesting or not. I know that if Goldberg or Williamson wrote it, there is likely to be gold in them thar hills.

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  14. Sue says:

    So the Orwellian assault on Truth continues. Not content to merely gate crash the party of my faith, the thought police now insist on rifling through the sock drawer that is my brain, lest I utter a non-inclusive phrase, or think independently. Some time ago, there was a discussion on this blog about communists, and their control tactic of forcing people to assent to a humiliating and obvious lie. Seems to me that notion sort of sums up a lot of what this post conveys. One must accept the intrusion of politics, and therefore governmental authority, over every aspect of our lives, or be “excommunicated”, ostracized, ridiculed, or worse. I must confess, I have a hard time keeping up with all the ways I do not fit into politically correct society. Of late, I have focused all my time and attention to expanding my garden, and my losing battle (thus far) with balancing weeding, planting, and conquering a former horse pasture waist high with thistles and wild grasses. Given what is going on in the world, I cannot help but feel I have chosen “the better part”! Today, I entrust all to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and am now off to do the only thing I think I can, say a rosary before mass….

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  15. Donette says:

    I have just returned home from 24 hours of Prayer, Adoration and Mass to begin the Feast Day of the Sacred Heart and end on the Feast Day of the Immaculate Heart. The Devotions focused on Reparation to the Two Hearts for the sins of the world. We had a wonderful Franciscan Priest as spiritual director; one who does not seek fame, fortune or clerical ladder climbing. He is a simple and humble Franciscan in the line of the Founder of his Order.

    As much as I love reading and hearing all that everyone who submits their thoughts to Charlie’s website, I hope none looses the reason for the purpose we come here to share. I beg you to pray, pray, pray. We are in such perilous times, I can’t help but hope that what Charlie has told us holds true. We have no source for rescue except Heaven, so please, spend as much of your waking moments as you can with your hearts set upon the new Adam and the new Eve. They are our only hope.
    Fiat!

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    • Anne says:

      Donette…….. Wellsaid! I have realized Mercy is the only doorway ……Mary’s Heart takes us to the doorway of mercy ……Heartof Jesus. Pray and bring all souls to the door of Mercy……..much is happening and more will ……be aware but do not lose main focus!

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    • Donette, I wouldn’t take the comments, sharing, or occasional venting as an indication of what people are focused on, how much they pray, or what’s in their hearts. Only God knows that. God calls us each as we are (various distinct parts in the Body of Christ), and together the Body of Christ. Honestly, I’m in awe of the diversity!

      I’ve been thinking a great deal lately about Jesus wanting us all to become as one, and what that really means. So far, I only have an inkling, and only that by way of what it does not mean from various mistakes I have made in the past.

      On some occasions I’ve even been tempted to wonder why God doesn’t just handpick an army of this type, or an army of that type, only to realize that He calls me to holiness too. Now, I just need to trust-do-love the best I can with the life He gave me, and stop paying attention to the voice that says otherwise.

      Keep praying, dear sister. I believe there is a robust prayer community here with a deep devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary. Where we’re still lacking… well, nothing is impossible for God.

      Jesus, we trust in You!

      God Bless,

      MP

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      • charliej373 says:

        That is the truth, Michael. One of the most prayerful souls I know is given to bouts of intemperate anger. I can’t get mad at her because no one punishes her as much for her fits as she does. Who knows, perhaps God indulges it because it prompts such intense bouts of prayer afterward. God knows how to tend each of the varieties of soul – and the proper use He has for them.

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      • Interesting you should mention unity MP. Last night I was talking to the gent that writes the Matthewsix25to34 blog. He says the Lord is speaking very strongly to his heart about unity. And certainly that is a key element in the messages of the Flame of Love: “May our feet journey together, may hour hands gather in unity, may our hearts beat to the same rhythm, may our souls be in harmony, may our thoughts be in unison, may our ears listen to the silence together, may our gazes melt in one another and may our lips beg our heavenly Father, together, to obtain mercy.”

        I have felt the Lord tell me that sins against unity are sins against the Trinity. Not to be taken lightly!Reminds me of a hymn refrain: Lord Jesus Christ, gather us together. Make us one bread, one body, in your love.”

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        • Thanks, Janet. I’m not familiar with the blog you mentioned, but will have a look. Mainly I just follow a couple that resonate with me, time permitting, because it’s too easy to get bogged down in the blogosphere. The Flame of Love prayer (quote) provides me some nice guidance on this important theme of unity.

          With regard to the digital world and unity, I was thinking this morning alternately of the images of drone warfare and a flock of birds.

          Some would argue of the necessity of drone strikes, but how often they’re delivered in a sloppy manner, ill-advised and with a bunch of collateral damage that was not the intention. One can only imagine how very difficult it is to drop the right payload on the enemy target with pinpoint precision, and even then the event will later be interpreted various ways with unintended consequences.

          I prefer the image of the flock of birds. Sure, you may even be able to pick out this bird or that one soaring at dizzying heights, but drawing back, it’s truly breathtaking to behold that immense ensemble that performs as one thing. It’s a graceful movement, flowing like water, and a wonder they never crash into one another!

          ” May our ears listen to the silence together.” Amen.

          Thanks all, and God Bless.

          MP

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  16. Observer says:

    A “take” from the New York Times today:

    “Pope Francis to Explore Climate’s Effect on World’s Poor”

    VATICAN CITY — Ban Ki-moon arrived at the Vatican with his own college of cardinals. Mr. Ban, the United Nations secretary general, had brought the leaders of all his major agencies to see Pope Francis, a show of organizational muscle and respect for a meeting between two global institutions that had sometimes shared a bumpy past but now had a mutual interest.

    The agenda was poverty, and Francis inveighed against the “economy of exclusion” as he addressed Mr. Ban’s delegation at the Apostolic Palace. But in an informal meeting with Mr. Ban and his advisers, Francis shifted the discussion to the environment and how environmental degradation weighed heaviest on the poor.

    more…..http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/14/world/europe/pope-to-explore-climates-effect-on-worlds-poor.html

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  17. Murt. says:

    Hello Charlie,

    I would start by saying I have the greatest respect for you most especially as as I try to imagine you traipsing about as a Tramp of all things. I had only recently been thinking of just putting all my stuff in an old sack, put the old rope on the dog. Post the keys in the letter-box and just hit the road. Aye, chance would be a grand thing. You were in good company as I read some of your doings. We here in my world always would regard truck drivers as tramps. Sometimes we liked to think we were knights of the road, but the local population would regards us as tramps on wheels. Way back then though with border controls and various excise men to deal with we had to know more than those lot. We would have to know all the different paperwork, various numbers to different paperwork, but mostly we we would just have to be that small step ahead of them. The different Police forces we met were also a thing to view with a cold eye as we were hauling about a lot of machine with so many nuts and bolts to be written up on a slow day by both of those professions. A bit like political life really as we had to know just what yarn to tell to the various people we came across on our journey. Pier marshals, Police, Excise men, a well placed yarn meant the difference to down-time, being out and about or if unlucky enough a term in some lonely cell for a while.

    Politicians proper though now of today, well now that would be a whole other kettle of smelly fish. I really am amazed at the posters on here who follow any particular party line. Such seeming intelligent people who actually believe there are politicians out there in any of our countries are something other than base liars for the most part. I tend to think of them as the loudest mouth at the local cross-roads made good. Teachers pet of the local land-owner, publican, businessman’s child, not really the working man’s child though for the most part. There were always the cute hoors, (sneaky curs) who made good, but they are a breed apart in all walks of life. Looking back there now Charlie would have me think of most of our political, media, big business class, law enforcers, they have a long lineage of passing on the ticket to their gravy train of life. A bit simplistic I know, perhaps even a bit not so well though out, but I could name a few great grand children who are yet carrying on their traditions in all the above mentioned field of looking after self.

    This writer for his sins had one party which he followed for a great number of years. That party would have no hesitation in killing people in any number of ways. Not really all that much of a problem though if you study history here. All our parties but one were born in violence as Yeats would have it. A Terrible Beauty is Born. That party of choice has of course become entrenched in the mainstream now for the most part. There are a few die hard who try to hold onto a great thinker and his thoughts, but history is a bitch really if we consider of there being the possibility of no Gulf War had we not had The Good Friday agreement. On a side note there as to a radio show which our media had at the time and our old history. It escaped everyone’s attention as to where that agreement was signed, not to mention the symbolism behind it. I was barred from their radio shows as I had been on many occasions with our national media, but there again if you study who they operate on behalf of you would see how we were so willing to snub our Creator. That leading figure, willing dupe is old now and most likely not long for this world is still a great controlling figure in our national psyche. I gave up listening to, looking at, or even knowing who they are a long time ago as they are going to do the bidding of vain glory and self esteem, not to mention perhaps some satanic influence. Politicians and their media henchmen are nothing to deaf ears. I try to move away from them in as much as I am able to do and will try not to worry about any of them until the bank machine stops paying out my weekly remittance.

    I couldn’t help but think of Swift as I read the piece you offered for our reading. I had to recall what Swift had to say as to the misery of the poor of his time. Such a novel idea for such a great mind as he would have our betters feed on young poor children. Such a great mind you present here also with some great insight and links to his much ado about nothing really. The only difference between your link and Swift would be time really. But Swift had the advantage of writing in a free press. Not many people could read in those olden times of course but now we have no free press. The link and the man you quote is of our modern age. He is allowed to say what he is allowed to say. Part of the subterfuge of our modern world if we read some of our great modern journalists. Fisk, Lindeman, Chomsky, Friedman, Paul Craig Roberts, too many to mention really, but if we ask though questions of most of our modern writers. See who is banned from the mainstream, who writes what and where it is allowed to be printed. Then we may realize just who is lying to whom and what is their reason. All just too much for this old hack there now Charlie so I just read things and try to find my own path for those I care for.

    I do read all of your stuff Charlie, have great respect for what you may be about. Look forward in some cruel way to this storm which you say is heading our way. As a grandfather and a parent I do often wonder as to what This Father of All Things is about. I tend to think He is of the opinion of just a few more days, a few more souls of which you may be just part of the collecting system. People do read you I would think, we do have to allow you what you may think of a political nature. You are from that world really so it would be proper for you to be of a political mind. Politics though has nothing to do with That Word as given by The One who kicked the moneychangers from the temple. He did ask Pilot as to who he thought He was, mostly though if reading serves He just stayed silent as was the will of The Father. Otherwise He would have us give to Cesar that which was of our world. His Word is not to be tampered with and will always be above our political wonderings. Most of that is a tad above my pay grade anyway which is why I tend to overlook what may be your political nature. Discernment really is the key word here which is why I would like to have met you, had a pint of Guinness with you as we interlope about the place. We just have to try to be honest with each other in the times and places we seem to be right now. Mr Apocalypse seems to be the apt figure in all this as he weaves his way about this storm on the horizon you write of. Mr Swift it appears passed away in a Lunatic Asylum, never knew who his father was or even who he was as he left this place. We seem to be living in one grand old Lunatic Asylum so I will tend not to put my faith in those political, media, legalese, as they seem to be all part of the father of lies for the most part. Just keep my head down as much as possible as I was never one to follow maps and the like. Us old tramps and truck drivers seem to make our way as to cardinal points on the horizon…………….God speed.

    Regards, Murt.

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  18. Mack says:

    This may be a little off topic, but I was moved by the story of Keith Broomfield, the young American killed in fighting ISIS. I think he is a hero of the Storm. As a younger man he had gotten into some trouble with the law, but then he had a religious conversion and took his Christian faith seriously. He attended his Baptist church and faithfully read the Bible. He said that going to fight ISIS was the right thing to do, that he felt God was calling him to do it.
    To me this is a sign of hope, that there are still young people in American who may have gotten messed up a bit, but then gave their lives to God.
    http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/isis-terror/kurds-hail-american-martyr-keith-broomfield-killed-fighting-isis-n373626

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  19. Donette says:

    I was wondering if someone could provide me or update me on some information on Father Iannuzzi.

    Janet Klasson posted Fr. Iannuzzi’s You Tube Talk for everyone to watch. Hope you all took advantage of seeing and hearing Fr. Iannuzzi.
    Fr. Iannuzzi has gone a long way in his studies since I first heard him and I have avidly read all of his books.I have found the man to be intelligent and articulate when he speaks on the Divine Will. It has been a very long while since I first became aware of Fr. Iannuzzi. At that time, I visited the Center for the Divine Will, Mr. Thomas Fahy’s business operation, where I saw that Fr. Iannuzzi shared an office there. I listened to him when he appeared with Mother Angelica and spoke with her, also years ago. There are members of Divine Will Groups in Texas with whom have I have a distant acquaintance, but no direct contact. They have invited him to talk on occasion. I did loose track of which diocese he is now in and know not which Bishop he is under and whether he remains in good standing with a particular diocese or where he can be contacted.

    I have considered inviting him to our diocese, but as everyone knows, some dioceses require detailed info on people arriving to speak and since the “scandal”, the powers that be are particularly hard on priests…(I think.)

    W. Leo has mentioned Father Robert Young. I too knew of Father Young. When we brought him here, he acted as translator for Padre Bucci. I had the happy occasion to celebrate his birthday with him when he was here. He is a very kind and gentle priest. When I met him in the past, he was at the time working in some capacity with Mr. Fahey.

    I know of other priests who are either teaching or studying the Divine Will. I never knew until much later in my life how difficult a priest’s life can be and how delicate his footsteps must be as he walks with God and God’s children on this earth. It takes one simple criticism from an overly assertive person to injure or destroy a priests reputation. Needless to say, that’s nothing to the joy the satan has in bringing one down. So, yes, Michael Patrick. I pray, pray, pray and I encourage others to do the same. I do so now and I will do so in the future particularly for our priests because the Queen of Heaven has asked for such prayers.

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  20. CrewDog says:

    Considering The Storm, I think the below is worthy of reflection?
    Heartlight Daily Verse – June 14
    Philippians 3:20 …. “Our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.”
    Thoughts on today’s verse:
    No matter what your passport says, if you are a Christian, there is no earthly country that can hold you, no borders that can claim you and no flag that flies above you but Jesus and the Kingdom of Heaven. You have more in common with the believing aboriginal tribesman of Indonesia, the Christian refugee in Africa, or the Bedouin brother in Egypt, or the high-rise business person in Hong Kong who bows to pray in Jesus name, or the Spirit-filled Brazilian housewife, than you do your next door neighbor if they don’t know Christ as Lord and Savior.
    Prayer:
    Glorious God and Almighty Father, I look forward to the day when people from every language, tribe, nation, and language join the angels and elders around your throne and worship you in joy forever. Make us one, if not here, then soon, we ask you Lord, please come. Amen.

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  21. Jim M. says:

    Luke 12:57-59

    21You have heard that it was said to them of old: Thou shalt not kill. And whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment. 22But I say to you, that whosoever is angry with his brother, shall be in danger of the judgment. And whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council. And whosoever shall say, Thou Fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

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  22. CrewDog says:

    I think the below is worth reading as it gives a widow into what is happening in the USA … The Vortex … and, no doubt, same-same Europe.
    “How To Escape The Age Of Mass Delusion”
    http://thefederalist.com/2015/06/08/how-to-escape-the-age-of-mass-delusion/

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  23. Suzie says:

    Kudos to Jonah Goldberg on an enlightening, yet comical, article of the state of affairs of our country. So true. So true.

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